Shawnee County Kansas Queries


Queries 2000

African-American Cemetaries and Funeral Homes, Alton, Anderson, armstrong, Barnhill, Baul, Beard (2), Beeler (2) (3), Berryton, Birkholz, BOLTON, Boner, Bowers, Boyer, Boyle, BRADBURY, Brown (2), Buckley, Burghart, Burson, BUTTERMORE, Byrd, CALDERWOOD, Cardwell, Chapman, Clark (2), Condalas, Cooper, CORBIN, COWDEN (2), COX, CRAIG, CURBY, Cyphers, Day, Deeds (2), DENNIS, DEPPE, DUPREE, Fable, Farris, FELKER, Ferguson, FERRALL, FINDLEY, Fortney, FOX, FRY, Gerome, GOOD, Green, Gregory, HAHN, Hall, HARRISON, HASTINGS, Hawver, Hoffman, HOLT, Hughes, Isenberger, ISENBERGER,ISENBURG,ISENBARGER, James, Johnston, Jordan, Joy (2) (3), Kassebaum, KING (2), LILES, LIMBACH, Lindenschmidt, LIVENGOOD, Lott, Maloney, MCCAMMOND, McCord, MCCORKLE, McKee, McMICHAEL, McMillan, Meacham, Mendez, MILES, Minney, MITCHELL, MORRIS, (2), Nava, NICKELL, O'Connor, ODELL, Ottinger, Parsley, Patterson, Pederson, PEEBLER, Petrik, PHILLIPS, Pict sold at Farm Auction May, 1999, Plummer, RANSOM, Rich, Ridgeway, Rino/Ryno, Rixs, Rochester Cemetary, RUPIN, SAMPLE, Scott, Sevier, Shafer/Shaffer, Shawnee obits, SHELTON, Shipley, SMITH Smith, Snow, Snyder, Specht, Stevenson, TANNER, TAYLOR, Taylor, THOMASON, THOMPSON (2), Topeka State Insane Asylum, Van Vleck, VARY, Watts, weaver, Webb, Webber, Weeling, Whitehead, Wilder, Wilson, Wiscombe, Woods, Yocum

Topic: Rino/Ryno family 1889
From: Cheryl Shaw
Date: Friday, December 29, 2000 07:40 AM

I've managed to trace my ever-elusive gr-grandfather Ira Rino/Ryno to Shawnee county,KS thru the birth of his son John Edward Rino born Nov 1889 Silver Lake, Shawnee co.,KS, s/o Ira & Martha(Johnson)Rino. Family legend is Ira was French Canadian, had a trading post, was caught in a blizzard & died as a result. Need to locate marriage of Ira & Martha. Need to locate date & place of death for Ira & Martha. Any help would be much appreciated.

Topic: African-American Cemetaries and Funeral Homes
From: Varna Nolen
Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2000 09:32 PM

I need the names and addresses of the the oldest cemeteries for African-Americans and/or Morticians in the Topeka area

From: Kathy Miller
Date: Monday, July 09, 2001 11:34 PM

I was looking through old queries and came upon yours.Did you get any reply's on your question? The oldest african american cemetery that I know of would be Mount Auburn.If you need any more info I will be glad to help.
P.s. What names are you researching?

Topic: COX (Samuel, Wyman and Rodney)
From: Melinda Mantor
Date: Friday, December 15, 2000 04:16 PM

Seeking information about the birth of Wyman M. Cox in Shawnee County on June 18, 1906. His parents were Samuel W. and Gladys Elaine (Vincell) Cox and his brother was Rodney Vincell Cox. I do not believe they lived in Shawnee County very long. A birth certificate has never been found. Many Thanks.

Topic: George Irven Brown
From: Tim Rives
Date: Friday, December 08, 2000 10:41 AM

I am searching for relatives of the late George Irven Brown. Brown, 1872-1950, was Topeka's first traffic cop. Brown also wrote three volumes of poetry. Brown and his wife had 8 children.

I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew Brown or his family.

I am writing an article on Kansas soldier poets. Brown has become my favorite subject.

Topic: HAHN
From: Lee Knous
Date: Monday, December 04, 2000 03:51 PM

Researching Joseph Hahn or Ileen Worth _____, who are parents (probably deceased) to a Daniel Frederick Hahn. Dan Hahn was born in Kansas abt. 1939 and attended college in Topeka in 1960. Looking for obit. info. for his parents but any info. would be appreciated.

From: Lee Knous
Date: Monday, December 04, 2000 03:48 PM

Researching Zona Lee Bolton, who was born in Kansas abt. 1942 and attended college in Topeka in 1960. Any info. would be appreciated.

Topic: Jacob Fortney Isenberger
From: Vicki Deer
Date: Sunday, December 03, 2000 07:47 PM

I am looking for information on Jacob Fortney Isenberger b. 1836 d. 1918. son of David and Nancy Fortney Isenberg. He married 3 times. first to Mary Jane Benson, then Rachel Lee Stooksberry and last to Barbara Ann Benson Girard (sister to first wife). If anyone has any information on this family I would love to hear fr

From: Nikki NICKELL
Date: Sunday, November 26, 2000 10:59 AM

George Edward NICKELL ["General Joe", born 8 May 1896; died Mar 1974] was editor of the Topeka Star, did a vast genealogy study and produced a chart of NICKELL GENEALOGY. He married Ruth RANSOM [born 26 Nov 1895; died 1975], daughter of Charles Edwin RANSOM and Adalaide CURBY. One source says General Joe married secondly Ruth SAMPLE/S. Ruth RANSOM NICKELL died after Joe, so did they divorce so he could marry Ruth SAMPLE? Joe and Ruth RANSOM had one son; Richard Rowley [born 20 Jan 1927, Omaha, NE; died 14 Apr 1988 in Oak Grove, Jackson County, MO]. He was a dentist in Oak Grove...and married Doratha SHELTON. Any information, especially relating to Ruth SAMPLES appreciated

Topic: Looking for a John Deeds
From: Donita Lane
Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2000 06:19 PM

I'm looking for a John Deeds who may have lived with his daughter, Sarah, and son-in-law, Joe Bowers in Topeka. I can't seem to find anything about him so don't know when he was born or died but heard he came from Germany (don't know when). Thanks for any help at all. Donita

Topic: Birth in 1884, David Hawkins Snow
From: Sandy Gutierrez
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2000 01:09 PM

A relative of mine was born in Topeka abt 1884. His name was David Hawkins Snow. Does anyone have records of births in that time period? I would appreciate any help, Thanks Sandy Gutierrez

Topic: Topeka State Insane Asylum
From: Georgia Clark
Date: Wednesday, November 08, 2000 06:21 PM

Looking for information on the Topeka State Insane Asylum circa 1910 through 1916. Is there any place that I can contact regarding an inmate who was there during that time period and who probably died there.

From: Charles Anderson
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2001 03:08 PM

Hello, I am looking for a Joseph Maloney who was listed in the 1920 census as a patient of the Kansas State Hospital in Topeka. We know he was dead by 1937 but no one knows if he died there, where he is buried or why he was there. Is the State hospital the same as the Topeka State Insane Asylum? Does anyone know where that information might be available. Thanks Chuck Anderson Apple Valley, Minnesota

Topic: Lott Family
From: Dee Lott
Date: Wednesday, November 08, 2000 05:50 PM

Searching for the Lott family.



Topic: Ridgeway, Clifford
From: Rebecca Kimbrell
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2000 09:47 AM

I am looking for any information pertaining to my maternal great-grandfather, Clifford Ridgeway, who died in 1967 in Shawnee, County, Ks.

His Social Security death record lists his SSN as being issued in "RR" (I don't know what that means), and there is no birth information available for him, though I presume he was born and raised in Kansas.

