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.


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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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
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
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
Belle 45 IN
Carrie 17 OK
Carrie 81
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).

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
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.

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.

Patrick Shannon and Elizabeth Shepherd

What I know of Patrick Shannon is through a bio of his grandson, John Shannon, whose father was Joseph Cresap Shannon.

COL. JOHN A. SHANNON. Although of alien ancestry, our subject and the family to which he belongs have been conspicuous for the services they have rendered their country, both in the Colonial times and during the more recent strife between the North and South. Now living a quiet, bucolic life upon his farm on section 10, Vevay Township, Ingham County, he whose portrait appears on the opposite page was born in Wyandot County, Ohio, on the banks of the Tymochtee Creek, October 19, 1826. He is the son of Joseph C. and Ruth (Allgire) Shannon. The father was born in Ireland and was a son of Patrick and Elizabeth (Shepherd) Shannon, natives of County Donegal, Ireland.

Our subject’s grandfather, Patrick Shannon, came to America a short time before the Revolutionary War, and espousing the cause of his adopted country, did good service in that war. He served under the direct command of Washington and was with him in that winter that will ever be memorable in American history, which was spent in terrible suffering, at Valley Forge. He was a man of large means, but his great heart could not endure the sight of suffering that could be relieved by his pocket book, and he spent his substance in relieving the necessities of the soldiers, so that when the war was over he was left with very little. With his wife he then returned to Ireland for a short time to settle their property and convert it into money. It was while they were on that trip that our subject’s father, Joseph Cresap Shannon, was born. The grandfather then came back to America and settled in Kentucky, where his son was reared, and whence he enlisted as a soldier in the Black Hawk War, being a non-commissioned officer therein. After that war was over, Joseph C. Shannon apprenticed himself to a tanner in Fayette County, Ohio, and remained with him for two years. During his apprenticeship he became acquainted with our subject’s mother, who was a native of Fairfield County, Ohio, and they were married before a great while.

After the marriage of our subject’s father he was engaged in agricultural work upon his father-in-law’s farm for a few years and then located in Wyandot County, where he entered land and also built a tannery. At the time of the birth of our subject his parents’ nearest neighbor lived at a distance of two miles. Joseph C. Shannon became so popular with the Wyandot tribe that they conferred upon him the unusual honor of making him a chief. He attended their council meetings, and the fact that he was so favored proved to be a great protection to him and his family. Our subject has inherited the title of chief in the Wyandot tribe, and is to-day entitled to that distinction.

Joseph C. Shannon later removed to Ft. Findlay, Ohio, where he started a store. He was afterward (578) elected County Auditor, and was serving in that capacity when he dropped dead on the ground which is now used as the cemetery in Findlay, Ohio. His decease occurred in May, 1836, and his body lies interred in that cemetery. It was a memorable and terrible occasion for our subject, who was with his father at the time of his death. His mother had died in 1828, and is interred in Wyandot County. His father was after that twice married. There were three children by the first marriage. By the second marriage there was one son, C. C. Shannon, now deceased, who was a soldier in the late war. He left several children. By the third marriage there were three children, two daughters who died in youth, and one son by name Hiram Strother Shannon, a silversmith by trade; he lives in Minerva, Ohio, where he keeps an hotel. The immediate branch of the family to which our subject belongs comprises, besides himself, a sister, Sarah E., who married David Longshore, and whose home is now in Iowa. Our subject’s brother, Capt. Joseph O. Shannon, who now resides in Nebraska, was a soldier in the War of the Rebellion.

As a boy between the ages of six and ten, our subject spent many days with the Wyandot Indians. He learned their customs and also became familiar with their language. Being a favorite with the braves, he was taught to use the bow and arrow with the skill and expertness of one of their own tribe. He went with them on two memorable journeys to Ft. Wayne and Detroit. He was only ten years of age or thereabouts when his father’s death occurred, and was after that sad event sent to live with his mother’s sister, a Mrs. Rachael Murphy, of Delaware County, Ohio. With her he made his home until he was about sixteen years of age. He remembers that, as a boy, it was far greater pleasure for him to follow the Indians about, to hunt and fish, than to go to school, but while in Delaware County he was in attendance at the little log schoolhouse for about three months each winter. The teacher that he had must have adapted himself admirably to the temperament of his little pupil, for here he became fond of his studies, and so great a reader that it was his delight to lie in front of the blazing logs in the fireplace and devour anything that came within his reach. At the age of sixteen he successfully passed an examination and received a license to teach. His career as a teacher began immediately, and for his services he received $10 per month during the first term. He afterward attended Granville College, in Licking County, Ohio, until his senior year, managing to teach at the same time during vacations. He had, however, over-estimated the strain that his constitution could endure, for his health failed him and he was obliged to leave school. His college course up to that time had been paid for by working upon the farm connected with that institution and also by teaching, which he followed for nine years.

In 1850, when about twenty-three or twenty-four years of age, Mr. Shannon, having recently been converted, became a Methodist preacher in the North Ohio Conference. Those were days of the itinerancy, when a preacher traveled about on horseback carrying with him only what he could take in his saddlebags, and when, there being comparatively few churches in the country, the schoolhouses or private residences were the places of meeting. He traveled all over Northwestern Ohio, and was stationed in Toledo for a year, although his first year was spent in Bryan, Williams County. He was at Fostoria for two years.

On March 26, 1854, Mr. Shannon was married to Miss Lucy M. Bassett, of Grand Rapids, Ohio. Their marriage was celebrated in Wood County. The lady was born in Erie County, Ohio, February 15, 1832. By this marriage there have been born four children, whose names are: Anna A., Lillian E., Alpheus G. and Katie. The eldest daughter was born in Waterville, Lucas County, Ohio, June 29, 1855. She married Otto Caple and they live in Vevay Township, Ingham County. Their children are: Harry, who was born in Indiana, August 21, 1877; Lillie E., born in Indiana April 1, 1879; John A., born in Vevay Township, Ingham County, April 2, 1885, and Ruth, also born in this township, January 9, 1887. The second daughter, Lillian E., born March 4, 1860, in Fostoria, Seneca County, Ohio, married Edward B. Caple January 19, 1887, and lives on section 10, of this township. Alpheus G., born in Ohio (579) in 1862, died in February, 1866. Katie, who was born in 1873, died in that same year.

In Wood County, Ohio, our subject became connected with the military committee that made its headquarters at Perrysburg, Ohio. His talent in speech making was in requisition, as he made an appeal for volunteers throughout the State. He himself enlisted in the One Hundredth Ohio Infantry, Company A, and was made Captain of the Company. He was in the battle of Wilson’s Creek, Mo., in 1861, before he had become a soldier, and his patriotism taking fire he seized a musket and entered the thick of the light. He now says that he wanted to prove whether he was brave enough to stand under the fire of the enemy. After entering the army in 1862, he was assigned to the Army of the Ohio, and was under Burnside’s command, having received his commission as Captain July 15, 1862. His services having received honorable mention, he was promoted by Gov. Tod to the rank of Major, May 13, 1863. He had studied civil engineering and was enabled to assist O. M. Poe, now living in Detroit, in laying out the fortifications at Knoxville, Tenn.

Previous to this Mr. Shannon had been detached from the regiment and was on Gen. Burnside’s staff, but while engaged on the work of the fortification he was transferred to the staff of Gen. Tillson. After the plans for this work were completed, he was ordered to take charge of their construction according to the specifications that had been made. To relieve the troops that were worn with excessive duty he was ordered to employ negro labor in constructing the fortifications and January 6, 1864, he received an order to organize a regiment of colored heavy artillery. The regiment was to consist of twelve companies of one hundred and fifty men each. It received the name of the First United States Colored Heavy Artillery, and our subject was appointed its Colonel. As is so frequently the case where worth and merit receive their reward and promotion, our subject was not spared the pain of jealous shafts. Gen. Tillson did all he could to belittle his work and loyalty, but our subject came out of the affair with flying colors and was promoted to the position of Lieutenant-Colonel May 11, 1864, and to the rank of Colonel November 4, 1864. On January 15, 1865, while in the line of duty, our subject’s horse stumbled and fell, and rolling over him, crushed the bones of the chest, and by this catastrophe he was ruptured and otherwise disabled. Thus incapacitated for active work, he offered his resignation May 13, 1865. It was accepted, and he returned to his home.

Previous to his entering the army our subject had studied law, and after his return home he was admitted to the bar in Columbus, Ohio, to practice before the Supreme Court of Ohio. It was a gratifying tribute to his ability as a man and an attorney that so early in his career he should be elected Prosecuting Attorney for Wood County, Ohio. There he continued in the practice of his profession until he was stricken down with sickness in 1884. His removal to his present home took place in 1885. He is now retired from active life and makes his home with his daughter. His wife still lives and is the faithful companion of his days of trial as she has been of his days of success.

