Bourbon County Kansas Queries


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Queries July - Aug. 1999

ATTKISSON, Campbell, CATT, Chamberlain, Clark, Foster, Geiger, HAPGOOD, HARRIS, HARRISON, kurtz, LOWE, MCKEAN, Messenger (2), MINNEAR, MOYER, MYRICK, Ogden, Poe, ROSS, RUCKER, Scott, SEELEY, Shell, Turner, Van Fossen, Waddell, Waddle, WEST

Topic: Roswell Hamilton SEELEY at Marmaton
From: Stan Heginbotham

Date: Tuesday, August 31, 1999 12:23 PM

Roswell Hamilton SEELEY and his wife Isabelle list two of their children as having been born at Marmaton, Kansas: Eddie on Nov 5, 1860 and John on Mar 1, 1864. Could anyone help me understand whether Marmaton was anything more than a cemetery, or what the SEELEYs may have been doing there?

Topic: Campbell KY to IL to KS

Date: Sunday, August 29, 1999 07:39 PM

I am searching for information on the family of James Albert Campbell who was born February 2, 1858 near Emporia, KS. His parents, John J. Campbell and Emily Sartin, came to Kansas from Illinois. He married Mary Elizabeth Milliss Christy May 4, 1882. Their children were Susie(1883), Harriett (Hattie) (1883), Anna Elizabeth (1885), and Carrie Ethel (1887). Mary Elizabeth Campbell died in Iola, Allen Co., KS Dec. 1, 1890. They were living in Bourbon Co. KS . by 1900. James Albert Campbell married Annie Archer in 1904. He died in K.C., MO June 8, 1940.

I would also like information on his father, John J. Campbell. The 1850 census lists him in Schuyler Co., IL. He was born ca. 1821 in Kentucky. His wife, Emily Sartin Campbell, was born in Kentucky. Their children included John M, Sarah R., and Emily S., all born in IL, and James A. born in KS in 1858.

I'd like to contact anyone researching this family. Any help you can offer will be most appreciated.

Topic: scott
From: ? please contact if you submitted this information

Date: Saturday, August 28, 1999 01:34 PM

my grandmother, Dolcenia Belle Scott, was born in Ft. Scott 1885 to Francis Marion and ? Scott. Any info on this family would be appreciated.

Topic: Moses Waddle/Waddell 1870 Cencus
From: Jill Waddle
Date: Saturday, August 28, 1999 01:26 PM

Looking for information on Moses Waddell/Waddle b. 1830 in KY who is on the Bourbon Co. KS 1870 census, he was married to Sarah b.1831 in OH (sorry no last name) their children were Henrietta b. IL 1858, Joseph b. KS 1866, Emma b. KS 1868. Joseph Franklin Waddle was my ggrandfather m. to Anna Matilda Green b. OH 1/05/1867 their children were George Wells Waddle b. KS 08/21/1901 Daphine Waddle b. KS 9/24/1896 Clark Waddle b. KS would appreciate any information!

Topic: Ogden Family
From: Cynthia South
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 1999 04:20 PM

I am searching for information on the Ogden Family that lived in Bronson in the early 1900's. My grandmother Edith A. Ogden was born there. Her father was Elisha Aaron Ogden also known as E.A. Ogden. Can you help? Thanks
Cynthia South

From: ? please contact if you submitted this information

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 1999 07:42 PM

William E. and Charity C. MYRICK on 1870 Bourbon Co. Census with children James, Francis, Jason, Martha and Jane. This family was in TN in 1860 and went on to AR by 1880. Have further info to share.

From: Irene Culver
Date: Sunday, August 22, 1999 03:40 PM

Looking for information about Harrison Hapgood who lived in Fort Scott KS from 1868 until his death in 1908, at Tenth and Margrave Streets. Father of Charles (Kit Carson) Hapgood, my great grandfather who later resided in Blue Rapids KS then emigrated to Oklahoma territory.

Topic: ROSS Families
From: Terris C. Howard
Date: Saturday, August 21, 1999 04:23 PM

I am researching the HAYS & STOCKTON descendants. Mary STOCKTON m. Mitchell ROSS and their Children that came to Bourbon County were: Joseph 1827-1890 m. Susanah WALL; Charles 1830-1911 m. Nova GIBSON; Mary Anne 1833-1876; James 1836-1882 m. Sara FLAKE. If you have any information on the families, please contact me. Terris C. Howard,

Topic: Anthony Geiger
From: ? please contact if you submitted this information

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 1999 03:05 PM

Looking for information on Anthony Geiger Born 1813 and died Derby Ks in 1883, His father was also Anthony Geiger. Anthony left Churubusco Ind. in the 1870's and went to Ks, with some of his family. The rest of the family are looking for information on his family.

