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Trail Descendants

1 Bazil TRAIL
Birth:    1805, South Carolina
Death:    bef 1860, Indiana

Spouse:    Sarah L. WRIGHT
Birth:    Feb 1826, Ohio
Death:    4 Apr 1909, Sundance Wyoming ?
Father:    Hosea WRIGHT  (1784-)
Mother:    Sarah CREWS (1786-)

Living with son William Trail in 1900 Census
Listed as Sarah L. King born Feb 1826 Ohio

Marriage:    24 Nov 1853, Putnam Co. Indiana

Children:    William Martin (1856-1942)
Laura Joan (1857-1949)

Other spouses:    Mary Polly ASHER

1.1 William Martin TRAIL
Birth:    11 Nov 1856, Cloverdale, IN
Death:    19 Jan 1942, Mercer Mo

Living with step father Andrew King in 1860
Boarding in the home of Dewitt Clinton McGrew father of Eldora in 1880
Living with Son Ocal in 1930

Spouse:    Eldora McGREW
Birth:    12 Apr 1857, IL
Death:    28 Jul 1917
Father:    Dewitt “Dwight” Clinton McGREW  (~1833-)
Mother:    Dosia Emma McVEY (~1833-)

Children:    Charles Clinton (1882-1963)
Birdie Faye (1883-1951)
Tessie (1885-)
Hazel May (1888-1970)
Audie (1889-1977)
Ocal (1891-1972)
Bazil (1893-1997)

1.1.1 Charles Clinton TRAIL
Birth:    19 Apr 1882, Mercer Co Missouri
Death:    Jan 1963, Wyoming

Living with Charley’s family was Ivan King 18 in 1930 census

Spouse:    Dottie Belle GORDON
Birth:    abt 1880, Iowa
Father:    GORDON
Mother:    UNNAMED
Marriage:    abt 1916

Children:    Elsie Mary (Living)
Reo (Living)
Wilma L. (Living)

1.1.2 Birdie Faye TRAIL
Birth:    Jul 1883, Mercer Co Missouri
Death:    1951, Middlepoint Cemetery,

Spouse:    Jess BARDWELL
Birth:    1881, Iowa

Children:    Ernest Or Emmet F. (Living)
Emory “Steve” (Living)
Velma Cleo (1907-1913)
Versa A. (Living)
Ivan W. (Living)
Nelda E (Living)
Willard Clone (1919-1924)

1.1.3 Tessie TRAIL
Birth:    Oct 1885, Mercer Co Missouri

Spouse:    William HAYES
Birth:    abt 1882, Missouri

1.1.4 Hazel May TRAIL
Birth:    20 Jun 1888, Mercer Mo
Death:    Oct 1970, Yuba City, Sutter Co. CA

Spouse:    James Garfield HICKS
Birth:    15 Sep 1883, Mercer Mo
Death:    13 Feb 1967, Yuba City, Sutter Co. CA
Father:    Reuben Calvin HICKS  (1849-1938)
Mother:    Margaret E. ALLEY (1853-1936)

Obituary: James Garfield Hicks, Appeal Democrat newspaper

Hicks – Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Twin Cities for James Garfield Hicks, 83, of Yuba City, who died yesterday at Fremont Hospital following a long illness.

A retired farm laborer, Hicks had lived in the Yuba City area for 30 years and made his home at 973 Shasta St. He was a native of Mercer County, MO. Survivors include his wife, Hazel; two daughters, Mrs. Willo Mayer of Yuba City and Mrs. Margaret Jones of Yreka; five grandchildren and five great-grandchild. Rev. Kenneth Smith of the First Church of the Hazarene in Yuba City officiate at the Thursday service. Burial will be in the Sutter cemetery.

