Sumner County Queries Archive 1
Current as of 2/10/2010

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O'Brien, Whittington

I am looking for any information regarding the family of Elmer George O'Brien B:Aug 24, 1845 in Indiana D: July 26, 1923, I am assuming in Wellington since 1895-1920 Census shows the family there for a 25 yr span. Married to Julia A Whittington. Children are Nora, Lillian, Dean, Harry, Robert, Earl and possibly a Clara, George E, Fred and maybe 3 more. I was told by another family member on this particular branch that the Spanish Flu epidemic killed many of them and possibly only 3-4 of the children lived to maturity. We know Nora, Robert and Lillian survived. Robert was the only child of these 3 to marry and have children. Nora and Lillian never married.
Elmer George was the Sheriff of Humboldt County at some point in time and then sold hardware until retirement. 1895 Census shows him being a travelling salesman at this time. I searched all the website cemetary postings and found nothing. If anyone has any information on these O'Briens please contact me. Also, if anyone in Wellington is doing any cemetary research and finds any of these O'Briens burial plots please let me know.
Thank you very much! Suezy O'Brien House-Olathe, Kansas

Email: Suezy O'Brien
Rock On,


I am a great great great niece of Captain John H. Folks who was a founding editor of the Sumner County Press. He and my great grandfather Willis K. Folks were well-respected men of the community. We are looking for articles written by Captain Folks or pictures of him or my great grandfather. He emigrated to California , South of San Diego and was very entrepreneurial here in agriculture and politics.

Beverly Folks Parker

Gooch, Clark/Clarke, Francis, Allison, Wells


The Sumner County families I am interested in are ancestors and descendants of Joseph Franklin Gooch and his wife Willa Mina Clark/Clarke and their siblings.

Willa Mina Clark/Clarke Gooch had a brother Samuel Vance Clark/Clarke who married Sarah J. Allison. Sarah had a sister Mary Elizabeth Allison who married Ransom Wells. The Allison girls are believed to be daughters of James K. Allison and Harriet Burr or Barr.

Willa Mina's parents were George Washington Clark/Clarke and Sarah Jane Powell and they had quite a large family. I have seen some postings which listed Samuel as her father but he was her brother.

Joseph F. Gooch came from West Virginia, via Illinois, with sister Alvira, brother John and their mother Eveline Gooch. They were from Ohio County, WV, and his father William Gooch died about 1860, probably before his youngest sibling, Mary, was born in December 1860. By 1875 Joseph and siblings were residing in Kansas in Palatine Township.

Am hoping to make contact with other descendants with more information.Thanks for any help you can give.

Gael Hanlan


I am researching William Kerr B 1841 in Scotland, his wife Sarah B 1861 in Iowa and daughter Stella Kerr B 1880 in Scotland. They appearin the 1880 Census Index in Palestine, Sumner, KS. I am interested in any Kerrs or descendants of William to determine if William's father was Francis Henderson Kerr B 1809 and Grisel Dodds Kerr B 1808 in Scotland?, and also if there are others researching this family. I have more information to share.Thank you very much.

June A Ryker


They lived & farmed 5 miles south of Conway Springs on highway 49 & a quarter mile west on the south side of the road. My Dad & his brother & 4 sisters were born on the farm. My Dad's name was Robert William Doyle.He was born in 1914.He died at the Conway Springs Spring view manner in 2006. .

Harold Doyle


I am looking for information about Charles and Myrtle Haeberle. According to WWI Draft Registration for Charles (Charley), they farmed near Conway Springs. They had 2 daughters, Dorothy and Doris. Charley was born in 1884 but I do not know if he was born in Sumner Co. I know that by 1930 he and the 2 girls lived in Wichita. I do not know what happened to Myrtle. Sometime after 1930 Charley married my aunt, Mable Edna Hamm in Wichita. It was there and in that relationship that I knew him. I think, when he died, he was buried with Myrtle which may be in Sumner Co. I would appreciate any information anyone might have on this family. Thank you very much.

Barbara K. Clark


Am looking for any information on Alice Maude Levagood, born in Michigan in 1862 to David & Phoebe Levagood, graduated from Park College, Parksville, Mo 1882, returned to her home in southern Kansas (possibly the Rue family), taking a position teaching in a government school @ Anadarko, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). 26Mar1884 she married Henry Newton Brown, Marshall of Caldwell, Kansas.

Subsequent to his death, she moved to Devils Lake, North Dakota, proving up on 100 acres of land. Subsequently she attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, commencing a two year period of studies leading to her teaching degree in 1889. In 1891 she moved to Frankfort, Indianna working for Drs. Strange & Palmer, eventually becoming matron of the Palmer Hospital, retiring in 1931 and passing away on May 25, 1935 and is buried in Frankfort, Indianna. At some point in her life she was adopted by Mr & Mrs Richard Rue, a brick manufacturer originally of Richmond, Indianna. The Rue family moved to Devil's Lake, N.D. in 1883, changing their name to LaRue. Any info as to her parentage, birthplace in Michigan and subsequent adoption would be greatly appreciated. I would also be willing to share any and all information that I have on other members of the Levagood family who were also residents of Kansas,Michigan,Ontario,Ohio, and Pennsylvania

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

Ron Levagood


I'm looking for information on my great-aunt Mary Elizabeth Simposn and her husband, Madison Ora Moore. The story in my family is that they both lived in Indiana and were cousins. Mary Elizabeth's father died and her mother remarried. After that, Mary Elizabeth was sent to live in Kansas with relatives (possibly Simpson, Surface or Moore). Madison either accompanied or followed Mary Elizabeth to Kansas and they were married. I have a photograph of them that I think was their wedding picture. It was taken at State National Art Gallery in Wellington. As their first child was born 6 Sep 1894 in KS, I would assumed the photograph was taken between 1890 and 1893.

Any information would be appreciated,

Virginia Winters


I am looking for anything pertaining to a "John Wheeler".He married Willetta Blanche Frambers. Don't know if in Oklahoma or Kansas.

They had a daughter in 1921 in Wellington. Her name wasMargaret Ellen Wheeler. She was my grandmother.

If anyone happens to have any info or have run across them in their research, could you please e-mail me?

Thank you,

Tammy Warren Evans

I am searching for any information related to my paternal Uncle, Charles L. Hoffman. He was last located in September, 1918, living in Braman, Oklahoma and working on a horse ranch at Wellington, Kansas. I would like to contact any descendants.

John Hoffman
Colorado Springs, CO


Looking for family members of C.W. Fair and his wife Sarah, who lived in Caldwell, KS for a time and had three daughters that I know of. My grandmother, Ada May was the oldest. Genevieve (sp) married a George Stroud and lived in California, and the youngest one is Lucy. Ada married Harry W. VanDorien and her last residence was Norwich, KS. She died in 1952 in a Wichita hospital.

Bonnie McDermid


Rueben, William, Harry W. Van Dorien (VanDoren). Ruben and William are buried in the Caldwell Cemetary, and Harry is buried in the Norwich, KS cemetery. Looking for family members of my grandfather Harry. Lived in Caldwell, KS and possibly Wellington. Harry was born in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 1893.

Bonnie McDermid


Looking for information on where to find list of cemeteries located close to Hunnewell, Sumner County, KS. Against a brick wall trying to locate information on Ithamer Smith, b. abt. 1854, England. According to his marriage record to Mary Elizabeth Barker, b. abt 1866, IN, he was married February, 4, 1883 at Hunnewell, KS by L. S. Boyer, Justice of the Peace, witness J. N. Kirk, Probate Judge. Since, his wife, Mary E. remarried in 1899, OK I assume that he died some time between 1883 and 1899. Ithamer Smith and Mary E. had one son, my grandfather, Birt Lee Smith, b. December, 1883. Family rumors have grandfather born close to Wellington, KS. Thanks for any help!

Ellen Liles


My 2nd great-grandparents are listed in Springdale, Sumner County, Kansas in the 1880:

LUKENS Andrew 43 farmer b:OH
Irena (nee Clark) 40 b:IN
Andrew A. 20 b:IL
Jacob C. 17 b:IL
Stella I. 13 b:IL
Charles Edward 11 b:IL
Mannoah Mae 4 b:IL

Between 1888 and 1889, Andrew and (at least) his son Charles Edward moved to Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS where Andrew died 1SEP1894. I believe Irena may have died in Sumner County, possibly after the birth of a daughter Laura after 1880. I’m desperately looking for additional information on this family, particularly Irena Lukens, Jacob C. Lukens and Laura Lukens.

Deborah Lukens Whittaker

I am searching for the parents of Charles (Karl) Segebartt b 1852Prussia and his wife Caroline Knaack b 1854 Prussia. I know theSegebartts settled in Argonia KS and had a few kids there: Albert,Clara, Clarence, and Hulda. If anyone else is doing research on thisfamily I would love to hear from you. Thanks!



Hello Sumner county folks,
I'm new to the list, I don't have many resources for Sumner county yet, my ancestors left Virginia during the Civil War and one branch landed in Sumner County. If any of you could help me out, I would greatly appreciate it. The family I am looking for is:

1900 United States Census, 292A, 16 Jun 1900.
Wellington City, Sumner county, Kansas 454/463 enumeration district 346 page North Olive Street
James W. George; head; white; male; born June 1862, age 38; married 19 years; born in WV, father VA, mother VA; occupation veteranarian surgeon; can read and write; renting home
Matilda F., wife, white female, born Mar 1864 age 36; Married 19 years; 7children, 6 living; born IL, father Tenn., mother missouri; can read and write
Lillie M.; dau, born Jul 1883, age 16; single; born in KS; can read and write
Rozettie F.; dau; born Dec 1885, age 14; born KS; can read and write
Girtie E.; dau, born Jul 1889, age 10; born KS; can read and write
Clara E.; dau, born Apr 1892, age 8; born KS; can read and Write
Matilda E.; dau, born Aug 1894, age 5, born in KS
not named, dau, born Mar 1900, age 2/12, born in KS.

1910 United States Census, page 38A.4-WD Wellington, Sumner Co., Kansas, Dwelling #256, Family #264 906 North "F" Street
GEORGE, James W., Head, 48M, 2nd Marriage, Married 1 year, born KY, both parents born VA, Veterinarian.
GEORGE, Mattie, Wife, 40F, 1st Marriage, Married 1 year, No children, born KY, both parents born Germany.

1920 United States Census, page 261A. Wellington Twp., Sumner Co., Kansas, Dwelling #166, Family #178 page 261A 906 North "F" Street
GEORGE, James W., Head, 57M, Married, born West VA, both parents born West VA, Veterinary Surgeon.
GEORGE, Mattie K., Wife, 50F, Married, born KY, both parents born Germany.

Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington KS
Block 384 lot 1 James W. George died May 7, 1923 age 60 residence Wellngton
Block 384 lot 2 Mattie George died February 15, 1920 age 50 residence Wellington
Block 384 lot 3 Anna George died February 20, 1931 age 52 residence Wellington, birthplace Topeka KS.

This is the data that I have for the family, many questions arise which I don't have resources for:

What happened to wife Matilda and children between 1900 and 1910? death? divorce? is she still living on North Olive street on the 1910 Census?
Who is the Anna that is buried with James and his second wife?
What is the name of the daughter who was born in March of 1900?

If anyone can help me out I would greatly appreciate it,

Thank you,


I am trying to locate this family with the surname of Carter - Willam Carter b. 1826 Indiana, Maria / Mariah (Davis) Carter 1833 Indiana, Simon Carter b. 1848 Indiana,Isaiah Freeman Carter b. 1853 Indiana & his wife Canzdad unknown last name at this time, she was b. 1859/1860 Iowa according to the 1880 census for Belle Plaine Sumner County, KS.William, Maria and Isaiah are also on the 1875 state census for Belle Plaine Sumner County, KS, Maria, is my direct relative her parents are Jonathan Davis and Susannah (Baker) Davis. I believe that they went back to Indiana in 1884/1886 timeframe because I have civil circuit court doc's from that time by Freeman and his mother against William for money owed them.I have looked for them on the 1900 census's without any luck.


I am trying to locate a marriage date for Oliver Davis and Ada M. Hester, from the census of 1910/1920 for Dundy County, Nebraska it would appear they married in 1904/1905 timeframe. Ada M. Hester is with her parents on the 1900 census for Sumner County Phillips Twp KS with a b. April 1883 Iowa. Oliver and Ada's 1st child was born in Kansas in 1907/1908 timeframe. Ada's parents are Charles A. Hester and Hattie King, Oliver's parents are Asa Granville Davis & Martha Jane Stanford.

Appreciate any help.


I am searching for any family history information on Elsie (Smrcka) Krenek 1996-1992. She married Frank Krenek about 1914 and together they farmed near Caldwell, KS. Elsie had two sisters who also farmed near Caldwell - Emma (Smrcka) Hlavaty 1888-1930 and Frances (Smrcka) Prochaska 1876-1966.

Thank you,
Mark Myrdahl


Looking for Information on LUTHER OWEN MCKINLEY believed to have died in 1950 in Illinois. At one time Luther had relatives in Belle Plain KS. Need his birth date & death dates and where he's buried.Luther was married to CORA LEE WELLS In RUSSELL COUNTY KY on3\31\1907. Any Information appreciated.

Ken Kerns


I am researching my Murray family history of which Earlene ROADMAN isa descendant. She married Dr. Warren "Ty" YOULE. He was a physicianin Wellington, KS. Would appreciate any information on either ofthem and any descendants. Thank you,
Patty Bookout


I am looking for info on the Cornell family which settled in theSpring Dale Twp. just south of Conway Springs. Are u still working onthe rural areas in that area too. My ggg was Geo. W. and he beganfarming in 1875 in that area and remained there until his death in1913. Any help will be appreciated.

Bill Baugh


I am searching for information on the Jesse R. Laird family. They may have come to Sumner County as early as 1898.

Thank you.
Frankie Johnson


I have an article allegedly from the Kansas Republic, a Wellingtonnewspaper. The date is 27 September 1912. It deals with a familythatwas (allegedly) murdered by their son, Otto McKnelly. I am trying tofind this McKnelly family (Theodore/Ida/Otto/Greta) in the 1910censusas well as trying to find a followup article which might tell whathappened regarding any resolution/conviction in this case. Any helpwould be deeply appreciated.

