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.

 

 

 

U – Unknown GenealogyPhotoADay

Genealogists understand a brick wall. Usually, that refers to the inability to find the parents of an ancestor. For me, one of my ‘brick walls’, is a family story that I believe to be true but haven’t been able to document. Thus, my unknown.

When I first started researching the family, I would spend a summer weekend traveling six hours to Dodge City so I could spend some time with my grandmother. Even though we basically set around her apartment, read and talked, these weekends were precious to me. During one of those weekends, I wrote down her story about her childhood in a children’s home in Kansas City.

So far, I haven’t found a children’s home on Independence Road (actually Avenue), let alone records for such a home. However, I did find a Rev. Charles Litten in the 1913 Directory of Kansas City, Missouri. According to the entry, Rev. Litten was the ‘sec and genl mgr Conserving Assn of America’ at 2610 Cleveland in Kansas City, Missouri. Further searching is required, but I feel like this directory entry is a major lead to finding verification that my grandmother lived in a children’s home.

Who is Amanda Minerva Curry Thompson?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winnie Mae Hutchinson Currey

Winnie Mae Hutchinson, female, was born on 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States.14

She lived in Douglas Township, Mitchell, Iowa, United States on 2 Jun 1880.5 Winnie Huchardson was listed on the 1880 census as the daughter of A Huchardson. According to the census, Winnie was 9 years old and born in Iowa.

She lived in Jackson Township, Bremer, Iowa, United States in Jul 1885.4 Winna Hutchinson was listed on the 1883 census in the household of Albert Hutchinson. According to the census, Winna was 14 years old and born in Bremer County, Iowa.

Winnie lived in Delaware Township, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jun 1900.6 Winnie M. Carrey was listed on the 1900 census as the wife of Hiram Carrey. According to the census, Winnie was 31 and born May 1869 in Iowa. Winnia and Hiram had been married 11 years.

She lived in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jul 1905.7 W. M. Curry was listed on the 1905 census in the household of H. M. Curry. According to the census, she was 32 years old and born in Kansas.

She lived in Rooks, Kansas, United States in Jul 1910.8 Winnie M. Currey was listed on the 1910 census as the wife of Hiram M. Currey. According to the census, Winnie was 38 years old and born in Iowa.

Winnie died on 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States at the age of 42.23,911 Winnie Mae Currey died of heart disease. An abdominal tumor contributed to her death.

She was buried on 25 Sep 1913 at Olathe City Cemetery in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.3,10,1214

She was also known as Winnie Mae Currey.

ENDNOTES

  1. Hiram Currey, Hiram Currey Family Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1880); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, Family Record — Births: Children of H.M. and A. J. Curry “Winnie May the wife of Hiram Miles was borned May 6 1871 Osage City Iowa”.
  2. Winnie Mae Currey, death certificate #46 412 (23 September 1913), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.
  3. Winnie Mae Currey, (1871-1913), Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Kansas. (738 N. Chestnut).
  4. 1885 Iowa State Census, Bremer County, Iowa, state census, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, page 33, household 177, Albert Hutchinson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); State Historical Society of Iowa.
  5. 1880 U.S. Census, Mitchell County, Iowa, population schedule, Douglas Township, Mitchell County, Iowa, enumeration district (ED) ED 302, page 10 (image 8 and 9 of 15), household 65, A. Huchardson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9.
  6. 1900 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) SD , ED 83, sheet 20A, household 364, Hiram M. Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA T623.
  7. 1905 Kansas State Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, state census, Lansing, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 2, line 17, H. M. Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); Kansas State Historical Society.
  8. 1910 U.S. Census, Rooks County, Kansas, population schedule, Twin Mound Township, Rooks County, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) SD 6, ED 168, Sheet 11A, household 201, Hiram M. Currey; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA microfilm publication T6224.
  9. , Family Record: Deaths “Winnie M. Hutchison wife of H. M. Currey died Sept 15, 1913 (Note the 15 is marked out and a 23 is written above it)”.
  10. “Winnie May Curry,” obituary, Olathe Independent (Olathe, Kansas), 1 October 1913, page 8, col. 6.
  11. “Obituary”, Olathe Register, (Olathe, Kansas), 25 September 1913, page 10, last column; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.
  12. Certificate for Permanent Care Cemetery Lot Olathe, Kansas (: ), West 1/2 Lot 1, block 70 Second Addition; H. M. Currey Estate by Mrs. Leon Crawford
  13. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : Viewed Online June 2016), memorial for Winnie Mae “Winnie” Hutchinson Currey (1871-1913), Find a Grave Memorial no. # 13100755, created by Mike Wren, citing Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States; accompanying photograph by Shelley / Marcia Philbrick, Winnie Mae “Winnie” Hutchinson Currey.
  14. BillionGraves, digital images of tombstone, BillionGraves (billiongraves.com : viewed online August 2017), memorial for Winnie M. Currey (1871-1913), BillionGraves created by Spencer’s Eagle Project Account, citing Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Vicki, Winnie M. Currey.

