Honoring the Veterans in My Family

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

World War II

Eugene Crawford

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

Esther Crawford Noll

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

Hugh Judson Crawford

Hugh Crawford served in the U.S. Navy Seabees

Walter Emery Briles

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

World War I

Leon Crawford

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

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

War between the States

Washington Marion Crawford

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

Richmond Fisk Hammond

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

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

Other Civil War Veterans

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revolutionary War

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

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

100 Years Ago

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 18 May 1919 – 100 years ago.

2)  List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

My Grandparents

  • Leon Crawford was living with his parents at 504 Ave G in Dodge City
  • Winnie Letha Currey was likely living with her sister, Myrtle. Winnie traveled from Kansas City to Dodge City in 1918 to help Myrtle with the birth of her first child, Dorothy. Winnie and Leon were married on Christmas Eve in 1919 at Myrtle’s house.
  • Edward O. Briles and his wife Pauline (Mentzer) Briles were likely living in Woodson County in 1919. Edward’s World War I draft card indicated they were living in Everett Township, Woodson County in June of 1917. By 1920, they had moved to Allen County.

My Great Grandparents

  • Judson Foster Crawford and Josie Winifred (Hammond) Crawford were living at 504 Avenue G in Dodge City, Kansas.
  • Hiram Miles Currey was living at 4108 Penn Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. His wife, Winnie May (Hutchinson) Currey, was no longer living.
  • Edward Grant Briles and Frances Artlissa (Ricketts) Briles were living in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas
  • Charles Oliver Mentzer and Nettie Adell (Wells) Mentzer were living in Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas.

My Great-great grandparents

  • Mary Foster Crawford was living at 911 Second in Dodge City, Kansas. Her husband, Washington Marion Crawford, was no longer living.
  • Richmond Fisk Hammond was living in Sawtelle Soldier’s Home in Los Angeles, California. His first wife, Sarah Ellen (Ralston) Hammond was no longer lving.
  • Sarah Jane (Thompson) Briles was living in Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas. Her first husband, Noah Washington Briles, was no longer living.
  • James Marshall Ricketts and Rachel Elmeda (Christy)Rickets were living in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas.
  • Emeline (Minnick) Mentzer was living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. Her husband, George Mentzer, was no longer living.

Two Degrees

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):1)  Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with two degrees of separation?  That means “you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor.”  When was that second ancestor born?

My first thought was that I knew my great-grandmother, Josie Crawford.

Crawford Line: Josie Hammond Crawford was born in 1874. She would have known her grandfather, Horatio Hammond (1798-1879) and grandparents, James Barr Ralston (1811-1904) and Nancy Jane McCormick (1818-1907).

Josie would have also known her in-laws: Washington Marion Crawford (1838-1889) and Mary Foster Crawford (1842-1929). Josie’s father-in-law was a prisoner of war at Andersonville, as was her father, Richmond Fisk Hammond (1840-1928).

Currey Line: I kne my grandmother, Winnie Letha Currey (1903-1992). Winnie did not know any of her grandparents since they all died prior to her birth. Her mother, Winnie Mae Hutchinson, died in 1913, when my grandmother was ten. My grandmother did not know much about her heritage. Her thirst for knowledge about her mother’s family is what started my genealogy quest.

Briles Line: I knew my grandfather, Edward Osmond Briles (1891-1956). His grandfather, Noah Washington Briles (1840-1879) died before he was born. His grandmother, Sarah Jane Thompson Briles (1843) was still living in Coffey county, Kansas near where his parents lived. Also living in the area were his other grandparents,James Marshall Ricketts (1847-1920) and Rachel Elmeda Christy (1845-1927). Also living in the area was E. O. Briles’ great grandfather, Alexander Briles (1813-1900). Several of his other great granparents were living, but not in Coffey county, Kansas. William Taylor Thompson (1820-1898) and his wife, Polly Ann Evans (1821-1896) were living in Wapello County, Iowa. Orilda Matilda Reed Ricketts (1828-1900) was living in Clinton county, Indiana. Samuel Christy (1819-1904) was also living in Clinton county, Indiana. Whether the families visited each other is unknown.

Mentzer Line: I knew my great-grandfather, Charles Oliver Mentzer (1869-1955). He would have known his grandfather, John Minnick (1822-1903).

I connect within two degrees of separation to my third great grandfather, Horatio Hammond. Horatio Hammond was living in Knox county, Illinois where Josie Winifred Hammond was born.

