Harley Hudson Weeks was born about 1874. I found him on the 1880 census for Nemaha County Kansas in Harrison Township (Page 104D)living with Martha F. Weeks and several siblings. Harley Weeks married Hannah Charlotte Parker and together they had one daughter named Hallie Hester Weeks. Hallie was born on October 15, 1897. After Harley died in a mining accident in Colorado in 1897, Hannah married Payton B. Thomas in Kansas in about 1899. Hannah and Payton were my great grandparents. Aunt Hallie had one son named Walter Hal Wright, Jr.
Family folk lore has it that Harley and Hannah wanted to get married but his family disapproved because she came from "the wrong side of the tracks." The Weeks had money and Hannah was living with her sister and brother-in-law because both of her parents were deceased. They were supposed to have run off and gotten married and went to Colorado. (I have not found a marriage record for them at this time.) Hannah got pregnant with Aunt Hallie. There was some sort of mining accident and Harley's body was left at the bottom of a mine shaft. After his death, she made it back to Kansas before Aunt Hallie was born. Further stories say that the Weeks' family offered her a large sum of money for the baby, and she refused them. According to the stories, Hannah was always afraid that someone in the Weeks family would come and steal Aunt Hallie, so she was overly protective of her.
I am trying to prove or disprove these family stories.
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