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It All Started with William & Elizabeth..... Volume 1 -- Effe Lea Sykes Simpson


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It All Started with William & Elizabeth.....


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My husband, Bruce, isn’t mentioned all that often within the covers of this work, but he was so supportive in my undertaking, he deserves more than half the credit! I couldn’t have done it without him. (Actually, he was probably enjoying not having me underfoot for long periods of time!! LOL)

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I know a few stories about various ancestors. Perhaps I should tell you the stories I know about them. It won’t be a huge number of stories about each person, but maybe a story or two. The next page is a pedigree chart, so you basically have a road map of how people I want to write about are related to me, and where they fit into the family tree. So, to explain how I think I’m going to go about it: I’ll start with William Henry Sykes, the first ancestor who came from England on my father’s side of the family. I think I’ll start a new section with each ancestral couple on the far right hand side of the pedigree chart. There are some fun stories and some, not so fun... Ancestors that were Bible users, homes that were flooded, an ancestor that frozen to death while riding his horse home, and even Custer teaching one how to ride a horse. Judy Perkins was a great help! She lives in eastern Kansas and was so willing to be a tour guide when my father, Oliver William Sykes, and I went back to Topeka, Kansas, in May 2005, while my father was living with Bruce and I. Many times she has been a wonderful source of help and has provided all kinds of information!! I had help with pictures and family information from Jim Sykes, who lives in West Newton, Pennsylvania, about two blocks from where William Henry Sykes raised his family. In 2017, when Bruce and I visited him, he took us to the cemetery and showed us many of the headstones of those original ancestors. Jim is a descendant through Homer Wilmer Sykes’ first wife. I’m a descendants through his second wife. Also, Rick Sykes in Dayton, Ohio, was an enormous help! He does genealogy and I liked checking my tree against his, because I knew I could count on him! His tree helped me find a couple of mis-directed paths I started to go down and when I discovered them, through comparing our trees, I was able to lob off those wild branches! Leigh Partington is another cousin that has a family tree I could swing thru the branches of her tree and glean relatives and pictures! She has been an immense help in so many ways! I can hardly wait until I get to meet her! I have absolutely enjoyed getting to know Karen Sykes! She has been such a BIG help! She voluntarily took on the challenge of proofreading this pile of papers! I am deeply indebted to her! I can hardly wait until I get to meet her as well. Another newly found cousin, Mary Sykes Gridley, she is fantastic! She has pictures and information she was so willing to share. Except Judy Perkins, all the other cousins I mentioned, have recently come into my life, and yet everyone, including Judy, have spent so much time and effort on behalf of this wild project! I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family! I guess one of the best blessings of having such a large family is that I could write to any one of my cousins and ask them to set me straight! They were all willing to tell me where to go! LOL Page 9


PLEASE NOTE:

d = If I had an interaction with the person and made a note of it. 123 Someone’s name = Red Bold - If a name is in red that places that person as the parent in the family. The number in front of their name you can use to find them as a child in a family. 123 Someone’s name = Black Bold - Children within a family were given a number if they had children I was aware of and would be listing that child in red later as a parent with children.

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Pedigree Chart of Oliver William Sykes

Pedigree Chart

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Sykes, William Henry

dob: 5 December 1807, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England Christening: 6 Dec 1807, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England dom: 4 March 1824, St George, Middlesex, England dod: 9 November 1879, West Newton, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Hay, Elizabeth “Eliza”

dob: 31 March 1810, Lightwood, Derbyshire, England dod: 8 April 1880, West Newton, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania

William Henry Sykes According to “Guerrilla Warfare and Life in Libby Prison” by John William Forsythe (1844-1896), husband of Mary Charlotte Sykes (1846-1889), “The father, William Sykes, Sr., was a native of Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, born December 5, 1807, according to a Bible record still in the family. His wife, born March 31, 1810, was a native of Lightwood, Derbyshire, England.” The original birth entry for William Sykes and his brothers and sister, all born in Doncaster Parish, Yorkshire, England. It shows his parents as James Sykes (1775-1851), laborer; and Hannah Brameth (sometimes shown as Bramwith)(1781 -). At the time of his birth, William’s parents’ ages were: Hannah Brameth, age 26, and James S. Sykes, age 32. License & Marriage - William Henry Sykes married Elizabeth “Eliza” Hay in the Parish of Saint George, Bloomsbury, Middlesex, England, on March 4, 1824, when he was 16 years old. Without wasting any time, they sailed for America, arriving in New York, New York in 1825. They made their way to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where six of their children were born. In the spring of 1840, with child number six about six months old, they chose to brave crossing the Appalachian Mountains, traveling 300 miles to West Newton, Pennsylvania. Their oldest child was nine years old, the rest following in quick succession: 9, 7, 5, 4, 2, & 6 months. Once in West Newton, they had five more children. My ancestor was the second to the youngest of these last children, Homer Wilmer Sykes. Page 12

William was admitted as naturalized citizen 28 February 1850, at the age of 42. Newspaper article: South Huntingdon Township The Town in 1855 This year West Newton assumed a new appearance in its trade and progress. The following hotels were kept: Youghiogheny House, corner Main and Second Streets, by George McCune; the Mansion House (just opposite), by Henry Drum; and the Exchange Hotel, corner Main and Water Streets, by A. Lowry. The physicians were Drs. John Hasson, Franklin M. McConaughy, and J.K. Robinson. The merchants were John Bell, M.P. Smith, Dick & Brother, and A.F. Stevenson; E.C. Leightty, George Armstrong, and Solomon Stough were grocers and druggists; John Andy manufactured tobacco, snuff, and cigars; H.C. Griffith and Samuel Coldsmith were saddlers and harness-makers; Douglass & Mattox were coopers; P. Paul was painter and chair manufacturer; Brookens & Megrail were cabinet-makers and undertakers; and William Sykes, dealer in boots, shoes, hats, caps, etc.; S.B. Stough, surveyor and conveyancer; George Armstrong, postmaster; W.M. Sykes kept oystersaloon and confectionery; and M. Fry had a boot- and shoe- and hat- and cap-store; S.G. Smutz was the daguerrean artist, who “took likenesses, colored or plain, on short notice and in the best manner.” His store, in 1863 had business taxes of $6.67! W.M. Sykes is William Sykes’ son.


Marriage record of William Henry Sykes and Eliza Hay.

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Marriage license of William Henry Sykes and Eliza Hay.

Birth & christening record for William Henry Sykes:

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Children of William Henry Sykes & Eliza Hay: 2 i. William M Sykes, dob 22 Jul 1830 3 ii. Thomas M Sykes, dob 11 Jan 1832 4 iii. James B Sykes, dob 23 Jan 1834 iv. Elexine Eliza Sykes, dob 24 Dec 1835; dod 15 Mar 1839; died at 3 years of age. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Buried in the Union Methodist Burial Ground. 5 v. John Clyde Sykes, dob 27 Dec 1837 6 vi. Nathaniel Paris Sykes, 2 Nov 1839 7 vii. George S Sykes, dob 25 Apr 1842 8 viii. Mary Charlotte Sykes, dob 10 Sep 1846 ix. Albert Sykes, dob 24 Dec 1847 in West Newton, Pennsylvania. He was on the Civil War Muster Roll in 1863. Albert Sykes served in the military on July 13, 1863, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, when he was 15 years old. 9 x. Homer Wilmer Sykes, dob 23 Jul 1850 10 xi. Alvira Clara Sykes, dob 11 Feb 1855 Sources:

1840 USA Federal Census 1850 USA Federal Census 1860 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census England, Select Births and Christenings, 15381975 England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993 Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993 U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885

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Register of Deaths - This is for Eliza Elexine Sykes - just 3 years old when she passed away!

An interesting note, in the will of both William Henry Sykes and Eliza Sykes - Sarah Ann Bear is mentioned, however in William’s will, no relationship is introduced, but in Eliza’s will, she calls Sarah her niece. I’m still working on just where Sarah fits into the family, i.e. whose niece, who are her parents....

William was able to acquire his home on 2nd Street in West Newton, up the hill over looking the Youghiogheny River. On the top of the hill across the river is the West Newton Cemetery, where we have at least 10 family members buried. Including our original ancestors who came from England, William Henry Sykes and his wife Eliza Hay.

There were three houses in a row built the same. The middle one belonged to William Henry Sykes. It was located on 2nd Street facing the river. The house was torn down after his great granddaughter, Jane Isabella Sykes passed away in 2010. Below is a picture of the house with the new front porch.

My Dad’s sister, Esther Sykes May went to visit Jane Sykes Bryce in 1960. The timing of their visit was great! This picture is of the house as it was when William Henry Sykes lived in it. The week after Esther left, the front porch was taken off and a new porch added.

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Will of William Sykes In the name of God, Amen, I William Sykes of the Borough of West Newton WillNo. of William Henry Sykes 78 of 1879 Will of William Sykes Decesed

Westmoreland County Commonwealth of Pennsylvania being weak in body and of sound mind memory and understanding praised be God for the same do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following,

First it is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and satisfied as soon after my decease as convenient. Item. I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved wife all my estate not personal or mixed wheresoever it may be or of whatsoever kind at my decease with the exception that my son William Sykes my son Thomas Sykes my son James and Nathaniel and my son Homer W. Sykes be debarred of and from inheriting any portion of my estate after the death of my wife and that Sarah Ann Bear be intilled to share and share alike with my other children and I hereby Thomas revoke and make void and of none effectSykes the exception of my son Homer W the bequest to my James Sykes wife otherwise to be absolute and do hereby order and direct my wife if she deems for her Nathaniel interest to sell and dispose any or all of mySykes real estate and for thatWilliam purposeMI Sykes do hereby autherise Homer Wilmer Sykes Thomas and empower my said wife Eliza to sign seal execute and acknowledge allSykes such deeds or deeds of Elizabeth Hay Sykes conveyance as may be request and necessary for the granting and James assuring the same to the Nathaniel Sykesand I do purchaser or purchesers thereof in fee simple the same as I might do was I living Homer Wilmer Sykes nominate constitute and appoint my wife Eliza sole excuitrex of this my last will and testament Sarah Ann Baer Cook and do declare and declare this to be my last will and testament. Eliza Hay In witness where of I the said William Sykes have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13 day of West Newton, Pennsylvania May A.D. 1879 Signed Sealed declared and published by the above named William Sykes as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

Harmer D Smith

Wm Sykes

S B Weiner

And now Nov 18th 1879 Legally proved and approved same day recorded and letters testy issued to within Executrix who was sworn to the same before me James Dennison Register Testater died 9th day of November 1879 at 5.15 pm.

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Will of Eliza HaySykes Sykes Will of Eliza

No. 23 of 1880 Will of Eliza Sykes Deceased

In the name of God: Amen I Eliza Sykes of the Borough of West Newton, Westmoreland County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, being weak in body but of sound mind, memory, and understanding, praised be God for the same, do make this my last will and testament, in manner and form following.

First – It is my will, that all my just debts and funeral experiences, be paid and satisfied, as soon after my decease as convenient. It is my will that my daughter Mary C. Forsythe shall have two quilts, one comforter and one feather bed, bolster, and pillows. And that my daughter Alvira Reed shall have two quilts, one comforter, one feather bed, bolster, and pillows, “Hitchcock’ Analysis,” “Watsons’ Bible Dictionary,” “Pictorial Life of Washington,” “Stevens History of Methodism.” Also, the Parlor carpet, the carpet on the entry, and my best set of knives and forks. It is my will that my son John Sykes shall have two comforters, one quilt, the sitting room carpet, and the set of books known as “Clarks Commentary.” It is my will that my son George S. Sykes shall have one Eliza worsted Hayquilt (the one unbound) and Mary Charlotte Sykes one light covered comforter, the family Bible, “Goldsmith Animated Nature,” andSykes Josephus’ Mary Charlotte Forsyth Alvira Clara Sykes Alvira Reed Sykes Works. John Clyde Sykes John Clyde Sykes It is also my will that my son HomerHomer W. Sykes shall have three quilts and that my niece Sarah Wilmer George S. Sykes Bear, Ann Baer, shall have the carpet in the room known as theHomer big room. Also,Sykes that my daughter, Sykes Wilmer Ann my Baer Mary C. Forsythe, and Alvira Reed Sarah shall have best setSarah of China, and my glassware between Ann Baer Cook George S Sykes them. It is my will that all my estate real, personal or mixed, wheresoever it may be, or of whatsoever West Newton, Pennsylvania kind it may be, except that already distributed, shall be divided equally, share and share alike among my children John Sykes, George S. Sykes, Mary C. Forsythe, Homer W. Sykes, Alvira Reed, and my niece Sarah Ann Baer. It is my will that one years rental be forgiven my son John, and that the remaining rental for the house occupied by him, for all the time so occupied, except the first year, or one year with all other his indebtedness to me, if not paid before my decease, shall be deducted from his share of my estate. Also, that the debts of any of my heirs unpaid at my death, shall be deducted from their share of my estate. I do hereby authorize my executor to sell, and convey, by good and sufficient deed, all of my real estate that I may be possessed of at my decease the same as I could do were I living.

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2 William M Sykes (1830–1870) When William M Sykes was born on July 22, 1830, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his father, William Henry Sykes, was 22 and his mother, Elizabeth “Eliza” Hay, was 20. Me married Elizabeth “Eliza” Barger (1828-1853) 19 May 1850 in Philadelphia and in 1853 she passed away. He then married Hester Ann Lippincott (18331893) in 1853, Westmoreland County, and they had four children together. According to the 1860 census his occupation was that of a shoemaker. He died in 1870 in West Newton, Pennsylvania, at the age of 40. Elizabeth “Eliza” Barger was born in 1828 in West Newton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Mr. Barger. She died on October 12, 1853, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 25, having suffered 7 years with an ulceration of the bowels. Elizabeth was buried in the Odd Fellows Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Obituary for Elizabeth “Eliza” Barger Sykes:

On the 12th instant, Mrs. Elizabeth Sykes, wife of Wm Sykes, aged 28 years. Her friends and relatives and those of the family are respectfully invited to attend her funeral, from the residence of her husband No. 937 Callowhill St, west of school front, this (Friday) afternoon, at 2 o’clock, with out further notice. Hester Ann Lippincott was born on January 16, 1833, in Pennsylvania. She died on May 26, 1893, in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, at the age of 60, and was buried in Hill Grove Cemetery, Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Children of William M Sykes & Hester Ann Lippincott:

i. Elizabeth Barger “Lizzie” Sykes (1854-1923) When Elizabeth Barger “Lizzie” Sykes was born on May 28, 1854, in Pennsylvania, her father, William, was 23, and her mother, Hester, was 21. She married Daniel A. Hood in 1884. She died on December 31, 1923, in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, at the age of 69 from valvular heart disease. If you notice - she was named for her father’s first wife!

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Daniel A. Hood was born on October 21, 1861, in Pennsylvania, the son of Anna K. Walters and Walter S. Hood. He died on April 21, 1913, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, at the age of 51, with diabetes millitus and acute parenchymatous hepatitis 11 ii. Alice Ann Sykes, dob 1 Sep 1857 12 iii. Mary Margaret Sykes, dob 15 Feb 1859 iv. John B. Sykes, dob Mar 1861. When John B. Sykes was born in March 1861 in West Newton, Pennsylvania, his father, William, was 30 and his mother, Hester, was 28. He lost his father when he was only 9 years old. He had three sisters. He died on September 19, 1898, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the age of 37. According to his certificate of death, at the time of his death he was married and had the occupation of Brakeman. Primary cause of death: Typho Malarial Fever; Complicating: Neurasthenia. (Typho Malarial Fever - basically a combination of Typhod Fever and Malaria. However, I found Neurasthenia much more interesting!! It sounded like a medical copout. LOL When I looked it up online I read: The symptoms of neurasthenia varied, but included: fatigue, ennui, listlessness, hypochondria, depression, headache, backache, stomach-ache, irritability, loss of appetite, constipation (or diarrhea), insomnia (or excessive sleep), poor eyesight or auditory disturbances, cardio-vascular malfunctions, and sexual symptoms. Because of the broad range of possible symptoms, neurasthenia was widely acknowledged as notoriously hard to diagnose: it could be both anything and nothing.” Sources: 1850 USA Federal Census 1860 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census History of the county of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania: with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915


According to the Kensington First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 19, 1850, Mr William M Sykes and Miss Eliza Barger paid $2.50 for the minister to marry them. List of men between 20 & 35 subject to do military duty: Thomas Sykes & William M Sykes

Thomas M Sykes

William M Sykes

U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 18631865 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970 Web: Pennsylvania, Find A Grave Index, 16822012

John B. Sykes’ home at 74 Greenbush Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the time of his death.

Elizabeth Barger “Lizzie” Sykes

John B. Sykes

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3 Thomas M Sykes (1832–1881) married Ellen Margaret Poorman (1841-1917). When Thomas M Sykes was born on January 11, 1832, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his father, William Henry Sykes, was 24 and his mother, Elizabeth “Eliza” Hay, was 21. He married Ellen Margaret Poorman on April 18, 1861. They had seven children in 19 years. According to his wife, Ellen’s obituary, he died in 1882, however, no burial information has been found as yet. Karen Sykes is helping me work on that. Just received a wonderful report from Karen, after doing an extensive study of the Thomas Sykes’. Thank you ever so much, Karen! Thomas M. Sykes, died 14 October 1881, Belle Center, Ohio. He was buried in Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio. When Ellen Margaret Poorman was born on July 2, 1841, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, her father, Joseph H. Poorman, was 62, and her mother, Eliza, was 35. She died on January 19, 1917, in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, having lived a long life of 75 years, and was buried in Belle Center, Ohio. Children of Thomas M Sykes & Ellen Margaret Poorman

i. Anna E (Annie) Sykes, When Anna E (Annie) Sykes was born in 1862 in Pennsylvania, her father, Thomas, was 30, and her mother, Ellen, was 21. She married Hugh McGoffin on July 29, 1884, in Woodbury, Iowa. She died on October 15, 1886, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the age of 24, and was buried there. She had only been married 15 months.

Hugh McGoffin was born in 1860 in Ireland, the son of Agnes McRath and Robert McGoffin. 13 ii. Harry Kennedy Sykes, dob 16 Sep 1864 14 iii. Frank Stewart Sykes, dob 7 Dec 1866 15 iv. Emma E Sykes, dob 1 Sep 1869 v. Jessie J Sykes, When Jessie was born on 16 Sep 1871 Belle Center, Ohio , her father, Thomas, was 39, and her mother, Ellen, was 30. She married Alvertis J Applegate on May 2, 1889, in Hancock, Ohio. She had four brothers and two sisters. Page 22

From Richard Sykes: Residence for Jessica Sykes: In a hand-written family tree given to Jean Rosemary Sykes (1922-2011) by F. Patrick O’Neil (1927-1997) which document was given to Richard in August of 2011, Patrick gives a residence for “Aunt Jessie” in

Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia vi. Earnest Emory Sykes, When Earnest Emory Sykes was born on July 11, 1876, in Ohio, his father, Thomas, was 44 and his mother, Ellen, was 35. He married Anna Florence Glasgow on April 17, 1901, in Logan, Ohio. He died on January 11, 1949, in Belle Center, Ohio, at the age of 72, and was buried there. When Anna Florence Glasgow was born on October 4, 1880, in Logan, Ohio, her father, Alexander Fleming Glasgow, was 36, and her mother, Mary Nesbit, was 24. She died on January 15, 1967, in Belle Center, Ohio, at the age of 86, and was buried there. vii. Thomas S Sykes, When Thomas S Sykes was born on January 5, 1881, in Belle Center, Ohio, his father, Thomas, was 48 and his mother, Ellen, was 39. He had three brothers and three sisters. Sources: 1850 USA Federal Census 1860 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, Select Marriages, 1851-1900 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962 Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 U.S. Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960 U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 18631865 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Web: Columbus, Ohio, Green Lawn Cemetery Index, 1780-2010 Web: Ohio, Find A Grave Index, 1787-2012


Obituary of Ellen Margaret Poorman Sykes

Many Homes during the Past Week and Takes Loved Ones to Their Eternal Rest.

Ellen Margaret Sykes.

Anna E. (Annie) Sykes McGoffin memorial stone

Ellen Margaret, daughter of Joseph and Eliza Poorman, born in Chambersburg, Pa., July 2, 1841, and died at the home of her sister, Mrs, Kate Butler, Cottonwood Fall, Kansas, January 19, 1917, aged 75 years 6 months and 17 days. She was married April 18, 1861, to Thomas M. Sykes who died in 1882. To this union were born 8 children, 4 of whom have gone before. Harry K. Sykes, of Columbus, Ernest E. Sykes, of Belle Center, Emma now Mrs. Jas. A. Miller, Quincy, and Jessie now Mrs. J.A. Applegate, of Wheeling W. Va., four grandchildren, and one great-grand-child, with a goodly company of friends and neighbors, give testimony of the esteem and affection of this one of God’s children who has gone to her reward. She came to Belle Center with her husband in 1870, where she has since resided, making her home with her children for several years. She became a christian in her early youth, and on coming to Belle Center united with the M.E. Church where she remained steadfast unto the end. Funeral services were conducted from her church by Rev. W. S. Cuip.... a.m.

Earnest Emory Sykes on Muster-Roll, date of enlistment 5 November 1899. Marriage record of Ernest E. Sykes and Anna Florence Glasgow

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Thomas Sykes: Civilian or Civil War Soldier? Some of the family trees in Ancestry.com list Thomas Sykes as a Civil War soldier who is buried in the Dayton National Cemetery in southwestern Ohio. His death date on those family trees is 1 Sep 1905. However, his wife Ellen’s obituary indicates he died in 1882. This was the first clue that something in the Ancestry trees wasn’t quite accurate. Civil War military headstones in National Cemeteries usually don’t have birth and death dates. They may be inscribed with the conflict period, branch of service, and the unit or state in which the soldier served. The inscription on Thomas Sykes’s headstone in the Dayton National Cemetery is Company F 16th US Infantry. At Fold3.com, a military records site, there are Civil War records for about 94 soldiers with the name Thomas Sykes in the Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914. About a third are Confederates. One enlistment record for Thomas Sykes in Company F 16th US Infantry indicates he was born in Miles Bridge, England and 28 when he enlisted in Illinois on 9 Dec 1861. Another record in the same Army Register of Enlistments lists him as a “spinner” by occupation, height 5’ 5”, hazel eyes, brown hair, and that he mustered out at Mt. Lookout, Tennessee on 9 Dec 1864 when his enlistment expired. This Thomas is the soldier who’s buried in the Dayton National Cemetery, and therefore not the Thomas Sykes who was born in Philadelphia, PA and lived in West Newton, PA. So what about the Thomas from Pennsylvania? He and his brother William M Sykes are listed in the June 1863 US Civil War Draft Registration Records, 18631865. This does not mean they served in the Union Army, but were subject to do military duties if called. The censuses of 1850 and 1860 show Thomas living in West Newton, PA. By the 1870 Census he and his wife Ellen and children were living in Hardin County, Ohio, but may have moved to Logan County that same year, if Ellen’s obituary is accurate. It said that they came to Logan County in 1870. The family was in Belle Center, Logan County during the 1880 Census, then Ellen is listed as a widow in the 1900 Census. This was another clue that Thomas could not have died in 1905 if Ellen was a widow in the 1900 Census. A death record for Thomas was found in FamilySearch.org and indicates he died in Belle Center, Logan County, Ohio on 14 Oct 1881. He was Page 24

a shoemaker, and his cause of death was “congestive brain” (sic), which may be a term for a stroke, cerebral hemorrhage or something else. He was 49. At the time of this writing it’s not known where Thomas is buried. It’s assumed he’s in the Fairview Cemetery in Logan County with Ellen. Compiled by Karen J Sykes. Sources: 1850 USA Federal Census 1860 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 FamilySearch.org Fold3.com Obituary of Ellen Poorman Sykes Record of Deaths, Probate Court, Logan County, OH 1882 US Civil War Draft Registration Records, 18631865

Here’s the link to page 458 of the Army Register of Enlistments for Thomas from England:

https://www.fold3.com/image/310973262?rec=300873065 I tried to copy the page, but it kept coming out fuzzy, although I could see it clearly on the computer. Full Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sykes, Thomas Enlistment Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Dec 1861 Birth Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . England Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Estimated Birth Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1833 Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . US Army Conflict Period . . . . . . . . . . . . Civil War (Union) Served For . . . . . . . . . United States of America


4 James B Sykes (1834–1902) When James B Sykes was born on January 23, 1834, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his father, William Henry Sykes, was 26 and his mother, Elizabeth “Eliza” Hay, was 23. He married Charlotte M Bennett (1835-) they divorced; he then Amanda E. Whann (18341866) she died 2 years after they were married; he then married Martha Elizabeth “Mattie” Gingerich (1846-1918). He died on October 12, 1902, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 68.

Charlotte M Bennett was born in May 1835 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the daughter of Susan Maxey and Hiram Bennett. She married James B Sykes on December 19, 1855, in Nantucket, Massachusetts. She then married Elisha F Baker (1837-1870) on January 24, 1865, in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Amanda E Whann was born on February 25, 1834. She died on October 28, 1866, in Kansas at the age of 32.

When Martha Elizabeth “Mattie” Gingerich was born on March 23, 1846, in Juniata, Pennsylvania, her father, John Sideman Gingerich, was 26, and her mother, Elizabeth J. “Eliza” Wallis, was 19. She married James B Sykes on December 5, 1867, in Lawrence, Kansas. They had seven children in 16 years. She died on December 4, 1918, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 72, and was buried there. According to The Jacksonian, newspaper, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, “James B. Sykes was born January 15th 1834 in Philadelphia, Pa., and died October 12th at his home...”

James B. Sykes & Amanda E. Whann - Marriage record

James B. Sykes & Martha Elizabeth “Mattie” Gingerich -- Marriage record

MILITARY: 17th Illinois Voluntary Infantry, enrolled in Peoria, Illinois, on 25 May 1861. According to the Kansas State Census of 1885 he was a prisoner of war in Monroe, Georgia. According to The Jacksonian, newspaper, Heber Springs, Arkansas, “He served as a Federal soldier during the war between the States, and for many years was engaged on the high seas as a sailor.” Dated May 17, 1894, in the seventh year of The Jacksonian Newspaper, of Heber, Cleburne County, Arkansas, ran the following advertisement:

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J.B. Sykes, SHOE-MAKER, HEBER, ARK. shop next door to Castleberry’s stable, Will be in shop every Thursday, Friday and Saturday ***** The Jacksonian, newspaper, Thursday, May 17, 1894: DECORATION DAY PROGRAM At a meeting of the old soldiers held at the court house on May 19, 1894, for the purpose of observing Decoration Day, T.J. Andrews was chosen chairman, and G.W. Chesbro secretary. On motion the chair appointed the following committee of arrangements: J.B. Miller, W.C. Watkins, M.B. Baswell and J.B. Sykes. (I skipped a few paragraphs) Committee on Flowers--J.B. Sykes, Mrs. J.P. Wood, Misses May Watkins, Ida Miller, Almira Bridwell. ***** According to The Jacksonian, newspaper, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, he “died at his home about 3 miles northeast of Heber.” “He had been confined to the house for several months and had been a severe suffer. He had an extensive acquaintance and was well liked by all who knew him. He leaves a wife, two sons, and two daughters to mourn his loss. His family was all with him at his demise except his eldest daughter who is married and lives in Kansas. According to a newspaper article in Kansas: Stricken With Paralysis We are informed by Esq. Stonebraker that J.B. Sykes, now of Heber, Cleburne Co., Ark, was stricken with partial paralysis, last June, losing the use of one leg and arm, was again stricken on the morning of the 12th of the present month and became unspeakable and died the same day. He will be remembered as the genial Sykes upon the Wakarusa near the poor farm. He leaves a wife and two sons and a married daughter to mourn the ‘loss of a parent.’ Page 26

Children of James B. Sykes & Martha Elizabeth Gingerich i. Lioniel M. Sykes, (1871-) When Lioniel M. Sykes was born in 1871 in Kansas, his father, James, was 37 and his mother, Martha, was 25. He had three brothers and three sisters. He died in Heber Springs, Arkansas. 16 ii. Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes (1873–1944) iii. Crissie Sykes, was born in 1877 in Kansas, her father, James, was 43, and her mother, . . Martha, was 31. She had four brothers and two sisters. She died as an eight year old child in 1885 in her hometown. iv. Rene Sykes (1880–1885) was born in February 1880 in Kansas, his father, James, was 46 and his mother, Martha, was 33. He had three brothers and three sisters. He died as a child in February 1885 in his hometown. 17 v. Casper James Sykes (1882–1960) 18 vi. Millard Fillmore Sykes (1885–1953) vii. Addie Sykes (1887–1915) was born on September 4, 1887, in Kansas, her father, James, was 53, and her mother, Martha, was 41. She married William Otho Dunlap (1879 1965) on July 11, 1907, in Cleburne, Arkansas. She died on June 14, 1915, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 27, and was buried there. When William Otho Dunlap was born on August 6, 1879, in Clinton, Kentucky, his father, William A. “Bud” Dunlap, was 31 and his mother, Lucy L. Wilson, was 28. After Addie passed away, William married Birdye Crafton (1886-1994) on April 21, 1916, in Cleburne, Arkansas, they had two children together; Lucy Virginia Dunlap (191720006), Birdie N. Dunlap (1920-). He died in 1965 at the age of 86, and was buried in Heber Springs, Arkansas. Sources: 1850 USA Federal Census 1860 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census Kansas Settlers, 1854-1879 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911 Massachusetts, Compiled Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1700-1850


Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915 Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 16201988 Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 16201988 Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934

U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 for James B Sykes

James B Sykes

Martha Elizabeth “Mattie” Gingerich

Addie Sykes Dunlap’s Certificate of Death

I noticed Addie died in Missouri and taken to Arkansas to be buried.

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5 John Clyde Sykes, (1837-1917) When John Clyde Sykes was born on December 27, 1837, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his father, William, was 30 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 27. He married Elmira “Ella” Slater on September 29, 1864, in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. They had eight children in 19 years. He died on December 1, 1917, in Dayton, Ohio, having lived a long life of 79 years, and was buried there.

