Stephenson County Illinois
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floy frisbee
Floy Graham Frisbee, around age 16

Floy and Daisy Graham
Photo of Floy & her sister Daisy
Taken in San Bernadino where they went by train for a vacation about 1897

Claude Frisbie

Claude Frisbie and Floy Graham Wedding Dec. 29, 1897


    Newspaper item, unknown newspaper:

    Miss Floy Graham, of this place, and Mr Claud Frisbie, of Wellsville, were married in Montgomery City on Wednesday last, Dec 29th, by Eld C. A. Mitchell. Attendants, Claude Poore and Misses Kate Summerton and I.B. Kelly. The groom has a position in his father's hardware store in Wellsville, and is a very steady young man. The bride was one of Middletown's belles, petite, handsome and charming in her ways and of excellent taste in dress. Chips wishes for them a full measure of lifes successes and, happiness.
    The Elopement
    Claude Frisbie, of Wellesville and Miss Floy Graham, of Middletown, in company with some other young people, came to Montgomery City last Wednesday evening and went to the Wabash Hotel, where they were married at 6:30 o'clock, by Rev. C. A. Mitchell, of this city. After taking supper at the hotel, the happy elopers took the "Com." at 8:10 and went west.

    Newspaper item, unknown newspaper/date:
    Mrs. Floy Frisbie started on Friday last for Oklahoma, where she goes to join her husband, who has been located there for some months. They will make that their home.

    Floy Frisbie Obituary
    "Our people were shocked Wednesday to hear that Mrs. Claude L. Frisbie had died that morning at her home in Holdenville Indian Territory. She had not been sick very long and the cause of her death was inflammation of the bowels. She was about 20 years old, a daughter of Mr & Mrs W. H. Graham II of near Middletown and had been married to Claude Frisbie about four years. They have been living in the territory about one year, prior to which time they lived here where the deceased won a host of friends by her lovable disposition and who were greatly shocked upon receipt of this sad news. The remains will be brought to Middletown for burial. Claude's many friends here join the Record in extending to him their deep and sincere sympathy in this sad, dark hour. May he find comfort in these familiar words: "It's God's way; his will, not ours, be done." Those from here who attended the funeral of Mrs. Floy Frisbie of Middletown last Friday were: Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Frisbie, George and Clarence Frisbie, Mrs. Blattner, Mrs. Delia Poore, Dr. Straube, Misses Leta Enslen, Maude Straube, Lydia Kuhne, Mr. and Mrs. G.G. Whitehead, Mr. and Mrs. J.Y. Parsons, and Rev. J.J. Henley, who preached the funeral sermon. [Unknown newspaper, 2 October 1901]



    Sometime after Father Graham returned home and before Floy died, the Grahams made a trip to visit her when she lived in Okla Territory.

    I have a letter that Floy wrote telling that they had taken in a "boarder" to make expenses, but that he had been sickly and did not contribute much to the income. Evidently the disease that he had probably contributed to her own death. Ruby Graham, daughter-in-law of Lorinda Graham, always thought they had small pox.


    Newspaper items:

    Claude Frisbie and Amanda Lee Ray
    (his 2nd wife)
    A courtship of several years resulted Saturday evening in the marriage of Claude Frisbie. of this city, and Miss Amanda Lee Ray, of Middletown. The wedding took place at the home of the bride and only relatives and close friends were present. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Shilling, of Wellsville. After the ceremony was completed the bride and groom and the guests were served a sumptuous luncheon. Mrs. Frisbie is the daughter Judge and Mrs. C.J. Ray, of Middletown. She was popular among the younger set and is known by all as a fine young lady. Mr. Frisbie is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Frisbie, of this city. He is known here as a splendid young business man and at present is as expert machinest in the Enslen Garage. The newlyweds are now at home with Mr. and Mrs. Frisbie, parents of the groom. [About July 1905]

    Mrs. C.J. Ray had a little unpleasant experience last Friday afternoon she will not soon forget. In an outing with Mrs. W.H. Graham and her daughter Floy, she went to Coon Creek above town to fish. In attempting to cross the creek on a log, she lost her footing and went clean into the water. She had her baby girl in her arms at the time, and came out and all, and was soon helped to dry land. The child was astonished but never even cried. She went to Mrs. Graham's for a dry new wardrobe and from there to home. That satisfied her adventuresome spirit that day, though we did not hear the extent of the catch.  [unknown newspaper/date]


    RESEARCHER'S NOTE: Mrs. Charles Ray was the wife of a Judge. He and Floy's mother, Lorinda were siblings. This little clipping shows closeness of Floy & Baby Amanda - Both women later married Claude Frisbie.


