445. JOSIE ELLEN COMSTOCK was born on 21 December 1916 at the house at Stony Point in Uniontown, Crawford County, Arkansas.231 She died on 13 September 2008 at the age of 91 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas.263 She was buried on 16 September 2008 at Friendship Cemetery in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas.
Fayetteville (Ark.) Daily Democrat, Thursday, 14 Jan 1932
JoEllen attended the University of Arkansas but transferred to the teacher's college in Russellville so she could get a teacher's certificate. She taught the youngest grades at Chester, AR. Two of her pupils were the niece and nephew of Ernie Adamson, who was at the time living with his older married sister. They eloped to Nashville, Tennessee in 1939.
JoEllen left Ernie Adamson and returned with two-year-old Kay to Fayetteville to live with her parents. She attended Fayetteville Business College so that she could provide for her little family. One of the very quaint things found among JoEllen's papers was the American Penman Certificate of Proficiency to Jo Ellen Adamson for excellence in Rapid, Legible, Business Writing while a student in Fayetteville Business College under the personal instruction of H. O. Davis, dated 12 Jun 1943.
From the Northwest Arkansas Times, published Fayetteville, AR, 30 Sep 1946, p.3
Joe legally adopted JoEllen's daughter Kay, giving her his surname. They had two more daughters.
The Morning News, Springdale, AR, September 14, 2008
As her eldest daughter, I knew JoEllen longer than anyone here today. We moved to Springdale in 1948, when I was eight years old. This note has been on her refrigerator for some years - I'm sure it was how she felt about life. It says:
The only daughter of Kenney & Nora Hays Comstock, she was named for her two grandmothers, Josie and Ellen. JoEllen grew up in the center of her four brothers; she would always be the center of her family. As was fitting in that time, she helped her mother with all the chores of the household - at school she wrote on a slate, carried in lunch packed in a pail, and wore her “good” dress everyday, changing into work clothes as soon as she got home. It's very hard for us to imagine those days.
She was always a helpmate to Joe McKim - he was her man and she worked with him side by side throughout their marriage - always supportive. She tithed to her church - she had been a member of First Christian Church, Springdale, for over fifty years, directing and singing in the choir. She gave unselfishly of her time or money, or both, to many local charitable organizations.
Jo Ellen aged with such grace and dignity. She accepted widowhood, downsizing to a smaller house and then smaller apartments, a narrowing world - always saying “this is the best place I've ever lived” and “I'm so happy here”. She always kept herself well-dressed with makeup and jewelry - sometimes a problem in the elderly, but never for her. She was always lovely, sometimes even quite cute. She always kept busy, even though the tasks became less demanding as she aged.
She copied a Preface to a play “The Time of Your Life” written in 1939. She probably saw this play in New York city when she visited her brother in early 1940's leaving me with my grandparents. I believe this best describes her philosophy of life. I would like to read some excerpts:
Most of all, Mom was devoted to her three daughters, her seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Every one of us has been the recipient of her love and pride. None of us will ever forget her sweet smile. I found this poem - written by my sister JoAnn, quite likely for a school assignment, that best expresses how we three girls fell about our mother.
There is a person very close to me
Her arms are so gentle, but strong,
In my eyes she's truly a great woman,
I only pray that some day I may
JOSIE ELLEN COMSTOCK and WEYMOUTH DONALD "Ernie" ADAMSON were married on 24 August 1939 in Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.231,264,265 They231,264,265 were divorced on 8 June 1944 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas.264 WEYMOUTH DONALD "Ernie" ADAMSON59, son of RAY WEYMOUTH ADAMSON and MARY MAY HARRISON, was born on 9 June 1915 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.266 He died on 6 August 1982 at the age of 67 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.267
1930 Census. Living with his uncle Clarence Harrison - sister Joan was there, too. Their mother deceased.
According to Ernie's birth/death certificates:
Married by Felix J. Sanders, Minister of Methodist Church, Franklin, Simpson Co, KY. Witnesses: Mrs. Alfred Mitchell and Felix J. Sanders, Jr.
