Saturday, May 16, 2015

Lavonia Nelson (1921-2000)

Lavonia Nelson was born on September 29, 1921 in Escambia County, Florida.  She was the daughter of John Dennis Nelson and Susan (maiden name unknown).  Lavonia was raised in Walton County, Florida.

Lavonia married Arnold Dudley Gainey on May 7, 1938 in Walton County, Florida.  She was 16 years old and he was 19 years.  Arnold was born on May 17, 1919 in Alaqua, Walton County, Florida, the son of Murdock Jackson Gainey and Mary Ida King.  Arnold had two brothers who also married into the Nelson family.  One brother, Willis, married Lavonia’s half-sister, Mollie; and another, Amos, married Lavonia’s half-sister, Nellie.

Arnold and Lavonia were the parents of three children:

Bobbie Carolyn Gainey      born November 22, 1939
William R. Gainey
Cathey Gainey

After their marriage, Arnold and Lavonia lived in a rented home in rural Walton County, Florida.  They were living near Arnold’s parents.  At that time, Arnold was employed in road construction.

Arnold enlisted for service in the army for World War II on July 11, 1944 at Camp Blanding in Walton County, Florida.  He was released from service on October 19, 1945.

Lavonia Nelson Gainey died on February 25, 2000 in Defuniak Springs, Walton County, Florida.  She was laid to rest in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Pleasant Ridge, Walton County, Florida.  Lavonia was 78 years old at her death.

Arnold Dudley Gainey died seven years later, on September 29, 2007 in Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida.  He was laid to rest beside his wife in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Pleasant Ridge, Walton County, Florida.  Arnold was 88 years old at his death.

The following is an excerpt from Arnold’s Obituary:

October 2, 2007
NW Florida Daily News

Arnold Dudley Gainey 1919 - 2007

            Mr. Arnold Gainey, age 88, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., passed away Sept. 29, 2007 in Crestview, Fla. He was born May 17, 1919, in Walton County, Florida to Murdock and Ida King Gainey.
            Mr. Gainey was a life long resident of Walton County, he was Apostolic by faith and a member of the First Apostolic Church of DeFuniak Springs. Arnold was a veteran of WWII serving his country in the United States Army, having fought at the Battle of the Bulge, he received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. His being awarded the Bronze Star was for his dedication for staying on the front lines until everyone had been evacuated safely home. He worked with Hodges Lumber Company and Louisiana Pacific for over 20 years.
            Mr. Gainey was preceded in death by his father and mother; his loving wife, Lavonia Gainey; one daughter, Bobbie Gainey; four brothers, Amos, Willis, Wilson and M.T. Gainey; and three sisters, Bama Hamilton, Anna Belle Hamilton and Bessie Mae Wright.
            Mr. Gainey is survived by one son, William R. Gainey and wife Dianne of Pensacola, Fla.; one daughter, Cathey Gorum of DeFuniak Springs; three grandchildren, Deedra Linder and husband Robert, Derrick Gainey and wife Kaye and Krysten Gorum; and one great-granddaughter, Emalie Linder.
            A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home, 230 Park Ave., DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, in the Chapel at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home, 230 Park Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, with the Rev. David King officiating.
            Burial will follow in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, with military honors.
            Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 


Notes for Lavonia Nelson
Birth & Death:  “Lavonia Gainey,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011.
1930 US Census:  “Lavonia Nelson,” Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 23, Walton, Florida; Roll: 335; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0026; Image: 846.0; FHL microfilm: 2340070.  Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
1935 Census:  “Lavonia Nelson,” Ancestry.com. Florida, State Census, 1867-1945  [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Marriage:  “Levonia Nelson,” Ancestry.com. Florida Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
1940 US Census:  “Levonie Gainey,” Year: 1940; Census Place: Walton, Florida; Roll: T627_622; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 66-27.  Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Burial:  “Molley N Gainey,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 16 May 2015

