Samuel Jackson DeWitt

b. Sep 9, 1859, d. May 27, 1942
FatherHenry J. DeWitt1 b. Feb 5, 1824, d. Aug 28, 1891
MotherEve Elizabeth Willmann1 b. Jun 17, 1828, d. Jan 8, 1884
     Samuel was born in Richardson Co, NE, on Sep 9, 1859.2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
     Eve, Elisha, Jacob, Christina, Anna, Mary, Samuel and Lewis was listed as a household member living with Henry J. DeWitt in the 1860 Census in Richardson Co, NE; Henry was a farmer, with $450 in personal property.6
     Samuel was listed as a lodger living with Jacob Balsor Shellhorn's household on the 1880 Census in Speiser Precinct, Richardson Co, NE.8
     Samuel Jackson DeWitt married Ida May Shellhorn, daughter of Jacob Balsor Shellhorn and Mary Moore, on Oct 20, 1881.10,3,11,5,7,12
     Samuel got a Receiver's Receipt on Nov 5, 1887 in Lawn Ridge Township, Cheyenne Co, KS, but there is no record of his having finished the process of getting a land patent.13
     Samuel Jackson DeWitt was listed on the tax roll in Lawn Ridge Township, Cheyenne Co, KS, in 1891.13
     Samuel and Ida moved in 1891 to NE; there was a terrible drought in Cheyenne County during the early 1890's, and this probably forced the family to move back to Nebraska.14
     Samuel was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census in West Branch, Pawnee Co, NE. The family was renting a farm. Ira and Bertha were in school. S Cruse was boarding with the family..9
     He resided in Chapman, Dickinson Co, KS, in Dec, 1916.15,16
     Samuel was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census in Chapman, Dickinson Co, KS. Samuel was a clerk in a grocery store. The family was renting. Mary and Florence were both teaching in public schools..5
     Samuel Jackson DeWitt was farmer a about 1920 in Saline Co, KS.3
Ida DeWitt, Lola Lee Stites, Samuel DeWitt
Photo courtesy Barbara Hettinger

     Samuel and Ida moved in 1926 to Salina, Saline Co, KS.11,3
Group photo of Samuel Jackson DeWitt and Ida Shellhorn DeWitt taken on their 45th wedding anniversary at their home on 4th St., Salina, KS.

Information provided by Myra DeWitt, Gertrude DeWitt Small, and Jane DeWitt Smith, daughters of Lyle B and Hazel Smith DeWitt.

Back row: Lloyd DeWitt, oldest child of Ira and Katie; Merle DeWitt, Florence DeWitt Stites, Clyde DeWitt, Bertha DeWitt Webster, Bertha’s husband “Bud” Warren Myron Webster; Katie Grubb (Mrs. Ira) DeWitt; Ira DeWitt.

Middle Row: Oren Webster, oldest child of Bertha and “Bud” DeWitt; Russell DeWitt, 2nd child of Ira and Katie; “Babe” Fayette Weaver holding one of their twins, either Keith or Kenneth, and Mary Elizabeth “ Marie” Weaver holding the other twin. Keith and Kenneth’s date of birth is 10 July1925. Blanche Beatrice Parks DeWitt (Mrs. Clyde) holding son Dale. Lyle DeWitt (Just above his mother’s left shoulder); Lyle’s wife Hazel Smith DeWitt holding their 4th child, Jane, whose birthday is Nov 14, 1926. On Hazel’s left is Evangeline DeWitt (3rd child of Ira and Katie DeWitt).

Front Row: Gordon Webster, 2nd child of Bertha and “Bud” Webster; Lola Lee Stites, only child of Florence DeWitt Stites; Mary Ellen DeWitt (4th child of Ira and Katie);Gwen Weaver, oldest child of “Babe” and “Marie” Weaver ; Samuel J DeWitt, Ida DeWitt, Gertrude DeWitt (3rd child of Lyle and Hazel DeWitt); Myra DeWitt (2nd child of Lyle and Hazel) and Marian DeWitt, oldest daughter of Lyle and Hazel. At the end of the row, Ida Fay Webster, 3rd child of Bertha and “Bud”.

