Stella Root Probate

Have you ever encountered a large probate file? In the papers my grandmother, Winnie Crawford, gave me was information regarding the estate of my great-grandmother’s sister, Stella Root. At some point, I wrote to Creek County, Oklahoma to request a copy of the probate file. And I received a 74 page file.

This probate file not only identifies Stella’s siblings, but also many of her husband’s nieces and nephews, along with mailing addresses.

Transcribed below are several pages from this file, including the will, the addresses and the final settlement.

Probate No. 5996
Stella M. Root, deceased
74 pages long

Jan 16, 1950

Creek County, Oklahoma
County Court

Jan. 16, 1950 – Before Hon. S. M. CUNNINGHAM, County Judge.
MR. JENNINGS If the Court please, petition was filed
by Mrs. Jos1e Crawford, sister of the deceased, asking for the probate of the will executed in 1927, and for the appointment of J. O. Edwards as administrator of the estate with the will annexed. The Exchange Trust Company was named in the will, and as your Honor remembers, it closed and became defunct years ago, and is no longer in business. Notice has been given pursuant to the order setting this cause for trial, and the proof of posting and mailing has been filed. No contest has been filed. The witnesses to the will are L.H. Childress, Mrs. Childress and M.L. Matson
Under the Statute, I take it that since there is no contest, one subscribing witness is sufficient.

Creek County, Oklahoma, Probate File, No. 5996 (16 January 1950), Stella Root, 30 December 1950; County Court, Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Last Will and Testament

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Last Will & Testament
of
Stella M. Root

I, Stella M. Root, of the City of Sapulpa, in Creek County, State of
Oklahoma, being now in good health, strength of body and mind, but sensible
of the uncertainty of this earthly life, and desiring to make disposition
of my property and affairs while in health and strength, do hereby make,
publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament, hereby
revoking and canceling all other or former wills by me at any time made.

I direct the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses

I give and device to my beloved niece, Pauline Alice Root, all of the oil, gas and mineral royalties or rights by me owned on, in and to the Southwest Quarter (SW1/4) of Section numbered Ten (10), Township Sixteen (16) North, Range Eleven (11) East, in Creek County, State of Oklahoma, and all of the personal property, wherever the same may be, of which I may die possessed, after the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses.

I give and devise tot he brothers and sisters of my late beloved husband, William P. Root, deceased, or to the children of such of said brothers or sisters as may be deceased, one half of all property remaining after the carrying out of the provisions of paragraphs numbered 1 and 2 hereof; it being my desire and intent that the above named Pauline Alice Root, shall take under this paragraph a proportion like unto that of her brothers and sister, in addition to the provision made for her herein in paragraph numbered 2 hereof.

All of the rest and residue of my estate I give and devise, in equal proportions, to the following named persons:
My beloved Father, R. F. Hammond
My beloved brother, Clyde N. Hammond, of Dodge City, Kansas
My beloved sister, Mrs. Nellie E. Bleecker of Scott city, Kansas
My beloved sister, Mrs. Josie Crawford, of Dodge City, Kansas

Provided: that in the event that my said Father, R. F. Hammond, does not survive me, then his share above provided for shall be and go in equal proportions to my above named brother and sisters, or their heirs.

I hereby appoint and designate Exchange Trust Company, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, sole executor of this, my last will and testament.

In Witness Whereof, I, Stella M. root, have to this my last will and testament, consisting of one sheet of paper, subscribed my name this 29th day of August, 1927.
(sgd) Stella M. Root

Subscribed by Stella M. Root in the presence of each of us, the undersigned, and at the same time declared by her to us to be her last will and testament, and we, thereupon, at the request of Stella M. Root, in her presence and in the presence of each other, sign our names hereto as witnesses this 29th day of August, 1927.

(sgd) Ethel Childress
L. H. Childress
W. L. Matson

Creek County, Oklahoma, Probate File, No. 5996 (16 January 1950), Stella Root, 30 December 1950; County Court, Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Proof of Mailing and Posting

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In the County Court of Creek County,
State of Oklahoma
In the Matter of the Estate of
Stella M. Root, Deceased
Number 5996 Probate

Proof of Mailing and Posting

George H. Jennings, being first duly sworn, says, that he is the attorney
for the petitioner in the above entitled cause, and that on the 4th day of
January, 195, a duplicate original of the foregoing notice herein, was, by
him, enclosed in envelopes separately addressed to each of the following named
persons at the respective addresses set forth opposite their names, as follows:

George Root, Portland Oregon;
Dewey Johnson, Rt. 1, Box 583, Ft. Collins, Colorado;
Gertrude Cocksey, 195 west 29th, National City, California;
Walter Edwin Root, 416 Lincoln Street, Santa Cruz, California;
Maud Nelson, 423 Euclid Avenue, Albuquerque, New Mexico;
Nellie Stavrous, 1213 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas;
Edith Hughes, 76 Roydon Road, New Haven, Connecticut;
Harold root, Elgin, Kansas;
Pauline Gibson, 411 South Main Street, Sapulpa, Oklahoma;
Georgie Glossip, 639 South Jefferson, Springfield, Missouri;
Estella Root, 76 Roydon Road, New Haven, Connecticut;
Nelle Be. Hardwick, 1817 South Boston, Tulsa 14, Oklahoma;
Ralph E. Bunyan, Pond Creek, Oklahoma;
Pearl Kolb, Pond Creek, Oklahoma;
Marjorie Saclwachter, Meeker, Oklahoma;
Myrtle Hills, Medford, Oklahoma;
Dorothy Bunyan, 210 Arcadia Place, San Antonia 9, Texas;
Clyde N. Hammond, 151 7th Avenue, North Payette, Idaho; and
Nellie I. Bleecher, 3328 Thorn Street, sand Diego, California;

and the same were, on said date, deposited in the United States Post Office at
Sapulpa, Oklahoma, with postage thereon duly prepaid.

