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James and   Ella May (Williams) Lamar

In 1880 Vermilion County, Illinois James B. Lamar is 22, a farm laborer for the Ben Small family.

In the same county are James 41 and Mindwell 40 Williams, with Miles K. 20, W. Scot 17, Ellen M. 15, Lymen F. 12, Fred M. 8, Mary 6, and Jesse P. 4.

1900 Magee Precinct has James L. Lamar, March 1858 in Kentucky, with Lella February 1864 in Illinois, married 16 years.  They had five children, one living.  That is Luceil  born June 1896 in Colorado.

In 1900 Danville, Vermilion County, James and Mindwell have Scott, Mary, Jessie, and have added Lizzie, 18.

In February 1907 "J.B. Lamar, of near Holyoke" appeared before Judge Hendrie, according to the Wray Gazette.

James B. Lamar proved up a homestead quarter in 6, 5N 45W in 1907, and Ernest E. Lamar in 7, 5N 45W in 1919.

In 1909 James made application to lease school land in section 6.

In 1910  Magee Precinct James and Ella have  added James M. 6.

Mrs. Joslin wrote about Christmas dinner 1916 "Mr. and Mrs. Lamar and Melvin, Mr. Ernest Lamar and wife, and Mr. & Mrs. Mayo (Lucille Lamar) ate dinner with us Xmas"

Herbert Mayo and Caroline Lucille Lamar married October 28, 1916.

Earnest and Minnie (Gill) Lamar

Earnest P. La Mar registered in Yuma County, saying he was born March 15, 1892 in Georgetown, Illinois, and was married.  He said he had served as a private in the Illinois militia.

He must be the Earnest E. Lamar in 1900 Georgetown, Vermilion County, Illinois, son born March 1892 of of Robert and Anna E. Lamar.  Per the Ancestry family trees, Robert is James' brother.  So Earnest followed his uncle James to Yuma County.

In 1910 Georgetown he's the only one living with Robert and Alice.

Colorado marriage records have Ernest E. LaMar 24, marrying Minnie Gill 19 March 15, 1916 in Holyoke, performed by minister Jas. T. Bainbridge.

He must be the Ernest Lamar in 1920 Lincoln, Nebraska, working in a factory, married to Minnie.   Minnie is 23, born in Pennsylvania

The 1924 Birmingham, Alabama has Ernest - laborer - and Minnie

And then in 1930 New Orleans he's a minister in the Salvation Army.  He and Minnie have Annie E., 3, born in West Virginia.  "Sister" Helen Riley, 24, born in Ohio, lives with them, and is a saleslady at the Salvation Army.

In 1940 they're in Guilford County, North Carolina, saying they were in Nashville, Tennessee in 1935.  They have Eileen A. , 13.  Both work at the Salvation Army

In 1955 Major Mrs. Minnie E. LaMar was replaced as commanding officer of the Salvation Army citadel in Roanoke Virginia.  "since then, the major, top Salvationist here for five years, has returned to Norfolk, her former home."

in 1960 the obituary of Mr. Vance said "Following Army service in Chicago, he worked with Maj. Ernest Lamar in New Orleans and continued with him in Memphis, Tenn and Norfolk.  Following Maj. Lamar's death, he came to Fredericksburg in 1960 to assist Mrs. Lamar who was transferred here."

The Ancestry tree said Ernest died August 15, 1949, and Minnie September 5, 1967, both in Norfolk.

(The Clifford Gill  1904-1962 buried in Norfolk is probably her younger brother.  Minnie's parents came from England in 1895, and she was with them in Cambria County, Pennsylvania in 1900.  Wonder if her being in Colorado is related to the James Franklin Gill 1873-1946 buried in Sterling....

In 1920 James 61 and Ella 54 Lamar are in Weld (roughly the same as earlier Magee) Precinct, with Melvin J. 16.  With them is daughter Lucille K.

 Mayo, 24 and son-in-law Herbert Mayo 28.  They have Darl H. 2 and James F. two-months.

Guy I. Strickland married Mrs. Lucile Mayo March 2, 1930.

