Happy Birthday, Grandpa (et. al.) !

Big ancestor birthday day! 21 times great grandmother, Margaret Odingsells was born on this day 742 years ago (1277). She married John de Grey. Then, closer to this era, 187 years ago (1832) , great great grandfather, Ezra Peter Koontz was born in Navarre, Starke, Ohio.

And, 126 years ago (1893), my grandfather, Lee Norton Goodliff Weaver was born in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio. (And how appropriate to share the bear skin rug photo? Luckily, great grandmother, offered him some dignity!)

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Lee Norton Goodliff Weaver was born on 15 May 1893 to Lemuel and Effie Clarissa Lee Weaver in Columbus, Ohio.   His two middle names came from his grandfathers, Charles Norton Lee and Goodliff Weaver.  The family soon removed to Effie’s parents’ home in Southfield, Oakland, Michigan, where they spent many years (at least until the birth of Grandpa’s infant sister, Olive Marie in 1900).  The family moved about after Olive’s death and finally settled on the home they build on Tireman, corner of Scotten, in Detroit.
There were numerous trips back to Columbus to visit family and close friends — the family of Cassimer and Phebie Koontz.  The two families were close and visited often.  Grandma and Grandpa used to tell the story about when the Weavers were down to visit just after Florence was born (1895), Grandpa hugged her so tight the adults were afraid he was going to hurt her.   That hug blossomed into a life long romance and Lee and Florence married on 27 April 1918.  They had two daughters, Leila and Jmae.

 

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Lee G Weaver – ca 1918.  (Bob is behind the wheel)

Grandpa’s humor was always present — as noted with the pose next to his car with Bob, his dog, behind the wheel.   Grandpa was comfortable in a coat and tie, a three piece suit, or a tuxedo, unless Flossie had some chores for him to do.  Then he eschewed the coat and tie and got into some around the house work clothes.  He got golf casual on the links and when he took his grandsons on our annual outing to Camp Dearborn where “mom’s rules were forgotten”.

Grandpa died 13 January 1970, the first of my grandparents to pass away.  In many ways, this was the one that hit me the hardest.

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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