Mary Elizabeth Sparks

Photoshopped to try to make the photocopy look more like a photo.

Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp
Image courtesy Francis Partch

I’m going to cover a lot of ground here with these families, and it gets a bit complex.

Mary Elizabeth Sparks and First Husband Samuel McCormick

Mary Elizabeth Sparks was born 1857 June 13 in Indiana to James E. Sparks and Carrie E. (Cary Ann) Burch. She married first, about 1872, in Kansas, Samuel McCormick who was born about 1852 in Indiana.

The best possible I’ve had so far for Samuel McCormick is in an 1870 census in Johnson, Knox, Indiana, but it’s yet unconfirmed if this is the right Samuel, and may not be.

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Johnson, Knox, Indiana; Roll: M593_331; Page: 82; Image: 164.
248/256 MCCORMICK John 59 farmer $1000 $500 b. IN
Jane 55 OH
Samuel 22 day laborer IN
Julia A. 18
William 15
Marion 12
BENSON Mary 37
Marcellus 13
Emma 9
Minnie 5
Martha A. 8/12
249/259 MCCORMICK George 30 Farmer
Amanda 25
Alice 3
Laura B. 1

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 invented 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 Springfield, Colorado on May 10, 1920.”

In 1875, Samuel and Mary are living not far from James Sparks and Carrie, the parents of Mary.

1875 Sedan, Howard, Kansas
Pg. 26
4/2 James SPARKS 67 Farmer $100 KY from IL
M. 66 KY from IL
5/6 I. F. ELDRIDGE 40 NC from MO
I T? 28 NC
C B 9 NC
E M 7 NC
W A 5 MO
S V 2 KS
6/2 M MURPHY 38 and S E Murphy 34
8/4 G SHEEK from NC
9/3 S MCCORMICK 24 b. IL from MO

Mary and Sam are in the 1880 Sedan census. Mary’s uncle, Benjamin Sparks, is living several households before them.

pg. 382a
COPPLE John 36 b. NC parents b. NC and Sarah 44 b. MO parents b. TN and SC and family
CALL Marquis 52 b. NY parents b. VT and OH and Nance E. 41 b. KY parents b. IRE and KY (and family)
CASEMENT J. C. 41 b. ENG farmer and Mary 39 b. MI parents b. MI and NY (and family)
FOGLE John 30 b. IN parents b. OH and Millie 25 b. IL parents b. OH and IN (and family)
JOHNSON L. P. 26 b. IN and Rebecca 26 b. IN and parents b. KY (and family)
HAMON Frank 36 b. OH parents b. VA and Nancy 39 b. KY and parents b. VA and SC (and family)
KENDALL T. C. 38 b. IN parents b. VA and PA
KENDALL A. S. 27 b. IL parents b. VA and PA and Elizabeth 22 b. WI parents b. IN and NC (and family)
NOTE: A March 8 1999 Chautauqua Co. KS genealogy posting by sjpbjp at gives the above T. C. as Tubal C. KENDALL. G. W. MCKINNEY Sr’s daughter, Martha, married Marion CAMPBELL, son of a John CAMPBELL and Nancy KENDALL. I don’t know if there’s any relation to these KENDALLs who are living near Mary Sparks MCCORMICK and Benjamin SPARKS, both siblings of Bell, G. W. MCKINNEY Jr’s wife.
pg. 382b
CHILL Zebulon 45 b. IN and Minnie 28 b. WI and father b. MD and mother b. NC (and family)
COPPLE William 35 b. MO and parents b. NC and Ida 20 b. IL and father b. OH and mother b. IL (and family)
COPPLE Millard 23 b. MO parents b. NC
COPPLE Addis 18 b. KS parents b. unk
Sylvester 2 months b. KS father b. MO mother b. KS
SPARKS Benjamin Divorced 40 b. IN farm laborer parents b. KY
FLOYD Martin V. 37 b. IL father b. IL and mother b. IN, and Nancy 32 b. IL with parents b. IL (and family)
BUTLER J. H. 26 b. IA father b. OH and mother b. IN and Katie 28 b. NY with parents b. IRE (and family)
MCCORMICK Sand (sic) 28 b. IN parents b. unk. farmer
Mary 23 b. IN parents b. IN
Guss 6 b. KS parents b. IN
James 4 b. KS parents b. IN
Carrie 1 b. KS parents b. IN
MCKNIGHT C. 63 b. IN father b. NC and mother b. IN and Rebecca 51 b. KY with father b. VA and mother b. KY. Their children from the eldest (29) all born in MO.
HOUSTON J. B. 59 b. TN parents b. NC and Mary 56 b. TN parents b. NC and TN (and family)
(and family)

I’m unable to locate the pair in the 1885 census in Kansas, indicating they were probably then in Oklahoma.

