Joseph Buch1

b. 19 March 1914
Father*Vito Buch3,2 b. 20 Feb 1888, d. 7 Oct 1952
Mother*Rosaria DiFrancesco2,3,4 b. 29 Nov 1890, d. 8 Aug 1963
Birth*19 March 1914Joseph Buch was born on 19 March 1914 in Tirano, Valtellina, Sondrio Province, Italy.1,4
Name VariationHis given name at birth in Italy was Gisueppe.3,2
Name VariationHis full name in America was Joseph George Buch.4
(Son) Name ChangeThe family's IACOBUCCI surname was changed to Buch in the 1920s.3
Marriage*1936He married first, as her first husband, Alice Betty Fernandez, daughter of Joseph Fernandez and Mary Jane Crawford, probably in 1936.1,5

Family

Alice Betty Fernandez b. 13 Aug 1921, d. 24 Feb 1997
Children1.Rosemary Buch1 b. 7 Jan 1937
2.Joseph Buch1 b. 18 Mar 1939

Citations

  1. [S1441] 1940 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Joseph and Mary Fernandez, (their surname transcribed as "Fernandey" by Ancestry), Year: 1940; Census Place: Pike, Stark, Ohio; Roll: m-t0627-03151; Pages: 9A-9B; Enumeration District: 76-85. Hereinafter cited as 1940 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Rosaria “Rose” (DiFrancesco) Buch, Memorial# 70825257. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Vito Buch, Memorial# 70825186.
  4. [S1967] U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947, online at www.ancestry.com, registration of Joseph George Buch of Canton, Stark County, Ohio, age 29, born on 19 March 1914 at Tirano, Italy, registered on 11 August 1943 in Columbus, Ohio, describing him as 5'' 11" in height, weighing 158, Dark complexion, Brown eyes and Black hair, person who would always know his address was his mother, Rose Buch, referencing U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947, National Archives at St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, Draft Registration Cards for Ohio, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947, Records of the Selective Service System, 147, Box 183. Hereinafter cited as U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947.
  5. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Rosemary McDonald, Memorial# 68417283, recording her date of birth as 7 January 1937.

Joseph Buch1

b. 18 March 1939
Father*Joseph Buch1 b. 19 Mar 1914
Mother*Alice Betty Fernandez1 b. 13 Aug 1921, d. 24 Feb 1997
Birth*18 March 1939Joseph Buch was born on 18 March 1939 in Ohio.1,2
(Son) Census US 19503 April 1950He was enumerated as Joseph Moore on the 1950 census taken on 3 April 1950 in the household of his mother and stepfather, Clarence Moore, on the Township Line Road, North of 30, West Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. Joseph was 11 years old.3

Citations

  1. [S1441] 1940 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Joseph and Mary Fernandez, (their surname transcribed as "Fernandey" by Ancestry), Year: 1940; Census Place: Pike, Stark, Ohio; Roll: m-t0627-03151; Pages: 9A-9B; Enumeration District: 76-85. Hereinafter cited as 1940 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S2519] U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2, online at www.ancestry.com, information for Joseph L. Buch, born 18 March 1939, address 1130 Auburn Place NW, Canton, Ohio, USA, 44703-3061. Hereinafter cited as U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2.
  3. [S2295] 1950 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Clarence and Alice Moore, United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: West, Columbiana, Ohio; Roll: 372; Sheet Number: 3; Enumeration District: 15-125. Hereinafter cited as 1950 United States Federal Census.

Rosemary Buch1

b. 7 January 1937
Father*Joseph Buch2 b. 19 Mar 1914
Mother*Alice Betty Fernandez2 b. 13 Aug 1921, d. 24 Feb 1997
Birth*7 January 1937Rosemary Buch was born on 7 January 1937 in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio.1,2
(Daughter) Census US 19503 April 1950She was enumerated as Rosemary Moore on the 1950 census taken on 3 April 1950 in the household of her mother and stepfather, Clarence Moore, on the Township Line Road, North of 30, West Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. Rosemary was 13 years old. Her line number was selected for supplemental information, and we learned that she had lived in the same house one year earlier, had completed her education through the 7th grade of Secondary School, and had attended school within the previous two months.3
Marriage*30 October 1961She married first, as his second wife, Richard M. McDonald, son of Angus McDonald and Catherine Cusack, on 30 October 1961 in Summit County, Ohio. Rosemary's surname was recorded as "Moore", and her parents were recorded as Betty Fernandez and Clarence Moore.4

Family

Richard M. McDonald b. 28 Jan 1933

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Rosemary McDonald, Memorial# 68417283, recording her date of birth as 7 January 1937. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S1441] 1940 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Joseph and Mary Fernandez, (their surname transcribed as "Fernandey" by Ancestry), Year: 1940; Census Place: Pike, Stark, Ohio; Roll: m-t0627-03151; Pages: 9A-9B; Enumeration District: 76-85. Hereinafter cited as 1940 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S2295] 1950 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Clarence and Alice Moore, United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: West, Columbiana, Ohio; Roll: 372; Sheet Number: 3; Enumeration District: 15-125. Hereinafter cited as 1950 United States Federal Census.
  4. [S1592] Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 30 October 1961 in Summit County, Ohio, USA, of Rosemary Moore of 83 Monroe Falls Avenue, Monroe Falls, Ohio, age 24, born on 7 January 1937 in Canton, Ohio, daughter of Betty Fernandez and Clarence Moore, not previously married, and Richard Michael McDonald of 314 9th Street NE, Canton, Ohio, age 28, U.S. Army, born on 28 January 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio, son of Angus McDonald and Catherine Cusack, married once before to Charlotte Ann McDonald, divorce decree on 21 December 1959 in Stark County, Ohio, no minor children affected, citing Summit County Court of Common Pleas - Probate Division. Akron, Ohio, Volume Number or Range of Dates: Vol 178, 1961-1962. Hereinafter cited as Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980.

Vito Buch1

b. 20 February 1888, d. 7 October 1952
Birth*20 February 1888Vito Buch was born on 20 February 1888 in San Valentina, Pescara, Abruzzo Region, Italy.1
Name VariationHis full name at birth was Vito Iacobucci.1
Marriage*1908He married Anna-Rosaria DiFrancesco in 1908 in Alanno, Pescara Province, Abruzzo Region, Italy.1,2
Name Change*The family's IACOBUCCI surname was changed to Buch in the 1920s.1
Death*7 October 1952He died on 7 October 1952 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, at age 641
Burial* and was buried in St. James, Lot 188 of Calvary Cemetery, Massillon, Stark County.1

Family

Rosaria DiFrancesco b. 29 Nov 1890, d. 8 Aug 1963
Child1.Joseph Buch+1,2 b. 19 Mar 1914

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Vito Buch, Memorial# 70825186. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Rosaria “Rose” (DiFrancesco) Buch, Memorial# 70825257.

Alvin Lewis Buck1

b. 30 September 1873, d. 18 September 1955
Birth*30 September 1873Alvin Lewis Buck was born on 30 September 1873 in Albany, Clinton County, Kentucky.1
Marriage*He married first Elizabeth Jane Buck.2,1
(Husband) Death19 April 1903Alvin became a widower when Eliza Jane (Buck) Buck died on 19 April 1903 at age 27. Her death left Alvin with three young children.2
Marriage*26 July 1916He married second Lucetta Ella Innis, daughter of James Abraham Innis and Lucinda Jane Riddle, on 26 July 1916 in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri. Lucetta, who lived in Hamilton, was under the age of 18 years and her father, James Innis, gave his consent to the marriage; Alvin resided in Winston, Caldwell County, and was over the age of 21 years. He was actually 42 years of age, and had been a widower for thirteen years. His elder daughter had married, and his two younger children, Lena and Charles, were ages 17 and 15 years, respectively.3,1,4
Census US 1940*2 May 1940Lucetta and Alvin Buck were enumerated on the 1940 census taken on 2 May 1940 in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri. Alvin was 67 years of age, a farmer working on his own account, and had completed his education through the 6th grade of Elementary school. Lucetta was 41 years of age, worked at home doing housework, and had also completed her education through the 6th grade of Elementary school. They were recorded as owning the farm they lived on which was valued at $5, and had lived in the same place, also on a farm, but not in the same house, in 1935. Five children were enumerated with them in 1940. Lewis was 20 years old, had completed his education through the 7th grade of Elementary school, and was recorded as a new worker. He had not yet been employed and was looking for work. James was 18 years old, had completed his education through the 7th grade of Elementary school, and worked for pay as a farmer. He was a salaried private worker, had worked 20 weeks in 1939, earned $150, and also had income from other sources. Docia was 14 years old, had completed her education through the 6th grade of Elementary school, and had attended school within the census year; Russell was 11 years old, had completed his education through the 4th grade of Elementary school, and had attended school within the census year; and Luella was 4 years old.5
(Son-in-Law's Father) Death18 November 1950Alvin and Lucetta's son, James, and his wife, Dolores, had been staying with Dolores's mother and stepfather, Viola Irene and Whitney Logan Cooper, for about six weeks when they witnessed an argument and the subsequent killing of Dolores's stepfather by her mother at the elder couple's home near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, on 18 November 1950. Whitney Logan Cooper was 66 years of age.6,7,8,9
(Son-in-Law's Father) Murder18 November 1950Coverage of Cooper's murder appeared in newspapers in Stanberry and Albany, Gentry County, Missouri, and as far south as Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, with much of the reporting overlapping with the same information, especially in Gentry County. We've selected two articles that, in spite of some duplicate information, appear to provide as much of the complete story as we've found. Our transcriptions of those two articles follow:


Springfield Leader and Press, Springfield, Missouri, Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11


Woman Faces Murder Charge
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Shoots Her Husband Following Argument


OSCEOLA. November 20 (Special) -- A 46-year old farm wife is being held in St. Clair County jail here today, accused of the gun slaying of her 58-year-old husband during a Saturday night argument in their home seven miles west of Collins.

Prosecuting attorney E. W. Mills said a second degree murder charge had been filed against Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper in connection with the fatal shooting of her husband, Whitney Logan Cooper.

The charge was drawn against Mrs. Cooper, Mills said, after the woman signed a statement admitting the slaying.

An inquest has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow in the courthouse. Mills said Mrs. Cooper won’t be arraigned until after the inquest.
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According to Sheriff Logan Perry, the shooting occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday after the Coopers and Mr. and Mrs. James Buck, (James A. Buck and Dolores J. (Walker) Buck), son-in-law and daughter of Mrs. Cooper, returned to their 80-acre hill farm after a drinking party in Humansville and nearby Collins.

Perry said the Coopers and Bucks drove to Humansville early Saturday evening and spent some time in a tavern there. They also stopped in Collins for more drinks, Mrs. Cooper told the sheriff.

Mrs. Cooper, authorities added, said her husband became jealous over a man she was talking to at one of the taverns.
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And after they returned to their farm home, Cooper allegedly threatened to kill his wife. Mrs. Cooper then related she ran into a bedroom to get her husband’s .38 caliber revolver. When Cooper, the woman said “came at her” threateningly she pulled the trigger. The bullet went through the left side of his chest and out his back. Cooper died instantly.

The Bucks, who had lived with the Coopers for the past six weeks, confirmed Mrs. Cooper’s account of the slaying.

Surviving Cooper, who had lived near Collins “for a couple of years”, Perry said, are a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Lester, of Kansas City, and a sister.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Goodrich of Osceola.
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The Albany Ledger, Albany, Missouri, Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1


Whit Cooper Was Buried Here Last Friday Afternoon
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Remains Brought to Albany for Interment Following Inquest
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Funeral services for Whitney Logan Cooper, a former citizen of this community, were held here last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Brooks Funeral Home. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. Lee Hughes, pastor of the Albany Methodist Church, and interment was in the Grandview cemetery.

The remains reached Albany last Thursday morning from Collins, Missouri, where Mr. Cooper had lived. The body was held there pending an inquest held on Tuesday of last week.

Mr. Cooper was shot in the chest at 11:15 o’clock on Saturday night, November 18. The shooting took place in his home and he was killed instantly. His wife, Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper, who formerly lived near Stanberry, gave herself up to St. Clair County authorities.

Members of the family knew little of the murder. Some of the relatives who were there for the funeral knew that Mrs. Cooper had surrendered but none of them knew the circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting. It was said that Mrs. Cooper refused to testify at the inquest.

Mr. Cooper will be remembered by many persons here. He had lived in this vicinity over a period of several years. He was associated with his brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck, who now lives in Denver, Colorado.

The two brothers had worked over a period of several years at the time the Cousins Lumber Company was in operation here. Whit Cooper had charge of the construction of the present Gentry County jail here and, as far as his brother knew, it was about his last construction work in this vicinity.

The following obituary was read at the funeral here last Friday:

Whitney Logan Cooper, the son of the late Coleman and Josephine Cooper, was born on December 12, 1883 in Appleton City, Missouri, and departed this life at his home near Collins, Missouri, on November 18, 1950. He was past 65 years of age.

He lived in and near Albany the early part of his life, leaving here about 25 years ago. Most of that time since he has lived in the southern part of Missouri.

