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John W. and Lighter(Brown) Galbreath , Wray

In 1860 Randolph County, Missouri, John W. Galbreath is 8, with Sarah F. Galbreath 19. They are with Gurret Wood 48, and Frances 58.
(In 1850 James Galbreath was 33, Louisa 24, Torkel 12, James E. 8, Robert 2. With those ages, Louisa might be a second wife. James Galbreath and Miss Louisa Braughton October 22, 1846 in Callaway County, Missouri)

In 1870 Randolph County, John W. Galbreath works on a farm for Fannie Wood, 70, and Garret W. 58.

In 1880 Randolph County, John is 28, working on a farm, with Margaret, 24. They have Mary 3 and Edgar 1.
Margaret (Stipp) 1855-1882 is buried in the Stipp cemetery, Randolph County # 67623148.

John W. Galbreath of Tulip, Monroe County, Missouri, married Miss Lida F. Brown of Tulip February 15, 1884.
John and Lighter Galbreath joined the Wray Presbyterian Church in 1896.

In 1900 Wray, John is a railroad laborer, born June 1865 in Missouri, married sixteen years to Lighter E. June 1865 Missouri. John's son Lonis E. Dec 1878 Missouri, is with them.
Also in Wray in 1900 is Harris Boyes, born Jan 1865 in Iowa, with Mary F. Boyes August 1876 Missouri, married four years. Harris repairs harnesses.

1905 "Nancy Galbreath of Moberly, Mo., arrived here Monday to visit with her uncle John Galbreath and family.
In 1910 Wray, John drives a transfer delivery wagon, 58, Lida E. 44. Jacob W. Werner, 79 father-in-law, is with them.

1913 "Lenos Galbreath, formerly of Wray but of McCook Nebraska for the past three years, came up yesterday and is visiting with his parents Mr. and Mrs. John Galbreath and his sister, Mrs. Harris Boyes of west of town."

1917 "Mrs. W. H. Flesher of Abilene, Texas, who has been visiting in the home of her cousin, Mrs. John Galbreath, for several weeks, returned Tuesday from a week with her cousins, Logan and Charley, of northwest of Wray."

Edgar Lenous Galbreath registered for WWI in McCook, Nebraska, a dray man for the White Line Transfere Coompany, born Dec 31, 1878. Nearnest relative was John W. Galbreath of Wray, Colorado.

In 1920 Wray, John W. Galbreath is a cook in a restaurant, 68, born in Missouri, Lighter E. 54 Missouri. Her father Jacob W. Brown, 83, born in Kentucky, is living with them.
1922 "Clinton Featherston and family left Wednesday for Wray, Colo., for a visit with Mrs. Featherston's uncle, John Galbreath, and family."
May 8, 1919 "Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Galbreath are the proud parents of an eight-pound daughter, Zelma Gertrude, born last Tuesday morning."
January 1929 "Mrs. John Galbreath, a sister-in-law of Tom Galbreath and of W.W. Stipp of Moberly, Missouri, and a sister of Mrs. Arthur Dry, Madison, Missouri, died at her home in Wray, Colorado, Wednesday, according to word received here. Funeral services and burial were at Wray. Mrs. Galbreath is survived by her husband, the sister and brothers-in-law mentioned, and a sister-in-law Mrs. W.A. Galbreath, Kansas City."

(Arthur Dry 1863-1937 # 37124674 and Lucy G. Dry 1869-1958 are buried in Madison, Missouri.)
Lucy G. Brown was in Monroe County, Missouri in 1880, age eleven, niece of Catherine Ownby, 50, widowed. The household preceding has a son Arthur Dry, 17. The East Yuma history said a daughter Catherine Dry taught in the Wray schools in the 1920's

She's also listed with her father, Jacob Brown, widowed, 56 in Monroe County. Chas is 19, Jno L. 17, Ellen 15, Edward 12, and Lucy 10. Jacob's widowed sister Mary Smith 55 is with them, keeping house. Next household is S.S. Cottingham, 37, Margaret 33, with Marion 12, Dena 9, Ethel 7, Mary 6, Willard 3, and Alfa ten months.
Jacob W. Brown, born in 1831, married a Lucy G. Smith, and had Charles L. March 12, 1861 in Missouri. They then had Logan, Jacob Edward, Lighter, and Lucy. His wife died soon after Lucy was born (1831-1969, buried in Madison, Missouri # 73729103)and she was raised by her mother's folks. Charles L. married Lizzie Hickerson and seven children. Ed had a wife who died with out children, and he came to Wray in 1890.

Jacob W. bought the Owings Hotel in Wray in 1901, north of the railroad and then in 1939 became the property of the Co-Op.
Charles L. Came to Wray in 1892, then back to Missouri and to Wray again in 1914.
Charles L. Jr. 1904-1979, is buried next to Pearl M. Brown-Graves 1912-2002 in Wray.

