Birth record: Name: Pearl Jane,(no surname),born Aug.12,1919,523 Eddy Road,ward 26,Cleveland,Oh. (this is home for unwed mothers),legitimate: no,female, mother: Viola Isabel Kettleman,address: 3711 Ceder Ave.,(father's address)white,age 14,born Cleveland,Oh.,occupation: in school,father of child: Larance Jackson,residence: Central & 76th St.,white,age at last birthday: 19 (could have written over 16?),born :someplace in PA.,occupation: time keeper, (this could be work for railroad or time card keeper in a bussiness?), child born alive at 7 p.m.,W.E.Merrick M.D.,627 Osborn Bldg.,filed: Aug.19,1919,number children born to this mother: 1.(Viola about 2 weeks from age 15).
At age 17 Viola married a Willard Bevington,older man,this last less than month,she left he filed for divorce and got it. Viola was 2 months pregnant when she married Willard (he was not the father according to divorce papers), it appears Viola had to give up her two year old daughter Pearl Jane. She gave her up using the name Bevington,he was not the father.Adoption of Pearl Jane by Fred & Margaret Pittenger was final in 1923.It appears Viola called her daughter Jane and the Pittenger's continued this but naming her Jane Sterling Pittenger,but she later went by Jane Margaret Pittenger.Viola's only other child George R. was given the Bevington name,even though he was born couple weeks after the divorce was final.He later went by George Wert,George Hassen & last 17 yrs.,of his life by George R. Bevington.George knew of his older sister being adopted out and that his mother cried over her until her death. She died on her daughter's birthdate Aug.12 of massive stroke. Viols's 2nd husband,David Wert,her age,died at Sqaw Rock,after diving in 6 foot of water,struck his head and drown,age 22. They where married about a year. It appears Viola's first marriage was arranged,possibly by her father (a city policeman) to a neighbor Willard Bevington,more his age.Willard moved away after the divorce.Jane Margaret Pittenger had a wonderful life,raised by a upper class couple that loved her dearly and her them,especially her father Frederick J. Pittenger. They resided in three story brick tudor in Shaker Heights.