In his experience during the war, when there were so many incidents of oppression and wrong done by the soldiers on both sides, Mr. Shannon gave a brilliant example of the magnanimity that should ever characterize a true soldier and a gentleman. The helpless and oppressed never turned away from him without succor or encouragement, and offenders against the weak and helpless were most summarily dealt with.

The following letter is a copy of an order by our subject to one of the Southern men who had in his possession a little negro boy, whose mother was very desirous to have him:

Atchleys Mill, Sevier Co., Tenn.,
January 3d, 1865
The bearer, Minnie desires to get possession of her little boy, Frank. I regard her claim as better founded than yours. She wishes to send her boy school. You, I understand, have said that no Yankees, or others, should take him. If she is not allowed peaceful possession of her own child, I shall send and take him by force of arms.”
Col. Comdg. Foraging Expedition.

So, we know Patrick Shannon was born in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland, that he married Elizabeth Shepherd, and they had a son Joseph Cresap Shannon.

They also had a daughter, Eleanor F., who married John J. Hendricks.

Brown’s History of Hancock Co. OH, Page 426:
Liberty Township

“On the 6th December, 1830, all of the territory lying between the present western boundary of Findlay Township and the Putnam County line, and extending from Wood to Hardin County, was erected as Liberty Township. This was only one row of sections narrower than Old Town, and embraced the present townships of Pleasant, Portage, Blanchard, Liberty, Union, Orange, Van Buren and three fourths of Eagle. The following March the lands now composing Blanchard, Eagle, Van Buren and the west half of Madison were cut off; and on the 21st of June 1831, the first election for justice of the peace was held in Liberty. William Wade, George Chase and Moses Predmore, George Chase, Nathan Frakes, Joshua Jones, James Caton, James McCormick, Amos Bonham, Addision Hampton, Zebulon Lee, John Mullan, William Wade, Alfred Hampton, Ebenezer Wilson, Charles Jones, Jacob Poe, James McKinnis, Robert McKinnis, Charles McKinnis and Philip McKinnis, total, 26. Benjamin Cummins received every vote cast and was declared elected. Of theses twenty-six voters, Zebulon Lee, of Orange township and Alfred Hampton of Findlay are the only survivers living in this county.”

2. From Brown’s History of Hancock Co. OH, pg 431:
Liberty Township
John J. Hendricks first settled in Amanda Township in 1826, and four years afterward removed to the east half of the southeast quarter of Section 8 (Liberty twp), building his cabin on the north bank of the Blanchard. He entered this tract February 5, 1830. His wife, Eleanor F., was a native of Ireland, and sister of Joseph C. Shannon, once auditor of the county. She was a very intelligent, well-read woman, thoroughly posted in the current topics of the day. Mr. Hendricks and family, after several years’ residence here, sold out and went to Indiana.

Another story of the Shannons from Hancock County, this time Hiram Shannon, Joseph C. Shannon’s son by, I believe, Malinda Vandivere Strother. Joseph Cresap Shannon appears to have been married three times, to Ruth Allgire who died 1828 in Wayndot County, Ohio, to Vesty Chamberlin who he married 1830 Jan 12 in Hancock County, Ohio, and then Malinda Vandivere Strother who survived him and can be found in the 1850 Findlay, Hancock, Ohio census.

Brown’s History of Hancock Co. OH:
H. S. SHANNON, hotel proprietor. Ada, was born in Hancock County, Ohio, August 7, 1832. He is a son of Joseph C. and Melinda V. Shannon, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Virginia. Joseph C. Shannon was a farmer. and Auditor of Hancock County at the time of his death, in 1836, and was among the pioneers of Hancock County. He was brought up on the farm, receiving only a common school education. Our subject decided upon the jeweler’s trade for his occupation. He learned it in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and worked at it for thirty years, spending fifteen years in Findlay, of Hancock County. In 1868, Mr. Shannon pursued the jewelry business in Ada, where he continued it for a number of y ears. Since 1879, he has been proprietor of the hotel south of the railroad depot, on John street. In May, 1883, became, proprietor of the new and elegant. “Young” Hotel, on North Main street. In 1875, Mr. Shannon married Eliza Down of English descent, who was a widow with two children-Hattie, the of oldest, who died January 8, 1882, and Freddie I., who is at school. Mr. and Mrs. Shannon are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics, he is a Republican. In the years 1874 and 1875, he was the Mayor of Ada. He is a member of the School Board, a member of the Board of Health; has been a Township Clerk, and altogether he has filled nearly all the public offices of Liberty Township.

And, finally, we have Sarah Shannon, who married William Hackney, another daughter of Patrick and Elizabeth. I already believed this was the family of Sarah Shannon before I finally located the following evidence.

One of the oldest pioneers of Hancock County, Major Bright, great-grandfather of Nimrod W. Bright, of Amanda Township, located or entered 3,000 acres of land in this township, and was an extensive stock-raiser. John Huff, John Shoemaker, William Hackney and James Beard all came to the township in 1826. Huff entered the west half of the southeast quarter of Section 3, December 29, 1825, upon which he settled, but in 1828 he removed to Big Lick Township, where a further mention of him will be found. Shoemaker built his cabin on the east half of the northeast quarter of Section 18, which he entered December 18, 1826, and here he resided till February, 1829, when he also removed to Big Lick, where he died in the spring of 1882. * Mr. Hackney entered the east half of the northeast quarter of Section 3, November 4, 1824, and early in 1826 settled upon it. In April, 1826, he was elected one of the justices of Findlay Township, then co-extensive with the county. In April, 1828, he was elected county assessor, and auditor the following October. He then removed to Findlay, where he resided several years, Mr. Hackney was a man of good education, and one of the pioneer school teachers of the county. His wife was a sister of Joseph C. Shannon, also of Mrs, John J. Hendricks, The family went from here to Springfield, Ill., leaving no descendants in this county. James Beard settled close to Shoemaker in Section 18. He voted at the first county election in April, 1828. After many years’ residence he went to Indiana and there died.
History of Hancock County, Amanda Township

I have the Hendricks in the census in 1850 in Montrose, Lee, Iowa but otherwise haven’t tried to track the siblings of Sarah.

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Montrose, Lee, Iowa; Roll: M432_186; Page: 403; Image: 248.
Michael FRY
230/235 John H. HENDRICKS 54 Farmer $200 VA
Eleanor 40 KY
Joseph 28 Farmer OH
John 21 Farmer
William 19 Farmer
Sarah 17
Ansel 10 b. IN
Samuel 9
Albert 5 b. IA
(following household) Melvin Little

William S. Hackney and Mary Jane Enlow

The following was written Sept 29 1931 by Sadie Hackney CROCKETT, wife of Samuel Kelly.

Samuel Kelly Crockett was born in Boone Co. MO on Oct 6 1855. His father moved his family to Chautauqua Co. Kans in 1871 and from which time his home has been in the above named county.

Sarah Elizabeth Hackney was born in Van Buren Iowa, Dec. 4, 1857. Her father moved his family to Chautauqua Co. Kans in the year 1872. Then to Montgomery Co. KS in 1876 and to Washington Co. Kans in 1878 and in this last named county Samuel Kelly Crockett and Sarah Elizabeth Hackney were married on Dec. 21 1882. Came to Chautauqua Co. immediately following the marriage and have made their home here. In this Co., their eight children were born, Six of whom lived to maturity.

William S. HACKNEY was born 17 March 1820 in Ohio to William HACKNEY and Sally SHANNON.

He married, 29 Dec. 1842, in Van Buren Co. IA., Mary Jane ENLAW, daughter of Edward Wilson ENLAW and Elizabeth WOOD. Mary Jane was born 15 Nov. 1824 in Ohio and died 2 Jan 1895 at age 70 in Chautauqua Co. KS. She is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua.

William S. HACKNEY died 2 June 1881 at about 61 in Chautauqua Co. KS and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua.

William and Mary Jane were married 38 years and had the following children:

  1. Amos S. b. 25 Nov 1843 IA (seen in Van Buren censuses), died 26 2 Sept. 1915, is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua Co. KS. Fought in Civil War, union. Co. H, 5 Iowa Vol. Inf. Sarah wrote of watching her father and Amos both go off to fight in the Civil War when she was a little girl. He married 20 Nov. 1879 to Julia E. Source for dates: Lloyd McKenney family bible, which has Amos born 25 November 1843).
  2. Charles b. 1847 IA. Seen in the 1850 Van Buren Co., census. Charles perhaps died before the 1860 census. He isn’t recorded in the family bible.
  3. William b. 28 Feb 1850 IA, was married 11 April in 1872 and died 26 of October in 1915 according to Lloyd McKenney’s family bible. His middle name appears to have been France but this is difficult to make out. Seen in the 1860 Van Buren Co. census. Source for dates: Lloyd McKenney family bible.
  4. Parris Wood b. 5 Jan 1855, died unknown. Sarah Hackney recorded that Parris went to California during “the gold rush”. She stated he’d found gold and would be going to Mexico before returning. He was never heard from again. I’ve since uncovered more information on Parris, of a marriage in Oregon, and a child, and possible separation or divorce. I don’t know whether the family knew about this or not. I’ll cover Parris in a separate post. Source for his birthdate is the McKenney family bible.
  5. Sarah Elizabeth “Sadie” b. 4 Dec. 1857 in IA married Samuel Kelly CROCKETT 21 December 1882. She died 22 March 1946. Source for dates: Lloyd McKenney family bible.
  6. A daughter named Susan was born in 1862. She is not in the family bible but is observed in the 1870 and 1880 censuses with the family.
  7. George Ross HACKNEY b. 23 Aug 1864, died 19 Nov. 1890 at about 26 and is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua Co. KS. Source for dates: Lloyd McKenney family bible.

