Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Joseph Royall, Sr. - tailor, sailor, early plantation owner

 1600 - 1655 
Joseph Royall 1 Mary Diane Royall 2 Champness Terry 3 Henry Terry 4, Obediah Moses Dickerson 5 Griffith Dickerson 6 William Smith Dickerson 7 Hiram C. Dickerson 8 William Vincent Dickerson 9 Queen Rebecca Dickerson 10 Edna Bethel Franklin 11 Judith Ann Hayward 12
    As early as 1467, the “Royall” family (that's not a spelling error) had earned a place in English history, thanks to John Royall who, in the late 1400s and early 1500s, held several  public offices under Kings Richard III and Henry VII, while his son, Roger, followed in his footsteps by serving King Henry VIII as a member of the Royal Palace Guard until the king's death in 1547, which finally freed the young people in the family to spread their wings and seek a new life in a new land. 
       One of those was 22 year old Joseph Royall, an accomplished tailor who, while never having lived or worked on a ship before, signed up in 1622 as a member of the crew on the“Charitie”, which was bound for America.  After discovering what was expected of a crewman,  Joseph was quick to admit that while he might not be an accomplished seaman, he was an experienced tailor.  As a result, the Captain assigned him to  mend all the sails and clothing that might suffer during the trip.  He obviously learned a great deal because, within three years, he was promoted to Captain of the ship – quite a feat for 25 year old landlubber!  
     That position was not without its challenges, however, including how to keep the ship afloat while most of his crew was stricken with a disease called “burning fever” (perhaps typhus or malaria in today's terms). 
Then, after the fever “burned itself out”, he was forced to deal with a seemingly minor but  extremely irritating  problem caused by two of his passengers who just happened to be the wife and daughter of the ship's owner, Luke Boyse.  To the Captain's  surprise, instead of complimenting him on his skill in bringing the ship to safety during a terrible storm, Mrs. Boyse accused him of allowing sea water to leak into the ship and ruin all her clothing!  Joseph must have been disheartened later to learn that her husband/his employer took his wife's side in the dispute and, as a result, ordered Joseph to not only apologize to his wife, but to replace every piece of damaged clothing and make them better than before. 
But Mrs. Boyse was on a crusade to make Joseph's life miserable, thanks to what she perceived as his disregard for her pain and loss.  As a result, she took him to court, where she presented an agreement which had been signed by both her late husband and Joseph soon  after he had been promoted to Captain of the Charitie.  (An explanation was never provided as to why he had signed it in the first place, but some believe it was just meant to get that woman off his back! )

     This document proved that Joseph had agreed to make and pay for every dress worn by Alice Boyse, her child and their servants until he was no longer living in the area, in which case his family members would then be held responsible for serving her and her child!  (Fortunately a decree of this sort, although sounding official, was impossible to enforce even then, and it's believed that he was eventually officially freed from what she considered a life-long obligation.)

      It seems that his encounter with Mrs. Boyse ended his life on the sea, and he soon was on his way to Virginia with a new plan in mind which included finding a wife and  building a plantation on the James River.. 

     Joseph was married three times, first to an English girl whose surname was Thomasin and who
died shortly after their marriage. Then, in 1629, he married Ann (whose surname is unknown but who agreed with his decision to build his home in Jamestown, Virginia which was the first permanent English settlement in North America and founded only20 years before.)  Sadly, Ann was killed by marauding Indians in 1642 before having had much of a chance to enjoy their beautiful new home.

     After identifying the land he wished to claim, Joseph had begun to accumulate head-rights, each of which was worth 50 acres of land. Before long, thanks to receiving a head-right for himself and each of his three wives (whose names, for some reason, were omitted from their patent applications), his brother, Henry who had joined him, and servants he transported from England, he had accumulated enough to claim 500 acres of prime land running along the north side of the James River in Henrico County just above the “Shirley” Plantation (
built in 1614 and still an active plantation).

     Perhaps in honor of happy times he had experienced while a child on the Aughama (aka Doghams) River in France, he named his home Doghams Farms. ( The house was occupied by his family for over 200 years and 300 years after it was built, it was listed by the Virginia Landmarks Register on the "National Register of Historic Places").

