I have been trying to trace my Grandfather, Earl J Playford, and determine where he was born and find records of his parentage.
EJ died in 1965, the year before I was born. He lived most of his adult life in in Portland, Oregon. Apparently, he wasn't very fond of disclosing too much about who he was and where he originally came from. He always claimed to have been raised in Muncie, Indiana and that he had left home at age 12 or thereabouts. I have thus far been unable to find any Playfords in the Muncie, Indiana area. He was born either in 1889 or 1891, depending upon whether one believes his service record or his tombstone.
According to his death certificate, his parents were named William Playford and Hattie Linggood (or livingood), although I can't be sure that these are their actual names.
So, any help on the existence of an Earl or William Playford in the Muncie area would be much appreciated.