Wilson County Kansas Queries


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Queries July - Dec. 2002

Ashby, Booker, Bowen, Bowman, Bruton, Eck, Haines, Hayes, Johnson, Jones, Kennedy, Keyes, Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick, Lane, Leech, Marshman, McMahah, Middleton, Misner, Morgan, Mulligan, Otto, Philpot, Radar, Rhodes, Small, Stephens

Topic: Fern Alden 'Curly' Jones
From: Jerry Laufer jerrylaufer@usa.net
Date: Monday, December 23, 2002 02:17 PM

I am trying to locate information about Fern Alden Jones, aka "Curly". He was born about 1916 near Fredonia, KS and died about 1995. He married Josephine Laufer and had a child, Donna Jo born May 26, 1935 in Chanute, KS. Curly and Josephine were divorced some time after Donna Jo was born. Donna Jo was adopted by Carrie Irene Laufer (Josephine's Sister) and Fowler Knox Brewer in 1939.

Josephine was my Father's (Clyde Isom Laufer) Sister. She died about 1951 in Los Angeles, CA at age 35. I am attempting to fill in some of the blanks in our Family Tree. Donna Jo is my cousin who lives in Eugene, OR. I am living in Glendale AZ at this time.

Does anyone have any information for Curly Jones? If so, please reply to jerrylaufer@usa.net

Topic: Rhodes
From: Roger Rhoads rrrhoads@aol.com
Date: Monday, December 02, 2002 10:26 AM

Perry Rhodes, b. 1856, m. Ida ??, b. 1872, in 1888 and is in the 1900-20 Neodesha census with a total of four children: Earl, b. 1889; Emma, b. 1891; Walter, b. 1894; and Pauline, b. 1901. He was born in Rush Co., IN and moved with parents Lewis and Henrietta to Ables Spring, Kaufman Co., TX in 1879. Would like to contact anyone who is researching this line.

From: J B Feldhaus jentami@internetcds.com
Date: Thursday, November 28, 2002 10:17 PM

Seeking anyone searching same surnames in WIlson

Topic: Morgan family
From: Sandy Bennng lazybee2001@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, November 17, 2002 02:18 PM

I am looking for the father of Fannie Isabell Morgan. She was born August 15, 1858 and died January 22, 1941. In her obit it stated that she was the oldest person in Wilson County and that her family was one of Wilson County's first family. She married George Richard Scott in Wilson County on June 28, 1879. I have been looking for her family for several years but always come to a dead end. Please if anyone has information please contact me at lazybee2001 @yahoo.com. Thank you in advance for your help.

Topic: Otto
From: Jason Grubb bookgrubb@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 05:40 PM

My Great-Grandmother was an Otto. I am searching for any and all information about the Ottos. I believe the entire family is buried in the Fredonia cemetery. This is what I know about the family: Father was Adolph or Adolphus or Aldreth Otto, Mother was Amelia Otto. Children are Robert, Ernest, George, William, Albert, Eddie, and Agnes (Eddie and Agnes may have died before the family moved to Kansas.) Robert and Ernest were born in New York then the family moved to Michigan and finally to Fredonia. They ran the Fall River Mill. Does this still exist? Where would I get pictures? Also have the name of W. Harold Otto, but have no idea how he is connected to the family. W. Harold Otto had a lot of money and when he died he left it to the University of Kansas. Students of Wilson county who will be attending UK can still apply for the W. Harold Otto scholarship. Does anyone know how he is related to Adolph? W. Harold Otto died in Fredonia in June of 1969. Please contact me if anyone can help me learn more about these Ottos.

Topic: Isabell Ann Johnson
From: Diane Anderson diacarand@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday, November 07, 2002 11:16 AM

I need proof of the birth of Isabell Ann Johnson, born August 3, 1889, Tallyrand Township, near Fredonia. She later married Albert Rollo Marshall, Fredonia, on September 4, 1907. She died on February 20, 1967, and is buried in the Fredonia City Cemetery. She was commonly, and on some official documents, known as "Belle J. Marshall." Albert Rollo and Isabell were my paternal grandparents.

Topic: Richard Washington Ashby & America Lane
From: Diane Anderson diacarand@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday, November 07, 2002 11:07 AM

I would like any information about this family: dates and places of births, deaths, places of burial, marriages and children. I believe my great-grandmother, Amanda Ashby Johnson, was one of their children.

Topic: misners?
From: darren smith dare@gci.net
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2002 03:49 PM

does any one have any info on aron misner who i believe died in wilson kansas in 1900 or so.
he was married to sidney ann messer in 1853 in illinois
please help me on this name. IM STUCK
an obituary would help me alot
Darren Smith

From: Charles Stephens cfstephens@prodigy.net
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2002 01:36 PM

For: J. C. Stephens
Emmaline M Stephens
John Baker Keyes

Birth dates and placaes would be greatoy appreciated.

