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Manerva Elizabeth <i><i>Proctor</i></font></i> Walters

Manerva Elizabeth Proctor Walters

Female 1865 - 1961  (96 years)

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  • Name Manerva Elizabeth Proctor 
    Suffix Walters 
    Relationshipwith Webmaster G. T. (Joe) Proctor
    Born 04 Jun 1865  Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • State Sovereignty, National Union
      Northern CardinalVioletWhite Oak

      ~~~ Prairie State ~~~
      Cardinalis CardinalisViolaQuercus Alba
    Gender Female 
    1870 9th US Census Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    1880 10th US Census Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    1910 13th US Census Liberty Township, Pulaski, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Offsite Search Results as of 26 Mar 2017 
    From Different Genealogy Websites 
    Family Notes

    • JAMES MONROE AND MANERVA (PROCTOR) WALTERS

         James Monroe was born in Kirksville, MO on Nov 20, 1863. He died April 18, 1935, and is buried at Idumea Cemetery, Pulaski County, MO. As was mentioned in the section on his father, John Ross, the family raised thhbred horses. Taking care of the horses was evidently a family affair. James was an excellent horse doctor. His brother Frank may have doctored some too, but he evidently did horse dentistry, as after Frank's death, some of his grandchildren, in going through his effects, found papers showing that Frank had taken a horse dentistry correspondence course from a place in Miami, Ohio (now Miami University) and had received a diploma for finishing the course. Frank was also slight of build and he was the jockey in the family, racing their thoroughbreds at county fairs. One of his granddaughters tells that even when he was an old man she could remember him currying his horses and taking excellent care of them.

         As far as James' horse doctoring was concerned, people came from all over to get him to treat their horses for everything from colic to wounds. He prepared medications from herbs. One story is told about aehat had been badly cut and the owner had tried everything to get the bleeding to stop. Everyone was sure the horse was going to bleed to death. However, they came to Grandpa, he mixed one of his herb mixtures, placed it on the wound, and it stopped bleeding; the horse recovered. At some point in time, Grandpa was kicked in the back by a horse, causing him to be hunchbacked afterwards. Mildred Anderson, Laura (Walters) Anderson's daughter and James' oldest grandchild, was born in 1910 and she cannot remember seeing him other than with the hunched back.

         Manerva Elizabeth Proctor was born in Carthage, Illinois, on June 4, 1865. She died on June 4, 1961, on her 96th birthday, in Waynesville (Pulaski County), Missouri, and is buried at Idumea Cemetery, also in Pulionty. We are trying to determine if both Walters and Proctors were, at one time, plantation owners. In any event it would seem likely the Proctors had money, maybe holdings in Kentucky, as I know they were in Kentucky before going to Illinois. NOTE: I have been in contact with a descendent of Frank Walters and it is his opinion, from stories that have filtered down in his family, that if John Ross had any money, it came from his wife, Celia's, family. This is only conjecture, of course.

         Anyway, I am told that the only outward signs of affluence Grandma Manerva had, that would have been classified as family heirlooms, was some sterling silver tableware items. It seems when Grandma had her farm sefr Grandpa died (see sale bill attached), she had taken the silver and put it in a box and set it on the back of the kitchen stove. When they went back to get it, someone had stolen it.

         James and Manerva were married on February 10, 1884. We found the record of their marriage in the office of the County Clerk and Recorder, Hancock County Courthouse and it read as follows: "James Walters to Maneartor, Feb 10,1884, License #7825, by George W. Greene, Justice of the Peace, registered Feb 14, 1884." James and Manerva celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary a year before he died.

         They came to Pulaski County, MO, in 1894, from Kahoka, MO, in dark County, purchasing the Charles Pickering farm near what is now Laquey, MO. To move to Pulaski County, they leased a box car from the Pacific Raidompany, loading all their worldly possessions into the box car, including furniture, livestock, consisting of horses, cows, hogs, and some chickens, and farm machinery, and arrived in Richland, MO, in a heavy snow storm.

         As I mentioned earlier, some of the Proctor family history is still a mystery. We know from the 1850 census that there were children of John Proctor's who this family has never known. One half brother was, but seems to have been called "Pete". I understand that when Grandma Manerva's brother Tony was killed that before his estate could be settled this brother had to be located. It was found that he was dead, but had seven children and they were living in Idaho.

         Of Grandma Manerva's family, I believe she had one sister and three brothers, as follows:

         Alice (Proctor) Barrow was born in Carthage, IL, on March 28, 1862, and died at the home of a daughter in Oklahoma City on June 20, 1937.

