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William T.  and Matilda Opal "Tillie" (Griffiths) Murrain, Shields.

sister Nellie (Murrain) Rutledge, Yuma

sister Bessie Lee (Murrain) Doyle,  Vernon

sister Ollie (Murrain) Adams,  Yuma


William was born Sept 14, 1889 at Maywood, Nebraska.

Matilda O. Griffiths is in North Platte Nebraska in 1900, with parents William, a blacksmith born in Wales,  and Frances- she had ten siblings, per the Ancestry tree.

Taken from A Century of Memories 1889-1989 Dickens, Nebraska

" Fred, .......was stricken with Infantile Paralysis (polio) when very small, and it left him unable to walk. Doctors in England advised the young parents [William and Frances] to take him to a warmer, drier climate such as Australia for his health. They brought their family of three children to Canada, and then on to the United States. They planned to get land by homesteading, prove up on it and then take their family on to Australia with the money they could get by selling it. by the time they were able to prove up on the homestead, Fred's health had improved considerably, so they remained in Nebraska.

Fred attended school with his brothers and sisters both in the North Platte city schools and the home school near the homestead. He couldn't walk, but crawled around in a semi-seated position with heavy leather pads protecting his knees, and was able to be quite independent that way.  He traveled around in a  hand-guided electric cart and was a familiar figure in North Platte. Among other things, he sold insurance, to make a living. He liked oil painting and was an avid stamp collector.

  February 12, 1915 North Platte, Nebraska

  February 19, 1915 North Platte

In 1900 Frontier County, Nebraska, Willie is 11, with parents Thomas Aug 1848 and Kate June 1857.  Bessie Oct 1882 born in Missouri, Ethel January 1885 Missouri, Nellie January 1887 Missouri, Theodore Oct 1892 Nebraska, and Arthur October 1895 Nebraska.


September 1907 Box Elder, Nebraska "Mrs. Murrain of Maywood visited her daughters, Mrs. D.B. Doyle and Mrs. T.J. Chamberlain a few days last week on her way home from Colo. where she had been visiting another daughter."

April 1908 Box Elder Nebraska - Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Murrain of Maywood are visiting their daughters Mrs. E. Rutledge and Mrs. D.B. Doyle, Jr."

One tree said William married Matilda Okell Griffiths - born March 3, 1896 in Nebraska, in Frontier County in 1914.  (her father John O'Kell, a major per the tree, lived and died in Barrow, England)

Frontier County records have William marrying Matilda Griffiths March 4, 1914.

William homesteaded two quarters in 23, 3S 45W in 1916 - about a mile northwest of the Shields site.

He registered with a Vernon address, farming, with a wife and children.

In 1925 Wilma, Gladys, and Velma are attending the Blach school northeast of Yuma.

In 1930 Weld precinct, Yuma County (north of Eckley) William T. and Matilda O. have Gladys 15, Velma N. 12, Wilma O . 10, and Helen L. 8.

In 1940, still in Weld precinct, they have Velma M. 22 and Leora 18.

Gladys R. Swan, 25, married to Eugene E. Swan, 41, are in Yuma County in 1940.  They have Janie Leora, 1, born in Colorado.

Eugene E. Swan was in Yuma County in 1930, farming, 31, born in Iowa, married to Ruth A. 19, born in Nebraska.  (Ruth Swan is in Hastings, Nebraska in 1940, divorced, living in Yuma Colorado in 1935.  She has Howard, 3, born in Colorado.  Eugene Swan married Ruth Cadwalader June 1, 1924, recorded in Yuma County).  Ruth A. Swan and Emory E. Swan divorced in Yuma County in 1937.

Emory Eugene Swan 1898-1965 and Gladys Rachel (Murrain) (Swan) Frink -1979 are  buried in Yuma

Matilda O. Murrain - March 3, 1896 -July 25, 1988 and William 1889-1973 are buried in Yuma.  So is Velma Mae Murrain 1917-1973, who never married

Wilma Opal Murrain married George Ivan Barker December 21, 1938, recorded in Kit Carson County.  George, Wilma, and youngest son Joseph are buried in Wray.


