Josie’s Ledger

I recently shared a poem written by my 2nd great grandfather, Washington Marion Crawford. While discussing this poem with my cousins, one shared a comment about his having a copy of Josie’s ledger of poetry. This comment reminded me that I have the actual ledger. In remembering this ledger, I realized that I hadn’t done enough to share with future generations.

When the Internet was young, I did transcribe some of these poems and contributed them to the Kansas Memory project. However, I did not submit all of the poems. Evidently, I also had never scanned the ledger. I have since scanned the ledger and created a document with the scanned image on the left and the transcription on the right. This PDF file has been uploaded as a memory to Josie Hammond’s profile on FamilySearch. I’ve also uploaded Josie’s Ledger to Archive.org. Thus, I’m hoping that her ledger will be preserved well into the future.

The Call of the Road

Oh, the luring road, the shining road

As it dips over the horizon’s rim

It seems to say “I’ll lead the way”

Till we reach the ocean’s brim.

I love the thrill of the lift over the hill

And the sweep of the downward glide

To the valleys deep where rivers sweep

Under the bridges wide.

When the sun sinks low in a golden glow,

Then I long to drop the load

Of all life’s care and free as air

Speed down the shining road.

Oh, the luring road, the shining road

Till with age my eyes grow dim

I will long to go where you lure me so,

As you dip o’er the horizons rim.

J.W.C.

Josie’s Ledger

Do you have family treasures in your genealogy collection? Have you thought about what might happen to that treasure once you no longer are doing genealogy?

I recently shared a poem written by my 2nd great grandfather, Washington Marion Crawford. While discussing this poem with my cousins, one shared a comment about his having a copy of Josie’s ledger of poetry. This comment reminded me that I have the actual ledger. In remembering this ledger, I realized that I hadn’t done enough to share with future generations.

When the Internet was young, I did transcribe some of these poems and contributed them to the Kansas Memory project. However, I did not submit all of the poems. Evidently, I also had never scanned the ledger. I have since scanned the ledger and created a document with the scanned image on the left and the transcription on the right. This PDF file has been uploaded as a memory to Josie Hammond’s profile on FamilySearch. I’ve also uploaded Josie’s Ledger to Archive.org. Thus, I’m hoping that her ledger will be preserved well into the future.

Below is one of my favorite poem

Our Golden Wedding

Fifty years, ’tis a long look back

To that far off winter day,

When we started out, just a pair of kids.

Together to tread life’s way

There were no airplanes or radios then

Automobiles were unheard of too

There wasn’t a telephone in the town

And electric lights were few.

When we started housekeeping by ourselves

There wasn’t much work to do,

For the house we had was very small,

And the table was set for two.

Then the babies started coming along,

And we worked early and late,

By the time we moved into a home we owned

The table was set for eight.

Then another girl happened along

But before she had a place of her own,

The oldest girl and the man of her choice

Had started another home.

Then two boys went away to war

And things were in an awful fix.

We worked for the Red Cross and sold liberty bonds

And the table was set for six.

Then the boys came home, but soon Cupid’s darts

Drove a boy and a girl from the hive.

And death’s cold hand took another boy

And the table was set for five.

Then a boy and a girl went away to school

A teacher and a nurse to be.

And now the table looks awfully small,

When its only set for three

The boy at school found a wee small girl

That he just must have for a wife

But the nurse still seems content

To live a single life.

Then the youngest girl met a farmer

And married as most girls do.

And we’re right back where we started from

And the table is set for two.

But as the years have come and gone.

And good times or hard times we’d see

I’ve never grown tired of seeing

That same face across the table from me.

James H Crawford

Thanks to a WikiTree suggestion, I’ve spent about a week cleaning up the information for ONE individual in my file: James H. Crawford. Growing up, my grandfather would talk about his ‘uncle Jimmy’. According to my grandfather, his ‘uncle Jimmy’ owned farm land south of the Arkansas River in Dodge City. As a child, this confused me because my grandfather didn’t have an uncle named Jimmy or James.

However, my grandfather had a great uncle named James H. Crawford. James H Crawford was a prominent member of the Dodge City community. As such, his name appears quite often in the Dodge City papers. Because I haven’t worked with James’ information for quite some time, the sourcing for the newspapers referenced my old handwritten notes. Since many of the Dodge City papers have been digitized, I was able to locate almost all of those articles in the digital versions of the papers.

While I was able to update the sourcing for the newspaper articles, I was not able to update the sourcing for the deeds. Thus, a trip to Dodge City may be in my future to get copies of at least some of James’ deeds.

While I have lots of information about James H. Crawford in my file, it is hard to document the emotional impact that an individual can have on a family. And looking back, James H. Crawford had a huge role in the family. My great-great grandfather, Washington Marion Crawford, was James’ younger brother. During the civil war, Washington Marion spent time in Andersonville. Around 1884, Washington Marion followed James H Crawford to Dodge City. With James’ help, Washington Marion Crawford opened a boarding house at 911 Second in Dodge. It was this boarding house that provided income for Washington Marion’s widow after his death in 1889.

James H. Crawford [13] was born on 19 Jun 1834 in Warren County, Indiana. [4]

He lived in Washington Township, Warren County, Indiana in 1850. [1]

He lived in Liberty Township, Warren County, Indiana in 1860. [3]

James witnessed the probate of William C. Crawford on 16 Nov 1860 in Warren, Indiana, United States. [5]

He served in the military Co. F 72nd Regiment Indiana Infantry as scout and assistant wagon master between 1861 and 1865. [6]

On 22 Jun 1865, he was named in the will of his father, Nelson Crawford, in Warren County, Indiana. [7]

James lived Residence Post Office: Williamsport in Washington Township, Warren County, Indiana on 22 Jun 1870. [8]

He was appointed executor of Martha Smith’s estate on 16 Aug 1871 in Warren County, Indiana. [9]

In Feb 1878, he of West Lebanon, Indiana loaded freight for move to Kansas. [10]

In Feb 1878, James and his wife and six children arrived with the West Lebanon colony in Dodge City. [1013]

In May 1879 he was a wheat farmer in Ford County, Kansas. [14]

In Feb 1880 he purchased a hay press in Dodge City. [15]

James lived in Dodge Township, Ford County, Kansas on 9 Jun 1880. [2]

