|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.
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.
|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.
|St. Joseph State Hospital Cemetery in Missouri|
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