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Comments from Joyce Harris, Daughter of David R. Harris III

According to the stories I've been told (boy, I wish I paid more attention when my Dad was talking and how he would've loved to have heard me say that) when both my Mom and Dad applied for their Social Security (Dad in 1969 or so and my Mom in 1977) they each found out somehow that their birth year was wrong.  However, I don't know how factual it really was.  Anyway, Dad, (born 1904) and Mom, (born 1912) found out their birth years were 1903 and 1913 respectively.  But Dad said he wasn't going to change
anything cause he worked a year too long and didn't want to have to pay back the government any more than he had to and when Mom found out she was a year
younger, she also remained silent cause she didn't want to work the extra year or take a cut in her Social Security benefits.

Now I'll tell you a little story.  When Paul and I were dating, some names both my family and his family were related to were the same.  Needless to say, I got a little nervous so I thought before our relationship went any further, I'd better find out if we were blood related.  My grandmother's brother married my mother-in-laws aunt.  So the connection was only through marriage.  WHEW!  And the rest, as they say, is history.  

My mother's information was almost right.  About 15 years ago, I found out that the woman I called Nana and thought was my Mother's Mother was in actuality her step-mother.  Her biological mother, Jenny Parkman,  died when the youngest of her 6 children was only months old.  I think she died of rheumatic fever or something of that nature.  The children, listed in order of their age, from oldest to youngest, Howard, Clyde, Frances, Fern (my Mom), Elva and John Jr., were handed out to relatives until my Pop-Pop could provide a home for them.  That same year, my Pop-Pop remarried a woman from
the Ohio area (I still don't know how they met), and with her, rounded up all his children, moved to Scranton and started a new life.  I have the utmost respect for her after hearing that story, a woman from a very comfortable life, from a very socially prominent family, who never married or had children of her own, to marry a man that had SIX children.

 

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