Robert William Ryan

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Robert William Ryan

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Courtland, Ontario, Canada
Death: Died in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Place of Burial: Brown City, Michigan
Immediate Family:

Son of Abram Francis Ryan and Mary Jane Ryan
Husband of Ethel Grace Ryan
Father of Flossie Clendening and Ruth L. Beatty

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About Robert William Ryan

Married first to Gulia (Jewel?) Gofton.

Their children:

Lyle, Julius, and Mary (Stone).

Family stories are that Robert's mother didn't like Jewel... she was fun-loving, and enjoyed dancing, even when her husband (Robert) was away with his railroad work. She insisted on a divorce. (Considering it was early 1900's, that was very unusual).

Robert remarried a widower with one child (Ruth--1910), Ethel Wilcox Gardner. A year later, Ruth got a baby sister, Florence (Flossie). Because Robert's first children were 1/2 siblings, Flossie would spend some time with them at Jewel's house. She thought their mother was more fun, and enjoyed time spent there.

 I (Anne Jensen) only remember Grampa Ryan from his older years.... after all, he was already 41 when Flossie, my mother, was born.  Grandma & Grampa came to live with us in 1967 (Mt. Pleasant), after Ethel had a stroke that paralyzed her left side. She never walked again. I remember Grandma rebuffing his massaging of her bad leg.  But it was Grampa who died first, after a year, ON GRANDMA'S BIRTHDAY!  He'd had some dimentia; they both had what was called "Hardening of the arteries." There wasn't much for him to do.  Grampa was very bowlegged...  sometimes he'd fall over when he was pulling weeds in the yard, and couldn't get back up.  He often talked about needing to get to Clare to work at the railroad.  Sometimes he'd take off walking.
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Robert William Ryan's Timeline

1878
July 14, 1878
Courtland, Ontario, Canada
1910
November 18, 1910
Age 32
1920
April 25, 1920
Age 41
Brown City, Michigan
1968
March 21, 1968
Age 89
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
1968
Age 89
Brown City, Michigan