Mothers in My Tree

#52Ancestors #MothersDay

(Maiden names are being used)

(3) My Mom

  • Four children
  • 1 died infancy

(5) Winnie Letha Currey

  • Three children
  • 1 died in infancy
  • 1 died as a young adult prior to marriage

(7) Pauline Mentzer

  • Five children
  • 1 died around 9 months

(9) Josie Winifred Hammond

  • Seven children
  • 3 boys and 4 girls

(11) Winnie Mae Hutchinson

  • Nine children
  • one baby only lived a month
  • a second baby lived about 5 months
  • son, Henry Currey, died at age 13
  • Winnie died in 1913, leaving Herbert 18, Myrtle 14, Mary 12, Winnie 10, Earnest 7, and Alma 1 1/2
  • Total of 5 boys, 4 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls in 1913 when their mother died

(13) Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts

  • Four children
  • 2 boys and 2 girls

(15) Nettie Adell Wells

  • Five children
  • 3 boys and 2 girls

(17) Mary Foster

  • Five children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(19) Sarah Ellen Ralston

  • Hammond Genealogy say 9 children
  • No documentation of first three children: William R. R. Hammond b 1864 and Homer L. Hammond b 1865 and Judson F. E. Hammond b 1866 found at this time
  • First three children have birth dates prior to her marriage
  • A fourth child, Glenn M. Hammond, is listed in the Hammond Genealogy. This child only lived one year. No other documentation found to date
  • Five documented children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(21) Angelina Jane Burke

  • Ten children
  • 6 boys and 4 girls

(23) Julia Harding

  • Eleven Children
  • Death dates currently unknown on 4 of the children: Frederick b1867, Cary b1869, Francesca b1879 and Elvira b 1884
  • 7 boys and 4 girls with 4 boys and 3 girls reaching adulthood

(25) Sarah Jane Thompson

  • Two children
  • 1 boy and 1 girl

(27) Rachel Elmeda Christy

  • Eight children
  • Set of twins did not survive. One died when almost one month old and the other died when a little over 3 months old.
  • 2 boys and 6 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls surviving to adulthood

(29) Emeline Minnick

  • Eight children
  • 6 boys and 2 girls

(31) Salome Adell Crandall

  • Four children
  • A boy, Freddie, lived about 7 years
  • A girl, Mary, lived about 9 months
  • Two girls survived to adulthood and married brothers

Criminal

#52Ancestors

This week’s #52Ancestors writing prompt is ‘Crime and Punishment’. When I think about looking for criminal acts in my tree, my first thoughts go to murderers, gun slingers or bank robbers. Since I don’t know of any ties to those types of criminals, I immediately thought of my ancestor who was accused of a ‘white collar’ crime, embezzlement.

Curious as to whether his profile was the only one where the ‘Criminal’ tag was used, I decided to print a “Fact List” report for the ‘Criminal’ tag.

That report pulled up two people: James H. Crawford and Hiram Mirick Currey.

James H. Crawford was the victim of a crime. However, Hiram Mirick Currey was accused of what amounted to embezzlement.

At the time of this accusation, Hiram Mirick Currey was serving as the treasurer of Ohio. The state of Ohio was in a battle with the federal government over states’ rights – over the right of the state to keep national banks out of the state.

In 1819, Ohio passed a law implementing a tax on the National Bank. In September, 1819, Ralph Osborn, the state auditor authorized the seizure of $100,000 from the Chillicothe branch of the United States.

According to the article, Osborn vs Bank of the United States, $120,000 was seized from the Chillicothe branch. These funds were were distributed as follows:

  • $20,000 returned to the National Bank since it was above the amount required to pay the tax
  • $2,000 was used to pay the men who ‘seized’ the tax
  • $98,000 turned over to the Ohio State Treasurer

According to an article in the 26 November 1819 issue of The Ohio Repository (Canton, Ohio) a detailed list of the funds deposited in the Franklin Bank of Columbus.

  • $78,150 in notes of the Bank of the United States payable at their office of discount and deposit in Chillicothe
  • $2,090 in notes of the bank of the United States payable at their office in Philadelphia
  • $3,830 in gold coin
  • $16,000 in silver current coin of the U.S.

These funds totaled $100,070.

We give the following very extraordinary proceeding to the publick without comment.

The president, directors and company of the Franklin Bank of Columbus, John Kerr the president thereof in his official and individual capacity, William Nen cashier of said bank also in his official and private capacity and all other officers and servants of said bank, are hereby notified that the money and notes there lately deposited by Hiram Mirick Currey, as treasurer of Ohio, or in his individual capacity amounting to the sum of $100,070, to wit: 00 $78,150 in notes of the Bank of the United States payable at their office of discount and deposit in Chillicothe; $2090, in notes of the bank of the United States, payable at their office in Philadelphia; $3,830, in gold coin and $16,000 in silver current coin of the U.S. Belong to the president, directors and co. of the bank of the U.S. and were taken by force from the officers or their office of discount and deposit at Chillicothe in whose custody they have been placed by a certain John L. Harper, and by him transported to Columbus and deposited with the above named Hiram Mirrick Currey, either as treasurer of state or in his individual capacity, on or about the 17th day of Sept. last in violation of the annexed injunction issued by the7th circuit court of the U.S. for the Ohio district at their last Sept. session: And ye are hereby required and commanded to deliver over to Nathan Thompson, the treasure above described amounting to the sum of $100,070, who is hereby authorized to receive and receipt the same. And in case the same be not immediately paid over, ye are hereby further notified that proceedings at law will be immediately commenced against all of the as above described to compel the payment thereof with damages and costs.

WM. CREIGHTON, jr. Pres.

A.G. Claypool, Cash, Office Dis. and Deposit Bank of the U.S. at Chillicothe.
Nov. 12, 1819

The Ohio Repository (Canton, Ohio) 26 November 1819. Available on Ancestry.com

In December, 1820, Hiram Currey was accused of owing the State of Ohio $11,111.

