Thomas Strickland Family Record


Thomas Strickland family record

This family record of Thomas Strickland and Elizabeth Shock is courtesy of Judy Berndt. As noted in the margin, it survived the Vernon County, Missouri courthouse fire.

Thos. Stricklin was born Oct. 15th 1802.
Eliza his wife was born Oct 28th 1807.
Joseph Stricklin was born June 20th 1827.
…. was born June 15th 1830. (This would be John Henry.)
Mary M. Stricklin was born April 22 1832.
Zilpha J. Stricklin was born Dec. 14th 1833.
Milly A. Stricklin was born Dec. 12th 1835.
William J. Stricklin was born Dec. 27th 1836.
James P. Stricklin was born Sept. 6th 1838.
Thomas H. B. Stricklin was born July 25th 1840.
Michael K. Stricklin was born Dec. 23 1842.


Thos. Stricklin and Eliza his wife was married June 18 1826.


Eliza Aug 13th
Thos John M 3 Aug 17th
Milley Aug 18th


Joseph Stricklin departed this life June 23 1827.
Thomas H. B. Stricklin departed this…(last line not had)

Thomas Strickland and Elizabeth Nichols Marriage


Thomas Strickland and Elizabeth Nichols marriage document

Courtesy of Judy Berndt, the marriage record of Thomas Strickland and his second wife, Elizabeth, who had been previously married to a man by the name of Nichols. This blog’s direct line is concerned with Thomas and his first wife, Elizabeth Shock.

Thomas Strickland was born Oct 18 1802 in Williamson County, Tennessee and died January 1874 in Missouri. His first wife, Elizabeth, born Oct 28 1807 in Fayette County, Kentucky, died January 1853.

Nellie McKenney’s School in Genoa, Minnesota, 1908/1909

Genoa, Minnesota School

Genoa, Minnesota School

Shown is a photocopy of a card from Nellie McKenney’s school 1908-1909, in Genoa, Minnesota, New Haven Township, Olmsted County, District No. 86, with an image of the pupils and a listing of their names.

Clara M. Mohn was the teacher. Pupils were Lola Mastenbrook, George Fryer, Lynn Barth, Nellie McKinney, Dorothy Wells, Verna Jones, Charles Rowley, Fern Rose, Ida Jones, Lee Anderson, Theo Rowley, Ora Rowley, Gladys Button, Julian Button, Olla DeMott, Lee Sheppard, Eva Wells, Mable Johnson, Claren Rose, William Wells.

Mrs. A. J. Rowley was the clerk of the school board, Mr. Edward Anderson the director, and Mr. Frank Mastenbrook the treasurer.

Nellie Adelaide McKenney was born December 24, 1902 in Pine County, MN, and died January 24, 1954 in San Francisco, CA. She was a daughter of George Ellis (Bob) McKenney (1877 – 1937) and Rachel Adeline Arnold.

Dorothy Noyes and Lloyd McKenney


Dorothy and Lloyd McKenney

Lloyd Clinton McKenney, b. Jan 28 1909 in Chautauqua Co., Kansas, on July 28 1928 married, at Girard, Crawford, Kansas, Dorothy Nadeen Noyes b. Jan 13 1908 at Liberal, Barton, Missouri.

Dorothy died April 28, 1985 at Carthage, Jasper, Missouri. Lloyd died Nov 17 1992 at Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas.

Lloyd was a son of James Albert McKenney and Vera Crockett. Dorothy was daughter of Ray Noyes and Elizabeth Jane “Bettie” Brewer.

Lloyd and Dorothy McKenney in Carthage

Lloyd and Dorothy McKenney in Carthage

Obituary of Addie McKenney McWhirt

Addie McKenney Mcwhirt, b. 1864, married Samuel McWhirt. She was a daughter of George McKenney and Isabella Love, and sister of George W. McKenney Jr. (direct line of this blog).


Addie McKenney McWhirt

Services Held Saturday for Addie McWhirt

Services for Addie McWHIRT, 86 year old pioneer resident of the Hominy area, were conducted Saturday afternoon in in the First Baptist church with the Revd. H. Henkel, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Hominy cemetery under the direction of the Powell Funeral Home.

Music for the rites was furnished by a duet composed of Mrs. Lester GRAHAM and Mrs. Ray CARNAGEY with Mrs. H. H. HENKEL as accompanist. Casket bearers were George BLACKWOOD, S. A. TAYLOR, Stanley LAY, Kenneth CARNAGEY, Ray CARNAGEY and Earl TERHUNE.

Mrs. MCWHIRT died last Wednesday at the home of her son, H. B. MCWHIRT, with whom she had been making her home. She had been in failing health for several years.

Born in Boone County, Iowa, October 10, 1864, Mrs. MCWHIRT came to this section with her husband, the late Sam MCWHIRT, in the early days when Hominy was nothing more than an Indian trading post. They came to Oklahoma from Missouri after having been married in Kansas and moving to Missouri.

