Shawnee County Kansas Queries


Queries 2001

1890 Weather, Agnew, Barnett, BASCAL, BASGALL, Black, BOAST, Bosworth, BOWERS, Cooke, Cooper, COPP, Cox, CURRY, Cyphers, DAILEY, Davis, Day, DEGAND, Denny, Durbin, ENDERS, euler, Farley, Foster, GOCHENOUR, Griffin, Hamilton, HANSHER, HASCALL, HAYNES, Heltzel, Henry, Hepler, Horlacher, Irvin, Jacobus, Johnson (2), Jones, Kiehl, Klesath, LINDSTROM, LUMAN, MAGEE, Markham, Mason, McIntosh, MILLER (2), Minor/Miner, Mudget(t), OKERSON, Oliver (2), Parker, Patrick, PETITT, PETTERSSON, POTTS, rains, Ramsey, RAPP, Rino, Roots, ROSS, Sain, Sink, snavely, Snyder, SPIES, Steward, TANNER, Tappan, Taylor, Thompson, THRASHER, Topeka State Insane Asylum (2), Walton, Weaver, Wendell, WEST, Whit(t)son, Whitlow, Williams, Wilson, Woodard, Woodward,

From: Eric Daily
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2001 04:04 AM


Topic: John A. COPP, obituary index 1888-1900?
From: Kathy Hoeme
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 12:16 PM

John A. Copp, born about 1825 in Pennsylvania, was in Kentucky in 1870. I think John died between 1888 and 1900. He was in the Topeka city directory in 1874, and 1888, but could not find him in Shawnee County 1900 census. He was married first to Mary Ann Beckwith, and later to Laura E.. I Believe she died before 1900. Is there an obituary index, that might list them?

He had a son, William Harmony Copp, who also lived in Shawnee County. John and Laura's children were: John W., Lena, and Frank Copp. Thank you for your time.
Kathy Hoeme or

Topic: Klesath, Whitlow & Mason Families
From: Linda Flores
Date: Friday, October 19, 2001 02:14 AM

Researching these direct family lines of mine who lived in Monmouth (Watson) Township, Tecumseh Township & Topeka, KS. Frederick Kleasath b.1845,d.1912,his son, Lewis Klesath m.Mary Mollie Whitlow 1889. Their daughter, Grace Klesath m. Willis Mason 1923. Willis owned a grocery store around the Highland Park,Topeka area.

Topic: Whit(t)son,Mudget(t),Barnett
From: Cheryl Calbick
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2001 05:55 PM

Looking for information about my great grandmother,Sophronia Mudget Whitson Barnett.In 1931 she came to Kansas to be with her son,William Whitson.He was born in Steven's Point, 1878.His father was Henry Whitson.Sophronia died in that year(1931).William lived in Topeka.I would like to find out where she is buried.Can anyone help?Thank You.

From: Lynn Ayers
Date: Monday, September 03, 2001 08:52 PM

My husband's bio-dad was born in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. Looking for more information on Jospeh Basgall or Bascall Jr. born May 28, 1919 and his parents Jo Bascall and Lizzie Degand. They lived at 549 Larch Street in Topeka in 1919. He was a boiler maker.

Topic: Taylor/Tappan
From: Jennie Wright
Date: Friday, August 31, 2001 12:58 PM

Seeking information on the Claude Taylor family. His daughter Virginia married Dan Tappan. My mother was Claude's niece. Claude was born about 1891 in KS. Virginia & Dan Tappan lived and worked in Topeka, KS for many years. Dan Tappan died in AZ. What happened to Claude and his daughter Virginia? I would appreciate any help with this family.