Whereas, it appears, by the report of the auditor of state, made to the present general assembly, that Hiram M. Curry, the late treasurer, stands indebted to the state in the sum of $11,111.

The Ohio Repository (Canton, Ohio). 28 Dec 1820. Available on Ancestry.com

In 1822, the Ohio legislature passed a resolution where Hiram Currey would turn over land to pay off the debt.

Mr. Parish moved a resolution, to authorize the present treasurer to receive from Hiram M. Currey, and his trustee, a conveyance for the real estate of said Currey. Also, to release the securities to the second bond given by said Currey, as treasurer, from the liability, upon payment of the costs of suits now pending against them. Also, to direct the suites against said Currey, and the securities to the first bond giver by said Currey as treasurer of state to be prosecuted to final judgment, &c. Which resolution was laid on table for consideration.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Ohio: being the First Session of the Twentieth General Assembly (Columbus, Ohio: Office of the Columbus Gazette, 1821), p. 284viewed online December 2017.

This fight between the state of Ohio and the National Bank resulted in a court case titled, Osborn vs Bank of the United States, that went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Trying to track down Hiram Mirick Currey and the details of this case has been a challenge for quite some time. There are still records to be found, but below is what I have compiled to date.

Hiram Mirick Currey

Myrack Curry was listed with 1 white male in the household in Tyrone Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1783.2

He was listed on the tax rolls as Mira Hiram Curry in 1786 in Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States.34

In 1790, Hiram was a preacher in the Elkhorn Conference of the Baptist Church in Mays Lick, Mason, Kentucky, United States.5

Miriach Curry was listed on the 1790 Fayette County, Pennsylvania census with 1 free white male and 4 free white females in the household.67

He  resided between 1792 and 1794 in Mays Lick, Mason, Kentucky, United States and was a Baptist preacher and teacher at the first school in Mays Lick.8

He was listed on tax rolls as Hiram Curry with 1 horse and 7 cattle in 1792 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.910

In 1792 Hiram was an admitted as candidate for ministry in Mays Lick, Mason, Kentucky, United States.5

He was listed on the tax rolls owning 200 acres on Stone Lick watercourse of Bull Creek of John Craig’s survey in 1793 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.11

He was witness to to the will of Benjamin Thraikill on 27 Mar 1793 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.12

Hiram was messenger, along with Cornelius Drake, to Elkhorn Baptist Association meeting representing Mays Lick church reporting 9 received by letter, 1 dismissed, 58 members in South Elkhorn, Fayette, Kentucky, United States.13

In 1794, he was a teacher in Mays Lick, Mason, Kentucky, United States.14

He was listed on tax rolls as Hiramirick Curry with 2 white males over 21, with 1 horse and 7 cattle and also listed as Hiram Cury with 100 acres of 2nd rate land on the Johnson watercourse in 1795 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.1517

Hiram was listed on tax rolls as M. Hiram Currey with 100 acres 2nd rate land on the Locust watercouse, 1 male over 21, 2 horses and 4 cattle in 1796 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.1819

He was listed on the tax rolls as Hiram Mirem Currey with 200 acres of 2nd rate land on Ball Creek Watercourse with 1 male over 21 and 2 horses in 1797 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.2021

He was messenger to Elkhorn Baptist Association meeting along with J. Singleton for Stone Lick Church reporting 42 baptised, 9 received by letter, 3 dismissed and 76 members in Clear Creek, Kentucky.13,22

Hiram  was listed on tax rolls between 1799 and 1801 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.23

He was listed on the tax rolls as Hiram M Curry with 200 acres on Stone Lick Bull Creek with 1 male over 21, 1 male over 16 and 1 horse in 1799 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.24

He was listed on the tax rolls as Hiram M Curry  with 150 acres 3rd rate land on the Stone Lick Watercourse and 1 male over 21 in 1800 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.2528

Hiram sold land being 50 acres of land on Stone Lick Creek that was part of the survey granted to John Craig by patent to James Luston on 30 Dec 1800 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.2930

He baptized Elder John Gutridge in the Ohio River three miles above Maysville in 1801 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.31

He was listed on the tax rolls as Hiram M Curry with 100 acres of 3rd rate land on the Bull Creek Watercourse with 1 male over 21 on 13 May 1801 in Mason, Kentucky, United States.32

Hiram was mentioned in minutes of meeting of Bracken Association of Baptists held on 19 Sep 1801 in Kentucky, United States.33

He performed marriage of Aquilla Denham and Harriet Thompson on 26 Jun 1804 in Adams, Ohio, United States.34

He performed marriage of Phebe Cary and Alexander Reed on 4 Jun 1805 in Franklin, Ohio, United States.35

Hiram was listed on tax rolls in 1806 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.3637

He was on the list of voters in 1806 in Salem Township, Champaign, Ohio, United States.38

He performed marriage of Thomas Morris to Margaret Dawson on 29 Jun 1806 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.39

Hiram was listed on tax roles as Mirach H. Curry in 1807 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.36,4041

He preached at the courthouse on 8 Jan 1807 in Ohio, United States.42

He preached a sermon after the Masonic oration after 22 Jun 1807 in Ohio, United States.43

Hiram held the office of state senator between 1808 and 1811 representing in Champaign, Ohio, United States.44

He performed marriage of John Ross to Margaret Price in 1808 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.39

He performed marriage of George Hunter and Ruth Fitch in 1808 in Urbana Township, Champaign, Ohio, United States.35,39

Hiram was appointed W. M. on a warrant empowering the lodge to hold meetings in Urbana and Springfield alternately in 1809 in Urbana, Champaign, Ohio, United States.45

He was appointed trustee of Miami University on 9 Feb 1809 in Ohio, United States.4647

On 17 Feb 1809, he was a member board of trustees of Miami University in Ohio, United States.48

Hiram officiated at marriage of Mr. George Hunter and Miss Ruth Fitch on 20 Apr 1809 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.49

He performed marriage of Wm H. Fyffe to Maxamilla Petty on 27 Sep 1809 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.39

