James Ray Harris1

ID#392, b. 23 June 1907, d. 2 May 1994
Father: John Richmond Harris
Mother: Mary Eva Coutz

Birth date: 23 June 1907
Birth place: Pleasant Valley, Marshall County, West Virginia.2

Commonly known by his middle name, Ray.

On 19 September 1925 in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, James applied for a marriage license with Mary Horner, daughter of Joseph Cornelius Horner and Myrtle Morris. Written consent was given by J. R. Harris, father of the male.3

James married Mary Ann Horner, daughter of Joseph Cornelius Horner and Myrtle Morris, on 19 September 1925 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. H. W. Bankes, minister, certified that he united them in marriage.3

Ray and Mary bought 97 acres on Fork Ridge in 1942, and moved there in 1943. They experienced their first and only tornado while living in that home.4

Ray died at age 86 on 2 May 1994 in Ohio.5,6

Deceased Child of James Ray Harris and Mary Ann Horner:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=21 Jun 2017

Citations

  1. [S227] Interview with Lois (Harris) Sivard by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 11 September 2004.
  2. [S993] James R. Harris, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4130821_00497.jpg.
  3. [S580] Marriage License for James Ray Harris and Mary Horner, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130840_00442.jpg.
  4. [S1008] Harris Family photograph album with research notes compiled by Glen Richmond Harris; viewed and scanned in October 2010 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton. Album inherited by LIVING Harris in 2014.
  5. [S899] James R. Harris, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=3693
  6. [S1753] Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007, Ancestry.com, online http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), James R. Harris data, certificate no. 400617, supports full date of death and state.

Mary Ann Horner1

ID#393, b. 19 April 1903, d. 24 August 1991
Father: Joseph Cornelius Horner
Mother: Myrtle Morris

Birth date: 19 April 1903
Birth place: Wetzel County, West Virginia.2,3

On 19 September 1925 in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, Mary applied for a marriage license with James Ray Harris, son of John Richmond Harris and Mary Eva Coutz. Written consent was given by J. R. Harris, father of the male.3

Mary married James Ray Harris, son of John Richmond Harris and Mary Eva Coutz, on 19 September 1925 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. H. W. Bankes, minister, certified that he united them in marriage.3

Ray and Mary bought 97 acres on Fork Ridge in 1942, and moved there in 1943. They experienced their first and only tornado while living in that home.4

Mary died at age 88 on 24 August 1991.2 Mary's body was interred on 27 August 1991 in the Salem Church of Christ Cemetery, Bowman Ridge, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.2

Deceased Child of Mary Ann Horner and James Ray Harris:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=21 Jun 2017

Citations

  1. [S227] Interview with LIVINGSivard by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 11 September 2004.
  2. [S761] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes Chapel), Mary A. Harris, 27 August 1991 service.
  3. [S580] Marriage License for James Ray Harris and Mary Horner, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130840_00442.jpg.
  4. [S1008] Harris Family photograph album with research notes compiled by Glen Richmond Harris; viewed and scanned in October 2010 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton. Album inherited by LIVING Harris in 2014.
  5. [S227] Interview with Lois (Harris) Sivard by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 11 September 2004.

Lena May Harris

ID#394, b. 25 September 1902, d. 7 November 1954
Father: John Richmond Harris
Mother: Mary Eva Coutz

Birth date: 25 September 1902
Birth place: Marshall County, West Virginia.1

Lena married Garnett Isaac Keller, son of John William Keller and Martha J. Crow.

Lena died at age 52 from Hodgkins Disease on 7 November 1954 in 1516 Fourth Street, Moundsville, West Virginia.2 Lena's body was interred on 10 November 1954 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Lena Harris Keller."2

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.3

Deceased Child of Lena May Harris and Garnett Isaac Keller:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=26 Jun 2015

Citations

  1. [S521] Lena M. Harris, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4130821_00356.jpg.
  2. [S579] Lena May Keller, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1984372_0001709.jpg.
  3. [S900] Digital photograph of Garnett I. and Lena Harris Keller gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 21 June 2009.

Garnett Isaac Keller

ID#395, b. 7 May 1904, d. 13 May 1989
Father: John William Keller
Mother: Martha J. Crow

Birth date: 7 May 1904.1 It has also been reported that Garnett was born on 6 May 1904.2
Birth place: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia.1

Garnett's first marriage was to Lena May Harris, daughter of John Richmond Harris and Mary Eva Coutz.

Garnett died at age 85 on 13 May 1989.2 Garnett's body was interred in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Garnett I. Keller."3

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

Deceased Child of Garnett Isaac Keller and Lena May Harris:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=6 Apr 2017

Citations

  1. [S1038] Garnett Isaac Keller, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4130821_00391.jpg.
  2. [S899] Garnett I. Keller, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=3693
  3. [S900] Digital photograph of Lena Harris Keller gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 21 June 2009.
  4. [S900] Digital photograph of Garnett I. and Lena Harris Keller gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 21 June 2009.

Samuel Stewart

ID#396, b. circa 1807
Father: not yet identified
Mother: not yet identified

Birth date: circa 1807
Birth place: Pennsylvania.1

Samuel married Sarah Wilson on 29 March 1831 in Ohio County, Virginia. John Burch certified that he "joined them together in the holy state of Matrimony."2

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1870Cameron Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaSamuel Stewart, male, age 63, born in Pennsylvania, a farmer, no real estate value but had a personal estate valued at $500
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)1

Deceased Children of Samuel Stewart and Sarah Wilson:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=10 Jul 2015

Citations

  1. [S1324] Samuel Stewart household, 1870 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Glen Easton Post Office, page 29 (420 stamped), National Archives micropublication M593_1693.
  2. [S1829] Register of Marriages for Samuel Stewart and Sarah Wilson, Ohio County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00215.jpg.
  3. [S756] Marriage License for Samuel M. Stewart and Mary R. Nixon, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130825_00072.jpg.
  4. [S1326] Marriage License for James P. Stewart and Mary E. Richards, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130825_00391.jpg.

Sarah Wilson

ID#397, b. circa 1807
Father: not yet identified
Mother: not yet identified

Birth date: circa 1807
Birth place: Ireland.1 It has also been reported that Sarah was born in Pennsylvania.2

Sarah married Samuel Stewart on 29 March 1831 in Ohio County, Virginia. John Burch certified that he "joined them together in the holy state of Matrimony."3

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1870Cameron Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaSarah Stewart, female, age 63, born in Ireland, keeping house
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)1

Deceased Children of Sarah Wilson and Samuel Stewart:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=10 Jul 2015

Citations

  1. [S1324] Samuel Stewart household, 1870 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Glen Easton Post Office, page 29 (420 stamped), National Archives micropublication M593_1693.
  2. [S841] Samuel Stewart household, 1880 U. S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron District, Enumeration District 188, page 4C (66 stamped), National Archives micropublication T9_1407.
  3. [S1829] Register of Marriages for Samuel Stewart and Sarah Wilson, Ohio County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00215.jpg.
  4. [S756] Marriage License for Samuel M. Stewart and Mary R. Nixon, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130825_00072.jpg.
  5. [S1326] Marriage License for James P. Stewart and Mary E. Richards, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130825_00391.jpg.

Okey Anise Church1

ID#398, b. 14 May 1897, d. 21 May 1954
O. Anise Church
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 14 May 1897
Birth place: Calhoun County, West Virginia.2,3

A second birth record appears in the "Index and Register of Delayed Reports of Births - Ritchie County, W. Va." with the same birthdate of 14 May 1897 and showing his name correctly as Okey Anise Church. A note on the record states: "This record made from photostatic copy from Div. of Vital Stat., Charleston, W.Va. File No. 30942, recorded Aug. 24, 1943." According to this record, Anise was born in Pennsboro, Ritchie County. I cannot explain why the county would have changed from Calhoun to Ritchie, but my theory is that because the original birth record contained the name Carl rather than Okey Anise, perhaps he initiated the creation of this birth record in order to have one with his correct name. However, if that was the case, why did he not simply have Calhoun County generate the correction?4,5

Commonly known by his middle name, Anise.

