5. Documentation for Ethel Leona Worth
(08 Jan 1893 to 26 Dec 1976)
mother of Truxton James Older
(28 Sep 1911 to 06 Apr 2009)


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Ethel Leona Worth was born in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, on January 8, 1893.(1) She was the daughter of Chesterfield Worth and Lucy Jane Hamison.(2) Ethel's brothers and sisters were: Elizabeth Anne, Jessie, Clara Belle, Margaret, Isaphine, and Melessia M. Worth.(3)

Chesterfield Worth apparently died sometime after March 1892. The
1892 Terre Haute City Directory lists Lucy Worth as the widow of Chesterfield.(4) Lucy Jane Harmison Worth married Jesse Lewellen on June 9, 1896, in Terre Haute, Indiana.(5) Jesse Lewellen was the widower of Elizabeth Worth, a sister of Chesterfield.(6) Elizabeth Worth Lewellen apparently died between 1888 and 1896.(7)

The 1900 Federal Census for the Jesse Lewellen household in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, indicates that Lucy Jane Worth Lewellen was the mother of seven children, six of whom were still living at the time of the census. Living in the Jesse Lewellen household in 1900 were Jesse and
Lucy Lewellen and step-children Isaphine, Jessie, and Ethel L. Worth.(8) Photographs of Lucy Jane and six of her seven children are in the possession of Curtis Lynn Older, a grandson of Ethel L. Worth.

Lucy Jane Harmison Worth Lewellen died in Terre Haute, Indiana, on January 30, 1908, and was buried in Highland Park Cemetery in Terre Haute.(9) Jesse Lewellen apparently died between the time of the 1900 Federal Census and the date of Lucy's death, since he was not listed as a survivor at the time of her death.

Ethel Leona Worth married Roy Burton Older on March 1, 1911, in Decatur, Illinois.(10) The 1930 Federal Census records indicate Roy was age 25 and Ethel was age 18 at the time of their marriage.(11) Roy Burton Older was born February 10, 1886. He was the son of James Grant Older and Wilhelmina Fredericka Lorenz.(12)

Truxton James Older, a son of Roy and Ethel, was born at 1165 North Edward Street in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, on September 28, 1911.(13) A daughter, Wilma Jane Older, born May 10, 1915, and a son, Robert Burton Older, born November 26, 1922, were born in Danville, Illinois.(14)

Roy B. and Ethel L. Older lived most of their lives in an apartment on Walnut Street that was near the intersection with Fairchild Street, in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, after their children were grown.(15)

Roy Burton Older died on April 13, 1964, at Lake View Hospital in Danville, Illinois.(16) He was buried near his parents at Springhill Cemetery on Voorhees Street in Danville, Illinois.

Ethel Leona Worth Older
died at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, Ventura County, California, on December 26, 1976, at age 82. She had been admitted to the hospital the day before because she was not feeling well.(19) She is buried next to her husband at Springhill Cemetery in Danville, Illinois.

Roy, Ethel, Truxton and Wilma Jane Older are listed in Newell ED #173, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, Federal Census in 1920. Roy, Ethel, Truxton, Wilma Jane, and Robert B. Older appear in the 1930 Federal Census for Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Roy B. and Ethel L. Older should be listed in the 1940, 1950, and 1960 Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, Federal Census records.(20)

Children (Older), born in Illinois:
i. Truxton James, born in Decatur, September 28, 1911
ii. Wilma Jane, born on Danville, May 10, 1915
iii. Robert Burton, born in Danville, November 26, 1922


ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
ETHEL LEONA WORTH and her son TRUXTON JAMES OLDER


1) Birth certificate for Truxton James Older listing Roy B. Older and Ethel Older as parents, State of Illinois, Report of Birth to County Clerk, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. Date of birth 28 September 1911. The residence of the mother and the location of birth was 1165 North Edward Street, Decatur, Illinois. The name of the child was added to the birth certificate per affidavit of 03 July 1973.

2) Census record for Roy Burton Older, Ethel Leona Worth Older, and Truxton James Older for 1920, State of Illinois, Newell Township, Vermilion County, East Voorhees, house number 7, dwelling number 5, family number 5.

3) Census record for Roy Older, Ethel Older, and Truxton Older for 1930, state of Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville Township, Ward 4.

4) Census record for Truxton Older living with grandparents and aunt and uncle, 1930 State of Michigan, Wayne County, Part of Precinct 32, Township - Detroit, Baxter Blvd. House 9125, Dwelling Number 2, Family Number 3.

5) Will of Ethel L. Older dated 28 April 1970 at Ventura, California. This will should have been recorded in the Ventura County, California court system after her death. The will names her children as Truxton Older, Wilma Jane Zillman, and Robert Older.

6) Obituary for Ethel Older in the Danville Commercial News dated approximately 27 or 28 December 1975 which lists Truxton J. Older as a son.

7) Certificate of Baptism at First Presbyterian Church, Danville, Illinois for Truxton James Older which lists his parents as Roy B. Older and Ethel L. Older, dated 29 June 1947 and gives his date of birth as 28 September 1911. Original in possession of Curtis L. Older.

8) Death certificate for Ethel Leona Older State of California Certification of Vital Record, Ventura County, local registration district 5600, certificate number 2405, date of death 26 December 1975, date of birth 08 January 1893, informant Mrs. Wilma Zillman, a sister of Truxton J. Older.

