Mary Jane (Whittington) Cornell Fulmer (1868-1947)

Mary Jane Whittington, sometimes known as “Minnie”, was born on 15 September 1868 near Buffalo in Putnam County, West Virginia. She was the second daughter of John W. and Lydia (Riffle) Whittington.

Mary Jane lived with her parents until her own marriage in 1885. She married William Lewis Cornell in Putnam County, West Virginia on 26 July 1885. William was born on 23 July 1864 in Putnam County, the son of Benjamin and Nancy (Workman) Cornell.

A year later on 28 July 1886, Mary Jane and William’s first child was born, Ernest Harrison Cornell. Several more children followed and by the 1900 census, they had eight children listed. They were living near Buffalo in Putnam County, West Virginia. After 1900 they had four more children for a total of twelve.

Sometime after the 1910 census, William and Mary Jane moved to Summit County, Ohio. On 6 September 1919, at the age of 55, William died in Copley in Summit County. He was buried in the Copley Cemetery.

Mary Jane and her five youngest children were living in Copley the following February at the time of the 1920 census. Ten years later, Mary Jane and her daughter, Sylvia, and son, Vernon, were living in Bath in Summit County, Ohio. Wallace Clyde Fulmer was rooming with them in 1930. He was a carpenter born in 1878 in Medina County, Ohio.

Mary Jane and Wallace married sometime between 1930 and 1940 when they were listed as married in the census.  Mary Jane died on 9 May 1947 in Bath, Summit County, Ohio. She was buried in the Copley Cemetery. Wallace died about five years later on 23 July 1952 in Buffalo, Putnam County, West Virginia. He was also buried in the Copley Cemetery in Copley, Summit County, Ohio.

Akron, Summit County, Ohio – 1942
Several Cornell children worked in the rubber industry in Akron.

William Lewis Cornell and Mary Jane Whittington had the following children (see note):

Ernest Harrison Cornell was born on 28 July 1886 in Buffalo, Putnam County, West Virginia and died 15 January 1972 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio.

Myrtle Cornell was born on 4 April 1888 in West Virginia and died 2 September 1953 in Wadsworth, Medina, Ohio.

Estella B. Cornell was born on 28 June 1890 in Cross Creek, Putnam, West Virginia. She died 17 January 1947 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.

Harry Nash Cornell was born 22 May 1892 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia and he died 26 May 1974 in Akron, Summit, Ohio.

Nora E. Cornell was born on 23 February 1894 in Cross Creek, Putnam, West Virginia.

Arthur Herbert Cornell was born on 24 March 1896 in West Virginia. He died on 7 February 1921 in Akron, Summit, Ohio.

Augusta Pearl Cornell was born in March 1898 in West Virginia. She died 27 October 1973 in Akron, Summit, Ohio.

Lloyd D. Cornell was born 30 November 1899 in Cross Creek, Putnam, West Virginia. He died 24 May 1967 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio.

Nellie Gray Cornell was born on 17 December 1902 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. She died 24 Dec 1998 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Vernon Parker Cornell was born on 15 August 1904 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. He died 18 Nov 1961 in Jefferson County, Louisiana.

Chester R. Cornell was born 19 July 1908 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. He died 8 December 1931 in Akron, Summit, Ohio.

Sylvia V. Cornell was born 25 July 1909 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. She died 1 Dec 1987 in Akron, Summit, Ohio.

Wallace Clyde Fulmer and Mary Jane Whittington had no known children.


Notes and Sources:

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, database with images online. FamilySearch.org (http://www.familysearch.org). Mary Jane Fulmer, 9 May 1947, certificate no. 34782, FHL film #2,372,930.

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, database with images online. FamilySearch.org (http://www.familysearch.org). William Lewis Cornell, 6 September 1919, certificate no. 55429, FHL film #1,984,827.

West Virginia Archives, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online database and images (http://wvculture.org), William Lewis Cornell/Mary Jane Whittington, marriage record.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 0074, p. 2A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 158, p. 12A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1920; Location: Copley, Summit, Ohio; e.d. 236, p. 14B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1930; Location: Bath, Summit, Ohio; e.d. 0166, p. 8B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1940; Location: Bath, Summit, Ohio; e.d. 77-24, p. 7B.