When Elmira “Ella” Slater was born on October 10, 1842, in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, her father, Peter, was 25, and her mother, Susanna, was 26. She married John Clyde Sykes on September 29, 1864, in her hometown. They had eight children in 19 years. She died on October 7, 1907, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, at the age of 64, and was buried there. John enlisted in the military 24 April 1861, in his hometown of West Newton, Pennsylvania, with the rank of Private with the 41st Regiment, Company F 12th Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry. The Battle of Fredericksburg, 1862 Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan affected a smile as he read the fateful orders from Washington. Turning toward his late night visitor, McClellan spoke without revealing his bitter disappointment. “Well Burnside, I turn the command over to you.” With these words, the charismatic, overcautious leader of the Union’s most famous fighting force exited the military stage, yielding to a new man with a different vision of war. Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside inherited the Army of the Potomac on November 7, 1862. Its 120,000 men occupied camps near Warrenton, Virginia. Within two days, the 38 year-old Indiana native proposed abandoning McClellan’s sluggish southwesterly advance in favor of a 40-mile dash across country to Fredericksburg. Such a maneuver would position the Federal army on the direct road to Richmond, the Confederate capital, as well as ensure a secure supply line to Washington. President Lincoln approved Burnside’s initiative but advised him to march quickly. Burnside took the President at his word and launched his army toward Fredericksburg on November 15. The bewhiskered commander (whose facial hair

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inspired the term “sideburns”) also streamlined the army’s organization by partitioning it into thirds that he styled “grand divisions.” The blue-clad veterans covered the miles at a brisk pace and on November 17 the lead units arrived opposite Fredericksburg on Stafford Heights. Burnside’s swift March placed General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia at a perilous disadvantage. Lee had boldly divided his 78,000 men, sending Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson to the Shenandoah Valley while leaving Lt. Gen. James Longstreet to face the Federals directly. Lee had not anticipated Burnside’s shift to Fredericksburg and now neither of his wings was in position to defend the old city. The Federals could not Move South, however, without first crossing the Rappahannock River, the largest of several river barriers that flowed across his path to Richmond. Because the civilian bridges had been destroyed earlier in the war, Burnside directed that pontoon equipment meet him at Stafford Heights. A combination Of miscommunication, inefficient army bureaucracy, and poor weather delayed the arrival of the floating bridges. When the pontoons finally appeared on November 25, so had the Army of Northern Virginia. Burnside’s strategy depended upon an unopposed crossing of the Rappahannock. Consequently, his plan had failed before a gun had been fired. Nevertheless, the country demanded action. Winter weather would soon render Virginia’s highways impassable and end serious campaigning until spring. The Union commander had no choice but to search for a new way to outwit Lee and satisfy the public’s desire for victory. This would not be an easy task. Longstreet’s corps appeared at Fredericksburg on November 19. Lee ordered it to occupy a range of hills behind the town, reaching from the Rappahannock on its left to marshy Massaponax Creek on its right. When Jackson’s men arrived more than a week later, Lee dispatched them as far as 20 miles down river from Fredericksburg. The Confederate army thus guarded a long stretch of the Rappahannock, unsure of where the Federals might attempt a crossing. Burnside harbored the same uncertainties. After agonizing deliberation, he finally decided to build bridges at three


places - two opposite the city and the other one a mile downstream. The Union commander knew that Jackson’s corps could not assist Longstreet in resisting a river passage near town. Thus, Burnside’s superior numbers would encounter only half of Lee’s legions. Once across the river, the Federals would strike Longstreet’s overmatched defenders, outflank Jackson, and send the whole Confederate army reeling toward Richmond. Burnside’s lieutenants, however, doubted the practicality of their chiefs plan. “There were not two opinions among the subordinate officers as to the rashness of the undertaking, “wrote one corps commander. Nevertheless, in the foggy predawn hours of December II, Union engineers crept to the river bank and began laying their pontoons. Skilled workmen from two New York regiments completed a pair of bridges at the lower crossing and pushed the upstream spans more than halfway to the fight bank; then the sharp crack of musketry erupted from the river-front houses and yards of Fredericksburg. These shots came from a brigade of Mississippians under William Barksdale. Their job was to delay any Federal attempt to negotiate the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg. Nine distinct and desperate attempts were made to complete the bridge[s] reported a Confederate officer, “but every one was attended by such heavy loss that the efforts were abandoned...” Burnside now turned to his artillery chief, Brig. Gen. Henry J. Hunt, and ordered him to blast Fredericksburg into submission with some 150 guns trained on the city from Stafford Heights. Such a barrage would surely dislodge the Confederate infantry and permit completion of the bridges. Shortly after noon, Hunt gave the signal to commence fire. “Rapidly the huge guns vomited forth their terrible shot and shell into every corner and thoroughfare of [Fredericksburg],” remembered an eyewitness. The bombardment continued for nearly two hours, during which 8,000 projectiles rained destruction on Fredericksburg. Then the grand cannonade ceased and the engineers ventured warily to the ends of their unfinished bridges. Suddenly -impossibly - muzzles flashed again from the cobble-strewn streets and more pontoniers tumbled into the cold waters of the Rappahannock.

View the Civil War Trust’s collection of photos from the Fredericksburg battlefield in Virginia.

Wartime Fredericksburg . . . . . . Library of Congress This period photograph of Fredericksburg shows the city as it appeared after the battle.

Fighting in the Sunken Road Drawn by Confederate artist Allen C. Redwood wood, this illustration depicts Allen’s regiment, the 55th Virginia, taking refuge in the Sunken Road as they fend off the Union attacks on December 13, 1862 Page 29


Burnside now authorized volunteers to ferry themselves across the river in the clumsy pontoon boats. Men from Michigan, Massachusetts, and New York scrambled aboard the scows, frantically pulling at oar’s to navigate the hazardous 400 feet to the Confederates’ side. Once on shore, the Federals charged Barksdale’s marksmen who, despite orders to fall back, fiercely contested each block in a rare example of street fighting during the Civil War. After dusk the brave Mississippians finally withdrew to their main line, the bridge builders completed their work, and the Army of the Potomac entered Fredericksburg. December 12 dawned cold and foggy. Burnside began pouring reinforcements into the city but made no effort to organize an attack. Instead, the Northerners squandered the day looting and vandalizing homes and shops. A Connecticut chaplain left a graphic account of some of this shameful behavior: I saw men break down the doors to rooms of fine houses, enter, shatter the looking glasses with the blow of the ax, [and] knock the vases and lamps off the mantelpiece with a careless swing ... A cavalry man sat down at a fine rosewood Piano ... drove his saber through the polished keys, then knocked off the top [and] tore out the strings ... Lee, on the other hand, utilized the time by recalling half of Jackson’s corps from its isolated posts downstream. Following a personal reconnaissance during the afternoon, “Stonewall” sent word to the rest of his troops to march that night to the point of danger. Forced by political considerations to bring on a battle, Burnside’s own needless delay on December 12 lengthened the odds against the Unionists’ success. The Battle of Fredericksburg would unfold in a natural amphitheater bounded on the east by the Rappahannock River and on the west by the line of hills fortified by Lee. When Jackson’s men arrived from downstream, Longstreet sidled his corps to the north, defending roughly five miles of Lee’s front. He mounted guns at Strong points such as Taylor’s Hill, Marye’s Heights, Howison Hill, and Telegraph (later Lee’s) Hill, the Confederate command post. “Old Pete’s” five divisions of infantry supported his artillery at the base of the slopes.

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Below Marye’s Heights a Georgia brigade under Brig. Gen. Thomas R. Cobb poised along a 600yard portion of the Telegraph Road, the main thoroughfare to Richmond. Years of wagon traffic had worn down the surface of the roadway lending it a sunken appearance. Stone retaining walks paralleling the shoulders transformed this peaceful stretch of country highway into a ready-made trench. Jackson’s end of the line possessed less inherent strength. His command post at Prospect Hill rose only 65 feet above the surrounding plain. Jackson compensated for the weak terrain by stacking his four divisions one behind the other to a depth of nearly a mile. Any Union offensive against Lee’s seven-mile line would, by necessity, traverse a virtually naked expanse in the teeth of a deadly artillery crossfire before reaching the Confederate infantry. **Dec 13, 1862 - John Clyde Sykes** **captured at Fredericksburg, VA** **part of Pennsylvania men** Company Muster Roll of Nov & Dec 1862 and Jan & Feb 1863 show him as missing in action. Burnside issued his attack orders early on the morning of December 13. They called for an assault against Jackson’s corps by Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin’s Left Grand Division to be followed by an advance against Marye’s Heights by Maj. Gen. Edwin V. Sumner’s Right Grand Division. Burnside used tentative, ambiguous language in his directives, reflecting either a lack of confidence in his plan or a misunderstanding of his opponent’s posture -- perhaps both. Burnside had reinforced Franklin’s sector on the morning of battle to a strength of some 60,000 men. Franklin, a brilliant engineer but cautious combatant, placed the most literal and conservative interpretation on Burnside’s illphrased instructions. He designated Maj. Gen. George G. Meade’s division -- just 4,500 troops -to spearhead his attack. Meade’s men, Pennsylvanians all, moved out in the misty half-light about 8:30 a.m. and headed straight for Jackson’s line, not quite one mile distant. Suddenly, artillery fire exploded to the left and rear of Meade’s lines. Maj. John Pelham had valiantly moved two small guns into position along the Richmond Stage Road perpendicular to Meade’s


axis of march. The 24 year-old Alabamian ignored orders from Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart to disengage and continued to disrupt the Federal formations for almost an hour. General Lee, watching the action from Prospect Hill, remarked, “it is glorious to see such courage in one so young.” When Pelham exhausted his ammunition and retired, Meade resumed his approach, Jackson patiently allowed the Federals to Close to within 500 yards Of the wooded elevation where a 14-gun battalion lay hidden in the trees. As the Pennsylvanians drew near to the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad north of Hamilton’s Crossing, “Stonewall” unleashed his masked artillery. Confederate shells ripped gaping holes in Meade’s ranks and the beleaguered Unionists sought protection behind wrinkles of ground in the open fields.

Fredericksburg Burials

Union guns responded to Jackson’s cannoneers. A full throated artillery duel raged for an hour, killing so many draft animals that the Southerners called their position “Dead Horse Hill.” When one Union shot spectacularly exploded a Confederate ammunition wagon, the crouching Federal infantry let loose a spontaneous Yankee cheer. Meade, seizing the moment, ordered his men to fix bayonets and charge. Meade’s soldiers focused on a triangular point of woods that jutted toward them across the railroad as the point of reference for their assault. When they reached these trees they learned, to their delight, that no Southerners defended them. In fact, Jackson had allowed a 600-yard gap to exist along his front and Meade’s troops accidentally discovered it. The Unionists pushed through the boggy forest and hit a brigade of South Carolinians, who at first mistook the attackers for retreating Confederates. Their commander, Brig. Gen. Maxcy Gregg, paid for this error with a fatal bullet through his spine. Meade’s men rolled forward and gained the crest of the heights deep within Jackson’s defenses.

Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside

Jackson, who had learned of the crisis in his front from an officer in Gregg’s brigade, calmly directed his vast reserves to move forward and restore the line. The Southerners raised the “Rebel Yell” and slammed into the exhausted and outnumbered Pennsylvanians. “The action was close-handed Fredericksburg Battlefield today Page 31


and men fell like leaves in autumn,” remembered one Federal. “It seems miraculous that any of us escaped at all.” Jackson’s counterattack drove Meade out of the forest, across the railroad, and through the fields to the Richmond Stage Road. Union artillery eventually arrested the Confederate momentum. Except for a minor probe by a New Jersey brigade along the Lansdowne Road in the late afternoon and an aborted Confederate offensive at dusk, the fighting on the south end of the field was over. Burnside waited anxiously at his headquarters on Stafford Heights for news of Franklin’s offensive. According to the Union plan, the advance through Fredericksburg toward Marye’s Heights would not commence until the Left Grand Division began rolling up Jackson’s corps. By late morning, however, the despairing Federal commander discarded his already-suspect strategy and ordered Sumner’s grand division to move to the attack. In several ways, Marye’s Heights offered the Federals their most promising target. Not only did this sector of Lee’s defenses lie closest to the shelter of Fredericksburg, but the ground rose less steeply here than on the surrounding hills. Nevertheless, Union soldiers had to leave the city, descend into a valley bisected by a water-filled canal ditch, and ascend an open slope of 400 yards to reach the base of the heights. Artillery atop Marye’s Heights and nearby elevations would thoroughly blanket the Federal approach. “A chicken could not live on that field when we open on it,” boasted on Confederate cannoneer. Sumner’s first assault began at noon and set the pattern for a ghastly series of attacks that continued, one after another, until dark. As soon as the Northerners marched out of Fredericksburg, Longstreet’s artillery wreaked havoc on the crisp blue formations. The Unionists then encountered a deadly bottleneck at the canal ditch which was spanned by partially-destroyed bridges at only three places. Once across this obstacle, the attackers established shallow battle lines under cover of a slight bluff that shielded them from Reel eyes. Orders then rang out for the final advance. The landscape beyond the canal ditch contained a few buildings and fences, but from the military Page 32

perspective it provided virtually no protection. Dozens of Southern cannons immediately reopened on the easy targets and when the Federals traversed about half the remaining distance, as sheet of flame spewed forth from the Sunken Road. This rifle fire decimated the Northerners. Survivors found refuge behind a small swale in the ground or retreated back to the canal ditch valley. Quickly a new Federal brigade burst toward Marye’s Heights and the “terrible stone wall,” then another, and another, until three entire divisions had hurled themselves at the Confederate bastion. In one hour, the Army of the Potomac lost nearly 3,000 men; but the madness continued. Although General Cobb suffered a mortal wound early in the action, the Southern line remained firm. A South Carolina brigade joined North Carolinians in reinforcing Cobb’s men in the Sunken Road. The Confederates stood four ranks deep, maintaining a ceaseless musketry while the gray artillerists fired over their heads. More Union units tested the impossible. “We came forward as though breasting a storm of rain and sleet, our faces and bodies being only halfturned to the storm, our shoulders shrugged,” remembered one Federal. “Everybody from the smallest drummer boy on up seemed to be shouting to the full extent of his capacity,” recalled another. But each blue wave crested short of the goal. Not a single Union soldier laid his hand on the stone wall. Lee, from his lofty perch on Telegraph Hill, watched Longstreet’s almost casual destruction of Bumside’s divisions as Jackson’s counterattack repulsed Meade. Turning toward Longstreet, Lee confessed, “It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.” Burnside ordered Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s Center Grand Division to join the attack in the afternoon, and late in the day, troops from the Fifth Corps moved forward. Brig. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys led his division through the human debris of the previous assaults. Some of Humphreys’ soldiers shook off well-meaning hands that clutched at them to prevent their advance. Part of one brigade sustained its momentum until it drew within 25 yards of the stone wall. There, it too melted away.


The final Union effort began after sunset. Colonel Rush C. Hawkins’ brigade, the fifteenth such Federal unit to charge the Sunken Road that day, enjoyed no more success than its predecessors. Darkness shrouded the battlefield and at last the guns fell silent. The hideous cries of the wounded, “weird, unearthly, terrible to hear and bear,” echoed through the night. Burnside wrote orders to renew the assaults on December 14, wishing to lead them personally, but his subordinates dissuaded him from this suicidal scheme. On the evening of December 15-16, Burnside skillfully withdrew his army to Stafford Heights, dismantling his bridges behind him. The Fredericksburg Campaign had ended. Grim arithmetic tells only a part of the Fredericksburg story. Lee suffered 5,300 casualties but inflicted more than twice that many losses on his opponent. Of the 12,600 Federal soldiers killed, wounded, or missing, almost two-thirds fell in front of the stone wall. Despite winning in the most overwhelming tactical sense, however, the Battle of Fredericksburg proved to be a hollow victory for the Confederates. The limitless resources of the North soon rectified Burnside’s losses in manpower and materiel. Lee, on the other hand, found it difficult to replenish either missing soldiers or needed supplies. The Battle of Fredericksburg, although profoundly discouraging to Union soldiers and the Northern populace, made no decisive impact on the war. Instead, it merely postponed the next “On to Richmond” campaign until the spring.

Front and back of John Clyde Sykes’ son (George Sission Sykes) home at 2801 Grove Avenue, McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

The text for this section was written by A. Wilson Green, former staff historian for Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. It is derived from a National Park Service training booklet. John Clyde Sykes was confined at Richmond, Virginia, Dec 17, 1862. He was Paroled at City Point, Virginia, January 10, 1863. Reported at Camp Parole, Maryland, January 12, 1863. Sent to Defenses of Washington, May 16, 1863.

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He was discharged 11 June 1864 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as a Corporal. Last paid to 29 Feb 1864. Last settled 30 June 1863. Am’t for cloth’g in kind or money adv’d $36.84. Due $100.00 John married Elmira “Ella” Slater, 29 September 1864 at Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, at the Methodist Church, by Rev. Jno. Williams. Veteran of Civil War, enrolled 24 June 1861 as a Corporal in Company F, 12th Regiment of Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteers at Pittsburg and honorably discharged at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 11 June 1864. Physical description at enlistment: 5’9”; complexion, Fair; eyes, Blue; color of hair, Light; occupation, Shoemaker; born December 27, 1837, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Declaration for Invalid Pensions, dated 15 October 1890, says he was “unable to earn a support by reason of Rheumatism, neuralgia came back and piles at times.” Dated 16 June 1891, a general affidavit states age as 53 and a resident of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, then a statement of his condition of health. According to the 1900 Federal Census he was a shoemaker and divorced. Places of residence since leaving the service: 1864 to 1870 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870 to 1880 at Westmoreland, Pennsylvania 1880 to 1884 at McKeesport, Pennsylvania 1884 to 1905 at Wellsville, Ohio 1905 to 1911 at Dayton, Ohio 1911 to 1912 at McKeesport, Pennsylvania Pensioner under certificate No. 646027 In 1905 checked into the Veterans Hospital in Jefferson Township, Ohio. One of the people signing to attest to this document was his son, George S. Sykes the other was William F. Khuqu??? dated 16 May 1912. He was a prisoner of War. Captured at Fredericksburg, Dec 13, 1862, confined at Richmond, Virginia, Dec 17, 1862. Paroled at Page 34

City Point, Virginia, January 10, 1863, reported at Parole camp, Maryland, (near Annapolis, Maryland, January 12, 1863. Sent to Defenses of Washington, May 16, 1863. Company Muster Roll of Nov & Dec 1862 and Jan & Feb 1863 show him as missing in action. Clifford Sykes, Box 2412, RD 2, Creek Rd, Mt. Holly, NJ, dated Jan 13, 1985: John C. Sykes, Grandfather, born Dec 27, 1837, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Grandfather was a farmer and shoemaker, and Corporal in the Civil War. In a Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions form it asked if he had any children living? If so, to state their names and dates of birth: The following were listed: Charles W. 1867; Frank W. ‘69; Wm S. ‘72; Rena B. ‘77; Geo. S. ‘81; Thomas Clyde ‘84 On papers for pension, occupation is listed as Farmer, on other papers for pension, occupation is listed as shoemaker Granted a pension at the rate of $30 per month to commence December 27, 1912 In the Declaration for Widow’s Pension, Elmira Sykes, aged 62 years, a resident of McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, states: “That she has not been divorced from John C. Sykes. Since fall 1898 Sykes has willfully deserted her” “That she is without means of support.” Her address listed as 2801 Grover Ave, McKeesport. Died in National Military Home, Ohio, 1 Dec 1917. Cause of death, Cerebral hemmorahage. His kind and degree of disability listed were vision, cardiac hypertrophy (Hypertrophic growth accompanies many forms of heart disease, including ischemic disease, hypertension, heart failure, and valvular disease), injury to back, chronic rheumatism, head Varioloid disease (concussion). Residence subsequent to discharge was Madison Township, Ohio. He was married to Almira [Elmira]. They lived


with his son, George Sisson Sykes, on 2801 Grove Avenue, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, at the time of his discharge. His military pension amounted to $12.00 a month in November 1905, and increased to $15 in July 1914. He was discharged from the VA home, 17 October 1911 at his own request. He died 1 December 1917 from a cerebral hemorrhage. In General Affidavit dated 23 July 1900 two people wrote: We have known Mrs. Ella Sykes for about forty (40) years - knew her before her marriage and have known her since up until the present. Her character has always been good. As far as we know of the best, she is now in straightened circumstances financially - Her health is broken and her physical condition from all outward appearances and so far as we can judge is very bad. (signed) D.S. Atkinson J.M. Atkinson Obituary of Elmira Slater Sykes: The Daily News McKeepsort, PA October 8, 1907 p.5

John Clyde Sykes 1 Dec 1917 Military Death Certificate

Mrs. Elmira Sykes, aged 65 years, died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Barnes, of 419 Beech Street after a residence in this city of about 6 years. Mrs. Sykes was born in 1842 at Mt. Pleasant,where she lived for a number of years. She also lived for some time at West Newton, from whence the family came to this city. Deceased was a well known member of the First Methodist Episcopal church and was a regular attendant at services there. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Barnes, and five sons – William, George, Frank, Clyde, and Charles all of McKeesport with exception of Frank, who lives at East McKeesport. The funeral services will beheld tomorrow afternoon at the Barnes residence at 3 o’clock. Internment at a later hour in Versailles Cemetery. The Rev. G. N. Spencer, pastor of the Fifth Avenue Baptist church will conduct the services, he having attended Mrs. Sykes during the absence of the Rev. J. W. Miles, of the First M.E. church at conference. Children of John Clyde Sykes & Elmira Slater i. Mary A Sykes (1865–1898) was born in

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19 ii. 20 iii. iv. 21 v. 22 vi. 23 vii. 24 viii.

1865 in Pennsylvania, her father, John, was 28, and her mother, Elmira, was 23. She had five brothers and two sisters. She died on April 11, 1898, at the age of 33. Charles Wesley Sykes (1867–1939) Frank Wilber Sykes (1869–1937) Edna H Sykes (1871–1890) was born in 1871 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, her father, John, was 34, and her mother, Elmira, was 29. She had five brothers and two sisters. She died on June 5, 1890, in her hometown at the age of 19, and was buried there. William Slater Sykes (1873–1950) Rena Blanche Sykes (1875–1940) George Sisson Sykes (1881–1947) Thomas Clyde Sykes (1884–1932)

Sources: 1850 USA Federal Census 1860 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007 Ohio, Soldier Grave Registrations, 1804-1958 Pennsylvania, Civil War Muster Rolls, 1860-1869 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938 U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 U.S. Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 Web: Ohio, Find A Grave Index, 1787-2012 Web: Pennsylvania, Find A Grave Index, 16822012

6 Nathaniel Paris Sykes (1839–1905) married Julia Curtis Wilcox (1847-1882). When Nathaniel Paris Sykes was born on November 2, 1839, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his father, William, was 31 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 29. He had two sons and five daughters with Julia Curtis Wilcox between 1864 and 1879. He died on March 6, 1905, in Fremont, Nebraska, at the age of 65, and was buried in Sioux City, Iowa.

When Julia C Wilcox was born on December 24, 1847, in Ohio, her father, Alexander Valentine Wilcox, was 32, and her mother, Nancy Young, was 24. She died as a young mother on February 5, 1882, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the age of 34, and was buried there.

In the “Descriptive and Historical Register of Enlisted Soldiers of the Army” it shows Nathaniel’s enlistment on May 21, 1857, saying he was a 22 year old Teamster. Enlisting at Fort Massachusetts, New Mexico, under Captain Boroman, for five years. His physical description lists him as having blue eyes, fair hair and complexion, standing 5’7” tall. His regiment company assignment at the time was 3 Inf A. (3rd Infantry regular US Army) The book containing his enlistment doesn’t show a discharge date, however under the column “Deserted” it says: 29 May 1860. Obituary for Nathaniel Paris Sykes:

DEATH OF N.P. SYKES AT HIS HOME AT FREMONT. (Special to The Star.)

Fremont, Neb., March 7. -Nathanael P. Sykes died yesterday morning of paralysis at the home of his son-in-law, Charles S. Hill, 1110 East Sixth Street. He had been afflicted for the past two years with shaking palsy but otherwise was in fairly good health. His illness was very brief. He suffered a stroke of paralysis just after he rose from the supper table last evening and this was followed by another at 2 o’clock yesterday morning when he became unconscious lingering until 8 o’clock. Mr. Sykes was born in Philadelphia November 2, 1839. His wife died February 5, 1882. Since that time he has lived with his children and for the past sixteen years has made his home with one of his daughters, Mrs. Charles S. Hill, of this city.

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He was a veteran soldier, having served in the Union army for three years. He was a member of Company G, Tenth Ohio infantry. He was of a quiet retiring nature and his circle of acquaintances was not large. But all who knew him as a true friend and neighbor, a genuine patriot, a kind father, a man of sincere and upright life. He leaves six children: Mrs. C. S. Hill and Mrs. E. C. Connor of this city, Mrs. J. F. Gutcher of Lyle, Washington; Mrs. C. B. Johnson and C. J. Sykes of Sioux City, Iowa, and H. A. Sykes of Chicago. The funeral will take place from the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Hill, 1110 East Sixth street, tomorrow at 2:30pm, Rev. H. B. Foskett officiating. The body will be taken to Sioux City for interment. Friends who wish to pay respects to the memory of the deceased are requested to call between 2 and 2:30pm just preceding the service. 2nd obituary for Nathaniel Paris Sykes: Sykes, N. P. (Nathaniel Paris) Death 7 March 1905, The Nebraska State Journal N. P. Sykes FREMONT, Neb., March 6, - N. P. Sykes, an aged and respected resident of this city, died this morning at the home of his son-in-law, Charles Hill. He suffered a stroke of paralysis at supper hour last night and a second stroke came this morning, which caused his demise. Mr. Sykes was born in Philadelphia, November 2, 1839. He lived with his children after the death of his wife in 1882. He was a soldier of the civil war, having served three years as a member of an Ohio company. The funeral will be held at 2:30pm tomorrow.

Nathaniel Paris Sykes & Julia Curtis Wilcox I believe these were their wedding photos, taken about 1864

Children of Nathaniel Paris Sykes & Julia C. Wilcox 25 i. Charles Julius Sykes (1864–1938) 26 ii. Nancy Roberta Sykes (1867–1947) 27 iii. Maud Wilcox Sykes (1870–1968) iv. Nettie Sykes (1873–) born in 1873 in Woodbury, Iowa, her father, Nathaniel, was 34, and her mother, Julia, was 26. She lost her mother when she was only 9 years old. She had two brothers and four sisters. 28 v. Homer Alfred Sykes (1874–1962) 29 vi. Julia Agnes E. Sykes (1876–1959) 30 vii. Jennie May Sykes (1879–) Page 37


Sources: 1850 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, State Census 1885 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Nebraska, Marriage Records, 1855-1908 Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863 Title: Compiler, Marie O’Brien Schertz; Nevins Family researcher U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

11 Oct 1887

Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa newspaper: Referee’s Sale. (In partition.) By virtue of an order of sale, directed to the undersigned referee from the clerk of the district court of Woodbury county, Iowa, on a judgment obtained in said court on the 5th day of September, 1887, in favor of Charles J. Sykes, Nannie R. Sykes, Maud W. Sykes, Homer A. Sykes, Agnes J. Sykes and Jennie M. Sykes as plaintiffs, and against N. P. Sykes, N. Tiedeman, C. F. Hoyt, Jas. E. Spalding and Hedges and Spalding as defendants, for the partition of the real estate named and described in the said plaintiffs’ petition, we will, on the 11th day of October, A. D. 1887, offer for sale to the highest bidder the following real estate, to wit: Lots one and three (1 and 3), block fourteen (14), Floyd City, Woodbury county, Iowa. Terms of sale, cash. Said sale to take place in front of the courthouse door in Woodbury county, Iowa, at the hour of 100 o’clock a.m. of said day, when and where due attendance will be given by the undersigned. Dated at Sioux City, Iowa, September 13, 1887. T.L. FOLEY, Referee Page 38

Headstone of Nathaniel Paris Sykes & wife, Julia Curtis Wilcox


7 George S Sykes (1842–1908) married Susannah Martin (1838-1923) (Before you start wondering - our George Sykes wasn’t the famous Civil War General George Sykes (1820-1880). Ours was injured at the age of 21 and left the ranks. The famous George Sykes was in the 48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry whereas ours was in the Company M 102 Pennsylvania Infantry. Ours was also born over 20 years after the famous George Sykes - maybe ours was named for him??)

Keighley, William Bottomley

Serious injury

Keighley, William Bottomley

Funeral

When George S Sykes was born on April 25, 1842, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, his father, William, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 32. He married Susannah Martin on December 13, 1863, in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. They had four children during their marriage. He died on April 6, 1908, in Pennsylvania at the age of 65. When Susannah Martin was born in March 1838 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, her father, Samuel Martin, was 48, and her mother, Eliza, was 34. She died on July 24, 1923, in New Jersey at the age of 85, and was buried in her hometown. George became a Methodist minister and was pastor of: Old Stone Church in Leesburg, Virginia (18661868), Waterford (1868 & 1869), Norfolk (1869-1871), Schellsburg (1871-1873), McVeytown (1873-1876), Supernumerary (1876 & 1877). 1867 Virginia Conference - On Trial No record of his transfer into C. Pa. Conference 1877 Transferred to New Jersey Conference (Above is from a Xerox copy of 4x6 card in the Central United Methodist Church, Bridgeton, New Jersey). ***** From the Central United Methodist Church in Bridgeton, New Jersey: “Our records show the following joined Central Church by certificate in April of 1885: Mrs. Rev. G.S. Sykes, Georgina Sykes (1864-1942), Carrie F. Sykes (1866-1937), Lizzie M. Sykes (1869-) and Martha Martin Sykes (1871-1941). Georgina Sykes - Certificate of Death Page 39


“Rev. Sykes was licensed by the Central Pennsylvania Conference in 1867 and transferred to the N.J. Conference in 1876. He served the following churches: “Manahawkin (1876 & 1877) Mays Landing (1878 & 1879) Camden: Tabernacle (1880 & 1881) Clayton (1882 & 1889) Red Bank: Grace (1890) Beverly (1892) West Long Branch (1893, It was called Long Branch: First, at that time). “In 1893 he was suspended. In 1894 he surrendered his parchments and withdrew from the ministry and membership in the M.E. Church under complaints. (N.J. Conference Minutes, 1894, p. 27) “He was dropped from the roles in 1896 and it is not known if he moved to another state or conference, or died.” ***** I received a letter from Jane Bryce. She found record of him in Manakawkin, Ocean, N.J. 24 June 1876. In a letter I received from William “Bill” Forsyth dated 18 March 1980: “I have a picture from Elwyn [May] of a boat, the City of Fort Pierre, dated in May, 1904, and moored on the Missouri River. I have contacted the South Dakota archives and learned that there was such a boat that operated on the Missouri. The archives sent 5 pictures, but have not found a record of the owners. Elwyn’s picture says that it was owned by George Sykes and his brothers so it is a clue.” Children of George S Sykes & Susannah Martin

i. ii.

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Georgina Sykes (1864-1942) was born in December 1864 in Pennsylvania, her father, George, was 22, and her mother, Susannah, was 26. She had three sisters. She died on . February 20, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 77. Caroline F “Carrie” Sykes (1866–1937) When Caroline F “Carrie” Sykes was born in 1866 in Virginia, her father, George, was 24, and her mother, Susannah, was 28. She married William Bottomley Keighley on September 9, 1891, in Beverly, New Jersey.

She then married Furman Addison DeMaris in 1916 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died in September 1937 in Haddonfield, New Jersey, at the age of 71, and was buried in Siloam cemetery, Vineland, New Jersey. When William Bottomley Keighley was born in April 1868 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, his father, Charles Keighley, was 26 and his mother, Martha Bottomley, was 26. He married Caroline F “Carrie” Sykes on September 9, 1891, in Beverly, New Jersey. He died in 1914 at the age of 46, and was buried in Vineland, New Jersey. Furman Addison DeMaris was born on January 11, 1868, in Fairfield, New Jersey, the son of Emma and Furman Dameris. He married Ella M McClure and they had two children together. He then married Caroline F “Carrie” Sykes in 1916 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lived in Asbury Park, New Jersey, in 1924. Obituary for Caroline F “Carrie” Sykes: Mrs. Furman DeMaris Dies at Haddonfield Mrs. Caroline DeMaris, wife of the Rev. Furman A. DeMaris, former pastor of the First M. E. Church here, died yesterday [Sunday] afternoon at Haddonfield. Mrs. MeMaris had been ill since early in the summer. Mrs. DeMaris was well known for her church activities here during her husband’s pastorate at the local church from 1919 to 1928 and during their residence in Red Bank when he was New Brunswick district superintendent from 1929 to 1933. Besides Dr. DeMaris, she is survived by a son, Furman, Junior, and a daughter, Elizabeth. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Haddonfield M. E. church, Dr. DeMaris’ present charge. He is a member of the Ocean Grove Camp meeting association.


iii. Elizabeth M. “Lizzie” Sykes (1869-) was born in 1869 in Virginia, her father, George, was 27, and her mother, Susannah, was 31. She had three sisters. iv. Martha Martin Sykes (1871–1941) When Martha Martin Sykes was born on September 11, 1871, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, her father, George, was 29, and her mother, Susannah, was 33. She had three sisters. Martha never married. Martha was a music teacher. She died on June 16, 1941, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 69, and was buried there. Sad, Martha’s death is listed as “Generalized peritonitis” which is defined as the presence of contamination in two or more quadrants in the mouth.

George S Sykes, soldier Susannah M. Sykes, widow

Sources: 1850 USA Federal Census 1860 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Nebraska, Marriage Records, 1855-1908 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Title: Compiler, Marie O’Brien Schertz; Nevins Family researcher U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

Monument Cemetery was a cemetery located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1839 to 1956. The land is now part of the campus of Temple University. This is where Martha Martin Sykes was interred.

