Census Confusion

Have you ever encountered a census record where the family had an extra child that you were unaware of? Professional researchers will caution us to not make assumptions from those listed in a household when the relationship is not stated. However, it is very easy to look at that census record and think the household is one family.

My first encounter with a household on the 1850 census record not being a family unit was with the record for Jane Barnes Currey and her children. Jane’s husband, Thomas M. Currey, died in 1848. In 1850, Jane is shown still living in Carroll County, Indiana with the following in her household:

  • James Currey age 26 and born in Indiana
  • Elizabeth Currey age 21 and born in Indiana
  • Amanda Currey age 19 and born in Indiana
  • Helen Currey age 17 and born in Indiana
  • Caroline Currey age 8 and born in Indiana
  • Hiram Currey age 15 and born in Indiana
  • Catharin Barnes age 15 and born in Indiana

Both James and Hiram have ‘Farm’ listed as their occupation. Based on this one record, it would be easy to assume that Hiram is a member of this family. However, a search of Carroll County Indiana Probate Records uncovers documents that identify the heirs of Thomas M. Currey.

Probate Order Book
Carroll County, Indiana
Book 2 page 520

May Term 1848 — 3rd Day May 10

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

Application to sell land

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

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

Indiana, Carroll County. Probate Records, 1829-1913; indexes, 1844-1891. Film #2200813 DGS 7708858. Petition to sell Thomas Currey’s land, 10 May 1848 Vol. 2: page 520-521; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed before 2016.

Hiram Currey is missing from the probate document. That combined with the fact that he is listed after the other Currey children would suggest that he is NOT a child in this family. Without the probate record, I would likely have assumed that 15 year old Hiram was a child of Jane Currey.

Thus, I’m thankful that other researchers taught me to look beyond a single record and to collect as much information as I can on each member of a family.

My Surnames

Generation 3

4. Leon Russel Crawford-9785: born 6 February 1894 in Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States; married 24 December 1919 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 3 October 1976 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

5. Winnie Letha Currey-9786: born 30 June 1903 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; died 11 February 1992 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

6. Edward Osmond Briles-9795: born 21 June 1891 in Burlington, Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 29 October 1915 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 28 May 1956 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

7. Pauline Edith Mentzer-9796: born 28 March 1896 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 16 July 1984 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Generation 4

8. Judson Foster Crawford-177: born 15 April 1866 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 24 December 1890 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 19 February 1949 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

9. Josie Winifred Hammond-178: born 9 February 1874 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 27 September 1954 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

10. Hiram Miles Currey-502: born 23 October 1866 in Missouri, United States; married 13 May 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; died 15 September 1943 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

11. Winifred Mae “Winnie” Hutchinson-503: born 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States; died 23 September 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.

12. Edward Grant Briles-2065: born 18 July 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 19 February 1890 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 23 July 1951 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

13. Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts-2707: born 7 April 1868 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 April 1947 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

14. Charles Oliver Mentzer-1709: born 1 July 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; married 18 October 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 15 August 1955 in Newman Hospital, Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

15. Nettie Adell Wells-1710: born 5 February 1873 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 9 February 1939 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Generation 5

16. Washington Marion Crawford-190: born 21 April 1838 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 4 March 1860 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 23 August 1889 in Fort Dodge, Ford, Kansas, United States.

17. Mary Foster-191: born 28 August 1842 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 21 January 1929 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

18. Richmond Fisk Hammond-221: born 20 November 1840 in Licking, Ohio, United States; married 1 January 1867 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 8 April 1928 in Soldier’s Home, Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, United States.

19. Sarah Ellen Ralston-222: born 11 May 1849 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; died 18 October 1892 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

20. Hiram M. Currey-515: born 13 August 1835 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States; married 3 August 1856 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States; died 2 March 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

21. Angelina Jane Burke-516: born 30 October 1836 in Kentucky, United States; died 26 March 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

22. Albert Hutchinson-520: born about 1838 in Northhampton, Fulton County, New York; married 14 September 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States; died 22 July 1896 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

23. Julia Harding-521: born 1840 in New Brunswick, Canada; died 4 January 1892 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

24. Noah Washington Briles-2055: born 1840 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States; married 9 August 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States; died 14 July 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

25. Sarah Jane Thompson-2056: born 7 August 1843 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died 17 August 1930 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.

