Cherokee County Kansas Queries


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Queries October 1999

?40's Train-Car Crash in Galena, Adams, Allen, Beesley, Branscomb, BUTLER, Clark, Coonrod, Davidson, Dodson, ?Empire Cemetery, Franklin, Gaw (2), Harris, Hopkins, Hunt, Jones, Limb, Petty, Pittman, Powell, Rector, Scott, Shamblin, Stout, Van Fossen, Ward Wise, York

Topic: Hopkins
From: Jinny Martin
Date: Sunday, October 31, 1999 06:39 PM

Hello everyone! I am new at this so please bare with me. I am trying to find a photograph of my great-great-Grandfather. his name was Floyd Hopkins. And as far as I know he lived in Cherokee County. He had four children: Jeff, Perry, Elijah Hatfield, and Sarah. The four children left on the Oregon Trail in 1870. If you have any small details or snip-bits of information at all I would greatly appreciate it.
thank you
Jinny Martin@

From: Robert Strong
Date: Sunday, October 31, 1999 05:58 AM

I am researching the family of John Wesley Branscomb (also Branscum and Branscom), a hatter, who moved his family from Wood Co., TX to Cherokee Co., KS (Baxter Springs)around 1870. Children with known contacts to Cherokee Co., KS include: William B. "Barney" Branscum, a miner who lived in Galena; James Harrison Branscum, who ran away from home to Indian Territory after a fight with his step mother; Rebecca A. Branscomb, who married Luther Van Fossen in 1871; and possibly Amanda Branscomb, who married David W. Harris in 1883. I am descended from Nancy Elizabeth "Betty" Branscomb, the oldest child in this family, who to my knowledge never lived in Cherokee Co. She married Taylor Anderson in 1868 and lived in Indian Territory.
Robert Strong

Topic: GAW
From: Janie Frost
Date: Saturday, October 30, 1999 08:15 PM

I am looking for information on my father's family. His name was Billy Mack Gaw, Sr.. His father was Robert Gaw b. 9-8-1833 in Galena, Cherokee Co., KS. I believe his father was John W. Gaw and his mother was possibly Mary Orlie Milligan. ANY information on the GAW surname would be of most importance to me. If you find anything, please email me at or email Lynda Leeds at Thank you very much. Janie M. Gaw-Frost (Seneca, MO.)

Topic: Shamblin
From: Thor Roth
Date: Friday, October 29, 1999 10:48 PM

My Great- Grandfather was Hugh Colwell Shamblin. He was married to Malissa Blevins. They had one son named, Alvin Jack.
Hugh was born July 15, 1845 Missouri. Died in Galena, Ks. August 31, 1890. His mother's name was Eliza Jane Adams Shamblin.
His father's name was Russell H.
Thor Roth

Topic: Scott/Coonrod
From: John Warstler
Date: Friday, October 29, 1999 09:37 AM

Scott/Coonrod mar.,ancestors/descendants
Looking for ancestors/descendants of John Hardin Scott, settled in Pleasant View Twp., Cherokee Co., KS. in 1866, after serving in Co. C, 3rd Illinois Cavalry of Union Army in the Civil War.

He was from Illinois and in 1868 returned there to marry Mary Mountwillow Coonrod (probably of Greene Co. IL, or a neighboring Macoupin Co. to east). Mary was about 17 and daughter of Squire Coonrod.

John and Mary Scott lived in Pleasant View Twp., and later Columbus, and raised a number of children, including my grandmother Etta M. Scott.

Any info on ancestors/descendants will be greatly appreciated.