Martha Martin Sykes Certificate of Death

Martha M. Sykes, Interment record at Monument Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Page 41


8 Mary Charlotte Sykes (1846–1889) When Mary Charlotte Sykes was born on September 10, 1846, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, her father, William, was 38, and her mother, Elizabeth, was 36. She married John William Forsythe on July 1, 1869, in her hometown. They had four children during their marriage. She died on December 4, 1889, in Gilmore City, Iowa, at the age of 43, and was buried there.

William H. Forsyth provided me with the following information: Married by Rev. James Mechem performed the marriage for Mary Charlotte Sykes and John William Forsythe. Yet, he also had a history that said she was married by her brother, who was a minister.

John William Forsythe was born on October 30, 1844, in Leesburg, Virginia, the son of Louisa and William. He married Mary Charlotte Sykes and they had four children together. He then married Mary A Dayton on January 5, 1891, in Rutland, Iowa. He died on December 18, 1896, in Worthington, Minnesota, at the age of 52, and was buried in Britt, Iowa.

Their children (some spelled their surname with an ‘e’ on the end, some didn’t): Obituary for Mary Charlotte Sykes Forsyth: Obituary Notice in the 1890 minutes of the Northwest Iowa Conference: “Mary Charlotte Forsyth was born in West Newton, Pa., September 10, 1846, and died at Gilmore City, Iowa, Dec. 4, 1889. Her maiden name was Sykes. Her parents came from England. She was married to Rev. John W. Forsyth, July 2, 1869, and was the mother of four children who survive with her husband to mourn her loss... “She was seven years with her husband in Mission work in Virginia, three years in Maryland, five years in Ohio, and four years in Iowa. Her husband was transferred to Northwest Iowa Conference in 1886, and at its last session was appointed to Gilmore City, where she died. Sister Forsyth was the highest type of Christian womanhood, a devoted and loving mother, a faithful wife, and consistent follower of Jesus, and a lifelong member of the M. E. Church. She was fully prepared to die.

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She told her husband that all was clear before her, and that Jesus was near and very precious. When suffering intensified and death seemed near, she turned to her weeping children and said: ‘Be good children and meet me in heaven.’” The funeral was held in the M. E. Church at Gilmore, and the sermon was preached by Rev. G. W. Pratt, Presiding Elder. Obituary of John William Forsythe: John William Forsyth was educated in the Leesburg (Virginia) Academy. John and his father William J. Forsyth both enlisted in Company “A” of the Independent Loudoun (Virginia) Rangers (USA) on June 20, 1862, at Waterford, Va. for three years. The Loudoun Rangers, a cavalry and scouting unit, were the only Union command raised in Confederate Virginia. John transferred to Company “B” on Oct. 31, 1863, having served 33 days in Confederate prison. He re-enlisted in January 1864 at Point of Rocks, Md. In August he was made First Duty Sergeant. On October 14, 1864, he was captured during a skirmish near Adamstown, Md., and was sent to Libby Prison where he remained until released on Feb. 22, 1865. Forsyth described his prison experience in a book entitled “Guerrilla Warfare, and, Life in Libby Prison,” first published in 1892. After his release he moved to Lovettsville, Va., then in 1866 he returned to Leesburg and there, in the Old Stone Methodist Episcopal Church, dedicated his life to the ministry. On July 1, 1869, he married Mary Charlotte Sykes, of West Newton, Penna.; she died in Iowa in 1889. In 1893 he married Minnie Dayton of Bradgate, Iowa, who died in California in 1895. Rev. Forsyth served various parishes in Virginia, and also in Frederick County, Md.; Licking County and Morgan County, Ohio; in Iowa; and finally, in Worthington, Minn. He died in Worthington, Minn. on Dec. 18, 1896, and he was buried in Britt, Iowa, with honors presented by Howe Post #179, GAR.


Children of Mary Charlotte Sykes & John William Forsythe 31 i. 32 ii. 33 iii. 34 iv.

Alice B. Forsyth (1872–1927) William Owen Forsythe (1872–1935) Ames Eury Forsyth (1877–1911) Estella “Stella” Forsythe (1880–1934)

Sources: 1850 USA Federal Census 1860 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census Iowa, Cemetery Records, 1662-1999 Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1940 Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809-1992 Iowa, State Census, 1895 Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

Mary Charlotte Sykes

Rev. John William Forsyth

Rev. John William Forsyth Rev. John William Forsyth

Memorial stone for Rev. John W. Forsyth & Mary Charlotte Sykes

Old “Libby Prison” building, Richmond, Virginia Forsythe imprisoned here. Page 43


9 Homer Wilmer Sykes (1850–1889) married first, Elizabeth Jane Moore (1846-1925) on 7 June 1876, in the Methodist Church, West Newton Methodist Church by Rev. W. Darby. They had one child during their marriage. Homer W. Sykes was divorced by his first wife, Elizabeth Jane Moore, when she refused to move west. Homer left for South Dakota where he married Amanda A. “Mandy” Lind (1864-1947) in 1882 in Yankton, South Dakota. He died on March 11, 1889, in Paxico, Kansas, at the age of 38, and was buried there.

Elizabeth Jane Moore was born in May 1846 in Minerva, Ohio. She died on March 15, 1925, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, at the age of 78, and was buried in the West Newton Cemetery, Westmoreland Co., PA, in the same area as her son, Harry A. Sykes and his wife Alma Christina Anderson, of that part of the Cemetery known as L3. According to the 1880 Federal Census, she is a widow. . . (In actuality she was divorced). When Amanda Augusta “Mandy” Lind was born on August 1, 1864, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, her father, Gustaf Wilhelm Lind, was 25, and her mother, Carolina Mathilda Rebecka “Rebbecca” Danielsson, was 20. Amanda married four times and had one son and one daughter. She died on January 28, 1947, in Renton, Washington, at the age of 82, and was buried in Paxico, Kansas. Amanda’s four husbands were: 1. Homer Wilmer Sykes, married in 1882 in Yankton, South Dakota. He died in 1889. 2. Samuel C. Aiken, married to him by 1895 in Kansas. He disappeared from the scene... 3. John F. Herring, married him 11 Dec 1900 in Shawnee County, Kansas. By 1910 he isn’t around... 4. Edward Sechrest, married him in 1910. He passed away in 1939. She out lived him by 8 years.

Samuel Mattson’s daughter, Vivienne Mattson Wolfe, in a letter of 25 May 1979 said Amanda’s middle name was Augusta. (Sam Mattson married Amanda’s daughter Ruth Sykes after his first wife, Sarah Lynch passed away. Sarah was Ruth’s niece. More on this mixed up relationship including a chart showing their relationship, later.)

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Amanda was a Harvey Girl for a short while.

Originally trains in the West did not offer meal service, leaving the passengers to fend for themselves at mealtimes. This situation gave rise to exploitation, and passengers were soon victimized by poor food and high prices if they could find anything.

Fred Harvey decided there was a better way, and established a series of restaurants on the Santa Fe lines. Trains would stop, allowing passengers to get a good meal for a reasonable price in clean surroundings.

The Fred Harvey Company would recruit women via newspaper ads from towns and cities across the USA. The women had to be of good moral character, have at least an eighth grade education, display good manner and be neat and articulate to work in his restaurants. In return for employment, the Harvey Girls would agree to a six month contract, agree not to marry, and abide by all company rules during the term of employment. If hired, they were given a rail pass to get to their Company chosen destination.

Harvey Girls were the women who brought respectability to the work of waitressing. They left the protection and poverty of home for the opportunity to travel and earn their own way in life while experiencing a bit of adventure.

Amanda is listed in Topeka Directory 1890-91 at 1906 Lincoln Street.

Died at New Benton Hospital, King County, Washington. On the certified copy of Death Certificate the condition directly leading to death was cerebral hemorrhage; antecedent causes: arteriosclerosis due to hypertension. She died 28 January 1947 at 3:15am.

From Aunt Esther Sykes May, in letter dated 26 Jan 1967:

“Papa (Schuyler Colfax Sykes) clearly told me on Jan 21, 1967, that there was no Paxico town when his father moved to that location. He helped lay out the town - & was killed.” He had an accident - hit his head, he died a year later from complications from it. Died on farm about 5 miles from Paxico, Wabaunsee, Kansas.


He was excavating under a building, doing construction of store fronts in Silver Lake on the west end, north side of river.

He was a carpenter.

Burial: Bethlehem Cemetery, Paxico, Wabaunsee, Kansas. Cemetery records show death in 1890 but not the day & month, when Oliver W. Sykes said his grandfather Homer Wilmer Sykes was buried in an unmarked grave by Higby’s in Paxico? Higby’s have a cement framed lot 1/3 to 1/2 way down north fence line. Due north of big tree.

20 west of Gage Blvd, limestone foundation still there - up a canyon.

Source of information: Jane Bryce, West Newton, Pennsylvania

Additional information: Methodist Church Records, 6-1979:

From Find a Grave website: Birth: Jul. 23, 1850 Death: Mar.11, 1889 Wabaunsee, Kansas Wabaunsee County News, March 14, 1889, page 3:

Sykes -- At his home near Paxico on March 11th, 1889, from paralysis, Homer W. Sykes, at the age of 43 years.

An additional obit in the Eskridge Star, March 21, 1889, page 2, gave his name as Sikes, and his death date as March 10.

A Card of Thanks

I wish to express through the columns of this paper my sincere thanks to my friends and neighbors for their kindness shown during my husband’s long illness and death. It was not kind words of sympathy only, but real, substantial acts, which were more to me than I can ever express. Mrs. Amanda A. Sykes

Alice Ann Sykes

Obituary of Homer W. Sykes:

Child of Homer Wilmer Sykes & Elizabeth Jane Anderson 35

Amanda Augusta Lind

Amanda Lind, age 18 years

McKeesport, Pennsylvania New York Cleveland, Ohio Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Nathaniel Sproat Hugh Harlan Sproat Roy Clair Sproat Roger Howard Sproat James B. Yohe Daniel A. Hood West Newton, Pennsylvania

i. Harry Andrew Sykes (1878-1951)

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Children of Homer Wilmer Sykes & Amanda Augusta Lind 36 ii. Schuyler Colfax Sykes (1884–1970) 37 iii. Ruth Sykes (1887–1973) Source: 1860 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 Washington Death Index, 1940-1996 Washington, Deaths, 1883-1960 Washington, Select Death Certificates, 1907-1960

Handwritten on the cardboard frame it says: Mrs Amanda Sykes Herring and granddaughter Esther Amanda Sykes taken May 13, 1908 Thanks to Judy Perkins, in Kansas, she was able to darken the picture & frame, so that it is now readable! Amanda Lind died in January 1947. This picture is of her house, taken in 1965.

1910 Wedding picture:

Edward Sechrest (58 years old) and Amanda Augusta “Mandy” Lind (46 years old) Page 46


The said Homer Wilmer Sykes at his home on the 7th day of Jany 1889. Signed and sealed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for his last will, and we, at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto written our names as subscribing witnesses. Thomas C. Finney Benj Bolton W.S. Bolton Subscribed before me this 7th day of Jany 1889. A notary Public in and for the County of Wabaunsee and State of Kansas. W.S. Bolton, Notary Public Com exp Feb 5th 1891

(Commission expires)

Proof of Will of H.W. Sykes Deceased. State of Kansas, Wabaunsee County. In the Matter of the Proving of the Last Will and Testament of H.W. Sykes Deceased. And now, on this 15th day of March A.D. 1889, comes T.C. Finney, who being first duly sworn, upon his oath saith: My name is T.C. Finney my residence in Paxico, Kansas my age is 45 years; I was acquainted with H.W. Sykes a resident of Wabaunsee County, Kansas, about 12 year is his lifetime; I was present at Mr Sykes residence on the 7th day of January A.D. 1889 and saw the said H.W. Sykes sign the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of the said H.W. Sykes, deceased and heard him publish and declare the same to be his Last Will and Testament, and at his request and in the presence of B. Bolton I signed said instrument as a subscribing witness thereto. And the said B. Bolton at the request of said H.W. Sykes and in his presence and in my At this point the page was cut off‌..

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Handwritten last will and testament of Homer Wilmer Sykes: I, Homer Wilmer Sykes of Newbury Township Wabaunsee County State of Kansas. Make this my last will and testament. This is to say I order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid with convenient speed. Amanda my wife can have the use of all property real and personal to support herself and two children, after all just debts are paid. Just so long as she Amanda remains my widow. But if she marries she can have be one half the income from the property the other one half must be divided equally between Schuyler and Ruth Sykes, my children until they arrive at the age of twenty one years. In no case must the farm be sold until the children arrive at the age of twenty one years and in case one or the other should die before arriving at the age of twenty one, the surviving one shall have the whole share of deseased one. If the mother dies before the children are of age

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Homer Wilmer Sykes

the children shall have the whole amount of income from the property equally divided between them. Also all remaining property of be divided equally between Schuyler and Ruth Sykes. But in case all three shall die before the children arrive at the age of twenty one years, then the farm shall go to Harry A Sykes my son, by first wife. (Providing for Harry A. Sykes son to first wife he shall not claim anything on or about the property in the State of Kansas, only in case of the death of my children to Amanda Sykes. Then he shall have their share. But he Harry A. Sykes shall have all of my interest in a six acre lot in the borough of West Newton Westmoreland County and State of Pennsylvania. I appoint W.S. Bolton of Paxico Wabaunsee County Kansas Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I have signed and sealed and published and declared this instrument as my will, at home on this 7th day of January 1889. H.W. Sykes Page 49


10 Alvira Clara Sykes (1855–1900) married Boyd Emery Reed (1846-1911). hen Alvira Clara Sykes was born on February 11, W 1855, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, her father, William, was 47, and her mother, Elizabeth, was 44. She had two sons and two daughters with Boyd Emery Reed between 1873 and 1884. She died in 1900 in Sioux City, Iowa, at the age of 45, and was buried in Floyd Cemetery, Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa.

11 Alice Ann Sykes (1857-1921) was born on September 1, 1857, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, her father, William M. Sykes, was 27, and her mother, Hester Ann Lippincott, was 24. She married Nathaniel “N. B.” Sproat on September 30, 1875, in her hometown. They had four children in 13 years. She died on November 15, 1921, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, at the age of 64, and was buried in Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

Boyd Emery Reed was born on April 30, 1846, in Pennsylvania. He died on September 6, 1911, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the age of 65, and was buried in Floyd Cemetery, Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa. Children of Alvira Clara Sykes & Boyd Emery Reed 38 i. Gertrude Martin Reed (1873–1926) 39 ii. Ralph Robinson Reed (1874–) iii. Earnest Reed (1877–) was born in 1877 in Pennsylvania, his father, Boyd, was 31 and his mother, Alvira, was 22. He lived in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, in 1880. He had one brother and two sisters. Drowned in the Missouri River 40 iv. Julia Reed (1884–1940) Sources: 1860 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1940 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809-1992 Iowa, State Census 1885 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Sioux City, Iowa Directories, 1889-90, 1892-93 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

When Nathaniel “N. B.” Sproat was born in September 1849 in West Newton, Pennsylvania, his father, Enoch, was 36 and his mother, Rachel Boyd, was 35. He was buried in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. It looks like this memorial stone was engraved when his wife died, however it has no engraving for his death date. Therefore, don’t know for sure that he is buried there. Children of Alice Ann Sykes & Nathaniel Sproat

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i. Hugh Harlan Sproat (1876–1959) ii. Roy Clair Sproat (1879–1931) iii. Roger Howard Sproat was born on February 18, 1882, in Pennsylvania, his father, Nathaniel, was 32 and his mother, Alice, was 24. He had two brothers and one sister. Roger married Elizabeth Boggs. He died on August 7, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 50, and was buried in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

Elizabeth Boggs was born on July 12, 1885, in Irwin, Pennsylvania. She died on October 22, 1936, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 51, and was buried in in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. Obituary for Roger Howard Sproat Sproat of American Steel Wire Dies Roger H. Sproat, superintendent of the American Steel & Wire Co.’s American works, died last night of pneumonia at his residence, 1461 Crawford Road N.E., after a week’s illness. Mr. Sproat, who was 48, had worked with the American Steel & Wire Co. since he was 16. He was born in Pittsburgh and joined the company’s plant there as a stenographer soon after leaving high school. He soon

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Boyd Emery Reed - Certificate of Death

Roger Howard Sproat, Miliary Registration Card

Obituary for Alice Ann Sykes Sproat

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became secretary to the vice president of the Pittsburgh plant. He was sent to Cleveland to act as assistant to the district to the district manager of the American Steel & Wire Co.’s Newburg plant and soon became assistant superintendent. From this position he rose to superintendent, and then became superintendent of the entire American works. He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth, and a brother, Hugh H. Sproat, of Youngstown. He was a member of Holyrood Commandery of Knights Templars, Al Koran Temple of the Shrine, and the Pine Ridge Country Club. Obituary for Elizabeth Boggs Sproat: Sproat: Elizabeth B., widow of the late Roger H. of 1548 E. 82nd St., Oct. 22, 1936; survived by sister, Mrs. Arthur G. Raybould of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and brother, Louis A. Boggs of Needles, California. Now at the Koebler Funeral Home, 1966 E. 82nd St. Services there Saturday, Oct. 24, at 3pm. Burial at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. iv. Gertrude Sproat (1889–) was born in 1889 in Pennsylvania, her father, Nathaniel, was 40, and her mother, Alice, was 32. She lived in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in 1908. She had three brothers. Sources: 1850 USA Federal Census 1860 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001 Pennsylvania 1910 Miracode Index Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 Web: Pennsylvania, Find A Grave Index, 16822012

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12 Mary Margaret “Mamie” Sykes (1859-1937) When Mary Margaret “Mamie” Sykes was born on February 15, 1859, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, her father, William M. Sykes, was 28, and her mother, Hester Ann Lippincott, was 26. She married James Buchanan Yohe on December 13, 1877. They had three children during their marriage. She died on March 18, 1937, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the age of 78, and was buried there.

When James Buchanan Yohe was born in June 1856 in Pennsylvania, his father, David Yohe, was 39 and his mother, Elizabeth Zook, was 41. He died in 1932 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, at the age of 76, and was buried in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Children of Mary Margaret Sykes & James Buchanan Yohe

43 i. Jesse Bennett Yohe (1880–1923) 44 ii. James Harold Yohe (1885–1947) 45 iii. Curtis Miller Yohe (1887–1967) Sources: 1860 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

Mary Margaret “Mamie” Sykes Yohe

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13 Harry Kennedy Sykes (1864-1934) When Harry Kennedy Sykes was born on September 16, 1864, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, his father, Thomas M. Sykes, was 32 and his mother, Ellen Margaret Poorman, was 23. He married Carrie Jane Sarah Stewart in 8 April 1893. They had three children during their marriage. He died on December 1, 1934, in Canton, Ohio, at the age of 70, and was buried there.

James Buchanan Yohe

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania David Yohe Elizabeth Zook Homewood Cemetery

Carrie Jane Sarah Stewart (1874-1955). When Carrie was born on September 16, 1874, in Ada, Ohio, her father, James H. Stewart, was 33, and her mother, Nancy Jane Clutter, was 31. She died on October 10, 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 81, and was buried there. Harry’s Nickname: In a letter of “Questions,” 2 February 1996, from Jean to Pat O’Neil, she asked in Question #2 how Harry K. acquired a pegleg. When?” He sent the letter of “Questions” back and wrote: “Harry was known as “Spot” because he had a wooden pegleg.” Pat O’Neil to Jean Sykes in above mentioned letter: per Carrie, Harry’s wife, “The pegleg told which women (sic) he visited on a particular day.” Pat: “Ergo divorce.” A story has been circulated that Harry lost his leg when a train ran over it because he had been drinking and passed out on the tracks. Jean Sykes related this unverified story to Richard Sykes (Harry’s great-grandson) c. 1995.

Rick Sykes noticed, whomever wrote the death date was off by ONE MONTH! He based this on the fact that in boxes 18, 20, & 24 - three people have signed that it was the month of December. Good job, Rick!!!

It is interesting that these three obituaries give him different ages!! Obituaries for Harry Kennedy Sykes Local Resident Dies Suddenly Saturday Afternoon Harry K. Sykes, 60, of 701 2nd St SE, died suddenly Saturday afternoon. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ada O’Neil of Cleveland, and a brother, E.E. Sykes of Belle Center. The body is at Spiker’s funeral home pending burial arrangements. Rev. Arthur Staples Will Conduct Funeral Rites Today Funeral services for Harry Sykes will be today at 2:30pm at the C. D. Spiker parlors in charge of Rev. Arthur Staples. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery. Page 53


Mr. Sykes, 75, of 701 2nd St SE was found dead in the bathroom of is home Saturday noon. Apoplexy Fatal To H.K. Sykes Brother of E. E. Sykes Found Dead In Bath Room At His Home In Canton, Ohio; Funeral Held Monday Afternoon Word was received here late Saturday evening by E. E. Sykes of the death of his brother, Harry K. Sykes in Canton, Ohio. Death was attributed to apoplexy. The deceased had complained to his neighbors of not feeling well and when he was missed for a day, search was made. He was found dead in the bathroom of his home by the searchers, who immediately called the coroner, who stated that Mr. Sykes had probably been dead, ten or twelve hours before he was found. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 3:30pm from the Spiker Funeral home. Rev. Arthur Staples, pastor of the First M. E. Church in Canton was in charge. Burial was made in the beautiful Forest Hill cemetery. Harry K. Sykes, the oldest child of Thomas M. and Ellen M. Sykes, was born at McKeesport, Pennsylvania, on September 25, 1864. He was past seventy years of age at the time of his demise. The deceased is survived by one son, Fred of Columbus, Ohio, one daughter, Mrs. Ada O’Neil of Cleveland, one sister, Mrs. Jesse Applegate of Los Angeles, California and one brother, E. E. Sykes of here. Mr. Sykes spent practically all of his early life in Belle Center and was well known by the older citizens of the community, who remember him as “Spot”. Children of Harry Kennedy Sykes & Carrie Jane Sarah Stewart 46 i. Fredrick Guy Sykes (1895–1963) 47 ii. Ada Emaline Sykes (1896–1968) iii. Earl James Sykes (1898–1902) When Earl James Sykes was born on December 13, 1898, in Belle Center, Ohio, his father, Harry, was 34 and his mother, Carrie, was 24. He Page 54

had one brother and one sister. He died as a child on January 14, 1902 of pneumonia, and was buried in Mansfield Cemetery at Mansfield, Ohio. Sources: 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962 Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 Web: Columbus, Ohio, Union Cemetery Index, 1847-2012


INFANT SYKES

The 3-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sykes, of 295 North Diamond Street, died this morning of pneumonia.

Harry Kennedy Sykes

Canton, Ohio Thomas M Sykes Ellen Margaret Poorman Ada Emaline - O’Neil Sykes Forest Hill Cemetery

STULL, CARRIE JANE, beloved mother of Ada O’Neil and Fred; grandmother of Francis P. O’Neil, Fred and Jean Sykes. Friends may call at the Daniels Funeral Home, 15800 Detroit, where services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 2pm.

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14 Frank Stewart Sykes (1866-1911) When Frank Stewart Sykes was born on December 7, 1866, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, his father, Thomas M. Sykes, was 34 and his mother, Ellen Margaret Poorman, was 25. He married Lunetta Fraville “Nettie” Woodrow and they had two children together. He then married Edna (1877-) in 1906. He died on November 20, 1911, in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 44, and was buried at Green Lawn Cemetery.

When Lunetta Fraville “Nettie” Woodrow (18761941) was born on March 21, 1876, in Logan, Ohio, her father, Josiah Woodrow, was 24, and her mother, Sarah A. Duddey, was 18. She married Frank Stewart Sykes. She then married Robert Ottawa “Ott” Jacobs and they had two children together. She died on July 20, 1941, in Dayton, Ohio, at the age of 65, and was buried in Huntsville, Ohio. Children of Frank Stewart Sykes & Lunetta Fraville “Nettie” Woodrow

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i. Margaret Ellen Sykes (1895-1969) ii. Agnes Sykes (1899-) When Agnes Sykes was born on July 7, 1899, in Belle Center, Ohio, her father, Frank, was 32, and her mother, Lunetta, was 23. She lost her father when she was only 12 years old.

Sources: 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Ohio 1910 Census Miracode Index Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007 Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2013 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 Web: Columbus, Ohio, Green Lawn Cemetery Index, 1780-2010 Web: Ohio, Find A Grave Index, 1787-2012

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15 Emma M. Sykes (1869-1919) When Ema M. Sykes was born on September 1, 1869, in Hardin, Ohio, her father, Thomas M. Sykes, was 37, and her mother, Ellen Margaret Poorman, was 28. She married James Agnes Miller on August 12, 1893, in Logan, Ohio. They had two children during their marriage. She died on July 5, 1919, in Logan, Ohio, at the age of 49, and was buried in Huntsville Cemetery, Huntsville, Ohio.

When James Agnes Miller (1862-1946) was born on December 23, 1862, in Ohio, his father, James M. Miller, was 24 and his mother, Rebecca, was 24. He died on December 23, 1946, in Sandusky, Ohio, at the age of 84, and was buried in Huntsville Cemetery, Huntsville, Ohio. Children of Emma M Sykes & James Agnes Miller

i. Earnest E. Miller (1893-) When Ernest E Miller was born on August 23, 1894, in McArthur, Ohio, his father, James Agnes Miller, was 31 and his mother, Emma M. Sykes, was 24. He married Florence Thompson (1901-) on August 29, 1921, in Monroe, Michigan. At the age of 81, they were divorced in Florida. He had one brother.

When Florence L “Florrie” Thompson was born on October 1, 1900, in Sandusky, Ohio, the birth record said her given name was Florinde. Her father, Clayton W. Thompson, was 23, and her mother, Barbara E. Metzgar, was 22 at the time of her birth. At the age of 75, they were divorced in Florida. She had two brothers and four sisters. ii. William E. Miller (1898-) When William E Miller was born on October 3, 1898, in McArthur, Ohio, his father, James, was 35 and his mother, Emma, was 29. He had one brother. Sources: 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973


Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962 Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007 Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2013 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Pennsylvania, Records of Marriages, 1885-1889 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

Obituary for Frank S. Sykes

James Agnes Miller

Ema M. Sykes

Secretary, Asked Question by Member, Suddenly Throws Back Head and Expires.

Lunetta Fraville “Nettie” - Sykes & Jacobs Woodrow

Frank Stewart Sykes

Sykes, Frank Steward home 77 Chicago Avenue, Columbus, Ohio The cream colored house in the center was the home of Frank S Sykes at the time of his death.

Frank S. Sykes, Known as Labor Leader, Victim of the Unheralded Summons. Seized by heart failure while he was going over his records as secretary and business agent of Bricklayers’ Union No. 21, Frank S. Sykes, aged 43, died at a meeting of the union at 6:30 last night at 1111/2 South High Street. Mr. Sykes had spoken on a subject before the union when a member asked him a question. He sat down at his desk to open his minute book. Members noted that he leaned his head back as if to sneeze, Philip Koontz, 444 Wetmore Street, treasurer of the union, standing behind him, caught him as he leaned back. An instant later it was noted that Mr. Sykes was dying. Before physicians could be secured he was dead. Break News to His Wife. Members of the union called Deputy Clerk of Courts Frank Graham and David R. Jones, neighbors of Mr. Sykes, at his home at 77 Chicago Avenue to break the news to Mrs. Sykes. “We were all such good friends of Frank that our hearts failed us,” said Lawrence later. “I had to call Mrs. Lawrence from home to tell Mrs. Sykes.” Mr. Sykes had a wide acquaintance among union men. He had lived in Columbus nearly 20 years. Besides the widow he is survived by two daughters, Agnes and Margaret. A brother, E. E. Sykes, lives at Belle Center, his old home, and a sister, Mrs. Emma Miller, in Wheeling, W. Va. His mother is Mrs. Emma Miller of Quincy. Mrs. Sykes said last night that her husband had been in excellent health and had seldom known illness. The body is at the Schoedinger undertaking establishment, and will be taken home this morning.

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16 Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes (1873-1944) When Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes was born on July 16, 1873, in Lawrence, Kansas, her father, James B. Sykes, was 39, and her mother, Martha Elizabeth “Mattie” Gingerich, was 27. She married Richard Gravener Haworth (1853-1919), on August 5, 1891, in Cleburne, Arkansas, they had 14 children together. Eight years after Richard’s death, she married John Anderson Sherrell (1872-1949) on October 27, 1927. She died on May 7, 1944, in Kansas City, Kansas, at the age of 70, and was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas.

When Richard Gravener Haworth was born on May 17, 1853, his father, Milton Walton Haworth, was 30 and his mother, Susanna, was 26. He married Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes on August 5, 1891, in Cleburne, Arkansas. They had 14 children in 23 years. He died on October 4, 1919, in Kansas City, Kansas, at the age of 66, and was buried at Friends Church Cemetery, Springdale, Kansas.

When John Anderson Sherrell was born on December 25, 1872, in West Plains, Missouri, his father, Isaiah Sherrell, was 25 and his mother, Martha Jane Shirley, was 16. He married Rosette B Hudson (1874-1926), they had six children together. He then married Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes on October 27, 1927. John died on September 15, 1949, in Kansas City, Kansas, at the age of 76, and was buried at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Kansas City, Kansas.

Obituary of Capitola Elva Sykes:

Died May 7, age 70, at the home, 2913 North Thirteenth, Kansas City, Kansas. She formerly lived in Leavenworth. Surviving are her husband, Frank [sic] Sherrell of the home; six sons, Milton Haworth, Walnut Grove, Mo.; Earl Haworth, Lockwood, Mo.; James T. Haworth, 1718 North Thirtieth; Richard S. Haworth, 2119 South Fourteenth; George Haworth, 1129 Cleveland, and Truman Haworth, 1941 Parallel; four daughters, Mrs. Sadie Herrell, 2113 North Thirteenth, Mrs. Fern Farris, 3027 North Thirty-first; Mrs. Edna Debus 3939 Hiawatha, and Miss Juanita Haworth of the home; two brothers Casper Sykes and Millard Sykes, Heber Springs, Ark., twenty grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Obituary of Richard Gravener Haworth:

Richard G. Haworth, 65 years old, died today at his home, 1840 Quindaro Boulevard, Kansas side. Besides his widow, Mrs. Capitola Haworth, he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Sadie Herrell, Miss Edna Haworth, Miss Fern Haworth and Miss Juanita Haworth and six sons, Milton Haworth, Earl Haworth, Richard Haworth, George Haworth, Truman Haworth and James Haworth, all of the Kansas side.

Newspaper article about John Anderson Sherrell: Kansas City Star, October 5, 1944: GIVES UP IN CAR INJURY ___________ KANSAS DRIVER LEFT SCENE AFTER STRIKING CHILD. __________ John A. Sherrell, 72 Years Old, Is Being Held on Two Charges --Victim Suffered Broken Ankle. ______ The driver of a car that late yesterday struck an 11-year-old girl at twenty-fourth street and Washington boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas, surrendered to the police today after reading, he said, in the morning edition of The Star that she had suffered a broken left ankle. He is John A. Sherrell, a 72-year-old grading contractor, who lives with a stepson, Earl Haworth, at 2913 North Thirteenth street. He was alone in his car at the time of the accident. As he was driving home east of Washington Boulevard, Sherrell said the little girl, Marilyn Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Martin, 1433 North Twenty-fourth street, stepped from the curb carrying an open umbrella and was struck by his car. She is a pupil of the sixth grade of Mark Twain school, and was on the way home. Raymond Johnson, 1331 North thirty-sixth street, driving west on the boulevard, saw the child lying in the street and stopped. As he was putting her in his car to take her to the Providence hospital, Sherrell, who had driven his car to the curb, returned to the scene on foot and admitted he was the driver, but did not identify himself. Sherrell told the police that he returned to his own car and attempted to follow Johnson but lost him in the rain, and drove home where he passed a sleepless night. He did not call the police. It is


the first time he was ever involved in an accident, he said. He is being held on charges of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Children of Capitola Eva Sykes & Richard Gravener Haworth i. James Thomas Haworth (1891–1891) When James Thomas Haworth and his twin brother Milton were born on October 22, 1891, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, their father, Richard, was 38, and their mother, Capitola, was 18. James died on October 25, 1891, three days after his birth. 49 ii. Milton Haworth (1891–1960) iii. Sara Adderine “Sadie” Haworth (1893–1975) When Sara Adderine “Sadie” Haworth was born on January 16, 1893, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, Richard, was 39, and her mother, Capitola, was 19. She married Ralph B. Harrell on April 15, 1916, in Leavenworth, Kansas. She died on November 23, 1975, in St Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 82.

