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 Josiah Arthur “Joe” Conley

Josiah Arthur “Joe” Conley

Bible Grove, Clay County, Illinois, USA
Death 4 Oct 1963 (aged 72)
Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA
Burial Custer County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 13766085 · View Source
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The 1900 U.S. Federal Census places Josiah Conley [abt age 9] in Bible Grove Township, Clay County, Illinois with his parents, James and Lelitia [Letitia] Conley. Siblings in the household were: Pheoby [Phoebe] E., Isavilla N. J., Hariett L., Josiah, Gowd (Gould) Conley.

Around 1910, Letitia Ann Smith Conley was committed to a state psychiatric hospital. It is believed she was sent to the Kankakee State Hospital in Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois, USA. The 1910 U.S. Federal Census could not be found for the Kankakee State Hospital.


The 1910 U.S. Federal Census places James M. Conley in his sister's household in Grant Township, Custer County, Oklahoma, USA. Vinoa "Vina" Ellen Conley Graus was living with her husband, Frank, and their three children: Harold, Ruby and Ralph Graus. The Marital Status of James Conley is listed as DIVORCED on the census report and he was working as a farm laborer. If anyone in the Conley family knows what happened to James, please contact this writer.


Hariett would have been about 24 years of age at this time. It is unknown if she was married or to whom. If anyone in the Conley family knows what happened to Hariett, please contact this writer.


Josiah was about 18 years of age at this time. Josiah was sent to live with his Uncle William Conley and his wife, Nancy Ann Ooten Conley. The 1910 U.S. Federal Census for Deer Creek Township, Custer County, Oklahoma confirms his presence in the household. He remained with his aunt and uncle until his marriage to Anna Elizabeth Chastain around 1914.


Gould was about 11 years of age. The 1910 U.S. Federal Census for Phoebe Conley Hanks tells us she was living on Maple Street, Neoga, Cumberland, Illinois with her husband, Thomas P. Hanks, along with her daughter, Alice Hanks, who was born on January 13, 1909. Her brother, Gould Conley was also living in the household. Phoebe died on July 8, 1914 after a prolonged illness of tuberculosis. Thomas Price Hanks was 67 years of age, with a daughter of his own about the age of 5 or 6. Icy Conley Young [sister of Phoebe, Josiah and Gould], lived in Neoga with her husband, Ulysses Grant Young. She had four children of her own to care for [ages: 8, 6, 4, and 1 month]. Icy was still getting over the loss of a child on September 22, 1913, at the age of 6 months and 28 days. She also had a four year old that required special needs. I am sure it was with a sad heart that Gould Conley was sent out west to be cared for by other members of the Conley family.

The 1910 U.S. Federal Census places Josiah Conley [abt age 18] in Deer Creek Township, Custer County, Oklahoma in his Uncle William Conley's household. Present in the household were: William and his wife, Nancy Conley, along with their children: Jesse M., Leroy G., Nellie May, and Hazel C. Conley. Josiah is listed as a nephew of William and Nancy Conley. Josiah was working for his uncle as a farm laborer. The census tells us his father and mother were both born in Illinois. Josiah is able to read and write.

About 1914, Josiah Arthur Conley married Anna Elizabeth Chastain. They were blessed with five children.

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Josiah Author Conley
County: Custer
State: Oklahoma
Birthplace: Illinois, United States of America
Birth Date: 1 Jan 1891
Name in Full: Josiah Author Conley
Age: 26
Address: R.R.3, Custer County, Oklahoma
Date of Birth: Jan 1, 1891
Where were you Born? Bible Grove, Illinois, USA
Occupation: Farmer for self
Dependents: Wife & Child
Description: Medium height, Stout build with Brown eyes and Brown hair.

The 1920 U.S. Federal Census tells us Josiah A. Conley [abt age 29] was living in Grant Township, Custer County, Oklahoma, in a rented house, with his wife, Anna and son, Loyd Conley, who was 4 years and 6 months old. The birthplace of his father and mother is again listed as Illinois. Josiah is able to read and write. To support his family, Josiah was doing general farm work.

The 1930 U.S. Federal Census places Josiah A. Conley [abt age 39] in Grant Township, Custer County, Oklahoma living, in a rented home, with his wife, Anna E. Conley. Children in the household: Lloyd O., Dwane W., Juanita D., and Clifford L. Conley. The census tells us Josiah was 23 when he first married. It confirms he was able to read and write and that his parents were both born in Illinois. He is still farming on a general farm.

U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
Name: Josiah Arthur Conley
Age: 51
Birth Date: 1 Jan 1891
Residence Year: 1942
Residence: Putnam, Oklahoma, USA
Name: Josiah Arthur Conley
Residence: Putnam, Dewey, Oklahoma
Age: 51
Date of Birth: Jan. 1, 1891
State: Illinois
Name and Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Anna Conley, Putnam, Oklahoma
Employer: Self
Race: White
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 Lbs.
Blue Eyes with Gray Hair and Dark Complexion

According to the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Josiah Conley was issued his Social Security number while a resident of Texas in 1955.

Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
Name: Josiah A. Conley
Death Date: 4 Oct 1963
Death County: Lubbock
Certificate: 65333

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name: Josiah Conley
SSN: 454-62-1399
Last Residence: Texas
Born: 1 Jan 1891
Died: Oct 1963
State (Year) SSN issued: Texas (1955)

Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982
Name: Josely [Josiah] A. Conley
Birth Date: 1 Jan 1891
Birth Place: Bible Grove, Illinois
Gender: Male
Race: White
Residence: Natalia, Medina, Texas
Father: James Conley
Mother: Laticra [Letitia] Smith
Age at Death: 72
Date of Death: 4 Oct 1963
Death Place: Lubbock, Lubbock, Texas, USA
State File No. 65333
Place of Death: Lubbock, Lubbock, Texas
Length of Stay: 7 weeks
Hospital: West Texas Hospital
Place of Death Inside City Limits? Yes
Usual Residence: Natalia, Medina, Texas
Residence Inside City Limits? Yes
Name of Deceased: Josiah A. Conley
Date of Death: Oct 4, 1963
Sex: Male
Race: White
Date of Birth: Jan. 1, 1891
Age: 72
Birthplace: Bible Grove, IL, USA
Father's Name: James Conley
Mother's Maiden Name: [Letitia] Smith
Was Deceased Ever in U.S. Armed Forces? No
Social Security Number: 454-62-1399
Informant: Anna Conley
Cause of Death: Cardio-respiratory collapse (Immediate) due to Pneumonia, anemia and atelectasis (17 days) due to ASCVHD (Undetermined)
Death occurred at 5:50 p.m.
Removal to Beck Cemetery, Thomas, Oklahoma on Oct. 5, 1963

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  • Maintained by: Sandra Taylor
  • Originally Created by: Joy Gabbert McKillip
  • Added: 28 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13766085
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Josiah Arthur “Joe” Conley (1 Jan 1891–4 Oct 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13766085, citing Beck Cemetery, Custer County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Sandra Taylor (contributor 47638418) .