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

Wells Bible

I received a photocopy of Bible records from a daughter of Cecile Mentzer Beine. Cecil Mentzer was a daughter of Anna Wells and John Mentzer and granddaughter of Thurston Kennedy Wells.

Wells Family

Parents Born

Ozias Wells May 15th 1796 Northampton Ny
Mary Kennedy Febuary 21th 1799 Halfmoon Ny

Children
Benjamin F Wells March 27th 1819 Sullivan “
Thurston K Wells Feb 2th 1821 Sullivan “
William W Wells Jan [8]th 1823 Sullivan “
Hanna A. Wells March 6th 1825 Sullivan “
Mary J Wells Jan 11th 1827 Sullivan “
Lucinda M. Wells April 25 1829 Sullivan “
Nancy P. Wells May [?] 1831 Sullivan “

2nd page


[Beckord]
Married Died
March 18t 1818 Sullivan by J. WElls Esq | Aug 5 183[2]
March 18th 1818 to Ozias Wells

April 30th 1848 CLarendon By M. H
March 20th 1861 Vanburen[g] I[o]
Jan 8th 1842 ” ]I]
Dec 27 1848 Chittenan[g]
June 15 1844 Concord

1856
Births
Ozias Wells, May 15, 1796, NOrthampton N.Y.
Mary Kennedy, Feb. 21, 1799, Halfmoon N.Y
Benjamin F Wells, Mar. 27, 1819, Sullivan N.Y.
Thurston K. Wells, Feb. 26, 1821, ” “
William W. Wells, Jan. 9, 1823 ” “
Hannah A. Wells, Mar. 6, 1825 ” “
Mary J. Wells, Jan. 14, 1827 ” “
Lucinda M. Wells April 21 1829 ” “
Nancy P. Wells, May 8, 1831 ” “
Francis O. Wells, Feb 23, 1858, Oneida Co. “
William H. Wells, Aug 24 18[55] Miami Co Kansas
Freddie L. Wells, Jan. 16, 1862 Eaton Co Michigan
Mary A. Wells, Jan 1 1866 ” “
Anna M. Wells, June 12, 1868 ” “
Nettie A. Wells, Feb. 5 1873 Woodson Kansas
Pearlie L. Wells, Feb. 17, 1879 Coffee Co. Kansas
Clinton E. Wells, Mar. 10. 1883 Woodson Co. Kansas
Etta M. Wells, May 22. 1885 ” “
No. Clay Wells, Aug. 12, 1883 Van Buren Co Iowa
Frank J. Wells, June 12 1885 Van Buren Co. Iowa
Dolla M. Walls Feb. 3. 1888 Woodson Co. Kans.

Salome Crandall wife o
Thurston K. Wells Born June
24. 1836. in Ohio

Births
John F. Mentzer, Mar. 3, 1871 Kewanee Ill.
Anna M. Wells, June 12 1868 Van Buren [?]
Hazel Adell Mentzer June 19, 1896 Woodson Co
Lelia Pearl Mentzer Apr. 27 1899 Woodson
Emma Marjorie Mentzer Sept 18. 1901
Wilfred Francis Mentzer Jan. 29 1903
Harley Wells Mentzer June 13 1904
Mildred Mabel Mentzer Oct. 5 1906
Doris Aleta Mentzer June 8 1909

Deaths
Ozias Wells, August 5 18332
Mary Kennedy Mar. 23 1885
Mary J. Wells
Mary A. Wells Sept 23, 1866
Freddie L. Wells, sept. 25, 1869
Etta May Wells April 11 1888
Thurston Kennedy Wells, June 3, 1893
B. F. Wells. Dec. 25, 1891,
Salome Wells – Aug. 30 – 93

