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(Research):He appears in the 1920 Rhea County census in the household of Pleasant Miller Purser (son of WGB Purser), listed as Pleasant Miller's grandson, age 7. The listing is hard to figure. It reads Pleasant M. Purser 55 Farmer [blotted out] Travis 24 Stepdaughter Gertie Travis 29 Daughter Carrol H. Trotter 7 Grandson Nelson makes no mention of Gertrude's marriage or children or of Trotter. However, in my old notes from talks with Jack in the late 1950s I have that Gertrude married Benjamin Travis. I did not find Benjamin Travis in the 1920 census. THIS CHECKS: Just found the death of Gertie C. Purser Travis, age 40, on 24 March 1925, from TB, in the Rhea County Death Records. To complicate things, from the WPA records I have a marriage of Pleasant Miller Purser to Lucy Trotter on 6 Dec 1909. 
Trotter, Hoyle M. (I2566)


Walter BOLES
Birth Date: 26 Nov 1890
Death Date: 15 Feb 1967
Social Security Number: 420-14-4325
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Alabama

Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 35020
Localities: Avalon Park, Bessemer, Brighton, Brownville, and
Hueytown of Jefferson Co., Alabama

"Laid off" in 1949.

Retired from farming and returned to Bessemer where most of his grown
children now lived. 
Boles, Walter Herbert (I652)
Thompson, Elizabeth A. (I309)
A native of Chattanooga, he was formerly of Rhea County, Tenn. an auto mechanic with Adcox-Kirby Chevrolet for 30 years and a member of Masonic Lodge 512 F&AM and Pleasantdale Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon. 
McDowell, James Burley (I1050)
At the time of his death, he lived in Dalton, Georgia, and worked as a supervisor for the Mississippi Central Railroad. He died in a train wreck on Friday, Feb 25, 1870, around 4 o'clock in the afternoon, in Mississippi, apparently near Oxford, on a train bound for New Orleans. A dispatch from Oxford, quoted in the March 10, 1870 issue of the North Georgia Citizen, a Dalton weekly newspaper, gave these details of the accident:

'The train, leaving Humboldt behind time, rapidly approached Buckner's trestle, which is forty feet high and over a ravine. The engine crossed safely, but the remainder of the train ran off the track, crushing the trestle and completely wrecking the baggage, mail, express and three passenger cars. The cause of the accident is believed to have been in the unsound condition of the trestle timbers, which permitted a rail to slip out of place, and thus switch off the cars, which crushed through the trestle or plunged into the ditch. 'Every car was utterly destroyed. The baggage, mail and express freight broke loose, and was scattered on the sides of the ravine into which the wreck plunged. The first and second passenger cars were shattered into pieces. The remaining passenger car kept its place on the track while its forward end rested on the wreck of the second car in the ravine, at an inclination of fifty degrees. 'Two women and four children, twelve white and three colored persons, are known to have been killed, and it is feared some others. 'Among the killed was...J. (sic) McDonald, supervisor of the southern end of the road.'
Another dispatch, from Memphis, stated that 'McDonald's body was horribly mangled, and is hardly recognizable.'

In the March 3, 1870 issue of the North Georgia Citizen, the following paragraph appeared, under the heading, 'Terrible Accident': 'A train on the Mississippi Central railroad broke through a trestle bridge last Friday, killing seventeen persons and wounding several others. Mr. Marshall McDonald, a well known citizen of this place, was one of the victims to this railroad carelessness. His remains were brought to this place and buried by the Masonic Fraternity, Monday morning, last. He was a much respected citizen, and leaves many friends to sympathize with the widow and orphans.'