Tom, in Wisconsin


Seek 1885 (and possibly 1895) census for Leander Calvin Caywood ( 1844) and his wife Clarinda (b. ca. 1846). Enumerated in Walton,Sumner County, KS in 1880 census. Two children: Cary Elvina, born1869, and Arthur, born ca. 1872. Leander's occupation given asfarmer. Burial location unknown.

Russ Czaplewski


I am searching for information related to the the Wewerka andWhitehead families in Sumner County between 1890 and 1920. Derived informationplaces the marriage of Lillie (Mae) Wewerka and Robert (Tobias) Whitehead in Sumner Co. about 1891. Their first child, Goldie MaeWhitehead, stated she was born in Hunnewell, Kansas in 1892. Other children of that union are George G. b: 1895 and Alice P. b: 1897. Goldie later married Nathaniel Jackson "Jack" Carriger near South Haven in 1908.The Carriger's were farmers in the South Haven area between 1880 and1920.

These families may also have links to Blackwell, Oklahoma.

Thank You,
Steven Carriger


Looking for descendants of Hiram Coffin SMITH and Catherine COOLIGAN who came to Sumner Co., KS by covered wagon about 1871 and settled around Oxford.

Hiram and Catherine and a number of their siblings are buried in the Oxford Cemetery. Hiram's grave has a GAR emblem. He was from NY and after the Civil War, he and family moved to Chicago, IL, where son Albert Henry was born. Other children were born prior to IL and after they moved to KS.

Joyce A. Thomas
Broken Arrow, OK


LESLIE JAMES MASONHALL (b. 9-6-1886 in Kearney County, Nebraska; d.10-14-1965 in Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa) married LOUISE A.HASSELBRING (b. 11-21-1888 in Illinois; d. 10-20-1913 from headinjuries suffered in a motorcycle accident--Buried in Maple GroveCemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas) on 11-25-1909 in Kansas.

The above is what I have. I would like to know WHERE in Kansas theywere married, what was Louise's middle name, where in Illinois shewas born and if there's an obit for LOUISE anywhere in the Kansasrecords. I don't know the county so figured I'd start with Sumnersince a lot of my ancestors lived in and around South Haven andHunnewell.



I am looking for info on the children of Dora Wilkening and ArthurBLUME.Donald (b. 1937)married Beverly Sidebottom. Elaine(b. 1940) marriedHarold "Kent" CHRISTNER. Haddon (b1942). And Eileen (b. 1945)marriedGary REGNARY. Any info on how to contact them or their descendentsappreciated. Also, any newspaper articles appreciated. Luci


I am searching for info on the William P. Davis/Anna Free Davisnames. These were my wife's great-grandparents that lived somewherein Sumner county. Their daughter Nellie was born Sep 16-1891 atWinfield. Anna Free was possibly the daughter of William and SarahFree whom are buried at the Conway Springs cemetery. Nellie had abrother by name of Harry Davis who was several years older thanNellie.

If you can point me in the right direction to find any info on thesefamilies, it would be appreciated.

Gary Eitel


Dear Friend: I have seen Sumner Co, KS Cemetery records on the internet. In the Prairie Lawn Cem there are graves for T J Sargent, his son, Thomas Parker Sargent and grandson, Frank P Sargent in Block 0453. I have copies of their obituaries and papers from T J's Civil War pension file. What happened to their spouses? Did they remarry and move elsewhere? I need information on Mary Elizabeth Sargent, Caroline Morrow/Moeser and Alma A Sargent. T J Sargent was an early settler in Sumner Co., Kansas.- before 1880. TJ Sargent was one of six brothers to serve in the Civil War from Morgan County, IL.

Norma Daniels


I am researching the Marion Shultz family who were on the 1880 census of Sumner county and living in Reno. They are as follows:

Marion Shultz 44 born in Ohio
Jeaneatta Shultz Wive 44 born in Ohio
Joseph S. Shultz son 26 born in Ohio
James Henry Shultz son 23 born in Ohio (my g grandfather)
Alfred D. Shultz son 21 born in Ohio
John W. Shultz son 14 born in Indiana
Joshua H. Shultz son born in Indiana
William A. Shultz son 8 born in Missouri
Dennis L. Shultz son 3 born in Kansas

With the large gap in ages from Alfred to John it is strongly possible that Marion could have been in the Civil War during that time. Dennis is listed on the 1900 Kansas census with James Henry as James's brother. I have no other informaiton on these folks. If anyone know anything about these men please let me know.

Thank You, Marcia Davis ,

Marcia Davis


I am looking for anything onDr. Walter E. Bartlett. I know he started the arboretum, but waswanting more information about him. My husband and I bought his oldhouse in Belle Plaine and we are wanting to learn about him and hispractices,



I am searching forinformation on Alvin W. (Walker) McIver. He married 1) Martha G(Mattie) Coalscott  22 Feb., 1900 in Greenwood County, KS. Bornto this marriage was one daughter Margaret Mae McIver b: 17 Oct.,1900. Alvin and Mattie divorced sometime between Oct. 1900 and 1905.I have found Alvin and Mattie on the 1900 Greenwood County, FallRiver twp, KS. census. This census states that Alvin was born April1876 in KY. I have also found Alvin W. McIver on the 1920 SumnerCounty Val Verde twp KS. census, at this time he was married to aCaroline E. Unknown. Listed are 2 children, a son Ernest W. age 14and daughter Cecilia E. age 3 2/12 .

Has anyone come across thisfamily in their research I would like to know more about them Alvinwas my great grandfather his first daughter Margaret Mae was mygrandmother.

Any help with this familywould be greatly appreciated.

I thank you for yourtime.

JanetE. Hawks


I am looking for anyinformation of the JAMES LEWIS MCCALL family who were living inSumner county Kansas in 1900, He married Sarena ?????, children:Alvin,Gertie, Bessie,and James R.

Thank You.



Searching for descendants andParents of James M Nelson (1828-1877) and wife Susan DRAKE Nelson(1828-1895) buried in Corzine Cemetery.


Jerry Calvin Nelson m.Sarilda E Lee Vinson

Henry Washington Nelson m.Anna Elizabeth Wilson/Willson

Nancy Catherine Nelson(1866-1948) m. 1st G W/M Bowen, m. 2nd George T Duckworth(1847-1926). buried in the Fairlawn Cemetery Elk City, Beckham Co,Oklahoma.

Melissa Nelson m. William LDugan Abt 1862-1943 (buried in Wellington Cemetery with son WilliamJr.) Daughters: Hattie L , Alice and Kate. Did Melissa remarry? Where is she buried? and where are her children?



I'm researching the Jacksonline of my family. Daniel Jackson born around 1881 and Mary EllenGillett Jackson. They spent a great deal of their life in Caldwell,Sumner Co., Kansas.

Thank You,



I am looking for a Bert Smithwho was born in Wellington, KS around 1882 or 1883. His father wasborn in Michigan and his mother was born in Oklahoma (possiblyIndian). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


BrookeL. Moore


I'm looking for anyinformation on David Wing and his brother, Lemuel, who moved fromQuebec to Sumner, Sumner, Kansas, in 1877. They and their familieslived there before moving to S.D.. where they bought land in 1887.Thanks for any help you might be able to give.

BeverlySmith Vorpahl inSpokane, Washington


I would appreciateinformation on Will Kleeman and his wife, Rose in the l9l0 or l920census. They lived in Washington, Ks. From l903 to approximately l912and then moved to Wellington. My father owned the men's clothingstore (Kleeman and Simon). I would like to find my father's birthcertificate (although he was born in Germany) and his naturalizationpapers. Thanks for your help.

MoselleKleeman Rosenthal


I am searching forinformation on Ira Wellington Allen, who lived in Caldwell ks. tillhis death in Mar. of 1968.

Thank you,



I FOUND my Great Grandfather,Lyman Naugle, who was a publisher in Sumner County, City ofWellington, ON THE 1895. He published the Argonia Voice, CorbinVoice, Hunnewell Voice, Mayfield Voice,Mulvane Voice and the SouthHaven Voice from March 16, 1894 to February 28, 1895. There are otherNaugles in the census, but I do not know if they have anyrelationship to my grandfather. I would appreciate anyinformation.

StevenJ. Scully
(Great Grandson of Lyman Naugle)


Do you have any informationon the LEACH family?   They lived in Conway Springs in thelate 1800's - John Allen Leach I believe is the name or John A. or O.Leach... they were founders of the Presbyterian Church in ConwaySprings - He was a partner in a horsetradingcompany.    They lived in a large house outside oftown and the drive up to the house was supposedly lined with elmtrees......lots of them...  He was my great-grandfather, so anyinformation would be much appreciated.

Thank you,



Can anyone help me on thisfamily? James Anderson Collier, wife Gloviania, moved to KS abt 1890and appeared to settle in Oxford. James is listed on both the 1895and 1900 Census - occupation is Dentist. James & Gloviania hadseveral children: Clinton, Wilton, Edson, James/Joe H., Lucy,Tressie, Bernice, and Alton/Afton.

Any help on this family wouldbe appreciated.


G.Swoik ,IL


I am seeking information onJoseph Wallace Allen who lived in Belle Plaine in the 1890's. Mygrandmother, Millicent, was born in Belle Plaine on June 26, 1890 andher sister, Vivian, was born April 19, 1894, also in Belle Plaine. By1910 the family was living in Canadian, Texas. Joe Allen was in the"banking business". Any information will be appreciated. I have onthe Allen's that I will be happy to share.



In 1906 my ggreat aunt HettieMcCollister Nichols and her husband John

Nichols were living inHunnewell, KS His father was Israel Nichols and lived in HockingCounty, Ohio in December 12, 1891, had three sons Andrew Nichols ,his wife Eliza Amanda , John Nichols and wife Hettie (McCollister)and a brother Henry. I am looking for any information on Hettie andJohn Nichols, which on a land deed in Hocking County, Ohio they arelisted as living in Hunnewell, I would like any information on themas I have no death date or obits on them. They did have two sons bornin Starr Twp. in Hocking County, Ohio Eugene Nichols born on Aug. 31,1883 and John W. Nichols born Oct. 15, 1888. Hettie and John weremarried in Hocking Co. Ohio October 13, 1882. Would appreciate anyinformation that you might have.




I am searching forinformation on Ira Wellington Allen Who lived in Caldwell KS till hisdeath in Mar. 0f 1968.

Thank you.



I have a photo of mygrandfather William M. Moore standing in front of the restaurant heworked at in Wellington. I don't know when this was taken and I don'tknow where in Wellington it is. My only clue is the "Henry George"store next to it. It was probably between 1900 and 1930. Any help youcan give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

GinaVan Dusen

Researching Moore's inWellington


Researching Chester WillieGLEASON, known to have been in the Wellington area circa 1896-1898.Chester worked for the railroad. His spouse was LauraARCHER.

Thank you.... ShariB.


Researching Thomas J. ARCHERin the Sumner Co. area circa 1895-1921. Any assistance would begreatly appreciated!

Thank you.... ShariB.


I am researching thefollowing families in Sumner Co.,Kansas:     

Surname     Prior Location     Sumner Co Location.     Time Period

Bigger     Dewitt Co., IL & OH     Twp33 S Range 2 E, Walton, Geuda,Springs abt 1878      

ansen          GuedaSprings       -1964

Richmond     Knox Co, IL     South Haven twp     1877-

Jeffries     Champaign Co, IL     South Haven twp.     1886-1936

Shafer     AR & Madison Co., IA     South Haven     1886-1922

Swan     OH      Oxfordarea      1880s



My relatives from Wellingtonin Sumner County were Bohanna's and Broderson's. I believe that oneBohanna was mayor of Wellington for a short time. A. F. Bohanna, mygrandfather, owned property in downtown Wellington, and was marriedto Grace I. Bohanna--their only child was my mother, Ruth IreneBohanna, who married Walter Jacobus Broderson, my father. My father'sfather, P. A. Broderson, owned a jewelry store in Wellington, but mayhave farmed near Douglass, Kansas, before that.

ChristinaBroderson Wilson

St. Louis, MO


We are searching for anyALLENs, HOWEs, MC GUINNs in Sumner county in the late 1800s. OurWilliam Martin ALLEN came to Sumner county from Grundy County, MO in1888. His son, Charles, my grandfather, married my grandmother, EmmaAlice HOWE, there in 1895. They emigrated to Alfalfa county,Oklahoma, by 1896.

W.D. Allen Sr.


I'm interested in finding anobituary for William J. Claypole who died before Nov 1886 and left awife, a two year old and a four week old baby. His father was abusiness partner with him and his name was William Claypole. Anysuggestions or help will be most appreciated.




John WIDICK was a prominentfarmer in Palestine, Sumner Co. in 1865. Born Illinois in 1840.Married Nancy HIZER of Indiana and had 4 children. One daughter wasnamed Effie.

MelvinTheodore Clark, born1860 in Indiana, moved to Kansas as a young man and married Effie inSumner County. Their son, EARL W. CLARK was born in Caldwell in 1887.I have not been able to trace either. I will appreciate anyinformation.



I would like to obtain someinformation on W. Grant Hatfield whom I believe was located in andaround Caldwell in Sumner County. My information on him is sketchy,but I believe that he was born in Sumner County sometime around 1873.I have no information on his parents. Supposedly he died in Caldwellin about 1933. I do know that he lived in Caldwell on December 1,1904 (family bible), and that he married Ellen Mae Teskey in Seiling,Dewey Cty, OK on December 11, 1904 (she is my relative and fromClinton County, Iowa). They had a son born and died on March 13, 1906(no name known). I did find the burial of Grant's wife Ellen Mae andtheir infant son in the Caldwell Cemetery information, but notGrant.

I would appreciate any helpyou can give.

Thank you.... TedThompson


Looking for marriageinformation for Joseph A. Teichman and Elizabeth ?? married 1877.They were listed in Falls, Sumner Co., KS 1880 census with daughterMary, 1 year old. Would appreciate any help on thisfamily.