Marriages

Ozias Wells, Mary 18, 1818 at Sull
By J Wel
Mary Kennedy, March 18. 1818 at Sullivan
Benjamin F. Wells, April 30, 1848 at Clarend
Thurston K> Wells. March 20, 1861 ” Van Buren
William W Wells Jan. 8, 1842 ”
Hannah A. Wells Dec. 27. 1848 ” Chittenan[g]
Mary J. Wells June 15, 1844 ” Concord
Lucinda M. Wells
Nancy P. Wells Jan 1. 1856 “
Francis O Wells Aug 9
William H Wells

Nettie A. Wells and Chas. O. Mentzer
Oct. 18 1893 at Y.C. Co Kansas

Anna M. Wells and John F. Mentzer
Mar. 27 1895 at Y.C. Kan. [Kansas]

Wedding Photos

Fearless Females – Marriage

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

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.)

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!

Nettie Adell Wells

nettie wellsNettie Adell Wells was born on 5 Feb 1873 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.116 She lived in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1875.17 She was found on the 1875 Kansas census as a 13 year old female and was listed as Nettie Wells. She lived in Liberty, Woodson, Kansas, USA on 1 Mar 1885.18

Nettie was also known as Nettie Adell Mentzer on 18 Oct 1893.19

Nettie Adell Wells and Charles Oliver Mentzer were married on 18 Oct 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.23,5,11,13,15,19,3143

She lived in North Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1895.20 She was found on the 1895 Kansas census as a 21 year old female born IN who came to Kansas from Ind and was listed as L.O. Mentzer.

On 28 Mar 1896, Paul Emory Mentzer was born in in Woodson County, Kansas.21 On 28 Mar 1896, Pauline Edith Mentzer was born in in Woodson County, Kansas. On 23 Aug 1898, Leslie George Mentzer was born in in Woodson County, Kansas.

She lived in North Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 26 Jun 1900.22 Nettie A Mentzer was listed as the wife of Charles Mentzer on the 1900 census. She was 25 years old having been born Feb 1875 in Kansas. She and Charles had been married 6 years. Nettie was the mother of 4 children, all of whom were living.

On 20 Jul 1900, Herbert Wells Mentzer was born in in Woodson County, Kansas.

Nettie lived in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1905.23 She was found on the 1905 Kansas census as a 32 year old female born in Kansas who was listed as N. A. Mentzer.

She lived in Liberty Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 27 Apr 1910.24 a 37 year old female born Kansas who has been married 16 years and has 5 living children and was listed as Nettie A. Mentzer She lived in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1915.25 She was found on the 1915 Kansas census as a 42 year old female born in Kansas who was listed as N. A. Mentzer.

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Nettie lived in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 10 Feb 1920.26 She was found on the 1920 census as a 47 year old female born Illinois and was listed as Nettie Mentzer. She lived in Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1925.6,27 She was found on the 1925 Kansas census as a 52 year old female born in Kansas who was listed as N. A. Mentzer.

Nettie A Mentzer was listed on the 1930 census as the 57 year old wife of Charles O Mentzer. Nettie married Charles at the age of 20. Nettie was born in Kansas. Nettie lived in Neosho, Kansas, United States on 9 May 1938.29

She died on 9 Feb 1939 at the age of 66 in Neosho Falls Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1,4,7,1012,16,30 She was buried on 12 Feb 1939 at Yates Center Cemetery in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.1,4,7,1011,16

