Emaline Minnick Mentzer

(Note: her first name was spelled many ways)

Emeline Minnick1 was born on 26 Aug 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.23

Emiline Menick was listed as a 1 year old female in the household of John Menick on the 1850 U.S. census living in Franklin county, Pennsylvania.4

E. Minnick was listed in the household of Jno Minnick on the 1860 U.S. Census living in Kewanne, Henry County, Illinois. E. Minnick was listed as an 11 year old female born in Pennsylvania.2,5

She became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church on 14 Jul 1867 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.6

She married George Mentzer on 1 Jan 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.2,715

On 1 Jul 1869, Charles Oliver Mentzer was born in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.12,1618

Emma Mentzer was listed in the household of Geo Mentzer on the 1870 census living in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois. According to the census, Emma was 22 years old and born in Pennsylvania.19

On 3 Mar 1871, John Frederick Mentzer was born in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.12,1617

She lived in Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1872.2

Between 1873 and 1914, Emeline was a member Pleasant View M.E. Church in Woodson, Kansas, United States.2

On 28 Feb 1873, Susan May Mentzer was born in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

On 31 Dec 1874, Henry Arnold Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617,20

On 22 Feb 1877, Philip Embry Mentzer was born in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

On 10 May 1880, Earnest Everett Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

Emaline Mentzer was listed as the wife of Geo Mentzer on the 1880 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emaline was 32 years old and born in Pennsylvania.21

On 20 Sep 1882, Clara Edith Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

Emeline Mentzer is listed as a 36 year old female in the household of George Mentzer on the 1885 Kansas census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas.22

On 7 Apr 1887, Clarence Albert Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617,23

E Mentzer was listed as a 46 year old female in the household of Geo Mentzer on the 1895 Kansas census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas.24

Emma Mentzer was listed as the wife of George Mentzer on the 1900 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emma was born Aug 1848 in Pennsylvania. Emma and George and been married 32 years in 1900. Emma was the mother of 8 children, all of whom were living in 1900.25

Emeline Mentzer was listed in the household of George Mentzer on the 1905 Kansas census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emeline was 50 years old.26

Emeline Mentzer was listed as the wife of George Mentzer on the 1910 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emeline was 61 years old and born in Pennsylvania. Emeline was the mother of 8 children, 7 of whom were living.27

On 26 Jan 1912, she thanked friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during the sickness and death of her husband in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.28

She filed a declaration of a widow for original pension  on 13 Feb 1912 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.12

Between 1914 and 1927, Emeline was a member in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.29

She lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in Feb 1914.2

Mrs. Emeline Mentzer was listed as the head of household on the 1915 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Mrs. Mentzer was 66 years old. Also living in the household was Hazel, age 18 and Cecil, aged 16.30

She lived in Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1919.23

Emaline Mentzer was listed as a head of household on the 1920 census. According to the census, Emaline was 70 years old and born in Pennsylvania. Her sister, Mary E Minnick was also listed in the household.31

Emeline Mentzer was listed as the head of household on the 1925 Kansas census living in Yates Center, Woodson County,Kansas. According to the census Emeline was a 76 year old female born in Pennyslvania. Also listed in the household was listed a sister Mary E. Minnick.32

Emeline died on 13 Sep 1927 at the age of 79 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.2,3335

She was buried on 15 Sep 1927 at Yates Center Cemetery in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.2,3335

ENDNOTES: 

       1. 1860 U.S. Census, Henry County Illinois, population schedule, [CivilDivision], enumeration district (ED) [ED], [PageID], [HouseholdID], [Person]; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.con : [AccessType] [AccessDate]); NARA microfilm publication M653.

        2. “Died – Mentzer,” undated clipping, 1927, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, saved by Pauline Briles and passed down to Marcia Philbrick; privately held 2021 by Marcia Crawford Philbrick, [address for private use], Seneca, KS 66538. likely from Yates Center newspaper.

