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RODDY,  Harry Francis

RODDY, Harry Francis[1]

Male 1878 - 1949  (70 years)

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  • Name RODDY, Harry Francis 
    Born 22 Dec 1878  Springfield, Illinois? [Chicago?] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Mar 1949  Mare Island Naval Hospital, Vallejo, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I45  Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2014 

    Father RODDY, CHARLES FRANCIS,   b. "near London, UK" Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1880, Chicago, IL (?) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother BURNS, Catherine "Kate" Mary,   b. 19 Jul 1855, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1915, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 1878  ??? Milwaukee??? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F128  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family FRANKLIN, Grace Francelia,   b. 23 Jan 1880, St. Paul, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1974, Portland, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)  [1
    Married 20 Sep 1903 
    Notes 
    • Marriage License issued 14 Sep 1903
    Children 
     1. RODDY, Irene Frances,   b. 18 Jul 1904, Wilsonville, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1998, Bishop, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     2. RODDY, William Cornelius,   b. 15 May 1906, Fall Creek, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1989, Grants Pass, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. RODDY, Evelyn Luella,   b. 19 Feb 1908, Salem, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1989, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. RODDY, Donald Francis,   b. 21 Jun 1910, Tillamook, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1983, San Luis Obispo, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     5. RODDY, Lillian Genevieve "Kit",   b. 31 Oct 1912, Aberdeen, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 2008, Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     6. RODDY, Robert Edward Lee,   b. 5 Aug 1915, Portland, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 2002, Grants Pass, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     7. RODDY, Alice Adella,   b. 15 Apr 1924, Portland, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 2011, In Turner, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F968  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    1-6. The Roddy's
    1-6. The Roddy's
    ~ Spring 1878 - Somewhere in the greater Chicago-Milwaukee Area:

    My great grandfather, Charles Francis Roddy, has been one of the mysteries in my genealogical research. The only reference I have found to him by name was in my grandfather, Harry Roddy’s, personnel record when he worked for a shipyard during World War II. According to that record Charles was born “near London, England”.

    My search of the British Birth, Marriage & Death Index discovered only one person named Charles Roddy who was born during the probable time range of my great grandfather’s birth. He was born to Thomas Roddy and Elizabeth Ellen, at Pontefract, County of York, England, on 1 April, 1849. The 1851 British Census shows Thomas and Ellen Roddy still living in Pontefract with four children ranging in age from two to nine. The two year old was born in Pontefract ca 1849, but his name is listed as Thomas Roddy! There is no record of a Thomas Roddy born to the couple, and there is no record of the death of their son, Charles. It may be that the family called Charles “Little Tommy” after his father. The Thomas Roddy family remained in England and can be identified in the British Censuses through 1881 and Charles~Thomas Roddy was married and living in Leeds, Yorkshire that year.

    Charles Francis Roddy may or may not have married my great grandmother, Catherine Mary Burns, early in 1878 or before. Catherine and Charles had only one child, my grandfather, who was born in December, 1878, in Chicago, Illinois, according to his personnel file.

    Another part of the mystery is whatever became of Charles Roddy. There are at least three different versions of that, all of them unsubstantiated. One story has it that Charles abandoned Catherine before Harry was even born. Another has him dieing before Harry was born, and a note by an unidentified writer states that he was killed in a train accident when Harry was two years old, around 1880 or ‘81.

    Information on the 1880 Census suggests that Charles Roddy may never have married Kate Burns at all and that Harry Roddy may have been born “out of wedlock”. There is even the possibility that “Charles Roddy” was a purely fictional name made up by Kate Burns to hide the true identity of Harry’s father.

    [Editor's Note: In 2013-2015, male-line yDNA results have confirmed a close match to a number of Roddy and Ruddy men with roots in County Down, Northern Ireland. This is the first true piece of evidence that the Roddy name was not just a made up name, but is probably the actual name of Harry's father.]

  • Notes 

    • Harry Francis Roddy was born on 22 December, 1878, either in Chicago or Springfield, Illinois. No Doccumentation available on birth place other than Illinois.
      Harry's father was either 1) killed in a train accident when Harry was about 2 years old, or 2) abandoned his mother before he was born.
      His mother married Joseph Peter Myatt in Niles, Berrien, Michigan on 5 December, 1881. They lived in Niles for a year or two, then Chicago, then settled permanently in Denver, Colorado.
      Harry ran away from home when he was quite young (early teens?), and he once told me that he joined a circus or carnival and became a tightrope walker or acrobat. He apparently returned home and finished High School in Denver. At the time of the 1900 Census he was living with his mother and half-siblings in Denver. He rolled cigars at a cigar factor in Denver.
      He joined the US Army on 19 Jun 1900 shortly after the Spanish American War ended. He was in the Phillipines with Company C, 17th Infantry. He was discharged on18 June 1903.
      After his discharge he worked as a farm hand on a ranch for room & board for a year+/-, and also did free lance house painting. On 22 September, 1903 he married Grace Francelia Franklin in Sherwoo>
      d, Oregon.
      He then worked as a cook for about a year ($1300 annual salary). From 1905 to 1910 he was a self employed painting contracter making about $1200 a year.
      No information on what he did between 1910 and 1917 when he enlisted (or was drafted) into the Army on 29 July 1917 for WWI. He was a cook in the Quarter Master Corps and may have received a back >
      injury while on active duty. In any case, he received an honerable discharge from the army on 28 July, 1919 .. He may have drawn a disability pension for the rest of his life.
      No information on what he did between 1919 and1936, but I believe he may have been a house painter during that time, and probably out of work after 1929.
      He worked for the ship building department of Commercial Iron Works in Portland, Oregon, as a painter during WWII.
      Harry is said to have had a bad temper, was physically abusive to his sons and would leave his wife after arguments and not come back for several months. He did not live with Grace for the last fe>
      w years of his life, and was living with his son, Donald Francis Roddy in Grass Valley, California at the time of his fatal stroke.
      He was transported to the US Navy Hospital at Mare Island, Vallejo, California where he died from a "..mid-brain, spontaineous hemorrage..".
      He is buried in grave #1005 in section "N" at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. Grace Francelia Roddy is buried beside her husband.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] File (merged): C:\Users\Don\Desktop\RodBen1.fh_data\RodBen1.ged.
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