Mr. Ridgeway was married to Erma Patterson (d. 1984), and had 2 children, Clyde Ridgeway (d. 1967) and Delene Ridgeway Gooldy (my maternal grandmother, who died in 1967)

Topic: Silas F. Joy
From: Mary Zumchak mbzumchak@hot
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 10:30 AM

Silas F. Joy b. 1848, son of Jairus, died at Rossville, Shawnee Co. Kansas in 1923. I need to know his middle name. Perhaps it would be on the death certificate.How would I access the information from his death certificate? I don't need a copy of the certificate, just his middle name and mother's name.

Topic: Dr. Adam RUPIN family
From: Mary Fobian
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2000 03:12 PM

Topeka Mail and Breeze, Historical Edition, May 22, 1896:
Dr. A. Rupin was born in Montabauer, province of Nassau, Germany, June 30, 1838. He began his education in the gymnasium of Colberg when he was 12 years old, where he remained four years. He entered the university of Giesen in 1856, where he studied medicine (homeopathy) until he was 21 years old. After practicing his profession for some years in Germany he concluded to come to America, which he did, in 1866, settling first at Louisville, KY, where he remained for two years, afterward practicing in St. Louis, Atchison and Leavenworth, locating in Topeka twelve years ago, since which time he has been wonderfully successful in his profession and made many warm personal friends. He is a prominent member of the AOUWIOOF and K and L of S. Dr. Rupin comes from a race of doctors, his great grandfather, grandfather, father and father's brother all being physicians.

Obituary in Topeka Daily Capital, 2 July (Wed.) 1913, Page 10, Col. 1:
Well Known Topeka Surgeon Came
From Family of Physicians
Dr. Adam Rupin, one of Topeka's prominent physicians, died yesterday morning at his home, 312 Van Buren street, following a long illness from a severe stroke of paralysis, which occurred last week. He had been partially paralyzed for a number of years.
He was born in France, June 30, 1838, and has been in this country for the last 30 years. His grandfather was a surgeon in the French army, his father took up the same practice, he was a surgeon, and one of his sons is a doctor.
Fifty years ago last April he and Elizabeth Ressler were married. They have six children, three living in Topeka, Miss Suzann Rupin, who lives with her parents; Dr. Anton Rupin, of 1512 Van Buren street; and John Rupin of Sixteenth and Buchanan street. Mrs. Julia Thiele, a daughter, lives at Oelwein, Iowa. Mrs. Marie McDougal, another daughter, lives in New York City, and Jacques Rupin, a son, at Terre Haute.
Last April Dr. and Mrs. Rupin celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Since Doctor Rupin moved to this country he has returned to his native home but once, that thirty years ago. Funeral announcements will be made later.

Topic: P.H. McCord Family
From: Tom Hill
Date: Friday, October 20, 2000 12:56 PM

Pinkney Hall McCord was a sheriff in Riley County before moving to Topeka in Shawnee County. He had married Prudence Draper in 1867 and they had five children; three of whom married and had children. Jessie m. William Hassebroek in 1904; Charles m. Ella Lancaster in 1895 and Dr. Frank m. Myrtle Stimson in 1902. Charles had Ronald; Florence who m. Roy Johnson; Howard and Margaret. Frank had Thelma who m. Clyde Beeson; Frances who m. Forrest Wright; and Helen who m. F. E. Monroe.

Does anyone have any information on any of these families?

Topic: Search for McMillan?
From: Jennifer Neff
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2000 07:52 AM

I am looking for my grandmother, Mary M. McMillan born in SHAWNEE COUNTY (Topeka) on 5-8-1889. Her father was John Boone McMillan and her mother, Mary Siebol...sp?...I want to find the correct spelling of her mother's maiden name and then to research Shawnee County for her 9 siblings. Those with known dates are: Emma McMillan dob 12-5-1876, Leon McMillan dob 2-28-1883, William McMillan dob 7-24-1876 and Tom McMillan dob abt. 1901. ( The remaining 5, older, are Alexis, John, Daisy, Joseph, and Jenny McMillan.)

From: Jennifer Neff
Date: Monday, November 06, 2000 04:38 AM

Since I posted query about my grandmother, Mary McMillan, I have found her name to be Myrtle Mary McMillan born: May 8, 1889.
The spelling of her mother's maiden name seems to be Seible. I am still seeking information re: her birth or her younger brother's, Thomas McMillan born abt.1901. Thank you in advance for any help.

Topic: Where is Rochester Cemetary?
From: Donna Bronner
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2000 10:20 AM

I've just found out my grandfather is buried in Rochester Cemetery near Topeka. Does it still exist? How about the towns of Auburn and Wakarusa?

From: Anita Lickteig
Date: Friday, November 10, 2000 09:43 PM

Rochester Cemetery is a HUGE cemetery in Topeka. It is located off of Hiway 24 on the North side of town.
Wakarusa is South of Topeka. I am not sure which direction Auburn is, but I do know it still exists.
I have family buried in Rochester Cemetery and in the Wakarusa area, but have not been there to do any search yet. I was raised In Topeka, so am familiar with the area. Anything I might be able to help you find?

Anita in Kansas

From: Patricia Passmore
Date: Thursday, December 21, 2000 01:18 AM

Yes.There is a Rochester cemetary in Topeka.It is located north of town.Address is 1200 Menninger Road.If you need more detailed directions email me at

Topic: Pict sold at Farm Auction May, 1999
From: Dianna Privette
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2000 06:24 PM

2ft by 2ft, white fe, ca 20yrs, square collar on dress; over 100yrs old. Heavy wood frame. I have copy, want original. I couldn't attend the Auction held outside Winchester Ks, May 1999, as I live in Florida. There is a REWARD for this pict. Contact e-mail for ID. or snail mail address. This is my Great Grandmother Ada Evalena Dunn Bourke.

From: Sandy Switzer
Date: Sunday, November 19, 2000 07:58 PM

if you know who the auctioneer was you could contact them because they would have on record who bought it, with an old piece like that they should have a record, more that likely it was sold separately and it was for the frame probably not the picture, also if you know the farm the auction took place. I've been to enough auctions. on old antiques they usually keep records.

Topic: Hoffman/Burghart
From: E.A. Hoffman
Date: Monday, October 09, 2000 10:23 PM

Looking for information on Joseph R. Hoffman who married Elizabeth Burghart in Topeka, Kansas. They had five children; Irene A; Raymond G; Gilbert J; Francis H; Eugene J; and Matthew G. Francis H. Hoffman was born in Topeka in 1913. Any information on this family would be appreciated.

From: E.A. Hoffman
Date: Friday, October 26, 2001 12:52 AM

On 10/9/00 10:23:00 PM, E.A. Hoffman wrote:
>Looking for information: Joseph Raymond Hoffman,born in Topeka,abt. 1884.He married Elizabeth Burghart in 1907,who was born in Russia abt. 1882.They had five children; Irene A, b.1908; Raymond J, b.1909;Gilbert J, b.1911; Francis H, b.1913; Eugene J, died in WWII 1943 on USS Grayling; and Matthew G, b.1919. I know that Matthew had researched the family, but he and all the others have passed on and the information has gone also.

Topic: joseph weaver
From: George Weaver
Date: Sunday, October 01, 2000 06:42 PM

I am looking for any info. on Joseph Weaver lived in Shawnee County, Tecumseh area in 1870 with wife Lucinda and children Emma, Florence, Joseph, Edward and William.

Topic: TANNER, Preston
From: Sandra Barber
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 08:18 PM

I found a baby picture of Preston Barton Tanner and his mother dated 1904. It looks as if Mr. Tanner died in Shawnee Co, KS according to Social Security records. I will be glad to e-mail a copy to anyone interested in Tanner genealogy. Please e-mail request to

Topic: what happen to the Rixs family
From: Ros Vosburgh
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 07:10 PM

looking for any of the George Rix family there buried in Topeka Kansas,they where there around 1870 think Olive Rive died 1872.

Topic: Scott Family
From: Holly Whitney
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 04:17 PM

Seeking information on Rubin A. Scott b. 15 May 1836 Logansport Indiana d. Sept. 1900 Topeka Ks. Shawnee Co. Married Mary E. Batterton b. 25 Oct. 1836Bloomington Indiana d. 2 Feb. 1922 m. 8 Feb. 1877 Any information will be helpful.