He  performed marriage of John Thompson to Polly Frankerberger on 20 Nov 1809 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.50

Hiram was a member of the Ohio State Senate from the county of Champaigne.51

He was listed on the tax rolls as Hivans Curry in 1810 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.5253

His election to the Ohio Senate was contested by Alexander McBeth during a hearing in front of the Senate.54

Hiram represented Champaign county on the board of trustees for Miami County, Ohio on 12 Jan 1811 .55

He was a member of the general assembly for the state of Ohio.56

He was listed on the poll books on 8 Oct 1811 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.57

Between 1812 and 1814 in Urbana Township, Champaign, Ohio, United States Hiram was member  serving as Worthy Mason of Harmony Lodge No. 8 in Urbana, Ohio.58

He erected block house on banks of stream in 1812 in Logan, Ohio, United States.59

He was listed as trustee of Miami University on 14 Mar 1812 in Ohio, United States.6061

Hiram was on a ballet as a Republican elector of President and Vice President.62

He held the office of member of Ohio House of Representatives between 1813 and 1814 representing Champaign, Ohio, United States.55

He taught school in old tavern stand referred to as the old George Fithian and John Enoch stand on lot No. 63 about 1816 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.63

Hiram was listed on the tax rolls owning 170 acres in 1816 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.6465

He held the office of Representative from Champaign County, Ohio on 21 Nov 1816.66

He was listed on the tax rolls  in 1817 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.6768

Hiram was appointed state treasurer to replace W. M’Farland who resigned on 3 Jan 1817 in Ohio, United States.6978

He welcomed President Monroe to the Capital [of Ohio] by a neat and appropriate speech in Aug 1817 in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States.7980

He, Treasurer of Ohio, along with Ralph Osborn, Auditor and Jeremiah McLene, Secretary, oversaw improvements in state prison about 1818 in Ohio, United States.8183

Hiram was listed on the tax rolls owning 170 acres of land on Buck Creek in 1818 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.8485

He was listed on the tax rolls owning 170 acres in 2 parcels on Buck Creek in 1819 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.8687

On 17 Sep 1819, he deposited $100,070 in the Franklin Bank of Columbus at Columbus Ohio. These funds were seized by John L. Harper from the Bank of the United States at Chillicothe.88

About on 19 Nov 1819 notice was served on the Auditor and Treasurer of the State of Ohio regarding the seizure of funds from the U.S. Bank in Chillicothe8992

Hiram was named as defendant in bill of injunction signed by C. W. Byrd, District Judge of the United States, in and for the District of Ohio on 22 Nov 1819 in West Union, Ohio.9293

He was summoned to appear in case filed by The United States of America, District of Ohio on 23 Nov 1819 in Chillicothe, Ross, Ohio, United States.92,94

He submitted report to General Assembly of the State of Ohio from office of Treasurer, State of Ohio on 6 Dec 1819 in Ohio,  United States.95

Hiram along with Ralph Osborn, Auditor; and the President and Directors of the Franklin Bank of Columbus were served with a writ of injunction from the Bank of the United States for the recovery of their money on 7 Dec 1819 in Ohio, United States.92,96100

On 21 Dec 1819 he sent letter to Thoms Rotch, Esqr to declare receipt of $5.25 toward tax on Adam Hoops land in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States.101

He held the office of treasurer of the State of Ohio on 24 Dec 1819 in Ohio, United States.102103

About 1820 in Ohio, United States when the case (suit of attachment against Osborn & Harper) came to trial the opposing counsel agreed that an order should be issued to the State treasurer (Hiram M. Curry) that the total tax, plus interest on the specie, should be returned to the Bank. This the treasurer refused to do without a warrant. … He was thereupon placed under nominal arrest by a Federal marshal and all his property, including his keys, was attached.92,104

Hiram was listed on the tax rolls as Hiram M Curry, a non-resident, who owned 100 acres of 1st rate land on Buck Creek and 70 acres of 2nd rate land on Buck Creek in 1820 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.87,105

He resigned as treasurer of State of Ohio on 15 Feb 1820 in Ohio, United States.96,106107

He was  named in a bill concerning a memorial from H. M. Curry praying relief on 15 Feb 1820 .107

Hiram was  named in a bill read for th first time on 16 Feb 1820 .107

He was  named in a bill that was read for the second time on 17 Feb 1820 in Ohio, United States.107108

He was  was named in a bill that was discussed in the Ohio Senate’s committee of the whole on 18 Feb 1820 .107

Hiram was  was named in a bill discussed by the Ohio Senate committee of the whole on 21 Feb 1820 in Ohio, United States.107

He was   on 25 Feb 1820 in Ohio, United States.107

During a dispute with the Bank of the US an officer for the state of Ohio seized $98,000 in gold, silver and notes.  This was placed in charge of the State Treasurer, Mr. H. M. Curry.92,109

He was held the office of “late” Treasurer of state before 4 Dec 1820 in Ohio, United States.110

Hiram was accused of owing the State of Ohio $11,111 under a resolution proposed by Mr. Willson and agreed to by the Ohio House of Representatives on 7 Dec 1820.96,111

He was listed on the tax rolls as Hiram M Curry, a non-resident’ owning 100 acres of 1st rate land on Bucks Creek and 70 acres of 2nd rate land on Bucks Creek in 1821 in Champaign, Ohio, United States.87,112

He was  served with a writ of attachment commanding him to return into court a description of every note taken from the U.S. office of discount and deposit on 4 Jan 1821 in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States.96,113114

Hiram was  excused from jury duty on 24 Mar 1821 in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States.115116

He was  named in a memorial praying the state would receive real estate from him for the amount due the state on 27 Dec 1821 in Ohio, United States.117

Resolved by the senate and house of representatives, that a committee of members on the part of the senate, and five members on the part of the house of representatives, be appointed to take into consideration the memorial of Hiram M. Currey, and that they report thereon by bill or otherwise on 15 Jan 1822 in Ohio, United States.118