Topic: Topeka State Insane Asylum
From: Jane Kolar
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2001 04:16 PM

I am interested in an address for the Topeka State Insane Asylum.
Is it still in operation?
Who would have the Asylum's records from 1900?
I found out that my g+ uncle was in the asylum in 1900 and I am curious about it and would like to get copies of his records.
I appreciate any help. Thank you!
Jane Kolar

From: Phyllis Funk
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2001 11:05 PM

Jane, don't know if you got your answer or not. If so, please disregard this. The Topeka State Hospital (the last name it was known by) closed approximately 3 years ago. I will check tomorrow but I believe records are held by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, Center for Health and Environmental Statistics. I work for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (but on the Environment side of it). The entire agency is in the process of a move. Currently, address your questions to KDHE, CHES, Landon State Office Building, Topeka, KS 66612

Hope this helps,

Topic: Black-George, Blanche, Rhoda Weaver
From: Lori Woolery
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2001 07:19 PM

Looking for information about my grandmother's family. Her name was Rhoda Gladys Weaver, daughter of George and Blanche. She was born in Topeka, KS in 1898, attended Western University in Quindaro, where she met and apparently married my grandfather Hubert Loren Stewart.

Topic: John Wendell, Topeka, c. 1850
From: Meridee Wendell
Date: Monday, August 06, 2001 12:35 PM

Searching for information on parents of John Herman Wendell, born 1859 and married to Mary Ellen Norwood. Parents were German immigrants. Father may have been named John Wendel (one "L"), father may have been named Nell. We are descended from John Herman's youngest son, Dale.

Topic: Cooper Family 1914
From: Keith Hughes
Date: Saturday, August 04, 2001 10:52 AM

My gr-grandfather was Charles Cooper, married to Veronica Fry, I don't know where or when. Their oldest son was Alford Cooper, and according to his SSN Application he was born in Topeka, Shawnee Co, KS, on June 4, 1914. My grandmother, Luella Cooper, was born in Colorado in 1907.
Anyone have other information on this Cooper family??

Topic: euler family topeka, shawnee co.
From: Wayne Euler
Date: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 02:33 PM

querie concerning a claude and blance euler, last address was n. quinton ave, north topeka. claude died 1960, blanche went to the masonic home, i, believe in whichta ks.
they had four children: wayne ray euler, roland euler, grechen and claudia euler.
wayne was my father. all four children are dead.
any info. would be appreciated. cannot find any thing about them as far as where they are burried and etc.
my grandfather, claude, worked for the chicago, rock island and pacific railroad.

wayne ray euler jr.

Topic: McIntosh Connection
From: Penny Ballenger
Date: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 01:09 PM

I'm looking for anyone related to Roland Urban McIntosh born 1898 in Wanamaker Kansas.
His parents were Charles McIntosh and Margaret McConnell.

Topic: Theodore Steward 1883 Topeka
From: Rose Steward
Date: Sunday, July 29, 2001 06:26 PM

Searching for Theodore Steward b. 1883 in Topeka. Parents Theodore and Mary Darington Steward. Looking for descendants. Were there any siblings? Will share information

From: Ken Luman
Date: Monday, July 23, 2001 10:42 PM

Topic: Denny
From: Marge Micona
Date: Monday, July 23, 2001 07:34 PM

I am looking for a Carlos Denny who was shown in the 1880 census in Osborne County, KS with his wife Susan, and three children, Eddie 8 yrs, Nellie 5 yrs and Daniel 2 yrs.
Have been unable to find them in 1900 census in Osborne Cty and assume they moved elsewhere.


From: Jim Beauchamp
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2001 11:32 AM

John W.PETITT married Ella Miller in 1881 in
Menlo,Ia and were living in 1930 in North Topeka, Shawnee Co, KS. I have a letter from her there in 1930.She speaks of daughter Rose who was just married there.Ella had a brother Alec MILLER (spouse Delila LEACH) also living in Shawnee Co. Any info on these families would be appreciated.

Topic: George S. Oliver, African American, Topeka
From: Denise Oliver-Velez
Date: Friday, July 20, 2001 06:25 PM

My grandfather, George Shelby Oliver, b. 1875 in Nashville TN, son of John and Lou (Louisa, or Louella ?) Oliver moved with his parents to Topeka at the age of 16 (approx 1891) .

