Death Affidavit

I recently wrotethe blog post, Proving Death, about finding affidavits in the complete pension file for Albert Hutchinson that documented the deaths of both Albert Hutchinson and his first wife, Julia. While working with this file, I found another document that states the death date for Albert.

Below is a transcription of that affidavit.

General Affidavit

State of Missouri
County of Buchanan

In the matter of the claim for pension of Elmer E Hutchinson minor son of Albert Hutchinson

On this 25th day of September A.D. 1911, personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for the county aforesaid George Hockady and Peter Van Valkenburgh 61 & 69 years, a resident of St Joseph in the county of Buchanan and State of Missouri, and ___________ aged ______ years, a resident of ________ in the county of _______ and State of Missouri, whos Postoffice address is 1806 South 4th Street, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit and who being duly sworn, declare in relation to said case as follows:

We were well acquainted with Albert Hutchison during his lifeitme and we saw him after he was dead we were present and assisted in laying him out and in preparing him for buriel we were also present at his funeral we know that Albert Hutchinson died on the 22nd day of July 1896 we know these facts from being present at the time.

The above testimony was written in my presence by W H Chattle from oral statement made by us to him on the 25th day of September 1911 at St Joseph Mo., and in making such statement I was not aided or prompted by any written statement at recital dictated by any other person and not attached as an exhibit tot he testimony. I further declare that I have no interest in said case and am not concerned in its prosecution.
George Hockaday
Peter Van Valkenbergh

Sworn to and subscribed before the this 25th day of September A.D> 1911 and I hereby certify that I have no interest and am not concerned in the prosecution of said claim, and tha tI read this foregoing to the deponents and that I [myself] subscribed and swore to the same with a full knowledge of its contents.

My term as Notary Public will expire July 17th 1911

W H Chattle
Notary Public

Marriage Affidavit

Affidavit of Henry Harding regarding marriages of Albert Hutchinson. (Note: Henry Harding was the brother of Julia Harding, first wife of Albert Hutchinson.)

Notice — The civil officer before whom I is affidavit is executed should be careful to fill in all spaces both in the cpation and jurat.

General Affidavit
State of Nebraska, County of Richardson, as:
In the matter of Claim of Elmer E Hutchinson

On this 4th day of September, A.D. 1911 personally
appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid
County and State, duly authorized to administer oaths Henry Harding
aged 65 years a resident of Rulo, in the
County of Richardson and State of Nebraska
whose Post Office address is Rulo Nebraska and
Edward Linle, aged 64 years, a resident of Rulo
Nebraska, in the County, Richardson
whose Post Office address is Rulo Nebraska
well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation
to the aforesaid case as follows: We wer well and intimately
acquainted with Albert J Hutchinson
knew hime before he arrived at a
marriageable age and we know and affirm
that he was not married prior to
his marriage to his first wife Julia
our acquaintance with him was
such that had such been the case we
would have know it
we also know and affirm that the
said Albert Hutchinson did not remarry
after the death of his first wife Julia
until he was married to Eliza
Valkenburg on the 8th day of August 1893

they further declare that they have no interest in said case and __ not concerned
in its posecution.
Henry Harding
Edward Linkle

Muster Roll

From Albert Hutchinson’s Civil War Military File

Mustered In

H 1 Cav Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Appears with rank of Pvt on
Muster and Descriptive Rolle of a Detach-
ment of U.S. Vols. forwarded
for the 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry. Roll dated
Davenport Iowa, Sept. 30, 1962
Where born North Hampton New York
Age 25 years; occupation farmer
When enlisted Sept. 1 186_
Where enlisted Independence
For what period enlisted 3 years
Eyes Black; hair black
Complexion dark; height 5 ft 4 in
When mustered in – _ 186_
Where mustered in – _ 186_
Bounty Paid $ _ 100; due $ ___100 Whee credited _______
Company to which assigned _
Valuation of horse, $ _ 1– Valuation of horse equipments, $ __ 1000
Remarks: Bounty $25; Premium $4
Bookmark General Notation, 2601 A, 1876
Easterling, Copyist
(339)

