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Luster Earl Colley to Carol Lee Mattocks, e-mail, 4 October 1998

15 June 2009 2 comments

Source: Luster Earl Colley to Carol Lee Mattocks, e-mail, 4 October 1998.

Dear daughter:

We enjoyed your ‘phone call, and all the news you shared with us.  I answered your first e-mail promptly, but it seems it never arrived on your screen. I hope we have better luck this time.  I told you on the telephone that I had an e-mail address for Jo Ann SPORE, who shares our interest in the WEARS surname. Her e-mail address is:


Some time ago she shared with us this data extracted from – 1850 census of Mason Co. VA.; page 376, dwelling 212:

George WEARS 52 VA
Martha ” 49 VA
James ” 25 VA
Lucretia ” 18 VA
George ” 15 VA
William ” 13 VA
Jane A. ” 10 VA

And then I compare this with the household listed on page 778 in dwelling 18, of the 1860 census of Springfield Township, Henry County, MO:

James WEARS 35 M VA
Elizabeth ” 27 F NC
George W. ” 1 M MO
Richard B. ” 4/12 M MO
Martha ” 57 F VA
William ” 21 M VA
Jane A. ” 19 F VA
John T. ” 20 M VA

In a perfect world everyone would age exactly 10 years between the 1850 census and the 1860 census. But we are all too sophisticated to believe such perfection.

George who was 52 in 1850 has disappeared; maybe dead, maybe gone to the California gold fields as so many men had done in 1850.

Martha aged from 49 to 57.

James aged from 25 to 35, got himself a wife and children. A James WIER married Elizabeth JONES 20 Sep 1857 in Henry Co. MO. The Bureau of Land Management issued a patent for 200 acres in sections 35 and 36 of Township 42 N Range 25 W, Henry Co. MO, 1 Nov 1859, to James WEAR.

Lucretia WEIR married Richard JONES 20 Dec 1851 in Henry Co. MO. She appears on the 1870 census of Springfield Township, Henry Co. MO at age 35, with her husband and a child, and living in their household is Martha A. WEARS, born VA, now age 70, having aged from 49 in 1850.

George W. WEARS married Martha A. EMERY 25 Feb 18?? in Henry Co. MO (the year of this marriage in the printed record is reproduced as 1838, but this is an obvious error. I am guessing that the correct year is 1858). The Bureau of Land Management issued a patent for 200 acres in sections 11 and 12 of Township 41 N Range 25 West, Henry Co. MO, 1 Nov 1859, to George W. WEARS.

William has aged from 13 to 21 in the 1850-1860 interval. Jane A. has aged from age 10 to age 20. And John T. WEARS has mysteriously appeared in the 1860 household at age 20.

If we assume that the subject household removed from Mason Co. VA after the 1850 census to Springfield Township, Henry Co. MO and before the 1860 census as a family group, we know that the arrival in Henry Co. MO was previous to 20 Dec 1851. That was the date when Lucretia was married in Henry Co.

Now it comes to my attention that there was a William D. WEAR in Henry Co. MO before 1850. He appears to have been a Minister, performing marriages there. For example, I see a marriage performed by him in 1836. A Rev. David WEIR also performed many early marriages in Henry Co.

There is a tradition that our John Thomas WEARS had said that he was born in Craig County, Virginia. At the time he was born, Craig County did not yet exist. So we assume that he meant to say that he was born in what was at that time the neighborhood of Botetourt County, Virginia, which was later set aside to Craig County. The unexpected appearance of a 20 year old John T. RULE [sic] on the 1860 census of Henry Co. MO, in a household where he did not appear to belong, has exercised our interest in this household listed on page 52, dwelling 189, of the 1850 census of Botetourt Co. VA:

James HUFFMAN 30 M Virginia
Harriet ” 31 F ”
Jane ” 10 F ”
Fleming B. CALDWELL 7 M ”
Mary ” 4 F ”
Eliza WIERS 30 F ”
John ” 13 M ”
Harriet CAY 25 F ”
John ” 9 M ”

There is an obvious shortage of young fathers in this household, and again I consider the possible attraction of the California gold rush.

In the records of Botetourt County, Virginia I find that a James HUFFMAN married Harriet CALDWELL 4 December 1839. This appears to identify James and Harriet HUFFMAN and their supposed daughter, Jane, in the listed household.

Let me know if you receive this so I will know we are in communication.

Auf Wiedersehen


Fred W. Wears – A Funeral Eulogy

5 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Fred W. Wears (a funeral eulogy, unpublished, 1957), from the papers of Doris Marietta Colley.


