1. Major Roy Clarke Leggitt USAF (Retired),1 son of Roy Alonzo Young and Clara Clark Leggitt, was born on 6 Apr 1933 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma.1 Other names for Roy are Jay Clark Smith and1 Samuel James (Jay) Purdy.1
Christening Notes: Roy was baptized by the Lutheran Chaplin while stationed at Shemya Air Force Station near the western end of the Aleutian Chain.
General Notes: Early Life:
Roy was born during the Great Depression just at the beginning of the Oklahoma dust bowl His parents were not married.
(In 1994, Mae Leggitt Finney related a story whereas there had been consideration by Inez Hussey Leggitt, Roy's grandmother, of placing him up for adoption shortly after his birth. His great grandmother Elizabeth Capps Hussey put an end to that by stating there would be no adoption of any of her great grandchildren.) His grandmother, who didn't like the name Roy, called him Jay.
In January 1934 his mother and he moved in with the Samuel Purdy family in Carter, Oklahoma. Clara worked as their housekeeper and finished high school there in 1936. By 1937 the Purdy family could no longer support themselves in Oklahoma because of the severity of the dust bowl. In September 1937 they migrated to southern California.
Roy went to first through third grade as Samuel James (Jay) Purdy. After his mother's marriage in 1941 to Leonard Smith, without adoption, his name was changed to Jay Clark Smith. He went to 17 grammar schools and four high schools, graduating from Modesto High School, CA, in 1951. Roy worked as a janitor, shoe salesman, operating engineer, and carpenter until joining the United States Air Force in November, 1952. During that period he and his family lived in Nevada, central, and southern California.
Roy joined the United States Air Force 26 November 1952. He served as an enlisted ground radio operator and attained the rank of staff sergeant. Just prior to his marriage in 1955 Roy changed his name from Jay Clark Smith back to his legal birth name, Roy Clarke Leggitt.
Upon completion of officer candidate school he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1959. He served as a communications officer and later as a communications-electronics staff officer.
Roy attended night college courses until he was able to complete his two final semesters at the Alaska Methodist University. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences (Magna Cum Laude) in 1965. In 1969 Roy completed his Masters of Science in Information Sciences degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
During his tour with the USAF, Roy was stationed in California, Mississippi, Japan, Iwo Jima, Iowa, New Mexico, Azores, Texas, Mississippi, Shemya Island, Alaska, Mississippi, Iowa, Georgia, Belgium, and Oklahoma. Roy retired from USAF as a major on 31 August 1974.
For a more detailed description of Roy's military service, go to the Internet and select
Post Military Life:
Two days after retiring from the USAF Roy began working with NCR Corporation in San Diego as a software quality analyst and later as a programmer analyst. He worked primarily in telecommunications programming.
In 1976 he became bored with his job and obtained his real estate sales license. He worked mostly in the Poway, California area. While working there he met his future wife-to-be, Darlene.
In 1978 he went back to NCR as a senior software quality analyst and later as a consulting analyst.
After their children were grown, Roy and his wife of nearly 28 years grew apart and divorced in 1983.
In 1984 Roy changed over from the commercial side to the defense industry side of software quality engineering with the Cubic Defense Corporation in San Diego. He worked as a software quality engineer and later as a software quality engineering technical specialist. Again, his specialty was in telecommunications programming.
In 1987 Roy married his present wife Darlene.
His aim for several years was to retire when he reached 59 1/2 years of age. On schedule, Roy retired in October 1992.
Roy now pursues genealogy as his principle pastime. After his wife Darlene retired a day after her fifty-fith birthday in 1996 they spent a considerable amount of time each year touring America in their recreational vehicle from their home base in San Diego. In January 1997, after they decided they enjoyed RVing so much, they sold their house in San Diego, bought a new diesel powered 37' Holiday Rambler Endeavor LE, and became full time RVers. Darlene drives and Roy navigates. Using his laptop computer and a two-way DirecWay satellite Internet connection, Roy still pursues his online genealogical quest.
