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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Clint and Mary: Early Years


The romance of my paternal grandparents, Clint and Mary, is legendary in our family: their parents’ objections, Mary’s family moving to Missouri, Clint’s walk over the mountain to board a train to follow his love to Missouri, his stop to take one last look over the valley of his home, the lump in his throat. Months ago, I wrote about it. To review, click here. Clint and Mary have also entered the picture as their stories have intersected with Clint’s sisters, Estelle and Daisy in the December and January blog posts.

But there’s more.

After their marriage in Audrain County on 27 October 1909,1 Clint and Mary lived in Missouri for three years or so.

Clint worked as a farm hand near Mexico, Audrain County where their first two children, Neville America and James Gordon, were born, Neville on 22 August 1910,2 and James on 24 September 1911.3 Then they moved south to West Plains, Howell County, where Clint’s sister’s family lived, Stelle and Tell Worley. Clint’s and Mary’s third child Carl Justin was born near West Plains on 4 December 1912.4

Mary, Clint and baby Neville, c. 1910.


 They must not have prospered as well as they would have liked, for about 1913, they moved on to the rolling hills of northeast Nebraska, both families traveling on a train together, the women and children in passenger cars and the men in the boxcars with their horses and cattle.5 Clint and Mary first rented a farm near Pilger in Stanton County where their fourth child, Verne Clinton (my dad), was born on 13 April 1914.6 By the time their fifth child, Virginia Ovella was born 5 March 1916, they had rented a farm in Brenna Precinct, Wayne County and moved again.7



Verne, James, Neville, Carl, and Virginia, c. 1917.



The family lived in four different farm homes in Nebraska. They had outdoor toilets and no refrigeration, no indoor water, except a small pump in a corner of one of the kitchens. They had a base-burner heating stove and a kitchen stove in which they burned wood and coal. Conditions improved when they moved to a farm with indoor plumbing north of Winside in 1926.8

Neville remembered, "When we lived on a farm north of Pilger, Mother and Dad took cream and eggs to Albert Pilger's store for groceries. Mr. Pilger looked like Santa Claus and always put in a sack of candy for us kids!"9

The Brenna Precinct farm must have been idyllic (except for lack of plumbing in the house). Virginia remembered fruit trees, and bee hives, and a big garden, and so on: “It was just about 10 miles from Winside and about 10 miles from Wayne. Southeast from Winside and southwest from Wayne. . . . That was Mother’s favorite house. We only lived there five years when Dad lost the farm. He couldn’t make the payments. He bought it right after World War I when the prices were high, so he lost the farm. Mother wanted us to move close to a town so we kids could go to high school. And so we did. We lived a mile and a half north of Winside.”10

 Virginia shared lots of stories about life on the farm:  “When I was probably two and Verne was probably four, he climbed up on a ladder and fell and almost cut his tongue off, so Mother and dad [took] him to a doctor in Tilden, and I cried so hard that they took me along, and the doctor stitched up his tongue, probably without medication to relieve the pain, and I just felt so sorry for him.”11

And another: “When we lived on the farm that Dad lost, when I was about five and Verne was about seven, the boys left to go fishing in the creek. And they went about a mile south of our house, and they had taken the horse and buggy and they went fishing. One night they came home late from fishing, and we said, ‘Where’s your fish?’ And they said, ‘We didn’t catch any fish, but we caught crawdads’—that’s what we called crayfish—‘and . . . we built a fire and we cooked them in the ashes and ate them.’ I said, ‘Didn’t you take out the insides?’ and they said, ‘No! They were good!’”12

That's just the start of Aunt Virginia's stories.


