- Created: 22 December 2008
The existence of this Titus website is the result of the hard technical work performed by my son, David Arthurs, who gave the site to me as a Christmas present in 2008. His efforts were spurred along by the encouragement of my daughter, Sue.
The results so far have been gratifying. The comments from you folks out there have been positive and it appears that the site is achieving its objectives of filling in some of the gaps in Titus genealogy. The data accumulated from those who have contacted me directly has already added valuable information to the several Titus "big pictures" and further communication is encouraged. Thanks to all of you for your participation!
The photographs on the Home page are that of Calvin Pearl Titus and his family. He was part of the German Titus line that founded Titusville, Crawford County, PA.
Calvin Pearl Titus. b. Sep. 22, 1879 at Vinton, Benton Co., IA. (8 mo. at 1880 census, 30 in 1910 at Fort William Henry Harrison, Kessler School District, Lewis and Clark Co., MT, 50 at 1930 census when the family was enumerated at Fort Benning, Chatahoochee Co., GA, where he was a military officer). d. May 27, 1966 in the Veterans Hospital, San Fernando, CA. SS # 549-66-0269. Buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood, CA. According to Wikipedia, "Calvin Pearl was the son of Calvin and Cora Smith Titus of Vinton, Iowa. He moved to Oklahoma with his father after his mother died, and later lived with his Aunt Florence and Uncle William (Bill) H. Lee, evangelists with first the Salvation Army and later the Pilgrim Holiness movement. Calvin Pearl credited his time in his Uncle's evangelical band with giving him the bugle skills to join the armed forces and eventually leading him to Peking. Calvin Pearl got into West Point as a result of his Medal of Honor, where President Theodore Roosevelt's presentation of his medal was the climax of a ceremony to celebrate the academy's centenniel. His religious upbringing led him to try to become an Army Chaplain but his denomination was not at that point in time recognized by the Army. He became a Chaplains assistant instead." The following article appeared in the New York Times on May 29, 1966: “Lieut. Col. Calvin Pearl Titus, who won a Medal of Honor during the Boxer Rebellion in China, died yesterday in the Veterans Administration hospital here. He was 87 years old. He was a bugler in 1900 when his regiment, the 14th Infantry, reached the base of the 30-foot wall surrounding the Forbidden City in Peking. Army history relates that the regiment's commanding officer, Col. Aaron S. Daggett, a tough professional who had fought through the Civil War, eyed the top and said, ‘I wonder if we can get up there.’ Young Titus replied, ‘I'll try sir, if you want me to.’ In later years he recalled, ‘The old man looked me over, head to foot, and said, 'All right, if you think you can do it.’ The bugler reached the crest, sounded a charge and was followed by his unit in an attack described as the turning point of the rebellion.” m. Grace Anna Robinson in Jun., 1905 at Colorado Springs, CO. She b. ca. 1874 in KS. (26 in 1910, 46 at 1930 census). d. 1963.
The current status of the site is outlined in the Contents section on the Home page. More data and web links will be added as they become available. Suggestions from the viewing public are encouraged. I may be reached through the addresses listed in the CONTACT section and by entering comments in the FEEDBACK section.
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