Cherokee County Kansas Queries


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Queries August 2000

Butler, Clark, Dean, Gant, Goforth, Love, Murphy, Powell, Sailors, Sperry or Spurry, White, Zwahlen

Topic: Pence Cem-Baxter Springs-Sailors Fam
From: Sharon Roach
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2000 04:39 PM

SAILORS, Mary Isabel (OBrien) born 1858-died 1896 is buried in Pence Cemetery SE of Baxter Springs--she now has a headstone to prove she is there somewhere and that she did exist...YEA !!! Thanks to all who helped me do this...she was my Great-Grandma

Topic: Butler
From: Ethel White
Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 02:06 PM

Searching for information regarding John H. Butler (born 1879 in Mo.-died Galena, Ks. area Feb. 1917). Would like information regarding a marriage-wife and children's names to help fill in my family history. E.L.

Topic: Clark
From: Jennie Wright
Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2000 10:24 PM

Seeking information on Levi Clark who was on the 1880 Cherokee County, KS census. He was 46 born in NY. Both of his parents were born in ENG according to this census. I think Levi Clark may be a brother to my great-grandmother Henrietta Clark who married Lemuel D. Taylor.

From: Beverly Goforth
Date: Sunday, August 27, 2000 06:52 PM

Searching for information on a Jerome Goforth who enrolled on November 27,1861 at Iola, KS by Captain Flesher as a private in Company "E". Nineth regiment, Kansas Volunteer Cavalry by Lieut. Newbold. Jerome mustered out on January 16, 1865. Any information on Jerome or this Regiment, please e-mail me at

Topic: John Asbury MURPHY b1850 and wife Martha J. WHITE
From: Kenneth Shirley
Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2000 07:41 PM

Kenneth W. Shirley
4229 Kingman Road
Grantville, KS 66429
ksgenq16a, 22 August 2000


I am trying to find information on John Asbury MURPHY b 24 Mar 1850 Polk Co. MO, son of Thomas L. b1826 TN and Eliza HEART MURPHY [b1828 McMinn Co. TN]. According the Civil War discharge papers of Thomas L., who served in Company L of the 6th Missouri Cavalry [Union], Thomas L. b1826 was born in “Granger” Tennessee [presumably, this means Grainger County]. Thomas L. and Eliza resided Polk Co. MO 1850, Cherokee Co. KS 1880, and Benton Co. AR 1900). John Asbury b1850 was a brother of my great grandfather Thomas M. D. MURPHY [b1856 Polk Co. MO, m1883 Benton Co. AR to Mandy KELLEY].

I seek the following [some of which is described in the “Notes by KWS” beside the census entries listed in this query]:

1. Names and addresses of any descendants or of any persons who might be knowledgeable about John A. MURPHY b1850 or about others of this line of MURPHYs.

2. Need confirmation that this is the right John A. MURPHY in the census records identified here. Where did he die and where is he buried?

3. Where was John A. MURPHY in the 1860, 1870, and 1910 census?

4. Marriage record: Carroll Co. AR, 12 May 1884, John A. MURPHY to Martha J. WHITE. Need confirmation that this is “my” John Asbury MURPHY b1850.

1850 Polk Co. MO, p 14
Thomas L. Murphy 24 TN
Eliza 21 TN
William A. 3 MO
*John A. 2 months MO
Martha C. Hart 22 TN
Frances Lawson 2 ? MO
*Note by KWS: This is John Asbury Murphy b1850.

1860--??? Where are Thomas and Eliza?

1870--??? Where are Thomas and Eliza?
1880 Cherokee Co. KS, p 453B, #145-154
Murphy, E. [sic] L. 55 TN -- --
Eliza 53 wife TN NC NC
J. L. 15 son MO TN TN
E. M. V. 10 dau. MO TN TN

1880 Cherokee Co. KS, p 453B,
#144-153 [next door]
White, Joseph 36 TN TN TN
E. L. 29 wife KY VA KY
M. E. 12 dau. IL TN KY
J. W. 9 son IL TN KY
W. 2 son MO TN KY
*Murphy, J. A. 30 boarder (miner) MO TN KY
Williams, M. E. 33 sister KY VA KY

Note by KWS: "E. L." Murphy is Thomas L. b1826.

