Robert Michael Nesmith

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Robert Michael Nesmith, (born 1942), one of the four original members of the rock-group The Monkees.

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Robert Michael Nesmith

Robert Michael "Mike" Nesmith was born 30 Dec 1942 in Houston, Texas, the son of Warren Audrey Nesmith and his wife Bette Clair McMurray. His mother is known as the inventor of Liquid Paper. Warren and Bette divorced in 1946. She later married Mr Graham. In 1979 she sold Liquid Paper to the Gillette Corporation for $47.5 million. Bette died in 1980.

Robert Nesmith, with three others formed the rock-group The Monkees in mimicry of The Beatles. The Monkees had three number one hits in 1966 and 1967.

Primary documents for 1

  • U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records 1938-1946 showing : "Warren A Nesmith, born 1918 Dallas, Texas; enlisted 18 Nov 1940 Dallas, Texas; Private, National Guard, Cavalry; 3 years of high school; Seperated without dependents; Civil occupation: Bandsman Oboe and Automobile Parts Clerk; Height 5'11", Weight 143"
  • Texas Birth Index 1903-97 showing : "Robert Michael Nesmith, born 30 Dec 1942, Harris County, father Warren Audrey Nesmith, mother Bette Clair McMurray.

Secondary sources for 1

Warren Audrey Nesmith

Warren Audrey Nesmith was born about 1918/9, in Texas, and probably in Dallas where the family was living in 1920.

He married, on 4 Mar 1942 to Bette Clair McMurray. While he was away serving in World War II, Bette had a son Michael. After Warren returned, they found they were incompatible and divorced. Warren remarried shortly afterward to Dolly Francis and they had a daughter Deborah Ann Nesmith in 1949. Bette remarried in 1970.

Later in life, Michael and Warren recreated their relationship and remained close until Warren died 28 May 1984 in Brazoria County, Texas at age 65.

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Bette Clair McMurray

Bette Clair McMurray was born Mar 23, 1924 to Jesse McMurray and his wife Christine in Dallas, Texas. She dropped out of high school at age 17. Her last name is given on the Texas Birth index as "McMurray".

When Bette was 19, she married Warren Nesmith, he was sent away to fight in World War II. While he was away Bette had a baby Michael. Sometime after Warren returned home, he and Bette divorced. Betty invented Liquid Paper, first called "Mistake Out" in 1956. Sales started slowly but picked up over the years.

In 1962, Bette met and married Robert M "Bob" Graham (born ~1918). They were divorced Jul 29, 1975 in Dallas County. In 1979 she sold her Liquid Paper company to the Gillette Corporation for $47.5 million plus royalties on every bottle until the year 2000.

Bette died in 1980, age 56, leaving half her fortune to charity and the other half to her only child Michael.

Primary documents for 3

  • 1930 Census of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas showing : "Jess T McMurray, 29, married at age 22, b OK/GA/GA, Manager, Automobile Supply; Christine 29, married at age 22, b AR/TX/TX; Betty Clair 6 b TX; Jeanne 3 b TX"
  • Texas Birth Index 1903-97 showing : "Robert Michael Nesmith, born 30 Dec 1942, Harris County, father Warren Audrey Nesmith, mother Bette Clair McMurray.

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Robert E Nesmith

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Leota Dickey

Leota Dickey was born about 1895 in Texas, daughter of James Dickey and his wife Jessie M.

About 1913, in Texas, Leota married Robert E Nesmith. They had at least three children, their eldest surviving child was Warren Audrey Nesmith.

Leota died Jan 20, 1955 in Harris County, Texas.

Primary documents for 5

  • 1910 Census of Dallas, Dallas County, Texas showing : "James Dickey 40, first marriage, 17 years ago, b TX/GA/AR, Machinist, Type Factory; Jessie M 35, mother of 3, 2 living, b MO/NJ/IN; Leatta 15 b TX; Annie B 13 b TX; William Bond, 60, head [as found], single?, b NJ/PA/NJ, Carpenter, House; Roy Bond, son, sep[erated], b TX/NJ/NJ, Plumber"
  • 1920 Census of Dallas, Dallas County, Texas showing : "Robert E Nesmith, 26, TX/TN/AL, Optician; Leeota 25 TX/TX/IL; Warren A 1 TX/TX/TX; Mollie L Whalen, 52 boarder widow OK/OK/OK"
  • 1930 Census of Houston, Harris County, Texas showing : "Robert E Nesmith, 38, married at 21, b TX/AL/AL, Optometrist; Leota 37, married at 20, b TX/TX/MO; Warren A 12; Norvin D 4 11/12"
  • Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 showing : "Amelia Ann Nesmith, born 2 Jun 1933, Harris County to Robert Edward Nesmith and Leota Dickey"
  • Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 showing : "Leota Dicky Nesmith, died 20 Jan 1955, Harris county"

Jesse Thomas McMurray

Jesse Thomas "Jess" McMurray was born 1900/1901 in Oklahoma where his parents had moved from their native Georgia.

