updated February 2019
Thomas & Katherine are Todd’s great grandparents, the parents of his grandfather Howard William Reece.
Thomas Elmer Reece was born on March 8, 1883 in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. His parents were William Henderson Reece and Mary Lavina Montgomery. He was the oldest of their 5 children. You can read about them here.
Katherine P. Hampton was born on July 29, 1882 in McLean County, Illiois. Her parents were Francis Marion Hampton and Nancy Jane Kinsel. She was the 4th of their 5 children. You can read about them here.
In 1899, Kate’s father Francis died.
On the 1900 US Census, both Thomas and Kate’s families were farming in Grant, Union County, Iowa. Thomas was 17 and attending school. He lived with parents William, age 49, and Mary, 45. Three younger siblings were at home: Oscar, age 14; Nancy, age 10; and Gilbert, age 7. Meanwhile, Kate was also 17, and wasn’t attending school. She lived with her widowed mother Nancy, age 56, and 3 siblings: Albert, age 32; Alice, age 25; and Grace, age 11.
Thomas and Kate were married on March 10, 1904 in Creston, Iowa. In 1905, their daughter Edna Irene was born.
On the 1910 US Census, Thomas and Kate were both 25. Their daughter Edna was 5. Kate had given birth to 3 children, only 1 living. They were farming in Grant, Iowa. Later that year, daughter Lela Mae was born.
In 1913, Kate’s mother Nancy died.
On September 12, 1918, Thomas filled out a World War II Draft Registration card. On it he is described him as tall and slender, with blue eyes and brown hair. Also in 1918, their son Elmer Howard was born. In 1914, their son Howard William was born. In 1916, their daughter Leona Marie was born. In 1918, their son Marion Leo was born.
On the 1920 US Census, Thomas was 36 and Kate was 37. They were farming in Jefferson, Iowa. They had 6 children: Edna, age 14; Lela, age 9; Elmer, age 7; Howard, age 5; Leona, age 3; and Marion, age 1.
Marion died in 1921 at age 2, and was accidentally shot in the head.
At some point they had unnamed twin boys who died as infants. We only know of them from a stone, in Oakland Cemetery where Thomas and Kate are buried, that reads “Infant sons of T.E. & K.P. Reece.”
In 1929, Thomas’ mother Mary Lavina died.
On the 1930 US Census, they were continuing to farm in Jefferson, Iowa. Thomas and Kate were 47. Still at home were Elmer, age 17; Howard, age 15; and Leona, age 13.
In 1931, Thomas’ father William Henderson and his brother Oscar Roy died.
I can’t find the family on the 1940 US Census. In 1940, Kate’s sister Alice died.
Thomas died on January 1, 1951 in Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa. He was 67 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
In 1951, daughter Edna Irene died. In 1952, Kate’s brother Albert died.
Kate died on April 15, 1962 in Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa. She was 79 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
The children of Thomas Elmer Reece and Katherine P. Hampton:
Edna Irene Reece – Edna was born on February 6, 1905 in Shannon City, Union, Iowa. She married Nathan Gilbert Byers on August 9, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa. They had 2 children, and divorced. She then married Leo McBride. She died on January 10, 1951. She was 45 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
Lela Mae Reece – Lela was born on September 30, 1910 in Shannon City, Iowa. She married Louis Gianasi sometime after the 1940 US Census. She died on November 12, 1998 in Hayesville, Kansas. She was 88 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
Elmer Howard Reece – Elmer was born on May 13, 1912 in Shannon City, Union County, Iowa. He married Marjorie Irene Simpson on December 20, 1936 in Creston, Iowa. They had 2 children. He died on September 7, 1993 in Creston, Iowa. He was 81 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
Howard William Reece – Howard was born June 23, 1914 in Shannon City, Union County, Iowa. He married Inez Faye Perkins on June 5, 1941 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 5 children. Howard served in World War II. He died August 9, 1982 in Creston, Union County, Iowa. He was 68 years old. Read more about him here. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
Leona Marie Reece – Leona was born on March 7, 1916 in Creston, Union County, Iowa. She married Roy Coverdell on October 29, 1931 in Albany, Missouri. They had 2 children. He died in 1955. She married John Prouty Pepper on September 16, 1956 in Wichita, Kansas. She died on November 10, 2004. She was 88 years old. She has two Find A Grave memorials, here and here.
Marion Leo Reece – Marion was born on December 17, 1918 in Grant, Union County, Iowa. He died February 13, 1921 in Jefferson, Ringgold County, Iowa. He was 2 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
Twin Boys Reece – Their birth and death dates are unknown. Their Find A Grave memorial is here.