Archive for the ‘Family Tree’ Category
by Sherry Stocking Kline
March 19th, 2010
My mom and I have been going through old, really old photographs recently, and we’ve found some wonderful gems, such as these two lovely young ladies.
One is my cousin, (and until I put her into my computerized family tree) I won’t try to tell you how closely related. The only downside with this photograph is that I’m not sure which one is cousin Myrtle Rose, and which one is her McBride cousin.
The back of the photograph says “Myrtle Rose and cousin McBride” then “Doss Rose’s daughter.” Through my research and visiting with Mom, we know that Doss is the nickname of Abraham Dorsey Rose.
So, if one of you who visits this site are a descendant of Doss, Alfreda Jane, or Myrtle Rose, please share with me which beautiful young lady is which!
Abraham Dorsey Rose is my great-grandmother, Salinda Rose Breneman’s brother, and they are the children of Eden/Edan and Elsie/Elcy Rose.
According to the 1900 Census, Myrtle was six years old at that time, was born in Nebraska, and the family was living in the Omaha, Nebraska area.
by Sherry Stocking Kline
March 12th, 2010
Here is my almost Wordless Wednesday, a photograph of my Great-Aunt May Breneman Jones Willey in front of her son’s family’s home in Minnesota.
May’s parents were Constantine “Tom” and Salinda (Rose) Breneman. May’s first husband was Evan Jones, son of Willis W. and Martha Ellen (Smith) Jones. Willis W. and Martha Ellen originally came from Kentucky, and moved to the Midwest, living in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
Evan and May’s son’s name was Kenneth Jones. Kenneth and his wife Lois had five children: Lawrence, Lynn, Patty, Charlie, and Kenny, and I hope one of the children, or even their children find this post, and will leave a message.
I have many happy memories of visiting Aunt May and their family in Minnesota, and we would love to re-connect with them.
Sherry Stocking Kline
February 18, 2010
Oh, be still my heart! This might not be quite good enough to do a Happy Dance, but almost! I was doing research on Ancestry.com on my father. I hadn’t done that because I knew who my father was, where he was born, where he died, that he had heart disease, and where he is buried.
So I hadn’t done census research on him. Big mistake! I did the census research, and learned that in the 1930 census, shortly before he and mom married, he was living with another family as their farm worker. That wasn’t surprising news.
But the next thing that popped up on Ancestry was a “Corson” family book that stated that it listed my father, his siblings, and his parents, etc.
That’s where the Happy Dance comes in.
The book is titled “Three hundred years with the Corson families in America” by Orville Corson, Middletown, OH., 1939 (2v). V2: 161, 205
Now, all I need to do is beg, borrow, or maybe even purchase this book at Higginson Book Company, and I’ll have a springboard to research my Great-Grandmother Margaret “Maggie” Corson McGinnis, mother of my Grandma Maud McGinnis Stocking, and their ancestors. (I’ve already called my favorite local librarian!)
And if I’m really lucky, there may just be a few glimpses into their personal lives, occupations, and military service in this book, giving me numerous clues to where to research and flesh out who they were. Woo Hoo!
Yeah, maybe this is enough for a “Happy Dance”!
by Sherry Stocking Kline
February 17, 2010
Here is a photograph of my mom’s cousin, Kenneth Jones, son of Evan and May Breneman Jones, in front of the high school at Kingman, Kansas.
Kenneth and his wife Lois had five children and lived in Duluth, Minnesota on Morris Thomas Road.
Kenneth’s mother, May Breneman Jones Willey lived with them for awhile, and then went into a nursing home called Nopemming (sp?).
Kenneth, Lois, and my great-aunt May have all passed away, and sad to say, we have lost touch with their children, and though I’ve tried to locate them, the last name of Jones is making that difficult.
We visited them several times when I was growing up, and I have very fond memories of horse-back riding at the neighbors, picking wild strawberries, and going agate hunting along one of the many lakes with Kenneth and his family.
Kenneth’s father, Evan Jones, is buried in the Osborne Cemetery, Sumner County, Kansas, near Mayfield.
by Sherry Stocking Kline
February 2, 2010
I would never have thought about using my Legacy, Family Tree Maker, or Roots Magic to create a dog’s Pedigree chart, but the Legacy blog shares photographs of how one Pedigreed Pooch owner is keeping tabs on her puppies’ five generation ‘tree.
