Unknown Kansas Location Queries


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Queries July - September 2001

ADDY, BICKFORD, Bordin, Bourdin, Bray, Castiaux, Denny, Drake, EMMONS, Fleury, Freeman, GARVEY, Gosnell, Grieving-Grievink, Griffin, Hastings, HEINTZ, HUSTED, Hutchison, Jackson, Konjer, LASSEN, McCormick, McKenzie, MITCHELL, MOGGY, MORRIS, Murphy, Norman, Nowlin, Ochiltree, Paraveno, Parsons, RUTH, Sears, Smith, Temple, Ultsch, Vance, Warner, Yonker, Zwiers, Was Oklahoma ever part of Sumner County KS in 1886, Where are these towns?

Topic: Arthur E. Norman McPherson County, KS
From: Brian Norman jbmin@earthlink.net
Date: Monday, September 24, 2001 11:35 AM

I am looking for information on my Grandfather? Arthur Ernest Norman born November 25, 1882 in McPherson County KS.

From: David Houpt houptdavid@netscape.net
Date: Sunday, October 07, 2001 03:15 PM

Go to the Kansas Gen Web project main page for McPherson Co, its not in the Queries

Topic: Levi Warner WV -> KS
From: Steve Stump ssstump@bellsouth.net
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2001 07:26 PM

Trying a longshot here. I am searching for my gg grandfather, Levi R. WARNER. He was born in Virginia abt 1842, the son of Oran WARNER & Elizabeth Virginia Davis. From 1861-1865 he served in the 10th WV Volunteer Infantry, Company A, with three of his brothers.

He married Sarah A. MARPLE in Braxton Co WV, Oct 19, 1865. They had 2 children, Charles Elsworth & Clara. Sarah died shortly after Clara was born in 1869 and the children lived with relatives in Lewis Co, WV.

In 1870, Levi was living with his brother on a farm in Lewis Co. After the 1870 census no other records of him have been found. There are two family stories. One was that he went out west and was never heard from again. The other was that he worked as a carpenter in Kansas and regularly sent home money for the support of his children until his death about 1878.

If anyone is interested in this person or has any info to share, I would be happy to hear from you. I have his Civil War discharge medal and a wedding day photo.

Best Regards,

Topic: Where are these towns?
From: Sue Brotton sbrotton@ria.net
Date: Saturday, September 08, 2001 02:38 PM

I'm trying to find the location of two towns that my great grandparents were born. Can someone help me? I don't know the exact spelling of either one so... here they are
1) Reynolds..Renaulds..Renalds
2) Reubens..Ruebens..
Has anyone heard of these towns? And do you know where the county seats were of these in the 1870's-1880's?
I would appreciate any help

Also looking for the Saron Lutheran Church Cemetery near Jamestown, KS. How do I get there? I know it is somewhere North of Jamestown.

From: Ardie Grimes mad_genealogist@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, September 09, 2001 06:37 PM

There was a Reynolds in Kiowa Co. Post Office existed from Jan 1887 to Apr 1888

and Rubens in Jewell Co with Post Office from Jan 1871 - Oct 1900

Mankato is county seat of Jewell County. I don't know county seat for Kiowa Co.

Good luck, Ardie

Topic: Robert Gilliland Ochiltree
From: LuRose Williams Ochiltree luhickey@informatics.net
Date: Friday, September 07, 2001 08:06 AM

I am searching ancestors of ROBERT GILLILAND OCHILTREE, died ca 1912, either in Had dam Kansas or Powshiek IA...It is my understanding he was in the medical field for many years.

His parents would have been James Ochiltree and Elinor Wilson from VA.

He would also have had a sister who was married to a James Edmondson, her name may have been Mary Elizabeth Wilson.

I appreciate hearing from anyone..thanks.