Notes for Arnold Dudley Gainey
Birth & Death:  “Arnold D Gainey,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011.
1920 US Census:  “Arnold Gainey,” Year: 1920; Census Place: Alaqua, Walton, Florida; Roll: T625_232; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 150; Image: 185.  Ancestry.com.  1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
1930 US Census:  “Arnold D Gainey,” Year: 1930; Census Place: Alaqua, Walton, Florida; Roll: 335; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0009; Image:621.0; FHL microfilm: 2340070.  Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
WWII:  “Arnold D Gainey,” National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Military Service:  “Arnold Gainey,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Burial & Obituary:  “Arnold Dudley Gainey,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 16 May 2015

Mollie Nelson (1910-1988)

Mollie Nelson was born on December 17, 1910 in Georgia.  She was the daughter of John Dennis Nelson and Minnie Marie (maiden name unknown).  Mollie was raised living and working on a farm in Clinch County, Georgia. 

Mollie married Willis Welborn Gainey on January 19, 1929 in Walton County, Florida.  She was 18 years old and he was 19 years.  Willis was born on July 16, 1909 in Walton County, Florida, the son of Murdock Jackson Gainey and Mary Ida King.  Willis had two brothers who also married into the Nelson family.  One brother, Arnold, married Mollie’s half-sister, Lavonia; and another, Amos, married Mollie’s sister, Nellie.

Willis and Mollie had at least two children:

Minnie N. Gainey     born 1931
W.G. Gainey             born 1933

After their marriage, the couple settled next to the home of Willis’ parents in Upper Alaqua, Walton County, Florida.  Willis worked alongside his father on the family farm.

In 1940, Willis and Mollie and their children were living in the rural area of Walton County, Florida.  Willis was working at a saw mill, which he owned.

Willis Welborn Gainey died on February 11, 1969 in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida.  He was buried in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Pleasant Ridge, Walton County, Florida.  Willis was 59 years old at his death.

Mollie Nelson Gainey went on to live another 19 years after the death of her husband.  Mollie died on January 17, 1988 in Escambia County, Florida.  She was laid to rest beside her husband in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Pleasant Ridge, Walton County, Florida.  Mollie was 77 years old at her death. 



Notes for Mollie Nelson
Birth & Death:  “Mollie Gainey,” Ancestry.com. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
1920 US Census:  “Nellie Nelson,” Year: 1920; Census Place: Muscogee, Escambia, Florida; Roll: T625_220; Page: 9A; Enumeration District:42; Image: 447.  Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Marriage:  “Mollie Nelson,” Ancestry.com. Florida Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
1930 US Census:  “Mollie Gainey,” Year: 1930; Census Place: Upper Alaqua, Walton, Florida; Roll: 335; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0027; Image: 851.0; FHL microfilm: 2340070. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
1940 US Census:  “Mollie Gainey,” Year: 1940; Census Place: Walton, Florida; Roll: T627_622; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 66-27.  Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Burial:  “Molley N Gainey,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 15 May 2015

Notes for Willis Welborn Gainey
Birth & Death:  “Willis Gainey,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011.
1920 US Census:  “Millis Gainey,” Year: 1920; Census Place: Alaqua, Walton, Florida; Roll: T625_232; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 150; Image: 185.  Ancestry.com.  1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

Burial:  “Willis W Gainey,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 15 May 2015

Nellie Nelson (1908-1993)

Nellie Nelson was born on March 28, 1908 in Georgia.  She was the daughter of John Dennis Nelson and Minnie Marie (maiden name unknown).  Nellie was raised living and working on a farm in Clinch County, Georgia. 

In 1935, Nellie and her parents were living with her brother, Harley, and his family in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida.  At that time, Nellie was working at a canning plant.

