Cherokee County Kansas Queries


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Queries January - December 2005

Archer, Bangerow, Baysinger, Becker, Benderim, Blagg, Boggess, Boldman, Bonner, Buckendorf, Burrows, Canady, Carey, Carrie, Cary, Church, Colwell, Cooper, Cross, Cutshall, Delmez, Dersham, Dodson, Doty, Epperson, Everhart, Everitt, Freeman, Godfretsen, Harlan, Harvey, Harvey Funeral Home-Wene-Hoskins, Hash, Hill, Hisel, ? Hubbard Bridge, Jamar, Janney, Jenkins, Jennings, Johnson, Kessel, Kincaid, Lawson, Little, Lloyd, Makin, Maniez, Mapes, Masschelin, Melvin, Messenger, Neihart, Paulsen, Penrod, Rhodes, Riseling, Risling, Ross, Schartz, Seaman, Shaw, Smith, Springers, Stephens, Stevens, Sutherland, Sweeten, Taylor, ? Telephone Books, Thibaut, Troxel, Upshaw, Qard, ? wedding info, Willey, Woods

Topic: Andrew Jackson Church and descendants
From: Jim Gillis
Date: Friday, December 30, 2005 02:48 PM
My second great-grandmother's (Rebecca Church Gillis) brother Andrew Jackson Church moved to Cherokee County, Kansas after his marriage here in Indiana. His father was John or Young Church and mother was Elizabeth Simon. He also had a brother Nicholas Church and a half brother Mathias Harris. Andrew's wife was Charlotte Burg. Their children were John, William Burg, Raymond, Mabel and Andrew (who died at 19). William's wife was Carrie A.E. Rawlings, Mabel's husband was George Merrick, Nine grandchildren: Howard, Ernest, Mildred, Floyd and Loree Church. Harley, Percy and Lulu Merrick of Lawton and Mrs. Vivian Marshall of Kansas City and four great-grandchildren, Eldon and Mary Velma Church of Lawton and Billy Gene Church and Vivian Marshall of Kansas City. If anyone has any additional information on this family, please contact me. Jim Gillis

Topic: Penrod, Solomon
From: scott penrod
Date: Monday, December 12, 2005 02:46 PM
Solomon Penrod is listed in Union Soldiers of Cherokee Co., 1904 History of Cherokee Co. A Priv. in CO-A, 120th Indiana Infantry would make this fellow my great grandfather who is buried at Linden Indiana. Does any one know anything about his stay at Hallowell between 1870 to 1900 or so?

Topic: Willey
From: Patrick Willey
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 11:09 PM
My grandfather was killed in a mining accident in one of the mines around Weir about 1920. He is supposed to be buried near Weir. Name is: Abe Willey. He was 47 when my dad and his twin brother was born in June of 1916. I have ran into a dead end as far as our family tree goes with his name. His wife was Lulu Brown. She was also married to an Anderson and later a Aston. My Dad was Floyd and his twin brother was Lloyd. Any info as to a burial or mining accident would be very helpful. Also I think he had a sister that lived in Weir a number of years. Her name was either Martha or Mary. Thanks
Patrick Willey

Topic: John W. Makin-1910
From: Betty Semon
Date: Monday, October 31, 2005 08:07 AM
A coal miner, found in 1910 census with wife Kate. Any information greatly appreciated.

Topic: need info about mGrand parents BF Stephens/Stevens
From: winnie Stewart
Date: Sunday, October 30, 2005 04:20 PM

Topic: Andrew Jackson (BUD) Little, Kincaid, Buckendorf
From: Venus Little-McDaniel
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 12:54 PM
Originally Posted 11-Oct-2005 14:10
My father has told me that there is a picture and history of my G-Grand-father in the Galena, KS museum, and I was wondering if anyone could confirm that and / or help me get any other information or confirmation of the "LITTLE" family in Galena & Pinchville Kansas.... Also desperately need information on James Edward Kincaid b-ABT 1887 maybe Galena area, marr: Ida Pearl Buckendorf)***

Topic: Charles Cross and Mary Lawson
From: Michael Johnson
Date: Friday, October 07, 2005 10:44 PM
I am looking for any information on my grandfather Charles L. Cross, who was born to Charles T. Cross and Mary Lawson on 3 December 1892 in Columbus, Cherokee, Kansas. Charles L. Cross is reportedly from Illinois and Mary Lawson was from New York.
Michael C. Johnson
Syracuse, Utah

From: emma spurrier
Date: Thursday, October 06, 2005 04:16 PM

Topic: Hisel Family Information
From: heidi stumbo
Date: Saturday, October 01, 2005 08:16 PM
I am trying to find any information on the Hisel family that I believe lived in Scammon, Kansas in Cherokee County in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

