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I am looking for information on the following people:
Chauncy Arthur BYRUM born 2 April 1838 in IN, died 23 March 1910 in Elgin Kansas. He married Rachel Elizabeth ISGRIG in Indiana about 1871. They had the following children: Edmund b. 1880 KS, Jesse b. 1875 KS, Lydia b. 1881 KS, Frank 1872 KS.

Rachel died 14 Oct 1889. She is buried in Wilson Cemetery in Chautauqua, KS beside Chauncey. Then Chauncey married Sarah Ellen CUZZORT 12 July 1891(her first marriage was to Alfred CATES). They had the following children: James Paul b. 1 Sep 1903 KS d. 29 April 1998 Pasco, Wa, Lester, Francis, Aesta.

James married Loma Augusta JOHNSTON (1906 Wauneta, KS - 1926 buried in Cedar Vale cemetery) Children: Jerald Arthur Byrum buried Cedar Vale Cemetery, Ellen Belle Byrum.

Loma's parents were Caroline Belle EASTMAN and Francis M. JOHNSTON (both are buried in Cedar Vale Cemetery. Her siblings were Louise MYERS nee JOHNSTON and William Loyd JOHNSTON.

Caroline Belle EASTMAN's second marriage was to Lee Edwin PIERCE. Caroline's parents were William Gale EASTMAN (b. Ill died NE)and Rachel Jane HICKENBOTTOM (b. IA ). They can be found in the 1880 census in KS with their oldest son George.

Francis Marion JOHNSTON's parents were James Harvey JOHNSTON (b. Ky died in Arcadia, NE) and Mary Melissa LINDSEY (b. Ohio died Arcadia, NE).
Contact Billie-Marie Byrum - lehuamalia1@yahoo.com

CHASE, George A., Kate, William Wed Nov 30, 2005
Looking for any information on CHASE, George Alonzo and his wife Kate/Katy (Schweitzberger). They lived in Sedan, KS, and are buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

George Alonzo CHASE b. 6 May 1855 in Cedar County, IA, is the brother of my great great grandfather, William James CHASE. George died March 15, 1932, in Elk City, KS. His wife, Kate b. 10 Jan 1855, and died 16 April 1929 abt five miles east of Sedan, KS in their home.

W.J. Chase moved from Salem, NE, to Indian Territory, Yukon, OK in 1891 and died December 9, 1901. He was the son of James and Mary Chase/Chace of Tipton, IA and was born on May 1, 1838, in Canada, immigrating to the US with his parents in 1841.
Contact Janet Cox - ladylwyer@hotmail.com

DAVIS, David F. Sun May 15, 2005
Looking for descendants of David Franklin Davis, born 24 July 1834 in Indiana, died 11 June 1912 in Sedan, Chautauqua Co., Kansas. Your David belongs to our Davis family. We have been looking for him and his family history. Posted on LDS family search web site was his info. Gave name of father as Nathaniel Jacob Davis and mother Jane Glasgow. I am from this family. David Franklin Davis's father was Joshua Davis and his grandfather was Nathaniel Davis. All came from Jennings Co., Indiana. Have much info please get in touch with me. Many Davis cousins would like to know you and share our family history with you. My great grandfather was Silas R. Davis brother to David Franklin Davis. Who did David marry and when did he go to Kansas? Our Davis family lived in Appanoose Co., Iowa where mother Jane Glasgow Davis died in 1879.
Contact Judi Rupe - dnjrupe@mtida.net
Tunnell Andrew Pardee Young Tippin, Helwick. Lidia Kelly daughter of Danel Kelly and Agness Nancy Lautzenheiser mr William Marion Lyle Doolin son of Thomas and Mary Ann Tompkin Lyle, children are Wallace, Charlie, Lee Roy, Mary, Emma, Florence , Edna Willim had two sons that survived Joseph and William Thomas by previous mar to Sara Gregg.
Contact Sherry Doolin - rtdbng@yahoo.com
ELLIOTTS & MOBLEYS Thu Sep 29, 2005
I am doing family research on the ancestors of Sylvester Dunlap Elliott (1874-1958) and his wife Mona Jacobs Martin Elliott (1881-1971), buried in Riley Memorial Cemetery) who were my grandparents.

On S.D.'s mother's side, I have interest in the Mobley family, because S.D.'s mother was Mattie Elizabeth Mobley Elliott whose brother S.D. Mobley is buried at Riley Memorial too, along with his wife and family.