Marriage:    6 Mar 1907, Mercer Mo

Children:    Willo Ruby (1911-1982)
Margaret Cozeen (1918-1995)
Dorris G. (1921-1937)

1.1.5 Audie TRAIL
Birth:    30 Apr 1889, Mercer Co Missouri
Death:    23 Mar 1977, Mercer Co.Missouri

Living with father William Martin Trail in 1920

Spouse:    Ola HICKS
Birth:    16 Sep 1903
Death:    3 Dec 1994, Mercer Co Missouri
Father:    Horatio Gates HICKS  (1877-1947)
Mother:    Julia Eldora WALKER (1875-)

Children:    Colene (Living)

1.1.6 Ocal TRAIL
Birth:    Sep 1891, Mercer Co Missouri
Death:    5 Dec 1972, Mercer Co Missouri

Living with father William Martin Trail in 1920

Spouse:    Myrtle SMITH
Birth:    Mar 1899, Missouri
Father:    Benjamin SMITH  (1877-)
Mother:    Sarah (Stella) COLLIER (1883-)

Children:    Etta Flo (1916-2004)
Roma W. (1927-2001)

1.1.7a Bazil TRAIL*
Birth:    30 Jul 1893, Mercer Mo
Death:    9 Jun 1997, Mercer MO
Burial:    12 Jun 1997, Evergreen Cemetary
Occupation:    Farmer
Religion:    Member Of The Baptist Church

“Mercer County Pioneer Traces,” Mercer Co. MO Genealogical Society, Vol. 2, (1997) pages 814-815.

Bazil and Bessie Trail
Bazil Trail was born on July 20, 1893, in Mercer County, to William and Eldora (McGraw) Trail. He lived most of his life in Mercer with the exception of six months when he was being training in the Army at Camp Funston, and since 1983 he lived in the Westview Care Center in Leon, Iowa, where he died on June 9, 1997. He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Lineville, Iowa.

He grew up on a farm northwest of Mercer and attended the New Zion School. He was married first to Nellie Weiser. They had two boys, Leo Howard and Harold Wayne (deceased). After the divorce of Bazil and Nellie, Basil was married second to Bessie Elizabeth Heller (November 19, 1902, Tuskeega, Iowa), the daughter of Richard and Lora Lucretia (Ashborn) Keller of the Lamoni, Iowa, area.

Bazil and Bessie had four children, Esther Jeanne, Bazil Romain, Hazel Irene and Norman Ferril. Bessie, Jeanne, and Norman are deceased.

The family farmed northwest of Mercer. Six nights a week, over a wide area, Bazil also played the fiddle for square and rounds dances in halls, barns, and homes. He also worked for a while at the rock crusher in Cainsville, Missouri. He was on the school board at New Zion. He also traveled several summers and autumns working in the harvest fields. Bessie attended a Free Methodist Church and taught Sunday School when she was young. Bazil was a member of the Baptist Church and the American Legion in Mercer. (Submitted for publication by Hazel Robinson)

Obituary – Bazil Trail

Bazil Trail, son of William M. Trail and Eldora (McGrew) Trail, was born near Mercer, Missouri, on July 20, 1893 and passed away on June, 1997, at the Westview Acres Cre Center in Leon, Iowa, at the age of 103. Bazil was united in marriage to Bessie Elizabeth Keller on December 15, 1923. Bessie proceeded [sic] him in death on May 5, 1983. He was also proceeded [sic] in death by his parents; two sons, Harold and Norman Trail; a daughter, Jeanne Ragan; three brothers, Audie, Ocal, and Charles Trail; and by four sisters, Velta Hayes, Birdie Bardwell, Hazel Hicks, and Tessie Trail. He is survived by two sons, Bazil Trail Jr. of Des Moines, Iowa, Leo Howard Trail, of the state of California; one daughter, Hazel Robinson of Mercer, Missouri; and by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Bazil lived most of his life in Mercer County, Missouri, on his farm west of Mercer. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in the Army, and was the last known Mercer County, Missouri, World War I veterans. He was a member of the American Legion in Mercer. As a hobby, Bazil enjoyed playing the fiddle, and played for dances in the area for many years. He continued playing the fiddle for his own enjoyment in his later years while a resident of the Westview Acres, where he resided since 1983. Bazil was a member of the Mercer Baptist Church. Graveside services were held Thursday, June 12, 1997 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Lineville, Iowa, with Rev. Ron Helton, officiating, under the direction of the Greenless-Middleton Funeral Service of Lineville.

