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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

George Ardell Leemon, 1876 - 1963, Illinois, California

George was the son of George Ardell Leemon and Margaret Susanna McKee. George was born 4 Feb 1876 Coulterville, Perry County, Illinois and his christening occured in the Union Church, Randolph County, Illinois on 26 Jan 1896. George grew up in Southern Illinois.

He registers twice for service in the U.S. Army. The first time is for the Spanish American War, when he is in his early 20's. At the time, he's a single man living in Grand Tower, Jackson County, Illinois. The second time he registers is for World War I. By this time, he's a married barber living in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

Mrs. Leemon's first name is Katherine. She was born in 1884 in Illinois and died 16 Aug 1950 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Katherine is buried in the IOOF Cemetery, Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois (Find A Grave memorial 49384458). The location of her burial leads me to believe that she was born in Southern Illinois and that she married George there. I don't know anything else about Katherine...including not knowing her maiden name.

George and Katherine have no children. Therefore, I'm guessing that not many people are looking for either of them.

I'm not sure why or when George moves to California, but move there he does. George died 12 Sep 1963 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California and is buried in the Los Angeles National Cemetery (Find A Grave memoiral 3727176).

Finding out Katherine's maiden name has proved to be quite a challenge. Since few researchers seem to be looking for this couple, I haven't happened upon any information posted by another researcher...so no footsteps to follow. Obituaries...my usual fail safe...do not seem to be an option for either George or Katherine. Perhaps none were published since there were so few survivors or I just haven't been able to find them yet. Either way, with no children, I doubt that the obits would contain lots of info.

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