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Emmett M. and Ida Bell (Hatfield) Piper,  son Lewis Piper,    Mildred

In 1870 Decatur County, Iowa, James W. Hatfield 35, Hester 33, Sarah E. 9, Joseph F. 4, Lavicy A. 2, and Ida B. 1.

In 1880 Decatur County, Iowa, James 44 and Hester 43 Hatfield have Joseph F. 14, Lavica A. 13, Ida B. 12, Jacob 9, Hattie E. 7, Horatio 4, and Gertie 3.

Decatur County Journal December 19, 1906
John Piper, the subject of this sketch, was born October the 11, 1833 in Columbiana County, Ohio, and died at his home in Eden Township, December 5, 1906, aged 73 years, 1 month and 22 days. He had been in poor health for some time, but his death was sudden and peaceful due to complication of old age.
John Piper was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Ward Piper on June 5, 1855 who still survives him. To this union twelve children were born, four of whom died in infancy. The living are Emmett, Jacob, Charles, Louella, Dora. Zora, John and Harvey, all of whom were present.
He enlisted in Company H 140th Ohio Volunteers, on March 10, 1864, and received a certificate of thanks and an honorable discharge in September 1864.
He, with his family, moved to Iowa the same year where he bought a farm in Eden Township, where they have since resided. He was a kind indulgent husband and father, a good and respected citizen and neighbor.
Funeral services were held from the home on Wednesday, December 5, under the auspices of the G. A. R. Post, interment being in the Leon Cemetery.

Two of the four children dying in infancy were named Bennie and Sarah L. Both are buried in the Manchester Cemetery, Eden Twp. Decatur County, Iowa
Son Charles married Martha Ann Stephens Piper and both are buried in Bethel Cemetery, Eden Twp. Decatur County, Iowa.
Zora May Piper married Henry Walter McNelly.
Son Emmett Piper married Ida Bell Hatfield the daughter of James Wiley and Sarah Esther Stanley Hatfield.
Harvey Piper and wife Imogene are buried in the Davis City, Decatur County, Iowa. 

In 1880 Decatur County John Piper 46 and Mary E. 45, have Ira E. 20, Jacob 18, Charles 15, Casy L. 12, Dona B. 7. Zora M. 5, John 3, Harvey 3, and Benjamin eleven months.

Emmett Piper born in Ohio to John Piper and Elizabeth Ward, married Ida Bell Hatfield in Decatur County, Iowa March 17, 1888.  She was born about 1868 in Iowa to James Hatfield and Esther Stanley.

In 1900 Decatur County, Emmett born Nov 1860 in Ohio, is married 12 years to Ida, born March 1862 Iowa, have Lewis March 1891, born in Iowa.

All three are in Vernon precinct, Yuma County, in 1910.

1912 Wray "E. M. Piper of Mildred was a county seat visitor Friday, coming after coal."



One tree said Adelia Courtney, born April 7, 1875 to James Middleton Courtney and Rachel Frickey,  married William Southwick November 1892 in St. Clair County, Missouri.

He might be the Thomas W. Southwick born Feb 1870 in Missouri, with parents Jesse and Docie in 1900 St. Clair County (although in 1910 he said his marriage to Grace was his first).  His death certificate said his mother was Doshia Rainey, so he might have named his daughter after his mother.

In 1875 Linn County Kansas, Middleton Courtney is 33, Rachel 18, Elizabeth 11, J. 9, Wyona 7, and Adelia 1.

John Matthew Kier
I'm interested in the person listed as his wife. I think John was her 3rd husband. I believe she is my ancestor Adelia Courtney who married William Southwick (children Jessie, Doshia, Zenia) married Custer, married John Kier. Daughter Doshia is buried in Glendale Cemetery. Shirley

Isaac married Mrs. Delia Southwick of Roscoe Missouri November 4, 1911, and she had three daughters Mrs. Jame Beach, Mr. Harry Foltmer, Mrs. Howard Ray - per Isaac's 1918 obituary.