William L. Cornell, Memorial #29778688, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.

Mary J. Cornell, Memorial #29778705, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.

Wallace C. Fulmer, Memorial #29778850, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.

Steam roller heads towards scrap pile in Akron, Ohio, scrap rally parade. Akron Ohio Summit County, 1942. Sept. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/oem2002008954/PP/.

Note: There was a Lula Cornell, born 17 July 1901 and died 7 November 1918 in Buffalo of Spanish Influenza, that has been placed in this family. However, I have not been able to find a birth record, nor was Lula listed with the family in the 1910 census when she would have been about nine years old. There is an L.M. Cornell, female, who was born on 17 August 1901 whose father was Adam Cornell and mother, Minnie Collins. Lula was probably mistakenly attached to William and Mary Jane’s family.

 

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Susan (Whittington) Rhey (1866-1903)

Susan Whittington was born on 31 July 1866 near the Kanawha River area in Putnam, West Virginia. Her parents, John W. and Lydia (Riffle) Whittington, had been married the previous year in Mason County at Lydia’s mother’ home.

Kanawha River area, West Virginia – 1864

Susan lived with her parents in the Buffalo area of Putnam County until her own marriage in 1884. She married James A. Rhey in Gallia County, Ohio on 19 August 1884. James was the son of Schuyler Graves and Melvina (Van Devender) Rhey. He was born in February 1859 in Ohio. Schuyler was a minister and his family was living in Buffalo in the 1880 census.

1900 U.S. Federal Census

James is often found in the records as “James Ray” as well as “James Rhey.” The family is listed in the 1900 census in Putnam County, West Virginia under the “Ray” spelling. Susan and James had seven children between their marriage in 1884 and 1900.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Union, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 0083, p. 5B.

James Ray, Head, White, Male, born February 1859, age 41, Married, 16 years, born in Ohio, father’s birthplace – Virginia, mother’s birthplace – don’t know, Laborer, Common
Susan Ray, Wife, White, Female, born July 1866, age 34, Married, 16 years, 7 children, 7 living, born in West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Albert R. Ray, Son, White, Male, born June 1885, age 14, Single, born in West Virginia, father’s birthplace – Ohio, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Mamie M. Ray, Daughter, White, Female, born March 1886, age 12, Single, born in West Virginia, father’s birthplace – Ohio, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Charles E. Ray, Son, White, Male, born September 1890, age 10, Single, born in West Virginia, father’s birthplace – Ohio, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Goldie M. Ray, Daughter, White, Female, born March 1892, age 8, Single, born in West Virginia, father’s birthplace – Ohio, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Walter A. Ray, Son, White, Male, born February 1894, age 6, Single, born in West Virginia, father’s birthplace – Ohio, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Iva M. Ray, Daughter, White, Female, born September 1897, age 2, Single, born in West Virginia, father’s birthplace – Ohio, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Alma G. Ray, Daughter, White, Female, born February 1899, age 1, Single, born in West Virginia, father’s birthplace – Ohio, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia

Susan died in 1903. She is buried in the Cross Creek Cemetery in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia with an infant son, Joseph. Their gravestone says that Joseph was born in 1902 and died in 1903.

I have not been able to locate James after 1900. In the 1910 census, the two youngest daughters, Iva and Alma, were living with their oldest brother, Albert, and his wife. Goldie was working as a live-in servant and Charles was living with his uncle, Nathaniel.

James A. Rhey and Susan Whittington had the following children:

Albert Roy Rhey was born on 20 June 1885 in Buffalo, Putnam County, West Virginia and he died on 19 August 1977.

Mamie Maude Rhey was born on 9 Mar 1886 in Putnam County, West Virginia and she died 10 March 1969.

Charles Earl Rhey was born on 9 March 1890 in Buffalo, Putnam County, West Virginia and he died 2 September 1949 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

Goldie M. Rhey was born on 20 March 1892 in Union, Putnam County, West Virginia.

