Lewis Elven Sipes, Virgil Noah Sipes, William H. Sipes, Willis Sipes, their sister Clara Ellen (Sipes) Prusman

Soddie Bride:  The following are names of the group who were among the first pioneers with Ruth and Orrin Hall: Harry Moore with wife Abbie, kids Mary, Myrtle, Frank; Will and wife Nettie Kuhler and son Ralph; Ed and John Kuhler-bro of Will; Ed and Anna Ketchum; Frank & Rhoda Noyes; George & Etta Rudel plus kids Jeanette and Lloyd; Charlie Rudel; Ed Rudel; Lew & Mary Knight with kids Forence, Mabel, Ralph; A. K. and Pearl Ride; Will, Lew & Wid Sipes from Missouri; and Hattie Berkstresser from Mt. Carroll, IL.


Peter Jackson Sipes and Nancy Elizabeth Carter were married January 28, 1864.

Peter Jackson Sipes b. 4/25/1843 in Holt Co., MO
Nancy Elizabeth Carter Sipes b. 3/16/1842 near Forbes,H olt Co., MO

Children of Peter and Nancy Sipes:

Charles Franklin Sipes b. 7/1/1865
Mary Ella Sipes b. 2/14/1867
Clara Emma b. 9/5/1870
Sylvia D. b. 7/27/1872
William Henry b. 7/8/1874
Lewis Elvin b. 12/29/1876
Smiley Tolbert b. 7/4/1879
Willis Avery b. 11/3/1880 in Forbes, Holt Co., MO
Noah Virgil b. 1/5/1884 near Forest City, Holt Co., MO
Brada Auslu(?) b. 7/13/1886 near Forest City, Holt Co., MO

Family Death Records:

Smiley Tolbert d. 12/12/1879 in Forbes, Holt Co., MO
Peter Jackson Sipes d. 4/28/1910 near Forest City, Holt Co.
Nancy Elizabeth (Carter) Sipes d. 2/16/1930 "
Charley Franklin Sipes (was shot)d. 6/23/1930 near Salem,Neb.
Lewis Elvin Sipes d. 8/14/1935 in Alamosa, CO
Sylvia D. Sipes (cancer) d. 1/23/1937 near Oregon, MO
William Henry Sipes d. 9/25/1946 in Sterling, CO
Clara Emma Sipes Morris d. 1/12/1947 in Forbes, MO

Note that last entry was 1947. My husband descends from Lewis Elvin Sipes.

 In 1900 Holt County, Missouri, Peter J. is 57, Nany E. 58, with Sylva D. 27, Willis A. 19, William H. 25, Noah V. 16, and Brad A. 13.


William proved up  a quarter in 18, 6N 49W in 1915.

In 1900 William H. Sipes is a team freighter in Brush, Colorado, boarding with William Long.  Vina, born March 1878 and he have been married two years.

FindaGrave 54558048 says "Adopted dau: Minnie Plummer b: Mar 1887- m: William H. Sipes, 1903, Holt MO."

In 1910 Gentry County Missouri, W.H. is 34, Cora 33, with Shell 6 and Irene 4.

 William Henry Sipes registered with a Fleming address, born July 8, 1874 , nearest relative Cora Alice Sipes of Fleming.

In 1920 Rock Creek precinct, Washington County, William is 45, Cora 43, with Irene S. 14, born in Missouri.  

In 1930 Washington County, William and Cora A.  have Clarence M. Chittock 32, Shell L. Chittock 31, and Sylvia R. Chittock., 7.

In 1940 Washington County William is 65, Cora Alice 63, and they have granddaughter Bonnie Mae McGhee, 17.

Will Sipes -1874-1946 and Cora 1877-1961 are buried in Sterling - 58198860

Irene L. Sipes married Elden C. McGhee December 5, 1921, recorded in Washington County.

In 1930 Chicago Elden McGhee is 28, born in Iowa, a truck helper, with Irene 24, born in Missouri.  They have Bonnie May 7 and Lyle 5, both born in Colorado.  (Elden C. McGhee was with parents Charles 49 and Abbie G. 38 in 1920 Washington County, siblings Cora M. 14 and Ruby M. 6.