Photograph of Anise. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

Around 1913, his parents moved their family from Roane County to Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.7 Photograph of Anise with his parents and siblings. Date taken: 1913. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Parents Eli and Lenora are shown with their first eight children: Anise, Vella, Nellie, Ollie, Elizabeth, Vera, Orrel and Lela. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.8

On 6 April 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and officially entered World War I. Every male living within the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 45 was required to register for the draft during one of three separate registration periods. The second registration was held 5 June 1918 for men who had turned 21 years of age since the first registration a year earlier. Anise registered in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, and was described as follows: tall and slender, with blue eyes and light brown hair.9

As of 5 June 1918, when he registered for the draft, Anise was employed by Fostoria Glass Company, 1200 First Street, Moundsville, West Virginia, and was living at 1809 Center Street in Moundsville.9

Anise married Eula McMillen, daughter of John Oscar McMillan and Jennie Sabra Francis, on 23 June 1926 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. W. C. Harold, a Baptist minister, certified that he united them in marriage.5 At some point, Anise and Eula became the owner/operators of Church's Dry Cleaning in Moundsville.1,10

Photograph of Anise with Eula Church. Date taken: April 1948. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Photo was taken in the yard of Homer and Lela (Church) Leach; Lela was one of Anise's sisters. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.11

On 21 May 1954 at age 57, Anise died at home (2005 Meighen Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia) from an apparent heart attack. Per the death certificate, he died within minutes from coronary occlusion (obstruction of blood flow in a coronary artery which often leads to a heart attack). Three years prior to his death, he had a lung embolus (occurs when a blood vessel supplying the lung becomes clogged up by a clot of coagulated blood.)1 Anise's body was interred on 23 May 1954 in the Limestone Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Limestone, Marshall County, West Virginia.1,12

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Pup Run Road, Spencer District, Roane County, West VirginiaOkey A. Church, male, age 13, son, single, born in West Virginia, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)13
1920Moundsville, Washington Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaOakey Anise Church, male, age 22, son, single, born in West Va, no occupation
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)14
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=7 Oct 2017

Citations

  1. [S384] Okey Anise Church, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1984370_0001111.jpg.
  2. [S295] Carl Church, Calhoun County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 808278_00203.jpg, baby's name recorded incorrectly as Carl; father's name spelled incorrectly as Ely; mother's given name recorded incorrectly as Minora and her maiden and married names are reversed (Summers was her maiden name).
  3. [S313] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc.), Okey Anise Church.
  4. [S1195] Okey Anise Church, Ritchie County Index and Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 00498.jpg.
  5. [S503] Marriage License for O. A. Church and Eula McMillen, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130840_00454.jpg.
  6. [S68] Photograph of Okey Anise Church. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  7. [S147] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by LIVING Howard.
  8. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  9. [S313] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc.), Okey Anise Church data.
  10. [S367] Marshall County Obituaries, presented by The Marshall County WVGenWeb, Eula C. (McMillan) Church Obituary, online http://www.lindapages.com/marshall/obitc.htm (moved from http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvmarsha/obitc.htm).
  11. [S564] Digital photograph of Okey Anise Church and Eula (McMillan) Church taken April 1948. Image file received from LIVING Leach.
  12. [S58] O. Anise Church and Eula M. Church gravestone, Limestone Presbyterian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Ethel Briggs and Ada Finnicum, 17 June 1983.
  13. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  14. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.

Eula Claire McMillan1

ID#399, b. 4 August 1899, d. 24 May 1996
Eula (McMillan) Church
Father: John Oscar McMillan
Mother: Jennie Sabra Francis

Birth date: 4 August 1899
Birth place: Dry Ridge, Cameron, Marshall County, West Virginia.1,2

Eula married Anise Church, son of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers, on 23 June 1926 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. W. C. Harold, a Baptist minister, certified that he united them in marriage.3

Photograph of Eula with Anise Church. Date taken: April 1948. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Photo was taken in the yard of Homer and Lela (Church) Leach; Lela was one of Anise's sisters. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

Eula owned and operated Church's Dry Cleaning in Moundsville, WV, with her husband, Anise.2 At the time of Anise's death, the couple lived at 2005 Meighen Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia; Eula continued to live there until her own death.5,2

Eula died at age 96 on 24 May 1996 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, Marshall County, West Virginia.6 An obituary was published on 25 May 1996 in the Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.2 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"EULA CHURCH DIED FRIDAY
     Eula C. Church, 96, of Meighen Avenue, Moundsville died Friday, May 24 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital. She was born August 4, 1899 at Dry Ridge, Cameron.
     Eula was the daughter of the late Oscar and Sabra Francis McMillan. She was a retired operator for the C&P Telephone Company and co-owner of the former Church's Dry Cleaning, Moundsville.
     She was a member of the Moundsville Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Willing Helpers Class, she was also a member of the Pythian Sisters.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Okey Ansie Church in 1954, one brother Glen McMillan and one sister, Fern Klein.
     Surviving are two sisters, Elizabeth McHenry of Moundsville and Grace Hague of Jacksonville, FL. Three nephews, Robert McHenry of Moundsville, Ron Simmons of Fl., and Don Klein of VA., two nieces Dr. Sally Hague of Jacksonville, FL., and Betty Sastrow of Clermount, FL., several nieces and nephews.
     There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held Monday at 1 pm at the Limestone Cemetery, Moundsville with Rev. J. Thomas Steele officiating.
     Memorial contributions may be made to the Moundsville Baptist Church, 1911 Fourth Street, Moundsville, WV., 26041.
     Arrangements by Grisell Funeral Home, Moundsville"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Following a graveside service, Eula's body was interred on 27 May 1996 in the Limestone Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Limestone, Marshall County, West Virginia;2,7
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=6 Oct 2017

Citations

  1. [S2324] Eula Claire McMillan, Marshall County Delayed Certificate of Birth, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 01722.jpg.
  2. [S367] Marshall County Obituaries, presented by The Marshall County WVGenWeb, Eula C. (McMillan) Church Obituary, online http://www.lindapages.com/marshall/obitc.htm (moved from http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvmarsha/obitc.htm).
  3. [S503] Marriage License for O. A. Church and Eula McMillen, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130840_00454.jpg.
  4. [S564] Digital photograph of Okey Anise Church and Eula (McMillan) Church taken April 1948. Image file received from LIVING Leach.
  5. [S384] Okey Anise Church, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1984370_0001111.jpg.
  6. [S103] Eula C. Church, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  7. [S58] O. Anise Church and Eula M. Church gravestone, Limestone Presbyterian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Ethel Briggs and Ada Finnicum, 17 June 1983.

Forrest William Alley1

ID#400, b. 19 March 1897, d. 5 June 1952
Forrest William Alley - 1919
Father: Elias Sheridan Alley
Mother: Mary H. "Mollie" Young

Birth date: 19 March 1897
Birth place: Lynn Camp, Marshall County, West Virginia.2

Photograph of Forrest with Vella Church. Date taken: 1918. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.3

On 6 April 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and officially entered World War I. Every male living within the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 45 was required to register for the draft during one of three separate registration periods. The second registration was held 5 June 1918 for men who had turned 21 years of age since the first registration a year earlier. Forrest registered in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, and was described as follows: medium height and build, with brown eyes and brown hair.2

As of 5 June 1918, when he registered for the draft, Forrest was employed by United Zinc Smelting Co.Moundsville, West Virginia2 and was living 108 Tomlinson Avenue, at Moundsville, West Virginia.2 Per his father's subsequent draft registration, that was the home of his parents, Sheridan and Mollie Alley.4,2

Photograph of Forrest with Vella Church. Date taken: 1919. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.3

Forrest married Vella Church, daughter of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers, on 28 June 1922 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Although the marriage license was issued and recorded in Brooke County, the actual marriage apparently took place in Marshall County. The preprinted location of Wellsburg is crossed out on the marriage record, and W. C. Harold certified that he united Forrest and Vella in marriage at Moundsville.5

Forrest died at age 55 from aspiration pneumonia due to glioma on 5 June 1952 at Veterans Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.6 Forrest's body was interred in the Fairview Cemetery, Rt. 250, Fairview, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Forrest W. Alley."7

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.8

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1900Meade District, Marshall County, West VirginiaWilliam F. Alley, male, age 3, son, single, born Mar 1897 in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)9

Deceased Children of Forrest William Alley and Vella Church:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=12 Jul 2017

Citations

  1. [S228] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 08 September 2001.
  2. [S313] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc.), Forrest William Alley.
  3. [S336] Photograph of Forrest Alley and Vella Church taken 1919. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  4. [S313] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc.), Elias Sheridan Alley.
  5. [S540] Marriage License for Forrest Alley and Vella Church, Brooke County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 00207.jpg.
  6. [S2317] Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963, Forrest W. Alley, Certificate of Death, electronic image from Pennsylvania State Archives, online https://www.ancestry.com/ai/collections/PA/StateArchives, file 42410_622204_0752-02743.jpg. Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  7. [S381] Fairview Cemetery #2, gravestone inscriptions, presented by Marshall County WVGenWeb, online http://www.lindapages.com/marshall/cemetery/fair2.htm
  8. [S996] Photograph of Forrest W. and Vella C. Alley gravestone, Fairview Christian Church Cemetery, taken by Glen Richmond Harris, date unknown.
  9. [S1137] Sheridan Alley household, 1900 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Meade District, Enumeration District 72, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T623_1765.
  10. [S583] Marriage License for Paul E. Alley and Romaine Mason, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130847_00195.jpg.
  11. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.

