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Location: 1 1/4 miles northeast of the village of Nemaha, NE or 3.5 miles south of Brownville, NE.  Access road goes east from SH 67.   Long. -95.39.40, Lat. 40.2.56

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Partial Burial List

Submitters: Christine Muria, Gertrude Winchester, Lynn Sabin, Earl J. Kerker, Judy Ison, Cheryl K. McConnell,
Mathew Lawson (bulleted names)

Andrews [tombstones near that of "Mother Seeley"]


Burns, see obits below
Obit: Mrs. James (Emma Elizabeth) BURNS d. at the Ben BARTLETT home in Randolph, Wed., 23 June 1920. She was 63 yrs. She was b. 15 July 1856 at Irish Grove, Mo. Resided in the Nemaha area for 40 years. Elder SAPP conducted the fun. at the Christian Church. She was the dau. of Charles V. & Margaret (SKEEN) SNOW. Buried at Nemaha.

Obit: James Miller BURNS, b. 17 Apr. 1848 in Ohio, d. 22 Aug. 1919 at Craig, Nebr., aged 71 yrs. 4 mo. 5 days. Moved to Nebr. at age 9 with his parents & settled near Peru (Nemaha Co.) Nebr. In 1864 he moved to Richardson Co. They also lived a short time in Missouri. He mar. Emma Elizabeth SNOW on 22 Dec. 1872 in Irish Grove, Mo. They had 14 children, 4 preceded him in death. The 10 children & widow were present at the funeral held at the Christian Church. Rev. J.W. SAPP conducted services. Also present were 3 bros., 2 sisters & 22 grandchildren.

Family Record from Bible presented to Mrs. James BURNS, July 15, 1915, on her 59th birthday.
Compliments of Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Dingle & Gertrude. Bible now (1978) owned by Gertrude Winchester.

Children of James and Emma BURNS:
   Mary Ellen         b. 9 Dec. 1873  
   Fredrick           b. 16 May 1875     d. 27 Sept. 1876 
   Emma Liddy         b. 28 Jan. 1877    d. 28 Aug. 1877 
   Charley William    b. 24 May 1878     d. 1 July 1949 
   Carrie E.          b. 3 May 1880  
   Florence Melesia   b. 30 Dec. 1881  
   Annie P.           b. 1 Sept. 1884    d. 11 Mar. 1901 
   David Robert       b. 29 Apr. 1886    d. 13 May 1951 
   Susie Beatrice     b. 25 Feb. 1888  
   Rose Margaret      b. 10 Feb. 1890  
   Ruth Madie         b. 13 Feb. 1892  
   Ida May            b. 3 Oct. 1894  
   Eva Faye           b. 15 Sept. 1896  
   George Merle       b. 2 Feb. 1899    d. 12 Feb. 1899
Ref: [extract from]NSGS--NEBRASKA ANCESTREE Vol VII, no. 1, page 23 
- Summer 1984.  Submitted by: Mrs. Gertrude Winchester, Omaha, NE.

Campbell [tombstones near that of "Mother Seeley"]

Curttright, Birl M. b. 1881 d. 1957 (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison

Curttright, Golda V. b. 1885 d. 1973 (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison

Curttright, Jerome L. b. 1846 d. 1928 (view joint tombstone)
Curttright, Mary F. b. 1856 d. 1945, wife of Jerome L.
submitted by Judy Ison

Curttright, John O. b. 19 Jan 1921 d. 4 July 1999, WW II (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison

Curttright, Leta M. (Keithly) b. 20 March 1925 d.  (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison

Curttright, Margaret J.  b. 15 March 1903 d. 14 May 1904 (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison

Curttright, Ora A. b. 1905 d. 1993 (view joint tombstone)
Curttright, Edith V., wife of Ora A.
submitted by Judy Ison

Curttright, Walter L., Jr. b. 3 Jan 1908 d. 29 Apr 1991 (view tombstone)
Curttright, Gertrude M. (Vaughn-Polston) b. 18 Apr 1907 d. 27 Sept 1989, Daughter of Cyrus Grover & Alice Myrtle (Mullenax) Vaughn; married (1) Harry Polston, (2) Walter Curttright, Jr. (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison

Denny, Harden  b. Aug 14,1849 d. Mar 24,1933 (view joint tombstone) (photograph)
Denny, Mary Mollie Connett b. Jul 12,1856 d. Jan. 26, 1944 (photograph)
[Denny, Clifton b. d. Sep 11, 1886, buried Lowman Cemetery, Polk Co., Iowa, son of Hardin & Molly Denny]

