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251. RAY WEYMOUTH ADAMSON69,86,87 was born on 12 May 1884 in Pierce City, Lawrence County, Missouri.70,88,89,90,91 He died on 22 November 1958 at the age of 74 in Mendocino County, California.90,91

1910 Census, unmarried and living with his mother and brother in the household of Elisha Harrison. Ray's occupation is listed as bridge carpenter.

Married by E. T. Wardell, JP. He gave his age as 27; she was 18.

Ray registered for the World War I Draft on 12 Sep 1918, at age 34. He gave his occupation as Rigger for Dupont Engr. Co. in Jacksonville, TN. His next of kin was Mrs. Mary Adamson. His description was tall, slender, brown eyes, dark hair. His signature is on the card.

In 1920, Ray and family were living with father-in-law Elisha Harrison in Chester, Crawford Co, AR.

I haven't been able to find Ray in 1930. When his wife Mary Harrison died in 1929, the funeral records stated they were separated and he wasn't listed as a survivor in her obituary.

Ray Weymouth Adamson applied for his Social Security on 25 Oct 1937. He gave his address as 526 Maple Ave; Los Angeles, Calif. He was at that time unemployed. He did give his birth as 12 May 1884 in Pierce City, MO. Instead of filling in the date for employment begun after 24 Nov 1936, he listed "Religious Loyola Univ". His signature is on the application.
There is still a Loyola Marymount University in downtown Los Angeles.

1940 Census. Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA
Listed as a Lodger, Volunteers of America. along with nearly 80 other males.
Ray Adamson, age 55, widowed, born Missouri. Five years ago he was living in Phoenix, Arizona. Peddler, oranges.

Voter Registration lists in California have the following that I believe could be this man.
1940, Los Angeles City Precinct 1165
Ray W. Adamson, 1250 N. Main St. - there were many listed at this address, maybe as many as 350 persons, perhaps it was a large hotel as they seemed to be all single men and only a handful of people in this Precinct had a different address. He was a structural engineer, a Democrat.
1942, Los Angeles City Precinct 1169
Ray W. Adamson, 1214 Barry Ave, structural engineer, a Democrat. There were five single men who gave their address as 1214 Barry, other people lived in what appeared to be multiple-family dwellings on Barry Ave. A Lein Foye, lived at 1231 Barry Ave and listed as "apartment manger".
1944, Los Angeles City Precinct 1861
Mrs. Olive L. Adamson, housewife, and Ray W. Adamson, navy police officer, living at 308 6th Ave, Democrats
1946, Los Angeles City Precinct 2235
Mrs. Olive L. Adamson and Ray W. Adamson still lived at the same address. No occupation given in this registration.
1948, Rio Dell Precinct No. 2, Humboldt Co.
Mrs. Olive L. & Ray W. Adamson living at Box 283, Scotia, Democrats.
Humboldt Co registrations are not in this database after 1948.

Ray Adamson and Olive Leah Newlan married circa 1943. She was born Nov. 1891, died 1971 and was the daughter of William & Jemima Newlan of Montgomery Co IN. She may have been married as many as four times. Her first husband was Fred Fitch York by whom she had a son Charles E., born 1917, and a daughter, Virginia M., born 1919. Ray Adamson was probably the third husband. She married again in 1865, Humboldt County, to John Stacy Harbin who died in October of 1967. When Harbin died his obituary named the two York children and also two children with the surname of Roberts - perhaps Olive's second was a Roberts. I have not found Olive & her children in the 1930 census. I did find her family in Montgomery Co IN:
1900 Census, Union Twp, Montgomery Co, IN, Sheet 4B, ED 109, Hh 97
William Newlan, b. Apr 1846, age 54, married 27 years. He & his parents all born in Ohio; farm laborer. Wife Jamima, b. Sept 1855, age 44, had 8 children of which 7 are living; born Ohio. Children born in Indiana: Frank, Jan. 1877, age 23. Fred C., Jun 1885, age 14. Olive, b. Nov 1891, age 8. Alva, son, b. Jan 1896, age 4.
1910 Census, Union Twp, Montgomery Co, IN. p.29, ED167, Hh 53
Wm Newlan, age 63, married 37 yr., b. Ohio. Jemimah, age 54, 8 children of which 7 are living, b. Ohio. John W., son, age 34, b. IN. Olive, age 17. Alva age 14, Frank, grandson, age 10.
1920 Census, Union Twp, Montgomery Co, IN, Sheet 1B, ED 174, Hh 23
Wm Newlin, age 72, b. Ohio, father b. Ohio, mother b. Pennsylania
and also in Crawfordville City in Union Township, Sheet 11B, ED 182, Hh 279
Fred. F. York, age 38, he and parents b. IN, Lindman. Olive L., wife, age 27, b. IN, father b. Ohio, mother b. Illinois. Charles E. age 2 9/12. Virginia M. age 10/12.

