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Pvt Rex Nathan Duckworth
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Birth: May 5, 1917
Idaho, USA
Death: Sep. 30, 1960
Alameda County
California, USA


Nathan Rex Duckworth or also known as Rex Nathan Duckworth. He was called Rex so must have reversed it after he left home.

His beginning in life
Contributed By Sharon Haws Jewkes (niece)

To set the stage: James and Elizabeth Duckworth adopted four children, Rex being the last. Muriel was adopted in 1907 as an infant when her mother died leaving a large family. Muriel's father couldn't take care of her so she was adopted by the Duckworths. Roxie was adopted in 1913 when she was just turning 11. Her mother died when she was six leaving also two boys ages 4 and 2. Roxie's father felt she needed a mother to teach her the art of womanhood so allowed Duckworths to adopt her. A third baby, James Hanson Duckworth, was adopted in 1915. Roxie wanted to take charge of him as she was at the age of liking dolls and he was a real live one. In 1917 Rex was adopted. Roxie wrote a book of her life story. These are a few things she recorded about Rex.

(Excerpt from "One Grain of Sand", an autobiography by Roxie Estella Jensen Duckworth Haws, part of Chapter 23, p. 50.)
"About this time Father and Mother made another trip to Boise. They brought back a little blonde, curly-headed baby boy. He was just three weeks old. They named him Nathan Rex. He was blessed with an excellent pair of lungs and a smile that could melt your heart. As soon as Muriel took one look at him, she exclaimed, "Now look, this one is mine. Roxie, you had Jimmy for your baby and now I don't want you to do anything for this one. I want him for me." She owned him right from the start. I didn't seem to object because I wasn't interested in babies any more. I was interested in my boy friends. She could have him as far as I was concerned. Rex was a beautiful baby and because Muriel tended to him like I did Jimmy, I do not have in my mind any particular things of interest that connected him with my life's story, so that is the reason I have written so little about Rex."

There are also short comments about Rex throughout her book. He seemed to get in trouble quite a bit as a youth. I remember of meeting him only a couple of times in my life when he came to visit my mother (Roxie) and our family when we lived in Idaho Falls. He was a very handsome man and pleasant to be around. He would scoop me up in his arms and toss me in the air. I was between 5-7 years old at that time, but never saw him after that as he moved to the west coast.

I have been searching to find more about him. I found this memorial on Find A Grave and it has been transferred to me so that I can add what I find about him. His name is listed here as Rex Nathan Duckworth. He could have reversed his name later as he was called Rex. The following are facts that I have found about him.

1920 US Census
Name: Nathan R Duckworth (His parents listed his first name as Nathan)
Age: 2
Birth Year: abt 1918
Birthplace: Idaho
Home in 1920: Blackfoot Ward 2, Bingham, Idaho
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Adopted Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: United States
[United States of America]
Mother's Birthplace: United States
[United States of America]
Household Members: Name Age
James Duckworth 54
Elizabeth Duckworth 47
Roxie E S Duckworth 17
Muriel A S Duckworth 12
James H Duckworth 4
Nathan R Duckworth 2

1930 US Census
Name: Nathan R Duckworth (Again his parents listed his first name as Nathan)
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1918
Birthplace: Idaho
Race: White
Home in 1930: Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's Name: James Duckworth
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Name: Elizabeth H Duckworth
Mother's Birthplace: Utah
Household Members: Name Age
James Duckworth 64
Elizabeth H Duckworth 58
James H Duckworth 15
Nathan R Duckworth 12

1940 US Census
Name: Rex Duckworth
Respondent: Yes
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1916
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Idaho
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Hired Man
Home in 1940: Pingree, Bingham, Idaho
Street: Cushman-Judge Road
Inferred Residence in 1935: Pingree, Bingham, Idaho
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Citizenship: Naturalized
Sheet Number: 5A
Occupation: Farmer
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 25
Income: 200
Income Other Sources: No
Household Members: Name Age
Fred Scott 52
Willie J Scott 52
Craig W Scott 28
Rex Duckworth 24

1. Idaho, Marriages, 1878-1998
groom's name:Rex Duckworth
groom's birth date: 1916
groom's birthplace: Boise, Ida.
groom's age: 20
bride's name: Irene Evelyn Blessinger
bride's birth date: 1917
bride's birthplace: Boise, Ida.
bride's age: 19
marriage date: 03 Jul 1936
marriage place: Boise, Ada, Idaho

2. Washington Marriage Record:
Name: Rex Duckworth
Spouse: Angeline Gunder
Marriage Date: 21 May 1941
Marriage Place: Lewis
Date Recorded: 5 Jun 1941
Reference Number: sw-321-2-1-b23-000463.tif

3. Washington Marriage Record:
Name: Rex Duckworth
Spouse: Louise E Veltry
Marriage Date: 13 Aug 1943
Marriage Place: Spokane
Reference Number: easpmca63585

4. Washington Marriage Record: (last marriage)
Name: Nathan Duckworth
Spouse: Olive Eldridge
Marriage Date: 20 Mar 1948
Marriage Place: King
Reference Number: kingcoarchmc146551

At the time of his death in 1960, I found that his currrant wife applied for a military tombstone. Her name was Olive Duckworth living in Renton, Washington.


Enlistment record:
Name: Rex N Duckworth
Birth Year: 1917
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Idaho
State of Residence: Idaho
Enlistment Date: 17 Sep 1940
Enlistment State: Idaho
Enlistment City: Boise
Branch: Field Artillery
Branch Code: Field Artillery
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: One year enlistment
Component: Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of
Source: Civil Life
Education: 2 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor
Marital Status: Single, without dependents (apparently was divorced from his first wife)
Height: 73
Weight: 199

California, Death Index, 1940-1997
Name:Rex N Duckworth
Social Security #:539144055
Birth Date:5 May 1917
Birth Place:Idaho
Death Date:30 Sep 1960
Death Place:Alameda

Note: On the below list of sibling links, his adopted sister, Roxie, is not listed as she is listed with her birth parents and birth siblings. She can be found on:
Find A Grave Memorial# 33087963

Family links: 
  James Duckworth (1865 - 1947)
  Elizabeth Hanson Duckworth (1872 - 1954)
  Irene Evelyn Blessinger Wood (1917 - 1994)*
  Muriel Annie Salena (Poulsen) Duckworth Atwood (1907 - 1996)*
  James Hanson Duckworth (1915 - 2011)*
  Rex Nathan Duckworth (1917 - 1960)
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Memorial Park
King County
Washington, USA
Maintained by: Sunflower Lady
Originally Created by: Papawraith
Record added: Mar 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25178356
Pvt Rex Nathan Duckworth
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Pvt Rex Nathan Duckworth
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Pvt Rex Nathan Duckworth
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- Laura
 Added: Jan. 25, 2016
I am so happy to find that my Uncle Rex has a memorial on findagrave. Looking forward to seeing you again.
- Sunflower Lady
 Added: Feb. 11, 2013

- Papawraith
 Added: Mar. 10, 2008
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