Honoring a Legend

Today, I learned of the passing of Cletus Suther. For those in the Seneca area, the Suther name is associated with lumber and building. However, in the Nemaha County genealogy world, Cletus’ name is associated with cemeteries.

Before Find a Grave and before the Internet, there was Cletus’ cemetery work. Living in Ohio, Cletus wanted to give back to his Nemaha County roots. Thus, he researched not just one but EVERY cemetery in Nemaha County. Cletus doggedly located the original record holder and transcribed those records into his cemetery notebooks. He then added obituary references for any and all that he could find. Those cemetery notebooks were then FREELY given to the Nemaha County Historical Society and the public libraries in the county.

This body of work was and still is an ENOURMOUS contribution to Nemaha County Genealogy. By using the original records, Cletus’ notebooks contain information for burials with no tombstone.

Thank you Cletus for your dedicated work to compile cemetery information for Nemaha County and for your generosity in freely sharing your work.

Cletus Suther with NCHS President Anita Heiman

Cynthia Crawford Crafton

Cynthia Crawford was the child of  James Crawford and Rebecca Anderson Maxwell Crawford.

She was born about 1802.

Cynthia lived as a 50 year old female born in Kentucky who was listed as Cynthia Crafton in Clay Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States on 11 Sep 1850.3
Cynthia Crawford and John Crafton4 were married on 1 Apr 1823 in Jefferson, Indiana, United States.2,511

John Crafton2 was buried in 1836 at Nauvoo Cemetery in Milford, Decatur, Indiana, United States.12

He died on 12 Dec 1836.12


He purchased the South East quarter of the South East quarter of Section thirteen in Township three, north of Range six East in teh District of Lands subject to sale at Jeffersonville, Indiana containing forty acres on 10 Apr 1843 in Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana, United States.13

John made full payment for the South west quarter of the South East quarter of Section thirteen in Township three North of Range six East in the District of Lands subject to sale at Jeffersonille, Indiana, containing forty acres on 1 Apr 1844 in Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana, United States.13 Cynthia Crawford and John Crafton had the following children:

11. John S. Crafton was born on 23 Feb 1824 in Jefferson Co., Indiana.14

He was buried in 1852 in Milford, Decatur, Indiana, United States of America.

He died on 12 Sep 1852 at the age of 28 in , Bartholomew, Indiana, United States.14

John sold land  on 4 Jul 1853 in Bartholomew, Indiana, United States.15

He was buried at Nauvoo Cemetery in Milford, Decatur, Indiana, United States.14
John S. Crafton and Caroline Chunn were married on 15 Jul 1849 in Bartholomew, Indiana, United States.1620

Caroline Chunn16 was born (date unknown). John S. Crafton and Caroline Chunn had the following child:
111. Louisiana Crafton was born in 1854 in Illinois, United States.

She lived in Harrison Township, Union, Indiana in 1870.21

She lived in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1900.22

Louisiana lived in Cook, Illinois, United States in 1910.23

She died on 7 May 1940 at the age of 86 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.2425

She was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.24
Louisiana Crafton and Herbert John Brink were married on 17 Jun 1890 in Kane, Illinois.2627

Herbert John Brink was born on 16 Jun 1853 in Frankville, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States.

He lived in Cook, Illinois, United States in 1900.22

He died on 27 Feb 1931 at the age of 77 in Hartland, McHenry, Illinois, United States.

Herbert was buried on 1 Mar 1931 in Algonquin, McHenry, Illinois, United States.
12. Barzilla Crafton3 was born in 1826 in Indiana, United States.3

He lived in Clay Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States on 11 Sep 1850.3

He lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1870.28
Mary J28 was born about 1832 in Indiana, United States.28

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1870.28

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1900.29
13. Patrick H Crafton3 was born about 1828 in Indiana, United States.3

He lived in Clay Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States on 11 Sep 1850.3
14. Rachel Crafton3 was born about 1830 in Indiana, United States.3

She lived in Clay Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States on 11 Sep 1850.3

She was the parent of Lucetta Lancaster.30

Rachel lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1870.28

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1880.3132

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1900.29
Rachel Crafton and Presley Lancaster were married on 17 Jan 1850 in Decatur, Indiana, United States.3334

Presley Lancaster33 was the parent of Lucetta Lancaster.30 Rachel Crafton and Presley Lancaster had the following child:
141. Lucetta Lancaster28 was born on 8 Oct 1856 in Indiana, United States.28,35

She was the child of Rachel Crafton and Presley Lancaster.30

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1870.28

Lucetta lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1880.32

She was the parent of James A Francis.38

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1900.29

Lucetta lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1910.39

She lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1920.40

She died on 1 Sep 1921 at the age of 64.35,41

Lucetta was buried at Olive Branch Cemetery in Clark, Illinois, United States.35
Lucetta Lancaster and James M Francis were married on 3 Feb 1887 in Crawford, Illinois.30,42

