James Marshall Ricketts and his wife lived in Woodson County, Kansas. These are the only pictures I have for this family.
1. Horatio Hammond
b: 24 Oct 1798, Connecticut, United States
d: 7 Nov 1879, Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States
b: 5 Aug 1806, Watertown, Jefferson, New York, United States
m: 14 Apr 1825, Medina, Medina, Ohio, United States
d: 17 Aug 1874, Ontario, Knox, Illinois, United States
. . . . . 11. Amelia Emily Hammond
b: 23 Sep 1826
d: 3 Oct 1886, Douglas, Oregon, United States
. . . . . +Stacy Shinn
m: 8 Nov 1846
d: 1850, Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +Samuel B. Hadley
b: 10 Apr 1821, Oxford, Brownfield, Maine
m: Apr 1851
d: 20 Apr 1891, Lake, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 111. Albert Hadley
b: 20 Dec 1852, Oregon, United States
d: Nov 1882, Lake, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 112. Margaret Hadley
b: 8 Mar 1854, Oregon, United States
d: 2 Oct 1902
. . . . . . . . . . 113. Samuel Gibson Hadley
b: 3 Dec 1856, Oregon, United States
d: 23 May 1954, Lake, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 114. Melville Hadley
b: 22 Apr 1858, Oregon, United States
d: 8 Mar 1940, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 115. Melvina Hadley
b: 22 Apr 1858, Oregon, United States
d: 18 Aug 1941, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 116. Kate E Hadley
b: 7 Jul 1862, Yreka, Siskiyou, California, United States
d: 2 Sep 1940, Lake, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 117. John Hadley
b: abt 1864, California, United States
d: 3 Nov 1876, Paisley, Lake, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 118. Henry Marshal Hadley
b: 15 Jun 1866, Oregon, United States
d: 16 Mar 1946, Yakima, Yakima, Washington, United States
. . . . . 12. Juliett Hammond
b: 24 Oct 1827
d: 24 Jul 1907, Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States
. . . . . +William M. Simms
b: Jan 1830, Sangamon, Illinois, United States
m: 27 Nov 1856, Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 121. Emma Amelia Simms
b: abt 1858, Illinois, United States
d: 11 Jul 1944, Riverside, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 122. Julia E. Simms
b: abt 1859, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 123. Etta Simms
b: Apr 1863, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 124. William Simms
b: 21 Apr 1867, Sprinfield, Illinois
d: 7 Feb 1944, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States
. . . . . 13. George M. Hammond
b: 2 Apr 1829, Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States
d: 1911, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States
. . . . . +Annice Baldwin
m: 21 Apr 1850
d: 29 Mar 1921, Douglas, Minnesota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 131. Llewellyn B. Hammond
b: 11 Feb 1852, Illinois, United States
d: 25 Apr 1933
. . . . . . . . . . 132. John Perry Hammond
b: 30 Dec 1867
d: 22 Nov 1869
. . . . . 14. Francis N. Hammond
b: 22 Dec 1830, Bath Township, Summit, Ohio, United States
d: 10 Jan 1912, Galva, Henry, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +Elizabeth Anne Morey
b: 13 Sep 1835
m: 24 Jul 1856, Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States
d: 16 Apr 1868
. . . . . . . . . . 141. Charles N. Hammond
b: 26 Jun 1857, Oneida, Knox, Illinois, United States
d: 24 Oct 1908
. . . . . . . . . . 142. Sarah L. Hammond
b: 18 Jan 1861, Illinois, United States
d: 20 Jul 1952, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 143. Annie N. Hammond
b: 9 Apr 1864
d: 31 May 1928, Des Moines, Iowa, United States
. . . . . +Caroline Matilda Ogg
b: 1 Aug 1839, Clermont, Ohio, United States
m: 9 Nov 1869
d: 17 Mar 1925, Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 144. Mary Edna Hammond
b: 2 Nov 1870
d: 23 Oct 1955, Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 145. Roland Everett Hammond
b: 6 Feb 1877
d: 24 Dec 1919, Kansas, United States
. . . . . 15. Jehiel P. Hammond
b: 21 Mar 1832
d: 28 Apr 1907, Inkster Township, Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
. . . . . +Sarah M. Skiff
b: 21 Jan 1843, Connecticut, United States
m: 23 Jun 1858
d: 5 Jun 1918, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 151. Ada Wilmot Hammond
b: abt 1859, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 152. Carrie L. Hammond
b: Jun 1863, Illinois, United States
d: 12 Jun 1925, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . +Mary J. Hadley
b: 27 Apr 1848, Pennsylvania, United States
m: 21 Jul 1870, Knox, Illinois, United States
d: 23 Jul 1934
. . . . . . . . . . 153. Lois Hammond
b: 22 Dec 1871, Illinois, United States
d: 15 Feb 1944, Tulare, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 154. Archie Hammond
b: 1875, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 155. John Whitten Hammond
b: 1 Oct 1883, Galesburg, Illinois, United States
d: 19 Dec 1956
. . . . . 16. Lucius J. Hammond
