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Background

One of the ongoing questions about Bette's family tree was whether Cornelius V. Baker was fathered by the same man as Laura Smith Baker's other 7 seven children. That man, being, of course, Felix Baker.

Felix & Laura Baker's youngest son, Cornelius Vanderbilt Baker, reported on many documents that he filled out that he was born on 3 Nov 1898. Felix had died over a year earlier, about 7 Sep 1897. I have found one document that states Cornelius was born in 1897.  In Feb of 2005, Bette Baker Clarno wrote me:

But right now I am going to write Angie and tell her about the mystery of  "who was Cornelius's father?" Remember, my Dad told me that Corny had a different father, but that he used the name Baker because all the rest of the family were Bakers. It has been a mystery all these years who WAS his father? Even Ruthann wanted to know.

Then Bette wrote this to Angie:

Hello, Angie,

I thought I had better tell you about the mystery surrounding Cornelius. My father, Charles, told me that Cornelius had a different father than the rest of them, but that he used the name Baker, because all the rest of the family were Bakers. He even put down " Felix "as his father. Years later his youngest daughter, Ruthann, who was his and Fay's "late in life" child, showed up in my half-sister's life and wanted to know if anyone really knew what the whole story was. Corny's full name was Cornelius Vanderbilt Baker. We joked that maybe the real Cornelius Vanderbilt was his father, since the Vanderbilt mansion isn't all that far from Gastonia. Silly idea. I can't even imagine the other possibility......you say he looks like Lester George?  Nah. The mystery deepens. Gee, this is fun.

Bette

By about 2018, DNA testing had become available through many sources for genealogy. Over the course of several months, Bette's son, Robert Hugh Clarno, Jr. (Rob), and daughter, Sally Ann Clarno had their DNA done by ancestry.com. We hoped that we could learn the answer to the Cornelius question.

I spent the better part of a year studying the DNA match results, looking for Bette's ancestors using Sally and Rob's DNA match information.


What we know about Bette's parents and grandparents

But first I'll start with Sally and Rob since there is where the DNA starts.

Their father is Robert H. Clarno, Sr. (Bob) and their mom is Bette Jane Baker. Since I'm using their children's DNA, I should see matches up both family Clarno and Baker trees.

First off, the top match is between Sally and Rob with the DNA solidly showing them as siblings.

On the Clarno side, Bob's father is Elmer Clarno and his mother is Luella May Young. In the DNA matches, I see many, many Clarno and Young matches. A generation further back yields matches to Leverton and Langley - Bob's grandmother's maiden names. Yet one more generation adds matches to Plimel, Andrew, and Snow.

So I'm happy with what the DNA shows me on the Clarno side.

Back to Bette and the Baker side

Bette's father was Charles Lee Baker and her mother was Frances Amelia Martin. This was their first marriage and they were divorced within a few years.

I see a lot of Martin matches. Mostly to the Martin brothers who settled in Cincinnetti, OH. Also further back, I see Franzenbach matches to Frances' mother.

But Bakers? Almost a year of searching did not turn up any confirmed Baker ancestors. I thought that odd but maybe I was looking at something wrong or the DNA was just not good enough to match any Bakers. I looked for other surnames in the Baker tree as well : Smith, Goins, Leonard, Seabaugh, Runk, Leonhardt - with no luck.

Then in December of 2019, I got an email from Sally's cousin, Suzanne, the granddaughter of Charles Baker and his fourth wife, Ruth Lorey. She told me that her mother (Charlene Baker Nelson who would be Charles' daughter) and her family all did ancestry.com DNA tests several months earlier.

Again - odd... They weren't showing up in Sally DNA matches.

I looked closely at the DNA matches for Charlene Baker Nelson. Her DNA matches looked like what I expected Sally's Baker matches to look like. Charlene was the daughter of Charles Lee Baker and his fourth wife, Ruth Lorey. We see Baker branches in North Carolina. Jessica Baker seems to be the closest connection, she is a great-granddaugther of Harvey Otis Baker. Patricia Slimbarski who is the granddaughter of Lela Mabel Baker. Mary Sharpe, the great-granddaughter of Lester George Baker. Kay Lambert, the granddaughter of Lela Mabel Baker. All in all, a very strong connection with the children of Felix Baker and Laura Smith.

The matches also show trees that go back to names like Runk, Seabaugh, Leonhardt and Leonard. This gives me hope that my guess of Ann Leonard as Eliza Mahaly Goins (Smith)'s mother might be right. I see a few Goins that might validate my guess of Aaron Goins as Eliza's father but I'm less certain of that.

I don't see any descendants from Cornelius but that could be because no one has done their DNA yet. I searched for the Curtright name (Cornelius' wife Fay Etta) and did not find anything. I've tried to contact Cornelius' descendants to ask if any of them had their DNA done and I have not received a response (as of Jan 2020).  So this research is going on the back burner as I continue with the missing Baker connection.

I checked with a Baker cousin in North Carolina. Jeremy Baker, a descendant of  Lester George Baker, had also done his DNA test. He checked his matches and there were names of Sally's cousins (Charlene and family) - every one of them. (Jeremy was instrumental in finding out when Felix Baker died and what he died from).

What could this mean?


Where are the Missing Bakers?

In the middle of January 2020, this thought hit me like the proverbial bolt from above.

There were no Bakers in Sally's DNA results because her mother, Bette, was NOT a Baker.

I continued looking at Sally's DNA matches. I made categories for her Clarno-Young-Leverton-Langley ancestors and for her Martin-Franzenbach ancestors. I put all of her DNA matches into these family catagories.

When I was done with that, there were still unclassified matches. These had to be the missing family line. I started looking at them closely, noting the names and looking for common names.


DNA Matches

Lets look at Sally's top DNA matches.

It's also important to look at Shared Matches. A lot of the DNA matches don't have trees attached. If you don't have a match with a tree, the Shared Matches will show people that might be connected to people in the tree.

This table shows the DNA match information based on what I knew a few months ago (I'll repeat this table with updates as I go along here). Notice closely that there are NO Baker's in this list. Bette Baker was NOT a Baker!

Sally's DNA Matches as of December 2019
Ancestry DNA Name Predicted Relationship Shared DNA cM What we know Shared DNA Matches Information from their Family Tree
Robert H.Clarno Jr Brother 2,560 This is Sally's brother.
Laura Sue Welch 1st Cousin 1,672 This is Sally's niece, daughter of her brother, Rob.
J.S. 2nd-3rd Cousin 248 We don't know who this person is. Shared matches with others with Clarno-Plimel(Plymale) in their trees, Sally's father's side.
ramona785061 3rd-4th Cousin 188 We don't know who this person is. Davis. Father: Stanley Davis 1932-2010
H.D. 3rd-4th Cousin 169 We don't know who this person is. Davis/Deter Dr. Fred Jay Davis 1883-1965
dlinda1939 3rd-4th Cousin 163 We don't know who this person is. Davis/Deter Dr. Fred Jay Davis 1883-1965
Patricia Turner 3rd-4th Cousin 156 We don't know who this person is. I cannot see any recognizable surnames in the available trees. Shared matches with Ann Jewell, Patricia Turner and Joe Turner.
gwen_severance 3rd-4th Cousin 151 We don't know who this person is. Shared matches with others with Clarno-Plimel(Plymale) in their trees, Sally's father's side.
Edward Brabham 3rd-4th Cousin 141 We don't know who this person is. Davis/Deter Anna Eliza Davis 1903-1970
L.F. 3rd-4th Cousin 122 We don't know who this person is. Ann Jewell, Antoinette Altemus
R.S. 3rd-4th Cousin 102 Robert Sorensen, a cousin on the Franzenbach line (Sally's maternal great-grandmother). Sally has met Bob and his son, Todd. Franzenbach (Rhonda Broatch & Engstroma26)
Antoinette Altemus 3rd-4th Cousin 92 We don't know who this person is. Ann Jewell, L.F.
Duane Bailey 3rd-4th Cousin 91 We don't know who this person is. Clarno-Plimel (Plymale)
Sandra Howard 4th-6th Cousin 85 We don't know who this person is. Martin-Spindle (Sally's maternal grandmother's side)
Ann Jewell 4th-6th Cousin 79 We don't know who this person is. Antoninette Altemus, L.F, Patrica Turner
E.C. 4th-6th Cousin 77 We don't know who this person is. Patricia Bailey

Within a few days, I could see two common surnames in the matches - Davis and Deter. There were not one, not two but at least 20 different DNA matches with family trees and Shared Matches containing these two surnames.

