Ozias DANCY Hazel DANCY Josie DANCY Ferna DANCY Ada Mae DANCY Lillie May ICE Florinda A FARMER Mini tree diagram

Travis DANCY1,2,6,3,4,7,7

1st Aug 18826 - 10th Jun 19585

Life History

1st Aug 1882

Born in Spencer County, Indiana.1,2,3,4

(most likely)

about 1883

Born in Indiana.6

(less likely)

24th Nov 1910

Married Lillie May ICE in Boonville, Warrick, Indiana.1,10,7,7

about 1912

Birth of daughter Hazel DANCY in Indiana.1,4

about 1914

Birth of daughter Josie DANCY in Indiana.4,1

about 1916

Birth of daughter Ferna DANCY in Indiana.4,1

1917

Resident in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2

23rd Sep 1926

Birth of daughter Ada Mae DANCY in Arkansas.8,9,4

10th Jun 1958

Died in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.5

Notes

  • It appears that Travis Dancy had no middle name.  He is always listedin only that way, except for the 1920 census when he is Trav Dancy.His WWI Draft Registration, which usually has the full three names,has only Travis Dancy, with the space for the middle name blank, andthat is how he signs his name.

    The earliest information I first find Travis Dancy is in 1910, when heis a single man working his own rented farm in his native state ofIndiana.  He lives a little distance from his parents Ozias andFlorinda Dancy, in Skelton Township, Warrick County, Indiana.  He isage 27, and according to later reports he marries during the nextyear.

    1910 Federal Census, Warrick County, Indiana, 30 April, SkeltonTownship, District 176, page 12A, Hse #236, Fam #240
    Dancy, Travis Head M W 27 Single IN KY IN Farmer

    This census reports Travis was born in Indiana.  His WWI DraftRegistration gives us more information, stating his birth as SpencerCounty, Indiana.

    I later found the marriage information for Travis and Lillie May Ice.They were married in Warrick County, Indiana, on 24 November 1910.  Welearn also from the marriage registry that Travis was born on 1 August1882.  This correlates with the census reports, if we know hisbirthday was in November, after the censuses.  This marriage registryalso clarified Lillie's name and gives us her maiden name.  Thetranscriptions of her name are given as Lulu.  The 1920 census entryis scrawled, but does look like Lulu.

    With this last name, I then noticed that in 1910 Travis was single forthe April census, in the house next to where Travis was boarding was aman named Ehrman Ice, age 28.  This Ehrman is reported as thebrother-in-law of the Head of house, George F Williams.  This wouldseem to mean that his wife Isabella is from the Ice family.  This issuch an unusual name, I expect that Isabella and Ehrman are siblingsof Lillie May, and this could explain how they met.

    Then I found that next door to Travis' parents in Prairie Township,Arkansas County, Arkansas, in 1920, is a George Williams, age 50, whomatches Isabella Ice's husband of age 40 in 1910 in Warrick County,Indiana.  But his birth states are different (which is not in itselfdefinitive in the censuses), but he is listed as single. Travis' WWIregistration in 1942 shows him married and his address as in care ofGeorge Williams, but working for himself.

    An excerpt of the wedding announcement and story of their move toArkansas was found in NewspaperArchive.com.

    "Travis Dancy and Miss Lillie Ice were married by Rev. O. P. Ellis atthe F. M. parsonage last Thursday morning."
    --  Boonville Standard, Boonville, Indiana, Dec 2 1910, viaNewspaperARCHIVE.com

    "Miss Lillie M. Ice and Travis Dancy of this place were united inmarriage at the home of Rev. Ellis, of Tennyson, November 24. Theyleft, Monday, for DeWitt, Ark.', where they will reside."
    --  Boonville Weekly Enquirer, Boonville, Indiana, Dec 2 1910, viaNewspaperArchive.com

    In 1920, Travis has married and moved his family to Arkansas.  He andhis parents are living in neighboring houses in Prairie Township ofArkansas County, near the town of St Charles on the White River.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 5 February, PrairieTownship, District 15, page 5B, Country Road, Hse/Fam #92
    Dancy, Travis Head M W  37  IN IN IN Farmer [b abt 1883]
    Dancy, Lulu Wife F W  37  IN IN IN [b abt 1883]
    Dancy, Hazel Daughter F W  8  IN IN IN [b abt 1912]
    Dancy, Josie Daughter F W  6  IN IN IN [b abt 1914]
    Dancy, Ferna  Daughter F W  4  IN IN IN [b abt 1916]

    Before I found the marriage information, it appeared from the birth ofthe children we can that Travis and Lillie married about 1910-11.  Iwould think they moved to Arkansas after the birth of the last child,which would be between 1917 and 1919.  The birth state informationhere is not reliable, since it says everyone in this family and bothhis parents and their parents were all born in Indiana.  We know thisis not true for Travis' father.  His Kentucky marriage record giveshis birth as in Wayne County, Kentucky.

    In 1920 Travis and his wife are both reported as born in Indiana, andwe now know that they married there, had their three children, thenmoved with his parents to Arkansas.

    In 1930 they are living in what appears to be the same location inPrairie Township.  Travis' mother Flora is now a widow.  We learn forthe Arkansas Death Index that his father Ozias passed away in June1928.  Flora is living alone next door to Travis and his family.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 14 April, PrairieTownship, Public Road, District 7, page 4B, Hse #68, Fam #69
    Dancy, Travis Head M W  47  first married at age 28  IN KY IN CottonFarmer [b abt 1883]
    Dancy, Lillie Wife F W  43  first married at age 24  IN WV IL [b abt1891]
    Dancy, Hazel Daughter F W  18  AR IN IN [b abt 1912]
    Dancy, Josie Daughter F W  16  AR IN IN [b abt 1914]
    Dancy, Fernie Daughter F W  14  AR IN IN [b abt 1916]
    Dancy, Ada May Daughter F W  3(?)  AR IN IN [b abt 1927]

    The age for Ada May looks like a 3 that has had a line drawn throughit, and a smaller figure, perhaps an 8, placed to the left of the 3.But her known birthday was in September 1926, which would mean in 1930she was 3, until her 4th birthday in September.  I am recording herage here as 3.

    This census indicates that Travis was 28 when he first married.  Hewas age 27 in the 1910 census, when he was single. Now form themarriage registry we know that he had his birthday in August and theymarried in November of 1910.  The birth states of Travis and hisparents match the 1910 census, where he is reported as born inIndiana.

    Now in this census, all four girls are reported as born in Arkansas.In 1920 we were told that the first three had been born in Indiana.If the 1830 census is correct, then Travis and Lulu moved soon afterthey were married, at no later than early 1912, before Hazel was born.

    Travis' mother is living next door to them, as a widow in her ownhousehold, with no occupation.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 14 April, PrairieTownship, Public Road, District 7, page 4B, Hse #70, Fam #71
    Dancy, Flora Head F W  65  Widow IN IN IN

    In 1940, they are stil lin the same houses.

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 22 April, PrairieTownship, District 1-24, page 9A, Btwn Road 1 and 146, Hse #132, Rents$2
    Dancy, Travis Head M W 57 Grade 8 b Indiana same house in 1935 CottonFarmer
    Dancy, Lillie Wife F W 53 Grade 8 b Indiana same house in 1935
    Dancy, Ada May Dau F W 13 Single Grade 8 b Ark same house in 1935

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 22 April, PrairieTownship, District 1-24, page 9A, Btwn Road 1 and 146, Hse #133, Owns$250
    Dancy, Flora Head F W 73 Widow Grade 5 b Indiana same house in 1935

    No death record has been found, but genealogies report his death as 10Jun 1958 in Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.

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