Grant & Etta's Voyage


Etta & Grant McNair | 1919

Last Known South American Voyage

The last trip I have records for of Grant going to South American is through the application for his passport, and a detail from the arrival records back into the United States.

Etta did indeed travel with Grant, and they brought Etta's granddaughter with them, and she traveled in the capacity of being Grant's secretary.

Ina May Lewis | 1919

Passport Application

There are multiple leads to research from Grant, Etta, and Ina's passport application ... many of them presented in this letter included in their application:

"Mrs. Etta McNair, of the City of Grand Rapids in said County and State, being duly sworn, deposes and says that she is the maternal grandmother of Ina May Lewis, who is making application for a passport, and that deponent knows of her own personal knowledge that the said Ina May Lewis was born at Des Moines in the State of Iowa on the 12th day of June 1899.
The deponent says further that her husband William Grant McNair, who is also making the application for a passport desires the said Ina May Lewis to accompany him in a secretarial capacity." 

W. Grant McNair - The Man

Passport applications had some very interesting details on them, and the following are stated in relation to Grant's appearance:

Age: 52 years
Stature: 5 feet 11 inches
Forehead: medium height - broad
Eyes: Blueish grey
Nose: straight
Mouth: medium
Chin: round
Hair: medium brown - very bald
Complexion: medium tint
Face: round and full
Distinguishing marks: scar in palm of right hand


  • via FamilySearch "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 4 September 2015), (M1490) Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925 > Roll 722, 1919 Mar, certificate no 69000-69249 > image 400 of 1036; citing NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.)