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

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.7

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

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.8

Anise died at age 57 on 21 May 1954 in 2005 Meighen Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia. 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.1,9

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Pup Run Road, 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)10
1920Moundsville, 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)11
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=21 Feb 2016

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.).
  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, Robert H. Leach. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  7. [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.
  8. [S564] Digital photograph of Okey Anise Church and Eula (McMillan) Church taken April 1948. Image file received from Norman D. Leach.
  9. [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.
  10. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  11. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.