The Last Post

When I wrote the blog about Susan Matilda Evison and her husband, John Post, I didn’t know when they died or where they are buried.

But I do now!

They are buried in the Indian Fields Township Cemetery in Caro, Tuscola County, Michigan (USA).  According to their headstone, John died on 17 Jan 1954 and Susie on 18 Feb 1960.

Headstone - John and Susie Post

Find A Grave Memorial# 106012337 created by S Schmidt on 1 Mar 2013

scratch-head03-idea-animated-animation-smiley-emoticon-000416-largeHowever, I noticed something very curious about the date of birth for John.

On the headstone, it says that he was born on the 20 Jan 1875.

I couldn’t find an original birth certificate for him on Ancestry, so I relied upon the DOB that he wrote on his Attestation Papers when he joined the Canadian Army in 1915.  On his Attestation Papers, he wrote that he was born on 21 Jan 1877.

This date seemed to be accurate because he was 4 in 1881 and 14 in 1891.  I couldn’t find him in the 1901 Census — but he was 26 years old when he married Susie in August of 1902.  This is consistent with a birth year of 1877.

Then I looked more closely at his DOB on subsequent documents:

What accounts for the differences in John’s date of birth?

Border Crossing - John PostI also noticed that, on the Border Crossing document that John filled out in April of 1923, he put that he last left Canada in 1912 to work in the U.S.

But he joined the Canadian Army on 2 Oct 1915 in Chatham, Ontario (Canada)!?  He listed his next of kin as his wife, Susie, who was living in London, Ontario.

What accounts for the discrepancy in the timing of when John and Susie left Canada for the US?

I found a family tree on Ancestry for a person that is descended from an ancestor of John Post.  This is a screencapture from that tree for the entry when John enlisted in the Canadian Army:

Entry in the record of John Post on an Ancestry's member family tree.

Entry in the record of John Post on an Ancestry’s member family tree.

Perhaps this is the answer!?

With the exception of the 1911 Census, all the documents before John joined the Canadian Army are consistent with a year of birth of 1877.  And after he supposedly deserted, it’s 1875 (with the exception of when he registered for the WWI draft).

And then there’s the little white lie he told when he returned to Canada in 1923 about when he left Canada!  He said that he left in 1912, but they were clearly in Canada in 1915!

Could it be that John changed his year of birth to avoid being detected by the Canadian government?  I couldn’t find much on line about the penalties for desertion but 25 Canadians were shot at dawn for desertion!

US Army Draft GraphicAnd I bet that it must have been a little unnerving for John when he was forced to register for the US Armed Forces in 1918!

The Selective Services Act, which required men to register for military service, was amended in 1918 to expand the age range to include all men 18 to 45.

On his registration card, John said that he was born on 20 Jan 1874.  Luckily for him, the war ended about 6 weeks after he was drafted.

Until I locate some sort of official birth document for John, his DOB will be in doubt.  Is it 21 Jan 1877 or 20 Jan 1875?

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The Begats of Amos and Lydia Evison Metcalf

Amos and Lydia Evison Metcalf had 5 children born between 1882 and 1896 in Seneca Township, Lenawee County, Michigan (USA).

LenaweeWith the exception of Ora who died when he was an infant, it’s likely that all of the children stayed at home until they married.  In 1884, Amos and Lydia and their first-born child were living in Seneca Township.   The 1890 Census was destroyed in a fire but probably the family was still in Seneca Township because, on 5 Jun 1900, they are residing together on a farm there.   By 1910, the two oldest children had married — but Amos, Lydia and their two youngest daughters were enumerated living together, still in Seneca township.  Amos continued to farm and his daughters were attending school.

Omer Ernest Metcalf

Marriage - Omer Metcalf and Lena CarpenterOmer is the oldest child of Amos and Lydia and he was born on 23 Sep 1882 in Seneca Township. Omer was also known as “Ernest Omer Metcalf”.

On 20 Nov 1907, 25-year-old Omer married 28-year-old Lena Carpenter.  Lena, the daughter of Eugene Carpenter and Harriet Smith, was born in Ohio in about 1879.

In 1910, Omer and Lena were living and farming in Fairfield Township in Lenawee County, Michigan.

1910 Census - Omer and Lena Metcalf

On 12 Sep 1918, Omer registered for the WWI draft in Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan.  He was described as medium height and build, with blue eyes and light brown hair.  Note that he signed his Registration Card as “Ernest Omer Metcalf”.

WWI Draft Card - Omer Ernest Metcalf

In 1920, Omer and Lena were living on a farm that they owned in Seneca Township.  Living next door were Omer’s parents and just down the road were Omer’s sisters.  In 1930, Omer and Lena are still living and farming in Seneca Township but were no longer living close to family.

