Nancy Bolen and Edward Somers Family

Nancy Rosetta Bolen was the daughter of Thomas Bolen and his second wife Lydia Potts. She was born August 28, 1850 in Sharon, Henry County, Illinois, and died in 1904. She married May 5, 1867 at Loraine, Henry County, IL to (Phillip) Edward Somers. He was born July 25, 1846 at Portland, Henry County, and died July 13, 1937 in Geneseo Township, Henry Cty, IL. Edward was a Civil War vet having served in Co F, 9th Regiment, Cavalry, Illinois. After Nancy's death, it appears that Edward remarried to a woman named Mary A. She may have brought one child to the marriage — Lillian Brown.

Their children (all born in Loraine, Henry Cty, Illinois):

Cora Janette born March 1868, died April 4, 1953 in Geneseo, Henry Cty, IL.

Frederick W. born December 9, 1869, died in July of 1964, married June 1, 1910 in Twin Bridges, Madison Cty, Montana to Gertrude M. Thornton (1879-1919). They had one son, Jack L Sommers (1917 - 2007). Write up from findagrave.com: Fred came to Twin Bridges in 1890 from Lorraine Township, Illinois. He was hired as a horse trainer ath the Armston Ranch (now the Bayer Ranch). His job was caring for the mare that foaled Spokane, the Kentucky Derby Winner in 1889.We then worked as a hoisting engineer at the mines in Rochester. Then he worked on the dredges at Alder Gulch. In 1898, he became a carpenter-contractor and he built numerous buildings in the Twin Bridges area. This is the job he kept for the next 60 years. Fred married Gertrude Willett Thornton June 1, 1910 in Twin Bridges. 

Francis (Frank) Roy born 1872, died 1948, married May 7, 1894 in Henry Cty, IL to Ethel Kempster (1874-1909), married second on August 30, 1919 to Lottie Miller Johnson in Davenport, Scott, Iowa.

John Anderson born January 17, 1875, died October 1968 in Moline. He married September 2, 1907 In Clinton, Clinton Cty, IA to Ida Ristan (1883-1987). They lived in Moline, Rock Island, IL. John was a veteran of Compan I, Regiment 70 Illinois. They had the following children:

Emma Lutitia born about 1875 married November 30, 1899 in Henry Cty to William A. Mazingo (Mozingo).

Bernard E. born July 13, 1878, died April 14, 1963 and married November 30, 1899 in Henry Cty to Elsie M. M. Clapper. Elsie died in 1903. They had one child Myrna I. Sommers (1900-1902). After Elsie's death, he married second to Maud E. Pomeroy on October 24, 1906 in Davenport, Scott Cty, IL.

Harriet (Hattie) born August 30, 1883, died March 28, 1968, married January 17, 1906 in Henry Cty to Frank Brokaw (1880-1947). Their children:

Edith born January 7, 1889 (Could she have gone by Lydia E.? She is listed as living with her father and step-mother in the 1930 census, and as Edith in the 1910 census.) It appears that she never married.

Elmer Clifton born February 1891 (or 1893), married in Henry Cty, IL to June 4, 1922 to Claretta Buella Williamson.

The biographical sketch below shows a different line up of children. (Cora, Frederick, Frank, John, Bernard, Lutitia and Hattie.) I built the family above from several censuses. They must have farmed the children out to other farms here and there as the children do not always show up on the Somer's household census. Also, the name can be shown as Sommers or Summers.

Francis Summers was born in 1820 in Germany. His wife, Catherine was born in 1836 in Pennsylvanie. They had 5 children by the 1860 census: Edward, Sarah E., Peter O., Francis R., and Catherin M.

At the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, Henry Cty, there is an infant buried with 1916 as the deathdate.


From "Whiteside County Biographical Sketches", page 384:

Edward Somers, farmer, section 27, Portland Township, cultivating the Youngs farm, which comprises 197 acres, is a son of Frank and Mary (Baker) Somers, and was born July 25, 1846 in Portland Township, this county. His father, a farmer, was a native of Pennsylvania. his parents came to this western country in 1836, and were therefore among the earliest settlers here. His mother died when he was very young, and his father again married, and now resides in Kansas. Of the four children of his mother three are living, namely: Sarah, who is the wife of Edward Ott, a farmer in Kansas; Peter, a farmer.