1 Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-1902, digital image Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 January 2016), entry for Clint Troutman and Mary Waggoner,  27 October 1909.
2 Troutman, Mary, Family Bible Records, 1909-1979, The Holy Bible. Cleveland, Ohio: The World Publishing Company, 1913. Privately held by Noble, [E-ADDRESS & STREET ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Anderson, Indiana, 2016. Bible contains only the date. For birthplace: Neville Troutman, “Neville’s Memory Book with Virginia’s Memories of Country School,” compiled by Sharon Lamson, Troutman Family Letter, 1998. Privately held by Z. T. Noble, [E-ADDRESS & STREET ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Anderson, Indiana. 2016.
3 Ibid. Also, Funeral leaflet, Wiltse Mortuaries, Winside, Nebraska, Services for James G. Troutman;  Troutman, James (Ruth Schindler) binder, privately held by Z. T. Noble, [E-ADDRESS & STREET ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Anderson, Indiana. 2016.
4 Troutman, Mary, Family Bible Records, “Births.” For birth place: Carl Troutman, obituary, transcribed by Darrell Troutman from unknown newspaper, unknown date. Privately held by Z. T. Noble, [E-ADDRESS & STREET ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Anderson, Indiana. 2016.
5 Neville Lamson, Omaha, Nebraska, to Zola T. Noble, Anderson, Indiana, letter, 25 August 1989, information on her father's family; Troutman, Neville (Max Lamson) binder, privately held by Z. T. Noble, [E-ADDRESS & STREET ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Anderson, Indiana. 2016.
6 Troutman, Mary, Family Bible Records, “Births.” For birthplace: Neville Troutman, “Neville’s Memory Book with Virginia’s Memories of Country School,” 1998.
7 Ibid.
8 Neville Troutman, “Neville’s Memory Book with Virginia’s Memories of Country School,” 1998. Also, Virginia Nelsen, Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Zola Noble, Anderson, Indiana, letter, 2 March 1990, information on her life as a child; Troutman, Virginia (Leo Nelsen) binder; privately held, Z. T. Noble [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] Anderson, Indiana. Neville dates the move at 1925, but Virginia dates it 1 March 1926. She says she remembers specifically because she turned 10 years old just four days after the move.
9 Neville Troutman, “Neville’s Memory Book with Virginia’s Memories of Country School,” 1998.
10 Virginia Nelsen, Rogers, Arkansas. Interview by Zola Noble, undated. Audiotape and transcript. Privately held by Z. T. Noble [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] Anderson, Indiana.
11 Ibid. Also, Neville Troutman, “Neville’s Memory Book with Virginia’s Memories of Country School,” 1998. Neville's version of this story is that they took Verne to Dr. Reed in Pilger.
12 Ibid.

© 2016, Z. T. Noble

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Found Treasure: Mary Edna Worley's Tombstone Photo


Try as I might to get all the evidence I can for my blog, sometimes I uncover new treasures that change earlier writings. Happily, it’s usually for the best.

Yesterday, I was thrilled to find a photo of the grave marker for Daisy’s and Will’s first daughter, Mary Edna, who was born and died in Nebraska in 1915. My early evidence suggested that she was buried at Winside, but I found that she was buried at Wayne and her grave is marked with a sweetly carved stone that includes birth and death dates. She was not quite 10 months old. What a sad day for her family when their darling daughter died. With permission from the photographer, Brad Kellogg, I’ve added a photo of the tombstone to the earlier blog, which you can see at this link.

Of course, I had to share it here, too. It’s beautiful.

Courtesy of Find A Grave contributor, Brad Kellogg.

 Searching for sources in Nebraska, I first found the photo of Mary Edna’s gravestone on a web site that’s new to me: nebraskagravestones.org. Started in 2003, it’s part of The Gravestone Photo Project (GPP) that includes most states. Brad Kellogg manages the South Dakota project and also contributes to the Nebraska project. Brad added the photo to Find A Grave, as well.1

Thanks, Brad!


1 Find A Grave, database and images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 26 January 2016) photograph, memorial page for Mary Edna Worley (1915-1915), Find A Grave memorial no. # 127943715, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Wayne, Nebraska; photographs contributed by Brad Kellogg.

Friday, January 22, 2016

D. A. & A. A Troutman: Charting Their Children


In 2014, I posted information on my Troutman family lineage here. If you want to refresh your memory, click on the link.

Today, I'm charting the family of my paternal great-grandfather, Daniel Absolum Troutman, who was listed on the earlier chart as a son of Henry2 Troutman and Margaret E. (Leonard) Troutman. My purpose for this blog is not to try to reconstruct the entire Troutman clan tree and all its branches, but to tell the stories of my direct ancestors and a little on their siblings to round out the families. At the above link I did not add all my sources for two reasons: (1) I had already added all the sources to their stories, and (2) it is SO time-consuming. This time, I decided to slog through the addition of the sources, so if you want to know—here they are. The most interesting footnotes, at least to me, are numbers 14, 22, and 26 because they hold some of my unsolved mysteries.