1920 Census - The Metcalfs and the Swicks   1930 Census - Omer and Lena Metcalf

By 1940, Omer and Lena were back living next to his sisters and their husbands and their widowed mother, Lydia.

1940 Census - The Metcalfs and the Swicks

imagesCA8L2R2IOn 27 Apr 1942, the Selective Service conducted what became known as the “Old Man’s Draft”.

Unlike other drafts, this one targeted men born between 27 Apr 1877 and 16 Feb 1890 (ages 45-64).  It was not intended that these men be drafted into military service but to determine if their labor skills could be used in the war effort.

Omer was 59 years old in 1942 and therefore had to register .  This time he was described as 5 ft. 8 inches tall and 154 lbs. with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion.  He was earning a living as a farmer and lived at R R. #2, Morenci, Lenawee County, Michigan.

Omer died on 14 Dec 1950 in Seneca Township and is buried  in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci — the same cemetery as his parents.

Lena passed away on 11 Oct 1961 in a long-term care facility in Fulton County, Ohio.  She is buried in Lyons Cemetery in Fulton County.

Death - Omer E MetcalfDeath - Lena Metcalf

I don’t believe that Omer and Lena had any children — or at least I couldn’t find any documentation that they did.

Myrtle O. Metcalf

Amos and Lydia’s second child, a daughter they named Myrtle, was born on 12 Jul 1885 in Seneca Township, Lenawee County, Michigan.

She married Fred Jay Nichols on 27 May 1903 in Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan.  Fred, the son of N.W. Nichols and Alice Clement, was born in Michigan on 18 Jul 1878.

thinking-idea-animated-animation-smiley-emoticon-000339-facebookThe entry for their marriage (see below) says that she was 18 when she married.  However,  as noted, she was born on 12 Jul 1885.

Birth - Myrtle Metcalf

From my calculations, she would have been only 17 on 27 May 1903.  She didn’t turn 18 until 12 Jul 1903!!

Marriage - Fred Nichols and Myrtle Metcalf

Marriage – Fred Nichols and Myrtle Metcalf

According to Act 128 (Section 3) passed in 1867 in Michigan, it says:

A person who is 18 years of age or older may contract marriage. A person who is 16 years of age but is less than 18 years of age may contract marriage with the written consent of 1 of the parents of the person or the person’s legal guardian, as provided in this section.

So, according to this law, Myrtle would have needed written permission of one of her parents to marry Fred.  It appears, however, that she lied about her age?

bebe15Myrtle and Fred’s only child, Henry Amos Nichols, was born in March of 1905 – either on the 5th of March or on the 4th of March 😉

In 1910, the family was living in Seneca Township, Lenawee County, Michigan, where Fred earned his living as a farmer.  By 2 Jan 1920, they had moved to Adrian City in Lenawee County and both Fred and 14-year-old Henry were working as carpenters in a factory.  When enumerated for the 1930 Census in April of 1930, Fred was now a proprietor of a pool room and he and Myrtle had moved again — to Jackson City, Jackson County, Michigan.

1910 Census - Fred, Myrtle and Henry Nichols1920 Census - Fred, Myrtle and Henry Nichols1930 Census - Fred, Myrtle and Henry Nichols

On 10 Mar 1938, Myrtle died at age 52 of diabetes in Jackson City but was buried with her parents in Oak Grove Cemetery (Sutton 44SC) in Morenci, Lenawee County, Michigan.

Death and Burial - Myrtle O Metcalf Nichols

Fred remained in Jackson City after Myrtle died.  He was living there in April of 1940 and was still running a pool hall.

1940 Census - Fred Nichols

Fred died on 19 Nov 1957 and is buried in Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Jackson City.  As Fred was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, his granddaughter, Leah Hammond, applied for a veteran’s headstone.  On the application, his year of birth was wrongly given as 1875 (should have been 1878) and therefore the incorrect year of birth is engraved on his headstone.

Headstone Application for Military Veteran - Fred J Nichols

Headstone - Fred Jay NicholsBelow is a family tree of the descendants of Myrtle Metcalf and Fred Jay Nichols.  I’m still researching this branch of the Evison family tree, so this chart may or may not be accurate!  When I’m finished with the research, I’ll be adding a detailed blog.

Edited to add on 14 Aug 2014:

The Descendants of Henry Amos Nichols and Gertrude Panzenhagen

Begats of Myrtle Metcalf and Fred Nichols

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Ora A. Metcalf

Death - Ora MetcalfAmos and Lydia’s third child, a son named Ora, was born in about July of 1890.

Sadly, when he was only 1 year and 3 months old, he died of epilepsy on 13 Oct 1891 in Seneca Township, Michigan.

Nellie L. and Bertha M. Metcalf

Amos and Lydia’s youngest children, daughters named Nellie and Bertha, were born in about Jan 1894 and on 23 Feb 1896 respectively.