Around 1922/3 he married Christine DuVal a native of Arkansas.

They had a daughter Betty Clair in Dallas, Texas in 1924, and a second daughter Jeanne about 1926/7 in Texas. By 1930 the family is living in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jesse died in the 1950s, his wife Christine survived him.

Primary documents for 6

Secondary sources for 6

  • Total Control: The Monkees Michael Nesmith Story, by Randi L Massingill page 14 : "Bette Claire McMurray was born on March 23, 1924 to Jesse Thomas McMurray and Christine DuVal McMurray....Bette's great-grandfather John Darby was a co-founder of Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia...."
  • Total Control: The Monkees Michael Nesmith Story, by Randi L Massingill page 16 : "In the early 1950s, Jesse McMurray died and left his daughter Bette some land in Dallas. Moving to Dallas with Michael and her mother Christine and sister Yvonne...."

Christine DuVal

Primary documents for 7

Secondary sources for 7

  • Total Control: The Monkees Michael Nesmith Story, by Randi L Massingill page 14 : "Bette Claire McMurray was born on March 23, 1924 to Jesse Thomas McMurray and Christine DuVal McMurray....Bette's great-grandfather John Darby was a co-founder of Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia...."
  • Total Control: The Monkees Michael Nesmith Story, by Randi L Massingill page 16 : "In the early 1950s, Jesse McMurray died and left his daughter Bette some land in Dallas. Moving to Dallas with Michael and her mother Christine and sister Yvonne...."

Robert Henry Nesmith

Robert Henry Nesmith was born Oct 25, 1855 in Lawrence County, Alabama, son of John Rhea Nesmith and his wife Permelia Greenhill Leigh.

He married Martha Williams.

He died sometime after the 1910 Census.

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Dubious sources for 8

  • "Nesmith and related families", by Craig Beeman, Dec 6, 1999, on the Lawrence County, Alabama rootsweb message board, purporting to give this family data, but citing no sources.
  • "Nesmith" on "Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy" hosted at Rootsweb purporting to again give this family ascent, but citing no sources.

Martha Williams

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John James Dickey

Primary documents for 10

  • 1910 Census of Dallas, Dallas County, Texas showing : "James Dickey 40, first marriage, 17 years ago, b TX/GA/AR, Machinist, Type Factory; Jessie M 35, mother of 3, 2 living, b MO/NJ/IN; Leatta 15 b TX; Annie B 13 b TX; William Bond, 60, head [as found], single?, b NJ/PA/NJ, Carpenter, House; Roy Bond, son, sep[erated], b TX/NJ/NJ, Plumber"
  • 1920 Census of Dallas, Dallas County, Texas showing : "John J Dickey 49, b TX/TX/AR; Jessie 44; Rolie Bend 30; Wayne Gates 31; Annie B Gates 23"

Mrs Jessie M Dickey

Primary documents for 11

  • 1910 Census of Dallas, Dallas County, Texas showing : "James Dickey 40, first marriage, 17 years ago, b TX/GA/AR, Machinist, Type Factory; Jessie M 35, mother of 3, 2 living, b MO/NJ/IN; Leatta 15 b TX; Annie B 13 b TX; William Bond, 60, head [as found], single?, b NJ/PA/NJ, Carpenter, House; Roy Bond, son, sep[erated], b TX/NJ/NJ, Plumber"
  • 1920 Census of Dallas, Dallas County, Texas showing : "John J Dickey 49, b TX/TX/AR; Jessie 44; Rolie Bend 30; Wayne Gates 31; Annie B Gates 23"

Royal ascent

Disclaimer: The following purported royal ascent should be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism, as you should view all unsourced statements, until such time as it can be given a firm foundation. Some of the below has obviously come from the detailed research above. However some has come from such dubious sources as One World Tree which is partly computer-generated. Do not cite this page as a fact for that section.

  1. Robert Michael Nesmith 1942 (Houston, Texas)- living
  2. Warren Audrey Nesmith 1919 (Texas) - 1984 (Brazoria County, Texas)
  3. Robert E Nesmith 1893 (Dallas, Texas) -
  4. Robert Henry Nesmith 1855-1941
  5. Permelia Greenhill Leigh 1825-1895
  6. David Greenhill Leigh
  7. Elizabeth Greenhill 1741-1820
  8. David Greenhill 1718-1772
  9. Elizabeth Hickman 1692-1774
  10. Martha Thacker 1667-1773
  11. Eltonhead Conway 1646-1689
  12. Edwin Conway + Martha Eltonhead Plantagenet Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson
  13. Richard Eltonhead (1581-1664) +(abt 1607) Anne Sutton (1590-1654) Plantagenet Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson
  14. who have numerous royal ascents
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