From: Nancy Norris
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2000 10:50 AM

Researching the John and Fannie BEELER families, the William Parley and Ida Alice BEELER families of Topeka, KS also the Wm Cook and Mattie COWDEN families.
Note new e-mail address.

Topic: Johnston Family, Topeka, Ks
From: John Robert Johnston
Date: Monday, September 18, 2000 04:58 PM

Looking for info about my fathers family, his name was George W. Johnston, he was born in Topeka, his father was John Robert (Jack) Johnston born in Glasgow, Scot. in the 1870,s, my grandmother was Mary E. Petro from Kankakee, Ill., they had 5 children, my father and 4 sisters, my dad was an engineer and he worked for Burrus Flour Mills in Dallas and Topeka, he died in Habana, Cuba in 1953, he had 2 children from a previous marriage, and don,t have any knowledge of any of them , would appreciate any info. Thanks.
Dr. John Robert Johnston
e- mail

Topic: FELKER, John+Eva Dora+6 chld.of Topeka
From: Nancy Riley
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2000 07:20 PM

Gr.grandfather John E Felker b.26 Mar 1852 in VT. Father is Joseph or Jesse Felker. John died 20 Nov 1928 in Topeka,Shawnee Co, Ks. Mother is Mary King of Canada.
Gr.grandmother Eva Dora Coddington b.9 Oct 1864, Warren Co, Ohio. Eva died 12 Feb 1936 in Topeka, Shawnee Co, KS.

Would like to know any information available on John E. Felker.
John on Eva have 6 children, all born in Topeka, Shawnee Co, KS.
This info. from an old family bible:
Mary R b.1888, m.Shaffer/1907, d.1957
Ida Eva b.1891, m.Shields/1917
Oscar J b.1893, d.1927
Chas E b.1895-my grandfather, d.1978
Flora Leona b.1899, m.Packer, d.1976
Lola Thelma b.1904, d.1910

Date: Sunday, September 03, 2000 03:52 PM

Looking for information of Maude Duvall Fox of Topeka,Shawnee CO.Taught school many years and was active in civic affairs&,historical society.She married Harry Fox in Wallace Co. 1905.Died 12-20-1953,in Topeka.Her Sister Rosie Johnson lived in Weskan. These were my great aunts.

Topic: Henry Harrison Beard
From: Randy Rubel
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2000 09:18 PM

Henry Harrison Beard divorced his wife Jane Olphilia Leonard. I can't find him anywhere in Shawnee Co. She remarried George H. Willett. Both are buried in Memorial Cemetery, 6th & Gage St. Topeka, Kansas. Does anyone know anything on Mr. Beard ?

Topic: Joseph C. Buckley
From: Barbara Daugherty
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2000 01:42 PM

Looking for info on my great uncle Joseph C. Buckley, who was from the Boston, MA area. He was born on 4 July 1904 in Malden or Everett, MA. His brothers name was James, Walter,
Daniel, and his parents were Cornelius and Catherine (Crampton) Buckley. He supposedly went out west after his marriage with Miriam Lenore Gregory from Newport, R.I. broke up. He had a daughter, Catherine Louise Buckley, born on 18 June 1926.
I believe he died 5 April 1993 in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

Would appreciate any help.
Thank you,

Topic: FINDLEY search
From: Sandy Snyder
Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 10:47 AM

Need info on FINDLEYs from Pennsylvania, moved to KS about 1875. George H. Findley, born 1830, my Great Grandfather, married Lucinda Holt in Shawnee County Nov. 1883. On the 1885 census, in Topeka, was H. Findley, with wife & children Myrtle, Maud, Algys, Harry, C, and Edna. Very possible that H. Findley was George Findley's brother. Sons of George H. Findley were Cassius, born about 1856 & Robert, born about 1858 in PA. Appreciate any FINDLEY info as I've hit a brick wall on parentage for George H. & his brothers.

Topic: Laura Katherine Thompson
From: Karen Scott
Date: Thursday, August 24, 2000 03:03 PM

I am searching for information on Laura Katherine Thompson, born about 1880 in Ohio; married my grandfather Walter Paris Taylor May 6, 1902 in Shawnee County, Kansas; died 1941, probably in Shawnee County; buried Foster cemetery in Topeka, Kansas. I have been unable to locate her family on the 1900 Kansas Soundex. Would appreciate any information/contact/suggestions from other researchers regarding this or the Taylor families. My e-mail addresses are and Karen Taylor Scott

Topic: McKee - Lulu, Annie Laurie, John Benjamin
From: David Hoffman
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2000 10:03 PM

Looking for obits of John Benjamin McKee and his daughters Lulu, Annie Laurie, and Josephine. Know Lulu was a pioneer kindergarten teacher in Topeka, and an instructor of kindergarten teachers at Hays Teachers College. e-mail responses appreciated. David Hoffman, Harrisburg, PA.

Topic: Barnhill Family
From: Varna Nolen
Date: Monday, August 14, 2000 01:28 PM

My great-great-grandfather, Alfred Barnhill, moved to Topeka, KS and lived there between 1890 and 1900. His wife Ella Barnhill and twin infants died there. He then move to Oklahoma territory.

I need some type of documentation to show he lived there and possibly find out where his wife is buried, but I don't know where to start. the family is African-American


Topic: BRADBURY, William H.
From: Jennifer Bohrnstedt
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2000 01:52 PM

I am a researcher/author seeking info on the William H. Bradbury family who moved from Dwight, Illinois in the late 1870's to Topeka. Bradbury was a Land Agent for the ATSFRR through the 1880's. His wife, Mary Ann, died in 1895; he died in 1900 while visiting his married daughter, Jane Bradbury Grant, in Las Vegas, NM.

Date: Sunday, August 06, 2000 05:22 PM


Topic: Hawver
From: Bill Hawver
Date: Thursday, August 03, 2000 08:19 PM

Am looking for information on Ira Hawver, born 15 Nov 1883, died June 1967 in Shawnee county, Topeka.

Bill Hawver at

Topic: Shipley and Van Vleck in Rossville
From: Anita Lickteig
Date: Monday, July 24, 2000 12:34 AM

Am trying to get information on Roderick Aquilla Shipley and Ella Mae Van Vleck Shipley of Rossville, Kansas. They are both buried in the Rossville Cemetery and I have information from their headstones and the family members stones around them. Am trying to help my step-brother and a recently found cousin. Roderick is a mystery and we need all the help we can get. Thank you in advance for any information you may provide.


From: Patricia Passmore
Date: Thursday, December 21, 2000 01:24 AM

I know of a Shipley that worked at a Tavern in Topeka.Her name was June Shipley.She just this last week passed on.I have connections with her family.If you email me with more info I could see if there is a connection.

From: Julie Dodge
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2000 01:53 PM

i AM TRYING TO RESEARCH MY FATHERS FAMILY. i HAVE JUST STARTED. My Grandmothers name was BEULAH MAY MCCORKLE.She was born on Sept. 7 1911 in Richland Kansas. Her parents names were(?) FREDERICK LEON MCCORKLE And MAUD BELL CORBIN. I have absolutely no other information.If any one can help, please E-mail me at
Thank-You, Julie Dodge

Topic: Condalas-Nava-Mendez
From: Sandy Switzer
Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 08:25 AM

Looking for Rosa Condalas-Nava-Mendez. She would have been born around 1935 maybe. Her birth mother, Ernesta Mendez, gave her to her godparents when she was dying. Pedro Nava and his wife might have gone west to live, possibly to California. She may not know she is adopted. She still has 2 brothers and 2 sisters living in the mid-west. Any information greatly appreciated. Pedro Nava may have worked for the Santa Fe Railroad.

From: Deborah Fotopoulos
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2000 01:28 PM

I am looking for any information on
Frank Peebler. Possibly Frank Gilbert Peebler born 5/16/1877. Died 1 may 1910

married previously had 1 child Lila. Then married my great grandmother Mary (Marion)Rolinda (Haynes maiden name)Morgan (1st husband) between 1906 & 1909. They had 2 stillborn male children. Frank Peebler may have been from the Family that ran the Peebler Funeral Home - now Parker Price.

