Thursday, September 1, 2016

A History by Vera Nichols Rumsey

The following are pages of research my great aunt Vera gave to my mom. Some of this information was told to her by various relatives, and some was copied out of library books. And it looks like she joined them up at some point, hit or miss, you tell me. I remember Vera as an elderly, slightly senile lady. I'm not sure if that was her state when she wrote this history. But I'm still appreciative of the work she did, and for the many photos she took of her nieces and nephews.

I made these pages large so they can be more easily read.  The smaller ones looked neater, but were too hard to make out. Space down a long way to get to the text.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Robert Wiley Timeline

1819 - Robert Wiley born in Kentucky on December 18, according to a family Bible once owned by Nancy Jane Steele (per Ancestry family tree).

1840 - Robert Wiley married Eliza Jane McCord on 15 Jan 1840 in Marshall County, Tennessee. From Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002 on

1840 - Daughter Mary Lucinda Wiley born October 12.

[Eliza Jane Wiley died OR they divorced]

1857 - Robert Wiley married Nancy J. Steele on 6 Sep 1857 in Marshall County, Tennessee. From Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002 on

1860 - Census - Marshall County, Tennessee
Wiley, Robert 41 b. abt 1819 in Kentucky, Blacksmith
Wiley, Nancy J. 25 b. abt 1835 in Tennessee, Housekeeping

1870 - Census - Finley, Douglas County, Missouri
Wiley, Robert 51 b. abt 1819 in Kentucky, Blacksmith
Wiley, Nancy J. 34 b. abt 1835 in Tennessee

1880 - Census - Johnson, Sharp County, Arkansas
Wiley, Robert 61 1819
Wiley, Nancy J. 44 1836 wife
Steele, Nancy M. 77 1803 mother-in-law, widow, Knitting (occupation)
Stubblefield, Joseph 27 1853 laborer

1887 - Died July 27 (from Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1879-1903)

1887 - Buried at St. Paul Cemetery in Sharp County, Arkansas. Tombstone reads: Lieut. Robt. Wiley, b. unk. d. unk., Co C, 4th Tenn Mt'd Inf (can be seen on find-a-grave).

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Edward Talley and Mary Lucinda Wiley

Edward Talley
Born: 29 Jan 1829 in Virginia or North Carolina
Married: 10 Dec 1854 in Marshall County, Tennessee
Died: 24 Jan 1879
Buried: Denney Cemetery, Ava, Douglas, MO

Mary Lucinda Wiley
Born: 12 Oct 1840 in Marshall County, Tennessee
Died: 13 Feb 1933 in Springfield, Greene, MO at the home of her daughter Emmer Ruhl
Buried: 14 Feb 1933 in Denney Cemetery, Ava, Douglas, MO.

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The text of her obituary from the Douglas County Herald dated 16 February 1933:

Mrs. Mary L. Gentry was born October 12, 1840, in Marshall County, Tennessee, and died 2/13/1933, age 92 years, 4 months, 1 day. She was married in 1854 to Edward Talley. To this union four children were born, all of whom survive, Mrs. Amanda Buchanan, Sperry, OK; Robert Talley, Belle Plains, KS; Bettie Williamson, Ava, MO; and Emmer Ruhl, Springfield, MO. Following the death of her husband, she was married again in 1880 to Oliver Gentry, and after his death, made her home with her children, lately with her daughter, Emmer, in Springfield. She had enjoyed exceptionally good health all her life and was ill only a short time. She was a member of the Christian Church. She leaves besides her children, 16 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and 22 gr-gr-grandchildren. Short funeral services were held in Springfield with 6 grandchildren acting as pall bearers; Mattie McDaniel, Annie Smith, Ethel Bishop, Mary Groce, Maud Chapman, and Lola Cullison. The body was then removed to the Gentry cemetery, west of Ava, where burial took place with 6 grandsons as pall bearers: Charley Gentry, Hobart Gentry, Oscar Gentry, Preston Gentry, Edgar Hartley, and J. E. Williamson.

  • The marriage year of Mary Lucinda and Oliver Gentry was about 1884, according to 1900 US Census.
  • Death certificate for Mary Lucinda Gentry can be seen at Missouri Digital Heritage.
  • Gravestone for Edward and Mary Talley can be seen at Find-a-grave. The Gentry cemetery is currently called the Denney Cemetery.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Martha Ellen Johnson Obituary and Death Certificate

Martha Ellen (Mattie) Johnson Nichols on left, other woman unknown.

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From The Cairo Evening Citizen and Bulletin, dated Friday, January 8, 1937:

Mrs. Bert Nichols
Mrs. Mattie Johnson Nichols, widow of the late Bert Nichols, died this morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Reid at 511 Twenty-fourth street, where she has made her home the past year.
Mrs. Nichols was born April 4, 1867, and has resided in Cairo for the past 56 years.
She leaves to mourn her death, a daughter, Mrs. S. T. Rumsey of Decatur, Ill, two sons, T. V. Nichols and Bert Nichols of St. Louis, also a nephew, Leroy Johnson of Cairo.
Her husband, the late Bert Nichols, died eight years ago, having served on the police force here for thirty-five years.
Mrs. Nichols was an active member of the Cairo Baptist church and attended the Missionary society when her health permitted. She was a cheerful worker of the Amoma Sunday school class.
The body will be sent to Miller, Ohio, for burial. Friends of Mrs. Nichols may call at the Agey-Stainforth Mortuary to view the remains between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. today.
Mrs. Lillie Barnes of Olmstead, a lifelong friend of Mrs. Nichols, was called, arriving here this morning.
Rev. W. C. Hart will conduct a brief prayer service at the funeral home at 8:45 o'clock tonight.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lernon & Mary Spriggs Family

