Otto Rector Career Military

Do you ever feel like some of the genealogy records are deceptive? That’s how I’m beginning to feel about the database, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. According to that database, a person named Ctor Otto R enlisted 28 Dec 1945 in California.

Even though the name that was indexed does not match, the details regarding birth and residence fit a Christy cousin, Otto Muratt Rector. If this record is for Otto M. Rector, then one might assume that Otto enlisted in the military in December 1945 when in reality it was likely a re-enlistment. The first clue that this might be for a re-enlistment instead of an enlistment is the Source information.

National Guard in Federal Service, within 3 months of Discharge

A careful analysis of the census records for Otto Rector also supports his being in the military prior to 1945. The 1920 census for Bexar county Texas shows an Otto M Rector in the list of those residing at Kelly Field.

In 1930, an Otto M Rector and wife Mary are shown on the census in Pearl City village in Hawaii. This census lists Otto’s occupation as ‘Soldier U.S. Army.’

In 1940, there is an Otto M Rector listed on the census in Santa Clara county, California. The occupation shown for this Otto M. Rector was Master Sergeant U.S. Army.

Various news articles from Indiana where his extended family lived help to fill in the blanks about where he was stationed during his military career. A check of newspapers near the bases where he was stationed turned up some interesting details. One of those articles places him at Hickman Field in Hawaii in 1940.

Fourth Reconnaissance squadron, Hickam Field
The Fourth Reconnaissance squadron of the Fifth Bombardment Group Hickam Field, formerly stationed at Luke Field, was organized at Kelly Field, Texas, in 1917. It came to Hawaii in 1919, and was known as the Fourth Observation Squadron until March, 1938, when its name was changed to the Fourth Reconnaisance Squadron. As a part of the Eighteenth Wing, it has a dual purpose: to act as a long range reconnaissane when necessary, and as a bombardment squadron at other times, performing either duty equally well.

picture includes: Master Sgt. Otto M. Rector (first row, second from right)

“Fourth Reconnaissance Squadron, Hickam Field,” The Honolulu Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawaii), 18 February 1940, page 44; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

Since the census records place Otto Rector in California in 1940, he was likely transferred to California shortly after the photo was taken. Thus, he wasn’t in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Then, a 1942 article provides a few details about his service during World War I.

World War I Comrades Reunited in World War II

Fresno, Cal. — The doorbell rang at the home of Master Sergeant Otto M. Rector at Hammer field and outside stood Maj. D. G. Herring, who was making his first inspection tour of the range. They stared, shook hands, and went into a long confab. Both had served under Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker in France, had not seen each other since the armistice.

“World War I Comrades Reunited in world War II,” The Edinburg Daily Courier (Edinburg, IN), 17 August 1942, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

Based on the census records and newspaper articles, I believe that Otto M Rector enlisted during World War I and was career military.


Otto Muratt Rector was born on 15 Apr 1884 in Holton, Jackson, Kansas, United States.15 He was the child of Wyatt Harding Rector and Esther Christy.2 He lived in Grant Township, Jackson, Kansas, United States in 1885.6 Otto lived in Grant Township, Jackson, Kansas, United States in 1895.7 He lived in Grant Township, Jackson, Kansas, United States in 1900.8 He served in the military under Captain Eddie Rickenbacker in 1917 in France.9 Otto was a member of the 90th Aero Squadron who returned home aboard the Orduna landing in New York, New York, United States on 27 Oct 1917.10 He lived in San Francisco, California, United States in 1919.11 He lived at Kelly Field in Bexar, Texas, United States in 1920.12 On 14 Jan 1921, Otto served in the military in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States  in the aviation corps.1314 He married Mary Campbell on 3 Jun 1922 in Jefferson, Kentucky, United States.1516 He attended electrical school and inspected air planes in May 1923 at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Champaign, Illinois, United States.1718 He lived in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States in 1926.19 Otto lived in Ewa, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States in 1930.20 In 1930 he was an a soldier in the U.S. Army in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii.20 He lived in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1932.21 Otto served in the military on 13 May 1937 in Honolulu, Hawaii.22 He was a member of the 4th Reconnaissance Squadron posted on 18 Feb 1940 at Hickam Field in Hawaii.23 In 1940 he was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army in Santa Clara, California, United States.24 Otto lived in Mountain View, Santa Clara, California, United States in 1940.24 He served in the military in 1942 at Hammer field.9 He enlisted in the  Army Air Corps on 28 Dec 1945 at Hamilton Field in Hamilton, California.4,25 Otto was discharged from the military on 31 Jan 1947.4 He died on 20 Feb 1959 at the age of 74 in Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States.1,45,26 He was buried on 24 Feb 1959 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado, United States.2627

ENDNOTES

1. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online December 2018), memorial for Esther Christy Rector (1860-1924), Find a Grave Memorial no. #142414753, citing Kempton Cemetery, Kempton, Tipton County, Indiana;, Esther Christy Rector.

2. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online 15 December 2021), Otto Muratl Rector.

3. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 4 January 2022), memorial for Otto Muratt rector (1884-1959), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33367496, created by 2Honour&Remember and Originally created by US Veterans Affairs Office, citing Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado; accompanying photograph by 2Honour&remember, Otto Muratt Rector.

4. National Cemetery Administration, “U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed oline (4 January 2022), Otto Muratt Rector; National Cemetery Administration.

5. “U.S. Obituary Collection, 1930-Current,” database online, http://www.oregonlive.com/obituaries, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022), Otto Muratt.