To read more, see photographs of how the Legacy Family Tree chart looked or read the comments from other dog owners and even horse lovers, click here.
You can get free versions of some of the popular genealogy/family tree software programs. To check out the free versions of two popular Genealogy programs, go to Legacy Family Tree downloads, and choose the free version, or download the Roots Magic program here.
I won’t be adding my dog’s Pedigree any time soon. She was a ‘rescue dog’. I rescued her from being left at a small cemetery out in the country over Memorial Day weekend.
My son says he understands why she was dumped, as she is definitely a ‘barker.’
But when I look into her big brown, soulful (and I keep thinking grateful) eyes, I’m still glad I brought her home.
Nathaniel and Mary McMulin Wood are buried in the Milan Cemetery, Ryan Township, Sumner County, Kansas. This cemetery is located one mile west of Milan, Kansas (and about 15 miles west of Wellington) on Highway 160.
Nathaniel and his wife Mary were homesteaders in Sumner County, owning a quarter section of ground just about two miles west of Milan on what is now known to locals as “old 160 highway”. My apologies to anyone who is researching, I don’t know the new 9-1-1 name for this country road without driving out to look.
Nathaniel and Mary were my husband’s great grandparents on his father’s side, and though I do have a little more information on them, I don’t have much and I don’t have it with me right now.
My mother-in-law, C. Maxine Deffenbaugh Kline, always told me that Nathaniel’s nickname was “Than” and I thought that was interesting, as most would be nicknamed Nat or Nate.
Someday soon I need to do more research on that line!
P.S. If Nathaniel and Mary are in your family tree, please leave a note so we can ‘connect the dots.’ Thanks and ‘happy hunting!’
Sherry Stocking Kline
December 8th, 2009
Salinda (Rose) Breneman, daughter of Eden and Elsie/Elcy Rose, is my great-grandmother on my mother’s side.
Looking at this photo today, I wish I’d been better prepared to take tombstone photos. I should have had a soft whisk brush with me, a cloth, something to carry water to the stones, and perhaps even a tiny rake, or grass shears in some places.
Shown on the Stone:
Salinda E. Breneman
1855 – 1936
Great-grandmother Salinda is buried in the Milan Cemetery, Ryan Township, Sumner County, Kansas. The cemetery is about 12 miles west of Wellington, KS on Highway 160.
She is shown with her parents and siblings on the 1860 census when she is just 7 years old.
1860 Census 4 July 1860
Grand View Township, Louisa County, Iowa
Family 344 – 342
Edan Rose – 34 – M – Farm Labour
Elcy Rose – 32 – F
Abram (Abraham?) – 13 – M
Salinda – 7 – F
Absalom – 3 – M
Salinda Rose Breneman is the mother of Ira, Albert, Harvey, and Otto, Carrie and May. You can see photos of her children as well as a photograph of Albert’s tombstone here.
Salinda was married to Constantine “Tom” Breneman, but they divorced later in life.
If you’ve done a family search for the Breneman or Rose families, and landed on this page, I hope you will leave a comment and contact info so we can share our research!
Sherry Stocking Kline
December 1st, 2009
Today, December 1st, would have been my brother, Gary Neal “Sox” Stocking’s 73rd birthday.
If he were still alive.
Gary fell ill in the spring of 2001, just a month or two after we lost my oldest brother’s wife, Nancy Rae (Cook) Stocking to cancer. By the time the doctors ran a PSA test (to test for prostate cancer) it was too late, it had spread to the bones.
Two weeks after his prostate cancer diagnosis – he was gone…
I’m sharing this today on his birthday, because prostate cancer is one of the most survivable cancers, IF you find it in time, and get treatment.
My brother was a get-things-done, take-care-of-business kind of guy. He kept everyone’s car cleaned, the oil in everyone’s car changed, the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed, except for one. He didn’t have time to take care of his own health. He was too busy. I’m not sure he ever had a PSA test, until it was too late.
Gary was a car guy, and he and his wife Sharon showed their little 1926 Model T Street Rod in four states, and people came to his funeral from at least three. In their street rods.
He was the kind of guy that could get on an elevator, say hello, visit with the folks next to him, and have everyone smiling by the time they got two floors up. He was the kind of guy when a car guy he didn’t even know called for help in the middle of the night, he’d get in his pick-up and drive 2 hours to go help him.
