Phelps Helps Newsletter Winter 1998

Phelps Helps Newsletter
Holdrege Area Genealogical Society

To Subscribe, Write:
The Holdrege Area Genealogy Club
P.O. Box 164
Holdrege, Phelps County, Nebraska

Vol. 7-4
Winter 1998
The Holdrege Area Genealogy Club
meets at the Phelps County Historical Museum
on the first Monday of the month at 2:00 PM.
The public is welcome!

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Martha McAllister, email

Requesting information on Mathew Peter Shultz and his wife Kjarsti Person, born in Christianstad, Sweden. Their child Robert Axel Shultz was born 18 May 1881 in Harlan County, NE. By 1900 the family had moved to Omaha, NE.


Bob Lilly, Cross Junction, VA 22625.

Looking for information on Charles and Mary McGowan. They settled near Orleans, Ne between 1869-1871. Charles McGowan was killed by the Noland Gang between 1885 and 1900. Mary McGowan homesteaded in Frontier County in 1878. Bob Lilly's grandfather Isiah Lilly died near Earl, Frontier Co., NE. between 1873 and 1878. He would like to hear from anyone knowing more about these families.

~New on Our Bookshelf~




Sara Firehammer has sent us another selection of books for our library. We invite our members and visitors to come in and look through these new publications.








7. "GENEALOGICAL & LOCAL HISTORY BOOKS IN PRINT", 4th Edition, 2nd. supplement, In the name of KENNETH ATEN.


9. "THE HOOSIER GENEALOGIST, VOL. 36, No. & Vol. 38, No. 2, In the name



IBSEN-ANDERSON GENEALOGY given by Joan Ibsen McIntosh

FAMILY OF ROBERTA MAY TALBERT given by Allen T. Hjelmfelt Jr.

THE HJELMFELT FAMILY given by Allen T. Hjelmfelt Jr.

ANN C. COWAN given by Bruce E. Gilbert

J. E. OLSON-PIONEER HISTORY - donor unknown



FUNK SCHOOL REUNION, 1987 - Connie Jacobson



Nebraska 1900 Federal Census Soundex S-421-S-424 All remaining Nebraska 1880 Soundex microfilm

* NEW *


*NEW* Phelps County Marriage Book, 1878 - 1923, Volume 1, Compiled by Dick and Marjorie Dyas and Published by Holdrege Area Genealogy Club is now on sale. Included are entries of bride, groom, marriage date, parents name if found, book and page number of marriage record to help locate the marriage record on microfilm at our museum or at the Courthouse. Price $15.00 plus $4 shipping and Handling. Add .75 for tax if resident of Nebraska.



Holdrege area Genealogy Club has voted to buy the remaining 1880 microfilm Soundex of Nebraska. This will be very helpful as we will be able to do a more complete search for those requesting information.

Again I want to thank the many volunteers who come regularly to work in the museum library. All the many things that are being accomplished are such a benefit for the visitors who come to do research.

Dick Dyas continues to add cemetery and marriage data in his computer and Ben Boell is collecting Harlan County marriage information.

My relative has emailed me a list of "You know your taking genealogy to seriously if..." quotes I will share with you:

In order to put the "final touches" on your genealogical research, you've asked all of your closest relatives to provide DNA tests.

Your house leans slightly toward the side where your genealogical records are stored.

You decide to take a two week break from your genealogy, and the U.S. post office immediately laid off l,500 employees.

During the ice storm and power outage, you ignore the pleas of your shivering spouse and place your last quilt around the 1886 photograph of dear Uncle Augie.

Ed McMahon, several TV cameras and an envelope from publishers from Clearing House arrive at your front door on Super Bowl Sunday and the first thing you say is "Are you related to the McMahons of Ohio?"

A magical genie appears and agrees to grant you any wish, and you ask that the 1890 census be restored.

Merry Christmas Sandra Slater


(From the Village old Bertrand Newsletter, September 1998)


"On the 13 day of November in 1880, G. M. Sandstrom arrived at Kearney with his father and mother and August, Edwin, Andrew and Christine.

The year of 1881, he worked out as a hired man and cut corn stalks for the summer for fuel and received his board and 25 cents a week bonus.