They lived on farms in the Wynona, Bartlesville, Pawhuska and Hominy area for many years. Following her husband’s death, Mrs. MCWHIRT moved into town and made her home with her son, at whose home she died, and a daughter, Mrs. Jane Moore BOGLE.

Other survivors include another son, Clyde MCWHIRT, Wyona, and another daughter, Mrs. J. R. CUSTER, Midland, Tex. Also surviving is a brother, Eli MCKINNEY, Vicksburg, Miss; 18 grandchildren an 29 great grandchildren.

Courtesy of Larry McCombs

Hiram Q. Shaffer

Hiram Q. Shaffer was a son of George Shaffer. The family of George Shaffer was entwined with ours, living beside them in Van Buren County, Iowa, and a possible relation married with our family. They and family and neighbors had a kind of exodus from Harrison County, Ohio to Iowa in the late 1840s, another group of relations and neighbors moving a state further over to the Great Nemaha Reserve in Nebraska.

The Shaffers are found in several Van Buren, Iowa censuses beside our Hackneys.

Posted by Fran Hunt to Van Buren Rootsweb Forum, May 19 2000. From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties – 1890.


Hiram Q. Shaffer, a pioneer settler of Van Buren County, engaged in farming on Section 27, Lick Creek Township, has lived at his present home since 1846, and from a forty-acre farm it has been increased until now three hundred and forty-three acres pay tribute to his care and cultivation.

A native of Ohio, Mr. Shaffer was born in Harrison County, March 21, 1826, and is a son of George and Margaret Shaffer. His paternal grandfather John Shaffer, was a native of Germany, and died in Van Buren County, Iowa, October 17, 1851. His father, George Shaffer, was born in Pennsylvania, where he grew to manhood, receiving a good education. He served as Lieutenant in the War of 1812, and was present at Commodore Perry’s victory. Leaving his native state, he removed to Ohio, where he became acquainted with and married Miss Margaret Saltzgiver, a native of Adams County Pennsylvania. They began their domestic life in Harrison County, Ohio, where Mr. Shaffer engaged in farming in connection with work at his trade if carpentering. In 1845 he came to the Territory of Iowa, bringing with him his family and his aged father. Making a location in Lick Creek Township, he entered a quarter section of land form the Government, which in consequence was in its primitive condition, not a furrow having been turned or an improvement made, but he built a cabin thereon, and as week by week passed the amount of improved land grew, until at length a finely cultivated farm supplied the wants of his family. Thirty years it continued to be his home, and he then sold out to his son, removing across the Des Moines River to Pittsburg, where his last days were spent, his death occurring on May 18, 1875. His good wife had died on July 16 of the previous year. They were the parents of nine children, five sons, and four daughters: Mary, widow of William Pickens, of Wapello County; Hiram, of this sketch; Henry, of Oregon: John is living in Kansas; Jane, whose home is in Jacksonville; Jacob and Peter, who reside in Kansas; Mrs. Elizabeth Bergen of Texas; and Matilda, deceased. The father of this family was a faithful member and active worker in the Lutheran Church, in which he served as elder of many years. While living in Ohio, he served as Justice of the Peace for nine years, and filled the same office two terms in Van Buren County. He was first a Whig, and then a Republican, and took an active interest in political affairs, being an influential member of the county conventions. His sagacity and good judgment made him a successful businessman, and an upright life won him the confidence of all, so that his work was as readily received as his bond.

We now take up the personal history of our subject, who upon his father’s farm in Ohio was reared to manhood, and in the subscription schools of that day was educated. He had attained to mature years when he came to Iowa, and for some time after his arrival he worked as a farm hand, but in 1851, began life for himself. On May 5, 1853, he married Miss Nancy Johnson, who was born in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania on March 16, 1835, and is a daughter of John and Catherine Johnson, who removed with their family from Ohio to Iowa in 1836. Her father was a native of Ireland. She has two brothers living, but the other members of her family are now deceased.

After his marriage, Mr. Shaffer settled upon a rented farm near Kilbourn, which he operated two years. During that time, by the practice of industry and economy, he accumulated a small capital with which he purchased forty acres of raw land. He had first to clear away the brush before he could erect a house, and the land all had to be broken, but a short time sufficed to work a complete transformation, and in the years which have since come and gone, the boundaries of his farm have been extended until now his landed possessions, aggregate three hundred and forty-three acres. He is also engaged quite extensively in stock raising, breeding a good grade of horses. The greater part of his farm products he feeds to his stock, which fact alone shows that his business in that line is not very limited.

Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer have no children of their own, but have reared an adopted son Stephen, who was born January 23, 1867. He has been an inmate of their family since he was six weeks old, good educational advantages were afforded him, and he has received all the care and attention of an own child. They are also rearing a girl, Eva, now thirteen years old. Mr. Shaffer is a progressive and enterprising citizen, and manifests an interest in all that pertains to the welfare and building up of the county. The cause of education finds in him a special friend, and he served as Treasurer and President of the School Board until he would no longer accept the office. He cast his first Presidential vote for Zachary Taylor, and was a supporter of the Whig party until the rise of the Republican Party, when he joined its ranks.

Forty years have come and gone since Mr. Shaffer’s arrival in Van Buren County. When he came to Iowa, the flourishing city of Ottumwa contained but two houses and a blacksmith shop. Wild deer were yet plentiful, and the Indians in many localities were far more numerous that the whit settlers. Although hardship and trials attended the establishment of a home in a new community, many of the citizens of Van Buren County today would give much for the honor of being numbered among its pioneers.

Lloyd and Dorothy’s Home in Carthage

The home of Lloyd and Dorothy Mckenney on Riverside Drive in Carthage, Missouri. They lived here in the 50s through the 80s. Dorothy had decorated it in a combination of mid-twentieth century modern and antiques, with some Japanese flavor sprinkled about here and there, textiles and walls in predominately green hues that were cool and restful to the eye, so with the large tree outside the living room had the feeling of being the extension of a shaded bower. It was always organized, fastidiously clean.

View from right

View from right

View from front

View from front

View from left

View from left

George Shaffer b. April 14, 1791 and Margaret Saltzgiver

The family of George Shaffer was entwined with ours, living beside them in Van Buren County, Iowa, and a possible relation married with our family. They and family and neighbors had a kind of exodus from Harrison County, Ohio to Iowa in the late 1840s, another group of relations and neighbors moving a state further over to the Great Nemaha Reserve in Nebraska. A Jeremiah Shaffer, with the Shaffers, is presumed to be family of theirs, but how is not yet known.

Jeremiah was born Nov 30 1820 in Harrison County, Ohio, and died Sep 1898 in Lynnville, Jasper, Iowa. He was married to Elizabeth Bartow, who was born Jan 10 1819 in Ohio and died Nov 11 1881 in Iowa. Elizabeth is either a sister or cousin of Mary Bartow, who married Robert Eugene McKenney. Perhaps someone will one day drop by this page with some further information on Jeremiah.

Shaeffer, George, (deceased); born April 14, 1791, in Bedford Co., Penn.; died May 18, 1875; in early manhood, moved to Harrison Co., Ohio; in 1845, to Van Buren Co.; up to that time, his business was that of carpenter; afterward, farmer. Married Margaret Saulsgiver in the year 1823; she was a native of Adams Co., Penn.; had ten children, nine living–Mary, Hiram Q., Henry I., John A., Sarah Jane, Jacob L., S. Peter, Elizabeth and Matilda. Were members of the Lutheran Church; later in life, he joined the U. P. Church. His son Hiram Q. was born in Harrison Co., Ohio, March 21, 1826, and moved to Van Buren Co. with his parents in 1845; farming has been his occupation; followed threshing about ten years. Married Nancy J. Johnson May 5, 1853; she was born in Westmoreland Co., Penn., March 16, 1833. Are members of the Lutheran Church. Have one child (adopted)–Stephen A. Owns 263 acres of land, valued at $6,000.
1878 Lick Creek Twp., Van Buren County, IA
Biographical Directory of Citizens

Shaffer in the 1840 census in Harrison County Ohio:

1840 OH, Harrison Co., North
(image 7
William MINISH
Geroge SHEAFFER 22 1 – – – – 1/ 1 1 0 1 0 0 1
John SHEAFFER – – – – – – – – – 1
Benjamin CLARK
Jacob HEASTAND (Rulo in 1860, moves to Doniphan and Brown counties)
William PICKEN
Henry PERRY?
John …
Solomon SHITTZ
Michael FOULTZ
William H…

(pg. 155)
Francis BARTOW – – – – – 1 / – – – – – 1
James BARTOW – – 11- – – 1/ 111 – – – 1
Jeremiah SHEAFFER – – – – 1 / – – – – 1
Joseph CLARK
William SUMERS
Samuel MINOR
Nicholas DUNFEE
(pg. 156)

Joseph LYONS
George R. BLACK
Elijah BARTOW – – – – – – – – – 1

Shaffer in the 1849 census in Van Buren County, Iowa:

1849 Iowa, Van Buren Co.
no page number
Benjamin CASNER
Leonard GROVES
William FUQUA
Jeremiah SHEFER 4
St. Leger STOUT
Bluett PERTLOW 6 in household
George SHAFER 11 in household
Benjamin SHORT

Shaffer in the 1850 Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa census:

