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James G. and Sadie (Scofield) Black, sister Grace (Black) Coykendall , Joes

In 1880 Republic County, Kansas, James D. Black is 37, born in Virginia, Harriet E. 28 West Virginia. Arthur E. 11 was born in Illinois, Ralph W. 9 , Annie 7, Grace 4, Ted 2, and Emma six months, were all born in Kansas.

James 1842-1916 is buried in Belleville, Kansas # 28655176. So is Harriett (Steele) Black 1852-1894, # 28655199.
Arthur might be the one in Lamont, Okalhoma 1869-1960 # 10728771.
Annie might be the Anna Belle Carey 1872-1954 buried in Belleville # 111967768.
Gertrude (Black) Tallent 1885-1973 is buried in Belleville # 101994204.
Cecil married Warren B. Waite, and they're in Republic County in 1940.

In 1880 Republic County Kansas, Prosper H. Schofield is 35, born in New York, Fannie 32 New York. Orrie 8, John 6, Winfield S. 3,and James P. 1 wee all bon in Kansas.

Prosper F. Scofield 1844-1934 and Fannie M. Scofield 1848-1929 are buried in Belleville, Kansas.
"Sada" appears on the 1895 census with them in Kansas, age 13.

In 1910 Yuma County, next to sister Grace Coykendall, James and Saide F. 28 have Mildred H. 9, Harold S. 8, H. Marceline 6, Cecil M. 4, and Hilda C. 3.

Ray Smith 21 single is the next household.

James proved up a quarter in 27, 4S 48W in 1915, and another 80 acres in section 21 in 1922.

Francis Stephen Black was born October 19, 1915 at Joes, Colorado to James G. Black and Saide F. Scofield. He died August 2, 1998 in Pinellas County, Florida.

In 1920 Yuma County, James G. Black is 42, Sadie 38, Mildred H. 19, Harold 18, Helen M. 16, Cecile M. 14, Hilda C. 12, James P. 9 - all bon in Kansas - then Wilma L. 6 and Francis S. 4 born in Colorado.

January 1927

March 1929

In 1930 Yuma County, James is 52, widowed, with Cecil 24 and Francis 13.

April 2, 1931
April 23, 1931

In 1940 Yuma County, James G. is 62, widowed, Secil M. 34, Francis S. 23, and Betty J. 17.

November 28, 1963

James Garfield "Ted" Black 1877-1963 is buried in Joes, # 67346822, with Sadie Francis Black 1882-1922 # 67346823.
November 2, 1922


January 14, 1915 "Ray Smith and family returned Wednesday from Nebraska, where they had been called to the death bed of Mr. Smith's father, who had been fatally injured by the kick of a horse. Ray's youngest brother, Elgin came along and will make his home with them."

In 1930 Yuma County, Mildred is 28, married to Elgin P. Smith 27, Nebraska, They have newborn Henry J.

In 1940 Yuma County, Elgin is 38, Mildred H. 39, Henry J. 10, Max A. 8, and Evelyn N. 5.
(Elgin's father Albert Grant Smith is buried in Frontier County, Nebraska, 1864-1914 # 19147433, with Ida Jane Coykendall, who had Ray and Elgin Smith both of Joes. Two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Kaufaman and Mrs. Hazel Rohlfing, preceded her death in Yuma in 1950)
Gladys Cauffman is buried in North Platte 1890-1938 # 49512828. Vera Hazell (Smith) Rohfling 1892-1930 is buried in Frontier County # 31311805.)

April 17, 1941 "The Elgin Smith family drove to Lewellen Nebraska last week end and brought his mother Mrs. Hamler, here. A house has been moved from the former Taylor ranch to the Sunnyside ranch for Mrs. Hamler and she will again have her own home, but be near her sons."

January 31, 1952 "Ray and Elgin Smith and wife, with Ted Black, were called to Curtis Nebraska last week end by the death of Guy Coykendall, an uncle of the Smith brothers and a brother-in-law of Mr. Black. Mr. Coykendall homesteaded here many years ago, northwest of Joes but left this region over thirty years ago."

March 1954

Evelyn was at the University of Colorado in 1955.

November 5, 1964
June 16, 1977
July 1925 Hughes neighborhood items


Marceline Black married Orren Rakes June 24, 1929, recorded in Yuma County.
In 1930 Joes precinct, Orren is 28, Merceline 26, with Elinor J. 2 Colorado.
They're next to Ray L. Smith 41, Alta 38, Clare E. 16, and Vera M. 12.

January 28, 1943
Orren W. Rakes is buried in Wray 1901-1943 # 62637415.

In 1957 Merceline is in Colorado Springs, living at 435 N. Union. Olan W. (Esther K.) at the same address, is in the Air Force. So is Mrs. Esther K. Rakes, a typist at Ent Air ForceBase.

Marceline Rakes born October 7, 1903, died in San Diego County April 4, 1987.