Topic: Jess Yonker
From: Sharon Tate sharon60@shawneelink.net
Date: Thursday, September 06, 2001 05:39 PM

I am trying to locate a Jess Yonker. He was born December 1872 in Illinois. Sometime after the 1900 census he moved on to Kansas and married a Native American lady and the family said that they only heard one time from him but no one has the city. He had 3 living brothers and 1 living sister when he left. His parents were Joseph and Martha "Mattie" Montgomery Yonker. Thanks to anyone who can help.
Sharon Yonker Tate

Topic: William N. HUSTED from PA, died 1895 KS
From: Cathy Sheffler sheffler@frontiernet.net
Date: Wednesday, September 05, 2001 01:45 PM

Hi. This is a bit of a shot in the dark, but perhaps someone can help me. My ancestor, William N. Husted, was last seen alive in the Corry, Erie County, PA City directory for 1884-1885. He lived in Corry with his wife and adult children. By 1889, his wife is listed as his widow in the Corry City directory and she and most of the children lived there or nearby for the rest of their lives.

After years of digging, I found an announcement that appeared in the "Corry Herald" on 11 July 1895: "The friends of Wm. N. Husted have received information that he died at his new home in Kansas, yesterday. He was formerly a resident of the city, living on York St., and will be remembered as a book-keeper in the American Express Co., when Andrew Casey was agent, and was for a short time agent himself."

This presents lots of questions, of course, about what was going on in the family. Further, it's not clear if William died "yesterday" or if the "friends" only heard about it "yesterday". I'd dearly love to discover where and when he died and, if possible, where he is buried (he was not brought back and buried with the family). If anyone can make helpful suggestions regarding how I could proceed with this -- or better yet, can help -- I'd greatly appreciate it.

Cathy Sheffler

From: Roger McCumber or1851@aol.com
Date: Monday, September 03, 2001 01:33 PM

Searching for information on Benjamin MITCHELL and wife Annie. Moved to Oregon after 1910. Children believed to be born in KS were Harold, Lloyd, Eunice, Russell, Dwight, Carl, Wick, Marjorie, Lyle, Gwynn, Yale, and John.

Topic: geoerge salisbury
From: Tamarya Shymanski tamarya@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2001 11:23 AM

Am searching for info on George Salisbury who landed in KS sometime between 1872 and 1890. Thank you.

Topic: Drake Grave site question
From: Shirley Maynard maemay510@aol.com
Date: Monday, August 20, 2001 08:10 PM

Between the end of the civil war and 1870, my great grandfather left Indiana to travel to Texas. Along the way, his pregnant wife gave birth to twin sons. All three died. Tom Drake then tore down his wagon and built a common casket for his wife and sons. They were buried "in a saddle between two hills on the Trail to Texas in Kansas." Tom then took his two remaining sons and traveled to Indian Territory where a child was born to him in 1871.
My grandfather, Joe Drake, went to Kansas when he was a young man trying to find his mother's grave. He sadly reported there were too many saddles between two hills.
My son was stationed in Fort Riley a few years ago and he said he believes a grave was found with a woman's and two infants' bodies in one coffin. This was during the building of a road. The bodies were reinterred in a local cemetery. He didn't know of this himself, but a woman in Fort Riley told him of it.

I don't know if this was my great grand-mother, Sarah Smith Drake, or not, but I would like to learn more.

Shirley Maynard

Topic: Jesse EMMONS
From: J. Brown jbrown0614@aol.com
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2001 08:52 PM

Help appreciated on Jesse EMMONS reported shot by bartender in saloon in Kansas ca. 1891. Jesse born in Fulton County, IN in 1868, son of Jesse B. and Calista A. (FISH) EMM

Topic: Carlos Denny
From: Marge Micona mjmicona@aol.com
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2001 05:40 PM

Am trying to locate Carlos Denny, wife Susan, son Eddie, daughter Nellie and son Daniel. Found them in 1880 census in Osborne County, could not find them in later census in that county. Has anyone run across them elsewhere in Kansas?

Topic: Dwight Bray, Crestline, KS
From: Jess Long longjohn@wt.net
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2001 04:13 PM

Searching for information regarding Dwight Lemuel Bray, b. 30 March, 1898, Crestline, Cherokee Co., KS, d. 2 November, 1964, Miami, OK.

Would like any information regarding parents/siblings of this individual.

