Aaron Hutchinson Descendants

Aaron Hutchinson
b: 1803, Smyrna, Chenango County New York
d: 28 Mar 1837, New York, New York, United States
+Sarah Merry
b: 1813
d: 6 Mar 1845, New York, New York, United States
. . . . . 2-Albert Hutchinson
          b: abt 1838, Northhampton, Fulton County, New York
          d: 22 Jul 1896, Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +Julia Harding
          b: 1840, New Brunswick, Canada
          m: 14 Sep 1859, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States
          d: 4 Jan 1892, Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Gertrude Hutchinson
                    b: 12 Jul 1860, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States
                    d: 1 Oct 1914, Delwein, Fayette County, Iowa
. . . . . . . . . . +Johann Georg Layer
                    b: 5 Feb 1850, Brombach, Heidelberg, Germany
                    m: 23 Jun 1877, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
                    d: 30 Oct 1913, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lidia Marie Layer
                              b: 28 Apr 1878, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
                              d: 3 Feb 1942, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-May Louisa Layer
                              b: 7 Apr 1880, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
                              d: 7 Jul 1881, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ernest H. Layer
                              b: 23 Mar 1884, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
                              d: 2 Feb 1885, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Albert John Layer
                              b: 1 Apr 1888, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
                              d: 23 Jun 1936, Henshaw Lake, California
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-_____ Layer
                              b: 30 Nov 1898, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
                              d: 31 Dec 1898, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Albert G. Hutchinson
                    b: 9 Jun 1862, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States
                    d: 11 Apr 1922, Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Mary Anna Baker
                    b: abt 1863, Kansas, United States
                    m: 12 Nov 1886, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
                    d: aft 1922
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mary Lidia Hutchinson
                              b: 4 Aug 1892, Kansas, United States
                              d: 5 Aug 1985, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Rachel Hutchinson
                              b: Aug 1890, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ray Gillis Hutchinson
                              b: 21 Aug 1892, Mathews, Missouri
                              d: 14 Feb 1942, Contra Costa, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John William Hutchinson
                              b: 14 Apr 1895, Wathena, Doniphan, Kansas, United States
                              d: 16 Mar 1939, Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Sarah Elizabeth Hutchinson
                              b: 27 Aug 1897, Wathena, Doniphan, Kansas, United States
                              d: 26 Mar 1976, North Kansas City, Clay, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-William Henry Hutchinson
                    b: 2 Mar 1865, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States
                    d: 15 May 1936, Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Mary Ella Hall
                    b: abt 1870, Illinois, United States
                    m: 21 May 1888, Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States
                    d: 14 Jun 1950, Rogersville, Webster, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ella May Hutchinson
                              b: abt 1890, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alzeda Hutchinson
                              b: 12 Aug 1892, Shelby County, Missouri
                              d: 30 Dec 1964, Springfield, Greene, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William M. Hutchinson
                              b: 7 Oct 1892, Kansas, United States
                              d: 12 Jun 1952, Medical Lake, Spokane, Washington, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ruth Hutchinson
                              b: 28 Jun 1897, Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States
                              d: 2 Jul 1930, Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ruby Grace Hutchinson
                              b: 20 Jun 1898, Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
                              d: 20 Dec 1918, Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Jennie Hutchinson
                              b: Jun 1899, Missouri, United States
                              d: 12 Mar 1954, Multnomah, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Thomas Guy Hutchinson
                              b: 28 Aug 1901, Missouri, United States
                              d: 12 Jan 1962, Multnomah, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elmer Leroy “Roy” Hutchinson
                              b: 26 Feb 1905, Missouri, United States
                              d: 20 Sep 1967, Yakima, Yakima, Washington, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-_____ Hutchinson
                              b: 6 Mar 1907, Wathena, Doniphan, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Frederick Hutchinson
                    b: abt 1867, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Cary Hutchinson
                    b: abt 1869, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Winnie Mae Hutchinson
                    b: 6 May 1871, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
                    d: 23 Sep 1913, Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Hiram Miles Currey
                    b: 23 Oct 1866, Missouri, United States
                    m: 13 May 1891, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
                    d: 15 Sep 1943, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Infant Currey
                              b: 18 Apr 1892
                              d: 10 May 1892
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Henry Currey
                              b: 25 May 1893, Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States
                              d: 20 May 1906, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Herbert Miles Currey
                              b: 3 Apr 1895, Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States
                              d: 20 Apr 1971, Ontario, Malheur, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Hiram Currey
                              b: 11 Aug 1897
                              d: 24 Jan 1898
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Myrtle Irene Currey
                              b: 11 Jan 1899, Pomeroy, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States
                              d: 23 Jul 1970, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mary Lela Currey
                              b: 17 Aug 1901, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 8 Dec 1977, Zion, Lake, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Winnie Letha Currey
                              b: 30 Jun 1903, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 11 Feb 1992, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Earnest Oran Currey
                              b: 5 Apr 1906, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 25 May 1979, Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alma Jean Currey
                              b: 5 Apr 1912, Plainville, Rooks, Kansas, United States
                              d: 7 Sep 1989, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Elnora Hutchinson
                    b: 21 Sep 1874, Floyd, Floyd, Iowa, United States
                    d: 21 May 1921, Galbitar Township, Clay County, Missouri
. . . . . . . . . . +Zachariah Northern
                    b: 5 Sep 1866, Clay, Missouri, United States
                    m: 29 Mar 1890, Clay, Missouri, United States
                    d: 29 Jun 1952, Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Maude Mulida Northern
                              b: 5 May 1890, Missouri, United States
                              d: 21 Jun 1949, Clay, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-James Northern
                              b: Feb 1892, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Claud Northern
                              b: abt 1893, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Hazel S. Northern
                              b: 21 Mar 1900, Missouri, United States
                              d: 30 Sep 1976
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Jessie Northern
                              b: 15 Dec 1910, St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
                              d: 15 Feb 1988
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Guy Thomas Hutchinson
                    b: 29 Feb 1876, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
                    d: 12 Feb 1946, Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Ida Pasha Belle _____
                    b: 29 Jul 1888, Holt, Missouri, United States
                    m:
                    d: 9 Jan 1961, Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Dorothy L. Hutchinson
                              b: 21 Nov 1912, St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
                              d: Dec 1979, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ethel Belle Hutchinson
                              b: 18 Jul 1921
                              d: 25 Apr 1935, Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Francesca Hutchinson
                    b: Jul 1879, Mitchell, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Howard Hutchinson
                    b: 1881
                    d: 27 Mar 1905, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Elvira Hutchinson
                    b: abt 1884, Mitchell, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
. . . . . +Honore Eliza Van Valkenberg
          b: 17 Mar 1864, Elwood, Doniphan, Kansas, United States
          m: 8 Aug 1893, Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
          d: 13 Mar 1943, St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Elmer E. Hutchinson
                    b: 22 Jul 1895
                    d: 27 Aug 1926, Doniphan, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Carrie Bruner
                    b: 3 Nov 1900, Kentucky, United States
                    d: 1974, St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Albert Elsworth Hutchinson
                              b: 12 Mar 1925, St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
                              d: 8 Jun 2001, Fontana, San Bernardino, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Della Lorraine Hutchison
                              b: 15 Apr 1923, St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
                              d: 25 Sep 2008, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Jennie Cook
                    m: 19 Dec 1914, St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States

