Mothers in My Tree

#52Ancestors #MothersDay

(Maiden names are being used)

(3) My Mom

  • Four children
  • 1 died infancy

(5) Winnie Letha Currey

  • Three children
  • 1 died in infancy
  • 1 died as a young adult prior to marriage

(7) Pauline Mentzer

  • Five children
  • 1 died around 9 months

(9) Josie Winifred Hammond

  • Seven children
  • 3 boys and 4 girls

(11) Winnie Mae Hutchinson

  • Nine children
  • one baby only lived a month
  • a second baby lived about 5 months
  • son, Henry Currey, died at age 13
  • Winnie died in 1913, leaving Herbert 18, Myrtle 14, Mary 12, Winnie 10, Earnest 7, and Alma 1 1/2
  • Total of 5 boys, 4 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls in 1913 when their mother died

(13) Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts

  • Four children
  • 2 boys and 2 girls

(15) Nettie Adell Wells

  • Five children
  • 3 boys and 2 girls

(17) Mary Foster

  • Five children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(19) Sarah Ellen Ralston

  • Hammond Genealogy say 9 children
  • No documentation of first three children: William R. R. Hammond b 1864 and Homer L. Hammond b 1865 and Judson F. E. Hammond b 1866 found at this time
  • First three children have birth dates prior to her marriage
  • A fourth child, Glenn M. Hammond, is listed in the Hammond Genealogy. This child only lived one year. No other documentation found to date
  • Five documented children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(21) Angelina Jane Burke

  • Ten children
  • 6 boys and 4 girls

(23) Julia Harding

  • Eleven Children
  • Death dates currently unknown on 4 of the children: Frederick b1867, Cary b1869, Francesca b1879 and Elvira b 1884
  • 7 boys and 4 girls with 4 boys and 3 girls reaching adulthood

(25) Sarah Jane Thompson

  • Two children
  • 1 boy and 1 girl

(27) Rachel Elmeda Christy

  • Eight children
  • Set of twins did not survive. One died when almost one month old and the other died when a little over 3 months old.
  • 2 boys and 6 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls surviving to adulthood

(29) Emeline Minnick

  • Eight children
  • 6 boys and 2 girls

(31) Salome Adell Crandall

  • Four children
  • A boy, Freddie, lived about 7 years
  • A girl, Mary, lived about 9 months
  • Two girls survived to adulthood and married brothers

Zebulon Foster Descendants

1. Zebulon Foster
b: 19 Aug 1808, Pike, Ohio, United States
d: 5 Sep 1889, Warren, Indiana, United States
+Caroline Ostrander
b: 23 Mar 1814, Ross, Ohio, United States
m: 14 Feb 1833, Pike, Ohio, United States
d: 3 Jun 1871, Warren, Indiana, United States


. . . . . 11. Edward Foster
          b: 20 Nov 1833, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 6 Jun 1908, Armstrong, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +Sarah Ann Tillotson
          b: 15 Jan 1834
          m: 24 Aug 1856, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
          d: 6 Aug 1907, Urbana, Champaign, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 111. Buel T Foster
                    b: 2 Jan 1857, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 11 Jan 1950, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 112. Horace Foster
                    b: abt 1858, Illinois, United States
                    d: 4 Nov 1860
. . . . . . . . . . 113. Caroline Foster
                    b: abt 1859, Illinois, United States
                    d: 10 Sep 1860
. . . . . . . . . . 114. Sarah L. Foster
                    b: 1861, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1873
. . . . . . . . . . 115. Edwin Stanton Foster
                    b: abt 1862, Illinois, United States
                    d: 14 Oct 1950, Armstrong, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 116. Zebulon Foster
                    b: abt 1864, Illinois, United States
                    d: 18 Mar 1939, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 117. Mary Foster
                    b: abt 1867, Illinois, United States
                    d: 23 May 1912
. . . . . . . . . . 118. Edward Foster Jr
                    b: 19 Aug 1869, Illinois, United States
                    d: 28 Mar 1951, Grant, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 119. Theodore T. Foster
                    b: 13 Oct 1870, Illinois, United States
                    d: 18 Jun 1941
. . . . . . . . . . 11A. Lllian Foster
                    b: abt 1873, Illinois, United States
                    d: 18 Dec 1880
. . . . . . . . . . 11B. William G. Foster
                    b: 2 Nov 1877, Armstrong, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
                    d: 28 Apr 1940, Middlefork Township, Vermilion, Illinois, United States


. . . . . 12. Rachel Foster
          b: 20 May 1837, Indiana, United States
          d: 22 Apr 1921, Onarga, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +William B. Crider
          b: 10 Apr 1829, Ohio, Kentucky, United States
          m: 22 Oct 1856, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 15 Feb 1898, Onarga Township, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 121. Zebulon Crider
                    b: 1 Sep 1857, Indiana, United States
                    d: 18 May 1913, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 122. Mary Crider
                    b: abt 1859, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1931
. . . . . . . . . . 123. Samuel Peter Crider
                    b: 25 Mar 1862, Illinois, United States
                    d: 2 Feb 1926, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 124. Charles P. Crider
                    b: 26 Jan 1863, Illinois, United States
                    d: 20 Feb 1926
. . . . . . . . . . 125. Minnie Crider
                    b: 18 Jun 1865, Onarga Township, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
                    d: 13 May 1954
. . . . . . . . . . 126. Dora Crider
                    b: 11 Jan 1871, Illinois, United States
                    d: 13 Dec 1957
. . . . . +J. C. Briggs
          m: abt 1906