Pg. 339
55/55 BLUET? PARTLOW 43 $1000 b.. OH
Letitia 32 b. VA
Amos 6 b. IA
Jane 12 b. OH
Amos 80 b. NC
56/56 George SHAFER 56 $1000 b. PA
Margaret 47
Hiram 23 b. OH
Sarah 18
Jacob 15
Peter 13
Elizabeth 12
Matilda 9
John 84 b. PA
57/57 Mary BUCKMASTER 75 b. DE
Jane 17 b. DE
Garret TIPTON 16 b. OH

107/107 Job YARNELL 59 b. PA
Catherine 48
Amelia 20 b. OH
Ithamer 18
Eliza 15

pg. 345 Cyrus BARTOW 46 Blacksmith b. NY
Ann 43 b. PA
Wm. 24 Merchant b. OH
Cyrus 23
Rachel 9
John 5
Joseph MUNGER 28 Carpenter
Ann 19
Eliza BARTOW 16
132/132 Stephen PERRY 21 b. MO
Margaretta 21 b. IL
Eliza MEEKER 28 b. KY
Mary WRIGHT 7 b. IL
133 Benjamin SHORT and Rhoda and family
William TIPTION 17 b. OH
134/134 George BUCKMASTER and Sarah and family
135/135 John SHAFFER 21 Farmer b. OH
Mary 17 b. OH
136 Wm Bartow 27 Laborer b. OH (or BARTON, don’t see after 1850)
Nancy 35 b. OH
Elizabeth 3 b. OH
Mary 1 b. OH

Shaffer in the 1852 Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa census:

1852 IA Van Buren Co., Lick Creek
St. Leger STOUT
Rufus WEST
B. BARTELL 3 males 2 females 1 voter (I was wondering if this was Bluet Partlow)
George SHAEFFER 4 males 4 females 2 voters
Augustus CRANE
Florance ANSON
William F… (illegible)
John COX
Mrs. Elizabeth LAMB
Stephen PERRY
Benjamin SHORT
Cyrus BARTO 3 males 2 females 1 voter
Willim B. BARTO 3 males 3 females 2 voters
Charles I. LISLE 1 male 2 females
Charles PORU or LORTU
William BARTO Jr. 2 males 3 females 1 voter
John SHAEFFER 1 male 2 females
John SHAEFFER Jr. 2 males 1 female
Christian HARTMAN

Pennel BEAL
Lindsay WARE
Charles FERREL
Jacob ?
Stephen RIDU?
Joseph TOPS?
Jeremiah SHAFFER 2 males 3 females

Shaffer in the 1856 Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa census:

Iowa, Van Buren County, Lick Creek Township
Pg. 300
John SEARS PA trader and Rosan (his is illegible age, perhaps 58)
90/91 Ann LUCAS 60 PA
William HACKNEY 34 OH farmer
Mary J. 32?
Amos S. 15 IA
William F. 5
James 4
92/92 Perrs M. 1
John VANSEL 34 IL and Lydia from IN
Martha 7 IL and children
93/93 Elizabeth WILBERN 49 OH and family

97/97 Bluet PARTLOW 50 OH
Letta 33 IN
Jams 11? IA
Emilin HALE 4
Marshall HALE 1
98/99 Mary BUCKMASTER 90? from Ireland followed by Cyntha b. PA
100/100 George SHAFFER illegible PA
Margaret 53?
Jacob 21 OH
illegible 18
Elizabeth 12
illegible female
Nancy J. 21 PA
Others following, David Carson, St. Leger Stout.

Shaffer in the 1860 Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa census:

317/329 George SCHAEFFER 69 Farmer $2500 $575 b. PA
Margaret 55
Matilda 19 b. OH
Peter SHAEFFER 22 laborer $0 $250
Jacob L. 24 $0 $225
318/330 J. A. SCHAEFFER 31 Farmer $500 $350
Mary A. 26
Rebecca J. 7 b. IA
Thomas A. 5
George H. 3
James H. 1
319/331 Blont PARTLOW 52 Farmer $760 $200 b. OH
Lydia 32 b. IN
Rachel E. 8 b. IL
Marshall 5 b. IA
Sarah 2
Rebecca 9/12
Amos 15 b. IA
320/332 Mark GODWIN and Mahala from Ohio
331/333 J. SHAEFFER 39 Farmer $400 $500 b. OH
Elizabeth 39
Mary 14 b. IA
Nancy C. 10
Wm. M. 7
Catherine 2
John 4/12
322/335 D. G. CARSON 45 and Sarah and family
323/335 Wm. J. HACKNEY 40 Farmer b. Ohio
Mary J. 36
Amos 17 b. Iowa
Wm. 10
Parris 6
Sarah 2

324/336 John VANCEL b. VA
325/337 H. Q. SCHAEFFER 34 b. OH
Nancy J. 25
326/338 John COX b.KY

330/342 F. W. SWEARINGEN 42 and Nancy A. 31

Shaffer in the 1870 Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa census:

Lick Creek Township
Birmingham Post Office
8 June 1870
pg. 300
147/140 HACKNEY William S. 50 m w Farmer $610 personal b. OH
Mary J. 43 f w Keeping House b. OH
Paris W. 15 mw Farm Laborer b. IA att school
Sarah E. 12 fw At home b. IA att school
Susan 9 fw b. IA att school
George R. 6 mw b. IA att school
148/141 illegible
149/142 MCDANIEL George and Maggie
150/143 REDMOND George L. 29 Illinois
Matilda 28 Ohio
151/144 SHAFFER Hiram 45 4800 1181 Ohio
Nancy J. 35
Stephen A. 3 PA
George 80 PA
152/145 CARSON William 24 farmer 4000 645 OH
Mary or Nancy? 26

Benjamin Sparks

The below is from the “Sparks Quarterly”, giving a fairly comprehensive profile on Benjamin Sparks, son of James Sparks and Mary Ellis Sparks, brother of Belle who married G. W. McKenney Jr. (this blog’s direct line). He was a puzzler to sort out for, as with all the Sparks, I began with zero information on him years ago, and along the way realized he’d had several marriages.

The first marriage was to Mary Curtis who was born about 1850 in Illinois. They married Dec 11 1867 in Moultrie Co., IL. They had two children, John (James) and Cora. The 1870 census has John but Benjamin later gives his name as James. By 1875 Ben and Mary were in Montgomery Kansas, and they divorced in 1876. Mary next married John Deshezer and was living in Jefferson Co. KS in 1880.

The second marriage was to Minerva Edmondson, daughter of Thomas Edmondson and Margaret Muse. They married Jan 10 1882 and she died Jan 23 1883.

The third marriage was to Emma Louis Mitchell, who was born July 31, 1850 in Illinois. She had first married John Blackford on 1868 Dec 27 in Pawhuska in Osage Indian Territory…which seems early to be marrying down there and so I’m not sure about that and have not checked on it myself. They had Laura, William and Norman. John Blackford died Dec 13 1882 and is buried at the Casement Cemetery in Chautauqua Co. KS. On Aug 15 1883 in Sedan, Chautauqua Co., KS, Emma married Benjamin Sparks. They are given as divorcing March 28 1884. Then on July 3, 1884, she married Lincoln Grant Hogan in Chautauqua County Kansas. She married as Emma L. Blackford rather than Emma Sparks.

I am finding several places on the internet giving Cora Sparks who married Ira Jett as the daughter of James Sparks and Mary Curtis, but I this would be Cora Sparks, daughter of Albert Cyrus Sparks who was born Oct 21 1871 in Boonesville, Missouri.

BENJAMIN SPARKS, son of James and Mary (Ellis) Sparks, was born at Bloomington, Indiana, on December 27, 1838. He was married three times: (1) Mary M. Curtis in December 1867; (2) Minerva Edmondson on January 10, 1882; and (3) Emma A. Blackford on August 15, 1883. He served in Company K, 54th Regiment Illinois Infantry. File Designation: Inv. Cert. No. 292,625.

Benjamin Sparks apparently had made application for an invalid pension sometime prior to May 11, 1883, for on that date the War Department confirmed his military service to the Bureau of Pensions. He had been enrolled in Company K, 54th Regiment Illinois Volunteers on December 10, 1861, at Paris, Illinois, for three years. He had reenlisted on December 26, 1863, and had served until he had been mustered out with his company on October 15, 1865. He held the rank of corporal. He had been hospitalized with intermittent fever from July 26, 1865, to August 1, 1865.

Invalid Certificate No. 292,625 was issued to Sparks, and he was placed upon the pension roll.

On August 4, 1898, he responded to a questionnaire from the Bureau of Pensions. He stated that he was not then married; however, he had been previously married three times. His first marriage had been to Mary M. Curtis in Moultrie County, Illinois, in December 1867. He and Mary had two children:

James Sparks, born in 1868, died on March 28, 1869; and Cora A. Sparks, born in July 1872 at Chanute, Kansas, and from whom he had not heard in ten years. He and Mary had been divorced in 1876, and on January 10, 1882, he had been married to Minerva Edmondson. She had died in January 1883, and on August 15, 1883, he was married to Emma L. Blackford, a widow. They had been divorced on March 28, 1884.

On May 23, 1912, Benjamin Sparks, aged 73 years, and a resident of the National Military Home, Leavenworth, Kansas, applied for increased pension benefits under the provisions of the 1912 Act of Congress. He stated in this application that he had been born at Bloomington, Indiana, on December 27, 1838. At the time of his enlistment he had been 5 feet, 10 inches tall; he had a dark complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair; and he was a farmer.

