I’ve been working long & hard on the whereabouts of Dora Perry’s grave.
I thought I had a sure lead this time, where I had found the paperwork for her sister Fanny aka Vessie West whom married Lacy Bobo Powell. She died very young as well, and Lacy remarried.

I was trying to tie Vassie West Powell to our family tree, with documented proof, but it’s not working as well as I’d hoped.

Vassie was, as I believe, born Fanny West to Berry & Lizzie Daniel West.

Idaho marriage
Name: Vassie West
Marriage Date: 20 Feb 1909
Marriage Place: Ada, Idaho
Spouse: Lacy B Powell

Same County as brother Solomon Job West.

1910 Census
Name: Vassie Powell
Age in 1910: 17
Birth Year: abt 1893
Birthplace: Arkansas
Home in 1910: Kuna, Ada, Idaho
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Lacy Powell
Father’s Birthplace: South Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia

Marvin’s birth certificate says that she was born in Cali, but if I’m right, her parents had only moved to Cali.
Name: Marvin Lacey Powell
Birth Date: 5 Feb 1911
Birth Place: Nampa, Ada, Idaho, USA
Father Name: Lacey Bobo Powell
Father Age: 30
Father Birth Place: Kentucky
Mother Name: Vassie West
Mother Age: 20
Mother Birth Place: California
Certificate Year: 1911
Certificate Number: 273251

Bernard Barton “Berry” West
Birth 5 Mar 1859 in Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
Death 2 Mar 1952 in Winton, Merced, California, USA

Modesto Bee Merced. March 4 1952. Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 PM tomorrow at Ivers and Alcorn Chapel for Berry Barton West, 92, of Winton, who died suddenly while rabbit hunting in the Winton Area Sunday. Rev. Earle R. Harvey, Merced Presbyterian Church pastor, will officiate. Interment will be in the family plot in Winton Cemetery. West leaves three sons, Thomas J. West of Winton, S. J. West of Elsinore and John M. West of Alhambra; two daughters Mrs. Cynthia J. Kimbriel of Winto and Mrs. Cora S. Newstrom of Los Angeles, and seven grandchildren.

Margaret Elizabeth Daniel
Birth 26 Jan 1864 in Batesville, Habersham, Georgia
Death 10 May 1946 in Merced, California, USA

Known children:

Cynthia “Kezarah” West Kimbriel on her father’s obit it says Cynthia J Kimbriel, but that’s not unusual to have an typo in the paper. My mom’s was really wrong.
1879 – 1970

M. A. “Dora” West
1880 – 1900

Bessie West
1885 – 1900

Solomon Job West
1886 – 1979

John Madison West
1889 – 1982

Vassie Fanny West
1892 – 1920

Thomas Jeptha West
1895 – 1980

Cora Connie West Newstrom
1899 – 1995

I know this isn’t what it shows on a few other trees, but most of it, as far as I can tell, comes from a phone conversation with a girl & her uncle. I’m not challenging that, I’m merely going by what seems reasonable, in my mind. Since the niece states that she had no info on Kezarah or Bessie West, and known daughter Cynthia isn’t listed either on her research, but is on one census with family & with her hubby, that at one point they divorce & then remarry, she’s listed as Cosine. It’s a safe bet that she is in fact Kezarah. I’ll continue to look for legal or gov’t paperwork to prove it.

On the 1900 census mother Lizzie says that she had 8 children, 7 living. Which would be Bessie West has past away, because we know Dora hasn’t given birth to Bessie until November, but I can’t find her & Richard Perry living anywhere in 1900. Since, they did sneak off, it’s almost a safe bet that they didn’t want to be found, but Bessie was born in Van Buren, Newton, Arkansas in 22 Nov 1900, they may have just moved back?!?

Name: Richard Perry
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1877
Residence: Copark, Newton, Arkansas
Spouse’s Name: MA West
Spouse’s Gender: Female
Spouse’s Residence: Copark, Newton, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 7 May 1899
Marriage License Date: 3 May 1899
Marriage County: Newton
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 1035373

I was hoping to find Vassie’s grave or any info leading to it. All this, in hopes of finding a family cemetery or small graveyard that would possibly have my husband’s Great-Grandmother Dora West Perry buried.
The Older Metcalf’s & Perry’s say that her parents had a lot of money & forbid Richard & Dora to marry. But they did, had one child, daughter Bessie Jane Perry. Dora die in childbirth or from complications thereof & her family moved to Cali. Richard stays in Arkansas, marries a girl, Laney Matilda “Tilda” Davis, from his hometown in Tennessee, then they move to Rockcastle, Kentucky and on to Ohio.

Which seems to be accurate.

I’m still looking for definitive proof!

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Because someone we love is in Heaven, there is a little bit of heaven in our home.

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