Frank Peebler, Mary Rolinda and her last husband Albert Rice all buried out of Peeler/Parker price Funeral Home buried in Rochester Cemetery. Frank Peebler had 10 acres and home in North Topeka.

Frank Peebler & Mary Rolinda (Wife), Lila (Step daughter) and my grandmother Mildred Morgan all lived there until after his death.

Any information about his dates and family names would be helpful.


From: Nancy Norris
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2000 02:30 PM

BEELER, John and Fannie or William Parley and Ida Alice BEELER of Topeka, SHAWNEE CO., KS. Also looking for any of the family.

From: Tom Fretz
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2000 08:23 PM

My grandmother's maiden name was Dora Ann Beeler. She was married to Hubbard Wilson Fretz and they lived in Topeka, KS. My father, Frank Wilson Fretz, was born in 1885 in Topeka, and I believe both of his parents had passed away before the turn of the century. If you know anything about Dora Ann Beeler and her husband, Hubbard Fretz, I would certainly appreciate hearing from you. Thank you.

From: Gina Klindt
Date: Monday, August 14, 2000 10:05 AM

I am looking for information on Carl and Ethel Mitchell. They lived in the Topeka area about 1919. They had three children that I know of, Mayme, Loren and Lela. Ethel was sister to my gg grandfather, Ivan A. Nelson. She was born about 1876. This is all the information that I have on them. Any more information would be greatly appreciated.
Gina in Iowa

From: Nancy Norris
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2000 02:28 PM

COWDEN, Looking for any family of John Cook and Martha Cowden of Council Grove or of their children, Ralph, Everett or Dwight.

Topic: Kassebaum
From: Pamela McCune
Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2000 02:14 AM

I have a will for "Gus Kassebaum" if anyone is interested please contact me.

Topic: Dr. Francis B. ODELL, Topeka, d. 1949
From: Jean Gilmore
Date: Monday, July 10, 2000 06:39 PM

Dr. Francis B. ODELL, 1871-1949, lived in Topeka, and I think practiced medicine. He m. Harriette Miles, 1873-1946. They are buried in a cemetery at the north edge of Perry, Jefferson Co., KS. I'd appreciate any information about Dr. ODELL, his family, his life in the Topeka area, etc. Thank you.

From: Geoff Rasmussen
Date: Sunday, July 09, 2000 11:51 AM

Researching Fredrick L. DEPPE who was born in Germany 2 Apr 1835, parents unknown. He came to the U.S. in about 1846/8. Married 23 Mar 1858 in Wapello, Louisa, Iowa to Mary Ann KING, daughter of Louis KING and Sophronia KINTZ. Fredrick died 23 Sep 1921 near Ozawkie, Jefferson, Kansas.

Lived in Topeka, Shawnee County for many years.

Anyone with information on the DEPPE families please contact.

From: Kathy Miller
Date: Sunday, July 09, 2000 09:59 AM

Looking for information on the Duprees that lived in Topeka,Ks.My mother said that there were alot of them and were all related,but could not remember any of their names but one, a Anna(nick-name Jo-anna) dupree, she married Fred adams they lived and died in Topeka- they also raised my mother. Any info would be greatly appreciated!! Thankx in advance!

Topic: Boyle Family Help
From: Brenda Foley
Date: Saturday, July 08, 2000 03:20 PM

Carrie Lucy Boyle born 7 June 1877 Richland Ks d Dec 1935 married George Alexander Rote when & where?Carrie daughter of Henry Boyle &Elizabeth Towell-Will exchange data-Any help greatly appreciated-Brenda

Topic: William George Anderson
From: Louis Meyer
Date: Tuesday, July 04, 2000 09:48 PM

William Anderson Married Dorothy Lehr Feb 26 1906 in Topeka. I am seeking any information on William. Where, When born, parents names? Also would like to obtain copy of marriage certificate. However I do not know whom to contact.

From: Teresa Lindquist
Date: Wednesday, July 05, 2000 06:50 AM

For marriage records you can write to teh county clerk at:

Shawnee County Clerk
200 East Seventh
Topeka, KS 66603-3922
(785) 291-4040


Topic: Smith
From: Barb Simpson
Date: Tuesday, July 04, 2000 01:25 AM

My grandfather, Robert Harrison Smith, was born in Topeka, Kansas, Shawnee County, on 1/18/1892. He married Anna Catherine Griffin in Iowa and died in Woodbine, Iowa on 8/2/1931. I am trying to locate any relatives who might be able to tell me about his parents or siblings.

Topic: George Gerome/Mary Parsley
From: Stephen Carlile
Date: Friday, June 30, 2000 05:40 PM

I am trying to confirm whether my ancestors, George Gerome Carlile (Carlisle) and Mary Parsley were married in the City of Topeka, or somewhere in Shawnee County, Kansas. Is there anyone who can look up a marriage for these two people in about 1880? If not is there another source where one might find marriages in Shawnee County. Thanks.

Date: Sunday, August 06, 2000 05:27 PM


Topic: Robert Sevier
From: Patsy Jones
Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2000 11:31 AM

Seeking siblings and or descendants of Robert Sevier, born 4 Jan 1896, he died Jan 1972 in Topeka, Shawnee Co. KS. I think he married a Rea descendant. Need to be positive.
Pat Jones
McNairy Co. TN

Topic: Whitehead, Robert and Evaline
From: Joan Keene
Date: Sunday, June 25, 2000 02:10 PM

Any information on Robert and Evaline Taylor Whitehead will be appreciate. They lived "near Topeka" in 1857. They had one daughter that I am aware of, named Mattie. Any help at all will be appreciated.
Thank you,

Topic: Byrd,Charles
From: Veora Boren
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2000 11:42 AM

I am looking for family of a Charles Byrd that died in Dec. 1977. Last address was Topeka Ks. Please e-mail me at Thanks!

From: Gina Klindt
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2000 04:23 PM

Looking for information on Ethel Mitchell, lived in Shawnee county, possibly Topeka around 1919. She was daughter to Orin and Diane Nelson.

Topic: Lindenschmidt
From: Michael Kelnosky
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2000 02:06 PM

Looking for any information about the Lindenschmidt family of Topeka, KS. My gt-gt-gt-grandfather was Charles Lindenschmidt who was born in Germany. He immigrated to the US...Cincinnatti OH then Evansville IN and finally Topeka KS where he died. He pioneered all three cities.

He married Catherine and had about 6 children...Charles Jr., Henry, August, Joseph, Mary Catherine and William (possibly another named Gustave).

Charles died in 1904 and the kids scattered. Mary Catherine married a Fred Klemp and moved to Chicago with her mother. August and William (and Gustave) were dead at that time. The other three travelled supposedly to St. Louis MO.

Topic: Ottinger-Wilson Research
From: Joan Ottinger
Date: Sunday, June 11, 2000 08:30 PM

I am researching my grandfather. His name is Ward Stephen Ottinger and he was married to Myrtle Wilson in Topeke Kansas. Ward Ottinger was born May 13,1886. I found the family in 1900 Census. His father was Andrew J Ottinger and he was married to Elizabeth M Ward. My grandmother Myrtle Wilson was from a family in Topeka. Andrew worked for the Atichen,Topeka and the Santa F Railroad for 30 yrs. He retired and came to California approx.1923. My GGrandmother Wilson died in Topeka as did her husband. Andrew had a brother, Henry. Any help in how to find them great.Joan Ottinger, Email

From: Darla Webb
Date: Wednesday, October 04, 2000 05:34 PM

According to the book "The History of Grantville", Jefferson County, Kansas, under the name OTTINGER, There was an OTTINGER family that came west from Tennessee, one of the brothers was Henry Clay OTTINGER, who lived near Grantville for many years.

