Thomas Strickland and Elizabeth Nichols Marriage


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 […]

James Allen Noyes Photo

Courtesy of Nancy Benton, we have this photo of James Allen Noyes (direct line). James Allen Noyes was born Dec 22, 1826 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan to James Noyes and Sally Marble. He married Caroline Atwell in June 28 1859. They moved to the free-thought community of Liberal, Missouri, where he died Jan 24, […]

Daniel Brewer and Nancy Smith Marriage


Daniel A. BREWER was born 31 Aug 1784 in KY and died 9 April 1881 in Coatesville, Hendricks, IN. Daniel married Nancy SMITH born 4 December 1785, died 9 Nov 1859 in Fillmore, Putnam, Indiana. More on that family (direct line of the blog’s author) here.

House of Banker, G. W. Baldwin


The home of Banker G. W. Baldwin. He was president of the Exchange Bank. He was a native of Schuyler County, New York. He and his family moved to Liberal in 1888 and organized the Bank of Liberal. He and his partners sold the bank to J. J. Stewart of Ft. Scott, Kansas five years […]

Pansy Noyes of Liberal, Missouri

Pansy Noyes, daughter of Ray Noyes and Bettie Brewer Noyes, was born Dec 8, 1895 and died Sep 25, 1985 at Liberal, Missouri. She married Charles Morton Bryant.

Elizabeth “Bettie” Brewer Noyes, Application for Letters of Administration

Below is the application for Letters of Administration for Elizabeth Brewer Noyes (direct line), showing where children were living in 1963. Pansy was on Route 2 at Liberal, Cora was at 2932 Lillian Street in Shreveport, Louisiana, James was on Route 1 in Liberal, and Dorothy was at 1410 River Street in Carthage.

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

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, […]

St. Louis Dispatch – An Infidel Experiment


Below is the St. Louis Dispatch article of May 2, 1885, “An Infidel Experiment”, on the free-thought town of Liberal, Missouri, founded by George Walser. It is close enough to others published that I’m not going to make a transcription.

Nancy Brewer at Mt. Carmel Cemetery


Courtesy of Nancy Benton, this is a map of the location of Nancy Smith Brewer’s headstone at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Nancy, born Dec 4 1785, died Nov 9 1859 in Fillmore, Putnam, Indiana. She was married to Daniel Brewer and is in the blog author’s direct line.

Daniel Brewer Land Patent


Daniel Levi Brewer’s land patent in Indiana.