Bourbon County Kansas Queries


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Queries Jan. - Feb. 2000

ANDERSON, BRIGHT, Buell, BURT, ?Cemetery near Mapleton/Xenia, KS, Charles (2), Chase, Crane, Davee, Dumas, Farmer, Finch, Guilfoyle (2) (3), Haskin, Houston, Hurt, Kitchin, Leslie, Meek, Miller, Moran (2), Mosier (2) (3), Overby, Porter, POTTS, RUCKER (2), RUNKLE, Thomas, Tyler, Waddle, Whitcomb (2), WILLIAMS

Subject: RUCKER

Need information on the " Rucker " Family of Marmaton, Bourbon County. 1858 and later

Ambrose L./A.L.& Susan Elizabeth Rucker.

Children: sons: A.S.F.-James Wilson -John R.- Elisha H. and daughter Eliza J.Rucker..


Also need someone in Fort Scott to make copies of Records at Courthouse for me..

Please E-mail Carla at

Subject: Houston's
From: "Iris Miller"

The Houston children Were all born in Neb.going by the census. My Grandmother, Elizabeth, March 20,1889. Was born in York Neb. Died in Ottawa KS.Sep.15,1996. Buried in Princeton, KS. Cemetery.Searching for other information. Thanks if you can help Maybe where the Houston's are buried at, and when they died?

Searching for information on the Thomas A. Houston,& Melissa (Pence)Houston, family.In the 1900 census's they lived in Bourbon, County, Marion Twp. Thomas rented and farmed 101 acres. Thomas was born in England. Children Edward, B. June-1885 Isabella, B.Jan.-1887. Lizzie, B. Mar.-1889. Julia, B. May,-1890. Thomas A Houston, B. Apr.-1852 Melissa (Pence) Houston. B. Nov.-1858

UPDATE: Have since found out that their Surname was listed on in Nebraska on their Marriage license as Thomas HOWSON and Melissa Pence and also on the census. They moved to Bourbon County about 1900 and Thomas's died there, it's believed in 1933 and Melissa in 1931? We can't find where they are buried. The family believe in Bourbon Co.?

Subject: Whitcomb/Charles in Bourbon Co
From: "Rowena Marten"

Barb: Hello, its me again (Rowena Marten), I used to be "Rowena Watson". My new email address is: . Please to contact me again. Down the line, if you remember, I researched the Whitcomb/Charles too, as I had a distant ancestor that married into this family. Hope to talk to you soon.
Rowena Marten

Subject: RUNKLE

Looking for date and place of death of Peter Runkle husband of Christina Woods, father of Emanuel Runkle. Emanuel was married to Julia E Dempsey in Uniontown on 18 August 1864.

Subject: Cemetery near Mapleton/Xenia, KS
From: "Charlene Riley"

I might be able to help sent email to

Subject: Farmer/Davee surname
From: "Mary Lowe"

Looking for James Alonzo Farmer family married to Rittie Davee. 2 daughters born in Drywood township, in 1897 and 1899.

Subject: BRIGHT and related families
From: "Don Bright"

I am looking for anyone related to the following:

James Oscar Bright
George Washington Bright
Turner Ashby Bright
Cora Lee Bright (Mason)(Morgan)
Sam Giblet>
Johnie Giblet> Children of Turner Ashby Bright & Mary Giblet William Giblet>

Subject: John Guilfoyle, James Guilfoyle
From: "Leon L. Stebleton"

St. Michaels cemetery in Freedom Twp, 1/2 mile west of Fulton show a JOHN GUILFOYLE, born in Queens County Ireland 1829-1877, and his wife Mary J. 1843-1910; as well as James T. born in Boubon County, KS 1868-1896; all this information is on one headstone. I received this information from the Osaga Historical Society in Fulton, KS. My great-grandfather was William M. Guilfoyle, b.11 March 1861 and d.9 March 1933. He was married to Mary Jane Sheats, daughter of Benjamin and Louisa (Barnett) Sheats, who are buried in Osaga cemetery on the west side of Fulton, Ks. I am trying to find information on the parents of William M. Guilfoyle, who were James and Elizabeth (Maupin) Guilfoyle. The 1875 census shows James being 43 years old and Elizabeth being 35 years old, living in Osaga Bourbon County, KS, and having six children, William being the oldest.

Subject: Jesse Melvin BURT
From: "Melvin Burt"

I am searching for my grandfather, Jesse Melvin BURT. He was born in 1862 Place is unknown. He married Viola Oleatt CATT on 5 May 1883. They had the following 8 children: Bessie Viola, Mary, Nellie, Forest Melvin, Teddy, Onie, Nonie, Walter Harmon. I know that they were in Fort Scott, at least until 1900 because my father, Walter Harmon was born there on 13 January 1900. Any help that anyone can give in locating my grandfathers ancestors will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Topic: Overby Family in Fort Scott
From: Jane Wade
Date: Sunday, January 30, 2000 01:22 PM

Would love to correspond with other descendants of Francis C. and Josephine Watkins Overby.

