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    WA: Lafayette Boal dob 2/21/1905; date found: 6/29/98

    https://claimus.org/cases/329#

    Mr Boal is under the jurisdiction of the Spokane County ME in Washington State.

    claimus case 329

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    Here is what I have pieced together for Lafayette Boal so far, starting with the earliest records. He seemed to write a lot of "letters to the editors" throughout his life as an ardent socialist per Google News archives. He was also a prolific hitch-hiker (claiming more than 85,000 miles), but that might have been just in his youth.

    (This 1920 census is in the right state, but the estimated birth year is off by 9 years so unsure if this is the correct Lafayette Boal, or whether it was a census or modern day data entry mistake.)

    "United States Census, 1920," Lafayette Boal in household of Anna Boal, , Jefferson, Pennsylvania
    Name: Lafayette Boal
    Residence: , Jefferson, Pennsylvania
    Estimated Birth Year: 1896
    Age: 24
    Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Relationship to Head of Household: Son
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Marital Status: Single
    Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Film Number: 1821575
    Digital Folder Number: 4384888
    Image Number: 00936
    Sheet Number: 8
    Household Gender Age Birthplace
    SELF Anna Boal F 50y Pennsylvania
    SON Lafayette Boal M 24y Pennsylvania

    (I think the birthplace noted of "Timblin Panna" is actually "Timblin, Jefferson, Pennsylvania" which is noted as Lafayette Boal's birthplace in the 1940 census.)

    "United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956," Lafayette Boal, 1930
    Name: Lafayette Boal
    Arrival Date: 07 Aug 1930
    Arrival Port: Buffalo, New York,
    Age: 25
    Estimated Birth Year: 1905
    Birth Date:
    Birthplace: , Timblin Panna
    Birth Country:
    Gender: Male
    Race: Scotch
    Last Residence:
    Accompanied by:
    Departure Date:
    Departure Port:
    Departure Contact:
    Arrival Contact:
    Ship Name:
    Airline:
    Record has photo?: N
    NARA Publication Title: Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Rochester, New York, 1902-1954
    NARA Publication Number: M1480
    NARA Roll Number: 11

    "United States Census, 1940," Lafayette Boal in household of Graham Martin, Ward 22, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
    Name: Lafayette Boal
    Titles & Terms:
    Event: Census
    Event Year: 1940
    Event Place: Ward 22, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
    Gender: Male
    Age: 35
    Marital Status: Single
    Race (Original): White
    Race (Standardized): White
    Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Lodger
    Relationship to Head of Household (Standardized): Lodger
    Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Estimated Birth Year: 1905
    Residence in 1935: Timblin, Jefferson, Pennsylvania
    Enumeration District Number: 69-659
    Family Number: 83
    Sheet Number and Letter: 3B
    Line Number: 59
    NARA Publication Number: T627
    NARA Roll Number: 3672
    Digital Folder Number: 005456812
    Image Number: 00371
    Household Gender Age Birthplace
    Head Graham Martin M 57 Scotland
    Wife Anna Martin F 58 Scotland
    Lodger John Beck M 67 Ohio
    Lodger Ambrose Stoehr M 63 West Virginia
    Lodger Lafayette Boal M 35 Pennsylvania
    Lodger Richard Deemer M 60 Pennsylvania
    Lodger Joseph A Zelinger M 48 Connecticut
    Lodger Frank Lugibihs M 46 Pennsylvania

    (I wonder if the 1920 census to "Anna Boal" as Lafayette Boal's mother is "Minnie A. Mcdivitt" going by her middle name?)

    "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950," Lafayette Boal, 1942
    Name: Lafayette Boal
    Titles & Terms:
    Event: Marriage
    Event Date: 31 Dec 1942
    Event Place: Pittsburg, Allegeny, Pennsylvania, United States
    Age: 37
    Estimated Birth Year: 1905
    Father: Jonas J. Boal
    Father's Titles & Terms:
    Mother: Minnie A. Mcdivitt
    Mother's Titles & Terms:
    Spouse: Shirley Thomas
    Spouse's Titles & Terms:
    Spouse's Age: 35
    Spouse's Estimated Birth Year: 1907
    Spouse's Father: H. Howard Thomas
    Spouse's Father's Titles & Terms:
    Spouse's Mother: Martha A. Swearingen
    Spouse's Mother's Titles & Terms:
    Reference Number: Lic. 2663
    Film Number: 1992318
    Digital Folder Number: 004480780
    Image Number: 00260

    Spokane Daily Chronicle on October 14, 1946: "Many Vets Register at Farragut College"
    Linus C. Durham Jr, Pittsburgh, Pa., an infantry veteran and former prisoner of war, said his brother-in-law, Lafayette Boal of Spokane, "talked me into coming west to Farragut." He is taking business administration.
    University of Oklahoma: Minutes of the Meeting of the Regents of the University on Wednesday, December 14, 1949
    School of Medicine and University Hospitals Appointments:
    Shirley Boal, Nurse Aide, University Hospitals, $90 per month, effective November 19, 1949. $100 in December; $110 in May, 1950.

    Lafayette Boal, Orderly, University Hospitals, $110 per month with laundry, effective November 19, 1949; $120 per month, March 1950.
    Meeting of the Regents of the University of Oklahoma, Wednesday, February 8, 1950: Resignation of Lafayette Boal, Orderly, December 31, 1949

    "United States Social Security Death Index," Lafayette Boal, 1998
    First Name: Lafayette
    Middle Name:
    Last Name: Boal
    Name Suffix:
    Birth Date: 21 February 1905
    Social Security Number: 175-12-1062
    Place of Issuance: Pennsylvania
    Last Residence: Spokane, Washington
    Zip Code of Last Residence: 99201
    Death Date: 29 June 1998
    Estimated Age at Death: 93

    Spokane Medical Examiner Unclaimed Remains: Link here.
    Boal, Lafayette J 06/29/1998 02/21/1905 Holy Cross Cemetery

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    Lafayette Boal's wife, Shirley Thomas Boal, passed away in 1988.

