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Cordelia 'Cordie' 
(Warner) Roberts



Cordelia Roberts

Cordelia "Cordie" (Warner) Roberts was born on Aug. 26, 1876 in Illinois, the daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Jane (Bateson) Warner. She and her sister Melsinia "Mellie" Payne were twins.

At a young age, she married farmer Lewellyn "Lew" Roberts (1867- ? ). 

They resided in Idaho for many years, with the federal census showing them in Pine and Junction Bar, Elmore County in 1910 and Featherville, Elmore County in 1920. 

The  10 children of this couple were Elsie Roberts, Goldie Douglas Horst, Mell Celia "Mellie" Smith Burnet, twins Edward Roberts and Edith Ormsby, Ada Barber Ormsby, Charles Roberts, Lillian Peste, Veryla Gibbs and Myrtle Carlson. 

Cordelia died in Hammett, Elmore County on Jan. 22, 1926, at the age of 50. 

Lewellyn's fate is not yet known.


~ Daughter Elsie May Roberts ~

Daughter Elsie May Roberts (1897-1977) was born in 1897 on Jan. 23, 1897 in Pine, Elmore County. 

She died in 1977 and was named in the news obituary of her sister Ada in 1985.


~ Daughter Golda "Goldie" (Roberts) Douglas Horst ~

Daughter Golda "Goldie" Roberts (1900- ? ) was born in 1900 in Illinois. 

At the age of 17, Goldie married Charles Douglas ( ? - ? ) on Nov. 26, 1917 in Mountain Home, Elmore County. 

They have not been located on the federal censuses of 1920 or 1930. 

She married again to (?) Horst and in 1985 lived in Centralia, WA.


Main Street in Mountain Home, viewing toward the west


~ Daughter Mell Celia (Roberts) Smith Burnet ~

Daughter Mell Celia "Mellie" Roberts (1901- ? ) was born on Oct. 10, 1901 in Pine, Elmore County, ID.

When she was age 20, on May 2, 1922, she wed Daniel Smith in Mountain Home, Elmore County. 

Some years later, she married again to (?) Burnet. 

In 1985, she dwelled in Elma, WA.


~ Son Edward Roberts ~

Son Edward Earl Roberts (1904-1939) was born on July 28, 1904 in Pine, Elmore County. He was a twin with his sister Edith Pearl Ormsby.

He died on Feb. 26, 1939, when he would have been 34 years of age. Nothing more is known.


~ Daughter Edith Pearl (Roberts) Ormsby ~

Daughter Edith Pearl Roberts (1904-1994) was born on July 28, 1904 in Pine, Elmore County. She was a twin with her brother Edward Earl Roberts.

She married George William Ormsby on Oct. 8, 1924 in Mountain Home, Elmore County. They had one known daughter, Betty Jo Swain. 

When the federal census was taken in 1930, the Ormsbys made their home in Nampa, Canyon County, ID, where George was employed as an "ice man" in an "ice plant."

Circa 1985, Edith lived in Chehalis, WA. She passed away on Aug. 11, 1994.

Daughter Betty Jo Ormsby (1927- ? ) was born in Idaho in about 1927. She attended Nampa High School and married World War II veteran Jack T. Swain (1924-2007) on May 23, 1948 in Ada County, ID. During the war, he had served as a machinist's mate in the U.S. Navy. They migrated to the Seattle area, settling in Kenmore, King County. Jack died on Oct. 23, 2007, and is buried in Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.


~ Daughter Ada Katherine (Roberts) Barber ~

Daughter Ada Katherine Roberts (1908-1985) was born on Feb. 18, 1908 in Pine, Elmore County. 

She married Maury Thomas Barber (1892-1939) on May 20, 1925 in Mountain Home, Elmore County. He was a native of Gibbonsville, Lemhi County, ID.

Their two known daughters were Veryla Barningham and Muriel Dowell.

The Barbers migrated to Washington State in the late 1920s, where they made their home in 1930 in Peoh Point, Kittitas County. There, Maury worked as a laborer. 

