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Toole: Generation 4A
Some Children of Edwin Toole & Lucinda Porter
Normally I wouldn't bother compiling information on individuals who were only first cousins to an ancestor, but so much material is readily available on the children of Edwin Toole, it seemed silly not to include them, especially since that material is scattered among various libraries and websites. I hope it'll help other researchers to consolidate it here.
Edwin, Claudius, Benjamin, and Joseph were all profiled in Progressive Men of Montana. Links to those biographies have been included below.
Edwin Warren Toole
24 Mar 1839: Edwin Warren Toole was born in Savannah, Andrew County, MO.
"Warren Toole", along with [brother] "Bruce Toole", was listed among the Members of the Bar in St. Joseph.
1871: Edwin was Democratic candidate for Congress from Montana Territory.
1880 Census, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, MT: Lawyer Edwin Warren Toole, 40, MO KY KY; lawyer Joseph K. Toole 28, MO KY KY. Joseph was Warren's younger brother.
In the 1890-1891 Helena, Montana City Directory, E. W. Toole was listed as Vice Pres, Peerless Jennie Mining Company, with E. W. Beattie (Pres), H. R. Comly (Sec), and W. C. Childs (Treas).
In Miller's History of Montana, published c. 1894:
Edwin Warren Toole, one of Montana's most eminent lawyers, was born in Savannah, Andrew County, Missouri on the 24th of March 1839. His parents, Edwin and Lucinda Shepard Toole, emigrated from the state of Kentucky to Missouri in 1837 and settled at Savannah, at which place they reared a large and highly respected family, most of whom are still living and residing in Montana. Edwin Toole was a lawyer by profession, was over twenty years Clerk of the District Court of his county and resigned his position before coming to Montana some eight years ago. His life has been a most exemplary one, and now in his eighty-sixth year retains to a very extraordinary degree his vigorous mental faculties and physical health. All his brothers and sisters, six in number. are still living. Our subject's mother died in her seventy-seventh year. Edwin Toole, the oldest living son of his father's family, was reared in his native town and was educated in public schools and in the Masonic College at Lexington, Missouri at which place the Hon. S. B. Elkins and himself represented the Philologian Society and the Hon. W. Y. Pemberton, now Chief Justice of the state, and the Hon. Jerry Craven, ex-member of Congress from Missouri, represented the Erodelphia Society. He came to Montana in 1863 where he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession and during all those years he has been connected as counsel with most of the prominent lawsuits of the county, meeting with marked success and gaining a most enviable reputation as one of the most able and talented lawyers of the state. Among the important cases in which he has recently appeared may be mentioned the noted Davis will case; St. Louis Mining vs. Montana Company Ltd., involving the extension of the famous Drum Lummon Lode; and Northern Pacific Company vs. Richard P. Barden et al, upon the decision of the latter depended the right to millions of acres of valuable mineral lands within the limits of the railroad grant. In this case he was employed by Hon. Martin Maginnis, Land Commissioner for the State, in favor of the interest of the miners and against the railroad company.
17 May 1905: Edwin died . . .
Edwin Warren Toole, a prominent wealthy attorney of Montana, and a brother of Joseph Kemp Toole, and who was born in Andrew County, MO, died in Helena, Montana. He was 66 years old, and left Andrew County in 1853, when he was 14. His father was Edwin Toole, this county's [Andrew County's] first circuit clerk in 1839.
Edwin is buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Helena.
See also the biography and picture of Edwin Warren Toole in Progressive Men of Montana »
Benjamin Walter Toole
Aug 1841: Benjamin Toole was born in Savannah, Andrew County, Missouri.
Apr 1878: He married Emma R. Woodworth, daughter of William W. and Lucy Stephens Woodworth.
11 Jun 1880 Census, Centre Township, Doniphan County, KS: Farmer Benjamin Toole 39, MO KY KY; Emma 24, OH, England __; Nellie, born May 1880, KS MO OH. There were enumerated next to [Benjamin's sister] Jennie Atchison and children.
13 Jun 1900 Census, Billings, Yellowstone County, MT: Grocery proprietor Benjamin W. Toole 58, born in Aug 1841, MO KY VA, married for 22 years; Emma R. 42, born Aug 1857, IA England NY, mother of 4 children, 3 living; grocery salesman Walter C. 21, born May 1879, KS MO IA; May L. 20, born May 1880, KS MO IA; Nell W. 8, born Jul 1891, MT MO IA.
