Ella Marcum Burns, A Midwife,
Delivered Over 200 Babies
Kentucky Board Of Health
Records From Clay County, Ky.
Editor's Note: Dwight Davidson of Oneida, Kentucky, shares
the following records of babies delivered by his grandmother,
Ella Marcum Burns. Ella was a midwife from 1915-1937 and delivered
over 200 babies. Beginning in 1917 the records are taken from
the Kentucky Board of Health. Ella was married to Levi Burns,
and they lived in the tiny community of Brutus in Clay County,
Compiled by Dwight Davidson - 2011
In 1915 Ella Marcum Burns delivered a child for the wife of
each of these men: Luther Davidson, Irvin
Davidson, T. O. Martin, Nelson Barger, Henry Bowling, Lee Wilson,
Jimmy Burns, and Frank Barger. She delivered three children for
In 1916 a baby was delivered by Mrs. Burns for the wife of Melvin
Burns, Adam Parks, Wes Davidson, A. B. Stidhams, Buddy Nolan,
Cash Burns, Henry Hudson, Sydney Baker, Luther David-son, Johnny
Hudson, Merida McIntosh, Irvin Davidson, R. H. Davidson, Noah
Davidson, Elzy Wilson, Arthur Burns, Garfield Hignite, Levi Martin,
and Beve Baker.
The 1917-1937 records are taken from the Kentucky Board of Health.
The records are listed in the following order: Year and month
of birth; child's name; father's first name and age; mother's
first name, age, and her maiden name (when given); and the father's
Midwife Ella Marcum Burns of Brutus, Clay County, Kentucky.
Ella's father, Farris Marcum, was Clay County Court Clerk and
a lawyer in Manchester. Her mother was Christina Wilson Marcum.
(Photo courtesy of Dwight Davidson.)
January: Nanny Gracie born to Will (48) and Sylvia (42) Hensley,
John Harvey born to Jimmy and Sarah (23) Barger Burns, Walter
born to Frank and Lucy (22) Barrett Martin, and Ella born to
Holt (21) and Myrtle (17) Turner Gibson. February: Stanley born
to Bill (21) and Susan Murray Hamblin Wilson. March: Louis born
to Sherman (47) and Bam (26) Steward Nolan, Hiram born to Calvery
(28) and Liza Jane (18) Parks Napper, and Steve born to Ance
and Alpha (24) Burns Barger. April: Estil born to Marion (24)
and Mary Kate (18) Wilson Hudson. May: Rachel born to Jimmy (32)
and Millie (24) Hignite Burns, and Delbert born to Howard (20)
and Ella (18) Hudson Bowling. June: Ausley born to Luther (23)
and Ida (18) Burns Davidson, Sophie born to Isiah (30) and Louise
(20) Hudson Herd, and Mary B. born toRobert (23) and Oda (21)
Burns Bowling. July: Elbert born to Adam (23) and Malvery (18)
Burns Parks. August: Daisy born to Cash (22) and Maude (17) Hignite
Burns, and Beula born to Frank (23) and Bertha (17) Marcum Davidson.
April: Pearl born to Lee (32) and Leah (32) Burns Wilson, and
Festus born to Levi (21) and Fannie (20) Rogers Martin. June:
Mallie born to Jim (38) and Emily (28) Napier David-son, and
Helen born to N. F. (36) and Sarah (40) Barrett David-son. July:
Chloe born to Squire (24) and Sally (21) Carmack Marcum. August:
Farris born to Irvin (40) and Chloe (23) Burns Davidson, and
Lester and Fester (twins) born to Luther (25) and Ida (18) Burns
Davidson. September: Hobert born to Holt (22) and Myrtle (18)
Turner Gibson. October: Ed born to Grant (29) and Isabelle (26)
Ledford Combs, and Taylor born to R. H. (38) and Mytle (26) Napier
Davidson. November: Nellie born to George (44) and Jinnie (33)
Sizemore. (December) Paul born toLee (28) and Ola (19) Burns
Burns, Lillie born to J. (39) and Rachel (26) Jones, and Osker
born to Henry (32) and Louisa (27) Hudson Marcum.