Dec 26. 1902 McCook "Miss Nellie Morrain, a sister of Mrs. Daniel Doyle Jr., had the misfortune to have her thumb badly injured by the accidental discharge of a gun."

January 1, 1904 McCook, Nebraska

In 1910 Lincoln County, Nebraska, Everet H. 32 and Nellie B. 23 have Stanley H. 6, William O. 4, and Doris M. ten months.

1914 Wray Rattler "Mr. and Mrs. Dan Doyle, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Murrain and Mrs. E. Rutledge motored to McCook and Maywood, Neb., on Wednesday."

February 1914


Nancy Catherine (Olenger) Rutledge 1845-1914 and Nelson Rutledge 1840-1923 are buried in the Glendale Cemetery, Vernon, Colorado.

1914 "Mrs. Myrtle Chamberlain and daughter of Maywood, Neb., arrived yesterday morning and will visit for two weeks with Mrs. Camberlain's (sic)  sisters, Mesdames Dan Doyle and Everette Rutledge."

Everett H. Rutledge claimed two quarters in 22, 23, 26, and 27, 3S 45W in 1916, and Everrette H. Rutledge claimed 240 acres "stock raising" in 27 and 34, 3S 45W in 1920.

1917 the Rattler "Your correspondent was in Palisade ....We met Dan Doyle and family our former neighbors, and B.C. Cope, of the old Robbers' Roost Ranch. They are doing well and both have fine homes."

Daniel Boone Doyle registered in Palisade, born Dec 4, 1877, a mechanic, nearest relative Bessie Lee Doyle.

In 1920 Mildred precinct, Yuma County, Colorado, Evert H. 42 and Nellie B. 32 have Howard S. 15, William O. 14, Doris 10, and Dean W. 3.

In 1930 Magee precinct, Yuma County (the same precinct as brother William Murrain) Evert H. and Nellie have Doris 20 - teaching - and Dean W. 14.

Doris Rutledge married Robert "Eyestrom" June 14, 1931, recorded in Yuma.  Doris M. 1909-1972 and Robert H. Eyestone 19080-1990 are buried in  Fort Collins.

Everett Hale Rutledge registered with a Vernon address, born July 17, 1877, farming with Nellie B..

Nellie 1887-1978 is buried in Yuma - so is Everett H. Rutledge 1877-1970.


Dan Doyle Dies - Daniel Doyle, Sr. one of the early settlers of this county died in this city June 1, 1915 and was buried in the cemetery at Box Elder, Nebraska, Thursday afternoon of last week. Rev. M.S. Satchell officiated at the funeral services. The deceased was well known and highly respected by all who knew him. The following obituary was read at the services. Daniel B. Doyle, Sr. was born in Missouri, July 16, 1840 died in McCook, Nebraska, June 1, 1915. He came to Nebraska in 1876, was united in marriage with Mrs. Emiline Levington, December, 1886. He settled in Box Elder and lived there until his death. He became a member of United Brethren church in 1889. He is survived by the wife, thirteen children, three brothers, four sisters and a host of friends who mourn his loss. Friday 11 June 1915.

In September 1910 McCook, Nebraska, Daniel B. Doyle and Emma Doyle adopted Francis Ora Wray, child of Gertie Bortner. - maybe adopted a daughter's child? 

James Ora / Francis Ora Wray Doyle 1907-1973 is buried in Roseburg, Oregon.

Gertrude Susan (Doyle) Bortner 1888-1973 is buried in North Platte # 59677584.

Daniel Doyle claimed 320 acres in 18, and 19, 3S 44W and 24, 3S 45W in 1914.

1928 "Pensions allowed Spanish-American veterans, one of which is Daniel B. Doyle who served in Company G 34th U.S. Volunteer Infantry, now living in Pinedale, Wyoming."

Bessie Lee (Murrain) Doyle 1883-1945 # 132479640 and Daniel Boone Doyle 1877-1963 are buried in Pinedale, Sublette County, Wyoming.

