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William Henry Webster
DeWitt


Lura (Laura) Victoria
Reger

version 30: 1/4/13

(son of Joel DeWitt
and
Rachel Ann Mairs)

(daughter of Saul Reger, Sr.
   b. 6 Jun 1799 in Upshur Co., VA
    ... son of Anthony Reger  & Anna Susannah Simmons
    (also... in French Creek, Rockingham Co, VA)
    d. 24 Jul 1866 in Sullivan Co, MO) (FindAGrave)

and 
Mary Martha Busby)
(second wife) -- see
SIBLINGS
   b: 17 Jul 1825 in Markleville, IN
  
m. 23 Nov 1845 in Pendleton, Madison Co, IN
         or Lewis, WV
    d. 20 Jun 1875 in Reger, Sullivan Co, MO)



WILLIAM INFO
b. 8 May 1854
    in
Reger, Sullivan Co., MO
    (Death Cert states 1853.)

d. 1 Apr 1927 (see obit)
    in Kirksville, Adair County, MO (ref) and
    buried in Henry Cemetery, Reger, MO
    (Death Cert)  (FindAGrave)

married
16 Nov 
1876

as listed in
Marriage
Records of
Sullivan
Co, MO
1859-1880
pg 67

LURA (LAURA) INFO
b. 15 Sep 1857
    
in Sullivan Co, MO



d. 21 May 1931
     in Sullivan Co, MO  (Death Cert) and
     buried Henry Cemetery, Reger, MO (FindAGrave)



Her siblings were: (SIBLINGS)


WD


Living in Milan, Sullivan Co, MO
in 1860

Living in Bowman Twnshp, Sullivan Co. in 1900 & 1910 census.

He was a presiding judge of the Sullivan Co court in 1912
according to A History of Northeast Missouri by Walter Williams, 1913

Meet the
children.
LR

See below for the source of these photos.
(SOURCE)




Lura V. DeWitt was living with
Fred and Jennie (daughter) Reed
in 1930 in Bowman Twnshp, Sullivan Co. MO



William and Lura Photo obtained from the 1956 edition of the Reger Methodist Church
from the collection of Joel S. DeWitt, Jr.

Inscription:

Mr. and Mrs. W.H.W. DeWITT
One of our first Trustees and this is a picture of he and his wife in their early years in the home he built one mile north of Reger, now stands as a landmark, and owned by Robert Stephenson.

A younger photo of Web is found below.

(see William's obit)


Some more information including maps about Reger, Mo can be found at: Where is Reger?

See photo of the house in 1972 below.

See younger photo of Lura below.

See photo of grave below.





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Children of William Henry Webster DeWitt
Issue: Sex Born Birthplace Died Deathplace Married Date Children
Children of William Henry Webster DeWitt (b. 8 May 1854  d. 1 Apr 1927) (FindAGrave)
and Lura (Laura) Victoria Reger (b. 15 Sep 1857 d. 21 Aug 1931) (FindAGrave)
married 16 Nov 1876
Clarence J
(see photo below)

He is listed as
Clawrence in 1910 census.

Lived near Reger, MO
in 1947 at the
time of his
father's death.
(See
obit below)

M 25 Dec
1877
Reger, Sullivan Co.,  MO


In 1917, living with wife in Green City, Sullivan Co, MO according to his draft card.
14 Jun
1948

(Death
Cert.
)

Reger, Sullivan Co.,  MO

buried in Henry Cemetery,

Reger, Sullivan Co.,  MO

Buried in Henry Cemetery, Reger, Sullivan Co, MO
Dora Alta Miller
b 4 Oct 1877
in Harris, MO

d. 12 Mar 1945
in Milan, MO

(Death Cert.)