Topic: Samuel and Julia Dersham Pa to Kansas
From: Leanne Keefer Bechdel
Date: Sunday, September 25, 2005 04:29 PM
Seeking information on this couple both born in Lycoming County Pa. relocated to Kansas in 1879. I have much information about her family. Is anyone also working on the family? Please if you know anything of them contact me.880 census:
Samuel S. DERSHAM Self M Male W 36 PA Farmer PA PA
Julia A.. DERSHAM Wife M Female W 33 PA Keeping House Pa Pa
William F. DERSHAM Son S Male W 13 PA Farm Laborer PA PA
Mary B. DERSHAM Dau S Female W 7 PA At Home PA PA
Cora M. DERSHAM Dau S Female W 1 KS At Home Pa PA
Neosho, Cherokee, Kansas Family History Library Film 1254376
NA Film Number T9-0376 Page Number 549D

Topic: Messenger, Inquiry about former residents
From: Bernice V Edmunds
Date: Monday, September 19, 2005 09:57 PM
I am trying to find some information on my G-G-Grandfather's brother Avina Messenger who came to your county in early 1880. His first wife, Elizabeth (Betsey) Messenger died June 20, 1883 in or around Columbus. Avina remarried Mary Kimmel on July 3, 1887 in Cherokee County. I would like to know when Avina died. His son, Nicholas Messenger and family also came with him. They moved west in late 1890's but Avina did not go with them so feel he must have died. Do you have any cemetery records for the County? Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you,
Bernice Messenger Edmunds

Topic: Taylor/Blagg marriage
From: Fran Baribeau
Date: Friday, September 16, 2005 10:09 PM
Does any one have access to marriage records 1899 or 1900 in Cherokee County?

Topic: Fredrick Sutherland
From: Larry Sutherland
Date: Friday, September 16, 2005 05:42 PM
I am looking for information on Fredrick Sutherland.
Resident of Columbus, Kansas circa 18?? to 194?.
Died in Columbus, Kansas, Buried in the cemetary S.E. of town.
Married to Emma ? (2nd wife) first wife unknown.

Topic: Ross, Claude L & Neoma Hash marriage record
From: Lynda Stark
Date: Monday, September 12, 2005 06:15 PM
Can someone do a lookup for me please? I am searching for the marriage record of my birth parents. Married at the courthouse in Columbus, KS May 3,1945. Who were witnesses listed? Addresses given? All information will really be appreciated.Claude Lee Ross Jr and Neoma A. Hash. She may be listed as Patricia Ann Hash. What were their ages?
Thanks so very much. Lynda

Topic: Boldman
From: Shirley Larsen
Date: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 02:35 PM
Looking for any information Re: Boldman surname
marriages in particular

Topic: Requesting information on Neihart
From: Jim Neihart
Date: Monday, August 01, 2005 07:23 AM
I am interested in finding our more information on Virgil and Willa Neihart or the Ryan's in Galena, Kansas.
Jim Neihart

Topic: Merritt Canady/May Ethel Shaw
From: Cherry
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2005 03:47 AM
Looking for any information on the Canady's and/or Shaws of Galena, Kansas. They married about 1910 in Galena. They had many children. My father was Frank Edgar Canady, born March 1926. If anyone has any info., please email me at Thanks for any help. Cherry

Topic: Becker's in Cherokee County
From: Barbara Becker
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2005 08:25 PM
Looking for any info on John Franklin Becker or Samuel Becker from 1875 to 1900. John Franklin Becker was married to Annie Riddle on 2 August 1882. I am assuming they were married in Cherokee County. Samuel Becker is buried at Mound Cemetery in Cherokee county. B. 12 August 1820 & D. 1 December 1889. I have worked on this line for almost 25 years and have never been able to get any where with it. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

Topic: Bonner
From: Kathy Culwell
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2005 03:10 PM
Looking for any information on Charles Wesley Bonner and wife Sallie and their daughter Ethelyn Golden Bonner. The Bonners would have lived here between 1905 and 1910. Would be especially interested to find birth records for Ethelyn. Thanks for any help.

Topic: Telephone Books
From: Sharon Miller
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2005 09:32 PM
I'm going to be in Cherokee Co.and am interested in finding where my mother was born. Are there any telephone books for Cherokee Co from 1910-1924?

Topic: ward family
Date: Monday, June 20, 2005 09:30 PM
I am looking for Hosey Cemetery listing. Am looking for Lois Opal Ward who died April 1920, and her grandmother Mary Catherine Ward, 1912. Looking for info also on Price and Ora Lee Freeman.

From: Venus Little-McDaniel
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 11:27 AM
I am not 100% sure -- but I believe that the ancestors that you are looking for can probably be found in 2 different locations: #1) or #2) the book, "Nancy Ward biography of a Cherokee Princess"

Topic: Price and Ora Lee Freeman
Date: Monday, June 20, 2005 09:24 PM

Topic: Searching for Boggess/Everitt & Allied Families
From: Jane Boggess
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 09:23 AM
I am searching for Boggess, Corbin, Crain, Dillon, Everitt, Lane, Laney, Larama, Milne, and Propst, for now.
Would love to exchange info.

From: Sue Rowe
Date: Monday, September 11, 2006 11:40 PM
I have info on Laney, Crain, Boggess. email me.

