Thursday, December 8, 2016

Richard Weik -

Brumley Branches Richard Weik

Richard Weik born to Jacob Weik and Gertrude Huber on January 6, 1849, Mannheim, Baden, Germany. He immigrated with his parents and other siblings in 1854 to America. Jacob and Gertrude settled on a farm in Cedarville, Illinois to raise their family. They had eight children; Edward Albert, Frank W, Otto, Donna Katherine, Louis N, Susanna, John Edward (my great-grandfather), and Richard Weik. 

Richard is my 2nd great uncle on my father's side of the family. It is ironic that while I lived in Illinois for close to fifteen years, I knew nothing of all the relatives I was related to until I started working on family genealogy as an adult living in Missouri. It has been with the help of relatives who live in and around Freeport and through my own discoveries that I have discovered these Weik relatives. I doubt my father even knew that he lived so close to his relatives because he never spoke about them. My mother never knew of these relatives as well. 

Richard married Katherine "Kate" Marie Bangasser on December 31, 1872, in Freeport, Illinois. To this union, they had nine children; Albert Jacob, Helen Katherine, Josephine Celestine, Della Anna, Charles Richard, Mary Sophia, Rose Cornelia, Robert Henry, and Edwin Oscar. 

He lived in Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois from 1870 to the time of his death on December 16, 1905. He was a wagon maker, and volunteer fireman, which turned into a Captain position for the fire department. He was running a saloon in Freeport at the time of his death. He was only fifty-six years old and died of an apparent heart attack. He was a well-respected man in his community of Freeport.

Brumley Branches Richard Weik Newspaper article

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Mary Nancy Skirvin

Iowa countryside
Gallatin County, Kentucky

Mary Nancy Skirvin is my 3rd great-grandmother and was born in Gallatin County, Kentucky on July 11, 1809. Her parents were Clayton Skirvin and Rebecca Looney. Her siblings are Robert L, Joel J, Louisa C, Alfred L, Rebecca Jane, Henry Clayton, Mary and William C Skirvin.

Mary Nancy Skirvin grew up in Gallatin County where she meant her husband Reuben Nichols and on April 19, 1827, they were married in the county. She was eighteen years old and he was twenty-one years old. She went by Nancy in all the censuses.  

Sometime after their marriage, they relocated to Dry Ridge, Grant County, Kentucky where my great-great-grandfather was born to them as their first son. Other siblings that joined their family are James Harvey, Mary Jane, John Clayton, William Henry, George Thomas, Francis Marion, Rebecca Margaret, Louisa Susan, Nancy Ann and Sarah Elizabeth. 

By 1836 the family had moved to Quincy, Adams, Illinois but by 1846 the family was living in the area they would call their final home,  Clark County, Missouri. 

Reuben Nichols purchased acreage in 1849 in Clark County, Missouri. The Census of 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 shows the family living in the county.

Purchasing Land Document

On this farmland purchase, he and Nancy started their home for their family. On this property, he also made room for a small cemetery for his family members.

Nichols Cemetery in Missouri

There is no cause for Nancy or Reuben's death but they died within days of each other. Reuben Abraham Nichols died on December 7, 1888, and Mary Nancy Skirvin Nichols died on December 10, 1888. They are both buried in the small Nichols Family Graveyard near Williamstown in Clark County, Missouri.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Reuben Nichols

Reuben Nichols
Reuben Nichols

Brumley Branches - Reuben Nichols Letter was written to my mother Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik on July 26, 1990, by James R Glacking of Libertyville, Lake, Illinois. She had sent a query out for information on my 3rd great-grandfather Reuben Nichols. 

This is the letter he wrote back to her. 

Dear Nancy,
My grandmother was a Mitts. Her father, John Estill Mitts, and your great-great-grandfather, Reuben Nichols, were "double cousins". John's father, Adam Mitts, and Reuben's mother, Margaret Nichols, were brother and sister. Reuben's father, Simon Nichols, and John's mother Jane Mitts were brother and sister. How is that to start confusing relationships?

Reuben Nichols married Nancy Skirvin in Gallatin County, Kentucky. Reuben farmed in Grant County, Kentucky. The Family Bible records that while they lived in Grant County, four children were born; Simon, your great-grandfather, on December 14, 1827, James Harvey on October 18, 1829, Mary Jane (Mrs. Samuel Fretwell) on December 3, 1831, and John Clayton on April 14, 1834.

