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Friday, August 31, 2018

Edward Everett Jones Update

Newspaper research is just plain frustrating. Just when you think you've done every search possible and you decide to try one last time, you hit pay dirt. Here's the additional info I've found on Edward Everett Jones and Mabel Estella Woodside.

El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, 19 Jan 1911, Page 11
Judge A. M. Waithall, Presiding.
Ed E. Janes vs. Mabel Jones, suit for divorce filed.

El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, 28 Oct 1911, Page 2
Edward Jones Had Divorced Wife Living in El Paso
Edward E. Jones, a former resident of El Paso, who attempted to commit suicide Friday Morning at the Antler's hotel, at Clovis, N. M., is the divorced husband of Mrs. Mabel Jones, living at 718 North Santa Fe Street.
Mrs. Jones states that on Friday she received advice from Tom Davenport that her husband was in a critical condition from an attempt to take his life; in answer she telegraphed that she be advised from time to time of Jones's condition, but up to the present she has heard nothing further concerning his condition.
She says she can assign no reason for Jones's action and that, as far as she knows, theer could have been no reason except weariness of life.
Jones at one time lived in El Paso, having been a representative of the La Salle extension university of law at Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Jones were divorced last January, she remaining here and he going to Utah and New Mexico in the interest of his busines. He is about 51 years old, and has a son about 7 years of age, who lives with his mother.

(Misspelled words are as they appear in the articles.)

So just when I think I've exhausted everything where Ed is concerned, I'm now going to be in pursuit of death info in New Mexico.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Edward Everett Jones b. 1861 Tennessee d. After 1911 Where?

I'm still buried in newspaper research.

One of the hardest people in my tree to trace--Edward Everett Jones--is beginning to be a bit easier. My interest in him is his marriage to Mabel Estella Woodside. Here's the family group.

Edward Everett Jones
b. 1861 Tennessee
d. After 1911 Where?
m. 1 Mar 1902 in Crete, Saline, Nebraska
Mabel Estella Woodside
b. 16 Jan 1878 Coulterville, Randolph, Illinois
d. 15 Feb 1944 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California (as Mrs. Charles Frank Shindler)

Perry Quincy Jones
b. 29 Apr 1904 Stillwater, Webster, Nebraska
d. 10 Aug 1995 South Pasadena, Los Angeles, California

Edward's Full Name

Edward's name is confirmed in a school record.
Ancestry.com. U.S., School Catalogs, 1765-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Name: Edward Everett Jones
Publication Year: 1884
Publication Place: Nebraska
School Name: Doane College
Residence Place: Crete

Marriage Information

Library and Archives of the Nebraska State Historical Society; Lincoln, Nebraska
Source Information
Ancestry.com. Nebraska, Marriage Records, 1855-1908 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.

Name: Mabel Woodside
Gender: Female
Marriage Age: 24
Record Type: Marriage
Birth Date: abt 1878
Marriage Date: 1 Mar 1902
Marriage Place: Crete, Nebraska, USA
Marriage County Office: Saline
Spouse: E. Everett Jones

Name: E . Everett Jones
Gender: Male
Marriage Age: 41
Record Type: Marriage
Birth Date: abt 1861
Marriage Date: 1 Mar 1902
Marriage Place: Crete, Nebraska, USA
Marriage County Office: Saline

When you begin to search for Mabel, you find her in the 1910 federal census in El Paso, El Paso, Texas. So on the off chance that something was available in El Paso newspapers, I began to poke around in them. Here's what I found.

Sister-In-Law Sues Edward and Mabel over a Real Estate Deal

El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, 10 Jan 1910, Page 11
Suit on Notes.
Agnes E. Woodside has filed suit against Ed. E. Jones in the 41st district court to recover $400 on notes and for foreclosure on a vendor's lien on lots 11 and 12 in block 36, Highland Park.

El Paso Times, El Paso, Texas, 11 Jan 1910, Page 2
Suit on Notes.
Agnes E. Woodside vs. Mabel Jones et al, suit on note, was filed in the district clerk's office yesterday.

A Company Disavows Edward

El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas, 15 Mar 1911, Page 15
Notice is hereby given that Mr. Ed. E. Jones is in no way connected with the Business Men's Protective Association, nor are we responsible for any statements or obligations he may make. J. G. Ingals, manager.
March 2, 1911.


So I'm no closer to tracking down Edward's vitals. I have at best the sketchy info shown in this post. I can't even "happen" upon him in a census. But at least I have more concrete information than I've had in the past.

If you've got info on Edward, I'd love to trade info with you. I've got loads of Woodside info. Comment on this post and I'll be happy to respond.

Monday, June 18, 2018

William Stewart...A bit of a breakthrough

Here are links to the prior posts for William Stewart and family:

The breakthrough involves the death of William's son, Wesley James Stewart.

I've been buried in newspaper research for two or three years now and I've been updating all of the Find A Grave memorials with all that I find so that the information is in the public domain. I've just submitted an update for Wesley's Find A Grave memorial because I've located an obit for him. Here it is.

Iola Daily Register And Evening News, Iola, Kansas, 7 Jul 1922, Page 3
Mr. James Wesley Stewart passed away last evening at six o'clock at his home 508 East Monroe street after a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held from the home tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with the Rev. E. W. Spencer officiating. Burials will be made in Highland.

This interesting thing is that a few days later a Card of Thanks is published that indicates that Wesley's father William is still living and I'm guessing he's in Iola, Allen, Kansas.

Iola Daily Register And Evening News, Iola, Kansas, 11 Jul 1922, Page 3
Card of Thanks.
--We wish to express our thanks to our friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy, also for beautiful floral offerings, during the sickness and death of our husband and son.--Mrs. W. J. Stewart, William Stewart and family, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Eshelman. 

