Known/Unknown — Birth, Life & Death Details from Public Record & Best Guesses

We have only one incontrovertible piece of information about Frank and about his father and his grandfather.  They all have the same relatively rare male Y-chromosome (E1b1b1c1a, Y-M84, L117) as had his three sons, and have his nine grandsons and more than eight great grandsons.  Virtually no other McCallum male can have that Y-chromosome.

Generally, no other substantiated information exists for Frank prior to his first Saskatchewan land acquisition in 1910 when he would have been about 19 or 21 years old.  No birth certificate, orphan or adoption related documents have been found yet.

From his Military Attestation Val Cartier, Quebec, Canada September 1914

  • Birth: Detroit, 27 October 1891 (Unsubstantiated.  He may have been born in 1889 or on some other DMY.)
  • Apparent age: 23 yrs 10 months
  • Height: 5′ 3 1/2″
  • Eye Colour: Blue
  • Hair Colour: Brown
  • Skin: Medium
  • Girth: 37 1/2″ Expansion: 4″
  • Discharge certificate: 13266 June 15, 1919

Optional Places of Birth, Early Life, Orphanage, Adoption, “Boarding” as farm laborer:

The options are:

Option 1: From Frank’s son, Jim:
Frank was born on board a ship as his family migrated to America.

Option 2: Detroit/Wayne County, Michigan — From Frank’s Canadian WWI Military Attestation & his application for Saskatchewan land in 1927.  No other documentation exists.

Option 3: Based on DNA cousin and other records.

  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Saginaw & Millington, Michigan and area  (Marginal Addendum to Military Attestation listed Miss Clara Trywitz  (sp?), 277 Winter street, Saginaw, Michigan.  A Clara Lugiewicz (later Clara Midcalf) lived at that location.)
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Pocahontas County,  Sherman Township (Havelock), Iowa (see 1900 Census item 13, Stover farm boarder )

The Benolkins: Additional information relevant to placing Frank in the mid-West

In 1901 (+/- 1 year) Frank connected with the Benolkin family emigrating from Beardsley, Big Stone County, Minnesota to Dundurn, Saskatchewan where they acquired land and where Frank lived and worked for a number of years until he acquired land at Hanley, some 20 miles away.  They remained friends for life.  No one knows how or where it was on their respective journeys that they met and joined up.  However, Beardsley is 260 miles NNW from Havelock, Iowa and virtually on a straight line to Dundurn, Saskatchewan.

Benolkin in Minnesota Census  Big Stone County

Death: Apr. 19, 1955
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Homesteader at Vanscoy, Sask., 1911-14; served overseas WWI; farmed at Hanley, Sask., following the war. Married and had children and grandchildren.
Woodlawn Cemetery Plot: M-L031
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Find A Grave Memorial# 54670693

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