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Surname Queries for the period 10 Apr 97 to 17 May 97

Query Surnames: Fields, Willis

Date: 17 May 97

Query: Looking for information on Indianapolis Cemetary ownership/burial plot maps. We found these in Indianapolis Cemetary. Would like maiden names of women if possible. 1) Ader Fields 1808-1892 married to Rebecca (?)- Fields 1816-1911, 2) M.D. Willis 2/19/1851-9/17/1918, 3) Z.Fields 1/13/1834-7/7/1901, 4) William P. Fields 10/27/1856-3/8/1941 married to Emma A.(?)- Fields. There were some unmarked graves there, were they ours? Also seeking information on surname Willis.

Kelli extravert@aol.com

Response: There are 26 records for the surname Fields and 2 records for the surname Willis in Cemeteries of Miami Co., KS, Vol. I and II. In Family Histories and Stories of Miami Co., KS, there are about one and a half pages relating to Fields but none of the individuals mentioned in your query appear to be included, and no reference to Willis.

The references on the cemeteries often provide the names of the owners of the plots. There did not appear to be a map of the Indianapolis Cemtery in Vol. I. As to the question about the unmarked graves being yours, it seems unlikely since they are probably not wired for email. : )

Sean Furniss
Query Surnames: Shelton

Date: 14 May 97

Query: Seeking information on the Shelton family. They lived a few miles outside of Paola Kansas in the late 1950s-1960. They left the area in the early 1960s for Arizona or California.One son named Larry Shelton attended Paola High School. Any information about the family especially the son Larry would greatly appreciated.

Linda Wheeler, no email address provided
Query Surnames: Diehm, Weber

Date: 12 May 97

Query: I am seeking information about Jacob Fredrick Diehm, Sr. (b Baden, Germany) and Peter Weber (b Switzerland). Jacob settled on farm about one and one half miles from Beagle, Miami Co., KS, in mid 1850's. Peter moved from Claremont, Jasper Co., IL, and settled on a farm about two miles south of Fontana, Miami Co., KS, in 1880's.


Response: In reference to Jacob Fredrick Diehm, there is little information available in Family Histories and Stories about him, most of the information relates to his brother John Frederic. It is noted that John and Jacob (Jake) came to the US in 1848 and that Jake served in the Kansas Militia. In Cemeteries of Miami Co., KS, Vol I, p. 6, Beagle Cemetery, there is an entry for Diehm, J. F. 29 Aug 1829 - 10 May 1902 Co O, 10th KS Vol Inf. and an entry for Diehm, Ann Mary, his wife, 9 Nov 1836 - 18 Oct 1918. For Peter Weber there appear to be no references in Family Histories and Stories of Miami Co., KS, or in either Vol. I or II of Cemeteries of Miami Co., KS.

Sean Furniss
Query Surnames: Ross

Date: 7 May 97

Query: I am looking for additional information on the following family group found in Miami Co. Kansas on the 1880 U.S. Census - Ross, Richard W., head of house, age 57, born OH; Susan M., wife, age 54, born OH; Joseph R., son, age 18 , born OH; Marie B., daughter, age 15, born IL; John H., son, age 11, born Kansas; Geroge H., son, age 7, born Kansas; William L., son, age 33, born OH; Isabel, daughter-in-law, age 18, born TX; Effie May, grand-daughter, age 1 mo., born Kansas

I believe Marie may be my husband's great grandmother and am looking for additional information to either prove or refute that notion. Marie Ross married Robert W. ROSS (both surnames were Ross) about 1886. They had 4 children and were divorced before 1910. Marie's other married names were: Crofoot, Armstrong, Spicer, DeBertz. She lived until the early 1940's when she died in the area of Chanute, Neosho, Kansas.

Cindy Freeman ffreeman@cdsnet.net
Query Surnames: Meek

Date: 3 May 97

Query: I am looking for L.B. Meek and his relationship to Sarah Meek below. I have a postcard from L.B. sent from Osawatomie, KS to Roy Wright (her son) inquiring about Ada and Alva. The postcard is dated 23 Jan 1912 and sent to Checotah, Oklahoma.

Sarah Meek born in Kansas, married George P. Wright, son of Alfesh Wright. Children: Alvie Wright, Cora Wright, Blanche Wright, Olive Wright, Ada Wright, Roy Wright (b 27 Dec 1887 Sherman, Grayson Co., TX; d Aug 1973 Muskogee, OK, married Mary Dean (Effie) Prater 15 June 1912 Texanna, OK.