Children of Sam and Mary were:

  1. George Gus McCormick b. 1874 July in Kansas
  2. James McCormick b. 1876 in Kansas. Died about 1905 in El Paso, Texas.
  3. Katherine “Carrie” McCormick b. abt. 1879 in Kansas. Katherine is understood by Frances Partch’s father as having married an Ed McMann. He is possibly the Edward McMahoney boarding in the household of Kate and siblings in the 1900 census (see below). Chautauqua County, Kansas Marriage books give Catherine McCormick, living in Pawhuska, marrying 1901 Feb 9 to Edward H. McMahon. They had three children in the 1910 census, Edna B. 8, Floyd E. 6 and Gordon E. 7/12, in Pawhuska where they ran a rooming house, but by 1920 Ed is in Tulsa with 45 year old Allie b. Illinois for a wife, a 17 year old Floyd in the household and a 10 year old Allie. The mother of both children is given as born in Illinois. I’m assuming that Catherine had died, but I don’t know yet where or when. She isn’t buried in the Pawhuska Cemetery.
  4. May McCormick b. 1881 November in Kansas married Antwine Rodman on 1898 July 4 in Chautauqua County, Kansas. The “Osage Star” reported on May’s death: Mrs. May Rodman died at the home of Peter Spirling, Saturday morning March 11, from chronic Suppurative Salpigitis [sic], age twenty-three. The disease was of nine years standing, and deceased had been confined to her bed almost continually for the last five months. She was a sister of James McCormack who died a few days since at El Paso, Texas. [The Osage Journal 18 Mar 1905]
  5. Weltha b. Dec 1884 in Kansas. The Chautauqua County, Kansas marriage books give her as living in Sedan and marrying a Harry Jennings of Sedan on 5 June 1906, however I’ve not found them in the 1910 census and in 1920 and 1930 Harry is living with birth family and gives himself as single.
  6. Amanda “Mandy” Emelia McCormick b. 1884 Dec 13 in Kansas, died 1949 June 11 in Springfield, Baca County, Colorada (buried at Minneapolis Cemetery north of Walsh, Colorado) married first Elmer T. Conner 1899 Dec. 24 in Chautauqua Co. Kansas, then Sherrill West. I’ll write of this family in another post.

Samuel McCormick died in 1887, the exact date unknown.

The Birth Family of James Preston “Jim” Tripp, Mary’s 2nd Husband

On 1889 Dec 6 at Pawhuska, Osage, Oklahoma, Mary married 2nd James Preston “Jim” Tripp, son of Horace Baron Tripp and Elizabeth N. Wood. They would have one son together, John Lee “Johnny” born Oct 14 1900 at Pawhuska. Johnnie married Della Beeson Dec 16 1933 in Osage County and died 1974 April 3 at Pawhuska. Both he and Della are buried at the Pawhuska City Cemetery.

Johnny had an accident in childhood which had caused him to be paralyzed. He learned to walk with his hands.

Horace and his wife, Elizabeth, were both born in Newry, Oxford, Maine. Horace’s family is in the 1850 census in Lima, Adams, Illinois, then in 1860 he has married to Elizabeth and is in the census again there, but I can’t find their marriage in the Illinois online database. Serving in the 18 Illinois Infantry, Company D, as a private, Horace died in the Civil War and his wife and two children, James and Rufus, moved to the Hewins, Chautauqua Co. KS area in the 1860s or 1870s.

The Drakes, Step Family of James Preston Tripp

What happens then is fuzzy. It seems Elizabeth married an Isaac N. Drake who was 12 years her junior, a son of Ithamer Drake and Mary Ann McCalip, who were married in Shelby, Indiana. James Preston Tripp would be “William” in the below census.

pg. 327C
Isaac N. DRAKE male 27 IL farmer parents b. IN
Elizabeth DRAKE wife 39 b. IN parents b. OH
John W. son 8 KS parents b. IL
Charley 7
Frank 4
Mary H. 2
William P. TRIP stepson 17 b. IL farm laborer father b. ME mother b. IL

The pair are observed again in 1900.

