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Frances Lillian Maude

Frances Lillian Maude Sturdevant
b. 15 September 1892, Liberty, Osborne County, Kansas
d. 9 June 1974, Pomona, Los Angeles County, California

m/1. 2 June 1912, Osceola, Mississippi County, Arkansas
John Morrow Marney
b. 5 April 1890, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana, adopted by Frank and Minnesota (Barrikman) Marney
d. 8 January 1946, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

m/2. 1940, Illinois
Arthur C. Page
d. 1943, Illinois

m/3. 1944, Pekin, Illinois
Artie Lee Page

Frances Lillian Maude Sturdevant was born in a rock house that was built by her father on the prairie in Osborne County, Kansas, which is still standing today. After John and Frances divorced, Frances took care of her children until all were on their own with the exception of her youngest daughter. She then married Arthur C. Page in Illinois and settled there. He died of inoperable cancer.

Frances then married Arthur’s brother, Artie Lee Page. He was a widower with two children still to raise, and she still had the one daughter at home. They helped each other with their families, moving to Beech Grove, Marion County, Indiana, where they lived until they were divorced in the 1950’s. Frances then moved to California, where she died.

Submitted by:
Barbara J. Olson
Rancho Cucamonga CA

John Morrow Marney

John Morrow Marney
b. 5 April 1890, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana, adopted by Frank and Minnesota (Barrikman) Marney
d. 8 January 1946, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

m/1. 2 June 1912, Osceola, Mississippi County, Arkansas
Frances Lillian Maude Sturdevant
b. 15 September 1892, Liberty, Osborne County, Kansas
d. 9 June 1974, Pomona, Los Angeles County, California

m/2. 1945
Ada Ashcraft

Children with Frances Lillian Maude Sturdevant:

  • William Wayne
  • Jesse Earl
  • Stelle Mae
  • Norma Lee

John lived in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana; Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana; and Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana.

John Morrow Marney traveled on the Mississippi River by houseboat in 1910–1912 and met a family named Sturdevant who were from Waldo, Kansas. They were floating down the Mississippi on a houseboat that they had built themselves and prospecting for land near the river. John fell in love with their daughter Frances and married her in Osceola, Arkansas, in 1912.

The entire Sturdevant family came down with malaria and nearly died. Frances’s father nursed everyone back to health but died of malaria himself and was buried in Memphis, Tennessee.

John and Frances settled in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they had four children. But John left the family in 1935 or 1936, and he and Frances were divorced. He traveled around and finally settled in Chicago, Illinois, where he married a widow named Ada Ashcraft.

John Morrow Marney always wanted to know who his birth parents were. Although he and his children searched and his grandchildren are searching, so far there are no clues to their identity.

Submitted by:
Barbara J. Olson
Rancho Cucamonga CA