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Page content last modified: August 4, 2009, added detail on William Duke Dye.
January 26, 2009, added marriage details and link to marriage record; Jane Dye's obituary; detail on the Dye children.
May 26, 2008, added Warren's middle name and date of birth; added Jane's date of birth.
January 14, 2007, added detail on William and Edward Dye.

HANCOCK  COUNTY,  ILLINOIS
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WARREN WEST DYE 1854-1936
PLEASANT JANE HAMILTON 1851-1943

 

Author - Marcia Farina

Warren West Dye, son of William Dye and Susannah Cameron, was born in Hancock County, Illinois, on March 10, 1854.  Between 1860 and 1870 the family moved to Adair County, Missouri.

Pleasant Jane Hamilton, also known as Pleasy and Jennie, was born December 9, 1851, in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Daniel and Nancy Ann Hamilton.  In 1860 the Hamiltons were living in Carthage Township, Hancock County.

Pleasant Jane was married to Thomas B. Duff in 1874.  In 1880 they were living in Fountain Green Township, Hancock County, with three children aged 5 and under.  In August of that year Thomas Duff was involved in a violent and fatal altercation with Alvin Salisbury, for which Thomas was eventually sent to jail.  For more information and early census records for Pleasant Jane, follow the link to Thomas.

On October 28, 1884, Pleasant Jane Hamilton Duff and Warren Dye were married at the home of Warren's parents in Adair County, Missouri.  Warren was shown as a resident of Salt River Township, Adair County, Pleasant Jane was recorded as a resident of Hancock County, Illinois. Rev. J. J. "Geohagan", Warren's brother-in-law, performed the nuptials.  Marriage License

The following spring Pleasant Jane gave birth to her fifth child, Warren's first.  Over the next decade she and Warren had three more children, probably all born in Salt River Township, Adair County:

i. William Duke Dye, born May 14, 1885.

About 1905 he married Cora Elizabeth Ropp, daughter of Joseph and Mary A. Ropp.  Cora was born about 1886 in Kansas.  In 1910 Duke and Cora were living with her parents in Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma.  Duke was employed as a policeman.

By 1918 when Duke registered for Selective Service, they had taken up residence at 315 N. Cedar Street, Guthrie.  Duke listed his occupation as Special Agent for AT&SF.

They had two children:

--Doyle Warren Dye, born February 28, 1910.  He died in Los Angeles County, California, on March 15, 1954.

--Loretta B. Dye, born about 1914.

In 1930 Duke was in Los Angeles, divorced, still in the employ of a railway company as a traffic officer.  Cora, Doyle and Loretta were also residing in Los Angeles.  Cora was reported as a saleslady of ready-to-wear clothing.

Duke died in California on April 17, 1964.  California death records indicate he died in San Joaquin County.  He is buried at Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi, San Joaquin County, California, next to Virginia Lee (Tunnell) Dye.  She was born June 8, 1905, in Missouri, and died July 24, 1986, in Sacramento County, California.
 

ii. Edward Lee Dye, born November 17, 1888, died in California on October 1, 1987. California death records indicate a location of Eureka, Humboldt County, California.

Edward was married about 1914.  When he registered for Selective Service in 1917, he was living in Quinter, Gove County, Kansas, with a wife and child, and was employed as a laborer. We have not determined his wife's identity.  She apparently died between June 1917 and January 1920.  When the Federal Census was taken, Edward was back in Adair County, living with his parents.  His son was:

--Charles Warren Dye, born March 11, 1916, in Kansas.  He died January 16, 1959, in Los Angeles County, California.

Edward's second wife was Mrs. Emily Bunnell, born about 1890 in Tennessee.  There is some evidence that her maiden name was Smith.  Emily brought two children to the marriage: Alice and Ralph Bunnell.  They were all residents of Los Angeles in 1930.  Edward was then working as a plumber.
 

iii. Susan Alice Dye, born about 1891.  She died after December 16, 1943.

