Lena Josephine "Lennie" Elmore1,2,3,4

F, b. April 20, 1888, d. August 11, 1973
FatherPaul Newton Elmore1,5 b. February 24, 1849, d. August 23, 1924
MotherLaura Katherine "Lora" Hancock1,5 b. June 9, 1857, d. April 13, 1928
     Her Social Security Number was 577-34-1332.6 Lena Josephine "Lennie" Elmore was buried at National Memorial Park, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, Fairfax Co., Virginia.7 She was born on April 20, 1888 at New Castle, Craig Co., Virginia.6,1,4 As of circa 1906,her married name was Beamer.2 She married Andrew Cerrell/Correll Beamer circa 1906 at Alleghany Co., Virginia.2,3,4 As of circa 1931,her married name was Dodd. Lena Josephine "Lennie" Elmore married John Redmond Dodd circa 1931.4,8 Lena Josephine "Lennie" Elmore died on August 11, 1973 at age 85.1,3,4

Census Records

1900Dwelling 48, District 3, Clifton Forge, Alleghany Co., Virginia5
1910Dwelling 8, District 4, Clifton Forge, Alleghany Co., Virginia2
1920Dwelling 287, District 10, Arlington, Virginia9
1930Dwelling 17, District 94, Washington, D.C.10
1940Dwelling 74, District 1-124, Washington, D.C.8

Family 1

Andrew Cerrell/Correll Beamer b. April 3, 1886, d. February 7, 1929
Marriage*Lena Josephine "Lennie" Elmore married Andrew Cerrell/Correll Beamer circa 1906 at Alleghany Co., Virginia.2,3,4 
Children

Family 2

John Redmond Dodd b. May 12, 1901, d. December 15, 1988
Marriage*Lena Josephine "Lennie" Elmore married John Redmond Dodd circa 1931.4,8 
Child

Citations

  1. [S274] Robert & Juanita Elmore Conner, "Personal Papers of Robert & Juanita Elmore Conner."
  2. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S656] Patricia Kelley, Catherine Elizabeth Beamer in "Beamer Surname," listserve message Oct 15, 1999.
  4. [S1964] Charlene Elmore Blassingham, "Elmores of New Castle, VA."
  5. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  7. [S3227] National Memorial Park, Fairfax Co., VA, online http://www.findagrave.com
  8. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  10. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  11. [S8080] Brinsfield Funeral Homes and Crematory, online www.brinsfieldfuneral.com, From the Wallace Randolph Beamer obituary.
  12. [S5152] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Birth Records, 1864-2014.
  13. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  14. [S4711] Southern Maryland Newspapers Online, online http://www.somdnews.com, From the Nancy Bell Hardesty obituary in the Aug 26, 2013 edition.

Gaston Aruna Sink1,2,3,4,5,6

M, b. April 15, 1907, d. May 29, 1985
FatherJoe Pete Sink2,5,6 b. October 29, 1882, d. November 14, 1952
MotherOra Annie Elizabeth Young2,5,6 b. June 29, 1878, d. December 27, 1965
     His Social Security Number was 227-16-1215.7 Gaston Aruna Sink was buried at Restvale Cemetery, Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia.1,6 He was born on April 15, 1907 at Floyd Co., Virginia.7,1,2,5,6 He married Dorothy Naomi Conner, daughter of Jacob Valentine "Doll" Conner and Mary Elizabeth Hill, on May 11, 1929 at Floyd Co., Virginia.2,3,4,5,6 Gaston Aruna Sink died on May 29, 1985 at Copper Hill, Floyd Co., Virginia, at age 78.1,5,6

Census Records

1940Dwelling 90, District 45-10, Reed Creek, Henry Co., Virginia8

Occupation

1940Farmer8

Family

Dorothy Naomi Conner b. September 23, 1903, d. April 24, 1998
Marriage*Gaston Aruna Sink married Dorothy Naomi Conner, daughter of Jacob Valentine "Doll" Conner and Mary Elizabeth Hill, on May 11, 1929 at Floyd Co., Virginia.2,3,4,5,6 
Children

