Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Lincoln B. and Lydia (Largent) Williams, 6 South 50 West

In 1865 Nemaha County, Kansas, Eliza Williams is 39, Mary 19, George H. 17, Eliza 15, E. M. 13, Edmond 10, Mariah 9, Lincoln B. 4, and ?? Wood Williams one month.

Eli W. Williams 1820-1865 is buried in Nemaha County # 62641699, marrying Eliza Inglish on October 26, 184 at Cole County, Missouri.
Eliza 1824-1887 is also buried in Nemaha # 62641978.

In 1870, Eliza is 46, Mary F. 24, George W. 22, Eliza J. 19, Ellen M. 16, Amon J. 15, Maria E. 13, and Lincoln B. 9.

(Mary Frances Williams Cox 1846-1933 is buried in Nemaha County, Kansas, with Posey Waymire Cox dying in 1q929.

In 1880, Eliza is 55, George 32, Milton 27, Amon 25, Elizabeth 23, and Boyd 19. Fannie is 34, married to Perry Cox 35 and their three kids.

November 23, 1906 " Raymond Williams, aged 24, a son of George W. Williams, the Seneca banker, and one of the richest men in Nemaha county, was instantly killed at the north end of the Hiawatha yards Sunday night while trying to board the west bound Grand Island train as it was leaving town. Young Williams had been in Hiawatha calling on Miss Mattie Hovey. They attended the Presbyterian church service that evening and after they reached the Hovey home at the Penny corner telephoned to the depot to see if the west bound Grand Island train was on time. It was reported 15 minutes late. Shortly after 10 o'clock Williams heard it at the depot and knowing he had little time to catch it, ran down Miami street toward the tracks, doubtless hoping to make the depot or at least catch the train as it was pulling out. He must have reached the upper end of the yards, nearly three blocks from the depot, just as the train came along. There is no light at the crossing but Williams must have attempted to jump on and missed his hold or his footing on the platform of the coach, for he fell under the train and was cut to pieces by the wheels. None of the trainmen saw the accident and the Hoveys supposed he had caught the train. Shortly before 2 a. m. the next morning a brakeman A. W. Dunn, discovered the body while looking for a hot box. He notified the depot men, who in turn called up Coroner Yost. Williams body had the appearance of being dragged under the train for some distance. One of his shoes had caught in a switch frog and that leg was torn from the body. One hand - was cut off and the whole body ; terribly mangled by thea wheels. The body was identified by letters and a gold watch, in the case of which was " From mother and father to Raymond Williams." The body was taken to Yost's undertaking rooms and the father, George W. Williams, notified by telephone. He was just able to catch the early morning train and came to Hiawatha at once, accompan ied by Jacob Kohn, cashier of the First National bank at Seneca. Mr. Williams and his wife went as far as 1 V'7 f ) Jr. ) (P W St Joseph on the Grand Island Sun- .. day morning with their daughter, Mrs. Helen Short, who started from there with her little daughter to join her husband in SeattK They came home . on the train which killed their son and were asleep in the Pullman at the rear of the train when it passed thru Hiawatha. The fact that he knew his parents were on board probably accounts for the chance young Williams took to board the train. Mrs. Williams, who is a sister of former Conductor Billy Bryan, of the Grand Island, is not in the best of health and is almost prostrated by the accident. Monday noon the body sas taken to Seneca for the funeral at the home. Geo. Williams is the president of the First National bank at Seneca and owns a large hardware store there. He is an old settler and is the possessor of a dozen farms. He is generally regarded as being worth $500,000 or more. Raymond Williams was the oldest son, having a brother of 18, and four sisters, one of whom is Mrs. Frank Stuppy, wife of the St. Joseph florist. The young man was a generous, much liked young fellow. He had charge of his father's hardware business and was also at one time in the stock business. He was socially inclined and has frequently visited in Hiawatha, being well known by the younger set here. The father, George Williams, met with a railroad accident himself a number of years ago. While walking over the top of a train load of hogs Itfsr was shipping to market, he fell between two cars and had his right foot taken off. "

1909 Hiawatha, Kansas "Mrs. G. W. Williams, of Seneca; daughter of John Gray, spent Wednesday in Hiawatha with old friends. She told some very interesting stories of her work among the Navajo Indians in Toba, Ariz. She has been teaching and doing mission work there for the last three years. The Indians love her and have given her the name of "Son-iskee," which means "red mother."