My great-grandfather, Daniel Absolum, was the seventh child of Henry and Margaret and the third generation born in America.

vii.       Daniel Absolum3 Troutman (Henry2, Jacob1, Melchior) (20 July 1835, Iredell Co., NC – 21 Mar 1918, Smyth Co., VA1); married America Ann Pratt (10 Sep 1845 – 4 Jan 1929, Smyth Co., VA2) on 3 Feb 1869, Chatham Hill, Rich Valley, VA.3 Their children:
1.     Laura Estelle4 Troutman (3 Feb 1870, Smyth Co., VA – 25 Feb 1941, Douglas Co., NE4); married William Tell “Tell” Worley (Jan 1856, Smyth Co. VA5 – abt. 1933, likely in Madison Co., NE6) on 16 Nov 1891, Smyth Co., VA7; divorced abt. 1923 in NE; second married Marshall W. Hendrick before 1925 in Nebraska or Iowa.8
 2.     John William4 “Bud” Troutman (23 Dec. 1871– 20 Dec. 1910, Smyth Co., VA9); married Virginia Madora Totten (12 Mar. 1878, Smyth Co., VA – 17 Nov. 1962, Smyth Co.10) on 19 Mar. 1897 in Smyth Co.11
3.     Clifton P.4 Troutman (22 June 187412 – 28 Sep. 1879, Smyth Co.13).
4.     Sarah Bessie J.4 Troutman (10 Jan. 1877 – 6 Apr. 1880, Smyth Co.14)
5.     Mary Ellen4 Troutman (12 Nov. 1878 – 15 Sep. 1879, Smyth Co.15).
6.     James Henry4 Troutman (14 July 1880, Smyth Co. – 4 July 1970, Washington Co.16); married Mary Sue “Susie Olinger (18 Nov. 1884 – 19 Jan. 1954, Smyth Co.17) about 1905 in Smyth Co., VA.18
7.     Daniel Clark4 Troutman (27 Sept. 1882 – 2 July 1948, Smyth Co.19); married Carrie Cosby Sexton (19 July 1880, Virginia – 1 Aug. 1954, Washington Co., VA20) about 1905 in Smyth Co.21
8.     Daisy Virginia4 Troutman (22 Jan 1885,22 Smyth Co. – 28 July 1977, Fresno, CA); married William Tell “Will” Worley (20 Jan 1884 – 11 Sep. 1973, Smyth Co.23) about 1905 in Smyth Co. Divorced between 1930 and 1935.24 Second married Leslie Fogleman (11 Dec. 1887, Phillips Co., Kansas – 17 Jan. 1959, Fresno, CA25), before 1935.
9.     Walter Clinton “Clint”4 Troutman (16 Dec. 1887 or 1886, Smyth Co. VA26 - 24 July 1949, Wayne Co. NE27); married Mary Ann Waggoner (20 May 1887, Smyth Co., VA – 24 March 1964, Wayne Co., NE28) on 27 October 1909, Audrain Co., MO.29

10. Lee Roy4 Troutman (08 August 1891 – 13 October 1919, Smyth Co., VA30)

There, you have it. For next week, I plan to write more about my grandparents, Clint and Mary (Waggoner) Troutman, their lives together (finally!).

P. S. I have never been able to figure out why some footnotes appear to be a font size different  from the others. When I copy and paste from my Word file, they are all the same. If anyone knows the answer, let me know, please.


