Roy U. WILSON (1894-1939) – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 6)

Roy U. WILSON (1894-1939) – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 6)

My mother’s daddy died when she was only 8 years old. His full name was Roy Ulmont WILSON, born 1 October 1894 near Warrington, Hancock County, Indiana, to Isaac Andrew WILSON, a blacksmith and farmer in Brown Township, and Barbara Ellen (HAAS) WILSON, a first generation German-American who was born in Pennsylvania, probably Philadelphia, not long after her parents immigrated. I have been told that Roy absolutely hated his middle name and used only his initial. He even named his first born Roy U. Wilson, Jr., with no middle name.

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Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN (1893-1964) : “Auto Salesman Arraigned in Hit and Run” or How my Grandfather Got into the 1940 Census Twice – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 4)

Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN (1893-1964) : “Auto Salesman Arraigned in Hit and Run” or How my Grandfather Got into the 1940 Census Twice – 52 Ancestors

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James William WILSON (1888-1943) : “Died in a gutter in Colorado”

James William WILSON (1888-1943) : “Died in a gutter in Colorado”

The family said that he “died in a gutter in Colorado.” But sometimes families exaggerate. They said he had a drinking problem — that it contributed to his death. Perhaps it did. Continue reading

James Joseph WILSON (19 January 1929 – 21 March 1985) – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 2)

James Joseph WILSON was born James Joseph TRAUTMAN on 19 January 1929,  Staten Island, Richmond County, New York, USA (1). He died James Joseph WILSON on 21 March 1985, in Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Indiana, USA (2). He was 56.

James Joseph WILSON was my dad. He was known as Jim, or “Jimmy Joe” when he was a boy and to his family. Continue reading