Thelma Marcella Morton was my great aunt but she was not born in the 1800's. She was born later than that. Her older brother Jesse Morton was born in 1903 in Missouri.
Thelma married Raymond Nichols.
The spelling of Thelma's mother was LouVena Shepard. When she and her husband separated it is known that my grandmother who married Jesse Morton corresponded with at least one daughter that she had later in California. The confusion may be that my Grandmother Lavina Nichols Morton. Lavina Nichols Morton was Raymond Nichols sister.
Did we correspond at one time Diane? I probably have more information but haven't been able to contact any living decendants of LouVena Shepard Morton other than the three that moved to Canada.