Same?

In all of your genealogy research, have you ever run into a family where you think two of the children are the same person but you just can’t find the proof? That’s where I am with the family of Alzeda Hutchinson and her husband, William Frank (or Frank William) Ferguson. I have two potential daughters: Laveda and Mary Emma that may be the same person.

The 1920 census shows William F Furgurson as a 28 year old head of the household in Washington township, Buchanan County, Missouri. William Furgurson was employed as a laborer in the hide house. According to this census record, the family included

  • Wife, Sadie aged 28
  • Daughter, Lavada aged 9
  • Daughter Blanch aged 6
  • Daughter Ruth aged 3
  • Twin Daughter May aged 1 8/12
  • Twin son Ray aged 1 8/12

In 1930, there is a Frank Furgison living in Marion township, Doniphan County, Kansas. (Doniphan county, Kansas is across the Missouri River from Buchanan County, Missouri.) Frank was listed as a 38 year old laborer for a fruit farm. The family in this 1930 census record included

  • Wife, Sadie, aged 38
  • Daughter, Ruth aged 14
  • Son, Ray F aged 11
  • Son, Charles aged 6
  • Son, William, aged 4

In 1940, a Frank Ferguson was listed as a 48 year old head of household. He was employed as a hide handler by hide brokers. The family in this 1940 census record included:

  • Wife, Zady J aged 48
  • Son, Charles A aged 16
  • Son, William I aged 14
  • Son, Archie H aged 6

IF all three of these census records are for the same family, then the family would include the following children with birth years estimated from the census records:

  • Lavada, born about 1911
  • Blanche, born about 1912
  • Ruth, born about 1916
  • May, born about 1918
  • Ray born about 1918
  • Charles, born about 1924
  • William I, born about 1926
  • Archie H, born about 1934

The fact that May was listed on the 1920 census as a toddler twin but missing from the 1930 census led me to look for her death. There is a Missouri death certificate for Ella May Ferguson with parents of Frank Ferguson and Elzada Hutchinson. This record shows that Ella May died 2 Feb 1926 in Greene County, Missouri. Based on the census records, that left 7 children: 4 boys and 3 girls.

To help verify this family structure, I turned to obituaries. Since Ray (Frank Ray Ferguson) died in Germany during World War II, his obituary is the first one available.

