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Generation No. 1

1. ROSIE BELL1 LEIGH (WILLIAM DAVISA, RICHARDB, RICHARDC) was born 31 Oct 1895 in Highlandville, Christian Co., Mo, and died 14 Aug 1966 in Kirksville, Adair Co., Mo. She married (1) ROY HENRY 26 Sep 1911 in Christian Co., MO1, son of JESSIE HENRY and EMELINE DAVIS. She married (2) WILLIAM JACOB NEIGHBOR 14 Nov 1919 in Springfield, Greene Co., Mo. She married (3) IVAN HOADLEY Jan 1933 in Princeton, Illinois, son of THERON HOADLEY and SARAH ROBINSON.  Rosie and Ivan are buried at Eslinger Cemetery, Monroe County, Iowa.

Rosie Bell's mother died when she was 5 years old. Her father then married a woman named Margaret Elizabeth Cline. From the stories I have been told, it appears that Margaret was extremely mean to Rosie and Tony.

Rosie had an illegitimate daughter named Leona Cline. Leona was born 1 Apr 1911 in Christian Co., MO. She died when she was 22 (6 Jan 1934) in Kansas City/St. Louis area. She had been married twice, the second time to a Roberts. Leona worked in a dance hall where she danced with people for a dime. According to a relative who went to St. Louis, Leona had been stabbed. This lady (Rose - Millard's wife, aunt to Leona) stayed with Leona until she died. Although Leona had more than one child, for some reason, the lady brought back the youngest, Sonny, because Leona had wanted her mother, Rosie, to take him. Rosie couldn't and it always broke her heart that he had to be put up for adoption. The lady reported back to the family that "If they tried to find out what happened to Leona, the same thing would happen to them." Now--Aunt Mid says this lady is not a reliable source, but it is the only story we have so far of Leona's death. I would like to find a newspaper account of this and Aunt Mid said it was in the Princeton paper. (The boy has since contacted the family.)

Rosie worked in Princeton, IL doing laundry for people. Ivan worked on the pipelines, traveling across Iowa and Illinois. They were married in Jan 1933. After the death of Ivan's mother , he talked Rosie into moving to Albia, IA. Ivan went to work in the coal mines with his brother, William. After William was killed in an accident in the coal mine, Rosie made Ivan quit working there and they moved to Mendota, IL where Eva lived and said there was work.


    i. LEONA2 CLINE, b. 01 Apr 1911, Christian County, Mo; d. 06 Jan 1934, Kansas City, Mo; m. UNKNOWN ROBERTS.

Child of ROSIE LEIGH and ROY HENRY is:

    ii. EVA RENA2 HENRY, b. 06 Oct 1913; d. 03 Aug 1986.



iv. NEIL NATHAN NEIGHBOR, b. 24 Feb 1922; m. LILY.


vi. ROSE MARIE NEIGHBOR, b. 25 May 1930. Aunt Mid told me that after her father died they were living in Princeton, IL in an apartment type building. Some guys that were working on a pipeline were also staying in the building . Gramma would do laundry and stuff for them to earn extra money. One day, Rosie crawled out into the hall. One of the guys picked her up and brought her back home. And that's how Gramma met Ivan Hoadley.

Children of ROSIE LEIGH and IVAN HOADLEY are:

2. vii. LOIS MAY2 HOADLEY, b. 03 May 1933, Princeton, Il.

An Interview with Mom

3. viii. SARAH JANE HOADLEY, b. 09 Sep 1935, Princeton, Il; d. 1988, Clinton, Ia.

Generation No. 2

2. LOIS MAY2 HOADLEY (ROSIE BELL1 LEIGH, WILLIAM DAVISA, RICHARDB, RICHARDC) was born 03 May 1933 in Princeton, Il2. She married (1) JOSEPH ANTHONY FULL 24 May 1949 in Ottawa, Il, son of JOHN FULL and MARY ALBRIGHT. She married (2) LEROY A. CLAYTON 05 Feb 1963 in Las Vegas, Nevada3, son of CHARLES CLAYTON and KATHARINE BOESEN. She married (3) HAROLD JUNIOR ARMSTRONG 07 Apr 1980. She married (4) EARL JOSEPH SHERWOOD, JR. 13 Jun 1984 in Florida, son of EARL SHERWOOD and LAURA DUCY.  Joe Full is buried at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Sublette, Il.

