Part 767p – Groh Smith Genealogy – The Mystery of Brayton C. Placeway – And Exactly Where Did He Live?

10 September 2012

Good Day,

Recreating an ancestor’s life and timeline in the throes of searching one’s own genealogy can at time be somewhat of an eye-opener…

Searching for CK’s ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway, I located ggg-grandfather Brayton listed on the 1940 US Census. He was living at 5015 S. Budlong Avenue in Los Angeles, in California. (See Part 746p.) According to the 1930 US Census he was living at 1804 2D N. Clark in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. (See Part 719p.)

I thought, using published, US Federal Censuses, City Directories, and Voter Registrations; it may be interesting to discover the locations at which ggg-grandfather Brayton may have lived over the period of approximately 22 years, 1928 through 1950.

Year Source State Address
1928Pasadena City Directory– California– 125 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
1930US Federal Census Chicago– Illinois- 1804 2D N. Clark
1932Index To Register of Voters, Los Angeles City– California– 207 N. Fremont
1934Index To Register of Voters, Los Angeles City– California– 944 Robinson St.
1937Long Beach City Directory– California– Los Angeles
1940US Federal Census Los Angeles– California- 5015 S. Budlong Ave.
1944Index To Register of Voters, Los Angeles City– California– 2917 Brighton Ave.
1946Index To Register of Voters, Willowbrook– California– 2149 E. 124th St.
1948Index To Register of Voters, Willowbrook– California– 2149 E. 124th St.
1948Meridian City Directory– Mississippi– Road 6
1950Index To Register of Voters, Compton City– California– 933 Brazil St.

And of course, the pure coincidence is ggg-grandfather Brayton’s listed occupation and employer in 1948 in Meridian, Mississippi. He is listed as a Salesman (slsmn) at Smith’s Bakery. I was able to discover the above entered images of the possible Smith’s Bakery in Meridian where ggg-grandfather Brayton may have worked.

The following is the Front Page and the Page of the 1948 Meridian, Mississippi City Directory listing ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway. Also included in the listing is noted his fourth wife Laura M. (née Eastering).





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