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Lorrie (#48231902)
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Don Calhoun
RE: 12599792
Thanks for removing photo.
Added by Don Calhoun on Feb 16, 2015 6:00 AM
Don Calhoun
Would you mind removing your stone photo from Dean Francis Morrin's memorial, 12599792. If you are adamant about maintaining the photo credit, please provide email address, and I will send you the photo electronically.
Added by Don Calhoun on Feb 15, 2015 11:33 AM
RE: Charles Wan Sumner
Hi Lorrie,

The info I had for Charles Wan Sumner came from 3 sources: Illinois marriage records; census records; and various obituaries.

I spent a lot of time today trying to determine if Lou S. Green could have been the same person as Luella Odell.

Charles' mother appears as Lou S. Green on her marriage record to James Sumner. The Illinois marriage records for two of her daughters, Viola Ballard and Julia Ballard, both list their father as Henry Ballard/James Henry Ballard and their mother as Lou Green. The 1980 obituary for Charles' half sister, Julia Miller, includes the following sentence:

Born in Carmi, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Lou (Green) Ballard.

Every single record I could find listed her as Lou Green or Lou S. Green. I could not find one instance where she was listed as Luella, Louise or any other variation.

I wonder where she married Henry Ballard around 1890. Illinois has a Henry Ballard married to Lucy Sneed in 1890. Could that be her? Why would she use the name Sneed?

I couldn't find when or where Lou Ballard died, but she was alive in White County, Illinois when the 1910 census was taken. In 1930, Henry Ballard is listed on the census as a widower living in Madison County, Illinois.

I don't know if this will interest you, but I did find a previous marriage for Henry Ballard. His first wife was named Parilee Brown. (Name appears with many variations--Pearle, Paralee, Parne.) They married on 30 Sep 1880 in Saline County, Illinois and were the parents of 3 sons. I don't know if she died or they were divorced.

Wish I could confirm for certain one way or the other if Lou Green could have been the same person as Luella Odell, but I couldn't find anything to support that. There are some definite holes in this story, so the answer may still be out there.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you ever find out for sure.

Added by Lynn on Jan 29, 2014 12:48 PM
Littlefield Photo
Thank you for the photos for Warren Littlefield. It is interesting that his obituary mentions parents, siblings and children (grand & great-grand children), but there is no mention of the mother of his children.
Added by Susan on Sep 24, 2013 7:07 AM
Charles Homer Sumner

Thanks for checking! I'm especially glad you did since I let Omar slip in there instead of Homer. I've got that corrected now.

I really appreciated having your input.

Added by Lynn on Sep 16, 2013 8:20 PM
RE: Charles Homer Sumner

Thanks for the additional information. It was very, very helpful.

I did a lot more research this evening, and worked on improving your grandfather's memorial. I found out more about his time in the military and included that. I also wrote a biography for your grandmother, Mildred.

Like you, I'm surprised your grandpa was buried with his parents instead of with his second wife. He had 6 children with her, and he was still married to her when he died. Couples are usually buried side-by-side under those circumstances.

The only additional information I could find on Mabel was that she moved to Kentucky shortly before her death in 2001. She was young when she married your grandpa and there were no step-children, so I don't think she was ever married to anyone else.

Please take a look at the bios when you get a chance since they include a lot more info now. Let me know if your Aunt Shirley tells you something different from what I have.

Thanks again for your help!

Added by Lynn on Sep 15, 2013 10:21 PM
RE: Charles Homer Sumner
Hi Lorrie,

Welcome to Find A Grave!

Thank you for your nice note. However, seems that I need to make some corrections to the bio for Charles Homer Sumner. His obituary didn't mention your grandmother, Mildred Thompson.

Was Charles married to Mildred first? Was Mildred the mother of all the children rather than Mabel Guhy, or were some from each marriage? I would appreciate it if you could clear that up for me.

You're very welcome for the pictures. I'm glad to have been able to provide them.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you so that I can get the bio for Charles corrected. Thanks in advance for your help!

Added by Lynn on Sep 15, 2013 4:10 PM

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