Descendants of Hiram Currey of Peoria

1-Hiram M. Currey
b: abt 1787
+Rachel Harris
m: 28 Sep 1824, Edgar, Edgar, Illinois, United States
d: bef 28 Mar 1842
. . . . . 2-Julia E. Currey
          b: abt 1832, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +James E. Smith
          m: 19 Oct 1853, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
. . . . . 2-Mary Ellen Currey
          b: abt 1833
          d: aft 1860
. . . . . +Jeremiah B. Kellogg
          b: abt 1827, Ohio, Kentucky, United States
          m: 3 Feb 1853, Tazewell, Tazewell, Illinois, United States
          d: Aug 1869, Tazewell, Tazewell, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Eugene Kellogg
                    b: abt 1854, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Ida Kellogg
                    b: abt 1857, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Julia Kellogg
                    b: abt 1858, Illinois, United States
. . . . . 2-Hiram M. Currey
          b: 13 Aug 1835, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
          d: 2 Mar 1901, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +Angelina Jane Burke
          b: 30 Oct 1836, Kentucky, United States
          m: 3 Aug 1856, Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States
          d: 26 Mar 1901, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Sarah Evelina Currey
                    b: 31 Jan 1859
                    d: 4 Dec 1884
. . . . . . . . . . +Santford D. Morris
                    m: 25 Sep 1879, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elizabeth Bessie Viola Morris
                              b: 17 Dec 1882, Kansas, United States
                              d: 31 Jul 1974, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-John Henry Currey
                    b: 11 Mar 1861
                    d: 14 Apr 1898, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Mary “Mollie” O’Rourke
                    b: 22 Jan 1872, Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States
                    m: 1 Dec 1890, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 26 Jan 1959, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Helen Marie Currey
                              b: 26 Nov 1892, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 29 Jan 1968, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Marie Currey
                              b: 8 Jun 1894, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 6 Aug 1989, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John Russell Currey
                              b: 18 Jun 1896, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 7 Oct 1977, Alexandria, Virginia, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Mary Caroline Currey
                    b: 8 May 1864
                    d: 16 May 1945, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +John Henry Spears
                    b: 15 Apr 1855, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
                    m: 12 Feb 1886, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 22 Sep 1939, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Hiram Miles Currey
                    b: 23 Oct 1866, Missouri, United States
                    d: 15 Sep 1943, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Winnie Mae Hutchinson
                    b: 6 May 1871, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
                    m: 13 May 1891, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
                    d: 23 Sep 1913, Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Infant Currey
                              b: 18 Apr 1892
                              d: 10 May 1892
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Henry Currey
                              b: 25 May 1893, Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States
                              d: 20 May 1906, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Herbert Miles Currey
                              b: 3 Apr 1895, Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States
                              d: 20 Apr 1971, Ontario, Malheur, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Hiram Currey
                              b: 11 Aug 1897
                              d: 24 Jan 1898
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Myrtle Irene Currey
                              b: 11 Jan 1899, Pomeroy, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States
                              d: 23 Jul 1970, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mary Lela Currey
                              b: 17 Aug 1901, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 8 Dec 1977, Zion, Lake, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Winnie Letha Currey
                              b: 30 Jun 1903, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 11 Feb 1992, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Earnest Oran Currey
                              b: 5 Apr 1906, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 25 May 1979, Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alma Jean Currey
                              b: 5 Apr 1912, Plainville, Rooks, Kansas, United States
                              d: 7 Sep 1989, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-William Quincy Currey
                    b: 11 Dec 1868, Kansas, United States
                    d: 3 Mar 1952, Downey, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Frances B Lorede
                    b: 1874
                    m: 29 Aug 1923, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Jessie A. Myers
                    b: 30 Oct 1872, Kansas, United States
                    m: 20 Oct 1891, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 27 Aug 1913, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Edna May Curry
                              b: 6 Feb 1893, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 27 Dec 1940, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Grace L. Curry
                              b: 8 Jul 1895, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 30 Oct 1981, Jefferson, Texas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Frank William Curry
                              b: 6 Jan 1897, Kansas, United States
                              d: 9 May 1961, Bogata, Distrito Capital, Columbia
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Florence Curry
                              b: 9 Jul 1899, Kansas, United States
                              d: 23 Oct 1960, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Esther H. Curry
                              b: abt 1904, Kansas, United States
                              d: 12 May 1963, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Opal Currey
                              b: abt 1911, Kansas, United States
                              d: 26 Jul 1921, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-James Gilbert Currey
                    b: 10 Oct 1871, Kansas, United States
                    d: Norton, Norton, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Mary (Mamie/Mannie) Ridge
                    b: Apr 1873, Kansas, United States
                    m: 29 Nov 1895, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 24 Oct 1951
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Elizabeth Jane Currey
                    b: 22 May 1874, Kansas, United States
                    d: 5 Jun 1945, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Robert Rigby
                    b: 11 Nov 1858, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
                    m: 8 Feb 1894, Jackson, Missouri, United States
                    d: 13 Feb 1932, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Glenn Rigby
                              b: 6 Jun 1896, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
                              d: 21 Sep 1920, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Dorothy Louise Rigby
                              b: 19 Oct 1898, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
                              d: 9 Dec 1918, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Dora Ann Currey
                    b: 14 Oct 1876, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 29 Apr 1968, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Charles Lee Marts
                    b: 5 Mar 1875, White Cloud, Doniphan, Kansas, United States
                    m: 25 Apr 1901
                    d: 22 Feb 1941, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Glen Elmer Marts
                              b: 19 Feb 1902, Wymore, Gage, Nebraska, United States
                              d: 9 Feb 1966, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Samuel Albert Marts
                              b: 14 May 1905, Iowa Point, Doniphan County, Kansas
                              d: 21 Sep 1913
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Marion Franklin Currey
                    b: 12 Apr 1881, Kansas, United States
                    d: 7 Jul 1903, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Frank Currey
                    b: 2 Nov 1884, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 14 Feb 1885, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . 2-Caroline Currey
          b: 9 Mar 1836
          d: 12 Dec 1880, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +William Kelso
          b: 26 Jan 1831, Switzerland, Indiana, United States
          m: 9 Aug 1854, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
          d: 18 Oct 1915, Allerton, Wayne, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Lillian Frances Kelso
                    b: 4 Oct 1855, Washington, Illinois, United States
                    d: 18 Nov 1939, Franklin Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Orlando Kelso
                    b: abt 1857, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Telva May Kelso
                    b: 8 Jan 1859, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 25 Jun 1926, Gays, Moultrie, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Alfred Madison Blythe
                    b: 21 Nov 1859, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                    m: 4 May 1881, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 25 Jun 1926, Gays, Moultrie, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Arley Lawrence Blythe
                              b: 8 Aug 1882, Ash Grove Township, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                              d: 15 Nov 1930, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Bessie Bernice Blythe
                              b: 13 Sep 1885, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                              d: 7 May 1985, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Allie Maude Blythe
                              b: 26 Dec 1887, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                              d: 10 Mar 1888, Shelby, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Hazel Caroline Blythe
                              b: 1 Jul 1889, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                              d: 5 Mar 1981, Monterey, Monterey, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Telva Ruth Blythe
                              b: 6 Aug 1898, Gays, Moultrie, Illinois, United States
                              d: 3 Jul 1982, Escondido, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Hannah Kelso
                    b: abt Mar 1860, Washington, Tazewell, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Caroline Kelso
                    b: 10 Apr 1860
                    d: 13 Jul 1931, Rupert, Minidoka, Idaho, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Jacob Peter Woolford
                    b: 18 Feb 1855
                    m: 24 Dec 1879, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 2 Aug 1918, Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ross M Woolford
                              b: 8 Nov 1880, Cole, Illinois
                              d: 18 Sep 1947, Rupert, Minidoka, Idaho, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alfred Jacob Woolford
                              b: 27 Jul 1894, Galton, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                              d: Nov 1945, Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Samuel Ward Woolford
                              b: 2 Apr 1897
                              d: 6 Apr 1980, Kendall, Texas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Charles D Kelso
                    b: 1861, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1879, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Dell Kelso
                    b: 1865, Washington, Illinois, United States
                    d: 29 Oct 1932, Cleveland, Bolivar, Mississippi, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Rudolph Mohlenhoff
                    b: 1870
                    m: 1892
                    d: 1952
. . . . . . . . . . 3-William Hiram Kelso
                    b: 7 Feb 1868, Windsor, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                    d: 30 Jul 1903, Douglas, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Harriet (Hattie) Raney
                    b: 1872
                    m: 12 Dec 1892, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1 Aug 1949, Douglas, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Telva Ann Kelso
                              b: 4 Mar 1894, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                              d: 13 Jun 1971, Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Joseph Wilson Kelso
                    b: 7 Mar 1871, Windsor, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                    d: 15 Feb 1941, Huntington Park, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Lyda Davis
                    b: 27 Jan 1874, Illinois, United States
                    m: 11 Dec 1898, Perry, Illinois, United States
                    d: 27 Aug 1947, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Harley Laverne Kelso
                              b: 19 Oct 1899, Illinois, United States
                              d: 30 Jan 1973, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Vernon Davis Kelso
                              b: 21 Jul 1901, Illinois, United States
                              d: 4 Jul 1960, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Audrey E Kelso
                              b: 31 Dec 1903
                              d: 17 Aug 1986, Petaluma, Sonoma, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Mary Maude Kelso
                    b: 22 Jul 1872, Windsor, Shelby, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1942
. . . . . . . . . . +Charles Klein
                    b: 16 May 1870
                    m: 30 Mar 1892, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 19 Nov 1947, Putnam, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Imogene Dell Klein
                              b: 23 Dec 1892, Galton, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                              d: 14 Jan 1953, Noblesville, Hamilton, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Florence Klein
                              b: 19 Jun 1894, Illinois, United States
                              d: 29 Aug 1987, Zionsville, Boone, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alice Maurine Klein
                              b: 1896
                              d: 20 Sep 1908, Franklin Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lloyd Klein
                              b: Dec 1899
                              d: 18 Feb 1901
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Robert Lester Klein
                              b: 14 Aug 1907, Indiana, United States
                              d: 27 Oct 1966, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Charles Jacob Klein
                              b: 10 Oct 1902, Illinois, United States
                              d: 7 Jan 1974, Russellville, Putnam, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mildred Muade Klein
                              b: 20 Jul 1904
                              d: 23 Jan 1922
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William Howard Klein
                              b: 21 Nov 1912, Franklin Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States
                              d: 22 Jun 1984, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-John Currey Kelso
                    b: 1875, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1926
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Dr. Robert Daniel Kelso
                    b: 1878, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois, United States
                    d: 15 Sep 1926, Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Lulu May Goss
                    b: 22 Dec 1882
                    m: 3 Oct 1899, Pekin, Tazewell, Illinois, United States
                    d: 5 Jan 1972, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Carroll Collins Kelso
                              b: 29 May 1901, Seror, Woodford, Illinois, United States
                              d: 4 May 1976, Orange, Orange, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Madeline Kelso
                              b: 27 Apr 1904, Salesburg, Ill
                              d: 11 Mar 1998, Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Virginia Kelso
                              b: 1908, Illinois, United States
                              d:
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Helen May Kelso
                              b: Sep 1909, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
                              d:
. . . . . 2-Max Currey