The subject of this sketch is the oldest of the children, and remained at his parental home until he was 18 years of age, when he was employed by the month, and then took a rented farm, which he cultivated for a time. In 1882 he bought a farm of 120 acres in Portland Township, kept it a year, and then sold and rented his present farm of 197 acres.

He was married in Loraine Township, Henry Co., Ill., May 5, 1867, to Miss Nancy Bollen, daughter of Thomas and Lydia Bollen. She was born in that township in August, 1850. They have seven children: Cora, Frederick, Frank, John, Bernard, Lutitia and Hattie.


Sources

"United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XS11-F32 : accessed 31 December 2014), John A Sommers, Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0050, sheet 9B, family 237, line 93, NARA microfilm publication T626, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 552; FHL microfilm 2,340,287.

"United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MKXZ-R6N : accessed 31 December 2014), John A Sommers, Moline Ward 1, Rock Island, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 94, sheet 13A, family 225, NARA microfilm publication T624, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1,374,333.

"United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11094-121213-33?cc=1325221 : accessed 31 December 2014), Illinois > Henry > ED 22 Loraine & Phoenix Townships > image 11 of 23; citing NARA microfilm publication T623, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

"Illinois Births and Christenings, 1824-1940," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2LQ-92B : accessed 31 December 2014), Edward Somers in entry for Bernard E. Somers, 13 Jul 1878; Birth, citing Loraine Twp , Henry, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1435939 IT 2-3.

"Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VXG9-DT9 : accessed 31 December 2014), Edward Somers and Nancy Bollen, 05 May 1867; citing Henry, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,435,944.

"Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KFKG-7CD : accessed 31 December 2014), William A. Mazingo and Emma L. Sommers, 30 Nov 1899; citing Henry, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,435,945.

"United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MXJ5-Z46 : accessed 31 December 2014), Ed Sommers, Loraine, Henry, Illinois, United States, 115; citing sheet 397A, film number 0213, NARA microfilm publication T9, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 1,254,213.

"Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XJY5-NLR : accessed 31 December 2014), Edward Sommers in entry for Bernard E. Sommers and Maud E. Pomeroy, 24 Oct 1906; citing Davenport, Scott, Iowa, reference 2:3L7MDLG; FHL microfilm 1,831,677.

"Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F331-VVR : accessed 31 December 2014), Edward Sommers in entry for Fred W. Sommers and Gertrude Thornton, 01 Jun 1910; citing Marriage, Twin Bridges, Madison, Montana, county courthouses, Montana; FHL microfilm 1,905,613.

"United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MXHV-NGH : accessed 31 December 2014), Edward Summers in household of Francis Summers, Portland, Whiteside, Illinois, United States; from "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," Fold3.com; citing p. 466, household ID 3366, NARA microfilm publication M653, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 803,237.

"United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N425-W48 : accessed 31 December 2014), Philip Edward Somers, 04 Jun 1920; from "Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900," Fold3.com; Company F, Regiment 9, Illinois, NARA microfilm publication T289.

"United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KWZQ-M3H : accessed 31 December 2014), John A Sommers, Ward 6, Moline, Moline Township, Rock Island, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 81-50, sheet 5A, family 111, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 875, NARA digital publication of T627, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

"BillionGraves Index", index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCXR-PTL : accessed 31 December 2014), John A Sommers.)

"Find A Grave Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV21-51G5 : accessed 31 December 2014), Harriet Sommers Brokaw, 1968; Burial, Geneseo, Henry, Illinois, United States of America, Oakwood Cemetery; citing record ID 81981457, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

"Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2GT-SRP : accessed 31 December 2014), Frank Brokaw and Harriett Sommers, 15 Jan 1906; citing Henry, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,435,949.

"United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V397-PY3 : accessed 31 December 2014), John Sommers, Oct 1968; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

"United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NHJG-Y3T : accessed 31 December 2014), John A. Summers, 16 Apr 1915; from "Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900," Fold3.com; company I, regiment 70, Illinois, NARA microfilm publication T289.

"Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KF2S-YXQ : accessed 31 December 2014), Elmer Clifton Sommers and Claretta Buella Williamson, 03 Jun 1922; citing Henry, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,435,952.

"United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MKDC-2HS : accessed 31 December 2014), Edith Sommers in household of Edward Sommers, Geneseo, Henry, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 119, sheet 13A, family 9, NARA microfilm publication T624, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1,374,304.


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