Ray Noyes Family Gathering


Noyes Family Gathering


Noyes Family Gathering (fix)

Courtesy of Nancy Benton we have this photo of a Noyes family gathering in Liberal, Missouri circa 1932.

From left to right: Jamie Noyes; Ray Noyes behind Mary Lou Noyes; Charles Bryant with Viola Noyes Harmon in front of him and Kathleen Bryant in front of Viola; Pansy Bryant, Lloyd McKinney with Dorothy in front of him and Jim McKinney in front of her; Ray Bryant with Delana Brewer in front of him; Betty Noyes. Photo circa 1932 or 1933, taken on the South side of the Noyes home, a mile east and about 1/2 mile south of the town of Liberal. The image is courtesy Nancy Benton who supplies identification.

Jamie, Mary Lou, Viola, Pansy and Dorothy (direct line) were children of Ray Noyes and Bettie Brewer. Charles Bryant was married to Pansy. Viola Noyes Harmon was Ray’s sister and wife of Ollie Harmon. Delana Brewer was Bettie Brewer Noyes’ mother.

Obituaries for Elizabeth “Bettie” Brewer Noyes of Liberal, Missouri

We have two obituaries for Bettie Brewer. I appear to have lost the obitnoyesbbettie1.gif of the below obituary, but still have the second. Both were courtesy of Nancy Benton.

Elizabeth “Bettie” Brewer Noyes (line of the blog’s author) was the wife of Ray Noyes and daughter of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Fowler.


“Mrs. Bettie NOYES, eighty-six, lifetime and prominent resident of the Liberal community, died at Oak Haven rest home at FT. SCOTT, Tuesday forenoon. The eighty six year old woman had been in frail health for the past five years, suffering from degeneration of the circulatory system. She had been a patient in the FT.SCOTT rest home for the past eighteen months.

“She was born on the farm of her parents, David Nathaniel BREWER and Delanie Louise BREWER, three and a half miles northeast of Liberal, July 22, 1877. She was married to Ray NOYES, a young LIBERAL farmer, in 1895.

“She and her husband settled on the Noyes homestead in the LIBERAL vicinity following their marriage, where they reared their children and took a prominent part in the general affairs of the community and in the Methodist church. At the death of her husband in 1941, the widow took up residence in LIBERAL where she remained until it was necessary for her to enter the rest home.

“She was the first person to be baptized as a member of the Methodist Church, in the organization of which her father had played a leading role. She was twelve years of age at that time, and maintained an abiding and devoted interest in the church throughout her lifetime.

“She leaves one son, Jim NOYES, widely known and successful LIBERAL farmer; and three daughters, Mrs. Charley BRYANT, well-known Liberal woman, Mrs. Cora DIXON, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Mrs. Lloyd MCKENNEY of Carthage. One daughter, Mrs. Mary Lou HURT, died in 1953.

“The body was taken to the Komantz (?) funeral home at FT. SCOTT to be prepared for burial. The last rites were set for 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Methodist church at LIBERAL, the Rev. Lavrey LANEVILLE (?) officiating. Internment follows in the Liberal City….”

The remainder of the article is cut off.


Bettie Noyes obit 2

The second obituary for Bettie Brewer reads:


“Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Noyes who died July 9 at Oak Haven rest home in Fort Scott were held last Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Liberal Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. Larry Linville, officiating.

“Mrs. Evan Cooper and Mrs. Howard Talbott sang “How Great Thou Art” and “Rock of Ages.”

“Casket bearers were Albert Snodgrass, Raymond (?), Frank Miller, Rex Jackman, Bob Williams and Francis Jones.

“Mrs. Noyes was born July 22 1877 on a farm three and a half miles northeast of Liberal, the daughter of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Brewer. She was married to Ray Noyes in 1895. They settled on a homestead in this vicinity and lived there until the death of Mr. Noyes in 1941. Mrs. Noyes moved into town after the death of her husband and resided at ther home on north Main street until 18 months ago when she entered the home at Fort Scott.

“Among those from a distance attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benton and family of Tulsa, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Smith of Selah, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. David Brewer, Mrs. A. Montgomery and Mrs. A. Moore of Everton, Mr. and Mrs. Schyler Brewer and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Brewer of Stockton, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brewer, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Brewer, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brewer, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brewer of Joplin, Mrs. and Mrs. Phillip Hurt and family of Prairie Village, Kan., Mrs. Stella Poindexter of Greenfield, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Spurling of Mapleton, Kan., Mrs. Pearl Ferona (?) of Lamar and Mr. and Mrs. John Daly of Carthage. ”

COMMENT: The Dalys were close friends of daughter Dorothy Nadeen and her husband, Lloyd McKENNEY. It would be interesting to know who the family of Vernon SMITH was, who came from Selah Washington for the funeral, Selah being where Jessie Brewer JONES, Bettie’s sister, had moved.