In 1834 or 1835 the family followed relatives and friends to Adams County, Illinois. There four more children were born; William Henry on October 12, 1836, George Thomas on January 28, 1839, Francis Marion on January 9, 1841, and Rebecca Margaret, (Mrs. John Fretwell), on June 18, 1843. 

Another move was in order, in 1844 or 1845 the family moved to Clark County, Missouri. The three youngest children were born there; Louisa Susan, who never married, on February 28, 1846, Nancy Ann, (Mrs. Absalom W Mitts) on March 4, 1849, and Sarah Elizabeth, (Mrs. James Lay), on March 17, 1851. 

Simon Nichols, your great-grandfather, married twice. On July 9, 1853, he married Mary Frances Noel. They had at least five children; William R, John, Mary (Mrs. William Barnes), Elvira, (Mrs. John Hume), and Emma, (Mrs. Allen Stanforth. I would check the 1870 Clark County census to see if another child is listed.

After his first wife's death, he married January 26, 1873, Sarah Francis Douglas. By 1880 they had four daughters; Lorena, Lilly, Gertrude (your grandmother), and Sarah. I would check the Clark County marriage records to see if the marriages of your great aunts are recorded there. 

An abstract of the property transferred to Simon's sister, Nancy Mitts, lists two other children of Simon; Robert Lee and Leonard Sanford. I'd check the Clark and Lewis County, Missouri, 1900 Census to see if you can find them. If Sarah's children, they may still be in her household. You may also discover if Sarah married again. These may be a Soundex index to the 1900 Census. Use it to see if you can locate the two brothers. 

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions. 

Sincerely yours, 

James R Glacking

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Marion Abraham Sells

Marion Abraham Sells
Left to right: Marion Abraham, Mable Sells-Doyle, Emanuel Sells, child Alfreda Doyle
Brumley Branches - Marion Abraham Sells was my great-great-grandfather. He was born to Elijah Sells and Phoebe Walker on July 10, 184
2, in the Des Moines Territory, Iowa. His siblings were; Sarah Elizabeth, Susannah, and Gideon Phillip Sells. His mother died in 1845. Elijah was now a widower and raising a family by himself. 

His father married a second time to Frances Cox in 1848 in the Des Moines Territory. This union gave Marion half-brothers and sisters; Rachel, Lucinda Jane, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington Sells.

Marion's family remained in and around the Des Moines Territory for many years. In the 1860 Census, they had moved to Chambersburg, Clark, Missouri. 

On the 1900 Missouri Census, it states that Marion and his wife Samaria Thompson-Traister were married in 1862. It shows they had 13 children and that is correct. It is the marriage date that is confusing. The marriage record below states they were married on May 30, 1869, in Clark County, Missouri, but I have been unable to find the marriage record for 1862. On this census, it says they were married 38 years and that would be correct as of the children's birth dates. So I am not quite sure why the dates are different.

Marion Abraham Sells
Marion and Samaria Marriage Record

Children born to this union were; Sarah Maria, Marion Emanuel, Dorcus Ann, Columbus (my great-grandfather), Elijah, Samaria Alice, Amos, Edith Mary Lucretia, Liewedith, Dollie, Lottie, Grover Cleveland, and John Wesley Sells.

As the Civil War broke out, Marion signed up for the draft, he enlisted June of 1863 in Iowa. He was a farmer and twenty-one years old. I don't think he served in the Civil War, I have not been able to find any other record but the enlistment record below.

Brumley Branches - Marion Abraham Sells
Civil War Draft Registration 

By the Census of 1880, they still were living in Clark County, Missouri near Chambersburg. In 1910, in Lincoln, Missouri he was living with his son Elijah and his family, he was listed as a widower. By the 1920 Census he was now living with his daughter Edith Sells Hopp in Lincoln he was seventy-seven years old.

On December 22, 1924, Marion Abraham Sells died in Chambersburg, Missouri and is buried in the Chambersburg Cemetery. He was eighty-two years old. Other family members are buried there as well.

Brumley Branches - Marion Abraham Sells

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Ralph Henry C Cox

Iowa countryside

Ralph H C Cox, my 2nd great-grandfather was born to Jesse Cox, Sr. and Elizabeth Clark March 2, 1822, in Lincoln County, Missouri. He was their firstborn son, other siblings were William Timothy, James M, Sarah, Mary Jane and Elizabeth Ellen Cox. 