Photo courtesy Barbara Hettinger

     Samuel was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census in 225 South Fourth, Salina, Saline Co, KS. Samuel owned his house, which was worth $2,000. Merle was a nurse, employed, but the industry column is illegible.7
Samuel and Ida Dewitt, Merle Dewitt
Photo courtesy of Barbara Hettinger

Lyle DeWitt, Samuel DeWitt, Bruce Cunningham, Marian DeWitt Cunningham

Taken c 1938

Photo courtesy Barbara Hettinger

     In 1939, Samuel had a stroke. Myra moved in with her grandparents for a year to take care of him.17
Samuel and Ida DeWitt
Photo courtesy of Barbara Hettinger

     Samuel Jackson DeWitt and Ida May DeWitt lived in May, 1942 in 534 S. Tenth, Salina, Saline Co, KS, with Merle and Alson.3
     Samuel and Ida was a member of Nazarene church, May, 1942, in Salina, Saline Co, KS.3,11
     Samuel Jackson DeWitt died on May 27, 1942 in at home, Salina, Saline Co, KS, at age 82.10,3,4,11 An obituary was published on May 28, 1942 in the Salina Journal in Salina, Saline Co, KS.3 Samuel's funeral was held on May 30, 1942 in Salina, Saline Co, KS; held at the Nazarene church, 2 pm, Rev George Lake and Rev. Cox officiating.3 He was buried on May 30, 1942 at Roselawn Cemetery, in Salina, Saline Co, in KS. Section E.3,4
Samuel DeWitt
Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina KS


Ida May Shellhorn b. November 27, 1861, d. June 14, 1944


  1. [S386] Internet Posting, Blackford Co, IN Rootsweb.
  2. [S293] 1850 Census IN, Blackford Co, Washington Twp.
  3. [S590] Obituary, DeWitt, Samuel J., May 28, 1942, page 3, column 5.
  4. [S712] Samuel J. DeWitt Cemetery Marker, Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina, Saline Co, KS.
  5. [S924] 1920 U. S. Census, Kansas, Dickinson County, Chapman, ED 50, sheet 12A/264, line 40, 184 Logan Avenue, dwelling 184, family 184, Kansas, Dickinson County.
  6. [S932] 1860 U. S. Census, Nebraska, Richardson County, Spizer Precinct, page 65, line 18, dwelling 546, family 531, Nebraska, Richardson County.
  7. [S1062] 1930 U. S. Census, Kansas, Saline County, Salina, ED 85-19, sheet 16A/213, line 23, 225 South Fourth, dwelling 353, family 412, Kansas, Saline County.
  8. [S1291] 1880 U.S. Census, Nebraska, Richardson County, Speiser Precinct, ED 321, sheet 9A/533A, line 47, dwelling 82, family 86, Nebraska, Richardson County.
  9. [S1737] 1900 U. S. Census, Nebraska, Pawnee County, West Branch, ED 128, page 9A/170, line 36, dwelling 174, family 174, Nebraska, Pawnee County.
  10. [S589] Mary Sejkora, "Email, Sejkora 10/27/1000," e-mail to Julia Langel, October 27, 2000.
  11. [S765] The Salina Journal, June 15, 1944, page 12, column 4.
  12. [S1065] "Aikins Family Record", citing Jacob Shellhorn obituary.
  13. [S1363] Marilyn Holzwarth, "Samuel Jackson DeWitt," e-mail to Julia Langel, June 30, 2003, Samuel Jackson DeWitt.
  14. [S1363] Marilyn Holzwarth, "Re: Samuel Jackson DeWitt," e-mail to Julia Langel, July 31, 2003, Re: Samuel Jackson DeWitt.
  15. [S454] Chapman Advertiser, December 21, 1916, page 1, column 1.
  16. [S454] Chapman Advertiser, December 21, 1916, page 1, column 1, page 1, column 1.
  17. [S1543] Barbara Hettinger, "Ira DeWitt family," e-mail to Julia Langel, April 12, 2009, Ira DeWitt family.
  18. [S175] Sharon Shellhorn Phelps, Descendants of Barnet DeWitt, online
  19. [S1543] Barbara Hettinger, "Re: Your Website (Group photo of Samuel Jackson DeWitt and Ida Shellhorn DeWitt)," e-mail to Julia Langel, September 9, 2004, Re: Your Website (Group photo of Samuel Jackson DeWitt and Ida Shellhorn DeWitt).
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