He owned a billiard parlor in Topeka during the 1920's and was married and had a son Jewell by his first wife, who may have had the maiden name Stillwell.

Am looking for a record of his marriage, and any census records for his years in Topeka - trying to confirm the name of his mother and first wife. He later married Mabel Bodine from Emporia, and moved to Chicago.


Denise Oliver-Velez

Topic: Lemuel & Besty (Griffin) Sain
From: Judy Graven
Date: Sunday, July 08, 2001 11:05 AM

Lemuel Sain son of Phillip Sain of Ohio and Besty Griffin, his wife- had Sarah who wed Harvey A Miller in 1860; Rebecca wed John McHale in 1865; Eliza Carolina (Carrie) wed David Whittaker in 1872; Charles L Sain born ca 1861. All in Shawnee Co,Ks. Anyone knowing anything on these families, please email me. Judy

Topic: Heltzel, Soldier's Home
From: Melissa Boston
Date: Friday, June 22, 2001 09:28 PM

Looking for information on a Soldier's Home that was supposedly in Topeka in 1908. From a pension record, I obtained that John R. Heltzel died June 15, 1908 in a Soldier's Home in Leavenworth, Topeka, Kansas. I know that Topeka is in Shawnee Co., so why the Leavenworth?

From: Susan Spies
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2001 02:33 PM

There are two VA's - one in Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, KS and one in Topeka, Shawnee County, KS. Don't know for sure why the certificate would give both. If he was buried at the Leavenworth VA I could go up and find a plot for him. Let me know if I can help. Susan K. Spies

Topic: Kevin Sink-Photographer-Shawnee Mission, KS
From: Rose Johns
Date: Monday, June 18, 2001 03:48 PM

Does anyone have parental information on a Kevin Sink, photographer, from Shawnee Mission, Kansas??? Is he by chance related to Giles D. Sink?

Topic: Leonidas and Sophia SPIES HASCALL
From: Susan Spies
Date: Sunday, June 17, 2001 01:21 PM

I am looking for information on Leonidas Hascall, from Quincy IL who settled in Topeka, Shawnee, KS with his wife, Sophia Spies Hascall. They were married in Quincy in 1863. She died in Quincy, a widow, in 1923 and was buried somewhere in Topeka with Leonidas, I presume. I would love to have any information on their life in Topeka, their burial location, etc. The informant on her death certificate is a Mrs. A. L. Wiseman of Topeka.

Thanks for your help.

Susan K. Spies

Topic: BOAST, William and Roy
From: Jane Stratton-Boast
Date: Sunday, June 17, 2001 12:40 PM

BOAST, William and BOAST, Roy Abbey, Sheriff of Topeka KS

Topic: OKERSON, Milton
From: Barb Okerson-Rodgers
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2001 04:55 PM

The 1870 Fed. Census of Topeka, Shawnee Co. lists Milton OKERSON, his wife Jemima CRUM, and children. The family arrived in Shawnee Co. about 1868. Milton died 12 Apr 1871 and is buried in Crum Cemetery in Chautauqua Co. I am wondering if he died in Topeka and his body was taken to Chautauqua Co. for burial. Are there any Shawnee Co. death records or obits available for 1871? The children born in Topeka are Franklin OKERSON in 1868 and Ida M. OKERSON in Jan. 1870. Milton OKERSON was a blacksmith in Topeka.

Topic: POTTS
From: Harriet Riley
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2001 04:34 PM

I am looking for Arms Potts who left Dubois County Indiana in late 1890 he married Isabelle Willet We think he is buried in the Topeka cemetry. also found Amos Potts listed so maybe his name was misspelled on the way. Any news would be appreciated.

