(Left to Right: Lawcie Idella Chipman, Beecher Edgar Chipman, Jewell Vester Chipman; ca. 1909.)
While going through my files, I found something of which I was unaware: a copy of a letter from Lawcie Idella (Chipman) Mason to Beverly Ann Page, written ca. 1983. It gives information on branches of the family on which I have nothing, so I transcribed part of it, with notes and corrections:
“Allie Oxley—James Edward Chipman
5 children were born
3 boys and two girls
Jewel [sic] Vester Chipman married Ruby Bohannon — 2 daughters (a) were born. Ruby died and he married again.
(Jewell Vester Chipman, 2 Jul 1988, Paragould, AR.)
Beecher Edgar Chipman married Winfred Bailey — one son, Ralph (b). Then he married Essie Hyde (c) and I don’t know much about how many children were born to them (d) — Beecher is deceased.
(Beecher Edgar Chipman, 1931.)
(Essie Lee Hyatt, ca. 1931.)
(Joyce Elaine Chipman, ca. 1948.)
(Dixie Lee Chipman, 1942.)
Winford Chipman (e) married Ada Hill and had to [sic] sons, Carl & David. Ada is deceased too.
[Here’s a rare photo. Left to Right: Jewell Vester Chipman, Lawcie Idella (Chipman) Mason, Pauline Aquilla (Chipman) Page Moffitt, Winford William Chipman. Pauline died in 1983, so this must date to the late 1970s or early 1980s. Beecher was unavoidably detained elsewhere in the Cosmos.]
Lawcie Chipman married Arvil Mason and had seven children, one girl who died at age 16 months.
1. James Lee Mason [&] Ester Boyd } 2 sons and 3 grandchildren
2. Harold Mason [&] Jo Metheny } 3 children
3. Paul Mason [&] Berneita Neely } 3 children and 3 grandchildren
4. Don Mason — never married
5. Virginia Nell Mason [&] Joe Mabry } 2 sons and 2 grandchildren
6. Shirley Mason [&] Jake Manley — divorced about 17 or 18 years go — has 3 children and four grandchildren.
and then your Mother.” (f)
(a) Jean and June.
(b) Another son named Donald died in infancy.
(c) Essie’s maiden name was actually Hyatt.
(d) Two daughters: Joyce and Dixie.
(e) This is one of the few photos I have of Winford William “Winnie” Chipman (1910–1999).
(f) Pauline Aquilla Chipman (1916–1983), m. (1) 20 Mar 1936 Carl Davis Page, b. 13 Apr 1905, d. 8 Aug 1963, two children: Carl Victor Page, Beverly Ann Page; m. (2) 24 May 1968 James Moffitt, no issue.
(Pauline Aquilla Chipman on a cart in front of the family car, ca. 1917. Viewing the roof line, it’s probably a Model T.)
(Resistance is futile: Pauline Aquilla Chipman with creepy doll, ca. 1918.)
(Pauline Aquilla Chipman, ca. 1920.)
(Pauline Aquilla Chipman, ca. 1931.)
(Senath High School record, Pauline Aquilla Chipman. Click on image to enlarge.)
(Detail from 1940 Flint, MI Federal Census, Ward 8, p. 7B, Carl Davis Page family. Click on image to enlarge.)
The following series of R.L. Polk city directory entries for Carl Davis Page give some insight into factory jobs in the auto industry. The entries carry different job titles which appear to be lateral positions:
(1937: 611 Atwood. Inspector, Chevrolet.)
(1941: 719 Bryan Place. Machine operator, Chevrolet.)
(1942: 1024 W. Parkwood Ave. Factory worker, Buick.)
Note that in 1937, 1941, and 1942 Carl Davis Page resided at different addresses. Evidently workers were living in GM owned housing and were shuffled from building to building. Individuals known to be working for GM can be absent from city directories as sometimes families didn’t reside within Flint city limits. Clio, a suburb of Flint, also attracted autoworkers.
“Flint grew like a mining camp, without design, without planning…. The incoming thousands overtaxed Flint’s limited housing supply, and some workers were compelled to live for a time in tar-paper shacks, tents, and even railroad cars. The same lodging rooms were rented to night-shift workers for the day and to day-shift workers for the night. GM felt constrained to enter the home construction business in 1919, and through the Modern Housing Corporation it had built thirty-two hundred homes for its Flint workers by 1933.
“[The] city ‘never provided’ enough personnel, funds, or services to meet its health problems. Among twenty-two cities of from 100,000 to 250,000 population in 1934 Flint ranked nineteenth in the infant death rate and the death of children from diarrhea and enteritis, seventeenth in maternal deaths, in a tie for thirteenth and fourteenth place in typhoid-fever death rate, thirteenth in the diptheria death rate, and tenth in the tuberculosis death rate.
“A large proportion of the workers who were lured to the city by automobile jobs and the high wages that GM paid were from rural backgrounds, and many of them reacted unfavorably to the industrial discipline imposed by the factory.
“Of Flint’s 128,617 native-born whites in 1930, 64.8 percent (83,290) had been born in Michigan and only about 30 percent in Flint itself…. The overwhelming proportion of Flint’s Southerners were drawn from the Central South, from Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee: about 10 percent (12,818) of Flint’s native-born white population derived from these four states, and sections of the city had come to be known as ‘Little Missouri.'”
[Fine (1969), pp. 102–103.]
My grandmother Jewel Winifred (Bailey) Chipman and her first son Donald both died in Flint in 1929. The Baileys must have harbored some bitterness against my grandfather Beecher Edgar Chipman for taking her to such an inhospitable place. The close proximity of families to one another facilitated the spread of disease.
