Ida May Shellhorn1,2

b. Nov 27, 1861, d. Jun 14, 1944
FatherJacob Balsor Shellhorn3,4 b. Jan 16, 1820, d. Nov 11, 1905
MotherMary Moore3,4 b. Jan 9, 1832, d. Nov 26, 1908
     Ida May Shellhorn was born on Nov 27, 1861 in Richardson Co, NE.2,5,6,7,4,8
     Ida was listed as a daughter in Jacob Balsor Shellhorn's household on the 1880 Census in Speiser Precinct, Richardson Co, NE.4
     Ida May Shellhorn married Samuel Jackson DeWitt, son of Henry J. DeWitt and Eve Elizabeth Willmann, on Oct 20, 1881.1,9,5,6,7,3
     Ida and Samuel 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.10
     Ida was listed as Samuel Jackson DeWitt's wife on the 1900 Census in West Branch, Pawnee Co, NE.8
Mary Davenport and Anna Aikins (or vice versa) and Ida DeWitt
Photo courtesy Barbara Hettinger

Florence, Marie, Ida, Merle, Katie DeWitt
Photo courtesy Barbara Hettinger

     Ida was listed as Samuel Jackson DeWitt's wife on the 1920 Census in Chapman, Dickinson Co, KS.6
Ida DeWitt and Harvey Shellhorn
Photo courtesy Barbara Hettinger

Ida DeWitt, Lola Lee Stites, Samuel DeWitt
Photo courtesy Barbara Hettinger

     Ida and Samuel moved in 1926 to Salina, Saline Co, KS.5,9
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

     Ida May DeWitt was listed as a wife in Samuel Jackson DeWitt's household on the 1930 Census in 225 South Fourth, Salina, Saline Co, KS.7
Samuel and Ida Dewitt, Merle Dewitt
Photo courtesy of Barbara Hettinger

Samuel and Ida DeWitt
Photo courtesy of Barbara Hettinger

     Ida and Samuel was a member of Nazarene church, May, 1942, in Salina, Saline Co, KS.9,5
     Ida May DeWitt and Samuel Jackson DeWitt lived in May, 1942 in 534 S. Tenth, Salina, Saline Co, KS, with Merle and Alson.9
     Ida May Shellhorn was left a widow by Samuel Jackson DeWitt's death on May 27, 1942 in at home, Salina, Saline Co, KS.1,9,11,5
     Ida May Shellhorn lived with her daughter, Merle in Jun, 1942 in 611 West Grand, Salina, Saline Co, KS.5
     Ida May DeWitt died on Jun 14, 1944 in Salina, Saline Co, KS, at age 82.2,5 An obituary was published on Jun 15, 1944 in The Salina Journal in Salina, Saline Co, KS.5 Ida's funeral was held on Jun 16, 1944 at Salina Funeral Home in Salina, Saline Co, KS; Rev. J. Paul Reid conducted the service.5 She was buried on Jun 16, 1944 at Roselawn Cemetery, in Salina, Saline Co, in KS. Section E.2,5
Ida DeWitt
Roselawn Cemetery, Salina KS
Photo by Julia Langel


Samuel Jackson DeWitt b. September 9, 1859, d. May 27, 1942


  1. [S589] Mary Sejkora, "Email, Sejkora 10/27/1000," e-mail to Julia Langel, October 27, 2000.
  2. [S716] Ida May DeWitt Cemetery Marker, Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina, Saline Co, KS.
  3. [S1065] "Aikins Family Record", citing Jacob Shellhorn obituary.
  4. [S1291] 1880 U.S. Census, Nebraska, Richardson County, Speiser Precinct, ED 321, sheet 9A/533A, line 47, dwelling 82, family 86, Nebraska, Richardson County.
  5. [S765] The Salina Journal, June 15, 1944, page 12, column 4.
  6. [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.
  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. [S1737] 1900 U. S. Census, Nebraska, Pawnee County, West Branch, ED 128, page 9A/170, line 36, dwelling 174, family 174, Nebraska, Pawnee County.
  9. [S590] Obituary, DeWitt, Samuel J., May 28, 1942, page 3, column 5.
  10. [S1363] Marilyn Holzwarth, "Re: Samuel Jackson DeWitt," e-mail to Julia Langel, July 31, 2003, Re: Samuel Jackson DeWitt.
  11. [S712] Samuel J. DeWitt Cemetery Marker, Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina, Saline Co, KS.
  12. [S175] Sharon Shellhorn Phelps, Descendants of Barnet DeWitt, online
  13. [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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