Winnie Mae Hutchinson

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  Pick a great-grandparent of yours – any one of your eight.  Tell us three (or more) things about him or her.

Winnie Mae Hutchinson was born on 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States.17

She was the child of Julia Harding and Albert Hutchinson.8

She lived in Douglas Township, Mitchell, Iowa, United States on 2 Jun 1880.9 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.

Winnie lived in Jackson Township, Bremer, Iowa, United States in Jul 1885.10 Winna Hutchinson was listed on the 1885 census in the household of Albert Hutchinson. According to the census, Winna was 14 years old and born in Bremer County, Iowa.

She married Hiram Miles Currey on 13 May 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States.5,1113

On 3 Apr 1895, Herbert Miles Currey was born in Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States.

On 11 Aug 1897, Hiram Currey was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

On 11 Jan 1899, Myrtle Irene Currey was born in Pomeroy, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States.

She lived in Delaware Township, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jun 1900.14 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. Winnie and Hiram had been married 11 years.

On 17 Aug 1901, Mary Lela Currey was born in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

On 30 Jun 1903, Winnie Letha Currey was born in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

She lived in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jul 1905.15 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.

On 5 Apr 1906, Earnest Oran Currey was born in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

Winnie lived in Rooks, Kansas, United States in Jul 1910.16 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. The census indicates that Winnie M. Currey was the mother of 8 children, 5 of whom were living in 1910. Winnie and her husband Hiram had been married 17 years.

On 5 Apr 1912, Alma Jean Currey was born in Plainville, Rooks, Kansas, United States.17

She died on 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States at the age of 42.23,7,1821 Winnie Mae Currey died of heart disease. An abdominal tumor contributed to her death. Mrs. H. M. Currey, wife of a Kansas City teamster, died at their home, 420 Kansas Avenue, Tuesday, September 23, of heart disease. The funeral will be held at the Baptist church Thursday, September 25, at 10 a.m. conducted by the Rev. J. O. Harvey. She leaves a husband and six children, four girls, one of whom is only a year old and two sons, one who helps his father in the city.

She was buried on 25 Sep 1913 at Olathe City Cemetery in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.3,7,19,2224

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. 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; Source number: 78.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        6. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925, database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : . Original Source: State Historical Society of Iowa.

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

        8. “Albert Hutchinson, Co. D, 1st Iowa Cavalry,'” invalid / minor, Civil War Pension File, digital images obtained by Bruce Frail of American Civil War Ancestor research group, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.

        9. 1880 U.S. Census, Mitchell County, Iowa, population schedule, Douglas Township, Mitchell County, Iowa, ED 302, page 9 and 10 Image 8 and 9 of 15, household 67, Huchardson A; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : veiwed online March 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

        10. 1885 Iowa State Census, Bremer County, Iowa, state census, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, page 188, household 177, Hutchinson Albert.

        11. , Missouri, Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002, digital image, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : . (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), Viewed online; June 2016; Hiram M. Curry – Winnie M Hutchinson; 13 May 1891.

        12. Jackson County Clerk Kansas City, Missouri, “Jackson County Marriage Records, 1840-1985,” image, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017), Hiram Curry – Winnie M Hutchison.

        13. Hiram M Currey – Winnie M Hutchinson, (13 May 1891), Marriage License: Book 14, page 109; Recorder of Deeds, Kansas City, Missouri.

        14. 1900 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, Kanas, ED 83, sheet 20B, household 364, Hiram M Carrey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T623

        15. 1905 Kansas State Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, state census, Lansin, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 2, household 11, H M Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        16. 1910 U.S. Census, Rooks County, Kansas, population schedule, Twin Mound Township, Rooks County, Kansas, ED 168, Sheet 11A, housheold 201, Currey Hiram M; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T6224

        17. 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 September 2017), Hiram M Currey / Winnie M Hutchinson.

        18. Hiram Currey, Hiram Currey Family Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1880); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, 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)”

        19. “Winnie May Curry,” obituary, Olathe Independent (Olathe, Kansas), 1 October 1913, page 8, col. 6.

        20. “Obituary”, Olathe Register, (Olathe, Kansas), 25 September 1913, page 10, last column; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

        21. “Death of Winnie May Currey,” The Olathe Register (Olathe, Kansas), 25 September 1913, page 10; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

        22. Certificate for Permanent Care Cemetery Lot Olathe, Kansas (: )

        23. 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.

        24. 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.

‘Orphaned’ in the City

When researching a family, is there a block of time where you wished more records existed? Often the answer to this might be between 1880 and 1900 because of the lack of federal census records. Others might respond with prior to 1850 because of the lack of census records that identify those living in the household.

For my grandmother, the answer to that question is between 1913 when her mother died and 1918 when her sister’s first child was born. The family was living in Olathe, Kansas when Winnie Mae Hutchinson Currey died in September 1913. By 1918, their oldest daughter, Myrtle Irene Currey, was married in Dodge City, Kansas.

When Winnie Currey died in 1913, my grandmother, Winnie Currey was 10 years, 2 months and 24 days old. My grandmother’s siblings included:

  • Herbert Miles Currey was born 3 Apr 1895 making him 18 years, 5 months, 20 days old when his mother died
  • Myrtle Irene Currey was born 11 Jan 1899 making her 14 years 8 months and 12 days old when her mother died
  • Mary Lela Currey was born 17 Aug 1901 making her 12 years 1 month and 6 days old when her mother died
  • Earnest Oran Currey was born 5 Apr 1906 making him 7 years 5 moths and 18 days old when his mother died
  • Alma Jean Currey was born 5 Apr 1912 making her 1 year 5 months and 18 days when her mother died

My grandmother told me that she and her siblings were sent to a children’s home.

She also shared some details in her letters.

Feb 1982

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.

As noted in the blog post, U – Unknown Genealogy PhotoADay, I found a Rev. Charles Litten in the 1913 directory for Kansas City. He was identified as the secretary and general manager of Home Conserving Association of America at 2610 Cleveland Avenue.

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1913 Kansas City, Missouri City Directory, image 570 of 1335, Litten, Charles W. Rev ; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online September 2016).

Over the years, I have tried to document my grandmother’s account of her childhood. The first piece of documentation I located was a 1920 census record showing 7 year old Alma Jean Curry in the household of N. S. and Josephine De Shayert.

1920 U.S. Census, Franklin County, Kansas, population schedule, Ward 1, Ottawa, Franklin County, Kansas, SD 2, ED 92, Sheet 8B, Dwelling 207 – N. DeShazer, Alma Jean Curry – boarder; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA microfilm publication T625

The city directories for Kansas City provide some clues.

  • In 1914, there is a Myrtile I Currey living at 3816 Paseo.
1914 Kansas City Missouri City Directory (Kansas City, Missouri: Gate City Directory, 1914), image 298 of 1394, Myrtle I. Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online September 2016).

Curious as to whom else might be living at 3816 Paseo, a search of the city directories for the keyword, “3816 Paseo” in 1914 provides some additional information.

Also living at 3816 Paseo was Myrtle’s aunt, Elizabeth Jane Currey Rigby, wife of Robert M. Rigby.

  • In 1915, there is a Hiriam Currey living at 3840 Euclid. Hiriam was working as a teamster.
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 2016).
  • In 1916, Hiram M Currey was still living at 3840 Euclid. No occupation was listed. His daughter, Myrtle was living at 2808 Peery avenue in Kansas City, Missouri
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).
  • In 1919, there is a Hiram M. Currey living at 4108 Penn Av. Hiram Currey was working as a baker.
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).

The ‘Aunt Mary’ mentioned in the letters was Mary Currey Spears, wife of John H. Spears. In 1916, there is a John H. Spears living in Denver boarding at 1760 Pennsylvania.

1916 Denver Directory for 1916. Denver, Co.: Ballenger & Richards, 1916. p. 1663.

The 1910 census for Denver does show a John H. Spears with a wife named May at 1760 Pennsylvania.

1910 U.S. Census. Denver, Denver County, Colorado. ED 110. Sheet 18A. Line 21. John H. Spears.

Thus, Myrtle could easily have gone to Denver to live with an aunt.

Unfortunately, Mary and Winnie are too young to appear in the city directories. A search of Newspapers.com for notice of Mary Currey’s marriage turned up an article listing the marriage licenses that were issued in the 31 Jan 1919 issue of The Kansas City Times.

