Noise Coates Arrants of Merrick County, Nebraska

Noise Coates Arrants and Mary Ann Haddix were married in Bryan County, Ohio, after the Civil War. They moved to Nebraska in 1879, making their home on Prairie Creek, near Archer. Their three youngest children were born in Nebraska. Noise and Mary Arrants farmed until the railroad came to the area, at which time Noise worked with the railroad. He was section foreman at St. Paul until transferred to Ericson in 1909.

Mary and Noise were charter members of the Christian Church in Palmer, Nebraska. They, along with their daughters Mina and Sarah, are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Palmer.

Noise and Mary Arrants had eight children: Clyde, Stephen, Sarah Jane, Mina, Hattie, SaFrona, LaZora, and Harvey. Clyde died in infancy in Ohio. Stephen married Mert Van Lear, parents of Aimee (wife of Grover Cleveland Alexander). Stephen resided in McCook, Nebraska.

Sarah Jane married William Burke at Palmer. They had two sons, Vernie and Harold. Vernie disappeared at age 1 1 in a pasture near Kearney, Nebraska, and was never heard from again. Harold served in the Navy in World War One, and lived at Minotte, North Dakota, with his wife Marjorie and two daughters.

Mina died at age 20 at Palmer, Nebraska.

Hattie married Robert Charles Campbell and was the mother of four children.

See the Robert Campbell story also.

SaFrona Hearst had one son, Ray, who does government work in Texas. SaFrona died in California.

LaZora married T.J. Hamilton at Holdrege, Nebraska; had one daughter, Elizabeth Fromfelter, Learned, Kansas; two sons. Maxwell in Texas; John, whereabouts unknown. LaZora died in Kansas.

Harvey married Katie Higgins, and lived in Port Orchard, Oregon, and Washington state. His daughter, Florence, married Walter Weissart. His daughter. Eve, married Earl Heacall. His son, Joe, married Jim’s widow, Mary Katherine; they lived in Port Orchard. Oregon. Harvey’s son, Steve, died of emphysema. Steve and Eva are buried at Kearney, Nebraska.

Submitted by Lucile Campbell Page


Persinger, C. E., A History of Merrick County, Nebraska: From “the Beginning” to 1895, Dallas, Texas : Taylor Publishing Company, 1981.

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