Monday, July 4, 2016

Ramon Sandoval's Son

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

News reports are often tantalizing tidbits of information that are never followed up with the end of the story. That's still just as frustrating today as it must have been a hundred years ago. This tidbit of information concerns Ramon Sandoval of Taos whose son shot himself in the knee with a shotgun.

That would have a very nasty wound. He likely lost his leg. Or he could have gotten gangrene and died. But who is he?? Which son of Ramon Sandoval's was wounded?

Since Ramon's wife Rosa Leyba was probably deceased by this date, that would have left Ramon and his remaining children to nurse and care for this son.

Of course, the great thing about newspapers is that they help to fill in some of the gaps between a person's birth date and death date.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Lillie Selph Graduates from Allison James Mission School

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

My understanding is that whenever possible the Selphs sent their daughters to the Allison James Mission School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Allison James Mission School was created by the Presbyterian church, specifically for Mexican girls. The goal was to teach them the domestic arts as well as academics.

In 1919, Lillie Selph, daughter of Iley Nunn Selph and wife Carolina Sandoval, was a graduate of the Allison James Mission School, which at that time only went through the 8th grade.  Apparently, there was enough interest among the sixteen 1919 graduates in continuing their education that plans for a high school were implemented.

As a requirement of the school, Lillie would have made the white dress that she wore to graduation:

Most of the girls from Ranchos de Taos had attended the Alice Hyson Memorial School, a day school, in Ranchos before transferring to board at the Allison James Mission School in Santa Fe. The tuition for Allison James was $75 for an eight month term. That translates to $1,041.49 in 2016. Scholarship girls were expected to pay a $15 ($208 in 2016) entrance fee. The girls were carefully monitored during their time at Allison James. Read about their daily lives and living conditions here in A Study of Mexicans and Spanish Americans in the United States by Jay Samuel Stowell.

The girls were only allowed to speak English at the Allison James Mission School and were required to write letters in English. One week a month they were allowed to write letters in Spanish. At home, Lillie had a father who only spoke English and a mother who only spoke Spanish. The English only rule would not have posed a difficulty for Lillie, who was bilingual. At home, there would have siblings who could translate her letters to her mother.

A photograph of the school can be seen here in the University of New Mexico's Digital New Mexico Collection.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Mexico--First, Last, and Forever

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

The Franciscan Hotel opened in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 8, 1923. It was paid for through community project funds raised by the Albuquerque Hotel Company. The Kiwanis Club and the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce led the fund raising, which began in 1920. The fund raising took the form of selling shares or a subscription. The idea was that through the sales of small groups of shares, the huge sum of $330,000 could be raised. That's $4,761,820 by 2016 standards. The citizens were willing to contribute to the cause because they felt the growth and development of Albuquerque depended on an additional hotel. Their goal was to push Albuquerque's population to 50,000.

By 1922, there were very really fears that they would not be able to sell enough shares to make the hotel a reality. Advertisements ran urging subscribers to pay for the shares they had pledged. Many of these resorted to shaming. Additional articles and advertisements regularly appeared in the Albuquerque newspapers to keep up the excitement and promote subscription sales.

Becoming a subscriber was as easy as clipping a form from the newspaper and mailing it in. Shares were $1 apiece. Subscribers often scrawled messages on their forms.

One of the subscribers was none other than Iley N. Selph. As of January 1922, he was evidently living in Monero, New Mexico and mailed in his order for 50 shares ($715 in 2016) with the "terse explanation. 'Reason--New Mexico First, Last and Forever."

The Franciscan was built by Henry C. Trost, who earned the attention of Europeans for his efforts. The hotel's furniture, interior, stationary, and china were designed Inez B. Westlake while the brochures were created by Carl Hertzog of El Paso.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Carrie Iredell Kelley, Daughter of Mansel P. Kelley

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Carrie Iredell Kelley, daughter of Mansel Pinkney and Eliza Ann Rebecca (Thompson) Kelley, was born in 18 July 1890 in Kershaw Co., SC and died in 21 Aug 1922 in Paris, Lamar Co., TX. She is buried in Bridges Chapel Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Titus Co., TX. Carrie married Marvin Allen Gunn. He was born 18 November 1885 and died 16 November 1969. Marvin A. Gunn is buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas with his second wife, Connie.

Marriage record:
Groom: Marvin Gunn, age 22, born Texas, of Bryan County, Oklahoma, resident of Robber’s Roost, Oklahoma. Father: Wade Gunn; Mothe: Eulia McCall.
Bride: Miss Carrie Kelley, age 18, born South Carolina, resident of Robber’s Roost, Oklahoma. Father: Pink Kelley; Mother: Eliza Thompson

Married 5 January 1917 at residence of J. G. Cunningham in Durant, Bryan Co. OK

Carrie Iredell Kelley and
husband, Marvin Gunn
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Census records for Carrie I. (Kelley) and Marvin A. Gunn:

