Friday, August 14, 2015

Jennie Mae and Howard James Major

The following is in response to a visitors request for information regarding their Grandparents and, of course, their father and aunts and uncle. Also, their ‘uncle-in-law.  We do our very best to answer all requests as timely as possible, and so I forwarded what limited information I was able to find.  Yes, I will most likely try to find additional information for these California visitors.  But, how very heart-warming to receive their replies telling me that because of the information I sent, there have already been able to connect with a cousin.  It just reminds us all, how important records from the past can help the present as well as the future generations.

Unfortunately I have been unable to find much information on your family.  What I have discovered is as follows:
Both Jennie Mae Major and Howard James Major are buried in Fraola Cemetery, Port Orchard.  In 1930 they lived in Gig Harbor, on Maplewood Beach; 1940 they lived on Crescent Valley Road.
Jennie died April 18, 1949; Howard on October 14, 1944.  His occupation is listed as a Chicken Rancher, not a ship captain.  I could not find any information on any of the other family members  you listed, other than Leone Major Edwards, 1940 Census, is listed as living on E. Beach Road on Dana Peters Road, Gig Harbor.
Her husband, David Edwards, 54; Leone Edwards, 48; Donald Edwards, 24; Roy Edwards, 20; Ramona Edwards, 16; Igal Edwards, 13; Joyce Edwards, 13.

I do recall seeing the name, Don Edwards, some time again in one of the many newspapers regarding garages, but unfortunately I don’t recall date or paper.  I did find this obituary notice which might help you on your search.
Donald J. Edwards 

Donald J. Edwards, 86, long time resident of Gig Harbor, passed away 
September 16, 2002. Donald was born March 19, 1916 in Olalla, WA 
to David and Leone Edwards. In April of 1941, Donald married 
Gladys Hunt and they were married 59 years when she passed away in 
2000. Donald worked as an auto mechanic in Gig Harbor for 45 years. 
He enjoyed cars, camping and traveling. He is survived by a sister, 
Joyce Wingett, two daughters, Elaine Edwards of Seattle and Joan 
(Bill) Edwardson of Wenatchee, 4 grandchildren and 5 great 
grandchildren. Funeral services 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 20 at 
Haven of Rest Chapel, with graveside following at Haven of Rest 
Memorial Park. Remembrances may be made to the Gig Harbor 
Historical Society, PO Box 744, Gig Harbor, WA 98335-0744. Pub 
Date: 9/18/2002 


Tomi....Thank you so very much for the info..We have so far already
found and talked to a cousin !!! 

We are so thankful for your effort..

Warren and JoAnn Buckley

Thank you so much. It was helpful.  We were able to connect with a cousin that lives near my sister Jo Ann.  I just can't thank you enough.  I'm sure this has open the door for us to seek our ancestry.  Judy Nelson.

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1 comment:

  1. This is my family! I was just talking to my grandmother today about our family. She married Lyle Edwards. It is very cool to see this part of personal history. I even heard about the chicken ranch, Gem Poultry Ranch, and the California family. Howard and Jenny Major are Leon's parents. She was born on Valentines day so her middle name is Valentine. They had 7 boys and then a girl. Donald, David (died in flu epidemic as a baby ),Roy, Raymond, Lyle (My grandfather), Howard, Dean, Joyce.

    My grandma did mention her uncle that was a captain, but I didn't write his name down.