Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Middle Child: Nick Ferguson

James L. Ferguson and Eliza Callin's middle child was a boy born in 1843. I don't know if I'm making too much of his name, but it always struck me as a unique choice among the many Johns, James, Williams,  and Georges in use by the rest of the family. It may have come from Charles Dicken's third novel, Nicholas Nickleby, or James and Eliza may have learned it from reading about Czar Nicholas I of Russia.

Regardless of the origin of his name, from the age of five Nicholas P. Ferguson (1843–1912) grew up on his father's farm in Jackson township, De Kalb county, Indiana. He was eighteen years old when the Civil War broke out, and as we discussed last week, his two older brothers enlisted; Nicholas does not appear to have done so, though there are a number of people named "Nicholas Ferguson" in other states who did. It is possible I simply couldn't tell that one of them was our Nicholas Ferguson!

Nicholas married Latita "Lettie" Kiester (1850–1930) on 26 April 1868 in De Kalb county. Poor Lettie is one of those people with a name that the people taking and transcribing records simply cannot grasp - her name appears variously as Letitia, Luticia, Letechia, and even Delotea in one source. And her surname gets the same treatment, rendered as everything from "Kester" to "Keister." The Callin Family History spells it "Latita Kiester," so that's what I've used here. The records also diverge on her birthdate; for example her obituary says 22 September 1850, but the 1850 Census that lists her with her family (Peter and Lydia Keister) was taken on 2 August that year, and most other sources indicate that she was born "about 1849."

You may recall that Nicholas's grandmother, Elizabeth Simon Callin, was living with his family during the 1860s. She died in 1864, just a few years before his wedding, and his mother, Eliza Callin Ferguson, died just two years after, in 1870. All of Nicholas's surviving siblings were grown by then, and his father went to live with Nicholas's younger brother, John. Nicholas established his own farm near Auburn, and he and Lettie raised their family there, until retiring from farming and moving into Auburn around 1900.

In 1912, when he was 67 years old, Nicholas was sent to the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne for a surgical procedure, and he died there on 26 January 1912. Lettie survived him by 19 years, eventually succumbing to a five week illness in 1930 and dying at the home of their youngest daughter, Dorothy Ferguson Mitchener.

Nick and Lettie left behind seven children. This week, we'll only have time to look at the eldest:

     I. Mildred Ferguson (1870–1952) was probably named for her aunt Mildred Ferguson Ettinger. She married her first husband, William Newton Penland (1867–1953) on 30 April 1896. They were not married for long; in 1900, Mildred was listed in the home of Fillmore Squires as his housekeeper. At that time, the Census said she was married, but she and her three-year-old son, William, lived in the Squires household, and her husband was nowhere to be found--at least not in the 1900 Census.

William Newton Penland turned up in Osborne county, Kansas in 1905, and by 1910 he had remarried Anna R. Simon (1887-1982). They would have three children between 1910 and 1914, and then relocate to Los Angeles county, California, in the early 1920s. They would remain in the Alhambra area until their respective deaths.

On 7 January 1905, Mildred remarried, too; her second husband was Fillmore A "Phil" Squires (1861–1948), whose name you may recognize as her employer in 1900. Phil was widowed some time prior to 1900, and had a son, John H.L. (or Leroy) Squires (b. 1877), from his previous marriage. By 1910, Mildred and Phil had two daughters, as well.

They raised their step-sons and their daughters in the Auburn, but at some later point, the couple moved to Muskegon, Michigan, where they died a few years apart. Since that is where Lavornia and her husband were living, also, that they may have moved there together.

     A. William Everett Pendland (1896–1981) was raised by his mother and step-father, and as far as I know, he never had contact with his father; particularly after the elder William Penland remarried and relocated to California. Everett appears to have preferred the spelling of "Pendland," while his father's records use "Penland."

William married Nellie M Emerick (1897–1990) on Christmas Eve, 1919, and they lived in Fort Wayne, where he was president of the General Printing Company during the 1920s. He and Nellie raised a son and daughter in Auburn, and lived out their lives there after he retired from business.

     1. Iris Maxine Pendland (1920–1980) married Lawrence Leroy Wible (1920–2003), and they had three sons and a daughter, all but one of whom are still living. Larry was a realtor in the Auburn area, and he retired in 1985. After Iris died in 1980, Larry remarried; his wife survived him.

     a. James Robert Wible (1958–1981) graduated from Waterloo High school in De Kalb county, Indiana. He died at age 23 in Los Angeles, California.