15 Apr 1900, West 1/2 of Bryson Twp., Coal Co., OK, p. 40:


GUNN, Marvin A.  Head   M W 24 M1-3  b. TX fb. IL  mb. IL
--, Carrie Wife    F W 19 M1-3  1 - 1  b. SC  mb. SC fb. SC
-- Haile  Son      M W 1 4/12 S b. OK mb. TX fb. SC

1910, Bryan, Coal Co., Oklahoma:

Olive St.
Gunn, Marvin A. Head M W 24 M-1 3 b. TX fb. IL mb. IL
--Carrie Wife F W 19 M-1 3 1-1 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
--Haile Son M W 1 4/12 S b. OK fb. TX mb. SC

WWI Registration Card, serial number 425:
Marvin Allen Gunn, resident of Mt. Pleasant
b. 18 November 1885
cement worker

Nearest relative: Mrs. Carrie Gunn

6 Jan 1920, Pct #1, Titus Co., TX, Mt Pleasant, p. 139:

119 - 171        

GUNN, Marvin  Head  M W 34 M b. TX fb. NC  mb. MS
--, Carrie Wife F W 29 M  b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
--, Haile Son M W 11 S b. OK fb. TX mb.  SC
--, Fred Son M W  9 S b. OK fb. TX mb. SC
--, Irie  Son  M W  5 S  b. OK fb. TX mb. SC
--, Wade Bro  M W 27 S  b. TX  fb. SC mb. MS
KELLY, Eliza m-i-l F  W 74 W b. SC fb. SC mb. SC  

Carrie Iredell (Kelley) Gunn

WWII Regisration Card
Serial number: 142
Marvin Allen Gunn of Clark St., Gilmer, Upshur Co., TX
Age 56, b. 18 Nov 1885 in Gonzales, Texas
Contact: Mrs. J. W. Flynn of Harwood, Texas
Mrs. J.W. Flynn was his remarried mother, Eula Flynn

Death Certificate:
Marvin Allen Gunn of 814 First St., Gilmer
d. 16 Nov. 1969 Home for Aged Masons, Arlington, TX
b. 18 Nov. 1885, age 83
Occupation: Cement Contractor
Father: Wade H. Gunn
Mother: Eula McCall
Informant: Mrs. Connie Gunn
Burial: 16 Nov 1969
Cemetery: Sunset Memorial Park, Gilmer, TX          

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelley

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelly, wife of John Kelly Jr., was the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Hood) Owens. Nancy was born 22 November 1819 in South Carolina, probably in Kershaw County. She died on 14 March 1912 in DeKalb, Kershaw County, South Carolina at the home of her son-in-law Capt. Lewis L. Clyburn.

Rebecca Gaskin Esteridge wrote at article entitled "Impressions of My Father," in which she recorded stories told to her by her father, James Ezekiel Gaskin. James's mother Elizabeth (Owen) Gaskin was the sister of Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelly. The article includes two references to Nancy.

"I do know that Dicky [Nancy's father Richard Owens] was by no means delighted at his daughter Elizabeth's choice of husband. The old man was an eccentric cripple, as I have said, who loved his family passionately, but ruled them with an iron hand. An older sister Nancy had already been encouraged to marry a man much older than herself, uncle John Kelly, rich in Negroes, but rather poor in character. It was something of a come down, then, when Elizabeth chose a young fellow of thirty-one who had so little business sense that he had worked for his father ten years after becoming of age, with only a vague promise of reimbursement from his paternal employer, just as eccentric in his own way as his neighbor Richard Owens."

The exact date of Nancy Missouri Owens marriage to John Kelly is unknown, but her obituary states that she was 18 years old when they married. That would place their marriage in about 1838.  John Kelly was 33 years older than she. More notably, he was eight years older than her father, Richard Owen, and at least 14 years older than her mother, Elizabeth (Hood) Owens.

By the time the Civil War began, Nancy (Owens) Kelly was a widow, with at least one older son, M.P. Kelley, away fighting with Hampton's Legion. She appears on the 1860 census as head of household:

1860 First Division, Kershaw County, South Carolina:

Kelley, NM M 40 b. SC
-----, M.P. M 17 b. SC
-----, M.J. F 15 b. SC
-----, H.H. M 12 b. SC
-----, S F M 10 b. SC
-----, E.E. F 5 b. b. SC

Additionally, she appears as the head of household, on the 1860 slave schedule with 39 slaves.

Esteridge recounted this episode that occurred around the time of the war:

"Grandpa's submissive attitude toward the patrollers was in marked contrast to that of his wife's sister, Aunt Nancy Kelly. When a band appeared once at her house, announcing that they had come to whip one of her regulations for her, she spiritedly answered, "unless you want to get killed, you'll let my regulations alone." Her words, her determined manner, and an ugly looking musket, expertly held, convinced the unwelcome intruders."

By the time Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelly died in 1912, less than one month before the sinking of the Titanic, she had witnessed nearly a century of major changes in this country. Lewis and Clark finished their expedition just thirteen years before her birth. The entire western expansion happened during her lifetime. Pioneers headed west on the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. The Gold Rush happened. The railroads crossed the continent. The pony express gave way to the telegraph wires. The Mexican War was fought. The Civil War was fought. The Spanish American War was fought. The telephone was invented. And the automobile. The Wright Brothers had flown at Kitty Hawk.