26. James Marshall Ricketts-2733: born 28 November 1847 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; married 12 July 1866 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 November 1920 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

27. Rachel Elmeda Christy-2734: born 28 April 1845 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 27 January 1927 in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.

28. George Mentzer-1694: born 12 June 1838 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married 1 January 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; died 19 January 1912 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

29. Emeline Minnick-1695: born 26 August 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; died 13 September 1927 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

30. Thurston Kennedy Wells-1701: born 26 February 1821 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; married 20 March 1861 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States; died 3 June 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

31. Salome Adell Crandall-1702: born 24 June 1836 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; died 30 August 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Generation 6

32. Nelson G. Crawford-199: born 17 October 1808 in Preble, Ohio, United States; married 3 September 1833 in Warren, Indiana, United States; died 21 March 1864 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

33. Martha Smith-200: born 3 August 1815 in Indiana, United States; died 1 August 1871 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

34. Zebulon Foster-214: born 19 August 1808 in Pike, Ohio, United States; married 14 February 1833 in Pike, Ohio, United States; died 5 September 1889 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

35. Caroline Ostrander-215: born 23 March 1814 in Ross, Ohio, United States; died 3 June 1871 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

36. Horatio Hammond-223: born 24 October 1798 in Connecticut, United States; married 14 April 1825 in Medina, Medina, Ohio, United States; died 7 November 1879 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States.

37. Louisa Fisk-224: born 5 August 1806 in Watertown, Jefferson, New York, United States; died 17 August 1874 in Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States.

38. James Barr Ralston-1232: born 20 December 1811 in Pennsylvania, United States; married about 1836 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; died 4 July 1904 in Grundy, Iowa, United States.

39. Nancy Jane McCormick-1233: born 15 October 1818 in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States; died 3 November 1907 in Grundy, Iowa, United States.

40. Hiram M. Currey-517: born about 1787; married 28 September 1824 in Edgar, Edgar, Illinois, United States.

41. Rachel Harris-1278: died before 28 March 1842.

42. Henry F. Burke-518: born 30 April 1811; married 22 October 1835 in Monroe, Kentucky, United States; died 30 October 1845 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States.

43. Elizabeth Ann Bland-519: born 25 December 1813; died before 5 May 1876 in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.

44. Aaron Hutchinson-10394: born 1803 in Smyrna, Chenango County New York; died 28 March 1837 in New York, New York, United States.

45. Sarah Merry-10395: born 1813; died 6 March 1845 in New York, New York, United States.

46. William Gillies Harding-560: born about 1803 in New Brunswick, Canada; married 16 September 1830 in Westfield Parish, Kings, New Brunswick; died 15 August 1865 in Mount Vernon Township, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States.

47. Elizabeth Fowler-10029: born 1804 in Westfield Parish, Kings, New Brunswick; died 29 January 1846 in Westfield Parish, Kings, New Brunswick.

48. Alexander Briles-2059: born 14 March 1817 in North Carolina, United States; married 2 August 1836 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States; died 14 January 1900 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.

49. Sarah Rush-2060: born 1816 in North Carolina, United States; died 2 September 1872 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

50. William Taylor Thompson-2064: born 29 December 1820 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; married 30 October 1842 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died 12 September 1898.

51. Polly Ann Evans-4511: born 25 July 1821 in Indiana, United States; died 14 April 1896 in Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States.

52. John Lewis Ricketts-2735: born 22 November 1812 in Fleming, Kentucky, United States; married 3 December 1846 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 23 December 1888 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

53. Orilda Matilda Reed-2736: born 20 January 1828 in Jennings, Indiana, United States; died 28 June 1900 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

54. Samuel Christy-7734: born 11 September 1819 in Indiana, United States; married 3 March 1842 in Fayette, Ohio, United States; died 24 March 1904 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

55. Lyda Gallimore-7735: born 25 March 1824 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; died 1 February 1864 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.

56. Phillip Andrew Mentzer-1697: born about March 1793; married 23 May 1816; died 19 December 1845 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

57. Orinda Miles-1698: born 14 January 1798 in Gardner, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; died 18 October 1861 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

58. John Minnick-1696: born 22 June 1822 in Pennsylvania, United States; married before 1850; died 21 April 1903 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.

59. Elizabeth Mary Jones-1806: born about 1816 in Pennsylvania, United States; died 20 July 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.

60. Ozias Wells-1833: born 15 May 1796 in Northampton, Fulton County, New York; married 18 March 1818 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; died 5 August 1832 in Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States.

