I’ve written before about Warren Charles Alwood, who was a good and faithful man. Warren and Addie raised six children… The first three had no surviving children of their own. The next two had thirty surviving children between the two them! And the last had just one surviving child.
Franklin Mark-Alwood: Franklin was born to Addie Mark five years before she married Warren. Since the math didn’t add up, I dug up a birth record. He was born to Addie in Ohio, out of wedlock, no father listed. But after their marriage, Warren raised Frankie as his own, calling him his “son” in the census records. According to Franklin’s obituary, he had suffered from some type of spinal problem since babyhood. He died in 1900 at age 13 of typhoid fever.
Irvin Burgoyne Alwood: Irvin’s 1918 draft card describes him as medium height and build, with blue eyes and light hair. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in World War I, as part of the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe. Later he worked in a foundry—not easy work! Irvin had no children with either of his wives. He died in 1963 at age 71 and is buried with second wife Leah.
Wayne Nedry Alwood: Wayne served in World War I as a private in the 337th Infantry. His draft card said he was tall, slender, with gray eyes and dark hair. Wayne never married; his niece Denise Haring said that he fell in love with a girl whose parents didn’t approve, and they moved her away, and he was so brokenhearted that he gave up on marriage for good. In the 1920 census he lives with his father and little sister Beulah; in the 1930 census he lives with his sister Floy and her family; by 1940 he lives with his cousin Alice in Ohio. Wayne died in 1948 in his fifties at a VA hospital in Michigan from heart disease, which he probably inherited from his mother.
Hazel Irene Alwood: Hazel married at sixteen and had fifteen children, fourteen of whom survived to adulthood to have children of their own. She and husband Walter Garver were farmers. (I’ve talked about her family in another post.) Hazel died at age 72.
Floy Dell Alwood: Floy outdid her sister Hazel in the effort to produce the most grandchildren for Warren—she and husband Charles Haring had sixteen children! The family is pictured below. Floy’s death was a very tragic one… As two granddaughters told it in a family cookbook/history book, Floy worked at a local laundry to help support her large family. One day she was told of an automobile accident involving one of her daughters and a friend in which, she was told, her daughter was killed. Floy had a heart attack that day, and died shortly after, at age 61. As it turned out, her daughter had survived the accident.
Beulah Marie Alwood: Beulah lost her mother when she was only six and was raised by her father, with the help of her brother Wayne. (Below is a photograph of Beulah and Wayne around 1912.) Beulah grew up to marry local farmer LaDoyt Alverado Carey and they had two sons. The older one, John, died at four months due to accidental strangulation. What a tragedy! I wonder how it affected their family? Beulah died at age 57.
I love to trace the paths of a married couple and all their children, not just the one who is a direct ancestor. In genealogy they call it “descendancy research.” I call it “finding the stories.”