Thanks to Joseph's vast experience as a ship captain, he had known exactly where to build Doghams so that – while growing crops on the land - it would also allow lively trade opportunities on the James River where it was not only accessible but wide enough to allow ships to bring in rich cargoes in exchange for tobacco, furs and wood products. 

  Joseph remained a single widower until reaching the age of 45, when he fell in love with – and married - his 18 year old first cousin, Katherine Banks, who had arrived in Jamestown only five years before. 

     After 11 years of marriage, 58 year old Joseph died, leaving behind 1100 acres of rich, fertile land, a beautiful home, a loving wife, and five children who became fine, productive adults.

Doghams Cemetery

 Joseph was buried in Doghams Cemetery next to the house he had built and loved for so many years.

Katherine Banks Royall-Isham

  Katherine eventually married their wealthy neighbor, Henry Isham, who had come to America only two years before and was in the process of building a house he named “Bermuda 100 Plantation”.  She had two children with Henry and after her death became the third great-grandmother of Thomas Jefferson. Thanks to their wealth and friendliness, Katherine and Henry Isham were considered leaders of society.

According to custom, Joseph Royall's estate became Henry's property upon his marriage to Katherine. Henry then added another wing onto the residence and planted tall pines and an English flower garden – all enclosed within a white picket fence. Doghams remained in the Royall/Isham family and still stands on the old road between Richmond and Williamsburg.

For more information about this interesting family see:

Seldens of Va. & allied fams. By Mary S. Kennedy. New York [1911] (2v.):67 
Social Life in Virginia in the 17th Century by P.A. Bruce, 
The Wm and Mary Quarterly Historical Magazine 1915 pp 116-142, 
The Virginia Dynasties Virginia Biographical Encyclopedia, Joseph Royall

Sunday, April 22, 2018

George Prangle Copeland IV, Died much too young

Family Lineage: son of Robert Hatten Copeland and first wife, Sarah Minerva, uncle of Charles Thomas Copeland Sr., great-uncle of Charles Thomas Copeland, Jr.
Circa 1845 – 1864

Robert Hatten Copeland
     George Prangle Copeland was the sixth of ten sons born to Robert Hatten Copeland  (commonly called the “Snake Man” because of a birth defect). The family could proudly claim their connection to a long line of patriots who had settled in America before the Revolutionary War.  Despite being disabled, Robert had refused to own slaves, not only because he frowned on the very idea of ownership of another human being, but he also believed that all of his sons could easily handle whatever needed to be done to keep the family farm running smoothly.

But the rhythm of their lives began to crumble when Gerorge's mother, Sarah Minerva, developed "dropsy" (an old-fashioned term describing edema or excess fluids in the body) and died at age 48, leaving behind her husband, nine sons and only one daughter who found herself responsible for handling all the household chores and comforting her father when he grieved for his wife and – severak years later – his sons.
    The crumbling of life as they knew it continued as their beloved country got closer and closer to war - not against foreign powers - but against fellow Americans.  Since Robert was both disabled and too old to fight, he could only serve as a bridge tender and stand on the sidelines while watching his sons march off to war.  Six came home after the fighting stopped. Two did not.  
     Impatiently, 17 year old George continued to plead his case to his father, asserting that he considered himself old enough to join his brothers in the war effort of the South. Finally, in 1862, Robert gave in and reluctantly gave George permission to join the Heard County Rangers at Camp McDonald in Big Shanty, Georgia which had recently been incorporated into Georgia's 41st Regiment under the command of Lt. General John Pemberton.

Vicksburg bluff
  Since they were so badly needed, training did not last long and within a few months, the young Georgians were on their way to Mississippi to join the troops fighting to prevent Major General Ulysses S. Grant's much stronger Army of the Potomac from taking control of the town of Vicksburg which was built on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, thus controlling all river traffic bringing food and supplies to both the Confederate and Union troops.