January: Mitchell born to Jimmy (37) and Sara (26) Barger Burns.
February: Eveline born to Robert (26) and Sopha (27) Burns Burns.
May: Cinda born to Harve (55) and Kate (38) Stidham Burns, Ella
born to Garret (38) and Lucy (26) Roberts, and Henry born to
Arthur (34) and Rachel (32) Hignite Burns. August: Edgar born
to T. O. (23) Sophia (21) Martin. October: Essie born to Gardner
(30) and Mary Belle (24) Burns, Ester born to A. B. (50) and
Cat (24) Stidham, Saul born to Frank (24) and Bertha (19) Marcum
Davidson, and Mandy born to Joe (42) and Ella (35) Childs Davidson.
November: Jim born to B. P. (38) and Maude (35) Hignite Burns,
Robert (Jr.) born to Robert (25) and Ola (23) Burns Bowling,
and Vernel born to Cash (24) and Maude (20) Hignite Burns. December:
Organ born to Beve (46) and Polly (39) Bowling Arnett.
January: Edwin born to Andy (37) and Diana (38) Gilbert Burns.
February: Clyde born to Luther (38) and Lucy (32) Rogers Davidson,
and Hiram born to Adam (26) and Malvery (18) Burns Parks. March:
Cecil born to Lee (29) and Ola (20) Burns Burns. April: Olgie
born to Burchell (24) and Birtha (21) Rice. May: Essie born to
Holt (24) and Myrtle (19) Turner Gibson. June: Lester born to
Bill (25) and Mary Jane (20) Couch Couch, and Lizzie born to
Howard (23) and Ella (20) Hudson Bowling. August: Dianer born
to William (42) and Amanda (27) Baker, and Roy born to Lee (36)
and Leah (34) Burns Wilson. September: Oakley born to Luther
(26) and Ida (21) Burns Davidson. November: Virgie born to Johnny
(19) and Mallie (19) Davidson, E. P. and Roy (twins) born to
Cash (25) and Maude (21) Hignite Burns, and Hughie born to K.
F. (36) and Sarah (41) Davidson. December: Farris born to Jim
(40) and Emily (30) Napier Davidson, and Lilly Mae born to Levi
(25) and Fanny (24) Rogers Martin.
January: Emily born to Rowland (40) and Myrtle (29) Napier Davidson.
February: Olgie born to Leonard (24) and Lucy (17) Martin, and
Mary Kate born to Frank (31) and Lucy (27) Barrett Martin. March:
Clay born to Henry (35) and Louisa (22) Hudson Marcum. May: Nancy
born to Jim (38) and Sindia (32) Wombles, and Vernon born to
Skill (25) and Polly (21) Brewster. June: Ella born to Marion
(29) and Mary Kate (21) Wilson Hudson, Dewey born to Irvin (42)
and Chloe (26) Burns Davidson, and Margaret born to Robert (29)
and Sophia (30) Burns Burns. July: Perry A. born to Harve (56)
and Katie (42) Burns, Tommy born to Jasper (21) and Florence
(18) Ledford Martin, and Sabra born to Peter (21) and Sophia
(20) Martin Burns. August: Earl born to Henry (41) and Barbara
(34) Frost Davidson, and Marie born to Calway (29) and Eliza
Jane (23) Parks Napier. September: Earl born to Willie (23) and
Alisee (19) Burns Burns, Sopha born to Millard (32) and Sylvania
(21) Davidson Hacker, and John Henry born to Lige (37) and Neller
(23) Davidson Herd. October: Minnie Shelly born to Adam (28)
and Malvery (20) Parks, and Chloe born to Jim (40) and Sally
(30) Davidson Martin. December: Jesse born to Cash (27) and Maude
(23) Hignite Burns, Martha born to Willie (22) and Isabelle (18)
Abner Fugate, and Millard born to J. E. (40) and Sarah (28) Barger
January: Florida born to Lloyd (30) and Armila (26) Stidham Roberts,
Aster born to Holt (25) and Myrtle (21) Turner Gibson, Georgia
born to Andy (42) and Dianner (39) Gilbert Burns, and Clifford
born to Lester H. (20) and Rosa (19) Brewster Burns. March: Hughie
