Kit Carson County, Colorado

John and Sarah J. (Blair) Wedmore , 7S 42W

In 1870 Sullivan County, Missouri, John Blair is 59 a farm laborer, with Mary E. 47, both born in Ohio. Ester R. 12, Sarah J. 11 William 9 -all three were born in Indiana. Also Charles W. Blair, 18, born in Indiana.
John married the widow Delilah McDonald soon after, so Mary must have died.

John Wedmore married Sarah J. Blair Feb 23, 1879 in Appanoose County, Iowa.

In 1900 Woodbury County, Iowa, John Wedmore is 46, married 21 years to Sarah J. 41. They have Thomas F. 20, Myrtle A. 18, Clyde 17, Goldie R. 14, and Grover 12.
In 1910 Woodbury County, John is 56, Sarah J. 50, Goldie 24 and Margie B. 9.
John Wedmore proved up two quarters in 2 and 3, 10S 45W in 1915.

In 1920 Bethune, Colorado, O. E. Borton is farming, 33, with Myrtle 36, Sarah 11, Johnie 9, and Burrelle one.
Next household is John Wedmore 67 Ohio and Sarah 61, Indiana.
"Wedmore, John, Farmer and Breeder of Registered Hampshire Hogs, S. 3, T. 10, R. 45, P. O. Burlington. Mr. Wedmore was born in Iowa in 1853, settled in the County in 1910, and married Sarah Blair. They have five children."
In 1930 Chautauqua County, Kansas, John Wedmore is 77, Sarrah 72, with son-in-law Roy Vest 35 and Marjorie 29, both born in Iowa. Frances is 10, Virginia 8, William 6 - born in Colorado, and Wanda 1 born in Kanss.
John 1853-1943 # 113204745 and Sarah J. 1859-1943 are buried in Douglas County, Missouri.
Margie Beatrice Wedmore, age 17, married Roy Vest, 27, on May 17, 1918 in Kit Carson County. Witnesses were Sarah Wedmore and Alwilda Vest.
Margie (Allnutt) Vest, 98 years and six months, a resident of Siesta Village, Weslaco, Texas, departed this life on Tuesday, March 2, 1999.

She is survived by one son, and three daughters, John Vest, Frances McDowell and Virginia Stevens-Seeds of Weslaco, and Wanda Keller who lives in Illinois. She was born in Sloan, Woodbury County, Iowa, on Oct. 3, 1900, the youngest of six children of John and Sarah (Blair) Wedmore.

At the age of 9 years, her siblings had all married and left so her parents moved to the plains of Colorado and took up a homestead, where she lived a happy, carefree life and spent long days practicing piano. Shortly after the move, her father bought their first automobile but never learned to drive so she became the family chauffeur.

By the time she was 19 years of age, she had obtained her Colorado Teachers Certificate and married Roy Vest, a homesteader/farmer/rancher. They lived on the farm through World War I, the Great Depression, the dustbowl days of the "Dirty Thirties" and the birth of four children. The dust storms forced them to leave the land so they moved to Kansas then on to Missouri, where they adapted to the change and raised and educated their children.

During World War II, her son had entered the military service and, wanting to help in the war effort, she went to work for Boeing Aircraft Company, helping in the manufacture of B-29 Bombers. After the war ended, she transferred to Cessna Aircraft Company, working in the manufacture of Cessna 210 Aircraft, and remained with them until retirement when she moved to Weslaco and really loved living here.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m. today, March 5, 1999. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6, 1999, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Weslaco. Burial will follow at Highland Meorial Park in Weslaco.

Goldie R. Wedmore proved up 46 acres in 25, 8S 42W in 1913.
(BLM records for that section only have 170 acres, when they should show 640 acres)


In 1910 Monona County, Iowa, J.C. Wedmore is 25, Maggie 23, Myrtle I. 3, Esbie L. 2, and Maggie's brother harry Good win 21.

Clyde Wedmore proved up a quarter in 2, 10S 45W in 1915.
In 1920 they're in Woodbury County, Iowa, Clyde 42, Maggie 39, Martti 18, Eslie 15, Florialla 14, Gwendolina 7, Harold 5, and Robert 2.

In 1930 Woodbury County, Iowa, Clyde is a farm laborer, 46, Maggie (one tree says Goodwin) Wedmore 45, Floetta 19, Gwendolyn 12, Harold 10, Robert L. 7, Darryl 5, and Enid B. 2, all born in Iowa.

Celia A. Redmond was born in the late fall of 1891 in Sloan, Woodbury County, Iowa, and appears in the 1900 census with her parents She married Grover C. Wedmore (4 May 1888 - 9 November 1974) sometime before 1910, probably in western South Dakota. Grover C. (probably Grover Cleveland) was born in Monona County, Iowa to John Wedmore and Sarah Jane Blair, but by 1895, the family had moved to Lamport in Woodbury County. In 1934 she was living in Norris, Mellette County, South Dakota. By 1940 she had moved to White River, Mellette County, South Dakota. Shortly thereafter, they moved to California, probably in search of jobs that were being generated by the economic boom in California resulting from the Second World War. Celia was living in Garden Grove, California at the time of her death in 1984
Thomas F. Wedmore, born about 1880 in Appanoose County, Iowa, died July 5, 1903 in Woodbury County, Iowa.

FindaGrave # 84332732 says Thomas F. Wedmore 1821-1907 died in Yuma COunty, Colorado.

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