  1. Nettie Adell Mentzer, death certificate #104 2410 (9 February 1938), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.
  2. Charles Mentzer family, Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition (: , ); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, stored in filing cabinet. Hereinafter cited as Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition.
  3. Marriage License Record, Woodson County, Kansas, Woodson County Courthouse, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.
  4. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2016), memorial for Charles Oliver Mentzer (1869-1955), Find a Grave Memorial no. # 55747430, created by J Geoghan, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by RisingSun, Charles Oliver Mentzer.
  5. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 128.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.
  6. 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_167; Line: 17.
  7. Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).
  8. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1885 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1885_143; Line: 15.
  9. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1905 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1905_173; Line: 10.
  10. BillionGraves, digital images of tombstone, BillionGraves (billiongraves.com : viewed online December 2018), memorial for Nettie A. Mentzer (1873-1939), BillionGraves created by mcphilbrick, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center Kansas; accompanying photograph by AK, Nettie A. Mentzer.
  11. “Mrs. C. O. Mentzer,” undated clipping, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, saved by Mrs. Pauline Briles and passed down to Marcia Philbrick; privately held 2018 by Marcia Philbrick, [address for private use], Seneca, KS.
  12. Memorial Record of Nettie Adell Mentzer, Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. H. R. Campbell Funeral Home. saved by Mrs. Pauline Briles and passed down to Marcia Philbrick.
  13. Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Wells Family Bible. copy obtained from Doris Ryan, daughter of Cecile Mentzer Beine.
  14. Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911, Nettie Wells, database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018. Original Source: Marriage Records. Kansas Marriages. Family Search, Salt Lake City, UT.
  15. Descendants of Ozias Wells and Mary Kennedy, Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Wells.KS.010. typewritten report likely obtained from Doris Ryan.
  16. Transcriptions from Yates Center Cemetery, Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Mentzer.KS.001. recorded my Michael and Marcia Philbrick; transcribed by Marcia Philbrick.
  17. 1875 Kansas Census, Woodson County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, image 6 of 8, household 69, T K Wells; digital image, Family Search (www.familysearch.org : viewed online December 2018).
  18. 1885 Kansas State Census, Woodson County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 43, household 36, T. K. Wells; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); Kansas State Historical Society. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1088/ks1885_143-0166/791971.
  19. 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.
  20. 1895 Kansas State Census, Woodson County Kansas, Kansas State Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 12, family 2, Chas O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018); Kansas State Historical Society. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1088/ksv115_164-0333?pid=5871776.
  21. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017), Paul Emory Mentzer. Found online at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60901&h=628017809&ssrc=pt&tid=115166653.
  22. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, North Township, ED 186, Sheet 1A, household 2, Charles Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); FHL microfilm: 1240503. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/7602/4120168_00936/17285777.
  23. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Neosho Falls, page 12 (image 152 of 173), dwelling 72, Mentzer C. O.; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online March 2016). https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1088/ks1905_173-0108/3991131.
  24. 24. 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas, ED 15, sheet 7B, household 124, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017).https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/7884/31111_4328330-00622/132643224.
  1. 1915 Kansas Census, Coffey County, State Census, Coffey County, Neosho Township, 11 (image 21 of 58), dwelling 91, C. O. Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online March 2016). https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1088/ks1915_48-0462?pid=2954799.
  2. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 155, Sheet 6A, household 116, Charles O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/6061/4300898_00954/96814037.
  3. 1925 Kansas census, Woodson County Kansas, State Census, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, image 13 of 47, Mentzer C O; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018). https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1088/KS1925_167-0204/8373851.
  4. 1930 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population Schedule, Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, ED 104-6, Sheet 4B, household 126, Mentzer Charles O; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T626. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/6224/4584655_00480/34040161.
  5. “Yates Center News”, (Yates Center, Kansas), to (), “Died: Mentzer” 12 May 1938, page 2, col. 3(George Mentzer Notebook); ,
  6. Pauline Mentzer Briles family, The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments King James Version (: The World Publishing Company, ); Letha Doolittle, San Bernardino, California, Transcription (Charles Mentzer Notebook). Hereinafter cited as The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments.
  7. Duncan, L. Wallace and Chas F. Scott, History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas, p. 681 (George Mentzer Notebook).
  8. , History of Woodson County Kansas (Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1987), “Mentzer, George Family” p. 198-199. Hereinafter cited as History of Woodson County Kansas.
  9. Woodson County, Kansas, Marriage Records, vol. E:180, Charles O. Mentzer-Nettie A. Wells, 18 Oct 1893; database with images, “Kansas County Marriages, 1840-1935,” [Film]FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 17 January 2015).
  10. Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911, Charles O Mentzer – Nettie A. Wells, 18 Oct 1893; database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017. Original Source: Marriage Records. Kansas Marriages. Family Search, Salt Lake City, UT.
  11. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT: Yates Publishing, 2004), Charles Oliver Mentzer – Nettie Adell Wells.
  12. , Marriage Record (Yates Center: Woodson County, Kansas, n.d.), Book E page 180.
  13. , Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911, database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : . Original Source: Marriage Records. Kansas Marriages. Family Search, Salt Lake City, UT. (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), viewed online; June 2017; Charles O Mentzer – Nettie A. Wells; 18 Oct 1893.
  14. , Charles Mentzer family, Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition (: , ); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas. Hereinafter cited as Holy Bible Self Pronouncing Edition. (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), stored in filing cabinet.
  15. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT: Yates Publishing, 2004), [Cd]
  16. “Personals,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 31 October 1924, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online December 2018).
  17. Mentzer, George, Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer (: , ); Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS, (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.006). Hereinafter cited as Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer.
  18. , “The Mentzers,” In the Beginning (Woodson County Historical Society), 15 (No. 58): pp 3-5.
  19. “Married,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 20 October 1893, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online December 2018). Found online at https://www.newspapers.com/image/385470215/?terms=Nettie%2BMentzer.

