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.

Obituary of Addie McKenney McWhirt

Addie McKenney Mcwhirt, b. 1864, married Samuel McWhirt. She was a daughter of George McKenney and Isabella Love, and sister of George W. McKenney Jr. (direct line of this blog).

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Addie McKenney McWhirt

Services Held Saturday for Addie McWhirt

Services for Addie McWHIRT, 86 year old pioneer resident of the Hominy area, were conducted Saturday afternoon in in the First Baptist church with the Revd. H. Henkel, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Hominy cemetery under the direction of the Powell Funeral Home.

Music for the rites was furnished by a duet composed of Mrs. Lester GRAHAM and Mrs. Ray CARNAGEY with Mrs. H. H. HENKEL as accompanist. Casket bearers were George BLACKWOOD, S. A. TAYLOR, Stanley LAY, Kenneth CARNAGEY, Ray CARNAGEY and Earl TERHUNE.

Mrs. MCWHIRT died last Wednesday at the home of her son, H. B. MCWHIRT, with whom she had been making her home. She had been in failing health for several years.

Born in Boone County, Iowa, October 10, 1864, Mrs. MCWHIRT came to this section with her husband, the late Sam MCWHIRT, in the early days when Hominy was nothing more than an Indian trading post. They came to Oklahoma from Missouri after having been married in Kansas and moving to Missouri.

They lived on farms in the Wynona, Bartlesville, Pawhuska and Hominy area for many years. Following her husband’s death, Mrs. MCWHIRT moved into town and made her home with her son, at whose home she died, and a daughter, Mrs. Jane Moore BOGLE.

Other survivors include another son, Clyde MCWHIRT, Wyona, and another daughter, Mrs. J. R. CUSTER, Midland, Tex. Also surviving is a brother, Eli MCKINNEY, Vicksburg, Miss; 18 grandchildren an 29 great grandchildren.

Courtesy of Larry McCombs

Addie McKenney McWhirt with Daughters, circa 1910s

Photo courtesy Michelle Koscheski

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McWhirts – tinted

This photo is courtesy of Michelle Koscheski, who descends down Addie McKenney McWhirt’s line.

Michelle identified the individuals as Starlie Isabella McWhirt, and her aunts Jane McWhirt Bogle and Mary McWhirt Custer. Starlie was born in July 14 1923 to Harry B. McWhirt and Ruth Cowan (Harry was a son of Addie) and married John George Creek. This would have placed the dating of the photo as about 1934 if the youngest child is 10. But the styles appear not quite right for 1934.

Hattie Jane (I also have her as “Sarah Jane”) McWhirt was born August 1894 in Oklahoma Indian Territory and died 1972 June 1 in Hominy, Osage, Oklahoma. She married Bogue Bogle and Claude Moore.

Mary Isabell McWhirt was born 1904 Nov 29 in Pawhuska, Osage County, Oklahoma. She married Joel R. Custer on July 30 1923 and died April 1983.

After I posted this photo I received a clarification. Another descendant of Addie’s, through Harry B., is Joy Gray Butcher, and she wrote instead that the photo shows Addie McWhirt herself with daughters Hattie Jane and Mary Isabell, which places the photo as made about 1914. This dating fits better the style of clothing. Also, this photo sent by Michelle shows Addie with two of her brothers at a later date and the older woman in this photo certainly looks like a match for a younger version of Addie in that other photo.

So, thank you to Michelle for the photo and to Joy for the clarification on the identities. This is wonderful and I appreciate it. This clarification helps us with the story of the picture, for it is of Addie with her two surviving daughters. The 1910 census indicates she had 10 children of whom only 7 survived. Census data and data I’ve received indicate the other girls she’d had were Ruby, Maureen and Grace. Ruby, Maureen and Grace had all died in infancy or youth, leaving her with two living daughters, those being Hattie Jane and Mary Isabell (or Mary Isabelle). She also had living sons–Clyde, Harry and Jurdy–but this picture then was devoted to Addie and her daughters.

Addie McKenney and Samuel McWhirt

Addie Mae MCKINNEY/MCKENNEY, daughter of George Washington McKINNEY and Isabella LOVE, was born 10 Oct. 1864 in Boone Co., IA and died 26 March 1952. She married Samuel Alvin MCWHIRT in 1881/1882 in Kansas, moved first to Missouri and then on to the Osage Reserve in Oklahoma.

Samuel Alvin MCWHIRT was born 9 Dec. 1859 in Fulton Co. IL and died after 1900 in Pawhuska Osage Co. OK. He was the child of Cornelius Sullivan MCWHIRT and Mary L. O’BRINE.