Thanks, in advance.

Topic: Joseph Griffin....Land Grant 1885
From: Jes Rountree jesrountree@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2001 12:44 PM

I am trying to find where my ggrandfather Joseph Griffin(Mary Ellen and children Edith Anne and Arthur)had land in 1885 when he came here from England. I think it was through the railroad land grants but I can't find anything.

Topic: Vance, Ernest Ivory
From: Ernest Vance, Jr ernest.vance@intel.com
Date: Friday, August 17, 2001 03:33 PM

I am interested in finding information about Ernest Ivory Vance, my great grandfather. I don't know much about him, but his children were Avis, Ivan Ernest, 1913 (my grandfather), and Robert. I believe Ernest Ivory lived in KS, but am not sure where. My grandfather married June Thompson 1919, daughter of Everett Thompson of Republic County, KS. My grandparents moved to Chase Co. NE. when my father, Ernest Ivan was about 3 years old (1945?) in order to start the family farm.

As for a place to start? Quinter, KS keeps coming to mind for some reason, but I'm not sure why.

Topic: BICKFORD grandmother adopted in KS
From: Kate Lynn katelynn@charter.net
Date: Monday, August 13, 2001 01:17 PM

My grandmother, Lutheria (Lutie) A. BICKFORD was adopted according to 1910 MN census. Place of birth is listed only as "Kansas", date of birth abt Sep., 1887. Adoptive parents were Luther A. BICKFORD and Anna L. (O'BRIEN)BICKFORD. They are in IA in 1880 census (no children) and MN in 1900 census (1 child "Lutheria".) I have no proof that they ever lived in Kansas but also no proof of were they were from 1880-1900. Would like to find county/location in KS where they lived during those years - and if at all possible would like to find birth family for Luthera. Haven't a clue where to start! Any help greatly appreciated. I can be emailed direct at katelynn@charter.net. Thanks to all and happy hunting. - Kate

Topic: Need info on Jacob O. McKenzie -Phillips Co.
From: Monty McCord mm44526@alltel.net
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2001 08:49 PM

Looking for biographical info (and photo) of Jacob Oliver McKenzie. He was a sergeant in Co. D, 33rd Battalion, Kansas State Guard, Phillipsburg, from 1917-1919. He patented a type of handcuffs in 1925.

Topic: Smith, George, Kansas1930
From: Marilyn Haslinger mhaslinger@netroute.net
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2001 09:45 AM

George Smith,of Kansas, listed as a brother in my grandfathers obituary - 1930 Brantford, Burford Ontario Canada -- gf was Albert Edward Smith -b abt 1862 Canada - parents Tom and Mary Smith- also listed Wesley Smith, OxBow Manitoba, Canada and sister Kate Risk, Chicago, Albert m Margaret Ethelinda Smith Dec 25 1889, Hamilton, Ontario Canada, both were deaf mutes and Albert was a shoemaker in Brantford they had sons Ray(Raymond),Percy, Gordon, Frances (Frank) Wesley, b 1901 Brantford m Alma Christina Esther Holmes 1920 Greensville On (near Dundas)--Frank was my father 4 daughters, Oral b 1924, Betty, MARILYN 1936, & Georgina 1938 --George may have had a middle name- Did he marry?? or have any children who might recognize some of this information Please reply if you have any ideas or suggestions of where to look

Topic: Bertram McCormick
From: Audrey Wood woodlot@juno.com
Date: Friday, August 10, 2001 11:51 AM

I am searching for information on Bertram McCormick. He was born in 1859 and died 19 Jan. 1892. He married Ida Belle Hackelman in 1887. They had two sons, Archibald Lloyd (born June 15, 1888) and James Albert (born Aug. 4, 1889). The first son, A. Lloyd was born in Arkansas City Kansas.

Topic: Martha Temple
From: Cheryl Stanion senter.stanion@prodigy.net
Date: Friday, August 10, 2001 11:17 AM

Family wants information about Martha Temple,born between 1850-1870 possibly in Ohio, of Native American heritage. She married twice, and her last name changed to Crumbpacker, and then St Claire. She had a daugher,Eva,in Michigan in about 1870-1880. She was a teacher. Thank you, for any information you might give us. The Robert C. Senter family.