. . . . . 13. Eliza W. Foster
          b: abt 1840, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 1926
. . . . . +George T. Bell
          b: 15 Oct 1837, Indiana, United States
          m: 13 Feb 1859, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 2 Jan 1917, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 131. Mary A. Bell
                    b: 31 Jul 1860
                    d: 4 Sep 1860, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 132. Frankie Bell
                    b: 29 Nov 1861
                    d: 24 Aug 1863
. . . . . . . . . . 133. Carrie Foster Bell
                    b: 11 Jan 1864, Illinois, United States
                    d: 24 Nov 1934, Hillsboro, Fountain, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 134. Hattie Bell
                    b: 5 Dec 1864
                    d: 28 Sep 1867, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 135. Charles S Bell
                    b: Aug 1866, Wellington, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
                    d: 1949, Lake, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 136. Laura E Bell
                    b: 22 Dec 1871, Wellington, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
                    d: 6 Apr 1936, Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 137. Rosie Bell
                    b: 6 May 1877
                    d: 13 Sep 1878
. . . . . . . . . . 138. Grace Bell
                    b: 3 May 1879
                    d: 15 Jan 1882, Pike Township, Warren, Indiana, United States


. . . . . 14. Mary Foster
          b: 28 Aug 1842, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 21 Jan 1929, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +Washington Marion Crawford
          b: 21 Apr 1838, Warren, Indiana, United States
          m: 4 Mar 1860, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 23 Aug 1889, Fort Dodge, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 141. Ida Kate Crawford
                    b: 18 Dec 1862, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 7 Mar 1934, Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 142. Judson Foster Crawford
                    b: 15 Apr 1866, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 19 Feb 1949, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 143. Carrie A Crawford
                    b: 10 Feb 1870, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 20 Jul 1886, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 144. Lida A Crawford
                    b: 22 Dec 1871, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 13 Dec 1945, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 145. Nelson Garfield Crawford
                    b: 29 Oct 1881, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 10 May 1957, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States


. . . . . 15. William F. Foster
          b: Jun 1846, Indiana, United States
          d: 24 Nov 1907, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . +Carrie Briggs
          b: abt 1853, Indiana, United States
          m: 4 Mar 1873, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 12 Dec 1899, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 151. Eva Lucille Foster
                    b: 29 Jul 1880, Warren, Indiana, United States
                    d: 30 Apr 1947, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 152. Laura B Foster
                    b: Oct 1885, Indiana, United States
                    d: 18 Dec 1908, Urbana, Champaign, Illinois, United States


. . . . . 16. Harriet Foster
          b: 14 Oct 1848, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 4 Mar 1906, Watseka, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +John J. Fleming
          b: Oct 1844, Indiana, United States
          m: 17 Sep 1868, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States
          d: 1933, Iroquois, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 161. Nellie A. Fleming
                    b: 6 Oct 1871, Illinois, United States
                    d: 8 Mar 1923
. . . . . . . . . . 162. Lulu Bell Fleming
                    b: 2 Feb 1874, Illinois, United States
                    d: 15 Apr 1897
. . . . . . . . . . 163. Lala Bell Fleming
                    b: 9 Feb 1873, Illinois, United States
                    d: 2 Nov 1952


+Juliet Fleming
m: 31 Aug 1876, Warren, Indiana, United States

Leota Lorraine

Do you have an actor or actress in your tree? My answer to that question would have been ‘NO’. However, while doing some descendancy research, I discovered a cousin, a second cousin twice removed, who was an actress: Leota Lorraine Crider.

This little detail was included in an article in The Kansas City Star announcing her marriage.

Robert F. Lakenan, Jr. Wed.
Leota Crider, Film Actress, Whose Parents Live Here, Is the Bride
Leota Lorraine Crider, moving picture actress, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Crider, 3506 Robert Gillham road, was married yesterday to Robert F. Lakenan, jr., in Pasadena, Cal., a telegram to her parents says.
Robert Lakenan, jr, is vice-president of the Ridge Estate Company. He lives at 32 West Armour boulevard. The marriage was a complete surprise, Mrs. Crider said today, and no details of the future plans of the Lakenans was included in the telegram.
Mrs. Lakenan has been in the “movies” about three years, Mrs. Crider said today. She has been playing in Metro pictures. Her home has been at Hollywood, Cal.
A divorce was obtained by Mrs. Lakenan from her first husband, J. C. Henderson, an insurance man, in 1916. Her petition alleged non-support.
Mrs. Crider said today her daughter always said nothing, not even marriage, would prevent her form continuing her motion picture work.
Robert Lakenan jr., is a widely known young golfer at the Blue Hills Country Club. In the war he was a first lieutenant with Battery C. 53d artillery, C. A. C.

“Robert F. Lakenan, Jr Wed,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 18 May 1920, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 9 March 2021).

Curious about her acting career, I did some searching on Google and found the following:

Then I returned to newspapers to see if I could find an obituary. Since she died in Los Angeles, I started looking for an obituary in the Los Angeles papers and found a very brief obituary.

Lakenan, (Leota Lorraine), loving mother of (Nancy Duke) Simpson, loving grandmother of Gregory Royce Simpson.
Interment in Kansas City, Mo.
Bresee Brothers & Gillette local directors

“Lakenan, (Leota Lorraine),” The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California), 11 July 1974, page 67; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 10 March 2021).

When I searched the Kansas City papers, I did not find her obituary. However, when I removed the date criteria from the search, I found several articles about Leota Lorraine Crider Lakenan and her messy divorce.

