Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):
1) Check out Lisa Alzo’s “Fearless Females 2021” blog post prompts and write about one of them.
“Do I have marriage records for my grandparents and great-grandparents?”
Grandparents: Leon Russel Crawford and Winnie Letha Currey were married on Christmas Eve in 1919 at the home of her sister in Dodge City, Kansas.
Grandparents: Edward Osmond Briles and Pauline Edith Mentzer were married on Oct. 29, 1915 in Yates Center, Kansas
Great Grandparents: Judson Foster Crawford married Josie Winifred Hammond on Christmas Eve 1890 in Dodge City, Kansas. (Photo is from their 50th wedding anniversary celebration.)
Great Grandparents: Hiram Miles Currey married Winnie Mae Hutchinson on May 13, 1891 in Jackson County, Missouri. I do not have a wedding picture for them or a picture of them together.
Great Grandparents: Edward Grant Briles married Frances Artlissa Ricketts on Feb. 19 1890 in Woodson County, Kansas. (Not sure when photo was taken, but it may have been for their 50th wedding anniversary.)
Great Grandparents: Charles Oliver Mentzer married Nettie Adell Wells on Oct 18, 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. (Photo taken later in their lives, but am unsure of date.)
In a recent ‘Throwback Thursday’ post, I included a picture of my grandmother, Pauline Mentzer and her twin brother, Paul Mentzer. Seeing that picture, my cousin reminded me that as children, we didn’t know anything about grandma’s twin brother and didn’t even realize that she was a twin.
However, when going thru photo albums, grandma would fondly remember her brother who was killed in a roofing accident in 1942.
Paul Emory Mentzer
Paul Emory Mentzer1 was born on 28 Mar 1896 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1–6
He was the child of Charles Oliver Mentzer and Nettie Adell Wells.7
Paul Mentzer was listed as the son of Charles Mentzer on the 1900 census in Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Paul was born Mar 1896 in Kansas.8
He was listed as Paul Mentzer, an 8 year old male born in Kansas, on the 1905 census living in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1905.9
The 1910 census shows a 13 year old single male born Kansas who was listed as Paul E. Mentzer in Liberty Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 27 Apr 1910.10
About 1912, Paul was educated in Coffey, Kansas, United States.11
The 1915 Kansas census shows an 18 year old agriculture laborer born in Kansas who was listed as Paul Mentzer in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.12
He registered for draft on 5 Jun 1917 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.13
He was stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma on 29 Sep 1917.14
On 25 Apr 1918, Paul departed aboard the Caronia as part of the 139th Infantry from New York, New York, United States.15
He was wounded while serving in Co. E 139th Infantry A.E.F. before 1 Sep 1918 .16
He was serving in the military on 13 Jan 1919 in Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, United States.14
The 1920 census shows a 23 year old male born Kansas who was employed as a garage mechanic who was listed as Paul Mentzer in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.17
He married Ada Ellen Saferite on 25 Aug 1921 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.4,11,18–21
Paul lived in Pittsburg, Crawford, Kansas, United States in Sep 1921.11
He lived in Pittsburg, Crawford, Kansas, United States in 1925.22
He received Bachelor of Science Degree on 28 May 1925 in Pittsburg, Crawford, Kansas, United States.4
About 1930 Paul was a teacher in the high school in Burr Oak, Jewell, Kansas, United States.11
He registered as a veteran of WWI in 1930 in Saline, Kansas, United States.23
The 1930 census shows a 34 year old male born in Kansas who was employed as a teacher who was listed as Paul E. Mentzer in Eureka Township, Saline, Kansas, United States.24
About 1935 he was an a teacher of manual training and physics in the high school in Council Grove, Morris, Kansas, United States.11
Paul lived at 247 Fillmore in Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States in 1937.25
He lived in Lyons, Boulder, Colorado, United States in Feb 1939.26
The 1940 census shows a 44 year old male born in Kansas who was employed as a manual training teacher and who was listed as Paul Mentzer. in Lyons, Boulder, Colorado, United States.27
He lived at Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States about 1941.11
Paul registered for draft in 1942 in Springfield, Baca, Colorado, United States.28
He lived in Springfield, Baca, Colorado, United States in Aug 1942.1
He died on 14 Aug 1942 in Lamar, Prowers, Colorado, United States at the age of 46. He fractured his skull in an accident at a public school building in Springfield, Colorado.1,4–6,11,29–31
Paul was buried on 18 Aug 1942 at Cedarvale Cemetery in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1,5–6,31–32
1. “Standard Certificate of Death” (Certificate of Death, ), No 10912 Paul Mentzer (Charles Mentzer notebook).