On 1 Aug 1914 in Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan, Nellie and Bertha married the Swick brothers who are twins.

Marriage - The Metcalfs and the SwicksNellie married Clyde Josiah Swick and Bertha married Clyde’s twin, Claude Harrison Swick.  Bertha was only 17 years old when she married.  So, Bertha would have needed written permission of one of her parents to marry.

Clyde and Claude are the sons of George Washington Swick and Ida Emma Dickens and they were born on 1 Aug 1914 in Fairfield Township, Lenawee County, Michigan.

Birth - Clyde and Claude Swick

US Army Draft GraphicClyde and Claude registered in Seneca Township on 5 Jun 1917 for the WWI draft.  They listed their occupation as “farmer”.

Clyde was described as medium height and build, with gray eyes, light hair (not bald LOL!).  And Claude as short height and medium build with dark blue eyes and light brown hair (not bald).

Hmmm–do the different descriptions mean that the Swick brothers were not identical twins?

In January of 1920, the Swicks were living together on a farm in Seneca Township.  Nellie and Bertha’s parents and their brother, Omer, lived closeby.  Below is a map from 1921 showing the location of the Swick/Metcalf farms.

Map - Amos and Omer Metcalf and the Swicks 19211920 Census - The Metcalfs and the Swicks1930 Census - The Metcalfs and the Swicks

By April of 1930, the Swicks had moved in with Amos and Lydia Metcalf, Nellie and Bertha’s parents.  And the twins had switched occupations — from being farmers to working as section labourers for a steam railway.

1940 Census - The Metcalfs and the SwicksIn 1940, Clyde, Bertha, Claude and Nellie Swick were still living together with Lydia Metcalf.  The Swick brothers were still working for the railway.

Like their brother-in-law, Omer Metcalf,  Clyde and Claude Swick had to register for the “Old Man Draft” in April of 1942.

Again, the twins were described differently — Claude as 5’5″ tall 150 lbs, with a light complexion and blue eyes and brown hair, and Clyde as  5’4″ tall 140 lbs with a dark complexion and blue eyes and brown hair.

WWII Draft Card - Claude SwickWWII Draft Card - Clyde Swick

Secondary proof that the Swick brothers were probably not identical twins!?

Wabash_RR_herald_1938Both were still employed by the  Wabash Railway.  Clyde wrote on his Registration Card that he was responsible for “Section No. 19”.

Claude died on 24 Feb 1958, Nellie in 1969, Clyde on 18 Nov 1981 and Bertha on 7 Dec 1992.

All are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, Michigan.

Death and Burial - The Swicks

Again, I found no evidence/documentation that Nellie and Clyde nor Bertha and Claude had any children.

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Lydia M. Evison and Amos Daniel Metcalf

Lydia M. Evison is the daughter of Francis Evison and Lydia Cooper and the sister of Francis C. Evison.  She was born on 11 Nov 1862 in Monroe County, Michigan (USA).

I haven’t been able to determine exactly when, but Lydia’s mother died sometime before 28 May 1870.  That’s the day that her father married for the second time, to Ann Williams.  Therefore, Lydia would have been very young when her mother died.

Norman Rockwell - Census Taker

Norman Rockwell –
Census Taker

In July of 1870, 7-year-old Lydia was enumerated living with her father, her step-mother and her brother in Sylvania Township, Lucas County, Ohio.

By 19 Jun 1880 (the date that the 1880 Census was taken), the family moved to Seneca, Lenawee County, Michigan.

Sylvania (Ohio) and Seneca (Michigan) are only about 25 miles apart — both near the Ohio-Michigan border.  In fact, before the Toledo War, Sylvania was in Michigan!  It’s a long story, but in June of 1836, Michigan ceded part of the southern part of the state (including Sylvania and Toledo) to Ohio in exchange for statehood.

On 30 Sep 1880 in Weston, Lenawee County, Michigan, Lydia married Amos Daniel Metcalf.  Amos is the son of Amos Metcalf and Rebecca Lehr.  He was born on 15 Sep 1855 in Seneca, Lenawee County, Michigan.

Amos was 25 years old when he married 17-year-old Lydia.  According to Act 128 (Section 3) passed in 1867 in Michigan, it states in part that:

A person who is 18 years of age or older may contract marriage. A person who is 16 years of age but is less than 18 years of age may contract marriage with the written consent of 1 of the parents of the person or the person’s legal guardian, as provided in this section.

So, according to this law, Lydia would have needed written permission of one of her parents to marry Amos.

Marriage - Amos Metcalf and Lydia Evison

Marriage – Amos Metcalf and Lydia Evison

Two years after they married, Amos and Lydia’s first child was born on 23 Sep 1882– a son they named Omer Ernest Metcalf (he was also known as Ernest Omer Metcalf).

