HARRISON H. "HARRY" BIRKHEAD Harrison was the son of Richard Ward Birkhead and his second wife Barbara Elder Peavler.
SIBLINGS He had seven siblings from his parents marriage which included: Elsie Jane Birkhead ; 1876 – 1971 Richard Lynn Birkhead ; 1879 – 1965 Cora Frances Birkhead ; 1880 – Nellie Ann Birkhead ; 1883 – 1978 James Birkhead ; 1885 – 1968 William M Birkhead ; 1891 – 1979 Curtis Ray Birkhead; 1895 – 1968 As well as seven half siblings from his fathers 1st marriage which included: Edward F Birkhead ; 1843 – 1887 Mildred L Birkhead ; 1845 – Mary Birkhead ; 1847 – 1852 Oliver Birkhead ; 1851 – Sarah F Birkhead; 1854 – 1911 America V Birkhead ; 1856 – 1858 Eleanora M Birkhead ; 1858 – 1873
He married Vera Lenora Brown, daughter of Lenora C (Hobbs) and Zachariah T Brown. She was born on 1 Dec 1894 in Nebraska and died on 5 Jul 1921 in Ina, Jefferson County, Illinolis at the age of 26, more than likely from complications due to the birth of her twin daughters. She was buried in Hope Cemetery, Ina, Jefferson County, Illinois.
In the 1920 census the family is living in Moores Prairie Township located in Jefferson County, IL. - They are listed as FAM #53 Father Harrison 31, born IL, Father born Virginia, Mother Tennessee, Farmer; Mother Vera L 25, b.Nebraska, Father born Wisconsin, Mother Nebraska; Sons: Richard H 2yrs 1mo, b.IL; Donald H 1yr 11mos, b.IL also living with them is Grandma Barbara (Harrison's mother) age 70, widow, b. Tennessee, Father born Tennessee, Mother North Carolina.
Harrison and Vera had four children; Donald H b.1918 – d.2009; Richard Harry b.1917, and twin daughters Hazel and Helen Birkhead who were born just a few months before their mothers death. After Vera passed away Harrison's brother James and his wife Flora took in and raised 1 year old Donald and 3 year old Richard. Vera's sister; Zetta and her husband Louie Trimpe raised the twins possibly adopting them as Hazel and Helen Trimpe age 9 born IL. in the 1930 census and as Hazel and Helen Trimpe, students, age 17 in the 1936 phone & address directory.