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Sopha (Leveque) and William Turman, Emily (Leveque) and James W. Metsker , 1South 43West

In 1860 Warren County, Indiana, John R. Metsker is 44, Sarah 42, Rebecca 20, John W. 17, Martha J. 16, Lydia A. 13, Isaac N. 10, Sarah M. 8, JAMES W. 6, and Lucinda M. 4.
(Martha's daughter Anna Mary Taylor married William Nienaber in Yuma County)
In 1870 John and Sarah have Lydia, Isaac, Matilda A. James W, and Melissa, 14.
In 1880 Warren County, on the same page as John and Sarah, James is married to Emily, with Roy 2, and John R. 1. Sister-in-law Sopha Severgy, 21, Illinois, is a servant.

Emily was in Warren County in 1870, with parents Moses Leveque 41 and Emily 35. Emily is 15, Sophia 13, and Peter 9.

James proved up a quarter in 15 and 22, 1S 43W in 1892. His claim lay on both sides of Dry Willow Creek.
1900 Census - Pine, Warren, Indiana
James W. Metsekers, July 1853, 46, m. 25 yrs, IN
Emily, wife, Nov 1855, 45, m. 25 yrs, 10 children-9 living, IL
Roy, son, May 1878, 22, IN
Mary, dau, Dec 1881, 18, IN
Eva, dau, Feb 1884, 16, IN
William, son, Jun 1885, 15, IN
Charles, son, May 1888, 12, CO
Jessie, dau, May 1890, 10, CO
Annie, dau, Jan 1894, 6, NE
Ray, son, Jun 1898, 1, MO

James Metsker, 56, married 35 yrs, IN OH NC Emily, 54, married 35 yrs, 11 children-9 living, IL CAN CAN
Chas, son, 21, single, CO
Jessie, dau, 19, CO
Anna, dau, 16, NE
Ray, dau, 1, MO

James married (1) Emily LAVECK on 11 Mar 1875 in Warren, Indiana. Emily was born in Nov 1855 in Illinois. She died prob bef 1914. JESSIE

Norma Jessie Metsker, born May 29, 1890 at "Ray" Colorado, married Clifford Elden Milligan on March 16, 1915 in Warren County, Indiana.
In 1940 Warren County, Clifford is 53, born in Kansas (he was in Labette County, Kansas in 1895, with father Sanford Milligan), with Jessie 49, Colorado. Nephew Morris Foster, 21, Indiana (Anna's son) is living with them.

FindaGrave # 76707963 has Jessie Milligan 1890-1965 buried in Pine Village, with Clifford 1886-1976.

Charles Harrison Metsker registered for WWI in Pine Village, born May 18, 1888 at Wray Colorado, a clerk for W.A. Moon & Co.

In 1920 Charles is a carpenter, 31, in Warren County married to Bessie, 35, born in Indiana. One tree said she was a McBride.
Charles H. 1888-1959 # 11444801 is buried in Pine Village, with Bessie M. 1885-1968.
In 1930 Charles is a salesman in a hardware store, with Bessie 44, Harriet C.7, and Mary K. 6.

In 1940 all four are still in Warren County. Charles is a truck driver for road construction.
Harriet Metsker and M. Lynn Hopkins married Feb 27, 1946 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

Roy L. METSKER was born in May 1878 in Indiana . Warren County Indiana - Roy L Metsker married Lilly Eberly 07 Oct 1903.

ANNA Anna Madalene Metsker, born January 19, 1894 at Lincoln, Nebraska, married Loyd Foster of Benton County Indiana March 9, 1912 in Warren County, Indiana.
In 1930 Anna and Loyd C. Foster are in Warren County, with Gerald L. 17, Wallace L. 15, James E. 13, Morris D. 11, Mary R. 6, and Charles W. 4, all kids born in Indiana.
LOYD CLINTON FOSTER, son of Dennis and Emma (Mills) Foster, was born and grew to manhood in Benton Co., Indiana, and married ANNA M., daughter of JAMES W. & EMILY METSKER. From 1912 to 1917 they lived in the old maternal home in Pine Village, Ind. Known as the “Metsker Homestead.” Loyd farmed, worked on the railroad, worked for the state highway department, and finally for a firm making radio cabinets, till retirement. Loyd & Anna were cremated and their ashes buried on the north bank of Pine Creek, near Pine Village, Indiana.
Their children are described in Hidden Ancestors

Mose Leveque 1826-1901 is buried in Pine Village # 34789540, with Hannah. Hannah Ritenour married Moses Leveque February 16, 1879 in Warren COunty.
Hannah Minniear had married Anthony Ritenour August 22, 1867 in Vermilion COunty Illinois (adjoining Warren County, Indiana)
Sopha (Sophia) Leveque was born of Canadian French parents in Aurora, Illinois in 1858. Her husband, William H. H. Turman was born in Illinois in 1840. He was a Civil War veteran.

Sopha Leveque came to Colorado about 1886 to visit her sister, Emily (Mrs. James Metsker). The Metskers lived on a homestead about 12 miles south of Wray on Dry Willow Creek. Sopha was encouraged to file on a claim. After she had been living on her claim several months, Mr. Turman came to Colorado and they were married. She had relinquished the claim and Mr. Turman filed on it. (William H. Turman proved up a quarter in 26, 1S 43W in 1893.)
The homestead was sold and the Turmans started in a covered wagon back to Indiana. By the time they reached Missouri, the three children had aches and chills so several months were spent in Missouri and Kansas.
Austine, the youngest child, was born in Oberlin, Kansas. the Turmans came back to Colorado about 1896 and spent the rest of their time on rented farms.
Samuel Edmond, the older son, homesteaded northwest of Wray and married Vera Van Meter. They had three children, Fred, Max, and Marjorie.
Florence "Flossie," the older daughter, married August C. Yenter in 1915. They had adjoining homesteads. The A. C. Yenters had five children, Freda, Pauline, Rex, Robert, and Neva Zoe. The Yenters celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1965.
Fred Earl Turman, the younger son, lived in or near Wray most of his adult life. He was a Sergeant in World War I. He worked at veterinary work for several years, living in Wray and later in Laird, Colorado. Due to failing health he gave up the veterinary work. He died in 1965.
Austine, the youngest Turman child, started to a country school in 1899. Of the pupils who attended there, Florence and Austine were the last living students. Austine graduated from Wray High School in 1914. That fall she taught the Columbia School south of Wray, where she was a pupil for several years.
About 1916, Austine filed on a homestead about twenty miles northwest of Wray and taught District 20 school three years while on her homestead. In 1932, Austine married James D. Richards, a Texan. They moved to Idalia where Jerry had a blacksmith shop but a drought brought in little work. The Richards daughter, Arlene Nelle, was born in 1933. Austine did not teach until September 1937.

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