Arthur Eugene Ferrell and Kathryn Viola Slusser

My grandparents.

This will be the genealogy Web site for my maternal grandparents Arthur Eugene Ferrell and Kathryn Viola Slusser.

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Arthur Eugene Ferrell was born January 21, 1912 in Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas, Ohio, US. His birth record incorrectly names him as Author Eugene Ferrell. He was the son of Thomas Wilson Ferrell and Viola May Fisher. On May 25, 1938, he married Kathryn Viola Slusser.  He died November 13, 1996 and is buried at Sunset Hills Burial Park, Canton, Stark, Ohio, US.

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Arthur attended Uhrichsville High School and completed 12th grade. In 1928 he was in the science club for Chemistry, which required he obtain a grade of “E” every month. He was on the honor roll his sophomore and junior years. I was always told he had a photographic memory, and my family often reflected on his intelligence.

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In 1940, Arthur and Kathryn were living with his brother Paul’s family in Canton, Stark, Ohio, US. In 1952, he was working at Amstutz Hatchery. They last lived together at 7483 State St, Louisville, OH, 44641-9755, until his death.

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Catherine Viola Slusser was born November 2, 1920 in Stark, Ohio, US. however, her birth record names her simply as “Slusser.” At the age of 18, she changed the spelling of her name to Kathryn. Her parents were George Franklin Slusser and Lillian Lorena Zumkehr; her mother was the daughter of Swiss immigrants. She died December 5 of 2012 and is buried at Sunset Hills Burial Park, Canton, Stark, Ohio, US.

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In 1938, she was working as a dishwasher and living in Canton, Stark, Ohio, US. According to the 1940 US Census, she only completed her second year of high school.

Like myself, grandpa suffered from chronic daily headache for at least part of his life. I will remember him for his flannel shirts, and sitting in his chair under a blanket and watching day time soaps and golf or tennis on the TV together. He always grew roses, and I will always remember him wearing his roses in his lapel for church. I remember helping him and grandma in their small garden, and I will always remember how much he hated those tomatoes worms. Nor can I forget his dislike of pizza, simply because he hated the smell of it. I was told grandpa was a twin, but his twin did not survive birth. Grandpa collected decorative plates.

Grandma and grandpa knew each other from church, where they both were actively involved and each played instruments. On their first date, they went frog catching; they apparently enjoyed eating frog legs at least in their younger years. I remember grandma making little smokies, and her special little hamburgers and of course ice cream sundaes for breakfast. Grandma always grew and collected blackberries, and I remember helping her gather them. There was nothing as good as her freshly canned pears. She was a quiet woman, who never really knew what to say to others but enjoyed being around family. Most of all, I shall remember all she taught me about God and how to be a decent human being.

They had four children together, all living:

  1. David Eugene Ferrell (1939) married Sandy Zeppernesh. Their children: Cheryl L. Ferrell and DeeAnne Ferrell. Divorced 1963. Remarried Carol Hope Caldwell (1943). Their children: Shelley R. Ferrell, Gerald Alden Ferrell (born January 15, 1968, died January 17, 1968), John D. Ferrell, Laura D. Ferrell.
  2. Darlene Louise Ferrell (1942) married Gary Seymour (1941). Two daughters: April L. Seymour and Lynette K. Seymour.
  3. Cynthia Ann Ferrell (1945) married James Evers (1943). One daughter, Melissa A. Evers.
  4. Gail Lou Ferrell (1955) married James William Snyder II (1954). (Divorced)  Two daughters, myself – Melanie S. Snyder – and Meredith M. Snyder.

Sources:

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KWP7-QDV : 17 May 2014), Arthur Ferrell in household of Paul Ferrell, Ward 4, Canton City, Canton Township, Stark, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 90-40, sheet 2A, family 19, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 3184.

Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.

 

(Grandpa)

Ancestry.com. Ohio, Birth Index, 1908-1964 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Ohio Birth Records. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Vital Records Office.

Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).

Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Ancestry.com and Ohio Department of Health. Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Original data:

  • Ohio. Division of Vital Statistics. Death Certificates and Index, December 20, 1908-December 31, 1953. State Archives Series 3094. Ohio Historical Society, Ohio.
  • Ohio Department of Health. Index to Annual Deaths, 1958-2002. Ohio Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit, Columbus, OH, USA.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.

 

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84585372&ref=acom

 

(Grandma)

Ancestry.com. Ohio, Birth Index, 1908-1964 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Ohio Birth Records. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Vital Records Office.

Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84585373&ref=acom.

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