Despite owning an estate in Tennessee, in 1839 James Clemens moved his family to Hannibal, Missouri where he hoped to find prosperity. 8 years later, Samuel’s father died of pneumonia leaving behind a family of five. Samuel was 11 and was devastated. (Miller, 4&5) Samuel Clemens was a difficult child. He almost drowned on nine separate occasions.
Named after her mother, Adaline was their first child and was followed by Francis who died at age 3 in 1835, Then Mary. Maria was born March 3, 1836 but died the first of April. After those heartbreaking years of deaths, Simeon heard of the mormons and became very interested. He named his son Mosiah after the Book of Mormon and it’s people was born on February 19, 1837. The same day, his twin Anariah was born that day but died a few hours after birth.
In 1826 Charles Goodyear decided to move to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There he opened a hardware store where he sold the products that his father made. Four years after opening this store both Amasa and Charles Goodyear were bankrupt because they would extend credit to customers and the customers would never pay back the money that they owed. Charles’s health started to decline and both father and son owed tens of thousands of dollars. For the next thirty years Charles Goodyear was thrown in prison over ten times because he didn’t pay his debts.
As a result, for the first eight years of Jesse’s life he had three different fathers. During the Civil War, Jesse joined his brother in a confederate squad commanded by Fletch Taylor. Taylor was severely wounded so the James brothers joined a group led by Bloody Bill Anderson (Wikipedia contributors). Jesse was only 16 and badly wounded in the chest. Anderson was killed in an ambush in October.
When James was barely eight, James and his family, moved to Grand Calumet, where his father, John, began to work as a saw hand (The Lincoln Library of Sports Champions 124-127). But when James was barely nine years old, he was orphaned when both of his parents passed away because they had contracted typhoid fever while working in the milling community (Biography of James Naismith). After the death of his parents he was sent to live with his maternal grand mother. But they didn’t live there for very long. James Naismith’s grandmother passed away, and again the Naismith children were moved to their maternal uncle’s, Peter Young, house.
Biography of Dwight David Eisenhower On October 14, 1890, Mrs. Ida Elizabeth Eisenhower gave birth to her third son, Dwight David. He was a younger brother to Arthur B. and Edgar A. Eisenhower. Dwight was born in Denison, Texas, where his family was living at the time. After his father’s general store went out of business in Abilene, Kansas, they were forced to move to Texas, where Mr. David Eisenhower landed a forty-dollar a month job at a small railroad there. Back in Abilene, a new creamery plant was built and an old friend of Mr. Eisenhower asked him to move back and work for him.
It said for $30,000 I was selling him my interest in a vacation cabin our grandmother bought fifty years ago. The check however was only for $15,000. "I don't understand." I pushed back his Mount Blanc pen and the unsigned contract. Bill folded his arms.
Richard's father, Frank Nixon, was born in Ohio. His mother died when he was only 7, and he left home when he was only 14. He went from town to town doing odd jobs and eventually made his way to California where he met his future wife, Hannah. Nixon's mother's side of the family was originally from Germany. They then migrated to England around 1688, where they became Quakers.
Ulysses S. Grant On April 27, 1822 a boy was born to Jesse Root Grant and Hannah Simpson Grant in the small town of Point Pleasant, Ohio. They named their son Hiram Ulysses Grant. In 1823 the family moved to a town nearby called Georgetown, Ohio, where Ulysses’ father owned a tannery and some farmland. Grant had two brothers and three sisters born in Georgetown. Ulysses attended school in Georgetown until he was 14.
Abraham Lincoln On the stormy morning of Sunday, February 12, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, wife of Thomas, gave birth to a boy. He was born on a bed of poles covered with corn husks. The baby was named Abraham after his grandfather. In 1811 the Lincolns moved to a farm on Knob Creek which was also near Hodgenville. In 1811 or 1812, Abraham's younger brother, Thomas, died in infancy.