In 1940 Chicago, Elden is a truck driver helper at a retail grocery, and he and Irene have Bonnie 17, Lyle 15, and Lonnie L. 3 born in Illinois.

Elden born July 24, 1901, died March 1968. and is buried in Arlington Cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois - with Irene 1905-1896 # 113247651


Lyle Donald McGhee, born March 10, 1925,  died  July 4, 2008.

On September 30th, 2011, Elaine Margret was once again in the arms of her Husband Lyle Donald McGhee. She was a great mother to her 3 sons, Bruce, Kim (Mac), & Lee McGhee. With many passions, Elaine spent a great deal of her life caring for others. Whether it was as a friend or if you needed a hand, she was always ready to help. Active in the Sears retirement group and often seen with Lyle at the Motorola functions. She just loved people. Some of her favorite places were the Phoenix zoo and Desert Botanical Gardens. But she could be just as happy or even more on the phone with a friend or on the couch with a book and one of her many lifelong pets. She will be greatly missed by Family and friends. For hers hands were there to help and never hurt. For she was the one that always gave and never took. For her heart was always filled with love and never hate. Sadly, it was her heart that grew so large to not be able to hold all the love she carried in her earthly body that she was called home 09-30-11 so to be loved for ever more and joyfully re-united with her husband our father Lyle D. McGhee. May Eternity be their blessing! For her love of animals and that they all should feel love. Her family is asking in lieu of flowers, they would ask to please donate to the Arizona Human society, or your favorite pet rescue. No formal services will be held, although the family will be having a open Get together at the First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, at 7025 E. Osborn Rd. C-1 Scottsdale, Az. 85251 From 1pm till 4pm on Saturday, Oct. 15th. All are welcome. 


Shell Leona Sipes married Clarence M. Chittock August 1, 1918, recorded in Logan County.

In 1920 Shell L. Chittock, 20 born in Missouri, is married to Merrill C. Chittack, 21, and they're in Magee precinct, Yuma County.

After living with parents in 1930, C.M., Schell Leona, and Sylvia are in Sterling in 1940, where he is a butcher.

Shell L. Chittock, born Feb 11, 1899, died Nov 4, 1971 in Santa Barbara County, California.  43588746

Clarence Melvin Chittock, born October 30, 1897 in Dawson County, Nebraska to Harlow Kenyon Chittock and Josephine Saprona (Lago) Chittock, died December 27, 1962, per FindaGrave 43547821 - ssdi has January 1963 death date.

Sylvia Rose Tyson, born November 19, 1922 in Fleming, died March 6, 1996 in California, and is buried in Santa Maria Cemetery # 71656346.



Willis A. Sipes married Bessie Cooper August 20, 1902 in Holt County, Missouri.

1908 Holt County, Missouri

In 1910 Willis A. 29, and Bessie M. 26, married seven years, are in Leroy precinct, Logan County.

Willis proved up two quarters in 28 and 29, 6N 49W in 1913.

They're in Santa Monica, California in 1920, where Willis is a fireman, and no children.

In 1928 Daphna Lucille Sipes, etc. (Virgil's daughter) sued Bessie M. Sipes - and Ruby Shade - and Daisy W. Sipes - and L.E. Sipes - and Mary Elizabeth Sipes - and Verl Sipes  in Washington County. 

Still in Santa Monica in 1930, Willis is a fire patrol ranger.  In 1940 Santa Monica they have no occupation.

Willis Avery Sipes, born Nov 3, 1880 in Missouri, died May 28, 1959 in Los Angeles County, mother's maiden name Carter.

Bessie was twin of Lillie Grace Cooper.

 California Death Records Index: Bessie M. Sipes, b. 23 Aug 1883 in Missouri, died 7 Feb 1963 in Riverside County. Burial: Feb 1963, LaSierra, Riverside, California.



"Sipes, Virgil N. , of Forest City, and Clara L. Upshaw, of Curzon, by Rev. H. E. Bower, June 19th , 1904

In 1910 Virgil is in Holt County, Missouri, 26, married four years to Clara 24, and they have Harold, 4.  Father-in-law Frank Upshaw, 56, widowed, is with them.

Virgil proved up  a quarter in 28, 6N 49W in 1914.

He registered in Forrest City, Holt County, born January 5, 1884, nearest relative Clara A. Sipes.