Citations

  1. [S104] Billy and Juanita Grice, Cemeteries in Floyd County.
  2. [S12] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 5, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Dorothy Conner Sink obituary in the Apr 26, 1998 edition.
  4. [S1030] Carlisle Unknown, Shirley Conner Wilson in "Floyd Co., Virginia Listserve," listserve message Oct 27, 2005.
  5. [S1164] Geneva Conner Bell White, "In Memory of the Family of Jacob Valentine Conner and Mary Elizabeth Hill Conner."
  6. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  7. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  8. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Rufus Hughes Elmore1,2,3,4,5

M, b. May 21, 1894, d. January 11, 1919
FatherPaul Newton Elmore1,6,7,4,5 b. February 24, 1849, d. August 23, 1924
MotherLaura Katherine "Lora" Hancock1,6,7,4,5 b. June 9, 1857, d. April 13, 1928
     Rufus Hughes Elmore was buried at Evergreen Burial Park, 1307 Summit Ave SW, Roanoke, Virginia.8,4 He was born on May 21, 1894 at Clifton Forge, Alleghany Co., Virginia.1,2,3,8,4 He died on January 11, 1919 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 24.1,3,8,4,5 He Rufus Hughes Elmore, age 25 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. N. Elmore, died at the home of his parents, 419 Gilmer Avenue, N. E., at 6:10 Saturday evening. Death was due to pneumonia following influenza. Mr. Elmore is survived by his parents and the following brothers and sisters: Leslie H., Everett B., Bonnie W., of Roanoke, and B. C. Elmore, of Little Rock, Ark; Christine Elmore and Mrs. E. W. Epperley, of Roanoke, Mrs. A. C. Beamer, of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. J. J. Lawlor, of Clifton Forge. All the brothers and sistrswill attend the funeraland the time of the service will not be announced until they arrive in the city. on January 13, 1919.5

Census Records

1900Dwelling 48, District 3, Clifton Forge, Alleghany Co., Virginia7
1910Dwelling 229, District 121, Melrose Ward, Roanoke, Virginia6

Citations

  1. [S274] Robert & Juanita Elmore Conner, "Personal Papers of Robert & Juanita Elmore Conner."
  2. [S533] National Archives and Records Administration, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18.
  3. [S1964] Charlene Elmore Blassingham, "Elmores of New Castle, VA."
  4. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Rufus Hughes Elmore obituary in Jan 13, 1919 edition.
  6. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S2253] Evergreen Burial Park, Roanoke VA, online http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSln=poff&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSst=48&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=61845073&CRid=50174&df=all&

Pearl Naomi "Naona" Sink1,2,3,4

F, b. April 29, 1930, d. October 10, 1930
FatherGaston Aruna Sink1,3 b. April 15, 1907, d. May 29, 1985
MotherDorothy Naomi Conner1,3 b. September 23, 1903, d. April 24, 1998
     Pearl Naomi "Naona" Sink was buried at Nunn Cemetery, Old Quarry Road, Henry Co., Virginia.4 She was born on April 29, 1930 at Roanoke, Virginia.1,2,4 She died on October 10, 1930 at Roanoke, Virginia.1,3,4

Citations

  1. [S1164] Geneva Conner Bell White, "In Memory of the Family of Jacob Valentine Conner and Mary Elizabeth Hill Conner."
  2. [S5152] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Birth Records, 1864-2014.
  3. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  4. [S5309] Nunn Cemetery, Henry Co., VA, online http://www.findagrave.com/

Susan F. Pence1,2

F, b. August 19, 1831, d. March 11, 1884
     Susan F. Pence was buried at Waugh Cemetery, New Castle, Craig Co., Virginia; Buried in an unmarked fenced grave next to Stephen Andrew Hancock.2,1 She dgibby45 - Children of Susan Pence and Stephen Hancock: According to some family sources, Susan Pence had 2 children by a Mr. Brown, 5 children by a Mr. Franklin, and one child by Stephen Andrew Hancock. Stephen had 4 children by his first wife, Sarah Ballard Craft (my great grand aunt, who along with one of the children, died in childbirth).

