Eli Church1,2

ID#20, b. 8 July 1872, d. 10 March 1958
Eli Church ~ 1920
Father: William S. "Bill" Church
Mother: Elizabeth Jane "Betsy" Roberts

Birth date: 8 July 1872
Birth place: Wetzel County, West Virginia.3,4

Eli married Lenora Summers, daughter of Joseph Summers and Martha Ellen Matthew, on 20 November 1896 in Calhoun County, West Virginia. In the official marriage register, Lenora's first name was shortened to Nora, and her surname was misspelled - so she is recorded as Nora Sumers. Having seen the handwriting and knowing that Lenora Summers is recorded as Nora Sumers in the birth register, it is easy to understand how a surname of "Siemers" appears in some transcribed databases of Calhoun County marriages. The "u" could easily be misread as an "i" followed by an "e" followed by only one "m." So her correct surname of Summers was recorded as Sumers and transcribed as Siemers.1

Photograph of the family of Eli and Lenora Church. 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 Oac. 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

Photograph of Eli with Lenora Church. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.7

Eli and Lenora were divorced according to some of their grandchildren. My attempt to obtain a copy of the divorce record at the Marshall County courthouse was unsuccessful, so I do not know exactly when it occurred.3

Photograph of Eli. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.8

On 10 March 1958 at age 85, Eli died at home (2401 Second Street, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia) from coronary occlusion (probably a heart attack.)3

An obituary was published on 10 March 1958 the Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.4 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"ELI CHURCH, 85, DIED EARLY TODAY
     Eli Church of 2401 Second Street died suddenly at his home at 5 o'clock this morning.
     He was born in Wetzel County, this state, July 8, 1872, son of the late William and Elizabeth Roberts Church, and was a retired farmer.
     Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Vella Alley, Mrs. Robert Clayton, Mrs. Allen Bonar of Moundsville, Mrs. Arnold Morris of Akron; Mrs. Herbert Kuhn, Mrs. Homer Leach and Mrs. Homer Blake of Fork Ridge; two sons, Ollie of Moundsville RD 3, and Orrel of Moundsville; and one sister Mrs. Sarah Starcher of Akron. A son, Anise, died in 1954 and a brother, Colonel Church, died last Thursday and was buried Saturday in Coolsville, Ohio.
     The body was removed to the Riggs funeral home. Arrangements for services are incomplete"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]



A second obituary was published on 11 March 1958 the Moundsville Daily Echo.9 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"ELI CHURCH FUNERAL WEDNESDAY
     The funeral service for Eli Church will be held Wednesday at the convenience of the family.
     Rev. D. F. Desist will conduct the service and burial will be in the Fork Ridge Christian Church cemetery"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Eli's body was interred on 12 March 1958 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Eli Church." The inscription reads, "Father."3

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.10

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1880Wetzel County, West VirginiaEly Church, male, age 6, son, single, born in WVa
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1880)11
1910Pup Run Road, Roane County, West VirginiaEli Church, male, age 36, head, married 14 years, born in West Virginia, a farmer (general farm)
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)12
1920Moundsville, Marshall County, West VirginiaEli Church, male, age 47, head, married, born in West Va, a laborer for "all kinds" of industry
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)13
1930Moundsville, Marshall County, West VirginiaEli Church, male, age 57, head, married, age 24 at first marriage, born in West Virginia, worked as a laborer doing odd jobs, was not a veteran
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)14

Deceased Children of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=10 Sep 2016

Citations

  1. [S252] Register of Marriages for Eli Church and Nora Sumers, Calhoun County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4011510_00125.jpg.
  2. [S71] Eli Church gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  3. [S557] Eli Church, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 2074140_0001649.jpg.
  4. [S292] Eli Church obituary, Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, 10 March 1958, page 1.
  5. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son, Robert H. Leach. 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, Nancy (Kuhn) Logsdon. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  7. [S68] Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son, Robert H. Leach. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  8. [S1511] Photograph of Eli Church. From collection owned by Glen R. Harris, inherited from his parents, and/or his grandparents. Digital scan of original photo made in October 2010 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  9. [S326] Eli Church obituary, Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, 11 March 1958, page 1.
  10. [S315] Digital photograph of Eli Church 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.
  11. [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.
  12. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  13. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.
  14. [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.
  15. [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.
  16. [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.
  17. [S390] Vera Rosamond (Church) Blake, Social Security Application (SS-5), (31 May 1972).