death by stormy weather (52 ancestors #10)

Week 10(Mar. 5-11):  “Stormy Weather”

Stormy weather ended cousin Nancy J. (BAILIFF) NIDEY’s life on Apr. 23, 1914:

            “Mrs. Mathias NIDEY was killed in a tornado which swept over Southeastern Colorado early last Thursday morning.


            “Mr. and Mrs. Mathias NIDEY, Rev. Vincent NIDEY and family and Albert REYNOLDS and family removed from the vicinity of West York to Colorado several months ago, residing near Lamar. Mr. and Mrs. Matt NIDEY had spent the winter with relatives near West York returning to Colorado about two weeks ago. Their house was near the home of their son. Vincent and Albert REYNOLDS resided about two miles distance. Shortly after midnight a tornado swept down upon the homes of the NIDEYs and in a few seconds time the houses were demolished. The body of Mrs. Matt NIDEY was found several yards from the house. She had been struck with a piece of timber and her death was instantaneious. Her husband was found badly wounded and unconscious and he had been thrown against a cistern curb. It was thought his injuries would prove fatal, but word has been received that he will recover.

            “The home of Vincent NIDEY when struck by the tornado, parted in the middle and he and his wife and children, with their bed clothes, were picked up in the air and thrown in a heap on the ground a short distance away. With the aid of a flash of lightning, they were able to see the hog house had weathered the storm and drenched from the falling torrent and half frozen, they groped their way to this structure where they were obliged to spend the night. All were more or less injured, Mrs. NIDEY suffering from a broken arm. A second flash of lightning showed them that the home of the elder NIDEY’s had been destroyed. Mrs. NIDEY was left to quiet the children while her husband, Vincent and his son started in search of his parents. When found they were removed to the shelter and there the family remained until dawn.

            “Albert REYNOLDS had gone to the railroad station, 78 miles distance and when returning on Thursday, we was met by a wagon conveying the remains of Mrs. NIDEY and he accompanied them to Lamar where a casket was obtained and he brought the body to West York for burial arriving Saturday.


            “The deceased was born in 1848 in Melrose Township and was the daughter of Rev. Thomas BAILIFF. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Albert REYNOLDS and Mrs. Oma CORNWELL, five sons, Vinson, Mathias, John, Chalk and Edwin, two brothers and three sisters and seven grandchildren. She was a member of the church of Christ and funeral services were conducted at the Bailiff Church Sunday afternoon by Rev. McCASH. Burial was made in the Bailiff Cemetery. The services were largely attended, many from the community being present.”–Hutsonville [IL] Herald [1]

Nancy J. is the daughter of Rev. Thomas C. (“Uncle Tommy”) BAILIFF (1820 KY-1891 IL) & Malinda DRAPER (1823 IL-1894 IL). Born Nov., 1948 in Melrose Twp., Clark Co., IL[2], Nancy married Mathias NIDEY (July 15, 1844 Newark, Licking Co., OH-Oct. 26, 1916 Melrose, Clark Co., IL[3]) July 24, 1871, in Clark Co.[4], son of Vincent NIDEY (1819 OH-1871 IL) & Areaunn WOODS (1822 VA-1871 IL).

Mathias & Nancy had these eight children per 1880 & 1900 U.S. Census data[5]: Thomas T. (ca 1872 IL- ); Ema (ca 1874 IL- ); Edwin (ca 1876 IL- ); Purina (ca 1878 IL- ); Mathias (Dec., 1880 IL- ); Chalky (June, 1886 IL- ); John (Oct., 1887 IL- ); Neoma/Naoma (July, 1892 IL- ). In the 1900 U.S. Census Nancy indicates she’s the mother of nine children, seven of them living, however. “Areaun” (1886-May 16, 1888) is the ninth not covered by Census, a grave marker for her at Bailiff Cemetery inscribed in part, “AREAUN DAU. OF M. & N. J. NIDEY.”[6]

An American Civil War veteran, Union allegiance, Mathias served in Co. G, 63rd Illinois Infantry, Ram Switzerland M.M.B. U.S.N.[7] His death came two & a half years after that of Nancy’s, from “complication[s] caused by his injuries” in the same storm that took his wife.[8]


Nancy Jane, a 2nd cousin three times removed from me, & I share descendancy from Elisha BUCKNER, Sr. (1777-1826), Nancy’s great-grandfather and, my 4th great.



IMAGE of Nancy (BAILIFF) NIDEY & Mathias NIDEY, date of &, original owner of photo, unknown.

IMAGE of Nancy BAILIFF in younger years from family tree of Donna Ann DeWitt Skogman, “Bauslaugh Ls 14,” at , accessed Mar., 2015..

1 Hutsonville [IL] Herald newspaper article (May 1, 1914), found at, “The Bailiff and Related Families,” Kevin Bandy, RootsWeb World Connect Family Tree at , accessed Mar., 2015.

2 Census, 1900 U.S. Federal, IL, Clark Co., Melrose, “Mathias Nidey” hh,, transcription at , orig. image acessible via same page, accessed Mar., 2015.

3 “Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947”,, “Mathias NIDEY,” transcription only at , accessed Mar., 2015.

4 “Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900”,, “Mathias Neidy,” at , accessed Mar., 2015.

5 U.S. Federal Censuses, IL, Clark Co. — 1880, 1900 & 1910 — all,, transcriptions & orig. images:  1880, at ; 1900, at ; &, 1910 at ; all, accessed Mar., 2015.

6, “Arean NIDEY” [however, grave marker itself reads, “Areaun”], at , accessed Mar., 2015.

7 “U.S., Civil War Pension Index”,, “Mathias NIDEY,” orig. image at , accessed Mar., 2015.

8 Obituary, “Old Soldier Passes Away, Mathias Nidey,” Message Boards > Surnames > Nidey > “Obituary of Mathias Nidey (1844-1916),” at , accessed Mar., 2015.

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2 Responses to death by stormy weather (52 ancestors #10)

  1. Kari says:

    I am chalk’s great granddaughter. Thank you for sharing this.


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