61. Mary Kennedy-1834: born 21 February 1799 in Halfmoon, Saratoga, New York, United States; died 23 March 1885 in Kalamo, Eaton, Michigan, United States.

62. Lewis Crandall-1796: born 19 August 1807 in prob Genesee County, New York; married; died March 1852 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

63. Almira Nafus-4939: died before 1846.

Generation 7

64. James Crawford-219: born 17 April 1772 in Virginia, British Colonial America; married 12 September 1799 in Garrard, Kentucky, United States; died 5 July 1854 in Preble, Ohio, United States.

65. Sarah “Sally” Smith-1441: born 25 February 1770 in Virginia, United States; died 2 May 1856 in Preble, Ohio, United States.

66. _____ Smith-5399: married.

67. Hannah _____-5398: born 24 September 1790; died 10 May 1847 in Warren, Indiana, United States.

68. Richard Foster-216: born 1 July 1779 in Maryland, United States; married 26 February 1801 in Frederick, Maryland, United States; died 7 June 1831 in Pike, Ohio, United States.

69. Rachel Browning-217: born 17 June 1780 in Maryland, United States; died 23 March 1858 in Pike, Ohio, United States.

70. Dr. Edward Ostrander-5427: born 22 November 1769 in Troy, Rensselaer, New York, United States; married 1796 in New York, New York, United States; died after 3 May 1835 in Kingston, Ross, Ohio, United States.

71. Margaret Forbes-5428: born 30 May 1772 in Rensselaer, Rensselaer, New York, United States; died 8 August 1824 in Green Township, Ohio.

72. Jason Hammond-226: born 1 February 1762 in Bolton, Tolland, Connecticut, United States; married 24 April 1788 in Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; died 21 September 1830 in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.

73. Rachel Hale-227: born 11 December 1758 in Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; died 11 November 1842 in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.

74. Jonathan Fisk-225: born 3 September 1780; married; died 9 April 1857 in New York, United States.

75. Mary Arnold-7772: born 1778; died 24 October 1862 in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States.

76. David Franklin Ralston-9086: born 28 October 1785 in Ireland; married 1810 in Worthing, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania; died 28 March 1862 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States.

77. Hannah Barr-9087: born 21 July 1779; died 1 August 1861.

78. James B McCormick-9772: born 1785; married 1812; died 14 October 1839.

79. Sarah Hall-10438: born 1790; died 1844.

80. Hiram Mirick Currey-1363: born in England, United Kingdom; married.

81. Sarah Reagan-1511: died 2 December 1820 in Worthington, Franklin, Ohio, United States.

82. Peter Harris-10846: married 23 April 1801 in Henry, Kentucky, United States.

83. Rachel Simonse VanArsdale-16331.

84. John Burke-10238: born 1783 in James River, Tidewater County, Virginia; married in Virginia, United States; died 1842 in Jackson, Tennessee, United States.

85. Elizabeth Graves-10304: born 1786 in Halifax, Halifax, Virginia, United States; died 1831 in War Trace Creek, Jackson County, Tennessee.

86. Eli Bland-581: married; died 1826 in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

87. Sarah Susan Anderson-582.

88. Aaron Hutchinson-10396: born 1767 in New London, New London, Connecticut, United States; died 22 May 1833 in Caledonia, Livingston, New York, United States.

89. Hannah Nettleton-10397: born 1764; died 21 February 1846 in Caledonia, Livingston, New York, United States.

90. Whiting Merry-16337: born 4 June 1781 in Kinderhook, Columbia, New York; married; died 26 May 1841 in Mumford, Monroe, New York, United States.

91. Elizabeth Peabody-16340: born 5 March 1783 in Maugerville, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada; died 12 March 1816.

92. William Harding-10036: born 16 June 1772; married 8 August 1793; died 1847 in Long Beach, New Brunswick.

93. Elizabeth Flewelling-10037: born 1772.

94. Thomas Fowler-16345: born 1785; died 1877.

96. John Briles-2057: born 27 October 1775; married 1795; died before November 1855 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States.

97. Nancy Ann Beckerdite-2058: died before 1840 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States.

98. Noah Rush-2393: born 9 January 1778 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States; married; died 6 May 1870 in Randolph, North Carolina, United States.

99. Sarah Clark-2402: born 1790.

100. John Thompson-4601: born 4 March 1797 in Kentucky, United States; married 1 February 1820 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States; died 14 August 1857 in Adams, Iowa, United States.

