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Updated 1/15/2002 by MSB
The following facts have been confirmed with original
recorded or family records.
Marlowe Bumpus b. 1895,Little Rock AR. d. 1959, San
Father- George James Bumpus, b. 1870, Jasper Co., MO.
Mother- Mary Elizabeth Dillon, b. 1872, Jasper Co., MO.
Sister - Georgia, b. 1906
Married- Helen Virginia Hart, 1929, CA.
George James Bumpus, b. 1870, Jasper Co., MO., d. 1932,
Father-Samuel Bumpus, b. abt 1844, OH., d. 1885, Jasper
Mother- Catherine Isabella Lattin b. abt 1852, IN.
d. between 1870 and 1880 at unknown.
Sister or ½ sister- Clara Amanda, b.after 1870, d. unknown.
Married- Mary Elizabeth Dillon, 1894.
Samuel Bumpus b. 1844, OH, d. 1885, Jasper Co., MO.
Father b NY.
Mother b. CT. or PA. (document conflict)
Married 1st. Catherine Isabella Lattin, 1869, Jasper Co,.
MO. 2nd Amanda Ballinger, 1881.
(A pregnant Amanda Ballinger was living on the
Jasper Co. MO. poor farm with Samuel Bumpus in the
1880 census. That could the mother of Clara Amanda Bumpus.)
Brother or ½ brother- James Bumpus b. and d. unkn.
Helen Virginia Hart, b. 1898, Visalia CA. d. 1984,
Summerland, BC. Canada.
Married-1st, Chester Goodale. 2d, Marlowe Bumpus, CA 1929
Father- Charles Weston Hart, b. 1860, Gilroy CA., d. 1915,
CA., son of Charles Conklin Hart b. 1826,
Farmington CT. d. 1891 Farmersville CA.
(This line id documented back to Deacon Steven Hart
b. 1605, England.)
Mother- Lila Conlee, b. 1876, Morro Bay, CA. d. 1953, CA.
Daughter of Frank Conlee and Ella Robinson.
Siblings-Hazel Irene, Ethel C., Forest F and Verna Hart.
(More on this line on file)
Mary Elizabeth Dillon b. 1872. Joplin, Jasper Co., MO. d.
1955, Sacramento CA.
Father- Jeremiah Mathew Dillon, b. Ireland., date unkn.
Mother- Clara Olive Gardner, b. 1857, Effingham IL.
d. abt 1930. Selma CA.
Sister 1-Bessie b. and d. unk.
Sister2- d. Edmonds WA
Married- George James Bumpus, abt 1895
Catherine Isabella Lattin b. abt 1852, IN.
d. betw. 1870 and 1880
Father- Dimmick Lattin, b. 1800, NY. D. 1872,
Jasper Co,. MO.
Mother - Cyrenia Taylor, b. abt 1815, PA. d. un Siblings- Mary, George, Amanda and some others
including ½ siblings dating back to before
1836 in OH., IN. and MO
Clara Olive Gardner b. 1857, Effingham IL. d. abt 1930,
Selma CA. Daughter of John Gardner.
Married, 1st , Jeremiah Mathew Dillon, 1871, Clarksville
AR. Married, 2nd , J W McGuire.
Known siblings- Frank, Amie Elizabeth (Belzura) and a
The following is unconfirmed family lore.
George James Bumpus was raised by a half-breed
uncle, James Bumpus, who owned a tavern in OK after his
parents were drowned in a KA flood in 1878.
His sister was raised by a KA farmer.
(The tavern could have been in OK, AR, MO or KA.
There was a Rubin James or James Rubin Bumpus in
Holt Co. MO. during the right time whose descendents
claim he moved to MO. with a brother from OH.
or IL. about the right time. There was a
Reubin Bumpus in Richland Co. OH. At the time
Samuel was born. I'm currently working on this. We
know that Samuel Bumpus died in 1885.)
George James Bumpus was said to have been told by Samuel,
his father that he was related to the James brothers
and that he remembered an uncle Jesse who only visited
at night. ( A lot of people in MO claimed to be related
to Jesse James at one time.)
Samuel Bumpus traveled to the CO. gold fields with
his son, George James. (Other family members could
have gone with them. There were some Lattin family
members in CO. about the same time. This
information is from Sue Lattin.)
"Clara Amanda Bumpus committed suicide as a teen-age
prostitute." (I possess a photo post card with
Clara Amanda and her husband, Ellwood Baker sent from
Fresno CA. to brother George James Bumpus in Seattle WA.,
dated 1917, that tends to dispel the suicide theory.
Clara referred to it as an old photo.
In the photo Clara appears to be in her 40's and
Ellwood much older.)
Records indicate that Samuel Bumpus arrived in
Carthage, Jasper Co., MO in 1868 or 69,
Married Catherine Issabella Lattin in 1869
and in the 1870 census they lived next door to
Dimmick Lattin, 70, his wife Cyrenia, 55
and children George and Mary.
George James was born later that year.
In the 1880 census, Samuel was living on the
Jasper Co. poor farm and was listed as 38 y/o;
out of work for 6 mo., house carpenter, widowed,
birth place OH, father born NY, mother b. CT.
This corresponds with the 1870 census.
He married Amanda Ballanger in 1881.
A death certificate indicates Samuel
died in Web City, Jasper Co, MO. in
Aug. of 1885 of "cerebral congestion and laryngitis",
whatever that is, father born NY, mother born PA.
That same month Amanda Bumpus was re-admitted to the
poor farm and stayed there until Oct. 1894 when
she "went to live with Mr. Estes".