Cherokee County Kansas Queries


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Queries July 1999

Brickle, Brittle, Eck, Grantham, Jean, Jessup, Leslie, ?Local Libraries, Marsh, McBroom, Morrow, Murdock, Nash, Riddle Sharp, ?Spring River Inn, Stroer, Van Fossens, Wilson

Topic: SHARP
From: Kelly Anderson
Date: Sunday, July 25, 1999 12:32 PM

Charles Andrew Sharp, of Cherokee County, KS, b. ca. 1850. He married Trella Belle Gard in 1911 in KS. They had one son, Andrew Jackson "Jack" Sharp, in 1912. Charles died in or before 1913, and Trella Belle moved to Forsyth, MO to her parents. Jack Sharp married Rose Walsh in Forysth, MO and had my mother and her siblings. Rose Walsh died of cancer in 1947 and Jack began drinking heavily. My Mom only saw Jack once before he died in 1973. Social Security Administration sent a copy of Jack's application, which put his place of birth in Baxter Springs, KS. Before that, we found scribbled on a funeral card that his father was Charles Andrew Sharp of Kansas. This is all we have to go on right now. My mother and her siblings are all of a rather dark complexion, and we believe that Charles Andrew Sharp was either of Native American, African, or Italian heritage. We are searching for where he is buried and his heritage.

Topic: Leslie
From: Dave Taylor
Date: Sunday, July 25, 1999 08:15 AM

Leslie family of Galena
Searching for the burial place of Lisa Leslie Speck. Lisa was married to Jacob E Speck in early 1900's. She died in childbirth and is believed to be buried in or around Galena. Please contact Dave Taylor,

Topic: Grantham/Spring River Inn
From: Beverly Clark
Date: Sunday, July 18, 1999 07:20 PM

I am looking for any information on James Walter Grantham who lived, during the early 1900's, in the house at Riverton, Cherokee County, Kansas, that later became known as Spring River Inn. I think he was an uncle of Walter Raymond Michener (now deceased), husband of Edna Pauline (Tudy) Clark Michener, who lives east of Baxter Springs, Cherokee County, Kansas. Your help is appreciated. Beverly Clark

Topic: Local Libraries
From: Beverly Clark
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 05:00 PM

Does anyone know if the libraries and/or genealogical societies of Galena, Baxter Springs and Columbus, Cherokee County, Kansas have email address's and if they will do research?

From: Tom Ward
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 05:26 PM

For information about the Cherokee County Kansas Genealogical-Historical Society, Inc., check their web page at ../cherokee/society/cckghs.html

From: Kenneth L. Goldsberr Goldsberry
Date: Monday, November 22, 1999 12:50 AM

Tom gave you a great source.... they are very helpful, especially if you join the Society.... Don't hold your breath on getting any answers to questions from the Galena library. I've written letter after letter and never a reply.

If you ever have a chance to visit the Cherokee Co Genealogy Library in Columbus, KS.... do it. They have all the probate files right in house. I saw and copied checks written by my ggrandmother to one of her daughters during her illness before death... what a find.

Ken Goldsberry, Ft. Collins, CO

Topic: Riddle, Marsh
From: Beverly Clark
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 04:55 PM

Is anyone familiar with the extensive genealogical research done several years (20-25) ago by Dorothy Marsh of Baxter Springs, Cherokee County, Kansas? The only surname that stands out is RIDDLE. Who has it now and can it viewed for common ties? Please email me at: Beverly Clark

From: Tom Ward
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 05:29 PM

Re: The RIDDLE family research of Dorothy Marsh, Baxter Springs
Dorothy Marsh published two volumes about the Riddle family. The Johnston Public Library at Baxter Springs, KS, has copies of both.

Topic: Eck
From: ? please contact if you submitted this information
Date: Sunday, July 11, 1999 11:18 AM

The Eck family has a genealogy website at:

Thank you, and good luck on your search.

Topic: Jean
From: Richard Fagan
Date: Sunday, July 11, 1999 07:32 AM

Emirine E. Jean
Looking for information on Emirine, she was a sister of my great grandfather George A. Fagan. Knowing to be living in Galena,at1316-12 in Aug. 1912. She died in 1916, in Galena, and is buried there.

Topic: Jessup
From: Bill Jessup
Date: Saturday, July 10, 1999 02:26 PM

Solomon P. Jessup, Daniel A. Jessup
To all those searching for this Jessup Line, a new resource has recently emerged. See Mary Jo Martin's user Home Page at for This line of Jessups back to about 1579. Very interesting site.

Thanks so much to the Baxter Springs Middle School Students who transcribed Nathaniel Allison's book on the Representative Citizens of Cherokee County.