Topic: MINNEAR family
From: Micki Burger
Date: Sunday, August 15, 1999 04:58 PM

I am searching for information on the MINNEAR family. Elias Minnear m. Sarah Cooper and lived in Ft. Scott KS in early 1880's. They had 6 children. Mary (Minnear)Slater, Amanda (Minnear)Wright, Henry Minnear, Ann (Minnear)Morgan, Adelaide (Minnear)Burger, Loretta (Minnear)Strother. Elias was from PA and Sarah was from IN. Any information on the Minnear family ancestors or descendents greatly appreciated. Thanks. Micki Burger (

From: heri Louise Beffort Lantzy
Date: Friday, August 13, 1999 03:34 AM

I am looking for any information for my maternal lineage. Please read the following names may be able to help me! Mary Ellen HARRIS b. 29 Sept 1917 Bronson, KS. Parents were Hillery T. HARRIS and Hazel Bertha BERRY. Thank you for your time Sheri Louise Beffort Lantzy, 12436 East Harney Lane, Lodi, California 95240 209-333-0965.

Topic: Messenger family of Fort Scott
From: Brent R. Anderson
Date: Monday, August 02, 1999 09:58 AM

I'm looking for birth, death, marriage, etc. information regarding the Messenger family that lived in Fort Scott from about 1885 to 1905. This is what I know so far: husband: Chauncey Monroe Messenger (aka Charles), a carpenter, born 26 Jun 1833 @ Illinois or Pennsylvania, died 4 Nov 1908 @ Elma, Washington; served in the Civil War in the Oregon Volunteers Cavalry; married (1) Kitty, a Takelma Indian, (2) Lena Hester Palmer, (3) Mrs. J. Lucas wife: Lena Hester Palmer born 1855/56, died 1894 @ Fort Scott, KS

children: Lewis, Frank (29 Jan 1884-18 Jan 1946), John, Eliza Ilene (4 Dec 1877-9 Oct 1955), Mary, Alice, Kloa (1875-1887), Clark Erastus (26 Sep 1874-2 Nov 1949), Edwin (4 Jul 1878-19 Jun 1939), infant boy name unknown born and died in Fort Scott.

Chauncey married Mrs. J. Lucas in about 1905 in Fort Scott.
Brent R. Anderson
Denver, CO

Topic: Thomas Clark
From: Beverly Clark
Date: Monday, July 26, 1999 02:16 PM

I am looking for any information on this Clark family that will help to locate them earlier in Virginia.

Thomas Clark, b:@1814, Va(W.Va?), d:27 March 1875, Bourbon Co, Kan, buried: Baptist Church Cemetery, Fulton, Kans, Married @1839, to spouse Milly M. Unknown, b:1819, Ky(Ohio?), d:20 Aug 1862, buried: Baptist Church Cemetery, Fulton, Kan. Spouse #2: Caroline (Foster) Beth. Thomas fought in the Civil War - Co.C, 6th REG KAS CAL VOL. Thomas and Milly's children: Jonh Andrew, William Weston, George W., C.(Celea) Alice, Mary J., Catherine(Kitty), Nancy Ann ("Nannie"). Your help is appreciated.

Topic: RUCKER families of Bourbon County
From: Jerry Proctor
Date: Sunday, July 25, 1999 09:53 PM

I am searching for any information regarding any Rucker's that lived in or around the Ft.Scott area during the mid 1800's.I am a descendent of Sarah Frances Rucker who married John D.Chambers,Feb.17,1859 in Bourbon County,Kansas. THANX-Jerry Proctor

Topic: Re: Wives of Messenger
From: debbie
Date: Sunday, July 18, 1999 04:33 PM

i show a c.d. messenger buried in the hiattville cemetery. the born date is 3 sept 1837 died 24 nov 1909.


From: Rose Mitcham
Date: Thursday, October 07, 1999 12:05 AM

I found the area of Hester (Palmer) Messenger died it was Clarksbury, Kansas. Not far from fort Scott, Kansas. I found it in the Pension Records. The children were listed and the family suffer because of the lose of this mother and the father was very Ill before the death of the wife. The youngest three children were given up for adoption and were are looking for the Children Alice Messenger, Lewis, Mary Messenger, John Messenger. The Mother died carrying one unborn child. This is a very sad situation.
Rose Mitcham

Topic: Turner
From: Michelle Roberts
Date: Saturday, July 17, 1999 08:04 PM

Searching for information on Silas Turner (died in Ft. Scott in 1946) and his wife, Carrie Ada (who died in Ft. Scott in 1941). Both were buried in Centerville Cemetery with no headstones (and not together). They had two children, Fay Wallace, born 1889 and Nena or Lena, born 1899. They lived in Lake City and also in Hoisington. Silas had siblings: Joseph Glenn, born 1883 maybe in Coates (Pratt); Charles, Orson Oliver, Nettie, Ella, Delia - The parents were Orson A. and Cerrilda/Syrelda Jane Anderson. The Turner family moved from Champaign County, ILL after September 1882 and were in KS by March 1883. In 1894, Silas and father Orson went to OK to homestead in Woods. They sold in the early 1900s and Silas went to KS and Orson, Cerilda, and sons Orson and Joseph went to Springfield, Missouri. I need to find the rest of the clan as well as Joseph Glenn who is supposedly buried in Ft. Scott.
Michelle Roberts

Topic: Chamberlain & Poe in Ft. Scott
From: ? please contact if you submitted this information

Date: Saturday, July 17, 1999 04:15 PM

William Poe married Edna May Boyd in Ft. Scott on 3-7-1909. I need ancestor information on William Poe. Either his brother's or his father's name was John Poe.

