Notes Leona Starcher AndersonLeona May Starcher was born July 29, 1896, image of her birth record available AT THIS LINK. (Note: her name is incorrectly transcribed as "Cora May" Starcher in the database at the West Virginia Vital Records archive).
She moved to Barberton Ohio about 1914-15 and married Thomas W. Anderson about 1917. A son Thomas Jr. was born October 23, 1923 and a daughter was born November 1926. Tragically, Leona died a week after this daughter was born. The daughter was apparently immediately adopted by another couple, and this baby daughter died three weeks after Leona's death, at age one month. Leona died November 24, 1926 at age 30.
Evidence from the obituary of Thomas W. Anderson Jr., (see below) suggests that there may have ben three daughters from this marriage who did not survive infancy.
A The World War I draft registration record dated 6/5/17, available at the subscription service ancestry.com, reproduced to the right, is a bit smudgy but appears to document Thomas W. Anderson of Barberton, born November 6, 1887, occupation Tinner, next of kin Leona Anderson.
The 1900 federal census for Pike County Ohio, Benton district, includes a listing for...
Robert H. Anderson, head, b June 1850, age 49
Nancy C., wife, b August 1852, age 47
Mytle, son, b December 1881, age18
Erma, daughter, b June 1883, age 16
Betty, daughter, b Jan 1885, age 15
Thomas, son, b November 1887, age 12
Harvy, son, b October 1889, age 10
George, son, b October 1894, age 5
There is evidence that Thomas Anderson married Elizabeth Jane Patterson about 1907. There were two surviving children from this marriage: Paul Anderson born about 1909, and Carl Anderson born about 1912. This marriage ended prior to 1916. Information at the subscription service ancestry.com, compiled by descendants of Paul Anderson, indicate that Elizabeth Jane Patterson Anderson remarried John E. Dailey in 1916. Census records from 1920 indicate that Paul and Carl were living with their mother and step-father during the 1920 census.
STARCHER, 45-47 Thomas...Head...WM...Dec 1860...39...md 20 yrs...Farmer...WV WV WV Mary E...Wife...WF...Sep 1863...36...8/7...WV WV WV Estella...Dau...WF...May 1881...19...Seamstress...WV WV WV Charles W...Son...WM...Mar 1883...17...Farm Laborer...WV WV WV Allen B...Son...WM...Jul 1885...14...Farm Laborer...WV WV WV Fred A...Son...WM...Jan 1889...11...Farm Laborer...WV WV WV Carl C...Son...WM...Sep 1891...8...WV WV WV Leona M...Dau...WF...Jul 1896...3...WV WV WV Roy F...Son...WM...Sep 1899...8/12...WV WV WV
Thomas J. Starcher head age 48
Mary E. Starcher wife age 47
Fred A. Starcher son age 20
Carl Starcher son age 18
Leona M. Starcher daughter age 13
Roy F. Starcher son age 10
Viola G. Starcher daughter age 4
Carl Starcher, head, age 28It would appear that Leona left her home in Calhoun County sometime after 1910. Evidence below suggests 1914-1915.
Orpha Starcher, wife, age 22
Mary Starcher, mother, widow, age 56
Viola Starcher, sister, age 14
"Guess who" Bye Bye
Leona was still living in Calhoun County in 1913 as evidenced by this postcard reproduced to the right.
Hello Ona how
is the Kid I am well
hope yor are the same
I am as ever your
friend J.D. Hefner (Hebner?)
Will write later
It would appear that by 1915 Leona had moved to Barberton, as evidenced by this postcard to the right. She was not yet married. Of note, sister Estella had moved to the Barberton area about 1909. Her brother Fred moved to the environs of Barberton Ohio between 1915 and 1916. Brother Roy likewise moved to Barberton sometime between 1910 and 1920. One might speculate that the death of father T.J. Starcher in 1913 did cause some significant family upheaval.
Of note, the address on this card, 160 Walnut St, is the same address as for brother Roy Starcher, as evidenced by another postcard addressed to Roy in 1916, found in the "Viola Cogar" archive. It seems safe to speculate that Leona was living with her brother Roy. However, their circumstances are a bit of a mystery to this writer. Roy was not yet married, as the 1920 Census for Barberton Ohio shows him living in the home of Homer and Ester McCune as a boarder, along with his future wife Mina Workman, sister-in-law of Homer and presumably the sister of Homer's wife Esther. The 1920 census records have street of residence noted in the margin of the record; however, the street at which the McCune houshold and Roy were living in 1920 does not appear to be Walnut Street. Perhaps Roy F. and sister Leona were living in a boarding house or some other arrangement in 1915 to 1920.
Hello old frind how
are you Well Ona S....
went Back to WVa Wed
But if you can do
any good I will Bring another guy if it suits
J.K. Cuyahoga Falls
R of D 8 C/O L.H. Meadows
This postcard from May 16, 1917 suggests that Leona was still single and living in Barberton. Note that the WWI registration card, reproduced above, believed to suggest that Leona was the wife of Thomas Anderson, is dated June 7, 1917.