Topic: Harry Jenkins
From: Duane Carpenter
Date: Sunday, July 03, 2005 10:38 PM
Originally Posted 6-Jun-2005 20:10
Looking for Harry Jenkins. Sr around 1900 to 1920. Married in Weir, Ks. abt. 1910 to 1915, Wife - Mettie Chronister, of Weir Kansas. Children - twins - d. Emma, s.Harry Jr. and d. Harriett. b. 1915, Pittsburg, Ks. Harriett died abt. 1916.

Topic: Riseling, Risling, Cherokee County Cemeteries
From: Mary Riseling
Date: Friday, June 03, 2005 12:59 PM
IS there a transcript of cemeteries for Cherokee County? I am trying to find a couple of people that I believe died in Galena. The first is is John L. Riseling (Risling) who I believe died between 1920-1930 and the other is Carrie Belinda Riseling who died some time after 1930. Please respond to my home e-mail. Thanks.
Mary Riseling
Springfield, IL

Topic: Godfretsen/Paulsen
From: Esther Curlee
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2005 02:53 PM
Looking to find some kind of indication that Hannah Godfretsen died in Galena, Kansas, probably between census taking time and September 9 (or there abouts) in the year 1880.
Also looking for some way to establish presence of Christen Paulsen -- on my great grandmother's wedding cert. both Christen Paulsen and Sophie Timrodt are listed as residents of Galena, Kansas (Sept. 1880)

