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

Sarah Jane Thompson

Sarah Jane Thompson was born on 7 Aug 1843 in Warrick, Indiana, United States.19

She moved to Iowa with her parents in 1847.9

In 1850, Sarah Thompson was listed as a 6 year old female who was born in Indiana and was living in the household of William Thompson in Wapello County, Iowa.10

She lived in Richland Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1856.11

Sarah J. Thompson was listed as a 16 year old female who was  born in Indiana living in the household of William T Thompson in Richland Township, Wapello County, Iowa in 1860.12

She married Noah Washington Briles on 9 Aug 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States.5,9,1322

Sarah lived in Crandall, Coffey, Kansas, United States in 1867.9

On 19 Mar 1868, Ida Angelina Briles was born in Wapello, Iowa, United States.9

On 18 Jul 1869, Edward Grant Briles was born in Coffey, Kansas, United States.9,23

In 1870, Sarah Briles was listed as a 26 year old female born in Indiana in the household of Noah Brile living in Coffey County, Kansas.24

In 1875, S. J. Briles is listed as a 31 year old female who was born in Indiana in the household of N. W. Briles living in Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas.25

Sarah Briles’ husband, Noah Briles, died on 14 Jul 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.26

In 1880, Sarah Briles was listed as a 36 year old female head of household living in Neosho township, Coffey County, Kansas. Also living in the household are a 12 year old daugheter, Ida A.and a 10 year old son, Edward G.27

In 1885, Sarah Briles was listed on the census as a 41 year old female with 120 acres who was born in Indiana. Also living in the household was 15 year old Edgar Briles28

Sarah J. Briles applied for a pension based on the civil war service of Noah Brileson 22 Oct 1885. Noah W. Briles served in the Iowa Cavalry.29

She mortgaged the W 1/2 NE 1/4 Section 12 Township 23 Range 15 for $150 to W. H. Fear on 13 Nov 1886 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.30

She married J. D. Davis on 10 May 1888 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.7,3136

She had paid off 1886 mortage to W. H. Fear of the W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section12, township 23, range 15 on 19 Dec 1888 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.30

Sarah and J.D. Davis, her husband and E. G. Briles, a single man, mortgaged the W 1/2 NE 1/4 Section 12 Township 23 Range 15 for $165 to Angeline Myers on 2 Dec 1889 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.37

In 1895, S. J. Davis was listed as a 51 year old female who was born in Indiana on the census. She was living  in the household of J. D. Davis in Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas.38

She mortgaged the West half of the northeast quarter of Section in 12 Township and  23 Range 15 for $800 to E G Briles on 15 Jul 1896 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.39

She  purchased land being the West half of the northeast quarter of Section 12 of Township 23 Range and the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter of section thirty six in township twenty two of range fifteen 15 for $1000 from Jeremiah D Davis on 20 Jul 1898 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.40

Sarah J. Davis and J. D. Davis were divorced on 8 Sep 1898 in Coffey, Kanss.41

Sarah J Briles was listed as the head of household on the 1900 census. According to the census, Sarah was born Aug 1844 in Indiana. Sarah was a widow. According to the census, Sarah was not the mother of any children.42

Sarah mortgaged the West half of the northeast quarter of  Section 12 in Township 23 Range 15 for $350 to R Waldron on 15 Jul 1901 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.43

She entertained Rev. Smith and family in May 1903 in Rock Creek Township, Carroll, Indiana, United States.44

Sarah was listed as a 60 year old head of household on the 1905 census living in Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas.45

She sold land being the West 1/2 Section 12 in Township 23 of Range 15 for $800 to H. E. Myers on 15 Mar 1910 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.46

Sarah J Briles was listed as the mother in law of Harry E Myers on the 1910 census. According to the census, Sarah was a 67 year old widow who was born in Indiana. Sarah was the mother of 2 living children.47

In 1915, S. J. Briles was listed as a 70 year old female born in Iowa in the household of H. E. Myers in Coffey County, Kansas.48

On 7 Oct 1916, Sarah registered for a pension as a the remarried widow of Noah W Briles who served in the 1st Iowa Cavalry .49

