Lyle Beech DeWitt1,2

b. Oct 7, 1894, d. Feb 11, 1961
FatherSamuel Jackson DeWitt3,4,5 b. Sep 9, 1859, d. May 27, 1942
MotherIda May Shellhorn3,6,5 b. Nov 27, 1861, d. Jun 14, 1944
     Lyle Beech DeWitt was born on Oct 7, 1894 in Pawnee City, Pawnee Co, NE.3,7,8
     Lyle Beech DeWitt was listed as a son in Samuel Jackson DeWitt's household on the 1900 Census in West Branch, Pawnee Co, NE.9
     Lyle Beech DeWitt married Hazel Smith, daughter of Silas Barnes Smith, circa 1915.3,7,8,5
     Lyle was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census in Carneiro, Ellsworth Co, KS. The family was renting. Lyle was a farmer..7
     Lyle lost his hand in 1927; he moved in with his parents and Marie took care of him.10
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

     Lyle was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census in Wisconsin Street, Wilson, Ellsworth Co, KS. Lyle was a commercial traveler, selling drugs. The family rented for $8 per month. Marian, Myra and Gertrude were in school.8
Lyle DeWitt, Samuel DeWitt, Bruce Cunningham, Marian DeWitt Cunningham

Taken c 1938

Photo courtesy Barbara Hettinger

DeWitt Siblings

Lyle DeWitt, Marie Weaver, Bertha Webster, Ira DeWitt, Merle Sherman, Clyde DeWitt, Florence Stites

Taken at a funeral -- either Samuel's, in 1942, or Ida's, in 1944

Photo courtesy Barbara Hettinger

     Lyle Beech DeWitt lived in May, 1942 in Wilson, Ellsworth Co, KS.4
     Lyle Beech DeWitt lived in Jun, 1944 in Wilson, Ellsworth Co, KS.6
Lyle DeWitt 1949
Photo courtesy of Barbara Hettinger

From left: Lyle and Hazel DeWitt, Bud and Bertha Webster, Marie and Babe Weaver
Taken on front porch at Ralph and Ida Fay Farrington's, 904 N Paul, Ellsworth, KS on July 6, 1958
Photo courtesy of Warren Farrington

     Lyle Beech DeWitt died on Feb 11, 1961 in Wilson, Ellsworth Co, KS, at age 66.3 He was buried at Wilson Cemetery, Ellsworth Co, in KS.12
Hazel and Lyle DeWitt
Wilson Cemetery, Ellsworth Co, KS


Hazel Smith


  1. [S175] Sharon Shellhorn Phelps, Descendants of Barnet DeWitt, online, this source has it spelled beach.
  2. [S1624] Sandra Kruback, "unknown cd1," e-mail to Julia Langel.
  3. [S175] Sharon Shellhorn Phelps, Descendants of Barnet DeWitt, online
  4. [S590] Obituary, DeWitt, Samuel J., May 28, 1942, page 3, column 5.
  5. [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).
  6. [S765] The Salina Journal, June 15, 1944, page 12, column 4.
  7. [S983] 1920 U. S. Census, Kansas, Ellsworth County, Carneiro, ED 34, sheet 6A/174, line 36, dwelling 117, family 117, Kansas, Ellsworth County.
  8. [S1233] 1930 U. S. Census, Kansas, Ellsworth County, Wilson, ED 23, sheet 3A, line 47, Wisconsin Street, dwelling 76, family 78, Kansas, Ellsworth 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. [S1543] Barbara Hettinger, "Ira DeWitt family," e-mail to Julia Langel, April 12, 2009, Ira DeWitt family.
  11. [S1890] Warren Farrington, "warren Farrington," e-mail to Julia Langel, March 5, 2011, warren Farrington.
  12. [S1543] Barbara Hettinger, "Cunningham-DeWitt memorial garden," e-mail to Julia Langel, May 21, 2007, Cunningham-DeWitt memorial garden.
  13. [S363] Obituary for Myra DeWitt, March 27, 2001, on-line.
  14. [S1543] Barbara Hettinger, "Obituary," e-mail to Julia Langel, September 17, 2009, Obituary.
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