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Descendants of Mahala Foglesong and Alonzo Aaron Baker

 

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††† 1††††† Mahala Fogleson††† August 14, 1825 Fairfield Co., Ohio††† September 06, 1887 Monroeville, Indiana

..††††††+Alonzo Aaron Baker; December 16, 1816 Herkimer Co., New York;May 06, 1884 Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana; 1: 1842 in Huron Co., Ohio 2: 1842 in 2nd marriage; 3: ~1838 OH

........††† 2††††† David A. Baker††† Abt. 1839 Ohio

............††††††† +Nellie (Renkin?)††† Abt. 1851 Ohio††††††† Abt. 1865 in Prob Ohio

...................††† 3††††† Lafayette Baker††† 1866

...................††† 3††††† Hattie Baker††† 1868

...................††† 3††††† Grace Baker††† May 1876

.......................††††††† +Wallace Jirsissisman (sp?)††††††††††† Abt. 1897 in Prob Indiana

........††††††† *2nd Wife of David A. Baker:

............††††††† +Maracia (sp?)††† Abt. July 1843 Ohio††††††† Abt. 1882 in Prob Ohio

...................††† 3††††† Eva Lee Baker††† September 1885 Indiana (Possibly Owen County)

........††† 2††††† Deloss Baker††† Abt. 1841

........††† 2††††† Semantha Baker††† Abt. 1845

 

........††† 2††††† Perry LaGrande Baker††† January 23, 1847 Huron Co. Ohio††† July 01, 1916 Subtle, Metcalf Co, Kentucky

............††††††† +Nancy Ann Miller††† Abt. 1851 Ohio††††††† June 29, 1870 in Monroeville, Indiana

...................††† 3††††† Gertrude Pauline Baker; March 18, 1873 Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana††† August 10, 1959 Palo Alto, California

.......................††††††† +James Thomas Collier; June 24, 1879 Greenville, Hunt County, Texas; April 03, 1940 Arcadia, Los Angles County, CA; September 16, 1900 in Pawnee Co, OK (Jennings)

.............................††† 4††††† June Collier††† June 23, 1901 Jennings, Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma††† May 07, 1960 Worland, Wyoming

.................................††††††† +Mary Del Kitchen††† Unknown ?††† Unknown ?††† June 18, 1927 in Oklahoma

.............................††††††† *2nd Wife of June Collier:

.................................††††††† +Mildred (Min) Viona Waldridge††† January 05, 1915 Leeton, Missouri††† February 01, 1976 Cheyenne, Wyoming††† August 04, 1932 in Grand Junction, Colorado

........................................††† 5††††† Najah Louise Collier††† June 24, 1933 Glenwood Springs, Colorado††† December 01, 1981 Westminster, Colorado

............................................††††††† +Richard Anthony Shumock††† Abt. 1930 ?††† December 19, 1994 Cheyenne, Wyoming††† Abt. 1949 in Powell, Wyoming ?

........................................††† 5††††† LIVING

............................................††††††† + LIVING

........................................††††††† *2nd Husband of LIVING:

............................................††††††† + LIVING

........................................††† 5††††† LIVING

.............................††† 4††††† Non-Erl Collier††† February 11, 1903 Terlton, Oklahoma††† Abt. 1997 Visalia, CA

.................................††††††† +B. O. Shepard††† Unknown ?††† Unknown ? †††1928 in Probably Oklahoma

.............................††††††† *2nd Husband of Non-Erl Collier:

.................................††††††† +Roy Clark††† Unknown ?††† Unknown ?††† Aft. 1930 in Oklahoma?

.............................††††††† *3rd Husband of Non-Erl Collier:

.................................††††††† +Kenneth Eastman††† Unknown ?††† Abt. 1978 Albuqueque††† 1945 in California ?

.............................††† 4††††† Jessica Mae Collier††† July 24, 1909 Terlton, Oklahoma††† June 30, 2000 Visalia, Tulare Co., CA

...................††† 3††††† Bart Baker††† Aft. 1873 Monroeville, Indiana- probably††† Abt. 1892 Unknown

........††††††† *2nd Wife of Perry LaGrande Baker:

............††††††† +Zilpher Shive††† 1889 Metcalfe Co, Kentucky††††††† November 15, 1914 in George Shive Home, Metcalfe Co, Kentucky

........††† 2††††† James O. Baker††† Abt. 1850 Ohio

............††††††† +Eliza J. ???††† April 1874 Virginia††††††† Abt. 1892 in Prob Indiana

 

........††† 2††††† Ezra Baker††† April 14, 1852 Huron Co., Ohio???††† February 16, 1918 Springfield, Illinois

............††††††† +Mary Ann Engle††† October 10, 1853 Mendon, Michigan††† July 27, 1926 Kalamazoo, Michigan††† June 01, 1876

