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Thomas Orval Atwood

Thomas Orval Atwood

Male 1910 - 1952  (42 years)

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  • Name Thomas Orval Atwood 
    • I have also seen his middle name spelled "Orvil."
    Nickname Badge 
    Born 29 Sept. 1910  Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • Date of birth is provided by the Texas Death Index and his Texas Death Certificate; and further confirmed by headstone; location of birth is provided in his obituary; and confirmed by family.
    Gender Male 
    Census Jan 1920  Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census was enumerated over a three day period - 28, 29 and 30 of January 1920. The family is living in Justice Precinct 6 of Callahan County, Texas: Indexed as "Orville Atwood," age 9, born abt 1911 in Texas; Mother has died; Living with father Riley, 40, widower, farmer; and sibilings Maurice, 13, Glenn, 12, Clemmie, 10 and Vernon 3; Father is renting their farm.  
    Age: 9 
    Census 18 Apr 1930  Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Living in Precinct 2 of Callahan County, Texas: Indexed as "Orvill Atwood," age 19 born abt 1911 in Texas; Living with father Riley, age 50 who is renting his farm and is a widower; Living with brother Maurice, age 23 who is a farmer and brother Vernon, age 13.  
    Age: 19 
    Military 1931 
    Per Thomas' Texas Death Certificate we know that Thomas served in the Armed Forces but which branch he served in is unknown. He served until about 1934.  
    Birth of Son 16 Nov 1937  Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of Living Son Atwood 
    Age: 27 
    Residence 1939-1940  Abilene, Taylor County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Worley's Abilene (Taylor County) Texas City Directory - 1939-1940
    Atwood, T. Orval (Vira; 1), Salesman, h317 Sycamore 
    Birth of Daughter 5 Mar 1940  Oplin, Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of Daughter Bonnie Lois Atwood 
    Age: 29 
    Census 12 Apr 1940  Oplin, Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indexed as Orval Atwood; male; white; age 29; went to high school for 4 years; born Texas; laborer in the manufacturing industry; made $600 in wages; Living with wife Vira Atwood, female, white, age 21; Son: Howard, male, white, 2, single, born in Texas; Daughter, Binnis (Bonnie), new born infant, born Texas; The entire family is living with Orval's father: Indexed as Atwood, William R.; Living in Justice Precinct 2 (Oplin), Callahan County, Texas; Family No. 127; this household lives on a farm; owns his own home which is worth $300; head of house; male, white, age 60; widower; highest grade of school completed: 7; has not been in school during last year; was born in Texas; farmer (agriculture); made no income; Lived in the same place 4/1/1935; Also in the home is Orval's youngest brother: Vernon Atwood; male; white; age 23; single 
    Arrival 1942  Victoria, Victoria County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Based on Thomas' obituary - the family moved from Callahan County, Texas to Victoria, Victoria County, Texas in 1942.  
    Age: 32 
    Birth of Son 26 May 1943  Freer, Duval County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of Living Son Atwood 
    Age: 32 
    Occupation West Texas Oil Field Worker 
    Residence Feb 1952  Alice, Jim Wells County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas is living in Alice, Texas at the time of his father's death (according to obituary) 
    Age: 41 
    Social Security Data Thomas' Texas Death certificate lists a social security no. of 455-16-9221; however, I have been unable to locate him in the Social Security Death Index. 
    Died 23 Dec 1952  Victoria, Victoria County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Age: 42  
    • The death certificate filed with the State of Texas contains more information that the one filed with the City of Victoria. Date and location are from Texas Death Certificate - conflicts with headstone which indicates he died on 22 Dec 1952; Thomas does not appear in the Social Security Death Index; however the death certificate lists a social security number (455-16-9221). Died at DeTar Memorial Hospital in Victoria, Texas. Had been a resident of Victoria where he lived at 1402 N. Depot Street; Indexed as "Thomas Orvic Atwood," white male, divorced; he was 42 years, 2 months and 24 days old at the time of his death; he was an oil field worker; His father was William Riley Atwood who was born in Texas and his mother was Hattie Havins who was born in Texas; he was a veteran who served from 1931 to 1934. there was no informant and the above information came from hospital records; His case of death was Cerebro Vascular Accident (Stroke); There was a three hour interval between onset and death. Died at 2:00 a.m. No autopsy was performed. Found "dead lying in a doorway" according to niece. His brother Neil Vernon Atwood went to south Texas to bring back his body for burial.
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    Death Certificate
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    Published Abilene Reporter on 24 Dec 1952
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    Obituary - Published Abilene Reporter on 24 Dec 1952
    Buried 24 Dec 1952  Oplin, Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Oplin Cemetery; Funeral held at Oplin Baptist Church; Fry Funeral Home of Tuscola was in charge of arrangements.
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    Headstone
    Person ID P44  Curbow Montoya Family | Atwood Family Branch, Curbow Family Branch, Grantham Family Branch, West Family Branch
    Last Modified 15 Dec 2013 