The senate have agreed to the resolution for appointing a joint committee on the memorial of Hiram M. Currey, with amendments and have appointed a committee of three members on their part on 17 Jan 1822 in Ohio, United States.118

On 18 Jan 1822, The Ohio house took up the resolution for appointing a joint committee on the memorial of Hiram M. Currey, with the amendment made by the senate thereto. in Ohio, United States.119

 Resolved by the senate and house of representatives, that one member on the part of the senate, and two members on the part of the house of representatives, be added to the joint committee appointed to take into consideration the memorial of Hiram M. Currey on 22 Jan 1822,120

 On 23 Jan 1822,  Mr. Parish from the joint committee to whom was referred the memorial of Hiram M. Currey, made the following report – The committee to whom was referred the memorial of Hiram M. Currey, report – That they have had the same under consideration, and after taking into view the value of the property offered, with reference to the amount of defalcation, a majority of this committee are of opinion that it is inexpedient to accede to the proposals of said memorialists. They therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolution– Resolved that the prayer of the memorial of Hiram M. Currey, is unreasonable and ought not to be granted. And on motion to disagree to said resolution, the question was decided in the affirmative. The yeas and nays being required by messrs. Atwater and Simons, were yeas 38, nays 26. 121

On 28 Jan 1822, Mr. Parish moved a resolution, to authorize the present treasurer to receive from Hiram M. Currey, and his trustee, a conveyance for the real estate of said Currey. Also, to release the securities to the second bond given by said Currey, as treasurer, from the liability, upon payment of the costs of suits now pending against them. Also, to direct the suites against said Currey, and the securities to the first bond giver by said Currey as treasurer of state to be prosecuted to final judgment, &c. Which resolution was laid on table for consideration.122

He was named in a resolution authorizing the Treasurer to receive real estate from Hiram M. Curry in Feb 1822 in Ohio, United States.123

In 1828 Hiram  conducted services held by Universalist people in a schoolhouse in Sheffield Township, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States.124

He was listed as Hiram M. Curry with 1 male 70-80, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 15-20 and 1 female 30-40 in Village of Fairfield, Tippecanoe County, Indiana in 1830.125127

In 1830, he was appointed executor of the estate of Lemuel Lane in Franklin, Ohio, United States. 128

Between 1838 and 1839 Hiram was conducted services for Universalist Church in a school house in Sheffield Township, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States.129130

ENDNOTES:

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        2. Westmoreland County Pennsylvania 1783 Census Reprinted from Pennsylvania Archives (: Pennsylvania Archives,), p. 17 (Doc. #: Curry.PA.013).

        3. “Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801,” database, Ancestry (Ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017), Mira Hiram Curry.

        4. “County of Fayette – 1786,” Returns of Taxables, Egle William Henry, editor, Pennsylvania Archives, series 3, Vol. 22 (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State Archives, ), p. 608.

        5. The Universal Register of the Baptist Denomination in North America for the Years 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793 and part of 1794 (New York: Arno Press, 1980)

        6. , Heads of Families First Census of the United States: 1790: State of Pennsylvania (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1908), p. 104https://archive.org/stream/headsoffamiliesa08unit#page/n9/mode/2up viewed online December 2017.

        7. 1790 U.S. Census Fayette County Pennsylvania, Fayette County Pennsylvania, population schedule, Bullskin, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, page 60, Curry, Miriach; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 1 August 2020); NARA microfilm publication M637.

        8. Collins, Lewis and Richard H Collins, History of Kentucky (: Genealogy Publishin Com, 1998), p. 564 (Doc. #: Curry.KY.002).

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        29. Mason County Kentucky Deed Book A-l 1789-1810 Abstracts (Denver: Western Heraldry Org, 1973), p. 97 (Doc. #: Curry.KY.030.

        30. Kentucky, Mason. Deeds, bks. F-G, 1799-1803. Kentucky, Frankfort.  Film #[FilmNumber]. Hiram Mirick Curry to James Luston, 30 Dec 1800 G: 97-98 (image 330-331); digital image, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online November 2017.[FilmNumber]

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        32. Kentucky, Mason. Tax Lists, 1790-1809, Curry Hiram M, 13 May 1801; .

        33. Fowler, Ila Earle, Kentucky Pioneers and Their Descendents (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1967), p. 109 (Doc. #: Curry.KY.003).

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        39. Antrim, Joshua, The History of Champaign and Logan Counties from Their First Settlements (Bellefontaine, OH: Press Printing Co., 1872), p. 260 “Marriage Record Champaign County” (Doc. #: Curry.OH.065).

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Favorite Place

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Do you have a favorite place? When I first saw this writing prompt, I was taking it personally. Then today, I read several of the ways one could interpret this prompt. Now, I’m viewing this prompt from the perspective of my genealogy research. Based on this new perspective, I have to say my favorite place is Kansas.

  • My tree is deeply rooted in Kansas. My great-grandparents were all born in Kansas. Almost all of my ancestors thru my 2nd great grandparents died in Kansas.
State of Birth
State of Death
  • Many of the register of deeds offices in Kansas have a unique resource called the Range Index. These indexes trace the ownership of sections of land over the years. Using these indexes requires that one knows the section, township and range description of the land. However, they can quickly provide the volume and page numbers for all of the land transactions for that parcel of land. Unfortunately, one needs to visit the courthouse to access these indexes.
Coffey County Range Index
  • The Kansas State Historical Society has a ‘nearly comprehensive collection of newspapers for the state.’ When I first started doing genealogical research, these newspapers were mostly available on microfilm. Many of those early newspapers have been digitized. Over the years, these newspapers have proven to be very beneficial to my research.
  • Besides their newspaper collection, the Kansas State Historical Society’s library and archive collection has been a great help with my genealogy research over the years.
  • Kansas also has state census records that help track families between the federal census records. The 1885 and 1895 Kansas census help fill in the blanks around the missing 1890 federal census. The Kansas State Historical Society has microfilm of these records. They have also worked with Ancestry to make them available on Ancestry’s site.