Nellie married Amos Jackson Gainey on April 4, 1942 in Walton County, Florida.  This was Amos’ third marriage.  Amos was born on December 11, 1907 in Walton County, Florida, the son of Murdock Jackson Gainey and Mary Ida King.  Amos had two brothers who also married into the Nelson family.  One brother, Arnold, married Nellie’s half-sister, Lavonia; and another, Willis, married Nellie’s sister, Mollie.

Amos Jackson Gainey died on June 21, 1992 in Escambia County, Florida.  He was 84 years old at his death.

Nellie Nelson Gainey died one year later, on October 17, 1993 in Santa Rosa County, Florida.  She was 86 years old at her death.



Notes for Nellie Nelson
Birth & Death:  “Nellie Gainey,” Ancestry.com. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
1910 US Census:  “Nellie Nelson,” Year: 1910; Census Place: Militia District 970, Clinch, Georgia; Roll: T624_176; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 1374189.  Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
1920 US Census:  “Nellie Nelson,” Year: 1920; Census Place: Muscogee, Escambia, Florida; Roll: T625_220; Page: 9A; Enumeration District:42; Image: 447.  Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
1930 US Census:  “Nellie Nelson,” Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 23, Walton, Florida; Roll: 335; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0026; Image: 846.0; FHL microfilm: 2340070.  Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
Florida State Census, 1935:  “Nellie Nelson,” Ancestry.com. Florida, State Census, 1867-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Marriage:  “Nellie Nelson,” Ancestry.com. Florida Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

Notes for Amos Jackson Gainey
Birth & Death:  “Amos Jackson Gainey,” Ancestry.com. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

1920 US Census:  “Amos Gainey,” Year: 1920; Census Place: Alaqua, Walton, Florida; Roll: T625_232; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 150; Image: 185.  Ancestry.com.  1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

Arlie Nelson (1905-1961)

Arlie Nelson was born in 1905 in Georgia.  She was the daughter of John Dennis Nelson and Minnie Marie (maiden name unknown).  Arlie was raised living and working on a farm in Clinch County, Georgia. 

Arlie married James Mathew Rushing on March 1, 1930 in Walton County, Florida.  She was 25 years old and he was 27 years.  James was born on April 13, 1903 in Red Bay, Walton County, Florida, the son of James Noah Rushing and Ella Bozeman.

James and Arlie were the parents of six children:

(Infant male) Rushing         born and died September 29, 1932
James Clifton Rushing       born August 12, 1933
Lillie Mae Rushing              born 1935
Cecil Rushing                      born 1936
Hazel Rushing                     born 1939
Minnie Pearl Rushing        born August 5, 1942

Shortly after their marriage, James and Arlie were living with James’ widowed mother in Euchee Anna, Walton County, Florida.  James was working for the Railroad at that time.

By 1935, James and Arlie were renting a home in Walton County, Florida for $50 a month.

James Mathew Rushing died in April 1961 in Polk County, Florida.  He was buried near his infant son in the Red Bay Cemetery in Red Bay, Walton County, Florida.  James was 58 years old at his death.

Arlie Nelson Rushing died just one month later, in June 1961 in Polk County, Florida.  She was laid to rest beside her husband and infant son in the Red Bay Cemetery in Red Bay, Walton County, Florida.  Arlie was 56 years old at her death.


Notes for Arlie Nelson
Birth & Death:  “Arlie Rushing,” Ancestry.com. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
1910 US Census:  “Arlie Nelson,” Year: 1910; Census Place: Militia District 970, Clinch, Georgia; Roll: T624_176; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 1374189.  Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
1920 US Census:  “Earley Nelson,” Year: 1920; Census Place: Muscogee, Escambia, Florida; Roll: T625_220; Page: 9A; Enumeration District:42; Image: 447.  Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Marriage:  “Arlie Nelson,” Ancestry.com. Florida Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
1930 US Census:  “Arlie Rushing,” Year: 1930; Census Place: Euchee Anna, Walton, Florida; Roll: 335; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0002; Image: 541.0; FHL microfilm: 2340070.  Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
1940 US Census:  “Arlie Rushing,” Year: 1940; Census Place: Walton, Florida; Roll: T627_622; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 66-2.  Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Florida Census 1945:  “Arlie Rushing,” Ancestry.com. Florida, State Census, 1867-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Burial:  “Arlie Rushing,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 14 May 2015