6. 1885 Kansas Census, Jackson County, Kansas, Kansas state census, Grant Township, Jackson County, Kansas, page 97 Image 49 of 98, family 191, W H Rector; digital imags, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 15 December 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

7. 1895 Kansas Census, Jackson County, Kansas, Kansas state census, Grant Township, Jackson County, Kansas, page 25 Image 37 of 113, family 2, W H Rector; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 15 December 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

8. 1900 U.S. Census, Jackson County, Kansas, population schedule, Grant Township, Jackson County, Kansas, ED 56, Sheet 13 B Image 27 of 29, family 258, Wyatt Rector; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 20 November 2020); NARA microfilm publication T623

9. “World War I Comrades Reunited in world War II,” The Edinburg Daily Courier (Edinburg, IN), 17 August 1942, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

10. U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939, Otto M Rector, 27 October 1917; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

11. “Kempton,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 12 September 1919, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

12. 1920 U.S. census, Bexar County, Texas, population schedule, Bexar County, Texas, ED 109, Sheet 4B Image 7 of 77, line 80, Otto M Rector; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022); NARA microfilm publication T625

13. “Jefferson Township,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 8 January 1921, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

14. “Kempton – Two,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 1 January 1921, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

15. Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954, Otto M Rector, 3 June 1922; database with images, Family Search (www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 January 2022).

16. “Marriage LIcenses,” The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), 6 June 1922, page 11; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

17. “Kempton,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 14 May 1923, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

18. “Kempton News,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 9 July 1923, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

19. “Pickard,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 13 April 1926, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

20. 1930 U.S. Census, Honolulu Hawaii, population schedule, Ewa. Oahu Island, Honolulu County,Hawaii, ED 2-107, Sheet 3A Image 5 of 10, family 45; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022); NARA microfilm pubblication T626

21. “Auto LIcenses,” Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii), 30 December 1932, page 6; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

22. “52 Commended at Luke Field,” Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii), 13 May 1937, page 10; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

23. “Fourth Reconnaissance Squadron, Hickam Field,” The Honolulu Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawaii), 18 February 1940, page 44; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

24. 1940 U.S. Census, Santa Clara County, California, population schedule, Fremont Township, Santa Clara County, California, ED 43-10, Sheet 61B Image 24 of 32, line 59, Otto Rector; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022); NARA microfilm publication T627

25. Natioanl Archives, “World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,” database on-line, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022), Rector Otto R.

26. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Guy Harding Rector, 7 May 1961; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022).

27. U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962, Otto Muratt Rector, 3 March 1959; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 January 2022). Original Source: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General.

Obituary Misdirection

Have you ever struggled to figure out parent-child relationships when multiple marriages are involved? If so, do you turn to an obituary of a parent to help figure out the children?

While researching the descendants of my third great grandfather, Sameul Christy, I’ve encountered the family of Ernest Evert Stoops. Ernest was first married to Edith Ethel Christy and later married to Edith’s sister, Lydia Alice Christy. Prior to Lydia’s marriage to Ernest Stoops, Lydia was married to Basel Henderson. These multiple marriages can make it difficult to figure out who the mother of the children is.

So far, I haven’t located an obituary for Edith Christy Stoops who died in 1929. I have located an obituary for her sister, Lydia, who was also married to Ernest Stopps

Obituaries
Lydia Stoops

Lydia A. Stoops, 82, Rt. 1, Frankfort, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph’s memorial Hospital,, Kokomo. She had been ill for six years.
Born May 11, 1894 in Tipton County, she was the daughter of Milton and Florinda Suites Christy.
She was married on Oct 3, 1932 to Earnest Stoops, who survives.
Mrs. Stoops was a member of the Geetingsville Presbyterian Church and Chapter No. 491 of the Order of Eastern Star.
Surviving with her husband are: four daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Gladys) Unger of Sedalia, Mrs. William (Juanita) Bolinger of Smyrna, Tenn., Mrs. Marvin (Lois) Click of Brownsburg, and Mrs. Iola Rodenbarger of Niles, Mich.; two sons, Wayne Stoops of Albany, Ore. and Olas Stoops of Frankfort; 28 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Lorain VanBuskirk of Wickenberg, Ariz.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Stout Funeral Chapel in Russiaville. Rev. Oral Duckworth and Rev. Dennis Ladd will officiate and burial will be in Liberty Baptist Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Obituaries,” Tipton County Tribune (Tipton, Indiana), 16 April 1977, page 7; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 1 January 2022).

Based on the above obituary, one would likely assume that all of the children named in the obituary were Lydia’s. While Ernest Stoops’ obituary names his first wife, Edith Christy, it does not help figure out the identity of the children’s mother. In fact, it just adds to the confusion by claiming a child of Lydia’s from her first marriage as his own.

Ernest Stoops
Rossville, Ind. — Enrest E. Stoops, 94, Rossville R.R. 1, died at 1:33 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 1988, in Saint Joseph Hospital & Health Center, Kokomo.
Born June 28, 1894, in Tipton County, he was a son of Irvin and Martha (Peters) Stoops. In 1912, he married Edith Ethel Christy, who died in 1929. On Oct. 3, 1932, he married Lydia Alice Christy, who died April 15, 1977.
Surviving are two sons, Wayne Stoops of Albany, Ore., and Olas Stoops of Frankfort; four daughters, Mrs. Cleatis (Juanita) Zook of Rossville, Mrs. Marvin (Lois) Click of Brownsburg, Mrs. Robert (Iola) Rodgers of Niles, Mich., and Mrs. Raymond (Gladys) Unger of Sedalia, Ind.; 28 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren. Two sons, four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
He was resident of the Geetingsville area since 1927. He was a member of Geetingsville Presbyterian Church, the Beard Order of Eastern Star, Moose Lodge 1529 at Lafayette.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Stout & Son Funeral Home, Russiaville with the Rev. Oral Duckworth officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Baptist Cemeter in Tipton county. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. A twilight Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

“Ernest Stoops,” The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), 2 October 1988, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 21 November 2020).

