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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, Kentucky.

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 Frank Burns.
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 last name.

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.)

1917
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.
1918
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.
1919
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.
1920
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.
1921
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 Burns.
1922
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) Anderson Combs.
1923
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.
1924
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.
1925
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.
1926
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.
1927
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.
1928
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.
1929
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.
1930
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.
1937
May: Rose Carolyn born to Estill (25) and Daisy (25) Bowling Martin.

Dwight Davidson, 4673 HWY 1482, Oneida, KY 40972, shares this information with our readers.



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