He filed land entry papers for lots 1 and 2 and the southeast quarter of the northeast quarter of section 4 in township 26 south of range 26 west containing 174.16 acres on 20 Nov 1880 in Larned, Pawnee County, Kansas. [16]

He purchased lot 1 and 2 and S1/2 NE 1/4 Sec 37, Twp 27 R25W being 159 90/100 acres for $400 from Oliver Marsh on 11 Mar 1882 in Ford County, Kansas. [17]

On 31 Aug 1882, James was  a founding member of the masons in Dodge City. [18]

He and the other trusteees of the ME church purchased lots 7 & 8 Block 18 for $200 for use by the church as place of worship on 11 Oct 1882 in Dodge City. [19]

He purchased lot 37 and 39 block 2 Military Avenue from Janah Tulles on 2 Mar 1883 in Dodge City. [20]

James had a span of horses stolen from his place south of the river about 7 Jun 1883 in Ford County, Kansas. [2122]

He was a member of the reception committee for 4th of July Knights of Pythias Grand Ball on 28 Jun 1883 in Dodge City. [23]

He was visited by Selah Morse, a merchant, from Pike County, Illinois on 26 Jul 1883. [24]

On 5 Sep 1883, James purchased lots 7 & 8 and E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sect 35 Twp 26 R25W being 165 acres for $4,300 from Geo W. Reighard with mortgage of $1500 due 1 June 1887 in Ford County, Kansas. [25]

He attended soldiers reunion on 18 Oct 1883 in Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas. [26]

On 1 Jan 1884, he was a rancher with range on Arkansas River opposite Dodge City. His cattle brand was an RS on left side smooth crop and small hole in left ear. [2728]

James was on the Republican ticket for treasurer of Dodge Township, Ford County, Kansas on 31 Jan 1884. [29]

He purchased lots 21,22,23 & 24 of Block 3 Chestnut for $900 on 18 Feb 1884 in Dodge City. [30]

He purchased the second lot north of the Wright House and will erect a large building for a grocery store on 21 Feb 1884 in Dodge City. [31]

James attended the annual conference of the M.E. Church as lay delegate on 12 Mar 1884 in Newton, Kansas. [32]

On 24 Apr 1884, he was a dealer in groceries and provisions a few doors west of the Post Office in Dodge City. [3334]

In May 1884, he was the owner of the Indiana Grocery located north of the Wright house (on 2nd Ave.) in Dodge City. [3536]

On 10 Jul 1884, James was appointed a viewer of road petitioned by David Morrow in Ford County, Kansas. [37]

He established a general merchandise store in Belle Meade, Kansas on 10 Jul 1884. [38]

He owned a branding corral one mile south of Arkansas River in Dodge City on 10 Jul 1884. [39]

James operated the South Side Hotel on 10 Jul 1884 in Dodge City. [40]

On 24 Jul 1884, he was listed on the delinquent tax rolls for 1883 taxes in Dodge Township, Ford County, Kansas. [41]

He visited Indiana on 4 Sep 1884. [42]

On 23 Dec 1884, James was a breeder of thoroughbred Essex and Berkshire hogs in Dodge City. [43]

In Mar 1885, he expanded his store in Dodge City. [44]

In 1885, he  visited Sterling, Colorado. [45]

James purchased Lot 6 and S 1/2 SW 1/4 Sect 35 T26S R25W for $1100 from L. B. Armstrong on 1 May 1885 in Ford County, Kansas. [46]

He had 40 breeding sows and 3 fine boars all of the Poland China and Essex breed on 2 Jun 1885 in Ford County, Kansas. [47]

He visited Kansas City, Missouri in Jul 1885. [4849]

James lived in Ford County, Kansas on 1 Jul 1885. [50]

He added a new delivery wagon and delivers groceries to all parts of Dodge City on 16 Jul 1885. [5152]

He visited West Baden Springs, Indiana on 13 Aug 1885. [53]

James  plattted 119 acres of land south of the Arkansas River bridge into one acre lots to be known as J. H. Crawford’s subdivision on 24 Sep 1885 in Dodge City. [54]

On 19 Dec 1885, he  purchased land in Dodge City being Lot #6 & 7 in block 47 from the Dodge City Town Company. [55]

 Before 4 Feb 1886, he attended the wedding of O. S. Baily and Miss Maud Vancil along with Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Stover and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stover of Pulaski, Iowa in Dodge City. [56]

On 18 Feb 1886, James was appointed director at organizational meeting of Merchant’s State Bank in Dodge City. [5759]

About 16 Mar 1886, he attended a conference of the ME Church and served as as a delegate from Dodge City. The conference was held in in McPherson, Kansas. [60]

He attended the silver wedding celebration of Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Adams at Ly Brand’s hall on 18 Mar 1886 in Dodge City. [61]

James had his pastures swept clean by prairie fire on 23 Mar 1886 in Ford, Kansas, United States. [62]

On 25 Mar 1886, he was a member of Dodge City Board of Trade in Dodge City. [63]

He donated $5 to the Home of the Friendless in Leavenworth on 8 Apr 1886. [64]

James  applied for a charter for a street railway containing two miles of track with 1 mile on Bridge Street to south side of Arkansas River and the other mile parallel with railroad on 13 May 1886 in Dodge City. [65]

He was a stockholder in Monarch Mortgage and Loan Company in Jun 1886 in Dodge City. [66]

Crawford & Briggs was the name of the new firm which succeeded J. H. Crawford in the grocery business. [67]

He purchased lot 35 and # 1/2 lot 33 block 2 for $925 on 21 Jul 1886 in Dodge City. [68]

James purchased N 25 ft lots 21, 22 Chestnut St for $2000 from Anna L. Robbins on 10 Aug 1886 in Dodge City. [69]

He purchased lots 6 and 7 block 47 from the Dodge City Town Co. for $100 on 10 Aug 1886 in Dodge City. [70]

On 10 Aug 1886, he  received Homestead Certificate No. 1266 Application 2731 that was filed at Larned KS for lots 1 & 2 and SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 Section 4 Twp 26 Range 26 164 acres  in Ford County, Kansas. [71]

James lived in Ford County, Kansas in Dec 1886. [72]

In 1887, he was a dealer in groceries, provisions, produce and queensware, and a stockman with range South of the Arkansas River. He also was a breeder of thoroughbred Berkshire hogs which he began in 1878. [7374]

