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Crawford County Kansas

Queries July 2001 - Dec. 2001

BEARD, Cox, DOWDALL, Duncan, Farlington Cemt., FORD, Friesner, GAR/WRC, Graham, Gregg, Koester, Langdon Cemetery, Lilly, Long, LOOKINGBILL, MINERD, Nichols, Osburn, Peavey, Pittsburg Mayor, Rodgers, RUSHER, STOUGH, Towles, Vibbird, Wheeler, Williams, Wilson

Topic: FORD, James Thomas: 1868-1961:TN/MO/KS/MO
From: Jackie Johnston johnston@tnweb.com
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2001 11:04 PM

I am looking for information on James "Jim" W. FORD. He was born 1868 in Middleton Tennessee . His parents were James W. and Beckie (Todd) Ford. He died in Missouri in 1961. He died in Missouri in 1961.

He lived in the eastern side of Pittsburg. He lived there from about 1900 to a little before 1920, after the death of his second wife Mary Margaret (Fenner) Ford. I believe that his brother, John Calvin Ford was still living the area till his death on February 23, 1963. I am also interested to know if they are in the 1910 Crawford County, Kansas Census After the death they moved back to Carroll County Missouri area.

I believe their address at the time they lived in Pittsburg was: 504 Fairview Street in Pittsburg. Would any one know what township that was in, in 1910 Crawford County, Kansas Census.

Any information on these families would be appreciated. Spelling of names may vary.
Thanks in advance.


Topic: Thomas Lilly/ Elizabeth Williams
From: Georgia Bennett gb1948@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday, November 08, 2001 09:15 AM

I am searching for information on my great grandparents. Thomas Lilly and Elizabeth Williams Lilly. They were living in the Mulberry area when Thomas died 21 Feburary 1933. He is buried in the Langdon Cemetery. Elizabeth continued to live there until 1941/2. Some time between 1933 and 1941 she married a Hunter Young. He died about 6 months after they married. He had a club foot. After his death Elizabeth returned to Iowa where she died in Des Moines, Iowa in 1950. If anyone knows anything about these people I would love to hear from you. Also there was a son named Fred that lived with them. Fred was adopted and it is said that he was their grandson before they adopted him. If any one knows anything about him I would like to know. Thank you.

Topic: John Emery Osburn
From: Roberta Heorman rbhw987@swbell.net
Date: Sunday, November 04, 2001 11:12 AM

John Emery Osburn, my grandfathers' brother, was living in Baker Twp., Crawford Co., Ks in
1880 with his wife, Julie and son, Willie, age 6. In 1900, he had children, Claud E., Ivy R., Bessie and Floyd M. John was a Post Officer in the military and was later buried at National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, KS. Would like to locate information on the descendants of this family and make contact if possible. If you have any information that would be helpful, would really like to hear from you.

Topic: Joseph Ruel Wheeler
From: Kenneth W Rees ken.rees@shaw.ca
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 12:59 AM

I have been searching for records of my grandfather Joseph Ruel (or Ruel Joseph) Wheeler for the past 25 years. He claimed to have been born 3 August 1893 in Wellington, Sumner, Kansas, to Ruel Joseph Wheeler and Marion Desmond. Very shortly after his birth, the family moved to Girard, Crawford, Kansas. From there they went to Oregon by the time he was 10. I have been very much unsuccessful in this endevour. Does anyone have any information about this family?

Topic: Charlotte Koester married John Graham
From: Shirley Graham gshirley4@qwest.net
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 12:57 AM

I am seeking ancestors of Charlotte (Lottie) Koester who married John Graham in Crawford Co., Ks.
Charlotte or Lottie as she went by was born 8-19-1892 in Crawford Co., Ill. She was baptized in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hepler, Ks. and is buried in Lutheran cemetery in Hepler, Ks.
I do not have a wedding date or any other data on John Graham.
I've been searching for her children or husbands family for along time.
Any information will be appreciated more than you know. You can email me direct at
Shirley Graham

Topic: Seeking grandmother LOOKINGBILL
From: Leon Lookingbill leonlook@xtn.net
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2001 06:47 AM

