Cherokee County Kansas Queries


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Queries May - July 2004

Bond, Boyd, Brown, Burrows, Carman, Collins, ? Collins Hotel, Elder, Frakes, ? Genelogist to do research, Goodwin, Greathouse, Gucker, Hayward, Keith, Killian, Kimbro, Kimbro, McFadden, McGruder, McPherson, ? Oak Hill Cemetery, ? Oldest profession, ? One-room school house teachers, Owens, Page, Prine, Rawlins, Rawlins, Richardson, Rollins, Seeley, Silence, Smith, Smith, Stewart, Swedes, ? West Mineral, Wilkerson

Topic: Looking for Genelogist to do research
From: candace peebles
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2004 11:18 AM
Need a genealogist to look up information in Cherokee County. Will pay going rate. Please contact me at

Topic: Swedes in Cherokee Kansas
From: candace peebles
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2004 11:15 AM
Found family living in Empire City, Kansas, in the 1880 Census. The name is listed as Cromnel, but should be Cronval, Cronwal, Cronvel, or Cronwel. The names were S.S.; Bell; Saml; and Elisabet (Betty). Betty married John Douglas Pierson and died in 1894, but I cannot find the rest of the family.

Topic: Stewart, Elder, McGruder, McPherson
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 03:49 PM
I'm searching for information on the STEWART, ELDER, MCGRUDER AND MCPHERSON families. They lived in WEIR Kansas in the late 1800's to the early 1900's.

Topic: Brown
From: lucile barker
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 05:18 PM
I'm looking for descendants of the Charles H Brown family in Scammon. Charles & Martha Hamilton Brown had five children, Lucy, Edward, George, Elmer and Harry Zona. Anyone have any info of this family? Elmer is my dad. After the death of my Grandmother (Martha) Charles remarried a Sarah Ann Young. Thanks

Topic: Silence, One-room school house teachers
From: Margo Franz
Date: Sunday, July 11, 2004 01:12 PM
Searching for info re graduates of June 8, 1897 from Cherokee County, Columbus Kansas with my grandmother, Clara Silence.She then went on to teach in one-room schools in Southeast Kansas.I have her diploma with this date. Would like to chat with anyone having family history related to that area and perhaps classmate families. Thank you.

Topic: The Boyd family And Bond Family Of Baxtersprings
From: Chrysanthea Boyd
Date: Thursday, July 08, 2004 03:28 AM
Hello, I am looking for Bonds, Smiths,or Boyds or hurt. I am trying to find out about my Family history. My father was born in Baxtersprings, and so was his father. Their name are Robert Boyd, and He has a brother named Chester Boyd, and we think my great grand father name was Joseph O , Boyd and he married Lula or lulu Bond. I know that my grand father had cousins, who lived in Baxtersprings to by the name of Carl Boyd senior, and Carl Boyd Jr. I don't know if they had any more children would like to find that out. because I think they would be two brothers children. These boyds are of african american decent. The bonds Migrated from Tennessee to Kansas after the civil war. Thomas P bond. Thomas P bond was born about 1815 and he married a lady by the name of lydia and the had 15 children, and 10 of her children were still living after the 1900 census in BaxterSprings. Goldie Bond married Robert smith, and for Charles Vivian Bond was born July 16th 1888 and on his birth cerfticate His mothers name was Mary Hurt and her brothers were Auther hurt who died in winnipeg,Canada, and his brother David Hurt who was a black smith. He loved horses he died in Baxterspring Kansas. I hope this is enough information to find out some answers. I would like to be able to meet some of my family descendents, or just know the story better
Thank you,
Chrysanthea Boyd

Topic: Prine, Wm. Frances, b.1829
From: Joy Loveless
Date: Saturday, July 03, 2004 10:15 AM

Topic: Smith, Look up of death certificate
From: Candy Peebles
Date: Friday, July 02, 2004 08:02 PM
Help. Will pay someone to look up the death certificate and divorce papers of ELI SMITH. He died in 1909 in Cherokee county, Kansas.

Topic: Inez Lorraine [Seeley] Page
From: Jerry Page
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 05:28 PM
My name is Jerry Page,I am looking for my mother's grave site,her name was Inez Lorraine [Seeley] Page was married to
a John Thomas Page and died in late 1939 or 1940,I believe
thru family informatiom on her that she was buried in the
McKee Cementary.Columbus Kansas,Cherokee County,It was told to me the reason for no headstone was that it was the end of the depression and there was no money for the headstone
If I can find her grave site I want to but a headstone on
her grave,its long,long overdue.
Jerry Page
327Granite Mt Rd
59701-e-mail foxy1938

Topic: Collins Hotel, McFadden, Collins
From: Katie Dewar
Date: Thursday, June 03, 2004 03:57 PM
I am interested in the Collins Hotel and anyone related to Catherine McFadden or John C. Collins who I believe ran the hotel along with their 5 daughters.