2. Mentzer, George, Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer (: , ); Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS, (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.006)
3. Charles Mentzer family, Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition (: , ); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, stored in filing cabinet
4. “Newspaper clipping from unknown newspaper”, (), to (), “Mentzer Obituary” Paul Emory Mentzer (Chalres Mentzer Notebook);
5. , P. NF43 (Wells.KS.029), Yates Center Cemetery, , .
6. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online April 2017), memorial for Paul E. Mentzer (1896-1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. #118586494, created by larry gifford, citing Cedarvale Cemetery, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by larry gifford, Paul E. Mentzer.
8. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, SD 4, ED 186, page 1A Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], household 2, Mentzer Charles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2016); FHL microfilm: 1240503
9. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas, page 12 Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], household 72, C. O. Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017)
10. 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 15, sheet 7B Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], household 124, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017)
11. “Newspaper clipping from unknown newspaper”.
12. 1915 Kansas Census, Coffey County, State Census, Coffey County, Neosho Township, 11 (image 21 of 58) Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], dwelling 91, C. O. Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online March 2016)
13. “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database, Ancestry (Ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Paul Emory Mentzer.[WebRecord].
15. U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939, Paul E Mentzer, database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online 23 December 2019).
16. Entry; , 1 Sept 1918, p. 19 (Charles Mentzer Notebook); in (: ). CITATION based on TMG Source
17. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 155, Sheet 6A Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], household 116, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625
18. Kansas State Department of Health and Environment, Office of Vital Statistics, [Type] [CertificateNo] ([Date]), [PersonID]; Kansas State Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS.
19. Marriage License Record, Woodson County, Kansas, [Page], Woodson County Courthouse, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.
20. Duncan, L. Wallace and Chas F. Scott, History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas (Iola, Kansas: Iola Register, 1901), pp. 831-832 (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.025). Hereinafter cited as History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas.
21. “Mentzer-Saferite,” The Neosho Falls Post (Neosho Falls, Kansas), 9 September 1921, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 14 January 2021).
22. 1925 Kansas Census, Crawford County, Kansas, Kansas census, Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas, page 28 Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], Paul E Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online January 2018)
27. 1940 U.S. Census, Boulder County, Colorado, Lyons, Boulder County, Colorado, enumeration district (ED) ED 7-20, sheet 8B, household 15, Paul Mentzer; digital images, (: viewed online January 2018).
28. “U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” digital images, NARA Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Paul Emory Mentzer; citing .
29. Pauline Mentzer Briles family, The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments King James Version (: The World Publishing Company, ); Letha Doolittle, San Bernadino, California, Transcription (Charles Mentzer Notebook)
30. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line Paul Emory Mentzer.
32. Rcocrds of the Office of teh Quartermaster General, “Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1963,” image, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), Paul Emory Mentzer.
Have you ever wondered whether you are named after someone? Are your siblings named after someone? For me and my brothers, I have not found any evidence that we are named after other family members. Even though we aren’t carrying any family names, my great nieces and nephew were named after family members — and their parents are sharing the family stories with these young children!
As I look at my pedigree, I do see several lines where it appears that names have been passed down. In my Crandall line, Sarah Adell Crandall’s middle names is passed down thru several generations. Thus, this name might (or might not) be a clue to previous generations.
In my Mentzer line, there are two generations of Phillip Mentzers. The name is then passed on to a grandson and a great grandson. Also common in this family line is the middle name, Andrew.
In my Briles line, the given names of John, Frederick, George and Noah are popular. The names, John and Frederick, go back to early Briles families in Randolph County, North Carolina. Investigation of the Noah Briles’ in my files reveals that many with this given name are descendants of Noah Rush. Thus, they may have been named after this grandfather. However, there is at least one Noah Briles who is not a descendant of Noah Rush.