Supplies own horse

H 1 Cav. Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Pvt, Co. D, 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Jan. & Feb. 1863
Present or absent Presents
Stoppage, $ _ 100 for __
Due Gov’t, $ _100 for _
Valuation of horse, $ _ 100 Valuation of horse euqipments, $ _ 100
Remarks: furnished horse
& horse equipments
since Jan 1/63.
Equipments not
paid for but charged
on Dec’r rolls
Book mark: __
Lowny
Copyist
(358)

Mustered Out

H 1 Cav Iowa
Alberth Hutchinson
Pvt, Co D, 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry
age 25 years
Appears on
Detachment Muster-out Roll
of the organization named above. Roll Dated
Little Rock, Ark Mch 14 1864
Muster out date Dec 31, 1863
Last paid to Dec 31, 1863
Clothing account:
Last Settled , 186 ; drawn since $ __ /100
Due soldier $ _ /100; due U.S. $ _ /100
Am’t for cloth’g in kind or money adv’d $ 36 37/100
Due U.S. for arms, equiments, &c., $ _ /100 Bounty paid $25 00/100; due /100
Valuation of horse, $ _ /100 Valuation of horse equipments, $ _ /100
Remarks: Clothing account settled
to Aug. 31, 1863. Clothing allowance
due from Aug. 31, 63 Stop
for one sabre knot, one [screw]
covey
Book Mark: _
G W Davis
Copyist

Re-Enlisted

H 1 Cav. Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Pvt, Co D, 1 reg’t Iowa Cavalry.
Appears on
M. and D. Roll of Veteran Volunteers
of the organizaton named above. Roll dated
Little Rock Ark, Mch 14, 1864
When enlisted Jany 1, 1864
[to date from] re Enlistment
When mustered in Mch 14, 1864
Bounty paid $ _ /100; due $ 60 00/100 Company to which assigned D Valuation of Horse, $ /100
Valuation of horse equipments, $ __
/100
Remarks: $13 advance pay & 2 00/
premium due
Residence. Independence
Buchanan Co Iowa 3rd Dist
Book Mark:
Meding
Copyist

Absent without Leave

H 1 Cav. Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Pvt, Co. D, 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for May & June 1864
Present or Absent Absent
Stoppage, $ _ /100 for _
Due Gov’t, $ _/100 for
Valuation of horse, $ /100 Valuation of horse equipments, $ /100
Remarks: Vet Vol Third Enstall-
ment Bounty due absent
without leave since June
1786
Dismounted
Book mark: _
[Furman]
copyist

Docked Pay for absence

H 1 Cav. Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Pvt, Co. D, 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for July & Aug 1864
Present or absent Present
Stoppage, $_____/100 for _
Due Gov’t, $ /100 for
Valuation of horse, $_____?100
Valuation of horse equipments, $ _/100
Remakrs: Vet Vol. 3rd Install-ment bounty due [Slot] for
absence without leave
from Juen 18 to June 30th
64 by order of Gen B Fisk
Book mark:__
[Furman]
copyist

Mustered Out

H 1 Cav. Iowa
Albert Hutchinson
Pvt, Co. D, 1 Reg’t Iowa Cavalry
age 27 years
Appears on Co. Muster-out Roll, dated
Austin Tex, Feb 15, 1866
Muster out date Feb 15, 1866
Last paid to June 30, 1865
Clothing account
Last settled , 186 ; drawn since $ /100
Due Soldier $1 10/100; due U.S. $ /100
am’t for cloth’g in kind or money adv’d $ /100
Due U.S. for arms, equipments, &c., $ 14 48/100
Bounty paid $ 200 00/100; Due $ 140 00/100
Valuation of horse, $ _ /100
Valuation of horse equipments, $ _ /100
Remarks: Joined as a recruit
as within state. Reenlisted
as a veteran Jan 17 64
arms retained per G.O.
no 101 series of 1866
Book mark: 885-B-188 (over)
S W Williams
copyist

Over
June 14 10524559 1891
driver & cone wrench &
one bushe wiper & thong
mustered out pursuant
to circular from the War
Dept. dated Feb 11, 1864
authorizing the renenlist
ment as Vet vols of
recruits of 1862 in old
organizations of the
state of Iowa, with the
condition that he for
foeits the $100 Bounty
provided by Sec. 5, act
of congress approved
July 22, 1861
Dischrged by virtue
of reenlistment as Vet
vol. per G.O. No. 191 &
War Dept, Series
of 1863

Pension Dropped

From the military and pension file of Albert Hutchinson.

