Bourbon County Kansas Queries


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Queries Mar. - Apr. 2001

Berger, Bloomfield, Boring, Burger, Chaney, Connett, Dodson, Donahoo 1885 census?, Griffitts, Hancock, Johnston (2), Kelso, Knowles, Minnear, Osage Township?, Pennell, Puterbaugh, Shade, Steinbrook, Weir, Whitehead, Wray, Young

Topic: Boring Family
From: Doylene Rathke
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 15:42:18 -0500

My mother-in-law was Inez L. Boring, d/o James Heiter & Viola Hill Boring. I will share info, on this family. They came from Bourbon Co., Ks.
Doylene (Dodie) Rathke

From: Micki Burger
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2001 02:27 PM

I am searching for family of Jennie Mae CHANEY b. abt 1890's; Jessie KNOWLES b. abt 1890's, and Elias MINNEAR b. 1821 Ohio and d. 1896 Ft. Scott, Bourbon Co, Kansas. ANY information on these families is greatly appreciated, as I have found a brick wall with all of them. Thanks, Micki

Topic: Ross C. Griffitts
From: Rita Boyd
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2001 07:48 AM

Ross C. Griffitts, 1884-1920m. to ?Steinbrook?

Topic: Burger/Berger
From: Micki Burger
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2001 03:35 PM

I am searching for information on John Burger/Berger. He was born in 1825 in Bedford Co, PA, I have been told that he homesteaded near or in Ft. Scott, Bourbon Co, Kansas. He died in 1913 in Walnut, Crawford Co, Kansas. His wife was Susan Bower. His children were Isaac, Albert, Cecelia, Augustus, William and Wesley. I believe that they probably moved to Kansas during or shortly after the Civil War. Any help appreciated. Thanks, Micki

Topic: Steinbrook/Whitehead
From: Joan Keene
Date: Saturday, September 02, 2000 10:03 PM

Can anyone out there tell me where I can find the marriages in Bourbon Co. for 1874?

Or if some one has the index, would you please check for Solomon (Saul) Steinbrook and Mattie Whitehead, Sept., 1874? I really would appreciate it as I have not other road to follow. Help. Joan

Topic: Bloomfield's of Barnesville, KS
From: Michelle Renner
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2001 03:44 PM

I am looking for information on the BLOOMFIELD's of Barnesville, KS.

David BLOOMFIELD, died in Amos, MO. Married Polly Newgent.

Eli H. BLOOMFIELD, born 19, 1845 in IL; died August 1, 1923 in KS; Buried in Barnesville, KS. Marred Rachel (HELMIN) STRICKLIN. Children: Dora Ann, William, James Davied, Noah, Rosie Bella, John J., Henry, Della Lucine, Mary Alice 'Kit', Elias, Charlie, Dollie Leana BLOOMFIELD.

Dora Ann BLOOMFIELD, born October 1, 1889 in KS; died April 6, 1920; Married Ira Otis Bradley

Topic: Osage Township
From: S R Aiken
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 07:40 PM

Can anyone tell me where to find a township map? I need to know where Osage Township is, where Benjamin Bowman and his family lived in 1870.

From: Richard Peterson
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2001 11:42 PM

A good map showing Osage township can be found in "Cutler's HISTORY OF KANSAS (Pub. 1883)" which has been transcribed and is available on the internet at:

You have to navigate several bookmarks to arrive at the Bourbon county map at:

This online book has lots of interesting information. I searched biographies for "Bowman" and found the following mention of M. A. Bowman as wife of Thomas J. Armstrong:

THOMAS J. ARMSTRONG, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Fort Scott, is a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., born June 16, 1833. He was raised on a farm and acquired a common school education. In 1855, he married and moved to the State of Missouri. In November, 1859, Miss Eva was born, and in 1860 the family moved to Kansas, locating on Section 34, Osage Township, Bourbon County, where Mr. Armstrong has prospered till he now has 440 acres of farm land, carrying on mixed farming, stock and grain. He has a fine family of nine children, having lost three. The members of the home circle are himself and wife (formerly Miss S. A. Bowman, of Ohio), Alpheus D., Eva C., Willis P., Frank S., Emery B., Orville, Melvin and Marvin, twins; and Merrill H. They have lost Herman A., Emerson R. and John G. Miss Eva, the only daughter, is a school teacher, and loves her profession. She received her education from the public schools, graduating from the Kansas Normal, of Fort Scott. Her last school was taught in Missouri, in 1881. Her brother, Alpheus D., owns 160 acres in Crawford County.

