Carrie Isabel McKenney with her niece, Jennie Belle Tripp, 1910

Courtesy of Larry McCombs

I touched it up a little.

This 1910 photo shows Carrie Isabel McKenney, daughter of George Washington McKenney Jr. and Belle M. Sparks, with her niece Jennie Belle Tripp, born October 6, 1909. Jennie was a daughter of Mabel Clair McKenney, Carrie’s sister, and Franklin B. Tripp.

Francis Partch once wrote me of a postcard she had mentioning Jennie:

I am looking at an old postcard Mr. & Mrs. Frank Tripp to Mrs. E. T. Conner at Pawhuska, OK. (This is my grandmother Amanda Emelia McCormick Conner West) announcing the birth of a daughter Jennie Belle TRIPP, born Oct 6. The card is postmarked 8 OCT 1909 at Chautauqua Kans. I think this daughter died as a little girl.

The 1910 census showed the Tripps living in Big Hill, Osage, Oklahoma. The McKenneys were living in Chautauqua, Kansas.

Jennie died December 25, 1915 and is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chautauqua County, Kansas.

The photo was either taken in Osage, Oklahoma or Chautauqua County, Kansas.

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.


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
Belle 45 IN
Carrie 17 OK
Carrie 81
Mable 26 KS

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.

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:


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.

Samuel Bartow and Mary S. McKenney

BARTOW, Samuel
born in Ohio, April 18th, 1818. When nineteen, bought a farm in Monroe county. Lived there until the fall of 1849, when he located in Bartholomew county, Indiana. Lived there three years, teaching school part of the time, then went to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and St. Louis, Mo.; from there by steamer to St. Paul and to Minnetonka. Made a claim to the farm on which he now lives, located on the south shore of Lake Minnetonka. Married in 1839 to Mary McKenney. They have five children. He has held the office of county commissioner and has been prominent in the affairs’ of the town.


Samuel Bartow is currently believed to be the son of Eli Bartow and Charity of Harrison County, Ohio. He was born April 18, 1818 in Ohio. He married, 1839 in Ohio, Mary S. McKenney who was born 1810 in Pennsylvania and died before 1870. She is currently believed to the the child of Robert and Margaret McKenney of Belmont, Guernsey and Monroe Counties, Ohio.

Samuel and Mary had five children:

  1. Robert W. Bartow b. May 10, 1845 in Ohio, married first, in July 1869 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, E. M. (Alice) Page born abt 1848 in Wisconsin, died March 17, 1879. They had two children, Robert and Horace. Rbert second married Ella, who had been born Jan 1854 in Indiana. Their children were Joseph A. and Thomas C.
  2. Luther B. Bartow b. Dec 1846 in Ohio, married a woman named Annie who was born May 1857 in Iowa. They had at least 5 children, Sidney Bruce, Jenette, Clifford, and two others who the 1900 census gives as having deceased.
  3. Margaret A. Bartow was born 1848 in Ohio.
  4. Mary S. Bartow was born Feb 1855 in either Minnesota or Indiana.
  5. Samuel Milton Bartow was born 1856 in Minnesota. He was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Rathdrum, Indiana.

Samuel’s 1838 Noble County, Ohio land patent shows his land in proximity of Robert McKinney, one of the reasons for which he is believed to be the father of Samuel’s wife, Mary S. McKenney.

Samuel BARTOW took his land in the same area in W1/2SE on Sept 1 1838.
Robert MCKINNEY took his land also Sept 1 1838 in the same area W1/2NW.

The 1840 Cadiz, Harrison, Ohio census doesn’t reflect yet Samuel’s marriage to Mary S. in 1839.

In 1840 in Monroe Co., Samuel’s father Eli is living by Robert MCKINNEY/McCLUNEY.

Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: , Harrison, Ohio; Roll: 402; Page: 146.
Samuel BARTOW – – – – 1
James McADAM

The 1850 Redding, Jackson, Indiana census.

Robert SUTHERLAND? b. KY and Esther and family
William A. MAYBE 29 upper Canada and Sarah
497/507 Samuel BARTO 32 teacher b. OH
Mary 40 b. PA
Robert W. 5 b. OH
Luther B. 3
Margaret A. 2
Eli 50 farmer b. NY
Nicholos MEGER? Germany and Catherine
George WOLFMAN Germany and John

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Redding, Jackson, Indiana; Roll: M432_152; Page: 131; Image: 264.

