Sorting out the mysterious Virgil C. Chew and how exactly he ties into my family has been a bit perplexing. I'm thankful to fellow researcher Judy Ahrens for her insight and information on this individual.
After contacting me to note that I had an error in my database, Judy provided me with some clues on this Virgil Chew, but we are stuck in trying to identify his father and how he fits into the Chew families of Jay County, Indiana. I really need to dig into the court records in Jay County, Indiana around the time of his birth (May 5, 1885) to see if there is mention of a bastardy suit or some other such record.
Virgil was living in 1900 in Salamonia, Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana with his grandmother, Mary C. Frasher. As my previous post indicates, there were a few records in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana for Virgil, including a draft registration and his second marriage.
In the 1920 census, two of Virgil and Esther (Abel) Chew's children were living with their grandparents in Madison Township. The George W. and Sarah R. Abel household lists grandchildren Kathryn E. Chew, age 11, and Wade W. Chew, age 10. There was another grandchild as well, Margery M., age 5 in the household, but she was listed with the surname Abel. Judy noted that Marjorie was the daughter of Donald and Dove (Ellis) Abel.
Judy had worked with the Salamonia Christian Church records, and noted that Esther (Abel) Chew was removed from church membership on 12 March 1906.