“Marriage Licenses,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 31 January 1919, page 13; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 8 August 2021).

Broadening the search to look for Mary Currey between 1915 and 1920 in the Kansas City newspapers unearthed a very interesting article. According to the article, Mary and Winnie both graduated from Horace Mann School.

Horace Mann Graduates

A Class of Eighty-Eight to Receive Diplomas Thursday

Commencement exercises of the Horace Mann School will be held Thursday afternoon at the Ivanhoe Congregational Church. Thirty-ninth Street and Euclid Avenue. Dr. W. S. Abernethy will address the class. The graduates are:

Mary L. Currey

Winnie L. Currey

“Horace Mann Graduates,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 6 June 1916, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 9 August 2021).

So, in 1916, the two girls, Mary and Winnie, graduated from Horace Mann School. Horace Mann School was located at the corner of 39th and Euclid. In 1916, their father was living at 3840 Euclid.

According to my grandmother, Mary and Winnie lived with their aunt, Eleanor Hutchinson Northern after leaving school. While living with them, they supposedly worked in North Kansas City. Since Eleanor is buried in Liberty, I had always assumed that she and her husband, Zachariah were living in Liberty at the time. However, the 1916 city directory for Kansas City lists a Zachariah Northern living at 1225 E 23rd – in North Kansas City.

1916 Kansas City, Missouri City Directory (Kansas City: Gate City Directory Co., 1916), North Kansas City, page 9 (image 1274 of 1278), Zachariah Northern; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online 11 August 2021).

I wasn’t very observant when I first looked at the directory information for Zachariah Northern. I didn’t realize his listing was in a section devoted to North Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri. Once I realized the difference, I searched the North Kansas City entries for the CURRY surname and found Myrtle living at the same address!

1916 Kansas City, Missouri City Directory (Kansas City: Gate City Directory Co., 1916), North Kansas City, page 3 (image 1271 of 1278), Myrtle Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online 11 August 2021).

Since Myrtle Currey is living with Zachariah Northern, it is also probable that her younger sisters, Mary and Winnie, were also living with the Northern family.

Thanks to the use of city directories and newspapers, I’ve been able to find pieces of evidence that support the stories my grandmother told me. Having previously researched Hutchinson and Currey descendants has also helped figure out some of these clues.

However, there are still questions about what happened to these children after their mother’s death.

  • Where was Herbert Currey living after his mother died?
  • When, how and why did Herbert Currey get to Utah where he married his wife in 1916?
  • When, how and why did Myrtle Currey get to Dodge City where she was married in 1917?
  • If Zachariah and Eleanor Northern were living on E 23rd in 1916, and if Mary and Winnie were living with them, how did the girls get to North Kansas City to work?
  • Where was Earnest Currey during this time?
  • Was ‘Aunt Joe DeShazer’ an actual aunt or just a close family friend? If an aunt, how was she related?

Front Page News

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

This week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun writing prompt is to find the front page headlines for one’s birthdate from a local newspaper.

Instead of doing this for myself, I am going to do it for my grandparents since their birthdates are public information.

As I am working on this project, I am very thankful for my Kansas roots. From its early history, the Kansas Historical Society has preserved many of the local newspapers. Many of those same newspapers have been digitized by the historical society or local library.

Thus, locating this information is relatively easy. For this project, I’m using Newspapers.com. Since I’m working with my grandparents, I’m looking for the following:

  • 6 Feb 1894 in Newton where my grandfather was born or Dodge City where the family lived most of his life (Harvey and Ford Counties)
  • 30 Jun 1903 in Lansing or Leavenworth (Leavenworth County)
  • 21 Jun 1891 in Burington or LeRoy (Coffey County)
  • 28 Mar 1896 in Yates Center or Neosho Falls (Woodson County)

Instead of searching Newspapers.com, I’m gong to use the ‘Papers’ menu to search for newspapers printed on the date in my desired location. Thus, I’m going to put the town in the ‘Narrow by Newspaper Title’ search box and the date in the ‘Enter a Date or Range’ search box. When I click on the UPDATE button, Newspapers.com shows the papers available for that location with a date range that includes my desired date.

Since I have used these papers in the past, I know that there are also papers with the county name and not the city name. Thus, I can repeat the search for the county.

I opened each of the potential papers in a new tab. Even though I entered the exact date, the search only used the year. Thus, it is possible to have a newspaper in the results that does include newspapers published in the year – but not in the month I need.

Paper begins August 1894 – thus it does not contain Feb 1894

Since many of these papers were weekly papers, I likely won’t find a local paper for the exact day my grandparent was born.

Weekly Paper

Thus, I’m going to work with the first paper found in the family’s community that was printed after the birth of my grandparent.

Leon Crawford – 6 Feb 1894

  • “Closing Out Sale at the New York Store” 1/4 page ad at top of first page with W. J. Fitzgerald identified as the receiver. The name of the store is NOT given, nor is any address included in the ad. Dodge City Democrat, February 10, 1894
  • “Washington Gossip” Dodge City Democrat, February 10, 1894
  • “They Want Revenge” Dodge City Democrat, February 10, 1894
  • “Real Estate Moving: Houston, Texas, Rapidly Coming tot he Front – The Real estate Market Active,” The Newton Semi-Weekly Journal (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894
  • “Elections Law: The Senate Passes the House Bill Unchanged,” The Newton Semi-Weekly Journal (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894
  • “Snider Acts: Threatens Orrin T. Welch with Imprisonment” The Newton Semi-Weekly Journal (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894.
  • “Bland’s Bill: It Is Taken Up by the House after Much Difficulty,” Newton Daily Republican (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894.
  • “U. P. Employes: Judge Riner of the United States Court Offers a Suggestion,” Newton Daily Republican (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb. 1894.
  • “A Diabolical Deed: Bandits Wreck a Train Near Houston,” Newton Daily Republican (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894.
  • “Chicago’s Fish Supply,” Newton Daily Republican (Newton, Kansas), 9 Feb 1894.

Winnie Currey – 30 Jun 1903

  • “Additional Locals,” The Lansing News (Lansing, Kansas), 3 Jul 1903.
  • “King-Campbell Wedding,” The Lansing News (Lansing, Kansas) 3 Jul 1903.
  • “Prison News,” The Lansing News (Lansing, Kansas), 3 Jul 1903.
  • “Iowa Republican Convention Opens,” The Evening Standard (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • “Hans’ Wyrick Badly Injured,” The Evening Standard (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • “Julius Sawacski Is Dismissed by Court: The Wrong Allegation Had Been Made,” The Evening Standard (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • “N’Nutt and Meeker Trials Tomorrow,” The Evening Standard (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • “Last of the Dewey Testimony Yesterday,” The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • Eddie Hanlon and Benny Yanger Draw: Was a Fierce Fight from the Start,” The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.
  • “Many Miners Buried in a Mine Explosion: Over Two Hundred Lives Were Lost,” The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 1 Jul 1903.

Edward Osmond Briles – 21 Jun 1891

  • “Stop and Read: What the New Store Has to Say,” (1/4 page ad) The Courier (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Over the County: A Large Grist of News from our Rustling Correspondents,” The Courier (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “News of the Week: Gleaned by Telegraph and Mail,” Burlington Independent (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Kansas State News,” Burlington Independent (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “The War in Chili,” Burlington Independent (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “McDonald Dead,” Burlington Independent (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Spring Weather Calls for Spring Footwear: Chas, Kahnt & Co., (advertisement),” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891
  • Buy Grain: Woodford Brothers, (advertisement),” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “To Young Men: Able Appeal to Young Men by Rev. T. DeWitt Talmage,” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Shot Down: Col. S. N. wood Killed in a Court Room,” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “McDonald Dead,” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Furious Storms: Damage Caused by Storms in Various Parts of the County,” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Kansas State News,” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “News of the Week: Gleaned by Telegraph and Mail,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Kansas State News,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “The War in Chili,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “McDonald Dead,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “Silver Advocates,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.
  • “A Young Deluge,” Le Roy Reporter (Le Roy, Kansas), 26 Jun 1891.

Pauline Mentzer – 28 Mar 1896

  • “Notice: About two more weeks remains to close out my stock (large ad by Sam Bukofzer),” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Spring Arrivals: Stockebrand & Stockebrand (large ad),” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Subsoiling in Greenwood County,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Botkin’s Case,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “One Farmer’s Pluck,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Sunday School Convention,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • 1/2 page of advertising, Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Editorial Notes,” Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “A Mortgage Ruling,” Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Heart of the World, by H. Rider Haggard,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Annual Assignments: Southwest Kansas M. E. Conference Stations the Preachers for Next Year,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Our Currency: Secretary Smith and ex-speaker Crips Meet in Debate,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Congress,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.
  • “Mail Subsidies: A Sharp Debate Occurs Over Extending System,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Arp 1896.
  • “Kansas State News,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 3 Apr 1896.

Even with this abundance of local newspapers, a search of Newspapers.com for birth announcements only turns up one such announcement.

Born

To Mr. and Mrs. J. Crawford of Allison street, a son.

“Born,” Newton Daily Republican (Newton, Kansas) 9 Feb 1894

Even though looking at the front pages of these papers was informative, I prefer to search the wealth of family information that can be found in these local papers.

Conflicting Data

Do you ever encounter records that seem to be the same person but contain conflicting data? Well, that just happened to me when I found an obituary for Mrs. Carrie Woolford in the 16 July 1931 issue of the Journal Gazette of Maltoon, Illinois.

