Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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

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

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

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