Obituary of Belle Sparks McKenney

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Belle Sparks McKenney obit

Belle Sparks McKenney was the daughter of James Sparks and Carrie Burch, and wife of George W. McKenney Jr.

Larry McCombs supplied Belle’s obituary:

Mrs. G. W. McKenney

Belle M. SPARKS, daughter of James and Carrie SPARKS, was born January 14, 1868, in Shelby County Illinois, and departed this life, December 28, 1935, at the home of her son, J. A. MCKENNEY in Sedan at the age of 67 years, 11 months and 14 days.

She, with her parents, came to Kansas in 1873, where they settled on a claim on Limestone Prairie, where she lived until June 3, 1883, when she was united in marriage to George W. McKENNEY at Elgin, Kansas.

To this union, four children were born: James Albert, of Sedan; Mabel Clair TRIPP of Sidler, Okla; and two daughters, Cleo May, who died in childhood; and Carrie Isabel HAMPTON who preceded her mother in death a few years ago.

She, together with her husband, united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Kay County, Oklahoma in 1897. She later transferred her membership to the Methodist Episcopal church of Sedan, where she was a member.

She was a member of both the Rebeckah and Eastern Star Lodges.

Besides her companion and children, she leaves to mourn her death, two sisters, Mrs. Mary TRIPP and Mrs. Martha THOMAS, both of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; eight grand-children and two great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was a loving wife and mother and a friend to all who knew her.

Funeral services were conducted at the United Brethren church at Chautauqua, Kansas, at 3:00 o’clock p.m., Sunday, December 29, 1935, with Rev. Howard C. BENTON officiating, assisted by Rev. WILSON.

A mixed quartet composed of Misses Dorothy TULLOSS, Inez BUTTERFIELD, B. J. FUNK and T. E. HESS, rendered the following numbers: “Asleep in Jesus,” “In the Garden” and “The City Foursquare.” They were accompanied at the piano by Mrs. J. O. TULLOSS.

A short memorial service was conducted by the Easter Star Lodge at the church.

The pall-bearers were: Arthur BRUNGER, G. K. CROCKETT, C. M. HUNT, J. M. GWALTNEY, Wm. BRUNER and A. B. COOVER.

Those from out-of-town attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. F. B. TRIPP and daughter, Georgia, of Shidler; Mrs. Mary TRIPP, Mrs. Martha THOMAS, and Mrs. Nannie WHITEHORN of Pawhuska; Mrs. Adda MCWHIRT and Mr. Harry MCWHIRT of Hominy; Mrs. Hattie MOORE of Oklahoma City; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph SPRAY of Catoosa, L. C. MCKENNEY of Ponca City; Thelma MCKENNEY of Wichita; Mr. and Mrs. Paul BLAKE of Shidler; Mr. B. COOK of Kaw City; and Mr. CAMPBELL of Ponca City.

Interment was in the Chautauqua cemetery with Baird Funeral Home in charge.

It may be incorrect but Mabel Claire’s obituary gives the family as having moved to Pawhuska OK when she was young, which would have been in Osage Indian Territory. But Belle’s obituary places them in Kay County, next to the Osage Indian Territory, in 1897, the year Carrie Isabel was born.

MORE RECOLLECTIONS FROM LLOYD CLINTON MCKENNEY

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 was the full width of the main house, a step or two down from it. One walked out of the kitchen into the cellar, the front of it was a concrete wall. It was a large room used as a refrigerator. Above it was the cellar house where the hired man lived. One could walk out of the second story of the main house and across the roof of the kitchen–it was used as a sleeping area during the summer time–and down the steps to the cellar house.

The family income came mostly from oil field teeming operations. James (Lloyd’s father) had teems working in oil fields–moved drilling rigs and took care of property. Run by horse power; father usually had two wagons. The farm was set up for two operations: grandfather Samuel Kelly CROCKETT had the North barn and buildings while James had the South barn, granaries and buildings.

This was how things were until Lloyd was 12. Then his parents moved in with his grandparents.

There were now three generations living in the house and this made it the meeting place. There was always company.

Heat came from a gas well on the farm, as well as light, gaslights.

The “old farmhouse” had burned with Lloyd was not a year old, a blaze in which James Kelly Crockett died. The new farmhouse was built.

The schoolhouse itself was only two rooms. It had a principal and one other teacher.

Grandfather George Washington McKENNEY Jr. gave Lloyd a horse when he was about five.

Lloyd started farming and driving a car when he was six. There was no age limit on driving then. The roads were hills and rock.

The milk cows were turned out onto the open range. The lead cow had a bell and that’s how one would find the cows if they didn’t come up. One had to go and find them with the help of that bell.

The farm had wheat, corn, oats. They didn’t sell the grain but fed it to the livestock. Little fields. 10 to 20 acres.

There was no high school nearby.

When Lloyd was 12 he was sent to Sedan, the county seat. The Crockett grandparents had moved there by this time. An uncle’s wife had died and left three children: the Crocketts took care of them. (This was probably George Keithly Crockett’s wife who died, Blanch Margaret Landis. She died 3 June 1921 and Lloyd would have been 12 that year.)

Lloyd left the farm for good when he was sixteen. In his senior year he went to Bonner Springs and lived with relatives–a sister of Vera, his mother.

After graduation from business college Lloyd was secretary to the master mechanic at Chanute, KS on the RR.

NOTES ON PHOTOS

Lloyd had some photos which are not on the website. I (JMK) recorded descriptions of them back bout 1981 when I saw them. Following are the descriptions.

There is a photo from the early 1900s, a family portrait of George Washington McKENNEY Jr. and his wife and their children before the farmhouse, George etc. Lloyd says, “George did more work doing nothing.” Was lazy but good natured and the depression really hurt him. In the picture the sons all have plain, simple expressions. There are lace curtains hanging in the simple frame windows of the house. Note: Because I wrote sons, and George McKenney Jr. only had one son, I’m thinking instead this may have been a photo of the family of Samuel Kelly Crockett, father of Vera who married James Albert McKenney, George McKenney’s son. Samuel Kelly Crockett had five sons.