Topic: Leech
From: Norman Leech dllwa@sisna.com
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2002 07:13 PM

INFO Please
Clarence E. Leech B. in Fredonia, KS 1908 Father Justin Mother Julia, Sisters Ellen,Ceil
any Family Info Please

Norm Leech

Topic: Kirkpatrick, Haines
From: Kay Hicks kay@pcs-mo.com
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2002 08:11 PM

Looking for burial place of my grandmother, Dora Inez (Kirkpatrick) Haines. She died on December 26, 1928 in Coyville, Kansas.

Her parents were Willard and Mabel (Mourning) Kirkpatrick. Her sister was Luella (Kirkpatrick) Brown.

Thanks for any help.

Topic: Kirkpatrick, Bowen, Small, Kennedy, Radar
From: Jerry Kirkpatrick jerrynbonnie@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2002 11:35 PM

Am looking for information on family of Solomon Snyder Kirkpatrick who lived in Fredonia, Wilson, Kansas from about 1870 until his death in 1909. His wife was Rose Bowen and children were Elsie, Otto, Byron, Mark and Hobert.

From: Claire HANSEN didospyre@excite.com
Date: Sunday, September 01, 2002 12:46 PM

I am still researching this family. If any one can help, that would be nice. I am looking for the Joseph E. BOOKER and Mary E. PHILPOT connection. Their origin is as of yet elusive. Thank you.

From: Peggy LaChapelle peggy4755@hotmail.com
Date: Friday, August 23, 2002 08:59 PM

Searching for info on Cemetery's and deaths in the 1880's in Wilson Co.... My GreatGrandparents are buried somewhere there and I can't find full names and dates etc...Any and all info will be greatly appreciated....


From: Dave Goldy davegoldy@swbell.net
Date: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 11:37 PM


You might want to contact

W. A. Rankin Memorial Library
502 Indiana St
Neodesha, KS 66757

and ask them to do a look up in the cemetery listings, and maybe check for obituaries. While they are at it, you might want to ask that they transcribe the 1885 Kansas State Census information for the following families....(the 1982 cost was $1.00 per family)

BOWMAN, A 1-6-1 FR
BOWMAN, Albert 30-15-1 GUI
BOWMAN, J 5-6-1 FR
BOWMAN, Jno H 9-15-1 CHE
BOWMAN, M 4-6-1 FR

MULLIGAN, R. J. 11-12-1 FR

where the code is 1 (line) - 6 (page) - 1 (reel #) FR (city)

FR = Fredonia City (Center Township)
GUI = Guilford Township
CHE = Cheota Township

The above is from

"Index to 1885 State Census Wilson County Kansas"
(Head of households & those with different surnames living with them) by

The Heritage Genealogical Society
PO Box 73
502 Indiana St
Neodesha, KS 66757

Hope this helps

Dave Goldy
Overland Park, Johnson County, KS


Topic: Eck, Hester Coleman
From: Vickie Greenlee vicgreenlee@juno.com
Date: Friday, July 26, 2002 04:59 PM

I am looking for Hester Coleman Eck who was in Wilson County, KS in 1910, when she signed legal papers relating to a property owned in Salida, CO. She was from Villa Grove, CO, married Theodore Eck in Salida in 1905; apparently they were divorced at some time after 1910. I would like to place her in Wilson County, locate children, if any.
Thanks much!

Topic: Bruton
From: Lois Campers lcamp@california.com
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2002 11:11 PM

I am looking for information on Paul Bruton,1920 census has them living in Neodesha,KS.Any information appreciated.

Topic: Wilmer Middleton
From: Nancy Salisbury earthworm@tiadon.com
Date: Friday, July 05, 2002 09:30 AM

I am looking for information on my great, grandfather Wilmer Middleton. I know that he worked at a rock quarry where they ground up rocks to make concrete. The family lived in the Independence , Elk City area . I am looking for the name of the quarry located in Fredonia, Kansas. That would have been in operation during the 1890's . It would have in in Wilson Co. Would like to know where or how to go about getting records of their workers . I am trying to find out what happened to Wilmer Middleton. He went to work one day and was never seen or heard from again sometime before 1910 . My great grandmother said that she thought he fell into the machine they used to grind up the rocks. I want to know if he ever made it to work or if he just left and went somewhere eles.
I could sure use some help with this.
Nancy ( Davis ) Salisbury

Topic: Hayes
From: Frank Myers fmyers@netconx.net
Date: Monday, July 01, 2002 08:47 AM

Looking for any information about Horace Hayes and his wife, Nancy (Barnes) Hayes, who lived in Cedar Township, Wilson County. During 1870, Horace's mother and stepfather, Abigail (Miller) Hayes/Bell/Beebe and Ira Beebe, were living with them. Would especially like to know when this pair died and where they are buried. Abigail was a sister of my great-great-great grandfather, William Miller.

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