Buried in Henry Cemetery, Reger, Sullivan Co, MO


f. Daniel Miller
m. Emman Duley
27 Mar
1904
Arthur Webster
Miller

 
b 4 Nov 1905
     in Reger,
     Sullivan Co, MO

 
d. 17 Dec 1922
    
in hunting accident
     (Death Certificate)

Buried in Henry
Cemetery, Reger,
Sullivan Co, MO


Clarence Donald
 
b 28 Aug 1907 MO
 
d 13 Feb 1958 CA
 
m Mildred Fields
  Children:
    - Gary Donald
     
b 17 Nov 1943 CA
    - Linda Lou
     
b 15 Apr 1958
      m. Randall R Lindley


John Edward
 
b 23 Oct 1909
 
d. 12 Oct 1965 NM
 
m Betty Welch
  Children:
   
- Betty Sue
 
m Virginia Lee
      Brockman
    16 Sep 1942
     Kirksville, MO
      b. 1920
  Children:
   
- Alta Louise
     
b 30 May 1943
   
- Nancy Margaret
     
b 19 Sep 1946
   
- John Webster
     
b. 14 Feb 1948

Dr. Ralph Ogden
  (photo1921)

 
b. 10 Mar 1912
 
d. 11 Feb 1984
 
m. Anna May Myers
       b. 23 Aug 1912 MO

       d. 6 Nov 2006

  Children:
   
- Ralph Ogden
     
b. 30 Jun 1942
   
- Barbara Ann
     
b. 6 Jul 1945

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Mabel Clara
(on
FindAGrave)


Mabel C. lived near Green City, Sullivan Co, MO
in 1927 at the
time of her
father's death.
(See obit below)

aka
Clara 'Mabel'
Mabel as second name came from 1900 census where she is living with her parents.

F 4 Sep
1879
Reger, Sullivan Co.,  MO 17 Sep
1967
in Milan, Sullivan Co. MO

buried in
Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Green City,
Sullivan Co.,
MO

(FindAGrave)
Robert I. Zeigler
b.
24 Sep 1876
  in MO
d. 30 Apr 1931
  in Sullivan Co
  MO

(Death
Certificate
)

(FindAGrave)

On 7 Jun 1900 he working at age 23 as a day laborer
on Red Roach's farm in Bowman Township, Sullivan Co, MO

Parents listed as Salmon Zigler and Amanda M. Zigler in 1880

father's birthplace was PA and mother's birthplace was MO



15 Feb
1903
Mary Dorothy or
Dorothy M.
  b.
25 Dec 1903 in MO
  d.
12 Oct 1994
(FindAGrave)

Catherine E or L
   b. Abt 1914 in MO
   d. Aft 1930

Gertrude
   b. Abt 1916 in MO
   d. Aft 1930


I could not find them
for a long time because
I was spelling their last
name Ziegler.

In 1910 Robert and
Mabell C are living as
Robert W. Ziegler in
Duncan township,
Sullivan Co, MO
with daughter Dortha
(age 6)

In 1920 and 1930 they
are living as the Zeigler
family in Penn Township
(1920), Green City,
Sullivan
Co, MO

Death Certificate of
Robert states spelling
as Zeigler.  See also
FindAGrave links above.


Mary Ann

Lived near Laredo, MO
in 1927 at the
time of
her
father's death.
(See
obit below)
F 14 Jan
1882

(Death Cert.)
Reger, Sullivan Co.,  MO 10 Mar
1949
in Trenton,
Grundy Co, MO


(Death Cert.)
Rural Dale Cemetery,
Trenton,
Grundy Co. MO

(FindAGrave)
Dr. John Clifton Humphreys
b. 18 Oct 1882 in MO
d. 16 Aug 1951
in Trenton,
Grundy Co, MO

(Death Cert.)
He was a retired veterinarian.

f. Thomas
Humphreys
 
m. Eliza Pickens

John's middle name on wife's death cert.

(FindAGrave)

4 May
1904
Mildred Jo
b. 1906 
d. Aft 1930

Mary Virginia
b. 1911 
d. Aft 1951
m. Frank M Kercheval

She was listed as
Virginia and was
informant on father's
death cert.

