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William and Mary (Stults) Courtney

In 1880 Macoupin County, Illinois, W. H. and Mary Courtney are both 30, with E. E. 12, J.W. 8, Charlie 5, "Olie" 3 and Nora three months.

May 13, 1899 "W. H. Courtney will move into his new possession, the Cheney residence, about June 1."

"At 5:30 o'clock Friday morning, May 12, 1899, W. H. Courtney quietly passed to his final rest. Death came to his relief after a long siege of suffering. The funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church at 2 p.m. today."

May 20, 1899 " The funeral services over the remains of W. H. Courtney were held at the Presbyterian church last Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Smith conducted the ceremony in the presence of a large number of the friends of the family. The remains were taken to the cemetery and consigned to the grave. William Henry Courtney was born in Green county, Illinois, December 1, 1844. In 1868, he moved to Macoupin county, where he married Miss Mary Stults, and they resided there until 1884, when they moved to Hamilton county, Nebraska. In the spring of 1886 they came to Wray, and have made this their home ever since. The deceased leaves a loving wife and seven children to mourn his departure.

Card of Thanks
Mrs. W. M. Courtney and family wish to thank the people of Wray for their kind aid and assistance during the sickness and at the death of their husband and father."

June 10, 1899 "Mrs. W. H. Courtney and family moved into the house which they recently purchased from Mrs. H. B. Vaughn in the eastern part of town this week."

July 15, 1899 "Ths family of Mr. Barclay are installed in the house recently vacated by Mrs. Courtney and family."

In 1900 Yuma County, Mary Courtney is widowed, born Oct 1847 in Illinois. Otis is a barber, born Feb 1879 in Illinois, William H. Aug 1883 Illinois, Minnie Dec 1885 Nebaska, and Elmer R. May 1888 Colorado.

In 1910 Morgan County, Colorado, Mary Courtney is widowed, living with daughter Minnie F. Ness 22. Minnie is married to Leroy R. Ness, 28, born in Kansas, with Leroy H. 4 and Minnie 2.

In 1920 Mary is in Wray, 69, living with son "Ray W." and Gussie 29, with Helen M. 2, and newborn Everett E. .

Mary is in Wray in 1930, 80, living with son E. Wray (Elmer) 40 a helper in a lumberyard, with Gussie 40 born in Arkansas. M. Helen is 12, John 1, both born in Colorado.
Mary (Stults) Courtney is buried in Wray 10/23/1848 12/25/1930, plot 4 7 26 5, FindaGrave # 17097405, with William # 17097427.


John W. Courtney, 26, married Lena Irland on September 20, 1899 in Cripple Creek.

He's a barber in 1900 Cripple Creek, born July 1873 in Illinois.

November 3, 1900 "Born, October 29, 1900. to Mr. and Mrs. John Courtney, at Cripple Creek, a 10-pound boy."

January 5, 1906 Wray "Ray Courtney returned Monday from Denver where he visited his brother, John for about a week."

August 1909 "John W. Courtney and family of Cripple Creek arrived Monday to visit his brother, Charles, for a few days."

In 1910 Cripple Creek, John is 37, Lena 34, with Opal 8.

In 1920 John and Lena are in Grays Harbor County, Washington still a barber. James Irland 77 and Eliza 76 are with them.

In 1930 Grays Harber County, John and Lena have four boarders.

John Wesley Courtney 1878-1952 is buried in Tumwater, Washington # 104016768, with Lena B. 1876-1938 # 104016769.

Opal, 18, is married to Harold R. Johnson, 28, in 1920 Grays Harbor County,.

In 1930 she's married to Louis Symons, 39, living in Grays Harbor COunty, with Verda Johnson 9k, and WSray W. Johnson 7.

Opal dying October 30, 1967 is buried in Tumwater # 92642467.

Wray Symons 1923-2000 is buried in Tumwater # 104020002.


December 30, 1899 Wray "Charles Courtney has resigned his position on the east section and will go to Alliance."

July 1900 Wray "Charley Courtney returned from Alliance, Neb., last Saturday night. He will remain here."

Charles A. Courtney, 24, married Ella B. Lynam on July 14, 1901 in Wray.

Ella was in Wray in 1900, age, 16, with parents Robert Lynam 53 and Sbitha D. 46.

March 27, 1903 "Chas Courtney came down town Tuesday morning with a countenance resembling a boy with a new pocket. It's a girl and all are doing nicely."

