Sigel Francis Hedrick (1862-1950) and Mary Baker (1864-1948)

UPDATED JULY 2017

Sigel Francis Hedrick and Mary Baker are my 2x great grandparents, the parents of my great grandfather James Wesley Hedrick.

HEDRICK Sigel BAKER Mary and all their kidsSigel & Mary Hedrick and all of their children. My grandmother Euvella, daughter of their son James Wesley, gave me all photos I’ve included here.

 

 

 

Sigel Francis Hedrick was born on December 11, 1862 in Missouri and was the son of Isaac Hedrick and Minerva Mathis. Read about them here.

Mary Baker was born October 9, 1864 and was the daughter of William Baker and Sarah Elizabeth Davis. Read about them here.

On 1870 US Census, Sigel was listed as Sigle Mathis. He lived in Washington, Stone County, Missouri with his uncle Greene Mathis after the death of his parents in 1868. He was 7 and his brother Joseph was 9. Brother Jacob isn’t found on the census.

On the 1870 US Census, Mary was 6 and lived in Washington, Stone County, Missouri with her parents and siblings.

On the 1880 US Census, Sigel isn’t found, but Mary was 16 and lived in Washington, Stone County, Missouri with her parents and siblings.

Sigel and Mary were married on November 6, 1881 in Stone County, Missouri. Sigel was 18 and Mary was 17.

On the 1900 US Census, Sigel was recorded as 34 and Mary was recorded as 33 but those ages are at least 2 years off. They were farming in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. They had been married 19 years and had 7 children, all at home: Minnie was 18, William was 16, James was 12, Berton was 11, Franklin was 8, Fred was 6, and Vernie was 2.

On the 1910 US Census, Sigel was 47 and Mary was 45 and they had 9 children, with 8 of them living at home. They were still farming in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. I found it amusing that under the “years married” column, for Sigel it says 28 and for Mary is says 26. Hmmm. Daughter Minnie was 27 and was widowed. James was 22, Bert was 20, Frank was 18, Fred was 16, Vernie was 13, McKinley was 10, and Albert was 6.

On the 1920 US Census, they were farming in Flat Creek, Stone County, Missouri. Sigel was 56 and Mary was 54. Living at home was Minnie, age 36 and widowed; Vernie, age 20; and Elbert, age 15. Also listed is “partner” Fred Loomis, age 42, single and working on the farm. (Fred and Minnie married, and Fred died in 1924.)

On the 1930 US Census, they were farming again in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. Sigel was 66 and Mary was 65. Living at home was daughter Minnie Loomis, age 46 and widowed a second time; and daughter Vernie, age 31.

On the 1940 US Census, Sigel was 78 and Mary was 76. They lived alone in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. Son Elbert lived next door.

Mary died on August 30, 1948 in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. She was 83. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Sigel died on March 15, 1950 in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. He was 87. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sigel and his sons, around 1949. His wife and two daughters had died. The sons from left to right, I was told, are Elbert, McKinley, Frederick, Franklin, Berton, James and William.

The children of Sigel Hedrick & Mary Baker:

Minnie Hedrick Perkins Loomis, Vernie Hedrick, and my great grandparents Versa Grace Richardson Hedrick and James Wesley Hedrick.

Minnie Hedrick – Minnie was born July 7, 1882 in Stone County, Missouri. She married Jessie Perkins on May 31, 1900 in Stone County, Missouri. He died on December 7, 1901. She married Morgan Frederick Loomis after 1920 and he died on January 27, 1924. Minnie died on October 2, 1933. She was 51. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Hedrick – William was born April 30, 1884 in Missouri. He married Nora Francis Rich on September 15, 1904 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 4 children, and farmed in Stone County. William died on June 11, 1957. He was 73. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Wesley Hedrick, his father Sigel Francis Hedrick, James’ son-in-law James Madison Mills, and James’ mother Mary Baker holding Jimmy Mills Jr.

