Selected Families and Individuals


Edward Ralph LAYMEN was born 1 on 25 Jun 1883. He died 1 on 15 Mar 1958 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas. Edward married 1 Pearl Rena HUMPHREY in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas.

Pearl Rena HUMPHREY [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 2 on 22 Jul 1888 1 in Wisconsin 1. She died 2 on 1 Nov 1932 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas. She was buried 2 in Masonic Cemetery, El Paso, Texas 1. Pearl married 2 Edward Ralph LAYMEN in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas.

Died from a blood clot following an operation (Pearl Dehlinger La Rock).

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  F ii Living.
  F iii Living.

Zack S. WHISENHUNT was born 1 on 19 Jan 1881. He died 1 on 3 Sep 1956 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas. Zack married 1 Carol Elizabeth HUMPHREY on 25 Jul 1928 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas.

Other marriages:
UNKNOWN,

Carol Elizabeth HUMPHREY [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 24 Jan 1894 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She died 1 on 23 Feb 1956 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas. She was buried 1 in Concordia Cemetery, El Paso, Texas. Carol married 1 Zack S. WHISENHUNT on 25 Jul 1928 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas.

From Pearl (Dehlinger) LaRock:
Things I remember: Aunt Carol was very good natured, she always had something funny to say. She worked for the telephone company and Uncle Zack for the El Paso Fire Department. At the time of their retirement, land was being offered for homesteading in Hatch, New Mexico, so they took advantage of the offer and moved there to take up farming. Aunt Carol became an excellent cook, arid we enjoyed visiting them.

Died of uterine cancer.


Peter "Pete" DEHLINGER [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 21 Dec 1865 in Alsace Lorraine, France. He died on 18 Jan 1934 1 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas 1. He was buried in Concordia Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas 1. Pete married Pauline KOSETZKI on 3 Jan 1891 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas.

Peter arrived in El Paso around the age of 20, about 1885.

Obituary from the El Paso "Herald-Post", El Paso TX, Jan 19, 1934 ed [provided by Susan Carr].
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'Pioneer El Pasoan Dies at Residence'
   Funeral Rites for Peter Dehlinger To Be Held at 10 am Tomorrow
Funeral services for Peter Dehlinger, 69, a resident of El Paso for the last 48 years, who died at his home, 1230 Magoffin Ave, last night, will be held at 4 pm tomorrow in the Kaster & Maxon chapel. Rev Roy S Hollomon will officiate. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows’ plot in Concordia.
    Mr Dehlinger was employed by the Texas & Pacific railway as a carpenter. He is survived by his widow, Mrs Pauline Dehlinger; four sons, Paul and Walter, El Paso, and William and Martin Dehlinger, Big Spring; a daughter Mrs Minnie Kienle, El Paso, and a sister, Mrs Mary Brun, Buffalo NY."
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Pauline KOSETZKI [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 10 Jul 1866 1 in Danzig, Germany 1. She died on 22 Oct 1948 1 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas 1. She was buried in Concordia Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas 1. Pauline married Peter DEHLINGER "Pete" on 3 Jan 1891 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas.

Pauline's sister, Mary HAMMER, worked in New York for $15 a year before moving to El Paso.  When Pauline was 16 years old she traveled from Poland to El Paso, TX to join her sister. She was to keep house for a wealthy El Paso couple (Pear DEHLINGER LA ROCK).

They had the following children.

  M i Paul DEHLINGER was born on 3 Feb 1892. He died on 23 Nov 1939.
  M ii Walter DEHLINGER was born on 17 May 1893. He died on 2 Jul 1963 from Complications from Emphysema (Smoking Tobacco).
  M iii William DEHLINGER Sr. was born on 4 Jan 1896. He died on 31 Dec 1972.
  F iv Wilhelmina "Minnie" DEHLINGER was born on 4 Jan 1896. She died on 25 Mar 1982.
  M v Martin Joseph DEHLINGER was born on 21 Apr 1901. He died on 10 Nov 1972.

Paul DEHLINGER [Parents] was born 1 on 3 Feb 1892 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas. He died 1 on 23 Nov 1939 in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas. He was buried in Restlawn Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas 2. Paul married 1 Anna STAUDT in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas.

1934:  residing in El Paso, Texas.
Died of heart failure [Pearl Dehlinger La Rock].

Anna STAUDT was born on 17 Nov 1894. She died 1 on 22 Mar 1968 in El Paso Co., Texas. Anna married 2 Paul DEHLINGER in El Paso, El Paso Co., Texas.

They had the following children.

  i Living.
  M ii Robert Paul DEHLINGER was born on 18 Aug 1920. He died on 28 Dec 1960.

Robert Paul DEHLINGER [Parents] was born 1 on 18 Aug 1920 in El Paso, Texas. He died 1, 2 on 28 Dec 1960 in El Paso Co., Texas. Robert married Betty MAXON.

Other marriages:
Living


Living.