Walter A. Rhey was born on 2 February 1894 in West Virginia and he died on 19 November 1940 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

Iva M. Rhey was born on 15 September 1897 in Putnam County, West Virginia.

Alma G. Rhey was born in February 1899 in West Virginia and she died on 31 May 1966 in Canton, Stark, Ohio.

Joseph Rhey was born in 1902 and he died in 1903.


Notes and Sources:

Nicholson, W. L. Map of the State of Virginia. [S.l., Lith. by Chas. G. Krebs, 1864] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/99448881/. (Accessed September 21, 2017.)

Sarah Burns Atkins and Vivian Marie Atkins, compilers, Everyone’s A Whittington (Franklin, North Carolina: Genealogy Publishing Service, 2001), p. 148.

Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993, database with images online. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. (http://ancestry.com), James A. Rhey/Susan Whittington marriage record, FHL film no. 317,656.

West Virginia Archives, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online database and images (Http://wvculture.org), Susan Whittington, birth record.

Susie W. Ray, Memorial #85155438, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
 

 

 

John Whittington (1843-1920) – Part 2

John W. and Lydia (Riffle) Whittington had twelve children in the years between 1866 and 1892. 

1870 U.S. Federal Census

John and Lydia’s first child, Susan was born on 31 July 1866 in Putnam County, West Virginia. By the 1870 census, they had a second daughter, Mary Jane.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; p. 255B.

John Whittington, age 27, Male, White, Farm Laborer, personal estate $100, birthplace – Virginia, cannot write, older than 21
Lydia Whittington, age 21, Female, White, Keeping House, birthplace – Virginia, cannot read or write
Susan Whittington, age 4, Female, White, birthplace – West Virginia
Mary J. Whittington, age 2, Female, White, birthplace – West Virginia

1880 U.S. Federal Census

In the 1880 census, John and Lydia were listed with eight children. They were living in the Buffalo area of Putnam County.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 109, p. 8C.

John Whittington, White, Male, age 37, Married, Farmer, Disabled, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Lyddia Whittington, White, Female, age 33, Wife, Married, Keeping house, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Susan Whittington, White, Female, age 14, Daughter, Single, At Home, school, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Mary J. Whittington, White, Female, age 11, Daughter, Single, At Home, school, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Addison Whittington, White, Male, age 9, Son, Single, school, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Sylvester Whittington, White, Male, age 8, Son, Single, school, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Katie Whittington, White, Female, age 6, Daughter, Single, school, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Sylvanus Whittington, White, Male, age 2, Son, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Berthie Whittington, White, Female, age 5/12, birth – December, Daughter, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia

1890 U.S. Veterans’ Census

John was listed twice in the 1890 Veteran’s census. He was listed once for his initial enlistment and then again for his veteran enlistment. The first enlistment was for 2 years 3 months and the second was for 1 year 6 months and 8 days. His listing said that he had no injuries or disabilities from the war.

1900 U.S. Federal Census

Susan, Mary Jane, Addison, and Katie were all married by 1900 and had children of their own. The 1900 census listed John and Lydia with the rest of their children.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 0074, p. 6B.

John Whittington, Head, White, Male, born April 1843, age 57, Married, 35 years, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – Virginia, mother’s birthplace – Virginia, Farmer
Liddia Whittington, Wife, White, Female, born August 1844, age 55, Married, 35 years, 12 children born, 12 children living, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Sylvester Whittington, Son, White, Male, born July 1872, age 27, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia, Farm Laborer
Sylvanis Whittington, Son, White, Male, born October 1876, age 23, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia, Farm Laborer
Bertia Whittington, Daughter, White, Female, born December 1878, age 21, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Wilcus Whittington, Son, White, Male, born March 1881, age 19, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia, Farm Laborer
Blanch Whittington, Daughter, White, Female, born January 1883, age 17, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Vergie Whittington, Daughter, White, Female, born February 1886, age 14, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Alvia Whittington, Son, White, Male, born June 1889, age 10, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Grace Whittington, Daughter, White, Female, born March 1892, age 8, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia

1910 U.S. Federal Census

In the 1910 census, just four of John and Lydia’s children remained at home. They did have a grandchild who was three years old living with them. She was Vergie’s daughter, Lillian. Vergie married Edward Burch in July of 1910.

