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Old 12-26-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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30 June 1945, Canonsburg, PA marriage record
Bride
Louisa H Ward, age 23, residence 31 E Pike St, previously married, husband died 1944, father unknown, mother Bernice Rush, mother's maiden name Bernice Rush, deceased.
Groom
William L McMillan, single, Marine Corps, father Thomas McMillan, mother Emma Jane Palmer, both deceased.
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Wiliam was Marine that had been POW assigned to Philippine zone.
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Death, age 0 years, Michigan death records
Ecorse, Michigan
McMillan, Thomas Louis born Oct 10, 1948
Died 21August 1949
Father Thomas McMillan
Mother Louise Rush
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Ecorse, Michigan city directory
1952
McMillan, Mrs Louise residing 58 W Glenwood
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marriage to Walter Nikonowicz not found
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Wyandotte, Michigan city directory
1958, 1959
Walter Nikonowicz (wife Louise) construction worker, carpenter
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Walter died 1965 Wyandotte
Louise died 1981
Louise Nikonowicz birth 4Mar1922, death 9Jul1981, Wyandotte, Michigan. Residence Southgate, Wayne County, Michigan
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:03 AM
 
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My God!!! I have to read this twice!!! What a great detective work!! Thank you so much for the help!!!!
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:33 AM
 
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His army serial number: 33709983
Unit : K Company, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
Born: 15 April 1913
Died : 16 November 1944 Place : Hürtgen forest, Germany
Final burial : American Military Cemetery Henri-Chapelle (Belgium), plot G, row13, grave 37
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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Originally Posted by historyfan View Post
Ecorse, Michigan city directory
1952
McMillan, Mrs Louise residing 58 W Glenwood
Yes, historyfan is correct. There is more:

58 West Glenwood - Ecorse, Michigan

1950
Mrs. Louise McMillian
J. W. Bohannon and wife Betty
Dale Kilgore

1953
J.W. Bahannon
Dale Kilgore

1954
Dale Kilgore
Peggie Walter

1956
Dale Kilgore
Mrs. Daisy Hemby

J.W. Bohannon and Dale Kilgore lived with Louise in 1950. Maybe they can be found and they are young enough to be alive and well.
Why they resided with Louise is not known.

You have many, many names and you never know which person out of all those names is the one that knows what you want to know.

Benedikte: What are your main goals?
1. A photo of Donald
2. To locate his two daughters who are age 69 and 72 and likely alive and well but under their married name.
3. What other details about Donald would you like......

You have given near unlimited devotion to Mr. Ward and to be commended.

Last edited by howard555; 12-27-2013 at 11:44 AM..
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:54 PM
 
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I've always been interested in history, especially in WWII. I was raised by my grandparents and in my childhood I have heard many stories about war and resistance. Through that passion I came in contact with an association that commemorates fallen soldiers for whom I have an endless respect. So it seemed a great idea to adopt a grave. This was an appropriate way to pay tribute to our liberators. Henri-Chapelle is only half an hour drive from my home. I regularly visit the cemetery and put flowers. From the moment I was the official adopter of his grave, I started searching. I have a good friend in The Netherlands, Ben Savelkoul, who helped me with my search. I wanted to know as much as possible about him. I wanted to know what kind of person he was, what he looked like, ... My greatest wish is to get a photo of him. I was hoping I would get this and other information through his daughters. Unfortunately his family situation is so complicated and America is sooooo big!!!! Fortunately I can rely on helpful people like you! So thank you very much for your efforts! It means a lot to me!
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:26 AM
 
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The Central Greene School District (<Franklin Township) has 2 public schools: Margaret Bell Miller Middle School (called high school in 1928) and Waynesburg Central High School... but the last one is buit in the sixties.
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:36 AM
 
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I already found the info on the school district. Many schools were merged together. Since we know what town he lived in at 17, it will be easy for me to figure out which one. The yearbook is most likely to be at an old library somewhere.
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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Perhaps there is a Ward researcher who will respond with present day contacts.

The Ward ancestry in Pennsylvania.
Donald was grandson of John Bell Ward.
John B Ward's father and grandfather were farmers in Greene County, first located in Morgan, Greene Co. census 1830.

John Bell Ward was son of Nathan Ward 1844-1918 & Sarah Elizabeth Sharp 1849-1923, Greene County, Pennsylvania

Nathan Ward was son of John Ward born in Greene County 1805 and Minerva Gray born 1810 Greene County.

Children of John & Minerva Ward: Catherine, Phineus, John, Nathan,Norton

Children of Nathan & Sarah Ward: Manerva, John Bell, HenryC, Winfield, JS, Laura, Thomas L

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Donald appears to son of Pearl Ward because John Wolfe said he was his brother. I could not find a marriage for Pearl Ward prior to the Wolfe one. That does not mean she was not necessarily married to Donald's father, only that I could not find it.

John Bell Ward and Lena Loray Roupe had three children --all daughters:

Daisy Lena Ward
b 28 March 1893
d 14 Oct 1964
married 1913 to Elmer Ward Hull (1890-1956) went by Ward Hull
had son George Hull
all in Washington County, Pennsylvania

Pearl May Ward
b Sept 1897
d unlocated information- before 1920 census..(1918-1920)
married 1914 Clarence Wolfe (1892-1969)
Marriage license has her last name misspelled as Waard...Clarence Wolfe 22, and Pearl May Waard 21
on his 1917 WWI registration, he claimed wife, child, mother as dependents
In 1920 Ward household Clarence Wolf is widowed with sons Geo W & John R.
Clarence married 1923 Elizabeth Horne
1935 lived Waynesburg, Greene Co, Pennsylvania
1940 Belmont, Ohio worked at coal mine, loader
with 22 year old wife Lois and two children Clarence 1& Charles 2
Clarence Wilson Wolfe died Oct 1969 Mansfield, Pennsylvania leaving 6 sons:
Charles, James, Robert, William all of Mansfield; Clarence Jr, and George of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Mary Elizabeth Ward
b 1899
d 1988
married 24 Nov 1916 John Lacey Smith (died 1983)
She was 17, he was 21
Children posted at familytree, not verified:
Clarence 1917-1918
John W 1919-1919
Margaret Lena 1921-2001
William Edgar 1923-2011

In 1930 Oct 30 divorce filed
Finalized 16 Dec 1930
Mary Elizabeth Ward Smith received custody of children Margaret Lena & Frederick Warren
Then she re-married.
Married 1931 March 18 Bayard Henry Spragg
Known child- Bayard Thomas Spragg 1932-1972
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:30 PM
 
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This is fantastic news!!! The puzzle pieces begin to fall together. I have a document reporting the name Daisy Hull as next of kin! So she was Donald's aunt! Amazing! I try to draw a family tree again! Thank you so much!!!!!
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:30 AM
 
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It was a pleasure. Thank you for adopting Donald's grave and honoring his memory. Perhaps someone will recognize an ancestor amongst these names and contact you.
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