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Edith Alease Rogers Cawthon
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Birth: Feb. 15, 1918
Svea
Okaloosa County
Florida, USA
Death: Mar. 26, 1980
DeFuniak Springs
Walton County
Florida, USA

Edith was born near Svea, Florida to Earnest Cleveland Rogers and Vassie Dubose. They had migrated from Alabama and "Cleve" as he was called worked at a saw mill near there for a time. Her father(Cleve)reportedly had some Indian blood possibly 1/4-1/8 Cherokee or Creek and you can see it in him. No exact Indian heritage has ever been figured out as the family hid these things as was done in their day. They may have never known anyway.
Her grandfather on Earnest`s side was James Daniel Rogers and his wife was Marjorie Parker. Vassie`s mother was Emma E. Tew Dubose and her father was James William Dubose.
Part of Edith`s mothers side can be traced all the way back to Normandy, France before 1683 where her Hugenot ancestors where encouraged to migrate to the new world colonies and ended up in the Santee River basin in South Carolina in that year. Some of her Dubose side eventually migrated west to Georgia, Alabama, and then Northwest Florida by the early part of the 20th Century.
Some of her Tew`s side came from England to North Carolina and eventually some of the family settled in Barbour County, Alabama in the early 1800`s.

Edith`s sibling where;

1. Madeline(Sister)Astor Rogers Wester 4/26/1912- 8/29/1985
2. Ilene Ozie Rogers Brazile 4/15/1914- 9/15/1988
3. Ferrin Daniel Rogers 9/17/1919- 3/11/1990
4. Kary(K.C.)Cleveland Rogers 6/26/1922-

She first married Clark Chandler in 1933 in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. and lived in Marianna, Fla. for a short time. She had her only child Dr. Ralph Roger Clark Chandler not long after. She delivered him on a kitchen table in a boarding house across from the Walton County, Courthouse, in DeFuniak Springs with Dr. Ralph Spires attending. She was young at Ralph`s birth and he was a large baby which, because of complications, kept her from having any more children. She named her child after her doctor as he was well liked by many in the family and many in DeFuniak Springs and was credited with saving her life.
She divorced Clark in 1935 and lived with her parents. Several years later Clark along with his brothers and father visited the Rogers family in DeFuniak trying to get Ralph to come with them. It almost ended in gun fire as Vassie would have no part in this. The Chandler`s left before it was to late and this was the last time they tried to get Ralph from his mother.
In 1940 Edith`s father committed suicide by drinking a poison in the bathroom. Ralph was the first to find him and report what had happened. This was covered up at the time. The family had lived in poor times through the depression and work was scarce. It finally got the best of him and he could take it no more.
The family moved to Pensacola shortly after this and lived in many different places during WW II. They finally landed on Chase Street in downtown Pensacola before the war`s end.
Edith worked as a waitress, cook, in a cleaners, and several other jobs as a young woman. She did not have a High School diploma.
Sometime after the war`s end she married a navy man named Tommy Zucknavich and they had an on again off again relationship for several years eventually also ending in divorce.
In the early 1950`s Edith`s mother developed a heart condition and began seeing heart specialist Dr. William Davis Cawthon. After his first wife died Edith excepted William`s offer of marriage and moved to Bay Street in DeFuniak Springs around 1953. Vassie moved in too and died in the house on September 6, 1955 of her heart condition. After this Edith and William had some very good years together possibly the best years of her life. They traveled and spent a lot of time together until January 16, 1972 when he died in Pensacola after a stay in Baptist Hospital of liver and kidney failure.
Edith lived on Bay Street in DeFuniak Springs the rest of her life. She was a member of the 1st Baptist Church and several civic organizations including the Eastern Star. She was a bad diabetic and died of a heart attack at her home on March 26, 1980. More details of her life later. First hurried draft. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Clark Chandler (1909 - 1963)*
  William Davis Cawthon (1890 - 1972)*
 
 Children:
  Ralph Clark Chandler (1934 - 2007)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Magnolia Cemetery
DeFuniak Springs
Walton County
Florida, USA
 
Maintained by: Eli Chandler
Originally Created by: Linda
Record added: Jan 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84138096
Edith Alease <i>Rogers</i> Cawthon
Added by: Dorothy Sunday
 
Edith Alease <i>Rogers</i> Cawthon
Added by: Linda
 
Edith Alease <i>Rogers</i> Cawthon
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