James M Francis30 was the parent of James A Francis.38

He lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1900.29

He lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1910.39

James lived in Licking Township, Crawford, Illinois, United States in 1920.40
15. Mary I Crafton3 was born about 1832 in Indiana, United States.3

She lived in Clay Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States on 11 Sep 1850.3

She was the parent of James Franklin Cole.4344

Mary lived in Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana in 1870.46

She lived in Cass, Clay, Indiana in 1880.47
Mary I Crafton and Jacob Cole were married on 17 Nov 1865 in Bowling Green, Indiana.4849

Jacob Cole48 was born on 1 Feb 1835 in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States.50

He was the parent of James Franklin Cole.4344

He lived in Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana in 1870.46

Jacob lived in Cass, Clay, Indiana in 1880.47

He died on 7 Apr 1893 at the age of 58 in Ouachita, Arkansas.50

He was buried at Stephens Cemetery in Stephens, Ouachita, Arkansas.50 Mary I Crafton and Jacob Cole had the following children:
151. James Franklin Cole43,46 was born on 22 Mar 1866 in Clay, Indiana, United States.4344,46

He was the child of Jacob Cole and Mary I Crafton.4344

He lived in Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana in 1870.46

James lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1900.51

He lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1910.52

He lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1920.54

James lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1930.55

He died on 13 Mar 1952 at the age of 85 in Arkansas, United States.43

He was buried.43
Elizabeth Francis Holt43 was born in 1871.43

She lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1900.51

She lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1910.52

Elizabeth lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1920.54

She lived in Smackover Township, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1930.55

She lived in Camden, Ouachita, Arkansas, United States in 1956.56

Elizabeth died in 1963 at the age of 92.43
152. Lucy Cole was born on 29 Jun 1868 in , Clay County, Indiana.45,57

She was the child of .45

She lived in Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana in 1870.46

Lucy lived in Cass, Clay, Indiana in 1880.47

She lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1900.63

She lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1910.64

Lucy lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1920.68

She lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1930.69

She died on 24 Jun 1933 at the age of 64 in Indiana, United States.45,5758,70

Lucy was buried at Fertig Cemetery in Owen, Indiana, United States.57
Lucy Cole and Levi Neese were married on 2 Jan 1889 in Putnam, Indiana, United States.71

Levi Neese71 was born on 26 Feb 1857 in Indiana, United States.5758,7273

He lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1900.63

He lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1910.64

Levi lived in Washington Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States in 1920.68

He lived in Washington, Putnam, Indiana in 1930.69

He died on 4 Jan 1935 at the age of 77.58,72

Levi was buried on 8 Jan 1935 at Ferdick Cemetery in Poland, Clay, Indiana, United States.72

Footnotes
        1. Florence Wilson Houston, Maxwell History and Genealogy (Indianapolis, IN: Press of C. E. Pauley & Co., 1916), p. 255; digitized copy, Internet Archive (https://archive.org/details/maxwellhistoryge00hous : downloaded copy May 2019.        

2. Jefferson County Indiana Early Marriage Records 1811-1828 (1981), (Crawford.IN.035). Found online at        

3. 1850 U.S. Census, Decatur County, Indiana, population schedule, Clay Township, Decatur County, Indiana, image 44, household 318, Cynthia Crafton; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com): viewed online April 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432.        

4. Mary Hedges Reiner, compiler, Oregon State Roster of Ancestor DAR 1963 (Portland, Oregon: 1929), p. 84; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com): viewed online April 2017.        

5. “Jefferson County (Indiana) Marriages 1811-1833” vol. 1 (Crawford.IN.065); in  (: ). CITATION based on TMG Source        

6. “Indiana, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com): viewed online April 2017), Cynthia Crawford – John Crafton.        

7. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,”Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com): Index to Marriage Records, WPA, viewed online (April 2017), Cynthia Crawford – John Crafton.        

8. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database, Ancestry, (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Cynthia Crawford – John Crafton; FamilySearch..        

9. “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” database with images, FamilySearch (familysearch.org : viewed online April 2017), John Crafton – Cynthia Crawford.        

10. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1806-1861,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2019), Cynthia Crawford – John Crafton.        

11. Betty M Ritchie, Compiler, Jefferson County Indiana Marriage Records 1811-1831: 1820 heads of household listed, Ripley County Historical Society, sponsor (Madison, IN: Ripley County Historical Society, n.d.), page 1 and 10.        

12. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online June 2019), memorial for John Crafton (?-1836_, Find a Grave Memorial no. #54716306, created by Greg Meyer, citing Nauvoo Cemetery, Milford, Decatur County, Indiana; accompanying photograph by Greg Meyer, John Crafton.        