Notes for James Mathew Rushing
Birth & Death:  “James M Rushing,” Ancestry.com. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
1910 US Census:  “Mathew Rushing,” Year: 1910; Census Place: Eucheeanna, Walton, Florida; Roll: T624_169; Page: 17A; Enumeration District:0110; FHL microfilm: 1374182.  Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
1920 US Census:  “Malcom J Bushing,” Year: 1920; Census Place: Euchee-Anna, Walton, Florida; Roll: T625_232; Page: 1A; Enumeration District:146; Image: 35.  Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Burial:  “James M Rushing,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 14 May 2015

Notes for Infant Rushing
Birth & Death:  “James M Rushing,” Ancestry.com. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Burial:  “Infant Rushing,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 14 May 2015


Harley Clayton Nelson (1902-1974)

Harley Clayton Nelson was born on August 25, 1902 in Georgia.  He was the son of John Dennis Nelson and Minnie Marie (maiden name unknown).  Harley was raised living and working on a farm in Clinch County, Georgia. 

Harley married Dezzie Angie English on January 31, 1924 in Escambia County, Florida.  He was 21 years old and she was 16 years.  Dezzie was born on March 25, 1908 in
Alabama, the daughter of Joseph English and Jessie Elizabeth Ard.

Harley and Dezzie were the parents of at least eight children:

Leroy Nelson                        born 1926
Doyle Nelson                        born 1930
Elizabeth Nelson                 born 1934
Florence Nelson                  born 1935
George Nelson                    born 1937
Bobby Nelson                      born 1940
Katie M. Nelson                   born 1943
Clayton Harley Nelson        born May 27, 1944

In 1930, Harley and Dezzie were renting a place near Wright Avenue in De Funiak Springs, Escambia County, Florida.  At that time, Harley was employed as a salesman at a “retail fruit store.”

By 1934, Harley and Dezzie had moved their family to 1242 Oak Hill Drive in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida. 

In 1940, Harley and Dezzie and their children were living at 1913 Gonzales Street in the rural area of Escambia County, Florida.

Harley Clayton Nelson died on June 15, 1974 in Escambia County, Florida.  He was buried in the Pensacola Memorial Gardens in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida. Harley was 71 years old at his death.

Dezzie Angie English Nelson died on March 5, 1980 in Escambia County, Florida.  She was laid to rest beside her husband in the Pensacola Memorial Gardens in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida.  Dezzie was just a few weeks shy of 72 years old at her death.


Notes for Harley Clayton Nelson
Birth & Death:  “Harley Clayton Nelson,” Ancestry.com. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
1910 US Census:  “Harley Nelson,” Year: 1910; Census Place: Militia District 970, Clinch, Georgia; Roll: T624_176; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 1374189.  Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
1920 US Census:  “Harley Nelson,” Year: 1920; Census Place: Muscogee, Escambia, Florida; Roll: T625_220; Page: 9A; Enumeration District:42; Image: 447.  Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Marriage:  "Florida Marriages, 1837-1974," index, FamilySearch  (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FW9T-52H : accessed 14 May 2015), Harley Nelson and Daisy English, 31 Jan 1922; citing Escambia County, Florida; FHL microfilm 941,007.
1930 US Census:  “Harley C Nelson,” Year: 1930; Census Place: De Funiak Springs, Walton, Florida; Roll: 335; Page: 10B; Enumeration District:0022; Image: 752.0; FHL microfilm: 2340070.  Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
City Directories 1934, 1936, 1938:  “Harley C Nelson,” Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Florida Census 1935, 1945:  “H C Nelson,” Ancestry.com. Florida, State Census, 1867-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
1940 US Census:  “Haley Nelson,” Year: 1940; Census Place: Escambia, Florida; Roll: T627_585; Page: 17B; Enumeration District: 17-7.  Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Burial:  “Harley C Nelson,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 13 May 2015

