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John used both the Runyan and Runyon spellings of his lastname, however, he adopted the spelling of RUNYON, at an unknown point in time.As a result, public records can be found relating to John under both spellings of his last name, and the 1930 Census for Boyd County, Kentucky used the spelling of RUNYONS. The name was spelled RUNYAN on the marriage records of wifes Monnie Hall, Ida Runyon, and Ella Belle Collins, but with RUNYON on the marrage record of Ethel Queen.
The 1920 Census for Boyd County, Kentucky lists John as employed as a sanitary Dept Engineer. In later years he worked as an auto mechanic as listed on several of his marriage records. His son Ira W. Runyan said that his father had several jobs as an auto mechanic. He is listed as a jewler on his 1930 marriage record to Ethel Queen.
John was a watchmaker for most of his life, who owned and operated a watch repair business in Russell, Kentucky and Ironton, Ohio. His son Julius Clifton Runyon took over the family business after the death of John.
John Ransom Runyon's hobby was making black powder weapons and had a small trailer in his back yard set up as a machine shop for producing his guns.
Robert & Amos Runyon listed in their book Runyon Genealogy, 1955 on page 48 three (3) wifes of John Ransom Runyan (1st- Pearlie Church 0n September 21,1910, 2nd- Monnie Hall and 3rd- Ella Belle Collins), however, his son Ira W. Runyan has stated that his father was married Seven (7) times. Ira W. Runyan speculated that his uncle Amos (John's brother) may have listed only three marriages because he was embarrassed with the number of wifes John had.
It is noted that Amos Runyon was elected a member of the House of Representatives of the Kentucky legislature in 1943 and remained in that position for ten years (the period he was writing his book), which could explain his not wanting to print any thing which could be viewed by foes in a negative manner. On the other hand, he may not have known the identity of the other wifes of John. It is further noted that written on the marriage records filed in Boyd County, Kentucky for Ethel Queen and Ella Collins, is the phrase "PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH".John Ransom may have wished to keep knowledge of his marrages from his former wifes.
Ira W. Runyan stated that he saw one wife of John only one time, she was a "redhead" , the marriage not lasting long, ending with her going to Navada for a divorce. Two other wifes were Ethel Queen (AKA Ethel Rice) and Ida Runyon daughter of Thomas P. Martin Runyon known as "Uncle Mart". He could not remember the name of the seventh wife, however his father lived with a Leolia Mullions for a while and he may have married her.
According to Ira W. Runyan, after Ida Runyon divorced John Ransom Runyan she married George Slone.
Iona Virginia (Runyon) Raley confirmed Ida's marriage to John Ransom by means of E-mail by stating
" I do not know when my Aunt Ida (Runyon) married George Slone but it must have been by the 1950's. Since Aunt Ida lived in Kentucky and I lived in California we never met although we did correspond. I do remember my father telling me that Aunt Ida married 3 times. I don't know the name of her first husband but the second one was Ransom Runyon and the third was George Slone."
On 10/28/1921 John Ransom Runyon shot and killed his younger brother Greeley Runyon during an argument. Research from Julia O Mitchel, Lexington, KY located the following newspaper account of the incident.
Big Sandy News [Louisa, Lawrence co KY], 4 November, 1921
BROTHER KILLS BROTHER IN BOYD
Greeley Runyon, a farmer of Hatfield Station, near Catlettsburg,was shot and almost instantly killed at 11 a.m., today by his brother, Ransom Runyon, following a quarrel which resulted from Greeley's pushing an automobile over Ransom while the latter was doing work on it.
Ransom was said to be repairing an automobile near Greeley Runyon's home when Greeley pushed the car over Ransom. When Ransom resented the act, which was attributed to the report that Greeley had been drinking, Ransom struck Greeley with a sled standard. After a tussle, Ransom departed for his home, telling Greeley not to follow him.
Greeley insisted, however, on following and when the latter insisted on entering Ransom's home against the protests of both Ransom and his wife, Ransom went inside and obtained a .38 calibre revolver andshot him through the head. He died on the front porch of the home.
Ransom then remained at his home while others notified the authorities in Catlettsburg. Ransom did not resist arrest but went peaceably with the others to the jail.
The Runyons are members of a well-known and respected family in the section of Hatfield Station, just outside the city limits of Catlettsburg and on the Big Sandy division of the Chesapeake and Ohio railway. Joe Runyon, a farmer, is the father of the two young men.
Greeley Runyon was married but had no children [sic]. Ransom is married and has two children.-
Ransom Runyon was tried before county judge Watson Monday afternoon and was acquitted of the charge. A case of self-defense was clearly proven by the parents of the dead man and of the defendent [sic] who returned home with his parents.
Note that Greeley had children, and a family story suggests that Ransom may have provided for them after the incidents described above.\