Individual Record 18

Name}   Ellison, Rebecca Jane (Becky or Anna) Family History} Hancock              
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Female
Birth:   Date} Fam 16 Sep 1881 Place} ,   , Missouri
Marr.: Date} Exa 21 Mar 1897 Place} , Carroll, Arkansas     (Link)
Marr.: Date} Cir                1936 Place}       (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 19 Mar 1938 Place} Dallas Hotel, Coffeyville, Montgomery, Kansas
Burial: Date} Exa 21 Mar 1938 Place} Fairview Cemetery, Coffeyville, Montgomery, Kansas
  Grave Marker} No
Source 1}   60 = Family notes
Source 2}   62 = 1900 USA cen
Source 3}   93 = Pension rec
Source 4}   96 = 1910 USA cen
Source 5}     9 = Biography
Source 6} 360 = Newspaper
Source 7} 361 = Town directory
Source 8} 362 = Mortuary rec
Source 9} 363 = Obituary
Source 10}675 = Photographs
Source 11}701 = Photographs
Source 12}375 = Biography
Source 13}715 = Land deed
Parents: } Rev. John Harding Ellison & Sarah Elizabeth McCord
   Relationship No.}   25
1st Household No.} 227 = Golden, Barry, Missouri
      Occupation 1} Board house operator
       Occupation 2} Manager/administrator
Spouses:   Prime} McFarren, William Henry (Will)
                              Brown, ?
 Total Number of} 2
Notes:  Rebecca loved good cars and fine clothes, and was very neat and was quite good looking.

She owned and operated a hotel business, the Cash Hotel, for over 20 years at several addresses on South Walnut Street in Coffeyville.  There was a furniture store on the ground floor and the hotel was upstairs.  Her granddaughter Viola was born there in September 1920.

Rebecca bought one lot of land in Napa in October 1922.  Eleven years latter she paid off the mortgage and sold the lot to her daughter Bess for $1.00 (per Source 715).

Viola remembered when Grandma Unnie (Rebecca) came out to visit in 1928 — the only visit she ever made to Napa.  "I remember when we all went with Grandma Unnie to see Uncle Dode at Eel Rock on the Eel River."

Rebecca would send a trunk full of toys to Napa each Christmas.  She gave Bess and Simeon a three-piece grey mohair sofa outfit.

All of Rebecca's relatives called her Becky.  However, Aunt Jo was with her during an illness when it came time to renew her hotel license.  Aunt Jo went to the city hall to get it and somehow they put Anna on the license.  From that day on she was called Anna.
Rebecca Jane Ellison The photo at the left shows Rebecca and her new 1932 Studebaker roadster.

Bess and granddaughter Lorraine went to Coffeyville in December of 1937 while Viola was running the lab and x-ray at Imola.  Rebecca had cancer of the uterus and a maid in the hotel had called Bess to tell her to come.  They stayed back there for a couple of days.

Rebecca died at her Dallas Hotel at 108½ East Eighth Street in March 1938.  She was a very good business woman and a good manager.  However, she was generous to a fault and illness left her penniless when she died.

Rebecca married a man named Brown a couple of years before she died.  His first name might have been Simpson or Ward.  He was in Western Kansas when she died; they had separated.  He came to Napa to see Bess at the Green Lantern during World War II.

Bess's cousin Pearl took care of the funeral arrangements when Rebecca died.  Aunt Jo was there also.

See the photo of the Fairview cemetery, Section R3 (Source 362).  She is buried in an unmarked grave at lot 78.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death} 8:15 A.M. Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}   Rebecca Jane Ellison
Confirm. Date}   Photos}   Rebecca's portrait
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade}              or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                   for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
 Cause of Death} Cancer of the uterus
Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated}   9 Apr 2010
Date Created}  21 Jun  1994
Copyright © 2004, 2010 by Daniel W. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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