In June of 1884, the family was enumerated living next door to Amos’s parents in Seneca Township, Lenawee Township, Michigan.

1884 Michigan Census - Amos and Lydia Metcalf and Family

Death - Ora Metcalf

Death – Ora Metcalf

On 12 Jul 1885, Lydia and Amos’s daughter, Myrtle O., was born in Seneca and their third child, a son named Ora, arrived in Jul of 1890.

Tragically, Ora died of epilepsy on 13 Oct 1891 in Seneca.

Two more daughters followed– one in January of 1894 named Nellie L. and Bertha M. on 23 Feb 1896.

A big problem with researching your American family tree is that, in 1921, most of the 1890 Federal Census was burned in a fire.

1890 US Census Records - destroyed by fire

It was estimated that 25% of the census documents were destroyed and 50% of the remaining were damaged by water, smoke and fire.  So the next available U.S. Federal Census after the 1884 Michigan Census is the one in 1900.

In 1900, Lydia and Amos were still living in Seneca Township and remained there through to the 1930s.  Amos earned his living as a farmer.

1900 Census - Amos and Lydia Metcalf and Family  1910 Census - Amos and Lydia Metcalf and Family   1920 Census - The Metcalfs and the Swicks  1930 Census - The Metcalfs and the Swicks

Below is a map from 1921 showing the location of the farms of Amos D (A D) Metcalf and his son, Omer — as well as the farm where his daughters, Nellie and Bertha Metcalf Swick,  lived.  Using the 2014 names of the roads, I think that the farms were located on W. Yankee Rd, just to the west of Canburn Hwy, in Seneca Township.

Map - Amos and Omer Metcalf and the Swicks 1921

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When he was 79 years old, Amos died on 21 Oct 1934 in Seneca Township of old age.  He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, Lenawee County, Michigan.

Death and Burial - Amos Metcalf

Sexton’s Record – Amos Metcalf

After Amos died, it appears that Lydia went to live with her daughters, Nellie and Bertha.  Lydia was enumerated living with them in 1940.  One of the questions asked in the 1940 Census was what was the highest grade that a person completed; Lydia indicated that the highest grade that she completed was Grade 8.

1940 Census - Lydia Metcalf

1940 Census – Lydia Metcalf

Lydia died on 28 Dec 1941 in Seneca and was buried with Amos in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Obituary - Lydia Evison Metcalf

Death and Burial - Lydia Metcalf

Sexton’s Record – Lydia Evison Metcalf

Map - Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci

Map of Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, Michigan
Amos and Lydia Evison Metcalf are buried in the Sutton Addition (Grave #44)

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Cecil Edward Evison, a Complicated Life

Below is a simple graphic to illustrate the complicated life of Cecil Edward Evison, the first-born son of Francis C. Evison and Laura Melissa Stevens.

Chart - Cecil Edward Evison

Cecil was born on 26 Nov 1902 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio (USA).

Birth - Cecil Edward Evison

In 1910, he was living in Chesterfield Township, Fulton County, Ohio, with his parents, his younger brother, Harry, and his widowed maternal grandmother, Kezia Stevens.

1910 Census - Cecil Evison

By January of 1920, the Evisons had moved to Adams Township, Lucas County, Ohio.  17-year-old Cecil was still living with his parents and his brother – but this time it is his widowed paternal grandfather, Francis Evison, that is living with them.  Cecil was employed as a truck driver for a cement block company.

1920 Census - Cecil Evison

scratch-head03-idea-animated-animation-smiley-emoticon-000416-largeNow things begin to get complicated, both in Cecil’s life and in telling the story about Cecil’s life — which has more twists and turns than an amusement park roller coaster!!  I’m not at all certain that I found all the facts or  that all the facts I found are stated correctly.  It’s so complicated!

Cecil and Flora “June” Whitlock

On 14 Apr 1923, 21-year-old Cecil married June Whitlock in Monroe, Monroe County, Michigan.  June listed her age as 18 and her parent’s names as John and Georgia and her birthplace as Kansas.

Marriage - Cecil Evison and June Whitlock

I could not find any information for a June Whitlock born in Kansas in about 1905 to a John and Georgia Whitlock.

Death - Flora June GroahThe only document that matches most of the information was a death certificate for a Flora June Groah.

Flora June’s parents are George L Whitlock and Georgia Heyn.  Flora June was born in Topeko, Kansas, on 1 Jun 1905.

If this is the June Whitlock that Cecil married (and I’m 99% sure it is!), then she was only 17 years old when she married Cecil.

In Michigan, the written consent of a parent or legal guardian is required to marry if you are sixteen and under eighteen years of age.  June was about 6 weeks shy of her 18th birthday when she married Cecil!

