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.

Elizabeth “Bettie” Brewer Noyes, Application for Letters of Administration

Below is the application for Letters of Administration for Elizabeth Brewer Noyes (direct line), showing where children were living in 1963. Pansy was on Route 2 at Liberal, Cora was at 2932 Lillian Street in Shreveport, Louisiana, James was on Route 1 in Liberal, and Dorothy was at 1410 River Street in Carthage.

Letters of Administration application

Letters of Administration application

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.

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

Edna Stark Noyes Letter to Bettie Noyes, April 13 1897

Below is a letter from Edna Stark (b. 1872) wife of Paul Noyes (b. 1869) to Elizabeth “Bettie” Brewer Noyes (b. 1877), wife of Ray Noyes (b. 1874), a brother of Paul’s. The letter shows that at the time they were living in Whiterock, Oklahoma. The baby picture that Edna mentions as having received from Bettie would likely be one of Pansy, who was born Dec. 8 1895. Grace also mentions two of her own children, Grace, who was born in 1892, and Ormal, who was born in 1893. They had another child, Garrett, but he isn’t mentioned.

Enough is written that we may glean some information on Edna’s garden and Paul’s farming, the weather, their hopes and the hopes of the community.

By 1900, Paul and Edna were back in Barton County, Missouri, living a couple of households from Ray and Bettie.

Whiterock Oklahoma
April 13 1897

Dear Bettie Noyes,
Liberal MO

Dear Bettie. Your letter and baby’s picture was received last Thursday and I was glad to get them the baby looks so fat and healthy. Grace and Ormal have grown quite a bit since you saw them. They just stay out of doors all the time when it is nice weather.

We had quite a rain Sat. night Sun. morning since it made everything look nice the wind is from the


west today and is cool. I hope it won’t frost because my garden is all up nicely peas are three inches high. The last frost got part of my radishes but they are coming out. I am not having any luck with chickens I have had about one hundred hatch out but they have almost all died.


We have two Sabbath Schools here now Saturday and Sunday we never have gone on Saturday but go once and awhile on Sunday.

Paul is breaking sod now on the school grounds (?) he takes his dinner and stays all day it gets lonesome for the children and I to be alone all day.


The wheat is about three feet high in some places there certainly will be a large wheat crop here this year and the people surely need one if they do any where The prairies are covered with flowers and Grace and Ormal go out on the lin (?) side and picks their hands full I am making them some dresses and I will have to stop and go to work.

Your Sister,

Edna Noyes

(Envelope postmarked Whiterock April 14)

Ray Noyes and Bettie Brewer


Courtesy of Nancy Benton

Ray NOYES was born 4 Jan 1874 at Anna, Union, Illinois, the youngest of 6 known children and the 4th son born to James Allen NOYES and Caroline ATWELL. The family record reports he was 10 pounds at birth.

Obituary and family accounts vary as to when the move to the freethought community of Liberal, Barton Co., MO took place, but we have Caroline Atwell NOYES’ partial account of the three week trip which places it beginning August 9 1882, when Ray was eight years of age. He would remain in Liberal all his life, dying there 20 Jan 1941 and the age of 67 years and 16 days.

Ray married Elizabeth Jane “Bettie” BREWER, 24 June 1895, at Liberal. He was 21 and she was 17.

Elizabeth was the 5th of 11 children and the 2nd girl born to David Nathaniel BREWER and Delana FOWLER. She was born 22 July 1877 at Liberal, Barton Co. MO and died 9 July 1863 at Liberal Barton Co. MO. She is buried at the Liberal Cemetery.

Ray and Bettie would have five children between 1895 and 1913.

Ray came to Liberal with his family in 1881. It took three weeks to come from Anna, IL. He inherited the homestead east of Liberal and lived there until he died in 1941 of a heart attack brought on by a bout of asthma.

Papa was a true family patriarch. Whatever said was to be followed even by his grown children. He did not think it was proper for girls to wear short socks. One day he caught me at school with short socks. Was I ever in trouble. Not only did he go tell mother, but he bought 6 pair of silk hose and told her to make sure I wore them. I was not allowed to wear shorts or slacks and my dresses always had to fall below the knee.

SOURCE: Granddaughter Kathleen DORR communicating memories of Pansy, daughter of Ray

He was a small man (5’6″) but seemed like a giant to me. When he spoke, you jumped first and then asked where. He had a glass eye (resulting from a firecracker injury) which he enjoyed taking out and showing to us children.”