13. United States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online April 2019), John Crafton.        

14. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online October 2019), memorial for John Samuel Crafton (1814-1852), Find a Grave Memorial no. #54716335,        

15. Indiana, Bartholomew County. Deeds, Vols. W (cont.) – X (to p. 651), 1856-1858.  Film ##1301899 DGS 8059780. John S Crafton, 4 July 1853 Vol. W: page 519-520; digital image, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online October 2019.        

16. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1806-1861,”Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (Oct 2019), John S Crafton; State library of Indiana.        

17. “Indiana, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850,” database John S Crafton.        

18. Dodd, Jordan, “Indiana, Compiled Marriage Index, 1802-1892,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (Oct 2019), John S Crafton.        

19. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” John S Crafton.        

20. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database John F Crafton.        

21. 1870 U.S. Census, Union County, Indiana, population schedule, Harrison Township, Union County, Indiana, page 5, family 34, Lidie Bennett; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

22. 1900 U.S. Census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Lake Township, Cook County, Illinois, ED 957, sheet 15B, family 323, Herbert Brink; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).       

 23. 1910 U.S. Census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Chicago, Ward 32, Cook County, Illinois, ED 1381, Sheet 15A, family 328, Louanna Brink; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

24. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online November 2019), memorial for Louisiana Crafton Brink (1853-1940), Find a Grave Memorial no. #144964915,        

25. “Cook County, Illinois Death Index, 1908-1988,” database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019), Louisiana C Brink.        

26. “Illinois, County Marriages, 1800-1940,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019), Lovie L Crafton.       

 27. “Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920,”Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (Nov 2019), Lovie L Crafton.        

28. 1870 U.S. Census, Crawford County, Illinois, population schedule, Licking Township, Crawford County, page 35, family 243, Brazillia Crafton; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2019); Nara microfilm publication T132.        

29. 1900 U.S. Census, Crawford County, Illinois, population schedule, Licking Township, Crawford County, Illinois, ED 42, Sheet 11B, family 226, Francis James M; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2019); NARA, 1900 T623.        

30. “Illinois, County Marriages, 1800-1940,” database Liucella Lancaster – James M. Francis.        

31. U.S. Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880, Rachel Lancaster, 12 Jun 1880; database with images, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

32. 1880 U.S. Census, Crawford County, Illinois, population schedule, Licking Township, Crawford County, Illinois, ED 185, page 21, family 194, Rachel Lankester; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

33. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1806-1861,” Rachel Crafton – Presley Lancaster.        

34. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Rachel Crafton.        

35. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online June 2019), memorial for Lucetta Francis (1856-1921), Find a Grave Memorial no. #107258262,        

36. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Sammie B Francis – Mary Deverick.        

37. “Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947,” database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019), Samuel B Francis.        

38. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online October 2019), memorial for James Albert Francis (1895-1983), Find a Grave Memorial no. #53499188,        

39. 1910 U.S. Census, Crawford County, Illinois, population schedule, Licking Township, Crawford County, Illinois, ED 25, Sheet 8B, No. 172, James M Francis; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2019).        

40. 1920 U.S. Census, Crawford County, Illinois, population schedule, Licking Township, Crawford County, Illinois, ED 33, sheet 4A and 4B, family 74, J. M Francis; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

41. “Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947,” database on-line Lucetta Francis.        

42. “Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019), Lucetta Lackster.        

43. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online October 2019), memorial for James Franklin Cole (1866-1952), Find a Grave Memorial no. #162530461,        

44. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019), James Franklin Cole.        

45. Indiana, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Lucy Belle Neese, 24 June 1933; database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019.        

46. 1870 U.S. Census, Clay County Indiana, population schedule, Jackson Township, Clay County, Indiana, page 87, family 663, Jacob Cole; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

47. 1880 U.S. Census, Clay County, Indiana, population schedule, Cass, Clay County, Indiana, ED 234, page 4, Coal Jacob; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

48. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Mary J Crafton.       

49. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” Mary J Crafton.        

50. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online October 2019), memorial for Jacob Cole (1835-1893), Find a Grave Memorial no. #162530445,        

51. 1900 U.S. Census, Ouachita County, Arkansas, population schedule, Smackover Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas, ED 151, sheet 9B, family 158, James F Cole; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

52. 1910 U.S. Census, Ouachita County, Arkansas, population schedule, Smackover Township. Ouachita County, Arkansas, ED 124, sheet 11A, family 192, James F Cole; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

53. “G. B. Cole,” The Camden News (Camden, Arkansas), 6 October 1970, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).        