James Wesley Hedrick – My great grandfather Jim was born October 7, 1887 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. On October 26, 1913, Jim married Versa Richardson in Stone County, Missouri. They had 5 children. Jim on July 24, 1953. He was 65. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here. Read more about him here.

Berton Hedrick – Berton was born February 7, 1889 in Missouri. He married Lillie Carr on March 5, 1911 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 3 children. In 1920 he was married and farming in Stone County, Missouri. By 1930 he was widowed and living in Porterville, California, doing odd jobs. By 1940 he was in Santa Clara, California working as a laborer. His World War II Draft Registration Card indicates he was 5’6″, 127 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a ruddy complexion. He moved to Sacramento and owned restaurants. He died on November 30, 1974 in Sacramento. He was 85. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Franklin T. Hedrick – Franklin was born July 15, 1893 in Missouri.  His World War I Draft Registration Card indicates he was of medium height and slender build, with brown hair and brown eyes. He married Bertha Wair in Reeds Spring, Missouri on April 12, 1914. They farmed in South Galloway and Ruth, Missouri. They had 9 children, and divorced before 1940. I can’t find Franklin in 1940 but Bertha was living with her children close to Frankin’s parents and some of his siblings. Franklin died June 27, 1964 in El Dorado, California. He was 70. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Frederick Samuel Hedrick – Frederick was born March 20, 1894 in Missouri. His World War I Draft Registration Card indicated he was of medium height and slender build with grey eyes and brown hair. He married Mary Jane Hopper on April 27, 1913 in Reeds Spring, Missouri. They farmed in Flat Creek, Missouri and had 12 kids. (On the 1930 US Census, my grandfather William Henry Hopper, age 19, lived with them. Mary Jane Hopper was his aunt, and he would eventually marry Euvella Hedrick, Frederick’s niece.) He died November 4, 1980. He was 86. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Vernie Hedrick & Minnie Hedrick Perkins Loomis.

Vernie Hedrick – Vernie was born October 3, 1897 in Missouri. She never married and had no children. She died on October 10, 1931 of typhoid fever. She had been sick for 7 days, and was 7 days past her 34th birthday. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

McKinley Hedrick – McKinley was born November 6, 1900 in Missouri. He served in the Navy in World War I. On the 1920 US Census he was a patient at a naval hospital in California, and working as a seaman apprentice. He married Emma Catherine Hardin on November 25, 1921 and in 1930 they were farming in Flat Creek, Stone County, Missouri. On the 1940 US Census they were farming in Fresno, California. McKinley and Emma had 8 children. He died July 30, 1992 when he was 91. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elbert Charles Hedrick – Elbert was born May 16, 1903 in Missouri. He married Tressie Dell Sharp in 1921 and they had 10 children. They farmed in Ruth, Missouri. He died September 20, 1991. He was 88. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Wesley Hedrick (1887-1953) & Versa Grace Richardson (1897-1928)

updated January 2019

James Wesley Hedrick and Versa Grace Richardson are my great grandparents, the parents of my grandmother Euvella Grace Hedrick.

James “Jim” Wesley Hedrick was born October 7, 1887 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. His parents were Sigel Francis Hedrick and Mary Baker, and he was the 3rd of their 9 children. You can read about them here.

Versa Grace Richardson was born August 12, 1897 in Missouri. Her parents were Marcus McDonald Richardson & Elizabeth Anna Greene, and she was the youngest of their 4 children. You can read about them here.

On the 1900 US Census, Versa lived in Finley, Christian County, Missouri with her parents and siblings. Jim lived with his parents and siblings in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri, as he did in 1910 too. On the 1910 US Census, Versa lived in Little Caney, Chautauqua County, Kansas. In 1912, Versa’s sister Dolly died.

On October 26, 1913, Jim & Versa married in Stone County, Missouri. She was 16 and he was 26. Her parents gave consent because of her age. In 1915, they had son Deward. In 1917, they had daughter Rena. In 1919, they had daughter Euvella.

In 1917 Jim filled out a draft registration card for World War I. It describes him to be of medium height and build,  with brown eyes and black hair. He was living in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri and had a wife and two children.

