Updated on 15 May 2014: added link to Aunt Birla’s WikiTree/TribalPage birthday post.
Here’s the story behind the challenge if you want to participate. http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks. Week 15 recap can be found here.
Aunt Birla is also listed in my birthday post for WikiTree/TribalPages.
This week’s entry is Aunt Birla Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) Kring. I met her once on a road trip. I don’t remember if it was on the way to or from my grandfather’s hospital turned funeral visit, or on a separate visit. I don’t know Aunt Birla’s maiden name. She was born 18 May 1919 in either Holmes County, Florida or Geneva, Geneva County, Alabama. Surprisingly, both birth places are listed on the same ship’s logs from a 1949 Honolulu to San Francisco trip. She was traveling with two children, a son (5 years old born in Staten Island, New York) and a daughter (2 months old born on Oahu). Uncle Cy was a veteran and served in the Navy or Coast Guard at the time so he may have been relocating from Oahu.
Aunt Birla married my Uncle Cy (Cyril) Kring, but not sure when, sometime after the 1940 federal census. They are listed on the 1945 Florida state census as married. He was 22 and she was 26. Uncle Cy was single and living in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi until at least April 1940. I found the 1949 passenger list with Aunt Birla and the two children leaving Honolulu in early June for San Francisco. The ship was a military transport, U.S.S. General W. A. Mann (AP-112).
I haven’t found a record of her movements between 1945 and 1949. If the passenger list is correct, her son was born on Staten Island around 1944. The passenger list has Uncle Cy’s old Gulfport address, but don’t know what it means.
When we visited them in the early to mid-1970s, they were living in DeFuniak Springs, Walton County, Florida and had lived there for a while.
She died on 22 November 1992 in DeFuniak Springs. I haven’t found an obit or grave location for her. Uncle Cy died in 2008 and I haven’t found an obit or grave location for him.
I am hoping somebody will see this post and provide me with more information on Aunt Birla.