Allen County Kansas Queries


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Queries Jan. - Mar. 2000

Adams, Barron, Bettes, ?Birth records, Bond, Boone, Buell, Cook, Crook, Deal, Ferris, Foster (2), Giffin, Goforth, Hadden, Helms, Kern, Leslie, Meek, Miller, Mosier, Page, Thomas, Thornton, Waddle, Ward

Topic: HELMS - Allen County
From: Steve Burrows
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2000 04:17 PM

Looking for information on 'Daniel HELMS', and his wife, Grace J. YEAGER.

Daniel HELMS was apparently born in Indiana around the year 1844. He came to Kansas sometime after the age of 14. He may have came with his brothers (Samuel & Isaac), where they joined 3 of their sisters (Nancy, Lucinda & Susan) and their husbands, who apparently had apparently previously moved to southeast Kansas. An older brother (Michael), and possibly younger brothers and sister, (John Henry, Martin D., and Catherine A.); [depending on when they came to Kansas, Martin and Catherine might not have been born yet.], apparently remained in Indiana. Daniel would have arrived in Kansas in 1873 or 1874. The 1850 and 1860 Indiana census shows Daniel, his father, and mother and what are assumed to be, all, his brothers and sisters at that time.

Daniel and his wife Grace, first lived in a simple one room house, located a mile south of the second house, that Daniel later built on the 80 acres (N. 1/2 of S. 1/4, of 16-25-21, in Marmaton Township, Allen County), 3 1/2 miles southwest of Bronson, Kansas. (It is now known as the Old George Broughton farm.)

Daniel and Grace are buried in the 'Old Elsmore Cemetery' in Allen Co, KS.

Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.


From: Donna Welsch
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 09:21 AM

Looking for any relatives of John Adams married to Martha Jane Miller. They had 5 children named Ella[m. John L. Dalton], Bert[probably Albert], Myrtle Alice[m. Leslie Lowman and Ed Welsch], J.Hank[probably John or James Henry], and Laura.

Topic: Page, George Sumner and family
From: Michelle Detwiler
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2000 11:36 PM

Anyone connect with the George Sumner Page family of Allen Co KS? Michelle Detwiler

Topic: ?Birth records
From: Donnene Mann
Date: Monday, March 13, 2000 12:55 PM

Hi, Can anyone tell me if there are birth records available in Allen Co. for 1898? Where can they be located?

My gggrandfather was born in Iola in 1896. Can you tell me if and where I might find birth records in Iola.

Topic: Obituary - Jerome Goforth
From: Beverly Goforth
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2000 11:22 PM

GOFORTH- Obituary - Jerome Goforth was born April 4, 1844 in the state of Kentucky. He moved with his parents to Illinois and later to near Iola, Kansas. November 27, 1861 he enlisted in the ninth regiment of Kansas Volunteer Calvary and fought under General Lyons. he was wounded in a battle at Newtonia, Missouri September 30, 1862. at the close of the civil war he entered the mercantile business at Fidelity, Mo, later he engaged in the freighting business and hauled freight throughout Kansas, Ok and TX. February 8, 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Kane at Carthage, MO. To this union were born five children. One daughter passed away in infancy.Another daughter Maud, passed away at the age of nineteen in 1896. One son John went to the Klondike gold fields forty years ago and his address is unknown, another son Fred, passed away in 1929. He leaves to morn his loss the wife of the home, one son Ed Goforth also of the home, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren besides a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors. He was typical Union soldier and a member of the Webb City, Baxter and Curtis G.A.R. Posts. He is the last member of the Curtis post, and next to the last member of the Baxter post. He has been a resident of the Tri-state district for the past 60 years. The last seven years have been spent in and near Melrose. He was a good soldier, a good husband, a good father and a good neighbor and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He departed this life March 23, 1926 at the age of 91 years 11 months and 19 days.

Topic: BOND
From: Bruce Kettler
Date: Saturday, February 12, 2000 02:51 PM

Seeking information on "Colonel" Bond who may have practiced law in the Humboldt area following the CW. I own his CW officer's buckle and belt.

From: Rick Sonntag
Date: Friday, February 11, 2000 07:49 AM

Looking for any information concerning Lindsey Ward who had a daughter that married John Barron. They lived in the area of Humboldt,KS. around 1885-1900.

Topic: Obituary-November,1925-Earnest Leroy Foster
From: Leora Foster
Date: Wednesday, February 09, 2000 10:39 AM

Earnest Leroy Foster worked for the courts- maybe a clerk and died at his own hand in the Iola courthouse in Nov. 1925. Any clippings/pictures or other pertinent information would be greatly appreciated.

