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Lyman and Minnie (Morgan) Essig, Heartstrong

In 1880 Whitley County, Indiana, G. W. Essig is 50, farming, with Mary 45, both born in Ohio.
Lyman is 11, David 22, Catherine 14, Ida 1,, Melvin 8, and David's wife Amanda, 20.

George W. 1829-1890 # 33213127 is buried in Whitley County, with Mary P. 1832-1892 # 33213478.

David 1855-1929 # 32309460 and Amanda 1857-1909 are buried in Whitley County.
Catherine E. (Essig) Pritchard 1855-1951 is buried in Whitley County # 15165454.
Ida Essig married James A. Tantilinger, who 1864-1918 died in Peabody, Indiana.
Ida M. (Essig) Tantlinger 1868-1913 is buried in Prairie County, Arkansas # 93404426.

Melvon Essig 1871-1946 is buried in Fort Wayne, Indiana # 65782158, with Mary Jane 1875-1940.

In 1880 Whitley County, Milo Martin is 32, farming,k with Evelin 33, Eva 8, Minnie 7, Maud 5, and Archibald 4.
Minnie A. Martin married Lyman Essig in Whitley County, Indiana on October 30, 1891.

In 1900 Red Cloud, Nebraska, Lyman is farming, born March 1870 in Indiana, married eight years to Minnie May 1873 Indiana. Ceceil Oct 1892, Mabel G. June 1894, Jose H. June 1896, Mary Oct 1898, and Minnie S. May 1900 were all born in Nebraska.

In 1910 Red Cloud, Lyman is 40, Minnie 35, Cecil 17, Mabel 15, Josephine 13, Mary 11, Maud 9, Bonnie 7, and Jay L. 2. Fred Burden is a herdsman, 24.

February 10, 1916 Guide Rock "Mr. and Mrs. Essig and family who have resided cast of this city for several years departed Wednesday for Eckley, Colorado, where they will make their home on a ranch which he owns. The Chief along with their many friends wish them success."

February 24, 1916 "Miss Josephine Essig who is teaching school at Bloomington spent Sunday in the city the guest of Miss Anna Jernberg."

September 14, 1916 "Charley Chumley of Arkansas is visiting at the home of his uncle, Mr. L. Essig."

"Mr. and Mrs. L. Essig and son Cecil and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burdon autoed to Fort Morgan Tuesday and took in the Frontier Days program."

In 1920 Yuma County, Lyman is 49, Minnie A. 46, Maud 20, BOnnie 17, Jay L. 12, and Isabel 7.

October 1928 "Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Adams and children arrived from Valparaiso, Indiana, and are visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Essig, southeast of Yuma."
In 1930 Yuma County, Lynman is 60, Minnie A. 56, and Jay L. 22.

In 1940 Englewood, Colorado, Lyman is 70 Minnie 67, with granddaughter Carla Beach 17.

Lyman is buried in Denver 1870-1942 # 96623160. "Married Minnie Alta Martin Nov 10, 1891. Lyman & Minnie were the parents of 8 children: Cecil (1892-1976), Mabel (1894-1982), Josephine (1896-1982), Mary (1898-1980), Maude (1900-1993), Bonnie (1903- ? ), Jay (1907-1978), and Isabel (1912-2006)"
"Daughter of Milo & Henrietta (Young) Martin."

Minnie 1873-1964 # 96622989. Her obituaries are in the June 28 and 29, 1964 denver newspapers.

Milo Martin is in Webster County, Nebraska in 1900, 53, with Emeline H. 54 and foufour kids. Archibald is married to Martha E.

June 22, 1922 "Milo S. Martin was born in Indiana May 17, 1848. The last three years of his life were spent in Yuma county, Colorado, whither he had come from Red Cloud, Neb., his home for a number of years. His health had been failing for some time, and on June 16, 1922, he passed away in Vernon, Colo. He is survived by three brothers - Warren W. of Columbia City, Ind., J. J. of Albion, Ind,, and Stephen A. of South Whitley, Ind. ; by five children — Mrs. Eva Hushes of Sioux City, Iowa, Mrs. Minnie Essig of Vernon. Colo., Archibald F. of Hastings, Neb., and Mrs. Maud Hedge and John, both of Red Cloud, Neb. ; by 26 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Mr. Martin was a member of the Baptist church, first in his native state and later in Red Cloud, Neb., where he was taken for burial. His first wife died more than nine years ago, and later, in 1919, he was married to Mrs. Bomford of Red Cloud. ***"


In 1900 McCook, Nebraska, Anna "Jeornberg" is 2, Mary 5, and Carl 9, with Peter A. 41 and Matilda 33.

January 4, 1917 "License to marry was issued Saturday, December 30, to Cecil E. Essig of Happyville, and Miss Anna Jernburg of Red Cloud, Nebraska. The couple were married that evening by Judge Jennings and left immediately for the groom's farm near Happyville, where they will make their home."