Notes for Dezzie Angie English
Birth & Death:  “Dezzie Nelson,” Ancestry.com. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
1910 US Census:  “Dezzie English,” Year: 1910; Census Place: Bay Minette, Baldwin, Alabama; Roll: T624_1; Page: 16B; Enumeration District:0005; FHL microfilm: 1374014
Source Information
Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Burial:  “Dezzie Nelson,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 13 May 2015


John Dennis Nelson (1865-1938)

John Dennis Nelson was born on April 14, 1865 in Florida.  His father and mother were both born in Florida.

John married Minnie Marie (maiden name unknown) around 1898.  The 1910 US Census lists this as John’s second marriage and Minnie’s first.  Minnie was born about 1882 in Florida or Alabama.  Her Father was born in Georgia, and her mother in Florida.

John and Minnie were the parents of five children:

Harley Clayton Nelson       born August 25, 1902
Lonnie Nelson                    born 1904
Arlie Nelson                        born 1906
Nellie Nelson                      born 1908
Mollie Nelson                      born 1911

In 1910, John and Minnie and their children were living in Clinch County, Georgia.  They were living and working on a farm, which they owned.  John and Minnie were both able to read and write.

John remarried around 1914 to Susan “Susie” (BURTON? YATES?) in either Georgia or Alabama.  Susan was born on October 31, 1883 in Mississippi.  Both of her parents were born in Mississippi.

John and Susie had at least two children:

Geraldine Nelson                born 1915
Lavonia Nelson                    born 1922

John and Susie were living in Alabama around 1915, as their daughter, Geraldine, was born there. 

In 1920, John and Susie and their children were living in Muscogee, Escambia County, Florida.  John was employed as a laborer on a farm in Muscogee.

By 1930, John and Susie had moved their family to Walton County, Florida, where they rented a home on Alpine Heights Road.  There, John continued working as a farm laborer.  The 1930 US Census lists John as a veteran of the Spanish-American War.

In 1935, John and Susie were living in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida.  They were listed in the home of John’s son, Harley, at 1242 W. Oak Hill Drive.  John was retired at that time.

John Dennis Nelson died on October 21, 1938 in Polk County, Florida.  He was buried in the Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida.  John was 73 years old at his death.

In 1940, Susie was living in the household of her married daughter, Lavonia Gainey.  Lavonia’s home was in Walton County, Florida.

Susan Nelson died on August 15, 1942 in Walton County, Florida.  She was buried in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Pleasant Ridge, Walton County, Florida.  Susie was 58 years old at her death.


Notes for John Dennis Nelson
Birth & Death:  John D Nelson,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 11 May 2015
1870 US Census:
1880 US Census:
Marriage to ---:
Marriage to Minnie:  1910 US Census
1900 US Census:
1910 US Census:  “John D Nelson,” Year: 1910; Census Place: Militia District 970, Clinch, Georgia; Roll: T624_176; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 1374189.  Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Marriage to Susan:  1920 US Census
1920 US Census: “John Nelson,” Year: 1920; Census Place: Muscogee, Escambia, Florida; Roll: T625_220; Page: 9A; Enumeration District:42; Image: 447.  Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
1930 US Census:  “John D Nelson,” Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 23, Walton, Florida; Roll: 335; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0026; Image: 846.0; FHL microfilm: 2340070.  Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
1935 Census:  “John Nelson,” Ancestry.com. Florida, State Census, 1867-1945  [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.