Fortunately, the obituary of Ernest’s son, Olas Harold Stoops helps figure out who the mother is of Ernest’s children.

Olas H. Stoops, 76
Geetingsville — Olas H. Stoops, 76, died at 6 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2000, in his residence following an illness of several months.
he was born on Feb. 14, 1924, in Howard County near Kokomo. He resided in the Geetingsville area most of his life, and had resided in Lafayette for several years.
He was a 1943 graduate of Rossville High School,. In 1989, he retired from Richard Huffer Construction Co.
On Nov. 9, 1957, he married Carole Ann Biggs in Lafayette, and she died April 11, 1997.
He was a member of Rossville United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Sheldon H. “Butch” Stoops of Mulberry, and Andrew H. Stoops of Forest; two daughters, Ava Melton (husband: Stephen) of Bedford, and Avonne Krug (husband: Steven) of Lafayette; a brother, Wayne Stoops (wife: Wilma) of Albany, ore.; a sister, Juanita Zook (husband: Cletus) of Rossville; and a stepsister, Gladys Unger (husband: Raymond) of Sedalia.

“Olas H. Stoops, 76,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 7 May 2000, page 12; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

With the addition of this third obituary, additional sources are needed to verify the family relationships. For this family the 1930 census record is very helpful.

In the 1930 census for Clinton County, Indiana, the household of Ernest Stoops has a Lydia Henderson listed. Lydia is identified as Ernest Stoops sister-in-law. Also listed in the household is Gladys Henderson. Gladys is listed as a niece of Ernest Stoops.

1930 U.S. Census, Clinton County, Indiana, population schedule, Owen Township, Clinton County, Indiana, enumeration district (ED) ED 12-17, Sheet 1B, family 19, Ernest Stoops; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed onlnie 22 November 2020); NARA microfilm publication T626.

This census record provides a lot of clues to the family structure. Based on all of the above records, i have concluded that Ernest and Edith (Christy) Stoops are the parents of Sylvester Eugene, Juanita, Lois Evelyn, Everett Wayne, Charles Irvin, Olas Harold and Iola Jean. After the death of his first wife, Ernest married his sister-in-law and merged her family with his own. Thus, his obituary listed Gladys as a surviving daughter even though the census record identifies Gladys as Gladys Henderson, niece of Ernest Stoops.

While I don’t do extensive ‘digging’ when researching the descendants of my 3rd great grandfathers, I realize that I need to locate as many sources as I can. Sometimes an abundance of sources is needed to figure out a family structure.

Chief Master Sergeant

Have you ever celebrated when you find an obituary that details a military career? Well, I’m celebrating today! As I’m researching cousins, I’ve finally found an obituary that provides quite a few details about the military career of my second cousin twice removed, Everett Wayne Stoops.

Obituaries
Wayne Stoops

Feb. 19, 1919 — July 7, 2006
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Everett Wayne Stoops, U.S. Air Force, of Albany died Friday, July 7, after a valiant fight against complications of heart and lung disease. He was 87.
Born in Hamilton County, Ind., to Ernest and Edith (Christy) Stoops, he was one of eight children.
Graduating from high school at 16, he worked in the family grocery store. Enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1940, he attended aircraft maintenance schools and participated in submarine patrol missions until crashing in a B-26 aircraft on Dec. 18, 1941. He served 34 months in Australia, New Guinea, Dutch Ne Guinea and Owi Island, maintaining and, in some cases, rebuilding planes before returning to the United States. He then married Wilma Ridenour of Indiana, whom he had met on a blind date before he went overseas and ask to marry him on their third date. He left the service in 1945 as a master sergeant, but after three years re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he remained for 30 years of active service.
He was stationed all over the world from England to Labrador, Canada, to Vietnam and the Philippines, and traveled to Scotland, Bermuda, Guam, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Greenland and points in between. As often as possible, his family and their dogs accompanied him.
He was one of the first men to attain the rank of chief master sergeant, the highest a non-commissioned office can hold. Upon retirement, the family moved to Albany, where Wayne worked as parts manager for Dorsey Bus Company and then for J and J Electric until his final retirement in 1984. He continued to work part time until 1998.
He enjoyed camping neighborhood and family get-togethers, and taking his friends flying. He was a voracious reader, enjoying mysteries, westerns, war novels, nonfiction and the occasional Danielle Steel. An avid dog lover, he also discovered the joy of being owned by cats during the last 30 years of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Lydia and siblings. Survivors include Wilma, his wife of 61 years; his daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Stoops, her husband, Vernon Smith, and Grandson Connor Stoops-Smith; niece Nancy Gressler of Springfield; several nieces and nephews east of the Rockies; and many many friends.
Wayne will be remembered as a quiet man who valued his family and friends, loved animals, and was always available to lend a hand. He is missed.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the American Legion, 1215 Pacific Blvd. S.E. Albany.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Safe-Haven Humane Society or Heartland Humane Society.

“Obituaries,” Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon), 21 July 2006, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

Although I haven’t found another source to corroborate the airplane crash, I have been able to find items in the local Indiana newspapers that provide details about where Wayne Stoops was stationed during his military career.