Benjamin Sparks died on October 30, 1915, at Chautauqua, Kansas. On June 23, 1917, George W. McKenney applied for reimbursement for Sparks’s last illness and funeral expenses in the amount of $20.45. McKenney stated that he was the administrator of Sparks’s estate, but that he was not related to him.

[Editor’s Note: The parents of Benjamin Sparks were James and Mary “Polly” (Ellis) Sparks, who were married in Nicholas County, Kentucky, on November 1, 1827. (See the December 1965 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 52, page 946.) This family was listed on the 1850 census of Martin County, Indiana, which was published in the December 1959 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 25.]

Benjamin D. Sparks

Husband: Benjamin D. Sparks

Born: 1838 Dec 27 – Bloomington, Monroe, Indiana
Died: 1915 Oct 30 – , Chautauqua, Kansas
Buried: – Oak Hill Cemetery, Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas (1)
Father: James + Sparks (1803- ) (2)
Mother: Mary + Ann Ellis (1806- ) (2)
Marriage: 1883 Aug 15 Place: Sedan, Chautauqua,
Kansas (3)
Other Spouse: Mary Curtis (1850- ) (4)
Date: 1867 Dec 11 – , Moultrie, Illinois (Divorced)
Other Spouse: Minerva Edmondson (1841-1883)
Date: 1882 Jan 10 – Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas (3)

1. Birth: 1840 , Monroe, Indiana. Benjamin was likely born in Monroe
Co. as that is where his family was located in 1840.

2. Name: Mary Ann had a brother, Benjamin D. ELLIS, and Benjamin D.
SPARKS is perhaps his namesake. Her father, James Mason, also had a
brother, Benjamin.

There is another Benjamin D. SPARKS who appears to be only distantly
related, if related at all (no connection is known). He is noted because
he ends up also in IL, Cumberland Co. in 1860, coming from IN, Vigo Co.,
Honey Creek where he was in 1850, and it can get confusing. He arrived in
1858, and his family settled and remained in Cumberland Co.

He is known to be Benjamin Duncan SPARKS, born 1819 in Spencer Co., KY,
dying in July 1909 in Zurich KS, son of a Benjamin SPARKS and an unknown
DUNCAN. He married in 1842 in Vigo Co. IN to a Nancy Anna MCCROSKEY.

1850 Honey Creek Twp, Vigo Co, IN Census 23 Oct 1850
SPARKS Benjamin 28 Farmer KY
Nancy 26 IN
John 5 IN
Rachel 4 IN
Mary 1 IN
1860 Clear Creek Precinct, Cumberland Co, IL Post Office: Majority Point
19 June 1860
SPARKS Benjamin D 38 Farmer KY 3000 val of R E 1000
Pers Prop
Nancy L 36 IN
John L 15 IN
Rachel 13 IN
Mary C 11 IN
Joseph S 9 IN
Margaret I 7 IN
Phebe 1 IL
1870 Neoga Twp, Cumberland Co, IL Census P #27 7 June 1870
SPARKS Benjamin 50 Farmer 4000 1200 KY
Nancy L 45 IN
Mary C 21 IN
Joseph S 19 Works on Farm IN
Phebe 10 IN
1880 Neoga Twp, Cumberland Co, IL Census ED #64 7 & 8 Jun 1880
SPARKS Benjamin 60 Farmer KY KY KY
Nancy 56 IN IN IN

3. Census: 1850 Perry, Martin, Indiana. (5)

4. Census: 1860 Spring Point, Cumberland, Illinois. (6)

James SPARKS 54 M Farmer personal value 200 b. KY
Mary 53 F b. KY
Benjamin D. 21 M b. IN
Mary E. 17 F b. IN
James SPARKS 26 m Farmer b. IN
Cary A. 24 F b. IN
John 7 M b. IN
Mary E. 3 F b. IN
Martha C. 1 F b. IN

5. Military: Corp., Co. K, 54 Ill. Inf.

6. He owned land in 1864. (7)

Illinois Public Land Purchase Records
Section: SESE
Price: 1000
Total: 40000
Date: 22 October 1864
Volume: 791
Page: 202
Type: RR
Sect: 20
Township: 10N
Range: 08E
Meridian: 3
Acres: 4000
Corr-Tag: 0
ID: 464744
Reside: 000

7. Matrimony 1: SPARKS, BENJAMIN – CURTIS, MARY 12/11/1867 A /35 MOULTRIE Illinois

8. Census: 1870 Mattoon, Coles, Illinois. (8) Benjamin SPARKS 32 b.
Indiana and Mary 20 b. Illinois are living in Mattoon, Coles County,
Illinois in 1870 with a son John 1 year of age

9. Census: 1875 , Montgomery, Kansas.

1875 State Census KS Montgomery
4/4 Alonzo HOPSON 33 farmer $2000 $595 Iowa from Iowa
Benjamin SPARKS 33 farmer IN from IL
Mary 24 IL from IL
Cora 3 KS
5/5 John RECORD 23 farmer IL from IL
Sarah 16 MO from MO
N. 5 KS
France ELDRIDGE 16 male MO