    "United States Social Security Death Index," Shirley T Boal, 1988
    First Name: Shirley
    Middle Name: T
    Last Name: Boal
    Name Suffix:
    Birth Date: 24 November 1907
    Social Security Number: 210-03-0556
    Place of Issuance: Pennsylvania
    Last Residence: Spokane, Spokane, Washington
    Zip Code of Last Residence: 99204
    Death Date: 18 October 1988
    Estimated Age at Death: 81

    The brother-in-law mentioned in one of the articles, Linus C. Durham, Jr., was related to Lafayette as Clayton's wife Beulah was Shirley's sister.

    Find-A-Grave listing for Beulah Elizabeth Thomas Durham: Link here.
    Born Sept. 21, 1910, in Delaware County, Ind., she was the daughter of Hiram Howard and Martha Swearingen Thomas, and the widow of L. Clayton Durham Jr.
    ...
    Mrs. Durham is survived by a son, William of Boiling Springs; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter.
    Lafayette's wife (I haven't found any mention of divorce so assuming they were married for now) had nine siblings. I am trying to find more direct relations before pursuing possible relations by marriage via his wife.

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    More research notes on Lafayette's parents as well as possible siblings as I try to find more immediate relatives.

    His mother's 1920 census listing: "United States Census, 1900," Minnie A Mcdivitt in household of Matthew Mcdivitt, ED 72 Porter Township, Jefferson, Pennsylvania, United States
    Name: Minnie A Mcdivitt
    Titles & Terms:
    Event: Census
    Event Date: 1900
    Event Place: ED 72 Porter Township, Jefferson, Pennsylvania, United States
    Birth Date: Aug 1871
    Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
    Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Race or Color (Standardized): White
    Gender: Female
    Marital Status: Single
    Years Married:
    Estimated Marriage Year:
    Mother How Many Children:
    Number Living Children:
    Immigration Year:
    Page: 1
    Sheet Letter: B
    Family Number: 18
    Reference Number: 98
    Film Number: 1241416
    Digital Folder Number: 004115101
    Image Number: 00766
    Household Gender Age Birthplace
    Head Matthew Mcdivitt M 65 Pennsylvania
    Daughter Emma Mcdivitt F 37 Pennsylvania
    Son Philip W Mcdivitt M 31 Pennsylvania
    Daughter Minnie A Mcdivitt F 29 Pennsylvania
    Son Dorsey W Mcdivitt M 27 Pennsylvania
    Granddaughter Effie May Mcdivitt F 3 Pennsylvania

    1920 census listing of Lafayette's parents, except the children are listed as "Jonas L. Boal" and "Matthew Boal". I wonder if it is "Jonas Lafayette Boal" and he chose to go by his middle name later in life?

    "United States Census, 1910," Minnie A Boal in household of Jonas J Boal, Red Bank, Armstrong, Pennsylvania
    Name: Minnie A Boal
    Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
    Residence: Red Bank, Armstrong, Pennsylvania
    Marital Status: Married
    Race : White
    Gender: Female
    Immigration Year:
    Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Family Number: 8
    Page Number: 1
    Household Gender Age Birthplace
    SELF Jonas J Boal M 70y Pennsylvania
    WIFE Minnie A Boal F 38y Pennsylvania
    SON Jonas L Boal M 5y Pennsylvania
    SON Matthew Boal M 3y Pennsylvania

    One younger sister died in infancy in 1906: Link here.

    It looks like Matthew Boal passed away in 1973: "United States Social Security Death Index," Matthew Boal, 1973
    First Name: Matthew
    Middle Name:
    Last Name: Boal
    Name Suffix:
    Birth Date: 30 November 1907
    Social Security Number: 162-12-7677
    Place of Issuance: Pennsylvania
    Last Residence: Jefferson, Pennsylvania
    Zip Code of Last Residence: 15767
    Death Date: December 1973
    Estimated Age at Death: 66

    His wife may have passed away in 1997: "United States Social Security Death Index," Martha A Boal, 1997
    First Name: Martha
    Middle Name: A
    Last Name: Boal
    Name Suffix:
    Birth Date: 24 April 1907
    Social Security Number: 194-01-0297
    Place of Issuance: Pennsylvania
    Last Residence: Jefferson, Pennsylvania
    Zip Code of Last Residence: 15767
    Death Date: 7 March 1997
    Estimated Age at Death: 90

    It looks like Lafayette's mother was Jonas J. Boal, Jr.'s third wife: Link here.
    Jonas J. BOAL Jr. was born in 1840. He died on 6 August 1917 at the age of 77. He was a doctor.2366 Parents: Jonas BOAL-36674 and Rebecca WOLFLEY-28287.
    Spouse: Elizabeth REYNOLDS-36701. Elizabeth REYNOLDS and Jonas J. BOAL Jr. were married. They were divorced.
    Spouse: Martha KEYS-36703. Martha KEYS and Jonas J. BOAL Jr. were married.
    Spouse: Minnie Anne MCDIVITT-36702. Minnie Anne MCDIVITT and Jonas J. BOAL Jr. were married.
    Minnie Anne McDivitt did have children who had children as there are postings on genealogy pages where people refer to her as their great-grandmother. Possibly Matthew's line or another marriage? Link here.

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    update

    information was sent to case manager. Will update when I hear anything. Great work! NM

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    family tree

    Lafayette and shirley are listed in several family trees in ancestry. He is listed as deceased. The family knows.

    I think we need to close out this case as matched.

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    some photos:




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