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Harvey Martin Bramblett & Lucy Keithley
Posted by: J McAfee Date: July 15, 2001 at 20:44:02
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Harvey Martin BRAMBLETT

BORN: 6 Sep 1847, Saverton, Ralls Co, Missouri
DIED: 7 Apr 1919, Missouri
BURIED: Barkley Cemetery in New London, Missouri
MARRIED: Lucy C. KEITHLEY, 30 Dec 1871, St. Charles, Missouri
1.Walter Keithley BRAMBLETT

15 Lucy C. Keithley. Her daughter, Clara wrote me July 29, 1923, the following: "To begin with, Mama was born Feb. 12, 1850, in St. Charles Co. Mo. After grandfather's death she and grandmother continued to live at the old home until her marriage on Dec. 26, 1871 to Harvey M. Bramblet, of Ralls Co. Mo. On Nov. 16, 1872, a daughter, Eulah Lee, was born to them. In Oct. 1874, after disposing of the old Keithley homestead in St. Charles Co. Mo., papa and family, accompanied by grandmother and her orphan grand daughter, Glenn Pulliam, moved to Ralls Co. and settled on a farm one and one half miles south of New London, the county seat of Ralls Co. Sept. 8, 1875, another daughter, Clara Martin, was born. On Aug. 7, 1878, a son Walter Keithley, was born. On Aug. 18, 1880, another daughter, Josephine, was born. Josephine died on Dec. 3, 1883, a sweet little brown eyed girl. The only one of us who had Mama's dark eyes and hair. The oldest daughter, Eulah, was married Nov. 17, 1897 to Mr. John M. Stambaugh, of Frankford, Mo. To them was born a son, on July 22, 1901, which died immediately and Eulah died on Aug. 21, following. 1 Clara, was married on Nov. 30, 1904, to Arthur W. Guttery, of Center, Mo. On Oct. 5, 1912, we lost an infant daughter. Walter was married on Sept. 12, 1911, to Miss Jessie M. Henwood of Hannibal, Mo. To them was born three children: Mary Cathrine, April 30, 1913, Curtis Henwood, Aug. 12, 1914, and Warren Knight, Aug. 30, 1918, who passed away Dec. 4, 1919. Papa and Mama continued to live on the farm where they first settled in Ralls, until her death, Dec. 27, 1902. Papa sold the farm in 1909, moving into New London, where he resided until he went to make his home with Walter in Center, Mo. He passed away April 7, 1919. Mother was converted and united with the M. E. Church South, in St. Charles Co. Old Mount Zion I suspect, but after her removal to Ralls, there being no Methodist Church there, she united with the Cumberland Presbyterian in the country. Here Papa and we girls were converted and united. After the erection in New London of an M. E. South church, All of the family, except Walter, united there, he having waited a few years later. Mama was a deeply religious woman -- one of few words and very sincere. She was not inclined to approach strangers readily and make friends but was ever true to those who knew her and was never too tired or busy to go and minister to those who needed a friend. Papa too, tho converted later in life, was an untiring church worker, being for a number of years S. S. Supt. also a teacher and always led the singing. This gift he transmitted to us, his children. Eulah played the church organ at her home church as long as she lived, and it is my great pleasure to be pianist and leader of music when at home and health permits. I taught in the public schools for nine years, until failing health caused me to give up. Walter is a banker, having been cashier of several responsible institutions in this state, until he was also obliged to forego his beloved work on account of his failing health. (Don't think we are invalids, but neither of us is as stout as Mama and Papa were). He is at present located in Kirksville, Mo. where his wife has taken a higher course in Teachers Training work and where they hope to educate their son and daughter. By the way, his wife was a teacher of about eight years standing. Our home is in New London, Mo. I too am fond of ancestry, am only sorry I did not know grandfather and grandmother Keithley. One thing more I intended to tell you was that after grandmother's death Mama raised and educated her niece, Glenn Pullium. She lived with us as one of we children until her marriage, on Dec. 26, 1883, to H. W. Bramlet, my father's brother, and she mourned for Mama as her very own Mother." Very sincerely yours, Clara B. Gittery, New London, Mo.
Mrs. Nancy (Saunders-Pullium) Keithley, the third wife of Samuel Keithley, was born in Campbell Co. Va. Dec. 9, 1810, and died in Ralls Co. Mo. Dec. 7, 1876. She came to Missouri in 1841 and married S. Keithley in 1842. She was the daughter of Daniel and Martha Saunders. Rev. H. P. Bond wrote of her in 1876 this: "During both her marriages her home was a home for preachers. Towards the close of her earthly Pilgrimage, she was in a great measure deprived of the power of speech by paralysis. In heaven the faltering tongue will be enabled to repeat the story of redeeming love and sing the songs of Moses and the Lamb through endless ages."


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