Everett  Wayne Stoops1 was born on 19 Feb 1919 in Clarksville, Indiana.15 He was the child of Edith Ethel Christy and Ernest Evert Stoops.1,67 He lived in Wayne Township, Hamilton, Indiana, United States in 1920.8 Everett lived in Owen Township, Clinton County, Indiana in 1930.9 He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 5 Jan 1940.4,7,10 He served in the military in May 1940 in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States.1112 Everett served in the military in Staten Island, New York.12 He served in the military in Dec 1942 at Lincoln Air Base in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States.13 He served in the military in Jun 1944 at Lowry Field in Denver, Colorado, United States.14 Everett served in the military in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina.14 He was discharged from the military on 20 Sep 1945 at Camp Atterbury.4,7,12 He registered for the military draft  on 26 Sep 1945 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States.5 Everett enlisted in the Air Force on 24 Dec 1948.4,7 He served in the military witha a rank of Technical Sergeant in 1951 in Merced, California, United States.15 He lived in Salina, Saline, Kansas, United States in 1953.16 Everett served in the military in 1963 in Goose Bay, Alaska.1718 He was discharged from the military on 30 Jun 1973.4 He lived in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States in 1988.67 Everett lived in Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States in 1999.19 He lived in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States in 2002.20 He died on 7 Jul 2006 at the age of 87.14,7 The funeral of Everett was held on 2 Aug 2006 in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States.7

ENDNOTES:

1. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online 21 November 2020), Everett Wayne Stoops.

2. Oregon, Death Index 1898-2008, Everett Wayne Stoops, 7 July 2006; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

3. Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 December 2021), Everett W Stoops, 307-16-3375, before 1951.

4. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010,” database, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 December 2021), Everett W Stoops.

5. “U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 December 2021), Everett W. Stoops.

6. “Ernest Stoops,” The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), 2 October 1988, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 21 November 2020).

7. “Obituaries,” Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon), 21 July 2006, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

8. 1920 U.S. Census, Hamilton County, Indiana, population schedule, Wayne Township, Hamilton County, Indiana, ED 114, Sheet 5A Image 9 of 11, family 109, Earnest Stoops; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 21 November 2020); NARA microfilm publication T625

9. 1930 U.S. Census, Clinton County, Indiana, population schedule, Owen Township, Clinton County, Indiana, enumeration district (ED) ED 12-17, Sheet 1B, family 19, Ernest Stoops; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 22 November 2020); NARA microfilm publication T626.

10. “Local News,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 11 July 1942, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

11. “Local News,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 30 May 1940, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

12. “Burlington,” The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), 20 September 1945, page 12; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

13. Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN), ; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : accessed ).

14. “Local News,” Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN), 21 July 1944, page 9; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

15. “Local News,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 30 May 1951, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

16. “Local News,” The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), 1 January 1953, page 17; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

17. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 30 December 2021), memorial for Sylvester Eugene Stoops (1913-1963), Find a Grave Memorial no. #8528622, created by Judy, citing Geetingsville Cemetery, Geetingsville, Clinton County, Indiana; accompanying photograph by Judy, Sylvester Eugene Stoops.

18. “Christy Family Has 17th Reunion,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 17 August 1963, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

19. “Lois E Click, 81,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 30 April 1999, page 22; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 November 2020).

20. “Juanita Eleanor Zook,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 21 October 2002, page 18; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 December 2021).

Another Military Mystery

Do the fragments of information about an ancestor or distant cousins military service frustrate you? I know that even though my dad shared some of his military experience with me, he got some of the dates confused. Since he served in the U.S. Navy toward the end of World War 2, I was fortunate to be able to get his military file from NARA. However many of the records for those who served in the Army and Air Force are more difficult to find.

Even though I likely would not spend the time or money to seek out a military file for a second cousin, I do get frustrated when very little information exists about their military service. Thus, when I come across an obituary indicating that a cousin was at the Battle of the Bulge in Europe and then part of the transfer of power form the United States to the Philippines in the Pacific, I’m intrigued and trying to locate additional information.

That’s the case with one of my Christy cousins: Oscar Morris Butcher.

Tipton County Tribune (Tipton, IN)
13 Nov 2012
page 2

Oscar Butcher

Oscar Butcher, 89, Kirklin, a World War II veteran, farmer and patriot, fought his last battle on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

Oscar Morris Butcher was born Dec. 3, 1922, to Orla and Gertie (Christy) Butcher in Hamilton County. He died in his Pickard area home.

He married Mary D. (Ploughe) Butcher on May 22, 1943 and she survives.

Mr. Butcher started school in Kempton and graduated from Sugar Creek High School in 1940. He attended Purdue University short-course agriculture classes on the GI Bill after returning from World War II. Pfc. Butcher was awarded the Bronze Star in Europe for engagement in the Battle of the Bulge. Motor Sgt. Butcher drove the lead vehicle escorting High Commissioner McNutt in the parade recognizing the transfer of military control from the United States to the Filipino government in 1946.

Oscar and Mary farmed in Sugar Creek Township for almost 70 years.
He was a member of Hills Baptist Church, the Pickard Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners. He served on the Board of Directors of Agmax (now Co-Alliance) for 18 years and as the Clinton County committeeman for FSA (Farm Service Agency), formerly ASCS (Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service), for 15 years. He belonged to the Michigantown Lions and Kirklin American Legion.

In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by daughter Glenda (Garry) Frey of Frankfort and sons Morris (Betty) Butcher and Mark (Sherie) Butcher of Kirklin; grandsons, Brian Butcher and Brent (fiancée Linda Kim) Butcher, and granddaughters, Stacey (Matt) Viars, Heather (Kent) Waddelow, Laura (Mark) Greathouse and Libby (Scott Satterthwaite) Frey. Great-grandchildren include Aubrey and Evan Waddelow; Adison, Carley and Jocelyn Viars; Mariana Greathouse and Oscar Satterthwaite. A sister, Alfretta Walker Schekel of Florida, also survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Hobart and Milton Butcher and sister Elnora Lamb.

Memorials may be made to Hills Baptist Church or the Murat Shrine Transportation Club.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Kercheval Funeral Home, Sheridan, with the Rev. Robert Louden officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Frankfort.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.

“Oscar Butcher,” Tipton County Tribune (Tipton, Indiana), 13 November 2012, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 December 2021).

