Rooks Co. Queries

Last updated 29 Mar 1998

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Jan 1998

Looking for information on the Francis KRILEY family that moved from Pennsylvania to Summerfield, Kansas and then to Rooks County. Francis was born in 1853 and his wife Fanny was born in 1857.
John THUMMELL was born in 1886 in Osborne county but moved to Rooks county with his wife Rosa.
James PARKER was born in 1876 in Wisconsin but raised his family in Rooks county. His wife Margaret died there in 1956.
Children of Fredrick HOFF were born in Kansas somewhere and lived in Rooks county. His wife was Mary Josephine MEIER. Both are buried in Colorado.
Any help on these families would be very welcome.
Jerry Braun

I am looking for information on DAVID ALLEN ELSBREE. He was born in Bradford County, Pa in abt. 1854 and died in/about STOCKTON,KS on 10/13/1878 according to a record at the Bradford County(PA) Historical society from a newspaper. Can anyone help me locate a newspaper article for Stockton, KS during this time that would give the cause of death or his reason for being there.

Todd M. Elsbree
301 Spencer Road Rochester, NY 14609

Hi. I am looking for information on my grandmother, Lillian F. Robinson (Pearce). She was born in Plainville, Rooks, Kansas on October 20, 1906. Did the Plainville newspaper exist then? Any info. would be appreciated. Her fathers name was George Edward Hampton Pearce and her mothers name was Kate Aura Pearce (Stevens). Thanks...

Feb 1998

I am interested in PROBASCO surname family trees and research. I am starting a central PROBASCO database to direct researchers t o others who are researching their line. The PROBASCOs have been in ROOKS County since the early 1900s.
Nora Probasco

Could you please tell me if there is a genealogical society and/or a historical society for the Rooks County -- I am interested in Stockton area -- area? If so, could you send me an address snail or e-mail?
Thanks so much.
Lewis Lundy -

I would like to know where I would inquire concerning homestead petiton for land in Rooks County about 1885.
Lewis E. Lundy -

Can you help me find a source for an obit that might have appeared in the Stockton, KS newspaper. I am looking for a death notice for a relative that would have died there on Oct. 13, 1878. His name is David Allen Elsbree, b. 1854 Bradford County Pa. I suspect his death must have been unnatural as he was no more than 24 years old. I would like to find out more about his life there also, if you can point me in the right direction. I suspect he is also buried there as there is no record of his burial around his homestead in Pennsylvania.
Todd M. Elsbree -

I have been searching for my husband's great grandfather for 2 years and so far nothing......All I have is a 1900 Twin Mound, Rooks Co., KS census stating that Arthur and Minnie Dean lived there but nothing else....How can I find out where he was born and who his parents are??? I can't find any help or any information on Arthur DEAN......Or his family......Where do I go next ??? Please help me to find away to his trail....Thanks for any advice you can give me........
Diana Dean, CA.

Does anyone know of anyone in this county who does research for other people, or someone with a cemetery listing book?
Annette Crafton -

Looking for the Rooks family that this county could have been named for. How was the name selected. Any Rooks living in County now?
Bill Rooks -

I am researching NINNEMAN, L.F. -resident of Stockton,Rooks County, Kansas in the late 1800's. Married - ALLIS, Ida O. -she was b. 18 Apr 1858 in Rome, Pennsylvania. Children? Parents?

Looking for information about Albert Willison(or George Albert) who died in Plainville, KS, in Jul 1986 and his wife Josephine who died there in 1982. Am interested in finding children and siblings. Would like to find obits.
Gordon Mitchell 1925 Sheffield Rd Hickory Corners, MI 49060

I would like to know if anyone can tell me where Benjamin Miller and his wife Nancy Laffoon are buried? They were on the 1850 census for Ohio, but went to Kansas after that. If there is anyone researching this family, I have info to trade.Thanks
Shirley Lillie -