I am researching theBarber-Penwell-Clemmons-Smith surnames in Sumner County and SedgwickCounty, Kansas. The names I have are Harry Ernest Barber, born 1883.His father was Ernest, according to his death certificate, but thatmay have been a middle name. His mother is listed as "Unknown"Penwell. Birthplace was Wellington. The second person is Myrtle O.Clemmons, born 1887 in Salina. Her father is listed as LeonardClemmons and her mother is "Unknown" Smith. Myrtle had a priormarriage to a man named Todd from Oklahoma. She and Harry Barber weremarried in Wichita in 1912. If you might have anything which might behelpful, I would be most grateful. Thank you.


TerryD. Janes


My grandfather is LeslieOttobine Burnett. He was born in Hunnewll Kansas. If anyone has infoon his father George W. Burnett (born 1863 Sumner county) I wouldappreciate the help. His parents were killed in an accident andGeorge W. Burnett went to live with Shoemakers. I do not have anyinfo. on this family either. Any info. would be greatlyappreciated.



Hi, I have Levi Elmer Hall (b26 Feb1873 Yates Center, Woodson Co, KS d 11 Dec 1925 in Anadarko,Caddo Co, OK) and Mary Mahala Longenecker (b 9 Mar 1874 in Wabash Co,IL and d Apr 1960 in Anadarko, Caddo Co, OK). They were married 3 Jun1895 in Greenwood Co, KS and moved to Sumner Co by 1896 when theirfirst child was born. Children born in Sumner Co include BarbaraAlberta Hall (b 6 Apr 1896 in Sumner Co, KS and d 4 Jul 1985 in SanJose, Santa Clara Co, CA), Ruth Marie Hall b 6 Jan 1898 in Sumner Co,KS and d 26 May 1984 in Connell, Franklin Co, WA), Mary June Hall (b21 Jun 1899 and d 10 Jul 1966 in Oklahoma City, OK), James DanielHall (b 25 Feb 1901 in Sumner Co, KS and d in Anadarko, Caddo Co, OKJun 1978), Lewis Elmer Hall b 11 Oct 1904 in Ashton, Sumner Co, KSand d 27 Jun 1983 in Oklahoma City, OK). The next child andsubsequent children were born in Caddo Co, OK.

I am trying to find out whatthe family did there, where they lived, why they left, any additionalinformation I can find. I have additional information on the familyto share! Thank you for any help.



Looking for info on a HarveyOSBORN, supposed son of Uriah OSBORN and Hettie CRIPE(S). His d.of.b.would have been abt. 1869. Uriah and Hettie with other family membersare found in the 1900 Sumner,Osborn/Mayfield KS Census, but nomention of Harvey.

Any information would begreatly appreciated and willing to exchange what OSBORN info. that Ihave with other OSBORN clan.

Thank you,



My name is Lisa Slighton andI am researching James Russell and his wife Mary Wood. They had achild named William Russell in Oxford, KS in the 1870's. Does any ofthis sound familiar? If so I would love to hear from you as I havebeen unable to find anything further on this family. William was myhusbands gg Grandfather. Thank you. Lisa


Looking for information onHiram C. Iames who died January 20, 1969 at the age of 73. He isburied in Praire Lawn Cemetery. Stella May Iames d. Sept. 19, 1950and she is also buried in Praire Lawn Cemetery. Rootsweb only givethe cemetery name but not the place. I traced it down to Sumner Co.,Kansas. [] Can anyonehelp me find these individuals?



I am researching my Baileyancestors and want to support my belief that John G. Bailey of theMilan section of Sumner Co. was the brother of my great granddadJosephous Bailey.Josephous is buried in the Protection Ks cemeteryand was born in Monroe Co Ky in 1850. John G. Bailey and wife Coraare buried in the Milan cemetery. All assistance is greatlyappreciated.



I am looking for informationabout the families of the children of Thomas Wingfield Franklin andSarah Ann Lucas, who migrated from Knox County IL to Caldwell CountyKS. Several in the family died in Caldwell County.

Data I have for this familycan be downloaded at .

Any male Franklins who areinterested can participate in a Franklin Y-chromosome project that Iam running.



Osborn M. Hill was born inPennsylvania and he moved to Wellington about 1887. He was born June5, 1827 and died December 20, 1910. He is buried in Prairie ViewCemetery, Wellington, Kansas. His wife was Weltha (Johnson) Hill andshe was born August 23, 1839 in Corning, New York and died inWellington Febuary 15, 1930. Their children were John C. Hill.Wallace C. Hill, Frank J. Hill, Nellie G. Hill, and Horace Hill. Iwould be happy to share information with anyone searching for thisfamily.

Hueyand Jill Hill


I am looking for informationon Henry Ward TIPLER (no dates, but had lived in Gueda Springs andAshton KS since 1905) and Emma Lavina Fish TIPLER (b. Outagamie Co.,WI d. 1945 a resident of Ashton, KS). They married 16 September 1896in Clayton Twp, Winnebago Co., WI.

A known child Hazel IreneTIPLER (b.18 June 1897 in Neenah, Winnebago Co., WI d. 26 June 1973in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS) m Errol G. BARNES 20 March 1947 placeunkn. Errol b.7 October 1901 place unkn., d. December 1975 in ValleyCenter, Sedgwick Co., KS

Hazel is buried in ForestHills Cemetery in Sumner Co and that is probably where her parentsand maybe her husband is buried.

There may have been a secondchild: Ernest TIPLER who was a rural mail carrier, but I have noinformation on him.

Emma Lavina Fish TIPLER was asister to my Grandfather.

Thank you,



I am looking for anyinformation on John Jacob Franklin McKee. He was known to many asFrank McKee. He was married to Mary Addie Felt. They married inFerris Ill. and after a while moved to Stevens Co. Ks., then toHarvey Co., then about 1897 moved to Sumner Co. His brother told himof Ks. I am interested in finding out any thing I can on his family.My Grandmother was Edna Florence McKee Burkhart of South Haven andOxford. If anyone can help me I'd appreciate it a lot.

MaryLois Burkhart Hibbard


Seeking any information onthe descendants of Daniel Lightfoot and Susanna Arnsberger who movedto the Mulvane area around 1879 and both of whom are buried in theMulvane Cemetery. They had the following children:

--Jacob Lightfoot, b.1839

--Addam Lightfoot, b.1843

--Elizabeth Lightfoot(married Thomas B. Burnett and both buried in Mulvane)

--William Lightfoot, b. 1846Died in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

--Luke Lightfoot, b. 1849Possibly was the first principal of Mulvane High School in1880/1881

--Eunice Lightfoot, b. 1850Married James Wymer and both buried in Iowa

--Lester Lightfoot, b. 1853Married Catherine Mackie and both buried in PeeDee, Iowa

--Frank Lightfoot, b.1855

--Daniel Lightfoot, b. 1858d. 1930 Supposed to be buried in Mulvane

--Mary Alice Lightfoot, b.1860 married F. G. Farnsworth and died somewhere in Kansas

--Susanna Ida Lightfoot, b.1865 married A.P. Williams and both buried in Muscatine,Iowa

  BrianL. Lightfoot


Elias Fox b. 1802 and d. 28June 1895 near Milton in Sumner Co, Kansas

I am seeking informationabout Elias Fox, born in 1802 in NC, married Elizabeth Moss, andsired 11 children. Elias was an early settler in my home county ofAppanoose in Iowa. Apparently he just kept going west as long as helived, and he died on 28 June 1895 near Milton in Sumner County,Kansas. I know about him only through this web site: I am descendedfrom his 11th child Celia Fox who married Albert Russell, a Union vetin the Civil War. Any information about these people would be verywelcome.



Hi, I am searching for deathinformation on Susan Nelson who is listed in the 1880 Census with 3of her children: Henry, Katherine and Melissa.

Susan's husband was James MNelson. I do not know where they died; but I assume she died inSumner Co. James may have died in Perry Co, Indiana. They were therebefore coming to Sumner Co.

I would like to have deathcertificates and/or obituaries on them.

Can you pleasehelp?

Thank You,

EvelynL Morgan


Looking for information onthe Adam and Mary Hock Family that settled near Conway Springs inabout 1883. Their sons, Samuel and Henry also came with them withtheir families. Samuel returned to Illinois. Henry and his wife,Rachel Ann lived there until their deaths along with his parents,Adam and Mary Hock. Please e-mail me at


Apparently my grandfather andmost of his siblings were born in Argonia, KS, but they apparentlylived in Cherokee, OK. It seems that's a little far to travel inthose days, but on the 1900 Cherokee, OK, census, they are listed asbeing born in Kansas between the years of 1884 and 1898. Their namesare Lucy (born and died July 4, 1884), Orie, Ira, Sylvia, Frances,and Georgia. My g'grandparents' names were George Washington andFrances Mary Monyhun. There is only one of my g'father's siblingsthat died in Kansas as far as I know, and her married name wasFrances McCracken. Her husband was Joe McCracken, and they had anadopted son, Bill.

I would appreciate anyinformation on these families.



I am looking for any relativein the area of Belle Plain, Kansas that could help me with my familytree regarding the Robinson's. Johnny Robinson died in the 1960's andhis son, Warren Robinson, also passed away in the late 60's or early70's. Warren had a son named Phillip I think. Warren had a daughternamed Cassie, but I don't know her name now that she isgrown.

Warren had done extensiveresearch on our family from Ireland, and I would like to contactanyone in that family that may still be around that has thatinformation.

Any help would be muchappreciated. Thank you.



Searching for exact deathdate and obituary for Essie Jeanette Stiles Bonine. She is supposedto have died in 1972 at Peck, Sumner County, Kansas.


Looking for info on the thefollowing Hatfield family:

David Perry Hatfield b. Oct.1859 in Ill. d. Oct. 26, 1956 in Belle Plaine, Sumner Co., KA. Hemarried Minnie A. Harvey in 1885. She died in 1923. Theirchildren:

1. Calvin Peter Hatfiel b.Nov. 20, 1888 md. Verna Neal

2. Warren W. b. Dec1886

3. Lula (Julie) b. Dec 14,1891 md Mr. Shoemaker

4. True George b. Jan. 1,1894 d. Dec 27, 1962 md. Maude Forney

Hope you can help,



Looking for information onGeorge and Glennie (Taylor) Smisor (might be spelled Smiser). Georgewas suppposedly the postmaster for Mulvane, probably in the 20's or30's. Glennie was born about 1889 in Iowa and they married in 1913 inSedgwick County, KS. Glennie could be spelled in a number of ways andis probably a nickname for Gladys. Any information on this familywould be helpful.




I am searching forinformation on James Monroe Rogers b. 1832 in Geauga Co, OH. Migratedto Crawford Co, PA then Coffee Co, TN and eventually settled inSumner Co, KS. In 1883 his mother's obit. listed him as a resident ofMilton, Sumner Co, KS. He died in 1914 and is buried in Prairie LawnCemetery, Wellington, KS in the plot with his son Ivan D.Rogers.

He married first Lena Clarkwho died in Crawford Co, PA in 1869. James Monroe Rogers and LenaClark Rogers had two children. Lina Caro Rogers b. 1861 in PA who wasmarried in Coffee Co, TN in 1879 and Ivan D. Rogers b. 1863 and diedin Wellington, KS in 1938. Ivan D. Rogers married EdithGolton?

James Monroe Rogers marriedsecond Martha Olmstead (date or place of birth unknown) and had threechildren - Karl Rogers b. 1879; Laura Mable Roges b. 1882 and LulaRogers b. 1889.

Tom in Tennessee


Looking for the family ofOliver SPRING b. 1871/73 OH and Myra WHITEHURST,b. MO. In 1920 theylived in Mulvane, Gore Twp. Children were Gladys, Gertrude and Edna.Gertrude later married ? Matney. Gertrude died in 1990. Oliver'sparents were David and Margaret Spring who lived in Edwards Co.Oliver had a brother, Alva, who died in Jamestown, ND in abt.1955.


KarenAdams ,Seattle


These families moved fromMacon Co., Missouri approximately in the 1870-80's and originallysettled in Sumner Co. Part of the family later in the 1880's moved toBarber Co., Kansas.

Thank you for yourassistance.



I am trying to ascertainwhether John Meagher remained in the Caldwell vicinity after 1882 or1883. Also whether or not he was married, children, etc. He was thebrother of Caldwell mayor Mike Meagher who was killed by the TalbotGang in 1881. I have newspaper articles telling of John in Caldwellin 1882, then I lose him.


F. B.Snell Photographer, Elite Gallery, Wellington KS

I am looking for informationregarding this photography studio and when it was inbusiness.

NancieHowell Willey



Looking for information onIra Stevenson Reser and his wife Catherine (Katherine)Tennant.



Seeking descendants and orinformation on the following.

Located in South Haven /Hunnewell areas of Sumner County in the 1920s.

Clark, F. A. (do not havegiven name) b. abt 1857 in Iowa.
Spouse: Katie b. abt. 1878 in Illinois. ( maiden name believed to beRussell)
Children of this marriage:
Adrian b. abt. 1901 in Oklahoma
Alice b. abt. 1905 in Oklahoma
Olive b. abt. 1907 in Kansas
Francis b. abt. 1910 in Kansas
Willard b. abt. 1912 in Kansas

Also seeking information onMichael & Mary Mulladay Russell, parents of Katie. Residents ofSouth Haven approximately 1910 until their deaths. Michael 1913, Mary1921. Before coming to Sumner County were residents of EllsworthCounty. Prior to Ellsworth County they were in Macon County,Illinois.

Any help would be greatlyappreciated. Hope this makes a connection with you.


NancyD. Russell Krantz


Looking for descendants ofDaniel Valentine Harkey who died between 1875 (Wyandotte Co KScensus) and 1880 (Sumner Co KS census) when his wife, Elizabeth, and4 children, Hulda, Jacob, Charles, and Bell, were living with whatwould appear to be 4 of her nephews.



I am looking for AndrewJackson Dunlap and wife Angeline America Hewitt. Andrew was born @1830 and Angeline @ 1845.

In 1900 they are in Perkins,OK where they have family. Family memebers say they moved to SouthHaven, and they prob. died there.




Will share old photo o fMattie Mccurly/Mccully taken in Wellington, Kansas. Found inPortland, Oregon antique shop.



