NameMary Elizabeth Willey1
Birth3-8-1854, Clark County, IN
Death10-17-1936 Age: 82
BurialElmwood Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
FatherJohn Wesley Willey (1807-1881)
MotherElizabeth Leslie (1809-1886)
Death1-2-1876, Douglas Co, KS Age: 35
BurialOak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas
Marriage1872, Douglas Co, KS
Death1918 Age: 68
BurialElmwood Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Notes for Mary Elizabeth Willey
Mary was listed as age 6 on the 1860 Eudora, Douglas County, Kansas Territory census with her parents and siblings. Her parents were pioneer settlers in the Kansas Territory. At least three of her brothers served during the Civil War. Fletcher A. Willey, of the 1st. Light Artillery Battery, Kansas Volunteers, was captured and killed in 1863 in Tennessee. 

Mary Elizabeth Willey was first married to William A. Kneale. family trees place this marriage in 1872 in Douglas County, Kansas. W. A. Kneale and Mary are listed together on the 1875 Wakarusa, Douglas, Kansas census next to Mary's parents and with two small children, Mary Belle & William W., who died while still a young child.

Mary Elizabeth then married James A. Cole, a son of Jesse & Harriet Cole. Harriet, b. ca. 1810 in Ohio, was listed in Douglas County, Kansas from 1865 to 1885. Her husband, Jesse, born ca. 1807 in Ohio, was listed with her on the 1860 Blue, Jackson, Missouri and the 1850 Scioto County, Ohio census reports with a number of sons & daughters. Their graves have not been found.

James A. & Mary E. Cole were listed on the 1900 census in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri with Flora L., age 18, b. KS; Olive, age 16, b. KS; Orlando A., age 14, b. KS; Ada A., age 12, b. MO; Harry R., age 7, b. MO; Lola M., 3, b. MO. William H. Cole, age 66, b. OH, was also listed with the family as a brother of James A. Cole. James and Mary E. moved to California before 1910, where some of their family remained.

Family information states that Mary E. was cremated and buried in Elmwood Cemetery with her husband, James A. Cole, who was born in Ohio in September of 1850.
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