Eleanor Poole also Eleanor Pool, daughter of Sampson Frum Pool and Sarah Louise Harner, was born in October 1, 1886. She was the youngest in a family of eight children and grew up on the Frum farm north of Morgantown, West Virginia in the Morgan District. Eleanor, also known as Nell and Nellie, is my great grand aunt.
Two months shy of her twenty sixth birthday, on August 23, 1912, Eleanor married Leon Hamilton Bashaw, at Morgantown, Monongalia County, Ohio. She was the third wife in a series of four for Leon. Leon, son of Lunsford H. Bashaw and Lucretia M. Pettit, was born on December 18, 1871 at Irondale, Jefferson County, Ohio.
Leon worked a variety of jobs before he married Nell--house painter, carpenter are among them as he moved between Ohio and West Virginia. From his first two marriages, he had four children--two with each wife. It appears that the first marriage ended in the death of his wife and the second in divorce.
Children of Leon Hamilton Bashaw and Jennie F.Cunningham:
- Lucretia Isabell Bashaw, born August 1898 in Ohio.
- Russell Jay Bashaw, born October 12, 1899 in Ohio and died September 18, 1990 at Canton, Stark County, Ohio
- Male Bashaw, born 1903 and died February 3, 1902 at Minerva, Ohio.
- Victor R. Bashaw, born June 21, 1904 in Ohio and died July 20, 1975 at East Liverpool, Columbiana County, Ohio.
- Ernest Russel Bashaw born 1906 in Ohio.
|Eleanor Poole Bashaw|
Olive Pettit Bashaw
Leon Poole Bashaw
circa 1923 at Poole Family Reunion
|Eleanor Pool Bashaw and baby daughter|
Olive Pettit Bashaw
The Bashaw's second child, a son was born in Charleroi, Washington County, Pennsylvania. He was named Leon Poole Bashaw and was born on January 24, 1917. Since the family was living on a farm in Columbiana County, Ohio at the time of Poole's birth, I wonder if he was born at his maternal aunt's (Sarah Ann Pool Pinyerd) Maternity Hospital in North Charleroi, Pennsylvania.
The 1920 Ohio Census lists the family as living in Knox County, Columbiana County, Ohio and Leon is employed as a newspaper collector.
|Could Nell already be divorced and living in|
Rices Landing, Pennsylvania?
Sometime between 1920 and 1927, Nell and Leon divorced and she moved with her two children to Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Eleanor worked in Pittsburgh and her sister, Olive Pool Reeves, took care of them. The 1930 Pennsylvania census shows young Olive and Poole Bashaw living on the North Side of Pittsburgh in a boarding house run by their Aunt Olive.
Here is where I lose this piece of my family. I have not been able to trace any of them! Olive Poole Reeves probably died in the Pittsburgh area as did her sister, Eleanor Poole Bashaw sometime after 1952. They were both living in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania when their sister, Sarah Ann Pool Pinyerd died on June 19, 1952.
I was told by a family member that she paid for the burial of Nell and that Olive Bashaw paid her back for the expenses of the funeral. I have had no success locating Olive Pettit Bashaw. I have found some records for Leon Poole Bashaw, in particular, that he was a Prisoner of War during World War II.
Any family members who have knowledge of this branch of my family tree.....PLEASE contact me.
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