U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; e.d. 0158, p. 12A.

John W. Whittington, Head, Male, White, age 67, 1st Marriage, 44 years, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia, Farmer, General Farm, veteran – Civil War
Lidia Whittington, Wife, Female, White, age 63, 1st Marriage, 44 years, 12 children born, 10 children living, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Sylvester Whittington, Son, Male, White, age 30, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia, Laborer, odd jobs
Vergie Whittington, Daughter, Female, White, age 23, Single, 1 child born, 1 child living, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Alma Whittington, Son, Male, White, age 22, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia, Laborer, Farm
Grace Whittington, Daughter, Female, White, age 13, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia
Lillian Whittington, Grand-Daughter, Female, White, age 3, Single, birthplace – West Virginia, father’s birthplace – West Virginia, mother’s birthplace – West Virginia

 

Lydia died on 12 August 1912 in Buffalo and John died at the age of 76 on 13 February 1920. They were both buried in the Cross Creek Cemetery in Buffalo.

John died intestate and his son, Addison, was named Administrator of his estate. John’s probate was on 30 Jan 1920.

 John W. Whittington and Lydia Riffle had the following children:

Susan Whittington was born 31 July 1866 in Kanawha River, Putnam, West Virginia. She probably died about 1903.

Mary Jane Whittington was born 15 September 1868 in Putnam County, West Virginia. She died 9 May 1947 in Bath, Summit, Ohio. She was buried in the Copley Cemetery in Copley, Summit, Ohio.

Addison Whittington was born 12 September 1870 in Kanawha River, Putnam, West Virginia. He died 2 January 1935 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. He is buried in Fowler Cemetery in Hurricane, Putnam, West Virginia.

Sylvester Whittington was born 11 July 1872 in Cross Creek, Putnam County, West Virginia. He died 24 March 1906 in Putnam County, West Virginia. He was buried in Cross Creek Cemetery in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.

Katie Whittington was born 30 December 1874 in 18 Mile Creek, Putnam, West Virginia. She died 15 December 1943 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. She was buried in Cross Creek Cemetery in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.

Sylvanus Whittington was born on 22 October 1876 in West Virginia. He died 11 August 1923 in Gallipolis, Gallia, Ohio. He was buried in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.

Bertha (Bertia) Whittington was born on 25 December 1879 in West Virginia. She died 1 Jun 1956 in Putnam County, West Virginia. She was buried in the Hambrick Cemetery in Mason County, West Virginia.

Wilkes William Whittington was born on 11 March 1881 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. He died 12 Jul 1961 in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia. He is buried in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens in Cross Lanes, Kanawha, West Virginia.

Blanche Whittington was born 30 January 1884 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. She died 2 January 1940 in Henderson, Mason, West Virginia. She was buried in Cross Creek Cemetery in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.

 Vergie Whittington was born 5 February 1886 in Buffalo, Putnam County, West Virginia. She died 14 November 1961 in Nitro, Kanawha, West Virginia. She was buried in the Cross Creek Cemetery in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.

Alva Whittington was born 16 June 1888 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. He died 17 February 1975 in Henderson, Mason, West Virginia. He was buried in Buffalo Memorial Park in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.

Grace Whittington was born 10 March 1892 in Putnam County, West Virginia. She died in 14 June 1982 in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia. She was buried in Buffalo Memorial Park in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia.


Notes and Sources:

U.S. federal census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War. Year: 1890; Location: Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia; NARA publication M123. FHL film 338,269, e.d. 132, pg. 3-4.

Sarah Burns Atkins and Vivian Marie Atkins, compilers, Everyone’s A Whittington (Franklin, North Carolina: Genealogy Publishing Service, 2001), p. 80-81.

West Virginia Archives, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online database and images (Http://wvculture.org), John Whittington and Lydia Whittington, death records.

John Whittington, Memorial #85031795, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
Lydda Riffle Whittington, Memorial #85155069, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.