b: 4 Sep 1833, Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States
d: 12 Apr 1898, Reading, Lyon, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +Serena A. Hayden
b: 2 Mar 1840, Indiana, United States
m: 29 Dec 1864
d: 27 Aug 1922, Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 161. Wellyn Elsworth Hammond
b: 13 Nov 1865
d: 11 Nov 1945, Seattle, King, Washington, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 162. Harry Judson Hammond
b: 4 Apr 1875
d: 9 May 1959
. . . . . 17. John M. Hammond
b: 21 Apr 1835
d: 22 Jul 1851
. . . . . 18. Cornelius Rosewell Hammond
b: 17 Oct 1836, Bath, Summit, Ohio, United States
d: 15 Dec 1910, Josephine, Oregon, United States
. . . . . +Sarah T. Houston
b: 19 Nov 1844, Kentucky, United States
m: 23 Jun 1862
d: 21 Dec 1932, Eastside, Coos, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 181. Alva Melton Hammond
b: 3 May 1863
d: 20 May 1940, Josephine, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 182. Jeanette Hammond
b: 16 Sep 1865
. . . . . . . . . . 183. Lorin Almon Hammond
b: 7 May 1868, Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States
d: 16 May 1949, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 184. Flora Bell Hammond
b: 14 Sep 1875, Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa, United States
d: 4 Mar 1940, North Bend, Coos, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 185. Lettie J. Hammond
b: 21 Feb 1873, Iowa, United States
d: 5 Aug 1941, Roseburg, Douglas, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 186. Warren Jepthie Hammond
b: 15 Jul 1876, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States
d: 20 Aug 1942, Independence, Polk, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 187. Nellie M. Hammond
b: 4 Mar 1879, Iowa, United States
d: 3 Oct 1958, Washington, Oregon, United States
. . . . . 19. Louisa Hammond
b: 31 Jul 1838
d: 2 Mar 1847
. . . . . 1A. Richmond Fisk Hammond
b: 20 Nov 1840, Licking, Ohio, United States
d: 8 Apr 1928, Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . +Sarah Ellen Ralston
b: 11 May 1849, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States
m: 1 Jan 1867, Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States
d: 18 Oct 1892, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 1A1. William R. R. Hammond
b: 1 Jan 1864
. . . . . . . . . . 1A2. Homer L. Hammond
b: 25 Jul 1865
. . . . . . . . . . 1A3. Judson F. E. Hammond
b: 15 Apr 1866
. . . . . . . . . . 1A4. Estella Mabel Hammond
b: 6 Feb 1868, Illinois, United States
d: 20 Dec 1949, Sapulpa, Creek, Oklahoma, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 1A5. Forest Clinton Hammond
b: 28 Nov 1868, Illinois, United States
d: 28 Oct 1905, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 1A6. Nellie Elida Hammond
b: 23 Nov 1871, Illinois, United States
d: 11 Aug 1956, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 1A7. Josie Winifred Hammond
b: 9 Feb 1874, Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States
d: 27 Sep 1954, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 1A8. Glenn M Hammond
b: 4 Sep 1877
d: 11 Feb 1878
. . . . . . . . . . 1A9. Clyde Nelson Hammond
b: 11 Jun 1879, Union, Hardin, Iowa, United States
d: 4 Dec 1960, Fort Dodge, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +Mary McClure
b: 9 Oct 1857
m: 7 Nov 1897, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
d: 14 Mar 1901, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 1AA. Hattie Louisa Hammond
b: Mar 1899, Kansas, United States
d: 26 Sep 1994, Riverside, Riverside, California, United States
. . . . . +Mary A. Reynolds
m: 29 Oct 1906, Kinsley, Edwards, Kansas, United States
. . . . . 1B. Mary E Hammond
b: 19 Jan 1843
d: 20 Feb 1862
Do you have tons of those leafy hints on Ancestry? Are you one of those that just ignores all of those hints, searching the catalog, databases and records on your own? Or do you try and work thru those hints?
My Ancestry tree is one of those with tons of hints, over 77000 record hints. There’s no way I will ever work my way thru all of those hints. However, I do use those hints to research the descendants of my ancestors.
While researching Roland Hammond, a grandson of Horatio Hammond, I came across a record assigning his wife as administrator of his estate in Wyandotte County, Kansas.. Unfortunately, that database did not have the actual will. When I checked FamilySearch to see if I could find the will on FamilySearch, the records are locked.
Roland Hammond lived and died in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas. Thanks to a hint on Ancestry, I found a copy of his will in Henry County, Illinois.
page 104 (image 390 of 637)
Will of Roland E. Hammond Deceased
Last Will and testament
I, Roland E. Hammond of Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, being of sound mind and memory do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me.