Ronald Deklan Prentice prenticer@iname.com , www.prenticenet.com/home/prenticer

Response: In Family Histories and Stories of Miami Co., KS, p. 26 - there is a photograph of Mrs. Leslie Meek, a member of the Miami Co. Extension Advisory Comm from 1958; p. 34 - Joyce Meek is noted as being a member of the first interim board for the Louisburg Library in 1965; p. 131 Elizabeth Lucile Cole married Lem Meek who was the son of Samuel A. And Lucy A. Meek; p. 264-265 about one page on the Meek families with 3 photographs; p. 287 marriage of Terry Lee O'Brien to Denton Meek (son of Leslie and Joyce Wallace Meek) on 29 Aug 1975; p. 372 marriage of James Kenneth Tooley to Shelly Meek (dau of Leslie and Joyce Meek) on 18 Jun 1977; p. 377-378 marriage of Joyce Marie Wallace to Leslie Eugene Meek (son of Lem Edward Meek and Elizabeth Lucille Cole) on 4 Nov 1951. Volumes I and II of Cemeteries of Miami Co., KS, show 8 entries for Meek but none with L. B. Since the card was from Osawatomie, it is possible that the person you are seeking is recorded in the newly released Vol. III of Cemeteries of Miami Co., KS. Information about where to buy the publication and its cost can be found at http://www.ksgenweb.org/miami/socpub.html.

Earliest date shown is for Lem Edward Meek (b 1903), his parents shown as Samuel Andrew and Lucy Allen Meek. Nothing is recorded about other children of Samuel and Lucy.

Sean Furniss
Query Surnames: Gilliland

Date: 30 April 97

Query: Searching for Gilliland.

Debbie GDebby@aol.com

Response: In Cemeteries of Miami County, Kansas, Vol. II, Old Hillsdale Cemetery, p. 48 - Gilliland, Perry L. 1845-1933 "Father", Gilliland, Jennettie J. 1859-1910 "Mother"; New Hillsdale Cemetery, p. 52 - Gilliland, C. Fay 1900-1982 "Aunt", p. 57 - Gilliland, F. Earl 29 Mar 1894 - 10 Mar 1961.

Sean Furniss
Query Surnames: Sponable

Date: 29 April 97

Query: On gravestone of Eliza Ann Sponable are the dates of b. 3 Feb 1814 d. 16 Nov 1900. Spouse of George, also S.C. Sponable b. 19 July 1837 d. 18 May 1893. Need info on Spouse George and who S.C. Sponable is. George has been elusive, don't know where to start. Any help would be appreciated. Husbands line comes from Stevenson/Sponable.

Claudette Stevenson clemss@aol.com
Query Surnames: Klavon, Reifel

Date: 29 April 97

Query: I am trying to find the name of the town my greatgrandfather immigrated from in 1887. His name was William Klavon, my grandfather was Carl Frederic Klavon and one of his sisters was Minnie Klavon Reifel who was married to George Reifel. I can remember visiting their farm near Paola and the little store next door where they used to sell groceries.

I was hoping that you might be able to give me some advice on where to look for this information. William's death certificate is not on file with Vital Records and Carl's naturalization papers just lists the country where he immigrated from: Germany. Another tricky part of this equation is that I was always told they came from Alsace which was considered part of Germany at the time they immigrated but as you know is part of France.

Do you know where I could get copies of Minnie's death certificate and maybe a copy of their marriage license. I thought these might give me the information I am seeking. This is difficult to do so far away so I appreciate any advice you could give me.

My husband and I are taking a trip to Germany in September and are planning a side trip through Alsace. I would love to be able to visit the town they came from. I am not aware of any other relatives immigrating with them or even following them later on so my avenues are rather limited. All I really know is that they settled on a farm in Anderson County and he possibly had a store in Selma. He is buried in the Oakwood Cemetary, which I believe is in Linn County.

Sandy Weber Sandra.L.Weber@Dartmouth.EDU

Response: In Family Histories and Stories of Miami County, Kansas, p. 313, the single reference to Klavon is noted under the biographical information associated with William Reifel and his descendents. There is a paragraph for George Reifel and his wife Minnie Klavon. It talks about the Block store which George operated from 1901 until 1942.

In Cemeteries of Miami County, Kansas, Vol. I, p. 156, New Lancaster Cemetery, there is a record for Carl Fredrick Klavon (12 Jun 1878 - 25 Jan 1955) and Myrtle Clair Nichols Klavon, his wife (28 Jan 1881 - 26 Jul 1940).