Range 14 East 6th PM Index

Have you ever had trouble documenting a father/son relationship? Or, have you had trouble separating records for men of the same name? My go to source in these situations has been the land records.

In Kansas, we are lucky in that most counties maintain what is called the Range Index. Basically, this is an index of the land transactions for the range. What is nice about this index is that each quarter section has its own page. Thus, it is easy to see how land was transferred over time.

Last August, I was able to travel to Woodson County, Kansas to track down a court case and to obtain copies of the land records for my Mentzer, Wells, and Ricketts families. Below is a transcription of the information found in the index for Range 14.

Woodson County, Kansas
Range 14 Index

KS-Woodson-range-index-14 Page 2SE Quarter Section 25, Township 25, Range 14 East 6th P.M.

  • L. Rup cw Grantor George Mentzer Grantee – Oct 14 1899 WD 3800 filed Nov 18 1899 Book 33 page 453
  • George Mentzer cw Grantor – Henry A Mentzer Grantee — Sept 22, 1904 WD 4000 filed Sept 24 1904 Book 40 page 320

SW Quarter Section 25 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • L. Rup cw Grantor to George Mentzer Grantee Oct 14 1899 WD $3800 filed Nov 18 1899 Book 33 page 453
  • Geo Mentzer cs Grantor to Philip E Mentzer Grantee Sept 22 1904 WD $4000 filed Sept 24, 1904 Book 40 page 321

KS-Woodson-range-index-14 Page 4NE Quarter Section 36 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • L. Rup cw Grantor to George Mentzer Grantee Oct 14 1899 WD 3800 filed Nov 18 1899 Book 33 page 453
  • Geo Mentzer Grantor to Charles [I] Mentzer Grantee May 28 1903 WD $3500 Filed June 1, 1903 Book 41 page 93

NW Quarter Section 23 Township 23 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Geo Storch cw Grantor to Wm L Wells Grantee March 26 1885 WD $889.95 filed March 28 1885 Book R page 279
  • Wm L Wells cs Grantor to D Pyatt Grantee May 28 1887 WD $1440 filed Nov 2 1887 Book V page 510
  • Sheriff Grantor to W. L. Wells Grantee May 21 1994 SD $1000 filed Jan 6 1899 Book 3 page 336

NE Quarter Section 25 Township 23 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • MK&T Rw cw Grantor to Wm L Wells Grantee Oct 21 1883 WD $920 filed Jan 17 1884 Book P 487
  • W. L. Wells cs to David Watson Grantee Oct 27 1883 WD $1920 filed March 18 1884 Book P page 578