Lloyd’s Chautauqua High School picture from when he was 14, 1923-24. His second cousin George JACK is in the picture–tall, a basketball player. George is a handsome youth with strong features, wearing a white sweater. He played basketball in Pittsburgh. The depression hit this George hard as well; he couldn’t find work. He died when he was only 24 years old with a wasting disease Lloyd doesn’t recollect the name of. In front of this brick schoolhouse, in the sun, on the steps, is Lloyd dressed in a shirt and tie. He looks very young and a little soft compared to some of the other students. Beside him stands a fellow Lloyd identifies as Tuton Fuller, a trapper. Lloyd says Fuller lived a “tough life” in scrub oak or what is called “black jack timber”. The rest of the bunch is a mix of fellows in limp shirts, straggly longish hair, work-worn boots and youths dressed in sharp shirts, ties, bowties. The girls wear longish, shapeless dresses, waistlines about their hips, short squared-off hair. Pauline JACK, sister of George is in the photo. Lloyd says the school no longer exists.

There is a photo of G. W. MCKENNEY Jr. He and Belle in younger times. Addie MCWHIRT, looking a bit plain, wears granny type glasses and a sour expression. George is relaxed, in his prime–handlebar mustache, white shirt, pocket watch with a bullet hanging from the chain. Lloyd identifies him as being the one who made the Oklahoma land run. He had gone out prior to the run and chosen the land he wanted. By the time he got out there were squatters (“sooners”) already on the land–people who had cheated by coming in the back way. As he was not able to prove that they had not participated in the run he lost the case. The bullet probably dangles from his chain because he was a sheriff in Chautauqua (Note: sheriff’s deputy). Lloyd says he was five feet six inches tall.

There is a picture of the old Crockett farmhouse. George W. MCKENNEY JR. and Belle stand beside it, rather stiff and staunch. The yard is brush. The men wear overalls. The women wear sun hats made of straw. The farmhouse looks plain, laid bare to the sun. Baked.

The picture of the Crockett schoolhouse shows it stands on bare earth. Lloyd is very young in this picture, eight or nine years of age. The little girls wear dark stockings, low sash dresses with skirts cut just below their knees, high-top boots. The boys are dressed in overalls or trousers and newspaper boy caps. Three girls to one side hold hands. There are older girls who appear to almost be women. A tall, smiling figure of a boy wears a man’s hat and overalls–Lloyd says this fellow never made it past the third grade, but he looks to be about the most proud of the bunch here.

Dorothy and Lloyd’s wedding picture. He’s a handsome, slender youth with deep-set eyes. Dorothy looks essentially the same as when older–dressed very prettily with the jewels about her neck, the fashionably crimped hair, the black strap dress with its sheer black cover-up. A very handsome picture of the both of them. This photo is in the photo portion of the website.

A picture of James Albert McKENNEY. He always looks stern and stiff in his photos.

Another photo of the CROCKETT schoolhouse, but this is from when Vera CROCKETT was a girl. The women wear their hair pulled to the top of their heads, high-neck white blouses and high laced boots.

A photo of James Albert MCKENNEY, Samuel Kelly CROCKETT with other men and their teams of horses.

Baby pictures of George JACK, very full of life. Baby pictures of Lloyd.

There is an old photo of Lloyd as a radio announcer.

An old photo of Lela and Thelma together.

McKenney Bible Images

Thanks to my cousins for sending photocopies of these pages to me.

Lloyd McKenney’s bible was used for recording some family history. I didn’t see it until about 2003. The genealogy I received as a child wasn’t in the bible, it was instead on loose paper, but in the case of the Hackney and McKenney families it was much as in the bible. The Crockett’s went back more generations.

We have a page recording the bible was a gift from a Rev. Paul Barth of the First Luther Church of Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1944.

All the below images link to larger images.

The below page records a brief history of Samuel and Sadie Elizabeth Hackney Crockett, written by Sadie on Sep 29, 1931, transcribed by Lloyd into the bible.

The below page is Lloyd’s recording of the McKenney line from George W. McKenney and Isabel. A good bit of info was missing on the family at that time.

The below page concerns again the Hackneys and also the Crocketts.

Lloyd notes a trip made to Tennessee to try to verify the Crockett genealogy.

Lloyd writes of the gift of the bible to him and that his sister, Thelma, had it rebound for him.

Lloyd’s notes on bible verses.

4 Generations of McKenneys in 1946

Courtesy of Larry McCombs

Four generations of McKenneys. Front: George Washington McKenney Jr. b. 1861, J. R. McKenney b. 1934, Dorothy Noyes McKenney. Rear: Jim McKenney b. 1930, unknown, Ada Brunger Sanborn McKenney, James Albert McKenney b. 1884, Lloyd McKenney b. 1909

A Christmas photo. I’m guessing this was taken in Chautauqua County, Kansas where both George W. Jr. and James Albert lived.

Mention of McKenney Feed Store in Obituary of Employee, Josiah Webb

This was published to the Chautauqua County, Kansas USGenweb site by Frieda Wells. It appeared in the Sedan Times Star on January 24, 1952

* * * * * * * * * *

MR. JOSIAH WEBB

Josiah J. Webb Dies Saturday, Jan. 19 After Long Illness

Josiah J. Webb died Saturday, Jan. 19, after a long illness. Mr. Webb’s health began to fail about eight years ago and he had been practically bedfast for the past four years. He was born Oct. 28, 1878. He came to Chautauqua County when a young man and had been a resident of the County for the past 50 years. From 1906-1908 he operated a livery barn in Sedan. He moved into the Springcreek neighborhood where he farmed until 1921 when and his family moved to Sedan where he has lived ever since. He assisted in the Ed Park, Frank Dungan and J. A. McKenney Feed stores until his health failed.

He is survived by his wife Bertha; one daughter, Mrs. Dora Barnett, Tollecon, Ariz., two sons Ralph Webb, Los Anamos, New Mexico and Eugene Webb, Independence, Kans.; one brother, Basil Webb, Parsons, Kans; three sisters, Mrs. R. F. Smith and Mrs. Clyde Adams both of Sedan and Mrs. Guy Fields, Vale , Oregon and two grandsons.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Baird Chapel, with the Rev. J. Allen Wheeler officiating. Interment was in the Greenwood cemetery.

James Albert McKenney Family Photo, circa 1922

Touched up.


Photoshopped


Original scan. Image courtesy of descendents of Mabel Clair (McKenney) Tripp.