From the MCWHIRT history given as reported in 1976 by 4 of Sam’s descendants:

“In 1900 Samuel was living on the Osage Indian Reservation in the Indian Territory. The 1900 Census states that Addie’s parents were born in Ohio. Addie’s mother, however, was an Iowa Indian. While the McKinney family was driving livestock in a wagon train from Iowa to Oklahoma, Isabel died and was buried in Russell, Russell Co., KS. The McKinneys had three children, a daughter who married and died in childbirth, ADDIE and George. Addie lived with the Indians as a child. When she became a young girl, her father boarded her with the Cornelius McWhirt family so that she could learn the ways of the white people. Later, she married Cornelius’ son, Samuel Alvin and he refused to acknowledge her Indian ancestry and heritage.”

The information on the family of Addie McKenney McWhirt was given in an interview on June 27, 1976 in Wynona, OD by:
Mary (McWhirt) Custer – Addie’s daughter
Sylvia (Mcwhirt) Porter – her neice
Frona (McWhirt) Kemohah – granddaughter

Addie and Samuel had 10 children (7 of which were given as surviving in the 1910 Osage Strike Axe census), the known 9 being listed here:

  1. Clyde George b. 4 June 1885 at Cedarvale, Chautauqua Co. KS d. 29 March 1971 Hominy Osage Co. OK and was buried in Hominy. He married Cora Alice Reece. A granddaughter of his put together a MCWhirt genealogy.
  2. Harry B. born April 10, 1886 in Missouri, married Ruth Cowan.
  3. Ruby (twin to Gus) born between 1886-89, died a few days after birth
  4. Gus (twin to Ruby) born between 1886-89, died a few days after birth
  5. Mamie or Ninnie b. August 1889 Osage OK (perhaps Maureen L. in the 1910 census). She isn’t mentioned as being a surviving daughter in her mother’s 1952 obituary so had died before then.
  6. Jurdy Thomas b. Feb 1892 Osage OK, died 4 Dec. 1918 and was buried at the Pawhuska Cemetery in Osage OK. He married Maud “Maudie” Strawn Dawson b. 10 April 1894 in Jacksonville, Morgan Co. IL, died 18 April 1966, Pawhuska, Osage Co. OK. They were married 2 June 1913. The 1920 OK Osage Pawhuska census (below) shows Maude after the death of Jurdy living with a brother.
  7. Hattie Jane b. August 1894 Osage OK, died 1 June 1972, Hominy, Osage OK, married Claude Moore and Bogue Bogle.
  8. Grace M. b. 1902 Osage OK isn’t mentioned as a surviving daughter in her mother’s 1952 obituary so would have died before then.
  9. Mary Isabell b. 29 Nov 1904 Pawhuska, Osage OK, married 30 July 1923 to Joel R. Custer b. 18 August 1900, died 22 Dec. 1923. Residence given as Midland, TX.

Census information for Addie preceding her marriage to Samuel I have on the post for George Washington and Isabella.

Larry McCombs supplied the following obituary for Addie:

Services Held Saturday for Addie McWhirt

Services for Addie McWHIRT, 86 year old pioneer resident of the Hominy area, were conducted Saturday afternoon in in the First Baptist church with the Revd. H. Henkel, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Hominy cemetery under the direction of the Powell Funeral Home.

Music for the rites was furnished by a duet composed of Mrs. Lester GRAHAM and Mrs. Ray CARNAGEY with Mrs. H. H. HENKEL as accompanist. Casket bearers were George BLACKWOOD, S. A. TAYLOR, Stanley LAY, Kenneth CARNAGEY, Ray CARNAGEY and Earl TERHUNE.

Mrs. MCWHIRT died last Wednesday at the home of her son, H. B. MCWHIRT, with whom she had been making her home. She had been in failing health for several years.

Born in Boone County, Iowa, October 10, 1864, Mrs. MCWHIRT came to this section with her husband, the late Sam MCWHIRT, in the early days when Hominy was nothing more than an Indian trading post. They came to Oklahoma from Missouri after having been married in Kansas and moving to Missouri.

They lived on farms in the Wynona, Bartlesville, Pawhuska and Hominy area for many years. Following her husband’s death, Mrs. MCWHIRT moved into town and made her home with her son, at whose home she died, and a daughter, Mrs. Jane Moore BOGLE.

Other survivors include another son, Clyde MCWHIRT, Wyona, and another daughter, Mrs. J. R. CUSTER, Midland, Tex. Also surviving is a brother, Eli MCKINNEY, Vicksburg, Miss; 18 grandchildren an 29 great grandchildren.

I’ve located the following census info on Addie’s family.