He was converted when a young man at a revival at the old Gentryville church and was baptised, taking membership in the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his widow, by one daughter born to that marriage, by one brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck of Denver, Colorado, and by two sisters, Ida, Merle, Gertrude, Thelma, Docia, Luella and Ethyl, wives of Leslie R. Griffith, Walter E. Smith, John Pleasant Warden, Thomas Arthur Johnson and Fred C. Cox, respectively, of Englewood, Colorado, and Maryville. There are other relatives and friends left to morn his tragic death.
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Residence*1954Alvin L. Buck and Lucetta E. Buck were listed in the Kansas City Directory for 1954 at 515 Splitlog Avenue, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Missouri. and had been at that same address in the directories for 1950 and 1952. Their youngest daughter, Luella, and her husband, Harold G. Wills, were also listed at that address, with Luella's parents, in 1954.12,13,14,15
Death*18 September 1955He died on 18 September 1955 in his home at 515 Splitlog Avenue, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, at age 81, just 12 days short of his 82nd birthday1
Burial* and was buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Kansas City.1

Family 1

Elizabeth Jane Buck b. 20 Feb 1876, d. 19 Apr 1903
Children1.Gertrude Mae Buck16,1 b. 25 Apr 1896, d. 3 Jun 1965
2.Printus A. Buck17,1 b. 30 Aug 1897, d. 1 Feb 1901
3.Lena Jane Buck18,1 b. 6 Jun 1899, d. 16 Dec 1918
4.Charles E. Buck19,1 b. 26 Feb 1901, d. 2 Mar 1966

Family 2

Lucetta Ella Innis b. 15 Dec 1898, d. 4 Jul 1987
Children1.Thelma Mae Buck20,1 b. 18 Mar 1919, d. 12 Feb 2001
2.Lewis Deloyd Buck21,1 b. 20 Apr 1920, d. 28 Mar 1979
3.James Alexander Buck1,22 b. 1 Jan 1922, d. 12 Apr 1988
4.Docia J. Buck23 b. 25 Apr 1926, d. 9 Mar 1999
5.Russell Dean Buck24 b. 5 Dec 1928, d. 4 Jun 2011
6.Luella Buck25,1 b. 13 Feb 1936, d. 10 Sep 2010

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Alvin Lewis Buck, Memorial# 32805416. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Elizabeth Jane “Eliza” (Buck) Buck, Memorial# 60894613.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Lucetta Ella (Innis) Buck, Memorial# 32805439.
  4. [S1732] Missouri, U.S., Marriage Records, 1805-2002, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 26 July 1916 in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri, USA, of Lucettie Innis of Hamilton, Caldwell County, who was under the age of 18 years, her father James Innis gave his consent to the marriage, and Alvin L Buck of Winston, Caldwell County, who was over the age of 21 years, referencing Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO, USA, Missouri Marriage Records [Microfilm]. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Marriage Records, 1805-2002.
  5. [S1441] 1940 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Alvin and "Lucilla" Buck, Year: 1940; Census Place: Hamilton, Caldwell, Missouri; Roll: m-t0627-02091; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 13-9. Hereinafter cited as 1940 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 18 November 1950 in St. Clair County, Missouri, USA, of Whitney Logan Cooper, age 66, carpenter, building industry, married to Irene Cooper, born 12 December 1883 in Missouri to Coleman Cooper and Josephine Logan, autopsy, cause of death homicide in home, rural Collins, Washington Township, St. Clair County, gunshot wound, gun fired by Irene Cooper, informant Merle Smith, Maryville, burial on 24 November 1950 in Albany, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 38190. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969.
  7. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11, reporting the location of is death as seven miles west of Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  8. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1, reporting his place of death as near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  9. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Whitney Logan “Leck” Cooper, Memorial# 18233247, reporting his place of death as Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  10. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11.
  11. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1.
  12. [S1891] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, online at www.ancestry.com, listing for Alvin L. Buck and Lucetta E. Buck at 515 Splitlog avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, USA in the Kansas City, Kansas, City Directory, 1950. Hereinafter cited as U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.
  13. [S1891] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, online at www.ancestry.com, listing for Alvin L. Buck and Lucetta Buck at 515 Splitlog avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, USA in the Kansas City, Kansas, City Directory, 1952.
  14. [S1891] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, online at www.ancestry.com, listing for Alvin L. Buck and Lucetta E. Buck at 515 Splitlog avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, USA in the Kansas City, Kansas, City Directory, 1954.
  15. [S1891] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, online at www.ancestry.com, listing for Harold G. Wills, clerk, and Luella F. Wills at 515 Splitlog, Kansas City, Kansas, USA in the Kansas City, Kansas, City Directory, 1954.
  16. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Gertrude Mae (Buck) Bratcher, Memorial# 59383890.
  17. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Printus A. Buck, Memorial# 65169153.
  18. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Lena Jane (Buck) Jones, Memorial# 10960300.
  19. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Charles E Buck, Memorial# 21051862.
  20. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Thelma Mae (Buck) Warden, Memorial# 151461979.
  21. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Lewis Deloyd Buck, Memorial# 3652251.
  22. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, James Alexander Buck, Memorial# 3652252.
  23. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Docia J. (Buck) Johnson, Memorial# 46437214.
  24. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Russell Dean Buck, Memorial# 95164347.
  25. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Luella (Buck) Mootz, Memorial# 58660559.

Charles E. Buck1

b. 26 February 1901, d. 2 March 1966
Father*Alvin Lewis Buck1,2 b. 30 Sep 1873, d. 18 Sep 1955
Mother*Elizabeth Jane Buck1,3 b. 20 Feb 1876, d. 19 Apr 1903
Birth*26 February 1901Charles E. Buck was born on 26 February 1901.1
Name VariationHis full name was Charles Elbert Buck.4
Marriage*1925He married Lucy Parthenia Innis, daughter of James Martin Innis and Effie Rains, about 1925. About nine years earlier, in 1916, Lucy's aunt, Lucetta Ella Innis, had married Charles's widowed father, Alvin Lewis Buck.5,1,6
(Brother) Death18 November 1950Charles's brother, James, and his wife, Dolores, had been staying with Dolores's mother and stepfather, Viola Irene and Whitney Logan Cooper, for about six weeks when they witnessed an argument and the subsequent killing of Dolores's stepfather by her mother at the elder couple's home near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, on 18 November 1950. Whitney Logan Cooper was 66 years of age.7,8,9,10
(Brother) Murder18 November 1950Coverage of Cooper's murder appeared in newspapers in Stanberry and Albany, Gentry County, Missouri, and as far south as Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, with much of the reporting overlapping with the same information, especially in Gentry County. We've selected two articles that, in spite of some duplicate information, appear to provide as much of the complete story as we've found. Our transcriptions of those two articles follow:


Springfield Leader and Press, Springfield, Missouri, Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11


Woman Faces Murder Charge
____________

Shoots Her Husband Following Argument


OSCEOLA. November 20 (Special) -- A 46-year old farm wife is being held in St. Clair County jail here today, accused of the gun slaying of her 58-year-old husband during a Saturday night argument in their home seven miles west of Collins.

Prosecuting attorney E. W. Mills said a second degree murder charge had been filed against Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper in connection with the fatal shooting of her husband, Whitney Logan Cooper.

The charge was drawn against Mrs. Cooper, Mills said, after the woman signed a statement admitting the slaying.

An inquest has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow in the courthouse. Mills said Mrs. Cooper won’t be arraigned until after the inquest.
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According to Sheriff Logan Perry, the shooting occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday after the Coopers and Mr. and Mrs. James Buck, (James A. Buck and Dolores J. (Walker) Buck), son-in-law and daughter of Mrs. Cooper, returned to their 80-acre hill farm after a drinking party in Humansville and nearby Collins.

Perry said the Coopers and Bucks drove to Humansville early Saturday evening and spent some time in a tavern there. They also stopped in Collins for more drinks, Mrs. Cooper told the sheriff.

Mrs. Cooper, authorities added, said her husband became jealous over a man she was talking to at one of the taverns.
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And after they returned to their farm home, Cooper allegedly threatened to kill his wife. Mrs. Cooper then related she ran into a bedroom to get her husband’s .38 caliber revolver. When Cooper, the woman said “came at her” threateningly she pulled the trigger. The bullet went through the left side of his chest and out his back. Cooper died instantly.

The Bucks, who had lived with the Coopers for the past six weeks, confirmed Mrs. Cooper’s account of the slaying.

Surviving Cooper, who had lived near Collins “for a couple of years”, Perry said, are a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Lester, of Kansas City, and a sister.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Goodrich of Osceola.
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The Albany Ledger, Albany, Missouri, Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1


Whit Cooper Was Buried Here Last Friday Afternoon
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Remains Brought to Albany for Interment Following Inquest
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Funeral services for Whitney Logan Cooper, a former citizen of this community, were held here last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Brooks Funeral Home. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. Lee Hughes, pastor of the Albany Methodist Church, and interment was in the Grandview cemetery.

The remains reached Albany last Thursday morning from Collins, Missouri, where Mr. Cooper had lived. The body was held there pending an inquest held on Tuesday of last week.

Mr. Cooper was shot in the chest at 11:15 o’clock on Saturday night, November 18. The shooting took place in his home and he was killed instantly. His wife, Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper, who formerly lived near Stanberry, gave herself up to St. Clair County authorities.

Members of the family knew little of the murder. Some of the relatives who were there for the funeral knew that Mrs. Cooper had surrendered but none of them knew the circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting. It was said that Mrs. Cooper refused to testify at the inquest.

Mr. Cooper will be remembered by many persons here. He had lived in this vicinity over a period of several years. He was associated with his brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck, who now lives in Denver, Colorado.

The two brothers had worked over a period of several years at the time the Cousins Lumber Company was in operation here. Whit Cooper had charge of the construction of the present Gentry County jail here and, as far as his brother knew, it was about his last construction work in this vicinity.

The following obituary was read at the funeral here last Friday:

Whitney Logan Cooper, the son of the late Coleman and Josephine Cooper, was born on December 12, 1883 in Appleton City, Missouri, and departed this life at his home near Collins, Missouri, on November 18, 1950. He was past 65 years of age.

He lived in and near Albany the early part of his life, leaving here about 25 years ago. Most of that time since he has lived in the southern part of Missouri.

He was converted when a young man at a revival at the old Gentryville church and was baptised, taking membership in the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his widow, by one daughter born to that marriage, by one brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck of Denver, Colorado, and by two sisters, Ida, Merle, Gertrude, Thelma, Docia, Luella and Ethyl, wives of Leslie R. Griffith, Walter E. Smith, John Pleasant Warden, Thomas Arthur Johnson and Fred C. Cox, respectively, of Englewood, Colorado, and Maryville. There are other relatives and friends left to morn his tragic death.
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(Husband) Death26 August 1956Charles became a widower when Lucy P. (Innis) Buck died of a coronary thrombosis on 26 August 1956 at age 51.5,13
Death*2 March 1966He experienced a sudden coronary occlusion, and after three days died on 2 March 1966 at Bothwell Memorial Hospital, Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri, at age 65.1,4
Burial*He was buried with his wife in Highland Cemetery, Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri.1,4

Family

Lucy Parthenia Innis b. 31 Mar 1905, d. 26 Aug 1956

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Charles E Buck, Memorial# 21051862. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Alvin Lewis Buck, Memorial# 32805416.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Elizabeth Jane “Eliza” (Buck) Buck, Memorial# 60894613.
  4. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 2 March 1966 in Bothwell Memorial Hospital, Sedalia, Pettis, County, Missouri, USA, of Charles Elbert Buck, age 65, widower of Lucy Buck, retired laborer in a shoe factory, born 20 February 1900 to Alvin Buck, veteran of WWI, cause of death coronary occlusion, sudden, burial in Highland Cemetery, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 7529. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969.
  5. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Lucy P Buck, Memorial# 21051863.
  6. [S91] 1930 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Charles E. and Lucy Buck, Year: 1930; Census Place: Sheridan, Daviess, Missouri; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0021; FHL microfilm: 2340920. Hereinafter cited as 1930 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 18 November 1950 in St. Clair County, Missouri, USA, of Whitney Logan Cooper, age 66, carpenter, building industry, married to Irene Cooper, born 12 December 1883 in Missouri to Coleman Cooper and Josephine Logan, autopsy, cause of death homicide in home, rural Collins, Washington Township, St. Clair County, gunshot wound, gun fired by Irene Cooper, informant Merle Smith, Maryville, burial on 24 November 1950 in Albany, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 38190.
  8. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11, reporting the location of is death as seven miles west of Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  9. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1, reporting his place of death as near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  10. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Whitney Logan “Leck” Cooper, Memorial# 18233247, reporting his place of death as Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  11. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11.
  12. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1.
  13. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 26 August 1956 in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri, USA, of Lucy P Buck, age 51, married to Charles Buck, housewife, cause of death coronary thrombosis, born on 31 March 1905 in Albany, Kentucky, to J. M. Innis and Effie Rains, informant Charles Buck, burial on 28 August 1956 in Highland Cemetery, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 26195.

Docia J. Buck1

b. 25 April 1926, d. 9 March 1999
Father*Alvin Lewis Buck1 b. 30 Sep 1873, d. 18 Sep 1955
Mother*Lucetta Ella Innis1 b. 15 Dec 1898, d. 4 Jul 1987
Birth*25 April 1926Docia J. Buck was born on 25 April 1926 in Missouri.1,2
Name VariationHer full name was Docia Jane Buck.3
(Daughter) Census US 19402 May 1940Docia was enumerated on the 1940 census taken on 2 May 1940 in the household of her parents in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri. She was 14 years old, had completed her education through the 6th grade of Elementary school, and had attended school within the census year.2
Marriage*She married Thomas Arthur Johnson, son of Thomas A. Johnson and Katie M. Beringer.4,1
(Sister) Death18 November 1950Docia's brother, James, and his wife, Dolores, had been staying with Dolores's mother and stepfather, Viola Irene and Whitney Logan Cooper, for about six weeks when they witnessed an argument and the subsequent killing of Dolores's stepfather by her mother at the elder couple's home near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, on 18 November 1950. Whitney Logan Cooper was 66 years of age.5,6,7,8
(Sister) Murder18 November 1950Coverage of Cooper's murder appeared in newspapers in Stanberry and Albany, Gentry County, Missouri, and as far south as Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, with much of the reporting overlapping with the same information, especially in Gentry County. We've selected two articles that, in spite of some duplicate information, appear to provide as much of the complete story as we've found. Our transcriptions of those two articles follow:


Springfield Leader and Press, Springfield, Missouri, Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11


Woman Faces Murder Charge
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Shoots Her Husband Following Argument


OSCEOLA. November 20 (Special) -- A 46-year old farm wife is being held in St. Clair County jail here today, accused of the gun slaying of her 58-year-old husband during a Saturday night argument in their home seven miles west of Collins.