December 22, 1905 "A boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Courtney, in North Wray, last Monday morning, and the cigars were on Charley that day."

In 1910 Wray, Charles is a barber, 31, with Ella B. 26, Dorothy 7, and Elva W. 4.

His brother Elmer W. 21 is with them.

He registered for WWI in Wray, a barber, born Dec 23, 1876, married to Ella Blance Courtney.

Robert Lynam 1847-1938 is buried in Wray # 65047644, with Sabitha D. 1854-1935 # 65047694.
May 19, 1938

Ella B. Courtney 1883-1927 is buried in Wray # 17096215.

Charles 1876-1956 is buried in Wray # 17096178.


Nora Olelia Courtney was born March 1, 1880 in South Palmyra, Macoupin County, to William Courtney and Mary Stults.

Nora O. Courtney died July 31, 1881, age 1, in Macoupin County.


An unnamed Courtney died April 26, 1887, age one day.
An unnamed Courtney died July 26, 1886, age one day.

Grace L. Courtney, age 8, died June 16, 1891 in Macoupin County.

John Courtney age 1, died July 23, 1882 in Staunton township.


Elmer Courtney married Gussie Harp, 28, on July 30, 1916 in Wray.

August 3, 1916 "Rev. Rice was called upon to perform the ceremony that joined in wedlock Elmer Gray Courtney and Miss Gussie Harp. These young people have gone to the mountains to spend a few weeks. And again are two lives united to whom the best wishes of the community go."

In 1920 Wray, Ray is a lunber helper, 29, with Gussie 29 Arkansas, Helen M. 2 and Everett E. eight months. Mary, mother 69 is with them.

In 1930 Wray, E. Wray and Gussie are both 40, with M. Helen 12 and John Wray 1. Mother Mary, 80 is still with them.

In 1940 Wary, Wray E. and Gussie are 51, John W. 11, and Leora M. and Leona M. both 9.

Everett E. Courtney 1919-1927 is buried in Wray, # 17096224.

Gussie is buried in Wray 1888-1974 # 17096230, with Elmer Wray Courtney 1888-1958 # 17096208.

John Wray Courtney was born on May 19, 1928 in Wray, Colorado to Elmer Wray and Gussie (Harp) Courtney. John passed away peacefully in his own home on June 1, 2012, with his beloved wife of 63 years by his side and next door to his birthplace. He was a lifelong resident of Wray. John's life was focused on family. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. When not working, he preferred family time to outside social activities.
Beginning as an elementary schooler, John was industrious in finding ways to help provide for his family, including digging and selling fish worms, collecting glass jugs, raising rabbits, and setting duck pins at the bowling alley. He worked through high school at ABC Cleaners, learning the dry cleaning trade. John earned his diploma with the Class of 1946 through the Yuma County High School in Wray. He enlisted in the Marine Air Corps immediately following graduation, honoring a request by his father to finish high school. He was stationed in San Diego, California until his honorable discharge in 1947. Because the war was over, he was unable to fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot or serving overseas. John later joined the National Guard here in Wray and just missed being called to the Korean War.
John returned to Wray and resumed his employment with ABC Cleaners, which had been relocated to a new Quonset building on Grant Street. John married Mary Jacobson on February 20, 1949 in the old Methodist Church that burned down later that same year. John and Mary were blessed with four children, Joy Rae, Lea Ann, Mark Everett, and Julie Kay. From 1951 to 1953 John worked as bookkeeper and salesman for Massey Harris Implement Company and also did books for John's 66 Service Station. In 1954, John began a 35-year career with the City of Wray. He began as deputy city clerk in the old City Hall on the corner of 3rd and Adams. In his tenure with the City, he also served as City Clerk, City Manager, and Director of Health and Safety. He was a dedicated civil servant and felt privileged to play a role in multiple City improvement projects, including street paving with curb and gutter, development of seven flood control dams, Stalker Lake Dam, building the new "Roundhouse" City Hall, the industrial park, the hospital on Birch Street, water storage tanks and supply wells, the new library, swimming pool, and the lighted tower Christmas Tree. In addition, he served the Wray Community in volunteer efforts, including Red Cross Liaison for Servicemen, Emergency Medical Technician, Volunteer Fireman, and Emergency Ambulance Service.
John held great pride in being a Marine, a volunteer fireman, and the first EMT in Wray. He was also extremely proud that all four of his children earned college degrees.
Preceding John in death were his youngest daughter, Julie Kay Courtney; his parents; his older brother, Everett; his sisters, Helen (Harold) Cook and Leora (Pete) Thompson; brother-in-law, John Jacobson; nephew, Lyle Jacobson and niece, Barbara Moss.
Those left to mourn his passing include his wife Mary; his children, Joy Rae (Doug) Brophy, Lea Ann (Pete) Sullivan, Mark Everett (Shari) Courtney and daughter-in-love, Cynthia Mitchell; grandchildren, Erin (Joel) Palmer, Daniel (Becky) Brophy, Curtis (Kadra) Brophy, Lily and Patrick Sullivan and Matt and Andrea Courtney; great-grandchild, Jace Palmer; sister-in-law, Wanda Jacobson; dedicated care giver, Carol White and nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday, June 4, 2012 at 2 p.m., at the First Christian Church with Steve Wynkoop officiating. Memorials can be made to the John W. Courtney for the City of Wray. Interment followed in the Grandview Cemetery.