I strongly recommend this book for exploring by folks working on Kansas genealogy. It is sometimes hard to navigate, but worth the effort.

Topic: David A. Johnston Family
From: Mary Anna Callaway
Date: Sunday, March 25, 2001 06:55 PM

Looking for family of David A. Johnston, b 1851 in Ohio; married Mary M. about 1894. Children are: Earl M., b Jan 1882, died 1954, married Mildred; David L., b Oct 1884; James G. b Jul 1886; Jessie M., b Jun 1888; Cleve A., b Feb 1895; and Guy S. b 5-5-1901; d 4-22-1960, married Velma Woodard. David A. Johnston's brother was John Preston Johnston married to Mary Ellen Boyd Johnston.

Topic: James M Dodson
From: Edward C HEITZ
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2001 08:48 AM

Looking for details of death of James M Dodson, ambushed and killed about 1878 on a trip from Fort Scott to Indian Territory, OK, with load of goods for sale to Indians. His wife was Sarah Alice (Segraves) Dodson, who died in Fort Scott in 1897. They had children named Mary E, b 1850, Emma, Tone and David and others. I descend from Mary Elizabeth above. Any information appreciated. Ed

Topic: Donahoo 1885 census
From: Allie Jackson
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2001 07:10 AM

Topic: Seeking Kelso's in Bourbon County ca. 1870
From: Mark Hicks
Date: Friday, March 16, 2001 11:03 AM

I'm seeking any info on Kelso's in Bourbon County ca. 1860-1875. Specifically Harrison Kelso, Benjamin Kelso.
Mark Hicks

Topic: John Marshall Young / Caroline Bradshaw Weir
From: Sharon Walker
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2001 04:27 PM

I am looking for information on John and Caroline. I do know that they had a son John Henry Young b.6 Nov. 1864 in Fort Scott. He moved to Portland, Oregon then to Echo, Oregon. They also had a daughter Bessie Young

Topic: Pennell, Connett
From: Eileen L. Bremner
Date: Monday, March 12, 2001 10:12 PM

I am looking for any Pennells living in Bourbon Kansas, I believe the first name may have been William but I am usure. My grandmother Martha (Mattie) Hall was adopted and raised by the Pennells. She and my grandfather were married in Iola, Bourbon, Kansas at least I think it is in Bourbon. They were married 18 Sept 1907. Thanks Eileen

Topic: Shade
From: Evelyn Fegan
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2001 07:30 PM

Information on the family of Alva K. Shade.

Topic: Wray/Puterbaugh
From: Evelyn Fegan
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2001 07:27 PM

Information on families of James, Jesse Wray, and Solomon Puterbaugh

Topic: David A. Johnston
From: Mary Anna Callaway
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2001 01:27 PM

Looking for family of David A. Johnston, born about 1851 in OH. He is in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 Bourbon Co census (Freedom Township). Wife Mary, b 1874 in MO; children: Earl M., b 1-1882; David L., b 10-1884; James G. b 7-1886; Jessie M., b 6-1888; Cleve A., b 2-1895; Guy S., b 1902.

Topic: James W. HANCOCK
From: Dawn Zimmerer
Date: Thursday, March 01, 2001 10:30 AM

I am researching James W. HANCOCK, my gggrandfather. He is listed as being from Osage KS when he married Emma TATE in Garnett, Anderson County, KS March 29, 1886. He was born abt, 1864 and died before 1900 in (we think) Jasper County, Joplin, MO. Any information, no matter how small is appreciated. I know nothing about him or his parents and he is my "brick wall"!!!



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