(1) I give, bequeath and device to my children, Roland H. Hammond, John E Hammond and Frances A Hammond, the sum of ten ($10.00) dollars each,
(2) Should other children be born to me hereafter, I give to said children the sum of ten ($10.00) Dollars each.
(3) I own real estate known as the F. N. Hammond homestead located at Galva, Illinois, known a 807 West Division street and described as follows:
All of the East Two thirds of Lot number Three (3), in the subdivision of the south half of the southwest quarter of section twenty eight, in Township Fourteen (14) North, Range four (4) East of the fourth principal meridian; situated in the City of Galva, in the County of Henry and State of Illinois, except the following described part of said Lot Three (3), viz: Beginning at the southeast corner of said Lot Three (3), thence running est on the South line of said Log 3, one hundred thirty five feet, thence North on a line parallel with the East line of said Lot 3, Ninety five feet, thence East on a line parallel with the South line of said Lot 3, one hundred thirty five feet to the East Line of Said Lot 3, thence south on the East line of said Lot 3, ninety five feet tot he place of beginning.
And I hereby give and devise the said described real estate, on-half to my wife, Aileen H. Hammond, one-fourth (1/4) to my mother, Caroline Matilda Hammond, and one-fourth (1/4) to my sister Mary Edna Hammond Newell. I desire that said real estate be sold as soon as may be practicable, however it is my desire that my mother may occupy said real estate for a reasonable time and until she comes into possession of other property which was owned by my deceased aunt, Hattie E. Ogg at the time of the death of Hattie E. Ogg.
(4) Hattie E. Ogg died recently and she left a will which has not yet been admitted to probate but which will probably soon be admitted to probate. By the terms of such will all of the distributive estate of Hattie E. Ogg has been given, bequeathed and devised to me, with the request that with such estate, I make some provisions for my mother, Caroline Hammond and my sister, Mary Edna Hammond Newell.
(5) I anticipate that all of the estate of Hattie E. Ogg under said will is possessed and owned by me and I hereby make disposition of such estate and hereby bequeath and devise to my mother, Caroline Matilda Hammond from the estate I receive from my deceased aunt, an undivided on-sixth (1/6) thereof absolutely and I further give bequeath and devise to my mother, the possession and use of an undivided one-sixth (1/6) of such estate, during her lifetime but not to her heirs or assigns thereafter. I give, bequeath and devise to my sister, Mary Edna Newell, an undivided one-third (1/3) of such estate as I receive from my deceased aunt, Hattie E. Ogg, absolutely, I give devise and bequeath to my wife, Aileen H. Hammond, an undivided one-third (1/3) of
Will of Roland E. Hammond DeceasedIllinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Roland E Hammond, 19 December 1919; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 1 April 2021).
all of the estate I receive from the estate of my deceased aunt, Hattie E. Ogg absolutely. I further bequeath and devise to my wife and her heirs; assigns the remainder of the undivided one-sixth (1/6) part of the estate I receive from my deceased aunt, Hattie E. Ogg, the life use and possession of which I have herein before given to my mother
(6) If at the time of my death I own any interest in the business of Shepherd & Hammond, Kansas City, Kansas or any other business, it is my desire that such insterest be sold as soon as practical and the
Roland E. Hammond
PROCEEDS BE INVESTED TO THE BEST ADVANTAGE
(7) I make no further provisions in this my will for my children, I have full confidence that my wife will properly care for my children.
(8) All of the rest, balance and residue of my estate, both personal and mixed and wheresoever situated, I give, bequeath and devise absolutely to my beloved wife, Aileen H. Hammond to have and to hold unto her and her heirs and assigns forever.
(9) I hereby name my wife, Aileen H. Hammond as Executrix of this my last will and testament and request that she be not required to give any bond as such Executrix.
(10) If it becomes necessary to have an administration of my estate in the State of Illinois, I request that Judge A E. Bergland of Galva Illinois be appointed as Administrator with this will annexed. If no administration in Illinois is necessary, I request that the beneficiaries under this my will, look to Mr. Bergland for such assistance and advice as may be necessary in the settlement of my estate in Illinois.
(11) This my last will and testament is written on two pages type-written upon both of which I have subscribed my name this 19 day of December, 1919.
Roland E. Hammond
Signed, published and declared by the said Roland E. Hammond to be his last will and testament in the presence of us the undersigned subscribing witnesses who in his presence and at this request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names thereto on this 19 day of December, 1919
Francis E Howe
David J. Smith
Filed January 10th, 1921
Within instrument held duly proven as the last Will and Testament of Roland E. Hammond, dec’d; that said instrument was duly admitted to probate in Wyandotte Co. Kansas and executed according to the laws of said State of Kansas. Said instrument is therefore admitted to probate and ordered recorded as the last will and Testament of said Roland e. Hammond dec’d.