54. 1920 U.S. Census, Ouachita, Arkansas, population schedule, Smackover Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas, ED 150, Sheet 12B, family 230, James F Cole; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

55. 1930 U.S. Census, Ouachita County, Arkansas, population schedule, Smackover Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas, ED 23, sheet 2B, family 130, James F Cole; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

56. Local News, The Camden News (Camden, Arkansas), 13 December 1956, page 12; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).        

57. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online October 2019), memorial for Lucy Belle Cole Neese (1868-1938), Find a Grave Memorial no. #42644696,        

58. “Putnam Farmer Dies Saturday,” Greencastle Daily Banner (Greencastle, Indiana), 7 January 1935, page 1; digital image, Newspaper Archives (www.findmypast.com : viewed online November 2019), Newspaper Archives.        

59. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Edgar A Neese.        

60. Indiana, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Edgar Adam Neese, 15 Mar 1984; .        

61. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Harvey P Neese.        

62. Indiana, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Harvey Paul Neese, 1 Jun 1966; .        

63. 1900 U.S. Census, Putnam County, Indiana, population schedule, Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana, ED 86, Sheet 15B, family 325, Levi Neese; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

64. 1910 U.S. Census, Putnam County, Indiana, population schedule, Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana, ED 115, sheet 3A, family 48, Levi Neese; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

65. “Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001,” database Ralph W Neese.        

66. Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940, Ralph Huffman Neese, 17 June 1911; database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019. Original Source: Indiana Archives and Records Administration.        

67. Indiana, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Ralph W Neese, 28 Nov 1988; .        

68. 1920 U.S. Census, Putnam County, Indiana, population schedule, Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana, ED 87, Sheet 6B, family 149, Levi Neece; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2019).        

69. 1930 U.S. Census, Putnam County, Indiana, population schedule, Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana, ED 22, sheet 4A, family 95, Levi Neese; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019).        

70. “Mrs Levi Neese Dies,”  Greencastle Daily Banner (Greencastle, Indiana), 26 June 1933, page 1; digital image, Newspaper Archives (www.findmypast.com : viewed online November 2019), Newspaper Archives.        

71. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” Lucy B Cole.        

72. Indiana, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Levi Neese, 4 Jan 1935; .        

73. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online November 2019), memorial for Levi John Neese (1857-1935), Find a Grave Memorial no. #42644701,

Random Newspaper Find

Do you ever go off on tangents with your genealogy research? If so, welcome to the club!

I often go off on tangents with my FAN club. For the past several months, I’ve been on one of those tangents — researching the descendants of James Crawford and Rebecca Anderson Maxwell Crawford.

My most recent quest involves the descendants of Cynthia Crawford and John Crafton. This family is elusive! Born between 1824 and 1832, their children include John S., Barzilla, Patrick H, Rachel and Mary I. Even though I have approximate birth dates for all of the children, I only have a death date for John S. Crafton.

This past week, I’ve been investigating the family of Mary I Crafton who married Jacob Cole in Indiana in 1865. According to Find a Grave, Jacob Cole died in 1893 in Ouachita County Arkansas. In an attempt to learn more about Mary Crafton Cole, I started investigating the Arkansas branch of the family thru their son James Franklin Cole.

Since I didn’t know a lot about this family, I used connections on Find a Grave to identify the family. From the Find a Grave memorial for James Franklin Cole, I learned his wife was Elizabeth Francis Holt. I also was able to identify 3 of the children: Harvey E Cole, James Dewitt Cole and Ora Mae Cole.

When working with a ‘new’ family, I also use the FamilySearch tree to see what other researchers have concluded. Based on the location of his birth and death and his wife’s name, I matched James Franklin Cole in my RootsMagic database to James Franklin Cole (1866-1952) [L164-8WB]. Since FamilySearch had two additional children, Herbert Lee Cole and Roy J Cole, I added them to the family.

My next step was to locate information to support the family configuration obtained via Find a Grave and FamilySearch. Ancestry hints to census records provided support for the family configuration.

However, none of this provided a tie between James Franklin Cole of Arkansas and the Cole family in Clay County, Indiana. That’s when I turned to newspapers to try and locate obituaries for the Cole family in Ouachita County, Arkansas.

So far, I haven’t found any obituaries. However, I did find one of those ‘gossipy’ tidbits that provides a major clue. According to the gossip,

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cole of Conroe, Texas visited Mr. and Ms. J. D. Cole and Mrs. J. F. Cole Friday.

Local News, The Camden News (Camden, Arkansas), 13 December 1956, page 12; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

That little tidbit not only provides a location for the family of Roy Cole in 1956 but also indicates that his mother, Mrs. J. F. Cole, is still living.


The next random find involves G. B. Cole. At first, I browsed past the article about the retirement of Police Chief G. B. Cole since I didn’t have any G. Cole in the family. However, something caused me to go back and read the article. This article is interesting for its information about the use of an automobile by the police. However, buried in this article is the birth date and parents of G. B. Cole. This retirement article places George Bernard Cole in the family of James F. Cole and Elizabeth Francis Holt, and potentially a great-grandson of Cynthia Crawford Crafton.

