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Alcy Dora “Elsie” <I>Webb Edwards</I> Sade

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Alcy Dora “Elsie” Webb Edwards Sade

Birth
Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
Death
25 May 1925 (aged 72)
Oswego, Labette County, Kansas, USA
Burial
Ava, Douglas County, Missouri, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section 1920, Plot 13
Memorial ID
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Alcy Dora "Elsie" Webb Edwards (Sade) was born about 22 Jan 1853, near Pottawattamie County, Iowa. According to all available records and oral histories, she was a Native American girl. Her parents are unknown, other than that her father's surname is believed to have been Webb. Whether he was an Anglo, or Native American, who simply took on the Surname of Webb is unknown.

In about 1863, Alcy Dora was taken in by Ira Edwards and his wife Cynthia "Syntha" Williamson later Williams, who married first, Franklin "Frank" Snodgrass and later Ira Edwards in 1861. The Edwards family and their relations were known for their kindhearted ways, and orphaned children can be found among several of the various relatives.

At the time that the Edwards family took in Alcy Dora, there were already seven children; 5 by Ira and his first wife Mary Jane Cockrell, one by "Syntha" and her first husband Frank Snodgrass, and two more of Ira and Syntha's children, so there were plenty of mouths to feed.

It is unknown whether the name Alcy Dora "Elsie" was given by the Edwards family, or if it was her given Christian name. Whether or not she had a Native American name from birth is unknown.

Alcy Dora married William Harrison Sade on 10 Mar 1872 at Jackson County, Iowa.

Together they had at least 13 children, eight of whom lived to adulthood:

Lemuel M Sade 1872–1882
Sarah Viola Sade 1874–1940
Laura M Sade 1878–1880
Julian Victoria Sade 1878–1910
Sylvia Lucinda Sade 1880–1962
Robert G Sade 1881–1897
Synthia Lucretia "Syntha" Sade 1884–1970
Phebe Marilda Sade Vinton 1887–1940
Alcy Evelena Sade Lawrence 1889–1980
Lily Myrtle Sade Kay 1891–1976
Thomas Jefferson Sade 1893–1900
Eugene Sade 1895–1900
Franklin Thomas Sade 1899–1980

According to the Sade family, at some time in her early adulthood, and at the request of her husband William Harrison Sade, Alcy Dora posed for the attached painting in Native American attire. It is unknown if the clothing, bow, and arrow belonged to Alcy Dora or were from another source, or if the attire was consistent with the traditional dress of Alcy Dora's Native American tribal peoples.

Alcy Dora, "Elsie" as she was called, and William moved to Osborne County, Kansas sometime before 1880, then back to Miller in Woodbury County, Iowas by 1885. By 1900, they were living in Otter, Garfield County, Oklahoma, then to Benton in Douglas County, Missouri by 1910. In 1920, they were living Spring Creek, Douglas County, Missouri.

Alcy Dora Webb Edwards (Sade) died on 25 May 1925, at her home in Oswego, Labette County, Kansas.

According to the Douglas County Herald of 28 May 1925, she had been in Ava, Missouri the previous week and complained of a severe pain in her side, but it was not thought to be serious. "On Tuesday morning at about two o'clock, Mr. Sade was awakened by a gasp or struggle by Mrs. Sade and before he could awaken other members of the family she was dead... Mr. and Mrs. Sade formerly resided in Ava and the body will be brought here for burial."

She was buried at Ava Cemetery plot 13 of the 1920 Section.

Updates and corrections to her bio are kindly requested.
Alcy Dora "Elsie" Webb Edwards (Sade) was born about 22 Jan 1853, near Pottawattamie County, Iowa. According to all available records and oral histories, she was a Native American girl. Her parents are unknown, other than that her father's surname is believed to have been Webb. Whether he was an Anglo, or Native American, who simply took on the Surname of Webb is unknown.

In about 1863, Alcy Dora was taken in by Ira Edwards and his wife Cynthia "Syntha" Williamson later Williams, who married first, Franklin "Frank" Snodgrass and later Ira Edwards in 1861. The Edwards family and their relations were known for their kindhearted ways, and orphaned children can be found among several of the various relatives.

At the time that the Edwards family took in Alcy Dora, there were already seven children; 5 by Ira and his first wife Mary Jane Cockrell, one by "Syntha" and her first husband Frank Snodgrass, and two more of Ira and Syntha's children, so there were plenty of mouths to feed.

It is unknown whether the name Alcy Dora "Elsie" was given by the Edwards family, or if it was her given Christian name. Whether or not she had a Native American name from birth is unknown.

Alcy Dora married William Harrison Sade on 10 Mar 1872 at Jackson County, Iowa.

Together they had at least 13 children, eight of whom lived to adulthood:

Lemuel M Sade 1872–1882
Sarah Viola Sade 1874–1940
Laura M Sade 1878–1880
Julian Victoria Sade 1878–1910
Sylvia Lucinda Sade 1880–1962
Robert G Sade 1881–1897
Synthia Lucretia "Syntha" Sade 1884–1970
Phebe Marilda Sade Vinton 1887–1940
Alcy Evelena Sade Lawrence 1889–1980
Lily Myrtle Sade Kay 1891–1976
Thomas Jefferson Sade 1893–1900
Eugene Sade 1895–1900
Franklin Thomas Sade 1899–1980

According to the Sade family, at some time in her early adulthood, and at the request of her husband William Harrison Sade, Alcy Dora posed for the attached painting in Native American attire. It is unknown if the clothing, bow, and arrow belonged to Alcy Dora or were from another source, or if the attire was consistent with the traditional dress of Alcy Dora's Native American tribal peoples.

Alcy Dora, "Elsie" as she was called, and William moved to Osborne County, Kansas sometime before 1880, then back to Miller in Woodbury County, Iowas by 1885. By 1900, they were living in Otter, Garfield County, Oklahoma, then to Benton in Douglas County, Missouri by 1910. In 1920, they were living Spring Creek, Douglas County, Missouri.

Alcy Dora Webb Edwards (Sade) died on 25 May 1925, at her home in Oswego, Labette County, Kansas.

According to the Douglas County Herald of 28 May 1925, she had been in Ava, Missouri the previous week and complained of a severe pain in her side, but it was not thought to be serious. "On Tuesday morning at about two o'clock, Mr. Sade was awakened by a gasp or struggle by Mrs. Sade and before he could awaken other members of the family she was dead... Mr. and Mrs. Sade formerly resided in Ava and the body will be brought here for burial."

She was buried at Ava Cemetery plot 13 of the 1920 Section.

Updates and corrections to her bio are kindly requested.


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  • Created by: Dana Pereau
  • Added: Sep 21, 2017
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/183615693/alcy_dora-sade: accessed ), memorial page for Alcy Dora “Elsie” Webb Edwards Sade (22 Jan 1853–25 May 1925), Find a Grave Memorial ID 183615693, citing Ava Cemetery, Ava, Douglas County, Missouri, USA; Maintained by Dana Pereau (contributor 48943893).