Prosecuting attorney E. W. Mills said a second degree murder charge had been filed against Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper in connection with the fatal shooting of her husband, Whitney Logan Cooper.

The charge was drawn against Mrs. Cooper, Mills said, after the woman signed a statement admitting the slaying.

An inquest has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow in the courthouse. Mills said Mrs. Cooper won’t be arraigned until after the inquest.
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According to Sheriff Logan Perry, the shooting occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday after the Coopers and Mr. and Mrs. James Buck, (James A. Buck and Dolores J. (Walker) Buck), son-in-law and daughter of Mrs. Cooper, returned to their 80-acre hill farm after a drinking party in Humansville and nearby Collins.

Perry said the Coopers and Bucks drove to Humansville early Saturday evening and spent some time in a tavern there. They also stopped in Collins for more drinks, Mrs. Cooper told the sheriff.

Mrs. Cooper, authorities added, said her husband became jealous over a man she was talking to at one of the taverns.
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And after they returned to their farm home, Cooper allegedly threatened to kill his wife. Mrs. Cooper then related she ran into a bedroom to get her husband’s .38 caliber revolver. When Cooper, the woman said “came at her” threateningly she pulled the trigger. The bullet went through the left side of his chest and out his back. Cooper died instantly.

The Bucks, who had lived with the Coopers for the past six weeks, confirmed Mrs. Cooper’s account of the slaying.

Surviving Cooper, who had lived near Collins “for a couple of years”, Perry said, are a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Lester, of Kansas City, and a sister.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Goodrich of Osceola.
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The Albany Ledger, Albany, Missouri, Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1


Whit Cooper Was Buried Here Last Friday Afternoon
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Remains Brought to Albany for Interment Following Inquest
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Funeral services for Whitney Logan Cooper, a former citizen of this community, were held here last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Brooks Funeral Home. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. Lee Hughes, pastor of the Albany Methodist Church, and interment was in the Grandview cemetery.

The remains reached Albany last Thursday morning from Collins, Missouri, where Mr. Cooper had lived. The body was held there pending an inquest held on Tuesday of last week.

Mr. Cooper was shot in the chest at 11:15 o’clock on Saturday night, November 18. The shooting took place in his home and he was killed instantly. His wife, Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper, who formerly lived near Stanberry, gave herself up to St. Clair County authorities.

Members of the family knew little of the murder. Some of the relatives who were there for the funeral knew that Mrs. Cooper had surrendered but none of them knew the circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting. It was said that Mrs. Cooper refused to testify at the inquest.

Mr. Cooper will be remembered by many persons here. He had lived in this vicinity over a period of several years. He was associated with his brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck, who now lives in Denver, Colorado.

The two brothers had worked over a period of several years at the time the Cousins Lumber Company was in operation here. Whit Cooper had charge of the construction of the present Gentry County jail here and, as far as his brother knew, it was about his last construction work in this vicinity.

The following obituary was read at the funeral here last Friday:

Whitney Logan Cooper, the son of the late Coleman and Josephine Cooper, was born on December 12, 1883 in Appleton City, Missouri, and departed this life at his home near Collins, Missouri, on November 18, 1950. He was past 65 years of age.

He lived in and near Albany the early part of his life, leaving here about 25 years ago. Most of that time since he has lived in the southern part of Missouri.

He was converted when a young man at a revival at the old Gentryville church and was baptised, taking membership in the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his widow, by one daughter born to that marriage, by one brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck of Denver, Colorado, and by two sisters, Ida, Merle, Gertrude, Thelma, Docia, Luella and Ethyl, wives of Leslie R. Griffith, Walter E. Smith, John Pleasant Warden, Thomas Arthur Johnson and Fred C. Cox, respectively, of Englewood, Colorado, and Maryville. There are other relatives and friends left to morn his tragic death.
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Residence*1 March 1953Thomas Johnson, age 32, and Docia Johnson, age 27, were listed with their three children in the Kansas City and County Census dated 1 March 1953 at 11301 W. 67th Terrace, Shawnee, Johnson County, Kansas.11
Death*9 March 1999She died on 9 March 1999 at age 721
Burial* and was buried in Block 3, Lot SW Grave B, of City of Mesa Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona.1

Family

Thomas Arthur Johnson b. 30 Apr 1921, d. 11 May 1999

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Docia J. (Buck) Johnson, Memorial# 46437214. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S1441] 1940 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Alvin and "Lucilla" Buck, Year: 1940; Census Place: Hamilton, Caldwell, Missouri; Roll: m-t0627-02091; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 13-9. Hereinafter cited as 1940 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S2319] Kansas, U.S., City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, online at www.ancestry.com, listing dated 1960 for household of Thomas A. Johnson and Docia Jane Johnson at 11301 W. 67th Terrace, Shawnee, including Thomas, age 38, Docia Jane, age 33, Linda Jane, age 13, Daniel, age 12, and Thelma, age 10. Hereinafter cited as Kansas, U.S., City and County Census Records, 1919-1961.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Thomas Arthur Johnson, Memorial# 46437203.
  5. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 18 November 1950 in St. Clair County, Missouri, USA, of Whitney Logan Cooper, age 66, carpenter, building industry, married to Irene Cooper, born 12 December 1883 in Missouri to Coleman Cooper and Josephine Logan, autopsy, cause of death homicide in home, rural Collins, Washington Township, St. Clair County, gunshot wound, gun fired by Irene Cooper, informant Merle Smith, Maryville, burial on 24 November 1950 in Albany, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 38190. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969.
  6. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11, reporting the location of is death as seven miles west of Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  7. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1, reporting his place of death as near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  8. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Whitney Logan “Leck” Cooper, Memorial# 18233247, reporting his place of death as Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  9. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11.
  10. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1.
  11. [S2319] Kansas, U.S., City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, online at www.ancestry.com, listing on 1 March 1953 for the household of Thomas Johnson and Docia Johnson at 11301 W. 67th Terrace, Shawnee, Johnson County, Kansas, including Thomas, age 32, Docia age 27, Linda age 7, Daniel, age 5, and Thelma, age 3.

Elizabeth Jane Buck1

b. 20 February 1876, d. 19 April 1903
Birth*20 February 1876Elizabeth Jane Buck was born on 20 February 1876.1
Name VariationShe was called Eliza.1
Marriage*She married, as his first wife, Alvin Lewis Buck.1,2
Death*19 April 1903She died on 19 April 1903 at age 27, leaving behind her husband and three young children.1
Burial*She was buried in Buck Cemetery, Sunnybrook, Wayne County, Kentucky.1

Family

Alvin Lewis Buck b. 30 Sep 1873, d. 18 Sep 1955
Children1.Gertrude Mae Buck3,1 b. 25 Apr 1896, d. 3 Jun 1965
2.Printus A. Buck4,1 b. 30 Aug 1897, d. 1 Feb 1901
3.Lena Jane Buck5,1 b. 6 Jun 1899, d. 16 Dec 1918
4.Charles E. Buck6,1 b. 26 Feb 1901, d. 2 Mar 1966

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Elizabeth Jane “Eliza” (Buck) Buck, Memorial# 60894613. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Alvin Lewis Buck, Memorial# 32805416.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Gertrude Mae (Buck) Bratcher, Memorial# 59383890.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Printus A. Buck, Memorial# 65169153.
  5. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Lena Jane (Buck) Jones, Memorial# 10960300.
  6. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Charles E Buck, Memorial# 21051862.

Gertrude Mae Buck1

b. 25 April 1896, d. 3 June 1965
Father*Alvin Lewis Buck1,3 b. 30 Sep 1873, d. 18 Sep 1955
Mother*Elizabeth Jane Buck1,2 b. 20 Feb 1876, d. 19 Apr 1903
Birth*25 April 1896Gertrude Mae Buck was born on 25 April 1896.1
Marriage*4 August 1912She married George Franklin Bratcher on 4 August 1912 in Kingston, Caldwell County, Missouri. Gertrude was a resident of Hamilton, and George of Kingston.4,1
(Wife) Death28 July 1940Gertrude became a widow when George Franklin Bratcher died on 28 July 1940 at age 51.4
(Sister) Death18 November 1950Gertrude's brother, James, and his wife, Dolores, had been staying with Dolores's mother and stepfather, Viola Irene and Whitney Logan Cooper, for about six weeks when they witnessed an argument and the subsequent killing of Dolores's stepfather by her mother at the elder couple's home near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, on 18 November 1950. Whitney Logan Cooper was 66 years of age.5,6,7,8
(Sister) Murder18 November 1950Coverage of Cooper's murder appeared in newspapers in Stanberry and Albany, Gentry County, Missouri, and as far south as Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, with much of the reporting overlapping with the same information, especially in Gentry County. We've selected two articles that, in spite of some duplicate information, appear to provide as much of the complete story as we've found. Our transcriptions of those two articles follow:


Springfield Leader and Press, Springfield, Missouri, Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11


Woman Faces Murder Charge
____________

Shoots Her Husband Following Argument


OSCEOLA. November 20 (Special) -- A 46-year old farm wife is being held in St. Clair County jail here today, accused of the gun slaying of her 58-year-old husband during a Saturday night argument in their home seven miles west of Collins.

Prosecuting attorney E. W. Mills said a second degree murder charge had been filed against Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper in connection with the fatal shooting of her husband, Whitney Logan Cooper.

The charge was drawn against Mrs. Cooper, Mills said, after the woman signed a statement admitting the slaying.

An inquest has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow in the courthouse. Mills said Mrs. Cooper won’t be arraigned until after the inquest.
____________


According to Sheriff Logan Perry, the shooting occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday after the Coopers and Mr. and Mrs. James Buck, (James A. Buck and Dolores J. (Walker) Buck), son-in-law and daughter of Mrs. Cooper, returned to their 80-acre hill farm after a drinking party in Humansville and nearby Collins.

Perry said the Coopers and Bucks drove to Humansville early Saturday evening and spent some time in a tavern there. They also stopped in Collins for more drinks, Mrs. Cooper told the sheriff.

Mrs. Cooper, authorities added, said her husband became jealous over a man she was talking to at one of the taverns.
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And after they returned to their farm home, Cooper allegedly threatened to kill his wife. Mrs. Cooper then related she ran into a bedroom to get her husband’s .38 caliber revolver. When Cooper, the woman said “came at her” threateningly she pulled the trigger. The bullet went through the left side of his chest and out his back. Cooper died instantly.

The Bucks, who had lived with the Coopers for the past six weeks, confirmed Mrs. Cooper’s account of the slaying.

Surviving Cooper, who had lived near Collins “for a couple of years”, Perry said, are a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Lester, of Kansas City, and a sister.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Goodrich of Osceola.
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The Albany Ledger, Albany, Missouri, Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1


Whit Cooper Was Buried Here Last Friday Afternoon
____________

Remains Brought to Albany for Interment Following Inquest
____________


Funeral services for Whitney Logan Cooper, a former citizen of this community, were held here last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Brooks Funeral Home. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. Lee Hughes, pastor of the Albany Methodist Church, and interment was in the Grandview cemetery.

The remains reached Albany last Thursday morning from Collins, Missouri, where Mr. Cooper had lived. The body was held there pending an inquest held on Tuesday of last week.

Mr. Cooper was shot in the chest at 11:15 o’clock on Saturday night, November 18. The shooting took place in his home and he was killed instantly. His wife, Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper, who formerly lived near Stanberry, gave herself up to St. Clair County authorities.

Members of the family knew little of the murder. Some of the relatives who were there for the funeral knew that Mrs. Cooper had surrendered but none of them knew the circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting. It was said that Mrs. Cooper refused to testify at the inquest.

Mr. Cooper will be remembered by many persons here. He had lived in this vicinity over a period of several years. He was associated with his brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck, who now lives in Denver, Colorado.

The two brothers had worked over a period of several years at the time the Cousins Lumber Company was in operation here. Whit Cooper had charge of the construction of the present Gentry County jail here and, as far as his brother knew, it was about his last construction work in this vicinity.

The following obituary was read at the funeral here last Friday:

Whitney Logan Cooper, the son of the late Coleman and Josephine Cooper, was born on December 12, 1883 in Appleton City, Missouri, and departed this life at his home near Collins, Missouri, on November 18, 1950. He was past 65 years of age.

He lived in and near Albany the early part of his life, leaving here about 25 years ago. Most of that time since he has lived in the southern part of Missouri.