Topic: Eppersons from Galena (previously Dade Co MO)
From: Lisa Freeman
Date: Monday, May 23, 2005 10:05 AM
Finding my grandfatherŐs ancestors has been a long process covering
several years. My Grandfather Earl Roy Epperson was born Mar 4, 1905 in
Chitwood, MO. I knew that his parents were Oscar Epperson and Molena Bell
Campbell from my grandmotherŐs bible. I also knew that he had two brothers named
Roy and Ray and a sister named Gladys and that after his father died, his mother
remarried and that he had a half sister named Annie who married Dan Parrish. My
Aunts remember Annie and Dan but the family had lost contact with the other
three Epperson children.
My aunts and I decided to take a trip to Galena, KS to see what we could
find out about EarlŐs family. We found out that Oscar died in 1915 in Galena.
From his obituaries we were able to determine that he had an Uncle John
Epperson, a stepmother named Mima and a half brother named Earl. A search of the
censuses found a Smith Epperson married to a Mima Epperson with son named Earl
living in Galena in 1900.
1900 census Galena City, Cherokee County, KS ED #21, sheet 4, line 61
Cornwall Street
Epperson, Smith b. Dec 1853 46 yo b. US Father b.? Mother b.?
miner, owns home, Mortgaged, married 11 years
Mima b. Aug 1869 30 yo b. MO both parents b. MO married 11
Earl b. Aug 1888 b. KS Father b ? Mother b. MO
Then I looked for the Uncle John Epperson that was mentioned in OscarŐs
obituaries. In the 1910 census I found him living next door to
Oscar and his family.
1910 census Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas ED # 22 sheet 1 B line 93
1002 East Tenth Street
family #21
Epperson, Oscar 28 married 9 years b. IL both parents B IL Zinc
miner, mortgaged home
Lena B. 25 Married 9 years mother of 3 all living b. KS
both parents b. KY
Earl Roy 5 b MO father IL Mother KS
Roy C. 3 b. KS father IL Mother KS
Ray W. 1 b. KS father IL Mother KS
1910 census Galena, Cherokee Co, KS ED 22 sheet 1 B line 98
1008 East Tenth Street
Family #22
Epperson, John A. 60 3rd marriage, married 10years, b. MO,
father b. US Mother B. MO laborer odd jobs
Maggie 49 2nd marriage, married 10 years b. IL both parents b. TN
I next searched the 1880 censuses for John and Smith. I found a Smith Epperson
married to America with 9 mos old son Oscar living in Vineyard, Lawrence Co, MO
Census Place: Vineyard, Lawrence, Missouri
Source: FHL Film 1254698 National Archives Film T9-0698 Page 478B
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
Smith EPPERSON Self M M W 26 MO
Occ: Farmer Fa: KY Mo: KY
America EPPERSON Wife F M W 17 IN
Occ: Keeping House Fa: IN Mo: IL
Fa: MO Mo: IN
At about the same time I found this census I received OscarŐs death certificate
in the mail confirming that OscarŐs father was name Smith. The death certificate
did not list a name for his mother though.
I could find no further info on Smith at the time so I started tracing John
Epperson, OscarŐs uncle, hoping it would lead me to the parents of Smith.
From the 1900, census I learned John had a daughter named Mina. From his
obituary I knew he had another daughter but didnŐt know her name.
1900 census Empire City, Cherokee County, KS ED #18 sheet 21
Clark Street
Family # 88
Eperson, John b. Dec 1849 50 yo (widowed?) b. IL Father b. OH
mother b. IA miner owns home, mortgage free
Mina b. Mar 1891 b. KS Father b. IL Mother b. IL
So all I really knew about OscarŐs ancestors up to this point was that OscarŐs
fatherŐs name was Smith and that he had an uncle named John Epperson. I thought
his motherŐs name was America but had yet to prove that the family in the 1880
census was truly OscarŐs family.
I had searched for Smith Epperson every which way for years and one night I
came upon this census entry.
1860 North Township, Dade county, Missouri
James Epperson 46 yo b. VA
Jane Epperson 34 yo b. KY
and they have the following children,
John A. 12 yo,
Arminda 11 yo,
Smith 7 yo,
Charity 6 yo,
Malinda J 5 yo,
Missouri 2 yo
Margaret 3 mos old. All the children were born in MO.
Here was a family with a John Epperson and a Smith Epperson who were brothers
and just about the right ages to be the ones I was looking for. So I posted
messages on the message boards and started searching online for Dade County
Eppersons. I was able to make contact with Linda Storm who descends from John
EppersonŐs daughter Mina. From Linda, I learned that her ancestor, John Epperson
was married 3 times as was indicated in the 1910 census I had found. She also
told me that JohnŐs first wife died shortly after the birth of their daughter
Annie and that Annie grew up and married William Lappie. Linda did not know the
name of the first wife. She said JohnŐs second wife was Elizabeth Buchanan and
that two children were born to this marriage, John E and Mina. She told me that
Elizabeth died shortly after the birth of Mina and that John remarried again but
did not have any more children. I found a copy of John Epperson and Maggie
MalloryŐs marriage license (married Aug 1900) at the Genealogy Society in
Columbus, KS.
After reviewing the censuses again I saw that Annie Lappie lived right next
door to John in 1900.
1900 census Empire City, Cherokee County, KS ED #18 sheet 21
Clark Street
Family # 88
Eperson, John b. Dec 1849 50 yo (widowed?) b. IL Father b. OH mother b. IA
miner owns home, mortgage free
Mina b. Mar 1891 b. KS Father b. IL Mother b. IL
Family #89
Lappy William b. Jan 1880 married 0 yrs b IL father b. IL Mother b. OH
Annie b, June 1881 married 0 yrs, no children b. MO father b. IL mother b. MO
I started looking for John and Smith Epperson in Dade and Lawrence Counties in
Missouri to see what trails I could pick up.
A search of the Missouri Marriage records at brought up a record
for a John Epperson who married a Mahala Harris in 1880. At this point I
hypothesized that Mahala was JohnŐs first wife and AnnieŐs mother but still had
to find proof.
To complicate matters, there were other researchers out there who linked John
Epperson and Mahala Harris to the following Epperson family found in Dade County
in 1870. This Epperson line also has a John Epperson born at about the same time
as ours and some of the descendants of that line also ended up in the Galena
area. Several researchers of this line have ŇadoptedÓ the John Epperson of
Galena, and his descendants as belonging to their line. Linda Storm was also
first led to believe that she descended from this line until she researched
further and found inconsistencies. Below I will reference pieces of info
obtained second hand from another researcher about her Epperson family. Her
husband descends from Annie Epperson Lappie. She also lists Harrison as John
EppersonŐs father in her research though she does admit it is with varying
degrees of proof.
1870 Horse Creek, Dade County, Mo
Epperson, Harrison 40 yo physician, b TN page 1
Dicey 28 yo b. MO
John 21 yo b IN
Madison 19 yo b MO
Sarah R 9 yo b MO
Rachel 5 yo b MO
Prince L 3 yo b MO
Dicey 9 mos old b MO
In order to disprove their theory and prove that John Epperson of Galena did in
fact descend from James Epperson of Dade Co, MO, AND was the brother of my Smith
Epperson, I started tracing all of the children of the 1860 Dade Co James
Epperson census that I found.
A search of the LDS Family History site revealed this listing for the family
Batch Number:
Source Call No.:
Source Information:
Batch Number:
ource Call No.:
Those records list the family as James Martin Epperson married to Nancy Jane Pyle. The children are as follows:
John A b. 1848 Galena Twshp, Cedar County, MO
Amanda or Arminda Caroline b 1849 Galena Twshp, Cedar Co, MO
Edwin Smith b 1852 Dade Co, MO
Charity A b 1854 Dade Co, MO
Malinda J A b 1855 Dade Co, MO
Maude Elizabeth ŇMissouriÓ b 1858 Cedar Co, MO
Margaret M b 1859 Dade Co, MO
Mary E b 1862 Dade Co, MO
Going back and searching under different spelling of Epperson I found the
following census entries and indeed Smith is referred to as Edwin in 1850. Jane
is also referred to as Nancy and Arminda is Caroline.
In 1850, James Appison is living in District 25 Dade Co MO with wife Nancy and
children John and Caroline.
Appison, James 31 farmer b VA
Nancy 23 b Kentucky (aka Jane)
John 2 b MO
Caroline 5 mos b MO (aka Arminda)
And in Lynn Township, Cedar County in 1870 under James Epison
Epison, James 51 b VA farm laborer
Jane 42 keeping house b KY
John A 22 farm laborer b MO
Edwin S 18 b MO
Arminda 21 b MO
Charity A 16 b MO
Malinda J 15 b MO
Missouri E 13b MO
Margaret M 11 b MO
Mary E 8 b MO
According to marriage records both at and the LDS site, these are
the marriages that occurred with the Epperson children.
John A Epperson m. Mahala Harris July 20, 1880 in Dade Co
Charity Epperson m. Francis M Elswick Jan 26 1871 in Cedar Co
Malinda Epperson m. Jonathon S Harris Nov 26, 1876 in Dade Co
Maude Elizabeth ŇMissouriÓ Epperson m. William Richard Cobb Sept 1873 in Joplin,
Jasper Co then remarried to John Benjamin Franklin Hodson Aug 1886 in Carthage, Jasper Co, MO
Margaret Epperson m. G H Pace Mar 30 1884 in Cedar Co
There is also a marriage record for an E D P Harris m. M E Epperson on Dec 24,
1876 in Dade Co, I think this is the marriage of Elkana Harris to Mary E
I started tracking these marriages and subsequent families in the census reports
and found several very interesting facts.
In tracking Johnathon and Malinda Epperson Harris in the censuses, I found
them in Morgan Twshp, Dade Co in 1880 living with their daughter Eva. Johnathon
is 27 yo and Malinda is 25 yo. What is interesting is that living with them is
Alkana Harris 29 yo married to Mary E 20 yo, no children. I think this is the
E. D. P Harris and M E Epperson in the marriage records referred to earlier.
(Malinda and Mary E are Epperson sisters and Elkana and Johnathon are related
somehow, perhaps brothers).
On the LDS site there are entries for Mahala HarrisŐ (first wife of John A
Epperson) family. According to the LDS entries, MahalaŐs parents were James and
Juliann Harris. I found Julie A Harris in the 1860 Jasper Co Census with
children Mahala 16 yo, Andrew J 14 yo, Elkana D R 12 yo and Clarinda J 5 yo. I
was hoping to find Johnathon in this Harris family but did not. He would have
been about 8 yo. There are some gedcoms online at that also list
the Harris Family. Those gedcoms do list Johnathon Harris as a member of this
family making him a brother to Mahala. That would make 3 members of the same
Harris family marrying into the 1860 Dade Co Epperson family. The gedcoms online
at list the Harris parents and Julia Ann Glenn and James Harris.
There are two Glenns living on either side of Julie A. Harris in the 1860 census.
Anyway, living with the Harris family in the 1860 census is James Coclasur and
what looks to be his wife Louisa J and daughter Susanna. In 1870, I find James
Colclasure living with wife Martha, eldest daughter Susan and other children.
Working as a servant in this household is Mahala Harris. There are two marriage