1 Rich Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery (Smyth County, Virginia); Troutman, Daniel A. and America A., photographed August 2004 by the researcher. Also, Find A Grave, database and images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 20 January 2016), photograph, memorial page for Daniel Absolum Troutman (1835-1918), Find A Grave memorial no. # 29148836, citing Rich Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Saltville, Virginia; photographs contributed by Z. T. Noble
2 Ibid.  Also, Find A Grave memorial page for America Ann Troutman, Find A Grave # 29183256.
3 Smyth County, Virginia, Register of Marriage, Book 1: 30, D. A. Troutman and America A. Pratt, 1869; County Clerk’s Office, Marion.
4 Nebraska, Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, Estella Hendrick, 1941. This is the only document found to date that includes the day of her birth; others include only month and year or year. Her birth was not recorded in Smyth County.
5 1900 U. S. census, Smyth County, Virginia, population schedule, Broad Ford Precinct, p. 119 (stamped), enumeration district [ED] 84, sheet A-10, dwelling 166, family 167, Tell Worley; digital image Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 January 2016); NARA microfilm publication T623, roll N/A.
6 Death place and date are estimated from Tell Worley’s last known residence on the 1930 census of Madison County, NE. He is not found in the 1940 census; the son he was living with in 1930 moved to Oregon by 1935.
7 Smyth Co., Va., Reg. of Marriage, Bk. 1: 83, Wm. T. Worley and Laura E. Troutman, 1891.
8 Time of divorce and remarriage is estimated from Stella’s last known presence in the home of William T. Worley in the 1920 census of Pierce County, NE, and her presence with Marshall Hendrick in the 1925 census of Crawford County Iowa.
9 For birth: Smyth County, Virginia, Register of Births, Book 1: 62, entry for Male (no name) Troutman, Dec. 1871; County Clerk’s Office, Marion. This date conflicts with the date on the tombstone, which was added many years after his death. For birth and death dates: Rich Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery (Smyth Co., Va.); John W. Troutman, marker; photo. Aug. 2004 by the researcher. Also, Find A Grave memorial for John William Troutman, # 30019835. Also, for death date, see: “In Memoriam,” Marion News, 20 Jan. 1911; digital image Smyth Bland Regional Library > S-B digital collections > Newspapers > Smyth County > Marion News, search word Troutman. The obituary confirms his nickname: Bud.
10 For birth: Smyth County, Virginia Births, 1875-78: 154, database Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 20 January 2016); entry for Virginia Totten, 12 March 1878. This birth date conflicts with the one on the death certificate and the tombstone, 24 Feb. 1878. For birth and death: Virginia Death Records, 1912-2014, Virginia Totten Troutman, 1962; digital image Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 18 January 2016). Also, Find A Grave, memorial page for Virginia Madora Troutman (1878-1962), mem. no. # 71338796, citing Ridgedale Cemetery, Rich Valley, VA; photographs contributed by Gary Ratcliff.
11 Smyth Co., Virginia, Reg. of Marriages, Book 1: 98, John W. Troutman and Virginia M. Totten, 1897.
12 Smyth Co., Va., Reg. of Births, Book 1: 112, entry for Clifton P. Troutman, 22 June 1874.
13 Smyth Co., Va., Reg. of Deaths, Book 1, 1857-1896: no page; Clifton P. Troutman, 28 September 1879. Also confirming the above death date: Virginia Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917, Clifton P. Troutman, database Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 January 2016). Also, U. S. Federal Census and Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885, Clifton P. Troutman, Sep. 1879, database Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 20 January 2016).  Dates on the tombstone contradict birth and death dates in court house records: Find A Grave, mem. page for Clifton P. Troutman (1875-1880), mem. no. # 72043817, Rich Valley Presbyterian Ch. Cem., Rich Valley, Va.; photos contrib. by James Archer.
14 For birth: Smyth Co., Va., Reg. of Births, Book 1: 133, entry for S. B. J. Troutman, 10 January 1877. Also, another entry is puzzling: Smyth Co., Va., Reg. of Births, Book 1: 112, entry for Bessie Troutman, 9 April 1876 (nine months earlier). This clearly looks as if there were two girls. For death: Smyth Co., Va., Reg. of Deaths, Book 1, 1857-1896: no page; Sarah B. Troutman, 12 March 1880 (reported by her father). Also, U. S. Fed. Census and Mort. Sched., 1850-1885, Bessie Troutman, April 1880. Again, this appears to be two deaths. Also, Virginia Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917, Sarah B. Troutman, 6 April 1880. (Same month as Bessie) These conflicting records raise the question whether S[arah]. B. J. and Bessie were the same person. If they were two children, the mortality schedule should include both names, but it includes only one. When their brother, James Henry Troutman erected a tombstone for his three siblings’ infant deaths (Clifton P., Bessie J., and Mary E.), he included only the name Bessie J. If there were two girls, why didn’t he include Sarah B.? Also, their mother, America Troutman, reported in the 1910 census having had ten children with seven living. If Bessie and Sarah B. were two children, she should have reported having had eleven children. It’s an unsolved mystery, but for now, I have merged the two names. Also, the tombstone birth date for Bessie J. conflicts with all the other records: Find A Grave, mem. page for Bessie J. Troutman (1874-1880), mem. no. # 72043816, Rich Valley Presbyterian Ch. Cem., Rich Valley, Va.; photos contrib. by James Archer.