As the cM values get smaller, it gets harder and harder to determine a connection. Here are select matches where I could see matches to Davis/Deter or to Sally's other family tree branches. Sally found information on the Internet that cM values as low as 7 indicate a 99% chance of being related.


Sally's DNA Matches as of December 2019 (continued)
Ancestry DNA Name Predicted Relationship Shared DNA cM What we know Shared DNA Matches Information from their Family Tree
Kathern Zimmerman 4th-6th Cousin 68 We don't know who this person is. Davis
Patricia Bailey 4th-6th Cousin 60 We don't know who this person is. Davis
Brandon Davis 4th-6th Cousin 55 We don't know who this person is. Davis
Alyssa Davis 4th-6th Cousin 55 We don't know who this person is. Davis
L.D. 4th-6th Cousin 53 We don't know who this person is. Davis Dr. Fred Jay Davis 1883-1965
Jesse Stimson 4th-6th Cousin 44 We don't know who this person is. Davis Levi Davis & Rebecca Shriver
Jennifer Lopiccolo 4th-6th Cousin 43 We don't know who this person is. Davis Dr. Fred Jay Davis 1883-1965
SusanDougherty76 4th-6th Cousin 42 We don't know who this person is. Davis/Ziegler. #4 match on GEDMatch
Michael Clarno 4th-6th Cousin 37 Probably a descendant of John Hunter Clarno (1790-1858) and Jane Plimel Clarno-Plimel
Engstroma26 4th-6th Cousin 36 A descendant of Caspar Franzenbach (1834-1896) and Susanna Schmidt (1836-?) Franzenbach
K.O. (Kalila Ozaki) 4th-6th Cousin 34 We don't know who this person is. Davis Fred J. Davis Jr. married Alice Rosecrans
Eugene Ross Deter 4th-6th Cousin 25 We don't know who this person is. Deter
Stephen Peterson 4th-6th Cousin 21 We don't know who this person is. Deter Lillian Mae Deter
Janna_gliatto 4th-6th Cousin 21 We don't know who this person is. Deter/Ziegler
tschakohl 4th-6th Cousin 21 We don't know who this person is. Davis
yrkpope 4th-6th Cousin 20 We don't know who this person is. Davis
Beth Hafenrichter 5th-8th Cousin 15 We don't know who this person is. Davis
BriceMartin55 5th-8th Cousin 12 We don't know who this person is. Deter/Ziegler




The Frances Martin Family Time Line

Charles Baker and Frances Martin were married on 18 Jun 1919 in Vancouver, Clark, WA. They were divorced on 10 Jun 1923 in Portland, Multnomah, OR.

Bette was born on 3 Jun 1921 and would have been conceived about September 1920.

1920 census Portland, Multnomah, OR shows Frances Baker as 21 years old, no occupation. no children. Husband Charles Baker, 25 years old, butcher. Lewis Martin 17y living with them (Frances' brother).

1930 census Portland, Multnomah, OR shows Frances as 31 years old with second husband Everett Abbott, 34 years old, carpet layer. No occupation listed for Frances. Bette S. Baker listed as step-daughter (to Abbott), 8y.

1940 census Portland, Multnomah, OR shows Mrs. Frances Abbott, 42 years old, no husband listed. Occupation listed for Frances: Trained Nurse in Private Home. Betty L. Baker, daughter, 18y.


Davis/Deter

So who was Bette's father and Sally's grandfather? Well it finally became clear to me that the Davis/Deter family JUST HAD TO BE RELATED to Sally. Especially considering that of the top 6 of Sally's matches, 3 were Davis. The Davis' were more closely related than almost all of the other DNA matches. If Charles Baker was not Bette's father then these relationships would be Bette's half-cousins.

I studied the trees attached to the Davis matches. Especially the one attached to dlinda1939 with 1,203 people. This tree showed Henry Levi Davis (1832-1915) married to Henrietta Deter (1844-1922). They had 7 children, 3 of which were male:

Isaac Schriver Davis  1872-1950
Henry Levi Davis 1874-1908
Fred Jay Davis 1883-1965

And one grandson of about the right age:
Orlo Edward Davis 1900-1990 (son of Isaac Shriver Davis)

Henry was dead before 1920. Isaac would have been 48 years old in 1920 and Fred would have been 37 years old. Orlo would be the best possibility as he would be have 20 years old in 1920 but could we place him in Portland that year?

Contact

Sally and I sent messages to all of the people near the top of Sally's matches. I got a few responses.

The first was from Brice Martin (BriceMartin55). He knew of the Davis/Deter family. Brice could not help more.

Thanks Mark for your research. I really couldn't find the Clarno name in my matches.But I must have missed it. I found a lady by the last name of Welsh,but of a different first name. I am actually a cattle rancher who's family started back in 1852 & is still on the original homestead cattle ranch.My son actually has David Eckfort Deter's original historic rifle. It came across the plains three times. He was a wagon master. We don't own but lease his original property. And we lease the Davis Ranch property as well. Originally owned by Henry & Henrietta Davis. I do remember the Brabham name in their family line. Met him in the late 60's several times.

Next was Linda Davis (dlinda1939). Linda helped us with a lot of new information.

Hello Sally

As I read your message on Ancestry this morning, I am interested in the Davis/Deter DNA. Given the date of your mother's birth, the only possible biological fathers would be my grandfather, Fred J Davis, his brother Isaac, Isaac's son Orlo. There are other descendants running around Siskiyou Co, CA. My father and uncle were too young to be her father...11 and 13. Fred lived in Westwood, CA at the time of your mother's birth and the others were in Siskiyou Co, CA. It seems that someone was in the woodpile. My date of birth is XX-XX-1939 I hope this helps...Of course the Davis/DNA is all over the place back east too. I suggest that location is important.

Linda
The Deters go back to Germany and then to Pennsylvania in the early 1700's. There are some Mennonites there. The Davis' are hard to trace. I have them back to Frederick, Maryland in the mid 1700's. My grandfather (Fred) always told me that they were French Huguenots who had migrated to Wales..thus the Davis name...and then to America. There are other families involved in the Davis/Deter line....Shriver, Zeigler, and others. The Deter line is German from Bavaria and the Rhineland. I am glad to help.

Linda
Linda,

You probably remember that I am Sally Ann Clarno DiVecchio's husband Mark. You and Sally and I traded a few emails several months ago about the possibility that Sally's grandfather was not Charles Lee Baker as was always thought but might be a Davis.

The coronavirus and COVID-19 has been distracting for a few months but Sally and I are ready to get back to thinking about could have gone on back in the 1920's when her mother, Bette Baker, was born in Portland, OR.

It was DNA that started all of this research. As I mentioned in an earlier email, I have been searching Sally's DNA matches to try to find Baker cousins. But nothing showed up. When ancestry.com came up with the "ThruLines" web page, they pointed to Bette's connection to several people in your Davis family tree.