Died in Germany
Private First Class Frank R Ferguson died in Germany July 4, according to word received by his wife, Mrs. Julia M. Ferguson, 6323 Sherman street. The 27 year old infantry man went overseas the first of March and served with the 99th division of the 3rd army. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Richard, Larry and Frank; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ferguson of Parsons, Kan.; three brothers, Charles, William, and Archie and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Gualt, Mrs. Blanche Starks and Mrs. Ruth Fisher.

“Died in Germany,” St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Missouri), 3 August 1945, Page 8; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 24 September 2021).

Thus the six surviving children have been identified as

  • Charles
  • William
  • Archie
  • Mrs. Mary Gualt
  • Mrs. Blanche Starks
  • Mrs. Ruth Fisher

All of the names match up except for Mary. Mary is not listed on the census records. And, Lavada is mentioned on the census records but not named in this obiturary.

To keep track of which family members were mentioned in which records, I created a spreadsheet to track when each person was mentioned.

Vada Gault is mentioned in two later obituaries while Mary Gault is not. Mary Gault’s obituary in 1971 lists Blanche Burr, William and Archie as siblings. These three match up to the children of William Frank Ferguson and Alzeda Hutchinson that were still living in 1971.

Based on the current information I have for these individuals, I believe that Mary Emma Ferguson and Lavada Ferguson are the same person. However, I have not been able to locate any record that would support this conclusion. All I have are 2 obituaries that place Mary Emma Gault in the family and 2 other obituaries that place Veda Gault in the family.

So far, I haven’t found a family tree that merges Mary Emma Ferguson Gault and Lavada Ferguson Gault. I’m still looking for records that would help determine whether these are two separate individuals or the same person. But, my current theory is that they are the same individual.

Misdirected

Do you ever go back thru your older research? If so, have you ever unearthed the possibility that you connected the wrong spouse? I think that I am uncovering such a mistake in my Hutchinson research.

I had William Henry Hutchinson’s daughter Ella May connected as Etta May to the family of Arthur Richard Worley. I’m not sure why I went down this path. In looking at the sources I had, the obituary for Mrs. May Worley seemed to support such a connection. This obituary was published in the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Missouri) in March 1966 and listed Mrs. Fred Ferguson as a sister. Since Alzeda Hutchinson, a sister to Ella May, was married to William Frank Ferguson, I must have assumed that Ella May and Etta May were the same person.

So today, when I was working to update the descendants of Albert Hutchinson (1838-1896), I was reviewing sources and following Ancestry hints for Ella May. That’s when I ran into a red flag. The source that caused me to STOP and re-evaluate everything was a public member tree containing the wife of Arthur Richard Worley. This tree had Etta May’s maiden name as Posten and not Hutchinson.

Thanks to this small hint, I started looking at the sources I had for Ella (Etta) May Hutchinson to prove or disprove that she was married to Arthur Richard Worley.

One of those sources was an obituary for Ruth Pearl Presnell in the 3 July 1930 issue of the St. Joseph News-Press. Unfortunately, this obituary was not easily transcribed.

Presnell — Ruth Pearl, aged 33 years passed away at 4:30 a.m. Wednesd[ay] at a local hosptial. Mrs. Presnell is s[ur]vived by husband, R. D. Presnell 2[??] S. 13th; four children, Nina, Marvin, M[ar]tha, Sarah; parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. [?] Hutchinson, Springfield, Mo.; three bro[th]ers, Thomas, St. Joseph; William, Tan[ey] County, Mo., Roy, Springfield, Mo; th[ree] sisters, Alzada Ferguson, Wathena, Ka[?} Janey Guthrey, Galesbury, Ill. and [?} Worley, Taney County, Mo. Remains at Fleeman Funeral Home where servi[ces] will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursd[ay] Burial Ashland Cemetery.

“Presnell,” St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Missouri), 3 July 1930, page 10; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 12 January 2020).

Hoping to find a better obituary, I searched Newspapers.com and found one in the St. Joseph Gazette.

Mrs. Ruth Pearl Presnell, 33, Dies in Hospital Here

Mrs. Ruth Pearl Presnell, thirty-three years old, wife of R. D. Presnell, 2531 South Thirteenth street died Wednesday morning at a local hospital. Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, Nina, Marvin, Martha and Sarah Presnell; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Hutchinson, Springfield, Mo.; three brothers, Thomas Hutchinson, St. Joseph; William Hutchinson, taney County, Mo., and Roy Hutchinson, Springfield; and three sisters, Mrs. Alzada Ferguson, Wathena, Kan., Mrs. Janey Guthrie, Galesburg, Ill., and Mrs. May Worley, Taney County. The body is at Fleeman’s mortuary.

