Who is Amanda Minerva Curry Thompson?

Through Ancestry hints, I recently became aware of the death certificate for Amanda Minerva Curry Thompson that lists her parents as Hiram M. Curry and Elizabeth Bales. According to the death certificate, Amanda died in 1900 at the age of 69 years, 10 months and 3 days in Dayton, Indiana. I used the Birthday Calculator to determine her birth date to be 15 Dec 1830. The information on the death certificate was reported by Wm J Thompson.

The 1900 census has an Amanda M. Thompson living in the household of William J Thompson. According to the census, this Amanda Thompson was born Dec 1830. Amanda and her husband, William J. Thompson were married 51 years in 1900. Based on this, they would have been married in 1849. The census also indicates that Amanda was the mother of 9 children with 7 surviving in 1900.

The 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 all have a family for William and Amanda Thompson living in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. There are 5 children listed in the 1860 census: Adeline, Laura, Everard, Josephine and Clara. The 1870 census lists 3 additional children: Bill, Warren and Alfred. An additional child, Courtland Thompson, is listed on the 1880 census.

I haven’t located an actual marriage licenses (yet), but Ancestry’s ‘Indiana, Marriage Index 1806-1861‘ indicates that Amanda M. Curry and William Thomason were married 31 Dec 1848 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

Since I have 4 generations of Hiram Currey’s and Currey families living in Montgomery, Carroll and Tippecanoe Counties in Indiana, my challenge is to figure out whether Amanda Minerva Curry fits into this family.

One possibility is that Amanda is the daughter of Hiram Mirick Currey and Elizabeth Lane Currey. Elizabeth and Hiram were married in 1821 in Franklin County, Ohio. There is an abundance of records for Hiram Mirick Currey in Ohio up to his marriage in 1821. After 1821, it is hard to find records that might match. There is a census record in 1830 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana that is likely this same Hiram Currey. The oldest male is of an appropriate age (70-80) for this Hiram. This 1830 census records shows a female under 5 in the household. Thus, this could be Hiram Mirick Currey, his wife Elizabeth Lane Currey and a daughter, Amanda Minerva Curry. Since this is a second marriage for Hiram Mirick Currey, it could also be a second marriage for Elizabeth Lane. If so, then the other 2 females in the household could be Elizabeth’s children by a previous marriage.

A second possibility for the father of Amanda would be Hiram M. Currey of Peoria, Illinois. The 1830 census for Hiram Currey in Peoria County, Illinois does include a female under 5. However, records place this Hiram in Illinois from 1825 to 1844. Unfortunately, Hiram Currey of Peoria disappears from the records prior to 1850. His son, Hiram M. Currey (b1835), is listed in the household of Jane Currey in Carroll County, Indiana. Jane’s husband, Thomas M. Currey, was likely a brother to Hiram M. Currey of Peoria and thus likely an uncle to Hiram M. Currey (b1835). With one child of Hiram Currey of Peoria living with family in Indiana in 1850, it is possible that a daughter could have also gone to Indiana to live and married prior to 1850. Thus, it would be possible for Amanda Minerva Currey to fit into this family.

There are other Hiram Curreys in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, but my database doesn’t contain one that would be of the right age to have been the father of Amanda Minerva Curry.

My next step is to review the records I have for Hiram Mirick Currey and Hiram M. Currey (of Peoria) to see if there is anything that might refer to Amanda Minerva Curry.

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Brothers Served in France during World War I

Leon Russel Crawford

 

Military 26 Apr 1917 (age 23) and was appointed wagoner 2nd class gunner 25th A.A. Battery 1st A.A. Sector; Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
Military from 31 Mar 1918 to 31 May 1918 (from age 24 to 24) as wagoner at St. Misner 2nd Battle of the Marne; France
Military from 28 Jun 1918 to 8 Nov 1918 (from age 24 to 24) as wagoner in the outer defense of Paris; France
Military 20 Feb 1919 (age 25) U.S.S. Ohio; Brest, Bretagne, France
Military 15 Mar 1919 (age 25) sent telegram to parents saying had arrived and all was well; Camp Stuart, Virginia, United States
Military 28 Mar 1919 (age 25) received an honorable discharge from the United States Army; Camp Funston, Kansas