Affiant further says that on the 4th day of January, 1950, he posted a duplicate original of said notice in each of the following places in Creek County, Oklahoma; one on the bulletin board in the lobby of the Court House; one on the bulletin board n the lobby of the Clayton Building; and one on the bulletin board in the lobby of the Berryhill Building, all in the city of Sapulpa.
[George Jennings]
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 16 day of January, 1950
Leela Wetchel
Deputy Clerk
My Commission expires:

Creek County, Oklahoma, Probate File, No. 5996 (16 January 1950), Stella Root, 30 December 1950; County Court, Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Final Settlement

Page 68
In the County Court of Creek County,
State of Oklahoma
In the Matter of the Estate of
Stella Root, Deceased
Number 5996 Probate

Final Decree

This cause comes on to be heard on this 30th day of December, 1950, pursuant to the order entered herein on November 30, 1950, and to the order entered herein on December 21, 1950, and it appearing to the court that due notice of the settlement of the final account of J. O. Edwards, administrator with the will annexed of the estate of Stella Root, deceased, has been given as required by said order, and according to law; and the court having examined the final account of said administrator, and the vouchers produced by him, and having examined said administrator under oath, and it appearing to the court that the said J. O. Edwards, as such administrator, has well and truly accounted for every part of said estate, and there being no objections, and the court being fully advised:
It is ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court that the accounts of said J. O. Edwards, administrator, as aforesaid, be, and the same are hereby finally settled, allowed and adjusted by the court according to the terms and tenor of the final account of said administrator, as amended, on file herein, and distribution of said estate in accordance with the terms of the last will and testament of said Stella Root, deceased, is hereby ordered; and.
It appearing to the court on satisfactory proof and the evidence that the necessary expenses of the funeral and of the last illness of the deceased, and of the administration of said estate have been fully paid and satisfied;
and
It further appearing that no estate, inheritance or transfer tax is due to the State of Oklahoma from the waiver on file herein of the Oklahoma Tax Commission, and,

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It further appearing that said estate has been fully administered and is ready for distribution, and
It further appearing to the court that due notice of the application for a final decree and for the distribution of said estate, in accordance with the terms of the last will and testament of said deceased, has likewise been duly given as required by the order of this court, and according to law: and,
It further appearing to the court that said decedent died testate and that the residue of the estate consists of the following described real and personal property:
Real Estate
The South 6.7 feet of Lot Two (2), and the North 43.3 feet of Lot Three (3) in Block Ninety-Six (96) of the Original Townsite of the City of Sapulpa, Creek County, Oklahoma; and
An undivided one-fourth (1/4) interest in and to the East Halve (E2) of the Northwest Quarter (NW4) and the Northeast Quarter (NE4) of the Northeast Quarter (NE4) of the Northwest Quarter (NW4) of the Northwest quarter (NW4) of Section Twenty-Three (23), Township Nineteen (19) North, Range Nine (9) East, Creek County, State of Oklahoma; which said property is involved in cause number 27764 of the causes pending in the District Court of Creek County, Stat of Oklahoma; and
Personal Property
Household and kitchen furniture and effect located upon the premises first above described; and,
it appearing to the court that said administrator, at the date of the filing of his final account herein, had on hand in cash, the sum of Three Hundred Twenty-nine and 94/100 Dollars ($329.94), and that since said date, said administrator has paid: (a) the sum of twelve Dollars (412.00); (b) the sum of Seventeen and 94/100 Dollars ($17.94); as additional cost deposit herein: (c) the sum of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) for attorney fees, One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) as compensation for his services herein as such administrator; which said sum is, by the court, determined to be the reasonable compensation for said administrator.

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The Court further finds that under the terms of the last will and testament of said deceased, all of the personal property was bequeathed to Pauline Alice Root, now Gibson, and that all real estate belonging to said deceased was devised to the following named persons: (a) one-half interest therein to R. F. Hammond, Clyde N. Hammond, Nellie E. Bleecker and Josie W. Crawford, the father, brother and sisters, respectfully, of said deceased, said will providing that in the event said R. F. Hammond should predecease her, the said Stella Root, then his share should go, in equal portions, to the above named brother and sisters of such deceased; (b) one-half interest in and to said property being devised to the brothers and sister of William P. Root, deceased, or to the children of such of the brothers and sisters of the said William P. Root as may be deceased.
The court finds that the said R. F. Hammond died on April 8, 1928, during the lifetime of said deceased, and that an undivided on-half interest in the aforementioned and described real estate, and in and to all other ral estate belonging to said deceased, if any, should be distributed in equal shares, to the said Clyde N. Hammond, Nellie E. Bleecker and Josie W. Crawford.
The court further finds that the said William P. Root had two brothers and two sisters, namely: (a) George Root; (b) Edward Root; (c) Margaret Johnson; and (d) Mary Bunyan; George Root is now living; Edward Root died on June 14, 1914, and left the following named children, all of whom survived the said Stella Root, deceased: Gertrude Cooksey, Walter Edwin Root, Maud Nelson, Nellie Stavrous, Edith Hughes, Harold root, Pauline Alice Root, How Gibson, Georgia Glossip and Estella Root; Margaret Johnson died on May 30, 1942, leaving surviving a son Dewey Johnson, who survived the siad Stella Root; Mary Bunyan died on November 14, 1940, and left surviving the following named children, all of whom survived the said Stella Root: Nellie B. Hardwick, Ralph E. Bunyan, Pearl Kolb, Marjorie Sachwatcher, Myrtle Hills and Dorothy Bunyan, and that the interest so devised to the brothers and sisters of said William P. Root, deceased, or to the children of such brothers and sisters as may be deceased, should be distributed per stirpes and not per capita.