A neighbor asked Mr. Sandstrom to herd a cow behind a wagon to Kearney, Nebraska. He left seven miles east of Bertrand at 6 o'clock in the morning. It stormed

and rained so he had to wade in water half the way. In the meantime the cow kept getting away so he walked a number of more miles than necessary. He ate a cold lunch which he had taken along, at O'Keens. He arrived in Kearney at 11 o'clock that night. There was no more food, no restaurants open and no money, so he went into an old hay mow and slept till 4 o'clock. He than rode homeward with a neighbor within five miles of home. He had dinner at noon in the sandhills about seven miles south of Elm Creek and received the sum of 25 cents for the trip."

Things improved from 1883- 1885 when he worked for $13 and in 1886 for $16 and room and board. (This information taken from the Bertrand, Nebraska Golden Jubilee Edition in 1935.)


(From the Holdrege, Nebraska Citizen newspaper, September 1891)

The citizen man made a trip to Loomis one day the past week and met quite a number of business men of Loomis. Loomis was laid out a town in the fall of 1885. The first house being built in November of that year by J. W. Jackson. It now numbers about 200 inhabitants, its thrift and enterprise is noted not only by its general lively appearance of the town but also by the commodious school house and neat church building that they have erected. The town is situated in the midst of the fine farming land as there is in the state of Nebraska and as one drives out of any direction from Loomis, he finds well tilled farms on which he sees many big stacks of grain which shows that the farmers here as well as elsewhere have been blessed with bountiful crops.


In talking with D. T. Garrett, the agent of the B & M at that point, we learned that since the fall movement of grain began, there had been shipped 102 cars of grain, 15 of hogs, 9 of flour and 7 broom corn, while 30 cars of lumber had been received during this time.


If there is one thing the Loomis site is proud of, it is Loomis Roller Company at a cost of $1500 and has all the latest improved machinery. It has a capacity of seventy-five barrels a day and is doing an immense business. It is under the direction of a board of managers which consists of J. A. Johnson, president; T. M. Larson, secretary and treasurer and John Hendricks, manager, while Tom Halladay is miller.


Keeps a grocery store where one can find all kinds of heavy and fancy groceries.


Is the name of the firm that have a large and well selected stock of dry goods, boots and shoes and groceries. C. O. Nelson assists them as salesman. They have built up a trade.


Has been proprietor of the hardware store for the past two years and has a full stock of the hardware and tin ware. He also handles harness. He is assisted by his son.


Is managed by C. S. Grunland. They have a good stock and is unnecessary to add a good trade.


Is owned by and operated by E. L. Kiplinger & Son. The have a capital of $24,000 and do a general banking business. The bank is under the supervision of F. W. Kiplinger and is assisted by A. B. Olson as bookkeeper.


Are the druggist of the place and have always on hand a stock of drugs as well as paints, wall paper and notions and all else that pertains to a well ordered drug store.


Is postmaster of the place as well as land agent and is willing to engage in any enterprise to do any work for the good of the town. Mr. and Mrs. Barnum also run the hotel and boarding house of the town where one can always get good accommodations.


Is under the efficient management of W. A. Forsythe who is always busy waiting on customers. They also handle coal.


A. G. Scott & son have the west elevator and York and Tayler have the east one while Cooper Cowgill & Co. of Holdrege buy grain at this point also. So many firms being represented here it makes it a lively grain market and farmers in the vicinity of Loomis are reaping the benefit of good big prices.


There are two hog buyers in Loomis, Aaron Johnson and S. P. Gustavson thus giving Loomis good stock market. Mr. Gustavson also runs the meat market where he satisfies his patrons.


Keeps a lively stable where he has good teams to rent his customers.


Is a professional man of the town being an M. D. of good standing who looks after the ills of mankind.


Runs a billiard hall and amusement parlor.


Is a jolly fellow who is at present rustling for the broom corn of this part of the country.


Is engaged in the implement business and has an assortment of all kinds of farm machinery.



Has a barber shop where is customers will find him ready for business.



Does the blacksmithing and are always at work hard. These we believe are the businessmen of Loomis and are all good interesting men who are always alert, active in everything that pertains to the good of Loomis. May they prosper and be happy.

More Excerpts From the March 1, 1887 Nebraska Nugget





The Capital City.


Her Business Men; Her Magical Growth;

Her Railroads; Her Industries, and Our

Prophecy of Her Great Future.


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In walking up East ave., we were attracted by the bright appearance of the front of Mr. Hilsabeck's drugstore. The inside is well supplied with paints, oils and glass and a full line of stationery and toilet articles. He also keeps a large stock of proprietary medicines and toilet articles. Prescription medicine is a special business of his and he has probably filled more prescriptions than any man in the country. He started doing business here in Holdrege the 12th day of April 1886, having formerly had four years experience in Iowa. In being asked the reason of his removal to this town he made the remark that he came to a better country. His full and even balanced character gives his customers confidence in his business. We prophesy from his personal appearance that he will continue to do a first rate business.