17 Apr 1910 Census, Billings, Yellowstone County, MT: B. W. Toole 70, MO KY VA, married for 31 years, profession illegible; Emma 52, IA England NY, mother of 4 children, 3 living; Walter 30, KS MO IA, laborer doing concrete work; Nelda 18, MT MO IA.
2 Dec 1917: Benjamin died in Billings.
See also the biography of Benjamin W. Toole in Progressive Men of Montana.
Children of Benjamin and Emma Woodworth Toole:
C. Walter Toole (Mar 1879 - )
May L. Toole (May 1880 - )
Lester Edwin Toole
Nell W. Toole (Jul 1891 - )
Claudius Bruce Toole & Belle Mullen
16 Oct 1844: Claudius Bruce Toole was born in Savannah, Andrew County, MO.
"Bruce Toole", along with brother Warren Toole, was listed among the Members of the Bar in St. Joseph.
c. 1876: Claudius married Belle Mullen in Albia, Monroe County, IA.
25 Jun 1880 Census, Saline Township, Ellis County, KS: Farmer Charles B. Toole 35, MO KY KY; Bell H. 26, OH OH OH; Claudia 3, KS MO OH; infant male 6/12; brother James Toole 30, a laborer; MO KY KY. The presence of a male infant who couldn't possibly be Edwin verifies Belle's 1900 census claim that one child had died.
1 Jun 1900 Census, Sweet Grass Township, Choteau County, MT: Stockman Claudius B. Toole 55, born Oct 1844, MO KY KY, married for 24 years; Belle H. 41, born Mar 1859, OH Unk Unk, mother of 4 children, 3 living; Edwin B. 19, born Apr 1881, KS MO OH; Charles L. Toole 12, born Jan 1888, KS MO OH; servant Susan Close 60, born Dec 1839, Engl Canada, Unk Unk, a widow who'd been married for 11 years.
1910 Census, Gold Butte Township, Chouteau County, MT: Farmer Cornelius B. Toole 59, MO KY KY, married for 32 years; Belle H. 55, OH OH OH, mother of 3 children, all living; Claudius 23, MT MO OH, a laborer on farm; farm cook Violet Beck [a teenager, but the second digit is illegible], MI NY MI. Tthey were listed next to the household of [their son] farmer Edwin B. Toole 29.
19 Jul 1913: Claudius died and was buried at Forestvale Cemetery in Helena.
In the Chouteau Acantha:
Claudius Bruce Toole, a brother of former governor Toole, died July 19th  at his brother's home, aged 70 years. Mr. Toole came to Montana in 1866 and remained two years, then going back to Kansas and again returning to the state in 1875. For many years he operated the Diamond Willow Ranch in Chouteau County. He is survived by a wife and three children, E. B. Toole, and C. L. Toole, of Hill County, and Mrs. Claudia Price . . . Atchinson and Mrs. Stout, of Helena, also survive him.
And in the Chouteau Montanan:
Bruce Toole Dies in Helena
As a result of ailments attendant upon old age, Claudius Bruce Toole, brother of former governor Joseph K. Toole, died last Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at the Toole residence at the corner of Fifth avenue and Ewing street, in Helena. Mr. Toole was 70 years of age.
Mr. Toole came to Helena in the winter of 1866 and remained for a period of two years. He then moved to Kansas, where he engaged in farming and stock raising. He returned to Montana 10 years later and engaged in farming and stock raising near Helena. From 1881 to 1885 he was chief clerk at the Balckfeet Indian agency and in 1889 he located in the Sweet Grass Hills, in Chouteau County. He resided there until he came to Helena.
He is survived by his wife and three children, Mrs. Claude E. Price of Plains and E. B. Toole and C. L. Toole, both of Hill county; two brothers, Benjamin W. Toole of Billings and former Governor J. K. Toole of Helena, and two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Atchison and Mrs Ella Stout, both of Helena.
See also the biography of Claudius B. Toole in Progressive Men of Montana.
Children of Claudius B. Toole and Belle Mullen: They also had a boy born Dec 1879.