9) Ethel Belle Fox Gouty Family Bible in the possession of Curtis Lynn Older. The Bible lists Truxton J. Older as born at Decatur, Illinois, 28 September 1911 a son of Ethel and Roy Older. Copies of pages from the Ethel Belle Fox Family Bible are in a CD-rom disc entitled Fox's Gap in Maryland, which is at the Frederick County Historical Society, Frederick, Maryland.


REFERENCES

1. State of California Certification of Vital Record, Certificate of Death for Ethel Leona Worth Older, Ventura County, local registration district 5600, certificate number 2405, date of death December 26, 1975, date of birth January 8, 1893. On an application for a Social Security number dated April 25, 1972, at Ventura, California, Ethel L. Older gives her date of birth as January 8, 1892. The 1900 Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, Federal Census lists her age as seven, indicating her birth year was 1893 and not 1892, since her birth month of January already had passed in 1900.

2. State of California Certification of Vital Record, Certificate of Death for Ethel Leona Worth Older, Ventura County, local registration district 5600, certificate number 2405, date of death December 26, 1975, father was Chesterfield Worth and mother was Lucy Jane Harmison. On an application for a Social Security number dated April 25, 1972, at Ventura, California, Ethel L. Older lists her parents as Chesterfield Worth and Lucy Jane Harmison.

3. Pictures of the brothers and sisters of Ethel Leona Worth, excepting one sister, Melissa Worth, are in the possession of Curtis Lynn Older, a grandson of Ethel Worth. The pictures were obtained from Wilma Jane Older Zillman.

4. The
1892 Terre Haute City Directory, Terre Haute, Indiana. See also the 1894 and 1896 Terre Haute City Directory listings for Lucy Worth.

5. Vigo County, Indiana, marriage license dated June 9, 1896, for
Jesse Lewellen and Lucy Worth, Book 14, Page 84. Also see Vigo Co. Ind. Clerk of Circuit Court Marriage Records, V 4-M Nov 1892 - Dec 1896 p. 87, Box 60, June 9, 1896 (929.3177245 V).

6. Book 6, Page 272, marriage license of Montgomery County, Indiana, issued November 17, 1864, filed and recorded January 28, 1865, for
Jesse W. Lewallen and Elizabeth Worth, the proper consent having been filed by Jesse Lewallyn and John Worth, residents of said county.

7. Book H-4, Page 141, Montgomery County (Indiana)
Births 1882 to 1920, lists a male child of Jesse Lewellen and Elizabeth Worth born March 26, 1888.

8. 1900 Federal Census for Harrison Township, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, household of Jesse Lewellen.

9. Indiana State Board of Health,
Certificate of Death, for Lucy Lewellen. Location of Death - Harrison Township, Vigo County, Terre Haute, N 4th St. Date of birth April 1851, age 57 years, widow, father Isaiah Harmeson, mother - not known, date of death January 30, 1908, burial Highland Lawn, information given by Jesse Worth, N 4th St. Also see Indiana State Death Records for Vigo County, Indiana, Book CH-49, page 26, Lucy Lewellen, date of death January 30, 1908, in Terre Haute. Obituaries: The Terre Haute Tribune, Terre Haute, Indiana, page two, January 31, 1908; The Terre Haute Indiana Star, Terre Haute, Indiana, page three, February 1, 1908. Highland Lawn Park Cemetery records, East Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana, burial in Lot 59, B. A. Sec. 11.

10. Oral statement by Wilma Jane Older to Curtis Lynn Older in 2003.

11. 1930 Federal Census, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, Ward Four, enumerated April 3, Roy Older head of household.

12. State of Illinois,
Medical Certificate of Death, registration district 920, registered number 347, date of death April 13, 1964, date of birth February 10, 1886, age 78 years, never in Armed Forces, birthplace Danville, Illinois, father's full name James Grant Older, mother's full maiden name Minnie Lorenz, signed by Truxton J. Older, son, informant.

13.
Birth certificate, State of Illinois, Report of Birth to County Clerk, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. Date of birth September 28, 1911. The residence of the mother and the location of birth was 1165 North Edward Street, Decatur, Illinois. The name of the child was added to the birth certificate per affidavit of July 3, 1973.

14. Birth certificates for Wilma Jane Older and Robert Burton Older should be on record at the Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, court house.

15. Childhood remembrance by Curtis Lynn Older.

16. State of Illinois, Medical Certificate of Death, registration district 920, registered number 347, date of death April 13, 1964, date of birth February 10, 1886, age 78 years, never in Armed Forces, birthplace Danville, Illinois, father's full name James Grant Older, mother's full maiden name Minnie Lorenz, signed by Truxton J. Older, son, informant.

17.
Application for Social Security number dated April 25, 1972, at Ventura, California, by Ethel Leona Older, maiden name Ethel Leona Worth.

18.
Letter from Darrell Blevins, Freedom of Information Officer, Social Security Administration, December 17, 2002, to Curtis L. Older.

19. State of California Certification of Vital Record, Ventura County, local registration district 5600, certificate number 2405, date of death December 26, 1975, buried December 30, 1975 at Springhill Cemetery, Danville, Illinois. A Danville Commercial News Danville, Illinois, obituary appeared sometime during December 27th to 30th 1975.

20. 1900 Federal Census enumerated June 12 for Harrison Township, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. 1920 Federal Census, Newell ED #173, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. 1930 Federal Census for Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Roy B. and Ethel L. Older should be listed in the 1940, 1950, and 1960 Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, Federal Census records. Ethel L. Worth Older should be listed in the 1970 Ventura, Ventura County, California Federal Census.