He was converted when a young man at a revival at the old Gentryville church and was baptised, taking membership in the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his widow, by one daughter born to that marriage, by one brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck of Denver, Colorado, and by two sisters, Ida, Merle, Gertrude, Thelma, Docia, Luella and Ethyl, wives of Leslie R. Griffith, Walter E. Smith, John Pleasant Warden, Thomas Arthur Johnson and Fred C. Cox, respectively, of Englewood, Colorado, and Maryville. There are other relatives and friends left to morn his tragic death.
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Death*3 June 1965She died on 3 June 1965 at age 691
Burial* and was buried with her husband in Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, Caldwell County.1,4

Family

George Franklin Bratcher b. 30 Jan 1889, d. 28 Jul 1940

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Gertrude Mae (Buck) Bratcher, Memorial# 59383890. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Elizabeth Jane “Eliza” (Buck) Buck, Memorial# 60894613.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Alvin Lewis Buck, Memorial# 32805416.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, George Franklin Bratcher, Memorial# 59383827.
  5. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 18 November 1950 in St. Clair County, Missouri, USA, of Whitney Logan Cooper, age 66, carpenter, building industry, married to Irene Cooper, born 12 December 1883 in Missouri to Coleman Cooper and Josephine Logan, autopsy, cause of death homicide in home, rural Collins, Washington Township, St. Clair County, gunshot wound, gun fired by Irene Cooper, informant Merle Smith, Maryville, burial on 24 November 1950 in Albany, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 38190. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969.
  6. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11, reporting the location of is death as seven miles west of Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  7. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1, reporting his place of death as near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  8. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Whitney Logan “Leck” Cooper, Memorial# 18233247, reporting his place of death as Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  9. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11.
  10. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1.

Isaac Buck1

Marriage*4 February 1773He married Sarah Hayward, daughter of Benjamin Hayward and Elizabeth Conant, on 4 February 1773 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England). Their intention of marriage noted that Sarah was from Easton, in Bristol County and the Bridgewater History source appears certain that Sarah married Isaac Buck, and suggests as only "perhaps" the 1773 marriage record as theirs.1,2

Family

Sarah Hayward

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library eBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Hayward, pages 181-190. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Marriages, Volume II, page 175. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.

James Alexander Buck1

b. 1 January 1922, d. 12 April 1988
Father*Alvin Lewis Buck2,1 b. 30 Sep 1873, d. 18 Sep 1955
Mother*Lucetta Ella Innis3,1 b. 15 Dec 1898, d. 4 Jul 1987
Birth*1 January 1922James Alexander Buck was born on 1 January 1922 in Kansas.1,4,5
(Son) Census US 19402 May 1940James was enumerated on the 1940 census taken on 2 May 1940 in the household of his parents in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri. He was 18 years old, had completed his education through the 7th grade of Elementary school, and worked for pay as a farmer. He was a salaried private worker, had worked 20 weeks in 1939, earned $150, and also had income from other sources.6
World War II*He served in the second World War as a TEC 3 in the U.S. Army.5
Marriage*He married Dolores J. Walker, daughter of Melvin J. Walker and Viola Irene Chapman.1,7
Census US 1950*7 April 1950Dolores Jacqueline and James A. Buck were enumerated on the 1950 census taken on 7 April 1950 at 621 South 26th, Shawnee, Wyandotte County, Kansas. James was 28 years of age and worked as an auto mechanic for a retail motor car company. He had worked 24 hours the week before the census was taken. Dolores was also 28 years of age and did not work outside the home. Their three children and Dolores's maternal grandfather were enumerated with them in 1950. Their older children, Karen and Richard, were ages 3 and 2 years, respectively, and the baby, Donald, had been born in February. Dolores's grandfather, Robert P. Chapman, was 83 years of age, a widower, and no longer working.4
(Son-in-Law) Death18 November 1950James and his wife, Dolores, had been staying with her mother and stepfather, Viola Irene and Whitney Logan Cooper, for about six weeks when they witnessed an argument and the subsequent killing of her stepfather by her mother at the elder couple's home near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, on 18 November 1950. Whitney Logan Cooper was 66 years of age.8,9,10,11
(Son-in-Law) Murder18 November 1950Coverage of his father-in-law's murder appeared in newspapers in Stanberry and Albany, Gentry County, Missouri, and as far south as Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, with much of the reporting overlapping with the same information, especially in Gentry County. We've selected two articles that, in spite of some duplicate information, appear to provide as much of the complete story as we've found. Our transcriptions of those two articles follow:


Springfield Leader and Press, Springfield, Missouri, Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11


Woman Faces Murder Charge
____________

Shoots Her Husband Following Argument


OSCEOLA. November 20 (Special) -- A 46-year old farm wife is being held in St. Clair County jail here today, accused of the gun slaying of her 58-year-old husband during a Saturday night argument in their home seven miles west of Collins.

Prosecuting attorney E. W. Mills said a second degree murder charge had been filed against Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper in connection with the fatal shooting of her husband, Whitney Logan Cooper.

The charge was drawn against Mrs. Cooper, Mills said, after the woman signed a statement admitting the slaying.

An inquest has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow in the courthouse. Mills said Mrs. Cooper won’t be arraigned until after the inquest.
____________


According to Sheriff Logan Perry, the shooting occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday after the Coopers and Mr. and Mrs. James Buck, (James A. Buck and Dolores J. (Walker) Buck), son-in-law and daughter of Mrs. Cooper, returned to their 80-acre hill farm after a drinking party in Humansville and nearby Collins.

Perry said the Coopers and Bucks drove to Humansville early Saturday evening and spent some time in a tavern there. They also stopped in Collins for more drinks, Mrs. Cooper told the sheriff.

Mrs. Cooper, authorities added, said her husband became jealous over a man she was talking to at one of the taverns.
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And after they returned to their farm home, Cooper allegedly threatened to kill his wife. Mrs. Cooper then related she ran into a bedroom to get her husband’s .38 caliber revolver. When Cooper, the woman said “came at her” threateningly she pulled the trigger. The bullet went through the left side of his chest and out his back. Cooper died instantly.

The Bucks, who had lived with the Coopers for the past six weeks, confirmed Mrs. Cooper’s account of the slaying.

Surviving Cooper, who had lived near Collins “for a couple of years”, Perry said, are a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Lester, of Kansas City, and a sister.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Goodrich of Osceola.
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The Albany Ledger, Albany, Missouri, Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1


Whit Cooper Was Buried Here Last Friday Afternoon
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Remains Brought to Albany for Interment Following Inquest
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Funeral services for Whitney Logan Cooper, a former citizen of this community, were held here last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Brooks Funeral Home. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. Lee Hughes, pastor of the Albany Methodist Church, and interment was in the Grandview cemetery.

The remains reached Albany last Thursday morning from Collins, Missouri, where Mr. Cooper had lived. The body was held there pending an inquest held on Tuesday of last week.

Mr. Cooper was shot in the chest at 11:15 o’clock on Saturday night, November 18. The shooting took place in his home and he was killed instantly. His wife, Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper, who formerly lived near Stanberry, gave herself up to St. Clair County authorities.

Members of the family knew little of the murder. Some of the relatives who were there for the funeral knew that Mrs. Cooper had surrendered but none of them knew the circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting. It was said that Mrs. Cooper refused to testify at the inquest.

Mr. Cooper will be remembered by many persons here. He had lived in this vicinity over a period of several years. He was associated with his brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck, who now lives in Denver, Colorado.

The two brothers had worked over a period of several years at the time the Cousins Lumber Company was in operation here. Whit Cooper had charge of the construction of the present Gentry County jail here and, as far as his brother knew, it was about his last construction work in this vicinity.

The following obituary was read at the funeral here last Friday:

Whitney Logan Cooper, the son of the late Coleman and Josephine Cooper, was born on December 12, 1883 in Appleton City, Missouri, and departed this life at his home near Collins, Missouri, on November 18, 1950. He was past 65 years of age.

He lived in and near Albany the early part of his life, leaving here about 25 years ago. Most of that time since he has lived in the southern part of Missouri.

He was converted when a young man at a revival at the old Gentryville church and was baptised, taking membership in the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his widow, by one daughter born to that marriage, by one brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck of Denver, Colorado, and by two sisters, Ida, Merle, Gertrude, Thelma, Docia, Luella and Ethyl, wives of Leslie R. Griffith, Walter E. Smith, John Pleasant Warden, Thomas Arthur Johnson and Fred C. Cox, respectively, of Englewood, Colorado, and Maryville. There are other relatives and friends left to morn his tragic death.
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(Husband) Death15 August 1973James became a widower when Dolores J. (Walker) Buck died on 15 August 1973 at age 46.7
Death*12 April 1988He died on 12 April 1988 at age 661,5
Burial* and was buried with his wife in Section R, site 637 of Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas.1,7,5

Family

Dolores J. Walker b. 19 Jan 1927, d. 15 Aug 1973

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, James Alexander Buck, Memorial# 3652252. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Alvin Lewis Buck, Memorial# 32805416.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Lucetta Ella (Innis) Buck, Memorial# 32805439.
  4. [S2295] 1950 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of James A. and Dolores Jacqueline Buck, United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Shawnee, Wyandotte, Kansas; Roll: 6264; Sheet Number: 1; Enumeration District: 105-20. Hereinafter cited as 1950 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S2323] U.S., Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2019, online at www.ancestry.com, burial information for James A Buck, age 66, born on 1 January 1922, served from 14 November 1942 to 6 November 1945, died on 12 April 1988, interred on 14 April 1988 in Kansas, USA, in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027, in Plot Section R, Site 637, referencing his service as a TEC 3 U.S. Army World War II. Hereinafter cited as U.S., Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2019.
  6. [S1441] 1940 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Alvin and "Lucilla" Buck, Year: 1940; Census Place: Hamilton, Caldwell, Missouri; Roll: m-t0627-02091; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 13-9. Hereinafter cited as 1940 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Dolores J. Buck, Memorial# 3652247.
  8. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 18 November 1950 in St. Clair County, Missouri, USA, of Whitney Logan Cooper, age 66, carpenter, building industry, married to Irene Cooper, born 12 December 1883 in Missouri to Coleman Cooper and Josephine Logan, autopsy, cause of death homicide in home, rural Collins, Washington Township, St. Clair County, gunshot wound, gun fired by Irene Cooper, informant Merle Smith, Maryville, burial on 24 November 1950 in Albany, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 38190. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969.
  9. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11, reporting the location of is death as seven miles west of Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  10. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1, reporting his place of death as near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  11. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Whitney Logan “Leck” Cooper, Memorial# 18233247, reporting his place of death as Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  12. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11.
  13. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1.

Karen Marie Buck1

b. 1846
Birth*1846Karen Marie Buck was born about 1846.1
Marriage*10 October 1865She married Niels Christian Nyboe, son of Niels Lauritzen Nyboe and Else Poulsdatter __?__, on 10 October 1865 in Skanderup Parish, Ribe County, Denmark.1

Family

Niels Christian Nyboe b. 17 Jan 1843

Citations

  1. [S2460] Denmark, Church Records, 1812-1918, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 10 okt 1865 (10 Oct 1865) in Skanderup Sogn (Ribe amt), Danmark (Denmark) of Niels Christian Nyboe of Skanderup Sogn (Ribe amt), Ribe, age 23, born about 1842, and Karen Marie Buck, age 19, born about 1846, referencing Rigsarkivet; Danmark; Kontraministerialbog; Reference: 8034431081. Hereinafter cited as Denmark, Church Records, 1812-1918.

Lena Jane Buck1

b. 6 June 1899, d. 16 December 1918
Father*Alvin Lewis Buck1,2 b. 30 Sep 1873, d. 18 Sep 1955
Mother*Elizabeth Jane Buck1,3 b. 20 Feb 1876, d. 19 Apr 1903
Birth*6 June 1899Lena Jane Buck was born on 6 June 1899 in Wayne County, Kentucky.1
Marriage*11 May 1918She married, as his first wife, Whitney Jones, son of James M. Jones, on 11 May 1918 in Kingston, Caldwell County, Missouri. Whitney was under the age of 21 years and consent for him to marry Lena was given by his father, James Jones; and Lena was over the age of 18 years and consent for her to marry Whitney was given by her father, Alvin L. Buck. Both Whitney and Lena were residents of Hamilton, Caldwell County.4,1,5
Death*16 December 1918She died at age 19 from bronchial pneumonia resulting from influenza on 16 December 1918 in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri. She and Whitney had been married only seven months.1,6
Burial*She was buried in Highland Cemetery, Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri.1

Family

Whitney Jones b. 10 Sep 1899

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Lena Jane (Buck) Jones, Memorial# 10960300. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Alvin Lewis Buck, Memorial# 32805416.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Elizabeth Jane “Eliza” (Buck) Buck, Memorial# 60894613.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Whitney Jones, Memorial# 83554682.
  5. [S1732] Missouri, U.S., Marriage Records, 1805-2002, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 11 May 1918 in Kingston, Caldwell County, Missouri, USA, of Lena Buck of Hamilton, Caldwell County, over the age of 18 years, consent by her father, Alvin L. Buck, and Whitney Jones of Hamilton, Caldwell County, under the age of 21 years, consent by his father, James Jones, referencing Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO, USA, Missouri Marriage Records [Microfilm]. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Marriage Records, 1805-2002.
  6. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 16 December 1918 in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri, USA, of Lena Jane Jones, age 19, married, housewife, cause of death bronchial pneumonia contributed by influenza, daughter of Alvin Lewis Buck, born Wayne County, Kentucky, and Liza Matilda Buck, born Wayne County, Kentucky, informant A. L. Buck, Hamilton, Missouri, burial in Highland, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 44724. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969.