Marion Richmond Crawford

Military 23 Apr 1917 (age 21) enlisted in U. S. Army serving with Battery D of the 13th Field Artillery; Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
Military 1918 (about age 23) with Battery D of the 13th Field Artillery; Camp Green, Charlotte, North Carolina
Military Oct 1918 (about age 23) fought in the Battle of the Argonne Forest as a member of the 13th Field Artillery; France
Military 18 Jul 1919 (age 23) U.S.S. Zeelandia; Brest, Bretagne, France
Military 6 Aug 1919 (age 23) was discharged from service at Camp Dodge, Iowa, United States

Proud to Serve: Eugene Crawford

When I visited with my dad, Eugene Crawford, about his military record the dates and locations didn’t make sense when put together with his high school graduation. However, one comment stuck with me: “I flunked out of radio school.” This coming from someone who would become a physics teacher at the college level and who would obtain his amateur radio license.

For the longest time, other than his military discharge (on file in the Record of Deeds office in Dodge City), this was all I had in regards to his military service. That’s because we were told that military records from World War I and World War II had been lost in a fire. Thus, I didn’t try to obtain his full military file. That changed when I learned a few years ago that the navy records exist. Now that I have his military record, all of the dates and locations make sense.

Military 6 Feb 1945 (age 17) passed the Eddy Test and was technically qualified for Radio Technician training in the U.S. Navy
Military 15 Feb 1945 (age 17) enlisted in the United States Naval Reserves; U.S. Naval Reserve Station, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Military 15 Feb 1945 (age 17) U.S. Navy Recruiting Station, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Military 16 May 1945 (age 17) was received; the U.S. Naval Reserve Station, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
Graduation 17 May 1945 (age 17) Dodge City Senior High School, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
Military 20 May 1945 (age 17) was recalled to active duty; U.S. Naval Reserve Station, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Military 21 May 1945 (age 17) was transferred to the; U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Lake, Illinois, United States
Military 21 May 1945 (age 17) reported for active duty; U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Lake, Illinois, United States
Military 9 Jul 1945 (age 17) was granted recruit leave from 9 Jul 1945 to 14 July 1945; U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Lake, Illinois, United States
Military 20 Jul 1945 (age 17) was transferred to the Navy Training College for study of pre-radio material; Wright Junior College, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Military 15 Aug 1945 (age 17) was transferred to the Naval Training School (EE & RM) for a course of instructions; U.S. Naval Training Center, Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, United States
Military 4 Sep 1945 (age 17) was discharged from class V-6 US Naval Reserve
Military 5 Sep 1945 (age 17) enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman 1st class radio technician; Naval Training Center, Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, United States
Military 5 Sep 1945 (age 17) reported for active duty in the U.S. Navy; Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, United States
Military 23 Oct 1945 (age 17) was discharged this date for convenience of the government; Naval Training Center, Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, United States
Military 23 Oct 1945 (age 17) voluntarily enlisted in Class V6 US Naval Reserve; Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, United States
Military 4 Jan 1946 (age 18) was transferred to the Naval Training Center; Great Lakes, Lake, Illinois, United States
Military 1 May 1946 (age 18) was transferred to receiving station; Shoemaker, California
Military 20 May 1946 (age 18) was transferred for duty aboard the USS Oneida (APA-221). The USS Oneida (APA-221) was a Haskell-class attack transport
Military 1 Jun 1946 (age 18)  served outside the continental limits of the United States in the Pacific Ocean around Guam and Samar from 1 Jun 1946 to 16 July 1946 aboard the USS Oneida (APA-221)
Military 24 Jul 1946 (age 18) was transferred to the receiving station; Treasure Island, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States
Military 1 Aug 1946 (age 18) received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy as Seaman First Class V-6 USNR; U.S. Naval Personnel Separation Center, Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma, United States

