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Thomas Jefferson Umphrey

Male 1850 - 1925


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  • Name  Thomas Jefferson Umphrey  [1, 2, 3
    Alt. Birth  30 Sep 1845  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Additionally the 1850 Louisa County census indicates Tom was 5 years old, not 0.
    Born  30 Dec 1850  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Birth  30 Dec 1850  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Iowa State Census  1856  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Thomas Umphrey, age 5, male, had lived 5 years in Iowa, born in Iowa
    Census  1860  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Thomas J. Humphreys, age 10, male, born in Iowa, attended school during census year
    Census  1870  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Thomas Umphreys, age 19, male, white, occupation works at home, born in Iowa, attended school during the census year
    Census  1880  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Married, the family surname mis-transcribed, living with his wife, Mary, and son, James:) Line Number 16, Dwelling Number 138, Family Number 146: Thomas Umphres (sic), white, male, age 28, head of household, married, occupation farmer, born in Iowa, father born in Kentucky, mother born in Ohio
    Iowa State Census  1885  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (Thomas J. "Umphreys" was married to Mary B., living with her and children: James G., Dayton W., and Gaylord E. "Umphreys":) Line number: 20, Dwelling number: 108, Family number: 108: Thomas J. Umphreys, 73 Township, Range 3, Section 16, Address NE¼ SW½; age 34, male, married, occupation farmer, born in Louisa County, Iowa, father's nativity: native, mother's nativity: native, subject to military duty, entitled to vote
    Iowa State Census  1895  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Listed with his wife, Mary B., and children: James G., Dayton W., Eber, Hazel, and Willa Umphrey:) Thomas J. Umphrey, age 44, male, married, born in Louisa County, Iowa
    Census  1900  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • (Thomas "Umphry" was married to "May" B., living with her and children: James G., Dayton W., Eber, Hazel, Willia A., Lorinda, and Geoffery "Umphry." The family was enumerated on two census images:) Line number 96; dwelling number 281, family number 281: Thomas Umphry (sic), head of household, white, male, born in December 1850, age 49, married, married for 27 years, born in Iowa, father born in Kansas Illinois, occupation farmer, could read, could write, could speak English, owned home, a farm (not a house), number of farm in schedule: 33
    Census  1900  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • (The second census image for Thomas Umphrey's family in 1990 listed children: Hazel, Willia A., Lorinda, and Geoffery "Umphry.")
    Iowa State Census  1905  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • (Thos. J. "Umphreys" is listed with Mary B., J. G., E. G?., Hazel, Willa A., Lorinda F., and Geoffrey "Umphreys"): Card #: 693, Thos. J. Umphreys (sic), Post Office: Morning Sun Iowa
    Census  1910  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • (Listed as "married once" (though widowed), living with his children: Eber, "Williah," "Louie," and "Guthrie" "Humphrey." The family surname was misspelled:) Line number 83: dwelling number: 14, family number: 14: Thomas J. Humphrey (sic), head of household, male, white, age 59, married (once) (note: he was widowed but it wasn't indicated), birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Kentucky, mother's birthplace Ohio, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry home farm, own account, not out of work April 15, 1910, number of weeks out of work in 1909: 0, could read, could write, owned home, mortgaged, a farm (not a house), number of house in the schedule: 13
    Biography  1911  [2
    History of Louisa County, Iowa, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1911 
    • Thomas J. Umphrey, a prosperous farmer and stockman of Morning Sun township, is the owner of a valuable tract of land embracing three hundred and thirty-five acres on section 16. He is numbered among the worthy native sons of Louisa county, his birth having here occurred on the 30th of December, 1850: His parents, James G. and Nancy F. (Bevans) Umphrey, were natives of Kentucky and Ohio respectively. Coming to Iowa, the father settled first in Des Moines county and in the year 1848 arrived in Louisa county, here continuing to reside until called to his final rest in 1877. Prospering in his undertakings as an agriculturist, he had accumulated eighteen hundred acres of rich and productive land at the time of his demise. His wife passed away in 1895 and her death was the occasion of deep and widespread regret. Their children were ten in number, namely: Maryette, deceased, who was the wife of David Gregory of Morning Sun, Iowa; Francis, who is a resident of Morning Sun; Elizabeth, the wife of S. F. Small, of Wapello, Iowa; Zethania, deceased; one who died in infancy; Jane, who has likewise passed away; Thomas J., of this review; Cordelia and John, both of whom are deceased; and Ida, the wife of a Mr. Dye, of Grant City, Missouri.