Claudia Toole (c. 1877 - ; m. Cornelius E. Price)
Edwin Bruce Toole (Apr 1881 -
Claudius Lucien Toole (31 Jan 1888 - 16 May 1967)
Lucinda Ella Toole & Regulus Stout
Mar 1845: Regulus P. Stout was born in Missouri.
Jan 1950: Lucinda Ella Toole was born in Missouri.
c. 1869: Regulus and "Ella" were married.
1870 Census, Doniphan County, KS: Farmer Regulus P. Stout 25, born MO, with real and personal property valued at $4,200 and $1,715; Ella 21, born MO; daughter Cleora 6 months, born KS.
15 June 1880 Census, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, MT: Horse dealer Regulus P. Stout 32, born MO; Ella 29, MO VA VA; Cleona 10, MO MO MO; Xerxes K. 9; nephew Charles L. Clarke 15, NE IN MO; father Edwin Toole 72, VA __ KY. Charles L. Clarke was the son of Jennie Toole Clark, Ella's sister.
1 Jun 1900 Census, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, MT: R. P. Stout age 55, born Mar 1845, MO KY KY, married for 31 years, with no profession listed; Ella 50, born Jan 1850, MO KY KY, mother of two children, both living. They were enumerated next to [Ella's brother] Joseph K. Toole and family.
11 Mar 1929: Joseph died in Helena.
Children of Lucinda Ella Toole and Regulus Stout:
Cleona Stout (c. 1869, KS - )
Xerxes K. Stout (c. 1871, KS - )
Joseph Kemp Toole & Lillian Rosecrans
12 May 1851: Joseph Kemp Toole was born in Savannah, Andrew County, MO.
21 Apr 1854: "Lily" Rosecrans was born in Ohio, the daughter of General William Stark Rosecrans and Anna Eliza Hageman. In the 1900 Census, Lily claimed that her birth occurred in Apr 1860; but her age was never the same from census to census.
1880 Census, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, MT: Lawyer Edwin Warren Toole, 40, MO KY KY; lawyer Joseph K. Toole 28, MO KY KY.
7 May 1890: Joseph and Lily were married in Washington, DC. According to the New York Times: "Immediately after the ceremony the party drove to the station with Gov. Toole and his bride, who left for a fortnight's stay at one of the resorts on the Atlantic coast, after which they will go directly to Helena, Mon., to the handsome residence the governor has recently built as a wedding present to his wife."
1 Jun 1900 Census, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, MT: Lawyer Joseph K. Toole 49, born May 1851, MO KY KY, married for 10 years; Lily R. 40, born Apr 1860, OH OH NY, mother of 3 children, 2 living; Edwin Warren 6, born Jul 1893, MT MO OH; Joseph Porter 3, born Dec 1896; sister-in-law Anita Rosecrans 29, born Jul 1870, VA OH NY; servant Gilda Anderson 22, born Sweden. They were listed next to the family of [brother-in-law and sister] R. P. and Ella Stout.
19 Apr 1910 Census, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, MT: Lawyer Joseph K. Toole 59, MO KY KY, married for 19 years; Lily 50, OH OH OH, mother of 3 children, 2 living; Edwin W. 16, MT MO OH; Joseph P. 11.
12 Jan 1920 Census, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA: Retired lawyer Joseph K. Toole 6, MO VA KY; Lily R. 66, OH OH NY. They are lodgers, apparently visiting her relatives.
17 Jan 1920, Helena Lewis and Clark County, MT: Attorney Joseph K. Toole 65, MO US US; Lily R. 54, OH US US; Joseph P. 23, MT MO OH. They either returned to Montana and answered the questions of a second census taker only five days after their enumeration in San Francisco - rather hard to believe - or son Joseph was giving their information before their return.
11 Mar 1929: Joseph died in Helena. He was buried in Resurrection Cemetery.
29 Nov 1839: Lily died in Los Angeles, CA . . .
Mrs. Lillian Rosecrans Toole, 84, widow of Montana's first Governor, Joseph K. Toole, died yesterday at St. Vincent's Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Daughter of General William Starke Rosecrans, a leader of the Union Army in the Civil War. Mrs. Toole had been a frequent visitor in Los Angeles since the death in 1929 of her husband.