records in Dade county for James Colclasure also. One in 1865 to Mary Carter and
one to Martha Duncan in 1867, so this is almost assuredly the same James
Colclasure that was living with the Harris family in 1860 Jasper CO. Anyway, I
think this places Mahala Harris of the 1860 census, in Dade Co in 1870 and
proves she is the daughter of Juliann Harris and sister to Elkana Harris at
This info I received secondhand through another researcher:
ŇMy husband, Bob, was grandson of Anna (Epperson) Lappe of Galena, KS. Anna was
daughter of John A. Epperson and his first wife, Mahala (Harris). Mahala died
in Dade County, MO not too long after giving birth to twins, Anna, plus the
twin that died. Great-grandfather John then moved to Galena with Anna. John's
full-brother then lived in next county to the West. John became a lifetime
miner....not anything he had done before.
Mary Elizabeth Buchanan was John's second wife. They had John E. and twins,
Mina and "Molly." Molly died in infancy--I am not sure but I think at birth
time. I have the names of John E.'s children and somewhere the names of Mina
Reed's issue (I think).
After "Lizzie" died John married Maggie Mallory--a widow. She had kids but she
and John due to age never had any. I never did look at records but think
Mallory may may be maiden name. Maybe you know.Ó
Another interesting coincidence occurred when I tracked Charity Epperson who
married Francis Elswick. In 1910 they are living in Galena Twshp, Jasper Co.
Their next door neighbor is John E Epperson who I believe is the son of John
Albert Epperson and Elizabeth Buchanan. John E Epperson is 25 yo married to wife
Etta with son Jesse. Also living with them is his father in law Jesse
Vermillion. According to a recent email I received from a fellow researcher John
E Epperson, son of John Albert Epperson of Galena married a girl with the
surname Vermillion.
This is more information received from the above mentioned second hand source:
Ň Mary Elizabeth Buchanan was John's second wife. They had John E. and twins,
Mina and "Molly." Molly died in infancy--I am not sure but I think at birth
time. I have the names of John E.'s children and somewhere the names of Mina
Reed's issue (I think).Ó
ŇJohn A. married second to "Lizzie" and had John E. Epperson. John E. married
(surname Vermillion-I recall) and moved to Oklahoma/Arkansas and finally to
California. I have the names of the six sons and two daughters, more or less.Ó
Another interesting coincidence occurs with Missouri Epperson Cobb HodsonŐs
family. Missouri and William Richard CobbŐs daughter Myrtle Lee Cobb married
Charles Everett Boyd. They had at least two children Percy and Everett.
According to a gedcom online, Myrtle died in Picher Oklahoma in 1927. I find
her son, Percy in Quapaw OK in the 1920 census and in Commerce, OK in 1930.
SmithŐs descendants (my grandfather Earl) lived in Picher and Commerce, OK in the 1920Ős and 30Ős also.
After sending a copy of this research to Linda Storm I learned that her line
also lived in the same Oklahoma area during the 1920s. Her father, Earl Dean
Reed, was born in Picher, OK in 1921.
At I found an index for obituaries and knew that there was an
article in the Joplin papers for a Smith Epperson who died Mar 2, 1905. Linda
went to the library and obtained a copy of the article. In the Mar 3 article he
is listed as Carl Epperson, presumably because that is what Thomas Ingraham
heard him say his name was (see article below). Perhaps because the news story
was so ŇsensationalÓ the reporter rushed the story without verifying details. In
1905, I imagine even simple details that we take for granted today would have
been somewhat time consuming and most likely involve travel since many homes
were without telephones. In the same paper the next day, is a death notice for
Smith Epperson.
Saturday March 4, 1905 from The Joplin Globe, Page 2, Column 1
Under "Deaths":
The funeral of Smith Epperson was conducted from the family's residence at
1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Interment was made in Fairview Cemetery.
Friday, March 3, 1905 THE JOPLIN DAILY GLOBE
SUB-HEADING: He Was a Mass of Scratches and Bruises and Frightened People
South of the City
By Appearing Naked at Their Homes
Carl Epperson, of Chitwood, stripped himself of every stitch of clothing,
created a sensation by wandering stark naked about Spring City, then crawled
like an animal three miles through the tangled underbrush and was found dead at
daylight yesterday morning near Reding's mil, south of Joplin. The coroner of
Newton county held an inquest and the jury found that Epperson came to his death
from insanity and exposure.
The body was scratched and cut from the ankles to the neck, and from the
condition of the dead man's face it was evident that he had been rooting into
the earth, all of which leads to the deduction that Epperson believed himself a
wild animal, that he divested himself of every article of clothing in response
to the promptings of this hallucination, and that he then went crawling through
the woods on all fours like the beast that he imagined he was.
His clothes were found in the road near Spring City, three miles from a
point where the dead body was discovered at daylight by John White, a miner, who
passed that way in a buggy. The country traversed was of a rocky, hilly nature,
leading through timber thick with underbrush. It is not the bottoms of his feet
that are cut, but the shins, the legs, the body and the arms and neck, showing
that he evidently had crawled along. That he went through the brush and did not
follow the road is made evident by these scratches and cuts on the body and
Several parties about Spring City, nine miles south of Joplin, saw the naked
man wandering about there early in the evening, and it is evident that he
stripped himself at dusk. At an hour between midnight and 1 a.m. consternation
was created at the home of Thomas Ingraham near Spring City by the appearance of
a naked man at a window. The members of the family cried out in fright,
awakening Mr. Ingraham, who ordered the intruder from the place, threatening to
shoot his head off. The naked man replied that he was Carl Epperson and knew
what he was doing, that this was his brother's house.
Before morning the unfortunate night wanderer was dead, nearly three miles
away. His body was found lying in the main road 250 yards from the Reding mill.
John White, who found it, notified the mill man, and an investigation of the
clothing which was found later and connected with the case, led to the
disclosure that the dead man had a son and a daughter, Oscar Epperson and Mrs.
Lizzie Hudson, living near Harris' crossing in Chitwood. The son and the Newton
county coroner at Neosho were notified by telephone, and at noon the body was
brought to this city by the Joplin Undertaking company. An inquest was then
held at the Reding mill.
Epperson was 45 or 50 years old and had been detained for some time in a
sanitarium for the insane in Colorado. But a short time ago he was brought to
Joplin by his Chitwood son and daughter, and made his home there till the date
of his disappearance, the day before yesterday. It is thought that he was in
search of a brother near Spring City. His clothing found in the road near that
place was of good quality and included everything from underwear to overcoat,
from hat to shoes.
The deceased was known previous to his derangement as a man of excellent
character and good business management. The cause of his misfortune is not
generally known, and the sympathies of a large number of friends are offered the
surviving relatives. Arrangements for the funeral were not announced last
The article listed Oscar Epperson as SmithŐs son. It also (though mistakenly)
listed Lizzie Hudson as his daughter. Lizzie Hodson was SmithŐs sister. The
author of the article states this information obtained by going through SmithŐs
Linda also found some other interesting facts at the Joplin Library. She
found these entries in the cemetery records.
From "Fairview Cemetery Joplin, MO Volume 1 1877-1911 by Rainwater"
Eperson, E. 57y (m) 3 Mar 1905 {burial date}
Epperson, America 24y (f) 15 June 1887
Epperson, Charles 1y 7m 12 June 1887
E Eperson is Edwin ŇSmithÓ Epperson who died Mar 2, 1905
America is his wife (which validates what the 1880 census showed)
Evidently they had a son named Charles who died young. America and the childŐs
death occurred with in days of each other.
Anyway, to summarize everything, I feel very certain that John Albert Epperson
and Edwin ŇSmithÓ were brothers and both were members of that James and Jane
Epperson family of 1860 Dade Co Mo for the following reasons.
1. John Epperson is mentioned in Oscar (son of Smith) EppersonŐs obituaries.
2. John Epperson is living right next door to Oscar in the 1910 Galena KS census.
3. Many different sources (family reports, LDS entries, WFT entries, marriage
databases) state that John Epperson married Mahala Harris. The researcher whose
husband descends from Annie Epperson Lappie states Mahala was AnnieŐs mother.
Addendum-received this just yesterday From
We have our copy of St. John's Hospital Death Report for Mrs. Annie Lappie of
Galena, KS. This report is written on February 12, 1963. Annie was widowed
from W. S. Lappie*. Her physician was Dr. Powell of hospital in Joplin, Mo and
she died just a few months short of her 82nd birthday. Annie was born in Dade
County, MO to father John A. Epperson and mother Mahala (Harris) Epperson.
Annie (Epperson) Lappie's funeral was February 15, 1963. Place of burial was
Hillcrest Cemetery.
4. Mahala's brother(s) Elkana (and perhaps Johnathon) Harris married into the
1860 Dade Co Mo Epperson family I am tracking. Elkana m. Mary E. Epperson and
Johnathon married Malinda Epperson Both of these families are living together in
1880 Morgan Twshp, Dade Co, MO.
5.John Albert EppersonŐs son John E. Epperson is living next door to Charity
Epperson Elswick (John EŐs aunt and sister to John Albert Epperson) in Galena Twshp, Jasper Co Mo in 1910.
6. Missouri EppersonŐs descendants ended up in the same place and time as
Smith's descendants- Ottawa Co OK in the 1920' and 1930's.
7. The article about SmithŐs death mentions Oscar and Lizzie Hodson, SmithŐs son
and sister. Lizzie Hodson is Maude Elizabeth ŇMissouriÓ Epperson Cobb Hodson.
8. The cemetery entries prove that Smith was married to America and validates
the data found in the 1880 Lawrence Co MO census.
We will continue to track these families and look for more clues to further
prove that OscarŐs father was indeed Edwin ŇSmithÓ Epperson who was the brother
to John Epperson of Galena, KS and that they both were sons of James Martin
Epperson and Nancy Jane Pyle of Dade County, Missouri. If you have any info
regarding these families or believe you also descend from these families, I
would love to hear from you. Please contact me at
Thanks, Lisa Freeman