      Despite the Southern troops' firm expectation that the Confederate Army could and would defeat General Grant's troops quickly, the siege actually continued for 46 days, by which time, thanks to the Union Army's blockade of all traffic except theirs on the river below, the Georgians not only ran out of food and ammunition, but discovered that they couldn't replenish any of their supplies, thanks to blockades strategically placed by the Union Army along the feeder roads. 

General John Pemberton

    Finally, General Pemberton was forced to surrender himself, his officers and his troops to General Grant on July 4, 1863 (definitely not Independence Day for the South).   It was  a deadly blow to the entire Confederacy!  By the time all the fighting ended, 2,166 Confederate officers, 27,230 soldiers, 172 cannons and almost 60,000 muskets and rifles had been captured or lost.


 18 year old George Prangle Copeland was among those captured
and imprisoned.  Perhaps because of his young age or the fact that the prison was badly overcrowded,  he was eventually granted parole on the condition that he pledge that he would never take up arms against the North again.  It wasn't long after taking that pledge that he learned that a train bringing fresh troops to the Union Army fighting in the South would be passing through Vicksburg and he could get a ride at least part of the way home.
But he never arrived!   On September 26, 1864, perhaps because it was going too fast, the train derailed as it started around a curve three miles north of Fort Valley, Georgia, The casualties were horrific. 37 passengers were badly hurt and six, including George, were killed.  The next day, the "Macon Daily Telegraph and Confederate" newspaper  published a list of casualties.  They were: Thomas Kerley, L.H. Durden, W.J. Buhart, W. A. Sanders, Kirkpatrick (first name unknown) - and G. P. Copeland.

       Perhaps it would have eased some of the family's pain if they had known that George did not die alone or unattended.  As soon as the townspeople heard the crash, many of them had run out of their homes and assisted in the care of all who had been injured while burying those who had died, including George who was buried alongside other slain and unknown Confederate soldiers in Section C of Oaklawn Cemetery.  Placed on their graves was a memorial plaque reading: 

 "Confederate Dead Here rest, known to God, more than 20 Confederate Soldiers, most of whom died in the Confederate Hospital located in Ft. Valley in 1864 - 1865.  Some of these men were killed in Troop Train wreck 3 miles north of the city while en route to rejoin the Confederate Army of Tennessee.  Located here were the Buckner and Gamble Hospitals and several temporary ones.  Patriot men and women of this vicinity assisted in the care of the sick and the wounded."


     It was only after the war ended, that Robert discovered that all but two of his sons had survived and were coming home. Those two were George and his older brother, Asberry, who had died of his injuries in a Lauderdale Springs, Mississippi Confederate hospital and was also an unknown soldier buried in an unmarked grave.  A few years ago Asbury's grandson, a genealogist who had researched the hospital records, received permission to have Ashley's name engraved on one of the cemetery's unmarked grave stones and the event was memorialized during a formal ceremony honoring Ashley's life and service. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

John Calvin Noe and Hugh Patrick - Relatives, Warriors and Friends

John Calvin Noe
1745 – 1816
1 John Calvin Noe, 2 Mary Polly Noe, 3 John Osburn, Sr., 4 Rebecca Osburn, 5 William Vincent Dickerson
, 6 Queen Rebecca Dickerson, 7 Edna Bethel Franklin, 8 Judith Ann Hayward

Netherlands ship 

Noe family tradition includes stories about the severe persecution their Huguenot Protestant ancestors suffered at the hands of the Catholic majority until finally forcing them to flee Scotland on the "Bontekoe" which brought them to the shores of America in 1663.
        After adjusting to their new lives in a new land and getting advice from people who had arrived before them, the family made their way inland along the Mississippi River until finally settling on a mountainous area called Botetourt County (Sometime later the name was changed to Fincastle County, which was then split into three counties called Montgomery, Lee and Kentucky.

