Monday, April 9, 2012

My Maternal Grandmother in 1940

1940 U.S. census, Sanilac County, Michigan, population schedule, Flynn Township, enumeration district (ED) 15, sheet 6B, family 119, Archie Currie household; digital images, 1940 Census (http://1940census.archives.gov : accessed 2 April 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 1818.
Last but not least, I found my maternal grandmother, Violet Mae Currie, in 1940. She was living on Aitken Road in Flynn Township, Sanilac, Michigan, with her widowed father, Archie. Violet's mother, Jennie Grace Christina (Plaine) Currie, had died in 1937. This appears to be the same house that Archie lived in when he died. His death certificate from 1963 gives his address as 2301 Aitken Road. Archie was listed as a 49-year-old farmer, but according to his birth certificate he was born 2 Nov 1889. This would have made him 50. My grandma always said he was a little sensitive about his age. It appears that sometime in the 1920s or so, he started shaving at least a year off his age. In fact, his death certificate gives his birth date as 2 Nov 1891. His birthplace is correctly given as Michigan in the 1940 census. My grandma's age and birthplace are correct. She is listed as 9 years old and born in Michigan. She was born 24 Oct 1930. Other than two siblings who died in early childhood before 1930, Violet was an only child. Interestingly, Violet's name is spelled "Voilet," which is similar to her Aunt Voylet's spelling. I think that the "o" and "i" in her name were ordered interchangeably throughout her childhood. As an adult, she always spelled her name "Violet."

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