Fred W. WEARS was born at Mt. Zion, Missouri, on May 4, 1887, and died at the Clinton General Hospital at 4:25 p.m., June 28, 1957, following an illness of four weeks and one day.  He was seventy years, one month and twenty-four days of age at the time of his passing.

On April 9, 1916, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Jane CARVER of Lowry City.  To this union five children were born.  ^They are as follows: Mrs. Doris COLLEY of Kansas City, Missouri; Major L.  ^Leo Glenn WEARS of San Diego, California; Mrs. Helen ^Jusha JUCHET of Kansas City, Missouri; John E. WEARS of Kansas City, Missouri; and Harold G. WEARS of Kansas City, Missouri.  He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. W.H. BAGLEY of Kansas City, Kansas, and four grandchildren.

In young manhood Fred WEARS learned the barber trade and followed that line of work for the remainder of his life, except for a short period when he was employed at the Lake City Arsenal during World War II.  He followed his trade for brief intervals in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas, but spent the greater part of his working days here in Lowry City, his home town.  For a number of years since the war he has been employed part time in the Hinkle barber shop.

Fred WEARS was a quiet, friendly man, well liked by those who knew him.  He was a good husband and father and will be greatly missed, not only by the members of the bereaved family, but by a host of friends in the Lowry City community.

Chauncey Leon Mattocks to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 20 November 1996

31 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Chauncey Leon Mattocks to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 20 November 1996.


Dear Gregg.

Since you̓re so hard to reach and I have such a hard time talking much on the phone, you̓re going to have to try “de-cyphering” my scribbling. Anyway. I kind of miss you, son and feel the need to “lay on you” a bit. I think that we came down her last Thursday and will return next Mon. 11-25. I have two doctor̓s appointments on Tues. and receive my second Chemo treatment Weds. I̓ll undoubtedly be pretty “puny” on Thanksgiving day.  (Probably most of the week.) Of course, my first doctor̓s appointment is with Dr. GESCHKE (sp?). My second is with a new doctor (to me.) He̓s a pulmonary specialist. hopefully he can make it a bit easier for me to breathe.  Actually, we were hoping that he would prescribe some “emergency” oxygen for me. Also I may check into applying for total dissability. This would increase our monthly income by nearly $200–. Also we̓re involved in a big Class action suit against Prudential Ins. Co., but I̓m not going to hold my breath on that one.

Mark just started trapping when the flooding hit, but he did manage to catch one raccoon and one beaver already. I think that was pretty good for a novice. Probably worth close to $5000. Maybe he̓ll be able to supplement his income pretty well there, after all.

Haven̓t talked to Ken for quite some time. Hope you have. Anyway, Frank and Dottie are having their regular Thanksgiving dinner and you and all of us are invited. Of course, Mum & I will be unable to attend and I wouldn̓t be too sure but what Mark just might have to work the day. I don̓t think that he knows yet. Anyway, I just wrote Frank & Dottie a fairly lengthy letter of apology and appreciation on our part. Also finished a 5 page “monologue” to brother, Carl, so, as a result I̓m pretty well “written-out.” It̓s 10:00 P.M. and Mum̓s been in bed for 2 hrs. already. Nana & I have just about worn her out. I̓ve been having “mucho” trouble sleeping, so I may be finishing this later on tonight.  I have a prescribed sleeping pill, but it just doesn̓t seem to work. (About 1½ -2 hrs. is all.) I will see if he can prescribe me something stronger when I see him Tuesday. Well, Later.

1:40 A.M. – So much for el sleeping pill tonight. I̓m afraid to take another with all these other chemicals in me. I̓ll probably end up in the old recliner, where I̓ll doze on & off. It helps though. Actually, I̓m also drinking warm milk, so this letter may become postponed again. Sorry, but I do hope so. Actually those damned slpg. pills worked O.K. the very first night. I slept nearly 7 hrs. straight thru & I called the doctor & told them they were fine. Looking back, I figured I was just so worn out, that it didn̓t take very much. Also, perhaps I have built up an immunity to them?

Well. I think I may just try that old recliner & give this warm milk a chance to kick[?] it.

3:40 A.M. – Well, it did. Had me another nice little cat nap. That will have to do for awhile though, because I̓ve got the coffee brewing now. I̓ll probably sneak in another about mid-morning. That̓s about the time that Nana goes to exercise class. Yep, you heard that right! I mean like: Hup! Hup! Hup! Poke em out now girls. I sed Poke em out!! Oh well, gives her something to do and it might even do her a little good!