Leonard E. Telleen CO Judge
Feb 7th 1921
Hoping that his aunt, Hattie Ogg, died in Illinois, I checked Ancestry’s database, Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999 in hopes of also locating her will, which I found.
page 370 (image 206 of 637)
Will of Harriet Eliza Ogg Deceased
Last Will and Testament
I, Harriet Eliza Ogg, of Galva, Henry County, Illinois, being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in the manner following, that is to say:
First: I hereby direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be first fully paid by my executor
Second: After the payment of said funeral expenses and debts, I give devise and bequeath absolutely to my nephew, Roland E. Hammond, now residing at Kansas City, Kansas, all of my property, be the same real, personal or mixed, of whatsoever character and wheresoever situated, to have and to hold the same absolutely.
Third: I make no provisions in this my will, for the children or descendants of my deceased brother, Christian Kugler Ogg, for the reason that the said Christian Kugler Ogg in his lifetime received more than his just portion of my father’s and mother’s estate.
Fourth: In bequeathing and devising all of my property to the said Rolland E. Hammond as aforesaid, I expressly request the said Rolland E. Hammond to see to it that my sister, Matilda Caroline Hammond and my niece, Mary Edna Hammond Newell shall not want for the ordinary comforts of life, and I request that the said Rolland E. Hammond shall, during the remainder of the respective lives of the said Matilda Caroline Hammond and Mary Edna Hammond Newell, provide for them and each of them such comforts as in his discretion they may require and should enjoy.
Fifth: I also hereby request the said Rolland E. Hammond to erect at my grave a suitable tombstone and to make proper provision for the care of the cemetery lot wherein my body shall be interred.
Sixth: I hereby nominate and appoint Earl L. Yocum to be the executor of this my Will.
I hereby revoke any and all my former Wills by me made
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Twenty third day of February A.D. 1917.
Harriet Eliza Ogg (seal)
The foregoing instrument, consisting of two typewritten pages, was on the day of this date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by the mid testatrix, Harriet Eliza Ogg, as and for her last Will and Testament in our presence, who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other, signed our names thereto as witnesses this Twenty third day of February A.D. 1917, and we hereby certify that we believe that the said testatrix was of sound mind and memory at the time she executed the said instrument.Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Harriet Eliza Ogg, 23 February 1917; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 1 April 2021).
Harold A. Smith, Galva, Henry County, Illinois
Albert E. Bergland, Galva, Henry County, Illinois
__ Galva, Henry County, Illinois
Since I don’t dig deeply when researching the descendants of collateral lines, I likely would not have found Roland Hammond’s will without Ancestry’s hinting system. Thank you Ancestry for providing this tool to help with our research!
Have you followed any of Ancestry’s hints from the Marriage Index in Newspapers.com? If so, do you read the entire marriage announcement, or do you stop reading when the description of the dress starts?
I have to admit that I sometimes stop reading when the dress description begins. Sometimes, I will scan the rest of the announcement looking for siblings in the wedding party. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I scanned the wedding announcement for Mabel Aileen Harvey and Roland Everett Hammond. This particular announcement included visiting out of town guests – along with where they were from! (Note: my transcription skips the part about the dress!)
Home News“Home News,” Kansas City Daily Gazette (Kansas City, Kansas), 20 June 1901, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 31 March 2021).
The marriage of Miss Mabel Aileen Harvey and Mr. Roland Everette Hammond, was celebrated Thursday evening at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Harvey, 622 Oakland avenue. The Rev. J. W. Alderman presiding elder of this conference was the officiating clergy man. The bride and groom were unattended, and aside from the handsome house decorations of palms and flowers, the wedding details were of the simplest character A noticeable feature was the especially fine musical program.
Out of town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Hammond of Galva, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Ayers of David City, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. William Brereton of Monmouth, Illinois, Mrs. Pilling of Burlington, Iowa, Mrs. Martha Neis of Monmouth, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Harvey of Chicago, Mrs. Jennie Hayes and Miss Mabel Hayes of [to]peka, Mrs. Charles Vallery of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Mrs. Harry Newell and children of Galva, Ill., Mrs. H. Rudolph of Osawatomie, Mr. R. Harvey of Beloit, Kansas, Mr. Charles Gilchrest of Omaha. Mr. and Mrs. Hammond will be at home after July 15th at 1947 North Hallock street.
I was able to identify the following guests:
- Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Hammond — Roland’s parents
- Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Ayers – Roland’s half-sister and her husband
- Mrs. Pilling – Roland’s half sister
- Mrs. Harry Newell – Roland’s sister
For me, this was a great reminder to read the entire item,
Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: It’s Saturday Night again –
Time for some more 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) Have you done an autosomal DNA test? If so, which testing company/ies?
