Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ora Lee Reyburn Marriage Record

Ora Lee Reyburn
b. May 1882 (according to 1900 Census)

Found marriage record for Ora Lee Reyburn

md. Sam Sadler, 29 January 1901
home of bride: Schell City, Vernon, Missouri Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007.
Original data: Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm.

Searched Rootsweb California death index:
    blank name; mother: adkins; father: reyburn
     sadler born Missouri
    sadler born in 1882
Couldn't find anything

Searched WWI draft records:  no Sam Sadler from Missouri

Searched Anestry census records:  can't find Sam Sadler or Ora Lee Sadler

Still looking for proof that Ora Lee is John Andrew's daughter.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Looking for Children of John Andrew Johnson Reyburn

John Andrew Johnson Reyburn
b. 14 Mar 1857, Missouri
d. 10 Jun 1931, Napa, California
md. Sallie E. Adkins, 27 Nov 1877, Carroll, Missouri

Looking for John A.J. Reyburn’s children.

A family tree on lists his children as follows:
J.E. Reyburn, male
Nannie Reyburn
Mary Alice Reyburn Grove
Mollie A Reyburn
Ora Lee Reyburn

1880 Census: Jno A Reyburn is head, S.E. Reyburn is wife, and M.A. Reyburn is one-year-old daughter. This fits with the name of Mary Alice Reyburn. Question? Is J.E. Reyburn a twin who died?

In 1900 Census, in Missouri, John Andrew Johnson Reyburn is living with his father, Joseph Henry Reyburn. The census indicates that Ora Lee Reyburn is niece to Joseph Henry Reyburn. However, it also says that Mollie is his daughter. The 1910 census indicates Mollie is JH's granddaughter.

The 1900 Census also indicates that both Mollie and Ora Lee's fathers were born in MO and mothers born in OH. Their birth dates are 18 months apart, which is enough for them to be sisters.

Josephine Smith Little

Josephine Smith, b 24 April 1910; Escondido, San Diego California

    father: Theron J. Smith, b. July 1844, Macedon, New York
    mother: Josephine Rhodes, b. 1872, Stuart, Iowa

In previous research couldn't find a clear identifier of Josephine's marriage and death date. Obituary from her brother Lomax Smith indicated that he was survived by his sisters Thera Smith of Escondido and Josephine Little from La Mesa, California.

Today found her listed in California Death Index for Josephine Little.  It listed death date 4 March 1985; mother's maiden name: Rhodes; father's name: Smith, SS# 549-09-5017. This record was found indexed on Rootsweb ( Couldn't find the same record on California Death index on 
The SSDI on for the same SS# lists Josephine being a resident of La Mesa when she died.


I made a PDF copy of both records.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Darius Elijah Elisha James Reyburn

March 29, 2012
Big confusion and too tired to figure it out tonight. Will document conflict and work on it another time:

Thought I found Darius in the 1900 Census in the home of his son Adam K Reyburn (census in Davis, Lafayette, MO); name is spelled Raeper, but everything else about family fits. (See post about Adam Kemp or Adam Kenneth Reyburn dated 3/25/2012).

However, Darius Reyburn is in 1900 Census with Jesse Esrey, Crooked River, Ray, MO; where he has been most of his earlier life.

Also, has a Darius Elisha Reyburn born 1843 to Darius Elisha Reyburn and Caroline Elizabeth Neale. I sent email to contributor asking for more information about two Darius's.

March 11, 2011
Today I found several records that all could be the same person, but I don't have definitive proof that they are.  This is a summary of what I found:

Record already in my files, of which the source is one of my old contacts Joanne Halterman:

Darius Elijah (Elisha) James Reyburn, born October 1823, Boone Missouri, died 1923.
Son of Adam Collins Reyburn, born 1798, Kentucky and Elsie Kice (Kise) born 1798.
Married to Caroline Elizabeth (Neal) Neale on 19 May 1842. 

Below is a summary of the records I found today.  I also searched Ancestry and FamilySearch.  I couldn't find any records in the census for 1870 or 1880.  Here's what I found today:

James Alisha Reyburn, born 19 Nov 1816 in Missouri, died 16 June 1916, Nevada, Vernon, Missouri
Father Adam Reyburn, born Kentucky
Mother unknown, born Germany

1850 Census:  Lafayette County, Missouri
Darius E Reyburn, M, 27 years
Rosa  Reyburn, F, 20 
Sarah T. Reyburn, F, 3
Tabitha Merrill, F, 73

1860 Census: Crooked River Twnship, Ray, Missouri
Elisha Reyburn, 39, M
Milley Reyburn, 26, F
Elmira Reyburn, 15, F
Sarah Reyburn, 12, F
Wm Reyburn, 6, M
Caroline Reyburn, 2, F

1900 Census, Crooked River, Ray, Missouri
Jesse E. Esrey, 36
Florence A Esrey, 33
Daniel R Esrey, 5
Derius Reyburn, 79, uncle to head

1910 Census, Bacon, Vernon, Missouri
J H Reyburn, 81, head
Mary Ann Reyburn, 55, daughter
John Reyburn, 52, son
Mollie Reyburn, 31, granddaughter
D E Reyburn, 88, brother

Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002
Elijah Elisha James  Reyburn, Rosannah Cath Merrill, 12 Mar 1846

Missouri Marriages 1851-1900
Darius Reyburn, Amelia Shackleford, 18 Sep 1852, Ray County

Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002
Derias E Reyburn, Sarah M Adkins 19 Sep 1872, Ray County

Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002
D E Reyburn, Mrs Martha Vanderpool, 21 Mar 1880, Ray County

1 May 1850 Letter from William Gill that mentioned Rose, wife of Elisha D. Reyburn, who went to California with William and company.  Source:  California Letters of William Gill written in 1850 to his wife Harriett Tarleton in Kentucky, edited by Eva Turner Clark, 1922, Downs  Printing Company, New York.

This was on a family tree on

Birth: Oct 1823
Marriage: Caroline Elizabeth (Neal) Neale, 19 May 1842
Marriage: Rossannah Catherine Merrill, 12 Mar 1846
Marriage: Amelia Shackleford, 18 Sep 1853
Marriage: Sarah M. Adkins, 19 Sep 1872
Marriage: Martha Taylor, 21 May 1880
Death: 1923