Ollie Canvas Church1,2

ID#401, b. 30 October 1903, d. 1 April 1966
Ollie Canvas Church
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 30 October 1903
Birth place: Pennsboro, Ritchie County, West Virginia.3

Around 1913, his parents moved their family from Roane County to Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.4 Photograph of Ollie with his parents and siblings. Date taken: 1913. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Parents Eli and Lenora are shown with their first eight children: Anise, Vella, Nellie, Ollie, Elizabeth, Vera, Orrel and Lela. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.5

Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church with sons Ollie and Orrel. Date taken: 1920. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Eli and Lenora were reportedly practicing for a play. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

On 24 March 1927 in Marshall County, West Virginia, Ollie applied for a marriage license with Erma Katherine Crow, daughter of Wesley Crow and Elizabeth Esther "Lizzie" Leach. Written consent for issuance of the license was given by Wesley Crow, Erma's father, as she was only 20 years old. The authorization to marry was signed 24 March 1927 by J. E. Chase, Clerk of the County Court.7

Ollie married Erma Katherine Crow, daughter of Wesley Crow and Elizabeth Esther "Lizzie" Leach, on 30 March 1927 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. W. C. Harold, (known to be a Baptist minister), certified that he united them in marriage.7

Ollie was employed as a foreman in the Etching Department of Fostoria Glass Company, 1200 First Street, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Quoting his third child, Gary, "When he passed away he was 62 yrs. old and had three more yrs. to go to retire. He worked at Fostoria Glass for 53 yrs."8,9

Photograph of Church and Alley family members. Date taken: believed to be circa 1950. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Taken in front yard of Herbert and Nellie (Church) Kuhn. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.10

Ollie resided with his wife, Irma, at 444 Clinton Avenue, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.8

Ollie died at age 62 from coronary occlusion on 1 April 1966 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, Marshall County, West Virginia. Just like his older brother, Anise, Ollie died within minutes from the obstruction of blood flow in a coronary artery. He had had two previous coronaries.8 Ollie's body was interred on 4 April 1966 in the Halcyon Hills Memorial Park, Rt. 88, Sherrard, Ohio County, West Virginia.8,11,12

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Pup Run Road, Spencer District, Roane County, West VirginiaHollie C. Church, male, age 6, son, single, born in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)13
1920Moundsville, Washington Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaOllie Canvise Church, male, age 16, son, single, born in West Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)14

Deceased Child of Ollie Canvas Church and Irma Katherine Crow:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=11 Feb 2018

Citations

  1. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.
  2. [S230] Interview with Gary W. Church by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 September 2000.
  3. [S2461] Ollie Church, Delayed Certificate of Birth filed 22 May 1964, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file _00051.jpg.
  4. [S147] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by LIVING Howard.
  5. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  6. [S336] Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church with sons Ollie and Oac taken 1920. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  7. [S504] Marriage License for Ollie Church and Erma Katherine Crow, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130841_00155.jpg.
  8. [S290] Ollie C. Church, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1992148_0000011.jpg.
  9. [S880] Facebook, online http://www.facebook.com, viewed online 19 June 2011.
  10. [S336] Photograph of Ollie and Irma Church, Vella Alley, Mollie Alley. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  11. [S185] Halcyon Hills Memorial Gardens, gravestone inscriptions, presented by Marshall County WVGenWeb, online http://www.lindapages.com/marshall/cemetery/…
  12. [S230] Interview with Patricia (Church) Young by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 September 2000.
  13. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  14. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.

Irma Katherine Crow1,2,3

ID#402, b. 17 December 1906, d. 12 May 1979
Irma Katherine (Crow) Church
Father: Wesley Crow
Mother: Elizabeth Esther "Lizzie" Leach

Birth date: 17 December 1906
Birth place: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.4

On 24 March 1927 in Marshall County, West Virginia, Erma applied for a marriage license with Ollie Church, son of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers. Written consent for issuance of the license was given by Wesley Crow, Erma's father, as she was only 20 years old. The authorization to marry was signed 24 March 1927 by J. E. Chase, Clerk of the County Court.5

Erma married Ollie Church, son of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers, on 30 March 1927 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. W. C. Harold, (known to be a Baptist minister), certified that he united them in marriage.5

Photograph of Church and Alley family members. Date taken: believed to be circa 1950. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Taken in front yard of Herbert and Nellie (Church) Kuhn. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

Irma resided with her husband, Ollie, at 444 Clinton Avenue, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.7 She became a widow at age 59 when Ollie died on 1 April 1966 – she was listed as the informant on his death certificate.7

Irma died at age 72 on 12 May 1979 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, Marshall County, West Virginia.8,4 Her body was interred in May 1979 in the Halcyon Hills Memorial Park, Rt. 88, Sherrard, Ohio County, West Virginia.9,8

Deceased Child of Irma Katherine Crow and Ollie Canvas Church:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=11 Feb 2018

Citations

  1. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.
  2. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.
  3. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.
  4. [S103] Irma Church, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  5. [S504] Marriage License for Ollie Church and Erma Katherine Crow, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130841_00155.jpg.
  6. [S336] Photograph of Ollie and Irma Church, Vella Alley, Mollie Alley. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  7. [S290] Ollie C. Church, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1992148_0000011.jpg.
  8. [S230] Interview with Patricia (Church) Young by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 September 2000.
  9. [S185] Halcyon Hills Memorial Gardens, gravestone inscriptions, presented by Marshall County WVGenWeb, online http://www.lindapages.com/marshall/cemetery/…

Elizabeth "Liz" Church1

ID#403, b. 21 May 1905, d. June 1984
Elizabeth (Church) Marsh - July 1944
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 21 May 1905
Birth place: Roane County, West Virginia.2,3

Commonly known by her middle name, Elizabeth, or simply as Liz. She absolutely hated her first name, Hannah, and refused to use it. She was also known as Aunt Cissy to her nieces and nephews and their families. As recalled by nephew Bob Leach, Aunt Cissy was a nickname that originated when his brother, Norman, couldn't pronounce Liz. The name stuck, and she became Aunt Cissy to family members for the rest of her life.4,1

Around 1913, her parents moved their family from Roane County to Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.5 Photograph of Elizabeth with her parents and siblings. Date taken: 1913. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Parents Eli and Lenora are shown with their first eight children: Anise, Vella, Nellie, Ollie, Elizabeth, Vera, Orrel and Lela. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

As of 1 April 1930, she lived at 206 Mulberry Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia, with Eli Church and Lenora Church as well as Vera Church, Orrel Church, Lela Church, Lenna Church and Eileen Church; It's not clear exactly when they left Ohio, but by 1 April 1930 they had returned to Marshall County, West Virginia, where they were recorded in the 1930 U.S. census.7 As of 1 April 1940 (the official date of the 1940 U.S. census), she was still living at 206 Mulberry Avenue along with her mother, Lenora, and sister, Eileen.8

At some point, Elizabeth bought a house of her own at the corner of Second Street and Pine Avenue in Moundsville, as she sold that house in 1948 and bought a house on Fork Ridge with her sister and brother-in-law, Vera and Homer Blake, according to one of her nephews.9

Elizabeth married Arnold Marsh, son of William Thomas Marsh and Lina Ethel Carter, reportedly circa 1950. Arnold's second wife, Lora, who had died in 1949, was a first cousin to Elizabeth ... Lora's mother, Sarah (Church) Starcher was a sister to Elizabeth's father, Eli.10 As Arnold had lived in Akron for several years, I assume that Elizabeth moved there after they married. The couple lived at 791 Merton Avenue in Akron according to Arnold's death certificate.11

She became a widow at age 57 when Arnold died on 12 May 1963.11 Sometime after that, she moved back to Moundsville and remained there the rest of her life.3,1

In June 1984 at age 79, Elizabeth died at home (Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia). She was found in bed, where she had died in her sleep.1,3 Elizabeth's body was interred in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Elizabeth Marsh."12

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Pup Run Road, Spencer District, Roane County, West VirginiaHannah E. Church, female, age 4, daughter, single, born in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)14
1920Moundsville, Washington Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaHannah Elizabeth Church, female, age 14, daughter, single, born in West Va, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)15
1930Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaElizabeth Church, female, age 24, daughter, single, born in West Virginia, a timekeeper in a glass factory (Fostoria Glass Company per family knowledge)
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)7
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=20 Jan 2018

Citations

  1. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  2. [S20] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  3. [S103] Elizabeth Marsh, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  4. [S1505] Interview with "First Cousins", by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 September 2005.
  5. [S147] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by LIVING Howard.
  6. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  7. [S1199] Eli Church household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 26-5, sheet 18B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  8. [S1935] Nora Church household, 1940 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Magisterial District, Moundsville city, Ward 2, Enumeration District 26-7, sheet 12B, National Archives micropublication T627_4426.
  9. [S192] , Descendants of Eli & Lenora Susan (Summers) Church family website, online http://www.myfamily.com, per info posted by LIVINGBlake on 15 May 2010. All MyFamily.com sites were closed by Ancestry.com effective 30 September 2014.
  10. [S192] , Descendants of Eli & Lenora Susan (Summers) Church family website, online http://www.myfamily.com, per info posted by LIVING Blake on 15 May 2010. All MyFamily.com sites were closed by Ancestry.com effective 30 September 2014.
  11. [S1088] Arnold Marsh, Certificate of Death, Ohio County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file _00706.jpg.
  12. [S71] Arnold and Elizabeth Marsh gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  13. [S315] Digital photograph of Arnold and Elizabeth Marsh gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.
  14. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  15. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.

