This post will be brief (and citationless, but there's enough detail here to find the materials that were used). James and Elizabeth are enumerated in the 1850-1880 census in Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois. For purposes of the contest, three census enumerations for James and Elizabeth Rampey are worthy of note:
- 1860--a 14 year old, Montevelli (or something like that) Lobb is listed.
- 1870--a 13 year old Montevelli Harness is listed.
- 1880--a 22 year old Montevelli Rampley is listed as an adopted son.
The Illinois State Marriage Index at the Illinois State Archives indicates a Montivelle Harness married a Jennie Meltabarger in 1881(FamilySearch says 1882).
There is a cancelled marriage application in Oklahoma on FamilySearch for a Montville Harness and Ella Boyer in December of 1901 in Canadian County, Oklahoma.
A Montevill and Ella Harness are living in 1910 in Torrance County, New Mexico. Montevill is listed with a step-daughter, Bessie Boyer (dwelling 313, family 346, sheet 12B, ED 275, Estancia Precinct 7). Montevill is listed as a 44-year-old native of Illinois.
We might have a longer more detailed update on him later. This was supposed to be a simple contest, but as I researched Montevill more, I've got even more questions.
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