“Mrs. Ruth Pearl Presnell, 33, Dies in Hospital Here,” St. Joseph Gazette (St. Joseph, Missouri), 3 July 1930, page 3; Digitized images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 23 September 2021).

These obituaries fit everything else I know about the family of William Henry Hutchinson. They place Etta May Hutchinson Worley in Taney county Missouri in 1930. A search of the 1930 census for Taney county, Missouri reveals a May L. Worley in the household of Earl Worley. This couple is living in Buchanan County, Missouri in 1940.

At this point, I don’t have any information for Earl Worley and his wife after 1940. However, I think I’ve found sufficient information to disconnect Ella May Hutchinson from Arthur Richard Worley and his children.

Thus, I am thankful for the hint from the public member tree that caused me to review the family structure and sources for Ella May Hutchinson.

Winnie Mae Hutchinson

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  Pick a great-grandparent of yours – any one of your eight.  Tell us three (or more) things about him or her.

Winnie Mae Hutchinson was born on 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States.17

She was the child of Julia Harding and Albert Hutchinson.8

She lived in Douglas Township, Mitchell, Iowa, United States on 2 Jun 1880.9 Winnie Huchardson was listed on the 1880 census as the daughter of A Huchardson. According to the census, Winnie was 9 years old and born in Iowa.

Winnie lived in Jackson Township, Bremer, Iowa, United States in Jul 1885.10 Winna Hutchinson was listed on the 1885 census in the household of Albert Hutchinson. According to the census, Winna was 14 years old and born in Bremer County, Iowa.

She married Hiram Miles Currey on 13 May 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States.5,1113

On 3 Apr 1895, Herbert Miles Currey was born in Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States.

On 11 Aug 1897, Hiram Currey was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

On 11 Jan 1899, Myrtle Irene Currey was born in Pomeroy, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States.

She lived in Delaware Township, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jun 1900.14 Winnie M. Carrey was listed on the 1900 census as the wife of Hiram Carrey. According to the census, Winnie was 31 and born May 1869 in Iowa. Winnie and Hiram had been married 11 years.

On 17 Aug 1901, Mary Lela Currey was born in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

On 30 Jun 1903, Winnie Letha Currey was born in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

She lived in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in Jul 1905.15 W. M. Curry was listed on the 1905 census in the household of H. M. Curry. According to the census, she was 32 years old and born in Kansas.

On 5 Apr 1906, Earnest Oran Currey was born in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

Winnie lived in Rooks, Kansas, United States in Jul 1910.16 Winnie M. Currey was listed on the 1910 census as the wife of Hiram M. Currey. According to the census, Winnie was 38 years old and born in Iowa. The census indicates that Winnie M. Currey was the mother of 8 children, 5 of whom were living in 1910. Winnie and her husband Hiram had been married 17 years.

On 5 Apr 1912, Alma Jean Currey was born in Plainville, Rooks, Kansas, United States.17

She died on 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States at the age of 42.23,7,1821 Winnie Mae Currey died of heart disease. An abdominal tumor contributed to her death. Mrs. H. M. Currey, wife of a Kansas City teamster, died at their home, 420 Kansas Avenue, Tuesday, September 23, of heart disease. The funeral will be held at the Baptist church Thursday, September 25, at 10 a.m. conducted by the Rev. J. O. Harvey. She leaves a husband and six children, four girls, one of whom is only a year old and two sons, one who helps his father in the city.

She was buried on 25 Sep 1913 at Olathe City Cemetery in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.3,7,19,2224

ENDNOTES:

        1. Hiram Currey, Hiram Currey Family Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1880); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, Family Record — Births: Children of H.M. and A. J. Curry “Winnie May the wife of Hiram Miles was borned May 6 1871 Osage City Iowa”

        2. Winnie Mae Currey, death certificate #46 412 (23 September 1913), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

        3. Winnie Mae Currey, (1871-1913), Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Kansas. (738 N. Chestnut).

        4. 1885 Iowa State Census, Bremer County, Iowa, state census, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, page 33, household 177, Albert Hutchinson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); State Historical Society of Iowa

        5. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900; Source number: 78.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        6. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925, database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : . Original Source: State Historical Society of Iowa.

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

        8. “Albert Hutchinson, Co. D, 1st Iowa Cavalry,'” invalid / minor, Civil War Pension File, digital images obtained by Bruce Frail of American Civil War Ancestor research group, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.

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

        10. 1885 Iowa State Census, Bremer County, Iowa, state census, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, page 188, household 177, Hutchinson Albert.

        11. , Missouri, Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002, digital image, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : . (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), Viewed online; June 2016; Hiram M. Curry – Winnie M Hutchinson; 13 May 1891.

        12. Jackson County Clerk Kansas City, Missouri, “Jackson County Marriage Records, 1840-1985,” image, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017), Hiram Curry – Winnie M Hutchison.