Obituaries of Delana Louise Fowler Brewer

Delana Louise Fowler was the wife of David Nathaniel Brewer. Her daughter, Elizabeth Jane “Bettie” Brewer was of the line of the blog’s author.


Delana Brewer Obit 1

Mrs. Dave Brewer

9 Nov 1939

Mrs. Dave Brewer, 85, a pioneer citizen of the Shady Grove community east of this city, died on Saturday at the home of her son, Walter Brewer, at Liberal, Mo., after an extended illness. Mrs. Brewer is survived by five children, six other children and her husband having preceded her in death.

Delana L. Fowler daughter of John and Nancy Fowler was born Sept. 12, 1854, and died on Nov. 4, 1939. She was united in marriage to D. N. Brewer March 1869. To this union 11 children were born, her husband and 7 children preceded her in death. The children living are: John Brewer of Joplin, Mo., Mrs. Mary Rhodes of Minden Mines, Mrs. Levi Brewer of Selah, Wash., and Walter Brewer of Arcadia, Kansas, where she made her home. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Mike Workman of Lamar and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews. Funeral services was conducted by Rev. Lokey at the Carr Chapel Sunday afternoon to a large crowd of relatives and friends. There was a beautiful floral offering. Her children were all here when she passed away.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Gordon Lockey on Sunday afternoon at Carr Chapel, east of this city, and interment was made beside her husband and children, in the Carr Chapel cemetery, under direction of the Ward Funeral Home.

Well, that’s one of the more confused obituaries ever.


Delana Brewer obit 2

Mrs. Brewer Dies at Her Home Near Oskaloosa

Mrs. Delana L. Brewer died Saturday morning, Nov. 4 1939, at the home of her son Walter Brewer, near Oskaloosa. Mrs. Brewer was 85 years, 1 month and 23 days.


Delana Louise Fowler, daughter of John and Mary Fowler, was born Sept. 12 1854, near Bloomington, Ill. At the age of 9 years she moved with her parents to Osage Mission, Kans. She was married to David N. Brewer, March 1, 1869 they moved to Barton City, Mo., in 1872 and Dade County, near Greenfield in March 1895.

Mr. Brewer passed away Aug. 21, 1921. To Mr. and Mrs. Brewer eleven children were born, two dying in infancy and Alva, May 24, 1909; Elmer, May 1, 1912; Lewis, May 1932; Dan, Dec. 31, 1938. She leaves to mourn her departure, two sons, John D. Brewer, Joplin, Mo., Walter R. Brewer, Oskaloosa; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Rhoades, Mulberry, Kans, Mrs. Jessie Joenes, Selah, Wash., Mrs. Betty Noyes, Liberal, Mo; one sister, Mrs. Lois Workmam, Lamar, Mo., and a number of grandchildren, great grand children and great, great grandchildren and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church at Greenfield, Nov. 5 at 1 o’clock, conducted by the pastor of the church. Song numbers were, “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “Come Angel Band” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” The pallbearers were grandsons, Herman Jones, Earl Spurling, James Noyes, Clyde Brewer, Earnest Brewer and Schuyler Brewer. Burial was at Cars Chapel cemetery by the side of her husband and children. The Ward Funeral services in charge. Those attending the funeral from here besides the relatives were Geo. Petgen, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Talbott and Mr. and Mrs. Newt Smith.


Delana Brewer obit 3


Mrs. D. L. Brewer

Delana L. Fowler, daughter of John and Mary Fowler, was born September 12, 1854, and died November 4, 1939. She was united in marriage to D. N. Brewer in March 1869. To this union eleven children were born. Her husband and seven children preceded her in death. The children living are John Brewer of Joplin, Missouri; Mrs. Mary Rhodes of Minden Mines, Missouri; Mrs. Ray Noyes of Liberal, Missouri; Mrs. Levi Jones of Selah, Washington, and Walter Brewer of Arcadia, Kansas, where she was making her home. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Mike Workman of Lamar, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lokey at Carr’s Chapel on November 5, in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives. There was a beautiful floral offering. Her children were all here when she passed away.

Ray Noyes’ Obituaries

Ray Noyes, husband of Elizabeth Jane “Bettie” Brewer, was the son of James Allen Noyes and Caroline Atwell Noyes. He lived in Liberal, Missouri. Ray is of our line.