In Jan 1887, he constructed an ice house on the south side of the river in Dodge City. [7577]

James purchased land from C. M. Beeson and wife on 12 Jan 1887 in Ford County, Kansas. [78]

He purchased lot 1 block 3 Crawford’s Addition from John Russ on 3 Mar 1887 in Dodge City. [79]

He sold land being lot 2 block 6 Crawford’s Addition Dodge City to Daniel D. Rose for $400 on 28 Jun 1887 in Ford County, Kansas. [80]

James purchased the NE 1/4 33-27-25 being 160 acres for $1,000 except $400 mortgage from John Ross on 1 Nov 1887 in Ford County, Kansas. [81]

He purchased the S 1/2 SW 1/4 and E 1/2 SE 1/4 5-29-24 being 160 acres for $1,000 except mortgage from George Wendling on 11 Nov 1887 in Ford County, Kansas. [82]

He purchased lots 10 & 11 Block 46 for $1650 except 1st mortgage for $1170 from W. C. McKinney on 2 Dec 1887 in Dodge City. [83]

James purchased 10 acres in square out of SE corner of W 1/2 SW 1/4 2-27-25 being railroad buildings for Arkansas Kansas and Colorado RR Co. on 17 Dec 1887 in Ford County, Kansas. [84]

He purchased lots 1-5, 8-12 block 25 and lots 1, 3-5, 8, 11, 13, 15-18 block 26 from Ella T. Owens on 19 Dec 1887 in Dodge City. [85]

He purchased 20 acres off the S side of the NW 1/4 11-27-25 from Oliver March on 23 Jan 1888 in Ford County, Kansas. [86]

James purchased 15 acres off of SE 1/4 11-27-25 from L. K. McIntyre on 24 Jan 1888 in Ford County, Kansas. [87]

In Mar 1888, he platted his Second and Third additions to Dodge City, consisting of 560 lots, entirely surrounding the depot grounds, round house and machine shops of the Rock Island railroad adjoining it on all sides. [88]

In Mar 1888 he owned a grocery in Dodge City. [89]

About 13 Aug 1888, James was involved in an accident in Ford County, Kansas  while driving a covered carriage about 6 miles NW of Dodge. The carriage overturned throwing its passenger out on his head and shoulders and dragging him several rods. [90]

He sold land being 150 67/100 acres of Sec 35-26-26 and block 4 & 5 of Crawford’s addition to Dodge City on 20 Aug 1888 in Ford County, Kansas to William N. Crawford. [91]

In Sep 1888, he  offered land for sale in Crawford’s 2nd and 3rd Addition on the South Side  in Dodge City. [92]

On 12 Sep 1888,  James sold to Washington M. Crawford land being lots no. 6 and 7 in block 47 in Dodge City. [93]

He was elected chairman of board of trustees of Dodge School of Theology on 20 Sep 1888 in Dodge City. [94]

He purchased 5 acres from the  NE corner SW 1/4 2-27-25 from W. J. Spencer on 26 Nov 1888 in Ford County, Kansas. [95]

James purchased 5 acres of 11-27-25 from James McCurdy on 26 Nov 1888 in Ford County, Kansas. [96]

He purchased 10 acres of the SW corner NE 1/4 2-27-25 from W. C. Shinn on 26 Nov 1888 in Ford County, Kansas. [97]

On 27 Dec 1888, he was a member committee on reception for Our Soldiers Home Movement in Dodge City. [98]

James became a member of the Lewis Post of the Grand Army of the Republic on 31 Dec 1888 in Dodge City. [99]

He purchased lot 2 & 4 block 14 Crawford’s Addition from H. B. Bell, sheriff on 2 Jan 1889 in Dodge City. [100]

He purchased SW 1/4 34-25-26 from Frank Ridenour on 3 Jan 1889 in Ford County, Kansas. [101]

On 12 Feb 1889, James was a member of the board of directors of American Building and Loan Association in Dodge City. [102]

He presented at an Institute of the Agricultural Society in Mar 1889 in Dodge City. [103]

His home was a polling place for a school election in Mar 1889 in Ford, Kansas, United States. [104]

He’s rye crop averaged 50 bushels to the acre in Jun 1889 in Ford County, Kansas. [105]

James was appointed to the Finance Committee of the Ford County Agricultural Association on 29 Jun 1889 in Dodge City. [106107]

He lived in Dodge City on 29 Aug 1889. [108]

In Jan 1890, he sold land  in Ford County, Kansas. [109]

James was appointed to committee to make a list of cows which milk could be procured from for the Ford County Agricultural Association on 25 Jan 1890 in Dodge City. [110111]

He purchased lots 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and west feet of lot 5 block 10 Crawford’s 2nd Addition from Chicago KS & Nebr RR Co. on 26 Feb 1890 in Dodge City. [112]

In Mar 1890, he’s residence was a polling place for the school district elections. [113]

James was elected president of the school board in May 1890 in Dodge City. [114]

He presented a program on raising hogs for profit at the Farm Institute on 25 Feb 1891 in Dodge City. [115]

In 1892 he was a wheat farmer in Ford County, Kansas. [116]

James was a member of the city board of education serving as president on 13 May 1892 in Dodge City. [117118]

He purchased a lot in Maple Grove Cemetery on 3 Jul 1892 in Dodge City. [119]

He sold land being section 26 (except the SW quarter) in township 26 south of range 23 west of 6th P.M. on 23 Sep 1893 in Ford County, Kansas. [120]

In 1894, James was a member Lewis Post No. 394 Grand Army of the Republic having served in the Indiana Infantry as a private in Dodge City. [121122]

He lived in Dodge Township, Ford County, Kansas on 1 Jul 1895. [123]

He sold his business interests to P. M. Imel in 1898 in Dodge City. [124126]

James lived in Dodge Township, Ford County, Kansas in Jul 1900. [127]

He received pension of $72 per month for disability on 20 Mar 1901 in Dodge City. [6]

He purchased land being lots 16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23 of block 17 Crawford’s Addition and lots 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 of Block 1 Crawford’s Addition by QCD for $54.65 from J. M. Robinson and Estella N. Robinson of Ford Co. Kansas on 6 Nov 1901 in Ford County, Kansas. [128]

James lived in Dodge Township, Ford County, Kansas in 1905. [129]

