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Friday, August 12, 2011

Glenn Percival Haskell

One branch of my Percival family moved to California after the 1880 census. This family included Jabez & Catherine (Bush) Percival, and their children: William Bush, J. Philip, Olive, and Ellen. Today, I am concerned with Olive and her family.

Olive was born March 1, 1870 (or 1869) in Covington, Kentucky. March 16, 1898, she married Richard Glenn Haskell, a native of Pennsylvania, in California. Richard was a missionary. To them were born three children, Nellie, born in 1899, Glenn Percival born in 1900 and Julia born in 1903.

In 1914, the family sailed to China where Richard's mission was. In 1920, Richard and Olive returned to California, where Richard died a few months later. In 1921, Glenn or Percival applied for an extension on his passport as he was attending school in China. Researching him was difficult, because he spent a lot of time overseas, but in January 1930, he was in an automobile accident with another instructor at Syracuse University (New York) and the other instructor was killed. Then on the 1930 census, he appears with his "partner." Both men are listed as instructors at Syracuse. Finding him on the census was difficult because he was indexed as Gercival Haskell on

The last mention of G. Percival Haskell is the Social Security Death index if it is the same person. The SSDI shows his birthday as December 29, 1900. His passport application shows December 30, 1900. If it is the same person, he died in May of 1983 and his last benefit went to Champaign, Illinois.

You can see that this is really all I have on him besides that census. I'm sure he had some stories to tell about living in China, New York, Illinois and wherever else he lived. Maybe someday I will add an obituary to that list.

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