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My mother's parent's were Walter Boyer b 1885 and Gertrude Portell b 1890.
Gertrude's parent's were Zamon/Zeno Portell b 1845 and Mary Cornelia
Trokey b 1855
Gertrude's sibling's were:
Mary Louise, Augustus Zeno, Victoria, Nellie, Joseph Walter, Anna Frances,
and Lorena Leona Portell.
Joseph Walter b 1885 married Pauline DeGonia in Washington Co., Mo.
Joseph and Pauline lived in Herculaneum. I believe their children's name were
Loretta, Bernard, Audress, Russell, Mary, Lucille, Pauline, Alma, Betty,
Rosemarie, Jackie, George and Kenneth Portell.
Years ago I spoke with a Kim who told me that Joe Portell died in 1954.
Pauline died in 1976.
Pauline's parents were Thomas and Laura Lore DeGonia of Washington Co., Mo.
My grandmother, Ella Nephew b 1882 had a sibling in DeSoto, John Nephew b
1891 who was married to Stella Pickett.
Their children were Dorothy, John, Margie, Billie, Alice, Jean, Danny,
Jimmy, Patsy and Marie.
I remember going to their house when I was a young girl in the 50's. They
lived off of hwy 110 at the top of a hill, around a corner, near where
61/67 is now.
John and Ella's siblings were Cloves, Agnes, Tresia, Frank, Clara, James,
Tresia b 1884 was married to Fred Wilson and they had a son Tommy Wilson.
Tommy died March 2003. He was married to Nora and Kate, I remember he was
married to Sam Rauls mother. I met them once and Tommy gave me a picture
of Tresia and Fred. I heard from someone that Nora and Kate were first
cousins. I believe their last name was Sewald. Years ago, I went to Tommy
and his wife's home and he gave me a pix of Tresia and Fred Wilson. He gave
me a lot of information. I know he had tons of pictures and if the Raul's
family still have them, I would love to have some copies of my family.
Anna was married to Fred Paul. She died 1912 and is buried at Gamels Cem
etery. They had a son Howard Paul. Howard was born around 1910. I know
that Anna committed suicide. I have seen that Fred later remarried. I
don't know what ever happened to Howard. I was told he was raised by a Missey
family (that's what my parent's had told me)
The Nephew's mentioned above mother was Mary Lucille "Lucy" DeGonia b 1859
and died 1910. She lived in Jefferson County. Her parent's were John
DeGonia and Virginia Politte. Lucy married William Ernest Nephew.
The Nephews all lived in Old Mines, Cadet, Washington Co., MO. area. In
latter years, William Ernest "Billie" or Willie" Nephew lived with Jack
DeGonia whom I believe was his uncle, his mother. Mary Lucille "Lucy" brother.
Virginia DeGonia was the informant on Billie's death certificate. She may
have been Jack's wife.
William Barrett and Anne/Ellen Tehan Barrett migrated to Carondelet MO from County Tipperary Ireland about 1864. Their children were Michael, William, John, Anne, Margaret, James, and Edward. Anne married Joseph Weiler and lived in DeSoto MO for many years. Railroad employment drew others to DeSoto who later went to Chicago and California.
My g-grandparents Jesse David WAGGENER (1850-1935) and Anna Eliza KENNER (1864-1838) were both born in Jefferson County. Jesse's parents, Reuben Garnett Waggener (1797-1884) and Mary MOORE (1817-1904), came to Jefferson County in about 1840 from Kentucky. Anna's parents were William Bryant Kenner (1831-1912) and Mary Malinda SWINK (1836-1919) who moved to Jefferson County from Ste. Genevieve County in about 1877. Mary Malinda's parents William Swink (1811-1883) and Eliza STURDIVANT (1808-1881) also moved from Ste. Genevieve County to Jefferson County in about 1877.
Walnut Creek, California
P.S. I have a Waggener family DNA group and am looking for contact from anyone interested.
I have unmarked photos of children turn of the century on my blog below---I believe they are Reiter or Tyrey children. (click on "unknown photos" or one of the family names)
I'm also trying to "round up" as many descendants of William (1784-1835) and Margaret Graham as I can--just a goal of mine---no inheritance or anything!
The Longs (Thomas), Grahams and Browns (John) were all pioneers of Jefferson Co. with many descendents I'm sure. I have info on the Longs that take us all the way back to 1600's thanks to DNA.
For information about my familyhttp://longmorgan.blogspot.com/
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Looking especially for the family of Mary? Margaret? STROUP/E who married
Jasper EOFF in 1870 in Jefferson Co.
1225 LaSalle Ave., #707
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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