He was the kind of guy you could count on…
He was older than me, and when our dad died young, he became extra protective, extra helpful. I always knew if I had car trouble, or any kind of trouble, anywhere, and my husband couldn’t rescue me, he’d be there for me.
When he died I felt like someone had taken the training wheels off my bike before I was ready to go solo. Whenever I got in the car to go somewhere I knew my ‘safety net’, my own personal ‘Triple A’ type rescuer was gone.
If you’re a guy – get a PSA test, before it’s too late…
I’m writing this to say ‘thank you’, to honor him, and to remind any guy reading this to get a PSA test before it’s too late.
Sherry Stocking Kline
November 24, 2009
Here is my Tombstone Tuesday:
As shown on the tombstone:
J. R. U. Crabb
Born: April 14, 1838
Died: Nov 1, 1920
Our Father is gone but not forgotten.
If I have all my facts right, and if my mother is right, too, then J. R. U. Crabb buried in the Glasgow Cemetery, Barren County, Kentucky, is my step great-grandfather. Mom was always told that Elizabeth Crabb was her grandmother, and Elizabeth was J.R.U.’s wife.
J. R. U.’s daughter, Bettie Crabb, is buried right next to him in the cemetery in Glasgow.
This is a beautiful cemetery, with a small Civil War fort, Fort Williams, at the top of the hill, and the tombstones run up and down along the sides of the hill.
Fort Williams has a cannon, and there are several memorial markers that tell the story of the battle that was fought there on October 6th, 1863, and you can look out over the tombstones from nearly everywhere in the Fort.
We spent an hour or two locating family graves, and spotting other names that may have been family as well, so I came home with several ‘extra’ tombstone photographs for research purposes.
Because there were flowers on one family gravesite (indicating to me that there were people living nearby who brought flowers) I was later able to track down some other family members thanks to a few phone calls and the kindness of several Kentucky businesses, the South Central Kentucky Cultural Museum, and new-found family members.
That evening we watched the sun set from the fort and it was beautiful to look out over the tombstones on the rolling hillside in one direction and in the other direction watch the lights of the city begin to twinkle on far below us.
The city of Glasgow’s website has information and aerial photographs of Fort Williams here.
You can read more abut the J.R.U. Crabb family and see information extracted from the 1860 census here.
For a time, J. R. U. , his wife, Elizabeth (Laird) Crabb, and their daughter Bettie lived on a farm just east and a little south of Milan, Sumner County, Kansas. I know from reading the local newspapers for that era that J.R.U. had cattle.
Elizabeth died on their farm near Milan, Sumner County, Kansas on July 30, 1912, and at some point in time before his death J.R.U. and daughter Bettie returned to Kentucky where J.R.U.’s other daughter, Sally Mayfield lived.
You can see Elizabeth’s tombstone, located in the Ryan Township Cemetery, Milan, Sumner County, Kansas, and read her obituary here.
And oh, yeah, if you’ve googled one of the names in this post, leave a comment and contact info! We need to talk!
Sherry Stocking Kline
November 21, 2009
For me, it’s a sniffly sneezy, Saturday night. I’m on the mend, but Kleenex still needs to be on stand-by.
Here is our Saturday Night Fun Challenge from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings! Have Fun!
Hey, genies, it’s Saturday Night, time for some Genealogy Fun!!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (where’s my Mission Impossible music…drat, lost it), is:
1) Who is your MRUA – your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? This is the person with the lowest number in your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name.
2) Have you looked at your research files for this unknown person recently? Why don’t you scan it again just to see if there’s something you have missed?
3) What online or offline resources might you search that might help identify your MRUA?
4) Tell us about him or her, and your answers to 2) and 3) above, in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or a comment on Facebook or some other social networking site.
My most elusive mysterious ancestor and the brick wall I most want to break down is my Great-grandfather, Willis Washington Jones.
What do I Want to Know?
Who was his father. If his last name wasn’t Jones, it would certainly be a lot easier.
If I could find a marriage license/record for his mother and father, it would certainly be a lot easier.
If he had been on a census with a Jones mother and father, it would be a lot easier.
Here’s What I Know, and What I Think I Know…
He was born in Kentucky, according to his death certificate and most census records, though one granddaughter thought he was born in Illinois. He may have been born in Barren, Edmonson, Hart, or possibly even Metcalfe County and he died in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Reviewing some of the following info for Willis, I see a couple of gaps I have that I can probably fill without too much travel involved.