Tentatively, she married Henry Edwin Green on October 12, 1910, at Kirksville.  He was born May 24, 1885, in Missouri.
 

iv. Glen Dye, born about 1893, died after December 16, 1943.  On July 29, 1914, he married June Leavitt, daughter of George A. and Dicy (Halloway) Leavitt.  June was born about 1894, probably in Adair County, Missouri, and was raised in Pettis Township, Adair County. In both 1920 and 1930 they were farming on rented acreage in Salt River Township, Adair County.

As of 1930 they had three children:

--Wilfred G. Dye, born October 25, 1915.  He died in December of 1982, last address on Social Security records: Kirksville, Missouri.

--Edna P. Dye, born about 1917.

--Garnet Lee Dye, born January 5, 1920; died in January of 1985, last address on Social Security records: Missouri.  He was a resident of Gibbs, Adair County, when he married Helen Marie Crawford, also of Gibbs, on July 20, 1940, at LaPlata, Macon County, Missouri.

Helen, born about 1920 in Missouri, may have been the daughter of Everett and Nellie L. Crawford, all residents of Salt River Township, Adair County, in 1930.
 

From 1900 through 1930 Warren and Pleasant Jane were counted in censuses in Salt River Township.

They both died at Kirksville, Adair County: Warren on February 15, 1936, Pleasant Jane on December 16, 1943.  They are both buried in Adair County at Bullion Cemetery.

An image of the heading of the published obituary. It reads MRS. JENNIE DYE, 92, DIES THIS MORNING. Handwritten date added: Dec. 16, 1943

Mrs. Jennie Dye, of 1216 N. Franklin Street, who was 92 years old last Thursday, died at 8 o'clock this morning at a local hospital where she had been ill with pneumonia.

Her maiden name was Pleasy Jane Hamilton, a daughter of Daniel and Nancy Hamilton and she was born Dec. 9, 1851, in Pennsylvania.  She moved to Illinois with her parents while a child.  She has lived in Adair County since 1884, the year in which she was married to W. W. Dye.  They lived on a farm five miles northeast of Kirksville until eight years ago, when they moved to Kirksville.  Mr. Dye died Feb. 15, 1938.  She was first married to T. B. Duff in 1874 and four children were born to them, three of them preceding her in death.  One daughter, Mrs. Lou Duff Langley lives in Wellington, Kan.

Four children were also born to Mr. and Mrs. Dye.  They are Duke and Alice who live in San Francisco, and are expected to arrive here this afternoon, Lee who lives in Los Angeles and Glen Dye of Gibbs.  She is also survived by one [half] brother, C. E. Wallace of Colchester, Ill.

The deceased united with the Methodist Church when 13 years old, and for the past 30 years has been a member of the Bullion Church.

Funeral arrangements had not been made this afternoon.


Obituary courtesy of Greg Dye

1860 Illinois Census, Hancock County, St. Mary's Township, page 360
enumerated June 12, 1860, dwelling #758

William Dye, 39, male, farmer, value of real estate 2800, value of personal estate 765, born OH
Susannah Dye, 40, female, born TN
Nancy A Dye, 18, female, born IL, attended school within the year
Isabel J Dye, 14, female, born IL, attended school within the year
Sarah E Dye, 12, female, born IL, attended school within the year
George W Dye, 8, female [sic], born IL, attended school within the year

Census page 357, dwelling #731, Bidwell household, continued

Warren W Dye, 6, male, born IL
Leander J Dye, 4, male, born IL
James B Dye, 2, male, born IL
John Dye, 1, male, born IL

At face value, the four youngest Dye sons would seem to have been living in the home of Esta and Hannah H. Whaley Bidwell, whose household was recorded on census page 357.  However, this confusion arises only because the census pages appear to have been out of proper order when the page numbers were stamped on them.