They spend their winters on the Colorado River near Parker, Arizona. Starting in early spring and continuing through late fall they travel to a selected area of the United States. They try to visit family and friends in central Nevada and southern California twice a year. By the end of 1997 they had traveled to each of the contiguous 48 states and in early 1998 ventured down into Mexico.
They still have the traveling bug. In June 2002 they upgraded their home-on-wheels to a new, custom built 2002 41' Monaco Windsor diesel pusher with three slide out compartments. Darlene still does all the driving.
In January 2008, after eleven years on the road, Roy and Darlene purchased a nice RV lot in a co-op RV park about four miles south of Florence, Arizona. They plan on spending from mid-October to mid-April there traveling to cooler places during the summer. To see our new RV homebase, look at http://tinyurl.com/4ytvrs
To read about some of their great adventures, go to http://www.royc.cts.com/Great_Adventure.mht. To see where they are camped now, go to tinyurl.com/6gqsz.
Noted events in his life were:
AKA: Alternate names: 1Roy's birth certificate shows his name as Roy Clarke Leggitt. His maternal grandmother did not like the name Roy so he was called Jay.
When he was about nine months old he and his mother were taken in by the Samuel and Bonnie Purdy family. When he started school, he was registered as Samuel James "Jay" Purdy. He used this name in the first through third grades.
When his mother married Leonard Smith, without adoption, his name was changed to Jay Clark Smith. He completed school and joined the United States Air Force using this name. During his early Air Force career his friends called him Smitty.
Just prior to his marriage in 1955 he formally changed his name back to Roy Clarke Leggitt. However, most of his maternal family members still call him Jay.
Full-time RVing: Roy and Darlene are now on their fourth recreation vehicle. This is their current home on wheels. You can see what it looks like on the Internet. Go to
http://www.royc.cts.com/Great_Adventure.mht. While there, look around and share some of their great adventures.
DNA: In 2007 I had my Y-chromosome analyzed. Here is some of that analysis:
Your Predicted Haplogroup: R1b (prediction confidence 100.0%) Haplogroup R1b, defined by the SNP marker M343, is part of the ancestral R1-M173 of which ancestors first arrived first arrived in Europe from West Asia during the Upper Paleolithic period (35,000-40,000 years ago) at the beginning of the Aurignacian culture. This culture is one of the first within Europe to leave cave-art and their stone tools were more refined than previous periods. The Pιrigordian culture is also considered by some to have existed at this time. As the last ice-age began, it became necessary to move down to below the tree-line to hunt game. At its peak, the ice shelf within Europe extended down as far as southern Ireland, the middle of England and across northern Germany.
Scandinavia was entirely covered. The sea-ice pack extended as far as northern Spain and tundra covered much of continental Europe. The tree-line at the height of the ice-age was as far south as Southern France, Northern Italy, north of the Balkans and across the Black Sea.
People with Haplogroup R1 Y-chromosomes retreated to below these regions where they established themselves. During this period, the mutation which defines R1b (M343) likely developed within the Iberian Peninsula. As the ice-age ended and the fauna and flora were able to move northward again, people in R1b also migrated north. Haplogroup R1 appears in about 50% of the total European whereas R1b remains by far the most common haplogroup in Western Europe (Spain, Portugal, France, UK and Ireland). R1b3, one of the most successful clades, has it's origins about 11,800 years ago. Within the British Isles, a genetic pattern called the Atlantic Modal Haplotype (AMH) features greatly among the Irish and Welsh. Some researchers consider this haplotype to be representative of the early Celtic migrations. Haplogroup R1b is prevalent within South America given the influx of Iberian Y-chromosomes to the continent over the last 500 years.
The picture to the right shows the probability of my distant ancestral origin.
Desert Garden RV Oasis: In January 2008, after eleven years on the road, Roy and Darlene purchased a nice RV lot in a co-op RV park about four miles south of Florence, Arizona. They plan on spending from mid-October to mid-April there traveling to cooler places during the summer. Roughly. spend a month in southern California, a month in Carson City, fthree months roaming around the Pacific northwest, another month in southern California and then back to Florence.
