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John C. Willey 1943

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Re: John C. Willey 1943

Posted: 1175176256000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Willey
Thanks again for the obits & working with me to fill in holes! I am going to ask our unanswered questions, to see if anyone has the info. ;)

Hi all, Below is what we have for the family in this obit. Can anyone help with the questions?

John Columbus Willey (1875-1943)

*John C. Willey death certificate: John C. Willey, farmer, b. Apr 4, 1875 in Wetzel Co., WV. (NOTE: Should be Apr 29, 1875. Death date was written on birth date line. 1943 was crossed out & 1875 written in, but the 4 was missed). He d. Feb 4, 1943 at age 67 yrs/9 mos/5 days in New Martinsville, Magnolia Dist., Wetzel Co., WV at 11:30 p.m. Wife: Rosie Bell Willey, age 61. Parents: Absolom Willey, b. WV & Lydia Knisley, b. PA. Informant was Mrs. Loma Dodd (Dau), of Mannington, WV. Burial Feb 7, 1943 at Shreve Cemetery in Pine Grove, WV. SOURCE: Death Certificate; WV Div. of Culture & History ( Transcribed by Joyce Yowler

*John C. Willey buried at Shreve Cemetery - Sheep Run. (


(1) James Willey: No info. Marriage/Spouse info? If so, spouses parents?
(2) Mrs. Loma Dodd: Marriage/Spouse info? His parents?
(3) Mrs. Joseph Lombardi: Marriage/Spouse/Parent info?
(4) Mrs. Claud Nixon: Bessie Irene Willey m. Claude Harold Nixon. He was b. Dec 11, 1913 in Ross, Wetzel Co., WV & d. Sep 19, 1988 in New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV. Their children: (1) Larry Eugene m. Leona Lucille Hostutler. (2) Judith Rose m. Charles Francis Dulaney. (3) Unknown Nixon. (4) Stephen Craig Nixon m. Connie Irene Sovil.

NOTE: 5th child that died bef. father John C. Willey.
(5) Enzly Lee Willey. Aug 14, 1902 - Jun 28, 1927 in New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV. Buried Jun 30, 1927 at Shreve Cem. - Wetzel Co., WV. Never married.

His notes: Enzly Lee Willey, farmer, resident of Jacksonburg, WV. Parents were: John C. Willey & Rosebell White (She was the informant). Both were born in WV. He was b. Aug 14, 1902 in WV and d. Jun 28, 1927 in New Martinsville, Wetzel Co., WV at 24 yrs/10 mos/14 days.

Cause of death: Fracture of base of Skull do (due) to an accident on Jun 26 (1927). Fall from a horse in a horse race. He was buried in Shreve Cemetery on June 30, 1927.

NOTE: Shreve Cem. - Sheep Run, Wetzel Co., WV (

SOURCE: Death Certificate; WV Div. of Culture & History ( Transcribed by Joyce Yowler

*Their son Enzly Lee’s obit says his mother was Rosebell “WHITE”. (She was the informant & signed her name Rosebell). (

I had a “Rosa Belle White” in my file that m. John “Columbus” Willey, they had a daughter who m. “Claude Harold Nixon”. A MATCH! Her notes:

*Name seen as: Rosa Belle (Alice Renzelli), Rosie Bell (Husbands obit) & Rosebell (sons death record). SOURCE: Joyce Yowler

*Informant for son Enzly Lee's death. She signed her name Mrs. Rosebell Willey, Jacksonburg, W.VA. She stated her maiden name was "White". SOURCE: WV Div. of Culture & History. Transcribed by Joyce Yowler

BROTHER: (1) Clay Willey: b. Nov 1878. d. Jan 20, 1958 Wetzel Co., WV. **Married? If so, spouses parents?

SISTERS: (1) Mrs. Jerry King: Mary Elizabeth "Sis" Willey, d. 1949 & m. *Jeremiah “Jerry” King b. abt. 1874 & d. 1949. **Does anyone know who Jeremiah “Jerry” King's parents were?

SISTERS NOTE: I have three sisters left for this family: ARENA Willey, b. Jun 19, 1884. MARGARET L. Willey, b. Jun 19, 1884. IDA C. Willey, b. Mar 1894. (all b. in Wetzel Co., WV). NOTE: Arena & Margaret L. Twins?

(2) Mrs. William Gump: Could this be Arena? I don’t remember why I think this is right. Margaret L. or Ida C.?

(3) Mrs. Francis Williams: Arena , Margaret L. or Ida C.?

(4) Mrs. Ross Hayhurst: Arena , Margaret L. or Ida C.?

Source Citations: Cunningham, Bill. Hoy, James. Tennant, J. Ross. Obituary: Willey, John C. (1875-1943). King, Debra. Death Certificate: Willey, Enzly Lee (1902-1927). Death Certificate: Willey, John Columbus (1875-1943). 1900 Census: Grant Dist., Wetzel Co., WV. Yowler, (Roberta)Joyce (Schaefer). Renzelli, Alice (Gump). WV Div. of Culture & History ( (*Please contact me for source detail, by clicking on my name above*)

Thanks for any assistance! JY ;)
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