Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Charles E. BAXLEY

Let's see if we can provide enough information to make links to living relatives.

Our man was born 24 SEP 1921 and died 20 DEC 1999. The Social Security Administration said his last known residence was in Daggett, San Bernardino County, CA. The San Bernardino County Coroner says he died in the Bartsow Community Hospital in Barstow, CA. He was buried in the Riverside National (Veterans') Cemetery. The Social Security Death Index shows the deaths of 96 BAXLEYs in California alone. Several of them were in San Bernardino County.

The only match in the 1930 census is a Charles E. BAXLEY, age 8, in Sulphur Springs, Ohio County, Kentucky and can be found on sheet 9B. The family lived on the Dundee and Hartford Highway. The father, Charles C. BAXLEY, was 34 (so born about 1896), and married at 26. He was a tool dresser on an oil well rig. He and his parents were from Kentucky. His wife was Valeria, 25, married at 19, also from a Kentucky family. The children are our Charles E. (8), Wanda L. (5), and Anna K. (2).

Also in Sulphur Springs was the family of O. W. BAXLEY, on sheet 2A. The record shows "Mrs. O. W. BAXLEY", age 77 (so born about 1853), widow, married at age 20, born in KY to parents from VA.

The Kentucky Birth Index, available through, shows that our man was born 25 MAR 1922 to Salinia BROWN BAXLEY in Ohio County. That may have been a mis-read, as Wanda L. was born 30 JUL 1924 to Valeria BROWN BAXLEY, as were Anna R. on 04 JUL 1927, and Eugene H. on 22 SEP 1930.

The Social Security Death Index shows that Eugene H. BAXLEY, born 22 SEP 1930, died in JAN 1987 with a last known residence of Yucaipa, San Bernardino, CA. A look at phone directory indexes shows Eugene and wife Jeanette in Thousand Palms, CA in 1998-99 and then in Yucaipa 2000-02. That's interesting, given that Eugene died in 1987. Somehow, the SSDI is wrong. Here's proof: the obituary of Eugene H. BAXLEY was printed in The Ohio County Times News on 11 JUL 2002.
It reads:

"Eugene H. "Red" Baxley Eugene H. "Red" Baxley, 72, of Yucaita, California died Tuesday, July 2, 2002 at his home. The Ohio County native was born in Sunnydale, graduated from Hartford High School; always called "Hartford his home." "Red," as he was known, retired from Gellers Ready Mix, was a former fireman who pioneered in mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, an Army veteran paratrooper of special forces in the Korean War and Vietnam, received several medals, including three Purple Hearts and the Silver Star. He enjoyed golf, fishing, University of Kentucky basketball and returning to Hartford to visit friends, teammates and classmates at the Hartford High School reunions. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Jeanette Baxley; a son, Terry Baxley of Yucaita; a granddaughter, Sarah E. Baxley of Yucaita; a brother, Charles E. Baxley of Vandalia, Michigan; and a sister, Ann Harvey of Reno, Nevada. Memorial services will be held Thursday at Riverside National Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Hospice Association of Ohio County and/or donations of your choice. "

There's a mystery here! If our Charles E. BAXLEY, born in 1921 and died 1999 is named as a surviving brother in a 2002 obituary, we either have the wrong Charles E. BAXLEY, or the family didn't know about his death. Sure enough, the phone directory indexes show a Charles BAXLEY in Vandalia, MI until 2002. We're reseaching the wrong Charles E., and that's where we stop, fruitless.


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