Charles Deal


Personal and Family Information

Charles was born on 4 JUL 1866 in Washington, IN, the son of unknown parents.

He died about 1945 in Indianapolis, IN.

His wife was Ruth Lavina Whittington, who he married on 13 APR 1890 in Clay County IN. Their two known children were Mollie Ethel (1891-1975) and Iva Florence (1899-1982).


Birth4 JUL 1866
Place: Washington, IN
DeathABT 1945
Place: Indianapolis, IN




Note 1

U.S. Census Jackson, Clay County, IN 1880: "Charles Deal, age 15 b. Abt. 1866 Indiana parents b. Indiana, coal miner, as are his father, Daniel Deal, age 54 & brother, Noah Deal, age 20, in the same household.

U.S. Census Raccoon, Parke County, IN 1900: Charles Deal, age 35 b. Jul 1864 Indiana, coal miner, can read/write, m. 1890 Ruth, age 29 b. Aug 1870 Illinois, parents b. Indiana, can read/write, mother of three children, two living in 1900 b. Indiana: Ethel 9 b. Jan 1891, Iva 7/12 b. Oct 1899."

U.S. Census Ward 4 Brazil, Clay County, IN 1910: Charles Deal, age 44 b. Abt. 1866 Indiana parents b. Indiana,coal miner, wife Ruth L., age 38 b. Abt. 1872 Illinois, parents b. Indiana; two children b. Indiana: Ethel 19, Iva 10. Not related, but living in same household [boarder?]: W.D. Underwood, age 52 b. Abt. 1858 Ohio, parents b. unknown, janitor in city jail."

U.S. Census Indianapolis, Marion County, IN 1920: "Charles Deal, age 53 b. Abt. 1867 Indiana parents b. Indiana, laborer-auto factory, wife Ruth, age 48 b. Abt. 1872 Illinois, parents b. Indiana; one child b. Indiana: Iva, 20 b. Abt. 1900, stenographer-gas company."

U.S. Census, Indianapolis, Marion, IN 1930: "Charles Deal, age 63 b. Abt. 1867 Indiana parents b. Indiana, night watchman-American Legion Headquarters; rent $45 month-never owned real estate, wife Ruth, age 58 b. Abt. 1872 Indiana [sic] parents b. Indiana; two cousins, b. Indiana parents b. Indiana: James Payne, age 29 b. Abt. 1901, telephone lineman, Frank Payne, age 24 b. Abt. 1906, not employed. Lodger: Bessie Goheen, age 44 b. Abt. 1886 Indiana, stenographer-saw mill."

Charles Deal was allowed to drink beer while he tended the vegetable garden, despite wife Ruth's strong objections to alcoholic beverages, because "drinking water while in a hot sun made him sick."

In Indianapolis, Ruth Deal sometimes purchased a live chicken to cook. It was she, not husband Charles, who wrung the neck of the chicken strongly enough so that the head separated from the body, which then dropped to the ground and ran for a minute or so about the yard.

Roy Richard Thomas July 2007