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:

Deaths
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 familysearch.com 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

Spouse:
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

Spouse:
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 Ancestry.com)

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)


John Buchanan family

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."

John Buchanan had many children with his second wife. Daugher Ethel went to live with her paternal grandparents.

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 Ancestry.com)

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: 19 Apr 1991 in Bixby, OK (from family tree on Ancestry.com)
Buried: Ava Cemetery, Ava, Douglas, MO

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)
Died: 1 Oct 1952 in St Louis, MO
Buried: 6 Oct 1952 in Memorial Park Cemetery, St Louis, MO


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

George Silies Family Group

George was the second husband of my great grandmother Nellie Spriggs. This was his second marriage too.

George Anton Silies
Born: 12 Apr 1862 in Missouri
Married: 31 Mar 1901 to Nellie Spriggs in Perry County, MO
Died: 11 Apr 1946
Buried: Mount Hope Cemetery, Perryville, Perry County, MO

Spouse:
Nellie Spriggs
Born: 29 Jul 1867 in Mount Vernon, Jefferson, IL
Died: 24 Feb 1944 in St Louis, MO
Buried: 29 Feb 1944 in Calvary Cemetery, St Louis, MO

Child #1:
William G. Silies
Born: 08 Feb 1902 in Missouri
Married: Loretta (born 22 Aug 1907; died 21 Aug 1998)
Died: Jul 1985

Child #2:
Arthur A. Silies
Born: 18 Jan 1906 in Missouri
Married: Philomena Basler (born 15 Apr 1917; died 29 Jan 2006; buried 31 Jan 2006 in Calvary Cemetery, St Louis, MO)
Died: Sep 1983
Buried: 28 Sep 1983 in Calvary Cemetery, St Louis, MO

Child #3
Fred J. Silies
Born: 06 Oct 1907 in Perryville, Perry, MO
Married: no
Died: 18 Jan 1935 in St Louis, MO
Buried: 21 Jan 1935 in Calvary Cemetery, St Louis, MO

E. P. Laney Family Group

My dad used to tell us that in his family was a doctor who went to work among the American Indians. His favorite story was when the doctor was eating with the Indians and complimented the meat and asked what it was. The Indian said, "Um, rat good."  

The family all thought the doctor was Nellie's father, but census tells me her father was a house carpenter and laborer. But there was an Emmons Laney in Kansas whose father was a doctor...could he and E. P. Laney be one and the same? I'll keep looking.

Someone in the Silies family (Nellie's second husband or one of her children) used to call E. P. Laney the cowboy.

E. P. Laney (mom thought his name was Emerson)
Born: Kansas
Married: 03 May 1892 to Nellie Spriggs in Carthage, Jasper County, MO **
Died: before 1900

Spouse:
Nellie L. Spriggs
Born: 29 Jul 1866 in Mount Vernon, Jefferson, IL
Lived in: Belleville, St Clair, IL ; Perry County, MO
Died: 24 Feb 1944 in St Louis, MO

Child
Mary Ellen Laney
Born: 2 Mar 1893 or 1896 in Kansas or Missouri
Married: 27 Apr 1911 in St Louis, MO to Charles Henkey
Died: 4 Jun 1964 in St Louis, MO
Buried: Calvary Cemetery in St Louis, MO

** This marriage certificate can be seen at Ancestry.com.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Henkey Family Photo around 1952

Standing from left: Ronnie Henkey; Jackie Sexton Nickens; Clarence Sexton, Jr.; Stanley Kaliszewski; Charles Henkey; Edward Henkey holding Connie and Mary Ellen; Harry Henkey holding Barbara; and Edward.
Seated: Alice Henkey Shaver holding Gary; Stella Gorzinski Henkey; Mary Ellen Laney Henkey holding Larry and Bobby; and Aunt Dorothy holding Mike.
Thanks to Aunt Dorothy for this information.

Mystery Photo

I've had a copy of this picture in my possession for many years. I believe he is related to Mary Ellen Laney Henkey. I always thought it was L. S. Spriggs, Mary Ellen's grandfather. Then the mustache made me think it could be E. P. Laney, Mary Ellen's father. He was from Kansas and once referred to as a cowboy. For all I know, it could be some famous stage actor from back then. If anyone knows, please tell me.