So it appears that June lied and told the Justice of the Peace that she was 18 and that her father’s name was John.  So I would guess that June likely did not have permission of her parents to marry — therefore making her marriage to Cecil illegal!?

That would explain why Cecil’s marital status in the 1930 Census was “single”.

1930 Census - Cecil Evison

And why, on 9 Oct 1925 when June married Arthur Clarence Groah,  she swore that she was “not a widow or a divorced woman” and that she “had no legal husband living”.  But June may have lied about her age again!  She said that she was 21 years old on 1 Jun 1925, making her year of birth 1904 instead of 1905?

Marriage - Arthur Groah and Flora June Whitlock

Sadly, about eight months after she married Arthur Groah, June died on 12 Jun 1926 of post partum eclampsia and a probable cerebral haemorrhage.  She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo.

Cecil Evison and Lettia Mierka

Marriage - Cecil Evison and Lettia HagerOn 5 Jul 1930 in Lima, Allen County, Ohio, Cecil married Lettia Mierka.

Lettia is the daughter of George William Mierka and Nancy Kelley and she was born on 17 Jan 1895 in Liberty, Putnam County, Ohio.  Interestingly, on the Application for a Marriage License, Lettia said that she was 29 years old on 17 Jan 1930 — but she was likely 35!?

When they married, Cecil was employed as a mechanic and Lettia as a bookkeeper.

Cecil did not acknowledge that he was married before (probably because it wasn’t legal) and Lettia said that she was a widow and that her married name was “Hager”.

And so began my research into the complicated life of Lettia Mierka!

I discovered that Lettia was married three times before she married Cecil!!

Lettia Mierka and Louis Hager

Marriage - Louis Hager and Lettia VincentI found the Marriage Record for Lettia when she married Louis Hager.  They married on 30 Sep 1920 in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio.  Louis is the son of John Hager and Catherine Oehm and he was born on 14 Oct 1892 in Bellevue, Ohio.  This time Lettia was truthful about her age!

However, once again, she swore that she was a widow and had been married once before and that her married name was “Vincent”.

Lettia Mierka and Theodore Vincent

Sure enough I found a Marriage Record for Lettia when she married Theo (Theodore) Paul Vincent on 27 May 1916 in Lucas County, Ohio.  Theodore is the son of Narcisse Vincent and Mary Jane Carle and he said that he was 24 years old on 30 Apr 1916 and that he was born in Waubaushene, Ontario (Canada).  Therefore, his year of birth would be 1892.

Marriage - Theodore Vincent and Lettia Mierka

Even though Theo Vincent and Louis Hager are not related to the Evisons, I was curious to know where and why they died.

Deaths of Theo Vincent and Louis Hager

I found Theo Vincent in the 1891 Canadian Census living with his parents and siblings in Ontario (Canada).  He was 2 years old in 1891 and therefore his year of birth was about 1889, not 1892 as he swore in the Application for a Marriage License to Lettia.

Death and Burial - Theodore Paul VincentWhen I searched for a Theo or Theodore Vincent born in about 1889 in Canada, I found an index for a Theodore Paul Vincent who died on 19 Oct 1918 in Toledo, Ohio.

It appears that Theodore’s actual date of birth was 28 Apr 1889; therefore, he was 27 years old when he married Lettia.  There is no cause of death listed.

Death - Louis HagerLouis Hager died on 27 Feb 1924 in the National Military Home in Toledo, Ohio.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917, fought overseas and was honourably discharged on 30 Aug 1919.

Military History - Louis Hager

He was only 30 years old when he passed away from pulmonary tuberculosis.

Lettia Mierka and Paul Poister

Marriage - Paul Poister and Lettia Hager Unbelievably, I found documents to prove that Lettia married a third time before she married Cecil!!

She married Paul Arthur Poister on 5 Jan 1927 in Knox County, Ohio. He was born to William Poister and Sophia Henke on 8 Apr 1896. This was Paul’s first marriage and Lettia correctly declared that she was married before and that her married name was “Mrs. Lewis Hager”.

The interesting, and complicated, bit of information that I found is that Paul re-married in 1937 to Mary L Marshall.

In the Application for a Marriage License, Paul swore that he was married once before and that he divorced in 1931.  But Lettia married Cecil Evison in 1930??

So either Paul was mistaken about the year he divorced Lettia or Lettia was a bigamist!

To recap the marriages of Lettia Mierka:

  1. Married Theodore Paul Vincent on 27 May 1916.  Theodore died on 19 Oct 1918.
  2. Married Louis Hager on 30 Sep 1920.  Louis died on 27 Feb 1924.
  3. Married Paul Arthur Poister on 5 Jan 1927.  Divorced Paul in 1931?
  4. Married Cecil Edward Evison on 5 Jul 1930.

