08 October 2013

An Actor's Detroit Ancestors

Another "Detroit" connection for the TV show Justified (Detroit is where many of the bad guys who meddle in Harlan County reside)....

Mel Boring, father of Jeremy Davies, the actor who played Dickie Bennett in Justified, was born in Detroit (seen below at age"0" in 1940).

United States Census, 1940
5599 Radnor Street, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Harold Boring M 29 Michigan
wife Helen Boring F 25 Michigan [Lived in Livingston Co., MI, in 1935]
son Douglas Boring M 3 Michigan
son Melvin Boring M 0 Michigan

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Boring of Detroit were mentioned in a Pinckney Dispatch article published October 9, 1940.  Calvin Boring, son of Mr. and Mrs. Estes Boring of Pinckney, and his bride, were attended to by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Boring.

Harold Boring, Jeremy's grandfather, with his (Harold's) parents in Detroit in 1930:

United States Census, 1930
Detroit (Districts 0751-0879), Wayne, Michigan
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Estes Boring M 43 Ohio
wife Pearl Boring F 40 Michigan
son Harold Boring M 19 Michigan
son Calvin Boring M 14 Michigan
daughter Phyllis Boring F 9 Michigan
daughter Betty Boring F 5 Michigan

Helen was living in Livingston County, Michigan, in 1930, with her parents before she married Harold Boring:

United States Census, 1930
Hamburg, Livingston, Michigan
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head William R Hatfield M 52 New York
wife Elizabeth Hatfield F 48 New York
daughter Helen I Hatfield F 15 Michigan
daughter May B Hatfield F 12 Michigan
step-granddaughter Mildred Knowels F 6 Ohio

There were Ohio connections, too.  Estes J. Boring was the son of  Calvin William and (Sarah Certain) Boring.  Calvin W. Boring was the son of Joseph and Louisa (Rooks) Boring (seen here in the 1870 census).

United States Census, 1910
Event Place: Dublin, Mercer, Ohio
Household Gender Age Birthplace
SELF Calvin W Boring M 49y Ohio
WIFE Sarah A Boring F 52y Ohio
DAU Naomie E Boring F 19y Ohio
DAU Gaynell L Boring F 11y Ohio
Henry Certin M 85y Ohio

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