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(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.2.1.2) JUDITH ANN GIDCOMBE born April 2, 1940 Pekin IL; married November 27, 1963 at Los Angeles CA, Norman Ellsworth Willis born October 7, 1937 Los Angeles; Judith graduated from Venice High School, Los Angeles; graduated from USC, Bachelors in Comparative Literature, and a Masters in Library Science; office manager for the labor department of a major law firm in LA; resided in Hawthorne CA; Norman graduated from Alhambra High School; received a Doctor of Pharmacy, USC 1965; followed his father into the field of pharmacy; held positions in nursing homes and hospitals, having served as Director of Pharmacy at hospitals

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.2.2) BEULAH MILES WOOD born August 7, 1881 and died May 12, 1959 Petersburg IL; cemetery photo

"Announcement was made Wednesday evening by the County Board, of their appointment of Miss Beulah Wood, at present Principal of the High School, to serve out the unexpired term of Powell J. Grosboll, late County Superintendent of Schools.

Miss Wood has been identified with schoolwork in Petersburg for a number of years. She started teaching English in the local high school following her graduation from the University of Illinois, and for several years has been Principal of the school. She is capable, efficient and obliging, and knows schoolwork from the ground up.

Mrs. Belle Powers, who has served so efficiently for several years as Assistant Superintendent, will remain in the office in that capacity. The combination of Miss Wood and Mrs. Powers should prove to be an excellent one, and those in the county who are interested in the schools are glad that she received the appointment.

It is understood that there were seven applications for the place, and that Miss Wood received the preference of the Board is an indication that they are thoroughly convinced that she is the person for the place."

A Reminiscence of BEULAH MILES WOOD, written by her grandnephew, John Spears Gidcombe, and contributed by him to the Menard County Tourism Council. It will be used in the portrayal of Beulah Wood (and other notable Menard County people) for the Menard County Cemetery Walk, September 17, 2000:

"There are a lot of nice stories to tell about Aunt Beulah. Among them are:

She was a very good storyteller. Because she was so knowledgeable about local history and especially the early settlers and good citizens of Petersburg and surrounding communities, she was delighted to be asked to talk. Mom says that as a small girl some of her best recollections were of evening picnics, perhaps as many as 3 a week. These picnics involved hauling dinner up to the top of the hill at New Salem to be under the cool trees. Generally it was Mama Wood [Lizzie Miles Wood], Aunt Beulah, Granny [Florence Wood Spears], Georgey-daddy [George Walter Spears], Mom [Anna Ney Spears], and the Dr. Newcomers, and the Evans Watkins, or perhaps Uncle George [Spears], and one or more of the Peterson clan of girls with Ona, and if Mom could wangle it, her Gray cousins [Miles and Wood] (which is another story). Talk was sophisticated and ranged from politics to religion, but to Mom the most enchanting feature was when someone would ask Aunt Beulah to tell a story. I don't know what those stories were and I can't get them out of Mom, but I suspect they usual tales about the Miles journey up the river, tales of the Clary's Grove boys, and the Lincoln romance were prominent, because she later told them to me in front of the fire in the house on Moss Ave. As far as Mom was concerned, fireflies and Aunt Beulah's stories were equally wonderful.


She was an excellent teacher. Before her days as principal and Superintendent, she and another of the teachers were the organizers and directors of the high school plays. They were well received, and her leading men and women were pointed to with pride on the Saturday night (or was it Friday night) promenade around the square in Petersburg. Mom remembers being very proud of her Aunt's involvement in the plays and the subsequent recognition when people stopped by their car parked in front of Finney's to congratulate and praise. But even better than that were the playbooks that lived in the hall tree inside the front door of Mama Wood's house. With Aunt Beulah's encouragement, Mom spent hours reading and acting and daydreaming with those plays. Mom has told me that this is how she learned to speak in public to such good effect.

She went to Columbia University in New York City and got a Masters degree. Can you imagine her, and her friend and fellow teacher (I can't recall at the moment her name) taking rooms within walking distance (perhaps an apartment or maybe student housing) and actually doing the degree work. Women were not universally emancipated in small town Illinois but she was.

