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Leora M (Rickey) Thomas (abt. 1903 - abt. 1988)

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Leora M Thomas formerly Rickey aka Hart [uncertain]
Born about [location unknown]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 1 Jan 1930 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died about in Missouri, United Statesmap [uncertain]
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Profile last modified 3 May 2019 | Created 2 May 2019
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Biography

Leora Rickey Hart was born about 1903. Her parents, according to Clinton County (Iowa) marriage record, are Ralph Rickey and Anna Adler. It seems 'Rickey' is Leora's birth name. [1] Where then does the name 'Hart' come from? Was Leora previously married?

The 1910 census for Clinton, Iowa shows Leora Hart, seven years old, at the home of Claud D Hart and Marie Hart, 419 Third Avenue. She is cited as "adopted daughter". [2]

The 1920 census for the same town cites the same household at the same address. Leora Hart, born about 1903, is at the home of her uncle & aunt, Claude and Mary Hart. [3] Are Leora's birth parents truly Ralph Rickey and Ann Adler? Is Leora Hart the same person as Leora Rickey Hart?

Thanks to a special feature of the 1925 Iowa census, answers to some of these questions can be found. Certain pages of this census record are viewable online but not indexed. These "hidden" pages often contain exactly the information we're looking for.

The 1925 census record for Clinton, Iowa cites Leora again at the same address, as Claude and Mary's daughter. Also noted, on the "hidden" page, are Claude and Mary's parents' names and birthplaces. Mary Hart's maiden name is 'Adler', the same name as Leora's mother, Anna. Mary's parents are Joseph Adler, born in Germany, and Anna Evers, born in Pennsylvania. Clearly, Mary Hart is Leora's aunt. [4]

An 1880 census record for the Joseph & Anna Adler family of Clinton Iowa was easy to find, and confirms the above conclusions. [5]

Indeed Leora was raised and adopted (officially or unofficially) by her aunt and uncle. A search for parents' records has been started, but very sketchy.

Leora Rickey Hart married Gifford Eugene Thomas in Clinton County, Iowa. The date was January 1st 1930. Leora was 27. Gifford's age is said to be 29. [1]

Leora and Gifford had two children, residence in Florida.

  • Claude A Thomas (1933- ) [6]
  • Gorton J Thomas (1937- ) [7]

Leora passed away March 5th 1988 and was buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery Newtonia, Newton County, Missouri. [8]

Research Notes

Marriage record, Annie Adler and Ralph E Rickey "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XJHS-K7J : 25 September 2017), Ralph E. Rickey and Annie Adler, 06 Jul 1899, Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, United States; citing reference 15577, county courthouses, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,005,212.

Marriage record Anna Adler, George Bender "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XJH3-HL1 : 25 September 2017), George Bender and Anna Adler, 21 Feb 1905, Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, United States; citing reference 17618, county courthouses, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,005,212.

Marriage record Anna Adler, Edward Halt/Hart/Halb "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XJYJ-2S9 : 10 February 2018), Edward Halt and Anna Adler, 02 Oct 1911; citing Davenport, Scott, Iowa, reference 2:3Q0XVXQ; FHL microfilm 1,479,408.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XJJM-WL4 : 27 September 2017), Gifford E. Thomas and Leora Rickey Hart, 01 Jan 1930, Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, United States; citing reference vol 19 p331 cn 29120, county courthouses, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,845,834.
  2. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ML1J-7TR : accessed 2 May 2019), Claud D Hart, Clinton Ward 1, Clinton, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 7, sheet 13B, family 311, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 398; FHL microfilm 1,374,411.
  3. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8B6-7P3 : accessed 2 May 2019), Leora Hart in household of Claude Hart, Clinton Ward 1, Clinton, Iowa, United States; citing ED 9, sheet 12A, line 29, family 306, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 484; FHL microfilm 1,820,484.
  4. "Iowa State Census, 1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKQ4-GJ5X : 16 March 2018), Claude Hart, Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, United States; citing Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, United States, Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,429,280.
  5. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MD23-TJ1 : 17 August 2017), Joseph Adler, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 289, sheet 149D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 0334; FHL microfilm 1,254,334.
  6. "Florida State Census, 1935," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNJK-4ZW : 2 February 2018), Leora M Thomas in household of G E Thomas, North Miami, Dade, Florida; citing line 36, State Archives, Tallahassee; FHL microfilm 2,425,150.
  7. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VTH8-TKP : 14 March 2018), Gifford E Thomas, Coral Gables, Election Precinct 106, Dade, Florida, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 13-66, sheet 7A, line 36, family 160, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 581.
  8. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/77353171 : accessed 02 May 2019), memorial page for Leora M Thomas (15 Jul 1902–5 Mar 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77353171, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, Newtonia, Newton County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Betty Saltenberger (contributor 47066478) .


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