Sean Furniss
Query Surnames: Speas

Date: 23 April 97

Query: Sometime in the 1840s my Speas (Spees, Speace, Speece, etc) came to now Miami County, Kansas. Supposedly, Isaac Speas died in Miami County and was interred there. Isaac Speas having come from Stokes County, North Carolina. Seeking any and all information - deeds, obituaries, anything.

Desiree de Nantes Texzilla@aol.com

Query Surnames: Livingston

Date: 20 April 97

Query: I am researching the Livingstons. Are all the Livingstons listed in Volume II of Cemeteries of Miami Co, KS, buried in the same family plot.? Can anyone give me any more information on these Livingstons.What are the dates of birth and death, who were the parents, and which are the children? How long had they lived in Miami County, KS? Does anyone know if they were born in KS, or emigrated from another state?

Anne Townsend Anneto@aol.com

Response: From Cemteries of Miami Co., KS, Vol. II, Old Louisburg Cemetery, p. 92 - Livingston, Cecil 1890-1971, Livingston, Peter 1889-1924, p. 94 (lot 256) Livingston, Jacob P. 1869-1928, Livingston, Della 1874-1953, (lot 277) Livingston, Dora 1899-1919, Livingston, Peter 1840-1920, Livingston, Eleanor 1846-1913, Livingston, Charlie 1894-1918, Livingston, Emile 1908-1917, p. 95 Livingston, John E. Father 1866-1917, Livingston, Alla E. wife, mother 1870-1952, Livingston, J. Karl July 7, 1891-May 9, 1913, also noted is the word (Infant) which one would assume to me an unnamed child who died at birth, p. 97 Livingston, George W. 1866-1942, Livingston, Sarah W. 1868-1958; Louisburg Cemetery, p. 105 Livingston, Harry D. Father 1873-1944, Livingston, Lelian (Lillian?) E. 1878-1956, p. 116 Livingston, Frank M. Apr 16, 1864-Jan 23, 1939, Livingston, Dora E. May 26, 1867-July 16, 1937.

From Family Histories and Stories: p. 200 picture of students attending the Moore School 1916, includes Iva Mae, Bessie and Jessie Livingston. p. 220 Sarah (Sally) Hill (dau of Herbert Edwin Hill and Mary Elizabeth Woolsey) married George Livingston. A photo of the Hill family including Sarah (Sally) is on p 201. p. 351 On 15 July 1937, Marvin Spurlock (b 14 Feb 1911, son of James M. Spurlock and Frances Caldwell) married Georgia Livingston (b 30 Aug 1914 near Louisburg). She was the daughter of Peter Livingston and Cecil Larimer. Her grandparents were George W. Livingston and Sarah Hill, and Joseph Albert Larimer and Mary Lee (maiden name?). Her great grandparents Peter Livingston, Sr., and Dorcas Converse came from Illinois in 1871. Her great grandfather Felix Larimer was a Peoria Indian who married a French woman named Mary.

Sean Furniss
Query Surnames: Gray, Shry

Date: 19 April 97

Query: We are doing our family genealogy and need some info from KS. My husbands grandmother was born in Osawatomie in July of 1882. We think that her first son was also born around there in Aug of 1900. Her maidan name was Mary Edna Gray. Her son name was Amos E. Shry. If we could get the census for the years 1890 and 1900 It might help. We are also looking for her parents names and Amos's Father's name.

Karen Brown buffy@ll.net


In reference to census records, essentially there are no 1890 census records. For the 1900 census you would have to go to a facility such as a regional branch of the Natl Archives, State library, LDS library or local historical/genealogy society. There may be online sites that you can pay to do the search for you but I have not used any of them.

You should also keep in mind that the State of Kansas also has state census records that fall on the 5 year intervals (i.e., 1875, 1895, 1905) which might be of help. The Kansas State library has a list with names of researchers one could hire for a nominal rate to do the researching for you.

Sean Furniss
Query Surnames: Dobbins, Whitaker

Date: 17 April 97

Query: Looking for anyone with information on family of John Dennis Dobbins (son of Carroll Dobbins and Amelia Perkins) and Minnie Whitaker, married in Paola, Miami Co., KS in 1886. John and Minnie were known to be in Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS area at least from 1888 through 1906 or so, then moved to OK. Children were Johnnie Dobbins, (my grandfather), Nellie, WmVirgil, Blanche, Alda, Wm Carroll, Earl, Fenton.

Darlene Almer DarleneA@aol.com

Query Surnames: Smith

Date: 12 April 97

Query:I am researching the birth record and family history of my grandmother: Lena B. Bradbury, Born: Paola, Kansas; Birth Date: March 13, 1897; Father: William Bradbury; Mother: Ada Smith. Any information or sources to write to would be appreciated. Thank You.


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