Death of Former Arcola resident
Special to the Journal-Gazette
Arcola, Ill., July 16. – Mrs. Carrie Woolford, widow of Jacob P. Woolford, and former Arcola resident, died Monday in San Antonio, Tex., at the home of a son, Samuel Woolford, with whom she had been making her home for about 13 years.
The body has been shipped to Arcola for burial here Friday.
Mrs. Woolford spent the early part of her life in Arcola and in the Galton neighborhood. She married Jacob Woolford, Dec. 24, 1879, three sons being born to the union, all of whom are living. They are Ross Woolford of Rupert, Ida., Alfred Woolford, Terre Haute, Ind., and Samuel Woolford of San Antonio. Mr. Woolford died in 1918.
Mr. and Mrs. Woolford lived in Galton for a number of years. Mr. Woolford engaging in the grain and general merchandising business. Later, they moved to Terre Haute, where they remained until Mr. Woolford’s death. Following Mr. Woolford’s death, Mrs. Woolford moved to San Antonio to make her home with her son.

“Death of Former Arcola Resident,” Journal Gazette (Mattoon, Illinois), 16 July 1931, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 July 2021).

Everything in the above obituary fits what I already knew about the family — EXCEPT — the location of her death. I had her death recorded as having happened in Idaho and not Texas. Thanks to Ancestry, I even have a copy of the Idaho death certificate.

Idaho, Death Records, 1890-1967, Caroline Woolford, 13 July 1931; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 14 June 2021).

So, are these records for two different people OR for the same person? I believe they are for the same person.

  • The informant on the death certificate is Ross Woolford. The obituary includes a son named Ross.
  • The obituary indicates that Ross Woolford lived in Rupert, Idaho. The death certificate indicates that Caroline Woolford died in Rupert, Idaho.
  • The death certificate lists William Kelso as the father of Caroline Woolford which agrees with the information I have on the family.
  • The obituary was found in a newspaper in the region where Caroline Kelso Woolford grew up and not in a newspaper where any of her children lived. So far, I haven’t located an obituary in Idaho, Texas or Indiana.
  • Caroline Woolford’s Find a Grave site states that she died in Idaho.

Until I find records to indicate that these records are for two different individual, I am concluding that the obituary is for Caroline Kelso Woolford, daughter of William and Caroline Kelso and mother of Ross, Alfred and Samuel. If I didn’t already have a lot of documented facts for this family, I would have had to reject the obituary.

So, the lessons I’ve learned by analyzing these records include:

  • Conflicting records do not necessarily indicate two separate individual
  • Having researched the entire family helped with the analysis of the conflicting records

Broken Record

Do you ever feel like you are encountering the same issues over and over when researching your family history? For researchers with roots in the southern states, this might be dealing with burned out counties. Since I’m just starting to really dig into Virginia records, I’m just beginning to deal with this challenge.

Instead, my issue is what I call ‘same name’ issues. I recently wrote about my issues figuring out two different Thurston K. Wells and have for years written about my James Crawford research. However, yesterday while trying to research the descendants of Hiram M. Currey of Peoria County, Illinois. I kept encountering trees showing that he died in 1874.

So, I searched my file for someone who had a death place containing Miami and a death date containing 1874. With this search of my RootsMagic file, I found Hiram Merrick Currey (7 Apr 1818 – 3 Mar 1874). In my file, I have this Hiram Currey married to Julia Wicker. Since I believe my Hiram Currey ancestor was a lawyer in Peoria County, Illinois, I started comparing these two men. Even though I don’t know when or where my Hiram Currey ancestor died, I do have a lot of facts for him in the 1820s and 1830s, including his admittance into the practice of law in 1822. To begin practicing law in Rush County, Indiana, in1822 my Hiram Currey ancestor had to have been born prior to 1818.

Wanting to include a short narrative report for Hiram Currey (1818-1874) and Julia Wicker in this blog post, I started checking out his Ancestry hints. And discovered that there are several Ancestry hints for a marriage between Hiram Currey and Julia Hatfield.

So, back to RootsMagic I go searching my file for Julia Hatfield. And, I find a third Hiram Currey. This one is a doctor who was born in 1827 and died in 1898.

So, that is THREE Hiram Curreys, all of them with a middle initial of M.

  • Hiram M. Currey, lawyer of Peoria County, Illinois who married Rachel Harris Whitaker
  • Hiram Merrick Currey (1818-1874), a Methodist minister who married Julia Wicker and died in Miami County, Ohio
  • Hiram Meyrick Currey (1827-1898), a physician who married Julia Hatfield and died in Spencer County, Indiana.

Since I have all of them in my file, is it possible they are related? As it turns out the minister and the doctor are first cousins. If I’m correct about my ancestors’ grandfather, then they are all first cousins. All with very similar names, all likely first cousins.

Below is a family group sheet for the Methodist minister.

Below is a family group sheet for the doctor.

Anyone wishing sources for any of the above Hiram Currey’s can leave a comment on this blog. One can also check out my Ancestry tree, Heartland Genealogy:

Rigby Printing Company

Do you do descendency research? If so, do you sometimes find yourself following a cousin’s family that takes you off on a tangent that doesn’t really connect to your family?

Well, that’s where some of my research regarding the Rigby family is taking me. I recently visited the gravesite of Elizabeth Jane Currey Rigby, daughter of Hiram Currey and Angelina Burke Currey. Elizabeth was the second wife of Robert M. Rigby.

As mentioned in his obituary, Robert M. Rigby was the president of R. M. Rigby Printing Company.

Robert M. Rigby Dies
End to Printing Company Head is at 74
Robert M. Rigby, 74 years old, president of the R. M. Rigby Printing Company, 915 Wyandotte street, and a printer here since 1884, died last night of heart disease at his home, 3816 the Paseo.
Mr. Rigby was known widely in printing circles. He was born in Chicago and came to Kansas City when a young man. He had been in ill health several years. Mr. Rigby leaves his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Rigby, of the home, two daughters, Mrs. Helen Ranson, Detroit, and Mrs. Grace G. Bennett, Hollywood, Cal.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 o’clock Monday at the home. The Rev. Burris A. Jenkins will conduct the services.

“Robert M. Rigby Dies,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 14 February 1932, page 23; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 May 2021).

A search of Newspapers.com in the Kansas City area for Rigby Printing produced an article about the filing of articles of association for the Rigby printing and stationary company.

A New Printing Company

The Rigby printing and stationary company filed its articles of association withthe county recorder yesterday. It has a capital stock of $22,000, the incorporators being George Dugan, Walter C. Carr and Robert M. Rigby. The company will carry on a general printing, stationary and book binding business.

Curious about what happened to the R. M. Rigby Printing Company after Robert’s death, I did a broader search and discovered a 1965 article about a new building for the R. M. Rigby Printing Company.

A Google search turned up incorporation information for Rigby, the Visual Dynamics Corporation that referenced R. M. Rigby Printing Company.

Since Google didn’t produce a web site or any current information about the company, I returned to the newspapers where I found an article about the company filing for bankruptcy.

Rigby Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Owners of the Rigby Corporation, a Lenexa printing company, have asked the U.S. district Court in Kansas City, Kansas, to initiate chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

The company, which operates in a 9-year-old, 100,000 square-foot plant at 14685 W. 10tth filed the request Tuesday. the petition lists assets of $6,307,208 and debts of $4,171,946; it lists other liabilities of $1,012845 and authorized capital of 4350,000.

Benjamin Franklin, federal bankruptcy judge, was to meet with Rigby officials this week to schedule a hearing.

The petition lists Robert P. Ingram as owning more than 25 per cent of the Rigby stock. No other persons were listed as owning more than 25 per cent. Ingram bought Rigby in March, 1972, from American Standard, Inc., a New York conglomerate.

Rigby was started as a printing company in 1883. It employs about 300 persons in three shifts. The company moved from 816 Locust in 1967.

Ingram, builder of the TenMain Center in the early 1960s, sold the building October, 1974, to Prudential Insurance Company of America. He bought KBEA-Radio from Intermedia, Inc., in September 1972, and KXTR-Radio from Senthesound Broadcasting Associations, Inc.

The land and factory building, funded by $1,325,000 in industrial revenue bonds are leased from Lenexa by Rigby, Don Capper, Lenexa administrative assistant said.

The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 29 Oct 1976, page 5.

Even though I have not uncovered what happened to the company immediately after Robert Rigby’s death, thanks to newspapers I’ve been able to document its move to Lenexa and then its move to bankruptcy court.

Forest Hills Part 2

Over Memorial Day weekend, my husband and I visited Forest Hills Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. During that visit, we located the Crider family plot and the Rigby family plot.

Like the Crider plot, the Rigby plot was on the South side of this historic cemetery in Block 23.

Buried in this plot were the following Rigby family members:

Since the FamilySearch site doesn’t have a death date for Robert, Jr., I decided to see what other sources I could find to verify the death. Thus, I searched Newspapers.com to look for an obituary, which I found in the Kansas City Star.

Death of Robert M. Rigby, Jr.
Robert M. Rigby, jr., 33 years old, died this morning at St. Mary’s Hospital. With his wife and a party of relatives, Mr. Rigby had spent last night at an amusement park. Returning home, 820 Charlotte Street, he suffered an attack of convulsions. He was taken to St. Mary’s, where he died soon after. Dr. Fritz Moennighoff, deputy coroner, said death was due to uraemic poisoning. Besides the widow a daughter, Myrtle Rigby, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Rigby, sr., three sisters, Miss Helen Rigby, Miss Grace Rigby and Miss Dorothy Rigby, and a brother Glen Rigby, survive.

“Death of Robert M. Rigby, Jr.,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 1 June 1915, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 May 2021).

Then, in an attempt to figure out Robert Rigby Senior’s children, I looked for his obituary. This obituary only names two children: Helen and Grace.