Hiram Miles Currey

Hiram Miles Currey, male, was born on 23 Oct 1866 in Missouri, United States.13 Death certificate and funeral card indicate Missouri as place of birth. Most census records indicate Kansas.

He lived in Kickapoo, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States on 20 Jul 1870.4 Hiram Curry was listed on the 1870 census in the household of Hiram M. Curry. According to the census, Hiram was 3 years old and born in Kansas.

He lived in Kickapoo, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jul 1875.5 H. M. Curry Jr was listed on the 1875 Kansas census in the household of H. M. Curry. According to the census, H. M. Curry was 7 years old.

Hiram lived in Delaware Township, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jul 1880.6 Hiram Currey was listed on the 1880 census as the son of Hiram M. Currey. According to the census, Hiram was 13 years old and born in Kansas.

In 7 May 1881, he was educated  at Nine Mile School in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.7

He lived in Delaware Township, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jul 1885.8 Hiram Curry was listed on the 1885 census in the household of H. M. Curry. According to the census, he was 15 years old.

Hiram was educated  between 1890 and 1891 at William Jewell College in Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States.9

He  and family visited his parents the Saturday and Sunday before 3 Jan 1896 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.10

He lived in Delaware Township, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jun 1900.11 Hiram Carrey was listed on the 1900 census as the head of household. According to the census, Hiram was 33 years old and born Oct 1866 in Kansas. He was employed as a magnetic healer. Hiram and his wife, Winnie M., had been married 11 years.

Hiram  resided in 1902 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States and was employed as a miner.12

He was employed as a topman and lived in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in 1903.13

He lived in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States on 1 Mar 1905.14 H. M. Curry was listed on the 1905 census as the head of a household. According to the census, H. M. was 34 years old and born in Kansas.

Hiram was placed on ballot for office of clerk district court by socialist party in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States on 20 Sep 1906.1516

He was employed as a carpenter and lived in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in 1907.17

In Jul 1908 in Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States,  he purchased a wagon, team and harness and is trying to purchase another team before leaving for western Kansas.1819

Hiram lived in Rooks, Kansas, United States in Jul 1910.20 Hiram M. Currey was listed on the 1910 census as a head of the household. According to the census, Hiram was a 44 year old born in Kansas.

He lived at South Chestnut in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States on 2 Oct 1913.21

He lived at 3840 Euclid Av in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States in 1915.22

Hiram lived at Euclid in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States in 1916.23

He lived at 4108 Penn Av in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States in 1919.24

He lived at 4020 Central in 5th Precinct, Kansas City Ward 4, Jackson County, Missouri in Jan 1920.25 Hiram Curry was listed on the 1920 census as a lodger in the household of Charles Taylor. According to the census, Hiram was 50 years old and born in Kansas. Hiram was employed as a baker at a cone factory.