Topic: snavely
From: Carol d. Smith
Date: Monday, June 04, 2001 05:21 PM

My g/fathers sister married Jackson Baldwin and moved from Iowa to Shawnee County in 1884. I know they had at least two children,Charles who died 10/24/1931, and a daughter Jennie who married a Snavely..Are
there any survivors of Snavely family or the Baldwin family in the area? I would like to
hear from anyone who has any info....C.D.Smith

Topic: TANNER,Ursula W.
From: C Jean Finley
Date: Friday, May 25, 2001 03:08 AM

According to military pension records Ursula W. Tanner died in Topeka, Ks on December 7, 1902. In 1900 she is listed in OK with her son and daughter.

She is my ggg grandmother and I am looking for her burial place. She has a couple of granddaughters that lived in Lawrence but no record of her burial in that Co.

Can you help?


Topic: CURRY
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2001 12:09 PM






Topic: Durbin, Mark
From: Sharon Westmoreland
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2001 10:48 AM

Looking for any info on Mark Durbin, Worked for the R.R. and died in an accident in Shawnee county. Married about 1883 to Frazene Stricker and a daughter born about 1885, Myrtle. Any info appreciated.

Topic: Cyphers
Date: Sunday, May 13, 2001 10:57 PM





Topic: Parker/Irvin
From: Andrea Irvin
Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2001 03:56 PM

My grandfather's (Robert R. Irvin) obituary from the Topeka Daily Capitol (6/20/1906) states that he died at his home in Armourdale, and that he is the father of "Mrs. T.R. Parker, of Topeka, KS". Are there any Parkers "out there" who have Irvins in their family tree? Is anybody familiar with "Armourdale"?

Date: Friday, May 04, 2001 04:36 PM

Armourdale is an area in Kansas City, KS that includes railroad switching yards and is near the stock yards.

From: Brenda Davis
Date: Sunday, April 22, 2001 03:58 PM

ROBERT WILLIAM HANSHER (born in Jackson Co. OH) moved to Topeka from MO. around 1900, his first wife, Lucinda Mongold, had died. He moved with his 11 known children. He re-married in Shawnee CO. to an unknown woman. His daughter LEONA, married CHARLES MAGEE (his 1st wife was MARY KATHERINE HARVEY, they had 3 children: Faye, Ruth, and Charles Andrew)they had 2 children Milford and Thelma. CHARLES MAGEE later married a woman named Lucille and in the 1940's they were in Terra Haute Indiania. If anyone has any information about Charles Magee or HANSHER'S 2nd family or CHARLES MAGEE's 3rd marriage; I would appreciate hearing from them.

From: Deborah Fotopoulos
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2001 12:14 PM

I am looking for any information on William Casper Haynes and Elecia Jane Miller - I have about 50 Civil War Letters from him to her

I have continued to read and decipher some of the Civil War Letters and found that -
WILLIAM CASPER HAYNES he received a letter from his Grandmother (possibly) Haynes from White County Georgia who owned between 300-400 acres and 15 slaves. In this same letter is a reference to three names TIPTON< McKINEY< TRESTON. He states that his grandmother has only 2 children about 35 yrs old in this same letter and will se her after the war.

He wrote to his mother Mary Ann ??

I also found a reference to a John Elesworth Haynes. He refers to his mother in law Mary Jane Miller, Johnny, and Beckey.

He told Elecia Jane MILLER HAYNES to buy the Silvers Place and build a house on it.

ANY INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE people would be appreciated.

at this time I am in Ludowici, GA and have a new EMAIL 912-877-3340 or write
/call my home in Montana
19425 Pond Rd Frenchtown, Mt 59834 406-626-4485

Topic: Perry Davis from Illinois
From: Sharon Rogers
Date: Monday, April 09, 2001 09:20 AM

Searching for Perry Davis family b. 1825 came from Illinois. His mother Ruth Dillon Davis was on the 1870 Shawnee, Dover Twp., Post Office Waveland. Would like to know if she died in Shawnee Co., she was 72 at the time. Also have info on the Herbert Hull Miller Family to Share

Topic: Hamilton Family
From: Melissa Ziegler
Date: Sunday, April 08, 2001 07:02 PM