NE Quarter Section 2 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM
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NE Quarter Section 9 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • M K & T Rw Co Grantor Chas K Wells Grantee May 31 1884 WD $240 E 1/2 filed Aug 15 1884 Book S page 165

NW Quarter Section 9 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • MK & T Rw Co Grantor to C K Wells Grantee May 28 1884 WD $880 filed Aug 19 1884 Book S page 174

SW Quarter Section 28 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Wm H Sh[e?ors] Grantor to Chas K Wells Grantee Aug 13 1885 WD $6720 filed Aug 13 1885 Book R page 452
  • C K Wells cs Grantor to F L Kinney Grantee July 26 1894 WD $3000 filed July 30 1894 Book 29 page 139
  • F L Kin[ney] Grantor to C K. Wells Grantee July 28 1894 WD $3000 filed Nov 27 1894 Book 28 page 835
  • W. H. Brow[?] Grantor to C K Wells Grantee June 28 1899 WD $1000 Filed Jan 17 1902 Book 36 page 395

SE Quarter Section 29 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Wm H Shea[?ar] Grantor to C K Wells Grnatee Aug 13 18815 WD $6720 filed Aug 13 1885 Book R page 252
  • Chas K Wells cs Grantor to Frank Stamf[ield] Grantee Feb 9 1892 WD $4080 filed Feb 11 1892 Book 27 page 475
  • Frank Stampfli Grantor to Charles K Wells Feb 10 1892 WD $4080 filed May 23 1892 BOok 26 page 439
  • Charles K Wells cs Grantor to F Kimsey Feb [?] WD $2000 filed Feb 2 1900 Book 31 page 591

SW Quarter Section 29 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Wm H She[arew] Grantor to C K Wells Grantee Aug 13 1885 WD $6720 filed Aug 3 1885 Book R page 452
  • C K Wells cs Grantor to Frank Stampfle Grantee Feb 9 1892 WD $4080 filed Feb 11 1892 Book 27 page 475
  • Frank Stampfle Grantor to Charles K Wells Grnatee Feb 10 1892 WD $4080 Filed May 23 1892 Book 26 page 439

NW Quarter Section 29 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Wm H Shea Grantor to Chas K wells Grantee Aug 13 1885 WD $6720 Filed Aug 13 1885 Book R page 452
  • Chas K Wells cs Grantor to Frank Stampfle Grantee Feb 9 1892 WD $4080 filed Feb 11 1892 Book 27 page 475
  • Frank Stampfle Grantor to Chas K Wells Grantee Feb 10 1892 WD $4080 Filed May 23 1892 Book 26 page 439
  • Charles K Wells cw Grantor to F Kinney Grantee Feb 1 1900 WD $1000 filed Feb 2 1900 Book 31 page 590

SE Quarter Section 31 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • MK&T Rw Co Grantor to C K Wells Grantee July 3 1888 WD $672 filed Dec 7 1888 Book I (or J) page 139
  • C K Wells cw Grantor to Anton Luik Nov 10 1898 WD $1200 filed Feb 28 1899 Book 32 page 626

NW Quarter Section 31 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Wm H. Shea cw Grantor to Chas K Wells Grantee Aug 13 1885 Wd $6720 N 1/2 filed Aug 13 1885 Book R page 452
  • M K & T Rw Co Grantor to C. K. Wells Grantee July 3 1888 WD $1203.41 S 1/2 Filed Dec 7 1888 Book I (or J) page 136

SW Quarter Section 31 Township 24 Range 14 East 6th PM

  • MK&T Rw Co Grantor to C K Wells Grante July 3 1888 WD $1203.41 filed Dec 7 1888 Book I (or J) page 136
  • C. K. Wells cw Grnator to Ferdinand Wagner Grantee Nov 10 1898 WD $800 filed Jan 14 1899 Book 32 page 604

SE Quarter Section 36, Township 24, Range 14 East 6th PM

  • Geo W. Allen Grantor to Fred Mentzer Grnatee Feb 8 1899 WD $3200 Filed March 25 1899 Book 31 page 433

Don’t Just Copy – Give Credit

I’ve been doing genealogy for some time and have been willing to share my info — even publicly on the web. Unfortunately, when I find my work posted by someone else without giving me credit or even contacting me, I get perturbed.