...................††† 3††††† Fern Baker††† July 05, 1885 Portland, Indiana††† December 07, 1971 Camarillo, California

.......................††††††† +James Stewart Foley II††† May 06, 1893 Boston,Massachusetts††† 1950 Florida††† December 26, 1916 in Manhattan, New York, New York

.............................††† 4††††† Ruth Patricia Foley †††February 19, 1923 Kalamazoo, Michigan††† January 18, 1994 Camarillo, California

.................................††††††† +LeRoy††† Michigan

........................................††† 5††††† David LeRoy-Wagner

.............................††††† ††*2nd Husband of Ruth Patricia Foley:

.................................††††††† +Kermit Freeland Wagner††† michigan

........................................††† 5††††† Daniel Patrick Wagner

............................................††††††† +Marian

..................................................††† 6††††† Jamie

..................................................††† 6††††† Alexander

........................................††† 5††††† Paul Kermit Wagner

........................................††† 5†† †††Patricia Mary Wagner

.............................††††††† *3rd Husband of Ruth Patricia Foley:

.................................††††††† +Dennis Eugene Coffman October 17, 1921 Terrell, Kaufman Co., Texas; May 05, 1981 Oakland, Alameda Co., California; June 01, 1961 in Las Vegas, Nevada

........................................††† 5††††† LIVING

............................................††††††† +LIVING

.............................††††††† *4th Husband of Ruth Patricia Foley:

.................................††††††† +Cassinarreo††† 1929††††††† 1970

.............................††††††† *5th Husband of Ruth Patricia Foley:

.................................††††††† +Golatta††† 1930††††††† 1972

.............................††† 4††††† James Stewart Foley III††† 1917

.................................††††††† +Marion Shaw††† Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas††††††† 1942

........................................††† 5††††† Sandra Foley

............................................††††††† +Mr. Somebody

............................................†††††††† 6††††††† Male

............................................†††††††† 6††††††† Female

............................................††††††† +Yon Maxx

...................††† 3††††† Madge Baker-Rice††† August 20, 1882 Portland, Jay Co., IN

.......................††††††† +Henry Earl Rice††† 1883

...................††† 3††††† Chrissi Baker††† 1879††† 1881

...................††† 3††††† Fred E. Baker††† 1884

.......................††††††† +Della Nye

.............................††† 4†††† Marcia Marie Baker

...................††††††† *2nd Wife of Fred E. Baker:

.......................††††††† +Margueritte Oliver

...................††† 3††††† Charles Baker††† 1889

.......................††††††† +Minnie DeMink

.............................††4††††† Maurice Baker

.................................††††††† +Joyce

........................................††† 5††††† LIVING

........................................††† 5††††† LIVING

 

...................††† 3††††† Ethel L. Baker††† December 1892 Virginia

........††† 2††††† Mahala Baker††† Abt. 1855

............††††††† +Orland Brown††††††††††† October 01, 1879 in Allen Co. Indiana

........††† 2††††† Sarah F. Baker††† Abt. 1857

........††† 2††††† Fayetta N. Baker††† Abt. 1861

........††† 2†††† Alonzo W. Baker††† Abt. 1862

........††† 2††††† Joseph Baker††† Abt. 1864

........††† 2††††† Edward E. Baker††† Abt. 1867

 

 

 

 

Descendants of Mahala Foglesong and Alonzo Aaron Baker

 

 

1 Alonzo Aaron Baker 1816 - 1884

.. +Mahala Foglesong 1825 - 1887

........ 2 David A. Baker 1839 -

............ +Nellie (Renkin?) 1851 -

................... 3 Lafayette Baker 1866 -

................... 3 Hattie Baker 1868 -

................... 3 Grace Baker 1876 -

....................... +Wallace Jirsissisman (sp?)

........ *2nd Wife of David A. Baker:

............ +Maracia (sp?) 1843 -

................... 3 Eva Lee Baker 1885 -

........ 2 Deloss Baker 1841 -

........ 2 Semantha Baker 1845 -

........ 2 Perry LaGrande Baker 1847 - 1916

............ +Nancy Ann Miller 1851 -

................... 3 Gertrude Pauline Baker 1873 - 1959

....................... +James Thomas Collier 1879 - 1940

............................. 4 June Collier 1901 - 1960

................................. +Mary Del Kitchen Unknown - Unknown

............................. *2nd Wife of June Collier:

................................. +Mildred (Min) Viona Waldridge 1915 - 1976

........................................ 5 Najah Louise Collier 1933 - 1981

............................................ +Richard Anthony Shumock 1930 - 1994

........................................ 5 Living

........................................ 5 Living

............................. 4 Non-Erl Collier 1903 - 1997

................................. +B. O. Shepard Unknown - Unknown

............................. *2nd Husband of Non-Erl Collier:

................................. +Roy Clark Unknown - Unknown

............................. *3rd Husband of Non-Erl Collier:

................................. +Kenneth Eastman Unknown - 1978

............................. 4 Jessica Mae Collier 1909 - 2000

................... 3 Bart Baker 1873 - 1892

........ *2nd Wife of Perry LaGrande Baker:

............ +Zilpher Shive 1889 -

........ 2 James O. Baker 1850 -

............ +Eliza J. ??? 1874 -

................... 3 Ethel L. Baker 1892 -

........ 2 Ezra Baker 1852 - 1918

........ 2 Mahala Baker 1855 -

............ +Orland Brown

........ 2 Sarah F. Baker 1857 -

........ 2 Fayetta N. Baker 1861 -

........ 2 Alonzo W. Baker 1862 -

........ 2 Joseph Baker 1864 -

........ 2 Edward E. Baker 1867 -

 

 

Generation No. 1

 

1.ALONZO AARON1 BAKER was born December 16, 1816 in Herkimer Co., New York, and died May 06, 1884 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana.He married MAHALA FOGLESONG Abt. 1838 in Prob Ohio.She was born August 14, 1825 in Fairfield County, Ohio, and died September 06, 1887 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana.

 

More About ALONZO AARON BAKER:

Burial: May 08, 1884, Methodist Graveyard

Religion: His funeral services were at the Methodist Church

 

More About MAHALA FOGLESONG:

Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery

Religion: Funeral was at the Lutheran Church

 

Marriage Notes for ALONZO BAKER and MAHALA FOGLESONG:

There are an unknown number of children born to A.A. & Makala (Mahala). The first time I find Perry he was living in a large household. There were many names. Some of the names and ages were not legible and that 1870 Indiana census was supposedly the most legible. That census did not show relationships to head of house. The ages of the head of house and second person (f) were hard to read but appeared to be in the mid-thirties. At that age they could not have been Perry's parents, but could have been an older sibling and wife and family. Some of the many children may have been siblings and some children of head of house. As of May 1999, after more study and info, I now believe the ages of the above head of house and spouse read mi-fifties. It would appear that the illegable initials could be A A and the spouse's name could be Makala which would make these people Perry's parents. Other names and ages, where legible are as follows:

Semantha - 25 or 23? yrs; Perry - 25 or 23 yrs; James - 19? yrs; Esra - 17? yrs; ??Female - 15 yrs; Serah(sp?) J. - 13 yrs; Jazella(sp?) N. - 9 yrs; Alonzo(sp?) ?. - 8 yr old male; Joseph H. E. - 6yrs; Edward E. - 1 yr. (Note: I've guessed at some of the letters in the names. Obviously, if one changes some letters, thename changes. This is what I've come up with after studing the record with a magnifying glass.)Also listed was a 40 yr old man. The name might be Thorn, Thorne, Horn, Horne and first and second initial. He worked as a cooper and was born in Ohio.

After researching this same census year using the first filming and seeing the 1860 census in Huron Co. Ohio, I believe this family to have consisted of: David A. bn. cir. 1840, Semantha, bn. cir. 1845, Perry L., bn. cir. 1847, James O. bn. cir. 1850, Esra, bn.cir. 1853, Mahala (Makala) bn.cir. 1855, Serah (Sarah) bn.cir. 1857, Fayetta N. bn.cir. 1861, Alonza W. bn.cir. 1862, Joseph K. E.bn.cir. 1864, Edward E. bn.cir. 1869. The last four children were born in Indiana, the others born Ohio.

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Children of ALONZO BAKER and MAHALA FOGLESONG are:

2.††††††††††††††† i.††† DAVID A.2 BAKER, b. Abt. 1839, Ohio.

††††††††††††††††† ii.††† DELOSS BAKER, b. Abt. 1841.

†††††††††††††††† iii.††† SEMANTHA BAKER, b. Abt. 1845.

3.††††††††††††† iv.††† PERRY LAGRANDE BAKER, b. January 23, 1847, Huron Co. Ohio; d. July 01, 1916, Subtle, Metcalf Co, Kentucky.

4.†††††††††††††† v.††† JAMES O. BAKER, b. Abt. 1850, Ohio.

†††††††††††††††† vi.††† EZRA BAKER, b. April 14, 1852, Huron County, Ohio; d. February 16, 1918, Spring field, IL.

††††††††††††††† vii.††† MAHALA BAKER, b. Abt. 1855; m. ORLAND BROWN, October 01, 1879, Allen Co. Indiana.

†††††††††††††† viii.††† SARAH F. BAKER, b. Abt. 1857.

††††††††††††††††† ix.††† FAYETTA N. BAKER, b. Abt. 1861.

†††††††††††††††††† x.††† ALONZO W. BAKER, b. Abt. 1862.

††††††††††††††††† xi.††† JOSEPH BAKER, b. Abt. 1864.

†††††††††††††††† xii.††† EDWARD E. BAKER, b. Abt. 1867.

