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Missourian with Kentucky Ties – Marriage and Death

The Washington Herald, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, June 24, 1908

James W. Zevely Weds

Former Washingtonian Takes Miss Janie Clay as Bride

Mexico, Missouri, June 23 – Miss Janie Clay, the only daughter of Col. and Mrs. Green Clay, of Mexico, and James William Zevely, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, were married at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church here tonight.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Leslie M. Potter, of Kirkwood, Missouri, and was witnessed by about 200 guests, many of whom were from other states.

Miss Clay is a tall, slender blonde of pronounced beautify, a graduate of an Eastern college, and an expert horsewoman.

She is a member of an old Southern family, and her father, Col. Green Clay, has served in the Missouri senate on two different occasions.

Mr. Zevely was special agent of Indian Affairs for the Interior Department under ex-Gov. Francis, and was reappointed.  He also served as Missouri State Librarian.  He is now a practicing attorney of Muskogee.

Among the guests were Samuel G. Blythe, of Washington, and Louis Seibold, of The New York World.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Sunday, December 22, 1912

A great number of newspapers in Oklahoma and the adjoining states have been boosting Col. J. W. Zevely, of this city, for the position of Secretary of the Interior.  Col. Zevely is a Missourian, but is by marriage a Kentuckian, having married, some four years ago, Miss Clay, daughter of Green Clay, from Paris, Kentucky, and Mexico, and a niece of Ezekiel Clay, one of the best-known men in the Bluegrass.

Mrs. Zevely and the Colonel spend much of their time in Kentucky, and Mrs. Zevely never lets a summer go by without making a visit to her Kentucky relatives.  As Miss Janie Clay she was as well known as any of the Kentucky girls, and was always counted as one of the ‘fair daughters of Bourbon County.’

Besides having married a Kentucky, Col. Zevely has been for years the law partner of James M. Givens, born and reared in western Kentucky, and is perhaps closer to him, personally and politically, than any man living.

William Clay Zevely, January 29, 1911 – May 7, 1922.  ‘A perfect soul asleep.’  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

Monday, May 8, 1922

Col. J. W. Zevely’s Son Dead

Funeral Tomorrow at Paris, Ky., Grandson of Senator Clay

William Clay Zevely, son of Col. J. W. Zevely, 2029 Connecticut Avenue, died yesterday at the Children’s Hospital, where he had undergone an operation for mastoiditis.  Col. And Mrs. Zevely will leave with the body at 4:35 this afternoon for Paris, Kentucky, where the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon.  Interment will be at Runnymede, the old homestead near Paris of Mrs. Zevely’s father, the late Senator Green Clay, of Mexico, Missouri.

The Zevely’s are both natives of Missouri, but they have homes at Muskogee, Oklahoma, and in Washington.

James William Zevely, October 8, 1861 – June 10, 1927.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Sunday, June 12, 1927

Buried In Paris

Attorney to Harry F. Sinclair Dies at Home in East Hampton, L. I.

New York, June 11 – Funeral services for Col. James W. Zevely, 66 years old, will be held at Paris, Kentucky, it was learned today.  Colonel Zevely, personal attorney to Harry F. Sinclair, died at his home in East Hampton, Long Island, last night.  Burial will be beside the body of his son, Billy, 10, who died three years ago.  Mrs. Zevely, a daughter, Miss Jane Clay Zevely, and Earl W. Sinclair were at his bedside when Colonel Zevely died.  Mr. Sinclair arrived after his death.

The body is to be placed aboard Mr. Sinclair’s private car, Sinco, and is to leave for New York City tonight.  The car is to leave Now York tomorrow morning for Kentucky.  Mrs. Zevely and her daughter, Harry F. Sinclair and his brother are to accompany the body to Paris.

Born in Linn, Missouri, he received his education in the public schools, the Christian Brothers’ College in St. Louis and the University of Virginia.  Following his graduation from the Virginia University he was appointed Missouri State Librarian.  He began his activity in politics in 1888, when he was elected secretary of the Missouri Democratic Committee.

Colonel Zevely was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Muskogee, Oklahoma, from 1902 until 1917.  From Oklahoma he went to Washington, later coming to New York.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Wednesday, April 18, 1928

Left Good Estate

Associated Press

New York, April 17 – Col. James W. Zevely, attorney from 1917 for the Sinclair Consolidated Oil Corporation and attorney for Harry F. Sinclair, who thought so much of the Colonel that he named the pride of his stables Zev, left

His entire estate when he died last June 10, to his wife and daughter.