I have information and some documentation concerning the Elliotts and Mobleys back several previous generations (IN, KY, PA) and also concerning my grandmother Mona's Jacobs and Heath ancestry in TX, MS, and TN. I would enjoy being in touch with others having interest in these lines.
Contact - Dickens2kan@aol.com

I am currently looking for any information on the following individuals with connections to Chautauqua County. They are as follows: Katie FENTWEK (died in Chautauqua Co. July 1883) George BITTERS (postal rider that went between Peru and Sedan, disappeared in December 1883) Elmer JOHNSON (disappeared in Chautauqua Co. in Spring 1884) Oscar BEACH (BEECH) (disappeared in Chautauqua Co. in February 1887) If you have info on these individuals or the disappearances from 1883-1890 please contact me. I am especially interested in any press clippings that one may have in scrapbooks or family stories passed down and collected about the disappearances.
Contact Michell Martin - michellem@fortscott.edu
I would like to find the place, certificate and or obituary of Jerusha/Jennie or Jane Freeman. She married Bird Fitzpatrick and had son William Samuel Fitzpatrick. After Bird died Jerusha came with her son to Chautauqua County, then Howard Co. there she married a Mr. Miller after his she married a Charles Peckham. Jerusha or Jennie lived with her son William Samuel Fitzpatrick after Charles died. I believe Jerusha was alive in Montgomery County in 1912, so her would have been after that.
Contact Tricia Frame - tricia_1111@yahoo.com
FULTON - REEDER Sat Dec 17, 2005
I am looking for any information on the FULTON family. William FULTON was my great-grandfather. My grandfather was Arthur C. Fulton. I am also looking for any information on REEDER, Mary, my great-grandmother. born in 1872 and died 1955. Also looking for information on FULTON, William Fred-born 10/15/1892 and died 7/15/1918-he was in U.S. Army in WWII and killed in action. FULTON, Ira Thomas-born 4/15/1900 and died 9/4/1973, he was also in U.S. Army in WWII. TODD, Treve-born 1914, married 7/25/34 to TODD, LaCue-born 1914. NORRIS, Avis-born 5/24/1895 and died 5/10/1983. also info. on FULTON, Paul and George. HARRINGTON, Helen and McClanahan, Dorothy.
Fulton, William E. and Reeder, Mary did live in Chautauqua County. They were married in Chautauqua County, buried in Chautauqua County. They lived in or near Niotaze. I know that William owned land in Chautauqua County/Niotaze.

Contact Paula Fulton - sweetie_342002@yahoo.ca
GRIFFITH, Joseph Wed May 25, 2005
Joseph Griffith was in Scott County, Kansas in 1885. He was introduced to the founder of Scott City in 1885. C. J. (Buffalo) Jones told Marie E. DeGeer, and her daughter, Ida Eastman, that Mr. Griffith and his friend would protect them, if they needed any help in Scott County.

He was listed in the 1895 census with his wife C. (Caroline) and daughter N. (Nellie). I don't know where he and Caroline were married. In 1893 he was nominated for county Clerk in Scott County.
I was curious who the B. F. Griffith was and if he was related to Joseph Griffith. B. F. Griffith was the first register of deeds in Scott County, KS. He died while in office, Sept. of 1885. I couldn't find his grave site in Scott County (or the grave of Joseph Griffith). So, I started looking for them and found Joseph in Chautauqua County. Joseph & Caroline are buried there. Their daughter married W. Frank Pile in 1915 in Chautauqua County.
The reason for this posting is to help someone in their search of Joseph Griffith family history. Maybe the family didn't know they lived in Scott County, KS during the beginning of the county & county seat, Scott City.
Contact Kathy Hoeme - boxl@wbsnet.org