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It is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court that the aforementioned persons are the sole and only devisees under the terms of the last will and testament of said deceased, and that all of the aforementioned and described personal property, and all other personal property belonging to the said deceased, if any there be, be and the same is hereby ordered transferred, conveyed and assigned to the said Pauline Alice Root, now Gibson, and that the interest which said deceased owned in the above described real estate be, and the same is hereby ordered, transfered, vested, assigned and conveyed to the aforementioned persons in the proportions or shares set opposite their respective names, as follows: to Clyde N. Hammond, an undivided one-sixth interest; to Nellie E. Bleecker, an undivided one-sixth interest; to Josie W. Crawford, an undivided one-sixth interest; to George Root, an undivided one-eighth interest; to Gertrude Cooksey, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Walter Edwin Root, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Maud Nelson, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Nellie Starous, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Edith Hughes, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Harold Root, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Pauline Alice Root, now Gibson, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Georgia Glossip, an undivided one-seventy-second inteerest; to Estella Root, an undivided one-seventy-second interest; to Dewey Johnson, an undivided one-eighth interest; to Nelle B. Hardwick, an undivided one-forty-eighth interst; to Ralph E. Bunyan, an undivided one-forty-eighth interest; to Pearl Kolb, an undivided one-forty-eighth interest; to Marjorie Sachwatcher, an undivided one-forty-eight interst; to Myrtle Hlls, an undivided one-forty-eighth inters; and Dorothy Bunyan, an undivided one forty-eighth interest; to have and to hold the same to the above named persons in the proportions or shares above set forth forever
[S?] Cunningham
County Judge

Creek County, Oklahoma, Probate File, No. 5996 (16 January 1950), Stella Root, 30 December 1950; County Court, Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Horatio Hammond

Horatio Hammond was born on 24 Oct 1798 in Connecticut, United States.15 He was baptized on 23 Jul 1799 in Southington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States.6 About 1826, he  resided on a farm a mile west of in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.1 Horatio was listed on the tax rolls in 1826 in Medina, Ohio, United States.7 He was listed on the tax rolls in 1827 in Medina, Ohio, United States.8 He  along with Jonathan Hale were the first directors of public school  in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.1 Horatio was listed on the tax rolls in 1828 in Medina, Ohio, United States.9 On 2 Apr 1829, George M. Hammond was born in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.10 He lived in Medina, Medina, Ohio, United States on 1 Jul 1830.11 On 22 Dec 1830, Francis N. Hammond was born in Bath Township, Summit, Ohio, United States. He was listed on the tax rolls in 1833 in Medina, Ohio, United States.12 Horatio and Louisa his wife, Theodore Hammond and Mary Hammond his wife, and Lewis Hammond and Elenor Hammond his wife sold 50 acres of land in township of Bath of the 12 range to Eleazar King on 23 Aug 1833 in Medina, Ohio, United States.13 On 4 Sep 1833, Lucius J. Hammond was born in Bath Township, Summit, Ohio, United States.14 He was listed on the tax rolls in 1834 in Medina, Ohio, United States.15 He, along with Royal Hammond, operated a store about 1835 in Hammond’s Corners, Ohio.1 Horatio was listed on the tax rolls in 1835 in Medina, Ohio, United States.16 He was listed on the tax rolls in 1836 in Medina, Ohio, United States.17 On 17 Oct 1836, Cornelius Rosewell Hammond was born in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.18 He was listed on the tax rolls in 1837 in Medina, Ohio, United States.19 Horatio  purchased land being one acre in lot 25 of Bath township for $1000 from Theodore Hammond on 24 Apr 1837 in Medina, Ohio, United States.20 He sold land being in lot 14 in Bath township to Josiah Fowler on 17 May 1837 in Medina, Ohio, United States.21 On 3 Apr 1838, he  purchased land being lot 25 in Bath township in No 3 of the 12 range with his brothers Theodore and Lewis in Medina, Ohio, United States.22 Horatio  resided on 24 May 1839 in Alexandria, Licking, Ohio, United States where he engaged in milling flour and also had a saw mill.1 He lived in Saint Albans Township, Licking, Ohio, United States on 1 Jul 1840.23 He  purchased lot 15 being 41.52 acres in section 16 of township 13N Range 2E on 16 Oct 1847 in Illinois.24 Horatio migrated  in Jun 1848 to Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States.1 He  purchased lot 14 being 40 acres in section 16 township 13N Range 2E on 16 Oct 1848 in Illinois.25 He  purchased land being lot 16 in section 16 of township 13N in Range 2E on 16 Oct 1848 in Illinois.26 Horatio  purchased land being lot 9 of section 16 in township 1N of range 2E on 16 Oct 1848 in Illinois.27 He  purchased land being lot 13 SWSW of section 16 in township 13N of Rang 2E containing 41.69 acres on 18 May 1850 in Illinois, United States.28 He lived in Township 13N 1E, Knox County, Illinois on 1 Jul 1850.2930 Horatio was listed on the tax rolls in 1855 in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States.31 He lived in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States on 3 Jul 1855.32 He lived in Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States on 10 Jul 1860.33 Horatio was listed on the tax rolls in 1865 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States.34 He lived in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States on 25 Jul 1870.3536 He published a Hammond family genealogy in 1876 .1 Horatio signed a will on 1 Jul 1876 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States.37 He died on 7 Nov 1879 at the age of 81 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States.1,35,3840 He was buried on 8 Nov 1879 in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States.3,5,38 Horatio had his estate probated on 14 Nov 1879 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States.37

Horatio Hammond and Louisa Fisk were married on 14 Apr 1825 in Medina, Medina, Ohio, United States.12,4146 Louisa Fisk, daughter of Jonathan Fisk and Mary Arnold, was born on 5 Aug 1806 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.1,47 She was born on 16 Aug 1806 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.45 On 2 Apr 1829, George M. Hammond was born in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.10 On 22 Dec 1830, Francis N. Hammond was born in Bath Township, Summit, Ohio, United States. On 4 Sep 1833, Lucius J. Hammond was born in Bath Township, Summit, Ohio, United States.14 On 17 Oct 1836, Cornelius Rosewell Hammond was born in Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States.18 She lived in Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States in Jun 1848.41 Louisa lived in Township 13N 1E, Knox County, Illinois on 1 Jul 1850.30 She lived in Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States on 10 Jul 1860.33 She lived in Ontario Township, Knox, Illinois, United States on 25 Jul 1870.4849 Louisa died on 17 Aug 1874 at the age of 68 in Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States.12,5,45,47,5051 She was buried after 17 Aug 1874 at Ontario Cemetery in Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States.5,5051

ENDNOTES

1. History and Genealogies of the Hammond Families in America With an Account of the Early History of the Family in Normandy and Great Britain (Oneida, NY: Ryan & Burkhart, 1904)

2. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 for Horatio Hammond, Mrs. Sarah L Hammond Ayres, database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017).

3. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Horatio Hammond (1793-1879), Find a Grave Memorial no. #33038046, created by GenealogyNavigator, citing Ontario Cemetery, Ontario, Knox County, Illinois; accompanying photograph by GenealogyNavigator, Horatio Hammond.

4. “Obituary,” The Inter Ocean (Chicago, Illinois), 14 November 1879, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 March 2021).

5. Knox County Genealogical Society, Cemeteries in Knox County, Ontario township (Knoxville, IL: Knox County Genealogical Society, n.d.), page 71.

6. Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920, Horatio Hammond, 23 June 1799; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017). Original Source: Connecticut Church Records Index, Connecticut State Library.

7. Ohio, Medina. Tax Records 1822-1828.  Film #511796 DGS 4848988. Horatio Hammond, 1826 digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

8. Ohio, Medina. Tax Records 1822-1828.  Film #511796 DGS 4848988. Horatio Hammond, 1827 : page 22 (Image 509 of762); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

9. Ohio, Medina. Tax Records 1822-1828.  Film #611796 DGS 4848988. Horatio Hammond, 1828 : page 19; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

10. Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951.  Film #102902980. Geo M Hammond, 2 Aug 1911 database with images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 October 2020.

11. 1830 U.S. Census, Medina County Ohio, population schedule, Bath Township, Medina County, Ohio, page 210 (image 3 of 6), Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M19.

12. Ohio, Medina County. Tax records 1833-1836.  Film #511798 DGS 4848990. Horatio Hammond, 1833 : page 26 (image 32 of 768); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

13. Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871.  Film #475502 DGS 8150786. Horatio Hammond, 23 Aug 1833 Vol. G: page 493; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 1 May 2022.

14. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 25 March 2021), memorial for Lucius Jason Hammond (1833-1898), Find a Grave Memorial no. #87800586, created by Becky Doan, citing Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Becky Doan, Lucius Jason Hammond.

15. Ohio, Medina County. Tax records 1833-1836.  Film #511798 DGS 4848990. Horatio Hammond, 1834 : page 5 (Image 223 of 768); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

16. Ohio, Medina County. Tax records 1833-1836.  Film #511798 DGS 4848990. Horatio Hammond, 1835 : page 19; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

17. Ohio, Medina County. Tax records 1833-1836.  Film #511798 DGS 4848990. Horatio Hammond, 1836 : page 21; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

18. Oregon, State Deaths, 1864-1968, Cornelius Hammond, 15 December 1910; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 22 April 2022). Original Source: Oregon Death Records, 1864-1970; Oregon State Archives.

19. Ohio, Medina County. Tax Records 1837-1838.  Film #511799 DGS 4848991. Horatio Hammond, 1837 : page 20; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 25 April 2022.

20. Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871.  Film #475505 DGS 8097690. Horatio Hammond, 24 Apr 1837 Vol. N: page 32; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 1 May 2022.

21. Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871.  Film #475505 DGS 8097690. Horatio Hammond, 17 May 1837 Vol. N: Page 297; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 30 April 2022.

22. Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871.  Film #475506 DGS 8150789. Horatio Hammond, 3 Apr 1838 Vol. O: Page 405; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 30 April 2022.

23. 1840 U.S. Census, Licking County Ohio, population schedule, St Albans, Licking County, Ohio, ;age 68, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 29 March 2021); NARA microfilm publication M704.

24. “Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909, “Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Illinois, Vol. 819; page 176 viewed online (25 April 2022), Horatio Hammond.

25. “Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909, “Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Illinois, vol. 819; page 176accessed (25 April 2022), Horatio Hammond.

26. “Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909, “Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Illinois, Vol 819; page 176viewed online (25 April 2022), Horatio Hammond.

27. Ibid.

28. “Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909, “Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Illinois, Vol 819; page 175viewed online (25 April 2022), Horatio Hammond.

29. 1850 Agricultural Census, Knox County, Illinois, Agricultural Schedule, Knox County, Illinois, page 8453 Image 19 of 27, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017)

30. 1850 U.S. Census, Knox County, Illinois, population Schedule, Township 13N 1E, Knox County, Illinois, page 802 (image 15 of 16), family 1500, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 23 March 2020); NARA microfilm publication M432

31. Robison, Carley Ann and Margaret Jasperson. Knox County, Illinois 1855 Personal Property Tax List. (Galesburg, IL |N.p.: Knox County Genealogical Society |N.p., 197-? |N.d.) Film #977.349 R4. Hammond, 1855 : pages 45,; digitized copy, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 May 2022.977.349 R4

32. 1865 Illinois Census, Knox County, Illinois, Illinois State Census, Ontario Township, Knox County, Illinois Image 1 of 3, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017)

33. 1860 U.S. Census, Knox County, Illinois, population schedule, Ontario, Knox County, Illinois, page 171 Image 220 of 246, household 1248, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653

34. Spencer, Kate, Mildred Doubet and Shirley Graham. Knox County, Illinois 1865 Personal Property Tax Lists. (Galesburg, Illinois |N.p.: Knox County Genealogical Society |N.p., 1990 |N.d.) Film #977.349 R4. Hammond, 1865 : page 95; Digitized copy, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 May 2022.977.349 R4

35. 1870 U.S. Census, Knox County, Illinois, population schedule, Ontario Township, Knox County, Illinois, page 5 Image 3 of 23, family 17, Horatio Hammond; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132

36. United States, Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918, Horatio Hamond, 1870; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017).

37. Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Horatio Hammond, 14 November 1879; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017).

38. “Illinois Death Certificate” (Physician’s Certificate of Death, ), “Horatio Hammond”. Hereinafter cited as “Illinois Death Certificate”.

39. U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880, Horatio Hammond, November 1879; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017).

40. “Obituary,” The Inter Ocean (Chicago, Illinois), 14 November 1879, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 3 September 2020).

41. Memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve (Cleveland: , 1896)

42. 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 24 April 2022.

43. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 for Horatio Hammond, Mrs. Sarah L Hammond Ayres – NSDAR Lineage Book vol 89, .

44. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017), Horatio Hammond – Louisa Fisk.

45. Edmund West, comp., “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,” database online, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017), Louisa Fisk.