August 1947 "Dale Johnston and Miss Leora Courtney were united in marriage."

May 6, 1948 "Miss Leona Courtney, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Wray Courtney of Wray, and Ben Christiansen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Christianson south of Yuma, were united in marriage... The young couple will make their houme north of Yuma, where Don iis employed by his uncle ..Donald."
The August 1970 wedding of Linda CHristianson, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Don CHristianson of Cope to Mason King. Sandra Christianson was maid of honor, Dennis Christianson an usher. Julie Courtney and Jeanie Johnston were candle lighters. At the receiption table were Mesdamees Dale Johnston, John Courtney and Jerry Schwindt. Helping were Joy and Lee Ann Courtney. Debra Johnston was helping with the gifts.

April 29, 1976 "Sandy Christianson was married Sunday in Arvada. Dennis Herzbergs were among those from Cope who attended."

1978 "Dennis Christianson spent Thanksgiving in the home of his sister and family, the Jim WIlsons of Denver. Mrs. Wilson is the former Sandy Christianson."

1984 Sandra Wilson and Summer visited her mother, Mrs. Leona Christianson, over the weekend. They had dinner on Monday at DJ Cafe in Cope.

In 1984 The Wray singles hosted the Tri-County Singles Club, with a Halloween party at the Vernon School. Second prize costumes were awarded to Leona Christianson and Leora Johnston. Their costumes were twin black cats.


Donald Wear Christianson was born on December 22, 1929 and passed away on October 6, 2015.Donald was the father of three children. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 10 a.m., at the Baucke Funeral Chapel in Yuma. Interment will follow in the Yuma Cemetery. Memorials are preferred. Baucke Funeral Home of Yuma, is in charge of arrangements.
Donald Wear Christianson was born to Ben and Peggy Christianson on December 22, 1929 in Denver, CO. At the age of 5 he moved to the Donald Ranch north of Cope, CO, homesteaded in 1912 by his aunt and uncle, Art and Mabe Donald, 30 miles south of Yuma.
Don graduated from Yuma High School in 1946, then attended the Colorado University Music School in Boulder. He returned to the Donald Ranch one year later and married [name omitted] in 1948. They had three children who were all raised on the Ranch and they were married for 32 years. In the 1950's he formed the Don Cristy Dance Band which allowed him to express his love of music to share with others, as well as giving him enjoyable breaks from ranch life. Don also enjoyed working with his hand, mainly with steel and wood, and later with stained glass. He moved to Denver in the mid-1970's where he was a free-lance photographer for Channel 7 news. He also took up flying again which was another one of his passions. Years after he divorced, he later met a new partner, Babs Murphy, whom he spent 22 years with. Babs left this world in 2012 and Don then returned to Yuma to be closer to his family. Don had a good life and was fortunate to experience many things.
He leaves behind his three children, his five grandchildren, as well as his great-grandchildren, The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Baucke Funeral Chapel in Yuma, Colorado with Pastor [name omitted] officiating. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery. Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.

Helen Mary was born May 28, 1917 in Wray, dying February 14, 1998 as Helen Cook.

1919 "Walter Harp returned Thursday night from St. Joseph, Mo., where he had spent a week visiting relatives and friends."