[Delayed Birth Certificate of Carl Davis Page, listing his parents as Henry Horace Page and Drucilla Pardue. The name was also spelled “Perdue,” but I’ll use “Pardue” as that is the most common usage. Delayed Birth Certificates were filed so that those who were born prior to the legal requirement for Birth Certificates could register for Social Security. Like many people in the South, Carl’s mother was known by her middle name, in this instance “Drucilla.” Her first name was “Annie.” Click on image to enlarge.]
[Henry Horace Page and wife Annie Drucilla Pardue are buried at Cotton Grove Baptist church cemetery in Madison Co., TN. The further history of the Page family and its female connections are said to be traceable to some antiquity, but I have not verified those claims.]
[Tombstone of Emily Corilla (Pardue) Page, twin sister of Annie Drucilla (Pardue) Page. Emily is also buried at Cotton Grove Baptist church cemetery. She married John Benton Page, brother of Henry Horace Page. The family of J.D. (Jefferson Davis) Pardue (age 31) is found in the 1880 Madison Co., TN Federal Census on pp. 2–3, SD5, ED 98 with wife Mary E. (age 31), and children Otis R. (age 6), Bessie P. (age 5), Emily C. (age 4), Ann D. (age 4), and George (age 7 months). Carl Davis Page inherited his middle name from his maternal grandfather Jefferson Davis Pardue.]
[The Pardue family has a celebrity of their own: John Benton and Emily Corilla (Pardue) Page were grandparents of superstar pin-up model Bettie Mae Page, known professionally as Bettie Page. Detail above is from the 1940 Nashville, Davidson Co., TN Federal Census, SD 5, ED 99–186, Sheet 10B. “Betty Mai Page” is third from top, shown here with her mother Edna Mae (Pirtle) Page. Bettie’s father Walter Roy Page, who was incarcerated for stealing a police cruiser, is best forgotten. Google CEO Larry Page and Bettie Page share a common ancestor in Jefferson Davis Pardue, who was Larry Page’s 2nd great-grandfather and Bettie Page’s great-grandfather; thus they are second cousins–once removed. I believe them to have the same relationship via a common Page ancestor, but I have not documented that relationship. Click on image to enlarge.]
(Early cheesecake photo. )
(Bettie Page posed for “Playboy” in the January 1955 issue. And she could have taught Christian Grey a thing or two. Although her personal life had its ups and downs, she was very intelligent, and earned a B.A. from George Peabody College (now Vanderbilt University) in 1944. Her style remains influential today. Bettie Page is tied with Steve McQueen at Number 9 on the Forbes 2014 Top Earning Dead Celebrities list. She’s buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery in Los Angeles, CA. The pennies on her grave marker are left by visitors as a symbol of remembrance and respect.)
Beverly Ann (Page) Budzynski sent me the following newspaper clipping. Carl Victor Page [cot] and Beverly Ann Page [inset] were stricken with polio during a visit to Tennessee. The children and their mother, Pauline Aquilla (Chipman) Page [R], were flown back to Flint, Michigan where they were met by their father, Carl Davis Page [L]. Carl Victor Page went on to be a professor of Computer Science at Michigan State University and was the father of Google CEO Larry Page.
(“The Flint Journal,” Flint, MI.)
(Obituary of Carl Davis Page, apparently from “The Jackson Sun” newspaper of Jackson, Madison Co., TN. Since he died on Thursday 8 Aug 1963, the funeral was held on Monday 12 Aug 1963. The obituary states he was an inspector at Chevrolet, probably a non-management Quality Control position.)
(Hollywood Cemetery, Jackson, TN.)
(Obituary of Carl Victor Page, “The State News,” Michigan State University newspaper. The article notes that Carl Victor Page “was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.” This remark applies to the Page family, as Pauline did attend all four years of high school. In the 1940 Federal Census for Carl D. Page cited above, under the column “Highest grade of school completed,” Carl Davis Page indicated the 8th grade. Material was composed by the family of Carl Victor Page. At this point Google didn’t exist.)
[Note from Jean (Chipman) Crom, daughter of Jewel Vester Chipman, re: funeral of Carl Victor Page.]
In this set of Emails beginning on 23 Oct 2006, I was contacted by an individual claiming to be Donald Gudehus, husband of Larry Page’s mother Gloria. I found it odd because I had exchanged a number of letters with Larry Page’s aunt Beverly, and ordinarily she would have been the person to contact me, rather than a stranger. And Beverly must have a large photo collection. The phrase: I HAVE BEEN HANDLING THE GENEALOGY OF OUR VARIOUS FAMILIES FOR SOME TIME sounds like: YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH ME. I don’t have to go through anyone. Perhaps it was merely inappropriate wording. I did Email whoever it was a copy of a letter I had received from Carl Victor Page and one of Beverly’s letters. I then let the exchange fizzle. That proved to be a wise decision.
The following set of Emails I received in 2014 are from my first cousin David Alton Dodd, who lives in Tijuana, Mexico (Click on images to enlarge).
I don’t quite know what to say about this. Thanks to Larry Page, every author on the planet wants to sue Google.
Pauline Aquilla (Chipman) Page Moffitt was a farmer’s daughter. She was also a descendant of one of the most important monarchs in English history, as revered in the UK as Washington and Lincoln are in the United States. Some people are timeless—and Alfred the Great is one of those very few. And she could number among her ancestors Mayflower passengers and soldiers and patriots of the Revolutionary War.