Family of James Albert McKenney and Vera Crockett. Right to left: Lela, James, Lloyd (in rear), Vera, and Thelma. Making a guess that this was circa 1922 when Lloyd was about 13, Thelma about 11 and Lela about 8.

For more information on the family, see this post.

James Albert McKenney (1884-1971) was born and died in Chautauqua County, Kansas. His first wife, Vera Crockett (1886-1933), was also born in Chautauqua County, Kansas and died there. James Albert was a son of George Washington McKenney Jr. and Belle Sparks. Vera was a daughter of Samuel Kelly Crockett and Sarah “Sadie” Elizabeth Hackney. Their children were: Mildred May (1907-1907), Lloyd Clinton (1909-1992), Thelma Allena (1911-1992) and Lela Muriel (1914-1991).

James Albert McKenney and Vera Crockett


Photoshopped version. This would be their wedding photo from 1904. Vera’s in a lovely dress.


Original version courtesy of Mabel Tripp family.

James Albert McKenney, son of George Washington McKenney Jr. and Belle Sparks, was born 1884 March 22 in Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas and died 1971 May 30 in the same.

On 1904 Oct 23 he married (1) Vera Crockett, daughter of Samuel Kelly Crockett and Sarah “Sadie” Elizabeth Hackney. She was born 1886 March 1 and died 1933 March 6 in Chautauqua County, Kansas. After Vera’s death, on 1935 Oct 26 James married Ada Brunger who was born 1891 July 21 in Chautauqua County, Kansas and died August of 1985.

Ada’s first husband was Robert L. Sanborn, born 1889 Sept 12, died 1929 Dec 4. Robert and Ada had a son, Meredith B. Sanborn b. about 1922 in Kansas. *

Continuing on. James Albert McKenney and Vera had 4 children.

  1. Mildred May was born 1907 May 15 at the old Crockett farmhouse in Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas. She died 1907 May 18 and is buried at El Cado Cemetery in Chautauqua.
  2. Lloyd Clinton was born 1909 Jan 28, again at the old Crockett farmhouse. He would marry Dorothy Nadeen Noyes. DIRECT LINE.
  3. Thelma Allena was born at the new Crockett farmhouse on 1911 May 11, the old one having been destroyed by fire Oct 12 1909, killing Vera’s grandfather, James Kelly Crockett.
  4. Lela Muriel was born 1914 July 19 at the new Crockett farmhouse and died 1991 May 30 in , Bexar, Texas. On 1935 June 5, she married John R. Ziegler who was born 1913 July 27 in Texas and died 1988 Feb 12 at , Kerr, Texas.

Other than the fact he had a farm and was part owner of a feed store in Sedan, I don’t know much about the life of James Albert McKenney. He spent his childhood between 1888 and 1897 on the Osage Reserve and in Kay County, Oklahoma. By the 1900 census his family is back in Chautauqua. In 1904 he married Vera there.

MARRIAGE AFFIDAVIT:
State of Kansas, Chautauqua County, ss.
In the Probate Court of said County and State.
James A. McKinney, who now here makes application for marriage license, addressed to any person authorized by law to join in marriage the said James A. McKinney, aged 21 years and Vera Crockett, aged 18 years, being by me first duly sworn doth say, that they have the unqualified consent of their parents in their marriage, and that neither of said parties has been divorced by the decree of any Court in this State within six months last past.
And that they, the said James A. McKinney and Vera Crockett are not related to each other in the degrees prohibited by law, to wit: Parent and child, grandparent and grandchild of any degree, broth and sister of either of the one-half or of the whole blood, uncle and niece aunt and nephew, nor first cousins; and that there exists no legal impediment to said marriage.
Signed: J. A. McKinney
In testimony whereof, I the undersigned, Judge of the Probate Court in and for Chautauqua County, and ex-official Clerk thereof, have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said court, at my office this 22 day of October 1904.
No. 376
Sig. W. Stucky
FIled 22 day of October

MARRIAGE LICENSE
State of Kansas Chautauqua County ss.
Sedan, Kansas, October 22 AD 1806
To any Person Authorized by Law to Perform the Marriage Ceremony, Greetings,
You are hereby authorized to join in marriage
James A. McKenney of Chautauqua, aged 21 years
and Vera Crockett of Peru Kansas aged 18 years,
and of this License you will make due return to my office within thirty days.
Sig. W. Stucky
Probate Judge

State of Kansas, Chautauqua County SS.
I, W. Stucky do hereby certify, that in accordance with the authorization of the within license, I did on the 23rd day of October A.D. 1904, at Sedan, in said County, join and unite in Marriage the above named James A. McKenney and Vera Crockett.
Witness my seal the day and year above written.
W. Stucky, Probate Judge.
Filed 23 day of October 1904.
W. Stucky

In the 1905 census, James Albert and Vera are living next to James’ parents. On the other side are the Godwin’s with Weltha McCormick in the household. Weltha was a daughter of Samuel and Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick, Mary Elizabeth being a sister of Belle Sparks, so Weltha was a first cousin of James.

1905 Chautauqua, Chautauqua, Kansas

9/9 REVLETT J S 28 b. Osage Nation from Osage Nation
A L 28 b. IA from IA
Tessie 6 b. KS from KS
L 4
10/10 LYNN RS 40 b. IN from COL
F E 41 b. IL from COL
Lura 11 b. IL from IL
Edith 9 b. IL from COL
11/11 HENDERSON J L 33 b. PA from OH
ME 31 b. IL from IL
CANVILLE Rena10 b. Osage Nation
12/12 CALLAHAN W L 23 b. Osage Nation
Anna (line 6) 26 b. Iowa from Osage Nation
Leo 7 b.Osage Nation from Osage Nation
Charles 5 b. Osage Nation
Mary 3 b. KS from KS
Gertrude 1 b. KS from KS
FERRELL M 49
SHAW Adie 20 b. Osage Nation from ON
AVERY Emma 23 b. KS from KS
SHAW Robert 15 b. Osage Nation from ON
13/13 NESSELROAD W B 26 b. WV and LB 20 b. KS
14/14 MCKINNEY George 43 (line 19) b. Iowa from Iowa carpenter
Belle 37 b. Illinois from Illinois
May Belle 16 b. KS from KS
Carrie 7 b. OK from OK
G W 73 b. OH from Iowa common laborer
15/15 MCKENNEY Albert 21 b. KS from KS carpenter
Vera 19 b. KS from KS
16/16 GODWIN J F 35 b. IN from IN
Emma 33 b. MO from MO
V… 7 female b. KS from KS
James 6
Arthur 7
Carl infant
MCCORMAC Weltha 20

James and Vera were 23 and 21 at the time of Mildred May’s birth and dead in the spring of 1907.