April 12, 1923 "F. D. Harp and Miss Ethel Lozar of Ulysses, Kansas, were united in marriage in Wray on Monday, by Judge I. L. Barker."

February 1899 "Otis Courtney will move his barber shop into the room vacated by A . M . Dorman."

November 1899 "In going to the pasture after his cows Monday morning, J. H. Simpson found a pocket book containing $50. It was the property of Otis Courtney."
1899 Wray

March 3, 1905 "Otis Courtney bought his father's old pre-emption from Eli Miller, last week, and Monday he sold it to Tim Burns.
Courtney & Remington's colored porter and Ike Reed's lady barber have both hit the trail and the barber business has again assumed a normal condition."

May 1905 "Walter E. Haines, an attorney near Creston, Iowa, was in the city the first of the week visiting his sisters, Mrs. Bert Evans and Miss Nelle Haines. Mr. Haines was up at Denver on legal business, and from there was going to Salt Lake City, and having a few days between times, came down here last Friday. He departed Monday for the west."

June 9, 1905
Otis A. Courtney, 28, of Wray, Colorado, married Nellie F. Haynes, 31, on June 21, 1905 in Union County, Iowa

Nellie was born at Elmwood, Illinois to Moses Haynes and Sarah A. Washeler..

March 1907 "Bruce Wimmer, of Creston, Iowa, visited in this city a couple of days the fore part of the week. He is a nephew of Mrs. O. A. Courtney and Mrs. A. R. Evans and a cousin of Mrs. Letitia Scott and Mrs. Bullard. He went from here to Denver and from there goes to Greeley to attend school."

July 1908 "Walter E. Haynes, who had been visiting his sisters Mrs. O. A. Courtney and Mrs. A. R. Evans for about two weeks, left Saturday morning for Denver and from there he goes to his home at Anita, Iowa."

April 1909 "Otis Courtney left Wednesday for Omaha where he will meet his brother-in-law, Walter Haines of Creston, Iowa and together they will go on a three weeks trip thru the states of North and South Dakota. Charley Courtney is doing the barber act in his stead during his absence."

May 28, 1909 "O. A. Courtney left Tuesday with a carload of furniture for his new home in South Dakota. Mrs. Courtney will accompany Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Evans, who will make the trip overland."

May 1909

September 10, 1909 " Born at Larimore, Iowa, August 31st to Mr. and Mrs. Otis A. Courtney a girl. Their many friends in Wray will be pleased as well as surprised. Mr. and Mrs. Courtney left last spring for South Dakota where they have since made their home, having taken a homestead there."

In 1910 they're farming in Fall River County, South Dakota, Otis 33, Nellie 36, and Francis M. newborn.

In 1920 Fall River County, Otis is farming, 45, born in Illinois, Nelie E. 46, Frances 10 Iowa, Pauline M. 7, Genevieve H. 5, and Sarah L. 2 all born in South Dakota. Nelile's father Moses F. Haynes is 84, widowed, born in Maryland. Her sister May D. Haynes 41 is a teacher, single, born in Iowa.

May H. (Haynes) Overton 1878-1973 is buried in Chadron, Nebraska # 79717470.
She was the youngest child of Moses Haynes, a family of five daughters and one son. She had sisters Nell Courtney and Ida Evans who also lived the Oelrichs SD area. The story of her life is in Shadow of The Butte and I have two of her diary's, which are very interesting Before her husband died in 1931 she was in an accident with him in which she was crippled and later developed Narcolepsy and Cataracts, she had nieces in Iowa so she went there to live and died maybe in the same county as she was born.

Otis A. Courtney 1878-1970 is buried in Chadron, Nebraska # 111896995, with Nelle F. (Haynes) Courtney dying 1961 age 87, # 111897108.

Nelle's father Moses 1835-1923 is buried in Fall River County # 9064712.
So is Sarah A. Haynes 1836-1917 # 9064713.

Sarah Laurie McHenry Billingsley was born to Otis Courtney and Nellie Haynes Courtney in Oelrichs, S.D. on Aug. 17, 1917. She passed away on Wednesday Aug. 16, 2006 at her daughter's home in Bodfish. She spent two years in the Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Mesa. She suffered from Parkinson's Disease.

In 1961 Sarah lost her first husband Harry McHenry. Soon after Harry's death she decided to go back to school to become a dental assistant. She then met Harry Billingsley at a church function. They fell in love and were married in Lancaster. Sarah belonged to the Ridgecrest Seventh-day Adventist Church for many years. She loved to teach Sabbath School to the kindergarten and primary age group.