She bought the first automobile among the Wood family. It was a nice roadster. She adored her brother [Harlington]. Guess who got to drive it when he needed it on weekends?

She was an accomplished photographer. The pictures that she took now make up the bulk of the family historical record of her time. The pictures were beautifully composed and they are as interesting to look at today as then. Mom tells me that this was just taken for granted by the whole family. Her pictures reveal an artistic side of her personality that was apparently not fully realized.

Finally, for tonight, she was a great eccentric. No, she didn't like ice cream but she bought everyone popcorn at the vendor on the northwest corner of the square. No, she didn't give many gifts but I'll never forget the 6 Christmases in a row that I received a bath powder mitt from her. Yes, she was spoiled by her mother who made a special pan of hot biscuits for her every morning as long as her mother lived. Yes, she had rages and she held lifetime grudges. But there was a certain gleam in those watery blue and very crossed eyes of hers that caught my attention. I liked her. I keep a stash of candy in my dresser drawer too."

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.2.3) CHARLES HARLINGTON WOOD born June 2, 1884 Petersburg IL and died April 18, 1974 Springfield IL; married April 20, 1918 in East Lawrence, Springfield IL, Myrtle Marie Green [dau of William & Mollie (Hill)] born November 15, 1896 Clinton IL and died August 9, 1984 Springfield IL (cemetery photo)

"(1908) Harlington Wood Recently Admitted To The Bar Comes Into His Duties With Exceptional Ability. Harlington Wood, who passed the state bar examination at Mount Vernon last week is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace A. Wood of this city and is in every sense a Petersburg young man. Born in Petersburg he received his elementary education in the schools of this city and was graduated from the Harris high school and entered the University of Illinois for his collegiate and professional training in the fall of 1902. Last June he was graduated from the state university taking a degree from the law school and having completed considerable work in the college of literature and arts. During the interim between his graduation from the high school and the completion of his studies at Urbana, he was a teacher in the Menard county schools. His professional training was supplemented by a course of law reading under the late Hon. N. W. Branson and after the latter's demise in the office of the former state's attorney, Thomas P. Reep.

The recently admitted barrister is a young man of much more than ordinary cleverness and with attainments that peculiarly qualify him for the profession he has chosen. Straightforward, honorable, of a staunch moral fiber and with a collegiate and professional training that leaves nothing desired, The Observer bespeaks for his ... success in the law. Mr. Wood has not definitely announced his plans but for this winter at least will practice in this city."

"Services for Judge Harlington Wood Sr. of Old Jacksonville Road, who was active in Republican politics and community affairs and judge of the Sangamon County Court from 1934 to 1950, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church. Dr. Beryl S. Kinser and Rev. Nelson Scott will officiate and burial will be in Oakland Cemetery at Petersburg.

Judge Wood, 89, died at 1:55 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Medical Center.



Judge Wood, father of Federal Judge Harlington Jr., born on a farm at Petersburg, the son of Horace and Lizzie Miles Wood, and entered law practice in Springfield upon his graduation from the University of Illinois 1908.

He was international president of the Optimist Club from 1928 to 1929.

During the time he was judge, he developed such a humanitarian reputation that he was featured in the October 1948 McCall's Magazine. "Harlington Wood was created to be a judge of men," Morris Markey wrote. "From the day he left the plow at his father's farm and went off to law school, he was moving toward the place in life that was exactly right for him." The story dealt with Judge Wood's successful rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.

Judge Wood lost only one election, as an independent candidate for state's attorney in 1916.

He was a 25-year member of the Illinois Youth Commission's Board, retiring in 1965. Judge Wood was named a trustee of the Illinois Jurist Pension System in 1941 and also was vice president of the Juvenile Court Judges Association of Illinois.

Surviving are his wife, Marie G.; one son, Judge Harlington Wood Jr. of Springfield and one granddaughter."

Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg, IL. Epitaph: "Athlete, teacher, lawyer, leader, judge, husband, father, grandfather and a friend to many." Had a law partnership with Harlington Jr. in Springfield. Read for the law under Hon. N.W. Branson and the former state attorney, Thomas P. Reep. Bet. 1934 - 1950, served 16 years as judge of the Sangamon County Court.

Born to them was:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.2.3.1) HARLINGTON WOOD, JR., (dropped the Charles?) born April 17, 1920 Springfield IL; married 1st Rosemary Miller; married 2d August 10, 1974 in Morristown NJ, Cathryn Jane Reuwer born July 24, 1946 Portland ME; graduated from Springfield High School; a law partnership with his father in Springfield; US Army Veteran 1942-46, serving in Asia and Europe, discharged as a Major

"Harlington Wood, Jr., 73, is a 1948 graduate of the University of Illinois Law School. From 1948 to 1969, Judge Wood practiced law in Springfield. He was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois from 1958 to 1961. From 1969 to 1973, he held high-level positions at the Justice Department, including Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. Judge Wood was appointed by President Nixon to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in 1973. President Ford appointed Judge Wood to the Seventh Circuit in 1976. Judge Wood took senior status in 1992.

Overall reports suggest that Judge Wood is a good judge and a solid performer on the Seventh Circuit. He is considered to be thoughtful, careful, experienced, and fair."

"Capt. Harlington J. Wood, Jr., son of Judge and Mrs. Harlington Wood, was among witnesses who attended the signing of surrender documents by Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita, commander of all Japanese forces. Capt. Wood, who serves as aide to Maj. Gen. Leavy, is watching the officer affixing the seal. Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright is seated second from the left. The historic scene occurred in Baguio, northern Luzon (Philippines)." "Was honored by several presidential appointments: (1) United States attorney, Southern District of Illinois (by President Eisenhower in 1958); (2) United States District Judge in the Southern District of Illinois (by President Nixon in 1973); (3) Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Division at the Department of Justice (by President Nixon in 1972); (4) Judge of the 7th District United States Court of Appeals (by President Ford in 1976)." "Served the U.S. government as a negotiator and mediator in the peace demonstrations in Washington in 1971. He further distinguished himself as chief negotiator for the U.S. government at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973."

"Judge Harlington Wood, Jr. of Petersburg, Senior Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, will leave Friday for several weeks in Moscow where he will work with Russian judges. He is one of five federal judges from around the country selected by the State Department from over 200 volunteers to make the trip.


The group will learn about the Russian judicial situation as they try to adapt their legal structure to keep up with the other changes in that country. They may assist in drafting a new statute, give lectures on their judicial administration, and participate in seminars on issues of law and the role of the judiciary.

This will be Judge Wood's sixth trip to Russia, where he has visited all areas of the country. When he was there before it was the Soviet Union. On one trip to Moscow he went into the Tomb in Red Square to take a look at Stalin and Lenin. As he was leaving the Tomb he saw the police moving into Red Square and dispersing the crowd. The tomb was closed that night, and Stalin was taken out and buried away from public view just outside the Kremlin wall. By chance, Judge Wood was one of the last people to see Stalin, and he reports that it looks like Lenin's days on display are also numbered."

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.3) GEORGE U. MILES born August 6, 1855 and died May 19, 1944; Obit: George U. Miles of this city died Friday morning at 1:35, May 19 at Rest Haven Home in Springfield at the age of 88 years. He became ill with pneumonia in February and was taken to the Memorial Hospital and a few weeks later was removed to Rest Haven Home for convalescence. Mr. Miles born in Petersburg in August 6, 1855, the son of James and Anna Smith Miles and was reared on the Miles homestead one mile north of the city. He attended the Barclay school, the local high school and for a period of time studied law in the office of the late Hon. T.W. McNeeley. He was prominent in local musical development and for more than thirty years was leader of numerous well-known professional orchestras and bands. He retired from that profession a few years ago. He was a member of the local order of Odd Fellows; never married; buried in Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.4) JAMES S. MILES born January 16, 1859 Menard Co IL and died there 1952; married March 1, 1882 in Petersburg, Menard, IL (Mary Ellen) Nellie Purkapile [dau of James & Catherine (Nance)] born December 25, 1860 and died 1948 Menard Co IL; both buried Farmers Point Cemetery, Petersburg IL (Photo)

