Ida Gertrude DeWitt1,2

b. May 9, 1923, d. Sep 10, 2009
FatherLyle Beech DeWitt1,3,4,5 b. Oct 7, 1894, d. Feb 11, 1961
MotherHazel Smith1,3,4,5
     Ida Gertrude DeWitt was also known as Gertrude.3,4 She was born on May 9, 1923 in Chapman, Dickinson Co, KS.3,6,5
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

     Gertrude DeWitt was listed as a daughter in Lyle Beech DeWitt's household on the 1930 Census in Wisconsin Street, Wilson, Ellsworth Co, KS.3
     Gertrude DeWitt graduated from Wilson High School in 1940 in KS.5
Myra, Jane, Gertrude, Mary Ellen DeWitt Burnison

     Ida Gertrude DeWitt married Richard Small on Oct 12, 1949 in Wilson, Ellsworth Co, Ks.2,5
     Gertrude Small lived in Mar, 2001 in McPherson, McPherson Co, KS.2
     Gertrude Small lived in Mar, 2007 in Riverview Manor, Oxford, Sumner Co, KS.6
     Gertrude Small died on Sep 10, 2009 in Riverview Manor, Oxford, Sumner Co, KS, at age 86.5 An obituary was published on Sep 16, 2009 in the Winfiled Daily Courier in Winfield, Cowley Co, KS.5


Richard Small


  1. [S175] Sharon Shellhorn Phelps, Descendants of Barnet DeWitt, online
  2. [S363] Obituary for Myra DeWitt, March 27, 2001, on-line.
  3. [S1233] 1930 U. S. Census, Kansas, Ellsworth County, Wilson, ED 23, sheet 3A, line 47, Wisconsin Street, dwelling 76, family 78, Kansas, Ellsworth County.
  4. [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).
  5. [S1543] Barbara Hettinger, "Obituary," e-mail to Julia Langel, September 17, 2009, Obituary.
  6. [S1543] Barbara Hettinger, "Birthday for Gertrude Small," e-mail to Julia Langel, March 23, 1007, Birthday for Gertrude Small.
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