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 an envelope. Envelopes at that time carried the month and day, but not the year, so are not of much use in dating anything, anyway. It’s strange because the postmarks on postcards did carry the year.” Source: Nancy Benton 12 Sept 2003 email

Victor, son of James Allen Noyes and Caroline Atwell, of Liberal, Missouri was writing his sister Cora, who had been apparently inquiring about visiting. She had recently lost a job at a printing shop, possibly in Liberal.

He writes of activity at the tin shop where he works in Kansas City, the boarding house on Holmes street, a walk along the river, and a fledgling romance.

He also writes of having been to two spiritualist lectures.

Transcription of the letter follows the images.


Victor Hugo letter 83 a


Victor Hugo Noyes letter 83 b

(pg. 1)

Kansas City

Dear Cora –

I received both your letters and card yesterday at the shop. I am sorry to learn that you lost your job at the printing office.

You asked if you could stop and see me as you went be to (illegible). Yes, certainly, but the boarding house at which I am now staying is full and besides there are no boarders here but men. Most of them work at the iron foundry at the end of this street which is Holmes street. Since I wrote to you last I have been hear two spiritualist

(pg. 2)

lectures. It is quite cold here now. In the shop where I work we keep a big fire in the stove so that it is not uncomfortable. Why I quit backing was that it was so cold I could not keep myself as comfortable as I would be boarding. I pay three and a half dollars a week. Times are getting a little dull in the shop now. that is there is not so great a demand for tin ware in this season of the year as commonly. The Missouri river is in plain sight for several miles up stream from the shop window. for the last couple of days it has been full of floating ice proberbally frozen in it tributaries during

(pg. 3)

the cold weather we had a while ago and thawd loos in the succeeding warm weather. I took a walk a week ago last sunday along the bluff that overlooks Union Depot and the view was just grand. I walked 2 or 3 miles in all before I got to the city reservoir (?) where I took a street car and rode back. There are four women work in tin shop at soldering. One of them (who is about my age) get a long first rate.

Some of the boys say I will make a mash of it. “making a mash” is all the go here now. This is the slang expression of a gentleman and lady going to gether the boys are only teasing me

(pg. 4)

about Miss Emma is so you need not be afraid about me.

I expect you find it trouble to read this letter. It is of little importance so skip what you can’t make out.

Victor Noyes

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Thought I’d add a link to a page where you can view what the old Union Depot in Kansas City looked like circa 1880.

Carr’s Chapel Cemetery


Carr’s Chapel Cemetery

Courtesy of Nancy Benton, this document shows the rows in which certain members of the Brewer family are buried at Carr’s Chapel Cemetery in Dade county, Missouri.

In row 1 is Mary Johnson Fowler, wife of John Fowler (direct line), Catherine Hedden Brewer, wife of Daniel Levi Brewer (direct line), Alva Brewer, son of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Fowler, David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Fowler Brewer (direct line).

In row 2, we have, Robert Lincoln Trent and his first wife, Dora Nancy Fowler Trent, daughter of John and Mary Jane Fowler, and an infant that would have been a child of Robert and an infant who perhaps died at the same time as Dora. Elmer Brewer was a son of David Nathaniel and Delana Brewer. Next to him are his daughters Ruby Ellen and Nora Edith who both died in 1918, perhaps victims of the great influenza epidemic. We see next to them Robert Walter Brewer and his wife, Edith, and their son Robert.

Charles Clifford Crockett Invention

Below is an invention of Charles Clifford Crockett, son of Samuel Kelly Crockett and Sarah Elizabeth Hackney and brother of this blog’s Vera Crockett. He married Dena Montgomery, child of James Montgomery and Ellen Nott, and had children Luther and Clydene.

Sept. 30, 1930.

C. C CROCKETT 1,777,197

PORTABLE CABLE REEL Original Filed Aug. 24, 1928 3 Sheets-Sheet 2



Sept. 30, 1930.

c. c. Crockett 1,777,197

PORTABLE CABLE REEL Original Filed Aug. 24 1928 3 Sheets-Sheet 3




Attorney Patented Sept. 30, 1930



Application filed August 24, 1028, Serial Ho. 301,916. Renewed April 23, 1930.