Janie C. Zevely and Jane C. Zevely, who live at No. 1107 Fifth Avenue, share equally in the Zevely holdings, which may exceed $500,000, it was estimated yesterday.  Daniel F. Cohalan of No. 43 Cedar Street, attorney for Mrs. Zevely, was named executor in the will, drawn November 12, 1924, and filed for probate yesterday.

Col. Zevely entered the Teapot Dome spotlight when his ‘loan’ of $25,000 to Albert B. Fall, then Secretary of the Interior became public.  He died in his home at East Hampton, Long Island, and his body was transported in a special train under the guidance of his friend Sinclair to Paris, Kentucky, where burial took place beside the grave of a son, James W. Zevely.

Janie Clay Zevely, February 22, 1886 – October 16, 1976.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

William Linton Memorium

In Memorium

The Washington Post, July 6, 1890

The funeral of William Linton took place Saturday evening, June28, from his late residence, 1000 Twenty-Sixth Street Northwest.  The services were conducted by the Rev. Alfred Harding of St. Paul’s Church.  The interment was at Congressional Cemetery.  The active pallbearers were William MacFeely, H. B. Bennett, H. Clum, William H. Brawner, George A. Williamson, Llewllyn Washington, J. R. Garrison and Benjamin Miller.  By his request there were twenty honorary pallbearers, who had known him for many years.  The deceased was born at Stone Castle, Prince William County, Virginia, in 1823, and came to Washington in 1839.  In early life he was connected with the telegraph business when it was in its infancy.  In 1857 he received an appointment in the Third Auditor’s office, and in 1861 was promoted and transferred to the First Comptroller’s office and placed in charge of his room, which position he held to within a short time of his death.  As a fitting tribute to his memory many floral offerings were sent by his friends and fellow clerks, filling an entire carriage.  We can only add, in the words of one of his clerks, “That his long experience in the office, his fidelity to the Government, his honorable and upright character have won for him many friends,” friends who sincerely grieve that he is no more.  There are few to whom warmer wishes go by old associates and loving companions.  He was a stainless gentleman, a faithful friend, and an efficient and able officer.

“None knew him but to love him, Nor named him but to praise.”

By his Friends

Mestizo Lady

Today I’m sharing with you another of my wonderful finds on our journey from Nags Head back through West Virginia.  This photo was purchased at an antique shop in Beckley.  It caught my eye immediately, but I came back time and again since it was a bit more costly than most photos I purchased.  Unfortunately there is no name.  But this lady is mestizo.  Mestizo is a term traditionally used in Spain and Latin American for people of mixed heritage or descent.  She is Spanish and Indian.

As you can see, the picture was in a white frame, nothing extraordinary until you look at the back.  There are two pieces of thin wood holding the picture in the frame, and you can see the yellowing newspaper that once covered the back.

There are only small pieces of newspaper left, but the little I can make out says luncheons are 35 cents, on Sundays and holiday, 75 cents.  Frigidaire refrigerators are $107 and up.  The most interesting bit, when I got out my magnifying glass, is that the refrigerators are sold at 1190 P Street.  With the wonders of modern technology – Google Maps! – I find there are 5 cities with streets with such a name and number – Washington, D.C.; Bedford, IN; Lincoln, NE; Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; and Sacramento, CA.

When I first saw this picture I immediately thought of the old west, the gold rush in California, the Spanish and Mexican early settlers in the southwest.  Sacramento fits right in with my theory.  But one of the little shreds of paper that fell off has an important clue – in that tiny piece are the words ‘District of Columbia’.  That tells us that when the photo was put in this frame the newspaper used for backing was from our capital, and most likely, that is where it was framed.  The little nails holding the two pieces of wood in place are very rusty and there are scratches on the back of the frame – the picture has probably been in it for some time.

But who is this lovely lady – where did she live?  Was she born here, or outside the United States?  Did she live in Washington, D.C. – or were her relatives there.  Could she have been part of one of the ambassadors’ households?

Now let us focus on the beautiful woman herself.  Click on the photo and it will open into another window – a larger view.  You can click one more time to see the detail.  She has the lovely high cheek bones of our American Indians.  My paternal grandmother was said to have Indian blood running through her veins – she had those same facial features.  The woman’s accessories are gorgeous.  The cross that is worn around her neck has a fleur-de-lis on it.  Notice the ribbon around her neck, tied into a bow behind her head – and the brooch pinned in the center.  The earrings are quite lovely, as well as the Spanish comb she wears in her hair.  Her dress is black – is she in mourning for a loved one?  There is another piece of jewelry attached at the top of ruffle on the dress – does anyone know what this is?  Based mainly on the large sleeves I would date this photo about 1893 – but that is just a guess.

To know the name of this gorgeous woman – and a little bit about her!  Perhaps one day!  If anyone has any information please let me know!