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Dan Hittle  Wed, January 15, 1997
I am looking for the burial place of my grandfather, Sherum (or Hiram) SMITH, who died while living in Dodge City, around 1887. His wife's name was Ora Alice (COOLEY). She apparently worked at the Dodge house. He was killed while working for the railroad and was supposedly buried beside the tracks. My grandmother, Nora Ellen SMITH was born in Dodge June 20, 1885. Any info about his burial place or family history would be appreciated.


K. S. Kingsland Fri, February 7, 1997
Seeking information on Alfred Hampton KINGSLAND b. 11/18/1885 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas. Parents were William and Jeriosha KINGSLAND. Also, James (Lester Bertrand) KINGSLAND, was living in Russell, KS in 1935 & Clemmons KINGSLAND, living in Eldorado, KS in 1935. Any info would be highly appreciated.



Arlene Stafford Fri, February 7, 1997
I am looking for ancestors of Henry James MANDEVILLE born 1854 or 1853 in Wisconsin, he resided in Kingman County. He had 3 wives and 17 children. I would appreciate any information. I am also looking for information on parents of Elizabeth SALISBURY MANDEVILLE, born 1921 in Kansas, who married George MANDEVILLE, the son of Henry James MANDEVILLE.


Diane Goldhammer Mon, February 10, 1997
Looking for any information on this family. Your help is appreciated! Martha Victoria WEST was born 04Apr 1864 in WV, and died 14 May 1948 in Dodge City, Ford, KS. She married (1) John Albert SNYDER, son of Jeremiah SNYDER and Ann RENNER. She married (2) Tom CONN. She married (3) CLARK. Children of Martha West and John Snyder are: Pearl Ann SNYDER, b. 01 Sep 1890, Osborne, Osborne, KS (lived in Grainfiel City, Gove, KS 1920); d. 10 Feb 1930; m. Daniel Mccellan REXLER, 10 Jun 1905. Cora Elsie SNYDER, b. 04 Sep 1891, Osborne, Osborne, KS (Lived in Gove TWP, Gove, Kansas 1920); d. 27 Mar 1966, Scott City, Scott, KS; m. John Allen SMITH, 26 Jul 1911, Lincoln, Lincoln, KS. William Marion SNYDER, b. 16 Nov 1894, Osborne, Osborne, KS; d. 22 Dec 1961; m. Amy J. ??, 15 Mar 1916. Blanche May SNYDER, b. 09 May 1900, Osborne, Osborne, KS; d. 07 Jul 1928; m. LIVING. Ralph SNYDER, b. 05 Jul 1905, (in 1920 lived Gove TWP, Gove, Kansas); d. Mar 1987, Garden City, Finney, KS; m. OLLIE KING. Harry Clifton SNYDER, b. 1907, Osborne, Osborne, KS (in 1920 lived in Grainfiel City, Gove, KS); d. 09 Mar 1932.




James H Jones Jr. on Sun, February 16, 1997
My father James H. Jones was a Deputy Marshall in Dodge City, in or about 1882--1885 and I'm looking for any information about him during that time period.  He was born in 1863 in Otumwa, Iowa.  I was born in Kimball Nebr. in 1935 and my Father was 72yr. when I was born. He is buried in Pinebluff Wy. By the way I heard that he uncle was the sheriff during that time--Not sure about that.


Teresa Grove on Sun, March 2, 1997
Looking for information on Robert GROVE who died in Dodge City, Ford Co., Kansas on 21 Sept. 1932. His wife's name was Sarah Elizabeth (PETTIT) GROVE.  I have no other information on her or their children. If anyone has information on this family please contact me. I'll share the information on Robert's family name. Thank you very much in advance of your time.



Herb Reed on Thurs, March 13, 1997
Seeking information on Mrs. Fred SAILORS who was living in Dodge City, KS. in 1926 or Gertrude Reed SAILORS who was living in Ottawa, KS. in 1916, may be the same person. Real interest is in REED ancestors of Gertrude. Sanders Alexander REED and his father, Alexander REED, late 1700's of Amherst Co., VA. One or both were Revolutionary War veterans. Gertrude mentions family records in a letter to the Commissioner of Pensions. I think those records might be very useful to me.


Sue Rogers on Sat, March 15, 1997
I am looking for information on Barna and Merthyne ROGERS who lived in Bucklin, Kansas in 1917. Don't know the county. They had children: Bruce, Thaddeus, Merthyne, Barna Tunis and Mark. Hope you can help us in our search.


Mike Weeks on Mon, March 24, 1997
Looking for death, burial, obituary for Oliver MARSH and wife Clara resided Dodge City. Probably died before 1910. Oliver's son Mark may have died Spanish American War - looking for evidence.