It is believed by some of these famly sources that after Stephen and Susan married, Stephen adopted all of Susan's children; however, I find that highlly doubtful for the following reasons:

Charges in criminal court by the Commonwealth of Va. against Stephen and Susan regarding martial status and parentage of the children, which were dropped after Stephen and Susan married.

Financial status of the family ( they were at one time being audited by the Overseers of the Poor), so it is doubtful that he could have afforded to formally adopt the children.

A Chancery Court Record from 1952 in which the petitioner, Theodore R. Craft (son of Florence Belle Franklin Hancock Craft-my grandmother, and daughter of Susan) asks the court to adjudicate the dispersal of the estate of his aunt, Ocie Ann Franklin Hancock Van Horn.

Included in the petition, T.R. Craft lists all of Ocie Ann's heirs, both of the "full-blood" and of the "half-blood". These heirs are Ocie Ann's neices and nephews and their descedents. Those listed as "full-blood" are the descendents of Laura Katherine Brown Hancock Elmore and Madora Brown Hancock Fisher, as well as Robert Watt Franklin Hancock. Otis Dillard Franklin Hancock, Florence Belle Franklin Hancock Craft, and Panola Mae Franklin Hancock Simpson. Although William Hamilton (Tom) Hancock was a "full-blooded sibling, he had no biological children, and his step-children were not included in the petition.

The heirs of the "half-blood" are descendents of Stephen's children by his first wife, Sarah Craft Hancock.

It would, appear, therefore, that the two children listed by the surname Brown and the 5 children listed by the surname "Franklin" were, in fact, "full-blooded" siblings, meaning that Stephen Hancock was most likely the biological father of all the children, and not there adoptive father. Unless more information becomes available, then the only way to prove this is through extensive DNA testing of the descendents of Susan and Stephen.3 She was born on August 19, 1831 at Mount Jackson, Shenandoah Co., Virginia.2,4 She married Stephen Andrew Hancock, son of Barnett Hancock, on July 7, 1873 at New Castle, Craig Co., Virginia; Susan listed no parents when she married Stephen.5,2,4 As of July 7, 1873,her married name was Hancock. Susan F. Pence died on March 11, 1884 at New Castle, Craig Co., Virginia, at age 52.2,4

Census Records

1860Dwelling 286, Craigs Creek, Craig Co., Virginia6
1870Dwelling 18, New Castle, Craig Co., Virginia7
1880Dwelling 74, District 23, New Castle, Craig Co., Virginia8

Occupation

1870Domestic7

Family 1

Unknown Brown
Child

Family 2

Stephen Andrew Hancock b. 1827, d. August 10, 1900
Marriage*Susan F. Pence married Stephen Andrew Hancock, son of Barnett Hancock, on July 7, 1873 at New Castle, Craig Co., Virginia; Susan listed no parents when she married Stephen.5,2,4 
Children

Citations

  1. [S1225] Ruth G. Hale, Waugh Cemetery, Craig Co., VA.
  2. [S274] Robert & Juanita Elmore Conner, "Personal Papers of Robert & Juanita Elmore Conner."
  3. [S8514] CRAFT_LEACH Family Tree, online https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/7107952/person/-1162092737/facts, From a note left by Ancestry member dgibby45.
  4. [S1964] Charlene Elmore Blassingham, "Elmores of New Castle, VA."
  5. [S30] Ruth G. Hale, Craig County, Virginia Marriages 1851-1881.
  6. [S301] National Archives and Records Administration, 1860 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S166] National Archives and Records Administration, 1870 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S109] National Archives and Records Administration, 1880 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S25] Richmond, VA Library of Virginia, Craig Co., Virginia, Birth Records, 1853-1896.
  10. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  11. [S28] Ruth G. Hale, Craig County, Virginia Marriages 1882-1910.
  12. [S23] Paul Howard, unknown record type, TYPE Book.
  13. [S1590] Entucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1964.
  14. [S6468] Unknown compiler, New York, County Marriages, 1847-1849; 1907-1936.