      Thomas J. Umphrey attended a private institution of learning in his youth and obtained a high school education. He remained on the home farm until twenty-two years of age and then embarked in the lumber business at Morning Sun, there conducting his interests successfully for five years. On the expiration of that period. having inherited three hundred and thirty-five acres of land as his share of his father's estate, he took up his abode thereon and has since devoted his attention to its further cultivation. The property is on section 16, Morning Sun township, and the many substantial improvements thereon, including a handsome residence, stand as monuments to the enterprise and industry of the owner. In addition to cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate he makes a specialty of feeding shorthorn cattle and also ships hogs on an extensive scale, both branches of his business returning to him a gratifying annual income.

      On the 15th of August, 1876, Mr. Umphrey was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary B. Copeland, a daughter of William and Harriet (Jarvis) Copeland, whose family numbered three children, namely: Atwood, who is a resident of Los Angeles, California; Caroline A., living at Morning Sun; and Mrs. Umphrey. The last named became the mother of seven children, as follows: James, of Morning Sun township; Dayton, living in Washington; Eber, who is at home; Hazel, the wife of Henry Swope, of Wapello; Willa, Loie and Geoffrey, all at home. The wife and mother was called to her final rest on the 11th of February, 1908.

      In politics Mr. Umphrey is independent, supporting men and measures rather than party. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Church of God. Having resided in this county throughout his entire life, covering a period of six decades, he is well and favorably known here and is widely recognized as an upright and honorable citizen.
    The Biography of Thomas J. Umphrey (1850-1925)
    The Biography of Thomas J. Umphrey (1850-1925)
    Arthur Springer, History of Louisa County, Iowa, From Its Earliest Settlement to 1911, Volume II, Illustrated; With Biographical Sketches of Some Prominent Citizens of the County (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 537-538.
    Iowa State Census  1915  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    • Card Number: 439, male, white, widowed, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 64, Thomas J. Umphrey, age 64, Louisa County, post office address: Morning Sun, Morning Sun Township, occupation farmer, total earnings in 1914: $100, extent of education in the common schools: 12, extent of education in college: 2, birth place: Iowa, owned home or farm, incumbrance on farm or home: $6,000, value of farm or home: $19,950, father's birthplace: Kentucky, mother's birthplace: Ohio, signed by assessor: J. B. Owens
    Census  1920  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • (Thomas J. "Humphrey" was widowed, living with son Eber and sister-in-law, Carolline Copeland:) Line number 25: Farm, dwelling number: 6, family number: 6: Thomas J. Humphrey, head of household, owned home, mortgaged, male, white, age 69, widowed, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Kentucky, mother's birthplace Ohio, could speak English, occupation manager, nature of industry farm, own account, number of farm in schedule: 43
    Died  11 Jul 1925  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5
    Cause: paralysis 
    Obituary  14 Jul 1925  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • Morning Sun Township Man Dies Sunday

      T. J. Umphrey died at his home in Morning Sun township, Sunday (July 12, 1925). Mr. Umphrey was well known in Louisa county and had engaged in farming and stock raising the greater part of his life with the exception of five years spent in the lumber business in Morning Sun. Mr. Umphrey was born in Louisa county December 30, 1850. On August 15, 1876, he was married to Mary Copeland who died February 11, 1908. To Mr. and Mrs. Umphrey, seven children were born, all of whom survive their parents. They are James G. of Morning Sun township, Dayton of Caldwell, Ohio, Eber at home, Mrs. Henry Schwob and Mrs. Archie Wolfe of Wapello, Mrs. George Houtz of West Burlington and Geoffrey of New London. The body will be taken to the crematory at Davenport and after cremation services will be held in Morning Sun, with interment there, probably next Sunday.
    Obituary  14 Jul 1925  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • T. J. Umphrey of Wapello Dies of Paralysis
      Was Well-Known Breeder of Shorthorn Cattle in Iowa

      Wapello (IA), July 14. -- T. J. Umphrey, for many years a prominent stock raiser and farmer of this vicinity, passed away Sunday at his home in Morning Sun township, death being due to paralysis of more than a year's duration.