"(1905) James S. Miles, a son of James and Anna Miles, who are residents of Petersburg and are mentioned elsewhere in this volume, was the fourth in a family of five children and born January 16, 1859, upon the farm where his father now resides. There he was reared. No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for him in his youth. He pursued his education in the Barclay school and Petersburg high school, and when he had completed the course he engaged in teaching, first in country schools and afterward in Petersburg, being identified with its educational interests for a year.

At the end of that time Mr. Miles was married, March 1, 1882, to Miss Nellie Purkapile, a daughter of James Purkapile. Mrs. Miles came into possession of the farm on which they now reside and they still have the original deed to this land, signed by John Adams. Her grandfather, John Purkapile, obtained the land from the government and at his death his estate was divided among his children and a part of it was inherited by the father of Mrs. Miles and in turn came into her possession. The land just across the road was formerly the property of Judge Harrison, born upon the place. The name Purkapile is of German lineage and the family was Pennsylvania German people connected with the Keystone state in a very early period in its development. John Purkapile married Mary Ellen Boyer and died October 4, 1846, at the age of sixty-five years, four months and sixteen days. The grandmother of Mrs. Miles reached the very advanced age of ninety-three years.

Mrs. Miles acquired her education in the common schools at Walnut Ridge. By her marriage she became the mother of three children but the eldest died in infancy. James S., born June 5, 1888, is now attending school at Petersburg, being in the second year in the high school. Anna Catherine, the youngest born June 5, 1902.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Miles hold membership in the Christian church and he votes with the Republican Party. He carries on general farming, now owning over three hundred and thirty-two acres, and is also engaged in feeding and shipping cattle. He has been quite prosperous in his business affairs and most of his success has been attained through hard labor. His property is now valuable, giving evidence of his careful supervision in the many modern improvements he has placed upon it."



"(1943) James S. Miles, well known citizen of Menard county, and for many years a leader in Illinois state fair activities, has a recipe for both old age and happiness. 'Get married early to a good, Christian girl, behave yourself and work hard,' is his rule.

Miles, long a Republican enthusiast, and one time close friend of Gov. Len Small, was 89 years in January. Mrs. Miles died in February. Had she lived a month longer, they would have been married 66 years.

Miles, still in vigorous health, was in the city calling on friends. While here, he reminisced over events of a quarter of a century ago, and before. His grandfather was among those who met at Bloomington in 1854 to organize the Republican Party in Illinois. Both the grandfather and the father knew Abraham Lincoln, the grandfather having been one of the Emancipator's close friends.

For several years, Miles was a member of the Illinois State Fair advisory board and for a time served as its president. During the Small administration, he helped direct every state fair held during the eight years."

Born to them were:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.4.1) JAMES SHELBY MILES Jr born June 5, 1888 IL and died 1977 Menard Co IL; married Virginia Williams (1918-1964); both buried Farmers Point Cemetery, Tallula, Menard, IL - photos

"(1974) James Miles went to the Illinois State Fair for the first time in 1900 and he hasn't missed one since, with the exception of 1918 when he was serving with the U.S. Army.

Miles will be one of the early arrivals at the fair today and very likely he will be there every day of the 1974 exhibit. He's a spry 86 and will cover the grounds on foot as he always has.

Setting records is not the purpose of his visits to the fair -- he has been wrapped up in fair history as far back as he can remember.

His father, J. S. Miles, at one time president of the State Fair Board, is the man responsible for the fair being held in Springfield today. During Governor Len Small's administration, there was talk of moving the fair to Peoria. J. S. Miles was convinced the fair belonged in Springfield and it was only after his personal plea to Gov. Small that the latter decided to keep the exhibit in the capital. He spent the next eight years working with the fair and didn't receive one penny, his son says.