Looking for information onthe family of James Russell GIDEON and his wife Melinda KatherineBLUE. They lived in the BellePlaine area.

Children are:

Mary Anna GIDEON b. 1865 m. Robert H. NUGEN
Martha GIDEON b. 1867
Pet GIDEON b. 1867
Minnie GIDEON b. 1872
Mable GIDEON b 1877
J. Edward GIDEON b. 1879
Etta GIDEON b. 1882
Catherine L. GIDEON b. 1884 m. Lee Irvin HECKATHORN

Interested in who the otherbrothers and sisters married. I am decended from Catherine L. and LeeIrvin.

GalePrince Nash


I am looking for the date ofdeath for Emma (Emeline) Hill Whitney. She was the wife of GeorgeAddison Whitney. The last trace I can find of her is on the 1900Census for Sumner Co., London Township. When George died in Wichita,KS in 1920 he was listed as single, which makes me wonder if Emma wasnot deceased already when he went to Sedgewick County. Any help youcan be will be greatly appreciated.



Hi I'm looking for Nancy Janeand Levin Handy Holloway of Belle Plaine Ks. Nancy Jane died 7 Jan.1911 in Belle Plaine Ks.Sumner Co. I'm looking for their children andher sibilings I have his ancestory and sibilings.

Sincerely ,

GlenysSimmons Gerlach


This may be an unusualrequest. I am looking for information about Florence Scott Prentice(Mrs. Roy W.) who lived in at 723 North Washington Avenue inWellington, Kansas in 1946. At that time, she corresponded with aresearcher in Washington County, Virginia regarding her Scottancestors (my family, too). I would be interested in correspondingwith any of her descendants.

Thanks very much for any helpyou can provide. I know this is a long shot.



My grandmother's family movedfrom Missouri to Sumner County, KS in about 1914 or 1915. Her motherwas Charlotte McDonald Taylor. I believe her grandmother, Lydia PageSneed McDonald, may also moved to Kansas.

Charlotte's father wasWilliam Walton McDonald born in 1821 in Bridgetown, St. Louis Co.,MO. He died 1896 in Pulaski Co., MO. He had a brother john. Williamand Lydia had the following children: Charlotte, William, Nora,Vandiver and Benjamin. William and his first wife Mary had thefollowing children: Mary, Isabelle, Olivia, Lucinda, James and D.Jamira McDonald, all born between 1850 and 1892.



I am searching forinformation concerning an Atkinson family or a Houpt family living inSumner County, probably by 1900. I have some information concerningPickney Green Atkinson and wife Eliza Adeline Houpt. I also have someinformation on Alvin J. Houpt (Eliza's brother).




I am seeking information onmy grandfather, Clarence C. Henderson. I have little information onhim although I know that he was married to Edna L. Sharp in Oxford,Kansas in May of 1899. Any information would be helpful.



My g-grandparents, WilliamHenry and Mary Ann Moulton Folsom homesteaded near the RiverdaleTownship in Sumner County from about 1874-1892. I believe William'sFather, James Folsom, is buried in the Fairview Cemetary near theRiverdale Township but can't find anything on this cemetery. Any helpwould be appreciated.


AnnFolsom Givens


I am searching for John andSarah Waddington Lott. In a bio about Sarah's father, GerogeWaddington, dated 1879, Sara was listed as living in Sumner CountyKs.

John Luke Lott (son of AbnerLott and Mary Frances Orrill) was born December 20, 1845, and dieddate unknown. He married Sarah Waddington on February 11, 1869 inMcLean County, Illinois, daughter of George Waddington and ElizabethKershaw.



Am looking for the grave ofWilliam DeAtley buried in a country cemetery near Caldwell, KS. Hewas born about 1833 and married Sarah Jane Powell. Came from BlueMound, Ill before he settled in Caldwell, KS and died there. Any infoon this family would be greatly appreciated. He moved there about1873 with his 5 children.


LydaFleehart Loehring


Am looking for information onHarvey B. ALLEN b.4 Nov.1814 Laurnes (Otsego Co.) New York d.30 Sept1901 Belle Plain KS. Gardner Dean ALLEN b.15 Oct. 1851 MarshallCo.IL. d. 18 May 1934 Conway Springs (Sumner Co) KS. m. Ella Stepp 30June,1984 in Wichita KS.



I am trying to findinformation on Joseph L. Russell, b. 22 May 1845 (or 1853), m. toMollie P. Lawyer on 4 Nov 1868, and d. Oxford, Sumner Co., KS. MollieP. Lawyer evidently died 8 Oct 1892 in Geuda Springs, Sumner Co., KS.Joseph may have had a 2nd marriage to a Murphy.

Thanks for any information orleads you might provide.



Anyone out there have accessto the 1920 census for Sumner County? It is supposed to have thebirth places of parents. I'm looking for William O. Bell.He may nothave been listed as head of household, but living with BURDICK. Hedied in 1926. Birth 10/17/1856, IOWA. I thought maybe it would listwhere his parents were born. It would help me find who theywere.

Thanks a lot,



My Great GrandParents..William Henry and Mary Ann Moulton Folsom homesteaded nearthe Riverdale Township in Sumner Co. from about 1874-1892. I believeWilliams Father James Folsom is buried in the Fairview Cemetary nearthe Riverdale Township but can find nothing on this Cemetary..anyhelp would be appreciated.

Thank you,

AnnFolsom Givens


I am searching forinformation concerning an Atkinson family or a Houpt family living inSumner Co., probably by 1900.

I have some informationconcerning Pickney Green Atkinson and wife Eliza Adeline Houpt. Ialso have some information on Alvin J. Houpt (Eliza'sbrother).



I am seeking information onmy grandfather Clarence C. Henderson. I have little information onhim although I know that he was married to Edna L. Sharp in Oxford,Kansas in May of 1899. Any information would be helpful.



I would like to shareinformation on the ancestors and relatives of Fred Wood Jenkins, b.December 09, 1891, d. September 14, 1973 in Conway Springs, KS. Icurrently have 7 generations (including those still living), withsome information holes I would like to fill. Fred and his wife MabelIone (Sims, b. November 10, 1892, d. May 01, 1975) are presentlyinterred in the Conway Springs Cemetery.

Is there anyone I couldcontact who might have information on other relatives in the ConwaySprings Cemetery?

Some other relatives surnameswould be Ayers, Brotton, Clark, Cobble, Deck, Ellison, Hartman,Heath, Hoyt, Ogler, O'Keefe, Payne, Plaugher, Savage, Sims, Sisson,Smith, Sparks & Wood.




Looking for information aboutJoseph YEAGER, b. 1813, d. 1893 in Oxford, KS . Joseph was married to(1)Mary?, b. 1818, d. 1877 in Oxford, KS. They had 3children:



Francis Marion YEAGER m.Amelia Louise PATTERSON

Joseph and 2nd wife, Frances?had one child, Grace. She married William A. TETER.

Joseph was my gg-grandfather.If anyone has any information about this family, I'd appreciatewhatever you have and am willing to share what I have.



I am seeking relatives ofJoseph Mullenax and his wife Abigail Phares. They moved froim W.V. toIowa, then to Kansas around 1872. The children were CatherineMullenax (married to William P. Jennings), David Mullenax (married toLavina Park) and Jacob Phares Mullenax (married to CynthiaPhillips)...Jacob is my great grandfather. I have information/familycorrespondence and pictures I would love to share. They first livedin South Haven I believe, then in Wellington.




For two years I've been onthe hunt for the family of Samuel W. Rhoades. Hunting on the internetis absolutely THE best, but so far I've spent a lot of time headingfor dark passageways that dead-end. Perhaps someone out here will beable to offer some assistance.

I have a marriage licensedated 28Feb1892 in Drury. Samuel W. Rhoades married Cassie ElizabethMcCombs at the ripe old age of 21 years (she was 16y). Thecertificate was signed by a Minister of the Gospel, J.B.Lowry, thejudge was J. W. Chapman. On the certificate it claims Cassie was "C.M. McCombs" which is unusual since there was no reason to hide heridentity.

Charles McComb and his thenbride, Mary (Hinant) Bailey had moved to Caldwell for two yearsbefore the Cherokee Strip was opened in 1893. Mr. McCombs steeledland near Eddy. As Cassie was yet a teen, I believe she moved withher dad (the only parent she had). I further believe it was in thisarea that she met and fell in love with Sam (a proud youngCherokee).

I've been told that Sam'sfather was born in 1792. (This tidbit came from the family....) Itseems that his father would have then been one of the most virileseniors around! I would rather think this man was the grandfather. Onthe family papers it says that Sam was born in Missouri, AndrewCounty, I believe. In looking there for kin, I foundnothing.

There must be someone who hasa connecting point for this man. Because he was Cherokee, I looked onthe rolls for him as well, but he, himself, isn't on there. I do knowthat he was a full-blood, but cannot link him to a mother either.(His son, Charlie carried a card.)

I would appreciate any helpoffered. This seems to be my temporary brick wall.



Looking for information onthe following people:

Peter MCMILLAN, born Oct 16,1825 in Kilmallie Parish, Argyll, Fort William, Scotland, and diedJanuary 15, 1910 in Barry County, MO. At one time he may have livedin Caldwell, Kansas for I have a postcard addressed to him in1896.

William L. MORRIS, age 30,born in LA, working as a R.R. worker, found in 1880 Kansas, SumnerCounty, South Haven twp, household #76, family #81, living with hiswife Emma, age 21, born in Texas, with son Alsna, age 5, born inTexas.

In the same household #76,family #82 is Priss. A. (Priscilla Ann ?) WRITER, age 28, a widow,sister-in-law, working as a servant, born in Texas, with her sonsWilliam, age 9 born in Texas and Charles, age 8, also born inTexas.



I am looking for informationon Frances H. Harper, born 5 Feb 1907 in Nevada, Vernon Co.,Missouri. She was the daughter of Dennis and Catherine (Tharp)Harper. The family lived in Wellington from about 1910 until 1923-5.She either died or was married in Wellington, Kansas, about 1925, andmay have married a Mr. Brandon. Also seeking information as toparentage of Dennis Harper, born in Illinois, died Wellington1913.

Catherine Tharp McDonald wasthe widow of Branson McDonald, the son of Valentine and Elizabeth(Harper) McDonald. Are these two Harper lines connected?



I am trying to find out someinformation on Wesley Nave who lived in Sumner Co. Ks from 1876 untilthe time he died on 11 Aug. 1917. I believe he moved near South Havenat first and then later moved to Wellington. He was my gggrandfatherand I would like to learn more about his life in Kansas. If you couldhelp me out I would be extremely greatful.

Thank you,



Looking for the burial placeof Randal Price Wright and possibly his wife Rosa. We feel certainthat he and his family came from Missouri in 1872 with his brotherJames "Uncle Jimmy" Wright. Found Randal and his family in Guelphtownship in 1880 census. His oldest son William R. is buried in theWright Family Cemetery. William died in 1881 and Randal in 1882. Anyhelp is appreciated.



Would be interested incorresponding with anyone in the Hiram C. SMITH - Catherine COOLIGANfamily. Catherine had a half-brother Ben Cooligan, all lived in theOxford, Sumner Co., area. Hiram and Catherine came to Sumner Co. bycovered wagon in October 27, 1871, from IL.

JoyceA. Thomas


Looking for information onBryan PAYNE b. 20 Mar 1897 in AR. SSDI lists a Bryan Payne who diedJun 1985, last known residence Mulvane, Sumner County, KS. Anyinformation appreciated.



Searching forinformation/ancestors of the Isaac MYERS family. Isaac (b.1824Dauphin Co,PA, d.1885) married Elizabeth HEISAY (b.1823, d.1887 bur.Caldwell Cemetery). Their children: Abner, Christian, John, Benjamin,and William (b.1865 Vigo Co, IN, d. 17Jan1952 Sumner Co, KS). Williamand his wife Ella are found on the 1900 census living in CaldwellTwp, Sumner Co, KS.



Hello! Our family has beenresearching the S.C. and Sarah J. Clark branch of the family. We knowthey were married on March 22 1877; license applied for on March 21.S.C. Clark was listed as from Sumner County...Sarah J. Allison fromSedgwick County, kansas. Sarah Allison had a sister in Atchison,Ks....her name was Mary Elizabeth Allison Wells. Mrs. Ransom Wells.Somewhere, it was mentioned that S.C and Sarah J. Clark were inConway Springs? Two family members are searching...I am in Texas, theother in Atlanta, Ga. We would appreciate any help you could give.Maybe we have cousins and don't know it! Thank you somuch.



We are looking for any of theCary families who moved from IL to Sumner, Kansas. Everett, Frank,& George Cary. Please contact me at

Thank you,


My mother, Margrette Mae GILLAM was born 1888 in Sumner County. I amseeking names of her parents and/or siblings


Seeking any info on Wiley F. GATLIFF, b. 1868 IL. Lived in WellingtonKS. Would also like any info on the children of Thomas C. GATLIFF,Jr. I need the names of children born after 1880.


I am researching the PENNYBAKER family of Argonia, Ks. They arrivedin Argonia about 1886 by covered wagon. The parents were Charles andCatherine Pennybacker and the children were named Phoebe Jane, John,Mark William, Mattie, Nancy, James and Frank. John and Phoebe wereborn in Pomeroy OH. Mark William, Mattie, Nancy and James were bornin Olive Hill KY. Frank was born in Argonia upon their arrival in1886. Mattie married a William Warburton. Nancy married an ArthurHoward. Phoebe married a Mr. W. Elarton. If anyone knows anythingrelated to these families I would like to be contacted at my e-mailaddress or through our P.O. Box 1116 Lyons CO. 80540. Thankyou.

PatriciaJourneay (grandchildof James)


Nancy Tannehill Hammondarrived in Argonia in the Fall of 1893 at the age of 54 fromWinfield, KS. She married John L. GRUWELL on May 3, 1894 in Argonia.She had previously been married to Jabez D. HAMMOND who died in 1883in Winfield. With Jabez she had seven children: Charles, Cora,Brooke, Casius, William, Mary and Clara. Nancy died in Argonia August2, 1916 at age 76 and is probably buried in the Argonia Cemetery.Nancy and Jabez had come to Kansas from Indiana in 1878 by coveredwagon with their seven children. If anyone has knowledge of thisfamily I would appreciate the contact.