They were about 24 and 22 when Lloyd Clinton was born in 1909.

Again, in 1910, James and Vera are living next to James’ parents. To either side are relatives of the Crocketts, the Stricklins and Jacks.

1910 CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY BELLEVILLE TOWNSHIP CENSUS
22 April pg. 6A

5/5 BROCKEY Nathaniel head mw (age unable to read) md 29? b. OH father b. PA mother b. PA Farmer owns
Lula Wife fw 39 md 8 3 children 3 surviving b. MO father b. MO mother b. MO
Estill Son mw 7 b. KS father b. OH mother b. MO
Gladys Daughter fw 5 b. KS father b. OH mother b. MO
Burris Daughter fw 3 b. KS father b. OH mother b. MO
CROCKETT Milly mother-in-law fw 74 wd b. MO father b. MO mother b. MO

6/6 CROCKETT Samuel Head mw 54 md 27 b. MO father b. MO mother b. MO Farmer owns
Sadie Wife fw 52 md 27 7 children 5 surviving b. IA father b. OH mother b. OH
George Son mw 30 s b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA Farm laborer on Home Farm
Dorothy Daughter fw 17 s b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA

7/7 CROCKETT Buell head mw 25 md 2 b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA Pumper at Oil Field for wages
Lillian Wife fw 21 md 2 b. KS father b. IA mother b. NE
8/8 CROCKETT Charles head mw 22 md 1 b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA Pumper at oil field for wages
Dena Wife fw 22 ? md 1 b. MO father b. MO mother b. AR

22 April pg. 6B
12/12 STRICKLIN James head m w 32 md 11 b. MO father b. MO mother b. IA Pumper Oil lease wages
Sadie wife f w 29 md 11 3 children 3 surviving b. KS parents b. IL
Sadie daughter f w 10 b. KS
Russell son m w 8 b. KS
Glendon son m w 4 b. KS
13/13 SHOBE John and family

25 April 7B
3/3 STRICKLIN Michael Head mw 67 md 35 b. MO father b. TN mother b. KY Farmer on own farm
Gormelia Wife fw 55 md 35 11 children 9 surviving b. IA parents b. OH
Thomas Son mw 30 s b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA
William Son ms 23 s b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA
Ivy? Son mw 17 s b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA

13/13
McKENNEY Albert m w 26 b. Kansas father-Iowa mother-Indiana
Vera (CROCKETT) f w age 24 b. Kansas father-Missouri mother-Iowa
Loyd w m 1 b. Kansas father-Missouri mother-Missouri

Pg. 18
7/7
McKENNEY James m w 47 m. 26 years b. Iowa f-Ohio m-Pennsylvania
Bell f w 42 b. Illinois f-Indiana m-Indiana
Carrie f w 12 b. Kansas f-Iowa m-Illinois
James W. (father) m w age 78 b. Ohio f-Ireland m-Pennsylvania
SPARKS Clara (reads may be mother’s sister) f w 76 had 9 children, 4 surviving, b.Ind father-Ohio mother-Maryland

p. 20
51/51 JACK William G. b. IA father b. Ireland mother b. Iowa
Ermie wife 2 children 2 surviving b. KS father b. Ohio mother b. Missouri
George E. b. KS
Pauline b. KS

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas; Roll: T624_433; Page: 23A; Enumeration District: 1; Image: 1229.
1010 CHITTENDON John J. 51 md 30 y b. IL father b. KY mother b. TN
Sada 49 4 of 4 children surviving b. IL parents b. OH
Fay 29 b. IA parents b. IL
Ross 22 b. KS parents b. IL
Everett 14
Dora 16

In 1911 Thelma was born, then Lela in 1914.

The 1915 census shows the family living in Chautauqua now beside Vera’s parents and Elouise Crockett Brockey and her husband, Nathaniel, Eloise an aunt of Vera’s.

1915 Chautauqua County, Kansas
pg. 34 of 82
John W. DARNELL family
John HULL family
M. THOMPSON
G. W. WOODEN
Burt THOMPSON
J. A. MCKENNEY 31 KS Farmer
Vera 29
Loyd 6
Thelma 3
Lela 9 months
S K CROCKETT 59 MO Farmer
Sada 57 IA
M. BROCKEY 66 OH Farmer
Louisa 44 MO
Estel 12 KS
Gladis 10
Bernice 8

The 1920 census shows James and his wife sharing the household with Vera’s parents.

1920 Belleville, Chautauqua County, Kansas
2nd Feb. pg. 20B
188/188
MCKENNEY James A. Rents 35 b. KS father b. IN mother b.IL farmer
Vera C. wife 33 b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA
Loyd C. son 11 b. KS
Thelma E. daughter 8 b. KS
Lela M. daughter 5 b. KS
188/189 CROCKETT Samuel head owns free mw 64 md b. MO parents b. MO Farmer owns own farm #125
Sadie H. wife fw 62 md b. IA parents b. IA

In 1928 their son Lloyd Clinton married Dorothy Noyes.

In 1930 James Albert is living in the household of Vera’s parents.

1930 KS, CHAUTAUQUA CO., SEDAN, DISTRICT 15
(Image 7) pg. 4a
West Beadley Street
84/91 SHREVE Larry H. $4600 57 b. PA father b. PA mother b. NY
Della 46 b. KS father b. OH mother b. IN
Eveline 24 b. KS
Edythe U. 21
Martha A. 16
DRAKE Noama M. mother-in-law 68 married at 20 b. OH parents b. OH
95/92 CROCKETT Samuel K. $3000 74 married at 27 b. MO parents b. MO
Sarah H. 72 married at 25 b. IA parents b. OH
/95 MCKENNEY James A. $15 46 married at 20 b. KS parents b. IA Retail Market, Flour & Feed
Vera 44 married at 18 b. KS
Thelma 18
Lela M. 15

Thelma, their daughter, is instead recorded in the 1930 census in Cowley Co. in the household of Buell Kelly Crockett, her uncle.

