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This week's birthdays

This week's birthdays from my family tree:

Nov. 24
  • Lewis Heffley (first cousin, three-times removed on my mother’s side), b. 1830, Madison County, Ohio; d. 9/28/1889

Nov. 25
  • Henry Thornsberry (first cousin, twice removed on my mother’s side), b. 1886 in Greenup County, Ky.; d. 1/4/1952, Rowan County, Ky.

Nov. 26
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• Pamela Andrews Brain, at left, (grandfather-in-law of Homer Lee Wilson, DDS, my first cousin, three times removed on my mother’s side) b. 1833 Bath County, Ky.; d. 2/13/1913. Pamela was a hostess at the Gault House, a well-known hotel and saloon in Morehead, Ky., for many years, noted for her wit and skills in conversation.

• Sarah Anna Day (wife of John Milton McBrayer, my first cousin, twice removed on my mother’s side) b. 1877 Rowan County, Ky; d. 12/24/1908, Rowan County, Ky.

• Bruce Brooks (Uncle of my half Uncle Ronnie Brooks on my mother’s side) b. 1913 in Claiborne County, Tenn.; d. 7/30/1995. Brooks and his wife Edith were in the ministry, pastoring churches until the mid-180s. Beginning in March, 1950, on their first Sunday as pastors in Xenia, Ohio, they began a weekly radio broadcast over WJEL in Springfield, Ohio, known as “The Voice of Pentecost,” according to her 2011 obitary in the Springfield News-Sun. They soon added a daily broadcast, and for a lengthy period, four times daily, and through various years, their broadcasts were released over WPFB, WCHO and stations in Ironton, Wellston and Mansfield, Ohio, as well as Pennington Gap, Va.

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My Uncle Elvis, right, with my grandfather, Elmer Kidd, in the front yard of Elmer's home in Soldier, Ky., sometime in the early 1970s.

Nov. 27
  • James P. Perry (second cousin four times removed on my mother’s side) b. 1847, Rush Creek Township, Fairfield County, Ohio; d. Rush Creek Township, Fairfield, Ohio, 8/15/1912

  • Jesse James Kidd (first cousin twice removed on my father’s side; also my first cousin once removed on my father’s side) b. 1893 in Wyatt, Elliott County, Ky.; d. 12/16/1933. I don’t know much about Jesse James Kidd, but according to his death certificate, he committed suicide by gunshot, less than six months after his 3-year-old daughter died of a viral infection.

  • Elvis R. Kidd, above, (my father’s brother), born in Rowan County, Ky., and still going strong. Happy birthday, Uncle Elvis.

  • Glen Allen Harper (ex-uncle-in-law on my mother’s side)

  • Janet DeHart Endicott (first cousin on my father’s side) b. 1950; d. 9/29/1971 in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio. I have only the vaguest of memories of Janet, who died just after I turned 2. She died unexpectedly of a heart condition before her 21st birthday and just months after her marriage to Ken Endicott.

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Cousin on my father's side, Larry, Joyce DeHart, Charlotte Kidd, and Janet DeHart, obscured by some little toddler you might know.

Nov. 28
  • William Holmes Perry (second cousin four times removed on my mother’s side) b. 1858 in Rushcreek Township, Ohio; d. 12/11/1884 in Rushville, Ohio.

  • Laura Belle Williams (great-great-aunt on my mother’s side) b. 1882 in Rowan County, Kentucky; d. 7/25/1950 in Wisconsin.

  • Allie Kidd (great-uncle on my father’s side) b. 1904 in Elliott County Kentucky; d. 10/24/1985 in West Liberty, Morgan County, Kentucky.

  • Edgar Vernon Hall (first cousin twice removed on my mother’s side) b. 1934 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. 7/20/1936 in Rowan County, Ky. The son of my great-great-uncle Harlan Hall and his wife Mary Elizabeth Jennings Hall died before his second birthday.

Nov. 29
  • Orville J. Carter Jr. (husband of my first cousin once removed on my mother’s side, Lois Emilee Williams) b. 1931; d. 6/3/1961. I’m not sure about the circumstances of Carter’s death, but he passed away short of his 30th birthday.

Nov. 30
  • Elmer Gregory (second cousin twice removed on my mother’s side) b. 1907 in Clearfield, Rowan County, Ky.; d. 9/17/1976 in Clearfield, Rowan County, Kentucky.

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