PO Box 1116 Lyons, CO. 80540


I'm looking for informationon Christopher Columbus SHORE. He was my Great-Great-GreatGrandfather. I am new to Geneological research and most of what Iknow about the Shore family was recanted to me by myGreat-Grandmother. From what has been told to me, C.C. Shore settledaround Oxford sometime in the mid to late 1800's. Before settling inKansas, He lived for a time in Illinois. He was married to BarbaraStalcup. I don't know how many children they had but I do know thatmy Great-Great Grandfather Andrew Jackson Shore was his son. Andrew,I believe, was not born in Kansas, but settled around Oxford at thesame time as his father. Andrew was married in Illinois in1878 toLaura Lewis. Andrew and Laura had two children Alma Shore and NoraFaye Shore (My Great-Grandmother) born March 15, 1893. Alma marriedinto the HATFIELD family and Nora Faye married a cattleman fromWellington, KS named George Oscar KLEIER in August of 1910. Faye'sdowry was a section of land that Andrew acquired in one of theOklahoma Land Runs.George and Faye had three children: Encel (MyGrandfather), Elva, and Novel. Encel married Lavonne Tyner ofOcheleta, OK. My mother Linda Kleier was born November 28, 1949 and Iwas born on July 1, 1966. Any information you have on the Shore'swould be wonderful to know.

I appreciate yourtime,



I need to find all that I canon any Floyd Irving Miller and his son Henry Floyd Miller fromWellington KS. Henry Floyd Miller was born in 1922 in Wellington. Howcan I get some more information to help me locate thesepeople.

Thank you for yourassistance.



Looking for information onJames Robert Cox. He married Sarah Katheryn Hood/Comer in Wellington9-22-1893. Believe they soon left to homestead in OK. Thankyou.



I am looking for info on theRobert Raymond King family that lived in Sumner County during the May1955 tornado. I have tried just about anyone and cannot find anythingfurther back than my Grandfathers mother Mary Ellyson and possiblythere is a brother to Robert King. I would appreciate all of the helpyou could give me in this matter



I am absolutely stuck insearching my family tree. I can find that my grandfather ClarenceRoyal was born in Geuda Springs, Sumner County, Kansas 05-16-1897.His parents were Ulysess Royal and Adda Mae Loudansllayer. Everywhere I have searched I can find no other record that Ulysess Royalor Adda Mae Loudansllayer ever existed except on my grandfathersbirth certificate.



I'm trying to findinformation about my Grandfather, Ernest Elbert Jones (Sr.), and myFather, Ernest Elbert Jones Jr. who were born 2 Dec 1900 and 21 Feb1919 respectively. Ernest (Sr.) was born in or near Wichita andErnest Jr. was born in Wellington, KS. I have recently found out thatErnest (Sr.) was the son of Charles Jones and Stella Bradshaw. Ifanyone has information regarding these individuals please email me ( ). Thank you.

El Verano, CA


Looking to confirm that allof the following were married in Sumner Co., probably residents ofMulvane. Would like to contact their descendants.

Robert Lee Foudray - mar.1907
Charles H. Foudray - mar. 1895
Ida Mariah Foudray - mar 1891
Andy Frank Foudray - mar around 1900?? to Addie Ridgeway.

Thanks for anyhelp.



William Frank (bill) STARRborn Sep 23, 1889 unknown location. married Eva Margareth Zietlerborn Feb 20 1893, Belle Plaine KS, daughter of Henry ZEITLER and wifeAnna.

William STARR and EVA Zietlerhad 7 children all born in Perth KS.

Ethel Irene STARR (b) May 91914
Bessie Lucille STARR (b) Mar 20 1918
Opal Maxine STARR (b) FEB 7 1920
Ruby May STARR (b) May 4, 1922
Dorothy Louise STARR (b) SEP 6 1924
Merle William STARR (b) Nov 19 1931
Edith Marie STARR (b) Dec 30 1935

The STARR family latermigrated to Seward Alaska where William Frank (Bill) STARR died OCT19 1964 and Eva Margareth Zietler Starr died Feb 12 1962.

GloriaYoungdeer Murray


Charles Leroy SPEAR lived inCaldwell , Sumner County, KS during the 1880's. Charles was born onJan. 27, 1832 in Ashtabula County, Ohio & moved with his parentsto Noble County, IN in 1838. From there his father, John SPEAR (widower ) moved his remaining children to Dallas County, Iowa. ByAugust , 1855 , the family removed to Nodaway County, MO . AfterCharles married Miss Polly HAMPTON, they picked up house &migrated to Kansas. Anyone knowing any names & dates of childrenthat Charles & Polly may have had , pleasecontact me . I wouldlove to share the vast SPEAR data that I have in my files. This lineis full of interesting facts , including the ancestry back toGovernor William BRADFORD of the Mayflower, & familyphotos.



My great grandfather AmosBotkin was born in Wellington, Sumner, KS in 1858. His father wasalso named Amos but I have not been able to find out his mother'sname or if he had any siblings. They moved there from Ohio sometimeearlier. His oldest son Willis was born in Wellington in1882.

Some time ago I started atree for my family treefor my family and Ihave recently found records for the Botkin/Bodkin family going backto 1740 in VA, 1810 in Ohio, and 1858 in KS, and Oklahoma in1918.


Norman, OK


I need help and have verylittle to go on. I have a picture taken by E. B. Snell Elite Gallery,Wellington, Kas. There are five young people, two girls standingbehind three young men who are seated. On the back is written "theTom Smith Family". My great grandfather was Thomas Smith, b. 1838 inwestern PA. They were all there in 1850 in Lawrence Co., but hisfamily moved away except for him and one brother. James, John,Phoebe, Sara were all born in the 1840's and the mother was Jane. Shemay have remarried. These are the names I am looking for in theWellington area. Thanks to anyone who can be of help.



William James Mitchell andwife Jemina (Jemison) Mitchell, both born in Ireland, both died inCaldwell, Sumner County, KS in 1891 & 1911 respectively. They hadthe folowing children: George, Rachel, William J. who married MarthaHinchcliffe, Robert A. who married Ida Watt, Jemina M. who marriedCyrus Holmes, John who married ?, Samuel, Thomas, Lucinda who marriedEdward Lansing, Jane, and Mary M. who married George Goff. Anyoneresearching this family, please contact me. Thank you.



Searching for any connectionto Alexander CUMMINS, age 59 in the 1880 Federal census of GuelphTwp., Sumner County, Kansas. He was born Westmoreland County, PA.,the son of John CUMMINS and Elizabeth Miller CUMMINS. The censusshows wife Elizabeth, age 54; John, age 26, born in Illinois,Alexander, age 21, born in Illinois. In addition, Alexander CUMMINShad son Hutchinson age 32, born PA; wife, Fannie age 27, bornIllinois; Charles E. 7, born in Kansas; Franklin age 4, born Kansas;Abbie, age 1, born Kansas. Would like to contact anyone recognizingthis line.

Thank you!



Looking for information onthe City Marshall of Caldwell Kansas, William N HORSEMAN, age 23 in1880. He was tired and acquitted of murder in Wellington KnasasCourt. Does anyone know where he came from or where he went after thetrial. In addition to posting to this forum - please e-mail me yourresponse.

Thanks a bunch,

BarbaraA Horsman


Looking for information onCHARLES DILL SPACE, b. January 12, 1849, Sussex County, New Jersey;d. May 26, 1927, Sumner County, Kansas; m. OLIVIA ADELIA HALEY,October 15, 1888, Belton, Cass County, Missouri; b. March 06, 1869,Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; d. December 23, 1957,Wellington, Sumner County, Kansas.

TimothyC. Hoskins


Seeking relatives of theMullenax family that came from W.Virginia>Iowa>KS. Jacob PharesMULLENAX (married to Cynthia Phillips of Iowa, he died in Hunnewellin 1907) , and brother David MULLENAX (died in South Haven 1927 andmarried to Lavina PARK), their sister Sarah Catherine (married toWilliam P JENNINGS, she died in Hunnewell in 1927) Seekingdecendants.


Sampson BROTHERS and his sonEdgar BROTHERS b:Oct 4,1855 d:April 7,1925 Wellington, Sumner Co.,KS., Edgar m:Emma MILLER b:Nov 13,1859 d:Sept. 10,1911 Wellington,Sumner Co.,KS.. They were very active in the Wellington Church ofChrist, Edgar owned and operated a mercantile Store on WashingtonAve., Edgar and Emma had 6 children Luvenie, Ernest, Lou, Linda,Pearl, and Jeannette. I would appreciate any information.

Thanks Linda


I am searching for John AdamsBatchelder. John was born: 17 November 1834 in Deerfield, RockinghamCo., New Hampshire. John died: 1902 at Perth, Sumner Co., Kansas,Wife: Elenor Nelson Jones, Born: 16 January 1838, Place: Nashua, NewHampshire, Died in Hunter, Oklahoma. Any help would be deeplyappreciated. I need to know the brothers and sisters of John and hisparents. I also need to know the birthplace of Cyrus. An obituarywould surely be helpful.

JamesD. Bates


My great, great-grandparents,Fletcher D. and Oveda Katerine(Gifford) Frost were m 28 Sept., 1882in Sumner County, Kansas. Their children:

Chrystal d before 1900

Nellie May, b April 12, 1886 m Jessie Speed Kerns d July 26, 1961 Olympia, Washington my ggrandma

Geneva b 1889 m Lewis Jessup d Dec. 16, 1947 both were murdered in Olympia, Washington

Hazel m Harold Schars d Olympia, Washington

Claud G. m Willetta Lott Oct. 19,1919 d Olympia, Washington

Any bells ringing yet? Thankyou for any help,



Am looking for descendants ofGustave Baillod, originally from Switzerland, who I found inWellington, Kansas in the 1920 Census. He is said to have owned ajewelry store in Wellington. He was living with his daughter, GladysE. Brasfield (age about 27) and her daughter Labelle (age about 6). Iam told that Gustave died during the depression.


Looking for any informationon Earl FUHS b. Mar 15, 1909 PA. d. Mar 1981 in Wellington, Kansas67152 or any decendents of his.



Looking for information onthe BOWERMASTER family. Alta Bowermaster was born 17 Aug1874 inSumner, Kansas. Her father was John and mother Lucinda. Please Ican't find any information on this family. Any help would beappreciated. Thank you.



I am looking for informationon Dora Sophie Wilkening, b. 6-20-1913 near St. Francis, KS. Shemarried Arthur August Blume 8-10-1936. My info says Dora died atRiverdale, Sumner Co. Kansas in August 1980. What funeral home wouldtake care of that? What is the name of a cemeterythere? Any helpwould be appreciated.



Looking for information onthe family of John W. Moore Born Dayton IN. Sept. 7, 1858. Son JohnW. Moore Jr. born May 28,1929. Have a copy of a photo taken at theElite Gallery in Wellington KS. John's father and Mother were Jamesand Margaret. Thank You.



I am trying to locate PhillipAsbury SHOEMAKER and wife, Mahala Bixler SHOEMAKER. Mahala born Abt1830 in Washington County, Indiana. The Shoemaker family moved toKansas in 1878, settling in Sumner county. Mahala is buried in RoseHIll Cemetery, South Haven , Kansas. Died July 3, 1896. I know 2children grew to adulthood: Emma Isabella HOBSON, b. Sept 28, 1858 InPekin, Washington County, IN, and Ulyses Grant SHOEMAKER, born abt1865 in Indiana. I know Ulyses married Lena REAVES and they had 4children: Doris, Florence, Denna or Denma, and Roy. I know they livedin Wichita, Kansas in 1931.

After Mahala's death, Phillipremarried a Elizabeth FOX, moving to Michigan. Phillip died in July1900. Emma is my great grandmother. I have alot of information on herfamily. She married Samuel HOBSON. We can not locate anything onUlyses and family.


I am researching the familyof Owen "Elder" DAVIS and Mary GENTRY, who both died in Logan Co,Illinois. Their son, Allen DAVIS (b. 1846 Ill, d.1929) and Mary GREEN(b.1850 Ill, d.1918), both buried Wellington, Sumner Co, KS PioneerCem.

Children were Frances - Rosa- Effie - Milton - Hestilla - Jennie - Augustus - Owen - Daisy - Roxy- Mary - Cleo.

BonnieJohnson @ Wichita, Ks


Ellsworth Benjamin AUTHOR, b.Ionia MI July 25 1849, Gertrude Electa Ellsworth, b. Ionia MI Nov 121870, Maude E Ellsworth, b. June 1876 Wellington, Sumner Co Ks. Btwn1870-1876

migrated to Kansas. Settledin the Hunnewell township. I understand he was a U.S Marshal. Myfather was named after him. We have his records but nothing about hisGrandfather. Any assistance will be appreciated.



I'm looking for info on mygg-grandfather James Thompson. He was born 1839 in Gallatin County,IL. He died May 10, 1873 in Sumner County, Kansas. He married MaryLEAVELL ( I believe in Gallatin County). I think he came to Sumnercounty after 1867.He had children George, Sarah, Charlotte,William,& Joseph.

I'd like to know who hisparents were & were they came from. Also was buriedthere.



I am related to one family ofWalta's who lived and still live in Sumner County. I am thegreat-grandson of Edward Walta who died in 1978 over in Fall River. Iam the grandson of Rose Marie Walta Drake Olham who is still livingin Monte Vista, Colorado.

I am looking for anyone whomight have information about these Walta or anyone who might be oneof these Waltas.

RussellD. James


I have a Charles BenjaminFranklin SMITH, DB:Dec. 29, 1884, Caldwell, KS. His father was JosephGrant Smith, DB: Mar. 2, 1863, Vinton, Iowa. His mother was SusanMarha POPE, DB: Mar. 3, 1864, Missouri. They were married on, Jan.22, 1884, Caldwell, Ks. They had nine children.



I am looking for thefollowing people.

1. Mathew Moore - born 1810 -1820. Death date unknown.

2. Sarah Ann Moore - bornSept. 4, 1820. Died about 1885. She was supposed to be living aroundSouth Haven, Kansas at the time of her death.