Cecil Evison and Kitty Faye Lael

Marriage - Cecil Evison and Kitty FarschCecil married again on 24 Nov 1936 in Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio – to Kitty Faye Lael, the daughter of John Lael and Emma Koonce.

Kitty was born on 29 Aug 1905 in Dugger, Sullivan County,  Indiana.

Marriage GraphicBefore she married Cecil, Kitty married  Walter Timberlake Farsch — on 23 Jun 1923 in Sullivan County, Indiana.  Walter was born to Frank Farsch and Kate Kious on 22 Jan 1903 in Victor, West Virginia.   The year after they married, Kitty and Walter had a daughter named Wauketa Louise Farsch.

Kitty and Walter divorced in 1932 and Walter re-married on 24 Nov 1934 to Mary E. Miller, the daughter of David Miller and Mary Gordon.  Their marriage didn’t last very long!  When she wed Claud Gordon in 1945, Mary swore on the Application for a Marriage License that she was married once before — but that she divorced in 1934?!  Mary died in 2009 and there is no mention of Walter in her obituary.

I digress 😉

1940 Census - Cecil and Kitty EvisonIn 1940, Cecil and Kitty and his step-daughter, Wauketa, were living in Toledo.  Cecil was working as an automobile mechanic in the coal company and Kitty was employed as a “selector” in a glass company.  16-year-old Wauketa was attending school.

Obituary - Cecil EvisonIn August of 1950, Cecil collapsed at home (1114 Wamba Ave) and was rushed to Riverside Hospital in Toledo where he was dead on arrival.  😦

He passed away on 17 Aug 1950 of a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage and arteriosclerosis.  He was only 47 years old when he died.

At the time of his death, Cecil was employed as a foreman at the Big Four Coal Company in Toledo.

Cecil was buried in Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania, Lucas County, Ohio.

Death - Cecil Evison

It seems that, even after his death, Cecil’s life was “complicated”!

Death - Kitty FarschKitty Evison died about 24 years after Cecil, on 19 Oct 1974 in Mercy Hospital in Toledo.  At the time of her death, Kitty was living at 1114 Wamba Ave in Toledo.

The interesting thing is that Kitty’s surname in the death records is “Farsch” not “Evison”.  And even more interesting is that Walter Farsch, her first husband, died earlier in 1974 and his address was also 1114 Wamba Drive in Toledo?  Complicated! 🙂

Since it is the home where Cecil Evison was living with his family in 1930, where his parents were living when they died (Francis in 1930 and Lydia in 1945), where Cecil collapsed and died in 1950 and where Cecil’s third wife, Kitty, was living when she died in 1974, I thought that I’d include a photograph of 1114 Wamba Ave in Toledo, Ohio, that I downloaded from Google Maps.

1114 Wamba Ave, Toledo, Ohio

1114 Wamba Ave, Toledo, Ohio

Description of 1114 Wamba Ave Toledo Ohio

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Harry E. Evison, A Simple Life

Francis C. Evison and his third wife, Laura Melissa Stevens, had two sons:

  • Cecil Edward and
  • Harry E. Evison

Cecil and Harry’s lives are a study in contrasts!  Harry likely lived a simple, uncomplicated life — while Cecil’s was complicated and chaotic!  Cecil was older than Harry but I’m going to write about Harry first, because it’s simpler LOL!

I couldn’t locate a source birth document for Harry but, from looking at the ages he was in the various census years, I would guestimate that he was born in about 1908, in Michigan.

In 1910, 2-year-old Harry was living in Chesterfield Township, Fulton County, Ohio, with his parents, his older brother and his widowed maternal grandmother, Kezia Stevens.

1910 Census -  The Evisons and Kezia Stevens

1910 Census – The Evisons and Kezia Stevens

By January of 1920, the Evisons had moved to Adams Township, Lucas County, Ohio.  11-year-old Harry was still living with his parents and his brother — but this time it is his widowed paternal grandfather, Francis Evison, that is living with them.

1920 Census - The Evisons, including Francis Evison Sr.

1920 Census – The Evisons, including Francis Evison Sr.

In 1930, Francis and Laura’s 20-something sons were still single and still living at home!!  The Evisons owned the house that they lived in and it was worth $6,000.  Their address was 1114 Wamba Drive in Toledo, Ohio.  Harry was employed as a landscaper.

1930 Census - The Evisons

1930 Census – The Evisons

Harry’s father died on 10 May 1930, a month after the 1930 Census was taken.  In May of 1940, 33-year-old Harry was living with his widowed mother, still at 1114 Wamba Drive in Toledo. The house had dropped in value and was now worth only $2,500!?  Laura told the census taker that the highest grade in school that Harry completed was Grade 6 and that, in the previous year, he worked for 36 weeks as a truck driver for a coal company, earning $1,080.