101. Sarah Iglehart-4600: born 24 March 1800 in Maryland, United States; died 5 February 1877 in Adams, Iowa, United States.

102. James Evans-8272: born 1793 in Kentucky, United States; married 18 August 1818 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died.

103. Sarah (Sally) Garret-8273: born 1801; died 2 October 1871.

104. Edward Ricketts-2746: born about 1787 in Pennsylvania, United States; married 1 November 1810 in Fleming, Kentucky, United States; died 8 September 1838 in Rush, Indiana, United States.

105. Sarah Story-2747: born 28 December 1789 in Bryant, Franklin, Kentucky, United States; died 3 August 1854 in Rush, Indiana, United States.

106. John C. Reed-5748: born about 1800 in New York, New York, United States; married 9 December 1822 in Jennings, Indiana, United States; died 18 August 1864 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States.

107. Mary Buckles-5749: born 6 December 1792 in Shepardstown, Berkely County, Virginia (now West Virginia); died 14 February 1867 in Berlin, Clinton County, Indiana.

108. Ebenezer Christy-13075: born 1784 in Virginia, United States; died 1837 in Fayette, Ohio, United States.

109. Rachel Elizabeth Dawson-13076: born 1803; died 1881.

110. Isom Gallimore-8849: born 1799 in North Carolina, United States; married; died 3 March 1859.

111. Judith Bentley-8850.

112. Phillip Andre Mentzer-6243: married 8 July 1792 in Hollis Street Church, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 1801 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

113. Isabella Motes-6244.

114. Oliver Miles-1699: born 27 September 1772 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married 27 January 1796 in Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; died 12 December 1855.

115. Sarah Joslin-1700.

116. Adam Minick-6634.

117. Esther Elisabetha Schiedel-16364: born 1801; died 1888.

118. Henry Jones-16365: born 1785; died 1826.

119. Catherine Bovey-16366: born 1786; died 1842.

120. Green Wells-4795: born 24 September 1764 in Rhode Island, United States; married 11 February 1789 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States; died 13 December 1845 in Barre, Orleans County, New York.

121. Abigail White-4813: born 24 September 1770 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States; died 30 July 1852 in Barre, Orleans County, New York.

122. John Kennedy-4796: born 1 February 1767 in Volentown; married; died 28 August 1831 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States.

123. Anna Barnes-4842: born 28 April 1775 in Williamstown; died 17 February 1820 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States.

124. Hampton Lillibridge Crandall-4934: born 1778 in RI or CT; married about 1805 in prob Genesee County, New York; died 1 January 1863 in Bentonsport, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

125. Freelove Butler-4935: born about 1780 in prob CT; died after 1840 in Bentonsport, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

126. William S. Nafus-16367: born 1774; died 1850.

127. Salome Carpenter-16368: born 1775; died 1837.

Following a Lead

Do you ever find yourself going off on a tangent with your genealogy research? I know Thomas MacEntee has referred to this as following the lure of a ‘bright and shiny object.’

The recent Facebook post by the 8th Virginia Regiment group about James Curry has proven to be one of those ‘bright and shiny objects.’ Thus, I’ve been on a detour with my research.

As I was updating my sourcing for James Curry (1752-1834), I found a source that leads to another source. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index database on Ancestry is that source leading to another source.

Name: James Curry
Death Age: 82
Birth Date: abt 1752
Death Date: 5 Jul 1834
Death Place: Jerome Twp, Union, Ohio, USA
Spouse: Maria
Newspaper Information: Newspaper: Marysville Tribune, Newspaper Date: 12 Sep 1883, Newspaper Page: 5 Column: 3; Repository: Marysville Public Library; Years Available: 1853-1892 | Newspaper: Marysville Tribune, Newspaper Date: 19 Sep 1883, Newspaper Page: 5 Column: 4; Repository: Marysville Public Library; Years Available: 1853-1892

“Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2016,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Indexers and Volunteers. “Ohio Obituary Index.”, Jerome Twp., Union County, Ohio, viewed online (31 October 2021), James Curry.

This index provided enough information for me to find the articles about James Curry on Newspapers.com in Ohio newspapers.

The Weekly Marysville Tribune (Marysville, OH)
12 Sep 1883
Page 5

Honor to a Soldier Pioneer
The Curry Reunion and What It Proposes to Do


Last Saturday the Curry descendants had a reunion on the farm of John Curry in Jerome township, a large number of the relatives being in attendance.