46. Ohio, Medina County. Marriage Records, V. A 1818-1841.  Film #423817 DGS 4016735. Horatio Hammond and Louisa Fisk, 14 Apr 1825 Vol. A: page 34; digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 24 April 2022.

47. Genealogy of the Family of Horatio Hammond, Ontario Illinois in the Direct Line from Thomas Hammond (Galesburg, Illinois: Colville Printer, 1876)

48. 1870 U.S. Census, Knox County, Illinois, population schedule, Ontario Township, Knox County, Illinois, page 3 (image 3 of 23), household 17, Horatio Hammond.

49. 1870 Federal Census Knox County, Illinois Volume Two (Galesburg, IL: Knox County Genealogical Society, 1990), page 338a (Hammond.IL.027)

50. Obituaries Knox County, Galesburg, Illinois Newspapers 1853-1897 (Galesburg, IL: Knox County Genealogical Society, 1985), p. 17 (Hammond.IL.024)

51. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Louisa A. Fisk Hammond (1806-1874), Find a Grave Memorial no. #33039038,

Go Over

Have you heard of Thomas MacEntee’s ‘genealogy do-over‘? While I wasn’t ready to throw out my years of research and totally start over, I am thankful that this challenge to ‘do over’ prompted me to not only go back thru my genealogy but also to learn about genealogy sources and processes.

As part of my go-over process, I’ve been (slowly) going back thru my ancestors to

  • Review the sources I have
  • Transcribe the deeds, wills and probate records I’ve collected
  • Utilize the hinting systems to locate additional sources
  • Utilize the available county records on FamilySearch
  • Search newspapers for obituaries, etc.

I am currently working on my 3rd great grandfathers, particularly Horatio Hammond. While I have cleaned up his narrative report and transcribed his will and some of his deeds, I am finding some of my sources are lacking. For example, there are several sources that refer to my old method of filing my notes.

When I open the ‘Hammond.IL.014’ document, I find handwritten notes that are likely from a book.

Since my notes don’t tell me an author or even the publishing information that I used in my citation, I can use WorldCat to see if I can get additional information about the source.

Since my notes include the ‘LDS’ notation, I’m assuming that I viewed this source during a visit to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Thus, I can also use FamilySearch to see if I can locate information about the source. Since I’m not sure whether I recorded the title correctly, I opted to do a ‘KEYWORD’ search of the catalog instead of a TITLE search.

From the keyword search, I have 4 results, one of which is titled, “Knox County, Illinois 1855 personal property tax list.”

When I click on the title, a page for the book opens. FamilySearch provides a name for the author which was not in the WorldCat record.

In addition, I discovered that there is a DIGITAL version of the book. Since digital books are searchable, I discovered, that the search term, ‘Hammond’, occurs in the book 4 times. Since I only recorded one instance in my original notes, this is information on the Hammond family that I did not have.

Thanks to FamilySearch I have additional information about the Hammond family in Knox County Illinois along with information to craft a better source. Also, many thanks to Thomas MacEntee for the challenge to go back thru my research!

Death Certificate

Horatio Hammond

Do you have important documents in your genealogy file that you have no documentation or memory of how such document was obtained? That’s my case with the death certificate for Horatio Hammond.

Based on my notation on the document, I know that it was acquired during my very early research days. Thus, it was likely sent in response to a letter. Since the original letter requesting the document was not kept, the only clue I have to its origin is a statement included with the certificate from the Knox county (Illinois) clerk. Thanks to the added statement, I know that the document was sent to me in January 1983.

Physicians Certificate of Death
State of Illinois, Knox County
State Board of Health

1. Name Horatio Hammond
2. Age 81 years 0 months 14 days. Occupation Farmer
3. Date of death Nov 7th hour 8 am * Widower
4. Nationality and place where born Born in Connecticut
5. How long resident in this state Thirty-One (31) yrs
6. Place of death Ont Twnsp
7. Cause of death Chronic Nephritis
8. Duration of disease
9. Place and date of burial Ontario Ont Tp Nov 8 187[0]
10. Name and place of undertaker Wm Sumner Oneida Knox Co. Ills
Dated at Woodhull Dec 8th 1879 W. H. Lowry M.D.
Residence Woodhull

State of Illinois
County of Knox

Filed: December 11, 1879

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct coy of the Death Record of the Person named above and that this record was established and filed in my office in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Statutes relating to the registration of deaths, births and stillbirths.

Dated: January 20 1983 [Yvonne Tahl]
Knox County Clerk
Galesburg, IL 61401

(SEAL)

“Illinois Death Certificate” (Physician’s Certificate of Death, ), “Horatio Hammond”.

Even though I didn’t do a good job of documenting this source at the time, I am very thankful that I kept it in my files.

More Hammond Deeds

Recently, Michael John Neill shared a genealogy tip to ‘Account for Every Acre‘. While that is excellent advice, I am having trouble doing just that while researching Horatio Hammond. As shared last week in my ‘Sibling Deeds‘ post, I have found two deeds involving Horatio Hammond and his brothers, Theodore and Lewis. A search of the Medina County, Ohio deed indexes from 1818-1858 locates two additional deeds. Unfortunately, these additional deeds do NOT account for every acre.

Horatio Hammond Purchase Land from Theodore Hammond in Lot 25

Medina County, Ohio
Deed Record
Volume N page 32

Theodore Hammond
To
Horatio Hammond

This Indenture was made this twenty fourth day
of April in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and thirty seven
by and
between Theodore Hammond and Mary his
wife of the Count of Medina in the State of Ohio of the one part, and
Horatio Hammond of the County and State aforesaid o
f the other part,
Witnesseth, that the said Theodore Hammond and Mary his wife for and
in consideration of the [just] sum of one thousand dollars received to our full sattis
fation have given granted bargained sold released and conveyed and
do by these presents give grant bargain sell release convey and confirm unto
the said Horatio Hammond and his heirs and assigns forever one peace of
Land or parcel of land situate and being in the township of Bath Medina
County State of Ohio being in Lot No 25
commensing at the North East
corner of said Lot at a stake in the ground and running with seventeen
rods to a stake in the ground thence south nine rods ten links to a stake
thence East seventeen rods to a stake thence north nine rods ten links to the
place of beginning to contain one acre of land. To have and to hold the
premises aforesaid with all the priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belong-
in or in any wise appertaining unto him the said Horatio Hammond and
unto his heirs and assigns forever, and the said Theodore Hammond and Mary
his wife for themselves and for their heirs executors and administrators covenant
and promise to and with the said Horatio Hammond his heirs and as
signs that they the said Theodore Hammond and Mary his wife are law
fully seized of the premises aforesaid that they have good right and lawful
authority to sell and convey the same in [manner] aforesaid and that the prem
ises are free and clear of and from all incumbrances whatever and further
that they said Theodore Hammond and Mary his wife will well and
truly warrant and forever Defend the premises herein and hereby granted unto
the said Horatio Hammond his heirs and assigns against the lawful claims
and demands of all and every person whomsoever.

