Friday, January 29, 2016

Update: Hattie Hess

Along with the Photo Feature from this morning, I have a special treat this week:

If you recall what I said back in August about the eldest daughter of Jessie Alverda Mohn Hess, you can skip down past this quote; otherwise, just to refresh your memory:

Hattie Helen Hess is a mystery to me. Though she appears in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 Census records in her parents' home in Jackson township, Richland county, I have not been able to scratch out any other records that match her. There is another Helen Hess of precisely the same age living in Richland county at the same time....
(Any further information about Hattie Helen's fate would be greatly appreciated.)

Well, there is more information, now - thanks in part to the recent availability of the U.S. Social Security Applications database on - so here is an update on her family:

Hattie Helen Hess (1898–1961) grew up in Jackson township, Richland county, Ohio, and married Wilbur Albert Kirkendall (1900–1963) on 23 March 1922.

Albert was born and raised in Plymouth, Richland county. His parents were William A Kirkendall (1854–1941), also a native of Plymouth and a farmer of that post-Civil War generation, and Jennie Amanda Adams Stine (1871–1948). Jennie was not related to Franklin Pierce Stine (from last week's post, A Real Hoot), as far as I can tell. His father's name was Leonard, and I could not find any record tying his father to her father, Henry D Stine.

Albert had four younger siblings, and two older half-siblings from Jennie's first marriage. Albert and Helen had two children, a daughter and a son about eleven years apart, in age. In the 1940 Census, Albert's occupation is listed as "ferryman." Their son is still living.

Their daughter was Kennagene Lucille Kirkendall (1924–2001), and she married Harold Raymond Day (1919–2010) on 10 August 1943 in Cumberland, North Carolina. Harold does not appear to be related to the Day family mentioned in two earlier posts (The Distance of Close Connections or It's a Glyde Day), but I know there is another link to that family still ahead of us, so I'm sure we'll come back and take another look.

The son of  Gabriel Day (1881–1949) and Beatrice "Bessie" Holycross (1898–1978), Harold graduated from Shelby High School, class of 1940.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting in both the Battle of the Bulge and the Invasion of Normandy. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star medal, along with the Normandy Invasion and Service Medals with four Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead.

After his military service, he worked at the Wilkins Air Force Depot and Shelby Cycle. He and Kennagene raised one son together, and they left behind a large number of great- and great-great grandchildren.

1 comment:

  1. what a war hero. to fight from the beaches of normandy to the battle of the bulge. what horror he saw! how grateful i am to men like that!