This invention relates to an improved portable cable reel structure designed principally for use in oil well fields for reeling and unreeling cables, wires, and the like, whereby 8 to permit the convenient stretching of wire, or reeling of a cable for extracting tools, rods, and other equipment from wells.

The invention has more particular reference to a reel structure which is constructed 10 to be mounted on a suitable automobile or truck chassis, the arrangement being such that the reel is permitted to receive rotary power from the rear wheel of an automobile, when said wheels are jacked up. 16 Briefly, the invention embodies a swingably mounted frame, mounted on the vehicle chassis, this frame carrying the winding reel and friction driven pulley, the arrangement being such that the pulleys can be moved 20 into and out of frictional contact with the vehicle wheels through the medium of a system of levers and operating devices to be manually controlled by an operator.

The principal object is to produce a structure of this type which is characterized by compactness and convenience of arrangement of parts, so organized and cooperating as to provide a structure which can be conveniently manipulated, and which will ful30 fill the requirements of a reel of this class, equally as well as the more expensive and complicated reel structures known to me.

Other features and advantages and objects will become more readily apparent from the 35 following description and drawings. In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a side view of a portion of the vehicle frame and supporting wheel, with 40 the improved reel structure associated therewith.

Figure 2 is a top plan view of the reel supporting frame, and operating means therefor.

45 Figure 3 is a side elevational view of Figure 2.

Figure 4 is an end view of the frame and reels mounted thereon.

Figure 5 is a rear elevational view of the so frame structure showing the manner in which it is connected with the rear axle housing of the vehicle.

Figure 6 is a detail view of the operating lever and the rock shaft associated with one of said levers.

Figure 7 is an end elevational view of one end of the rotary wheel structure showing the sectional friction drive pulley or wheel.

Figure 8 is a sectional view of one end portion of the reel per se. Source

Location of Heaston and Scarborough Families in Doniphan Co., Kansas

Below are the locations of the Heaston and Scarborough families in Doniphan County, Kansas, who had moved there from Ohio. This has been of interest to me as Isabel McKenney was said to be Ioway and these families located on and next the Ioway reserve, along with others from the same area, this after Isabel having married George W. McKenney and being found in Ohio with him in 1850.

The Scarboroughs moved later. Mark Scarborough’s sister, Rhoda, was married in 1835 to another George W. McKenney b. 1816 who would have been a close relation of our George W. McKenney Sr., but was not his father. Mark Scarborough b. 1808 in Belmont, Ohio, moved with his family to Jefferson, Andrew County, Missouri, via Indiana, by 1859.

1860 Jefferson, Andrew, Missouri
48/48 George Sutton and Margaret, 25 and 27
49/49 Mark SCARBRAUGH 57 farmer OH
Cornelia 36 PA
Johnathan 15 OH
Amanda 4 IN
Samuel 1 MO
50/50 Mildred MCGEE 64 VA

Mark’s sibling, Rhoda, and her husband George W. McKenney b. 1816, had also moved to Missouri and were living in Haw Creek, Morgan County with son Francis and his new wife, Barbara Miller. Francis reported in his bio that he and his wife were traveling through the Missouri frontier looking for a place to live. They settled in Indiana, where, as with the Mark Scarborough family, they had also been living just previous the move to Missouri.

By 1865 the Mark Scarborough family was at Iowa, Doniphan, Kansas.

1865 Iowa, Doniphan, Kansas
Permila 42 PA
Johnathon A. 20 OH
Amanda J. IN
Sam E. MO
Issac A. 3 MO
Emma 1/12 KS.

In 1870 and 1880 they are at Center, Doniphan, Kansas.