If you have time and could share what you know, maybe we understand what occurred.

My first question to you is to ask about the other DNA matches that ancestry.com shows. Do you know any of these people from the DNA matches?

ramona785061
Jennifer Lopiccolo
H.D. managed by Jennifer Lopiccolo
Edward Brabham
Michael Mattos
Courtney Lorraine-Berg
L.D.

I hope we can figure something out. What is an odd feeling, though, is that I've spent years researching the Baker family which came from North Carolina, before that the PA German area and before that, of course, Germany. Many of the people who we thought of as cousins are not related any more (but Sally still thinks of them as cousins).

Mark DiVecchio
husband of Sally
Hello Mark

Yes I know some of these people.  Ramona is my niece.  H.D. is my first cousin Henry Davis. Jennifer  Lopiccolo is his daughter.  Edward Brabham is a more distant cousin.  His mother is my grandfather's sister.  We share the same great Grandfather, Henry Levi Davis of Siskiyou Co CA.  L.D. could be me.   I do not know Michael Mattos or Courtney Lorraine-Berg.The Davis family came from Frederick Maryland, via Ohio to CA.  Henry L. Davis' wife, Henrietta Dieter...her family (her mother Susannah Ziegler) were from Pennsylvania, via Ohio, to CA.  They were German, and immigrated to PA in the early 18th century.

Happy hunting, Linda Davis 
Linda,

I was able to get in touch with Edward Brabham. Edward is the grandson of Isaac Shriver Davis (Fred Jay Davis Sr's brother). I asked him if he has any thoughts about my wife's DNA match to the Davis family. So far nothing productive.

Mark
Mark

It would seem thus that your wife's ancestor would have to be both Davis and Deter progeny.  That narrows it  down according to age match.  I don't know how many grandsons Isaac Davis had. His wife was Henrietta Deter.  He had one son, Orlo Davis.  Then there is Isaac's brother Fred, and his two sons, Stanley (my father) and Fred Jr. Maybe Edward will help you.

Linda
Yes, I agree that there is a connection to the Deter progeny. The ancestry.com DNA shows a match to a person named Eugene Ross Deter who is descendant from Henrietta Deter's brother, Abraham Ziegler Deter and four people, Brice Martin, Janna Gliatto, Gabriele Eimert and Stephen Peterson, all descendant from another brother of Henrietta, George Washington Deter.

Seemingly, cousins everywhere.
Mark
It looks like you are closing in on the woodpile inhabitant. Abraham, George, or even David Deter are likely.  I do know of Brice Martin as he appears "related to".  The others I do not know.  Some of the Deters went to Oregon from Siskiyou.  Thus people like Edward Brabham. Good Luck.

Linda
Another thought - Betty Davis Carrier is Orlo's daughter and lives in Siskiyou Co.on the original 1854 Davis ranch. She knows all the of relatives in that area.  It is possible that she could help.

Linda
Linda,

On ancestry.com, they rate the DNA matches using a number called centiMorgans  (or cM). I don't exactly know what that number represents but the higher it is, the closer the two people are related. For example, Sally matches her brother with about 2500 cM. That is a really high number as we would expect of siblings.

As we go to first cousins, then second cousins and so on, the number goes down. Then half-cousins make the number go down more. Sally matches 17 people (that I've found) from the Davis/Deter family. The very highest, is Ramona, the second is H.D. and the third is you. Of all of Sally's DNA matches, Ramona is the 4th highest, H.D. is fifth and you are the sixth highest.

Here are the cM values:

    H.D. (Henry Fred Davis per Linda)  169cM
    Jennifer Lopiccolo                  43cM
    Linda Davis    163cM
    Ramona Davis  188cM
    L.D. (?)        53cM
    Edward Brabham  141cM
    Kalila Ozaki  34 cM

The matches on the Deter side are between 10 and 50 cM. A number like your match of 163 cM is consistent with a relationship of half 1st cousin 1x removed or half 2nd cousin.

The person "L.D." is still a mystery to me.

Mark
Mark

Alyssa Davis is my first cousin Henry Davis' daughter. Brandon Davis is my first cousin Paul Davis' son. Kalila Ozaki is the daughter of my first cousin Bonnie Davis Ozaki.... Bonnie is sibling to Henry and Paul Davis.
 
Others I do not know.

Linda
Mark,

For 1920 -  My father and his brother would be too young (12-13).  Orlo was older,  maybe 16.  That leaves Fred Sr. and his brother Isaac.  In 1920, Isaac was a rancher in Siskiyou Co.  Fred Sr, my  grandfather, was a physician in Westwood, CA.  They did travel during those years.  It is possible that there is a  connection through the nursing school. I think that would make Betty a half sibling of my father and Fred Jr. If I am thinking straight, that would make Sally and half first cousin to me and Henry, and a half second cousin to Ramona.

Linda
Mark

I was thinking that perhaps Orlo Davis was older than I thought in 1920.  He might have gone to school in Oregon.  One way to check is to contact his daughter, Betty Davis Carrier, who still live on the old Siskeyou ranch. She is also into genealogy. At least that is the latest I have for her. She is in her late 80's now. 

Linda

This prompted contact with Betty Davis Carrier. Sally wrote to her, explaining our research and got his response in May of 2020.

Dear Sally

I just received your interesting letter concerning your mother’s parentage. 

It would be somewhat unlikely that my father Orlo could have been her father, but then who knows what happened those years.  Orlo was born in Feb.  25, 1900 so he would have been 20 in 1920.  He lived in Little Shasta Valley California, near Yreka at that time.  He had relatives living in Oregon, and probably did travel there once in a while.  He was
ranching with his father and had a serious accident that year.  He had “blood poisoning”  and spent some time with Uncle Fred in Westwood, California being treated and recovering from the septic incidence at Uncle Fred’s Lake Almanor cabin, in Lassen County California.  Sent from Mail for Windows 10 Could your mother have been in California that year?  It is a mystery.  The picture above was his graduation picture from 1918.  Orlo married my mother Charlotte Oesterich in Corvallis, Oregon on June 11, 1929 and I was born in 1932, their only child, although Mom had a miscarriage in 1939 and Linda’s father Stanley treated her at that time. This picture is of Aunt Dora, Stanley Fred Jr and Fred in 1916.  Linda’s father Stanley looks more like Aunt Dora who was a Spencer. Anyhow I am rambling.  Guess it is for you to figure out.  I’m afraid that I am not much help.

Betty Davis Carrier

P.S.  We had a couple named Clarno living in my parents house some years back.  His mother was from Oregon.  Also we have a son Mark.
Betty,
Thank you so much for responding so soon! It is SO interesting! We are looking back 100 years to try to figure out who my grandmother was with on that one day! We only have the DNA numbers as a "witness." Thank you for sending the photos. It is hard to imagine that it was your father if he was sick that year.

Interesting about you meeting a "Clarno" couple. There aren't many Clarno's around!

We'll keep in touch if we find out anything else, and we hope you will too!
Thank you again!
Sally
I really have doubts about my Dad, Orlo being the person you are looking for.  He was a very retiring man, a very hard worker and never one to be a “ladies man” .  But who knows, Quiet men can run deep.

Anyhow take care, Betty


More messages with Linda Davis:

Linda,

Sally and I have contacted Betty Carrier and she has been very helpful. We contacted her by letter and also by email at the email address you gave us.

She told us that her father, Orlo, had been badly injuried in 1920 and spent time recovering at "Uncle Fred´s Lake Almanor cabin". He was living near Yreka at the time. Betty thought, that because of this, it was not likely that Orlo was Sally's grandfather. She sent us two photos which I'm forwarding to you in a separate email.