1870 Missouri Census, Adair County, Township 62, Range 14, page 92A
enumerated June 24, 1870, dwelling #3

Dye, William, 52, male, white, farmer, value of real estate 5000, value of personal estate 1000, born OH, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
Susan, 51, female, white, keeping house, born TN, could read but not write
Barbra, 21, female, white, without occupation, born IL
George W, 19, male, white, assisting on farm, born IL
Warren W, 17, male, white, assisting on farm, born IL, attended school within the year
Leander J, 15, male, white, at home, born IL, attended school within the year
James B, 13, male, white, at home, born IL, attended school within the year, could read but
not write
John C, 11, male, white, at home, born IL, attended school within the year, could read but
not write
Minnie, 7, female, white, at home, born IL, attended school within the year

 

1880 Missouri Census, Adair County, Salt River Township, page 15B

William Dye, white, male, 59, married, farming, born OH, both parents born PA
Susan, white, female, 60, wife, married, keeping house, born TN, both parents born TN
Warren W, white, male, 27, son, single, farms, born IL, father born OH, mother born TN
Leander J, white, male, 25, son, single, farms, born IL, father born OH, mother born TN
James B, white, male, 23, son, single, farms, born IL, father born OH, mother born TN

1900 Missouri Census, Adair Co., West Salt River Twp. ED 15, page 190A
enumerated June 1, 1900, dwelling #18

Dye, W [middle initial, if present, obscured by enumerator's notations], head, white, male, Mar 1853, 47, married for 15 years, born MO, both parents born MO, farmer, months not employed - 2, could read, write and speak English, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 18

Pleasy, wife, white, female, Nov 1852, 48, married for 15 years; mother of 4 children, all living; born PA, both parents born Germany, could read, write and speak English

Willie, son, white, male, Mar 1885, 15, single, born MO, father born MO, mother born PA, farm labor, months not employed - 8, attended school for 8 months, could read, write and speak English

Edward, son, white, male, Nov 1888, 12, single, born MO, father born MO, mother born PA, farm labor, months not employed - 6, attended school for 6 months, could read, write and speak English

Susan, daughter, white, female, May 1891, 9, single, born MO, father born MO, mother born PA, months not employed - 6 [sic], attended school for 6 months, could read, write and speak English

Glin, son, white, male, Mar 1893, 7, single, born MO, father born MO, mother born PA, at school, months not employed - 6 [sic], attended school for 6 months, could read, write and speak English

 

1910 Missouri Census, Adair County, Salt River Township ED 21, page 221B
enumerated April 24-25, 1910, dwelling #64

Dye, Warren W, head, male, white, 57, married (1st) for 25 years, born IL, father born OH, mother born TN, spoke English, farmer, general farm, working on own account, could read and write, paying on a mortgage on his farm home, farm schedule 64

Plesant Jane, wife, female, white, 58, married (2nd) for 25 years; mother of 8 children, 5 living; born PA, both parents born PA, spoke English, could read and write

Edward Lee, son, male, white, 21, single, born MO, father born IL, mother born PA, spoke English, bookkeeper, (abroad) [not absolutely sure of the word written within the parenthesis], employee, whether out of work on April 15, 1910 - yes, number of weeks out of work during 1909 - [no entry], could read and write

Susan Alice, daughter, female, white, 19, single, born MO, father born IL, mother born PA, spoke English, could read and write, did not attend school after Sept. 1, 1909

Glen, son, male, white, 16, single, born MO, father born IL, mother born PA, spoke English, could read and write, attended school after Sept. 1, 1909

 

1920 Missouri Census, Adair County, Salt River Township ED 21, page 205A
enumerated January 2, 1920, dwelling #11, farm

Dye, Warren W, head, owner, free of mortgage, male, white, 65, married, could read and write, born IL, father born OH, mother born TN, spoke English, farmer, general, working on own account, farm schedule 10

Jane, wife, female, 68, married, could read and write, born PA, both parents born PA, spoke English

Edward L, son, male, white, 31, widower, could read and write, born MO, father born IL, mother born PA, spoke English, farmer, home farm, working for wages

Cerrles W, grandson, male, white, 3 9/12, single, born KS, father born MO, mother born KS, spoke English

 

1930 Missouri Census, Adair County, Salt River Township ED 19, page 189A
enumerated April 2, 1930, dwelling #5
[in proximity to their son, Glen]

Dye, W W, head, owner, [no entry for home value], did not own a radio, lived on a farm, male, white, 77, married, age at first marriage - 30, could read and write, born IL, father born OH, mother born TN, spoke English, farmer, own farm, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition - no, farm schedule 5

Jane, wife, female, white, 78, married, age at first marriage - 21, could read and write, born PA, both parents born PA, spoke English

 

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