    Father William Riley Atwood,   b. 25 Nov 1879, Williamson County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1952, Lawn, Taylor County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Hattie Frances Havins,   b. 11 March 1886, Bertram, Burnet County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1918, Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Family ID F37  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Vira Lorene Grantham,   b. 8 Dec 1919, Oplin, Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 2009, Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 11 Sept 1935  Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 15 
    • Date is from Callahan County Marriage Certificate - Book ML, Volume 7, Page 31; R. S. Bright, Minister
    Thomas Orvil Atwood x Vira Lorene Grantham
    Thomas Orvil Atwood x Vira Lorene Grantham
    Marriage Certificate
    Divorced 24 Nov. 1952  Duval County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 32 
    • Cause No. 5761; In the District Court of Duval County, Texas. Final Decree of Divorce was filed 3 Dec 1952 and recorded in Volume 3, Page 49 in the Divorce Minutes of Duval County, Texas.
    Thomas Orvil Atwood x Vira Lorene Grantham
    Thomas Orvil Atwood x Vira Lorene Grantham
    Decree of Divorce
    Thomas Orvil Atwood x Vira Lorene Grantham
    Thomas Orvil Atwood x Vira Lorene Grantham
    Decree of Divorce - Page 1
    Thomas Orvil Atwood x Vira Lorene Grantham
    Thomas Orvil Atwood x Vira Lorene Grantham
    Decree of Divorce - Page 2
    Children 
    +1. Howard Riley Atwood,   b. 16 Nov. 1937, Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 2014  (Age 76 years)
    +2. Bonnie Lois Atwood,   b. 5 Mar 1940, Oplin, Callahan County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1965, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    +3. T.R. Atwood
    Photos
    Thomas Orvil Atwood Family
    Thomas Orvil Atwood Family
    Sitting: Alma Zimmerlee Atwood, Ronnie Atwood, Howard Atwood, Vira Atwood, Orvil Atwood & Bonnie Atwood; Standing: William Riley Atwood
    Atwood Kids
    Atwood Kids
    Howard Riley; Bonnie Lois; and Thomas Ronnie
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    with wife Vira Lorene Grantham
    Atwood Kids
    Atwood Kids
    Howard, Bonnie and Ronnie
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2012 09:27:54 
    Family ID F36  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Sept. 1910 - Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Census was enumerated over a three day period - 28, 29 and 30 of January 1920. The family is living in Justice Precinct 6 of Callahan County, Texas: Indexed as "Orville Atwood," age 9, born abt 1911 in Texas; Mother has died; Living with father Riley, 40, widower, farmer; and sibilings Maurice, 13, Glenn, 12, Clemmie, 10 and Vernon 3; Father is renting their farm. - Jan 1920 - Callahan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Living in Precinct 2 of Callahan County, Texas: Indexed as "Orvill Atwood," age 19 born abt 1911 in Texas; Living with father Riley, age 50 who is renting his farm and is a widower; Living with brother Maurice, age 23 who is a farmer and brother Vernon, age 13. - 18 Apr 1930 - Callahan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Age: 15 - 11 Sept 1935 - Callahan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth of Son - Birth of Living Son Atwood - 16 Nov 1937 - Callahan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Worley's Abilene (Taylor County) Texas City Directory - 1939-1940 Atwood, T. Orval (Vira; 1), Salesman, h317 Sycamore - 1939-1940 - Abilene, Taylor County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth of Daughter - Birth of Daughter Bonnie Lois Atwood - 5 Mar 1940 - Oplin, Callahan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Indexed as Orval Atwood; male; white; age 29; went to high school for 4 years; born Texas; laborer in the manufacturing industry; made $600 in wages; Living with wife Vira Atwood, female, white, age 21; Son: Howard, male, white, 2, single, born in Texas; Daughter, Binnis (Bonnie), new born infant, born Texas; The entire family is living with Orval's father: Indexed as Atwood, William R.; Living in Justice Precinct 2 (Oplin), Callahan County, Texas; Family No. 127; this household lives on a farm; owns his own home which is worth $300; head of house; male, white, age 60; widower; highest grade of school completed: 7; has not been in school during last year; was born in Texas; farmer (agriculture); made no income; Lived in the same place 4/1/1935; Also in the home is Orval's youngest brother: Vernon Atwood; male; white; age 23; single - 12 Apr 1940 - Oplin, Callahan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - Based on Thomas' obituary - the family moved from Callahan County, Texas to Victoria, Victoria County, Texas in 1942. - 1942 - Victoria, Victoria County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth of Son - Birth of Living Son Atwood - 26 May 1943 - Freer, Duval County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Thomas is living in Alice, Texas at the time of his father's death (according to obituary) - Feb 1952 - Alice, Jim Wells County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - Age: 32 - 24 Nov. 1952 - Duval County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Age: 42 - 23 Dec 1952 - Victoria, Victoria County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 Dec 1952 - Oplin, Callahan County, Texas Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    Thomas Orvil Atwood
    Far left - with sister-in-law Alma Zimmerle, brother Neil Vernon Atwood and brother Maurice Atwood
    Atwood Brothers and Cousins
    Atwood Brothers and Cousins
    Front Row (l-r): Leland Straley, Winson Atwood, Vernon ATwood, William Barr and Leslie Atwood
    Back Row (l-r) Orvil Atwood, Gerald Atwood and Arnold Atwood
    (Orvil and Vernon were brothers; Gerald and Arnold were brothers; Winson and Leslie were brothers)
    Oplin School House Photo
    Oplin School House Photo
    Elizabeth Clementine Atwood - first girl on the left standing at blackboard; Veda Breeding, future wife of Maurice Atwood, second girl to the left sitting (next to girl with color edged in black); Thomas Orvil Atwood is believed to be the second boy over from the girl with the collar edged in black. The old Oplin school house is still standing.

