If you have a brief family history OR biography that you
would like to share with others, this page is set aside for
that purpose. This is an opportunity for you to show others
what you have been able to do with your family tree. It's an
opportunity for sharing ideas as well as information. And it
is hoped that these family histories will inspire those who
are new to genealogical research to keep searching.
Submitted Family Histories:
MCGEE / DAVID - Submitted
by Nadine HIELSCHER
Surnames: DAVID, MCGEE, FLANAGAN,
PARRIS - Submitted by Sharon
Surnames: LOFTIS, PARRIS,
VANDERHOOF - Submitted by
Sharon (GUY) ROGERS
MCGEE / DAVID
Thomas J. MCGEE was born in 1859 and farmed his
entire life. He married Herby Catherine FLANAGAN,
in 1878 at Carroll County, Virginia. One child was born
from this union, my great grandmother, Armintia
Frances MCGEE, born January 21, 1879.
Herby Catherine passed from this life June 03,
1907. Armintia was devastated. Thomas moved
to Lincoln County where he remarried twice. His second
and third wives were Martha CRIST and
Amanda (unknown last name). It is unknown which
was his 2nd and which was his 3rd wife.
Armintia married George William DAVID in
Missouri, 1901. It is not known if Thomas or his
daughter's family moved to Lincoln County , Colorado
first, though both found their final rest in the Pleasant
Plains Cemetery, outside of Limon.
George William DAVID was a farmer and raised his 6
daughter's and son by himself after his beloved wife had
a miscarriage and subsequently caught pneumonia and
peacefully breathed her last breath in the arms of her
loving husband on February 16, 1916. This union produced
7 girls, 1 boy, with 1 daughter Catherine Elizie,
dying in 1908, shortly before she was 1 year of age.
After his marriage to Armintia, they moved to
Elbert County, Colorado and farmed on a homestead in
1915. At the time of the great and terrible depression
1928-1929, he left Colorado and moved to New Mexico,
continuing to farm. Some of the family moved to Oklahoma
to find work in the oil fields. George said the
oil fields were no place to raise young girls, thus
remaining in New Mexico. Early in 1941, after all the
girls were married, George and Thelma moved
to Hollister, Missouri and lived with his son,
Marvin and his family. When Marvin sold the
farm, George and Thelma moved to New
Mexico. George then moved to Aurora, Colorado and
lived with his daughter Gladys.
George spent a well deserved quiet and peaceful
life until at the age of 82, he had completed the tasks
God had given him, thus leaving the cares of this world
behind to join his beloved wife, Armintia on March
29, 1958, to spend his time walking through the beautiful
gardens of Heaven, hand in hand with the only woman he
had ever loved. Thomas J. MCGEE is buried next to
his wife Amanda, while George and
Armintia lay side by side in the same cemetery,
This is the story of my maternal grandmother's
Alford Adolphus (Doc) PARRIS was born 11Aug1861
in Gilmer County, Georgia. His parents were Robert
and Lovina (TUCKER) PARRIS. His parents died
in 1862 and his Uncle Billy TUCKER raised him. He
moved to Dickson, Dickson County, Tennessee in the 1880's
and met Tennessee Ann LOFTIS. They were married 18
Mar 1886 in Tennessee. He worked as a logger and
construction before 1910 when the family moved to Kiowa
County, OK to try farming. They had eleven children all
except the youngest were born in Tennessee.
Around 1913 the family moved to Hugo, Lincoln County,
Colorado where he rented a farm. Four of their children:
Nettie , Millard, Stanley and Edna Ola
moved to Colorado with their parents. Around 1920
Dolphus (Doc) and Tennie moved into Hugo
and resided until their deaths. Dolphus (Doc) PARRIS
died 23 Dec 1937. His obituary states that he was a
highly respected citizen of Hugo and he served as a
member on the school board. The school of Hugo was
cancelled so that everyone could attend his funeral.
Doc and Tennessee PARRIS are buried in the
Evergreen Cemetery, Hugo, Colorado.
Sharon (Guy) Rogers
2292 Caravelle St.
Las Vegas, NV 89122
George Elba VANDERHOOF was born 14 Nov 1883 in
Stanton Twp., Miami Co, Kansas. His parents were
Dennis VANDERHOOF and Lucy FORD-VANDERHOOF.
George migrated to Swift, Colorado in 1907
traveling by covered wagon. The trip took him three
weeks. I have his journal that he made while traveling.
He homesteaded a 160 acre farm in Karvel, Lincoln Co.,
Colorado by 1908.
George VANDERHOOF married Millard (Midgie)
Pauline PARRIS of Hugo in 1923. There first
child born 1 Nov 1924 on the homestead was Lucy Mae
VANDERHOOF. The hard work of farming and the
depression forced George and Midgie into moving to
Hugo. There they operated the creamery until the 1940's.
Mervin Lloyd and Virgil Duane VANDERHOOF were born
in Hugo during the 1930's.
The Gray Lodge Hotel of Limon Colorado was purchased
and operated by George and Millard
VANDERHOOF in the 1940's. The Bell Hotel was
purchased in 1960 by the VANDERHOOFs. Both
hotels were where the current Health Clinics are now
standing in Limon. George VANDERHOOF operated the
Gray Lodge Hotel until his death 20 Feb 1973.
George is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery-Hugo,