Fabulous Find

Do you use Ancestry.com in your genealogy research? If so, have you checked out one of their newest sources of shaky leaf hints: Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current? Randy Searver’s instructions on how to access just the hints from this one source in his Using the ‘Mining Ancestry.com Hints from a Specific Collection’ Tool makes it easy to pull these hints. 

I’ve been using this tool with great success — but have gone one step further: filtering by name. Since my recent research has centered on the descendants of James and Rebecca (Anderson) Crawford, I entered one of the descendant’s surname: Guthrie.

By using the mining tool for the obituary index and filtering the results by the surname Guthrie, I found a fabulous obituary for William Anderson Guthrie:
William GuthriePark Leader, Dies
Former Senator Recently Honored at Clifty Falls Ceremony on 85th Birthday

Dupont, Ind., August 6 (spl.) — William A. Guthrie, age eighty-five, for many years a member of the Indiana conservation commission and a former state senator, died at his home here last night.He was one of the early leaders in forming the state park system and because of his activity in establishing Clifty Falls state park near Madison, a plaque was placed on the new south gateway of the park in his honor. It was unveiled with ceremonies on his eighty-fifth birthday anniversary, with Governor Paul V. McNutt as principal speaker.Mr. Guthrie was born in Dupont, May 13, 1851, the son of Anderson Crawford and Anne Wilson Guthrie. He received his education at College Hill and Moore’s Hill College, which is now Evansville College. He married Sarah Lewis on October 28, 1875. Mrs. Guthrie died in 1925 in Cairo, Egypt.Lifetime RepublicanMr. Guthrie, a lifetime Republican, was active in the affairs of councils in Indiana and was one of the small coterie of state senators who brought about the first election of Albert J Beveridge to the United State senate. During this session, Mr. Guthrie devoted much time to obtaining passage of the pure food bill. In 1908, he was a delegate to the Republican national convention and a presidential elector in 1916 and 1928. During the world war, he served as vice-president of food production in Indiana and a short time later was vice-president of the deep waterway commission of Indiana.Mr. Guthrie was a Baptist. He was a member of the Academy of Science, an honorary member of the Nature Study Club of Indiana and of the Rotary Club of Madison.Mr. Guthrie was a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Odd Fellows, Mystic Shrine, Audubon Society, Columbia Club, Pioneer Society of Indiana and an honorary member of the Historical Society of Jefferson County.He served as vice-president of the Belt Railroad and Stock Yards Company and a member of the executive Committee. He held positions in the Fletcher Avenue Savings and Loan Association, the Guthrie-Thompson Company, the Federal Timber Company, and the Florida Orchard Company. He was president of the Freehold Company.For many years Mr. Guthrie had come to Dupont to spend the summer months at the family home here. He spent the greater part of the year at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis, where he had lived many years. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lucy Guthrie Crecraft of Akron, O., five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. W. B. Guthrie, a grandson is proprietor of Turkey Run hotel at Turkey Run state park.
“William Guthrie, Park Leader, Dies,” The Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, IN), 6 August 1936, page 8; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online October 2019). 

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Pauline E. Briles

Emporia Gazette
Wednesday, July 18, 1984
page 2 column 4-5

Film E1506

KS State Historical Society

Pauline E. Briles
Funeral services for Mrs. E. O.
Briles, who died Tuesday at her
apartment in Horizon Plaza, will
be held in the chapel of Roberts-
Blue-Barnett Funeral Home. Ser-
vices will be Friday at 10:30 A.M.
conducted by the Rev. William Im-
hoff of the Christian Church.
Burial will be in Memorial Lawn
Memorial contributions may be
made to the First Christian
Church, to which Mrs. Briles be-
longed, and may be sent in care of
the funeral home.
Pauline Edith Mentzer was born
March 28, 1896 at Yates Center,
the daughter of Charles O. and Net-
tie Wells Mentzer. She married
E. O. Briles on Oct. 29, 1915, at
Yates Center, and he died May 28,
1956. Mrs. Briles had lived in
Emporia since 1930.
She is survived by two daugh-
ters, Roberta Crawford, 2314 West
21st Ave., and Letha Doolittle of
San Bernadino, Calif.; a brother
Leslie Mentzer of Neosho Falls,
and 12 grandchildren and eight
Mrs. Briles was a member
of the Whittier Extension Home
Unite and the Birthday Club.
She was preceded in death by a
daughter, Barbara Thompson;
two sons, Walter Briles and Ken-
neth Briles; her parents and sever-
al brothers and sisters.


About a month ago, I ran across another Thompson tree on Ancestry.com that had an article from the Belleville newspaper attached to Ulysses Grant Thompson.


Curious as to what was in the newspaper, I decided to do a search for Grant Thompson in the Belleville, Kansas newspapers on Newspapers.com.


Instead of backing up a step and doing a more focused search, I opened many of the articles in new tabs. Thus, I had a browser open with who knows how many tabs.


I not only found an obituary for Ulysses Grant Thompson, but also for his wives.


In addition, I found news items related¬† Grant Thompson’s siblings and his children.


This newspaper search took quite a few hours (days) to complete. However, the information contained in all of these articles was genealogy GOLD.