Hiram lived in Logan, Gray County, Kansas on 1 Jul 1925.26 H. M. Currey was listed on the 1925 census as a widowed male head of household. According to the census, H. M. Currey was 56 years old. He was employed as a section hand.

He lived at 510 1/2 Avenue G in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 19 Apr 1930.27 H. Miles Currey was listed on the 1930 census in the household of Myrtle Gaskell and was identified as her widowed father. According to the census, H. Miles was 63 years old and born in Kansas. He was employed as a carpenter working in building construction.

He lived at 512 Avenue G in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 1 Apr 1940.28 Hiram M. Currey was listed on the 1940 census living in the household of Leon Crawford. Hiram was identified as Leon’s father-in-law. According to the census, Hiram was a 74 year old widower who was born in Kansas.

Hiram lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States in 1943.29

He died on 15 Sep 1943 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States at the age of 76.23,30 from a cerebral hemorrhage and artereosclerosis

He was buried on 18 Sep 1943 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.3,3133 Lot 10, block 73, section 9

 

 

 

Endnotes:

  1. Hiram Currey, Hiram Currey Family Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1880); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, Family Record — Births: Children of H.M. and A. J. Curry “Hiram Miles was borned October the 23d AD 1866”.
  2. Hiram M. Currey, death certificate (Standard Certificate of Death) 229 2924 (18 September 1943), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.
  3. Hiram M. Currey Funeral Program, Dodge City, Kansas, 18 Sept 1943, Philbrick Family Collection, privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. passed down from Winnie Crawford to Marcia Philbrick.
  4. 1870 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Kickapoo Township, Leavenworth County, page 16 (image 16 of 47), household 125, Hiram M. Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2016); NARA microfilm publication T132.
  5. 1875 Kansas Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, Kansas state census, Kickapoo Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 31, household 1, H. M. Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); Kansas State Historical Society.
  6. 1880 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) SD 3, ED 147, page 78 (image 15 of 34), household 141, Hiram M. Currey (continued on next page); digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2016); NARA microfilm publication T9.
  7. , “Nine Mile School 7 May 1881,” Rootin Around newsletter of the Leavenworth County Genealogical Society,7 (October 1867): .
  8. 1885 Kansas State Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, state census, Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 61 (image 31 of 133), household 129, H. M. Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2016); Kansas State Historical Society.
  9. William Jewell College, “William Jewell College Catalog – Academic Department,” 1891 – p. 12 / 1890 – p. 11, Hiram M. Currey; William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri.
  10. Lansing News, Lansing, KS, “Nine Mile Items” 3 Jan 1896 page 8 col. 2.
  11. 1900 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) SD , ED 83, sheet 20A, household 364, Hiram M. Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA T623.
  12. 1902 Wing’s City Directory of Leavenworth, Kansas with an Alphabetical List of Its Residents (N.p.: Fred C. Wing & Co., 1902), (image 168 of 185), image 168 of 185; Leavenworth, Kansas, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016), Lansing Directory – Currey Hiram M.
  13. 1903-1904 Hoye’s City Directory of Leavenworth, Kas. (Kansas City, MO: Hoye Directory CO.,, 1904), pag 515, Hiram M. Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016).
  14. 1905 Kansas State Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, state census, Lansing, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 2, line 17, H. M. Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); Kansas State Historical Society.
  15. “Socialist Ticket for Coming Election,” The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 20 September 1906, nominees for office; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online September 2016).
  16. “Socialist Ticket,” The Leavenworth Post (Leavenworth, Kansas), 28 September 1906, list of nominees; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online September 2016).
  17. 1907-1908 Hoye’s City Directory of Leavenworth, Kas. (Kansas City, MO: Hoye Directory Company, 1908), p. 482, Hiram M. Curry; digital image, Heritage Quest (Interactive.ancestryheritagequest.com : viewed online September 2016).
  18. “Delaware,” Local News, The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 24 July 1908; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online September 2016).
  19. “Delaware,” local news, The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 17 July 1908; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online September 2016).
  20. 1910 U.S. Census, Rooks County, Kansas, population schedule, Twin Mound Township, Rooks County, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) SD 6, ED 168, Sheet 11A, household 201, Hiram M. Currey; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA microfilm publication T6224.
  21. , Olathe Mirror, Olathe, Kansas, 2 October 1913, page 3, col. 5.
  22. 1915 Kansas City Missouri City Directory (Kansas City: Gate City Directory Co., 1915), image 314 of 1403, Curry, Hiram; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online September 206).
  23. 1916 Kansas City, Missouri City Directory (Kansas City: Gate City Directory Co., 1916), image 292 of 1278, Currey, Hiram and Currey, Myrtle; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online September 2016).
  24. 1919 Kansas City Missouri City Directory (Kansas City: Gate City Directory, 1919), image 357, Hiram M. Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016).
  25. 1920 U.S. Census, Jackson County, Missouri, population schedule, 5th Precinct, Ward 4, Kansas City, Jackson County, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) SD 5, ED 62, sheet 5A (image 9 of 23), dwelling 78, Hiram Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA microfilm publication T625.
  26. 1925 Kansas Census, Gray County Kansas, state census, Logan, Gray County, Kansas, image 8 of 30, household 43, H. M. Currey; digital image, Ancestry.Com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016).
  27. 1930 U.S. Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, 1st Ward, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) SD 7, ED 29-5, Sheet 16B, household 362, Gaskill Myrtle; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA T626.
  28. 1940 U. S. Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Ward 1, enumeration district (ED) SD 7, ED 29-6A, page 17A, Hiram M. Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online March 2016).
  29. 1943, Ford County, Kansas, population schedules and statistical rolls: cities (1919-1961), Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, image 8 of 184, Hiram Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online February 2017).
  30. Hiram M. Currey Dies after Long Illness, Dodge City Daily Globe, , Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1943, p. 2 col. 3.
  31. Tombstone, Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City Kansas read by Marcia Philbrick, 1996. ()
  32. Computer Printout for Maple Grove Cemetery (Dodge City, KS: Dodge City, Kansas, 5/29/1985), Rec. 9399 22 lot 10 block 73 section 9 (Crawford.KS.080)
  33. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online June 2016), memorial for Hiram Miles Currey (1866-1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. # 35623901, created by Jason Townsend, citing Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas United States; accompanying photograph by Kathy Hesser, Hiram Miles Currey.