2) Of your Top 10 DNA matches on any site, how many are a known relative, and are they in your family tree? No names…but give a known relationship if possible.
I tested with Ancestry and transferred my DNA to GedMatch, MyHeritage and FamilyTreeDNA. Besides my data, I also manage DNA tests for my mother and my two brothers on Ancestry.
On Ancestry, my test have lots of matches. I have so many matches that it takes forever for the page to completely load. Since Ancestry won’t tell me how many matches I have until the page loads, I don’t have readily available DNA stats. I did take the time to figure this out a couple of weeks ago. Below are those stats.
Below are the top ten matches (excluding immediate family members) for the four tests that I manage on Ancestry. Note that I am MC in the below table and all relationships are to me. RC is my mother.
Even though I have my DNA on other sites, I have to confess that I haven’t spent a lot of time figuring out the relationships. Of the first page of my matches on MyHeritage, only one is a close relationship, a second cousin. The rest of the matches are distant cousins. Unfortunately, many of those matches either have a very small tree or no tree. Since these are distant cousins, I haven’t taken the time to contact them to begin figuring out our relationship.
Some of my known cousins have transferred their DNA to GedMatch. However, many of my closer matches are not in my tree. Again, the lack of a tree (gedcom) file makes it more difficult for me to figure out the relationship.
This exercise has shown that I have work to do. However, I plan to continue expanding my tree by researching descendants versus trying to figure out how I’m related to all of these matches whose tree is either too small for me to recognize a connection or missing entirely.
Do you have a favorite place? When I first saw this writing prompt, I was taking it personally. Then today, I read several of the ways one could interpret this prompt. Now, I’m viewing this prompt from the perspective of my genealogy research. Based on this new perspective, I have to say my favorite place is Kansas.
- My tree is deeply rooted in Kansas. My great-grandparents were all born in Kansas. Almost all of my ancestors thru my 2nd great grandparents died in Kansas.
- Many of the register of deeds offices in Kansas have a unique resource called the Range Index. These indexes trace the ownership of sections of land over the years. Using these indexes requires that one knows the section, township and range description of the land. However, they can quickly provide the volume and page numbers for all of the land transactions for that parcel of land. Unfortunately, one needs to visit the courthouse to access these indexes.
- The Kansas State Historical Society has a ‘nearly comprehensive collection of newspapers for the state.’ When I first started doing genealogical research, these newspapers were mostly available on microfilm. Many of those early newspapers have been digitized. Over the years, these newspapers have proven to be very beneficial to my research.
- Besides their newspaper collection, the Kansas State Historical Society’s library and archive collection has been a great help with my genealogy research over the years.
- Kansas also has state census records that help track families between the federal census records. The 1885 and 1895 Kansas census help fill in the blanks around the missing 1890 federal census. The Kansas State Historical Society has microfilm of these records. They have also worked with Ancestry to make them available on Ancestry’s site.
I am grateful for all of the Kansas records that have been created, collected and preserved over the years.
Do you ever feel like you are on a scavenger hunt when trying to document a family? Well, that’s what it felt like today as I tried to document the family of Cornelius R. Hammond, son of Horatio Hammond.
I had some information for the family in my file that came from a published genealogy.
I also had some census records. When a hint led to an obituary for who might beCornelius’ wife, trying to match up the children was its own puzzle.
Mrs. Hammond Dies at Eastside“Mrs. Hammond Dies at Eastside,” The World (Coos Bay, Oregon), 21 December 1932, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 27 March 2021).
Mrs. Sarah Houston Hammond, 88, died at 6:00 a.m. today at Eastside at the home of her two sons, W. J. Hammond and L. A. Hammond. She had been ill for the past two weeks.
Mrs. Hammond had lived at Eastside for the past five years coming here from Grants Pass. She is survived by a son, Alvi Hammond of Grants Pass: three daughters, Mrs. Nellie McComas of Roseburg, Mrs. Olive Patterson of Roseburg and Mrs. H. R. Williams of Eastside and two sons of Eastside.
The body is at the Campbell funeral home, where the funeral will beheld at 2:00 o’clock Friday, with interment at Sunset.
Since W. J. could be Warren J and L. A. could be Lorin A., along with Alvi Hammond, the sons appear to match up. When it comes to the daughters, the book shows a daughter named Nellie, but she is married to a Williams instead of a McComas. And Flora and Lottie are married to men named Harrington and Stubbs and not Patterson and Williams.
Hoping the FamilySearch tree would help figure out whether this obituary fit the family of Cornelius Hammond, I checked the tree to see whom the tree had as the husband of Flora B. Hammond. I discovered that the tree did not have a husband or children for Flora. I found the same to be true for Lettie Hammond: no husband and no children. The tree did have a McComas husband for Nellie, Joseph Leonard McComas. However, it did not have John Williams listed as her husband. Thus, the FamilySearch tree was not helpful in figuring out whether this obituary was for the wife of Cornelius Hammond.
