Estella Elizabeth “Betty” Daniells was the third daughter of Will Carleton and Iva Daniells. She was born at the Pivot in Wacousta, Michigan, on September 30, 1912. She attended elementary school in Wacousta and high school in Eustis, Florida. Like her two older sisters she attended Florida State College for Women and graduated with a degree in Education. She never married. I believe that originally she taught English, but at the beginning of World War Two there was a need to teach mathematics to servicemen. Betty volunteered to do this, saying that, since she had struggled with math, she could understand her students’ problems and could help them. Apparently, the subject appealed to her since she spent the rest of her career teaching math. Most of her career was spent teaching at Lake Wales High School in Florida. Her strength in language was also obvious, and she was the family grammar expert.
After retirement, Betty devoted much of her time as the family historian and genealogist. She traveled widely in the U. S. and England collecting information, and she corresponded with numerous researchers. I still have boxes of her data that I have not had time to organize and enter into Family Tree Maker. She tracked each of her ancestors back as far as possible and found one line through Julia Coleman and the Plowmans that she traced back to around the first century. The family trees became so extensive that she plotted them on window shades which could be unrolled to follow them. According to her records, we are descended from many European kings including Old King Cole who really did exist around the 5th century in England.
Betty died in 1995 and is buried next to her sister Eleanor.
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