1940 Census - Laura and Harry Evison

1940 Census – Laura and Harry Evison

Harry died on 15 May 1967 when he was 59 years old.  He is buried in Forest Cemetery in Toledo (Section 30, Row 27, Grave #2).  His gravesite is closeby to three of his half-brother’s children who tragically died in infancy/childhood.  Also nearby is the burial site of his father’s second wife, Cynthia.

Evison Burials in Forest Cemetery in Toledo, OhioMap - Forest Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio

I couldn’t find the original of his death certificate but the transcription says that Harry was divorced when he died!  Although I cannot locate any supporting documents/information, it seems likely that Harry married and maybe had children.  Perhaps Harry’s life wasn’t as simple as I thought 😉

Death - Harry E Evison

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Ruth Hannah Evison and Walter John Bitz and their descendants

Ruth Hannah Evison was the only child of Earl and Belva Evison to survive into adulthood.

She is my 3rd cousin, 1X removed.  Or to put it another way, she is the great granddaughter of my great, great uncle, Francis Evison.  Francis Evison is the brother of William Evison, my great, great grandfather.  The ancestors that Ruth and I have in common are William St. Thomas Evison and his wife, Lucy Frost.

Ruth was born on New Year’s Eve 1906 in Adams Township, Lucas County (Ohio).  She likely lived with her parents in Adams Township until she married Walter John Bitz.

When she was 18 years old, Ruth married 21-year-old Walter John Bitz.  They wed on 18 Mar 1925 in Monroe, Monroe County (Michigan).  Walter John is the son of William C Bitz and Edith Hoens; he was born on 26 May 1904 in Toledo, Lucas County (Ohio).

Marriage - Walter Bitz and Ruth Evison

Marriage – Walter Bitz and Ruth Evison

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Walter and Ruth had 3 children:  Earl William (b: 6 Mar 1927), Ethel R. (b: 7 Aug 1930) and Belva K. Bitz (b: 22 Sep 1937) — all born in Toledo, Lucas County (Ohio).

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In 1930, the Bitz family were living at 1025 Wamba Drive in Toledo, Adams Township, Lucas County (Ohio).  Walter was employed as a machinist in a spark plug factory.

Ruth’s parents, Earl and Belva Evison, were living just down the road — at 1016 Wamba Drive.

By 1940, the Bitz and the Evisons had moved to Spencer Township in Lucas County (Ohio).  Spencer Township is a suburb of Toledo.   Walter was still employed in the spark plug factory.

It appears that the Walter and Ruth and their family were living together with, or next door to, Earl and Belva Evison.  Walter and Ruth’s son, William, is listed as living with his grandparents.

1940 Census - Walter and Ruth Bitz and Earl and Belva Evison

1940 Census – Walter and Ruth Bitz and Earl and Belva Evison

Golden Wedding Anniversary - Walter and Ruth BitzObituary - Walter BitzWalter retired in 1966 from the spark plug factory after working there for 37 years.

And in March of 1975, Walter and Ruth celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary!

Death - Ruth H Evison Bitz

Death – Ruth H Evison Bitz

At the age of 82, Walter died on 10 Oct 1986 in Toledo (Ohio).  And Ruth was 83 years old when she passed away on 2 Jul 1990, also in Toledo.

Attached are the begats of Walter John Bitz and Ruth Hannah Evison.  The  main source of the information in the begats is info that I found on each person’s Facebook page or by googling their name.  It may or may not be complete — or correct.

Begats of Walter John Bitz and Ruth Hannah Evison

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William “Earl” Evison, son of Francis C and Alvaretta Evison

The Abridged Version of the life and death of William “Earl” Evison

William Earl Evison was born to Francis C. and Alvaretta Metcalf Evison in Morenci, Lenawee County, Michigan, on 3 Feb 1883.   He was registered as William E. but was also known as “Earl”.

Book reading emoticonEarl lived with his family until he married Belva L. Rogers, daughter of Edward Rogers (also spelled as Rodgers) and Hannah “Ann” Stevens, in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, on 2 Nov 1904.

Earl and Belva had 6 children (one set of twins) born between May of 1905 and March of 1923 in Lucas County, Ohio.  All, except a daughter, died young.   Earl was a carpenter by trade.

Both Belva and Earl died in Toledo, Ohio: Belva on 2 Jan 1941 and Earl of a cerebral haemorrhage on 2 Apr 1951.  They are buried in Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania, Adams County, Ohio.

The Unabridged version of the life and death of William “Earl” Evison

The following are the details of the lives of William “Earl” Evison, his wife, Belva Rogers Evison, and their children: Violet May, Ruth Hannah, Forrest Dale, the twins and Russell Earl Evison.

Birth and Childhood

William “Earl” Evison is the oldest child of Francis C. Evison.  He was born to Francis and his first wife, Alvaretta Metcalf Evison, on 3 Feb 1883 in Morenci, Lenawee County, Michigan.  Although he was registered as William E. Evison when he was born, he was also known as “Earl”.

