Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Brumley Branches - Marion Abraham Sells

Brumley Branches - Marion Abraham Sells
Left to right: Marion Abraham, Mable Sells-Doyle, Emanuel Sells, child Alfreda Doyle
Brumley Branches - Marion Abraham Sells was my great-great-grandfather. He was born to Elijah Sells and Phoebe Walker on July 10, 1842, in the Des Moines Territory, Iowa. His siblings were; Sarah Elizabeth, Susannah, and Gideon Phillip Sells. His mother died in 1845. Elijah was now a widower and raising a family by himself. 

His father married a second time to Frances Cox in 1848 in the Des Moines Territory. This union gave Marion half-brothers and sisters; Rachel, Lucinda Jane, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington Sells.

Marion's family remained in and around the Des Moines Territory for many years. In the 1860 Census, they had moved to Chambersburg, Clark, Missouri. 

On the 1900 Missouri Census, it states that Marion and his wife Samaria Thompson-Traister were married in 1862. It shows they had 13 children and that is correct. It is the marriage date that is confusing. The marriage record below states they were married on May 30, 1869, in Clark County, Missouri, but I have been unable to find the marriage record for 1862. On this census, it says they were married 38 years and that would be correct as of the children's birth dates. So I am not quite sure why the dates are different.


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Marion and Samaria Marriage Record

Children born to this union were; Sarah Maria, Marion Emanuel, Dorcus Ann, Columbus (my great-grandfather), Elijah, Samaria Alice, Amos, Edith Mary Lucretia, Liewedith, Dollie, Lottie, Grover Cleveland, and John Wesley Sells.

As the Civil War broke out, Marion signed up for the draft, he enlisted June of 1863 in Iowa. He was a farmer and twenty-one years old. I don't think he served in the Civil War, I have not been able to find any other record but the enlistment record below.

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Civil War Draft Registration 



By the Census of 1880, they still were living in Clark County, Missouri near Chambersburg. In 1910, in Lincoln, Missouri he was living with his son Elijah and his family, he was listed as a widower. By the 1920 Census he was now living with his daughter Edith Sells Hopp in Lincoln he was seventy-seven years old.

On December 22, 1924, Marion Abraham Sells died in Chambersburg, Missouri and is buried in the Chambersburg Cemetery. He was eighty-two years old. Other family members are buried there as well.


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Friday, August 26, 2016

Brumley Branches - Columbus Sells

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Emanuel, Columbus and Elijah Sells

Brumley Branches - Columbus Sells was my great-grandfather. He was born on October 30, 1869, to Marion Abraham Elijah Sells and Samaria Alice Thompson-Sheets in Kahoka, Clark, Missouri. His other siblings were Marion Emanuel, Darcus Anna, Elijah Marion, Samaria, Edith Mary Lucretia, Grover Cleveland and John Wesley Sells.

The Missouri Census says his family remained in Clark County for many years from 1869 until 1896 in different small towns within the county. Kahoka, Jefferson, and Chambersburg is where the family lived. 

On November 14, 1894, in Kahoka, Missouri he married my great-grandmother, Gertrude W Nichols. On the 1900 Missouri Census, Columbus and Gertrude were living in Farmington, Van Buren, Iowa and that is where my grandmother, Nellie Opal Sells was born.

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In 1905 they were living in Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, and by 1910 they were living Union, Laclede, Missouri. Gertrude died on November 19, 1919, and they were living in Springfield, Greene, Missouri at the time of her death. 

After his wife's death, he remained in Springfield. On the Kansas State Census Columbus was working as a laborer living alone in 1925. The 1930 Census finds him as an inmate in the Jackson County, Missouri Home for the Aged & Infirm (Homeless Poor Farm), the census was taken April 15, 1930.

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Jackson County, Missouri Poor Farm for the Homeless and Infirm

It was later that year in October that his brother Grover and his wife came to visit from Fort Madison. They found him in a confused state and not in a healthy state. It was at that time they removed him from the Poor Farm and took him to the St. Joseph Psychiatric Rehab Hospital for treatment. He remained in the hospital until his death on May 16, 1932. He died of Cerebral Arteriosclerosis and Bronchial Pneumonia. He was buried on the hospital grounds.

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St. Joseph State Hospital Cemetery in Missouri

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Brumley Branches - Ralph Henry C Cox - 2nd Great Grandfather

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Brumley Branches - Ralph H C Cox, my 2nd great-grandfather was born to Jesse Cox, Sr. and Elizabeth Clark March 2, 1822, in Lincoln County, Missouri. He was their first born son, other siblings were William Timothy, James M, Sarah, Mary Jane and Elizabeth Ellen Cox. 

He also had a half-brother Jesse Newton and half-sisters Nancy Emily and Sarah Hannah Cox from his father's second marriage after his mother died. 

He grew up in Lincoln County for most of his life. He was twenty-four when he took Nancy Elizabeth Baugh for his wife. They were married in St. Charles County, Missouri on December 15, 1846.

Soon after they started their family. Their first born child was Sarah Elizabeth, followed by Thomas Henry, Sophia Jane, Jesse, Mary Ellen, James William, Ralph Henry, Annie Perlina and my great-grandmother Nancy Katherine "Katie" Cox.

On June 10, 1850, he purchased forty acres of land in Lincoln County. 