 

Even though his military records do not say that he flunked out of radio school, there is a hint to that buried in the records. In September 1945, Eugene’s branch of service and rank changed as he became a 1st class radio technician. Eugene was transferred to Gulfport, Mississippi where the Navy had a Naval Training School (Radio) during WWII. Then on the 23rd of October, Eugene was discharged from the U.S. Navy – for the convenience of the government. Eugene was then enlisted (re-enlisted) in the U.S. Naval Reserves and transferred (back) to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

1897 Ladies Register to Vote

In my genealogy go-over, I’m trying to add images for resources used many years ago. One of those resources that I’m trying to re-locate is a printout of the cemetery lot records for Maple Grove cemetery in Dodge City. I know I used that record in Dodge City. However, I think I also used it at the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka. In trying to locate that document, I found a microfilm of the cemetery lot register in the manuscript collection of the Historical Society. Also in that collection were voter registration records for Dodge City.

Knowing that I could add information for my Dodge City ancestors, I spent an afternoon at the Kansas archives reading microfilm of voter registration logs from the 1890s. (Microfilm Ford County:  Voter register, 1886-1902 (by wards) [MS 160])

Imaging my SURPRISE, when I found not only my male ancestors, but also some of my FEMALE ancestors.

Yes — the Ladies registered to VOTE in 1897 in Dodge City, Kansas.

On this list is my great-grandmother, Josie Winifred Crawford (Crawford JW) and my great-great-grandmother, Mary Crawford (Crawford M).

What a wonderful surprise!

WWI Group Pics

Photo Album Finds

Names on back of photo

Emrich – Rebmrnovich – ? – Scott – Clark – Pilgrim – CRAWFORD

Rowe – Cline – Dweggins – Hiller – Madsen – Kaufman – Garlick

(person with arrow is Leon Crawford)

 

 

Names on back of photo:

Scott – Belizzi – Terry – Saylor – Geffeny – Beacacek

Croathers – Cole – Wooten – Blevins – Chapman

Morton – Stampler – Cartwright – CRAWFORD – Garlick

Oliver – Jacobson – Lacy – Ferguson

(person with arrow is Leon CRAWFORD)

 

 

 

 

Will the Estate Ever Be Settled?

Thanks to Family Search’s digitization of microfilm, I was able to research the estate of Henry Burke in Platte County, Missouri. As I was scanning the images, I found that the case drug out for three years.

The first entry for the estate was recorded 3 Nov 1845 (image 215) in Platte County, Missouri:

And now at this day comes Elizabeth Burke and files here affidavit and on her application this ordered by the court that she be and hereby is appointed administration of the estate of Henry Burke deceased and requires her to execute bond as such administration in the sum of sixteen hundred dollars with approved security and there upon the said Elizabeth Burke one enter her bond as aforesaid in the sum aforesaid with Matthew M. Bland and Alfred Kirkpatric securities which is received and approved by the court.

5 Jan 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 229)

Now at this day comes Elizabeth Burke administratrix of the estate of Henry Burke deceased and presents her inventory and sale bill of the effects of said estate which were received by the court and ordered to be preserved on file.

 

8 Feb 1847 in Platte County, Missouri (Image 313)

Now here comes Elizabeth A Burk administratrix of estate of Henry F Burk makes her first annual settlement which is in the words and figures following to wit:

For amount of sale bill of personal estate Filed July 5, 1845 $483.93
for amount of proceeds of sale of negro girl $299.28

Total Indebtness $783.18

By payment to Dr. W I Westerfield voucher No 1 $7.00
By payment to Peter Bishler voucher no 2 $5.00
by payment to John W Taylor voucher no 3 $2.50
by payment to A. M. Bett voucher no 4 $10.00
by payment to G P Past voucher no 5 $2.19
by payment to G W Goodlander voucher no 6 $3.50
by balance being indebtedness Feb 8 1846 $750.99