John M. Kier married Delia Custer April 12, 1921, recorded in Kit Carson County.

In 1930 Vernon precinct, John M. Kier 62 first married at 53 is married to Delia, 54, first married at 18, and John S. Kelly, 2, a school teacher,  is with them.

Probably she's the Della Custer Kier 1875-1952 buried in Glendale # 79515316.

Zenia born Dec 6, 1896 in Missouri, married Howard R. Ray, born Oct 31, 1895 at Biglow, Missouri, and they have an Eckley address when registering, with one child.

Dosha Kelly married "Conrad Taltemer" November 9, 1913, recorded in Yuma County.

In 1920 Wray Dosha R. 25 born in Missouri is married to Conrad H. Foltmer, 27, Colorado, with John S. 10, Missouri, Raymond 3 and Irene E. 1, both Colorado.

In 1922 Foltmer, C H, Machine Shop and Battery Station, Wray, Born Yuma County 1892,  wife Doshia Kelly.

In 1930 Atchison, Kansas, Conrad H. is running a welding shop, with Doshia, 35, Raymond 13, and Irene 12.

Jessie Southwick married James H. Beach March 30, 1912 in Sedalia Missouri.

In 1930 they're in Yuma County, both 35, with Vance Cecil 16, Albert H. 14, Juanita L. 11, Robert O. 7, and Charles Ray 1.

In 1940 Yuma County Dosha Foltmer is 45, mother of John S. Kelly, 30???.  Delia Kier, 65 widowed is grandmother.  Raymond Foltmer half-brother 24, cousins Robert, Charles, and Margaret G. Beach.

One tree said she separated from Conrad Henry Foltmer, and married John K. Greene Feb 23, 1944.

Doshia R. (Foltmer) Greene 1895-1988 is buried in Glendale, per 80199985.

In 1900 Delia Southwick is widowed, with daughters Jessie 7, Dosia R. and Zenia, both 4. 


Harry Foltmer 1892-1941 is buried in Glendale Cemetery, Vernon, Colorado.

Isaac Sylvester Custer
 Born: 28 JUL 1857   - Cass County, Indiana
 Marr:  4 NOV 1911   -              
 Died: 17 AUG 1918   - Vernon, Yuma County, Colorado
Father: Thomas H. Custer
Mother: Sarah Jane Hunter
Other Spouses: Dora Jane Kier 


In 1900 Holt County, Missouri, Amos J. Ray, 39 and Laura J. 37, have Howard R. 4 and Ethel F. 1.  They're in Vernon precinct, Yuma County, Colorado in 1910.  Amos proved up a quarter in 26, 5S 43W in 1912, near the Winfrey claims in sections 31 and 33.

1913 Wray "Oscar Winfrey and Howard Ray of Armel, were in town Friday."

October 8, 1913 O.R. Winfrey married Ethel Ray, recorded in Yuma County.

1916 Wray  Ethel F. Winfrey divorced Oscar E. Winfrey, suing for support of minor child Vera L.

In 1920 Woods County, Oklahoma, John S. Piper is 41 born in Missouri, married to Ethel 21, Missouri.  They have Ivan 1 and Viola four months, both born in Oklahoma, and Vera Winfrey, Ethel's daughter, 5, born in Colorado.

In 1930 Baca County, Colorado, John 51 and Ethel 31 have Ivan W. 12 and Viola 11.

John is in Baca County in 1940, and Ethel 41 "widowed" is in Yamhll County Oregon, with Vivian, 9.

Vivian Louise Piper, daughter of Ethel Ray and John S. Piper, was born about 1931, and married John Sexton in Los Angeles in 1951.

Vera Lee Winfrey married Lloyd P. Higdon June 20, 1931, recorded in Kit Carson County.