Hardin Denny Passed Away Friday
March 24,1933
Man Who Enjoyed Respect of People of the Community in which he lived
Answered Last Summons-Funeral Services Were Held Saturday

Hardin Denny was born in the state of Illinois, August 14,1849 and died at his home at Nemaha March 24,1933, at the age of 83 years, 7 months, and 10 days. At the age of three years he moved to Iowa with his parents, where he lived until he came to Nebraska on March 23,1904.  He was married to Mary Connett on October 31,1877 and to this union two children were born, a son who died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Ray Kelly of Nemaha.   Mr. Denny united with the Christian church at the age of twenty-five and remained a faithful Christian to his death. He was a diligent man, a good friend and neighbor, held in the highest regard by all who knew him. Friends extend the full measure of sympathy to the bereaved ones.
Surviving are his wife Mary and daughter, Mrs. Ray Kelly, four granddaughters, Vera, Maxine, Pauline and Norma Kelly, also two sisters at Des Moines, Iowa and a brother John in Lymond, Californa Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Christian in Nemaha, conducted by Elder J. W. Sapp, assisted by Rev. A.L. Embree.Music was furnished by Mrs. C. H. Kindig, Mrs. A. E. Dickerson, Mrs. F. H. Kerker, Mrs. C. P. Birker, Carl Gordon and Lynn Jarvis, with Mrs. J. O. Johnson at the piano. The pallbearers were Alvin Roberts, Lowell Briar, Roy Brown, Robert Colerick, Alva Colerick and Jack Briar. A large crowd was present to pay the last tribute of respect to this aged citizen. At the conclusion of the services the remains were interred in the Nemaha cemetery.
Source: Nemaha County Herald March 1933. (submitted by Cheryl K. McConnell, great-granddaughter of Harden Denny)

Mrs. Mary Mollie Denny
Died at Nemaha

Mrs. Mary Mollie (Connett) Denny, age 87 years, 6 months, 14 days, passed away January 26,1944 at the home of her daughter Mrs. O. Ray (Florence) Kelly at Nemaha.  Mrs. Mary Denny was born July 12,1856 Jasper County, Iowa to Isaac and Margaret (Gilliland) Connett.   She was married to Hardin Denny in Iowa.
Mary Denny was preceded in death by her husband Hardin Denny in 1933, a son Clifton in infancy in Iowa; sisters, Mrs. Thomas (Anna Mariah) Rumbaugh, Mrs.Lavina Rawson of Iowa, brother Andrew J. Connett of Auburn, Nebraska.
She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Ray (Florence) Kelly of Nemaha, Nebraska, and granddaughters; Mrs.Kenneth (Pauline) Osborn of Nemaha, Mrs. Alvin (Maxine) Roberts of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Glenn (Vera) Saum of Tulsa, Oklahoma. And Mrs. John W. (Norma Lee) Salmons of Alton, Illinois and many other relatives.
Interment in the Nemaha cemetery with the Armstrong Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Source: Nemaha County Hearld.  (submitted by Cheryl K. McConnell, great-granddaughter of Mary Denny)


Hawxby, William 1833-1922
Hawxby, Hannah Maria Hodkin 1849-1918
(view joint tombstone)
Hawxby, Emma 1876-age 3 months (view tombstone)
Hawxby, twins 1???-1???

Hodkin, George 18??-1895 (view tombstone)
Hodkin, Martha 18??-1879 (view tombstone)



Kelly, Florence Beatrice Denny b. Apr 4,1892 d. Jan 4,1954 (view tombstone) (photograph)
wife of Othe Raymond Kelly, dau. of Hardin & Molly Denny

Mrs. Florence Beatrice (Denny) Kelly
Died at Hospital

Mrs. Florence B. Kelly wife of Othe Raymond Kelly, age 61, Nemaha resident died at the local hospital Monday, January 4,1954, following an extended illness.   Florence B. Kelly was born April 4,1892 in Runnells, Polk County, Iowa to Hardin and Mary Denny. She was married to Othe Raymond Kelly in Falls City, Richardson County, Nebraska.  Florence Kelly lived in Nemaha, Nemaha County, Nebraska for over 50 years.
She is survived by her husband O. R. Kelly, three daughters; Mrs. Glenn (Vera) Saum of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mrs.Alvin (Maxine) Roberts of Ida Grove, Iowa; Mrs. John (Norma Lee) Salmons of Thompson, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Hardin and Mary Denny, daughter Mrs. Kenneth (Pauline) Osborn and a brother Clifton Denny who died infancy.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 6 at the Nemaha Christian Church at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev.Ward Merritt officiating.  Interment in the Nemaha cemetery with May and Timm Funeral home in charge of arrangements.
(submitted by Cheryl K. McConnell, granddaughter of Florence (Denny) Kelly)