I am researching James Andrew Hamilton, his wife Mary Catherine Widows and their son William L. Hamilton. James Hamilton died in Topeka on July 15, 1958. I do not know where he is buried nor when his wife died. William died in Topeka in 1980, do not know where he is buried. Hoping to find more information and obit for these family members. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

MElissa Ziegler

Topic: Carl, Andreas and Anton Johnson from Norway
From: Brit Fjellberg
Date: Thursday, April 05, 2001 12:55 PM

Hello, I'm Brit from Norway, and I'm searching for descendants of 3 Johnson brothers of my g.g.grandmother. They were:
1. Carl Andreas Johnson (Johnsen here in Norway) b. 1855 mar. Marit Jacobsdaughter Hie b. 1860. Chil; Astrid Josefine b.1883, Signe b.1884 and Ingvald Otilius Johan b.1886
Carl departed the norwegian harbour Trondheim 8.6.1887 for Monroe, Wisconsin and his family came over three months later 7.9. 1887. Later the family moved to Topeka.'
2. Anton Eberg Johnson b.1876 (or 1875) departed 8.1.1900 from Trondheim for Topeka, Kansas. His ticket was payed for in America. He was listed as married, but travelling alone. I have been unabled to find him married here in North of Norway in the parish of Trondenes (now Harstad).
3. Andreas Martin Johnson b.1868 mar. Hilma Olsdaughter b.1872. Chil; Signe Joakime b. 1898 and Ingeborg Jonette Ottelie b. 1900. They departed Trondheim for Topeka, Kansas 22.5.1901.
I've got 3 old photos of these people sent to relatives in Harstad in those days. The photographers were: 1. Leouard, 2. Snyder,
3. A.D.Grigs. All taken in Topeka, Kansas.
I would be very grateful if somebody could help me finding descendants or/and relatives of today. Best regards from Brit Fjellberg

From: Peggy Epperson
Date: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 08:50 AM

I am researching the GOCHENOUR family. I believe that at lease one of their 8 children was born in Topeka, Shawnee Co. KS.
Parents names are Edgar and Ella (RADAR or REEDER). One daughter, Elsie Alice GOCHENOUR, is said to be born in KS, probably 1901 or 1902. The GOCHENOUR family moved from Pickaway Co., OH to Kansas after 1890, and then back to Pickaway Co. This was a farming family.If you have any information, or know of migration between these places, it would be appreciated. Thanks

Topic: Topeka Insane Asylum 1915
From: Georgia Clark
Date: Sunday, April 01, 2001 01:19 PM

Could someone tell me if the Topeka Insane Asylum was in Topeka City proper and, if so, what ward it would have been in for the 1915 Kansas State Census of 1915. Thank you.

Topic: Walton, Thompson: ceritficate of adoption record
From: Kim Walton
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2001 08:32 PM

I am attempting to learn who my father's biological parents were.

Name: Rober Paul Walton
(born Lavern Thompson?)

DOB: 16 MAY 1929, Shawnee County, KS
DOD: 29 JUL 1989, Kennewick, WA

Certificate of Adoption record was issued 26 MAR 1930. Adoptive parents were Robert Raymond Walton & Marguerite Walton (Burgat) of Holton, Jackson Co., KS.

my e-mail:

Topic: Patrick, Topeka High School
From: Larry Patrick
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 06:42 PM

Looking for the year a Floyd Patrick graduated from a Topeka High School? Don't know the name of the high school. The year might be 1921 or 1922??? Also, seeking information about a Will and Alice T. Patrick that lived in Topeka. She later married Lewis McClain. Thanks for any assistance.

Topic: Woodward, Woodard
From: Irma Ward
Date: Sunday, March 25, 2001 02:31 PM

I'm searching for descendants of C.F. Woodward who is buried in the Topeka Cemetery. I believe he was related to the Woodward's of Douglas Co., KS.

