Logan County Colorado Pioneers

J. Frank and Norma (Kempton) Roberts, her brother Henry and Florence (Miles) Kempton, her sister Cora (Kempton) Miles, 9 North 50 West


In 1900 Gosper County, Nebraska, George Kempton born March 1852 in Ohio, farming, married 24 years to Elizabeth Nov 1860 New Jersey, have Mary E. June 1884 and Norma E. Jul 1889 both born in Nebraska.

In 1910 Gosper County, George is 54, Elizabeth 50, with Walter 15 born in Nebraska.
Elizabeth is widowed in 1920 Gosper County, living alone.

She's buried in Elwood, Gosper County 1860-1928 # 47266534, with George 1852-1916 # 47266550.


Ethel Irene Roberts was born March 30, 1917 at Fleming, Colorado to Frank J. Roberts and Norma Kempton, dying as West in Febraury 2002.

J. Frank claimed two quarters in sections 29 and 32, 9N 50W in 1919.

He might be James F. Roberts, the building laborer in 1920 Fleming, 32, with Norma E. 30, Helen M. 9, Homer F. 7 all born in Nebraska, Lester H. 6, Lucille M. 4, and Ethel J. 2 born in Colorado.

In 1930 Sterling, Frank Roberts is 43, Norma 40, Homer Simmons is 18 Nebraska (they're on another page, so maybe the census taker was confused about their last name) Lester 16, Lucile 14, Ethel 13, Hazel 8 in Colorado, Minnie 6 Nebraska, and Howard 3 Nebraska.

In 1940 Sterling, Frank is 53, Norma 50, Lester 26 a railroad laborer, Minnie 16, and Howard 13.

J. Frank is buried in Sterling 1886-1944 # 56830030.

Norma E. Roberts born July 30, 1889, died in Riverside County, California May 8, 1969, mother Siglinge.

In 1930 Helen is in Clay County, Nebraska, niece of James H. Shaw 52.

Helen Marie Shaw, daughter of J. Frank and Norma Kempton Roberts, was born near Elwood, Nebraska, March 7, 1910. She departed this life October 19, 1981, at Mary Lanning Hospital at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 12 days.
She graduated from Elwood High School in 1929.
In 1930 she was united in marriage to James Shaw. To this union were born four children. They farmed in southern Clay County.
Mrs. Shaw was a member of the Edgar Christian Church, Order of Eastern Star No. 135 of Edgar, and the West Buffalo Extension Club. She served as Sunday School pianist at the Christian Church in Edgar and often as a substitute teacher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James, in January of 1964, her daughter, Myrtle, and her son, Franklin James.
Survivors include her daughter, Norma Brown of Lincoln; her son, Lloyd of rural Fairfield; four sisters, two brothers and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at the Edgar Christian Church October 23 by Rev. Richard Markland. Interment was made in the Edgar Cemetery. McLaughlin Funeral Home of Clay Center and Fairfield were in charge of the funeral arrangements.
The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, October 29, 1981; pg. 15 "

She's buried in Edgar, Nebraska # 60246916.


Homer F. Roberts 1912-1960 is buried in Elwood, Nebraska # 70858801, with Dorothy B. (Willets) Roberts 1913-1993.

Lester H. Roberts 1913-2009 is buried in La Verkin, Utah # 90983750, with Linda (Hotchkiss) Roberts 1907-1990.

Lucille May Basford was born July 19, 1915 at Fleming, dying July 27, 1995.
She's buried in La Verkin, Unta # 39031, with Victor I. Basford 1915-1998.

Ethel I. West 1917-2002 is buried in Fort Collins # 24817259, with Wilbur E. West .

Minnie Margaret Hancock 1923-2007 is buried in La Verkin, Utah # 19270576.

Minnie Margaret Hancock, 83, passed away at her home on March 20, 2007 after a long battle with cancer. Margaret was born in 1923 to James and Norma Roberts in Nebraska.
She graduated in 1941 from Padroni High School in Colorado. Spreading her young wings she moved to California accepting her first job with Douglas Aircraft Co., followed later by the Telephone Company.
Margaret found the love of her life a few years later and was married to Lindle Wesley Hancock on October 4, 1947 in the First Christian Church, Compton, California. Over the next 20 years, Lindle's Army career took them to many different states, including a tour of duty in Panama.
They moved to the St. George area in 1978 and were active members of the First Baptist Church in Hurricane, Grace Baptist Church in Washington, and most recently First Southern Baptist Church in St. George.
Margaret enjoyed a myriad of activities and clubs including cards, bingo, Red Hat Society, collecting coins and dolls and working the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper. She and Lindle spent 30 years of summers in the woods at their Northern Idaho property, which they looked forward to every year.
Margaret had seven brothers and sisters: Helen, Homer, Lester, Lucille, Ethel, Hazel and Howard and is survived by her brother, Lester Roberts of LaVerkin and her sister, Hazel Whittaker of St. George.
She had two children, a daughter, Alice (Matthew) Gallatin of Post Falls, ID and a son John (Theresa) Hancock from Hemet, CA. She was blessed with six grandchildren, Joshua and Kaci Gallatin and Amy, Karen, Mary and Johnny Hancock. Additionally she was blessed with four great grandchildren, Zachary and William Gallatin and Timothy Hancock and Mary Schembri. Margaret is preceded in death by her husband, Lindle. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.


Howard Merlin Roberts, born Nov 26, 1926 in Nebraska, died January 4, 1987 in Orange County California.


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In 1885 Gosper County, Nebraska, George Kempton is 33, Elizabeth 24, with Cora 7, Henry 5, and Mary eleven months.

Cora married Harry Miles, and also came to Logan County.

Henry Kempton, Norma's brother, is in Logan County in 1910, 30, born in Nebraska, with Florence 30 born in Missouri. Lenora 9 and Richard 2 were born in Nebraska.

Richard Thomas Kempton, son of Henry and Florence (Miles) Kempton, was born Sept 7, 1911, dying Sept 9, 1911 # 74904649.

Henry registered for WWI with a Bridgeport, Nebraska address, born January 8, 1880.

In 1920 Morrill County, Nebraska, Henry and Florence, both 40, have Dorothy C. Kempton 6, born in Nebraska.
The three are still in Morrill County in 1930.
In 1940 Florence is in Yakima County, Washington, 60, married but no spouse, a housekeeper.

Henry Kempton is in Yakima when registering for WWII, with Mrs. Florence Kempton. He was born January 7, 1885 in Gosper County, Nebraska.
Florence Ethel Kempton died in Yakima August 28, 1953. She was the daughter of John Miles and mary Corkett.


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There was a Samuel Kempton in Yuma County, but his family was from Nova Scotia.

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