born to Steve (20) and Fannie (18) Burns Burns, Charlie born
to Roy (30) and Rhoda (18) Davidson Jones, Pearl born to Joe
(29) and Hester (22) Collins Couch, Ralph Leon born to Jasper
L. (48) and Lillie (38) Hignite Peters, and Earnest born to Lee
(38) and Leah (36) Wilson. April: Howel born to William Henry
(24) and Ollie (21) Ledford Davidson, and Ralph born to Beve
(42) and Maude (38) Begley Burns. May: Squire born to Johnny
(21) and Mallie (23) Ledford Davidson. July: Sidney born to Luther
(40) and Lucy (34) Rogers Davidson, Julce born to Melvin (30)
and Bam (26) Stidham, and Donald born to James (32) and Ida (28)
Burns Brewster. September: Paul born to Leonard (25) and Lucy
(19) Rogers Martin, Isaiah born to Howard (25) and Ella (22)
Hudson Bowling, and Jenette born to Frank (26) and Ida (20) Gay
Barger. October: Manley born to Grant (33) and Isabelle (30)
Ledford Combs. December: Virgie born to Levi (29) and Sarah (24)
Herd McQueen, and Georgie born to Clarence (22) and Callie (21)
January: Ruby born to Adam (29) and Malvery (21) Parks, Chloe
born to Ike and Emiline (40) Sandlin Gilbert, and Troy born to
Felix (23) and Maggie (17) Gilbert Davidson. March: Naomi born
to Jasper (23) and Florence (19) Ledford Martin, Jeffie born
to Dave (35) and Nora (27) Bowling Gilbert, Holbert born to Harve
(23) and Lula (22) Gibson, and Blevins born to Johnny (22) and
Mallie (24) Ledford Davidson. April: Mary Betty born to J. P.
(30) and Sally (27) Rogers Martin, William born to Henry (42)
and Elsie (34) Byrd Johnson, and Oscar born to Henry (19) and
Minnie (19) Davidson Burns. June: Myrtle born to Jim (40) and
Emily (33) Napier Hudson, Millard born to Millard (45) and Sally
Ann (41) Sams Herd, and Levi born to Green (46) and Sylvania
(42) Hensley Landgon. August: Lois Maureen born to Barton (18)
and Martha (19) Brown Jones, Clara Vera born to Robert (32) and
Sophia (31) Burns Burns, and Seldon born to Peter (23) and Sophie
(31) Martin Burns. Between August 30 and October 23: Frankie
born to Chester (34) and Ollie Mae (20) Hensley Allen, Floice
born to Levi (28) and Fannie (24) Rogers Martin, Ethel born to
Holt (27) and Myrtle (23) Turner Gibson, Radie born to Bert (33)
and Eva (23) Taylor Hacker, and A. T. born to Irvin (25) and
Chloe (28) Burns Davidson. November Lottie born to James (30)
and Mary Kate (21) Burns Spurlock.
January: Coy born to Lee (33) and Ola (24) Burns Burns. (February)
Maude born to Marion (30) and Mary Kate (26) Wilson Hudson, and
Asher born to Willie (26) and Alisee (22) Burns Burns. March:
Lillie born to Shafter (24) and Lula (19) Hignite Hamblin, a
female born to John (30) and Nancy (30) Rice Lundy, and Lizzie
born to Isham (18) and Malvery (18) Hacker Langdon. May: Mona
born to Isham (23) and Christina (18) Burns Hamblin, Broudus
born to R. H. (43) and Myrtle (31) Napier Davidson, and Icie
born to Cash (30) and Maude (25) Hignite Burns. June: Edgar born
to Lester H. (23) and Rosa (22) Brewster Burns, Stella born to
Kinnard (21) and Rhoda (23) Davidson Burns, and Mildred born
to George (23) and Leona (17) Burns Dean. September: Charlie
born to James (46) and Sally (39) Davidson Martin, and Eugene
born to Luther (42) and Lucy (36) Rogers Davidson. November:
Ida born to Henry (42) and Elsie (44) Byrd Johnson, and Mary
Belle born to Phil (22) and Myrtle (19) Martin Wilson.