 

 

Winnie Letha Currey Crawford

Aunt Winnie to many, grandma to me

img_3337Family was important to Winnie Crawford. It was her quest to know more about her grandmother (her mom’s family) that started my genealogy journey. At the time, it was hard for me to imagine growing up without knowing your grandparents — or at least something about them. Even though my Briles grandfather died when I was 4, I grew up hearing stories about him. That was not true for Winnie. All of her grandparents had died before she was born.

Winnie Letha Currey was born in 1903 in Leavenworth County, Kansas. She was the seventh child born to Hiram and Winnie (Hutchinson) Currey. As a young child, Winnie’s contact with family members was limited to her immediate family. Both the Currey and Hutchinson families dispersed around the turn if the century leaving few aunts, uncles, cousins living in the vicinity during Winnie’s childhood.

Around 1908, Winnie’s family moved from Leavenworth County to near Plainville, Kansas, where her dad rented land to farm. By 1913, the family left western Kansas and moved back to Olathe, Kansas.

Winnie’s letters provide the best picture of her childhood:

Feb 1982

I don’t know for sure but the Hutchinson family were around Liberty Mo and Dad went there to William Jewell and met my mother. The Currey place was a few miles form Lansing Kansas. The kids all left but after Gma & Gdad Currey died Uncile Will stayed on married & raised his family there. Aunt Jesse died before we left Lansing for Plainville Kas. My dad was a barber at Lansing owned his shop but sold it to farm at Plainville.

