JAMES DANIEL ELDRIDGE 1872-1946

An obituary for James Daniel Eldridge, published in the Missouri newspaper The Windsor Review of 28 March 1946, details how he was born on 4 Mar 1872 in Independence, Kansas and as an orphan he was raised by the family of Mr and Mrs Lave Lavender and that when he became aware they were not his parents he moved at age 16 to Webster County, Missouri and that in 1897 he married and had 11 children.

James was recorded in the 1880 US census for Union in Wright County, Missouri as a stepson aged 6 born in Kansas in the household of Liversan and Margaret Lavendar. He is next recorded in the 1900 census in Webster County, Missouri at a location also names Union, as a farmer born in March 1872 in Kansas with his wife of three years and two children. In 1910 he was at Washington in Webster County and for the 1920, 1930 and 1940 census he was at Windsor in Henry County, Missouri.

Y DNA testing shows that he is a descendant of the family of William S Elledge and Mary Jane Harlow. This family were recorded at Caney in Montgomery County, Kansas on the 1875 State census as Wm S Elege, born Illinois with M J Elege, born Missouri and seven others with the youngest being J D Elege age 1, born Kansas. This record, together with the 1880 census, suggest he was actually born about 1874. In 1880 five of his siblings are in the same household at Osage in Crawford County, Kansas.