In the photograph below, taken shortly before her death, I am struck by her hands and those incredibly long fingers.

At least three obituaries were published for Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelly. The first appeared in The State and is the shortest:

The next obituary was published in the Camden Chronicle on 19 March 1912, and it is the one I've had the longest:

Aged Lady Dead
Probably the Oldest Woman In County 
Died Thursday Night

     Mrs. Nancy Missouri Kelly, relict of the late Mr. John Kelly, died at the residence of Capt. L.L. Clyburn, near DeKalb, last Thursday night, the 14th inst., about 11 o'clock. Mrs. Kelly was possibly the oldest white person in Kershaw County. She was born on the 22nd of November, 1819, and was therefore 92 years and nearly 4 mons. old. She was the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Owens and was married when she was 18 years of age. She leaves surviving her 3 children--Messrs. M.P. and S.F. and Miss Edna E. Kelly.
     The burial took place at Bethany Baptist Church, of which she had long been a member, on Saturday aft. about 3 o'clock in the presence of a large concourse of surrounding relatives and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
     The death of a Christian is only a happy change to a better life. So it is with our aged sister. Weary and worn she has lain down to gentle slumbers to awake in a better and brighter world where the broken links of life will be re-united.

This final obituary contains more interesting information: cause of death (broken hip), her place of residence with the Clyburns for 50 years, the locations of her three surviving children, and the names of her two surviving brothers. This is a loose newspaper clipping kept by the family, so the date and newspaper are unknown.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mansel Pinkney Kelley Jr.

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Mansel Pinkney Kelley Jr., son of Mansel Pinkney and Eliza (Thompson) Kelley, was born 18 February 1869 in Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina. He married Laura E. Laing on 28 September 1913 in Gadsden County, Florida. They do not seem to have had any children. M. P. Kelley Jr. died 31 August 1936 in River Junction, Gadsden County, Florida and is buried there in Eastern Cemetery in Quincy, which he made his residence. His wife Laura E. (Laing) Kelley is buried beside him.

Census and Newspaper Records for Mansel Pinkney Kelley Jr.:

29 Apr 1910, Election Pct 28, Duval Co., FL:

303 - 307         
KELLY, M.P. Boarder  M W 41 M1  b. SC  fb. SC  mb. SC
[boarding in home of John P. Simpson with other railroaders]

On 7 June 1911, M.P. Kelley Jr. was involved in the shooting death of James Boyle:

He was tried and acquited a few months later. This article appeared in The State on 8 September 1911.

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1925 Tallahassee, FL City Directory:

Kelley Mansel P (Laura) h288 (289) W. Pensacola

25 April 1930, Quincy, Gadsden Co., FL:

Kelly, Mancel P. head M W 60 M-44 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
Section foreman, rail road
--,Laura E. wife F W 39 M-23 b. FL fb. FL mb. FL
O’Bryan, Nellie s-i-l F W 29 M-18 b. FL fb. FL mb. FL
--, Marcia neice f W 10 S b. FL fb. FL mb. FL
--, Vera O. neice F W 7 S b. FL fb. FL mb. FL

1935, Quincy, Gadsden Co., FL:

Kelley, M. P. 65 W Head education – Grade [school] b. SC Section Foreman

--, Mrs. L.E. 43 W b. FL education – H.School

Death Certificate:
M.P. Kelley d. 31 Aug 1936, River Junction, Gadsden Co., FL
Male, white, 68 years
b. 18 Feb 1869, Camden, SC
spouse: Laura Kelley
father: M.P. Kelley b. SC
mother: Rebecca Thompson b. SC
occupation: Railway Foreman
Residence: Quincy, Florida
Cemetery: Eastern Cemetery, Quincy, FL

Florida Death Index:
Laura Laing Kelley
d. 25 April 1972, Leon, Florida
81 years

b. 4 Feb 1891

Monday, June 20, 2016

Rev. Duncan H. Selph, 1869 Envelope

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

The world is full of kind, wonderful people. John Poss is one of them. Last summer John contacted me. He is a collector of postal memorabilia, and he was thinning his collection. He had in his possession an envelope addressed by Rev. D.H. Selph that was postmarked 28 August 1869, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. John ran a google search to see if he could find out anything about Rev. D.H. Selph and found my blog. He contacted me and asked if I would like to have it. Needless to say, he did not have to ask twice.

The envelope is addressed by Rev. D.H. Selph, but the notation along the side with his name and date was probably written by the recipient. On the back flap is a notation for "3.00." My guess is that either Rev. D.H. Selph was paying a bill or requesting payment of a bill. This letter may have been filed vertically in some sort of billing system that allowed the recipient to see the notation.

The one thing that this sweet little envelope does is place Rev. Duncan Hyder Selph in Murfreesboro as of the latter part of August, 1869. One more piece to add to my timeline on him.

Rev. D.H. Selph
of Murfreesboro, Ten.  to Nashville, Ten.
28 August 1869
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Back of Envelope
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Thank you, John, for your generosity. I've finally mastered using my new computer and scanner.