423. JOSIE ELLEN COMSTOCK was born on 21 December 1916 at the house at Stony Point in Uniontown, Crawford County, Arkansas.178 She died on 13 September 2008 at the age of 91 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas.216
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.178,217,218 They178,217,218 were divorced on 8 June 1944 in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas.217 WEYMOUTH DONALD "Ernie" ADAMSON17, son of RAY WEYMOUTH ADAMSON and MARY MAY HARRISON, was born on 9 June 1915 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas.219 He died on 6 August 1982 at the age of 67 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.220
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.
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 County, Arkansas.173 Joseph Eugene MCKIM221, son of Harry Allen Paul MCKIM and Mary Ida SCHNIEBS, was born on 2 March 1918 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas.173 He was adopted on 23 October 1919 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas.173 He died on 1 October 1979 at the age of 61 in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.173
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 several 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 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. I believe she sent him back and 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. Said to be a member of the British Chamberlains - black sheep of family or descended from one. 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 RR. 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, across the river from Ft. Smith.
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. Jo Ellen states Joe could prove Marie had been unfaithful and 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 adopted JoEllen's daughter 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 so that his daughter Sandra could be adopted by her stepfather, Holland Jones. 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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