Topic: Oak Hill Cemetery
From: Jeanette ponder
Date: Monday, May 31, 2004 08:29 PM
Does anyone know where I can buy a cemetery book with Oak Hill Cemetery in it? Allot of my family is buried there.
Thank You Jeanette Ponder

Topic: Thomas Goodwin
From: Mark Goodwin
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2004 11:58 PM
Info on Thomas and/or brother James Goodwin of Baxter Springs, KS around 1880 - 1905.

Topic: Gucker/Owens of melrose/neosho twnsp,/KS
From: Eric Collins
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 07:16 PM
Gucker Family came from Pennsylvania to KS after 1855. Joseph Gucker(b. 1855, PA) Married Mollie (mary) E. Owens in 1884. They had five surviving children. Nellie E., Ralph , Flossie , Wilbert , Lester N.
Owens' came from Indiana in 1862 to Melrose ,KS. Mary(mollie) E. Owens(b. 1862, IN). Her father was born in KY, and her mother was b. in Virginia.
Any info relating to these people would be appreciated. I have Nellie E.(b.1888)family history to present.

Topic: i am looking for any info. about hayward .
From: ann palmer
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2004 08:44 PM

Topic: Rollin V. Keith b. 1906/FRAKES families
From: Anita Lickteig
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:25 PM
Am looking for any information on ROLLIN V. KEITH born in Cherokee Co, KS and his family. He is the father of my Aunt Jeannette who recently passed away. She was the half sister to my mother. Am also searching for information on the FRAKES family from the same area. I know that JAMES EDWARD FRAKES was buried in Minneapolis, KS.

Topic: Rollins- General Affidavit by William Mallett-1891
From: Melvin Temple Jr.
Date: Wednesday, June 02, 2004 02:28 AM
Originally Posted 12-May-2004 03:43
This is typed as it appears on Affidavit
General Affidavit
State of, Kansas, County of, Cherokee.
In the pension claim of Elizabeth (Widow) of Dillard H. Rollins.
Personally came before me, a Notary Public, in and for the aforesaid County and State.
William Mallett, who I hereby certify, is a respectable and credible person, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid claim as follows:
I was acquainted with the above mentioned Soldier, Dillard H. Rollins, the husband of the Claimant. At the time of his death.
The immediate cause of his death was from an injury recd. from a runaway Team. He died on or about the 15th day of April 1887. I was present at his death and think it was caused by the injuries recd. from the runaway Team.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
He further declares that his post office address is, Boston Mills, County of Cherokee, State of, Kansas, and that he is not interested in said claim or concerned in its prosecution.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Signature of Affiant.
Wm. L. Mallett

Topic: Enoch & Lucinda Greathouse burial site
From: Betty Greathouse Douglas www.Permelia@Cox.Net
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 12:29 PM
My g-g-grandfather and g-g-grandmother, Enoch and Lucinda Greathouse lived in Galena Kansas and died in Galena Kansas.Enoch died December 11, 1882 and Lucinda died in 1883. I have been unable to determine their place of burial. Burial plots were purchased in the city cemetery but there is no proof of anyone buried in the spaces. I would appreciate receiving information on my question - where are they buried.
Thank you, Betty Greathouse Douglas

Topic: Kimbro/Rawlins marriage 1886
From: Melvin Temple Jr.
Date: Monday, May 10, 2004 02:29 AM
Columbus, Kansas, August 17" A.D. 1886.
You are hereby authorized to join in Marriage, Frederick Kimbro of Cherokee County, State of Kansas aged 30 years, and Ora Rawlins of Cherokee County, State of Kansas aged 18 years, and of such marriage you will make due return to my office within thirty days from date thereof.
Signed: Geo. S. Richardson, Probate Judge
The State of Kansas, County of Cherokee, ss.
To the probate Judge of said County: This is to certify that on the Twentysecond day of August 1886, I united Frederick Kimbro and Ora Rawlings in Marriage in accordace with the laws of this State, and by authority of License No. 318 issued by you.
Signed by: Hugh Mckay, Justice of the Peace.

Topic: West Mineral information
From: hailey sprague
Date: Sunday, May 09, 2004 10:02 PM
i am looking for some information about the early west mineral kansas business buildings i have recently purchased one of them and wanted to know if anyone could tell me what the building used to be back in the start of west mineral u may contact me via email at
thank you

Topic: Ada Wilkerson Carman
From: Marilyn Woodfin
Date: Saturday, May 08, 2004 12:22 PM
I am looking for descendants of Ada Wilkerson Carman. Ada was the daughter of Martha Elizabeth Allen Wilkerson. Martha was the sister of my GGrandfather Lee Alexander Allen. I am trying to find any information I can about the ancestors of Martha and Lee Allen. Will be happy to share what I have.

