Tom married, Callie Magdaline Owl(e) on September 16th, 1913 and together they had 8 children, which my grandmother raised almost singlehandedly. From a recorded statement of her life that was shared with us by my Aunt Mary (Ellington), Callie's frail voice spoke of a life of struggle and lonliness. (You can read more about my grandmother on our Owl Family page.) According to a cousin, Frank Newton, my grandfather had a volatile temper. He related that on one occassion while being watched by my grandmother, Tom, threatened to beat him for some minor, childish indescretion and came after him to follow through with his threat. As she had done so often before, Frank told me that Callie, a tiny woman, had positioned herself between them warning Tom to standdown. He did. Cousin Frank said that Callie would defend her children and grandchildren with the ferocity of a mother bear. But, as hard and lonely as her life was, Callie's convictions to her vows were absolute and they remained married until Tom's death in 1960.
It wasn't until he became too ill with Parkinson's Desease to wander that Tom finally remained home longer than a whisper. Eventually, he could not longer be cared for at home and became hospitalized at Broughton Hospital, Morganton, NC. Although Broughton was a psychiatric facility, it was the only state facility that could adequately care for someone with Tom's condition. He died there on February 12th, 1960.
To view my grandfather's pedigree, click on the link. The children of Tom and Callie can be viewed on the Owl Family page.