Tena was the daughter of William H. Nordyke and Mary Covey.She was one of the 4 surviving children, albeit 2 of them died very young and left their children for grandma Nordyke to raise as well. I'd have to check, but was thinking Tena was one of those that died early.She did marry more than once. If you are a direct descendant please let me know.
William guarded bridges during the Civil War, in southern MO, and during that time it rained a lot.He, as a result, had a lung disease that never cleared up.After marrying, the family moved to Valentine, NE where his family was.He could tell he was about to die and had Mary bring him back to MO so she could be by her family.She drove the ox team with her new baby and 3 other, very young daughters, as well as her sick husband, back to Princeton, MO, where he died 3 days later.She took in washing from the nearby rock quarry to support them.She also was a powerful woman of prayer and, after she could no longer go to church, would spend the time on her knees praying, then tell the family who had been saved that day in church BEFORE they could tell her.
Several of her descendants have been quite successful.Very bright people and rather fascinating areas of interest.