Obituary of Belle Sparks McKenney

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Belle Sparks McKenney obit

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

Larry McCombs supplied Belle’s obituary:

Mrs. G. W. McKenney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McKenney Bible Images

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

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

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

All the below images link to larger images.

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

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

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

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

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

Lloyd’s notes on bible verses.

Franklin B. Tripp and Mabel Clair McKenney

Franklin B. Tripp was born 1884 March 17 in Osage Oklahoma Indian Territory and died Feb 1966 in Oklahoma. He was buried at the Pawhuska Cemetery.

1908 Nov 30 he married Mabel Clair McKenney b. 1888 Oct 16 in Chautauqua County, Kansas. She died 1972 Sep 11 in the Ponca City hospital and was buried at the Pawhuska City Cemetery as well.

Mabel was a daughter of George Washington McKenney Jr. and Belle M. Sparks.

Frank TRIPP was the son of James Preston TRIPP and Jennie MCWHIRT. James Preston TRIPP also married Mary SPARKS, a sister of Belle SPARKS, Mable’s mother. Jennie MCWHIRT was a sister of Samuel MCWHIRT, husband of Addie MCKINNEY, G. W. MCKINNEY JR’s sister.

Francis Partch writes:

My great grandfather was Samuel MCCORMICK, born about 1852, and was supposed to have driven a wagon from somewhere near the Wabash River to Kansas for a James and Carrie SPARKS. Samuel married Mary SPARKS about 1872 and they had children James, George and Carrie listed on the 1850 census for the town of Belleville, Chautauqua County, KS. They later had Katherine, and a set of twins Weltha and Amanda. (Amanda was my grandmother.)

Sam MCCORMICK died in the 1880’s and Mary MCCORMICK later married James Preston TRIPP and they had a son Johnny who had an accident during childhood which caused a paralysis. He walked somehow with his hands. Family tradition said the family was related to Cyrus MCCORMICK, the inventor of the reaper. I believe Mary MCCORMICK had a maiden name of SPARKS. She also had two sisters with first names of Martha (who married THOMAS) and Belle who married MCKINNEY. My grandmother was Amanda MCCORMICK who married Conner and they moved to CO. He died in 1915 and then Amanda married Sherrill WEST in Colorado.

James Preston TRIPP, who married Mary Sparks MCCORMICK, was the father of Frank TRIPP who married Mabel Clair MCKENNEY. James TRIPP’s parents were Horace B. TRIPP and Elizabeth WOOD.

Franklin and Mabel had two children:

  1. Jennie Belle b. 1909 October 6 in Chautauqua County, Kansas, died December 25, 1914. She is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua County, Kansas.
  2. Georgia Delores Tripp b. 1914 in Pawhuska, Osage, Oklahoma, died 2003 June 28 in Ponca City, Kay County, Oklahoma, was buried at the Grandview Cemetery in Kaw City. She married, 1937 June 25 in Claremore, Rogers, Oklahoma, Edlward L. Cook.

Larry McCombs notes that after the death of Mabel’s sister, Carrie Isabel (MCKENNEY) HAMPTON, Frank and Mabel Clair (McKinney) Tripp adopted Helen Lois, a daughter of Carrie, but he’s unaware if it was a legal adoption or not.

THE CENSUS DATA

1-WD FORESTER, Osage, Oklahoma
Series: T624
Roll: 1268
Part: 2
Page: 2A
Year: 1910
24/24 TRIPP Frank 26 md 1 year b. OK father b. IL mother b. MO House carpenter
Mabel wife 22 b. KS father b. US mother b. IA
Jennie B. daughter 6/12 b. KS father b. Pawhuska mother b. KS

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

1920 KS COWLEY CO.
ARKANSAS CITY
PART OF 3RD WARD OF CITY
15 DAY OF JANUARY 1920 by Mrs. Mary Bridges
(unable to read house number, is a multi-family dwelling)
27/27 TRIPP Frank Head Rents 35 m b. KS parents b. IL, mechanic for a garage, wages
Mable Wife 31 f b. KS father b. ID mother b. IL (gives her dad as born in Idaho)
Georgia Daughter, appears to read 3 yoa b. KS parents b. KS

Not related to the other Tripps in Cowley County.

1930 OK, OSAGE CO., SHIDLER, DISTRICT 37
INCORPORATED PLACE: SHIDLER TOWN
TOWNSHIP OR OTHER DIVISION: FORAKER TOWNSHIP
Enumerated April 7 – 8 , 1930
Page 3b
220/98/88 TRIPP Frank O $150 45 married at 24 b. OK parents b. IL mechanic and engineer in oil field, wages, working, not a veteran
Mable 42 married at 21 b. KS father b. IA mother b. IL
Georgia 14 b. OK father b. OK mother b. KS

Following is Mabel TRIPP’s obituary, furnished by Frances Partch:

9-12-72

Mabel Tripp dies; services here Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mabel E. Tripp, 83, Newkirk, formerly of Pawhuska, have been set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel, under the direction of the Shidler Funeral Home with the Rev. Leland Peterson of the Kaw City First Christian Church, officiating.

Born October 16, 1888 in Chautauqua County, Kansas, Mrs. Tripp died Monday in the Ponca City hospital. She moved with her family to Pawhuska when she was a young girl. She was married to Frank Tripp, November 30, 1908 and moved to Shidler where he worked in the Burbank Oil Field. After his retirement in 1954 the couple moved to Wynona and then to Kaw City in October 1965. Her husband preceded her in death in 1966.

Mrs. Tripp lived in Newkirk since May 1971. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Wynona.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Edward (Georgia) Cook of Kaw City; two grandchildren, Bud Cook of Kaw City and Carol Sue McComb of Newkirk, and four great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Pawhuska City Cemetery with Shidler Funeral directors in charge.