3. Thomas Cook - born about1842, death date unknown.

4. Nancy J. Cook - born about1847, death date unknown.

(Thomas and Nancy were livingoutside Wellington, Kansas in 1907).

Thank you for your assistancein this matter.

GeneJenkins Selah,WA.


Would like more informationon Mary E. (DeArmond) HALL, born Nov 19, 1843 in Butler County, OH to"Squire" Samuel and Sarah (Youmans) DeARMOND. What was her husband'sname? Did they have children? More information is at: 1882Butler County History book (free, on-line) and DeArmondSurname Research Center .



I have an Everett BLUE whowas born in 1902 in South Haven. His father is Francis Aaron (Frank)who had siblings Earl, Claude, and John. Their parents were Mac &Emily who we believe resided in South Haven at the time of theirdeaths in early 1900's.



My father and grandfatherlived and farmed in Sumner county, Kansas in the early 1900's. Myfather and mother were married in Argonia in 1921. I am trying tolocate the specific area's where they lived/farmed.

My father, Maurice Martin,graduated Excelsior School 1915-16. Two of his sisters also attendedthat school, Florence and Dorthy Martin. And they later taughtschools in Sumner County.

My grandfather, Thomas Martinwas a farmer in that school district.

My maternal grandfather wasapparently farming that area about 1920. His name was George F.Summers.

Any help will truly beappreciated.

MelvinC. Martin


I am seeking information onJohn and Mary E. [White] Atkinson. They moved from Henry Co.Ill. to Sumner Co. Kansas I believe to the Caldwell area in the late1800's or very early 1900's. Any info will be appreciated.



Looking for any informationon the family of John Henry YOUNG. He came to Sumner Co. with hiswife Emma sometime prior to 1888. The following children were bornthere: 1)William Henry Harrison b 5/28/1888; 2)Maude Mabel b1/12/1890; 3)Walter Blaine b 6/6/1892;4)Flossie Fern b2/11/1895. Theyleft Kansas for Idaho between 1895 and 1897.

Thank you,



I'm looking for anyinformation concerning themarriage and children of Samuel L. Ayers toDelila J. Harkrider. Delila Jane Harkrider is my 1st cousin, onceremoved according to my kinship on my family tree. I have very littleinformation on this family other than something from the 1900 SumnerCo., KS census on page 31 - Belle Plaine, which lists;

Samuel Ayers, Oct 1851, OH, farmer
Delila J., March 1858, IL
Albert, March 1878, IL
Murtle M., January 1880, KS
Florence, February 1883, KS
Eynis, March 1885, KS
Irwn L., March 1887, KS
Edney M., March 1888, KS
Harry O., March 1893, KS
Ramon C., March 1897, KS

This was found by anotherfamily member in my family tree who said thathe didn't know if thesenames were right, as the census was hard toread.

He had also found someone whohad found the gravestones for Samuel & Delila Ayers, Albert V.& Stella M. Ayers, Lois G. (daughter of A.V. & S.M. Ayers whowas born July 17, 1911 & died August 1, 1912.) Vernon S. &Thelma V. Ayers & Ivan L. Ayers in the Council Hill Cemetery inSumner Co., KS.

I would appreciate it if youcan connect any or all of these to my family. Any information thatyou could give to me concerning the family down to the present wouldbe greatly appreciated.

Thank you,



I am interested ininformation on ECHTERNACHs in Sumner Co. My grandfather, William R.Echternach was born in Gueda Springs August 31,1882. His father wasJ.A. Echternach, a school teacher or principal from PA, married astudent, last name FARQUAHAR (sp?), but don't know if it was inSumner Co. He later moved to Palisade, Colorado. An ElizabethEchternach, b.1860, Reading, PA, married Hubert WARD, March 30, 1884in Gueda Springs. Do not know if she is related to my grandfather.Thank you very much for any help.



I am seeking information onDaniel Edward HOLLIDAY and his spouse Sarah (Sallie) DRAKE. Danielwas born 5-22-1848 in Lucasville, Scioto County, OH. Sarah was born04-11-1851 in Aetna, Licking County, OH. They married 6-10-1869 in OHand they moved to Belle Plaine, Sumner County, KS the Spring of 1878with 4 young children. Six more would be born in Sumner County.Daniel was a Civil War veteran, having served in the 91st O.V.I.,having enlisted at the age of 15. He was purported to be active incounty politics, was a township clerk, served at different times onthe school board of his district. He was said to have been a memberof Belle Plaine Post No. 337, G.A.R. and prominently connected withthe Methodist Episcopal Church. He and Sarah died in Wellington,Sumner County, KS but said to be buried in Belle Plaine, SumnerCounty. I would very much like further information on him, Sarah andany one of their 10 children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren,etc. Photos would be a bonus for sure. He was one of 6 brothers of myggrandfather, James Mitchell Holliday who also spent a brief time inBelle Plaine. Will gladly share information.

Thank you,



I'm looking for George W.Burnett born 1863. His son was born Feb. 9, 1903 Sumner county,Hunnewell Kansas as Leslie Ottobine. Trying to find siblings orparents of George W. Burnett



I am looking for informationon the family of Oliver M. NELSON. He lived in the Caldwell Kansasarea during the times of 1878-1889. He was a cowboy that rode thetrail herds from Texas to Kansas. His family that we know of nearCaldwell were father Nelson (?) and mother Nelson(?) and some of hisbrothers were Charles, Grisom, Harry, Delos and we know he had asister Anna. We are looking for his parents and siblings of Oliverand where they came from. It was said that an uncle came up to Kansasfrom the Arkansas...( River or place?) and he had a cousin stayingwith them too. Oliver's brother, Franklin?, must have stayed inIllinois as he married there and raised his family there. He had aharness shop in Illinois.. Oliver writes of the life and times of thecowboy and tells about Caldwell and the trail herds and the roughcharacters he traveled with. I am trying to find out who his parentsare and siblings..for that I can document them. I do knowthat Anna married a Jim I have a picture of them.. I have acouple of pictures of Oliver when he was older but not muchelse..does anyone have any information on this family?




I'd like to find out whereThomas Uriah JONES (born Laharp, IL., 1862 ) and May PowellJones (Lane, KS, 1869) came from before they migrated to SumnerCounty, Kansas.

They raised 6 children: Ed,Elmo, Frank, Oscar, Lena, and Ethel, near Milan, KS. I am especiallyinterested in learning more about May Powell and her family. I knownothing about her family and if she had any brothers and sisters. Asit usually is, I never became interested until the ones to ask werealready deceased.

Thanks, Marilyn (youngest daughter ofThomas Frank Jones)


I am searching forinformation on Platt LEWIS b. Oct. 11, 1817 Huntington, Suffolk Co.,New York d. Sept 23, 1883 Mayfield, Sumner Co., KS m. Nancy GARDINERb. Dec 2, 1819, Huntington, Suffolk County, NY d.Jan 10, 1894Mayfield, KS. Platt is listed in the cemetery book for the OsborneCemetery at Mayfield, KS.

Children of Platt & Nancyare:

Gardiner Lewis b.May 1, 1850, d. 1907
Louise Lewis b. Apr 15, 1852
John L. b. Oct 10, 1854
Louela b. Dec 12, 1856
Eugene b. Feb 28, 1858

The only information I haveis that "Sometime after the end of the Civil War Platt and his wifeNancy, with their grown children moved to Mayfield, Kansas" ProbateCourt, Sumner County has Platt's wife as "Elizabeth"? I would like toknow what happened to Platt's children and his decendents.

CarlLewis Friedrich


Aaron Moses HATFIELD, born inVirginia about 1827, migrated through Illinois, Indiana, and settledin Caldwell. Served in MO 7th infantry on Union side in Civil War.Wife's name was Sarah Jane. Children were Jonah, Mary Elizabeth,Aaron, Jim (James), Jose, Lillie, Clyde, Johnnie Earl. Clyde was mygrandfather and I think I was told that Johnnie Earl was adopted, butmy memory of that may not be accurate. I have also been told that thefather of Aaron Moses Hatfield is buried in Bluff City, just west ofCaldwell. Aaron Moses lived with my grandparents and lived to be 104years old. The eldest son, Jonah, was supposed to have made theCherokee Strip Run. I would appreciate any information on thisline.


SarahE. Hatfield White


I would like to findinformation on my grandfather, Lesley R. KELSO. He was born 2/22/1894in Caldwell, Kansas. He had a brother named Walter (Shorty). I nevermet him because he was murdered in Sheridan, Wyoming in 1933. I wouldlike to find out something about his family.

Thank you in advance for yourtime.



Would like more informationon Mary E. (DeArmond) HALL, born Nov 19, 1843 in Butler County, OH to"Squire" Samuel and Sarah (Youmans) DeARMOND. What was her husband'sname? Did they have children? More information is at 1882Butler County History book (free, on-line) and DeArmondSurname Research Center .

Thanks, Nancy Sween


I am trying to find familymembers that are related to my Peter HOFFMAN /HUFFMAN. Peter was born about 1830 near St. Louis, MO according tohis obituary and died June 13, 1902 Forbes, Holt Co. MO he married 3times and fathered 13 children all appeared to survive him. Firstmarriage Eliza TILLERY 1844 Clay Co. MO ; Second marriage ElizabethRUPE 1849 Atchison Co. MO and Third marriage to my grandmotherMartha THOMPSON 1854 Atchison Co. MO. According to his obituary hehad 13 children who all survived him and some lived in Sumner Co. KS.I've included his obituary below in case in one can claim beingrelated to my Peter Hoffman/Huffman. He must have lived in Sumner Co.somewhere around 1867 to maybe 1899 possibly. Does anyone have anycensus that might list him. "Any" information on this man would begreatly appreciated because he is definItely our block wall, we canonly account for 6 children 2 by the 2nd wife and 4 by the 3rd wife.Please any help would be appreciated, see obituary below:


Died at the home of his sister Mrs. Lawson SIPES of near Forbes, MO , age 73. He was born near St. Louis, MO. & came with his mother to Atchison Co. Mo when he was quite young. He married in Atchison Co & came to Holt Co.. West to Kansas 35 years ago & returned to Atchison & made his home with his son R.A. Hoffman & part time with his sister. He was married 3 times & leaves a widow & 13 children, some in Atchison Co. & some in Summer Co., Kansas. Burial at Forbes, Holt Co. MO.

Thank You,



Trying to find information onClarissa Ann (SUTTON) b- 26 NOV 1849 Monmouth, Warren County, IL andsaid to have died in Wellington, Sumner Co, KS after 1909. She was adaughter of Robert & Phoebe (Leighton) SUTTON. Clarissa married 6JAN 1867 in Ottawa, Franklin Co, KS to George WHAMBLIN/HAMBLEN/HAMLIN and they are said to have at least sixchildren. Any information appreciated and will gladly share SUTTONinformation.

Thank You,



Looking for information aboutmy grandfather's brother, LAFAYETTE SCOTT KERR, who married MARYDODSON in 1875 and lived in Summer County in 1880. Had a daughter,Mary M., born 1877.



Searching for information onJohn POULSON, b. c. 1840 Pickaway, OH. He is listed as living inCaldwell KS in 1891 when his grandfather, Andrew Poulson, died inPickaway Co. OH, and again in 1911 when his brother, William Poulson,died in Columbus OH.

John Poulson also had asister living in Caldwell at the same time. I don't know her firstname, but shw was married to an Albert JOHNSTON.



I am attempting to locate theChester William GLEASON family in Wellington, KS from 1894 throughthe early part of the year 1900.



Looking for information onJames L. CAMPBELL. Family lived on a farm, I think just south ofWellington. I also need info on Dolph J. CAMPBELL, his son, b. inSumner Co. Aug. 1891 (would like to have some info from birth). Jamesdied about Sep 1904. I don't know if his wife, Miranda, is buriedthere. If she survived him, she may have gone back to IL. Any help onthis family would be very much appreciated. I can't find anything onthem for this area. All I have is an old picture of thefarm.

Thank you very much,


I am looking for myg-grandpa, George VAN NATTA. He was born in IL and moved to KS wherehe married Belle PURCELL. A wonderful lady, who I know only asLoretta, found him for me, and sent me the followinginformation:


Registering for the WWIDraft. His listing is as follows:

George Van Natta
Born: 05/18/1887
Ethnic: White
Brithplace: Mattoon, IL
Registered: Seward, KS

Any tidbit of info wouldhelp, like a middle initial or name? Parents? There are a few otherVan Natta's in KS at the time, with one old enough to be his father,but since mine was born in IL, I imagine his father would have beenalso.

Thank you very much,


My grandparents, Earle Jamesand Esther Luella NELSON, had a dry cleaning plant in Caldwell KS,and I would like information anyone might be willing to shareregarding that. It would have been in the late 30's and early40's.

My mother, Grace Marie NelsoHORMEL, went to school in Caldwell, as did my father, Floyd GeraldHORMEL. They were married in 1937.

Any information will beappreciated. Thanks, .



Would like information on theTom WILLIAMS family who lived in Wellington in the late 1800's. Tomwas born in England and married Eliza HELLER, born in Iowa. They hada daughter, Jennie Nell WILLIAMS, born 1876 in Illinois and marriedJames J. HALL 1899 in Wellington.

RonaldR. Hall


I am looking for informationon a THOMAS ancestor. My grandfather thinks that his grandfather wentby the name of L.K. Thomas, but is not positive about that. He madethe Cherokee Strip Land Run, then later gave the property to one ofhis sons, Samuel THOMAS. My grandfather thinks that L.K. (?) and hiswife may be buried at Caldwell. I would appreciate any information.Thank you,



My ancestors settled inWellington prior to 1900. Their names were Adam and Lydia (Miller)WINGER. They are my great-grandparents. When Lydia Miller died in1936, it was noted in the newspaper that she had lived in Wellingtonfor 51 years and that Adam was a prominent contractor. They areburied in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, along with my grandfather, CharlesEmerson WINGER who died in 1950.

Any help you can give mewould be appreciated.