It is undoubtedly a sure sign of the prosperity of a town that so many new business firms are added to it each year. Among the most enterprising are Messrs. Sheneberger & Wagner. They came here during 1886 and were ready to wait on their customers about the 1st of April. They do an immense business in the hardware line and carry a large and varied stock of all the leading lines usually handled by a first-class establishment of this kind. Stoves, ranges, cutlery, ammunition, shelf goods and a variety of improved farm and garden tools ready for the spring trade. All kinds of new and old tinwork is done promptly by a skilled mechanic. They keep their numerous customers by strict business rules and honorable dealing. A. A. Sheneberger was raised in Pennsylvania. Clinton Wagner was born in Michigan. They came here from Iowa, where they were engaged in the same business.



These gentlemen rank prominently among the enterprising, energetic business men of Holdrege. They carry a first-class and varied assortment of drugs, druggists' sundries, proprietary medicines, toilet articles, wall paper, and all kindred articles. The business was established first at Phelps Center in the fall of 1882 and the fall of the following year the firm removed to Holdrege. The business house is 24x60 and belongs to the firm which consists of W.P. Norris and W.E. Brock. Mr. Norris, the resident partner, came to Nebraska from Iowa in 1880. Since the establishment of the present business, this firm has been enjoying a most gratifying patronage, and their business is a most complete success. Both members of the company are men of shrewd business ability, energy and integrity. They have become very popular in Holdrege, and their outlook is fair in the future. They own some city property and are popular public spirited citizens.



our popular land, loan and insurance agent, is located upstairs in the Garland block, of which he is one of the owners. By integrity, honesty and a familiarity with all parts of the county, he has built up a large business which is constantly increasing. Mr. Lewis is one of the pioneers of this county, having settled here in the spring of 1878 on a homestead. He became a resident of Holdrege when it was in its infancy and has always been identified with its leading business men. As he is permanently located here any one having business in his line will find it to their interest to call on him.

Being a member of the Western Real Estate Association, an institution which requires its members to be endorsed y the banks, parties having any business in his line will always find him trustworthy, honest and reliable.



Is deservedly recognized as one of the leading merchants of Holdrege. He handles all kinds of pumps, the popular windmills, and numerous kindred articles, does plumbing in all its branches. The favorite windmills he carries are the Vinyls Monitor and Halladay, of which we can say nothing but words of praise. Mr. Whitcomb carries a first-class and varied stock and above all his prices are down to the very lowest figures.



Are joint inventors of a windmill which they have had on trial nearly a year, and they find it so perfect and so popular that they have determined to manufacture it on a large scale. It bids fair to take the lead among windmills. They were conducting a similar line of business in Industry, this county, for five years before coming here. They are natives of Vermont, but were raised in Wisconsin.



It is a pleasure for use to jot down a few remarks about the drug business so successfully conducted by the above named gentlemen. Mr. Lester Ellsworth came to Nebraska from Pennsylvania in 1880 and has been engaged in the drug business in different parts of the state ever since. In 1883 he moved to Sacramento and associated with him Mr. Luce, of Republican City, who has also a drug store at that place. He moved his store to Holdrege in November, 1883 and in the fall of 1886 he found his store by the court house square too small for his business and moved into a large building on Hayden street where he keeps a large stock of proprietary and prescription medicines, toilet articles glass and full department of books and stationery. Under the present firm the business has been good from the beginning and by straight and honest dealing and strict business principles there business is very gratifying.



On the corner of East Avenue and Hayden street we find a new hardware store located conveniently for the trade, and Mr. Thompson is not slow in making his business equal with the business of older firms. He is a first-class mechanic and makes a specialty of roofing, spouting and repairing of tinware, locks and gasoline stoves. Tinwork is done in the most approved manner. He carries a full line of hardware stoves and ranges cutlery, amunition and a complete line of Baxter's banner cook stoves always on hand. His work in roofing is seen on F. Johnson & Co.'s building the Garland block and in fact all the best buildings in town have been roofed by this energetic young man. We are assured that this success in the hardware business will be as complete as is his mechanical work. He was employed in Max Ulig's tin shop for two years. He was born in Otoe county, this state and lie is a credit to this or any other state.



