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, Illinois. His parents are William Henderson Reece and Mary Lavina Montgomery. He was the oldest of their 5 children. You can read about Thomas and Mary here.
Katherine P. Hampton was born on July 29, 1882 in McClean County, Illiois. Her parents are Francis Marion Hampton and Nancy Jane Kinsel. She was the 4th of their 5 children. You can read about Francis and Nancy here.
(Photo: Elmer Howard Reece, Thomas Elmer Reece, Howard Elmer Reece.)
On the 1900 US Census, both Thomas and Kate’s families were farming in Grant, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can’t find the family on the 1940 US Census.
Thomas died on January 1, 1951 in Diagonal, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
Kate died on April 15, 1962 in Diagonal, Iowa. 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 Diagonal, 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. 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. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
Elmer Howard Reece – Elmer was born on May 13, 1912 in Diagonal, 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. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
(Photo: Elmer Howard Reece & Marjorie Irene Simpson Reece.)
Howard William Reece – This is Todd’s grandfather. Read more about him here.
Leona Marie Reece – Leona was born on March 7, 1916 in Diagonal, 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 has two Find A Grave memorials, here and here.
Marion Leo Reece – Marion was born on December 17, 1918 in Grant, Iowa. I can’t find record of him after the 1920 US Census.
Twin Boys Reece – Their birth and death dates are unknown. Their Find A Grave memorial is here.