Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Willis Brumley - Hard Nut to Crack

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Willis Brumley - Kenner Cemetery in Maries Co. Missouri
Willis Brumley - Hard Nut to Crack and I say this because he has been one of my most difficult relatives to figure out. I have been on his trail since the early 1980's as my mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik and I tried to put the pieces of his life together. We had some success but now it is just myself trying to put this jigsaw puzzle together. The information I gather just leads to more questions than answers. I am going to share what I have in hopes that someone will read this and contact me that knows anything about Willis Brumley.

Willis is my 2nd great grandfather he was born about 1824 in Missouri. At this writing, I think his parents were James Brumley and Eleanor "Nellie" Crismon, but I have no concrete evidence that connects him to James. 
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Marriage Record of Willis Brumley and Mary Johns

Willis was married to his first wife, Mary "Polly" Johns on February 25, 1844, in Gasconade County, Missouri. They had four children together, William "Bill" 1847, Nancy Ann "Aunt Coon" 1850, Amanda Elizabeth "Mandie" 1855 and John Brumley 1860. It is not clear if Polly died after giving birth to her last child John or if it was a later date. I have been unable to find her gravesite or any of her relatives over the years. So that is my first question mark on Willis.

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Willis signing up for the Civil War 1863
I do know in July of 1863 in Saint Louis he signed up for the Civil War and it stated that he was a widower with children and acerage living in Mount Sterling, Gasconade, Missouri. I have been unable to find if he actually served in the Civil War, probably because he had too many obligations at the time or could find no one to take care of his children. Polly Johns Brumley must have died between 1860-1863.

On June 12, 1864 he married for the second time to Sarah Lane/Jane Shockley in Gasconade County. I have discovered no children born to this union. I have no more information on her except the marriage record. Another question mark for Willis.

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Willis Brumley and Sarah Shockley Marriage
Willis married for the third time to Nancy J Vaughn-Lowery/Loughry-Lewis/Louis on September 26, 1868 in Osage County, Missouri. Willis and Nancy had two children, Alice Florence 1869 and my great-grandfather, Isaac Walter Brumley in 1875. Nancy had other children from her prior two marriages, Edward, Martha and Charlesann "Annie" Loughry and Julia E Lewis/Louis. 

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Willis Brumley and Nancy J Vaughn-Loughry-Lewis Marriage

I think Willis was working on the railroad when they traveled to Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska and where Walter was born. I don't know what happened to Nancy if she died or they divorced or if she remained in Nebraska. I have not found a gravesite or any marriage after Walter.

This is where it really gets tricky. Willis married for the fourth time to Delanie Foster Harris on February 22, 1874 in Osage County, Missouri. 

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Willis Brumley and Delanie Foster Harris Marriage
It states on Walter's Death Certificate that he was born in 1875 but that he married Delanie in 1874. Walter's third wife is the one who filled out the information at the time of his death so she may not have known the correct year.

I have determined that Willis must have died sometime around 1899 in Maries County, Missouri. There is no information of dates on his headstone. I do not find him on any census after 1900. I wish I had a picture of him but I have found none to this date.

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