John Warstler

Topic: Jones, Rector
From: Kaylene Stephens
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 1999 12:16 PM

Smith Jones&Mary Jane Rector
I am researching the family of Smith Jones born June 1847 in Indiana who married (about 1870)Mary Jane Rector born about 1850 in Indiana. Children are: Lucinda Ella married to Jim Ray, Daniel Wilbert Married to Ellen White, Anna Marie married to William George Morrow and Tom Ray, John B. married to Florence, Mary, Charles Alvin married to Cora York. Mary died in November 18, 1889 and Smith married Rosie Smith Nichols and moved to Oklahoma. They had three boys Walter, Elmer, and Claud. Rosa had two daughters Nancy ( Fanny ) and Mary E. Nichols. Mary Married William Mansfield and lived in Cushing, Oklahoma.
Kaylene Stephens
kaylene1220 @prodigy. net

Topic: LIMB
From: Earl Limb
Date: Monday, October 25, 1999 11:58 PM

Earl Limb

From: Bill Smothers
Date: Monday, October 25, 1999 08:58 AM

I am looking for information on Andrew J. Franklin and family who were living in 1870 Cherokee Co., KS, in Lowell Twp. and Baxter Springs.
Andrew J. Franklin (b 1851 IA)
wife Catherine Covert
dau Ida E. Franklin
son Daniel M. Franklin
dau Minnie M. Franklin
son Alvin P. Franklin
dau Alice H. Franklin

Topic: Empire Cemetery
From: Janie Frost
Date: Friday, October 22, 1999 10:23 AM

can someone tell me how to get a list of everyone buried in Empire (Oak Hill) Cemetery? I am looking for all the GAW families and some dates as to when they were buried. Janie M. Gaw-Frost

Topic: York, Hunt
From: Kaylene Stephens
Date: Friday, October 22, 1999 06:03 PM

I'm looking for family members of Emma Hunt and Payten York. Emma's parents are Jabez Hunt and Malissa Clapper. Jabez brother was Johnathon Hunt and early settler in Columbus. Payten was born in Tennessee, Emma in Indiana. Their children were Charles, Walter married to Grace Price, Albert married to Ila, Cora married to Charles Jones, Lillie, and Pearl married to John Matheson - Semi Crowder-and Homer Wells.My grandparents are Cora and Charles, have information to share.
Kaylene Stephens
kaylene1220 @prodigy. net

Topic: GAW
From: Janie Frost
Date: Friday, October 22, 1999 10:39 AM

Does anyone have any information on the Gaw family names in and around Galena, KS.? I am trying to find information on my grandfather, gr grandfather, or any siblings.

Robert Gaw b. 9-8-1883 Galena, Cherokee, KS m. Hattie Jane Harris

Anything at all on any of the GAW family would be so very greatly appreciated. Thank you. Janie M. GAW-Frost

From: Frank Butler
Date: Thursday, October 21, 1999 02:19 PM

My Grandfather, Frank Allen BUTLER born 5 August 1884 Columbus the 9th of 10 children of Orlando S Butler and Mary E.(ALLEN)BUTLER.

Would like to find out if Orlando S. BUTLER is O.S. BUTLER, Mayor of Columbus 1889-90-91-92. Orlando born in PA 1841 and I believe he came to Columbus from IA and IL.

Would also like to find ANY information on Mary E. (ALLEN) BUTLER, his wife.

Frank A. Butler

From: Marie Pittman
Date: Monday, October 18, 1999 10:01 PM

Marie Elizabeth Lattner Pittman lived in the Weir area of Cherokee Co KS ca. 1940's. Family tradition says she lived on John Blythe place? She was known for the two 'pug bull dogs' she owned. She was the first wife of Carl Beaman Pittman (m. 1906 in IT/OK; div. ca 1912). Both she & Carl lived out their lived in Pittsburgh KS area.
Marie Pittman

Topic: stout
From: Dennis Nelson
Date: Monday, October 18, 1999 07:17 PM

Am looking for ELI STOUT and family from In. pension records show that the family moved to Kan. in 1866.Eli and Rozetta Wilson were married in Ohio in 1856.After his military service he moves west,I have not been able to find or track him very well.He is listed on the 1890 Veterans census in Payne county Ok.
thanks dennis
Dennis Nelson

Topic: Dodson
From: Linda Ramsey
Date: Saturday, October 16, 1999 11:39 AM

Dodson,William J. and Joseph S. Dodson
Looking for G-Grandfather Joe and his father William. Joe married Janie Reno Dodson before 1897. Rebecca Cecil Dodson Martin was b.1897 in Vinita Okla. Joe and Janie met near the mines in Webb City.Mo. They had Rebecca and William Tolliver Dodson before seperation. All I know is he was Irish with red hair. Any info would be appreciated. Linda at

Topic: Adams
From: Pat Quinn
Date: Monday, October 11, 1999 10:14 PM

Looking for Adams family father Victor mother Jewell. My brother Dan was b. Baxter Springs in 1931. I know that in 1933 they had moved to Galena. My father had something to do with Pentecostal Church. I think other family members were there. Clem Adams-Fred-Floyd-Clyde. Any info you have would be helpful.