I have copies of Solomon Jessup's Civil War Military Records from the National Archives. Also, Mary Long Jessup's pension application files. I'm in the process of scanning them now. If you'd like them sent as .jpg images, let me know.

P.S. to DBergmann. I've tried to return your email about 10 times. Each time I get a message saying "User has blocked this sender" or "Undeliverable".

Topic: Brickle, Brittle
From: Shirley Noyes
Date: Monday, July 05, 1999 11:26 PM

Looking for info on a William B. Brittle/William M. Brickle abt 1876-1880. Any info good or bad will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Shirley Noyes

Topic: Wilson
From: Joeen Burns
Date: Monday, July 05, 1999 10:12 PM

I am looking for info on Green Wilson who is buried in Hosey Hill in Weir. His wife was Amanda, and was native American.I cannot find where she died and was buried. Would like any info about this family, as they would be my great great grandparents.

Thanks,Joeen Burns

Topic: McBroom, Morrow
From: ? please contact if you submitted this information
Date: Monday, July 05, 1999 09:45 PM
Has any one ever heard of the WILLIAM MORROW family? In May of 1882 in Illinois, William Morrow "adopted" (not legally) my grandfather who was 8 years old at the time. Lee Andrew MCBROOM was to be given a horse, saddle, bridle and $50 when he reached 21 years of age. I think the Morrow family were good to him because when he reached 21 he returned to Illinois. His father and sister had died. After he married my grandmother, Cynthelia IRWIN,in 1897, he returned to Columbus where they lived until after their first child was born in 1900. Her name was Hazel Marie MCBROOM. She always told me she could not get a birth certificate because all of the records there were burned.

I am trying to find out the name of my Lee's birth mother who died when he was very about 6 or 7 years old. If he attended school in Columbus maybe it lists his real parents names even though he lived with the William MORROW family? Any help greatly appreciated.

Topic: Nash
From: Cyndi Dryer Galati
Date: Friday, July 02, 1999 12:38 AM

Hi! I am looking for anyone researching the Nash family in Cherokee County, KS. I am descended from: Judah and Helen Smith Nash
William Riley and Charlotta Jane Miller Nash
David Lee and Ida Mae Nash Sims
Thank You,
Cyndi Dryer Galati

From: Beverly Clark
Date: Thursday, July 01, 1999 11:53 PM

I am looking for any ancestral information on the following:

Andrew Murdock, b: 1839, Ohio (?)
spouse #1: Louisa Craig, d: bef 1873
spouse #2: Theodoria Hupp (widowed
wife of Andrew's brother, Burt,
who died abt 1873.)
Hattie L., b: abt 1870
John Wesley (Willie), d: abt 1873
at age 18 of typhoid fever. He and his wife, Sara, had a farm
near Columbus, Cherokee Co, Kansas
Ella May, b: June 5, 1874, Girard, Kans
Anna (by spouse #2)

Andrew's farm could have been in Cherokee County, Kansas. Another brother of Andrews, Marshell, had a son, Victor, who supposedly started the Wichita Eagle newspaper, was a U.S. Kansas Rep, and ran for V.P. under Teddy Roosevelts Bull Moose Party.
Beverly Clark

From: Nora Hiatt
Date: Friday, July 02, 1999 12:27 AM

Try contacting Larry Murdock at Murdock Funeral Home in Columbus KS. He may have burial information, and just might be a cousin.

Topic: Van Fossens
From: ? please contact if you submitted this information
Date: Thursday, July 01, 1999 06:56 PM

Any information on the Van Fossens of Baxter Springs would be appreciated. Luther Van Fossen was a Civil War vet. who settled in Baxter Springs until he died there. I would like to know the names of his parents or other ancestors, siblings, children or any other relatives he may have had. Thank you.

From: Robert Strong
Date: Sunday, October 31, 1999 06:34 AM

Please read my separate posting dated 31 Oct 1999 relating to BRANSCOMB family. A marriage license was issued to Rebecca A. Branscom, age 17, and Luther C. Van Fossen, age 33, on 13 Feb 1871.
Robert Strong

Topic: Stroer
From: Treva L. Van Fossen
Date: Thursday, July 01, 1999 06:52 PM

My grandmother, Leona Stroer was born in Columbus, Cherokee County Feb. 1906. She had brothers and sisters, but the only one whose name I know is a younger sister, Elisabeth (May be spelled differently). I don't know their parent's names, but I do know that their mother spent her golden years in Missouri. I believe, the town was called Rayburn. My grandmother married Raymond A. Van Fossen, son of Charles and Emma (Hentz). They raised their children in Council Grove,KS. (Morris Co)then spent the rest of their lives in Wilsey (Morris Co). If any one has any information, please contact me. Thank you.


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