Updated 2 November 2022


James Daniel Eldridge (1872-1946)
m 1897 Lora Fannie Letterman (1879-1973)
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    Artie Marie Eldridge (1898-1909)
    Loyal Allen Eldridge (1900-1974)
    m 1923 Leah Miller (    -    )
    m 1925 Helen (Unknown) (1904-    )
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    |   Alberta Eldridge (1926-    )
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    m (    ) Dorothy (Unknown) (1916-1985)
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    |   Elizabeth Patricia Eldridge (1937-    )
    |   m 1958 Arthur P Mangels (1935-    )
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    Everett George Eldridge (1901-1982)
    m 1925 Verna L Munday (1903-1988)
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    |   Mary Kathryn Eldridge (1925-    )
    |   m 1943 Olin Leroy Parks (1921-2013)
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    |   |   Olin Leroy Parks (1947-    )
    |   |   Larry Malcom Parks (1949-    )
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    |   m 1961 Joseph D Mackbride (1918-1972)
    |   Kenneth Vern Eldridge (1928-1999)
    |   m 1948 Shirley Dolores Paul (1929-2000)
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    |   |   Linda A Eldridge (1949-    )
    |   |   m (    ) (Unknown) Shumate (    -    )
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    |   |   |   Anthony Joseph Shumate (1969-    )
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    |   |   m 1979 Myrvin Vincent Gunsaulis (1946-1996)
    |   |   m 1995 Timothy Lenn Mallett (1954-    )
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    |   m (    ) Mary Louise Merrell (1940-2022)
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    |       Janice Sue Eldridge (1959-    )
    |       m 1976 Roy K Wilson (1955-    )
    |       m (    ) (Unknown) Lewis (    -    )
    |       Michael Ray Eldridge (1961-    )
    |       m 1983 Rebecca Ann Williams (1963-    )
    |       m (    ) Sheena (Unknown) (    -    )
    |       Nickie Vern Eldridge (1963-1979)
    |       Kathy Lynn Eldridge (1964-1975)
    |       Kenneth Vern Eldridge (1966-    )
    |       m (    ) Tammy (Unknown) (    -    )
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    m (    ) Tempie Foster (1910-    )
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    |   Betty Darlene Eldridge (1926-1977)
    |   m 1941 Clyde L Conner (    -    )
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    |   |   Louis Patrick Connor (1943-2008)
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    |   m (    ) Harold E Mignery (1920-    )
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    |   |   Connie Sue Mignery (1948-    )
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    |   Everett Eldridge (1930-    )
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    m (    ) June Faren (1911-1993)
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    |   Linda Lora Eldridge (1943-    )
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    Freeman Ray Eldridge (1903-1957)
    m 1928 Stella Frances Waldburger (1912-2001)
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    |   Elfreda Lois Eldridge (1928-2016)
    |   m 1946 Clyde Raymond Gibson (1928-1993)
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    |   |   Linda Sue Gibson (1947-    )
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    |   m 1950 Herbert Paul Mullins (1931-2015)
    |   m 1953 Ralph Eugene Polfer (1932-1997)
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    |   |   Debra Kae Polfer (    -    )
    |   |   Pamela Veronica Polfer (    -    )
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    |   James Daniel Ray Eldridge (1930-2007)
    |   m 1952 Doris A (Unknown) (    -    )
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    |   |   Donna Eldridge (    -    )
    |   |   m (    ) Isaias D Cabera (    -    )
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    |   m 1956 Margaret Ophelia Goldsby (1933-2017)
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    |   |   Daniel Ray Eldridge (1958-2012)
    |   |   Laura Ann Eldridge (1959-1959)
    |   |   Karen Eldridge (    -    )
    |   |   m (    ) (Unknown) Eastholm (    -    )
    |   |   James Freeman Eldridge (    -    )
    |   |   Evelyn O Eldridge (    -    )
    |   |   m (    ) Carl Folk (    -    )
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    |   Eyelyn Delores Eldridge (1933-2021)
    |   m (    ) Claud James Collins (1932-    )
    |   Freeman Ray Eldridge (1938-2022)
    |   m 1960 JoAnn Kabrick (1942-1997)
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    |   |   Michael Eldridge/Nelson (    -    )
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    |   m 1968 Virginia Coleman (    -    )
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    |       Janet Eldridge (    -    )
    |       m (    ) David Bennett (    -    )
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    James Oran Eldridge (1905-1982)
    m 1928 Goldie Brown (1913-    )
    m (    ) Margaret Virginia (Unknown) (1913-    )
    Ernest Lester Eldridge (1907-1997)
    m 1931 Margaret E Gallehr (1903-1994)
    Herbert Hadley Eldridge (1908-1982)
    m 1930 Twylah Amalee Paxton (1912-1985)
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    |   Truman Earl Eldridge (1931-2014)
    |   m 1953 Pearl Yvonne Schmitz (1936-    )
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    |   |   Steven Eldridge (    -    )
    |   |   Joel Eldridge (    -    )
    |   |   m (    ) Patsy (Unknown) (    -    )
    |   |   Colette Eldridge (    -    )
    |   |   m (    ) Jeff Crook (    -    )
    |   |   Diane Eldridge (    -    )
    |   |   m (    ) (Unknown) Weaver (    -    )
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    |   Wyonda June Eldridge (1933-    )
    |   m (    ) (Unknown) Griffey (    -    )
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    |   |   Pamela Jean Griffey (1946-    )
    |   |   Clifford Dean Griffey (1953-    )
    |   |   Kenton Lewis Griffey (1955-    )
    |   |   Christi Danelle Griffey (1959-    )
    |   |   Cynthia Rene Griffey (1960-    )
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    |   m 1970 Charles Elmer Handley (1926-2011)
    |   Shirley A Eldridge (1935-    )
    |   m 1961 Robert Peter Kephart (1936-    )
    |   Eugene Eldridge (1937-1937)
    |   Sondra Jean Eldridge (1939-    )
    |   m 1957 John E Porter (1937-    )
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    |   |   James Lee Porter (1962-1964)
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    |   m 1978 Francis Hiram Hodge (1933-2004)
    |   Herbert Sherman Eldridge (1945-    )
    |   Sharon Lee Eldridge* (1946-    )
    |   m 1964 Freddie Gene Evans (1942-1975)
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    |   |   Edward Gene Evans (1965-    )
    |   |   Douglas Daniel Evans (    -    )
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    |   m 1977 Charles Anthony Uminn (    -    )
    |   Elizabeth Faye Eldridge (1949-    )
    |   m 1966 Floyd Stanley Killion (1944-    )
    |   Debra Eldridge (    -    )
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    Eunice Virginia Eldridge (1910-1997)
    m (    ) Charles Thomas Miller (1908-1994)
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    |   Lola Virginia Miller (1936-    )
    |   Margaret Erlene Miller (1938-    )
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    Herman Edward Eldridge (1913-1951)
    m 1935 Ethelyn Gertrude Linton (1915-2008)
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    |   Edward Gail Eldridge (1939-2019)
    |   Gaylene Frayne Eldridge (1945-    )
    |   m 1962 Frank Charles Ruble (1939-2019)
    |   m 1970 Earl Lewis (1926-    )
    |   m 1973 Thomas J Luchowski (1945-1999)
    |   m 1978 Steven Allan Sievert (1950-    )
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    |       Stefanie Ann Sievert (1978-    )
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    Naomi Laura Eldridge (1915-2013)
    m 1932 Myron Hadley Evans (1908-1975)
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    |   Barbara Leona Evans (1934-    )
    |   Robert Loyd Evans (1936-    )
    |   David Myron Evans (1940-    )
    |   Jean K Evans (1942-    )
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    m 1954 Charles J Davis (    -    )
    Trueman Kermit Eldridge (1918-1997)
    m 1938 Mary Jane Arnberg (1918-1973)
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    |   Robert Trueman Eldridge (1939-1971)
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    m (    ) Nell Marie Dennis (1922-1988)
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        Judith Gail Eldridge (1942-    )
        Truman Kermit Eldridge (1944-    )
        Veronica Eldridge (1947-    )
        Carolyn Eldridge (1949-    )
        Michael Eldridge (1951-    )
        Lora Eldridge (1953-    )
        David Eldridge (1955-    )
        Teresa Eldridge (1957-    )
        Jacqueline Eldridge (1958-    )
        Elizabeth Eldridge (1959-    )

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