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Staats, James Mortimer
BORN: 18 May 1848 DIED: 29 May 1934 BURIED: 31 May 1934 ~ English Cemetery
OCCUPATION:  Farmer & Carpenter
BIRTH PLACE:  Airlie, Polk Co, Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co, Oregon
1st MARRIAGE - J.M. Staats & N.F. Burns m 5 Dec 1867 at house of Wm Burns; W.C. Whitson, Co J. Wit: Robt Ford & John Burns. Book B, page 31
1900 OR CENSUS - James M. Staats (b May 1848, OR) enumerated with wife of 33 years Anna (b July 1850, OR, mother of 7 children, all living at time of census) and 6 children Everett E. (b Feb 1870, OR), Dema (dau, b May 1875, OR), Nettie (b Sept 1879, OR), Irma (b Feb 1887, OR), Roscoe B. (b Dec 1882, OR) and William S. (b Oct 1892, OR)
DIVORCE - Ann F. Staats vs James M. Staats (Polk County Circuit Court Case 3904), divorce granted 3 May 1911; custody of minor son William Isaac Staats awarded to plaintiff
2nd MARRIAGE - J.M. Staats (of Marion co, OR, age 64y, b OR, 2nd marriage) & Lettie M. Harrington (of Marion Co, OR, age 36y, b MI, 2nd marriage) md 11 Mar 1915, Vancouver, Clark Co, Washington
1920 OR CENSUS - James M. Staats (66y, b OR) enumerated with wife Lettie M. (40y, b MI) and daughter Mabel H. (15y, b OR)
[Note-2nd wife Lettie was daughter of Mrs Arvilla Bookey who is buried at Fir Crest Cemetery; she m1 to Delbert Harrington; they were divorced in Polk Co, Oregon; Mabel, listed as daughter of James in 1920 census, was actually daughter of Delbert & Lettie Harrington; James & Lettie were later divorced; Lettie m3 on 8 Apr 1925 in Marion Co, Oregon to R.P. Hunter (Oregon Marriage Index); she died 12 Feb 1935 in Marion Co, Oregon and is buried in City View Cemetery at Salem (ODI)]
OSBH DC (Marion Co. 1934) #375 - James Mortimer Staats, male, occupation carpenter & farmer, b. 18 May 1847 in Airlie, Oregon, d. 29 May 1934 in Salem, Oregon (Salem Hospital) at the age of 87 yrs 11 days, usual residence 1815 Fairgrounds Road, Salem, name of father Isaac Staats (b. New York), maiden name of mother Orlena Williams; bur English; informant William Staats of Salem.

James Mortimer Staats, aged 86, who was one of the oldest natives of Polk county, passed away at his home in Salem Tuesday after a short illness. Fuenral services were held today at the Keeney funeral parlors in Independence with interment in the English cemetery near Airlie. 
Mr. Staats was born near Airlie May 18, 1848 and spent most of his life there. He engaged in farming and carpenting. He moved to Salem several years ago and has made his home there ever since. His parents, Isaac and Orlena Staats came to Polk County in 1845. He was married to Ann F. Burns, December 5, 1867, and to this union 8 children were born, four of whom survive. They are Mrs. Gertrude Waters of Airlie, Erma Hecker of Albany, Rosco of Independence and I.W. of Salem. There are also two brothers, C.E. Staats of Dallas and A.C. Staats of Airlie.
Itemizer Observer, Thursday, 31 May  1934, 1:5

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OSBH DC (Marion Co. 1934) #375
Polk Co, Oregon, Marriage Records, 1849-1879, pg 39
1900 OR CENSUS (Polk Co, Luckiamute, ED 176, FA#4)
Polk Co, Oregon Circuit Court Journal, Vol 13, Page 600
Clark Co, Washington, Marriage Records (WA Digital Archives)
1920 OR CENSUS (Linn Co, Albany, ED 287, Sheet 11A)
IO 31 May 1934, 1:5
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