 

 

Generation No. 2

 

2.DAVID A.2 BAKER (ALONZO AARON1) was born Abt. 1839 in Ohio.He married (1) NELLIE (RENKIN?) Abt. 1865 in Prob Ohio.She was born Abt. 1851 in Ohio.He married (2) MARACIA (SP?) Abt. 1882 in Prob Ohio.She was born Abt. July 1843 in Ohio.

 

Notes for DAVID A. BAKER:

D A Baker most always used the initials D A. In the 1900 Federal census for Winslow, Pike County, Indiana, he was listed with a first name that was blurred on the microfilm. It appeared to be something like Delo(?pp)(?er).

 

More About DAVID A. BAKER:

Fact 1: 1900, Worked asa mills man. Possibly at a sawmill.

Fact 2: 1900, Apparently rented a house, not owned it.

 

Notes for NELLIE (RENKIN?):

One believes that Renkin or Renbim was Nellie's maiden name because the 1880 census for Penn Twnp, Jay County, Indiana showed a man (age 27) living with Nellie and her husband. His name was Charles Renkin and his relationship to the head of house was listed as BL (brother-in-law).

Nellie either died or divorced from D A because the 1900 census shows D A married to Maracia for 18 years.They have a 14 yr old daughter living with them as well as Nellie's daughter Grace, her husband and three kids.

 

Notes for MARACIA (SP?):

I'm unsure of the first name of D A Baker's second wife. Could be Maria or some derivitive. Looked like Maracid or Maracia. The microfilm copy was blurred. This women was the second wife and probably had two children. The 1900 census of Winslow, Pike County, Indiana lists her as having birthed two children and two children living. The only one listed was Eva Lee, age 14 yrs. The other child listed was Grace G. Baker Jirsissisman (sp?), age 24 yrs. She was listed as a child with D A and his first wife Nellie.

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Children of DAVID BAKER and NELLIE (RENKIN?) are:

†††††††††††††††††† i.††† LAFAYETTE3 BAKER, b. 1866.

††††††††††††††††† ii.††† HATTIE BAKER, b. 1868.

†††††††††††††††† iii.††† GRACE BAKER, b. May 1876; m. WALLACE JIRSISSISMAN (SP?), Abt. 1897, Prob Indiana.

 

Notes for GRACE BAKER:

Based on the 1900 census of Pike County, Indiana, Grace had been married 3 years, had had 3 births but had only one living child. That child was an unnamed girl just a few months old when enumerated.

 

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Child of DAVID BAKER and MARACIA (SP?) is:

†††††††††††††††† iv.††† EVA LEE3 BAKER, b. September 1885, Indiana (Possibly Owen County).

 

 

3.PERRY LAGRANDE2 BAKER (ALONZO AARON1) was born January 23, 1847 in Huron Co. Ohio, and died July 01, 1916 in Subtle, Metcalf Co, Kentucky.He married (1) NANCY ANN MILLER June 29, 1870 in Monroeville, Indiana.She was born Abt. 1851 in Ohio.He married (2) ZILPHER SHIVE November 15, 1914 in George Shive Home, Metcalfe Co, Kentucky.She was born 1889 in Metcalfe Co, Kentucky.

 

Notes for PERRY LAGRANDE BAKER:

Different documents show Perry as an engineer, laborer, and farmer at different times in his life. See notes under marriage for more on Perry.

 

More About PERRY LAGRANDE BAKER:

Burial: July 02, 1916, Shives Buriel Ground, Subtle, Kentucky

Fact 1: Served in the Civil War for the North (Indiana)

Fact 2: Served as private in Co. H, 152 Indiana Infantry

Fact 3: Entered service Feb. 15, 1865 - discharged Aug. 30, 1865

Fact 4: Was company bugalar in the military

Fact 5: July 01, 1916, Cause of death. Acute Gastritis

Medical Information: Hair - Brown; Eyes - Blue; Complexion - Fair.Suffered from catarrah for several years.

 

Notes for NANCY ANN MILLER:

Nancy Ann was a mail order bride. The picture (tin type) of her as a young women showed her to be pretty.They were married June 29. 1870 in Monroeville, Indiana by Rev. Martin S. Morrison. One understands that Gertrude, their daughter was born in 1873 in Monroeville, Indiana. It is unknown when son Bart was born or when he died. Pension records show that Perry moved a great deal. It is unknown if Nancy and daughter were with him all of the time. There are some discrepancies as to what specific years he was where, but some of the places he lived were; Belmont, Ohio, Kansas, Joplin, Missouri, Hustonville and Barbourville, Kentucky, Hebur Springs, Arkansas, Jennings, Oklahoma, and Subtle, Kentucky. According, again to pension records, he left home in the spring of 1892, heard from in Dec of that year (stating that he was heading for Lee, Virginia), then no more contact. In 1896, Nancy filed for his pension, believing him to be dead. The 1900 Federal census for Oklahoma show Gertrude living with her father in Pawnee Co. Oklahoma. She at least must have known her father was not dead. Interestingly, Perry's brothers (? based on names and ages) D.A. Baker and James O. Baker filed affidavits for Nancy stating that Perry must be dead. No one had heard from him in years. In 1900, Perry was listed in the census record as a widow. In 1901, he filed for a pension while living in Jennings, Oklahoma and filed again while living in Kentucky in 1915. It is still unknown at this time just when Nancy passed away.