Mark
Mark

It is beginning to make sense that my grandfather, Fred J Davis Sr, could be Sally's grandfather.  He was a  physician in Westwood.  He did have relatives in Oregon...and they did visit so I have heard.  That would make Sally's mother a half sister to my father...and thus a half first cousin to me, Henry, Paul and Bonnie.

Linda
Linda,

One of the DNA results that I don't understand is that you, Henry and Edward Brabham all have about the DNA match value. That is surprising in that if your grandfather, Fred, were Sally's grandfather then you and Henry should have a much higher match value than Edward. And if Orlo were Sally's grandfather then Edward should have a much higher match value than you and Henry. (Edward would be Orlo's nephew)

So this makes me ask the question, what about children of other siblings to Fred and Isaac? Do you think there is any chance that those branches could be involved?

Mark
Mark

There was another male sibling of Isaac and Fred.  He was Henry Levi Jr and he died in 1908.  Isaac was 47 in  the 1920 census.  Orlo was 19.  I will look into the other female siblings...there are 4. Maybe they had sons.  I  will try to remember their married names.  They were Hattie, Nettie, Mary Jane, and Emma.

Linda
Mark

Henry Levi Davis Jr was married, died at age 33.  I can find no record of children from that Marriage.  The other sister sibling to Fred and Isaac is Emma.  I am still trying to find their marriages and children.

Linda
Linda,

Thank you for your efforts. I am also still thinking through the data. Have you seen this document:
https://archive.org/download/deterfamilyhisto00dete/deterfamilyhisto00dete.pdf
It is the Deter Family History but has a lot of Davis listings - including you!

Mark
Progress - Hattie Davis Williams (sib of Fred and Isaac) had 5 sons.  Floyd, 1887; Ernest, 1890; Lyman, 1893; Allen,  1894; Glen, 1906.  Any of these except for Glen could be your man.  They lived in Little Shasta Valley.

Linda
Mark

After further digging.... female sibs of Isaac and Fred..... Mary Jane married William Davis, no children; Nettie died in infancy; Emma married Clarence Kennedy and had a son Rowe Davis Kennedy who was an architect and builder in Portland. He was born in 1892.  He seems like a good candidate.  The other possibilities are Hattie's sons. I already sent you their names and date of birth.  Getting closer?

Linda
Linda,

This is very interesting. I did some digging on Rowe Kennedy.

Rowe was born in Siskiyou County, CA on 29 Oct 1892. In his adult life, he stated that he was born in Yreka, CA.



1900 census shows him with parents living in Tule Lake, OR. 1910 census shows him with parents living in Cottage Grove, OR.

He went to Oregon Agricultural College where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1916. His sister, Ruth, followed him to O.A.C. a few years later and graduated in 1921.



1911 09 19 Cottage Grove Leader, Cottage Grove, OR


1911 12 29 Cottage Grove Leader, Cottage Grove, OR



19 Mar 1915
The Weekly Gazette-Times



1916 The Orange
Yearbook for the Oregon Agricultural College

His 30 May 1917 WWI Draft Registration shows him as a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Rowe graduated from Penn in 1918 with a BS in Architecture and a Masters in Architecture. He was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.

He appears in the 1920 census from Bethlehem, PA working as a draftsman for Bethlehem Steel Ship Building Works. The 1920 census was taken in January. His parents appear in the 1920 census living in Corvallis, OR.

A newspaper article 2 Oct 1920 in the Oregon Journal said that Rowe has taken a job as a architect in the office of W.H.Toby in Portland.


1920 10 02 Oregon Journal

In 1923 he married Bessie Bush in Portland, Oregon. 1930 and 1940 census shows him and Bessie living in Portland, no children.

Over and over in the archives, I saw that Rowe was musically talented. At O.A.C, he was in the band. As it turned out, his possible daughter, Bette, and his granddaughter, my wife, Sally played the piano and sang their whole lives. Sally still plays and she was a music major for a time at San Diego State University.


1915 10 24 - The Sunday Oregonian, Portland OR



1933 05 07 Oregonian, Portland, OR

My work with the DNA matches seems to point to the marriage of Emma Davis and Clarence Kennedy as a common point in the DNA trail that connects the Davis and Kennedy family trees.

Mark
Rowe Kennedy could have come home during those college days, and after graduation....before working in PA.  My source agrees that his parents lived in Corvallis.  He and Bess had no children.I still think he is a good candidate.  Then there are the Williams boys:  Allen, Lyman, Ernest and Floyd.

Linda
Linda,

This is Sally, Mark's wife, and related to you in some way! Mark has been forwarding me all of your correspondences. I want to thank you so much for all the digging and help that you are providing!

It would be so fun to solve this mystery! I know that your help has been invaluable!
Thank you!
Sally


3 Feb 1923
Corvallis Gazette-Times

5 Oct 1929
Corvallis Gazette-Times


Then with Betty Carrier again:

Betty,

We have been talking with Linda Davis about different possiblities. Linda suggested we look at Rowe Davis Kennedy, the son of Emma Davis and Clarence Kennedy.

Do you know of him? He was born in 1892 and married Bessie Bush in 1923 in Portland, OR. Do you know if a photograph is available? We have not been able to find out
if he had any children. Do you know?

He would have been 1st cousin to your father.

Mark
Mark

As I told Linda the word was that Uncle Clarence, Rowe’s father had a STD infection and both of the children were sterile.  At least neither one had children.  Rowe would have been about the right age and after college he was an architect and builder in Portland.  Who knows.

Betty
Hi Betty,

Since we are home-bound these days, we have a lot of time to look into the mystery of my grandfather. Everything you have contributed has all been so interesting! Mark and I were wondering if you would be up to submitting your DNA to Ancestry.com? Mark and I would initiate and pay for the kit to be sent to your house. Your part would be to fill up the little tube with spit and return it to Ancestry.com.

Mark has been looking at the DNA numbers we have from others in the Deter/Davis family, and he really doesn't think that Orlo is our man. We could 100% confirm that with your DNA, and your numbers would only be helpful in adding to the whole "picture" of the Deter/Davis clan and how it relates to my family.

We're leaning toward Rowe now...but any piece of information helps right now!

Thank you Betty for all your help!
Sally & Mark
Sally

I have been thinking about the DNA test and will do it.  I will send for the kit and let you know the results when they come back.  My sons were here for the weekend, so happy to see them, it has been two months.

Take care.
Betty
Betty,

How special to see your sons! I miss my kids and grandkids and I just don't know when I will feel safe to see them! (I had cancer with radiation 2 years ago. I'm doing fine, but it leaves me feeling more vulnerable with the COVID-19.) My oldest granddaughter is getting married in Utah in August. I can't imagine missing it, but I can't imagine feeling safe going either. I think I will just take one day at a time, and try hard not to worry about what to do now. :-)

Thank you for doing the DNA test! It will be one more piece of information that we can use, and others will be able to use in the future. That is very generous of you, Betty! I hope it will be interesting for you too!

We're related somehow for sure, even if just distant cousins! This exploration has been fun!Both of us look forward to our continued correspondence with you!
Sally (& Mark)

Then Sally wrote to Linda and Betty:

Dear Linda and Betty,

We feel that we have uncovered the mystery of who is my grandfather. (Though, Mark, being the good researcher he is, still will not unequivocably say "yes".) But my two sisters and I are 99.99% if not 100% sure! Of course, it was through the help we received from both of you that got us looking in the right places.