Richard Gravener Haworth

When Ralph B Harrell was born on March 4, 1894, in DuQuoin, Illinois, his father, John P. Harrell, was 23 and his mother, Mary L., was 23. He married Sara Adderine “Sadie” Haworth on April 15, 1916, in Leavenworth, Kansas. He died on May 27, 1976, in St Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 82. Obituary for Sara Adderine “Sadie” Haworth: Mrs. Ralph Harrell Mrs. Sarah (Sadie) Harrell, 82, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Sunday at a nursing home there. Mrs. Harrell was born in Heber Springs, Ark., and lived in Kansas City, Kansas, 20 years before moving to St. Petersburg in 1960. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. She leaves her husband, Ralph Harrell of the home; four brothers, James Haworth and George Haworth, both of St. Petersburg, and Earl Haworth, 3511 Georgia, and Truman C. Haworth, 3525 Georgia, both of Kansas City, Kansas; two sisters, Miss Juanita Haworth and Mrs. Fern Vance, both of St. Petersburg, and a half brother, Archie Sherrell, 9746 Parallel, Kansas City, Kansas. Services and burial will be Wednesday in St. Petersburg.

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50 iv. James Thomas Haworth (1894–1980) 51 v. Earl Jonathan Haworth (1897–1984) vi. Newton Truman Haworth (1899–) When Newton Truman Haworth was born on October 16, 1899, in Leavenworth, Kansas, his father, Richard, was 46 and his mother, Capitola, was 26. Passed away as an infant. vii. Haworth (1901–1901) Miss Haworth was born in 1901 in Kansas and died the same day. 52 viii. Edna Susan Haworth (1902–1947) ix. Richard Sykes Haworth (1905–1951) When Richard Sykes Haworth was born on February 20, 1905, in Leavenworth, Kansas, his father, Richard, was 51 and his mother, Capitola, was 31. He married Loretta May Logan (1903-) on August 15, 1937, in Lexington, Missouri. He died on July 5, 1951, in St Joseph, Missouri, at the age of 46. Loretta May Logan was born in 1903 in Illinois. Loretta May Logan was born in 1903 in Illinois. Obituary for Richard Sykes Haworth Rites Funeral services for Richard S. Haworth, 46 years old, St, Joseph, Mo., who died Thursday at the St. Joseph hospital, St. Joseph, will be held at 11 o’clock Monday at the Meierhoffer-Fleeman chapel, St. Joseph. Mr. Haworth had been ill five days. He was born in Leavenworth, Kas., and was employed as a store front estimator for the Pittsburg Paint and Glass company in St. Joseph. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Loretta Haworth of the home; two stepsons, Fred Logan, St. Joseph, and Herbert Logan, 202 East Kansas avenue, Independence; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Thelma Becker, 412 South Grand Street, Independence; five brothers, Milton Haworth, St. Petersburg, Fla.; James Haworth, Tonganoxie, Kas.; Earl Haworth, 112 North Boeke street, Kansas City, Kansas; George Haworth, 1129 Cleveland avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, and Truman Haworth, 3200 Everett avenue, Kansas City, Kansas; three sisters, Mrs. Sadie Harrell, 2928 North Fortyseventh street, Kansas City, Kansas; and Miss Juanita Haworth, 2755 North Twenty-second street, Kansas City, Kansas, and two step grandchildren. Page 60

53 x. George Edward Haworth (1907–1993) xi. Elva Capatola Haworth (1909–1912) When Elva Capatola Haworth was born on February 25, 1909, in Leavenworth, Kansas, her father, Richard, was 55, and her mother, Capitola, was 35. She died as a 3 year old child in 1912, in Leavenworth, Kansas. 54 xii. Fern Hazel Haworth (1911–1996) xiii. Juanita Lawrence Haworth (1913–1996) When Juanita Lawrence Haworth was born on March 17, 1913, in Leavenworth, Kansas, her father, Richard, was 59, and her mother, Capitola, was 39. She died on September 24, 1996, in St Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 83. Obituary for Juanita L Haworth, 83 St. Petersburg Times (FL) - Thursday, September 26, 1996 HAWORTH, JUANITA L., 83, of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Sept. 24, 1996) at a niece’s residence. Born in Leavenworth, Kan., she came here in 1958 from Kansas City, Kan. She was a nurse and a member of Pinellas Park Wesleyan Church. Survivors include many nieces and nephews, including Nadine E. Hughes, Beulah Groves, Charlene Hatcher (I don’t know how they are related), Donna Eddington (I don’t know how they are related), and Richard Haworth, all of St. Petersburg. R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, St. Petersburg. 55 xiv. Truman Chilson Haworth (1915–1978) Sources: 1860 USA Federal Census 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961 Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007


17 Casper James Sykes (1882-1960) When Casper James Sykes was born on March 27, 1882, in Lawrence, Kansas, his father, James Brameth Sykes, was 48 and his mother, Martha Elizabeth “Mattie” Gingerich, was 36. He married Minnie Ramer (1889-1918) on 17 October 1907, they had two children together. After Minnie passed away 18 Mar 1918, about two years later he then married Lillie Fay Allen (1899-1966), on 2 February 1920, they had 13 children together. He died on October 6, 1960, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 78, and was buried there.

When Minnie Ramer was born in July 1889 in Arkansas, her father, Robert, was 37, and her mother, Sarah, was 38. She married Casper James Sykes on October 17, 1907, in Cleburne, Arkansas. They had two children during their marriage. She died as a young mother on March 18, 1918, at the age of 28.

When Lillie Fay Allen was born on October 20, 1899, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, James, was 40, and her mother, Olive, was 26. She married Casper James Sykes on February 2, 1920, in Newport, Arkansas. They had 13 children in 23 years. She died on May 9, 1966, in her hometown at the age of 66, and was buried there. Children of Casper James Sykes & Minnie Ramer

i. Ruth Olga Sykes (1912–1993) When Ruth Olga Sykes was born on May 6, 1912, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, Casper, was 30, and her mother, Minnie, was 22. She died on December 3, 1993, in her hometown at the age of 81, and was buried at Heber Springs City Cemetery, Heber Springs, Arkansas. ii. Millard Sykes (1914–2010) When Millard Sykes was born in 1914 in Heber Springs, Arkansas, his father, Casper, was 32 and his mother, Minnie, was 25. He had eight brothers and six sisters. He died on May 24, 1935, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 21.

A letter of reference for Casper Sykes, dated 29 July 1905: E. G. Holman Leavenworth, Kas The bearer Casper Sykes and Bro have been in my employ during the spring and berry picking season. Should you need help in your nursery or berry patches, you will find them trustworthy and reliable. Respect B. F. Smith

Obituary for Millard Sykes Millard Sykes, aged 20, of Heber Springs, died at a hospital here at 1:25pm Friday. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Sykes of Heber Springs, and one sister, Ruth Sykes of Heber Springs. The body was taken to Heber Springs by Healey & Roth Friday night.

Casper James Sykes

Obituary

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Children of Casper James Sykes & Lillie Fay Allen

iii. Sykes (1920–1920) Infant son Sykes was born on July 18, 1920, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, and died the same day. iv. Ralph Earl Sykes (1921–2009) When Ralph Earl Sykes was born on August 4, 1921, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, his father, Casper, was 39 and his mother, Lillie, was 21. He had eight brothers and six sisters. He married Arzella “Zella.” He died on April 26, 2009, in Searcy, Arkansas, at the age of 87, and was buried in his hometown. Arzella “Zella” died in 2009. Obituary for Ralph Earl Sykes: Heber Springs, Ark. Ralph Earl Sykes, age 87, of Heber Springs, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009, at the White County Medical Center in Searcy. Born in Heber Springs on August 4, 1921, he was the son of the late Casper James and Lillie Fay (Allen) Sykes. A lifetime resident of Heber Springs, Mr. Sykes was in the CCC Camp during World War II; due to his bad eyesight, he couldn’t enter the military. He worked for years at a gas station owned by Cecil Alexander, known by his nickname of “Slick.” While Mr. Sykes still had his vision, he loved fishing. He was a member of the Heber Springs First Baptist Church. Mr. Sykes was preceded in death by his wife, Arzella; father, Casper James Sykes; mother, Lillie Fay Sykes; brothers, Joseph E. Sykes and Casper James Sykes,Jr.; sister, Ellen Phoebe Garrett; half brother, Millard Sykes; and half sister, Ruth Sykes. He is survived by three brothers, John Sykes of Heber Springs, James Sykes and wife, Barbara, of McRae, and Allen Sykes and wife, Linda, of Gentry; and four sisters, Helen Gilmer, Jessie Fay Love, and Martha Golden, all of Heber Springs, and Florence Jones and husband, Larry, of Little Rock. Mr. Sykes is also survived by other relatives and his many friends. Visitation will be held April 29 at 2 p.m. in the Olmstead Chapel with funeral services beginning at 2:30 p.m., officiated by Bro.

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Jeffery Feil. Interment will follow in the Heber Springs Cemetery. 56 v. Helen Grace Sykes (1922–2010) 57 vi. Jessie Fay Sykes (1925–2015) 58 vii. Florence Elizabeth Sykes (1927–2012) viii. Patsy V Sykes (1929–) When Patsy V Sykes was born in 1929 in Arkansas, his father, Casper, was 47 and his mother, Lillie, was 30. He lived in Heber Springs, Arkansas, in 1930. He had eight brothers and six sisters. 59 ix. Casper James “Cass” Sykes (1929–1981) 60 x. John Charles Sykes (1931–2014) 61 xi. Ellen Phoebe Sykes (1933–2006) 62 xii. James Thomas Sykes (1935–2016) 63 xiii. Martha Carol Sykes (1938–) xiv. Allen Moloye Sykes Senior (1940–2010) When Allen Moloye Sykes was born on March 1, 1940, in Cabot, Arkansas, his father, Casper, was 57 and his mother, Lillie, was 40. He married Linda. He had eight brothers and six sisters. He died in July 2010 at the age of 70. I have a note that says he had two children, but I don’t have any information about them. 64 xv. Joseph Edward “Joe” Sykes (1943–1980) Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

Ralph Earl Sykes


Lillie Fay Allen

Obituary

Casper and Lillie’s wedding day

Ruth Olga Sykes

Lillie Faye is top left, then Martha and her husband Max. Bottom is Norman (left) and Lori (right).

Casper James Sykes & wife, Lillie Ray Allen

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Casper James Sykes

Casper James Sykes

12 Sept 1918, World War I Draft Registration Card

Leavensworth Kas.

Casper James Sykes 1942 World War II Draft Registration Card

Sept -16 - 17 Dear Mother I will try to wright you a few line in answer to your letter of the 5 was glad to hear from you but sorry to hear of Mrs. Daintey being sick. Ruth is better now we had the doctor to see hir 2 weeks ago to day and he straightstened hir out it was an atact of moleria. You speak of canning peaches. we havenot had a peach to eat they are 25 cts a doz hear and not big either. apples are worth 25 a peck. (Part of the next line is missing) ...... out on

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2 Wensday 3 weeks next wensday and cought cold an friday and hais had a sore mouth ever since. I still have seven in front below the Dentist Said they were allright and I Could hav the new ones to fasten onto then and it would be easyer for me to learn to use them that way and I Can take them out and put them in just the same 4 of them it took the Dentist and his wife to pull and one eyetooth he pulled out quite a Chunk of bone and I

3 and I have one pice that come out since and another that he bad to cut the end of of and about 4 more that is just coming through so I guess it will be some time before I will have anny teeth and it is kind of hard eating while ones gums are so sore. yes we got moved about 2 weeks ago and I have been working at the fort but it will not last long the man has until midle of nov. to finish the job in and he will have to lay off alot of men before that because after the out side

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4 there will not be room for then to work inside. we got our stove at wards. ordered a Cabinet but it never got hear yet so guess I will have to send and get my money the stove is a dandy no 9 and has 2 grates one for coal and another for wood and has on(e) lid with 3 rings to it so asto fit anny kind of vessel and it is a dandy Cooker. and we bought a a table 6 foot extension second hand $4 dollors and you cant tell it from new. and I got dresser bed sted and wash stond they are old fashin but we like then

I searched for the stove like he was talking about online, this is what I came up with. If it isn’t it, it is close.

5 they are black walnut and the dresser and wash stand hav marble tops. they were second hand also and Cost 10 dollors for the set we got them from a man who had lost his wife and was selling out they had been well taken care of for you could not see a place whore there bad ever been a bug on the bed. and it has nice woven springs with it and the glass on the dresser is 24x36 inches some have plenty of furniture when we get our Cabnet, and a Cubord. we havent anny thing on our floors yet

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6 but I amnot going to do like Cappie she bought a 27 dollar rug and they owe a bout 3 dollar grocrie bill and I dont know how soon Milton maybe called to the army what we have is paid for except what we owe you and as soon as I Can I will start to pay on that. I think I will advertise my place next week and if I should hapen to sell it I will pay you the first thing. I have been trying to traid ___ not dong anny good so far. I have bought one tun of Coal it Cost $4.65 delivered. Well mother Cappie is Casper’s sister (9 years older than him), her full name was Capitola Elva Sykes, and her nickname was Cappie. This letter was written in 1917, Cappie’s husband died in 1919 at the age of 66. Their youngest child was born just 4 years before his death. The Milton he talks about is Milton Haworth, Cappie’s 26 year old son, who was still single at the time. 7 I stoped to rest and see if I could think of annything more to wright and lost my pen and cant find it anny whare so will finish with a pencil you spoke of those molases I wouldn’t care if we had them now as we are out. I supose you will soon have some new molases Minnie & Ruth and Cappie are gon to Church. Me and Millard ar here alone we went lasst Sunday night and he slep all the time and

Minnie is Casper’s wife, Minnie Ramer. Ruth is Ruth Olga Sykes - Casper’s 5 year old daughter Millard is Millard Sykes, Casper’s 3 year old son. Thanks to Stacey Sykes for helping me translate this page and who’s who!! Page 67


8 sure is some load when he is a sleep. Oh yes you tell Mill to not forget my log dews and I will send the money as soon as I can get annother check book. That may be tomorow as we may have a lazy on a count of lumber you see I go to work before the bank opens and dont get back til after they closed and the P.O. the same and I dont like to send money in a letter. well I will close hoping this will find you all well. taken first

9 with love to you all wright soon and take care of yourselve as aways your boy Casper 307 Central Avenue

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18 Millard Fillmore Sykes (1885-1953) When Millard Fillmore Sykes was born on September 20, 1885, in Douglas, Kansas, his father, James, was 51 and his mother, Martha, was 39. He married Orpha Spinks in 1916. They had two children during their marriage. He died on April 20, 1953, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 67, and was buried there.

In my correspondence with Judy Rollins, his granddaughter and daughter of Marian Katherine Sykes, said, “My grandfather and Uncle Donald both worked for the post office. Granddad always wore a three piece suit and then in the afternoon he would come home and put on khaki shirt and pants and work in his flower beds. He grew beautiful plate size dahlias plus roses.�

When Orpha Spinks (1882-1956) was born in December 1882 in Illinois, her father, James, was 38, and her mother, Martha, was 36. She married William Hardy Little and they had one daughter together. She then married Millard Fillmore Sykes and they had two children together. She died in 1956 at the age of 74, and was buried in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

Orpha Spinks, wife of both William Hardy Little, then Millard Fillmore Sykes

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i. James Donald Sykes (1918-1989) ii. Dorothy Annelle Sykes (1918-1918) was born on 28 Jan 1918 in Heber Springs, Arkansas, (From Judy Watkins Rollins: Donald had a twin sister who died either at birth or as an infant. Her name was Dorothy Annelle. She was never mentioned around us by our grandparents but our Mother told us.). She died in 1918 in Heber Springs, Arkansas (Judy Watkins Rollins said: Her burial has to be in Heber Springs but we have never seen her grave and our mother was the only one who ever talked about her. We would love to know where she is buried or almost anything about her.). ii. Marian Katherine Sykes (1920-2001)

Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Page 69


Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

19 Charles Wesley Sykes (1867-1939) When Charles Wesley Sykes was born on August 3, 1867, in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, his father, John, was 29 and his mother, Elmira, was 24. He married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Peters on July 4, 1889, in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. They had seven children in 16 years. He died on April 7, 1939, in his hometown at the age of 71, and was buried there.

Millard Fillmore Sykes WWII, Draft Registration Card, 1942

Millard Fillmore Sykes

WWI, Draft Registration Card, 1917 Page 70

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Peters (1868-1944) was born on February 13, 1868, in Irwin, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Emma Slater and Sebastian Peters. She died on November 28, 1944, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, at the age of 76, and was buried there. Obituary for Charles Wesley Sykes: From The Daily News, McKeesport, PA, April 4, 1939, Page 27

Charles Wesley Sykes, 71, of 1818 Federal street died today at 6 o’clock a.m. at his home.

Mr. Sykes, a McKeesport butcher, was born in Mt. Pleasant Aug 3, 1867, and had resided in McKeesport most of his life. He was a member of the Shoemaker Memorial U. B. Church and of the Woodmen of the World No. 43.

Mr. Sykes is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Sykes; two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Olsen, and Mrs. Elmira Saxon, of McKeesport; three sons, Roy of Cannonsburg; Paul of McKeesport, and Glenn of Georgia; one sister, Mrs. Rena Barnes of Lionville, PA; two brothers, George of McKeesport and William of Dallas, Tex; 22 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at his late home with the Rev. J. D. Good officiating. Burial will be at the Versailles Cemetery.

Obituary of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Peters Sykes:

The DailyNews, McKeesport, PA November 28,1944

Mrs.Elizabeth Sykes, widow of Charles Sykes, died today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmira Saxon 1835 Willow Street where friends are being received.


Certificate of Death

Charles Wesley Sykes

Sykes 4-generation photo Isn’t this the most marvelous 4 generation picture? Thanks to Mary Sykes Gridley for her willingness to share this!! Starting with the oldest AND a son of William Henry Sykes: John Clyde, his son: Charles Wesley, his son: Roy Clinton, his son: Charles David

Certificate of Death

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Peters (Sykes)

Each is the oldest son of their generation.

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Funeral services in charge of her pastor, the Rev. George Biggs, will be held Friday at 2:30 p. m. at the Shoemaker Memorial United Brethren Church. Burial is to be in Versailles Cemetery.

Mrs. Sykes was a native of Irwin coming to McKeesport 50 years ago. Besides Mrs. Saxon, she leaves another daughter, Mrs. Mildred Olsen of McKeesport; two sons, Roy of Canonsburg; and Glenn of Brunswick, GA; 24 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Leah Miller of Circleville; Mrs. Della Damm of Sandusky, Ohio; three brothers, John Peters of Delmont, PA, Joseph of Irwin,and Benjamin of Jennerstown, PA. Children of Charles Wesley Sykes & Elizabeth Peters

67 i. Roy Clinton Sykes (1890–1969) 68 ii. Paul Willard Sykes Senior (1892–1943) 69 iii. Leon Chalmer Sykes (1893–1921) iv. Lloyd Sykes (1895–1908) When Lloyd Sykes was born on July 2, 1895, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, his father, Charles, was 27 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 27. He died as a 12 year old child on April 1, 1908, in his hometown, and was buried there. Obituary for Lloyd Sykes: The McKeesport Daily News April 2, 1908, pg 1 BOY’S STOICISM COSTS HIS LIFE Has Appendicitis But Does Not Complain Until Too Late Passes away on the day following operation Lloyd Sykes, 12-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Sykes, of 2714 Grover Avenue, lies dead because of the grit that caused him to bear agonizing pain without making complaint enough to lead his parents to realize the gravity of his condition. Stricken with appendicitis, the plucky little fellow bore the tortures of the disease almost without a sign of pain, merely saying he “had a stomach-ache.” He was given such simple treatment as his case seemed to require and it was not until the case had attained practically Page 72

fatal head-way that the truth became known. Then, the plucky little chap was hurried to the hospital for an operation that held out the only hope of saving his life - a very slender hope, the grief-stricken parents were told. When the surgeons had placed the lad upon the operating table on Tuesday it was found the sack had broken and that septic conditions were already present. the little patient lingered from Tuesday until 5:45 last evening, when he passed away. He leaves four brothers and two sisters. The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the home of the parents, the Rev J.I.L. Ressler officiating. The interment will be made at Versailles Cemetery. 70 v. Glenn Donald Sykes (1900–1952) vi. Charles Sykes (1902-1902) 71 vii. Elmira Emily Sykes (1903–1973) 72 viii. Mildred Elizabeth Sykes (1906–1995) Sources: 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Pennsylvania 1910 Miracode Index Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1908 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 Web: Pennsylvania, Find A Grave Index, 16822012 Charles W. Sykes, “Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950”


Charles Wesley Sykes

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Peters Sebastian Peters Emma Slater John Clyde Sykes Elmira “Ella” Slater

Charles Wesley Sykes

Above, on the marriage application, #4 & #5 asks the ages of the man and woman. They wrote their ages and birthdates - I was puzzled for quite a while because their birth year was written as 1889 - and they were married in 1889!! I finally decided that the age listed was the age they would be that year.

Lloyd Sykes

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Peters

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20 Frank Wilber Sykes (1869-1937) When Frank Wilber Sykes was born on March 21, 1869, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, his father, John Clyde Sykes, was 31 and his mother, Elmira “Ella” Slater, was 26. He married Mary Alice Baker (18921946) on January 12, 1892, in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. They had two children during their marriage. He died on January 12, 1937, in Hempfield, Pennsylvania, at the age of 67, and was buried in Hillview Cemetery, Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

When Mary Alice Baker was born on March 9, 1872, in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, her father, Enos King Baker, was 34, and her mother, Hannah Margaret Baird, was 28. She died on March 9, 1960, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, at the age of 88, and was buried in Hillview Cemetery, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Children of Frank Wilber Sykes & Mary Alice Baker

i. Edna Gertrude Sykes (1892–1946). When Edna Gertrude Sykes was born on April 29, 1892, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, her father, Frank Wilber Sykes, was 23, and her mother, Mary Alice Baker, was 20. She married Franklin “Frank” Boyd Murphy on June 29, 1912, in her hometown. They didn’t have any children. She died on November 6, 1946, in Hempfield, Pennsylvania, at the age of 54, and was buried in Hillview Cemetery, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. When Franklin “Frank” Boyd Murphy (18861948) was born on November 12, 1886, in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, his father, James, was 41 and his mother, Mary, was 29. He died in 1948 in Pennsylvania at the age of 62, and was buried in Hillview Cemetery, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. A note from Karen Sykes, straightened me out on this family! I had given them two children that they didn’t have!! Thanks, Karen! She sent me the following note: “Edna Gertrude Sykes, who was my great aunt, is on page 147. She and Frank Murphy didn’t have any children. There is a couple with the same names in a neighboring county that had children, one named William. I once thought this was my Gertrude and Frank, but

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they aren’t. William shows up in the 1910 Census with Frank and Gertrude Murphy, however, my Gertrude was 17 in 1910 and still living with my great grandparents, Frank W and Mary Sykes. She didn’t marry Frank B Murphy until 1912. I remember asking my grandfather, John [John Enos Sykes], who was her brother, if they had kids, but he said they never did.” 73 ii. John Enos Sykes (1894–1987) Sources: 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Pennsylvania 1910 Miracode Index Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Web: Pennsylvania, Find A Grave Index, 16822012

Frank Wilber Sykes


Frank Wilber Sykes

Mary Alice Baker Mary Alice Baker

Mary Alice Baker

1917 - Frank Boyd Murphy

Frank Wilber Sykes

Mary Alice Baker Enos King Baker

Mary Alice Baker Karen Sykes added this note about the pictures:

This is our “Granny�. My brother remembers her well because she always had candy hidden in the pockets of her apron. When the family would go to visit, Granny would be warned not to give candy to the babies, but she did anyway! Page 75


Allegheny County Workhouse and Inebriate Asylum In response to a petition from the Board of Prison Inspectors of Allegheny county concerned with the rising costs of maintaining prisoners at the county jail and the increasingly crowded conditions there, in 1866 the state legislature authorized the construction of a workhouse in Allegheny County. The Allegheny County Workhouse and Inebriate Asylum at Claremont (Blawnox) admitted its first inmates in 1869, two years before the buildings and wall were completed. The workhouse was officially closed in 1971

1942 - Frank Boyd Murphy “Old Man’s Draft” Registration Card

Frank Wilber Sykes

Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959 for Edna Gertrude Sykes Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900-1953 218

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Frank Boyd Murphy

Edna Gertrude Sykes

Edna Gertrude Murphy

Edna Gertrude Sykes & Franklin “Frank” Boyd Murphy

Edna Gertrude Murphy

Frank Murphy

Mrs. Edna G. Murphy Edna Gertrude Sykes

Franklin “Frank” Murphy, Boyd Murphy Mrs. Edna Gertrude aged 54 years, died Mary Alice Baker yesterday morning, following a lingering illness, at John Enos Sykes RD 5. She is survived by her her home, Greensburg Rev. M.J. Bougher husband, Frank F. Murphy, her mother, Mrs. Mary Sykes, Greensburg RD 5, and a brother, John E. Greensburg, Pennsylvania Sykes, who lives along the Lincoln Highway, west Lotrobe, Pennsylvania of Latrobe. Edna Gertrude Murphy

Church of the Mrs. Murphy wasBrethren, a memberGreensburg, of the Church of the Pennsylvania Brethren, Greensburg. Friends will be received at her late home, where funeral services will be conHillview ducted at 1:15Cemetery o’clock, Saturday afternoon by the Rev. M. J. Bougher. Interment will be made in the Hillview Cemetery. Page 77


21 William Slater Sykes (1873-1950) When William Slater Sykes was born on March 21, 1873, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, his father, John Clyde Sykes, was 35 and his mother, Elmira “Ella” Slater, was 30. He married Mary M Block on September 14, 1898, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. They had three children during their marriage. He died on February 16, 1950, in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 76, and was buried there.

Mary M. Block (1877-1967) was born on July 3, 1877, in Bildstock, Saarland, Germany, the daughter of Adolph and Mary Shandow. She died on September 15, 1967, in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 90, and was buried there. Children of William Slater Sykes & Mary M. Block

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i. Edna H Sykes (1899–1972) When Edna H Sykes was born on December 1, 1899, in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, her father, William, was 26, and her mother, Mary, was 22. She married Joseph Jan Cermak in August 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana. They had two children during their marriage. She died in November 1972 in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the age of 72. ii. Byron Thomas “Tom” Sykes (1901–1973) When Byron Thomas “Tom” Sykes was born on August 23, 1901, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, his father, William, was 28 and his mother, Mary, was 24. He married Lisa Whitfield (1910-) on September 28, 1936, in Bryan, Oklahoma. He then married Elsie Florence Tillison (1922-2009) on August 11, 1966, in Dallas, Texas. He also married Mary E., who was born in 1912. Nothing is known of her, except they share a joint headstone in the cemetery. He died on September 19, 1973, in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 72, and was buried there. Elsie Florence Tillison (1922-2009) was born on August 28, 1922, in Carrollton, Texas. She married Byron Thomas “Tom” Sykes on August 11, 1966, in Dallas, Texas. She died on February 9, 2009, in Athens, Texas, at the age of 86. Obituary for Elsie Florence Tillison Sykes:

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ATHENS - Private memorial services for Elsie Florence Sykes, 86, Athens, will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under

direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens. Mrs. Sykes died Feb. 9, 2009, in Athens. She was born Aug. 28, 1922, in Carrollton. Published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on 2/12/2009 iii.

Vivian M Sykes (1905–) When Vivian M Sykes was born in 1905 in Pennsylvania, her father, William, was 32, and her mother, Mary, was 28. She lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1926. She had one brother and one sister.

Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1845-1963 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 19401947 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014

Byron Thomas “Tom” Sykes

Elsie Florence Tillison William Slater Sykes Mary M Block


22 Rena Blanche Sykes (1875-1940) When Rena Blanche Sykes was born on September 16, 1875, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, her father, John Clyde Sykes, was 37, and her mother, Elmira Slater, was 32. She married Elmer Jordan Barnes on April 26, 1894, in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. They had three children during their marriage. She died on November 14, 1940, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, at the age of 65, and was buried in Dravosburg, Pennsylvania.

Elmer Jordan Barnes (1861-1940) was born on October 2, 1861, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, the son of Henrietta Campbell and Thomas E. Barnes. He died on May 7, 1940, in Conneaut, Pennsylvania, at the age of 78. Children of Rena Blanche Sykes & Elmer Jodan Barnes

75 i. Bertha Larue Barnes (1896–1955) 76 ii. Fred LeRoy Barnes (1898–1953) 77 iii. Paul Ford Barnes (1900–1968) Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014

Byron Thomas “Tom” Sykes (2nd child of William Slater Sykes,) and wife, Mary E., born 1912

Paul Ford Barnes

Elmer Jodan Barnes Rena Blanche Sykes Mary Eva Shank Park F. Shank Susan J. Baker

I found it interesting that he was a cooper. (defined as: A cooper is a person trained to make wooden casks, barrels, vats, buckets, tubs, troughs and other staved containers from timber that was usually heated or steamed to make it pliable)

Obituary for Elmer Jordan Barnes William Slater Sykes Mary M Block

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23 George Sisson Sykes (1881-1947) When George Sisson Sykes was born on April 2, 1881, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, his father, John Clyde Sykes, was 43 and his mother, Elmira “Ella” Slater, was 38. He married Charlotte W “Lottie” Larish on December 6, 1902, in Jefferson, Ohio. They had two children during their marriage. He died on July 24, 1947, in his hometown at the age of 66, and was buried in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.

When Charlotte W “Lottie” Larish (1882-1971) was born on April 3, 1882, in Pennsylvania, her father, John, was 24, and her mother, Elizabeth, was 23. She married George Sisson Sykes on December 6, 1902, in Jefferson, Ohio. They had two children during their marriage. She died on December 22, 1971, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, at the age of 89, and was buried there. Children of George Sisson Sykes & Charlotte W. Larish

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24 Thomas Clyde Sykes (1884-1932) When Thomas Clyde Sykes was born on January 18, 1884, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, his father, John Clyde Sykes, was 46 and his mother, Elmira “Ella” Slater, was 41. He had two sons and one daughter with Elizabeth Adeline Finney between 1913 and 1926. He died on April 30, 1932, in Peters, Pennsylvania, at the age of 48.

When Elizabeth Adeline Finney (1889-1982) was born on June 15, 1889, in Pennsylvania, her father, John David Finney, was 28, and her mother, Annie Kordelia Hassler, was 29. She died on March 13, 1982, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, at the age of 92.

Obituary for Thomas Clyde Sykes: Thos. C. Sykes Dies After Long Illness

After a lingering illness of one year Thomas Clyde Sykes, died early this morning at his home at Snodgrass Stop on Canonsburg R.D. 2. He underwent an operation on January, 1921, and never recovered from its effects.

The body was prepared for burial at the Hopper & Hinton Funeral Home and taken to the late residence this afternoon from which place funeral services will be held Monday at 2pm. Rev. R. B. Wilson, pastor of the Center Presbyterian church, of which the deceased was a member will be in charge. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Sykes was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Sykes and was born in McKeesport 48 years ago. He had resided at his present home for nine years, during which time he had been an employee of the Fort Pitt Bridge Works as a machinist.

