July 2, 2015

2011 Memorial Day – Veterans

Yates and Allied Families


Wilkerson and Allied Families

On every Memorial Day I remember all of my family members who have passed on. Not all of the people in this collage have passed, but many of them have.  I feel it’s important to thank our veterans whenever we can, and so I post this picture and thank our family members for their service.

If you are a member of either family and have served in the military, please come by and leave a comment with your branch of service and era in which you served.


1932 Marriage License – John Louis Sechrest and Ruth Williams

1932 Louis Sechrest marriage

I was doing a little research for Jim’s cousin Teresa this week for her Sechrest family branch.  Teresa was previously married to Ed Sechrest and she is currently trying to fill in the blanks in her family tree for her son and his family.  The information she emailed to me said that she was looking for John Louis Sechrest, and it took a little sleuthing, but I finally found the marriage license listed under “Touis” (Louis) Secrest on Ancestry.

Truthfully, I get a little frustrated with the census transcribers when they make (it seems to me) blatant mistakes like that.  That’s a whole other subject to be discussed later though.

Please click on the above image until it is full-sized.

I was able to share the image with Teresa and her in-law Etta Mae, which was a great surprise to both of them. Etta Mae had never seen the record and she was very happy to now have it.

Next, Check The 1920 Census

In looking a little further at records on Ancestry, I found Ruth Williams in the 1920 Federal census in Eminence, Shannon, Missouri. View Census Records Online at Ancestry.com! Surprisingly, she was living with her siblings (Eunice and Bacel Williams) in the Thomas E. Bowman household with her mother Mattie.  Also in the household was Finnus Bowman, age 3 and 6/12.  If I was going to look a little further into this family, I would look for a marriage record for Mattie Sechrest to Thomas Bowman in approximately 1917 or perhaps, the year before.

Where To Look Next

There are a lot of clues in just this little bit of information from the marriage record and census, aren’t there?

  • Before I go any further, I will go back to the marriage license where it says that Louis was from Turtle, MO.  I know from the 1920 census that Ruth was living near Eminence, MO, so I should look for Louis (or John Louis) in that same 1920 census geographical area.  I like to go with what’s logical and if I don’t find the person, then I move out on the map.
  • I’ll check USGenWeb Missouri for Iron and Shannon Counties to see what they might have on their sites for records.
  • Then, it’s on to the 1930 census to see what new information crops up!

Vintage Kin Freeware Graphics

iPentimento Memorial Day Remembrance 2008


We remember those who have served their country in times of war and peace.

Top Left Clockwise: Gregory E. Wilkerson, US Marine Corps – First Iraq War era; William Gale Yates, US Navy – WWII; David N. Yates, US Army National Guard – Vietnam era; Joyce L. Moline Huntley, US Army Nurse – WWII; James K. P. Yates, CSA – Civil War (Tennessee) Center: John Breedlove – US Army – Civil War (Missouri).

Top Left, Clockwise: Richard R. Bean, US Army – Civil War (Iowa); John Whit(t)more, US Army, Medal of Honor Recipient – Civil War (Illinois); Louis Sechrest, US Army National Guard – Iraq War (currently serving, Iowa); Gregory Wilkerson (see above); James A. Wilkerson, US Air Force – Vietnam era (IA); Loren E. Wilkerson, US Navy – WWII (IA).

We remember those who have been our family and friends and are no longer with us. (Sadly, too many to cite).

We honor them with this day of remembrance.