Decatur County Kansas Queries


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Queries 2000

Beardslee, Bovard, Dibble, Divine (2), Dunnick, Dunnuck, Guinn, Harms, Hockett, Holliday, Holmes, Johnston, Logan, Loney, Mapes, McCleery, Matheny, Mines, Noss, Parker, Robison, Robinson, Shepard, Thompkins, Tool, Venrick, Vernon, Ward, Wood


Subject:   Divine Birth
Author:   Cathy Larkins, WA state
Date:  December 09, 2000
Can someone out there in Norcatur, Decatur Co, KS help me locate a very
old birth record?  Looking for Bessie Mae (May) DIVINE was born abt 17
March 1892 to John and Pricilla DIVINE in Norcatur.  I thank you for any
help you can send my way...

Subject:    Venrick family
Author:   Tamara Schulz
Date:  November 28, 2000
Looking for the parents or siblings of William Norman Venrick b.-PA 1838
D.-Norcatur 1903. He was married to Martha Wood.
Thanks, Tamara

Reply from: Ardie Grimes 
Date: November 29, 2000 

Don't know if he's related or not, but thought I would pass along the

from the book, "Norcatur Centennial 1886 - 1986"
"Samuel Cope Venrick was born in Ohio in 1857 and died in 1921.  Martha
Day Venrick was born in 1859 in Rensselear, Indiana and died in Norcatur
in 1952.  They were married in 1879 in Indiana.  Sam ran the Central
Grainers Elevator in Norcatur and was also a paper hanger and did
cement work, building the sidewalks in Norcatur.  Martha was the
community nurse, she followed her profession throughout her life, she
never neglected her family, but always found time to help a neighbor or
friend and was called on frequently."

There is also a short bio of a daughter, Florence Venrick Ward.  Let me
know if you want that one, too

Author:   Steve Fehlhaber
Date:  November 18, 2000
I am looking for information on a Thomas S. Robison/Robinson and his
family. Some of his family is known to have lived in Oberlin KS.

Thomas was born in 1842 in Ohio to Stephen H. and Barbara E. (Noss)

Subject:   Parker relatives
Author:   Diana Cole
Date:  October 26, 2000

I am looking for information regarding my gr-gr-grandparents William P.
Parker and Susan Loney (sp?).  My gr-grandfather John Wyatt Parker was
born near Indianola, Nebraska 2-2-1874.  He married Florence Dibble in
Oberlin in 1893.  They later divorced after having 4 children Ben - Vern -
Ruby - Lela.  Just wanting more info on William P. And Susan if possible.
Would be glad to exchange information.  I don't know the names of any of
John's siblings or the birthdates and states of his parents birth.

Hope you can help me.

Subject:   Dunnuck/Dunnick/Dunn*ck
Author:   Sue Hasch
Date:  October 23, 2000

Three Dunn*ck families settled in Kansas.

John (b.1814)settled in Washington & Marshall Co and some perhaps in
Decatur Co. Have lost a couple of the children.

Joshua (b. 1810) & Elisha (b. 1825) settled in and around Franklin Co.
Their surname was spelled in a variety of ways.

Subject:   Harms / Matheny
Author:   Shirley Kohos27
Date:  July 14, 2000
Looking for the Herman Harms family of Jennings Kansas.

Do you have any information, lived there about 1890 to 1900.  Married an
Zappora Matheny.

Author:   Linda Arnold
Date:  June 28, 2000

I am seeking information about the HOLMES and GUINN Families of
Decatur County.

James H. Guinn b: June 09, 1833 in Clay Co., MO. d: November 30, 1906
in Traer, Decatur Co., KS. 
.+Mary Elizabeth Roberts b: August 20, 1837 in Clay Co., MO. m: October
03, 1852 in Clinton Co., MO. d: August 11, 1919 

Frances Emeline Guinn b: July 25, 1853 in Clinton Co., MO. d: January 18,
1934 in Traer, Decatur Co., KS. +Samuel Kelly Christian b: April 24, 1849
in Buchanan Co., MO. m: April 19, 1874 in Clinton Co., MO. d: January 08,
1929 in Traer, Decatur Co., KS. 

Jonathan Kimsey Guinn b: November 10, 1855 in Clinton Co., MO. d:
January 27, 1945 in Atchison, Atchison Co., KS. +Louisa Katherine Chase
b: March 19, 1849 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY d: February 22, 1933 in
Traer, Decatur Co., KS. 

Laura Bell Guinn b: July 25, 1863 in Clinton Co., MO. d: February 01, 1937
in Traer, Decatur Co., KS. 
+John J. Holmes b: 1849 in Stewartsville, Clinton Co., MO. m: September
06, 1881 in Clinton Co., MO. d: 1919 in Traer, Decatur Co., KS.

Henry James Guinn b: 1868 in Stewartsville, Clinton Co., MO. d: 1952 in
bur. Traer, Decatur Co., KS.

Lionel Dupree Guinn b: December 24, 1870 in Stewartsville, Clinton Co.,
MO. d: March 23, 1948 in Oberlin, Decatur Co., KS 
+Rosetta McCartney b: February 28, 1875 in near Traer, Decatur Co.,
NE. m: February 24, 1894 d: September 06, 1964 in Atwood, Rawlins Co.,
KS., bur. Oberlin, Decatur Co., KS. 