He is survived by his wife and the following children: James Henry, Clifford E., and Betty Mae, all at home; and by several brothers and a sister, Charles W. Sykes, McKeesport; Frank W. Sykes, Greensburg; William Sykes, New Orleans, La.; George S. Sykess, McKeesport, and Mrs. E. J. Barnes, Linesville, Pa.

It is requested that friends please omit flowers.

i. Lorna Blanche Sykes (1903–1982) ii. George Stuart Sykes (1907–1983)

Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 Ohio, Soldier Grave Registrations, 1804-1958 Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1908 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Web: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Mt. Vernon Cemetery Index, 1849-2012

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i. James Henry Sykes (1913–1979)


Charlotte W. “Lottie” Larish Thomas Clyde Sykes

George Sisson Sykes, a fisherman at heart

Front Row L-R: 1 Walter – Walter Sykes - 1916 2 Howard – Howard Clinton Sykes - 1911 3 Jim – James Henry Sykes - 1913 4 Charles – Charles David Sykes - 1909 5 Cliff – Clifford Eugene Sykes - 1916 6 Thelma – Thelma Louise Sykes - 1915 7 June Margaret Sykes - 1920 8 Ralph Wade Sykes - 1924

Back Row L-R: 09 Roy Clinton Sykes - 1890 10 Cora Mae Finney - 1891 11 Elizabeth (Lizzie) Adeline Finney - 1889 12 Thomas Clyde Sykes - 1884 13 Charlotte N. “Lottie” Larish - 1882 14 Francis McClue Kees - 1902 15 John (?) 16 Lorna Blanche Sykes Kees - 1903

Thanks to Leigh Partington for the picture & names!!

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81 ii. Clifford Eugene Sykes (1916–1995) . . . . . . iii. Betty Mae Sykes (1926–2016) When Betty Mae Sykes was born on May 12, 1926, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, her father, Thomas, was 42, and her mother, Elizabeth, was 36. She married Marvin Cecil Reynolds on December 21, 1945 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. She died on June 16, 2016, in her hometown at the age of 90, and was buried in Center Cemetery, Midway, Pennsylvania. When Mervin Cecil Reynolds was born on May 31, 1924, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, his father, Melvin, was 27 and his mother, Angela Fenimore, was 17. He had one brother and one sister. He married Betty Mae Sykes on December 21, 1945. He died on December 15, 1993, in his hometown at the age of 69, and was buried in Midway, Pennsylvania. Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 19401947

Betty Mae Sykes

Mervin Cecil Reynolds

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25 Charles Julius Sykes (1864-1938) When Charles Julius Sykes was born in April 1864 in Cincinnati, Ohio, his father, Nathaniel Paris Sykes, was 24 and his mother, Julia C. Wilcox, was 16. He married Carrie D McDaniel and they had three children together. He then married Emily M. Jones on February 19, 1902, in Woodbury, Iowa. He died on December 26, 1938, in Alameda, California, at the age of 74, and was buried in El Cerrito, California.

When Carrie D McDaniel (1868-) was born in July 1868 in Decorah, Iowa, her father, Barney McDaniel, was 33, and her mother, Sarah Trembly, was 25. She married Charles Julius Sykes in 1889. They had three children during their marriage. She had two brothers and four sisters.

When Emma M Jones was born in February 1882 in New York, her father, James Jones, was 33, and her mother, Mary H. Sloan, was 28. She had one brother. Children of Charles Julius Sykes & Carrie D. McDaniel

i. Charles Raymond Sykes (1891–1910) When Charles Raymond Sykes was born on June 26, 1891, in Chicago, Illinois, his father, Charles, was 27 and his mother, Carrie McDaniel, was 22. He had two brothers. He died on October 21, 1910, in Alameda, California, at the age of 19, and was buried in El Cerrito, California.

82 ii. Earl Albert Sykes Senior (1894–1984) 83 iii. Lloyd Ransley Sykes (1900–1983) Sources: 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census California, Death Index, 1905-1939 California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 Chicago, Illinois, Voter Registration, 1892 Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, State Census 1885 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current


26 Nancy Roberta “Nanny” Sykes (1867-1947) Edit When Nancy Roberta Sykes was born on April 12, 1867, in Missouri, her father, Nathaniel Paris Sykes, was 27, and her mother, Julia C. Wilcox, was 19. She married Edward Chester Connor in 1888 in Iowa. They had three children in 15 years. She died on June 26, 1947, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 80, and was buried in Glendale, California.

Edward Chester Conner (1860-1934) was born on November 23, 1860, in Illinois, the son of Margaret St. John and Eli. He married Nancy Roberta Sykes in 1888 in Iowa. They had three children in 15 years. He died on December 15, 1934, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 74, and was buried in Glendale, California. Children of Nancy Roberta Sykes & Edward Chester Conner

i. William Edward Conner (1889–) When William Conner was born 30 June 1889 in Iowa, his father, Edward, was 28 and his mother, Nancy Sykes, was 22. He had one brother and one sister. He died 29 July 1901. Obituary for William Edward Conner Missouri Valley Times 1 August 1901, pg 9

Charles Raymond Sykes (Standing) & Earl Albert Sykes, Junior

Boy Killed Last Night A most distressing accident occurred shortly before 8 o’clock last night (July 29th,) at the residence of E. C. Conner, 1110 East Sixth street, at which time Edward, the 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Conner, was accidentally shot and instantly killed by his younger brother, Linton (the newspaper misspelled Lyndon), who is 10 years of age. When the accident occurred the boys were playing alone, their mother having left the house only five minutes before, and the details of the occurrence are difficult to obtain. The weapon that did the deadly work is a 38 caliber revolver which the children had taken from its usual place of concealment on the departure of Mrs. Conner, who had gone out to one of the neighbors. The shot took effect in the left eye and death was no doubt instantaneous. The body, when discovered, way lying on the landing at the top of the first flight of stairs and from the nature of the wound the probability of that the leaden

Nancy Roberta “Nanny” Sykes

5 Sep 1905 Fremont, Dodge, Nebraska newspaper: The family of E. C. Conner will leave this week for Los Palos, Calif., to make their future home on a stock and fruit ranch. Mr. Conner who has been a Northwestern engineer for several years, will follow a little later in the season. Page 83


messenger which closed Edward’s young life was fired while he was on the stairs. The younger boy, who played the prominent part in the tragedy, was so overcome with grief last night he was unable to give a very intelligent account of just how it did happen. What shall we say of the mother? When she was notified of the death of her boy she was prostrated with grief and words fail to express the sympathy poured out to her by those present. - The father, who is an engineer on the F.E.&M.V. (Rail)road and at present out on the line, has been notified and his return home will be a sad one. Edward was an unusually bright boy and the pride of the family, who have the sympathy of the entire community in this said hour of their bereavement. Mrs. Conner had planned a trip east and was anticipating leaving for Chicago today. It later developed that Mrs. Conner had gone down town to make some purchases, and during her absence her two boys and another boy, at the suggestion of one of them, got the revolver and an air gun and were playing soldier when the accident occurred. Mr. Conner arrived on his engine from Norfolk about 1 o’clock this morning. ---Fremont (Neb.) Herald. 84 ii. Lyndon Chester Conner (1892–1988) 85 iii. Helen E M Conner (1904–1985) Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census California, Death Index, 1905-1939 California, Death Index, 1940-1997 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Title: Compiler, Marie O’Brien Schertz, Nevins Family researcher 12 June 1888, Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa Newspaper: C. Rasmussen and A. K. Peterson, and E. C. Conner and Nannie R. Sykes were granted permission to marry yesterday. Page 84

27 Maud Wilcox Sykes (1870-1947) When Maud Wilcox Sykes was born on August 17, 1870, in Sioux City, Iowa, her father, Nathaniel Paris Sykes, was 30, and her mother, Julia C. Wilcox, was 22. She married Charles Simon Hill on April 30, 1888, in Iowa. They had five children in 14 years. She died on October 26, 1968, in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 98, and was buried in Goleta, California.

Charles Simon Hill (1869-1917) was born on August 3, 1869, the son of Sarah Foye and Leonard. He died on February 16, 1917, in Fremont, Nebraska, at the age of 47, and was buried there.

86 i. Oliver Nathaniel L Hill (1889–1965) 87 ii. Elfin Sara Hill (1891–1969) 88 iii. Arthur Charles Hill (1893–1953) 89 iv. Ethel Maude Hill (1895–1984) 90 v. Edna W. Hill (1903–1976) Sources: View Source 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census California, Death Index, 1940-1997 Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1999 Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1856-1940 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, State Census 1885 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014


28 Homer Alfred Sykes (1874-1962) When Homer Alfred Sykes was born on August 12, 1874, in Sioux City, Iowa, his father, Nathaniel Paris Sykes, was 34 and his mother, Julia C. Wilcox, was 26. He married Sophia Jane Hardy on July 2, 1895, in Cook, Illinois. They had four children during their marriage. He died on May 29, 1962, in Kankakee, Illinois, at the age of 87.

Memorial Stone of William Edward Conner, son of Nancy Sykes & E.C. Conner

When Sophia Jane Hardy (1876-) was born in August 1876 in Tonypandy, Glamorgan, Wales, her father, Henry, was 26, and her mother, Jane, was 28. She lived in Charles, Devon, England, in 1881 and moved to Chicago, Illinois, sometime between 1881 and 1910. Children of Homer Alfred Sykes & Sophia Jane Hardy

i. Helen Marie Sykes (1897–) When Helen Marie Sykes was born on March 10, 1897, in Chicago, Illinois, her father, Homer, was 22, and her mother, Sophia, was 20. She married William Davis Riggall on November 29, 1922, in Harrison, West Virginia. She then married Thomas DuBois Scouler on August 31, 1940, in Clinton, Iowa. She died on June 4, 1970, in Pasco, Florida, at the age of 73.

Thomas DuBois Scouler & Helen Marie Sykes

When William Davis Riggall was born on August 31, 1900, in Smethport, Pennsylvania,

Homer Alfred Sykes, Senior

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his father, Frank F. Riggall, was 31 and his mother, Ruth Camp, was 27. He married Helen Marie Sykes, after their divorce, he then married Virginia H Corson in 1940 in Cabell, West Virginia. He died on December 4, 1983, in Huntington, West Virginia, at the age of 83, and was buried there. Thomas Dubois Scouler was born on September 9, 1894, in Fairbury, Illinois. He was married three times and had one son. He died on March 22, 1953, at the age of 58, and was buried in his hometown. 91 ii. Homer Alfred Sykes Junior (1899–1986) 92 iii. Irving R Sykes (1902–) 93 iv. Dorothy M Sykes (1905–) Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1881 England Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index, 18711920 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, State Census 1885 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Kankakee County, Illinois Death Index, 18701992 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918

29 J ulia Agnes E. Sykes (1876-1959) When Julia Agnes E. Sykes was born in January 1876 in Sioux City, Iowa, her father, Nathaniel Paris Sykes, was 36, and her mother, Julia C. Wilcox, was 28. She married Jacob Frank Gutcher on October 27, 1898, in Norfolk, Nebraska. They had four children in 17 years. She had two brothers and four sisters.

Jacob Frank Gutcher was born in September 1864 in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Mary Clagston and Jacob. He died on November 26, 1941, in Yamhill, Oregon, at the age of 77. Children of Julia Agnes E. Sykes & Jacob Frank Gutcher

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i. Jenrattie Pearl “Nettie” Gutcher (1900– 1985) ii. Myrtice M. Mertie Gutcher (1902–1916) When Mertie Gutcher was born on July 10, 1902, in Nebraska, her father, Jacob, was 37, and her mother, Julia Sykes, was 26. She had one brother and two sisters. She died as a teenager on August 22, 1916, in Lyle, Washington. Obituary for Mertie M Gutcher: (From the Seattle Daily Times, 24 Aug 1916) GIRL SAVES SISTER; DIES Myrtle Gutcher, a 14-year-old girl, is dead today, having given her life in an attempt to save her 7-year-old sister Ethel from drowning. the younger girl is alive because Dr. Fred Thompson of The Dalles with a pul-motor in an automobile won a race with death. Obituary for Mertie M. Gutcher: (From the Lynden Tribune, 31 Aug 1916) In an effort to save her 7-year-old sister Ethel from drowning in the Columbia river near Lyle, Miss Myrtle Gutcher, 14 years old, sacrificed her own life. Ethel was rescued by a farmer working near the scene of the tragedy, and resuscitated, but the elder sister could not be revived when pulled from the water 45 minutes later.

95 iii. Ethel Agnes Gutcher (1909–) 96 iv. Clarence Frank Gutcher Senior (1917– 1976) Page 86


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Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Iowa, State Census 1885 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Nebraska, Marriage Records, 1855-1908 Oregon, County Marriage Records, 1851-1975 Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008 Oregon, Motor Vehicle Registrations, 1911-1946 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 Washington, Birth Records, 1870-1935 Washington, Select Death Certificates, 1907-1960

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I typed up the article about Jacob Frank Gutcher’s train wreck as it appeared in this paper. I did the same for the continuation of the article on an inside page.

PASSENGER TRAIN WRECKED; 1 DIES North Bank Cars Leave Rails at Lyle, Wash. LOCOMOTIVE MEN VICTIMS Fireman Killed: Engineer Injured Seriously. ACCIDENTS IN NORTHWEST CAUSE FIVE DEATHS Lyle, Wash. – S.P.& S. passenger train leaves rails. Fireman loses life; engineer injured. HOOD RIVER, Or., Aug. 3. – (special) George Wheeler, 40, fireman, was killed instantly at 10:20 a.m. (Wednesday) [today] when the eastbound Portland-Goldendale local of the Seattle, Portland & Spokane railroad company plunged from the rails four miles west of Lyle, Washington, in one of the most peculiar wrecks in the 20-year history of the rail line. Frank Gutcher, engineer, 50 suffered bruises about the head and was burned severely. The train, traveling at an estimated speed of 35 miles an hour, was passing a siding at the Swanndiamond Lumber company, when the main rod on the right-hand side of the locomotive snapped and threw a switch. The locomotive ??? under proceeded down the main track, while a combined baggage, mail, and express car and two ?????es were sent hurtling down the siding. Rod Breaks Rails. Catching in the rails and ties, the rod broke the for???r in two in numerous places and ties where twisted(?) to kindling. The heavy locomotive, No. 156, as the rail men know it, was swung to one side by the pounding of the broken shaft, and when it finally stopped, turned on its left side, the pilot was facing almost west. Had the momentum carried the locomotive another four feet, it would have plunged 35 feet down into the Columbia river. The tender broke away from the locomotive and plowed its way behind it, the impact crushing the ??? and catching Fireman Wheeler, the top of whose head was shaved off. The locomotive was an oil burner, and backfiring of the oil burned Mr. Wheeler’s body badly. Ray Ryan, conductor, reached the locomotive in time to turn off the fuel and extinguish a small fire that had started. Baggage car crushed. The car and coaches were knocked from the rails but bounced on the ties for more than 100 feet. The baggage car was turned partially over and was crushed against the side of a cliff bordering the right of way. The coaches did not overturn and the six men and one woman, passengers, escaped without a scratch, although badly shaken. The only other casualty was Baggageman Leaman, who suffered a severe bump on the top of his head when thrown against the roof of the car. Mr. Wheeler’s body was taken to Goldendale, but will be returned to his Portland home tomorrow for funeral services. Mr. Gutcher, veteran in the service of the rail line, was brought to the Hood River hospital. Physicians characterized his injuries as painful but not serious. His home was formerly in Goldendale, but he now lives in Portland. Mr. Gutcher was engineer on the Goldendale branch line at the time it was taken over by the larger company. Train’s Speed Checked. “The wreck happened so quickly that we didn’t have time to do much thinking,” said C. W. Ash, brakeman. “We felt two impacts, one when the locomotive was torn from the rest of the train and the other when the baggage car crashed into the cliff. The fact that the wheels

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Continuation of train wreck story, contains two pictures of the wreck.

PASSENGER TRAIN WRECKED; 1 DIES North Bank Cars Leave Rails at Lyle, Washington Continued From First Page. Were thrown off the rails onto the ties slowed down the coaches before the final crash came and probably prevented more injuries.� Francis A. Lindsay, news agent, was sitting in the smoker, the rear door of which was broken in by the crash. He rushed from the train and aided in removing the body of Fireman Wheeler and the injured engineer from the wreckage of the cab. The wreck was reported by means of a portable telephone, part of passenger train emergency, and wrecking cranes and crews were on the way immediately from Vancouver and Wishram. Day trains of the north Bank line were detoured over the Union Pacific from Portland to Wishram. _______________ Official reports to President Turner laid the blame for the Spokane, Portland & Seattle train accident on a broken rod. The main rod on the right side of the engine broke about two feet from the switch, dropped down and tore the switch out, causing the derailment, investigation by railroad officials revealed. The track was cleared at 4:50 P.M. and regular trains were operating on schedule, said Mr. Turner.

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30 Jennie May Sykes (1879- ) When Jennie May Sykes was born in 1879 in Woodbury, Iowa, her father, Nathaniel Paris Sykes, was 40, and her mother, Julia C. Wilcox, was 32. She married Charles Burke Johnson on April 14, 1897, in Elk Point, South Dakota. They had four children during their marriage. Jennie, by 1920, married Merrick C. Smith. She had two brothers and four sisters.

31 Alice B. Forsyth (1872–1927) When Alice B. Forsyth was born on March 19, 1872, in Leesburg, Virginia, her father, John William Forsythe, was 27, and her mother, Mary Charlotte Sykes, was 25. She married Charles B Long on December 25, 1890, in Garner, Iowa. They had two children during their marriage. She died on May 13, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 55, and was buried there.

Merrick C Smith was born in 1845 in Pennsylvania. He moved 3 times during his lifetime. He lived in Iowa in 1895 and moved to Sioux City, Iowa, by 1915.

Charles Burke Johnson was born in December 1854 in Illinois. He had one son and three daughters with Jennie May Sykes between 1898 and 1906.

According to “Guerrilla Warfare and Life in Libby Prison” by John W. Forsythe, “Alice Forsythe (March 19, 1873 - May 13, 1927) who married Charles B. Long, an artist and photographer of Chicago;...”

Children of Jennie May Sykes & Charles Burke Johnson i. Maud Agnes Johnson (1898–) When Maud Agnes Johnson was born in February 1898 in South Dakota, her father, Charles, was 43, and her mother, Jennie Sykes, was 19. She had one brother and two sisters. 97 ii. Henry Burk Johnson (1899–) 98 iii. Ida Nettie Johnson (1904–) 99 iv. Jennie May Johnson (1905-1982)

Sources: 1860 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census Iowa, State Census 1885 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 Wisconsin Marriages, pre-1907

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Charles Burke Johnson

When Charles B Long was born in 1868 in Britt, Iowa, his father, Isaac, was 29 and his mother, Emma Sayby, was 19. He married Alice B. Forsyth on December 25, 1890, in Garner, Iowa. They had two children during their marriage. He had two brothers.

Children of Alice B. Forsyth & Charles B. Long

i. Edith Forsyth Long (1891–1928) When Edith Forsyth Long was born on November 11, 1891, in Britt, Iowa, her father, Charles, was 23, and her mother, Alice, was 19. She had one brother. She died on August 3, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 36, and was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. 100 ii. Clinton Harold Long (1893–1937) Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census Cook County, Illinois Death Index, 1908-1988 Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809-1992 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current


32 William Owen Forsythe (1872–1935) When William “Willie” Owen Forsythe was born on December 18, 1872, in Leesburg, Virginia, his father, John William Forsyth(e), was 28 and his mother, Mary Charlotte Sykes, was 26. He married Hephzibah Sarah “Hepsie” Hayward on August 12, 1899, in Pocahontas, Iowa. They had two children during their marriage. He died on March 1, 1935, in San Diego, California, at the age of 62.

When Hephzibah Sarah “Hepsie” Hayward was born on February 26, 1877, in Rolfe, Iowa, her father, Henry James Hayward, was 44, and her mother, Ellen Tilley, was 39. She died on November 29, 1962, in her hometown at the age of 85, and was buried there.

1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census California, Death Index, 1905-1939 Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1999 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Iowa State Census, 1905 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918

Children of William Owen Forsythe & Hephzibah Sarah Hayward 101 i. Venilie Charlotte Forsythe (1900–1976) ii. William Henry Forsyth (1902–1987) When William Henry Forsyth was born on July 20, 1902, in Mason City, Iowa, his father, William, was 29 and his mother, Hephzibah, was 25. He married Martha Elizabeth Spivey on August 31, 1935. He died on May 8, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 84, and was buried in Eatonton, Georgia. Martha Elizabeth Spivey was born on March 16, 1900, in Eatonton, Georgia. She married William Henry Forsyth on August 31, 1935. She died on February 16, 1999, in her hometown at the age of 98, and was buried there.

William Owen Forsythe

Bill Forsyth and I corresponded for a number of years. He sent me two booklets, one named “The Memorial Windows of Atlanta’s First Methodist Church.” As I remember, Bill attended this church. He also sent me two copies of another booklet called, “Guerrilla Warfare and Life in Libby Prison,” which was written by John William Forsythe, Bill’s grandfather telling of his experiences during the Civil War. I gave one copy of that booklet to Rick (Richard Sykes, in May 2017 when we got together in Dayton, Ohio). Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census

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33 Ames Eury Forsyth (1877–1911) When Ames Eury Forsyth was born on May 4, 1877, his father, John William Forsythe, was 32 and his mother, Mary Charlotte Sykes, was 30. He married Mary Belle Byram on June 10, 1904, at the Methodist Episcopal Parsonage in Hampton, Franklin, Iowa. They had one child during their marriage. He died as a young father on December 21, 1911, at the age of 34, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Fort Dodge, Iowa. There is no headstone for him.

When Mary Belle Byram was born on September 28, 1884, in Des Moines, Iowa, her father, Adam Byram, was 38, and her mother, Martha Harley, was 27. After her marriage to Ames Eury Forsyth, she then married Rooke Richard Cunningham on September 24, 1920, in Marion, Indiana. She had four siblings. Child of Ames Eury Forsyth & Mary Belle Byram

i. John William Forsythe (1906–) When John William Forsythe was born in 1906 in Iowa, his father, Ames, was 29 and his mother, Mary, was 22. He lost his father when he was only 5 years old.

Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993 Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809-1992 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Iowa, State Census, 1895 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

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34 Estella “Stella” Forsythe (1880-1934) When Estella “Stella” Forsythe was born on August 15, 1880, in Bishopville, Ohio, her father, John William Forsythe, was 35, and her mother, Mary Charlotte Sykes, was 33. She married Harry Oates Jones on August 12, 1902, in Britt, Iowa. They had one child during their marriage. She died on March 13, 1934, in Le Mars, Iowa, at the age of 53, and was buried there.

Harry Oates Jones was born on November 13, 1873, in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. He died on July 7, 1956, in Le Mars, Iowa, at the age of 82, and was buried there. Child of Estella Forsythe & Harry Oates Jones

102 i. Robert Forsyth Jones (1910–) Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Iowa, Cemetery Records, 1662-1999 Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1940 Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990 Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1856-1940 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809-1992 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918


Estella “Stella� Forsythe

Rooke Richard Cunningham

Marriage Record for Ames Eury Forsyth & Mary Belle Byram

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35 Harry A Sykes (1878-1951) was born on March 20, 1878, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, his father, Homer, was 27 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 31. He married Alma Christina Anderson on March 20, 1912, in his hometown. They had six children in 11 years. He died on June 2, 1951, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, at the age of 73, and was buried there.

When Alma Christina Anderson was born on November 5, 1880, in Rölanda, Västra Götaland, Sweden, her father, Anders, was 39, and her mother, Lena Johannesdotter, was 28. She had one daughter from one relationship. She died on February 24, 1965, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, at the age of 84, and was buried in West Newton, Pennsylvania. Children of Harry A. Sykes & Alma Christina Anderson

103 i. William Francis “Jerry” Sykes (1912–1993) ii. Homer Andrew Sykes (1914–1914) When Homer Andrew Sykes was born on March 2, 1914, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, his father, Harry, was 35 and his mother, Alma, was 33. He died on May 11, 1914, at the age of 2 months, in his hometown within a year of his birth, and was buried there. iii. Lillian Marie Sykes (1917-1918) When Lillian Marie Sykes was born on April 8, 1917, in Monessen, Pennsylvania, her father, Harry, was 39, and her mother, Alma, was 36. She died as a child on November 9, 1918 as a 17 month old, in her hometown, and was buried Grandview Cemetery, Monessen, Pennsylvania. 104 iv. Jane Isabella Sykes (1919–2010) v. Mary Eleanor Sykes (1921–2000) When Mary Eleanor Hodgson was born on November 8, 1921, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, her father, Harry, was 43, and her mother, Alma, was 41. She married Jack Hackney Hodgson on August 31, 1940, in Greenup, Kentucky. She died on January 20, 2000, in Gainsville, Florida, at the age of 78. She and her husband were cremated and their urns are at an cemetery in Miami, Florida. 105 vi. Carl Oscar Sykes (1924–2002) Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census Page 94

1940 USA Federal Census Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Sweden, Births from the Swedish Death Index, 1901-2006 Sweden, Indexed Birth Records, 1860-1941 Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893 The Valley Independent (Monessen, Pennsylvania) U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Web: Pennsylvania, Find A Grave Index, 16822012

Homer Andrew Sykes

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daughter of Jane Isabella Sykes, Harry A. Sykes’ daughter

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36 Schuyler Colfax Sykes (1884–1970) When Schuyler Colfax Sykes was born on March 11, 1884, in Paxico, Kansas, his father, Homer, was 33 and his mother, Amanda, was 19. He was married three times and had five sons and three daughters. He died on January 30, 1970, in Marysville, Kansas, at the age of 85, and was buried in Topeka, Kansas.

When Maud Ionie Wilson (1879–1964) was born on October 5, 1879, in Mayetta, Kansas, her father, Oliver, was 24, and her mother, Mary, was 25. She married Schuyler Colfax Sykes and they had eight children together. She then married Ira Shortridge on September 7, 1941, in Payette, Idaho. She died on December 4, 1964, in Pendleton, Oregon, at the age of 85, and was buried in Ontario, Oregon. Adaline Emma “Lina” Scott was born in 1874 in Wisconsin. She married Schuyler Colfax Sykes in 1940 in Kansas. She died on April 18, 1954, in Kansas at the age of 80, and was buried in Rochester Cemetery, Topeka, Kansas.

Carolina C. Zech was born in 1890. She married Schuyler Colfax Sykes in September 1950 in Kansas. She lived in Topeka, Kansas, for more than 3 years from 1956 to 1959.

Carolina’s son was a State Representative, Oliver Sykes thought that he came from up at St. Mary’s. In Oliver W. Sykes’ genealogy book, her surname is shown as Ungerer.

Maud’s second husband was “Shortie” Ira Shortridge. Rode on the last roundup - Sam Mattson, who married Schuyler’s sister, Ruth, was the cook. The typical drive comprised 1,500-2,500 head of cattle. Early in the 1920’s he worked on the grading of Nelson Grade outside of Pendleton, Oregon, he used horses in harness. When Shortie came to Pendleton from Ontario, Oregon, his wife, Addie Meisser, sold his saddle. 1928 he worked on the grading of Mackay Reservoir, south of Pendleton, Oregon. Hauled the dirt down to where Shirley Jean Sykes Harrison lived in 2004. He also worked on the Owyee Dam. Cut pipe to cool the cement. Shortie’s father had milk cows and would follow train crews as they went through Nebraska. Funeral held at the Geo. C. Beachler Funeral Home, Ontario, Oregon. Buried at Evergreen Cemetery. An interesting newspaper article I found about my

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grandfather was from the Topeka State Journal Monday, Dec 06, 1897 Topeka, KS Vol TWENTYFOURTH YEAR Page 9:

Schuyler Sykes, who lives at Fifteenth and Mulvane streets, who ran away from home a week ago, has not been found. He is 12 years old. When he left he was thinly clad. The police were notified.

(I have been wondering what precipitated his running away from home and a week later has yet to be found???)

From Topeka State Journal, Friday, May 26, 1961: Three pictures of Schyler Colfax Sykes with the following caption under: S.C. Sykes, 77-year-old retired carpenter and construction foreman, displays the wood-base tools he used when he first plied the carpenter’s trade. At the left he is using a tool to fit wagon spokes into the rim of the wheel. In the center photo Sykes shows his collection of union cards dating continuously since 1912. On the right, Sykes examines old carpenter tools. He is hold an “edger.” The article header: He Began in Construction Work Here at 4c Per Hour By Jim Petterson Some folks would be content after 77 years to observe that “a lot of water has gone under the bridge.” But S.C. Sykes of 439 Sumner, 77-year-old retired carpenter and construction foreman, remembers lots of it running under four bridges over the Kansas River on Kansas Avenue and three on Sardou. The 1903 and 1951 floods are included in his memory. Beginning at age 13 when he started learning the carpenter’s trade from George C. Parsons at a wage of four cents an hour, Sykes remembers many things; but doesn’t recall exactly when it was decided he was a journeyman carpenter.


He did join the Carpenter’s Union in September of 1912 and has been a member ever since. He draws a pension from the union, gets his Social Security check and collects rent from two of the three houses he designed and built diagonally southwest from State Street School. Sykes is particularly proud of his home place. He not only drew the plans for it, he did all the work on it himself except the wiring and plumbing and $17 worth of labor. Even in those days, almost 30 years ago, he was storm-conscious. He built a room in the basement now labeled “My ‘Fraid Room.” He said the neighbors drop by and use it when storm warnings are sounded. One of his rented houses was “the house built in a day.” He had drawn the plans and was ready to begin building it. One Saturday about seven in the morning, 12 fellow carpenters came by, began work and at three that afternoon had the house ready for shingling and had four window frames set. “All it cost me besides the materials,” he said, “was dinner for the men.”

1900 Maud Ionie Wilson

Schuyler Colfax Sykes Maud Ionie Wilson

Schuyler Colfax Sykes

Sykes, although a carpenter by trade, built a brick two-car garage for his home place. Telling about the trueness of the walls and corners, he reminisced about cement. “I can remember,” he said, “when we thought we were lucky to have a couple of sacks of Portland cement to plaster the inside of a cistern. Now we put it into everything. It used to come from England. “All the cement that is in the Melan Bridge on Kansas Avenue is English cement. It laid around in New York harbor for two years before it was shipped to Topeka. They thought the English cement was better than ours.” Long since graduated to modern power tools, Sykes still keeps his old tin-covered tool box which holds all of his early-day carpenter

1908 On the back Maud wrote: Maud Sykes. Esther Sykes daughter of Schuyler and Maud Sykes. Jennie Lind--Aunt of Schuyler. Boarding house of Schuyler’s Mother (Amanda Augusta “Mandy” Lind). South Kansas Ave., Topeka, Kansas Page 97


tools, and all of the tools are sharp and ready for use if needed.

his expansive lawn that retirement has been little more than a change in jobs.

Generally, the tools are different because they are made of hard wood with steel blades, the blades held in place by wedges rather than by adjustable screws and nuts.