  • “On ‘Reefs’ of Hollywood,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 13 September 1923, page 7; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 10 March 2021).
  • “Lakenans May Fight in Court,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 1 October 1923, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 10 March 2021).
  • “First Drink form Husband,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 16 July 1926, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 10 March 2021).
  • “Mrs. Robert F. Lakenan, Jr., Wins Divorce,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 5 November 1927, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 10 March 2021).

I also found an article about Leota Lorraine’s appearance in ‘The Turning Point’.

Leota Lakenan in Film Here Next Week
Leota Crider Lakenan, film actress and former Kansas City girl, appears as a principal in a photoplay to be featured at the New Royal theater next week. Mrs. Lakenan, whos screen name is Loretta Lorraine, plays in support of Katherine McDonald, motion picture star, in a production entitled “The Turning Point,” from the novel by Robert W. Chambers.
Mrs. Lakenan has been doing pictures for four years. She attended Westport high school, Missouri university and dramatic school in Chicago. She has played supports for several stars and leads in Charles Ray’s comedies.
A few months ago she was married in Los Angeles to Robert Lakenan, jr. former Kansas City club man. Mr. Lakenan served in the war as a captain in the 35th division. Mr. and Mrs. Lakenan are keeping house in Hollywood Cal., and it is reported Mr. Lakenan has interests in western film concern.
Mrs. Lakenan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Crider,Thirty-fifth street and Robert Gillham road. They are spending the summer with their daughter in Hollywood. Mr. Crider is a member of the Lee Livestock Commission firm in the city.

Thanks to my curiosity about the words “film actress” in the marriage announcement, I have learned a lot about my cousin, Leota Lorraine Crider Lakenan.

Crider Brothers

Do you ever ‘stumble upon’ a piece of information that leads to an interesting tidbit of a community’s history? That’s what happened when I was working the leaf hints on my Ancestry tree for the descendants of my 3rd great grandfather, Zebulon Foster.

The hint lead to the obituary of Mrs. Anna N. Crider, widow of Zebulon F. Crider. Even though Zebulon F. Crider is my first cousin 3 times removed, I did not know much about him other than that he was the son of Rachel Foster and grandson of Zebulon Foster. It was Anna’s obituary that mentioned the Crider Commission Company.

Mrs. Anna N. Crider
Widow of Commission Firm Executive Dies in Butler, Mo
Mrs. Anna N. Crider, 84 years old, a long-time resident of Kansas City, died yesterday at a nursing home in Butler, Mo. where she had lived for the last several months.
She was the widow of Zebulon F. Crider, until his death in 1913, the president of the Crider Commission company here. She was born in Hannibal, Mo., and had lived here most of her life, with the exception of a few years spent in St. Louis. Mrs. Crider was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She leaves two nieces Mrs. Ira Peterson, 4316 the Paseo and Mrs. Elmer Kensuick, Los Angeles.
Funeral services will beheld at 10 o’clock Wednesday at the Newcomer chapel.

“Mrs. Anna N. Crider,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 9 October 1951, page 32; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 March 2021).

Curious about the Crider Commission Company, I did some ‘googling’ to find that it was actually called the Crider Brothers Commission Company located in the stock yards of Kansas City, Missouri. The officers of the company included Zeb F. Crider, President, S. P. Crider, Vice-President and C. P. Crider, Treasurer. The company sold cattle, hogs and sheep on consignment.

Armed with death dates, I then went searching for obituaries for these brothers. Zebulon’s obituary is the most informative of the three.

A Pioneer Stockman Dead
Zeb F. Crider Had Spent Twenty-Eight Years in Business Here
Zebulon Foster Crider, 56 years old, president of the Crider Brothers Live Stock Commission Company of Kansas City, died at noon yesterday at the German Hospital, where he had been sick for eight weeks.
Mr. Crider came to Kansas City from Chicago twenty-eight years ago. Prior to that time he had been engaged in the live stock business at the Union Stock Yards. He has been one of the leading factors in making Kansas City the second largest live stock market in the world.
He was born on a farm in Warren County, Indiana, September 1, 1857. He attended the common schools in his county until 16 years old, when he entered the Grand Prairie Seminary at Onarga, Ill., graduating from there in 1877. The next eight years he spent in Chicago. He was married while there.
Mr. Crider was a member of Temple Lodge, No. 295, A.F> and A.M. Oriental Chapter, No. 102, the Council Oriental Commandery, No. 35. He was a thirty-second degree Mason and a Shriner. He was also a charter member of the Kansas City Live Stock Exchange. At his request the Scottish Rite Masons will conduct the funeral service at Scottish Rite Hall, Fifteenth Street and Troost Avenue at 9 o’clock Tuesday night. Burial will be private and at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Crider is survived by the widow and a son, George, 16 years old; his mother in Onarga, Ill.; his sisters, Mrs. Mollie I Whipple, Lecompton, Kas.; Mrs. Dora E. Van Nest, Lawrence, Kas.; Mrs. Minnie B. Anderson, Donovon, Ill., and his brothers, S. P. Crider 2208 Olive Street, and C. P. Crider, 3217 Washington Street, Kansas City.

“A Pioneer Stockman Dead,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 19 May 1913, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 March 2021).

Charles Crider’s obituary provides less information about the Crider Brothers Commission Company. However, it does provide a couple of clues for learning more about their lives as ‘commission men.’

