Manoah Bostick Hampton and Cynthia Mitchell Hampton
     “Lilie” Hampton             4 oldest children of Lilie Hampton & Walter McClure          Lilie Hampton McClure and her family, 1923

Virginia Sanders  Mylius

<gmylius@charter.net>   ·
Birmingham, AL    

Complete notes and sources available upon request.
Hampton Family, continued (page 5)

The children of Manoah Bostick Hampton, Jr. and Emma Jane Battle.  

Cynthia Mitchell Hampton (1861-1937) graduated from Athenaeum  in Columbia, Tenn.  She married ;  [Oct. 30, 1907 in White Sulphur Springs, Montana] Arthur Wallace Sias [b. June 7, 1855; d. Aug. 2, 1928];  and they lived in Pasdena, CA.   They both died in Los Angeles. CA, and had no children.   

Dr. Thomas McCrary Hampton (b. 1865-d. [after 1934])  was  a dentist in Helena, Montana.    From family notes, and The Battle Book,  we know he married Anne Mackintosh Cameron.    They apparently had no children.   Thomas was a Master Mason, and was honored as a past Master up until 1934, so he apparently died after then.

Emma Battle Hampton (1869 - d 12 Jun 1959 in Los Angeles, CA).   She graduated from the State Normal School, Warrensburg, MO;  Episcopalian; married in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, July 21, 1894, James Theodore Wood (born Quincy, Ill, Feb 4, 1865; son of Daniel Carl Wood and Janet Abernathy.   He was a banker in Helena, Montana.  This information provided by Dr. Justin Glenn.   I find them still in Montana up until Mr. Wood’s death in March, 1935.  Emma apparently then moved to California, I am assuming to be near her children or her sister Cynthia.   
They had two children:  
1)  Mary J. Wood (ca born 1894) married C. A. Linn
2)  James T. Wood, Jr., (born 3 Aug 1895)  married and apparently had a son James T. Wood, III.  

There are mentions of them in the Helena Independent, The (Helena, Montana):  
August 6, 1928:   "Mrs. James T. Wood left for California, called there by the death of her brother-in-law, Arthur Sias."
May 1, 1931:  Mrs. James T. Wood and Mrs. C. A. Linn, issued invitations for two joint social gatherings, held Thursday afternoon and Friday evening.  Thurs. afternoon was a bridge luncheon and Friday evening a bridge dinner.  Both the luncheon and the dinner were served in the tea room of the Public Drug.  Mrs. G. K. Spencer assisted at the Thurs afternoon entertainment."
November 15, 1931:  "Mrs. James T. Wood and daughter, Mrs. C. A. Linn, are visiting in Helena."
June 16, 1931:  "Mr. and Mrs. James T. Wood left Tuesday morning for Butte.  Before returning they will also visit Great Falls."
March 30, 1935:  "Pioneer Banker of Montana Hears Call"    OBITUARY:   March 30, 1935:   "PIONEER BANKER OF MONTANA HEARS CALL.  White Sulphur Springs, March 29.  James T. Wood, 70, one of Montana's pioneer bankers died suddenly at his home here.  He apparently was the victim of a heart attack.    Coming to Montana in 1884 from Quincy, Ill., Mr. Wood had been identified with the First National bank of this place from the year following his arrival until the present time.  Most of the period he was its president.  At one time he was state senator from Meagher county and always was actively identified with the business and civic life of the region.   Survivors include a sister, Mrs. T.M. Hampton of Helena and two children, Mrs. C.A. Linn of White Sulphur Springs and J.T. Wood, Jr. of California.
September 13, 1940:    "Mrs. James T. Wood of Pasadena arrived here last week to visit friends and relatives for several weeks.   Mrs. Wood was a former resident of White Sulphur Spring."

Matilda Parberry Hampton (26 Jul 1873-d 30 Jan 1953) married Gideon Kennedy Spencer 16 Oct 1902 in White Sulphur Springs, Montana.   “Gid” was called a “pioneer banker” of the community and he was a rancher, and they had two children:
1)  Louise (b. ca 1903-died 1912)
2)  Matilda (b. ca 1909) married Milton V. Ritter, and they apparently had a son.   