Topic: Janney family of Cherokee County
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 11:03 PM
We are looking for information on the William and Mary Janney family that settled in Columbus or Crestline area in the late 1800s. Children were Mary Ann, Joe Brown, William J, Cornelia?, Ellen Smith? Joe Brown Janney married Daisy Cornelia Hubbard (dau. of Harmon Root Hubbard of Boston Mills District)and moved to Montana where their children were raised (Joe, Cornelius, Charlotte and William). We have limited info on William & Mary's family. We belive a daughter named or nicknamed Mamie Janney married Dr. J. Louis Griswold of Columbus in Dec 1895. They had daughters Mildred (d.7-18-1897) and Marjorie (B. June 1903. The children of William and Mary are deceased and the Wyoming/California decendants are trying to trace their genealogy. We have photos of some Cherokee County relatives but no names or dates.
We appreciate any help rendered. RR

Topic: Carey, Carrie, Cary
From: Mike Carey
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 12:21 AM
Originally Posted 17-May-2005 00:17
Searching for any information on John, Sarah, Dazie, & Melvin Cary, Carey, Carrie. Listed on the 1880 census living in Baxter Springs, John is a plasterer.
John died 1880-1883, wife remarried and lived 2 townships away. Believe John must have been buried in the area.
Anyone seen a Headstone with Carey, Cary, or Carrie on it? Any local paid researchers willing to do the footwork?