Margaret Lois
b. 1915 
d. Aft 1930
m. Adolph Langstadt

She was listed as
informant on mother's
death cert.


from 1930 census living
in Wilson Twnship,
Grundy Co, MO

Vern Irene

(living with parents in 1910 census)

Lived near Reger, MO
in 1927 at the
time of
her
father's death.
(See
obit below)
F 25 Apr
1884
Reger, Sullivan Co.,  MO

(from
Birth Record)

24 Feb
1951

(Death Cert.)
died in Milan,
Sullivan Co, MO

Buried in Henry Cemetery, Reger, Sullivan Co, MO

(FindAGrave)
William Romulus
Van Fossen
b. 2 Oct 1879 in MO

d. 28 Aug 1956
Milan, Sullivan Co, MO

Buried in Henry Cemetery, Reger, Sullivan Co, MO

(Death Cert.)

(FindAGrave)

f. James Ira
VanFossen
m. Hannah Christine Glaze

2 Apr
1911
William DeWitt
b.
27 Oct 1912
d. 6 May 1913
Buried in
Henry Cemetery,
Reger, Sullivan
Co, MO

(FindAGrave)

Marion
b. 1918 
d. Aft 1930

Christine
b. 1920 
d. Aft 1930
A Christine Houston
was the informant on
William VanFossen's
Death Cert.

Clarence
b. 1922 
d. Aft 1930

from 1930 census living
in Taylor Twnship,
Sullivan Co, MO


Josephine
"Josie"

Lived near Reger, MO
in 1927 at the
time of
her
father's death.
(See
obit below)

F 29 May
1888
MO 20 Jan
1971
Fields Cemetery,
near
Reger, Sullivan Co.,  MO

(FindAGrave)
James Monroe "Bub" Fields
b. 1 Jul 1878
    in MO
d. 17 Jan 1931
   Reger,
   Sullivan Co.,
    MO
(Death Cert.)

buried in Fields Cem,
near Reger
(FindAGrave)


f. Perry Banion Fields
m. Sarah Rebakah
      Maggart
     (1833-1911)

Obit for Sarah
Sarah was a pioneer
settler of Sullivan
Co, MO. She married P.B.Fields. Only
children survive,
John Jeff, Jacob, James, Mrs. William Sayers, Mrs. Alice
Taylor, Mrs. Julia Knifong and Mrs. Mora Shepherd.

1 Dec
1908
- none living with
them in 1930 census
in Duncan Twnshp,
Sullivan Co. MO

Jennie
(living with parents in 1910 census)

Lived near Reger, MO
in 1927 at the
time of her
father's death.
(See obit below)

(Note: Her mother Lura V. DeWitt was living with Fred and
Jennie Reed
in 1930 in Bowman Twnshp, Sullivan Co. MO)

F 6 Jul
1891
Reger,
Sullivan Co,
MO

(from Birth Record)
1981 Milan,
Sullivan Co., MO

Oakwood
Cemetery
(FindAGrave)

Frederick
Fred R
Reed
b. 3 May 1893
in MO
d.
? Sep 1976
Milan,
Sullivan Co,
MO

Oakwood
Cemetery
(FindAGrave)


parents:
 
James S Reed
1866
 
Gertrude C
1860


siblings:
Frank W. Reed
1891 1976
m. Justa M
     Caldwell
     (FIndAGrave)
 
James S Reed
1894


9 Dec
1917
Francis H.
b. 1919
  MO
d. Aft 1930
m. Morris Moran


Amber Josephine
b. 1922  MO
d. 19 Jan 2010
m. Robert Dawson
     Maxwell on
     18 Aug 1950
     in Buchanan Co, MO


Robert Burns
b. 1926  Sullivan Co, MO
d. 2006
    (FIndAGrave)
m. Doris D. "D D" ?
     b. 1928
     d. 2002
    (FIndAGrave)


(from 1930 census)
living in Bowman
Twnshp,
Sullivan Co, MO

John Webster
(see photo)

M 4 Jun
1895
? 10 Sep
1904
(from father's obit
and tombstone)

Henry Cemetery,
Reger MO
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Note: Information provided by John and Lucille Shatto, April 9, 1984 in letter to Joel S. DeWitt, Jr.
Additional information derived from the 1920 and 1930 census records, and OneWorldTree at Ancestry.com.