 I found various mentions of Matilda and “Gid” in the Helena Independent:  
28 December 1930 -  "The marriage of Miss Matilda Spencer to Mr. Milton Ritter was quietly solemnized Saturday morning, December 27, at White Sulphur Springs.  The bride is a niece of Dr. and Mrs. T. M. Hampton of Helena.  Mr. and Mrs. Ritter will make their home in Missoula."
July 16, 1937 - "Mrs. B. C. Hampton and her daughter, Jane, were recent visitors in White Sulphur Springs from Washington, D.C.    B. C. Hampton is a brother of Mrs. James Wood and Mrs. Gideon Spencer of White Sulphur Springs.   Mr. Hampton is editor of a health bulletin for public health service in Washington, D.C."
Friday, April 25, 1941 - "Mr. and Mrs. G. K. Spencer spent several days last week at Belton in Glacier Park visiting with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Ritter."
October 29, 1946  -  "Mr. and Mrs. Milton V. Ritter of Washington, DC have been visiting Mrs. Ritter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.K. Spencer."
January 31, 1953 -  "G. K. Spencer, retired businessman of this community, is a patient in St. John's hopsital in Helena following a stroke suffered at his home here a week ago.  Mrs. Spencer is confined to the house by illness, and a daughter, Mrs. Milton Ritter of Washington, DC will come to Montana to be with her parents."  
Feb. 2, 1953 "White Sulphur Springs - Matilda P. Spencer, niece of a pioneer doctor of Montana and wife of Gideon K. Spencer, retired banker of White Sulphur Springs, died in the Broadwater hospital in Townsend following a short illness and funeral services will be conducted here.   She is survived by her husband, G. K. Spencer, is at present a patient in St. John's hospital in Helena;  a daughter, Mrs. Milton Ritter of Washington, D. C., and one grandson."
August 30, 1953 -  "G. K. Spencer, lifelong resident of White Sulphur Springs, and a pioneer banker of the community, is leaving for Washington, DC to reside with his daughter, Mrs. Milton Ritter and family.  He has leased his new home here to Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Clay, who will take possession Sept. 1."

Manoah Bostick Hampton, III (1877-1957) married Eva Hartfield (1884-1974) on 16 Nov 1911 in MO.  They both died in Los Angeles, CA.   They apparently had no children.  Marriage date and name of his wife provided from Family Bible of Sue Chilton McClure.  Notarized by Bob Bell, Birmingham, AL, August 26, 1943.  In 1926 they were living in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, had moved by 1938.  
 Helena Independent:   June 4, 1938 - "Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Hampton are here from California visiting old friends.  Mr. Hampton was former cashier of the First National bank in White Sulphur Springs.   Mrs. James Wood came with them and she will remain here during the summer months."

Brock Chilton Hampton (1880-d. 5 Sep 1960 Los Angeles, CA).  Per The Battle Book, Brock Chilton Hampton was in  Washington, DC; editor  received A.B. 1908 from Stanford Univ., Calif.; Phi Gamma Delta; 1909-1911, newspaper reporter; 1912-18, irrigation engineer Spreckles Sugar Co., CA; 1918-1919, experimental hydraulic engineers, A. Schilling Co., San Francisco; 1919 - , editor, U.S. Public Health Service, Washington; Unitarian; m. San Jose, Calif, July 31, 1918, Anna Edith Boitano (b. Mayfield, Nov. 24, 1888; daughter of Angelo Boitano and Annie Bacigalupi); one child:
         Their daughter:   Jane Elizabeth Hampton, (born January 13, 1921, in Washington, DC - died Dec 25, 2000)  married 16 Dec 1950, Gerald (Jerry) Sherman Collins (d. Nov 2002), and they had three children.     We were recently thrilled to hear from a descendant!     

Mary Elizabeth “Lilie” Hampton (1863-1925) was my great-grandmother, the 2nd daughter of Manoah Hampton and Emma J. Battle.    She married Walter Flavious McClure 11 Aug 1885 in West Sedalia (Houstonia), Mo., where her aunt Mary Mitchell Hampton Houston lived.    Lilie and Walter McClure lived in Cornersville, TN, but moved to Birmingham when their children were small and lived first in East Lake and then in the Norwood area on 26th Street.   "Lilie" (pronounced Lilah) as Mary Elizabeth was called, died in Nashville, TN in 1925, but is buried in Birmingham, Elmwood Cemetery, on the McClure plot beside her husband.  Walter F. McClure died in Birmingham, AL  14 July 1915 from appendicitis.    They had 6 children (the family is in the picture below):

1)    Mary Battle MCCLURE (b.30 Aug 1886 d.1979-Birmingham,AL)
 | sp: William Watson WALKER (b.28 Apr 1882-Clay Co.,AL m.8 Jun 1910 d.1943-Birmingham,AL)  Will Walker founded Walker Drug Co, Birmingham, AL.   They had 2 children.  
         A)  William Watson Walker, Jr., (1911-1987) married Nettie Catherine Orr (1913-2002)
                    Further information about living descendants not provided..
        B)  Jean Battle Walker (1913-2003)  she married Frederick Wayman Renneker (1908-1990)
                    Further information about living descendants not provided..