Topic: Cooper/Dodson Family
From: Julia Heider
Date: Monday, May 09, 2005 04:41 PM
I am searching the Marshall Cooper Family of Spring Valley, Cherokee Co. in 1880. Also Jeremiah Dodson lived with them at that time, he died soon afterwards. Need to know where and when he was buried.

Topic: looking for info on Great Grandmother Woods Cutshall
From: william cutshall
Date: Saturday, May 07, 2005 09:07 PM
My Great Grandmother Mary Francis Woods was born in Galena, Kansas in 1889 and married my Great Grandfather, George William Cutshall in 1905. They were both from Cherokee County. I am trying to trace the Woods side. i believe her fathers name may have been Issac Woods.

Topic: springers related to melvin
From: scuffy scuffymagroo
Date: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 02:13 PM

Topic: Seaman
From: Carol Albright
Date: Monday, April 25, 2005 10:09 AM
I am looking for information on a William Seaman, b. 9/1859 in IL, d. 2/5/1919 in Galena KS. William is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. William was killed in an accident involving an automobile and a Passenger train. His fathers name was James Seaman and his mothers maiden name was Smith. He was married to Lucinda Ellen Meek. If anyone has any information about this family I would appreciate hearing from you.
Thanks Carol

Topic: Share family information, Colwell, Delmez, Harvey, Jamar, Lloyd, Maniez, Masschelin, Schartz, Thibaut, Troxel
From: Donald Delmez
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2005 10:23 PM
I am sharing and looking for information about the following surnames; Colwell, Delmez, Harvey, Jamar, Lloyd, Maniez, Masschelin, Schartz, Thibaut, Troxel