Next door to the Crocketts and Thelma McKenney is Charles Fuller, a mixed-blood descendant of the Great Nemaha Reserve Loise/Baradas. That year (I believe) Charles will marry Cappie Trent, mixed blood Cherokee, her parents being Jefferson Trent and Sadie Bell McWhirt (who married second John Bigheart). Sadie was a daughter of James Marion McWhirt, brother of Samuel Alvin, and was a niece of Addie McKenney McWhirt.

Jefferson Trent was a nephew of Felix Quinton who was married to Julia Martin, daughter of Alexander Martin.

1900 , , Osage Indian Reservation, Oklahoma Indian Territory
pg. 92 (or 213) sheet no. 17?, 8 and 9 June
33/34 QUINTON Felix head Sept 1864 43 b. TX father b. TX mother b. IT Farmer Cherokee and parents Cherokee Blood=1/2
Julia wife (illegible) b. IT parents b. IT Rations Indian, Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Elizabeth daughter May 1884 16 b. IT father b. TX mother b. IT At school, Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Franklin son Dec 1887 13 b. OK School Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Joel son July 1888 11 b. OK School Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Lillian? daughter May 1892 8 b. OK Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Agnes daughter Feb 1894 6 b. OK Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
Pearlina daughter April 1897 3 b. OK Osage, father Osage, mother Cherokee, blood=1/2
TRENT Jefferson nephew Dec 1887 13 b. OK father b. TX mother b. IT Farm laborer, Cherokee, parents Cherokee, blood=1/2
DENTON John servant April 1886 14 b. IT parents b. IT Farm laborer, Cherokee, father Cherokee, mother white blood=1/2

Franklin Tripp, who married Mable Clair McKenney, James Albert McKenney’s sister, was living in Cowley Co. Arkansas City in 1920. He was a son of James Tripp and Jennie McWhirt (a sister of Samuel Alvin), who married second Mary Elizabeth Sparks, sister of Belle Sparks McKenney.

1930 KS, COWLEY CO., ARKANSAS, DISTRICT 7
SPRUCE
113/53/62
STONE, Murry Own $7000 R 38 b. NY parents b. NY
Sarah E. wife 35, married at 16 b. IL father b. VA mother b. IL
FULLER, Charles E. stepson 18 b. KS, mixed blood Osage, attended school
OTEY, Sarah E. mother-in-law 73 married at 15, b. IL father b. KY mother b. TN
111 CROCKETT, Buell K. head R $20 45 married at 22 b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA, Salesman at an automobile sales room
Lillian D. wife 40 married at 18 b. KS father b. IN mother b. IA
Marjorie D. 19 b. KS parents b. KS, attended school
Dorothy E. 17 b. KS parents b. KS, attended school
MCKENNEY, Thelma niece 18 b. KS parents b. KS, attended school

In 1931, James Albert’s sibling Carrie Isabel died. Then on March 6 1933 his wife, Vera, died after 28 years of marriage. She was only 47.

On June 5 1935, James’ last child marries. A few months later, in the fall, James married Ada. Two short months later James’ mother, Belle, died at the age of 67.

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* Seven degrees of separation notes: a 1st cousin of Robert was Irvin Jay Sanborn who married Iantha May Copple in Chautauqua. Iantha’s mother was Elmira Belle Heavlin, granddaughter of a Samuel D. Heavlin from Harrison County, Ohio. Samuel’s brother appears to have been perhaps Stephen H. Heavlin who married Elizabeth McKinney in 1846 in Harrison. Elizabeth McKinney’s grandfather was a George McKinney Sr. b. 1760 in Ireland, died 1845 in same. No idea if he is related to our McKenneys. But it’s been considered a possibility.

Another possible former connection with the McKenneys is Iantha’s grandfather, John, had a brother named William in whose house Benjamin Sparks (James Albert McKenney’s mother) was living in 1880.

And there’s even another convoluted connection.

Rebecca Partelow (connected with the McKenneys and Hackneys beginning in Van Buren, Iowa) married a William Joshua Lovell in 1876. William’s mother was Catherine Murphy. Her brother Harvey married a Barbara Ann Logan, daughter of an Elizabeth Spoonamore. Their son, William Henry Murphy, married Margaret Copple, another daughter of William and Elmira Heavlin Copple’s.

Elizabeth Spoonamore’s brother, John Newton, was married to an Amanda Baxter. It was Thomas Merrit Baxter with whom George Washington McKenney Jr. was living in 1875, boarded out after his mother’s death. Elizabeth and John Newton Spoonamore’s first cousin was William Spoonamore, whose son Isaac married Emma Jane Franklin, first cousin of Emma Brien who married Perry Partelow, nephew of Rebecca.

George Washington McKenney Jr. and Belle Sparks

Maarriage photo of Belle Sparks and George Washington McKenney Jr.

George Washington MCKENNEY, son of George Washington MCKENNEY Sr. and Isabella LOVE was born 2 Sept. 1861 in Iowa. He died 3 March 1947, at the age of 85, in Sedan, Chautauqua Co. KS, and is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua Co.

On 3 June 1883, in Elgin, Chautauqua Co. KS, George Jr. married Belle M. SPARKS, daughter of James E. SPARKS and Carrie BURCH. She was 15 and he was 21.

Belle was born 14 Jan 1868 in Shelby Co., Illinois and died 28 Dec. 1935, at the age of 67, in Sedan, Chautauqua Co. KS. She is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua, along with G. W.

George and Belle were married 52 years and had the following children:

  1. James Albert b. 22 March 1884 at Sedan, married Vera CROCKETT. Direct line.
  2. Cleo May b. Chautauqua Co. KS. Born 9 April 1885, died 22 May 1892. (My family had Elsa May. Descendants of Mable Clair have Cleo May and birth and death dates.)
  3. Mabel Clair b. 16 Oct. 1888 at Chautauqua Co. KS, died 11 Sept. 1972, married Frank TRIPP. James Preston TRIPP, who married Mary Sparks MCCORMICK, was father of Frank TRIPP by his first wife Jennie McWhirt.
  4. Carrie Isabel b. Nov. 1897 in OK, died 1931. In 1916 she married Jessie C. HAMPTON, b. 24 August 1885 and died 8 March 1965.

