In 1860 it looks like Porter 59 and Elizabeth 61, both born in Connecticut,
are in Green County, Wisconsin.
Wickliff is 24, born in Ohio, .
In 1870 Rock Island, Illinois Porter and Elizabeth are both 70, born in
Connecticut, Wickliff is 24 born in Ohio and a fisherman, Ellen is 19 born in
Maine, Cora is 2 born in Maine.
In 1880 Wickliff and Ellen are in Harlan County, Nebraska. Cora
is 13, and they have Florence 10, Author
8, deEtte ten months, and Guy 5.
Wickliff was named postmaster in Wray 1886.
Wm L married a Elizabeth Josephine Newell (b 1870 0r 1871) in Wray, Colorado on 11/18/1888. Her parents called her by the name " Florence".
Cathy was told by her ancestors, that Wm Lafayette was a surveyor by trade from Omaha, Nebraska,
and was hired by a fellow man by the name of Mr. G. Newell ( no one knew the first name, just the initial G). Wm L. was hired in 1877 to help Mr. Newell survey Wray Colorado. WM lived there for just over 2 years doing this job. While he was there, he fell in love with his boss' daughter Elizabeth J. called " Florence" by her friends and family) Newell. Within the first year of marriage ( while still in Wray Colorado) they had their first child, Cathy's grandfather JAMES ( called "Jim") C. Gilmore.
After Jim and Mr. Newell completed the surveying of the town, Jim and Florence moved to Omaha ,Nebraska ( where Wm L's family was). WM L. and Florence are buried in Omaha.
Wm L and Florence had a total of 8 children including Cathy's grandfather. Jim was the only one born in Wray Colorado, all the rest were born in Omaha.
Jim married Helen Nora Larson-Bailor (born 6/23/1896) on February 14th, 1921 in Omaha. Together they had 5 children, including Cathy's father William Lee Gilmore. Jim and Helen are buried together here in Lincoln, Nebraska
Cathy M (Gilmore) Wright
William L. and Florence Gilmore
In the first issues of the Rattler in 1886, there were only twelve businesses listed, among them "W.L. Gilmore, practical surveyor."
William L. Gilmore cash-claimed a quarter in section 1, 1N 44W, in 1891- that would be just to the northeast of Wray - joining Wickliff's claim.
In 1890 he "proved-up" a cash claim for land straddling the creek and railroad - the northeast corner of current highways 385 and 34.
In 1919 Alonzo Murdock related to the Rattler "When I came to Wray in 1886, there was nothing here to indicate that Wray would some day become one of the best towns in Colorado.
The Rattler was established in 1886 and the year before there were but three houses in town - if one
might refer to them as houses - there
was a depot, section house, and a
two-room sod affair that Wick Newell
used for a store."
And another version
1 Guy Luther Newell d:1948
2 Wickliffe Guy Newell....(sitting) d:1931
3 Wray Darling Newell d:1960
4 Dewert E Newell d:1905
5 Florence Elizabeth Newell d:1947
6 Mary Ellen Newell....(sitting) d:1913
7 Cora Selina Newell d:1944
8 Arthur Newell d:1889 (Arthur Passed on shortly after photo was taken at 16 years)
Another photo of Wickliffe and a afternoon food hunt with his horse. He used to go get food for some of the families in town.
Known for his crack shots.
Photographs courtesy of Wickliffe Guy
Newell IV (and in December 2012 they
added Wickliff Guy Newell V !
IV wrote "
He was also one of the
founders of the Wray
Story goes that they
named it the Rattler
after a snake Wickliffe
shot earlier in the day
it had 14 rattles on it.
He also built the Sod
Hotel, and his wife and
brothers worked it.
He was the Survey person
that created most of the
town, and was a master
Norman L. Corliss wrote in 1916
"I, with my mule team, drew the press
from the car for the first Rattler ever
printed. That was , as I remember
it, in June 1886. I asked Wickliff
Newell what they were going to name
their paper. Pointing to the
rattle of a rattlesnake, which hung on
the wall, he said 'There ! That
fellow has fourteen rattles and he shook
off a peck before I killed him.'"
The Wray Rattler, in a brief history,
said that in 1886 "Newell, Sisson & Col.
were in the real estate business" and
"Parker & Newell, Contractors and
Akron, Washington County,
Colorado Friday December
Wray has lost one of its old
landmarks, Maj. Hays having
torn down the old sod hotel
and hauled the lumber to his
ranch on Black Wolf. The
"old soddy" as it was
was the first house built in
town, and in the early days
was a popular hostelry.
Simon Dow wrote from Newberg, Oregon
in 1918, about people with the strong
suggestion that they had been in Wray
"Daddy and Mother Sisson are with us in
Newberg and it looks like they might
make this their home. Brown Sisson
lives at McMinnville, fifteen miles
away. Rex Newell is on the farm he
recently purchased two miles north of
town. I think he has made a good
buy either as a home or an investment."