Kelly, Dr. Perry Delphus, June 26,1870-Mar 22, 1927 (view tombstone)
Lt. P.D.Kelly on cavalry horse, Camp Dix WW I
submitted by Cheryl K. McConnell

Dr. P.D. Kelly Passed Away at His Home in Nemaha Tuesday Morning
After a Long Illness----Will Be Missed Both as a Physician and Long Time Citizen of Community
    DR. P. D. Kelly passed away at his home in Nemaha at 4:45 o'clock Tuesday morning.  His death was not unexpected, but nevertheless it brought a sense of real sorrow to the many friends throughout the community who knew him not only as a skilled physician, but as a splendid citizen of the community, in which he had lived many years.  Dr. Kelly had been in failing health for some time and several weeks ago entered the Auburn hospital for treatment and examination showed that his days were numbered.  However, it was found possible to remove him to his home in Nemaha where he death occurred.
   Dr. Kelly had been engaged in the practice of his profession at Nemaha for the past sixteen years.  He was most conscientious in his work and faithful to the high obligations that his profession imposed upon him.  This  result was that he won the confidence of the people and enjoyed their respect and highest regard.  In private life he was  a man of high ideals and a valuable citizen of the community in as much as he took an interest in public affairs and could be depended upon to lend his support to all movements having for their object the public welfare.  His  was indeed a useful life and his contribution to the well being of his fellow men was a worthy one.  The friends who mourn his death extend their sincere condolences to the members of the bereaved family.
   Dr. Kelly  was born at Johnsville, Morrow county, Ohio June 26,1870.  After having acquired a public school education and laid the proper foundation, he took up the study of medicine and was graduated from Ensworth Medical College at St. Joseph, Mo.  He was married to Miss Pearl Jefferies at Corning, Mo. in 1906 and they became parents of four children: Gene Kelly of York, Nebraska and Nellie, Frances and Stewart of Nemaha.  He is also survived by two grandchildren and by one sister, Mrs. Coffman, of Forest City, MO. and three brothers , Roy Kelly of Giles, Utah, Foy Kelly of Falls City and Ray Kelly of De DeWitt, Neb.
   During the World War he served with a medical unit stationed at Camp Dix and at the time of death was a member of the American Legion, thus giving in time of peace support to those principles which he had espoused in time of war.  He was also a member of the Christian church, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Woodmen of the  World.
    The funeral, which was attended by a large gathering of sorrowing friends, was held from the Christian church in Nemaha, Thursday afternoon and following the services the remains were laid to rest  in the Nemaha cemetery with military honors.
source: Nemaha County NE paper March 1927.

Kelly, Pearl (Jefferies), Jan 17, 1879-Mar 15, 1983, wife of P. D. Kelly (view tombstone)
submitted by Cheryl K. McConnell

Kerker, Peter 1847-1930  (view plotstone)
Note: Resident of Nemaha NE from 1866 to 1930.  Son of John Kerker and Margaret Rock Kerker
Kerker, Francis M. - 1857-1937    Wife of Peter Kerker
Kerker, Louie - 1882-1958   Son of Peter and Francis Kerker
Roberts, May Kerker - 1889-1965  Daughter of Peter and Francis Kerker, Married to Ole Roberts
Kerker, Fay  -1900-1949  Son of Peter and Francis Kerker, Married to Myra Minnick, one son Kerker, Barton G. - 1924-1945, KIA- W.W.II
(submitted by Earl J. Kerker)

Knapp, John Henry 1876-1952 view tombstone
Note: son of Miles W. & Fanny Proctor Knapp (submitted by Lynn Sabin)
Knapp, Josie M. 1880-1952
Note: wife of John Henry Knapp (submitted by Lynn Sabin)