Now, for the “second joke” — I̓m going to try my hand at a little writing. I mean like books, man! Good one, huh? In explanation Gregg, I must tell you that just a few nights ago (just before I got the blessed slpg. pills) I was really down to finding a shell for the gun. I was interested in absolutely nothing. Then after a first night̓s rest in nearly 2 weeks (and probably, still somewhat doped up) I awoke with this revelation. I hadn̓t been so emotionally elated & excited in years! So, you see, I̓ve got to do it, even if nothing ever comes of it, just to maintain my sanity! Not that it carries much weight, but it was suggested back in my high school days that I should pursue a livelyhood in this field. Of course, I was also offered financial assistance in attending medical school to become a surgeon. Boy, there̓s just no way I could ever have done that!

At present, you are one of four people (including myself) that is aware of this and I desire to keep it this way for some time. at least, until I get somewhat of a handle on what I̓m doing, I don̓t want to be providing stupid answers to stupid questions. Ha! First of all I must tell you it will be something strongly unconventional. I have no desire to beat heads with the millions of literary geniuses that now exist. I just want to out-sell them. Ha! I definitely have some different ideas. One of them has got to work! I just hope that I have enough time left to pursue just the ideas I have already. Gregg, may I have your moral support and maybe even some of your respected advise?  You may become impatient with me, because none of my plans are even close to perfected yet. But, since I have very little to do otherwise; I shall be able to devote unending hours to it. I̓m sure there̓ll be unending “re-dos”!  I̓ve already started compiling some “just raw materials.” Out of this I will decide just what I want to use, in what order, etc. Like I say, this may not be a conventional reccommended way to start, but it̓s my way. When I was quite young, I saw an old “talkie” movie showing a flock of sheep following their leader over a suicide cliff. This reminds me of americans and is just not to my liking! Take care and please be in contact.


P.S. Will try to call you when we get to town.

San Luis Obispo County, California, Marriage Certificate 663

29 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: San Luis Obispo County, California, Marriage Certificate 663.







1  PLACE OF MARRIAGE State Index No. ______
COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO Local Registered No. 663




3  RESIDENCE   Co. A 80 Inf. Tr Bn
Camp Roberts, California

4  COLOR OR RACE    White




8  BIRTHPLACE (State or Country)  Missouri


(a) Trade, profession or particular kind of work   soldier

(b) General nature of industry, business, or establishment in which employed (or employer)   _______


11  BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER   Missouri  (State or Country)


13  BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER   Missouri  (State or Country)



15  RESIDENCE  641 – 7th St.
Paso Robles, California

16  COLOR OR RACE   White




20  BIRTHPLACE (State or Country)   Missouri


(a) Trade, profession or particular kind of work   none

(b) General nature of industry, business, or establishment in which employed (or employer)   _______


23  BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER   Indiana  (State or Country)


25  BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER   Missouri  (State or Country)


WE, the groom and bride named in this Certificate, hereby certify that the information given therein is correct, to the best of our knowledge and belief.

Virgil Russell LAWSON    ,27 Groom Mary Mae MATTOCKS    ,28 Bride.

29 Filled out in the presence of Charlotte HORN Deputy County Clerk.


I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT Virgil Russell LAWSON and Mary Mae MATTOCKS were joined in Marriage by me in accordance with the laws of the State of California, at West Central Chapel Camp Roberts, San Luis Obispo County, Calif. this 25th day of July 1944.

31  Signature of
Witness to the
Jennie HARDY Signature of
Person Performing
the Ceremony.

Residence Kansas City, Kansas

Official Position Chaplain, 1st Lt.


JUL 27 1944        W.L. RAMAGE Residence Camp Roberts, Calif.

Registrar (County Recorder).

2 OF 2

This is a true and exact reproduction of the document officially registered and placed on file in the office of the SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY CLERK-RECORDER or this is to certify this document is a true abstract of the official record filed with the County Clerk-Recorder.


County Clerk-Recorder

This copy not valid unless prepared on engraved border displaying seal and signature of County Registrar.


Bates County Missouri Cemeteries 1980

27 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: E.J. Christiansen, Bates County Missouri Cemeteries 1980, Volume 2 (Clinton, Missouri: The Printery, 1980).

[page 586]


Greenlawn, Lutheran, St. Bridgett’s, and Robinson make up the cemeteries at Rich Hill.  A Comprehensive record of all of them is kept in the City Hall and they are maintained by the City.  They lie at the western edge of the town, and are on both sides of the highway.

