I've been trying to work through the Ethell fams and this one is very difficult, but here's what I've come up with.
John Edward ETHELL was born 24 Feb 1867 in Muncie Indiana. He had a older sister Mary J or G born about 1864 also in IN.
His parents were Nathaniel Fuller and Melissa [TURNER] ETHELL. In 1870 this family was in Wash DC; in 1880 they are back in Muncie, IN. Melissa died in Muncie in 1899. In 1900 Nathaniel was enumerated at his mother in law's residence, also in Muncie.
According to your research John E married in 1893 to Lillie LYSTER in KS.
In 1900 J E Ethell (Bookkeeper)is in Muncie IN with (2nd) wife M E (b KY). They had been married 1 yr and she had had no children. I noted that J E's marriage info shows a crossed out 7, then a 1. This ties with him 1st being married abt 1893. Also there is his dau (by 1st wf) Emily G b Feb 1894 in IN whose mother was b in KS. This meshes with Lillie, not M E being her mother.
In 1910 John E ETHELL (Lawyer)is in Colorado Spgs,CO and is listed as widower. Dau Emily is there (mother b KS) as well as his son Fuller (mother b KY). I guess that makes his deceased 2nd wf Fuller's mother. Also living there is John's father Nathaniel.
In 1911 John E married Charity I Borton.
In 1918 John E ETHELL of Denver applies for a US passport in order to travel to Great Britain to do YMCA work. I don't know if he ever went or not. He applied for passport in Chicago, IL. His father was still alive and living in Denver at that time.
In 1920 John E (attorney) is in Denver CO with (3rd) wf Cherry? I (b OH), son Fuller W and son Addison. (more about the children below).
Colorado has civil court records re John E and Charity Ethell dating from abt 1928 (I didn't send for them and forgot to write down the date in my notes).
In 1930 Charity is still in Denver, divorced, while John E (attorney) is in Alamogordo NM with his (4th) wife Martha and her dau Mabel R.
*Emily G ETHELL I have not found her on the 1920 census. In Dec 1923 she applied for a US passport in Coconino Co AZ. She said she was born 26 Feb 1894 in Muncie IN, worked as a librarian and lived in Flagstaff AZ. In 1924 she returned to NY from Eng and listed her residence as Denver CO. In April 1930 she's on the census in LaGrange IL - occupation HS Librarian. In Sept 1930 she once again returned to NY from Eng and in Sep 1939 she arrived in New Orleans from the Panama Canal Zone. Her residence on both of these ships' manifests is LaGrange, IL.
The California Death Index lists Emily Gertrude ETHELL b 26 Feb 1894 in Indiana died 6 May 1982 in San Francisco Co, CA.
The Social Security Death Index gives her last residence as Half Moon Bay, CA, and notes that her Soc Sec # was issued in Calif before 1951.
*Fuller W ETHELL was born 25 Apr 1901 in IN. According to the 1930 census he married 1) Ruth (last name unknown)about 1923 and m 2)Ora Jeanette Gjerde (Ancestry World Tree). Social Security says he died May 1977 in Denver. Any children?
*Addison ETHELL was born 11 Mar 1905 (?)in IN (?) and according to Social Sec he died Dec 1973 in Denver. I don't know if he's a blood ETHELL or if he's Charity's son who took the ETHELL name. I have not found him on the 1930 census. Any children?
*Mabel R who is listed as an ETHELL on the 1930 census was John E's step dau. I did some back tracking and found her and her parents in Oklahoma in 1920. Surname KEAMIE? Her father was a full blood Apache named Carlos KEAMIE. He's on the 1910 census at Ft Sill, OK as Carlos KENNE. I have a strong gut feeling that her mother is also there in 1910 at the mission school. Her maiden name may have been Martha PRINCE. I don't know if it's the same Martha (ie John E ETHELL's 4th wf), but the Social Security records list a Martha ETHELL b 1 Aug 1880 who died Oct 1974 in El Paso, TX. The age is about right and the region isn't far from OK,NM and AZ where she apparently had ties.
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