Elton LeGrand Richey, or (pre-adoption) Jonathan Lester Ferris

Male 1896 - 1991  (94 years)


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  • Name Elton LeGrand Richey, or (pre-adoption) Jonathan Lester Ferris 
    Suffix or (pre-adoption) Jonathan Lester Ferris 
    Born 8 May 1896  Marysvale, Piute, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Feb 1991  Ashton, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2520  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2006 

    Father John Solomon Ferris,   b. 5 Aug 1840, Clearlock, Richland, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1931, Beaver, Beaver, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Martha Catherine Frederick,   b. 9 Mar 1858, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1896, Marysvale, Piute, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 29 Oct 1889  Bloomington, Washington, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet

    Father Robert Alma Richey,   b. 8 Oct 1858, Washington, Washington, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1932, Sugar City, Madison, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship Adopted 
    Mother Adeline Webb,   b. 20 Dec 1857, Parowan, Iron, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1924, Monroe, Sevier, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship Adopted 
    Married 18 Jan 1877  St. George, Washington, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F582  Group Sheet

    Family Margie Bodil Thueson,   b. 22 Aug 1898, Monroe, Sevier, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1980, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 2 Oct 1919  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F644  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Reviewed 6 Jun 2002 Rootsweb.com WorldConnect.

      2. Mentioned in his father's obituary of 29 Jul 1931: "He is survived by the following children: James Ferris, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Elton Richie Ferris, Rupert, Idaho; John L. Ferris, Beaver; Lucy, a daughter, at Sacramento, Calif.; Pitney Ferris, who enlisted in the world war from Montana, and who has not been heard from since; step-children: Mrs. C. H. Hales, Ogden; Mrs. Grace Bishop, Los Angeles, Calif.; Ebbie Stevens, Fallon, Nev.; one sister, Mrs. Marlo S. Browning Stroud, Okla."

      3. Per brother John Lincoln Ferris' obituary of 14 May 1937: "Besides his widow, Mr. Ferris is survived by a son and daughter, Duane and Martha Ferris, Beaver; a stepdaughter and two stepsons, Mrs. Julia Campeau, Inglewood, Cal.; Wallace Dean, Logan; Warren Dean, Beaver; two sisters, Mrs. Sadie Hales, Ogden; Mrs. Grace Hutchingson, Glendale, Cal.; a brother, Elton Ferris, Burley, Idaho; one half-brother, Ebbie Stevens, Fallon, Nev."

      4. Adoptive parents: Robert Alma Richey, b. 8 Oct 1858 at Wahington, Washington, Utah, d. 28 Jul 1932 at Sugar City, Madison, Idaho and bur. Aug 1932 at Monroe, Sevier, Utah.

      5. Censuses:
      1900 US: Circleville, Piute, Utah, 14 Jun 1900, p. 1 of 11, family 27:
      Robert A. Richey, Oct 1858, 44, m. 21 years, UT GA MS, farmer.
      Adeline, wife, Dec 1857, m. 21 years, UT NY MS.
      Jonathan L. Ferris, adopted son, May 1896, 4, UT IL UT.

      1920 US: Monroe, Sevier, Utah, p. 191, 19 Jan 1920, families 168 and 169:
      Family 168:
      Robert A. Richey, 51, UT MS Arkansas, farmer.
      Adiline, wife, 62, UT NY TN.
      Family 169:
      Elton Richey, 23, UT UT UT, farmer.
      Bodial M., wife, 21, UT UT UT.

      1930 US: North Salem, Fremont, Idaho, p. 54, 9 Apr 1930, family 29:
      Elton Richey, 32 m. at age 22, UT UT UT, farmer.
      Bodiel, wife, 30, m. at age 20, UT UT UT.
      Darrell E., son, 9, UT UT UT.
      Robert G., son, 7, UT UT UT.
      Fae, dau., 5, UT UT UT.
      Reid J., son, 1-4/12, ID UT UT.
      Robert A., father, 72, widower, UT MS Arkansas.

