CASSELL :: COBB :: DOBOVICH :: FAIR :: GILBERT :: HILTON :: RAMIREZ :: UPHAM
Back on the 1st of November I shared new-found information about a 1st cousin twice removed -- William Allec Hilton (1921-1946) -- whose military airplane disappeared in 1946. William's mother, Louisa Hooper Hilton Roberts nee Muston (1893-1973), was the baby sister of my paternal great-grandpa, Charlie Muston (1882-1915). So far I have found only one child for William, and he died in 1960 at the age of 17, but I am still researching. Just this past week, I have been contacted by several individuals who are seeking living kith 'n kin of the members of the crew mentioned in the following 1946 newspaper clipping :-
Contact has been made with a few family members . . . if any of y'all know any of these men . . . or any of their family members . . . or a good place for information about these men . . . or . . . if you are actually kith or kin of one of these men . . . please do let us know . . . and / or let them know about this project . . . FYI . . . there is an ongoing discussion thread on this topic on the armyairforces.com forum . . . and they include a link to the Italian page dedicated to this crew . . . they (the Italians) are planning a ceremony next summer (2011) in honor and in memory of these veterans . . . I set up a virtual cemetery at findagrave for the members of this crew . . . as well as a page for the crew at footnote.com . . . I also have a separate stand-alone public tree for this crew at ancestry.com which is viewable by those who have a paid ancestry.com membership . . . as well as by those who are invited to the tree (even with a free account) . . .
New York Times. November 7, 1946. 8 U.S. AIRMEN MISSING. Col. F.L. Fair Among Those on Board Naples-London Plane. FRANKFORT ON THE MAIN, Germany, Nov. 6 -- The United States Army revealed tonight that the Chief of Staff of the European Air Transport service was among four officers and four enlisted men aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress now overdue five days on a flight from Naples to London. The officer was identified as Col. Ford L. Fair of Washington, D.C. Others listed as missing:
- Col. Hudson H. Upham, pilot, assistant chief of staff for traffic for EATS, of Los Angeles.
- Major Lawrence L. Cobb, co-pilot, executive officer traffic section EATS, of Petersburg, Va.
- Lieut. Alfred D. Ramirez, navigator, of New York City.
- M-Sgt. John E. Gilbert, engineer, of Frankfort, Ind.
- T/Sgt. William S. Cassell, assistant radio operator, of Mount Airy, N.C.
- S/Sgt. William A. Hilton, assistant engineer of San Angelo, Texas.
- S/Sgt. Zolton J. Dobozich [sic], radio operator, of Butztown, Pa.
On this date . . . the 13th day of December . . . in the year 1902 . . . in the extended branches of our family tree . . . the following article ran in The New York Times . . . the ex-Speaker Reed mentioned below is my 5th cousin 5 times removed, Thomas Brackett Reed (1839-1902) . . . he had fallen ill and died in Washington, D.C. on the previous 7th day of December . . . shortly after attending the 67th birthday party of his friend (and another of our distant cousins), Mark Twain . . .
Incredulity has been excited in some quarters by the statement that ex-Speaker Reed belonged to the eighth generation of a Portland family. This statement appeared in several obituary articles, and it did seem inconsistent with general impressions as to the antiquity of American families and towns.
Portland, however, was not founded yesterday or the day before, and Mr. Reed took more than usual pains to look up the records of his forbears, making the task the amusement of an active life, of course, instead of the business of an idle one, and thereby avoiding any possible criticism on the subject of his genealogical tastes.
His investigations carried him back to one George Cleeve, who settled in 1632 on what was then called Falmouth Neck, first as the agent of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, who owned all the land thereabout, and remained in a similar capacity for Alexander Rigby, who, exercising authority derived from Cromwell, erected the region into a province named Lygonia, and made Cleeve Governor of it.
Cleeve had no sons, but his only daughter, Elizabeth, married an adventurous Irishman, Michael Mitton, who had drifted to the colony, and one of her daughters, in turn, married the famous Indian fighter, Anthony Brackett, from whom Mr. Reed derived his middle name. The remainder of the line, as Mr. Reed himself once gave it, runs --
- Anthony Brackett of Portsmouth
- Thomas Brackett (killed by the Indians in Portland)
- Joshua Brackett
- Anthony Brackett
- Thomas Brackett
- Mary Brackett (married Joseph Reed)
- Thomas Brackett Reed, Sr.
- Thomas Brackett Reed, Jr.
The fancy may be innocently, if not very profitably, exercised in crediting to one or another of these ancestors the various elements in Mr. Reed's character. Many a European nobleman cannot trace his descent so far, or with so much reason for honest pride and personal satisfaction, as the ex-Speaker could. Several times, as now, the house had depended for perpetuation upon an only daughter.
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"I saw my father drive up that evening and noticed some children with him. He called out to Darling [Defendant's brother] to 'Come and get the papers.' At that time I had been to the gate and was coming back to the house after bedclothes, and was right at the southwest corner of the house. When he called to Darling I made the remark that Darling was sick and that I would get them. I turned then and walked out towards where he was to get the papers. As I walked up to the fence I asked him 'Where in the hell he stayed last night.' He said it was none of my God-damned business, and I said I thought it was, and he said, 'You are a God-damned lying son of a bitch.' By that time he started towards me. I was stooping, picking up the papers, and just as I raised he kind of grabbed at me with his left hand. I tried to dart back a little, but he caught me in the collar and struck at me and came at me with a knife, and in an instant as soon as I saw the knife I cut him. I had the knife buckled in a leather strap at my belt. I did not have on a coat or vest, and my suspenders were down. I struck my father to get loose from him and when I got loose I went immediately to the house. He turned me loose when I cut him. I did not intend to kill him, but I cut him to get loose because I saw he would cut me if I did not."
The dolls my sister and I are holding in this photo were Christmas presents from our Uncle Bob (1930-1997). The tree is a live cedar like many of those brought in by my Dad during the years of our childhood . . . he would go out into the woods somewhere around Rockdale or Tanglewood, select what he deemed to be a suitable tree, cut it down, and bring it home. With the allergies he had (and so generously passed on to most of us), I don't know how we endured having those cedar trees in the house. I actually do not remember a huge problem with allergies when I was young, but by the time I was living in Austin in the 1970s, I was taking allergy shots, with cedar big on the list of known allergens. This particular collage was originally created for Captured Moments in the 2009 Holiday Edition of Shades the Magazine. And > HERE < is my blogpost for the 1st day of December for the 2009 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. This is posted for inclusion in the special holiday meme known as the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Now hosted through Geneabloggers, it was originally dreamed up back in 2007 by Thomas and Jasia (aka the Queen of the Carnival).