Ultimate Challenge

Have you ever found two men of the same name in the county records and tried to figure out which record is for which man. Most genealogists encounter this difficulty sometime in their research. I have several of those conflicts in my tree. However, my Hiram Currey same name challenge is an ‘ultimate challenge’.

My great-grandfather, Hiram M. Currey (of Dodge City, Kansas) was the son of Hiram M Currey and Angelina Jane Burke of Leavenworth, Kansas. I believe this Hiram M. Currey was the son of Hiram M. Currey of Peoria, Illinois and the grandson of Hiram M. Currey of Champaign County, Ohio. Thus, I have a potential of four generations of Hiram M Currey’s with very little direct evidence tying them together.

My research on this line began with Hiram M. Currey of Leavenworth. Hiram M. Currey married Angelina Burke in 1856 in Weston, Missouri. By 1860, they were living on the Kansas side of the border. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any records in Platte County, Missouri or Leavenworth County, Kansas to directly tie Hiram Currey to his parents or siblings. The only information I have that might tie Hiram M. Currey of Leavenworth to parents is from the family Bible. According to the Bible, Hiram Currey was born in 1835 in Peoria, Illinois.


Armed with that one bit of information, I began my search with the census. I didn’t find a 15 year old Hiram Currey in Peoria Illinois — nor any Currey family with a male around 15 in Peoria. I did find a Hiram Currey in the 1840 census in Peoria who had a male child under 5. Thinking this could be the father of Hiram Currey of Leavenworth, I started researching Hiram Currey of Peoria.

According to the Atlas of Peoria County, Illinois, Hiram Currey was a lawyer. The History of Peoria County indicates that Hiram Currey was a member of the Peoria Company during the Black Hawk War in 1832. There are several other mentions of Hiram Currey between 1825 and 1844 in Peoria County. Unfortunately, these histories do not contain a biography, nor do they help in identifying parents or siblings for Hiram Currey, the lawyer. So far, I haven’t found any record that might indicate what happened to Hiram Currey after 1844.

I believe the Hiram Currey of Peoria is the same Hiram Currey that was admitted to the practice of law in Rush County, Indiana in 1822 (Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Indiana).

With no information on his family, I started looking for potential fathers and found Hiram Mirick Currey of Champaign County, Ohio. This Hiram Currey served as treasurer of Ohio in 1818. As treasurer, he was involved in the court case, Osborn v. Bank of the United States. Because of this court case, there are a lot of references to Hiram Currey in various newspapers of the time until about 1822. Sometime after 1820, Hiram Currey may have moved to Indiana. So far, I haven’t found any records that identify Hiram Currey of Peoria as the son of Hiram Currey of Ohio.

In the process of trying to learn more about these Hiram Currey families, I came across a biography for Dr. John Currie of Darlington, Montgomery County, Indiana in the History of Montgomery County, Indiana by Beckwith. This biography names Providence M. as John’s father and Thomas as his uncle.

Thus, I started researching several Curry/Currey/Currie families: Hiram of Ohio, Providence and Thomas of Indiana and Hiram of Peoria. It was by researching all of these men that I discovered a land transaction between Hiram Currey of Peoria and Thomas Currey of Carroll County, Indiana.


As I continued researching their families, I found Thomas’ widow, Jane in the 1850 census. Living in her household was a 15 year old male, named Hiram.


Since the probate record for Thomas does not include a child named Hiram, I believe this 15 year old Hiram Currey to be the Hiram Currey who married Angelena Burke in Weston in 1854.



Even though my paper research is based on a lot of pieces of indirect evidence, I do have DNA evidence to support my conclusions. I have a match with a descendant of Caroline Kelso, whom I believe to be a sister to Hiram Currey of Leavenworth. I also have a match with a descendant of Hiram Currey of Ohio thru Hiram’s daughter Jane Guttridge. These DNA matches are not enough to prove this lineage – but they do support it.

So my ultimate #52Ancestors challenge has been and continues to be collecting data to support (or disprove) a lineage of four Hiram M. Curreys:

  • Hiram of Dodge City
  • Hiram of Leavenworth
  • Hiram of Peoria
  • Hiram of Ohio

Thomas Curry Estate


Source of Image: Ancestry.com. Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.[Image 528 of 819]
Original data: Indiana County, District and Probate Courts.

