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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 😉