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Thomas Raymond Belew Kavanaugh
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Birth: Nov. 10, 1890
Glenn County
California, USA
Death: Jan. 17, 1955
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

After an enormous amount of research I believe this man is actually Thomas Raymond Belew. Who for some reason after the military changed his name to Kavanaugh. He was married March 11, 1911 in Marysville, CA. to Mattie Dixon and divorced by 1913. He was married March 25, 1920 to Bernadette Valdrini in Los Angeles, CA. They were separated or divorced about 1935.
Thomas and Bernadette had three children. Joseph, Bertha and Angelina.

On his WWII registration he lists his contact person as Bertha May Merkle. His place of birth and date of birth are the same as Ray Belew. He enlisted in 1909 in the Marines.

His father was Frank Belew and his mother was Tennessee Dixie Martin. After the military he listed his father as "Frank" Kavanaugh and his mother was listed as Tennessee on all documents. Sometime around 1901, his mother was married to a Kavanaugh, who was actually William Francis Kavanaugh who died in 1902. By 1910 she is listed as a widow and is working for her sister Ellen Bird managing one of her boarding houses in Sacramento and in 1912, and 1913 Thomas Raymond Kvanaugh is living with a lady named Mattie E. Kavanaugh in a boarding house owned by his Aunt Ellen Bird. Have been unable to find marriage docs for Tennessee to William F. Kavanaugh. However a newspaper article about William Kavanagh's death states that he and Tennessee Belew were married.

By January 1920 Census he is living with his mother Tennessee and her 4th husband Joseph Corrigan in Los Angeles. He is listed as 29 years old and married (error). By March 25, 1920 he marries Bernadette Margaret Valdrini, daughter of Joseph Valdrini and Emma Doria. Bernadette is 19 and it is a first marriage for her. Thomas Raymond Kavanaugh is 29, divorced and is a Railroad Conductor for the Pacific Electric Railway Co. Tennessee (Belew) Corrigan is a witness on their marriage license.

By 1930 Thomas Raymond and his family are living next door to his mother and her 4th husband Joseph Corrigan/Grogan in Los Angeles and it appears that Joseph and Thomas are working together at a dairy. Living on the other side of the Corrigans is a Kavanaugh family by the name of James Francis Kavanaugh and his wife May Emily and their children. I have been unable to connect the James Francis Kavanaugh family to William Francis Kavanagh.

Cause of death: TB 
Family links: 
  Franklyn Belew (____ - 1898)
  Tennessee Dixie Martin Corrigan (1866 - 1935)
  Bernadette Mary Valdrini Beardsley (1901 - 1974)*
  Thomas Raymond Belew Kavanaugh (1890 - 1955)
  Merritt Linn Belew (1890 - 1967)*
*Calculated relationship
Resurrection Cemetery
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Created by: Wendy
Record added: May 27, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 130444529
Thomas Raymond <i>Belew</i> Kavanaugh
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