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Thomas Arnold Purington b. Jan. 29, 1869, was married Aug. 6, 1894 in Jefferson Greene, Iowa to Blanche W. Adkinson b. June 1, 1869, d/o Irwin D. Adkinson & Mary Jane Elden. Blanche & Thomas had 3 children, one son Forrest, and two girls, Faye and Ferne. Ferne is my grandmother and when she was young, her mother developed Tuberculosis. The family moved to one of the southern states to live in tents because it was thought that the dryer air and outdoor living would be a cure for her. Blanche died anyway on Mar. 17, 1901 and the children were put into an orphanage for a short while. Thomas remarried and I do not know the name of his new wife. After his marriage he collected the children from the orphanage and had a fourth child, a son with the new wife. During the tyhpoid epidemic in the states,about 1912,Thomas, his new son and Ferne's younger sister Fay all died. Forrest was about 16 at the time and he left home to live on his own and Ferne was sent to live with her grandmother somewhere in the Eastern States as the new wife had to find work for herself and couldn't look after her as well. Ferne became a teacher and eventually married my grandfather and came to live in Canada. I am trying to locate Thomas' parents or siblings and any reference to what happened to Forrest. My grandmother used to tell me that Forrest had a turkey farm in California and we used to have a picture of someone in his family standing beside a huge turkey.