This firm established their business in Holdrege in the spring of 1886 and the house has enjoyed a No. 1 trade ever since. W.S. Deisher is the business manager and the firm handles the best line of goods the market affords, such as the Brown corn planters, Hoosier seeder and drills the improved Strobridge seeders, Brown's capital stalk cutters, Potter tongueless cultivators, tricycle and Headlight suly plows. Adance and Daily lever harrows and Deere listers, Newton, Bain and Harrison wagons, New Haven and Henry buggy and spring wagons, Buckeye Stover stalk cutters, Marseills power shellers and Defiance and Diamond shellers.



Of which Frank Beidler of Chicago is president and F. E. Goble of Red Cloud secretary and treasurer, successors to the Nebraska Lumber Co., commenced their business in Holdrege July 1st, 1885. This company has four Yards in this state, one at Minden, one at Red Cloud, one at Bertrand and one in this city. The company has a large stock of all kinds of building material and aim to keep a full supply of coal on hand. They have sufficient shelter for all the best grades of lumber and enjoy a full share of the immense lumber and coal trade done at this place. Their business manager of this place, Mr. James Goble had charge of the business for the Nebraska Lumber Co., and continued in the employ when the business changed hands. His pleasant and agreeable manners, combined with a large experience in the business, places him among the best business men in the country.



The important and noteworthy position in the commerce of Holdrege occupied by this firm entitles it to more than a mere passing notice in the review of the town's industries. They are doing an extensive and growing business in grain and coal and are prominently connected with these lines of trade in different portions of this section of the country. They have erected at this place a fine elevator, with a storage capacity for 75,000 bushels of grain and a coal house capacity of 1,000 tons. Mr. L. Weber is the general manager of this branch of the business and judging from his well-rounded business qualities and thorough reliability, the success of the business has had a steady increase since first started. He is a native of Kentucky and has for some time resided in Kearney. He is qualified for success in his business, not only by the most thorough reliability and enterprise but valuable experience.



Mr. Barber is an extensive dealer in grain and coal. He has a number of branch houses in this and adjoining counties and is one of the pioneers of our growing city.



The loan agent, located in Holdrege in January, 1887 and has his cosy little office over the First National Bank. Mr. Trimble is a young man of more than ordinary energy and he knows how to use printers ink, which will assure his success. Mr. Trimble first located in Bertrand but business would not justify a permanent location there and he has now located permanently in Holdrege.

~Harlan County Nebraska~

NOTE: The Phelps Helps Newsletter highlights Harlan County Nebraska in this section. With many of our subscribers interested in and from Harlan County, and since Harlan County is a connecting county to Phelps County, the Phelps Helps will publish history information on Harlan County.




HARLAN COUNTY FRONTIER DAYS (We found this article in the 1945 "Harlan County Journal" newspaper)

In August 1878, William Schroder and wife and children, Bert and Stella, with six families, all neighbors, left Schyler County, Illinois, in a covered wagon with horse team for Nebraska "to grow up with the country". Traveling across Illinois heavily loaded with all their belongings, crossing the Mississippi river on a steam boat, then across to Iowa to the Missouri river, crossing that on a tow boat. On into Nebraska where we made slow progress.

We camped along the road were we could find feed and water for our horses. We carried dead wood for days on our wagon to do our cooking when we camped.

I was only five years old then, but I remember many things that happened. How well I remember we camped near Beatrice. One man in our caravan not being able to buy hay for his horses, tied them with rope so they could eat grass. Some time in the night a horse thief stole one of his horses. The horse not being very well broke to ride, run over the wagon tongue on my father's wagon and the ensuing noise woke him up. He called all the men out in camp. Com Schroder and By Skiles then young men took the two best saddle horses in camp, they heard the horse run up the road and "Nicker" and its mate would "Nicker" back, by this they started after him. They got so close that the thief got scared and left the horse and ran into the corn field. It was a happy time for the men in camp when they brought the horse back to camp.

Slowly traveling for days, they left the Republican river where Naponee is now and came up Turkey Creek, stopping at Uncle Jim Schroders', now the Howsden farm, just east of Bainbridge, now called Huntley. We visited with John F. David and G. S. Skiles, uncles and aunts of mine a few days.

We rented a farm southwest of Ragan, now the Dick Hedlund place, living there the first year. We hauled water in barrels about a mile up the creek from the Larson homestead. We had to draw it up out of the well with rope and bucket. How well we remember the ten gallon keg and three gallon jug. When we were away from home we stopped at the last well coming home and filled them up to drink and cook with.