1940 Census. Ward 23, Nashville, Davidson, TN. ED 99-162, Sheet 3 B, Mrs. Oda Mai Britt was the enumerator. Three families were living at 1617 Russell Street. Google maps show that address to still be residential, bungalow-type wood frame houses. I'm not sure how the house would have been divided three ways. The owner, Maggie Davis, a widow age 66, and her unmarried sister, Mattie Boyd, age 67, lived there. Phillip & Irene Brown lived there. Mattie and Irene had given information to the enumerator. So much is wrong with my parents' listing that it's obvious whoever gave the data, didn't know them very well!
JOSIE ELLEN COMSTOCK and WEYMOUTH DONALD "Ernie" ADAMSON had the following children:
JOSIE ELLEN COMSTOCK and Joseph Eugene MCKIM were married on 28 September 1946 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas.186 Joseph Eugene MCKIM268, son of Joseph Leroy CHAMBERLAIN and Alice Maurine DIXON, was born on 2 March 1918 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas.186 He was adopted on 23 October 1919 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas.186 He served in the military on 13 October 1943 at Storekeeper Aviation First Class in World War II (Navy).268 Joseph died on 1 October 1979 at the age of 61 in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.186 He was buried at Friendship Cemetery in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas.
Joe's Birth mother was Maureen Dixon. Born 10 Mar 1901; died Jun 1987. Married name was Redmond at the time of her death although she was married at least three times. She called one of husbands "Jonesy" in 1925 - she lived in Newark, Ohio then. Maureen was a friend of Joe's older sisters; she had him at age 16. Joe was very sickly, not expected to live and the father had deserted the family. The McKim's agreed to raise him if they could adopt. That was done. Adoption was kept secret until Joe found his adoption papers as a teenager. He was very distraught and ran away - to Maureen. She had kept in touch with the family and Joe had visited her, believing she was a friend of his sisters. I believe Maureen sent him back - I know that he reconciled with his adoptive parents.
Child, Joseph Chamberlain, Jr. aged 1 year and 10 months. Mother Maurine Dickson lived in the city of Fort Smith and consented to adoption. Father is Joseph Chamberlain, Sr., whereabouts unknown. George Rye and Espy O'Neal testified.
Social Security Application dated 6 Feb 1940 for Maurine gives her name as Alice Maurine Dixon Jones, born March 11, 1902 in Vincennes, IN. Living at 9 Court St, Ft. Smith AR. Father Frank E. Dixon; mother Mattie B. Smith. She was unemployed at the time.
Joe's birth father was Joseph Chamberlain who may have gone to Canada, or come from Canada [later research suggests Joseph Chamberlain's father may have been the one from Canada]. Said to be a member of the British Chamberlains - black sheep of family or descended from one - but I've not found anything to support this story. According to tradition, Chamberlain went off to war (World War I) and never contacted Maureen again. Copy of Joe's Birth Certificate in JoEllen's safe deposit box gives Joseph Leroy Chamberlain, Jr. as father, age 21; born Chicago, Illinois; occupation Frisco RailRoad. Certificate gives Maureen's place of birth as Vincennes, Indiana. Joe's name on Certificate is Joseph Leroy Chamberlain III. I have found a Joseph Leroy Chamberlain who registered for the draft in Ft. Smith AR, in September of 1917 - he was at that time married and I found the marriage record to Maureen Dixon, in Crawford Co, AR, across the river from Ft. Smith.
1940 Census. Ft. Smith, Sebastian Co, AR, Upper Township, Sheet 67A, Hh 728
Joe was called Eugene when he was growing up; family nickname was "Nookie". He served in World War II in the Seabees and the Navy.
Divorce petition from Marie asked for $25 per month child support for daughter Sandra Maurine. Jo Ellen stated Joe refused to pay. For whatever reason he never paid anything toward the support of the child, although she was named for his mother.
Joe and JoEllen married Sept 28, 1946, Joe's divorce from his first wife became final on that day and could no longer be contested. Joe McKim legally adopted JoEllen's daughter by her first marriage, Karen Kay Adamson, and had her surname changed to McKim.
Many years later when Kay was about 17, Joe received a letter from first wife Marie asking that he sign papers, relinquishing parent's rights, so that his daughter Sandra could be adopted by her stepfather, Holland Jones, a minister. They were going abroad for a year and she wanted her passport to have her stepfather's name, as she had always gone by Jones.
JOSIE ELLEN COMSTOCK and Joseph Eugene MCKIM had the following children:
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