        3. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 122.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        4. 1850  U.S. Census, Franklin County Pennsylvania, population schedule, Montgomery Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, image 52 of 78, family 692, John Menick; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432.

        5. 1860 U.S. Census, Henry County Illinois, population schedule, Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, page 78, family 593, Jno Minnick.

        6. Lifetime Pass Certificate, Photocopy of Certificiate of Church Membership received from Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS (Minnick.IL.014), The Atchison, Topkea and Santa Fe Railroad

        7. Mentzer, George, Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer (no place: no publisher, no date); Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS, (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.006)

        8. Marriage, 24 March 1869, , . , photocopy of letter in possession of Alfred C. Young, Burtonsville, MD (Minnick.IL.029).

        9. 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 2016.

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

        11. “Illinois, Marriage Index, 1851-1900,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (October 2017), George Mentzer.

        12. George Mentzer (Company C, 24th Regiment Massachuses Infantry), pension no. WC 741.913, Case FIles of Approved Pension Applications, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files, Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

        13. Illinois, Henry County. Index to Marriages. County Clerk, Mentzer, George, Jan 1 1868 Index to Marriages, surnames G-N: image 620 of 751; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online August 2018.

        14. Illinois, Henry County. Marriage Register. County Clerk,  Film #1435944 DGS 4031862. Mentzer, George, 27 Dec 1867 Digital Images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online August 2018.1435944 DGS 4031862

        15. Henry County Illinois, “Return of Marriage,” Book A, page 313, George Mentzer and Emeline Minnick, 1 January 1868; County Clerk, Henry County, Illinois.

        16. “Obituary – Mentzer,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 January 1912, image 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed onlnie August 2018).

        17. , “The George Mentzer Family,” In the Beginning, Woodson County Historical Society, 3 No. 11 (July 1970): p. 9-12.

        18. Charles O. Mentzer, death certificate #55 011802 (1955), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

        19. 1870 U.S. Census, Henry County, Illinois, population schedule, Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, page 52 Image 52 of 106, household 382, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M593

        20. 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), Henry Arnold Mentzer.

        21. 1880 U.S. Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 56, Page 9 Image 3 of 9, household 97, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

        22. 1885 Kansas Census, Neosho County, State Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 1 Image 1 of 31, line 25, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018); Kansas State Historical Society

        23. “Obituary,” Woodson County Journal (Yates Center, Kansas), 30 January 1919, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 27 January 2020).

        24. 1895 Kansas State Census, Woodson County Kansas, Kansas State Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 8 (image 12 of 51) Image 12 of 51, Household 5, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        25. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 184, sheet 21B Image 42 of 46, household 464, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); FHL microfilm: 1240503

        26. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 206 Image 11 of 63, family 4, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 12 May 2021); Kansas State Historical Socity

        27. 1910 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, SD 4, ED 145, sheet 5B Image 10 of 15, household 101, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA microfilm publication T624

        28. “Card of Thanks,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 January 1912, image 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        29. , Obituary Clipping (N.p.: saved by Mrs. Pauline Briles, n.d.), [Page].

        30. 1915 Kansas Census, Woodson County, 1905 State Census, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, page 33 Image 65 of 150, family 284, Mrs. Emeline Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 17 May 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

        31. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 160, Sheet 11B Image 21 of 47, household 276, Mentzer Emaline; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

        32. 1925 Kansas census, Woodson County Kansas, State Census, Yates Center, Woodson County, KS, page 18 Image 68 of 121, family 596, Emiline Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 17 May 2021)

        33. Emiline Mentzer, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas death certificate 104 1475 (13 September 1927).

        34. George Mentzer, 1838-1912, Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. center drive, east of gazebo by road (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.001).

        35. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online September 2016), memorial for Emaline Mentzer (1848-1927), Find a Grave Memorial no. #56845678, created by Judy Mayfield, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Judy Mayfield, Emaline Mentzer.

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

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!

100 Years Ago

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

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

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

My Grandparents

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

My Great Grandparents

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

My Great-great grandparents

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

Two Degrees

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.