209. Nancy Josephine AVERY was born on 1 November 1902 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She died on 30 December 1975 at the age of 73 in East Chigaco, Lake County, Illinois.
1920 Census. Beardstown Ward 4, Cass, IL, Hh 315
Lee Northcutt, 28, Foreman, Steam Railroad
Marie, wife, 23, Merchant, Grocery
Robert, son, 5. Sheley, son, 2 1/2
Josephine Avery, Lodger, 17
1926 Hammond, IN, City DirectoryChester L. McWilliams (Josephine), agt Met Life Ins Co. home: 509 Harrison
1930 Census. Pekin, Tazewell, IL, Hh 687
Josephine McWilliams, age 27, married at age 18
Alvin, son, 8. Margie, dau, 2.
1940 Census. Calumet City, Cook, IL
506 1st St - lived in same house in 1935
Lawrence Clay, 36. Josephine, wife, 37
Alvin McWilliams, 18. Margaret McWilliams, age 12.
1941 Hammond IN City Directory
Lawrence E. Clay (N. Josephine) car bldr. residence 951 Sibley
Indiana Death Certificate #75-043678
Nancy J. Clay died at St. Catherines Hospital, East Chicago, Lake Co, Illinois on 30 Dec 1975. She was born 1 Nov 1902. Her surviving spouse was Lawrence Clay. She was a housewife - her residence in Hammond, North Twp, Lake County - 7318 Grand Ave, Apt 3. Her father was William Avery, her mother Nora Ridinger. Her husband was the informant. She died of a cerebrovascular accident - a stroke. John Song, of Hammond was the doctor. She was buried City Cemetery, Beardstown, IL on January 3rd.
Note: There is a discrepancy in this document - at the top her date of death is stated as 31 December - at the bottom where the doctor gave his information, he stated she died at 5:30 PM on the 30th, but he signed the certificate on the 31st.
Although the above death certificate states she was buried City Cemetery, FindAGrave states she and Lawrence are buried at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, Lake Co, IL. There are no pictures of gravestones. A marriage to a Luther McWilliams is also listed. There is a marriage certificate for Nora Margaret Regneir who was then age 64, 13 Jan 1993, who claims her parents were Chester McWilliams and Nancy J. Avery. She would have been born in 1929. Luther Chester McWilliams died in Chicago 27 Apr 1930. He must have been the first husband of Nancy J. Avery - Lawrence Clay her second.
Nancy Josephine AVERY and Luther Chester MCWILLIAMS were married about 1921. Luther Chester MCWILLIAMS was born on 24 November 1899 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He died on 27 April 1930 at the age of 30 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
11 Sep 1918 World War I Draft Registration
Luther Chester McWilliams of Clarence, Pulaski, KY was 18, born 24 Nov 1899. He was a student at Berea College. F. D. McWilliams was his nearest relative. Tall, slender, Brown eyes, dark hair.
McWilliams, Luther - Age 30 - Shot to death at 7:30 PM, 4/27/30, in 2nd fl., 646 Garfield Ave., by Frank P. Gascon, who was held by the Coroner on 5/6/30. Gascon found deceased in the company of Mrs. Gascon and accused him stealing his wife. The Gascons had recently been divorced. 36 Dist. 11/11/30 - Acquitted - Finnegan.
Case Number 10660
Date of offense April 27, 1930
Date of death April 27, 1930
Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Time of day (approx) Evening (5:00 p.m. - 10:59 p.m.)
Time of day (exact) 12:19 am
Address; 646 Garfield Ave
Type of location; Residence
Type of residence; Residence of defendant
Location description; 2nd floor
Type of death; Homicide
Type of homicide; Intentional manslaughter
Characteristics defendant found the victim in bed with his wife
Method of killing Other gun, gun unspecified
Weapon; Shot to death, gun unspecified
Motive; The victim was in bed w/ the defendant's wife
Victim initiated events leading to homicide; Yes
Total number of victims; 1
Total number of defendants; 1
Related to Prohibition?; Yes
Victim; Name McWilliams, Luther
Age; 30 years
Defendant; Name Frank P. Gascon
Ethnicity; Other, eastern european
Defendant/victim relationship Relationship; Unknown
Charges against defendant; No charges recorded
Trial Judge; Finnegan
Jury verdict; Yes
Type of legal decision recorded; Coroner, trial
Outcome of trial; Acquitted
Date of sentence; November 11, 1930
Allegations of police corruption; No
Nancy Josephine AVERY and Luther Chester MCWILLIAMS had the following children:
Nancy Josephine AVERY and Lawrence E CLAY were married after 1930. Lawrence E CLAY was born on 8 October 1903. He died on 7 February 2004 at the age of 100 in Indiana.