In 1920 Holt County, Virgil and Clara have Harold.

July 22, 1921 the Oregon newspaper reported a surprise birthday party for Mrs. Virgil Sipes at their home southeast of Oregon..  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Stalcup and children, Mr. and Mrs. Bradie Sipes and CHildren, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. John Speer, and Mrs. and Mrs. Chas. Thompson.

In 1930 Harold 24 is married to Myrgie 23.  Virgil 46 married but no spouse listed, is living with them.  Virgil and Harold operate a filling station.

In 1940 St. Joseph, Missouri Clara Sipes is divorced, an aunt of John R. or Grace Wilson.

Floy Sipes, born April 24, 1880 near Craig, Missouri, died Nov 22, 1948 in Holt County, husband Virgil Sipes.  She was the daughter of L.D. Browning and Lucinda Lewis, to be buried in the IOOF Cemetery.  Informant was Mrs. Dee Massie.

Virgil Sipes, born Feb 5, 1884, died May 25, 1955 in Holt County, farmer, son of Peter Sipes and Nancy Carter - wife Floy Williams Sipes.  "Mr. Sipes had been dead several days before he was found."  Buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Oregon, Missouri.


Born, to Lewis Sipes and wife, of Forbes township, a girl, Oct 5, 1896, Dr. J.A. Klopp, in attendance.

In 1900 Holt County, Missouri, Louis E Sipes, born Dec 1876 in Missouri has no occupation, married four years to Daisy W. born June 1878, and they have Ruby D. 3 and Ralph H. ten months.

1906 "Lewis Sipes has quit the butcher business and gone to delivering household goods, so if you need help, call on L.E. Sipes"

Based on the newspaper article of 1908 - Daisy was the daughter of S. A. Tribble.

1908 Holt County, Missouri

Oregon, Missouri

Lewis is 32 in 1910 Leroy precinct, Logan County, Daisy 31, Ruby 13, and Ralph 10.

Lewis proved up  a quarter in 21, 6N 49W in 1913.

Ralph Sipes married Irene Ride Nov 24, 1917, recorded in Denver County.  Ralph Hancel Sipes registered with a Fleming address, married to Irene S. Sipes.

In 1920 Rock Creek, Washington County, Louis 44 and Daisy W. 43, have Daphna L. 7 and Mary E. 4, both born in Colorado.

Maybe the Ruby Sipes who married Harry Stilson May 1, 1926, recorded in Denver County, is the same one.

Daisy W. Sipes - 1878-1925 is buried in Yuma # 74286741 - her estate was probated in 1928 in Washington County.

Daisy W. Sipes, the owner of a note and deed of trust executed by Bessie M. Sipes, died leaving as her heirs at.....

In 1930 Alamosa, Colorado, Lewis 53 is widowed, with Daphna L. 17 and Mary E. 14.  (Daphna is also listed as a boarder in another household in Alamosa)

Lewis E . Sipes 1876-1935 is also buried in Yuma. # 74286765.  So is Ralph H. Sipes -July 12, 1899 - Sept 26, 1925

Lonnie Lee McGhee, born Jan 29, 1937 in Illinois, died Jun 1, 1980 in Riverside County, California, mother's maiden anme Sipes.


Brada married Josie Keaton April 9, 1907 in Holt County.

Brada is in Holt County in 1910 and 1920, and in 1920 he's 33 - neither of his sons were born in Colorado.  He's married to Josie 32, and mother Nancy E. 77, widowed, is living with them.

March 9, 1962 "Word has been received by Jarrel Sipes of the death of his father, Brada Sipes, Saturday at Forest City. Mr. and Mrs. Sipes lefl for Forest City Saturday. Mrs. Sipes'  brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. K i m - brongh, attended the funeral Monday in Forest City"

Brada Anson Sipes, born July 13, 186, died in Forest City March 3, 1962, with Mrs. Josie Sipes informant.

Brada and Josie are buried in Holt County.


Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, November 1, 1951

Funeral services for Mrs. Asmus Prussman, long-time resident of the Amherst community, were held at 2:00 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the Lewis Funeral Home here. Rev. O.W. Brock, pastor of the Holyoke Baptist church, was in charge. Burial was in Holyoke Memorial Park.