220/241 SCARBROUGH Mark 68 farmer $300 $450 OH
Permelia 46 PA
Amanda 14 IN (married Lewis R. Edwards in 1880)
Samuel 11 MO
Isaac A. MO
illegible 5 KS
Thomas S. KS

238 SCARBOROUGH Johnathon 35 farmer OH father b. OH mother b. PA
Margaret M. 17 OH parents b. OH (Margaret Ann Harmon)
239 SCARBOROUGH Permelia 58 PA parents b. PA
Amanda J 22 b. IN father b. OH mother b. PA
Samuel 20 b. MO
Isaac A 17 b. MO (will marry Sarah Catherine Jennings and die at Troy in 1950)
Emma S 15 b. KS
William S 12 b. KS (will marry Permelia Round in Troy in 1889)

Jacob G. Heaston b. 180 in PA married Catherine Forney. In 1840 they were living near the Sheaffers/Shaffers in Harrison County, Ohio.

1840 OH, Harrison Co., North
(image 7
William MINISH
Geroge SHEAFFER 22 1 – – – – 1/ 1 1 0 1 0 0 1
John SHEAFFER – – – – – – – – – 1
Benjamin CLARK
Jacob HEASTAND (Rulo in 1860, moves to Doniphan and Brown counties)
Joseph OVERHOLT (married first to Frances Forney then Catherine Firebaugh)
William PICKEN (married first to Frances Overholt then Mary Shaffer, daughter of George)
Henry PERRY?
John …
Solomon SHITTZ
Michael FOULTZ
William H…
James ENGLISH (married to Jane Picken, they moved to Mahaska, Iowa)

(pg. 155)
Francis BARTOW – – – – – 1 / – – – – – 1
James BARTOW – – 11- – – 1/ 111 – – – 1
Jeremiah SHEAFFER – – – – 1 / – – – – 1
Joseph CLARK
William SUMERS
Samuel MINOR
Nicholas DUNFEE
(pg. 156)

Joseph LYONS
George R. BLACK
Elijah BARTOW – – – – – – – – – 1

By the late 1840s the Sheaffers/Shaffers and Bartows (related, Mary Bartow married Robert Eugene McKenney and Jeremiah Shaffer married Elizabeth Bartow) and most of the McKenneys had moved to Iowa. In 1850 the Heastons were still in Harrison County, Ohio, but by 1851 are said to have been in Holt County, Missouri. By 1857 they were residing on a homestead in the southwest quarter of section 15, Wolf River township, in Doniphan County, Kansas, other members of the Forney family locating instead on the Great Nemaha Reserve in Nebraska.

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Wolf River, Doniphan, Kansas Territory; Roll: M653_347; Page: 0; Image: 405.
1275/1146 Jas HEASTON 50 farmer 60 500 OH
Mary 40
Geo 23 ?
Ben 17
Isaac 14
Jane 10

1870 Wolf River, Doniphan, Kansas
298/323 HEASTON Jacob 64 $2500 $820 b. PA
Jacob J. 21 b. OH
MILLER Elizabeth 37
Jacob 10 b. KS
Peter F. 7 b. KS
SEVERANTZ Henry 19 b. Holland
299/324 MILLIMAN Jacob 23 of IN and Paulina
300/325 RITTENOUR 38 $5000 $1355 b. VA
Sarah 33 b. OH
James 7
Mary E. 4
Minerva J. 2

1880 Wolf River, Doniphan, Kansas
49/52 HEASTON J 74 farmer b. PA parents b. PA
MILLER Elizabeth 51 daughter b. OH parents b. PA
Peter 17 grandson b. Colorado father b. France mother b. OH

Daughter Christina married a John White. They also resided in Doniphan.

1860 KS Doniphan Co Iowa
1608/1465 Jno WHITE 63 hotel keeper b. NY
Christine 34 OH
Mary E. 3 b. KT
M. M. WAY 18 PA
Harriet WILIAMSON 15 domestic OH
Rebecca FORNEY 16 MO?
Wm. POWLETT merchant France
Louis BUCKHART 24 farmer MD
James W. BIGGENS printer PA
N D BROWN ? silversmith TN

1624/1579 William RITNOUS 28 blacksmith $300 $200 VA
Sarah A. 23 OH
N D BROWN ? silversmith TN

1865 Iowa, Doniphan County, Kansas
304/341 John WHITE 67 blacksmith NY
Christina 39 OH
Jon 41 blacksmith IL
Thomas 22 blacksmith
Frank 19 laborer
Michel McVEY 24 laborer PA
Mary E. WHITE 9 KS
F…. WHITE 4 female
Frank CASSL 25 blacksmith OH
Hammond CONKLIN 25 laborer NY

1870 Iowa, Doniphan, Kansas
127/125 WHITE John 73 blacksmith 300 500 New York
Christine 42 Ohio
Ellen 12 KS
Fanny 6
Charles 4
McVEY Matthew 25 day laborer PA
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Iowa, Doniphan, Kansas; Roll M593_432; Page: 93; Image: 188.