Year: 1900 Census Place: Harrison, Chautauqua, Kansas; Roll: T623 473; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 5.
35/35 DRAKE Isaac M. Feb 1851 49 md 28 years b. IL parents b. IN
Elizabeth H. wife Dec 1838 61 md 28 yr 5 of 6 children surviving b. IL parents b. IL
Frank L. son Jan 1876 24 b. KS parents b. IL
Mattie D. daughter-in-law March 1879 21 0 of 1 children surviving b. TX father b. OH mother b. Canada

Elizabeth Wood Tripp Drake died and was buried in the Ozro Falls, Chautauqua, Cemetery.

DRAKE, Effie M. (Logsdon) Land 1877 1950 “Mother”
DRAKE, Isaac Newton 14 Apr 1863 07 Sep 1934
DRAKE, Ithamer 13 Sep 1829 17 Jan 1908 Co. H, 118th Ill. Inf.
DRAKE, Iva May 18 Aug 1892 11 Oct 1909 d/o Isaac & Laura M.
DRAKE, Laura May (Land) 19 Sep 1867 06 Apr 1926 “Mother”
DRAKE, William Edward 1887 1938 “Father” Vet.
TRIPP, Rufus 06 Apr 1858 25 Oct 1900 (“Dive”)
TRIPP, Elizabeth H. (Wood) Tripp 11 Dec 1839 27 Apr 1908 w/o I. N. Drake

Isaac and Elizabeth had 4 children who would have been half-brothers then of James Preston Tripp. (1) John W. Drake b. 1872 Oct. married a Bertha M. Pugh 1892 Jan 31 in Chautauqua. (2) Charley Drake married Hattie Pugh, a sister of Bertha. (3) Frank L. b. abt. 1875 married Mattie D. (4) Mary H. b. 1877.

James Preston Tripp’s First Marriage to Jennie M. “Susan” McWhirt

Now, returning to James Preston Tripp. He had been married previously to Jennie M. “Susan” McWhirt, b. 1862 in Illinois, daughter of Cornelius Sullivan McWhirt and Mary L. O’Brine. She was a sister of Samuel Alvin McWhirt who married Addie Mae McKenney abt 1881.

James and Jennie had the following children:

  1. Franklin B. Tripp b. 1884 March 17 in , Osage, Oklahoma Indian Territory, married Mabel Clair McKenney. (I’ll cover this family in a separate post.)
  2. Nannie Lee Tripp b. 1886 Jan 4 in Missouri, died 1957 July 16 and was buried at the Pawhuska Cemetery. On March 30 1904 she married John Whitehorn b. 1885 Jan 1 on the Osage Reserve, died 1939 Jan 27 and was buried at the Pawhuska Cemetery. They had 5 children: Arthur James, Charles, Wuanita, Christine, John M. and Walker K. They were apparently divorced and John was remarried to a Flora in the 1930 census.
  3. Ida Rae b. 1896 in Missouri, died after 1930, on 1907 Oct 7 married James Alfred Thomas, son of Philemon Thomas and Martha Catherine Sparks. (I’ll cover this family in another post.)
  4. Dessie Mae. b. abt. 1887 in Kansas, died 1967, buried at the Pawhuska Cemetery, married Francis Marion Roebuck. Francis Roebucks parents, Thomas Jefferson Roebuck and Lydia Ann Bailey, were married Shelby County, Indiana.
  5. Fred Tripp b. abt. 1892 in Oklahoma
  6. Jessie F. b. 1893 in Oklahoma

James and Jennie appear in the 1885 Center, Chautauqua Co., Kansas census together, but not in 1895 so I’m assuming by then they were in Oklahoma.

