Allen County Kansas Queries


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Queries Apr. - June 2000

Allen, Andrews, Bartley, Braucht, Brooks, Clothier, Hilyard, Hoke, Kelsey, McCabe, Morrin, ?Secret and Benevolent Societies, Sigler, Simpson

Topic: Curtis


From: Pat Scharf
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2000 08:43 AM

My great grandfather, Curtis Calvin Kelsey, moved "three miles north of Humboldt" in 1870. He died in 1894 and the funeral service was conducted by the Rev. L.I. Drake. Does anyone know what church he was pastor of? Probably Baptist of Methodist. The graveside ceremonies were conducted by the Odd Fellows of Humboldt. Does anyone know if they are still in existence and, if so, how to contact them? This info came from his obituary which was in a Humboldt newspaper. The Humboldt Union?

I have a copy of the Humboldt section Cutler's History of the State of Kansas. Has any other local history been written?

I would be most appreciative of any info relating to these questions. Thanks



From: Camille Barmore
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2000 09:43 PM

Freeman (83) & Levina (79) Clothier, found on 1880 Census in Marmaton Twp, Allen Co. I need to find where they were buried and where their son Cyrus and family went after leaving KS.

Topic: George


From: Mary Yahnke
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2000 08:12 PM

George Brooks died in Iola, Kansas in 1868. I am interested in finding any information about him, his wife, Mary Black Brooks, or his family. He was born 1828 in Indiana. I have no idea why he was in Kansas when he died. Nor do I know what he died from or where he was buried.



From: Jim Payne
Date: Thursday, June 01, 2000 05:41 PM

Looking for information on Wiilliam Hoke, born 1849 Penn, died 1932 kansas. At one time, worked for city of Iola, KS. Has a son, William Hoke, Granson Irvin Hoke, who was my maternal Grandfather.

From: Joseph Emery
Date: Friday, November 10, 2000 03:05 PM I also have an ancestor named HOKE from Iola, Kansas. Mine is Anna M. Hoke b. 1873-d.1953. She married Frederick Curtis Coffield. Do you know if there is a connection? - Thanks, Joe



From: William McCabe
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2000 08:32 AM

Thomas McCabe married Anna Spear in Rock Island County, Illinois on 11/6/1865.

I believe he moved to Kansas or Nebraska. Anna died giving birth to my Grandfather William who was sent to live with relatives in Omaha.

Thomas then married her sister (I don't know the name or location) and had several children.

I'm trying to find that gap in my genealogy.

Anyone able to help?

Thanks, Bill McCabe


Secret and Benevolent Societies

From: David P. Graham
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2000 10:06 AM

While recently in Iola doing research on my Wilkinson and Graham lines I had occasion to visit the Colony Cemetery to locate several Wilkinson grave sites. On several of them where separate engravings with the initials "AOUW" and "MWA".

While looking back in the early 1900 newspapers, I came across a listing of "Secret and Benevolent Societies" listing of meeting times and places.

I would like to know where I can get information as to what the initials stand for and what the organizations purposes were.

Can anyone point me to a reference or document where I can learn about these organizations??

Thanks in advance and have a great day!!!

Dave Graham



From: Melita Davis
Date: Tuesday, May 09, 2000 07:41 PM

Seeking the family of Morris HILYARD. 5 daughters of Severy, Kansas. Lila HILYARD MOCK, born 1870's had 4 other sisters. Lila relocated in Iola, KS. She died in 1903. (My Gr-Grandmother) Would love to connect with any HILYARDS of Greenwood or Allen Counties.



From: Ilene Tracy
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2000 08:39 PM

Looking for graves of Samuel Braucht who died 25 Jan 1916 and wife Rachel (Byol) Braucht who died 8 Mar 1897 in Humboldt, Allen County, Kansas. They are supposed to be buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Humboldt, but I can't find a Mount Hope Cemetery in the Allen County cemetery list.



From: Lois Lester
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2000 09:19 PM

I am looking for anyone connected to the William Sigler family. William married Margaret Dozer in Vinton Co., Ohio and then went to Fountain Co., Ind and on to Kansas. They are both buried in the Mildred Cemetery. William was born 14 Oct. 1840 in Muskingum Co., Oh. Margaret was born 10 Nov 1846, also in Muskingum Co.,Oh. Would like to correspond with any of there family members. You can write me at 520 N. Highland, Chanute, Ks 66720 or



From: Amy Peterson
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2000 06:35 PM

Looking for Connie Morrin or info on how to get in touch with her.

Topic: William Selby


in Iola, KS
From: Yvonne Tibbetts
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2000 02:44 PM

William Selby ANDREWS arrived in Iola Kansas about 1871-75. I have been told there are records of his having worked in a sawmill for a time in Iola. He sang in the church choir and met the church organist - Martha Board CROKER. They were married in Iola, KS.abt 1880-1881.
Can ANYONE tell me:
1. When did William come to Iola?
2. Where were William S. ANDREWS & Martha Board CROKER married?
3. What was exact date of their marriage?
Any suggestions where I can find this information?
Thanks in advance for your help.
searching for Gt. grandparents records. from So. California

Topic: William


From: Lois Bartley
Date: Monday, April 17, 2000 06:37 PM

Contact with descendants of William Bartley who lived near Humboldt in the late 1800's is desired. Have picture of family members I would like assistance in identifying.

Topic: Arthur and Eliza


From: Leora Foster
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2000 10:39 AM

Arthur Allen (1860-1931), wife, Eliza J. Mortlock Allen (1860-1911) came from London, England in 1886. They brought with them their first of eleven children, Edith M. Allen (1884-1969). They first settled in southwest Mo, then in Iola, Allen county, Ks.

Both elder Allens are buried at Highland cemetery. If anyone has any information of their livelihood, life,death or ancestors, please contact



From: Lisa Hamrick
Date: Sunday, April 02, 2000 12:22 PM

John Reed Simpson is listed in 1860 Allen County Census. I am searching for anything on his family (census records, death records, parents or children). His wife's name was Lovica Butler. Children were Izora, John, Johnson, Mary, and Cora.


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