During that fall I remember the first prairie fire I ever saw. There was some movers camped on the Habby place, leaving the morning after they were gone awhile, a strong wind came up from the north and blew the thin fire out into the heavy grass by the creek, causing a terrible prairie fire that came right down on us. We had a sod house and dug-out barn, my parents were so badly scared. My mother put me to bed and covered up my head. I was so frightened.

My father took a homestead four miles northeast of Bainbridge. He built a sod house and sod barn and dug a well. We didn't have a pasture fence so we tied our horses out with rope to eat grass.

In the fall my father, heard of a milk cow for sale in Edge, Kansas. He drove his team and wagon to Kansas and bought the cow. When coming home by Republican City, he was caught in a terrible rain. After the rain, Mrs. Gefford asked him to stay all night. My father hadn't any money. He had spent his last 26 dollars for this cow. Mr. Gefford said he could stay anyway. He lead his cow beside the wagon all the way home. Things have changed since I was a boy.

The first few years my father hauled his wheat in a wagon to Kearney, the nearest railroad. He hauled back a little lumber. he would start one morning and return late the next night.

Some of the prairie fires would begin at the Platte River and burn to the Republican River. They would burn for days. The wind would change and blow the fire in a different direction. At night we could see prairie fires in Kansas. With a strong south wind it would jump the Republican River and burn across Nebraska. Homesteaders would plow fire guards around their homes to protect their home and livestock. Whenever

there was a fire they would put barrels of water in their wagons and wet gunny sacks to help put out the fires. The buffalo were killed out, but hundreds of carcasses were laying on the prairie where they had been killed and skinned. At one time we counted 11 antelopes go by our home.

I started school at Pleasant Ridge School house. Frank Stevens was my first school teacher. Later he was county clerk in Alma. The school was made of sod. Later I went to Good Hope in a sod school house. This school had a big log in the center with poles and brush on the side covered with sod. In the center of the room was a big fork. By the fork was as stump about 3 feet high, where we had to sit and study when we didn't get our lessons. There's where I got my education. The floors were dirt.

We lived two miles from the school house. We walked through all kinds of weather. One winter my parents did not have enough money to buy overshoes so I wrapped gunny sacks around my feet. At first we had just three months of school, but later we went six months. After finishing the fifth reader, I quite school. I stayed at home to help my father on the farm. I worked out for 24 cents and 50 cents a day.

I remember terrible winters and snow storms we had in those times. They would last three or four days. My father tied a rope from the barn to the well, from well to house, so as to find his way to do chores.

The prairie where Ragan now stands had short grass, giving the snow a chance to blow for miles and miles, over the draws south of Ragan. Many a time they were filled bank to bank.

A man with a team and buggy would haul mail from Phillipsburg, Kansas to Alma and Bainbridge. The post office, now Freewater, was homesteaded by John Elliott. It was the only well in this part of the country that had free water. Thus comes the origin of the name. A church was built here and also a cemetery later. The mail route went from Freewater to Walker Ranch and on to Kearney.

We had literary every week around at different schools. On the first 4th of July celebration in Alma, we started out early in the morning in the lumber wagon and didn't get home until late at night. We had foot races of all kinds. They had a pole 12 by 15 feet high set in the ground that they greased with home made soap. On the top of the pole was a dollar which they would get if they could climb the pole.

They would grease a poor sow and turn her loose and give the man that could catch her the pig. The old sow started through the crowd of women with long white dresses, the women sure ran. One woman stepped on her dress and fell.

I lived with my parents until I was 23 years old. On March 1896 I married Minnie Powell. We rented a farm of 40 acres with sod house and barn. I paid $10 rent a year if I raised a crop. If I didn't, it didn't cost anything. We had a big crop of corn. In the fall, Tom Porter tried to sell me the 40 for $200. But I thought I couldn't ever pay for it.

We moved to Frank Arnold farm in the spring of "97 where two boys, Earl and Glen were born.

Then we bought a farm two miles north of Huntley and lived there many years. At this place we had three more children, another boy and two girls.

I 1916, we moved to Huntley and owned and operated a general store and implement store for many years. In 1929 we moved to Holdrege. In 1933 we moved to Ragan and later bought our home, where we now live and operate the largest privately owned museum in central Nebraska. We have lots of visitors and many from other states. People are always welcome.