Our grandfather is Rowe Davis Kennedy. It was challenging for Mark to follow the DNA since neither Rowe nor his sister Ruth had children. So he went up two generations from Rowe to Rowe's grandfather on his father's side, Gideon Kennedy. Then he looked for DNA matches from people descended from that line. He found MANY matches to me and my brother! (Too many to be a coincidence!) We already knew of all the matches on Rowe's mother's side with Davis/Deter, and now we have many matches on the Kennedy side!

I spent yesterday looking online for photos of Rowe. I found his junior and senior yearbooks from college online that included a couple of photos. (And a few stories!) We also found photos of Rowe's sister, Ruth. They look like my mom! And I can see my brother and me and my sisters in them! (Linda and Betty, when you both sent photos of your grandfather and father, I thought "we don't look like them." But this time I said, "We look like them!")

So it looks like you are both second cousins to each other, and you are second cousins to my mom, which makes you second cousins once removed to me. If you know of any way that we could get more pictures of Rowe, either as a child, or as an adult, we would love to pursue that! Online, they show many buildings that he designed over his career as an architect, but no photos of the architect!

I am attaching one of the photos we found in his junior yearbook. Betty, look how they allude to the fact that he is a "ladies man." Ha!

With full appreciation for you both,
(Please stay in touch!)
Sally & Mark

1914 Orange Yearbook, Oregon Agricultural College

1914 Orange Yearbook, Oregon Agricultural College
Hi Betty!

I loved seeing all the photos you sent of Rowe! Do you have any of Ruth? Do you have any of Rowe and Ruth's parents? Even their grandparents (Henry & Henrietta Davis)?

It sounds like you are well organized with your photos scanned and stored on your old computer. Good idea!
Thank you, thank you!

Sally
Sally

The first picture is Uncle Clarence and Aunt Emma on their wedding day.  The second picture is from the late teens or early 20's with Aunt Emma to the right of the post, Aunt Hattie Williams, Clarence Ruth and Rowe

Betty

1891 Clarence Kennedy and Emma Davis
Sally's greatgrandparents

1920 Davis, Kennedy, Williams Family
Aunt Emma to the right of the post, Aunt Hattie Davis Williams, Clarence Bolton Kennedy, Ruth Kennedy and Rowe Davis Kennedy

1950 ca Emma Davis
Found on-line at ancestry.com attached to the family tree of Marilee Ford.
Emma died in 1953 and is buried at Corvallis, OR.
(Note added by Sally:  Those lips on Emma are THE SAME as my mom, Bette's lips!)
Mark and Sally

I just now read through your research on Davis/Kennedy file. I will relate some of what I remember of the Kennedy Family.

When I was young we made an annual trip to Washington State to visit my mother's father. We would stay overnight with Aunt Emma in Corvallis.  Uncle Clarence died in 1932  before I would remember him.  We all loved Aunt Emma, she was a delightful person always interested in other people.
She befriended the local Native American Ladies and collected may of their baskets.  Also in her home was a harp, it fascinated me as I wished I could play the harp, but alas my musical talent was nil.  I believe Uncle Clarence played it.

Also living in Corvallis was Ruth Tartar, married the Dr. Nicholas Tartar.  They too were warm friendly family.  My contact with Rowe was mainly at family reunions here on the ranch.  I really didn’t know him that well, but we always looked forward to seeing he and Bess at these doings.  I do remember going to their home in Portland during the 1950’s while I was attending college.  I was an art major at San Jose State College in California.  Their home was very modern and had wonderful views of Portland to the east.  I am quite sure it was built in the late 1940’s or early 50’s with much glass and spare walls.


Probably about 10 or 12 years ago, while in Portland our son took us on a tour of that part of Portland, we found the address, but unfortunately someone had done a very poor remodeling job, it did not resemble the original home in the least. Your journey to discover your Grandfather has been an interesting story and I’m sure you have enjoyed the
outcome.

Take Care, Betty

Photos:


1908 Rowe Davis Kennedy

1910 ca Rowe Davis Kennedy

unknown date
Bessie Florence Bush (Rowe's wife)

Ruth Henrietta Kennedy Tartar
Rowe's sister
unknown date

1933 Rowe and Bess Kennedy


Then Sally wrote to her now ex-cousins:, Charlene Baker's children and grandchildren, in Jun of 2020:

Hi Suzanne,

We have now discovered who my mother's father is! We are all ever so thrilled! His name is Rowe Davis Kennedy. He lived from 1892-1975. He was an architect in Portland, OR. You can type his name into Google and see many buildings that he designed. We've been working with 2 women (both in their 80's) who now both turn out to be my mom's 2nd cousins.

It just wasn't adding up with the "doctor" and the other younger man. We asked the cousins if there could possibly be another cousin in the right age range. They pointed us to Rowe. Rowe's mother was from the Davis family, his father a Kennedy.

Rowe had one sister, and neither his sister nor he had any children, so there were no direct heirs for comparing DNA. We already knew I was related on his mother's side (Davis), and now we needed proof that I was related on his father's side (Kennedy).

Mark had to go UP the family tree (instead of the usual down), to Rowe's grandfather Kennedy, and then follow that back down to see if there were any matches to me. By that time the centiMorgan numbers were really low, but Mark found over 7 matches with high enough centiMorgans, pretty much confirming my relationship to that side of the family too.

The cousins sent pictures and we found many online, and I could tell immediately that he was my mom's dad! I'm attaching a photo from his junior year in college at what is now Oregon State University. (Looks like he had a reputation with the women even back then. :-)

Wish we could know the story of how he and my grandmother got together...

Love, Sally

At this point, I updated Sally's family tree on ancestry.com to show Rowe Davis Kennedy as her grandfather. I was sure to add notes that we were not 100% sure that this was correct.

I added Rowe to Sally's tree because Ancestry has a feature called ThruLines. This feature takes your family tree and compares it with the family trees of all of your DNA matches. It will then tell you if your tree and a match's tree have a common ancestor. This opened a flood gate of new information. Potential cousins appeared from all over. Again, these were people whose DNA matched Sally's DNA and at the same time had ancestors in common with Sally.

I sent more messages to people with common ancestors to Sally.

Then, in July 2020, I traded messages with Darryl Parks (yrkpope on ancestry.com). He sent me scans of four letters written by Bessie Bush Kennedy which you can read below.

I am investigating the possibility that Rowe Kennedy is my wife's grandfather. My wife's mother was born in Portland in 1921. Do you have any information that would help me piece together Rowe's life?

Thanks, Mark DiVecchio (husband of Sally)
Mark,

I'm always glad to meet a relative, or an almost-relative. I'm supposing you saw that I have Rowe Kennedy on my tree. Actually, to find a more direct connection, we'd have to go to Rowe's father - he may have been a cousin to my great grandmother. So the connection is rather distant and I have no information on Rowe myself. In the 1950 and 60's, my grandmother (in the Kennedy line) did lots of genealogy research, but then it was all by mail. I don't know how she did it. My mother inherited all her papers, and I used that information as a basis for my tree. ... I just got out the Kennedy file and in it found a couple pages of notes that say they originally came from Clarence Kennedy - I'm supposing Rowe's father. It lists birth and wedding dates for Rowe and Bess and that Rowe was an architect in Portland. .... Actually, now I find a letter written by Bess to my grandparents. No listing for children has so far been given, but I guess I need to do a more thorough search of the papers. As I think about it, from the way you worded the message to me, I'm guessing that your mother-in-law does not know for sure who her parents are, or at least her grandfather. The next few days are busy for me, but hopefully by next week I can look through the papers to see if their is any more information you might want. Has your mother-in-law considered a dna test - or at least your wife? That would help give you direction. I've used dna to help solve a couple of mystery connections.

Darryl Parks
Darryl,

I'll try to answer your questions and add some comments.