page 33
In testimony whereof the said Theodore Hammond and Mary his wife party of the
first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written
Theodore Hammond (SS)
Mary Hammond (SS)
In presence of
Joseph Futton
Samuel P Wilson

State of Ohio
Medina County
Personally came before me the subscriber a Justice of the Peace for
said County Theodore Hammond and Mary Hammond signers
and sealers of the foregoing deed and acknowledged the signing and sealing thereof
to be their voluntary act and deed for the purposes therein expressed and the said
Mary Hammond being by me examined seperate and apart from her husband
she did declare upon such examination that she did voluntarily sign and seal
the same and that she is still satisfied their with given under my hand this
sixth day of May A.D. 1837
Joseph Fulton Justice of the peace
Received May 8th 1837 Recorded May 15th 1837 Oviatt Cole, Recr

Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871. Film #475505 DGS 8097690. Horatio Hammond, 24 Apr 1837 Vol. N: page 32; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 1 May 2022.

Horatio Hammond Sells Land in Lot 14

Medina County, Ohio
Deed Record,

Vol N page 297

Horatio Hammond
To
Josiah Fowler

This Indenture made this seventeenths day of
May A.D. 1837
by and between Horatio
Hammond and Louisa his wife of the County
of Medina in the State of Ohio
, of the one
part and Josiah Fowler of the County and State aforesaid of the other
part witnesseth that the said Horatio Hammond and Louisa his wife
for and in consideration of the just sum of one hundred and forty dollars
to them in hand paid have given granted bargained sold released and
conveyed and do by these presents give grant bargain sell release convey and con
firm unto the said Josiah Fowler and his heirs and assigns forever all that
tract or parcel of land situate and being in the County of Medina in the State
of Ohio, being in Lot No 14 in “Bath township in No 3 of the 12 range of
township in the Connecticut Western Reserve
commencing at the south west cor
ner of said lot at a stake thence running north twenty chains eleven links to
a stake in the ground thence East sixteen chains, ninety
one links to a stake in the ground thence south twenty chains seven links
to a stake in the ground thence south twenty chains eleven links
to a stake in the ground thence west sixteen chains ninety one links to the place
of begining to contain thirty four acres of land be the same more or less
To have and to hold the premises aforesaid with all the privileges
and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto him the
said Josiah Fowler and unto his heirs and assigns forever and the said Hora
tio Hammond and Louisa his wife for themselves and for their heirs executors and
administrators covenant and promise to and with the said Josiah Fowler
his heirs and assigns that they the said Horatio Hammond are Louisa his
wife are lawfully seized of the premises aforesaid that they have good right and
lawful authority to sell and convey the same in manner aforesaid and that the
lawful authority to sell and convey the same in manner aforesaid and that the
premises are free and clear of and from all incumbrances whatever and further
that they the said Horatio Hammond and Louisa his wife will well
and truly warrant and forever defend the premises herein and thereby granted
unto the said Josiah Fowler and to his heirs and assigns against the lawful
clams and demands of all and every person whomsoever

page 228 (image 493)

In testimony whereof the said Horatio Hammond and Louisa his
wife party of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals
the day and year first above written
Horatio Hammond (ss)
Louisa Hammond (SS)

In presence of
Theodore Hammond
Allen B. Smith

State of Ohio
Medina County
Personally came before me the subscriber a
Justice of the Peace for sd County Horatio
Hammond and Louisa Hammond seiners
and sealers of the foregoing deed and acknowledged the seigning and sealin
thereof to be their volutary act and deed for the purposes therein expressed
and the said Louisa his wife of the said Horatio Hammond being by me
examined separate and apart form her husband she did declare upon
such examination that she did voluntarily seign the same and that she
is still satisfyed therewith. Given under my hand this 19t ay of may 1837
Joseph Fuller Justice of the Peace
Received Jun 28th 1837
Recorded July 1st 1837
Oviaty Cole Recr

Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871. Film #475505 DGS 8097690. Horatio Hammond, 17 May 1837 Vol. N: Page 297; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 30 April 2022.

Sibling Deeds

As you go back generation by generation, do you try and identify your ancestor’s siblings? As I’m searching for records for my third great-grandfather, Horatio Hammond, it is proving very helpful to have sources that identify his siblings, including his brothers, Theodore and Lewis.

Two of Horatio Hammond’s Medina County Ohio deeds involve the three brothers. The first was dated in 1833 when they sell land. In the second deed, they purchase land in 1838. The two deeds are for two different tracts of land. Thus, additional deeds still need to be located.