On 10 Apr 1917, she received pension based on her husband, Noah Briles, service during the civil war .50

Sarah J. Briles was listed as a head of household on the 1920 census. According to the census, Sarah was a 76 year old widow who was born in Indiana.51

She spent day with granddaughter, Mrs. Bethel Allen and fmaily in Jan 1922 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.52

 Sarah Briles was listed in the household of Angine Myers on the 1925 Kansas census. According to the census, Sarah was an 81 year old widow who was born in Indiana.4,53

Sarah J Briles was listed as the mother in law of Ed C Barr on the 1930 census. According to the census, Sarah was an 86 year old widow who was born in Indiana.54

Sarah died on 17 Aug 1930 at the age of 87 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.23,89,5556

She was buried on 19 Aug 1930 at Big Creek Cemetery in Coffey, Kansas, United States.3,89,57

ENDNOTES:

    1. Edmund West, comp., “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,” database online, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017), Sarah Jane Thompson.

        2. Edmund West, comp., “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,” database online Sarah Jane Thompson.

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

        4. Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1925 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1925_26; Line: 11.

        5. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 167.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        6. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1875 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1875_4; Line: 16.

        7. Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Source number: 205.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        8. BillionGraves, digital images of tombstone, BillionGraves (billiongraves.com : viewed online 13 March 2021), memorial for Noah W Briles (1840-1877), BillionGraves created by mcphilbrick, citing Big Creek Cemetery, Coffey County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by donw1948@yahoo.com, Noah W Briles.

        9. “Sarah J. Briles Dead”, Leroy Reporter, (Leroy, Kansas), 29 August 1930, page 1, microfilm; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas.

        10. 1850 U.S. Census, Wapello County, Iowa, population schedule, District 13, Wapello County, IOwa, page 89 (image 103 of 204), household 695, William T Thompson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017).

        11. 1856 Iowa Census, Wapello County, Iowa, Iowa state census, Richland Township, Wapello County, Iowa, page 391 Image 24 of 24, household 166, William T Thompson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (image very faint) June 2017); State Historical Society of Iowa

        12. 1860 U.S. Census, Wapello County Iowa, population schedule, Richland Township, Wapello County, Iowa, page 54, family 578, William T Thompson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 14 March 2021); NARA microfilm publication M653.

        13. Briles Genealogy (Crandall, Kansas: Max Briles, aft 1952), p. 5

        14. “Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996,”Ancestry.com,  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60284/ : Wapello County Iowa, viewed online (March 2017), Noah W. Briles – Sarah J Thompson; Family Search.

        15. Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992, Noah W. Briles – Sarah J. Thompson, 9 August 1866; database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : viwed online March 2017).

        16. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Sarah Briles, October 1885; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017).

        17. NSDAR, Wapello County Iowa Marriage Records 1846-1880 (Iowa: NSDAR, 1943). (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), p. 31 (Thompson.IA.012).

        18. , Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992, database, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : . (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), viwed online; March 2017; Noah W. Briles – Sarah J. Thompson; 9 Aug 1866.

        19. National Archives and Records Administration, U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000), viewed online; July 2017; Sarah Briles; Oct 1885.

        20. “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,”Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (13 March 2021), Noah W. Briles.

        21. 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 13 March 2021; Noah Washington Briles – Sarah Jane Thompson.

        22. Mrs. F. A. Gordon. Wapello County, Iowa Marriage Records 1846-1869.  Film #film #851207 DGS 8211139. Noah Briles, : p. 31; digital images, FamilySearch : viewed online 13 March 2021.film #851207 DGS 8211139

        23. “E. G. Briles”, Yates Center News, (Yates Center, Kansas), 2 August 1951, page 5, microfilm; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

        24. 1870 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 10 Image 9 of 16, household 60, Briles Noah; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132

        25. 1875 Kansas State Census, Coffey County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 10-11 Image 6 of 13, household 81, N W Briles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        26. “Died,” Burlington Democrat (Burlington, Kansas), 18 July 1879, p. 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).

        27. 1880 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 49, Page 8 Image 8 of 13, household 72, Sarah A Briles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

        28. 1885 Kansas Census, Neosho County, State Census, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kanss, page 28 Image 15 of 62, family 66, Sarah Briles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 14 March 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

        29. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, Sarah J Briles, .