Roy married Della Elaine Eveland,1 daughter of Carlton Derald Eveland and Ethalyn Rose Montross, on 6 Oct 1955 in Nashua, Chickasaw, Iowa. Della was born on 6 Oct 1937 in Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa,1 died on 5 Dec 1984 in Escondido, San Diego, California1 at age 47, and was buried Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido, San Diego, California.1 The cause of her death was Automobile accident..1
Noted events in their marriage were:
Marriage in The Little Brown Church: Roy and Elaine were married in the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa.
General Notes: Elaine's parents divorced when she was quite young and she was raised by her paternal grandparents.
She married Roy Leggitt on her eighteenth birthday before she completed high school. Roy was stationed at the local Waverly Air Force Station at the time. She spent the next eighteen years traveling around the world with Roy as he pursued his Air Force career. As was the custom for Air Force wives of that generation, Elaine did not pursue a profession of her own. She was a full time mother and performed various volunteer and club work while Roy was in the Air Force.
For several years after Roy retired Elaine worked at a local bath accessories store and later at the Miramar Naval Exchange in San Diego.
Elaine and Roy separated in September 1981 with a final dissolution of the marriage in February, 1983.
She was killed instantly when a drunk teenage driver ran a stop sign and drove in front of her at the intersection of Las Palmas Avenue and Bear Valley Parkway in Escondido, California. Because of the proximity of the accident to the Palomar Hospital, her eyes and several organs were salvaged for transplant.
Her SSAN was 478-42-9888.
General Notes: Derald, being an Air Force brat attended schools based on his father's assignments. He attended schools in Alaska, Mississippi, Iowa, Georgia, Belgium, Oklahoma, and California.
After completing high school in 1975, Derald joined the United States Army. However, during his basic training at Fort Ord, CA, he broke his arm. His class was the last to be conducted at Fort Ord, therefore, he was offered a training discharge rather than transferring to another training facility on the east coast.
After his discharge from the Army, Derald completed a two year degree and was awarded his Associate of Arts in Photography from Palomar Junior College.
Since 1993 Derald has been the store manager for The Sound Company, a high-end, customized audio component sales organization in San Diego, California.
By 2007 Derald became disenchanted with his employer in San Diego. He and his new bride Kimberly relocated to the Raleigh, North Carolina area. They kept and rented their home in San Diego and bought a nearly new home near Raleigh. He is working as a retail consultant for a very large audio component store, AudioAdvice, in Raleigh and Kimberly will be able to resume her beautician trade (her Ohio license was not valid in California but it is in North Carolina.)
Noted events in his life were:
Derald the Runner: Derald had severe asthma as a child and still sufferes from its effects. He runs almost daily to build up his strength. Annually he participates in the San Diego triathlon where he must run, swim, and bicycle (1K Swim, 30K Bike, 10K Run.)
Derald married Kimberly Ann Keller,1 daughter of August Keller and Nancy Dorothy Halliday, on 24 May 2002 in Del Mar, San Diego, California. Kimberly was born on 11 Oct 1955 in Euclid, Cuyahoga, Ohio.1
Noted events in their marriage were:
Formal Ceremony: Their civil ceremony was held in San Diego. However, their formal ceremony was conducted a week later at Rocky River, OH, near Kim's parents' home, on June the 1st. Roy's father and Darlene were able to attend the Ohio ceremony.
General Notes: Kimberly's dream had always been to be married on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and thanks to Derald, she got her wish!
They conducted the ceremony just at sunset overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Del Mar, California. Kimberly's parents attended but most of the guests were Derald's friends and family. A week later they renewed their vows in Cleveland, Ohio where Kimberly's family and friends attended. The ceremony was conducted just at sunset overlooking Lake Erie. Derald's parents attended the Cleveland ceremony.
Roy next married Darlene Grace Osborne,1 daughter of Earl Richard Osborne and Sibyl Milholland, on 26 Apr 1987 in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California. Darlene was born on 20 Jan 1941 in Fresno, Fresno, California.1
Noted events in their marriage were:
Wedding: Roy and Darlene wed in their back yard at their home in Rancho Bernardo (northern San Diego.) They were married by Betty Coplin. There were 156 guests.