Topic: Walter Scott Sears/Z.S. Hastings
From: Richard Pullen txgmajor@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday, August 09, 2001 03:29 PM

I am looking for descendants of Walter Scott Sears and his uncle, Z.S.Hastings, both who lived in Kansas before 1900's. Walter was the third son of John Michael Sears and Charlotte A. Hastings. Charlotte died in 1875 after the birth of her last child, Lottie Sears. Charlotte is buried in Sun City, Barber County, Kansas as is her husband, John Michael Sears (died 1914). He was married a second time to Jennie Vanalstyne. Family lore has it that when J.M. died, Jennie left Kansas and went back to Ohio or New York to live with her family there.
Walter Scott was born about 1868 or 1869 in either Humboldt County or Jefferson County. (There is some confusion over the locality of "Brushy Point" where Walter's brother, George maintains all his siblings were born.) Walter was in Barber County in 1890 and probably married Bette Adams there. My grandfather, Ralph Raymond Sears (born 1895, died 1982) went with his father, George and elder brother, John Wheeler Sears, on the train from Guthrie, Oklahoma to Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas to attend John Michael Sears funeral. He told me that that was the last time he ever saw his "Uncle Walt". He did not know where Walt was living at the time; only Kansas. Walter Scott Sears and Bette had two sons, five years younger than Ralph Sears. It is not known where Walter Scott Sears nor his wife, died nor where his sons families located. Z.S. Hastings family lived in Kansas where he was a was a member of the State Legislature and a Preacher; a very learned man. Z.S. was a younger brother of Charlotte. He and his wife had a large family. Two of the sons were Paul Pardee Hastings and Otho Ono Hastings. Names like that would be hard to miss.
Any information on this family will be appreciated. Richard R. Pullen/Fort Worth/txgmajor@hotmail.com .

Topic: MOGGY (any spelling) Family in State of Kansas
From: Dale Moggy campeight@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, August 09, 2001 02:40 PM


Topic: LASSEN Danish immigrants
From: Lee Nichols kinsleuth@aol.com
Date: Thursday, August 02, 2001 05:06 PM

My LASSEN relatives were Danish immigrants who came to Kansas in the 1880s, later moving on to California. Where in Kansas did Danish immigrants tend to settle? Where I can I get more information about Danish settlements in Kansas?

Topic: Was Oklahoma ever part of Sumner County KS in 1886
From: Rose Higgins jrh@cei.net
Date: Monday, July 30, 2001 06:32 PM

I would like to know if summer County was ever part of Oklahoma, primarily about 1896-?
I have ancestors who were supposed to have lived in Summer County but also Braman, Kay Co. OK. Can anyone help?
Rose Higgins

From: Mike Meisinger mrm1970@aol.com
Date: Saturday, August 04, 2001 08:35 AM

I don't believe Oklahoma was ever part of Sumner County Kansas, but Braman, OK is only about 4 miles from the Kansas border and Sumner County. Perhaps your ancestors owned property in both Sumner County, Kansas and Braman, Oklahoma. Or, perhaps they lived in Sumner County, Kansas but did their shopping in Braman or attended church there.

Topic: RUTH(surname)-GARVEY marriage
From: Danielle Forestier danielle@bonpain.com
Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 08:47 PM

Earl Ruth born 1884 shows w/his mother Marie Ruth (possibly Garvey) in KS Ag census, 1885. Unable to trace back marriage or death record to find father. Any Ruth/Garvey connection, of Obediah Garvey family may yield clue.

From: Ardie Grimes mad_genealogist@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, July 29, 2001 07:44 PM

There's quite a bit of Ruth family info in "A History of the 1871 Pennsylvania Colony of Osborne County, Kansas" 1998 by Von Rothenberger

I don't see an Earl or Marie listed in the index, but it might be worth trying to interlibrary loan this book.

