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Solomon Wyatt and Mary Alice Smith
Marriage Record Identification Number (MRIN 6)

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Solomon Wyatt
b. 03 Apr 1868 in Dry Fork, Randolph County, West Virginia
d. 28 Mar 1934 in Randolph County, West Virginia
Solomon is believed to be buried in an unmarked grave in the Wyatt Family Cemetery in Randolph County, West Virginia. Solomon was the son of Ellis A. Wyatt and Mary Pennington (MRIN 8).

Note: Solomon's date and place of death have not been verified. His date of death comes from bible records that his wife kept. A record of death has not been found for him thru county records. His place of burial comes from a transcription of the Wyatt Family Cemetery which states that Solomon Wyatt was buried in an unmarked grave. No birth or death dates were given. It's very probable that this is correct, but I have nothing to prove this information

Mary Alice Smith
b. 03 Aug 1880 in Job, Randolph County, West Virginia
d. 13 Oct 1958 in Weippe, Clearwater County, Idaho
Mary Alice was buried in the Weippe Cemetery in Clearwater County, Idaho
She was the daughter of Gabriel L. Smith and Sarah Lambert (MRIN 9)

     Solomon and  Mary Alice married on or about 18 Dec 1896. It appears that Solomon went to get the marriage license without Mary Alice and came back with Barbara A. Smith documented as the bride. My own personal theory is that probably Solomon and Floyd Triplett (the county clerk) where talking about Barbara Bennett, Mary Alice's grandmother, as Floyd filled out the marriage License and he accidentally wrote Barbara's name in place of Mary's. They did get married but did not file the completed version of the marriage license with the county clerk's office. Their length of marriage given in census records support the 1896 date. Solomon and Mary Alice had a total of 12 children. Of those 12, only 6 lived to adulthood. Of those 6 surviving children, 2 died as young adults, leaving 4 of them to live full life spans.

The 12 children of Solomon and Mary Alice were:

1. Peachie May Wyatt  
b. 06 May 1898 in Randolph County, West Virginia. 
d. 29 Nov 1917 in Elkins, Randolph County, West Virginia
She married John H. Purkey on 02 May 1914 in Evenwood (MRIN 10).

2. Ada Jane Wyatt was born on 14 Jun 1900 and died on 06 Jun 1901 just before her 1st birthday. Her place of burial is unknown to me at this time. She may be buried in one of the graves in the Wyatt Family Cemetery that are marked with creek  rock.

Note: When Chris Harman, the census enumerator, visited this household on 26 Jun 1900, he stated that Mary Alice was the mother of 2 children and that both were living, however, he only named 1 child, Peachie. Ada was the 2nd child, she would have been 12 days old on the day this census was taken.

3. Jasper Bryan Wyatt  
b. 14 Mar 1902 in Alpena, Randolph County, West Virginia. 
d. 24 Mar 2000 in Orofino, Clearwater County, Idaho
In September of 1929, Jasper traveled to Idaho with his cousin Paul Wyatt and worked in the Lumber Mills. He married Wilmerth Smith on 28 Jun 1941 (MRIN 11), Wilmerth died less than a year later on 11 Apr 1942. later that year, on 17 Sep 1942, Jasper went to Spokane, Washington and enlisted in the Army. He fought in World War II, he was a member of Company G. 355th Infantry Battalion, 89th Division. After the war, he adopted his nephew, Francis John "Jonny" Wyatt who died at the age of 3. Jasper did not marry again until 25 Apr 1969 (MRIN 12). This new wife (still living) brought step-children and grandchildren into Jasper's life. Jasper spent the rest of his life in Idaho and was laid to rest in the Weippe Cemetery in Weippe, Clearwater County, Idaho.

 4. Mary Elizabeth Wyatt was born on 29 Nov 1903 in Elkins, Randolph County, West Virginia. At the age of 16, she married 28 year old Dorsey V. Hornick (MRIN 13) on 04 Jul 1920 in Faulkner, Randolph County, WV. Dorsey passed away on 18 Dec 1949 at the age of 57. Mary passed away at the age of 73 in Charlottesville, Rockingham County, Virginia on 28 Aug 1977. She was buried next to Dorsey in the Little Arlington Cemetery in Elkins, Randolph County, WV. Dorsey and Mary had 6 known children (5 are presumed to be living).