General Notes: Certificate of Live Birth, State of California, District No. 1001, Registrar's No. 220. Recorded 2-3-1941.
Most of Darlene's early childhood was spent in the Sacramento, California area. Her fondest and happiest memories are of her family's home on Fulton Avenue. Her dad, with the help of her mom, built their home out of adobe bricks. The front of the house had two large blue windows. There were lot's of trees, a creek full of Mallard ducks and frogs, farm animals, and of course Cinder, their coal black springer Spaniel. Cinder entertained guests by putting out a cigaret by stomping them with his front paws, finally finishing the deed by lifting his leg.
At age thirteen, her mom and dad separated. They moved to Fresno and finally to the San Diego area. For the next four years Darlene attended National City Junior High, Southwest Junior High, Chula Vista High School, Helix High School and finally, her junior and senior year at Mar Vista High School, located in Imperial Beach. Darlene joined the band and thoroughly enjoyed the band functions and the friendships she developed with the other band members, especially her best friend, Rose Davis. Unfortunately this relationship was frowned upon by many class mates. Rose was the only black person in the school.
Darlene and Bruce met in his senior year and after Bruce joined the Army, they were married and lived in El Paso, Texas. She worked as a fountain girl at Swanky Franky's and as a car hop at the Clock Drive In.. When Bruce was sent to Okinawa, she and their three-month-old son Jess, lived with his mom and brothers, in Imperial Beach. There she took over the responsibilities of he household.
When Bruce returned home, they moved to El Cajon where he attended San Diego State and she got a job at J. J. Newberry's. In 1965, they moved to the Los Angeles area where he attended and graduated from UCLA. She got a job at Kroehler Mfg. Co., working her way up from a proofreader for the typist to secretary to the plant manager.
After Bruce's company was bought out in 1973, the family, which now included their second son Jason, returned to the San Diego area where Darlene got a job at Allstate Insurance Co. as the secretary to the personnel manager.
In 1977 after they separated, Darlene and the boys moved to Poway. After trying to make a living selling real estate, she realized she needed a steady paycheck and in March of 1997, she applied for a position at International Graphics, later named Moore Data Management. She was hired as a customer service representative, dealing with problems reported by Boards of Realtors. During the next several years, she enjoyed traveling for the company, attending singles dances, dating and most of all, racing her 914-6 Porsche with the Porsche Club of America.
In April 1987, Darlene married Roy Leggitt. They had met in 1977 when they both sold real estate. They were married in their back yard with family and friends looking on. On her 55th birthday, January 1996, she retired from Moore Data Management Corporation where she had worked for the past 17 years.
In January of 1997, after buying a new Diesel Holiday Rambler RV, and selling their home in Rancho Bernardo, they set out on their new adventure, living on wheels and enjoying the United States. In 1999, they continue to enjoy the freedom their life style affords and hope to be able to continue this life style for many years to come.
Darlene periodically writes about hers and Roy's great adventure and publishes them onine at http://royc.cts.com/Great_Adventure.mht. Take a look and share it with them.
General Notes: After high school, Alan worked in construction and ultimately received his contractors license. During the building recession in the early 1980s, Alan joined the United States Army as a combat engineer. He served most of his four year tour at Karlruhe, Germany.
After his discharge from the army, Alan continued his activities in the construction industry.
General Notes: After their divorce, Laura moved back to Long Island, New York to be near her parents. Laura later married Ralph Schneider. Ralph is with the Suffolk County Highway Patrol.
On November 15, 1994, they had their first child, James William Schneider.
In 2001 they lived at 9 Harmony Street in Manorville, NY 11949 on Long Island .
General Notes: After completion of high school in 2004, Alan joined the United States Army and has aspirations of eventually becoming a physician's assistant.
Alan was stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage in late 2006 when his unit got orders to go to Iraq. His longtime girlfriend, Amy, flew to Anchorage to visit him before his departure. While there they married. He arrived in Iraq in November 2006.
In April 2007 Alan was promoted to sergeant and is now a squad leader in Fallujah, Iraq. He is due to return home in December.
His unit returned to their home base at Fort Richardson near Anchorage. His wife Amy joined him there.