He sold land being lots 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23 of Block 1 Crawford’s Addition, Dodge City for $150.00 to [Spouse] on 13 Dec 1906 in Ford County, Kansas. [130]

On 28 Feb 1907, he  visited Johnson County, Missouri where he attended a large stock sale. [131]

On 29 Mar 1907, James of Dodge City wrote his nephew William C. Crawford about the family history. [132]

He sold land being lots 1,2,3,4,5,6 of Block 3 Crawford’s 3rd Addition and lots 1,2,3,4 of Block 4 Crawford’s 3rd Addition to Dodge City by QCD to Jennie C. Hazelton for $500.00 on 10 Apr 1908 in Ford County, Kansas. [133]

He of Ford County, Kansas,  purchased lots 6,7, and 8 in  Section 35 Township 26 Range 25 by QCD for $1.00  from E. O. Eyman and Minnie N. Eyman, his wife, of Jackson Co. Missouri on 11 Apr 1908 in Ford County, Kansas. [134]

James died on 8 Jul 1908 at the age of 74 in Dodge City. [13,135139]

He was buried on 10 Jul 1908 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City. [124,135,140141]

1. 1850, Warren County Indiana, Population Schedule, Washington Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 177, Image 6 of 13, household 41, Nelson G Crawford; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432

2. 1880 U.S. Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge Township, Ford County, Kansas, ED 378, page 8, Image 8 of 17, household 1, James H Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

3. 1860 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Liberty Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 26, Image 11 of 27, household 186, James H Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653

4. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com). : viewed online 10 February 2022.

5. Warren County, Indiana, Probate Case Files, Probate File 35 William C Crawford (November 1860), William C. Crawford, 16 November 1860; Warren County (IN) Courthouse, Williamsport, Indiana.

6. James H Crawford (Company F 72nd Regiment Indiana Infantry), pension no. 1.191.396, James H Crawford Military Pension File, Department of the Interior; Washington, D. C.

7. Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1789-1999, will of Nelson G. Crawford (image 287 of 634), 16 March 1864; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2016).

8. 1870 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Washington Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 27 (image 27 of 32), Image 27 of 32, household 221, James H Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132

9. Warren County, Indiana, Probate Case Files, Book 3 page 184-816 (16 August 1871), Martha Crawford, 19 August 1871.

10. “West Lebanon,” undated clipping, 1878, from Warren Republican; Walter Salts Genealogy Collection, clipping obtained from Walter Salts shared with Marcia Philbrick; privately held 2023 by Walter Salts, photocopy in Crawford Family Papers owned by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, KS.

11. “Local News,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 5 March 1878, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 11 February 2023).

12. “Emigration to Dodge,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 March 1878, page 2; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 11 February 2023).

13. “Pioneer Citizen Sleeps into Peaceful Death,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 10 July 1908, page 4 col. 6; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 December 2021).

14. “Wheat Prospects,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 24 May 1879, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

15. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 7 February 1880, page 8; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

16. United States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online 12 February 2023), James H Crawford.

17. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book D page 32; James H Crawford Grantee, 11 March 1882; Register of Deeds, Dodge City Kansas.

18. Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) (dodgeglobe.com : viewed online 3 June 2021), Bell, Kathie. “The Masons and Dodge City”.

19. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book C page 609, James Crawford and other trustees of the M E Church, 1882.

20. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book E page 84, J H. Crawford purchased lot 37 and 39 of block 2 on Military Avenue in Dodge City, 1883.

21. “Local Summary,” Ford County Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 12 June 1883, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

22. “District Court,” Ford County Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 19 June 1883, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

23. “The Fourth of July,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 28 June 1883, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

24. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 26 July 1883, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

25. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book D page 151, James H Crawford, 1883.

26. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 18 October 1883, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

27. “From Poverty to Affluence,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 14 April 1887, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

28. “Cattle Brands,” Ford County Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 1 January 1884, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

29. “A Republican Ticket,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 31 January 1884, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

30. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book D page 201, James H Crawford, 1884.

31. Local News, Dodge City Times, Dodge City, KS, 21 Feb 1884, page 4, Thursday, 21 Feb 1884, page 4, col. 3 (Doc. #: Crawford.KS.091).

32. “Local News,” Ford County Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 11 March 1884, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

33. “J. H. Crawford,” Advertisement, Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 24 April 1884; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2017).

34. “J. H. Crawford advertisement,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 12 April 1884, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

35. Photograph of southwest corner of Second and Walnut, Dodge City, Kansas dated 1886, Photograph (: , 1886), (Crawford.IN.166)

36. “Local News,” Ford County Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 27 May 1884, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

37. “County Commissioners,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 10 July 1884, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

38. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 10 July 1884, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

39. “Branding Corral,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 10 July 1884, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 Feb 2023).

40. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 10 July 1884, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

41. “Notice,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 24 July 1884, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

42. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 4 September 1884, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

43. “Hogs,” The Globe Live Stock Journal (Dodge City, Kansas), 23 December 1884, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

44. “Local News,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 3 March 1885, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

45. “Personal,” The Globe Live Stock Journal (Dodge City, Kansas), 7 April 1885, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

46. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book D page 514, James H Crawford, 1885.

47. “Local News,” The Globe Live Stock Journal (Dodge City, Kansas), 2 June 1885, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

48. “Personal,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 14 July 1885, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

49. “Personal,” The Globe Live Stock Journal (Dodge City, Kansas), 14 July 1885, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

50. 1885 Kansas State Census, Ford County, Kansas, Kansas state census, Dodge Township, Ford County, Kansas, page 27, Image 172 of 189, family 4, J H Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 2 January 2020); Kansas State Historical Society

51. Advertisement, Kansas Cowboy (Dodge City, Kansas), 2 May 1885, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

52. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 16 July 1885, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

53. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 13 August 1885, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

54. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 24 September 1885, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 February 2023).

55. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book J page 327, James H Crawford, 1885.

56. “Married,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 4 February 1886, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

57. “Local News,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 20 February 1886, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

58. “Local,” The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 23 February 1886, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

59. “The Merchants’ State Bank,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 25 February 1886, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

60. “Local,” The Globe Live Stock Journal (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 March 1886, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 March 2023).