Alonzo HOPSON is from Scott Co. Iowa and in 1870 is in the Montgomery co.
KS census., Independence township

10. Census: 1880 Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas. (9)

Benjamin SPARKS is living several household before his sister Mary SPARKS
and Samuel MCCORMICK:
pg. 382a
COPPLE John 36 b. NC parents b. NC and Sarah 44 b. MO parents b. TN and
SC and family
CALL Marquis 52 b. NY parents b. VT and OH and Nance E. 41 b. KY parents
b. IRE and KY (and family)
CASEMENT J. C. 41 b. ENG farmer and Mary 39 b. MI parents b. MI and NY
(and family)
FOGLE John 30 b. IN parents b. OH and Millie 25 b. IL parents b. OH and
IN (and family)
JOHNSON L. P. 26 b. IN and Rebecca 26 b. IN and parents b. KY (and
HAMON Frank 36 b. OH parents b. VA and Nancy 39 b. KY and parents b. VA
and SC (and family)
KENDALL T. C. 38 b. IN parents b. VA and PA
KENDALL A. S. 27 b. IL parents b. VA and PA and Elizabeth 22 b. WI
parents b. IN and NC (and family)
NOTE: A March 8 1999 Chautauqua Co. KS genealogy posting by sjpbjp at gives the above T. C. as Tubal C. KENDALL. G. W. MCKINNEY Sr’s
daughter, Martha, married Marion CAMPBELL, son of a John CAMPBELL and
Nancy KENDALL. I don’t know if there’s any relation to these KENDALLs who
are living near Mary Sparks MCCORMICK and Benjamin SPARKS, both siblings
of Bell, G. W. MCKINNEY Jr’s wife.
pg. 382b
CHILL Zebulon 45 b. IN and Minnie 28 b. WI and father b. MD and mother b.
NC (and family)
COPPLE William 35 b. MO and parents b. NC and Ida 20 b. IL and father b.
OH and mother b. IL (and family)
COPPLE Millard 23 b. MO parents b. NC
COPPLE Addis 18 b. KS parents b. unk
Sylvester 2 months b. KS father b. MO mother b. KS
SPARKS Benjamin Divorced 40 b. IN farm laborer parents b. KY
FLOYD Martin V. 37 b. IL father b. IL and mother b. IN, and Nancy 32 b.
IL with parents b. IL (and family)
BUTLER J. H. 26 b. IA father b. OH and mother b. IN and Katie 28 b. NY
with parents b. IRE (and family)
MCCORMICK Sand (sic) 28 b. IN parents b. unk. farmer
Mary 23 b. IN parents b. IN
Guss 6 b. KS parents b. IN
James 4 b. KS parents b. IN
Carrie 1 b. KS parents b. IN
MCKNIGHT C. 63 b. IN father b. NC and mother b. IN and Rebecca 51 b. KY
with father b. VA and mother b. KY. Their children from the eldest (29)
all born in MO.
HOUSTON J. B. 59 b. TN parents b. NC and Mary 56 b. TN parents b. NC and
TN (and family)

11. He was contained in a pension record Civil War pension application 54
ILL. Inf. on 1881 Jan 17. (10)

12. Matrimony 2: 1882 Jan 10, Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas. Benjamin SPARKS
married Minerva EDMONDSON. They were both 42 years of age.

Minerva’s brother Samuel EDMONDSON and his wife Louise are living next to
James K. and Millie CROCKETT in the 1880 Chautauqua Co. Belleville

Minerva is in the 1880 KS ALLEN CO., DEEK CREEK census. She is living
with her brother Lewis.

Louis EDMONDSON 48 Farmer b. PA parents b. PA
Alice M. 27 b. IN father b. NY mother b. IN
Nellie V. 7 b. KS
Eugene S. 4 b. KS
Nannie M. 2 b. KS
Minerva EDMONDSON single 39 b. PA parents b. PA
John VANCE single 21 b. PA farm laborer parents b. PA

13. Wife’s Death: 1883 Jan 23, , Chautauqua, Kansas. Minerva died a year
after she and Benjamin were married.

14. Matrimony 3: 1883 Aug 15, Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas. 7 months after
the death of Minerva, Benjamin marries Emma L. BLACKFORD.