William S. HACKNEY served in the Co. H, 5 Iowa Inf. Sergt. Wm. S. Hackney, e. June 24, 1861, disd. July 12, 1861, disab.

Amos S. HACKNEY, his son, also served:
Hackney, A. S., e. June 24, 1861, disd. July 26, 1862, sick.


The 1846 Wapello census shows the Hackneys. I will write of the Skilman Doughty family in the post on Parris and their possible significance in appearance on the same page of the census together.
index selection
DOUGHTY Skilman 3 3 pg. 19
Hackley, Frances 2 2 11
Hackney, Jacob T. 2 3 19
Hackney, Joseph L. 1 1 20
Hackney, Sarah 3 2 19
Hackney, William S. 2 1 22

William’s wife, Mary Jane, and children are living with her parents in Van Buren Co. IA in the 1850 census. William is not with them.

William HACKNEY, age 30, is seen in the 1850 Oregon Territory, Washington Co., Portland census. Though his birth place is given as Indiana, this is our William Hackney. He is recorded next to William Baker to whom his sister Isabel was married. The Bakers moved out to Oregon, as did Jesse L. Hackney.

1850 Portland, Washington, Oregon Territory
page 129
7th December
93/93 William HACKNEY 30 b. IN no occupation
Wm. BAKER 29 b. IN no occupation

A William HACKNEY is also given as in 1845 Portland census.

If William was in OR in 1845, then it may fit with the gap in births, Amos born in 1845 and Charles born in 1847. Then William S. appears to have returned with or met William BAKER in Portland OR in 1850. William BAKER and Isabel had migrated to Oregon by 1854.

The Hackney family is in the 1852 Union, Van Buren, Iowa census.

1852 Union, Van Buren, Iowa
Joseph NIXON
Benjmamin WIDNER
Edward ENLOW 2 males 3 females 2 voters
John M. DAY
Cyrus ROOD
Ezra S. RAND
Nathaniel DAVIS
William HACKNEY 3 males 1 female
J. W. McMANAMAN 3 males 5 females

The family appears in the 1856 Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa census. The heads of households are off by a line in a number of instances. We see them here living near the Partelows and the Shaffers (the Shaffers are connected through the Robert Eugene McKenney line).

Iowa, Van Buren County, Lick Creek Township
Pg. 300
John SEARS PA trader and Rosan (his is illegible age, perhaps 58)
90/91 Ann LUCAS 60 PA
William HACKNEY 34 OH farmer
Mary J. 32?
Amos S. 15 IA
William F. 5
James 4
92/92 Perrs M. 1
John VANSEL 34 IL and Lydia from IN
Martha 7 IL and children
93/93 Elizabeth WILBERN 49 OH and family

97/97 Bluet PARTLOW 50 OH
Letta 33 IN
Jams 11? IA
Emilin HALE 4
Marshall HALE 1
98/99 Mary BUCKMASTER 90? from Ireland followed by Cyntha b. PA
100/100 George SHAFFER illegible PA
Margaret 53?
Jacob 21 OH
illegible 18
Elizabeth 12
illegible female
Nancy J. 21 PA
Others following, David Carson, St. Leger Stout.

In 1860 we again see the Hackneys next to the Partelows and Shaffers.

pg. 295 LICK CREEK TOWNSHIP (pg. 145
8 June 1860
319/331 PARTLOW
320/332 GODOWN Mark (OH) and Mahala (PA)
321/333 SCHAEFFER J. 39 b. OH
Elizabeth 39 b. OH
Mary 14 (all children born in IA)
Nancey C. 10
Wm. M. 7
Catharine 2
John 4/14
322/334 CARSON D. G. (VA) and Sarah (OH)
323/335 HACKNEY Wm. J. 40 m. farmer $90 $200 b. OH
Mary J. 36 f b. OH
HACKNEY Amos S. 17 b. IA
HACKNEY William 10 b. IA
HACKNEY Parris 6 b. IA
HACKNEY Sarah 2 b. IA

There are SCHAEFFERS from OH on the other side of the HACKNEYS as well. H. Q. SCHAEFFER 34 and Nancy. This is a Hiram SCHAEFFER and was still living near the HACKNEYS in 1870. By 1870 Jeremiah SHAFFER was in Jasper Co. IA, where Elijah BARTOW had been since 1850. Cyrus BARTOW, a brother of Elijah, had also gone to Van Buren Co.

Jeremiah SCHAEFFER (SHAFFER) was married to Elizabeth BARTOW, sister of Mary BARTOW who married Robert Eugene MCKENNEY. Robert Eugene MCKENNEY was in the 1850 Monroe Co. OH census, in which G. W. MCKENNEY Sr. also appeared.

William S. HACKNEY’s granddaughter, Vera CROCKETT, married James Albert MCKENNEY, grandson of G. W. MCKENNEY Sr.

Thomas Evans COLE b. 1842 in OH Washington Co. ends up on pg 83D of the Iowa, Wapello County, Center census in 1880. His wife is Mary Jane PICKEN. Her grandparents are Michael CONAWAY and Martha HOAGLAND. Her mother was Rachel CONAWAY and Rachel’s sister Elizabeth m. George MCKINNEY Jr. b. 1805 in PA, Washington Co.

They are living next to Paris CALDWELL in 1880. Paris CALDWELL married Margaret HACKNEY, sister of William S. HACKNEY. In the 1860 census, Jeremiah SHAEFER (married the sister of Mary BARTOW who married Robert Eugene MCKINNEY) is living next to William S. HACKNEY in Van Buren IA.

98/104 CALDWELL Paris 63 farmer b. VA parents unknown
Joseph S. 19 b. IA father b. VA mother b. OH
Blanch 12 b. IA
ARRISON Huston M. 26 son-in-law b. PA parents b. PA
Anna L. 24 b. IA father b. VA mother b. OH
99/105 COLE Thomas C. 38 farmer b. OH parents b. OH
Mary J. 39 b. OH parents b. OH
M? M. 10 b. IA
William B. 6
Jason W. 5

The 1870 census shows the Hackneys in Lick Creek Township in Van Buren, Iowa.

Lick Creek Township
Birmingham Post Office
8 June 1870
pg. 300
147/140 HACKNEY William S. 50 m w Farmer $610 personal b. OH
Mary J. 43 f w Keeping House b. OH
Paris W. 15 mw Farm Laborer b. IA att school
Sarah E. 12 fw At home b. IA att school
Susan 9 fw b. IA att school
George R. 6 mw b. IA att school
3 June 1870
Birmingham Union Township
Birmingham PO
84/84 THOMPSON E. 62 fw keeping house $1000 $1100 b. PA
HACKNEY W. 19 mw Workmen Blacksmith b. PA
SADDLES ? 16 mw Apprentice wagonmaker b. IL widowed

In 1872, son William France (or Frances) married Jane Anderson, daughter of Foster Anderson. Everyone then removed to Kansas where in 1875 we find the Hackneys in Belleville, Howard County (later Chautauqua) Kansas.

Pg. 12
97/97 W. S. Hackney 55 Farming $300 $200 Ohio from Iowa
Mary 50
P W 20 Iowa
Sarah E 17
Susan 14
George 10
Elizabeth Enlow 74 b. Mass from Iowa

They migrated to Montgomery County in 1876 and by 1878 to Washington County where William France Hackney was already living in 1876, operating two blacksmith shops. Joseph Hackney had moved there as well.

12 June 1880
Image 22
W. S. HACKNEY 60 b. OH Farmer father b. VA mother b. KY
Mary Jane HACKNEY 56 b. OH father b. KY mother b. MA
Sada Dau HACKNEY 21 IA teacher parents b. OH
Susan Dau 18 IA teacher parents b. OH
George Son 16 IA parents b. OH
Amos S. Other 36 IA farmer parents b. OH
Julia wife 18 IA parents b. OH

On Dec 21 1882, in Washington County, Kansas, Sadie married Samuel Crockett of Chautauqua County, Kansas.

In 1885 we see William S. and Mary Jane in Linn, Washington, Kansas.

1885 KS, Washington Co. Linn
136/142 L…. P L from PA
137/143 HACKNEY W S 65 b. OH from IA
M J 61
Susan 22 b. IA from IA
G. R. 20
138/144 VANPELTIER J B from NY
139/146 DOUD JE 41 from IA (not from Van Buren)

It sees William S. and Mary Jane may have moved back to Chautauqua as they are both buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas.


