Monday, November 21, 2016

Rosella In The Middle

From the Los Angeles Herald, Number 18, 21 November 1914:

Loving "daddy” and "muvver” with all her childish heart, pretty, 4-year-old Rosella May Cameron, who, it is said, has played the part of shuttlecock between her estranged parents for some months, today was sought by police detectives who also searched for her mother, Bessie Cameron, and a man named Finley Johnson. Mrs. Cameron and Johnson, who are said by the detectives to have spirited the little girl away, are sought on a complaint issued by the city prosecutor's office. Back of this charge, it is said, a suit for divorce is about to be filed by Harry Cameron against his wife. The troubles of the Camerons, it is said, grew out of a girlhood romance of Mrs. Cameron and Johnson.

Cameron...were married about six years ago, it is said, and they were happy for at least two years. Then trouble came. Johnson, who was said to have been an oldtime sweetheart of Mrs. Cameron’s, according to Cameron, renewed his acquaintanceship with her. Some months ago, unable to agree, the Camerons separated, the wife taking the little girl. She refused, it is said, to allow her husband to see the child. She also brought suit for divorce, but this suit never was tried. Cameron retained Detective Samuel L. Browne and Mrs. Cameron and Johnson were “shadowed,” the detectives say. Detectives attempted to serve divorce papers upon Mrs. Cameron, but she flitted from place to place, eluding service. Then a charge was made on which a warrant was issued and the police are seeking Johnson and Mrs. Cameron, who thus far have managed elude all pursuit.

Name Harry David Cameron
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 15 Mar 1908
Event Place Los Angeles, California, United States
Gender Male
Age 25
Birth Year (Estimated) 1883
Father's Name J G Cameron
Mother's Name Rosa Lasanahe
Spouse's Name Bessie Belle Jones
Spouse's Age 17
Spouse's Gender Female
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1891
Spouse's Father's Name Melvin Jones
Spouse's Mother's Name Ella Smith

Name Rosella Cameron
Event Type Birth
Event Date 05 Mar 1910
Event Place Los Angeles, California, United States
Gender Female
Mother's Name Jones

Census 1910
Los Angeles, California
Harry C Cameron Head M 27 Illinois
Bessie Cameron Wife  F 19 Nebraska
Rosella M Cameron Daughter F 0 California

Census 1920
Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California
Rosa M Cameron Head F 54 New York
Harry D Cameron Son M 37 Illinois
Rosella M Cameron Granddaughter  F 9 California
Homer D Maloney Boarder M 47 Kansas

Name Marshall Howard Hitchings
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 21 Apr 1937
Event Place Los Angeles, California
Gender Male
Age 25
Birth Year (Estimated) 1912
Father's Name Stanley J Hitchings
Mother's Name Theresa Kenny
Spouse's Name Rosella Mary Cameron
Spouse's Age 26
Spouse's Gender Female
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1911
Spouse's Father's Name Harry D Cameron
Spouse's Mother's Name Bessie Jones

Rosella M Hitchings
United States Social Security Death Index
Age 92
Given Name Rosella
Middle Name M
Surname Hitchings
Birth Date 05 Mar 1910
State  California
Last Place of Residence Ventura, California
Previous Residence Postal Code 91320
Event Date 05 Feb 2002

WERE THEY REALLY CAMERONS?  The information below fits some of the compiled data for the family.  Was Harry born Harry D. Fish, not Cameron?  Both were born in Illinois in July. Mother Rosa was born in New York.

Census 1900
Flagstaff city, Coconino, Arizona Territory, United States
Norman A Cameron Head M 45 Maine
Rosa M Cameron Wife  F 35 New York
Harry D Fish Stepson M 18 Illinois

Bessie and Finley got married and had a daughter, Lucille, who married Howard Marlowe.

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