Topic: Giffin-Cook-Ferris
From: Barbara Walcher Fulton
Date: Monday, February 07, 2000 11:48 AM

My gggrandmother, Sarah Jane Cook, daughter of Asa Cook and Lydia Louise Farris, married Henry Giffin and they lived in Iola for many years. Any information on the Cook line or anyone seeking information, please contact me at

From: Nancy Mattern
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 07:43 PM

I am looking for my grandmother Lillian Nancy Griffin relatives. I know she was born in KS, married Victor Marion Blevins in 1920 in Clay Center. She had five girls, they lived in Topeka and she died in Topeka in 1934. Any help would be appreciated. Maybe connected to your Griffin?

Topic: Foster - 1910 Census (Earnest LeRoy)
From: Gary Foster
Date: Sunday, February 06, 2000 05:14 PM

1910 Census states he was married with two children. Earnest Arthur Foster was born in 1903. A sister, Bessie, was born about 1905-1907. I am looking for ancestors of Earnest's and Bessie's parents.

From: Marty Crull
Date: Thursday, February 03, 2000 09:07 PM

Researching the descendants of Giles Thornton and his wife Isabelle Scott of Allen County, KS.

Topic: BETTES/Hadden
From: Jennifer Abernathy
Date: Wednesday, February 02, 2000 09:57 PM

Any information on Hadden and Mary Ellen McGrew Bettes. Hadden died in approx. 1909 in La Harpe. Had 9 children, Robert, Thomas, William, Elizabeth, Mary Ellen, Lula, Sam, Olive and Harriett. The last 2 died as infants and Lula and Sam died at young ages. Need to know any information regarding Hadden all is greatly appreciated and will gladly share information. Also any information regarding Thomas. Thank you!

Topic: R.E. Thomas
From: Pam Rider
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2000 01:12 PM

I am seeking information about Robert Elmer Thomas, often known as R.E. Thomas or Elmer Thomas.

Pam Rider

Topic: Which Daniel Boone is it?
From: Sharon Mills
Date: Friday, January 21, 2000 06:42 PM

In her deposition for her husband Daniel DEAL's pension, Cynthia FARR DEAL HYATT lists DANIEL BOONE as one of those who attended her husband in his final illness or who was present at his death. There were descendants of American hero DANIEL BOONE in nearby MO at this time, but can anyone place this DANIEL BOONE, in Allen Co KS on or about 11 Feb 1870?

Topic: Sarah, wife of Michael Kern
From: Sharon Mills
Date: Friday, January 14, 2000 09:02 PM

In March of 1870 William DEAL, administrator of the estate of his son Daniel DEAL, applied for Michael KERN to become the guardian of Lafayette DEAL, age 8, son of Daniel DEAL and Martha SETTLES, both deceased. Michael KERN's census entries show he was born Germany abt 1844. His wife Sarah (last name unknown) was born MO abt 1847. Was Sarah related to the Deals or another family that migrated from Morgan Co IN to Allen Co KS? Sharon Mills

Topic: Deal
From: Sharon Mills
Date: Friday, January 14, 2000 08:19 PM

I'm writing an article for the Morgan Co (IN) History and Geneology Association on the family of William Deal and Susannah that went from Morgan Co Indiana to Texas, where their county went Confederate c 1860. They therefore went on to Allen Co KS. A son, Daniel Deal, survived the War but died of effects of a head wound in 1870 at Humboldt, Allen Co KS. His oldest son, Lafayette Deal, was placed with a guardian, Michael Kern, a German immigrant, and his wife Sarah. I'm trying to find out Sarah's maiden name, to see if she was related to the Deals in any way. Michael and Sarah were neighbors and may have just been friends to the Deals.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Sharon Mills

Topic: Mosier/Crook 1890s
From: B THomas
Date: Friday, January 14, 2000 04:29 PM

Researching this couple John W CROOK of Humbolt, Allen Co married Nettie/Neltie MOSIER of Xenia, Bourbon Co, KS. Marriage took place in 1897, John CROOK was 27, MOSIER was 24. Would like any information on this couple.

Barb Thomas
23812 3rd PL W Bothell, WA 98021

Topic: Waddle/Meek/Buell/Leslie
From: Jill Waddle
Date: Friday, January 07, 2000 11:48 AM

Still looking for info on my gggrandfather and any of his children (below is a copy of an obituary I received recently) I would love to hear from anyone related to these folks! some of these folks lived in Allen and Linn Couties... Moses Waddle was born in Bourbon Co. Kentucky, October 20 , 1828; moved from there to Illinois, was united in marriage to Sarah Dixon. To them eight children were born, three of whom have preceeded him to the grave, twin boys and Henrietta Moyer. He leaves a widow and five children to mourn his death_ Henry Waddle of Blue mound, Frank Waddle, Emma Meek and Mintae Leslie of Mapleton and Ida Buell of Zenia.

Mr Waddle came to Bourbon Co. Kansas in the fall of 1859 and took a homestead, on which he lived until his death. He enlisted in the Civil war in 1861 where he served as an honorable soldier. the Deceased was 81 years, 5 months and 25 days of age. (from obituary in Mapleton paper)
Jill Waddle


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