Notes for Minnie Marie
1910 US Census:  “Minnie Nelson,” Year: 1910; Census Place: Militia District 970, Clinch, Georgia; Roll: T624_176; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 1374189.  Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Death:

Notes for Susan
Birth & Death:  “Susan Nelson,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 11 May 2015
1900 US Census:
1910 US Census:

1940 US Census:  “Susan Nelson,” Year: 1940; Census Place: Walton, Florida; Roll: T627_622; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 66-27.  Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Eula Blanche Wells (1892-1969)

Eula Blanche Wells was born in December 1892 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  Eula was the daughter of Jefferson Fontain Wells and Mattie Loutisha Johnston.  Eula was raised on the family farm in Court House, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

Eula married Ollie Monroe Parham on November 30, 1910 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  Eula was 18 years old and Ollie was 27 years.  Ollie was born on January 15, 1883 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, the son of William L. Parham and Laura Katherine Settles.

Ollie and Eula were the parents of six children:

Woodrow Parham                            born & died February 8, 1913
Lucille K. Parham                            born January 19, 1914
Blanche Irene Parham                    born January 29, 1916
Jefferson L. Parham                        born December 27, 1918
Ollie Monroe Parham, Jr                 born January 14, 1928
Harold D. Parham                            born March 22, 1932

After their marriage, Ollie and Eula settled on a farm in Court House, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  Ollie was a farmer by trade.

Ollie registered for the draft for the First World War on September 12, 1918 in Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  He was described as 5’ 7” tall, of medium build, with  blue eyes and light-colored hair.  Ollie did not serve in the war.

In 1940, Ollie and Eula were living on a farm on Highway 181 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  Ollie was working as a saw mill operator in a saw mill.

Ollie Monroe Parham died on June 18, 1944 in Weir, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  The cause of death listed was liver cancer, of which he had suffered for one year.  Ollie was buried near the grave of his infant son in the Cherry Grove Cemetery in Weir, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  He was 61 years old at his death.

Eula Blanche Wells Parham died in 1969 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  She was laid to rest beside her husband in the Cherry Grove Cemetery in Weir, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.  Eula was 77 years old at her death.



Eula Blanche Wells
Birth & Death:  “Eula Blanche Parham,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi) Accessed 8 May 2015
1900 US Census:  “Eula B Wellr,” Year: 1900; Census Place: Court House, Muhlenberg, Kentucky; Roll: 545; Page: 14A; Enumeration District:0066; FHL microfilm: 1240545.  Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
1910 US Census:  “Eula B Wells,” Year: 1910; Census Place: West Courthouse, Muhlenberg, Kentucky; Roll: T624_496; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0085; FHL microfilm: 1374509.  Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Marriage: 
1920 US Census:  “Ulah B Parham,” Year: 1920; Census Place: Court House, Muhlenberg, Kentucky; Roll: T625_593; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 92; Image: 234.  Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
1930 US Census:  “Eula Parham,” Year: 1930; Census Place: District 3, Muhlenberg, Kentucky; Roll: 771; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0018; Image: 1107.0; FHL microfilm: 2340506.  Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
1940 US Census:  “Eula B Parham,” Year: 1940; Census Place: Muhlenberg, Kentucky; Roll: T627_1344; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 89-28.  Ancestry.com.  1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Notes for Ollie Monroe Parham
Birth & Death:  “Allie Monroe Parham,” Ancestry.com. Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
1900 US Census:  “Ola M Parhane,” Year: 1900; Census Place: Court House, Muhlenberg, Kentucky; Roll: 545; Page: 7B; Enumeration District:0067; FHL microfilm: 1240545.  Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Military:  “Ollie M Parham,” Registration State: Kentucky; Registration County: Muhlenberg; Roll: 1653661.  Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Burial:   “Ollie M Parham,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Notes for Woodrow Parham
Birth:  Source: Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Death #5403, 1913. Son of O. M. and Eula B. (Wells) Parham. Note: the date of birth and death listed are both February 8, 1913. 
Death:  “Woodrow Parham,” Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.