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Ethel Frances HAND

Female 1905 - 1991  (85 years)


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  • Name Ethel Frances HAND 
    Nickname Bump 
    Born 30 November 1905  Near Burden Lake,SW of Rodney,Mecosta Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1910  Austin Twp,Mecosta Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Education 1912  Prospect School,District #8,El Dorado,Butler Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1920  Sturgis,St Joseph Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1930  Mecosta Twp.,Mecosta Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Education Sturgis,St Joseph Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Fouth Street School - ?Fourth Grade -  
    Buried November 1991  Fairview Cemetery,Stanwood,Mecosta Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 14 November 1991  Big Rapids,Mecosta Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Jan Cortez told me in Feb 2004 that the road Ethel lived on is also called Gully Road by the locals. She also said that they had paved this road late in the fall of 2003. I was there in the summer of 2003 and it had not been paved yet.

      From Ethel (Hand) Armstrong's Story - A Family Named Hand
      ..."I had a hard but happy childhood. I was raised in poverty but I didn't know it so it never bothered me any."...

      ..."On the last Thursday of November, which happened to be the last day, I came into the world. There was no doctor of course, only a neighbor lady to help the event happen. I was named Ethel Frances. I am glad that they gave me her name. I have often wondered why the first son is usually named after the father but it takes several girls before the mother gets a namesake. The Ethel was for a neighbor's child who had died recently. Mother always said that I was born on Thanksgiving Day, just in time for supper. About sixty years later, I found an old calendar and found that Nov 21 was Thanksgiving in nineteen hundred and five. My folks must have celebrated it on the last Thursday instead of the fourth Thursday. I suppose I must have been another blow to father. All he needed was another girl." ...
    Person ID I484  Marcia Shears
    Last Modified 28 July 2007 

    Father John Harvey HAND,   b. 12 March 1869, Howe,Lagrange Co.,IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 December 1922, Lansing,Ingham Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Frances Grace GREEN,   b. 28 February 1878, Near Steator,LaSalle Co,IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 July 1921, El Dorado,Butler Co,KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 1 March 1894  Sturgis,St Joseph Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F37  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Alonzo John ARMSTRONG,   b. 9 February 1902, Stanwood,Mecosta Co,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 March 1974, Stanwood,Mecosta Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 18 September 1922  Big Rapids,Mecosta Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (According to Aunt Ethel: They were married by the Justice of the Peace.)
    Children 
    +1. Frances Grace ARMSTRONG,   b. 20 August 1923, Mecosta Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 February 2000, Prob Mecosta Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +2. LIVING
    +3. LIVING
    +4. LIVING
    +5. LIVING
    +6. LIVING
    +7. LIVING  [Adopted]
    Family ID F269  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S433] 1910 US Federal Census - HAND John Family , (Austin, Mecosta Co., MI - ED 115, Lines 34, 41, Image 15 of 18 ).

    2. [S394] A Family Named Hand, Ethel (Hand) Armstrong.

    3. [S440] 1920 US Federal Census - HAND John Family, (Sturgis, St. Joseph Co., MI, ED 161, Lines 51-57, Image 18 of 20).

    4. [S395] 1930 US Federal Census - ARMSTRONG Alonzo Family, Mecosta Twp., Mecosta Co., MI, ED 54-21, Sheet 4B, Line 63-67, 8 of 11.

    5. [S422] ARMSTRONG Alonzo J. & Ethel E. Cemetery Marker.


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