Ida Ruth Elzey

FatherIra William Elzey (1884-1975)
MotherMaude Roberts (1883-1978)
MarriageWilliam Eber Rawlings2
Ida Ruth (Elzey) Rawlings
Ida Ruth Elzey, daughter of Ira William Elzey and Maude Roberts, was born in Hartford City, Blackford County, IndianaG, on 27 April 1910.1 She died aged 95 in Kennewick, Benton County, Washington StateG, on 6 May 2005. She married William Eber Rawlings.2 William was born in Sheridan, IndianaG, in 1904 and died in Spokane, Washington StateG, in 1973.2
     After graduating from college in 1931, Ruth became a high school history teacher, which she continued until 1943 when, with her country at war, she joined the Women’s Army Corps. She moved up through the ranks quickly and in July 1945, after completing Command and General Staff School in sixth place in her class of 700, she became the first woman in the European U.S. Air Force to become a member of the General’s staff. She achieved another first when four months later she became a Captain and the first woman in the Department of Education of Military Government in Occupied Germany.
     After learning how to use a computer at the age of 78, Ruth began sharing her knowledge of her family’s history over the internet. She was a founder member of the Sackett Family Discussion List in 1997 and continued to contribute to its researches until well into her nineties.
Ruth Rawlings
at Command and General Staff School,
Fort Leavenworth,

 Notes & Citations

  1. Email from Cindy Owens to Chris Sackett, 21 May 2004.
  2. Sackett database.
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Notable Sacketts
Sackett Family Association membership
Ida Ruth Elzey (1910–2005)
Member # 29 (founding)
Joined 28 September 2003
Ruth's daughter Jane Kirkendall is a Sackett Family Association member.
Sackett line10th great-granddaughter of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
8th great-granddaughter of Simon Sackett the colonist
Sackett ancestry
Thomas Sackett the elder (say 1530–1595), labourer of St Peter in Thanet, Kent, m. Joane ___
Thomas Sackett the younger (c1557–1615), yeoman of Birchington, Kent, m. Martha Strowde
Simon Sackett the colonist (1595–1635), of Thanet, Kent, & Newtown (Cambridge), Massachusetts, m. Isabel Pearce
John Sackett (1632–1719), farmer of Westfield, Massachusetts, m. Abigail Hannum
William Sacket (1662–1700), of Westfield, m. Hannah Graves
Jonathan Sacket (1696–1773), of Westfield, Massachusetts, and Kent, Connecticut, m. Anne Filer
Reuben Sackett (1732–1803), of Litchfield County, Connecticut, m. Mercy Finney
Cyrus Sackett (1764–1846), m. Nancy Anne Stapleton
Samuel Sackett (1799–1856), m. Isabella Moore
Mary Sackett (1825–1878), m. James William Major
Abigale Major (1861–1942), m. Joseph Allsion Elzey
Ira William Elzey (1884–1975), m. Maude Roberts
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Last Edited13 Feb 2021

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