He also had a half-brother Jesse Newton and half-sisters Nancy Emily and Sarah Hannah Cox from his father's second marriage after his mother died. 

He grew up in Lincoln County for most of his life. He was twenty-four when he took Nancy Elizabeth Baugh for his wife. They were married in St. Charles County, Missouri on December 15, 1846.

Soon after they started their family. Their firstborn child was Sarah Elizabeth, followed by Thomas Henry, Sophia Jane, Jesse, Mary Ellen, James William, Ralph Henry, Annie Perlina and my great-grandmother Nancy Katherine "Katie" Cox.

On June 10, 1850, he purchased forty acres of land in Lincoln County. 

Land Purchase Document Ralph H C Cox

The Civil War was beginning and with that came the draft registration. Ralph was forty-one years old on July 1, 1863, when he signed up for the draft. He served in 37th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union) Company A with Captains Joseph B. Howell, and William C. Teague in Lincoln County.

Ralph H C Cox

After the war, he returned to his family and to Lincoln County near Bedford. In the 1880 Census, he had moved his family to Maries County, Missouri and purchased 160 acres of land by 1882.

He and his family remained in Miller, Maries County through the Census of 1900. It is not clear the reason the family moved to southern Missouri.

Ralph was eighty-five years old when he died on July 16, 1907, in Dixon, Pulaski, Missouri. He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Maries County.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Isaac Walter Brumley

Isaac Walter Brumley
Isaac Walter Brumley
Brumley Branches - Isaac Walter Brumley - my great-grandfather was born on August 6, 1875, to Willis Brumley and his 3rd wife, Nancy J Vaughn Loughry Lewis. He was born in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska while Willis was working on the railroad. He also had a sister born to Willis and Nancy in 1869 - Alice Florence Brumley in Missouri. 

On the 1880 Census, the family was living in Jefferson, Osage County, Missouri. Willis was with his 4th wife, Delaine Foster Harris, his son William, daughters Nancy A and Alice Florence and Isaac Walter Brumley. There is also a stepson listed as James T Emmitt, which as of this writing I have been unable to connect with anyone.

On January 13, 1895, Isaac Walter Brumley married his first wife, Nancy Katherine "Katie" Cox in Maries County, Missouri. Later that same year my grandfather was born, John Leo Brumley. Five other children were born to this union, William Ralph "Uncle Willey", Thomas Clinton, Nancy Beatrice, Henry Elmer Raymond and Walter Willis Brumley. The family lived back and forth between Maries and Osage Counties.

In 1910 they were living as a family in Pulaski County. Sometime between 1910 and 1912 Katie became ill with Pellagra and had to leave the home for treatment. Walter carried for the children the best he could but raising a large family was difficult. Katie did not recover from Pellagra and she died on August 28, 1912.

Walter had to work to take care of his family so my grandfather and his older brothers did the best they could do to keep the family together. John, William, and Tom worked odd jobs to help the family out while Walter worked with the railroad that took him away from home. It was decided that Elmer and Walter Willis would live with other families that could care for them properly. Nancy went off on her own to seek employment. 

On May 7, 1914, he married his second wife, Margaret "Maggie" Powell in Springfield, Greene, Missouri. Maggie developed pneumonia after giving birth to a daughter in August 1915. She never recovered and died on November 7, 1915. Their daughter died just four months after birth from lack of development on December 12, 1915. It must have been a very tough time for Walter losing another wife and a daughter in such a short time.

Walter left the Springfield area after his loss and found work in Baxter Springs, Cherokee, Kansas as a carpenter for the school district. In 1918 WWI was starting up and he was called to register for the draft on September 12, 1918, but never served. He was 43 years old at that time.

WW I Draft card Isaac Walter Brumley

He married for the last time on August 3, 1929, in Miller County, Arkansas to Martha Bell Brown Moon. They had no children but he was a stepfather to two of Martha's children.

He continued to work for the railroad up until his death on January 10, 1940, in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas. He suffered from heart disease. He is buried at Kensett Cemetery in White County, Arkansas.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik

Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik
Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik is my mother and is the one who inspired me to take our genealogy passion to further heights. She was the first born child to John Leo Brumley and Nellie Opal Sells on December 6, 1920, in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas. There would be four more children born to John and Nellie, Leo Isaac, John, Jr., Gerald Raymond and Shirley Ann Brumley.

Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik and her siblings
Left to right - Nancy, Gerald, John Jr., Leo Brumley in the back

The Brumley family lived in several residences around Kansas City, Kansas. Her father was a carpenter by trade and her mother was a stay at home mom. Times were hard for the family during the Great Depression of the 30's and work was scarce for her father, but they made it work. They created their own entertainment by learning how to play musical instruments from their Brumley uncles. Her father would stand in the bread lines when food was scarce to provide for his family. They learned to count on each other as a family in the good times and the bad.

In the summertime, they would have "Fresh Air Camps" in Kansas City, Kansas free for low-income families. She made friends with several girls and they learned life skills while attending plus they got good meals to keep them healthy and plenty of milk to drink. She loved going because for inter-city children there wasn't much going on since the school was out of session.

Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik and childhood friends
Nancy in the front row on the left

As a young lady, one of her first jobs was a laundress. She would fold clothes for people who brought their laundry into the laundry shop. She worked with other young people and became friends with many of them. Like her for the most part, that was their first paying job.

As she became old enough to work for the WWII war effort she applied to work at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Jackson, Missouri. They manufactured and tested small-caliber ammunition for the U.S. Army. She was hired and took the streetcar every day from her home in KCK to Independence, Missouri. It was her first real job making a decent wage. As the war was drawing to a close Lake City reduced their workforce leaving my mother to seek work elsewhere. She then applied to Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company in Kansas City and was hired. While she was working there and after the War was over she meant several new people. One new person was Merle Otto Weik and they began to date.

On November 8, 1946, she married Merle at the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, Kansas. They began their life together living in Kansas City. Merle was able to get a job at one of the many horse farms in the area. He worked with Quarter horses preparing them to show in the Kansas City American Royal each year. During this time Nancy and Merle had their first child - a boy. It died a short time after birth because of a congenital cardiac or pulmonary defect and they were devastated.

Merle was given an opportunity to work with Midwest Metals in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. They were ready to move on from their loss and start fresh again. Once again they tried starting their family and on December 11, 1950, they had a daughter, Diann Marie Weik. In 1952 they had a son named Richard Merle and in 1954 their last child, John Edward Weik was born.

Midwest Metals sent my dad to Sterling and Joliet, Illinois for a time but the family finally landed in Streator, LaSalle, Illinois for the last time. My mother did not want to keep moving the family around so we stayed planted this time. He worked with steel fabrication just outside of Streator in a small town called Kernan.

In Streator, the family became involved in school and in the community. I was in 4-H and my brothers were involved with the Boy Scouts. When all of us had graduated from high school, my father wanted to return to his home in Manhattan, Riley, Kansas. My mother would be once again close to her family in Kansas City and my father would be able to be with his mother and siblings in Manhattan.

In their later years, my father's health began to fail and on December 22, 2004, he died at the age of 82. They had been married for 58 years in good times and bad. My mother never quite got over her loss and on October 5, 2005, she died at the age of 84.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gerald Raymond Brumley

Gerald Raymond Brumley
Gerald Raymond Brumley

Gerald Raymond Brumley, Age: 85 February 13, 1928 -- January 09, 2014 Gerald R. Brumley, Independence, Missouri, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the St. Luke's Hospital. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 12, from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Porter Funeral Home Chapel, 8535 Monrovia St., Lenexa, Kansas. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 13 at 9:30 AM in the Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens, Shawnee, Kansas. Mr. Brumley was born February 13, 1928, in Kansas City, Kansas. He served in the US Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. Gerald was preceded in death by his father and mother; John and Nellie Brumley; Brothers Leo and John Jr. and a sister Nancy. Mr. Brumley is survived by his wife, Marlene, of 64 years which was a testament to their love and commitment to each other. He is survived by his sister Shirley (Eddie) Stevens; brother-in-law Richard (Bonnie) Bronson; sisters-in-law Sue Bronson, Inez Brumley and many loving nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

I am Jerry and Marlene's niece and it saddened me to lose one of my favorite relatives this January - Jer, and Mar (as they were known) were a couple that truly loved each other through the whole 64 years of their marriage. They did not have any children of their own but they loved every niece and nephew in their extended family so in a way we were their children. My mother Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik always referred to him as "her little brother" and he was out of 5 siblings. She did her "big sister best" to look at him as they were growing up in the 1930's and 1940's in Kansas City, Kansas at various addresses.  My mother told me so many stories over the years about their growing up days. He was loved by so many people and my life was blessed knowing him.