I would like to contact anyone researching the family of Nanthaiel Miller who died in Rooks Co. in 1879, his sister Jenna who died in Rooks Co in 1879, Albert and Abraham Miller who were born in Rooks Co in 1877 and 1880.
Shirley Lillie -

Mar 1998

I have a great deal of information on William Richardson CHANDLER who lived in Webster during the 1880"s, his descendants and ancestors, and I would be happy to answer any queries. My biggest reason for posting this query is to acquire a copy of the book "Lest We Forget", a book of biographical sketches of the early pioneers of Rooks County, Kansas. Many of my ancestors are in this book. I am currently using my uncle's copy of Volume 1, but I would very much like to have my own. Perhaps the Rooks County, Kansas Historical Society would like to do another printing. I think there is a great interest by others, as I have answered two queries this last week from persons who had ancestors in the book. Any help would be appreciated.
Janene Tumlinson -

Looking for any information on the James D. SCOTT family that resided in Rooks County in1885. James was married to Lydia Jane CRONK in Neosha County 1 Apr 1871. Their son was Fred Herman SCOTT that was born in Rooks County 6 May 1885. Other children that may have been born in Rooks County are Lillie May SCOTT born 4 Feb 1872, Annette SCOTT born 13 Sep 1873, Edward SCOTT born 3 Sep 1875, Rosa B. SCOTT born29 Jan 1877, Joseph Winfield SCOTT 30 Dec 1878, James Harley SCOTT born14 Oct 1880, and Ada SCOTT 14 Feb 1882. Any information or leads ondifficult surname would be greatly appreciated!
Michael Scott -

Looking for information on: LAUESEN. WILLIAM b: 1881 (d. 1951) lived in Stockton, KS where my father, ELSTUN was born in 1906 (d. 1988). WILLIAM married LENA EVANS, a Cherokee Woman from KS around 1904 or 1905. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Elstun W. Lauesen II -

William SHIFFER, born 20 Sep 1810 in PA, died 2 Aug 1889 in Bow Creek, KS. Wife was Catherine Elizabeth NEAR. They settled in Rooks Co. about 1879. A daughter, Rebecca Frances, born 16 Apr 1847 in Clarion Co., PA, married William H. Haynes in Will Co., IL, settled in KS about the same time. Looking for any other descendants of William SHIFFER who may know county in PA William was born and his parents' names.
John J. NEAR, brother of Catherine NEAR SHIFFER, born 3 Nov 1825 in Lewisburg, PA, married Wilmena ????, died 25 Feb 1901 in Bow Creek, KS. Settled in Rooks Co. about 1879. Children: Alene, b 1854 Clarion Co., PA: Lewis A., b Aug 1856, Clarion Co., PA, married Florence I. BLACKWOOD in KS; John Wesley, b 1858, m Minnie ????: William Edward, b Dec 1860, m Mary Elizabeth ??? abt 1886, KS; Charlotte, b 1864 in Clarion Co., PA; Caroline b 1866 in Clarion Co., PA; Charles F., b Nov 1867 in Polk Co., IA, married Martishie M. ??? in KS; James, b 1872 Polk Co., IA, died Feb 1880, Rooks Co., Ks; Sophia, b 1875, Polk Co., IA, died Feb 1880, Rooks Co., KS. Am looking for any information on this family pertaining to marriages/deaths.
Lynne -

I am trying to get information on my Father's family. My Father was born in Stockton, Ks in September, 1906. His name was Elstun W. Lauesen. His father was named William Lauesen whose wife was Lena. The Lauesen's immigrated from Denmark in the late 1800's. I can find nothing about them on any database except the SSI Death Index. Can you help?
Elstun Lauesen -

Looking for family of Griffith, Leander who moved to Stockton, Rooks area in 1880s. May still have relatives in area. Any assistance would be appreciated.
Jerry Niles - jerryniles@hot

I am interested in learning about the ORA S HAROLD FAMILY that lived in Rooks county in 1911. MARTHA FAYE HAROLD was born that year. There were other children in the family, but i'm not sure how many were born there. Thank you
Lorraine Wallace Clearwater, Fl -