I am a very private person and do not do Facebook or any other social media. However, because I am appreciative of the whole concept of Wikitree, my self disclosures are as complete and objective as I can make them for the sake of all progeny and Profile Managers, present and future. (13 October 2016)
When William Bull Elmer, Jr was born on November 6, 1932, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA, his father, William, Sr, was 31 and his mother Hersilia was 21. Bill married four times and had four children by his first wife, Joie Gouwens. At this writing William B Elmer,Jr 16:43, 8 January 2017 (EST), Bill, is 84 and the rest of his story has yet to be written.
Bill was not famous. He was not a surgeon, does not own a palace overlooking Lake Washington, did not invent anything, did not own property near a popular ski area in New Hampshire and did not make any oil deals worth a personal multiple of 10,000,000 dollars. He left it to his closest relatives to accomplish all these things
Bill became a Chemical Engineer (D+average); lead the Purdue University Cheerleaders for two years; had an unfulfilling career with Shell Oil; got a Master's in Counseling Psychology; became a piano teacher; became Controller of Human Life of Washington, a pro-life organization; became a Kennel Manager and a political activist. He finished his career with 13 years as Client specialist at The Good Shepherd Mission, a homeless and life interventionist organization in Huntsville, Walker, Texas, USA. He then got around, belatedly to caring about his roots - genealogy - via Wikitree, the free service that hopes to connect everybody into one big family tree.
My Birth Certificate says my parental residence was Allston, MA. This discrepancy is not uncommon in Census records. The probable reason is as a baby in 1932 I moved around from Allston to Stoughton to Newton and my parent grabbed one of these places out of the air as my birth location for the 1940 U.S. Census enumerator. To make matters worse my parents were in the throes of a divorce.
Household: Hersilia Elmer 24, William, Sr 34, William Jr 3
Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. William Elmer and Robert Elmore match on 35 out of 37 markers thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA Edward Elmer
There is a direct ancestral relationship. William Elmer Jr is the great, great, great, great, great, great, great grand son of Edward (Elmer) Elmore. We are calling this relationship "DNA-Confirmed" because every parent-child relationship to Edward has been marked as Confirmed with DNA
William, Jr is the son of William B Elmer, Sr DNA confirmed
William, Sr is the son of Charles Bliss Elmer DNA confirmed
Charles is the son of Albert Emerson Elmer DNA confirmed
Albert is the son of Daniel Elmer DNA confirmed
Daniel is the son of Gad Elmer DNA confirmed
Gad is the son of Samuel Elmer DNA confirmed
Samuel is the son of Hezekiah Elmer DNA confirmed
Hezekiah lll is the son of Edward Elmer Jr. DNA confirmed
Edward is the son of Edward (Elmer) Elmore DNA confirmed
This trail tells us that Edward is the seventh great grandfather of William, Jr.
BILLJr I, William B Elmer, Jr testify I held these positions during my life. While there may be newspaper clippings and other source information, my own testimony should be valid until any of these things surface.
USPRI Author: Ancestry.com Title: U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Merlin Data Publishing Corporation, comp. Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings. Merli; http://www.Ancestry.com
1940C Author: Ancestry.com Title:1940 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627. 1940 U.S.Federal Census]] Page: Year: 1940; Census Place: Winchester, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1622; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 9-636
SAR Author: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Microfilm, 508 rolls. Member Number 67332. Application is available on Wikitree at: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Elmer-1185
CCIM Author: Ancestry.com. Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Cook County Clerk, comp. Cook County Clerk Genealogy Records. Cook County Clerk’s Office, Chicago, IL: Cook County Clerk, 2008.
TXMI Author: Ancestry.com. Texas, Marriage Index, 1814-1909 and 1966-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Dodd, Jordan R, et. al. Early American Marriages: Texas to 1850. Bountiful, UT: Precision Indexing Publishers, 19xx.
TXDI Author: Ancestry.com. Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.Original data: Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2011. Texas, USA: Texas Department of State Health Services.
This entire Profile is edited in detail by [Elmer-1185 | Elmer, William] himself through his personal recollections starting October 12, 2016 and dating back to about 1938.
The following recounts an error of the Census Enumerator who failed to complete his entry for the next house to 11 Sheffield West. A lone "1" appears in the House Number field which should read "15" for the Orpin household. Residents there were:
Susan Elmer [Orpin]; Age, 3; Birth Year, abt 1937; Gender, Female; Race, White; Birthplace, Massachusetts; Marital Status, Single; Relation to Head of House, Daughter; Attended School or College, No.
Donothy Elmer [Orpin]; Age, 1; Birth Year, abt 1939; Gender, Female; Race, White; Birthplace, Massachusetts; Marital Status, Single; Relation to Head of House, Daughter; Attended School or College, No.
Edner Richmand [Edner Orpin]; Age, 9; Birth Year, abt 1931; Gender, Female; Race, White; Birthplace, Massachusetts; Marital Status, Single; Relation to Head of House, Niece; Attended School or College, Yes; Highest Grade Completed, Elementary school, 4th grade.
Harrelia Richmand [Harrelia Orpin]; Age, 5; Birth Year, abt 1935; Gender, Female; Race, White; Birthplace, Massachusetts; Marital Status, Single; Relation to Head of House, Niece; Attended School or College, Yes; Highest Grade Completed, Elementary school, 1st grade.
This is attested to by William B Elmer, Jr October12, 2016 who lived next door and remembers being stung by wasps under the Orpin porch.
the Enumerator also misspelled Hersilia's first name. I felt able to make this correction because she was my motherElmer-1185 23:40, 7 January 2017 (EST)
This biography was originally auto-generated by a GEDCOM import and was subsequently amended by William Elmer, Jr, and Robert Elmore. Elmer-1185 was created by Margaret Simons through the import of GadElmer1760.ged on Feb 8, 2015.
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carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
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