These are my notes from a conversation with Lloyd about 1981. — jk

Lloyd Clinton McKENNEY started school at about the age of 6 at the Crockett schoolhouse in Chautauqua County, Kansas which was located 1/4 mile from the main house. He says the kitchen at the farm house was the full width of the main house, a step or two down from it. One walked out of the kitchen into the cellar, the front of it was a concrete wall. It was a large room used as a refrigerator. Above it was the cellar house where the hired man lived. One could walk out of the second story of the main house and across the roof of the kitchen–it was used as a sleeping area during the summer time–and down the steps to the cellar house.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There was no high school nearby.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An old photo of Lela and Thelma together.

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