Eleanor Jean Rakes was born August 8, 1927, name as Nadolph in 1944, as Smith in 1949.

March 8, 1945 "Ted Black and daughter, Cecile, accompanied the Elgin Smith family to Otis on Sunday to attend Memorial services for Private George Nadolph, who recently died at a hospital in England from wounds received on the battlefields of teh western front."
Her last residence was Mesa, Arizona.


Francis S. Black married Alta M. Tobin in Pinellas County, Florida in 1943.
In 1945 Pinellas County, Francis is 29, born in Colorado, in the Air Corps. Alta is 1 born in Florida, and they have Francis Jr. 1.
October 15, 1953 "The Francis Black family of ____ Kansas, arrived here for a visit with his father J.A. Black and his siters ... Mildred Smith and Le.... Stalsworth. The family circle had dinner at the Elgin Smith Sunday. Other gueste ...Mrs. Max Smith of Rollinsville, Miss Eelyn Smith of Bouleder, Mrs. Henry Smith adn little... Yuma.

In 1952 Harold and family were living in St. Louis.


One post said that Marion Pearl Bates was born August 5, 1881 in Kansas and died February 20, 1971 in Salida.

In 1952 Harold Black of St. Louis arrived and was going to visit Mrs. Cecile Bates and husband of Buena Vista.

James' 1963 obituary listed a daughter Cecile Bates of Salida, Colorado.

October 22, 1964 "Mrs. Amanda Reynolds and son Jim drove to Salida and brought Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Bates hee for the funeral of Mrs. Bates' sister, Leone Stallsworth Thursday."

In February 1970 Pearl Bates, Cecile's husband, passed away in Salida.
Marion P. Bates 1881 - 1970 is buried in Chaffee County # 7855897.


In 1963, James was living in Portland Oregon.


March 1931 "Mrs. Orby Kuffler is entertaining two little nieces this week. One, her sister's small daughter, and the other, Mr. Kuffler's brother's daughter."

March 1962 "Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Kuffler and children, Diana and Gary, of Gresham, Oregon, arrived here on Sunday to visit Ted. Black, Mrs. Kuffler's father and her sister, Mrs. Leone Stallsworth and family."

In 1963, Betty Kuffler was living in Portland, Oregon


Februray 26, 1931 "George Cross hauled hogs to Yuma Wednesday. He was accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Mravin Elsey and his nephew John Rice."

April 2, 1931 John Rice was a Sunday dinner guest at the J.G. Black home.
April 16 - George Cross and daughter Twila, Mrs and Mrs. Marvin Elsey, Leone Black and John Rice called at the Paul Hooper and Ernest Hemmings homes Sunday.
April 23, 1931 "John Rice left Friday for his home in Lewis, Kansas. George Cross took him to Kit Carson, Colorado, and from there he took the train to Hays.
Thelma Black married John L. Rice June 15, 1931, recorded in Yuma County.
1939 "Mrs. Delia Stallsworth's two little daughters of Denver are here visiting at the WWayne Cross home with their grandfather, George Cross."

This might be the same John Rice of south of Wray.

Funeral services for Jerry Ford were held Friday at Cope and interment was at the Cope cemetery. Relatives here to attend the funeral were his parents, his sister, Dorothy, and his brother, all of Portland, Oregon. Harold Black of St. Louis, Missouri was also here for the funeral. Mrs. Ford and children accompanied the folks to Denver Sunday, and she expected to go to St. Louis with her brother to spend some time visiting. Mrs. Marcelene Rakes and family of Laird were also here for the funeral.

Yuma Pioneer, Yuma, Colorado June 15, 1944
Transcribed by Carol Moore.

He was united in marriage January 8, 1938 to Leone Rice. To this union were born two children: Virden, who preceded him in death, and Verna. He was baptized in the hospital on the evening of his death. Most of his life was spent in the Cope community.

Besides his wife and daughter, those left to mourn his going are his step-daughter, Avis Rice; his parents, Virden Ford and and Mayme Ford; one brother Leonard Ford; three sisters, Dorothy Ford, Alberta Eastin, and Ilene Johnston, and a host of friends and relatives.

In 1963, Leone Stallsworth was livng at Joes.

October 16, 1964

Thelma Leone (Black) Stallsworth is buried in Joes # 67346980, with Woodrow 1918-1969.
In 1900 Republic County, James D. Black is widowed, born Nov 1842. With him is daughter Grace H. born August 1875 married to Guy Coykendall Oct 1873 Iowa. Gertrude Black April 1885, Cecil C. May 1887, Jessie Coykendall April 1897 and unnamed granddaughter Coykendall Dec 1899.

The Coykendalls are in Yuma County in 1910, Guy 35, Grace 34, Jessie M 13, Opal 10, and Yula 7, all girls born i Knasas. They're non the same census page as James G. Black.

