I followed through a request from Debra Lynn Eardley who was only just three when her father died young. The details below were placed on eardley.org website , where I have done much research.
It appears from Army Veteran records that your father was born 13 Aug. 1928 and died on March 31st 1961. He served as Army Lieutenant in the Korean War, and is buried at fort Snelling National Cemetery in South Minneapolis in Minnesota. Did war wounds have any connedtion to his early death? His father died a few months after him.
He lived in Anoka in Minnesota as a child, with older siblings David and Betty, but later was at school in Elgin, Illinois. His grandfather served some form of draft service there in WW2. His parents were Thomas Walter Eardley; and Mary (nee Gallagher) born in Scotland. Cannot find the family in the 1940 U.S. census.
Thomas was born 30 september 1892 in Minnesota, of Edward and Elizabeth (nee Masters), both born in England. He had an older brother Ernest, and younger Raymond, and sister Dorothy. Edward appears to have come to the Iliinois area by 1880, as his father David Eardley seems to have died young in England in 1867. There was also a major Depression in England from the mid 1870ís, which caused many thousands from the North Staffordshire area alone to emigrate to the U.S.
Coalminer David Eardley had married Frances Emma Bradbury in Stoke on Trent in 1859. There were two girls Clara and Rebecca, besides Edward. She was to remarry Thomas Bunting in Audley, Staffordshire in 1868, and have at least six more children. The ancestral line seems to go back to the well known Oldcott Eardley, born c.1707, who has numerous descendants. There is a quaker connection to this link.
I posted a reply with details to a query from Kansas on eardley.org site on 19 MAY 2011.
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