Vera Lucille (Winfrey) (Higdon) Gupton 1914-1993 is buried in Oretown, Oregon 90297012

Vivian Louise Piper, daughter of Ethel Ray and John S. Piper, was born about 1931, and married John Sexton in Los Angeles in 1951.

John S. Piper 1878-1950 is buried in Walsh, Colorado..  So is Ivan W. Piper -1918-1997.

In 1920 E.M. and Ida are in Howell County, Missouri, farming.

Emmett proved up two quarters in 6, 3S 45W in 1915.

 Lewis proved up two quarters in 7, 3S 45W in 1917.

Louis Piper, 21, married Vina Whitaker, 19, in Wray, Colorado April 4, 1911.

In 1920 Mildred precinct, Lewis and Vera are 28, with Mary 5, and Ida F. 2.

In 1930 Howell County, Ida B. Piper is 61, widowed.  The line above has William L. Poor, 69, born in Illinois and his widowed sister Nancy J. Whitford, 81, Indiana.

William Leonard Poor, age 74, died June 16, 1936 in Howell County, wife Ida Poor.  FindAGrave 9406107.

 In 1940 Howell County, Ida Poor is 71, widowed, born in Iowa.

Per 27161775, Emmett M. Piper -1861-1927, is buried in Walker Chapel, Howell County, as is Ida (Hatfield) Piper - 1868-1957.  #27161787 says Ida Piper married William M. Poor October 20, 1935.

In 1930 Howell County, Missouri, Lewis E. and "Vina"  are farming, with Alice M. 15, Ada I. 12 - both born in Colorado - and Emil E. 5, born in Missouri.

In 1940 Howell County, Lewis E. and "Nina" have only Edward, 15.

Lewis Edward Piper, per 62417538, is buried in Walker Chapel, Howell County, He was born March 28, 1891 at Leon Iowa, and died in Mountain View, Howell County.

Vina Piper was born on August 17, 1891 in Gainesboro, Jackson County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of John and Sallie Whitaker. Her father John Whitaker passed away in 1899 and her mother Sallie passed away in 1900. She and her brothers and sisters still living at home were reared by her older sister Lear and her husband Louis Mayfield. They moved from Tennessee in about 1905 and lived for a time in Lanton, Howell County, Missouri she was around 14 years at this time, next they moved to Dewey County Oklahoma Territory on a claim south of Lenora where they lived in an area called the JV Flats. Between July 12, 1907 and April 25,1910 they moved to the South Fork Township in Howell County Missouri. They were listed on the 1910 census in this County. They moved to Wray, Yuma County, Colorado to homestead. Sometime in 1911 her uncle and aunt Louis and Lear Mayfield moved to Oklahoma. Vina stayed in Colorado and married Lewis Piper and they lived on a claim they homesteaded. Sometime between March 9, 1910 and February 3, 1923 Lewis and Vina Piper moved to Howell County Missouri where his parents lived and farmed. To this union were born four children Alice, Inez (Inus), Leara Agnes, Emmett. On December 9, 1950 Lewis passed away in Mountain View Missouri. Vina later married Charles Ogle in 1953. On August 13, 1966 Vina passed away Mountain View Missouri. She was laid to rest at Walker's Chapel Cemetery in Howell County, Missouri.

Vina Piper Ogle - thanks to Mike Whitaker


Lear Mayfield was born on 27 August 1872 in Gainesboro, Jackson county, Tennessee. She was the second child of eleven children born to John and Sallie (Hunter) Whiteaker. She was united in marriage to Louis Mayfield on 19 April 1893 in Gainesboro, Jackson county, Tennessee. Louis Mayfield was the son of John and Lucinda Amanda (Walker) Mayfield.

Louis Mayfield was first married to Lear's sister Floyd Whiteaker (m. 27 July 1889). Floyd passed away 26 February 1893 in Jackson county, Tennessee (maybe in child birth). Louis and Floyd had one daughter, Lena (born 23 April 1890 in Gainesboro). While she lay dying Floyd asked her sister Lear to marry Louis and rear Lena (who was about three year old at the time), which Lear did a short time later.

