Letter from Robert Gwyn Mitchell to James Bourne Mitchell, June 28, 1898


Note: Robert Gwyn Mitchell, of our line, was a son of the Rev. James Bourne Mitchell, born June 27 1821 in Abingdon, Virginia, died March 12 1901 at Kirksville, Missouri. Robert mentions in the letter his brother Orlando “Lando” McDavid Mitchell and his wife Clara Wilson and their two children Horace Wilson and Martha. Thank […]

James Allen Noyes in Later Years


James Allen Noyes, born 1822 at Ann Arbor, Michigan, was the husband of Caroline Atwell Noyes. In 1882 they moved to the freethought community of Liberal, Missouri where this photo would have been taken in James’ later years. He died in Liberal in 1901. More information on the family is here.

Asher Atwell and Charlotte Thornton and Family


Asher Atwell and Charlotte Thornton Asher E. Atwell, the brother of the author’s ancestor, Hiram Atwell, was born Nov 10 1816 in Johnson, Lamoille, Vermont, and died 1900. On Oct 29 1854 he married Charlotte Thornton, born April 11 1832 at Peru, Clinton, New York, and died March 27 1888 at Johnson, Lamoille, Vermont. Asher […]

George Copley


A photo of a George W. Copley was included in the papers of James Allen Noyes and Caroline Atwell Noyes. Because the name of the studio is included I’m able to say that the photo would have been taken between some time from the 1860s to 1890s at the studio of the Ensminger Brothers in […]


MORE RECOLLECTIONS FROM LLOYD CLINTON MCKENNEY These are my notes from a conversation with Lloyd about 1981. — jk Lloyd Clinton McKENNEY started school at about the age of 6 at the Crockett schoolhouse in Chautauqua County, Kansas which was located 1/4 mile from the main house. He says the kitchen at the farm house […]

Obituary of Capt. Robert Craig, February 8, 1834, Abingdon

Capt. ROBERT CRAIG departed this life in this County on the morning of the 4th last in the 90th year of his age. The deceased had resided in this county about 46 years; whither he removed about the year ’87, from the state of Pennsylvania. In the various spheres in which he was called to […]

Ray Noyes’ Obituaries


Ray Noyes, husband of Elizabeth Jane “Bettie” Brewer, was the son of James Allen Noyes and Caroline Atwell Noyes. He lived in Liberal, Missouri. Ray is of our line. LAMAR DEMOCRAT obituary (Tuesday, January 21, 1941) for Ray NOYES reads: “Ray Noyes dead–Ray NOYES, one of West Barton’s best known men, died at his home […]

Paul and Ray Noyes


Paul, b. 1869, and Ray, b. 1874, were two of four sons of James Allen Noyes and Caroline Atwell Noyes. The family moved from Illinois to the freethought community of Liberal, Barton County, Missouri in 1882. Ray was about 8 at the time and Paul about 13. Allen would have been about 15 and Victor […]

Poems by Alice M. Walser in “The Bouquet”


Alice Walser, wife of George Walser, founder of Liberal, Missouri, contributed two poems to his volume of poetry, The Bouquet. PIMPERNEL LANGUAGE : — CHANGE Can I tide this world of danger, ‘Mid temptations, storms and strife; Can I walk the path forever As your true and faithful wife Can I feed a heart so […]

Pacific Mills, Working Regulation Document of Caroline Atwell


Courtesy of Nancy Benton. The Pacific Mills working regulations document shows that Caroline Atwell was working at the mill in 1854 after the death of her parents. I may be wrong on this but it appearing that Pacific Mills was incorporated 1853, and commenced operation 1854 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The facility had 1600 looms, 62,000 […]