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Freeman Goff SQUIRES

Male 1890 - 1918  (28 years)


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  • Name Freeman Goff SQUIRES 
    Born 12 Jun 1890  Grove, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 1900  Southwest District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1910  Coal District, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Listed as boarder Freeman G. Squires, 18, single, laborer in glass house, in household of his sister Rosa and her husband William H. Greathouse.
    Occupation 1910  [4
    glass worker 
    Occupation 1917  [2
    chauffeur in Salem 
    Residence 1917  Industrial, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Military Pvt, Co D, 310th Rep Shop Unit, Motor Trans Corps, US Army, World War I  [5, 6
    Died 21 Nov 1918  Brest, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    Cause: influenza, pneumonia 
    Buried Kerfautras Cemetery, Brest, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Notes 
    • Freeman Goff Squires was a son of Virgil B. Squires (a stone mason) and Elizabeth Laverna Gaston. The eighth of their ten children, he had five brothers and four sisters. He was sometimes known by his middle name Goff.

      At the time of the 1910 Census, he was a glass worker. When he registered for the military draft in June 1917, he was working as a chauffeur. One of the questions on the draft registration form was "Do you claim exemption from draft (specify grounds)?" His answer was "Father & Mother to support."

      He was drafted into the Army, rank Private, unit Co D, 310th Rep Shop Unit, Motor Trans Corps. His obituary states that he died shortly after arriving in Europe with the American Expeditionary Force. "On the voyage across he contracted influenza and pneumonia, and he was immediately taken to a hospital on landing, where he died after a brief illness."

      In November 1929, his mother appeared in a War Department list of mothers and widows of deceased soldiers killed in World War I. The U.S. Government offered such women the opportunity to travel to their loved one's final resting place in Europe, a program which came to be known as the World War I Mothers Pilgrimage. Such all-expense paid trips were offered in the years 1930 through 1933. Listed as Mrs. Eliza L. Squires of Industrial, West Virginia, Freeman's mother apparently declined to make the trip to France in 1930 and further indicated that she did not wish to participate at a later date.
    Person ID I13537  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2018 

    Father Virgil B. SQUIRES,   b. 21 Dec 1851, Barbour Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1933, Industrial, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Laverna GASTON,   b. 7 Nov 1853, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1940, Industrial, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1873  Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F575  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Jun 1890 - Grove, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Kerfautras Cemetery, Brest, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    13537_SQUIRES_FreemanGoff_1890-1918_KerfautrasCem_BrestFrance.jpg
    Photo credit: Philippe Abalan

    Documents
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    13537_SQUIRES_FreemanGoff_WWOneDraftRegistration_5Jun1917.jpg
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2569] West Virginia Births Index, 1853-1969 [database on-line], (Ancestry.com).

    2. [S1875] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, National Archives and Records Administration, (Ancestry.com online database).

    3. [S1556] Squires Genealogy, Joy Gregoire Gilchrist Stalnaker, (Hackers Creek Pioneers Descendants, Jane Lew, WV (www.hackerscreek.com)).

    4. [S2113] 1910 Census, Harrison County, WV.

    5. [S1978] U.S. Veterans Gravesites, National Cemetery Administration. Nationwide Gravesite Locator, (www.ancestry.com).

    6. [S97] Cemetery marker.

    7. [S215] The History of Doddridge County, West Virginia, (Taylor Publishing Co, 1979), p. 249.