Hello Cousin Sheryl, yes I am Patsy's eldest daughter and second child. Sorry I misunderstood you. At the risk of sounding like an idiot...what does SSDI stand for? I only assume his name was Bernard because that is what my mother has put down but she has been known to be wrong before(though don't tell her I said that). I would be quite pleased to find that his name was Benjamin and not Bernard...I think it just sounds better! But for some reason I keep thinking his name is Benjamin..I don't know why and maybe my brother Phillip got his middle name of Benjamin from Grandpa Thrasher? Who knows!(looking at my info I have noted that he was called Bennie and that would go with Benjamin better than Bernard! Mother's memory tends to fluctuate...I will ask Grandma but she doesn't really want to talk about her dad. Apparently Grandpa Thrasher didn't think his young wife fulfilling enough as I do remember mom or Grandma saying there were other children by another woman. Though I have no documentation...but what I remember of Grandma Lou I can NOT imagine her putting up with that for long after finding out. But I do know Grandma Lou had to take care of her mother in law Prudence Arnold Thrasher and she sounded like an old Harpy if there ever was one. I have some info on her if you want it...but this is what I have on Grandpa Thrasher (Ben/Bern) was born 18 Feb 1885 in West Virginia...he was maried to Grandma Lou 17 Mar 1918 in Chesaw, Okanogan Washington and died 11 March 1965 in Marlott, Okanogan, Washington. I have a small copy photo of him and Grandma Lou but one can barely make out what he looks like...I understand Aunt Billie is supposed to have quite a few family photos. I wish I knew more about Grandpa Thrasher. He's a bit of an Enigma...and frankly I am very curious to understand better a man who at 32 was dating a 16 year old whom he married shortly after her 17th birthday! My husband is 16 years older than me and I had a hard time for a while convincing him that our age differance wouldn't be a problem. I was right but I don;t think I would have had a chance at 16 or 17! :)
I seem to remember mother saying something at one point about Grandma Lou marrying him to get away from home and escape her mother...but I have a fragment of a written family history a distant cousin noted after tape recording Grandma Lou and a few others of that generation and in it Grandma Lou told a story how this one young man proposed to her but she turned him down becuase she thought of him like a brother...surely if she was desperate she would have jumped at the first offer? I have a theory that Grandpa Thrasher was not only talented at Cooking but charming young ladies as well!!! :)
Are you only interested in searching the Thrasher line? I have recently discovered a distant cousin of ours(his name is Michael Bolton) we all share grandma Lou's mother's parents(Mathew Hartsell and Pheobe Caroline Wood)...and he has given me LOADS of info that frankly blows my mind...I need to organise it so I can make copies for my siblings and I would be happy to e-mail copies your way as well if you like...Well I will go away now...I can go on and on but I would love to know if you know anything!
Love your Cousin Cari
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