January 27, 2015

Herbert G. Chumbley

Herbert & Myrtle Coffey Chumbley
(Thought to be their wedding photo*)
Herbert was the oldest child and son of William and Julia Catherine Lester Chumbley of Pulaski Co., KY.  He was born in Nancy, KY on Dec. 16, 1893 and died on Mar. 5, 1920 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY.

Herbert grew up in Pulaski Co., and on Jun. 5, 1917 registered there for the WW1 draft.  He subsequently served with Battery E., 124th Field Artillery of the US Army.

In Oct. 1919 he married Myrtle "Myrtie" Coffey, the second of four daughters born to Tolbert Nelson and Sarah Roberts Coffey.  She would be my sixth cousin.

Myrtie was born c1902 and perhaps in Whitley Co., KY.  Her sisters were Martha, born in 1899; Minnie J., born in 1904 and Lora, born 1907.  Tolbert died in 1907 and in 1914, Sarah married Andrew Cader Worley.

Herbert and Myrtie were married in Oct., 1919.  In Jan, 1920 they were "lodgers" in the Columbus Mining Camp at Hazard in Perry Co., KY.  The head of household was Fred Stephens and his wife, Shirley Ethel Chumbley Stephens, sister to Herbert.  

Herbert and Myrtie relocated to Whitley Co. in Fed. 1920 where Herbert took a job in another coal mine.  Ten days later, on Mar. 5, 1920, he suffered second degree burns in a mine explosion.  His death certificate reports that he had been a resident of Whitley for 10 days; a resident of Kentucky for 21 years. He was rushed to the Louisville Jewish Hospital where he died.

Herbert Chumbley Death Certificate
Herbert was laid to rest at the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy on Mar. 6, 1920.

There were no known children born to Herbert and Myrtie.  

She is reported* to have married John Calvin Williams in about 1923 but I have not yet found a marriage record.  She and John moved to Ohio where he worked in various machine shops.  They appeared there in the 1930 and 1940 census with a son, Herschel, born c1924 in KY.  

John died in 1968 and Winfield in Scott Co., TN but Myrtle was not named as the wife in his obituary.  Myrtle is said to have died in Cincinnati, OH in 1961 but I have found no documentation or record of her burial.

*From the Ancestry public family tree owned by and used with permission of Gloria Marie Herbert and originally submitted by Mary Held.

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