Birth - Earl William Evison

In 1884, 16-month-old Earl was living in Morenci with his parents and his maternal grandmother, Mary Metcalf.

Then it appears that Earl’s parents divorced, sometime between 1884 and 1894.  In 1894, Earl’s mother re-married — to Charles Frederick Barber.  And in 1897, Earl’s father re-married — to Cynthia A. Stevens.

On 1 Jun 1900, 17-year-old Earl was enumerated with his father and step-mother, Cynthia — now living in Adams Township, Lucas County, Ohio.

Marriage and Children

On 2 Nov 1904 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Earl married Belva L Rogers, daughter of Edward Rogers (also spelled Rodgers) and Hannah “Ann” Stevens.

Marriage - William Earl Evison and Belva L Rogers

Their first child, a daughter named Violet May, was born the following year — on 22 May 1905 in Adams Township, Lucas County, Ohio.  Sadly, Violet May died on 22 Mar 1906 when she was only 10 months old.  Violet was buried in Forest Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio.

Birth - Violet May Evison

About 9 months after Violet May died, Earl and Belva’s second daughter was born.  Her name is Ruth Hannah Evison and she was also born in Adams Township, Lucas County, Ohio, on 31 Dec 1906.

Birth - Ruth Hannah Evison

In May of 1910, Earl, Belva and Ruth were still living in Adams Township and Earl was employed as a wagon driver (coal).

1910 Census - William Earl and Belva Evison and FamilyEarl and Belva’s third child, a son named Forrest Dale, was born on 13 Jun 1915 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio.

During WWI, Earl was required by law (Selective Service Act) to register for the US army.  On 12 Feb 1918, he filled out his WWI Draft Registration Card and was described as having a medium build and height, with blue eyes and brown hair.  On his registration card, Earl listed his occupation as “carpenter” in a nitrate plant in Toledo.   I couldn’t find any records that Earl actually went overseas to fight.

WWI Registration Card - William Earl Evison

Near the end of 1918, tragedy struck the family once again.   In October of 1918, Belva gave birth to stillborn twins 😦

Birth and Death - Twin Infants Evison

Earl and Belva and their two surviving children, Ruth and Forrest, were enumerated for the 1920 US Census  — still living in Adams Township.  It appears that the Evisons were a close-knit  family because Earl’s father, Francis C and his family (including Earl’s widowed grandfather) were living just down the road.

Tragically the following year, Forrest died.  He was only six years old when he died of meningitis and convulsions on 29 Nov 1921 in Adams Township, Lucas County, Ohio.  He was buried in the same plot as his sister, in Forest Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio.

Death - Forrest Dale Evison

Unbelievably, Earl and Belva lost another child a couple of years after Forrest passed away.  Their son, Russell Earl, was born on 27 Mar 1923 but he died two days later (29 Mar 1923) of convulsions and birth injuries.

Birth and Death - Russell Earl Evison

Russell was buried with his brother, Forrest, and his sister, Violet, in Forest Cemetery.

Burial - The Evisons

The 1930 Census provides more clues that the Evisons were a close family!  Earl and Belva’s only surviving child, Ruth Hannah, was married by 1930 (married name: Bitz) and was living just down the street from her parents in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio.  Earl and Belva owned the house in which they were living and the house was worth $5,500.  And this census provides the answer to whether Earl fought in WWI — he answered “no” when asked if he was a veteran.

1930 Census - Earl and Belva Evison

By 1940, Earl and Belva had moved to Spencer Township, Lucas County, Ohio — living next door to their daughter, Ruth, and her family.  This Census asked each person what was the highest grade that they completed.  For Earl it was Grade 5 and for Belva, Grade 6.  Earl was still employed as a carpenter (house construction).

1940 Census - Earl and Belva Evison

Death and Burial of Belva and Earl Evison

On 2 Jan 1941, 53-year-old Belva Rogers Evison died in the Women and Children’s Hospital in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio.  Her cause of death is difficult to read but it is broncho ? (update:  broncho pneumonia) and saphenous phlebitis, with a contributory cause of hypertensive heart disease.  The Informant was her husband, Earl.  At the time of her death, Belva and Earl were living at R R #1, Holland, Ohio.

Death - Belva Rogers Evison

William “Earl” Evison died when he was 68 years old of a cerebral hemorrhage and hypertension.  He passed away in Sylvania, Lucas County, Ohio, on 2 Apr 1951.  The Informant was his daughter, Ruth Evison Bitz.  Earl was buried in Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania on 5 Apr 1951.

Death - William Earl Evison

My next blog will be about Ruth Hannah Evison, the only child of Earl and Belva to survive childhood and live into adulthood.

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