Charles P. Crider Dead
End Comes to Commission Man After Several Months’ Illness
Charles P. Crider, 63 years old, 3640 Pennsylvania avenue, president of the Crider Brothers Commission Company, died today at St. Joseph’s hospital after an illness of several months.
Mr. Crider was a veteran member of the Kansas City Livestock Exchange, and was one of the most widely known commission men in Kansas City. He was a charter member of the Kansas City Athletic Club, a member of the Hoof and Horn Club and Temple lodge No. 299, A. F. and A. M.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ethel Crider, a son, Charles P. Crider, jr. and a daughter, Esther Crider of the home; three sisters Mrs. C. W. Anderson, Onarga, Ill,; Mrs. H. G. Van Neste and Mrs M. E. Whipple, both of Lawrence, Kas.
Funeral service will be at 3 o’clock Monday at the Newcomer chapel and burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

“Charles P. Crider Dead,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 20 February 1926, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 March 2021).

The obituary for Samuel Crider was even less informative.

Crider – Samuel Crider, 63 years old, died today at Castle Rest Home, 9600 Van Horn road. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Nancy Crider, Berkeley hotel, 315 West Thirty-eighth street; two dauthers, Miss Bess Crider, Berkeley hotel, and Mrs. Robert F. Lakeman, Hollywood, Cal., and a brother C. P. Crider, 3610 Pennsylvania avenue.

“Deaths in Greater Kansas City,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 2 February 1926, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 March 2021).

An advertisement in the 26 January 1900 issue of the Kansas City Star not only provide a market report but also insight into the workings of the Crider Brothers Commission Company.

“Crider Brothers Commission Company,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 26 January 1900, page 8; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 4 March 2021).

As I was researching the Crider Brothers Commission Company and the Kansas City Stockyards, I found that the Kansas City Public Library received a grant to process a collection of historical documents from the Kansas City Stockyard. The post, Kansas City Cattle King: Relics of the Stockyards, provides additional information on this project.

Mary Foster Crawford

1.  Mary Foster13 was born on 28 Aug 1842 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States.413 She was the child of Zebulon Foster and Caroline Ostrander.12

     Mary Foster was listed in the household of Zebulon Foster on the 1850 census in Warren County, Indiana. According to the census, Mary was 8 years old and born in Indiana..1415 Mary Foster was listed in the household of Zebulon Foster on the 1860 census in Warren County, Indiana. According to the census, Mary was 17 years old..16

     She married Washington Marion Crawford on 4 Mar 1860 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States.8,12,1725

     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 Cavlary, also known as “Harris Light Horse”.26

     On on 18 Dec 1862, Ida Kate Crawford was born in in Warren, Indiana, United States.12

      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..2627

     On on 15 Apr 1866, Judson Foster Crawford was born in in Warren, Indiana, United States.12 On on 10 Feb 1870, Carrie A Crawford was born in in Warren, Indiana, United States. On on 22 Dec 1871, Lida A Crawford was born in in Warren, Indiana, United States.12

     Mary Crawford was listed as the wife of Marion Crawford on the 1880 census in Warren County, Indiana. According to the census, Mary was 37 years old and born in Indiana..28 On on 29 Oct 1881, Nelson Garfield Crawford was born in in Warren, Indiana, United States.12

     She lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States in 1884.12 M Crawford was listed as a 38 year old white female born in Indiana  in the household of M Crawford in the 1885 census living in Dodge City, Kansas. Also living in the household were Ida K Crawford, J. F. Crawford, C A. Crawford, L A Crawford and N G Crawofrd. Likely boarders included R Briggs, L A. Beardsley, Robt Findley, J. D. Roy and J. J. Edwards.29

     Mary witnessed the death of Carrie A Crawford on 20 Jul 1886 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.3038 She purchased Lot 37 of the Prairie Grove Cemetery Association in May 1889 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.3941

     She witnessed the death of Washington Marion Crawford on 23 Aug 1889 in Fort Dodge, Ford, Kansas, United States.12,19,23,35,40,4251 Mary lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 5 Sep 1889.52 She received pension for her husband’s service during the civil war on 23 Nov 1889 in Kansas.53 She  purchased a lot in Lewis Post No. 294 G.A. R. Cemetery on 24 Jan 1893 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.40

     Mary Crawford was listed as a 52 year old white female boardinghouse owner who was born in  Indiana on the 1895 Kansas census living in Dodge City. Also listed in the household were Lyda Crawford, a 23 year old female and Nelson Crawford, a 13 year old male. Boarders in the household included Edward Millard, Carrie Millard, Stanley Millard, Harry Leidigh and Fred Dawson.54 Mary registered to vote in 1897 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.55 In 1899 she operated a boarding house in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.56

     Mary Crawford was listed on the 1900 US Census as the head of household. According to the census, Mary was born Aug 1843 in Indiana. Thus she was 57 years old at the time. She was listed as a widow. Also living in the household was her son, Nelson Crawford.57 In Mar 1901, she was a member of the Home Missionary Society serving as president in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.58 In Aug 1901 Mary had rooms for rent at the corner of 2d Ave and Elm Street in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.59 She had two furnished rooms for rent on 2 Oct 1902 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.60 Mary Crawford was listed as a 62 year old female head of household who was born in Indiana on the 1905 Kansas census living in Dodge City, Kansas. Also living in the household was 21 year old Nelson Crawford. Probably boarders in the household were C M Sumwalt, Grace Sumwalt and Clare Sumwalt.61 She lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States in 1906.62

     Mary  sold by warranty deed to Peter Hinemann for $2000 the SE 1/4 Sect 31 Twp 28 Range 26 on 18 Oct 1907 in Ford, Kansas, United States.40 She sold land being lot 6 of block 47 on 30 Jan 1909 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States to Nelson Garfield Crawford.40