In my Crawford line, there is little evidence that a family name was passed down as I follow the line back to my 2nd great grandfather. My great-grandfather, Judson Foster Crawford, gets his middle name from his mother’s Foster line. However, the given name Judson is unique. Judson’s father, Washington Marion Crawford’s name is also unique. I’m guessing that he may have been named after President George Washington. However, that is just a guest on my part. Washington Marion Crawford did name his youngest son after his father, Nelson G. Crawford. This has caused me to wonder whether there is a Nelson Crawford further back on my Crawford line.
Even though most of my lines do not have a name repeated generation after generation, my Currey line is the exception.
I believe I have four generations of men named Hiram M. Currey. I have to say ‘believe’ because two of the generations just disappear leaving few records connecting them to any children. Thus, I have bits and pieces of evidence that alone do not connect these generations. These pieces of evidence are like a jigsaw puzzle. When put together, these pieces of evidence supports this lineage.
Even though my 5 generation pedigree doesn’t indicate that any naming convention was used, I still refer back to those conventions in hopes that my ancestors followed a convention. For more information on naming conventions, see the following:
Mrs. E.O. Briles St. Joseph Hospital Linwood & Prospect Kans City MO
Dear Pauline: rec’d your card and so glad to know you are getting along allright “Mary Ida” is all right now has 2 teeth now so that she can bite good and hard Fannie made $26 at the pie supper. No we didn’t go Frank saw Walter Monday went down to your folks after [c?] He was just fine Wishing you Merry Xmas. Love Myra
I received the above post card with some of my grandmother’s things. I don’t remember ever discussing this with her – and wished I had. Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer to my question, ‘Why was she in the hospital in Kansas City when they lived in Woodson county?’ All I have is speculation.
When I first realized that grandma was hospitalized in 1919, I wondered if she was suffering depression after the death of her almost 9 month old son, Kenneth, in June of that year.
However, my perspective has widened to wonder if grandma was in the hospital with influenza. According to the ‘Influenza Encyclopedia’ entry for Kansas City, it appears that the majority of influenza cases were during the winter of 1918 to spring of 1919 and not during December 1919.
In trying to figure out the ‘why’ behind my grandmother’s stay in the hospital, I looked for more information on St. Joseph Hospital. The building where she was a patient has been replaced by the Linwood Shopping Center. Thankfully, the web site KC Rag contains a timeline for the property at Linwood and Prospect on their forum, “All about the Linwood Shopping Center.”
Reading the history of the St. Joseph Hospital just reinforces the idea that my grandmother was seriously ill at the time. I just wish I had been able to ask her about her experience at St. Josephs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
While researching your family, have you ever stumbled across something very precious — but not for your ancestor? That was my experience today when I made a truly wonderful find.
As mentioned in my post, Evaluating ThruLines, I am researching descendants to verify the ‘Evaluation’ line suggested by ThruLines, Today, I’m working on a ThruLines suggestion for Phillip Andrew Mentzer that goes thru his daughter, Sarah A. Mentzer.
According to FamilySearch, Sarah was married three times. Her first marriage was to Henry Oman. In 1860, Sarah and Henry are living in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois. By 1870, Sarah is back in Massachusetts and is listed in the census as Sarah Stiles. Sarah’s second husband was Henry Stiles. Also listed in the 1870 census were two Oman children: Alice and Henry. In 1880, Sarah is again living in Massachusetts, but this time she is listed as Sarah Green, wife of Edward Green. The Oman children are not listed with Sarah and Edward on the 1880 census.
Thanks to Ancestry’s collection of marriage records for Massachusetts, I was able to find all three of Sarah’s marriage records. My next step was to learn more about Sarah’s husbands.
Thus, I turned to FamilySearch to see what it would tell me about Henry Oman. According to the record for Henry Oman (LZP4-NZC) on FamilySearch, he died on 1 Aug 1863 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. FamilySearch also indicated that he was buried in the National Cemetery at Vicksburg. Thinking I would be able to use a record on Find a Grave to document Henry Oman’s death and burial, I searched for the record on that site.
When I couldn’t find Henry Oman’s burial on Find a Grave I decided to do a quick Google search to see what I could find. And that’s when I hit the jackpot!
