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Frederick W. and Samantha / Sarah (Chesley) Wilms, son Will Wilms, daughter Lottie (Wilms) Sheedy, daughter Cora Belle (Wilms) Snow , Yuma

In 1860 Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, C.D. (notation error - he is George Drake Chesley) Chesley is 41, Charlott 32, with Samantha J. 12, Israel 10, Mary 8, Catherine 6, Edward 5, March 3, and Wm.B. 1.
(William B. Chesley 1859-1948 is buried in Carter County, Montana # 133975555. So is Israel Benjamin Chesley 1850-1935 # 133976005)

F.W. Wilms married Samantha J. Chesley, daughter of George and Charlotte Chesley, on November 24, 1867 in Eden, Wisconsin.
In 1868 Fond Du Lac County, among the barbers and hairdressers "Wilms F. W. a w cor pub sq, Rip' - and so is J.C. Wilms "
In 1870 Lincoln, Nebraska, F.W. is 26, a physician - born in Denmark - with Samantha 21 Canada and Lattie 1, Iowa.

Kearney, Nebraska "Two other hotels may have made their appearance in 1872. The two story frame building in the middle of Section 2, variously called the Smith-Collins hotel, was moved to Kearney Junction and used as a hotel. An old settler recalled in 1909 that the move occurred in 1872, but it may well have been later. The second possibility is more tangible. Nichols, Hoagland and Co. built a two story frame hotel, the Metropolitan, which was open by the end of February, 1873, thus probably begun in 1872. It was built on two lots on the west side of Nebraska Avenue, the third and fourth lots from North Railway street, and directly across from the site of the Grand Central Hotel. The owner of these lots, and a number of others, was Dr. F. W. Wilms, a homeopathic physician from Lincoln, and was likely the "Co." of Nichols, Hoagland & Co."

"The hotels of the city are well kept and well patronized. The three leading hotels are the Aitken House; the Grand Central, J. H. Irvin, proprietor, and the Commercial House, F. W. Wilms, proprietor."

Kearney, Nebraska
Certainly Samantha and sister Elizabeth coming to Kearney wasn't coincidental.


Charles Black taught for a time in Iowa before going to Colorado where he was in the mercantile business in Pueblo and Canon City for a time. Coming to Buffalo County in 1876 he purchased a relinquishment on Long Island, near Joseph's property. He added other properties from time to time and also had a timber claim of eighty acres northeast of Kearney.
On Feb 13, 1877, in Buffalo County, Nebraska, he married Elizabeth Chesley originally of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She opened a millinery shop in Kearney in 1876, which she sold after her marriage. The couple spent their time developing the wild land, and later raised and fed cattle. Mr. Black was very active in agricultural circles until his death in 1889 at the age of forty-one. Mrs. Black remained on the farm until the house burned about a year after her husband's death. She moved to Kearney, raised and educated her seven children and continued to manage her property "displaying excellent business ability and executive force." Her home for many years was at 202 West 28th Street in a house that was torn down last fall (1991). Of the Black children, Beulah died at the age of twelve, the others were Adah (Hamer), Dott, and Ruth (Todd). Susan and Donald (twins) were less than two years old when their father died. The oldest child, Adah, married Thomas F. Hamer,(1) son of F. G. Hamer, Kearney's first attorney. The couple had three children when Adah died at the age of twenty-nine. Their grandmother raised them in addition to her own children. Robert Black Hamer, who followed in his father's footsteps, was a prominent attorney in Omaha.

In 1880 Dodge County, Nebraska, F. W. Wilms is 35, born in Germany, with S.J. 29 Canada. Lottie is 11, born in Iowa, Cora 9, William 5, and Austin/Arthur, 4 were all born in Nebraska.

Kearney 1881



1887 Yuma, Colorado " F. WILMS of Arapahoe, Neb., also established himself here in the same line, and is now, conducting a branch store at Akron, about twenty-five miles west."

In 1887 Yuma County, Dr. Wilms, of Yuma, was appointed the first Washington County Coroner.
Then in 1889 when Yuma County was organized he was named the Yuma County coroner.

The Presbyterians held their first services in the Wilms building, and with the Methodists held services there until a cyclone damaged the Wilms building.

1889 "The school of Yuma served dinner and supper on election day at Wilms Hall. The proceeds were expended in purchasing an organ and laying the foundation of a school library."
1890 "The Baptist people gave a fine supper on Friday evening in Dr. Wilms' hall, which was largely attended.