In 1948 "Discovery of a 50,000-ton deposit of Jade in Wyoming - worth millions of dollars - was reported yesterday by Robert M. Hawk, a manufacturing jeweler.  Hawk said that he and two companions, Dan Doyle of Pinedale, Wyo., and Walt Alexander of Lander, Wyo., made the discovery two years ago on a fishing trip between Lander and Rawlins."

MRS. D. B. DOYLE PASSED AWAY AT JACKSON HOSPITAL Death came Saturday morning, December 15, 1945, at St. John's Hospital at Jackson to relieve the suffering of Mrs. D. B. Doyle, who had been a patient there the past two weeks. Mrs. Doyle became ill during September and in October was taken to Denver and then to a cancer specialist in Colorado Springs. Her condition became gradually critical until she became bedfast. Funeral services will be held in Pinedale Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the Community Church. Bessie Lee Murrain was born October 22, 1883 at Trenton, Missouri. At the age of five years she moved with her parents, Thomas E. and Catherine Murrain to Maywood, Nebraska where she grew to young womanhood. On September , 1901 she was united in marriage to Daniel B. Doyle at North Platte. Nebraska. He had just returned from overseas where he fought in the Spanish-American war. Most of the couple's early married life was spent in Nebraska and Colorado. In the spring of 1919 they moved to Pinedale where they owned and operated Pinedale Inn for eighteen years. After sale of the Pinedale Inn they opened the Curio shop in Pinedale. Mrs. Doyle numbered her friends by her acquaintances and was dearly loved by all who knew her. She was a member of the Pinedale Community Church. She is survived by her husband and three of their four children: Mrs. Hazel Carlson, Thurston Doyle, and Mrs. Bill Bloom, all of Pinedale. Dudley, the eldest, preceded his mother in death when a small child. Besides her immediate family she leaves three sisters: Mrs. Fred Adams, Yuma. Colorado; Mrs. Everett Rutledge, Yuma, Colorado; and Mrs. Edna Klein. Pinedale; and three brothers, Wm. Murrain, Yuma, Colorado; Theo. J. Murrain. Curtis Nebraska; and Edgar Murrain Cheyenne, Wyoming. She also leaves six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. All of the family, with the exception of her brother T. J. Murrain. are expected to arrive for the services, Tuesday.
Rock Springs Daily Rocket, Jun 30, 1959 Blanche Doyle Of Pinedale Dies Sunday

Blanche Mamie Doyle, 74, of Pinedale, died Sunday afternoon in the Sweetwater memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for the past four weeks.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Vase Funeral Home. Rev. John R. Northrup, of the Pinedale Congregationalist church, will officiate. After the service the body will be sent to Englewood, Calif., for services and burial there.

A native of Wayne County, Ill., Mrs. Doyle had been a resident of Pinedale for 14 years.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel B. Doyle; two daughters, Rev. Cecilia Nixon of Pinedale and Mrs. Dorsey L. (Hazel) Cloud of Lindsay, Calif.; two step-daughters, Mrs. Robert (Hazel) Carlson and Mrs. Bill (Magdaline) Bloom of Pinedale; one step-son, Thurston Doyle of Pinedale; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Hope Hoffman of St. Louis, Mo. And Mrs. Chloe Lowry of Phoenix, N.M., and several nieces and nephews.
PINEDALE—Services for Thurston Richard Doyle were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1994 at the Hudson’s Funeral Home Chapel of the Pines. Burial was in the Pinedale Cemetery.

Doyle, 86, Pinedale, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 1994 in Pinedale.

He was born May 13, 1908 in McCook, Neb., a son of Daniel and Bessie Murrain Doyle. He married Leita Bloom Feb. 12, 1929 at Daniel.

Survivors include his wife of Pinedale; a son, Jack Doyle, Pinedale; a sister, Toots Magdalene, Pinedale; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son and a sister.
Bob and Miriam Carlson are both Wyoming natives. Born in Laramie, Bob moved to Pinedale before he was a year old. Miriam was born in Buffalo & came here when she was two. Bob lived at the Pinedale Inn which his grandparents, Dan & Bessie Doyle owned. He was a ‘town kid’. His parents were ‘Bob’ and Hazel Carlson. He said, “My nickname’s Swede. Harold Faler’s was Red”. Bob would run off to play, so his mother put a bell on him and tied him to the clothesline. One day the bell was silent. When she looked out, he was taking off his pants to get free. He was a pal to Tom, who was also restrained, being tied to the hot water heater. One day Bob took out his knife, cut Tom free and they took off on top of the trash truck to the old dump.

