|Birth: ||Oct. 22, 1911|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 2010|
Mabel Evelyn Allen, age 98, of Columbia died July 4, 2010. Mrs. Allen was born October 22, 1911 on a farm south of Columbia to Eugene V. and Nancy Mae Homsley. She married Henry E. Allen of Keytesville in Chariton County, Missouri on October 21, 1934. Surviving are six children, Carol, Polly, Henry D., George, Laura and David. She is also blessed with thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Mrs. Allen was a member of Asbury Methodist Church in Chariton County. A private graveside service was held at Asbury Cemetery on July 10, 2010. Memorials Can be given to Asbury Cemetery Association, c/o Jim Guilford, President, 601 East South Drive, Salisbury, MO 65281.
About Mabel's Parents, Grandparents, Sisters
The Homsley family is listed on the Rootsweb Registry of Early Missouri Pioneer Families at the following URL:
This Homsley family registry was created by genealogy researcher Barbara Lewellen of Warren County, Missouri. The Eugene Via Homsley family is also noted on Barbara's list of Boone County Pioneer Families.
Mabel Homsley Allen's parents raised her and her sisters on an 80 acre farm in the Deer Park area south of Columbia, Missouri, part of which is now Strawberry Hill Farm. Mabel's grandparents, Bailey Anderton Homsley and Sarah Winifred (Giles) Homsley also lived there. Mabel attended Stephens College and worked at a local dentist's office. She met and married Henry Ehrhardt Allen while Henry was attending the University of Missouri. They were married on October 21, 1934 at the home of Uncle Archibald Duke and Aunt Christine (Carlstead) Van Deventer in Salisbury, Missouri. Uncle Duke was a Methodist minister. Mabel and Henry moved to their farm in Keytesville, Missouri. Mabel's sisters married and moved to various states across the U.S.
Mabel's father, our Grandfather Eugene Via Homsley, was a skilled carpenter and plasterer who worked on many structures, including Jesse Hall. He attended Chillicothe Business College. He farmed and also ran a small plastering business in Columbia, Missouri. Eugene's father, Great Grandfather Bailey Anderton Homsley, also did carpenter work on the original Academic Hall (where the four Columns are still standing), the building which was destroyed by fire before the current Jesse Hall was built.
Grandpa Eugene Via Homsley is the son of our Great Grandfather Bailey Anderton Homsley and our Great Grandmother Sarah Winifred (Giles) Homsley. G Grandmother Sarah Winifred (Giles) Homsley is the daughter of Great Great Grandfather Vaden Giles and Great Great Grandmother Nancy (Harper) Giles. Great Great Grandfather Vaden Giles is the son of GGG Grandfather Ephraim Giles and GGG Grandmother Nancy (Chattin) Giles.
In his early years at the age of fourteen, Great Grandfather Bailey Anderton Homsley traveled on oxen wagons to Oregon from Missouri on the Oregon Trail with his Uncle Benjamin Homsley and family, after which Uncle Bejamin farmed 120 acres of grant land in Oregon. While in the West, Great Grandpa Bailey explored several western states, mined for gold in a placer claim in California, freighted in Montana, fought in the Indian Wars at the age of sixteen with the Oregon Mounted Volunteers and traveled around Cape Horn before settling back in Warren County, Missouri and meeting/marrying Great Grandmother Sarah Winifred (Giles) Homsley. They later moved to Boone County, Missouri. Sometime after Great Grandmother Sarah Winifred (Giles) Homsley passed away, Bailey lived in Columbia, Missouri with his daughter, our Great Aunt Bertha Homsley Shelnutt.
Uncle Benjamin's wife, Mary Oden Homsley, and an infant son died on the trip westward to Oregon, and her monument is now enclosed in glass as a symbol of all pioneers (especially women pioneers) who died on the trail. Uncle Benjamin settled on his Oregon farm with his two daughters who grew up and married. Benjamin did not remarry.
Great Grandfather Bailey Anderton Homsley was a skilled craftsman who made furniture for himself and his children. Bailey's parents (Mabel's paternal great grandparents, our maternal great great great grandparents) were Jefferson and Lucy Jane (Bishop) Homsley. Great Grandfather Bailey Anderton Homsley's paternal grandparents, Joseph and Barbara (Barbary) (Foulks) Homsley, were from North Carolina. Bailey's siblings were Adeline (oldest), Louisa, Barbara and Richard. Great Grandmother Sarah Winifred Giles was a talented musician who sang, played twelve-string guitar and the organ. She also wove rugs, bedspreads and other items on a loom. Grandfather Eugene Homsley was a member of the Masons, a fraternal organization which promoted brotherhood and community involvement.
Mabel's mother, our Grandmother Nancy Mae (Henry) Homsley, was a homemaker and a talented musician. Grandmother Nancy Mae Homsley was born in Elsah Illinois (Jersey County). She is the daughter of our Great Grandfather Tobias Emery Henry and Great Grandmother Mary Malvina (Calkins) Henry. See the following Find a Grave memorial page for Great Great Great Grandfather William Henry, father of our Great Great Grandfather William Hugh Henry, the father of Great Grandfather Tobias Emery Henry, the father of Maternal Grandmother Nancy Mae Henry Homsley. GGG Grandfather William Henry and wife Hannah (Hudson) Henry are buried at Lower Buffalo Cemetery in West Virginia.
Grandmother Nancy Mae (Henry) Homsley had a wonderful singing voice and taught piano. Daughter Mabel Evelyn (Homsley) Allen also had a beautiful voice and loved to play the piano and organ for her children. The family enjoyed hearing Mabel's renditions of old hymns such as Ring those Golden Bells, Amazing Grace, Little Church in the Valley, etc. Mabel also loved to cross-stitch quilts and crewel items for framing. Grandmother Homsley was a member of the Eastern Star, an organization that promoted community involvement and brotherhood/sisterhood.
Mabel's five sisters:
Grace Ione (Homsley) Kehner (Married Thomas Washington Kehner (1899-1956) of Steelville, MO and later married Roy Eldean of Santa Barbara, CA after Tom passed away)
Sarah Katherine (Homsley) Gardner (Married William Ulman Gardner of Orange, CT)
Geneva Nell (Homsley) Berkman
Jeanne V. (Homsley) Nibler (Married Professor Andrew B. Schultz of Eagle, NE and later married Professor Crawford W. Nibler after Andy passed away)
Willie Mae Homsley (b 6-14-1905, d 4-18-1931)
Eugene Via Homsley (1877 - 1983)
Nancy May (Mae) Henry Homsley (1877 - 1952)
Henry Ehrhardt Allen (1907 - 1967)
Grace Ione Homsley Kehner (1903 - 1994)*
Willie Mae Homsley (1905 - 1931)*
Sarah Katherine Homsley Gardner (1907 - 1991)*
Geneva Nell Homsley Berkman (1909 - 1985)*
Mabel Evelyn Homsley Allen (1911 - 2010)
Jeanne V. Homsley Nibler (1915 - 2006)*
Asbury Methodist Cemetery
Maintained by: L
Originally Created by: C. Coy
Record added: Jul 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54951145