From: Sue Henry
Date: Monday, October 11, 1999 08:30 PM

LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MARY G. DAVIDSON, b: 7 Jul 1843, Cherokee, Kansas, d: 16 Feb 1866, m: James Melvin Mcdowel Rawlings. Any one know who her parents were, whether or not she had any siblings, where did she die?
Sue Henry

Topic: Clark
From: Larry Clark
Date: Sunday, October 10, 1999 07:28 PM

I am looking for information regarding my great-grandfather whose name was John Wesley Clark. All I know at this time is that he was born in Cherokee County, Kansas and served in the Civil War. He must have lived near McCune, Kansas. My grandfather was born near McCune Kansas on November 23,1873. His name was Francis Newton Clark. Any information would be very helpful.
Thank you
Larry Clark

Topic: 40's Train-Car Crash in Galena
From: ? please contact if you submitted this information
Date: Friday, October 08, 1999 10:47 PM

Searching for the Surname of the husband and wife, killed in a train-car crash in Galena, Ks. in the mid to late 40's. Children were adopted by a family named Hopkins. One of the children's name was Gaylene. There were 2 girls and a boy.

From: Carmen Vaz-Altenberg
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 01:10 PM

I went to Galena High school (no longer standing) with Roy Hopkins, older brother of Gaylene Hopkins. I believe he died in a car accident in the late 1950's. Gaylene was a couple of years younger than Roy. There are pictures of Roy and Gaylene in the high school annuals.
Becky Powell.
Carmen Vaz-Altenberg

Topic: Wise
From: Francis Wise
Date: Thursday, October 07, 1999 05:49 PM

Lasley WISE 1895 KS Census
I recently found the family of Sylvester J. WISE and Hattie LASLEY living in Sheridan Twp., Cherokee Co., KS. In this household there was a 70 yo male listed as Lasley WISE, born in OH. I believe this to be Sylvester's father. As a couple of the family are listed by their middle name, this Lasley could also be listed as such. I know that the Lasley family migrated PA>OH>IA>KS, but have yet to find any Wise families nearby. Since Sylvester was born in IN, the Wises at least must have migrated OH>IN>KS. If you have any information, please drop me a line.
Francis Wise

Topic: Beesley
From: Bud Sayer
Date: Wednesday, October 06, 1999 08:49 AM

Eva Pearl Beesley
Married Charles E. Sayer
They had two children Mable
Mable later married Herbert Collier.
And Nellie Sayer.Not Sure of Nellies
married name. Any help would be great::

Bud Sayer

Topic: Powell/Petty
From: Carmen Vaz-Altenberg
Date: Monday, October 04, 1999 02:38 PM

Powell/Petty Galena, KS
I'm looking for information on William Grant Powell. All I know is that a son of his was Samuel Clyde Powell, born July, 7 1893. Samuel Clyde Powell was a lead Miner who married Lola Brooks Petty from Galena Kansas. They had one son, Dr. Robert Grant Powell, my grandfather. I need to know the name of Samuel Clyde's mother, and any information on his father William Grant. I have the ancestry Of Lola Brooks Petty back to 1830's.
Thank you.
Carmen Vaz-Altenberg

Topic: Ward
From: Keri Brewtiz
Date: Friday, October 01, 1999 05:03 PM

Frank W. Ward - Galena in 1918
Searching for any info on Frank W. Ward born in 1850 in Erie Co. Penn. lived in Galena in 1918 per his mothers obituary. Thanks for any responses. Keri
Keri Brewtiz


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