Vernie D. Lewellyn (b. 1893 MO-1918) son of Charles, grandson of John of KY

Billie Harris - Nov 20, 2009

From a posting on GenForum:

Vernie D. Lewellyn: Killed in Action, 10 November 1918
Posted by: Clete Ramsey (ID *****6047) Date: October 09, 2009 at 19:12:34
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There’s information on Vernie D. Lewellyn in the Missouri State Archives “Soldiers' Records: War of 1812 - World War I” at [NOTE: broken link]

Army Serial Number: 3,261,268
Race: White
Residence: 1518 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Missouri
Inducted at: Kansas City, Missouri; 24 June 1918
Age at Induction: 25 years, 7 months
Place of Birth: Monroe City, Missouri
Grades: Private
Service: Casualty Company, 152nd Depot Brigade, 24 June 1918 to 28 July 1918; 12 Company, Replacement Group, Medical Department, Camp Greenleaf, Georgia, to 22 August 1918; 4 Corps Replacement Battalion to 29 October 1918; 314th Sanitary Train to 10 November 1918.
Served Overseas: 27 August to 10 November 1918
Remarks: Died 10 November 1918 of wounds received in action. Mother, Mrs. Oscar P. McNess, Lawrence, Kansas, notified.

Camp Greenleaf, an Army Medical Corps training camp, was on Fort Oglethorpe, located on the Civil War Chickamauga battlefield.

The 314th Sanitary Train, in which Vernie D. Lewellyn was serving when he was killed in action, was an element of the 89th Division controlled by the division surgeon. In addition to a headquarters and a medical supply unit, the 314th had an ambulance section with motorized and animal-drawn ambulance companies, a field hospital section with motorized and animal-drawn field hospital companies, and eight camp infirmaries. I don’t know in what part of the 314th Vernie D. Lewellyn served.

I found a WWI draft registration for Vernie Denzil Lewellyn of 1518 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Missouri. It listed Vernie Lewellyn, age 24, as having been born on 5 December 1893 in Monroe City, Missouri. He was a “Natural Born Citizen.” It listed his race as “Dutch” and his marital status as “Married.” It listed his height as “Tall.” It listed his build as “Medium.” It listed his eyes as “Blue” and his hair as “Dark Brown.” It listed no disabilities. Vernie Lewellyn was employed as a paper box maker at the National Paper Box Company.

There is an Application for a License to Marry issued by Jackson County, Missouri, to Oscar P. McNees, age 41, of Douglas County, Kansas. His intended was Mrs. Elizabeth M. Lewellyn, age 42, of Willow Springs, Howell County, Missouri. Oscar P. McNees signed the application on 7 August 1910.

On the 1900 census, Oscar McNees, 32 (b. March 1868, TN) and Elizabeth McNees, 34 (b. March 1867, IL) are living in Wakarusa Township, Douglas County, Kansas. The Oscar McNess household also included sons Murlin, 4 (b. April 1896, KS) and John, 1 (b. December 1898, KS), as well as stepdaughter Mable Osborn, 12 (b. October 1887, KS), and stepson Clifton, 10 (b. September 1889).

There’s a Douglas County marriage record for Oscar P. McNees and Sarah E. Osborne dated 7 March 1893. That date is generally consistent with the 1900 census, which reflects Oscar and Elizabeth McNees as having been married for 8 years. It also shows Elizabeth McNees as having had four children, all still living. I assume the 1900 Elizabeth McNees was Sarah Elizabeth (--?--) Osborne McNees.

I found Vernie Lewellyn in this “Llewellin” household on the 1900 census in Liberty Township, Clay County, Missouri:

Dwelling 71

LLEWELLIN Charles Head White Male 38 (b. Feb 1862) Married MO KY KY Telegraph Operator
LLEWELLIN Lutie Wife White Female 32 (b. Mar 1868) Married Children 4/4 MO KY VA
LLEWELLIN Floyd Son White Male 13 (b. Mar 1887) Single MO MO MO At School
LLEWELLIN Percy Son White Male 11 (b. Dec 1889) Single MO MO MO At School
LLEWELLIN Jodell Daughter White Female 8 (b. Nov 1891) Single MO MO MO At School
LLEWELLIN Vernie Son White Male 7 (b. Dec 1892) Single MO MO MO At School

I assume Lutie Llewellin was Elizabeth M. Lewellyn.