Today, I ran across my work saved as a story for Mary Thurston.

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I realize that this info isn’t all that unique and could come from many other researchers. However, the citations point to my work. A long time ago, I started using the Dollarhide numbering system. Thus, when I see “Wells.MI.023”, I recognize my work.

Knowing that this came from my site, I decided to try and prove it. I went to the Wayback Machine and searched for my domain, heartlandgenealogy.org. Using that URL, I was able to find a 2016 copy of my site. On that version of the site was my info for Mary Thurston.

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Not only was this info copied from my page, it was shared by several other researchers.

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This isn’t the first time I’ve encountered my work shared by others. Not only have people copied the stories from my old site but they have also copied and shared the photographs.

Unfortunately, the person who originally copied the information did not include a citation or any attribution to the original author. The lack of a citation prevents other users from connecting with me. Thus, I am prevented from working with them to add to the family story.

When you find an online genealogy, please give credit to the poster of the genealogy so that others can connect with the author.

 

 

Mayflower?

With the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower approaching, there is renewed interest in identifying the descendants of the Mayflower passengers. Even though my family does not have a story about being descended from the Mayflower passengers, I’ve often wondered if it was possible. Of my 16 great-great grandparents, five lines go back to colonial New England: Hammond, Hutchinson, Harding, Wells and Crandall. With the addition of the female ancestors on these lines, it is possible that a link to a Mayflower passenger would pop up.

Thus, when the We’re Related app indicated that my common ancestor with Abraham Lincoln was Jonathan Brewster, I thought I might have found the link to a Mayflower Ancestor. A quick Google search revealed that Jonathan Brewster was not a passenger on the Mayflower. However his father, William Brewster was on the Mayflower.

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If I could prove that the We’re Related app was correct, then I would have my link to a Mayflower passenger. A quick glance at the app showed my link to Jonathan Brewster going thru Abigail White’s line. Abigail was the wife of Green Wells and mother of Ozias Wells, my 3rd great grandfather.

My research on my White line is based on family papers I received from Michigan. At this time, I have not done a thorough search for records to support these papers. However, these papers do support the lineage given in the We’re Related app back to Deacon Nathaniel White.

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According to the app, Deacon Nathaniel White’s mother, Elizabeth is the daughter of Jonathan Brewster. According to Wikipedia and the Family Search tree, Jonathan Brewster did have a daughter named Elizabeth. However, the Family Search tree indicates that Elizabeth Brewster was not married to Captain Nathaniel White. According to the Family Search tree, Nathaniel White‘s wife was Elizabeth Bunce. Without a lot of further research, I will not be able to prove/disprove the We’re Related app lineage. However, it appears that my Elizabeth White is not descended from a Brewster.

I haven’t given up on having a Mayflower ancestor, but I don’t believe I’ve found a valid connection.

Cleo Byron Peake – Lost at Sea

While going thru Ancestry Hints for my Wells line, I found an intriguing military record for a distant cousin, Byron Peake (Cleo Byron Peake). The records said he was reported missing in action on 28 April 1944. (“World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas.” Database. Ancestry.com. http://www.ancestry.com : 2018.)

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Cleo Peake has two Find a Grave memorials – one in England and one in Kansas. His Kansas memorial states that he died in the English Channel. (Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online April 2018), memorial for PFC Byron Peake (1914-1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. #56877325.)

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Since I was unsure how to record a “missing in action” for a death event or two different memorials, I turned to the RootsMagic Users Group on Facebook for help.