3-405
(Pensioner Dropped)
Stamped Jul 20 1897
U. S. Pension Agency
Topeka, Kans.
May 31, 1897, 189
Hon. H. Clay Evans,
Commissioner of Pensions
Sir:
I hereby report that the name of Albert Hutchinson
Act June 27, 1890, who was a pensioner on the rolls
of this agency, under Certificate No. 689.511 and who was last paid
at $12, to 4 May 1896, has been dropped
because of his death. Pt D 1 Ioa Cav
Date of place of death not given
Very respectfully,
G. W. Glickle
Pension agent

Proving Death

Do you have civil war era ancestors? If so, have you tried to obtain a military or pension file? Over the years, I acquired quite a few. Unfortunately, it was only AFTER I had sent off for most of them that I heard that one should be sure to request the ENTIRE file. Apparently, requests by mail were sometimes filled with only parts of the files — and the person fulfilling the request made the decisions about what parts of the file were returned.

Well, I can tell you that you definitely need to request the entire file! I requested the military and pension file for Albert Hutchinson early in my days or research. Since the pension application involved his son by a second marriage, most of what I received involved affidavits about his second marriage. After retirement, I again requested this file. This time, I used researchers at American Civil War Ancestor to obtain digital copies of each page of the file.

Buried in the over 80 images from the file were two affidavits from Peter Miller of Wathena. According to the affidavits, Peter Miller sold coffins to Albert Hutchison for his mother and then for his father.

Image 78
County of Doniphan
State of Kansas

I Peter Miller of the County of Doniphan, State of Kansas
being first duly sworn do state upon my oath, that I have been act-
ively engaged in the undertaking business in Wathena Kansas, for the
past Twenty years, And on Jan 4th 1892 Albert Hutchinson Jr. sonof
Albert Hutchinson purchased from me a a coffin in which to bury his
Mother, Julia Hutchison, wife of Albert Hutchison.

Peter Miller

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 10th Day of August 1911

Commission expires Sept 5th 1911 [? Bent]
Notary Public


Image 76

County of Doniphan
State of Kansas

I Peter Miller of the County of Doniphan State of
Kansas, bing first duly sworn do state upon my oath that I have
been actively engaged in the undertaking business in Wathena Kansas,
for the past Twenty years; and on July 22nd 1896 Albert Hutchison Jr
Son of Albert Hutchison purchased from me a coffin in which to bury
his father

Peter Miller

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 10th day of August 1911
[?]
Notary Public

Commission expires Sept 5th 1911

Based on my experience, it is obvious that my request thru the mail did not return the entire file. Thankfully, I requested a digital copy thru American Civil War Ancestor! Otherwise, I doubt I would have ever found documentation for these deaths.

Albert Hutchinson

Albert Hutchinson1 was born about 1838 in Northhampton, Fulton County, New York.25

Albert Hutchinson was listed as a 14 year old mail born New York  on the 1850 New York census. He was living in the house of Ephraim Finch, a 53 year old farmer and his wife Cynthia.1

He married Julia Harding on 14 Sep 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States.69

Albert Hutchinson was listed on the 1860 Iowa census as a 24 year old farmer born in New York. Albert was the head of the household. Also living in the household was 20 year old Julia Hutchinson, 16 year old Isabella Harding and 36 year old Loren Gilbert.10

On 12 Jul 1860, Gertrude Hutchinson was born.

On 9 Jun 1862, Albert G. Hutchinson was born.

