Wilma May Spear

Last updated 6 May 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 18 Jun 1886 in , , Kansas, United States

Died: 1967

Father: Thomas James "TJ" Spear (1835 – 1923)

Mother: Mary Ann Shafer (1840 – 1887)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 9, dwelling 43

Comment: Source includes name (Wilma Spear).

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Line 26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Wilma Burkett).

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 7 - June Births

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Wilma May Spear Higley). The surname Burkett appears to have been added at some later date.

marker-benjimin-wilma-burkett-1962-1967: Gravestone of Benjimin H. (1962) and Wilma M. (1967) Burkett; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 106495995 (Benjimin) and 106496280 (Wilma), photograph uploaded 19 May 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA), unknown plot”

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Wilma M. Burkett).

obituary-benjamin-burkett-1962: Obituary for Benjamin Harrison Burkett (1962); “Benjamin Burkett Is Laid at Rest at Atwood,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 5 May 2021), image “United States of America > Nebraska > Benkelman > The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle > 1963 > 01 > 10" page 4; citing “The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle (Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska), 10 Jan 1963 (Thursday), page 4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Wilma Spear-Higley) and location (Atwood [, Kansas]).

obituary-samuel-higley-1907: Obituary for Sam Higley (1907); “Sam Higley Killed,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1907 > 05 > 16” page 1; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 16 May 1907 (Thursday), page 1, column 1”

Comment: Source includes name (Wilma Spear).

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Mrs. Wilma Burkett).

periodical-married-higley-spear-1906: "Married," report of wedding of Sam Higley and Wilma Spear; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1906 > 06 > 22” page 5; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 22 Jun 1906 (Friday), page 5, column 2”

Comment: Source includes name (Wilma Spear).

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birth

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 7 - June Births

Comment: Source includes date ([June] 18 [...] 1886).

marker-benjimin-wilma-burkett-1962-1967: Gravestone of Benjimin H. (1962) and Wilma M. (1967) Burkett; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 106495995 (Benjimin) and 106496280 (Wilma), photograph uploaded 19 May 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA), unknown plot”

Comment: Source includes year (1886).

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 9, dwelling 43

Comment: Source includes date (June/1886), age (13), and location (Kansas). Using her age and the official census date of 1 June 1900 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1886 to 1 June 1887, which encompasses the given date.

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Line 26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes age (43) and location (Kansas). Using her age and the official census date of 1 Apr 1930 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1886 to 1 Apr 1887.

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,
death

marker-benjimin-wilma-burkett-1962-1967: Gravestone of Benjimin H. (1962) and Wilma M. (1967) Burkett; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 106495995 (Benjimin) and 106496280 (Wilma), photograph uploaded 19 May 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA), unknown plot”

Comment: Source includes year (1967).

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,
father

obituary-samuel-higley-1907: Obituary for Sam Higley (1907); “Sam Higley Killed,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1907 > 05 > 16” page 1; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 16 May 1907 (Thursday), page 1, column 1”

Comment: Source identifies Wilma Spear as a daughter of T. J. Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source identifies Mrs. Wllma Burkett as a daughter of Thomas James Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

periodical-married-higley-spear-1906: "Married," report of wedding of Sam Higley and Wilma Spear; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1906 > 06 > 22” page 5; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 22 Jun 1906 (Friday), page 5, column 2”

Comment: Source identifies Wilma Spear as a daughter of T. J. Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Samuel Edward Higley (1872 – 1907)

Married: 18 Jun 1906 in Blakeman, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

obituary-samuel-higley-1907: Obituary for Sam Higley (1907); “Sam Higley Killed,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1907 > 05 > 16” page 1; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 16 May 1907 (Thursday), page 1, column 1”

Comment: Source includes date (June 18th, 1906).

periodical-married-higley-spear-1906: "Married," report of wedding of Sam Higley and Wilma Spear; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1906 > 06 > 22” page 5; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 22 Jun 1906 (Friday), page 5, column 2”

Comment: Source includes date (June 18th [, 1906]) and location (Blakeman [, Rawlins County, Kansas]).

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 25,26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source identifies Wilma Burkett as the wife of Ben Burkett.

obituary-benjamin-burkett-1962: Obituary for Benjamin Harrison Burkett (1962); “Benjamin Burkett Is Laid at Rest at Atwood,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 5 May 2021), image “United States of America > Nebraska > Benkelman > The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle > 1963 > 01 > 10" page 4; citing “The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle (Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska), 10 Jan 1963 (Thursday), page 4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (October 3, 1911) and location (Atwood [, Kansas]).