Robert M. Rigby Dies
End to Printing Company Head is at 74
Robert M. Rigby, 74 years old, president of the R. M. Rigby Printing Company, 915 Wyandotte street, and a printer here since 1884, died last night of heart disease at his home, 3816 the Paseo.
Mr. Rigby was known widely in printing circles. He was born in Chicago and came to Kansas City when a young man. He had been in ill health several years. Mr. Rigby leaves his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Rigby, of the home, two daughters, Mrs. Helen Ranson, Detroit, and Mrs. Grace G. Bennett, Hollywood, Cal.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 o’clock Monday at the home. The Rev. Burris A. Jenkins will conduct the services.

“Robert M. Rigby Dies,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 14 February 1932, page 23; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 May 2021).

Robert M. Rigby was married twice. His first marriage was to Ellen Curtin by whom he had at least 4 children: Robert M. Rigby, Grace Rigby Bennett, Helen Rigby Pinkley and Francis Rigby. According to an obituary in the 28 Dec 1892 issue of the Kansas City Times, Ellen Rigby died 27 Dec 1892.

Mrs. Nellie Rigby, wife of R. M. Rigby, died at her home, 2012 Baltimore avenue, at 5 o’clock yesterday morning of pneumonia, aged about 32 ears. The funeral will occur tomorrow morning. Mrs. Rigby leaves five children.

“Tips from Tuesday,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 28 December 1892, page 8; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 23 June 2021).

Even though Ellen’s obituary does not name the children, it does indicate that there were five children. I currently have only identified four of those children: Robert M. Rigby Jr, Grace Rigby Bennett, Helen Rigby Rason and Francis Rigby.

After the death of his first wife, Ellen, Robert M. Rigby married Elizabeth Jane Currey on 8 Feb 1894 in Jackson County, Missouri. Eight years later, Robert’s 12 year old daughter by his first wife, Francis, would take her life.

Girl of 12 a Suicide
Frances Rigby, Fearing a scolding for Being Tardy at School, Takes Carbolic Acid
Died at City Hospital
She wandered about in the Rain after Getting the Poison and took it in a Vacant Lot
Joined Church Week Ago
The child was the daughter of R. M. Rigby, President of the Rigby Printing Company

Frances Rigby, 12 years old, daughter of Robert M. Rigby, president of the Rigby Printing company, whose residence in Hyde Park is at 111 East thirty-Ninth street, ended her life yesterday afternoon by swallowing most of the contents of a two-ounce vial of carbolic acid. As far as can be learned the only reason for the child’s deed was that she was late at school yesterday morning and was afraid of a scolding either from her teacher or at home.

“Girl of 12 a Suicide,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 25 April 1902, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 23 June 2021).

Since Elizabeth Currey Rigby’s children (Glenn and Dorothy) preceded her in death, her obituary doesn’t provide any clues to the children of Robert M. Rigby by his first wife.

Mrs. Elizabeth Rigby Services
Services for Mrs. Elizabeth Rigby, 70, formerly of 3816 the Paseo, will be held at 3:30 o’clock friday at the Freeman chapel. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery. She was the widow of Robert M. Rigby, founder of the R.M. Rigby Printing Company, 816 Locust street.

“Deaths in Greater Kansas City,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 7 June 1945, page 11; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 23 June 2021).

Even though I haven’t identified the fifth child of Robert M. Rigby and Ellen Curtin Rigby, I have found a clue in an article found while searching for Robert Rigby Jr’s obituary. Robert Rigby, Jr. was stabbed in a bar fight by his brother-in-law James W. Dix.

Robert Rigby, Jr., Stabbed
James W. Dix Wounded His Brother-In-Law in a Saloon Fight
Robert Rigby, jr., vice-president of the C.H.R. Bindery and a son of R. M. Rigby of the R. M. Rigby Printing Company, is at his father’s home, 27 Janssen Place, suffering from stab wounds inflicted by his brother-in-law, James W. Dix. The two fought Friday night in a saloon at Eighth and Main streets where Rigby had gone in response to a telephone call informing him that Dix was there and drinking heavily.
Dix was arrested after the fight, but was released. He is said to be in Texas now. Rigby’s wounds, cuts about the head and back, were treated at the emergency hospital and he was sent to his father’s home. Rigby told his parents that he found Dix at the saloon in a quarrelsome mood and when he tried to persuade him to go home Dix attacked him with a knife.
R. M. Rigby, the father, said today that Dix probably would not be prosecuted. He declared his son’s injuries were not dangerous.

“Robert Rigby, Jr. Stabbed,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 29 November 1910, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 23 June 2021).

Since none of the known daughters were married to James W. Dix, the missing child is likely the daughter married to James W. Dix. So far, she is still a mystery.

Without this trail of obituaries and other articles, I would not have been able to piece together much of Robert M. Rigby’s family.

Land Dispute

#52Ancestors #Conflict

Do you have copies of records that have never been transcribed? I know that I have quite a few in my files. That is one of the reasons I’m going back thru my direct line ancestors and creating narrative reports. In the process of creating those reports, I’m making sure I work on transcribing their records.

I recently started working to update the descendants of Hiram M. Currey of Peoria County, Illinois. In the process, I noticed a fact for a land dispute with an incomplete source. That source turned out to be Box 29 from the Peoria County, Illinois court records for the H. M. Curry vs Isaac Underhill case.

Unfortunately, the documents in the box do not indicate who won the court case.

Below is a transcription of those documents:

Peoria County, Illinois
Court Records Box 29

H.M. Curry vs Isaac Underhill

Copy obtained by Fred Vatko (Peoria County Genealogical Society)

Quincy
No 8250
Hiram M Curry
Recd in letter from this
[Honl] John T Stuart, dated
30 Dec 1839

Sec Comm & reply of
The 2 Jany 1840

———————————————————
State Bank of [Illinois] 45 {?] 4.20
Receiver’s Office, Quincy, Illinois
No. 8250
May 30 1836
Received from Hiram M Currey
Of Peoria County, Illinois the sum of
Forty four
Dollars and twenty cents, being in full payment for the
Southwest fractional
Quarter of section five
Township No. Ten north of the base line of Range Nine
East of the 4th principal meridian, containing thirty five
Acres and 36/100 of an acre at the rate of one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre
$44.20 Tho Carlin receiver

Pre act 1834
Conflicting with county
7392


No. 8250
30 May 1836
I Hiram M Curry
Of Peoria
County, and State of Illinois do hereby apply for the purchase of the South
West fractional qr of section numbered five
in township numbered ten north of range numbered
Nine East of the fourth principal meridian
containing thirty five 36/100 acres
35.36
8.84
44.20
According to the returns of the Surveyor General, for which I have agreed with the Register to
give at the rate of one dollar and twenty five cents per acre.

I, Samuel Alexander, Register of the Land Office at Quincy, Illinois, do hereby certify
that the quarter section above described, contains 35 36
acres, as mentioned; and that the price agreed upon is $1.25 per acre
Re Act 1834
[?]icting 7392
Saml Alexander, Register

[CUMBERLAND COUNTY}

State of illinois
Peoria County

I Thomas Phillips County Surveyor within & for the aforesaid county; do
hereby state on oath, that I surveyed in the year 1837 fractional section
#5 10 North Range 9 East of the 4th principal meridian; and that no part of
the south west fractional quarter of the fractional section aforesaid bore any
appearance of ever having been enclosed or cultivated. The cultivation by which
it appears Hiram M Currey proved a right of presumption to the said fractional
quarter; was on the adjoining patented quarter. The nearest part of the said cultivation
does not come within fourteen chains, of the fractional quarter claimed by Curry.
deponent further states that certificate signed by himself and forwarded to the
commissioner of the general land office certifying that “Curry’s improvements
were on said fraction aforesaid; was an imposition practised on said deponent
by one Charles Balla[ne] of Peoria, Ills; and that said deponent signed the same
without fully understanding the contents of said certificate; said deponent
further states from the best of his knowledge & belief the above plat of said
fractional qtr claimed by Curry is a correct on; given under my
hand this twenty fourth day of May in the year


One thousand eight hundred & thirty Eight
[?] Phillips CSPC

Subscribed and sworn to before me William Mitchell
Clerk of the County Commissioners Court within and
For the County of Peoria and State of Illinois this
26 day of May AD 1838. Given under my hand
and seal of said Court of Peoria
this 26 day of May AD 1838
William Mitchell
Clerk


Survey & Affidavit of
Thos Philipps County Surveyor
Peoria Cy Ill. Relative to
Twp 5 10N 9E

In relation to Hiram M
Curry’s claim to sd qr section
G.S.O.
Fifled by King & Wilson 9th
Jun 1838
C.S.P.

