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Cora G. Cunningham Courtney

Cora 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.

1904 the Wray Circle 373 Women of Woodcraft recorded "our esteem an 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

February 19, 1904
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.

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 yars, 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.




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.

1916 Gertrude was the petitioner for the estate of W.W. Cunningham -heirs were Rebecca J. Cunningham, Minnie Cunningham, Ida S. Rush, Gertrude Courtney, Lydia S. Weatherfield, Rolla Luxon (nee Cunningham), Blanch E. Cunningham, Clyde E. Cunningham, Perry D. Cunningham, Cash C. Cunningham (now deceased; Anna Cunningham, Anna Cunningham, Ethel Cunningham, Everett Cunningham, heirs of Cash G. Cunningham.

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.

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."

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 Ilinois, Minnie Dec 1885 Nebaska, and Elmer R. May 1888 Colorado.

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

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

William H. Courtney proved up a quarter in 34, 4N 44W in 1920.

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.
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.

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 July21, 1914 in Littleton.

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

Courtney, Charles  1876 1957 2 11 43 6
 Courtney, Donna Mae  1934 10/27/1934 4 7 26 7
 Courtney, E. Wray  1888 1958 2 15 58 2
 Courtney, Ella B.  1883 1927 2 11 43 5
 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, Mary Stults  10/23/1848 12/25/1930 4 7 26 5
 Courtney, Unknown  4 7 26 6
 Courtney, Unknown  4 7 26 8

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