Lewis Deloyd Buck1

b. 20 April 1920, d. 28 March 1979
Father*Alvin Lewis Buck1,2 b. 30 Sep 1873, d. 18 Sep 1955
Mother*Lucetta Ella Innis1,3 b. 15 Dec 1898, d. 4 Jul 1987
Birth*20 April 1920Lewis Deloyd Buck was born on 20 April 1920 in Missouri.1,4
(Son) Census US 19402 May 1940Lewis was enumerated on the 1940 census taken on 2 May 1940 in the household of his parents in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri. He was 20 years old, had completed his education through the 7th grade of Elementary school, and was recorded as a new worker. He had not yet been employed and was looking for work.5
Marriage*He married, as her second husband, Jessie M. Garrett, daughter of John E. Garrett and Cynthia E. Valentine.6,1
World War II*17 October 1945He served in the second World War as a TEC 4 in the U.S. Army. He had enlisted on 6 February 1942, and was discharged on 17 October 1945.7,8
Census US 1950*10 April 1950Jessie and Lewis Buck were enumerated on the 1950 census taken on 10 April 1950 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. Lewis was 29 years of age and worked as trimmer in an automobile plant, and Jessie was 36 years of age and was neither working nor looking for work.4
(Brother) Death18 November 1950Lewis's brother, James, and his wife, Dolores, had been staying with Dolores's mother and stepfather, Viola Irene and Whitney Logan Cooper, for about six weeks when they witnessed an argument and the subsequent killing of Dolores's stepfather by her mother at the elder couple's home near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, on 18 November 1950. Whitney Logan Cooper was 66 years of age.9,10,11,12
(Brother) Murder18 November 1950Coverage of Cooper's murder appeared in newspapers in Stanberry and Albany, Gentry County, Missouri, and as far south as Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, with much of the reporting overlapping with the same information, especially in Gentry County. We've selected two articles that, in spite of some duplicate information, appear to provide as much of the complete story as we've found. Our transcriptions of those two articles follow:


Springfield Leader and Press, Springfield, Missouri, Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11


Woman Faces Murder Charge
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Shoots Her Husband Following Argument


OSCEOLA. November 20 (Special) -- A 46-year old farm wife is being held in St. Clair County jail here today, accused of the gun slaying of her 58-year-old husband during a Saturday night argument in their home seven miles west of Collins.

Prosecuting attorney E. W. Mills said a second degree murder charge had been filed against Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper in connection with the fatal shooting of her husband, Whitney Logan Cooper.

The charge was drawn against Mrs. Cooper, Mills said, after the woman signed a statement admitting the slaying.

An inquest has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow in the courthouse. Mills said Mrs. Cooper won’t be arraigned until after the inquest.
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According to Sheriff Logan Perry, the shooting occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday after the Coopers and Mr. and Mrs. James Buck, (James A. Buck and Dolores J. (Walker) Buck), son-in-law and daughter of Mrs. Cooper, returned to their 80-acre hill farm after a drinking party in Humansville and nearby Collins.

Perry said the Coopers and Bucks drove to Humansville early Saturday evening and spent some time in a tavern there. They also stopped in Collins for more drinks, Mrs. Cooper told the sheriff.

Mrs. Cooper, authorities added, said her husband became jealous over a man she was talking to at one of the taverns.
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And after they returned to their farm home, Cooper allegedly threatened to kill his wife. Mrs. Cooper then related she ran into a bedroom to get her husband’s .38 caliber revolver. When Cooper, the woman said “came at her” threateningly she pulled the trigger. The bullet went through the left side of his chest and out his back. Cooper died instantly.

The Bucks, who had lived with the Coopers for the past six weeks, confirmed Mrs. Cooper’s account of the slaying.

Surviving Cooper, who had lived near Collins “for a couple of years”, Perry said, are a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Lester, of Kansas City, and a sister.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Goodrich of Osceola.
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The Albany Ledger, Albany, Missouri, Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1


Whit Cooper Was Buried Here Last Friday Afternoon
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Remains Brought to Albany for Interment Following Inquest
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Funeral services for Whitney Logan Cooper, a former citizen of this community, were held here last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Brooks Funeral Home. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. Lee Hughes, pastor of the Albany Methodist Church, and interment was in the Grandview cemetery.

The remains reached Albany last Thursday morning from Collins, Missouri, where Mr. Cooper had lived. The body was held there pending an inquest held on Tuesday of last week.

Mr. Cooper was shot in the chest at 11:15 o’clock on Saturday night, November 18. The shooting took place in his home and he was killed instantly. His wife, Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper, who formerly lived near Stanberry, gave herself up to St. Clair County authorities.

Members of the family knew little of the murder. Some of the relatives who were there for the funeral knew that Mrs. Cooper had surrendered but none of them knew the circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting. It was said that Mrs. Cooper refused to testify at the inquest.

Mr. Cooper will be remembered by many persons here. He had lived in this vicinity over a period of several years. He was associated with his brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck, who now lives in Denver, Colorado.

The two brothers had worked over a period of several years at the time the Cousins Lumber Company was in operation here. Whit Cooper had charge of the construction of the present Gentry County jail here and, as far as his brother knew, it was about his last construction work in this vicinity.

The following obituary was read at the funeral here last Friday:

Whitney Logan Cooper, the son of the late Coleman and Josephine Cooper, was born on December 12, 1883 in Appleton City, Missouri, and departed this life at his home near Collins, Missouri, on November 18, 1950. He was past 65 years of age.

He lived in and near Albany the early part of his life, leaving here about 25 years ago. Most of that time since he has lived in the southern part of Missouri.

He was converted when a young man at a revival at the old Gentryville church and was baptised, taking membership in the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his widow, by one daughter born to that marriage, by one brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck of Denver, Colorado, and by two sisters, Ida, Merle, Gertrude, Thelma, Docia, Luella and Ethyl, wives of Leslie R. Griffith, Walter E. Smith, John Pleasant Warden, Thomas Arthur Johnson and Fred C. Cox, respectively, of Englewood, Colorado, and Maryville. There are other relatives and friends left to morn his tragic death.
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Residence*between 1956 and 1961Lewis and Jessie lived for several years between 1956 and 1961 at 6040 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Missouri.15
Auto Accident*31 March 1962Lewis D. Buck, 41, and his brother-in-law, Martin L. Mootz, 32, were involved in a three-car accident on 31 March 1962 in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Martin was seriously injured and hospitalized with a skull fracture, and Lewis and four others were also hospitalized with lesser injuries. Our transcription of a newspaper article published the day after the accident follows:


The Kansas City Star, (Kansas City, Missouri), Sunday, 1 April 1962, page 20


SIX TO HOSPITALS IN 3-CAR MISHAP
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Kansas City. Kansas Man in Serious Condition with Skull Fracture
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CAREENS FROM IMPACT
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Vehicle Struck by Truck Hurled Into Intersection In Wyandotte County.
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One passenger was seriously hurt and five other persons suffered lesser injuries when three vehicles collided last night at Fifty-seventh street and Kaw drive in Wyandotte County.

Martin L. Mootz of 531 Splitlog avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, received a skull fracture and underwent surgery at Bethany hospital. He was riding in a truck driven by his brother-in-law, Lewis D. Buck, 41, of 6040 Kansas avenue, Muncie.
Taken to Bethany


Buck and the occupants of the two other vehicles, both passenger cars, also were taken to Bethany. Buck was later transferred to the Veterans Administration hospital in Kansas City. He suffered severe face cuts and was in good condition.

Paul A. Snyder, 24, one of the drivers, of 5049 Parallel avenue, Wyandotte County, was in good condition with chest and wrist injuries and face cuts.

The other driver, Harold H. Barbee, 51, of 327 North Fortieth street, Wyandotte County, and his wife, Mrs. Edna Barbee, 46, were treated and released. Their son, Harold Barbee Jr., 13, was in good condition with injuries to the left shoulder and left cheek.
Stopped for Turn


Norman York, highway patrolman, said Snyder was traveling east and had stopped to make a left turn onto Fifty-seventh when Buck’s truck hit the car from the rear. The Snyder vehicle was knocked across the intersection into the path of the Barbee car.

Wyandotte County patrolmen were called to direct traffic that was tied up for half a mile east and west of the scene for 30 minutes. A fire truck from Station No. 2 in Wyandotte township flushed gasoline from the pavement.

York said that Buck and Mootz were thrown against the windshield.
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(Husband) Death16 August 1968Lewis became a widower when Jessie Mae (Garrett) Meade Buck died on 16 August 1968 at age 55.6,17
(Husband) ObituaryHis wife's obituary was published the day after her death in the Kansas City Times and reported she had lived in the area for 27 years. It mentioned the following family members who survived her: her husband, Lewis D. Buck, who lived at their home address of 6843 Donohoo Road, Kansas City, a brother, Jack Garrett, of Knoxville, Tennessee and two sisters, Margie Bennett, of Knoxville, and Ida Tucker of Gardner in Johnston County, Kansas.17
Death*28 March 1979He died on 28 March 1979 at age 581
Burial*30 March 1979 and was buried on 30 March 1979 with his wife in Section P, site 1914, of Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas.1,8

Family

Jessie M. Garrett b. 29 Jul 1913, d. 16 Aug 1968

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Lewis Deloyd Buck, Memorial# 3652251. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Alvin Lewis Buck, Memorial# 32805416.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Lucetta Ella (Innis) Buck, Memorial# 32805439.
  4. [S2295] 1950 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Lewis and Jessie Buck, United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri; Roll: 5482; Sheet Number: 12; Enumeration District: 116-629. Hereinafter cited as 1950 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S1441] 1940 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Alvin and "Lucilla" Buck, Year: 1940; Census Place: Hamilton, Caldwell, Missouri; Roll: m-t0627-02091; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 13-9. Hereinafter cited as 1940 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Jessie M. Buck, Memorial# 61359582.
  7. [S2176] U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010, online at www.ancestry.com, file information for Lewis Deloyd Buck, Male, born on 20 April 1920, died on 28 March 1979, enlisted on 6 February 1942, discharged on 17 October 1945. Hereinafter cited as U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010.
  8. [S2323] U.S., Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2019, online at www.ancestry.com, burial information for Lewis "David" Buck, age 58, born on 20 April 1920, served from 6 February 1942 to 17 October 1945, died on 28 March 1979, interred on 30 March 1979 in Kansas, USA, in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027, in Plot Section P, Site 1914, referencing his service as a TEC 4 in the U.S. Army during World War II. Hereinafter cited as U.S., Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2019.
  9. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 18 November 1950 in St. Clair County, Missouri, USA, of Whitney Logan Cooper, age 66, carpenter, building industry, married to Irene Cooper, born 12 December 1883 in Missouri to Coleman Cooper and Josephine Logan, autopsy, cause of death homicide in home, rural Collins, Washington Township, St. Clair County, gunshot wound, gun fired by Irene Cooper, informant Merle Smith, Maryville, burial on 24 November 1950 in Albany, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 38190. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969.
  10. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11, reporting the location of is death as seven miles west of Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  11. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1, reporting his place of death as near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  12. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Whitney Logan “Leck” Cooper, Memorial# 18233247, reporting his place of death as Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  13. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11.
  14. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1.
  15. [S2319] Kansas, U.S., City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, online at www.ancestry.com, listings in 1956 through 1961 for Lewis D. and Jessie Mae Buck, 6040 Kansas Avenue, Wyandotte. Hereinafter cited as Kansas, U.S., City and County Census Records, 1919-1961.
  16. [S2339] Lewis D. Buck and Martin L. Mootz 1962 3-Car Accident, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, The Kansas City Star, (Kansas City, Missouri), Sunday, 1 April 1962, page 20, Martin L. Mootz, 32, with skull fracture, Lewis D. Buck, 41, and four others hospitalized after three-car accident. Hereinafter cited as Lewis D. Buck and Martin L. Mootz 1962 3-Car Accident.
  17. [S2320] Jessie Buck (Mrs. Lewis D. Buck) 1968 Death, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, The Kansas City Times, (Kansas City, Missouri), Saturday, 17 August 1968, page 22, Mrs. Jessie D.(sic) Buck, 55, of 6843 Donohoo, Wyandotte County, died yesterday at home, born in Knoxville, Tennessee and lived here for 27 years, survived by husband, Lewis D. Buck of the same address, a brother, Jack Garrett of Knoxville, two sisters, Mrs. Ida Tucker, Knoxville, and Mrs. Margie Bennett, Gardner in Johnson County. Hereinafter cited as Jessie Buck (Mrs. Lewis D. Buck) 1968 Death.

Luella Buck1

b. 13 February 1936, d. 10 September 2010
Father*Alvin Lewis Buck1,2 b. 30 Sep 1873, d. 18 Sep 1955
Mother*Lucetta Ella Innis1,3 b. 15 Dec 1898, d. 4 Jul 1987
Birth*13 February 1936Luella Buck was born on 13 February 1936.1
(Daughter) Census US 19402 May 1940Luella was enumerated on the 1940 census taken on 2 May 1940 in the household of her parents in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri. She was 4 years old.4
(Sister) Death18 November 1950Luella's brother, James, and his wife, Dolores, had been staying with Dolores's mother and stepfather, Viola Irene and Whitney Logan Cooper, for about six weeks when they witnessed an argument and the subsequent killing of Dolores's stepfather by her mother at the elder couple's home near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, on 18 November 1950. Whitney Logan Cooper was 66 years of age.5,6,7,8
(Sister) Murder18 November 1950Coverage of Cooper's murder appeared in newspapers in Stanberry and Albany, Gentry County, Missouri, and as far south as Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, with much of the reporting overlapping with the same information, especially in Gentry County. We've selected two articles that, in spite of some duplicate information, appear to provide as much of the complete story as we've found. Our transcriptions of those two articles follow:


Springfield Leader and Press, Springfield, Missouri, Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11


Woman Faces Murder Charge
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Shoots Her Husband Following Argument


OSCEOLA. November 20 (Special) -- A 46-year old farm wife is being held in St. Clair County jail here today, accused of the gun slaying of her 58-year-old husband during a Saturday night argument in their home seven miles west of Collins.

Prosecuting attorney E. W. Mills said a second degree murder charge had been filed against Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper in connection with the fatal shooting of her husband, Whitney Logan Cooper.