Polk's Medical Register of 1890 has Frederick Wilms of Yuma (Washington County) with a population of 500. Two other doctors, John Gardner 1872 (St. Louis Medical College) and Alfred J. Shaw 1881 (Rush Medical College, Chicago) were in Yuma.

In 1892 Washington County, Samantha Wilms sued Benjamin Ward, saying that in 1877, her husband Frederick W. Wilms was the owner of a hotel property in Nebraska, and he gave it to her. Then in 1886 Frederick bought it back, giving a note for $4,000.. Then he traded the hotel for a stock of merchandis and moved it to Colorado. When he couldn't pay it, she took possession of the property.
Frederick W. Wilms had a record of a timber claim in 2 North 53 West - that would be near Akron, but it wasn't completed.

The Medical Brief 1893

In 1893 Samantha J. Wilms filed for a widow's pension from California, for service of Frederick W. Wilms in the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry. The pension commenced March 19, 1893.
F. Wilms of Yuma was listed in the 1895 "Medical visitor."

In 1896 "Pensions granted - Original widows, etc. - Samantha J. Wilms, San Bernardino - In 1894 Los Angeles, Samantha J. Wilms is a widow, living at 1813 Bridge. So is Arthur R. Wilms, a mattress maker for Roberti & Buhman.
(Arthur Roy Wilms married Sadie J. Kennedy in Los Angeles County Feb 12, 1899. He was 21, she was 18.
March 1899 "WILMS TO ANSWER
His Wife's Trunk Searched for Counterfeiting Outfit
The preliminary examination of Arthur R. Wilms, charged with forcing his wife to a life of shame, was closed before City Justice Morgan yesterday forenoon. Wilms was held to answer to the superior court in bonds and was immediately removed to the county jail. The witnesses yesterday morning all testified as to Wilms' good reputation for honesty and integrity and several stated that he had appealed to them for aid in getting his wife away from 855 North Alameda street.
Clifton Axtell, who is attorney for the prosecution and assisted Deputy District Attorney McComas in the preliminary examination, stated that he had known Mrs. Wilms and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kennedy of Boyle Heights, for a great many years. The Kennedys, he says, are honest, respectable people who have worked their lives out for the sake of their daughter and that she was a pure and chaste girl until she met Wilms, less than a year ago. He claims to know Wilms thoroughly and when the proper time arrives, will be prepared to give some very damaging testimony against him.
"Have you searched the Bethlehem Institutional church for the trunk that was supposed to contain counterfeiting tools belonging to Wilms?"
"Yes; but we prefer to say nothing about that at the present time. We will state, however, that the specific articles which we thought were in the trunk could not be found. The amount of obscene literature discovered, which bore every evidence of belonging to Wilms, was amazing." "
April 1899 A HUSBAND'S INFAMY
Trial of Arthur Wilms for Debauching His Wife
The trial of Arthur Wilms for placing his wife in a house of prostitution began yesterday before Judge Smith and a jury. Much time was consumed in an inquiry as to what constituted a house of prostitution, but there seemed to be slight ground for disagreement as to the character of the house when witnesses for the state began to testify. Officer Phillips' evidence left no reasonable doubt of the woman's trade and of her husband's infamous connivance. When the officer spoke to Wilms the defendant asked if he had a warrant for his arrest, and subsequently Wilms said the giri bad been in a house of ill fame before he married her, and had merely resumed her former occupation. Mrs. Sadie Wilms, the wife of the defendant, swore that she married him on February 19th, went to the St. Charles hotel with him for the honeymoon and remained there two days. At the end of that time the and her husband had agreed that it was best for her to resume a life of shame. Consequently they moved down to the Alameda street house. The woman said she felt that she was as much to blame for going there as her husband had been. Mrs. Albert T. Bradley, a deaconess of the Bethel Christian church, testified to the fact of having visited Mrs. Wilms at her Alameda street crib, and gave confirmatory testimony of the life the wretched woman had been leading. Going from there to the county jail, she had interceded for the woman with Wilms, but he refused to permit her to take his wife from the crib to her home, aying if that were done there would be no income for the family, and they must have morey. This testimony corresponded with that of Officer Phillips, who swore that Wilms, when placed under arrest had asked leave to speak to his wife, and had kissed her goodby and told her to keep right along in the same business where she was till he got out of jail again. Of the filthy nature of the case there is no question. The only matter to be settled is whether the woman returned to a life of shame of her own volition or was induced by her husband to do so. District Attorney McComas and C. Axtell, who is associated with him in the prosecution of the case in behalf of the woman's father, feel sure that they have established the husband's guilt, but Allender & Salee, the attorneys for Wilms, are making a vigorous effort to save their client from the penitentiary. The trial will be resumed today.
Sadie Wilms, age 22, married Claude Parlett, age 22, on April 14, 1907 in Los Angeles County.