         David R. Proctor was born on Jun 23, 1866, and died on Feb 26, 1938. He is buried at Idumea near Laquey, as is Grandma Manerva.
         James, another brother, lived in Prather, CA, as of 1937. I have no record of his birth or death dates, but according to the 1880 census (he was ten at the time) he would have been born in 1870.
         Jackson, another brother they called "Tony", was born in 1863 and was killed in an auto accident in Carthage in 1926.

         Tony's death in an automobile accident had always been an enigma to our family. Grandma Walters always felt there were suspicious events surrounding his death and when she went there to arrange for his funeral ak after his estate, she never found many personal items she knew him to have. Some of these items were particularly clear in the mind of Neva (Anderson) Ramsey, another daughter of Laura's. Neva remembers he had 100 silver dollars in a bag. He brought them with him the last time he came to visit in Missouri. Neva said she was at Grandpa and Grandma Walters when he came, and that Tony brought the sack in and handed it to her. She said she took it and just keeled over, it was so heavy. He also had a beautiful gold watch. He used to take Neva on his lap and hold the watch to her ear and let her hear it tick, and show her his name written in gold on the back. He was also a mason and had a fine set of mason tools. None of these things were ever located by Grandma Manerva. Grandma had especially wanted the gold watch, but no one seemed to know anything about it or the other items. She always thought he was killed and robbed or else someone got away with all those things before she got there after he was killed. It seems he was killed at a particularly low ebb in the financial life of Grandpa and Grandma Walters and they had a terrible time scraping together enough money for her to make the trip to Illinois for the funeral.

         Because of the family's interest in Tony's death, one of the top priorities of our visit to Carthage was to see what we could find about his death. We found a lot of information. He had evidently been a hiyepected citizen and the account of the fatal accident was carried as front page news in at least four area papers. I have a copy of a portion of an article that appeared in the Quincy, IL, paper the "Herald-Whig". It is attached, as well as a copy of the article that appeared in the Hancock County Journal-Pilot. Excerpts of articles found in a paper called the Republican and one called Gazette follow, but I am not sure which paper which item came from. However, it was stated that he was the son of John and Mildred (we knew her as Amelia) Proctor, who were both natives of Kentucky. He was a member of I.O.O.F. Lodge at Middle Creek and HCMLA.

         One account said that besides his brother James, who lived at Prather, CA, and another, Peter Henry, who lived in Montana, a sister, Mrs. Alice Barrow lived in Wichita, KS, and a half-brother, George, was buried in Mose (in Carthage). It was also noted that several of the children of Mrs. David Reese, a deceased half-sister of Mr. Proctor, attended the funeral. A further account of the accident noted that,"Mr. Proctor was thrown from the car and his neck was broken. An inquest was held in the road where the accident happened at 6:40 by George Moore, Coroner of Hancock County. Henderson (the automobile's driver) claimed at the inquest that he was driving at not more than 12 or 15 miles an hour, but admitted that he had been drinking, and so had Proctor. The nut dropped off the steering rod, he said, and he lost control of the car which ran into the bank beside the road. Henderson had picked up Proctor at the Union School house and was taking him into Carthage when the accident happened."

         One of the accounts noted that "Tony Proctor, a farmer living about 12 miles from Carthage, was widely known here. He was generous and honest, and respected in the community. He had never married....a brother lived in Crnia and a sister in Missouri. He belonged to Oddfellows Lodge, Webster, IL. Funeral services were conducted by Rev H. C Reeder at 2:30 t the Christian Church in the city. Interment was in Carthage Cemetery." We found the cemetery. It is quite old and no longer being used. It was a lovely spot. We found Tony's stone, but it had been toppled from the base, as had many in the cemetery. As I mentioned earlier, we were not able to find the markers for John and Amelia's graves, although it is believed they are buried here also. Tony's grave was probably one of the last ones in the cemetery.

         Interestingly enough, we found the account of the drowning death of James and Manerva's son Johnny. There were two items, one in the Carthage Republican, July 26, 1905, in the Joetta Items, written by "Betty", whed, "Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Walters received the sad news of the death of their nephew, John Walters, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Walters, Richland, MO. The young man was 19 years old and met his death by drowning in a small river while setting a trout line. He was said to have been a good swimmer but was taken with cramps. His younger brother went to his rescue but was unable to save him. His parents were former residents of this vicinity and have many friends here who deeply sympathize with them in their bereavement." Then, 20 years later, in the Carthage Republican, Oct 2, 1935, in a section of items that happened "20 years ago, from the files of the Carthage Republican, July 26, 1905, County Notes: John, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Walters of Richland, MO., former residents of the Joetta vicinity, was drowned near his home while fishing."