     Mary Crawford was listed as a 67 year old widowed head of household who was born in Indiana on the 1910 census in Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas. Also living in the household was a 24 year old female border, Mary Jones.63

     She witnessed the marriage of George James Allen and Bernice Crawford on 10 Nov 1911 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.6466

     Mary Crawford was listed as a 72 year old head of household who was born in Indiana on the 1915 Kansas census living in Dodge City, Kansas.6768 Mary lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 1 Mar 1919.69 Mary Crawford was listed as a 77 year old widowed head of household who was born in Indiana on the 1920 census in Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas. Mary Crawford was living at 911 Second Street. Also listed at that address were Charles and Leona Ramsey..7072

     She  visited West Lebanon, Indiana in Sep 1920.73

     She lived at 911 2nd in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States in 1924.74 Mary Crawford as an 82 year old female head of household who was born in Indiana on the 1925 Kansas census living in Dodge City, Kansas.75

     Mary died on 21 Jan 1929 at the age of 86 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.6,1213,35,7682 She was buried on 23 Jan 1929 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.35,76,8384

        1. 1895 Kansas Census, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, Kansas state census, [CivilDivision], [ED], [PageID], [HouseholdID], [Person]; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : [AccessType] [AccessDate]); Kansas State Historical Society. [FileNumber]

        2. , 1905 Kansas State Census, , , . (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), Ford Co. page 43, line 1, dwelling #295, family #319 (Doc. #: CRAWFORD.CEN.006).

        3. 1925 Kansas Census, Ford County Kansas, [CivilDivision], [ED], [PageID] Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], [HouseholdID], [Person]; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : [AccessType] [AccessDate]). [FileNumber]

        4. Tombstone, Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City Kansas read by Marcia Philbrick, 1996, Mary Crawford tombstone  (CRAWFORD.KS.150)

        5. Crawford, Mary, death certificate #229 880 (23 January 1929), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

        6. Illustriana Kansas (: , 1933)

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

        8. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 7.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        9. Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1925 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1925_49; Line: 28.

        10. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; Roll: ks1915_88; Line: 27.

        11. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1895 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: v115_48; Line: 7.

        12. “Death Message,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 26 January 1929, page 11; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2019).

        13. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 19 December 2020), memorial for Mary Foster Crawford (1842-1929), Find a Grave Memorial no. #110358672, created by Marcia Philbrick, citing Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Tim Tompkins, Mary Foster Crawford.

        14. 1850, Warren County Indiana, Population Schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, Page 6 Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], family 56, Zebulon Foster; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432

        15. 1850, Warren County Indiana, Population Schedule, [CivilDivision:Abbrev], [ED], [PageID], [HouseholdID:Abbrev], [Person].[FileNumber]

        16. 1860 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Jordan Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 23, household 161, Washington Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653

        17. Certified Copy of Marriage License, Warren County, Indiana, Washington M Crawford / Mary Foster.

        18. Indiana WPA, compiler, Index to Marriage Records Warren County, Indiana 1853-1920 (: , 1939), book 4, page 377 (Crawford.IN.042).

        19. “Warren Republican”, (Warren County Indiana), Obituary of Marian Crawford 5 Sept 1889;

        20. Marriage Record, (Crawford.IN.094).

        21. 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 : viewed online 2005.

        22. Washington M. Crawford, Military and pension record of Washington M. Crawford (: U.S. Government), Affidavit of Cobrath Hall.

        23. Washington Marion Crawford family, The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments with the Apocrypha (Philadelphia: John Edwin Ptter, 1865); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS. Hereinafter cited as Family Bible Washington M. Crawford.

        24. “Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017), Washington Crawford.

        25. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (December 2018), Mary Foster.

        26. Washington M. Crawford, Military and pension record of Washington M. Crawford, (Crawford.Washington.Notebook).

        27. Washington M. Crawford, Military and pension record of Washington M. Crawford, Affidavit of James A Miller.

        28. 1880 U.S. Census, Williamsport, Warren, Indiana, population schedule, Washington Township, SD 4, ED 64, page 20 Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], household 223, Marion Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2016); NARA microfilm publication T9

        29. 1885 Kansas State Census, Ford County, Kansas, Kansas state census, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, Page 23, household 6, M Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        30. Tombstone, Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City Kansas read by Marcia Philbrick, 1996, Carrie A. Crawford tombstone  (CRAWFORD.Washington.NOTEBOOK).

        31. Obituary, Dodge City Democrat, Dodge City, KS, 24 July 1886, Page 3, col 3, (Doc. #: Crawford.KS.015).

        32. Tombstone, Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City Kansas read by Marcia Philbrick, 1996, (Doc. Crawford.KS.151).

        33. “Miss Carrie Crawford …,” digital image, Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 22 July 1886; digital image, Chronicling America (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : viewed online April 2017).

        34. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online November 2016), memorial for Carrie A. Crawford (?-1886), Find a Grave Memorial no. #112673752,

        35. Database, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current.

        36. “Dust to Dust,” obituary Carrie Crawford, Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 27 July 1886, page 5; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

        37. “Miss Carrie Crawford,” page 4.

        38. “Dust to Dust,” The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 27 July 1886, page 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

        39. “Real Esate Transfers,” page 2.

        40. Ford County Kansas, , [VolumePage]; [ItemOfInterest], [RecordDate]; Register of Deeds, Dodge City Kansas.

        41. , “”, Treesearcher : April 1967, vol. 9 no. 2.

        42. Tombstone, Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City Kansas read by Marcia Philbrick, 1996, Marion Crawford tombstone  (CRAWFORD.Washington.NOTEBOOK).