SOURCE: Pansy, daughter

They were probably the second most prosperous family in the county. Ray and Bettie continued to raise strawberries. I can remember going to their place and picking them. They also had an orchard and cattle.

SOURCE: Nancy Benton, granddaughter, 27 April 2003

Bettie was born on the farm of her parents 3-1/2 miles northeast of LIBERAL. She married Ray in 1895 and moved to the NOYES homestead east of LIBERAL.

In 1890 Bettie BREWER, age 12, daughter of David and Delanie BREWER who resided 3 1/2 miles NE of LIBERAL became the first person baptized at the Liberal Methodist Church. The church was organized December, 1889.

Mama NOYES, as she was known to her grandchildren, moved to LIBERAL after the death of Papa. She remained there until she could no longer take care of herself, then moved to home of daughter, Pansy. She was a very fashionable lady in her time. She collected pitchers and liked to garden.

She died at the Oak Haven Rest Home in FT. SCOTT, KANSAS, and is buried in the Liberal Cemetery.

SOURCE: Granddaughter Nancy Benton.

The children of Ray and Bettie were:

  1. Pansy Ruth Noyes b. Dec 8, 1895 at Liberal, died Sep 25, 1985 at Liberal. She married Charles Morton Bryant.
  2. Cora Vera Noyes b. Sep 14, 1897 at Liberal, died in September of 1982 at Shreveport, Louisiana. She married (1) John J. Minor, then (2) Will B. Dickson.
  3. Ray James Noyes b. Aug 8, 1903 at Liberal, died in 1969 at Liberal. He married (1) Mildred Snip, then (2) Eula Millard.
  4. Dorothy Nadeen Noyes b. Jan 13, 1908 at Liberal, died Apr 28, 1985 at Carthage, Missouri. She married Lloyd Clinton McKenney.
  5. Mary Louise “Mary Lou” Noyes, b. Nov 15, 1913 at Liberal, died May of 1953 in Kansas City. She married (1) Frank Bevans Jr., then (2) Philip J. Hurt

The 1900 census shows the family in Central, Barton, Missouri.

1900, Central, Barton, Missouri

James Allen NOYES is in the household of his son, Ray. Ray’s brother, Paul, lives several households down and his sister Viola is lilving with her husband several households preceding.

Sheet No. 3
Supervisor District 13
Enumeration District 18
5 June enumeration by David E. Harpole
(Ancestry.com page 5)

Preceding households appear to be John RHINE, Thomas WILLIAMS, James HANSHAW, John SMITH and Charles DURHAM.
20 48/49 HARMON O. E. Head wm Dec 1854 age 45 married 21 yrs. b. Michigan F-Vermont M-New York Farmer 0 can read and write, 0 months unemployed, F F 50
21 E. Viola Wife wf Dec 1860 39 md 21 yrs, 1 child 0 living, b-Michigan F-Michigan M-Vermont can read and write
22 Robert adopted son wm Oct 1887 12 sg. b-Missouri F-Penn M-Michigan Farmer 9 months unemployed, can read and write
23-29 49/50 Frank and Nancy STONE household Farmer
30 59/51 William H. GRIVET household Farmer
31-33 51/52 Newton WINNER household Farmer
34 52/53 NOYES Ray Head wm Jan 1875 25 married 6 years b. Illinois f-Michigan m-Vermont Farmer can read and write O F F 54
35 Bettie Wife wf July 1877 22, 2 children 2 living, b- Missouri parents-Illinois, can read and write
36 Pansy Daughter wf Dec. 1895 4 sg b. Missouri f-Illinois m-Missouri
37 Cora Daughter wf Sept 1896 3 sg b. Missouri f-Illinois m-Missouri
38 James A Father wm Dec 1824 75 Wd b. Michigan Parents-NY can read and write