Hiawatha, Kansas, December 18, 1917
George W. Williams, of Nemaha county, died at his home in Seneca Monday morning, Dec. 17. Mr. Williams was 69 years old and had been in poor health for several ... He is survived by Mrs. Williams and the following children: Mrs. W. S. Short, of Vancouver, Wash Mrs. F. X. Stuppy, of St. Joseph; Mrs. A. J. Collins, of Sabetha; Miss Rachel Williams and Milton Williams, of Seneca. George W. Williams was one of the foremost figures of Nemaha county. Ho was a large land owner and was president of the First National Bank of Seneca. Mr. Williams was.....

Boyd Williams, 25, married Lydia E. Largent on November 24, 1885 in Nemaha County.

In 1900, still in Nemaha County, L. B. is farming, born February 1861 in Kansas, married 13 years to Lydia born February 1868 in Nebraska. Claire L. Dec 1888, Elsie E. April 1890, Ivy July 1892, Evert B. July 1896, and Viola September 1899 were all born in Kansas.

In 1905 Nemaha County, L. B. is 44, Claire 16, Iva 12, Elsie 14, Evert 7, and Viola 5.
Lydia is listed further down the page, age 37.

In 1910 Boyd and Lydia are farming in Kit Carson County, with Ivy L. 17, Evert B. 13, Viola A. 10, Gladys F. 4, and Claude E. 2, all kids born in Kansas. One of their eight kids has died.

Lincoln claimed a quarter in 8, 7S 50W in 1913.
Lincoln claimed forty acres in 28, 6S 50W in 1920.

Lydia is buried in Flagler 1868-1949, # 27486916. So is L. Boyd 1861-1953, # 27486883.


In 1910 Kit Carson County, Claire is 22, farming, living alone.

Claire L. Williams claimed a quarter in 30, 6S 50W in 1913.

Claire Leone Williams registered for WWI in Oneida, Kansas, born Decemeer 20, 1887 in Oneida. He was single, working for Joseph Marte of Nemaha County.

He's teaching school in 1920 Las Animas County, Colorado, 32, single, living alone.

In 1930 he's running a cleaning shop back in Nemaha County, with Effie A. 29 born in Kansas, Donald L. 7 and Thelma L. 8, both born in Kansas.

Still there in 1940 with a cleaning shop, and Thelma is a clerk in the county treasurer's office.

Claire is buried in Oneida 1887-1979 # 57354372, with Effie Agnes (Gilkerson) Williams 1890-1950.

Donald is buried in Sabetha, # 72273509.
Donald Lee Williams, 70, Sabetha, died Friday, March 5, 1993, at his home. He had cancer.
He was born Nov. 25, 1922, in Sabetha, the son of Effie and Claire Gilkerson Williams. He was a 1941 graduate of Sabetha High School.
He served during World War II in the Army Air Corps from Nov. 7, 1942, to Nov. 11, 1945. He was stationed in North Africa and India with the Work Order Department in 1943. Later he was a 20-year member of the National Guard, retiring with the rank of sergeant. He was a National Guard recruiter for two years and honored as Kanas top recruiter in 1970.
Mr. Williams was a member of the Sabetha Methodist Church, the Sabetha Saddle Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and Masonic Lodge No. 162 AF&AM of Sabetha. He was a volunteer fireman, serving as assistant chief for over 15 years.
He owned and operated Williams Cleaners in Sabetha for more than 20 years. He drove his own gravel truck and a delivery truck for Sabetha Seed House. He was a counselor for alcoholics for Northeast Kansas Community Action Program, was school bus driver for Sabetha schools and a finance commissioner for the City of Sabetha. He retired from his position as custodial supervisor for Sabetha USD 441 in 1987 after12 years.
Mr. Williams married Virgie Berniece Bryan Sept. 14, 1946. She proceeded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Jim Williams of Leawood; two daughters, Mary Ayo of Overland Park and Elizabeth Hope Rogers of Eureka, Calif.; a foster daughter, Connie Bontrager of Hiawatha; a sister, Thelma Elliott of Wichita; and five grandchildren.
Funeral service was March 8 at the First United Methodist Church in Sabetha with Rev. Bert Buurman officiating.
Military honors were conducted by the VFW Post No. 7285 of Sabetha and the Hiawatha National Guard. Burial was in the Sabetha Cemetery. Popkess Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Thelma Lela (Williams) Elliott is buried in Wichita, 1921-2016 # 162440972.
So is Donald R. Elliott 1918-1964 # 50328806.


