child 276 v. LELIA JEWEL JOHNSTON 5 (#1012). LEWIS FLETCHER4 JOHNSTON (JAMES FRANKLIN3, GEORGE GREGORY ("G.G." OR "GREG")2, LEWIS1) was born in Randolph County, Arkansas, February 23, 1903. LELIA died December 9, 1987 in Charleston, Missouri, at 84 years of age. Her body was interred in Charleston, Missouri.

She married ORVIN RAYMON RAPERT September 13, 1922 in Randolph County, Arkansas. (ORVIN RAYMON RAPERT is #1834.) ORVIN was born September 17, 1901 Orvin was the son of Lorenzo Dow Rapert and Martha Elizabeth (Spencer) Owens.  Orvin died on July 9, 1981 in Sikeston Hospital, Sikeston, Missouri, at 79 years of age. His body was interred in Charleston, Missouri at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Notes: (1) The mother of Orvin Raymon Rapert, Martha Elizabeth Spencer, was the 3rd wife of Lorenzo Dow Rapert. They married on Feb. 25, 1899. Martha Elizabeth died April 28, 1903, at the age of about 33. Their 1899 marriage license stated that she was 29 years old at the time, indicating that she was born about 1870. She had been previously married to Solomon Owens, and brought a son, Oscar Owens, born about 1893, to the marriage with Lorenzo Rapert.

(2) Martha Elizabeth Spencer was a younger sister of Missouri Spencer, born on March 20, 1864. Both were the daughters of Felix J. Spencer and Nancy Odom. This Missouri Spencer was Lorenzo Dow Raperts 1st wife. They had married on August 8, 1883, and had two children, Alfred Alexander, and Lou Emma Rapert, before Missouri died in the early or mid 1890's, probably from tuberculosis. Lorenzo then married Angeline Devault, on Feb. 25, 1897. Angeline then died after about a year, perhaps during childbirth. Apparently there were no surviving children of that marriage. It was after that that he married the younger sister of his first wife.

(3) After having lost his 1st three wives at comparatively young ages, Lorenzo Dow Rapert married a 4th time, to a Lucinda Miller. I have no additional info on her, or that marriage, except that she reared Lorenzo's step-son, Oscar Owens, and Lorenzo's youngest son, Orvin Raymon Rapert. Oscar was about 10 years old and Orvin Raymon was about 2, when their mother died.

LELIA JEWEL JOHNSTON and ORVIN RAYMON RAPERT had the following family;

child     i.  AARON ESSELMAN RAPERT 6 (#2283) was born on February 21, 1926.  He married MARIE JEWEL BAILEY (#2284) on December 11, 1947.

child   ii.   MILDRED GERALDINE RAPERT (#2285) was born on February 7, 1928.  She married ROBERT JOHNSON THOMASON (#2286) on January 29, 1950.

child  iii.   ESSIE LOUISE RAPERT (#2287) was born on October 12, 1929.  She married EVERETT EARNEST WRIGHT (#2288) on June 4, 1949. 

child  iv.   MARTHA LEE RAPERT (#2291) was born on July 16, 1932. She married HAROLD GLENN HOLLIS (#2290) on July 4, 1951.

child   v.   BENNE LEWIS RAPERT (#2291) was born on October 5, 1934.  BENNE died February 12, 1999 at 64 years of age. He is buried at IOOF Cemetery, Charleston, Missouri.   He married MARIA BRYANT (#2292) on February 24, 1962.  

child   vi. LELIA VIRGINIA RAPERT (#2293) was born April 16, 1937. 


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