15 For birth: Smyth Co., Va., Reg. of Births, Book 1: 141, entry for Mary Ellen Troutman, 12 November 1878. For death: Smyth Co., Va., Reg. of Deaths, Book 1, 1857-1896: no page; Mary E. Troutman, 15 Sep. 1879 (reported by her father D. A. Troutman). Also, Virginia Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917, Mary E. Troutman, 15 Sep. 1879. Also, U. S. Fed. Census and Mort. Sched., 1850-1885, Mary E. Troutman, Aug. 1879. (Minimal conflict with these dates.) The tombstone dates, however, conflict with birth and death dates. Find A Grave, mem. page for Mary E. Troutman (1878-1880), mem. no. # 72043816, Rich Valley Presbyterian Ch. Cem., Rich Valley, Va.; photos contrib. by James Archer.
16 For birth”: Smyth Co., Va., Reg. of Births, Book 1: 158, entry for James H. Troutman, 14 July 1880. For death: Virginia Death Records, 1912-2014, James Henry Troutman, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2016).
17 For birth and death: Virginia Death Records, 1912-2014, Mary Sue Troutman, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2016).
18 1910 U. S. census, Broadford, Smyth Co. Va., p. 1501 (penned), ED 88, sheet 7-A, dwell. 124, fam. 124, James H. Troutman; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1649. Census states they have been married five years.
19 For birth and death: Virginia Death Records, 1912-2014, Dan C. Troutman, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2016).
20 For birth and death: Virginia Death Records, 1912-2014, Mrs. Carrie Sexton Troutman.
21 Estimate of time and place is based on birth date of daughter and location in censuses 1900 and 1910.
22 Daisy’s birth dates vary from source to source. California, Death Index, 1940-1997, Daisy V. Fogelman, database Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 18 January 2016). Birth date in this source is 22 Jan. 1885. Also, Social Security Administration, “U. S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current,” database Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com, accessed 18 January 2016), entry for Daisy Fogleman, 1977, ***-**-5048. Birth date in this source is 22 January 1886. Also, Smyth County, Virginia, Register of Births, Book 1: 12, entry for Female (no name) Troutman; County Clerk’s Office, Marion. Birth date in this source is 27 June 1886. This is the only female birth to Daniel A. and America Troutman that could possibly be Daisy. In census records, her year of birth varies from 1884 (1900 U. S. census, Smyth Co., VA) to 1887 (1940 U. S. census, Merced, CA).
23For birth: Virginia, Birth Records, 1864-2014, William Tell Worley, 20 Jan. 1884, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2016). For birth and death: Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014, William Tell Worley, 11 September 1973 digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2016). 
 24 This date estimate is based on Daisy’s location with Will Worley in the 1930 census in Merced, California, and the 1940 census of Fresno, California, which states that she and Les Fogelman were living in the same place in 1935.
25 Find A Grave, mem. page for Leslie Oscar Fogelman (1885-1959), mem. no. # 74355048, Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno Co. California; photos contrib. by “Nancy/catsaver.”  
26 Sources also differ on the year Clint was born. Smyth County, Virginia, Register of Births, Book 1: 19, entry for Clinton Troutman; County Clerk’s Office, Marion. Date is recorded as 16 Dec. 1887. On his WWI draft registrations, Clint reported his birth year as 1886: “U. S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” images Ancestry.com (http://www. Ancestry.com, accessed 21 January 2016), card for Clint Walter Troutman, serial number 261-61-A, Local Draft Board, Wayne County, Nebraska. Also, 1886 is on his tombstone: Find A Grave, mem. page for Walter Clinton Troutman (1886-1949), mem. no. # 29206046, Pleasant View Cemetery, Winside, Wayne Co. Nebraska; photos contrib. by Z. T. Noble. Also, his death certificate states his birth year as 1886: Nebraska, Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, of Death Certificate, Walter Clinton Troutman, 1949.
27 Ne., Dept. of Health., Div. of Vit. Stats., Cert. of Death, Walter Clinton Troutman, 1949.
28 For birth and death dates and places: Ne., Dept. of Health., Div. of Vit. Stats., Cert. of Death, Mary Ann Troutman, 1964.
29 Audrain, Missouri, “Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002,” digital image Ancestry.com (http://www. Ancestry.com, accessed 21 January 2016), entry for Clint Troutman and Mary Waggoner, 27 October 1909.
30 For birth: Smyth Co., Va., Register of Births, Book 1: 47, entry for Lee Roy Troutman. For death: Find A Grave, mem. page for Lee Roy Troutman (1891-1919), mem. no. # 29337667, Rich Valley Presbyterian Ch. Cem., Rich Valley, Va.; photos contrib. by Z. T. Noble.