*"J. A." Murphy age 30 (next door) fits well with John A. b1850, son of Thos. L. Note the WHITE family next door to the MURPHY family. There is a Carroll Co. AR marriage record: John A. MURPHY to Martha J. WHITE, 12 May 1884 [see 1900 census] Could "M.E." White dau. age 12 be "Martha" of the 1884 marriage record and in the 1900 census record?
1900 Carroll Co. AR, Cedar Township,
Eureka Springs, 3rd Ward, 252-266
E.D. 35, Sheet 11, 12 June 1900

Murphy, John Head b Mar 1849, age 51 MO TN TN
Martha wife b Mar. 1867 age 33, KS Scotland IL
Eliza dau. b Oct. 1885 age 14, AR MO KS
John O. son b Nov. 1887 age 12, Ind. Terr MO KS
Daniel R. son b Jun. 1889 age 10, AR MO KS
James son b Mar. 1893 age 7, AR MO KS
Henry son b Oct. 1898 age 1, AR MO KS

Next door #251--265 is an Ada White age 20 MO
dau. of J. Wilson 45 AR NC NC

Note by KWS: Carroll and Benton Counties are adjacent. Carroll Co. AR marriage record: John A. Murphy to Martha J. White, 12 May 1884. Is this John Asbury MURPHY b 24 Mar. 1850 in the 1900 census record and in the Carroll Co. AR marriage record?

1900 Benton Co. AR, Rollers Ridge Township, #16-16
Murphy, Thomas L. 73 TN TN TN
Eliza 71 wife TN TN TN

Note by KWS: This is Thomas L. b1826 of 1850 Polk Co. MO and his wife Eliza (HEART), parents of John A. b1850.
1910--?? Where are John A. MURPHY
and wife Martha (White)??

Note by KWS: I have not found John A. in 1910 census using the Soundex.
1920 Chase Co. KS Cedar Tnsp, S.D 4, E.D. 2, Sheet 2b, #26-26

Good, William B. head 64KY VA VA
*Good, Martha J. wife 52 KS OH OH
Murphy, Henry A. step-son 21 AR MO KS
Murphy, Oma E. step-dau. 17 AR MO KS

*Note by KWS: This is Martha J. (WHITE) MURPHY and MURPHY children by John A. MURPHY.

1920 Soundex:
Barry Co. MO; E.D. 15, Sheet 9
D. R. Murphy 29 MO
Chloe E. 25 MO
Norman 6 MO

Note by KWS: "D.R." is probably "Daniel R." b1889,
the son of the John Murphy of the 1900
Carroll Co. AR census

Topic: DEAN
From: Lynn Marcott
Date: Monday, August 21, 2000 09:47 PM

I am seeking any information on the Dean family in and around Weir, Cherokee County.

Nickemah (Nick) Dean m. Susan ?

Carry Harrison Dean m. Rebecca Wilson Beal

Nick and Carry both born in Indiana. Both supposedly buried at Hosey Hill Cemetery in Weir.

Am new to this research and any help will be appreciated.

Topic: James Sperry or Spurry family
From: Phyllis Lollar
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2000 07:12 PM

I am seeking information on my great-great grandfather's family. James was married to Eunice Wilson and they had the following children: Elizabeth, Jane, William, Samuel, Anna, John, Ida and Mary Alice. Mary Alice was my great grandmother and she married Samuel Johnson.

James was born in Dover, Delaware, Jan. 31, 1816 and died Dec. 16, 1891. He is buried in Cherokee County. someplace.

Any help would be appreciated.

Topic: Love, Gant, Powell Family
From: Varna Nolen
Date: Monday, August 14, 2000 01:10 PM

I just recently found out that my family is from Baxter Springs. They have been there since the mid 1800s. We are an African-American family and they were farmers mostly. I am new to research so I need lots of help.


Topic: Zwahlen Family Tree
From: Anonymous
Date: Friday, August 11, 2000 05:10 PM I am looking for any information I can get on the Zwahlen family from Cherokee and Labette counties. Specifically, Oswego, Hallowell and Columbus, KS. I am the grand-daughter of Phillip Zwahlen, and would like to trace back from him. I know that he is buried in McKee cemetery. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


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