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The Civil War was beginning and with that came the draft registration. Ralph was forty-one years old on July 1, 1863, when he signed up for the draft. He served in 37th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union) Company A with Captains Joseph B. Howell, and William C. Teague in Lincoln County.


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After the war, he returned to his family and to Lincoln County near Bedford. In the 1880 Census, he had moved his family to Maries County, Missouri and purchased 160 acres of land by 1882.


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He and his family remained in Miller, Maries County through the Census of 1900. It is not clear the reason the family moved to southern Missouri.

Ralph was eighty-five years old when he died on July 16, 1907, in Dixon, Pulaski, Missouri. He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Maries County.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Brumley Branches - Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox

Brumley Branches - Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox
Nancy E Baugh Cox and Bessie and Eva
Brumley Branches - Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox was my great-great grandmother. Nancy was born to John Henry Baugh and Sarah Elizabeth Higgenbotham in January 1828 in North Carolina. Her known siblings are Mary Ann 1819, John C 1825 and Samuel Valentine Baugh 1833.

It is not known when her family began to move westward to settle in the Lincoln County, Missouri area but it was before 1846. She meant her future husband Ralph H C Cox and they were married on December 15, 1846, in St. Charles County, Missouri.

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Ralph and Nancy Marriage 

They started their family in 1848 when Sarah Elizabeth was born. Siblings that followed are; Thomas Henry, Sophia Jane, Jesse, Mary Ellen, James William, Ralph Henry, Anna Perlina and Nancy Katherine Cox (my great-grandmother).

They lived in Bedford, Lincoln, Missouri from 1848 until sometime between 1870 and 1880. The 1880 Missouri Census shows them residing in Miller, Maries, Missouri.

In 1896 their son James William Cox married Nancy Clementine Laney. They had two girls before 1900, Nancy Elizabeth "Bessie" and Sarah Evaline Cox. On October 26, 1896, at the young age of 29 Clementine "Tina" died of brain fever. This left James with two very small children to raise by himself. Nancy and Ralph took on the challenge of helping James raise his two small girls. 

The 1900 Census showed that Nancy and Ralph were still living in Miller. On July 16, 1907, Ralph died and at that time they were living in Dixon, Pulaski County, Missouri. Nancy was 79 years old and now a widow.

In the 1910 Census, it shows she was 82 living in Pulaski County with the girls now 13 and 15. Sometime between the 1910 and 1920 Census she was living with James as she was 92 years old in Baxter Springs, Cherokee, Kansas. James was taking care of her now because she had helped raise his girls. 

Nancy Elizabeth Baugh Cox died sometime in 1920 and is buried in Galena, Kansas next to her son James William Cox. She outlived most of her family and was a giving mother who always knew the most important thing to her was her family.


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Several years ago I corresponded with a daughter of one of the girls in the above picture. She said her mother shared countless stories of the dedication Nancy showed her family.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Brumley Branches - Nancy Katherine Cox Brumley

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Nancy Katherine Cox Brumley
Brumley Branches - Nancy Katherine Cox Brumley was my great-grandmother. She was born in September 1870 in Bedford, Lincoln, Missouri.  She went by Katie. Her parents were Ralph H C Cox and Nancy Elizabeth Baugh. She was the last child out of nine children born to this family; Sarah Elizabeth, Thomas Henry, Sophia Jane, Jessie M, Mary Ellen, James William, Ralph H, and Annie Perlina.

On the Missouri 1880 Census, her family had moved to Miller, Maries, Missouri. Katie was twenty-four years old when on January 13, 1895, she married my great-grandfather, Isaac Walter Brumley in Maries County. On the marriage license document, you will see that Willis Brumley had to give consent for Walter to marry because he was under age at the time.



They started their family by the birth of my grandfather, John Leo Brumley in 1895 and then five other siblings; William Ralph, Thomas Clinton, Nancy Beatrice (Bea), Henry Elmer Raymond and Walter Willis Brumley. 

Over the years the family resided in Maries, Osage, Pulaski Counties in Missouri. Walter worked odd jobs and finally went to work for the railroad. During this time Katie became ill that progressed into Pellegra.

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It is not known how long Katie had Pellegra but on her Death Certificate, it states, she entered the Missouri State Hospital #3 on July 9, 1912. It is unclear why Walter did not answer the questions on the certificate. Someone from the hospital did that and just about everything said unknown. She was there one month and eighteen days and died on August 28, 1912, at the age of 43 years old. 

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Missouri State Hospital #3 in Neveda, Vernon, Missouri






 
The mystery surrounding her death has been a long-standing question for years as my mother and I have looked for her gravesite with no luck. Two unknown relatives that we discovered in the early 1980's did not even want to discuss it with us as we were gathering genealogy information. All they told us is where she was at the time of her death. Mental illness was not talked about in the last century as it is today. People did not want other people to know they had someone in their family with mental illness. 

At the bottom of the death certificate, is says place of burial was Dixon, Pulaski, Missouri. Relatives have stated that she was buried in Fairview Cemetery near Laquey and Hanna. I have no evidence that she is buried in this cemetery. There is a cemetery at the at the State Hospital but very few records of who is buried in there. My mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik was unable to find her grave several years ago when she traveled with her sister and brothers to locate her burial place. So it remains a mystery for now.

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