61. “The Silver Wedding,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 25 March 1886, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

62. “News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 25 March 1886, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

63. “Dodge City,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 22 April 1886, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

64. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 8 April 1886, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

65. “The Street Railway,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 13 May 1886, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

66. “New Company,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 12 June 1886, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

67. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 15 July 1886, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

68. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book K page 510, James H Crawford, 1886.

69. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book K page 571, James H Crawford, 1886.

70. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book J page 327, James H Crawford, 1886.

71. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Patent Vol. A page 73, James H Crawford, 1886.

72. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 December 1886, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

73. “From Poverty to Affluence: From Small Beginnings to Large Endings,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 14 April 1887, Pioneer: James H Crawford; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

74. The Official State Atlas of Kansas: Compiled from Government Surveys, County Records and Personal Investigations (Philadelphia: L. H. Everts & Co., 1887), image 656 of 670; digital images, FamilySearch, familysearch.org/books/ viewed online 13 February 2023.

75. “Big Ice House,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 13 January 1887, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

76. Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 15 September 1887, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

77. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 15 September 1887; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

78. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book M page 512, James H Crawford, 1887.

79. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book S page 542, James H Crawford, 1887.

80. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book R page 93, James H Crawford, 1887.

81. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book S page 151, James H Crawford, 1887.

82. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book S page 149, James H Crawford, 1887.

83. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book S page 30, James H Crawford, 1887.

84. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book S page 150, James H Crawford, 1887.

85. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book 6 page 345, James H Crawford, 1887.

86. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book S page 544, James H Crawford, 1888.

87. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book 6 page 196, James H Crawford, 1888.

88. “J. H. Crawford Business and Residence Property,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 1 March 1888; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

89. “Advertisement,” The Journal Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 24 March 1888, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

90. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 16 August 1888, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

91. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book 6 page 197, James H Crawford, 1888.

92. “Advertisement,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 13 September 1888, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

93. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book O page 59, James H Crawford to Washington M. Crawford, 1888.

94. “Dodge School of Theology,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 20 September 1888, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

95. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book 6 page 390, James H Crawford, 1888.

96. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book 6 page 398, James H Crawford, 1888.

97. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book 6 page 400, James H Crawford, 1888.

98. “Our Soldiers’ Home Movement,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 27 December 1888, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

99. Grand Army of the Republic – Kansas, “Kansas, Grand Army of the Republic Post Reports 1880-1940,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : online October 2015), J. H. Crawford; citing Kansas Historical Society; Loose paper, 104 boxes.

100. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book Q page 483, James H Crawford, 1889.

101. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book 6 page 467, James H Crawford, 1889.

102. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 14 February 1889, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

103. “Agricultural Associati’n,” Dodge City Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 12 March 1889, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

104. “School Election,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 14 March 1889, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

105. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 27 June 1889, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

106. Minutes Ledger, , 29 June 1889 (Crawford.KS.167).

107. “Agriculturial Association,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 11 July 1889, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

108. “Obituary,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 29 ug 1889, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

109. “Sheriff’s Sale,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 23 January 1890; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

110. Minutes Ledger, , 25 Jan 1890 (Crawford.KS.167).

111. “Agricultural Meeting,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 30 January 1890, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

112. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, book unknown, James H Crawford, 1890.

113. “Election Proclamation,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 27 March 1890, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

114. “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 Ma 1890, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

115. “Farmers Institute,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 20 February 1891, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

116. “Local News,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 23 May 1892, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

117. Local News, Dodge City Times, Dodge City, KS, 13 May 1892, page 8.

118. “Local Brevities,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 May 1892, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online February 2023).

119. Dodge City Kansas, Recorder, “Lot Register, Maple Grove Cemetery,” microfilm, Kansas State Historical Society (MS 160 : read microfilm October 2017), J H Crawford.

120. “Order of Sale,” legal notice, The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 22 September 1893, page 8; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

121. Grand Army of Republic Roster of Kansas Posts (: Kansas GAR, 1894)

122. 1894 Roster of posts and members of the Grand Army of the Republic (Topeka, KS: Grand Army of the Republic — Department of Kansas, 1894), p. 68 Lewis Post No. 394 Dodge City.

123. 1895 Kansas Census, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, Kansas state census, Dodge Township, Ford County, Kansas, page 2, Image 3 of 19, family 1, J H Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 17 February 2023); Kansas State Historical Society

124. “The Journal-Democrat”, (Dodge City, Kansas), to (), 10 July 1908, page 4, col. 6 “Pioneer Citizen Sleeps into Peaceful Death” (Doc. #: Crawford.KS.020);

125. “Local News,” Dodge City Reporter (Dodge City, Kansas), 10 December 1897, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 15 February 2023).

126. “Local News,” The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 December 1897, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 15 February 2023).

127. 1900 U.S. Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge Township, Ford County, Kansas, ED 48, Sheet 2A, Image 3 of 6, family 26, Jas H Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019); NARA T623

128. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book 1 page 183, James H Crawford, 1901.

129. 1905 Kansas State Census, Ford County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, page 1, Image 1 of 35, family #3, William Martin / James H Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2019); Kansas State Historical Society

130. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book 60 page 318, James H Crawford, 1906.

131. “Local news,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 28 February 1907, page 10; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 15 February 2023).

132. James H. Crawford, (Dodge City, Kansas) to nephew (William C. Crawford), letter, 1907; Crawford Family papers, privately held by James Paul Crawford. , Colorado, 2022. photocopy sent to Marcia Crawford Philbrick.

133. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book 1: page 182-185, J H Crawford, .

134. Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Book 1 page 193, James H Crawford, 1908.

135. Hulpieu Swaim Funeral Home Records [Dodge City, Kansas] (: ), 1908 #25 (Crawford.KS.075)

136. Veteran’s Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933, James H Crawford, 8 July 1908; database with images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : viewed online July 2017). Original Source: NARA microfilm publication M850.

137. “Card of Thanks,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 16 July 1908, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

138. “Old Settler Gone,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 July 1908, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 6 February 2022).

139. “West Lebanon Gazette,” (16 July 1908); obituary clipping “J. H. Crawford Dead”: “,” Walter Salts Collection; Walter Salts Home, West Lebanon, IN (in 2018 collection housed in Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society).

