If my Mom ever met her Aunt Edna's second husband, William Gween, she did not remember and no photos have been found to date. As I wrote in another blog on Flipside regarding Great Aunt Edna, my mother seemed to remember that when Aunt Edna and her sister, my maternal grandmother, Martha Frederick Stark were standing together at my Grandfather Stark's wake, someone in the crowd commented, "Ah now perhaps the two sisters will be closer since they are both widows." And this is where I began my quest for William Clinton Gween....deceased by 1945.
William Clinton Gween, born April 16, 1876 in Redstone Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania was the son of George Gween and Eliza Jane Harris. He was the eldest of four children that I have been able to locate through census reports. I will add here that I have not been able to find this family in the 1900 census. I believe there was a daughter named Olivet born about 1879, Ida Irene born April 26, 1882 who married William Benton Dearth and Herman Herschel Gween born December 4, 1884.
I am ball parking William and Edna's marriage about 1917. They are married when William signed his World War I draft registration in 1918. They are enumerated on the 1920 Pennsylvania Federal Census. William worked for Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh as a machinist and later a foreman. Edna is enumerated by herself in the 1930 and 1940 Pennsylvania Federal Census report. She is also listed alone in Pittsburgh City Directories in the early 1930's. Conclusion, William must have died between 1920-1930. WRONG!!!
Edna May Frederick Zeigler Gween
Edna May Frederick Zeigler and Mary Zeigler Quinn
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