John Relph, Jr

John Relph, Jr

Male 1847 - 1911

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  • Name  John Relph, Jr 
    Suffix  Jr 
    Born  15 May 1847  , Centre, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  21 Mar 1911  Independence, Montgomery, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Montgomery, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I24192  All Family Connections
    Last Modified  3 Jan 2014 

    Father  John Relph,   b. 1 Aug 1810, Lazonby, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1849, Spring, Centre, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Jane Ann Parker,   b. 6 Jun 1818, , York, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1890, Reedsville, Mifflin, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  7 Feb 1837  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F4163  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Ellen Myers,   b. 31 Dec 1854, , Cass, IN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1939, Independence, Montgomery, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  5 Oct 1873  , Tippecanoe, IN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. William Relph,   b. Jan 1875, Lakin, Harvey, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1939, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Frank Relph,   b. Nov 1878, Lakin, Harvey, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1969, Mooreland, Woodward, OK, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John H. Relph,   b. 21 Feb 1880, Lakin, Harvey, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1935, Independence, Montgomery, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Joseph Relph,   b. 7 Nov 1883, Lakin, Harvey, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1950, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Catherine "Kate" Relph,   b. 28 Jan 1885, Lakin, Harvey, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1978, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Tom Relph,   b. 24 Jun 1892, Halstead, Harvey, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1973, Fredonia, Wilson, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Curtin Relph,   b. 18 Jan 1896, Halstead, Harvey, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1986, Fredonia, Wilson, KS, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  3 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F2254  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • *John Relph, Jr., born 15 May 1847 in Bellefonte, d. 21 March 1911 at Independence. Sometime around 1867 his family went west. According to the 1870 US Federal Census for Washington, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, John Jr., his oldest brother William and all of his family, his little brother Joseph, his mother Jane and her new husband Israel Reynolds, along with their kids Israel Jr. (Izzy), Daniel, and Emma, all came out together. William and his family lived close by John Jr. & everybody farmed.
      It was in Tippecanoe County, IN, that John Jr. met Mary Ellen Myers, and they married 5 October 1873. (See Myers Pedigree) By the 1880 US Federal Census, they were in Lakin, Harvey County, Kansas, where they farmed and raised 7 kids. There is mention in his obit that the family lived in and around Wichita too. At one time they lived in Waynoka, Oklahoma where he owned a hardware store. From there they moved to Peru, KS, where he owned a grain elevator. Around 1909 they moved to Independence, where in the 1910 US Census, he is listed as the owner of a flour mill. He died the following year, after a horrendous year for the family, according to his obit.
      The newspaper (there is nothing to identify which paper, but am assuming it was an Independence paper) termed his death as "The End of a Series of Misfortunes...": his elevator at Peru burned 2 1/2 years before he came to Independence and built the flour mill, which burned to the ground during the fall of 1910; in October of that year, he was thrown from his buggy by startled horses and received a broken arm and several broken ribs as well as dislocating his shoulder; when the doctor examined his injuries from the accident, the heart problems which killed him 6 months later were discovered; and finally, Mary Ellen had been recently released from the hospital (no mention of why she spent 3 months there) just in time for his death and funeral. His father died at age 39 and I wonder if it was his heart that killed him also.
      Children of John Jr. and Mary Ellen:
      William, b. January 1875 in Garden City, Finney County, Kansas, d. February 1939 in San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California. Married Anna Detweiler (1875-1965) in 1894 in Kansas, they had 9 kids: Harry (1895-1973), John (1896-1977), Arthur (1898-1986), Edith (1899-), Ethel (1901-1988), William Jr. (1902-1986), Raymond (1906-1959), Edwin (b. 1908), & Robert M. (b. 1917). In the 1910 US Census he is listed as a miller at his father's flour mill in Independence. After his father's death he migrated to California and worked as a machinist and truck driver. There is a family story that he was behind some heinous act in California which so aroused the community anger that they threw him down a mine shaft and left him to die, and that his mother Mary Ellen and sister Kate went there to claim the body. I have nothing to support this story but am keeping an eye out for info.