In June 2008 Alan was transferred to Fort Polk near Leesville, Louisana. Fort Polk is home of the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), the US Army's premier training center for light infantry and special operations units. Alan will train young soldiers based on his own actual combat experience.
He and Amy (with their cat Turk) drove down from Anchorage to Leesville over a period of 13 days, visiting friends and family along the way. They stopped in Berkley, California and took a tour of the University of California Berkley where Alan hopes to attend college after his tour with the Army is completed in April 2009.
Alan is on MySpace.com as Got a thing for strumpets
Alan married Amy Stephenson on 28 Sep 2006 in Anchorage, Anchorage District, Alaska. Amy was born on 23 Oct 1984.
Noted events in their marriage were:
Marriage: Alan and Amy were married in Anchorage, Alaska in 2006 just prior to his unit's deployment to Iraq.
General Notes: In 2007 Amy shares a home with her sister-in-law Sarah in Ronkonkoma, NY on Long Island while her husband is in Iraq. However, in anticipation of Alan's unit returning to Fort Richardson, Alaska in December, Amy is returning to Anchorage to set up their apartment.
Amy did return to Anchorage and met Alan upon his return to Fort Richardson from his tour in Iraq.
In June 2008 Amy accompanied Alan to his reassignment to Fort Polk, Louisiana.
General Notes: In 1993 Roy worked as an ornamental iron worker in Crestline, CA.
In 1996 Roy took a position as a supervisor in a privately run drug rehabilitation program in Big Bear, CA.
In 1997 the rehabilitation program was relocated from California. As a result, California offered Roy retraining as a long-haul truck driver. In January, 1998, Roy began driving for US Xpress Trucking Corporation as a cross country driver.
Because of his mobility, Roy is able to visit his children in Colorado and California on a regular basis.
On several occasions his paths cross with those of his dad who is a full-time RVer and they get a quick visit. They have met in California, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon.
Roy lives with his mate Sharon Markham in Hisperia, California. They married on June 12, 2004.
In 2007 Roy was able to gain employment as aWal-Mart driver which limited his driving area to just the west coast. It gives him much more time with his young children.
General Notes: After her divorce from Roy, Michelle married David Fein. They and Michelle's and Roy's three children lived in Monument, Colorado. They later moved to downtown Colorado Springs in a house more than a hundred years old. In about 2005 Michelle and David moved into a new development in Colorado Springs where they share some facilities with the 30 or so other members of the community.
In the summer of 2007 Michelle said "I just graduated with a masters in Elementary Education and am teaching Kindergarten at the school where I was the principal. I enjoy being in the classroom with the kids much more!"
General Notes: Sandi is currently attending college in Denver, Colorado and expects to graduate in the fall of 2007 with a BA in English.
While attending college she worked for United Parcel Service. However, after graduation she plans on teaching English in India at an international school there.
In December 2007 Sandie graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in English in December. Shortly thereafter she flew off to India where she will be teaching English for a year and a half.
Sandi is on MySpace.com as Paco Sr.
Noted events in her life were:
General Notes: Born 3:47 AM. 8.57 pounds, 19.75 inches in length.
In 2008 Degan enrolled in his high school USAF ROTC.
He is on MySpace as Future Soldier.
General Notes: Born at home with the assistance of a midwife. Born at 11:45 PM, just fifteen minutes too soon to share his older brother Degan's birthday of July 11th. (Roy Dean shares his older brother Alan's birthday of October 10th.) He was 21.5 inches long and weighed 9 pounds 2 ounces.
In 2009 Shane is on MySpace.com as $h@n3
Roy next married Sharon Markham, daughter of James Earl Markham and Carol Jennings, on 12 Jun 2004 in Riverside, Riverside, California. Sharon was born on 5 Mar 1963 in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California.
Noted events in their marriage were:
Wedding: A fresh new day . . . and it is ours
A day of happy beginnings
When we, Sharon Markham
And Roy Leggitt
Pledge our love as one
On Saturday, June twelfth
Two thousand four
At Eleven a.m.
Community Church of Religious Science
3891 Ridge Road
Our joy will be more complete if you
Can share in this celebration of life.