Susan Faye Bell1,2,3,4

F, b. September 29, 1950, d. June 8, 2018
FatherRoy Gerald Bell5,1,2,3,6 b. May 23, 1924, d. March 24, 1982
MotherGeneva Ardell Conner5,1,2,3,6 b. October 7, 1928, d. August 21, 2019
     Susan Faye Bell married Ray Childress.1,3 Her married name was Childress. Susan Faye Bell was born on September 29, 1950 at Roanoke, Virginia.1,2,4 As of March 2, 1968,her married name was Kegley.4 She married Lewis Early Kegley on March 2, 1968 at Eden, Rockingham Co., North Carolina.1,4 Susan Faye Bell and Lewis Early Kegley were divorced on February 9, 1971 at Roanoke Co., Virginia.4 As of January 28, 1972,her married name was Leonard.2 Susan Faye Bell married Tony Ray Leonard on January 28, 1972 at Roanoke Co., Virginia.5,2 Susan Faye Bell and Tony Ray Leonard were divorced on July 29, 1982 at Roanoke Co., Virginia.4 Susan Faye Bell died on June 8, 2018 at Virginia at age 67.3 She Susan Bell Childress of Roanoke County, Va., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 8, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Bell; and her brother, Gerald Bell. Susan was employed by the Veterans' Administration for 38 years. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Ray Childress; her mother, Geneva Bell White and stepfather, Paul White; her daughter, Julie Leonard (Simon Johnson); her granddaughters, Hailey Johnson and Genevieve Johnson; her niece, Jody Bell; and two great-nieces, Samantha Taylor and Kristen Bell, who were like her children. Susan wanted to thank Becky Kinser, Karen Gingras, Lisa Craighead, Lisa Robertson, Ola Rierson, Ildiko Pratt, cousins, Robin, Cindy, Doug, and Aunt Pearl, Charlotte and Shirley for everything they did during her illness. Special thanks to Dr. Mark Kochenderfer, PA Jolee Preston and the staff at Blue Ridge Cancer Center for all the compassion they showed Susan and for making this difficult time as pleasant as possible. Also, to Jennifer Carter with Carilion Home Health, who has been like family for the last two years. The family will receive friends to celebrate Susan's life from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018, at Poages Mill Church of the Brethren located at 6550 Bent Mountain Road, Roanoke, Va., (Brambleton Ave.) In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Poages Mill Church of the Brethren. on June 10, 2018.3

Family 1

Ray Childress
Marriage*She married Ray Childress.1,3 

Family 2

Lewis Early Kegley
Marriage*Susan Faye Bell married Lewis Early Kegley on March 2, 1968 at Eden, Rockingham Co., North Carolina.1,4 
Divorce* Susan Faye Bell and Lewis Early Kegley were divorced on February 9, 1971 at Roanoke Co., Virginia.4 

Family 3

Tony Ray Leonard
Marriage*Susan Faye Bell married Tony Ray Leonard on January 28, 1972 at Roanoke Co., Virginia.5,2 
Divorce* Susan Faye Bell and Tony Ray Leonard were divorced on July 29, 1982 at Roanoke Co., Virginia.4 
Child
  • Julie Renee Leonard5,1,3

Citations

  1. [S1164] Geneva Conner Bell White, "In Memory of the Family of Jacob Valentine Conner and Mary Elizabeth Hill Conner."
  2. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Susan Bell Childress obituary in the Jun 10, 2018 edition.
  4. [S5151] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Divorce Records, 1918-2014.
  5. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, From an unidentified funeral home pamphlet for Roy Gerald Bell.
  6. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Geneva Conner Bell White obituary in the Aug 23, 2019 edition.