140. Computer Printout for Maple Grove Cemetery (Dodge City, KS: Dodge City, Kansas, 5/29/1985), Record #lot 10 block 25 Section 3 (Crawford.KS.080)

141. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online August 2016), memorial for James H. Crawford (1834-1908), Find a Grave Memorial no. 30212998, created by Cathy Kessinger, citing Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Cathy Kessinger, James H. Crawford.

Piecing Together Marriage Records

Do you have anyone in your tree who was married, divorced, remarried and divorced again? If so, have you been able to document these events? While going back thru James H. Crawford records, I re-read an affidavit filed by his daughter, Jennie Hazelton after James’ death. This affidavit hints at some of these records.

Affidavit of Jennie C. Hazelton
sworn 16 Nov 1910
filed 19 Apr 1924

Mrs. Jennie C. Hazelton says that she is the daughter of James H. Crawford, late of Ford County, deceased, and of Eliza J. Crawford who died in said county on or about the 8th day of July 1892. Affiant further says that her father married a second time prior to 1897 and that during the year 1897 his second wife obtained a divorce from him. That on and prior to Oct. 1st, 1898, affiant’s father was by reason of said divorce a single man. Affiant further says that her father subsequent to the said last named date, remarried the divorced wife.

Ford County Kansas, Deeds, Miscellaneous Book I page 429; Affidavit of Jennie C. Hazelton, 16 November 1910; Register of Deeds, Dodge City Kansas.

The affidavit indicates that the marriage and divorce occurred prior to 1897. However, there is an 1898 marriage record in Ford County, Kansas for James H. Crawford and Ettie L. Crawford. [“Kansas Marriages, 1840-1935,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : Ford County, Kansas, Book B; page 335 viewed online (15 February 2023), James H Crawford.]

Thanks to the abundance of digitized newspapers from that time period in Dodge City, I was able to locate a legal notice in the paper for the divorce of James H. Crawford from his wife, Esther L. Crawford.

First published August 25
State of Kansas, Ford County, ss
In the District Court of Ford County, State of Kansas.
The state of Kansas to Esther L. Crawford
Greeting: —
You will take notice that you have been sued in the District Court of Ford County, State of Kansas, by James H. Crawford and unless you answer the petition filed in said suit on or before the 6th day of October, 1904, said petition will be taken as true and a judgment will be taken against you accordingly decreeing plaintiff a divorce from you, the defendant.
Witness our hands this 23rd day of August, 1904.
J. H. Crawford, Plaintiff,
By Sutton & Scates, His Attys.
Attest: J. C. Baird
Clerk District Court

“Legal notices,” The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 25 August 1904, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 15 February 2023).

These two records seem to contradict the affidavit. However, the newspapers provide a clue to the marriage of James H. Crawford prior to 1897.

About the first of February our esteemed fellow citizen, J. H. Crawford, started east to visit friends and relatives in Indiana and Ohio. Last Tuesday a rumor was current on the streets that Mr. Crawford had taken unto himself a wife. Meeting Clay Crawford, we inquired of him as to the truth of the rumor. He laughed and said it must be so. Next day we called on Abe Crawford and asked him about the matter. He was quite pleasant over it. The prospect of having a stepmother evidently had no terrors for him. He said, however, that he had nothing to say for publication until he heard from his father. The old gentleman (if we may be allowed the expression concerning a blooming bridegroom) is expected to return sometime about the middle of this month.
Later — From Mr. Abe Crawford we learn that J. H. Crawford and Mrs. Etta Roberts were united in the bonds of Matrimony at the Methodist parsonage in Corry, Pa., by Rev. J. A. Parson, M. E. pastor in charge. The bride is an amiable lady about forty-five years of age, and will be welcomed to our community as a desirable acquisition. He met her first in 1887, while visiting relatives in eastern Ohio, though her home was in Pennsylvania.

“Local News,” The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 2 March 1894, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 February 2023).

While it appears that either James married and divorced two different women: Etta Roberts and Esther L. Crawford, there is another possibility. If Etta Roberts and Esther L. Crawford are the same person, then James married her in 1894, was divorced around 1897, remarried in 1898 and divorced again in 1904. Additional research of James’ wives will need to be conducted before being able to draw any conclusions.

Cemetery Deed

Have you had the good fortune of having an older relative pass down family papers to you? If so, do you have a cemetery deed?

That’s one of the documents my grandmother passed down to me. As an in-law, my grandmother kept many documents and photos for her husband’s family. Thus, the 1893 deed for the purchase of a cemetery plot purchased by my grandfather’s grandmother still exists.

Lewis Post No. 294, G.A.R. Cemetery Association
A Corporation of Dodge City, Kansas, in consideration of $10.00
Ten Dollars
hereby conveys and warrants to Mrs Mary Crawford
for burial of human bodies only, the following real property in Lewis Post No. 294 G.A.R.
Cemetery, Ford County, Kansas, to-wit:
Lot No. Sixty (60)
as shown by the recorded plat thereof.
In Witness Whereof, the President of said Corporation has
hereunto set its corporate name and caused its corporate seal to
be attached, this 24 day of January 1893
By D. D. Rose
President
Attest: Sam [Gauagher] Jr
Secretary

State of Kansas,
Ford County, SS:
Be it remembered, that on this 24 day of January 1893
before me the undersigned Register of Deeds in and for the county and state
aforesaid, came D. D. Rose President of Leiws Post, G.A.R.
Cemetery Association, who is personally known to me to be the same person, who executed the foregoing instru-
ment of writing, and such person duly acknowledged the execution of the same.
In withness whereof, I hae hereunto set my hand and affixed my
official seal the day and year last above written
J A Arment
Register of Deeds
Ford Co Kan

Warranty Deed
Statutory Form
from Lewis Post, G.A.R. Cemetery
Association
to

While the deed seems pretty straightforward, the date of the deed raises questions. There are tombstones in the GAR section of the Dodge City cemetery for Mary Crawford and her husband, Washington Marion Crawford. However, the deed is dated 1893 while Washington Marion Crawford died in 1889.

Thus, there are questions.

  • Does the date of the deed reflect when the final payment for the lot was made versus when the plot was first used?
  • Was Washington Marion Crawford buried elsewhere and moved when the cemetery plot was purchased?

While I may never be able to answer those questions, further research about the G.A.R. cemetery is warranted.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  The year is 1900. Choose an ancestor who was living in that year and write a short life sketch (no more than 300 words).*

2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own blog post.

*  Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting this challenge.