Now here comes Elizabeth Burk administratrix of the estate of Henry F Burk deceased and files in open court here her petition in writing stating that the personal estate of said deceased is insufficient to pay the debts of said estate, and prays for the sale of the real estate of said deceased to wit: lots no. 11 and 12 in block no 42 in the town of Weston in Platte County or so much thereof as will pay the debts of said estate. Accompanied by a true account of her administration. A list of the debts due and by the said deceased and remaining unpaid and accounting of the real estate and the remaining personal and all the assets in her hands. The whole verified by the affidavit of the said administratrix It is therefore ordered by the court that all per sons interested in said estate be notified thereof and that unless the contrary be shown on the first day of the next May session of this court AD 1847 An order will be made for the sale of the whole of said real estate as will pay the debts of estate and expenses of administration such notice may be given by ten hand bills put up in the public places in Platte County in which said real estate is situate. Court adjourns till 9 o’clock tomorrow morning.

2 Mar 1846 in Platte County Missouri (image 246)

Monday March 2nd 1846
D. P. Wallingford
vs
Estate of H F Burke
Legal notice being duly served upon the administration of said estate and the demand of plaintiff being being proven the allows the said plaintiff fifty six dollars 75 cts assigns his demand to the 5th class

John G Burk
Vs
Estate of H F Burke dec’d
Legague notice being served on the administration of said estate, ordered by the plaintiffs demand for eighty five dollars be allowed and assigned to the 5 class.

4 Apr 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 255)

Wednesday April 4th AD 1846
William C Moore
Vs
Henry F Burke Deceased
Notice having been proven, the Court allows the plaintiffs claim of $122 unto and assigned to the 5th class

4 May 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 256)

The court authorizes the administration of Henry F Burk deceased to sell a negro girl named Clovia, belonging to said estate tot he highest bidder on the first day of the June county court on a audit of twelve months.

1 Jun 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 261)

Robert Shaw
vs
Estate of H. F. Burke deceased legal notice being received the court allows plaintiff five dollars and 33 cents for his debt and assign it to the 5th class.

James Kuykendall
vs
Estate of H. F. Burke deceased legal notice being received the court allows plaintiff twelve dollars for his debt and assigns to the 5th class.

5 Aug 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 267)

J Woods
vs
Estate of H F Burke deceased legal notice being waived the court allows plaintiff nine dollars for his debt and assigns it to the 1st class.

7 Sep 1846 in Platte County, Missouri (image 272)

Joseph Dinon
v
Henry Burke dec Estate notice being waived in open court the plaintiff account of $104 and 73 cents is allowed against defendant and assigned to the 5th class of debt

A. M. Bell
vs
Same legal notice being waived in open court the plaintiffs account of $24.50 is allowed against the defendant and assigned to the 4th class of debt.

2 Feb 1847 in Platte County, Missouri (image 309)

Benjamin Holliday
vs
The Estate of Henry F Burk dec’d
acct 7.40 dollars
legal motion being waived in open court and the court being satisfied with proof the amt of seven dollars and forty cents is claimed by this court and assigned to the 5th class

6 May 1847 in Platte County Missouri (image 339)

Thursday May 6 AD 1847
In Matter of Estate of
Henry F Burke deceased
Order to sell real estate
And now here comes Elizabeth Burke administratrix of said decedents estate and proves to the satisfaction of the court that she has notified according to laws all persons interested in said estate that she has filed her petition in this court praying the sale of the real estate of said decedent or so much thereof as will be sufficient to pay the debts of said estate and the expenses of administration, said petition being accompanied by a true account of her administration, a list of debts due to and by the deceased and remaining unpaid, and an inventory of the real estate and remaining personal estate with its appraised value and of all the assets in her hands. The who verified by the affidavit of said administratrix. and the court being satisfied that the prayer of said petition ought to be granted doth order that the said Elizabeth Burke a such administratrix sell the following described real estate or so much thereof as will be sufficient to pay the debts of said estate and the expenses of administration, that is to say lots number eleven and twelve in block number forty two with their appurtenances, situated in the county of Platte in the state of Missouri, said real estate to be sold at public or private sale in the discretion of said  administratrix. If at public sale, to be at the court house door in Platt City on the first Monday in August next between the hours of ten o’clock in the forenoon and five o’clock in the afternoon of said day at public outcry and openly by auction to the highest bidder, first giving 4 weeks notice in a newspaper or twenty days previous notice by ten written notices posted up at different public places in said County of Platt of the true place and terms of sale. And that said administratrix report her proceedings herein to the next August term of this Court Ordered that court adjourn until Nine o’clock tomorrow morning.