Rec’d June 1838


Surveyor’s Office
Peoria County
State of Illinois

I Thomas Phillips sur-
veyor of said county do
hereby certify that I have
surveyed section no five in township ten
North of the base line and range nine east of the
fourth principal meridian according to
the original field notes a copy of which I
have procured from the surveyor general’
office at St. Louis and find by accurate
measurement that the East and West line run-
ning through the middle of said sec-
tion runs through the field said to have been
cultivated by Hiram M. Curry in the year
1833 dividing it in such a manner as to throw
a part of said cultivation on the South
West fractional quarter and the reside which
is much the larger portion on the north
West fraction quarter of said section given
from under my hand at my office this 26
Day of November 1836
Thomas Phillips SPC


State of Illinois
Peoria County

I William Mitchell Clerk of the County Commissioners
Court within & for said County,do hereby certify that
Thomas Phillips Esqr is the County Surveyor within and for the County
of Peoria aforesaid (duly commissioned & qualified) that his commission
was dated on the 12th day of August A.D. 1835 and will expire in
August 1839 — as it appears to me of record in my office and
that his signature following certificate is genuine
in testimony whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and seal of said Court at
Peoria this 15th day of May AD 1838
William Mitchell
Clerk

I Charles Ballan[ce] upon oath do state that the above certificte of
Thomas Phillips was signed by him in my presence
C Ballance

Subscribed & sworn to before me
This 15 day of May AD 1838
William Mitchell
Clk County Commissioners
Court Peoria County
Ills


State of Illinois
Peoria County
I Linus Scovil of lawful age being
girst duly sworn depose and say that I am the
justice of the peace of said county before whom
the witnesses were sworn who established Hiram
M. Curry’s right of re-emption to the South West
fractional quarter of Section No 5 in Township
10 North of the base line and Range No 9 East of the
4th principal meridian when James Cannon and Har-
ris Whittaker were afterwords brought before me by
Isaac Underhill to recount upon oath the statements
they had formerly made I at first refused to
swear them to said last mentioned affidavits on ac
count of its apparently involving them in perjury
and I inquired of them their motive for so great in-
consistency. They informed me that Isaac Underhill
and Jefferson Taliaferro (who had [floated] on said
Curry’s claim) informed them that they (said Under-
hill & Taliaferro) had had said land surveyed and
had ascertained that no part of the field which said
Curry had cultivated in 1833 was on said tract
of land and therefore as said Curry had [during] said
was cultivated nowhere else they were guilty of perjury
in swearing he had cultivated a part of said
tract during said year and that said Underhill
and Taliaferro had threated to persecute them for
perjury unless they wold recant upon oath
the statements aforesaid respecting said Curry’s
pre-emption. I further state that I am well
acquainted with all the parties and the premises in
dispute that said Curry is a poor man who to
my certain knowledge has lived upon the land
in dispute ever since some time in the year
1832 until a few months past his family has


Been absent (as is said) upon a visit to distant
relatives That I called to see said Curry some
time the fall of 1833 and found him sowing
a crop of wheat and had at the time a crop of corn
and pumkins grown The field he was cultivating
was always understood to be the fraction of section
5 township 10 North of range 9 East partly on the
NW qr and partly on the SW qr but having [nev]
er surveyed it can not say possibly where an East
& west line would run but have no dougt that
the house and part of the field are on the SW frac-
tional quarter Said Witnesses are vry young
and could I presume be easily frightened or per-
suaded to make such recantation without any criminal
intention I was at the time said Curry settled on
said land living in said neighborhood and have
ever since lived there Given from under my
hand this 28th day of January 1837.
Linus Scovill (seal)

State of Illinois
Peoria County

This day personally appeared
Before me William Mitchell
A notary Public of said County Linus Scovill
personally known to me to be the identical
person who subscribed and swore to the foregoing
instrument of [[writing] and deposed that the
statements therein made are just and true
according to the best of his knowledge & beliefs
I also certify that the said Linus Scovill is
a man of integrity & credibility and that his
statements on oath may be relied on Given
under my hand and seal notarized
at Peoria this 28th January AD 1837
William Mitchell


I Alexander [Forsh] being of lawful age and first duly
sworn testify that sometime in the summer of the
year 1836 in the town of Peoria I heard a conver-
sation between Isaac Underhill and another indi-
vidual respecting his speculations at Rome on the
Illinois River in which said Underhill boasted of
having defeated the pre-emption of a settler in that
neighborhood by procurring his witnesses to swear that
their affidavits by which they established the pre-emp-
tion were not true In that part of the conversation
which was in my hearing he stated distinctly that he had
paid one of said witnesses to with William M. E. Bogar-
dus the sum of two hundred dollars or four hundred
dollars (I am not certain which) to procure him to go
before a justice of the peace and recant upon oath
his former affidavit My impression is that he
did not give the name of the person whose pre-emp-
tion he had endeavored to destroy but he described it
as being a fraction and otherwise so spoke of it as
to have no doubt that it was the pre-emption of
Hiram M. Curry to which he alluded and further this
affiant [soweth] not
Alex H Fash

State of Illinois
Peoria County
I William Martin a justice of the peace
in and for said county do hereby certify that
on the ninth day of November A D 1837 person
all appeared before me Alexander H [Forsh] and
was by me sworn to the truth of the foregoing
affidavit given under my hand the date
aforesaid
W Martin J P


State of Illinois
Peoria County

I, William Mitchell, Clerk of the County
Commissioners’ Court for said county, do hereby certify that William
Martin, Esquire, whose name appears to the foregoing certificate, was, on
the day of the date thereof, an acting Justice of the Peace, in and for the county
aforesaid, duly commissioned and qualified, as it appears to me of record in my
office; and that, as such, full faith and credit are due to all his official acts.
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my
hand, and affixed the seal of said court, at Peoria
this Seventh day of December 1839
William Mitchell Clerk


I Charles Ballomce do solemnly swear that shortly
after Isaac Underhill had filed the affidavits of
William M C [Bojordne] and others in the land office
to defeat H. M. Curry’s right of pre-emption to a tract of
land adjoining Rome in the county of Peoria Ill that
said Curry state to me that said Bogardus had ackn-
owledged to him that said Underhill had bribed him
for the sum of four hundred dollars to swear to an affi
davit contradicting his former affidavit which he
[had] given to establish said Curry’s pre-emption
that supposing if said statement was
true it was not susceptible of proof I paid little
attention to it until about two months ago said Curry in-
formed me he could prove said charge by Alexander H.
[Forsh] part not having an opportunity to take his
affidavit then and his residence being several
miles from here I had not a convenient opportunity
to take it until November 9th last past and it was not
then forwarded to the general land office because I
wished to procure furthere testimony especially
the testimony of Luther sears who was an associate
of said Underhill and who I understood from Forst
knew all about it On this day I called on said Sears who stated
that he heard said [Bocardus] and Underhill bargain-
ing about said affidavit Underhill offered a price
to Bocardus if he would upon oath recant his former affidavit
Bocardus refused to do it for the price offered but agreed
to do it for a large price after a number offers were
made and refused a sum was agreed upon and


the affidavit was made out and sworn to by said Bocardus,
and the price paid by said Underhill, as he understood from
them both, but what was the amount paid said Sears,
could not recollect. After said matter was arranged said
Sears stated that said Underhill explained the transaction
to him and told him that it was Hiram M. Curry’s pre-
emption claim near Rome that said affidavit was
taken to defeat. Said Underhill explained his having to give
so high a price for this affidavit to be that in addition
to the reluctance of the witness to contradict himself he was
interested in Curry’s claim, and it was necessary to give
him more then his interest amounted to to get him
to swear against Curry said Seas who seemed to know all about
the said transaction stated that he had ‘no doubt there was
perjury in the business.” I then asked him if he would
give an affidavit stating these fact, to which he answere-
ed that being a friend of Mr.Underhills he would not
give any statement on oath on the subject, unless required
in a court of justice and in this case he would swear
to the facts as declared to me and related above and further this affi
ant [south] not
Charles Balland
Subsribe and sworn to before me this 7th day
of December AD 1839. In testimony whereof
I have hereunto set my hand and
seal of the County Commissioners Court
of Peoria County, Sate of Illinois this
day & year last aforesaid
william Mitchell Clk


State of Illinois
Peoria County

Clerks Office County Commissioners [County]
William Mitchell clerk of said Court
do hereby certify that Linus Scovill Esqr whose
name appears written to the within certificate was at
this time the same was made an acting Justice
of the Peace in and for said County duly
Commissioned and qualified as affiant of
record in my office and that as such full
faith and credit an [act of rights] ought
to be given to [?] his official acts given
under my hand and seal
said Court at Peoria this
25th day of May AD 1836
William Mithcell
Clk Co Commr PC


8250
Cancelled
Quincy

Money ordered to be re-
funded by the Secretary
of the Treasurey — See letter
to the Regt & Recv dated
11th April 1845

Cancelled

Money ordered to be
refunded see letter to
R & R 3d Oct 1838

See letter from Honr John t
Stuart enclosing live affidavits
herewith filed — & letter dated 30th
Dec 1839 – & Commr reply of 2 Jany
1840 – also letter to R&R of same
date


We James Cannon and Harris Wittaker
do solemnly swear that Hiram M curry
is not entitled to a preemption to the South
West fractional qtr of Sec No 5 10 N 9 East
for which he has our evidence to his
preemption papers being date 19th March
AD 1836, we were at together unacquainted
with the boundarys of said fractional qr
until a recent survey of the same
and hereby swear that said Curry
never cultivated any part thereof to
our knowlege as set forth in said
preemption papers
James Cannon
his
Harris Wittaker
Sworn to and subscribed before me
this 24th day of May 1836
Linus Scoville
Justice of the Peace


I William M C Bogardus hereby make
oath that Hiram M Curry is not entitled
to a presentation to the SW fractional qr
of Sec no 5 10 North 9 East for which
he has my affadavit concerning I do
not want the Register to receive said
affadavit as there is a mistake inthe
same and further that I swear
that the section lines do not
come within three or four rods of teh
fence where he states that he cultivated
the same, and further one of the [whitnesses]
is Curry’s own son, and the other is
under age
[W M ? Bogandus]

State of Illinois
Peoria County
I Lewis Bigelow, an acting
Justice of the Peace within and for
the county of Peoria, hereby certify that on the 23d day
of May AD 1836 the above named William M. C. Bogar
dens personally appeared before me and made oath to
the truth of the foregoing affidavit by him subscribed

Lewis Bigelow, J. Peace


State of Illinois
Peoria County
Clerks Office County Commissioners Court
William Mitchell Clerk of said Court
I hereby certify that Lewis Bigelow Esqr whose
name appears to the foregoing certificate was at
the time the same was mad an acting Justice
of the Peace in and for said county regularly
commissioned and qualified as appoint of
record in my office and as such full
faith and credit are[and ? rights]
[?] given to are his official acts. In Tes-
timony whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal of said
County at Peoria this twenty fifth
day of May A.D. 1836
William Mitchell
Clk


Cancelled
Certificate
8250
and proof belonging thereto

Certificate Cancelled
See letter to R & R 3d Oct
1838 also letter
from the Hon John T stuart
dated 30 Oct 183[7] & Commr
reply of 2d Jany 1840 & letter
of same date to R & R


Charles Ballance of Peoria of lawful age deposes
and says in addition to his foregoing that he
has been acquainted with Hiram M Curry
since early in 1832 That in the latter part
said year this deponent and said Curry were
two of the Commissioners appointed by the County
of Peoria to locate a road towards Knoxville to
pass on the North line of the above described
tract that this deponent was then in the house
of said Curry and has frequently been on
the premises same and states of his own knowl-
edge that said Curry has ever since resided on
said land with his family neither has
he ever heard of his having had any othe rhome
during said time nor has he heard of any
other person having a claim to said land
unti the last week
C Ballance
Subscribed & Sworn to
before me on this 30th
day of May 1836.
J H [Racton] J. P.