I hit the JACKPOT!

Land Dispute – Missing Children

I recently came across an image of a newspaper article that came up as a hint for Robert A. Briles in my tree on Ancestry.com. This article discussed a petition to sell lands for division, Zebedee Rush et als vs F. L. Johnson and wife M. M. Johnson, et als.

I was able to locate a similar article on Newspapers.com by doing an advanced search for Briles, 1984, North Carolina. The article was published in the 26 Oct 1884 issue of The Courier (Asheboro, North Carolina).

1884-NC-Land-PetitionOdell & Co.,

Greensboro, N.C.

Randolph County, In Superior Court

Petition for sale of lands for division

Zebidee Rush et als,


F. L. Johnson and wife M. M. Johnson et als.

This is a special proceeding for the sale of certain lands situate in Randolph county for division among the children and heirs at law of Noah Rush deceased.

And it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the defendants Nancy Wade, George G. Rush, Branson Briles and wife Dorcas Briles, Alexander Briles, Dr. C. N. Briles, David Stanled and wife Sarah R. Stanled, John B Briles, Joseph Mitiger and wife Louisa MItiger, Robert A. H. Briles Zebedee R. Briles, James Allen and wife Nancy C. Allen, Benjamin Briles, Leander P. Leonard and wife Sallie Leonard, Zebidee Rush Jr., Geo. Gastinaw and wife Mary Gastinaw, Geo. Holmes and wife Caroline Holmes, Wm. Sexton and wife Nancy Sexton, Thomas Hatfield, and wife Martha Hatfiled, Jas Gastinaw and wife Lon Gastinaw, James Cox and wife Laura Cox, Adam Rector and wife Mary L. Rector, John C. Rush, Dr. B. Rush, Oliver Rush, Bell Rush are necessary and material parties in this action and that they reside beyond the limits of this State.

Even though I have not researched all of the descendants of Noah Rush and his wife Sarah Clark, I believe this document refers to their family. Noah’s daughter, Sarah, married Alexander Briles. Sarah’s sister, Dorcas, married Branson Briles. Alexander and Branson Briles moved their families to southeastern Kansas prior to the start of the civil war.

Below is how I think the names in the newspaper article match up with the children of Sarah Rush and Alexander Briles.


If I am matching the names in the land dispute correctly with the family of Alexander Briles, then there are two children (or their descendants) of Sarah Rush missing from the list of defendants: Noah Washington Briles and Harrison W. Briles.

Newspaper Issue

I love Newspapers.com and other services that are digitizing newspapers. I enjoy finding those tidbits of information that help me understand more about an ancestor’s life.

Unfortunately, I’ve discovered an issue with my documentation of those tidbits of news. In crafting a citation, I have used the page number at the top of the screen with the name and date of the paper. When I started finding the society news on page 1 in the Emporia Gazette, I began questioning that page number. Below is a screenshot showing the information about the paper along with the top of the paper showing the actual page number.



After discovering this issue, I started adding the source information when clipping an article.


Now that I know about the issue, I probably need to add more detail to the clipping so I know which page number the article is on.  (https://www.newspapers.com/image/10216479/?terms=Smalling#)

Newspapers — Filling in the Dash

Kenneth Mark’s recent blog, 33 Different Things You Can Find about Your Ancestor in Newspapers, on The Ancestor Hunt brought back memories of some of my newspaper research.

My genealogy research began prior to the Internet — which meant I had to travel to do research. Luckily, I live about 75 miles from the Kansas State Historical Society which has an excellent collection of Kansas newspapers. I remember using a bound volume of a newspaper in the reading room when the Historical Society was located downtown. However, most of my newspaper usage involved (and still involves) reading microfilm. Finding a ‘gossipy’ newspaper makes scrolling thru a roll of microfilm much more enjoyable.

During my early days of newspaper research, I copied the articles by hand – likely because it was easier/faster to copy the article by hand than to rewind the microfilm, wait in line at a printer, reload the film, find the page and pay to print it.

One of those early finds involved my grandfather’s ‘Uncle Jimmy’, who was actually his great-uncle, James H. Crawford. This article reported a carriage accident. I have included that information in James Crawford’s profile as an accident fact. The RootsMagic sentence for the event is as follows:

About 13 Aug 1888, James H. Crawford was involved in an accident in Dodge City, Kansas, while driving a covered carriage about 6 miles NW of Dodge. The carriage overturned throwing his passenger out on his head and shoulders and dragging him several rods.

The Dodge City Times proved to be a ‘gossipy’ newspaper as it revealed that James H. Crawford operated a grocery in Dodge City and operated a hotel, stable, and blacksmith shop in South Dodge City.

This newspaper also revealed that my great-great grandfather, Washington Marion Crawford, who sometimes went by Marion Crawford, built the family home at 911 Second. (Second street was originally called Bridge Street.)


Both of my grandmothers kept newspaper clippings. In some of those clippings, I found a very small entry for ’40 years ago’ regarding my grandfather going to jail. That tiny article led me to numerous newspaper articles of the time period and to the actual court record.

With the digitization of newspapers, it is much easier to locate these tidbits of information — and these tidbits of information reveal a lot about the lives of my ancestors.