Sarah loved to travel, hike and camp. When they were in their 60s Sarah and Harry along with daughter Joyce Wilcox, climber Mt. Whitney. Sarah also loved flowers. If you visited her you could always find a beautiful and colorful flower garden in her yard. She also loved to study the Bible, read, sew and crochet. In the summer she would can cherries, peaches and pears. She could bake the most mouth watering, delicious apple pies.

Sarah has been a resident of Kern River Valley for three years. She previously lived in Ridgecrest for over 50 years.

She is survived by her two daughters Joyce Wilcox and husband David, Judy Carson and husband Randy from Bodfish, 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

A gravesite service was held at Desert Memorial Park on Saturday Aug. 19. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution can be made to Optimal Hospice.


June 2, 1905

In 1910 Morgan County, Colorado, Mary Courtney is widowed, living with daughter Minnie F. Ness 22. Minnie is married to Leroy R. Ness, 28, born in Kansas, with Leroy H. 4 and Minnie 2. William H. Courtney is also with them, a farm laborer.

In 1920 Leroy and Minnie are in Denver, with Harold 13, May 11, Marie 8, Melvin 3, and Fredrick 1.

They're in Denver in 1930, with Melvin 14, Frederick E. 12. Marie O. Poole is 19, herbert Poole 23, with newborn Roberta.

In 1940 Leroy, an iron worker, and Minnie have only Frederick, 21.

Harold D. Minor married Ethel M. Marsh April 5, 1925, recorded in Denver. They divorced in Jefferson County in 1926, and Harold married Mae Axtell Ness August 5, 1928, recorded in Arapahoe County. In 1930, on the same page as Hannibal, Harold is a laborer, 29, wtih Mae E. 21 Colorado, Bettie Lou nine months. In 1940 Denver, Harold is a carpenter for a bread company, 34, Mae 32 a restaurant cook, with Betty Lou 10. They're on the same census page as mother Grace and brother Paul.
In 1948 Denver, Harold and Mae live at 30 S. Utica. He is a contractor.
In 1959 Harold D. (Mae A.) is a carpenter for Mershon-Gimend Construction, livng at 60 S. Utica.
In 1971 Harold and Mae are still at 60 S. Utica, and he's still a caarpenter.
Mae A. (Wid Harold D.) is at 60 S. Utia in 1977.
Harold, born January 5, 1901, died January 1976.
Mae, born May 1, 1908, died September 1981.

Harold L. Ness married Marie A. Schroeder on April 21, 1928 in Denver.
Harold is an insurance adjustor in 1930 Great Falls, Montana, 23, with Marie A. 24.
Marie A. Schroeder is divorced in 1940 Pueblo, Colorado, 35, a setenographer, living alone. She was in Denver in 1935.

Harold Leroy Ness, born Sept 5, 1906, died November 9, 1991 in Orange County, California.

Melvin R. Ness married Violet F. Ewing on Dec 13, 1936 in Littleton, COlorado.

Melvin Ness, born June 13, 1916, died July 23, 1983 in Multnomah County, Oregon, spouse Cecilia.

Fred Eugene Ness, born June 19, 1918, died April 3, 1993 in Orange County, califronia.


Cora Cunningham was born to William and Rebecca (Thornburg) Cunningham on May 31, 1872 in Delaware County, Indiana

She married Ernest Edward Courtney March 28, 1894 in Wray.

February 19, 1904

June 2, 1899 "While returning from a visit to the bedside of Ed. Courtney, who is afflicted with an attack of pneumonia, Dr. McGill and Rev. Graff met with a serious accident which resulted in severe injury to both. When they reached the Radner school house, tho team became unmanagable and ran away. They ran into Chas. Graham's fence, a mile from the start. Both occupants jumped from the buggy while tho horses were running. Rev. Graff fractured his left ankle, while Dr. McGill sustained painful bruises but broke no bones. They were brought home by Mr. Reese Davis, and Dr. McGill set and dressed tho wounded limb. Rev. Graff at last report was resting easily. He is a member of the Masonic order, and the members of the local lodge will care for him. The team was considerably cut up by the barb wire."
Wray Rattler

February 1900 "The Hayseed Cattle company has secured Ed. Courtney to herd their stock."