Maud Ionie Wilson’s life story as she wrote it:

One you see but rarely these days is a tool to shape various sizes of spokes for wagon wheels. He called it a “spoke-tenoner.” When he came to a razor-sharp draw knife with folding handles he looked up and smiled reminiscently: “Back in the days of outdoor toilets, I was considered a master at carving out comfortable seats.” Building houses, churches, swimming pools, power plants and doing special jobs on stairruns was not enough. He found time to build virtually all of the furniture in his home plus all of the screens and storm sashes. The framework of his home is supported by round cement posts. These were poured in a special tin mold which would be removed when the cement had set. It could then be used again and again. That was 27 years ago he used the mold. The supports for overpasses on the Kansas Turnpike are round cement posts poured into corugated paper molds which were not re-used. He does not claim to originating the idea as now used, but it was new with him when he used it. A life in the construction business, he said, saw him working “off and on for 20 years” with George Senne and for three generations of Douglases in the construction field. “And,” he added, “the fourth generation has asked me.” But retirement has not been a slowdown for Sykes. He still has so many yard projects with gardening, fruit and flowers and manicuring Page 98

This story of my life is by request of son Oliver and wife Rosalind. This story of my life would not be complete without my parents and home and what my parents especially what my mother has told me. Mr. Oliver Judson Wilson and Mary Anna Dreyer were married in Mary’s parents home March 5, 1878. Relatives and neighbors were present. Mother told me that she made thirteen cakes of different kinds. Mother told me they rented a farm in Jackson County, Kansas. Father bought needed machinery and cows. We had a team of horses. Mother got some chickens and turkeys. So on October 5, 1879 a baby girl was born. Mother told me that when I learned to walk, she went out doors on some errand and heard a crash, she rushed in to find me with the table leaf resting on my bruised nose and many of her wedding gift dishes broken. Then another time mother was working in her garden when she missed me, she found me hanging over a tub which was under the eve of the house to catch rain water. I was pushing up and then down with my hands, my head in the water. And then two years later one evening when baby brother LeRoy was asleep and I was playing, mother decided to go to the pasture and drive the cows in for milking as father was helping a neighbor, and it would be dark when he came home. I had seen her go into the cornfield and followed her and got myself lost. It took father some time to find me, he pick me up and took his tear-stained girl to the house. There were two dry years, so father decided to sell the farm machinery and cows except one and move to Topeka to work in car shops of the Santa Fe Railroad. One morning father told me I had a baby sister. My brother’s name was Claude LeRoy and her name Minnie Bell. Minnie Bell, born October 30, 1883.


About this time I remember a big black dog of fathers that I would hang on his back to carry me about. I remember a pretty pink jacket that an aunt crocheted for me. Also a pair of white knit stockings with a pattern on the outside of the leg that Grandma Dreyer knit for me. When sister Minnie was a few months old father bought a four room house in North Topeka and later another five room house built in same block. He had some trouble with the builder because father insisted that cellar had to b e built of stone down to hard pan soil. Matthew 7:24-25 was his reason which this story will prove.

1918 at Garfield Park, by “Grama Wilson’s house,” 1521 Quincy, Topeka, Kansas

“Grama Wilson” was Anna Mercy Lindsay Wilson

Then February 14, 1887 I had another sister Laura. I still remember her loving ways of hugging a pig which was given us. She took sick when nineteen months old. I had entered school and when I came home father was holding Laura. She passed away. It was October 5, on my ninth birthday. I remember the casket and could not understand why they buried her as they said she was sleeping. Then on December 29, 1889 brother Walter was born. Now I had to take care of him and would wheel him and a neighbor little girl in our big buggy. The father of the little girl was ill with typhoid fever. No one thought of charging baby care money at that time. I had to wash dishes and other work, too. Then February 9, 1892 baby brother Byron was born. And when I was almost fifteen years old sister Ella was born, September 19, 1894. This time mother told me that she was going to be sick and I would have to get breakfast for father. I had sewed doll clothes and now helped baste seams for mother to sew. We children attended Sunday School in Kansas Avenue Methodist Church. After sister Laura’s death Mother had morning worship with us children. She read mostly from the Psalms. One of her favorites was Psalms 19 chapter. Her favorite verse was the 14th. Mother and I attended prayer meeting for several years. I heard her reflect the 14th verse in testimony. And another she used when Ministers called was I recall is “The Lord is my redeemer in Him do I put my Trust.” We had evening prayers part-time, when they entertained some Preacher over night. They sometimes come by horse back and often preached

Maud Ionie Wilson & Schuyler Colfax Sykes with children:

Esther Amanda & Homer Wilson

Schuyler Colfax Sykes, a carpenter by trade, in the middle of a job remodeling Wolf’s Jewelry. Page 99


in school houses. Father used to quote “I would rather be a door keeper in the House of my Lord than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” I don’t know where this is found in the Bible. After finishing grade school I entered high school. Latin was a required subject and I failed the first semester in freshman year. Then dropped out the second year to help at home as sister Minnie was very ill with typhoid fever. Both LeRoy and I had ague (a fever marked by paroxysms of chills, fever, and sweating that reoccur at regular intervals; a fit of shivering, chill) and Byron came down too and went into a convulsion. Miss Viola Troutman a high school teacher friend urged me to re-enter the next year. I helped so much at home washing, ironing, and some sewing that my grades were only passing in some subjects. Mother did not force me to do these tasks as I like doing them. As for cleaning a room, sister Minnie was more thorough. She made better grades than I, but she always said I helped her understand the lessons. About this time mother boarded two cousins, Clarence Mathews, learning the barber trade; and the other Grover Mathews, delivery man on Wells Fargo Express Wagon. We young people gathered together Sunday afternoons and sang songs, popped corn, etc. they were cousin Clarence Mathews, cousin Grover Mathews, Effie Wells, Minnie C. Wilson, Ruth Sykes, Schuyler Sykes, brother LeRoy, sister Minnie B., and myself; and sometimes other friends. Two events of importance was that I was graduating from Topeka Kansas High School with June class of 1903. The other was the flood of the Kansas River, also known as the Kan River, and Missouri River, because of heavy rains. The class day, 28 May 1903, and graduation had to be postponed because of the flood. The flood first went out of the banks on Soldier Creek, water backed up, flooding our section of North Topeka. Soldier Creek, which was a tributary of the Kan, was near our home. Soloman Republican and Big Blue tributaries of the Kansas River, which joins the Missouri River at Kansas City. Page 100

By noon May 28, 1903 it backed up on our yard, at 1521 Quincy, an inch an hour, flooding yards, basements, and also our home. Near evening our yard was deep enough for a boat. Brother LeRoy got a boat from Garfield Park and was rowing for no reason at all. Then before dark things looked serious, water was coming up to the porch floor. So we took part of the furniture and things to the second floor. We had moved out of the basement kitchen to first floor. About this time, near dark, my high school teacher, Miss Viola Troutman and her father, who lived 2 blocks up the hill, drove in a buggy down about one half block and called to ask we three sisters: Minnie, Ella, and myself to come up to their home for the night. Since water was coming into our house. Then father took the boat and rowed us up the street to their home. Water was on their lawn. So we took off our shoes and stockings and waded up to the steps. By night the water was rising to their first floor. By morning the water was about knee deep on their first floor. Mr. Troutman had brought his horse to the house and tied it to the porch post. We also brought his few hens in a box to the porch. Miss Troutman was worried about her library of books, so I took off my shoes and stockings and rolled up my dress and panties and went down the open stairway, with a rail, in the hall and handed up such articles as I could carry. This I did. She had a large library. That afternoon, on Saturday, May 29, a boatman, a large negro came by boat. He said Senator Troutman had sent him to take his aged father and sister across the Kansas River to his home. The water was still rising, filled with parts of buildings, animals, chickens, and all kinds of debris. Then Sunday father and Mr. Paramore rowed down and brought we girls a lunch of sandwiches, and said they would be back the next day. They were capsized on their way back. Mother, Father and my brothers LeRoy, Walter, and Byron had moved in upstairs in the Paramore home as their upstairs had three bedrooms. They had some kerosene and stove and had filled some jars with water. They did not return the next day which was Sunday, because their boat had upset and they caught a floor and used it as a raft.


Back: Dorothee Christine Caroline Louise Barner; Oliver Judson Wilson, Mary Anna Dreyer, Amanda Augusta “Mandy” Lind, Edward Sechrist. Sitting row: Hannah Gray “Anna” DeTilla, Claude Leroy Wilson with Homer Wilson Sykes, Maud Ionie Wilson, Schuyler Colfax Sykes with Esther Amanda Sykes, Ruth Sykes. Seated on the ground: Mary Ellen “Ella” Wilson, on the other end Minnie Bell Wilson.

1930’s Schuyler Colfax Sykes. He had to add an extra foot onto the back of his pickup, to enable holding his humongous sow in that back. Kansas capitol building in the background.

Sykes Family: Mother & children Back: Homer Wilson, Oliver William, Arthur Colfax, Anna Marie

Front: Edna Margaret, Maud Ionie Wilson, Esther Amanda

1938 Sykes Kids with Mother Back: Arthur Colfax, Homer Wilson, Oliver William

Front: Anna Marie, Esther Amanda, Maud Ionie Wilson (Mother), Edna Margaret

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So all we girls had was a jar of canned peaches and some cereal, but no water. As it happened the porch roof was flat enough so I climbed out with a pint tin cup and caught dripping water from the roof of the house. It was well that it rained some each day. We spent our time watching horses, cows, small buildings, and debris of all sorts float by toward the river. Then on Tuesday two boatmen and Dr. Brown called us as Miss Troutman, and high school, were anxious about us. They called for us to climb off the porch into the boat. We had gone nearly a half block when the boat was upset near a tree. Minnie grabbed the trunk of the tree or a limb and Dr. Brown, who had visited a sick patient, swung his case over a limb and grabbed Ella. I held my breath as I had read to do, as I floated down the current for more than a half a block.

my graduation dress. Our girls class had chosen a red American Rose to carry. Miss Boughton bought me one and one of the class boys gave me another. My diploma is printed on sheep skin. June Class 1903. As to our family I don’t remember how we met after the flood. Father, Mother, and brothers were brought over the river in a metal basket affair on a cable. (Newspaper clipping is in a wedding book of Mr. Schuyler C. Sykes and my wedding.) When debris was cleared from Rock Island Bridge, which did not go out, sister Minnie and Ella went to Mayetta, Kansas, to be with kinfolks. After graduation I went to for several weeks.

I was about to give up when one of the boatmen grabbed me by my hair braid and said, “Don’t touch me,” and towed me to a tree. I got my arms around a limb but never could bring my feet to the tree, for the current.

Father had gone back to the house somehow, while water was still on the floors. He bored holes in the floor so the floor would not buckle or sink with the water. In cleaning up, father got a mule team from a cousin of mine and a scraper and hauled mud deposited on the lawns to fill a large hole, 6 to 10 feet deep, washed out on the south of the house.

Then someone shot a pistol and another boat came to our rescue. The names of the boatmen are a Mr. Carr and Mr. Funches. Blankets were thrown down from an upstairs window. We were picked up and rowed to a landing across the river and put in Shelebarber’s ambulance, horse drawn.

I might add here that when the house was built, father wanted it built that it be dug down to hard pan, using the Bible quotation: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.” Matthew 7:24-25.

Folks crowded around and Mr. Shelebarber called out, “Five cents a look!”

The house which is still rented was built in 1886. It had five rooms, two upstairs and three down. There had been four rooms added after the 1903 flood of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. There was another flood of these rivers in 1952. And again the basement walls of native rock and house came through. This time the Red Cross repaired the house. It is located at 1521 North Quincy, North Topeka.

We were driven to City Hall where there was a crowd. Among them was Miss Troutman, who had been anxious about our welfare. We were taken to the home of one of the high school teacher’s, Miss Boughton and her father. We were given clean clothes. The high school teachers bought us new underclothes, and brushes and combs. We received outer clothing, too. Sister Ella was taken to a doctor’s home where women made her new dresses while she played with their girl about Ella’s age.

As I was interested in church work and through friends, but not by a spiritual call, I attended a missionary school in Kansas City. In spring term of 1904 and again in fall for awhile. I became discouraged and dropped out for lack of money.

My material for a graduation dress was ruined in the flood, mother had bought a nice white material for Minnie – So Miss Troutman made that up for

I helped mother but father was displeased because after finishing high school he thought I could teach. I lacked a normal teaching course and he would not

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furnish money for me to take summer course. So it was Schuyler Sykes and I were keeping company again. We both had the blues and one night he said, “Let’s get married,” and I said, “I better or find a job.”

Scuyler Colfax Sykes Sonora Sykes

So when I told mother and father, they said, “You can have a wedding dress of cream colored silk mull with lace, etc.” I kept the dress and finely used the skirt of line Karleen’s baby basket. I made myself a dressmaker’s suit, lace blue and bought a velvet hat to match, trimmed with an ostrich plume of shades of blue to white. We were married December 25, 1905 at about 5 o’clock pm. There were twenty eight guests. Mostly kinfolk. Married by Rev. Reed, Pastor of Kansas Avenue Methodist Church. Mother cooked a large hen turkey in a new 50 pound lard can. I don’t remember much about the meal, only there were the usual fixings. We received nice gifts. We slipped away and rode on a street car to the far end of the line and came back to a cottage that Schuyler had rented. Children of Schuyler Colfax Sykes & Maud Ionie Wilson

i. Sonora Sykes (1906–1906) Infant Sykes was born on June 30, 1906, in Topeka, Kansas, and died the same day. This infant must be the one the doctor took with him when he left. And because the record to the right shows a name for this infant, I can only surmise, the doctor in registering the birth and death, gave her a name. ii. Sykes (1906–1906) Infant Sykes was born on June 30, 1906, in Topeka, Kansas, and died the same day. He had three brothers and three sisters. When my father, Oliver William Sykes, came to live with Bruce and I in Meridian, Idaho, I would ask him all sorts of questions about his parents and siblings. On of the things I learned:

The above record origin is explained below: The Family Data Collection - Births database was created while gathering genealogical data for use in the study of human genetics and disease. Compiling data for genetic research does not require the same type of documentation as traditional genealogical research. The genes themselves verify relationships and qualify or disqualify a person from a particular study. Citing the source of every genealogical fact in the electronic gene pool was deemed unnecessary and cost prohibitive by medical researchers. Millions of individual records were created from birth, marriage and death records; obituaries; probate records; books of remembrance; family histories; genealogies; family group sheets; pedigree charts; and other sources. The records collected that did not fit a specific study became the project’s by-products and were schedule to be discarded. After viewing the quality of the source material used to create the gene pool and despite the absence of cited documentation, the electronic rights to the data were purchased, rather than see it destroyed. After initially posting the Family Data Collection database in July of 2000, it was decided to divide the database into three separate collections of Births, Marriages and Deaths. By so doing it was possible to standardize place names and delete duplicates. This process also allowed us to add some additional records that were not included in the first launch of the database. This data covers the entire U.S. for a wide expanse of years. At a minimum, each record contains an individual’s name, date and place of event, and the name of related parties. Use this database as a finding tool, just as you would any other secondary source. When you find the name of an ancestor listed, confirm the facts in original sources, such as birth, marriage, and death records, church records, census enumerations, and probate records for the place where the even took place. Page 103


Twins born to Maud Wilson and Schuyler Sykes. One died while the doctor who delivered them was at the home, so he took that infant with him. The other twin died after the doctor left. Schuyler made a coffin for him and the second infant was buried at Rochester Cemetery in Topeka, Kansas. I have been to the grave site and until now, wondered why there was only one headstone for the twins. Now I understand. 106 iii. 107 iv. 108 v. 109 vii. 110 vi. 111 viii.

Esther Amanda Sykes (1908–1995) Homer Wilson Sykes (1910–1998) Oliver William Sykes (1911–2007) Anna Marie Sykes (1913–2002) Arthur Colfax Sykes (1913–1998) Edna Margaret Sykes (1916–2001)

Sources: 1870 USA Federal Census 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 Iowa, State Census 1885 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008 Oregon, Select Births and Christenings, 18681929 South Dakota, Territorial Census, 1885 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013 Web: Kansas, Find A Grave Index, 1854-2012 Web: Oregon, Find A Grave Index, 1819-2012 Web: Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011

Schuyler Colfax Sykes

Homer Wilson Sykes Morris Wilson Sykes

June 1962 Maud Ionie Wilson Page 104


From the Topeka State Journal - Friday, February, May 26, 1961

Schuyler Colfax Sykes

George C. Parsons George Senne

The bottom of the news article was cut off. Wish I had it! Page 105


37 Ruth Sykes (1887-1973) When Ruth Sykes was born on October 8, 1887, in Paxico, Kansas, her father, Homer, was 37, and her mother, Amanda, was 23. She married Sorn B “Samuel” Mattson on November 27, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. They had one child during their marriage. She died on September 21, 1973, in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 85, and was buried there.

When Sorn B “Samuel” Mattson was born on January 30, 1878, in Denmark, his father, Soren Bjornskove Mattson, was 29 and his mother, Anna A Sorenson, was 20. Rode on the last roundup with “Shortie” Ira Shortridge, who was the second husband of Maud Ionie Wilson. The typical drive comprised 1,500-2,500 head of cattle. He married Sarah Lynch and they had four children together. After Sarah passed away he married Ruth Sykes and they had one son together. He died on August 9, 1950, in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 72, and was buried there. On the far right is a chart showing the relationship between Ruth Sykes and Sarah Lynch. Child of Ruth Sykes & Sorn B. “Sam” Mattson

112 i. John Norman Mattson (1928–1969) Source: 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 Washington Death Index, 1940-1996 Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013

Carolina Mathilda Rebecka “Rebecca” Danielsson Gustaf Wilhelm Lind (1st husband)

Amanda Lind (daughter)

Ruth Sykes (daughter)

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38 Gertrude Marlin Reed (1873–1926) When Gertrude Marlin Reed was born in 1873 in West Newton, Pennsylvania, her father, Boyd Emery Reed, was 27, and her mother, Alvira Clara Sykes, was 18. She married Martin Larson on January 30, 1890, in Sioux City, Iowa. They had four children in 16 years. She died on December 18, 1926, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the age of 53, and was buried in Floyd Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa.

Martin Larson was born on November 11, 1863, in Norway, the son of Sarah and Ola Larson. Martin immigrated from Norway in 1886 and became a naturalized citizen in 1896. He died 11 March 1940 in Iowa at the age of 76, and was buried in Sioux City, Iowa at Floyd Cemetery. Children of Gertrude Marlin Reed & Martin Larson

113 i. Estella Corna “Stella” Larson (1892–1910) 114 ii. Martin Emery Larson (1896–1982) 115 iii. Louis Albert Larson (1899–1977) 116 iv. Norma Gertrude Larson (1908–1993) Source: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1999 Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1940 Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1856-1940 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, Select Marriages, 1851-1900 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Iowa, State Census, 1895 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007


The Sioux City Sunday Journal

Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday, December 19, 1926 Front Page

Graceland Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa

Contractor’s Wife Fatally Hurt in Collision on Denison Highway. Thrown from the automobile in which she was riding with her husband when it collided with a truck on the Denison highway about 10 miles east of Sioux City Saturday evening, Mrs. Martin Larson, 1308 South Alice street, was killed almost instantly. Mrs. Larson was the wife of Martin Larson, well known contractor. She had resided in Sioux City for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Larson were on their way to Sioux City when the accident occurred. Mr. Larson did not see the large truck parked along the road until it was too late to avoid hitting it. The Larson automobile struck the truck squarely and with such force that Mrs. Larson was thrown from the automobile. Her skull was fractured when she struck the pavement, and she suffered internal injuries. Mr. Larson summoned aid, although he was badly shaken up and suffering from a scalp wound, and the injured woman was removed to a nearby farm house. Dr. R. C. Glann, of Bronson, was called, but Mrs. Larson died a short time after he arrived. There was no light on the rear of the truck, Mr. Larson said, and when he finally did see the truck he was too near to avoid hitting it. The driver of the truck could not be found Saturday night. Coroner J. H. Robbins made a preliminary investigation of the case, after which he declared that failure to leave a light on a parked vehicle does not constitute a felony. The case will be investigated further today and Monday, the coroner said. Funeral arrangements have not been announced. the Nelson-Berger undertaking firm is in charge.

Gravesite Details: Stella and Baby

Estella Cornia “Stella” Larson & Baby, buried together

Ruth Sykes

MATTSON - Sorn (Sam) of 1402 S. 101st St., August 9, age 68 years. Beloved husband of Mrs. Ruth Mattson, father of Mrs. Lydia R. Bellinger, Mrs. Stanley Wolff, Robert L. and J. Norman Mattson. Brother of Mrs. Fritz Peterson, Mrs. Dell Patterson, Mrs. Albert Stafford and Harry Bierce. Also survived by 9 grandchildren. Member of Blvd. Park Presbyterian Church and the U. P. Oldtimers Club. Services Saturday 1 p.m. from chapel of Georgetown funeral Home. Interment Washelli. Page 107


To Investigate Further.

Coroner Says He Will Continue Investigation Today. No arrests have been made and none are to be expected as a result of the automobile accident in which Mrs. Martin Larson, 1308 South Alice street, lost her life on the Denison highway, it was stated by Coroner J. H. Robbins. No felony had been committed, the coroner said. Mrs. Larson, it was stated at her home Sunday night, was not thrown out of the car, as at first reported, but merely against the framework, a piece of which pierced her skull. She was riding with her husband when the accident occurred. Their automobile collided with a Sioux White Motor company truck, loaded with corn, 10 miles east of Sioux City. She was taken to a nearby farmhouse, where she died a few moments after Dr. R. C. Glenn had arrived from Bronson. Larson declared that there was no rear light on the truck. Henry Willer, 3121 Glenn Avenue, employee of the motor company and one of the drivers, told Coroner Robbins that another car, driven by a man whom he recognized, had gone around the truck a moment before the collision. Willer said he believed Larson was traveling at an excessive rate of speed; Larson declared he was driving about 15 miles an hour. Page 108

Willer explained to Robbins that the truck had been stopped on the hill when something “burned out.� A tire had been changed a moment before, at the bottom of the hill. Harold Clark, company employee, had brought out the tire and aided in the change. Following the accident, Willer said, he had helped Larson carry his unconscious wife to the farmhouse. Further investigation will be carried on today, Dr. Robbins said. The truck and body both were removed from the scene of the accident before the coroner arrived. Funeral services for Mrs. Larson will be announced today, it was said at the NelsonBerger undertaking parlors. Mrs. Larson was born February 2, 1873, at West Newton, Pa. She came to Sioux City when she was 9 years old. and had lived here the last 45 years. She was a member of the Mystic Toilers. Surviving her are two sons: Martin, Junior, of Sioux City; and Louis, of St. Paul. One daughter, Mrs. Joel Johnson, lives in Sioux City. Three grandchildren and a brother, Ralph Reed, also are living. Mrs. Larson and her husband were on their way to Sioux City when the accident occurred.

The Sioux City Journal

Sioux City, Iowa, Monday, December 20, 1926 Page 10


Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 21 Dec 1926, Tue • Page 4

Gertrude Marlin Reed

Gertrude Marlin Reed Larson’s home, 1308 Alice Street, Sioux City, Iowa, at the time of her death in 1926.

Martin Larson

Norma Gertrude Larson Martin Emery Larson Louis Albert Larson Norway Sioux City, Iowa New Mexico

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39 Ralph Robinson Reed (1874-) was born on August 18, 1874, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, his father, Boyd, was 28 and his mother, Alvira, was 19. He married Martha Jane Armbruster on November 30, 1898, in Sioux City, Iowa. They had five children in 14 years. He was buried in Sioux City, Iowa, on August 29, 1949.

Martha Jane Armbruster (1876-1959) was born on September 17, 1876, in Gann Valley, South Dakota, the daughter of Margaret Jane Thompson and Johnathan John Armbruster. She died on December 4, 1959, in San Mateo, California, at the age of 83, and was buried in Sioux City, Iowa.

40 Julia Reed (1884-1940) When Julia Reed was born in September 1884 in Sioux City, Iowa, her father, Boyd, was 38, and her mother, Alvira, was 29. She was married three times, first to Edward John Pike on 4 February 1902 at the age of 17 years, they had one daughter and were divorced. She then married Frank S. Markham on 7 May 1909 at the age of 24 years and a week later he passed away the 13th of May 1909. She died in 1940 in her hometown at the age of 56.

When Edward John Pike was born on March 4, 1877, in Sioux City, Iowa, his father, John O. Pike, was 23 and his mother, Francis Eberly, was 21. He married Julia Reed and they had one daughter together. He then married Ida Marie Spruck and they had seven children together. He died on September 23, 1922, in Minnehaha, South Dakota, at the age of 45, and was buried in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Obituary for Edward John Pike:

Children of Ralph Robinson Reed & Martha Jane Armbruster 117 i. Ralph Stanley Reed (1900–1955) ii. Rollin Oliver Reed (1901–1961) When Rollin Oliver Reed was born on December 31, 1901, in Sioux City, Iowa, his father, Ralph, was 27 and his mother, Martha, was 25. He had two brothers and two sisters. He died on July 30, 1961, in San Francisco, California, at the age of 59. 118 iii. Vera Lowella Reed (1904–1985) 119 iv. Vernice Margaret Reed (1906–2000) 120 v. Ernest Wesley Reed (1914–1997) Source: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census California, Death Index, 1940-1997 Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1999 Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1856-1940 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Iowa, State Census, 1895 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918

Murder of Captain Edward John Pike: Edward John Pike, Police Captain, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sept 23, 1922, he was on a late night stake out with another officer. The jewel thieves arrived, there was a shoot out, the thieves got away, but Capt. Pike was wounded (lungs) and died of his injuries at the hospital. There were several long write ups in the newspaper regarding the incident. Captain Pike left 6 children and a wife.

Frank S. Markham was born in 1877. He married Julia Reed on May 7, 1909, in Hughes, South Dakota. He died in 1910 in Iowa at the age of 33.

When Bert Klink was born on February 28, 1881, in Naperville, Illinois, his father, William, was 33 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 30. He married Julia Reed on 4 January 1910. He had one son and one daughter with Martha Keller. He died on February 14, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 58, and was buried in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Child of Julia Reed & Edward John Pike

121 i. Vivian Wynona Julia Pike (1901–1987) Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census Page 110


1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Cook County, Illinois Death Index, 1908-1988 Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1999 Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1856-1940 Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809-1992 Iowa, State Census 1885 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 Iowa, State Census, 1895 Iowa, State Census, 1905 Minnesota, Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1925 South Dakota Births, 1856-1903 South Dakota Death Index, 1905-1955 South Dakota Marriages, 1905-1949 South Dakota, State Census, 1915 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 USA, Officer Down Memorials, 1791-2014 Web: South Dakota, Cemetery Index, 1831-2008

Headstone for Estella Cornia “Stella” Larson

Buried in Graceland Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa

Pike’s Widow And Six Kiddies Are Destitute Captain of Police, E J Pike, killed by a bandit on Saturday night leaves a family an a most destitute position. He resided in a little home situated at the extreme edge of the city, in the northwest portion. The house is one of poor construction, and is poorly furnished. He carried no life insurance. He did not leave his family with more than a scant bank account. The deduction from these facts is that his family is sorely in need of whatever assistance that can be tendered at this time. Pike is survived in his immediate family by his widow and six children, whose names and ages are: Rollie, 3; Ida, 5; Fritsie, 6; Eddie, 9; Charlie, 10; and Winifred, 11 years.

Gertrude Martin Reed Larson Certificate of Death

These children were mentioned in the above newspaper article about Edward John Pike’s family. Because Julia Reed, not Ida Marie Spruck, is a descendant of William Henry Sykes, I didn’t trace Ida’s descendants.

Children of Edward John Pike & Ida Marie Spruck ii. Winifred Frances Marie Pike (1911–) iii. Chas John Frederick Paul Pike (1912–) iv. Charley L Pike (1913–) v. Edward J Pike (1914–) vi. Frederick H Pike (1914–) vii. Idabell Anna Pike (1917–2006) viii. Rolly S Pike (1920–)

Edward John Pike

Edward John Pike

as a young man

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1920 Oakland touring car

Edward John Pike

Sioux Falls, Sept. 25 - Police here are putting suspects under a grilling investigation with the hope they will be soon able to identify the man who shot and killed Night Capt. E. J. Pike, of the police force, about 10 o’clock last Saturday night. One of the suspects was found to possess an automatic revolver, from which four shots had been fired recently, according to State’s Attorney L. E. Waggoner. And while this active quizzing is being conducted by the officers the people of Sioux Falls are turning their efforts in another direction. They are liberally subscribing to a fund for the widow and nine children, ranging in age from 11 months to 15 years, of the murdered policeman. Capt. Pike was shot down when he engaged in a gun battle with a Willow Lake bank robbery suspect at 715 South Fourth avenue. Capt. Pike and Patrolman Bernau had concealed themselves behind a woodshed at that address early Saturday night to lie in wait for persons suspected of being implicated in the bank robbers and also in the robbery of $50,000 in jewelry from two Page 112

trunks at the Milwaukee railroad station about eight days ago. In telling of the shooting Patrolman Bernau said that about 10 o’clock an Oakland touring car was driven into the alley and brought to a stop near the woodshed. Before alighting the driver threw a flashlight around the house and then onto the woodshed, catching Capt. Pike in its glare. The policeman immediately opened fire. “Capt. Pike started shooting and I joined him,” Bernau said. “Then the driver of the car opened fire. After three shots in quick succession from the bandit’s gun Pike dropped to the ground and cried to me that he had been hit. I had emptied my gun and rushed to the aid of Pike who was lying moaning on the ground.” It is Bernau’s opinion that the bandit escaped uninjured. Capt. Pike had been hit through the right side of the breast, in the left armpit and in the left knee. The deep wound in the breast caused his death. Mrs. Pike came to the hospital very soon after her husband and been placed on the operating table where a hopeful fight was made for his life. She was stunned by the shock and fainted. Following the shooting officers found a gallon pail of pennies in the abandoned Oakland car. This is believed to be the loot from the Willow Lake bank robbery. Fifteen cases of shells, presumed to be those which were removed from the Tuthill store last Thursday night, were also discovered. Edward J. Pike was born and raised in Sioux City. He was at one time a fireman on a railroad and was on the Sioux City police force for a number of years before coming to Sioux Falls. He has been on the Sioux Falls fore for about six years. He was appointed night captain on September 1. He is survived by a wife and nine small children, ranging in ages from 11 months to 15 years. While a patrolman he had the beat on Phillips avenue north of Ninth street. The last year or so he had been in the habit of patrolling as far south as Tenth street. Captain Pike was well liked among the members of the police force and the general public. Of a cherry disposition and always optimistic, he won many friends and was popular wherever he went. The names of the men arrested early Sunday morning were given at the police station as John Gotch, Ray Ledge, Dennis Moore, Ed Webber, Denbo and Ledge. The man arrested at 7 o’clock was Reynold Knott, 715 South Fourth avenue, and his brother, Glenn Knotts, was arrested at his home at 612 Third avenue, at about 12 o’clock. Within three-quarters of an hour after the shooting occurred, State’s Attorney Waggoner had notified the sheriff’s office and police stations in surrounding towns, including Sioux City, Mitchell and Huron.


41 Hugh Harlan Sproat (1876–1959) When Hugh Harlan Sproat was born on September 2, 1876, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, his father, Nathaniel “N.B.” Sproat, was 27 and his mother, Alice Ann Sykes, was 19. He married Charlotte W Weller in 1905 in Pennsylvania. They had one child during their marriage. He died on July 22, 1959, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 82.

Alice Ann Sykes

Charlotte W. Weller (1883-1958) was born on May 15, 1883, in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Ms. Harper. She died on February 14, 1958, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 74. Child of Hugh Harlan Sproat & Charlotte W. Weller i. Sproat (1919-1919) When the infant girl, a Sproat, was born on September 22, 1919, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, her father, Hugh, was 43, and her mother, Charlotte, was 36. She died on September 23, 1919, in her hometown within a 24 hours of her birth.

Source: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census California, Death Index, 1940-1997 California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918

Hugh Harlan Sproat

Baby daughter of Hugh Harlan Sproat & Charlotte W. Weller, written in, after the form was filled out, “Stillborn.” Yet it says she was born on the 22nd and didn’t die until the 23rd.

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42 Roy Clair Sproat (1879-1931) When Roy Clair Sproat was born on February 24, 1879, in Sutersville, Pennsylvania, his father, Nathaniel “N.B.” Sproat, was 29 and his mother, Alice Ann Sykes, was 21. He married Ida Morris Christian on March 22, 1911, in Edgecombe, North Carolina. She passed away in July of that same year. He then married Ruth J Woolley 22 June 1915, in Wabash, Indiana, and they had one daughter together. He died on September 25, 1931, in Alameda, California, at the age of 52.

When Ida Morris Christian (1881-1911) was born on January 15, 1881, in Baltimore, Maryland, her father, John, was 35, and her mother, Mary, was 32. She married Roy Clair Sproat on March 22, 1911, in Edgecombe, North Carolina. She died on July 31, 1911, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, at the age of 30. She died of Acute Miliary Tuberculosis which is, A rapidly fatal disease due to the general dissemination of acid-fast bacilli in the blood, resulting in the formation of miliary tubercles in various organs and tissues, and producing symptoms of profound toxemia.).