Topic: Haskin/Miller
From: Lea Miller
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2000 08:02 PM

Looking for information on William E. Haskin and Minnie A. (Miller) Haskin.

Minnie was sister to my ggrandfather. They were known to be living in Fort Scott KS.

Have recently obtained copy of William's will. He apparently died between Feb 1, 1915 and March 27, 1915

Topic: Dumas/Thomas in Garland, Ks.
From: Jo Rice
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2000 06:43 AM

I am trying to find any information re the Dumas/Thomas surname in Bourbon County, Kansas. My great-grandmother Flora Ann Dumas, daughter of Nehemiah Dumas and Adelaide York, married James Sanford Thomas, and they had a general store in Garland. Flora's siblings were Cora E. (married James Zilliox), Laura (married Elijah Pence), John Wesley (married Daisy O. Mulkey), and Clara (married Delbert Green). Please e-mail

Topic: Hurt Family
From: Cletus Cooper
Date: Monday, January 24, 2000 03:33 PM

GR GD Father Joseph Hurt and family migrated to Fort Scott Kansas from Lewisburg, TN. They are listed in the 1900 U S Census Please help me with information about this family. I think some relative may still live in the Fort Scott and Pittsburgh KS area.

Topic: Thomas Moran and Jennie Elmira Guilfoyle
From: Sharron Smith
Date: Sunday, January 23, 2000 07:40 PM

Am seeking information on Thomas Moran who married Jennie Elmira Guilfoyle. They resided in the Gas City area of Allen County and in the Fulton Area of Bourbon County. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Topic: Patrick Moran
From: Sharron Smith
Date: Sunday, January 23, 2000 07:36 PM

Am looking for any information on Patrick and Jane Moran who settled in the Fulton, Bourbon County, Kansas area sometime around 1865 and remained their until their death. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.

Topic: John Guilfoyle, James Guilfoyle
From: Sharron Smith
Date: Sunday, January 23, 2000 07:35 PM

Looking for information on John and Mary Jane (Riddle) Guilfoyle and James and Eliza C (Riddle) Guilfoyle. Arrived in Bourbon County, Kansas around 1860 and settled in the Fulton, Kansas Area. They resided in Fulton area from the time of arrival until their death. Any information on these two families would be greatly appreciated.

Topic: ELIZABETH ANN POTTS - 1861, Bourbon Co.
From: Ron Reid
Date: Friday, January 21, 2000 01:20 PM

Elizabeth Ann Potts was born 1841 in Indiana (census records) and married John Pruitt on Nov 14, 1861, in Bourbon Co., KS and probably near the P.O. of Dayton. In 1865 she and John were in the P.O. of Rockford. Looking for family and ancestors of Elizabeth.

Topic: Cora WILLIAMS Kitchin, Fort Scott, 1910
From: Alan Ford
Date: Sunday, January 16, 2000 01:31 AM

I am looking for information about Cora WILLIAMS Kitchin married in Fort Scott, KS to Wilbur G. Kitchin on 1/26/1910. She died in Fort Scott on 9/1/1959. She had an identical twin sister Nora. Other siblings were Barbara, Minnie, Leona, and Tony. Children of Wilbur and Cora were Glenn Edward, Kenneth Eugene, and Dale Wilbur.

Topic: Whitcomb/Charles in Bourbon Co
From: B THomas
Date: Friday, January 14, 2000 05:25 PM

Researching the WHITCOMB and CHARLES families of Bourbon County and related surnames below. Barb Thomas
Email me:
23812 3rd PL W Bothell, WA 98021

1 Moses Whitcomb b. 1840
.. +Sarah Collins Whitcomb
..... 2 Sarah Jane Whitcomb
..... 2 Lydia Whitcomb Charles
......... +William H Charles
..... 2 Angenette Whitcomb
..... 2 Dwight Whitcomb
..... 2 Elizabeth May Whitcomb
..... 2 Lillie Whitcomb
..... 2 Charles Robert Whitcomb
......... +Atha Limes Whitcomb
..... 2 Olla Whitcomb West
......... +Husband West
..... 2 Myrtle Eliza Whitcomb
*2nd Wife of Moses Whitcomb:
.. +Evalena CHARLES Whitcomb
..... 2 Elmer Clair Whitcomb
..... 2 Minnie Maud Whitcomb
..... 2 Otto Streeter Whitcomb
......... + Aurella Matsick Whitcomb
..... 2 Maud Whitcomb Brodbeck
......... +Alfred "Fred" Brodbeck
..... 2 Verne Ray Whitcomb
..... 2 Ivan Lester Whitcomb
..... 2 Glenn Whitcomb
..... 2 Florine Whitcomb Decker
......... +Frank Decker
..... 2 Lela Lavelle Whitcomb