Jo(Winger) Streep


I am researching theancestors of Francis Marion POPE, Mahala Violet Pope BURNETT and MaryH.Pope GUM (brother and sisters), all of whom resided in SumnerCounty, Kansas, beginning in the late 1870s.

The information I havegathered goes back to their great great grandfather, James POPE, bornin England, who appears to have migrated to America sometime between1700 and 1750, and includes the ancestors of Lydia REAGAN, theirmother, and Mary HIATT, their great grandmother, whose identifiableancestors go back considerably further. I would be interested inexchanging information with others researching these familylines.

WilliamA. Pope


I am looking for informationon Jacob STUBLE and wife Nancy CABLE. I know that their daughter,Margaret, married in Caldwell to a Ora CLARK 1909....any info isgreatly appreciated, but I am primarily searching for info on Jacoband his parents...



I am looking for informationregarding Francis M. & Florinda HURLEY who lived in Sumner County(Wellington, I think) from around 1870 - 1885. It appears he mighthave been a veternarian.



I am seeking a date of deathand burial place for Henry HOPPING who probably died between 1945 and1950 and possibly in or around Caldwell,Kansas. A new wife wassuspected of poisioning him.

I am also looking for hisex-wife, first name of Nora, (may have remarried)..She was suppose tobe a nurse and was a "Holy Roller"Preacher (someone elsesexplaination). It was thought she was cursed because every time shewent to someone house to care for them, something bad happened..Thelast person she cared for, while she was there, the house caught fireand Nora was injured and was in a coma for several days before shedied..I believe it was about 1949-50.



Searching for information ofLora E. (Laura E.) WELCH. She was born 12 November 1876 in Illinois,the daughter of Samuel Stout WELCH and Margaret TRYON (TEYSON). Loramarried 14 November 1894 to Loyal Graham Thompson. Her father'sobituary in March of 1915 showed her as Laura E. SMITH, of Salina,Kansas. Lora Welch Thompson SMITH died in 1951 at Oxford, Kansas. Anyinformation would be most appreciated.

JodieWelch Wyatt


I have just found out that Ihad a relative named John HAYS. I believe that he is the brother ofmy gg-grandmother, Sarah Hays Stone (b. 5/7/1840). John HAYSreportedly owned and operated a Detective Agency in Wellington, KS.It would have been about 1860--(?). I would appreciate any assistanceyou can give me.



I'm looking for the family ofRufus HOLLOWELL and his wife, Elvira SMITH. They would have lived inthe Sumner Co. area in the late 1890s or early 1900s.

Rufus was b. Jun 1851 in IN,the son of Joseph E. Hollowell and Deborah Dixon. He married ElviraSmith (b. 1855 IN) about 1876. Their children were:

Ethel (b. 1878 IN) m. Will HAYWORTH
Joseph F. (b. Jun 1880 IN) m. Myrtle Victoria TANNEHILL c. 1907. Joseph d. 1983.
Clyde Bryan (b. 21 Oct Kokomo IN) m. Neva c.1909
Mary M (b. Sep 1885 IN)
Leon (b. Dec 1887 KS) m. Marie
Persis (b. Oct 1889 KS) m. Bill BEVAN
Howard L. (b. Mar 1891 KS)
Glen (b.1894 KS) m. Lylia
Herald D. (b. Jul 1895 KS)
Kenneth (b. Dec 1897 KS)
Russell (b. 1902 KS) m. Reba



I am looking for leadsconcerning the parents and siblings of Isaac E. DUNHAM (b. 1877, d.1949). His wife was Anna HARRISON (b. 1877, d. 1968). They lived inthe Rolling Green and Greencastle areas of Sumner Co. I'm alsolooking for information about a Sarah DUNHAM, whose name is on 160acres on the 1883 London Twp. map in Section 35.



I am trying to locateinformation about Edith Edwards HASTINGS. She moved to KS with herfamily from IN after her husband, Howell Hastings died. Edith was themother of:

John Arthur (who remained in Daviess Co. IN)
Zachariah Simpson
Henry H
Joshua Thomas
CharlotteWilliam Henry

Zachariah (b. 15 Mar 1838Williams, Lawrence Co., IN; d. 28 Jun 1870 Farmington, KS) was formany years a farmer, preacher, and school teacher near Wellington,KS. He married Rosetta Butler.

Thanks for any suggestionsyou may have.

JamesR. Hastings


I am looking for a ZibaMEIXELL, whom I have reason to believe may have been in Sumner Co. in1881. Last known location was in 1871 in Parker Twp. Montgomery Co.,KS. According to the 1880 census he was no longer living there. Hewas born ca. 1835, probably in PA. Lived in Lewisburg, Union Co., PAfrom at least 1856 to 1864. He was a cabinet maker bytrade.



I am searching for any leadson my CLARK family. Jay S. CLARK (b. about 1854 WI) and his wife MaryAnn lived in Gueda Springs in the 1870s. They had 6 children born atGueda Springs:

Elizabeth (b. 1873)
Anna (b.1876)
Jennie (b. 1878)
LuLu (b. 1879
Fred (b. ????)
and 1 other child

Thanks for anyhelp.



I am currently researchingthe following families in Sumner County:

Rudolph Jacob TRACY(1849-1929) came to Kansas in 1873 and arrived at Sumner Co. about1877. He and his wife, Euphemia Louisa LANE (1852-1920) had ninechildren:

Harmon Franklin (b. 1874,married Elizabeth Sarah BARNES)
Emma L. (b.1876)
George C. (b. 1878, married Neva)
Henry M (b. 1880, married Sarah)
Vernon R. (b. 1884, married Mae)
Luella A. (b. 1886)
Benjamin Levi (b.1888, married Esther Roselia)
Edwin (b. 1890)
Mary (b. 1894)

Joseph H. BARNES moved toKansas from IL about 1880 with his wife Matilda Lancaster. They hadfive children:

Elizabeth Sarah (b. 1870,married Harmon Franklin TRACY)
William (b. abt 1872)
Vergie Viola (b 1874, married Nelson ALLOWAY)
Guy L. (b. 1875; m1) Unknown, m2) Nellie)
Francis Lillian (1877-1909, unmarried)

Both families lived in theArgonia and Conway Springs area. If anyone has any connections tothese families, please contact me. Thank you.



I am looking for informationon 2 Sumner Co. family names:

1. My g-grandfather OrangeCRAIN and wife Delilah (STALEY) CRAIN came to KS in the fall of 1878from Angola IN. We had been told they had settled in theHarper/Sumner Co. area, but had no conclusive facts about this. Ihave since found an 1883 Sumner Co. Atlas and it showed Orange CRAINin NE 1/4 of Section 31, probably in Ryan Twp., with 160 acres. Justabove him is E. CRAIN with 120 acres in Section 30. I would assumethis is Ernest B. CRAIN, Orange's oldest son, who would have beenabout 23 in 1883. Other family members were: John L. CRAIN (b. 1863),Worth, Edith, Estella (b.1857, m. BURNHAM. Other persons theytraveled with might be the CARTER family, including Otis E. CARTER,(probably a teenager at that time), J.W. HERDON, and EugeneHALSTEAD.

2. My grandmother AliceWILSON came to Kansas from Clark Co. MI with her parents, WilliamGlasgow WILSON and Union Josephine (Pherigo) WILSON, around 1889. Shetalked about living near Milan KS, but also mentioned Cheney KS. Theymoved on to OK around 1895.

The family dates are: WilliamGlasgow Wilson (b. 1853), Union Josephine Pherigo Wilson (b. 1862).Their children: Alice (b. 1882), Nora (b. 1885), Viola (b. 1880),Clarence (b. 1887), Celia (b. 1893) A daughter, Florence was bornabout 1889 and died 1890. She might be married near Milan.

I would be glad to share anyinformation with others interested, and delighted to receive any newinformation regarding ties with any of these people.



William C.KEIST and his wifeAlcinda moved to South Haven KS. Their children were Ella Viola (m.John HUNTER), Olivia Rose (m. Harrison PETERS), and Ben (m. MaryORGAN). Would like to correspond with anyone researching thesenames.

BobbieKleist McClenny


My family in Sumner Co. isWilliam BARTON and Hannah (Johnson) BARTON. William and son Thomas J.Barton surveyed the Belle Plaine area in 1871 and settled there in1871. William and Hannah had 3 children: Thomas J, Charlotte and MaryCatherine. Charlotte and Mary Catherin married in Green Co. OH in1860s prior to coming to Belle Plaine. Mary Catherine m. IsaacCONFARR/CONFRER/CONFER. Charlotte m. Thomas Galloway BARTON in GreenCo. in 1865.

I have not been able todetermine if Thomas J. Barton married and, if so, to whom. William,Hannah and their son-in-law, Thomas Galloway Barton are buried inBelle Plain cemetery.

Stevevon Hitritz


I'm lookingfor information on the children of my gg-grandfather, Peter HUFFMAN /HOFFMAN, whose obituary reads:

Died at the home of his sister Mrs Lawson Sipes of near Forbes, MO, age 73. He was born near St. Louis, MO & came with his mother to Achison Co. MO when he was quite young. He married in Atchison Co. & came to Holt Co. West to Kansas 35 years ago & returned to Atchison & made his home with his son R.A. Hoffman & part time with his sister. He was married 3 times & leaves a widow & 30 children, some in Atchison Co. & some in Sumner Co., Kansas. Burial at Forbes, MO.

We have found4 of his children (George Washington, Lucinda E. "Lucy", Louisa C."Kate", and Millie A.), but the rest are unaccounted for. If anyoneknows of this Peter Huffman/Hoffman or his children, please contactme.



I am looking for Sarah L.JARRETT (b.abt 1838 in TN). Her first marriage was to John BANEsometime before 1858. They had 2 children: Mary (b. 1858 MO) andWilliam (b. 1862 MO).I believe John BANE must have died and shemarried my gr-grandfather, Niles S. SMITH (b. 19 Feb 1839, d. 12 Nov1894 Kingfisher Co. OK) on 22 Jul 1866 in Lawrence Co. MO.

Sarah L. (Jarrett) Bane andNiles Smith had 4 children: Luther Jarrett (b. 5 Dec 1867Marionville, Lawrence Co. MO), Annie Smith (CLEAVER) (b. 1869Lawrence Co. MO), Joseph Moore Smith (b. 15 Jan 1872 Marionville, MO)and Jno B. Smith (b. 1878 KS).

The family moved to southHaven, Sumner Co. KS sometime between 1872 and 1878 when Jno B. Smithwas born. I believe Sarah must have died about 1878 or shortlythereafter. She is not on the 1880 census from South Haven withNiles, Luther, Annie, Joseph, Jno B. and Sarah's other 2 children,Mary and William Bane.

I would like to find whereSarah is buried and, if possible, who her parents and siblings are.Any help would be appreciated.



Looking for info about AlbertMOON who owned a racket store located in Anson KS during the late1890s. He had a brother James. James had a daughter Sarah who marriedWilliam CAPE on Aug 5 1894 at the residence of the bride's parents.They were married by C.B. PARKHURST, who was an ordained ministerwith a C.P. in front of his name. Can you give me any info on thisfamily? Thank you.



Looking for information onSidney WASON and his wife, Eliza "Lizzie" May (Hoffman) WASON. Theymoved to Springdale Twp., Sumner Co. KS from Illinois and are listedin the 1910 and 1920 census records there. If anyone remembers themor has any information to offer, I would really appreciate hearingfrom them.

LindaL. Wason


I am looking for informationon the following SHARP line. John SHARP, born 12 Mar 1812 in HighlandCo. OH married Catherine Golding 5 Jul 1834 in Shelby Co. IN. Theirchildren born there were Francis Marion, William G., Elizabeth Jane,John Leander, Catherine, and Martha Alice. This family later moved toSumner Co. KS where John died 24 May 1889 and is buried in ForestHill Cemetery. Catherine died in Sumner Co. KS 12 Jan1889.

Any information on thisparticular SHARP line would be greatly appreciated.



I'm looking for informationon George Lemaric CARR and his Wife Mary Ann Downey. They lived inArkansas City while waiting for the land run on the Cherokee Strip.They had at least 6 children. One of them was Leonard Lee Carr bornin Wellington in 1887. The others were Carl, Grace, Callie, Ray, andGlen. If you have any information I'd be delighted to hear from you.Thank you for your time.



I'm looking for informationon James A. RYLAND, who married (1) Harriet BLAIR and had two sons,John and Walter RYLAND, and (2) Louise HALL, daughter of John A. andMartha Susan (Jeffries) HALL. Louise and James Ryland had one son,Byrd Worthington RYLAND. John and Martha Susan had a number of kidswho lived in Caldwell, Abner, Charles, Roger Livingston (who went toOklahoma), John H., and Bessie, who married N.E.RICHARDSON.

I would particularly like tofind descendants of these HALL children.

Bobby in Orange, CA


WHITTERS, Edward, b July 1,1854 in Taunton, MA was son of Robert Whitters and Ellen MaddenWhitters. Robt Sr. died in 1855 and Ellen then married Chester DanaSTEVENS. This family ended up in Kansas, living in both Rice andSumner Counties (and possibly Osage). Edward WHITTERS married Ruth_______ and had at least 2 children, Jennie b 1883 and Frankb 1884. Iam looking for descendants of this couple. Any and all helpappreciated.

Thanks, BobbyDobbins Title inOrange, CA


Does anybody have anyinformation regarding Hosea HOLDREDGE? Hosea, who is mygggrandfather, was City Marshall of Caldwell, KS in the late 1800's.There's a family story about him having to kill someone, then hangingup his gun for good as a result... details are sketchy.

I believe he was married toElizabeth MAUGHMERMAN (sp ?), and died in Arkansas City, KS. Theirson, Abner, was father to my paternal grandmother, Treva BerdeenHoldredge EAGAN.

Thanks, TomEagan


Searching for information onT. CONFAR, teacher, in Sumner County 1854ish.

Thanks, CaroleConfar


New to the list looking forinfor on Rufus and Sarah CARTER from Conway Springs. Would like tofind out dates of birth and death for both and children information.They are both supposed to be buried at the Conway Springs cemetery,and Rufus served in the civil war. He was born 1831, so could appearin the 1870 or 1880 census.