Those present were mostly the lineal descendants of the grandfather, Col. Jas. Curry, who was an officer in the Revolutionary army. He was a native of Belfast, Ireland, and emigrated with his father to America in 1782, when ten years old, and located in Augusta county, Va. When he arrived to manhood he entered the Revolutionary army where he made an honorable record. After the close of the war and when 35 years of age he moved to Ross county, and subsequently, in 1811, moved with is family to the wilds of Madison county, that portion afterwards being incorporated into Union county. He helped to organize the county and put it into running shape. He was a member of the legislature for Madison county (Union not being formed) in 1812-3, when the state capital was at Chillicothe. He was re elected to the same office in 1813. In 1814 he was elected from the Delaware and Madison district, and was returned to the same office in 1815. In 1816 he was chosen to represent Madison county, it being entitled to a separate representation. In 1819 Mr. Curry was returned as Madison’s representative, and this term closed his official career in the legislature. It was during this his last term that the act organizing Union county was passed, the bill completing its passage Dec. 24, 1819. He was one of the electors in 1816 and cast the vote of the State at Chillicothe for James Monroe who was one of the Presidential candidates. He was also Associate Judge of Union county from 1822 til 1828, the court being held part of the time at Milford. His official career closing with the expiration of the Judgship, being then 76 years old, he retired to his farm and awaited the summons from on high, which cam to him through an attack of apoplexy in 1834, at the age of 82 years. He was buried in the family graveyard situated on the farm, by the side of his wife, who had preceded him about eight years.

We have been thus explicit in narrating the history of Col. James Curry for the reason that it was proposed and planned at the family reunion, last Saturday to remove his remains and those of his wife, to Oakdale cemetery. This will take place Saturday afternoon of this week, and in view of the fact that he was an honored Revolutionary officer, having followed the fortunes of Washington’s army through the war, and having been so prominently connected with the organization of the county and shaping its destinies, the citizens owe it to the memory of this once patriot soldier and civilian to attend the funeral obsequies in a body.
We can never fully estimate from our present standpoint the services of the Revolutionary soldier or his arduous labors in opening this western wilderness and shaping it to the requirements of social elite. We should honor them, though they be but dust now, for the glorious work they have done in laying the foundation stones of the grandest civilization the world has ever know.

We hope our country friends, as many of them as can, will be present next Saturday afternoon, if not to participate in the funeral exercises, to stand at least with uncovered head s the dust of these respected pioneers is conveyed to the final rest.
We regret very much that the time is so short to give the public due notice of this event. If timely notice could be given very many would attend who will not know anything of it till it is over. Let as many attend as can.

The following week an article appeared detailing to reburial of Col. James Curry and the honors paid to him and his wife.

The Weekly Marysville Tribune (Marysville, Ohio)
19 Sep 1883
Page 5

Honors to an Early Pioneer

Exhumation and Reinterment of the Remains of Colonel James Curry and Wife after a Slumber of Fifty Years, and the Honors Paid Them

Saturday last was the day set apart by the Curry descendents to take up the remains of Col. James Curry and his wife, in Jerome township, and have them removed to Oakdale cemetery, one mile west of Marysville.
The Editor of the Tribune upon the invitation of Col. W. L. Curry, shared with him his buggy to the old farm so long occupied by the venerable grandsire. It is situated about one mile to the southwest of New California, on the road leading from the latter place to Plain City. We arrived there about 11 o’clock and found about twenty persons present, mostly those who belong to or are connected with the lineage of the family.

The graves had already been opened and it was bu the work of a few moments to lift the skeletons from their long resting place and put them in a new casket, specially prepared for them. The main bones of the frame-work in both graves were in good condition for removal, and they were as artistically placed in their new receptacles as though done by a professed anatomist.
The caskets were then closed up and removed to the hearses which were in waiting, and in a few moments after the cortege was on its way to Oakdale cemetery.

The graveyard is located on the farm where Mr. Curry resided (now owned by the Nonemaker heirs) about two or three hundred yards west of north of the point where the original pioneer cabin stood, no traces of which for many years have been left. The burial limits are about three rods square, surrounded by a board fence gong to decay. Within the enclosure stand two walnut trees and about half a dozen honey locusts, which suggest to the passing traveler that this must be a family burial place. There are some half dozen other graves in the lot, in all of which are remains of the Curry connection.
Two old-fashioned, plain sandstone slabs marked the graves which were opened. That of the venerable sire had the simple inscription: “James Curry, died July 5th 1834, aged 82 years, 5 months and 7 days.”
The inscription on the wife’s headstone reads: “Mary M. Curry, died January 10,, 1826, aged 57 years.” Then follow the lines written after he death by her poet son, Otway:
“The spirit hath returned to him
Who gave its heavenly spark.
To live and reign with Seraphim,
When suns and stars are dark.”