1885 Center, Chautauqua, Kansas
102 Preston TRIPP 22 b. IL from IL
Jennie 22
Frank 1 b. Osage Nation from Osage Nation
103 William HEAD 25 b. GA from TX
Anna 18 b. IN from IN
104 Charles TENNENT 26
Malinda 21 b.
John 1 b.
105 C S MCWHIRT 57 b.PA from IL
Mary 46 b. IL from IL
Sensa 16 b. AR from MO

Census Data Following the Marriage of James Preston Tripp to Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick

In 1900 we find James Preston Tripp with his 2nd wife, Mary Elizabeth Sparks. Both had been married previously and it’s not uncommon in such situations to find children from those previous marriages not all in the household. At the time of their marriage, Mary’s eldest, George, would have been 25, James would have been 24, Katherine would have been 20, May would have been 18 (she had married in 1898 to Antwine Rodman), Weltha would have been 15 and Amanda would have been 15 (twins). James’ son Frank would have been 15, daughter Nannie would have been 13, Dessie Mae would have been 12, and Ida Rae would have been 3.

The 1900 Osage Oklahoma census shows on page 15B, Mary Elizabeth’ children by Sam MCCORMICK, George, James, Kate and Wealthie are in household 270 with an Edward McMahoney who I believe to have married Kate. Addie McKenney McWhirt is in household 273 with her family. Daughter Amanda is married to Elmer Conner and observed in household 332. James Preston Tripp and Mary Elizabeth are in household 337. James Tripp’s half brother, John W. Drake, is in household 338.

Franklin Tripp Jr. is in the James Preston Tripp and Mary Elizabeth Tripp household, as is James Preston Tripp’s youngest daughter, Ida Rae, but she is given as 10 rather than 4, and 14 year old Nannie and 13 year old Dessie aren’t observed. A 7 year old Jessie F. is in the household.

1900 Osage Indian Reservation, Oklahoma

Mary’s children by Sam MCCORMICK are in household 270. Addie MCKENNEY MCWHIRT is in household 273 with her fmaily. James Preston TRIPP and Mary SPARKS MCCORMICK TRIPP are in household 337 beside John DRAKE.

sheet 15 B “a part of the Osage Nation”, pg. 31
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 (error here, BD is not the same year as George)
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. Welthie is the twin of Amanda who is seen with her husband at household 332. Frances Partch believes Edward McMahoney, the border, may have married Katie as she was understood by Frances’ father as having married an Ed McMann.
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
(next page)
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
sheet 19 B, Osage Indian Reservation, 39 of 236 at
331/336 SHED Newton and Mattie
332/337 CONNER Elmer head b. 1877 age 23 b. Nebraska, father b. Indiana, mother b. PA, farmer
Mandy wife Dec. 1884 15 b. KS, parents b. IN
NOTE: Mandy is Amanda McCormick. Her siblings are seen at household 270.
333/338 BRYANT Charles A. Nov. 1873 age 26 b. KS, parents b. MO, and Effie
S? Al.. W. Boarder
334/339 ELLIS George b. 1864? 36 Indiana, parents b. OH., and Fannie, 27, b. IL, parents b. IL
335/340 WHITE Dewitt, age 35, and Mary E. b. 1880? 19, b. IA, father b. PA, mother b. Canada
BURNS Mary A. mother-in-law b. Canada BURNS Mattie sister
336/341 MCWHIRT ? b. Feb 1849 41 married 8 years, b. IL (no birthplace parents) farmer
Jenns L. (?) wife b. Sept. 1849 3 children with 3 surviving, b. MO, parents b. MO
William J. son b. Dec. 1877 22 b. IL parents b. IL
John W. son 1892 7 b. MO father b. IL mother b. MO
May daughter b. July 1896 age 3, b. MO, father b. IL mother b. MO
WOODSON Mattie daughter b. June 1877, 22 married 6 years, 2 children with 2 surviving, b. MO, father b. IL, mother b. MO
William L. March 1897, 3, b. MO, parents b. MO
Verny L., b. Sept. 1899 b. MO., parents b. MO
337/342 TRIPP James P. head b. March 1842, age 68, b. MO, no birth place for parents, farm laborer
Mary E. wife b. June 1859, age 40, 6 children, 6 surviving, b. IN, father b. KY, mother b. IN
Frank B. son b. April 1884, age 16, b. KS, parents b. MO
Ray I. daughter b. Jan 1890, age 10, b. OK, parents b. MO
Jesse F. daughter b. March 1893, age 7, b. OK, parents b. MO
338/343 DRAKE John W. b. Oct 1872, age 27, married 8 years, b. KS, parents b. IL, farmer
Bertha M., wife, b.? 1874, age 26, 4 children, 4 surviving, b. KS parents b. IL
Daisy P. b. Dec. 1892 7 b. KS, parents b. KS
Stella E. b. Oct. 1894, age 5, b. OK, parents b. KS.
Virgil W. b. Oct. 1896 age 3, b. KS parents b. KS
Zella b. August 1898, age 1, b. OK, parents b. KS

Looking over in Harrison, Chautauqua County, Kansas, we find Frank’s daughter, Nannie, living in the household of his half brother, Charles.

