Descendants of Thomas Grubb

Twelfth Generation

Family of Livingston Bullock TALLEY (134) & Sarah Jane CLARK

139. Livingston B. TALLEY Jr. Born abt 1870 in PA.[159] Livingston B. died in Los Angeles Co, CA in 1935; he was 65.[160] Occupation: Paint business.

1920 Census Soundex, Santa Monica (1423 Utah Ave), Los Angeles Co, CA:
Talley, Livingston B., age 50, born PA
Mary E., wife, age 46, born NJ
Livingston B., son, age 26, born PA
Fred, son, age 21, born IL
William M., son, age 18, born AZ
Mary E., dau, age 15, born WA
George W., son, age 12, born CA
Edward J., son, age 9, born OR
Ida R., dau, age 7, born OR
Olwyn T., (N), age 4 yrs-10 mos, born CA

The following letter was among papers found in the Van Leer writing box which Marjorie B. Winter inherited. She has tried to transcribe it exactly with spelling and grammar errors included. Marjorie's great-grandparents were John Franklin Van Leer, Jr. and Mary Rutter Bullock. Mary was a sister to Elizabeth Ann Bullock who married Samuel Talley. This letter opens a wonderful window into the personal lives of Livingston, Jr. and other family members. Marjorie B. Winter has graciously given me her permission to include this letter with my Bullock/Talley genealogy on my web page. Please do not distribute it without first contacting Marjorie at

Envelope addressed to Mrs. Mary R. VanLeer, 526 Highland Avenue, Chester, PA No postmark.

Centralia Wash. Feb. 9, 1905
John Vanleer
Cor 6th & Highland Ave.
Chester, Del.Co.

Dear Uncle: do you know anhything about Uncle Art Gimkens. (earlier ref. To Jenkins) I sent him a Xmas present and letter and both have been returned to me today, and I'm anxious to know where he is. I addressed him to Trainor, P.O., Pen. How is grandmother [Elizabeth Ann Bullock Talley] getting along and Aunt Said [Sarah (Sadie) Matildas Bullock Way].

Write me a good long letter. I am sick in bed and have asked a friend to write for me. I am in the paint business but just starting and don't knowo how things will turn out yet but hope to be able to do a payeing business when we get running right. Tell Charlie, Will [Charles Lewis Van Leer and William L. C. Van Leer, John's sons] and all of them to write to me. I want to hear from them the worst way. Your nephew L. B. Talley per W. E. Fallis
P.S. We have two girls and 3 boys. The baby is 6 weeks old. We named baby Mary after Aunt Mary [Mary Rutter Bullock Van Leer]. As soon as I can get a photo of the family I will send you one. L.B
[This letter is written on very poor tablet paper in pencil. Written by W. E. Fallis.]

On 28 Jun 1893 when Livingston B. was 23, he married Mary Elizabeth LIVINGSTON, daughter of Unknown LIVINGSTON & Unknown BORDEN, in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Chester, PA.[123] Both of Linwood, PA. Born on 10 Jul 1873 in NJ.[160],[161] Mary Elizabeth died in CA on 20 Oct 1957; she was 84.[160]

They had the following children:
i. Livingston B.. Born on 19 Apr 1894 in PA.[160],[162],[163] Livingston B. died in CA in Apr 1971; he was 76.[160],[162] Last Residence: 90230 Culver City, Los Angeles, CA. SS#: 548-28-9802, issued in CA. Occupation: Artist.[160]

Livingston was unmarried.[160]

Military: Livingston was a medic in WW I.[160]
152 ii. Sarah (Sadie) Jane (1895-1941)
153 iii. Fred (1898-1979)
154 iv. William McKinley (1901-1981)
155 v. Mary Elizabeth (1904-?)
156 vi. George Washington (1907-1986)
157 vii. Edward J. (1910-1970)
viii. Ida Ruth. Born on 10 Sep 1912 in Oregon.[160],[164],[165] Ida Ruth died in Los Angeles Co, CA on 16 Oct 1980; she was 68.[160],[164] SS# 263-28-3469.

Ida Ruth first married John WATSON.

Ida Ruth second married Bob WATSON.
ix. Olwyn T.. Born on 15 Mar 1915 in CA.[160],[166],[167] Olwyn T. died in WA in Apr 1994; she was 79.[160],[166] Last Residence: 99166 Republic, Ferry, WA. SS#: 555-26-4427.

Olwyn T. married Art PENCE.

140. Mary L. TALLEY. Born 19 Apr 1878 in Magnolia, Putnam Co, IL.[124],[168] [Note: Mary was aged 50 in the year 1929 according to an Application for Reimbursement form included in Livingston B. Talley's pension record.]. Mary L. died 27 Nov 1950 in Los Angeles Co, CA. [CA Death Records 1940-97]

Los Angeles, Cal.
1209 Los Palos St
Nov. 1, 1929
Dept of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Office of the disbursing clerk
Dear Sir
My Mother
Sarah J Talley
passed away Oct 27, 1929.
Her No. 468953.
If she is entitled this months
I would like to have it for
Her funeral expences.
Your Respectuffy
Her Daughter.
Mrs Mary L. Wilson. [124]

Mary L. Talley Wilson appears to be another of the children of Livingston Bullock Talley and Sarah (Clark) Talley who referenced the surname Bullock rather than Talley in later years. A descendant of Livingston Bullock Talley Jr. remembers a family story about a dispute between Livingston Jr. and his brothers. Afterward, according to the story, Livingston Jr. retained the Talley surname while some of his siblings took the Bullock surname. The following is found in the California Death Records 1940 thru 1997:
Wilson, Mary
Born 04/19/1878 Illinois
Died 11/27/1950 Los Angeles Co, CA
Mother's maiden name Clark
Father's surname Bullock

Mary L. married Unknown WILSON.

They had the following children:
i. Oscar F. Born 4 Dec 1904 in Illinois. Oscar F. died 20 Jun 1964 in Los Angeles Co, CA. [CA Death Records 1940-97]
ii. Gus.

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