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.

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 […]

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 […]


Indenture Paper of Robert Eugene McKenney 1872

Indenture land document of Robert Eugene McKenney, 1872, Pope County, Minnesota. Robert E. McKenney is believed a cousin or brother of George Washington McKenney Sr. (blog’s direct line). See the tags for more information on Robert Eugene.