168/170 DRAKE Charles head Feb 1872 28 married 7 years b. KS parents b. IL farmer
Hattie M. wife April 1872 3 of 4 children surviving b. IL father b. IL mother b. IN
Roy E. son 1896 3 b. KS father b. KS mother b. IL
Lizzy A. son 1897 2 b. KS
Thedra daughter 1899 1 b. KS
HALLADAY Edward Boarder 1834 66 widowed b. NY parents b. NY
PUGH Marcus R. Brother in law 1879 29 b. IL father b. IL mother b. IN
TRIPP Nannie L niece 1886 13 b. MO father b. IL mother b. MO
DRAKE Mary L. Daughter of illegible April 1871 29 widowed b. OH father b. Germany mother b. OH

In 1905 we find Weltha McCormick back in Kansas living next to the McKenneys. I have no information on her after this.

11/11 HENDERSON J L 33 and ME (line 3)
CANVILLE Rena b. Osage Nation
12/12 CALLAHAN WL and Anna (line 6) b. Osage Nation
13/13 NESSELROAD W B 26 and LB 20 (line 16) b. Osage Nation
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 1910, Jessie Tripp is out of the Tripp household and is a servant:

Big Hill Township, Forster, Osage, Oklahoma
18/19 BROWN Ephraim A. 68 married twice b. NC parents b. NC proprietor of restaurant
Mattie 59 married once b. IN parents b. TN
TRIPP Jessie servant 17 b. OK works in restaurant
DUNCAN William B. boarder 31 TN parents b. Tennessee house carpenter
EXEL? H. G. Boarder 41 b. TX parents b. TX cowboy on cattle ranch
NORDEN? Fred boarder 24 b. WI parents b. WI house carpenter
COLVIN James M boarder 55 b. MO father b. VA mother b. KY pasterer?

James and Mary Sparks McCormick Tripp are seen in the 1910 Osage Pawhuska Census with a Fred born 1882 and son John b. 1900. Ida Rae would have been 13 (from James Tripp’s first marriage to McWhirt) but she isn’t with them. I don’t know where Fred was in 1900. Living next to them is John Drake, James Tripp’s half brother.

161/163 DRAKE John 32 married 4 years b. KS parents b. IL
Cora 29 5 children 3 surviving b. VA parents b. VA
Vigil? 14 b. KS
Cornelius ? b. OK
Walter 4/12
162/164 TRIPP James C? 48? married 10 years b. IL father b. US mother b. IL
Mary E. 51 11 children, 8 surviving? b. IN father b. KY mother b. IN
Fred 18 b. OK father b. IL mother b. MO
John 10 b. OK father b. IL mother b. IN

In 1910, George Guss McCormick appears to be in the Kansas state asylum in Ward 1, Osawatomie, Miami, Kansas, which served both the mentally ill, and those with tuberculosis. I have no information on him after that.

I’m unable to find James and Mary Tripp in 1920.

After the death of James Preston Tripp, Mary is observed living with her son John.

TRIPP John O $600 28 b. OK father b. MO mother b. IN mechanic auto repair
Mary mother R $8 72 b. IN father b. KY mother b. IN

The Tripps in the Pawhuska, Osage, Oklahoma Cemetery:

Tripp, Frank B. 00/00/1884 00/00/1966 Sec 4 Rw 2
Tripp, Mabel C. 00/00/1888 00/00/1972 Sec 4 Rw 2
Tripp, Mary S. 00/00/1857 00/00/1939 Sec 6 Rw 1 Mother”
Tripp, Johnie Lee 00/00/1900 00/00/1974 Sec 6 Rw 1 Husband”
Tripp, Della B. 00/00/1902 00/00/1980 Sec 6 Rw 1 Wife”
Tripp, Nora B. 05/10/1888 11/02/1903 Sec 5 Rw 10 Dau of R.E. & N.A. Tripp
Tripp, James P. 00/00/1863 00/00/1928 Sec 5 Rw 10

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.