        13. Hiram M Currey – Winnie M Hutchinson, (13 May 1891), Marriage License: Book 14, page 109; Recorder of Deeds, Kansas City, Missouri.

        14. 1900 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, Kanas, ED 83, sheet 20B, household 364, Hiram M Carrey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T623

        15. 1905 Kansas State Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, state census, Lansin, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 2, household 11, H M Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        16. 1910 U.S. Census, Rooks County, Kansas, population schedule, Twin Mound Township, Rooks County, Kansas, ED 168, Sheet 11A, housheold 201, Currey Hiram M; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T6224

        17. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online September 2017), Hiram M Currey / Winnie M Hutchinson.

        18. Hiram Currey, Hiram Currey Family Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1880); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, Family Record: Deaths “Winnie M. Hutchison wife of H. M. Currey died Sept 15, 1913 (Note the 15 is marked out and a 23 is written above it)”

        19. “Winnie May Curry,” obituary, Olathe Independent (Olathe, Kansas), 1 October 1913, page 8, col. 6.

        20. “Obituary”, Olathe Register, (Olathe, Kansas), 25 September 1913, page 10, last column; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

        21. “Death of Winnie May Currey,” The Olathe Register (Olathe, Kansas), 25 September 1913, page 10; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

        22. Certificate for Permanent Care Cemetery Lot Olathe, Kansas (: )

        23. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : Viewed Online June 2016), memorial for Winnie Mae “Winnie” Hutchinson Currey (1871-1913), Find a Grave Memorial no. # 13100755, created by Mike Wren, citing Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States; accompanying photograph by Shelley / Marcia Philbrick, Winnie Mae “Winnie” Hutchinson Currey.

        24. BillionGraves, digital images of tombstone, BillionGraves (billiongraves.com : viewed online August 2017), memorial for Winnie M. Currey (1871-1913), BillionGraves created by Spencer’s Eagle Project Account, citing Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Vicki, Winnie M. Currey.

‘Orphaned’ in the City

When researching a family, is there a block of time where you wished more records existed? Often the answer to this might be between 1880 and 1900 because of the lack of federal census records. Others might respond with prior to 1850 because of the lack of census records that identify those living in the household.

For my grandmother, the answer to that question is between 1913 when her mother died and 1918 when her sister’s first child was born. The family was living in Olathe, Kansas when Winnie Mae Hutchinson Currey died in September 1913. By 1918, their oldest daughter, Myrtle Irene Currey, was married in Dodge City, Kansas.

When Winnie Currey died in 1913, my grandmother, Winnie Currey was 10 years, 2 months and 24 days old. My grandmother’s siblings included:

  • Herbert Miles Currey was born 3 Apr 1895 making him 18 years, 5 months, 20 days old when his mother died
  • Myrtle Irene Currey was born 11 Jan 1899 making her 14 years 8 months and 12 days old when her mother died
  • Mary Lela Currey was born 17 Aug 1901 making her 12 years 1 month and 6 days old when her mother died
  • Earnest Oran Currey was born 5 Apr 1906 making him 7 years 5 moths and 18 days old when his mother died
  • Alma Jean Currey was born 5 Apr 1912 making her 1 year 5 months and 18 days when her mother died

My grandmother told me that she and her siblings were sent to a children’s home.

She also shared some details in her letters.

Feb 1982

Mother died in May. We went to the Children’s Home June 11 — Herb didn’t go and Myrtle wasn’t there long til she went to Aunt Mary’s in Denver Col.

Mary and I stayed together till she got married. But to go back – The court took Littens license away so dad had to take us back till Mary & I finished grade school. Then he was going to put us back into a home. I got Aunt Joe De Shazer to take Alma & found a home for Earnest. Then Mary & I lied about our ages went to work. I always kept track of the kids as I do now.

As noted in the blog post, U – Unknown Genealogy PhotoADay, I found a Rev. Charles Litten in the 1913 directory for Kansas City. He was identified as the secretary and general manager of Home Conserving Association of America at 2610 Cleveland Avenue.

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1913 Kansas City, Missouri City Directory, image 570 of 1335, Litten, Charles W. Rev ; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online September 2016).

Over the years, I have tried to document my grandmother’s account of her childhood. The first piece of documentation I located was a 1920 census record showing 7 year old Alma Jean Curry in the household of N. S. and Josephine De Shayert.

1920 U.S. Census, Franklin County, Kansas, population schedule, Ward 1, Ottawa, Franklin County, Kansas, SD 2, ED 92, Sheet 8B, Dwelling 207 – N. DeShazer, Alma Jean Curry – boarder; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA microfilm publication T625

The city directories for Kansas City provide some clues.

  • In 1914, there is a Myrtile I Currey living at 3816 Paseo.
1914 Kansas City Missouri City Directory (Kansas City, Missouri: Gate City Directory, 1914), image 298 of 1394, Myrtle I. Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online September 2016).

