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Cindy C
RE: William Rufus Towery
I'm new to all of this but I'm willing to learn what I need to do. Actually Rufus and Mary had quite a few children and I have the info on them.
Added by Cindy C on Aug 20, 2014 5:45 PM
Cindy C
William Rufus Towery
My great grandmother Leona Pearl Towery Bridgeman(1899-1977) was the daughter of William Rufus Towery and Mary Elizabeth Greene Towery. I notice her brothers are listed but she is not. Would you be willing to please add her? Thank you.
Cindy Cooley
Added by Cindy C on Aug 19, 2014 8:27 PM
Sylvia Ryan
Edna Pike
Patricia, I found this photo while researching Pye family history. Edna and Samuel were my grandparents; my father , Malcolm, was their eldest son. I have vague memories of my grandmother as she died when I was very young but my brother and sister remember her well. Both Samuel and Edna are buried here in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and many of her relatives still live in this area.
Added by Sylvia Ryan on Aug 19, 2014 4:52 PM
Susan
Uncle Bobby Gallagher
below is Uncle Bobby, not blood related to you, but his sister married into the family. Uncle Bobby's older sister was Catherine. Their mother died when Catherine was 14 and Bobby still a toddler, she was like a mother to her younger siblings. Catherine was your great-grandpa Robert's brother Daniel James' 2nd wife, who he was married to when Granny Conner came to live with Daniel & Catherine.

from "From Wence We Came" Uncle Danny's self-published memoir book:

"Those who knew him best, understood and loved the young man recognized on a WWII Memorial at the Citadel, a place Mother visited many years after Bobby's death.

After graduating high school at Belmont Abbey, Bobby did 2 yrs at the Citadel in Charleston, SC before enlisting in the Navy. After basic training he was accepted into flight training school and I remembered him coming home after completing his training in March of '44. He was so proud of the Gold Wings pinned on his Ensign uniform. After that leave, he was stationed in Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida to train with the first squadron of the newly developed Grummand Hell Cat fighter planes, the first plane actually designed to land on an aircraft carrier. From all reports, Bobby was a remarkable pilot, a natural; and that was probably the reason he was appointed to squadron leader.

It was a Sunday afternoon in the spring: April, 1944. Back in Pensacola, Florida, Bobby was scheduled to ship out the next day on a carrier designed from the Pacific. Our family had walked down the road to Uncle Bergin's. Mom and Pop, Burgin and Annie, and a couple of their adult children were sitting on the front porch, I was playing in the yard. Suddenly my mother became violently nauseated. After throwing up, the first thing she said was "Bobby's dead." Several hours later a telegram was delivered saying that he had crashed and died in a training accident.

An adult women, married with four children of her own at the time of Bobby's death, I don't think my mother ever got over losing Bobby. To begin with, she had just lost her dad a year earlier in April of '43. At fourteen, Catherine Gallagher was still a child herself when her mother died and overnight she became a mother to her baby brother. Probably because Bobby was just a toddler when Effie died, he was,in some ways, my mother's first child. Add to that the recurring sibling separations when she was raising Bobby, and it's easy to understand her overwhelming heartbreak over his death.

Days later, when the family got details, we were told he was taking his squadron up for a final target practice before shipping out on Monday. As squadron leader he towed the red target sock on a long cable for them to shoot. Only a few hundred feet in the air with the cable and sock trailing behind him, an Army bomber with an engine out, came out of a low fog bank for an emergency landing on a cross runway. The base flight commander told Mom that Bobby must have realized the bomber was about to fly into his cable because he pulled up at full throttle which directed the cable down and out of the way of the bomber's path enabling them to clear it.

But the violently circling cable and sock weighted down Bobby's fighter, already deliberately endangered due to pulling up into an inevitable stall. Having thrown himself out of control, his stalled out plane was pointed directly at the ground. Witnesses in the control tower said if Bobby had only been a few hundred feet higher, he was a good enough pilot that he might have been able to pull himself out of the dive.

Bobby's commanding officer told Mom that while the bomber would have yanked the cable off Bobby's plane, had Bobby not taken the action he did, the cable would certainly have torn a wing off the bomber,and it would have crashed, killing all nine men on board the Army plane.

Normally, a Naval officer would have escorted Bobby's body home. However, due to the circumstances of the crash that, in fact, saved lives of US Army men, an Army Captain asked for and received permission to accompany Bobby's body. Having recently been promoted from Lieutenant to Captain, he gave my younger brother, Eddie, his Lieutenant's bars and gave me a set of his Captain's bars. I remember he told Eddie and me that our uncle was a real hero because he gave his life to save others.

Officers gave Mother Bobby's gold wings and after Mom died the family gave them to me. While the wings were a treasured part of my childhood memories, when I came to realize how close Bobby and Edie (another sister of Bobby & Catherine) had been, and what a profound loss his death was to her as well as to Mom, I gave Bobby's wings to her."

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11225857
Added by Susan on May 27, 2014 4:01 AM
Kathy Merris Mills
RE: Harry Gaines Cloer.
Hi, no relation. I just do cemetery photos and listings for this site.
Added by Kathy Merris Mills on Mar 03, 2014 5:49 AM
Susan
Daniel Gardner (Granny Louisa's Father)
this family tree is starting to look like an etch-a-sketch criss-cross!...i am really hoping el bethel church finds "daniel and nancy blalock's" marriage certificate with HIS parent's names on it...you havn't seen or found that in all your years, have you? i am so stumped as to who daniel's parents were...when we get chris's mom outta the hospital, he is going to call the church to see if they found any of nancy's family records...i'm still thinknig he was born in 1824ish...and htat is him at pt lookout...so far, nothing else makes any sense...i looked for him being born in "union county" like that thing said about the "daniel garner" who is in the mass grave from pt. lookout.....i looked up union county last night, it's probably about an hour from "cleveland", so the proximity is good.... but so far, i've not found hide or hair of him down there either, so still stumped on it all....
Added by Susan on Jan 25, 2014 7:23 PM
Susan
This could be why i felt you were a Pazzoni-Garder....who isn'st by now! lol
so, granny louisa's granddaughter was both sister-in-law AND briefly step-mother to alberta...and we wonder why we can't figure out lousia's dad daniel, or her 2 sons father...oy vey....lololollollol
Added by Susan on Jan 25, 2014 7:15 PM
Susan
RE: Gardner/Short
wow...ok...so louila married alberta's father? not her brother?....is that correct?...john quincy married the daughter, and john's sister briefly married the father?...i was thinking john and louila married brother and sister...it was father/daughter....yes??....
Added by Susan on Jan 25, 2014 5:13 PM
Susan
Gardner/Short
Pat,
Thank you for all that information on Robert/Dovie's kids....some of that i had read on your find-a-grave profiles, and some is new...i will show that to chris when this week with his mom is more stable and we get back to looking over this genealogy stuff...i didn't realize louila was married to your great-grandpa pezzoni's brother!...that photo of louila you have on there of her and her 2 brothers, chris looks like john quincy's face...on john quincy's military photo you have on here, he seemed to favor dovie more than any of the gardners down here that i've seen, but in that photo with louila, john quincy has that same profile face shape that chris got from his grandpa daniel james....robert and daniel james looked alike...and thanks for the link to lettie and her hub...she almost looks cherokee!..they are buried about an hour from us...so i guess that's where you went when you came down with louila...lots to process just thinking about it all...
Added by Susan on Jan 24, 2014 6:51 AM
Susan
f/b
yes...that's my name on facebook if you want to talk over there...and not just on this deal...
Added by Susan on Jan 24, 2014 6:14 AM
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