Friday, January 6, 2012

George Delbert Nichols Family Group

George Delbert Nichols
Born: 22 Mar 1859 in Miller, Lawrence, Ohio
Married: 28 Sep 1883 to Martha Ellen (Mattie) Johnson in Alexander County, IL
Lived in: Miller, Ohio and Cairo, IL
Died: 8 Feb 1929 in Cairo, Alexander, IL
Buried: 10 Feb 1929 in Miller Cemetery, Miller, Lawrence, Ohio

Spouse:
Martha Ellen (Mattie) Johnson
Born: 4 Apr 1867 in Tennessee
Died: 8 Jan 1937 in Cairo, Alexander, IL
Buried: 10 Jan 1937 in Miller Cemetery, Miller, Lawrence, Ohio

Child #1
Myrtle Nichols
Born: about 1884 in Cairo, Alexander, IL
Died: before age 1

Child #2
Terrance Vincent Nichols
Born: Jan or Jun 1886 in Cairo, Alexander, IL
Married: Eva Lillian Burns (born 12 Feb 1888; died 03 Nov 1969; buried 06 Nov 1969 in St Peters Cemetery, St Louis, MO)
Died: 11 Nov 1964 in St Louis, MO
Buried: 18 Nov 1964 in St Peters Cemetery, St Louis, MO

Child #3
Albert Lee Nichols
Born: 25 May 1888 in Cairo, Alexander, IL
Married: 17 Apr 1916 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas to Pansy Buchanan (born 5 Sep 1897 in Ava, Douglas, MO; died 01 Oct 1952 in St Louis, MO)
Died: 30 May 1946 in St Louis, MO
Cremated: Valhalla Crematorium in St Louis, MO

Child #4
Raymond Nichols
Born: about 1890 in Cairo, Alexander, IL
Died: about 1892 in Cairo, Alexander, IL

Child #5
Vera Evelyn Nichols
Born: 9 Nov 1892 in Cairo, Alexander, IL
Married: 27 Dec 1923 in St Louis, MO to Sidney Thomas Rumsey (born 25 Jun 1899; died Feb 1987)
Died: Mar 1979 in St Louis, MO


Notes on George Delbert Nichols


Vera Nichols Rumsey, George Delbert's daughter, left my mother some pages of
family history she wrote. In them, she wrote this about her father:
"They named him George Adelbert. He did not like Adelbert so they called him in early youth "Bert Nichols". He signed his name George Delbert Nichols, as Grandma allowed him to dismiss the A on Adelbert, but insisted it was Geo. Delbert. So I guess that is why he started plain Bert. To everyone he was Bert Nichols but his obituary read George D. Nichols (Bert) died---etc. He and my mother Mattie Nichols are buried at Millers, Ohio. the graveyard of the Nichols family."
"Of course you all remember Alvia Nichols, who visited St Louis, Mo. He is the son of Frank Nichols, brother to Bert Nichols, Cairo, Ill. Alvia lived in Huntington, W. Va. When Dad was taken to Millers to be buried (Millers is across the river from Huntington, W. Va.), Alvia took the body to his Methodist church in Huntington, and the police force there all turned out to escort the body to the church. Mamma said the preacher gave a wonderful talk and said any man who was on the police force for 37 years deserved the best."
Also in the history: "George Delbert, "Bert" was a Police Officer for 37 years in Cairo. worked from six am to 6 pm. Was just plain, solid, honest. Worked every day, never had Sunday off. Had no time to go to church. He was 6 ft. one inch tall, beautiful blue eyes, his teeth so straight and strong that he lifted me from the floor by his teeth while I was in a blanket, weighing 110."
"Bert and Mattie Nichols were buried in the Nichols family lot at Millers, Ohio, where Sarah Francis and Joseph, parents of Bert are buried."

