|Decatur and Vic Breeden|
During World War II, many of my ancestors left the Shenandoah Valley that had been their home for many generations to seek work in Washington DC. And that’s exactly where I found my great-grand aunt Victoria Elizabeth Jollett and her husband Decatur Breeden in 1940.
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They were renting an apartment for $35 a month from William and Sarah Moore on Twelfth Street. The Breedens had not been there very long, it seems, as they said they were still living in Shenandoah, Virginia in 1935, where they had been living all their married lives since 1902.
Decatur was an engineer with the Navy Yard earning $1820 for a full year’s work in 1939, roughly $30,300 today. He worked 39 hours during the last week of March 1940. Although Vic claimed to be UNABLE to work, she actually never worked, according to previous census records. She suffered from asthma for many years.
There is no informant indicated, so it’s unclear who gave incorrect information about Vic’s and Decatur’s ages. They are recorded as 58 and 54, respectively; however, the ages should have been Vic 62 and Decatur 63.
An interesting story about them is not to be found in census records. Vic and Decatur were actually first cousins once removed. Now here’s a tangled mess when figuring out relationships. Vic’s father James Franklin Jollett and Decatur’s grandmother Lydia Jollett Breeden were brother and sister; therefore, Decatur’s grandmother was Vic’s aunt. Let’s keep going. Decatur’s father James Madison Breeden was then Vic’s cousin as well as father-in-law. Decatur was not just the husband of my great-grand aunt but also my second cousin twice removed.
|Vic at a Jollett Reunion|