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1950 Lee “Homecoming”

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I found this of the Mansfield, OH Newspaper this evening. It’s a great clipping putting together a whole circle of the Lee family: Clarence (C.H.), his daughter Diane,  his mother “Mrs. Carl Burkett”, his brother Frank (Raymond) & his father Frank (Herbert) Lee.

Article reads (including the bad grammatical errors & wrong middle initial): 

“Homecoming –

  There’s been a lot of reminiscing done in several Mansfield homes recently with the return of one member of family and his daughter for a visit here. Clarence Lee and his daughter, Diana, of Somerville, Mass, are visiting at the home of Lee’s mother, Mrs. Carl Burkett, 321 East First St, and his brother, Frank Lee, and family of 971 Burger Ave. Lee’s visit here marked the first time he and his brother Frank, had seen each other in five and a half years, since both men spend six years, in the Navy. The family circle was completed when Frank E Lee, of Toledo them men’s father, visited both of them here. Lee and his daughter also have been visiting relative and friends in Willard.” 


Operator! Operator? Can You Understand Me?

So I have searched a bunch of records in the last few nights. I’m pretty sure I can honestly say a million since some searches have produced over 400,000 results & I’ve searched most of the results :) Research Overload!

I’ve found every Frank Lee or Herbert Lee I can muster up in OK. Seen just about every Clara Lee possible in OK & quit a few in IL. It’s resulted in a few Frank & Clara Lee unions. None of which are good matches…

Mostly because children don’t match, date of record doesn’t match, the birth locations of anyone doesn’t match, race doesn’t match,… You name it, I’ve dismissed it. A few were lucky enough to be saved for later or printed for a possibility.

Then tonight it dawned on me, as I was on page 50-something results produced from a search on the LDS (Latter Day Saints) FamilySearch site, that I probably need to back up a generation. A marriage record (without image) was transcribed for Frank Herbert Lee & Mardell Beamer. This is the son of Frank & Clara Lee. An besides an obvious transcription detail, the first question that come up was, “do I have all I can on Frank Lee, the son?”

This is a rookie mistake! Yes, and I made it big time! ;(

In the past I had worked on Frank Lee, that’s how I got his delayed birth certificate & his Rail Road records. But do I have his life events documented? I’m sure I’d remember a marriage liscence that said his mother was “Gladys Newhaus”!

First “Gladys” is clearly not Clara! Clara Brown is the bride’s (Mardell’s) mother! And Newhouse, from my experience, is definitely German or of German regional relation. Now we are getting somewhere :D

Are you following? Can you see it? A generation playing a game of “operator” or “telephone” very poorly… It happens :)

So my handy dandy Internet search with Google & there it is! Clear as day… Newhouse in native tongue is often pronounced to sound more like Nayhouse, Nyus, Niehause, Neuhause,…

Big picture: Operator error due to dialect & accents! So my next step is actually backwards a generation to Frank & Mardell (Beamer) Lee. Let’s finish a complete documentation work up :D

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