Since Oscar Butcher died in 2012, he is not included in the Department of Veterans’ BIRLS Death File. When I checked Fold3, he did have a ‘Memorial’ page,

According to Army Enlistment Records, Oscar M Butcher enlisted 2 Sept 1944. However, this record indicates that he was single.

Name: Oscar M Butcher
Race: White
Marital status: Single, without dependents (Single)
Rank: Private
Birth Year: 1922
Nativity State or Country: Indiana
Citizenship: Citizen
Residence: Clinton, Indiana
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: General farmers
Enlistment Date: 2 Sep 1944
Enlistment Place: Indianapolis, Indiana
Service Number: 35907671
Branch: No branch assignment
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Oscar’s Find a Grave memorial and his obituary indicate he married Mary Ploughe in 1943. An article listing marriage licenses was published in the 20 May 1943 issue of The Indianapolis Star.

“Marriage Licenses,” The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana), 20 May 1943, page 19; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 December 2021).

Even though the marriage status on the enlistment record may be incorrect, there are other newspaper articles that support the enlistment of Oscar Morris Butcher in Sept. 1944.

Many Clinton Boys to Enter Service

Frankfort, April 14. – Approximately 50 per cent of the large group of Clinton county selectees taking pre-induction physical examinations in Indianapolis Thursday were seniors of high school or students approaching the 18-year age limit. The group was composed of 67 city and county men with the remainder of the 72 including five men transferred from other boards.
William Philip Dorner was leader of the group, assisted by his brother-in-law, Carl Robert Frederickson. Other selectees were … Oscar Morris Butcher.

“Many Clinton Boys to Enter Service,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 14 April 1944, page 6; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 December 2021).

Clinton Co. Group Enters Service
Frankfort, Sept.. 2, – Following Clinton county selectees left here by bus Friday for Indianapolis, to be inducted into the armed forces:
Oscar Morris Butcher, leader; …

“Clinton Co. Group Enters Service,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 2 September 1944, page 9; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 December 2021).

Then in June 1945, a short article not only indicates that Oscar Butcher was home on furlough but identifies the unit he served with.

On Furlough
Pvt. Oscar M. Butcher of the 86th division (Blackhawk) lately returned to this country, has arrived at the home of his parents on Kirklin route 2, for a 30-day furlough.

“On Furlough,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 21 June 1945, page 18; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 December 2021).

Besides the local piece, an area paper, The Indianapolis News, published a list of all the soldiers coming home on furlough with the 86th Division that included Oscar Butcher’s name.

Here Is List of Indianapolis and Indiana Men Coming Home on Furlough with 86th Division
Indianapolis and other Hoosier members of the 86th division who are en route to their homes for thirty-day furloughs are listed below:
Indiana
Pvt. Oscar M. Butcher, Kirkland

“Here Is List of Indianapolis and Indiana Men Coming Home on Furlough with 86th Division,” The Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, IN), 18 June 1945, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 December 2021).

A July 1945 article about the 86th division indicates that after furlough, the soldiers reported to Camp Gruber in Oklahoma for training for service in the Pacific theater.

Troops of the 86th division first back from Europe, will assemble Aug. 1 at Camp Gruber, Okl., to learn how to kill Japanese as well as they polished off nazis.

Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska) 20 Jul 1945, page 2 on Newspapers.com

Then a May 1946 article in the Des Moines Tribune confirms the roll of the 86th division as the honor guard escorting Commissioner Paul V. McNutt during the diplomatic turn over of the Philippines at the close of World War 2.

Guard Roxas Taking Oath
Manila, Philippines — Ringed by submachineguns against a reported assassination plot, Manual A. Roxxas Tuesday becomes president of the Philippines commonwealth.

A United States 86th division honor guard escorted High Commissioner Paul V. McNutt to the rostrum a few minutes after Roxas’ arrival, and the consular and diplomatic corps turned out en masse for the ceremony.

Des Moines Tribune (Des Moines, Iowa) 28 May 1946, page 2 on Newspapers.com

The Holocaust Museum has a page devoted to the 86th Division. The Sons of Liberty also have a page on the 86th Division. A battle map for the 86th Division is for sale on several sites including Army Divisions.com

John Frederick Christy

Killed in Action

Do you know much about the Korean War? I have to admit that I don’t. Thus, when I learned that a second cousin twice removed was killed in action in Korea, I had to learn more.

An Ancestry hint for John Frederick Christy took me to the article about his funeral service.

The body of Fred Christy, 21-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Christy of Carmel who was killed in action in Korea on Oct. 14, will arrive home Wednesday and services will be held at the Carmel Friends church at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Rev. Stacy Wesner, pastor, will officiate and members of the Carmel Post 155, American Legion, will assist in the service. The body will be entombed in the mausoleum at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.
Friends may calla t the Christy home in Carmel until noon, Saturday. Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home.
Hamilton County’s 8th fatality in the Korean fighting, Christy was killed less than five months after he entered combat early last June with an infantry division. He received the combat infantryman’s badge for valor under fire shortly before his death.
A graduate of Carmel high school and a member of the Friends church at Carmel, he entered military service on Oct. 4, 1951, and left for the Pacific Theater last May 26.
Survivors in addition to the parents include two brothers, Russell and Dale Christy, both of Carmel.

“Last Rites for Fred Christy on Saturday,” The Noblesville Ledger (Noblesville, Indiana), 23 December 1952, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 19 December 2021).

Hoping to learn more about how John Frederick Christy’s death, I turned to my normal source — newspapers. I did find an article from when the parents were notified about his death.

