52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Earl Leslie Nickell
I’m a little behind on the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge but I’m going to jump in with ancestor #1 and play catch up. This week I’m highlighting my husband’s maternal grandfather.
Some basic facts:
Name: Earl Leslie Nickell
Born: 24 July 1918
Parents: Delbert A. Nickell and Allie (Maiden Name Unknown) Nickell
Spouse: Shirley Ann (Bowlby) Nickell
Marriage: Date Unknown
Died: November 1965
Earl was born 24 July 1918. World War I was raging in Europe though, unknown to most of the world, it would end in a few month. He was born to Delbert A. Nickell and Allie (Maiden Name Unknown) Nickell. He married Shirley Ann Bowlby sometime before 1943. Earl and Shirley had children but in the interest of privacy I won’t list their information.
Earl lived most of his life in Kansas. I believe he was born near Long Island, Phillips, Kansas because he’s listed on the 1920 census with his family at the age of one in Long Island, Phillips, Kansas.Delbert Nickell family listing in the 1920 U.S. Census
Earl served in the military during World War II. His enlistment date is shown as 4 November 1943 and enlistment location was Denver, Colorado. From his enlistment record on Ancestry.com I can see he completed four years of high school and was skilled in woodworking occupations.
Earl died in November 1965. He’s buried next to his wife, Shirley, in Resthaven Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas.Earl L. Nickell Tombstone
Resthaven Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas
I don’t have much more information than that for him. Here’s my genealogy list for Earl:
- 1920 U.S. census
- 1925 Kansas State census
- 1930 U.S. census
- 1940 U.S. census
- Listing from U.S. World War II Enlistment Records from Ancestry.com
- Find-A-Grave Listing
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Death certificate