I am looking for Bessie's maiden name and the names of her parents.
Reason for my quest: I've come across an inscribed book belonging to Bessie that I would like to see returned to her living descendents or closest relatives. Since she unlikely had any children, that probably means looking for her siblings if any.
Bessie Culin was born in Honolulu in 1890 and married John Harding Culin 24 years later. She died somewhere near Tucson in 1988.
Lt. Commander (USN) John H. Culin died tragically in Haiti in 1924 or 1925 while on a tour of duty in Haiti.
John H. Culin was an Annapolis graduate, class of 1912.Had he lived, given that he was a LT. Commander by 1925, he may well have become an Admiral by WWII.
His brother was Major General Frank Lewis Culin Jr., who served with Gen. George S. Patton Jr. for much of WWII.
In 1930 Bessie lived at 318 East Thirteenth Street, Tucson City, AZ. According the the US census of 1930, she was then 40 years old, widowed, an unemployed secretary and an author.
I've contacted the Tucson newspaper, Tucson library and some other Arizona groups to see if any can help, but inhospitably none are willing to help an out of state Texan like me. Very strange.
Some members of the Culin family in the PA-DC-VA area have been very helpful, but none can recall her maiden name.
In 1920 Bessie and John Culin lived in New Orleans, where he was stationed in the USN.Their address was 7839 Nelson Street – which was flooded by Katrina.
In 1920 Bessie was already trading on the Curb market, very unusual for a young lady, so she must have really been something in her day. Just five years later her husband died suddenly and she was left a widow.
Apparently she and her husband were unable to have children.
Part of me feels very sorry for her.She lived a long 98 to 99 years, and I hope and wish she was mostly happy, but I fear not, with the bad hand dealt to her by fate.
So, I'd like to return her inscribed trading book to her closest living relative(s) as a favor to her.