Lamar Democrat Obituary

LAMAR DEMOCRAT obituary (Tuesday, January 21, 1941) for Ray NOYES reads:
“Ray Noyes dead–Ray NOYES, one of West Barton’s best known men, died at his home just west of Liberal at 4:15 Monday morning. The cause of his death was coronary occlusion, a spasmodic contraction of the arteries of the heart. He had suffered a good deal for several years from cardiac asthma thugh he was always up and about. Ray Noes was born at Anna, Illinois, January 4, 1874. He had just passed his 67th anniversary. He was the son of James A. and Caroline NOYES. When a lad of eight he came to Barton County with his parents, in 1882. The family made the trip in a covered wagon. Ray’s father bought and improved a farm near Liberal, Ray grew up in the Liberal community and was destined to live there for fifty nine years — to the end of his days. In 1895 he married Miss Betty BREWER. He leaves her together with five children, one son and four daughters. The son is Mr. James R. NOYES, northwest Barton’s largest and most successful farmer. The daughters are Mrs. Charles BRYANT of Liberal, Mrs. Cora DICKSON of Shreveport, Mrs. Lloyd MCKINNIE of Ponca City, and Mrs. Phil HURT of Laurenburg, NC.”


Last Rites Were at Home


With All His Childlren and Many Friends Gathered to Pay Final Tribute to Liberal’s Notable Citizens, Ray Noyes, As the Casket Lay In the Home, Final Services Were Held After Which the Casket Was Escorted to Its Last Resting Place in the Liberal Cemetery

Funeral services were held for the late Ray Noyes, at the family home, just west of Liberal, at 11 o’clock Wednesday a.m. Mrs. Noyes was yet unable to sit up and was compelled to be in bed during the services. Her daughters wrapped her warmly and supported her to the side of the casket where she took a last, lingering, loving look at the features of the husband of her youth. They put her back to bed before the services started.

A large group of relatives were present from out of the county. Bob Harmon brought his mother Mrs. O. E. Harmon, Ray’s only sister, from Shreveport. Mrs. Paul Noyes was present from Springfield.

All of the children were present. Mrs. Phil Hurt was there from Laurenburg, North Caroline; Mrs. Cora Dixon was present from Shreveport. Mrs. Lloyd McKennie, with her husband and her two sons, was there from Ponca City.

Carl Kenantz directed the funeral. Rev. Earl Bingham conduced the service. Miss (cut off) Bette Lee Bainter? sang Whispering Hope and Beautiful Isel of Somewhere. They were accompanied upon the piano by Miss Geraldine Sechrist.

The casket bearers were Robert Sweatt, Ewin Lipscomb, Buford Harkins, Robert Williams, Frank Curless Jr., and Mas Davidson Jr.

The flower bearers were the members of the Friendly Folks club. There was a fine floral offering and upon the casket was a beautiiful piece wrought from lillies and red roses.

Following the service at the home, the casket was escorted to the Liberal cemetery where the frail body of this notable, vibrant and vital poineer of Liberal was reverently lowered to its final rest.

Courtesy Nancy Benton. Transcribed by JMK


Ray Noyes Obituary

FRIDAY, Jaunary 24, 1941

Ray Noyes Dies After One Week’s Illness

Ray Noyes, aged 67, died at his home two and one half miles southeast of Liberal at 4:15 January 20 after a week’s illness of flu and complications.

Mr. Noyes was well known throughout the county as a very successful and prosperous farmer. He was a good man and a substantial citizen. He was worthy of and had the respect of the entire community. He was devoted to his family, by whom he will be greatly missed, and passing represents a loss to the entire commuity.

Ray Noyes was the son of James A. and Caroline Noyes. He was born at Anna, Ill., January 4, 1874. In 1882 he came with his parents to Barton county in a covered wagon. He was marrried to Miss Betty Brewer in 1895. To this union five children were born, namely Mrs. Chas. Bryant of northeast of Liberal; Mrs. Cora Dickson of Shreveport, LA; Mrs. Loyd McKennie, Ponca City, Okla; Mrs. Philip Hurt, Laurinburg, N.C., and Jim Noyes of near Liberal. There are ten grand children and one great grand child. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Viola Harmon, formerly of Liberal but now of Monroe, La.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday morning at 11:00 o’clock with Rev. Earl Bingham of Mapleton, Kans., officiating.

The many beautiful flower sprays expressed the esteem and sympathy the folk of this community have for the family.