Topic: Old picture found -- Ramsey
From: E SC
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2001 05:17 PM

I found an old picture in Kentucky. It's of two babies -- probably twins. On the back is this address: Mrs. Richard O. Ramsey, Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Kans. I'm trying to get this family photo back home.

Topic: L.Jacobus b.1888/Minnie.Day b.1889
From: April Alton
Date: Friday, March 23, 2001 01:09 PM

Am looking for all records on Minnie M. Day b. 1889 probably in Topeka and Louis S. Jacobus b. 1888, probably in Topeka... they were married in Topeka and had my grandfather Herald Ramon Jacobus, b. Nov. 26th 1917 at 706 Chandler St. Topeka. There were five children born prior to my grandfather, I don't know who they were.
Will share info....thanks

From: Susan Erickson
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2001 08:01 AM

Anna Sophia Pettersson and Emma Mathilda Pettersson: Two sisters left Gothenberg, Sweden on October 10, 1871 on the ship Scandinavia. They were headed for Topeka, KS. Anna Sophia's church transfer was found at Trinity Lutheran Church in Topeka but that is all we know of them after they came to America. Anna's church transfer listed her as Anna Sophia Rapp. Rapp was her father's soldier name, but the ship records listed both girls as Pettersson. The name Lindstrom was written on Anna's transfer letter, perhaps a married name? Anyone recognize these names? Reply to Thanks from Susan Erickson in Texas

Topic: Horlacher family
From: Phil Polley
Date: Friday, March 09, 2001 09:16 PM

Would like to contact anyone who knows anything about the Horlacher family who lived in Topeka area in the '40s & '50s. They were originally from Parker in Linn County, Kansas.

Topic: Mrytle May Farley (Agnew)
From: Bill Agnew
Date: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 09:10 AM

I am looking for information on my GMother Myrtle May Farley (Agnew) who was born in Topeka in 1885. Her Father was Claude Farley and Mother was Elizabeth Ann (Esgate) Farley. She had 2 Sisters, Orpha and Gladys and 1 Brother, Floyd. She moved to Portland, Oregon sometime around the early 1900s and married Francis Hugh Agnew in 1905. If anyone has any information contact me at
Thank You

Bill Agnew

Topic: Oliver, Topeka Daily Citizen
From: Denise Oliver-Velez
Date: Tuesday, March 06, 2001 07:01 PM

I am looking for information about my grandfather, George S. Oliver, who died when I was a young child. I found a clipping of an obituary published in The Topeka Daily Citizen, which stated that he lived in Topeka for many years.(he died in NY at the age of 80, in 1955)

I also found a business card with his portrait on it, from the early 1900's
"Oliver Pool and Billiard Hall - 404 Kansas Avenue, Bell Telephone 513"

I know that my grandmother was his second wife - I do not know who the lady was he was married to in Topeka - I know he had brothers and sisters - and a son named Jewell, by his first wife.

The obit also said that he lived in "Maple Hill" before moving to Topeka - is Maple Hill a suburb of Topeka?

Would appreciate any pointers on where to start tracking down information. My grandfather was African-American.

Thank you,

Denise Oliver-Velez.

Topic: Adeline Hepler Cox Kiehl
From: Sharon Barton
Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 11:15 PM

I am looking for descendants of Adeline Hepler Cox Kiehl. She was born in 1890 to Mr. and Mrs.John J. Hepler. She married Vernon Cox and later Claude E. Kiehl. She had two children with Vernon Cox; John D. Cox who lived in Topeka and a daughter Elizabeth Flora Cox who was believed to have been born in 1913. She married Sidney Lyle Johnson in Topeka.

Mrs. Kiehl also had a daughter with Claude Kiehl and her name was Mary Lou Kiehl. It is known that Mr. Kiehl had a daughter whose only name know was as Mrs. Shannon. I would appreciate any information on this family.