39 53/54 JACKMAN Henry Feb 1849 51 married 21 years b. Penn parents-Penn
40 Mabel March 1863 37 5 children, 3 living b. Michigan F-Michigan M-Rhode Island
41 Hiram July 1881 18 b. Missouri
42 Amy May 1880 20 b. Missouri
43 Benton Oct 1891 9 b. Missouri
44 54/55 BECKMAN George April 1866 34 married 7 years b. New York F-Prussia M-Germany
45 Emma 1871 28 2 children 2 living b. Indiana parents-Indiana
46 Harold 1894 5 b. Missouri
47 Basil 1897 3 b. Missouri
48 55/56 NOYES Paul Head wm Nov 1869 30 married 9 years b. Illinois F-Michigan M-Vermont Farmer o months unemployed, can read and write, O F F 57
49 Edna Wife wf Dec 1872 27, md 9 years, 3 children, 3 living b. Missouri parents-Illinois Can read and write
50 Grace Daughter wf Mar 1892 8 b. Missouri f-Missouri m-Illinois
Pg. 21B
51 Ormil Daughter wf May 1893 7 sg wf b. Oklahoma Ter. f-IL m-IL did not attend school
52 Garrett Son wm Dec. 1896 3 b. Oklahoma Ter f-IL m-IL
Following households are STEVENSON, FOOTE Virginia, WILSON, JACKSON Louis, JACKMAN Allen, STRICKLAND Julia and son Lemuel, MOHLER James, JACKMAN A. M. , JONES William, Viola, Iva and Eva and Marcus, CHESTER Hiram and Permelia, BARNES E. J. and STACY William.

In 1901, Ray inherited the homestead east of Liberal from his father, James Allen NOYES, upon his death.

I’ve yet to locate the family in the 1910 census. They are shown in the 1920, Central, Barton, Missouri census.

Ray and family are in the household next to his sister Viola HARMON.

1920 MO, Barton Co.
Central Township
Roll: T625_902
pg 8A
ED: 25
Image: 0812
Enumerated 27 and 28 of January by Clara Conner(?)
1 Fm 154/162 NOYES Ray head own Free mw 46 md. can read and write b. IL father b. MI mother b. VT Farmer homefarm 118
2 Betty wife fw 42 md. can read and write b. MO father b. IN mother b. IL
3 James Son mw 16 sg. can read and write b. MO father b. IL mother b. MO
4 Dorothy Daughter fw 12 sg. can read and write b. MO father b. IL mother b. MO
5 Mary L. Daughter fw 7 b. MO father b. IL mother b. MO

6 Fm 155/163 HARMON Orren E. Head Own free mw 65 md. can read and write b. MI father b. VT mother b. NY Farmer homefarm 119
Viola Wife fw 59 can read and write b. MI father b. MI mother b. VT

COMMENT: On pg. 4A in Lamar, Barton Co., Missouri, is a George NOYES b. IL, parents from NH and CT, is also in Barton Co. It is not known currently who he may have been.

1920 MO, Barton Co.
Lamar Township
77/80 NOYES George Head 62 b. IL father b. NH mother b. CT Farmer General Farm
Minnie wife 57 b. IL father b. NH mother b. CT

The family in 1930.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Central, Barton, Missouri; Roll: T626_1175; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 2; Image: 0803.
Enumerated April 3
91 23/23 HARMON O. E. Head own Un Radio Not a farm mw 75, md at 23, can read and write, b. MI father b. VT mother b. NY no occupation
92 Emma Wife fw 69 md at 17, can read and write, b. MI father b. MI mother b. VT
93 24/24 NOYES Ray Head own Radio Farm mw 56, md at 21, can read and write, b. IL father b. MI mother b. VT, Farmer, Own farm
94 Betty Wife fw 52 , md at 17, can read and write, b. MO father b. IN mother b. IL

95 24/25 NOYES James Head rent mw 26, md at 22, b. IL mother b. MO Farmer own farm
96 Mildred wife fw 21, md at 18, can read and write, b. MO father b. Il mother b. MO bookkeeper bank

The obituaries of Bettie and Ray, and other photos, can be found linked in the Noyes Line section.

Dorothy Noyes McKenney and Pansy Noyes Bryant in Park

Courtesy of Nancy Benton

Candid shot, Dorothy Nadeen second from left and Pansy on the far right, daughters of Ray Noyes and Bettie Brewer Noyes. The other two women are unidentified. Spring or summer, all are in short sleeved, lightweight, print dresses, Pansy with a scarf about her head resting against a bench. Wind is blowing fiercely and perhaps they have been at a picnic which is wrapping up as some are holding their purses. It’s difficult to tell if Dorothy has removed a shoe and is perhaps shaking a stone out of it. A girl can be vaguely discerned in the background.

I’m guessing this image is from the 1940s and that it was likely taken in Liberal, Missouri.