Cecil E. Essig proved up 280 acres in sections 29 and 30, 2S 46W in 1919.

In 1920 Cecil is in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a farmer, 27, with Anna 23 born in Nebraska, and Bonnie Marie 2 born in COlorado. They're with brother-in-law Roy J. Robeinson 29 and Marie 25, both born in Nebraska.

In 1930 Denver, Cecil is a contractor 37, with Anna 32, Bonnie M. 12, and Mildred E. 9, both born in Colorado.

Bonnie Essig married Wilfred Vote on May 31, 1930 in Arapahoe County.

Bonnie Marie Essig, 20, married William C. Opie in Colorado Springs on Dec 30, 1937.
They're in Denver in 1940, William 23 born in Nebraska, and Bonnie 22.

Mildred Essig, born Dec 4, 1920 at Yuma, traveled from Le Havre to New York in 1939.

Cecil is a contractor in 1940 Denver, with Ann 42 and Mildred E., 19.

When he registered for WWII, he listed Anna as his reference, both at 703 S. Sherman, Denver.

Mrs. Anna C. Essig died in April 1964, with obituaries in the April 26 Denver newspapers.

Cecil, born Oct 15, 1892, died July 1976, last residence Lakewood, Colorado. His obiurary is in the August 5, 1976 Denver newspaper.


October 1918 Wray "Mrs. J. H. Slick entertained at a slumber party in honor of Misses Marguerite Keilman, Edna Newell and Bonnie Essig Friday. A number of young ladies were present and all report a most enjoyable time."

July 1919 "Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Silvius, L. Essig, Miss Bonnie Essig and Anderson Hedge of Happyville were Friday business callers in Wray."

Bonnie, a graduate of the Wray class of '22, was teaching in Yuma County in 1923.

In 1958 the Yuma Pioneer mentions "Bonnie Essig Vole, a former Yuma graduate now teaching art in a Denver school."
In 1963 Bonnie Essig McCoy attended a class reunion in Yuma -

In 1919 the Wray paper reported that Miss Maud Essig was suffering from "flu."

April 10, 1919 Wray "Miss Maude Essig, who is employed at the Pinckard millinery shop, left Thursday for a visit at her home in Happyville."

Earnest Gladstone Beach, 24, married Maude E. Essig in Washington County, Colorado on June 1, 1921.

In 1930 Yuma, on North Albany Street, Ernest G. Beach is a trucker, 38, born in Iowa, with Maude E. 29. Carla is 7.

In 1936 "Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Vole and Mrs. Ernest Beach and daughter Carla motored down from Denver last Thursday and were guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Itten."

Ernest and Maud are farming in 1940 Yuma County.

1951 Yuma "Earnest Beach of Denver was in town one day the latter part of the week and we understand he sold his residence property here to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Chick. "

1951 "Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Beach and their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Harrett of Denver were visitors of the Ivan Beach family."

In 1960 Ivan Beach of Yuma visited Earnest Beach of Rye

Maude E. Beach 1900-1993 is buried in Wheat Ridge, # 138908854.


May 16, 1918 "James Henderson, who is home from Camp Funston, and Josephine Essig, both of Happyville, were united in marriage by Judge I. L. Barker Tuesday evening."


In 1920 Big Horn County, Montana, Fred Burden is a rancher, 34, Mabel 25, Robert 5 and Mary 4.

In 1930 Sheridan, Wyoming, Fred Burden is a coal miner, 49, born in Indiana, with Mabel 35 born in Nebraska. Robert L. 15, Mary D. 14 were born in Nebraska, Ella Rachel 6 in Wyoming.

July 7, 1935 Sheridan, Wyoming "Returning from a week's vacation in Denver, Mrs. Mabel Burden and her two daughters, Mary and Elta, drove up to their home in Acme Sunday evening, only to see a funeral coach there which had come to remove the body of their husband and father, Fred Burden, 49, who had died suddenly while seated in a chair in the living room of his home some time Sunday afternoon. Physicians expressed the belief his death resulted from possible injuries received Saturday when he had a fainting spell and fell down the steps of the tipple at the Acme mine where he was employed. An inquest is to be held to determine the cause of death, Coroner William F. Schunk announced today. Mr. Burden apparently felt all right on Sunday morning and had gone to a neighbor's house for dinner Sunday noon. After dinner he returned home and was not seen alive again. His body, guarded by a pet dog, was discovered by a neighbor's child who had come to call on Mr. Burden. Mr. Burden was born in Campbell, Neb., Nov. 11, 1885, and has been a resident of Acme for the past 18 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mabel Burden; two daughters, Mary and Elta, and one son, Robert."
Fred is buried in Sheridan # 35530044.