Thus, I turned to Ancestry hints. Most of the hints for the children were for census records. However, one hint for Lettie Hammond was to a newspaper announcement of the marriage of Miss Letta Hammond to Richard Stubbs.
Mr. Richard Stubbs and Miss Letta Hammond, both of this county, were married at the residence of the bride’s parents, south of this city, at three o’clock on Thursday, Octtober 23, 1890; Rev. J. M. Wright, officiating. Mr. Stubbs is a brother to Sam. Stubbs, of the Central Grocery, and holds a position there; he is steady in his habits and has many friends among our people. Miss Hammond is a very popular young lady and has many friends amoung our people“Local News,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 25 October 1890, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 27 March 2021).
The puzzling aspect of this hint was that it was in a newspaper from Dodge City, Kansas. The records I had for the family indicated that they were in Illinois, Iowa and Oregon – but not Kansas.
However, Cornelius’ brother, Richmond Fisk Hammond was in Dodge City. Thus, I decided to search the Dodge City papers for Cornelius Hammond between 1885 and 1895. This search revealed that Cornelius Hammond and his son, Alva, homesteaded in Ford county, Kansas.
Notice for Publication“Notice for publication,” The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 19 March 1890, page 8; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 27 March 2021).
Land office at Garden city, Kansas
March 10th, 1890
Notice is hereby given that the following named settler, who made homestead entry No 1,581 has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the judge or in his absence the clerk of the district court of Ford county, Kansas at his office in Dodge City, Kansas, on the 25th day of April 1890, viz:
Alva M Hammond, of Ford county, Kansas, final homestead, for lots 3, 4, 5 and southeast quarter northwest quarter section No. 6 township No. 27 south range No. 26 west, Ford county, Kansas. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: S. F> Coates and Wallace Johnson, of Dodge City, Kansas, F. A. Etrick of Ensign, and Eugene Hall of Cimarron, Kansas.
Also at the same time and place Cornelius R. Hammond, final homested No. 1582, for the lots 6 and 7, and southwest quarter southwest quarter of secton No. 6, township No. 27 south range No. 26 west, ford county, Kansas. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: S. F. Coates and Wallace Johnson, both of Dodge City, Kansas, F. A> Etrick of Ensign, Eugene Hail of Cimarron, Kansas.
D. M. Frost, Reigster
First publication March 12th, 1890
The notice regarding the homestead claim was in a March 1890 newspaper. Thus, the announcement of the marriage of Letta Hammond to Richard Stubbs is likely for the daughter of Cornelius Hammond.
Thinking that Lettie’s husband, Richard had died, I started searching for an obituary for Richard or a second marriage for Lettie prior to 1932. I did not find an obituary. Instead I found a couple of references to a Richard Stubbs having been divorced. At this point, I don’t have enough information to say it is the same Richard Stubbs, but it would explain a remarriage for Lettie. And that is what is puzzling. I found a marriage record for Lettie L. Stubbs to Sam R. Brisbin dated 21 Apr 1923 occurring in Douglas County, Oregon.
There is a Lettie Brisbine on the 1930 census in Douglas county with an 18 year old Charles Stubbs in the household. The ages for Lettie are almost identical between the 1920 and 1930 census. However the 1920 census for the Richard Stubbs household includes an 8 year old boy named Charles. Even though Lettie is listed as a widow on the 1930 census, Samuel Brisbin is also found living in Douglas County, Oregon in 1930. Even though the couple appear to be separated on the 1930 census, Lettie is mentioned in the obituary found on Samuel Brisbin’s Find a Grave site.
Lettie died in 1941 and her obituary identifies her as Mrs. Samuel R. Brisbin.
Mrs. Samuel R. Brisbin Summoned by Death“Mrs. Samuel R. Brisbin Summonded by Death,” The News-Review (Roseburg, Oregon), 6 August 1941, page 3; digital iamges, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 27 March 2021).
Mrs. Samuel R. (Lettie Louise) Brisbin, of Roseburg, died at Mercy hospital Tuesday afternoon following a short illness. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, she had been a resident of Roseburg for many years.
Surviving are a son and two daughters, Carl E. Stubbs, Roseburg; Maude Stone, Pomona, Calif., and Flora Mason, Long Beach, Calif.
Funeral services will be held at the Roseburg undertaking company parlors at 2 p.m. Friday, Rev. John Barney officiating.