QUERY: CRAWFORD CO. LOOKINGBILL. Can you please help me locate my grandmother
Lucy (Pickett) LOOKINGBILL b 16 Mar 1871, m George W LOOKINGBILL 4 Dec 1891. They
had four living children per 1905 state census, City of Girard, Crawford Co. 1910 Crawford Co.
census did not include Lucy, only husband and children. I do not know what happened to Lucy. Did
she leave George, moved out or died. Can you please help me to find Lucy, my grandmother. Thank
you will respond. Leon G Lookingbill, 295 Brian Circle, Afton, TN 37616-4623-02 or email

Topic: RUSHER look up
From: Joyce McKinnon mckejon2@aol.com
Date: Thursday, October 04, 2001 01:42 AM

Looking for someone who has access to the Crawford Co. cemetery transcripts for the family name of RUSHER.

Topic: John D and Joanna Peavey
From: Linda Snodgrass oliver1655@wic.net
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2001 11:45 AM

I am looking for information on John D and Joanna B Peavey. They are buried in the Langdon Cemetery in Pittsburg Kansas. John D was born 1815 in Canada and died 1879 in Pittsburg. Joanna B died in 1902 in Pittsburg. Their daughter Marian Etta Peavey was married to Alfred E Fish. Any information would be appreciated.

Topic: Langdon Cemetery, Pittsburg, KS
From: Linda Snodgrass oliver1655@wic.net
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2001 11:41 AM

I am looking for information on who might be the sextons of the Langdon Cemetery in Pittsburg, Kansas.

From: Joyce McKinnon mckejon2@aol.com
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2001 02:11 AM

DOWDALL, Looking for the burial site of JOHN SAMUEL DOWDALL d. 12 Feb 1880 in Bourbon or Crawford Co. He was married to NANCY ANN ADAMS.

Topic: Roswell & Ella Cox
From: Audrey Hausen flowe70597@aol.com
Date: Thursday, September 06, 2001 09:58 PM

If you are a descendant of Roswell and Ella (Ware) Cox from Crawford County, Kansas, I would love to hear from you. I have a lot of information on Roswell's ancestors and am trying to gather information on Roswell's descendants. Roswell was my great grandfather's brother.

Topic: Potter's Field in Farlington Cemt.
From: Beth Pany pany@att.net
Date: Wednesday, September 05, 2001 10:50 PM

Could someone tell me what is meant when the index list of people buried in Farlington Cemetery says Potter's Field. What is Potter's Field? There is no name just that listed with the other names of people. I have Potter descendants I am looking for.

From: Beth Pany pany@att.net
Date: Sunday, September 09, 2001 11:06 AM

My understanding of cemetery vocabulary is that a "Potters' Field" is for people unable to pay for a gravesite and/or stone - often those on relief or such. Almost every cemetery contains such a section. Hope this helps. You must get thousands of hits if you are searching by "Potter". Good luck.
Beth Pany

Topic: Duncan, Olin
From: Doug Duncan dougduncan@wyominng.com
Date: Tuesday, September 04, 2001 02:02 PM

Looking for info about Olin Duncan, Pittsburg, KS-worked for Kansas City Southern RR. Died 1960s. Originally from Hutchinson KS

Topic: Friesner
From: Don Jones donjonesy@netscape.net
Date: Monday, September 03, 2001 11:49 AM

Looking for any information on Thomas Friesner or wife Sarah Jones Friesner and children.

From: Melinda Brooksher letterman@kscable.com
Date: Saturday, September 01, 2001 12:37 PM

Searching for descendents of Samaul& Rebecca (Smalley) Minerd. Surnames associated with this MINERD line are.....Highsmith...Wilscam..Wolfe...Holcomb....Helms...Turley...Whitney...Shelton...contact letterman@kscable.com

From: Lisa Freeman ef38369@aol.com
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2001 08:13 PM

I am searching for descendants of David Henry Stough and Jennie Leidy Stough. David and Jennie lived in Cherokee from 1900-1927. David died in 1915 and Jennie died in 1927. Their son William Lewis Stough and his wife Nancy lived next door to them in Cherokee (Sheridan Township). David and Jennie are buried somewhere in Cherokee.. Their daughter Clara Stough had a daughter named Eveline who live with them in 1910. Clara died in 1898. Eveline died in 1920. I do not know if they are buried in Cherokee. David and Jennie's other daughter Grace married Francis Marion Beard and they lived in Mulberry and other towns in Crawford County. Their children Iva, Ora, Cecil and Pearl were born in Crawford County.