The hardest part of this challenge was reducing the biography to 300 words! The second hardest was selecting someone. I selected Mary Foster Crawford because I view her as a strong woman.

  • She watched her husband go off to war and then come home from prison camp
  • She saw her daughter die and then 3 years later lost her husband.
  • She registered to vote.
  • As a widow with a young son, she ran a boarding house.

Mary Foster was born on 28 Aug 1842 in West Lebanon, Indiana.She married Washington Marion Crawford on 4 Mar 1860 in West Lebanon, Indiana.

On 3 Aug 1861, Mary Crawford’s husband, Washington Marion Crawford, enlisted as a Sergeant in Company H of the 2nd Regiment of the New York Cavalry, also known as “Harris Light Horse”. On 22 Sep 1863, Mary Crawford’s husband, Washington Marion Crawford was captured at Liberty Milles in Orange County, Virginia. He was held prisoner at Belle Isle and Andersonville before being released in December of 1864.

Mary lived in Washington Township, Warren County, Indiana on 1 Jul 1880. She lived in Dodge City in 1884.

Mary witnessed the death of her daughter, Carrie, on 20 Jul 1886 in Dodge City Kansas. She purchased Lot 37 of the Prairie Grove Cemetery Association in May 1889 in Dodge City, Kansas. She witnessed the death of her husband, Washington Marion Crawford on 23 Aug 1889 in Fort Dodge, Kansas.

She received pension for her husband’s service during the civil war on 23 Nov 1889 in Kansas. She purchased a lot in Lewis Post No. 294 G.A. R. Cemetery on 24 Jan 1893 in Dodge City.

She registered to vote in 1897 in Dodge City, Kansas.

In Mar 1901, she was a member of the Home Missionary Society serving as president in Dodge City.

In Aug 1901 she had rooms for rent at the corner of 2d Ave and Elm Street in Dodge City, Kansas. She lived at 911 Second Avenue in Dodge City on 22 Apr 1910.

She  visited West Lebanon, Indiana in Sep 1920.73 She died on 21 Jan 1929 at the age of 86 in Dodge City.

She was buried on 23 Jan 1929 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City.

This strong woman was my second great-grandmother.

Nelson G. Crawford

One of my January blog posts was about how I was finding issues in my family tree that was causing me to go back over some of my research. While I listed several issues, a faithful reader provided another reason in a comment:

new records now available online

While working with ‘suggestions’ on WikiTree, I found that I had a source tied to my great-great grandmother’s birth without any notes or images to verify that the source contained information for her birth. In addition, the footnote for the source was not very informative.

Thankfully, this book is available online via FamilySearch. Thus, I was able to access the book to create a better source citation, transcribe the entry and save images to my computer.

With RootsMagic 8, I was also able to merge my new source with the older incomplete source. Thus, all of the citations for this biography were also updated.

Nelson G. Crawford

page 274

Nelson G. Crawford, postmaster of Dodge city, was born in West Lebanon, Indiana, October 29, 1881, son of W. Marion and Mary (Foster) Crawford. The father was born in Indiana and devoted his entire life to farming. He died at Dodge City in September [1?]. The mother who was active in church work, was born in Warren County, Indiana, August 26, 1842, and [?] at Dodge City, January 21, 1929.
Educated first in the public schools of Dodge City, Nelson G. Crawford attended Dodge City High School four years, until 1899. In the summer of 1900 he [en]tered postal service at Dodge City, being designated [the] assistant postmaster in May, 1901.
With the exception of about two months, May and June 1906, Mr. Crawford has been in the postal [ser]vice ate Dodge City, as assistant postmaster until [his] appointment as postmaster on February 4, 1938. [He] was re-appointed on February 5, 1932. Mr. Crawford [was] a Republican.
On July 7, 1907, he was married to Cora B. Adams at Dodge City. She was born at Salem, Indiana, [daugh]

page 275
ter of John G. and Surrilda (Adams) Adams. Before her marriage she was employed y a mercantile firm at Dodge City.
Mr. Crawford is a member of the National Association of Postmasters, the Service Postmasters Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club (president, 1925; district trustee, 1928), and St. Bernard Lodge No. 222 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Royal Arch Masons, the Royal and Select Masters (past commander), the Knights Templar and Midian Temple of the Shrine at Wichita. HI religious affiliation is with the Methodist Episcopal Church. His club is the Dodge City Country Club. (Photograph in Album).
Residence: Dodge City

Sarah Mullin Baldwin, editor, Illustriana Kansas: biographical sketches of Kansas men and women of achievement who have been awarded life membership in Kansas illustriana society (Hebron, Nebraska: Illustriana Incorporated, 2933), pages 274-275, 1289; digital images, FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org viewed online 30 January 2023.

Thankfully, these digital resources are available. Without them, I would not have been able to access this book from home.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

 It’s Saturday Night – 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

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

1) The new school year has started in the Northern hemisphere, and for most children that means a new grade, a new teacher, and perhaps new friends.

2)  Tell us about some of your elementary school memories when you were a child.  What are your memories of starting school in a new year?  Who were your teachers?  How did you get to school?  Who were your best friends?  What subjects did you like best?  What extra-curricular activities did you participate in?  Make up your own questions if you’d like!

I was a member of the ‘First Class’ of Northwest Elementary School in Dodge City, Kansas.

Northwest School’s ‘First Class’ Has Moved Through Six Grades

Northwest School’s “First class” left the school this spring after six years there. Of course, it wasn’t really the school’s first class but it is the first which went all six years to Dodge City’ newest public elementary school.

And of course the entire sixth grade class, as it was late this May, had not gone all six years a that school — but 18 of the pupils had.

The children are James Bxx, Shirley Bxx, Terri Cxx, Marcia Cxx, Jan Cxx, Michael Dxx, Larry Dxx, Rebecca Exx, Ralph Exx Jr., Paul Fxx, Mari Hxx, John Hxx, Kenneth Mxx, Lindsay Mxx, Mia Sxx, Elaine Sxx, Terry Wxx, and Ben Zxx Jr.