When Ruth J Woolley was born on January 11, 1891, in Warsaw, Indiana, her father, John W. Wooley, was 37, and her mother, Margaret A. “Maggy” Rauch, was 37. She married Roy Clair Sproat and they had one child during their marriage. She died on October 3, 1960, in Wabash, Indiana, at the age of 69.

Source: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census California, Death Index, 1905-1939 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001 North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918

Mary Gertrude Yohe

Child of Roy Clair Sproat & Ruth J. Woolley i. When Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Sproat was born on December 4, 1916, in Pennsylvania, her father, Roy, was 37, and her mother, Ruth, was 25. She died on June 19, 1995, in Gardena, California, at the age of 78.

James Keil Yohe

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43 Jesse Bennett Yohe (1880–1923) When Jesse Bennett Yohe was born on January 15, 1880, in Pennsylvania, his father, James Buchanan Yohe, was 23 and his mother, Mary Margaret “Mamie” Sykes, was 20. He married Sarah M. Keil in 1909 in his hometown. They had two children during their marriage. He died on March 25, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the age of 43, and was buried at Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Roy Clair Sproat

When Sarah M Keil was born on May 17, 1880, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her father, Jacob Theodore Keil, was 27, and her mother, Gertrude Trautman, was 27. She died on January 1, 1944, in her hometown at the age of 63, and was buried at Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Children of Jesse Bennett Yohe & Sarah M Keil

i. Mary Gertrude Yohe (1909-1960) When Mary Gertrude Yohe was born on December 12, 1909, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her father, Jesse, was 29, and her mother, Sarah, was 29. She had one brother. She died on May 3, 1960, in Erie, Pennsylvania, at the age of 50, and was buried in Homewood Cemetery, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania never having married. ii. When James Keil Yohe (1912-1960) was born on November 18, 1912, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his father, Jesse, was 32 and his mother, Sarah, was 32. He had one sister. He died in 1960 at the age of 48, and was buried at at Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ruth J. Woolley

Sources: 1880 USA Federal Census 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1908 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 16831993 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 Page 115


44 James Harold Yohe (1885-1947) When James Harold Yohe was born on December 16, 1886, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his father, James Buchanan Yohe, was 29 and his mother, Mary Margaret “Mamie” Sykes, was 26. He married Eva Ann Brown in 1914. They had two children during their marriage. They divorced in 1940. He died on November 7, 1947, in Tampa, Florida, at the age of 61, and was buried in his hometown.

When Eva Ann Brown was born on January 4, 1886, in Pennsylvania, her father, Charles A. Brown, was 34, and her mother, Margaret R., was 28. She married James Harold Yohe in 1914. They had two children during their marriage. She died on April 22, 1976, in Glendora, California, at the age of 90.

U.S. Register of Civil, Military, and Naval Service, 1863-1959 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918

James Francis Foley

Children of James Harold Yohe & Eva Ann Brown 122 i. Margaret Ann “Peggy” Yohe (1916-1977) ii. Elizabeth B. Yohe (1918-1987) When Elizabeth B Yohe was born on August 18, 1918, in Florida, her father, James, was 32, and her mother, Eva, was 32. She married James Francis Foley on May 3, 1941, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died on July 17, 1987, in Alhambra, California, at the age of 68, and was buried in Glendora, California. When James Francis Foley was born on May 23, 1914, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his father, Robert Anthony Foley, was 35 and his mother, Anna M. Rice, was 33. He married Elizabeth B Yohe on May 3, 1941, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on September 29, 1962, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 48. Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census California, Death Index, 1940-1997 California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998 Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001 Florida, State Census, 1867-1945 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Page 116

In 1907 James Harold Yohe attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and was a member of Zeta Psi Fraternal organization. In 1908 both James Harold & his brother Curtis Miller Yohe attended Cornell and were members of the Zeta Psi Fraternal organization.


45 Curtis Miller Yohe (1887-1967) When Curtis Miller Yohe was born on September 22, 1887, in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, his father, James Buchanan Yohe, was 31 and his mother, Mary Margaret “Mamie” Sykes, was 28. He married Elsie May Close in 1915. They had four children in 12 years. He died on October 31, 1967, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the age of 80, and was buried there.

When Elsie May Close was born in November 1891 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her father, Frederick J. Close, was 50, and her mother, Anna Elizabeth Dauler, was 43. She died in 1974 at the age of 83, and was buried in Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

CM Yohe was named President of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad in 1952.

Curtis Miller Yohe is included in: Who Was Who in America. Volume 8, 1982-1985. Chicago: Marquis Who’s Who, 1985. (WhAm 8). However, it would have cost me who knows what to join to find out what was written there, so I didn’t.

Obituary for Curtis Miller Yohe

Curtis M. Yohe PITTSBURGH - Curtis Miller Yohe, 80, retired president of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, died here Tuesday.

Found in the Greensboro Daily News Friday, Nov 03, 1967 Greensboro, NC Page: 28

Curtis Miller Yohe

Mary Ann Yohe

Children of Curtis Miller Yohe & Elsie May Close i. Curtis Miller Yohe, Junior (1917-1928) When Curtis Miller Yohe was born on May 20, 1917, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his father, Curtis, was 29 and his mother, Elsie, was 25. He had three sisters. He died as ten year old boy on February 18, 1928, in Middletown, Pennsylvania, and was buried in his hometown. 123 ii. Barbara Elsie Yohe (1919–2007) iii. Mary Ann Yohe (1926–1957) When Mary Ann Yohe was born on June 4, 1926, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her father, Curtis, was 38, and her mother, Elsie, was 34. She married D’Arcy Paul Kennedy on August 27, 1948, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died on July 17, 1957, in her hometown at

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the age of 31, and was buried at Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When D’Arcy Paul Kennedy was born on January 27, 1922, in Youngstown, Ohio, his father, Andrew Miliken Kennedy, was 31 and his mother, Nan Dandridge Roper, was 32. He married Mary Ann Yohe on August 27, 1948, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on August 28, 1988, in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 66. 124 iv. Elsie May Yohe (1929-2008) 125 v. Curtis Miller Yohe, III (1934-1987) Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 16831993 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 U.S. College Student Lists, 1763-1924 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Railroad Retirement Pension Index, 19341987 U.S. School Catalogs, 1765-1935 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Web: Pennsylvania, Find A Grave Index, 16822012

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Curtis Miller Yohe

Obituary

Curtis Miller Yohe

29 March 1928 - Pittsburgh, PA newspaper notice of promotion

Curtis Miller Yohe

Draft Registration Card


Curtis Miller Yohe, Junior

The National Labor Tribune, Pittsburgh, PA, Thursday, March 29, 1928

Curtis Miller Yohe

It cost Mary Ann Yohe and D’Arcy Paul Kennedy for their marriage license a whoppin’ $3.00 !! Curtis Miller Yohe

D’Arcy Paul Kennedy

Mary Ann Yohe

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46 Fredrick Guy Sykes (1895–1963) When Fredrick Guy Sykes was born on June 11, 1895, in Belle Center, Ohio, his father, Harry Kennedy Sykes, was 30 and his mother, Carrie Jane Sarah Stewart, was 20. Namesake: Fred Guy Sykes’s middle name was given from James Guy Sykes (1878-1954), his mother’s brother. He had one son and one daughter with Edith Isetta Timmons between 1916 and 1922. He died on May 27, 1963, in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 67, and was buried in Union Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.

When Edith Isetta Timmons was born on April 18, 1895, in Pomeroy, Ohio, her father, Levi McMullen Timmons, was 30, and her mother, Emma Izetta Burcher, was 30. She had one son and one daughter with Fredrick Guy Sykes. After his passing she then married Norman N Mcghee in 1963. Edith died on January 6, 1971, in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 75, and was buried in Sunset Cemetery, Galloway, Ohio. Children of Fredrick Guy Sykes & Edith Isetta Timmons

126 i. Frederick Robert Sykes (1916–1986) ii. Jean Rosemary Sykes (1922–2011) When Jean Rosemary Sykes was born on March 18, 1922, in Columbus, Ohio, her father, Fredrick, was 26, and her mother, Edith, was 26. She had one brother. She died on November 10, 2011, in Ohio at the age of 89. Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962 Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Web: Columbus, Ohio, Union Cemetery Index, 1847-2012

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47 Ada Emaline Sykes (1896-1968) When Ada Emaline Sykes was born on December 28, 1896, in Belle Center, Ohio, her father, Harry Kennedy Sykes, was 32, and her mother, Carrie Jane Sarah Stewart, was 22. She married Francis “Frank” Patrick O’Neil on June 30, 1917, in Franklin, Ohio. They had one child during their marriage. She died on January 15, 1968, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 71, and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery Brook Park, Ohio.

Francis “Frank” Patrick O’Neil (1889-) was born on November 2, 1889, in Cleveland, Ohio, his father, William O’Neil, was 24 and his mother, Ellen, was 25. He had six brothers and five sisters. Child of Ada Emaline Sykes & Francis Patrick O’Neil

i. Francis Patrick O’Neil Junior (1927–1997) When Francis Patrick O’Neil was born on December 28, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio, his father, Francis, was 38 and his mother, Ada, was 31. He married Margaret Mary Smeader on September 25, 1952, in Cuyahoga, Ohio. He died on August 17, 1997, in his hometown at the age of 69and was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park, Cuyahoga County, Ohio When Margaret Mary Smeader was born in 1932 in Michigan, her father, Edward Smeader, was 31, and her mother, Evelyn, was 32. She has one brother and two sisters. Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962 Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007


Ada Emaline Sykes

Francis Patrick O’Neil

Fredrick Guy Sykes Fredrick Guy Sykes

Fredrick Guy Sykes

Edith Isetta Timmons

Jean Rosemary Sykes & her Mother, Edith Isetta Timmons

Ada Emaline Sykes Francis “Frank” Patrick O’Neil

Jean Rosemary Sykes Page 121


48 Margaret Ellen Sykes (1895-1969) When Margaret Ellen Sykes was born on November 23, 1895, in Ohio, her father, Frank Stewart Sykes, was 28, and her mother, Lunetta Fraville “Nettie” Woodrow, was 19. She married John Stewart McCracken on September 10, 1914, in Logan, Ohio. They had one child during their marriage. She died on February 21, 1969, in Bradenton, Florida, at the age of 73, and was in Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton, Manatee, Florida.

When John Stewart McCracken was born on May 30, 1891, in Richland, Ohio, his father, Samuel R. McCracken, was 38 and his mother, Calista A. “Clara” Creighton, was 34. He died on March 3, 1975, in Bradenton, Florida, at the age of 83, and was buried in Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton, Manatee, Florida. Child of Margaret Ellen Sykes & John Stewart McCracken

i. Richard S. McCracken (abt 1924-) When Richard S McCracken was born in 1924 in Ohio, his father, John, was 33 and his mother, Margaret, was 29. Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2013 Ohio, Soldiers in World War I, 1917-1918 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

49 Milton Haworth (1891-1960) When Milton Haworth and his twin brother James Thomas were born on October 22, 1891, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, their father, Richard Gravener Haworth, was 38, and their mother, Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes, was 18. He had five sons and three daughters with Mary J Whitman between 1920 and 1934. He died on April 10, 1960, in Lane, Oregon, at the age of 68.

When Mary J Whitman was born on October 24, 1898, in Leavenworth, Kansas, her father, John N. Whitman, was 33, and her mother, Mary Lodema Munson, was 30. She died on June 21, 1985, in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 86, and was buried in Abbey View Memorial Park, Brier, Washington. Children of Milton Haworth & Mary J. Whitman

i. Mary Lodema “Skip” Haworth (1920–) When Mary Lodema “Skip” Haworth was born on January 19, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas, her father, Milton, was 28, and her mother, Mary, was 21. She married Charles B Jobe on June 21, 1938, in Clay, Missouri. She then married James L Adair on July 24, 1951, in Seattle, Washington. She died on September 19, 2007, in Allyn, Washington, at the age of 87, and was buried in Tahoma National Cemetery Kent, Washington.

When Charles Byron Jobe was born on May 29, 1918, in Kansas City, Kansas, his father, Alphast Hunter Jobe, was 29 and his mother, Agnes Elizabeth Forward, was 29. He died on May 14, 1978, in his hometown at the age of 59, and was buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Kansas City, Kansas. James L Adair was born on June 15, 1925. He died on February 14, 2016, at the age of 90, and was buried in Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Washington. ii. Juanita E Haworth (1922–) When Juanita E Haworth was born in 1922 in Kansas, her father, Milton, was 31, and her mother, Mary, was 24. She lived in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1942. She had five brothers and two sisters. When William Richard Lindley was born on September 1, 1920, in Springdale, Arkansas,

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Margaret Ellen Sykes

John Stewart McCracken John Stewart McCracken

Milton Haworth

Kansas City, Kansas Eugene, Oregon Leavenworth, Kansas Earl Jonathan Haworth Truman Childson Haworth

Margaret Ellen Sykes John Stewart McCracken

Margaret Ellen Sykes Mary Lodema “Skip” Haworth

James L. Adair

John Stewart McCracken

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his father, Odie M. Lindley, was 23 and his mother, Anna M. Turpen, was 21. He had four brothers. He died on March 7, 1996, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 75, and was buried there. 127 iii. Milton Leroy Haworth Senior (1922–1995) iv. Josephine T Haworth (1924–1988) When Josephine T Haworth was born on October 13, 1924, in Kansas, her father, Milton, was 32, and her mother, Mary, was 25. She married Claire Ellsworth Cresse on June 17, 1954, in King, Washington. She died on November 16, 1988, in Puyallup, Washington, at the age of 64, and was buried in Sea-Tac, Washington. When Claire Ellsworth Cresse was born on October 18, 1925, in Los Angeles, California, his father, Richard Lee Cresse, was 21 and his mother, Gladys Ella Mullan, was 21. He married Josephine T Haworth, after her passing he married Lucille Maxine Haller on March 1, 1995, in Pierce, Washington, they divorced 21 Mar 1996. He died on November 22, 2012, in Benton, Washington, at the age of 87, and was buried in Sea-Tac, Washington. 128 v. Paul Levon Haworth (1926–2015) vi. Vernon Lafayette Haworth (1927–2000) When Vernon Lafayette Haworth was born on September 1, 1927, his father, Milton, was 35 and his mother, Mary, was 28. He had four brothers and three sisters. He married Isla Jeanne Clarke. He died on April 23, 2000, in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 72, and was buried in Brier, Washington.

Source: 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Kansas 353rd Infantry Regiment in World War I Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 Leavenworth County, Kansas Births, 1891-1900 Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Washington Death Index, 1940-1996

Milton Haworth

When Isla Jeanne Clarke was born on May 20, 1933, in Seattle, Washington, her father, Joseph Jackson Clark, was 22, and her mother, Isla Rose Oliver, was 20. She married Jonathan L Reagan in Snohomish, Washington. She died on January 21, 2002, in King County, Washington, at the age of 68.

129 vii. Howard Richard Haworth (1929–2010) viii. Wallace Truman Haworth (1934–2010) When Wallace Truman Haworth was born on March 26, 1934, in Kansas City, Kansas, his father, Milton, was 42 and his mother, Mary, was 35. He married Katherine Rose Billings on June 7, 1957, in Kootenai, Idaho. He died in 2010 at the age of 76.

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Katherine Rose Billings was born on June 6, 1940, in Seattle, Washington. She lived in Seattle, Washington, in 1958 and moved to Auburn, Washington, sometime between 1958 and 1991.

Josephine T. Haworth

Claire Ellsworth Cresse


James Thomas Haworth

Claire Ellsworth Cresse

Milton Leroy Haworth & Eva J. “Evie” Williams Haworth

Paul Levon Haworth & Edna Louise Frey Haworth Vernon Lafayette Haworth & Isla Jeanne Clarke

James Thomas Haworth

Wallace Truman Haworth

Milton Haworth

Katherine Rose Billings Seattle, Washington Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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50 James Thomas Haworth (1894–1980) When James Thomas Haworth was born on December 12, 1894 in Jarabaro, Kansas, his father, Richard Gravener Haworth, was 41 and his mother, Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes, was 21. He married Ada Mae Dunmoody on February 3, 1919, in Coloma, Michigan. They had two children during their marriage. He died on May 5, 1980, in Hillsborough, Florida, at the age of 85.

51 Earl Jonathan Haworth (1897–1984) When Earl Jonathan Haworth was born on December 25, 1897, in Springdale, Kansas, his father, Richard Gravener Haworth, was 44 and his mother, Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes, was 24. He had one son and six daughters with Hazel M Sketter/ Stewart between 1921 and 1944. He died on January 5, 1984, in Kansas City, Kansas, at the age of 86, and was buried there.

James Thomas Haworth was the second child in his family to receive this name. His parents’ first child, born 22 October 1891 passed away on the 25th of October 1891, also was given the name of James Thomas Haworth.

When Ada Mae Dunmoody was born on May 30, 1902, her father, William Raymond Dunmoody, was 31, and her mother, Martha S. “Mattie” Platt, was 29. She died on April 3, 1989, in St Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 86. Children of James Thomas Haworth & Ada Mae Dunmoody

130 i. Beulah Mae Haworth (1920-2009) ii. Nadine E. Haworth (abt 1925-) When Nadine E Haworth was born in 1925 in Kansas, her father, James, was 31, and her mother, Ada, was 23. She lived in Kansas City, Kansas, for more than 3 years from 1942 to 1945. She had one sister. Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998 Kansas, State Census Collection, 1855-1925 Michigan, County Marriages, 1822-1940 Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

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When Hazel Mae Stewart was born on January 6, 1904, in Leavenworth, Kansas, her father, John W. Stewart, was 29, and her mother, Ellan, was 24. She had seven children with Earl Jonathan Haworth and one child with Earl Sketter. She died on November 1, 1968, at the age of 64, and was buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Kansas City, Kansas. Children of Earl Jonathan Haworth & Hazel Mae Stewart

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i. ii. iii. iv.

Ruby Irene Haworth (1921–2008) Earl Wesley Haworth (1923–2015) Frances M Haworth (1929–2008) Naomi Hazel Haworth (1930–2004) When Naomi Hazel Haworth was born on August 12, 1930, in Kansas City, Kansas, her father, Earl, was 32, and her mother, Hazel, was 26. She had one brother and five sisters. She died on September 25, 2004, in Olathe, Kansas, at the age of 74. Burial at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Obituary for Naomi Hazel Haworth:

Naomi H. (Haworth) Wright, 74, passed away Saturday, September 25, 2004, at the Four Seasons Living Center, Sedalia, MO. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 29, 2004, at Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, KS. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 121 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service. Naomi was born in Kansas City, KS, on August 12, 1930. She retired from Sealright... 134 v. Ruth Delores Haworth (1933–2009) 135 vi. Loretta Marie Haworth (1935–1998) 136 vii. Rosalie Ann Haworth (1944–2008)


Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census Kansas, State Census Collection, 1855-1925 Kansas, City and County Census Records, 19191961 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918

James Thomas Haworth

3 April 1952 Traffic Cases in Municipal Count. Published in the Kansas City Star: Ruth Haworth, 2322 Olive, speeding. The Kansas City Star, Sunday, August 3, 1952

Summer Brides

Mrs. McCulloch is the former Miss Ruth Haworth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl J. Haworth. She was married last Sunday at Fort Bliss, Texas. Earl Jonathan Haworth

Population Schedule 1952 Kansas, City and County Census Records

Earl Jonathan Haworth Leavenworth Times, Leavenworth, Kansas, Tuesday, August 17, 1976: Isn’t this awesome - a 79 year old man drives a sportscar??? Love it!! Earl Jonathan Haworth, Tonganoxie, Kansas

Earl Jonathan Haworth

Paul W. Leimkuhler

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52 Edna Susan Haworth (1902–1947) When Edna Susan Haworth was born on October 2, 1902, in Leavenworth, Kansas, her father, Richard Haworth, was 49, and her mother, Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes, was 29. She had one daughter with Henry Debus in 1922. She died on January 15, 1947, in Kansas City, Kansas, at the age of 44.

Henry Debus was born in 1898. Child of Edna Susan Haworth & Henry Debus

53 George Edward Haworth (1907-1993) When George Edward Haworth was born on September 13, 1907, in Leavenworth, Kansas, his father, Richard Gravener Haworth, was 54 and his mother, Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes, was 34. He married Ruth F. Everett in 1928 in Kansas. They had two children during their marriage. He died on November 3, 1993, in St Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 86.

When Ruth F Everett and her twin brother Fred Everett were born on December 4, 1909, in Bonner Springs, Kansas, their father, Charles Lafayette “Charlie” Everett, was 34 and their mother, Carrie, was 31. She had six brothers and one sister. She died on January 28, 1998, in St Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 88.

Obituary for George Edward Haworth:

PINELLAS OBITUARIES

St. Petersburg Times (FL) - Friday, November 5, 1993

HAWORTH, GEORGE E., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Nov. 3, 1993) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He was born in Leavenworth, Kan., and came here in 1958 from Kansas City, Kan., where he owned a sheet metal company. He was a charter member of Pinellas Park Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include his wife, Ruth F., a son, Richard Lee, a daughter, Charlene Kay Hatcher, and two sisters, Fern Vance and Juanita Haworth; all of St. Petersburg, seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial Park Funeral Home-Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

Obituary for Ruth F. Everett Haworth:

St. Petersburg Times (FL) - Friday, January 30, 1998

HAWORTH, RUTH F., 89, of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Jan. 28, 1998) at home. Born in Bonner Springs, Kan., she came here in 1957 from Kansas City. She was a homemaker and a charter member of First Church of the Nazarene, Pinellas Park. Survivors include a son, Richard, and a daughter, Charlene Hatcher, both of St. Petersburg; a brother, Elmer Everett, New Port Richey; a sister, Beulah Bailey, Dayton, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry &

137 i. Elva Fernetta Debus (1922-) Sources: 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 United States Federal Census Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012

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USS Rockaway Richard Lee Haworth

USS Rockaway - World War II Following shakedown, Rockaway became a unit of the United States Atlantic Fleet in April 1943 with her home base at Norfolk, Virginia. Transatlantic voyages and North African service From April 1943 until October 1944, Rockaway delivered supplies and personnel to outlying bases in the North Atlantic Ocean. She transferred a complete seaplane squadron from Newfoundland to England, carried aviation cargo from Norfolk to the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-4) at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands, delivered secret radar equipment to England to be used in the invasion of Normandy of 6 June 1944, performed guard ship duty at Casablanca, French Morocco, for two months, and transported aircraft engines to the Azores. Rockaway completed nine round trips across the Atlantic during this interval, steaming independently. On several occasions, she made submarine contacts and dropped depth charges, but with undetermined results.

Lutcher Falamus Vance

Fern Hazel Haworth

I extracted the information about George Edward Haworth. Not knowing any of the Navy abbreviations I looked online and this is what I found. Hopefully it will help you understand his changes in rank:

RM3c = Radioman 3rd class V6 USNR = V6 (General Service and Specialists (USNR classification)) CR = Camera Repairman RM2c = Radioman 2nd class Authority: BuPers -- Bureau of Naval Personnel C/Ls -- Circular Letters

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Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg. Child of George Edward Haworth & Ruth F. Everett

i. Richard Lee Haworth (1929-2007) When Richard Lee Haworth was born on September 21, 1929, in Kansas City, Kansas, his father, George, was 22 and his mother, Ruth, was 18. Richard and Faye J. married, but I don’t have any knowledge of when nor where. Got that information from Find a Grave. He lived in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1952 and moved to St Petersburg, Florida, sometime between 1952 and 1993. He died on July 30, 2007, in St Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 77, and was buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum Clearwater, Florida. ii. Charlene Kay Haworth (1944-) When Charlene Kay Haworth was born 27 July 1944, her father, George, was 24, and her mother, Ruth, was 22. She had one brother. Charlene married Mr. Hatcher, in June 1969 in Pinellas County, Florida.

Sources: 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998 Kansas, State Census Collection, 1855-1925 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014

U.S. WWII Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949 U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 19401947

54 Fern Hazel Haworth (1911-1996) When Fern Hazel Haworth was born on June 5, 1911, in Leavenworth, Kansas, her father, Richard Gravener Haworth, was 58, and her mother, Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes, was 37. She married Jack William Harvey and they had one daughter together. She then married Lutcher Falanus Vance on June 24, 1946, in Pinellas, Florida. She died on April 15, 1996, in St Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 84. Jack William Harvey was born on June 7, 1909, in Kansas City, Kansas. He married Fern Hazel Haworth in 1930. They had one child during their marriage. He died on September 8, 1989, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, at the age of 80 and was buried at Maple Hill Cemetery (also known as Hibbing Park Cemetery), Hibbing, Minnesota . When Lutcher Falanus Vance was born on January 11, 1912, in Orange, Texas, his father, Falanus Vance, was 48 and his mother, Mary Taylor, was 31. He married Fern Hazel Haworth on June 24, 1946, in Pinellas, Florida. He died on May 14, 1995, in St Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 83 and was buried at Woodlawn Memory Gardens, St. Petersburg, Florida. Obituary for Fern Hazel Haworth Harvey Vance: PINELLAS OBITUARIES St. Petersburg Times (FL) - Tuesday, May 7, 1996 VANCE, FERN H., 84, of Gulfport, died Wednesday (April 24, 1996) at Boca Ciega Center, Gulfport. She was born in Leavenworth, Kan., and came here in the 1940s from Kansas City, Kan. She retired as a convenience store clerk in South Pasadena. She was a member of Gulfport Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Eddington, Gulfport; a sister, Juanita Hayworth, St. Petersburg; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-greatgranddaughter. National Cremation Society, Largo. Pinellas Park Child of Fern Hazel Haworth & Jack William Harvey 138 i. Donna Verdean Harvey (1930-2003)

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Sources: 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census Florida, County Marriages, 1823-1982 Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998 Kansas, State Census Collection, 1855-1925 Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002 U.S., City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 Web: Minnesota, Obituary Index, 1891-2003

Lutcher Falanus Vance

Fern Hazel Haworth Lutcher Falanus Vance

Fern Hazel Haworth Houston, Texas Orange, Texas Quincy, Florida St. Petersburg, Florida Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Pinellas County, Florida

Lutcher Falanus Vance

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55 Truman Chilson Haworth (1915–1978) When Truman Chilson Haworth was born on August 8, 1915, in Leavenworth, Kansas, his father, Richard Gravener Haworth, was 62 and his mother, Capitola Elva “Cappie” Sykes, was 42. Truman was the youngest of 14 children! He had one son with Genevieve Dorothy Beets. Truman died on June 29, 1978, at the age of 62, and was buried at Kansas City, Kansas.

When Genevieve Dorothy Beets was born on April 6, 1918, in Wyandotte, Kansas, her father, William Joseph Beets, was 25, and her mother, Dorothy F. Kostelnik, was 21. She died on February 20, 2002, in Kansas City, Kansas, at the age of 83, and was buried there. Child of Truman Chilson Haworth & Genevieve Dorothy Beets

139 i. Marilou M. Haworth (1938-2010) ii. Gary Lee Haworth (1941–) When Gary Lee Haworth was born on July 23, 1941, his father, Truman, was 25 and his mother, Genevieve, was 23. He lived in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1993. He married Carol Ann Stebbins on June 9, 1961, in Kansas City, Kansas. Carol Ann Stebbins was the daughter of Eugene Stebbins, Junior. iii. Judy Haworth (1945–) When Judy Haworth was born in 1945, her father, Truman, was 30, and her mother, Genevieve, was 27. She moved 4 times during her lifetime. She lived in Diamond Bar, California, in 1978 and moved to Clinton, Missouri, by 2006. She married Mr. Riggs and Cliff Reeves. She had two brothers and two sisters. iv. Janet Dorrie Haworth (1946–) When Janet Dorrie Haworth was born in 1946, her father, Truman, was 31, and her mother, Genevieve, was 28. She married Paul R. “Bud” Heimbach on August 14, 1965. Paul R. “Bud” Heimbach was the son of Paul R. Heimbach. She had two brothers and two sisters. 140 ii. Larry Glen Haworth (1949-2006) Sources: 1910 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 Page 132

U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 19401947 USA Obituary Collection

Haworth, Gary Lee - lawsuit filed over shooting Kansas City Star 30 October 1961, pg 28


Haworth, Gary Lee Wounded in Tavern Fray - Kansas City Star 17 January 1961, pg 4

Haworth, Gary Lee & Carol Ann Stebbins - wedding announcement Kansas City Star 18 June 1961, pg 113

Haworth, Janet Dorrie & Paul R Bud Heimbach, Junior - wedding announcement Kansas City Star 12 September 1965, pg 118

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56 Helen Grace Sykes (1922–2010) When Helen Grace Sykes was born on November 28, 1922, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, Casper, was 40, and her mother, Lillie, was 23. She married Herman Lee Gilmer on September 21, 1941, in her hometown. They had nine children in 17 years. She died on July 26, 2010, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 87, and was buried there.

When Herman Lee Gilmer was born on September 1, 1908, in England, Arkansas, his father, H, was 31 and his mother, J, was 37. He married Capitola M Sain and they had one daughter together. He died on December 15, 1998, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 90, and was buried there.

Mrs. Gilmer is also survived by other relatives and her many friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 29, at 10:30a.m.in the Olmstead Chapel with Bishop Ron Tillman officiating. Interment followed in the Heber Springs Cemetery. Kevin Summerville, Jim Boothby, Jerry Allen Stone, Brad Baker, Shawn Gilmer, and Zack James served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer was Marvin Stone. Children of Helen Grace Sykes & Herman Lee Gilmer

Obituary for Helen Grace Sykes: Helen Grace Gilmer, age 87, of Heber Springs, Arkansas, passed away Monday, July 26, 2010, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Heber Springs. Born November 28, 1922, in Heber Springs, she was the daughter of the late Casper and Lillie Allen Sykes.

Mrs. Gilmer was a retired seamstress for Kellwood where she was employed for twelve years. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mrs. Gilmer was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Lee Gilmer, on December 15, 1998. Other family members who preceded her in death include her parents; four brothers, Millard Sykes, Ralph Sykes, Casper Sykes, and Joseph Sykes; and two sisters, Ellen Phoebe Sykes Garrett and Ruth Olga Sykes. Mrs. Gilmer is survived by five sons, Herman Lee Gilmer, Jr. and his wife, Bonnie, of Cabot, Charles Wesley Gilmer, Kenneth Stephen Gilmer and his wife, “Debbie”, and Dennis Marvin Gilmer and his wife, Le Donna, all of Heber Springs,and John Wayne Gilmer and his wife, Ginger, of Guy; four daughters, Loretta Marie James and her husband, Gerald, of Sheridan, Margaret Ann Booth by and her husband, James, of Batesville, Edna Ruth Bigham and her husband, Buck, of McCrory, and Elizabeth Darnell Baker and her husband, Wendel, of Mt. Vernon;three brothers, John Sykes, James Sykes, and Allen Sykes; three sisters, Martha Carol Sykes Golden, Florence Elizabeth Sykes Jones, and Jessie Fay Sykes Love; 18 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. Page 134

i. Herman Lee Gilmer (1942–) He moved 2 times during his lifetime. He lived in Cabot, Arkansas, in 1935 and moved to Heber Springs by 1996 then back to Cabot, Arkansas, by 2002. When Herman Lee Gilmer was born on June 4, 1942, his father, Herman, was 33 and his mother, Helen, was 19. Herman married Bonnie. He has four brothers and five sisters. ii. Charles Wesley Gilmer (1943–) When Charles Wesley Gilmer was born on October 21, 1943, in Cabot, Arkansas, his father, Herman, was 35 and his mother, Helen, was 20. He lived in Cabot, Arkansas, from 1993 to 1994. He married Carolyn Inez, they divorced in November 1970. Charles then married Mary Sue Frazer on the 29th of May 1975. He has four brothers and five sisters. iii. Elizabeth Darnell Gilmer (1952–) When Elizabeth Darnell Gilmer was born in 1952, her father, Herman, was 44, and her mother, Helen, was 30. She married Wendel L. Baker (1947-). She has five brothers and four sisters. Wendel Lee Baker was born on December 18, 1937, in Faulkner, Arkansas. He lived in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1958. iv. Kenneth Stephen Gilmer (1958–) When Kenneth Stephen Gilmer was born on July 15, 1958, his father, Herman, was 49 and his mother, Helen, was 35. He lived in Heber Springs, Arkansas, in 1992. Kenneth married Deborah Lynelle”Debbie” He has four brothers and five sisters. v. Dennis Marvin Gilmer (1959–) When Dennis Marvin Gilmer was born on December 28, 1959, his father, Herman, was 51 and his mother, Helen, was 37. He married LeDonna. He lived in Heber Springs, Arkansas, for more than 2 years from 1992 to 1994. He has


four brothers and five sisters. vi. John Wayne Gilmer - John Wayne Gilmer was the son of Helen and Herman. He married Ginger. He has four brothers and five sisters. vii. Edna Ruth Gilmer - Edna Ruth Gilmer was the daughter of Helen and Herman. She married Buck Bigham. She has five brothers and four sisters. viii. Margaret Ann Gilmer - Margaret Ann Gilmer was the daughter of Helen and Herman. She has five brothers and four sisters. ix. Loretta Marie Gilmer - Loretta Marie Gilmer was the daughter of Helen and Herman. She married Gerald James. She has five brothers and four sisters.