Fred Christy, Carmel Alumnus, Killed in Korea

The Carmel community mourns with the John Christys the loss of their middle son, John Frederick Christy. Word came to Mr. and Mrs. Christy at the Halloween Festival last Friday night concerning the death of their son, and the festive mood was killed for all who heard the unwelcome news.
Fred Christy started school in the first grade at Carmel shortly after his parents moved into the community. His older brother, Russell, started his fifth grade at Carmel and both boys were held in high esteem by faculty and students throughout their High School career. Dale Christy, the younger brother is at present a very popular Carmel High School senior. John Christy has given much to the community and the school. Besides the attendance and contributions of his boys in school, he has figured prominently in physical changes of the school with his electrical and plumbing “know how” from the time the cafeteria was moved from the second floor of the school to the basement, to the present when he has been engaged in moving the cafeteria to the new annex.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Christy have settled in Carmel since his service in the second world war when he served overseas in India in the Signal Corps. He ws drafted into service on June 10, 1943, and gave 35 months of his life to the army. Fred was drafted Oct 4, 1951 and according to the point system, should have returned to Carmel in March or April of 1953.
Russell works at Stewart warner and Dale will graduate form Carmel High School next spring. The Christys are very much a part of Carmel, and many will remember that Fred was in the first Senior class to publish the Pinnacle, the first Senior Class to go to Washington, D.C. and the first Christy to be lost to the community.

“Fred Christy, Carmel Alumnus, Killed in Korea,” The Noblesville Ledger (Noblesville, Indiana), 7 November 1952, pge 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 19 December 2021).

Going back in time, I found an article from when John Fred Christy was inducted.

Nine Hamilton County Men Are Drafted into Army

Nine Hamilton County men were drafted into the Army Thursday.
They Were:
Cleo Dean Frank
John Russell Wechsler
John Frederick Christy
Norman Allen Merriman
Thomas Lee Williamson
Walter Lewis Anderson
Richard Lee Harvey
John DeHart
Wendell Joy Dillinger

They left Noblesville by bus early in the morning for Indianapolis. They were expected to leave that city, probably for Fort Custer, Mich., late that afternoon.
On Wednesday 22 local men were in Indianapolis for physical examination. Results of these exams are not expected until later this month.
November’s draft quota is expected to be about the same as those received this month. Yesterday Adjutant Gen. Robinson Hitchcock, director of Indiana Selective Service announced that only 628 Hoosiers would be drafted in December. This is about half the normal monthly quota.
He said 60 per cent of the draftees would be summoned in the first week of the month, 20 percent in the second week and the remaining in the third week. None will be drafted in the holiday period.

“Nine Hamilton County Men Are Drafted into Army,” The Noblesville Ledger (Noblesville, Indiana), 5 October 1951, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 19 December 2021).

Since none of these articles provided information about which unit he served in, I turned to Google. Thankfully, Google came thru with some valuable information. On the American Battle Monuments Commission site, I found a ‘certificate’ that lists John Frederick Christy’s unit

https://www.abmc.gov/korean-honor-roll/422450

Another page on the American Battle Monuments Commission lists the awards that John F. Christy received, including the Purple Heart.

Having identified John Fred Christy’s unit as the 31st Infantry Regiment of the 7th Division, Google and Wikipedia came thru with information about where the regiment was fighting in October 1952. The regiment was part of Operation Showdown in the attack on Triangle Hill.

The Wikipedia article likely describes the battle where John F. Christy was killed.

Opening moves

At 04:00 on 14 October 1952, following two days of preliminary air strikes,[25] the ROK-American bombardment intensified across the 30 km (19 mi) front held by the PVA 15th Corps. At 05:00, the 280 guns and howitzers of the IX Corps extended their firing range to allow for the ROK-American infantry to advance behind a rolling barrage.[33] The concentrated bombardment succeeded in clearing the foliage on Triangle Hill and Sniper Ridge, destroying most of the above-ground fortifications on the two positions.[33] The intense shelling also disrupted PVA communication lines, eliminating all wired and wireless communications in the area.[34]

As the US and ROK forces approached the PVA defenses, they were met with grenades, Bangalore torpedoesshaped charges, and rocks.[35][36] Unable to safely advance, US/ROK troops were forced to rely on close-support artillery to subdue PVA resistance,[35][36] but the network of bunkers and tunnels allowed the PVA to bring up reinforcements as the above-ground troops were depleted.[36][37] Although the 31st Infantry Regiment was equipped with ballistic vests in the first mass military deployment of modern personal armor;[12] its 1st and 3rd Battalions nevertheless suffered 96 fatalities, with an additional 337 men wounded in the first attack – the heaviest casualties the 31st Infantry Regiment had suffered in a single day during the war.[12][38]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Triangle_Hill

I’m thankful that I looked for additional information about John Frederick Christy’s death! If I hadn’t done my simple Google search, I doubt I would have found out that he had been award the Purple Heart.

Christy Will

I found the will for my 3rd great grandfather, Samuel H. St. G. Chirsty, on Ancestry in the database, Indiana, US Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999.

Page 147 (Image 610 of 884)

Last Will and Testament of Samuel H. St. G. Christy

State of Indiana Tipton County
January 28 1887

I Samuel H. St. G. Christy of the
County of Tipton and the Sate of Indiana
do make this my last will
first 1st I want my wife Mariah Christy
to have the one third of the rents and profits
of my farm so long as she may live
I want my sons to attend the farm they
consist of Ebenezer, Samuel M George and
William H Christy they to share the two
thirds of the Profits Equally between
themselves
2nd At the Death of my wife Mariah I
want the farm and all moneys I may be
possessed of equally divided among my children
3rd I want my sons to pay my debts
From the property I now possess
4” After my debts are paid I want the rema
inder of my property to remain on the farm
and be controlled by my sons