The same son subsequently wrote a beautiful poem, entitled “To My Mother,” which will be found in the second department of the County History, page 93. It is a gem that has won for itself immortality.

The coffins were both made after the proverbial old sextagon style with a distention across the breast and the sides sloping towards the ends. The wood was the customary black walnut. The lid of the coffin and the covering over it were decayed and the earth had fallen in. The sides were standing in position, but considerably decayed. It that of Mr. Curry the wood was well preserved and so tough that it could hardly be whittled with a penknife. The bottom boards of both coffins were sound.
As before intimated the remains were taken out in good shape. They has been entombed — those of the husband fifty years, lacking ten months and those of the wife fifty-eight years.

Of those who were present at Mr. Curry’s funeral, four were present to witness the exhumation, namely, John Curry, Zachariah Noteman, George Rickard and Llewellyn Curry, the latter being then but four years old.

A procession of seven or eight carriages followed the hearses to town. At the east end the pall bearers in carriages were in waiting to join the procession. These gentlemen were George Snodgrass, sr., Andrew Keys, William M. Robinson, John F. Sabin, Levi Longbrake, John B. Coats, David O. Winget, Taber Randall and James A. Henderson.

As the procession moved west through Fifth street, it was met in front of the M.E. church by the members of the Grand Army of the Republic who filed their lines on each side of the road for the head of the cortege to pass through. As the hearse bearing the remains of the old Revolutionary veteran, draped int he flag he one so nobly defended, came up, the members of the Grand Army marched on either side of the hearse till reaching Court street, where they entered carriages and preceded the hearses to the cemetery grounds.

Arriving there the caskets were ranged in the shade of teh overhanging oaks. Rev. Thrail read some appropriate scripture lessons and offered prayer. After stating the nature of the obsequies, he introduced Hon. J. W. Robinson, who read a brief history of the early pioneer, the services he rendered the country and the responsible public trusts he subsequently filled, and referred tot he appropriateness of the honors that were being paid on this occasion to one who had acted so conspicuous a part in the development of this part of the country.

Judge Cole followed in some appropriate off-hand remarks. He had known Mr. Curry in his day, and knew him to be a true, honest man in every respect and worthy of the high honors paid to his memory by the living of to-day. The remarks of both gentlemen were listened to with profound attention.

William M. Robinson, after Curry’s casket had been lowered into the grave remarked: “I assisted burying these remains in the family graveyard nearly fifty years ago.” It is one of the strange events, that fifty years later he should be called to assist in the reburial of the same person.

Under two oaks, whose outreaching branches shade the chosen spot; will henceforth rest the dust of these early pioneers. Here the family descendants will make their periodical pilgrimages to pay their devotions to an honored ancestry; and here too the patriot and civilian may drink in the Revolutionary inspiration of love of country and home. And las of all, the imperishable marble will mark the spot honored to hold the dust of a true friend of his country and of mankind.

I doubt that I would have looked for information about James Curry in 1883 papers if I hadn’t seen the information in the obituary index. Thus, paying attention to those potential leads and following them can be beneficial.

Pension Application

James Curry of Ohio

Ohio Roll
James Curry
Col. Bowman Captain
VA
In the Army of the United States during the Revolutionay War
Inscribed on the Roll of Ohio
at the rate of Twenty Dollars per month, to commence
the 1st of May 1818
Certificate of Pension issued the 25th of Jan 1819
and sent to Burns Parish
Columbus, Ohio