Again, a Charles Stubbs is mentioned as a son. The names of the daughters, Flora and Maud, also match the names of the daughters found in the Richard and Leta Stubbs household on the 1910 census. Thus, I am concluding that Lettie Hammond was first married to Richard Stubbs and then to Samuel R Brisbin. No evidence has been found for Lettie going by the name of Mrs. Olive Patterson or Mrs. H. R. Williams as suggested by the obituary of Sara Hammond.
That leaves Flora. According to the Hammond genealogy, Flora was married to Asa Harrington. A marriage record for Flora and Asa has not been found. However, there is a 1900 census record in Coos County, Oregon for a widowed Flora Harrington. Also listed in the household is a 6 year old female, Minnie Harrington. By 1910, Flora is identified as Flora Williams of Myrtle Point in her father’s obituary.
Death of Old Timer“Death of Old TImer,” Weekly Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, Oregon), 16 December 1910, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 27 March 2021).
C. R. Hammond of Hugo, who has spent the past month in this city under the doctor’s care, died Wednesday evening, cause of heath being heart trouble. Deceased was 7 years old at the time of his death and had been a sufferer from asthma for several years, until death relieved him of his pain. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Sarah Hammond, of this city and two sons, Loren and Alva Hammond, two daughters, Mrs. Flora Williams of Myrtle Point, and Mrs. Lettie Stubbs of Roseburg, all of whom were with him at the time of his death. Another son who resides in Washington, and a daughter in Colorado are expected to arrive in time for the funeral services, which will take place at Pleasant Valley cemetery Friday at 2 o’clock p.m. The deceased was a kind husband and father and held the respect of all who knew him.
In 1910, there is a Flora Williams listed as the wife of Joseph Williams living in Myrtle Point, Oregon. Also listed in the household is an 11 year old nephew, Warren Hammond. This Warren Hammond is likely Warren Raymond Hammond, son of Flora’s brother, Warren Jepthie Hammond and his first wife Alpha Reed. Since Warren J. Hammond is remarried in 1905, his children by his first wife appear to be living with relatives. There are two obituaries for Warren Jepthie Hammond. One is apparently written by his siblings and the other by his second wife. A son, Warren, is named in one obituary but not the other.
W. J. Hammond of Eastside Called at Independence“W. J. Hammond of Eastside Called at Independence,” The World (COos Bay, Oregon), 22 August 1942, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 27 March 2021).
W. J. Hammond, 66 resident of Eastside for may years and of Coos Bay since 1912, died at Independence late Thursday or early Friday, children at Eastside were advised by telephone. HE had been working in the valley for two months, his wife and daughter, Belva, being with him. Cause of death was not learned here.
The body will be brought to the Campbell funeral home here where the funeral will be held probably at 2 p.m. Monday, with burial in Sunset cemetery.
Survivors include the widow, three daughters, Belva, Mrs. Eva Hagquist of Bunker Hill, and Mrs. Flora Fitzpatrick of Vancouver, Was.; also three sons, A. E., Cecil J. of Eastside and Warren R. Hammond of New York. Mrs. Nellie McComas of Roseburg is a sister and Loren Hammond of Eastside is a brother. Mr. Hammond was formerly watchman at Broadway motors and for the McKenna mill.
Hammond Funeral Held Monday in Marshfield“Hammond Funeral Held Monday at Marshfield,” Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon), 28 August 1942, page 11; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 27 March 2021).
Independence — Funeral services for Warren Jepthie Hammond, who died last Friday at the Wigrich hop ranch south of Independence, were held Monday at Marshfield.
Mr. and Mrs. Hammond had lived here for three months and in Marshfield for 25 years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Fern Hammond, two sons, Alva and Cecil Hammond, Marshfield; two daughters, Mrs. Flora Fitzpatrick, Vancouver, Wash; and Belva Hammond, at home. Also a brother and sister, Loren Hammond of Marshfield and Mrs Nellie Commosoff of Roseburg.
Flora William’s site on Find a Grave provides even further evidence that she was a Hammond and a sibling of Lettie. The image included on the site is of Flora’s death certificate. This death certificate identifies her parents as C. R. Hammond and Sarah Huston. The informant identified on the death certificate is Lettie Brisbane.
Thus, Flora Hammond was a Flora Williams. However, she was Mrs. Joseph Williams and not Mrs. H.R. Williams.
Even though I still can’t figure out the ‘Mrs. Olive Patterson’ mentioned in the obituary, I do believe that the obituary in question is for Sarah Houston, wife of Cornelius Hammond. I also believe that the information found in the Hammond Genealogy, even though basically correct, is incomplete.
This family is a great example of why one has to do significant digging and follow any and all small clues to piece the family together.
The identities of these three men may be lost. However, there are some clues in the photo. FIrst, the “Nellie’s Father’ inscription could mean either Richmond or Cornelius Hammond. Since the photo was passed down from Josie Hammond to my grandparents to me, I believe it is likely Richmond Hammond on the left.
