Ninth Generation


1290. Frances Isabel Gatchell1,12 was born on 14 October 1918 in Uhrichsville, Ohio Tuscarawas County. She died on 16 October 1987 in Dennison, Tuscarawas Co., OH. She was buried in Union Cemetery, Uhrichsville, Ohio Tuscarawas County. Frances was educated in High School graduate, Bowerston High School 1938. She was in Central Supply Worker, Twin City Hospital, Dennison, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio. She was in Protestant. Frances came from a long line of "Gatchell's" who lived in the Tuscarawas Valley. After her mother died of tuberculosis when Frances was 2, her father, Job Workman Gatchell remarried. When Frances was 7, Job drowned in the Little Stillwater Creek after a very suspicious incident. He and two men were observed standing on the bridge, arguing, the day he was missing. One of the men "heard a splash". Job was found after dragging the creek for 3 days, drowned. One of the men were held for inquest, but the Coroner's report showed that Job drowned, and he was released. One newspaper article said that a bloody cap had been found, and another that he had a bump on his head. Family has passed down that Job was pushed into the creek after a heated argument. He was a good swimmer.

Frances was a devout Christian most of her life. She told the story of being concerned at one point in her life, that she may not truly be saved. She prayed for a sign from heaven to assure her of her salvation. Immediately, the song, "I'm a Child of the King" came to her mind. From that day forward, she knew that she truly was "A Child of the King."

Frances was raised by her father's niece and her husband, Pearl and Ted Warner near Bowerston, Ohio, after her father, Job died. The Warner's later had three children of their own, Theodore, Bob, and Grace Warner. They adopted Lanny Paul, later in life. Frances had a very sad childhood, the youngest of four children to Job and Zetta Gatchell. She lost her mother at age 2, and father at age 7 and she was separated from her siblings who were each raised by different families. They continued to be very close as adults.

After her husband, James "Roy" Roush died when she was 50, she learned to drive, and went to work at Twin City Hospital, things he had never permitted her to do before his death. Her suicide in 1987 came as a shock to everyone who knew and loved her, and was as lonely and tragic as her unhappy life. She had retired 9 months before her death, and became very depressed. Her mind gave way to thoughts that she could not care for herself, and that she had no money. She felt that her Jesus had left her, and when she took her life that cold October day, 2 days after her 69th. birthday, she lost out on many wonderful events that followed...the graduations and marriages of her grandchildren, and the births of 8 more great-grandchildren, Today, she is with "her Jesus", where she always wanted to be, and she is truly a Child of the King.

Frances Isabel Gatchell and James Roy Roush I were married on 12 April 1941 in Methodist Manse, Gnadenhutten, Tuscarawas Co., OH. James Roy Roush I1,12 was born on 1 March 1914 in Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH. He died Congestive Heart Failure on 7 October 1968 in Dennison, Tuscarawas Co., OH. He was buried in Union Cemetery, Uhrichsville, Ohio Tuscarawas County. James was educated in 8th. grade. He was in Clay Pipe Worker, Fireman, Dennison, Tuscarawas Co., OH. He was in Protesant. Medical: First Heart attack at age 49. Died at age 54.

Little or nothing is known of "Roy Roush" as a child. His father died when he was 2 years old, and his mother remarried to a man named James Crouse, or "Grandpa Crouse, as we remembered him. Roy is found in James and Famie's home at 6 years old, in the 1920 census, and in 1930 at age 16. James had several children to his first wife, and they too, resided with James and Famie. A daughter, Vera, was born to them. Famie already had 3 children to Winfield Ballentine, and James Roy to James Arthur Roush. Roy attended school through the 8th grade, when he quit to find work to help the family.

Roy spent several months in the Civilian Conservation Corps , from April 27, 1935 to October 4, 1935, and was Honorably Discharged. He was 21 years old and was listed as a truck driver and laborer. His specific duties were Road Building (pick and shovel). He was stationed at Camp Birch Creek F-60, Dillon, Montana. The CCC was called "Roosevelt's Tree Army. Its enrollees throughout the country were credited with renewing three billion trees from 1933 to 1942. The 1932 Presidential election was more a cry for help from a desperate people near panic as it was an election in a "landslide" vote, the nation turned to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Democratic party searching for an end to the rampant unemployment and economic chaos that gripped the country. President Roosevelt planned a fight against soil erosion and declining timber resources, utilizing the unemployed of large urban areas. He revitalized the faith of the nation with several measures, on of which was the Emergency Conservation Work (ECW) Act, more commonly known as the Civilian Conservation Corps. With this action, he brought together two wasted resources, the young men, and the land, in an effort to save both. There were mandatory monthly $25.00 allotments checks to families, making life a little easier for the people at home. The enrollees worked hard, ate hearty, and gained weight while they improved millions of acres of federal and state lands and parks. New roads were built, telephone lines string, and the first of millions of trees that would be planted had gone into the soil.

Roy spent several years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and served aboard the U.S.S. Gunnason, a Destroyer Escort. He enlisted in the Navy on Sept 21, 1943 and was honorably discharged on Jan. 3, 1946. His ratings were AS, Seaman 1st and 2nd class. Remarks on his discharge show "European Theater, Victory Medal WWII, Amer. Theater Asiatic Pac. He received the WWII Victory Medal, and a Philippine Medal.

His 8th grade education left him unskilled to return to the work force, but Roy did work several different jobs, in order to support his family, including Pennsylvania R.R., as a crossing watchman, Scio Pottery, Dennison division, Superior Clay where he fired kilns, and then became a fireman for Dennison Fire Department for many years until his ill health forced him to leave that job. He died after his fourth heart attack, in 1968, at age 54.

Roy lacked social skills, which caused many people to dislike his strong, controlling personality. He loved gardening, and growing flowers, including African Violets which he raised in the front room of his house.

See 1920 Belmont Co., Census, Pultney Twp., for James Roy at 6 years old in the home of James Crouse, step-father, and his mother, Famie Ann.

See 1930 Tuscarawas Co. Census, Warwick Twp. for James Roy at 16 years old in the home of James Crouse, step-father, and his mother, Famie Ann.


Frances Isabel Gatchell and James Roy Roush I had the following children:

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Joyce Ann Roush.

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James Roy Roush II.