Knapp, Eli M. 1878-1961 (view tombstone)
Note: son of Miles W. & Fanny Proctor Knapp (submitted by Lynn Sabin)
Knapp, Dora A. 1879-1951
Note: wife of Eli M. Knapp (submitted by Lynn Sabin)

Knapp, Richard Raymond 1889~1966 (view tombstone)
Note: son of Miles W. & Fanny Proctor Knapp (submitted by Lynn Sabin)
Knapp, Maude E.1887~1978
Note: wife of Richard R. Knapp (submitted by Lynn Sabin)

Maddox, Carl E. b. 16 May 1911 d. 23 May 2001, son of Jasper & Jessie Maddox (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison

Maddox, Jasper E. b. 1881 d. 1932 (view joint tombstone)
Maddox, Jessie M. b. 1885 d. 1953, wife of J. E.
submitted by Judy Ison

Mollica, Vera, 1901-1988 (view tombstone)
Vera (Rumbaugh) (h1) George Silence of Nemaha, (h2) A. Mollica of Italy photograph)
Note: granddaughter of Thomas & Ann M. Rumbaugh (submitted by Cheryl K. McConnell)



Patrick, Franklin b. 5 June 1916 d. 15 June 1993 (view joint tombstone)
Patrick, Margaret (Polston) b. 11 Nov 1921 d. 19 July 2000, Daughter of Harry Emery & Gertrude May (Vaughn) Polston
submitted by Judy Ison

Polston, Robert E. b. 9 July 1924 d. 22 July 1978, Son of Harry Emery & Gertrude May (Vaughn) Polston (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison


Rumbaugh, Thomas 21 Oct 1840 - 28 Sep 1915
Thomas Rumbaugh Died Early Tuesday Morning Was Highly Respected Resident of Nemaha Death Came to End a Long Illness and Removed One Who Had Lived There For Many Years and Gained The Confidence of All
Thomas Rumbaugh, one of the best known and most highly respected residents of Nemaha, passed away at his home at 5:00 o'clock Tuesday morning, after having been a patient sufferer for many weeks.  Mr. Rumbaugh was a man who, because of his honesty and industry and fine traits of character commanded the confidence of the people with whom he had associated and there are many friends and neighbors who sincerely regret his passing and who will extend their sincere sympathy to the sorrowing family.  Mr. Rumbaugh had reached the age of seventy years, having been born in Green County, Ohio, October 21,1840.   He was married to Miss Mariah Connett September 21,1865 and three children were born to them, one preceding the father into the great beyond.  The surviving children are Elmer Rumbaugh Omaha and Mrs. Bertha Horner of Grand Island.  He is also survived by two brothers, Joseph Rumbaugh of Naponee, Neb., and Andrew Rumbaugh of Barada, besides other relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Rumbaugh made their home in Hardin county, Iowa for a number of years and afterward moved to South Dakota.  From there they came to Nemaha many years ago and have resided there since.  He was a member of the Christian church and was a practical Christian who fought a good fight and kept the faith.  Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the Christian church in Nemaha and at the conclusion of the services the remains were interred in the Nemaha cemetery.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Friday-October 1,1915. (submitted by Cheryl K. McConnell)

Rumbaugh, Mrs. T. J. 21 Sep 1843-10 Feb 1937
Final Summons To Aged Woman Long Span of Life Ended By Death Call
Mrs.T. J. Rumbaugh Who had Reached the Age of 93 Years Had Spent 40 years of Her Long Life in Nemaha County - Funeral Held Friday
Anna Maria Connett was born in Indiana September 21,1843, and passed away at Nemaha, February 10,1937 at the age of 93 years, 4 months,19 days.  On February 14,1864 she was married to T. J. Rumbaugh in Ohio.  Three children were born to them: E. E. Rumbaugh, who lived for many years at Oklahoma City, Okla., but who is now deceased; Mrs.Boyer Smith of Kansas City, Mo., and Eben Rumbaugh who died in infancy.  Mr. And Mrs. Rumbaugh located in Nemaha about 40 years ago.  After the death of her husband, which occurred 22 years ago, she came to Auburn to make her home. She became a member of the Christian church when 15 years old at Vandalia, Iowa and was ever true to her faith which she professed at the time.  She exemplified the virtues of religion in a quiet and unassuming manner and wrought many good works that will live after her.  Upon coming to Auburn she united with the Christian church here.  Besides her daughter, she is survived by three sisters, one granddaughter, Vera Silence and one great-granddaughter, Phyllis Silence.  Funeral services were held at Armstrong chapel in Auburn, Friday, conducted by Rev. T. V. Hubbell.  A large group of friends were present to pay tribute of respect to her memory and there was a profusion of beautiful floral tributes.  Miss Bessie Anderson and Miss Lela Argabright sang Will There be Stars in my Crown and Going Down the Valley, Mrs. Dwight Fisher was at the piano. Following the services, burial was made in the Nemaha Cemetery.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Thursday, February 18,1937.
(Anna Maria (Connett) Rumbaugh photograph) (submitted by Cheryl K. McConnell)