[page 615]

821. Gracie May, dau. of Joseph & Laura B. HOUGH    d. 9 Dec. 1890 – 1yr.,11mo.,8da.

[page 652]

2025. Frank, husb. of Mary Ellen DANNER            d. 25 Feb. 1904 – 54 yr.

[page 655]

2156. Inf. son of Clarence N. & Nellie HOUGH         d. 9 Feb. 1906 – 1da.

[page 672]

2837. Beverly Earl, son of Beverly Earl & Gladys MATTOCKS                  b. & d. 25 May 1918

[page 675]

2916. Infant of Allen & Eva DANNER            b. & d. 22 May 1919


2929. Inf. dau. of Clarence & Nellie HOUGH      d. 14 Sept. 1919 –

[page 676]

2951. Pearl May, dau. of A.B. & Rebecca DANNER       d. 9 Feb. 1920 – 6 yr.

[page 677]

2976. A. Bell, dau. of A.B. & Rebecca DANNER         d. 3 May 1920 – 2 yr.

[page 684]

3241. Inf. dau. of B.E. & Gladys MATTOCKS       d. 14 Oct. 1925 – 5 mo.

[page 688]

3394. Walter, son of Beverly & Gladys MATTOCKS       d. 8 Dec. 1928 – 2 mo.

[page 710]

4254. Ed, husb. of Mamie HUFF               d. 5 Jan. 1947 – 66 yr.

[page 713]

4410. Ellen DANNER                   d. 21 July 1950 – 93 yr.


4426. Ewing PROFFER, husb. of Rachel RICKLEFS        d. 6 Nov. 1950 – 46 yr.

[page 716]

4538. Eva Leona, wife of Allen W. DANNER        d. 30 Oct. 1953 – 65 yr.


4546. Elizabeth RANEY                  d. 23 Dec. 1953 – 89 yr.

[page 717]

4586. Mamie HUFF                 d. 17 Apr. 1955 – 80 yr.

[page 720]

4714. Alfred T., son of Joseph & Mahalia EASTLAND & husb. of Goldie HOUGH     d. 10 Dec. 1975 – 69y,6m,1d.

[page 726]

4879. Otis Otho, son of Joseph WEST & Esther RAINES & Husb. of Laura DANNER       d. 8 Mar. 1961 – 58y,10m,10d.

[page 728]

4931. Glenn Norman, son of Roy COPE & Myrtle HOUGH                     d. 3 Mar. 1962 – 42 yr.

[page 737]

5166. William J., son of Otho WEST & Laura DANNER & husb. of Hallie Maxine SPEAKS    7 May 1927 – 26 Jan. 1966


5170. John L., son of ___ COPE & Myrtle HOUGH & husb. of Jean COPE               d. 7 Mar. 1966 – 48 yr.

[page 740]

5229. Allen, son of Frank DANNER & Ellen LOGSTON & husb. of Eva Leona FITZPATRICK     24 Jan. 1882 – 3 June 1967


5231. Arch, son of Lewis ANDERS & Sarah CARVER & husb. of Mary DANNER             26 Aug. 1886 – 27 June 1967

[page 742]

5279. Lawrence T., son of John & Rebecca HOUGH & husb. of Flossie HOUGH           25 July 1915 – 19 June 1968

[page 743]

5311. Laura Bell, dau. of Frank & Ellen DANNER & wife of (1) Ben LEONARD & (2) Otho WEST                28 Sept. 1898 – 1 Feb. 1969

[page 744]

5353. Charles, son of Leroy COPE & Myrtle HOUGH & husb. of Katherine COPE          18 Mar. 1916 – Dec. 1969

[page 750]

5504. Andrew B., son of Michael DANNER & Mary Ellen LOGSTON FRANKLIN & husb. of Rebecca Jane STARK               16 Oct. 1884 – 22 Aug. 1972

[page 751]

5529. Nora Hannah, dau. of Mark KENNEY & Mary Elizabeth STOUT & wife of Walter HOUGH    2 Sept. 1886 – 26 Dec. 1972

[page 756]

5662. Iva, dau. of Paris WOODALL & Mary CLARK & wife of Leonard HOUGH, Sr          28 Oct. 1892 – 28 July 1975

[page 758]

5689. Thomas F., son of Benjamin LEONARD & Laura DANNER & husb. of Bonnie THURSTON                  1 Feb. 1916 – 21 Feb. 1976

[page 761]

5765. Benjamin Lewis, son of John HOUGH & Rebecca JONES                    22 Sept. 1892 – 13 Oct. 1977


5782. Orpha W., dau. of Leroy A. STEWART & Bessie J. WHITE & wife of Lewis B. DANNER                    8 May 1924 – 12 Mar. 1978

[page 764]

5858. Eugene “Red” HOUGH               22 June 1933 – 19 Sept. 1979

[page 837]


59. John T. HOUGH                    1923 – 1943

[page 851]

546. John Q. HOUGH                   1856 – 1938

Hester M.                       1866 – 1922

[page 856]


47. Calista E. DANNER                  Feb. 8, 1892 – Jan. 11, 1899

Helen Wears Juchet obituary

25 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: “[Helen Wears Juchet obituary],” at, originally published in the Kansas City Star (19 December 2002), accessed 24 January 2003.