Arnold Marsh1

ID#404, b. 8 November 1907, d. 12 May 1963
Arnold Marsh ~ 04 September 1949
Father: William Thomas Marsh
Mother: Lina Ethel Carter

Birth date: 8 November 1907
Birth place: Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky.2,1
Having looked at several official documents and at census records for Arnold, it it surprising how many support a birth year of 1908 vs. 1907. Even his gravestone shows 1908 as the year of his birth. However, 1907 is the year that appears on his first marriage license, his death certificate, the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and in his obituary, so that is what I believe to be correct at this point pending discovery of an actual birth record.

On 30 December 1944, Arnold and Mildred (Hamblin) Thornton obtained a marriage license in the Probate Court at Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Her parents were Charlie B. Hamblin and Maude Graham.2 As of that date, he was living at 761 Miami Street in Akron and was a pipefitter.2 Arnold was 37 years old and had never been married; Mildred was 32 years old and divorced. The marriage return part of the license is blank except for a note signed by Arnold that reads, "License destroyed."2

It would seem that Arnold may have been trying to choose between two women as he obtained a second marriage license seven days later on 6 January 1945. (My first reaction was to think that maybe there were two different men named Arnold Marsh, but it didn't take long to realize that the information was identical as to Arnold's parents and his birth info.) This license was with Mildred Perkins.3 In contrast to the first license, this one shows Arnold's address as 487 S. Main Street in Akron and his occupation as a plumber.3 The rest of the info about Arnold agrees with the first license as previously noted; this Mildred was 26 years old and had never been married.3

Having obtained marriage licenses to two different women, Arnold's first marriage was to Mildred Louise Perkins, daughter of Russell Perkins and Bessie Alkire, on 6 January 1945 at Akron.3 The marriage turned out to be short-lived, as the couple was divorced about a year and a half later (Case 156966 dated 30 September 1946 in Summit County, Ohio.)4

His second marriage was to Lora (Starcher) Whitworth, daughter of Elmer Leasure Starcher and Sarah Church, on 2 June 1948 at Akron, Summit County, Ohio.4 By that time, he was living at 181 W. Cedar Street in Akron;4 both Arnold and Lora worked at Goodrich, he as a pipefitter, she as a rubberworker.4 He became a widower at age 41 when Lora died on 10 March 1949.5

Arnold's third and final marriage was to Elizabeth Church, daughter of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers, reportedly circa 1950. An interesting note is that Elizabeth and Lora were first cousins ... Lora's mother, Sarah (Church) Starcher was a sister to Elizabeth's father, Eli.6 As Arnold had lived in Akron for several years, I assume that Elizabeth moved there after they married. The couple lived at 791 Merton Avenue in Akron according to Arnold's death certificate.1 As of 1963, Arnold was still a pipefitter at the B. F. Goodrich Co. rubber factory in Akron.1,7

Arnold died at age 55 from lung cancer on 12 May 1963 at Ohio Valley General Hospital, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia. He was at OVGH for seven days prior to his death.1 An obituary was published on 13 May 1963 in the Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.7 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Arnold Marsh Passed Away Sunday
     Arnold Marsh, former resident of Moundsville, died Sunday at the Ohio Valley General hospital. He was born at Monticello, Kentucky, November 8, 1907 and resided in Akron where he was employed by the B. F. Goodrich Co. He was a member of the Brown Street Baptist church of Akron.
     Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Church Marsh; one son, William, of New York City; three daughters, Mrs. Louise Jones of Indianapolis, Mrs. Kathleen Beaman of Bridgeport, Connecticut and Mrs. Susan Ferry of Louisville, Kentucky; four grandchildren; two brothers, Zeddie of Long Beach, California and Rex of Owensboro, Kentucky; four sisters, Mrs. Thelma Huckleberry of Indianapolis, Mrs. Eunice Fenech of Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. Velma Sacra of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Mrs. Melba Wink of Ithaca, Kentucky.
     Friends will be received after 5 p.m. today at the Riggs funeral home on Grant avenue. Services will be conducted Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Dean Henry of the Brown Street Baptist church, Akron, officiating. Burial will follow in Fork Ridge Christian church cemetery."


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

A second obituary was published in the Moundsville Daily Echo per an undated clipping. The date of publishing was probably Tuesday, 14 May 1963, as the clipping references the burial on Wednesday, which was the 15th. (The first obituary shown above was also from an undated clipping, but this second obituary states that it was published on Monday, which would have been the 13th of May.)8 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Marsh Rites Wednesday Morning
     Services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock in the Riggs funeral home for Arnold Marsh, of Akron, former Moundsville resident, who died Saturday in the Ohio Valley General hospital.
     Rev. Dean Henry of the Brown Street Baptist church, Akron, will officiate, and burial will follow in Fork Ridge Christian church cemetery.
     Surviving besides his family listed in Monday's Echo, is his father, W. T. Marsh, of Owensboro, Ky."


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Arnold's body was interred on 15 May 1963 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Arnold Marsh."1

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Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=30 Sep 2017

Citations

  1. [S1088] Arnold Marsh, Certificate of Death, Ohio County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file _00706.jpg.
  2. [S2456] Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980, Arnold Marsh and Mildred Thornton, Marriage Record, electronic image, online http://www.ancestry.com, file 4438883_00061.jpg. Original data: Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980. Akron, Ohio: Summit County Court of Common Pleas - Probate Division. Digital Publication, 41 rolls.
  3. [S2457] Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980, Arnold Marsh and Mildred Louise Perkins, Marriage Record, electronic image, online http://www.ancestry.com, file 4438883_00077.jpg. Original data: Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980. Akron, Ohio: Summit County Court of Common Pleas - Probate Division. Digital Publication, 41 rolls.
  4. [S2458] Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980, Arnold Marsh and Lora Whitworth, Marriage Record, electronic image, online http://www.ancestry.com, file 4437290_00017.jpg. Original data: Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980. Akron, Ohio: Summit County Court of Common Pleas - Probate Division. Digital Publication, 41 rolls.
  5. [S2484] Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, Lora Whitworth Marsh, Certificate of Death, digital image, online https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1307272, digital folder no. 00899. Original Source: Ohio Department of Heath. Certificates of Death, 1908-1953. Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio. Microfilm. 1204 rolls. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  6. [S192] , Descendants of Eli & Lenora Susan (Summers) Church family website, online http://www.myfamily.com, per info posted by LIVING Blake on 15 May 2010. All MyFamily.com sites were closed by Ancestry.com effective 30 September 2014.
  7. [S1090] Arnold Marsh obituary, The Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, 13 May 1963.
  8. [S2462] Arnold Marsh obituary, The Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, undated clipping.
  9. [S315] Digital photograph of Arnold and Elizabeth Marsh gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.

Vera Rosamond Church1

ID#405, b. 14 September 1907, d. 2 March 1982
Vera (Church) Blake - July 1944
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 14 September 1907
Birth place: Roane County, West Virginia.1
It has also been reported that Vera was born on 15 September 1908 at Triplett, Roane County, West Virginia.2

I have been told that Vera's middle name was spelled Rosemond vs. Rosamond; and it is, in fact, spelled with an "e" in her obituary. However, on a written record of the Church family, Vera spelled her own middle name as Rosamond - and it is also spelled that way on her application for a Social Security number. Therefore, I believe that Rosamond is the proper spelling.3,4

Around 1913, her parents moved their family from Roane County to Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.5 Photograph of Vera with her parents and siblings. Date taken: 1913. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Parents Eli and Lenora are shown with their first eight children: Anise, Vella, Nellie, Ollie, Elizabeth, Vera, Orrel and Lela. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

As of 1 April 1930, she lived at 206 Mulberry Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia, with Eli Church and Lenora Church as well as Liz Church, Orrel Church, Lela Church, Lenna Church and Eileen Church; It's not clear exactly when they left Ohio, but by 1 April 1930 they had returned to Marshall County, West Virginia, where they were recorded in the 1930 U.S. census.7

Vera married Homer Blake on 24 November 1934 at Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia. B. D. Evans, a minister, certified that he united them in marriage.8 Here is the interesting part of the story as told by the younger son of Lee and Homer Leach:
     "When Lee Church and Homer Leach went to Wellsburg to get married, they were accompanied by Lee's sister Vera and Vera's beau, Homer Blake. However, they did not go just to serve as witnesses - BOTH couples were getting married at the same time! Nory Church, the girls' mother, did not want them to get married, so they "ran off" and got married."9,10

In 1948, Homer and Vera moved their family to the country, buying a house with Vera's sister, Elizabeth, on Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia.11 I don't know for sure when Elizabeth moved out, but it may have been when she got married circa 1950 - her husband had lived in Akron, Ohio, for years. My memory from the 1960s timeframe is of Elizabeth living in Akron and Homer and Vera still living on Fork Ridge, less than two miles from my family.