      It was there that they met the Patrick family who had also migrated from Scotland and lived nearby. So it was no surprise that their children, 20 year old John Calvin Noe and 17 year old Elizabeth Patrick, who had known each other all their lives, took their childhood to a new level when they married in 1765 and started a family of their own.     
   Hugh Patrick
1732 - 1814

1 Hugh Patrick, 2 Elizabeth Patrick,3 Mary Polly Noe,4 John Osburn, Sr.,5 Rebecca Osburn,
 6 William Vincent Dickerson, 7 Queen Rebecca Dickerson, 8 Edna Bethel Franklin,  
9 Judith Ann Hayward
     Hugh Patrick was a first generation American whose father had been born in Scotland and was transported to America in 1725 as an indentured servant.  Over the years, the Scottish surname of McPhatrick had evolved into Mcffathrick and then Gilpatrick before becoming “americanized” into the simpler name of Patrick. 

      He and his brothers, James and Jeremiah Patrick, all proved themselves to be canny negotiators who accumulated large tracts of land along the New River through purchases, trades or grants.

The Noes and Patricks go to war!

        Thanks to the British having supplied the Native American tribes with guns and instructions on how to use them, their attacks against the settlers in Virginia and Kentucky intensified.  As a result, many of the settlers who found themselves facing constant danger without a central government to call on for help, fled.

         All males who had decided to remain in the area, however, were required to take the Oath of Allegiance to the Commonwealth and join a militia.  (a militia is and was composed of non-professional soldiers who can be called upon for military service in the local area whenever needed.)  
       Among those deciding to stay and fight with the local militia under the command of Captain John Draper were 32 year old John Calvin Noe, two of his sons, John II and Samuel, and his father-in-law, 43 year old Hugh Patrick.

     Each militia was occasionally visited by a Virginian, Colonel Stephen Trigg, who had been assigned by General Washington to list every man in the region who had sworn an oath of allegiance and joined a nearby militia.  Always hungry for knowledge about what was happening outside their corner of the world, he was warmly welcomed and, in return, he was willing to share whatever he knew or had heard about events taking place in the rest of the territory.    
          It is possible - and even probable - that after gathering to hear Colonel Trigg's report on the build up of enemy strength in  Harrodsburg, Kentucky,  some of the men decided to leave their  militias and join the Colonel's troops.  Or perhaps  their willingness to follow him had more to do with his reputation as a brilliant soldier who always seemed to win.  
     Soon after visiting Captain Draper's militia, Colonel Trigg left for Lexington where he planned to spend some time with Colonel Daniel Boone, the commander of Bryan's Station, a fortified settlement.  However, before he reached his destination, he received intelligence from one of his informants that some 450 Indians and British Canadian Rangers were planning a surprise attack against Boone's settlement in the very near future.  

Col. Daniel Boone
     Thanks to his solid reputation among the people in the area, Colonel Trigg was soon able to recruit 135 local militiamen who were willing to assist Col. Boone and his troops in defending the settlement.  It was only after he was sure that Bryan's Station was secure that he was finally able to continue his journey to Blue Licks (where he lost both the last battle of the war - and his life). 
        It was while he and his troops were approaching “Blue Licks”,  a salt lick for cattle and wild animals on the Licking River, that Trigg's officers learned of a trap which had been set up to capture and kill them.  But while they were devising a plan to defuse that situation, a number of the troops became so restless  that they ignored orders and raced across the river ahead of their officers.   

      In an attempt to re-impose discipline, Trigg and his commanders split up their troops into three columns, with Trigg commanding the most vulnerable column on the right.  After only five minutes of battle, all of Trigg's  men had panicked and retreated, leaving him alone - and dead -  in one of the last battles of the American Revolution. 
Memorial at Blue Licks National Park

      When the troops finally got brave enough to return to the scene of the battle, they found the colonel's mutilated body which they buried with the soldiers who had fought at his side in a mass grave near the battle site in an area which became known as Trigg County, Kentucky.
   The rest of the story