From: Marie Cook
Date: Sunday, June 11, 2000 08:23 PM; email address updated 12/10/2006

Hi! I have some information that Laura Anna GOODALE b.
12-Dec-1884 and daughter of Steven A. GOODALE b. Ohio and
Paulina WATSON b. Kentucky married a Harry Roy LILES.
I have found a Harry LeRoy LILES b. 17-Jan-1893 b. in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas; son of George Washington
LILES and Sarah Jane ? LILES. I see that Laura would have been 9 years older but still a possibility that this may be my GGrandmother. Anyone researching the LILES surname of Kansas and Missouri? Thanks, Marie Lewis-Cook

Topic: SMITH family in Shawnee County
From: Toni Jaworski
Date: Saturday, June 03, 2000 08:18 AM

I am looking for family ties in the Shawnee County area.

My grandparents Lived in Topeka for a many number of years.

Minnie Ethel (SMITH) Siron was my grandmother.
she was married to Clarence F. Siron.

Minnie had at least one brother George Smith.
I know that she had sisters but I cannot remember their names.

Their father was Samuel M. Smith married to Lily M. (BARNARD) Smith.

In 1985 I attended a Smith Family reunion with my late mother (Vivian L. (Siron) Lowrey. and met several Smith family members that still live in the Topeka area.
However I have no idea how to get in touch with them.

I would love to know more about my family and am working on the family tree to pass down to my daughter.

Please if you have any information or may be related, please contact me.
This seems to be a very elusive line.
I do remember my mother saying that the family was somewhat prominent and did a lot of dealing with the Cavalry (the Smith family dealt with Horses and Mules)

Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.

Toni Jaworski

From: Teresa Ashcraft
Date: Friday, June 02, 2000 01:26 PM

My mother was Naomi (LIMBACH) GOOD. She lived in Topeka, KS in the early 1940's. While my father was overseas, my mother became pregnant. When my father returned and she was pregnant, they decided to adopt the baby out. This was a secret for many years. My mother passed away in Oct. 1998, but before she passed away she told me of this adoption. She had a picture of the woman that adopted the boy but couldn't remember her name. The woman lived in approximately the 1100 block of Quincy St. in Topeka, KS. My mother also told me that the boy was killed in a car wreck. I don't have any information on the accident and am not even sure it is correct. I would love to find my brother whether he is still alive or not. If you have any information, please contact me. THANK YOU.

From: Ann Bush
Date: Thursday, June 01, 2000 10:14 PM

I am renovating a house in Topeka and am trying to track down history of the house. When it was first built, previous owners etc. I still haven't found a date when the house was first built, however, I am working on that. So far, I have traced it back to the 1880s. In 1887 Daniel Thompson bought it from John and Mary McMichael. It was then bought by the Whitmore family, then to the Ingersoll family, then to a Maxwell family and then to the Roether family. I am trying to track down information on these people so I can do a history on the house. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much.

From: Lara Braley
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2001 01:28 PM

Hi. The Whitmore's may possibly be my ancestors. Could you tell me their first names? I had Whitmore's in Topeka area around the turn of the century and a little beyond that. thanks.

Topic: Joy Family of Rossville,KS
From: Mary Zumchak mbzumchak@hot
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 03:23 PM

Topic: CARLA ANN FRY 11/17/1945
From: A. Fender
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2000 09:37 PM

Looking for info on Carla Ann Fry 11/71/1945 birth mother Ola Faye Fry (Holder, Strain, Ennis) Carla Ann was born in Duke Oklahoma to Faye and Lee Fry. Also had a sister named Judy born 06/17/1947. These two girls were probably adopted out or raised by relatives. Faye died at Larned State Hospital in 1965. Any info. is truly welcome. Al Severson and his wife arrested Faye in Denver Colorado and brought her back to Hutchinson in 1951. At this time she only had a 4 year old girl with her the Sheriff and his wife were awarded temp. custody of this child what happened to the other 5? Please help solve this mystery.


From: Nancy Norris
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2000 03:44 PM

Researching Eugene E. and Frances Elizabeth "Lib" PHILLIPS of Topeka abt 1891.

Topic: Beeler
From: Nancy Norris
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2000 03:38 PM

BEELER-John and Fannie and William Parley and Ida Alice White BEELER of Topeka, SHAWNEE CO., KS..

Topic: Jane Leah E. (Taylor) O'Connor
From: Lisa Goeppner
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2000 06:29 PM

Looking on any info on Jane Leah E. (Taylor) O'Connor. Probably born about 1870. Lived in Topeka in 1908. Had a daughter, Blanche, b. abt. 1890. Blanche had a son b. 12 Dec 1908 but I don't know his name.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Lisa Goeppner

From: Laurane Nash
Date: Monday, May 15, 2000 10:41 PM

Searching for three related families - Christopher C. Harrison, John Livengood and Andrew Holt. Holt died in Topeka 1875 and the others raised families there at least until 1891 when some went to Idaho. They all came from Orange Co. IN

Topic: L. E. Webb Shawnee Co.
Date: Monday, May 15, 2000 05:34 PM

I am looking for descendants of a Loris Everett Webb who passed away April 1981. He was the son of a John Webb & grandson of Issac & Nancy Orsborn(osborn) Webb of Iowa. Thank you. Harmon L. Orsborn

From: Jon Wagner
Date: Monday, May 15, 2000 03:42 AM


Topic: Andrew Brown Chapman and Mary Lucinda James
From: Pamela McCune
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2000 12:44 PM

I am researching my great-grandparents. They lived in Rossville in the early 1900's They had 2 daughters by the names of Irma Lucille and Nadine Medora. Irma married George W. Watts in 1925. Nadine was married to "Gib" Swenson. Irma and Nadine both were born in Rossville.

From: Pamela McCune
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 03:11 PM

Have found all information pertaining to Andrew Brown Chapman and Mary Lucinda James.
Want to thank every one for there help in this search.

Topic: Watts,Webber,Burson,Boner,Gregory,Ferguson, Morris
From: Pamela McCune
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2000 12:20 PM

I am doing research on Thomas S. Watts married to Rosella C. Morris and their children.
Children and spouses:
James W. Watts-Eleanor Burson
Emma Watts-Edward Gregory
Grace G. Watts-Charles Webber
Ferda Adolphus Watts-Mabel Boner
Edna Victoria Watts-Dennis Ferguson
These children were born in Topeka all but James he was born in Ellis, Co.,TX any information would be appreciated .

From: Jack Jines
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2000 12:45 AM

Looking for Unknown Dennis that married Rosa Dellie Mae (Della Mae) (maiden: Morris)(1st husband name: Craig). She was from Illinois. Would have been sometime 1911-1915 in or around Topeka, KS.
Also, looking for information on marriage of Rosa Dellie Mae (Della Mae) (Morris)(Craig)Dennis to a Henry Harrison Ferrall. Seeking on birth of daughter, Ethel Mae Ferrall (date, place, etc). Thanks

Topic: Dr. Rodney Plummer NH>MN>IN>KS
From: Linda Roehmholdt
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2000 08:24 PM

My great-grandfather was Dr. Rodney Plummer and practiced as a physician in Topeka, KS (Shawnee Co.) from 1888 until his death in 1922. His wife's name was Susan Tinsley Plummer. They had two daughters, Clara and Grace. An 1880 Indiana Census shows that
that Rodney was born in NH and both parents were from NH also, but that's all the info I have. I'm am searching for who his parents were. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Topic: Stevenson family
From: Don Michel
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2000 01:12 AM

Looking for my great aunt and uncle George and Nettie Stevenson, children Ray, Earl & Ralph. Lost their trail about 1921. Lived at 821 Jefferson St, Topeka, KS

Topic: Wiscombe/Alton/Petrik
From: Sue Wiscombe
Date: Tuesday, May 09, 2000 06:53 PM

Does anyone know anything about Rufus William Wiscombe and his wife Anna Petrik. They lived in Shawnee Co., Kansas in 1910. I haven't found any children yet for them nor do I know when either one died. Rufus was born in 1878 and Anna in 1881. The parents of Rufus are William Henry Wiscombe and Lydia Jane Alton. If you know anything about any of the Wiscombes or Altons that lived in Kansas please write me at Thanks. Sue Wiscombe

From: April Alton
Date: Friday, March 23, 2001 12:58 PM

Alton... I don't know if your branch of Alton's runs into mine anywhere...still researching...
My father -
Richard Westley Alton... born in Iowa... had several brothers and sisters... I think his Father's name was Charley...
ANYway.... all of the kids in this family were farmed out when the mom died in a farm most of them have different last names...
ALSO... our 'Alton" came from New York area...but the name was actually Mosher...switched to Alton (middle and last names were changed from what I hear)...because the first "grandpa Charles Alton Mosher"....forgot to get a divorce from his first wife before he came out 'west' and married his second...
Have fun!
and please...let me know if you find anything out....