I am grateful for all of the Kansas records that have been created, collected and preserved over the years.

Supporting Evidence

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Do you ever look at a genealogy resource with rose colored glasses? In other words, do you perceive that resource as the one resource that will break thru brick walls? That is how I approached DNA testing.

Unlike many people who are testing their DNA, I already knew a lot about my ancestors. Even though the following chart was recently created with the preview edition of RootsMagic 8, I had most of these ancestors in my file when I started working with DNA over 5 years ago.

So, learning that autosomal DNA goes back 6 to 8 generations or 150-200 years was a disappointment. (information from Mark McDermott’s blog, How Many Generations Does DNA Go Back)

Even though DNA likely won’t help me identify that ‘next’ generation, I am finding that it is providing ‘Supporting Evidence’ for my current research.

For example, my Currey line goes thru several generations of Hiram Curreys to the Hiram Mirick Currey who was the treasurer of the state of Ohio in 1819. Through the years, I’ve worked with other researchers and collected documents that appear to support the lineage. However, I don’t have a deed, will or probate record that ties one generation to the next.

Thanks to Ancestry ThruLines, some of my matches show up as descendants of Hiram Mirick Currey thru his other children.

Not only do I look for descendants thru other children, I also look for descendants thru a different spouse. For example, my 2nd great-grandfather, Richmond Fisk Hammond, remarried after his wife, my 2nd great-grandmother died. He had a daughter thru this second marriage. ThruLines supports this second family.

Another example is my ancestor, James Crawford’s wife, Sarah Smith Duggins. Since she had a previous marriage, I’m hoping to use her ThruLines to learn more about my Smith ancestors.

I’ve found that my Ancestry ThruLines data can also point out spots in my tree that might be incorrect. For example, I have James B McCormick and Sarah Hall as the parents of Nancy Jane McCormick Ralston (1818-1907). When I look at ThruLines, James B. McCormick has 4 matches with two of those being my brothers. That’s not a lot of support for him being the father of Nancy, especially when compared to his wife Sarah Hall who has 30 DNA matches.

I’ve taken advantage of the ability to download my Ancestry DNA and upload my results to other sites, including GedMatch and My Heritage. Because my ancestry is basically colonial, my Ancestry results are providing more connections than My Heritage. Thus, I spend most of my ‘DNA time’ working with Ancestry data.

Not only was I wearing rose colored glasses when doing autosomal DNA testing, but also when having my brother do yDNA testing. I was hoping that this test would identify my Crawford ancestors. Unfortunately, that hasn’t proven to be true to date.

Even though yDNA hasn’t helped identify the parents of James Crawford, it has proven a connection with the other James Crawford families in Garrard County, Kentucky.

As pointed out by several genetic genealogists, tools such as triangulation or segment data are needed to prove a genetic relationship. These tools are not available on Ancestry where the majority of my DNA data resides. With an over-abundance of DNA data, I’m content (for now) with not being able to use my DNA data as scientific proof of a relationship. Instead, I will continue to use it as a tool to evaluate my tree and as a way to connect with cousins who might have additional information.

Brick Wall

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This week’s 52 Ancestor’s writing prompt is “Brick Wall.” Since I’ve written a LOT about James Crawford, one of my brick walls, I decided to look at the fan chart for my tree on FamilySearch to see what other ‘potential’ brick walls were in my tree.

Looking at that chart, there are 4 spots areas where I’m missing 7th generation ancestors. Because I haven’t put much effort into researching them, I don’t consider any of them potential brick walls. Curious as to how other genealogists define the term ‘Brick Wall,’ I did a quick Google search for ‘brick wall genealogy.’ What I found was some excellent resources to review for tackling a brick wall.

When asked to identify a ‘brick wall’ in my tree, I almost always think of James Crawford (1772-1854). I consider James a brick wall because I’ve done extensive research of James and his descendants but haven’t been able to identify his parents or any siblings.

My records research seems to hit a road block in Garrard County, Kentucky where James marries Sally Duggins in 1799. Thinking I would find something linking James to parents or siblings in this area of Kentucky prior to 1800, I’ve done a lot of research of the various Crawford families in the area. Much of that work has been chronicled on this blog and can be found by using the search box to look for posts about Crawford.

Getting past this roadblock was one of the primary reasons I had my DNA tested at Ancestry. Unfortunately, this might be too many generations back for autosomal DNA to help identify James’ parents. I’m also struggling with an over-abundance of DNA matches. To help make sense of all of these matches and to hopefully connect with that researcher with the answer, I research the descendants of my ancestors, including James Crawford. Thru this research, I have identified DNA matches to support my Crawford paper research.

This roadblock is also why I asked my brother to have his yDNA tested. His BigY results support a theory suggested by all of my paper research: the James Crawfords of early Garrard County, Kentucky are likely related. Currently, the following ancestors have been placed n the R-Y88686 haplogroup:

  • James Crawford b 1772 VA m1799 KY d 1854 OH (my line)
  • William Nelson Crawford, b 1829 OH and d. 1907 WA
  • James Crawford b 1770 VA M Knight 1793 KY d 1833 IN
  • James Crawford b1758 VA d 1836 IN

To keep these James Crawfords and others separate, I usually identify them by their wife. Thus the three James from the yDNA Crawford project are the following:

  • James Crawford (1772-1854) md Sally Duggins in 1799 in Garrard County, KY; owned land in Preble County, Ohio where he died. His son, Nelson, migrated from Preble County, OH to Warren County, IN. (my line)
  • James Crawford (1770-1833) md Martha Knight in 1793 in Lincoln County, KY; owned land in Preble County, Ohio prior to moving to Warren County, IN where he died.
  • James Crawford (1758-1836) md Rebecca Anderson Maxwell. James owned land along Paint Lick Creek in Garrard County KY before migrating to Jefferson County, IN where he died.

Not only is my James Crawford a brick wall, but the other ancestors in the R-Y88686 haplogroup are also brick walls for the researchers of those lines.