© 2016, Z. T. Noble

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Parallel Lives of Stelle and Daisy, Part 4: Daisy's Divorce


About 10 years after my paternal grandfather’s sister, Estelle and her husband Tell Worley divorced, Daisy and Will Worley divorced as well.
Daisy Troutman Worley, c. 1915
During the late '20s, Will went to California for six weeks to look for business opportunities. While he was gone, Daisy and the children stayed with Clint and Mary. Will bought a fruit ranch and sent back a box of raisins and dried peaches.[1] By 1930, Daisy and Will had moved to Merced County, California, in the heart of the green and fertile Central Valley. They have an additional child, Harold, age two, who was born in California when Daisy was 42, so they have been there at least two years. He worked a vineyard and his three sons, Marvin, age 21, LeRoy, age 19, and Charles, age 17, helped him work the farm. Thelma, age 13, and William, age 10 are at home and attend school. Daisy’s occupation is “none,”[1] but we all know what that means. She has no income, but she cleans house, cooks, sews, mends, gardens, and in general, keeps the household running smoothly. But that will change.

By 1940, Daisy and Will are no longer together. Marital status “divorced,” Will, age 56, lives on Cressy Way, Merced, California, with his sons William, Jr., 20, and Eugene, 12, and daughter Thelma Hughes, 24, divorced, and her daughter Didere, age 4. Will, Jr. seems to be the only one employed.[2]

As for Daisy Virginia, age 53 (fudged on her age a bit), she is living on Tuolome Street, Fresno, California, and married to Leslie Fogelman, age 52. They have been living in that place at least since 1935. Leslie is employed as “lumber president” at a lumber company.[3]

Who was Leslie Fogelman?

Born in Phillips County, Kansas in 1887 to Robert and Hattie (Heath) Fogelman, Leslie grew up a farmer’s son, the oldest of four children.[4] When he registered for the WWI draft, he worked as a clerk in the Farmer’s Union Mercantile Company, in Phillipsburg, Kansas. Described as short, medium weight, with grey eyes and light brown hair, he had lost a fore-finger on his left hand. He had a wife and two children.[5] By 1920, still in Phillipsburg, he had been married to Effie B. for about about ten years; they had two daughters, Guenthe, age 8, and Pauline, age 3. Leslie was working on his “own account” as a “grocery man” in a retail store,[6] which could be the same job as the clerk in the mercantile company. Ten years later, Leslie is in California, age 41, “widowed,” living in a rooming house and working as a proprietor of a grocery.[7] Did Leslie fudge on his marital status, too? Was he actually divorced? What happened to Effie and his daughters has, as yet, not been discovered. And by 1935, he and Daisy Virginia Troutman Worley were married.

Wish I knew how they met.