      Frank, b. November 1878 in Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas, d. 15 September 1969 in Mooreland, Woodward County, Oklahoma. Married Bertha G. Mullins (1882-1947) in 1899 in Oklahoma. They had 2 kids, Arthur F. (1901-1982) & Claude E. (1903-1987). According to family stories, both boys were wild and in trouble with the authorities a lot of the time, that they went to Arizona looking for a lost gold mine and died there in their 80's, having never found it. According to Social Security Death Index they both died in Phoenix. The 1920 and 1930 US Census show Frank as a farmer and school bus driver.
      John H., b. 21 February 1880 in Halstead, Harvey County, KS. Have no date of death yet. Married Olive M. Morrow (1885-1967) in 1903 in OK. They had 4 kids: Dannie (1905-1979), Viola (1909-), John B. (1913-), & Lola (1916-). In the 1910 Federal Census he is listed as a shipping clerk at his father's flour mill in Independence. In 1920 as a machinist in a machine shop in San Bernardino, CA, and in 1930 he was in Independence again working on his mother's farm.
      Joseph. b. 7 November 1883 in Kansas, probably in the same area as his brothers and sister, d. 21 April 1950 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA. Married Dorothy, no last name yet. In the 1910 US Census he is listed as a worker in his father's flour mill.
      Catherine, called Kate, b. 28 January 1885 in Lakin, Harvey County, KS, d. 6 October 1978 in Los Angeles, CA. She was married three times, first to Swangler, her daughter Mary's (1903-1996) father, second to Loren Waters, third to Dent. I remember her in 1967 when she had red hair and was an irascible gun toting money lender. She was a very blunt person with a dry sense of humor. The 1930 US Census lists her as saleslady in a drapery shop. She and her daughter Mary both died at age 93 in Los Angeles.
      *Tom, b. 24 June 1892 in Halstead, Harvey County, KS, d. in May 1973 in Fredonia, Wilson County, KS. Married Geneva Ross 5 April 1920 in El Reno, Canadian County, OK.
      Curtin, called Curt, b. 18 January 1896 in Lakin, Harvey, KS, d. October 1986 in Fredonia, Wilson County, KS. Married Maribel L. Fowler in 1916 in Kansas. He was an automobile mechanic according to the 1930 US Census, and they had 6 kids: Donald A (b. 1918), Dean C. (1920-2005), William D. (b. 1924), Thomas P (b. 1927), James L. (b. 1929), and Mary Clare (b. 1931). A family story is that his older sister Kate called Curt "the dear little fellow", and considering her dry sense of humor, I have doubts about how "dear".
      *Tom Relph, b. 24 June 1892 in Halstead, Harvey, KS, and d. May 1973 in Fredonia, Wilson, KS. He was my Grandpa and died when I was about 25, so I have quite a few memories of him. I remember his machine shop, mostly in the summers when we visited. It was cool and dark, and I remember he and his sons and visitors would be sitting towards the back of the shop on breaks. There was quiet conversation and laughter, the smell of machine oil and the stench of welding. Usually all the cousins would be in and out, cautioned to stay away from the machines, and urged to go outside and play. He always had a smile and a word for us, usually answered pesky questions with good humor, and shared cherry pie cheerfully. He was small and slight when I knew him, his hair mostly gone. He could take a quick nap on the couch before you knew he was asleep. Beside the machine shop, he farmed, worked at the Ford dealership (in the 1930 US Census he was listed as an auto repair man in a garage in Fredonia) and at one time worked at the Fredonia Cement Plant. When he was younger he flew airplanes, crop dusting and taking people up for a ride for $5 in Oklahoma. It is also said he knew Billy Parker the flying ace during that time. One of the family stories says that he met Grandma by landing in a field on her farm one day. There is a record in the Kansas State Census for 1925 showing them in Fredonia as well as the 1930 US Census. His death was from heart problems.
      He married Geneva Ross 5 April 1920 on the farm at El Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma. (See Ross Pedigree) They had 6 sons, the youngest, William Wayne (1932-1935), dying from fever as a baby. They lived in Oklahoma for a couple of years before moving to Fredonia, Wilson, KS, where they raised the family. They had a farm just outside of Fredonia on the Verdigris River and Grammie was the farmer of the family until Grandad died in 1972. She then moved to Oklahoma City and spent the rest of her life living with her son Ross. She took an active role with family until the day she died. She was on a trip visiting her son Frank in Wyoming when her heart stopped.
      Children of Tom and Geneva:
      *Ross, b.24 January 1921 in Minco, Grady County, OK; d. 2 July 2008 in Edmond, Oklahoma County, OK
      Thomas Eugene, called Gene, b.25 July 1923 in Fredonia, Wilson County, KS, d. October 2001 in Fredonia. He married Katherine Wolf (1923-2000) 10 October 1949 in Fredonia and they had five boys: Thomas William (b. 1950), John Francis (b. 11 June 1952), Joseph Gene (b.26 June 1953), David (b. 28 July 1955), & Mark (b. 27 August 1957). Gene worked in his father's machine shop and then with his brother Ross in Oklahoma City in the engineering firm, leading crews on surveys around the state. Katherine was a registered nurse.
      Kenneth Carter, b. 14 November 1925, d. May 1982, in Fredonia, Wilson, Kansas. He married in 1951 to Martha Cannon (b. 1925) in Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas; they had 2 children: Geneva b. 1952, and Daniel b. 1954. He taught math at Kansas University, and took an active interest in flying and airplanes until the day he died. Martha was a librarian.
      Joseph Stephen, b. 16 October 1927 in Fredonia, Wilson, Kansas. Married Rita Parsons (1930-) in 1948 in Fredonia. They had 6 children: Mina Susan (b. 17 October 1949), Patricia (b. 1951), Joseph Stephen (b. 1953 d. May 1982), Ross Stephen (b. 1955), Ginger (b. 1957), and Meredith (b. 1958). Joe worked several places and several jobs before buying and running the Wilson County Citizen sometime around 1970. Joe, Rita and the kids still keep the paper coming out weekly.
      Frank Phillip, b. 2 March 1930, Fredonia, Wilson, Kansas. Married Pauline Greer on 8 December 1951 in Fredonia, they had 4 children: Michael Wayne (b. 27 July 1952), Phillip Lynn (b. 11 September 1953), Richard Mark (b. 8 March 1956), and Pamela Marie (b. 8 June 1957). Frank worked in his Dad's machine shop and as a mechanic for various car agencies in Fredonia, and now lives in Arizona with Claudine.
      William Wayne, b. 19 January 1932 d. February 1935 in Fredonia, Wilson, KS.
      *Ross, b. 24 January 1921 in El Reno, OK, d. 2 July 2008 in Edmond, OK. He played football for Fredonia High School and Kansas University, from which he graduated with a BS in engineering. He later received a degree in Professional Engineering from Oklahoma University. He was in the Army in World War II stationed in New Guinea and went thru the 3 day Battle of Belete Pass in which they were pinned down by Japanese fire before being rescued by the US Navy. Dad said on the third day he looked up and saw his brother Gene coming down the road and he knew the 3 days were behind him.
      He first married Louise Jewett (1921-1946) in 1941, somewhere in Kansas, possibly Lawrence. She was killed in a car accident and about a year afterward he met and married Katherine Jane Horner Bowman on 19 June 1947 in Concordia, Cloud County, KS. They had 3 daughters, Gene Ellen, Rosalind Kaye, and Mary Eleda. He was an avid reader and was particular to historical books. He moved the family to Oklahoma City in 1957 and as a professional engineer was involved in many civil engineering projects there and all over the state. He was a member of many professional societies and civic organizations. He was still working in that capacity when he died at age 87, from heart problems, perhaps the same heart problems that caused the death of his father, grandfather and great grandfather.
      Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of Ross and Kaye Relph:
      Gene Ellen, daughter Lisa Colleen Taylor (b. 28 September 1971), granddaughter Brandy Don Thompson (b. 28 December 1988), great granddaughter Sophia Jane Holm (b. 22 July 2008).
      Rosalind Kaye, son Aaron Lee Carter (b. 24 February 1970), daughter Hannah Ross Carter (b. 6 March 1971, d. 16 October 2001), Sarah Lynn Lopshire (b. 2 March 1979), grand daughter Sydney Nicole Wynn (b. 4 November 1991), grand son Ian Izziah Roper (b. 4 May 1999), grand daughter Klohe Airis Roper (b. 18 February 2001), Sicily Rose Lopshire (b. 2 October 2009).
      Mary Eleda, son Gabriel Jeremy Howard (b. 6 April 1971), son Zachary Arasmus Howard (b. 6 July 1976, granddaughter Michele Ann Howard (b. 26 October 1994), grandson Jacob Ross Howard (b. 23 June 1997).
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      The records and information on the Relphs comes from the family letters and papers. This stories information and research was provided by Harley Lofton III, great grandson of John W. Relph; It is greatly appreciated that he shared this information.

  • Sources 
    1. [S624] Kansas Deaths & Burials 1885-1930, ((ancestry.com : 2011)), ). (Reliability: 3).
      Name: John Relph Gender: Male Race: White Birth Date: abt 1848 Death Date: 21 Mar 1911 Death Age: 63 Death Place: Independence, Montgomery, Kansas Marital Status: Married Occupation: Mill Owner Residence: Independence, Kansas FHL Film Number: 1404667

    2. [S556] Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941, Provo, UT, USA; Ancestry.com Operations Inc., ((2005)) (Reliability: 3).
      Name: John Ralph Spouse Name: Mary E. Myers Marriage Date: 5 Oct 1873 Marriage County: Tippecanoe