      Mr. Umphrey was born in Louisa county December 30, 1850, and resided on his father's farm until 20 years of age when he embarked in the lumber business at Morning Sun. He continued in business for five years, then took up farming continuing at that vocation until his health failed. For many years he made a specialty of feeding shorthorn cattle and also shipped hogs on an extensive scale.

      On the 15th of August, 1876, he was married to Miss Mary B. Copeland. To this union seven children were born, all of whom survive and are: James Umphrey of Morning Sun township; Dayton Umphrey of Caldwell, Ohio; Eber Umphrey at home; Mrs. Hazel Schwob, of Wapello; Mrs. Archie Wolf, of Wapello; Mrs. Louis Houtz, of West Burlington; Geoffrey, of New London. Mrs. Umphrey died February 11, 1908.

      The body was taken Tuesday morning to the crematory at Davenport and after cremation the ashes will be interred in the Morning Sun cemetery. It is thought the burial service will be held at the grave next Sunday afternoon.
    Obituary  16 Jul 1925  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • THOMAS J. UMPHREY DIES SATURDAY

      Thomas J. Umphrey died at his home northeast of town about 11 o'clock Saturday night, July 11th (1925). He had been in poor health for several months.

      The body was taken to Davenport, Tuesday, and cremated, according to a wish expressed by the deceased before his death. The ashes will be returned here and interred at Elmwood cemetery Sunday afternoon next, a service being held at the graveside at 3:00 o'clock.

      Thomas J. Umphrey was born at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, December 30th, 1850, and was a son of James G. and Nancy Umphrey, who came to Iowa from Pennsylvania. When a lad of ten years, in 1860, the family moved to the Morning Sun community, Mr. Umphrey, Sr., engaging in business for a time with J. C. Brown, one of Morning Sun's first merchants.

      Later the family moved to the farm northeast of town, and here Mr. Umphrey lived for forty-five years or until his death last week. In 1875 he was married to Mary Belle Copeland, Who died several years ago. To this union seven children were born, six surviving the father and mother as follows: James G. Umphrey and Eber Umphrey at home; Mrs. Willa Wolfe of Morning. Sun; Mrs. Hazel Schwob of Wapello; Mrs. Lorinda Houtz of Burlington; Goeffrey (sic) Umphrey of New London, Iowa; D. W. Umphrey of Caldwell, Idaho [Note: all seven children were listed].

      Mr. Umphrey was a progressive and successful farmer and took an active interest in public affairs, Especially those matters that concerned his home county.
    Organizations 
    • Thomas was a member of the Masons and I.O.O.F..
    Occupation 
    • He ran the lumber yard in Morning Sun, Iowa. Upon the death of his father, Thomas took over the family farm in Section 16 of Louisa County, Iowa.
    Religion 
    • Thomas was a member of the Church of God.
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [21
    • Name: Thomas J. Umphrey; Sex: M; Born: 1850; Died or Buried: 1925; Age: 75; Buried: Elmwood (township = Morning Sun); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC ©1990 - page MS-76; Notes: born 30 December 1850; died 11 July 1925
    Buried  19 Jul 1925  Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 19, 21
    Person ID  I108  All Families
    Last Modified  5 Mar 2014 

    Father  James Garland Umphreys,   b. 22 Apr 1815, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1877, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Nancy Frost Bevans,   b. 19 Feb 1824, Highland County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1894, Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Nov 1839  Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Illinois Marriage Index 
    • Groom: Umphrey, James G.; Bride: Bevans, Nancy F.; Date: November 13, 1839; Vol./page: I/ 47; License No.: 351; County: Peoria
    Residence  Between 1840 and 1845  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Residence  1848  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Family ID  F84  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Belle Copeland,   b. 25 Oct 1858, Belmont County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1908, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  15 Aug 1876  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Alt. Marriage  15 Aug 1876  [24
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • (ancestry.com:) Umphrey, Thomas J.; Spouse: Copeland, Mary B.; Marriage Date: 15 August 1876; County: Louisa.