Les Fogelman died 17 January 1959, at the age of 71 and was buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, California.[8] Daisy Virginia Troutman Worley Fogelman lived longer than any of her siblings and their spouses. She died at the age of 92 on 28 July 1977 and was buried beside Les in the same cemetery. [9]




As for Will Worley, the father of Daisy’s children, he and his son Lee eventually returned to their roots in Smyth County, Virginia. My husband and I had the privilege of meeting Will about 1972 when we purchased property from him in Rich Valley. He died at age 89 on 03 September 1973 and was buried in the hillside cemetery at Rich Valley Presbyterian Church near his former in-laws, Daniel A. and America Troutman.[10] Will and Daisy's son, Lee owned a country store grocery and gas station in Rich Valley. He married a Rich Valley girl, Louise Patrick,[11] and raised his family there.
Will Worley (r.) and his son Lee, Rich Valley, VA., c. 1960
Lee and Louise Worley with sons Jim and Ed, c. 1960.


Photo courtesy of Find A Grave contributor, James Archer.
 Lee and Louise are also buried at the Rich Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Smyth County, Virginia.
Photo courtesy of Find A Grave contributor, James Archer.


[1]  Neville Lamson, Omaha, Nebraska, to Zola T. Noble, Anderson, Indiana, letter, 25 August 1989, information on her father's family; Troutman, Neville (Max Lamson) binder, privately held by Noble, [E-ADDRESS & STREET ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Anderson, Indiana, 2016.
[2] 1930 U. S. census, Merced County, California, population schedule, Winton precinct, p. 140 (stamped), enumeration district [ED] 11, sheet 1-A, dwelling 5, family 5, William T. Worley, wife D. Virginia, image Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 December 2015) microfilm publication T626, roll n/a. 
[3] 1940 U. S. census, Merced, California, population schedule, enumeration district 24-34, sheet 7-B, visit no. 149, William Worley; digital image Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com ; accessed 06 January 2016); NARA microfilm publication T-627, roll 3321. 
[4] 1940 U. S. census, Fresno, California, population schedule, enumeration district 10-144, sheet 9-B, visit no. 178, Leslie Fogelman, see Virginia Fogelman; digital image Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 06 January 2016); NARA microfilm publication T-623, roll 0236. 
[5] 1900 U. S. census, Phillips County, Kansas, population schedule, Freedom township, enumeration district [ED] 121, sheet 9-B, dwelling 162, family 162, Robert Fogelman; digital image FamilySearch.com (http://familysearch.com : accessed 06 January 2016); NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1728. 
[6] “U. S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” images Ancestry.com (http://www. Ancestry.com, accessed 06 January 2016), card for Leslie Oscar Fogelman, serial number 15-2-44-A, Local Draft Board, Phillips County, Kansas. 
[7] 1920 U. S. census, Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas, population schedule, enumeration district [ED] 157, p. 9-B, dwelling 246, family 247, Leslie O. Fogelman family; digital image FamilySearch.com (http://www.familysearch.com : accessed 06 January 2016); NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 544. 
[8] 1930 U. S. census, Merced County, California, population schedule, Merced City, p. 41 (stamped), enumeration district [ED] 24-3, sheet 7-A, dwelling 67, family 72, Farmer Lowe, see Leslie Fogelman, image FamilySearch.com (http://www.familysearch.com : accessed 06 January 2016); microfilm publication T626, roll 178. 
[9] Find A Grave, database and images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 February 2014), photograph, memorial page for Daisy Virginia Fogelman (b. 1885 and d. 1977), Find A Grave memorial no. # 74354938, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, California; photographs contributed by “Nancy/catsaver.” 
[10] Find A Grave, database and images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 07 January 2016) photograph, memorial page for Leslie O. Fogelman (b. 1885 and d. 1959), Find A Grave memorial no. # 74355048, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Fresno, California; photographs contributed by “Nancy/catsaver.” 
[11] Find A Grave, database and images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 07 January 2016), photograph, memorial page for William Tell Worley (b. 1884 and d. 1973), Find A Grave memorial no. # 72043828, citing Rich Valley Presbyterian Church Cementery, Saltville, Virginia; photograph contributed by James Archer.
[12] 1940 U. S. census, Rich Valley, Smyth County, Virginia, population schedule, enumeration district 87-14, sheet 19-B, visit no. 271, Alexancer Patrick, see Lee R. Worley, sonin-law; digital image Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com ; accessed 11 January 2016); NARA microfilm publication T-627, roll 4295.

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