Michael Kelly STRICKLIN, son of Thomas Strickland and Elizabeth Shock, was born 23 Dec 1842 in Boone Co. MO., the 13th of 14 children. He was a sibling of Millie Ann Strickland, of this blog’s direct line.

He married (1) Mercy Jane Arnold about 1869, then married (2) Gormelia Elizabeth FAIRCHLD b. 1856 IA on Jan 1. 1874 in Alta, Harvey Co. KS. He was about 32 and she was about 18. That year they had Leonidas STRICKLIN. They appear to have been in Chautauqua Co. KS by the year 1879, when Thomas Elmer STRICKLAND, their 4rh child, was born (if not before then).

My Great Grandfather Michael Stricklin bought Cherokee strip land, Chautauqua
County Kansas 1881 and lived there until his death 1917. Howard county was
split 1875 to form Chautauqua and Elk counties. My Handy Book for Genealogists said that Elk County Courthouse burned 1906 and all records were destroyed.

Source: Judy Berndt, great-granddaughter

Michael served with the Union during the Civil War, his wife filing for his pension in 1911 and 1918.

Widow: STRICKLIN, Gormelia G.
G 7 Kans Cav.
Date of filing 1911 May 3, class-invalid, application 422.023, certificate-314.795 State filed-KS
Date of filing:1918 July 16? class-widow, 1123.932 certificate-874.552 State filed-KS.

Michael and Gormelia had 11 children: Leonidas, Arthur K., James Oscar, Thomas Elmer, Eva May, Anna Elizabeth, William Herbert, Almon D., Michael Richard, Guy and Mary Ethil.



So in the 1930 Phillips County census Guy I is 37, Carol L. 33, Darl M. 12, Fred 10, Ruth 8, Lloyd 6, and farm laborer Oscar Johnson 49.

In 1937 Yuma County :  Strickland, Guy (w) Lucille - 15N 1/2E 3N 5E 3/4N Yuma, Rt. A    Haxtun, R. Farmer, (Darl, Fred, Ruth).

In 1940 Sedgwick County Guy Ivan Strickland is 47, Caroline 43, Evelyn Ruth Mayo is 18,John Loyd Mayo 16, Mary Elizabeth Strickland 7, Iva May Strickland 4, and Guy Paul Strickland 1.

Guy I Strickland - February 13, 1893 - September 14, 1967 and Lucile M. Strickland June 8, 1896 - July 3 1094 are buried in the Winona Cemetery, Logan County, Kansas.

The 1922 ownership atlas has J.B. with his quarter, and Ella owns two quarters adjoining it.

Ernest has sold his land in 7.


In 1930 Weld James and Ella are alone, still farming.

James M.  is in Los Angeles in 1930, a car salesman.  He's married to Leah J., 25, born in Utah.

James Melvin Lamar, born January 23, 1904 in Colorado, died July 29, 1983 in Solano, California.

Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, September 2, 1936


Mrs. James Lamar, pioneer homesteader in Phillips and Yuma counties, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Guy Strickland, south of Haxtun, Monday. Mrs. Lamar, who was 72 years of age, came to this county with her husband in 1886.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Union church, with the Rev. Kinsley and the Rev. Hardy conducting the services.

Burial was in the Paoli Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Radford Funeral Home of Haxtun.

Ella May Lamar, daughter of James and Mindell Williams, was born in Vermilion County, Illinois, February 6, 1864, and departed this life August 31, 1936 at the age of 72 years, six months and 25 days.

On January 8, 1883 she was united in marriage with James Lamar. Her husband preceded her in death on April 12, 1933. To this union were born six children, of whom two are living, Mrs. Lucille Strickland of Haxtun and James Melvin Lamar of Cleveland, Ohio.

As young people, Mr. and Mrs. Lamar moved to Kearney, Nebraska in 1884, then to Phillips County, Colorado in 1886, living on a pre-emption here. In the year 1900 the family moved to the homestead in Yuma County, where Mrs. Lamar resided until her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister, as well as the husband and four children. In addition to the two children, those who mourn her passing are two brothers, Fred Williams of Bad Axe, Michigan, Lyman Williams of Centralia, Missouri, two sisters, Ms. Elizabeth Finney and Mrs. Jessie Hildreth of Indianola, Illinois. There are six grandchildren.

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