image 305
James Curry Capt
fourth VA regt
1777-1780
May 1818
certificate
warrtny

Image 306
James Curry was a Resident of Madison, Ohio
deposeth and sayeth that on the 24th day of June 1777
he entered into the service of the United States in the Virginia
line on continental establishment in the revolutionary war
as a first Lieutenant, his commission stated as above
was then in Capt. Robert Higgin’s Company in the 8th
Virginia Regimental commando by Col. Abraham [Boiseman]
that on the Regiments being replaced by various cuasin
on being in action [discharged from] the 8th to 4th
joined or consolidated and denominated the 4th Reg
and was then commanded by Col John Nevill
a number of [supunumerary] officer now then sent
home; your deponent was still retaind in [?]
and on September the 23rd 1779 received a Captain
Commission that he was with the troops of the Virginia
line in the neighborhood of Morristown, where
the Hutts were nearly com[pleted] for wintering in
when orders were received for the line to March
for Charleston So Carolna that your deponent
[trasfer] of the Virginia line left him
encamped near Morristown on the 10th Dec
1779 and reach Charlestown early in april
and after about a month seige we cap[autated]
on the 12 of May 1780 your deponent with
the other officers were paraled to Harddrolls point
where we were detained until June 1781

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when a [cartel] was settled for exchanging
the prisoners in the Southern departments as
far as officers of similar rank would apply
and the remainder to be paroled to their homes
liable to be called in by the British authorities
on certain specificants [except by mentioned]
of those paroled to their homes and [that I have number]
was your deponent and became liberated by
the end of the war. Your deponent states with
regrets that he has after the strictest search been
unable to find his commissions; also two counterparts
of paroles; and certificate of an oath of fidelity to
the United States [since] to be taken before the
Journals of Division that of your deponent taken
before the Marquis de la Fayette and to which was
his signature; some in Camp near Valley Fort
in the spring of 1778 shortly before the army quitting
there plans, and but a little proceeding the battles
of Monmouoth, in which action your deponent
was ; [We] should have mentioned above that those officers
and who remaind of the soldiers wee brought to
James tavern in Virginia (after the [carel] was
agreed on) in District frankforts. our deponent
further state that he has no pension allowed
him by the laws of the United Staes
nor is his name on your pension list

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and then from his [?] circumstances
he needs the tender aid of his
country, by the act of Congress of
March 18th 1818
James Curry

U.S. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, 1800-1900, James Curry, 5 January 1819; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2021). Original Source: NARA microfilm pubication M804.

Facebook Find

Are you a Facebook user? Do you use it to connect with family or do you use it for genealogy or both?

I am an avid user of Facebook. I love being able to stay connected with family members via Facebook. However, on a day to day basis, I would have to say that my use of Facebook for genealogy outweighs my family activities.

I have joined or liked lots of genealogy or history related groups/pages. One of those groups I’ve joined is the 8th Virginia Regiment. This group shares information about the activities of the 8th Virginia Regiment during the revolutionary war. I joined this group in hopes of learning more about my CRAWFORD families and their associated FAN CLUB that settled in Garrard County, Kentucky.

As I was reading Facebook posts this morning, the 8th Virginia Regiment had a post that does connect with my research. Instead of helping me with my Crawford research, it was a post about James Curry, whom I’ve researched because of his possible connection with my ancestor Hiram M. Currey of Ohio.

Hoping to get more information about this quote, I posted a comment on the post asking if they could point me to a source for the quote. And they replied! Southern Campaigns American Revolution Pension Statements and Rosters – James Curry

There is a lot of information on this link that I need to analyze! I am thankful that they not only posted the quote but also replied with this source.

Even though I haven’t been able to find a family tie between James Curry and Hiram Currey, I will continue to research both families in hopes of someday finding a connection. Below is the information that I already have in my file about James Curry.

Col. James Curry1 was born on 29 Jan 1752 in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland.26

He served in the military in 1774 in Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, United States.1 as a private

He served in the military as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th Virginia militia in Dec 1776 in Virginia.7

James served in the military as lieutenant in Eighth Virginia from 24 Jun 1777 to 23 Sep 1779.1,78

He  was commissioned First Lieutenant in Captain Robert Higgins’ Company, Colonel Abraham Bowman’s Eighth Virginia Regiment on 24 Jun 1777 .9

He served in the military as captain in Fourth Virginia from 1779 to 1785.1,3,5,7

James  was commissioned Captain i Colonel John Neville’s Fourth Virginia Regiment on 23 Sep 1779 .89 James Curry fought in the battles of Point Pleasant, Brandywine, Germantown Monmoth,Charlestown, and Yorktown. Wintered at Valley Forge.