Albert Hutchinson enlisted as a private in Company D of the 1st Regiment of the Iowa Cavalry Volunteers command by Captain Jinks.5,1116

He was mustered out of Company D 1st Regiment of the Iowa Cavalry on 31 Dec 1863 in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas, United States.17

He  reenlisted on 1 Jan 1864 in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas, United States.18

Albert was mustered in as a private in Iowa First Calvary Company D on 14 Mar 1864 in Sumner Township, Buchanan County Iowa.1820

He had 3rd installment bounty due withheld for being absent without leave from June 18, 1864 to June 30th, 1864.21

On 2 Mar 1865, William Henry Hutchinson was born.

He was discharged from the military on 15 Feb 1866 in Austin, Travis, Texas, United States.2,22

About 1867, Frederick Hutchinson was born.

Albert  purchased land being W 4 acres of E 6 1/2 acres N 1/2 SW NE S29 T91 R13 on 7 Dec 1869 in Bremer, Bremer, Iowa, United States.23

About 1869, Cary Hutchinson was born.

All Hutchinson was listed on the 1870 census in Jacskon Township, Bremer County, Iowa as a 37 year old farmer who was born in New Brunswick. Also living in the household was 35 year old Julia Hutchinson; 10 year old Gertrude Hutchinson; 8 year old Alice Hutchinson; 6 year old Millie Hutchinson; 3 year old Frederick Hutchinson and 1 year old Cary Hutchinson..24

On 6 May 1871, Winnie Mae Hutchinson was born.

He sold land being the W 4 acres of the East 6 1/2A N 1/2 SW 1/4 NE 1/4 S29 R13 T91 on 10 Jun 1871 in Bremer, Bremer, Iowa, United States.23

On 21 Sep 1874, Elnora Hutchinson was born.

On 29 Feb 1876, Guy Thomas Hutchinson was born.25

In Jul 1879, Francesca Hutchinson was born.

A Huchardson was listed as a 49 year old farmer born in New York on the 1880 census living in Douglas Township, Mitchell County, Iowa. Also listed in the household was a 40 year old wife  Julia Huchardson; a 15 year old son, William Hutchardson; a 9 year old daughter, Winnia Huchardson; a 7 yea old daughter, Ellnora Huchardson; a 4 year old son, Guy Huchardson, and a 10 month old son, Frances Huchardson.26

About 1884, Elvira Hutchinson was born.

Albert Hutchinson was listed on the 1885 Iowa census as a 55 year old male farmer. He was listed as having been born in New York. According to the census, Albert resided in the SE 1/4 NE 1/4 section 36, township 91, range 14. Also listed in the household were 44 year old Julie Hutchinson; 21 year old Albert Hutchinson; 20 year old William Hutchinson; 14 year old Winna Hutchinson; 11 year old Gene Hutchinson; 9 year old Frank Hutchinson; 5 year old Leula Hutchinson and 1 year old Ehura Hutchinson.27

Albert Hutchinson was listed on the 1890 veterans schedule living in Fishing River Township, Clay County, Missouri as a a veteran of Company D 1st Iowa Cavalry having served 1 year 3 months and 24 days.28

He received a military pension  on 16 Aug 1890 .29

Albt Hutchison was listed on the 1895 Doniphan County, Kansas census as a 65 year old white male born New York  who was honorably discharged from service in Iowa Company D Regiment 1. Albt’s birthplace was given as New York. According to the census, Albt moved to Kansas from Iowa.. Also listed in the household was Eliza Hutchison, a 27 year old female born in Missouri, Howard Noland, a 9 year old male born in Missouri, and Peter Noland, a 7 year old male born in Missouri.30

Albert died on 22 Jul 1896 at the age of 58 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.2,4,31

He was buried at Elwood Cemetery in Elwood, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.4,32

 On 31 May 1897, he was dropped from the pension rolls by the U.S.Pension Agency in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United States.33

ENDNOTES:

        1. 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe County, New York, population schedule, Wheatland, Monroe County, New York, page 479 (stamped 240) Image 39 of 71, family 270, Ephraim Finch; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 February 2021); NARA microfilm publication M432

        2. Albert Hutchinson Military Pension FIle (Washington, D. C.: National Archives), , Hutchinson.Notebook.

        3. Ancestry.com, Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007).

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

        5. Historical Data Systems comp, U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009).

        6. Marriage Index, Volume A 1853-1892 (Harding.IA.027) (Hutchinson.IA.002), , Black Hawk County Iowa.

        7. 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 5 February 2021.