 Another time Bob and the Carson boys rode bikes 14 miles to Steele Hot Springs in Boulder. They neglected to inform their parents. There were three boys and only two bikes so when one of them had a flat, they were stuck. Their parents finally found them. At the Pinedale Inn one of the guests, Claudie (Meyer) got locked in the bathroom. Bob had to climb through the transom to let her out. Bob remember playing stick horses with the Wenz and Faler boys in Cooley’s Field. He said, “We used to peel our sticks so we had ‘Paint’ horses.” Another time he was playing baseball when a robin landed right on his head. In spring it was a big event to jump into Pine Creek as soon as the ice went out. Bob said, “We’d just all take off our clothes and jump in – boys and girls. We were probably in 6th or 7th grade. It was the days of innocence”. Sometimes Bob and his friend Tom would help unload the freight truck at Mollring’s store. Bob said, “If we dropped a watermelon, we could eat it, so we did.” Bob remembers being in the first Rendezvous reenactment of 1936. Bob recalls that when he was little, he was full of energy & his mother gave him a jigger of wine each night to put him to sleep!

 Bob’s dad was a carpenter, the 3rd sheriff of Sublette County, a Deputy Sheriff and the City Marshall. Once a year they had to clean out the water storage tank (still sitting on Orcutt Hill). It was the Deputy Sheriff’s job to clean the courthouse too. Pinedale had a unique system to notify a policeman that he was needed. There was a light at the intersection of Tyler and Pine. If it went on, they were hunting for a law officer. One time, Bob recalls, “Dad was at Mollring Store when a car came in. Realizing that the men inside were escaped convicts from Rawlins, Dad jumped on the running board and pulled out his gas gun (a pencil shaped object that stuns people). He got them to jail, locked them up and then realized that he had captured them with his pen.”

 Bob spent a lot of time with his Uncle Art Doyle on his ranch. He said, “Uncle Art was one-legged. He’d roped a buffalo once and the rope had gotten around his leg and pulled. Gangrene set in and he lost the leg.” With his one leg and a cane made out of a shovel handle, Uncle Art broke horses and herded cattle. One time he had been out on Old Smokey when an eagle spooked the horse. Uncle Art fell off, busted his cane and couldn’t get back on. He crawled until he found a rock from which he could mount.

 He and Uncle Art went up to see Snook Moore and they got an elk. “We hid the elk in the shed when the game warden, came. We had the meat in flour sacks and blood was coming out. He asked, “Whatcha got there?” and I said it was a calf. He said, “You butchered that calf two years ago!” But he didn’t say anymore.”  


In 1885 Guthrie County, Iowa, Frederick C. is 9, with parents James 40, a carpenter, and Eva 34.  Siblings are Earnest L. 7 James A. 5 and Frank E. 3.  Eva Force was born 1850, and married James K. Adams 1868.

James is a carpenter in 1900 Lincoln County, Nebraska.  He and Eva have Frederick November 1875, Earnest Nov 1877, James De 1879, Frank May 1882, Carrie Sep 1886, and Ray Aug 1890- Nebraska

James, Eva, and Ray are in Loveland, Larimer County in 1910.  All three are in Anaheim, California in 1920.  (Ella Carrie (Adams) Berry born 1886 in Marion County, Iowa, died Nov 1, 1959 in Anaheim, buried in Loma Vista # 43883363)  James K. Adams -1845-1927 is buried in Loma Vista  43884689, as is Eva -1850-1924 # 43884955.

Ollie E. Murrain married Fred C. Adams August 8, 1906, recorded in Larimer County.

In 1910 Estes Park, Larimer County, Colorado, Fred C. 33 and "Allie" E. Adams, 25 have Lillian A. 1.