Notes for LEROY A. CLAYTON: Roy was inducted into the US Army in Nov 1943 at Fort Sheridan, IL. He was in the 379th INF and was an expert with an M-1 rifle. He served in Europe from Dec 1944 to Jun 1945 in Rhineland and Central Europe during WWII. He was an N.C.O. (Non commission officer) in Germany, assisting the unit commander by supervising various tasks and field duties. He also aided in the instruction of enlisted men in basic training and instruction of hand weapons on the range and in technique and tactical employment of basic weapons. He received the Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Battle Stars, an Overseas Service Bar, a Good Conduct Medal and Meritorious Unit Award. He was discharged in May 1946.

Roy lists 232 W Pleasant St, Amboy IL as his permanent address and his occupation as Farmer at Bothe Brothers Farm, Dixon IL from 1940-1943.

He had completed 8 years of school at St. Ann's Grade School in Amboy and attended the US Armed Forces School for Enlisted Men and Officers at Fort Sheridan IL where he received his high school diploma and electrical training.

Children of LOIS HOADLEY and JOSEPH FULL are:

i. THOMAS JOSEPH3 FULL, b. 01 Nov 1949, Amboy, Il.

ii. SHERYL LYNN FULL, b. 21 Jan 1951, Amboy, Il.

iii. MARY ROSE FULL, b. 29 Jul 1956, Mendota, Il.

iv. CATHY ANN FULL, b. 24 Mar 1958, Mendota, Il.

v. MARK FULL, b. 01 Jan 1960, Mendota, Il; d. Jan 1960, Mendota, Il. Mark is buried at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Sublette, Il. 


vi. ANNETTE MARIE3 CLAYTON, b. 27 Apr 1963, Albia, Iowa; m. RANDY LUCAS.

vii. LEROY A. CLAYTON, b. 09 May 1965, Iowa City, Iowa.

viii. MARTY L. CLAYTON, b. 12 May 1970, Dixon, Illinois.

3. SARAH JANE2 HOADLEY (ROSIE BELL1 LEIGH, WILLIAM DAVISA, RICHARDB, RICHARDC) was born 09 Sep 1935 in Princeton, Il, and died 1988 in Clinton, Ia.  She married (1) JERRY SIMPSON Abt. 1955. She married (2) ARTHUR CONTOIS Abt. 1965. She married (2) HENRY REISEN.

Notes for SARAH JANE HOADLEY: Aunt Sarah's obituary, 18 July 1988:

"ALBIA: Sarah Jane Reisen, 52, died July 16, 1988 at her home in Clinton as the result of a house fire.

She was born September 9, 1935 in St. Joseph MO (Another obit listed St. Louis. This is wrong, as she was born in Princeton IL). She was a graduate of Moravia High School and had lived in Clinton since 1973. She married Henry Reisen in Feb 1974 in Galena IL.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter Rhonda Selser of Fort Polk LA; two sons Randy Simpson of St. Louis and Arthur Contois of Clinton; four grandsons; two brothers Neal and Harold Neighbor of Mendota IL; and three sisters, Lois Armstrong of Savanna IL, Mildred Ambler of Mendota IL, and Rose Austin of Joliet IL.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at Eslinger Cemetery near Blakesburg, the Rev. Charles Rice officiating.

Humeston Funeral Home in Albia is in charge of arrangements."

This was an article from the paper regarding Aunt Sarah's death:

Fire Claims Life of Clinton Woman

An early Saturday morning fire at 1804 Liberty Ave. claimed the life of a Clinton woman when she was unable to get out of her burning house.

Sarah J. Reisen, 52, whose grand-children thought was following them out of the house, was found dead at the scene, according to a statement released by Clinton Fire Marshal Bob Burns.

"The house had dense smoke rising from it when fire fighters arrived and Mrs. Reisen probably died of smoke inhalation," said Fire Chief Russ Luckritz.

Treated and released at Mercy Hospital for minor injuries received in the fire were Mrs. Reis en's daughter, Rhonda Selser, 30, and Selser's son Nick, 6.

Mrs. Reisen's husband, Henry, and Scott Contois and Terry Selser, both 4 years old and grand children of the Reisen's, escaped the fire without injury.

"The family members were sleeping in the living room, where the air conditioning was on, an d apparently one of the children was lighting and tossing matches into a waste basket, not realizing the matches weren't out," said Luckritz. "The grandchildren were out of the house a nd said they saw Mrs. Reisen get up, but failed to see her emerge from the house."

"The house was gutted pretty bad," said Luckritz. "The house did not have a smoke detector."


i. RANDY3 SIMPSON, b. Abt. 1956.

ii. RHONDA SIMPSON, b. 1958.





1. Christian Co., MO GenWeb Site: Marriages 1859-1940, Book 9 page 2.

2. Birth Certificate.

3. Marriage License, Book 153 #245612.


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