Samuel H. St. G Christy

Witness
A C Littleton
John C. Amos

Proof of will
Over on next page

See page 149 for renunciation of will
By Widow

Page 148
Proof of Will
State of Indiana Tipton County SS
Be it remembered that on the 30” day of
March 1904 A C Littleton one of the
Subscribing witnesses to the within and fore
Going last will and testament of Samuel
H. St. G. Christy late of said county deceased
Personally appeared before D H Kemp clerk of the
Circuit court of Tipton county in the state
of Indiana and being duly sworn by the
clerk of said court upon his oath declared
and testified as follows that she say that
on the 28” day of January 18887 he saw the
said Samuel H St G Christy sign his name to
said instrument in writing in and for his
last will and testament and that this deponent
at the same time heard the said Samuel H St G
Christy declare the said instrument in writing
to be his last will and testament and that the
said instrument in writing was at the same
time at the request of said Samuel H St. G.
Christy and with his consent attested and
subscribed by the said A C Littleton and
John C Amos in the presence of said testator and
in the presence of each other as subscribing
witnesses thereto and that the said Samuel
H St. G Christy was at the time of the signing
and subscribing of said instrument in
writing as aforesaid of full age (that is more than
twenty one years of age) and of sound and
disposing mind and memory and not under
any coercion or restraint as the said deponent
verily believes and further deponent says not
A C Littleton
Sworn to and subscribed by the said A C Littleton
before me D H Kemp Clerk of said court at Tipton
Indiana the 30” day of March 1904
D H Kemp Clerk

In attestation whereof I have hereunto subscribed
my name and affixed the seal of said court
D H Kemp Clerk

Page 149
The State of Indiana Tipton County SS
I D H Kemp Clerk of the circuit court of
Tipton County Indiana do hereby certify that
the within annexed will and testament of
Samuel H. St. G. Christy has been duly admitted
to probate and duly proved by the testa-
money of A C Littleton one of the subscribing
witnesses thereto that a complete record of
said will and the testimony of the said
A C Littleton in proof thereof has been
by me duly made and recorded in Book 3
at page (147) (148 149) of the Record of Wills
of said county
In attestation whereof I have hereunto
subscribed my name and affixed the seal
of said court at Tipton this 30” day of
March 1904
D H Kemp
Clerk Circuit Court of Tipton

Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1789-1999, Samuel H. St. G. Christy, 1887; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 14 December 2021).

Then, in November 1904, Samuel Christy’s widow renounces the will.

Renunciation of Will by widow
State of Indiana Tipton County SS In the matter of
the estate of Samuel St G Christy deceased
comes now Mariah Christy and being duly sworn
says that she is the widow of the said Samuel St. G
Christy and being a subsequent childless wife
That she has this day been informed that there has been
probated an alleged will of the decedent that she was never
informed that said alleged will had been probated by the
administrators Samuel m Christy or any other person until
this date That she now renounces the said will and
all provisions therein made in favor of her the said
Mariah Christy and that she hereby demands
all her rights under the law as such to her
interest in her deceased husband’s estate
Mariah Christy
Subscribed and sworn to before me this
the 23rd day of November 1904
David McMath
My term exp Oct 15 1908

The fact that a widow might ‘renounce’ a will was new to me. When I searched The Genealogy Squad group on Facebook, I found a comment that explained the process. According to this comment, by renouncing the will, Mariah Christy was choosing to take her “Spousal Elective Share”

Searching Google to find out how Indiana defines a spouse’s elective share resulted in a page that defines elective share:

  • Limited to 50 percent share
  • Lower if spouse previously married and you did not have children with deceased spouse
  • Limited to 1/3 if spouse previously married and surviving spouse did not have children with deceased spouse
  • Limited to 1/4 if spouse previously married and one did not have children with deceased spouse and children survive from deceased spouse’s previous marriage

I don’t know what the elective share was in 1904. However, if the above definitions were in place then I’m not sure what Mariah Christy was hoping to gain by renouncing the will.

  • Mariah was Samuel’s 3rd wife
  • Mariah and Samuel did not have children
  • Several children survived from Samuel’s previous two marriages
  • Samuel’s will provided for Mariah to receive 1/3 of the rents and profits

To figure out what happened to this will after Mariah’s renunciation, I will likely need to access court, land and/or probate records for Tipton County, Indiana. I might be able to access the Probate records at a family history center. However, a trip to Tipton county will be required to study the land records.

Rachel Christy

Rachel Elmeda Christy1 was born on 28 Apr 1845 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.2–8

She was the child of Samuel Christy and Lyda Gallimore.9

She was listed as Elmedia Cristy, a 5 year old female who was born in Ohio in the household of Samuel Cristy in Jasper Township, Fayette, Ohio, United States on 21 Sep 1850.10

Rachel E. Christy was listed in the household of Samuel H Christy on the 1860 census living in Jefferson Township, Tipton County, Indiana. According to the census, Rachel was 15 years old and born in Ohio.11

She married James Marshall Ricketts on 12 Jul 1866 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States.4–5,7,12–25

On 7 Apr 1868, Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.22–23

On 24 Apr 1870, Hulda May Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.22–23

Rachel A Rickets was listed in the household of James M Rickets on the 1870 census living in Sugar Creek Township, Clinton County, Indiana. According to the census, Rachel was 25 years old and born in Ohio.26

On 9 Nov 1871, Annabelle Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.22–23

On 29 Jul 1873, Daisy Pearl Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.22–23

On 17 Mar 1875, Manford Milton Ebesnor Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.22–23

On 17 Jun 1877, Charles Desmond Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.22–23

Rachel A Ricketts was listed as the wife of James M Ricketts on the 1880 census living in Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Rachel was 34 years old and born in Ohio.27

On 7 Oct 1880, Minnie Ricketts was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.23

On 7 Oct 1880, Dora Ricketts was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.23

R. E. Ricketts was listed in the household of James M. Ricketts on the 1885 Kansas census living in Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, R. E. Ricketts was 39 years old.1

R. E. Ricketts was listed in the household of J. M. Ricketts on the 1895 Kansas census living in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, R. E. Ricketts was 50 years old and born in Ohio.8