Curious as to whom else might be living at 3816 Paseo, a search of the city directories for the keyword, “3816 Paseo” in 1914 provides some additional information.

Also living at 3816 Paseo was Myrtle’s aunt, Elizabeth Jane Currey Rigby, wife of Robert M. Rigby.

  • In 1915, there is a Hiriam Currey living at 3840 Euclid. Hiriam was working as a teamster.
1915 Kansas City Missouri City Directory (Kansas City: Gate City Directory Co., 1915), image 314 of 1403, Curry, Hiram; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online September 2016).
  • In 1916, Hiram M Currey was still living at 3840 Euclid. No occupation was listed. His daughter, Myrtle was living at 2808 Peery avenue in Kansas City, Missouri
1916 Kansas City, Missouri City Directory (Kansas City: Gate City Directory Co., 1916), image 292 of 1278, Currey, HIram and Currey, Myrtle; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online September 2016).
  • In 1919, there is a Hiram M. Currey living at 4108 Penn Av. Hiram Currey was working as a baker.
1919 Kansas City Missouri City Directory (Kansas City: Gate City Directory, 1919), image 357, Hiram M. Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016).

The ‘Aunt Mary’ mentioned in the letters was Mary Currey Spears, wife of John H. Spears. In 1916, there is a John H. Spears living in Denver boarding at 1760 Pennsylvania.

1916 Denver Directory for 1916. Denver, Co.: Ballenger & Richards, 1916. p. 1663.

The 1910 census for Denver does show a John H. Spears with a wife named May at 1760 Pennsylvania.

1910 U.S. Census. Denver, Denver County, Colorado. ED 110. Sheet 18A. Line 21. John H. Spears.

Thus, Myrtle could easily have gone to Denver to live with an aunt.

Unfortunately, Mary and Winnie are too young to appear in the city directories. A search of Newspapers.com for notice of Mary Currey’s marriage turned up an article listing the marriage licenses that were issued in the 31 Jan 1919 issue of The Kansas City Times.

“Marriage Licenses,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 31 January 1919, page 13; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 8 August 2021).

Broadening the search to look for Mary Currey between 1915 and 1920 in the Kansas City newspapers unearthed a very interesting article. According to the article, Mary and Winnie both graduated from Horace Mann School.

Horace Mann Graduates

A Class of Eighty-Eight to Receive Diplomas Thursday

Commencement exercises of the Horace Mann School will be held Thursday afternoon at the Ivanhoe Congregational Church. Thirty-ninth Street and Euclid Avenue. Dr. W. S. Abernethy will address the class. The graduates are:

Mary L. Currey

Winnie L. Currey

“Horace Mann Graduates,” The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri), 6 June 1916, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 9 August 2021).

So, in 1916, the two girls, Mary and Winnie, graduated from Horace Mann School. Horace Mann School was located at the corner of 39th and Euclid. In 1916, their father was living at 3840 Euclid.

According to my grandmother, Mary and Winnie lived with their aunt, Eleanor Hutchinson Northern after leaving school. While living with them, they supposedly worked in North Kansas City. Since Eleanor is buried in Liberty, I had always assumed that she and her husband, Zachariah were living in Liberty at the time. However, the 1916 city directory for Kansas City lists a Zachariah Northern living at 1225 E 23rd – in North Kansas City.

1916 Kansas City, Missouri City Directory (Kansas City: Gate City Directory Co., 1916), North Kansas City, page 9 (image 1274 of 1278), Zachariah Northern; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online 11 August 2021).

I wasn’t very observant when I first looked at the directory information for Zachariah Northern. I didn’t realize his listing was in a section devoted to North Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri. Once I realized the difference, I searched the North Kansas City entries for the CURRY surname and found Myrtle living at the same address!

1916 Kansas City, Missouri City Directory (Kansas City: Gate City Directory Co., 1916), North Kansas City, page 3 (image 1271 of 1278), Myrtle Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online 11 August 2021).

Since Myrtle Currey is living with Zachariah Northern, it is also probable that her younger sisters, Mary and Winnie, were also living with the Northern family.

Thanks to the use of city directories and newspapers, I’ve been able to find pieces of evidence that support the stories my grandmother told me. Having previously researched Hutchinson and Currey descendants has also helped figure out some of these clues.

However, there are still questions about what happened to these children after their mother’s death.

  • Where was Herbert Currey living after his mother died?
  • When, how and why did Herbert Currey get to Utah where he married his wife in 1916?
  • When, how and why did Myrtle Currey get to Dodge City where she was married in 1917?
  • If Zachariah and Eleanor Northern were living on E 23rd in 1916, and if Mary and Winnie were living with them, how did the girls get to North Kansas City to work?
  • Where was Earnest Currey during this time?
  • Was ‘Aunt Joe DeShazer’ an actual aunt or just a close family friend? If an aunt, how was she related?