Rowe graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1911. He went to Oregon Argicultural College (that became Oregon State) and graduated in 1915. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania where got a degree in archtecture in 1918. He worked for a while in PA and he appears in the Jan 1920 census enumeration in Bethlehem, PA.

(In my research, I learned that parade scene from Animal House was filmed in Cottage Grove - another piece of useless information.)

A newspaper article puts him in Portland in October of 1920 where he got a job at an architecture firm. He married Bessie on 1 Feb 1923 in Portland.

Sally's mom was born in Jun of 1921 so would have been concieved about Sept of 1920.

In our research, we also considered other Davis men. There were two that were about the right age but we could not place them in Portland about 1920. They lived in Northern CA. We are in touch with descendants of both of those men.

More to come.
Mark
Mark,

You're giving me a problem that I'm not really wanting right now.  Not wanting it, but lovin' it!!  :)   I enjoyed reading your email, but before I start on that, here's what I was prepared to write you before I turned on the computer this morning.

Last night while watching TV I picked up my grandmother's two folders on the Kennedy family.   I found several letters written to her from fairly close relatives of Rowe and Bess - they are mentioned in the letters.   Then I found several letters written by Bess herself.   These letters were written in the 1960's - maybe the last was in 1970.   Rowe was in his 70's I guess, so most of the letters were about retirement activities and health.   Nothing from the past, except one mention of going to a class reunion - high school class of 1911.   So I gathered that if Rowe graduated high school in 1911, and married in 1923, he had a number of single years - plenty of time for something unplanned to happen.   No hint anywhere of that 'something' happening.   From my grandmother's letter writing and research, she constructed her own genealogy charts with notes.  Where Rowe is listed, there is no mention of a child, and if my grandmother would have been told that, I'm sure she would have noted it.    So - it appears as if the written part of 'our' research is leading to nothing.

So ... to pick up with your email.   You're right, my great grandmother was Ada Kennedy Pope.  But don't try to find me on my tree - I'm hidden.   Over 10 years ago a cousin suggested I get on ancestry.com.    My mother had the papers and family pictures, I had the time, and my cousin had the money.  So she paid for the tree and I did the work.  Therefore her father, my uncle, is the 'home person' on the tree.

You mention several Pope names - I don't recognize any of those names, so I'm guessing they are a different Pope family.

Darryl
Darryl,

I've been through all of the trees on ancestry that had Rowe. Your Pope Family tree is the most complete. Your grandmother did a great job.

I can see where Charles C. Pope married Ada Belle Kennedy in your tree. That must be where the family lines connected. From what I could deduce, Clarence Kennedy and Ada Belle Kennedy were 1st cousins.

My wife Sally Ann Clarno and her brother, Robert H Clarno, Jr, did their DNA. They both match you at 20cM amd 29cM respectively.

They match a few other Pope's (Gail, Chester, Jacqueline, Paul, Lucy, Brandon) also. Even though 29cM is a small number, I've read that it is still over 99% certainty that a relationship exists.

My mother-in-law, Bette, is dead. She died before DNA for genealogy was a "thing".

Yes, you are right, my mother-in-law always thought that her father was Charles Baker, the man she knew as her father. Charles divorced his wife just a few years after Bette was born. When Sally and Rob did their DNA, I spent a couple of years searching for Baker cousins for them. Not finding any, I started to think that DNA analysis was way over-sold! Then, last year, when a bunch of Sally's 1st cousins did their DNA - they did not match either. Bette's father was NOT Charles Baker.

That really hit me over the head.  Looking more closely at the matches Sally had, I could see a pattern of matches to the Davis family. I'm in contact with some of them and we worked together looking at possibilities. Emma Davis who married Clarence Kennedy and had a son, Rowe Davis Kennedy, right now, looks like the best possibility. Neither Rowe nor his sister, Ruth Henrietta Kennedy Tartar, had children. Rowe was the right age, would have been single when Bette was conceived in 1920 and he had just graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (Masters in Architecture) and he moved to Portland, OR in that time frame - where he lived the rest of his life. He married Bessie Bush in 1923.

So Sally has a lot of matches to Davis, Kennedy, Babcock and Worden. So many that Rowe has to be her grandfather.

Since Rowe and Henrietta had no children, that family line has ended. Of course, not really ended if Bette was Rowe's daughter.

When you have time, it would be great to see what you have about Rowe.

Mark
Mark,

I finally sat down and pulled the Kennedy folders back out and looked through both of them to separate Rowe and Bess's letters to my grandmother.   Two other people also wrote letters referring to Rowe and Bess, I think they were Rowe's uncle and a cousin who also lived in the Portland area.   I read all of those letters and most of the references say that they will be forwarding to Rowe all the family news.  In other words, nothing worthy of copying.   Those letters were also written between 1958 and 1970.

From Rowe and Bess there were four letters, each about 5 pages long.   There is also a newspaper clipping.   I've scanned the first letter and attached it - it's identified by date and letters for each page.

Darryl
Mark,

I was so busy yesterday scanning to see if it would work that I neglected to read the letter to see what it was about.   So now I'm looking at it and will try to explain who some of the names are - just in case you care and are wondering the connections of people.

If you haven't looked at the Kennedy line much, Rowe's grandfather was Hugh Kennedy Jr - actually, there is a long line of Hugh Kennedy's.    Hugh Jr had 11 children.  Gideon Kennedy was the youngest of the 11.   Gideon Kennedy also had 11 children.   Yesterday's letter was addressed to Ruth and Carroll.  Carroll was the youngest of Gideon's children.   Carroll was born in 1891.   His eldest cousin was born in 1838, I believe.   With two generations of 11 children,  you can imagine that their ages spanned many years.   Anyhow, Carroll was Gideon's youngest child, Clarence was Gideon's eldest child.   Rowe was Clarence's son, and Rowe was actually a year younger than Carroll.   Carroll would be Rowe's uncle.   But Carroll and his wife Ruth lived in Kelso, Washington and from the letters, that must not be too far from Portland, Oregon.  Evidently, Carroll and Rowe kept in close contact.    The first letter must have been written for Carroll and then Carroll forwarded it on to my grandparents - which some letters indicated that was happening.

Rowe's sister is also a Ruth and this Ruth married Nick Tartar.   Laura is mentioned in the first letter, she could be an older sister to Carroll and RD in the first letter must be Rowe Davis, since his wife Bess is writing the letter.

The second letter is scanned and it is attached.   Rowe's 2nd cousin is my grandfather, Hugh Kennedy Pope.   My grandmother was Jeannette - she was the one doing the family research and she apparently was quite a letter writer.

Nina is mentioned in Carroll's letters.  I think she is a niece to Carroll and also lived in Kelso, Washington.

Hopefully I'll get another letter scanned tomorrow.

Darryl
Mark,

Here's the third letter.

I didn't see any extra names in this letter.   I'm just giving a very brief read-through, not really watching what's being said.   I thought one of the letters said something about Rowe attending a class reunion.   When I've copied the 4th letter, if that is not in one of them, I'll have to look around.  Let me know.

I wasn't aware of the music tendencies in the Kennedy family.   That talent must not have reached us!!   Although, my siblings and I enjoy music, that's not a particular trait among us cousins.   But isn't it interesting when you can trace family characteristics like that?   More prevalent in our family is math skills.   Mom would tell us how her mother's father was so good in math.   Among us cousins we have an engineer, two architects, and a couple of math teachers.   In aptitude tests, I scored far higher in math than other subjects.  It's interesting, and fun to think about.

I'll try sending this and maybe scan the last letter ....

Darryl
Mark,

Good, by the time I could scan the last letter, the third one had been sent.   So here's the last letter.   I do have one more thing to scan though - a newspaper article.