        30. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Mortgage book 17 page 522, Sarah J Briles / W. H. Gear, 15 November 1886; Recorder of Deeds, Burlington, Kansas.

        31. Marriages, p. 32, 33 (Briles.KS.001).

        32. “The Burlington Independent”, (Burlington, Kansas), “Married” page 3 col. 3 18 May 1888 (Briles.KS.036);

        33. Coffey County, Kansas, Marriage Records, Vol. D:54, J. D. Davis-Sarah J. Briles, 10 May 1888; digital image, “Kansas County Marriages, 1840-1935,” FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org:  accessed 18 January 2017).

        34. , “The Burlington Independent”, (Burlington, Kansas), to (); , . Hereinafter cited as “The Burlington Independent”. (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), “Married” page 3 col. 3 18 May 1888 (Briles.KS.036).

        35. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/) : [AccessType] [AccessDate]; Sarah Jane Thompson – J D Davis.

        36. , Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911, database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : . Original Source: Marriage Records. Kansas Marraiges. Family Search, Salt Lake City, UT. (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), Sarah J. Briles.

        37. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Mortgage Book 23 page 484.

        38. 1895 Kansas Census, Coffey County, State Census, Neosho Township, page 16 Image 24 of 66, J. D. Davis; microfilm, Kansas State Historical Society (Topeka, KS : viewed online March 2016)

        39. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Mortgage book 34 page 521.

        40. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 51 page 383.

        41. Kansas, Coffey County. Divorce Packets, 1861-1917.  Film #Film 1508586 DGS #008215152. Jeremiah D. Davis vs. Sarah J. Davis, 1898 Packet Nos. 3574-4582 1895-1903: image 921; digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 11 March 2021.Film 1508586 DGS #008215152

        42. 1900 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 41, sheet 6B Image 12 of 16, fanukt 121, Sarah J Briles; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T623

        43. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Mortgage book 41 page 349.

        44. “Rock Creek,” Burlington Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 21 May 1902, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).

        45. 1905 Kansas Census, Coffey County, Kansas, State Census, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 8 Image 16 of 72, line 15, Sarah Briles; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 15 March 2021)

        46. Coffey County, Kansas, Deeds, Book 77 page 427.

        47. 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 17, Sheet 6B Image 12 of 16, household 94, Harry E Myers; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017)

        48. 1915 Kansas Census, Coffey County, State Census, Neosho Township, page 3 Image 5 of 58, household 22, H. E. Myers; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online March 2016)

        49. U.S., Civil War and Later Wars Index to Remarried Widow Pension Applications, 1848-1934, Sarah J Briles, 7 October 1916; database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2018). Original Source: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773-2007.

        50. Pension File for Noah Washington Briles (: U.S. Government), , (Briles.Noah.Notebook).

        51. 1920 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 18, Sheet 6B Image 7 of 12, househld 72, Harry Myers; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

        52. “Crandall,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 1 February 1922; Newspapers.com (http://www.newspaprs.com : online September 2015).

        53. 1925 Kansas Census, Coffey County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, page 13 Image 15 of 45, family 91, Angine Myers; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 14 March 21); Kansas State Historical Society

        54. 1930 U.S. Census, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Neosho Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 10, Sheet 5B Image 10 of 11, household 120, Barr Ed C; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T626

        55. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Sarah J Briles (1843-1930), Find a Grave Memorial no. #30672553, created by Janis Humbert, citing Big Creek Cemetery, Burlington, Coffey County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Janis Humbert, Sarah J Briles.

        56. “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,”Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : [OriginalSource], [OriginalCreator], [Location], [Book]; Birth year: 1843; Birth city: Warrick Co; Birth state: IN[AccessType] ([AccessDate]), [Entry].

        57. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online September 2016), memorial for Sarah J. Briles (1843-1930), Find a Grave Memorial no. #30672553,

Sarah Briles Obituary

Do you ever find you have a record that you didn’t think you had tucked away somewhere?

