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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