Lear's father passed away in 1899 and her mother passed away a few months later in 1900. It was at this time that she took her brothers and sisters that were still living at home to rear. She lived her life as a faithful wife and good mother.

Lear and Louis Mayfield were the parents of four daughters, one son, and one child that passed away in infancy. They were Nellie (Mrs. Wiley Davis), Julia (Mrs. Jack Huddleston), Charlie Mayfield, Sallie (Mrs. Ray Ewing), and Jessie (Mrs. John Bratcher).

In about 1904/1905 they left Tennessee and started moving west. The lived for a short time in Lanton, Howell county, Missouri, afterwards they lived for a time in Dewey county, Oklahoma Territory on a claim south of Lenora on the J.V. Flats, then sometime in the summer of 1907 they returned to Howell county, Missouri and resided there until sometime in 1910 before moving to Wray, Yuma county, Colorado with the idea of homesteading there, and yet later (around 1911) moved to the Hoppings community near Wayne, McClain county, Oklahoma.

She was at one time a member of the Church of Christ (which in her girlhood days was generally referred to as the Christian Church, or the "Campbellite" Church). She later united with the Baptist Church.

In December 1938 she had a farm auction as her husband Louis had passed away earlier that year (in March), and then afterwards moved into town at Wayne, Oklahoma.

Around 1942 when her daughter Jessie married John Bratcher she moved with them to their new home in Washington, McClain county, Oklahoma and lived there for many years. Later she moved to Norman, Cleveland county, Oklahoma where she lived out the remainder of her life. She passed away 5 August 1964 in Norman. She was laid to rest at the Hillside Cemetery in Purcell, McClain county, Oklahoma next to her husband Louis where they rest from their labours until they rise on Resurrection Morning to greet our Risen Lord.


Charlie Fowler Mayfield was born at Gainesboro, Tennessee to Louis & Lear Mayfield on January 23, 1903.

His parents moved from Tennessee in around 1905 and lived for awhile in Howell county, Missouri; Dewey county, Oklahoma; Wray,Colorado and finally moving to Wayne, Oklahoma in about 1912.

He married Nola May McKay in 1923. They lived east of Wayne, across the road and a 1/4 mile west of his parents on one of the Dwight farms that they rented. They moved to California in 1938 arriving on January 7th of that year.

"Emmett E." Piper, born about 1925, married Mildred E. Smith, 19, in Howell County January 24, 1956.

Funeral services for Emmett Edward Piper, 78 Mt. View will be held 1 p.m. Thursday June 5, 2003 at Yarber Chapel in Mt. View with the Rev. Harold Smith officiating.

Mr. Piper died Sunday June 1, 2003 at Mt. View Health Care.

He was born March 21, 1925, at Trask, the son of Lewis and Vina Whiteaker Piper.

Mr. Piper served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946. On Jan 27, 1946, he was married to Mildred E. Smith, and to this union four children were born.

He worked for the Mountain View Special Road District and was a farmer. He was a member of Little Zion Church for 60 years, and served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher.

He was a loving husband and father who cared deeply for his church family. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Survivors include his loving wife, Mildred Piper of the family home; three sons, Gene and wife Beverly, and Randy l. Piper, all of Springfield, and Rodney L. And wife Lexie, Mtn view; one daughter Pamela S. Rhodes and husband Daryl, Joplin; one sister Alice Rowlett, Granite City, Ill; and his grandchildren, Scott and Tracy Rhodes, Misty and Herbie Thorpe, Thom Rhodes, Timothy Piper, Amy Piper, Kyle and William Piper, Dustin and Tiffany Weaver and Sarah and Matt Draeger.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Inez Evins; and one grandchild, Jeffery E. Gentry.

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