4 Aug 1847 in Platte County, Missouri (image 358)

In the matter of the Estate of
Henry F Burk dec’d
Ordered by the court that Elizabeth Burk administratrix of said estate by and she is hereby authorized and required to sell the following real estate belonging to said estate to wit: lots no. 11 and 12 in block no 42 in the Town of Weston either at public or private sale on the first week of the next Sept. circuit court she first giving public notice of said sail by posting up hand bills to that effect.

1 Nov 1847 in Platte County, Missouri (image 384)

Ordered by the court that Elizabeth Burke, administratrix of the Estate of Henry F. Burke deceased by the authorized to sell lot no in block no 42 in the town of Weston at private or public sale by giving four weeks notice by 10 written hand bills in ten public places in this county to be sold if at public sale on the first day of the next session of this court on a cr of six months the purchase giving bond with approved security.

6 Dec 1847 in Platte County, Missouri (image 397)

Ordered by the court that Elizabeth Burke administratrix of the estate Henry F Burke deceased continue the sale of town lot in Westin until the first Monday in January 1847.

7 Feb 1848  in Platte County, Missouri (image 418)

Now here came Elizabeth Burk administratrix of the Estate of Henry F Burk dec and makes her 2 annual
settlement of said estate, which stands thus

amt at last settlement $750.90
Cash rec’d since that time $259.02
total $1000.00

Contra Cr
1 Clks fees for recording $ .75
2 Lewis Clerks fee $6.10
3 Amt pd Martin Bland $15.00
4 Amt Dr. A. M. Bett $ 8.00
5 Amt D. P. Mallingford $15.00
6 Amt Nathan Newby $ 3.00
7 Amt paid J Woods $ 9.00
8 Amt paid Saml Dowery $ 2.00
9 P. C. Poacity $ 6.92 $1000.00 debts
10 W H Bell $ 40.00
11 B Holladay $ 3.00
12 W H Bell $140.00
13 Jas Kuykendall $ 5.00
14 J. G. Coksill $ 6.00 259.77 credits