Burial was in the Liberal cemetery. The Konantz Funeral Service had charge of the body.

All the children were present for the funeral also his sister, Mrs. Harmon and son Bob Harmon of Monroe, La.

Transcribed by JMK

Obituaries are courtesy of Nancy Benton.

Before 1939 Brewer, Spurling and Jones Family Gathering

This photo of a family gathering, supplied by Nancy Benton, is of an event which would have occurred before 1939 as Delana Fowler Brewer is shown and she died November 4, 1939 at Oscaloosa in Dade County, Missouri.

The first photo is the original.

Brewer-Spurling-Jones Family Gathering

Just wanted to show that because I needed to mock up a lower part of the photo in order to not cut out the gentleman on the left.

Original. Courtesy Nancy Benton.

Below, to add some definition, I did a quick color job, nothing detailed as the photo is too lo-fi.

Brewer-Spurling-Jones family gathering, tinted

Now for identifications supplied by Nancy Benton. The third man over in the back row (with the hat) is Charles Bryant, b. 1890, husband of Pansy Ruth Noyes. In front of him is Delana Fowler Brewer, b. 1854, the matriarch of this clan photo. The woman behind the smallest girl is Edith Gilmore Brewer b. abt. 1894, wife of Robert Walter Brewer, b. 1890, a son of Delana’s. Next to her is Bettie Brewer Noyes, daughter of Delana, b. 1877. Between and behind them is Pansy Noyes Bryant, b. 1895. The man next to Pansy (looking over Bettie’s left shoulder) is Walter Brewer and Jessie Brewer Jones, another daughter of Delana’s, b. 1888, is to the right of Bettie.

I think the man on the far right would be Levy Jones, b. 1883, husband of Jessie Brewer Jones.

All the individuals to our left of Delana are unidentified, as is the woman with the curly dark hair standing to the right of Delana. The two girls in front are unidentified. The man standing hidden behind the two women in the middle of the photo is unidentified. The young man limbing the house is unidentified, as is the young man behind Jessie Brewer Jones.

The Spurlings are Mary Katherine Brewer Spurling, b. 1872, another daughter of Delana’s. She married three times, to a George Spurling, and they had a son named Earl, and also to a man named Rhodes (this was before 1939) and a Robert L. Trent. I don’t know the order of the marriages.

If Mary Katherine Brewer Spurling is in the photo, she is in her 60s and is either going to be the woman on the far left or the woman standing to the right of Delana (just left of center of the photo).

Dorothy Noyes McKenney (a daughter of Bettie Brewer Noyes) and her husband, Lloyd, aren’t in the photo. Also, Ray Noyes, husband of Bettie Brewer Noyes, wasn’t identified by Nancy Benton as being in the photo.

The reunion was perhaps to honor Delana, who died at the age of 85 in 1939. I don’t know the location of the photo but it is likely in Dade county, Missouri.

Another photo from the same gathering shows Bettie Brewer Noyes, sister Jessie Brewer Jones, their mother Delana, and an unknown individual. I imagine it is one of Delana’s sons, possibly Robert Walter who is seen in the family group picture as well but his face is obscured in the second row.

Courtesy of Nancy Benton

Family of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Jane Fowler

Courtesy of Nancy Benton is the below image of the family of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Jane Fowler.

Courtesy of Nancy Benton

Here, I’ve tried to add a little more body to it.

Family of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Jane Fowler

Rarely do I have a photo showing a full family and am lucky to have this as it has enabled me to make possible identifications on other photos.

Shown in the photo are top row, left to right: Dan, Bettie, Lewis, Jessie, Elmer. Bottom row left to right: Mary, Dave, Walter, Delana, John.

This was taken, what, circa 1909 or 1910 in likely Dade county, Missouri.

A post on the family is here.

Daniel b. 1874 was the third child, Bettie b. 1877 was the fifth, Lewis, born 1880 was the 6th child, not shown is the 7th child named Lois who only lived 1880 to 1881, Jessie b. 1888 was the 10th child, Elmer b. 1883 was the 8th child. Mary b. 1872 was the 2nd child, Dave is the father b. 1850, Walter was the 11th child b. 1890, Delana is the mother b. 1854, and John is the eldest child b. 1869.

Not shown also is Alva who lived from 1885 to 1909. My belief is his death was likely the inspiration for this family photo. Robert Walter was driving a buggy through a creek, and the buggy overturned, throwing “the boys” out. Alva, trying to help the horse out, stepped into a deep hole and was drowned and not found until the following day.