Now we have 24 grand children and eight great grandchildren of which we are very proud.

Written by my daughter Mrs. Elmer Berry, as I told it to her---Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Schroder

Harlan County


1. I am looking for information on Liddie GRIFFEN, who married Andrew Johnson MONTGOMERY in Orleans, Nebraska. I do not have a birth date on Liddy GRIFFEN, but Andrew J. MONTGOMERY was born in 1866 in Updyke, Ill. I also do not have the date of marriage, I was just hoping to get lucky I guess. If anyone has any information on this couple please email me at

or contact Beth Eloise Howard Goodman at PO Box 552 Orland, California 95963, phone: 530-865-9818. Andrew Johnson MONTGOMERY is the Great Uncle of Beth Howard GOODMAN.


2. Wish to contact any descendants of David SNELL who moved to Harlan County from Clermont Co., OH. I have records which I will share, but I am interested in contact with living kin who can add more recent records. David was the son of Daniel and Edna (Malott) SNELL and twice married. Information is often confused because David's first wife was his cousin, also named Edna MALOTT. Daniel, father of David, was born in SC, son of a Loyalist in Rev War whose family fled to Nova Scotia. Daniel and two brothers left Nova Scotia and went to MD where he married before migrating to OH in early 1800s. Please contact:

Virginia <>


3. Looking for info on family member born in Alma NE. Wilson Curtis GARNER was born 19 Oct. 1902 to George Harrison GARNER and Flora DART.

Please contact:


4. My name is Mary WEBER and I am looking for any information about my 3-great uncle Samuel Richard KNOWLTON. Samuel died in 1928, and is buried in the Orleans Cemetery. I need to know his wife's name and their children. If anybody knows anything please E-mail me anytime. Thank You!!

Please contact: Paul Weber <>


5. TREVOR - RISHEILL I'm seeking information on the TREVOR and RISHEILL families in or around Harlan County. Robert TREVOR was a Methodist Minister and owned property in Harlan County c1870-1890. His Daughter Elizabeth TREVOR married David O. RISHIELL (date unknown) Their Son William Allison RISHEILL b. Alma, NE 1883. Search of Harlan, Co. and State of Nebraska records have not found record of marriage Of Elizabeth TREVOR to David RISHEILL or Birth of William RISHEILL. Any Information From Anywhere Would be Greatly Appreciated. I will answer any questions to provide information on the RISHEILL/ TREVOR lines that I can. Please contact: Don RISHEILL


6. Am seeking information on the STEVENSON family living in Alma in the 1880s. Ralph Carver STEVENSON (born 1849 or 1850 in Iowa; died 7-12-1929) and Anna Wilhelmina ROBINSON (Born in Pennsylvania in 1845; died 10-6-1912) had 2 children, Ida Esther (1880-1901) and Charles Ralph (1886-1965). At sometime in the 1890s they traveled to Topolobumpo, Mexico seeking a utopian society. Please contact:


7. Seeking information about Henry JOHNSTON and 2nd wife, Lizzie WOODSIDE, married 24 Mar 1884 Monmouth, Warren County, IL. Moved to Harlan County soon after. Henry born Sheffield, Warren County., PA 1829. Lizzie born County Antrim, Ireland 1854. Children, all born in Harlan County, NE: Harry 1885, Eliza Ray 1886, Jennie Ellen 1889, Alice 1894. Henry served in the Civil War and died in 1909. Lizzie died in 1923, both buried at Stamford Cemetery, Harlan Co. Harry married Carrie Hubler and had children: Edna J., Harry W. and Ronald H. Lizzie operated a boarding house and Jennie taught school. Would like any information about his family. Are any still living in the area? Please contact:

Madeline Younglove

4615 Rockwood Dr.

Houston, TX 77004-6612



8. Researching the family of James Williamson WILLEY and his son Wilson Isaac WILLEY, who moved to Alma during the 1870s. James Willey's last wife was Elizabeth EDWARDS. His children included Sarah Elizabeth, James D., Emily, David, Carrie, Elizabeth (Rogers), George, Lucy (Scanland) and possibly Warren Monroe. Wilson WILLEY was married to the daughter of his step-mother, Mary E. EDWARDS. He died in Alma in 1932. His children included Wilson Alonzo, James Delbert, William Freeland, John Nelson, Elmer Eldon, Maude Ethel (McCoy), Goldie Elizabeth (Babbington) and Charles Lemuel. Happy to share information! Please contact: Rebecca Hitzman


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