William Henry DeWitt's Obituary

Milan Republican 7 Apr 1927   (William Henry Webster  DeWitt)
W.H.W. DeWitt died at Kirksville Friday Afternoon
Deceased was born in Sullivan County and for fifty years had been one of  its most prominent citizens.
 
William Henry Webster DeWitt was born in Sullivan county, Missouri, one fourth mile from his residence at the time of his death, on May 6, 1854, and is the fifth child of Dr. Joel and Rachel Ann (Mairs) DeWitt...  At the time  of his death Mr. DeWitt was 72 years, 10 months, and 23 days.
 
Nov 16, 1876, he was married to Miss Lura Victoria Reger, daughter of  Solomon and Mary Martha (Busby) Reger, to which union seven children were born,  Clarence J. of Reger, Mabel C. Zeigler of Green City, Mary A. Humphreys of  Laredo, Verne I. VanFossen, Josie Fields and Jennie Reed, all of near Reger, and  John Webster, who preceded him in death Sep 10, 1904.  Besides these surviving children he leaves his loving wife, one brother M.P. DeWitt of Reger and a sister, Mrs. Josie McCullough of Milan, fifteen grandchildren  and a  host of other relatives and friends to mourn his untimely departure...

Thanks to Cherly Gallaher for the transcriptions.

Another DeWitt mystery:

I have found a Clarence W. DeWitt living in Parsons Creek Township in Linn Co., MO in the 1920 census on page 1A, Enumeration District 90.  His age was 44.  His wife was Estella (age 41) and he had two daughters Z Lavarnia (age 15) and Ruth (age 7).  Anyone know how they fit in to the DeWitt puzzle?

Ancestry.com has a genealogy listing Clarence DeWitt (d. 11 Jun 1958) married to Estella (d. 10 Aug 1963) with children:
Ray Laverne (later married Opal Harris with children Gerald and Stanley),
Elnora Maude (b. 1900 and later married ? Warren) and
Ruth (b 1912). 
Clarence's father was John M and Hannah McCullough DeWitt.  John M Dewitt's parents were Rev. James and Ellen Little DeWitt.

Another genealogy provides Estella's name as  Estella Bell Buckley (b 14 Nov 1878 in Rushville, Schuyler Co., IL, d. 10 Aug 1963  in Chillicothe, Daviess Co., MO) who was daughter of James Arnold and Mary Catherine Finch Buckley.  She married Clarence DeWitt in Jan 1899  in Illinois, near Littleton.

Another genealogy has Clarence as born in 1875 in IL

In the 1900 census, Clarence (age 24) and Estella (age 20) are living with their daughter Mandie E (Elnora Maude?), b Feb 1900 in Parson's Creek Township, Sullivan Co., MO.

In the Chillicothe Constitution newspaper, on 1 Sep 1927, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Dewitt and their daughter Ruth Beckwith (and husband Orville) were reported as visiting the city.  (via Ancestry.com)

But I do not know who they are related to in the big DeWitt picture!


To see the 1920 Census Records that listed Webster and Lura: 1920 Census
 
* You will see that Fred Reed and his wife Jennie DeWitt and daughter Francis H. 
     
are living with Webster and Lura DeWitt in 1920.
      - also Lura V. is living with Fred and Jennie Reed in 1930 in Bowman Twnshp, Sullivan Co. MO
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Photos:
 
web
Photo obtained from Find A Grave.com
which obtained the photo from:
"The Complete History of Sullivan County Missouri,
Volume I, 1836-1900
Compiled & Written by
Gladys Wells Crumpacker
Publisher "History Publications Inc."
Milan, Mo.

Lura Reger


Photo obtained from Find A Grave.com
which obtained the photo from:
"The Complete History of Sullivan County Missouri,
Volume I, 1836-1900
Compiled & Written by
Gladys Wells Crumpacker
Publisher "History Publications Inc."
Milan, Mo.

WHWDeWitt
Photo obtained from the 1956 edition 
of the Reger Methodist Church 
from the collection of Joel S. DeWitt, Jr.