Cora Belle Wilms married Fred M. Snow December 31, 1886, recorded in Weld County. "On Friday evening, Dec. 31, 1886, by Rev. Simpson, of Akron, Mr. F. M. Snow, of Akron, to Miss Cora Belle Wilms, of Yuma COlorado."

1889 "The school of Yuma served dinner and supper on election day at Wilms Hall. The proceeds were expended in purchasing an organ and laying the foundation of a school library."
1890 "The Baptist people gave a fine supper on Friday evening in Dr. Wilms' hall, which was largely attended.


On Sept 4, 1892, C.W.F. Wilms married Georgia E. Churchill, recorded in Yuma County.

1899 Yuma "Will Wilms left for Omaha last Saturday."
1899 "Will Wilms has resigned his position on the railroad at this place and has acepted a similar position at Otis."

February 24, 1899

1899 "Mrs. J.J. Wilms of Los Angeles, California, is visiting at the homes of her son and daughter, Mr. Will Wilms and Mrs. J.W. Sheedy."

1899 Yuma "Mrs. S. J. Wilms of California, who has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. James Sheedy, returned home Wednesday."
1899 Yuma "Mrs. Will Wilms of Omaha is visiting her mother, Mrs. Sarah Churchill."
1900 "Will Wilms, who has been attending a barber school for the past four months in Omaha, returned to Yuma and opened a shop."

In 1900 Yuma, living on Warren Street, James W. Sheedy sells dry goods, Feb 1860, married 13 years to Lottie Feb 1871, both born in Iowa, have Frank C. May 1887, George Nov 1892, and Adelina March 1896, all three born in Colorado. Lottie's mother Sarah J. Wilms, born Dec 1848, widowed, born in Canada, is living with them.
1901 Yuma "Will Wilm left Thursday for Fort Morgan, where he will take charge of a barber shop."
1901 "Mrs. Fred Snow and children of Omaha are visiting at the home of her mother and sister, Mrs. Wilma nd Mrs. James Sheedy.
1902 "Art Wilms has given the Jim Sheedy residence a coat of paint."
1902 Yuma "Mr. and Mrs. Will Wilms of Brush visited at the home of her mother, Mrs. Smith."

Although serving in the same regiment, this one is too old to be the Yuma one- maybe a father or uncle?

Friedrich W. Wilms
Death sounded
the last bugle call for F. W. Wilms, a veteran of the civil war, Tuesday, his demise occurring at the home at Four Corners and the result of a protracted illness. Mr. Wilms had been a resident here for many years and was well known throughout the county. During the war he served with Co. D., Third Wis. Inf., and was a member of Horace M. Walker post, G.A.R., of this city. The funeral will be held Sunday.[Source: Manitowoc Daily Herald (Wednesday, 3 Dec. 1902, Page 1) submitted by Travis Teesch] **********
Death Tues., following a long illness, of F. W. Wilms, a well-known resident of our county for many years. During the war the deceased served with Company D of the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment and for many years has suffered from the severe wounds he received and the strains he underwent. He is survived by his sorrowing widow and several children. The funeral will take place Sun. from his residence at Four Corners, and the local G.A.R. Post, to which Wilms belonged, will give the old Union Veteran his last escort.[Source: Der Nord Westen (4 Dec. 1902) submitted by Travis Teesch]

1903 "Mrs. Wilms and Frank Sheedy are visiting at "Keartney", Nebraska."
1903 "Mrs. Wilms and Mrs. Black of Kearney, Neb., are visiting Yuma friends and relatives."
May 21, 1909 "Mrs. Wilms, a pioneer of Yuma, died May 2 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Sheedy at Fort Morgan."
The Veteran's Pension says she died May 3, 1909, and the Bureau of Pensions notified November 26, 1909. She had been living at 223 Lincoln Street, Fort Morgan Colorado.
FindAGrave # 87350703 has a Sarah J. Williams buried in Fort Morgan "with no head stone birth 1909, death May 3, 1909 Section I block 7 lot 7." That's the same lot as George Sheedy dying July 17, 1959, and Anna Sheedy dying Feb 24, 1951, also with no head stone.
Given the death date of Sarah J. "Williams", and the birth year of 1909 (if it were an infant the use of a middle initial is rare), it's likely that it's the Yuma Sarah J. Wilms.