 

More About NANCY ANN MILLER:

Fact 1: Nancy Ann was a "picture bride" or a mail order bride.

 

Marriage Notes for PERRY BAKER and NANCY MILLER:

Their granddaughter, Jessica Mae, said they (Nancy and Perry) were both very musical.

Affidavits submitted for pension claims show that they moved around quite a bit. Sometime in 1892 Nancy Ann stayed in Indiana and Perry took off. He was heard from in Dec. of 1892 and was in Lee County Virginia. He had stated he was heading for Oklahoma. In 1896, Nancy filed to receive his veterans pension, believing he had probably been killed. A James O. Baker and a D.A. Baker (believed to be Perry's brothers) submitted affidavits for Nancy to support her application for his pension based on need.

(There is puzzlement here, since the 1900 Federal census shows Perry and daughter Gertrude, aged 21, living in Pawnee Co. Oklahoma.)

Granddaughter Jessica had understood that her grandfather "Didn't care much for her (grandmother)". I don't know if they were divorced or if Nancy died, but Perry remarried in 1914 in Kentucky.Prior to that, Perry filed successfully to receive a federal pension in 1901. Much proof was required to show he was the soldier who served in the civil war. All told, Perry's first wife Nancy Ann, then Perry himself and finally Zilpher his second wife all filed to collect a federal pension based on his service during the civil war. Also see "more about" note on Nancy Ann for other info.

 

Notes for ZILPHER SHIVE:

Zilpher was apparently about 25 years old when she married Perry, aged 64 in 1914. She filed for his pension in 1916 after he died. It is still unknown at this time if there were any children from this union but none were mentioned in the petition for pension. Zilpher married at least two more times.

 

Marriage Notes for PERRY BAKER and ZILPHER SHIVE:

There was a $100.00 marriage bond between Perry Baker and George M. Shive (the bride's father) dated Nov. 13,1914. The marriage took place at the home of George Shive, Zilpher's father in Metcalfe County, Kentucky. The witnesses were Birch Hust and Mitcheal Shive and the rites performed by J. G. Smith. Acopy Attest signed by J.W. Gallway.

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Children of PERRY BAKER and NANCY MILLER are:

5.††††††††††††††† i.††† GERTRUDE PAULINE3 BAKER, b. March 18, 1873, Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana; d. August 10, 1959, Palo Alto, California.

††††††††††††††††† ii.††† BART BAKER, b. Aft. 1873, Monroeville, Indiana- probably; d. Abt. 1892, Unknown.

 

Notes for BART BAKER:

It is as yet unknown whether Bart was older or younger than his sister Gertrude. There is a tin type of him at age 18. It is not known where he died by train accident. The picture of him showed an extremely handsome young man.

 

More About BART BAKER:

Fact 1: Believed to have died in a train accident asyoung man.

 

 

4.JAMES O.2 BAKER (ALONZO AARON1) was born Abt. 1850 in Ohio.He married ELIZA J. ??? Abt. 1892 in Prob Indiana.She was born April 1874 in Virginia.

 

More About JAMES O. BAKER:

Fact 1: 1900, Prob worked at a saw mill.

Fact 2: 1900, Rented, not owned his home.

Fact 3: 1880, Lived with his brother D A Baker in Penn Tnp, Jay County, Indiana.

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Child of JAMES BAKER and ELIZA ??? is:

†††††††††††††††††† i.††† ETHEL L.3 BAKER, b. December 1892, Virginia.

 

 

Generation No. 3

 

5.GERTRUDE PAULINE3 BAKER (PERRY LAGRANDE2, ALONZO AARON1) was born March 18, 1873 in Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana, and died August 10, 1959 in Palo Alto, California.She married REV. JAMES THOMAS COLLIER September 16, 1900 in Pawnee Co, Oklahoma (prob. Jennings).He was born June 24, 1879 in Greenville, Hunt County, Texas, and died April 03, 1940 in Arcadia, Los Angles County, California.

 

Notes for GERTRUDE PAULINE BAKER:

Gertrude never remarried after her divorce in 1922. She lived the rest of her life with one or both of her daughters. She moved out to California with them in the late 1930s or early1940s. She died while residing in San Mateo, Ca. on Aug. 20, 1959 of a brain tumor. Funeral services were by Patterson O'Connell with the Rev. Lindsey Wilder of St. Mathews Episcopal Church officiating. Her body was cremated and her ashes interred at Alta Mesa Memorial Park.