Thanks in advance



I am searching for info on mygreat grandfather Willy Roy WALKER (1884-1918). He married JesseMaude Kellogg 1884-1950 and they had 5 children; Hollis Baily Walker, Ruth Ann Walker, Dorothy Walker, Female Walker, Gracia MaudeWalker. They lived in Wellington in the early 1900's If you have anyinfo or links for me to investigate please let me know.

Thanks, Wendy


I am trying to findinformation on the WORK Family. They were a pioneer black family inSumner County. Can you help me with any information? Thankyou.



Seeking information in SumnerCounty regarding any Thorpes, specifically Everett THORPE (Sr), myfather. He was born around 1887 and eventually migrated to New York,date and reasons unknown. Information verifying dates and places ofbirth, marriages, deaths, etc., would be helpful. Thankyou.

EverettThorpe, Jr.


I am researching DennisMitts/Metz and his wife Elizabeth Tungate who came to Sumner Co. KS.with their son, Clinton Metz, from Putnam Co. MO. Dennis Mitts/Metzwas b 9 Jun 1814 Pendleton Co. KY. d 24 Nov 1878 Rural Oxford KS. burOxford Cem. Oxford, Sumner Co. KS. m Elizabeth Tungate 1836 IL. b 3Apr 1816 Pendelton Co. KY. d 5 Dec 1899 bur Oxford Cem. Oxford,Sumner Co. KS.



I am looking for thedescendants of Charles M. LOVE (b 21 Oct 1851 IL. d 6 May 1941Caldwell, Sumner Co. KS), who m1) Mellisa J. LEMMON (b c1856Vermillion Co. IN. d 1900) and m2) Eula M. GULICK



I am researching Rollo WebberWOODS (b 12 Dec 1874 Grundy Co. MO. d 10 Aug 1944 Wellington, SumnerCo. KS. bur Wellington, KS), who. m Mary Frances JACKSON 16 Feb1899Independence, KS.



My ggrandfather, GeorgeWesley HORSLEY worked for the Wellington KS police force at one time.He was living in Blackwell OK at the time of my ggrandmother, MaryDemaris Parrish HORSLEY's death in 1934. I would appreciate anyinformation about how I can find out about his policeservice.

I also have anotherggrandfather who lived in Sumner Co. My ggrandfather, John PierceWHITAKER, lived in South Haven on Frederick Street and was thepostmaster there. I would like to know the dates. I have a picturesof him in his store/post office, his house, and a group shot ofretired postmasters. There are also several graves in the South HavenCemetary of his children who died early.



Looking for information onthe following family:

William A. NELSON was born1835 in Greene Co. MO, and died 1907 in Corbin, Sumner Co. KS. Hemarried (1) Sarah Luduska HUDGINS November 1858 in Greene Co. MO,daughter of William and Myra HUDGINS. He married (2) Rebecca J. Aft.1877.

Children of William NELSONand Sarah HUDGINS are:

  1. William Thomas NELSON, b. October 16, 1859, Greene Co. MO; d. 1939, Corbin, Sumner Co. KS.
  2. John NELSON, b. 1861, Greene Co. MO.
  3. Orville NELSON, b. Greene Co. MO.
  4. Marion NELSON, b. 1874, Greene Co. MO.
  5. Henry NELSON, b. 1868, Greene Co. MO.
  6. Lewis NELSON, b. 1877, Corbin, Sumner Co. KS.
  7. Ora NELSON, b. Greene Co. MO.
  8. Mary NELSON, b. 1870, Greene Co. MO.
  9. Cora NELSON, b. 1868, Greene Co. MO.
  10. Mattie NELSON, b. Greene Co. MO.

William Thomas NELSON marriedSally Maranda SCOTT June 30, 1883, daughter of James and CharlotteSCOTT. Their children were:

  1. IRL Glenn NELSON, b. November 26, 1894, Corbin, Sumner Co. KS; d. November 13, 1962, Corbin, Sumner Co. KS; m. Myrtle Delores HASKINS, February 10, 1918, Wichita KS.
  2. Thomas Eliza NELSON, b. August 24, 1885; d. November 10, 1957; m.(1) Edna; m. (2) Myrtle RUYON, July 24, 1908.
  3. Della Gertrude NELSON, b. November 10, 1899; d. OR; m. Roy E. WILLIAMS, June 05, 1912.
  4. Nellie Lavelle NELSON, b. September 25, 1892; d. Chicago; m. Edward Woolwell STODDARD.
  5. Sarah Laduska NELSON, b. November 10, 1887, Caldwell KS; d.February 15, 1964, Wichita KS; m. Elbert "Bert "Ephrian WILLIAMS, November 11, 1908.
  6. Infant Girl NELSON, b. October


I am researching thedescendants of John P. MILLER. His granddaughter was Rose RAINS, wholived in Wellington KS



Looking for information onthe marriage of Spencer Lelan ROGERS to Mary Blance BARTON inSeptember 1889. Her parents, Thomas G. BARTON and Charlotte "Lottie"BARTON were living in Belle Plaine at the time and both weredisabled, her by a negligent cataract opeartion, and him by epilepsythat he got in the Civil War. Thomas G. BARTON and hisparents-in-law, William BARTON and Hannah (Johnson) BARTON are buriedin Belle Plain cemeter.

Spencer was from Topeka. Hisfather, Dryden ROGERS was a prominent physician there. Spencer'smother, Elizabeth (Wisall) ROGERS died in 1886.

StephenRogers von Hitritz


I am looking for informationon the henry Thomas LAMKIN family who came to Sumner co. in the year1880 from Hammonville KY. They settled in Wellington and seventeenyears later they moved to Kay Co. OK, then later to Hunnewell KS. Ido not know the year Henry died, but his wife, Margaret HANKLA died17 Sep 1938. They had one daughter , Dollie LAMKIN, and two sons,Judson Logan LAMKIN and Thomas Van LAMKIN. There were several otherfamilies (two of which were BOMAR and CRUSE) that came from Kentuckyat the same time the Lamkins did. I am not sure if they are relatedor not. Would appreciate any information.

MarjorieLamkin Hansard


Searching for info ClintonVan Buren MURDUCK / MURDOCK. One son named Wilbur is known. Newlyreceived information suggests that Clinton Van Buren MURDUCK arrivedin Sumner County c1900 from Sullivan County, Indiana. All messagesresponded to, with thanks.



I would like to solicit anyhelp I can get in finding more information on the following family:James Anders BYERS. He married Nora Jane Yates in Menard Co, IL andmoved to Wellington, Sumner Co, KS about 1855. He and his family arelisted in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census for Sumner Co. James andhis sons worked on the railroad.

One of his sons, Theodore E.Byers, appears to have found his way west into CA and then residedfor quite some time in Spokane, WA, where he died in 1990 at the ageof 87. Theodore left a legacy in one short note that he sent to agenealogy publication. The information contained in the note hasallowed a group of "cousins" to verify names and places of his greatgrandparents and grandparents.

I would like to find someonein Wellington who might know of this family. I am absolutely at aloss in finding the trail from Wellington to CA, UT, and WA.(Theodore's brother, Orbit(t), died in Salt Lake City.)

If anyone recognizes thisfamily, I would greatly appreciate hearing from them. Thankyou.


Seattle, WA


Looking for information onthe family of Hanibal Filmore Lamb. He married Pattie Walker Beckham.Pattie is a granddaughter of Elizabeth Yates who was born in GreenCo, KY. Pattie was born in Warren Co, KY in 1864.

Children's names are: Porter(born 11/3/1881 in Sumner Co, KS), Claude L., Henry Perry, Cora L.,Pattie, and H. Clifford.

Anyone with knowledge of thisfamily please contact me.


Seattle, WA


We are interested in findingout about the Ross family name . Some of the first names are Beul,Jack, Fred, Charles.

Marcia,Calvin & Michael Bartlett


I am researching George W.Spencer, ancestors and desc's. Was married to Rosa Oletha Vancuren.He died 12-31-1906 and she remarried ? Greenwell. Would appreciateany information on the Spencer's and connection toVancurens.



Looking for Squire M. andwife Mary M. CURRY and a son James B. and Jennie B. Curry from WV.Land patents in Sumner Co. 1871 on Sec 26 in T34S, R2E (Walton Tp. )Squire had a P.O. Box in Arkansas City, KS.

GaryL. Curry


Trying to find info on thefamily of effie Josephine Hempsmyer, born 1885 in Sumner Co. MarriedWilliam H Bonham from Anthony. First child born 1902 inOklahoma.

Parents of effie are CharlesA. and Isabelle Morris Hempsmyer. seven children were born; WilliamA. Hempsmyer b/1880, Myrtle Ann b/1882, Orange Jesse b/1884, Effie J.b/1885, Charles Leroy b/1888, Mary Elizabeth b/1891, John Cecilb/1897, all in Sumner Co. Is there a marriage CERT for Josephine? Anyinfo will be appreciated. Thank you for your time.



I'm inquiring about myGGrandfather, Thomas Broadfoot and his wife Charlotte Broadfoot. Theywere on the 1900 census sumner County KS. Anyone who knows about themplease let me know.



We are searching for anyALLENs, HOWEs, MC GUINNs in Sumner county in the late 1800s. OurWilliam Martin ALLEN came to Sumner county from Grundy County, MO in1888. His son, Charles, my grandfather, married my grandmother, EmmaAlice HOWE, there in 1895. They had emigrated to Alfalfa county,Oklahoma, by 1898.

WilliamD. Allen Sr.


Seeking info on the NELSONsof Corbin, Sumner Co., KS. William A. NELSON (b. 1835 Greene Co., Mo.d. 1907 Sumner Co., KS) marrried 1858 to Sarah Laduska HUDGINS /HUGGINS (b. July 23, 1838 TN d. June 4, 1877 Sumner Co. after birthof last son Lewis). Both buried in Corzine Cem.


  • William Thomas Nelson (b. Oct. 16, 1859 MO. d. 1937 Sumner Co. ) married Sally Maranda Scott (b. March 25, 1859 MO. d. 1936 Sumner Co.).
  • John Nelson b. 1861
  • Orville Nelson
  • Marion Nelson b. 1874
  • Henry Nelson b. 1868
  • Ora Nelson
  • Mary Nelson b. 1870
  • Cora Nelson b. 1868
  • Mattie Nelson

All children except Lewiswere born in Greene Co. Mo. After death of Sarah, William remarriedto Rebecca J. (maybe NORVEL). William A.'s children were listed inschool in the 1880 Census in Falls Twp. Does anyone have any info onthe school they would have attended in Falls Twp.? Son, WilliamThomas, was a sub. Pastor for the United Brethern Church, and a graindealer. William's son, Irl Glenn Nelson, lived in same house Williambuilt in Corbin, KS until death in 1962. Any infoappreciated.



Seeking info on JesseVanarsdale Haskins (b.1843 Yonker, NY d. abt 1900 KS), who marriedMartha Jane Covey (b. Sept. 11, 1857 IL d. 1937 Sumner Co.,KS.


  • Myrtle Delores Haskins b. 1897 d. 1987 Sumner Co. Kans. Corzine Cem. married Irl Glenn Nelson
  • Mamie Haskins
  • Lawrence Haskins b. 1892 Mo. d. May 1937 Sumner Co.
  • Archie Haskins b. 1889 Mo. d. 1959
  • Charlie Clifford Haskinis b. 1881
  • Bessie Haskins b. 1895
  • Laura Hskins b. 1880 b. 1937 Sumner co. married Charles Baker
  • Margret Rose Haskins b. 1887 He husband was shot in Caldwell
  • Pearl Leila Haskins b. 1884 Ill. d. 1985 in Caldwell. Married Will Dunkhorst.

Listed in Prewitt'sWellington-Caldwell Directory: Pearl L. Haskins- Snow Flake Steam andLaundry 308 N. Ewing, Caldwell, Kans. Also listed were Martha J.Haskins-Widow of Jesse, Mary E. Haskins, and Rosa Haskins asLaundress- Snow Flake same address as above.

Jesse's father was FrankClifford Haskins, he had two known brothers, Seth Haskins and OtisHaskins, married to Alice Covey ( Martha's sister) Covey's lived inKans. later moved to Okla. Abner buried at Caldwell. Any info on theHaskins would be appreciated.



Robert Miller b.about 1840 inOntario Canada. emigrated to Kansas in 1870's and lived at Mulvane,Kansas. Married Elizabeth McDougall in Canada. She was married afterRobert Miller's death to BURNETT. Robert and Elizabeth Miller hadnine children, Sylvester, Lewis, Olive, Flossie, Wilber, Stella,Joseph, Rosabel, Lillian. Other surnames of the daughters who marriedinclude HARWOOD, COOPER, CLINGMAN and ROBERTS. Robert had a brotherJames who emigrated from Canada to Dickinson Co. Kansas in1877.



Seek obituary, information onSEIBERN W. HEMPHILL born 23 April 1876, Barry Co. MO, died 18 June1960 in Oxford KS, Sumner Co. Have scrap of clipping with photo andstory from an unknown newspaper and would like the whole story!Seibern married Eva Lean Ramsey 11 March 1898. She also died inSumner Co. Their children were Leroy b. 1898 m. Anna BAXTER, OsaIsabell b. 1900 m. Carl SAMPLES, James Milon, Espey, Opal, Ora, SadieMae. Will exchange information.



I am interested in contactingdescendants of William CUNNINGHAM b. Hamilton, Scotland 13 Aug 1859 mWilhelmina Elizabeth EISFELDER b St. Louis, 22 Jan 1864. They weremarried in Caldwell, Sumner Co. KS abt 1885-1886. My father wasWilliam Edward CUNNINGHAM, b Holton, Jackson Co., KS 22 Aug 1889. Hehad an older sister, Elizabeth Mary b 25 Oct 1887-1888 and a youngerbrother, Charles b 8 Dec 1890, d 10 Aug 1892. Wilhelmina d 10 Apr1893. William then married Esther Martha EISFELDER in Caldwell 23 Oct1893 and had Charles, Fred, Emilie Esther and Henry. William was abaker and had a building on main street which, the last time I sawit, still had the name "Cunningham" atop the second story.

Thanks for anyinformation.


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