      BIOGRAPHY:
      1. Mother died three months after birth and father was neglectful of his children. He was called "Jonathan Ferris" in the will of Jane Hanks, but family tradition says his name was "LeGrand" before adoption by the Richey family. He was adopted in infancy by Robert Alma Richey and Adeline Webb Richey, and his name was changed to Elton. Ardis Parshall, rootsweb coordinator for Piute County Utah lists his name as Jonathan Lester Ferris on 6 Jun 2002 Ancestry.com database "piute".

      2. Was a farmer and worked at other jobs.

      3. “The Record of James Richey,? written by James Richey on December 9, 1855 including a few extracts from his journal with memories by his son, James Moroni Richey, edited and compiled by Susan Sherwood Arnett, 928 E. La Vieve Lane, Tempe, AZ, 85284, 602-839-2882, fax 839-2740, email: warnett@amug.org , copy in Washington County Library, 50 So. Main, St. George, Utah, 84770. The following portion is about James Richey's wives as recalled by James' son: "Now I, James Moroni, as the eldest son will continue with the things I can remember. My parents were called to settle Sanpete Valley in the fall of 1849. Before they left Salt Lake, they were given their endowments in the old Endowment House... Father took a second wife, his niece, Frances Mangum. She lived with him 3 months and left. He also took a third wife, Nancy Leemaster. She had one son, Robert Alma. Nancy left while her baby was small, but we heard of him often. He was a staunch Latter-day Saint. He married Addie Webb. They did not have children of their own, but adopted a son. Mother was the wife that stayed with father through all the trials that came to them, and had 9 children..."