From: Glenn Crist
Date: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 11:08 PM

I don't know if this is any help. I have a Vernon Joe Cox (s/o Joseph Nathan Cox, b. 16 October 1903 and Norine \\). Joseph Nathan was son of Moses Cox and Mariva Books (b. 08 June 1864). Mariva was sister to my Jacob J. Books (b. Dauphin Co., PA > Toledo, Chase Co., KS). There is a Moses Cox bur. at Toledo Cemetery (altho not sure if same). I am just starting to research my Books family. Jacob settled in Modesto, Stanislaus Co., CA. If this makes any sense, please feel free to contact me at:
Glenn Crist

Topic: Abraham Williams
From: Louis Williiams
Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 04:57 PM

It is believed that my great-grandfather moved to Kansas from Ohio to work on the railroad. His wife was named Evaline. They had one known son Carson whom was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1860. Carson married Fannie Belle Garrett in Illinois in 1882. I have no knowledge of how he got to Illinois or from where he came. An elder sister said at one time, that he went to Kansas to stay with a cousin and work on a railroad. I have a wealth of info on his wife, Evaline Spangler but do not know their marriage date. Any info would be welcome. Many thanks----Louis

From: Helen Pilcher
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 01:24 PM

I am searching for Abraham Williams who was listed in Will of Jacob Williams. Jacobs' wife, Sarah E. Williams was making the land
division in Bourbon Co. Ks. could this be the same Williams? There are other names. I am the gg-granddaughter of Jacob and Sarah. Helen Pilcher

Topic: Minor/Miner, Foster, SHAWNEE COUNTY TOPEKA births?
From: Amy Rupp
Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2001 10:17 PM

I am searching for a birth certificate or record for Charles Deloss MINOR, b. July 24, 1882 in Topeka, son of James Franklin MINOR and Breness FOSTER. MINOR is often misspelled as MINER.

To what year do the Topeka / Shawnee County birth records go back?

Thank you,

Amy Rupp

From: Dave Goldy
Date: Monday, February 26, 2001 11:41 PM


The Kansas State Historical Society has the following records on microfilm, and available for inter-library loan:

Topeka City Clerk & Other Offices

Auto, motorcycle, and jitney register, 1916-1925 [MS 803]
Birth, deaths, and infectious diseases, 1885-1912 [AR 1233-1235]
Building permits, 1880-1925 [MS 954-956]
Cattle and dairy register, 1908-1914 [MS 803]
Council and commission minutes, 1858-1971 [AR 1889-1929]
Foreign-born voter registers, 1919-1970 [AR5147]
Kansas Medical College, Washburn University, correspondence, 1903-1913,
and minutes of faculty meetings, 1889-1913 [MS 307]
Lincoln College and Washburn University records, 1865-1870 [MS 25]
Record of burials of the Topeka Cemetery Association, 1860-1948 [AR 2532]
Washburn University minutes of faculty meetings, 1881-1896,
1908-1912 [MS 307]
Washburn University secretary's book, 1865-1889 [MS 24]

Unfortunately, the birth records start a couple of years after your time frame. Since you have the birth date, you may want to search the newspapers for a birth announcement. They are also available for interlibrary loan from the KSHS. Here is a link to the newspaper search page. Just enter the requested information and a list of papers, with their micro film roll number will show up on the results page. You will need the film number for your librarian to order the film. You should also check out the link to the interlibrary loan policy, found on the newspaper search page.

The home page is

The newspaper seach page is:

Good luck

Dave Goldy

Topic: Blanche Henry marriage to Frank Elisha Bosworth
From: Deborah Pitts (email updated 3/22/2004)
Date: Monday, February 12, 2001 03:33 PM

My great-grandmother Blanche Henry married my great-grandfather Frank Elisha Bosworth in Topeka, Shawnee County, KS on Sept. 29th, 1901. Frank was then killed in a bridge accident, making the front page of the news on Oct. 20, 1910.

I have not been able to find any more information on Blanche Henry's origin. Does anyone know where she came from or her parents names? Blanche was born on Sept. 29th, 1879 and married on Sept. 29, 1901 - exactly her 22nd birthday. After the death of her husband, she remarried Julius Kramer.