In 1940 Sheridan, Mabel is widowed, 45, with Alta 16, Robert 25, and his wife Bernice 26 born in Wyoming.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Henne Funeral Home for Mabel G. Burden, 88, who died Thursday, August 19, 1982 at Eventide Nursing Home. The daughter of Lyman and Minnie Essig, she was born June 9, 1894, in Red Cloud, Neb. She married Fred Burden in Nebraska in 1913. They moved to Acme, Wyo., in 1918. He preceded her in death in 1935. In 1936, she moved to Sheridan and purchased a store. She operated Burden's Grocery Store for 25 years, retiring in 1961. She was a member of Royal Neighbors and the First Christian Church. Survivors include a daughter, Elta Steel, Sheridan; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Foster, Denver; Maude Beach, Corpus Christi, Tex., and Josephine Henderson, Denver; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Robert Burden, daughter, Mary Bowen, and two brothers and two sisters. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Don Beal. Interment will be in Bellevue Cemetery. Memorials may

Mabel is buried in Sheridan # 35530106.

Mary Darly Burden, 21, married James P. Bowen on July 6, 1936 in Toole, Montana.
They're in Sheridan, Wyoming in 1940, James 35, Mary 24, and Sandra 1.


December 20, 1917 "Gerald Silvius and Miss Mary Essig drove to Akron Monday and were married. They were accompanied by Miss Mary's sister, Mrs. Fred Burden and husband. The two contracting parties are well known throughout the vicinity of their home near Happyville, and have numerous friends who wish them abundant happiness in their life together. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Essig and during the past summer held a position with the Wray Telephone Company here when she made many friends. Gerald is the son of Mr. and Mrs J. S. Silvius, who are wide and favorably known in the Happyville neighborhood."

1920 "Mrs. Mary Silvius and daughter Garnet, also Isabel and Joy Essig visited Cecil Essig and family last week."

Gerald Silviius is in Mildred in 1920, married to Mary, 21, and they have six-month-old Janet (Garnet).  He was married to her at  WWI registration, saying he was born February 4, 1899. Mary later married Elmer Beehler, living in Yuma and Sterling.

1927 "Mrs. Mary Essig Silvius and daughter Garnet, of the Heartstrong community, went up to Denver Saturday for a few days visit."

1935 "Mr. and Mrs. Jay Essig of Englewood drove down and spent Thanksgiving with the lady's parent, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Street. They planned to return to their home via sterling and visit Mr. Essig's relatives there."

In 1950 Mrs. Elizabeth Street's obituary said that she had moved to Corpus Christi to make their home with a daughter Josephine Essig.

In 1967 "Mrs. Josephine Essig of Corpus Christi and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Isabel Foster of Denver visited the Ora Street home in Brighton."

August 22, 1929

1930 "Mrs. E.G. Beehler and her mother, Mrs. Lyman Essig, went up to Brush for a short visit."

Mary Essig Beehler 1898-1980 is buried in Sterling # 40210732.


Isabel E. Foster 1912-2006 is buried in Wheat Ridge, # 96623403. Preceded in death by husband Frank W. Foster; survived by son Phillip F. Foster of Mandeville, LA; grandchildren Tracy Hudson, Lisa Foster, Julie Mullin (John); great grandchildren Kimberly, Marc & Alicia Hudson, Nicole & John Mullin.

So is Frank W. Foster 1908-1989.
Isabelle Essig married Victor Willis Owen in Missoula Montana on May 18, 1935.
They're in Billings, Montana in 1940, Victor 26, Isabel 27, with his stepbrother Virgil Brewer, 20, both born in Kanss.

Victor married Clara Marie Cunningham in June 1982 in Adams County, Colorado.


Jay L. Essig married Josephine V. Street in Kirk on June 23, 1935.

In 1940 Denver, Jay Essig is a carpenter, 32, born in Nebraska, with Josephine 29 Colorado, and Joyce 1.
June 1956 Corpus Christi "Williard Travis Rushton and his bride, the former Joyce Velma Essig, will make their home at 333 East Lakeside Drive, following their marriage June 15 at ilie Naval Air Station Protestant Chapel. Chaplain- William Sodt read the double ring vows. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs: Jay L. Essig, 238 Lakeside, and Mr. Rushton is the on of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rushton of Kingvflle."
"maid was Miss Jo Ann Jennings Essig of Denver, grandmothers , of San Marcos, and Bettye Boggan of Falfurrias was junior bridemaid. tne bride; Mrs. Bonnie McCoy. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Foster and Phillip Foster, all of Denver, the bride's aunts, .uncle and cousin."

Jay L. Essig, born August 30, 1907, died May 24, 1978, "husband of Josephine Velma Essig."
He was a maintainence worker for the Flour Bluff school district, residing at 238 Lakeside in Corpus Christi.
He was to be buried in Memory Gardens, Corpus Christi. # 172954780. Josephine 1911-2002 is buried there # 172954581.

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