That’s what happened with me. I didn’t have a citation on Sarah Jane Thompson Briles’ death for an obituary. I had even tried finding one online – with no luck. Thus, in the back of my mind was a ‘to do’ whenever archival type research returns.

Then, I was going thru my Briles notebook and transcribing some of the records and I found her obituary! It’s just a transcript and my notations on it indicate that it was transcribed during my early days of research. Thus, I had found the obituary prior to having computer software to create citations. For some reason, that citation never got created until now.

Sarah J. Briles Dead
Mrs. Sarah Jane Briles died at the home of her daughter Mrs. E. C. Barr near Crandall Sunday August 17. Her death was caused by hardening of the arteries and she has been in poor health for more than a year and suffered much during the past few months. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Thompson pastor of the United Brethren church at Crandall Tuesday Aug 19 at 2:30. A quartet composed of Mrs. L. E. Crandall, Flora Schlichter, Dorin Levering and Elmer Thompson accompanied by Mrs. Thompson at the piano sang. Burial was in Big Creek cemetery by the side of her husband who died 51 years ago last month.
Mrs. Briles maiden name was Sarah Jane Thompson. She was born Aug 7, 1843 in Indiana. She was 87 years and 10 days old at the time of her death. She moved to Iowa with her parents when four years old and on Aug 3 1866 was married to N W Briles. They came to Kansas in 1867 and settled in Coffey county near Crandall. There her husband died and there death came to her. She joined th Baptist church in Iowa and after coming to the Crandall neighborhood transferred her membership to the United Brethren church there and remained active in that church until her death. Two children were left to mourn her loss, Ida Angeline Barr and Edward Grant Briles; also 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren and 3 sisters Belle Goudy of Nebraska, Anna Rickettes of Iowa and Martha Ingersoll of Kansas. She joined the Crandall church in 1867 and spent 63 years in active service.

“Sarah J. Briles Dead”, Leroy Reporter, (Leroy, Kansas), 29 August 1930, page 1, microfilm; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas.

Same Name

This week’s #52Ancestors prompt is ‘Name’s the Same’. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you are aware that my research involves a lot of James Crawfords, with most of them being unrelated.

It is a challenge to separate records for people of the same name living in the same community at the same time. That is the issue that has plagued my Crawford research. I have at least two and often more James Crawford families in the same area at the same time. (See: Untangling James Crawfords)

Like my Crawford research, I’ve had to be careful when researching several other families because there’s another family of the same name.

My William Thompson research is one area where I’ve encountered this. In Wapello county, Iowa, there are several William Thompsons in the early census records. My ancestor, William T. Thompson (1820-1898) is buried in the Ottumwa cemetery in Ottumwa, Iowa. Also buried in that cemetery is another William Thompson (1813-1892). This William Thompson was born in Ireland while my ancestor was born in Kentucky.

My Currey / Curry research is another area where I’ve struggled with same name issues. My great grandfather, Hiram M. Currey (1866-1945) was the son of Hiram M. Currey (1835-1901) who I believe was the son of Hiram M. Currey (1787-?) of Peoria, Illinois who may be the son of Hiram Mirick Currey of Ohio fame. Not only am I struggling with 4 generations of men of the same name, but the name Hiram seems to be a name commonly found among descendants of Thomas Currey of Adams county, Ohio.

One of those descendants, Hiram Meyrick Currey (1827-1898), son of William C. Currey and Hannah Adkins, is often confused in family trees with the Hiram Currey of Peoria, Illinois. Although there are not many records for the Hiram Currey of Peoria, there are records identifying his occupation as a lawyer. This piece of information helps separate the two men since Hiram Meyrick Currey (1827-1898) was a doctor. Additional research is needed, but these two men are likely first cousins.

All of this experience with ‘same name’ issues has taught me to question whether I could be encountering that complication when researching a family in a new area. My efforts to locate as many records as possible and to build out the family is what has helped me to separate these families. Keeping the families straight is why I often maintain information about the other family in my genealogy file.

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.

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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.

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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.