Topic: Jennie Green
From: Jan Ponce
Date: Sunday, May 07, 2000 01:56 AM

I am looking for information about my great grandmother, Jennie Green.
She was born in Kansas in August of 1880. I know she lived in Harper County. after she was married. Her married name was Lehew and she was a resident and is listed in the 1900 census. I would like information about
her family. Any info would be appreciated.

Jan Ponce

Topic: William Cardwell
From: Stephanie Cardwell
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2000 12:38 PM

Am looking for help with the Cardwell line. William moved to Douglas Cty from IN 1853. Then on to Shawnee Cty few years later. First wife Sarah, second wife Susan. Children were Martha, George, Dennis, John, James, David, Samuel, Milton, Eliam, John, Laura, Nora. Dennis (my g-gf) moved to CO 1890.

Topic: James Meacham of Topeka, KS
From: Jamie Gibbons<BR> Date: Sunday, April 30, 2000 09:38 AM

I am searching for more information on James Meacham. According to the 1880 census Shawnee Co. KS. His birthdate can be dated as 1832 in Pennsylvania.

Found James first on the 1850 Mercer Co. PA census as follows:

21 914 923 WEEKEM, Samuel 52 M Farmer 500 Pa.
22 914 923 WEEKEM, Elizabeth 46 F Pa.
23 914 923 WEEKEM, Sarah 20 F Pa.
24 914 923 WEEKEM, James 18 M Farmer Pa.
25 914 923 WEEKEM, Cornelius 16 M Farmer Pa.
26 914 923 WEEKEM, Samuel 13 M Pa.
27 914 923 WEEKEM, Gary 11 M Pa. S
28 914 923 WEEKEM, Hannah 8 F Pa. S
29 914 923 WEEKEM, Elizabeth 4 F Pa.

17 913 922 WEEKEM, Wm. 30 M Farmer 400 Pa.
18 913 922 WEEKEM, Olive 24 F Ohio
19 913 922 WEEKEM, Sarah 4 F Pa.
20 913 922 WEEKEM, Wm. 1 M Pa.

William his brother was living next door to them.

His father Samuel was in Kansas, as well, but do not know if they arrived together. I found James also in the 1870 Waubaunsee Co, KS (Mission Creek).

James seems to have married several times in his life, He married Mary Bratton and had my great grandmother, Rachel Rebecca Salome Meacham. Found them on the 1880 Shawnee Co. KS census along with a border by the name George Hammel. Listing him just in case he might be a relative or come into play in this familyŐs life.

According to my great-uncle He was married to a Chessman/Cheeseman as was his brother Samuel, Jr. Meacham.

According to a descendant, her notes indicate that Samuel was married to two different Cheesemans. The date he was to marry Nancy Ann Cheeseman he was married to another, ended up getting a divorce and marrying Nancy. I donŐt understand the notes/details and am still trying to get to the bottom of it all. I still have not found out the CheesemanŐs name my James was married to...just that there was a huge mixup and donŐt even know if it is the same woman as I donŐt have marriage dates, only word of mouth tradition. I donŐt know what happened to Mary Bratton Meacham whether she died or they separated and I have not found her grave or record of her death...only a picture of her and a sad one at that.

My great uncle passed on that their were at least 3 other children, but am not sure if Mary was the mother...just was told that Rachel had a brother name Gay Meacham who moved to California and was a bus driver and the twins Jay and Kay who died at an early age. Not even sure of the dates of the twins birth or death. Well, I was cruising around on the LDS website and found the following children as being through the next wife, Alice Arlona Suter:

1. Mary Gertrude MEACHUM
B. 23 Apr 1887, Topeka, Shawnee, KS
D. 12 Oct 1971, San Leandro, Alameda, CA
Mar. #1: James Jefferson Price on 16 Nov. 1905 in Hannibal, MO
Mar. #2: Silas L. Clifton on 22 Mar. 1909 in Topeka, KS
2. Lester L. MEACHUM
B. Nov 1889, Topeka, Shawnee, KS
D. ?
Mar. ?
3. William C. MEACHUM
B. Nov 1891, Topeka, Shawnee, KS
D. ?
Mar. ?
4. Hannah MEACHUM
B. May 1896, KS
5. Gay MEACHUM (Male)
B. _________ Feb 1899_______________ Kansas

This must be the ŇGayÓ Meacham my Great Uncle called his Uncle Gay.
Anyway, the rest of these children would all be half brothers and sisters to my great grandmother Rachel. Rachel would have been about 5 or 6 When James married Alice Arlona. No information whether she stayed with Mary or if Mary had passed away.

She must have been a decent step mother to Rachel as Rachel gave her only daughter the Alice. Until concrete information is cannot discount the fact that Mary might have left James and Rachel.

But I do not know if she even grew up around them. I have not been able to get through the 1890 and 1900 census to see what happened and who was in what household...may have answers there.

Now one of the things that I have discovered is, that JamesŐ second set of children are about the same age range as his daughtersŐ RachelŐs children. She married Jacob Edgar Miller and had the following:

1. James Edgar MILLER
B. 3 June 1892 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas
D. ___ September 1933
Spouse: Myrtle SMITH
2. Alice Evaline MILLER
B. 3 October 1894 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas
D. 5 January 1970 in Dodge City, Ford Co., Kansas
Mar. 31 December 1920
Spouse: Edward John Gibbons
3. Kirk Andrew MILLER
B. 6 April 1897 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas
Spouse: Rosalyn JONES
4. Charles Arthur MILLER
B. 10 January 1900 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas
Spouse: Many spouses one was Evelyn DOYLE
5. Orville Theodore MILLER
B. 13 November 1903 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas
D. 19 March 1980 in Fredonia, Wilson Co., Kansas
Mar. 28 June 1925 in Salina, Saline Co., Kansas
Spouse: Catherine HOFFMAN

My grandmother was Alice Evaline Miller. As you can see her Grandfather JamesŐ second set of children were about the same age as she and her brothers and sisters. They all grew up in Topeka....surely they would have run into each other and surely they knew of each other? James died 11 July 1904 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas, so Grandmother (Alice Evaline Miller Gibbons) may have met him and remembered him a little as she was about 10 when he died. I have no death dates for Alice Arlona Suter Meacham and no death date for RachelŐs mother, Mary Bratton Meacham. Seems these women just disappeared? Alice would have died some time after 1899, when Gay Meacham was born.

Chronology of James (based on the little knowledge I have on him:
á Born 26 February 1832 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania
á Found on 1850 census in Mercer, Co. PA
á Found on 1870 census in Waubaunsee Co., KS
á Lived in Topeka when dau. Rachel was born on 8 December 1872
á Found on 1880 census in Shawnee Co. KS (Topeka) with his wife Mary Bratton and dau. Rachel. Note: the spelling of the 1850 census of Weekum and the spelling of the 1880 census Meekum tells me that the enumerator heard the way it was pronounced Meacham as Meekum....the 1850 may be just the handwriting of the enumerator making the MŐs look like a W.....they did have some amazing handwriting back then.
á Married Alice Arlona Suter 29 August 1883 in Topeka, KS.
á Still living in Shawnee Co. from 1887 to 1899 from childrens birth dates by Alice Arlona.
á Died 11 July 1904 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas

Would like to know more if any of you have it, esp. on Mary Bratton...
Thanks and please respond to and

Topic: Daniel Shafer/Shaffer
From: Kay Diekemper
Date: Monday, April 24, 2000 03:10 PM

Looking for descendants or anyone who has information on a Daniel Shafer/Shaffer who lived in Topeka around 1886. He was born 3 Apr 1855 in Platteville, Grant Co, Wisconsin the son of William and Eliza (Conner) Shaffer.

