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The Lawrence M. Childs Family of Renton, Washington

Updated June 29, 2003

About Our Family Research

We are just beginning our search after a visit with a cousin who has done extensive research. We are looking forward to our Childs family reunion in August.

Our grandfather, Melvin Burnett Childs looks so much like my brother Harvey Chester Childs, it is almost spooky. We will be adding photos often. Much thanks goes to our cousin, Merle Long, of Granite Falls, Washington who got us hooked in just one visit.

There is a family reunion scheduled for Saturday August 2nd, 2003 in Granite Falls, WA. All Childs' descendants and families are welcome. Contact us via email for any details at

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Family Photos
  • Michael & Jennifer Childs Wedding Photo (29 KB)
    Michael Lawrence Childs and Jennifer Lynn Barry were married September 14, 2002 at St. James Episcopal Church in Kent, Washington. This picture is at the reception. Mike and Jennie bought a home in Kent in November and adopted a beautiful Siberian Husky puppy, "Summit" in February! No doubt a new family picture including Summit will grace these pages soon.
  • Samuel DeGold & Laura Sherwood Childs (31 KB)
    This photo is of our great grandparents, Samuel DeGold Childs and Laura Sherwood Childs. They were married May 27, 1866. Samuel dob January 7 1844, Laura dob May 15 1849.
  • 1895 Samuel DeGold Childs Family Portrait (55 KB)
    Family portrait 1895 Back row,l to r: Leah Maude Childs, Arthur Jackson Childs, Melvin Burnett Childs, Elise Adeline Childs. Front l to r: Laura Sherwood Childs, Martha Roxanne Childs, Samuel DeGold Childs, Center - Earl Thurston Childs.
    Melvin is our grandfather.
  • Grandfather Melvin Burnett Childs (29 KB)
    This is the photo that looks strikingly like my brother Harvey Chester Childs. I will add a link with a recent picture of Harvey and his wife, Siri Alice Smith, today. Melvin's dob July 31,1868 in Wasioja, Minnesota. He died September 24, 1948 when I was 2 years old.
  • Harvey & Siri Childs January 2003, Maui (22 KB)
    This is the photo that shows the strong family resemblance between Harvey Chester Childs, my older brother and his wife, Siri Alice (Smith). We spent a week together in Maui this January.
  • Lawrence Melvin & Gayle Osterhout Childs Wedding (36 KB)
    August 15, 1970, Lawrence Melvin Childs married Gayle Frances Osterhout at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in West Seattle.
  • Childs/Osterhout Wedding Party (46 KB)
    The bride and grooom - Larry & Gayle are shown with Gayle's parent's, Ernest Phillip Osterhout and Vernita Elaine Markham, and her two sisters, Nancy Lynn on the far left, Janene Marie on the far right.
  • Baptismal Day-Jeffrey M. Childs-December 1972 (37 KB)
    Our first born, Jeffrey Marcus Childs, was welcomed into the family of God on December 3, 1972. Harvey & Siri, Jeffrey's Godparents are pictured here with Larry and Gayle, proud parents.
  • Great Great Uncle Moses Childs - 1850 (38 KB)
    Found another great picture of one of our ancestors. This is Moses Childs. He is Wilkins Childs' (our Great Great Grandfather) brother. Our Great Grandfather, Samuel DeGold Childs lived with Uncle Moses and his wife Orpha in Plymouth Wisconsin. Still searching for info on Wilkins. Both Moses and Wilkins were born in Truxton, New York in the 1820s.
  • Jeffrey & Shelia Childs Family - December 2002 (34 KB)
    Here is a great photo Gayle took of our oldest son, Jeff with his wife Shelia, and our three beautiful granddaughters just before Christmas this last year. Darian Nicole is eight, Morgan Lynn is five and Cameron Olivia is 15 months old in this photo.
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