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7. Pauline Edith Mentzer: born 28 Mar 1896 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 16 Jul 1984 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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11. Winnie Mae Hutchinson: born 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States; died 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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15. Nettie Adell Wells: born 5 Feb 1873 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 9 Feb 1939 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Tax Roles

I’ve been trying to learn more about my ancestor, John Thompson (1797-1857) in hopes of identifying his parents. He married Sarah Iglehart in 1820 in Ohio County, Kentucky. Thus, I wanted to learn more about any Thompsons in Ohio County, Kentucky around the time of this marriage.

Fortunately, the Ohio County, Kentucky Tax Books, 1799-1875 are available for viewing on Family Search. Even though these images aren’t indexed, it was fairly easy to find the images for the ‘T’ portion of the alphabet. (Note: I also recorded information for the Igleharts while viewing this resource.)

I found a John Thompson listed in 1820. This John Thompson was over 21 and owned a horse.

1820-Tax-KY-Ohio-Thompson-JohnIn 1821, the only Thompson’s I found were a John Tompson and a John Thompson — both over 21 with John Tompson owning a horse. In 1822, there was only 1 Thompson (Tompson) listing — John Thompson with two horses. In 1823, John Thompson still owned 2 horses but he also owned 50 acres of land on the Rough watercourse.

1823-Tax-KY-OhioCounty-Thompson-JohnIn 1824, John Thompson was listed with 2 horses and NO LAND. A James Tomson was also listed.

1824-Tax-KY-OhioCounty-Thompson-JohnIn 1825, there weren’t any Thompsons listed on the tax role. This was true of 1826, 1827 and 1828.

Since it has been a while since I’ve used tax records in my research, I used the Family Search wiki for Kentucky Tax Records to learn more about these records and what they might be telling me about John Thompson.

From the data I collected, I now have more questions:

  • Is the John Thompson in the tax record the father of James Thompson? If so, then the John Thompson in the tax record would not be my ancestor.
  • Could John Thompson and James Thompson be brothers? If so, then the John Thompson in the tax record could be my ancestor?
  • Who was the 2nd John Thompson (Tompson) in 1821? Is this a father/son situation?
  • Is the John Thompson in these tax records from 1820 to 1824 my ancestor?

At this point, I don’t have enough information to determine whether these tax records are for my John Thompson.

Are you a THOMPSON researcher? Feel free to contact me on Facebook (Marcia Crawford Philbrick) or via email at mcphilbrick on gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Julias

Have you ever looked at your genealogy and wondered, ‘How did I get that?’

That happened to me recently as I was researching the descendants of William Taylor Thompson of Wapello County, Iowa. William had a daughter, Julia. I had found a Wapello County, Iowa marriage record for Julia S Thompson to Edward Bates in 1868. Thus, I was following shaky leaf hints for Julia Thompson Bates.

In the process, I found the Find a Grave memorial for Julia A. Thompson Bates – who died in 1922. But wait, I have Julia Thompson dying before 1887.

So, where did I get the death information? And, is it correct? If so, does this mean I’ve mixed up two different Julia Thompsons?

I got the death date from the biography of W. T. Thompson in the Portrait and Biographical Album of Wapello County, Iowa. That biography lists the nine children of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson. This list of children includes ‘Julia is deceased’. Since the book was published in 1887, I concluded that Julia died before 1887. What also is telling from the biography is what it didn’t say about Julia. The name of the spouse is listed for the other daughters – but not for Julia.

After reviewing the biography in relation to the marriage record and Find a Grave record, I concluded that there were TWO Julia Thompsons of approximately the same age living in Wapello County at the same time.

Assuming I did mix-up two Julia Thompsons, I looked for a second Julia Thompson in the 1860 census for Wapello County, Iowa. I found a Juliann Thompson. age 8, in the household of Samuel and Eliza Thompson.

In other words, I likely had mixed up two different people!

Thus, I unlinked Julia Thompson, wife of Edward Bates, from the family of William and Polly (Evans) Thompson. I then added a daughter Julia to the family of William and Polly (Evans) Thompson with a death date prior to 1887. I also added an Identity fact linking the two Julia Thompsons. I use this fact when I have two individuals of the same name that could be the same person – but also might not be.

Thompson-WT-IA-Wapello-PortraitBiographicalAlbum