2)   William Hampton MCCLURE (b.22 Jul 1889-Lewisburg,TN d.1959-Birmingham,AL)
 | sp: Mary BRYAN (b.1889 m.29 Nov 1911 d.1969-Birmingham,AL), They had 2 children:
        A)  William Bryan McClure (1914-1967)
      B)  Warren Hampton McClure (23 Apr 1920-25 July 1943)    Warren was killed during World War II.   (A picture of the “Wing & A Prayer” group provided - see below)
•  Mc Clure, Warren H  (Inducted from) Alabama;  (Rank)  Technical Sergeant;  (Combat Organization) 563rd Bomber Squadron; 388th Bomber Group;  8th Army Air Force;  (Death) Jul 25 1943;  (Monument) the Netherlands;  (Last Known Status) Missing (FOD)   (Awards)  Purple Heart Medal - Air Medal.  
•  An extract from the book the 388th at War by Ed Huntzinger for July 25th 1943 goes as follows: Mission #3, Westrow, Germany. Lt Fuller in a/c # 42-5907 563rd squadron was the first 388th Bomb Group crew to be lost in action. They went down in the North Sea on the return route after bombs away. The aircraft had been hit by flak. Lt Fuller's body was washed up on the Danish Coast (Thyborn-lemvig) on September 10th 1943 and was buried by the Germans with full military honours. The crew were on their first mission. (information provided by Dave Sarson, Curator for the 388th Collection.)   The target for the July 25th Mission of the 388th Bomber Group was Wustrow, in northern Germany on the Baltic Sea.   Warren died only a month after the squadron's arrival in Knettishall.  
3)   Walter Flavis   MCCLURE, Jr. (b.3 Nov 1892-West Point,TN d.1981-Birmingham,AL) “Uncle Mac”
  | sp: Bessie WILSON (b.14 Mar 1898-Warrington,England d.1990-Louisianna).  
They had two sons, further  information not provided about their children; I am not sure where they are, or if they are still living    Uncle Mac was in real estate and insurance, and had an office in North Birmingham;   They lived in Norwood on 25th and 14th Street until they moved to the Edgewood area of Homewood, on Edgewood Blvd.   UNCLE MAC WAS A FAVORITE, a very sweet and special man.  He was known and recognized with fondness by everyone downtown at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham.   One thing he loved to do was to take young couples to the Courthouse to buy their marriage license.   Young people loved to go to their house, with their dates!   “He used to show us all kinds of tricks, slights of hand, etc.   He could also write ambidextrously, i.e. with either hand, and it was very legible.   He could also "mirror write"!!"    Aunt Bess was a warm and funny woman, who sang in the choir and worked very hard for All Saint's Episcopal Church in Homewood.     They are buried next to each other on the McClure plot at Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL , beside Robert and Helen McClure.
                Uncle Mac and Aunt Bess had 2 sons.  

4)   Robert P. MCCLURE (b.29 Oct 1894-Lewisburg,TN d.16 Jun 1955-Birmingham) -  WAS MY GRANDFATHER.
 | sp: Helen Virginia JACKSON (b.20 Jun 1899-Georgia m.12 Jun 1920 d.25 May 1974-Birmingham,AL)
They had two children:
        A) Jeanne McClure (9 Apr 1921-17 Nov 1999)  MY MOTHER.    And a sweeter mother never lived.   Jeanne married on 4 Oct 1940 Samuel Henry Sanders, Jr. (5 Feb 1915-1 Aug 1993)   I was their second child, Virginia - born in 1952.     Both of my parents are buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL.   
             B) Robert McClure, Jr. (8 May 1923-30 Nov 1962) -   Who died far too young of cancer, was regional manager and vice president of Ryder Truck Rentals when he died in Miami, FL.  He and his wife Marion had 3 children.   Further information about living descendants not provided..

5)   Lilie MCCLURE (b.9 Mar 1898-Lewisburg,TN d.1986-Nashville,TN)
 | sp: Campbell Gentry (Sr.) MILES (b.12 Dec 1878 m.14 Mar 1923 d.29 Apr 1960)
They had 3 children.
          A)  Campbell Gentry Miles, Jr. (15 Jan 1924-14 Jan 2006)   Gentry was in World War II, and  received a shrapnel wound in his hand just before the Battle of the Bulge.   He entered Vanderbilt University in 1946 and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1948. He worked in the steel industry in Birmingham for a few years before coming to work at Redstone Arsenal in 1951. Gentry was assistant chief of the structures test lab under Dr. Wilhelm Rhaitel and later became structures test engineer on the first fully assembled Redstone rocket.   
           Further information about living descendants not provided..

6)   Sue Chilton MCCLURE (b.5 Feb 1904-Lewisburg,TN d.1987-Birmingham,AL)
   sp: Lamar ALDRIDGE (b.16 Aug 1894-Catherine,AL m.20 May 1924 d.10 Jul 1939)
   sp: Robins Pharr ALDRIDGE (b.Birmingham,AL)
Sue Chilton McClure and Lamar Aldridge had three children.  
         Further information about living descendants not provided..

Warren Hampton McClure,
and his crew  of
“The Wing and A  Prayer.”   Their plane was shot down over the Baltic Sea and all were killed on
July 25, 1943,
on their first bombing mission to Germany.  

I can provide further information about Warren McClure and his crew.  

I thank
 Edouard Reniere,
of Belgium,
who so very kindly helped me obtain the information on Warren.
Mary Elizabeth Hampton & Walter Flavis McClure family
Mary Elizabeth Hampton McClure
My great-grandparents were
Mary Elizabeth “Lilie” Hampton and  Walter F. McClure