 

More About GERTRUDE PAULINE BAKER:

Burial: 1959, Palo Alto, CA

 

Notes for REV. JAMES THOMAS COLLIER:

-- Memoirs and History from Jessica Mae Collier regarding her father James Thomas Collier -- Augmented by census information and notes taken from June's journal.

 

Told to, organized and entered into computer by QRSTUV Collier Halvorson.

 

James Thomas Collier, who normally went by the name Tom, was born in Greenville, (Hunt county) Texas on June 24, 1876, to Charles Rufus Collierand Katherine Griner or Grinder. ( This must be the same people June had listed as his great grandparents. He had the names as Charles Rufus Collier and Beth Katherine Griner.†† Daughter Non-Erl was the informant for James Thomasí death certificate and she listed Tom's parents as Charles Rufus and Katherine Grinder. He was one of what appears to be eleven children. He must have been one of the youngest. His parents were apparently killed in a train accident when he was quite young. He is said to have been raised by his older siblings, first one and then the other. He may have spent more time with his sister Alma than the others. It must have been hard for him to be sent first from one to the other. It is unclear just why he was moved so much. The story goes that he had had enough and atfourteen years of age, he struck out on his own. (It should be noted that Tom was staying with his sister Alma and her husband in 1900 just weeks or months before he married.) "Tom" was born with a very great talent for music and could play and sing just about anything by ear. He set about learning to read music. He felt he would like to preach, so he attended whatever schools he needed to, to become a Methodist preacher. He is said to have had a wonderful gift of gab. Could talk anyone into anything.

 

At some point his family moved from Greenville, Texas to Oklahoma, the Jennings and Terlton areas. Perhaps it was a land boom. I believe that a lot of Oklahoma which belonged to the Indians was opened up for settling by homesteading. Jessica remembers her father as fun loving and so very talented. He was good at music and good at preaching. For awhile,the whole family became involved in the evangelistic work. They had a musical ministry with James Thomas, his wife Gertrude, son June, and daughters Non-Erl and Jessica all playing instruments and singing. The mother, son, and two daughters got tired of the rigors of this, so it was discontinued. At some point after that, Tom decided that preaching was not what he wanted to do any more, so he gave up preaching and went to selling real estate. He was also good at this. Jessica believed that he became interested in another woman and wanted out of his marriage.

 

Tom and Gertrude were separated June 4, 1921 and the divorce was final Sept. 21, 1922. Shortly after that, he married the other woman, a lady named Eloise, who had a son from a previous marriage. The sonís name was George Thomas Collins but he took Tomís last name Collier. Whether Tom adopted George is thought to be unlikely and how long George used the name Collier is unknown. Jessica remembered that George really cared for his stepfather. More than one copyright for original music was found with Tom's name, George's name and June's name. His love of music seemed not to have diminished with time.

 

The marriage between Tom and Eloise apparently did not fare too well.According to Jessica, Eloise dumped Tom after a short while. It should be noted, however, that Eloise was listed as Tomís spouse on his death certificate in 1940 so that would indicate that at least legally they were probably married eighteen years or so. James Thomas was a very handsome man with a charismatic personality. All who knew him seemed to love him. According to Jessica, their mother, Gertrude, always spoke kindly of him.James Thomas served his country during the Spanish-American War of 1898. He also served in WWI, but am not sure which branch or in what capacity. While living in California, he was a charter member of the California Horsemen Club, Inc. Tom had loved working with horses and had done at lot of breaking and training as a younger man. He was a member of the Mason's and the Bedouins.

 

Tom died of a heart attack at age sixty-six on April 3, 1940. His daughter Non-Erl happened to be visiting him at the time of his death so was with him. His services were by C. Hol. Reynolds - John W. Eberle Mortuary of Pasadena, Ca. at Orange Grove Chapel. He was buried in Sawtooth National Cemetery, Los Angles, Ca. (Section 72 - Row 2 - Grave 10).

Authors note: -- A cryptic note at the end of June Collierís handwritten genealogy said: Langford - Greenville - Raised Dad -

††††††††††††††† Ute Collier

Jessica had no knowledge of these people. Greenville is where James Thomas was born. There are still (1999) a number of people in that area who have the name Langford. One also runs across it occassionally when reading info about the town's past. The name Ute Collier seems unknown every where, so far.

 

Jessica told an interesting story, that had been told to her by her father. He had stated that while traveling on the road one day, he encountered some kind of difficulty. A Black man stopped to help him. As they visited and exchanged names they were surprised by their respective names. Tom gave his name and the black man gave his name as Charles Rufus Collier! He said that he had taken his name from the man on whose place he had lived years ago. As they talked, it seemed most likely that this black man had lived on Tom's father's place. It was unclear from the story and Jessie didn't know if the black man was a slave, had been a slave or just worked for Charles Rufus Collier. It should be noted, however, that Tom's dad fought in the Civil War on the side of the South, but it seemed that the black man held kind thoughts for Charles Rufus and so decided to take on his name. No census records, so far, have shown any of these Colliers owning slaves.