… I went with mother when Earnest was a baby to visit Aunt Nora & I faintly remember an old lady smoking a corn cob pipe, who she was I wouldn’t know.

Mother died in May. We went to the Children’s Home June 11 — Herb didn’t go and Myrtle wasn’t there long til she went to Aunt Mary’s in Denver Col.

Mary and I stayed together till she got married. But to go back – The court took Littens license away so dad had to take us back till Mary & I finished grade school. Then he was going to put us back into a home. I got Aunt Joe De Shazer to take Alma & found a home for Earnest. Then Mary & I lied about our ages went to work. I always kept track of the kids as I do now.

We were on the farm when Alma was borned. Just renting. We were burnt out for 4 straight years. So we moved to Olathe & dad went to hauling freight in Kansas City. The reason I stay with Liberty because Aunt Nora (mother did too) would tell me about their dances and one time got to KC form N KC and an old man came and set by me & called me Winnie and began to talk of the past. So that in itself told me mother lived around there.

Mid March

My dad was a jack of all trades except for his carpentery. In that he was tops. He could heal a headache, backache and aches of all sorts with his hands. He did it only for his family. I don’t know what it was in the census. But he was a barber while we were in Lansing. Had a barber shop of his own till he sold & we went to Plainville on the farm. When we were on the farm there was a hill not far from our hose & dad tunneled into it lined it with straw and stored our spuds, cabbage & spuds etc in it. They kept all winter.

crawford-leon-b1894-1919-wedding-photo2Winnie married Leon Crawford in Dodge City in 1919. When asked about how she got from living with a cousin in North Kansas City to Dodge City, she said she went to Dodge to help Myrtle because Myrtle was having her first baby. (Myrtle was married in Dodge City on 24 Mar 1917. Dorothy, Myrtle’s first child, was born in Feb 1918 in Ford County, Kansas.) When asked about meeting Leon, Winnie said he would come over to Myrtle’s house and the four of them would play cards. Winnie and Leon were married in Myrtle’s living room on Christmas Eve, 1919.

Winnie and Leon lost their 1st child, Betty Jean, on the day she was born in 1921. Six years later, their son Eugene was born. Eleven years after that, their youngest son, LR, was born and she would bury him in 1961.

Winnie was a typical wife and mother for that time period. She raised a garden and canned the produce to help put food on the table. During World War II, Winnie opened a room in their house so that wives of the US Army pilots would have someplace to stay. When the family moved from Avenue G to 2nd street, Winnie continued the practice of renting out rooms. The bedrooms on the second floor were rented to students going to college across the street. When those same students couldn’t make it home for Thanksgiving, they would be included at the family table.

Winnie hosted family dinners on a regular basis. She was a good cook and enjoyed baking. Pecan, pumpkin and cherry pies were always part of a holiday meal. Homemade noodles, gum drop cookies, and frozen salad were some of the family favorites. Even when she traveled to Emporia for those holiday dinners, she would bring the pies, the gumdrop cookies and the frozen salad.

green_quiltWinnie was also a quilter. She hand embroidered quilts for her son and granddaughter. Her grandsons also were beneficiaries of one of her quilts. Her green pom-pom quilt was her pride and joy. She created this quilt for their bedroom. This quilt has been repurposed into table runners by her great-granddaughter and shared with the family.

img_3Winnie and her husband, Leon Crawford, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1969. Seven years later, Winnie would sell the family home, move into an apartment and bury her husband.

Winnie later moved to a first floor apartment in the high rise on Central where she tended the flowers on the East side of the building. It was in this apartment that my genealogy journey began. We would sit and discuss my findings, go thru the albums and talk about her life.  I will always treasure my memories of those weekends spent with her.