Sworn to and subscribed before me on this 19th day
of March 1836
Linus Scovill J P

We do swear that the subscribing witnesses to the
within preemption proof are persons of
respectability and their oath entitled to credit
William, Fletcher, Thompson
Linus Scoville junr
Swortn to and subscribed before me on this
26th day of March 1836
Linus scovill JP

I do hereby certify that the above named wienesses
are persons of respectability and their oath entitled
to credit
Linus Scovill J P

State of Illinois
Peoria County
To wit: William Mitchell clerk of the county
Commissioners Court for said county do certify that Linus
Scovill Esqr whose name appears to the foregoing certificates
was on the day of the date therof an acting Justice of the Peace
in and for said county, dully commissioned and qualified
[seal covering ] to me of record in my office and that as such
[seal covering] and credit are due & are his official acts
In testimony whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and affixed the seal of said
Court at Peoria this 21st day of may 1836
William Mitchell, Clk


I do solemnly swear that I was in actual occupancy
of and raised a crop on the South west fractional
qr of sec 5 town 10 north of range 9 East of the
4th principal meridian in the year 1833 and
that I was in actual possession and occupancy
of the same at the passage of the law on the 19th
of June 1834 and am still in possession and I
hereby apply to enter the same by preemption
agreably to the Act of Congress in that care
made and provided
Hiram M Currey
Sworn to and subscribed before me on this
19th day of March 1836
Linus Scovill JP

We do solemnly swear that Hiram m Currey was
in actual occupancy of and raised a crop on the South
west fractional qr of Sec 5 in Town 10 North of Range
9 East of the 4th principal Meridian in the year
1833 and that he was in actual occupancy of the same
on the 19th of June 1834 and still is in possession
and that we are not interested directly or indirectly
in his obtaining a preemption
Silas Allen
Hames Camon
Harris (his mark) Whitaker


To the Honorable Thomas Ford Judge of the
Peoria Circuit Court in Chancery sitting humbly
complaining showeth unto your Honor your [or tor]
Hiram M. Curry that heretofore to wit in the year one
thousand eight hundred and thirty [twp] your orator found
the south West fractional quarter of section no. five Township ten
North of the base line and Range nine East of the
fourth principal meridian vacant and unoccupied
land belonging to the government of the United States of
America and your orator being desirous of obtaining a
home in this part of the country and aid land having
not then been proclaimed for sale took possession
thereof with the intention of making thereon a preman-
nent home and paying for the same when it should
be offered for sale by the government Your orator fur-
there showeth unto our Honor that he cultivated a portion
of said fractional section of land in and during the year
AD one thousand eight hundred thirty-three
and had a dwelling house thereon which he was living
with his family on the nineteenth of June A D 1834
and was consequently entitled to enter a right of pre-emp
tion thereto under the laws of Congress of said last and
was thereby entitled to buy said tract at one dollar and twen-
ty five cents per acre at any time before the nineteenth
day of June A D 1836 And your orator well hoped
that he would be permitted the peaceable enjoyment of
his [family] home made in those early times amidst
privations and dangers But now so it is may
it Please your Honor one Isaac Underhill who
is hereby made a defendant to this bill sometime
the second day of April in the year A D 1836
went
to the land office at Quincey Illinois and fraudently represented said
tract of land to the Register of said land office as
government land on which no right of pre-emption


existed and entered said land by means of a floating
right obtained under said pre-emption law in the name of
one Charles Hayes who is hereby prayed to be made a
defendant to this bill And afterwards to wit
in or about the second day of My Ad 1836 the said
Underhill presured said Hayes to make an assignment
of said tract of land to one Jefferson Taliaferro who is
also prayed to be made a defendant to
this bill
Your orator further shares that in the
month of April AD 1836 said Underhill surveyed said
tract into town lots and had a plat thereof made and
recorded in the recorders office of said county under the
name of ‘Taliaferro’s Additon Rome’ and on the
fifteenth of said month obtained from said Taliferro
a deed to a portion thereof but whether the whole legal
title that said Taliaferro obtained or may [cu] supposed
to have obtained from said Hayes has been conveyed
to said Underhill your orator does not know
And your orator showeth unto your honor that said
Underhill further to embarrass and defraud your orator sold divers
portions of said tract of land to divers persons
whose names are at present unknown to your orator but
whose names when ascertained your orator prays may
[?] have and they made defendants hereunto
Your orator further showeth unto your honor that your
orator during the existence of said pre-emption land to wit
on the day of June AD 1836 procured all the neces-
sary proofs to be filed in said land office to establish a
right of pre-emption in your orator to said tract of land
whereupon said register and Receiver decided that your
orator was entitled to said land notwithstanding the


orator was entitled
———————
said entry made by said Underhill as aforesaid and
your orator thereupon bought said land of said Register
and Receiver pursuant to the provisions of said pre-
emption law and received the usual duplicate receipt
showing that fact which duplicate is herewith shown
to the court and prayed to be taken as a part of this
bill Your orator further showeth unto your Honor
that after said last mentioned entry or purchase was
made said Underhill procured and sent tot he commissioners
of the general land office, certain affidavits tending to prove that
if the line between the North and South halves of said
section was properly surveyed the cultivation would fall on the
north half whereas his house was on the South half to
rebut which your orator procured and sent to the commissioner
of the General land office an official certificate of the county
surveyor of Peoria county certifying that he had run said
line bounding to the original field notes and a portion of said
cultivation was on the tract in controversy on the
reception of which said commissioner adjudged your
orators evidence conclusive but for form’s sake sent
back the surveyors certificate with a request that the
county seal might be attached to[document] the official
[hamiter] of said surveyor whereupon your orator [pro-]
[red]said sent to be attached this to with the certificate of
said clerk that of the official character of said surveyor
and all that said commissioners required being complied
with your orator rested cont[ent] and well hopes the
question was settled forever but to your orators utter as-
tonishment and dismay some months afterwards he
received a letter from Samuel [Leech] Commissioner of the
said land office at Quincy enclosing a copy of a letter
which it was stated that the claim of your orator was
adjudged bad and the claim of said Underhill who
held under said Haye’s as aforesaid adjudged good and
that it was filed away for a patent to issue in due
course


And afterwards to with on the twenty first day of
January AD one thousand eight hundred and forty a
patent was made out in due form granting said land
absolutely from the United States to said Charles’ Hayes

But if your orator charges
the legal title to said land is in said Hayes and has
not passed so said Taliaferro Underhill& many of their
[minders] for your orator charges that said assignment
is not such an instrument as can pass the legal
title in said premises
All of which outings and doings of the said under
Hayes, Taliaferro and their confederate are contrary
to equity and good [measure] and tend to the many
injury and impoverishment of your orator whereupon
you as much as your orator is without relief under the [strict]
ness of the common laws but is re[trevable]
in a court of equity only where matters of this


sort are properly cognizable and relievable therefore
May it please your honor to grant unto your orator
the People’s most gracious writ of summons to be directed
to the said Isaac Underhill, Charles Hayes and Jefferson
Taliaferro thereby commanding them and each of them at
a certain day and under a certain point therein to be lim[it]
personally to be and appear before your Honor in this Honora
ble court and then and there the said Hayes’ or his corporate oath
and the said Underhill and Taliaferro without full true [?]
perfect answers make to all and singular the premises
And may the said Hayes be required to answer on oath afore-
said particularly whether he was entitled to a floating right to
any land under the pre-emption law aforesaid and
if he was what facts [earsted] to entitle him thereto and
more particularly whether he lived on government land or
on land that had long before been granted to or private indi-
vidiual on the nineteenth day of June A D 1834
And whether the South West fractional quarter of section
five in Township ten North of the base line and Range nine
East of the fourth principal meridian was entered by him or by another
in his name without his consent and whether he has
since conveyed the same away to any other person or
persons. If he h[ears] to whom he has conveyed And may
the said Underhill and Taliafero parties only state without
oath as aforesaid what title they jointly or severally have in
said premises what parts they have sold to each other or to
others at what time and to whom sold and for what price
And may said Hays, Underhill and Taliferro
be compelled
to execute and deliver to your orator a good and sufficient
deed of conveyance conveying to your orator all the right title
and interest which they or either of them has in said premises
with [increments] of warranty warranting said premises to your
orator against the acts of the said Hays Underhill and Talia-
fero by them sincerely done and [committed] and against
all persons claiming by through or under the person thus
warranting and further may they stand to abid
and perform such further orders direction and [direct]
therein as to your honor shall sum [mut]
And may it please your Honor to grant unto your
orator such other and further relief as equity any justice shall
require and to your Honor shall seem mut and your orator
as in duty bound will ever pray
Hiram M. Curry
Pr C. Bullance [solicitor]


Hiram M Curry
vs
Isaac Underhill et al
Bill in Equity

Filed July 7th AD 1840
William Mitchell


In this case the clerk will issue summons to the county
of Peoria against Isaac Underhill to the county of Tazewell
against Jefferson Taliferro and to the county of McDonough
against Charles Hayes
C. Ballance sol. for compt