January: Pauline born to Ambrose (30) and Florida (28) Roberts
Burns, Saul born to Lee (39) and Leah (39) Wilson, and Carlo
born to Johnny (23) and Mallie (25) Ledford Davidson. June: Mayme
born to Shaftner (26) and Lula (21) Hignite Hamblin. July: Opal
born to Jasper (24) and Florence (21) Ledford Martin, and Lola
born to James and Mary Kate (22) Burns Spurlock. December: Mary
C. born to Isham (25) and Christina (20) Burns Hamblin.
January: Ida born to Henry (37) and Louisa (36) Hudson Marcum,
and Ruby born to Peter (26) and Sopha (24) Martin Burns. February:
Willie born to James (41) and Emily (34) Napier Davidson, Sallie
born to Howard (27) and Ella (24) Hudson Bowling, and Matt born
to James (48) and Sally (41) Davidson Martin. March: Afton born
to Willie (28) and Alisee (24) Burns Burns. April: Sally born
to Shiloh (35) and Sylvania Bea (35) Burns Gay, and Daisy born
to Henry (22) and Minnie (22) Davidson Burns. June: Oma born
to Lee (35) and Ola (25) Burns Burns. July: Lena born to Irvin
(48) and Chloe (31) Burns Davidson. August: Earl born to Levi
(30) and Fannie (27) Rogers Martin. (N/A) Edward born to Pearl
(21) and Ida (16) McIntosh Martin. November: Hershell born to
Jimmy (45) and Sarah (34) Barger Burns.
January: Dorothy born to Luther (42) and Lucy (38) Rogers Davidson.
February: Earnest born to Chester (24) and Della (22) Davidson
Martin. March: Louisa born to Marion (33) and Mary Kate (26)
Wilson Hudson, and Dorie born to Henry (27) and Lucy Jane (20)
Gilbert Davidson. June: Marcum born to Robert (35) and Sophia
(36) Burns Burns. August: Mary born to Henry (38) and Louisa
(37) Hudson Marcum. November: Robin born to Jimmy (46) and Sarah
(35) Barger Burns.
May: Irvin born to James (35) and Mary Kate (26) Burns Spurlock.
August: Seldon born to Emery (28) and Lula (22) Bowling Davidson,
and Willard born to Harlin (27) and Flaria (24) Burns Bowling.
September: Elmo born to Pearl (22) and Mary (22) Baker Martin.
November: Mildred born to Isham (27) and Christina (23) Burns
Hamblin. (December) John Cripper born to Joe L. (23) and Lois
(22) Cripper Hatten.
February: Herald born to Levi (33) and Fannie Rogers Martin.
May: Lois born to Willie (30) and Alisee (27) Burns. November:
Kelly born to Phil (27) and Myrtle (25) Martin Wilson. December:
Mary Martha born to Emery (29) and Lula (23) Bowling Davidson,
and Christina born to Irvin (49) and Chloe (34) Burns Davidson.
January: Henry, Jr. born to Henry (26) and Minnie (26) Davidson
Burns. March: Emma born to Marion (37) and Mary Kate (33) Wilson
Hudson. April: Wally born to Arthur (45) and Rachel (34) Hignite
Burns. August: Mary Elizabeth born to Lester H. (29) and Rosa
(27) Brewster Burns.
May: Rose Carolyn born to Estill (25) and Daisy (25) Bowling
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