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My dad Roland Palmore Texas & Ohio 1900s Columbus, Ohio Oral tradition & research

The origin of the Columbus, Ohio Palmore history has always been shrouded in mystery. I was always told by my father that my grandfather Robert Palmore migrated to Ohio from Texas at the age of 14. This story is complicated because my grandfather passed away when my father & his twin were 5 years old. My grandfather Robert Palmore and his wife Geraldine Hawkins-Sawyer-Palmore had 8 children of which my father & his twin are the youngest. They were raised by their older siblings so that they would not be split up like my grandmother was from her siblings. Looking at dad's birth certificate and an old WWII registration card, Robert Palmore was born in Wharton, Texas in 1895. He left family behind and never turned back. We have lost any connection with Palmore family members in Texas. The only thing that I've heard from relatives is that his father's name was Albert Palmore & his mother's name was Mary Ruth Palmore. I first find Robert Palmore in Cleveland, Ohio in 1920 married to an Ezzavine. This tells me that I possibly have Palmore family in Cleveland, Oh. I then find him in the 1930 census married to my grandmother Geraldine. My mission is to find out more about Robert Palmore & his Texas origins. All 8 of his children turned out well and still live in Ohio with the exception of my father who now lives in Atlanta with his wife, me (Derrick Palmore), my sister, 3 grandchildren.

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