        8. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 85.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        9. “Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996,”Ancestry.com,  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60284/ : viewed online (March 2017), Albert Hutchinson; Family Search.

        10. 1860 U.S. Census, Black Hawk County, Iowa, population schedule, Mt. Vernon Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa, page 116 Image 5 of 10, family 34, Albert Hutchinson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 February 2021); NARA microfilm publication M653

        11. Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General’s Bureau, Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865), Albert Hutchinson, 13 April 1911; digital image, (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016). Original Source: [Originalsource].

        12. “U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2017), Albert Hutchinson.

        13. National Park Service, U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007).

        14. Ancestry.com, U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011), California State Library; Sacramento; Report of the Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General of the State of Iowa.

        15. “U.S., American Civil War Regimetns, 1861-1866,”Historical Data Systems, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed (), .

        16. Albert Hutchinson, Military and pension record of Albert Hutchinson (: U.S. Government), Albert Hutchinson Notebook.

        17. Albert Hutchinson, Military and pension record of Albert Hutchinson, Detachment Muster-Out Roll Albert Hutchinson.

        18. Albert Hutchinson, Military and pension record of Albert Hutchinson, Militar M and D Roll Albert Hutchinson.

        19. Report of the Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General of the State of Iowa, Albert Hutchinson, 1865; database image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016).

        20. “U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2017), Albert Hutchinson.

        21. Albert Hutchinson, Military and pension record of Albert Hutchinson, Company Muster Roll May thru Oct 1864 Albert Hutchinson.

        22. Albert Hutchinson, Military and pension record of Albert Hutchinson, Company Muster Out Roll Albert Hutchinson.

        23. Bremer County Iowa. (Hutchinson.IA.014).

        24. 1870 U.S. Census, Bremer County, Iowa, population schedule, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, Page 3 Image 3 of 29, household 24, All Hutchinson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132

        25. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online October 2017), Guy Thomas Hutchinson.

        26. 1880 U.S. Census, Mitchell County, Iowa, population schedule, Douglas Township, Mitchell County, Iowa, ED 302, page 9 and 10 Image 8 and 9 of 15, household 67, Huchardson A; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : veiwed online March 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

        27. 1885 Iowa State Census, Bremer County, Iowa, state census, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, page 188 Image 33 of 37, household 177, Hutchinson Albert; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); State Historical Society of Iowa

        28. 1890 Veterans Schedules, Clay County, Missouri, veterans schedule, Fishing River Township, Clay County, MIssouri, enumeration district (ED) ED 71, page 1, 147, Albert Hutchison; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018); Special Schedules 11th Census (1890) M123.

        29. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Albert Hutchinson, 16 August 1890; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017).

        30. 1895 Kansas Census, Doniphan County, Kansas, Kansas Census, Elwood, Doniphan County, page 3 Image 4 of 40, family 20, Albt Hutchison; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019); Kansas State Historical Society

        31. “Albert Hutchinson, Co. D, 1st Iowa Cavalry,'” invalid / minor, Civil War Pension File, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.

        32. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Albert J. Hutchinson (1836-1896), Find a Grave Memorial no. #105353751, created by Laura Tasset Koehn, citing Elwood Cemetery, Elwood, Doniphan County, Kansas;, Albert J. Hutchinson.

        33. Albert Hutchinson, Military and pension record of Albert Hutchinson, Albert Hutchinson notebook.

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!

Honoring the Veterans in My Family

Anyone who has lived in Emporia, Kansas realizes that Veteran’s Day is a MAJOR holiday. Today, we take time to honor those who have served and who are serving. Thus, I would like to take a walk thru my family tree to honor my veteran ancestors.

World War II

Eugene Crawford

Between 15 Feb 1945 and 1 Aug 1946, Eugene served at the Naval Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi and at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. He shipped out on the USS Oneida (APA-221) towards the end of the War in the Pacific as seaman 1st class in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He received the Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.