George Washington McKenney, George Washington McKenney Sr. and Belle Sparks McKenney are buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Chautauqua Co., KS.

HACKNEYS are also buried there:
HACKNEY, George R. 23 Aug 1864 19 Nov 1890
HACKNEY, William S. 17 Mar 1820 02 Jun 1891 Co. H, 5 Iowa Inf.
HACKNEY, Mary J. 02 Jan 1895 w/o Wm. S. (70 y, 1 m, 28 d)
HACKNEY, Amos S. 26 Nov 1843 02 Sep 1915 Co. H, 5 Iowa Vol. Inf.
HACKNEY, Julia E. 05 Mar 1861 12 Jan 1939
SOURCE: US Genweb search 5 November 2000

William Hackney and Sarah Shannon

William Hackney was born 1794 in Virginia and died before 1846, in either Logan Co., IL or Iowa. On 1815 Nov 24 in Pike Co., Ohio he married Sarah Shannon.

I’ve yet to locate William’s parents but I’ve located Sarah’s, which I will write of in another post. They were Patrick Shannon and Elizabeth Shepherd.

William and Sarah had 9 children:

  1. Thomas S. b. 1814-1819 in Ohio
  2. Jacob Tivis b. 1816 Sep 20 in Pike Co., OH, died 1897 in Winfield, Cowley, Kansas. About 1839 in Logan Co., Illinois he married Lucy Chapman who was born about 1816 in Ohio to James Chapman. He married 2nd a woman named Mary in Logan County, Illinois. Jacob Tivis moved to Winfield, Cowley, Kansas. His son, William Patrick Hackney, was a state senator. I’ll cover this family in another post.
  3. William S. b. 1830 March 17 in Ohio, died 1891 June 2 in Chautauqua Co. KS, married 1842 Dec 29, Mary Jane Enlow b. 1824 Nov 15 in Ohio, died 1895 Jan 2 in Chautauqua Co., Kansas. Direct line. This family moved from Van Buren to Chautauqua County, Kansas, then to Washington County, Kansas, and perhaps eventually back to Chautauqua County as William and Mary were buried there. I cover this family in another post.
  4. Joseph S. b. abt. 1822 in Ohio, died 1880 July 30 in Washington, Washington, Kansas, married 1846 March 23 in Wapello, Iowa to Catherine Strickland. This family also moved to Washington County, Kansas.
  5. Jesse L. b. abt. 1822, died probably before 1870, married 1847 Aug 5 in Wapello, Iowa to Emily Smith. I’ve failed to located him in the 1850 census but perhaps find him in Portland later, serving out of there during the Civil War. I’m not confident yet it is our Jesse L. but I do know his wife remarried to Nathaniel P. Cory before 1870 and later to a Clark, leading me to believe he had died. I’ll cover this family in another post.
  6. Margaret Ellen b. abt. 1824 in Ohio, died 1863 in Wapello, Iowa, married 1845 Nov 27 in Wapello to Paris Caldwell b. abt. 1816 in Virginia, died 1899 in Wapello. I will cover this family in another post.
  7. Elizabeth Sarah b. abt. 1826 married David Johnson before 1846. I’ve yet to locate her after 1840.
  8. Isabel Frances “Fanny” b. abt. 1828 in Ohio married 1st Charles Nelson 1844 Dec 5 in Wapello, then married 2nd William W. Baker on 1849 March 4 in Wapello. I will cover this family in another post.
  9. Theodore Patrick “Dose” b. 1833 July 25, died 1899 Nov 6 in Whitehall, Greene, Illinois, married 1856 Sep 9 in Van Buren, Iowa to Elizabeth Day. She died 1864 March 17 in Whitehall, Greene, Illinois and Theodore next married Mrs. M. Cary (Caroline) Lawrence. Theodore and Elizabeth are buried at the Whitehall Cemetery in Whitehall, Greene County, Illinois.

Son, Jacob Tivis’ bio gives him as born in Pike Co. OH, moving to IN in 1825 and then to IL in 1828. Land records and census shows the HACKNEYs instead in OH in 1824 (land record) and 1830 (census) and in IL in 1840 (census). The children give their birthplaces as OH, though in the 1850 OR census an individual who may be William S. HACKNEY gives a birthplace of IN.

“Jacob T. Hackney, born in Pike Co., Ohio, Sept. 20, 1816; went to Indiana in 1825, to Illinois in 1828, and came to this county often during the last five years, but came to stay in March, 1880.”
Source: Cowley Co. news

Land records connect William Hackney with Delaware Co. Ohio in 1824 and 1825.

Hancock County was created in 1820 and Organized in 1828. It was formed from portions of Delaware and Logan Counties. In 1845, a portion of Wyandot County was formed from Hancock.

Land records for William HACKNEY at Delaware:

Land Office: DELAWARE Sequence #:
Document Number: 2552
Total Acres: 80
Misc. Doc. Nr.:
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document:
No Issue Date: April 23, 1824
Mineral Rights Reserved:
Metes and Bounds: No
Survey Date:
Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries
Legal Land Description: # – Aliquot Parts – Block # – Base Line – Fractional Section – Township – Range Section #
1 – E½NE – 1ST PPM – No – 1 S – 13 E – 27
1- E½NE – 1ST PPM – No 1 S – 12 E – 3

Land Office: DELAWARE Sequence #:
Document Number: 2773
Total Acres: 75.91
Misc. Doc. Nr.:
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: April 01, 1825
Mineral Rights Reserved:
Metes and Bounds: No
Survey Date:
Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries
Legal Land Description: # – Aliquot Parts – Block # – Base Line – Fractional Section – Township – Range Section #
1- E½NE – 1ST PPM – No 1 S – 12 E – 3

Perhaps about 1826 the family migrated to Amanda, Hancock, Ohio. In April of 1826, WIlliam Hackney was elected a justice of FIndlay Township.

1828 finds them in Crawford, Wyandot, Ohio.

The first settlers of Crawford Township were not blind to the necessities of education, and, as early as 1828, erected a schoolhouse on what is now the southeast quarter of Section 26. Among the first teachers were William Hackney and Adeline Potterfield.
History of Wyandot County

From 1828 Oct to 1831 March, William served as an auditor in Hancock County.

William HACKNEY was “auditor” in Hancock Co. Ohio from October 1828 to March 1831. He was followed by Thomas F. Johnston in March 1831, who resigned, then a Joseph C. SHANNON who was appointed to fill the vacancy in June, 1832, and served until his death in May 1836.

The 1830 census shows them in Findlay.

Shown in the census as HACKNEY with 1 male under 5, 1 5 to 10, 3 10 to 16, 1 30 to 40, 1 female to 5, 1 female 5 to 10, 1 female 20 to 30.

Jacob Tivis, Thomas S. and William S. would be the three males 10 to 15. Joseph would be the male 5 to 10. Jesse would be the male under 5. The female 5 to 10 would be Isabel Frances, female under 5 would be Margaret.


James B. MOORE
Wilson VANCE
Reuben HALE
William HACKEY 1 1 3 0 0 1 / 1 1 0 0 0 1
(1 m. under 5, 1 5 to 10, 3 10 to 15, 1 30 to 40; 1 female to 5, 1 female 5 to 10, 1 female 20 to 30)
Willis WARD
John JEWETT Junr
Allen HOTEL (?)
Benjamin JEWETT
Leonard TRITCH
Peter SHAW

I don’t see Joseph C. SHANNON on the 1830 census. Hancock Co. didn’t exist in 1820.

Land records connect William Hackney with Sangamon, Illinois and Springfield, Logan, Illinois in 1837. Another land record from 1839 is for Springfield, Logan, Illinois, and they are show in the 1840 census there.

To William HACKNEY of Sangamon CO. IL.
Acres: 75.72
Metes/Bounds: No
Title Transfer
Issue Date: 4/5/1837
Land Office: Springfield
Cancelled: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Aliquot Parts Sec./ Block Township Range Fract.Section Meridian State Counties Survey Nr. : E½SW 31/ 19-N 2-W No 3rd PM IL Logan

Acres: 40
Metes/Bounds: No
Title Transfer
Issue Date: 4/5/1837
Land Office: Springfield
Cancelled: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Aliquot Parts Sec./ Block Township Range Fract.Section Meridian State Counties Survey Nr. : NWSE 31/ 19-N 2-W No 3rd PM IL Logan

Acres: 40
Metes/Bounds: No
Issue Date: 11/1/1839
Land Office: Springfield
Cancelled: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Aliquot Parts – Sec./ Block – Township Range – Fract.Section – Meridian – State – Counties – Survey Nr.: SENE 31/ 19-N 2-W No 3rd PM IL Logan

1840 , Logan County, Illinois

William RYAN
Johanes BUGINE (?)
John T. BIRD
Valentine BROWN
William HACKNEY – 1 1 1 3 1 – 1 | – 1 1 1 – – 1
1 male 5 to 10 is Theodore, 1 male 10 to 15 is Jesse, the male 15 to 20 would be Joseph, and the 3 males 20 to 30 would be Jacob, Thomas and William. An unidentified male is in the 30 to 40 range (possibly a brother?), then William in the 50 to 60 range rather than 40 to 50. 1 female 5 to 10, female 10 to 15 would be Margaret, female 15 to 20 would be Isabel Frances and then Sarah is given as 40 to 50.
Charles MCCOFEE?
Andrew C. DAVIS
Jefferson HUCHINS?
Andrew J. BARR

William was a schoolteacher at Logan. Reference is made to William Hackney in the book HISTORY OF LOGAN COUNTY, ILLINOIS, published by Interstate Publishing, Chicago, 1896 and reproduced by Unigraphic, Inc. 1973.