Inscription:

  W. H. W. DeWITT
    First Trustees 1896
    (along with Mrs. Cora Reger 
    and Geo C. Cannon)

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Clarence
Photo obtained from the 1956 edition of the Reger Methodist Church Messenger.

from the collection of Joel S. DeWitt, Jr.

Inscription:

    A FORMER SUNDAY 
    SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

    CLARENCE J. DeWITT
    Died June 15, 1948 

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john






Photo from Doris & Joel S. DeWitt, Sr. collection

On the back, they wrote:

John DeWitt, son of Web DeWitt

Sadly this cute boy only lived until 1904.
He was born in 1895.


1921 Ralph

Ralph DeWitt in the back row!


Photo obtained from the 1956 edition of the Reger Methodist Church Messenger.

from the collection of Joel S. DeWitt, Jr.    

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house in 1972
This is Web DeWitt's house taken in 1972 by Joel DeWit, Jr. near Reger. MO.  (Click on image to see larger view.)
Directly behind this view is the road to the Joel DeWitt brick farmhouse and the Mark Pinkney white farm house.
(See Reger website.)

Compare this view of the porch to the framework on the porch in the photo below.

William and Lura Photo obtained from the 1956 edition of the Reger Methodist Church
from the collection of Joel S. DeWitt, Jr.

Inscription:

Mr. and Mrs. W.H.W. DeWITT
One of our first Trustees and this is a picture of he and his wife in their early years in the home he built one mile north of Reger, now stands as a landmark, and owned by Robert Stephenson.

grave


Their grave is in Henry Cemetery,
near Reger, Sullivan Co, MO


Some more information including maps about Reger, Mo can be found at: Where is Reger?

(see William's obit)

    William died in Kirksville, Adair County, MO (ref)
    and was buried in Henry Cemetery, Reger, MO
    (Death Cert)  (FindAGrave)


     Lura died in Sullivan Co, MO  (Death Cert)
     and was
buried Henry Cemetery,
Reger, MO
     (FindAGrave)




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1900 Census: Sullivan County, Mo: Bowman Township:  (8 Jun 1900)

Notice the Webster DeWitts, followed by his mother Rachel Mairs DeWitt, followed by his brother, Mark Pinkney ("Pink") DeWitt.
Rachel lived at the "red brick" house, Pink lived at the white house, and Webster had his house.. all along the same road near Reger, Sullivan Co., MO.

  1900

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Clarence J and Alta DeWitt
Webster and Lura DeWitt
Rachel DeWitt

1910 Census: Sullivan County, Mo: Bowman Township:  (28 Apr 1910)
Clarence J DeWitt (31) and wife Alta (3?) with children Arthur (4), David (2) and John (<1). Clarence was a son of Webster DeWitt.
Webster Dewitt
(56) and wife Lura (52), with children Vern (26) and Jennie (18) and hired hand Martin Miller (27)
Next door was mother  Rachel Mairs DeWitt (86).  She lived only 2 more years. 
A photo taken about this time can be seen at About 1910.
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I do not know who was living with Rachel.  The first name is Mary (56) and the last name looks like Blackman. 
I can not discern what her relation was... it may be servant.
1910

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This one is a bonanza!
Mark P and Bertha Swanger DeWitt and family (webpage)
Joel S and Doris Harvey DeWitt and family (webpage)
(Joel is daughter of Mark P)
Alexander and Eula DeWitt Shatto and family (webpage)
(Eula is daughter of Mark P)
Robert and Clara Shatto and family
(See 1920 Census)
Webster and Lura Reger DeWitt
Fred and Jennie DeWitt Reed and family
(Jennie is daughter of Webster)
Clarence J and Alta Miller DeWitt
(Clarence is son of Webster)

(Note: The Shatto girl at the top is from the previous page Fred and Vera Shatto family)
To see the 1920 Census Records that listed them: 1920 Census

1920 Census: Sullivan County, Mo: Bowman Township: 12 Jan 1920

1920

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Lura Victoria Reger DeWitt
Clarence J. DeWitt and family
Jennie DeWitt (Reed) and family

1930 Census: Sullivan County, Mo: Bowman Township:
  CJDeWitt1930


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