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Prominent attorney, homicide victim, wife of inmate among family-tree birthdays

Birthdays from my family tree for the week of June 22:

June 22

Emile Roscoe Brinson (my wife Deborah Renee Ray Kidd's great uncle on her father's side), b. 1917 in South Carolina, d. Oct. 13, 1959, in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C. Emile was the brother of my wife's paternal grandmother, Ruth Augusta Brinson Ray. I've heard at least two stories about how Ruth met her husband, Clarence Richard Ray, and one of them involves Emile. It goes like this: Clarence grew up in Kershaw County, S.C., but came to Charleston to work in the Civilian Conservation Corps. That's where he met Emile, and Clarence met Ruth when Emile brought his new friend home to meet his family. (The other story, which I'm more certain to be true, is that Clarence was a boarder in the house run by Ruth's mother, Elise Hill Brinson, when the couple married. Of course, those stories are not mutually exclusive.)

Ruth always pronounced her brother's name with emphasis on the first syllable — EE-mule. He was a superintendent for Ruscon Construction Co. at time of his death at age 42, according to his obituary. His death certificate indicates he suffered chronic glomerulonephritis, a kidney ailment, which was complicated by hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

June 23

Ada Lykins Kidd (my first cousin-in-law once removed on my father's side), b. 1888 in Morgan County, Ky.; d. Jan. 2, 1964, in San Joaquin, Calif. Ada married John Booth Kidd, a first cousin of my grandfather, Elmer Kidd, in 1906 and had nine children together. I'm not sure how Ada came to die in California. John died a year after Ada in Rowan County, Ky. In the 1940 census, the census released to the public, John was listed as living in the Breathitt County, Ky., jail. I have no idea why he was incarcerated. I cannot find 1940 census records for Ada.

Delbert Kidd (my first cousin once removed on my father's side), b. 1921 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. 1944. Delbert is my father's first cousin and the son of John William Kidd and Dora Kidd Kidd, my grandfather's sister. John William is not a blood relative on my father's side, as far as I can tell; rather, he came from a line of Kidds that I've identified as living in North Carolina at least as early as 1810. However, John William's mother was Sarah Elizabeth Jennings, who was married at least three times and whose children by her second husband, Joseph Slusher Jr., are related to me on my mother's side.

All of this said, I don't know a lot about Delbert, except that he was one of seven children of John William and Dora.

June 24

Daniel P. Caudill (my 3G uncle on my mother's side), b. 1863 in Elliott County, Ky.; d. Jan. 22, 1933, in Rowan County, Ky. Daniel was the brother of Rebecca Caudill Williams, my 2G grandmother. I don't know a lot about Daniel, but he was one of 15 children of the Rev. Henry C. Caudill and Elizabeth Jane Short Caudill.

June 25

Robert William Hall (my first cousin twice removed on my mother's side), b. 1939 in Shelby, Sharon Township, Richland County, Ohio; d. Feb. 25, 1994, in Shelby, Sharon Township, Richland County, Ohio. Robert was the nephew of my great grandmother, Mahala Susan Hall Wilson, and the son of Mahala's brother Perry and his wife, Hessie Lewis Hall. Perry was born in Rowan County, as was his wife. By 1930, the family had moved to Ohio, where Robert William was born in 1939.

June 26

Washington H. Wilson (my second cousin four times removed on my mother's side), b. 1850 in Clark County, Ohio; d. June 11, 1927. Washington's grandfather, Michael Wilson Sr., was from a family that hailed from Virginia but then moved to Kentucky, then to Ohio, where several became promionent landowners. Washington's father was Michael Wilson R., and he was named for his uncle, Washington Wilson.

Isaac Quesenberry (my 3G uncle on my mother's side and my 3G uncle-in-law on my mother's side), b. 1865 in Dagspur, Carroll County, Va.; d. Sept. 8, 1936, in Rowan County, Ky. Isaac was the son of Oliver Quesenberry and Mahala Slusher Quesenberry. On his Soldier's Application for Pension, Oliver stated that he was born Sept. 7, 1842, in Carroll Co., Va., that he served under Capt. George Turman and Col. Robert Trigg, was with Gen. Robert E. Lee when he surrendered at Appomatox. The same document indicates he moved to Kentucky in June 1880, when Isaac was 15.

Isaac was a double relative. He married Lydia Alice Hall, the sister of George Washington Hall. George Washington Hall married Isaac's sister, Nancy Abigail Quesenberry Hall. George and Nancy were my 2G grandparents.

