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Ralph Albert (Bert) Pellet, Port Orange, FL
Posted by: Ted E. Johnson Jr. (ID *****4179) Date: February 02, 2007 at 07:31:58
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I would like to know more about the mysterious death of Ralph Albert Pellet about May 25, 1948 and the follow up investigation and did they ever find his nephew Harry who was a suspect. Did they ever solve the death?

Ralph Albert Pellet, also known as "Bert" was born in Daytona Beach, FL Oct. 20, 1880 and died under mysterious circumstances in South Daytona, FL, May 25, 1948. He married my Great Aunt Willa Mae Johnson in Daytona Beach, FL, Dec. 5, 1908. Willa Mae and Albert were married by Notary Public Bingham, in Daytona Beach, FL. Albertís parents were: Morgan Pellett & Illissee Moss.

They had three childre: Children listed in birth order:
Katherine, b. March 8, 1913, Daytona Beach, Volusia, FL, d. December 1984, Miami, Dade, FL
Doris Madeline, b. June 29, 1915 Daytona Beach, Volusia, FL, d. April 14, 1998?
Ralph, Jr., b. ____________, d. _________________ .

His record of funeral gives his occupation as Fisherman, date of death as May 25, 1948 and date of funeral as June 26, 1948. Cause of death fractured skull, he was found about 50 feet from where he lived in a primitive palmetto hut along the South Daytona shore. Shows he is burried in Woodland Cemetery, Port Orange, as is his wife Willa Mae, he has no headstone.

Willa Mae died July 21, 1921 from a mysterious fall down some stairs. She had first been married to Harry Wayne Sargent in Daytona and they had two kids, Wayne Elwell and Stanley Sargent. Six years later she married Ralph.

Ralph died under strange circumstances. I have two newspaper articles from June 1948 about his death.

My Dad said: Bert lived up there in that shack along the river (now million dollar homes) and when you passed his shack in your boat flounder-fishing at night you always called out to him and he never failed to answer anyone who called him, no matter what the hour.

The article said the Sheriff was looking for Harry, Bert's nephew who had been living with him for questioning.
Bert and good friend Guy Johnson were fellow fishermen and were known to drink a bit.

I will be glad to email or send a copy of the two newspaper articles to anyone interested. I also have two photos of the old Pellet home on Orange Ave. in Daytona. Also have photos of Willa Mae but none of Ralph.

My family has lived in Port Orange since 1852, Willa Mae Johnson is a direct descendant of William Edward Johnson and Mary Elizabeth McDonald, Mary owned and operated the Palmetto Hat Factory in Port Orange. Marys parents were Edward Archibald McDonald and Rose Ellender Barber, in 1871 they built and operated the Port Orange House the largest structure in Port Orange. The McDonalds and Johnsons were pioneer families of Port Orange.
Edward and Rose McDonald were my GGreat Grandparents.
Ted Johnson

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