         Grandma Manerva was a greatly loved and revered woman. I wrote an article (attached) about her and sent it to Cappers Weekly a few years ago when they were running articles on great-grandmothers. They didn't puby article, nor did they even acknowledge its receipt, which sort of hurt my "pride of authorship" feelings. Anyway, I kept the article and am attaching it for whatever it is worth. I noticed in her obituary that it lists 22 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. I am proud the two great-great grandchildren were my sons John David and Cary Linn Parker. She was able to enjoy them (particularly David) quite a lot before her death, as she stayed with her son, Robert Walters, in Centerview, MO, frequently during the time we lived in Warrensburg, MO, where my husband John was in school. We had the opportunity to spend time with her then and to ferry her back and forth between Warrensburg and Waynesville on occasion.

         I understand there was quite a lot of confusion on the spelling of Grandma Manerva's first name. However, through legal documents and a card signed in her own hand, we have determined it was Manerva, not Minerva.; I understand Grandma Laura Anderson thought it was Minerva and probably spelled it wrong her whole life!

         For general interest, we found paragraphs* in the Scofield Book, History of Hancock County, page 1389, written about Frank Walters, James Monroe's younger "jockey" brother. From reading this article and the accotrted of Johnny's drowning as well as the kind words that were written at the time of Tony Proctor's death, it would seem that both Walters and Proctor families were fairly prominent, well-thought-of families in the Hancock County area.

         Found the following record of birth in the office of the County Clerk and Recorder, Hancock County Courthouse (Register #3662):

         "Female, 1st child, born Sept 24, 1884, father American, born in Missouri, Mother, American, born in Illinois, born in Dallas City, Illinois, father's name James Walters, mother's name, Manerva Walters, Father's vocat:nurance Agent. Doctor's name was Dr. N. Prescott, M. D., Dallas City, IL." NOTE: This was Laura Amelia (Walters) Anderson, my direct ancestor.

      *Page containing paragraphs included in attachments to John R. and Celia's narrative.

      Submitted and Written By Reba A. Parker ~ Reba A. Parker Family Records
    Died 04 Jun 1961  Waynesville, Pulaski, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Cerebral Hemorrhage 
    Manerva Elizabeth <i>Proctor</i> Walters
    Manerva Elizabeth Proctor Walters
    State of Missouri Death Certificate
    Photo Courtesy ~ House Of Proctor Genealogy
    Age 96 years 
    Buried 06 Jun 1961  Idumea Cemetery, Laquey, Pulaski, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Idumea Cemetery, Laquey, Pulaski, Missouri, United States
    Idumea Cemetery, Laquey, Pulaski, Missouri, United States
    Photo Credit: Find A GraveKen Carlson
    James Monroe and Manerva Elizabeth <i>Proctor</i> Walters
    James Monroe and Manerva Elizabeth Proctor Walters
    Photo Credit: Find A Grave ~Carol Kelley
    Person ID I269  Proctor
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2016 

    Father Ancestors John Proctor Married: 2x2x 
              b. 08 Mar 1813, Rockcastle, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 16 Jun 1896, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Amelia F. Hurst Proctor
              b. 03 Aug 1827, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 14 Mar 1902, Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 16 Aug 1849  Franklin, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F45  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

    Family James Monroe Walters
              b. 20 Nov 1863, Kirksville, Adair, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Apr 1935, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 10 Feb 1884  Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 6 children 
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2008 00:00:00 
    Family ID F6813  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 04 Jun 1865 - Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1870 9th US Census - - Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1880 10th US Census - - Hancock, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1910 13th US Census - - Liberty Township, Pulaski, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Feb 1884 - Hancock, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cerebral Hemorrhage - 04 Jun 1961 - Waynesville, Pulaski, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 06 Jun 1961 - Idumea Cemetery, Laquey, Pulaski, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Manerva Elizabeth Proctor Walters with Brother James R. Proctor
    Manerva Elizabeth Proctor Walters with Brother James R. Proctor
    Photo Courtesy of The Reba A. Parker Family Collection

    Histories
    Manerva Elizabeth Proctor Walters
    Manerva Elizabeth Proctor Walters
    Biography
    Courtesy of The House Of Proctor Genealogy Collection.

  • Sources 
    1. [S90] Texas State Library and Archives Commission, (United States Census Enumerations / Heritage Quest Online / Family Search / Uncounted State Vital Records).

    2. [S101] Reba A. Parker Family Records.


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