Esther Crawford Noll

Esther served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in the European Theater between 1942 and 1945.

Hugh Judson Crawford

Hugh Crawford served in the U.S. Navy Seabees

Walter Emery Briles

Walter enlisted in March 1942 in Los Angeles, California serving in the U.S. Army. Walter was discharged in 1944 but re-enlisted in 1946 and served until 1958.

World War I

Leon Crawford

LeonCrawford began his military service on 26 April 1917 in Dodge City, Kansas. He was appointed wagoner 2nd class gunner in the 25th AA Battery, 1st AA Sector. Leon was a wagoner at St. Misner 2nd Battle of the Marne from 31 March 1918 to 31 May 1918 in France.

Leon served with others from Dodge City including his brother-in-law Russel Horton and his brother, Marion.

War between the States

Washington Marion Crawford

Washington Marion Crawford enlisted in Company H of the 2nd Regiment of the New York Calvary Volunteers on 3 August 1861 serving as a sergeant. W. M. Crawford was captured in September 1863 and was imprisoned in Andersonville and Belle Isle. He was paroled on 7 Dec 1864 in Florence, South Carolina.

Richmond Fisk Hammond

Richmond Fisk Hammond enlisted as a private in Company E 177 Illinois Volunteers on 26 May 1861. He also served in the 1st Illinois Calvary Volunteers and in Company D 14th Regiment Illinois Calvary. Richmond Hammond was captured near Atlanta, Georgia on 5 Aug 1864 and was imprisoned at Andersonville.

Richmond Hammond and Washington Marion Crawford both moved to Dodge City, Kansas after the war. Richmond’s daughter, Josie, married Washington’s son Judson in Dodge City.

Other Civil War Veterans

Hiram M. Currey served as a private in Company B of the 12th Regiment of the Kansas State Militia in 1864.

Albert Hutchi(n)son began his military service on 1 Sept 1862 in Independence, Iowa. He served as a private in Company D of the 1st Regiment of the Iowa Calvary Volunteers. Albert re-enlisted on 1 Jan 1864 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Noah Washington Briles enlisted on 13 Jun 1861 in Ottumwa, Iowa serving in Company I of the 1st Regiment Iowa Calvary Volunteers. His father, Alexander Briles served in 1864 under Captain John Douglas in Company I of the Kansas State Militia.

James Marshall Ricketts enlisted 11 Sept 1863 in Indianapolis, Indiana serving in Company K of the 7th Indiana Cavalry.

George Mentzer began his military service on 25 Sep 1861 serving in Company C of the 24th Massachusetts Infantry.

Alexander Briles served with the Kansas Militia under Captain John Douglas in Company I.

Revolutionary War

Nathaniel Hammond served the revolutionary cause by supplying provisions to the soldiers families between 1776 and 1783 in Bolton, Connecticut.

There could easily be other revolutionary war ancestors in my tree. However, I haven’t proven my descent from any of the other known patriots.

Eliza Part 2

As discussed in my recent post, Duplicate or Different, I followed up on a ‘notice of change’ message to discover two Eliza Van Valkenbergs on Family Search. By looking at the differences between the two women, I discovered some clues that led to more information in Eliza.

One of those clues was the differing death dates for Eliza. In one case, the death date was given as between 1920 and 1930. I’m sure this was due to not finding Eliza in records.

The other Eliza had a death date of 1943 listed. Knowing that Eliza had been married several times, I suspected that a different surname was contributing to the difficulty in finding records. When I searched Newspapers.com for the term Eliza in 1943 in St. Joseph, Missouri, I found a notice of her death.

Since Eliza died in Missouri, I then checked for a Missouri death certificate.

Both of these documents contain clues that connect Honora Eliza Schleininger to Eliza Huntchinson Phay. First is her maiden name: Van Valkenburg. The marriage record for Eliza and Albert Hutchinson gives Eliza’s name as Eliza Van Valkenberg.