I grew up living across the road from my grandmother, Nellie, who was an older sister to Vera. A third sister, Lela, lived just beyond Vera, a little closer to Moundsville. With three of the sisters living in close proximity to each other, there were frequent gatherings of the Church siblings on Fork Ridge, much to the chagrin of oldest sister, Vella, who was strictly a town type of gal. Cousins have told me that when Vella was visiting her country sisters, she couldn't wait to get back to town.12

By 31 May 1972, Vera and Homer had moved back to town and were living at 226 Curtis Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia.1 She became a widow at age 65 when Homer died on 17 June 1973.13

Vera died at age 74 on 2 March 1982 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, Marshall County, West Virginia.14,15

An obituary was published on 3 March 1982 the Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.15 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"VERA BLAKE DIED TUESDAY
     Vera Rosemond Blake, 74, of 206 Pine avenue, Moundsville, died yesterday at Reynolds Memorial Hospital.
     She was born September 14, 1907 in Roane County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Eli and Lenora Summers Church.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer R. Blake in 1973, and also by four brothers, Anise Church, Ollie Church, William Church and Arley Church.
     She was a member of the Temple Baptist Church.
     Surviving are two sons, Roger D. Blake of Moundsville and Marvin L. Blake of Belpre, Ohio; one brother, Orrel Church of Moundsville; six sisters, Mrs. Vella Alley, Mrs. Nellie Kuhn, Mrs. Elizabeth Marsh, Mrs. Lela Leach, Mrs. Allen (Lenna) Bonar, and Mrs. Robert (Eileen) Clayton, all of Moundsville; and five grandchildren.
     Friends will be received at the Kirby-Vance Funeral Home, 118 Grant avenue, Moundsville, from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Rodney G. Kelly officiating.
     Interment will be in the Christian Church cemetery, Fork Ridge"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

A second obituary was published on 3 March 1982 The Intelligencer.14 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Vera Blake
BLAKE, Vera Rosemond, 74, of 206 Pine Ave., Moundsville, died Tuesday in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale. She was a member of the Temple Baptist Church, Moundsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer R. Blake, in 1973. Surviving are two sons, Roger D. Blake of Moundsville and Marvin L. Blake of Belpre; five grandchildren; a brother, Orrel Church of Moundsville; six sisters, Vella Alley, Nellie Kuhn, Elizabeth Marsh, Lela Leach, Mrs. Allen (Lenna) Bonar, Mrs. Robert (Eileen) Clayton, all of Moundsville. Friends received at the Kirby-Vance Funeral Home, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, noon-9 p.m. today, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. Interment in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, Fork Ridge
"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

A memorial service for Vera was conducted on 4 March 1982 at Kirby-Vance Funeral Home, 118 Grant Avenue, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.16 Vera's body was interred on 4 March 1982 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Vera R. Blake." The inscription reads, "Mother."13,16

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Pup Run Road, Spencer District, Roane County, West VirginiaVera R. Church, female, age 2, daughter, single, born in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)18
1920Moundsville, Washington Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaVera Rosemon Church, female, age 12, daughter, single, born in West Va, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)19
1930Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaVera Church, female, age 22, daughter, single, born in West Virginia, "rubbed on" in a glass factory (Fostoria Glass Company per family knowledge)
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)7
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=26 Jan 2018

Citations

  1. [S390] Vera Rosamond (Church) Blake, Social Security Application (SS-5), (31 May 1972).
  2. [S668] Female Church, Roane County Index and Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 00503.jpg.
  3. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.
  4. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.
  5. [S147] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by LIVING Howard.
  6. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  7. [S1199] Eli Church household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 26-5, sheet 18B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  8. [S542] Marriage License for Homer Blake and Vera Church, Brooke County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 00600.jpg.
  9. [S298] LIVING Leach, "E-mail address," e-mail to Jo Ellen Dalton, 21 September 2005.
  10. [S231] Interview with Robert H. Leach by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 12 September 1999.
  11. [S192] , Descendants of Eli & Lenora Susan (Summers) Church family website, online http://www.myfamily.com, per info posted by LIVINGBlake on 15 May 2010. All MyFamily.com sites were closed by Ancestry.com effective 30 September 2014.
  12. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  13. [S71] Homer R. and Vera R. Blake gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  14. [S52] Vera R. Blake obituary, The Intelligencer, Wheeling, West Virginia, 03 March 1982, page 2.
  15. [S53] Vera Blake obituary, The Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, 03 March 1982, page unknown.
  16. [S764] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Kirby-Vance Funeral Home), Vera R. Blake, 04 March 1982, Vera R. Blake service.
  17. [S315] Digital photograph of Homer R. and Vera R. Blake gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.
  18. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  19. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.

Homer Ralph Blake

ID#406, b. 2 June 1910, d. 17 June 1973
Homer Ralph Blake
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: 2 June 1910.1,2 It has also been reported that Homer was born on 3 June 1909.3,4
Birth place: Wetzel County, West Virginia.1,2

Photograph of Homer. Date taken: unknown. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.

Homer married Vera Church, daughter of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers, on 24 November 1934 at Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia. B. D. Evans, a minister, certified that he united them in marriage1 Here is the interesting part of the story as told by the younger son of Lee and Homer Leach:
     "When Lee Church and Homer Leach went to Wellsburg to get married, they were accompanied by Lee's sister Vera and Vera's beau, Homer Blake. However, they did not go just to serve as witnesses - BOTH couples were getting married at the same time! Nory Church, the girls' mother, did not want them to get married, so they "ran off" and got married."5,6

In 1948, Homer and Vera moved their family to the country, buying a house with Vera's sister, Elizabeth, on Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia.7 I don't know for sure when Elizabeth moved out, but it may have been when she got married circa 1950 - her husband had lived in Akron, Ohio, for years. My memory from the 1960s timeframe is of Elizabeth living in Akron and Homer and Vera still living on Fork Ridge, less than two miles from my family.8

By 31 May 1972, Homer and Vera had moved back to town and were living at 226 Curtis Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia.9

Per the Social Security Death Index, the last address of record for Homer was West Virginia.2

Homer died at age 63 on 17 June 1973.10 Homer's body was interred in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Homer R. Blake." The inscription reads, "Father."10

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Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=22 Jan 2018

Citations

  1. [S542] Marriage License for Homer Blake and Vera Church, Brooke County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 00600.jpg.
  2. [S103] Homer Blake, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.
  4. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.
  5. [S298] LIVING Leach, "E-mail address," e-mail to Jo Ellen Dalton, 21 September 2005.
  6. [S231] Interview with Robert H. Leach by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 12 September 1999.
  7. [S192] , Descendants of Eli & Lenora Susan (Summers) Church family website, online http://www.myfamily.com, per info posted by LIVINGBlake on 15 May 2010. All MyFamily.com sites were closed by Ancestry.com effective 30 September 2014.
  8. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  9. [S390] Vera Rosamond (Church) Blake, Social Security Application (SS-5), (31 May 1972).
  10. [S71] Homer R. and Vera R. Blake gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  11. [S315] Digital photograph of Homer R. and Vera R. Blake gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.

Orrel Amos "Oac" Church1

ID#407, b. 16 June 1909, d. 8 December 1983
Orrel Amos Church
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 16 June 1909
Birth place: Roane County, West Virginia.2

Commonly known as Oac (rhymes with dose), a nickname derived from his initials.

Around 1913, his parents moved their family from Roane County to Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.3 Photograph of Orrel with his parents and siblings. Date taken: 1913. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Parents Eli and Lenora are shown with their first eight children: Anise, Vella, Nellie, Ollie, Elizabeth, Vera, Orrel and Lela. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church with sons Ollie and Orrel. Date taken: 1920. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Eli and Lenora were reportedly practicing for a play. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.5

As of 1 April 1930, he lived at 206 Mulberry Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia, with Eli Church and Lenora Church as well as Liz Church, Vera Church, Lela Church, Lenna Church and Eileen Church; It's not clear exactly when they left Ohio, but by 1 April 1930 they had returned to Marshall County, West Virginia, where they were recorded in the 1930 U.S. census.6

On 27 April 1938 in Marshall County, West Virginia, Oac applied for a marriage license with Margaret Ruth Henderson, daughter of Thomas Edgar Henderson and Linnie Mae Reese.2 As of that date, he was living at 206 Mulberry Avenue, in Moundsville, West Virginia.2 The couple's marriage took place on 30 April 1938 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Vernon C. Cutright, a minister of the Methodist/Episcopal Church, certified that he united them in marriage.2

Orrel died at age 74 on 8 December 1983 at New Martinsville Health Care Center, New Martinsville, Wetzel County, West Virginia.7,8,1 Per the Social Security Death Index, the address of record for Orrel was Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.8