Spouse:    Bessie Elizabeth KELLER
Birth:    16 Dec 1901, Iowa
Death:    May 1983, Mercer Co Missouri
Father:    Richard N. KELLER  (1868-<1920)
Mother:    Lora Lucretia ASHBURN (1868-)
Marriage:    15 Dec 1923

Children:    Hazel (Living)
Norman (1943-1995)
Ester Jeanne (Living)
Bazil Romain “Bub”  Jr. (1924-2003)

Other spouses:    Nellie WEISNER (Living)

1.1.7b Bazil TRAIL* (See above)

Spouse:    Nellie WEISNER (Living)
Father:    George WEISNER  (1874-)
Mother:    Alice (1881-)

Children:    Leo Howard (Living)
Harold W. (1920-1991)

Other spouses:    Bessie Elizabeth KELLER

1.1.8 Velta TRAIL

Spouse:    HAYES

1.2 Laura Joan TRAIL
Birth:    Aug 1857, Indiana
Death:    1949, Wyoming

Living with step father Andrew King in 1860

Spouse:    Charlie MULHOLLAND
Birth:    Apr 1857, Oregon
Mother:    UNNAMED

Children:    James  E. “Eddie” (1888-)
Grace (?1896-)

1.2.1 James  E. “Eddie” LATHAM  – MULHOLLAND
Birth:    16 Dec 1888, Wyoming

Spouse:    Ruth Belle
Birth:    1893, Missouri

Children:    Charles Edward (Living)
James Edward  Jr. (Living)

1.2.2 Grace MULHOLLAND
Birth:    ? 1896, Wyoming


Alice    parent of spouse of 1.1.7b
Ruth Belle    spouse of 1.2.1
UNNAMED    parent of spouse of 1.1.1
UNNAMED    parent of spouse of 1.2
Margaret E.    parent of spouse of 1.1.4
Lora Lucretia    parent of spouse of 1.1.7a
Emory “Steve”    child of 1.1.2
Ernest Or Emmet F.    child of 1.1.2
Ivan W.    child of 1.1.2
Jess    spouse of 1.1.2
Nelda E    child of 1.1.2
Velma Cleo    child of 1.1.2
Versa A.    child of 1.1.2
Willard Clone    child of 1.1.2
Sarah (Stella)    parent of spouse of 1.1.6
Sarah    parent of spouse of 1
UNNAMED    parent of spouse of 1.1.1
Dottie Belle    spouse of 1.1.1
UNNAMED    spouse of 1.1.8
William    spouse of 1.1.3
Dorris G.    child of 1.1.4
Horatio Gates    parent of spouse of 1.1.5
James Garfield    spouse of 1.1.4
Margaret Cozeen    child of 1.1.4
Ola    spouse of 1.1.5
Reuben Calvin    parent of spouse of 1.1.4
Willo Ruby    child of 1.1.4
Bessie Elizabeth    spouse of 1.1.7a
Richard N.    parent of spouse of 1.1.7a
James  E. “Eddie”    1.2.1
James Edward  Jr.    child of 1.2.1
Charles Edward    child of 1.2.1
Dewitt “Dwight” Clinton    parent of spouse of 1.1
Eldora    spouse of 1.1
Dosia Emma    parent of spouse of 1.1
UNNAMED    parent of spouse of 1.2
Charlie    spouse of 1.2
Grace    1.2.2
Benjamin    parent of spouse of 1.1.6
Myrtle    spouse of 1.1.6
Audie    1.1.5
Bazil    1
Bazil    1.1.7a
Bazil Romain “Bub”  Jr.    child of 1.1.7a
Birdie Faye    1.1.2
Charles Clinton    1.1.1
Colene    child of 1.1.5
Donna    child of 1.1.5
Elsie Mary    child of 1.1.1
Ester Jeanne    child of 1.1.7a
Etta Flo    child of 1.1.6
Harold W.    child of 1.1.7b
Hazel    child of 1.1.7a
Hazel May    1.1.4
Laura Joan    1.2
Leo Howard    child of 1.1.7b
Max    child of 1.1.5
Norman    child of 1.1.7a
Ocal    1.1.6
Reo    child of 1.1.1
Roma W.    child of 1.1.6
Tessie    1.1.3
Velta    1.1.8
William Martin    1.1
Wilma L.    child of 1.1.1
Julia Eldora    parent of spouse of 1.1.5
George    parent of spouse of 1.1.7b
Nellie    spouse of 1.1.7b
Hosea    parent of spouse of 1
Sarah L.    spouse of 1

One Response to “Trail Descendants”

  • Tonya Trail-Coyle:

    Hi. Im a granddaughter of Bazil and Bessie Trail. I love the info posted. Ive got some photos of their family I can share.

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