"Earnest Edgar Courtney was born in Macoupin County Illinois Oct. 18, 1867 died at his late home in Wray Colorado Feb. 13, 1904 age 36 years 3 months and 25 days. He spent the most of his life in Illinois with his parents coming to Wray Colorado April 10, 1886. Here he married Gertrude Cunningham, and to this union one child was born. About six years ago began the illness that resulted in his death. For a year past the deceased has been in constantly failing health at times suffering intensely. In the midst of his suffering he was patient and resigned though hopeful of return cf health. The end came peacefully at about 2 o'clock Saturday morning.
Death came and took away the spirit leaving only the clay casket. The deceased was characterized as one of good morals and uprightness. He affiliated himself with the local organization of Independent Order of Odd Fellows in which he was in good standing at the time of his death. The vacant chair the silent voice the faded countenance speak to us of death.
May we find the life in the Christ who is the conqueror of death.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday Febr. 14 at the M. E. church conducted by the pastor C. W. Cunningham assisted by Rev. G. C. Johnson of the Christian Church. The body was laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery by the local organization of the I.O.O.F.

1904 the Wray Circle 373 Women of Woodcraft recorded "our esteem and worth and regret at the sudden death"  of Ernest E. Courtney, son of neighbor Mary Courtney, brother to neighbors Otis and Charles Courtney, husband to Gertrude Courtney

Cora proved up two quarters in 11, 3N 45W in 1916.  Witnesses were George and William Rose, Otto B. Finn, and Clyde E. Cunningham, all of Wray.

1905  Mrs. Gertrude Courtney, who has been up at Julesburg with her sister, Miss Rola Cunningham, for some time returned to Wray last Saturday and will remain here.  Mrs. Courtney had been quite ill for some time, and desired to be at home

1909 she was assisting in the Sisson Clothing Co. store a portion of the week.

In 1910 Denver Gertrude, clerking in a store has "H. Earl" 14, and C Rola and Minnie, both teachers, are living with her.

1912 Earl Courtney, who has been attending the Manuel (sic) Training School in Denver the past two years, came down Sunday to spend the summer vacation.  Earl will be with his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Courtney, at her claim northwest of town.

1912 Ernest Weatherfield was a Wray visitor Saturday, from his ranch northwest.  He was aconpanied by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Gertrude Courtney, from her claim near the Weatherfield ranh.




1917 Earl Courtney returned Sunday afternoon to Denver after visiting his mother and grandmother, Mrs. Gertrude Courtney and Mrs. Rebecca Cunningham from Friday until Sunday.

In 1920 Earl is a chemist in a laboratory, working for Adolphus Von Schulz, 77.

Harry Earl Courtney is living in a boarding house in San Francisco in 1930 - a chemist, - he said he was married, but no spouse. 


And then in 1920 Denver Gertrude Courtney, 47, born in Indiana, a school teacher is with her mother Rebecca J. Cunningham and sister Minnie 47.

One tree said Cora Gertrude Cunningham married Charles H. Allerton.
He was born March 14, 1873 in Madison County, Ohio to James S. and Philenio Hallen Allerton. 
(James Henry Allerton 1837-1912 is buried in Franklin County, Ohio # 8475423.)
If that's the one, he might be the 1900 Wichita Kansas, 1910 Montgomery County, Kansas, registering for WWI in Eastland, born Mar 10, 1873, nearest relative Russell Allerton, brother, of Springfield, Ohio - an oil field worker most of the time. - so he very well could have been in Casper in the 1920's

The 1930 Polk County, Arkansas census - Charles Allerton, 52 born in Ohio, first married at age 20, is married to Gertrude, 55, born in Indiana.  No occupation listed for either.

The 1934 Casper directory has a Chas. H. Allerton (Gertrude) rancher, living at 1405 E 2d.  and Rebecca J. Cunningham (wid Wm. W) at the same address.

In 1940 Casper Gertrude Allerton, widowed, is with her mother Rebecca.

Gertrude, sharing a stone with her mother Rebecca Jane Cunningham, is buried in Casper "was a Casper, Wyoming resident since 1932 and had previously lived in Wray and Denver, Colorado. Mrs. Allerton had been ill since last September and was hospitalized for some time in November. She had been a member of the Rebekah lodge of Wray, CO for 47 years. She was a member of Fort Casper Chapter No 4, O.E.S., and a lifelong member of the Methodist church. She was preceded in death by her son, Earl Courtney Allerton, 20 years ago;by a sister, Minnie Cunningham of Casper, and by two brothers, Clyde Cunningham of Casper and C. C. Cunningham of Wray, CO."