An obituary was published on 9 December 1983 The Intelligencer, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia.7 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Orrel Church
CHURCH, Orrel A., 74, of 2405 Center St., Moundsville, died Thursday in the New Martinsville Health Care Center. He was a retired employee of Fostoria Glass Co. and was a member of the Cedar Avenue Church of Christ, Moundsville. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Henderson Church; a daughter, Mrs. Ken (Mona) Davis of New Martinsville; six sisters, Mrs. Homer (Lela) Leach, Mrs. Arnold (Elizabeth) Marsh, Mrs. Robert (Eileen) Clayton, Mrs. Allen (Lenna) Bonar and Mrs. Forrest (Zella) Alley, all of Moundsville, and Mrs. Herbert (Nellie) Kuhn of Glen Easton; two grandsons; several nieces and nephews. Friends received at the Grisell Funeral Home, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Arrangements are incomplete"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Orrel's body was interred in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Orrel Church."9

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Pup Run Road, Spencer District, Roane County, West VirginiaOral Church, male, age 8/12, son, single, born in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)11
1920Moundsville, Washington Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaOrrel Amos Church, male, age 10, son, single, born in West Va, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)12
1930Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaOrrel Church, male, age 20, son, single, born in West Virginia, "carried in" in a glass factory (Fostoria Glass Company per family knowledge)
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)6
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=18 Mar 2018

Citations

  1. [S230] Interview with Ruth (Henderson) Church by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 September 2000.
  2. [S505] Marriage License for Orrel A. Church and Margaret Ruth Henderson, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130846_00035.jpg.
  3. [S147] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by LIVING Howard.
  4. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  5. [S336] Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church with sons Ollie and Oac taken 1920. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  6. [S1199] Eli Church household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 26-5, sheet 18B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  7. [S616] Orrel Church obituary, The Intelligencer, Wheeling, West Virginia, 09 December 1983, page 14.
  8. [S103] Orrel Church, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  9. [S450] Digital photograph of Orrel Church gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 September 2006.
  10. [S450] Digital photograph of Orrel and Ruth Church gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 September 2006.
  11. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  12. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.

Margaret Ruth Henderson1

ID#408, b. 14 March 1917, d. 26 September 2014
Ruth Church - 09 September 2006
Father: Thomas Edgar Henderson
Mother: Linnie Mae Reese

Birth date: 14 March 1917
Birth place: Littleton, Wetzel County, West Virginia.2

Commonly known by her middle name, Ruth. She once told me she grew up in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia.3

On 27 April 1938 in Marshall County, West Virginia, Ruth applied for a marriage license with Orrel Amos "Oac" Church, son of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers.2 As of that date, she was living at 17 Linden Avenue, in Moundsville, West Virginia.2 The couple's marriage took place on 30 April 1938 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Vernon C. Cutright, a minister of the Methodist/Episcopal Church, certified that he united them in marriage.2

She became a widow at age 66 when Orrel died on 8 December 1983.4,5,3

As of 8 September 2001, Ruth lived at 2405 Center Street, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. She was still living there when she died6 at age 97 on 26 September 2014 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, Marshall County, West Virginia.7

An online obituary was published by the Grisell Funeral Homes & Crematory, 400 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.7 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Margaret Ruth Church
March 14, 1917 - September 26, 2014
Church, Margaret "Ruth" age 97 of Center Street, Moundsville, WV died Friday, September 26, 2014 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, WV.
She was born March 14, 1917 in Littleton, WV the daughter of the late Thomas Edgar and Linnie Mae Reese Henderson.
Ruth was retired from the US Stamping Co. and was a member of Cedar Avenue Church of Christ.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Orrel Amos Church; three brothers, William, Thomas, and Homer Henderson; and a sister, Mae Smith.
She is survived by her daughter, Mona (Ken) Davis of New Martinsville; two grandchildren, Craig (Kathy) Davis of Athens, OH and Curt Davis of W. Columbia, SC; two great grandchildren, Jason & Andrew Davis; and several nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8pm at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 400 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville where funeral services will be held on Monday at 1pm with Evang. Brian Price officiating.
Interment in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, Moundsville, WV."


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

A memorial service for Ruth was conducted on 29 September 2014 at Grisell Funeral Homes & Crematory, 400 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, with Evangelist Brian Price officiating.7 Ruth's body was interred on 29 September 2014 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Ruth Church."7

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Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=18 Mar 2018

Citations

  1. [S225] Interview with Mona Lee (Church) Davis by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 07 September 2002.
  2. [S505] Marriage License for Orrel A. Church and Margaret Ruth Henderson, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130846_00035.jpg.
  3. [S230] Interview with Ruth (Henderson) Church by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 September 2000.
  4. [S616] Orrel Church obituary, The Intelligencer, Wheeling, West Virginia, 09 December 1983, page 14.
  5. [S103] Orrel Church, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  6. [S228] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 08 September 2001.
  7. [S1963] Margaret Ruth (Henderson) Church obituary, presented by Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, Moundsville, West Virginia, online http://www.grisellfuneralhomes.com
  8. [S450] Digital photograph of Orrel and Ruth Church gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 September 2006.

Lela Ellen "Lee" Church1

ID#409, b. 23 January 1912, d. 8 February 1989
Lela Ellen (Church) Leach - 1936
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 23 January 1912
Birth place: Roane County, West Virginia.2

Around 1913, her parents moved their family from Roane County to Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.3 Photograph of Lela with her parents and siblings. Date taken: 1913. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Parents Eli and Lenora are shown with their first eight children: Anise, Vella, Nellie, Ollie, Elizabeth, Vera, Orrel and Lela. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

As of 1 April 1930, she lived at 206 Mulberry Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia, with Eli Church and Lenora Church as well as Liz Church, Vera Church, Orrel Church, Lenna Church and Eileen Church; It's not clear exactly when they left Ohio, but by 1 April 1930 they had returned to Marshall County, West Virginia, where they were recorded in the 1930 U.S. census.5

Photograph of Lela with Homer Leach. Date taken: 3 April 1932. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

Lela married Homer Leach, son of Oscar Leach and Emily Alice Cunningham, on 24 November 1934 at Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia. B. D. Evans, a minister, certified that he united them in marriage.7 Here is the interesting part of the story as told by the younger son of Lee and Homer Leach:
     "When Lee Church and Homer Leach went to Wellsburg to get married, they were accompanied by Lee's sister Vera and Vera's beau, Homer Blake. However, they did not go just to serve as witnesses - BOTH couples were getting married at the same time! Nory Church, the girls' mother, did not want them to get married, so they "ran off" and got married."8,1


Photograph of Lela. Date taken: 1936. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.9

She became a widow at age 61 when Homer died on 10 November 1973.1,10,11

Per the Social Security Death Index, the address of record for Lela was Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.2

Lela died at age 77 on 8 February 1989 in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.2,1 Lela's body was interred in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Lela E. Leach." The inscription reads, "Mother."12

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.13

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1920Moundsville, Washington Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaLeila Ellen Church, female, age 7-11/12, daughter, single, born in West Va, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)14
1930Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaLela Church, female, age 18, daughter, single, born in West Virginia, no occupation
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)5
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=20 Jan 2018

Citations

  1. [S231] Interview with Robert H. Leach by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 12 September 1999.
  2. [S103] Lela E. Leach, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. [S147] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by LIVING Howard.
  4. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  5. [S1199] Eli Church household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 26-5, sheet 18B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  6. [S564] Digital photograph of Homer O. Leach and Lela E. Church taken 03 April 1932. Image file received from LIVING Leach.
  7. [S543] Marriage License for Homer Leach and Lela Church, Brooke County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 00598.jpg.
  8. [S298] LIVING Leach, "E-mail address," e-mail to Jo Ellen Dalton, 21 September 2005.
  9. [S69] Digital photograph of Lela Ellen (Church) Leach taken 1936. Image file received from LIVING Leach.
  10. [S71] Homer O. and Lela E. Leach gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  11. [S103] Homer Leach, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  12. [S71] Homer O. and Lela E. Leach gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  13. [S315] Digital photograph of Homer O. and Lela E. Leach gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.
  14. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.

Homer Oscar Leach1

ID#410, b. 23 August 1910, d. 10 November 1973
Homer Oscar Leach
Father: Oscar Leach
Mother: Emily Alice Cunningham

Birth date: 23 August 1910
Birth place: Champaign, Illinois.1,2,3,4

Former address as of 12 September 1918: Mansfield, Illinois.5

Photograph of Homer with Lela Church. Date taken: 3 April 1932. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

Homer married Lela Church, daughter of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers, on 24 November 1934 at Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia. B. D. Evans, a minister, certified that he united them in marriage.7 Here is the interesting part of the story as told by the younger son of Lee and Homer Leach:
     "When Lee Church and Homer Leach went to Wellsburg to get married, they were accompanied by Lee's sister Vera and Vera's beau, Homer Blake. However, they did not go just to serve as witnesses - BOTH couples were getting married at the same time! Nory Church, the girls' mother, did not want them to get married, so they "ran off" and got married."8,1


Per the Social Security Death Index, the address of record for Homer was Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.3

Homer died at age 63 on 10 November 1973.1,2,3 Homer's body was interred in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Homer O. Leach." The inscription reads, "Father."9

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.10
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=20 Jan 2018

Citations

  1. [S231] Interview with Robert H. Leach by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 12 September 1999.
  2. [S71] Homer O. and Lela E. Leach gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  3. [S103] Homer Leach, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  4. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.
  5. [S618] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Oscar Leach.
  6. [S564] Digital photograph of Homer O. Leach and Lela E. Church taken 03 April 1932. Image file received from LIVING Leach.
  7. [S543] Marriage License for Homer Leach and Lela Church, Brooke County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 00598.jpg.
  8. [S298] LIVING Leach, "E-mail address," e-mail to Jo Ellen Dalton, 21 September 2005.
  9. [S71] Homer O. and Lela E. Leach gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  10. [S315] Digital photograph of Homer O. and Lela E. Leach gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.

