Tuesday, March 10, 2015

On this day: Birth of Ira S. Hutson (10 Mar 1894)

Today’s ancestor, Ira S. Hutson, was my 1st cousin 3 times removed. Our common ancestor is Robert Hutson (1821-??), who is my third great grandfather. I descend through the son, Peter H. Hutson, while Ira descended through the son, Richard A. Hutson.
Ira's signature from his World War I Draft Registration

Ira S. Hutson was born on this day, 10 March 1894 in Clinton, Van Buren County, Arkansas[1] to Richard Alexander Hutson and Mary S. Middlebrook.[2] He was the fourth of six known children of Richard and Mary.

He married Jennie Brewer on 27 Aug 1914 in Van Buren County. Both were underage and Ira swore that the “parents on each side are knowing and perfectly willing for them to marry.”[3] He was 20 years old and she was 18. They both were from Formosa, Arkansas which was southwest of the county seat of Clinton. 

Ira registered for the draft on 5 Jun 1917, saying he was married with two children. He had black hair and gray eyes, and was of medium height and build. Ira was a farmer.

Together, he and Jennie had 3 children: Flora, Irwin S., and Lula M.

Later in 1935, Ira and Jennie divorced.[4] He lived for a time in Pemiscot County, Missouri and then found his way to McIntosh County, Oklahoma.[5] 

He married Velma Mae Winsett on 2 Oct 1937. By April 1940,  they had two children: Barnie L. and Mary E.  His second wife was just 18 with a fifth grade education. Ira’s highest grade was 8th. He rented his farm and worked as a farmer.

According to a tree on Ancestry.com, Ira and Velma had  a total of nine children, two of which had died in infancy.[6]

Ira died on 9 April 1980 and is buried in Park Hill Cemetery in Cherokee County, Oklahoma.[7] Velma died 25 Mar 1997.[8]



[1] "WW I Draft Registration," database and images, Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com), Ira S. Hutson.
[2] He was enumerated with his parents in 1900 and 1910: Arkansas, Van Buren, 1900 U.S. census, Griggs, ED 141, sheet 8a, p. 328 (stamped), dwelling 137, family 138, Richard Hutson , digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 2 Apr 2011), National Archives and Records Administration, T623, roll 78.  Arkansas, Van Buren, 1910 U.S. census, Griggs, enumeration district (ED) 123, sheet 2b, dwelling 33, family 33, Richard A Hutson, Digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 2 Apr 2011),National Archives and Records Administration, T624, roll 66.
[3] “Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957,” Van Buren County, Bk 11, p 66, 1914, Ira Hutson-Jennie Brewer; FHL film 2131955.
[4] “Arkansas Divorce Index, 1923-1939,” Ancestry.com : accessed 10 Mar 2015, 1935, Mississippi County, I.S. Hutson & Jennie Hutson, Doc no. 5883, cert. no. 2323, vol. 12; citing Arkansas Genealogical Society.
[5] Oklahoma, McIntosh Co, 1940 US Census, pop sched, Beck, ED 46-1,sht 1b, fam 14, Ira S Hutson, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Mar 2015), citing NARA T627, roll 3310.
[6] “Hutson Family Tree,” owned by bhutsonii, Ancestry.com : 10 Mar 2015.
[7] "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com), Memorial# 33623749, Park Hill Cem, Park Hill OK, Ira S. Hutson.
[8] "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com), Memorial# 33623764, Park Hill Cem, Park Hill OK, Velma Mae Hutson.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Sisters Sharing Birthdays: Bertha Marie & Claire Elizabeth Gorrell

On this day[1] two of my husband’s aunts were born: Bertha Marie Gorrell on 4 Jan 1904[2] and Claire Elizabeth Gorrell on 4 Jan 1917.[3] Bertha was the oldest child of Joseph Norman Gorrell and Matilda Pearl Davey.[4] Claire was the youngest.[5]

With sisters having the same birthday, were there any troubles? Did Bertha get special treatment because she was the oldest, or did Claire because she was the youngest?

They were thirteen years apart in age. My guess that because of the age difference, they did not celebrate together very long. Bertha graduated from high school in May 1922 when Claire was only five.[6] Then in the fall, she attended the normal school (teacher’s college) in Pittsburg, Kansas.[7] By the fall of 1924, Bertha was teaching third grade at West Side school in Webb City.[8] She also taught school in Fredonia, Kansas in 1926.[9]

On 29 May 1928, Bertha married Francis Marion Smart in Webb City, Missouri.[10] They lived in Webb City, Okolona, Oklahoma,[11] and Pittsburg, Kansas,[12] raising 3 children.


Claire spent her childhood performing in plays or singing. At age seven, she sang a solo at a parent-teacher association program[13] and as a junior in high school played the part of Miss Burke in “Soap Suds.”[14] As an adult she continue to sing primarily in the First Christian Church choir.[15]  Claire also attended college at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.[16] 

She married Warren Steele Ball 3 Apr 1950.[17] He worked as an auditor for the Federal Power Commission.[18] Her obituary stated she worked for “numerous businesses, universities and government agencies, including Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York; Federal Power Commission, Washington, D.C.; McNally Manufacturing Co., Pittsburg, Kansas; People’s Bank and Trust Co., Waterloo, Iowa; the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa; and the University of Texas, U.S. Department of Commerce, Internal Revenue Service, and Dr. J.P. Bordelon, M.D. all of Austin, Texas.[19] Claire and Warren had three children, which she raised alone after Warren’s death in 1959.