I took a copy of his obituary to my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary party. Uncle Bert told my how his grandpa used to throw the billy club at a man's feet. It would tangle up his feet and make him fall, thus allowing him to get caught.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

George Delbert Nichols Obituary


From the Saturday, February 9, 1929 edition of the Cairo Evening Citizen and Bulletin:

'Bert' Nichols, Veteran Police Officer, Passes
Served City For 37 Years Faithfully As Patrolman
No more picturesque character ever walked a police beat in Cairo than "Bert" Nichols during his service over a third of a century. He was recognized by his superior officers and his compatriots as a man and officer of absolute honesty and a "square shooter" in every sense of the word. Through changing administrations and upheaval in the police department, "Bert" continued to walk his beat unscathed.
"Bert's" theory was that a good policeman was not always the one who made the most arrests. He believed it was an officer's duty to give friendly advice to bring about the peaceful settlement of neighborhood quarrels and avoid arrests if possible in these lesser disturbances, although he showed no such leniency to the real criminal.
Absolutely Fearless
Fearless almost to the degree of foolhardiness, "Bert" was ever an enigma and a source of wonderment to his brother officers. He was careless to a fault in what is considered the most important factor contributing to an officer's personal safety, that of being properly armed. Cairo chiefs of the police department down through the decades wore themselves down trying to make Patrolman Nichols carry a gun regularly, but always without success.
This officer would go out after a dangerous criminal with only his club and at times would be without this lowly weapon. Many tales as to his prowess with the "billy" were told by his brother officers, many of whom have long been dead. In his younger days when he was strong physically and a perfect example of health and vigor, he was credited with the ability to throw his club with as much accuracy as some officers could shoot.
Great Physical Vigor
His physical endurance was a puzzle to other officers. During the coldest weather he would not wear an overcoat or gloves, and hated to don these encumbering accoutrements even after a long period of illness three years ago, from which he had never been expected to recover. He was a close friend of Uncle Abe Houglas, who had also served most of his life on the Cairo police force before he resigned as desk clerk at the beginning of the present city administration.
Patrolman Nichols was widely read and could talk with an uncanny understanding on all current subjects, and was hard to beat in an argument. His favorite subject was Socialism, which he strongly defended in countless discussions with brother officers and citizens.
Funeral Today
Funeral services for this veteran police officer, who died Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at his home, 2310 Washington avenue, were held this afternoon at 4:15 o'clock at the residence, the Rev. W. C. Hart, pastor of the Cairo Baptist church, officiating.
The body will be taken to Millers, O., former home of Mr. Nichols, leaving here at 5:30 o'clock this evening, and interment probably will be made there Monday.
Members of the police force served as active pallbearers at the funeral, and the services were largely attended.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Charles Henkey & family

Charles Henkey, son of Henry and Mary Henkey, husband of Mary Ellen Laney. Worked at the Brown Shoe Company most of his life. His daughter Dorothy recently said to me, "He was the sweetest man".

Child #1
Edward L. Henkey
Born: 10 Nov 1912 or 1913 in Missouri
Married: Stella C. Gorzinski (died Jan 2004, buried Calvary Cemetery in St Louis, MO)
Lived in: Dupo, Illinois
Died: 14 June 1964
Buried: 17 June 1964 in Calvary Cemetery in St Louis, MO

Child #2
Harry Melvin Henkey
Born: 3 Feb 1921 in St Louis, MO
Married: 29 Mar 1947 to Dorothy Nichols (born 12 Jan 1919 in Topeka, Kansas)
Lived in: Florissant, Missouri
Died: 12 May 1995 in St Louis, MO
Buried: in Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St Louis, MO

Child #3
Living

Child #4
Alice Ruby Henkey
Born: 18 Jul 1929
Married: Lindey Shaver
Died: 07 Apr 2000
Buried: 11 Apr 2000 in Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St Louis, MO

Child #5
Jacqueline Sexton (twin)
Born: 29 Aug 1931
Married: August Nickens (born 26 Nov 1928; died 25 Feb 1989)
Died: 25 Jun 2008
Buried: 12 Aug 2008 in Calvary Cemetery in St Louis, MO

Child #6
Clarence Sexton, Junior (twin)
Born: 29 Aug 1931
Married: no
Died: Dec 1986 in St Louis, MO

Note: The two youngest were step children to Charles.