Prior to being confined in the hospital, Mrs. Toole resided at 2600 Wilshire Blvd. She leaves two sons, Joseph P. Toole of Chicago and Edwin Warren Toole of Helena, Mont; a nephew, W. S. Rosecrans, former president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and a niece, Mrs. Carmeleta Rosecrans of Gardena.
Mrs. Toole's body will be taken tonight by Edwin Toole to Helena, where funeral arrangements will be made.
Toole County, MT is named for Joseph. His "likeness is painted inside the dome of the Montana capitol in Helena."
In the National Encyclopedia:
Joseph Kemp was educated in the public schools of St. Joseph, MO, and at the Western Military Institute, New Castle, KY (1867-1869). Moving to Helena, MT in 1870, he was admitted to the bar in 1871, and practiced his profession for a number of years in partnership with brother Warren.
His first public office was that of district attorney in Lewis and Clark County(1872-1876). Montana was admitted to the Union during his first congressional term. He was elected the first state governor as a Democrat in 1889, and served three terms. Delegate to the 49th and 50th Congresses (1885-1889) where he used his influence in securing the admission of the territories of Montana, Washington, and the Dakotas into the Union.
He was married in Wash. D.C. to Lilly Rosecrans in 1890. 'Gov. Toole is a man of the plain people and of kindly and gentle nature.'
His congressional biography reads:
Toole, Joseph Kemp, a Delegate from the Territory of Montana, born in Savannah, Andrew County, Mo., May 12, 1851; attended the public schools in St. Joseph, Mo., and the Western Military Academy, Newcastle, Ky.; moved to Helena, Mont., in 1870; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1871 and commenced practice in Helena, Mont.; district attorney of the third judicial district of Montana 1872-1876; member of the Territorial house of representatives 1879-1881; member and president of the Territorial council 1881-1883; delegate to the State constitutional conventions at Helena, Mont., in 1884 and 1889; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and Fifteen Congresses (March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1889); did not seek re-nomination in 1888, having become a gubernatorial candidate; elected as the first Governor of Montana and served from November 8, 1889, until January 1, 1893; resumed the practice of law in Helena; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1892 and 1904; again elected Governor in November, 1900; reelected in 1904 and served from January 7, 1901, until April 1, 1908, when he resigned on account of ill health; lived in retirement, dividing his time between his home in Helena, Mont., and San Francisco, Calif.; died in Helena, Mont., March 11, 1929; interment in Resurrection Cemetery.
See also the biography and picture of Joseph K. Toole in Progressive Men of Montana »
Children of Joseph Kemp and Lily Rosecrans Toole:
Rosecrans Toole (c. 1891 - 1898)
Edwin Warren Toole ((5 Jul 1893 - 8 Mar 1972)
Joseph Porter Toole (2 Dec 1896 - Oct 1987)
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Any information is only as reliable as its source. Evaluate the following sources accordingly.
Unknown source, p. 253
 The Political Graveyard.com
 MTGenWeb/Montana Archives, transcribed from Miller, History of Montana
 "The Descendants of Clark Booth Toole", transcribed from the Savannah Reporter, 26 May 1905
 Yellowstone County 1900 Census, ED 197, Sheet 23
 Unknown source, p. 253
 Ellis County 1880 Census, p. 385
 Chouteau County 1900 Census, ED 191, Sheet 1A
 Chouteau Acantha, 23 Jul 1913, transcribed by Nancy Thornton
 Chouteau Montanan, 1 Aug 1913, transcribed by Nancy Thornton
 Lewis and Clark County 1880 Census, p. 44
 Lewis and Clark County 1900 Census, ED 169, Sheet 1A
 The New York Times, 7 May 1890
 Lewis and Clark County 1900 Census, ED 169, Sheet 1A
 Lewis and Clark County 1910 Census, ED 160, Sheet 5A
 San Francisco 1920 Census, ED 262, Sheet 11A
 Lewis and Clark County 1920 Census, ED 101, Sheet 13B
 Unknown newspaper, 30 Nov 1939, copy posted by Kira Fotz on Ancestry
 The St. Joseph News Press, 17 Jun 1945
 Transcribed in "The Descendants of Clark Booth Toole"
 Copy of transcription provided by Rochelle Wright Phillips