G. B. Cole

Police Chief G. B. Cole will retire on December 31, 1970, after 31 years of service with the Camden Police Department. Cole’s letter in which he stated his intention to retire was read Monday night to members of the City Board of Directors by City Manager Robert Herchert.

George Bernard Cole, 60, was born February 12, 1910 at Ogemaw. He was the son of James F. and Elizabeth Francis Holt Cole. He graduated from Stephens High school.

The veteran police office attended one semester at Harding College at Morrilton. He was force to leave college because of the depression. However, later he attended Draughon’s Business College at Little Rock.

Cole joined the Camden Police Department July 14, 1939 under the administration of Mayor D. W. Harell. He worked as a patrolman until World War II, during which he was drafted by the Cotton Belt railroad to work in the special agent’s department out of Dallas. He took a leave of absence from the police department.

Cole stated he had an opportunity to work for two other railroads, Missouri Pacific or the Frisco but joined Cotton Belt because he knew most of the officers in this area.

He worked in Dallas for more than a year and was transferred back to Camden. He said that was in December of 1944. He said they were building the Naval Ammunition Depot when he returned.

After the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan and the enemy surrendered, I obtained my release and rejoined the local police force,” Cole said.
In the meantime, Harrell was re-elected Mayor and on August 29, 1945, Cole was appointed Chief of Police.

Cole stated that one of the most puzzling crimes during his career with police work is the disappearance of Maude Crawford on March 2, 1957. Cole, holding a wanted poster in his hand, said, “we sent one of these to every major city in the United States and nothing has turned up.” The poster reads that a $1000 will be given the person who furnishes information leading to Mrs Crawford or her body.

“We checked out hundreds of leads but all were futile,” he said.

Cole said he had a love for police work and it was with sadness he was leaving his job.
The police chief is married to the former Maxine Morgan of Stephens and they have two children and four grandchildren. Their son, James Cole, works for Humble Oil and Refining Company in Houston and their daughter, Betty Joe Roberts, resides with her family Orlando, Fla.

The Coles are members of Maul Road Church of Christ.

In My own mind, after gathering statistics we, in Camden, have as low a crime rate as any city of the same size in the United States, I attribute this to the splendid cooperation by both races in Camden,” he said.

When Cole first joined the local police force there were four other members. “A.R. Lamb who moved here from Little Rock was acting police chief. Morris Cawthon was motorcycle patrolman and he and Lamb worked the day shift, while S. E. Padgett, Sr., and I worked nights. We had extra help on weekends,” he said. Cole mentioned that none of the members of the force when he joined are living today.

In the late part of 1939, Mayor Harrell purchased for the department its first auto. Prior to that all calls were answered by taxi cabs. “It was a ’40 model Ford,” Cole said.
Cole stated that during the rainy season, officers had to park the patrol car at about where the [Grapetite] plant is now on Grinstead Street, if they received calls over in Southeast Camden. “Cars couldn’t travel into the area and we had to leave our car and walk over to where ever the call was, make the arrest and walk back to the auto, he said. When a taxi was used it would wait most of the time.

Today the Camden Police Department operates four autos, and Cole has recommended that the city purchase another one next year. The 1970 budget provides for 15 policemen and Cole has asked for a 24-man force next year. This includes the dispatcher and metermaid.

“G. B. Cole,” The Camden News (Camden, Arkansas), 6 October 1970, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

With this article and the 1910 and 1920 census for the Cole family, I was not only able to add George B. Cole to the family, but also another daughter, Mabel Cole.

So far, I haven’t found that ‘magic bullet’ linking the Arkansas Cole family to the Indiana Cole family and thus to Mary Crafton Cole. However, I am still looking!

Crawford to Oklahoma

My recent ‘adventure’ in Dodge City newspapers on Newspapers.com allowed me to discover information about another Crawford family.

There are two distinct Crawford lines in Dodge City prior to 1890. My line descends from Washington Marion Crawford who followed his brother, James H. Crawford to Dodge City from Indiana around 1884. The other line, Harvey H. Crawford, descends from James Crawford (1770-1836) of Warren County, Indiana thru his son, William Alan Crawford.

Harvey H. Crawford settled in Wheatland Township northeast of Dodge City about the same time that James H. Crawford settled just south of Dodge City. According to newspaper articles, Harvey H. Crawford moved to Oklahoma for a time before settling in Dodge City before 1900.

In May 1889, H. H. Crawford journeyed to Oklahoma pursuing work as a carpenter.

Steve Leavergood and H. H. Crawford started for Oklahoma on last Sunday morning. Mr. Crawford expects to get some work at his trade, carpentering. Mr. Leavergood has taken a claim, but will follow butchering.

