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All  cash-claimed land in 1891 in section 1, 4N 47W, and 6, 4N 46W, including the later Pleasant Valley Church.

And then in 1894 Permelia A. and Joseph H. each homesteaded land in section 2 - four miles east.

And then J.H. Shockley homesteaded 80 acres in 1923 in section 13 - about seven miles east. Witnesses were Edward E. Parks, Ernest E. Edwards, William R. McKelvery of Wages, and Gerry Brower of Yuma.

in 1880 Auglaize, Camden County, Missouri a Joseph Shockly, 19, Tennessee, and Thomas 21 Tennessee are living with their half-brother William Robinson 28.  Also with them is widowed mother Parmelia A. Schockly, 50, Tennessee. THAT'S THE TOWN WHERE JOSIAH EVANS lived before coming to Yuma. AND WHERE SEBORN ELLIOTT'S FAMILY WAS.

She must be the Permila Robertson who married D.I. Shockley January 7, 1858 in Warren County, Tennessee..  One tree says she was born Penelope Ann Miller in Rome, Smith County, Tennessee in 1829.

In 1860 Warren County D.I. 50, and Pammela 36 have seven kids - from 16 to 4 - so this must be a second marriage.

In 1870 Warren County "Amelia" 45, has Thomas 9, Joseph 8, Lafayette 7 Shockley, then William 17 and Kisvia 16 Robertson. William is a farm laborer

(Kisiah E. Roberson married Amos E. Davenport August 17, 1873 in Warren County, and Kisiah (Robertson) Davenport 1854-1885 is buried in Warren County # 66092148.)

In 1880 Camden County, Missouri, William Robinson is 28, and living with him are three half-brothers, farm help. Thomas W. Shockley 21, Joseph 19, and Lafayette 17. His mother Pamelia Shockley, 50 is with them.
(George Lafayette Shockley, born March 30, 1864 in Warren County, Illinois, died Dec 2, 1946 in St. Louis, buried in Camden County, Missouri # 5535088 "Death Cert.#42963 father:David L Shockley mother: Permelian Ann Miller Shockley")


In 1900 Thomas Shockley is back in Auglaize, 59 ?? , married to Mary. J. 33.  They have John R. 13, Thomas L. 11, Mary E. 10, Samuel B. 8, Joseph H. 6, George D. 5, Roby E. 4, and Ruby C. 1.  They said all the kids were born in Missouri.

In 1905 Washington County said that Thomas Shockley was delinquent on taxes for 80 acres in 5N 54W, Section 3.  If that's correct, that land was claimed by homestead by Lowell C. Bell in 1889.

In 1910 Christian County Thomas J. 49 and Mary J. 43 have Mary E. 20, Samuel 18, Joseph 16, George 14, Roby 13, Roby 11, and Pearl 11.

In 1920 Thomas J. 59  and Mary J. are in Christian County.  They have George D. 24, Roberta E. 22, Pearl 19, grandchildren Helen M. 11, and Frank E. 9.

Mary Jane died in 1925 in Springfield, and the certificate said she was a widow.  Buried in East Lawn Cemetery Jan 14, 1925.  Informant was Mrs. J.D. James of Springfield. 

In 1940 Lawrence County Missouri Thomas J. 79, is living with Thomas 52 and Mattie 48 Shockley and their two kids.

Thomas Jefferson Shockley died October 24, 1943 in Springfield Missouri, son of David Shockley and was to be buried in Stoutland, Missouri.  He was a retired railroad section foreman.


One tree says Joseph Henry Shockley was born July 3, 1862 in McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee

Joseph H. Shockley married Nora Johnson September 19, 1895 in Laclede County , Missouri

In 1900 Auglaize, Camden County Joseph H. born July 1862 in Tennessee and Nora E. born May 1877 in Iowa, married four years, have Pernelia March 1897 and Millie F. January 1900, both born in Missouri.

In 1910 Laclede County Missouri Joseph H. 48 and Nora 32 have Permelia 13, Fay 10, Lillie 7, Beatrice 4, and Laverne 1.

In 1920 Rocky Ford Colorado H. Joseph 56 and Nora 42 have Mollie 22, Fay 19, Beatrice 14, Laverne 11.  With them are boarders Walter Morgan 42 and his two sons Earl 19 and Ray 17.

So Nora must have left Joseph and married Walter.....

July 9, 1925 "J.H. Shockley returned Sunday afternoon from a few days visit in Denver."

May 6, 1926 "Mrs. M.M. Shockley and little daughter came down from Denver Monday for a few days visit with her husband Mr. Shockley, of the Yuma ASuto Wrecking Company."

January 5, 1928 Yuma "J.H. Shockley left for La Habra, California, this week to visit with relatives for a month or two."

July 12, 1928

In 1930 La Junta (very close to Rocky Ford) a Walter Morgan 52 and Nora E. Morgan 53 have Lorene 14, born in Missouri.

Walter and Nora Morgan divorced in Otero County in 1931.

In 1930 Los Angeles and 1940 Orange County Joseph is divorced

July 13, 1933 "Mrs. Ray Meek and son came in on the evening train Sunday from La Junta, this state, to visit with the lady's mother, Mrs. Nora Morgan, at the Conley & Hatcher home."
November 30, 1933 "J.H. Shockley, a former resident of Yuma, writes that he is convalescing from a major operation and expected to submit to another as soon as strength had been regained sufficiently.