Topic: Pittsburg-Civil War GAR/WRC
From: Carol Ann Kyrias cakyrias@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2001 10:29 PM

My grandmother Hallie Gay Thomas Kyrias was very active in the Grand Army of the Republic-Womens Relief Corps. This was a kind of benevolent society/support group for Civil War veterans and their families. I've been trying to get information about which chapter she was in (she was the pianist for many years.) Also, I'm trying to find out where GAR materials are archived.

The bottom line is that I'm trying to find information about the people through whom she would have had eligibility to join the GAR. (It was probably Milo Thomas and/or Jacob Mowder but I can't prove it yet.)

This has been frustrating because no one seems to remember or even have heard of the Grand Army of the Republic. Yet this was a very big deal from after the Civil War well into the 20's and later.

Any help greatly appreciated!!

Carol Ann

Topic: James Nichols Family
From: David Dunn daviddunn@earthlink.net
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2001 09:00 PM

Seeking information on the family of James Nichols [b. abt 1836 IN] and wife Mary E. Craft Nichols [b. abt 1842 IN]. Children:
Robert F. Nichols [b. abt 1863 IL]
William Nichols [b. abt 1864 IL]
Lucy B. Nichols [b. abt 1867 IN]
Daniel Nichols [b. abt 1869 IN]
Aaron J. Nichols [b. abt 1873 KS]
Charles C. Nichols [b. abt 1877 K

Topic: Pittsburg Mayor
From: Donnene Mann dmanns@swbell.net
Date: Thursday, August 09, 2001 01:29 PM

Can anyone tell me if there was a man named Gray or Graves that was once mayor of Pittsburgh?

Topic: John Wilson
From: Darla Brown anthonyfloral@cyberlodge.com
Date: Monday, August 06, 2001 04:17 PM

I am desperately looking for ANY information on John WILSON. He was born in Ireland about 1840. We believe he died in Mulberry, KS about 1921 or 1922. At one time he was married to Ellen Finney, however, he left in 1899 & we do not have information on him after that. With Ellen, he had 8 children. I would love to connect with anyone with information or even possible information on JOHN WILSON. Thanks. Can email me at anthonyfloral@cyberlodge.com

Topic: Joseph M. Towles & Martha E. Vibbird
From: Helen Weaver helen_weaver@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2001 08:01 PM

Does anyone have any information on this couple? They were married on the 5th of July in 1887 in Crawford County. Thanks, Helen

From: Laura Smith lsmith@par1.net
Date: Thursday, August 09, 2001 10:13 PM

My name is Laura and I have been searching for the Towles. I have been told my grandfather is Elmer Towle. I am still trying to find information on him. I have been in contact with some people that have some information on the Towles. I do not know if any one them can help you or not.

This first is Jackie at tanimara@townsqr.com
The other is Fred Potter fpotter@magma.ca

I hope they can help you. If you can't get the e-mails to work, just e-mail me back and I will help. If you know anything on Elmer Towle that was in Oklahoma in the 1930's to 1941, please let me know.
Thanks, Laura
e-mail lsmit@par1.net

Topic: John D. Rodgers, Coalvale, 1880 census
From: Sandra Stephens twssls@flash.net
Date: Saturday, July 14, 2001 01:50 PM

Looking for further information on John D. Rodgers listed in 1880 census for Coalvale, Crawford Co., KS:
John D. Rodgers, age 26, b. TN
wife Nancy, age 18, b. IA
son Henry, age 2 mos., b. KS

John D. was born in Smith Co., TN and was a son of my great-grandfather R.H. Rodgers and his 3rd wife, Mary C. Bivins.


Topic: Mary Agnes Long Gregg
From: Mary M. Brown mary022@ameritech.net
Date: Monday, July 02, 2001 11:51 AM

Looking for info on Mary Agnes Long Gregg. She died May 10, 1940 in Girard. Her parents were Sarah and David Long. She was born April 3, 1856 in Fairfield, IA. Married Thomas Gregg on Dec. 3, 1879. Any info will be appreciated.
Mary M. Brown

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