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Humphrey Family Biography

Donated by Lynn Snyder

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Isabelle Simms Overall Humphrey
Isabelle SIMMS was born 04 Mar 1861 near Covington, Wayne Co., IL and died 25 Feb 1944 of Breast Cancer in Fairfield, Wayne Co., IL.   She is buried in Maple Hills Cemetery, Fairfield, Wayne Co., IL. She was the daughter of William SIMMS and Mary SIMMS.  Granddaughter of John & Elizabeth SIMMS; William SIMMS & Ann SEARS.  Isabelle's parents were first cousins.  John and William SIMMS were brothers.

Her siblings were:
Frances SIMMS [WALKER] 1841-1902;
 Sarah SIMMS -- 1843-1845;
John SIMMS -- 1845-1911;
Henry SIMMS -- 1849-1918;
Susannah SIMMS
[HUMPHREY] -- 1852-1892;
Edward SIMMS -- 1853-1927;
Richard SIMMS -- 1855-1857;
George SIMMS -- 1856-1911; 
Thomas SIMMS -- 1859-1876.

In 1880 she married Posey OVERALL in Wayne Co., IL.  He was born Aug 1859 in Spencer Co., IN, and died Sep 1887 in Wayne Co., IL.  He was the son of John and Sarah OVERALL and Grandson of Posey OVERALL and Elizabeth HOUSE. To this union was born the following children:

1) Lillian OVERALL, b. 02 Oct 1881, Wayne Co., IL; d. Nov 1974, Fairfield, Wayne Co., IL.  She married Thomas WOOD and Francis FLANDERS.
2) Bessie Rosalie OVERALL, b. 17 Aug 1883, IL; d. 09 Nov 1959, Lincoln, Logan Co., IL.  She married Charles SAMPSON.
3) Ada OVERALL, b. Oct 1885.  She married Charles HEFLIN.
4)  Pearl OVERALL, b. Dec 1887, IL.  She married Roy BARINGER.

On 29 Nov 1896 she married Levi HUMPHREY in Wayne Co., IL.  He was born Nov 1845 in MI, and died 01 Feb 1920 in Wayne Co., IL.  He is buried in Bovee Cemetery, south of Fairfield, Wayne Co., IL. He was the son of Isaac HUMPHREY and Elizabeth SIMMS.  Levi was the widow of Susannah SIMMS, who was Isabelle's sister.  To this union was born the following
1) Leo Franklin HUMPHREY, b. 27 Aug 1897, Wayne Co., IL; d. Infancy

Isabelle Humphrey

Mrs. Isabelle Humphrey, 82, widow of the late Levi Humphrey, passed away Friday at the home of her daughter Mrs. T. B. Wood, in southwest Fairfield.  She had been in declining health for some time suffering with the infirmities of advanced age.
Isabelle, daughter of William and Mary Sims, was born near Covington, Wayne County, March 4, 1861 and passed away at the age of 82 years, eleven months and 21 days.  She was the youngest of eight children, all of whom preceded her in death. In 1880 she married Posey Overall, of Covington, who passed away in September 1887.  To this union four daughters were born, Lillian Wood, Fairfield; Bessie Sampson, Hammond Ind; Ada Heflin, deceased; and Pearl Baringer, Harvey. She later married Levi Humphrey in Fairfield and to this union was born one son, Leo Franklin, who died in infancy.  The second union was broken by the death of her companion February 1, 1920. Besides the three daughters, she leaves one stepson, Wm. Humphrey, Indianapolis, Ind; eighteen grandchildren, forty-one great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
She united with the Oak Valley Baptist church early in life and remained a faithful Christian.  Fairfield always was home to her, although she spent some time at the homes of her daughters in other cities.  During the last five years, preceding her serious illness, she resided with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Eva Sims in Fairfield.
Among those from a distance attending the funeral were Mrs. and Mrs. Roy Barringer, of Harvey.

Card of Thanks

We take this opportunity to express to our many neighbors and friends our sincere appreciation for their many kindnesses during our recent bereavement.
[Wayne County Press, 2 March 1944 - Donated by Lynn Snyder]

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