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Re: Esther Vernon married Mervin Keen Flowers on 12/17/1939
Posted by: Tim Gruber (ID *****9026) Date: January 12, 2011 at 02:48:50
In Reply to: Esther Vernon married Mervin Keen Flowers on 12/17/1939 by Mike Flowers of 1243

I'm not related.

I assume your father is the Mervin K. Flowers listed in the Social Security Death index as born March 27, 1920, died July 15, 1994 and last lived in Stephens city, Frederick County, VA. I suggest getting his obituary.

You could also try to get your parents' marriage record. It might list how and when John's marriage to Esther ended. Do you know if she ever remarried or anything else about her?

The 1930 census of Dickinson Twp., Cumberland County, PA shows Esther Vernon 13 and Marion 9 as the nieces of Frank S. Mullin 34 and his wife Emma 27. It seems probable John and/or Ruth died by then. Check with the Dauphin County Historical Society to see if they can help you find something about this possibility.

The WWI draft card for John Vernon of Harrisburg shows he was born May 9, 1889 in Vanderbilt, Fayette County, PA.

The 1900 census of Dawson, Fayette County shows a John Vernon, born May 1890 as the son of William, born May 1845 and Sarah K., born Sept 1855.

This William appears in the 1880 census as W. H. Vernon living in Upper Tyrone Twp., Fayette County. The 1870 census of Franklin Twp., Fayette County would have him as the son of Warner 68 and Elizabeth 64. The 1860 census of the same place has his name as William Henderson which I suspect is actually his middle name. He is again in the same location in the 1850 census.

Once you determine what happened to John I suggest getting his death certificate and obit. For Fayette County check with the Fayette County Genealogical Society to see if they can help you.

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