  • John Calvin Noe, his sons, and father-in-law, Hugh Patrick, survived the war and were all given credit for their service during the Revolutionary War. 
  • As John Noe lay dying in 1816, he dictated his Will which listed the gifts he wished his wife and children to receive, but it included a surprise in the form of a directive regarding a Negro named "Phill" whose relationship to the family is still unknown but it must have been very important to Mr. Noe. It read:
    Colonial will
        "Thirdly I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Noe my negroe Phill, my bay horse and one cow and calf and all my household furniture and farming utensils and every species of property which I possess of whatever nature of kind it may be (all of which property (except the said negroe Phill) by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed forever). And at her death it is my will that the said negroe Phill be at liberty to do for himself and as by the laws of this State he cannot be set free I hope some of my friends will at the death of said wife take the said Negroe Phill into their care and act as guardian for him ."
  • After serving for 7 months, Hugh Patrick returned to his farm where he acquired so much land that, in 1789, the area was named  "Patrick Parish", a town was founded on the frontier called "Patrick, Virginia" and the Patrick Courthouse became a  rendezvous for soldiers of the Revolution.  
  • Despite all these accomplishments, he and his wife, Susannah, never learned to write and signed all documents with an "X".
For more information see:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

William Evert Franklin, a soldier and a scholar

  William Evert  Franklin

1912  -  2004

  Friday, March 29, 1912 was a day to be remembered and celebrated -  not only because it was Fred and Queen Franklin's first wedding anniversary and Queen's 21st birthday, but it was the day when their first child, William Evert, was born.  

18 year old Queen Dickerson
in 1909
19 year old Fred Franklin
in 1899
    In today's world, William Frederick Franklin (aka Fred), who had no formal education and  often  moved from farm to farm looking for work, would probably be considered a migrant worker.  On the other hand, his wife, Queen Rebecca (aka Queen), had been a teacher before her marriage but was expected to set her books aside in order to tend the house, plant and weed a vegetable garden, milk the cows and care for whatever children they might have. 
    In her later years, Queen enjoyed telling the story of their first child's birth, but only after she had assured herself that there were no young children "with big ears" lurking nearby. (After growing up, some of those same children wondered whether the story was actually true, but never had the nerve to ask).   

     As a heavily pregnant West Virginia girl living with her husband near Osgood, Indiana, Queen was "celebrating" their first wedding anniversary - and her birthday - alone.  This wasn't unexpected because normally Fred worked on Fridays either as a stone cutter in the Osgood stone quarry or, if there was no work for him, would earn some money tilling the neighbors' frozen fields in preparation for spring planting.
     What Queen hadn't expected that morning as she kissed Fred goodbye was that she would go into labor while she was all alone and – ready or not - would soon be sharing her 21st birthday with an infant.  As the contractions increased in intensity, she hurried onto the porch and started waving a sheet back and forth in the direction of the farm where Fred was working since she had no other way to communicate with him.  Miraculously, he did see the sheet and upon deciphering her frantic message, borrowed a mule from the neighbor and hurried to Osgood in the hope of finding a doctor.

     In the meantime, while waiting for help to come, Queen had little choice but to retreat to her bed where she discovered that the pain lessened as she rolled from one side of the bed to the other.  As a matter of fact, it was during one of those maneuvers that her baby boy emerged on his own.  (Imagine Fred and the doctor's surprise when, upon finally arriving at the cabin, they found  both Queen and her baby cleaned up and peacefully sleeping!

     The child was named William Evert for his father, William Frederick, and in memory of Queen's deceased father, the Rev. William Vincent Dickerson, who had died when she was only 3 years old. Perhaps because there were already so many Williams in the family, their son was normally called  Evert by his family and William or Bill by his business associates. 
Queen and Fred with Evert & Edna 1913
Evert looking on with disdain as
 Edna  tends her baby brothers
      Following Evert's birth,  the small family moved to Holden, Missouri in Fred's never-ending search for work.  It was there that 15 month old Evert became “big brother" to Edna Bethel (a misnomer since he never grew taller than either Edna or his brothers who were born a few years later). 