      (Family Search Labs:) Groom's Name: Thomas J. Umphrey; Bride's Name: Mary G. Copeland; Marriage Date: 15 August 1876; Marriage Place: Louisa County, Iowa; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I10111-4; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1006646; Reference Number: p 48; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Thomas J. and Mary B. (Copeland) Umphrey's grave is located at Elmwood Cemetery near Morning Sun, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Thos. J. Umphrey, December 30, 1850 - July 11, 1925; Mary B. Umphrey, October 25, 1858 - February 11, 1908"
    The Headstone of Thomas J. and Mary B. (Copeland) Umphrey
    The Headstone of Thomas J. and Mary B. (Copeland) Umphrey
    Children 
     1. James Garland Umphrey,   b. 30 Sep 1878, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1950, rural Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Dayton William Umphreys,   b. 8 Jan 1881, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1957
    >3. Eber Gaylord Umphrey,   b. 1 Nov 1884, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >4. Hazel Irene Umphrey,   b. 2 Sep 1887, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1980, Morning Sun Manor, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Willa Agnes Umphrey,   b. 16 Jun 1892, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1960, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Lorinda Fern "Loie" Umphrey,   b. 8 Dec 1895, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1953, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Geoffrey Paul Umphrey,   b. 5 Dec 1897, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1931, Memorial Hospital, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F78  Group Sheet

  • Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    T. J. Umphrey of Wapello Dies of Paralysis; Was Well Known Breeder of Shorthorn Cattle in Iowa
    T. J. Umphrey of Wapello Dies of Paralysis; Was Well Known Breeder of Shorthorn Cattle in Iowa
    The obituary of Thomas J. Umphrey. Thomas married Mary B. Copeland in 1876. They were the parents of seven children.

  • Sources 
    1. [S8079] Umphrey, Thomas Jefferson - Obituary (Morning Sun News-Herald), (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, July 16, 1925; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 537-538 (Reliability: 3).

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    4. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb).

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    6. [S424] 1856 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; pages 240-241; Roll: IA_59

    7. [S451] 1860 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 110; Sheet 892, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumerated on July 16, 1860; Post Office: Morning Sun

    8. [S267] 1870 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 23, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Sheet 490, Post Office: Wapello; enumerated on August 18, 1870

    9. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Page 18, Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 127, Sheet 478B; Enumerated on June 16, 1880

    10. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa, page 19 301; Roll: IA1885_222

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    12. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 87, supervisor's district: 74, sheet number: 11B, page number: 93; enumeration date: June 15, 1900

    13. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
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      Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA_96

    15. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
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    16. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa, Post Office: Morning Sun; Roll: IA1915_311

    17. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 102; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 13A, page number: 239; enumeration date: January 7, 1920

    18. [S8087] Umphrey, Thomas Jefferson - Obituary (Burlington Hawk-Eye), (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, July 14, 1925; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    19. [S8078] Umphrey, Thomas Jefferson - Obituary (Davenport Democrat), (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, page 16, Tuesday evening, July 14, 1925; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    20. [S33] Conwell, Joy Lynn (Ferguson) (Reliability: 3).

    21. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 3).

    22. [S259] Elmwood Connection, The - Bevans/Umphrey Families Info, Jerry L. Sanner (Reliability: 3).
      URL: http://www.the-roundup.com/quaker/bevans/bevans2.html

    23. [S260] Illinois Marriage Index 1763-1900 (Illinois State Archives) (Reliability: 3).

    24. [S252] Umphrey, Mary Belle (Copeland) - Obituary, (originally published in The Wapello Tribune, February 14, 1908, page 1; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    25. [S26] Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 4).