HOWELL / FOSTER Mon Jan 10, 2005
Looking for info on my GreatGrandparents John Howell and his wife Martha A
Contact Mary Sargent - madpack@webtv.net
I am researching the following surnames that appear in Chautauqua Co KS LANDRETH, Benjamin Franklin; ROCHESTER, Emma (wife of B.F. LANDRETH) - I believe she is buried in Sedan; RAGAN/REAGAN (first cousin of Emma who lived in Sedan also).
Contact Denise Merritt - merritthouse@hotmail.com
LENITON, Verna K. Fri Mar 4, 2005
Am seeking birth, death, burial and family information about Verna K. LENITON. She was born about 1890. She married Reed Phillip WARD, the son of Royal Leroy WARD and Evelyn Christina HIGHLANDS, born 15 Sep 1884 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa and died 31 Aug 1928 in Wauneta, Chautauqua,Kansas. Reed is buried in the Round Mound Cemetery in Wauneta, Chautauqua,Kansas. Reed and Verna were married 4 Jul 1909 in Wauneta, Chautauqua, Kansas. Reed was living in Cedar Vale and Verna was living in Wauneta at the time. Reed was 24 years old and Verna was 19 years old at the time of their marriage. Reed Ward's siblings include: Orrin James WARD, b.1 Nov 1878; Wann Davis WARD, b.30 May 1881; Webb Clark WARD, b.16 Oct 1886; Val Entine WARD, b.14 Feb 1889; and Ruth Izoa WARD, b.22 Oct 1893.
Contact Clint Merrell - Merrell.Clint@dol.gov
LITTELL, William W. Thu Sep 15, 2005
I am seeking to identify 19th Century veterans with connections to Posey County, Indiana. One of those was William W. LITTELL who was born in Indiana on July 24, 1843. He was a Corporal in Co. D, First Indiana Cavalry, Union Army, during the Civil War. He moved to Crawford County, Kansas by 1870 and soon afterwards moved to Chautauqua County. William married Alvira J. PETERSON in Chautauqua County on November 13, 1873. Their children included Leona, Gertrude, and probably Florence who died in infancy. The family lived in Montgomery County in 1920. William died on July 24, 1925, and Alvira died on February 9, 1929. Both were buried at Union Chapel Cemetery, Lafayette Township, Chautauqua County. Any additional information would be very much appreciated, including a suggestion as to where to access a newspaper that might have an obituary for either William or Alvira.
Contact Steve Lucas - manchete@sbcglobal.net
LYONS, Dennis Tue Sep 20, 2005
Seeking information on Dennis Lyons b. 1862 Wisconsin listed in April 1930 Census for Washington, Chautauqua. He was living with daughter Lora Casey and two grandsons.
Contact John and Janis Espinoza - jjespin@comcast.net
MASON, Merritt Thu Dec 16, 2005
Seeking any info of Merritt MASON family: children: C.Alice b:1859 Ind., Minnie b:1879 Ks., Thurman b:1881 Ks., Nora B. b:1879 Ks., They lived Little Caney twp prior to 1880,moving to Oklahoma before 1900.
Contact Paul Nagel - pohono38@yahoo.com
MYERS Fri Mar 4, 2005
My name is George D. Myers, Jr., I live in Nevada, MO., as a child I spent many summers in and around Cedar Vale, Kansas..my dad's oldest brother passed away many years ago and we have lost contact with his two children. The boy's name was Tommy Myers and the girl was Winifred Ann Myers, Winifred I heard had married and don't know her married name. Her father was Harold Myers and mother was Cora Ann Martin, Myers...Aunt Cora's father was I believe E. J. Martin and they lived in Cedar Vale, Kansas. If any one has any information regarding Tommy or Winifred, please contact me. My father is the only living member of his family left and will be 84 this month.
Contact George D. Myers, Jr. - myersg1941@yahoo.com
Looking for obituary/burial or any other info on my grandmother,Isabel NEWMAN FREEMAN, wife of James T. Her son, Arthur R. Freeman was born in 1900 at Centre Twp., Chautauqua County, KS. Isabel died around 1904-05 at an unknown location. Other children of Isabel and James are : Berry D. Freeman, Born 1897; Hazel E. MCGOVNEY, born about 1899; Ruby Patricia MCCORMICK, born 1903.
The only other info I have on Isabel is a letter she wrote to her cousin. It was dated in 1892 at Coffeyville, KS. She was still unmarried at that time. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has info on Newman or Freeman families.
Contact Janice Roysdon - jroysdon@cableone.net
RANKIN, Samuel Harvey Sat Nov 12, 2005
I am looking for Samuel Harvey Rankin,born 1813 in Kentucky. Moved to Illinois with his family in 1830. He married Ann Elizabeth and moved to Chautauqua Country around 1855 with children, Amanda, Susan M, Charles Alvin, Matilda, and James H, born in 1853. James H married Mary E and they had a daughter Bessie. James H Rankin moved to Cedar Vale. Charles Alvin lived in the Eldorado area. Charles Rankin was born in 1881 in Cedar Vale. Samuel Harvey Rankin died before 1900 and may be buried in Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Contact George Rankin - georank@earthlink.net
SHAWVER, Christopher Columbus Sun Sep 18, 2005
I am looking for more info on my grandparents. christopher columbus Shawver. Married florence ida Mayberry. early 1900s. children phoebe,ruby ,jessie,norma ,lulavown,earl,carol. They lived in sedan when my mother norma was born in 1910. Later moved to Arkansas,city kansas city kansas.
Contact Vicki Lower - vlower@cox.net
SHUKERS / STRAIGHT Fri Apr 15, 2005
Agnes Minerva SHUKERS married John STRAIGHT. They were in Summit Township in 1900. They had children---Albert Edwin, born 1897; Samuel G., born 1891; George, born 1894; Sylvia, born 1896; Maurice E., born 1899. I'm interested in exchanging family information with a descendant of these people or any person interested in them.
Contact Kerm Goda - kermgoda@epix.net
SPENCER, Charles William Tue June 21, 2005
I am interested in acquiring newspaper articles, correspondence, photos, etc. on this person.