(Note: surnames have been removed to protect the privacy of my classmates.)

clipping from the Dodge City Daily Globe

Since I moved away a year after this photo was taken, my memories of elementary school are vague. In terms of friends, Becky was one of my grade school friends who lived a couple of doors north of me before she moved out of our neighborhood. Other neighborhood friends included Dana, Margaret, and Shari. Shirley, Leigh, Mia and Elaine were members of my girl scout troop. Shirley’s mom was my piano teacher. I walked to junior high with Susan who moved in a couple of blocks to the East of us.

Birthday party picture

Seriously Burned

Do you remember being told as a child to not play with matches or to stay away from the stove? While our lifestyles have gotten safer, it is still possible for a child to get burned.

While researching my RALSTON line, I discovered a newspaper article about a cousin who did get too close to ashes.

Seriously Burned
While playing in their playhouse last Tuesday one of Mr. Lighter’s little girls living west of town and south of the river had the misfortune to accidentally get severely burned. She had gone to the ash pile to get some ashes which were to be used as pepper in the playhouse and while sitting down getting the ashes her dress caught fire and she did not know it until a blaze was discovered. She started to run to the house but her father met her, picked her up and put her in a water tank. This put out the fire but not before she was considerably burned.

“Seriously Burned,” Dodge City Reporter (Dodge City, Kansas), 26 January 1900, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed onlin3 14 May 2022

A couple of weeks later, little Ruth Elva Lighter died from being burned.

W. E. Lighter’s Little Girl Died Last Saturday

Two weeks ago today the Reporter contained an account of the burning of W. E. Lighter’s little girl. She was brought to town whee she could be near the attending physician who gave all the medical assistance possible, but to no avail. Last Saturday morning she died.
Her name was Ruth Elva Lighter and she was six years and one month of age.
This unfortunate little girl at the time was burned had just recovered from a bad case of the measles and this was the first day she had been allowed to play out doors. She had not been out thirty minutes when her clothes caught fire and burned her so badly as to cause her death.
The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Presbyterian church conduced by Rev. William Westwood. The remains were interred in the G.A.R. cemetery west of town.

“W. E. Lighter’s Little Girl Died Last Saturday,” Dodge City Reporter (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 February 1900, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 14 May 2022).

Friday Finds – Crawford Obits

Do you have clippings of obituaries in your genealogy files? Or do you prefer the digital versions of the newspapers. I have both. Since I can access a lot of newspapers from my own home, I do prefer the digital versions. However, those digital copies are a luxury that earlier genealogists did not have.

Instead, they collected clippings. And I was fortunate to connect with such a researcher / clipper of Warren County Indiana thru Walter Salts. His collection of binders of clippings was donated to the Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society in Danville, Illinois.

Buried in my files are photocopies of pages from these binders. While going thru my past Indiana research, I came across one set of these photocopies that contains the obituaries of James H. Crawford and his first wife, Eliza Jane (Swisher).

Mrs. Elisha Briggs, of this place, last Monday received intelligence of the death of her brother’s wife, Mrs. Eliza Jane Crawford, which occurred after an illness of several weeks, at Dodge City, Kans., on Friday July 8th, 1892, at 7:20 a.m. Deceased was the wife of James H. Crawford, who several years since removed from this county and located in Kansas. She was over 50 years of age and leaves an husband an six children, the youngest of whom is 18 years of age. Mrs. Crawford died of heart trouble. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church, of which denomination she had been a worthy and exemplary member for many years, at 2 o’clock p.m. last Sunday.

probably from Warren Republican July 14, 1892 issue

In that same set of photocopies was the obituary for J. H. Crawford. There is a handwritten date on the obit: 7-16-1908.

J. H. Crawford Dead

J. H. Crawford died at his home in Dodge City, Kan., Wednesday of last week and was buried Friday. He was somewhere near 75 years of age at the time of his death and his passing away was probably due in a great measure to his advanced age.

Mr. Crawford was formerly a resident of this county, residing on the farm between here and Williamsport which he sold to the Ringel Bros.’ father when he left here for Kansas many years ago. Mr. Crawford has many friends in this county who will be grieved to learn of his demise.

EG p. 52

And then on another page of clippings is a full obituary for Eliza J. Swisher Crawford

Eliza J. Swisher Crawford

Eliza J., daughter of John and Emelia Swisher, was born in Warren county, Indiana, July 14th, 1835.

She was converted when a child, and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at “Crow’s Grove,” Indiana, since called “Swisher’s Chapel,” in honor of her grandfather, who was a pioneer in that country.

Her parents died before she was grown, leaving in her charge two younger brothers and a sister, she being the eldest of four children. The charge she faithfully kept, always looking after their welfare s though they were her own children.

On April 10th, 1856, she was married to James H. Crawford at the residence of her uncle, William F. Wood, where she then lived. There were born unto them seven children – William N., John D., Charles H. (died in infancy), Abraham L, Jennie, Henry C., and Clara V.

In 1878 she, with her family, immigrated to Ford county, Kansas, here she has since resided.

She has been in feeble health for several ears, but on Easter Sunday was taken ill with what, at that time, seemed a slight indisposition, but in spite of all that loving hands and medical skill could do continued to grow worse until the morning of July 8th, at 7:20 o’clock, when, surrounded by husband and family she quietly crossed the dark river, after bidding them a fond farewell, and entreating them to meet her in heaven.

The funeral services were held in the M.E. Church, on Sunday, at 2:30 p.m. attended by a large concourse of friends many being unable to get inside the church. The remains were interred in the Maple Grove cemetery.

She was a pious and devoted Christian. Among her leading characteristics was her love and devotion to the wants of her family. The greatest happiness she ever knew was in promoting the happiness of her loved ones.

While the family are overcome with grief at parting with their dearest loved one, they humbly bow to the Divine will and say with her, “He doeth all things well.” she was loved by all who knew her and her loss is deeply mourned by all. — Dodge City, (Kan.,) Globe-Republican

likely from Warren Republican July 28, 1892

While these obituaries are similar to the ones found in the Dodge City, Kansas papers, they provide a glimpse of the family from the county of their birth. The digital versions of the Dodge City newspapers can be found on Newspapers.com. Below are citations for those obituaries:

Eliza Crawford

“Died,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 16 July 1892, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 6 February 2022).

“Obituary,” The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 18 July 1892, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online October 2019).

James Crawford

“Pioneer Citizen Sleeps into Peaceful Death,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 10 July 1908, page 4 col. 6; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 December 2021)

“Old Settler Gone,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 July 1908, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 6 February 2022).