From the birth dates of his children, he was living in Georgia from at least 1850 to 1858, and in Tennessee from 1860 till 1866. He was in Bradley County, Tennessee at the time of the 1860 census. 
McDonald, Marshall Wiley (I191)
Dot was a graduate of Rhea Central High School and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She retired from Dayton City School, where she taught second grade for 27 years. She was a former member of New Bethel United Methodist Church in Dayton, and had been a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga. She was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma sorority. 
Purser, Stella Pocahontas (I438)
For the past 24 years he has been Tennessee representative of American Textbook Co. He was formerly principal of Dayton, Winchester and Eith high schools.
Mr. Knight was a member of the First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro. He was a Mason, Shriner, and a member of the Tennessee Bookman's Club. 
Knight, Fred Clifford (I480)
He moved to Jacksonville in 1954, and was a member of the Southside Baptist Church. Mr. Stivers was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, received his Masters Degree from George Peabody Teachers College in Nashville, and was associated with the Duval Co. Schools from 1954 until retirement in 1977. He taught at Woodland Acres, Dinsmore, and Susie Talbert Sixth Grade Center, and had been Principal of Mayport School. Mr. Stivers was a Navy Veteran of World War II. 
Stivers, Raymond (I2181)
Herbert L "H L or Hub" PURSER - 21 Jul 1965
liahonadkt (View posts) Posted: 3 Mar 2001 6:00AM
Classification: Obituary
Chattanooga Times; 21 Jul 1965; Chattanooga, TN
Herbert L "Hub" PURSER, 65
Died Tuesday at a Dayton Hospital
Survived by: wife Estelle (Bertha) PURSER; 2 sons: Kenneth and Joe PURSER of Dayton; 3 sisters: Mrs Leonard ARNOLD, Miss Alma PURSER and Mrs Perry BISHOP of Dayton; 6 brothers: Stephen and James of Battle Creek MI, Iven of Crossville TN, Jerry, Nichols and Grady of Dayton; several nieces and nephews
Pallbearers: Kenneth TRAVIS, John Wesley TRAVIS, Warren COLBAUGH, Dewey COLBAUGH, Alberts ROBERTS and Albert PURSER
Burial in Spence Cemetery
Arrangements by Sawyers of Dayton 
Purser, Herbert Lee (I355)
Mrs. Purser was a member of First United Methodist Church of Anniston and a Veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. She retired from the Anniston Army Depot. After retirement, she was a volunteer at Regional Medical Center in the gift shop. She served on the Administrative Board at the Salvation Army for over 20 years.
Legg, Panzie (I933)
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Mary Penner: Draft registration cards can yield a battery of facts
By Mary Penner
Tribune Online Columnist
September 22, 2005

"Booths Crowded All Day With Men Eager To Register" read the headline in the New York Times. Another proclaimed, "Thousands of Men Take Their Families to the Polls, Then Make a Holiday of It." Newspapers across the country sported similar headlines summarizing the events of June 5, 1917. On that day, millions of men in America registered for the draft.

The United States had declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. Not long after, Congress passed the Selective Service Act requiring draft registration for all males aged 21 to 31.

Registration Day, June 5, 1917, was a rollicking event. Many cities, including Albuquerque, declared holidays and organized parades to honor the newly registered men. Politicians, military folk and ordinary opportunists filled city parks with speeches and patriotic songs.

The New York Times further reported that "there was no evidence of gloom, despondency or reluctance" on the part of the registrants. However, the day wasn't without its detractors. Reports throughout the country detailed the arrests of "anti-war agitators" and "anarchists."

One hapless anti-conscriptionist in Omaha was reportedly chased through the streets by a mob of 3,000 people. Cornered in a railroad office, the man agreed to register if the police would rescue him.

Regardless of politics, the World War I draft registration was a boon to genealogists. In all, there were three separate registration days, and eventually the age requirements were expanded to include men born between 1872 and 1900. Nearly 24 million men, who accounted for about 25 percent of the total population in America, registered.

The draft registration cards offer genealogists a bundle of clues. Different questions were asked during each registration period. So, depending on when your ancestor registered, you'll learn different things.

You will find the date and place of birth. You will also find occupation details. George Herman Ruth, for example, listed his occupation as "baseball." Babe said he was employed by "Boston American," and his place of employment was "Fenway Park."

You might find the name and address of the registrant's nearest relative. You also might find the birthplace of the registrant's father, information about dependent relatives and a physical description of the registrant. Babe Ruth noted that he was 6 foot 2 inches with a medium build.

Tips for Using World War I draft registration cards:

Non-U.S. citizens were required to register, too. In fact, many registration sites had interpreters on hand to help register the masses of immigrants who weren't yet citizens.

Men who were already members of the armed forces did not have to register.

Prisoners, the insane and men in hospitals registered. Men who were ill on Registration Day could send a "competent friend" to register for them.