Probate Order Book
Carroll County, Indiana
Book 2 page 520

May Term 1848 — 3rd Day May 10

Austin C Sheets Administrator
of the estate of Thomas M. Curry deceased
Sarah C Sheets
James B Curry
Mary I Curry
Elizabeth J Curry
Easter A Curry
Helen M Curry
Caroline T Curry

Application to sell land

And now at this time comes
the said Administrator by M
Allen his atty and files his
petition in the words & figures
following (insert) praying for a sale of certain real estate
therein named and there upon he files in open court an
inventory and appraisement of the real estate in the words
& figures following (insert) and thereupon the said petitioner
files in open court the written consent of the said defendants
Sarah C Sheets James B Curry Mary I Currey who are of
lawful age [manning] the service of process herein arise
consenting that a decree shall be [entered]at the present
term of this for the sale of the lands described in said
petition and thereupon comes into open court James B
Curry who is the guardian of the persons and property of
said defendents Elizabeth J Currey Easter A Curry
Helen M Curry & Caroline T Curry who are minors under
the age of twenty one years and [bears the using] and service
of process herein and enters his appearance for the said
defendants & minors and consents that proceedings in this
cause may be had and the case heard at the present
term of this court and thereupon said Administrator
now files in open court his additional bond with John
Barr his security which is in the words & figures following
(insert) which is by the court approved and the court
after being fully advised in the [promises use after]
having heard the proof, and allegations of the parties
It is therefore ordered adjudged by the court now here
that the said Thomas M Curry deceased at the time of his
was seized in fee simple of the following lands situate in
said county of Carroll, State of Indiana to wit The west
half of the south west quarter of Section No (26) twenty six
Township No (24) twenty four Range No (1) one east Also
the East half of the south east quarter of section no (27)
twenty seven same township and range and that said
decedent at the time of his death held a title bond from
Martin Shinn for the south west quarter as the South
East quarter of section No (27) twenty seven same
Township and Range on which said last mentioned
land full payment had been mad by said decendant

page 521
in his lifetime that it is further ordered adjudged and decreed
by the court that said Adminstrator proceed to sell said
land at public sale at the court house door in Delphi on the
first Monday in June 1848 after having [adm?t?d] the time
and place of sale in Carroll express a newspaper of general
circulation printed and published in said county and by putting up
written notices in the Township where the land is situate
according to law that it is further ordered adjudged &
Decreed by the court that said Administrator sell the said
land on the following terms to wit eight hundred dollars
cash in hand and the balance in two equal payments
twelve and eighteen months from the day of sale the purchaser
giving good free hold security for the payment of said purchase
money and it is further ordered that said real estate shall
not be sold for less than two thirds of its appraised value after
subtracting all loyal incumbrances on the same and it is
further ordered ajudged decreed by the court that if said
Administrator shall fail to sell said land at public sale
as above directed that then he shall proceed to sell the
same at private sale to the highest bidder so that the amount
shall not be less than two thirds the appraised value
thereof after directing incumbrances as aforesaid [and
said Administrator as part his proceedings to the next
term of this court & this cause is continued.

Time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Saturday Night 

Time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  What was your best research achievement in 2018?  Tell us – show us a document, or tell us a story, or display a photograph.  Brag a bit!  You’ve earned it!

2)  We all have elusive ancestors.  What research problem do you want to work on in 2019?  Tell us where you want to research and what you hope to find.

Well, it is actually Sunday afternoon, but I thought I’d accept the challenge.

I think my best research achievement for 2018 would be finding evidence to support a story my grandmother Briles told me about her grandfather. According to my grandmother, her grandfather got involved in a creamery and ‘lost his shirt’.  I wrote about finding newspaper articles about a court case referred to as the creamery mess  involving George Mentzer in my previous blog, Creamery Mess.

Upon further research, I found quite a few newspaper articles about the Yates Center Creamery. I also found two court transcripts related to the case. Those newspapers articles and the court transcripts were transcribed in my blog post, Creamery Mess Part 2.

Shortly after writing those blogs, I was able to make a research trip to Woodson County, Kansas. During that trip, I visited with the clerk of courts. It was from that visit that I obtained some of the court case file. I haven’t transcribed the case file (yet), but I found it interesting that George Mentzer’s sons, J. F. Mentzer and C. O. Mentzer were included in the list of defendants.


So what would I like to find in 2019? I’d love to break thru one of my brick walls. Since most of my brick walls involve dead ends in Kentucky, I need to learn more about early Kentucky records. Based on my current research, I believe a lot of those Kentucky lines go back to Virginia. Thus, I also need to learn more about Virginia records, especially the collections of the Virginia Historical Society.