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From Facebook, it was suggested that I put in the missing date as an ‘abt’ date for the death and then cite the “missing in action” source. I also learned a new term, cenotaph.

Based on the definition of cenotaph, Cleo Peake likely has two cenotaphs and no actual burial.

Facebook also suggested checking Fold3 to see if Cleo Peake was ever declared dead. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find more specific information about Cleo Peake on Fold3.

Since I was driving thru Topeka, Kansas and had time, I stopped at the Kansas State Historical Society to use their Kansas newspaper collection. I hit ‘pay dirt’ on roll Y37 of the Yates Center News.

Thursday, May 18, 1944
page 1
PFC Byron Peak Reported Missing
Chas J. Peake received a telegram from the War Department May 11, reporting that his son Pfc Cleo Byron Peake was reported missing in action since April 28.
“Byron” as he was known to all his friends, was with the 3206 Q.M. Service Co. Special Supply Troops. It was the duty of his company to take supplies of food and ammunition to the forces at the fighting front. It is believed that it was on one of these amphibious missions, possibly to Italy, that they met with misfortune.
Relatives have made contact with some of the families of Byron’s close buddies to find out that these buddies have also been reported missing since April 28. Most of these friend believe that the boys are prisoner of war.

 

 

Thursday Jun 15, 1944
page 1
Missing in Action over Italy
PFC Cleo Byron Peake who is reported missing in action over Italy since April 28. He was connected with the 3206 QM Service Co., special Supply troop

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday August 17, 1944
page 1
Confirms death of PFC Byron Peake
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peake have a letter this week from the War Department confirming the death of their son, PVC. Cleo Byron Peak, reported missing in April:
The letter states:
“It is with profound regret that I confirm the recent telegram informing you of the death of your son, Private First Class Cleo Byron Peak of the Quartermaster Corps, who was previously reported missing in action April 28 1844, in the English Channel.
“An official message has now been received which states that he was killed in action on the date he was previously reported missing in action.
“I realize the burden of anxiety that has been yours since he was first reported missing in action and deeply regret the sorrow this later report brings you. May the knowledge that he made the supreme sacrifice for his home and country be a source of sustaining comfort.
J. A. Ulio, Major General, The Adjutant General.”

 

August 31, 1944
page 2
Obituary
Cleo Byron Peake
Cleo Byron Peake, only son of Charles J and Mary E Peake, was born March 10, 1914, near Yates Center, Kans. He gave his life for his country in the early dawn of April 28, 1944 somewhere off the southwestern coast of England, where his company had gone for pre-invasion rehearsal. German E boats darted in and sank the two LST crafts loaded with troops of his company. The crafts sank at once. It is thought that the bodies of 312 soldiers, first reported as missing, were still in the crafts when they went down.
Byron’s mother died when he was five years of age. His father took him and his sister to the home of their grandparents, where he lived until he was inducted into the army.
Byron received his grade school education in the Finney rural school where he always stood at the head of his class. He attended the Yates Center high school four years, where he made an outstanding record as a student making the highest grade of any boy in his class for the entire four years. He was also elected as a member of the national Honor Society, selection being based on scholarship, character school spirit and activities. He graduated with the class of 1932.
Byron accepted Christ at the age of 14 years and always lived an upright Christian life. He was a member of the Christian church. He loved music and all things good and beautiful, He was by nature very studious , a great reader and a deep thinker. He had truly a brilliant mind. Byron was inducted into he Army; February 5, 1943. He received his basic training and rifle practice at Camp Young. He was also trained for a while at Camp Haen. He received warehouse training and Camp Ono, spent five weeks and Donley , in the heart of the desert, for rail head training. All of these camps being in California.
Byron received his Amphibious training at Fort Pierce, Fla. he was then sent to Camp Pickett, Va., for more rifle training and three moths intensive training in other lines, including physical condition. He belonged to the 3206 quartermaster’s Service Co, special Supply troops. He knew the grave danger his training would cause him to face yet he never faltered, answering the call of duty just as he had been doing all his life. He went overseas in January and was stationed in England.
Byron is survived by his father, stepmother, sister Mrs. Vernona Volland, brother-in-law, Virgil Volland, a niece, little Barbara Sue. Alsy by his aunt Susie Peake, of the home, who was a mother to him,an aunt Mrs. Dolla Beavers of Malta, Mont. He is also survived by the following uncles, A. L. Peake of the home, John R. Peake, Chester, Nebr. Jess and Frank Wells of Lawrence, Kans, a number of cousins, one step-sister and three brothers and other relatives and legions of friends.
Memorial services were held Sunday afternoon, August 27 at the Christian church, conducted by the pastor Rev. Miles M. Cook, and the American Legion.