In most cases, the details on the cards came from the actual person, and so the information can be considered fairly reliable. But errors and contradictions exist. Babe Ruth, for example, listed his birthday as Feb. 7, 1894. Most other sources cite his birthday as Feb. 6, 1895.

The registration cards have all been microfilmed and are housed at state archives and libraries and at the National Archives. The Special Collections Library in Albuquerque has 16 films of New Mexico registrants.

The microfilms list the registrants in alphabetical order, generally. Some are out of order, and some are listed under the first name rather than the last name.

Some registration cards are online. Ancestry.com, a subscription service, has links to most of the cards. If you don't subscribe, see if your library branch does.

Web Site of the Week: The Denver Public Library holds 40 microfilms of Colorado draft registrations. See abstracts of the microfilms at: www.denverlibrary.org/whg/gene/codraft.html


Copyright 2005, The Albuquerque Tribune. All Rights Reserved.
Source (S376)
12 "...of what was thought to be rheumatic fever. When she was very ill, her father saddled up his horse late one night and rode into town to get the beloved Dr. J. R. Gillespie. He found the doctor still awake and studying his medical books to try to find a way to help Mildred. After her death, Mrs. C. R. Trotter, a friend and neighbor, composed a loving tribute for the grief-stricken parents, and the poem appeared on the front page of the Dayton Star on March 5, 1915."--Nelson. Most of the poem is printed on p. 90 of Rhea County Relatives. Knight, Mildred Alberta (I482)
13 "60 years old" on tombstone; Ed F. England England, Edward Franklin (I907)
14 "71 yrs old" on tombstone England, James P. (I906)
15 "after a short illness (heart trouble)" Cunningham, Dr. William Wylie (I461)
16 "at home on Walden's Ridge" Knight, Philadelphia (I562)
17 "at residence, late Tuesday evening" Purser, Lillie Parks (I195)
18 "at time of death" Purser, Marguerite (I471)
19 "beside his first wife" Cunningham, Dr. William Wylie (I461)
20 "d. 30 days" Maxwell, Jonah Wiann (I2656)
21 "died Monday night" Purser, Emma Jane (I178)
22 "Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Ministers Bill Hawk, Pat Kirkland and James McCord officiating. Burial was held in Spring City Cemetery. Vaughn Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements." Meadows, Nelta Ruth (I996)
23 "Funeral Services will be held January 6 at the First Baptist Church. Burial will be January 8 in Tulsa, Okla. Purser was born September 20, 1886, in Dayton, Tenn. He was a retired blacksmith and a Baptist. Survivors are three sons, R. K. Purser, William H. Purser, Jr. of Houston, J. A. Purser of Grand Junction, Colo.; a brother, Austin Purser of Silome (sic) Springs, Ark.; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren." Purser, William Henry Sr. (I137)
24 "It is thought that she and her twins died in a flu epidemic which swept the country."--Nelson. Fitzgerald, Missouri (I828)
25 "James and his wife and their son and his wife were first buried in a family plot on the old Spence farm. Some years later their bodies were remeoved from the old family cemetery and reinterred in Buttram cemetery."--Nelson. Spence, James (I901)
26 "James and his wife and their son and his wife were first buried in a family plot on the old Spence farm. Some years later their bodies were remeoved from the old family cemetery and reinterred in Buttram cemetery."--Nelson. Hale, Mahala (I902)
27 "Mr. Davis was born and raised in Meigs County and lived in the city of Decatur for 44 years. He was employed with Hart, Freeman and Roberts architects and engineering firm in Nashville for the past five years. Previous employment was with the TCA [TVA?] for 15 years. He was an engineer with both." Davis, Thomas Boyd (I872)