Not only is this a ‘genealogy brick wall,’ but Covid-19 has made it a research brick wall. With last year’s shutdown, my research trip to Kentucky was cancelled and genealogy libraries, archives and family history centers were closed. Thus, I’ve taken a break from my Crawford research to work on other lines in my tree.

In hopes that I might be able to resume this research, I need to

  • create a new plan to research the Crawford families of Montgomery and Botetourt Counties in Virginia.
  • identify the Kentucky neighbors who arrived in Kentucky about the same time as the Crawfords for further research.
  • do more research on the Duggins step-children in hopes of learning more about our common ancestor.
  • learn more about Virginia and Virginia records prior to 1800.
  • follow the genealogy news for the opening of libraries, archives and family history centers.
  • plan a genealogy research trip – even if only for a day of research.

Trailblazers

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This morning I read Jacqi Stevens post, We Are All Trailblazers. This excellent post made me think about those people that were trailblazers for my family history adventure.

Below are some of those people:

Grace Vanderwilt Crawford – My great aunt, Grace, was the compiler of the Crawford family history. She was one of the first people I contacted for help. I still have a copy of her document, “The Crawford Family” that covered the family of Judson Foster Crawford. This work is being continued by her daughter and several other cousins.

Max Martin Briles – Max is my second cousin twice removed. Max grew up in Coffey County, Kansas, where our common ancestor, Alexander Briles settled prior to 1860. Max’s work, The Briles Family, traced the descendants of our immigrant ancestor, Johannes Broil.

Arthur Leslie Keith – author of The Broyles Family Typescript (or Keith Typescript). This work also traces the descendants of Johannes Broil.

Walter Salts was a local historian in Warren County, Indiana. He patiently answered all of my letters requesting information and would often send me photocopies from his obituary collection. His research was donated to the Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society in Danville, Illinois.

Mrs. Raymond Caron and Brenda Beryl (Harding) Caron for their work on the two volume work: The Harding Genealogy. This work traces the descendants of George and William Harding. George and William Harding were Loyalists who fled to New Brunswick. Without this work, my Harding research would likely still be stuck in Iowa.

Wayne Dawson (and others) for working together to compile The History and Ancestry of Rev. John Foster, 1735-1800.

Frederick Hammond for his work History and Genealogies of the Hammond Families in America.

My great-great great grandfather, Horatio Hammond for his work, The Genealogy of the Family of Horatio Hammond of Ontario, Illinois.

Bill (William) Ricketts of Arizona for sharing his Ricketts research file. This file was basically a one name study of the Ricketts family in America. Because I took a break from genealogy, I lost touch with Bill. However, there is an Ancestral File on FamilySearch submitted by wfrjr2213466 that may be his work.

Margaret Simpson and the Garrard County Historical Society (Kentucky) for all of their help with my Crawford research in early Kentucky.

Doris Ryan for her assistance with my Wells and Mentzer research in Woodson County, Kansas. It is thru Doris that I obtained a copy of the Wells family Bible.

Dave Nicolson for all of his work with the Crawford family yDNA project. Dave works tirelessly to help us figure out the various Crawford family lines.

Amanda Crawford Arbogast Forbes and Lucetta Eggleston Crawford Sammis for their publication, Descendants of Alexander and Mary McPheeters Crawford. It is their excellent work that has helped me eliminate Alexander Crawford as an ancestor not only of my line, but also for several other Crawford lines I’ve researched.

All of my cousins, close and distant, who were willing to spit in a tube or swab their mouth to have their DNA tested. Your willingness to venture into this newer realm of genealogy is greatly appreciated.

This is just a sampling of the people that have made a GREAT impact on the research of my family history. Hopefully, my work will blaze a trail for some future generation.

Band Member

#52ancestors #Music

Is your family one of those blessed with lots of musical talent? If so, did you inherit any of that talent?

I would love to say that I have inherited some of my mother’s musical talent, but I’m definitely a left brained person. I can figure out computer issues, but I don’t have a musical ear. I’m sure my lack of musical talent frustrated my mother since she loved music.

In high school, mom played the French horn and was a member of a French horn quartet, and the orchestra.

Emporia High Orchestra

Mom was likely a member of the marching band. However, the picture that I thought was the marching band is actually of the Emporia Municipal Band. Below is information from the 5 June 1947 issue of the Emporia Weekly Gazette (Emporia, Kansas) about the band.

The Emporia Municipal band, directed by O. R. Parker, will be back on the job Friday evening with the first of the series of Friday evening concerts that will continue throughout the summer. The program and place for the first concert will be announced later.

Mr. Parker announced this week that the band had been recruited to full strength of 35 members with the addition of several veteran musicians.

Next Saturday morning the band will go to Cottonwood Falls where it will have a part in the Flint Hills Rodeo parade which will proceed from Cottonwood Falls to Strong City. The band has been designated the official band for the rodeo which will show Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon and evening. “Ten-gallon” hats have been ordered for the members of the band and they are expected to arrive in time for the parade and rodeo performance.

Harry Krueger continues as manager of the Municipal band. The board members are Tome Ford, Warren Phillips, Reuben Hammer, Dan Lewis and Jay Pierson. Darrell McDermed is the librarian and Mary Jo Ames is the drum major.

First row – O. R. Parker, director, Bob Dabbs, Henry Cobb, J. W. Brinkman, Harry Krueger; Second row – Roberta Briles, Pat Phillips, Bernard Black, Reuben Hammer, Warren Phillips, Jane Hanna; Third row – Mary Jo Ames, Dan Lewis, Lois Gaines, Earl Gadberry, Tom Ford, Charles JOnes, Albert Ropfogel; Fourth row – Thelda Askew, Bill Dick, Duane Reaka, Dr. W. R. Fox, Donald Koons, Buzzie Stinson; Fifth row – Ernest Russell, Mike Meares, Darrel McDermed, Bill Clay, Jay Pierson, Byron Nienstedt and Ray Fowler.