..... ..... have moved to
Akron will see you Saturday in
404 south high st
This photograph was found in the personal effects of Viola Starcher Cogar. It is labeled on the back "Tom Anderson," presumably, the gentleman marked with an "X."
The wage agreement reproduced to the right indicates that Viola was living in Barberton as Viola Starcher November 6, 1923.
As noted above, Thomas Anderson Sr also had children by another marriage. His death notice (see above) indicates two other sons, Carl of Akron and Paul of Georgia. The obituary of Thomas Anderson Jr (see below) lists two half-brothers, Paul Anderson of Georgia and Carl Anderson of Akron.
The 1930 Federal census for Summit County Ohio County jail lists a Thomas W. Anderson, age 42, widower, as a prisoner as of March 31, 1930. This writer chooses to assume that this is not the Thomas W. Anderson Sr under consideration here. A letter from Mary Starcher, mother of Leona and Viola, written to Viola on July 27, 1930, (see below) reports that "Tom Anderson was in a reck and was hurt prety bad his face was cut prety bad had to have it sold up I hant heard how he is now..."
Reproduced to the right are portions of a letter from Leona and Viola's mother, Mary Starcher, written to Viola on July 27, 1930. apparently, Mary had moved to the Barberton area sometime in 1930, perhaps after April 1930, in view of the fact that the April 9, 1930 census record noted above indicates that she was living in Grantsville WV at that time. Mary reports that "Tom Anderson was in a reck and was hurt prety bad his face was cut prety bad had to have it sold up I hant heard how he is now..."
Mary also mentions "Junior..."
tell Junior to Bee a good
Boy and i Wil Bring him
something when i come
down answer soon kiss
Junior for me from your
loving mother Bye Bye
This letter reproduced to the right is another written to Viola from her mother Mary, dated August 9, 1930. Note that it is directed to Viola and Junior. Also note that "Leonard" is mentioned - this is presumably Leonard Nutter who Viola married May 17, 1930.
.... i Wil come
down With Roy the 6 of
September to get the rest of
my cloes tell Jr. i Wil get
him some thing When i com
down tell him to Bee a good
Boy and mind antie and
leanard kiss him for me
Viola dont whip him very
hard he liks you to pet him
take good care of my flours.....
How are you I am
all right No I will
not get to keep
my comforts they are
to be kept for the
next bunch of boys
and girls I havent had
a spanken yet I want
you to Be looking for
me in 1 more week or
2 I have 82 marbals
I got my rist throd
out of place Well I
will close ancer soon
from Your loving
Thomas Anderson Jr. is known to have enlisted in the Navy during World War II.
Reproduced to the right is a postcard mailed to "Aunt Vi" from Tom Anderson, dated January 28, 1944. The front of the card is a scene from Baker, Montana which is 80 miles from Miles City Montana, where the Veterans Administration Hospital in Miles City, Montana is located. This writer speculates that Thomas Jr was a patient in that VA hospital in 1944. The postmark on the card is incomplete, but it looks like it could include the words "Miles City."
Hi Aunt Vi.
Well I bet you
are surprised to Hear
from me. I am getting along
fine and will soon be
out of the Hosp. The
people here treat me
swell, so I can't complain.
I will close for now
Thomas Anderson Jr apparently made a good recovery, and his family apparently stayed in touch with Viola through the years.
Among Viola's personal effects is this photo reproduced to the right, labeled Ronald Anderson, May 1958, 8 year old. This gentleman presumably is the son of Thomas Anderson Jr and would be a great nephew of Allen B. Starcher and Viola Starcher Cogar, and the second cousin of this writer.
Also found is the obituary of Thomas Anderson, Jr.
Thomas W. "Happy" Anderson, Jr. of Wood River, Ill., died October 3, 1985 at St. Joseph Hospital, Alton, Ill. He was 61.
He was born October 22, 1923 at Barberton, Ohio to Thomas W. and Leona M. Starcher Anderson. He was a World War veteran in the Navy.
Survivors include a daughter, Laura Anderson, Wood River, Ill; two sons, Robert C. Anderson, Barberton, Ohio and Ronald E. Anderson, Belleville, Ill.; two adopted children, James Anderson and Judith Perr, of Bellleville, Ill.; two half brothers, Paul Anderson, Georgia and Carl Anderson, Akron, Ohio; one aunt, Viola Cogar, Arnoldsburg.
His parents, three sisters, and one half sister preceded him in death. His wife, Doris Anderson, preceded him in death in 1984.
A listing for U.S. Veterans Gravesites at the subscription service ancestry.com includes the following listing:
Name: Thomas W Jr Anderson
Service Info.: S1 US NAVY WORLD WAR II
Birth Date: 22 Oct 1923
Death Date: 3 Oct 1985
Service Start Date: 3 Nov 1941
Interment Date: 9 Oct 1985
Cemetery: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: 2900 Sheridan Road St. Louis, MO 63125
Buried At: Section K Site 2398