The middle inscription is hard to read, but it may be ‘C. Hammond’. If so, then that would be Cornelius Hammond.
The location of the photographer tells me that one of these men lived in or near Emporia, Kansas. Thus, Lucius J. Hammond may be the man on the left
Below are some other photos of Richmond Fisk Hammond for comparison.
Richmond Hammond and his second wife, Mary McClure and her family.
Do you ever see an image or a hint that reminds you to look in that source for small bits of information about family members?
I had that “Oh, yeah, I should look at that source.” feeling when I was working hints for Lucius J. Hammond, my 2nd great granduncle. The hint that caused my reaction was an image of an article in the Dodge City Daily Globe.
Since Lucius died in Lyon County, Kansas and not Ford County, Kansas, one might not dig deep enough to find the article in the Dodge City newspaper. However, Lucius’ brother, Richmond Hammond was living in Dodge City at the time. Since I believe the Dodge City newspapers from that time period contained a lot of town gossip, it does not surprise me that a death notice for Richmond’s brother was in those newspapers.
A simple search of Newspapers.com for Hammond in April 1898 in Dodge City, Kansas turned up the death notice.
L. J. Hammond, brother of R. F. Hammond, died at his home in Reading, Kas., after a painful illness, on Monday. Last October an operation had been made for cancer of the stomach. The deceased suffered greatly.“Additioinal Local,” The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 14 April 1898, page 8; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 25 March 2021).
Thus, the reminder! I needed to check the Dodge City papers for other news related to Richmond’s siblings. Since Richmond only lived in Dodge between 1886 and 1909, I decided to look for events within that time span.
That led me to a death notice for Richmond’s brother Jehiel P. Hamond who died in North Dakota in 1907.
Word was received by R. F. Hammond on Wednesday of the death of his brother J. P. Hammond living at Orr, N.D. The cause of death was paralysis.“Brief Items of Local INterest,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 3 May 1907, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 26 March 2021).
I then searched for the death notice of his sister, Juliet Simms. I had previously found notice that Juliet had fallen and broken her hip.
Mrs. Juliet Simms of Denver fell last Tuesday breaking her hip very badly and is not expected to survive the shock. She is the only living sister of R. F. Hammond.“Local News,” The Journal Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 31 May 1907, page 4; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 23 March 2020).
However, I did not have a death notice and I did not have her date of death. Curious about what I would find in the Dodge City papers, I tried a different search. I searched for Simms in Dodge City in 1907. That search led me to a notice of her death.
Word was received by R. F. Hammond on Thursday morning that his sister, Mrs. W. M. Simms, who fell and injured her hip some time ago died on Wednesday. Mr. Hammond and his nephew Lark Grimm who has been visiting here for three weeks left for Denver Thursday night.“Local News,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 26 July 1907, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 26 March 2021).
Not only did this search turn up a death date for Juliet Hammond Simms, but also uncovered a nephew of Richmond Hammond that I don’t have in my records, Lark Grimm.
Thus, the image hint for Lucius Hammond was a gentle reminder to search the papers where the siblings lived for news of other siblings. This ‘gentle reminder’ also provided reinforcement for why I’m currently researching the siblings of Richmond Hammond — and their descendants. As I learn more about these siblings, I also discover new places to look for more information on the family.
When doing your genealogy research, do you ever encounter a source in a different place? That’s what happened to me recently with The Courier Tribune, a Nemaha County, Kansas newspaper.
The Seneca Free Library had their newspaper collection digitized by Advantage Archives. The library home page contains a link to this collection of digitized newspapers. Several other public libraries have done the same. This includes Sabetha (Nemaha County), Kansas and Hiawatha (Brown County), Kansas.
Thus, when I followed an Ancestry hint for a marriage announcement in a newspaper, I was surprised to find this article in The Courier-Tribune (Seneca, KS) on Newspapers.com.
Curious about what newspapers from Nemaha County could be found on Newspapers.com, I started searching using the papers menu. A search for Seneca in the state of Kansas turned up seven different papers, including The Courier-Tribune.
A similar search for “Sabetha” and “Kansas” also turned up seven titles.
Continuing to search for the smaller communities provided even more titles that had been digitized.
The digitization of these early newspapers has been facilitated by the Kansas State Historical Society as part of their Kansas Digital Newspapers program. Through grants from the National Digital Newspaper Program, Kansas began digitizing their newspaper collection on Chronicling America. [list of Kansas newspapers on Chronicling America]
In 2013, the Kansas Digital Newspapers program partnered with Newspapers.com to digitize additional pre-1923 papers. This digitization of these pre-1923 newspapers has been completed with nearly 12 million pages available.
Thus all of the early Nemaha County newspapers are available on Newspapers.com. Kansas residents can access these Nemaha papers and all other newspapers from the Kansas State Historical Society collection for free by verifying their residency when logging in.