     2. James William Pendland (1926–1980) served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Corporal. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Business and the I. U. Law School. He went to Lawrence County after receiving his law degree and practiced for a brief period in Mitchell before moving his practice to Bedford, where he was a practicing attorney and Lawrence County Public Defender. He was married several times, but left no children of his own; his wife and stepson are still living.

     B. Lavornia Squires (1905–1998) married Harry G Julian (1901–1979) on 23 March 1929 in Defiance county, Ohio. Harry was a salesman, and the couple moved quite a bit, living in Grand Rapids for a few years, then Indiana, then Ohio, and ending up in the Muskegon, Michigan, area. They also had an address in Pinellas county, Florida. They do not seem to have had any children of their own.

     C. Ruth Squires (1908–2005) and her sister were involved in a car accident in 1924, in which the car they were riding in was struck by a freight train. Two passengers were killed, and Ruth sued the driver and the railroad for her injuries.

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Ruth married Arol A Draime (1903–1967) on 15 September 1927 in De Kalb county, Indiana, and they settled in Willard, Huron county, Ohio, where they raised their daughter and three sons. Arol worked for the Baltimore & Ohio railroad as a chief clerk for 45 years. Incidentally, they were married by the Rev. Joseph W. Ferguson, whom you may recall from last week's post.

     1. Richard Eugene "Dick" Draime (1929–2001) was too young to fight in World War II, but he enlisted after graduating from Willard High School, and served in the newly established United States Air Force. He was stationed at Scott Air Force Base when he was married in 1951, and returned to the Cleveland area after his enlistment was up.

Dick was married several times, but I have not seen any records indicating whether he had any children; each of his wives may still be living, as well. Since Arol's 1967 obituary says that he left behind 17 grandchildren, I'm willing to bet that at least a couple of them were Dick's children!

     2. Donald A Draime (1930–1995) married his wife, Louise Ann Cline (1932–2004), probably in the 1950s. There was another Donald Draime family living in Canton, Ohio, during this time; unfortunately, all of my searches kept finding information about that other family, so I know very little about Donald and Louise.

     3. Beverly Ann Draime (1931–2012) was married twice; first to a boxer named Marlen "Mike" Roose (1927-2009), and in 1956, to Angelo J "Cap" Caporini. Mike Roose was a top-ranked amateur boxer in California, but he also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and as a U.S. Marshal in Ohio. He married Beverly around the end of the war, and they had two children before they split up around 1951.

Mike remarried Maxine Faith in 1952, and in 1956, Beverly married Mr. Caporini, a veteran of the U.S. Army; they also had two children after moving to Ontario, Ohio. When she died in 2012, her daughter, step-daughter, and her three sons were all still living. Beverly left behind 12 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 8 step-grandchildren.

     4. David Max Draime (1933–2006) was a U.S. Navy veteran and graduate of Kent State University who established the Stoneridge company in 1965. The company produced wiring harnesses for the agricultural equipment. The company grew from five employees at the original factory to 6,000 employees on four continents. Max's son remained the company's director at his death.

I'm not renowned for my skills at mathematical computation, but if Arol Draime's obituary was correct, and he had 17 grandchildren in 1967, then there are 12 unaccounted for in my records. That is a lot of Draime family to track down! If you happen to know any of them, please send them this blog post, and let them know about our work, here.

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A couple of administrative notes:

1. My time management skills are not great, and I have been struggling to stick to a weekly posting schedule on this blog. It isn't that I don't want to put the time in - I do! - it's just that I have a number of other projects related to the grand "Tad Callin Retirement Plan" that I haven't been keeping up on. So for the next few posts, I'm going to do my best to stay on the weekly schedule, but I expect it will slip to a bi-weekly or even monthly post over the summer.

2. Since there will be empty space in the schedule here, I would like to extend an invitation to all of you: If you're related to me, and have a story about the family you'd like to share, I am always happy to put up guest posts. They don't have to be long, they don't have to be "proven" - family lore, photos (identified or not) and memories are all part of the family history.

And, as always, if you've come across this blog because you're one of the living descendants of someone I've written about, I'd love to hear from you! I am sure I've made some mistakes or left a lot out - I don't post information about living people, so if I can't tell whether they're still living, I err on the side of caution and don't write about them.

Please drop me an email (I am callintad at gmail), Tweet at me (@tadmaster), or find me on Facebook (we have a private Callin Family History group there) and help me make this history more accurate and complete.

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