[1] Well, this blog post was started on 4 Jan 2015, but will not be finished in time to post on the 4th.
[2] “Bertha G. Smart,” The Morning Sun (Pittsburg, Kansas), Saturday, 14 Mar 1998. 
[3] “Social Security Death Index,” 1999, Claire G. Ball, ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Jan 2013), citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
[4] Kansas, Sedgwick Co, 1910 U.S. census, Wichita, ED 124, sheet 5a, dwelling 85, family 100, Joseph Gorrell,  digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: 10 Apr 2011), citing National Archives and Records Administration, Roll: T624_456.
[5] Missouri, Jasper, 1920 U.S. census, Joplin, ED 70, p 12b, dwelling 291, family 315, Joseph N Gorrell, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Apr 2011), citing National Archives and Records Administration, T625_922.
[6] “Class Exercises Held at Webb City School,” Joplin Globe, 20 May 1922.
[7] “Webb City Briefs,” Joplin Globe, 15 Sep 1922.
[8] “Teachers Assigned by Webb City Board,” Joplin Globe, 8 Jun 1924;  “Webb City Schools Ready for Opening,” Joplin Globe, 7 Sep 1924.
[9] “Webb City Briefs,” Joplin Globe, 29 Sep 1926.
[10] “Bertha G. Smart,” obituary, The Morning Sun,  14 Mar 1998.
[11] Oklahoma, Clark Co, 1930 U.S. census, population schedule, Okolona, ED 105-5, p 5, Francis Smart, digital image,  Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 Jun 2012), citing National Archives and Records Administration T676, roll 67.
[12] Missouri, Jasper County, 1940 U.S. census, population schedule, Webb City, ED 49-38, p 18a, family 440, Francis M Smart,  digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 Jan 2015), citing National Archives and Records Administration, T627, roll 2118.
[13] “Webb City Briefs,” Joplin Globe,  8 Dec 1925.
[14] “Webb City Class to Stage Farce Comedy,” Joplin Globe, 26 Feb 1933.
[15] “Webb City Church to Present Pageant,” Joplin Globe,  21 Dec 1941.
[16] “Claire Elizabeth Gorrell Ball,” obituary clipping, newspaper unknown, probably in Austin, Texas, after 1 Apr 1999.
[17] I have the date, but no reference as to where it came from. Most likely from my father-in-law, George J. Gorrell, early in my genealogy research. I have searched online resources without any luck. Hopefully one of the Ball children or grandchildren will find this post and contact me.
[18] “Warren S. Ball,” Joplin Globe,  14 Jan 1959.
[19] “Claire Elizabeth Gorrell Ball,” obituary clipping, newspaper unknown, probably in Austin, Texas, after 1 Apr 1999.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

On this day - December 25

I checked my genealogy database calendar and found the following birthday and marriage anniversaries. I wondered how they celebrated their birthdays and marriages on Christmas. Or was Christmas the more important day? I always found it interesting that couples married on Christmas. Perhaps it was because family was altogether to help them celebrate. Or perhaps it was a day when they didn’t have to work and had time to have a wedding.

My Dad’s side:
  • Maria Catharine Trösster was born 25 December 1813 in Oberhundem, Westfalen.  Maria is my 2nd great grandmother. She was the daughter of John Joseph Trösster and Maria Elisabeth Döbener, and married Joseph Henrich Horoch 2 Aug 1825.

My Mom’s side:
  • John Stubbs Stackhouse was born 25 December 1854 in Copiah County, Mississippi.  John Stubbs Stackhouse married Laura Ellen Coor 29 Apr 1886, who was the daughter of Daniel K. Coor & Susan Allen.  Laura is my first cousin 4 times removed.
  • John Samuel Lancaster and Sue S. Manning were married 25 December 1874 in Ellis County, Texas. John Samuel Lancaster was the son of Josiah R. Lancaster & Mary Jane Land. John is my first cousin 5 times removed.
  • John Eugene Coor and Mary Margaret Lyles were married 25 December 1884 in Erath County, Texas.  John Eugene Coor was the son of James Madison Coor and Melissa Ann Welch. John is my 2nd great granduncle.
  • Laudrick Edison Coor was born 25 December 1899 in Dublin, Erath County, Texas. He was the son of Dempsey P. Coor and Mary Victoria Pair. He is my first cousin 3 times removed.

My husband’s father’s side:
  • Jesse Gorrell and Sophia May Forney were married 25 December 1828.  Jesse Gorrell was the son of James Gorrell and Sarah Milholland. He is my husband’s 2nd great granduncle.

My husband’s mother’s side:
  • Dorothea Maria Petersdotter was born 25 December 1864 in Åsenhöga, Sweden.  She was the daughter of Peter Jaënsson and Stina Cajsa Nilsdotter.  She is my husband’s first cousin 3 times removed.
  • Ruth Marie Challberg was born 25 December 1899 in Nebraska. She was the wife of Carl David Harry Nilsen, who was my husband’s great uncle.

Contact me if any of these people are part of your family, too.

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