He was born April 18, 1878 and died March 12, 1948. He practiced law in Sedan from 1904 till his death. Served as a Kansas state senator and was the city attorney and mayor of sedan. Thank you.
Contact Linda Vit - indianwest@yahoo.com

WALKER - FRIEDEL / FREIDEL, Ralph Tue Aug 23, 2005
My grandfather was adopted in Kansas from an Orphan Train by Elizabeth (Betsy) Walker. She also had a son named William Andrew Walker who was born Mar 18, 1878 in KS. Her husband David Scott Walker left her shortly after William turned the age of two. They are listed in the 1880 census in Washington Twp, Chautauqua Co. After David left Elizabeth she adopted my grandfather around 1890, and changed his name to Ralph Walker. His name before adoption is unknown but in the 1895 census she had a son named Ralph Fedral, and 5 years later he was listed as Rulolf Walker, and 5 years later as Ralph Walker. I believe that his birth name may have been Rulolf Fedral or given a census taker that couldn't spell, Rudolph Friedel or Freidel. My grandfather was born in New York City between 1883 to 1886. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Contact Robert Walker - walkerr2@comcast.net
WHITE, James C. Fri Feb 25, 2005
I'm looking for information on James C White and his family. in the 1880 census he is listed as a dry-goods merchant in Belleville township (p303a). I think his mother, Phebe, who is listed with his family, is the same person as Phoebe White in Independence in the same census, living with Samuel and Hellen Vaughn (Hellen is her daughter, but no relationship is given in the census!) There were two children also listed, May L (born WI ca1868) and Frank B (b KS ca1871).
Contact P J Evans - pj.evans.gen@usa.net
YOUNG, William R. Mon Dec 12, 2005
Hoping descendants of William R. YOUNG Sr. or William R. YOUNG Jr. may still be around to shed light upon William R.'s life to me. Dale Fredric Kirk's wife Lillian had William R. YOUNG's name in her address book as living in Giltner, NE. I am a YOUNG descendant, also. They roamed IL, IA, NE, MO, KS, OK, and AR--some in TN, AL, VA, NC.

Joy Kirk
James Franklin Kirk 1907 KS-1962 OK
Cora May YOUNG (1882 Ne- 1947 OK) + James E. A. KIRK
Joseph R. YOUNG (1847 AR- ?) + Phebe Jane HURST (1854 IA- ?)
Alphonso YOUNG (1805 TN - ?) + Nancy Robinson (1806 TN- ?)

George W. YOUNG was in my mother's address book as living in Arkadelphia AR and was claimed as the father of Cora May YOUNG that I have since found to be incorrect.

Alphonso was of the Mormon faith, but did not go to Utah. He did not have multiple wives that I know of.

Cora May YOUNG's children: Maude, Roy, Frank, Joseph Alfred, Gertrude, Glenard, Leonard Alphonso Raymond Kirk, Dale Fredric, Elmon, and Amos--all born in Columbus, KS, Cherokee Co.

Their dad James E. A. KIRK was killed in a powder explosion in Turck, KS in 1919. The family then moved to Skiatook, Osage Co. OK. Later Cora May YOUNG KIRK married Gene Warner and moved to Springfield, MO.

Joseph R. & Phebe Jane Hurst YOUNG's children: William A. (1871 NE) , George Edward (1873 NE), Barnard (Barney) (1880 MO), Cora May (1882 NE), Adah (1884 NE), and Aley (1888 NE) YOUNG.

I would love to link up with some kin and compare notes.
Contact Joy Kirk Little - JLITTLE4@ec.rr.com


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