James Shelby Miles (he was named for Shelby M. Cullom, one-time governor of Illinois and later U.S. senator) has an impressive record of association with the fair. He first exhibited in 1909 and carried off a ribbon for a Berkshire boar. He went back in 1911 and received awards for junior champion boar and junior champion gilt.

Miles likes to reminisce about the "Golden Age of Fairs," when the Illinois exhibit was the big event of the year, attracting visitors from all over the state. The Fair, he says, was a family event in those days. People came with picnic baskets and spread a bounteous meal on the grass. They stayed from early morning until late at night. These were the days of simple pleasures and Miles wishes they could return. "It's all different now," he adds.

During the heyday of fairs, Miles was superintendent of the Illinois State Fair swine department while Gov. Small was in office. He also served as superintendent of the national swine show held in Peoria in the '20s. A farmer and livestock raiser in Menard County for many years, Miles was an exhibitor and judge not only in Illinois but also across the country from New York to California.

A souvenir of his exhibiting days is a framed certificate with blue ribbon for grand champion barrow, winner over all breeds, received at the International Live Stock Show in Chicago in 1921. The certificate shows pictures of Miss Mary Judy, Tallula, owner of the winning Berkshire, and Miles, the breeder and showman.

Menard county history is another subject he likes to talk about and his keen memory brings to life many important events of bygone days. It is no wonder he is steeped in the history of the county made famous by Lincoln's connection with it. His grandfather, John Purkapile, came to Menard in 1822 and in 1824 he received a land grant signed by John Quincy Adams. His grandfather, James Purkapile cast his first vote in the county while Abraham Lincoln was clerk.


Miles remembers well when William Randolph Hearst bought the land where New Salem State Park is located and donated it to the Old Salem Chautauqua Association, with the idea that a state park be located there. Miles is the last surviving member of the 12-man committee named to establish that historical landmark. "While the legislature was in session," he recalls, "we invited them out to look over the property. Dave Shanahan was the speaker and I remember meeting some of them with my old car. The women gave them a big dinner in the old Harrison Opera House." On April 3, 1918 the legislature voted to take over the land for a state park, and the Old Salem Chautauqua Association with Mr. Hearst's consent, deeded the 62 acres to the state for the restoration of New Salem village.

In recent years Miles has held several positions with the state. He was a guard in the treasurer's office and recently at the Archives Building. From 1953 to 1960 he worked with Illinois Institutional Farms. He is particularly proud of this program which, he says, made the handicapped and prison inmates self-sufficient and provided an important type of rehabilitation."

Child of James is:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.4.1.1) JAMES STEPHEN MILES IV (Jimmy) born November 16, 1953; married Vera W {mnu}; “In Celebration of the Life of James Miles,” from the program of his memorial service, February 25, 2006. “James Stephen Miles, son of James Shelby Miles and Virginia Williams, passed away at his home in Chicago on February 21, 2006 around 5 p.m. He was president of union 394, The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLET). His family played some role of note in Illinois history, helping to organize Illinois state fairs and the construction and restoration of New Salem, the historic village of Abraham Lincoln’s young manhood. In fact, his father quaried and laid the first foundation stone of the New Salem Village. James Miles served in the rail industry for almost 30 eyars, starting as a switchman at the Chicago Northwestern Proviso yard and with the Belt Railway of Chicago, becoming a locmotive engineer a few years later. At the time of his death, he was active in advocating worker and public safety by organizing fellow union members and others to publicize the deleterious effects of the recently implemented remote control operations of locomotives, founding the National Committee Against Unmanned Locomotives. For 35 years, Jim was a political activist and scholar participating in anti-war, civil rights, and the feminist movement. In 1994, he presented in Moscow a paper on how Leon Trotsky as early as the 1930’s predicted and fought agaist the collapse of the Soviet Union and how the revolution could be restored to its original spirit and tasks. He launched RMT, a journal of political theory analysis. James Stephen Miles dedicated his life to justice, peace and human liberation. His wife and collaborator, Vera W Miles, survives him.” Thanks to Elaine Cidcombe for this! RMT = National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.4.2) ANNA CATHERINE MILES born June 5, 1902; married 1st John Ainsworth; 2d Vaughan Walker; and born to Anna and Vaughan was:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.4.2.1) VAUGHAN WALKER - 1999 Federal District Judge, San Francisco