Rachel E. Ricketts was listed as the wife of James M. Ricketts on the 1900 census living in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Rachel was born April 1845 in Ohio. Rachel and James had been married 35 years in 1900. Rachel was the mother of 8 children, 6 of whom were living in 1900.28

Rachel was listed as Rachel Ricketts, a 60 year old female who was born in Ohio in the household of J. M. Ricketts living in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Mar 1905.29

Rachel E. Ricketts was listed as the wife of James M Ricketts on the 1910 census living in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Rachel was 64 years old and born in Ohio. Rachel was the mother of 8 children, 6 of whom were living in 1910.30

She was listed as R. E. Ricketts, a 69 year old female who was born in Ohio in the household of J. M. Ricketts living in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1915.31

Rachel E Ricketts was listed as the wife of James M. Ricketts on the 1920 census living in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Rachel was 74 years old and born in Ohio.32

She lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in Dec 1920.19

Rachel received pension as a widow of James M Ricketts for his service in K 7 Indiana Cavalry on 23 Feb 1921 .33

She lived in Topeka, Kansas, United States in 1924.9

Rachel Ricketts was listed as the 80 year old mother in the household of Edward G. Briles living in Iola, Allen County, Kansas. According to the census, Rachel was born in Indiana.34

She died on 27 Jan 1927 at the age of 81 in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.2–4,6–7,35–36

Rachel was buried on 29 Jan 1927 in Liberty (Dutro), Woodson County, Kansas.3–4,37

ENDNOTES:

  1. 1885 Kansas State Census, Woodson County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 11 Image 16 of 96, household 49, James M. Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); Kansas State Historical Society
  2. , (Ricketts.KS.003), Dutro Cemetery, , .
  3. Mrs. Rachel E. RIcketts, death certificate #2011237 (27 January 1917), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.
  4. “Yates Center News”, (Yates Center, Kansas), to (), “Died” Frday, Feb. 4, 1927, page 7 col. 4 (Ricketts.Notebook); ,
  5. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 446.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.
  6. Ancestry Database, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).
  7. “Obituary – Mrs. J. M. Ricketts,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 4 February 1927, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 August 2020).
  8. 1895 Kansas State Census, Woodson County Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 12 Image 18 of 76, family 74, J M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 12 May 2021); Kansas State Historical Society
  9. “Long Illness Ended,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 7 February 1924, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 21 November 2020).
  10. 1850 U.S. Census, Fayette County Ohio, population schedule, Jasper Township, Fayette County, Indiana, page 156, household 1293, Samuel H Christy; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432.
  11. 1860 U.S. Census, Tipton County, Indiana, population schedule, Jefferson Township, Tipton County, Indiana, page 189 Image 15 of 34, household 1425, Samuel H Christy; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653
  12. Marriage Record, Vol. 5, # 1, page 12 (Ricketts.IN.006).
  13. Clinton County Indiana Marriage Records 1830-1852 (Owensboro, KY: Cook-McDowell Publications, 1980), p. 10 #879 (Ricketts.IN.008). Hereinafter cited as Clinton County Indiana Marriage Records.
  14. , Marriage Record, Book 4 page 498 (Ricketts.Notebook) ().
  15. “Yates Center News”, (Yates Center, Kansas), to (), “Died” Friday Dec. 3, 1920, page 4, col 3 (Ricketts.Notebook); ,
  16. James M. Ricketts file; James M. Ricketts; (: ), (Ricketts.Notebook).
  17. 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 12 May 2021.
  18. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,”Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (August 2018), James M Ricketts.
  19. “Died,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 December 1920, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).
  20. “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” database with images, FamilySearch (familysearch.org : viewed online 6 October 2020), James N Ricketts.
  21. James Marshall Ricketts, Military and pension record of James Marshall Ricketts (: U.S. Government), Ricketts Notebook.
  22. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1898 Bureau Pensions Questions James RIcketts.
  23. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1915 Pension Questionnaire James Ricketts.
  24. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1921 Declaration for Widow’s Pension Rachel Ricketts.
  25. “Obituary – Ricketts,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 24 December 1920, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 8 April 2021).
  26. 1870 U.S. Census, Clinton County, Indiana, population schedule, Sugar Creek Township, Clinton County, Indiana, page 9 Image 9 of 25, family 66, Ricketts James M; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132
  27. 1880 U.S. Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 58, page 7 Image 7 of 15, household 53, James M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9
  28. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Woodson County, KS, ED 186, sheet 3B Image 6 of 18, household 162, Ricketts James; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); FHL microfilm: 1240503
  29. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 10 Image 19 of 70, family 76, J M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 12 May 2021); Kansas State Historical Socity
  30. 1910 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 147, Sheet 2B Image 4 of 16, household 47, Ricketts James M; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T624
  31. 1915 Kansas Census, Woodson County, 1905 State Census, Liberty Township, page 20 Image 39 of 71, dwelling 4, J. M. Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online March 2016); Kansas State Historical Society
  32. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 156, Sheet 2B Image 4 of 13, household 41, James M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625
  33. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, James M Ricketts, 20 April 1870; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018). Original Source: NARA micorfilm publication T288.
  34. 1925 Kansas Census, Coffey County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Iola, Allen County, Kansas, page 20 Image 19 of 70, family 172, Briles Edward G; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online January 2019); Kansas State Historical Society
  35. “Death of Mrs. R. E. Ricketts,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 27 January 1927; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 August 2020).
  36. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1927 Drop Report Rachel Ricketts.
  37. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online September 2016), memorial for Rachel Elmeda Christy Ricketts (1845-1927), Find a Grave Memorial no. #16190923, created by Bertha Avery-Hood, citing Liberty Dutro Cemetery, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Donna Londeed, Rachel Elmeda Christy Ricketts.

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