The charge was drawn against Mrs. Cooper, Mills said, after the woman signed a statement admitting the slaying.

An inquest has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow in the courthouse. Mills said Mrs. Cooper won’t be arraigned until after the inquest.
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According to Sheriff Logan Perry, the shooting occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday after the Coopers and Mr. and Mrs. James Buck, (James A. Buck and Dolores J. (Walker) Buck), son-in-law and daughter of Mrs. Cooper, returned to their 80-acre hill farm after a drinking party in Humansville and nearby Collins.

Perry said the Coopers and Bucks drove to Humansville early Saturday evening and spent some time in a tavern there. They also stopped in Collins for more drinks, Mrs. Cooper told the sheriff.

Mrs. Cooper, authorities added, said her husband became jealous over a man she was talking to at one of the taverns.
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And after they returned to their farm home, Cooper allegedly threatened to kill his wife. Mrs. Cooper then related she ran into a bedroom to get her husband’s .38 caliber revolver. When Cooper, the woman said “came at her” threateningly she pulled the trigger. The bullet went through the left side of his chest and out his back. Cooper died instantly.

The Bucks, who had lived with the Coopers for the past six weeks, confirmed Mrs. Cooper’s account of the slaying.

Surviving Cooper, who had lived near Collins “for a couple of years”, Perry said, are a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Lester, of Kansas City, and a sister.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Goodrich of Osceola.
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The Albany Ledger, Albany, Missouri, Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1


Whit Cooper Was Buried Here Last Friday Afternoon
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Remains Brought to Albany for Interment Following Inquest
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Funeral services for Whitney Logan Cooper, a former citizen of this community, were held here last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Brooks Funeral Home. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. Lee Hughes, pastor of the Albany Methodist Church, and interment was in the Grandview cemetery.

The remains reached Albany last Thursday morning from Collins, Missouri, where Mr. Cooper had lived. The body was held there pending an inquest held on Tuesday of last week.

Mr. Cooper was shot in the chest at 11:15 o’clock on Saturday night, November 18. The shooting took place in his home and he was killed instantly. His wife, Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper, who formerly lived near Stanberry, gave herself up to St. Clair County authorities.

Members of the family knew little of the murder. Some of the relatives who were there for the funeral knew that Mrs. Cooper had surrendered but none of them knew the circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting. It was said that Mrs. Cooper refused to testify at the inquest.

Mr. Cooper will be remembered by many persons here. He had lived in this vicinity over a period of several years. He was associated with his brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck, who now lives in Denver, Colorado.

The two brothers had worked over a period of several years at the time the Cousins Lumber Company was in operation here. Whit Cooper had charge of the construction of the present Gentry County jail here and, as far as his brother knew, it was about his last construction work in this vicinity.

The following obituary was read at the funeral here last Friday:

Whitney Logan Cooper, the son of the late Coleman and Josephine Cooper, was born on December 12, 1883 in Appleton City, Missouri, and departed this life at his home near Collins, Missouri, on November 18, 1950. He was past 65 years of age.

He lived in and near Albany the early part of his life, leaving here about 25 years ago. Most of that time since he has lived in the southern part of Missouri.

He was converted when a young man at a revival at the old Gentryville church and was baptised, taking membership in the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his widow, by one daughter born to that marriage, by one brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck of Denver, Colorado, and by two sisters, Ida, Merle, Gertrude, Thelma, Docia, Luella and Ethyl, wives of Leslie R. Griffith, Walter E. Smith, John Pleasant Warden, Thomas Arthur Johnson and Fred C. Cox, respectively, of Englewood, Colorado, and Maryville. There are other relatives and friends left to morn his tragic death.
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Marriage*2 August 1952She married first, as his third wife, Harold Glenn Wills on 2 August 1952 in Benton County, Arkansas.11,12
Residence*1954Harold G. Wills, clerk, and Luella F. Wills were listed in the Kansas City Directory for 1954 at 515 Splitlog Avenue, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Missouri. Luella's parents, Alvin L. Buck and Lucetta E. Buck, were also listed at that address in 1954, and had been at that same address in the directories for 1950 and 1952 as well.1,13,12,14,15,16
Divorce Filing*31 July 1956Luella Buck filed for divorce against Harold Glenn Wills in Kansas City, Missouri, and the announcement was published in The Kansas City Times newspaper on 31 July 1956.17
Marriage*7 July 1959She married second, as his second wife, Martin Lewis Mootz, son of Martin L. Mootz and Mary Kovac, shortly after their marriage license was issued in Wyandotte County, Missouri. Martin was 28 years of age and Luella was age 23. The announcement of their license was published in The Kansas City Times newspaper on 7 July 1959.1,18,19
Death*10 September 2010She died on 10 September 2010 in Roeland Park, Johnson County, Kansas, at age 741
Burial* and was buried in Section 52, Row 11, Site 8, of Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas.1

Family 1

Harold Glenn Wills b. 24 Nov 1921, d. 8 Jan 2001

Family 2

Martin Lewis Mootz b. 17 Jun 1931, d. 5 Jul 2021

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Luella (Buck) Mootz, Memorial# 58660559. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Alvin Lewis Buck, Memorial# 32805416.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Lucetta Ella (Innis) Buck, Memorial# 32805439.
  4. [S1441] 1940 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Alvin and "Lucilla" Buck, Year: 1940; Census Place: Hamilton, Caldwell, Missouri; Roll: m-t0627-02091; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 13-9. Hereinafter cited as 1940 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 18 November 1950 in St. Clair County, Missouri, USA, of Whitney Logan Cooper, age 66, carpenter, building industry, married to Irene Cooper, born 12 December 1883 in Missouri to Coleman Cooper and Josephine Logan, autopsy, cause of death homicide in home, rural Collins, Washington Township, St. Clair County, gunshot wound, gun fired by Irene Cooper, informant Merle Smith, Maryville, burial on 24 November 1950 in Albany, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 38190. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969.
  6. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11, reporting the location of is death as seven miles west of Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  7. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1, reporting his place of death as near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  8. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Whitney Logan “Leck” Cooper, Memorial# 18233247, reporting his place of death as Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  9. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11.
  10. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1.
  11. [S2177] Arkansas, U.S., County Marriages Index, 1837-1957, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 2 August 1952 in Benton County, Arkansas of Glenn Wills of Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, age 25, born about 1927, and Luella Buck of Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, age 18; marriage license dated 2 August 1952, referencing FHL Film# 1994616. Hereinafter cited as Arkansas, U.S., County Marriages Index, 1837-1957.
  12. [S1891] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, online at www.ancestry.com, listing for Harold G. Wills, clerk, and Luella F. Wills at 515 Splitlog, Kansas City, Kansas, USA in the Kansas City, Kansas, City Directory, 1954. Hereinafter cited as U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.
  13. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Harold Glenn Wills, Memorial# 128255399.
  14. [S1891] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, online at www.ancestry.com, listing for Alvin L. Buck and Lucetta E. Buck at 515 Splitlog avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, USA in the Kansas City, Kansas, City Directory, 1950.
  15. [S1891] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, online at www.ancestry.com, listing for Alvin L. Buck and Lucetta Buck at 515 Splitlog avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, USA in the Kansas City, Kansas, City Directory, 1952.
  16. [S1891] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, online at www.ancestry.com, listing for Alvin L. Buck and Lucetta E. Buck at 515 Splitlog avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, USA in the Kansas City, Kansas, City Directory, 1954.
  17. [S2332] Luella Buck against Harold Glenn Wills 1958 Divorce Filing, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, The Kansas City Times, (Kansas City, Missouri), Thursday, 31 July 1958, page 11, in Kansas City, Luella Buck filed for divorce against Harold Glenn Wills. Hereinafter cited as Luella Buck against Harold Glenn Wills 1958 Divorce Filing.
  18. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Martin Lewis Mootz, Memorial# 229227919.
  19. [S2333] Luella (Buck) Wills and Martin Mootz 1959 Marriage, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, The Kansas City Times, (Kansas City, Missouri), Tuesday, 07 July 1959, page 5, marriage license issued in Wyandotte County to Martin Mootz, age 28, of 411 N. 6th, and Luella Wills, age 23, of 515 Splitlog. Hereinafter cited as Luella (Buck) Wills and Martin Mootz 1959 Marriage.

Printus A. Buck1

b. 30 August 1897, d. 1 February 1901
Father*Alvin Lewis Buck1,2 b. 30 Sep 1873, d. 18 Sep 1955
Mother*Elizabeth Jane Buck1,3 b. 20 Feb 1876, d. 19 Apr 1903
Birth*30 August 1897Printus A. Buck was born on 30 August 18971
Death*1 February 1901 and died on 1 February 1901 at age 3.1
Burial*He was buried in Buck Cemetery #1, Wayne County, Kentucky.1

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Printus A. Buck, Memorial# 65169153. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Alvin Lewis Buck, Memorial# 32805416.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Elizabeth Jane “Eliza” (Buck) Buck, Memorial# 60894613.

Russell Dean Buck1

b. 5 December 1928, d. 4 June 2011
Father*Alvin Lewis Buck1 b. 30 Sep 1873, d. 18 Sep 1955
Mother*Lucetta Ella Innis1 b. 15 Dec 1898, d. 4 Jul 1987
Birth*5 December 1928Russell Dean Buck was born on 5 December 1928 in Missouri.1
(Son) Census US 19402 May 1940Russell was enumerated on the 1940 census taken on 2 May 1940 in the household of his parents in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri. He was 11 years old, had completed his education through the 4th grade of Elementary school, and had attended school within the census year.2
Marriage*1948He married Lorene Adkins, daughter of Harry Adkins and Lena Vernon, about 1948.3,1
(Brother) Death18 November 1950Russell's brother, James, and his wife, Dolores, had been staying with Dolores's mother and stepfather, Viola Irene and Whitney Logan Cooper, for about six weeks when they witnessed an argument and the subsequent killing of Dolores's stepfather by her mother at the elder couple's home near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, on 18 November 1950. Whitney Logan Cooper was 66 years of age.4,5,6,7
(Husband) DeathFebruary 1999Russell became a widower when Lorene (Adkins) Buck died in February 1999 at about age 72.3
Death*4 June 2011He died on 4 June 2011 in Tonganoxie, Leavenworth County, Kansas, at age 821
Burial* and was buried with his wife in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas.1,3

Family

Lorene Adkins b. 1927, d. Feb 1999

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Russell Dean Buck, Memorial# 95164347. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S1441] 1940 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Alvin and "Lucilla" Buck, Year: 1940; Census Place: Hamilton, Caldwell, Missouri; Roll: m-t0627-02091; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 13-9. Hereinafter cited as 1940 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Lorene (Adkins) Buck, Memorial# 32805578.
  4. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 18 November 1950 in St. Clair County, Missouri, USA, of Whitney Logan Cooper, age 66, carpenter, building industry, married to Irene Cooper, born 12 December 1883 in Missouri to Coleman Cooper and Josephine Logan, autopsy, cause of death homicide in home, rural Collins, Washington Township, St. Clair County, gunshot wound, gun fired by Irene Cooper, informant Merle Smith, Maryville, burial on 24 November 1950 in Albany, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 38190. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969.
  5. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11, reporting the location of is death as seven miles west of Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  6. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1, reporting his place of death as near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  7. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Whitney Logan “Leck” Cooper, Memorial# 18233247, reporting his place of death as Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri.

Sarah Buck1

Marriage*27 May 1731She married Timothy Bailey, son of John Bailey and Abigail Clap, on 27 May 1731 in the First Parish Church, Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,2
Relocation* The Scituate History noted that Sarah and Timothy Bailey probably moved away from Scituate after their marriage.1

Family

Timothy Bailey b. 20 Mar 1709/10

Citations

  1. [S856] Samuel Deane, History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from its first settlement to 1831, downloaded from Google Books at www.google.com. (Boston, Massachusetts: James Loring, 1831), John Bailey, pages 213-215. Hereinafter cited as History of Scituate, Massachusetts to 1831.
  2. [S853] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, downloaded from the Boston Public Library eBooks and Texts Archive at www.archive.org. Volume 1. Births and Volume 2. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society at the charge of the Eddy Town Record Fund, 1909), Volume II, Marriages, page 16, referencing C.R.1: citing a church record, First Parish, and records from Rev. John Lothrop’s original manuscript. Hereinafter cited as Scituate Vital Records to 1850.

Thelma Mae Buck1

b. 18 March 1919, d. 12 February 2001
Father*Alvin Lewis Buck1,2 b. 30 Sep 1873, d. 18 Sep 1955
Mother*Lucetta Ella Innis1,3 b. 15 Dec 1898, d. 4 Jul 1987
Birth*18 March 1919Thelma Mae Buck was born on 18 March 1919 in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri.1
Marriage*7 March 1936She married John Pleasant Warden, son of John P. Warden and Lillie D. Powell, on 7 March 1936 in Gallatin, Daviess County, Missouri. John and Thelma were both over the age of 21 years, and both resided in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri.4,1,5
(Sister) Death18 November 1950Thelma's brother, James, and his wife, Dolores, had been staying with Dolores's mother and stepfather, Viola Irene and Whitney Logan Cooper, for about six weeks when they witnessed an argument and the subsequent killing of Dolores's stepfather by her mother at the elder couple's home near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, on 18 November 1950. Whitney Logan Cooper was 66 years of age.6,7,8,9
(Sister) Murder18 November 1950Coverage of Cooper's murder appeared in newspapers in Stanberry and Albany, Gentry County, Missouri, and as far south as Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, with much of the reporting overlapping with the same information, especially in Gentry County. We've selected two articles that, in spite of some duplicate information, appear to provide as much of the complete story as we've found. Our transcriptions of those two articles follow:


Springfield Leader and Press, Springfield, Missouri, Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11


Woman Faces Murder Charge
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Shoots Her Husband Following Argument


OSCEOLA. November 20 (Special) -- A 46-year old farm wife is being held in St. Clair County jail here today, accused of the gun slaying of her 58-year-old husband during a Saturday night argument in their home seven miles west of Collins.

