Thursday, November 25, 2010

Postcards from Australia - Part 3

 My husband's father was stationed on the U.S.S. Idaho from 1925 to 1929.

Manuel Howard Warren Sr. (AKA Howard) had the opportunity to travel the world will serving in the Navy.  On one of this trips he was in Sydney, Australia.  Recently - in two different posts - I shared postcards he had either bought or received from someone while he was visiting Australia.  These are the final three postcards from Sydney.
The first two post can be read by following the links below:

Mary Post Warren
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

There's One In Every Family

The topic for the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is... "There's one in every family!"  I did not participate in #1 to #99 editions of the Carnival of Genealogy mainly because I did not start blogging about my genealogy until the first of 2010.  Thus, I decided to give this edition a try.  

A mystery always surrounded my paternal grandfather.  When we kids would ask my dad about his father he would always say 'I don't know'.  The only real clue we had about him was that he was an actor, that he left my paternal grandmother when she became pregnant with my dad, and that dad had a chance to meet his dad when he was about 12 but turned down that opportunity.   His reasoning was 'I just didn't want to meet him'.

Orvay Jermain(e) Post was born in Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin on 1.8.1886 to Jermain E. Post (10.16.1851 - Green County, NY) and Elizabeth Clayton (5.10.1857 - Middleton, Dane County, WI).  Orvay had at least one sibling, an older brother named Clarence Elmo Post (born 3.26.1881).

Orvay married (or did he?) Bess Coulter sometime in the late 1890s or early 1900s.  I have been unable to verify their marriage.  He and Bess had 2 children, O.J. and Lucille. Lucille was born 6.19.1905 in San Antonio Texas and died on 7.18.1909 in Phoenix Arizona, of Septicemia and Diphtheria.  

I do not know if O.J. was born before or after Lucille.  From the picture of O.J. and my father below I would guess that O.J. is only three or four years older than Hays.  I assume O.J. is named for his father but I have been unable to verify that. 

Elizabeth Clayton? holding Hays,
O.J. standing on Elizabeth's right 
Several years after Lucille's death they had another child (my father) Hays Coulter Post, born 2.15.1913.  The story goes that Orvay was upset that Bess had become pregnant and left her during her pregnancy.  

In 1916: Orvay is married to Virginia Glenn.  They had at least one son, Clayton Glenn Post (born 8.27.1915). Clayton had 3 sons (my cousins) whom I discovered in about 2002.  I have since met 2 of these cousins, and hopefully will have the opportunity to met the 3rd one some day soon.

In 1921: I find Orvay married to Margaret (Lola) Wise (born 1901).  According to their marriage license Margaret was a chorus girl, Orvay was an actor. They had at least one son.  Per the 1930 census Margaret is living in San Francisco, divorced, working as a waitress, and has a young boy child. 

In 1924: Sometime in early 1924 Orvay made his way back to my grandmother.  This may have been when my dad had an opportunity to meet him and declined.  The results of Bess and Orvay meeting up again?  You guess this time!  Yep, another child.  I'm not at liberty to disclose full information on this but let it be known that 'Aunty' was born in 1924.  She was put up for adoption...she never knew until she was in her 70s that she was adopted.   My dad apparently knew nothing about her....or did he, and he just didn't tell us?  Who knows!!!  I do know I had the great pleasure of meeting her, her husband, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren several years ago.  I still keep in touch with her.  She would have been a wonderful 'aunty' while I was growing up and an awesome sister for my dad.

Now the questions are: Did Orvay marry again? Was he on the rebound after a third marriage when he and Bess hooked up again in 1924?  Or was he still married to Lola, or maybe married again to another?  Did he have more children?  Did he leave his spouses because he had impregnated them? 

Orvay died in 1947 in Los Angeles California.  I have been unable to find out which cemetery he is buried in.  If I ever do I will be taking a quick trip to visit it, hopefully to find additional information.

Mary Post Warren
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun- What are you thankful for?

I've been struggling the last few weeks trying to find time to do more research and post more blogs.  I don't know if it's me feeling a little burn out, or the lack of time I seem to have since I've gone back to work, or if it's just 'that' time of the year.  It may even be a combination of all three.

Randy Seaver's with Gena-Musings sends out a weekly challenge to all Gena-Bloggers on Saturday night.  This week he says:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Make a list of Genealogy-oriented people or things that you are thankful for.  Any number -- 1, 10, 100, whatever.

2)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook comment or Note - DONE VIA FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

 Here's mine:

1. I am most thankful for my ancestors who went before me...the legacy of faith, family, and future they have left for me and all their descendants.  

2. I am also thankful the family, extended family, and others I have reconnected with via my research:
  •  my niece (whom I had not heard from in 25 years), read this and this
  • contact from my 2nd cousin Greg who has been a Godsend in my genealogy work - from myriads of pictures to the donating to me a flat bed scanner for use in scanning the pictures; 
  • my dad's full sister (whom he never knew about) and for the opportunity to meet her and my many cousins; 
  • and, to the many friends, relatives and fellow-bloggers who have read, encouraged and left dozens of comments on my blogs.
  • most of all I'm thankful for my immediate family who encourage me to 'keep on trucking' with this blog and my research.
3. I'm thankful for the many resources available on the internet, in Family Research Libraries and in county libraries...all of which aid in my finding additional information on family/ancestors.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Mary Post Warren
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veterans Day 2010 - Thanks to everyone!

To all those who served in the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and any other branch of the service I salute you!  Some of my family members who graciously served their country, some drafted, some volunteered - include 2 brothers, my father, 1 son, and various ancestors though out the years.

Some of those from my family I honor today are:

1. Robert Bernard Gleason aka Bernardum Robertum Gleason (son of Thomas Gleason and Hedvig Motzko) Killed during World War II (He would be my 2nd cousin)

2. Robert Max Priser (3.20.1923 to 10.20.1944) - son of Fred Earl Priser/Velma Kime, grandson of Benjamin Frank Priser/Nancy Schrock, great grandson of Yost and Martha (Plank) Schrock.  Killed in Italy during World War II (He would be a second cousin)

3. Hays Coulter Post (2.15.1913 to 2.25.1987) - son of Orvey Post and Bess Coulter Post.  Served in the Army, honorable discharge October 1941. (My father)

1962 - James J. Post
(my big brother)

4. James Joseph Post (7.9.1942 to 12.27.1993) - son of Hays Coulter Post/Margaret Troyer.  Retired U.S. Air Force 1982.  Served in Viet Nam. (My brother)

5. H. Christopher Post (birth date withheld) son of Hays Coulter Post/Margaret Troyer
Manue H Warren (Left)

6. Manuel H. Warren (4.16.1905 - 8.22.1965) - son of Archie Warren. U.S. Navy (1925-1929)

Howard Warren
7. M. Howard Warren (birth date withheld for privacy) - son of Manuel H.  Warren/Myrtle Engel.  U.S Army (Germany 1957-1961)

8. William H. Warren (birth date withheld for privacy) - son of Howard Warren/Mary Post. MU.S. Army (Germany 1983-1991). Served in Persian Gulf

Thank you to these special people and to all who served our country is such a self-less way.

Mary Post Warren
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Postcards from Australia - Part 2

This is part two of a 3 to 4 part series of postcards that were in a collection of hubs dad's that the hub's inherited many years ago. See the first set here. Watch next week for additional postcards.

 Photos for the postcards were taken between 1830 and 1855 in Sydney, Australia.  They were purchased by my Father-in-Law, Manuel Howard Warren Sr. (AKA Howard) sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s either while on a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy or on a visit.

Mary Post Warren
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