1900 OKLAHOMA OSAGE CENSUS EXCERPT
sheet 15 B “a part of the Osage Nation”, pg. 31 ancestry.com
265/270 MUISON? Jim? W. and Mamie and family
266/271 HORSLEY J. G. b. 1856 IL and family BROWER? I. T. boarder
267/272 B..STER, William b. 1862, b. MI, parents b. Canada, and Mary E.
268/273 MAZE A. M. b. 1860 b. IL parents b. IN and Annie W. G.
269/274 BAIR, Reg. L.
270/275 MCCORMICK George b. July 1874 age 25 b. KS, parents b. IL, farmer
Jim brother b. 1876 age 23 b. KS parents b IL
Kate sister b. 1874 25 b. KS parents b. IL
Welthie sister b. Dec. 1884, 15 b. KS parents b. IL
MCMAHONEY Edward boarder b. April ? 23 b. IL parents b. IL
NOTE: George, James, Kate and Welthie were children of Mary SPARKS and Samuel MCCORMICK. Mary SPARKS was the sister of Belle SPARKS who married George W. MCKINNEY Jr., brother of Addie MCKINNEY MCWHIRT
271/276 KENWORTHY Frank A. b. Dec. 1876 IN, father b. PA mother b. IN
Martha A. b. 1879 25, b. IL father b. IN mother b. IL
HAMOND Toney O. (or Torey) brother-in-law b. 1877 IL
272/277 TALLEY J..? M. or N. b. Dec. 1852 b. IL parents b. KY
Elizabeth b. 1862 b. IA parents b. OH
Frank son b. 1878 IL
James son b. 1881 MO
WOODLAND, Arch. boarder b. 1879 IN
KNICKBOCKER? Charles boarder b. 1866 IL
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273/278 MCWHIRT Sam Dec. 1862 age 38 b. IL father b. VA mother b. PA farmer
Addie b. Oct. 1865 age 32 married 18 years, 6 children, 5 surviving, b. IA parents b. OH
Clyde, June 1884 16 b. KS father b. IL mother b. IA
Harry, ? 1886 14 b. MO
Mamie Feb. 1889, 10, b. OK
Jurdy ? 1892, b. OK
Hattie Aug. 1894 5 b. OK
NOTE: Addie MCKINNEY MCWHIRT is the wife here. 274/279 MARKS Thomas b. 1856 44 b. IL father b. IA, mother b. PA
Mary b. 1855, 44, b. IL father b. PA mother b. OH
275/280 WOODARD Thomas B. b. 1861 MO and Mary C.
276/281 WARD S? B. Jan. 1860 b. WV and Ida
277/282 WELLS Columbus C. b. 1869 MO and Effie
278/283 BURSON William b. 1872 MO and Delia?
279/284 MCGAER Edward S. b. 1861 IN and Margaret E.
280/285 PEARSON Alex b. 1863 SC and Alice
281/286 MCKENZIE Charles E. Dec. 1868 b. KS father b. IL mother b. IN
Mamie Oct. 1874 b. KY father b. KY mother b. TN
Ethel b. 1895 KS
Dorothy b. 1897 KS
Aaron father b. 1836, 64 b. IL

1910 OSAGE STRIKE AXE #169 OK CENSUS
ancestry.com 17 of 40
7/7 MCWHIRT Samuel A 50 married 28 years b. IL father b. KY mother b. PA
Adda M 43? 10 children, 7 surviving b. IA parents b. OH
Harry B 22 b. MO
Marreen L? 20 b. OK
Jurdy T 18
Hattie D 15
Grace M 8
Mary 5
8/8 PEARSON Joseph R. 58 b. MO parents b. MO

By 1920, Addie and Samuel had separated. In the census she is given as widowed.

1920 KS, CHAUTAUQUA CO., BELLEVILLE
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
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

I’ve yet to locate Samuel McWhirt in the 1920 census. Though she would have been living in Pawhuska, I don’t locate Addie in the 1930 census, but I do find Samuel, who gives himself as widowed, just as Addie gave herself as widowed in 1920.

1930 OK, Osage Co., Strike Axe, District 42

2 RHODES Sam W. 60 and Emmy E.
3 MCWHIRT Sam A. head own $25 no radio mw 64 wd md at 19 b. IL father b. VA mother b. MI, laborer, general labor
4 FOSTER George Douglas 36 and Ada Lee

Year: 1930; Census Place: Strike Axe, Osage, Oklahoma; Roll: T626_1923; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 42; Image: 0496.

Samuel Alvin McWhirt was at some point in Leavenworth. I don’t know when.

Name Index to Inmate Case Files, U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1895 – 1931 (Record Group 129)
13190 McWhirt Charles
29024 McWhirt D. D. (Dot)
10103 McWhirt S.A.