Kit Carson County, Colorado
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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

James and Mattie Jay, daughter Pearl (Jay)Waitman, daughter Nettia A (Jay) With son Marcus Jay, 6 South 45 West



In 1885 Harlan County, Nebraska, J. A. Jay is 26, farming, Martha 22, Pearl 1 and Nettie three months.

In 1900 Jefferson County, Nebraska, James A. Jay is farming, born June 1861 in Iowa, married 17 years to mattie F. August 1824 Ohio. Pearl H. was born August 1883, Netta A. April 1889, and Marcus E. Oct 1898, all three in Nebraska.

James 1854-1937 and Martha J.Jay 1864-1939 are buried in Burlington.
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In 1910 Fairbury, Nebraska, Pearl Waitman is a saleslady in a grocery store, divorced, born in Nebraska. She's lodging with Mary Miller, 5 widowed.
In 1920 Pearl is in Denver, a waitress in a restaurant, 36, widowed, living alone.

In 1922, Pearl owned 360 acres in sections 8,9, and 17, 4S 45W.
In 1930 Burlington, Pearl is a restaurant proprietor, 46, born in Nebraska, divorced.
Pearl 1883-1963 is buried in Burlington, # 127744098.
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Nettie is in Kit Carson County in 1920, next to James and Mattie Jay. Nettie is married to Charles F. With 41, farming, with Flora M. 11, Charles J., Marjorie H. 7 - all three born in Nebraska, and Willard W. eleven months born in Colorado.
Charles F. With 1878-1964 and Nettie A. 1885-1967 are buried in Burlington.

Charles J. 1909-1955 is buried in Burlington.
Willard W. With 1919-2001 is buried in Burlington.
Marjorie was in Burlington in 1940, 28, married to John N. Andrews, 29, Kansas, the town marshal. They have Ava 7, Patricia 2 and Carolyn five months.
Flora is in Kit Carson County in 1930, married to Art Andrews, both 22, farming. Art was born in Colorado.
In 1940 Kit Carson County, Arthur 32, Flora 31 have Charles 18 and Robert 6.
Art 1907-1971 and Flora 1908-1990 Andrews are both buried in Burlington.
Charles Walter Andrews was born June 26, 1930 at Burlington to Art Andrews and Flora M. With, dying Oct 2, 1994, and buried in Burlington # 88884357.


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Marcus Elijah Jay 1897-1973 is buried in Burlington, with Fay 1917-2010.


Fay Myrtle McArthur was born at Bellaire, Kan. on Feb. 17, 1917 to Guy Franklin and Myrtle Cleora (May) McArthur the eight of 12 children. She married Marcus E. Jay on May 1, 1939. Two sons, Marcus James and Frankie Joe, were born to them. They lived in various places in the Bethune/Burlington area be-fore moving to the Laird area where they spent most of the rest of their lives. Fay spent the last three and a half years in Cedardale then Hillcrest Nursing Home. She passed away at the Wray hospital on Sunday, April 18, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her husband Mark, one son Jim, sisters Cleo Davenport and husband, Beulah Leadabrand and husband, Eva Banahan and husband; brothers Clifford and wife, Harold and wife, Ernest and wife, Russell, Guy Jr. and David; sisters-in-law Pearl Waitman and Nettie With.
She is survived by son Joe and wife LaRue, daughter-in-law Avis; grandchildren Steve and wife LaLonni Jay, Brenda Jay, Deb Galloway, Terry and wife Berni Jay, Carmen and husband Jerry Murray; great-grandchildren Alyssa, Taylor, Hailey Jay, Shan-non Galloway, Tysen and Tia Jay, Jessica and Bailey Murray; one sister June Martin, one brother Dean and wife Velma McArthur; three sisters-in-law Mabel, Jean and Luella; a host of nieces and nephews and friends.Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray with the Rev. Norman Stott officiating.Interment was on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in Fairview Cemetery in Burlington.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Plains or Wray Community District Hospital.

In 1910 Kit Carson County, Phillip J. Waitman is 2, born in Nebraska, living with grandparents James 52 - a laborer in a livery stable - and Mattie J. 45 Jay. Mark E. Jay, 12 is with them, a son of James and Mattie.
In 1930 Kit Carson County, Phillip is living with Marcus Jay 32, Mattie 64, and James 76. Phillip and Marcus are both farm laborers.

Phillip Jay Waitman 1907-1980 and Sarah Waitman 1908-2010 are buried in Burlington.

Surrounded by friends and family, longtime Burlington, Colorado resident Sarah Jane Waitman, 101 years young, went to be with her heavenly Father on Saturday May 1, 2010, at the Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital in Burlington.
Sarah Jane Clair was born on July 30, 1908 in Alton, Kansas. She was the fourth of nine children born to William Warrington “Warrney” and Anna Rebecca (Lohff) Clair.
Her family moved by covered wagon to the homestead twenty-five miles north of Stratton, CO. She attended school at the North Tuttle Country School in Kit Carson County through the eighth grade. At the age of nine Sarah helped care for her grandparents in Stratton.
On September 21, 1930, she was united in marriage to Phillip Jay Waitman in Colby, Kansas. To this union five children were born: Phillip, Phyllis, Eileen, and twins Jean and Art.
Sarah was always anxious to help out with corn harvest, cleaning chickens, or whatever her kids needed. Even into her early 90's she continued to clean the church building. Sarah wrote letters for people in the nursing home for years. She cut hair for her neighbors and family. Sarah was always there to cook for her family and anyone in need. Her specialties were making bean donuts, mulberry rhubarb pies, and fried chicken. She spent countless hours TRYING to teach her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to crochet. She was also willing to spend endless hours playing dominoes or cards with anyone that would drop by – willing or not.
In Sarah's 90's, she and three of her siblings, loaded into her little green Comet and headed for Houston, Texas in the middle of summer. They must have nearly worn it out since it wouldn't quite make it through the West wall of the garage. In her later years Sarah traveled to Hawaii. She also went to Alaska on a cruise and visited Vegas several times.
She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Burlington.
Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Phil, sisters Hattie Clayton, Sylvia Higgins, Goldie Higgins, brothers Walter Clair, Willie Clair, Jessie Clair, and Johnnie Clair.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children Phillip Waitman of Grand Junction, CO, Phyllis Brown and her husband Bob of Burlington, CO, Eileen Wahl of Brewster, KS, Jean Nider and husband Dale of Burlington, CO, and Art Waitman and wife Lou of Stratton, CO. Sarah is also survived by a sister Gertrude Monroe of Stratton, CO. , twenty grandchildren, thirty-nine great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great grandchildren.

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