I would appreciate any information you can provide, and will share any Bosworth information that I can assist with (can trace to Mayflower).

Debbie Pitts

Topic: Jones, James L. family of Topeka
From: Bill D
Date: Monday, February 05, 2001 09:08 PM

Looking for family of James L. Jones, who d. in Topeka 13 October 1892, and Topeka Cemetery. Children I can't find are LeRoy, b. 1872, in IL, and Alice, who may have been born in Topeka, date unsure. Alice married.- G. L. Davis in Topeka on 17 May 1908. Had a daughter, Helen Josephine Davis in 1908. Alice remarried a ? Bleaksley, not sure where. James' wife, Alice Krum Jones returned to IL after James died. James had worked at the Santa Fe rail yards as an upholsterer.

Would like to contact anyone with knowledge of the family. James L. and Alice Krum were my wife's great grandparents.

From: Donita Lane
Date: Monday, February 05, 2001 04:15 PM

Hi - I'm looking for anyone who may have know of a Mrs. A.D. Thrasher who lived in Berryton in 1837. She's related to a D.I.& Mary E. Ross and a J.M. Bowers. Thank you for any leads. Donita

Topic: franklin and antoniette rains
From: Joseph Harris
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 01:16 PM

looking for information on franklin rains or antoniette rains in silverlake shawnee co. kansas. she was a sister to joseph cutbirths wife sarah. antoniette may have died there in 1914.

From: Joe Harris
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2001 01:40 PM

they may have people buried at silverlake cem. their son john s. may be buried there and also the cutbirths. thanks joe they were in silver lake kansas shawnee co, at times they were also in grant co. oklahoma

Topic: Photo--Rebecca Bowers Markham
From: Cathy
Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2001 09:01 AM

"Cathy" has written to me with the following:

"I found wonderful photo of a woman in an antique store on the Oregon Coast. I would love to find a home for it. It was taken at Wehe, 707 Kansas Ave, Topeka Kans. On the back it says Rebecca Bowers Markham. Would just like postage and cost of photo, $2.00"

If you are interested in this photo, please contact Cathy directly at

Topic: Jonathan T. Snyder ... ancestry
From: Ken Cool
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2001 06:35 PM

I'm very interested in the ancestry and siblings of Jonathan T. Snyder. A portion of his bio follows:

One of the old homesteads of Williamsport Township in Shawnee County is that of Jonathan T. Snyder. He has been a resident of Kansas nearly fifty years, and during almost all that time has been continuously devoted to farming and stock raising. At the same time he has borne an influential part in the affairs of his home community and is one of the highly respected men of that section of Shawnee County.

He was born on a farm near Johnsville, in Morrow County, Ohio, August 14, 1845, a son of John and Mary (Held) Snyder, the former a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and the latter of Germany. Of the nine children, six are still living.


Topic: 1890 Weather in Shawnee co.,KS
From: Cheryl Shaw
Date: Sunday, January 21, 2001 06:52 AM

Would like to know if there was a blizzard in Shawnee co, KS in the early months (Jan-March) of 1890 and if there were any fatalities as a result. Thank you,

Topic: George Wilson & Martha Johnson Roots Rino
From: Cheryl Shaw
Date: Sunday, January 21, 2001 06:48 AM

George D Wilson, b abt 1858, mar'd 1894 Shawnee co.,KS to Martha S (Johnson)Roots Rino, b abt 1858, the d/o Jacob Johnson, and she was twice widowed. Would like information as to place & date of deaths for George and Martha and the names of their children.
Thank you,

Topic: Cooke in Topeka
From: Dd Dd
Date: Saturday, January 06, 2001 12:30 AM

I am looking for info on the family of Charles Leonard Cooke and his wife Oma Lela Smith of Topeka. Charles may have owned Prudential Investment Co. He died 28 Oct. 1963. Oma died 28 Dec. 1967.
When did they move to Topeka?
Any help would be appreciated.
David - Calgary,Alberta