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==Virginia Dell Cassidy== Virginia Cassidy was born 6 Jun 1923 in Hope, Hempstead County, Arkansas to [[#James Eldridge Cassidy|James Eldridge Cassidy]] and his wife [[#Edith Valeria Grisham|Edith Valeria Grisham]]. She grew up in the area of Hope where her father was a truck driver and her mother was a nurse. She was married five times, twice to the same man. In 1943 Virginia Dell "Ginger" Cassidy was at Tri-State Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana studying to be a nurse. While there she met William Jefferson Blythe Jr who would become her first husband. On 24 Apr 1943, he had enlisted or re-enlisted in the Army. They were married 3 Sep 1943 in Texarkana, Miller County, Arkansas. He then, in mid-October, went for a tour of duty overseas for World War II. Virginia finished up her training and went back to Hope where she lived with her parents and worked as a nurse. Just after Bill returned in December 1945, he and Virginia went to live in Chicago, Cook County, [[Illinois]] for three months, where "...Bill had a job waiting for him... selling heavy equipment...." (Maraniss p27) <table><tr><td>Virginia and Bill were going to buy a house in a Chicago suburb, and had put money down on it, but it would not be ready for a few months. Since she was pregnant she went to live with her parents until the house would be ready to move into. She was living in Hope with her parents when she got the news that her husband had died in an auto accident. She was pregnant and gave birth to William Jefferson Blythe III in 1946, who later became President Bill Clinton. Virginia was still living with, or near, her parents in Hope, when she met her second husband Roger "Dude" Clinton. Roger "Dude" Clinton was born 25 Jul 1909 in Dardenelle, Yell County, Arkansas but had moved with his family in 1919 to Hot Spring County. Around 1946, with his brother's help, Roger had started the "Roger Clinton Buick" Company in Hope, Arkansas. Roger Clinton and Virginia Cassidy, commonly called Ginger, had one child, Roger Cassidy Clinton on 25 Jul 1956. </td><td>http://www.anusha.com/billsmom.jpg<br>'''Bill, Virginia and Roger'''</td></tr></table> <table><tr><td>http://www.bjsmusic.com/bjsvk.gif<br>'''Virginia with Barbra Streisand'''</td><td> In April 1962, while living in Hot Springs, she filed for a divorce which was granted on 15 May 1962. They reconciled and were remarried in August. Dude Clinton died Nov 1967 in Hot Springs. Ginger next married George Jefferson "Jeff" Dwire (b 1926) on 3 Jan 1968 in Hot Springs. It is unclear at the moment whether he died or they divorced, but she lastly married Richard "Dick" Kelley on 17 Jan 1982. One of her last public appearances was at a concert by her friend Barbra Streisand. She died 6 Jan 1994 at her home in Hot Springs, Arkansas and is buried beside her first husband at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hope. Barbra Streisand attended her funeral. Virginia's last husband Richard survived her.</td></tr></table> ===Primary sources for 3=== *[http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&rank=0&tips=0&gsfn=edith&gsln=Cassidy&sx=&f12=&f4=&f7=&f15=&rg_81004011__date=&rs_81004011__date=0&f18=&f14__n=&_8000C002=&_80008002=&_80018002=&f10=&f16=&gskw=&prox=1&db=1930usfedcen&ti=0&ti.si=0&gss=angs-d&fh=0&recid=3726262&recoff=1+2 1930 census of Hope, Hempstead County, Arkansas] showing : "J E Cassidy 31, rents home, $16, married first at 23, b AR/AR/AR, Truck Driver, Southern Lee; Edith 26 wife, married first at 18, b AR/AR/AR, no occupation; Virginia 6 daughter b AR" *[http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&gsfn=Virginia&gsln=Kelley&sx=&f9=&f8=&f10=1923&f6=&f5=&f7=&f1=&f15=&f14=&f13=&f12=&f20=&f0=&prox=1&db=ssdi&ti=0&ti.si=0&gss=angs-d&rank=0&pcat=34&fh=3&recid=38650769&recoff=1+2+14 Social Security Death Index, "Virginia D Kelley"] : "Name: Virginia D. Kelley; SSN: 431-18-9525; Last Residence: 71913 Hot Springs National Park, Garland, Arkansas; Born: 6 Jun 1923; Died: 6 Jan 1994; State (Year) SSN issued: Arkansas (Before 1951) *[http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=view&dbid=50007&iid=NEWS-PA-NE_RE.1994_01_07_0003&r=an&rc=1260,2450,1400,2487;1417,2450,1539,2487;1005,5162,1143,5199;1160,5162,1281,5199&fn=virginia&ln=kelley&st=d&ssrc=&pid=521182211 "Clinton's Mother kept spirits high throughout"], (obituary), ''News Record'' (North Hills, Pennsylvania), 7 Jan 7 1994, page A3 stating such bits as: "she died of cancer", "she grew up in Hope, Ark.", "she left Billy with her parents while she left to study nursing", "her second husband (Roger Clinton) beat her" *[http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=view&dbid=50007&iid=NEWS-PA-NE_RE.1994_01_09_0003&r=an&rc=2666,3925,2828,3958;3214,3925,3336,3958;2866,4863,3002,4901;3020,4863,3139,4901;3396,4971,3540,5009;3558,4971,3666,5009&fn=virginia&ln=kelley&st=d&ssrc=&pid=521184259 "Thousands Mourn President's Mother"], (story about funeral), ''News Record'' (North Hills, Pennsylvania), 9 Jan 1994, pg A3 stating such bits as: "Barbara Streisand attended the funeral", "Virginia died of breast cancer", "funeral was in Hot Springs", "Richard Kelley and Roger Clinton were there", "eulogy by Rev. John Miles of St. James Methodist Church of Little Rock". ===Secondary sources for 3=== *[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Clinton_Kelley "Virginia Clinton Kelley"] on Wikipedia *[http://www.wargs.com/political/clinton.html "Bill Clinton"], ancestry research by William Addams Reitwiesner, where he states that: "The following material on the immediate ancestry of Bill Clinton is taken almost verbatim from Gary Boyd Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents, First Authoritative Edition [Santa Clarita, Cal.: Boyer, 1995]." *''First in His Class'', David Maraniss. Simon & Schuster, New York. 1995. ISBN 0671871099 *[http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00428387&tree=LEO "Virginia Dell Cassidy"] on Genealogics citing ''Ancestors of American Presidents'', 1995, Boston, Massachusetts, by Gary Boyd Roberts, Page 130 ===Further reading=== *''First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents'', by Bonnie Angelo ISBN 0060937114
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