Some Explanations

  • In some places I have more than one date or name, because sometimes that is what I find in my research. For instance, Mary Ellen Henkey's gravestone has a birthyear of 1896 while in the 1900 census it is listed as 1893. I'm not exactly sure which one is correct, so I will list both.
  • There are times, as in the case of Eva Catherine Gadell Henkey, where I don't know if the first name is Eva or if it's Catherine. The person would go by one name for a time, and later change to the other. So without a birth certificate, I will just hope I get it right.
  • Please let me know of any mistakes and I will correct them asap.
  • Millers and Millersport are alternate unofficial names for Miller, Lawrence County, Ohio. There is a town named Millersport, but that's in another part of the state.
  • Women will be labeled with their maiden name only. I think that will be easier.
  • I will try to put up copies of birth, death certificates that are not available online. The quality isn't the greatest. If you'd like a better copy, send me your email address.

Children of Henry and Mary Henkey

Child #1:
Henry Henkey
Born: 26 Jan 1871 in St Louis, MO
Married: 06 Mar 1901 to Margaret Windley or Farnsworth (born 31 May 1865 or 1875 in St Louis, died 21 Jun 1922 in St Louis)
Died: 21 Aug 1937 in St Louis, MO
Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St Louis, MO

Child #2:
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Henkey
Born: 1874 in Missouri
Married: 09 Mar 1891 in Belleville, St Clair, IL to William F. Bierach (born 22 Jul 1867 or 1868 in Louisville, KY, died 09 Jan 1947 in St Louis, buried 13 Jan 1947 in St Peters Cemetery)
Lived in: St Louis, MO
Died: Jul 1963
Buried: St Peters Cemetery, Normandy, St Louis County, MO

Child #3:
William John Henkey
Born: 12 May 1874 in Missouri
Married: 1901 in St Louis, MO to Eva Catherine Gadell (born 11 Jan 1880 in St Louis, died 27 Jan 1959 in Lemay, MO, buried 30 Jan 1959 in Calvary Cemetery, St Louis, MO
Died: 02 Jul 1951 in St Louis, MO
Buried: 05 Jul 1951 in Calvary Cemetery, St Louis, MO

Child #4
Harry Henkey
Born: 12 Dec 1881 in St Louis, MO
Married: about 1909 to Freida Schoenberger
Died: 01 Jun 1914 in St Louis, MO
Buried: 03 June 1914 in Old Bethlehem Cemetery, St Louis, MO

Child #5
Charles Henkey
Born: 27 Apr 1887 or 1888 in St Louis, MO
Married: 27 Apr 1911 in St Louis, MO to Mary Ellen Laney (born 2 Mar 1893 or 1896 in Kansas, died 4 June 1964 in St Louis, buried 08 June 1964 in Calvary Cemetery, St Louis, MO)
Died: 27 Oct 1973 in St Louis, MO
Buried: Calvary Cemetery, St Louis, MO

Child #6
Louis Henkey
Born: 16 Dec 1891 in St Louis, MO
Married: to Bertha Hart, divorced
Died: 18 Apr 1946 in St Louis, MO
Buried: 22 Apr 1946 in Calvary Cemetery, St Louis, MO

Death certificates for Catherine, Harry, Henry, Louis, Margaret and William Henkey and William Bierach can be seen at Missouri Digital Heritage website. Also for Harry's infant who was listed as unknown Henkey. The Charles Henkey in this list is not our Charles.

Henry and Mary Henkey

Henry Joseph Henkey
Born: Germany
Married: Mary Ellen Mueller
Lived in: St Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: about 1900

Mary Ellen Mueller
Born: about 1849 in Germany
Lived in : St Louis, MO
Died: 21 June 1899 in St Louis, MO (of heart disease)
Buried: Holy Ghost Cemetery, St Louis, MO

Notes: A certificate of death from the St Louis Health Department can be seen on Ancestry.com under the name Mary Henkey.