      4. Iron County, Utah, Probate Record Book #2, pp. 129-131: “In the Fifth Judicial Court of the State of Utah, County of Iron, Decree of Distribution of Estate. In the matter of the Estate of Jane W. Hanks, Deceased John T. Mitchell, Executor of the Estate of Jane W. Hanks, deceased, having on the 13 day of January 1897, filed in this Court his petition, setting forth, among other matters, that his accounts have been finally settled, and said estate is in a condition to be closed, and that a portion of said estate remains to be divided among the heirs of said deceased, and said matter coming on regularly to be heard, the 12th day of February 1897,
      Now on this 12th day of February 1897, at 10 O’clock A.M. the said executor appearing by his counsel, Jos. T. Wilkinson, this Court proceeded to the hearing of said petition, and it appearing to the satisfaction of this Court that the residue of said estate, consisting of the property herein after particularly described, is now ready for distribution, and that said estate is now in a condition to be closed,
      That the whole of said estate is real property, situated and being in the County of Iron, in what is known as Iron City, in the plat of said Iron City survey, filed for record in the office of the County Recorder of Iron County,
      That the said Jane W. Hanks, died testate, in the City of Parowan, County of Iron, on the 27th day of March, 1896, leaving her surviving the following named heirs to-wit, Sarah Jane Caspar Hanks, age not known, Almira A. Hanks, McDugal, age 34 years, Jane A. Hanks, Sylvester 33 years, Ebenezer J. Hanks, age 32, Nancy l. Hanks, Gould, age 30 years, Ironna W. Hanks Davis, aged 27, Eva M. Hanks, Thompson aged 21, Neal W. Hanks, age 18, Charles C.R. Hanks, Mary Grace Shoemaker, Sarah Catherina Stoker, Amos Ebenezer Stevens, John Lincoln Ferris, and John Ferris,
      That since the rendition of the said final account, No Estate, has come in to the hands of the said Executor and the sum of Two Hundred and twelve, 35/100 dollars has been expended by said Executor, as necessary expences of administration, the vouchers whereof, together with a statement of such receipts and disbursements are now presented and filed, and the payments are approved by this Court; and that the estimated expenses of closing said estate will amount to the sum of
      That the said Surviving heirs as above mentioned are entitled to the residue of said estate,
      Now on this, the said 12th day of February 1897, on motion of Joseph T. Wilkinson Esq. counsel for said executor, It is Hereby Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed, That the residue of said estate of Jane W. Hanks, deceased, hereinafter particularly described and now remaining in the hands of said executor and any other property not now known or discovered which may belong to said estate, or in which the said estate may have any interest, be and the same is hereby distribut4ed as follows to-wit,
      To Sarah J. Caspar Hanks Burnell the undivided one tenth of said Estate.
      Almira A. Hanks McDougal, the undivided one tenth of Estate.
      Jane A. Hanks Sylvester, the undivided one tenth of Estate.
      Ebenezer J. Hanks, the undivided one tenth of Estate.
      Nancy L. Hanks Gould, the undivided one tenth of Estate.
      Irona W. Hanks Davis, the undivided one tenth of Estate.
      Eva M. Hanks Thompson, the undivided one tenth of Estate.
      Neal W. Hanks, the undivided one tenth of Estate.
      Charles C.R. Hanks, the undivided one tenth of Estate.
      To Mary Grace Shoemaker the undivided one fiftieth of Estate.
      To Sarah Catherine Stoker the undivided one fiftieth of Estate.
      Amos Ebenezer Stevens, the undivided one fiftieth of Estate.
      John Lincoln Ferris, the undivided one fiftieth of Estate.
      Jonathan Ferris, the undivided one fiftieth of Estate.
      The following is a particular description of the said residue of said estate referred to in this decree, wand of which distribution is ordered, adjudged, and decreed, as aforesaid to-wit,
      The Whole of Blocks Number 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, and 32,
      Lots number, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and Eight, in Block number 2, And Lots number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8, in block Six,
      And Lots number 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, in Block 12,
      And Lots number 1, 2, 5, 6, in block 14,
      And Lots number 3, 5, and 6, in block 20,
      And Lots number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8, in block 26,
      And Lots number1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, in block 33.
      Iron City Town Survey, situated and being in the North west quarter of Section Eight, Township Thirty seven, South of Range 14, West of Salt Lake Meridian,
      Done in Open Court this 12th day of February 1897, E.V. Higgins Judge, Filed March 13th A.D 1897 at 10.30 A.M.?
      [Kerry's note: I have on file a copy of the plat map for the above. It has the following description on the plat: Plot of Iron City in Iron County, Utah Territory completed June 29th 1880 by Edward Dalton County Surveyor. Located on the North West 1/4 of Section 8, Township 37 South of Range 14 West, Salt Lake Base and Meridian. Blocks 24 rods square. Lots 6 by 12 rods. Streets 4 rods wide, except 3 streets that are 5 rods wide. Streets cross at right angles but vary from the cardinal points of the compass West 25 degrees north and north 25 degrees east scale 24 rods to the inch." The plat also shows 33 blocks with generally 8 lots to the block. The "Furnace" and "Foundry" are marked. In the 1930's all of this land was foreclosed in a tax sale for roughly $10 dollars or so owed on property taxes.]

      BIRTH:
      1. Per Social Security Death Index.

      DEATH:
      1. Social Security Death Index: Elton Richey, 519-42-9315 issued in Idaho 1955, b. 8 Mar 1896, died 22 Feb 1991.

      ORDINANCES: Verified 25 Dec 2005.
      BAPTISM: Online Ordinance Index.
      ENDOWMENT: Online Ordinance Index.
      SEALING TO PARENTS:
      SEALING TO SPOUSE: Online Ordinance Index.
      SEALING TO ADOPTIVE PARENTS: 14 Mar 1966 SLAKE per Ancestral File.

      SOURCES_MISC:
      1. Per Ancestral File 4.19.

      2. The book: "The Ebenezer Hanks Story," author Kerry William Bate; 1982; Address: Kerry Bate, 543 East 600 South, SLC, UT 84102.

      ACTION:
      1. April 13, 2003 email from Ardis Parshall, Piute County genealogy web coordinator : There are court records concerning at least three of her children (the two smallest, who were put up for adoption, and an older girl by Michael Stoker over whom there was something of a custody battle).