Sadly, Ada and Maury apparently divorced during the early years of the 1930s. Maury died in Salmon, Lemhi County, ID on Sept. 19, 1939, with burial in the City Cemetery.

In 1933, at the age of 25, Ada married again, to Walter D. "Buck" Ormsby ( ? -1953) back in her hometown of Mountain Home. Buck was the son of William and Margrete Ann (Vesey) Ormsby. The two families were close, and Ada's sister Edith married Buck's brother George William Ormsby.


Bird's eye view of Nampa, Idaho


The Ormsbys relocated to Nampa, Canyon County, ID in 1933 for Buck's employment with a railroad. They remained there for the rest of their lives.

They are believed to have produced four more children of their own -- Ronald E. Ormsby, Norman Gerald Ormsby, Louis Ormsby and Louise Acree.

Sadly, Buck died on March 1, 1953, in Nampa, after two decades of marriage. Ada survived him by more than 30 years, maintaining her home in Nampa. She died in a local hospital at the age of 77 on Feb. 19, 1985. Burial was in the Kohlertown Cemetery, following funeral services led by Rev. Rand Sargent of the Fruitland Methodist church.

Daughter Veryla Barber (1926-2006) was born on Sept. 12, 1926 in Idaho. She married Warren Dale Barningham (1939-2003) of Twin Falls, ID. Warren had been married before and had three children -- Dorothy Marie Barningham, G. Scott Barningham and Roxanne Marie Rambo. During the Korean War, Warren served as a radio operator in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed playing pool, spending time out of doors and collecting antiques. In 1985, they lived in Heyburn near Salt Lake City. Warren passed away in Salt Lake City on Dec. 10, 2003, in Saint Mark's Hospital. Burial was in the Urah State Veterans Memorial Park in Bluffdale, Salt Lake County. At his death, reported the Twin Falls (ID) Times-News, he was survived by nine grandchildren. Veryla lived for another three years and died on Dec. 4, 2006, with her cremains laid to rest in the Gem Memorial Gardens in Burley, Cassia County, ID.

Daughter Muriel Barber was born in 1928 in Idaho. She wed (?) Dowell. Her home in 1985 was in Meridian, ID. 

Daughter Louise (?) married (?) Acree and lived in Nampa.

Son Ronald E. Ormsby (1933-1992) was born on Nov. 8, 1933. He married Rose M. (?) (1935- ? ) and made his residence in Parma, ID in 1985. He died on Sept. 30, 1992, at the age of 59. Burial was in Nampa's Kohlerlawn Cemetery.

Son Norman Gerald Ormsby (1935-1983) was born on June 7, 1935. During the Korean and Vietnam Wars, he served with the U.S. Army. He died on Oct. 7, 1983, with burial in Kohlerlawn Cemetery in Nampa.

Son Louis Ormsby ( ? - ? ) lived in 1985 in Portland, OR.


~ Son Charles Lewellyn "Lew" Roberts ~

Son Charles Lewellyn "Lew" Roberts (1911-1985) was born on Feb. 7, 1911 in Pine, Elmore County. 

In adulthood, he resided in Boise, Ada County, ID. 

He was married and had one known son, Louis Roberts, who sadly died in infancy.

Lew died in on Jan. 25, 1985, at the age of 74. Burial was in Mountain Home.


~ Daughter Lillian (Roberts) Peste ~

Daughter Lillian Roberts (1914- ? ) was born in 1914. 

Lillian married (?) Peste. 

Her home circa 1985 was in Shelton, WA.


~ Daughter Veryla (Roberts) Gibbs ~

Daughter Veryla Roberts (1916- ? ) was born in 1916. 

She wed (?) Gibbs. 

In 1985, she resided in North Bend, OR.


~ Daughter Myrtle (Roberts) Carlson ~

Daughter Myrtle Roberts (1919- ? ) was born in 1919. 

She was united in marriage with (?) Carlson. 

She lived in Fortuna, CA in 1985.


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