I suspect the 18-year-old Charles in this household on the 1880 census in Monroe Township, Monroe County, Missouri, was the father of Vernie Lewellyn:

LEWELLYN John W. Head Married Male White 59 KY VA MO Farmer
LEWELLYN Mary E. Wife Married Female White 54 KY MO MO Keeps House
LEWELLYN Charles L. Son Single Male White 18 MO KY KY Farmer

I found a World War I draft registration card for Vernie Lewellyn’s brother Floyd. It lists his full name as Floyd Sullivan Lewellyn. His address was 425 W. 15th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. His date of birth was 21 March 1887, which is consistent with the March 1887 birth date listed for him on the 1900 census. He was a “Natural Born Citizen.” His place of birth was listed as New London, Missouri. New London is the seat of Ralls County, which neighbors Monroe County to the east. He was listed as married. He was a telegrapher with the Western Union Company at 7th and Main Streets in Kansas City, Missouri. His personal particulars were Caucasian, tall, and slender build, with light blue eyes and dark brown hair. He had no disabilities.

I found a 33-year-old “Floyd S. Llewellyn” heading a household on the 1920 census in Kaw Township, Jackson County, Missouri:

LLEWELLYN Floyd S. Head Male White Married MO US US Telegrapher/Western Union
LLEWELLYN Cordelia Wife Female White 40 Married IL IL IL No occupation

Cordelia Jane “Delia” Laman, a daughter of Andrew and Margaret Laman, is reported to have married Floyd Lewellyn on 12 January 1914. It’s not clear where.

I think this was the household of Cordelia (Laman) Lewellyn’s father Andrew in Greenbush Township, Warren County, Illinois in 1880:

LAMAN Andrew Self Married Male White 36 IL NY OH Farm Laborer
LAMAN Margaret Wife Married Female White 25 IL --- IL Keeping House
LAMAN Mary M. Daughter Single Female White 3 IL IL IL
LAMAN Cordelia J. Daughter Single Female White 7M IL IL IL
LAMAN Cornelia J. Daughter Single Female White 7M IL IL IL

I assume Cornelia was Delia’s twin sister.

A Floyd S. Llewellyn (1887-?) and Cordelia J. Llewellyn (1879-1946) are listed as having been buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery outside Clarinda, Page County, Iowa, as are Cordelia’s parents, Andrew (1843-1930) and Margaret (1855-1944) Laman, and at least one of Cordelia’s sisters: Nora Ellen (Laman) Montgomery (1889-1976), the wife of William Burl Montgomery (1884-1947).

I can’t find a Missouri Certificate of Death for Floyd S. Lewellyn. However, there is a Missouri Certificate of Death for Cordelia Jane Lewallen:

Place of Death: Parkville RFD 3, Platt County, Missouri
Usual Residence: Parkville RFD 3, Platt County, Missouri
Length of Residence in Community: 21 years
Date and Time of Death: 14 February 1946; 7:55 PM
Cause of Death: Carcinoma of Liver
Attending Physician: Chas. C. Montgomery, MD, 306 E. 12th Street, KC, MO
Date of Birth of Deceased: 26 October 1879
Age at Death: 66 years, 3 months, 18 days
Birthplace: Henderson County, Illinois
Personal Particulars: Female, White, and Married
Name of Husband: F.S. Llewellyn
Age of Husband if Alive: 58 years
Father’s Name: Andrew Laman
Father’s Birthplace: Illinois
Mother’s Maiden Name: Margaret Ann Joliff
Mother’s Birthplace: Illinois
Informant: F.S. Llewellyn
Informant’s Address: RFD 3, Parkville
Date of Removal: 15 February 1946
Burial Place: Clarinda, Iowa

Samuel King Montgomery, the father of Nora Ellen (Laman) Montgomery’s husband William, is reported to have been a physician. Samuel had a brother Charles, who also was a physician. I don’t know if the Charles C. Montgomery who was the Attending Physician at Delia Llewellyn’s death was that Charles Montgomery, some kin of his, or just coincidence.