Genealogy of the Cushing Family

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An account of the Ancestors and Descendants of Matthew Cushing who came to America in 1638
Researching the Cushing families of England and Ireland who emigrated to Canada and the United States
Also including the Descendants of Maurice Cushing of County Kerry, Ireland
And the Descendants of Edward Cushing of County Cork, Ireland
Plus the Descendants of Pierre Courchesne of Paris, France

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  • ID: P16450
  • Burial: 18 Apr 1982 Cremated. Ashes scattered off Mather Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona 1
  • Name: Stewart Byron Nye
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 28 Jan 1906 in Saint Joseph, Berrien, Michigan 2
  • Death: 29 Dec 1981 in Salem, Marion, Oregon 3
  • Note:
    Stewart Henry Nye was born Jan. 28, 1906 in St. Joseph, MI, the younger of two children born to Byron and Sylvia (Stewart) Nye. After graduating from high school, Stewart attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, becoming a funeral director, working in Benton Harbor, MI and Milwaukee,WI.

    On July 8, 1925, Stewart married Lillian Flora Cushing Sutherland in South Bend, IN. Stewart and Lillian settled in Benton Harbor, MI, where their daughter, Sally, was later born. The couple was divorced in 1934.

    Later in 1934, Stewart married Agatha "Gay" Allen Malmborg. It was her second marriage. They remained married until Gay's death in 1980.

    Stewart and Gay embarked on many road trips, utilizing a variety of travel trailers, staring in the 1930s, when trailers were not much more than boxes on wheels. They especially liked traveling through the western U.S.

    Stewart was drafted in World War II, becoming a Pharmacist's Mate aboard the USS, attaining the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. The following news article outlines his military service:
    Mr. and Mrs. Stewart B. Nye, son and daughter-in-law of the Byron J. Nyes, 1315 Wolcott avenue [sic], have left for San Diego, Calif., where they will live temporarily. Formerly a pharmacist's mate 2-c in the Navy, Mr. Nye was discharged Oct. 19 after nearly 10 months in the South Pacific aboard the hospital ship USS Rescue. Nye was in Tokyo Bay on V-J Day, and aboard the USS Missouri when the peace was signed. Four hours after the signing, he was in Tokyo, screening prisoners and helping them aboard rescue ships. He earned two battle stars, one for Okinawa, and a citation, for work in rescuing 39 men during the typhoon. He was one of the few Naval volunteers ashore during the Okinawa invasion, when he helped rush plasma kits and other aid to wounded men.

    After being discharged from the Navy, Stewart started his own funeral home in Hudson Michigan. The business was run downstairs while the family lived upstairs.

    By 1955, Stewart's sister, her family, and his mother had moved to Tucson, AZ. Stewart and Gay pulled up stakes and moved there as well, though they did not stay for long. They eventually ended up in San Diego, where Stewart worked as a Safety Officer for the City of San Diego for the remainder of his career. A house with a triplex in back was purchased, both as their residence and a source of revenue.

    In 1970, after the death of Stewart's mother, the Nyes sold their house and traveled through the U.S. for a couple years. After their return to San Diego, they settled in Spring Valley, where they lived for the remainder of their lives.

    In December 1981, a few months after the death of his wife, Stewart drove to Salem, OR, to spend the holidays with his daughter and her family. A few days after Christmas, Stewart suffered a heart attack. The next day a fatal massive heart attack followed. It was almost as if he made his trip north to say good-bye.

    Stewart had always made it clear that he wanted to be cremated and for his ashes to be spread from Mather Point at the Grand Canyon. The following spring his wish was fulfilled.

    Gramps was a heck of a guy. Though always in the mood to tell or hear a joke, when he raised his baritone voice it was enough to stop any misbehavior by the grandchildren. Gramps always seemed a bit larger than life, and he is missed every day.



    St. Joseph Herald-Press, Feb. 2, 1945, p. 9
    News of Our Men and Women in Uniform
    Stewart B. Nye, Ph. M. 2-c, who arrived with his wife from Charleston, S.C., several days ago to visit his parents in St. Joseph, has left for the east to report for duty at the Brooklyn Navy Yards. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Byron J. Nye of 1315 Wolcott avenue. His wife is remaining
    at the home of his parents.
    Unknown newspaper (probably St. Joseph Herald-Press), November 13, 1945

    Mr. and Mrs. Stewart B. Nye, son and daughter-in-law of the Byron J. Nyes, 1315 Wolcott avenue [sic], have left for San Diego, Calif., where they will live temporarily. Formerly a pharmacist's mate 2-c in the Navy, Mr. Nye was discharged Oct. 19 after nearly 10 months in the South
    Pacific aboard the hospital ship USS Rescue. Nye was in Tokyo Bay on V-J Day, and aboard the USS Missouri when the peace was signed. Four hours after the signing, he was in Tokyo, screening prisoners and helping them
    aboard rescue ships. He earned two battle stars, one for Okinawa, and a citation, for work in rescuing 39 men during the typhoon. He was one of the few Naval volunteers ashore during the Okinawa invasion, when he
    helped rush plasma kits and other aid to wounded men.

    San Diego City Directory listings:
    1940 - Nye, Stewart B. (Eliz A), mech E. A. Altenburg, h4275 Cass
    1958 - not listed
    1962-71 - Nye, Stewart B. (Eliz A), h4219 Alabama St., emp City Safety
    office/clerk City Employees Svcs/Attendant City Admin Mgmt.
    1972 - listing for 4219 Alabama St.: Mrs. Gregoria Castro
    *h-householder (vs. room renter)
    PHOTOS:
    Stewart Byron Nye 2
    Stewart Byron Nye 4

    Sources:
    1. Nye Family Tree; Nye Franz, Fern; Stewart Nye, Sylvia; Nye, Stewart
    This family tree is a photocopied combination of typewritten and handwritten pages tracing the Stewart and Nye families that appears to have been complied before and after 1968 (Fern Nye's 1968 death is the latest entry on it)
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  • Title: Stewart Byron Nye (1906 - 1981)
  • OBJE:
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    Father: Byron Jay Nye b: 13 Jun 1870 in Niles, Berrien, Michigan
    Mother: Sylvia Alice Stewart b: 4 Nov 1880 in Royalton, Berrien, Michigan

    Marriage 1 Lillian Flora Cushing b: 2 Dec 1903 in Dowagiac, Cass, Michigan
    • Divorced: 1934
    • Married: 8 Jul 1925 in South Bend, Saint Joseph, Indiana
    Children
    1. Has No Children Sally Ann Nye b: Abt 1926

    Sources:
    1. Title: Findagrave.com
      Note:

      Page: Cremated
    2. Title: 1930 US Census
      Note:

      Page: Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan
      Note:
      Text: 1930 Federal Census (4/5/1920) ED 11-9, p. 3A, res. 76, 685 Colfax Ave. Benton Harbor, Benton twp., Berrien Co., MI: family 80: Chamberlin, Raymond, rents Lucile family 81: Nye, Stuart B., rents @@@ $35/mo., has a radio, 25, m. @@ 20, MI MI MI, undertaker at undertaking parlor, has been on unemployment for 6 mos. Lillian S., 25, m. @@ 20, MI MI MI, private vocal teacher, working
    3. Title: U.S. Social Security Death Index
      Note:

      Page: 397-03-3666
      Text: Nye, Stewart SSN 397-03-3666 Residence: 92077 Born 28 Jan 1906 Died Dec 1981 Issued: WI (Before 1951)

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