The summon of Isaac Underhill to the bill
in chancery filed by one Hiram M
Curry in the Circuit Court for Peoria
County against himself Charles Hays
and Jeferson Taliaferro.
This respondent admits that the South
West fractional quarter of section five T 10 N
(E belonged to the government of the United
States in AD 1832, but he says it is [not true]
complainant cultivated any
portion of this tract of land in the
year AD 1833 nor at any time since
as the respondent is informed and
verily believes.
This respondent further says that he
never did represent tot he Register of the land
office at Quincy that no preemption rights
existed to said tract of land though had
such representation been [noodes] to want
have been justified by the facts He admits
that said Taliaferro purchased a floating
claim of said Hays and entered the said
tract of land in April 1836. Hays
then assigned the certificate of entry to said
Taliaferro who conveyed all his right
and interests in the land to this person
and by deed. He also admists that he laid off
the town of Rome on a portion of the said tract of land
and has since sold some of the lots to different
individuals.
This respondens also admits that the com-
plainant by misrepresenting the situation of
the land impose and some individuals
so far as to indue them to attempt to prove
a right of presumption in said Curry and this
respondent thinks it not impossible that
Register and Receiver of the land office
unsuspecting of a fraud and no [caus?]


evidence being before them might have per-
mitted to complainant to enter the land.
This respondent also admits to the time that
soon after the land it [sacmoured] that Curry
had been permitted to enter the land, to purchase
the affidavits of several persons acquainted
with the facts (among them were the witnesses
who proved Curry preemption) in which
affidavits it was stated that Curry never
had cultivated the aforesaid tract of land
This respondent also admits that one
Charles Ballance who was then acting as the
attorney for the complainant by misrepre-
senting to the county surveyor the course
of the lines indused him to give the certificate
mentioned in the bill, then the said Ballance
was enabled the to induce the county surveyor more easily to believe these
false statements, as he had been [coerced]
by surveyor himself was at time [prevailing]
This respondent also says that the said county
surveyor soon after he had given the certificate
to the said Ballance, discovered the [imposetion]
that had been practiced and him, and having
surveyed the land accurately according [to the] field
notes, gave this respondent a certificate stating
the above parts and was no appearance
of them said having been any cultivation on the
said tract of land. This respondent sent
the aforesaid testimony to the commissioner
of the General Land office and he thinks [?]
the complainent ought not to have been surprised,
should have issued to Hays after this fraud
had been thus fully brought tot he know-
ledge of the land officers.
This respondent admits that he sold
several of the towns lots laid off on said land
but when & to whom he cannot now
answer with precision having no mem


orandum of the sales. He thinks he sold the
most of them in AD 1836 and supposes that
the owners names may be found in the reco
ders office, as acceptable to the complainant
as to this respondent he has forgotten to whom
the lots were sold, and could only ascertain
them by searching the said records.
This respondent further answers and says that
he denies that the said complainant ever had a
right or preemption to the said South west fraction
quarter
And the respondent having
this fully answered [froze] that
he may be dismissed with his
costs.
Isaac Underhill

[?] known to befor
[?] 8 day of August 1840
William Mitchell


Deposition of George C McFaddon of the County of Peoria and
State of Illinois taken on the fifth and sixth days of October AD
1840 between the hours of 10 in the morning and five in evening of
the said Hays in the office of William Mitchell Clerk of the Circuit
Court within the said county to be used in evidence in a cause
pending in the Circuit Court of said County with Chancery
[bids] thereof wherein Hiram M Curry is complainant
and Isaac Underhill, Jeferson Taliaferro and Charles Hays are
defendants on behalf of the said defendants the said
George C McFadden doth depose Hays, in answer to
the following interrogations


1st Have you surveyed the South West qr Section five
Township 10 North Range 9 East of the [4] Meridian

Ans: He Has

2ns: State whether there is any appearance of cultivation
on said quarter

Ans: Witness was requested to examine as to whether
the said quarter had been cultivated and was not
able to discover that there had been anything like
cultivation upon it

3rd Had there been any cultivation upon it in the
year 1833 would have perceived the evidence
of it

Ans: should think there might

4th Is there any appearance of cultivation in the vicinity of this quarter?

Ans: witness refers to a map which is marked A and
made a part of this deposition, the place on said
map marked “orchard cultivated ground” and
the place marked “old cultivated ground called
the Taliferro place” appeared to have been cultivated
and they are the only places in the vicinity of said
quarter which have been cultivated

5th Are you the County surveyor of Peoria county
and is the said map is a correct survey of
said ground

Ans: witness is the county surveyor of Peoria County
and the map and survey is correct

Cross Examination by the complainant
1st What is the description of the said quarter section and
the adjacent ground?

Ans: Prairie

2nd: Are any of ancient corners of said section remaining

Ans: None that he could find

3rd: How did you ascertain the true position of the
line through the middle of said frac section?

Ans: witness commenced about a mile and a half
in the township line between ten North Eight & Nine
[fall] and run North to the center of section six north
west side then run East one mile to the quarter
section corner between five & six, then to [prove ther]
that was right run South to the river, thirty one
chains then run from same corner North to
the corner of section five & six on township line


the corner of Section five & six on township line

then run East 33 chains & 6 links to the Illinois
river, which comes out within a few [links] of
the field with distance and that witness judges
was about right

4th Is the bank of the River where the three lines as
laid down on the map strike it, a sudden
cliff or a gradual slope?

Ans: A gradual slope, a little rough on the start
but gradual afterwards

5th Do the lines as you have surveyed them terminate
at high or low water mark?

Ans: The North line would terminate at high
water [nexth] with the field [in the] distances, the
other two lines are about average distance
between high & low water marks

6th By what field notes did you survey this tract

Ans: by the field notes which witness purchased from
Captain Phillips the former County surveyor, and witness
has no doubts they are true copies of the original notes
as they have always agreed with his surveys

7th Have you any personal knowledge that they were
copied from the original field notes?

Ans: Has not


8th In running the lines of said quarter how much
did you allow for the variation of the compass?

Ans: Seven degrees & twenty minutes

9th If a mistake was made in the degree of variation
how much wold it make in missing a [field]

Ans: One chain and forty links

10th Is any part of the fence remaining on the South
side of the piece marked on the map “old cultivated
ground”?

Ans: thinks not

11th How far does the North line of said fractional
quarter run south of where cultivation appears
to have been as marked on the plat?

Ans: From fifty to seventy five links

By the defendants

Was the corner you started from, the one established
by the United States?

Ans: Witness supposed it was, on the township line
containing that quarter

What is the true varratin of the compass

Ans: seven degrees & twenty minutes


By the complainant

How did you ascertain the true variation of eh compass?

Ans: By running on different lines and making the
variation to follow said lines witness has been surveying
in Peoria County more or less for four years, and has
been county surveyor about a year
G. C. McFadden

State of Illinois
Peoria County
I William Mitchell Clerk of the Circuit Court
within and for said county do hereby certify that George C
McFadden was by me sworn to testify the truths, the
whole truth and nothing but the truth, as a witness in the
above entitled cause, and that foregoing deposition by him
submitted was taken as the time and place aforesaid and
reduced to writing by me
Given under my hand and seal
of said Court at Peoria this 6th day
of [December] AD 1840
William Mitchell
Clerk

Fees for taking Dep 1.87


Hiram M. Curry
vs
Underhill

Deposition of E McFaden Hays et al


A survey of teh S.W. quarter of Section5 Township 10 N R 9 E of teh 4th Prl Meredian
(For Isaac Underhill) Beginning at a part of sstone set for 1/4 secton corner between sections
5 7 6 thence East 20 chains to the bank of the Illinois river, thence S 30 [W] two chains
thence S 30 degrees E three chaines, thens S 56 degrees W four chains and fifty links, thence S 30 degrees W eight
chains, thens S 34 degrees W twelve chains, thens S 41 degrees W nine chanes (the corner described in the
field notes is destroyed) thence North thirty one chains to the place of beginnings, containg
31 83/100 acres of land, surveyed according tot he original field notes, July 22nd 1840
Variation 7 degrees 20 minutes
G. C. McFadden CSPC


A Survey of the
S.W. Qr of Sect. 5
T10 N R 9 E pr
Isaac Underhill

Attest William Mitchell

Forest Hill

As you visit the cemetery searching for the graves of relatives do you ever stand in awe of a monument? When I visit a military cemetery, I often feel overwhelmed by row upon row of tombstones, especially when they are decorated with flags or wreaths. Another time I remember being awestruck was when I saw my Crawford family tombstones still standing in the Eaton, Ohio cemetery from over 150 years ago.

When my husband agreed to go with me to Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri over Memorial Day Weekend, I didn’t expect to stare in wonder at a family monument. I was just looking for the graves of cousins. I was limited to two requests for information on the location of the graves. Thus, I asked for a Rigby male and a Crider male hoping to get a family plot. And I lucked out with both!

Crider Family Monument

The Crider plot was in section 19 at the top of a hill on the South side of the cemetery looking over the rest of the cemetery.

This family plot is the final resting place for the Crider Brothers, of the Crider Commission Company.

The following Crider family members are named on the monument:

Driving around this historic cemetery, we encountered the grave of Satchel Paige. A quick Google search revealed more details about historic Forest Hill Cemetery.

While in this historic cemetery, I took photos of the stones to add them to Billion Graves and added the GPS coordinates to the Find a Grave memorials. These GPS coordinates are for a very very small part of Forest Hill Cemetery, but it is a start. Hopefully others will join in this effort and all of the graves in this historic cemetery will get coordinates added.

Coming Soon: Forest Hill Pt 2 – The Rigby plot