Emma BLACKFORD appears in the 1880 KS, Chautauqua Co. Salt Creek

J. W. BLACKFORD Self M Male W 43 OH Farmer NY NY
Emma BLACKFORD Wife M Female W 30 IL Keeping House PA
Laura BLACKFORD Dau S Female W 16 KS OH IL
William BLACKFORD Son S Male W 6 KS OH IL
Norman BLACKFORD Son S Male W 1 KS OH IL

Source Information:
Census Place Salt Creek, Chautauqua, Kansas
Family History Library Film 1254375
NA Film Number T9-0375
Page Number 378B

15. Census: State 1885 Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas. OK, this one is
confusing. I’m unable to find anyone in the 1870, 1880 or 1900 census that matches this family. The information is far afield from Benjamin Sparks and Emma (besides which, they had divorced in 1884).

219/231 B E Sparks 36 b. OH from MO
Emma 33 b. IL from MO
Wiliam 15 b. MO
Ida 13
May 11 b. KS
John E. 9
Lizzie 7
Infant 3

16. Census: 1915 Chautauqua, Chautauqua, Kansas.

1915 State Census KS
Chautauqua Co Chautauqua
Benj SPARKS 76
Ray MAY (male)
Grace MAY 25
James S. REVELETT 38
Anna 38
Tressie 15
Minnie 9
Mary 9
Carlise ? 1

17. Death: 1915 Oct 30 in Chautauqua Co. Kansas

18. Cemetery: ? Oak Hill Cemetery, Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas. (1)
SPARKS, Benjamin Corp., Co. K, 54 Ill. Inf.
SPARKS, James E. 1832 1927
SPARKS, Carrie E. 1834 1917
SPARKS, W. E. 26 Aug 1876 07 Jun 1904

Wife: Emma Louis Mitchell

AKA: Emma Blackford, Emma L. Sparks
Born: 1850 Jul 31 – , , Illinois
Died: 1910 Jan 15
Buried: – Pawhuska Cemetery, Pawhuska, Osage, Oklahoma

Other Spouse: John W. Blackford (1837-1882)
Date: 1868 Dec 27 – Pawhuska, Osage Indian Reservation,
Oklahoma Indian Territory

Other Spouse: Lincoln Grant Hogan (1866-1932) Date: 1884 Jul 3 – ,
Chautauqua, Kansas


1. Census: State 1875 Louisburg, Montgomery, Kansas.

38 300 300 b. OH from IA
E S 4 b. IL from IL
L 5 b. KS
A M 3
M D 1

51/51 R MAGERS? 25 b. IA and family
52/52 P. SHAFER 39 300 b. OH
S 31 b. IA
D. 13
B 10
S 5
L 1 b. KS
W. C. PIERSON 48 500 150 b. NY
S V 37 b. OH
H 14 b. MO
N 11
C 9
A 2 b. KS
54/54 S E DUTY 52 800 290 b. NC and family
W W? SEAHLE 17 b. PA
J CLARK 33 stock dealer 800 b. OH
M SNELL 20 1600 b. OH
M SNELL 20 stock dealer 1600 b. OH
D. W. DONT 30 farmer 1600 300 b. OH
Jos MAXWELL 35 farmer 400 400 b. PA
S 34 b. IA
M 3
S. 1 b. KS

124/124 J. S. STONG 40 700 400 b. PA
E. S. 28 b. OH
G 12 b. IA
M. 10
E. 8
C. 7
W. 6
S. 4
P. 1
125/125 J. KELLEY 28 1000 300 b. MD
E 34 b. IA
J. 6
E. 3 b. KS
H. ORR 38 b. IL
126/126 J. JESTER 46 b. KY and family
127/127 COX 54 b. OH and family

2. Census: 1880 Salt Creek, Chautauqua, Kansas. (9)

Self M Male W 43 OH Farmer NY NY
Emma BLACKFORD Wife M Female W 30 IL Keeping House PA
Laura BLACKFORD Dau S Female W 16 KS OH IL
William BLACKFORD Son S Male W 6 KS OH IL
Norman BLACKFORD Son S Male W 1 KS OH IL

Source Information:
Census Place Salt Creek, Chautauqua, Kansas
Family History Library Film 1254375
NA Film Number T9-0375
Page Number 378B

3. Census: State 1885 Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas. OK, this one is
confusing. I’m unable to find anyone in the 1870, 1880 or 1900 census that matches this family. The information is far afield from Benjamin Sparks and Emma (besides which, they had divorced in 1884).

219/231 B E Sparks 36 b. OH from MO
Emma 33 b. IL from MO
Wiliam 15 b. MO
Ida 13
May 11 b. KS
John E. 9
Lizzie 7
Infant 3

4. Census: 1900 Ponca City, Kay, Oklahoma.

HOGAN Lincoln Feb 1866 34 m
16 KS father KY, mother IN
Emma L. July 1850 49 m 16 6 of 8 children surviving b. IL father parents
b. PA
Anna May Dec 1884 15 b. KS father b. KS mother b. IL
Clarence Oct 1886 13
Blackford William stepson Oct 1872 27 b. KS father b. IN mother b. IL
Irvin stpson Jan 1874 26
Edgar stepson Dec 1882 17


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