1875 Iowa, Doniphan, Kansas
194/194 John WHITE 77 farmer 200 NY
Christine 47 OH
Ellen 17 KS
Fanny 12
Charles E 9
Eugene BRADFIELD 25 farmer IN from IL

1880 Iowa, Doniphan, Kansas
Harry Edwards and family
E W Miller and Anna and family
Harry Lewis and Harriet and family
159/165 WHITE Christina 53 OH
Frances 18 servant KS
Charles 14
FORNEY Ellen 22 daughter
Mollie 2 granddaughter MO
WHITE James 20 nephew
next household Sarah Robbins etc.

John Heaston married Frances Firebaugh and moved onto the Reserve, then Falls City, Richardson, Nebraska.

Elizabeth Heaston married John Miller and can be seen in the 1870 and 1880 census in the household of her father.

Sarah Heaston married William J. Rittentour in 1858 and can be seen in the 1860 and 1870 censuses above.

Francis Jane Heaston married William Pry.

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Wolf River, Doniphan, Kansas; Roll: M593_432; Page: 215; Image: 432.
195/214 PRY Willet A 40 VA
Francis J. 28 OH
Edward S. 5 KS
IDa M 2
John 10/12
LISLE Tressa E. 18 PA

Benjamin Franklin Heaston married Sarah Archer.

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Wolf River, Doniphan, Kansas; Roll: M593_432; Page: 215; Image: 433.
214/221 HEASTON James 27 Farmer Ohio
Helen 19 NY
Heaston Isaac 23 farmer OH
KIZER George 20 PA
205/222 HEASTON Bejamin F 28 farmer OH
Sarah M 23
Catherine 5 KS
Mary E 3
Hester A 1
Eliza J 2/12

The Scagels

The following pages cover the Scagels concerning this blog, who eventually married into the Atwell family in 1830. Thanks to Nancy Benton for the pages.

The Scagels

Orson Patrick BRYAN, having married Sally, the daughter of George Scagel, the
descendents of this marriage would also be part of the Scagel family. It has
been a long time since anyone with the Scagel surname had lived in Waterbury.
There are Scagel descendents presently living in Morrisville and Richmond. Of
course, the Bryans and Scagels had close family ties. Two of my father’s
brothers and one sister, who died as infants or young children, are buried in
the George Scagel lot in the old Center cemetery.

George Scagel came to Waterbury in 1794. Lewis’ History of Waterbury says p.
30, “George Scagel took up his residence on a center plot in 1794, and spent
his life there. “This was early in Waterbury’s history as a political entity.
The first settler in the area of Waterbury was a Mr. Marsh, who arrived in
1783. Ezra Butler, who is considered to be the first permanent resident in
what was to become the town of Waterbury, arrived in 1785. Note that Georg
Scagel arrived a scant nine years later. The Bryans, thorough the Scagels, are
one of the oldest families in Waterbury to continually reside or own property
and pay taxes in the town. Book 2, Page 123 of the Waterbury Town records
states that George Scagel purchased from Josiah Smith on January 6, 1797, land
in the Center for which he paid $200. This was “the original right of Joseph
Badgley in the township of Waterbury.” A map of the lots assigned to the
original grantors, shows this to be the lot where the brick house, opposite the
Methodist Church, now stands.