Prosecuting attorney E. W. Mills said a second degree murder charge had been filed against Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper in connection with the fatal shooting of her husband, Whitney Logan Cooper.

The charge was drawn against Mrs. Cooper, Mills said, after the woman signed a statement admitting the slaying.

An inquest has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow in the courthouse. Mills said Mrs. Cooper won’t be arraigned until after the inquest.
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According to Sheriff Logan Perry, the shooting occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday after the Coopers and Mr. and Mrs. James Buck, (James A. Buck and Dolores J. (Walker) Buck), son-in-law and daughter of Mrs. Cooper, returned to their 80-acre hill farm after a drinking party in Humansville and nearby Collins.

Perry said the Coopers and Bucks drove to Humansville early Saturday evening and spent some time in a tavern there. They also stopped in Collins for more drinks, Mrs. Cooper told the sheriff.

Mrs. Cooper, authorities added, said her husband became jealous over a man she was talking to at one of the taverns.
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And after they returned to their farm home, Cooper allegedly threatened to kill his wife. Mrs. Cooper then related she ran into a bedroom to get her husband’s .38 caliber revolver. When Cooper, the woman said “came at her” threateningly she pulled the trigger. The bullet went through the left side of his chest and out his back. Cooper died instantly.

The Bucks, who had lived with the Coopers for the past six weeks, confirmed Mrs. Cooper’s account of the slaying.

Surviving Cooper, who had lived near Collins “for a couple of years”, Perry said, are a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Lester, of Kansas City, and a sister.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Goodrich of Osceola.
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The Albany Ledger, Albany, Missouri, Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1


Whit Cooper Was Buried Here Last Friday Afternoon
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Remains Brought to Albany for Interment Following Inquest
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Funeral services for Whitney Logan Cooper, a former citizen of this community, were held here last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Brooks Funeral Home. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. Lee Hughes, pastor of the Albany Methodist Church, and interment was in the Grandview cemetery.

The remains reached Albany last Thursday morning from Collins, Missouri, where Mr. Cooper had lived. The body was held there pending an inquest held on Tuesday of last week.

Mr. Cooper was shot in the chest at 11:15 o’clock on Saturday night, November 18. The shooting took place in his home and he was killed instantly. His wife, Mrs. Viola Irene Cooper, who formerly lived near Stanberry, gave herself up to St. Clair County authorities.

Members of the family knew little of the murder. Some of the relatives who were there for the funeral knew that Mrs. Cooper had surrendered but none of them knew the circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting. It was said that Mrs. Cooper refused to testify at the inquest.

Mr. Cooper will be remembered by many persons here. He had lived in this vicinity over a period of several years. He was associated with his brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck, who now lives in Denver, Colorado.

The two brothers had worked over a period of several years at the time the Cousins Lumber Company was in operation here. Whit Cooper had charge of the construction of the present Gentry County jail here and, as far as his brother knew, it was about his last construction work in this vicinity.

The following obituary was read at the funeral here last Friday:

Whitney Logan Cooper, the son of the late Coleman and Josephine Cooper, was born on December 12, 1883 in Appleton City, Missouri, and departed this life at his home near Collins, Missouri, on November 18, 1950. He was past 65 years of age.

He lived in and near Albany the early part of his life, leaving here about 25 years ago. Most of that time since he has lived in the southern part of Missouri.

He was converted when a young man at a revival at the old Gentryville church and was baptised, taking membership in the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his widow, by one daughter born to that marriage, by one brother, Walter V. Cooper, Charles E. Buck and Lewis Deloyd Buck of Denver, Colorado, and by two sisters, Ida, Merle, Gertrude, Thelma, Docia, Luella and Ethyl, wives of Leslie R. Griffith, Walter E. Smith, John Pleasant Warden, Thomas Arthur Johnson and Fred C. Cox, respectively, of Englewood, Colorado, and Maryville. There are other relatives and friends left to morn his tragic death.
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(Wife) Death15 September 1988Thelma Mae (Buck) became a widow when John Pleasant Warden died on 15 September 1988 at age 74.4
Death*12 February 2001She died on 12 February 2001 in Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, at age 811
Burial* and was buried with her husband in Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa County.1,4

Family

John Pleasant Warden b. 18 Apr 1914, d. 15 Sep 1988

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Thelma Mae (Buck) Warden, Memorial# 151461979. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Alvin Lewis Buck, Memorial# 32805416.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Lucetta Ella (Innis) Buck, Memorial# 32805439.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, John Pleasant Warden, Memorial# 151462130.
  5. [S1732] Missouri, U.S., Marriage Records, 1805-2002, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 7 March 1936 in Gallatin, Daviess County, Missouri, USA, of Thelma Buck and John Warden, referencing Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO, USA, Missouri Marriage Records [Microfilm]. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Marriage Records, 1805-2002.
  6. [S2178] Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 18 November 1950 in St. Clair County, Missouri, USA, of Whitney Logan Cooper, age 66, carpenter, building industry, married to Irene Cooper, born 12 December 1883 in Missouri to Coleman Cooper and Josephine Logan, autopsy, cause of death homicide in home, rural Collins, Washington Township, St. Clair County, gunshot wound, gun fired by Irene Cooper, informant Merle Smith, Maryville, burial on 24 November 1950 in Albany, referencing Missouri Office of the Secretary of State, Jefferson City, Missouri, Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969, Certificate# 38190. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1969.
  7. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11, reporting the location of is death as seven miles west of Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  8. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1, reporting his place of death as near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  9. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Whitney Logan “Leck” Cooper, Memorial# 18233247, reporting his place of death as Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri.
  10. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, Springfield Leader and Press, (Springfield, Greene County, Missouri), Monday, 20 November 1950, page 11.
  11. [S2312] Newspaper Stories Regarding the 1950 Murder of Whitney Logan Cooper near Collins, St. Clair County, Missouri, online at www.newspapers.com, The Albany Ledger, (Albany, Gentry County, Missouri), Thursday, 30 November 1950, page 1.

Floda M. Buckhannon1

b. 2 October 1894
Father*William Buckhannon1
Mother*Gertrude Claypole1 b. 11 Nov 1876
Birth*2 October 1894Floda M. Buckhannon was born on 2 October 1894 in Salt Lick, Braxton County, West Virginia.1

Citations

  1. [S2522] West Virginia, U.S., Births Index, 1804-1938, online at www.ancestry.com, birth of F M Buckhannon on 2 October 1894 in Salt Lick, Braxton County, West Virginia, daughter of W M Buckhannon and Gertrude Buckhannon, referencing FHL Film# 573797. Hereinafter cited as West Virginia, U.S., Births Index, 1804-1938.

James E. Buckhannon1

b. 24 March 1892
Father*William Buckhannon2,3,4
Mother*Marella Luzader2,3,4 b. 29 May 1869, d. 1893
Birth*24 March 1892James E. Buckhannon was born on 24 March 1892 in the Kanawha District, Braxton County, West Virginia.1,2,4
(Son) Death1893His mother died in 1892 or 1893, not long after James was born.5,6
(Son) Marriage1894His father married a second time to Gertrude Claypole in early 1894.5
(Boarder) Census US 19009 June 1900James E. Buckhannon was enumerated as a Boarder on the 1900 census taken on 9 June 1900 in the household of Elizabeth (Wine) Conrad in Salt Lick, Braxton County, West Virginia. James was 8 years old, and Elizabeth (Wine) Conrad's brother-in-law, Spaulding Conrad, was the stepfather of James's stepmother, Gertrude (Claypole) Buckhannon.1

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Elizabeth Conrad, Year: 1900; Census Place: Salt Lick, Braxton, West Virginia; Roll: 1756; Page: 7; Enumeration District: 0009; FHL microfilm: 1241756. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, James Emory Buckhannon Sr., Memorial# 85914933. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  3. [S1387] West Virginia, Marriages Index, 1785-1971, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage of William F Buckhannon and Marella Luzader in 1889 in Braxton County, West Virginia, United States. Hereinafter cited as West Virginia Marriages Index 1785-1971.
  4. [S2522] West Virginia, U.S., Births Index, 1804-1938, online at www.ancestry.com, birth of James E Buchanan on 24 March 1892 in Kanawha District, Braxton County, West Virginia, son of Wm Buckannan and Rella Luzader Buckannan, referencing FHL Film# 573797. Hereinafter cited as West Virginia, U.S., Births Index, 1804-1938.
  5. [S1387] West Virginia Marriages Index 1785-1971, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage of Wm M Buckhannon and Gertrude Conrad in 1894 in Braxton County, West Virginia, United States.
  6. [S2522] West Virginia, U.S., Births Index, 1804-1938, online at www.ancestry.com, birth of F M Buckhannon on 2 October 1894 in Salt Lick, Braxton County, West Virginia, daughter of W M Buckhannon and Gertrude Buckhannon, referencing FHL Film# 573797.

William Buckhannon1

Marriage*1889He married first Marella Luzader in 1889 in Braxton County, West Virginia.1,2
(Husband) Death1893William became a widower when Marella (Luzader) Buckhannon died, probably in 1892 or 1893, not long after their son was born in March 1892.3,4
Marriage*1894He married second Gertrude Claypole, daughter of Alexander Claypole and Nancy F. Davis, in early 1894 in Braxton County, West Virginia.3

Family 1

Marella Luzader b. 29 May 1869, d. 1893
Child1.James E. Buckhannon1,2,5 b. 24 Mar 1892

Family 2

Gertrude Claypole b. 11 Nov 1876
Child1.Floda M. Buckhannon4 b. 2 Oct 1894

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, James Emory Buckhannon Sr., Memorial# 85914933. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S1387] West Virginia, Marriages Index, 1785-1971, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage of William F Buckhannon and Marella Luzader in 1889 in Braxton County, West Virginia, United States. Hereinafter cited as West Virginia Marriages Index 1785-1971.
  3. [S1387] West Virginia Marriages Index 1785-1971, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage of Wm M Buckhannon and Gertrude Conrad in 1894 in Braxton County, West Virginia, United States.
  4. [S2522] West Virginia, U.S., Births Index, 1804-1938, online at www.ancestry.com, birth of F M Buckhannon on 2 October 1894 in Salt Lick, Braxton County, West Virginia, daughter of W M Buckhannon and Gertrude Buckhannon, referencing FHL Film# 573797. Hereinafter cited as West Virginia, U.S., Births Index, 1804-1938.
  5. [S2522] West Virginia, U.S., Births Index, 1804-1938, online at www.ancestry.com, birth of James E Buchanan on 24 March 1892 in Kanawha District, Braxton County, West Virginia, son of Wm Buckannan and Rella Luzader Buckannan, referencing FHL Film# 573797.

Bowen Buckingham1,2,3

d. 1855
Relationship6th great-grandson of John Heaton
ChartsDescendants of John Heaton of Lincolnshire, including the Immigrant Nathaniel
Father*Isaac Buckingham1,2,3 b. 20 Aug 1777, d. 11 Apr 1833
Mother*Hannah Heaton1,2,3 b. 3 Apr 1778, d. 30 Mar 1850
Birth*Bowen Buckingham was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania.2,1,3
Marriage*He married Jane __?__.2
Death*1855He died intestate in 1855 in Greene County, Pennsylvania.2
Estate*His wife, Jane, waived her right to administer his estate.2

Family

Jane __?__

Citations

  1. [S42] Rachel (Heaton) Colver and Howard L. Leckey, Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families, pages 282-284. Note: Rachel was 3 months short of being 81 years old when she wrote this letter on 25 January 1861 from her "best recollection." Howard Leckey, the author of Tenmile County, in doing his own research, found Rachel's information to be "fairly correct" and reportedly adjusted any discrepancies he found. (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993). Hereinafter cited as Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country.
  2. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families. A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley (with surname index). (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993), pages 291-292. Hereinafter cited as The Tenmile Country.
  3. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, in two volumes, with indexes in Volume II. Warning: In this researcher's opinion, the information in these volumes often proves to be inaccurate. At the same time, the information presented has provided us with valuable clues for pursuing future research strategies in our attempt to establish a factual history of our Heaton family. (Tempe, Arizona: published for the author by Graphics of Tempe, 1999), Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244, although reporting his year of birth as 1855. Hereinafter cited as Heaton Families II.

Charlotte Buckingham1,2,3

b. 1807, d. 14 August 1819
Relationship6th great-granddaughter of John Heaton
ChartsDescendants of John Heaton of Lincolnshire, including the Immigrant Nathaniel
Father*Isaac Buckingham2,1,3 b. 20 Aug 1777, d. 11 Apr 1833
Mother*Hannah Heaton1,2,3 b. 3 Apr 1778, d. 30 Mar 1850
Birth*1807Charlotte Buckingham was born in 1807 in Washington County, Pennsylvania,1,2
Death*14 August 1819 and died on 14 August 1819 at age 11 years, 11 months and 18 days.1,3

Citations

  1. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, in two volumes, with indexes in Volume II. Warning: In this researcher's opinion, the information in these volumes often proves to be inaccurate. At the same time, the information presented has provided us with valuable clues for pursuing future research strategies in our attempt to establish a factual history of our Heaton family. (Tempe, Arizona: published for the author by Graphics of Tempe, 1999), Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244. Hereinafter cited as Heaton Families II.
  2. [S42] Rachel (Heaton) Colver and Howard L. Leckey, Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families, pages 282-284. Note: Rachel was 3 months short of being 81 years old when she wrote this letter on 25 January 1861 from her "best recollection." Howard Leckey, the author of Tenmile County, in doing his own research, found Rachel's information to be "fairly correct" and reportedly adjusted any discrepancies he found. (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993). Hereinafter cited as Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country.
  3. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families. A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley (with surname index). (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993), pages 291-292. Hereinafter cited as The Tenmile Country.