Logan and Ed had taken homesteads northwest of Wray, Logan married August 2, 1905 to Celia Lane.

Mary married Harris Boyes and they had George, who operated a hardware store in Wray in the 1920's.
Jacob W. Brown is farming in Yuma County in 1900, born May 1831 in Kentucky, widowed, with John L. July 1862 Missouri, a carpenter, and Edward J. May 1867, farming.
Jacob Warner Brown 1831-1926 is buried in Wray # 17036275, in the same lot as Lighter and John Galbreath.

Charles L. Brown 1861-1949 # 17035906 is buried in Wray.
1909 "Mrs. Logan Brown and her sister, Delia Lane spent Saturday night and Sunday visiting with Mrs. Sadie Shroyer."

John Logan Brown is farming in 1910 Yuma County, living on Hampton Road, 47, married five years to Celia E. 35, born in Massachusetts. They're still farming in Yuma County in 1920, no kids.
On the same page in 1920 is Charles L. Brown 58, born with elizabeth 54, Charles L. 15, and Amy 13, all born in Missouri.


1929 "Mr. John Galbreath, of Colorado, who for the past three weeks has been visiting his brother Tom Galbreath, will return home Sunday. This is his first visit to Moberly in many years. He is a son of the late James Galbreath and is one of fourteen brothers and sisters, only three of whom are now living..

In 1930 Wray, John is living with Harris C. Boyes 66, and Mary F. Boyes 63.
(Thomas Samuel Galbreath 1870-1950 is buried in Moberly # 71256694.)

"Robert P. Galbreath is a native of Randolph County and was born Nov. 19, 1844. He was a son of James Galbreath, a native of Virginia, who was among the very first settlers of Randolph County and entered land in Prairie township where Robert P. was reared. He was here long before Moberly was even thought of and was in attendance at the first sale of city lots held in Moberly. Robert P. Galbreath served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War for two years. His wife, who bore the maiden name, Sarah Agnes Dulaney, was born in Audrain County of pioneer parents. Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Galbreath reside at 218 S. Morley street, Moberly. They are the parents of the following children: Lee, the subject of this sketch; Agnes, who died in infancy; Lillian, married Alvin Walkup, Oklahoma City, Okla. ; Lenos, Oklahoma City, Okla. and Addie married W. B. Blaine, Moberly.
(Robert P. Galbreath 1844-1927 is buried in Moberly # 77567986. His death certificate said his father was James Galbeath, mother Ardenia Marshall)
(Thomas Galbreath's death certificate said his father was James Galbreath, mother Ardenia Robertson) "

 Galbreath, John W.  1851 1933 is buried in Wray, space 3 4 16 4, # 81599697, with Lighter 1865-1929 # 81599758 .

Leonis is in McCook in 1920, divorced, a drayman, living with Frank and Jane Whitney.
"Leanos" E. Galbreath is widowed in 1930 McCook, lodging with Frank and Jane Whitney.
Edgar 1878-1969 is buried in Wray, # 81599663.


In 1912, Flora M. Galbreath was administratrix and one of the heirs of Charity L. Bacon, deceased. Other heirs were Lottie M. Johnson and Nora L. Colpitts.

November 1919

Grand Island Nebraska "Ethelbert Lee Cottingham, 77, retired employee of the Burlington railroad , died yesterday afternoon, August 18, 1949, in a local hospital where he had been confined five days. He had been in failing health for the past three years. The family home is at 203 East 13th.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Livingston-Sondermann funeral home by the Rev. A. B. Gray, pastor of the Ravenna Methodist church. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park cemetery.

Mr. Cottingham was born July 24, 1872 at Moberley, Mo. to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cottingham. After he had completed his schooling, the family moved to Wray, Colo., and settled on a farm.

He and Miss Maud Kerns were married Jan. 24, 1900, at Yuma, Colo., and they began their home at Laird, Colo., where Mr. Cottingham was employed by the Burlington railroad.

Because of Mr. Cottingham's work, the family resided in several Colorado communities before moving to Grand Island in 1909. In 1923 the moved to Ravenna where they resided until Mr. Cottingham's retirement in 1937. The resided in California until 1945 when they returned to Grand Island.

Mr. Cottingham was a member of the Methodist church and a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance and Way union.

Surviving, in addition to his wife are two sons, Sam Cottingham, Phoenix, Ariz. and Roy Cottingham, McCook; two daughters, Mrs. George Meyer, Grand Island, and Mrs. Levi Smaha, Ravenna; one brother, Elgar Cottingham, Wray, Colo.; one sister, Mrs. Mary Meagher, Los Angeles, Cal., and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Mrs. Clarence Vogel; one sone S/Sgt. Harry Cottingham, what was killed during World War II, three brothers and three sisters.

Friends may call this evening from 7 to 9 o'clock at the Livingston-Sondermann funeral home.

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