5. Sarah Ellen Wyatt was born on 12 Jan 1906 in West Virginia. When she was 14 years old, she married 18 year old Dayton Gordon Summerfield (MRIN 14) on 07 Sep 1920 in Elkins, Randolph County, WV. Dayton passed away in December of 1973 and Sarah passed away on 18 Feb 1990. Dayton and Sarah had 4 children (3 are still living).

Dayton and Sarah may be buried in New Jersey. 

6-7. Calvin and Albert Wyatt , twin boys, were born on 14 Apr 1909 in West Virginia. Albert died the same day (possibly stillborn), Calvin died 5 days later on the 19th. Their place of burial in unknown. In April of 1910 the family lived in the Union District in Pendleton County, WV. This may be where the boys are buried.

8. Samuel Crane Wyatt was born on 16 Sep 1910 in West Virginia (probably in Pendleton County where this family is found in the 1910 census). Samuel never married or had children. He moved with his family to Idaho where he died at the age of 35 on 23 Mar 1946 in Orfino (Clearwater County) from complications with diabetes. He was buried in the Weippe Cemetery in Weippe, Clearwater County, ID.

9-10. Oliver and Olive Wyatt, twin boy and girl, were born on 06 Aug 1913 in West Virginia. Both died the same day (possibly stillborn). Their place of burial is unknown, it's possible that they are buried  in Pendleton County where the family is last found in 1910.

11. Lillie Evelyn Wyatt was born on 12 Jul 1914 in West Virginia and died on 28 Aug 1914. Her place of burial in unknown, possibly in Randolph County as the family is found there about a year and a half  later.

12. John Willington Wyatt was born on either the 9th or 10th of Mar 1916 in either Evenwood or Bowden, Randolph County, West Virginia. He had a grammer school education, completing either the 4th or 6th grade. When he was 26 years old, John enlisted as a Private in the Army on 02 Dec 1942 at Fort Hayes in Columbus, Ohio and fought in WWII. After the war, John met with his family in Idaho. He married Ruth Doralee James (MRIN 4) around the late 1940's early 1950's - they later divorced. He lived in Washington State for many years until he moved to Arizona in the 1990's to be with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He passed away on 04 Dec 2001 in Kingman, Mohave County, Arizona. He was buried in the Mt. View Cemetery in Kingman. John was the father of 4 children (3 are still living)

The difference in John's date and place of birth are from his children and the bible records that his mother kept. John always celebrated his birthday on March 9th but his mother wrote that he was born on March 10th. His daughter states that he was born in Bowden while his brother wrote that he was born in Evenwood. The agreeable information is that he was born in the 2nd week of March 1916 in Randolph County, WV.

Sources for the above family were found in the following records/locations
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  1. Marriage Records: Randolph County Clerk's Office, West Virginia
  2. Bible Records: Mary A. (Smith) Wyatt with entries by Jasper B. Wyatt
  3. Social Security Death Index:
  4. State of Idaho Death Index 1911-1951: BYU-Idaho Special Collections and Family History
  5. Obituaries: The Clearwater Tribune Newspaper: Idaho State Historical Society
  6. Obituary: The Daily News-Record Newspaper (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
  7. Cemetery Headstone Markers: The Weippe Cemetery (Weippe, ID)
  8. Cemetery Headstone Marker: Mt. View Cemetery (Kingman, AZ)
  9. Cemetery Transcription: The Wyatt Family Cemetery (Randolph County, WV)
  10. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Record:
  11. Immediate Family Member: John W. Wyatt (1916-2001)
    Census Records
  12. 1900 U.S. Census, Randolph County, West Virginia Population Schedule
  13. 1910 U.S. Census, Pendleton County, West Virginia Population Schedule
  14. 1920 U.S. Census, Guatanamo Bay, Cuba, Military and Naval Population, Etc. Abroad
  15. 1930 U.S. Census, Randolph County, West Virginia Population Schedule

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