Albert Hutchinson’s entry on the 1895 census in Doniphan County, Kansas includes an Eliza Hutchinson along with a Howard Nolan and a Peter Nolan. One of the affidavit’s by Eliza Phay in the pension application file for Elmer Hutchinson states that Eliza was married to Henry Nouland prior to her marriage to Albert Hutchinson.

Thus, when the obituary identifies Peter Nolan as the son of Eliza Schleininger, it provides another clue connecting Eliza Schleininger to the Eliza that married Albert Hutchinson.

The other clue obtained from FamilySearch was not only the year of death (1927) for Elmer Elsworth Hutchinson but also the comment in the change log that his cousins caused his death. Those two pieces of information led me to Newspapers.com. I wasn’t able to find anything in 1927 but I did find information regarding his death, including the funeral notice in the 30 Aug 1926 issue of the St. Joseph Gazette.

Based on the information found in these records, I concluded that these ‘duplicate’ people were actually the same individuals. Thus, I added sources and then merged the duplicates.

I’m thankful for the nudge to do further research and the hints found on FamilySearch. I hope that others who follow Eliza Van Valkenberg and Elmer Hutchinson will find this work useful.

Duplicate or Different

Do you ever check out someone else’s tree to see if they have something that disagrees with what you have? I know I’m usually looking for confirmation, but I appreciate seeing conflicting information. That conflicting information makes me re-look at what I have and to look harder for additional sources to support what I have.

That’s likely one of the reasons I work with the tree on FamilySearch. On this tree, I can look at the changes made to an individual. If those changes differ from information I have compiled, I can message the user making the changes and/or post a discussion about the change.

Thus, I utilize the ‘watch’ button to mark individuals I’m researching. Not only have I marked my ancestors to ‘watch’ but I’ve also marked other individuals in my research that I’m having trouble finding sources. Each week, I get notified of changes to those ‘watched’ individuals.

This morning’s notification list included Eliza Honor Van Valkenburg, the second wife of my ancestor, Albert J Hutchinson. That’s when I discovered that there are TWO of them in the Family Search tree.

Since I haven’t found birth or death information for her, I have no idea which  Honor Van Valkenburg is the correct one. However, I do believe that these are the same women and that they are the same person I have in my database as Eliza Honor Van Valkenberg.

Unfortunately, Eliza (or Honor Eliza) may have been married multiple times. Thus, it becomes difficult to locate information for her since her name changes constantly.

Eliza Phay applied for a pension for her minor son, Elmer E. Hutchinson, based on the service of Albert Hutchinson. This file contains information that helps in identifying some of these marriages. In an affidavit by Eliza Phay dated July, 17, 1913, Eliza Phay states she was married to Henry Nouland prior to her marriage to Albert Hutchinson.

Honor L Vanvolkenberg was married to Henry H Nolen on 25 March 1885 in Doniphan County, Kansas.

In 1893, Miss Eliza Valkenburgh married Albert Hutchinson. The marriage took place August 8, 1893 in Buchanan County, Missouri.

The 1895 Kansas census for Doniphan County shows the family of Albert Hutchinson. Listed in the household are Eliza Hutchison, Howard Noland and Peter Noland.

In 1898, Mrs. Honor E Hutchens married Samuel King in Buchanan County, Missouri.

On 7 August 1900, Mrs. Eliza Nolan was married to John McColgin.

On 23 May 1906, Mrs Eliza McColgin married Osceola Phay.

In 1910, Eliza Phay was listed in the household of Osceola Phay on the census for Buchanan County, Missouri. Also listed in the household was 13 year old Elmer Hutchinson along with Howard Nolan and Peter Nolan.

The family of Osceola Phay and Eliza, his wife is found on the 1920 census living in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri. Also listed in the household was a son, —– Elmer. 

In the fall of 1923, Oceola Phay petitioned for divorce from his wife,  Eliza. According to the 6 Oct 1923 issue of the St. Joseph Gazette (St. Joseph, Missouri), the divorce was granted by Judge Utz.

The divorce of Oceola and Eliza would explain why records for Eliza are difficult to find after 1923. Since no one has shared a source for her death, it is difficult to determine when she died and thus difficult to determine which Eliza Van Valkenberg is the correct one.