the disappearing Hook sister


, , ,

My maternal grandmother, Susan Hook, had five sisters. One of them disappeared.

Anna M Hook was born in 1898 to parents Steve and Katy Hook in Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania. She married Frank E Lancaster in 1921 when she was 20 years old. They had a son named Frank Howard Lancaster who was born 7 Mar 1923 in Ohio. She’s named as Mrs. Annie Lancaster of Youngstown, Ohio in her mother’s will dated 16 Aug 1929.

Anna appears on the 1930 US census living with her husband Frank Lancaster and 7 year old son Frank at Maple Drive N.S. in Boardman, Mahoning, Ohio. Interestingly, info on her parents’ birthplaces is totally wrong (father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in France … both of them were actually born in Helcmanovce, Slovakia).


In 1935, hubby Frank is listed in a Youngstown, Ohio city directory living at 25 Chicago Ave and Anna is listed with a home address of 1946 Midlothian Blvd. Looks to me like Anna & Frank had parted ways.


To add to this supposition is the parents’ names that appear on Frank Jr’s 1950 marriage record: Frank Lancaster and Jean Hawley. (Did he even know who his real mother was?)

(Frank Jr and Dorothy had a daughter and then divorced in 1977.)

Anna’s hubby Frank apparently re-married at some point before 1940 — he appears on the US census that year with 2nd wife Jean and son Frank.


Anna’s husband, Frank E Lancaster, died 27 Mar 1962 in Youngstown, Ohio.

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), 29 Mar 1962, pg 10

There’s no trace of Anna Hook Lancaster on the 1940 US census. Where did she go?