In this letter, Laura Tendall is mentioned.   I finally found her in the tree.    Carroll and Clarence had a sister, Jane or Jennie.   I think she lived in Illinois - near the Kennedy home.   Jane had a daughter Laura, so this would be Rowe's 1st cousin.   I think she was a couple years older than Rowe.  In the Kennedy folders, there were a number of letters, etc from Laura Tendall, but since they were all Illinois related, I didn't review them in much detail.   I don't think there was anything particularly Rowe related.

Just so you'll know, this letter was written in Oct, 1970.  The following spring my grandfather passed away.   A year later my grandmother passed away.   So it's not surprising that this was the last letter

Darryl
Mark,

Evidently Bess must have sent my grandparents this clipping from the high school reunion that should have been mentioned in one of the letters.   I tried to enhance the picture a little, then I tried to extract Rowe's picture from it.   Not such a good job.   Maybe you know how to do better.   Of course, there's only so much you can do with a 50 year old newspaper picture. :)

I think this pretty well completes what I have found on Rowe.   If you can think of anything else that I might have missed, let me know.

Darryl
Darryl,

This is your actual cousin writing, Mark's wife, Sally. I wanted to personally thank you for all the letters and information that you have sent about my newly discovered grandfather, Rowe Davis Kennedy. It was interesting to read the letters and hear about him in his later years. Thank you for sending the photo (in the newspaper article), as we had photos of him when he was young, but had not seen a photo as he aged. He was still a handsome man even in his later years!

BTW, math is one of my strong traits also. I spent my working career as a CPA. Did I get that from the Kennedy's? :-)

Thank you for all your efforts in digging up information about Rowe, for communicating so well, and for forwarding information to us as you found it. Mark is thrilled on the genealogy-side (he likes putting pieces of puzzles together), and me, from the personal-side, finding out about the grandfather that I missed having in my life. You and your communications have been so appreciated!

Keep well and safe and perhaps we will meet one day!
Sally
Darryl,

I don't remember if I ever asked you this.

Are you in touch with any descendants of Gideon Kennedy? Two people showed up in Sally's DNA matches, a Beth Hafenrichter and T. Shakohl.

Thanks,   Mark
Mark,

I'm having a terrible time trying to download even basic information to my computer.  My niece had complained about this problem to Verizon and they said the tower is so overloaded between schools and at-home employees, that the towers just can't handle it.

So I don't know if that's the problem, or something's wrong with my computer.  Anyhow, I was trying to find definite names, but my computer just isn't coming up with the information. I don't think I'm in contact with any other Gideon descendants.   I've been in contact with two other Kennedy descendants - one I know is NOT Gideon and I don't think the other is.  I've written to a third one, but not much response there.   I recognize the Hafenrichter name, but only through research - I'm not sure if Beth has matched with me or not, and I don't think T. Shakohl has.   But since I can't get that info to show up, I don't know for sure.  Sorry I'm not much help tonight. Tomorrow morning I leave with my brother and sister-in-law to go to our nephew's wedding in north Georgia.   We'll be back either Sunday or Monday. So if you email, I'll respond when I get home - if my computer is working. I'm glad you're continuing to find information on Rowe and Bess.

Darryl

In the early 1950's, Rowe was a business partner in the firm Annand & Kennedy, out of Portland. We found a person who we thought was a son or grandson of Mr. Annand and in July 2020 Sally wrote him a letter asking about Rowe. We got this letter back from his sister:

Dear Sally,

My brother, John, passed your letter on to me as I try to do our family history.  Sadly I probably don't have any answers for you. I do remember Rowe and Bessie.

Bessie was always kind and thoughtful.  In their later years they built a very nice house in SW neighborhood of Portland.  I believe that Dad and Rowe met in Portland because of their college fraternity membership (Delta Sigma Phi).  I searched Ancestry-library edition and found that Rowe was at the U of Penn. and received a BS in M.E(?) in 1918. Dad was from the U of Michigan.  Unfortunately the partnership failed in the 50th's probably due to a difference in personality and age? I have no pictures and should I find any I will send them on.

So my searching finds Rowe's family in northern CA , then Klamath Falls, Cottage Grove (1910), Corvallis and finally Portland. There was a sister, Ruth, in the 1910 census but I couldn't trace her later in life. That census also listed both Clarence and Emma as from Illinois (clue). Rowe married Bessie in Portland and they had no children. Our Davis family is from New Jersey (Hunderton  Co.).  They moved on to Indiana (Rush Co.)  I don't think there is a connection but one never knows. This you probably know Rowe born 29 Oct, 1892 in Yreka, Siskiyou Co. CA death 17 May 1975 in Portland (I will try to look for an obituary when I can get out).

Take care and be optimistic,
Susan (Annand Keller) 

Betty Carrier wrote in Sep 2020:

Mark and Sally

I just now read through your research on Davis/Kennedy file.

I will relate some of what I remember of the Kennedy Family.  When I was young we made an annual trip to Washington State to visit my mothers father.  We would stay overnight with Aunt Emma in Corvallis.  Uncle Clarence died in 1932 before I would remember him.  We all loved Aunt Emma, she was a delightful person always interested in other people.

She befriended the local Native American Ladies and collected may of their baskets.  Also in her home was a harp, it fascinated me as I wished I could play the harp, but alas my musical talent was nil.  I believe Uncle Clarence played it.  Also living in Corvallis was Ruth Tartar, married the Dr. Nicholas.  They too were warm friendly family.  My contact with Rowe was mainly at family reunions here on the ranch.  I really didn’t know him that well, but we always looked forward to seeing he and Bess at these doings.  I do remember going to their home in Portland during the 1950’s while I was attending college.  I was an art major at San Jose State College in California.  Their home was very modern and had wonderful views of Portland to the east.  I am quite sure it was built in the late 1940’s or early 50’s with much glass and spare walls.

Probably about 10 or 12 years ago, while in Portland our son took us on a tour of that part of Portland, we found the address, but unfortunately someone had done a very poor remodeling job, it did not resemble the original home in the least. Your journey to discover your Grandfather has been an interesting story and I’m sure your have enjoyed the outcome.

Take Care Betty
Betty,

Thank you for your remembrances of the Kennedys! I could just picture them all! I would have loved to have met them all! Your Aunt Emma would have been my great grandmother; Ruth Tartar would have been my great aunt!

I had mentioned to Mark one time that we should try to get Rowe's address of where he lived in his final years in Portland and to try to find it the next time we were up there. (My sister and her family live outside of Portland.) But now you say that the home looks nothing like it did when he lived there so there would probably be no point.

Betty, you have shared your life history with me, but I somehow forgot about you being an art major! What kind of art did you do? Do you have pictures of any of your work? I would love to see your work! You tell me that you have no musical talent, and I tell you that I have no art talent! That makes me appreciate those that do even more!

I would have loved to have seen and even haved learned to play that harp! So my great grandfather played a harp!

Again, thanks for sharing your memories with us Betty!! They mean a lot to us!

Much fondness,
Sally






Some of the buildings designed by Rowe Kennedy. A search on-line will show many more.


Worchester Block, Portland, OR

1963 05 04 - article in the Oregonian
Questionnaire for Architects' Roster and Register of Architects Qualified for Federal Public Works

19 Mar 1955
Corvallis Gazette-Times

3 Apr 1957
The World
Coos Bay, OR

American Architects Directory

1956

https://aiahistoricaldirectory.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/AHDAA/pages/20644319/1956+American+Architects+Directory
1962

https://aiahistoricaldirectory.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/AHDAA/pages/20677106/1962+American+Architects+Directory
1970

https://aiahistoricaldirectory.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/AHDAA/pages/20873518/1970+American+Architects+Directory






Here I repeat the table from above showing what we know after the research described above. The Davis family tree information is from Linda Davis and Betty Davis Carrier. This table shows the DNA match information based on what I know now: Bette Baker is the daughter of Rowe Davis Kennedy and Frances Martin. Bette Baker was NOT a Baker!