Topic: Would like History about the oldest profession
From: Melvin Temple Jr.
Date: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 01:56 AM
I would like anyone who has any Information about the oldest profession in Empire, KS., Cherokee County. I have a picture of a family member that is said through family knowlege to have been a maddam or one of the girls working in Empire, KS. that was close to the mines. There are 2 women in my family that had the same name, So I'm trying to see which one it could be through the history of Empire on this subject. #(1). Myrtle E. Rawlins (daughter of Albert Rawlins). #(2). Myrtle E. Kimbro (Daughter of Orah Rawlins).

Topic: Smiths in Cherokee county
From: Royce Ann Morse Hopper
Date: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 03:49 PM
I am trying to do research on one of the most difficult names in genealogy research, Smith. My great great grandfather was Samuel J. Smith born in Tennessee about 1851 died about 1923 Fulton County, Arkansas. His daughter was Mintie Mae Smith who married Joseph Sears.
That is the easy part. Samuel is on the 1880 census for Lola, Cherokee, Kansas with brother Turner Smith head of household. Also listed:
1. Melvina - sister-blind
2. Elizabeth- sister- blind
3. Ellie - sister
4. Alonzo - brother
5. Sterling - brother
6. Reese - brother
7. Samuel - brother
On the 1870 census for same area, it shows James F. Smith head of household. Also listed:
1. Turner - son
2. Amanda - daughter - blind (Melvina)
3. Elizabeth - daughter - blind
4. Samuel - son
5. Ella T. - daughter (Ellie)
6. Alonzo - son
7. Olivia - daughter
8. Sterling - son
9. Reese - son
Does anyone have any info on this family?
Royce Ann Morse Hopper

From: Candy Peebles
Date: Friday, July 02, 2004 07:52 PM
I, also, am related to Smith's from Cherokee County. My Smith was Eli Smith born in Tennessee either in 1837 or 1844. He was in the Empire City, Cherokee, Kansas 1900 census. He was married to Katie Couffer, but it was his second marriage. She divorced him in about 1909 and he committed suicide. I would love to find a connection between the two Smith families, especially since they were both from Tennessee
Ggrandfather, ELI SMITH, was listed in 1900 census in Empire City, Kansas. He,also, was from Tennessee, born either 1837 or 1844. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena, Kansas. His second marriage was to my ggrandmother, KATIE COUFFER. She divorced him in 1908-1908 when his first wife came to visit her. Sound familiar to anyone.
I need a death certificate for Eli and maybe we can make a connection. I would pay someone to do a lookup.
Candy Peebles

Topic: Catherine and Katie Killian ( Burrows)
From: Roy Burrows
Date: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 03:06 PM
I am looking for information on Catherine and Katie Killian who were both married to George Royal Burrows. Catherine married George on 5-29-1895 and Katie married George on 11-20-1900. I am looking for children, where they lived, where they died, where they are buried, particularly Katie. I am trying to find where George is buried. He was in Cherokee Co. five months before he died.
My name is Roy Burrows at

Topic: Thomas and Matilda Jane Richardson KY>IL>KS
From: Marilyn Monson
Date: Monday, May 03, 2004 05:03 PM
I'm looking for information on the family of Thomas Richardson b. abt 1815 in Cumberland County, Kentucky and Matilda Jane Thompson b. abt 1825 who migrated to Cherokee County and possibly lived in or near Lowell. They were married in Cass County, Illinois 5 Oct 1851. Matilda is found on the 1880 US Census for Cherokee, Kansas as a widow with children: George born abt 1853 in Illinois, Maggie born abt 1855 in Illinois, Jack born abt 1860 in Illinois, Ida born about 1864 in Illinois and married a man by the name Burlen Babb 25 dec 1906, and Emma born abt 1867 in Illinois who married a D. F. Bishop 10 Jan 1884. george was the son of Shadrach Richardson and Mary Elizabeth (Betsey) Garrett. Matilda Jane was the dau of Samuel H. Thompson and Matilda S. Bradley. Who did they marry? Where did they go? etc. Any help would be appreciated.

