Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Willis Brumley

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Willis Brumley - Kenner Cemetery in Maries Co. Missouri
Willis Brumley - Hard Nut to Crack and I say this because he has been one of my most difficult relatives to figure out. I have been on his trail since the early 1980's as my mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik and I tried to put the pieces of his life together. We had some success but now it is just myself trying to put this jigsaw puzzle together. The information I gather just leads to more questions than answers. I am going to share what I have in hopes that someone will read this and contact me that knows anything about Willis Brumley.

Willis is my 2nd great grandfather he was born about 1824 in Missouri. At this writing, I think his parents were James Brumley and Eleanor "Nellie" Crismon, but I have no concrete evidence that connects him to James. 
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Marriage Record of Willis Brumley and Mary Johns

Willis was married to his first wife, Mary "Polly" Johns February 25, 1844, in Gasconade County, Missouri. They had four children together, William "Bill" 1847, Nancy Ann "Aunt Coon" 1850, Amanda Elizabeth "Mandie" 1855 and John Brumley 1860. It is not clear if Polly died after giving birth to her last child John or if it was a later date. I have been unable to find her gravesite or any of her relatives over the years. So that is my first question mark on Willis.

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Willis signing up for the Civil War 1863
I do know in July of 1863 in Saint Louis he signed up for the Civil War and it stated that he was a widower with children and acerage living in Mount Sterling, Gasconade, Missouri. I have been unable to find if he actually served in the Civil War, probably because he had too many obligations at the time or could find no one to take care of his children. Polly Johns Brumley must have died between 1860-1863.

On June 12, 1864, he married for the second time to Sarah Lane/Jane Shockley in Gasconade County. I have discovered no children born to this union. I have no more information on her except the marriage record. Another question mark for Willis.

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Willis Brumley and Sarah Shockley Marriage
Willis married for the third time to Nancy J Vaughn-Lowery/Loughry-Lewis/Louis on September 26, 1868, in Osage County, Missouri. Willis and Nancy had two children, Alice Florence 1869 and my great-grandfather, Isaac Walter Brumley in 1875. Nancy had other children from her prior two marriages, Edward, Martha and Charlesann "Annie" Loughry and Julia E Lewis/Louis. 

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Willis Brumley and Nancy J Vaughn-Loughry-Lewis Marriage

I think Willis was working on the railroad when they traveled to Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska and where Walter was born. I don't know what happened to Nancy if she died or they divorced or if she remained in Nebraska. I have not found a gravesite or any marriage after Walter.

This is where it really gets tricky. Willis married for the fourth time to Delanie Foster Harris on February 22, 1874, in Osage County, Missouri. 

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Willis Brumley and Delanie Foster Harris Marriage
It states on Walter's Death Certificate that he was born in 1875 but that he married Delanie in 1874. Walter's third wife is the one who filled out the information at the time of his death so she may not have known the correct year.

I have determined that Willis must have died sometime around 1899 in Maries County, Missouri. There is no information about dates on his headstone. I do not find him on any census after 1900. I wish I had a picture of him but I have found none to this date.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Isaac Walter Brumley

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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.

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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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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

John Leo Brumley

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John Leo Brumley

Brumley Branches - John Leo Brumley - my grandfather was born on November 26, 1895, in Dixon, Pulaski, Missouri. He was the first son born to Isaac Walter Brumley and Katherine (Katie) Cox. Other siblings to follow were William Ralph, Thomas Clinton, Nancy Beatrice, Henry Elmer and Walter Willis Brumley.

They lived in Vienna, Maries, Missouri in 1897 when his brother William Ralph was born. In 1899 when Thomas Clinton was born they were in Osage County. Nancy Beatrice 1901 and Henry Elmer Raymond 1907 were also born in the same county. They were living in Pulaski County, Missouri when Walter Willis was born in 1908.

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Katherine Cox Brumley died of Pellagra in 1912 leaving my great-grandfather Isaac Walter with five children to take care of and raise. John, William, and Thomas were old enough to seek employment to help the family. Nancy also decided to take out on her own as well, but Henry and Walter were left with other families so their father could go to work with the railroad to earn a living.

John was living with his father Walter in Baxter Springs, Kansas when WW I broke out and he had to register with the local Draft Board.

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WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

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He enlisted on July 1, 1915, in the 2nd Regiment Company K, Missouri National Guard. He was stationed on the Mexican border when he was injured in a non-military accident. He mustered out of service on January 13, 1917, because of the accident.

In the 1920 Census, my grandfather was living with his brother William in Springfield, Greene, Missouri and working. It was at this time that he meant my grandmother, Nellie Opal Sells of Springfield. Their courtship was a whirlwind and on March 20, 1920, they were married in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas.

As their life began so did their family when my mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley was born, and then Leo, John, Jr., Gerald and Shirley Ann Brumley was born.

My grandfather was a carpenter by trade and worked on several projects in Kansas City. When the Great Depression of the 1930's came along work drastically slowed down and eventually no jobs were available. My mother told me the stories how he would have to go downtown and stand in "the bread line" for any food he could get for his family.

My mother and her siblings grew up in various neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kansas, and my grandparents lived the remainder of their lives there.

My grandmother, Nellie Opal Sells Brumley died in 1965 and John lived in the city until his health began to fail. He then moved to Olathe, Johnson, Kansas to a nursing home. John Leo Brumley died May 29, 1976, at the age of 80 years old. They are both buried at Highland Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik

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Brumley Branches - 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.

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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.

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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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