 

More About REV. JAMES THOMAS COLLIER:

Burial: 1940, Sawtooth Nat'l Cemetery, LA, CA

Cause of Death: Coronary Thrombosis

Fact 1: 1898, Served in the Spanish American War as a private in Co. C, 3rd TxVol. Infantry.

Medical Information: Was ill for thirteen days prior to death.

Military service: 1863, Civil War - Confederate Private - Prisoner of War@ Vicksburg

 

Marriage Notes for GERTRUDE BAKER and JAMES COLLIER:

Gertrude and Tom (James Thomas) were separated June 4, 1922. Their youngest daughter Jessica says she understood that Tom became involved with another woman. He and Gertrude were divorced and Tom married Eloise, ( the other woman). Just when is not certain. The marriage was believed to have not lasted long, but Eloise was listed as his wife at the time of his death in 1940. Eloise had a son from a previous marriage named George Thomas Collins (?). This young man was very fond of Tom and took the last name of Collier. This was probably not done legally, but done just the same. Whether he kept the name of Collier is unknown. He used this name on legal copywrite documents so perhaps it was legal.

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Children of GERTRUDE BAKER and JAMES COLLIER are:

6.††††††††††††††† i.††† JUNE4 COLLIER, b. June 23, 1901, Jennings, Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma; d. May 07, 1960, Worland, Wyoming.

††††††††††††††††† ii.††† NON-ERL COLLIER, b. February 11, 1903, Terlton, Oklahoma; d. Abt. 1997, Visalia, CA; m. (1) B. O. SHEPARD, 1928, Probably Oklahoma; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?; m. (2) ROY CLARK, Aft. 1930, Oklahoma?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?; m. (3) KENNETH EASTMAN, 1945, California ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Abt. 1978, Albuqueque.

 

More About NON-ERL COLLIER:

Burial: 1997, Palo Alto, CA

Fact 2: First husband was named O.B. Shepard.

Fact 3: They were married in the early 1930s.

Fact 4: Two early short marriages before the final.

 

†††††††††††††††† iii.††† JESSICA MAE COLLIER, b. July 24, 1909, Terlton, Oklahoma; d. June 30, 2000, Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.

 

More About JESSICA MAE COLLIER:

Burial: September 2000, PaloAlto, CA

 

 

Generation No. 4

 

6.JUNE4 COLLIER (GERTRUDE PAULINE3 BAKER, PERRY LAGRANDE2, ALONZO AARON1) was born June 23, 1901 in Jennings, Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma, and died May 07, 1960 in Worland, Wyoming.He married (1) MARY DEL KITCHEN June 18, 1927 in Oklahoma.She was born Unknown in ?, and died Unknown in ?.He married (2) MILDRED (MIN) VIONA WALDRIDGE August 04, 1932 in Grand Junction, Colorado.She was born January 05, 1915 in Leeton, Missouri, and died February 01, 1976 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

 

Notes for JUNE COLLIER:

~~ The information in these notes is based on information from Juneís daughter, sister, niece, notesand documents, some of legal nature, and from a journal June kept in the early nineteen-thirties. ~~

 

 

June Collier was first born of three children to James (Tom) Thomas Collier and GertrudePauline Baker Collier on June 23,1901 inPawnee Co. Jennings, Indian Territory ( now called Oklahoma ). He was born on a Sunday afternoon at 2:30 PM and weighed in at 9 lbs. and 12 ozs. The early years for June and his sisters, Non-Erl and Jessica Mae, are remembered somewhat differently. This could be due to a difference in perspective or to the difference in birth order,age or sex. Sister Jessica seems to remember basically happy early years and her father having an "If you donít want to do it, donít do it" attitude. She was 9 years younger than her big brother June and seemed to adore him and vice-versa. June, however, remembered things a little differently. He remembered a man who was determined that June would learn to read music (as well as play and sing by ear) and sat nearby with a buggy whip. If practice slowed the whip would pop June. He remembered being very poor the first few years of his life. Money, food and clothes were apparently very sparse. He would be influenced for years by these early hard times.

 

Both of Juneís parents were very musical as well as his grandparents, uncles and aunts and of course his two sisters. The playing of instruments, piano, and singing were a part of their everyday existence. All the family played several different instruments, and all sang, beautifully. June, his father and Juneís stepbrother George all wrote music, individually and with others. The family has some old copyright documents for some of these songs. In his late teens, June composed, directed and played in a family musical group that played in a musical ministry and Juneís father would preach the gospel. This group lasted only a year or two at most because the demand on the groups individual time became too great.

