Elsie Pitts
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Elsie Eliza Pitts (1891 - 1947)

Elsie Eliza "Betty" Pitts
Born in Dallas, Fremont, Wyoming, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Oct 2011
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Elsie was born in 1893. Elsie Pitts ... She passed away after 1923. [1]

1920 Census Jess P. Mortimore (husband) lists himself as widower. 1920 Census Lander Wyoming, Essie Mortimore is rooming at the Lander Hotel and lists herself as hotel chambermaid. The children are not listed.

In that same census, she lists her father's birth place as Missouri. He had listed it as Kentucky in a previous census.

1930 Census, John W. Lam is found in Cody Wyoming, living aloned and listed as single. Question: Did Essie and John divorce or has Essie passed away? A search of Wyoming Archives yielded no death record for Elsie (Essie) Lam.

Married 1) Jesse Plemworth Mortimore October 7, 1909 Fremont county, Wyoming, USA Married 2) John William Lam June 4, 1923 Harrison, Sioux, Nebraska, USA

Essie is not listed as a survivor in her mother's 1937 obituary. This is some evidence that she died before 1937 and possibly before 1930 given John Lams single status in the 1930 census.

Social Security application and death certificate have been found to document death and burial.


  1. Entered by Dan Mortimore, Oct 19, 2011

Year: 1900 US Federal Census; Census Place: Dallas, Fremont, Wyoming; Roll: T623 1826; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 28. Name: Elsie Ed Pitts Home in 1900: Dallas, Fremont, Wyoming Age: 6 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1894 Birthplace: Wyoming Relationship to head-of-house: Daughter Father's Name: Elizah Mother's Name: Jane E Race: White Occupation: Household Members:

1920 United States Federal Census, Lander, Fremont, Wyoming, about Essie Mortimore Name: Essie Mortimore Home in 1920: Lander, Fremont, Wyoming Age: 26 years Estimated birth year: abt 1894 Birthplace: Wyoming Relation to Head of House: Roomer Father's Birth Place: Missouri Mother's Birth Place: Illinois Marital Status: Married Race: White Sex: Female Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Image: 534

Marriage Certificate (marriage 2).

John W. Lam Essie E. Mortimore Residence: Casper, Wyoming Casper, Wyoming Race: White White Age at last Birthday: 43 30 Divorced Divorced Birthplace: Virginia Wyoming Occupation: Painter --------------- Father: R.L. Lam E.H. Pitts Father's birth place: Virginia Pennsylvania Maiden Name Mother: Katie Chris Jennie Black Birthplace of Mother: Virginia Illinois

Maiden Name of Bride: Pitts Date of License: 4 Jun 1923 Date of Marriage: 4 Jun 1923 Performed by: Clare L. Van Metre, Pastor of M.E. Church Couty Judge: J.H. Wilhermsdorfer, County of Sioux

See image attached. Application For Social Security Account Number - 354-14-7291 Issued to Betty Pitts Lam Age at last birthday: 50 Place of Birth: Lander Wyoming Date of Birth 7-2-1891 Female, White, Divorced Father's full name: Eligha H. Pitts Workers Present Home address: 3961 Drexel Blvd, Chicago, Ill. Date Signed: 9/17/1941 Signature: Betty Lam Mother's full name: Jennie Black

Betty Lam death certificate (see image attached.) COD: chronic myocarditis DOD: 4 Jan 1947 Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA

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