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Harry, Guerte and Luella MEHAFFEY

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Re: Harry, Guerte and Luella MEHAFFEY

Posted: 5 Sep 2012 3:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Morris, Mehaffey
Right you are Ranee! That picture you attached is one that sat in my "who are these people with my great grandmother Belle" file for years until I "met" Roxanne Felton Busby through Ancestry a couple of years ago. Between the two of us, we were able to flesh out quite a bit of Frank Jr's (as Belle called him) family. I believe we have pretty well "proved" that Frank's father (William Franklin Morris) was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife (Maude Jane Etherton) in 1921. Largely as a result of work by Bill's (Belle always called him Frank) daughter Letha Victoria "Dolly" Morris Miller, Bill's sentence was commuted in 1939 and Bill went to live first with Mary Jane Morris and Joseph Clyde Sharpnack, then with your grandfather and grandmother about 1940 on 29th Street in Lincoln.

Sometime between the 4/1/1940 US Census and a November 1942 Morris family photo taken at the Sharpnacks, Bill disappeared for good. We have been unable to trace him after the 1940 Census, although it has been speculated that Joe Sharpnack "ran him off" as he may have been jealous of Bill's attention to his granddaughter, Marilyan Jo Sharpnack. Someone else claimed he was a "drunk," although that would run counter to all the info we have been able to uncover to date. By all other accounts, he was a sweet, amiable, sometimes hardworking person earning a hardscrabble living as a farmer, rancher, prospector and jack-of-all trades. Unfortunately, there's no one still living who can tell us one way or another.

I have a public tree on Ancestry (Carter Warters 2009-08-25) that I'd be happy to invite you to review if you'd like. Or, I can send you a gedcom or printed file of the ancestors of your grandfather that I have been able to document. I can trace the Morrisses back to 1814 and some of the others back into the late 1700s. Let me know what you'd like to have.

It's great to make your acquaintance. My great grandmother Belle (Sarah Isabelle Belle Morris Carter) and her son, Clarence Edgar "Nick" Carter Sr. were the ones who took pains to stay in touch with their family "out West." After they died, contact was lost, although most of the family records came to me. I have been trying to fill in the blanks as best I can. A nice side benefit is reconnecting with family that has been "lost" for several generations.

Best regards - Jim Warters (
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marla525 16 Jun 2005 7:40PM GMT 
James Warters 18 Jan 2012 12:09AM GMT 
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