At a meeting of the Old Settlers’ Association on September 23, 1875, James RANDOLPH, speaking after Jacob Tivis HACKNEY, reminisced about “Brush College”, where William HACKNEY was the first teacher: “It was a most primitive structure, not a particle of iron or glass or sawed lumber was used in its construction; it was built of logs with the cracks daubed with mud; the roof was of clapboards kept in place by weight poles, which were pinned fast to the wall; the door was of clapboards and had wooden hinges and a wooden lock with a buckskin latch-string hanging out….The desks were of hewed puncheons driven in to the wall under the windows…We sat with our backs to the teacher so as to face the light and the desks….the chimney was made of sticks and mud. … In cold weather a large fire was kept up, built against a huge back-log, to put which in place required the strength of the master and several of the larger boys.”

William likely died before 1846 as his wife Sarah is enumerated in the 1846 Wapello County, Iowa census with Jacob T., “Joseph L.” and William S.

1846 Wapello County, Iowa
pg. 19
William McMANN
Daniel CLARK
Thomas PING
Nathaniel MCMOTT
Jacob HACKNEY 1 male under 10, 1 male 20 to 30, 2 females under 10, 1 20 to 30
Sarah HACKNEY 1 male 10 to 20, 2 males 20 to 30, 1 female under 10, 1 female 50 to 60
Reuben MYERS

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Nicholas AVERY
William illegible
Benjamin SHANNON? (illegible, most likely not Shannon)
Joseph? L. HACKNEY illegible 2 in household
William HACKNEY? illegible 3 in household
Christopher L. PERKINS
William HIGGIN

The 1847 Wapello County census.

1847 Wapello County, Iowa
Pg. 29
Silvester WARNER
Parris CALDWELL 1 – 1 / 2 – – 1
Frances M. HARROW?

Pg. 32
Reuben MYERS
Thomas PING
James PING
Robert PARKS
Gideon MYNES?

Pg. 33
Jeremiah LANING
William NATION
Laban NATION Jr.
Sarah HACKNEY 1 1 1 / 3 1 2 – – – 1
George CLARK
Louden BOUGH

I have yet to find Sarah Hackney in the 1850 census.

1856 shows her in Van Buren living with her granddaughter, Helen, from daughter Isabel Frances Hackney’s first marriage to Charles Nelson. Grandson Charles W. Nelson is in the Edward Enlow household in Union, Van Buren with Mary Jane Enlow Hackney, whose husband William S. Hackney is in Portland Oregon with his brother-in-law William W. Baker. The 1850 census shows Isabel in the Wapello County, Iowa census in the household of her sister and brother-in-law Paris Caldwell, but in 1849 on March 4 she married William W. Baker in Wapello. The Stonebraker shown here would be a relative of Laura J. Stonebraker who marries William Henry Enlow in 1856 in Van Buren.

Iowa, Van Buren County, Union
276/276 David JAMISON 63 PA shoemaker and Ann and family
277/277 Sarah HACKNEY 60 KY
Helen NELSON 10 IA
278/278 John SYFORD 50 or 30 OH Innkeeper plus Sarah and family
279/279 Samuel B. STONEBRAKER 38 Maryland Farmer
Harriet 27 PA
Frances C 6 IA
Mary I 3
Newton 0
William ERVIN 26 VA laborer
Lenora 20 Maryland
Ann A. 10
280/280 Catherine CHINOWETH 54 VA
Jackson 27
Mary 18
Rachel 15
Caroline 12

1860, she has moved to Illinois with her granddaughter Helen, living in the household of her son T. P. Helen’s brother, Charles, is out in Portland with his mother and stepfather.

Sarah is living with her son Theodore Patrick and his family.

1860 IL Greene Co., Whitehall PO., page 709.
T. P. HACKNEY 26, b. IN
Elizabeth 25 b. IN
Frank 3 b. IL
Sarah 64 (mother) b. KY
Helen NELSON 15, a domestic b. IA.

Sarah isn’t given as buried in the Whitehall Cemetery with her son Theodore and his two wives. I don’t know where or when she died.

Lloyd C. McKenney with Dorothy Noyes and Siblings

This photo is circa 1985 at the home of Lloyd and Dorothy at Carthage, Missouri. It shows, left to right, Dorothy Noyes McKenney, Lloyd Clinton McKenney, Lela McKenney Zieglar and Thelma McKenney.

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.

George Sparks and Elizabeth Betsy Wells

The Sparks Family Tree Website gives this on George Sparks:

SQ, p. 1319:


“George Sparks was born about 1767 and died prior to 1840, probably in Nicholas County, Kentucky. He was probably the George Sparks who married Rachel McClenahan in Nicholas County, Kentucky, on April 18, 1805. (This may have been his second marriage since a George Sparks married Elizabeth Wells on June 14, 1790, in Bourbon County.) It is quite possible that his widow was the female aged between 70 and 80 who was enumerated among the family of George Sparks on the 1840 census of Nicholas County; this latter George Sparks is believed to have been a son of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks.

“George Sparks paid taxes from 1787 to 1799 in Bourbon County, but apparently was in that portion of Bourbon County which became Fleming County in 1798 because he paid taxes in Fleming County from 1802 to1804. He was in Lewis County from 1809 to 1817, but went to Nicholas County where he lived until is death prior to 1840.

“George Sparks was an Ensign and then a Lieutenant in the Fleming County Regiments (Cornstalk Militia), first in the 30th Regiment and then in the 58th Regiment in 1803-4.” (Article here lists 10 children by sex and approximate birth-dates, no names.

“Some descendants believe that they can identify four of the ten children of George Sparks as George Sparks, Jr.; John Thornton Sparks; Cyntha Ann Sparks; and William Sparks. More positive proof is needed to make this claim a certainty; however, in the hope that the publishing of these records will stimulate the uncovering of additional data, we are giving the records of these four persons as probable children of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks.” (here follows information on the four children named for which see their family sheets.)

SQ, p. 5128: “George Sparks, born ca. 1764, died ca. 1835. He was married (1st) to Elizabeth (Betsey) Wells, and (2nd) to Rachael McClanahan in 1805. Information regarding him and his family can be found in the QUARTERLY of June 1970, Whole No. 70, p. 1319; and December1970, While No. 72, p. 1370.”

I’ve no proof of it, but it’s my belief that James Sparks b, 1803 in Kentucky is the James who was a son of George Sparks and Elizabeth “Betsy” Wells. The following will be difficult to follow for individuals not somewhat familiar with the families in question, but let’s see how it goes…

James SPARKS and Mary ELLIS named a second son George and a third son Otho and the fourth son William, so these names fit. family-wise. Especially interesting is the use of the name Otho by both James and Mary Ellis and George and Elizabeth “Betsy” Wells.

John Wesley BIRCH, brother of Carrie BIRCH/BURCH (married James SPARKS) married an Elizabeth LENTZ b. 1838 in IN, Greene Co. LENTZ name is also seen in this family with John Thornton SPARKS, son of George and Rachel McCLENAHAN, marrying an Elizabeth LAUNTZ b. 1805. A nephew of John Thornton Sparks’ remembered an aunt marrying a SCOTT. James Nicholas ELLIS and Susanna ELLIS, siblings of Mary ELLIS (married James SPARKS) married SCOTTS.

The children of George and Elizabeth are said to be:

  1. Charles Sparks b. 1791 in Kentucky
  2. James Sparks b. about 1800
  3. Otho Sparks b. abt. 1800
  4. Ellen “Nellie” Sparks b. 1804

The children of George and Rachel are said to be:

  1. Mary Sparks b. abt. 1807
  2. John Thornton Sparks b. abt. 1809, died 1849 in Lewis County, Kentucky, married Elizabeth Launtz b. abt 1805 in Maryland, died after 1879.
  3. George Sparks b. abt. 1811 married 1st Catherine Stokes then Hanna Fishback.
  4. William Sparks b. 1812, married 1834 March 23 in Lewis County, Kentucky to Sianna Gilbert b. 1817 in Kentucky, died 1905 in Douglas County, Missouri
  5. Cytha Ann Sparks b. abt. 1814 in Fleming County, Kentucky, married Jesse Nash, son of James Nash and Mary Brackney.

