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Found! Obituary for William Henry Waits (1845-1927)

July 25, 2009

William Henry Waits and Elve Senora Long (or is it PITT??)

William Henry Waits and Elve Senora Long (or is it PITT??)

My heart is beating so fast right now!  I was surfing through the genforum at, looking at various requests for information for my surnames… Wait… Waits… etc, and I stumbled on a post from December 16, 1999 that has a transcription of g-grandpa Will’s obituary in it.  Holy moly!  I couldn’t believe it! 

Pioneer Of Ruby Died Early Sunday Morning

Wm. H. Wait, Civil War Veteran, Responds To Final Call; Resident of County 54 Years.

Wm. H. Wait, a resident of Seward county for nearly fifty-four years, died at his home at Ruby Sunday morning at the age of 81 years, 4 months and one day. During the civil war, Mr. Wait served first in Co. H, 54th Ohio, and later in Co. F, 195th Ohio. He was in the battles at Harper’s Ferry, Winchester, and Old Town, as well as in many skirmishes. In 1873 he came to Nebraska and entered a homestead in Hamilton county. A short time later he came to Seward county and has resided here ever since. On July 24, 1877, he was married to Elsie S. Pitt, who survives him. He was born in the county jail in Clermont county, Ohio, September 29, 1845, his father being sheriff of the county at the time. He was married in the county jail at Seward, by the late I. D. Neihardt, who was then sheriff of Seward county, as well as a justice of the peace. Mrs. Neihardt and Mrs. Wait are sisters. Mr. Wait joked many times about his experience in jails, and expressed hope that he would not have to die in jail.

When Mr. Wait first came to this county he followed the occupation of stone mason, and helped lay the foundations in many of the first buildings in Seward, among them being the old brick school house and the original Tishue block.
Besides his wife the deceased is survived by seven children, as follows: Fred H. Wait, Seward; Mrs. John Lunny, Ord; Simon Wait, Seward; Mrs. Rhoda Davis, Ruby; Thos. Wait, Garland; Mrs. Lizzie Daake, Seward, and Edwin Wait, Ruby. There are also twenty-nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Two brothers, James, living in western Nebraska, and Thomas, of Creston, Iowa, and one sister, Mrs. Ada Palmer, of Omaha, also survive. M. W. Wait and “Dick” Wait, brothers, died a few years ago.
Funeral services were held at the home at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. D. A. McCullough of the Methodist church of Seward, and interment was made in the Ruby cemetery.

It was posted by someone someone named Vicki McAlister, who is Thomas Boyd Waits great-granddaughter.  Thomas Boyd Waits is William Henry Waits’ brother.  She also recites a letter from her great aunt that refers to him as “Uncle Will”.  =)  You can view the entire post HERE.

Other than the misspelling of almost every name in the obit, there is a wealth of information here!  I emailed the original poster (if she has the same email from 10 years ago) to thank her.  I’d like to find out which newspaper this was in and the date it was posted.  And if luck is really on my side, maybe even get her to scan the clipping!

 This also brings up an important question… and it looks like I have some studying to do!

What was Elve’s last name?  I have her listed as Elve S LONG, but this obit lists Elsie S PITT as his wife.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 25, 2009 9:03 pm

    Congratulations on your find! For a genealogist there’s nothing quite like finding an old obituary.

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