        43. Dropped Dead, Ford County Republican, Dodge City, Kansas, Aug 21 1889, Aug. 21, 1889, vol. 3 no. 43,.

        44. Obituary, Dodge City Times, Dodge City, KS, 29 Aug 1889, 5, col. 4 (Crawford.Washington.Notebook).

        45. Report of Coroner’s Inquest in death of Washington M. Crawford: Report of Coroner’s Inquest (Crawford.Washington.Notebook), (23 Aug 1889). Hereinafter cited as Coroner’s Inquest Death of Washington M. Crawford.

        46. “United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/DGS-004763357_00251?cc=1913388 : accessed 12 February 2016), Cooper, A. D. – Dery, Edward > image 251 of 876; citing NARA microfilm publication M1845 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

        47. Resolution, Dodge City Times, Dodge City, KS, 29 Aug 1889, 5, (Crawford.Washington.Notebook).

        48. Ancestry.com, Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1861-1904 (Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007), The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Card Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, ca. 1879-ca. 1903; NAI Number: 616171; Record Group: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General; Record Group Number: 92; Series Number: M1845; Roll: 5.

        49. “Mustered Out,” The National Tribune (Washington, District of Columbia), 17 October 1889; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online February 2019).

        50. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online March 2019), memorial for Washington Marion Crawford (1838-1889), Find a Grave Memorial no. #110358581,

        51. Ford County Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 21 August 1889, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

        52. “Zebulon Foster,” Obituary, The Warren Republican,  (Warren County, Indiana), 19 September 1889; Public Member Story, kygranny_1, submitter,  linked to Zebulon Foster, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com,  posted 31 Jan 2012.

        53. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Crawford, Mary, 1889 Nov 23; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018).

        54. 1895 Kansas Census, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, Kansas state census, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, page 34, household 266, Mrs Mary Crawford.

        55. “Voters Register, 1886-1902,” ; microfilm, page 27; Records of the City of Dodge City, Kansas 1875-1928; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas. 1897 Ladies.

        56. “Local Brevities,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 26 January 1899, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

        57. 1900 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, ED 49, Sheet 1B Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], household 273, Mary Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T623

        58. [ArticleTitle], Dodge City Globe Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), Dodge City, Kansas, [Date], [Page], 14 March 1901 page 5 col. 4 (Crawford.KS.129).

        59. “Local,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 29 August 1901, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online April 2018).

        60. Local News, Dodge City Globe Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), Dodge City, Kansas, October 2, 1902, page 5, (Doc. #: CRAWFORD.KS.139).

        61. 1905 Kansas State Census, Ford County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], image 28 of 42, Mary Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : vieewd online October 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        62. “Watseka Republican”, (Watseka, Illinois), “Obituary of Mrs. Harriet Foster Fleming” 7 March 1906;

        63. 1910 U.S. Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Ward 3, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, Ed 46, sheet 11B, household 16, Mary Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017); NARA microfilm publication T624

        64. Crawford, Judson F., Judson F. Crawford Family Bible (: , ); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, photocopy in Crawford.Washington.Notebook. Hereinafter cited as Family Bible Judson F. Crawford.

        65. Dodge City Globe Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), Dodge City, Kansas, 16 Nov 1911, page 5, col. 1 (Doc. #: Crawford.KS.013).

        66. Ford County Kansas Marriage Records: License Book 1903-1912 p447 / Affidavit Book C p 447, Ford County Clerk, Dodge City, Kansas

        67. Dodge City Directory (: ), 1915-1916 Vol. 1, p.39

        68. 1915 Kansas State Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, page 33 Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], household 254, Crawford Mary; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        69. Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, [ItemofInterest], [RecordDate]; database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : [AccessType] [AccessDate]). Original Source: Kansas State Board of Agriculture.

        70. , Etrick’s Directory of Ford County 1920 (Dodge City, Kansas: Etrick Printery, 1920), ; digital image, Heritage Quest (interactive.ancestryheritagequest.com : accessed ). (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), viewed online; September 2016; 27; Crawford.

        71. 1920 U.S. Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, ED 55, sheet 5B Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], household 127, Mary Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

        72. “Injury Fatal to M. R. Crawford”, Dodge City Journal, (Dodge City Kansas), 29 July 1920, p. 1 col. 1; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

        73. “Local News,” West Lebanon Gazette (West Lebanon, Indiana), 30 September 1929, page 1; digital image, Newspaper Archives (www.newspaperarchive.com : viewed online August 2019).

        74. Ford County (Kansas) Directory (: , ), 1924, City of Dodge City (Doc. #: Crawford.KS.008).2

        75. 1925 Kansas Census, Ford County Kansas, Dodge City, page 4 (image 92 of 202), 911 2nd, Mary Crawford.

        76. Tombstone, Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City Kansas read by Marcia Philbrick, 1996, Mary Crawford tombstone  (CRAWFORD.KS.151).

        77. Dodge City Daily Globe, , “Funeral Wednesday for Mrs. Crawford” 22Jan 1929, page 1, col. 3.

        78. [Name], [Jurisdiction] death certificate [CertificateNo] ([Date]).

        79. Hulpieu Swaim Funeral Home Records [Dodge City, Kansas] (: ), 1926-1930  (Crawford.KS.075)

        80. “Dodge City Journal”, (Dodge City, Kansas), “Mr. Mary Crawford, Pioneer Is Dead,” 24 Jan 1929;

        81. “Death Comes Suddenly to Mother of Dodge Postmaster,” obituary, Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kansas), 22 January 1929; online image, MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com : viewed online May 2016).