William's wife's death in Iola in 1910 lends additional support to the notion that William is in the Iola area.

I've search the Kansas State census and the U.S. Federal Census (1910, 1920) to see if I can pick up any trace of William in the Iola area but found nothing. I've also searched (and searched some more) for a trace of William in Iola newspapers using Newspapers.com. No luck other than the one mention noted above. 

So, at this point, my working theory is that William Stewart lives past the 1922 death of his son Wesley when William is 67/68 and that he is living in the Iola area. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Ella Jane McKinley Stewart, 1863-1910, Illinois, Kansas

Update to Stewart post.

While browsing for info in Newspapers.com, I came upon an obituary for Ella. Here it is.

The Iola Register, Iola, Kansas, 8 Jan 1910, Page 3
Death at Sanitarium.
Ella Jane Stewart died early this morning at the Sutcliffe Sanitarium of tuberculosis. The body will be shipped on the evening Missouri Pacific to Tilden, Ill., for interment. The deceased was 47 years of age and had lived here for some time. Death at Sanitarium.

Find A Grave memorial = 142200676

Ella's youngest son, Wesley James Stewart, is living in Iola at the time. I'm assuming that Ella was living with him.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ocie Lee (Nelson) Johnson, 1912-1982, Texas, Arizona

Ocie Lee Nelson (d/o Fred Walter Nelson and Cora Maude Burns)
b. 12 Jul 1912 Vasco, Delta, Texas
d. 29 Nov 1982 Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
m. 25 Aug 1928 Texas
Vester Gale Johnson
b. 16 Aug 1908 Paragould, Greene, Arkansas
d. 1 Apr 1986 Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona

Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, 29 Nov 1982, Page 42
Ocie Johnson
Ocie Lee Johnson, 70, former manager of the Stouts Hotel in Gila Bend, died Nov. 27, 1982, at Phoenix Baptist Hospital.
Mrs. Johnson, 726 E. Mountain View Rd., retired as manager of the hotel in 1978 after 11 1/2 years. She was born in Vasco, Texas and moved to Arizona 53 years ago.
She is survived by her husband, Vester; daughter Barbara Neal; son, Norman; two sisters; a brother; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St.

Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, 27 Apr 1986, Page 34
Vester G. Johnson
Vester G. Johnson, 77, a retired hotel manager, died April 25, 1986, at a Phoenix hospital. Mr. Johnson, of Phoenix, was born in Arkansas and moved to Arizona 57 years ago from Cooper, Texas. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Neal; a son, Norman; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, with services at 2 p.m. Monday, at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. Seventh St.

Bessie Florence (McMillan) Orr, 1896-1988, Illinois and North Carolina

Alfred Byron Orr
b. 22 Apr 1890 Mattoon, Coles, Illinois
d. 14 Jun 1960 Mount Vernon, Jefferson, Illinois
m. About 1911
Bessie Florence McMillan
b. 25 Oct 1896 Tilden, Randolph, Illinois
d. 25 Jul 1988 Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina

Child 1:
Francis Earl Orr
b. 12 Sep 1912 Illinois
d. 9 Dec 1995 San Jose, Santa Clara, California
m. About 1936
Mary Louise Morrison
b. 25 Feb 1916 Illinois
d. 12 May 1991 San Jose, Santa Clara, California

Child 2:
Florence Lee Orr
b. 1916 Illinois
d. 1 Sep 1950 Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
m. About 1938
Merritt Lee Mitchell
b. 16 Dec 1915
d. 27 Jun 1969 Illinois

Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Illinois, 27 Jul 1988, Page 5
Bessie Orr
TILDEN -- Bessie F. Orr, 92, of Charlotte, N. C., formerly of Tilden, died Monday, July 25, 1988 in Charlotte.
Services will be at 11 p.m. Friday in Tilden Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
Memorial may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Orr was a homemaker.
She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Belleville and the Order of the Eastern Stars in Quincy.
She was born Oct 20, 1895, in Tilden to Randall and Nancy (McKinley) McMillan.
Survivors include one son, Francis Orr of San Jose, Calif.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
One daughter and three brothers preceded her in death.
Finger-Heil Funeral Home in Marissa is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Ann (Moore) Johnson, 1937-2002, Arkansas, Arizona

Norman Ray Johnson
b. 16 Nov 1932 Cooper, Delta, Texas
d. 28 Jun 2008 Peoria, Maricopa, Arizona
m. 30 Apr 1954 Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
Betty Ann Moore
b. 13 Dec 1937 Heber Springs, Cleburne, Arkansas
d. 1 Oct 2002 Peoria, Maricopa, Arizona

Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, 15 Apr 1954, Page 18
Staff Sergeant Norman Ray Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vester Johnson, 7514 N. Central is returning to the U. S. after serving in the air force on Okinawa for nine months. He is a bomber mechanic. During his stay here, Sergeant Johnson and Miss Betty Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Moore, 2223 E. Harrison, will be married.

Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, 4 Oct 2002, Page 34
Betty Ann Johnson, 64, of Peoria, died Oct. 1, 2002. Visitation from 5-8 pm on Sun., Oct. 6, 2002 at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N. 7th St., Phx., AZ. Services at 11 am on Mon., Oct. 7, 2002 at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N. 7th St., Phx., AZ 85020. Contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flowers St., Phx., AZ 85014.

Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, 16 Jul 2008, Page 24
Norman Ray Johnson, 75, of Peoria, Arizona, passed away June 28, 2008. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2008 at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6290 W. Northern Ave. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.