Topic: Kimbro's in Union Chapel Cemetery by Empire,KS.
From: Melvin Temple Jr.
Date: Sunday, May 09, 2004 01:35 PM
Originally Posted 2-May-2004 20:02
I found two headstones for;
William Kimbro- Have picture
Susan A. Kimbro, Wife of Wm. Kimbro, Born: July 6,1858. Died: Oct. 4, 1889.
They are buried at Union Chapel Cemetery, Also known as Ritchie cemetery by locals. >
I'm wondering if this could be the grandparents of Frederic Hillard Kimbro, Who married Orah Rawlins in Cherokee Co. KS.
Any Info. will be appreciated.
Frederic Hillard Kimbro of Cherokee Co., KS. This is her Obit. Knoxville Journal _________________ Knoxville, Iowa Thursday June 22, 1933 Mrs. Ora/Orah Bingham Daughter of Dillard H. Rawlins and Elizabeth Johnson, was born Feb.23,1868, in Hardin county, Ohio, and departed this life June 16,1933, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Gee, Pleasantville, Iowa, where she has made her home most of the time the last three years, at the age of 65 years, 3 months, and 23 days. In 1886 she was united in marriage to Frederic H. Kimbro, who departed this life March 28, 1901. To this union one daughter was born, Mrs. Harrison Bingham, of Dallas, Iowa.

Topic: Obits.Dau. & Grandau. of Dillard H. Rawlins
From: Melvin Temple Jr.
Date: Sunday, May 02, 2004 07:51 PM
Mrs. Orah Bingham Was the daughter of Dillard H. Rawlins & Elizabeth (Johnson) Rawlins, Who lived in Cherokee Co., KS. And her first marriage was to Frederic Hillard Kimbro of Cherokee Co., KS. This is her Obit. Knoxville Journal _________________ Knoxville, Iowa Thursday June 22, 1933 Mrs. Ora/Orah Bingham Daughter of Dillard H. Rawlins and Elizabeth Johnson, was born Feb.23,1868, in Hardin county, Ohio, and departed this life June 16,1933, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Gee, Pleasantville, Iowa, where she has made her home most of the time the last three years, at the age of 65 years, 3 months, and 23 days. In 1886 she was united in marriage to Frederic H. Kimbro, who departed this life March 28, 1901. To this union one daughter was born, Mrs. Harrison Bingham, of Dallas, Iowa. In February, 1903, she was again united in marriage to Jacob W. Bingham, who preceded her in death on Nov. 30, 1932. To this union three children were born, all of whom are living. They are; Wilbur Bingham, Gosport; Mrs. Lloyd Gee, Pleasantville; Everett Bingham, Tracy. Besides her four children she leaves to mourn her loss two brothers: Wesley Rawlins of Diamond, MO., and Albert Rawlins of Colfax, IA.. Eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, four step-daughters and two step-sons, and a host of friends. Two sisters and three brothers have preceded her in death. At an early age she became a member of the Protestant church in Illinois, and later moved her membership to the Gosport M.P. church in Gosport, Iowa, Marion county, of which she remained a faithful member. Although many years of poor health kept her from being present, she remained in good faith until the end. Funeral services were held at the M.P. church at Gosport, conducted by Rev. E.P. Spurlock of Ladora, Iowa. Interment in Gosport cemetery in Washington Twp., in Rural Marion county, Iowa. ____________________________ Obit of only daughter of Orah Rawlins & Frederic Hillard Kimbro. Knoxville Express Knoxville, Iowa, September 5, 1954 __________________________________ Mrs. Charley VanWinkle, mother of Mrs. Bertha Severns, of Knoxville, died at her home at Dallas, Iowa in Marion county, Tuesday. August 24, 1954, at the age of 67 years 6 months and 15 days. Anna Myrtle Kimbro, only daughter of Orah Rawlins and Fred Kimbro, was born at Salina, Kansas, February 9, 1887 and came to Iowa with her mother at the age of 15 years. On January 7, 1905 the deceased was united in marriage with Harrison Bingham. To this union was born: Mrs. Goldia Freeman of Orifino, Ida., Mrs. Bertha Severns, of Knoxville, Iowa, Mrs. Leona Frantz of Ackworth, Iowa, and Mrs. Lois Hall. Her daughter Lois, her father and mother and three grandchildren precede her in death. On September 30, 1940, the deceased was united in marriage with Charley VanWinkle, Most of her life was spent on a farm near Dallas, Iowa. During the earlier part of her married life Mrs. VanWinkle was baptized and became a member of the Dallas Christian church. Surviving are her husband, four daughters, six grandchildren, five great grandchidren, two half-brothers, Everett and Wilbur Bingham, a half sister, Mrs. Etta Goode, all of the Dallas vicinity and nine step grandchildren. Funeral services were held last Saturday afternoon from the Dallas Christian church at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. Reese of DesMoines, Burial was made in the Gosport cemetery in Washington Twp. in Rural Marion County.


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