Elizabeth and Thomas Waxham

Thomas emigrated from England, and was married twice, both times the bride was an Elizabeth. From this second family came Alfred [1840], Adelaide Victoria [1842 - 1909] Herbert O. [1844-1935] Wilbur [1846] and Melissa [1850] all in Chautauqua County New York. The family moved to LaPorte County Indiana in 1858.

Edith Belle [Cady] and Herbert O. Waxham

In 1863, Herbert joined the Civil War as had older brother Alfred and O.B. Foster when he was of age for enlistment in the 128th Indiana Infantry. After the war he left La Porte for Bloomfield Iowa in 1870 where he was working as store clerk. Then in Des Moines for the 1900/1905 census. Then on to homestead (one of the last before the Denver Land office closed in 1908) and become a resident of Grover, Weld County, Colorado for the 1910 census. Edith [1858-1930] married Herb in 1882, she was born in Iowa and parents were from Indiana. 3 boys,
  • Harrison O. [1889-1936], married with child according to draft card.
  • Earl Cashes [1888-], moved to Wyoming, married 3 children
  • Herbert Homan [1885-1948].
I did a geologic review for oil production potential of their Grover homestead in 1968 when I was a student at Colorado School of Mines.

Lillian Mae [Snyder] and Herbert H. Waxham

Married in 1912 and together in the 1920 census for Denver Colorado. Lillian's parents were born in Illinois and she was born in Iowa, July 1889. Herbert was working as a sheet metal mechanic at the Denver Omnibus and Cab Co. [Also in the house was a boarder, Nettie L. Howard, age 27 from Iowa]. This marriage produced Stewart Edwin Waxham [1921-1986] born in Denver Colorado.
Lillian, Stewart and Herbert had a chicken farm from 1922-1938 in Van Nuys CA then moved to Grants Pass Oregon. Herbert died at Grants Pass in June 1948. Stewart enlisted for WWII service at Portland OR in July 1944, married Ann Jeanette Hood, and died at Grants Pass in 1986.
1933 Advertisement in the Van Nuys (California) News
One of Herbert's accomplishments was being superintendent of the Van Nuys Community Methodist Sunday School and led the building drive for its church. In spring 1938 Mary Dean made the trip out after graduation from University of Nebraska, much as her older brother Ozro had done in 1933. No earthquake this time but during her stay with the Waxhams, she met Marvin Mayo at a Methodist youth camp. They were most likely introduced by Frank Martin who was a friend of Herbert through the church connection and an older brother (in-law) to Marvin.
Later, Lillian moved to Broken Bow and married George Leo Dean, second event for both. After Leo died in 1965 she returned to Grants Pass where she died in 1980.

Information on the Waxham family is provided courtesy of Bob Waxham of Smithfield VA.