Mrs. Prusman died at about 10:30 Wednesday morning of last week at the Phillips County Hospital. She was 84 years old and had been in falling health for some time. She was a patient at the hospital for three weeks before her death. Mrs. Prussman was a member of the Methodist church.

As Clara Ellen Sipes, one of ten children of Peter and Nancy Sipes, Mrs. Prussman was born September 5, 1867, near Forbes, Holt County, in northwest Missouri. On December 26, 1889, she was married there to Asmus Prussman. They had four children, two of whom, a son and a daughter, died in infancy.

Mr. and Mrs. Prusman and their family lived near Forbes until March 1, 1918, then moved to the present home, sometimes referred to as the old Scott Evans place, seven miles northeast of Holyoke.

Preceding Mrs. Prusman in death besides the two children already mentioned were her parents, two sisters and four brothers. Surviving are her husband; a son, William Prussman, Holyoke; a daughter, Mrs. Reed Bailey of Oregon, Missouri, an adopted daughter, Mrs. Ernest Coler, Holyoke; three brothers, Brada Sipes, Forest City, Missouri; Willis Sipes, Santa Monica, California; and Virgil Sipes of Oregon, Missouri; 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Six of her grandsons served as pallbearers at the funeral.

Relatives from a distance who were here for the funeral were: Mrs. Larmar Prussman, Mrs. Charles Schaeffer and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Prussman of Forest City, Missouri; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Daise of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Kermit and Robert Bailey of Oregon, Missouri.


James W. Sipes cash-claimed a quarter in 25, 6N 46W in 1908 - that's Phillips County, about fifteen miles east of the Logan County. Sipes.

Land Office at Sterling, Colorado, Mar 12 1908
     Notice is hereby given that James W. Sipes of Holyoke, Colorado has filed notice of his intention to make final commutation proof in support of his claim, viz: H E No. 4160? made Jan 9 1907 for the s w 1/4 Sec 25 T 6 N R 46 W and that said proof will be made before clerk district court at Holyoke, Colorado on Apr 29, 1908.
     He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of the land, viz:
John Warren of Holyoke, Colorado
Charles A. Guernsey of Holyoke, Colorado
James Lamar of Holyoke, Colorado
Barzila Hutchinson of Holyoke, Colorado

He might be the James W. Sipe in 1920 Denver, 39, born in Pennsylvania, single, a photographer living in the Hotel Saiie on 22nd Street.

In 1930 Cowlitz County, Washington, James W. Sipe, 49, born in Washington, is a cook in a logging camp.

In 1940 Cowlitz County, James W. Sipe, 61, is a night watchman at a lumber mill.

James Whiteley Sipe died at Fort Steilacoom, Pierce County, Washington May 19, 1954, age 75.  So this probably isn't a relative.

Although Charles was not in Colorado, he was in Richardson County Nebraska and Nemaha County Kansas.

Charles F. Sipes, of this city (Oregon, Missouri), was married to Martha E. Snodgrase, at the bride's home in Salem, Nebraska, on Sunday, January 5, 1908, the Rev. Dunkelberger performing the ceremony in the presence of a large circle of friends. The couple received a number of useful and valuable presents. They at once went to housekeeping on the Geo. Coon farm between Salem and Falls City, where Charles will superintend Mr. Coon's farm.

In 1910 Richardson County, Nebraska, Charles is 42, Martha 33 - the second marriage for both-  They have a son Chester, 1, born in Nebraska, and three Snodgrass kids Walter 12, Mina 16, and Sallie 14, all three born in Missouri., are with them.

FindaGrave 43021084 has Martha E. Sipes born July 23, 1876, dying Nov 18, 1959, buried in Maple Cemetery, Richardson County, as is Charles F. Sipes - July 1, 1865-June 23, 1930  # 43021025

Chester T. Sipes, 86, Salem, died Friday, June 9, 1995, at Community Hospital in Falls City.

Mr. Sipes had been in failing health the past 10 years.

He was born April 3, 1909, at Salem, the son of Charles Sipes and Martha Ellen Quick Sipes. He married Mary Staebell and she passed away on Dec. 11, 1952. Mr. Sipes married Thelma Lee at Salem on Feb. 5, 1954. She died Sept. 1, 1971. On July 2, 1972, he married Erma Mullins in Falls City.

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