Remember the other day when I was so certain I had found documentation showing Samuel Bean had married a second time, late in his life?
Remember how I so clearly remembered seeing documentation—clear enough to remember the name Hazel—and yet, couldn’t reconfigure the steps to find the forms once again?
Remember how the experience seemed so clear that when I couldn’t replicate what I first saw, I thought I must have been hallucinating?
Well…I think I’m beginning to regain my sanity.
In preparing for yesterday’s post—in which I finally brought myself to say the final goodbye to a stellar human being—I pulled up my file which included his obituary.
What do you suppose slammed me in the face when I opened that file?
Three days after Samuel William Bean passed away in Oakland, California, on August 9, 1952, his hometown newspaper, the San Mateo Times, ran his obituary. In yesterday’s post, I shared part of that newspaper article with you.
I confess: I left out one sentence. I had to reserve it—to savor it—in a post of its own.
Though it isn’t a marriage certificate—and, true, newspapers don’t always get all the details correct—and while it wasn’t something I found on FamilySearch.org or any other online genealogical site, it does mention the one item I remembered.
See for yourself:
He is survived by his wife, Hazel; a sister, Leona Grant of Alameda and two sons, Samuel Jr. of San Francisco and Earl of Alameda