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Daisy Pearle Clements

Daisy Pearle Clements[1]

Female 1911 - 1994  (82 years)

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  • Name Daisy Pearle Clements 
    Residence 1911  Ray City, Berrien, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 2 May 1911  Ray City, Berrien, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1939  Silver Spring, Montgomery, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1973  Polk, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 15 Apr 1994  Fort Meade, Polk, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 18 Apr 1994  Evergreen Cemetery, Polk, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4409  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2017 

    Father Lucius Jordan Clements,   b. 26 Dec 1880, Berrien, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1965, Ft. Meade, Polk, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Addie Eugenia Watkins,   b. 20 May 1885, Whitesburg, Carroll, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1961, Fort Meade, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 23 Dec 1908  Berrien, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2367  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 William Denham Owen,   b. 7 Nov 1902, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1937, Duval, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married Abt 1935  St. Johns, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F2366  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 James Price Fondren,   b. 14 Dec 1904, Kensett, White, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1999, Winter Haven, Polk, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 7 Sep 1940  Washington, District Of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • married at 1380 Fort Stevens Drive, Washington, DC; Married by the Minister of Wallace Memorial United Prebyterian Church, Rev. Claire E. Hawthorne [2]
     1. J.E. Fondren
     2. C.E. Fondren
     3. J.M. Fondren
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • 1920 United States Federal Census Name: D Pearl Clements Home in 1920: Rays Mill, Berrien, Georgia Age: 8 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1912 Birthplace: Georgia Relation to Head of House: Daughter Father's name: Lucius J Clements Father's Birth Place: Georgia Mother's name: Eugenia Clements Mother's Birth Place: Georgia Marital Status: Single Race: White Sex: Female Lucius J Clements 39 Eugenia Clements 34 Elizabeth Clements 10 D Pearl Clements 8 Ralph W Clements 7 Frances M Clements 1

      1930 United States Federal Census Name: Pearle B Clements Home in 1930: Fort Meade, Polk, Florida Age: 18 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1912 Relation to Head of House: Daughter Father's name: Lucius J Clements Mother's name: Eugenia W Clements Race: White Lucius J Clements 49 Eugenia W Clements 44 Elizabeth Clements 20 Pearle B Clements 18 Ralph W Clements 17 Francis E Clements 12 Margaret L Clements 10

      Florida State Census, 1867-1945 Name: Pearl Clements Age: 24 Gender: Female Race: White Birth Place: Georgia Est. Birth Year: abt 1911 Relationship to Head: Boarder Census Year: 1935 Locality: Precinct 17 COUNTY: St. Johns Page: 41 Line: 15 Archive Series #: S5, Roll 26 Albert C. Gale 68 Lillian D. Gale 68 Lois Barnes 26 Pearl Clements 24

      Florida Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001 Name: Pearle Clements Marriage Date: 1935 County of Marriage: St Johns Volume: 290 Certificate: 6933 Source: Florida Department of Health

      1993 U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 Name: James P Fondren and Daisy Perale Clements Fondren Birth Date: 14 Dec 1904 Phone Number: 285-7724 Address: 307 N Oak Ave, Fort Meade, FL, 33841-2519 (1993)[2331 Juniper Pl, Sarasota, FL, 34239-4123 (1983)]

      Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 Name: Daisy Pearle Fondren Death Date: 15 Apr 1994 County of Death: Polk State of Death: Florida Age at Death: 82 Race: White Birth Date: 2 May 1911

      Social Security Death Index Name: Pearle C. Fondren SSN: 263-07-4879 Last Residence: 33841 Fort Meade, Polk, Florida, United States of America Born: 2 May 1911 Died: 15 Apr 1994 State (Year) SSN issued: Florida (Before 1951)

      Daisy Pearle Clements Fondren

      FORT MEADE-Daisy Pearle Fondren, 82, of 307 North Oak Ave., died Friday, Apr. 16,1994, at her home. Born in Ray City, Ga., on May 2, 1911, she moved to Fort Meade from Sarasota in 1985. She was a home maker. Mrs. Fondren was a member of First United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, James Price Fondren of Fort Meade; three daughters, Elaine Fondren of Bradenton, Catherine Robertson of Dana Point, Calif., and Jean Yates of Huntington, W. Va.; a brother, Ralph W. Clements of Lake City; three sisters, Betty C. Cook of Houston, Tex., Frances C. Kastenbein of Indian Lake Estates, and Margaret C. Malcolm of Fort Meade; and three grandchildren. A graveside funeral service was held Monday at 2 p. m. at Evergreen Cemetery, with Rev. David Moenning officiating. Moody Funeral; Home was in charge of arrangements.

