|Birth: ||May 3, 1900|
De Tour Village
|Death: ||Oct. 27, 1980|
Roy Hart was the first of nine children born to William Henry and Nellie Harriett "Lillian" Stratton Hart, and first generation American-born in his family. His lineage through his father was English and Irish; his mother likely Scottish and both emigrated from Europe through Canada, to Michigan.
Roy appears as an infant in the 01 Jun 1900 US Census in De Tour Village, Chippewa; 1910 at age of 10 in nearby Raber, Chippewa; 1918 World War I Draft Registration at age 18 in Pickford, working as a laborer for Oscar Daniels Co. in Sault Ste. Marie ("the Soo"); 1920 in Pickford as a farm laborer at the age of 20.
It is in Pickford that Roy met his future wife, Amber Skinner. Amber's family moved from her birthplace of Cheshire, Allegan Twp. in the Lower Peninsula in 1908. Roy's family moved to Pickford, Chippewa between 1910-1918 and both families appear on the same 1920 US Census page, so the families would've known each other as neighbors, perhaps also from church.
In the early 1920s, Roy helped his father William Henry Hart build the St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Fairview Road, across from the Fairview Cemetery where both are buried. The log-cabin-style church is operational and still stands today.
Roy and Amber raised seven children and took in a foster child, Rosalie Marshall as a teenager:
Shirley William (1923-1998)
Marion Clair (1925-)
Francis Dean (1928-)
Muriel Jean (1930-)
Merna Fay (1932-)
Marlene Lillian (1934-)
Infant daughter (1937-1937)
Jackie Leroy (1939-)
Rosalie Marshall (1940-)
S.W. ("Bill") and M.C. ("Clair") were born in Pickford, and Francis ("Frank") and Muriel were born when the family moved in the late 1920s to the Lower Peninsula, to Hamtramck, Michigan, where Roy worked in the auto industry near Detroit.
By 1932 Roy and Amber returned to the U.P., where Merna, Marlene, an infant daughter, and Jack were all born in various small towns in Mackinac County, just west of Pickford. Bill and Clair graduated from Pickford High in 1942, and entered the U.S. Navy shortly thereafter to serve in World War II.
Roy and Amber moved one last time, to Mason, Ingham, Mich. about 1944/45. A jack-of-all-trades, Roy worked in various jobs to support his family and eventually establishing a name for himself in the water well-drilling business based in Mason, along with his eldest son, Bill, after he discharged from military service in 1945.
Roy remained a humble man and hard-worker his entire life. He loved hunting, music, playing his harmonica, teasing his children and grandchildren with that infamous twinkle in his eye, and is sorely missed.
Bio created: 04.03.2012 by Debra Hart Blackgrave Tyre, granddaughter. Additions, corrections welcome.
William Henry Hart (1876 - 1940)
Nellie Harriett Stratton Hart, Anderson (1881 - 1958)
Amber Rosella Skinner Hart (1902 - 1993)*
Shirley W. Hart (1923 - 1998)*
Marion Clair Hart (1925 - 2013)*
Roy Carl Hart (1900 - 1980)
Marion Hart Croker (1902 - 1992)*
Lillian S Hart Amyotte (1907 - 1960)*
Plot: Front row, across from church driveway
Created by: Debra (Hart) Blackgrave ...
Record added: Apr 02, 2012
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