Seeley, Almedia M. Kingsbury aka "Mother Seeley" (b. 1820 [Quebec]) (d. 1900)
Note: wive of Cyrus [C.] Seeley [m. 1844 OH] who migrated from Dayton, OH to Chicago, IL to Jackson, IL to Nemaha, Nemaha Co and bought land nearby.
Almelda M. Kingsbury was b. Oct. 20,1820 in Dunham, Quebec, Canada; d. Jan.24,1900 in Stella, Nebraska [buried in Nemaha Cem. near Nemaha, NE.]
m. Cyrus C. Seeley Nov. 17, 1844.  He was born in New Hampshire d. before 1900.
1. Ida Olive Seeley b. Oct. 13,1870 in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois.
she m. Dr. Bezelle Bell Andrews, s/o Henry M. +Martha M. (Bell) Andrews.  Ida was a DR.
2. Gaylord M. Seeley b. Mar 10,1871 in Jacsonville d. Jul 1,1938 m. Emilie B. Opperman Dec. 15,1898 d.? Gaylord was a DR also.
3. Cora M. Seeley
4. Cyrus C. Seeley [jr.]
Note: Ida Olive Seeley Bell was later in Kearney Co. NE
Ref: email from Christine Muria
Ref: email from Michael Kingsbury (

Teten, Lydia (Rhinehart) b. 1909 d. 1949 (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison



Wamsley, Duane, husband of Frances Kelly (view tombstone)
submitted by Cheryl McConnell
Wamsley, Frances (Kelly), wife of Duane Wamsley, dau of P. D. & Pearl Kelly (view tombstone)
submitted by Cheryl McConnell

Webb, Delbert b. 1887 d. 1913 (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison

Webb, Marshall b. 1853 d. 1929 (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison


Yates, Harriet b. 1852 d. 1932 (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison

Yates, John b. June 1886 d. 1907 (view tombstone)
submitted by Judy Ison


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Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005
From: Cheryl McConnell (
Subject: Vera Irene Kelly Saum --- Beloved Person and Aunt Passes

Beloved Person and Aunt Passes

Vera Irene Saum (1915-2005)
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Vera Irene Saum, 90 years, 3 months, Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Thursday July 28, 
2005. She was born in Nemaha, Nemaha Co., Nebraska on April 15, 1915 to Othe 
Raymond and Florence (Denny) Kelly. She married Glenn Cecil Saum October 
9, 1934 in Marysville, Kansas.
Vera attended and graduated from the Nemaha City schools. Vera was baptized 
at the Nemaha City Christian Church where she also was a member. Vera in her 
youth belonged to the Kensington and Mental Culture Club through the 
Christian church in Nemaha, Nebraska.
Vera and her husband Glenn were Tulsans since 1939. They owned and operated 
their first restaurant White Castle, later selling to operate a diner in the 
old downtown post office in Tulsa. She was a member of East Side Christian 
Church, Harvard St., Tulsa, OK. She was a life member of the Tulsa Eastern 
Star, Circle Chapter NO. 403 O.E.S. where she had attained the post of Worthy 
Matron. Vera will be missed by her many friends and relatives and 
remembered for her undying kindness and deeds to others.
She is survived by sisters; Maxine Roberts, Arthur, Iowa and Norma Lee Salmons, 
Lousiana, MO., many nieces ,one nephew, and many friends. She was 
preceded in death by her parents, husband Glenn, stepson Robert Saum, sister Pauline 
Osborn, brothers-in-laws Alvin Roberts, Kenneth Osborn, John Salmons, and 
several nieces and nephews. No services will be held.
Interment will be July 28, 2005 at the Rose Hill Mausoleum, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
Funeral Home In Charge of arrangements is Rose Hill Memorial Park Admiral Pl. and 
Yale, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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