Subject:   Divine 
Author:   Cathy Larkins, WA state
Date:  June 19, 2000

Seeking information on my DIVINE line.  John L. DIVINE married 16 Dec
1888 in Norcatur, Decatur, KS to Pricilla Mae Thompkins and had 3
children there: Clarence Eugene 1889, Hugh Smith 1891 and Bessie 1893.

I would like to locate marriage application and certificate and birth
records for the above names.

Is there anyone out there that can help me? I thank you for any help you
can send my way.

Subject:   Bovard
Author:   Thomas E. Weinel
Date:  June 06, 2000

I am looking for documented information on Joseph Oliver Bovard, his wife
Margarite S. and son Ervin.

He was a Civil War Veteran and they are reportedly are buried in a
Decatur County cemetery.

I would appreciate any information on this family. 

Subject:   Logan Family
Author:   Melissa Goray
Email: gmelissa@ispchannel
Date:  May 05, 2000

I'm looking for any info regarding the James Weaver Logan family. James
married Addie Beardslee and they had several children born in Decatur
county. Thank you!

Subject:   Mines and Johnston
Author:   unknown
Email: unknown
Date:  April 03, 2000

Descendants of Jasper and Minnie Mines, sons were Joseph and Harry.
Both born in 1890's.  Children of Robert and Jennie Johnston: Marvin,
Anna, Orpha, Orren, Millard, and Josephine.  All born in Oberlin between
1888 and 1901.  I am related to all of these.

Subject:   Vernon / Shepard
Author:   Dennis White
Date:  March 23, 2000

My grandmother and grandfather were married in Norton, but both
families had homes in Norcatur, Decatur County.  My grandmother, Mattie
Vernon (b. 1909) was the daughter of Clint and Emma Vernon, who were
well known around those parts. My grandfather, Floyd David Shepard was
the son of John D. Shepard and Cora Mason Shepard who had come to
Kansas from Indiana.  They had an older son, Carl Mason Shepard. The
father and /or possibly sons owned a service station during the teens or
twenties.  John D. Shepard (b. 1874) died young-he had a neurological
disease that he passed on to his sons- and Cora remarried a man named
Wickham.  In the thirties the entire family (including my grandmother)
moved west to Colorado and eventually Washington State.  But I still would
like to find the final resting place of John D. Shepard, and what became of
him through his illness.  In fact, I do not even have a year for his death. 
If anyone has any clues for me I'd be most grateful.

Reply:  Gregory Vernon 
Date: December 30, 2001 


i am afraid i am no use to you, you may be very helpful to me. The
Vernon's in Decatur County are, for me at least, a tangled up group.  I
know my grandfather, Ray(mond?) Vernon lived there and raised a family
of 5 with his wife Alice. After that I am in the dark. 

Any information would be *greatly* appreciated.

Reply: Ardie Grimes 
Date: January 03, 2002 

Both of you could look at Debbi's Vernon info at 

Subject:   Looking for Information on Darlene Holliday
Date:  March 02, 2000
Would like information on Darlene Holliday or Ida Holliday from Oberlin
Kansas Decatur County.

Subject:   Mapes / Hockett
Author:   unknown 
Email: unknown
Date:  February 28, 2000

I am researching Alonzo Mapes b.1851 and his wife Sarah Oliver Mapes
b.1853-1900- buried in Adell Cemetery in Allison, Kansas.  Children are
Carrie Mapes dob?-Benjamin Mapes dob?- Jennie Mapes - married to a
Tatum , Carrie Mapes b.1878 married to Frank P. Phipps, Cora Mapes
1876-1964 Married to Clark Hockett.John Mapes 1879, William Franklin
Mapes 1883. 

Also would like information on Harrison Hockett married to Ella Monroe with dates about 1858.  Children were Ernest, Jim, Mary, Lillie and Clark-born in 1877 and died 1934.  Any information would be greatly
appreciated. THANK-YOU!!! Jacque 

Subject:   MCCLEERY, TOOL 
Author:   unknown
Email: unknown
Date:  February 18, 2000

I am searching for the burial places of  the couple below:
Mary Stinson TOOL MCCLEERY, b. 10 Jan 1821 Abindgon, Washington CO., VA d. 22 Oct 1895 Oberlin, Decatur CO., KN m. 27 Apr 1841 Monroe, Jasper CO., IA

James MCCLEERY b. 18 Jan 1821 Cincinatti, OH,d. 29 Aug 1897 Oberlin, KS This was Mary Stinson TOOL MCCLEERY's  2nd husband. 

Their children were: Francis McCLEERY; Mary Stinson; Susan Isabel MCCLEERY and  Emma MCCLEERY.  Emma MCCLEERY became a County Superintendent of Schools of Decatur CO. All three of the children were born in Oberlin, KS.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Subject:   TUCKSON 1900's in Decatur Co.
Author:   unknown
Email: unknown
Date:  January 12, 2000

Any help and info on the family name of TUCKSON. Any information on
Hans Tuckson.  He was 12 when he immigrated from Denmark abt 1869 to
the USA.  Born abt. 1857.  Lived in Oberlin, Kansas most of his life.  He had
four children:  Anna, Amanda, Ellen, and Alva.  Married a Margaret Hyde.

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