        82. “Attica,”  Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 28 January 1929, page 7; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2019).

        83. Computer Printout for Maple Grove Cemetery (Dodge City, KS: Dodge City, Kansas, 5/29/1985), Record #13017 Z2, Lot 7 Block 60 WGAR (Crawford.KS.080)

        84. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Mary Foster Crawford (1842-1929), Find a Grave Memorial no. #110358672,

Created from RootsMagic’s Narrative Report

My Ahnentafel

It’s almost the new year and time again for resolutions. Perhaps you’ve attempted Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over or Amy Johnson Crowe’s ’52 Ancestors’ blog prompts or for the super ambitious, the Genealogy Photo a Day challenge? In the past 5 years, I believe I have started all of these — but finished none.

Randy Seaver’s recent blog post, Dear Randy, How Do You Make that Descendant List in Your ’52 Ancestors’ Posts?, prompted me to review my blogging to see how far I got with blogging about my ancestors.

To start, I used RootsMagic to create an Ahnentafel chart showing my ancestors. Then I searched my blog to see what I have written about those ancestors.

I’m happy to admit that I have successfully blogged about my 3rd and 4th generation ancestors. However, this review also shows that I wasn’t successful with my 5th generation, all of whom I have already researched.

Generation 3

4. Leon Russel Crawford: born 6 Feb 1894 in Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States; married 24 Dec 1919 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 3 Oct 1976 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs:

5. Winnie Letha Currey: born 30 Jun 1903 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; died 11 Feb 1992 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

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

Blogs

7. Pauline Edith Mentzer: born 28 Mar 1896 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 16 Jul 1984 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

Generation 4

8. Judson Foster Crawford: born 15 Apr 1866 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 24 Dec 1890 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 19 Feb 1949 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

9. Josie Winifred Hammond: born 9 Feb 1874 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 27 Sep 1954 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

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

Blogs

11. Winnie Mae Hutchinson: born 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States; died 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

12. Edward Grant Briles: born 18 Jul 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 19 Feb 1890 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 23 Jul 1951 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

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

Blogs

14. Charles Oliver Mentzer: born 1 Jul 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; married 18 Oct 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 15 Aug 1955 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

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

                Blogs

Generation 5

16. Washington Marion Crawford: born 21 Apr 1838 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 4 Mar 1860 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 23 Aug 1889 in Ford, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

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

Blogs

18. Richmond Fisk Hammond: born 20 Nov 1840 in Licking, Ohio, United States; married 1 Jan 1867 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 8 Apr 1928 in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Blogs

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

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

Blogs

21. Angelina Jane Burke: born 30 Oct 1836 in Kentucky, United States; died 26 Mar 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

22. Albert Hutchinson: born abt 1838 in Northhampton, Fulton County, New York; married 14 Sep 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States; died 22 Jul 1896 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

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

24. Noah Washington Briles: born 1840 in Randolph County, North Carolina; married 9 Aug 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States; died 14 Jul 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

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

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

Blogs

27. Rachel Elmeda Christy: born 28 Apr 1845 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 27 Jan 1927 in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.

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

Blogs

29. Emeline Minnick: born 6 Aug 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; died 13 Sep 1927 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

30. Thurston Kennedy Wells: born 26 Feb 1821 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; married 20 Mar 1861 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States; died 3 Jun 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

31. Salome Adell Crandall: born 24 Jun 1836 in Ohio, United States; died 30 Aug 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

In my defense, I have a LOT of blog posts about my research of the various Crawford families in early Lincoln, Madison and Garrard counties, Kentucky. However, I haven’t done as well with my own ancestors. I guess one of my goals for 2021 should be to create blog posts for each of these 5th generation ancestors. Hopefully, that is one goal that I can accomplish!

Light Bulb Find

Do you get ‘light bulb’ hints? Since I have my RootsMagic software connected to my Ancestry tree, I get a yellow ‘light bulb’ next to someone’s name whenever there is a new Ancestry hint.

When I opened the software today, I had several of those hints sprinkled thru the first 5 generations of my tree. One of those light bulbs was for my great-great grandmother, Mary Foster Crawford.

That ‘hint’ was a link to a ‘story’ posted by another researcher. That story appears to be an obituary clipping from an unknown source.

I’m guessing that unknown source was the West Lebanon newspaper. I

Hoping to find the obituary online, I checked Newspapers.com. I didn’t find an obituary to ‘match’ the story, but I found a version that is close.

Death Message
Word was received of the death
of Mrs. Mary Foster Crawford, 86,
of Dodge City, Kas., a former res-
ident of this place, who passed
away at her home form complica-
tions. Mrs. Crawford was born
in Warren County, August 28,
1842 three miles northwest of this
city, on what is now the George
Astell farm, and was the fifth
child of Zebulon and Caroline Os-
trander Foster, pioneer residents
residents who same from Ohio to
Warren County in 1833. She was
married to Marion Crawford,
March 4, 1860. If 1884 Mr. and
Mrs. Crawford moved to Dodge
City, Kas. Mr. Crawford was a
Civil war veteran and died Au-
gust 23, 1889. Surviving are four
children. Mrs. Ida Sherman, of
Tacoma, Wash.; Mrs. Lida Lighter,
of Rolla, Mo., and Judson and Nel-
son Crawford of Dodge City, Kas.
She was a member of the M.E.
Church. Burial in cemetery at
Dodge City.

“Death Message,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 26 January 1929, page 11; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2019).

I checked the Library of Congress newspaper database to see if there was a West Lebanon, Indiana newspaper online. I did find the West Lebanon newspaper on NewspaperArchives.com. Unfortunately, I did not find the 1929 edition of the newspaper online. 