Topic: Pederson, Josine
From: Roger Benson
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2000 09:58 PM

B: 9 april 1879, "Burr oak"? county, Topeka, Kansas. "Shawnee Co.?

Topic: Berryton
From: Beatrice Leach
Date: Friday, April 21, 2000 11:36 PM

I had grandparents born and raised in Berryton, Shawnee Co, KS. I have pictures of neighbors from the late 1890's and early 1900's from my grandmother. If anyone would like to check with me on names, I will gladly share the photos. Some of the names were Stansbury, Fultz, and Kratz, besides the Howey and Macaulay's that were my ancestors.

Topic: Shawnee obits
From: Donita Lane
Date: Friday, April 21, 2000 06:57 PM

Does anyone know how I may obtain obituaries from the 1920-40's? Thank you. Donita Lane

From: Linda Roehmholdt
Date: Tuesday, May 09, 2000 03:42 PM

Hi Donita,

I just received copies of obits from Topeka 1922 and 1934 newspapers by contacting the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Very helpful! Email me if you'd like more info.


Topic: Bowers/Deeds
From: Donita Lane
Date: Friday, April 21, 2000 06:55 PM

I am looking for info on Joseph and Sarah C. Bowers from Topeka, KS in the 1920-40's. It appears that Joseph died 1926-28 and Sarah maybe did in 1938. Sarah's dad lived with her and his name is John Deeds. Any data is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Donita Lane

From: Barbara Frisby
Date: Sunday, June 04, 2000 04:43 PM

This is a long shot. Do you have DEEDS from Mercer County, Illinois.

Topic: Clark, Valloras R/Mary L Weeling
From: Maggie Thornton
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2000 11:07 AM

We are looking for information on my husbands gr.-grandparents. Valloras R and Mary Weeling Clark. Their daughter Emma Clark was born in Topeka, KS on Dec. 22, 1889. Emma had a brother we think his name was George. Emma married James Crawford. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.

Topic: Curtis Rich, b Topeka 1883
From: Kathleen Baker
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2000 10:48 PM

Seeking more information on parents of Curtis William Rich, born 1883, Topeka. Father Curtis Washington, born CT, date unknown, may have died in UT before 1900. Mother Mary Francis Wilcox, b 1863 ILL. One brother, Charles, born 1893? Mary Frances moved with sons to San Francisco, sometime before the earthquake. Any help appreciated.
Kathleen Baker

Topic: Joy Family
From: Mary Zumchak mbzumchak@hot
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2000 05:40 PM

Need information on Jairus Joy who settled with his children, Silas F.,Eva J. and Sherman J. in Kansas in 1871. They were first in Nemaha Co., then at Rossville Shawnee Co. where they are buried. I especially need to know the middle name of Silas F. Joy

Topic: HASTINGS family search
Date: Monday, April 10, 2000 01:32 PM

Topeka, Shawnee County, Ks.
My Great Grandpa was William Roy Hastings. He was born to a "Betty Ann" and Clarence Hastings in or about 1900. He was the youngest and was raised by an older sister after his mother died of a spider bite in 1904. His Mom was Cherokee but I need a lot more information as she apparently did not register any of her children on the rolls. I don't know her maiden name, but Clarence was from England and worked as a blacksmith. He died not long after her, being crushed by a "wagon" he was mending. My grandfather Marion C. Hastings said(in the past) he stopped in town on his way home from WWII to look up relatives, but was given cold shoulder and gave up. He now has no memory and cannot remember any details.
Please Help!! Most Respectfully,

Topic: CLARK (families of Buford and William B.)
From: Ardis Parshall
Date: Thursday, April 06, 2000 09:48 AM

Would like to contact descendants of Buford and William B. CLARK, brothers who lived at Williamsport, Shawnee, Kansas at the turn of the last century. I am not a relative but have researched several generations of their ancestry in connection with a history project and would like to pass this information on to the family.

Topic: Brown family in Shawnee County
From: Jim Johnson
Date: Tuesday, April 04, 2000 10:11 PM

I am seeking information on members of the Brown family: my great-grandfather Charles (1856-1937), and his brothers John, Luther, Claude, and Clyde, all of Topeka and all outlived Charles. Charles is buried in Topeka Cemetery. Seeking info on burial sites for the other brothers, as well as info on their descendants. In particular, I'm interested in one of their grandchildren named Dorothy (born abt 1914, daughter of Ethel Zinn Brown) who later married Dean Waddell and moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Topic: Dr. John Minney
From: Judy Evans
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2000 08:07 PM

I am looking for information about a Dr. John Minney. He was a brother to Effie Minney Knowlton. His father was Thomas Minney & his mother was Cynthia Rinard Minney. He was born in Ohio and came to Kansas sometime after the Civil War. I believe he practiced medicine in Topeka, Kansas.

Judy Evans,

From: Vicki Deer
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2000 07:45 AM

I am looking for descendents of Jacob Fortney Isenberger. I am descended from his son Edgar. What I am really looking for is information on Mary & Barbara Benson's parents. Mary Benson was his first wife & Barbara was his third wife. If any one has information on these people I would love to hear from you. Thanks

Topic: Cooper maiden
From: Julia Bridges
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2000 01:44 AM

My Grandpa's name was Herbert William Cooper he went by "Pete". He had 3 daughters. One with one women(I don't know if he was married to her)then he had two with my Nana. My Nana's name was Shirley. My Mom's name is Marilyn Vail (Cooper,Dickey)Helwig. My Aunt who is 3 years older then me is Maggie (Cooper)Davis. If you can help me, please do.

Topic: TAYLOR: Walter Paris; Daniel Thomas; Nicholas
From: Karen Scott
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2000 08:00 PM

My name is Karen Taylor Scott. I'm interested in contacting other researchers/ information regarding my Taylor ancestors. My father Charles Morgan Taylor b. 1906, KS d. 1965 Shawnee Co., KS m. Alice Marie Engel 12/1/1945 Library, PA. My grandfather Walter Paris Taylor b. 2/26/1876 Indiana d. 11/25/1947 buried Foster Cemetery, Topeka, KS m. Laura Katherine Thompson 5/6/1902 Shawnee Co., KS. My g-grandfather Daniel Thomas Taylor b. 1/29/1845 Indiana d. 9/2/1915 Topeka buried Foster Cemetery, Topeka m. Mary Ette Kirkendall 8/18/1865 Morgan Co., Indiana. My gg-grandfather Nicholas Taylor b. abt. 1818 Tennessee or Virginia m. Catherine ?. If anyone has any info. about any of these folks or is researching this Taylor family, I would be thrilled to hear from them!

