victor hugo noyes letter

Victor Hugo Noyes to Cora Noyes, December 1883

The date on the letter looks like Dec 1887 but Victor died in 1886. The date has been determined to be 1883, it being known that Victor was working in a tin shop in Kansas City in March of 1884. “I have many more envelopes than letters, and none of the letters were enclosed in […]


Please read the about page for information on this site. I am not only researching family lines (in particular McKenneys/McKinneys from the counties Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, Monroe and Noble of Ohio) but also the 19th century Alphadelphia Association, and the freethought community of Liberal in Missouri, and hope to hear from families who were associated with either and individuals with information to contribute. If you have photographs please send them in! Also, of course, I'm eager to hear from individuals associated with any of the personal family lines I'm researching (see the menu, family archives) and looking forward to sharing information. Again, if you have photos and stories, please contribute! People have sent to me some of the most amazing documents and I truly feel fortunate for them and am happy to archive them.

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.