Western Kansas Ensign (Dodge City, Kansas), 10 May 1889, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).


Later in June, the paper published a letter from H. H. Crawford in Oklahoma.

Mr. H. H. Crawford of this place, who has been dwelling among the Oklahomaites I.T. during the last six weeks doing carpenter work, writes June 16th in which he gives a census taken by the Gazette, of Oklahoma City, which is too lengthy to insert in our columns. It would not require a philosopher to see at a glance that all branches of business are over done, and ahead of the country, not half of them can make a living and in less than a year there must be an exodus which will astonish the natives. The following is the conclusion of Mr. Crawford’s letter viz:
You ask how I like this country, I don’t like to live here as well as I do there, there is an oppressive feeling to me; as to the water there is none that is as good as the water there, there is something about it that people generally are complaining of dysentery. The wind blows here as well as there; we had a terrible hail storm June 6th, it went south of the city two and a half miles, the leaves were beaten off the trees and limbs as large as your finger peeled clear around; hailstones as big as hen eggs were found twelve hours after the storm in the drifts in the draws. There is plenty of timber along the streams but the U.S. don’t allow any green timber sold. Groceries are as cheap here as there; we can get fresh fruit of all kinds; irish potatoes are one dollar per bushel, sweet potatoes thirty cents a peck. I am well.
H. H. Crawford

 Letter, Western Kansas Ensign (Dodge City, Kansas), 28 June 1889, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

Boarding House

I recently have been spending a lot of time with Ancestry’s newly released database: Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s – present. In the process, I discovered that a lot of the early newspapers from Dodge City, Kansas are now on Newspapers.com. Thus, I did a search for CRAWFORD between 1885 and 1890. Many of the results allowed me to get a digital copy of articles I had seen when I read the microfilm.

One of those articles described the building of a boarding house by my 2nd great grandfather, Washington Marion Crawford.

Marion Crawford has commenced the foundation for a boarding house, north of his present location, on 2d Avenue. The main building will be 16 x 26 feet, 18 feet high, with a wing 16 x 18 feet. The dining room and kitchen will be in the basement. A. O. Sherman hs the contract to do the work.

Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 30 July 1885, page 4; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).


Knowing that the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are available on the the Library of Congress web site, I did a search to locate the Dodge City Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. The 1887 map shows the boarding house at the corner of 2nd and Elm.

This Boarding House likely allowed Mary Foster Crawford to care for her family after the death of her husband in 1889. Mention of the boarding house is found in the 7 Dec 1894 issue of the Dodge City Globe.

In 1947, my grandparents, Leon and Winnie Crawford, purchased the ‘boarding house’ from his uncle, Nelson G. Crawford, son of Mary Foster Crawford and Washington Marion Crawford.

Since my grandparents opened the second floor of the house to guys attending college across the street, it was again a ‘boarding house.’

When my grandfather became ill, the house was sold and my grandmother moved into an apartment. Eventually, the boarding house was torn down to ‘build a parking lot’ for the public library that was built across the street from it.

Member Search

Have you seen it? Ancestry recently released an improvement to their ‘Member Search’.

I played around with it a little yesterday, and this feature has a lot of potential. However, I think a better understanding of how the search works is needed before I can use it effectively.

To access the ‘Member Search’ feature, pull down the SEARCH menu on Ancestry’s screen.

Click on MEMBER SEARCH at the bottom of that menu. The Member Search screen will open with the default search for a member by their name or user ID.

In the past, one had to pretty much know the exact name or user id in order to locate that user. This is one of the areas that has been improved. Instead of needed to know the exact name, one can search for part of their name.

While experimenting with this expanded search feature, I discovered what I believe to be a clue to a DNA match in the list of results. As part of the icon for the user, there is a small symbol for DNA on the bottom right of the circle.

I also discovered that when searching for a user by their surname, the results can be very numerous. For the following illustrations, I searched for users with a surname that I am researching to help protect the privacy of Ancestry users.

A search for CRAWFORD produced too many results – 9, 839 of them!

I then searched for BRILES. Since most BRILES families descend from Conrad Broil of North Carolina, I was hoping this would be an easy way to identify those researchers.

Not only did this pick up the Briles, but it picked up what appears to be SOUNDEX variations of the name. In addition, it pulled users with a first name of Brilee. 
A search for the Wells surname pulled up names that contained ‘well’ such as Honeywell.
The search for a member by name is an improvement over the older functionality. However, it could be improved by using fields (first name, last name, userID) along with exactness choices (exact, soundex, …)
Besides the broadened capability to search for a member, there is a new feature: the ability to search for a member by research interest. Getting to this feature is a little hidden. Note the ‘down carrot’ to the right of ‘Find a Specific Member’. That indicates there is ‘more’. Click on ‘Find a Specific Member’ to reveal the other option.

