Francis Marion Hampton (1840-1899) & Nancy Jane Kinsel (1844-1913)

Frank & Nancy are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of his great grandmother Katherine P. Hampton.

Francis “Frank” Marion Hampton was born in 1840 in Ohio. His parents are Jeremiah Hampton (who fought in the War of 1812) and Pamelia Worster (whose father is said to be John Worster, who fought in the Revolutionary War, but I haven’t proven a connection.) You can see Jeremiah’s Find A Grave memorial here and Pamelia’s here.

Nancy Jane Kinsel was born on January 10, 1844 in Ohio. Her death record lists her father as George Kinsel. There’s a Nancy Kinsel born in 1844 in Ohio whose parents are John Kinsel and Sophena Daymude. I think it’s likely that her parents are John and Sophena, but I’m not sure. Maybe George/John Kinsel is one person. I’m still working on this.

On the 1850 US Census, 11-year-old Frank lived with parents Jeremiah, age 58, and Pamelia, age 50, in Hopewell, Ohio. Sisters Sarah, age 19, and Susan, age 5, also lived in the home. Jeremiah was a butcher.

On the 1860 US Census, 19-year-old Frank lived with the Thompson family in Normal, Illinois. They were farmers, and Frank was a farmer.

Francis and Nancy married on October 23, 1862 in McClean, Illinois.

On the 1870 US Census, Frank was 30 and Nancy was 26. They were farming in Normal, Illinois. Albert was 3 and Anna was 10 months.

On the 1880 US Census, Frank was 40 and Nancy was 36. Albert was 12, Anna was 10, and Alice was 5. They were farming in White Oak, Illinois.

Francis died on October 24, 1899 in Union County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1900 US Census, Nancy was 56 and widowed. She was farming in Grant, Iowa. Four of her children were at home: Albert, age 32; Alice, age 25; Kate, age 17; Grace, age 11.

On the 1910 US Census, Nancy was 66 and widowed. She lived with son Albert, age 42, and daughter Grace, age 21.

Nancy died on March 13, 1913 in Union, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Francis Marion Hampton and Nancy Jane Kinsel:

Albert Hampton – Bert was born in January of 1856 in Illinois. He farmed in Iowa and never married. He died in 1952. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Anna May Hampton – Anna was born in 1869. She married Aaron Culbertson on March 1, 1898 in Creston, Iowa. They had 4 children and farmed in Iowa. She died on February 14, 1964 in Afton, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Alice Hampton – Alice was born in 1874. She married Fred D. Werner on March 3, 1903 in Creston, Iowa. They had 7 children, and farmed in Iowa. She died in 1940. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Katherine Pamelia Hampton – Kate is Todd’s great grandmother. Read more about her here.

Grace E. Hampton – Grace was born in 1889. She married Oscar Reece on November 19, 1907 in Afton, Iowa. (Her sister Kate married Oscar’s brother Thomas Elmer Reece – they are Todd’s great grandparents.) Grace and Oscar had 3 children, and divorced. I don’t know when she died.

Thomas Elmer Reece (1883-1951) & Katherine P. Hampton (1882-1962)

updated February 2019

Thomas & Katherine are Todd’s great grandparents, the parents of his grandfather Howard William Reece.

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Elmer Howard Reece, Thomas Elmer Reece, 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.

REECE Elmer and SIMPSON Marjorie Wedding photo

Elmer Howard Reece & Marjorie Irene Simpson

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.