Hannah Buckingham1,2,3

b. 17 February 1817, d. 2 September 1886
Relationship6th great-granddaughter of John Heaton
ChartsDescendants of John Heaton of Lincolnshire, including the Immigrant Nathaniel
Father*Isaac Buckingham1,2,3 b. 20 Aug 1777, d. 11 Apr 1833
Mother*Hannah Heaton1,2,3 b. 3 Apr 1778, d. 30 Mar 1850
Birth*17 February 1817Hannah Buckingham was born on 17 February 1817 in Washington County, Pennsylvania.3,2
Marriage*She married John Greenlee, son of Samuel Greenlee and Nancy __?__.2,3
Death*2 September 1886She died on 2 September 1886 in Greene County, Pennsylvania, at age 693,2,4
Burial* and was buried in Franklin Cemetery, Marianna, Washington County.4

Family

John Greenlee

Citations

  1. [S42] Rachel (Heaton) Colver and Howard L. Leckey, Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families, pages 282-284. Note: Rachel was 3 months short of being 81 years old when she wrote this letter on 25 January 1861 from her "best recollection." Howard Leckey, the author of Tenmile County, in doing his own research, found Rachel's information to be "fairly correct" and reportedly adjusted any discrepancies he found. (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993). Hereinafter cited as Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country.
  2. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, in two volumes, with indexes in Volume II. Warning: In this researcher's opinion, the information in these volumes often proves to be inaccurate. At the same time, the information presented has provided us with valuable clues for pursuing future research strategies in our attempt to establish a factual history of our Heaton family. (Tempe, Arizona: published for the author by Graphics of Tempe, 1999), Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244. Hereinafter cited as Heaton Families II.
  3. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families. A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley (with surname index). (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993), pages 291-292. Hereinafter cited as The Tenmile Country.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Hannah (Buckingham) Greenlee, Memorial# 28087431. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.

Henry Buckingham1,2,3

b. 19 December 1809, d. 11 May 1891
Relationship6th great-grandson of John Heaton
ChartsDescendants of John Heaton of Lincolnshire, including the Immigrant Nathaniel
Father*Isaac Buckingham1,2,3 b. 20 Aug 1777, d. 11 Apr 1833
Mother*Hannah Heaton2,1,3 b. 3 Apr 1778, d. 30 Mar 1850
Birth*19 December 1809Henry Buckingham was born on 19 December 1809 in Washington County, Pennsylvania.2,3
Marriage*25 December 1833He married Mary Morton, daughter of Thomas Morton and Mary Cree, on 25 December 1833.3
Death*11 May 1891He died on 11 May 1891 in Greene County, Pennsylvania, at age 812,3,4
Burial* and was buried in Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, Jefferson, Greene County.3,4

Family

Mary Morton b. 18 Oct 1814, d. 17 Jul 1895

Citations

  1. [S42] Rachel (Heaton) Colver and Howard L. Leckey, Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families, pages 282-284. Note: Rachel was 3 months short of being 81 years old when she wrote this letter on 25 January 1861 from her "best recollection." Howard Leckey, the author of Tenmile County, in doing his own research, found Rachel's information to be "fairly correct" and reportedly adjusted any discrepancies he found. (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993). Hereinafter cited as Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country.
  2. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, in two volumes, with indexes in Volume II. Warning: In this researcher's opinion, the information in these volumes often proves to be inaccurate. At the same time, the information presented has provided us with valuable clues for pursuing future research strategies in our attempt to establish a factual history of our Heaton family. (Tempe, Arizona: published for the author by Graphics of Tempe, 1999), Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244. Hereinafter cited as Heaton Families II.
  3. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families. A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley (with surname index). (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993), pages 291-292. Hereinafter cited as The Tenmile Country.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Henry Buckingham, Memorial# 24201949. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.

Isaac Buckingham1,2,3

b. 20 August 1777, d. 11 April 1833
ChartsDescendants of John Heaton of Lincolnshire, including the Immigrant Nathaniel
Father*John Buckingham II3,2 b. 10 Nov 1740, d. 1 Dec 1794
Mother*Mary Bell4,2
Birth*20 August 1777Isaac Buckingham was born on 20 August 1777 in that part of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, that would later become Washington County.2,4
Marriage*1796He married Hannah Heaton, daughter of Isaac Heaton and Hannah Bowen, about 1796 in Pennsylvania.3,1,2,5
(Son-in-Law) Land RecordsNovember 1823Isaac received a Power of Attorney dated November 1823 from his mother-in-law Hannah Heaton, which appointed her two sons-in-law, Thomas Colver and Isaac Buckingham, of Greene County, Pennsylvania and Washington County, Pennsylvania, respectively, to act on her behalf in the settlement of her deceased brother John Bowen's estate in Frederick County, Virginia. John, late of Frederick County, had died intestate possessed of considerable Virginia real and personal property. His estate was being administered by Hannah's nephew, Rees Hill Esq.6
Death*11 April 1833He died on 11 April 1833 in Washington County at age 557,8,9,10
Burial* and was buried in the Franklin Cemetery, Marianna, Washington County.4,8

Family

Hannah Heaton b. 3 Apr 1778, d. 30 Mar 1850
Children1.John Buckingham2,1,3 b. 31 Jul 1797, d. 13 Jan 1882
2.Jane Buckingham1,2
3.Rachel Buckingham11,12,13
4.Charlotte Buckingham1,2,3 b. 1807, d. 14 Aug 1819
5.Henry Buckingham1,2,3 b. 19 Dec 1809, d. 11 May 1891
6.Bowen Buckingham1,3,14 d. 1855
7.Mary Buckingham1,2,3
8.Hannah Buckingham1,2,3 b. 17 Feb 1817, d. 2 Sep 1886

Citations

  1. [S42] Rachel (Heaton) Colver and Howard L. Leckey, Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families, pages 282-284. Note: Rachel was 3 months short of being 81 years old when she wrote this letter on 25 January 1861 from her "best recollection." Howard Leckey, the author of Tenmile County, in doing his own research, found Rachel's information to be "fairly correct" and reportedly adjusted any discrepancies he found. (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993). Hereinafter cited as Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country.
  2. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, in two volumes, with indexes in Volume II. Warning: In this researcher's opinion, the information in these volumes often proves to be inaccurate. At the same time, the information presented has provided us with valuable clues for pursuing future research strategies in our attempt to establish a factual history of our Heaton family. (Tempe, Arizona: published for the author by Graphics of Tempe, 1999), Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244. Hereinafter cited as Heaton Families II.
  3. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families. A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley (with surname index). (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993), pages 291-292. Hereinafter cited as The Tenmile Country.
  4. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country, page 299.
  5. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Hannah (Heaton) Buckingham, Memorial# 15029215. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  6. [S1388] Jamie Ault Grady, Bowens of Virginia and Tennessee : Descendants of John Bowen and Lily McIlhaney, downloaded from the Family History Library at www.familysearch.org. John Bowen of Welsh descent, married Lily McIlhaney in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They moved to Augusta County, Virginia during or before 1740. He died in 1760/61. Includes Ault, Boren, Godwin, Porter, Wills, Wilson and related families. In 2 Volumes; includes index. (Knoxville, Tennessee: microcopy of typed manuscript, Volume 1 in 1969; Volume 2 in 1976), Volume 2, page 177, citing Frederick County, Virginia Deed Book 49, 1824-25, page 232. Hereinafter cited as Descendants of John Bowen and Lily McIlhaney.
  7. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country, page 299, reporting his year of death as 1833.
  8. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Isaac Buckingham, Memorial# 15029091, including a photo of his gravestone with his year of death as 1833 "aged 56 years."
  9. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country, pages 291-292, reporting his year of death as 1853.
  10. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244, reporting the year of his death as 1853.
  11. [S42] Rachel (Heaton) Colver and Howard L. Leckey, Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country, pages 282-284, placing Rachel as the third born of eight children.
  12. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244, placing Rachel as the third born of eight children.
  13. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country, pages 291-292, placing Rachel as the second born of eight children.
  14. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244, although reporting his year of birth as 1855.

Jane Buckingham1,2

Relationship6th great-granddaughter of John Heaton
ChartsDescendants of John Heaton of Lincolnshire, including the Immigrant Nathaniel
Father*Isaac Buckingham1,2 b. 20 Aug 1777, d. 11 Apr 1833
Mother*Hannah Heaton1,2 b. 3 Apr 1778, d. 30 Mar 1850
Birth*Jane Buckingham was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania.3,4,5

Citations

  1. [S42] Rachel (Heaton) Colver and Howard L. Leckey, Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families, pages 282-284. Note: Rachel was 3 months short of being 81 years old when she wrote this letter on 25 January 1861 from her "best recollection." Howard Leckey, the author of Tenmile County, in doing his own research, found Rachel's information to be "fairly correct" and reportedly adjusted any discrepancies he found. (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993). Hereinafter cited as Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country.
  2. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, in two volumes, with indexes in Volume II. Warning: In this researcher's opinion, the information in these volumes often proves to be inaccurate. At the same time, the information presented has provided us with valuable clues for pursuing future research strategies in our attempt to establish a factual history of our Heaton family. (Tempe, Arizona: published for the author by Graphics of Tempe, 1999), Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244. Hereinafter cited as Heaton Families II.
  3. [S42] Rachel (Heaton) Colver and Howard L. Leckey, Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country, pages 282-284, placing Jane as the second born of eight children.
  4. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244, placing Jane as the second born of eight children.
  5. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families. A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley (with surname index). (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993), pages 291-292, placing an unnamed child as the third born of eight children. Hereinafter cited as The Tenmile Country.

John Buckingham1,2,3

b. 31 July 1797, d. 13 January 1882
Relationship6th great-grandson of John Heaton
ChartsDescendants of John Heaton of Lincolnshire, including the Immigrant Nathaniel
Father*Isaac Buckingham1,2,3 b. 20 Aug 1777, d. 11 Apr 1833
Mother*Hannah Heaton1,2,3 b. 3 Apr 1778, d. 30 Mar 1850
Birth*31 July 1797John Buckingham was born on 31 July 1797 in Washington County, Pennsylvania.1,3
Marriage*4 May 1820He married Jane Dalrymple on 4 May 1820.1,3
Residence*Jane and John Buckingham lived in Amwell Township, Washington County.4
(Husband) Death25 February 1878John became a widower when Jane (Dalrymple) Buckingham died on 25 February 1878.5,6
Death*13 January 1882He died on 13 January 1882 at age 841,3
Burial* and was buried in Amity Presbyterian Cemetery, Amity, Washington County.7

Family

Jane Dalrymple b. 15 May 1797, d. 25 Feb 1878

Citations

  1. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, in two volumes, with indexes in Volume II. Warning: In this researcher's opinion, the information in these volumes often proves to be inaccurate. At the same time, the information presented has provided us with valuable clues for pursuing future research strategies in our attempt to establish a factual history of our Heaton family. (Tempe, Arizona: published for the author by Graphics of Tempe, 1999), Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244. Hereinafter cited as Heaton Families II.
  2. [S42] Rachel (Heaton) Colver and Howard L. Leckey, Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families, pages 282-284. Note: Rachel was 3 months short of being 81 years old when she wrote this letter on 25 January 1861 from her "best recollection." Howard Leckey, the author of Tenmile County, in doing his own research, found Rachel's information to be "fairly correct" and reportedly adjusted any discrepancies he found. (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993). Hereinafter cited as Rachel Heaton's Letter : The Tenmile Country.
  3. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families. A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley (with surname index). (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993), pages 291-292. Hereinafter cited as The Tenmile Country.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Jane (Dalrymple) Buckingham, Memorial# 28087871. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  5. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country, pages 291-292, noting her date of death as 25 March 1878.
  6. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Jane (Dalrymple) Buckingham, Memorial# 28087871, including a photo of her gravestone which notes her date of death as 25 February 1878.
  7. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, John Buckingham, Memorial# 28087807.

John Buckingham II1

b. 10 November 1740, d. 1 December 1794
Birth*10 November 1740John Buckingham II was born on 10 November 17401
Baptism4 June 1746 and was baptized on 4 June 1746 in that part of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, that would later become Washington County.1
Marriage*5 September 1776He married Mary Bell on 5 September 1776 in that part of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, that would later become Washington County.1
Death*1 December 1794He died on 1 December 1794 in Washington County, Pennsylvania, at age 54.1

Family

Mary Bell
Children1.Isaac Buckingham+2,3 b. 20 Aug 1777, d. 11 Apr 1833
2.Mary Buckingham1 b. 29 Dec 1790, d. 14 Apr 1845

Citations

  1. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families. A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley (with surname index). (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, August 1993), page 299. Hereinafter cited as The Tenmile Country.
  2. [S1272] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country, pages 291-292.
  3. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, in two volumes, with indexes in Volume II. Warning: In this researcher's opinion, the information in these volumes often proves to be inaccurate. At the same time, the information presented has provided us with valuable clues for pursuing future research strategies in our attempt to establish a factual history of our Heaton family. (Tempe, Arizona: published for the author by Graphics of Tempe, 1999), Volume I, Chapter 7, page 244. Hereinafter cited as Heaton Families II.