June 19, 1886 "Wray justly boasts of
having the neatest postoffice (sic) of
any town on the road. It is
presided over by Miss Cora Newell one of
the most accomodating (sic)
postmistrisses (sic) we have ever
May 25, 1886, County Superintendent J.B. Cooke of Weld county declared our present district
organized and enumbered it the Sixty-firast (sic) district of Weld county, Colo. Pursuant
to notices legally posted some years before, the citizens of the proposed new district
met at Newel's hotel, in the town of Wray, for the purpose of organizing a new district
with boundaries as follows: Beginning at the Nebraska line; extending west to the middle
of range 45 west; and from the Arapahoe county line north, to the north line of
township 2 north. At this meeting Mr. Wm. B. Hays was chosen chairman
and Mr. W. Curtiss Secretary. After this temporary organization a vote was taken
whether or not proposed new district should be organized. The ballot box remained
open from 1 till 4 p.m. p ten votes were cast for the organization and none against it.
At the regular time, the first Monday in May, a school board was elected with
S.C. McClusky president, Wm. Curtiss secretary, and W.J. Newell treasurer.
In November 1887 Wickliff Newell mortgaged real estate in Yuma County for a for $535 payable May 29, 1888. He was later sued and assessed for payment.
1888 Akron "W. Newell of Wray was at the
Republican rally Saturday evening."
Wray Post No. 70, G.A.R. was organized in
January, 1889, with the following nine
charter members: Josephus Brown, Robert G.
Tipton, Oliver Ridgeway, Jacob Cox, Rankin
Smith, David Sisson, Major W.R. Hays, Henry
Hitchcock and Wickliff Newell, with the
latter gentleman as post commander.
Rattler said in February 1889 "L.T. Newell was a
wheelwright and gave special attention to fixing
wagons and buggies."
In 1890 the Seattle directory has Wick
as a surveyor, living at 1809 13th.
The 1892 Island County census has W.
Newell, Ellen, Guy, Dewert, Wany? (sic -
this has to be Wray), Ray (must be
Roy), and Ella.
The 1900 Island County, Washington has
Wickliffe May 1846 in Ohio, Ellen Oct
1850 in Minnesota, DeWest, son, Apr 1882
in Nebraska., Wray D, daughter, May 1884
in Colorado, Roy A. Feb 1888 in
Colorado, Ella L. Mar 1891 in
Washington, and Estella J. Jun 1894 in
Wickliff Guy Newell was the son of
Porter Newell and Elizabeth Tuttle. He
was the youngest of a family of fourteen
and at the time of his birth in Trumbill,
Ohio on May 22, 1846 his father was a
captain in the state militia of Ohio.
At the outbreak of the Civil War Newell
tried to enlist in the 7th, 8th, and
23rd Wisconsin Regiments, but was
rejected because of his youth. He was a
resident of Dubuque County, Iowa, when
he enlisted as a Private on 18 Oct 1864
at the age of 18. He mustered in Co F
4th Iowa Cavalry on 23 Oct 1864 at
Memphis, Tennessee. Newell mustered out
with his company on 8 Aug, 1865, at
Atlanta, Georgia. Three of his brothers
also served in the Civil War.
In Aug 1865 he went to Nebraska and
became a scout and guide for the white
settlers. Newell married Ellen Lauver on
1 Jan 1867 in St. Paul, Minnesota. While
living in Nebraska, Mary Ellen and
Wickliff had five children: Cora,
Florence, Arthur, Guy, and DeEtte.
In 1880 they were living in Harlan
County, Nebraska. Later that year they
moved to Colorado. Wickliff joined
Greeley Post G.A.R. in 1880, and in 1884
assisted in organizing Wray Post No. 70
at Wray, Colorado. Wickliff and Ellen
had three more children while living in
Colorado: DeWert, Ray, and Roy.
In 1899 the family moved to Seattle,
Washington, and Wickliff was a member of
Stevens Post G.A.R., serving in several
offices. Ella and Estella were born in
Washington. Wickliff and Ellen had
twelve children. In the 1900 Census,
eight children were still living.
Ellen died in 1913, Island County,
Washington, at the age of 62 years. She
is buried at Bayview Cemetery in Island
September 1899 Wray "William Lawver was here a few days this week looking up a little business here. Mr. Lawver has long passed his allotted
threescore ten but his step is as elastic as ever. His old friends wore pleased to see him."
June 2, 1900 Wray
Wickliff married Nettie Thybault 1 May
1922 in Everett, Snohomish County,
Washington. This was Nettie's 2nd
marriage. She married Asa Camp, a Civil
War veteran, in 1888 and they had a
daughter, Gratia Camp (Joyce). They came
to Washington in 1906 and Asa died in
In 1922 Wickliff and Ellen were both
admitted to the Washington Veteran's
Home in Kitsap County, Washington.
Wickliff was discharged in 1926. Ellen
died at the home from a cerebral
hemorrhage and pleurisy in 1935 at the
age of 79 years.
Wickliff was readmitted in 1928 and
later released. He died in 1932 at the
age of 85 years 8 months.
Luthur Guy Newell married Ida Jane
Vosburg in Island County, Washington in
Wray D. Newell married Howard McLeod in
Island County, Washington in 1906.
Wickliffe Guy Newell II Born 1903... Died 1966
My Son Wickliffe Guy Newell IV ....at the top of Mount Rainier in Washington State
My Grandson Wickliffe Guy Newell V.. We call him 5 when the three of us are together