Good luck, Ardie

Topic: HEINTZ 1920 Census look-up
From: Ellis Chambers fronia@aol.com
Date: Monday, July 23, 2001 04:33 PM

Does someone have access to the Kansas 1920 Soundex (H532) and/or census who could do a look-up for me? The name is William HEINTZ, with 2? teen-age children. Variations in name are Hines, Hinds, Heints, Hints, you-name-it--I've-seen-it. I expect they would be in the area of Sedgwick, Harvey, McPherson or Marion counties. Thanks for your help.


Topic: Hutchison/Murphy
From: Carol McCollough carolmccollough@excite.com
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2001 08:19 PM

I am trying to get thru this "brick wall"! !

My Great Grandfather, William Hutchison, was born somewhere in Kansas. He married Sarah Murphy, from Missouri and moved to Brown County TX, where my grandfather Joseph William Hutchison was born in Dec. 24, 1878. I cannot find any information on my great grandparents in census or birth/death records. Any help, GREATLY appreciated.

Topic: Morris Surname-Soundex Request
From: Diane Kuykendall dishistory@aol.com
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2001 02:07 PM

Looking for two families: MORRIS, John and Anna(Hannah/Annie all used in previous records)and MORRIS, John and Rosa (child of first MORRIS) Need a soundex search for the census years of 1900, 1910, and 1920. My FHLC doesn't carry much info on Kansas. May be in Reno or Rice Counties per grandchildren born in those counties, but not sure. I have the census for these years available, but don't know where to look for them! Help!

From: Peter Carrell pcar@ipa.net
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2001 12:45 PM

I searched Genealogylibrary.com 1900 census images on line.
I found no John Morris with Anna/Hannah/Annie

Nearest were:
Morris, John July 1858 b. IN Father NC Mother NY
Emma (this could have been Anna - illegible)
Aug 1858 IL PA PA
with 5 children
Wild Cat Twp., Riley Co., sheet 1

Morris, John S. Oct 1848 PA PA PA
Fannie L. Jan 1848 KS PA OH
Mission Twp., Johnson Co.

Morris, John May 1844 England Eng Eng
Immigrated 1860
Sarah June 1858 KY KY KY
10 children 9 living
John H. Oct 1878 KS Eng KY
Anna Aug 1880 KS Eng KY
Sherman Twp., Clay Co., sheet 7
Good hunting!


From: Rachel Dworak racheldworak@hotmail.com
Date: Friday, July 27, 2001 04:21 PM

If you search each census with the soundex and you find them in the soundex it will tell you which county they were in and then you can pull up the actual census with their information.

Topic: Burwell Nowlin
From: Peter Carrell pcar@ipa.net
Date: Monday, July 16, 2001 04:16 PM

The Nowlin-Stone genealogy states Burwell Nowlin died in Kansas in 1872. The only clue where is that daughter Ellen, who m. Henry Morris, d. Parawan, KS in 1876 after having Annie and Charlie (who is noted as living at Athenia, OR)

Any clues would be appreciated.



Topic: ADDY Family/VE ADDY
From: Barb Toppins btoppins@qn.net
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2001 08:00 PM

Seeking info on ADDY family in Kansas
Van E ADDY married early 1900's.
Barb Toppins

Topic: Fleury, Bordin, Bourdin, Castiaux, Jackson
From: Andre Castiaux acastiaux@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2001 10:44 PM

My husbands great grandmas brother lived in Arma, Kansas around 1945. His name was Victor Bordin or Bourdin his wife name was Emma. His sister Mathilda Married Emile Castiaux. This daughter Rosalie married Victor Fleury also in Arma, Kansas. They had three sons. One passed away in 1999 his name was also Victor Fleury, He had 3 sons. If anyone has any info on any of the above names please let me know. thanks

Topic: George Parsons
From: Mary ellen Dahm jemedahm@cs.com
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2001 12:33 PM

George Parsons apparently died in Kansas in the 1930's. I would appreciate anyones help in finding out where and when.
Mary Ellen

Topic: Isaac Freeman-Margaret Ultsch
From: Cornelia Warner fenenga@mminternet.com
Date: Friday, July 06, 2001 05:30 PM

Birth: in Kansas Marriage 1 Margaret ULTSCH b: in Pennsylvania
Minnie FREEMAN b: 2 SEP 1887 in ,Mills,Iowa

does anyone know this family? Isaac may have been born in KY and resided in Kansas. they moved on to Iowa, and some of the descendants went on to NE and CA.