William graham

William H. and Lorinda Louise (Ray) Graham

Parents of Floy (Graham) Frisbie


Floy Graham Frisbie in middle between her mother Lorinda in black & sister by the tree 1890's. Siblings in photo are Daisy, Willie with a bike and Stella 


Graham Residence
Residence of W.H. and Lorinda Louisa (Ray) Graham
Contributed by Alice Brockman

James Frisbie, Pioneer of Illinois and Missouri

    James Frisbie was born in Burlington, Conn., married Henrietta Pettibone, and had ten children, but the order in which they appear in the Genealogy is wrong, and the names of three of them are missing. The record has been filled out for us by his great-granddaughter Marjorie McGhee Griffiths of Mexico, Mo.

    James was born in Burlington on 5-11-1822 and married Henrietta (born 4-30-1826) on 4-27-1843. Six children were born to them in Connecticut: William Dwight, Charles, Mary, Emma, Henrietta and Frank. In 1858 they emigrated to Stephenson Co., Ill., where three more children were born: Frederick, Bert and Harry. In 1869 they moved to Montgomery Co., Mo., and a tenth child, Robert Lee was born there soon after their arrival.

    James is said to have served in the Civil War but no record of service has been found for him in the National Archives. He died in Wellsville, Mo., in 1892, and his wife died in 1906.

    Cousin Marjorie loaned us the picture of six of the seven sons of James and Henrietta which appears on the cover of the Bulletin. Standing are Harry, Bert and Fred; seated are Charlie, Robert and Frank. Missing are the oldest son William Dwight, and the three daughters. The picture is not dated, but it must have been taken in the early 1880's.

    William Dwight Frisbie, the oldest of the ten children, was born in Burlington on 12-3-1844. He became a hardware merchant in Wellsville, married Elizabeth Straube, and had sons James, Claude , George and Clarence, and possibly other children who died young. Family Association member H. Reed Frisbie of Columbia, Mo., is a grandson.

    Charles Frisbie, the second child, was born in Burlington about 1847. He served in the Civil War, married Mary Ellen Vought and had children Verna Mae, James Vought and D. William. The son James, now 96, lives alone in a trailer home in Freeport, Ill.

    Mary Frisbie, listed in the Genealogy as an unnamed daughter, was born in Burlington on 3-4-1850. She married William Barney and had eight children, five of whom grew to maturity and had children.

    Emma Frisbie, born in Burlington in 1852, married Niles Green and lived in Michigan in the vicinity of Ablion and Jackson. She had a son and a daughter and seven of her descendants are still living in Washington, D.C.

    Henrietta Frisbie, also listed in the Genealogy as an unnamed daughter, was born in Connecticut on 4-20-1856. In 1879 she married Butler McGhee, who was a conductor on the early passenger trains of the Chicago and Alton railroad. She had a son William Dean McGhee, who was the father of Cousin Marjorie, and a daughter Henrietta McGhee Horton, whose daughter Martha Horton Browne of Silver Springs, Md., is a recent addition to our roster.

    Henrietta was about ten when the family emigrated from Illinois to Missouri, and she passed on to her granddaughter many of her recollections of the journey. They camped their last night out [says Marjorie] at a spot where Vandalia, Mo. now stands. There was nothing there but blue-stem or prairie grass for miles.  At this stage of the trip "Uncle Bill', her oldest brother [William] rode away on his horse to look for water and she could see only his head and shoulders above the tall waving grass. The next day they made it to Wellsville.

    Frank Frisbie was born in Connecticut on 9-6-1857. He lived in Wellsville, married Mollie Gilbert and had a daughter Mary Etta who was called Dolly.

    Frederick Frisbie was born near Freeport, Ill., in 1858, soon after his family's emigration from Connecticut. He married Mattie Hayden, moved to Washington State and had children and grandchildren, but their names have not been recovered for the record. In the picture he is standing at the extreme right with his head turned away from the camera to hide the fact that he had lost an eye in an accident.

    Bert Frisbie was born near Freeport on 3-31-1863. He married Ida Oakes and had children Charles, Lloyd and Myrtle; Myrtle and a grandson are still living and are much interested in family history.

    Harry Frisbie, listed in the Genealogy as an unnamed son, was born near Freeport after 1863 and died in Colorado while still a young man.

    Robert Lee Frisbie, the tenth and last child, was born in Wellsville on 10-8-1869. He was a medical doctor, married first Annie Oakes and second Ida M. Moore, by whom he had a son Robert Dean Frisbie. Robert Dean lives in Jackson. Miss., and is also a recent addition to the Family Association. His mother Ida, now in her 90's lives with him, the last of the generation. [Contributed by Samuel Brown]


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