Noah Washington Briles

Noah Washington Briles1 was born in 1840 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States.212

Washington Briles is shown in the household of Alexr Briles on the 1850 census in Randolph County, North Carolina. According to the census, Washington was 10 years old and born in North Carolina.13

N. W. Briles was listed in the household of A Briles on the 1860 census living in Coffey County, Kansas. According to the census, N. W. Briles was 20 years old and born in North Carolina.14

He lived at the home of Wm Robertson in Highland Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1861.15

He enlisted on 13 Jun 1861 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States.5,1523

Noah served in the military as a private in Company I, 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry Volunteers.2428

He re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer in Company I of the First Iowa Cavalry on 1 Jan 1864.15

He lived at home of Wm Robertson in Highland Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States between 1865 and 1866.5,15,29

Noah mustered out on 15 Feb 1866 in Austin, Travis, Texas, United States.15

He married Sarah Jane Thompson on 9 Aug 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States.3,8,3040

On 19 Mar 1868, Ida Angelina Briles was born in Wapello, Iowa, United States.

On 18 Jul 1869, Edward Grant Briles was born in Coffey, Kansas, United States.41

He  purchased W1/2 NE1/4 Section 20 Township 23 Range 15East from Alexander Briles and his wife, Sarah on 20 Sep 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.4243

Noah Briles was listed on the 1870 census as a head of household living in California township, Coffey County, Kansas. According to the census, Noah was 28 years old and born in North Carolina. Noah was a farmer who had $1000 in real estate. Noah was a farmer.4446

N. W. Briles was listed as a head of household on the 1875 Kansas census living in Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas. According to the census, N. W. Briles was a 35 year old farmer who was born in North Carolina. N. W. Briles owned $2000 in real estate.47

He is listed as a landowner on an 1878 map in section 12 of township 23 range 15 East in Coffey, Kansas, United States in 1878.48

Noah died on 14 Jul 1879 at the age of 39 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.67,1112,15,4953

He was buried after 14 Jul 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.7,12,5455

He had his estate probated on 12 Aug 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.51,56

Endnotes

        1. Clara Hamlett Robertson, Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860 who were born in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina: a compilation with historical annotations and editorial comment (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976), .

        2. Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860 Who Were Born in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1990), (Briles.KS.020). Hereinafter cited as Kansas Territorial Settlers of 1860.

        3. Briles Genealogy (Crandall, Kansas: Max Briles, aft 1952), p. 5

        4. “Family Data Collections – Births,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2017), Noah Washington Briles.

        5. Historical Data Systems comp, U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009).

        6. , U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Non-population Census Schedules for Kansas, 1850-1880; Archive Collection: T1130; Archive Roll Number: 42; Census Year: 1879; Census Place: Neosho, Coffey, Kansas.

        7. Ancestry Database, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).

        8. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 167.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        9. Edmund West comp., Family Data Collection – Births (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001).

        10. Crandall Cemetery (Crandall, Coffey County, Kansas), Transcription of Briles stones; by Marcia Philbrick, .

        11. 1880 Non-population Census, Coffey County, Kansas, mortality schedule, Coffey County, Kansas, SD 2, ED 49, page 1 Image 22 of 26, #78, Briles Noah W; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA archive collection T1130

        12. BillionGraves, digital images of tombstone, BillionGraves (billiongraves.com : viewed online 13 March 2021), memorial for Noah W Briles (1840-1877), BillionGraves created by mcphilbrick, citing Big Creek Cemetery, Coffey County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by donw1948@yahoo.com, Noah W Briles.

        13. 1850 U.S. Census, Randolph County, North Carolina, population schedule, Northern Division, Randolph County, North Carolina, page 404 Image 80 of 179, household 562, Alexr Briles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432

        14. 1860 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 68 Image 4 of 9, household 513, Alexander Briles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653

        15. Pension File for Noah Washington Briles (: U.S. Government), , (Briles.Noah.Notebook).

        16. The history of Wapello County, Iowa, (Chicago: Western Historical Society, 1878)

        17. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Noah W. Briles and Sarah J. Briles, widow, 22 October 1885; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016).

        18. “U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (October 2017), Noah W Briles.

        19. “American Civil War Soldiers,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (October 2017), Noah Briles.

        20. “U.S., American Civil War Regiments, 1861-1866,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2018), Noah Briles.

        21. Ancestry.com, U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011), California State Library; Sacramento; Report of the Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General of the State of Iowa.

        22. National Park Service, U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007).

        23. “U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (13 March 2021), Noah Briles; National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System.

        24. Report of the Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General of the State of Iowa, 1631-1976, Briles, Noah W., database with image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online January 2017).

        25. “American Civil War Soldiers,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (13 March 2021), Noah Briles.

        26. “U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2017), Noah W. Briles.

        27. “U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2017), Noah W Briels.

        28. Index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Iowa.  Film #film #881810 DGS 8272089. Noah Briles, : image 2468; digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 13 March 2021.film #881810 DGS 8272089

        29. Historical Data Systems comp., American Civil War Soldiers (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999), Side served: Union; State served: Iowa; Enlistment date: 13 Jun 1861.

        30. “Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996,”Ancestry.com,  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60284/ : Wapello County Iowa, viewed online (March 2017), Noah W. Briles – Sarah J Thompson; Family Search.

        31. Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992, Noah W. Briles – Sarah J. Thompson, 9 August 1866; database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : viwed online March 2017).

        32. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Sarah Briles, October 1885; .

        33. , , Wapello County Iowa Marriage Records 1846-1880 (Iowa: NSDAR, 1943). (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), p. 31 (Thompson.IA.012).

        34. “Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996,”Ancestry.com,  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60284/ : [OriginalSource], [OriginalCreator], [Location], [Book]; March 2017; viewed online; Noah W. Briles – Sarah J Thompson; Wapello County Iowa[AccessType] ([AccessDate]), [Entry]; Family Search.

        35. , Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992, database, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : . (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), viwed online; March 2017; Noah W. Briles – Sarah J. Thompson; 9 Aug 1866.

