Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday is for Mothers: Elnora May Worden

It's through my maternal great grandmother, Elnora "Nora" May Worden, that I connect to what has become my favorite lineage, the Wordens. She was born in Iowa in 1867; this tinted photograph of Nora and her cousin Jennie probably dates from the early 1880s.

Courtesy of Olive Kennedy

She was 17 and living with her family in Anamosa, Jones County, when she married Jesse David Webb in December of 1884 and about two years later the young couple moved to Nebraska, finally settling in Knox County in 1899.

"Ell Nora Worden / Jesse David Webb, Wedding 1884"; courtesy of Olive Kennedy

The 1900 U.S. Census found them living in a rented house with six of their children in Logan Township. After a year's stay in Boulder, Colorado, Jesse and Nora moved back to Nebraska and built a house there in Miller Township.

From (Webb, Jesse Home)

In 1910 U.S. Census records Nora Webb is listed as having had twelve children of whom nine were still living in that year. We know of Clarence Paul Webb who died as a baby in 1888, but the other two children she lost must have been born in the first decade of the the 20th century and we haven't found any record of them beyond the census.

According to family records, Nora succumbed to pneumonia while visiting her oldest son Herbert in Ewing, Nebraska, on May 9, 1928.

Jesse survived her by seven years, dying in 1935. They are both buried in Winnetoon Cemetery.

Source:; photo by Gayle Neuhaus (#47075564)

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  1. Ahhhh, and here I thought your favorite lineage was the Rittgers one....sigh.

    1. Are you a Rittgers?

      The Wordens are among my mom's (Pat's) favorite lines. She isn't a Rittgers descendant, though.

      But I (Christine) am a Rittgers descendant through my father.

      I can see how that can be pretty confusing since both she and I do blog posts for Ancestry Island.

      Thanks for reading our blog BTW! :-)