     Four years after Edna's birth, the family moved once more - this time to Ritman, Ohio where Fred finally found a  job in a box board factory which paid enough for them to finally be able to buy a home of their own.  It was also  a special place for Edna because, with the birth of Paul Keith in 1918 and Carthel Floyd in 1920 she became a  "Big Sister" (although she never got taller than 5'1-1/2).
Evert, (5) & Edna (4)
     What the Franklins didn't learn until after they had moved into the house was that it had been built outside the school bus route which could only be expanded if  there were two or more children to be picked up at one time.  Since Fred was working in a different part of town and none of their neighbors had school-age children, the Franklins were forced to hold their bright, verbal 5 year old back from school until his 4 year old sister had turned 5 and could join him in first grade - and on the bus. 
8th grade graduation
      Thanks to that transportation restriction, Evert and Edna moved together through every grade in elementary school and high school, until finally completing their second year of college.  However, they  never stopped competing against each other for the highest grades, most class honors and, in later years, winning every game (including croquet, horseshoes, bridge, hearts, canasta and rook). 
     If  Edna had stayed in college, the competition might have become even more intense, but after earning her teaching certificate from Hanover College, she headed back home to New Marion, Indiana, where she accepted a teaching position in the school she had attended as a teen. 

5/23/36  Hayward wedding
Rev. Hughes,Evert, Harold,  Edna,
Inez Snedeker
     It was while visiting some friends in Chicago one weekend that she agreed to go on a blind date and met Harold Hayward,  thus changing her life - and his - forever.  After their wedding at her parents' farm, they returned to Chicago where they raised their three daughters and had full and productive lives.
     In the meantime, Evert earned advanced degrees from Hanover College, DePauw University and Indiana University and, for the next five years, combined his knowledge of the Spanish language with his teaching skills  while traveling through Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.  (Years later, in response to his daughter's question about why he had been in Nicaragua, he answered with his usual dry sense of humor that he had planned to“become a banana king”. ) 
 But all plans came to a screeching halt on December 7, 1941 when Japanese bombers released their bombs on an unsuspecting and unprepared populace. Within months of that world-changing event, Fred and Queen closed down their farm and moved to Chicago to work in the war industries while Evert signed up for the Army Signal Corps, Paul enlisted in the Army Air Corps (although he eventually had to drop out because of health problems),  Carthel joined the Coast Guard and Edna's husband, Harold, became heavily involved in Civil Defense activities in Chicago. 
November 14, 1942

      Despite all the fear and anxiety blanketing the nation, love still bloomed.  Shortly after Evert arrived in Chicago for basic training, his  brother, Carthel, arranged a blind date for him with Evelyn Sylvester, a friend and co-worker of  Carthel's girlfriend, Lorraine Bouver. With the country gearing up for war, there was no time for long romances so Evert and Evelyn married only five months after meeting, thus beating  Carthel and Lorraine to the altar by a week.  
      However, their honeymoon had to wait, thanks to his being shipped out to Australia where he joined the 419th Signal Company (Aviation) which had been charged with protecting and maintaining  a radio station installed near the town of Archerfield.  This station had been converted into a radio teletype system and was desperately needed in order to coordinate the efforts of the Fifth Air Force.
             Recently, Evert and Evelyn's daughter discovered his separation papers which had been packed away and, although she always did think her dad was a hero, she discovered that the United States had officially declared him one. Those papers revealed that he had earned combat medals for his actions during battles in New Guinea, Bismark, the Archipelago, Southern Philippines, Luzon and China. In addition, he had earned a Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, a Unit Citation, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a  star, and 3 overseas service bars (Despite rumors to the contrary there is no evidence that he was ever a prisoner of war.)
Evert, Paul, Carthel in Chicago

      What a relief and joy it must have been when, in 1945, Fred and Queen learned that their "boys" had survived the war and were coming home. A year later, in 1946, the family almost doubled its size when Evert and Evelyn had their first child, a boy; Edna and Harold had their third baby girl, and Carthel and Lorraine welcomed a little girl. (Paul didn't marry until 1961 when Helen Camp Duncan , a widow with two sons, came into his life.  A year later they added a boy to the family).
    During the years following the war:    

      Family farm in Indiana
       Artist: Queen Franklin
            * Fred and Queen  returned to New Marion to re-open their farm which had fallen into disrepair,  Soon Queen discovered that despite having arthritic hands, she could hold a paint brush, and soon became a very well known artist who was featured in a number of art shows. Fred and Queen eventually sold the farm and  moved to Indianapolis to be closer to their family.  Fred died in 1967 at age 86 and Queen in 1998 at age 107.