While it sounds like I should be making a research trip to Kentucky or Virginia, I was thinking that I needed to go to the Wisconsin Historical Society to use the Draper Manuscript Collection. This collection of papers may hold the key to several of my Kentucky lines: Crawford, Currey, Thompson, Bland, or Burke. Thus, my immediate goal needs to be to not only learn more about this collection but to use any available finding aids in preparation for such a trip.

Looks like I have some prep work to do and travel plans to make! Where will your 2019 goals take you?

Currey Bible

One of the items passed down to me by my grandmother, Winnie Crawford, was the Currey family Bible. This Bible contains a wealth of family information.


Currey-Family-Bible-1835-1920-TitlePage-240The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Translated Out of the Original Greek; and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. New York: American Bible Society, 1880.






Currey-Family-Bible-1835-1920-p1-240Family Record:

NOTE: Since the Bible is copyrighted in 1880, any births, deaths or marriages prior to 1880 would have been written in the Bible after 1880.


Hiram M Currey Aug the 13th A D 1835 at Peoria Ill

And his wife

Angelina Jane Burke was borned in Kentucky AD Oct 30th 1836


Children of H M and A J Currey

Sarah Evelina borned January 31st 1859

John Henry was borned March the 11th A.D. 1861

Mary Caroline was borned May the 8th AD 1864

Hiram Miles was borned October 23d AD 1866

William Quincy borned December the 11th AD 1868

James Gilbert was borned the 10th day of October 1871

Lizzia Jane was borned May 22nd 1874

Dora Ann borned October 14th 1876

Marion Franklin borned April the 12th 1881

(different hand writing) Winnie May the wife of Hiram Miles was borned May 6 1871, Osage City Iowa

Marriages (handwriting similar to that recording majority of births)

Currey-Family-Bible-1835-1920-p2-240Hiram M Currey and Angelina Jane Burke was married at Weston Missouri by the Rev J B Write on the 3d day of August 1856

Sarah E Currey was married September 25 1879

Mary C Currey married Febuary 12th 1886 to Henery J Spears Lansing Kansas

Marriages – Children of H. M. Currey and Winnie May Hutchinson (different ink / different handwriting)


Herbert Miles Currey and Pearl Stewart was married Dec. 24 1916 at Ogden, Utah

Myrtle Irene Currey & Claude E Gaskill was married March 24, 1917 at Dodge City Kas by Pro. Judge Miss Mary Hale

Mary Lela Currey & Joseph Louis Walter was married Feb 2, 1919 by Rev Towsend Wright at North Kansas City Mo

Winnie Letha Currey & Leon Russel Crawford was married Dec 24 1919 by Rev Gray at Dodge City Ks

Earnest O. Currey

Alma Jean Currey

Family Record

(note in left margin: Children of H F & E A Burk)


Henery F Burke the father of Angelina Jane Burke was borned Aprile the 30th 1811

Elizabeth Ann Bland wife of Henery F Burke and mother of Angelina J Burk was borned December 25th 1813

Angelina J Burke borned October 30 1836


Milton E Burke borned February 2d 1838

Sarah E Burke borned July 25 1839

Perillia A Burke borned July 15 1841

John Martin Burke borned Aprile 30th 1844

Handwriting changes / also ink changes to what looks like pencil

Baby borned April 18th 1892

Henry borned May 25 1893

Herbert borned April 31895

Hiram borned Aug 11 1897 died March 2nd 1901

Winnie M Hutchison wife of H M Currey died Sept (some date crossed out) 23 1913

Angelina Jane Currey

Baby died May 10 1892

Hiram died Jan 24 1898

Henry died May 20 1906

Winnie May Hutchinson the wife of Hiram Myles Currey died Sept (25 crossed out) 23 1913

Currey-Family-Bible-1835-1920-p5-240Bck of Title Page

Children of Mary Lela Walters and Joseph Louis Walters

Daughter of Hiram Miles Currey & Winnie May Hutchison

Louis Elwyn Walters borned Nov 18 1919

Borned in North Kansas City, Mo.

Claude Arnold Walters borned Oct 27 1921

Borned in Kansas City Mo


Doral LaVerne Walters borned Sept 18 1925

Died Oct 16 1925

Borned Dodge City Kansas


Trail Diaries

The Family Search blog posted several items today about the westward migration, including the post: The Westward Expansion and Pioneers — How It Affects Your Family History. Even though I can’t prove any of my ancestors migrated to California or Oregon, I have done some trail research. In particular, I am looking for Hiram M. Currey who disappears sometime between 1845 and 1850.

