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Hey there!  Welcome to your Edwards County, Kansas Query pages!  Feel free to look through these queries, see if you might find a match to your ancestors!
I also invite you to enter a query for your ancestors in Edwards County!
To enter queries for your ancestors in Edwards County, please post to our QUERY BOARD, or if you can't do that, send your query to me, Don Benish (don.benish@gmail.com).
 I will make every effort to post your query within 72-96 hours, however no guarantee will be made.


Note:  Your queries MUST mention Edwards County  and YOUR FIRST and LAST  name also MUST be add to be posted on these query pages.  If your query does not mention Edwards County or have YOUR FIRST and LAST NAME, IT WILL BE DELETED.

Michael Nations ( mnations1955@yahoo.com) 18 Jan, 2004
My family lived in Kinsley Kansas in the approximate years 1953-1958. My fathers name was Starling Mack Nations and he purchased the Old Mercury (now the Edwards County Signal) in 1953 and sold in in 1958. Our family lived at 701 E. 7th Street in Kinsley. I was hopeful that  I could find out how much he paid for the newspaper in 1953, and how much it sold for. I am also curious about the cost of the two story home and how much it was sold for. My mother's name was Bernita Jean Nations. Both my folks are deceased. I was born in Topeka in 1955 when my father worked as executive secretary for Governor Fred Hall from Dodge City KS. I was only three years old when we left Kinsley, but my mother always said when our family lived in Kinsley were her favorite years of her life. My father also owned the Newspaper in Kingman Greensburg and Havilland during the 1950's. My parents are both buried in Greensburg, I am very fond of KS and it will always be home to me even after living in Houston, TX for 23 years.

Chris Landskron Mar 2 2004
---All I have on my Grandfather Earl Austin is he was born in Kingsley Kansas, Edwards County on Oct 3 1893 (1895) and his fathers name was Frank Austin.I understand he had a brother by the name of Robert. Also his father remarried and Earl and Robert left home at a very early age. I found a 1900 census with some familar names however I"m not sure if this is the family. I have no name or idea what happened to Earl and Robert mother.

Hodgeman, Marian TWP
Francis E Austin Jan 1849 age 51 Ill
Nellie age 40 ILL
Robert Jan 1888 age 12 KS
Earl Oct 1895 KS
Gertie Roberson July 1884 age 15 ILL

If any one has any information I would be glad to hear from them.

Rosetta Broam May 2 2004
---I am searching for my mother's half brothers who she was seperated from when their father got killed while working for the railroad.

The father's name is Nelson Carrie Bowman, born 1870 in Iowa. He married Eva Curtiss which was the boys mother. The boys names were Leon and Earl Bowman; however I have learned they might be JACOB LEON & JOSEPH EARL.

My grandmother's name was Manie "Bell" (Grigsby) Bowman. My grandmother had other children as well; but my mother was the only child of Bell and Nelson. Nelson was killed before my mother was a year old.

Mother's name was Carrie "May" Bowman born in 1916, & died in 1975.

After Nelson died the boys were sent to Kansas to live with their mother, at least that is what Mother thought. I have read a posting someplace which I believe is these boys. They were sent to Kansas but ended up in an orphanage, which they ran away from about ages 11 & 13.

My mother wrote several letters searaching for them, that was way before computers. May was born in 1916 and died in 1975. I would love to complete her desire to find her brothers families if possible.


lyle mattingly. mar 19 - anybody have any info about william h mattingly shown on 1900 census with wife martha j. he is the brother of my grandfather benjamin joseph. they both lived in indiana and moved after 1880. benjamin j to iowa 1900 and william h to kansas 1900. i need to know their mother and father names. were shown as apprentices under joseph mccown in 1860 census muhlenberg county kentucky. william h 12 years old and benjamin j 10. any help would be appreciaated. thanks.


Frank Rodriguez. mar 19 - Hello! My name is Frank Rodriguez and I am searching for a copy of my fathers birth certificate. He was born in Lewis, Edwards County Kansas in 1927. His parents were Louis and Carmen. I have been searching for this information for 6 months and would appreciate any assistance you can provide. Thank you!


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