Topic: Maude S. Gosnell b. 1891
From: Harold Gosnell gosnell@wnonline.net
Date: Wednesday, July 04, 2001 10:26 AM

Looking for information on Muade S. Gosnell
born 1891 somewhere in Kansas.

Harold Gosnell
e-mail: gosnell@wnonline.net

Topic: Zwiers, Konjer, Grieving-Grievink
From: Dya Zwiers dzwiers@home.nl
Date: Sunday, July 01, 2001 08:25 AM

We are trying to locate descendents of Gerrit Zwiers, Klaas Konjer and fam. Grieving or Grievink.
Gerrit Zwiers was born in 1858 and emigrated to the USA (Kansas) somewhere between 1875-1890. (see also message Paraveno???)
All we know about Grieving is that a daughter probably married Gerrit Zwiers.
Klaas Konjer, his wife Antje, his children Aaltje, Harm, Hendrikje, Hendrik and Lambertus arrived on Ellis Island october the 9th 1898 aboard the 'Statendam'.
Lambertus was POW during WWI in Germany.
All help appreciated.
Thanks, Dya

From: Ardie Grimes mad_genealogist@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, July 01, 2001 09:39 PM

Konjer burials in Luctor Cemetery, Prairie View, Phillips County, Kansas

Konjer, Bernard R., b 23 Jul 1930, d 10 Dec 1932, son of Bert & Grace
Konjer, Jennie, b 03 Dec 1860, d 15 May 1924
Konjer, Klaas, b 14 Jul 1854, d 11 Nov 1912

Konjer burials in Prairie View Cemetery, Prairie View, Phillips County, Kansas

Konjer, Anna, b 1896, d 1969
Konjer, Herman, b 1887, d 1955

Greving burials in Luctor Cemetery

Greving, Cornelka (Katie) b 13 Feb 1873, d 10 Oct 1957
Greving, Edward J., b 1911, d 1929
Greving, Garried H., b 30 Aug 1898, d 14 Nov 1966
Greving, Greet, b 05 May 1826 in Germany, d 18 Jan 1913
Greving, Grietje, b 10 Jul 1831 in Holland, d 26 Sep 1910
Greving, William, b 30 Mar 1870, d 06 Mar 1951

For more info, write to Luctor church - address given in posting titled "Paraveno"

I don't have any additional information. You can also try the Phillips County Kansas GenWeb page at http://www.ksgenweb.com/phillips/index.html They have marriage records online, and the genealogy society in Phillipsburg will do research.

Happy searching, Ardie

Topic: Paraveno????
From: Dya Zwiers dzwiers@home.nl
Date: Sunday, July 01, 2001 08:14 AM

About 1875-1895 a family member called Gerrit Zwiers emigrated to the USA. Family here in the Netherlands remember his mail coming from Kansas, the town or village 'Paraveno', or 'Paraveino'. We have been unable to locate this town. Does anyone have information about this place or about Gerrit Zwiers?
Thanks, Dya Zwiers

From: Ardie Grimes mad_genealogist@yahoo.com

Date: Sunday, July 01, 2001 09:28 PM

Zwiers burials in Luctor Cemetery, Prairie View, Phillips County, KS

Zwiers, Albertha, d 01 Apr 1893, 4 d, daughter of G. & G.A.
Zwiers, Anna, b 29 Aug 2860, d 04 Feb 1919
Zwiers, Gerrit, b Feb 27 1958 d 31 Jul 1937
Zwiers, Garrit M., d 31 Jan 1889, 8 y?, son of D. & A.

For more info write to Luctor Christian Reformed Church, RR1 Box 103, Prairie View, KS 67664 or phone 785-973-2391 (church) or 785-973-2793 (parsonage)

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