General Notes: When they married, Sharon held a management position with the United Parcel Service office in Ontario, California.
However, after moving to Hisperia about 2003, Sharon began working as a salesperson at Living Spaces. She quickly became their outstanding salesperson.
In 2007 she obtained her California real estate license and is considering changing to that profession.
General Notes: In 2007 Sarah shares a home with her sister-in-law Amy in Ronkonkoma, NY on Long Island. After her brother, Alan, returned from his tour in Iraq, Amy returned to Alaska to be with him. Sarah and the kids moved back to Manorville to live with her mother and step-father.
Sarah is on MySpace as SASSAFRASS.
Sarah had a relationship with Rick Watts.
12 F i. Alexandra "Lexie" Shaun Watts was born on 8 Mar 2004 in Patchogue, Suffolk, New York.
General Notes: Alexandra Shaun's grandmother Laura said she looks a lot like Sarah did when she was born except for the har. New mom is doing well. She'll be in the hospital for a few days (c section) at the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Patchogue, New York.
13 F ii. Ava Elizabeth Leggitt was born on 15 Mar 2006 in , , New York.
General Notes: HEY-----
JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT AVA ELIZABETH LEGGITT WAS BORN ON MARCH 15TH, 2006. SHE WEIGHED 9 LBS 12 1/2 OZ AND IS 20 INCHES TALL. SARAH AND BABY ARE DOING FINE AND BIG SISTER LEXI IS HANDLING THE CHANGE WELL. WILL SEND PHOTOS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. HOPE ALL IS WELL. LOVE, LAURA
General Notes: In April 2002 Wayne moved to CA to live with his father in Cedarpines Park.
In 2002 Wayne joined the US Army Reserve and received military training as a munitions handler. In 2004 he transferred to the US Army and was stationed in Korea in the spring of 2004.
In 2005 he returned to Fort Carson, CO. In late 2006 his unit is being deployed to Afghanastan. However, due to a medical condition Wayne left the Army prior to the deployment. He is now employed as an installer with Comcast.
Wayne married on November 11th, 2006 at 4pm at Unity Church of the Rockies. The reception was at Patty Jewett Golf Course following the wedding. Shoes were optional!
They now live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Wayne married Margaret "Maggie" Marie Broughton on 11 Nov 2006 in Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado. Margaret was born on 6 Aug 1988 in Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado.
Noted events in their marriage were:
Marriage: Wayne and Maggie's wedding invitation said:
You are cordually invited to join
Kenneth and Karen Broughten
& David and Michelle Fein
for the union of
Wayne Leggitt & Margaret Broughten
on the 11th of November at 4:00 p.m. at Unity
Church, located at 1945 Mesa Road.
14 F i. Rose Marie Leggitt was born on 27 Jul 2007 in Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado.
General Notes: Her grandfather said Rose Marie Leggitt was born 07/27/07 @ 05:09. She weighed 4 lbs 2oz. Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Co. She was born 6 weeks early. She is doing fine and healthy. She is still at the hospital and will be there for a least more 3 weeks.
General Notes: Carolyn graduated from high school in Colorado Springs in 2007.
In the summer of 2007, Carolyn's mother Michelle said Carolyn is getting married on September 23rd to a nice young man named Levi. He has a good job as a service department person and is already part of the family. She is starting classes at the community college this fall and working as a waitress at an Italian restaurant.
Carolyn is on MySpace.com as Paco Jr.
Carolyn married Levi Eugene Petersen Jones, son of Lori Kay Petersen, on 23 Sep 2007 in Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado. Levi was born on 20 Aug 1985 in Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado.
Noted events in their marriage were:
15 F i. Mackensie Bella Rhea Petersen Jones was born on 20 Apr 2010 in Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado.
General Notes: In late November 2009 Carolyn and Levi determined the sex of their baby-to-be. I asked Carolyn what was the origin of the names. She responded with Mackenzie is a name that both Levi and I liked. Belle is his great-grandmother on his mothers' side and Rhea is my great-grandmother on Davi's side. Petersen is Levi's original last name, he was adopted when he was younger and added the name Jones.
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