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Marine who died in Vietnam among those in my family tree with birthdays week of July 27

Updated: May 15, 2023

Birthdays in my family tree for the week of July 27:

July 28

Eldon L. Hall, (my second cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1917 in Harrison County, Ky.; d. Sept. 5, 2004, in Harrison County, Ky. Eldon was the son of William Harrison Hall and Alice N. Gallahue Hall. He also was the great-grandson of Isaac Jacob Hall Sr., who was my 4G grandfather.

July 29

Emma A. Hall, (my first cousin three times removed on my mother's side), b. 1899 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. April 16, 1989 in Morehead, Rowan County, Ky. Emma was the niece of George Washington Hall (1862-1934), my 2G grandfather, and the daughter of Albert David Hall (1872-1958) and Martha Belle McClain Hall (1878-1922).

Luke Kidd, (my first cousin twice removed on my father's side), b. 1906 in Elliott County, Ky.; d. June 24, 1987. Luke was the son of Saul Kidd and Allie Fair Winkleman Kidd. His grandfather, Peter Fannin-Kidd, was an uncle to my grandfather, Elmer Kidd.

July 30

Garley Allen Barker, (brother of Ludy Atlas Barker Kidd, my great-aunt-in-law on my father’s side), b. 1896 in Elliott County, Ky.; d. March 30, 1913 in Elliott County, Ky. Garley was the son of Ed Luster Barker and Amanda Dolly Crisp Barker. His sister, Ludy, married Albert Kidd, my grandfather’s brother.

Hazel Binion DeHart, (mother of Edgar DeHart, my ex-uncle-in-law on my father’s side), b. 1907 in Elliott County, Ky.; d. Jan. 1, 1992, in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio. Hazel’s son, William Edgar, married my dad’s sister, Bernice. Hazel was married to Melvin DeHart (1902-1993).

Sabra Lela Adams Wilson, (mother-in-law of Kenneth Adrian Wilson, my uncle on my mother’ side), b. 1915; d. March 30, 2004, in Fraley Ridge, Rowan County, Ky. Sabra was the mother of Ernestine Wilson, who married my Uncle Kenny Wilson. Though they shared a surname, I do not believe Kenny and Ernestine were blood relatives. However, Sabra’s husband, Houston, belongs to a line of Wilsons that is related by marriage to the Kidds, my father’s side. Incidentally, Sabra’s brother, Carl Emory, purchased the farm where my father grew up from my grandfather, Elmer Kidd, in the early 1970s. Emory owned that property until his death in January 2015.

Hellen Kidd, (my first cousin twice removed on my father’s side), b. 1928 in Floyd County, Ky.; d. July 8, 1929, in Floyd County, Ky. Hellen was the daughter of John Booth Kidd and Ada Lykins Kidd. The couple had nine children, most of whom lived well into adulthood. Hannah Kidd, for example, lived to be 92. However, Hellen died 22 days short of her first birthday. Ada was 41 at the time and evidently pregnant. For death records indicate that the next month, John Kidd was born but he died the same day. I do not know the cause of death for either Hellen or John.


Leon Gaye Howard, (my third cousin on my father’s side), b. 1945 in Breathitt County, Ky.; d. Feb. 21, 1967, in South Vietnam. Leon was the grandson of John Booth Kidd and Ada Lykins Kidd and the son of Delphina Kidd, the youngest of John and Hellen’s surviving children after the deaths of Hellen and John. Delphina married Jeff Howard. Leon was a Marine lance corporal killed in Vietnam. He is memorialized on Panel 15E, Row 79 of the Vientam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Records indicate he was inducted in 1966 and died a year later. He was killed in hostile action in the Quang Nam province.

Hadley Louise Wilson, (my first cousin once removed on my mother's side), b. 2012. Happy birthday, Hadley! Hadley is gonna be a big sister soon, and I'll bet she's going to be a great one.

July 31

Ida McBrayer Hillman Caudill, (my first cousin twice removed on my father's side), b. 1895 in Rowan County, Ky.; d. Jan. 11, 1986. Ida's parents were Lewis Parker McBrayer and Martha Jane Kidd McBrayer, sister of my great-grandfather, Edmund Kidd.

Aug. 1

John Charles Fremont Wilson, (my second cousin four times removed on my mother's side), b. 1856 in Harmony Township, Clark County, Ohio; d. April 26, 1931, in Summerford, Madison County, Ohio. John was the child of Michael Wilson Jr. and Lavina Henry Wilson. Our common ancestor was Jacob Wilson, my 5G grandfather and John's great-grandfather.

Joseph Alonzo Wallace, (husband of Nancy Annie Hall Wallace, my first cousin four times removed on my mother's side), b. 1865 in Kentucky; d. July 31, 1945, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Joseph married Nancy in 1889 in Aberdeen, Brown County, Ohio. Joseph evidently moved around quite a bit. He lived in Robertson and Scott counties in Kentucky. By 1910, he was living in Cleveland County, Okla., according to census data. No census ever lists him as living Ohio, however.

Leander "Lee" Kidd, (my second cousin once removed on my father's side), b. 1897 in Devils Fork, Elliott County, Ky.; d. May 1972 in Morehead, Rowan County, Ky. Lee's grandfather, Peter Fannin-Kidd, was the uncle of my grandfather, Elmer Kidd.

Aug. 2

James V. Boone, (2G half uncle of Deobrah Renee Kidd, my wife), b. 1846; d. Aug. 1, 1922. James died one day short of his 76th birthday. James was the half brother of Jesse Boone Ray, my wife's great-grandmother. He was the product of the first marriage of his father, Zedekiah Boone, to Margaret Boone, whose maiden name I do not know. Jesse was the daughter of Zedekiah and Elizabeth Boone, who might or might not have been a blood relative of the one of her three (or four) husbands.

Harve Thornsberry, (my first cousin twice removed on my father's side), b. 1893 in Elliott County, Ky.; d. Jan. 27, 1959, in Niles, Trumbull County, Ohio. Have was the son of Amanda Kidd Thorsnberry and Simpson Thornsberry, who had 10 children. Amanda was the sister of my great-grandfather, Edmund Kidd.


Martha Viola Parker Ray, (great-aunt-in-law of Deborah Renee Ray Kidd, my wife), b. 1919 in Kershaw County, S.C.; d. Nov. 8, 2004, in Camden, Kershaw County, S.C. Martha married James Claude Ray Sr., brother of my wife's grandfather, Clarence Richard Ray. Her parents were Aaron Levi Parker and Emmie Irene Self Parker.


Samuel L.D. Williams, (my first cousin twice removed on my mother's side), b. 1923 in Lenox, Morgan County, Ky.; d. June 21, 1965, in Clearfield, Rowan County, Ky. Samuel, who went by "Ted," was a building contractor. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack at age 41 at his home. He had been in good health until he suffered the seizure the day of his death. A native of Morgan County, Ky., he was married to the former Katherine Mynhier. They had three sons -- Gary Williams, Duke Williams, and Dion Williams, all of Clearfield. Other survivors included his father, Jesse Williams, of Mission, Tex., and a sister, Lola Mullens, also of Mission. He was buried in Williams Cemetery under the direction of Stucky Funeral Home.P allbearers were H.L. Utterback, E.C. Razor, Don Early, Ed Davis, Johnny Kelsey and Wilford Flannery.

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