On the 1920 US Census, the family lived in Flat Creek, Stone County, Missouri. Jim was 32 and Versa was 22. Deward was 4, Rena was 2, and Euvella was 11 months old.

In 1921, they had daughter Mary. In 1925, they had daughter Dorothy.

Versa died December 22, 1928 in Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma. When I talked to Granny in 2012 she told me about her mother’s death at age 31. “The whole family had the flu, and the doctor had told her to stay in bed, but she had to wait on everybody. She did wash on a board in the cold, ice and snow,” she said. “Pneumonia set in and she died quick.”

The United States was on the brink of the Great Depression. and Jim at age 41 was determined to care for his 5 young children. They traveled from Missouri to California harvesting grapes for 4-5 months at a time.

On the 1930 US Census, Jim was 41, widowed, and lived with his 5 children in Stone County, Missouri.

In 1931, Jim’s sister Vernie died. In 1933, his sister Minnie died. In 1948, his mother Mary died. In 1950 his father Sigel died.

On the 1940 US Census, Jim was 52 and living in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. A wife is listed, Mollie M Hedrick. There are two daughters living in the home: Dorothy, age 14 is Jim’s daughter from his first marriage; and Luella Hedrick, age 9. It indicates that they all lived in the same house in 1935.

This marriage was a surprise to me. I talked to a cousin who did know about this marriage, and she says that Jim’s wife’s name was Maudie Carver, not Mollie, and that Luella wasn’t Jim’s daughter. I can’t find a marriage record. I was able to find more information on Maudie Carver and Luella, and you can read about that here.

In 1942 Jim filled out a draft registration card for World War II. He was 53, 5’5″ tall, weighing 155 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, and a ruddy complexion. He lived in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. The person he listed as someone who would always know where he lived was V. H. Gracey of Reeds Spring.

HEDRICK James HEDRICK Deward HAMMERS Alva HEDRICK Rena HOPPER Geo HEDRICK Euvella HEDRICK Dot ECKER Glenn HEDRICK  Elizabeth MILLS Jim

Here is Jim with his adult children in 1950. All are pictured with their spouse, except for my Granny Euvella – her husband had recently died. Front: Deward & Alva Hedrick, Jim Hedrick
Back: Rena & George Hopper, Dorothy & Glen Ecker, Euvella, Betty & James Mills.

Jim died of a stroke on July 24, 1953 at Baptist Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was 65. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here. Jim and Versa are buried together in Yocum Pond Cemetery, Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri.

hedrick euvella hopper carolyn portrait of richardson versa

2012 – Granny Euvella, her daughter, and a portrait of her mother Versa

The children of James Wesley Hedrick & Versa Grace Richardson:

Deward Douglas Hedrick  – Deward was born February 28, 1915 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. He married Alva Hammers on May 20, 1933, in Reeds Spring, and they had 5 children. Deward died on October 21, 2011 in Montrose, Montrose County, Colorado. He was 96. His Find a Grave memorial is here.

Rena Ladonna Hedrick – Rena was born February 5, 1917 in Missouri. She married George Stephens Hopper on November 4, 1933 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. They had 9 children. Rena died on June 25, 1997 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. She was 80. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Euvella Grace Hedrick – My Grandmother Euvella was born January 30, 1919 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. She married William Henry Hopper on March 23, 1938 in Carroll County, Arkansas. They had 3 children. She was widowed, and married three more times, having 1 more child. She died February 2, 2013 in Wentzville, St. Charles County, Missouri. She was 94. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. My blog post about her is here.

Mary Elizabeth Hedrick – Mary was born in 1921. She married James Madison Mills and they had 6 children. She died in January of 1968 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. she was 46 or 47. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Dorothy Levon Hedrick – Dorothy was born July 29, 1925 in Missouri. She married Glen Ecker on July 31, 1952 in Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas. They had 4 children. Dorothy died on December 24, 2000 in Olathe, Montrose County, Colorado. She was 75. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.