In 1920 Magee precinct, Yuma County - township 4N 47W. Fred C. is 44, born in Iowa, Ollie 34 Missouri, Lillian 12,  Marjorie W. 10 James E. 4 and Loyd E. 1, all kids born in Colorado.

October 1929 Chillicothe Missouri "Sixty-two relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Davis at Wheeling Tuesday to enjoy a family reunion. The guests arrived during the morning and at the noon hour enjoyed a fine dinner. The afternoon was spent in conversation, music, singing and taking pictures. Late in the afternoon a luncheon of fruit was served after which the guests departed for their homes. Those present were: Mrs. Kate Murraine, Maywood, Neb., Mrs. Ollie Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Rutledge and son, Stanley, Yuma, Colo."

Still in Magee precinct in 1930, they have James E. 14 and Lloyd E. 11.

Still in Magee in 1940, they have only Lloyd.

James E. was killed on Okinawa September 23, 1945.

Ollie E. 1885-1969 # 48353941 and Fred C Adams -1875-1957 are buried in Yuma

Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, April 6, 2000

Marjorie Aileen Adams Fryrear was born May 14, 1910, in Estes Park to Fred and Ollie [Murrain] Adams. She died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at the Heritage Living Center in Haxtun, at the age of 89.

Marjorie was the second of four children. Her father was a carpenter on the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park at the time of her birth. Upon the completion of the hotel, the family moved to Conifer where Marjorie and her older sister Lillian welcomed a brother, Jim. The family moved by covered wagon to the Yuma area where they lived with relatives until their home became available. Her brother Lloyd was born in the new family home.

The Adams children attended Waverly School. Marjorie met Willie Fryrear at a Sunday School party at Wages Methodist Church. They continued to see each other at area barn dances, and when Marjorie was a senior in high school, she ended her schooling to become Mrs. Willie Fryrear. They were united in marriage February 12, 1930, at the home of Marjorie's parents in Yuma County. To this union were born four children, Gloria Jean, Donna May, Joyce Aileen and Donald William.

The first few years of marriage - during the Great Depression and dust bowl times - were very difficult for Marjorie and her husband, so Willie took a job. He helped to build the road from Holyoke to Wray, and Marjorie was left in charge of the farm and family during the week.

Marjorie and Willie helped all their children to excel in school and in their 4-H projects. They guided their children through many county, state and national steer shows as well as sporting events and other school activities. As grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fryrear continued to attend school and sporting activities.

The Fryrears moved to Holyoke in 1990. Marjorie was a devoted wife and mother. She and her husband celebrated their 70th anniversary earlier this year.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Lillian; brothers Jim and Lloyd; son-in-law Charles Toyne; brothers-in-law Melvin, Merle and Charles Fryrear and Byron Mitchell; and sister-in-law Mary Fryrear.

Survivors include her husband Willie of Holyoke; three daughters, Gloria Toyne of Sedgwick, Donna Oliver and husband William of Holyoke, and Joyce Zwirn and husband Don of Otis; son Donald [Billie] Fryrear and wife Sherry of Big Springs, Texas; seven grandchildren, Lynda Firme and husband Randall of Haxtun, Randal Oliver and wife Becky of Holyoke, Kathy Bornhoft and husband Tim of Kapolei, Hawaii, Russell Zwirn and wife Debbie of Yuma, Richard Zwirn and wife Angie of Yuma, Debbie Farr and husband Richard of San Angelo, Texas, and Kenneth Fryrear and wife Cindy of Midland, Texas; 13 great-grandchildren, William Ryan and Gentry Leigh Oliver, Jeffery Dean and Carly Jo Firme, Drew Foster and Tate Matthew Bornhoft, Levi Keller, Brody Matthew and Tylyn Elizabeth Zwirn, Andrea Denice and Bradley William Fryrear, and Jake Ryan and Jilian Leigh Farr; three sisters-in-law, Betty Adams of Akron, Cleo Fryrear of Haxtun and Joe Fryrear of Holyoke.

Funeral services for Marjorie Aileen Adams Fryrear were held Friday, March 31, 2000, at the First United Methodist Church in Holyoke. Interment followed at Holyoke Memorial Park. Rev. Darrell Dennis officiated.

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