    Albums
    Atwood
    Atwood (411)
    Atwood Family Media and Histories

  • Sources 
    1. [S2624660385] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1920.), Year: 1920; Census Place: Justice Precinct 6, Callahan, Texas; Roll: T625_1783; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 40; Image: 836.
      Name: Orville Atwood Birth Date: abt 1911 Birth Place: Texas Residence Date: 1920 Residence Place: Justice Precinct 6, Callahan, Texas

    2. [S2626335774] 1930 United States Federal Census, (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626), Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 2, Callahan, Texas; Roll: 2304; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 175.0.

    3. [S4273286779] 1940 United States Federal Census , (United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.).
      State of Texas; County of Callahan; S.D. No. 17; E.D. No. 30-3B

    4. [S2624639133] Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Texas Department of Health. Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000. Austin, TX, USA: Texas Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit.Original data: Texas Department of).
      Name: Thomas Grvic Atwood Death Date: 23 Dec 1952 Death Place: Victoria, Texas


    5. [S4273286858] Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982.
      Thomas Orvic Atwood; born 29 Sept 1910 in Texas; white male; resident of Victoria, Victoria, Texas; Father: William Riley Atowood; Mother: Hattie Havins, 42; died 23 Dec 1952; in Victoria, Victoria, Texas

    6. [S4273286784] Web: Texas, Find A Grave Index, 1836-2011.