William Hollie Church

ID#411, b. 20 March 1914, d. 3 May 1914
William Hollie Church ~ 1914
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 20 March 1914
Birth place: Moundsville, West Virginia, Born at home, believed to be on eastern Seventh Street.1,2

His name was also spelled as Wiliam Holly on a handwritten family record.

On 3 May 1914 William died at home (eastern Seventh Street, Moundsville, West Virginia) from pneumonia as a result of whooping cough.1,2,3

An obituary was published on 8 May 1914 the Moundsville Daily Echo.3 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"BABY DIES
     A five weeks old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Church died Sunday night at its parents home on eastern Seventh street. Several members of the family have been very ill during the last few weeks"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]



Per a written family record, William was born on 20 March 1914 and died on 03 May 1914 at the age of 1 month 14 days (six weeks). A single paragraph obituary published in the Moundsville Daily Echo on Friday, 08 May 1914, reported that "a five weeks old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Church died on Sunday night," which would have been 03 May 1914.

The Marshall County Death Register includes two entries on the same page that both recorded 03 May 1914 as the date of death:
(1) Wm. R. Church, age 1 mo 13 days, born at E 7th St, Moundsville, died from pneumonia as reported by physician L. H. McCuskey.
(2) Wm H. Church, age 2 mo, born in Moundsville, died from whooping cough as reported by Eli Church, his father.

I believe that all of these documents and records are for the same little boy even though there are several inconsistencies:
-- The Death Register entries were written in two clear, but very different and distinctive hands; as two persons were involved the chance of realizing there was any duplication was minimal.
-- The difference in the middle initial could have been a transcription error when a clerk made the entry in the Register of Deaths or the doctor may have simply mis-reported it; "H" was the correct initial as reported by his father.
-- The family record and the physician are only 1 day apart in reporting William's age at death, most likely a simple calculation error. The newspaper and Eli both reported the age incorrectly.
-- The physician reported the exact place of birth (street and city) whereas Eli simply reported the city.
-- According to MedicineNet.com, the most common complication and the cause of most whooping cough-related deaths is secondary bacterial pneumonia, with young infants being at highest risk for both. So the two reports actually support each other: the primary cause of death was pneumonia, secondary cause was whooping cough.1,2,3

Photograph of William in his casket. Date taken: circa 3 May 1914. Location: unknown. Although a picture of a six-week old infant in a casket may seem offensive today, this quote from Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel provides another viewpoint while writing about the pioneers who settled the western part of America:
     "Among a people whose lives were often scarred by the death of children, the photograph quickly became a cherished souvenir. Such pictures might be placed on a mantel or table in a sitting room."
     While the Church family was not on a westward journey, William's death when only 6 weeks old may well have occurred before any other photographs of him had been taken, thus making this a most cherished photo. A valuable lesson may have been learned, as a picture of William's younger brother, Arles Lloyd Church, was taken as he sat in his mother's lap. This proved to be a fortunate thing as he died when only a few months old. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.4
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=10 Sep 2016

Citations

  1. [S494] William H. Church, Marshall County Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 4132553_00170.jpg.
  2. [S48] Church Family Record, copy of handwritten document, in possession of Jo Ellen Dalton.
  3. [S327] Five week old baby obituary, Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, weekly edition, 08 May 1914, first section, page 6.
  4. [S68] Photograph of William H. Church taken circa 03 May 1914. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.

Lenna Alice Church

ID#412, b. 19 March 1916, d. 21 January 1996
Lenna (Church) Bonar
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 19 March 1916
Birth place: Marshall County, West Virginia.1,2

As of 1 April 1930, she lived at 206 Mulberry Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia, with Eli Church and Lenora Church as well as Liz Church, Vera Church, Orrel Church, Lela Church and Eileen Church; It's not clear exactly when they left Ohio, but by 1 April 1930 they had returned to Marshall County, West Virginia, where they were recorded in the 1930 U.S. census.3

Lenna married Allen M. Bonar on 20 June 1934 at Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia. F. M. Billingsley, a minister, certified that he united them in marriage.4

She became a widow at age 71 when Allen died on 24 February 1988.5,6

Per the Social Security Death Index, the address of record for Lenna was Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.2

Lenna died at age 79 on 21 January 1996.7,2 Lenna's body was interred on 24 January 1996 in the Riverview Cemetery, Rt. 4, Box 217, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.7,6

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1920Moundsville, Washington Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaLinna Alice, female, age 3-9/12, daughter, single, born in West Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)8
1930Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaLenna Church, female, age 14, daughter, single, born in West Virginia, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)3

Deceased Child of Lenna Alice Church and Allen M. Bonar:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=19 Sep 2015

Citations

  1. [S60] Lenna A. Church entry, Marshall County Index To Birth Records citing volume 5, page 68.
  2. [S103] Lenna A. Bonar, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. [S1199] Eli Church household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 26-5, sheet 18B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  4. [S544] Marriage License for Allen M. Bonar and Lenna Church, Brooke County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 00528.jpg.
  5. [S103] Allen M. Bonar, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  6. [S391] "Riverview Cemetery," gravestone inscriptions submitted by Donna Allen (read in 1999), presented by Marshall County WVGenWeb, online http://www.lindapages.com/marshall/cemetery/riverview.htm
  7. [S19] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Altmeyer Funeral Home), Lenna A. Bonar, 24 January 1996 service.
  8. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.

Allen M. Bonar1

ID#413, b. 18 January 1912, d. 24 February 1988
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: 18 January 1912.1
Birth place: unknown.

Allen married Lenna Church, daughter of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers, on 20 June 1934 at Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia. F. M. Billingsley, a minister, certified that he united them in marriage.2

Per the Social Security Death Index, the address of record for Allen was Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.1

Allen died at age 76 on 24 February 1988.1,3 Allen's body was interred in the Riverview Cemetery, Rt. 4, Box 217, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.3

Deceased Child of Allen M. Bonar and Lenna Alice Church:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=19 Sep 2015

Citations

  1. [S103] Allen M. Bonar, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  2. [S544] Marriage License for Allen M. Bonar and Lenna Church, Brooke County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 00528.jpg.
  3. [S391] "Riverview Cemetery," gravestone inscriptions submitted by Donna Allen (read in 1999), presented by Marshall County WVGenWeb, online http://www.lindapages.com/marshall/cemetery/riverview.htm

Arles Lloyd Church

ID#414, b. 31 January 1919, d. 22 April 1919
Arles Lloyd Church - 1919
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 31 January 1919
Birth place: Marshall County, West Virginia.1

He was apparently called Arley as that is how his name appears in the obituary of his sister, Vera Blake.2

Photograph of Arles with Lenora Church. Date taken: 1919. Location: probably Moundsville, West Virginia. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.3

Arles died of pneumonia on 22 April 1919 in Michigan. The date agrees with a written family record that is believed to have been originally started by Lenora. The death of Lenora's two infants is written in the same hand as the date of Eli and Lenora's marriage and the birth dates of the entire family.4,5

An obituary was published on 25 April 1919 the Moundsville Echo, weekly edition, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.6 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"CHILD DIES
The small child of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Church of Handcock street died this morning of pneumonia and will be buried Wednesday at 2:30 o'clock in Green Lawn cemetery"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]



The obituary indicated that Arley had died the morning of 25 April, but as the official Death Register says he died on the 22nd of April in Michigan, perhaps the family had just returned to Moundsville on the 25th after being in Michigan. The newspaper erred in reporting the father's name as Levi rather than Eli, and it's quite possible they reported an incorrect date of death.
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=23 Feb 2013

Citations

  1. [S20] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  2. [S52] Vera R. Blake obituary, The Intelligencer, Wheeling, West Virginia, 03 March 1982, page 2.
  3. [S68] Photograph of Lenora Church holding her infant son, Arles Lloyd Church taken 1919. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  4. [S493] A. Lloyd Church, Marshall County Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 4132553_00174.jpg.
  5. [S48] Church Family Record, copy of handwritten document, in possession of Jo Ellen Dalton.
  6. [S393] Small child obituary, Moundsville Echo, weekly edition, Moundsville, West Virginia, weekly edition, 25 April 1919, first section, page 1.