Horatio, Lewis and Theodore Hammond Sell Land in Lot 26

Medina County, Ohio Deed Records
Volume G page 493

Theodore Hammond et al
to
Eleazer King

To all persons to whom these presents
shall come Greeting Know ye
that we Theodore Hammond and
Mary Hammond his wife Lewis Hammond & Elenor [S] Hammond his
wife and Horatio Hammond and Louisa Hammond his wife
all of
the township of Bath in Medina County and State of Ohio for the sum
of four hundred and twenty five dollars received to our full satisfac
tion of Eleazar King do give grant bargain sell and confirm unto the sd
Eleazar King the following described tract or parcel of land situated
in the township of Bath in [N] 3 of the 12th Range of Township in
the Connecticut Western Reserve in the State of Ohio
and county a
foresaid and is known by part of Lot No 26 north part and is bounded
as follows North on highway East on land belonging to Horatio Ham
mond South on lands belonging to Ward K. and Royal Hammond and west on
highway supposed to contain fifty acres of land be the same more
or less. To have and to hold the above granted and bargained premises
with the appurtenances thereof unto him the said Grantee his heirs and
assigns forever to his and their own proper use and behoof, and also
with Sd Grantors do for ourselfs our heirs executors and administra
tors covenant with the Sd Grantee his heirs and assigns that at
and until the ensealing of these presents we are well seized of
the premises, as a good indefeasible estate in fee simple and
have good right to bargain and sell the same in manner and
form as is above written, and that the same is free of all encum
brances whatsoever and furthermore we the Grantors do by

page 494
these present bind ourselves our heirs forever to warrant
and defend the above granted and bargained premises to him the
sd grantee his heirs and assigns against all lawful claims and
demands whatsoever. In witness whereof we have hereunto
set our hands and seals this twenty third day of August in
the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three

Theodore Hammond (ss)
Mary Hammond (SS)
Lewis Hammond (SS)
Eleanor S Hammond (SS)
Horatio Hammond (SS)
Louisa Hammond (SS)
Signed sealed and delivered
in presents of
John Newton
Laura H [Newton] (witnesses present at the signing of Theodore and Mary Hammond
Oliver Wilson
A[rz]elia A Fisk
The State of Ohio
Medina County
Personally appeared Theodore Hammond to me
personally known signer and sealer of the forego
ing instrument and acknowledged the same to be his free act and
deed Also personally appeared Mary Hammond wife of the said
Theodore Hammond and having been examined separate and apart
from her said husband and the contents of the foregoing deed having
been to her fully explained and made known did declare that she
voluntary did sign and as her act and deed did seal acknowl
edge and deliver the same without any coercion or compulsion from
her said husband.
before me John Newton Associate Judge
The State of Ohio
Medina County
Personally appeared Lewis & Horatio Ham
mond to me personally known signer and sealer of the
foregoing instrument and acknowledged the same to be their free
act and deed. Also personally appeared Elener S. and Louisa
Hammond wife of the said Lewis & Horatio Hammond, and
having been examined separate and apart from their said
husbands and the contents of the foregoing deed having
been to them fully explained and made known did declare that
they voluntary did sign and as their act and deed did seal
acknowledge and deliver the same without any coercion or compul
sion from their said husbands before me
Theodore Hammond Justice of the peace
Recd & Recorded Nov. 14 1833
T. Hudson Recr

Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871. Film #475502 DGS 8150786. Horatio Hammond, 23 Aug 1833 Vol. G: page 493; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 1 May 2022.

Horatio, Theodore and Lewis Purchase Land in Lot 25

Medina County, Ohio
Deed Vol. O page 405 (image 215 of 691)

Nathan S. Jones to Theodore Lewis & Horatio Hammond

This indenter mad this 3d
day of April AD 1838
by and between Nathan S Jones and Sarah his wife of the
County of Medina in the State of Ohio of the one part and Theodore, Lewis &
Horatio Hammonds of the aforesaid County & State
of the other part Witnesseth
that the said Nathan S. Jones & Sarah his wife for and in consideration of
the just sum of three hundred dollars to them in hand paid the receipt
whereof they do hereby acknowledge have given granted bargained sold released
and conveyed and do by these presents give grant bargain sell release convey
and confirm unto the said Theodore Lewis and Horatio Hammonds and their
heirs and assigns forever all that tract or parcel of land situate and being in
the County of Medina in the State of Ohio, being in lot no 25 in Bath
township in No 3 of the 12 range of township in the Connecticut western
Reserve
commencing three chains and 25 links from the northeast corner of
said lots at a stake thence west, 4 chains 25 links to a stake thence south
one chain to a stake thence east 4 chains 25 links to a stake thence north
one chain to a stake thence east 4 chains 25 links to a stake thence north
one chain to the place of beginning so as to contain sixty eight rods of ground
to have and to hold the premises aforesaid with all the privileges and
appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto them the
said Theodore Lewis Horatio Hammond and unto their heirs and assigns
forever and the said Nathan S Jones & Sarah his wife for themselves
and for their heirs executors and administrators covenant and promise
to and with the said Theodore, Lewis & Horatio Hammond their heirs and
assigns that they the said Nathan S Jones and Sarah his wife are lawfully
seized of the premises aforesaid that they have good right and lawful authority to sell
and convey the same in manner aforesaid and that the premises are free and
clear of and from all incumbrances whatever and further that they the said
Nathan S Jones and Sarah his wife will well and truly warrant and
forever defend the premises herein and hereby granted unto the said Theodore
Lewis & Horatio Hammond and to their heirs and assigns against the lawful
claims and demands of all and every person whomsoever. In testimony whereof
the said Nathan S. Jones and Sarah his wife party of the first part, have hereunto
set their hands and seals the day and year first above written
Nathan S Jones (SS)
Sarah H. Jones (SS)
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presents of
Joseph Futton
Emeline Rogers
State of Ohio Medina County SS
personally came before me the subscriber a Justice
of the peace for Bath township N. S. Jones and Sarah his wife seigners and sealers of the
foregoing instrument and acknowledged the seigning and sealing thereof to be their free
act and deed for the purposes therein expelled and the said Sarah wife of the N. S. Jones
being by me examined seperate and apart from her husband she did declare on such
examination that she did of her own free accord seign and seal the same and that she
is still satisfyed therewith Given under my hand at Bath this 14th day of April
Ad 1838
Joseph Fulton Justice of the peace
Received may 14th 1838
Recorded May 31st 1838
Oviatte Cole, Recorder

Ohio, Medina County. Record of deeds, 1818-1871. Film #475506 DGS 8150789. Horatio Hammind, 3 Apr 1838 Vol. O: Page 405; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 30 April 2022.

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) It’s National Women’s History Month, so I’m going to use today’s prompt from Lisa Alzo. What education did your mother receive? Your grandmothers? Great-grandmothers? Note any advanced degrees or special achievements.