A box containing additional information is revealed. Unfortunately, it is NOT obvious that there is a second option. The faint line dividing the box into 2 parts is the only clue. Click on the bottom half of the box to get to the screen to ‘Find Members by Research Interest’.

This screen looks promising. When I first heard about this capability, I thought, ‘GREAT! now I can find others researching members of my FAN club.’

So, I started searching. My first search was for CRAWFORD in Preble County, Ohio. I quickly discovered that the YEAR info would not accept a range of dates. Since I didn’t know exactly which date to use, I opted to not put anything in the year field. There are two distinct CRAWFORD families living in Preble County Ohio. I know of at least three other Ancestry users who are actively researching one of these lines. Thus, I expected at least three results — and I got zero!

I then tried a search for CRAWFORD in Warren County, Indiana. Since both families had descendants move from Preble County, Ohio to Warren County, Indiana, I expected at least the three results. Again, I got ZERO results.

Not one to give up, I decided to try CRAWFORD in Ford County, Kansas. Again, both families had CRAWFORD descendants in Ford County. Since my line was in Ford County from about 1884 to the 1970s, I expected the results to include my cousins who not only have had their DNA tested, but also have trees on Ancestry showing their Ford County Crawford connection. Again, the results were ZERO.

So, the BIG question is where is the data being pulled from for this aspect of the Member Search since it does not appear to be pulling from member trees. My theory is that this search feature is pulling from the ‘Research Interest’ section on our profile pages. Based on that theory, I added several ‘CRAWFORD’ interests to our list of 14 Research Interests yesterday.

Thus, I turned to my ‘free’ account to test this theory. If my theory is correct, then the ‘Find Members by Research Interest’ search from my free account should pull up my paid account.

However, when I performed a search from my free account for Crawford in Ford County, Kansas, I got ZERO.

Thinking that there might be a ‘lag’ in the indexing of my changes, I then tried to search for one of the listings in ‘Research Interests’ that was there before yesterday on my paid account, userid: philbrick.

When I searched for Griffith in Kansas from the free Ancestry account, I got 2 results – neither of which was our Ancestry account.

When I looked at the first profile, Griffith was listed but there was no mention of a place.

When I looked at the second profile, Griffith was listed for Grand Rapids. Again, Kansas did not appear in the list of ‘Research Interests’

When I searched for Griffith, the ‘philbrick’ profile did come up in the first 50 hits. 
I tried a similar search for Jerby. When I searched for Jerby in Kansas, there were ZERO results. When I searched for Jerby, the only profile that came up was our ‘philbrick’ profile.
I then tried a search from my free account for a surname that is listed in our profile but not listed in the ‘Research Interests’: Minnick. There were 80 results. None of those results were our ‘philbrick’ account. I spot checked several of the results and they had ‘Minnick’ listed in their ‘Research Interests’
Conclusions:

  1. It appears that the ‘Member Search Results’ for the ‘Find Members by Research Interest’ is pulling from the information in the ‘Research Interests’ section of a members’ profile.
  2. However, it also appears that there is an indexing lag of at least 24 hours and likely more.
  3. It does NOT appear that this search pulls from the ABOUT YOU section of a member profile.
  4. It does NOT appear that this search uses any information from a tree for these results.
  5. There is a designation for DNA matches in the list of results from these searches.

Thus, I need to do a whole lot more editing of my Research Interests if I wish to be found thru this search method and hope that the indexing catches up.

Honoring the Veterans in My Family

Anyone who has lived in Emporia, Kansas realizes that Veteran’s Day is a MAJOR holiday. Today, we take time to honor those who have served and who are serving. Thus, I would like to take a walk thru my family tree to honor my veteran ancestors.

World War II

Eugene Crawford

Between 15 Feb 1945 and 1 Aug 1946, Eugene served at the Naval Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi and at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. He shipped out on the USS Oneida (APA-221) towards the end of the War in the Pacific as seaman 1st class in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He received the Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.


Esther Crawford Noll

Esther served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in the European Theater between 1942 and 1945.

Hugh Judson Crawford

Hugh Crawford served in the U.S. Navy Seabees

Walter Emery Briles

Walter enlisted in March 1942 in Los Angeles, California serving in the U.S. Army. Walter was discharged in 1944 but re-enlisted in 1946 and served until 1958.

World War I

Leon Crawford

LeonCrawford began his military service on 26 April 1917 in Dodge City, Kansas. He was appointed wagoner 2nd class gunner in the 25th AA Battery, 1st AA Sector. Leon was a wagoner at St. Misner 2nd Battle of the Marne from 31 March 1918 to 31 May 1918 in France.

Leon served with others from Dodge City including his brother-in-law Russel Horton and his brother, Marion.

