…mostly Sherman (for this story). But, we were looking for Harry, Harry Hutton Kidd, our 1st great grandfather, who disappeared. The family stories said he disappeared, and later, my cousins and I looking for him in records, saw that this family lore was true. Harry disappeared without a trace.
In the process of looking for Harry, we researched every relative he had, and discovered the most amazing journey of people. The second son of John Edward Kidd, 1845 – 1915, and his wife Mary Julia Caroline Carrie Lee Kidd, 1852 – 1920, was Ernest Evan Seton Kidd. When Ernest was a young man he was off to find his fortune in a precious metal mine in Colorado and had one arm blown off and lost most of his sight.
Then there was Sherman, the baby of the family, whose studies as an artist from Chicago to Milwaukee, to New York and to Paris then to Boston and then to the brand new planet of south Florida and Lake Worth, Palm Beach County when the rich and famous flocked down the Dixie Highway to paradise. Later in life Sherman needed a doctor but he got a real estate agent and he was committed as a destitute, indigent, with no assets while in the prime of his career. This is a bit harsh to speak of real estate agents in such a way, it is impossible to reach back and know exactly what happened.
Reginald Sherman Kidd aka Reginald Sherman Winton and his wife Flora Lillie Kidd aka Flora Lillie Winton. The photographs are well worth the time and effort to obtain copies besides the photocopy records of the passport application. The passport application itself from 1924 give the affidavit of Sherman’s witness – his brother Ernest.
Sherman is in every newspaper batch online and many papers of places he lived are not online so i have to know there is more to access. Looking for other ways to access databases and more often than not it was a matter of money of buying a subscription to a database.
The committal papers from Palm Beach County gave me a chill, his wife filled them out and gave incorrect information and from previous records we can see that she knew the correct information. From the next steps of her life we see that she appears to have gotten in with the wrong people to take advice – but in her final years of living in Lake Worth it seems that she had at least one lovely family to live with and who she was fondly remembered as Auntie Fola and that her Scottish accent was quite pronounced.
This story is more about records than people because through this search for Harry, we collected about every genealogical record known to womankind and newspapers bought all these people to life. There must be hundreds of clippings. But continuing to exhaust every last record that could be found, led to finding much more family history, and brought new information.
You can also see the research note page for their grandmother Mary Jane Hutton Kidd and their step grandmother Mary Jane Walker Kidd. ~ Two Mary Janes ~
Sherman also now has his own Facebook page and the reach has been amazing. I have been contacted by three additional people who own or know of additional works by Sherman. And my leaving posts on rootsweb more than a decade ago I have met one owner from there who shared his work with me and whose family’s knowledge of mine gave us so much more life for this great uncle whose life was so amazing and exciting, and heartbreaking and tragic.
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All three brothers have a findagrave memorial and they are updated regularly as are the FB blog pages.
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