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.4.3) INFANT MILES died in infancy

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.5) KATHERINE A. MILES born April 22, 1862 and died June 17, 1925; married November 5, 1894 in Menard Co IL, Arthur S. Gray [son of Sylvester & Harriet (Wood)] born June 29, 1860 and died August 30, 1910; both buried Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg IL (headstone photo)

"The particulars of the sad accident, whereby Mr. Arthur S. Gray of this city lost his life, are given in another column.

Mr. Gray born at Cuba, New York, 1860, being a descendant of one of the oldest and best families of New York State. He was married to Miss Kate Miles of this city, daughter of James Miles, Sr., in November 1894. The following January he moved to this place and has been a resident here ever since, enjoying the confidence and respect of this community to an unusual degree. He was the soul of honor, affable, cheerful, a splendid type of Christian manhood.

He leaves surviving him, his widow, two sons, Miles and Wood, aged 12 and 5 respectively, and three sisters back in New York State. To the sorrowing relatives, especially to his wife the community extends sympathy, and gladly would they bear a part of her sorrow if they could.

The funeral will occur this (Friday) afternoon at the Christian church at 2 o'clock, conducted by Eld. B. H. Sealock, pastor of the church, of which the deceased was an active member. Interment at Oakland cemetery."

"While Mr. A. S. Gray, dairyman, was on his way home from serving his customers, Tuesday evening, he met instant death on the crossing of the C., P. & St. L. railway on North Main street, by being run down by the southbound passenger, running nearly half hour late.

The crossing is a dangerous one on account of the buildings and brickyard, which obstruct the view and the sharp curves on either side. The train being late was running quite fast to make up the lost time. This is evidenced by the fact that the train was not stopped until it had run over one hundred yards after the impact.

The body of the unfortunate man, which was not mangled, the main injury being on the back of the head, was thrown only a few feet on the south side of the track, the horse which was also instantly killed was carried a little farther, and dropped on the north side, the milk wagon was wholly demolished.

Coroner's Inquest. The inquest was held at Coroner H. E. Wilkins' office Wednesday morning, resulting in the following verdict: "We find that A. S. Gray came to his death by accidentally being struck by passenger train No. 7, southbound, Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis railroad at 7:12 p.m., August 30, 1920, at junction road crossing in Petersburg, Ill." Signed by Thos. Scott, James Arnold, Fred Kyle, Jos. Arnold, H. S. Houghton, W. H. Shultz."



Born to them were:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.5.1) MILES GRAY born December 28, 1896 Petersburg IL and died January 3, 1989 Springfield IL; married 1932 Molly Furlich born May 26, 1908 and died May 7, 2003; both buried Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg (headstone photo)

"Miles Gray of Springfield died at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, January 3 at Doctors Hospital at the age of 92 years.

He born December 28, 1896 in Petersburg, the son of the late Arthur and Kate Miles Gray. He was preceded in death by a brother, Wood Gray. He married the former Molly Furlich in 1932.

Mr. Gray was a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Law in 1921. He was an attorney in private practice for 58 years.

He was past national president of Tau Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, past president of the Sangamon County Bar Association, past president of the Civil War Roundtable and past president of the Springfield Exchange Club. He also was a member of the First Christian Church, Illinois Bar Association, and a 70-year member of St. Paul's Lodge 500 AF&AM.

He is survived by his wife, Molly."

(3.1.1.5.5.6.1.5.2) WOOD GRAY born March 19, 1905 and died June 1977; married Dottie {maiden name unk}

"Dr. Wood Gray, professor of American history at George Washington University, Washington D.C., and a former resident of Petersburg, will teach a new course in World War II at the university next fall.

Dr. Gray, a graduate of the University of Illinois, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was for three years a member of its faculty. He has been with Washington University since 1934.