Note that in the front row we have the eldest daughter sitting beside her father, the eldest boy sitting beside the mother, and Walter, the youngest, who was with Alva when he drowned, in the center between his parents.

Elizabeth “Bettie” Brewer Noyes Photo from Fritts Studio in Liberal, Missouri

The below photo had been passed down through the family to Dieanna Swearngin but she had no identification for it.

Courtesy of Dieanna and Jim Swearingen

What mesmerizing eyes, despite its age the photo beautifully captures them.

My belief is that it is of my great-grandmother Bettie Brewer Noyes. I am basing the ID on two photos. One is her wedding photo

Bettie Brewer Noyes and Ray Noyes wedding photo, 1895

Another photo is this one below.

Click here to learn more about the above photo.

Photo of Bettie Brewer Noyes and Dora Fowler taken at Fritts Studio in Liberal

Courtesy of Nancy Benton

I’ve touched it up a little below.

Dora Nancy Fowler Trent is shown here with her niece, Bettie Brewer (married Ray Noyes).

Dora Nancy Fowler was born abt 1869 at Osage Mission, Neosho, Kansas, the daughter of John B. Fowler and Mary Jane Johnson. She died at the age of 37, July 1906, and is buried at Carr’s Chapel Cemetery in Greenfield, Dade county, Missouri. She was married to Robert Lincoln Trent, who was born 1877 and died 1958.

Dora was the sister of Delana Louise Jane Fowler b. 1854, who married David Nathaniel Brewer. Bettie Brewer b. 1877, their daughter, is the girl with Dora.

It’s difficult for me to fix a date for this photo. Either there is a scratch on the photo on Bettie’s ring finger or she is already married and the ring is over her glove. If she was already married, the date of the photo is after May of 1895.

I have in my records that Robert Trent was also married to Mary Catherine Brewer, b. 1872 Jan 10, but I don’t know when this marriage might have taken place. She was married many years to George Spurling, who died in 1919. Mary Catherine was widowed in the 1920 census and by the 1930 census she was married to Deaton Rhoades.

Rose E. Trent, sister of Robert, also married into the Brewer family. March 25 1895 in Girard, Crawford, Kansas, she married Daniel Brewer, son of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Fowler Brewer. Their children were Schuyler and Davie and I have a post on them elsewhere in the blog.

So, the Trents perhaps first married into the family with Rose marrying Daniel Brewer in 1895, then in 1900 Robert Trent married Dan Brewer’s aunt, Dora, who was about 31 years of age, only about 4 years older than her nephew.

The Trents were children of a Matthew Trent and a woman named Mary. The 1880 census shows:

1880 Centerville, Neosho, KS
121/121 Trent Matthew m 65 b. KY parents b. KY
Mary 28 wife b. KS father b. IL father b. OH mother b. PA
Rosa 3 daugh b. KS father b. KY mother b. IL
Perry 2 son
Robet 1 son
John M. grandson 15 farm hand b. KS father b. KS mother b. IN
122/122 TRENT Matthew Jr. 23 farmer b. KS parents b. KY
Jane 18 wife b. IL father b. IL mother b. PA
illegible 1 daughter b. KS father b. KS mother b. IL
William H. 18 nephew farm hand

It’s not every day one sees a 60-something marrying a 20-something. By the 1885 Kansas state census of Centerville, Neosho they were no longer together and he was with an Elizabeth, age 44, but the children were in his household and also a year old Mary A. Perhaps Mary had died and Mary A. was her last child and was named for her. Under Elizabeth in the census is a Leander H. Anderson, 26. These two were both from Ohio. I see a family tree at Ancestry which gives Leander as a son of Daniel Anderson and Elizabeth Murdock who lived from 1842-1922. The marriage between Matthew and Elizabeth was a keeper and the 1895 census in Centerville still shows them together, Matthew by now 77 and Elizabeth 52.

By 1900, Robert was in Barton county, Missouri.

District 27 South West Barton Missouri
76/79 AULL William 52 b.KY parents b. KY farmer
Nancy wife 53 b. KS father b. IL parents b. OH
TRENT Robert boarder april 1879 21 b. KS father b. KY mother b. IL farm laborer

In 1910 he was a widower living with his brother, Perry, in Howard, Elk, Kansas. By 1915 he had married a Hattie D. and is still with her in the 1930 census, but he was buried with Dora Fowler in Carr’s Chapel Cemetery, Greenfield, Dade, Missouri.

The photo was taken at Fritts studio in Liberal, Missouri. I have on the blog another photo taken at Fritts which would have been from about the same time. The individuals are unknown.