Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our Great Grandfather

I knew that my Grandfather, Donald Burgess Wold was adopted, I just didn't know who his birth parents were.

I found a book on line,The House of Burgesses. that list my Grandfather as the son of William Henry Burgess, adopted by Jonas and Grace Wold. Grace is the sister of William Henry.

William served as a musician in Co. A, 12 Minnesota Inf during the Spanish American War, and as a Corporal in the 4th Development Co. 164 Depot Brigade in 1917 as a drill instructor during WW1.

He married to a  Florence Louise Bard in 1898 and had a son, also named William in 1909. My Grandfather was born in 1914. Was Florence his mother?

William and Florence are together in 1910 living in Medford, Oregon with son William Jr.
 In 1920 William is remarried to a Josephine Venuto and living in Medford, Oregon. Florence and William Jr. seem to fall off the face of the earth until 1924 when I find her remarried to a  John McOmie living in Spokane, Washington.