As stated in the various newspaper accounts, Cleo Byron Peake was a member of the 3206 Quartermasters’ Service Company. During April of 1944, this Company was participating in ‘Exercise Tiger‘ which was a rehearsal for the D-Day invasion. During the operation, German E-Boats stumbled upon the ships and fired upon them. Of the 251 members of the 3206 Quartermasters’ Service Company, 201 were killed or wounded during the German attack. According to the Exercise Tiger Memorial website, Cleo Peake was aboard LST 531 which sank within 6 minutes of being hit by a torpedo. The LST 531 had 424 Army and Navy personnel aboard when it sank. (List of honored dead) (Exercise Tiger – Wikipedia)

Cleo B. Peake was awarded the Purple Heart.

Ancestry DNA – Compiled Family Trees

Michael John Neil had posted a photo on Facebook about the new DNA circle feature that he calls ‘compiled trees’. When I first read Michael’s post, I was reminded of Ancestry’s One World Tree project. Fortunately, there is a major difference between these two projects: DNA.  So, I decided to investigate and see what I could learn about these compiled trees and my research.

When I clicked on my Ozias Wells circle, there was a button to learn more about Ozias Wells.

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Clicking on that button took me to what appeared to be a profile page for Ozias Wells. However, this profile page was not from my tree but compiled from 99 family trees.

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Clicking on the ? reveals more information about the compiling of this tree data.

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Unfortunately, the only link to further information that worked was the one, “How can I  use a compiled view to enhance my research?” Not being able to find out how the compiled view was created is particularly troubling to me since my Ozias Wells circle only has 6 family groups and 99 trees were compiled to create the compiled view. This brings back memories from 2004 and the One World Tree project. As I remember it, that project was an attempt to merge family trees into one big tree using the power of computers.

I was hoping that DNA matches would prevent the merging of people with the same name for these compiled views. Since 99 trees were compiled for Ozias Wells and I only have 6 family groups in my DNA circle, I am going to be very cautious when looking at these views.

After looking at a few of my circles and the associated compiled tree, I have to say, this feature has some merit. When I switch to the FACTS view of the compiled view, there is a button to toggle on/off comparison with my tree.

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With comparison turned on, the compiled view will place a check mark next to sources I already have associated with the person in my tree. There is a green plus sign next to sources others have attached to this person.

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On the surface, I like this feature! However, I will have to be cautious when using these suggested sources to make sure they are about this particular individual and not some other person of the same name.

Besides the uncertainty as to how this information was compiled, I have another issue with these views: a child can appear multiple times.

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I have Thurston Kennedy Wells as the son of Ozias Wells. Others must agree since the compiled tree shows him as a son — but there are several of him. I found this duplication of the children to be true on several different compiled views. However, I did not click thru to the trees to try and determine any differences.

At this time, I think these compiled views have potential — particularly if the DNA data is a primary factor in the process.

However, I wish there were additional features to go with these compiled trees: a chromosome browser and the ability to message all of the members of a DNA circle as a group.