Bal on hand Feb 7 1848 $740.24

10 Nov 1848 in Platte County, Missouri (image 538-539)

Now at this time of the court comes Elizabeth Burke administratrix of the estate of Henry F Burk deceased and files her report of all the proceedings in relation to the sale of real estate made under the order of this court which is as follows Whereas at the February term of the County Court of Platte County Missouri, the said administratrix filed her petition in the court as the law requires showing the amount of indebtedness of said estate and also of the amount of money on hand and due said estate, and sharing to the said satisfaction of the court that the personal property is wholly insufficient to pay the debts of said estate and praying for a sale order for the sale lots no. 11 & 12 in block no. 42 situate in the town of Weston Platte County aforesaid which petition references may be had to said petition now on file in this office, whereupon the said court proceed to make an order requiring said administratrix to notify all person interested in said estate to be [?] appear at the May term of said county court AD 1847 to show cause why said order of sale should not be made by posting up ten hand bills in ten public places in said county, where upon at the August Term AD 1847 of said county court the said administratrix proved to the satisfaction of the court that she has notified according to law all persons interested in said estate and the court being satisfied that the prayer of the petitioner ought to be granted did then and there order and require that the said Elizabeth as adminstratrix aforesaid, sell the above described real estate, or so much thereof as will be sufficient to pay the debts of said estate and expenses of administration at public auction at the courthouse door in Plate City on the 1st Monday in August AD 1847 first giving 4 weeks notice in same newspaper or twenty days notice previous to the day of sale, by ten written notices posted up at different public places in said county of Platte, of time, places and manner of said sale, whereupon at the August session of said court AD 1847 said court made an order requiring the said real estate above described to be sold at the said November term 1847 of the first week of the circuit court within and of said county also requiring the said administratrix to give public notice — whereupon the said administratrix proceeded to sell said real estate on the 6th day of September 1847, and William Bell, then and then became the purchaser of lot no. 12 in block no 42, for the sum of twenty dollars and James Johnson was the highest and best bidder for not no 11 in block no 42 for the sum of thirty five dollars said Johnson refusing to pay the purchase money on said lot no 11 in block no 42 where upon at the November term of said court said administratrix was ordered to resell said lot no 11 in block no 42 on the first day of the next December term 1847 of said court by giving four weeks notice by posting up 10 hand bills in 10 of the court, a copy of which notice is herewith filed as part of this report — whereupon, whereupon the said administratrix on the first Monday in December and whilst the county court of said county was in session, the same being the 6th day of December AD 1847, proceeded at the court house door to sell said lot no 11 in block no 42 to the highest bidder and with our Mr. Suggett being the highest & best bidder, said lot was cried off to him at the price of twenty one dollars and twenty five cents whereupon said Suggett executed his bond with approved surety for the payment of said money as required by the order of this court, whereupon the said Elizabeth Burke as administratrix aforesaid mad and executed her deed as aforesaid to the aforesaid purchaser on the 9th day of Nov ember AD 1848, all of which is respectfully submitted

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846; Henry Burke and Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728.

Learning to Use RootsMagic Lists

Research Logs / To Do Lists

When I first started my genealogical research, I had some great mentors that encouraged me to keep a log of all of my research — including finding nothing (NIL). I was fairly successful at this when doing paper genealogy. When I started using PAF (Personal Ancestral File), I continued using my paper logs. However, when I switched to TMG (The Master Genealogist), I began to slack off with this aspect of my research. I tried the tools built into The Master Genealogist, but I never incorporated them into my research process. I have citations written according to the standards of the time, but I don’t have a record of unsuccessful searches.

When I switched to RootsMagic, I elected to use OneNote and a spreadsheet for my research log and todo list. Unfortunately, I was having issues with the syncing of OneNote between devices. Thus, I started looking for other solutions — including Evernote and RootsMagic’s built in tools.

Knowing that RM would keep all of the info together, I decided to try using the Research Manager and To-Do List within the program.

My first major use of the Research Manager was during a trip to the Midwest Genealogy Library in Independence Missouri. As I was working my way thru my Excel To-Do for the library, I discovered that I really liked using RM’s Research Log.

  • Prompted to record info to build a citation
  • Prompted to include repository
  • Transcribed information directly into log

By putting all of this information in the research log, I have everything needed to enter an event into RootsMagic, – including the citation information and ‘detail text’. A second advantage, is that the information is stored within RootsMagic for later usage.

Based on my positive experience with the research log, I decided to expand and use the TO DO list. Knowing that we would be making a research trip to the Kansas State Historical Society, I transferred the information from my Excel To-Do list into tasks on RM’s ToDo list. For my research trip, I printed a report showing only those tasks that could be completed at the KSHS. I quickly learned

  • Task headings need to be more specific: event, name(s), date(s), place(s) and possibly a call number
  • Task details matter
  • Transferring the task to the research log did not mark the task as completed

I do like the feature to transfer the task to the research log. This allowed me to easily transcribe the items directly into the Research log.

For both research trips, I used the iScanner app on my phone to take pictures of the source. I tried the free version but ended up purchasing the full app. I like iScanner because it keeps all of the images from one source together. Thus, I can take a picture of the title page and of desired pages and know that they go together. I can export the images as images or as a PDF document. I included a not that I used iScanner to take the pictures in my Research Log entry.

Even though I’m still learning to use these tools, I hope that I can improve my research skills thru their use.