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.

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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.

The Maudie Carver Mystery – Pure Speculation

As I mentioned in my post about James “Jim” Wesley Hedrick, I discovered my Great Grandfather had a surprise wife and daughter in the 1940 US Census: Mollie M, age 40, and Luella, age 9. Also living in the home is Jim’s daughter Dorothy, age 14, from his previous marriage.

I asked a cousin, a granddaughter of Jim Hedrick, about this and got more information. She said that his wife went by Maudie Carver, and that Luella was his stepdaughter.

I searched for Maudie Carver in Stone County, Missouri in the 1930 Census, and found one. Her last name is Patrick, and she is living with her parents Albert and Annie Carver, her brother Ross, and her husband Herbert Patrick. She is 20 years old, so if this is the same person, she aged 20 years in 10 years . . . but census ages can’t be trusted. Patrick and Maudie aren’t listed with a Luella in 1930.

Next I searched Find-A-Grave, and eliminated the only Maudie Carver I found in Missouri because Carver was her married name. I then searched for her father, Albert Carver, and I found him – buried with his wife, and his daughter Maudie Mae Carver Long. BINGO! Next I searched Missouri Digital Heritage for a death certificate, and found one.

The death certificate reports that Maudie died at her home in Springfield, Missouri on July 31, 1951. Cause of death was homocide – gunshot wounds in chest and arms.  She was divorced, but her husband’s name was Frank Long. Her mother Annie was the informant. Maudie was 42, born April 30, 1909.

A search of newspapers found an article about the crime. The Neosho Daily Democrat reported on the front page, Wednesday, August 1, 1951, “Springfield Man Kills Two, Then Commits Suicide.” Martin Elmer Phillips, a “41-year-old bachelor killed his common law wife Maude May Carver, 42, and Paul Goldsberry, 25, a taxicab driver, and then turned the gun on himself.”

Maudie and Martin Elmer Phillips had lived in the house together for several weeks. Neighbors reported that the couple had been “arguing violently during the day” and that Maudie went to the store to call a taxicab. She then returned home and packed her clothes.

Paul Goldsberry, an air force veteran of World War II and married father of four, was planning to quit his job as taxicab driver soon to devote himself to farming, but that day he was serving as an extra driver, and he took the call. He was shot in the head on the porch while bending over to grab Maudie’s bag, staggered to the yard and died there.

Police said that Maudie had been trying to escape through the back door but was shot seven times. Martin Elmer Phillips was found on a bed, with the gun in his hands, and two wounds to his chest and one to his head

The article reported “Miss Carver, of Springfield, is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren and her parents.” Is that daughter Luella?

I figured if this was the Maudie Carver who was married to Jim Hedrick, then Herbert Patrick was the likely father of Luella. I searched Find-A-Grave for Luella Patrick, and found her in Yocum Pond Cemetary in Reeds Spring, Missouri where many of my Hopper and Hedrick relatives are buried. Her birthday makes her a year younger than Dorothy, so if this is the right person the ages were off on the 1940 US Census.

I researched Thelma Luella Patrick Back, and found that she did have two daughters, so that fits with newspaper article about Maude’s death. Unfortunately, I also found that according to her Social Security Application, her parents are Jess J Patrick and Myrtle Keithley. In 1930, when Maudie and her husband Herbert Patrick are living with her parents, Jess Patrick and his family, including Thelma, are living just a few houses away. In 1940 when Maudie and Luella are living with my great grandfather Jim Hedrick, there’s still a Thelma living with Jess Patrick’s family.

Was Maudie Mae Carver married to Herbert Patrick, then Jim Hedrick, then Frank Long? The only marriage record I can find is her marriage to Frank Long in Benton County, Arkansas on January 14, 1949. She is 39 and he is 64. The 1930 US Census ties her to Herbert Patrick. The only thing I have to connect her to Jim Hedrick is the family story that he was married to a Maudie Carver.

Was Thelma Luella Patrick Back the daughter of Maudie Carver and Herbert Patrick, and if so, why are her parents listed as Jess and Myrtle Patrick?

I may be way off track. Or, maybe I’ve found Jim Hedrick’s mystery wife.

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

UPDATED JULY 2017

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

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James “Jim” Wesley Hedrick was born October 7, 1887 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. His parents are Sigel Francis Hedrick and Mary Baker, and you can read about them here.

Versa Grace Richardson was born August 12, 1897 in Missouri. Her parents are Marcus McDonald Richardson & Elizabeth Anna Greene, and you can read about them here.