Crossing Paths

As you are researching your ancestors do you ever find a family living in the same county as ancestors or cousins from a totally different branch of your tree? That’s been my experience recently.

I’ve been researching three generations of descendants of James Barr Ralston recently. As I’ve been working my way thru his children and their families, I have encountered quite a few of them with ties to Black Hawk County, Iowa. Black Hawk County, Iowa is where my ancestor, Julia Harding was married to Albert Hutchinson. My Ralston line is on my dad’s dad’s side of my tree. My Hutchinson/Harding branch is on my dad’s mom’s side of the tree. These two lines do not connect in my tree until my grandparents marry in Dodge City, Kansas.

Curious as to who all was in Black Hawk county at some time, I decided to create a ‘Who Was There’ report. Since this report takes a while to generate, I created a ‘Marked Group’ for anyone with a fact place containing Black Hawk, Iowa.

With the marked group created, I can now generate a ‘Who Was There’ report limited to the people in this marked group.

Not only does this create a nice report of everyone with a fact placing them in Black Hawk County Iowa between 1850 and 1940, but it keeps the color coding. The color coding is a visual clue to the fact that different branches of my tree were in Black Hawk County.

This report confirms what I was seeing while researching the descendants of James Barr Ralston. The color coding makes it easy to spot the various family lines.

NOTE: The above report may not contain everyone who should be on it. I recently discovered that if I don’t have a birth and death date for an individual, then they will not be included on this report.

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

Elusive Eliza

In my quest to figure out whether the Howard Hutchinson who drowned in the Missouri River is a son of Albert Hutchinson and thus a brother to my great-grandmother, Winnie Hutchinson Currey, I thought I might try finding him living with Albert’s second wife, Eliza.

Since she was married six times Eliza goes by many names.

  • Honor L. Vanvolkenberg married Henry H Nolen in March of 1885 in Doniphan County, Kansas
  • Miss Eliza Valkenburg married Albert Hutchinson in 1893 in Buchanan County, Missouri. Albert died in 1896 leaving Eliza a widow with a young son, Elmer. Elmer was born in 1895.
  • Honor E Hutchins married Samuel King in November 1898 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri
  • Eliza Nolan married John McColgin in Aug 1900 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri
  • Mrs Eliza McColgin married Oceola Phay in May 1906 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri
  • Osceola Phay sought to break marital ties with Eliza Phay in the fall of 1923 as reported in the St. Joseph newspaper
  • According to the Find a Grave site for Honore Eliza Van Volkenburg Schleininger, she married Daniel Schleininger in 1930.

These many names make finding Eliza difficult. I did find one newspaper article that places a Howard Hutchinson in the home of an Eliza King.

More Trouble in Bean Row

Mrs. Eliza King, a White Woman
Injured by a Colored Amazon

Hostilities were again resumed in Bean Row yesterday afternoon and a small sized rce war progressed for a short time. A black Amazon named Judy Shepherd, aged 19 years, appeared to be the instigator of the trouble and seriously injured Eliza King, a white woman, by hitting her above the right eye with a brick, producing an ugly but not dangerous scalp wound.
The trouble occurred about 5 o’clock. It appears the Shepherd woman entered the home of Mrs. King, who is said to be a hardworking woman, and began to use abusive and obscene language. She was ordered from the house No. 3 Bean Row, by the white woman. As she left the door she picked up a brick and threw it with good aim. She threw several more missiles and aroused the neighborhood. Then a small riot broke loose, in which several colored women took part but no one, except Mrs. King, was seriously hurt.
The injured woman was taken to a house on Buchanan avenue by J. E. Patrick and her wound was dressed by City Physician Graham. Later in the evening she and her two children, Howard and Elmer Hutchinson, were conveyed to the city hospital, where she was resting easily last night. She will be able to leave the institution in a few days.
Officers Hodgins and Duncan placed the Shepherd woman under arrest, and it is said a state warrant will be sworn out for her.


“More Trouble in Bean Row,” The St. Joseph Herald (St. Joseph, Missouri), 13 October 1899, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapars.com : viewed online 22 February 2021).

The above article is for an Eliza King, which is Eliza’s married name in 1899. It also places both a Howard and an Elmer Hutchinson in the household. There is a Samuel R. King living at 3 Bean Row in the Combe Printing Company’s 1900 directory for St. Joseph. Unfortunately, it appeared that wives were not listed in this particular directory.

An earlier directory listed the inhabitants of Bean Row. I was able to use that list to locate one of those inhabitants in the 1900 census. This allowed me to verify that neither Eliza nor any of her family members were listed as an occupant of any house on Bean Row.

The above article is the only document showing a tie between a Howard Hutchinson and any member of Albert Hutchinson’s family. This supports that there was a Hutchinson son named Howard. Unfortunately, it does not help prove that the Howard Hutchinson who drowned is the same person as the Howard Hutchinson mentioned in this article.