Guy Coykendall proved up two quarters in 26, 4S 48W in 1913 - next to the Ray Smith 1915 claim and the James G. Black 1915 claim. His witnesses were Henry P. Nikkel, Isaac Braun, Ray L. Smith, and James G. Black.

February 1915 "Ira Coykendall who has been here for several weeks visiting his uncle Guy Coykendall, expects to leave Tuesday for his home in Maywood, Nebraska."

February 1915 " Ora Coykendall visited at Ray Smith's Sunday."
March 25, 1915 "Guy Coykendall and family are going to leave Joes soon, and will have a sale the first of April. We are all sad to see them go. Here's hoping them good luck."
In 1920 Guy, Grace, Jessie, and Yula Coykendall are in Frontier County, Nebraska. Cyrus G. is 5, born in Colorado.

July 17, 1947

Grace Coykendall buried in Frontier County, Nebraska 1875-1957, # 62485142.

November 7, 1957 - Mrs. Grace Black Coykendall, 82, a long time resident of Curtis, died suddenly September 26 following a heart attack. Although in poor health the past 10 years and confined to a wheel chair, she had been active in home and community affairs doing what she could do from her home. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 28, from the Congregational church with the Rev. Homer Blough of the Curtis Congregational church officiating. Burial was in the Curtis cemetery with the Curtis Rebekah lodge in charge of graveside services.
Grace Black was born August 2, 1875, in Republic county near Belleville, Kan. She was the daughter of James Black and Harriett Steel Black and grew to womanhood in Kansas. She attended Belleville school at Republic county, Kansas.
Mrs. Coykendall was of a family of eight children, five of whom survive. She was married to Guy Coykendall on October 23, 1895, and he preceded her in death on January 25, 1952, at the home in Curtis, where they had resided since 1925. To this union were born four children, three daughters and one son. She was a loyal Rebekah and member of the Congregational Church. survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Jessie Schultz of Moorefield, Mrs. Opal Saum of Dalton, Mrs. Yula Vierson of Maywood SlVIa and one son, Cyrus Guy Coyken of Kankakee,Illinois, 15 grand-children, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Yula was born July 2, 1902 at Belleville, Kansas, name as Vierson in 1972, dying December 1979.
She's buried in Frontier County, Nebraska # 33277614, with John M. Vierson 1898-1973.

Jessie was teaching school in 1920 Frontier County, Nebraska.

Jessie married Emmitt (Emmil) Schultz and is buried in Moorefield, Frontier County, Nebraska 1897-1985 # 66429701. In 1915 she was living in Wray, and her parents, the Guy Coykendalls's, spent a few days with her and then left for Belleville, Kansas.

Opal, born December 28, 1899, died September 20, 1996, married Harry Saum
She died as Stevens in 1996.
Harry Charles Saum 1898-1973 is buried in Grant, Nebraska # 62620259.

Forrest L. Saum, 80, of Elm Creek died Dec. 16, 2001, at his home in Elm Creek.

He was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Maywood to Harry C. and Opal T. Coykendall Saum. He grew up in the Maywood and Farnam areas, graduating from Farnam High School in 1941. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1941-1945. He participated in the Battle of Coral Sea and served landings in Africa and Sicily. After the war he worked in Wyoming then came to Kearney and attended Kearney State College. He later worked as a police officer for the City of Kearney, then worked at Turner Body Shop until retiring. He moved to Elm Creek in the early 1980s, where he had lived since.

Mr. Saum was a member of the Kearney Elks Lodge 984, Kearney Eagles Lodge 2722 and Kearney Veterans of Foreign War Post 759. He enjoyed the outdoors and especially hunting and fishing. Survivors include two brothers, Hal of Kearney and Burnell of Hamilton, Mont.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother. Memorials are suggested to the Kearney Police Department in care of the Kearney Community Foundation.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Horner-Lieske-Horner Mortuary with the Rev. C.J. Willis officiating. Burial will be in Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with graveside military rites provided by the North Platte Veterans Group.


KEARNEY - Halton "Hal" Saum, 83, of Kearney died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at the Good Samaritan Hospital.

He was born July 5, 1925, in Brandon, to Harry and Opal Coykendall Saum. He graduated from Farnam High School. He taught at Lodgepole.

Survivors include his wife of Kearney; daughters, Janet Stull of Lincoln, Terri Winchell of Bellevue, Cynthia Ostgren of Leavenworth, Kan., Trish Wilkinson of Boulder, Colo., and Lisa Saum of Denver; brother, Burnell Saum of Hamilton, Mont.; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and two sisters.

Memorials are suggested to Faith United Methodist Church or a scholarship to be established at Elm Creek High School. Online condolences or personal reflections can be submitted at osafh.com.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at the Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney with the Rev. Michelle Reed officiating. Interment will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at the Kearney Cemetery.

Cyrus G. Coykendall died September 23, 1984 in Everett Washington.

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