Sally's DNA Matches as of August 2020
Ancestry DNA Name Predicted Relationship Shared DNA cM What we know Shared DNA Matches Information from their Family Tree
Robert H.Clarno Jr Brother 2,560 This is Sally's brother.
Laura Sue Welch, 1st Cousin 1,672 This is Sally's niece, daughter of her brother, Rob.
J.S. 2nd-3rd Cousin 248 This is Joyce Sirles.  Shared matches with others with Clarno-Plimel(Plymale) in their trees, Sally's father's side. Her mother is Maude Alice Clarno, a first cousin of Sally's father, Robert Clarno.
ramona785061 3rd-4th Cousin 188 Ramona Madeline Davis, the daughter of Stanley Spencer Davis Jr. and Judith Estelle Sproul. Davis. Father: Stanley Davis 1932-2010
H.D. 3rd-4th Cousin 169 Henry Fred Davis, the son of Dr. Fred Jay Davis and Alice Bernice Rosecrans. Davis/Deter Dr. Fred Jay Davis 1883-1965
dlinda1939 3rd-4th Cousin 163 Linda Davis, the daughter of Dr. Stanley Spencer Davis and Martha Madeline Kerwin. Davis/Deter Dr. Fred Jay Davis 1883-1965
Patricia Turner 3rd-4th Cousin 156 We don't know who this person is. I cannot see any recognizable surnames in the available trees. Shared matches with Ann Jewell, Patricia Turner and Joe Turner.
gwen_severance 3rd-4th Cousin 151 We don't know who this person is. Shared matches with others with Clarno-Plimel(Plymale) in their trees, Sally's father's side.
Edward Brabham 3rd-4th Cousin 141 Edward Brabham is the son of George Brabham and Anna Eliza Davis and grandson of Isaac Shriver Davis, who parents were Henry Levi Davis, Sr and Henrietta Deter. Davis/Deter Anna Eliza Davis 1903-1970
L.F. 3rd-4th Cousin 122 We don't know who this person is. This person does not share DNA with Davis or Kennedy. Shares with Ann Jewell, Antoinette Altemus
R.S. 3rd-4th Cousin 102 Robert Sorensen, a cousin on the Franzenbach line (Sally's maternal great-grandmother). Sally has met Bob and his son, Todd. Franzenbach (Rhonda Broatch & Engstroma26)
Antoinette Altemus 3rd-4th Cousin 92 We don't know who this person is. This person does not share DNA with Davis or Kennedy. Shares with Ann Jewell, L.F.
Duane Bailey 3rd-4th Cousin 91 We don't know who this person is. Clarno-Plimel (Plymale)
Sandra Howard 4th-6th Cousin 85 We don't know who this person is. Martin-Spindle (Sally's maternal grandmother's side)
Ann Jewell 4th-6th Cousin 79 We don't know who this person is. This person does not share DNA with Davis or Kennedy. Shares with Antoninette Altemus, L.F, Patrica Turner
E.C. 4th-6th Cousin 77 We don't know who this person is. Shares with Patricia Bailey who shares with Davis.


Sally's DNA Matches as of August 2020 (continued)
Ancestry DNA Name Predicted Relationship Shared DNA cM What we know Shared DNA Matches Information from their Family Tree
Kathern Zimmerman 4th-6th Cousin 68 We don't know who this person is. Davis
Patricia Bailey 4th-6th Cousin 60 We don't know who this person is. Davis
Brandon Davis 4th-6th Cousin 55 Brandon Davis, the son of Paul Alan Davis and grandson of Dr. Fred Jay Davis. Davis
Alyssa Davis 4th-6th Cousin 55 Alyssa Davis, the daughter of Henry Fred Davis and Joan Lee Devor. The sister of Jennifer Marie Davis Lopiccolo. Davis
L.D. 4th-6th Cousin 53 We don't know who this person is. Davis Dr. Fred Jay Davis 1883-1965
Jesse Stimson 4th-6th Cousin 44 Jesse Stimson, the great-great-grandson of Jesse Francis Davis who was the brother of Henry Levi Davis. Davis Levi Davis & Rebecca Shriver
Jennifer Lopiccolo 4th-6th Cousin 43 Jennifer Marie Davis Lopiccolo, the daughter of Henry Fred Davis and Joan Lee Devor. Davis Dr. Fred Jay Davis 1883-1965
SusanDougherty76 4th-6th Cousin 42 We don't know who this person is. Davis/Ziegler. #4 match on GEDMatch
Michael Clarno 4th-6th Cousin 37 Probably a descendant of John Hunter Clarno (1790-1858) and Jane Plimel Clarno-Plimel
Engstroma26 4th-6th Cousin 36 A descendant of Caspar Franzenbach (1834-1896) and Susanna Schmidt (1836-?) Franzenbach
K.O. (Kalila Ozaki) 4th-6th Cousin 34 Kalila Ozaki, the daughter of Bonnie Alice Davis.
Davis Fred J. Davis Jr. married Alice Rosecrans
Eugene Ross Deter 4th-6th Cousin 25 Eugene Ross Deter, the great granson of Abraham Ziegler Deter who was the brother of Henrietta Deter. Deter
Stephen Peterson 4th-6th Cousin 21 Steven Peterson, the son of Marjorie Balis Dexter and the great-great-grandson of George Washington Deter, the brother of Henrietta Deter.. Deter Lillian Mae Deter
Janna_gliatto 4th-6th Cousin 21 We don't know who this person is. Deter/Ziegler
tschakohl 4th-6th Cousin 21 I haven't found an actual name yet but this person is the great-great-grandson/daughter of Gideon Kennedy and Laura Ann Johnson, Gideon was the father of Clarence Kennedy. Davis
yrkpope 4th-6th Cousin 20 Darryl Parks, the great-grandson of Elihu "Hugh" Kennedy Jr. and the brother of Gideon Kennedy the father of Clarence Bolton Kennedy. Their parents were Elihu "Hugh" Kennedy Sr. and Ruth Babcock. Darryl is the person whose emails I show above. He sent me the 4 letters written by Bessie Bush Kennedy. Davis
Beth Hafenrichter 5th-8th Cousin 15 Beth Hafenrichter, the great-great-granddaughter of Gideon Kennedy and Laura Ann Johnson, Gideon was the father of Clarence Kennedy. Davis
BriceMartin55 5th-8th Cousin 12 Brice Martin, the grandson of Lillian Mae Deter, whose father, George Washington Deter was the brother of Henrietta Deter. Deter/Ziegler

Although I have not listed them here. Sally has 5 DNA matches with descendants of Elihu Kennedy Sr and Ruth Babcock.

Also not shown are 3 DNA matches for Sally to descendants of John Babcock, the brother of Ruth Babcock who married Elihu Kennedy Sr.

What would Bette have thought?

Sally's thoughts:  My mom, Bette, would have been shocked to find out that who she thought was her father, was not biologically her father. She was always talking about Cornelius not being a real Baker, and here it was SHE that was not a real Baker! Sue, Mary, and I (her 3 daughters) have talked about it and all agree that she would have been upset to learn this information. We all agree that as more information, more photos, and more connections were coming to light, that she may have found them interesting. For example, her musical talent, playing the piano and singing, seemed to come from nowhere, and now here was a source in the very musical Rowe Davis Kennedy, her biological father!



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