52 Relatives in 2018 #1 Benjamin F. Squires (1883-1966)

While I like the concept presented in 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks, some of the prompt words were just too difficult for me to use as a writing prompt last year.  This year I am modifying it to better fit me and calling it 52 Relatives in 2018!  #52RelativesIn2018

Here are my “requirements”:
1) I will try to pick a relative who had a birthday, marriage, or death in the previous week.

2) Write a short “biography” of the person.

See, it’s pretty simple.  Here’s my first one.

relationship:  Her 2nd great-uncle

birth:  6 January 1883 in Illinois, United States  [the 1880 US census has his parents living in Henry Co, Illinois]  to Marathon Hattis Squires and Nancy Harriet Mc Cann.

death:  11 July 1966 in Long Beach, Los Angeles Co, California, United States

burial:  Montecito Memorial Park in Colton, San Bernardino Co, California, United States 

image taken by me!

marriage:  to Charlotte May “Lottie” Anderson on 3 February 1906 in Knox Co, Illinois, United States

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Uncle Ben and his parents and siblings moved from Henry Co, Illinois to Monroe Co, Iowa sometime between 1880 and 1900 (census records).  Uncle Ben moved back to Illinois to work as a Coal Miner near Brereton, Illinois.  He met and married Aunt Lottie and they moved from Henry/Knox County region of Illinois to Monroe Co, Iowa  sometime between 1906 and 1910.  When Uncle Ben registered for WWI, he was living in Monroe Co, Iowa and still working in the mines.

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Uncle Ben and Aunt Lottie never had children.  They did take in their niece Anne Izetta Gott (my paternal grandfather’s sister).  My Grandmother never knew the full story behind this.  My Aunt has an invitation to Annie’s 6th birthday party which invited my grandfather (who was 17 months younger than Annie).  I wish I had a picture of that!

I am unable to find the 1920 Federal Census for them.  Annie is not with her mother or father in 1920 so I presume she is still living with Uncle Ben and Aunt Lottie.

Sometime between 1927 and 1930, Uncle Ben, Aunt Lottie, and Annie moved to San Bernardino Co, California.   Annie married in 1927 in Iowa so we know they were still in Iowa at that time.

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I found California Voter

In 1930, they were living in Redlands, San Bernardino Co, California.  Annie and her new family were living next door and Uncle Ben’s sister Ruth Ann Squires Hodenfield was in the same town.  Annie died 2 Oct 1932.  Her husband and children moved back to Iowa by 1935.  Sister Ruth and her family also moved back to Iowa by 1935.

Uncle Ben and Aunt Lottie moved into Los Angeles Co, California sometime between 1930 and 1934 – closer to my grandparents/his nephew and continued to live in Los Angeles Co, California until death.

In the 1928-1930 Voter Registration for Redlands, California, Uncle Ben is listed as a Socialist.  In 1934 for Los Angeles Co, he was registered as Democrat.  In 1942, he lived in Azusa, California and worked for Helms Bakery (oh, the memories of the bakery truck!)  On a side note, Uncle Ben’s WWII registration form lists my grandfather as the person who would know his address.

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I vaguely remember Uncle Ben and Aunt Lottie.  He made me a doll house when I was young and my parents still have the table he made them.  We call it the Uncle Ben table!

When I saw this picture online, I knew the person who posted it must be related – I have the same one!  Here is a picture of Uncle Ben and Aunt Lottie in 1956 at their 50th wedding anniversary.  The family resemblance to my grandfather is remarkable!

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photo from personal collection



“Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940,”  database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L99D-QNNN?cc=1803970&wc=326F-BZS%3A146199201 : 3 March 2016), 1412063 (004031824) > image 448 of 1362; county offices, Illinois.
Year: 1880; Census Place: Hanna, Henry, Illinois; Roll: 213; Family History Film: 1254213; Page: 345A; Enumeration District: 112
Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census[database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
Year: 1900; Census Place: Pleasant, Monroe, Iowa; Roll: 449; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0088; FHL microfilm: 1240449
Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Year: 1910; Census Place: Mantua, Monroe, Iowa; Roll: T624_414; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0099; FHL microfilm: 1374427
Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Registration State: Iowa; Registration County: Monroe; Roll: 1643221
Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm
Iowa Department of Public Health; Des Moines, Iowa; Series Title: Iowa Marriage Records, 1923–1937; Record Type: Microfilm Records
Ancestry.com. Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014
Year: 1930; Census Place: Redlands, San Bernardino, California; Roll: 188; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0070; FHL microfilm: 2339923
Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of California; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147
Ancestry.com. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968
Ancestry.com. California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2017.





2 thoughts on “52 Relatives in 2018 #1 Benjamin F. Squires (1883-1966)

  1. This is my great uncle. His sister was my great grandmother Emma Firn Squires born 6 Jul 1893 and died 1 Mar 1972. She married George Washington McDonald in 1908 and had 3 sons George, John and my grandfather Ben.George Washington McDonald has a bit of a mystery linked to his name. I seems that he didn’t exist before 1908 but I have some family stories that he Was Matthew Calvin Harner and married Fannie Elmira Smith in 1906 and had a daughter Clara Louise then walked out on his new family to marry Emma. If anyone has any information on this please get in contact with me at Mwllawson@msn.com

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