A couple of stories survive about G. W. McKenney Jr., but that’s it. I was told by family of his sibling Addie that he was attached to family and kept in close contact with family in the Osage area, visiting them. Down our line is the story that he was a deputy and as a teen I saw an old photo of him with a bullet dangling from his pocket watch chain. I’ve also been told that, as a deputy, one night they came by to get him for something that was going on, and that when he returned he said he was quitting but never spoke about the events of the night. What that was about, we’ll never know.

My grandfather said he was five feet six inches tall.

A newspaper article survives of George Jr’s trip to visit his half-brother Eli in 1937.

“Brothers to Meet in Culkin after Seventeen Years

“Major and Mrs. Eli W. McKenny, of the Culkin neighborhood, are Expecting a visit from Major McKenny’s brother George McKenny Former mayor of Chataqua, Kansas, and his wife and son, of Sedair, Kans., who will arrive here next week. They are traveling by auto.

“The visit will be the first time the two brothers will have met since Major McKenny came south about seventeen years ago. The Kansans Wish to visit the National Military Park while here. This will be the First time that George McKenny and his son have been south. After staying here for a short while, the visitors (torn) New Orleans for a few(torn). ”

G. W. Jr. was never a mayor of Chautauqua Kansas. The federal censuses given him in 1900, 1910 and 1920 as living in Belleville in Chautauqua, whereas the the state census in 1905 and 1915 has the family in Chautauqua in Chautauqua county, which is confusing to me. I’ve considered the confusion may have something to do with a known mayor of Chautauqua, a James Bird Jones, who the 1920 census shows next to G. W.’s family. James Bird Jones was, sometime after 1915, a mayor of Chautauqua. He was part Chahta (Choctaw) Indian and his wife was Laura Mae Revelette, daughter of Frederick “Frank” Revelette and Emma Frances Davenport. The Revelettes and McKenneys would have been acquainted with each other prior this, according to the census. 1905 shows the James S. Revelette and Annie Rhatigan family (James was a brother of Laura) living at household 9 in Chautauqua and the McKenneys at household 14. The 1915 census records the family next to Benjamin Sparks, a brother of Belle Sparks.

Frederick “Frank” Revelette’s parents were Pierre Carbaneau Revelette and Mary Louise Roy, daughter of Louis Roy and Julia Royer (French, Osage and Kansas descent), and sister of other Roys who had a number of Osage descendants in the area, including John Baptiste Roy who had married Pagrachenah, said to be Ioway-Osage. Other relations of this family were living beside George’s sister Addie as well as other relatives. For instance, the family of Joseph Richmond Pearson and Rosa Lee Denoya had been residing between Addie in the Osage area in 1910. Rosa was a granddaughter of Julia Roy, Mary Louise Roy’s sister, through Francis Denoy and Martha Lessert.

With the story of G. W. Jr’s mother being Ioway, and with their location in the Osage area, I have considered that the story of G. W. Jr. having once been a mayor of Chautauqua is instead perhaps garbled knowledge that G. W. Jr. was in some way related to the family of James Bird Jones and Laura Mae Revelette.

THE CENSUS INFO

So far I’ve only located George Washington McKenney Jr. and Sr. in the 1885 census, not George Jr’s family, which makes me wonder if they could possibly be in Oklahoma at this time.

KS State Census – 1885 KS Chautauqua Co. Center
G. W. McKenney 48 carpenter widowed b. OH from Iowa
George McKenney 22 married carpenter b. Iowa
Ancestry.com

Mable Clair was born in 1888. Her obituary gave the family as living in Pawhuska when she was a child. By 1897, with Carrie Isabel was born, they were in Kay County, Oklahoma.

The family was back in Chautauqua County, Oklahoma by 1900.

1900 CHAUTAUQUA BELLEVILLE TOWNSHIP CENSUS

120/120
SPARKS James w m 1832 age 68 b. Ind. Father-KY Mother-KY
Carrie w f Aug 1834 65 b. Ind. father-Ind. mother-Maryland
John L w m Dec 1852 47 single b. Ind. Father Ind. Mother-Ind.
William E. w m Aug 1876 23 single b. Kansas father-Ind. Mother-Ind.

(19) or (10 A)
ATKINSON Benjamin ? (uniintelligible, written through) and Mary E.
HOPKINS John and Mariam

198/198
JACK James A. Sept. 1869 30 md. 7 yrs. b. IA parents b. OH lumber and hardware owns
Carrie wife Feb. 1878 23? 3 children b. MO parents b. IL
Selma daughter 1895 4 b. KS
Russell son 1896 3 b. KS
Ransom son 1898 1 b. KS

199/199
JAY Fred H. Aug. ? 31 md. 5 years b. IA parents b. unk
Gray M. or Mary? wife Apr. 1873 27 1 child b. IL father b. VA mother b. OH
Hazel L. daughter July 1887 2 b. KS
JOHNSTON Thomas and Eveline

201/201
MOFFET John N. Apr 1864 36 md. 5 yrs. b. KS father b. OH mother b. MO farmer rents
Cora E. wife Oct. 1872 27 4 children b. IN father b. IA mother b. IN
Mamie L. daughter Aug 1895 4 b.KS
Clarence E. son Oct. 1896 3 b. I.T.
Kittie L. daughter Oct. 1897 2 b. I.T.
Norma daughter Oct. 1898 1 b. KS

202/202
MCKINNEY George Sept. 1861 38 md. 17 yrs. b. IA parents b. OH house carpenter rents
Belle wife Jan. 1868 32 4 children 3 surv. b. IL parents b. IN
James A. son Mar. 1884 16 b. KS farm laborer
Clare M. daughter Oct. 1889 11 b. KS
Carrie daughter Nov. 1898 2 b. OK

203/203
ECRET (?) Harry Sept. 1871 28 md. 5 yrs. b. IN parents b. IN day laborer rents
Lula wife May 1875 25 3 children 3 surv. b. MO parents b. MO
Viola M. daughter Nov. 1898 2 b. KS
Herbert W. son Apr. 1900 3/12 b. KS