Jack Horace SHELL Sr. [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 1 Jul 1924 in Hamburg, Ashley Co, Arkansas. He died on 23 Apr 1950 in Crossett, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He was buried 1 in Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Jack married Ethyl Amelia SMITH on 2 Jul 1941 in El Dorado, Union Co., Arkansas.

   Jack Horace Christmas was born July 1, 1924, in Hamburg, Ashley County, Arkansas.  He was the son of Horace Jewell Christmas and Effie Mae Taylor Christmas.  The details aren't fully known, but while Jack was very young Effie and Horace split, with Effie taking Jack with her.  By the time Jack was age 5 (1930), Effie had remarried to Louie Shell, and Jack lived with them at 1504 Avenue L, in Lubbock, Texas.  They were renting this house for $35 per month.  The family remained in the Lubbock area until Jack was fourteen years old, and in 1938 they moved back to Hamburg, Arkansas.
   In Hamburg, Jack was a Hamburg High School football player and a member of the band.  Jack never excelled academically in high school.  One year the high school superintendent told Jack he wasn't going to pass, and that he might as well quit and come back the following year.  Jack did indeed quit, and at the age of 16 headed to Houston, Texas, with a total of three dollars in his pocket.  
    Once in Houston, a lady provided Jack a room until he got a job.  Jack first worked as a service station attendant, then at a soda fountain of a Walgreen drug store.  Jack's final Houston job was at the Dairyland Ice Cream Co.  All the time in Houston, Jack's "steady", Ethyl Shell, had been writing him daily letters.  As Jack put it, "at last I could stand it no longer," so he found his way back to Hamburg in May or June of 1941-with twenty dollars in his pocket this time.  A little more than a month after Jack's return to Hamburg, he and Ethyl eloped to El Dorado, and were married on July 2, 1941.  Jack was one day over seventeen, and Ethyl was sixteen years old.  
    Jack wrote Horace, his biological father in December, 1941, apologizing for not having written "all these years."  After previously receiving a letter from Horace in 1940, Jack very much wanted to see his father, who was in California at the time.  Jack packed his suitcase intent on leaving, but it upset Effie.  Effie and his grandmother Taylor (Cora Jane Ray Taylor) talked him out of running off.  It is known that Horace called Effie every Christmas to see how she was doing, even after Horace was happily remarried.  Interestingly, Jack did not change his last name to Shell until after his marriage to Ethyl.
    Five months after Jack's marriage to Ethyl, he wrote that he had "married the sweetest girl in the world.  Never since we have been going together or since we have been married have we had the slightest fuss."  Jack and Ethyl had their first child, a boy, in August 1942, soon after Ethyl's high school graduation.  
    Jack, still a teenager, held various jobs during their first few two years of marriage, with him employment influenced by the December, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.  These jobs included working for the Hamburg Drug Company (August 1941-April 1942), working in Pine Bluff at the arsenal, as well as selling insurance there (May-June 1942), and a draftsman for an architectural engineering firm in Ruston, Louisiana, where an internment camp was being built (July-November 1942).  Finally, Jack & Ethyl moved to Orange, Texas, where he worked as a draftsman for a ship building company, Consolidated Steel Corporation (December 1942-July 1943).
   On July 5, 1943, in Orange Co., Texas, Jack enlisted for service in World War II, and officially joined the Army Air Force on August 4, 1943 with service number 02090046.  Jack went through the Army Air Forces Twin-Engine Pilot School, a two year course with the first six months at Grove City College, in Grove City, Pennsylvania.  After six months in Pennsylvania, Jack and Ethyl moved to Sherman, Texas where he would earn his flight wings.  There was also a period of flight training time in Pampa, Texas.  After his graduation and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant on May 23, 1945, he was made the Squadron Adjutant of Selman Field, Louisiana.  After a brief stay at Selman Field, Jack went to Robins Field, Georgia, where he supervised the Drafting force.  Duing this time, the war in the European theater ended (July 1945) and Jack was subsequently given orders to go to Germany.  Jack was stationed at Erding, Germany, as a pilot in the 43rd Air Depot Group (ADG) of the 9th Air Force Service Command.  He also had duty as the Base Utilities Officer of The European Air Depot.  Jack's flight records indicate he flew the Stinson L-5 Sentinel, the Beech C-45 Expeditor, and the Douglas C-47 Skytrain (the military version of the first popular commercial airplane, the DC-3).  
    Jack was in Germany around six months before returning to Hamburg, and due to the military drawdown was forced to leave the Army Air Force on February 17, 1947 at the age of 22 with the rank of First Lieutenant.  Jack then purchased an army surplus airplane, and had it converted into a crop duster.  Jack also became the owner and operator of the Place Hotel Cafe in Hamburg, but only for a short period.  In late 1949 Jack bought a cafe in North Crossett, and where he and Ethyl moved in order to run the restaurant.
   Jack's life would tragically be cut short.  Shortly after midnight on April 22, 1950, Jack was flying back from Little Rock having been to a job interview.  He was attempting to land on the Crossett airfield, and mistook the lights of a farmer out repairing a fence as the airfield lights.  Jack suffered head injuries, and was taken to the Crossett Health Center.  He died on April 23, 1950, some 30 hours after the crash.  He departed this life leaving Ethyl who was two months pregnant with their fourth child.  Jack is buried in the Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley County, Arkansas.

Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  F iv Living.

Burdett F. HUMPHREY [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 12 Sep 1838 in Ohio. He died 2, 3 about 1884. Burdett married Lottie UNKNOWN before 1860.

The birth location of Ohio conflicts with a report from Pearl Dehlinger LaRock, "Descendents of Frank Delmont Humphrey" which indicates he is from Wales.

According to 1880 US Census (age 38), he was a Baptist Pastor and his mother was born in VT and father in MA. Resided in York, Carroll, Illinois.

Lottie UNKNOWN [Parents] was born 1 about 1843 in Ohio. She died 2 after 1880. Lottie married Burdett F. HUMPHREY before 1860.

They had the following children.

  M i Dr. Frank Delmont HUMPHREY was born on 3 Feb 1860. He died on 17 May 1915.
  M ii
Byron M. HUMPHREY 1 was born 2 about 1866 in Minnesota.
  F iii
Mary HUMPHREY was born 1 about 1868 in Michigan.
  F iv
Addie May HUMPHREY was born 1 about 1868 in Michigan.
  F v
Lottie Belle HUMPHREY was born 1 about 1872 in Illinois.
  F vi
Maude HUMPHREY 1 was born 2 about 1874 in Illinois.
  F vii Pearl HUMPHREY was born about 1876.

Elijah Huron HUMPHREY was born 1, 2 on 20 Jun 1805 in Canton, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He died 2 after 1880 in Michigan. Elijah married 2 Sybil Sophronia SWETT on 26 Aug 1827 in Salisbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts.


Sybil Sophronia SWETT was born 1, 2 on 6 May 1810 in Hardwick, Caledonia Co., Vermont. She died 2 on 18 Oct 1891 in Trumbull, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. Sybil married 2 Elijah Huron HUMPHREY on 26 Aug 1827 in Salisbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts.


They had the following children.

  M i
Decuis(?) HUMPHREY was born 1 about 1836 in Ohio.
  M ii Burdett F. HUMPHREY was born on 12 Sep 1838. He died about 1884.
  M iii George W. HUMPHREY was born on 16 Mar 1841. He died on 30 Oct 1900.
  M iv
Allen H. HUMPHREY was born 1 about 1847 in Ohio.

Henry POPE was born 1 about 1803 in England. Henry married 2 Elizabeth HICKS 2 in Burwash Church, Swafex, England.

There are some discrepancies between the document "Descendants of Henry Pope" by Pearl Dehlinger LaRock and the 1860 and 1870 US Census.  

According to the LaRock document, Henry and Elizabeth are known to have the following children: Will, Ethel, Libby, Jennie, and Alma.  Birth information is only provided for Alma, who is the youngest, and allegedly the only child born in the United States.  From the 1860 and 1870 census, the known children of Henry and Elizabeth are: Henry, Elizabeth, William, Joseph, Jane and Alma.  It is presumed "Will" and "Libby" from the LaRock reference is William and Elizabeth and perhaps "Jennie" is Jane.  The children from both the census and LaRock document are all retained here until more information is available.

As far as birth location for the children, both the 1860 and 1870 census provide consistent information. It appears that Henry and Elizabeth must have immigrated to the United States between 1838 and 1844, between the births of Elizabeth and William.  William was born in New York, with the remaining children, Joseph, Jane and Alma being born in Illinois (this also conflicts with the LaRock document, which places the birth of all children in England except Alma).    

Elizabeth HICKS [Parents] 1 was born 2, 3, 4 about 1814 in England. Elizabeth married 1 Henry POPE in Burwash Church, Swafex, England.

They had the following children.

  M i
Henry H. POPE was born 1 about 1833 in England.
  F ii
Elizabeth POPE was born 1 about 1838 in England.
  M iii
William W. POPE was born 1, 2 about 1844 in New York.
  M iv
Joseph POPE was born 1 about 1852 in Illinois.
  F v
Jane POPE was born 1 about 1855 in Illinois.
  F vi Alma Eurila POPE was born on 11 Feb 1858. She died on 1 Nov 1907.
  M vii
Will POPE 1 was born 1 before 1858 in England.
  F viii
Libby POPE 1 was born 1 before 1858 in England.
  F ix Jennie POPE was born before 1858.
  F x
Ethel POPE was born 1 before 1858 in England.

Unknown UNKNOWN was born 1 before 1800 in England. Unknown married Unknown UNKNOWN.

Unknown UNKNOWN was born 1 before 1800 in England. Unknown married Unknown UNKNOWN.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth HICKS was born about 1814.

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