Thelma Ferne Perry's Story as told by her Grandson this Website's Author
On 4 Jul 1922, Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, Thelma Ferne Perry, age 15 yrs
11 mos 17 days, marries Clifford Franklin Begnal, having 2 sons, Clifford
Anthony 28 May 1923 & Newton Richard Begnal 17 Jul 1924, San Francisco Co.,
When Clifford Anthony b. 1923, Thelma was 16 yrs 10 mos, 11 days
Newton Richard b. 1924, she was17 yrs, 11 mos, 30 days old.
Clifford Franklin Begnal, remarries 17 Jun 1926, Marin Co., CA to Lavilla B Woodbury (Thelma was 19 yrs 11 mos old)
Clifford Franklin Begnal, remarries 4 May 1929, Multnomah Co., OR to Wilma Florence Gates, having 3 sons, Robert Franklin 1929 Portland OR, Kenneth Roger 1930 SF CA, Clifford Floyd Begnal 1935 San Mateo CA
1930, 8 Apr census of Clifford index Bignen, Wilma & Robert age 0, San Francisco, CA
1930, 9 Apr census of Thelma Ferne Perry Begnal, indexed as Thelma F Benesh/Benion [Turlough F Benion], both Sons as Stepsons to Robert J Benesh, b. abt. 1900, IL, both his parents born France per the 1930 census. His Age First Married 30, Thelma's age 15.
Now Thelma is 23, with 2 sons 8 Apr 1930, by 6 Sep 1930, Thelma age 24 is in San Pedro, Los Angeles Co., CA, enrolling Richard N Young, per his School Records, showing his parents as Earl Young & Mrs. E. Rose, not Clifford or Thelma as parents.
Question: how did Thelma travel from San Francisco, to San Pedro CA in 5 months, who took her or how did she travel Car, Bus, Train...
....or was Thelma driven by Robert J Benesh, a Salesman or Earl Young, a Truck Driver aka Teamster Trucking living at 1117 Plymouth Ave. San Francisco, CA in the 1930 census
Earl Young 1920, age 12, Father Earl Wallace Young, 37, 1883, CA same address 1117 Plymouth Ave. m. Stella C Unknown maiden?, 1920 shows Earl W indexing as Garry, however the image shows Young, daughter Hilda G/D, is the mother of the granddaughter 1930 census age 5, Alice R Christenson is Hilda's daughter
My opinion Clifford Anthony & Newton Richard Begnal, could easily have 2 different Fathers. Clifford A with Clifford Franklin and Newton Richard with Earl Young while living in San Francisco...
...as Clifford Franklin is an Officer Detective Agency, per 8 Apr 1930 census and a San Mateo City Directory a Chauffeur in 1933...
...and Clifford Franklin could of known Earl L Young a Teamster Trucking, as was his Father Earl Wallace Young, a Teamster, is one speculation
Time Period: of the Depression years 1929-Late 1930's (Black Tuesday, 8 Oct 1929, Stock Market Crash), jobs, money, all in need of surviving those years, which would make it understandable as why a Young Mother Thelma with 2 Boys, separated for whatever reasons/issues Thelma & Clifford Franklin may have had.
Especially, if Thelma knew of Clifford Franklin remarrying Jun 1926, Marin Co., CA, just 2 yrs after my Father Newton Richard was b. 16 Jul 1924, San Francisco, CA, then with Clifford Franklin remarrying a 2nd time 4 May 1929, Portland, OR
Not knowing what prompted this 11 Aug 1928 letter Page 1, Page 2 from Clifford Franklin to his Aunt Ella Shaughnessy, who at the time was married to Dean M. Rockwell, Utica, NY, asking Ella who his Father is, as Clifford knew from his Mother Elizabeth Shaughnessy it was not George Felix Begnal. I do not have the reply letter from Ella, if she ever answered Clifford Franklin.
What reasons did Clifford Franklin have for going to Portland, meet and marry Wilma Florence Gates, having returned to San Francisco Co./San Mateo Co., by 8 Apr 1930 census.
Whatever happened are unknown that caused Thelma to leave San Francisco, if with Robert J Benesh/Benion, as he was a Salesman per 1930 census, he might have been a Traveling Salesman, or if Thelma hitched a ride with Earl Young to Los Angeles. San Francisco a Port City - Los Angeles/Long Beach/San Pedro Port Cities
Only that Thelma had no family in the Los Angeles area, all of her Perry/Pereira Cardozo family lived in the Bay Area, Richmond, Hayward, San Leandro, Santa Cruz, San Mateo.
One story for leaving San Francisco, was so Elizabeth Shughnessy Begnal would not see or get custody of Clifford Anthony or Newton Richard, as Elizabeth remained in San Francisco between 1911-1946. No record found of Elizabeth ever marrying George Begnal, in Utica or Saratoga Springs where he lived in 1910.
However, records show a 1 Jun 1915, NY state census, as being the very first record ever showing George, Elizabeth and Clifford living together. George is in CA between 1912-1915, he was a Traveling Salesman for the Family's Baker-Begnal Foundry business in Saratoga Springs, NY
Then begins the Story of Newton Richard Begnal aka Richard Newton Young
1940 census has not been found for Los Angeles County CA, I have been searching since the release in 2010.
1941, SS App, list Father as Clifford F Young and Mother as Thelma Fern Perry, making an error signing as Netwon Richard Young.
28 Mar 1942, as Richard N Begnal, married Patricia V Arnold, witnesses Thelma Fern Irby, W.L. Irby and Mildred Miller, Yuma, AZ.
24 Jul 1942, Richard N Young, enlists Army Ser#19100597
28 Oct 1942, Anna Laura Ferne Begnal, parents Richard Newton Begnal, age 19, Private US Army & Patricia Victoria Arnold, age 16. Conception would of been about Jan 1942. Richard was stationed at Camp Polk, Louisiana
13 Nov 1944 - Honorable Discharge - Ser#19 100 597 - Separation Center Camp Beale, CA