Sources: 1910 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current USA Obituary Collection U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 19401947

Herman Lee Gilmer

Herman L Gilmer

Herman L Gilmer

Helen Grace Sykes

This is USS Marysville PCE-857 as seen docked at Naval Station treasure Island in 1965. Marysville was laid down in 1943, launched in 1944, and commissioned into the navy as a patrol craft on April 26, 1945. In 1949, the ship had its weapons removed and was converted into an underwater electronic research vessel to be used for conducting oceanographic research and underwater sound experiments in the Pacific Ocean. (Courtesy of John Harder collection.)

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57 Jessie Fay Sykes (1925-2015) When Jessie Fay Sykes was born on March 12, 1925, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, Casper James Sykes, was 42, and her mother, Lillie Fay Allen, was 25. She married James Robert Love on November 3, 1945, in Cleburne, Arkansas. They had one child during their marriage. Jessie died on September 26, 2015, at the age of 90.

When James Robert Love was born on December 3, 1922, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, his father, Robert Brewer Love, was 22 and his mother, Jessie Chestnut, was 17. He died on May 4, 2004, in his hometown at the age of 81, and was buried there.

12 July 2001 e-mail from Linda Love Bradford: Effe, I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I have been unable to pull up some of the sites you sent. Also, I have been so very busy lately that I do not have the time I would like to devote to this. My dad has malignant prostate cancer and I have been taking him and Mother back and forth to Little Rock for CT scans, bone scans, etc. The cancer is fully contained, thank goodness, and Dad will have seed implants in early August. Besides all that, I have been helping Larry with this garden. We’ve been freezing lots of corn and before that green beans and lately trying to take cucumbers off our hands. I’m sorry not to have time for genealogy which I love. When things simmer down a bit, I hope to get more time. In the meantime, please keep me in your address book. Linda Child of Jessie Fay Sykes & James Robert Love, Senior

i. Linda Fay Love (1946-) When Linda Fay Love was born on July 2, 1946, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, James, was 23, and her mother, Jessie, was 21. She married Larry John William Bradford on December 1, 1979. She lived in Heber Springs, Arkansas, for more than 8 years from 1985 to 1993. When Larry John William Bradford was born on April 5, 1944, in Higden, Arkansas, his father, William Woodrow Bradford, was 31 and his mother, Norma Ruth Potter, was 22. He died on March 21, 2014, in Searcy, Arkansas, at the age of 69, and was buried in the Bradford Cemetery in Shirley, Arkansas.

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Obituary for Larry John William Bradford: Sun Times, The (Heber Springs, AR) Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Larry John William Bradford, age 69, of Heber Springs, Arkansas, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, at the White County Medical Center in Searcy. Born in Higden on April 5, 1944, he was the son of the late Woodrow (William Woodrow Bradford) and Norma Ruth (Potter) Bradford. Mr. Bradford enjoyed a long career in the automobile business. He and his brother Wade were owners of Cleburne County Motors, Inc. and AAA Parts, Inc. in Heber Springs. In his last ten years, he was affiliated with Red River Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, LLC. He loved golfing, fishing, and playing music with friends and family, believing “If it ain’t Bluegrass, it ain’t music.” He proudly served our country in the United States Army. He was a member of the Church of Christ. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bradford was preceded in death by one brother, Wade Lemual Bradford. He is survived by his wife, Linda Bradford of Heber Springs; three sisters, Laverne James of Heber Springs, Jo Ann Bradford of Lowell, and Mary Lee Turney of Higden; and one uncle, John A. Bradford of Damascus. Mr. Bradford is also survived by other relatives and his many friends. Visitation was Sunday, March 23, at Olmstead Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday, March 24, at the Higden Church of Christ with J. R. Manes officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the American Legion followed in the Bradford Cemetery. Howard Chapin, Sonny Haynes, Fred Douglas, Stanley Caldwell, Stan Lee, and Jon Guhrt served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were J. E. Turney, Jim Beardsley, Carl Stevens, Dennis Ward, and Mitchell Ward. Memorials may be made to the Cleburne County Historical Society or the Heber Springs Humane Society.


Sources: 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 U.S. Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Obituary Collection, 1930-2015 U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 Web: Obituary Daily Times Index, 1995-Current

Jessie Fay Sykes

Larry John William Bradford

James Robert Love, Senior Page 137


58 Florence Elizabeth Sykes (1927-2012) When Florence Elizabeth Sykes was born on March 16, 1927, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, Casper James Sykes, was 44, and her mother, Lillie Fay Allen, was 27. She had one son with Larry Jones in 1950. She died on November 29, 2012, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 85, and was buried in Beebe, Arkansas.

When Lawrence Wimberly Jones was born on January 18, 1922, in Arkansas, the son of James Thomas Jones his mother, Ida Pearl Jenkins, was 37. He died on August 30, 2012, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 90, and was buried in Beebe, Arkansas.

Rev. Steve Comeans will officiate. Burial will be at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, Beebe, Ark. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Pulaski County, 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, Ark. 72210.

Lawrence W. Jones, 90, of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas and Ida Pearl Jones, and five siblings.

Larry served our great country in the Pacific during World War II.

Obituary for Florence Elizabeth Sykes:

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) Saturday, December 1, 2012

FLORENCE SYKES JONES, 85, of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away November 29, 2012. She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Larry Jones, her parents, Casper and Lillie Fay Sykes, and six siblings, Ruth Sykes, Helen Gilmer, Ellen Garrett, Ralph, Casper, Jr., and Joe Sykes.

Survivors are her son, Gary Jones of North Little Rock, Ark.; grandson, Nicholas Jones of Little Rock; granddaughter, Heather Hartwick; and greatgranddaughter, Eden Hartwick of St. Augustine, Fla. Florence has two surviving sisters, Fay Love and Martha Golden, and three brothers John, Allen and James Sykes, all residents of Arkansas, along with many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Flo retired from Alcatel-Lucent (formerly Teletype) where she received many outstanding achievement awards setting the bar high with her dedicated work ethics and excellent skills in accuracy and speed. She was also a very talented florist, owning her own business for several years, “Flo’s House of Flowers;” not to mention her exceptional culinary skills which were rivaled by none! She was a member of Little Rock First Church of the Nazarene. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2012, with funeral services on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10 a.m. both at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Ark., (501) 224-8300. Dr. Jim Daniel and

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Obituary for Lawrence Wimberly Jones:

2nd Obituary for Lawrence Wimberly Jones:

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) Sunday, September 2, 2012

90, of Little Rock, Ark., passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Florence Sykes Jones, also of Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas and Ida Pearl, and five siblings. Survivors along with his wife, Florence, are his son, Gary L. Jones of North Little Rock; grandson, Nicholas Jones of Little Rock; granddaughter, Heather Hartwick and great-granddaughter, Eden Hartwick, both of St. Augustine, Fla.

Larry served our great country in the Pacific during World War II. He was a Corporal in the Army Air Force, 318th Fighter Group, and was a crewmember on a P47 Thunderbolt named the “Little Rock-ette.” He retired from Alcatel-Lucent (formerly Teletype Corp.) of Little Rock, where he set an excellent example of dedication. Larry was an avid gardener, taking much pride in his beautifully kept rose and perennial gardens at their home. He was a member of Little Rock First Church of the Nazarene.

Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, (501) 224-8300.

Funeral services will be on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Dr. Dan Casey, Dr. Jim Daniel and Rev. Steve Comeans will officiate.


Burial will be at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, Beebe, Ark. Child of Florence Elizabeth Sykes & Lawrence Wimberly Jones 141 i. Gary Lawrence Jones (1950-) Sources: 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 19401947 Florence Elizabeth Sykes

Florence Elizabeth Sykes

Lawrence Wimberly Jones

Lawrence Wimberly Jones

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59. Casper James “Cass” Sykes (1929–1981) When Casper James “Cass” Sykes was born on April 11, 1929, in Cabot, Arkansas, his father, Casper James Sykes, was 47 and his mother, Lillie Faye Allen, was 29. He married Patsy Ruth Cummings on August 19, 1950, in Cleburne, Arkansas. He died on November 23, 1981, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 52, and was buried at Rest Hills Memorial Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

When Patsy Ruth Cummings was born on March 12, 1934, in Oklahoma, her father, Lloyd F. Cummings, was 19, and her mother, Grace Upton, was 18. She has one brother and one sister. Children of Casper James “Cass” Sykes, Junior & Patsy Ruth Cummings

i. Dorothy Sykes (1955–) ii. Evelyn Gail Sykes (1955–) iii. Marilyn Arlene Sykes (1963–2004)

Sources: 1930 United States Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2 U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014

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James Casper Sykes, Arkansas Gazette Tuesday, Jun 26, 1923 Little Rock, AR Page: 2

Birth announcement of Marilyn Arlene Sykes

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60 John Charles Sykes (1931–2014) When John Charles Sykes was born on June 21, 1931, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, his father, Casper, was 49 and his mother, Lillie, was 31. He married Mary Jo Moss on February 14, 1951, in Lake, Florida. They had three children during their marriage. He died on March 3, 2014, in his hometown at the age of 82.

When Mary Jo Moss was born on July 29, 1933, in Mississippi, Arkansas, her father, Thomas Austin Moss, was 35, and her mother, Agnes Gertrude Lawrence, was 32. She died on December 12, 2007, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 74. Obituary for John Charles Sykes:

John C. Sykes of Heber Springs died Monday, March 3, at the age of 82.

He was first and foremost a kind man. He loved deeply and cared about others with a steadfast sincerity that was apparent to everyone. No one who met him doubted his fidelity to his friends and family.

This love extended to many other things. Above all he loved the outdoors. He was most happy when he was among the trees and flowers of his home. He picked the spot he would place his home as a very young man and never tired of looking out over the tall, strong pines that framed that view. The vista in front of his bluff-edge home is edged above with wooded hills and sliced below by a small but raucous waterfall.

One of the few regrets at the end of his life was how much he would miss that scene.

He loved flowers and poetry. He loved history and football. He loved women and dancing the waltz. He loved his wife, Mary Jo, who died before him.

Most of all he loved his children and their children.

He loved his daughter Valerie Jane Mauldin and her husband Jerry; he cherished his granddaughter Devon Jennifer Carlson and her husband Keith and had great affection for his great-grandson Liam.

He loved his daughter Pamela Diane Sykes and so greatly appreciated the tender care she gave to him during the final years of his life.

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He loved his son, John C. Sykes Jr. and his son’s love, Caroline. He loved John Jr.’s children, Sydney Anna Bearden and her husband Cole. He found his newest love when his great-grandchild, a beautiful girl, Riley June Bearden, was recently born.

He loved his second namesake, John C. Sykes III, a young man whose temperament becomes more like his grandfather’s everyday.

He loved Cheryl Irene Leffew, the mother of Sydney and John III.

He loved his father, mother and siblings, no matter how much they vexed him. He always spoke lovingly of his older brother Cass, his partner in crime.

He was a Worshipful Master in the Masons for many years and often sought out as a Past Master. He drove big trucks and cut down trees with a blazing chainsaw and planted flowers. He wrote wonderful and poignant poetry. He devoured dense histories and biographies and read every Zane Grey book he could find.

He taught his son the way a man could and should cry. He never complained and always listened to everyone, never failing to comfort and encourage them.

He was one of “the better angels of our nature”

Obituary for Mary Jo Moss:

Mary Jo Sykes, of Heber Springs, died December 12, 2007. She was a still-lovely 74 year old. Born July 29, 1933, to Thomas Austin and Agnes Gertrude Lawrence Moss, in Keiser, Arkansas, she grew up in Mississippi County with her eight brothers and sisters.

Mary Jo Sykes was a pretty, dark-haired girl who grew into a beautiful, loving woman.

Jo, as she preferred to be called, leaves her husband of 56 years, John Charles Sykes, and three children, Valerie Jane Sykes Mauldin, Pamela Diane Sykes and John Charles Sykes, Jr.

Three grandchildren were and are deeply loved by their Granny. They are Devon Jennifer Mauldin, Sydney Anna Sykes and John Charles Sykes III.


Jo enjoyed laughter, books, movies, rock and roll and Elvis Presley. She loved Monty Python, Jackie Chan and her family”s guirky humor.

Jo’s own wit was subtle and dry, punctuated with a small knowing smile.

She was a homemaker with an equally fine mind. She instilled in her children a love of books and learning that serves them to this day.

Jo felt it important to make herself pretty for family and friends. She succeeded every time.

Dressing well and dancing were great joys to her.

She liked beautiful things, porcelain and pottery figurines, horses, angels, dolls and bears were scattered around her home, glittering in the light from her many lamps.

She liked making crafts, collecting baskets and loved anything the color purple.

Jo struggled against her illness, but what remained at the end was the fierce love she had for her family.

Her ashes will be scattered across the land she lived on for nearly fifty years, across the bluffs and streams below the white-frame house she made a home.

Services will be private. Children of John Charles Sykes & Mary Jo Moss

142 i. Valerie Jane Sykes (1955–) ii. Pamela Diane Sykes (1957–) When Pamela Diane Sykes was born on April 5, 1957, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, John, was 25, and her mother, Mary, was 23. She lived in Heber Springs, Arkansas, in 1993. She has one brother and one sister. 143 iii. John Charles Sykes Junior (1960–)

U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 Web: Obituary Daily Times Index, 1995-Current

John Charles Sykes

Mary Jo Moss

Cheryl Irene Leffew

High School Yearbook picture

Sources: 1940 USA Federal Census Florida, County Marriages, 1823-1982 Global, Find A Grave Index for Non-Burials, Burials at Sea, and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current Page 143


61 Ellen Phoebe Sykes (1933–2006) When Ellen “Ellie” Phoebe Sykes was born on February 11, 1933, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, Casper James Sykes, was 50, and her mother, Lillie Fay Allen, was 33. She married Wayne Alfred Garrett on August 5, 1950, in Watervliet, Michigan. They had five children in 12 years. She died on July 11, 2006, in her hometown at the age of 73, and was buried there. When Wayne Alfred Garrett was born on May 7, 1930, in Plainview, Arkansas, his father, Wayne Millard Garrett, was 38 and his mother, Elizabeth Jane Moss, was 35. He married Ellen Phoebe Sykes on August 5, 1950, in Watervliet, Michigan. They had five children in 12 years. He died on November 1, 2010, in Batesville, Arkansas, at the age of 80, and was buried in Heber Springs, Arkansas in the Cleburne County Memorial Gardens.

and husband Danny; and Beth Adcock and husband James all of Heber Springs, Arkansas. Grandchildren, Laura and Colin Gray of Cabot, AR; Leah Latch of Orlando, FL; Mona Phillips of Heber Springs, AR; Jessica and Brian Sharp of Vilonia, AR; Michael and Josie White of Orlando, FL; Sarah and Roger Ellis of Tampa, FL; Shami Gawrieh of White Oak, TX; Ashley Adcock of Heber Springs, AR; Nineveh and Klint Blankenship of Gladewater, TX; Joseph and Emanuel Gawrieh of White Oak, TX. Great-grandchildren, Leighton and Carson Sharp of Vilonia, AR; Hayley Swift of Heber Springs, AR; Riley Gawrieh of White Oak, TX; Myah Ellis of Tampa, FL; and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Phoebe Garrett July 11, 2006.

Obituary for Ellen Phoebe Sykes: Newspaper: Times Journal, 22 July 2006 Ellen Garrett, 73, of Heber Springs died July 11. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Garrett; daughters Sharon White of Cabot, Debbie and Jack Gawrieh of White Oak, Texas, and Patricia Latch, Peggy Phillips and Beth Adcock, all of Heber Springs; brothers John, James, Ralph and Allen Sykes; sisters Helen Gilmer, Faye Love, Martha Golden and Florence Jones; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Friday, July 14, at the Heber Springs Funeral Home chapel.

Obituary for Wayne Alfred Garrett:

Wayne Alfred Garrett, age 80, of Heber Springs passed away November 1, 2010 at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Born May 7,1930 in Plainview, Arkansas, he was the son of the late Wayne Millard and Elizabeth Jane Garrett. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

He enjoyed reading, dancing, fishing and delivering boats as hobbies.

Mr. Garrett is survived by five daughters, Sharon White and husband Virgil of Cabot, AR; Debbie Gawrieh and husband Jack of White Oak, TX; Patricia Latch and husband Kent; Peggy Phillips

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Children of Ellen Phoebe Sykes & Wayne Alfred Garrett 144 145 146 147

i. Sharon K Garrett (1952–). ii. Deborah Lynn “Debbie” Garrett (1954–). iii. Peggy Garrett (1958–). iv. Patricia Garrett (1960–). v. Beth Garrett (1964–) When Beth Garrett was born on June 15, 1964, her father, Wayne, was 34, and her mother, Ellen, was 31. She married James E. Adcock. She lived in Monroe, Georgia, in 1995. She has four sisters.

Sources: 1940 USA Federal Census Global, Find A Grave Index for Non-Burials, Burials at Sea, and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 USA Obituary Collection


62 James Thomas Sykes (1935–2016) When James Thomas Sykes was born on August 19, 1935, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, his father, Casper James Sykes, was 53 and his mother, Lillie Fay Allen, was 35. He married Barbara Gene Lee (1941-) in 1961 in Arkansas. They had one child during their marriage. He died on December 19, 2016, at the age of 81, and was buried in Beebe, Arkansas.

Sources: 1940 USA Federal Census North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012

Obituary for James Thomas Sykes: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) Wednesday, December 21, 2016 McRAE - James Sykes, 81, of McRae, Arkansas, was born August 19, 1935, at Heber Springs, Arkansas, to Casper and Lillie (Allen) Sykes, and he passed away Monday, December 19, 2016. He was a proud United States Army veteran and retired from AT&T Teletype at age 51. He was a dedicated, hard worker and a fantastic dad, granddad and husband. James enjoyed gardening and yard work. He loved playing games of all kinds. He is survived by his wife of 55½ years, Barbara Gene (Lee) Sykes; daughter Kathy (Ron) Harvey; two granddaughters, Ashley and Savanna Harvey; sister Martha Golden; brother Allen Sykes; very special nieces and nephews; and his special fourlegged friend “Hershey”. James was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters Ralph Sykes, Helen Gilmer, Fay Love, Florence Jones, Casper Sykes, John Sykes, Ellen Garrett and Joseph Sykes.

Wayne Alfred Garrett

Memorials may be made to NRA Foundation, P.O. Box 1546, Merrifield, Va. 22116-9851. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday, December 23, 2016, at Smith-Westbrook Chapel, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home.

Ellen Phoebe Sykes

Wayne Alfred Garrett

Child of James Thomas Sykes & Barbara Gene Lee 148 i. Kathy Sykes (1963–)

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63 Martha Carol Sykes (1938–) When Martha Carol Sykes was born on January 13, 1938, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, Casper, was 55, and her mother, Lillie, was 38. She married Norman Max Golden in 1955 in Arkansas. They had two children during their marriage. She had nine brothers and five sisters.

Norman Max Golden was born on April 1, 1933, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the son of Maudie Mae Kelly and Arnell. He died on April 17, 2007, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 74, and was buried in his hometown. Children of Martha Carol Sykes & Norman Max Golden, Senior

i. Lori Lea Golden (1960–) When Lori Lea Golden was born in 1960 in Arkansas, her father, Norman, was 27, and her mother, Martha, was 22. She married Ray Schreiber (abt 1955-). She has one brother. 149 ii. Norman Max Golden Junior (1962–) Sources: 1940 USA Federal Census U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014

64 Joseph Edward “Joe” Sykes (1943-1980) When Joseph Edward “Joe” Sykes was born on November 18, 1943, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, his father, Casper James Sykes, was 61 and his mother, Lillie Fay Allen, was 44. Joe Sykes served in the military on April 6, 1965, when he was 21 years old. He had one son in 1969. In his son’s obituary, I came up with a probable spouse of Anne Honeycutt. However, I couldn’t find any records tying them together legally. He died on November 7, 1980, in his hometown at the age of 36, and was buried there. Child of Joseph Edward “Joe” Sykes i. Joseph Edward Sykes, Junior (1969-1972) When Joseph Edward Sykes, Junior was born on August 11, 1969, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, his father, Joseph, was 25. He died as a child on July 9, 1972, in his hometown, and was buried at Cleburne County Cemetery. Sources: U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014

Martha Carol Sykes

1953 Yearbook Freshman year

Joseph Edward Sykes, Junior

Joseph Edward Sykes Carl Hodges Sandra Hodges Teresa Kay Hodges Mrs. Joyce Fleetwood Alvin Honeycutt Henderson Tilley Mrs. Myrtle Honeycutt

Jacksonville, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas North Little Rock, Arkansas Forrest City, Arkansas Marianna, Arkansas Big Platte, Arkansas

Joseph Edward Sykes, Junior -

Obituary

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Norman Max Golden, Senior

Martha Carol Sykes & Max Golden

Joseph Edward Sykes

Obituary

Norman Max Golden, Senior

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65 James Donald Sykes (1918-1989) When James Donald Sykes was born on January 25, 1918, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, his father, Millard Fillmore Sykes, was 32 and his mother, Orpha Spinks, was 35. He married Regena Dickson on June 10, 1941, in Cleburne, Arkansas. They had two children during their marriage. He died on January 29, 1989, in his hometown at the age of 71, and was buried at Heber Springs City Cemetery, Heber Springs, Arkansas.

66 Marian Katherine Sykes (1920-2001) When Marian Katherine Sykes was born on November 26, 1920, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, Millard Fillmore Sykes, was 35, and her mother, Orpha Spinks, was 37. She married Noal Austin Watkins on September 22, 1940, in Union, Arkansas. They had one child during their marriage. She died on July 17, 2001, in her hometown at the age of 80, and was buried at Heber Springs City Cemetery, Heber Springs, Arkansas.

When Regena Dickson (1919-1984) was born on August 5, 1919, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, her father, Otis Craven Dickson, was 35, and her mother, Jeannette M. “Nettie” Whittaker, was 30. She died in October 1984 in her hometown at the age of 65, and was buried at Heber Springs City Cemetery, Heber Springs, Arkansas. Children of James Donald Sykes & Regena Dickson

150 i. James Donald Sykes Junior (1946–) 151 ii. Charles Millard Sykes (1958-) Sources: 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 19401947

James Donald Sykes

Millard Fillmore Sykes

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When Noal Austin Watkins was born on May 24, 1918, in Arkansas, his father, George Fenando Watkins, was 29 and his mother, Pearl O. Carpenter, was 23. He was a traveling shoe salesman and while on his route he had a heart attack and died. He died on December 7, 1967, in Missouri at the age of 49, and was buried in Heber Springs City Cemetery, Heber Springs, Arkansas. Child of Marian Katherine Sykes & Noal Austin Watkins

152 ii. Nancy Carol Watkins (1941-) 153 i. Judy Ann Watkins (1945–) Sources: 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 19401947 Web: Obituary Daily Times Index, 1995-Current


Regena Dickson

James Donald Sykes James Donald Sykes, Junior Charles Millard Sykes Victor Dickson Floyd Dickson Edith Dickson - Harrell Ruth Dickson - Holland

Judy Ann Watkins Rollins

Kenneth Larry Rollins Marian Katherine Sykes - Watkins Noal Austin Watkins Joe Watkins

Heber Springs, Arkansas Bremerton, Washington Raytown, Missouri Hampton, Arkansas Orange City, Iowa Heber Springs Cemetery, Heber Springs, Arkansas Methodist

First Presbyterian Church of Heber Springs

James Donald Sykes

Rev. J. Anthony Holifield James Donald Sykes, Junior Charles Millard Sykes Marian Katherine Sykes - Watkins Noal Austin Watkins

Heber Springs, Arkansas Bremerton, Washington Jacksonport, Arkansas Heber Springs Presbyterian Church Heber Springs Cemetery, Heber Springs, Arkansas

Marian Katherine Sykes

Noal Austin Watkins

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67. Roy Clinton Sykes (1891-1969) When Roy Clinton Sykes was born on June 9, 1890, in Larimer, Pennsylvania, his father, Charles Wesley Sykes, was 22 and his mother, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Peters, was 22. He had four sons and two daughters with Cora M Finney between 1909 and 1924. He died on September 17, 1969, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, at the age of 79. Died with emphysema.

When Cora M Finney was born on September 15, 1891, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, her father, John David Finney, was 30, and her mother, Annie Kordelia Hassler, was 31. She died in February 1983 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, at the age of 91.

Obituary for Roy Clinton Sykes: The Daily Notes from Canonsburg, PA SYKES Friends of Roy C. Sykes, 160-1/2 Galley Road, who died Wednesday Sept. 17, 1969, will be received from 7-9 P.M. on Thursday and from 24 and 7-9 P.M. on Friday at the William E. Speakman Funeral Home, Houston, where private services will be conducted on Saturday afternoon by Rev. Charles G. Skuce, pastor of the Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church. The family requests flowers be omitted. Burial in Jefferson Memorial Park.

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014

Cora M Finney - Sykes

Roy Clinton Sykes Charles David Sykes Howard Clinton Sykes Walter L. Sykes Thelma Louise Sykes - Lane June Margaret Sykes - Huggins Clarence Finney Canonsburg, Pennsylvania Mercer, Pennsylvania Washington, Pennsylvania McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Children of Roy Clinton Sykes & Cora M. Finney 154 155 156 157 158 159

i. Charles David Sykes (1909-2007) ii. Howard Clinton Sykes (1911-1985) iii. Walter L. Sykes (1916-2007) iv. Thelma Louise Sykes (1918-2015) v. June Margaret Sykes (1920-2005) vi. Ralph Wade Sykes (1924-)

Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Pennsylvania, 1910 Miracode Index Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1908 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 19401947 Page 150

Back Row: Roy Clinton Sykes, Thomas Clyde Sykes, George Sisson Sykes Front Row: (wives) Cora M. (Finney) Sykes, Charlotte W. “Lottie” (Larish) Sykes, & Elizabeth Adeline (Finney) Sykes Thanks to Leigh Partington for the picture & names!!


Roy Clinton Sykes

Rev. Charles C. Skuce Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church Jefferson Memorial Park, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Roy Clinton Sykes

Charles Wesley Sykes Elizabeth “Lizzie� Peters Cora M. Finney Charles Davie Sykes Howard Clinton Sykes Walter L. Sykes Thelma Louise Sykes - Lane June Margaret Sykes - Huggins Ralph Wade Sykes Greensburg, Pennsylvania Mercer, Pennsylvania Washington, Pennsylvania Canonsburg, Pennsylvania Bridgeville, Pennsylvania Hacienda Heights, California Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 for Roy Clinton Sykes

U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 for Roy Clinton Sykes

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68 Paul Willard Sykes, Senior (1891-1943) When Paul Willard Sykes was born on September 18, 1891, his father, Charles Wesley Sykes, was 24 and his mother, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Peters, was 23. He married Mary Elizabeth Fulton on September 24, 1914, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. They had five children during their marriage. He died on May 19, 1943, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, at the age of 51, and was buried in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania. Died of cancer.

When Mary Elizabeth Fulton was born on June 27, 1892, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, her father, Hugh Fulton, was 30, and her mother, Mary E. Jones, was 25. She died on October 5, 1954, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, at the age of 62, and was buried in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania, Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania.

Children of Paul Willard Sykes, Senior & Mary Elizabeth Fulton

i. Kenneth Lloyd Sykes (1915-1915) When Kenneth Lloyd Sykes was born on July 29, 1915, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, his father, Paul, was 23 and his mother, Mary, was 23. He had two brothers and two sisters. He died on August 10, 1915, in his hometown within a year of his birth, and was buried in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

When Eleanor Nancy Palmo and her twin sister Angelina were born in 1922 in Pennsylvania, their father, Andrea Andrew Palmo, was 47 and their mother, Carmela Pecora, was 35. She married Harold Clinton Sykes on May 12, 1943, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She had three brothers and six sisters.

Obituary for Kenneth Lloyd Sykes:

Kenneth Lloyd Sykes, aged 12 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sykes of 509 Flagler Avenue, died at 11 o’clock yesterday morning from complication of ailments. The funeral was held this afternoon at 3 o’clock, with internment in Versailles Cemetery. ii. Paul Willard Sykes, Junior (1916-1980) When Paul Willard Sykes was born on July 24, 1916, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, his father, Paul, was 24 and his mother, Mary, was 24. He married Sylvia Eleanor Hunt on September 18, 1940, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died in September 1980 in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, at the age of 64, and was buried in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania. When Sylvia Eleanor Hunt was born on September 2, 1919, in Port Vue,

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Pennsylvania, her father, Frederick Hunt, was 37, and her mother, Anna Hanson, was 36. She died on October 12, 1988, at the age of 69, and was buried in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania. iii. (infant daughter) Sykes (1918-1918) The little Sykes infant was born on August 7, 1918, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and died the same day. She was buried in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport, Pennsylvania. iv. Harold Clinton Sykes (1921-1992) When Harold Clinton Sykes and his twin sister Helen Larue were born on May 29, 1921, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, their father, Paul, was 29, and their mother, Mary, was 28. He married Eleanor Nancy Palmo (1922-) on May 12, 1943, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He then married Jean Audrey West (19232001) on June 6, 1947, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on January 21, 1992, in his hometown at the age of 70, and was buried in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania.

When Jean Audrey West was born on September 5, 1923, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, her father, Herbert C. West, was 27, and her mother, Leona M. Danielson, was 22. She married Harold Clinton Sykes on June 6, 1947, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died on February 24, 2001, in her hometown at the age of 77, and was buried in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania. v. Helen LaRue Sykes (1921-1921) When Helen Larue Sykes and her twin brother Harold Clinton were born on May 29, 1921, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, their father, Paul, was 29 and their mother, Mary, was 28. She died on August 17, 1921, in her hometown within a year of her birth, and was buried in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport, Pennsylvania.


Obituary for Helen LaRue Sykes:

Helen LaRue Sykes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Sykes of 509 Flagler Street, died Wednesday afternoon at 1:40 o’clock at the age of two months and 19 days. She is survived by her parents and two brothers. The funeral services will be conducted this evening at eight o’clock, in charge Rev. E. A. Sharp of the United Brethren Church. Internment will be made Friday morning at 10 o’clock in the Versailles Cemetery. Sources: 1900 USA Federal Census 1910 USA Federal Census 1920 USA Federal Census 1930 USA Federal Census 1940 USA Federal Census Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1968 U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 19171918 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

Stillborn daughter Sykes

Harold Clinton Sykes Jean Audrey West

Harold Clinton Sykes & Eleanor Nancy Palmo

Kenneth Lloyd Sykes

Paul Willard Sykes, Jr

1934 McKeesport High School yearbook Page 153

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