George Scagel apparently was a man of considerable substance. The brick house
was originally a farm house built by George Scagel. Even today, it is the most
imposing structure in the Center. We have noted that the community’s first
church services were held in a barn. When the present brick church was built
opposite the Scagel home, it was built on land donated by George Scagel in
accordance with family tradi-


tion. Among my mother’s newspaper clippings is an article written about the
church in 1949. This article states, “Land for this church was leased for the
sum of $10 by George Scagel to Chester Lyon, Thomas B. Scagel, and Ira Hudson,
trustees of the church.” Thomas Best Scagel was a son of George Scagel. He
was later the postmaster at Waterbury Street. Apparently the $10 involved was
a good faith token payment for the land. An interesting story involving the
church is that the church bell was pealed 100 times on the 100th birthday of
Rachel Lee Scagel, the mother of George Scagel. She was born in 1733, and so
this event occurred in 1833, shortly after the completion of the church. On
that same day, at 100 years of age, she took a stroll from her son George’s
house in the Center, to her granddaughter Sally Bryan’s house. This would, of
course, be the house on present Route 100, where my father was born forty years

A resume of the movement of the Scagel family to northern Vermont may be of
interest. Jacob Scagel, fourth and last known child of Christopher and Deborah
(Wallis) Scagel, was born at Rye, New Hampshire, October 25, 1736. An entry in
the marriage register of the Congregational Church of Rye for the year 1755
states: “Jan 21 Jacob Scadgel and Rachel Lee were married.” In a record
published by the Hunkins family, in 1961, it states that George Scagel was born
in Maine on October 8, 1765. In the genealogy chart of the Scagel family, his
birthplace is given as Rye, New Hampshire. In the reminisences (sic) written
by Edith Emma Atkins, it states that George Scagel came to Vermont from Saco,
Maine. George Scagel may have been born in Maine, but authenticated
information shows that the family started moving north from Rye, New

Over the years, there have developed many variations in the spellling of the
Scagel name. In 1766, Jacob “Schagell” was living in Rye, New Hampshire. In
1769, Jacob “Scagel” was employed in building the road from Middleton to
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Also, in 1769, Jacob “Sceggel” became a resident of
the latter town. The New Hampshire State Papers report that by 29 January 1770
Jacob “Seageal” had fulfilled the conditions of the deed issued to him in
Wolfeboro. Jacob and Rachel (she who lived to be 103 and died in Waterbury
Center in 1836) lived in Wolfeboro for five years, during which time their last
three children were born. On December 8, 1770, Jacob mortgaged his land for
fifty pounds. Unable to meet the payment on the morgage, the court forced
Jacob out of his home in April, 1775.

The family next moved east to Parsonfield, Maine which area was just opening up
for settlement. In 1785, the family was still in Parsonfield


field, for the history of the town states that in that year Jacob “Schagel”
owned a potash works. It is not known when Jacob Scagel left Parsonfield.
Possibly, he turned over the potash works to his son, Jacob Jr., when the
latter returned from the Revolutionary War. He may have turned the business
over to his son, George. In those days, no recording of deeds was required
when property was transferred from father to son, so the possibility of
following the movement of people through transfer of property is made

At the taking of the 1790 census, Jacob and Rachel Scagel were living in
Newbury, Orange County, Vermont. Official records there show that also in
Newbury, Vermont were Jacob’s sons, Jacob Jr., Elijah and William. No where is
mention made of George Scagel, Jacob’s son, being in Newbury.

George Scagel probably came to Waterbury from Saco, Maine as noted in the Bryan
family records. Later, George’s older brother, Jacob Jr., moved north to
Stanbridge East, Quebec. Also, later, Jacob and Rachel Scagel moved to
Waterbury. Later activity of Jacob is not known. He died March 18, 1817. We
have been unable to find a gravestone marking his place of burial. He was in
his 81st year, and his wife Rachel was nearly 84 years old. They had been
married for 62 years. Rachel continued to make her home with her son, George,
for another nineteen years.

Two of my grandfather’s brothers married two Scagel sisters from Standridge,
Quebec. They were second cousins. My second cousin Macie Bryan Evans is
descended from Jacob Scagel, from both her grandfather Denis Bryan and her
grandmother Mary Scagel Bryan.


Scagel 1


Scagel 2


Scagel 3