Marcia Hardesty on Tues, April 8, 1997
Need info on this information I found in Irma Hardesty Wesley's book, "Hardestys of America". On page 182, title "Hardesty House, Dodge City, 1878". (Is this area in Clark Co or Ford Co KS?) The article states....." Col. R.J. HARDESTY, born in KY, left his home with three brothers for the Colorado Gold Rush. Successful in gold mining in Montana, Col HARDESTY invested his gold findings in cattle. For several years he and his brother John were running large herds near Dodge City. "...the HARDESTY House built in 1878 for Col R.J. HARDESTY by A. B. WEBSTER, another of Dodges City's early day settlers. The HARDESTY house, outstanding in its architecture and workmanship in the early days, is still admired today." "In 1874, they were offered $500,000 for their cattle interests but considered they could not sell out at that figure. The winter 1884-1885 was the year of the severe blizzard in Western KS and a great loss of cattle left the HARDESTY herd at a value of not more than $50,000." "Col R.J. Hardesty married Miss Margaret Mattas of Leavenworth, KS and they came directly to Dodge City, (?Ford, ?Clark Co,) to make their home. Mrs. HARDESTY was a sister to Mrs. Fred HARVEY of the famous HARVEY House family. The HARDESTY'S had one child, a daughter named Sallie. Col R.J. HARDESTY died April 29, 1910." Who was R.J. HARDESTY and his brother John HARDESTY? Whom did he descend from? When and were was he born?



Tom Hess on Tues, April 22, 1997
I am looking for decedents of Jacob E. and Harriet (VANDERMARK) HESS of Spearville, Ford Co., Kansas. Jacob was b. 22 Aug 1847 in Lancaster Co., PA m Oct 1867 in Palestine, IN d. 5 Oct 1928 in Spearville. Harriet d. 7 Mar 1930 in Spearville. Both are buried @ Silent Lamb Cem. I am looking for contacts with any relatives of theirs. I have a lot of information to share on this family. Tom Hess 1513 15th Ave. Monroe, WI 53566



Patricia Riley on Mon, May 12, 1997
Searching for information on Thomas CASS born ca. 1835, KS. Married Martha J. (Patsy) DANIELS born 1854, AR. Children were William Edgar Feb 5, 1875, Polly Dec 19, 1961 and George. Need any information on Thomas' death. He was believed to have died in the Old Soldiers Home near Dodge City ca. 1930, from complications from a wound to his foot which he supposedly received during the war.



Donald Mark Phillips on Sun, May 18, 1997
Seeking death date for Gideon HUGHES, b. abt 1812 in Ohio died & buried in Spearville, Kansas after 1870.  Can anyone researching Ford Co, Kansas send me his tombstone inscription from the local graveyard?  His wife, Jane MCNAUGHT HUGHES returned to Illinois. Their children were Thomas b. abt 1842, James b. abt 1844, William Wallace, b. Abt 1845, Ezekial, b. abt 1847, Eliza J. Kissell, b. abt 1849, John Oliver b. Sep 3, 1850, Hannah Anderson, b. abt 1853, Mary Eleanor Pierson, b. June 18, 1855 and Elizabeth M. b. abt 1858. Many of the children migrated to Nebraska.



Mel Miller on Wed, May 21, 1997
KIMBREL, John C. b.7 Aug, 1851 IN. d.11 Feb. 1929 Dodge City, KS. wife Emma C. (ADAMS) KIMBREL b.5 Nov. 1853 IN. d. 7 Aug. 1923 Dodge City, KS. John's mother Clarissa A. KIMBREL b.9 Nov. 1806 NC. d. 2 Apr. 1889 Dodge City, KS. Can anyone get me copies of there Obituaries? Need descendants of this family. Mel Miller 2405 W 100 S New Castle, IN 47362



Kate Freeman on Sat, May 24, 1997
I am looking for information regarding Cora May Ellen DeHART HANNA who died 2/7/1957 in Dodge City, Kansas. Her mother was Melinda MARTIN who lived on a farm near Santana, Kansas with her husband ________ DeHART. I am looking for the first name of DeHART and any information concerning Melinda MARTIN.



James K. Harrison on Sun, June 1, 1997
Seeking info on James Andrew WILLIS, b Kansas 1865, d Mineral Wells, TX 1912. Daughter Grace Donnie WILLIS b Dodge City, Ford County 1896, daughter Freda Viola born Dodge City, Ford County 1819. James was son of Richard WILLIS and Nancy Poteet WILLIS. Married Ada Anceline MORRIS in Guthrie, OK in 1895. Both Richard and Nancy said to have been born in Missouri.


Coral Williams  Mon, August 18, 1997
I would like to contact any member of the KLITZKE Family or other relatives in NESS County KS. I have extensive information which I am always willing to share. Family members may now be living in FORD, RUSH, HODGEMAN or ELLIS Counties.


Don Cornwell Mon, December 15, 1997
I was born north of Kingsdown in 1926.  My sister and I are now putting together our family's "trail." From abt 1904, until mid-50s a large number of the DAWSON family lived in Ford County. Death and the changing world has altered that so there are no DAWSONS to my knowledge listed. Maybe a married female cousin or two by another name.


Philip French on Mon, December 15, 1997
There is no history on Mr. FRENCH.  In Dearborn county other than he was my grandfathers father.  The Dearborn county court house burned sometime in the 1860's.  The story goes that he went off to war and didn't return until many years after the war was over, in the meantime thinking he was dead his wife remarried. He appeared many years later and was made welcome by his son.  After a while they had a disagreement and he went to an old soldiers home in Kansas. Where we think he eventually died.  I wondered if you could find any information on him?


Patricia Torrez  Mon, December 15, 1997
William KING b. ca. 1875 m. Minnie B. CLARK b. 29 June, 1886 KS. d. CO. William & Minnie had the following children: Verna, Flossie & Ella. They lived in Dodge City, Ford Co. KS. in 1920. If anyone can help me with this family I would appreciate it.

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