        36. National Archives and Records Administration, U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000), viewed online; July 2017; Sarah Briles; Oct 1885.

        37. Ancestry.com, Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014).

        38. “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,”Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (13 March 2021), Noah W. Briles.

        39. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 13 March 2021; Noah Washington Briles – Sarah Jane Thompson.

        40. Mrs. F. A. Gordon. Wapello County, Iowa Marriage Records 1846-1869.  Film #film #851207 DGS 8211139. Noah Briles, : p. 31; digital images, FamilySearch : viewed online 13 March 2021.film #851207 DGS 8211139

        41. “E. G. Briles”, Yates Center News, (Yates Center, Kansas), 2 August 1951, page 5, microfilm; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

        42. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book O page 603, Alexander Briles to Noah W Briles, 20 September 1869; Recorder of Deeds, Burlington, Kansas.

        43. Coffey County Kansas. Range Index Section 12, Township 23, Range 15 Coffey County Kansas (Briles, KS.016).

        44. 1870 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 10 Image 9 of 16, household 60, Briles Noah; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132

        45. U.S. Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880, Noah Briles, 27 July 1870; database with images, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018).

        46. Administration, U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; NAI Title: General Index to Civil War and Later Pension Files, ca. 1949 – ca. 1949; NAI Number: 563268; Record Group Title: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 – 2007; Record Group Number: 15; Series Title: U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934; Series Number: T288; Roll: 51.

        47. 1875 Kansas State Census, Coffey County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 10-11 Image 6 of 13, household 81, N W Briles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        48. U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918, N. W. Briles, 1878; database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online 13 March 2021). Original Source: Various publishers of County Land Ownership Atlases. Microfilmed by the Library of Congress.

        49. Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987, N. W. Briles (images 748-771), August 1879; database on-line, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Viewed online September 2016).

        50. “Family Data Collections – Deaths,”Ancestry,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2017), Noah Washington Briles.

        51. Ancestry.com, Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015), Probate Packets, 1857-1920 ; Index to Probate Packets, 1857-1986; Author: Kansas. Probate Court (Coffey County); Probate Place: Coffey, Kansas.

        52. , U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Non-population Census Schedules for Kansas, 1850-1880; Archive Collection: T1130; Archive Roll Number: 6; Census Year: 1879; Census Place: Neosho, Coffey, Kansas.

        53. “Died,” Burlington Democrat (Burlington, Kansas), 18 July 1879, p. 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).

        54. , (Briles.KS.002), Crandall Cemetery, , .

        55. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online September 2016), memorial for Noah W Briles (1840-1877), Find a Grave Memorial no. #30672513, created by Janis Humbert, citing Big Creek Cemetery, Coffey County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Janis Humbert, Noah W Briles.

        56. Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987, N W Briles, 12 August 1879; .

Uncle LR

#52Ancestors – week 12 Loss

Altar Flowers in Memory of LR Crawford

Is there a family event from your childhood that left a mark on your life, but one that happened when you were too young to really remember the impact?

For me, that would be the death of my uncle, Leon Russel Crawford II, or uncle LR. LR was my dad’s brother.

I have very few memories of uncle LR. I remember that his place at my grandparents table was at the end opposite my grandmother. Another memory I have is of his room and his radio equipment. At a young age, my uncle received his ham radio license and had quite the setup in his room off of the kitchen.

Evidently, LR spent a lot of time with myself and my two brothers. My mom commented once that he was a life saver the summer we (as in all three of us) had the measles and then the chicken pox. My dad was away for ‘summer school’ and mom was overwhelmed with three sick kids (ages 7, 5 1/2 and 2) for most of the summer. She told me that LR sat with us on the 4th of July as we watched the fireworks from the living room window.

However, I do remember being awakened from sleep when I was almost 9 to be told that my uncle was very sick. My dad and his parents were leaving that night to go to Wisconsin where he was a graduate student. I remember crying because I wanted to go with them. Later, I vaguely remember my mother telling me that my uncle had died and that dad and my grandparents were on their way home.

I’m not sure whether it was standard procedure at the time, but I and my brothers did not attend his funeral. Instead, we spent the day, along with other kids with parents attending the funeral, in the care of a neighbor. I was allowed to attend the ‘flower’ ceremony where they read off the names of everyone who donated flowers.

My grandmother’s devestation at the death of her son is evident in the picture of her and her siblings on the day of the funeral.

Mary Walters, Myrtle Jones, Earnest Currey, my grandmother Winnie Crawford, and Alma Taylor

Good Fortune

This week’s #52 Ancestors blog prompt is ‘Fortune’. At first, I didn’t think I would be writing on this topic since I was looking at the term as a monetary term and my family has no fortune.

Then I encountered the blog post Double Cousins and DNA on The DNA Geek site and realized that I am fortunate to have numerous 1st thru 3rd cousin DNA matches. Thus, my ‘fortune’ is all of these cousin matches.

The DNA Geek is starting a project to study DNA results when double cousins are involved. To begin the study they are seeking data for a specific set of cousin matches. Below is a diagram showing the desired matches in the yellow-orange.

Well, I do have double cousins. My great-grandfather, Charles Mentzer married Nettie Wells. Charles’ brother, John Frederick Mentzer married Anna Wells, the sister of Nettie. When I first studied the above diagram, I was pretty sure I could come up with the double cousin match, but didn’t think I had the 1st cousin match.

Knowing that I had quite a few MENTZER matches, I had to diagram it out. So I started drawing out my MENTZER/WELLS line and added my DNA matches. I am the yellow square in the diagram below.

When I compared my diagram to the one from the blog, I realized that I am not in the generation they wanted for this initial study. Since I manage my mother’s DNA, I drew out the family and added her matches. Studying that diagram, I realized that I do have data for the desired cousin matches!

Curious about what the diagram would be like for my brothers, I also drew out their matches.

Even though my data is for second cousins and not 1st cousins, I’m ready with lots of data when they are ready to receive it.