The SPARKS Quarterly gives George as being in Lewis County, Kentucky in 1810 and there is one George Sparks in that census. The George in this census has only 1 male child and 2 female children and George SPARKS is believed to have had 3 male children by Betsy WELLS between abt. 1791 and 1803, and one female child. b. 1804. James’ mother Betsy had however died by 1810 and George remarried to Rachel MCCLENAHAN. They had 1 female child and 1 male child, both under 10, by now. As this is the only George SPARKS in the Lewis Co. census, it would seem James and his two brothers might have been living with another family after the death of their mother. Ellie, James’ sister would fit in the age category of the 10 to 15 year old female in the household. James’ oldest brother, Charles, would have been about 19 and they were possibly in a household of their own.

1810 KY, LEWIS CO.
pg. 99 (5 of 10 ancestry)
Joshudy BALEY
Sollomon THOMAS
NOTE: 1 male under 10, 1 male 26 to 44, 1 female under 10, 1 female 10 to 15 and 1 female 16 to 25.
Conrad PRTUNY?
Samuel COX
Andrew JONES

In the 1820 Nicholas Co. KY census George SPARKS is living 4 doors from a James McCLANAHAN who is living beside a James ELLIS who would be the father of James Mason ELLIS.

Thomas DOUGHTY, father of Francis Doughty, wife of James Mason ELLIS, is seen on the following page.

Interesting to note that John ELLIS, brother of James Mason ELLIS, married a Lucretia WELLS, and that George SPARKS married an Elizabeth WELLS.

There is also a Caleb SPARKS in the census. He has 2 males to 10, 2 10 to 16, 1 26 to 45, 3 females to 10, 1 26 to 45 and 3 males in agriculture.

The NASH name appears both in this family and the family of Caleb SPARKS (son of William, son of William SPARKS and Martha MOORE), his daughter Catherine marrying Eli Harrison NASH, who is a brother of Jesse NASH, who married Cytha Ann, daughter of George and Elizabeth. The ELLIS name also appears in that family. Joseph SPARKS, son of Caleb SPARKS, married Isabella ELLIS. I don’t know who she is but there is likely to be found a relationship eventually.

In the George Sparks household there are 2 males to 10 (William and ?), 2 males 10 to 16 (John and Charles?), 1 45 and up (George). Then 1 female 0 to 10 (Cynthia), 1 16 to 26 (Mary) and 1 26 to 45 (Rachel).

Jesse ENLOW is observed in the census, whose line married into the HACKNEY-CROCKETT side of the family.


Pg. 108 (5 of 26

Alexander MCDONALD
Thomas HARVEY?
Jesse ENLOW – 3 – – – 1 1 – 2 – 1 – 4 – – 1 – – – 2 – 1

pg. 15 of 26
Bevery BROWN
Thomas LONG
Nimrod WOOD

Eliakin? LONG
Benjamin WILSON

Avery LONG
Samuel ARNETT?
George SPARKS 2 2 – – – 1 1 / – 1 1 – –
Jacob BURNS?
James ELLIS – – – – 1 1 – – 2 – 1 – 2 – – – – 1 – 1 – 1
1 m 26 to 45, 1 m 45 and up; 2 females 16 to 26, 1 45 and up, 2 people in agriculture, 1 male 14 to 26 slave, 1 male 45 up slave, 1 14 to 26 female slave
NOTE: Profile of children doesn’t fit James Mason Ellis. But it seems there would be some relation as Thomas DOUGHTY is living the next page over by a PEYTON.

By 1827 James Sparks has married Mary Ann Ellis and, according to the census of children’s birth places, is in Indiana soon thereafter.

A possible is found for George Sparks in 1830 Nicholas County, Kentucky, though the household doesn’t fit with several young females present.

1830 Nicholas County Kentucky
pg. 213
Andrew SCOTT
George SPARKS – – 1 1 1 – – 1 / 1 1 1 – – – 1
1 male 10-15, 1 15 to 20, 1 20 to 30, 1 50 to 60, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5 to 10, 1 female 10 to 15, 1 female 40 to 50

Of course, I could be wrong about George being James’ father, but I’m ninety-nine percent confident this suspicion will prove right, if it does manage ever to be proven.

Joseph Burch Jr. and Elizabeth Gardner

Joseph BURCH Jr., son of Joseph BURCH and Malinda COLLINS, is given as having been born 18 Feb. 1812 in Surry County NC. He died 11 July 1842 in Greene County, IN. at about 30.

Joseph BURCH Jr. married Elizabeth GARDNER, daughter of John GARDNER and Elizabeth BREEDEN, in 1834 in Greene Co. IN. Elizabeth GARDNER was born 15 May 1813 in Calvert Co. MD and died 18 Dec. 1871 in Martin Co. IN at about 68.

  1. Carrie (Cary) Ann BURCH b. 1835 in Greene County, Indiana, died 1917 in Chautauqua County, Kansas, married James E. SPARKS.
  2. John Wesley BURCH b. 20 Jan. 1836, Shoals, Martin County, Indiana, died 1886 Nov 3 in Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana. Married Elizabeth E. LENTZ 1860 Dec 20 in Indiana. Their children were James, Wesley, Emily Ann, Mary Elizabeth and Isaac Nathan.
  3. Isaac Franklin BURCH b. 1838 in Ohio, died 1893 Feb 28 in Martin, Indiana, married on 1867 May 2 in Martin County, Indiana, Clarisa M. Bright who was born 1848 in Ohio.
  4. Martha Melinda BURCH b. 1842 in Indiana m. Thomas ELSEY 13 April 1859 in Martin County, Indiana

After the death of Joseph BURCH, Elizabeth GARDNER BURCH married second Richard CRANE who was her brother-in-law, who had married first Rebecca Jane GARDNER 1 Dec. 1824.

First, Richard’s children with Rebecca Jane Gardner:

  1. John Cord Crane b. 1825 March 26 in Monroe County, Indiana, died 1859 July 4, married on 1844 March 19 in Monroe County, Indiana to Alvira Ellis, b. abt. 1814, daughter of James Mason Ellis and Francis Fanny Doughty. Alvira was a sister of Mary Ann Ellis b. 1806 who married James Sparks in 1827 (the direct line of this blog). One will note that Alvira didn’t marry until 30 and her husband was 18.
  2. Richard Allen Crane b. 1826, died 1878, married 1846 Jan 22 in Monroe County, Indiana to Elizabeth J. Sparks b. 1828, died before 1853. Elizabeth was a daughter of James Sparks and Mary Ann Ellis and so a sister of James E. Sparks who married Carrie Burch. Richard Allen Crane was a 1st cousin and step brother of Carrie Burch. Richard and Elizabeth had a son James Sylvester b. 1848 March 11 who married Emily Lents (Lentz?) 1866 Aug 8 in Martin County, Indiana.
  3. William Thomas Crane b. 1828 in Monroe County, Indiana, died 1882 in Martin County, Indiana, married 1850 Nov 12 to Elizabeth B. Flood, born 1827 May 17 in Shelby County, Kentucky.
  4. Isaac Allsbury Crane b. 1831, married 1851 Sep 18 to Mary B. Williams.
  5. Elizabeth Jane Crane b. 1833 married 1852 Jan 20 John Cannon b. abt. 1830.
  6. James Benjamin Crane b. 1832 Sep 28 in Monroe County, Indiana, died 1909 April 27 in Martin County, Indiana, married 1857 Dec 6 to Louisa Bowon.
  7. Sarah Ann Crane b. 1836 Aug 6, died 1858.
  8. Susan Rebecca Crane b. 1838 June 27, died 1888 March 5, married James Mays.
  9. George Harrison Crane b. 1840 March 10, died 1907 July 9, married Laura Cloutch and a Bussinger.