Death Certificate received from California reveals that Ray died in the Mendocino State Hospital. He had manic depressive psychosis, depressed type and it's possible he'd been hospitalized more than seven years based on the information given. His birth date is given as 12 May 1884; death date as 22 Nov 1958, age 74. His father's first name is wrong - given as Earl instead of Enoch. His mother's maiden name given as Arnold rather than Harmon. They were both born in Indiana. Ray's last job was as a night watchman and his spouse's name was Olive. [Obviously he remarried.] He had been in CA for 34 years [since 1924]; his address prior to living at the Hospital was 314 C St., Rio Dell, Humboldt Co, CA. He must have broken his hip, then lapsed into pneumonia from which he died as cause of death and duration of illness is listed as: fracture, head of left femur, 3 weeks; bronchopneumonia, both lungs, 2 weeks; congestive heart failure with myocardial infarction, unknown. There was an autopsy. He was buried in Rohnerville Cemetery, Rohnerville, Humboldt Co, CA under the direction of Goble's Funeral Home of Fortuna, CA.

Obituary:
RAY WEYMOUTH ADAMSON
Ray Weymouth Adamson, 74-year-old resident of Rio Dell, died in a Ukiah hospital on Saturday evening after a lengthy illness. He was born in Pierce City MO, on 11 May 1884, and had lived in Missouri and Arkansas before coming to Southern California in 1915. He worked in construction before coming to Humboldt county in 1945, since which time he was employed as a nightwatchman for Bertain's laundry in Scotia until his retirement several years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Olive Adamson of Rio Dell; two daughters, Mrs. Bernice Pense of San Diego and Mrs. Joan Teague of Mountainburg, Ark; a son, Ernie Adamson, Kansas; two step-children, Charles York of Tacoma, Wash. and Mrs. Virginia Cokley of Rohnerville; a brother Clair D. Adamson of Whittier; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services have been arranged for Wednesday at 1:30 pm in the chapel of Goble's Furtuna Mortuary with the Rev. Ray F. Magnuson officiating. Interment will be at Rohnerville Masonic Cemetery.
Eureka Humboldt Standard, printed Eureka California, 25 Nov 1958
Printed the next day:
RAY WEYMOUTH ADAMSON
Funeral services for Ray Weymouth Adamson were held today at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of Goble's Fortuna Mortuary, with the Rev. Ray F. Magnuson officiating. interment followed in Rohnerville Masonic Cemetery.
Record obtained online from MyHeritage website.


There was a George and Sarah W. Adamson living in Oliver Springs Township, Crawford Co AR in the 1920 Census. George is 67, born in Arkansas, a farmer; wife Sarah W. is 62, born in Arkansas. "History in Headstones" shows George & Sally (Sagely) Adamson buried in Oliver Springs Cemetery, no dates. They do not seem to be related in any way.

RAY WEYMOUTH ADAMSON and MARY MAY HARRISON were married on 27 July 1912 in Crawford County, Arkansas.92 MARY MAY HARRISON93, daughter of ELISHA SHELTON HARRISON and EDITH JANE IRWIN, was born on 1 May 1894 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.88,89,93,94 She died on 29 January 1929 at the age of 34 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.93

Mary and Margaret Harrison were twins.

Mrs. Adamson Buried In Cemetery at Chester.
Mrs. Mary Adamson, 34 years 8 months and 28 days old, died at her home in Chester, Tuesday night at 8 o'clock after an illness from pneumonia. The funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Chester. Burial was in the Chester cemetery.
Mrs. Adamson is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Harrison; two daughters, Jo Ann and Bernice Adamson; a son, Wayne; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Friddle of Fayetteville, Mrs. Maud Sheens of Susanville, Calif., and Mrs. Ned Robinson of Van Buren; six brothers; Ed, Nelson, and Clarence Harrison of Chester, Fred Harrison of Warner, Okla, Hardey Harrison of DeQueen, and Ben Harrison of Vicksburg, Miss.

Chas. Friddle of Fayetteville paid for the funeral on 31 January. [He was husband of Mary's twin Margaret.] Mary was listed as separated from her husband. Father, E. Harrison born in KY; mother Edith Erwin, born Ill.
The Arkansas Death index has her date of death as 29 Jan 1928.

RAY WEYMOUTH ADAMSON and MARY MAY HARRISON had the following children:

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Bernice Irene ADAMSON.

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WEYMOUTH DONALD "Ernie" ADAMSON.

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Jack Thomas ADAMSON was born in December 1919.89 He died on 31 March 1921 at the age of 1 in Crawford County, Arkansas.

Morris Teague knew nothing about this child. JoEllen knew nothing about him. Both denied that Ernie ever had a brother. The baby was 1/12 year in 1920 Census; he must not have lived long.

Arkansas Death Index; Ancestry.com
Jake Tho. Adamson, Crawford County, died 31 Mar 1921. Certificate 00222.

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Joan H. ADAMSON.

RAY WEYMOUTH ADAMSON and Olive Leah NEWLAN were married about 1943 in Los Angeles County, California. Olive Leah NEWLAN, daughter of William NEWLAN and Jemima [NEWLAN], was born in November 1891 in Montgomery County, Indiana. She died in 1971 at the age of 80 in Humboldt County, California.

Olive's first husband was Fred Fitch York.

1920 Census. Crawfordsville Ward 3, Montgomery Co IN Hh 325
Ford F. York, age 38, b. IN as were his parents, Lineman
Olive L., wife, age 27, b. IN, father b. Ohio, mother b. Illinois
Charles E., son, age 2 years, 9 months
Virginia M., daughter, age 10 months

Olive's 2nd husband was likely a Roberts. The obituary of John Stacy Harbin in 1967 lists Olive's two York children, also a son and daughter whose surnames are Roberts.

I have not been able to find Olive and children in 1930.

After the death of Ray Adamson, Olive married John Stacy Harbin.