28 "Mrs. William H. Purser, 43, died after a lingering illness, at 2:20 o'clock Monday morning at her home a mile south of town. The body was shipped to Tulsa by the Paulin Funeral Home and services and burial were held there. As Bessie Irene Miller, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Miller, she was born March 9, 1895, at Morristown, Tenn. She married William H. Purser Dec. 25, 1911, at Tulsa, Okla. To them were born three sons and a daughter, all of whom survive with their father. The children are William H. Purser, Jr., and Robert Kenneth Purser of Kermit, Texas, James Albert Purser of Monahans, Texas, and Mrs. C. I. Stuart of Lubbock, Texas. She is also survived by a brother, David Miller, and a sister, Mrs. W. T. Owen, both of Tulsa. Mrs. Purser came to Artesia three years ago from Tulsa. She was a member of the Baptist Church." Miller, Bessie Irene (I138)
29 "My father came from Georgia--around Rome and Macon, Georgia" Glass, Sam J. (I919)
30 "Purser, Lester M., age 75, passed away early Sunday morning at a Rhea County hospital. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Homer Bandy of Dayton and Mrs Harmon Denton of Bellevue, Mich.; four brothers, William Henry Purser, Monahans, Tex.; C. A. Purser, Siloam Springs, Ark.; J. Lee Purser, Perry, Okla.; and Gillespie Purser, Detroit, Mich.; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 1 p.m. from the Trinity Methodist Church with the Revs. E. G. Pursley, Dale Bittinger, J. T. Houston, and Ralph Cline[?] officiating. Interment will be in Buttram Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Walter Kaylor, Bobby Wilson, Homer Kyle, Huse Denton, Tommy Travis Jr. and Levi Kaylor. The body will be taken to the church to line in state one hour before the service. Coulter Funeral Home of Dayton in charge of arrangements." Purser, Lester Montgomery (I155)
31 "she (her mother) was preceeded in death by ... daughter, La Nella Day Norman..." Day, La Nelle (I526)
32 "sometimes called Yellow Creek Cemetery; ten miles north of Dayton" Day, Cleo M. (I884)
33 $6000 real estate, $4000 personal Minister House & family number 771 Early, Rev. Albert P. (I513)
34 'He and his family had a large, two-story, frame house in Hill City, on what is now known as Bryan Street. (The property was later owned by Orah Lee Woolen.)'--Nelson. Purser, Robert Owen (I61)
35 'In 1897 Ann married Thomas M. Whaley, a widower with three sons, and [after 1900-tvp] moved to Eldorado, Oklahoma.'--Nelson, Rhea County Relatives. In the 1920 census she and Thomas are living in Looney Township, Harmon County, Oklahoma. Keith, Nancy Ann (I46)
36 'of Meigs County, TN' Quilting comfort for camp "The women were kept busy making quilts and uniforms for their loved ones. Kate Leuty reported to B. F. Taylor...: 'On last night I was a the quilting at Mr. Wesly Lillards [sic] helping to quilt a comfort for him to take to camp. We had four young gentlemen with us, more than has been at any of our quiltings this fall.'" DATE: 10 DEC 1861 SOUR: @S2333@ QUAY: 1 Lillard, Robert Wesley (I50)
37 (2nd of his 3 marriages); Rev. J.M. Bramlett, officiant. Family F268
38 (age 72 at death) Thurman, Annie Laurie (I489)
39 (Bell and Howell Information and Learning Company. South Bend Tribune (IN), Obituaries, 1998-99. [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original electronic data from the electronic newspaper newsfeed service of the Bell and Howell Information and Learning Company.) Source (S82)
40 (Billy Ellis: "moved back to home place and died about five years ago." Conversation in Dayton in August 1994.) Purser, Albert Lillard (I55)
41 (Billy Ellis: "moved back to home place and died about five years ago." Conversation in Dayton in August 1994.) Purser, Catherine J. (I935)
42 (Conversation with Billy Ellis, Dayton, August 1994: "she passed away a month or two ago.") Purser, Vera Jo (I934)
43 (Date is estimated). Family F514
44 (From Mother's obituary) Devault, Henry Clay (I595)
45 (Her age was given as 20 in the marriage book). Wooden, Amanda A. (I928)
46 (His wife, Margaret, was widowed in 1900 Rhea County Census, which also listed the youngest child, Glenn, as born in Apr 1893.) Rose, Joseph A. (I1416)
47 (Listed by King as Willy N. Ault.)
Birthplace from 1880 census 
Purser, William Garland (I66)
48 (Listed by King as Willy N. Ault.)
Birthplace from 1880 census 
Ault, Wiley Newman (I1259)
49 (Listed by King as Willy N. Ault.)
Birthplace from 1880 census 
Ault, Wiley Newman (I1259)
50 (Listed by King as Willy N. Ault.)
Birthplace from 1880 census 
Abel, Margaret Adeline (I1260)

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