Elizabeth Gardner and Richard CRANE had the following children:

  1. Charles Henry CRANE b. 7 Feb. 1847, d. 24 Nov. 1904 at 57, married Lucinda D. SHOEMAKER on 3 June 1883.
  2. Eliza Emeline CRANE b. 5 Oct. 1848, d. 10 July 1910 at 61, married Walter R. LOVE 12 Nov. 1868. He was the son of Hubbard Love b. 1805 and Sarah Smith b. abt. 1810.
  3. Joseph Washington CRANE b. 10 June 1850 d. 8 May 1917 in Princeton, Indiana. He married Ruth H. MCCULLOUGH
  4. Lucinda Catherine CRANE b. 30 Nov. 1851 d. 7 April 1923 at 71, married Jabez JONES, 5. Nov. 1868.
  5. James CRANE b. 1853
  6. Julia Anne CRANE b. 13 May 1854 m. Richard M. FIELDS 19 March 1871.
  7. Florence CRANE b. 2 October 1860 d. 9 Nov. 1879 at 19.



pg. 122 (pg. 41 of 50

Archibald CARMICAL
Archibald CARMICAL Jr.
Elisha BIRCH – 2 – – 1 | – – – – 1
John GARDNER Sr. 1 – – – 1 – – 1 | – – 1 – 1 – – 1

pg. 123 (43 of 50 at

Js. GARDNER – – – – 1 | 2 1 – – 1
Isaac GARDNER – – 3 – – – 1 | 3 – – – – – 1
Zebulon Alexander
John GARDNER Jr. – – – – 1 | 1 – – – – 1

pg. 124 (45 of 50 at

James B. BURCH 2 2 1 – – 1 | – – 2 – – 1
Joseph BURCH – – – 1 – – – – 1 | – – – – – – – 1
Joseph BURCH Jr. 2 – – – 1 | 2 – – – 1
NOTE: Carrie Ellis Burch’s parents.
Wm. COLLINS – 1 1 – 1 | 1 – – – 1
Davis BURCH 2 – – – 1 | – 1 – – 1
George BURCH Sr. – – – 1 – – – – – 1 | 1 1 2 – – – – – 1
John CRANE – – 1 – – 1 | 1 1 – – 1
Charles BURCH – 1 1 – – – 1 | 1 – 1 – 1 – 1 –
Yuel BURCH – – – – 1 | 1 – – – 1
G. W. COLLINS 1 – – – – 1 | – – – – 1
Micajah COLLINS – – – – – – – 1 | – – – – – – – 1 – – 1
Floyd COLLINS – – – – – 1 | – – – 1
James BURCH Sr. 1 – – – – – – – – – 1 | – – – – – – – – 1
James P? BURCH – 1 1 1 – 1 | 1 1 1 1 – 1
Jeremiah WALKER
Samuel CLOVER?
James F.? CHANEY
Elizabeth RUBBLE?
Obadiah NASH
Aurora? GOODIE?
Allen SPARKS 1 1 – – 1 | 1 – – – 1

In the 1850 Martin Co. Perry Township IN census. Elizabeth CRANE is living nearby James and Mary SPARKS. Her husband, Richard, is given as living in the household of his son, Richard A. CRANE, next door, but this is probably a transcription error in the census. Children living with Elizabeth were John C., Thomas, Isaac E., Elizabeth, Benjamin J., Susan R., (all of these previous children of Richard and Rebecca), Charles H., Elisa E., Cary A. BIRCH (given as 2 which is an error), John A. BIRCH, Isaac T. BURCH and Martha S. BIRCH. A child of Richard and Rebecca’s who isn’t in the household is Sarah Crane, who would have been about 14. Carrie Burch is erroneously given as 2 when she would have been 15, but her siblings ages are all about right.

pg. 51A
John ELLIS 76 farmer b. PA 400 can’t read or write
William 38 farmer 200 b. KY can’t read or write
John 34 150 b. KY can’t read or write
Elizabeth McCAMORIN 36 b. KY can’t read or write
Mary ELLIS 32 b. IN
William McCAMORIN 16
Sarah MURPHY 15
Jane MURPHY 15 twins
William McCAMORIN 16 farmer b. IN
Martin STUCKEY 52 potter 400 b. KY
Catharine 31 b. NC
John 1 b. IN
Martin 1. b. IN
Upton STUCKEY 27 potter 600 b. IN
Jane 30 b. NC
Martin 4 b. IN
Arthur 1 b. IN
Aaron ROSE 16 potter b. NJ
Hubbard LOVE 45 farmer
Sarah LOVE 40 $500 b. NC
John 30 farmer b. IN
Sarah J. 18
William N. 15 farmer
Mary Ann 13
Arch 10
Emaline 7
Naller ? 3
Sabra LOVE 83 b. PA
James S. LOVE 22 farmer b. IN
NOTE: LOVE message board gives a James LOVE b. c. 1766, m. late 1780 to Sabra., moved to Davies Co. IN c. 1817 then to Martin Co. IN. in 1820. Their children were: Ruth b. 1790 m. 1819 to Martin STUCKEY in IN; Elizabeth b. 1798 m. 1819 to Frederick STUCKEY in IN; John b. after 1791 m. Amy HORNER; William D. b. aft. 1791; James W. P. b. 1800 m. Nancy J. LOVE; Hubbard b. c. 1805 m. Sarah SMITH and then Sarah A. LOVEALL.
Hannah LOVE 26 b. SC
Abigail B., EMORE 8 b. IN
John CRANE 26 Farmer 200 b. IN
Elvira 36 b. KY
John C. 4 b. IN
p. 51B
William CRANE 3 b. IN
Ben N. 1
NOTE: Worldconnect gives Elvira ELLIS (sister of Mary Ellis SPARKS) , b. 1814 KY, daughter of James M. ELLIS b. 1784 PA or VA and Francis Fanny DOUGHTY. John Cord CRANE was a son of Richard CRANE and Rebecca GARDNER (Rebecca was a sister of Elizabeth GARDNER and Elizabeth married 2nd Richard CRANE). John Cord CRANE died young… “She may not have been in a good mental state. Some records indicate that her children were given away and she is found in one census as ‘living with a slew of paupers’. 1850 Census: IN, Martin Co. Perry Twp; 1860 Census: IN, Martin Co. Perry Twp, pg 51; 1870 Census: IN, Martin Co. Center Twp. pg. 300; 1880 Census: IN, Martin Co. Perry Twp.; Holt History of Martin Co IN Vol. 2 (Putnam County Library.” Next door is Elvira and Mary’s brother James Nicholas ELLIS. 147/150
James N. ELLIS 36 Farmer 500 b. KY
Maria 36 b. KY
Elvira 13 b. IN
Elizabeth 11
Mary J. 9
James A. 4
Benj. 2
NOTE: This is James Nicholas ELLIS b. 21 July 1811 in Nicolas Co. KY and died 3 Sept. 1892 in Neosho Co. KS. His wife is Rebecca Mariah SCOTT b. 1 May 1816 in Nicolas Co. KY. A genforum post notes on Rebecca Mariah SCOTT that her parents were Jonathan SCOTT and Catherine BORDERS, and that Jonathan’s father was Simon SCOTT who “was a youngster in Scotland when Pirates captured him, and released him in Virginia when he was of age…thus he knew his first name but not last, so he called his surname Scott after Scotland.” Whether factual or family legend that may one day to prove to not be true, it’s a fun story.
James SPARKS 46 farmer 300 b. KY
Mary 43 b. KY
George T. 20 b. IN
James E. 18
Otho 16
William 13
Benj. 10
Mary Ellen 5
Richard A. CRANE 23 Farmer $200
Elizabeth CRANE 22
James S. 2
Richard 49 farmer $650 b. KY 150/153
Elizabeth CRANE 42
John C. 23 farmer
Thomas 22 farmer $400
Isaac E. 19
Elizabeth 17
Benjamin J. 16
Susan R. 16
Charles H. 3
Elisa E. 2
Cary A. BIRCH 2
John A. BIRCH 13
Isaac T. BURCH 12
Martha S. BIRCH 7
George H. CRANE 10
151/156 James and Percilla QUEEN

pg. 738
James ELLIS 38 stone mason b. KY
R. Mariah 44 b. KY
Elvira MILLER 23 b. IN
Mary ELLIS 19
James 14
Benjamin 12
Jonathan 10
Sarah A.
James W. ? 4
Albert 5
NOTE: James ELLIS was living next to the SPARKS in the 1850 Martin County census.
pg. 740 (76
73/73 James W. SCOTT 45 wheelwright $1200 $500 b. KY
Adelia 45 b. GA?
Malison 19 f. b. IL
Carolin 16 b. IL
Robert 12. b. IN
James Wesley SCOTT is going to be a relative of Rebecca Mariah SCOTT married to James ELLIS in the above household.
James SPARKS 54 M Farmer personal value 200 b. KY
Mary 53 F b. KY
Benjamin D. 21 M b. IN
Mary E. 17 F b. IN
James SPARKS 26 m Farmer b. IN
Cary A. 24 F b. IN
John 7 M b. IN
Mary E. 3 F b. IN
Martha C. 1 F b. IN
John COWWDE? COWWELE 50 b. NY and family
84/84 577/577
Wiley C. VAILS 36 and Susan and family
Elizabeth M. SCOTT 40 widow
79/79 Davies LARKINS 65 and Ann and family
80/80 John ELLISON 30 and family
81/81 Sanford LARKINS 30
82/82 Wiliam LARKINS 28 and family
83/83 Alfred P. GIBBONS? 43 and family 584/584
D. ELLIS 28 personal property 500 b. ILL
Sarah 25
Martha A. 7
John 5
Andrew Ellison 2
Samuel SHOPES or SHAPES 36 (PA) and Mary and family
Stephen SMITH and Julia and family

1860 IN Martin Co Loogootee
352/350 Richard CRANE 58 farmer $4000 $500 b. MD
Elizabeth 28
John 15 b. IN
Chas H. 13
Eliza E. 11
Lucinda 7
Joseph W. 8
James H. 7
Julian 2

In 1870 we find Elizabeth Gardner Crane living in the household of her daughter Eliza who married Walter R. Love. Daughter Julia is with her, but Florence, who would have been about 10, is not.