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 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. They would have two more children, both born in Missouri.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

William Henry Hopper (1910-1950) & Euvella Grace Hedrick (1919-2013)

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(I redacted some information above – an incorrect address and the name of a living person. The scrapbook pages were created using Studio J by Close To My Heart.)

UPDATED JULY 2017

William “Bill” Henry Hopper & Euvella Grace Hedrick are my grandparents, the parents of my father Harley Hopper.

Euvella was born on January 20, 1919 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. Her parents were James Wesley Hedrick and Versa Grace Richardson. Read about them here.

Bill was born December 22, 1910 in Webb City, Jasper County, Missouri. His parents were John Henry Hopper & Maybelle Parks. Read about them here.

On the 1920 & 1930 US Census, Euvella lived in Stone County, Missouri with her parents and siblings. On the 1930 US Census, Bill (age 19) lived in Stone County, Missouri with his aunt and uncle.

I visited with Granny (Euvella) shortly before her death, and she told me about the grandfather I never knew, the love of her life William “Bill” Henry Hopper.

She met Bill in Stone County, Missouri and he was from Arkansas. He asked “you girls” to go to the movies, meaning Euvella (age 18) and her sister Mary Elizabeth Hedrick. Bill had a touring car and Elizabeth sat between Bill and Euvella in the car and at the movies, so Granny thought Bill was courting Elizabeth. But after taking both girls out a couple of times, he came over and asked just Euvella to go someplace, so that made it clear who he was really courting.

It was the Great Depression, and both families moved around finding work. The Hoppers in north Arkansas and the Hedricks in south Missouri would go to California and the children and adults would work harvesting crops. The families knew each other – Granny’s sister Rena Ledonna Hedrick had married Bill’s brother George Stephens Hopper a few years prior. Granny said her family followed the grapes, harvesting them for 5-6 months at a time.  She was able to spend some time with Bill in California, but not the whole time because the families moved around as needed.

They “ran off” to get married, because her father James Wesley Hedrick didn’t like Bill and was against the relationship. There had been rumors that Bill had gotten a girl pregnant. Granny said the girl wasn’t really pregnant.

Granny remembered them getting married in Stone County, Missouri, but the Arkansas Marriage Index shows they obtained a marriage license on March 23, 1938 in Carroll County, Arkansas. Euvella was 19 and Bill was 27.

After they were married, Bill took Euvella home, picked her up the next day, and took her to Fresno, California. She didn’t see her dad for 3 years. “I couldn’t blame Dad, he was trying to raise us girls right,” said Granny.

In Fresno, Bill and Euvella worked in vineyards. They quickly had 3 children, with their oldest, my father Harley Darrell Hopper (1939-1996), arriving before their first anniversary.

On the 1940 US Census, they lived in Sanger, Fresno County, California at an orchard on McCall Avenue. Bill had worked 40 weeks the previous year, and had worked 54 hours the previous week.

Granny said that before long people started “dying like flies,” and people said it was due to the chemicals sprayed on the crops, maybe DDT. Bill got sick so they moved back to Arkansas, bought a farm, and started building a house. They had no idea how sick he was – he had lung cancer. He died January 23, 1950, before the house was completed. He was 39. His Missouri Death Certificate (thanks to my cousin Ellen Carr for finding it listed with a last name of Hooper) says that they were living in Green Forest, Carroll County, Arkansas and that he died at Springfield Baptist Hospital. Cause of death is Hepatitis with hepatomegaly (enlarged liver), etiology unknown, cancer suspected but not proved, and jaundice.) His Find A Grave memorial is here.

“He was a real good person. I kinda leaned on him for everything,” Granny said. “I sure never found another one like him.” But she tried. A widow with 3 children at age 31, she married three more times: Roy Warren, Raymond Wells, and Jake Newman (1974).

Euvella died on February 2, 2013 in Wentzville, MO. She was 94. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Euvella and Bill are buried in Yocum Pond Cemetery in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri.

The children of William Henry Hopper & Euvella Grace Hedrick:

Harley Darrell Hopper – Harley was born January 12, 1939 in Sanger, Fresno County, California. He married three times and had four children. He died September 26, 1996 in Marceline, Linn County, Missouri. He was 57. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Earl Eugene Hopper – Eugene was born November 28, 1940 in Sanger, Fresno County, California. He married and had a child. He died January 26, 1998 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. He was 57. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

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The child of Euvella Grace Hedrick & Raymond Wells:

Glenda Diane Wells – Diane was born September 16, 1954. She married twice and had five children. She died February 14, 2010. She was 55. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.