MYER or MYERS A. stepson Mar. 1893 7 b. KS parents b. KS

204/204
RYERS ? ROGERS? BYERS? William May 1835 65 md. 42 yrs. b. OH parents b. PA Post Master owns
Eliza wife 1837 62 10 children 4 surv. b. KY father b. Scotland mother b. England
SHOBE Lila J. (grandson) 1889? 11 b. KS father b. OH mother b. IA

220/220
CROCKETT James K. w m sept 1832 67 b. Mo. Father-Va. Mother-KY
Millie A. (STRICKLIN) w f Dec. 1835 64 b. Mo. Father-Tenn. Mother-Ky.
FOSTER Lulu (daughter) w f Oct. 1875 age 24 b. Missouri father-Tenn and mother-KY.
221/221
CROCKETT Samuel w m Oct. 1855 age 44 b. Mo. Father-Mo Mother-KY
Sarah E. (HACKNEY) w f Dec 1857 age 42 b. Iowa Father-Ohio Mother-Ohio
William D. w m Sept 1883 age 16 b. Kansas f-Mo m-Iowa
Buell K. w m Feb 1885 age 15 b. Kansas f-Mo m-Iowa
Vera w f Mar. 1886 age 14 b. Kansas f-Mo m-Iowa
Clifford R.w m May 1888 age 13 b. Kansas f-Mo m-Iowa
George K. w m Sept 1886 age 14 b. Kansas f-Mo m-Iowa
Sadie D. w f Oct 1892 age 7 b. Kansas f-Mo m-Iowa

The 1905 lineup shows the Osage Revelettes. The Lynns. J. L. Henderson with a Rena Canville in the household and she would have been Osage. Then the family of William Leo Callahan whose mother was Louisa Monica Julia Canville, Osage, daughter of Andrew Bernard Canville and Mary Louise Tayrien, and was in the household as M. Ferrell. (Cornelius Callahan, another child of Julia Canvilles, was residing a couple doors from George and Belle in 1930).

Chautauqua County had its share of mixed Indian families–in particular, French-Indian families, lines extending back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, who tended to be listed as white in the Chautauqua County census, but were Osage enrolled and listed as Osage when down in the Osage area, for they moved back and forth or had family in the Osage area that was listed in the census as Osage.

1905 Chautauqua, Chautauqua, Kansas
9/9 REVLETT J S 28 b. Osage Nation from Osage Nation
A L 28 b. IA from IA
Tessie 6 b. KS from KS
L 4
10/10 LYNN RS 40 b. IN from COL
F E 41 b. IL from COL
Lura 11 b. IL from IL
Edith 9 b. IL from COL
11/11 HENDERSON J L 33 b. PA from OH
ME 31 b. IL from IL
CANVILLE Rena10 b. Osage Nation
12/12 CALLAHAN W L 23 b. Osage Nation
Anna (line 6) 26 b. Iowa from Osage Nation
Leo 7 b.Osage Nation from Osage Nation
Charles 5 b. Osage Nation
Mary 3 b. KS from KS
Gertrude 1 b. KS from KS
FERRELL M 49
SHAW Adie 20 b. Osage Nation from ON
AVERY Emma 23 b. KS from KS
SHAW Robert 15 b. Osage Nation from ON
13/13 NESSELROAD W B 26 b. WV and LB 20 b. KS
14/14 MCKINNEY George 43 (line 19) b. Iowa from Iowa carpenter
Belle 37 b. Illinois from Illinois
May Belle 16 b. KS from KS
Carrie 7 b. OK from OK
G W 73 b. OH from Iowa common laborer
15/15 MCKENNEY Albert 21 b. KS from KS carpenter
Vera 19 b. KS from KS
16/16 GODWIN J F 35 b. IN from IN
Emma 33 b. MO from MO
V… 7 female b. KS from KS
James 6
Arthur 7
Carl infant
MCCORMAC Weltha 20

In 1908 their daughter Mable married Frank Tripp.

G. W.’s father is living in the household in 1910. They are both given as James. Clara Sparks is also in the household. This would seem to be Belle’s mother, Carrie, given as widowed, though she was still married and was also enumerated with her husband in this census. A peculiar situation, I’m not sure what’s going on there.

1910 Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas
7/7
McKENNEY James m w 47 m. 26 years b. Iowa f-Ohio m-Pennsylvania
Bell f w 42 b. Illinois f-Indiana m-Indiana
Carrie f w 12 b. Kansas f-Iowa m-Illinois
James W. (father) m w age 78 b. Ohio f-Ireland m-Pennsylvania
SPARKS Clara (reads may be mother’s sister) f w 76 had 9 children, 4 surviving, b.Ind father-Ohio mother-Maryland. Born about 1836. Haven’t a clue who this is unless it is Belle’s mother, Carrie, enumerated twice in this census for she is observed living with her husband (noted below). Carrie’s parents were however born in NC and MD. And then also the Clara here is given as a widow. Belle and G. W. did name a daughter Mable Clair. Is it possible she is named for this Clara?

(forgot to write the number)
SPARKS James E. head m w 78 married 52 years b. Indiana, parents b. KY
Carrie A. wife f w 75 married 52 years, having had 9 children with only 4 surviving b. Indiana and parents b. in KY
John L. son m w 56 single

1915 Chautauqua, Chautauqua, Kansas
Pg. 12
HE Pennell 40 and family, Anderson, S E Moffit 73
Geo W McKENNEY 53 IA
Belle 45 IN
Carrie 17 OK
J E SPARKS 83 IN
Carrie 81
H. B. TRIPP 31 OK
Mable 26 KS

In 1920 G.W. McKENNEY and Belle are living next door to daughter Carrie Isabel. Georgie’s sister, Addie, is a few households away, giving herself as widowed, though she is still married (her husband gives himself as widowed in the 1930 census).