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Perry, Martin, Indiana; Roll: M593_342; Page: 389; Image: 781.
135/135 STUCKEY Upton 47 Potter $3000 $500 Indiana
Eliza J. 50 NC
Martin C. 24 IN
Arthur D. 21
Upton H. 15
Nancy J. 14
Newton 11
ELLIS John D. 19
136/136 LOVE Walter S. 23 $0 $100 b. IN
Eliza E. 21
Dora E. 9/12
CRANE Elizabeth 59 $0 $400 MD
Julia A. 15
157/157 ELLIS James M. 85 Farmer $700 $120 b. PA
Frances 85 VA
ELSEY Edward M. Farm laborer $0 $200 IN
Sarah 18
HARPER Rebecca 27 domestic

Both Richard H. Crane and Elizabeth Gardner are given as buried in the Love Cemetery in Martin County, Indiana. Joseph Burch Jr. is given as being in the Burch Cemetery at Greene, Indiana.

Samuel Kelly Crockett and Sarah Elizabeth “Sadie” Hackney

Samuel Kelly Crockett and Sarah Elizabeth Hackney

The following was written Sept 29 1931 by Sadie Hackney CROCKETT, wife of Samuel Kelly.

“Samuel Kelly Crockett was born in Boone Co. MO on Oct 6 1855. His father moved his family to Chautauqua Co. Kans in 1871 and from which time his home has been in the above named county.

“Sarah Elizabeth Hackney was born in Van Buren Iowa, Dec. 4, 1857. Her father moved his family to Chautauqua Co. Kans in the year 1872. Then to Montgomery Co. KS in 1876 and to Washington Co. Kans in 1878 and in this last named county Samuel Kelly Crockett and Sarah Elizabeth Hackney were married on Dec. 21 1882. Came to Chautauqua Co. immediately following the marriage and have made their home here. In this Co., their eight children were born, Six of whom lived to maturity.”

Samuel Kelly CROCKETT, son of James Kelly CROCKETT and Millie Ann STRICKLIN, was born 6 Oct 1855 in Missouri. He died 20 March 1934, at the age of 78, in Chautauqua Co. KS and is buried at the El Cado Cemetery in Chautauqua Co.

On 21 June 1882, Samuel married Sarah Elizabeth (Sadie) HACKNEY, daughter of William S. HACKNEY and Mary Jane ENLAW. He was 26 and she was 24.

Sadie was born 4 Dec 1857 in Iowa and died 22 March 1946 in KS, at the age of 88. She is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua Co.

Samuel and Sadie were married 51 years.

Samuel and Sadie had 8 children:

  1. David William b. 29 Sept. 1883, Chautauqua Co. KS, died 23 May 1906 Chautauqua Co. KS. Never married. Buried at El Cado Cemetery.
  2. Buell Kelly b. 5 Feb 1885 at Chautauqua Co. KS, died 29 Dec. 1933 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On 1907 August 8 he married Lillian HARRIS who was born 1889 in Kansas. Her parents were John Harris b. IA or IN and Sadie b. NE or IA. Their known children were Marjorie b. 1911 and Dorothy E. b. 1913. The censuses show them in Belleville until 1915 when they appear in Caney, Montgomery, Kansas living next to Lillian’s parents. By 1920 they are in Black Dog, Osage, Oklahoma, then in 1930 are in Arkansas City, Cowley, Kansas where he worked as an auto salesman.
  3. Vera, b. 1 March 1886 in Chautauqua Co. KS, m. James Albert MCKENNEY. Direct line. This family is covered in another post.
  4. Meade Marvin, b. 20 May 1887 at Chautauqua Co. KS, died 3 Feb. 1888 at Chautauqua Co. KS.
  5. Charles Clifford, b. 20 May 1887 at Chautauqua Co. KS, died 21 July 1957, in Chautauqua Co. He married Dena MONTGOMERY. Her parents were James Montgomery b. IN and Ellen Nott born in Iowa. Known children of Charles and Dena were Luther Crockett b. 1916 and Clydene Crockett b. 1918. He’s in the census through 1910 in Belleville, Oklahoma, then WWI draft registration finds him in Creek County, Oklahoma. In 1920 they resided in Shannon, Creek, Oklahoma, Charles working as a superintendent at an oil field. In 1930 they were in Bristow, Creek, Oklahoma where Charles was a district foreman for an oil firm.
  6. George Keithly, b. 11 Sept. 1889, died August 1971 at Chautauqua Co. KS. He’s buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chautauqua. He married (1) Blanche Margaret LANDIS and had 3 children with her. Lillian E. b. 1912, Harold K. b.1913, d. 1992 Aug 17 in San Diego County, California, and William b. 1917. Blanche died 1921 June 3 at Yale in Payne County Oklahoma and was buried at the El Cado Cemetery in Chautauqua. George married (2) Maude Estelle Daniels KNOWLES on Oct 20 1924. She was b. 1897 Dec 18, died 1987 Nov 13 in Sedan, Chautauqua County, Kansas. George was in Belleville through 1905, then the WWI draft in 1917-1918 found him in Creek County, Oklahoma. In 1920 he was working at an oil field in Lagoon, Pawnee, Oklahoma. I have yet to find him in the 1930 census.
  7. Dorothy Sadie, b. 7 Oct. 1892, Chautauqua Co. KS, died 24 July 1980 in Rogers, Benton, Arkansas. She married John Allen FLEMING. I have covered this family in another post on the blog.
  8. Eugenie, b. 28 Sept. 1897 at Chautauqua Co. KS, died 9 July 1898 at Chautauqua Co. KS and is buried at the El Cado Cemetery.

Sadie’s family had moved to Chautauqua County from Van Buren County, Iowa, where I believe they were acquainted with the McKenney family. By 1878 they had moved to Washington, Washington, Kansas, in the northern section of the state. Samuel and Sadie were married there on Dec 21 1882.


1885 Kansas Chautauqua County
2/8 William PRICE
3/9 S. K. CROCKETT 29 farming b. MO from IA
Sada 27 b. IA from unknown
William D. 1 b. KS
Buel 2 months b. KS
4/10 D. D. RATHBUN
Note: This suggests that S. K. Crockett was in Iowa, but instead it would be because Sadie was from Iowa.

Samuel and Sadie were residing next to Samuel’s parents in the 1900 census. Samuel’s household incorrectly gives his mother as born in KY.

1900 Chautauqua County, Kansas
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.
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

In 1905, living next to sister Louisa Crockett Brockey.

1905 Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas
104 Tannahill family
105 Lovall A family
106 Shole family
107 Darnall family
108/108 BROCKEY M 57 line 21 b. OH father MI mother illegible
L R 35 b. MO from MO
E B 2 b. KS from KS
Infant female b. KS
109/109 CROCKETT SK 49 line 25 b. MO from MO
SH 47 b. IA from IA
Buell 20 b. KS from KS
Clifford 17
Geo 15
D S 12 female
J K 72 b. MO from MO
M A 69

Samuel is observed living with his wife and son George and daughter Dorothy. His sister Lula still lives beside him with her family and his widowed mother. Sons Buell and Charles live also nearby with their families. James Kelly Crockett had died in the Crockett farmhouse fire of Oct 1909 and the family history has the Crocketts and McKenneys moving in together. This doesn’t seem to be shown here. By 1911 the farmhouse was rebuilt and we see in censuses subsequent to that the McKenneys and Crocketts living together beside the Brockeys.

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

1915 shows the Crocketts, Brockeys and daughter Vera and her McKenney family living side by side.

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

James Albert MCKENNEY and family are living on farm of Samuel and Sadie CROCKETT.

1920 Belleville Chautauqua County Kansas
2nd Feb. pg. 20B
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

James Albert MCKENNEY and wife Vera are living with her parents Samuel and Sadie CROCKETT in their household.

NOTE: Vera and James Albert MCKENNEY are living in the household of Samuel Kelly.
(Image 7) pg. 4a
West Beadley Street
94/91 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


These Crocketts are buried in the El Cado cemetery, Chautauqua Co. KS.

CROCKETT, Blanche L. 28 Oct 1891 03 Jun 1921 w/o George K.
CROCKETT, Buell K. 05 Feb 1885 29 Dec 1933
CROCKETT, David 29 Sep 1883 23 May 1905
CROCKETT, Eugenie 28 Sep 1897 09 Jul 1898
CROCKETT, James K. 21 Sep 1832 12 Oct 1909
CROCKETT, Milly Ann 12 Dec 1835 29 Nov 1910 his wife
CROCKETT, John Keithly 11 Jul 1861 05 Apr 1893
CROCKETT, Sally Blanche 06 Mar 1876 06 Jul 1897
CROCKETT, Quinton L. 15 Jan 1859 10 Feb 1884 (25 y, 26 d)
CROCKETT, S. Kelly 1855 1934
CROCKETT, Sadie 1857 1946
SOURCE: USGENWEB: Chautauqua CO., El Cado cemetery listing