by Sherry Stocking Kline
19 April 2010
I recently learned from my Aunt Mary that her grandfather Thomas J. McGinnis died in Emporia, Kansas! That was very beneficial info, as he is buried in the same small cemetery, Osborn Cemetery, Mayfield, Sumner County, Kansas as two of his children, many of his grandchildren, and a few of his great-grandchildren.
And since I’ve learned one of the fastest ways to ask a question is by telephone, I picked up the phone, found out the Emporia Library’s phone number, and found out who to e-mail with my information request. My request letter below:
Hello Ms Sundberg,
I was given your name on Saturday, and so am writing to ask if you can help me locate some information about my great-grandfather.
His name is Thomas J (I believe this is Jefferson) McGinnis, and he and his wife, Margaret Corson McGinnis lived in the Emporia area for a time, and that is where he is supposed to have passed away.
What I am hoping to find is his obituary, especially if it tells who his parents are, but I will be very happy to learn all that I can about he and his wife Maggie.
If they lived in the town of Emporia, then perhaps they will show up in a city directory with their address, etc.,
And if you have any way of learning if he had a will or probate record in the court there, that would be helpful also.
Here is some of the info I have for him. I also have the 1880 and 1900 Federal Census and the 1905 Kansas Census. I do not have the 1850, 60, or 70 census, yet.
Thomas Jefferson McGinnis
birth: Aug 17, 1842 – Ohio (or Illinois according to one census)
death:. May 12, 1911 – Emporia, KS
Married: 1872 – according to Ancestry.com
Thomas & Maggie are both buried in the Osborne Cemetery, Sumner County, Mayfield, Kansas
1910 U. S. Federal Census
Thomas J McGinnis
Est birth year: abt 1843
Spouse’s Name: Maggie E
Home in 1910: Emporia Ward 1, Lyon, Kansas
Marital Status: Married
Thomas J McGinnis 67
Maggie E McGinnis 61
Mertie E. McGinnis 18
Joseph L Davis 26
George Hetzel 31
Lee J Taylor 23
Daniel Pederson 22
John O’ Brien 24
I understand that there is a $10 charge per hour, so please let me know what I owe you and how best to pay.
Thank you very much,
Ah, the speed of e-mail! At 6:48 a.m. this morning, I typed my request to the librarian’s genealogist, and by mid-afternoon, I had my answer!