My grandmother’s eldest brother, Emery Waggoner, seems to have struggled financially much of his life, especially during the years after his wife Dewey’s death. When Dewey died in 1926, his children ranged in age from 15 (John) to 2 (Ruby). What a struggle that must have been for him and them!
|c1928, Emery Waggoner with John, James, Nannie, and Ruby.|
|Nannie and Lucille Waggoner in Minnesota|
The family was truly torn apart. As for Emery, the 1930 census shows him living in Minnesota and working as a farm laborer in “grain and stock” again. His marital status is “widowed,” and his children are not with him. He is boarding with a Norwegian family in Vallers Township, Lyons County.
Emery married a third time on 25 December 1932, to Julia Asbury or Asberry. I’m not sure where this marriage took place, and I can’t find anything to verify it. Julia was from Benton County, Missouri, and she and Emery lived in Warsaw in that county, so possibly this was the location of their marriage.
This time, his wife outlived him, but
the strange thing is that she was buried at a different cemetery from Emery— Lincoln
Cemetery ( Julia's memorial )—under
her maiden name. Did they divorce? I don’t know.
Between his marriage to Julia and his death, I can’t seem to find a trace of Emery, not even in the 1940 census. According to his memorial on Find A Grave web site ( Emery's memorial ), he died on 10 October 1966, and he was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Warsaw.
|L. to R.: Ruby, Marie, Emery, Julia, Nannie holding her son Douglas. In front is Ruby's daughter Melinda|
|Photo of Emery's tombstone, courtesy of Barbara Blum.|
His daughter Ruby also lived in Warsaw, and (we hope) contributed to his comfort in later years. Ruby is buried at Shawnee Cemetery in Warsaw, Missouri ( Ruby's memorial). She married at the young age of 17 to Arthur J. Fergerson, of Benton County, who was 58 at the time (big age span!). They had one daughter named Kathy. Apparently, as evidenced on her memorial, she remarried some one named Hensley after Arthur’s death in 1966, but I haven’t found that marriage record.
I'm not sure how well Emery's children weathered their traumatic childhood. Through the Ancestry.com, I've corresponded with two of Nannie's daughters who sent me the photos above, plus this lovely wedding photo of their parents. Nannie seems to have had a stable family.
|Wedding photo of Nannie Waggoner and Clarence O. Anderson, Minnesota.|
|This is Lucile with Nannie holding her daughter Bernetta, her firstborn, I think.|
Also the sisters seem to have stayed in touch with each other. This photo shows all four of them: Lucile, Marie, Ruby, and Nannie. Looks like the 1950s.
|Lucile, Marie , Ruby, Nannie|
 1930 U. S. census, Marion, Smyth County, Virginia, population schedule, supervisor’s district 8, p. 103 (stamped), enumeration district 87-7, sheet 4-A, dwelling 52, family 55, Silas Petty family; NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2461.
 1930 U. S. census, Vallers Township, Lyon County, Minnesota, population schedule, supervisor’s district 11, p. 895 (penned), enumeration district 42-29, sheet 2-B, dwelling 40, family 40, Emery Wagoner; NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1105.