Operating under the assumption that he might have gone to California in 1849 for the Gold Rush, I have sought out memoirs and diaries of the trek west. One of the resources I’ve used is the book, Platte River Road Narratives by Merrill J. Mattes. This book not only indexes around 2000 trail diaries but provides a description of the diary and information regarding the repository where the diary may be found.


I was able to read many of the diaries from the Peoria, Illinois area when I visited the Merrill J Mattis Research Library at the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence Missouri.

Another resource I’ve used in my trail research is the series of books, Covered Wagon Women: Diaries & Letters from the Western Trails. Each book contains several diaries, letters or journals written by women about their journey west.

I investigated these books hoping to find mention of my Peoria, llinois Currey family. I did not find my Currey family. Instead I found the complete journal written by Amelia Hadley, my great grandmother’s sister.

These diaries, journals and letters provide great insight into the journey west. They are well worth the effort to locate and read.

Farmers in My Tree

As part of #AncestorChallenge2018 on Twitter, David Allen Lambert recently asked “Who was your last farming generation in your family?” Since I nor my parents grew up on a farm, I had to think about this question.

I did grow up with two family stories related to farming. My grandfather, Leon Crawford, always talked about how he helped ‘Uncle Jimmy’ farm his land. The story involved him running the tractor on land just south of the Arkansas River in Dodge City. At the time, I didn’t think to question granddad about ‘Uncle Jimmy’, but wished I had. ‘Unlce Jimmy’ was likely James H. Crawford. James H. Crawford was the brother to my 2nd great grandfather. Thus, he was my grandfather’s great uncle. James H. Crawford did own land on the south side of the river in Dodge City.

The second story involved my grandfather Briles. Family lore says he rented farm ground where the Emporia Country Club is located. Although I don’t have any documentation to support this story, I do have a picture of my grandfather, Edward Osmond Briles on his tractor.Briles-Edward-b1891-1955-Tractor

In terms of my great grandparents, two (both on my mom’s side) are identified as farmers on the 1900 census. Edward Grant Briles is listed on the 1900, 1910 and 1920 censuses as a farmer. However, the 1930 census indicates he was a carpenter at the age of 59 with the 1940 census again stating that Edward was a farmer. Charles Oliver Mentzer is also listed on multiple censuses as a farmer in Woodson County, Kansas.

On my dad’s side, one family story says that my dad’s grandfather, Judson Foster Crawford, participated as a cook’s helper on a cattle drive. Since Judson was born in 1866 in Indiana and didn’t arrive in the Dodge City area until around 1884, it is highly unlikely that he helped with any of the cattle drives from Texas to Kansas. Like his son, Leon Crawford, Judson likely helped his uncle, James H Crawford, farm his land. As an adult, Judson Crawford worked for the railroad.

My dad’s other grandfather, Hiram M. Currey, did try his hand at farming. In 1908, he moved from Leavenworth County to Rooks County, Kansas. In Rooks County, Hiram rented land and took up farming. Hiram’s farming adventure as short-lived as he returned to Eastern Kansas by 1913. currey-hiram-b1866-1908-the_leavenworth_times_fri__jul_17__1908_.jpg

“Delaware,” local news, The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 17 July 1908; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online September 2016).

Although I am two or more generations away from farming, many of my ancestors back to 1850 claimed the occupation of farming on the various census records.


Who’s Coming to Dinner?

This weeks #52Ancestors prompt is “Who would I most like to invite to dinner?”

WINLEON2My immediate thought was my grandmother, Winnie Letha Currey Crawford. I really miss our conversations and the family stories she would tell. Each summer from the late 1970s until the 1990s, I would spend a few days in Dodge City with her.

It was during one of these trips that grandma got me started researching the family history. Since her mother died when she was 10, she didn’t know much about her mother’s family. Grandma asked me to help her learn about her grandmother, Julia Harding. She especially wanted to know where Julia was buried.

Grandma and I even spent a couple of days in the Kansas City area visiting cemeteries and one of her distant cousins to see what we could find. Unfortunately, my grandmother died before learning where her grandmother, Julia,  was buried. Laura, one of grandma’s great-nieces has found evidence that Julia Harding Hutchinson was buried in Elwood, Kansas. Unfortunately, Elwood has been affected by river flooding over the years. It is possible that this river flooding is preventing us from finding the gravesite.

I’d love the opportunity to share what I’ve found over the years and to learn more from her.