This little light bulb hint and my search led me to a copy of an obituary that I had not seen before! Thanks to the original poster of the ‘story’ on Ancestry and thanks Ancestry for suggesting the story to me!

Little Clue

My husband and I recently returned from a two-day research trip to the Midwest Genealogical Library in Independence, Missouri.

This was a chance to immerse ourselves in a large collection of books related to genealogy and history. During this trip, I was hoping to find little clues buried in what are often called ‘mug books’. These ‘mug books’ are county histories that also contain biographies. Many genealogists are cautious about the use of these biographies since the families sometimes ‘glorified’ the information they submitted to these histories.

Even though I’m aware of their common name, I’ve often found ‘little clues’ in these county histories. Thus, I was hoping to find such histories for several counties in Missouri and Indiana so I could gleam tidbits to help with my Crawford research.

Unfortunately, I only found a few of these histories. One source that I did find was for Collin County, Texas. Collin County is where Mary Anna Crawford, wife of Milton Merriwhether Foster and her daughter, Susan Jane Foster Hunter Stimson died.

The information I found was about the Stimson family. It did not provide a lot of specific details. However, it does identify a child of Susan Jane Foster Hunter Stimson that I did not have in my database.

Collin County Pioneering in North Texas
by Capt. Roy F. Hall and Helen Gibbard Hall
c1975, 1994
Published 1994 by
Heritage Books, Inc.
Bowie, MD

page 299
Stimson Family

Erasmus Stimson who had been born in England, April 14, 1762 came to America and settled in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He and his wife, Lucy had seven children. Their youngest was Isaac who was born January 30, 1799, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Isaac and his wife Rachel first moved to Kentucky, then to Texas. They had twelve children born from 1819 to 1839. They were, in order of their births, Edward C., Martha J., Amanda P.F., Abigail O., Daniel M., Maryan E., Isaac W., Lucy F., Rachel B., Soerateas H. Clemantine P. and Josea F. They cam to Texas with the Abston family The two families were slave owners and it is believed that they migrated to Texas to find a more favorable climate for slave ownership. On August 15, 1864, Sarah Abston paid taxes on fourteen slaves. Isaac Stimson paid taxes on eight slaves. His son, Daniel M. Stimson paid taxes on two slaves. John Abston, who was very old at the time of the migration, had fought in the American Revolution at the Battle of Kings Mountain. He is buried in the Abston Cemetery (or Elias Belew Cemetery one mile north of Lavon). The fifth child of Isaac and Rachel Stimson was Daniel M., born April 26, 1827. He first married Sarah F. Abston, a daughter of John. They had six children, John W., Isaac P., Rachel A., Sarah O.J., Dan and Jim. After Sarah’s death, Daniel M. married Susan Foster Hunter, They had one child, Rufus. After Susan’s death, he married Mary Hewitt who was teaching school in Rockwall. They had two children, Nora who married A. P. Barry from Georgia and Fannie Belle who married William Francis Boyd, son of Mordicia M. and grandson of Joseph Boyd.

One little clue. One little clue that identifies a child. One little clue that adds a descendant to this family.

I will keep digging – one little clue at a time.

Revolutionary Ancestors

Were any of your ancestors in the colonies prior to the American Revolution? If so, have you tried to identify ancestors who may have fought in the Revolutionary War?

Since I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), I already knew that one of my ancestors provided patriotic service during the war: Nathaniel Hammond of Connecticut.

I had also started collecting documentation to prove William Buckles on my mother’s side of my tree. 

Beyond that, I didn’t know which of my ancestors might have served. Thus, I needed to create a list of ancestors who might have served so that I could research them in Fold3 and the DAR databases. 

To create a list of potential people, I needed to know who was of the appropriate age to serve. I found a wiki on FamilySearch that lists various wars and suggests ‘Ages of Servicemen in Wars.’ 

Using that information, I was able to create a marked group of those whose
     Birth date is after 1715 AND  Birth date is before 1767

Using this group, I created a custom report to list the names, birth dates and birth places. (Note: I should have added the death date and death place to my report.) 

I saved the report as a text file so that I could open it in Excel.

When I opened the text file in Excel, I had almost 270 individuals in my list.

Since this list was NOT limited to ancestors, I had to manually figure out who on the list was an ancestor. 

To help identify those ancestors, I created a marked group in RootsMagic for my ancestors. This allowed me to have an alphabetical list of ancestors in RootsMagic and compare it to the list of potential revolutionary war ancestors in my Excel spreadsheet.

After marking the ancestors on my list of potential revolutionary war people, I was down to 20 names.

I then looked up those 20 names using the DAR Ancestor Search site. 
Of my 20 ancestors of the appropriate age to have served, only five of them had service information in the DAR database. An additional 2 men were in the DAR database, but their service information is questionable. 
Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestors

Potential Patriot Ancestors – DAR designated ‘Must Prove’

Ancestors of Appropriate Age but NOT in DAR database

  • Richard Beckerdite
  • Frederick Briles (Broyles)
  • Theodore Hale
  • William Harding — LOYALIST
  • John Iglehart
  • John Ralston
  • John Ricketts
  • Benjamin Rush
  • Crafford Rush
  • James Story
  • Green Wells
  • Nathaniel Wells
  • Oliver White

Now that I have identified potential revolutionary war participants, I can watch for their names in county histories, court records and other documents. 

100 Years Ago

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

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

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

My Grandparents

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

My Great Grandparents

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

My Great-great grandparents

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