War between the States

Washington Marion Crawford

Washington Marion Crawford enlisted in Company H of the 2nd Regiment of the New York Calvary Volunteers on 3 August 1861 serving as a sergeant. W. M. Crawford was captured in September 1863 and was imprisoned in Andersonville and Belle Isle. He was paroled on 7 Dec 1864 in Florence, South Carolina.

Richmond Fisk Hammond

Richmond Fisk Hammond enlisted as a private in Company E 177 Illinois Volunteers on 26 May 1861. He also served in the 1st Illinois Calvary Volunteers and in Company D 14th Regiment Illinois Calvary. Richmond Hammond was captured near Atlanta, Georgia on 5 Aug 1864 and was imprisoned at Andersonville.

Richmond Hammond and Washington Marion Crawford both moved to Dodge City, Kansas after the war. Richmond’s daughter, Josie, married Washington’s son Judson in Dodge City.

Other Civil War Veterans

Hiram M. Currey served as a private in Company B of the 12th Regiment of the Kansas State Militia in 1864.

Albert Hutchi(n)son began his military service on 1 Sept 1862 in Independence, Iowa. He served as a private in Company D of the 1st Regiment of the Iowa Calvary Volunteers. Albert re-enlisted on 1 Jan 1864 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Noah Washington Briles enlisted on 13 Jun 1861 in Ottumwa, Iowa serving in Company I of the 1st Regiment Iowa Calvary Volunteers. His father, Alexander Briles served in 1864 under Captain John Douglas in Company I of the Kansas State Militia.

James Marshall Ricketts enlisted 11 Sept 1863 in Indianapolis, Indiana serving in Company K of the 7th Indiana Cavalry.

George Mentzer began his military service on 25 Sep 1861 serving in Company C of the 24th Massachusetts Infantry.

Alexander Briles served with the Kansas Militia under Captain John Douglas in Company I.

Revolutionary War

Nathaniel Hammond served the revolutionary cause by supplying provisions to the soldiers families between 1776 and 1783 in Bolton, Connecticut.

There could easily be other revolutionary war ancestors in my tree. However, I haven’t proven my descent from any of the other known patriots.

Thank God We Don’t Need Your Kid!

By a Marine in the South Pacific

You say he can’t stand the Army
The life is too tough for him,
Do you think he is any better
Than some other mother’s Tom or Jim?
You have raised him like a girl
He don’t smoke or drink, is your brag,
If all the boys were like him
What would become of Our FLAG?

Then you say let the roughnecks do the fighting
They are used to the beans and stew,
I’m glad I am classed with the roughnecks
Who fight for the red, white and blue
You say his girl can’t stand it
To see him go with the rest,
Don’t you think she would be glad
When she felt a Jap’s breath on her breast?

Think of the women of Belgium
Of the hardships they have to bear,
Do you think you want that to happen
To your sweet daughter so fair,
You can thank GOD for the Stars in OLD GLORY
Are not blurred with that kind of stain
Because there are millions of roughnecks
with real red blood in their veins.

They go and drill in bad weather
And come in with a grin on their face,
While your darling sits in the parlor
And lets another man take his place,
Maybe we do smoke and gamble
But we fight as our forefathers did,
So warm the milk for his bottle —
THANK GOD WE DON’T NEED YOUR KID!!!!!

Found on Guadacanal, Solomon Is.
November 8, 1942

Published in the 29 April 1943 issue of the Corning Gazette, Corning, Kansas. Digital copy available on seneca.advantage-preservation.com

Crawford Pioneer Dies

Warren County Pioneer Is Dead

Mrs. Margaret Robb Passes Away at 94; Entire Life Spen in West Lebanon Vicinity

West Lebanon, Ind. April 21
(Special) — Mrs. Margaret Robb, said to have been Warren county’s oldest resident, died yesterday at her home here at the age of 94 years. She observed her birthday last Friday and on the preceding Sunday relatives and friends arranged a birthday party in her honor.
Mrs. Robb was born April 18, 1836, three miles south of West Lebanon, on the farm where her brother, George W. Crawford, 83, now resides. It was entered by her father in 1838. The brother is the sole surviving member of a family of 11 children. The parents were William and Leutitia Crawford, pioneers of the county. Mrs. Robb had been a member of the Christian Church for nearly 80 years and was the teacher of the beginners’ class in the Sunday school for 40 years. She was formerly president of the Aid society.
In 1836 she married Bolivar Robb who died in 1913. Besides her brother she leaves many nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at the Christian church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Louis Hotelling officiating. Burial in West Lebanon cemetery.

Celinda Margaret Lydia Crawford was the daughter of William and Lutitia (Snodgrass) Crawford and granddaughter of James and Martha (Knight) Crawford.