Thus, there is more digging to do.

Howard Hutchinson

Have you ever had a family story that you just couldn’t prove? Did you give up on it?

That’s what I did with a story my grandmother included in one of her letter.

Guy and Al lived & died (I think) in St. Joe Mo. William was drowned in the Mo river while we still lived at Lansing.

I tried to find an obituary for William Hutchinson up and down the Missouri River for the right time period. As I did more and more research on the family, I kept finding William alive and with a family. Thus, I gave up on proving the drowning story.

As I was transcribing a letter in Albert Hutchinson’s pension file regarding Guy Hutchinson, I realized that it listed identified siblings of Guy.

but at the time his father applied for the pension there were only six living children: Albert G., William H., Howard E., Winnie M., and Eleanora M., also Guy Thomas.

I have ten children for the family of Albert Hutchinson and his wife Julia Harding, including Albert G., Wililam Henry, Winnie Mae, Elnora and Guy Thomas. But I don’t have Howard Hutchinson.

Knowing the family was in the area of St. Joseph, Missouri, I decided to search Newspapers.com for a Howard Hutchinson between 1890 and 1920. And I found articles about his death. He drowned in the Missouri River in 1905. (Note: later searches of Ancestry and FamilySearch have so far not found this Howard Hutchinson.)

The following is from an article in the “Brief Local News” section of the Wathena Repubican (Wathena, KS) dated 2 June 1905:

The body of Howard Hutchinson who was drowned in the Missouri river during a severe storm the evening of March 27, while attempting to cross in a skiff, with four companions from a point opposite the water-works pumping station, was recovered near Winthrop Thursday afternoon. The body, which is badly decomposed, was brought to St. Joseph and conveyed to Meierhoffer’s morgue. The burial was Friday in Oakland cemetery. Hutchinson was twenty-four years of age, unmarried and lived in the French Bottoms. His body is the last of the five victims of the disaster to be recovered. Hutchinson formerly lived in Burr Oak Township.

Another article found was in the 26 May 1905 issue of the St. Joseph News-Press titled, Last Body Is Recovered

Last Body is Recovered

The Remains of Howard Hutchinson
Drowned March 27, Are Found
Near Winthrop

The body of Howard Hutchinson, who was drowned in the Missouri River during a severe storm the evening of March 27, while attempting to cross in a skiff, with four companions, from a point opposite the waterworks pumping station, was recovered near Winthrop yesterday afternoon. The body which is badly decomposed, was brought to St. Joseph and conveyed to Meierhoffer’s morgue. The burial was this afternoon, in Oakland cemetery.

Hutchinson was twenty-four years of age, unmarried and lived in the French Bottoms northwest of the city. His body is the last of the five victims of the disaster to be recovered.

Now comes the task of locating more information on this Howard Hutchinson!

Hutchinson Family

I found another interesting document in the complete pension file for Albert Hutchinson. This one dated in 1941, long after his death. It is a letter from the State Social Security Commission of Missouri regarding Guy Thomas Hutchinson. This letter identifies six children of Albert Hutchinson who were living at the time.

State Social Security Commission of Missouri

Buchanan County
St. Joseph, Missouri
March 8, 1941

Edward Dunkin
Secretary-Director

Veterans Administration
Washington, D.C.

S C 689511 [mxc] 3/17/41
Albert Hutchinson

Re: Hutchinson, Guy Thomas
Atten: Dependents Claims Service, Director

Gentlemen:

Mr. Guy Thomas Hutchinson has applied to this agency for Old Age assistance. He believes that he was born February 29, 1876, but he does not have satisfactory age proof.

In our interview with Mr. Hutchinson, it was learned that his father Albert Stevens Hutchinson, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was with the Union Army. Mr. Hutchinson believes that his father was a member of the thirteenth regiment of Iowa. He enlisted for one period and was mustered out and then reenlisted for three years.

Our applicant stated that when his father first applied for the Civil War pension he was living in Clay County, Mo. Mr. Hutchinson does not know the date of application but believes it was some time between 1890 and 1897. His father died in Doniphan County, Kansas, in 1897.

Mr. Hutchinson gave the following names as other members of the family: His mother was Julia Malida Harding and there were twelve children in the entire family but at the time his father applied for the pension there were only six living children: Albert G., William H., Howard E., Winnie M., and Eleanora M., also Guy Thomas.

We are wondering if your records relative to Mr. Hutchinson’s pension might reveal a verification of the birthdate as given by our applicant.

We appreciate your courtesy in extending this service.

Yours very truly,

Edward Dunkin, County Director
Buchanan County

Marjorie K. Bradley
(Mrs. Marjorie K. Bradley, Visitor

Approved By:
Gertrude Cope
Case Supervisor