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==William Jefferson Blythe, Jr.== William Blythe, was born the sixth of nine children on 27 Feb 1918 in Sherman, Grayson County, [[Texas]] to [[#William Jefferson Blythe|William Jefferson "Willie" Blythe]] and his wife [[#Lou Birchie Ayers|Lou Birchie Ayers]]. <table><tr><td>http://www.anusha.com/billsdad.jpg</td><td>He was married four to five times, one being questionable. He first married seventeen-year-old Virginia Adele Gash Dec 1935 in Medill, Oklahoma. Divorce papers were filed a year later in Dallas "...after Adele had left the Sherman farmhouse and W.J. had sent her clothes on in a suitcase." (Maraniss, p26) On 17 Jan 1938 Adele gave birth, in Austin, Texas to a son Henry Leon Blythe, listing W.J. as the father. Adele later stated that she visited W.J. at times, and one of these times became pregnant by him. Adele married secondly, shortly after 1939, to a Mr Ritzenthaler some-time police chief of Brawley California, and he adopted Henry Leon. He died about 1969/70. She married thirdly or perhaps lastly to a Mr Coffelt </td></tr></table> William Blythe's second marriage took place 11 Aug 1938 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to twenty-year-old Maxine Hamilton. They were divorced nine months later after after, according to the divorce papers, he had abandoned her in Los Angeles. His third marriage was to Adele Gash's younger sister Faye in 1940. They divorced after a few months. His fourth marriage is mentioned in an article in the New York Times: "The President's father, William Jefferson Blythe 3d, was married in 1941 in Jackson County, Missouri, to a Kansas City woman, Wanetta Ellen Alexander, The Kansas City Star and The New York Daily News reported. Court records show that Mrs. Alexander was not granted a divorce until 13 April 1944, seven months after Mr. Blythe married Virginia Cassidy, the President's mother, in Arkansas, the newspapers said." His article at Wikipedia, is more specific stating that this marriage took place: "On 3 May 1941..." On 24 Apr 1943, he enlisted or re-enlisted in the Army. Around this same time, Virginia Dell "Ginger" Cassidy was at Tri-State Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana studying to be a nurse. He then married her, as his fifth wife on 3 Sep 1943 in Texarkana, Miller County, Arkansas. In mid-October, he went for a tour of duty overseas for World War II. David Maraniss reports that "...his military records indicate that Blythe did not arrive home from Italy until December 1 and was honorably discharged at Camp Shelby, Mississippi on 7 Dec 1945". (Maraniss, pg 27-8) He and Virginia went to live in Chicago, Cook County, [[Illinois]] for a short time, where "... he got back his old job as a salesman for the Manbee Equipment Company." (see [http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/clinton/excerpt.html excerpt] from ''My Life'', by Bill Clinton) His mother died Feb 1946 and her obituary calls him "...W.J. Blythe of Chicago...." In Bill Clinton's autobiography, he states that his father and Ginger had just bought a house in the Chicago suburb of Forest Park but couldn't move in for a few months. Since Ginger was pregnant, they decided she should go back to Hope to wait until they could move in. It was while he was coming to Hope that he died in a car accident on 17 May 1946 near Sikeston, Scott County, Missouri. He was driving too fast for the conditions, and his car overturned. He was either thrown or got out of his car, and was eventually found hours later, some distance away, drowned in a drainage ditch. He is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Hope, Hempstead County, Arkansas. Virginia was pregnant and gave birth to William Jefferson Blythe III (now known as President Bill Clinton) on 19 Aug 1946. ===Primary sources for 2=== *[http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=View&r=an&dbid=6061&iid=TXT625_1808-0649&fn=William+J&ln=Blythe&st=r&ssrc=&pid=22748714 