He  was captured  on 12 May 1780 .710

He  was exchanged  in Jun 1781 .710

James lived in Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, United States between 1783 and 1784.1

Between 1785 and 1794 he was a brigade inspector of Seventh Brigade in Rockingham, Virginia, United States.1

He lived in Rockingham, Virginia, United States in 1785.1

James received a land patent for 1000 acres surveyed March 27 1794 on 20 Feb 1796 in Ohio, Kentucky, United States.11

He  left VA bound for in Ohio, Kentucky, United States on 5 Oct 1797.12

He lived at High Bank Prairie in Ross, Ohio, United States on 1 Apr 1798.1

James lived in Greenfield, Highland, Ohio, United States between 1800 and 1811.1,13

Early in the spring of in 1800 he along with John Coffey, Lewis Lutteral, Samuel Schooley, Jospeh Parmer, James Milligan and William Bell in Greenfield, Highland, Ohio, United States and commenced building houses.14

He was listed on the tax rolls in 1801 in Ohio.15

James held the office of Brigade Inspector about 1806 in Greenfield, Highland, Ohio, United States.1

In 1811 he moved to at banks of Dorby Creek in Union, Ohio, United States.13,16

He lived at Jerome Twp. in Madison, Ohio, United States in 1811.1

James was member of Ohio State Legislature representing Madison, Ohio, United States between 1813 and 1817.1

He received pension  on 1 May 1818 in Madison, Ohio, United States.810

He was member of Ohio State Legislature representing in Madison, Ohio, United States between 1819 and 1820.1

James lived in Darby Township, Union, Ohio, United States in 1820.17

He held the office of Associate Judge between 1822 and 1828 in Madison, Ohio, United States.1

He lived in Union, Ohio, United States in 1828.89

James died on 5 Jul 1834 at the age of 82 at Jerome Twp. in Union, Ohio, United States.1,38,16,18

He was buried at Oakdale Cemetery in Marysville, Union, Ohio, United States.3,19

ENDNOTES:

1. Union County, Ohio containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools etc.: General and Local Statistice; Military Records; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Miscellaneous Matters, etc., etc. (Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1883)

2. Ibid.

3. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 31 October 2021), memorial for James Curry (1752-1834), Find a Grave Memorial no. #43012515, created by C/R Mitton, citing Oakdale Cemetery, Marysville, Union County, Ohio; accompanying photograph by AAvink, James Curry.

4. , Robin Ann Bolick, #761531, dated August 31, 1994; NSDAR Daughters of teh American Revolution, , dar.org/national-society/genealogy.

5. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, DAR Lineage Book – Mrs. Cora Gill Holland #142922 RE: James Curry, 1918–1919; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2021).

6. United States, Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, Jack Curry Redman, Sr descendant of James Curry, 27 March 1961; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2021). Original Source: Membership appcliations for National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

7. Gwathmey John H., Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution: Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, 1775-1783 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1979), page 201.

8. Marriage, 8 Nov 1938, , . , Letter to Mrs. W. M. Gardner from administrator of Pensions – RE: James Curry.

9. Pension File of James Curry (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government), Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900, letter fromA. D. Hiller, Executive Assistant to the Administrator dated 8 Nov. 1938 (Doc. #: Curry.PA.005).

10. U.S. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, 1800-1900, James Curry, 5 January 1819; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2021). Original Source: NARA microfilm pubication M804.

11. “Land Records – Ohio,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Ohio land office, viewed online (14 November 1998), James Curry.

12. Union County, Ohio containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools etc.: General and Local Statistice; Military Records; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Miscellaneous Matters, etc., etc. (Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1883), p. 294-306 (Doc. #: Curry.OH.065)

13. History of Ross and Highland Counties, Ohio with Illustrtions and Biographical Sketches (Cleveland, Ohio: Williams Bros., 1880)

14. Early Settlers of Highland County Ohio (: , 1858)

15. “Virginia Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Jackson, Ron V. Accelerated Indexing system, Virginia Census, 1607-1890, VA Military District, viewed online (31 October 2021), James Curry.

16. Early Settlers of Highland County Ohio (: , 1858), p. 52

17. 1820 U.S. Census, Union County, Ohio, population schedule, Darby Township, Union County, Ohio Image 3 of 4, line 4, James Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2021); NARA micofilm publication M33

18. “OHio, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2016,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Indexers and Volunteers. “Ohio Obituary Index.”, Jerome Twp., Union County, Ohio, viewed online (31 October 2021), James Curry.

19. “Ohio Soldier Grave Registrations, 1804-1958,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Graves Registration Cards Collection, Ohio History Connection, Union County, Ohio, viewed online (31 October 2021), James Curry.

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