In 1910 Douglas County, Colorado, Elsie L. is 19, married to Earl E. Hosmer 28. Earl's brother Harry 21 is with them.

Elsie is buried in Brighton, Colorado 1890-1988 # 113225415, with sons Ralph and Clarence. Earl E. Hosmer 1881-1939 is buried in Arvada.


In 1920 Limon, Colorado, Ivy is 26, married to C.M. Stevens, 31, a farm laborer, 31, both born in Kansas. Alex is 7, Cecil 3, and Velma 10 months old.

In 1930, Charles M. is a barber in Limon, 41, with Ivy 37, Alvin C. 17, Cecil M. 14, Velma L. 11 born in Idaho, and Lyle 7 in Colorado.

In 1940 Limon, Charley is 51, Ivy 47, Cecil 24, and Lyle 17.

Gladys F. Blair is 24, married but no spouse, living with them.

Ivy is buried in Flagler 1892-1994, # 22603595, with Cecil M. 1916-2001 # 22603616.

Cecil was born March 20, 1916 at Flagler, dying June 18, 2001.
When he registered for WWII, he was working with his mother Ivy Laurel Stevens in a cafe in Limon.

Lyle registered for WWII in Denver, working at Fitzsimons Hospital, born May 19, 1922, with Ivy as his next of kin.

He's buried in Leavenworth 1922-1991 # 81236861, with Wilma 1925-2014.


Gladys Williams married Harry Blair on November 9, 1928, recorded in Elbert County.

Gladys F. Blair is 24, married but no spouse, living with sister Ivy in 1930 Limon.

In 1940 Gladys is a practical nurse in Dallas, Texas - was in Limon in 1935.

Gladys and Harry Blair divorced in El Paso County, Colorado on October 20, 1941.

Wonder if she's the Gladys Blair Parrott 1905-1984 buried in Denver # 98169903, with Gordon Gregory Parrott 1916-1975.

"Gordon moved from Colby, Kansas with his parents and siblings to Flagler, Colorado in 1930. He graduated from Flagler High School and then enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1936. He served eight years; and during World War II he saw action in the Marshall Islands and Marianna Islands.
He was later employed at the Snell grain elevator and the Don Moss Service Station for several years.
On December 11, 1957 he married Gladys Blair, also of Flagler, at Raton, New Mexico. For about four years they lived in Flagler, moving to Aurora, Colorado in 1961. He served for several years as assistant superintendent in the Sanitation Division of the city of Aurora.
He and Gladys had no children. "


In 1920, Everett is back in Nemaha County, Kansas, 23, nephew of Posey W. Cox 74 and Mary 74, both born in Missouri. Eli Cox is 44, born in Kansas.

Evert registered for WWII, working at the hospital in Fort Logan, born July 20, 1896. L.B. Williams of Flagler was his next of kin.

Evert Boyd Williams 1896-1973 is buried in Flagler.


Viola A. Williams married John H. Williams, 25, on February 15, 1917 in Kit Carson County.

John is buried in Flagler # 23702590.
"John H. Williams, 80, Flagler, Colo., brother of Mrs. Lou Hahn, died yesterday evening, March 31, 1970 in a Hugo, Colo., hospital.
Mr. Williams, who was a retired farmer, had been a patient in the Colorado hospital several months.
Survivors include his widow, Viola, of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Roberta Masten, Salida, Colo., Mrs. Maxine Kaleber, Prosser, Wash., Mrs. Agnes Shart, Castle Rock, Colo.; three sisters, Mrs. Hahn of Brookfield, Mrs. Nettie Glick, Sterling, Colo., and Mrs. Ione Dombeck of Denver. Services will be held Friday in Flagler."

Viola 1899-1992 is also buried in Flagler, # 23702602.

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