First I would like to thank all who have helped with my query.Especially “Bill” who provided the interesting Toledo Blade article.That article sure left a lot of questions as to who were the individual involved.In hoping to help others researching this family I am giving what my research has found.As there has been a short time to do this I have mainly used the Internet which is a dangerous thing to do.Therefore, if you are serious about this family primary sources must be checked.Hopefully, this will be a good guideline for you.
The article in the Toledo Blade dated 20 Nov 1883 and titled “Murder Suicide” references the following names:
Name Given in Newspaper What I Believe the Name Is
William C. Hemry William C. Hemry, or Hemery
Widow Stevens Permelia (Gregg) Thompson-Stevens-Hemery
John Liba son-in-law of Mrs. Hemry John Libey
mother of son-in-law Liba, Mrs. Liba senior Aboline Libey
daughter of Mrs. Hemry Mary E. (Thompson) Libey
Other facts given in newspaper article:
• William C. Hemry, husband of Mrs. Hemry whom he killed and then committed suicide on 20 Nov. 1883 at Swanton, Fulton Co. Ohio.William had married the Widow Stevens over two years ago from time of deaths.He had been married before and had lived at Templeton’s Crossing with wife and son several years before his death1.
Question becomes who are the Liba’s and how do the names Permelia Gregg and Mary Thompson fit into this?
What have I learned?
Mrs. Hemry had been married three times.The second time to a Mr. Stevens and the third time to William C. Hemry.So who was her first husband?
Her death record gives the following information: Permelia Hemery, female, death date: 19 Nov 1883, death place: S.C.T., (Swan Creek Twp.) Fulton County, Ohio, birth date: 1839, marital status; married, father’s name: Mathew Gregg, mother’s name; Mrs. Mathew Gregg.2
Mathew Gregg was born ca 1805 in Pennsylvania on 6 Feb 1834 he married at Ruggles, Huron County, Ohio Mary Hall who was born ca 1812 in Ohio.They resided in 1840 at Ruggles, Ashland County, Ohio, 1850 Townsend Twp., Huron Co., Ohio, 1860 Florence Twp., Williams Co., Ohio and 1870 Barry Co., Mich.
Mathew and Mary Gregg had the following children:
Pamela b.ca 1835 in Ohio, subject of this query response (More info below).
Alfred Gregg b. ca 1840 in Ruggles Twp., Ohio, married first Mary Freeman and second Matilda Cole.He died 17 Sep 1906 at the Soldiers Home in Grand Rapids, Kent Co. Mich.
William Gregg b. 10 May 1844 in Ohio, married Francis Quenett 2 Jun 1872, He died 15 Aug 1921 at Saline, Washtenaw County, Mich.
Lucius Gregg b. 25 Oct 1852 in Ohio, married Amy Casewell 28 May 1887.He died 19 Feb 1916 at Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Mich.
The first known child of Mathew and Mary Gregg has her name found as follows: Pamela, Permela, Parmalia, and Amelia.For this summary I will refer to her as Permela.
In the 1850 census of Townsend Twp., Huron County, Ohio are listed:
Mathew Gregg 45 PA
Mary Gregg 37 OH
Permela Gregg 13 OH
Alfred Gregg 8 OH
William Gregg 3 OH
6 Jun 1858 Parmelia Jane Gregg married William D. Thompson at Williams Co. Ohio.3
In 1860 census of Florence, Williams Co. Ohio is Mathew Gregg family consisting of *Nathan Gregg 55 PA
Mary Gregg 47 OH
Alfred Gregg 18 OH
William Gregg 13 OH
LuciusGregg 9. OH
*Note: name is indexed as Nathan and looks like Nathan, but looking at old handwriting it is easy to see the name could also be Mathew.
In 1860 census of Northwest Twp., Williams County, Ohio is:
Wm. D. Thompson 29 OH
Pamelia Thompson 24 OH
Mary Thompson 5/12 OH
The above census returns and the marriage record put Parmelia and Gregg’s in same county and also Parmelia with a daughter Mary born ca 1860.
According to the Ohio State Adjutant General Official Rosters of the Civil War, Vol. IV, a William D. Thompson age 32 enlisted in Co. A, 38th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on 22 Sep 1862 and died 26 Nov. 1862 at Pilot Knob, Tennessee.