1920 Census of Justice Precinct 1, Grayson County, Texas] showing "William J Blythe, 36, MS/MS/MS, Farmer; Birchie L wife, 27, MS/GA/GA; Clifford P son 12 MS; Raymond W son 10 MS; Laura P daughter 9 TX; Ernest C son 7 TX; Maurine G daughter 3 2/12 TX, W J son 2 TX; Hubert Poor lodger, 24, TX" *[http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&rank=0&f2=&f1=Blythe&sx=&f4=&f5=&rg_f6__date=1938&rs_f6__date=0&f7=&f3=&f9=&f8=&f11=&f10=&gskw=&prox=1&db=txbirthindex&ti=0&ti.si=0&gss=angs-d&pcat=34&fh=1&recid=2110402&recoff=3+15 Texas Birth Index 1903-1997] showing : "Henry Leon Blythe, born 17 Jan 1938, Grayson county, W J Blythe, Virginia Adele Gash" *[http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=WWIIenlist%2c&rank=0&tips=0&gsfn=William&gsln=Blythe&sx=&gs1co=2%2cUnited+States+&gs1pl=1%2cAll+States&year=&yearend=&sbo=0&sbor=&ufr=0&wp=4%3b_80000002%3b_80000003&srchb=r&prox=1&ti=0&ti.si=0&gss=angs-d&o_iid=21416&o_lid=21416&o_it=21416&fh=11&recid=623744&recoff=1+3 US World War II Army Enlistment Records 1938-1946] showing "William J Blythe, born 1917, white; of Ochiltree, Texas; enlisted May 23, 1941; enlisted at Fort Bliss El Paso, Texas; Private in Warrant Officers; 4 years of high school; Civil occupation: Engineering Aide or Sales Clerk; Single, without dependents; Height 71; Weight 203" *[http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=WWIIenlist%2c&rank=0&tips=0&gsfn=William&gsln=Blythe&sx=&gs1co=2%2cUnited+States+&gs1pl=1%2cAll+States&year=&yearend=&sbo=0&sbor=&ufr=0&wp=4%3b_80000002%3b_80000003&srchb=r&prox=1&ti=0&ti.si=0&gss=angs-d&o_iid=21416&o_lid=21416&o_it=21416&fh=12&recid=623745&recoff=1+3 US World War II Army Enlistment Records 1938-1946] showing "William J Blythe; born 1917, white; of Caddo, Louisiana; enlisted Apr 24, 1943; private, no branch assignment; enlisted for the duration of the war; 3 years of high school; Civil occupation Salesman; Seperated without dependents" *[http://www.rootsweb.com/~txgrayso/mnabbe13.html Lou Birchie Ayers obituary] as "Mrs Avery Barron" *Death certificate of William Jefferson Blythe stating "Scott County; three miles west of Sikeston; Usual residence Chicago, IL; William Jefferson Blythe; World War II Veteran; male; white; married; Virginia Cassidy, 22 years old; born Feb 27, 1918; 28 years old; born Sherman, Texas; traveling salesman; Manbee Eqt Co; Father William Jefferson Blythe, born Ripling, Miss; Mother Lou Birchie Ayers, born Miss; Informant Mrs Virginia Blythe of 117 S Herney? St, Hope, Ark; Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery; died May 17, 1946; Drowning in dredge ditch due to car accident; Orville Taylor, Coroner of Sikeston, MO." This is an unusual four-page death certificate, with a supplementary page stating "The car he was driving left the roadway and overturned in drainage ditch". ===Secondary sources for 2=== *[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Jefferson_Blythe_Jr. "William Jefferson Blythe Jr"] 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=I00428386&tree=LEO "William Jefferson Blythe"] on Genealogics citing ''Ancestors of American Presidents'', 1995, Boston, Massachusetts, by Gary Boyd Roberts, Page 130 *[http://www.samsloan.com/billsdad.htm Only picture I've found alledging to show William Jefferson Blythe] *[http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A99624-1993Jun20¬Found=true "The First Father"], by Gene Weingarten, ''Washington Post'', 20 Jun 1993 *[http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CE5D61331F93BA3575BC0A965958260 "Bigamy Question Is Raised Regarding President's Father"], ''The New York Times'', 8 August 1993. Thanks to Tony Hoskins for pointing out this article to me on [http://groups.google.com/group/soc.genealogy.medieval/msg/85f22abcea27d932 this post at soc.genealogy.medieval] 28 Mar 2008.
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