           * Evert and Evelyn also returned to Indiana where he stepped back into the teaching career he had begun in the South Pacific.  Within a few short years, he became principal in a high school and then district superintendent of schools in Ripley County, where he unexpectedly became (in)famous for firing a beloved Milan High School basketball coach and replacing him with a young, unknown and fairly inexperienced coach (who justified Evert's decision by taking the team to a surprising state championship.)  Ironically, by that time he and Evelyn had moved their 3 children back to Indianapolis, where he not only accepted an offer to become  administrator of the Indiana State Teachers' Association but also became a highly successful real estate broker.  Evert died in Florida in 2004 at age 91 and Evelyn died back in Indiana in 2013 at age 99.

           *   Edna, who had also been educated to be a teacher, taught only briefly before marrying Harold and having three daughters who benefited greatly from her teaching skills.  But she did attain her insurance broker's license, learned how to type on a manual typewriter and worked hand in hand with her husband in building a successful insurance business around the corner from Carthel's real estate office on the North side of Chicago.  Edna died in 2004 at age 90 and Harold died in 1993 at age 78.

            *   After leaving Purdue, Paul worked as an audio engineer for several well known radio and television programs which included  "Don McNeill's Breakfast Club",  a long running morning variety show originating in Chicago.  After returning to Indianapolis, he not only started writing music, but  bought a small plane in which he would often show off the city to his guests or buzz the farm so that someone would pick him up at the nearby airport.  At age 43, he married Helen Duncan, a widow with two sons, and a few years later, they added another boy to the family.  Paul died in 1997 at age 89.

          *  Shortly after being  released from the Coast Guard  in San Diego, Carthel and Lorraine returned to Chicago where he discovered that he had a talent for real estate sales.  Like his brother, Paul, he also developed a love of flying and, after earning his instructor's license, was listed in "Who's Who in American Aviation" .  He and Lorraine were thrilled when their daughter was born after the war ended, but their marriage eventually fell apart and he spent the rest of his life in Florida with his wife, NoVelle.    Carthel died in 2016 at age 95.  

           It's not surprising to anyone knowing their history, that after all their children had been raised and they had retired from their successful careers, Evert, Edna, Paul and Carthel did what they had done all their lives -  little by little they sold their homes in the north and migrated  to Venice, Florida, where the weather was warm all year long and the beaches yielded beautiful sea shells. 

      Queen at age 106
      Enjoying Carthel's house in Florida
          Never wanting to be left behind, Queen, at age 100, finally convinced her family to move her to Florida too.  She never regretted making the move.  For several years she lived in a modular home until after Harold died, when she went to live with Edna.  She especially enjoyed bowling until her "kids" made her retire from the sport after she turned 103.  She lived a full life until dying in 1998 at age 107 with all her children by her side. 

          Even in death, Evert and Edna remained close - and competitive -  with Evert dying in 2004 at age 91 after an automobile accident on the way to visit Edna in the hospital, and Edna, who never could imagine a world without her brother, died just four months later at age 90.  Their "baby brothers" lived on for a few more years until Paul died at age 88 in 2007 and Carthel turned 95 before he died in 2006.  What a family!  The world just doesn't seem the same without them!!

      Hayward wedding day 5/23/1936
      Front from left: Evert, Paul, Carthel
      Back row: Harold, Edna, Queen, Fred

       Special thanks to Evert's daughter who - in response to my plea -  searched through old boxes and found long forgotten stories about Evert's service in the Army Signal Corps. Thanks also to my late mom who kept the family alive by her stewardship of the huge photo album she eventually passed on to me, and my grandmother, Queen, who loved to tell family stories even when no one wanted to hear them.
      Fred & Queen Franklin's 50th anniversary celebration 3/29 1961
      Paul, Edna, Fred, Queen, Evert, Carthel