Topic: THOMASON, Richmond & Elizabeth
From: John Matrow
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2000 08:15 AM

Am seeking info on and relatives of:

Richmond THOMASON (b.1810-KY) & Elizabeth HENDRICKS (b.1812-KY):
Children: (all THOMISON) Lavina (b.1835), Wm. Clark (b.5/13/1835-IN),
Linzy (b.5/16/1836-IN, m.STEEN), Cynthia (b.c.1846-IN),
Richard (b.c.1851-IN, m.MATHEWS), William (b.c.1849-IN),
Elizabeth (b.c.1853-IN), Elmira (b.c.1854-IN, m.SHRYOCK), John H.(b.c.1863-IN);
Residence: Fayette Co., IN; Henry Co., IN; Marion Co. IN; Warren Co. IN;
Topeka, KS

From: Sue McKee
Date: Sunday, March 12, 2000 07:23 AM

Searching for information on family of John Alfred Calderwood b 1844 in PA. Children with first wife Susan are Eva & Howard. Child with second wife Mary is Floyd Guy. John's brother Henry Mason Calderwood lived and is buried in Kansas. Known locations (not in order) are PA, IL, MO, NE. John A. Calderwood is my great grandfather.
Thanks in advance for any help. Sue

Topic: Snyder-Farris Connections
From: Martha Fleming
Date: Monday, March 06, 2000 01:09 PM

Mary Elizabeth Ferris was one of two children born to Lindsey and Elizabeth (or Nancy) Snyder Farris, natives of KY. In 1856 they became residents of Shawnee Co KS where Lindsey kept a store in those days called 'ranches', for the accommodation of travelers, continuing in that business for a number of years until his death.
Who is the Snyder family? Is there a tie to Eli Snyder group buried in Auburn Cem. Shawnee Co KS.
Was Lindsey married prior to Snyder?
What is the Farris connection?
What happened to this family??

Topic: Yocum (Yokum, Yoachum, etc.) Cemetery
From: Sharon Stites
Date: Tuesday, February 29, 2000 04:22 PM

Does anyone know the whereabouts of a Yocum (by any spelling) Cemetery in Shawnee County? I have several Matney ancestors buried there but don't know where it is. Thanks. Sharon Stites

Topic: Hughes Birth Records, 1894
From: Andy Pforzheimer
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2000 11:41 AM

Hello, all. I'm looking for information on my wife's great-grandparents. All we know about them is that they had a baby girl, Mildred Churchill Hughes, in Topeka on September 30, 1894. I'd love to know how to access birth records in Topeka without going there -- I'm in Connecticut.

Any ideas or help?


Andy Pforzheimer

From: Anita Lickteig
Date: Tuesday, February 29, 2000 08:53 PM

You might check with the Vital Statistics Office in Topeka. I am not sure of the fee for this however. Also, the Kansas Historical Society is a good source of information. I am not sure of their address, but I'm sure that if you sent a request they would get it. I go there a lot. They do some research by mail, but don't know what it entails. Sorry I can't be of more help. Good Luck. If I get more info I will pass it along.

Anita - Kansas

Topic: Specht search in Topeka
From: Gerry Saumure
Date: Monday, February 21, 2000 11:05 AM

I am searching for my friend John Specht who is 81 years old and know very little about his grand parents, he think's they were born and married in Alsage/Lorraine and came to Topeka between 1890 and 1894.

His dad Joseph was the first child and was born in Topeka in 1894 other children were Barbara (1896) Mary (1898) Adam (1900) John (1902).

They left Topeka about 1903 and journeyed to Saskatchewan Canada where they settled on a farm, John only met his grand mother once and she only spoke German and he was brought up speaking english.

Any help in regard to their arrival from Europe to the USA and to Topeka would be greatly appreciated because I have nowhere to go to find any info. So please come to my rescue. Thank you in advance

Topic: Patterson, John Austen, b. 12/13/1810, d. 5/10/86
From: Posted by ?????
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2000 10:13 PM

desire name of father from death certificate

Topic: Eli MILES & Family
From: Lou Miles
Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2000 08:09 PM

I am looking for information about my gggf,
Eli MILES, and his wife, Nancy LUELLEN. They lived in Indianola where their
two last children were born 20 June, 1858. They moved to Ogden, Riley County and then to
Geary County, Kansas.

Any help appreciated.

Thank you.
Lou Miles

Topic: Mary Francis Hall
From: Bob Deister
Date: Friday, February 11, 2000 03:43 PM

Looking for information about my great-grandmother, Mary Francis Hall (b27 Apr 1870 in Richland, KS; d 26 Aug 1936 in Topeka, KS). She was married to Henry Frank Deister, of Douglas County.

Topic: Looking for Cyphers
From: Posted by ?????
Date: Tuesday, February 08, 2000 01:16 AM

Looking for any and all info on the family of Charles Grover Cyphers who is buried in Topeka (Shawnee Co).

Topic: Edward Z Jordan/Miinie Baul
Date: Thursday, February 03, 2000 09:11 AM

Seek info on Edward Z. Jordan/Minnie Baul. Known to reside in Auburn area circa 1863.

Topic: Day
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2000 12:14 AM

Ernest A. & Frances Day, Samuel and Bessie Day lived at 1216 Riley in Topeka, Kansas. Ernest died (by his own hand) on July 6, 1938. Body was found by son, Samuel. Am trying to locate any information on this group and, hopefully, a living Day. e-mail me directly at

Topic: looking for armstrong
From: Rosett Newman
Date: Sunday, January 23, 2000 11:59 PM

looking for anyone doing research on the
he was in a Shawnee Co. 1870 census 1th ward of topeka.
this census showed.
Samuel Armstrong age 24 b. ky.
wife Emma age 24 hampshir
dau. Lizzie age 3 b. ks.
son William age 1 b. ks.
dau. Susan age 5/12 b. ks.
hoping my line will join this line.
if any one knows this line please let me know. all help is welcomed
Rosett Newman
140 S. Ross
Vinita ok. 74301

Topic: E.V.KING/Anna Birkholz
From: Posted by ?????
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2000 05:45 PM

I am seeking descendants of Ernest Verdine KING and Anna Maria Augusta Birkholz. I know they had two boys, Lyman and Karl. Ernest was a well known photographer in Hebron, Neb. abt. 1897. Then later in Concordia, Kas.
And finally Topeka, Kas. The two boys might have moved into Texas. Any information would
be greatly appreciated.

Topic: 1920 census, Boyer
From: Joyce Zachman
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2000 05:00 PM

Saunders and Nettie BOYER, children: Malcolm, Carl, Kenneth, Opal (possibly more). My library doesn't have 1920 KS
Thank you so much
Joyce Zachman

Topic: Edwin Fable in Topeka circa 1900
From: Kathy (Vary) Becker
Date: Monday, January 17, 2000 02:22 PM

Seeking info/fate of EDWIN FABLE, cited in his mother's obituary published in a Jennings County, Indiana newspaper in 1900, as living in Topeka, Kansas at the time.

Topic: Looking For VARY descendants
From: Kathy (Vary) Becker
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2000 05:12 PM

While my cousin John Vary sat signing autographs, (he plays hockey in Topeka), a lady that was in line told him that her maiden name was VARY as well. He did not think to get her married name or find out how to contact her. I am hoping this lady will see this message and contact me.
Would also be interested in any other VARY descendants contacting me as well.
Private email at
Thanks...Kathy (Vary) Becker

Topic: Woods
From: Diane Burnett
Date: Monday, January 03, 2000 10:44 PM

Can anyone do a Obitituary look-up for me?
I need a death notice for Grover C Woods who died November 25, 1998 in Topeka Kansas. He is my great uncle and I need some information from the death notice.

Thanks in advance, e-mail me at

Diane Burnett

Topic: Beard Family
From: Barbara
Date: Monday, January 03, 2000 12:58 AM

Would love to share information on my Beard family from Shawnee County and surrounding area. Omer, William, their father Woodward Beard and families moved to Kansas about 1858 from Mercer County, Illinois. Barbara

From: Orchid Johnson
Date: Monday, January 03, 2000 03:40 PM

Would you have a Frank Beard in your family?
My grandfathers sister Bee Henson married
Frank Beard. I think they were from around Atchison county area. Thanks Orchid

From: Barbara Frisby
Date: Sunday, June 04, 2000 04:39 PM

Don't know of a Frank Beard. Do you have a date? Barbara

From: Orchid Johnson
Date: Sunday, June 04, 2000 08:39 PM

I have a Frank Beard in my family. He was married to my grandfathers sister. She was Bee Henson of Atchison County.
Orchid Johnson

Topic: Wilder family
From: Barbara
Date: Monday, January 03, 2000 12:53 AM

Would like info on my Wilder family. Wilders from Lee County, Virginia, Hancock and Hawkins County Tennessee, Morgan County, Kentucky to Shawnee County, Kansas. Would love to share information......Barbara