But if anyone out there has a lot of Jones’ family info in one of the above counties, I’d sure be interested! I’ve nearly come to the conclusion that I need to gather all Jones’ info for those counties in that era, and see if I can by process of elimination figure the puzzle out.
I do have one question that I would like an opinion on, on the 1860 census that my great-grandfather Willis is on, (see below) he is listed at the very bottom of the list, and not with what I believe are his half–siblings.
Any comments would be welcome! Does that mean that Elizabeth is probably not his mother. (Either an obituary or death certificate names her as his mother, and yet, never a mention of his father.)
She, her husband, and one of her daughters also moved to Kansas, and lived near Willis for a time.
The following is part of a ‘cheat sheet’ that I’ve typed up to take with me when I’m out and about researching.
Willis Washington Jones – Misc Info
Born: Mar. 28, 1853 in Kentucky.
Willis’ mother was Elizabeth Laird Jones (Elizabeth’s parents were Hezekiah Lard/Laird and Patsey Carter.)
I have no idea who Willis’ father is.
I have no proof that Elizabeth married anyone named Jones before she married J. R. U. Crabb. (5 March 2012 – I have now viewed the marriage certificate for Elizabeth and her second husband, J. R. U. Crabb and her name is listed as Jones.) So, apparently Elizabeth did marry Willis’ father, and either they divorced, or his father died while he was very young.
Willis last name was Jones on the census as a child, and ever after.
1860 Census in Barren County
Is Willis with his mother and a stepfather, J.R.U. Crabb, or is he an orphan taken in by this couple?
1860 Census Page 87 – Metcalfe County, KentuckyPost Office – East Fork4th of July, 1860
J.R.U. Crabb – 28 – Male
Elizabeth – 28 (1880 census says born in KY, mother born in South Carolina)
Daniel U – 02
Patsy S – 1/12
Patsy C. Crabb – 60 – North Carolina
Willis Lard – 25
Catherine Piper – 17
Amanda Gooden – 12
Willis Jones – 7 – born Kentucky
I have not found Willis on the 1870 Census
Willis W. Jones married Martha Ellen Smith, daughter of Charles and Virginia (Hawley) Smith on 27 June 1876 in Barren County, KY.
They were married by Minister Bertram at his home. (later, in 2005, a new-found cousin, Nancy Bertram Bush, told me the minister was Ephraim Bertram, a circuit minister.)
Martha Ellen Smith was born Sept 03, 1852. She died on July 23, 1898.
I do not know where she is buried, but believe it to be in Kansas, Oklahoma, or possibly even Arkansas, as I’ve been told they had a strawberry farm in Arkansas for a time.
No one living knows where the strawberry farm was in Arkansas, and I question the person’s memory who gave me that information. I’ve done no research in Arkansas – yet.
1880 Sound-Ex Edmonson Co., KY, Brownsville Dist.
Jones – Soundex# – is 520
Roll 40 – Kentucky T-570
Jones, Willis White, Male, 27 years
Jones, Martha E. Wife Age 28 Born KY
Jones, Evan B Son 3 KY
Jones, Pearl dghtr 1 KY
1880 Census – Edmonson Co., KY
Jones, Willis white Male 27 married Farmer
Jones, Martha white Female 28 married housewife
Jones, Evan B white Male 3 son
Jones, Pearl white Female 1 dghtr
Willis W. Jones remarried and had more children, and he died Sept 26, 1929 in Sapulpa, OK (this is certain, I have the death certificate), he is buried there, and some of his descendants live there.
1910 Oklahoma Census – Sapulpa Township 47, 47(There was a third son later, William)
Jones, Washington W. Hd Male Age 57 born KY fthr brn US. mtr brn U.S.
Eliza C. wife white Age 40 # of yrs of present marriage 2 (or 7 not a good copy)
Bessie B age 18 born KY mtr & ftr born in KY
Vechel N. age 6, born Oklahoma parents born KY
Richard T age 1, brn Oklahoma parents KY – Willis Lard
This seems like such a lot of information, but hope springs eternal that someone with the answers will find this post, and contact me.
The thing that makes this more unlikely, is that I doubt that my Great-grandfather Willis had any more full siblings who would have the information that I need.
If you are reading this after googling one of the names listed above, We need to talk! Please leave a comment, so we can share info! Thanks….