Marriage License of Mary Sparks and Samuel McCormick

Francis Partch has located the marriage certificate of Mary Sparks and Samuel McCormick. Their marriage took place at Osage Mission, Neosho County, Kansas on December 31st of 1872. This is interesting as it places the Sparks in Neosho County at the same time that the McKenney family is in Neosho. George Washington McKenney Jr., who […]

Photo of Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp with step-daughter

A photo of Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp, daughter of James E. Sparks and Carrie Burch, from Francis Partch. She has guessed that the girl with her is perhaps her step-daughter Nannie Tripp (b. 1886) or Dessie Mae Tripp (b. 1887) , daughters of James Preston Tripp and Jennie McWhirt. I’ve wondered if instead, based […]

Amanda “Mandy” Emelia McCormick

Amanda “Mandy” Emelia McCormick, twin to Weltha, was born 1884 Dec 13 in Kansas to Samuel McCormick and Mary Elizabeth Sparks. I’ve covered her family history in another post and will pick up here with her marriages. Mandy’s first marriage was to Elmer T. Conner, 1899 Dec 24 in , Chautauqua County, Kansas. MARRIAGE AFFIDAVIT: […]

Mary Elizabeth Sparks

Photoshopped to try to make the photocopy look more like a photo. Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp Image courtesy Francis Partch I’m going to cover a lot of ground here with these families, and it gets a bit complex. Mary Elizabeth Sparks and First Husband Samuel McCormick Mary Elizabeth Sparks was born 1857 June 13 […]

The Sparks Sisters

This image is said to be of the three Sparks sisters, daughters of James E. and Carrie Burch Sparks. On the left is Martha Catherine b. Oct 1859 in Indiana, died 1942 August 14 in , Osage, Oklahoma, buried at the Pawhuska Cemetery. She married Philemon Thomas 1878 June 24 in Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas. The […]

John Tripp Obituary

Supplied by Francis Partch, following is the obituary of John TRIPP, son of James TRIPP and Mary E. SPARKS TRIPP. * * * * NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION 4-3-1974 John Tripp dies; services set Fri. John Lee Tripp, 73, 400 West Eleventh Street, died at his home Tuesday. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in […]

George Washington McKenney Jr. and Belle Sparks

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 […]