My mother attended Kansas State Teachers College after graduating from Emporia High School. As a student, she met my dad and married him at the end of her junior year. While her formal education stopped while she raised a young family, her informal education began when she started working part time as a medical secretary. After the family’s move to Emporia, mom continued her work as a medical secretary at St. Mary’s Hospital. During this time, she completed requirements to become certified as an Accredited Record Technician. and was named the Director of the Medical Records department at St. Mary’s. At the same time, she was going back to college to complete her degree receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business from Emporia State University.

While my grandma Crawford (Winnie Letha Currey Crawford) only talked about her being in school when her mother died, I did find a newspaper article indicating that she received a diploma from Horace Mann School in 1916. I find this achievement extremely remarkable since Winnie was placed in a children’s home for a time after her mother’s death in 1913 when Winnie was 10.

While grandma Crawford rarely talked about her schooling, grandma Briles did. My grandmother, Pauline Edith Briles Mentzer, told me her diploma was for high school graduation. In reality, that diploma was for completing the Common School Course of Study in School District No. 9 in Coffey County, Kansas in 1913. Pauline did attend high school by going to Yates Center to live with her future sister-in-law, Lulu Cope. However, she is not mentioned in any of the lists of graduates for Yates Center. Since Pauline was married in 1915, she may not have actually graduated from high school.

According to the 1930 census, my great grandmother, Josie Hammond Crawford, did not attend school but could read and write.

My great grandmother, Winnie Hutchinson Currey, did not live long enough to be in the 1930 census. Since her family seems to have moved a lot, she may not have attended school.

Like Josie, my great grandmother, Francis Artlissa Ricketts Briles is recorded in the 1930 census as not attending school but able to read and write.

The same is true for Nettie Adell Wells Mentzer. She is recorded in the 1930 census as being able to read and write while not having attended school.

Since my great grandmothers were able to read and write, they were likely educated in the home. Even though they did not have a formal education, their daughters did attend school with some of them not only graduating from high school but going on to receive additional degrees. Esther Crawford Noll, daughter of Josie, completed her nursing degree and served as a nurse during World War II. Gladys Mentzer, daughter of Nellie, attended Kansas State Teachers College and obtained a lifetime teaching certificate.

Family Poets

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Create a poem – rhyming, free verse, doggerel, limerick, etc. – about genealogy research, whether general or specific.

OK – I’ll admit it up front. I’m cheating on this assignment. If I was to rank my skills, writing would be low on that list and writing poetry would be towards the bottom, if not the bottom. Since I have two relatives who did write poetry, I’d much rather share one of their poems.

My great-grandmother, Josie Winifred Hammond left a handwritten book of poetry about her family and life in Dodge City. Those poems were shared as part of the Kansas Memory project. Links to those poems are shared on the Josie’s Poetry page of this blog. Below is her poem about a sod shanty on a homestead claim.

While Josie is the family poet on my dad’s side of the tree, my great aunt Gladys is the family poet on my mom’s side of the tree. One of Gladys Olive Mentzer Green’s poems, “Symbol of the Great Plains.” was self-published in the booklet Along My Road.

Symbol of the Great Plains

The lonely windmill is a monument
To guard the prairie and to symbolize
The pioneer who strove each day to rise
With dreams of home and family content.

The windmill reaches toward the firmament;
Its turning wheels could never minimize
The force of clouds in thunderous prairie skies.
Their power by the prairie wind is sent

To water field and pasture on the plain
Maintaining life and nourishing the wheat,
The corn, alfalfa, maize and prairie flower.

The pioneer recalls the golden grain.
When windmills groaned and squeked to rhythmic beat
Sustaining man and plain with wind blown power.

Hints

Do you use the hinting system found on some of the genealogy websites? Or, are you one that only searches for specific information?

When I first started researching my family history, my process was centered around locating specific information. In reality, this research involved locating specific types of records and then using those records to search for my famiily.

Today, I am spoiled. Even though I will search for a particular set of records or county histories, I spend most of my research time following those hints. Since I primarily use Ancestry, those leaf hints often take me to obvious sources such as census records, Find a Grave memorials or vital records. Sometimes, they lead me to a record that I wouldn’t have thought to research.

That is the case with a hint for my great grandmother, Josie Winifred Hammond Crawford. I had already done quite a bit of research on Josie. Thus, when I saw a new hint, I thought it would be to another Ancestry member tree. Instead, I was surprised to find the hint leading to an obituary.

Since I live in Kansas, I have access to a wonderful newspaper collection at the Kansas State Historical Society. Thus, I had already found my great grandmother’s obituary in the Dodge City Daily Globe. This find was in my early days of research, when I transcribed portions of the obituary and took notes on the other parts.

Even though many of the Dodge City newspapers have been digitized, the 1954 issues have yet to be digitized. Thus, I was surprised to find that the Ancestry hint led to a copy of Josie’s obituary. This obituary was published in The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas) on 28 Sep 1954.

Pioneer of Kansas Dies at Dodge City

(Special to the Eagle)

Dodge City, Kan. Sept. 27 – Mrs. Josie W. Crawford, 79, widely known resident for many years here, died Monday morning in Trinity hosptial where she had been a patient briefly for treatment. She had been active until her final illness.

Born Feb. 9, 1875 in Know County, Ill., she came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richmond F. Hammond to Pratt County. Two years later the family moved to a farm in Ford County southwest of Dodge City and later moved to Dodge city.

Miss Hammond was married to Judson F. Crawford Dec. 24, 1890. Mr. and Mrs. Crawford celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1940. Mr. Crawford died in February , 1949.

Mrs. Crawford had been active in Methodist work since girlhood and received her 50 year pin several years ago. Among her many public services Mrs. Crawford helped organize and was an active member of the East Side Bible Class organized in 1917 and still active.

Final rites are slated for w p.m. Wednesday in the First Methodist Church here with the Rev. Alvin W. Murray officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery here.

“Pioneer of Kansas Dies at Dodge City,” The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas), 28 September 1954, page 11; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 5 September 2021).

Without the Ancestry hinting system, I doubt I would have found this particular obituary for my great grandmother. Thus, I will continue to work thru these hints.

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