      "Daisy Pearle Clements, born May 02, 1911, married William D. Owen in St. Augustine, FL; after about 2 years, "Bill" was killed in automobile accident, June 08, 1937, between Jacksonville and St. Augustine. In 1938, Pearle came to Washington, D. C, with "Little Bill". "Bill" Sr.'s son by previous marriage; mother died shortly after birth of "Little Bill". Pearle served as his legal guardian, and lived with Betty and Charlie Mettauer. Pearle and I were married Sept. 07, 1940, Washington, D. C." (Source: Fondren-Clements Papers; transcribed by Ronald E. Yates 8/23/2009)

      Mary Lilian Varn and Daisy Pearle Clements

      Mary Lilian Varn 1893 - 1975 was born in Polk Co., FL, daughter of Frederick Newton Varn and Mary L. Seward. Lilian married Gray L. Singleton in about 1913 and in about 1915 they had a son named Frederick G. Singleton. The 1920 census reflects this marriage and living situation. At some point in the 1920”s Lilian's brother Claude Grady Varn 1890 - 1979 became a practicing attorney, married and established his family with his wife Mary in St. Augustine, FL. The 1930 census is conflicting as it shows Lilian to be present in Polk Co., FL with her husband and child and it also shows her present and living with her brother and his family in St. Augustine.

      Claude's wife was born in 1895 and died in 1929; she is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in St. John's Co., FL. The records are not exact but it appears that Lilian was granted a divorce from Gray L. Singleton in 1931 or 1932.

      Daisy Pearle Clements 1911 - 1994 was born in Berrien Co., GA to Lucius Jordan Clements and Addie Eugenia Watkins. As a result of difficult economic times the family lumber business was sold in 1923 and the Clements's family relocated to Polk Co., FL presumably because of better job opportunities. As a result the Varn family and the Clements family were well known to one another from Polk Co., FL.

      The record is somewhat unclear but it appears that the uprooted nature of Lilian's circumstances were occurring at about the same time as Daisy Pearle Clements was coming of age and determining what to do with her life. At some point, Pearle, and perhaps Lilian proceeded to attend beautician school in Chicago, IL. It was understood that she was being allowed to go and thereafter work together with Lilian Varn Singleton as she was considered a trusted family friend willing to take Pearle under her wing. At some point it was decided that Lilian would open a Beauty Shop in St. Augustine, FL where her brother was an established attorney and had already remarried.

      We first see Lilian and Pearle's documented presence in 1934. Several City Directories and the 1935 FL census present a case that is fairly easy to follow. Each of the documents has been marked and has been uploaded to the respective individuals on the Yatesville Genealogy & History website.

      In summary, it would appear that Pearle and Lilian work formally together for a couple years. Lilian herself will be in business at various locations from 1934 until 1949.

      In 1934 and 1935 Pearle would catch the eye of a recently widowed businessman in St. Augustine. Bill Owen married Daisy Pearle Clements in 1935. After marriage it appears that Pearle embark on this as her major task as well as being stepmother to Bill's young son. They would reside at 40 Rohde Ave St. Augustine, FL; to the right (east) is 38 Rohde Ave St. Augustine, FL. 40 was the residence of William Denham Owen and his parents lived next door at 38; later his brother James also lived at this address. Bill, Pearle and Bill's son William D. Owen Jr. lived at this address.

      Tragedy struck on June 8, 1937 Bill Owen, Sr. died in an auto accident. Pearle at some point relocated to Washington DC and thereafter married James P. Fondren in 1940. Bill Owen, Jr. lived with his grandmother until she died in 1940; Pearle Fondren became his guardian and he lived in Silver Spring, MD until adulthood. After he entered the service he married and for whatever reason did not maintain a relationship with the Fondren family. Should any member of Bill Owens's family ever read this summary of events, Bill or his family would be warmly received. Within the last couple years we searched for Bill because we believe we have his baby silver spoon with his monogram which might be a desirable object either for him or his descendants.

      This summary and the associated records were found by the author and posted; in the 1990's Pearle and James P. Fondren journeyed to St. Augustine with their daughter and her husband, Ron Yates. During that trip Pearle took us by both the 40 Rohde residence and the location known as 82-84 Charlotte Street and identified the location as the location where she worked with Lilian in the Beauty Shop. There appears to have been conversation about a working relationship with a small hotel/motel which I presume was the Monson. There seems to have been various relationships but this is speculation only.

      Pearle and Lilian Varn Singleton exchanged Christmas cards the rest of their lives and Pearle seems to have always thought in a positive way as to her memories working with Lilian even though she was required to manage some difficult circumstances with the death of her first husband. (Source; Ronald E. Yates; April 2010 and associated marked documents).

  • Sources 
    1. [S88] GEDCOM File : db-fondren.ged, 12 Mar 2008.

    2. [S88] GEDCOM File : db-fondren.ged.