On ancestry.com civil war pension index they show a widow pension for Pamela J. Thompson, widow of William D. Thompson of Co. A, 38th Ohio Infantry being filed Dec. 1862.There is also a minor pension filed 29 Jun 1866 for minor of P.J. Stevens under the soldiers name William D. Thompson of Co. A, 38 Ohio Inf.This is interesting because we know from the newspaper article that Mrs. Hemrey was mentioned as Widow Stevens.The 1860 census above shows Wm. D. Thompson, Pamelia Thompson and 5 month old Mary Thompson.
I have not been able to locate a marriage record for Pamelia (Gregg) Thompson to a man named Stevens.I am suspecting his name was Jacob Stevens.I have tentatively reached this because of the following information:
A Jacob M. Stevens age 35, died 17 March 1878 at Swan Creek, Fulton County, Ohio.4
This would make Permelia a widow in 1878 and eligible to marry William Hemry around 1880.Also the location of Jacob M. Stevens is in Swan Creek which is the right location.To further help substantiate the name of Jacob Stevens I have found in the 1870 census of Campbell, Ionia County, Michigan the following:
Jacob Stevens 30 OH
Jane Stevens 30 OH
*Elizabeth Stevens 10 OH
Sarah Stevens 8 OH
Not named Stevens 3 months MI
*Mary Thompson is listed in other sources as Mary E. Thompson.I believe her middle name may have been Elizaberth and this Elizabeth Stevens is her.Yes, this is shaky evidence but the following 1880 census may help substantiate this:
1880 U.S. Census of Swan Creek, Fulton County, Ohio
Amelia Stevens 42 OH
Sarah Stevens dau 18 OH
Hattie E. Stevens dau 10 MI
Amelia being listed as a widow.Could Amelia be another name for Parmelia?Sarah and Hattie match the age and birth locations of Sarah and “not named” listed in above 1870 census of Michigan.
21 Aug 1879 Mary Thompson married John Liby at Fulton County, Ohio.5
Thus she is not in the 1880 census with her mother.
1880 U.S. Census of Swan Creek Twp., Fulton County, Ohio gives the following:
John Liby 23 OH
Mary E. Liby wife 19 OH
Abaline Liby mother 48 OH
John Teachman uncle 46 OH
1900 census of Swan Creek Twp., Fulton County, Ohio shows:
John T. Libey head May 1857 m. 21 yrs OH
Mary E. Libey wife Mar 1860m. 21 yrs OH
Lucy J. Libey dau. Sep1880 OH
John Libey son Oct 1881 OH
Leroy Libey son Sep 1883 OH
Tillie A. Libey dau. Oct 1887 OH
Maryan Libey dau. Sep 1892 OH
Abaline Libey Mother Dec 1831 OH
John Teachman Uncle Sep 1834 OH
LeRoy Libey (believed to be the Leroy in the above 1900 census) age 25 married 16 Apr 1908 Grace M. Franklin at Lucas County, OH.The parents of Leroy are given as John Libey and Mary E. Thompson.Thus again showing her name as Mary E. Thompson.
The purpose of my original query was to track down Permela Gregg – Thompson as I had not been able to locate her mother after the 1884 State census where she was living with son Alfred Gregg in Hastings, Barry Co., Mich.My thinking was that maybe she had moved to Ohio to live with her daughter Permela Thompson.Then I found on familysearch.org death information for Permelia Hemery who was murdered at Swan Creek, Fulton Co. Ohio on 19 Nov. 1883 with her parents being Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Gregg.Also listed on sites was a William C. Hemery who died the same date 19 Nov. 1883 with cause of death suicide.
1. Toledo Blade, Tuesday evening, Nov. 20, 1883, 3 P.M. first edition, title of article; “Murder and Suicide” as abstracted by “Bill” on GenForum 7 Feb. 2011 in reply to “Swan Creek Murder/Suicide 1883 Hensing, Hemery, Gregg, Thompson”, found on GenForum U.S. States: Ohio: Fulton County site.
2. Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 for Permelia Hemery, found on familysearch.org.Search criteria used; “Permelia Hemery, death event, place; Ohio, Year: 1883
Indexing project (batch) number: B07508-3, source film number: 423615, reference number V1, p.179 In5.
3. Williams County, Ohio Marriage Records, Vol. III, page 14, published by Williams County Genealogical Society.
4. Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 found on familysearch.org, indexing project number B07508, source film number 423615, reference number: v. 1, p. 88.
5. Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958 found on familysearch.org indexing project (batch) number M01118-9, source film number 423603, reference number p91 #278