Helen Wears Juchet

Helen Wears Juchet, 78, passed away December 17, 2002, at Lee̓s Summit Community Hospital. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday, December 20, at Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Salvation Army. Mrs. Juchet was born October 8, 1924, in Lowry City, MO. She was married to Richard D. Juchet in 1956. She was employed at Emery, Bird, Thayer Department Store and Mobil Oil Company in Kansas City. After her marriage she remained at home and raised her two sons. She was preceded in death by her husband on December 5, 2002, and two sons, Gary A. Juchet in 1995, and Richard Guy Juchet in 1997. She is survived by one sister, Doris Colley of Gresham, OR, and three brothers, Leo Wears of El Cajon, CA, John Wears of Kansas City, MO, and Harold Wears of Lowry City, MO, three nieces and four nephews. (Arr.: Charter Funerals, 816-921-5555)

Published in the Kansas City Star on 12/19/2002.

Carl K. Mattocks obituary

25 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: “[Carl K. Mattocks obituary],” at, originally published in the Hartford Courant (5 March 2003), accessed 9 March 2003.

Carl K. Mattocks

Captain Carl K. Mattocks, 83, of Farmington, husband of the late Betty (Bryant) Mattocks, passed away Sunday (March 2, 2003).  Born in Parr, IN, Nov. 29, 1919, son of the late Beverly and Gladys (Danner) Mattocks, he resided in Farmington for many years. Carl enlisted in the regular Army in 1939, as a private first class and was sent to Iceland where he was promoted to Sergeant and returned to Ft. Benning, GA to Officer̓s Candidate School.  In 1944, he was sent to the European Theatre of Operations where he served with the headquarters company of the 38th Armored Infantry Battalion.  While there he was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action. For Carl the battle ended on Jan. 25, 1945, in St. Vith Belgium, where he was wounded in action and spent the next 16 months in Army hospitals. Before Carl completed his service to our country he would receive two additional Bronze Stars, a British Military Cross from the King of England, a Purple Heart and many other decorations. After leaving the service he was married in 1949, moved to Connecticut, where he started a business Jones-Mattocks General Contractors. He worked with the Army Corp of Engineers and several large construction companies across the state. His final position before retiring was Master Mechanic for the Stone and Webster Corp. at the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Niantic. He was a longtime member of Local 478 Operating Engineers in Hamden. He is a lifetime member of the Seventh Armored Division and a two term past president for that association. He is also a lifetime member of VFW Post 10361 of Farmington, Antique Veterans of America, American Legion, VBOB – Veterans Battle of the Bulge, Connecticut Chapter and Disabled American Veterans. Aside from all his veteran activities he enjoyed restoring antique autos, researching his family genealogy, volunteering at the soup kitchen and hanging out with his grandsons. “He never met a dog that never loved him.” The family would like to thank the devoted and caring staff at Haven Health Care with special thanks to Mickey his nurse who Carl said, “she̓s the best.” He is survived by a daughter, Ellen Mattocks of Unionville, a daughter and son-in-law, Marion and Gary Olson of Bristol, a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Richard Higley, Sr. of Farmington; three grandsons, Garrett Olson, Richard Higley, Zachary Higley; his dog and faithful companion, “Lucky” and his three grand dogs, Samantha, Candie and Corey. He leaves behind a nephew, Henry Bryant, Jr. of Farmington, who is like a son to him and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Carl was the oldest of six and was predeceased by all of his siblings, Earl, Donald, Mary, Pat and Leon, along with his parents and his loving wife of 52 years, Betty. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rte. 4, Unionville on Thurs., March 6, 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, 1 p.m. in The Meetinghouse of the First Church of Christ Congregational, 75 Main St., Farmington, with the Rev. Ned W. Edwards, Jr. officiating.  Burial with full Military Honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Memorial contributions may be made to World War II Veterans Memorial Fund, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 501, Arlington, VA 22201.

Published in the Hartford Courant on 3/5/ 2003.