Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

ID#21, b. 28 July 1878, d. 7 July 1965
Lenora Susan (Summers) Church
Father: Joseph Summers
Mother: Martha Ellen Matthew

Birth date: 28 July 1878
Birth place: Taylor County, West Virginia.1,2

Also known as Nora and Nory.1

Photograph of Lenora. Date taken: unknown. 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.3

Lenora married Eli Church, son of William S. "Bill" Church and Elizabeth Jane "Betsy" Roberts, 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.4

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 Lenora with her parents and several siblings. Date taken: August 1917. Location: unknown. Eight of their 14 children are in this photo. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

Photograph of Lenora with Arles Lloyd 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.7

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.8

Photograph of Lenora with Eli Church. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.9

Lenora and Eli 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.10

Photograph of Lenora with one of her brothers. Date taken: 1944. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.11

Photograph of Lenora with her brother, Roscoe Summers, and his wife, Jessie. Date taken: 1949. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.12

Lenora died at age 86 on 7 July 1965 at Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. In her later years, Lenora had stayed with various daughters; at the time of her death, she was living in the home of Lela.13

An obituary was published on 7 July 1965 the Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.13 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Mrs. Church Died This Morning
     Mrs. Lenora Church, 86, resident of Fork Ridge, died this morning at 6:30 a.m. at her home. For years, she had been a resident of Mulberry avenue, Moundsville.
     She was born July 28, 1878, in Taylor county, W. Va. daughter of Joseph and Martha Matthews Summers. She was a Methodist by faith.
     Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Vella Alley, Moundsville; Mrs. Arnold Marsh, Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Herbert Kuhn, Mrs. Homer Leach and Mrs. Homer Blake, all of Fork Ridge; Mrs. Allen Bonar and Mrs. Robert Clayton of Moundsville; two sons, Ollie and Orrel, both of Moundsville; 20 grandchildren; 45 great grand children; two brothers, Lee Summers and Roscoe Summers, both of Calhoun County, W. Va. One son preceded her in death in 1958.
     Friends will be received at the Kirby Funeral home at 118 Grant avenue. Funeral arrangements are incomplete"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]



A second obituary was published on 8 July 1965 the Moundsville Daily Echo.14 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Rites Friday For Mrs. Church
     Funeral services for Mrs. Lenora Church will be conducted Friday morning at the convenience of the family. Rev. Fred Dillon will be in charge. Burial will follow at Limestone cemetery.
     Friends are now being received at the Kirby funeral home, 118 Grant avenue.
     In addition to the listing in yesterday's Echo, she was also preceded in death by two infant sons, and a son Annis"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]


Her body was interred in the Limestone Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Limestone, Marshall County, West Virginia.15

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1880Calhoun County, West VirginiaLenora S. Summers, female, age 2, daughter, born in W Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1880)16
1910Pup Run Road, Roane County, West VirginiaLenora Church, female, age 32, wife, married 14 years, born in West Virginia, 7 of 7 children still living
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)17
1920Moundsville, Marshall County, West VirginiaL Nora Biorch Church, female, age 41, wife, married, homekeeper
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)18
1930Moundsville, Marshall County, West VirginiaLenora Church, female, age 51, wife, married, born in West Virginia, no occupation
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)19

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

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

Citations

  1. [S195] "West Virginia Marriages, January 1881 to November 1936," presented by The Calhoun County WVGenWeb, online http://www.wvgenweb.org/calhoun/gr1881-1936.txt
  2. [S58] Lenora Church gravestone, Limestone Presbyterian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Ethel Briggs and Ada Finnicum, 17 June 1983.
  3. [S192] , Descendants of Eli & Lenora Susan (Summers) Church family website, online http://www.myfamily.com, Downloaded from website by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 2005. Original photograph in possession of Norman D. Leach, 2005. All MyFamily.com sites were closed by Ancestry.com effective 30 September 2014.
  4. [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.
  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. [S68] Photograph of Joseph and Martha Summers with their adult children taken August 1917. 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.
  7. [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, Robert H. Leach. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  8. [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.
  9. [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.
  10. [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.
  11. [S336] Photograph of Lenora (Summers) Church and one of her brothers taken 1944. 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.
  12. [S68] Photograph of Roscoe and Jessie (White) Summers with Roscoe's sister, Lenora (Summers) Church taken 17 July 1949. 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.
  13. [S328] Lenora Church obituary, Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, 07 July 1965, page 1.
  14. [S329] Lenora Church obituary, Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, 08 July 1965, page 1.
  15. [S58] Lenora S. Church gravestone, Limestone Presbyterian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Ethel Briggs and Ada Finnicum, 17 June 1983.
  16. [S199] Joseph Summers household, 1880 U.S. Census, Calhoun County, West Virginia, Lee District, Enumeration District 144, page 5A (243 stamped), National Archives micropublication T9_1401.
  17. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  18. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.
  19. [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.
  20. [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.
  21. [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.
  22. [S390] Vera Rosamond (Church) Blake, Social Security Application (SS-5), (31 May 1972).