Kenneth Jack Tarter (my third cousin twice removed on my mother's side), b. 1926 in Richmond, Clinton County, Mo.; d. March 22, 1974, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our common ancestor is Abijiah Brooks Wilson, my 4G uncle on my mother's side. (My 2G grandfather was also named Abijiah B. Wilson.) Abijiah was Kenneth's maternal great-grandfather.

Lorin Brooke Friley (my half-first cousin once removed on my mother's side), b. 1986. Happy birthday, Lorin.

June 27

Mary Wilson Perry (my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1831 in Washington County, Ohio; d. April 22, 1907. Mary was one of six children of James P. Wilson and Lydia Warner Wilson. James P. Wilson was the brother of Michael Wilson Sr. and grand uncle of Washington H. Wilson, both mentioned above.

Effie Jane Hall (my first cousin four times removed on my mother's side), b. 1875 in Nicholas County, Ky.; d. Aug. 29, 1925, in Fleming County, Ky. Effie was a cousin of my great-grandmother, Mahala Susan Hall Wilson.

Some of the children of Dr. Jeremiah Wilson and Annie Eliza Halley. Left to Right: Stella, Bunyan, Glenmore, Cora, Homer, Burwell, and Flora.

Glenmore Combs Wilson (my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1886 in Farmers, Rowan County, Ky.; d. 1958 in Franklin County, Ky. Glenmore was the brother of renowned adult-literacy advocate Cora Wilson Stewart and the son of prominent country doctor Jeremiah Wilson.

Glenmore was an attorney and lived in Garland, Texas, for at least part of his life — he was living there at the time of his brother's death, according to an obituary for Homer Lee Wilson.

Everett Filmore Wilson (my second cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1889 in Kentucky; d. 1891. Everett, who died at about age 2, was the grandson of the elder Abijah Brooks Wilson, mentioned above. He was the son of William Monroe Wilson and Ella Byron Wilson.

Gladys Sue Hall (my second cousin twice removed), b.1912 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. Dec. 19, 1986, in Morehead, Rowan County, Ky. She was the grandniece of George Washington Hall, mentioned above. Gladys was one of four children of Howard Vinton Hall and Bertha Hall.

Ronald W. Palmer (my third cousin once removed on my mother's side), b. 1947 in Ohio; d. Dec. 13, 2002, in Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, Ky. Ronald was the son of Thomas J. Palmer and Dorothy Jean Wilson Palmer. Our common ancestor was Michael Clay Wilson, my 3G uncle and his great-grandfather.

June 28

Caroline Marageret Wilson (my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1828 in Summerford, Madison County, Ohio; d. Feb. 21, 1900, in London, Madison County, Ohio. Another of the Ohio Wilsons, she was the daughter of Valentine Wilson and Nancy Donnels Roberts Wilson and a first cousin once removed of Washington H. Wilson, who was born on June 26.

David Lee Brinson Sr. (my wife Deborah Renee Ray Kidd's 2G half uncle on her father's side), b. 1907 in Bonneau, Berkeley County, S.C.; d. June 27, 1938, in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C. David was the half -rother of my wife's great-grandfather, James Ernest Brinson. Like the other Brinson named in this week's list of birthdays, Emile Roscoe Brinson, David Lee suffered a premature death, one day before his 31st birthday.

But David Lee's death was quite violent.

I have few details, except a death certificate that indicates he was gunned down in a street in Charleston. The incident was ruled a homicide, but I've not been able to research it further and do not know if the killer was ever apprehended. David was proprietor of Lee's Cafe in Charleston when he was shot to death.

Lee's restaurant was in Charleston and his residence is listed as, but by the time of the 1940 census, taken just more than a year after David Lee's death, his family was living as boarders in a home in Colleton County.

Katherine Williams McKenzie (my first cousin twice removed on my mother's side), b. 1907 in Kentucky; d. March 27, 1998, in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Fla. Katherine was the daughter of John Henry Williams and Alice McClain Williams. Her paternal grandparents, William Washington Williams and Rebecca Caudill Williams, were my 2G grandparents. Katherine is picture at right with her older sister, Grace Lyon Williams Templeman.

Daphne Nicole Adkins (my second cousin on my mother's side), b. 1982. Happy birthday, Daphne.

Andrea Rae Buskirk (my adventuresome, brave stepdaughter, who I love very, very much.) Happy birthday, girlie.

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