He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Gamma Mu and is the author of "The Hidden Civil War: The Story of the Copperheads."

During the war, he served for three years as a major in the army air corps."

Author: "The Hidden Civil War, the Story of the Copperheads", Viking Press 1942

"Wood Gray, formerly of this city, was married Saturday morning, August 13, in Urbana, to Miss Dorothy Gray, of that city. The wedding took place at eleven o'clock, at the home of the bride's parents at 808 Lincoln Avenue, Dr. Stephen Fisher, pastor of the University Place Christian church officiating. Members of the two families and a few intimate friends witnessed the ceremony.

Mr. Gray graduated from the local high school, and graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois last June. His bride is also a graduate of the University. Mr. Gray will spend the coming year teaching at the University, and will take his Master's degree next spring.

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2) SAMUEL SHUNK SMITH born July 2, 1838 Chandlerville, Cass, IL; served with the 51st Illinois Infantry, Civil War, and was wounded in a knee by mini-ball; married 1st Susan Stucky born September 19, 1843 OH - they separated 1880 and divorced June 9, 1886; married 2d Amanda Sumpter; [Jim - interesting - Samuel had a grandchild before his last child born!] and born to Samuel and Susan were:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.1) JAMES A. SMITH born February 5, 1865

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.2) SYNTHIA ELLEN SMITH (1867-)

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3) SAMUEL SHUNK SMITH, JR., born January 30, 1869 Chandlerville IL and died March 24, 1947 Weatherford, Custer, OK; married Anna Palmer born November 30, 1877 Wilson KS and died October 3, 1959 Clinton OK; and born to them were:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.1) CLAUDE H. SMITH born March 19, 1897 and died in a flu epidemic October 16, 1918

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.2) CLOVE S. SMITH born January 1, 1902 and died in a flu epidemic January 7, 1919

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.3) ELLA SMITH



(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.4) RUTH SMITH

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.5) MARY ELIZABETH SMITH born January 6, 1907 Lenora OK and died April 3, 1958 Weatherford, Custer, OK; married Cecil Charles Hart born September 19, 1904 Lone Wolf OK and died July 4, 1964 Alexandria LA; and born to them were:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.5.1) DARRAL DUANE HART born March 4, 1928 Weatherford OK; married October 19, 1946 Evelyn Marie Nowka born May 6, 1926 Hydro OK; and born to them were:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.5.1.1) MART LYNN HART born and died May 1948

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.5.1.2) MARSHA MARIE HART born February 26, 1950 Clinton OK; married August 16, 1969 James Darryl Harvey born June 9, 1950 Plaquemine LA; 1977 they lived in La Place LA; and born to them were:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.5.1.2.1) ASHLEY MARIE HARVEY born December 9, 1970 Alexandria LA and died the next day

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.5.1.2.2) LORI ELIZABETH HARVEY born March 16, 1973 Baton Rouge LA

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.5.1.3) DARI ANN HART born December 12, 1951 Clinton OK; married July 5, 1975 Clifford Paul Smith

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.5.2) M. DELORES HART married W. A. Carruth, Jr

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.6) ADDIE SMITH married a Mr. Downs who died in WWII

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.7) ROBERT E. LEE SMITH [possessed the mini-ball that wounded his g.father] married Sally {maiden name unk}and born to them were:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.7.1) PRESCOTT SMITH

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.7.2) SAMMY SMITH

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.3.7.3) ROBERT SMITH

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.4) ANNA MAY SMITH (1875-)

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.5) FLORENCE E. SMITH

Born to Samuel and his second wife, Amanda were:

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.6) STEPHEN A. SMITH born February 5, 1893

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.7) JOHN A. SMITH born January 27, 1896

(3.1.1.5.5.6.2.8) LUCRETIA A. SMITH born August 16, 1900; [Jim - when she born her father was 62 years old!]

(3.1.1.5.5.7) SARAH SMITH born May 25, 1800 and died October 27, 1817

(3.1.1.5.6)

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