The husband in this family has been listed in census and various records as Limon, Lemon, Lemmon, L. S., Lehman and Leman. I tried putting a copy of their marriage record at the top of this page, but it was too light to read. His name was spelled both Lehman and Leman in the one record! You can see it at under the name Leman Spriggs, using the marriage information listed below. My mother told me long ago his name was Lernon. I'll use that name unless I learn otherwise.

Lernon S. Spriggs
Born: 1835 in Ohio
Married: 05 Feb 1857 in Scioto County, Ohio
Lived: St Clair County, Illinois; Perry County, Missouri; Ripley County, Missouri
Died: after 1900

Mary E. Lowry
Born: about 1836 in Ohio
Died: 10 Sep 1880
Buried: Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, St Clair, Illinois (no grave marker)

1st child:
Emma Spriggs
Born: about 1863 in Illinois

2nd child:
Nellie L. Spriggs
Born: 29 Jul 1866 or 1867 in Mount Vernon, Jefferson, IL
First Marriage: 03 May 1892 in Jasper County, MO to Emerson Laney
Second Marriage: between 1900 and 1902 to George Silies
Died: 24 Feb 1944 in St Louis, MO
Buried: Calvary Cemetery, St Louis, MO

3rd child:
Charles Edwin Spriggs
Born: 14 Oct 1868 or 1869 in Mount Vernon, Jefferson, IL
Married: 1899 or 1900 to Emma Missouri Nance (born Feb 1882)
Died: 3 Mar 1953 in Longtown, Perry, MO
Buried: 5 Mar 1953 in York Chapel Cemetery, Longtown, Perry, MO

4th child:
Leora M. Spriggs (male child)
Born: 26 May 1871
Married: 14 Oct 1897 in Brazeau, Perry, MO to Nora L. Rhyne (born 10 Aug 1877; died Oct 1970)
Died: 15 Feb 1945
Buried: Littleton Cemetery, Littleton, Colorado

Monday, January 16, 2012

Henry and Emmer Ruhl

Henry is Emmer Talley's second husband. This is also his second marriage.

Henry Ruhl
Born: 7 Mar 1849 in Granite City, Madison, IL
Married: around 1900
Died: 25 Sep 1920 in Springfield, Greene, MO
Buried: 26 Sep 1920 in Harrington Cemetery, Republic, MO

Emmer Evelina Talley Buchanan
Born: 18 Jun 1869 in Marshfield, Webster, MO
Died: 22 Aug 1962 in Mexico, Audraine, MO
Buried: Aug 1962 in Harrington Cemetery, Republic, MO

Child #1:
Fenton Ruhl
Born: 11 Jul 1903
Died: 7 Nov 1906
Buried: Denney Cemetery in Ava, Douglas, MO

Child #2:
Wiley Talley Ruhl
Born: 25 Feb 1905
Married: 01 Jan 1962 to Lorene Lemons (died 26 Nov 2001. This is Wiley's second wife. His first marriage ended in divorce.)
Died: 11 Mar 2004 in Springfield, Greene, MO

Child #3
Mary Bandena Ruhl
Born: 05 Sep 1908 in Ava, Douglas, MO
Married: 30 May 1928 to David Carrell Groce (born 23 Apr 1907; died 26 Aug 1976)
Died: 2 Aug 1996 in Pinehurst, Moore, North Carolina
Buried: Linn Cemetery, Wentzville, MO

Friday, January 13, 2012

John Buchanan Family Group

Great grandma Emmer had two children when her husband, John Henry Buchanan left her. It seems he did not accept the second child. A woman once said to her, "I will make a dress for the baby if you name her Pansy."

Ethel lived with Henry and Mary Ann Buchanan, her paternal grandparents. Emmer worked in other people's homes to support them. She made a dollar a week. On her day off, she would ride a horse for 4 hours, visit with Ethel for a while, then return to her job. (from Douglas County, Missouri History and Families 1857-1995)

John Henry Buchanan
Born: 18 Sep 1864 in Tennessee
Married: Feb 1890
Died: 18 Apr 1952 in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado
Buried: Colorado Springs Cemetery

Spouse: Emmer Evelina Talley
Born: 18 Jun 1869 in Marshfield, Webster, MO
Lived in: Springfield, MO
Died: 22 Aug 1962 (in Mexico, MO according to someone on

Child #l:
Ethel Buchanan
Born: 19 Mar 1891 in Ava, Douglas, MO
Married: 24 Dec 1911 to Ray Bishop (married second time to ____ Vestal)
Died: Apr 1991

Child #2
Pansy Buchanan
Born: 5 Sep 1897 in Ava, Douglas, MO
Married: 17 Apr 1916 in Topeka, Shawnee, KS to Albert Lee Nichols (born 25 May 1888 in Cairo, Alexander, IL; died 30 May 1946 in St Louis, MO; cremated at Valhalla Memorial Crematory, St Louis, MO)