Eileen Marie Church

ID#415, b. 19 January 1923, d. October 1989
Eileen Marie Church
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 19 January 1923.1 It has also been reported that Eileen was born on 17 January 1923.2
Birth place: Harrison County, Ohio.1 Per my grandmother who was one of Eileen's older sisters, Eileen was born while the family was living on a farm near Adena.3

Photograph of Eileen. Date taken: unknown. Location: possibly in Moundsville, West Virginia. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.4

As of 1 April 1930, she lived at 206 Mulberry Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia, with Eli Church and Lenora Church as well as Liz Church, Vera Church, Orrel Church, Lela Church and Lenna Church; It's not clear exactly when they left Ohio, but by 1 April 1930 they had returned to Marshall County, West Virginia, where they were recorded in the 1930 U.S. census.5 As of 1 April 1940 (the official date of the 1940 U.S. census), she was still living at 206 Mulberry Avenue along with her mother, Lenora, and sister, Elizabeth.6

Eileen married Robert Carl Clayton.7

Per the Social Security Death Index, the address of record for Eileen was Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.2

Eileen died at age 66 in October 1989.2 Eileen's body was interred in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Eileen M. Clayton."8

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.9

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1930Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaEileen Church, female, age 7, daughter, single, born in West Virginia, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)5
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=12 Sep 2017

Citations

  1. [S1755] Ohio, Birth Index, 1908-1964, online http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Eileen M. Church data, State File No. 1923049675.
  2. [S103] Eileen M. Clayton, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. [S20] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  4. [S336] Photograph of Eileen Marie Church. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  5. [S1199] Eli Church household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 26-5, sheet 18B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  6. [S1935] Nora Church household, 1940 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Magisterial District, Moundsville city, Ward 2, Enumeration District 26-7, sheet 12B, National Archives micropublication T627_4426.
  7. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.
  8. [S230] Interview with Robert S. Clayton by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 September 2000.
  9. [S315] Digital photograph of gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.

Robert Carl Clayton1

ID#416, b. 31 March 1923, d. 1 February 1995
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: 31 March 1923
Birth place: Marshall County, West Virginia.2

Robert married Eileen Marie Church, daughter of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers.3

He became a widower at age 66 when Eileen died in October 1989.4

Robert died at age 71 on 1 February 1995.2,5 Robert's body was interred on 3 February 1995 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Robert C. Clayton." The inscription on his military marker reads, "PFC, US Army, World War II."6,5

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.7

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo of military marker for serving in the Army during World War II. Use your browser's back button to return here.7
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=19 Sep 2015

Citations

  1. [S230] Interview with Robert S. Clayton by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 September 2000.
  2. [S103] Robert C. Clayton, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.
  4. [S103] Eileen M. Clayton, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  5. [S763] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel), Robert C. Clayton, 03 February 1995 service.
  6. [S71] Gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  7. [S315] Digital photograph of gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.

Noah Grant Church1

ID#419, b. 9 June 1865, d. 3 October 1934
Father: William S. "Bill" Church
Mother: Elizabeth Jane "Betsy" Roberts

Birth date: 9 June 1865.2,3 Alternatively, he was born 06 June 1864 according to his death certificate.4 As a further complication, the 1880 U.S. Census indicates he was born circa 1867.5
Birth place: Wetzel County, West Virginia.4,2

Commonly known by his middle name, Grant.6,5

Noah married Sarah (Riggs) Roberts, daughter of James Riggs and Rebecca Starcher, on 30 March 1927 in Calhoun County, West Virginia. Sarah was the widow of James R. Roberts.7,1 When Grant died just 7½ years later, he was recorded as single on his death certificate.4 I find this interesting as I would have expected his marital status to have been married, widowed or divorced - not single. Until I locate a death record for Sarah or discover that they were divorced, this remains a mystery.

Noah died at age 69 of cholerra morbis [sic] on 3 October 1934 at Littleton, Clay District, Wetzel County, West Virginia.4 Per numerous websites, cholera morbus is a term no longer used. It did not refer to the cholera epidemics we think of when we hear the word cholera, but was used for what is now known as gastrointestinal illnesses.

His body was interred on 6 October 1934 in the Robinson Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery, Knob Fork, Wetzel County, West Virginia.4 For a long time I could not decipher the handwritten name of the cemetery where Grant was buried as it appeared on his death certificate. I kept thinking the first word was something like Robain but could never find a cemetery with a name close to that spelling when I searched lists of Wetzel County cemeteries on the internet. Then one morning it dawned on me that it reads "Robsin Ridge C" - an interesting spelling of Robinson Ridge Cemetery, also called Robinson Cemetery.

Next step was to try to find a photo of his gravestone online, but I was coming up empty. Samuel and Jennie Bradley Church are the only two Churches that show up in Robinson Ridge ... but then I discovered a note on the Wetzel County WVGenWeb site that says that there is a whole section of the cemetery that is full of graves with no markers. Perhaps Grant is buried in that section.8

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1880Church District, Wetzel County, West VirginiaGrant Church, male, age 13, son, single, born in WVa, worked on the farm, able to read and write
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1880)5
1900Sherman District, Calhoun County, West VirginiaNoah G. Church, male, age 34, son, single, born Jun 1865 in West Virginia, a stone cutter with 3 months unemployed
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)2
1910Lee District, Calhoun County, West VirginiaNoah G. Church, male, age 44, son, single, born in West Virginia, a farm laborer on the home farm
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)9
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=15 Oct 2012

Citations

  1. [S195] "West Virginia Marriages, January 1881 to November 1936," data transcriptions presented by The Calhoun County WVGenWeb, online http://www.wvgenweb.org/calhoun/gr1881-1936.txt
  2. [S256] William S. Church household, 1900 U.S. Census, Calhoun County, West Virginia, Sherman District, Enumeration District 25, sheet 10B, National Archives micropublication T623_1757.
  3. [S276] "The Civil War Pension of William S. Church," transcriptions submitted by Candace Church, presented by The Calhoun County WVGenWeb, online http://www.lindapages.com/calhoun/church-pension.htm (moved from http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvcalhou/church-pension.htm). Information pertaining to transcribed by Candace Church <<e-mail address>>, document number 11 dated 07 September 1897.
  4. [S265] Noah Grant Church, Certificate of Death, Wetzel County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1953836_0002811.jpg.
  5. [S175] William G. Church household, 1880 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, West Virginia, Church District, Enumeration District 102, page 14B, National Archives micropublication T9_1415.
  6. [S56] William Church Family, copy of handwritten record, in possession of Jo Ellen Dalton.
  7. [S272] Marriage License for N. G. Church and Sarah Roberts, Calhoun County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4011510_00125.jpg.
  8. [S1660] Robinson Cemetery, original readings, presented by The Wetzel County WVGenWeb, online http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwetzel/center/…
  9. [S1200] William S. Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Calhoun County, West Virginia, Lee District, Enumeration District 19, sheets 3a (153 stamped) and 3b, National Archives micropublication T624_1677.

Samuel C. Church1,2

ID#420, b. 23 November 1861, d. 15 April 1938
Father: William S. "Bill" Church
Mother: Elizabeth Jane "Betsy" Roberts1

Birth date: 23 November 1861 The year of 1861 is supported by Samuel's gravestone inscription.3,4 The date of birth on Samuel's death certificate clearly reads 23 November, but the year was written over with a correction, making it hard to read. However, the numbers 1861 can be made out once one knows the year. The full date can also be calculated by subtracting his age on the death certificate (76 years, 4 months, 23 days) from his date of death (15 April 1938.)1
Birth place: Wetzel County, West Virginia.1

Samuel married Mary Virginia "Jennie" Bradley on 20 March 1881 in Wetzel County, West Virginia.5

Samuel died at age 76 from carcinoma on 15 April 1938 at Knob Fork, Clay District, Wetzel County, West Virginia.3,4,1 Samuel's body was interred on 17 April 1938 in the Robinson Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery, Knob Fork, Wetzel County, West Virginia;1,3

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1880Church District, Wetzel County, West VirginiaSaml. Church, male, age 17, son, single, born in WVa, worked on the farm, able to read but not write
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1880)6

Deceased Children of Samuel C. Church and Mary Virginia "Jennie" Bradley:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=19 Jun 2017

Citations

  1. [S271] Samuel Church, Certificate of Death, Wetzel County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1983332_0003037.jpg.
  2. [S925] D. F. Church, Wetzel County Index and Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file _00144.jpg.
  3. [S1661] Digital photo of gravestone in Robinsons Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery, taken by Nora Hostutler (#47035456) on or before 28 April 2010, online http://www.findagrave.com
  4. [S1662] Samuel and Jennie Bradley Church, Find A Grave memorial no. 37510060, online http://www.findagrave.com. Photograph by Kari (#47433724).
  5. [S565] Marriage License for Samuel Church and Mary Virginia Bradley, Wetzel County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4234103_00187.jpg.
  6. [S175] William G. Church household, 1880 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, West Virginia, Church District, Enumeration District 102, page 14B, National Archives micropublication T9_1415.
  7. [S939] Theodoshia Anderson, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1984370_0001118.jpg.
  8. [S1666] Vernia Mahala Church Lemley, Certificate of Death, Wetzel County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1953684_0002513.jpg.
  9. [S919] William J. Church, Wetzel County Indexed Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file _00213.jpg.