Parentage mystery for Earl Washburn [closed]

+6 votes
Brick wall? Dead end? Unsolved mystery?

I can't find any confirmed sources for my GGF's (Washburn-3211) parents. I'm a new kid in the WikiTree community (and therefore exceptionally new to the collaboration process in genealogy), but I put a Family Mystery page together with every shred of evidence I could piece together.

If there are any Washburns out there who have info that ties in, I'd love some help. Or any genealogy geniuses who can see something I can't... ;)
closed with the note: Earl isn't a Washburn at all!
asked in Genealogy Help by Sarah Smith G2G1 (1.8k points)
closed by Sarah Smith

He was a Staff Sergeant in the U S Marine Corps. You might find something by inquiring for his military records. They would list his parents.


Earl Sr Washburn

 in the U.S. Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2006


      Name: Earl Sr Washburn
      Service Info.: SSGT US Marine Corps
      Birth Date: 29 Feb 1888
      Death Date: 18 Oct 1970
      Service Start Date: 7 Oct 1920
      Interment Date: 20 Oct 1970
      Cemetery: Beaufort National Cemetery
      Cemetery Address: 1601 Boundary Street Beaufort , SC 29902
      Buried At: Section 34 Site 74

      Source Information

      National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.


      Since there information marked private it difficult to gather some of the pieces to help produce a dialog. Is this the same Earl Washburn who would have been married to a Alma (possibly 1st marriage) and a Minnie (possibly second marriage)

       Social Security number

      Earl Washburn

       in the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014


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          Name: Earl Washburn
          SSN: 250-10-3905
          Last Residence:

          29902 Beaufort, Beaufort, South Carolina, USA

          BORN: 29 Feb 1888
          Died: Oct 1970
          State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (1952)

          Source Citation

          Number: 250-10-3905; Issue State: South Carolina; Issue Date: 1952

          Source Information

 U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2011.


          He was married to Alma Seago (my ggm), but I don't have any information on a second marriage.
          Instead of putting "direct knowledge" on his daughter's profile instead of sources such as the 1930 and 1940 census and only putting the title of a social security possible source on his profile instead of the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 census will cause this problem.  Add those things and the information you seek is likely to surface.
          Basically speaking lets source the information we do know so there is a clearer picture when searching for parents.

          Earl Washburne

           in the New York, State Census, 1915

          View New York, State Census, 1915

            Name: Earl Washburne
            Birth Year: abt 1891
            Birth Place: United States
            Age: 24
            Gender: Male
            Residence Place: Granby, Oswego
            Relationship: Son
            Color or Race: White
            Assembly District: 01
            House Number: 34
            Line Number: 12
            Page Number: 30
            Household Members:
            Name Age
            Fames V Washburne 59
            Marea F Washburne 43
            Earl Washburne 24
            Ethel Washburne 20

            Earl Washburne

             in the 1910 United States Federal Census

            View 1910 United States Federal Census

            • View blank form
            Name: Earl Washburne
            Age in 1910: 19
            Birth Year: abt 1891
            Birthplace: Illinois
            Home in 1910: Granby, Oswego, New York
            Street: River Road
            Race: White
            Gender: Male
            Relation to Head of House: Son
            Marital Status: Single
            Father's name: James V Washburne
            Father's Birthplace: New York
            Mother's name: Kate E Washburne
            Mother's Birthplace: Illinois
            Native Tongue: English
            Occupation: Student
            Industry: High School
            Attended School: Yes
            Able to Read: Yes
            Able to Write: Yes
            Neighbors: View others on page
            Household Members:
            Name Age
            James V Washburne 55
            Kate E Washburne 55
            Earl Washburne 19
            Ethel Washburne 15
            Louis H Williams 50
            Miss Betty, he was born in South Dakota

            Well sure that's what he said on the census. :)

            Sometimes, people hide their immigration status with the census peoples.

            Earl M Washburn

             in the New York, County Marriages, 1847-1849; 1907-1936

            Name: Earl M Washburn
            Gender: Male
            Age: 33
            Birth Date: abt 1887
            Marriage Date: 13 Oct 1920
            Marriage Place: Delaware, New York, USA
            Father: George H Washburn
            Mother: Hildah M Williams
            Spouse: Winifred Hubbell
            Film Number: 000831897

            Vincent and Steve: I've been working on getting my source info copied over. It's now on his daughter's profile, and I've copied Earl's source info from the mystery page to his profile page as well. :)

            I'm confident of his first marriage to Alma, and have now found info regarding his second marriage to Minnie as well. So we're pretty solid on dates, residence locations, etc. I need to look into requesting his military records -- can anyone point me in the best direction for obtaining those?

            Breaking news!!!!

            I've obtained his obituary, and it lists "Laurs and Dorothea Nelson" as his parents. Do we assume he was adopted then? At this point do I just hope that when my DNA comes back that I have a little link to a Washburn somewhere?

            I've added the obituary to the mystery page.

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