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Child: Erma Arabell Higley (1907 – 1997)

Family #2

Spouse/Partner: Benjamin Harrison Burkett (1889 – 1962)

Married: 3 Oct 1911 in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

obituary-samuel-higley-1907: Obituary for Sam Higley (1907); “Sam Higley Killed,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1907 > 05 > 16” page 1; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 16 May 1907 (Thursday), page 1, column 1”

Comment: Source includes date (June 18th, 1906).

periodical-married-higley-spear-1906: "Married," report of wedding of Sam Higley and Wilma Spear; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1906 > 06 > 22” page 5; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 22 Jun 1906 (Friday), page 5, column 2”

Comment: Source includes date (June 18th [, 1906]) and location (Blakeman [, Rawlins County, Kansas]).

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 25,26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source identifies Wilma Burkett as the wife of Ben Burkett.

obituary-benjamin-burkett-1962: Obituary for Benjamin Harrison Burkett (1962); “Benjamin Burkett Is Laid at Rest at Atwood,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 5 May 2021), image “United States of America > Nebraska > Benkelman > The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle > 1963 > 01 > 10" page 4; citing “The Benkelman Post and News-Chronicle (Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska), 10 Jan 1963 (Thursday), page 4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (October 3, 1911) and location (Atwood [, Kansas]).

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Child: Erma Arabell Higley (1907 – 1997)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: at Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Cemetery: (Atwood Cemetery) at Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

marker-benjimin-wilma-burkett-1962-1967: Gravestone of Benjimin H. (1962) and Wilma M. (1967) Burkett; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 106495995 (Benjimin) and 106496280 (Wilma), photograph uploaded 19 May 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA), unknown plot”

Comment: Source includes location (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA).

marker-benjimin-wilma-burkett-1962-1967: Gravestone of Benjimin H. (1962) and Wilma M. (1967) Burkett; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 106495995 (Benjimin) and 106496280 (Wilma), photograph uploaded 19 May 2015 to both memorials; citing “Atwood Fairview Cemetery (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA), unknown plot”

Comment: Source includes cemetery (Atwood Fairview Cemetery) and location (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA).

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Attributes

Residence: 1 Jun 1900 at Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 18 Jun 1906 at Beardsley, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 12 Aug 1923 at Blakeman, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 1 Apr 1930 at Logan Township, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 13 Apr 1940 at Blakeman, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 9, dwelling 43

Comment: Source includes census date (1 June 1900) and location (Colby, County: Thomas, State: Kansas).

obituary-samuel-higley-1907: Obituary for Sam Higley (1907); “Sam Higley Killed,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1907 > 05 > 16” page 1; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 16 May 1907 (Thursday), page 1, column 1”

Comment: Source includes date (June 18th, 1906) and location (their farm near Beardsley [, Kansas]).

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes location (Blakeman, Kansas), and implied date (12 Aug 1923).

census-us-1930-ps-ks-rawlins-17-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Logan Township, enumeration district 77-17, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 68A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Logan > District 0017" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 716 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340451]

Additional detail for reference: Line 26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and location (Logan Township, County: Rawlins, State: Kansas).

obituary-david-spear-1940: Obituary for David C. Spear (1940); “Hill City Man Dies In Local Hospital,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 6 May 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1940 > 04 > 13" page 5; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 13 Apr 1940 (Saturday), page 5, column 4”

Comment: Source includes date (13 Apr 1940) and location (Blakeman, Kans.) under her married name of Mrs. Ben Burkett.

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Wilma was staying with her Cyrus and Belle Anderson, her sister's family, by at least 1900 and probably through Wilma's wedding in 1906. [census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a, periodical-married-higley-spear-1906]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

census-us-1900-ps-ks-thomas-180-3a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Thomas County, Morgan Township, enumeration district 180, sheet 3A (form/penned) or page 26A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Thomas > Morgan > District 0180" image 5; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240502]

Additional detail for reference: Line 9, dwelling 43

periodical-married-higley-spear-1906: "Married," report of wedding of Sam Higley and Wilma Spear; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021) > “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Republican Citizen > 1906 > 06 > 22” page 5; citing “The Republican Citizen (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 22 Jun 1906 (Friday), page 5, column 2”

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

FOLLOWUP

Wilma may have been born in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas. She may have died 5 Jun 1967 in Atwood, Kansas. [research-a-spear-family-history]

On 1 Mar 1895, Wilma and sister Winnifred may have been living in Rawlins County, Kansas in the household of D.W.(?) Anderson.

Was Wilma living in Colorado Springs, El Paso Count, Colorado in 1910? There is a U.S. Census record for a Wilma Higley, 23yo, widowed, living there as a servant in the Ralph H. Tusler household.

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

research-a-spear-family-history: <private> Engelmann, A Spear Family History, privately printed 1988, updated 2002, 2005; privately held

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