Just as everyone has a mother, so too does everyone have a father, despite modern tendencies to dismiss this as socially constructed or whatever. Biology doesn't care about social construction. But there is more to being a father than a biological contribution. That's more, not less. So let's climb the tree paternal and see what fruits dangle therefrom.
A. The Incomparable Marge
|"Blackie" White (left) and wife Elsie.|
Margie was their only child, and Elsie died when the Marge was very young; and Claude never remarried. So the first father on the list was a single parent. He was utterly devoted to his daughter and while various maternal aunts pitched in to help, he sometimes took her to work with him. As a Teamster, he held several jobs driving cabs and other vehicles. One was driving an armored car. The woman who owned the company gave him permission to take the Marge along on pick-ups, where she rode in the back with the money sacks. Margie grew up, she says, literally rolling in dough. So we take our hats off (properly badged with the union button) and say, "Job well done."
Other fathers on her paternal line are less well known.
2. Jasper Moses White (1878-????) was Claude's father, but he is sprinkled sparsely upon the records, which are sparse in any account. All we know is that he was born in Bohnam, Fannin Co. in 1878 or 79, appears as 1 yr old in the 1880 Census, and married a Choctaw woman named Maggie Jam (a cool name, unless it was Maggie James, which is still kinda kool). There is a Texas marriage record from Fannin for Jasper M. White and a Maggie Taen or Fain (depending on the record). Blackie named his daughter, the Incomparable Marge, after this Maggie. What happened to Jasper after this is a blank. The Nations were a rough and tumble place -- we're talking Late Cowboy Era -- and few records were kept. Either he moved to Ft. Towson, Choctaw Nation, or he died and his widow moved. He was a party to a suit seeking recognized citizenship in Choctaw Nation.
|George Washington White|
4. (John) Ransom White (1807-1882) may have been G.W.'s father, but may have been his uncle. Born in North Carolina, he was in Tennessee by 1838 and in Texas before 1847. In 1860, G.W. was working as "farm labor" on Ransom's farm, so if he was Ransom's son, the "46" years on his tombstone is off by a couple of years, not impossible near half a century after the fact. But here we have a father who piled his family in a covered wagon and set out for Texas
B. TOFTOF doffs his coiffure to his own father Pere, who we feted just today at the Hotel Bethlehem buffet. This is an excellent buffet in an elegant setting. TOF and the Marge were there as was Sèan and his wife Dana and her parents; so we had three fathers at the table, counting TOF himself. So we may start the Flynnish count with Son of TOF, who is not a father, but provides the zero-point on the scale: to wit:
|Dennis or Picard? Inquiring minds|
want to know!
0. Sara Margaret Flynn is also Child of TOF and mother of three TOFian grandchildren. She does not live in Alaska, although the youngest grandchildren sometimes emulate moose and bear.
1. Michael Francis Flynn is their father, but the less said of him the better. He was rescued from a life of dissolution and decay by the Incomparable Marge, who cleaned him up and taught him by the use of Garanimals to often match his shirt to his trousers. It's worked out for the past 40-plus years, so maybe they will keep it up.
|Not yet a father in this pix|
|Pere, back right, demonstrating his fatherhood bona fides|
|Left to right: Blanche, Pere, Uncle Danny, Pop-pop|
Not shown six other kids. One died at birth.
|Tillie on far left; Daniel on far right. Youngest child|
Daniel in front. Between: d-in-l Blanche and mother Anne.
Not shown: other seven kids. Pop-pop likely snapping the pix
|John Thomas Flynn, the Progenitor|