Vella Church1

ID#22, b. 17 November 1898, d. 24 June 1989
Vella Church - 1919
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 17 November 1898
Birth place: Calhoun County, West Virginia.2

She was commonly known by her middle name, Vella; I was once told that she disliked her first name, Carrie, and never used it.1

Photograph of Vella 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.3

Photograph of Vella. Date taken: about 1918. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

Photograph of Vella with Forrest Alley. Date taken: 1918. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.5

Photograph of Vella with Forrest Alley. Date taken: 1919. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.5

Vella married Forrest Alley, son of Elias Sheridan Alley and Mary H. "Mollie" Young, 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.6

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.7

Vella C. Alley witnessed the death ofForrest William Alley on 5 June 1952 Veterans Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; from aspiration pneumonia due to glioma.8

Vella died at age 90 on 24 June 1989 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.9,10

A memorial service for Vella was conducted on 28 June 1989 at Kirby-Vance Funeral Home, 118 Grant Avenue, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.9 Vella's body was interred on 28 June 1989 in the Fairview Cemetery, Rt. 250, Fairview, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Vella C. Alley."9

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.11

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Pup Run Road, Roane County, West VirginiaCara B. Church, female, age 11, daughter, single, born in West Virginia, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)12
1920Moundsville, Marshall County, West VirginiaVella C. Church, female, age 21, daughter, single, born in West Va, no occupation
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)13

Deceased Children of Vella Church and Forrest William Alley:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=19 Feb 2016

Citations

  1. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  2. [S296] Vella Church, Calhoun County Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 808278_00219.jpg.
  3. [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.
  4. [S336] Photograph of Vella Church, age 20 taken circa 1918. 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.
  5. [S336] Photograph of Forrest Alley and Vella Church taken 1919. 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.
  6. [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.
  7. [S336] Photograph of Ollie and Irma Church, Vella Alley, Mollie Alley. 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.
  8. [S2317] Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963, Forrest W. Alley, Certificate of Death, electronic image from Pennsylvania State Archives, Pennsylvania Department of Health , online http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5164, file 42410_622204_0752-02743.jpg.
  9. [S762] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Grisell Funeral Home), Vella Church Alley, 28 June 1989 service.
  10. [S103] Vella C. Alley, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  11. [S996] Photograph of Forrest W. and Vella C. Alley gravestone, Fairview Christian Church Cemetery, taken by Glen Richmond Harris, date unknown.
  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. [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.
  15. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.