In 1910, James, Lottie, Frank, George and Adrienne are in Fort Morgan Colorado, where he runs a pool room.
1911 Akron "Mrs. J. W. Sheedy and daughter Adrienne, of Fort Morgan, who have been here several days the guests of Mrs. Muntzing, returned home Sunday."

In Brush, Colorado in 1920, James is operating a filling station, with Lottie 49, Frank 38, George 28, and Adrianne C. 23.
James 1860-1938 and Lottie 1870-1926 are buried in Fort Morgan # 71686853.
In 1900 Omaha, William Wilms is a motorman, born July 1873 in Nebraska, married eight years to Georgia Feb 1877 Michigan. Thay have Fern January 1898, born in Colorado.
William, a barber, Georgia, and Fern are in Los Angeles County, California in 1910.

Georgiana Churchill was born Feb 18, 1875 in Newark, Gratiot County, Michigan to George M. and Sarah L. Churchill. She was in Gratiot County, Michigan in 1880, with parents George M. and Sarah A. Churchill.
In 1870 Michigan, George M. Churchill is 30, Sarah A. 26, Chas. F. 5, and Ida B. 3, ."
In 1880 Ionia County, Michigan, Otis Churchill is 47, R. Rosette 50, Dewitt 22, Ella 17, Dora 14, IOLA 12, and Peres 6.
George M. Churchill, a cabinetmaker, died October 18, 1883 in Ithaca, Michigan. His father was Archibald Churchill.
December 21, 1889 "Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Babcock are the happiest couple in Yuma. Dr. Wilms says it's a big boy weightin 13 pounds. Fine Christmas gift, Tiff."

1899 Yuma "Mrs. Sarah Churchill and little granddaughter, Lodica Babcock, came down from Brush Saturday."
1899 "Mrs. T.B. Babcock and two children of Brush are visiting at the home of her mother's, Mrs. Srah Churchill."
1900 Yuma "George and Lodica Babcock of Brush are visiting their grandma, Mrs. Churchill."
Ida Bell Churchill Babcock, per one tree, died in 1899 in Morgan County, Colorado.

In 1900 Brush, Tiffiney Babcock is a lumber dealer, born June 1854 in New York, with George M., Sept 1887 and Lodicia A. March 1893, both Colorado.

Sarah Churchill was in Yuma, Colorado in 1900, born Oct 1847 in New York, widowed,.
1901

In 1910 Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, Tiffany is 54, widowed, with George (working in a clothing store) and Lodacia.- Sept 23, 1899. Tiffany B. 1854-1937 is also buried there.

Lodacia married a Karpf, and is in Nebraska the rest of her life,, but did travel to Hawaiii in 1947 and Brussels i, belgium.
George 1887-1955 is buried in Brush - the store also has "Ida B. Churchill - wife of T.B. Babcock - Nov 145
In 1900 Omaha, Fred M. Snow is 38, born in Iowa, Cora B. March 1872, Nebraska, Florence J. 11 California, Norma E. 7 California, and Josephine M. 2 Nebraska.
In 1910 Los Angeles, Fred M. Snow, 48, Iowa is a clerk in a freight office, married but no spouse listed.
In 1920 Los Angeles, Fred M. is a boarder, managing a building company, married to Rose 40, Mississippi. (Rose E. Snow is widowed in 1930 Los Angeles, a practical nurse, first married at 17.)

Norma Elnora Snow, born May 21, 1893 to Fred Morris Snow and Cora Wilms in Los Angeles.
Norma married Clyde Jefferson Roberts on July 1, 1911 in Los Angeles County. Both were 19.

Florence Jeannette (Snow) Thomas, born Sept 20, 1889, died April 21, 1984, and is buried in Forest Lawn Glendale, California # 855322254.

Fred Morris Snow, son of Fred W. Snow and Helen Morrel, married Rose Eulank on August 2, 1919 in California. He was 57, she was 40.
Fred, age 61, died June 23, 1923 in Los Angeles.

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