, 2022-06-21 03:03:47,
Growing up, I heard of a cousin who died a few years I was born, a man with a name that reminded me of Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain.
Sweyn MacDonald Clemons was born Nov. 27, 1888, in Toledo, the son of Charles Eliza Clemons and Francis MacDonald Clemons. He was named for his uncle, Sweyn Thomas MacDonald. In early September 1968, Sweyn was visiting the Cherry families, his cousins, at Cherry Point, Devils Lake, when he fell ill and was taken to Addison Community Hospital. It was there that Sweyn died Sept. 15, 1968.
According to the generation of my family who knew him, the former telegraph operator for Western Union was a “lifelong bachelor.” When he died, his obituary in The Daily Telegram listed he only had surviving cousins: my grandfather and his siblings.
I do family research regularly and monitor lineage websites. I was a tad puzzled, and admittedly annoyed, for example, when someone last year posted my great-aunt and great-uncle, who married shortly out of high school, had other subsequent spouses. I knew them both personally and it is well-documented they were never married to other people. That’s the problem with some of the genealogy sites. Often, nonrelatives make incorrect connections.
Recently, the same was done for Sweyn. It listed him as having a wife and stepdaughter. So I respectfully asked the contributor to post a primary source backing up the claim the family’s “lifelong bachelor” title was incorrect. In genealogy, it’s a standard request, and nearly 100% of the time, I get some form of “oops” from the other person.
This time, my challenge was met with a surprise. Before me was placed an official entry from the Lucas County, Ohio, marriage record books. Sweyn MacDonald Clemons married Elizabeth Ginn Love Dreher Oct. 10, 1942. It was his first marriage;…
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