1920 CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY BELLEVILLE TOWNSHIP CENSUS
NAME OF UNINCORPORATED PLACE: CHAUTAUQUA CITY
14 January 1920 by Carl H. McDonald
Pg. 9B
Kiles Street
66/75 MCKENNEY George W. Head OF mw 56 md. b. IA father b. OH mother b. PA house carpenter own business
C. Belle Wife fw 50 md b. IL father b. IN mother b. IN
SPARKS James E. Father-in-law mw 87 wd b. IN father b. KY mother b. KY
67/76 JONES James B. head white 40 b. OK father b. MS mother b. unknown
Laura M. wife 33 b. OK parents b. MO
James F. son 14 b. KS parents b. OK
Aubrey C. son 10 b. OK parents b. OK
Mary F. daughter 7 b. KS parents b. OK

70/79 HAMPTON Jesse C. Own, Free mw 34 md b. Illinois and parents in Tennessee Retail salesman, general merchandise, wages
Carrie I. fw 22 md b. Oklahoma. Father-Iowa and mother-Illinois
Marie M. fw 1 6/12 b. Kansas father b. IL mother b. OK
Doris R. (daughter) fw 3/12 b. Kansas father b. IL mother b. OK

pg. 10a
73/82 JACK William G. 45 b. IA father b. Ire mother b. Ohio Doctor in General practice Ermie W. 39 b. KS mother b. MO
George A 11 b. KS
Pauline 9 b. KS
Willard F 1 and 7/12 b. KS
74/83 ALEXANDER John W. 78 b. PA parents b. PA Garage
75/84 ELDRIDGE John E. 39 b. KS parents b. NC Farm laborer
76/85 MCKENZIE Joseph 70 b. OH parents b. PA
Florence 61 b. IA father b. IA mother b.IN
77/86 HARPE, Carter H. 42 b. MO father b. MO mother b. AR Rail builder, oil gas drilling rig
Bertha A. 39 b. KS father b. IL mother b. OH
Russell H. 11 b. KS father b. MO mother b. KS
Averil E. 9 b. CO father b. MO mother b. KA
78/87 REID Henry N 64 b. MO parents b. KY farmer
Amanda 53 b. MO parents b. KY
Julia N. 21 b. KS parents b. MO
79/88 MCWHIRT Harry B. 33 b. MO father b. IL mother b. IA … dresser, oil and gas well
Adda M. mother 54 widow b. IA father b. OH mother b. PA
Mary sister 15 b. OK father b. IL mother b. IA
NOTE: In this census, Addie MCKINNEY MCWHIRT, sister of George Washington MCKINNEY Jr., is living four households down from Joseph MCKINSEY.
80/89 GREGORY John F. 44 b. MO parents b. MO works at oil and gas field
Sarah A. 42 b. KS mother b. IL father b. IN

2nd Feb. pg. 20B
188/188
MCKENNEY James A. Rents 35 b. KS father b. IN mother b.IL farmer
Vera C. wife 33 b. KS father b. MO mother b. IA
Loyd C. son 11 b. KS
Thelma E. daughter 8 b. KS
Lela M. daughter 5 b. KS
188/189 CROCKETT Samuel head owns free mw 64 md b. MO parents b. MO Farmer owns own farm #125
Sadie H. wife fw 62 md b. IA parents b. IA

The 1930 census.

1930 KS, CHAUTAUQUA CO., CHAUTAUQUA DISTRICT 1
58/58 CALLAHAN Cornelius head $3000 Indian 55 md. 20 b. OK mixed blood Osage
Sadie wife 68 md 16 b. MO father b. OH mother b. IA
59/59 ELDRIDGE John E. head 49 b. Kansas father NC mother US (brother of Effie who married William Fronkier)
60/60 MCKENNEY George W. Own $700 68 married at 22 b. IA father b. OH mother b. PA Carpenter
Bell A. 62 married at 15 b. IL parents b. IN
61/61 JACK William G. Own $800 55 wd. b. IA father b. Ireland mother b. OH physician in general practice
George 21 b. KS father b. IA mother b. KS
Pauline 20
William F 11
NOTE: Martha Eliza CROCKETT, sister of Samuel Kelly CROCKETT (James Albert MCKENNEY’s father-in-law), married W. F. LEMMON. A daughter, Ermie LEMMON, married William G. JACK.
62/62 MCKENZIE Joseph Own $375 80 married at 28 b. OH parents b. PA
Florence 72 married at 17 b. IA father b. US mother b. MO
HAMPTON Opal 32 married at 18 b. KS father b. OH mother b. IA
Florence O. granddaughter 13 b. KS father b. IL mother b. KS
Joseph R. grandson 10 b. KS father b. IL mother b. KS
NOTE: A daughter of Joseph is shown as being an Opal HAMPTON, who had married John R. HAMPTON. Belle’s daughter Carrie married Jesse C. HAMPTON in 1916 and it is possible John R. was a brother.
Florence PERSHALL MCKENZIE was the sister of John Wesley PERSHALL m. Lucretia Jennie Kirkpatrick, whose mother Zilpha Strickland was the sister of Millie Ann STRICKLIN who married James Kelly CROCKETT who was the grandfather of Vera who married James Albert MCKENNEY, Belle’s son, in 1904.

Photo of James Albert McKenney and Family

James Albert McKenney and family
Lela, Ada, James Albert McKeney, Thelma

Photo of James Albert McKenney b. 1884, daughters Lela b. 1914 and Thelma b. 1911, 2nd wife Ada Brunger Sanborn McKenney . 1891. The photo was likely taken in Sedan, Chautauqua County, Kansas. The date is unknown but I would speculate it was taken some time in the mid to late 1940s.

McKenney and Crockett Tombstones at El Cado Cemetery

Images of Crockett and McKenney headstones/tombstones at El Cado Cemetery in Chautauqua County, Kansas.

Mildred Mae McKenney, first child of James Albert McKenney and Vera Crockett

James Albert McKenney and Vera Crockett

James Kelly Crockett and Millie Ann Stricklin, parents of Samuel Kelly Crockett who married Sarah Hackney

James Kelly Crockett and Millie Ann Stricklin

Gladys and Bernice Brockey and Judy Berndt

These images are courtesy of Judy Berndt. I don’t know which woman is Gladys and which is Bernice but the photo would have to be before 1989 as Gladys Brockey (married to James Arthur Tresner, 1922 Oct 16) died 1989 Feb 7 in Jonesburg, Chautauqua, Kansas. Both were daughters of Nathaniel Brockey and Elouise Crockett. Elouise’s parents were James Kelly Crockett and Millie Ann Stricklin.