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 Effie Bell <I>Rood</I> Ketchum

Effie Bell Rood Ketchum

Michigan, USA
Death 24 Apr 1938 (aged 57)
Reed City, Osceola County, Michigan, USA
Burial Reed City, Osceola County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 98963532 · View Source
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Death record says she was born 1880, grave marker shows 1881.

Effie was buried with her first husband Samuel B. Wise. Her children Orrin Rood (with Ludern Ketchum) and Ralph D.Wise are buried there also. Her grave marker only states, "MOTHER" 1881-1938. It was positively identified as Effie's grave by her youngest daughter.

After the death of Samuel, Effie married Ludern Ketchum in Hersey, Michigan. Ludern is father of five of her children. However her children Helen, Floyd & Ethel were placed in the D.A. Blodgett Orphanage in Grand Rapids, after the divorce. Later their paternal grandparents took them out & brought them to Ashton where they lived until Ludern sent train tickets for them. (Floyd, Helen & Ethel) to travel to Utah, where he settled. She did have other children with Ludern after they divorced. August Russell Ketchum was born in 1912. It isn't clearly understood why Orrin is buried as Orrin Rood except that the family speculates that Orrin, Ethel & August were all born after their divorce.

Information to be added later on Effie's third marriage. She had a daughter with that husband. They traveled & were members of the communist party. (Information provided by daughter during a visit with her.) They divorced.

When Effie died, she was living in Reed City & the local news paper wrote an article on her passing and that as well as her death record, show her to be Mrs. Effie Ketchum.

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  • Created by: Kathy Londo Barnes
  • Added: 15 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98963532
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Effie Bell Rood Ketchum (3 Aug 1880–24 Apr 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98963532, citing Woodland Cemetery, Reed City, Osceola County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Kathy Londo Barnes (contributor 47040479) .