Knowing that I would want to be told about such a find for one of my great-grandfathers, I shared this information with my DNA match. I’m praying that she is active enough on Ancestry to read my message!
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
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
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.
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.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:
1) Determine where your ancestral families were on 18 May 1919 – 100 years ago. 2) List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible). Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist? My Grandparents
Leon Crawford was living with his parents at 504 Ave G in Dodge City
Winnie Letha Currey was likely living with her sister, Myrtle. Winnie traveled from Kansas City to Dodge City in 1918 to help Myrtle with the birth of her first child, Dorothy. Winnie and Leon were married on Christmas Eve in 1919 at Myrtle’s house.
Edward O. Briles and his wife Pauline (Mentzer) Briles were likely living in Woodson County in 1919. Edward’s World War I draft card indicated they were living in Everett Township, Woodson County in June of 1917. By 1920, they had moved to Allen County.
My Great Grandparents
Judson Foster Crawford and Josie Winifred (Hammond) Crawford were living at 504 Avenue G in Dodge City, Kansas.
Hiram Miles Currey was living at 4108 Penn Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. His wife, Winnie May (Hutchinson) Currey, was no longer living.
Edward Grant Briles and Frances Artlissa (Ricketts) Briles were living in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas
Charles Oliver Mentzer and Nettie Adell (Wells) Mentzer were living in Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas.
My Great-great grandparents
Mary Foster Crawford was living at 911 Second in Dodge City, Kansas. Her husband, Washington Marion Crawford, was no longer living.
Richmond Fisk Hammond was living in Sawtelle Soldier’s Home in Los Angeles, California. His first wife, Sarah Ellen (Ralston) Hammond was no longer lving.
Sarah Jane (Thompson) Briles was living in Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas. Her first husband, Noah Washington Briles, was no longer living.
James Marshall Ricketts and Rachel Elmeda (Christy)Rickets were living in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas.
Emeline (Minnick) Mentzer was living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. Her husband, George Mentzer, was no longer living.
Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):1) Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with two degrees of separation? That means “you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor.” When was that second ancestor born?
My first thought was that I knew my great-grandmother, Josie Crawford.
Crawford Line: Josie Hammond Crawford was born in 1874. She would have known her grandfather, Horatio Hammond (1798-1879) and grandparents, James Barr Ralston (1811-1904) and Nancy Jane McCormick (1818-1907).
Josie would have also known her in-laws: Washington Marion Crawford (1838-1889) and Mary Foster Crawford (1842-1929). Josie’s father-in-law was a prisoner of war at Andersonville, as was her father, Richmond Fisk Hammond (1840-1928).
Currey Line: I kne my grandmother, Winnie Letha Currey (1903-1992). Winnie did not know any of her grandparents since they all died prior to her birth. Her mother, Winnie Mae Hutchinson, died in 1913, when my grandmother was ten. My grandmother did not know much about her heritage. Her thirst for knowledge about her mother’s family is what started my genealogy quest.
Briles Line: I knew my grandfather, Edward Osmond Briles (1891-1956). His grandfather, Noah Washington Briles (1840-1879) died before he was born. His grandmother, Sarah Jane Thompson Briles (1843) was still living in Coffey county, Kansas near where his parents lived. Also living in the area were his other grandparents,James Marshall Ricketts (1847-1920) and Rachel Elmeda Christy (1845-1927). Also living in the area was E. O. Briles’ great grandfather, Alexander Briles (1813-1900). Several of his other great granparents were living, but not in Coffey county, Kansas. William Taylor Thompson (1820-1898) and his wife, Polly Ann Evans (1821-1896) were living in Wapello County, Iowa. Orilda Matilda Reed Ricketts (1828-1900) was living in Clinton county, Indiana. Samuel Christy (1819-1904) was also living in Clinton county, Indiana. Whether the families visited each other is unknown.
Mentzer Line: I knew my great-grandfather, Charles Oliver Mentzer (1869-1955). He would have known his grandfather, John Minnick (1822-1903).
I connect within two degrees of separation to my third great grandfather, Horatio Hammond. Horatio Hammond was living in Knox county, Illinois where Josie Winifred Hammond was born.