Topic: ANDERSON and CHARLES in Bourbon Co
From: B THomas
Date: Friday, January 14, 2000 05:21 PM

Researching the ANDERSON family and the CHARLES family in Bourbon Co 1800s - on. Also all related surnames below.
email me:
23812 3rd PL W Bothell, WA 98021

Charles Anderson b: 07 April 1807 Tennessee
married +Anna Tester Anderson b: 17 November 1811 in
North Carolina
Rachel Lourine Anderson b:1832Tennessee
Mary Anderson Charles b: 1834 VA
married Thomas L Charles b:1821Tennessee
William Cannon Anderson b: 1835 in VA/TN
married Eliza Stokes Anderson
Catherine Anderson Atkisson b:1837 in VA/TN
married +Alfred Mark Atkisson b:1836 TN
John Ransome Anderson b: 1839 VA
married 1+Lizzie Campbell Anderson
married 2+Louisa Williams Anderson
Elizabeth Anderson Williams b 1845 VA
married +Amaziah Williams b:1837 NY
Margaret Anderson Davis b:1849 VA
married +John Tate Davis, Dr. b:1842 TN

Topic: Frank MOSIER 1800s Bourbon County
From: B THomas
Date: Friday, January 14, 2000 05:07 PM

Researching MOSIER family, resided Bourbon Co from 1860's on. What happened to Frank MOSIER b. c. 1863 IL, Resided Franklin twnshp with parents William MOSIER, Nancy CEDARS and siblings: David, Rosalia, John T, Hester Ann, James M, Nancy E, Mary.

Barb Thomas
23812 3rd PL W Bothell, WA 98021

Topic: Mosier/Finch
From: B THomas
Date: Friday, January 14, 2000 05:05 PM

Researching the families of the following couple who married in 1880 in Fort Scott: Nellie FINCH (age 25 in 1880)and J T MOSIER(age 21 in 1880). J T MOSIER's first name was John, probably middle name Todd. Both parties resided Bourbon County.
Barb Thomas
23812 3rd PL W Bothell, WA 98021

Topic: Mosier/Porter Bourbon Co 1880s
From: B THomas
Date: Friday, January 14, 2000 04:47 PM

Looking for information on Albert PORTER who married Etta MOSIER b. c. 1863. Her name could be "Nancy Etta". Etta MOSIER resided Bourbon County with her family from the 1870s . The PORTER couple moved to Washington State in the 1890s. Any information helpful.
Barb Thomas
Email me:
23812 3rd PL W Bothell, WA 98021

Topic: Looking for Tyler's
From: Gini Cleveland
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2000 01:38 AM

My Great-Great Grandfather, David J. V. (James) Tyler was supposed to be from Ft. Scott, Kansas. He died in the Indian Raids in Lincoln, Kansas in 1864. If there is still any Tyler's in Ft. Scott that has any info please email me at:

Topic: Salmon Chase Family
From: Sharon Orlowski
Date: Monday, January 10, 2000 02:00 PM

I am looking for any information on this family. I have a Salmon P. Chase listed in the 1870 Bourbon Co. Kansas census as living it Marmaton TWP. The file that I saw did not list the family members. Does anyone have access to this census who can tell me who is listed as family members?

The only family members that I have any information on is my great grandmother Cora Belle Chase and her sister Delilah. I have been unable to find any information on her parents.

Salmon P Chase m. Unk

Jim Chase
Samuel Chase m. Cora Fox
Alvia Chase
Delilah Chase b. 1884 m. Solomon
T. Craig
Cora Belle Chase b. 7/20/1888 m.
Jacob Craig
Grace Chase m. Unk Haddox
Jack Chase
Marie Chase

Topic: Moses Waddle/Emma Meek/Ida Buell/Mintae Leslie
From: Jill Waddle
Date: Friday, January 07, 2000 11:43 AM

Still looking for info on my gggrandfather and any of his children (below is a copy of an obituary I received recently) I would love to hear from anyone related to these folks!

Moses Waddle was born in Bourbon Co. Kentucky, October 20 , 1828; moved from there to Illinois, was united in marriage to Sarah Dixon. To them eight children were born, three of whom have preceeded him to the grave, twin boys and Henrietta Moyer. He leaves a widow and five children to mourn his death_ Henry Waddle of Blue mound, Frank Waddle, Emma Meek and Mintae Leslie of Mapleton and Ida Buell of Zenia.

Mr Waddle came to Bourbon Co. Kansas in the fall of 1859 and took a homestead, on which he lived until his death. He enlisted in the Civil war in 1861 where he served as an honorable soldier. the Deceased was 81 years, 5 months and 25 days of age.
(from obituary in Mapleton paper)
Jill Waddle

Topic: Crane Family
From: Sharon Newberg
Date: Sunday, January 02, 2000 11:04 PM

Information of the John/Harry Crane family
Sharon Newberg


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