Jerome C. Helms, Eli E. Helms

In 1870 Michigan, Clinton 49 and Sarah 47, have Leonard 28- these three born  in New York.  Orlitta 20 Michigan have Franklin 1 , Michigan, then Mary A. 22, New York, Peter 15 Michigan, Eva 9, Michigan, and Eli E. 7 Michigan

In 1880 Livingston County, Michigan Jerome C. Helms is 59, born in New York, with Sarah 58, New York.  Jerome is a stone mason with kidney trouble, and they have Eli E. 17, a farm laborer born in Michigan.

1889 Sterling

Jerome cash-claimed a quarter in 3, 7N 48W in 1892.

Eli E. Helms cash-claimed a quarter in 34, 8N 48W in 1891 - that's adjoining Jerome's

In 1892 Seattle J.C Helms is 72, a mason born in New York, with Sarah ??,  Leonard 55 is a  laborer, and Eli E is 27.

On the next page in 1892 are Eli E. Helms, 26, contractor & grader, with Dora J. 21 born in Colorado, Clinton 4 Colorado, and Marian two months, Washington.

FindAGrave 87221567 has Jerome born 1821 in Ontario County, NY dying Jan 31, 1895, buried in Lake View, Seattle, Washington, with children Leonard, Philander, Jerome, Mary Ann Gannon, and Emma Rilla Bigelow Truman Kahler.  Sarah 1829-1914 is also buried in Lake View.

Philander died in Mississippi Aug 3, 1862, a private in Co. D, 14th Michigan.

Jerome Daniel served in Co. D. 5th Michigan, and died in 1885 - buried in Lansing, Michigan.

I believe my third great grandmother is a sister to Phebe, Juliet and Melila McFall. She married Jerome Clinton Helms in Mt. Morris, Livingston Co., New York in 1840. Their oldest son Leonard Helms was born in Groveland, New York. Sarah and Jerome Helms moved to Howell, Livingston Co., Michigan in 1847 with Jerome's parents and siblings. Some time after 1880 they moved to Nebraska and Colorado, before ending up in Seattle, King Co., Washington. I have always felt that Peter and Susan McFall are the parents of Sarah McFall Helms, but have been unable to prove it. As a side note, two of the Helms girls married two of the Gannon boys.

Leo Simmons


In 1889 King County Washington,  Della Bailey is 6, born in Kansas, sister Louisa 4 born in Washington, with  S.E. Bailey, 32, a farmer born in Iowa.

In Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, FindaGrave 5239894 has Dora J. Helms dying July 13, 1899 at age 27.

ELI is in Seattle in 1900, born June 1863 in Michigan, a stationary engineer.  He has a son Clinton M. July 1887 Colorado,   daughter Marion B. Feb 1892 Washington, and his widowed mother Sarah May 1822 is with him.

August 11, 1908 in Pierce County, Washington,  E.E. Helms of Logan County in Colorado and D. M. Bailey of Chase County Kansas (probably meant Nebraska) married.

In 1910 Seattle Eli "J." is 45, married to Della M. 27, who's had five kids, four living.  Clinton 22 is a city teamster, Beatrice 18 divorced has had one kid., SARAH at 90 is still with them, then Mildred B. is 5, Agnes S. 3, and granddaughter Ellen J. is five months (she probably is Beatrice's - Marion D's-  kid)

Clinton M. Helms married Anna M. Heckobrite May 6, 1913 in Vancouver, B.C.   He was 25, born in Colorado to Eli J. Helms and DORA J. MATTHEWS.  Anna was 20 born in Colorado to Andrew Heckobrite and Anna M. Landnife.

In 1920 Seattle Eli is a city policeman, with Della 37 Kansas, Mildred 15 Washington, Agnes 13 Washington, and Clinton 34 a truck teamster.

In 1930 Kitsap County, Washington , Eli J. 66 has no occupation, and still with Della M. - Agnes S. Harper, 23, daughter is with them

Eli and Della are alone in 1940 Kitsap County, and Eli died in November 1940.