 

June then began to play in dance bands in the area and also had his own band for some time. This would have been at the beginning of the Big Band era. After the dance bands came a period of time that June collected a salary playing in the Ringling Brothers Circus band. In that same time frame, he went on the road with different vaudeville shows. One of which was Brunks Comedians. Based on journal entries, this was a hard life financially, physically, and spiritually. A certain segment of society looked down their noses at vaudeville performers as "not so nice". The life style meant a different room in a different town most every night -"Did we make enough to meet bills?" - and probably too much partying on a regular basis. Their love of music and performing was what kept them going. One might note that June's parents and sisters were not happy about him performing in this way. June must have been uncomfortable about it also, because his sister Jessica says he did not want them to come see him. So they did not.

 

June 18,1927, June married Mary Del. Kitchen. The marriage did not last long, a couple or three years at the most. Sister Jessie stated that she remembered that apparently Mary thought June had "money" and once the truth was known she lost interest. (One might take note that June was considered most handsome by those who knew him when.) The exact date of their divorce is unknown at this time and there apparently were no children from this union.

 

During the vaudeville times, the group June was with had occasion to perform in or near Glenwood Springs Colorado in 1932. While there, June who was 29 yrs. old met a young woman named Mildred Viona Waldridge who was only 17 yrs. old at the time. Three days later they were married! That would cause great consternation today (1996) not to mention in 1932.

 

June and Mildred had three children. June eventually went to college and got a teaching degree and went to teaching band and chorus at the high school level and sang in and directed the Methodist church choir. While in his fifties, he learned to play the guitar (or relearned) and put together an ensemble with guitar, steel guitar, marimba, drums, etc. He was a good teacher who was well liked by most all his students. Many would come to him for guidance rather than their school counselor. When he died suddenly of a heart attack in May of 1960, the funeral was so large they had to have it in the rec. building of the church and the entire 230 some voice high school chorus sang for the funeral. He has been sorely missed by his wife, children and his many students and friends.

 

More About JUNE COLLIER:

Burial: May 12, 1960, Riverview Cemetery, Worland, WY

Cause of Death: Coronary Occlusion ( Heart Attack)

Fact 1: June 23, 1901, June was born this Sunday aft.- weighed 9 lbs - 12 ozs.

Medical Information: No histroy of previous heart problems. Had enjoyed very good health up to his death.

 

Notes for MILDRED (MIN) VIONA WALDRIDGE:

Mildred was born in the Leeton, Missouri area and lived there in her very early years. She and her sister Martha Lucille, with their parents must have left by the time Mildred was about two, since younger brother James (Buck) was born in Canon City, Colorado and he was not quite two years younger than Mildred.Mildred talked of playing with tarantulas when she was a girl. They (she and her sisters) would tie a string on a leg and tie the other end to a stick. There were no reports of anyone being bitten. While she was in grade school or Junior high, the family finally settled in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. One should note that Mildred's father, James Simon, was forty-five years old when she was born. So he was ready for retirement when his children were younger. Mildred liked to run and did very good at it. She won a number of medals for short distance running. She was also an exellent swimmer and also won a number of medals in swiming. She was a very strong swimmer but told of a time when she was swimming in the Colorado River and got caught in a strong undertow. She said she was almost lost that day, but just managed to break free. Most of her life, she was a homemaker, but did on some occasoins work outside the home. For a short while she managed a Tastee Freeze, and also worked in clothing store as a sales clerk. She had a wonderful sense of humor.

 

 

Note:

†††† Mildred Collier remarried very briefly, about two years after her husband June's death. This was not formally recorded as a second marriage in this record because the marriage was never legal. The man she married, married her for money she didn't have. He did this for a living. He had married many different women without benefit of divorce. He ultimately ended up in prison. We knew him under the surname Kirkpatrick. The first name escapes me at this time.

 

Her death certificate shows her birthdate as Jan 5, 1914.

 

More About MILDRED (MIN) VIONA WALDRIDGE:

Burial: Cremated & her ashes scattered in the Snowy Range of Wyoming

Cause of Death: Alcoholic cirrosis of the liver & respiratory problems.

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Children of JUNE COLLIER and MILDRED WALDRIDGE are:

 

†††††††††††††††††† i.††† NAJAH LOUISE5 COLLIER, b. June 24, 1933, Glenwood Springs, Colorado; d. December 01, 1981, Westminster, Colorado; m. RICHARD ANTHONY SHUMOCK, Abt. 1949, Powell, Wyoming ?; b. Abt. 1930, ?; d. December 19, 1994, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

 

More About NAJAH LOUISE COLLIER:

Cremation: Cremated and ashes scattered in the Mt of Southern Wyo

 

More About RICHARD ANTHONY SHUMOCK:

Burial: Cremated and ashes scattered in the Mts of So Wyo

 

††††††††††††††††† ii.††† Living

 

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