Also, Ray Allen Chamberlain married Edna's daughter, Lorena Isabelle Poe in Ft. Scott before 1940. Ray died in Ft. Scott on 10-7-1987. I need ancestor information on Ray Allen Chamberlain. I believe his father's name is Emery O Chamberlain & mother Mary Jane Mendel.

I have some information about the Boyd ancestors & information on the descendants of Lorena Poe.


Topic: The CATT Family
From: Natalie Cole
Date: Friday, July 16, 1999 08:57 AM

Seeking information on the above family. I have a John Catt (1787-1872) married Leah (1785-1870). Both are buried at Evergreen Cemetery.

Also have Harmon CATT (1832-1915) married Margaret Jane Hopkins (1836-1912). They had eight children. I have names and dates on children. I have birth dates on Harmon and Margaret. Both are buried beside John and Leah in Evergreen Cemetery.

Would like to know more about these families.I would also like to be in contact with other CATT researcher's of this line. Who were John and Leah's other children? Why did Harmon live in IA for a period of time? Was John born in PA as one Cesus states or was he born in Germany as Harmon's death certificate indicates?

Thanks in advance for any help or leads you may have!! I greatly appreciate any help!!

Natalie Cole

Topic: John Foster - Redfield
From: Mike Hearn
Date: Thursday, July 15, 1999 08:16 PM

Any info on John Foster who farmed near Redfield. He had one son that I know for sure, Roy Cecil Foster, bn. 1889. entry in bible record shows"1904 moved into town from farm".John Foster family may have migrated from Ill.
Family tradition has migration from NC>Ill>KS.
Mike Hearn
Merritt Island, Fl.

Topic: the kurtz family?
From: fortune rebecca elkins or
Date: Thursday, July 15, 1999 09:34 AM


my name is fortune elkins. i was born at mercy hospital in ft. scott kansas in 1962. i was surfing the net the other day and was surprised to find this site. it's very interesting.

i would like to add several names to the discussion in reference to fort scott. my great-grandmother was born in cape giradeau, missouri in 1895 and moved to fort scott when she married the town pharmacist. when he died in the great flu pandemic in 1919, she sold the pharmacy, but kept a nursing home he had started. she remarried and was generally known as ruby irene kurtz. the kurtz family was once quite large in fort scott -- when i was little i was taken to the osage cemetery where there were probably 12 or 15 kurtz tombstones. they were very active in the first presbyterian church on main st. our family mostly lived on hylman st., not far from the hospital and convent.

i remember our closest neighbors were the campbells and the wallens. nancy campbell was my particular friend when i was 4. does anyone know her or where she could be reached for old times' sake? mrs. wallen, i recall, was of swedish descent and would often give large loaves of rye bread to the neighbors as a gift. are there any wallens left?

i would be pleased to hear from anyone who remembers our family, or anyone in my pre-school or kindergarten classes.

i'm now married and live in new york city, where i work making web pages on wall st.


fortune rebecca elkins

Topic: LOWE
From: Dave Lowe
Date: Tuesday, July 06, 1999 09:53 PM

Looking for information on Daniel Webster Lowe, ancestors and descendants, born 1845 in KY, lived in NB, moved to Ft Scott @ late 1800's. Died Nov 20, 1939 at Ft Scott. Also looking for any info on a Lowe family reunion in the area. Thanks! Dave Lowe

From: ? please contact if you submitted this information

Date: Sunday, July 04, 1999 04:02 PM

Any information on my Bourbon Co. family would be appreciated.

Topic: Van Fossen
From: ? please contact if you submitted this information

Date: Thursday, July 01, 1999 07:07 PM

Any information regarding the Van Fossens of Bourbon Co. would be appreciated. JD, John and Charles H. were brothers. DJ was born in New York, moved to Michigan for a couple of years, then to Indiana. The three owned a grocery store in Ft. Scott for a short time. DJ remained in Ft. Scott where he was a businessman in publishing, real estate and other ventures. I need to know who their father was. Any information regarding their parents and other relatives is appreciated. Thank you.

Topic: Shell ancestors
From: ? please contact if you submitted this information

Date: Thursday, July 01, 1999 05:57 PM

I am looking for any information on Peter V Shell, or Christopher Shell. Peter was in the army in Ft. Scott, mustered out, enlisted again in Illinois, and returned to Bourbon County after the war. He owned property in Bourbon Co. Ks., and Barton Co. Mo. I think some of his children are buried in Ft. Scott.


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