Saturday, August 22, 2015

Father's Name: Unknown

Last month I found Harl Cain (brother of my 2nd-great-grandmother) in the US Social Security Applications and Claims Index on Ancestry. I submitted an SS-5 request through the Social Security Administration in order to see what information might be in the file, in the hope that this document may help uncover the identity of the parents for Harl and Mary Alice Cain. Today a copy of the SS-5 arrived. While I am no closer to identifying the father of Harl and Mary Alice, the document does list Harl's mother - Jane Flatt.
Source: Social Security Administration (SSN redacted).
Harl Cain had just started working at the Diamond Match Company plant in Chico, California on 5 March 1942, and completed the SSN application a week later. The application lists his city of birth as Glasgow, Kentucky and date of birth as 16 June 1879, which match his WWI and WWII draft registration cards.

Unfortunately this doesn't give me much more than I had with the text from the index last month. I still cannot find Harl or Mary Alice Cain in the 1880 US Census. I speculate that Jane Flatt is the same person as Nancy Flatt who married Pleasant Morgan on 3 October 1884 in Barren County. Hopefully Pleasant Morgan's Civil War pension file will have more information. This file should be arriving in the mail on Monday or Tuesday next week.

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