December 16, 1943

January 31, 1935 Waverly items in the Yuma Pioneer "G.H. Hatcher and Mrs. Morgan of Yuma spent Sunday at the Hall."
June 6, 1935 "We take this means of expressing our gratitude to the friends of G.H. Hatcher for their offers of assistance and words of sympathy expressed in our hour of sorrow. - Mrs. Nora Morgan and relatives."
Nora had accompanied the body to burial.
December 5, 1935, Yuma "Mr. and Mrs. Mock, who had been visiting for a few days with the lady's mother, Mrs. Nora Morgan in this city, left Monday for their home at La Junta."
January 2, 1936 "Mrs. Nora Morgan, who was spending Christmas with her children in La Junta, returned to Yuma last Thursday."

Joseph Henry Shockley July 3, 1862- June 7, 1945 died in La Habra # 147842492. His mother's maiden name was Miller.
November 5, 1942

Nora Morgan born May 10 1877 died February 1968, last address of La Junta.


In 1902 both Joseph and Parmelia were delinquent on their Yuma County taxes.

In Stoutland, Missouri cemetery is a stone "Mollie Shockley" Feb 13, 1825 - January 1907

That's the cemetery where Thomas and George are buried,

But in January 1907 in Jackson Missouri a "Mrs. Shockley" died, with no immediate relatives.  Other newspaper articles earlier had a Maria Shockley of Jackson.

In 1930 Otero County Mollie is now married to John A. Brown 34, a day laborer. Mollie's sisters Fay 29 is a bookkeeper and Beatrice 24 is a teacher.

Mollie A. Brown 1897-1967 is buried in La Junta, # 33298512.

M.Fay Kuhl 1900-2001 is buried in La Junta # 33298322. Willam Kuhl 1908-1982 has a similar stone # 33298295.


Beatrice Shockley, born Sept 28, 1906 at Stoutland Missouri, living at La Junta, sailed from the Canal Zone to Los Angeles in 1935.
In June 1936 she still listed La Junta as her address, arriving in New York from the Canal Zone.
Beatrice S. Cavelli - Sept 28, 1905 - Nov 26, 2001 buried in Pensacola, Florida # 77799068, with Charles Cavelli, U.S. Army Colonel WWII and Korea 1902-1989.

Beatrice S. Cavelli, 96, of Parker, Fla., died Nov. 26, 2001, at a local nursing home. Mrs. Cavelli was born Sept. 28, 1905, in Stoutland, Mo., and grew up in La Junta, Colo. The first in her family to go to college, she earned a lifetime teaching certificate from Colorado Teachers College in Greeley (now University of Northern Colorado) and had graduated in 1941 from Boston University with a B.S. in education.
She taught elementary grades in Colorado, the Panama Canal Zone in Central America, where she married Charles Cavelli Jr., colonel, U.S. Army, who preceded her in death in 1989 and was proceeded by four sisters. She enjoyed travel, playing bridge, piano, and had an active social life.
She is survived by two daughters, Susan Kimball and her husband, Kim, of Panama City, Nora Cavelli of Denver, Colo.; three grandsons, Charles F. (Carl) Kimball and wife, Shannon, John Kimball and wife, Joy, Nathaniel Kimball; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew Kimball and Morgan Kimball.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Raley officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Graveside funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Fort Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla.

In 1930 Las Animas County (next to Otero) Laverne is a school teacher.
Laverne received a degree from the Colorado State Teachers College in August 1931.

In 1953 Blanche L. Fertig, 44, of La Junta Colorado sailed to Honolulu with Katherine 6 and Susan 9. Katherine was born in Arizona, Susan in the Phillipines.
Laverne 1908-1992 is buried in Fort Logan

Laverne Shockly Fertig, a former Colorado resident who gained fame as a guerrilla fighter against the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II, died of cancer Jan. 18 in St. Louis. She was 83.
A memorial service was Jan. 27 in Calvary Episcopal Church in Golden. Burial was in Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Born on Aug. 9, 1908, in Stoutland, Mo., Mrs. Fertig, the youngest of five daughters, moved at an early age to La Junta, where she grew up. In 1935, she married Claude Fertig, a mining engineer, and two years later they moved to the Philippines.
In 1942, the islands were captured by the Japanese, but the Fertigs fled into the jungle rather than give themselves up. Along with Claude's brother, Wendell, they formed guerrilla bands to fight the Japanese, and throughout the war relayed intelligence to Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
For three years, the Japanese relentlessly pursued the Fertigs but were unable to catch them. In December 1943, Mrs. Fertig, then eight months pregnant, was hiding with some Baptist missionaries on the island of Panay when they were discovered by Japanese soldiers. All 16 missionaries and their children were killed, but Mrs. Fertig narrowly escaped by crawling into a field of tall grass.
For the next three weeks, she stayed on the move with Filipino guerrillas, finally giving birth to a baby girl under a banana tree. Eventually, she was reunited with her husband, and in mid-1944 they were taken to Australia by a submarine.
The Fertigs' wartime experiences were widely celebrated in the press and in 1945, Louise Spence wrote a book about Mrs. Fertig called Guerrilla Wife.
In 1947, the Fertigs returned to the Philippines and lived on the island of Luzon for many years before retiring to Colorado. Mrs. Fertig was a frequent speaker at clubs and organizations.
The Fertigs were made honorary citizens of Baguio City in 1957 for their many civic contributions during their 32 years in the Philippines.
Her survivors include two daughters, Susan Fertig-Dyks of Alexandria, Va., and Katherine Phelps of Chesterfield, Mo.; two sisters, Fay Kuhl of Golden and Beatrice Cavelli of Panama City, Fla.; and four grandsons.
Copyright (c) 1992 Rocky Mountain News

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