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Sylvia Report 12 Nov 2012 16:58

i am trying to trace any living relations of james w adams and ella rhoades pumphrey in usa please if you know them please contact me


Nyx Report 12 Nov 2012 17:05

Have you seen this?,_Ella_Rhoades._


Nyx Report 12 Nov 2012 17:06

had to edit the link as it stretched the page too much!


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Nov 2012 18:09

The likelihood of US descendants come across this post are minimal – you do need to be proactive. Try ‘searching trees’ just in case one of them has a tree in this site.


Web: Ohio, Find A Grave Index, 1803-2011

Ella Lorena Rhoades Pumphrey
Birth Date: 1869
Age at Death: 81
Death Date: 1950
Burial Place: Montgomery County, Ohio, USA

Web address for the headstone

You could try contacting Gary Bonney and Lulabell by clicking on their names on the above link.

EDIT Gary Bonney seems to have an interest in the Pomphreys - he 'maintains' other pages on Findagrave.

Ella L R Pumphrey
Age in 1910: 41
Birth Year: 1869
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1910: Dayton Ward 5, Montgomery, Ohio
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Elgar G Pumphrey 42
Ella L R Pumphrey 41
Fred H Pumphrey 11
Ralph E Pumphrey 2
Mary Pumphrey 65

Ella F Pumphrey
Age: 50
Birth Year: abt 1870
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1920: Dayton Ward 6, Montgomery, Ohio
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elgar G Pumphrey
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Name Age
Elgar G Pumphrey 52
Ella F Pumphrey 50
Fred H Pumphrey 21
Ralph E Pumphrey 12
John C Storck 54

1930 United States Federal Census
Ella R Pumphrey
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1870
Birthplace: Ohio
Race: White
Home in 1930: Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio
View Map
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: Elgar G Pumphrey
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Name Age
Elgar G Pumphrey 63
Ella R Pumphrey 60
Ralph E Pumphrey 22

Ella Pumphrey
Age: 70
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1870
Gender: Female
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Home in 1940: Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio
View Map
Street: Richmond
Sheet Number: 14B
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Elzar (Elgar) Pumphrey 73
Ella Pumphrey 70


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Nov 2012 18:25

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta)

Fred H Pumphrey
Residence Year: 1918
Street Address: 9th Av
Residence Place: Columbus, Ohio
Occupation: Tchr (teacher)
Publication Title: Columbus, Ohio, City Directory, 1918


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Nov 2012 18:45

SESSLER Family Tree on Ancestry has the following

Fred Homer Pumphrey
Birth 7/31/1898 in Montgomery County, Ohio
Death 12/28/1994 in Auburn, Lee County, Alabama

Married Gladice Eno 1922 20 May Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa

Their children
James Pumphrey
Margaret Elaine Pumphrey
Betty Ruth Pumphrey 1923 – 2002
Patty Evelyn Pumphrey 1930 – 1957

The same tree has

Ralph Everett Pumphrey
Birth 7/21/1907 in Montgomery County, Ohio
Death 1/9/1997 in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri

1934 9 Aug
Marriage to Muriel Elizabeth Warren
Lapeer County, Michigan

No children listed

Its a massive tree, but he must have got his data from somewhere!


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Nov 2012 18:50

Extract from the above
Biographical Note
Muriel Elizabeth (Warren) Pumphrey, DSW (1910 – 2000) and Ralph E. Pumphrey, Ph.D. (1908 – 1997) were prominent figures in the refinement of both public-oriented and university social work education and on the history of the social work movement. They were married in 1934, and had two children, Brooks and Jennie


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Nov 2012 18:59

Betty R. Pumphrey
October 12, 2002|The Morning Call

Betty Ruth Pumphrey, 78 of Allentown, died Oct. 10 in Good Shepherd Home, Allentown.

Born in Wichita, Kan., she was a daughter of the late Fred H. and Gladys (Eno) Pumphrey.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Allentown.

Survivors: Brother, Dr. James of Tallahassee, Fla.; sister, Elaine Tobey of Barrington, RI.

(line above split)


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Nov 2012 20:36

U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1

Address in the Nineties
James E Pumphrey
Birth Date: 2 May 1931
[27 Mar 1931]
Phone Number: 893-4051
Address: 3551 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL, 32312 (1993)
[556 High Oaks CT, Tallahassee, FL, 32312-1249 (1995)]

Some confusion, possibly in transcribing at some point, of his dob.
He is still listed on in Tallahassee.
From that site, it looks as if the E may stand for Eno, his mmn.

Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960
James E. Pumphrey
Marriage Date: 15 Jan 1954
Spouse: Lois J. Brock
Marriage Location: Cook County, IL

Lois J is one of the names associated with the Florida address


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Nov 2012 21:04

Clues about Brooks and Jennie Pumphrey, the children of Muriel Elizabeth (Warren) Pumphrey, DSW (1910 – 2000) and Ralph E. Pumphrey, Ph.D. (1908 – 1997)

Extracted from the 2007 obit of their maternal uncle, Raymond H. Warren
* Survivors include >?? Niece-Jennie P. Hunt of Wheaton, Md ??>>Nephew-Brooks Pumphrey of St. Louis, Mo., <<< Nephew-Tom Skinner of Howell, Mich.*

U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002
Jennie P Hunt
Address: 3108 Dawson Ave
City: Silver Spring
State: Maryland
Zip Code: 20902-2656
Phone Number: 301-949-3013
Residence Years: 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
Jennie P Hunt
Birth Date: 8 Apr 1937
Address: 3108 Dawson Ave, Silver Spring, MD, 20902-2656 (1993)

U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
Brooks E Pumphrey
Birth Date: 12 Sep 1941
Phone Number: 961-2637
Address: 300 N 4th St Apt 1104, Saint Louis, MO, 63102-1944 (1995)
[4394 W Pine Blvd, Saint Louis, MO, 63108-2245]
[8726 Litzsinger Dr, Saint Louis, MO, 63144-2306 (1993)]
[4907 W Pine Blvd Apt 419, Saint Louis, MO, 63108-1481 (1996)]

U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002
Brooks E Pumphrey
Address: 4907 W Pine Blvd
City: Saint Louis
State: Missouri
Zip Code: 63108-1400
Phone Number: 314-454-9159
Residence Years: 2000 2001 2002


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Nov 2012 11:40

Trying to pull everything together.
Ella Lorena Rhoades & Elgar G Pumphrey had 2 children who survived to adulthood.

Fred Homer Pumphrey 31 Jan 1898 – 28 Dec 1994.
His children
James Pumphrey who married Lois J. Brock. They are still listed on as living in Tallahassee, Florida. The full address is give there.

Betty Ruth Pumphrey died Oct. 10 2002 - unmarried

Margaret Elaine Pumphrey as per the SESSLER Family Tree. She could be the Elaine Tobey as mentioned in Betty’s obit. If this is the case, details about her (Margaret Elaine Tobey b 1933) are on the following link correct as of 24 Apr 2012.

Patty Evelyn Pumphrey 1930 – 1957. Allegedly died in Iowa where she may have gone to College.

Ralph Everett Pumphrey 21 Jul 1907 – 9 Jan 1997.
His children
Brooks E Pumphrey b Sep 1941.
Possible address in St Louise, Missouri on Peoplefinder, subscription/pay-to-view.

Jennie P(umphrey) Hunt b Apr 1937.
Her possible 2007 address in Silver Spring, MD
Jennie (Pumphrey) Hunt – class of ’59 – has donated to Charles Martin Hall Society. They may have an up-to-date address

Gary Bonney seems to have an interest in the Pumphreys - he 'maintains' Pumphrey pages on Findagrave.. Follow this link and click on his name to send a message. If he is still active on that site, he may be able to help you.

In your opening post, you also asked about James W Adams.
The link provided by RRose suggests that he was an earlier generation to Ella Lorena Rhoades Pumphrey who herself was born in 1869.

Unfortunately, to trace his descendents would involve creating a family tree and days of research.
If you could provide the most recent records you have of his family members, we might be able to bring the descendents forward to within the last few years or so.


Sylvia Report 14 Nov 2012 12:22

thank u for all the information. i do have a copy of the book written by james w adams and got the name of ella rhoades pumphrey from that also a barbara white was mentioned from dunedin new zealand who sent some photos to ella . i will also follow up all the other names mention. i was also wondering what ella,s maiden nae was woud it have been adams.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 14 Nov 2012 20:58

According to the Tarrant tree on Ancestry, owned by peggytrobinson, RHOADES was her surname. It is quite common even today for females, especially in the USA to keep their maiden name as another forename when they marry.

Her parents, according to the tree were James W RHOADES 1836-1920 and Jennie ADAMS 1842-1932.

James Wilberforce Adams (Sep 1837 in Ohio - 21 Jul 1924 in Chicago) was one of Jennie’s brothers. The Tarrant tree suggests he had 6 grandchildren. If you google his name, there a number of search results which may help 'bring him forward'.

You might like to consider taking out a free trial to Ancestry, and use the 14 days to make contact with the various tree owners. Although not directly related, they may be willing to share their research.

Should you decide not to continue with the trial, do make sure you phone Ancestry to cancel before they debit your CCard or DCard. It’s a free phone number ! :-D

Good luck in your endeavours!