Ida Sidora Cunningham, per one tree, was born Nov 6, 1868, married Otto Irving Rush December 25, 1887 in Wray, and died April 11, 1961, buried in Salt Lake City.  The FindAGrave listing for their daughter Dorothy May Rush Loertscher says she was born July 21, 1914 in Littleton.

Otto - 1836-1943 is buried in Garfield County, Colorado.


William Henry Courtney was born August 5, 1883 at Hettich Illinois to William H. Courtney and Mary Stults.

December 2, 1906 "Will Courtney, who has been running one of tbe delivery wagons, sold out a few days ago to C. R. Swift."

In 1910 Morgan County, Colorado, Mary Courtney is widowed, living with daughter Minnie F. Ness 22. Minnie is married to Leroy R. Ness, 28, born in Kansas, with Leroy H. 4 and Minnie 2. William H. Courtney is also with them, a farm laborer.

William Henry Courtney registered for WWI in Wray, born August 5, 1882, working for C.J. Scribner of Yampa, Colorado, nearest relative Mary Courtney of Wray.

William H. Courtney proved up 320 acres in 34, 4N 44W, and sections 3 and 4, 3N 44W in 1920.

W.H. Courtney, 39, married Effie Maxwell on July 28, 1921 in Wray.

Effie Maxwell was born July 7, 1897 at Victor, Colorado to Heenan V. Maxwell and Mary Monaghan.
(The Maxwells were farming in Yuma County in 1920, Heenan 55, Mary 50, Effie M. 22, Clifford R. 20, Mable G. 16, and William H. 12 - they wee in Teller County in in 1900.

In 1930 William is farming in north Yuma County, with Brown and Brophy as neightbers. He's 46, married to Effie m. 32 born in Colorady, with mary M. 8, Mable 6, William H. 4, and Vetty L. nine months.
In 1940 Wray, on South Railway Street, Effie is 42, with William H. 14, Betty Lee 10, James E. 7, adn Norma L.2.

William is buried in Wray 1883-1949 # 17097421.
December 8, 1949
Effie is buried in Littleton 1888-1955 # 11250373.

Betty is buried in Seward, Nebraska.
Betty Lee (Courtney) Endicott was born June 16, 1929 in Wray, Colorado, the daughter of William H. and Effie (Maxwell) Courtney and passed away in Seward, Nebraska on November 25, 2011 at the age of 82 years, 5 months, 9 days. Betty attended school in Wray, Colorado. On September 14, 1946, Betty was united in marriage to Russell Nelson Endicott, Jr. in St. Francis, Kansas. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Donald, Linda, Richard, Judy and Kelly. The Endicott family moved to Seward in 1954 and Russ and Betty were the owners of Doc's IGA, Russ's ShurSave and Pac N Save, all in Seward. Betty was a 5o plus year member of the Seward United Methodist Church. Other memberships included Seward VFW Post No. 4755 Auxiliary and a proud member of the "E.L.K." Club and the "M.E.L.D." Club.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russ Endicott in 2006; her son-in-law, Jim Sommerfeld; brother, William Courtney; three sisters, Mary Cunningham, Mabel Middleton and Norma Rolfsmeier; two grandchildren, Courtney Endicott and Charles Endicott.

Betty is survived by her children and their spouses, Donald and Nancy Endicott of Wayne, Linda and Steve Schmidt of Lincoln, Richard and Connie Endicott of Seward, Judy Sommerfeld of Seward, Kelly and Jim Dingwell of Lincoln; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, James and Willie Courtney of Laird, CO; sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Robert Yates of Lincoln; cousins and a host of friends.
 Courtney, Donna Mae  1934 10/27/1934 4 7 26 7
 Courtney, E. Wray  1888 1958 2 15 58 2
 Courtney, Elmer Everett  5/9/1919 9/19/1927 2 15 58 3
 Courtney, Gussie  1888 1974 2 15 58 1
 Courtney, Henry   1844 1899 4 7 26 1
 Courtney, Julie Kay  3/9/1959 12/25/2006 10 10 39 1f
 Courtney, Unknown  4 7 26 6
 Courtney, Unknown  4 7 26 8

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