Topic: Hill,
From: Wayne Bates
Date: Sunday, March 20, 2005 03:32 PM
Roy Hill
Edith AKA Emily

Topic: Platt W. & Dora Upshaw
From: Martin Ritchey
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 09:42 AM
My Grand father was Platt Welch Upshaw, He was a Doctor in Galena Kan. He came to Galena from Chetopa where he practiced medicine also. He died in Joplin Missouri on Feb 25 1938. Can anyone tell me what happened to Dora Upshaw after that? Platt Upshaw is buried in St. Louis Mo. With His first wife , Mary Elizabeth Rose ( Upshaw )
I can't find a marriage for Dora ( Hunt ) and Platt Upshaw , Can anyone Help me?
Martin Ritchey ( )

Topic: Harvey Funeral Home-Wene-Hoskins
From: Margaret Parker
Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 09:51 PM
I have old Harvey-Hokins-Wene Funeral Home Records 1882-1963,Baxter Springs Kan.,for look up e-mail me.

Topic: Rhodes, Baysinger, sweeten, Benderim
From: Charles Archer
Date: Wednesday, March 02, 2005 01:03 PM
Looking for more information to these names in Cherokee Co. Happy to share what I have also.
Charles Archer

Topic: Archer/Kessel information
From: Charles Archer
Date: Wednesday, March 02, 2005 12:44 PM
I am looking for information on any Archer family as well as Kessel, Rhodes, Baysinger, Sweeten, Benderim. I also have some information on these names as well.
Charles Archer

Topic: Orson C. Johnson
From: Lee St. Clair Loos
Date: Monday, February 21, 2005 11:59 AM
Looking for information on Orson C. Johnson and his wife Goldie listed on the 1930 census living in Crawford, Cherokee Co. KS.
Any info would be appreciated.

Topic: Doty, Samuel B.
From: Beth Doty
Date: Sunday, February 13, 2005 11:18 AM
I am trying to get any info on my g-g-grandparents that were last located in the 1885 Columbus, KS Census, but they were not listed in 1890. His name is Samuel Bender Doty but on the 1880 Census he was listed as S.B. Doty. Wife was name Elizabeth. They had children; Henry I., John F., William T., Samuel A., Nancy A., and James F.Any other info would be greatly appreciated. I know that John F. Doty and his wife Celia Taylor Doty are buried in the Columbus City Cemetery.

Topic: Bangerow-Jennings
From: Billie Jordan
Date: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 05:57 PM
I am researching my family in Galena, Ks. Isaac Britton Badgerow. He married Juanita Jennings but she died at 28? after giving birth to my aunt Waymeth Badgerow. She had alot of disabilities. Would like info on anyone that knows about this. After my gmother died my gfather married Ollie White. The Badgerow's had many grocery stores in Galena. The last on Galena Ave. I would appreciate any help. My gmother, Juanita's side of the family all died in there 20's. email My mother is Wilma Badgerow.

Topic: Burrows and Everhart
From: Rebecca Garner
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 10:18 PM
I am looking for any information on Sylvester "Ves" Garner Burrows married to Mary Ella or Ellen Everhart. I have a great deal of information on the Burrows family but not the Everhart family. I think she might have been the daughter of an Alexander Everhart. I found him in the 1880 Census of Neosho Township. I believe she died in 1899 so I have no way of checking the 1900 Census. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Sylvester was my great-great grandfather. His son, Alfred, was my great-grandpa. Thank you!!

Topic: Cherokee County wedding info
From: Dianne Mason
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 12:41 AM
I would appreciate it if someone would look up a marriage record for me. Dianne

From: Jane Boggess
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 09:15 AM
I can help with Marriages 1854-73. I will do what I can.

Topic: Harlan Family in Cherokee Co.
From: Lynette Trotter
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2005 12:27 PM
Looking for any information or PICTURES of the Harlan family in Cherokee Co. Kansas. My GGG-Grandfather was David M. Harlan (b.1804). I believe he was one of the first settlers of this county. His son Geo. Washington Harlan (b.1856) was my GG-Grandfather. He moved to Oklahoma. I have info about the Harlan family in OK but need information about their time in Cherokee Co. Kansas.

Topic: Where is or was Hubbard Bridge
From: Melvin Temple Jr.
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 01:31 AM
Can anyone tell me where the Hubbard Bridge is or was around Galena or Empire, KS.?
My GGGG-Grandather Dillard H. Rawlins was thrown from his wagon there, when his team of horses ran away and threw him from the wagon and he struck his head on a stump causing head injuries which caused his death a short time later.
I would appreciate any help.
Thank you in advance.

Topic: Mapes, Osage Indian Agent???
From: Lorraine Daniel
Date: Thursday, January 06, 2005 11:39 PM
Elsworth Anthony Mapes was in Baxter Springs in 1900 - possibly as an Indian Agent for the Osage indians - I need to know if his family - mainly son C.W. Mapes was with him & if he (E.A. Mapes) is buried in the Baxter Springs Cemetary & date of his death.


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