By 1852, Samuel Bartow was residing in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

The 1857 Township 188, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

21 Sept 1857
Searched only for the name “Samuel” and was able to find in 1857 Hennepin and found in Townsyip 118 on page 25
Saml Bartlow 45 PA
Mary 35 PA
Robert 12 PA
Lushon 10 PA
Margaret illegible age PA
Mary 4 PA
John 1 Minnesota
Then did a handsearch for Robert McKenney in the 25 pages of that census and didn’t find

Samuel’s land entry, 1857, in Hennepin, Minnesota.

Document Number: 915
Total Acres: 96.65
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: April 02, 1857
Mineral Rights Reserved: No
Metes and Bounds: No
Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries
Land Description:
11 5TH PMNo117 N22 W8
23 5TH PMNo117 N22 W7
34 5TH PMNo117 N22 W7

He appears to be a neighbor of Robert Eugene McKenney whose homestead was “the S.W. quarter of section 19 in
township 117 N. of range 22 in the district of lands
subject to sale at Minneapolis, Minn. containing 158
acres and 60-100th. of an acre”.

1860 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: M653_570; Page: 0; Image: 253.
Listed as BARTON in index
78/77 Samuel BARTOW 40 farmer $1500 $200 OH
Mary 40 b. PA
Robert 16 b. OH
Luther 15
Margaret 12
Mary 8 b. IN
Milton 5 b. MN
Wyant VANDTSEIN 30 farmer b. NY

The 1865 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

1865 Minnesota Hennepin County, Minnetonka
Robert W.
Luther B.
Maryaceth A.
Mary C.
Saml M.
Rebecca E.
Charity A.
Samuel B.

The 1870 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

Year: 1870; Census Place: Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: M593_5; Page: 617; Image: 634.

44/46 BARTOW Samuel 52 farmer $1200 $300 b. OH
Margaret 22 b. OH
Luther 23 b. IN
Mary 18 b.MN
Milton? 14

Next page

49/52 BARTOW Robert 25 Farmer $1200 $225 b. OH
Alice 22 b. Wisconsin
PAGE Albert 24 farm laborer b. Wisconsin

Allan McKenney’s notes on Samuel Bartow’s residence:

“I was looking at a plat map of Minnetonka twp. (1874) and found Samuel Bartow’s property according to the BLM coordinates. He did indeed live on the south side of Lake Minnetonka that borders with Gray’s Bay.These old maps have the persons name who lives on the land at that time (owners). This is also interesting as, just south of his place and a little east, is Groveland. This shows an unidentified church and cemetery. I think that this is where Sam’s wife Mary is buried. Groveland cemetery goes back to 1852 to the presant day. I also came across all of the burials for Bloomington cemetery (over 2,000) burials. Checked all who are there, and no Bartows nor Macs show up.”
Allen McKenney

1875 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

Handsearched Minnetonka, Hennepkin for 1875 and found…

1875 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota
Pg. 4
Samuel Bartow 57 O father b. P mother b. O
Mary 23 b. illegible parents b. OH
Milton 19 b. MN parents b. OH

Pg. 6 Robt W. Bartow 24 b. OH parents b. OH
Alice M. 26 b. Wisconsin father b.NY mother b. Wisconsin
Robert 1 b. MN father b. OH mother b. Wisconsin

1880 Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: T9_623; Family History Film: 1254623; Page: 153.4000; Enumeration District: 220; Image: 0309.

113/116 BARTOW Robert W. 35 OH OH PA
Robert 6 MN OH WI
Horace 1 MN OH WI
Samuel 65 father OH NY NY
Mary S. 26 sister IN OH PA

The 1885 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

54 Mary J. Whipple and family
55 Samuel Bartow 67 b. Ohio
Luther B 38
Anne 32 b. Iowa
Sidney B 0 b. Minnesota
56 R. W. Barto 39 b. Ohio
Bert 11 b. Minnesota
(illegible) 6

Please, if you are a descendant and have further information on Samuel Bartow or Mary S. McKenney, we’d love to hear from you. See the contact page.