John Foster and Catherine Brewer Marriage


Above is the Neosho County, Kansas marriage license, Dec. 22 1869, of Catherine Hedden Brewer and her second husband, John Foster. Born Feb 21 in Shelby County, Kentucky, Catherine was first married on March 30th 1843 to Daniel Levi Brewer (this blog’s direct line).

John W. Foster had previously been married to Hannah Oury, who had died Jan 31 1868 in Neosho.He would live to Aug 28 1895 and die in Canville, Neosho, Kansas. Catherine lived to May 25, 1903 and died in Greenfield, Dade, Missouri.

Thomas Strickland and Elizabeth Nichols Marriage


Thomas Strickland and Elizabeth Nichols marriage document

Courtesy of Judy Berndt, the marriage record of Thomas Strickland and his second wife, Elizabeth, who had been previously married to a man by the name of Nichols. This blog’s direct line is concerned with Thomas and his first wife, Elizabeth Shock.

Thomas Strickland was born Oct 18 1802 in Williamson County, Tennessee and died January 1874 in Missouri. His first wife, Elizabeth, born Oct 28 1807 in Fayette County, Kentucky, died January 1853.

Marriage License of Catherine Hedden Brewer and John Foster

Catherine Hedden married first Daniel Levi Brewer on March 30 1843 in Kentucky. He died April 20 1868 in Osage Mission, Neosho, Kansas. On Dec 26 1869, in Neosho county, Kansas, she married 2nd John W. Foster. He had been previously married to Hannah Oury who had died 1868 Jan 31 in Neosho county, Kansas. Following their marriage, the children in the household, in 1870 were Alexander, Mary, Edward, Catherine and Jennie, all children of Foster, who had been born between 1849 and 1860. With the exception of the youngster Brewer daughter, the Brewer children were out of the household before the death of their father. The youngest, Matilda, was only 13 years and 19 days old when she married, on Feb 19 1869, to Russell Henderson who was ten years her elder. A number of the Brewers tended to marry far younger than I’ve observed in other families. Matilda’s sister, Rachel, was 13 and 10 months when she married Atwell Henderson, brother of Russell. Delana Fowler was only 14 when she married David Nathaniel Brewer, who was 5 years her elder.

Edward Foster married Minnie Catherine White, who was the daughter of his step-sister Sarah Elizabeth Brewer and Elias White. She was 15 when they married and he was about 17 years older than she.

Marriage License of Mary Sparks and Samuel McCormick

Francis Partch has located the marriage certificate of Mary Sparks and Samuel McCormick. Their marriage took place at Osage Mission, Neosho County, Kansas on December 31st of 1872. This is interesting as it places the Sparks in Neosho County at the same time that the McKenney family is in Neosho. George Washington McKenney Jr., who later married Belle Sparks, was boarded out to an Osage Mission family in the 1875 census.

Marriage license of Sparks and McCormick

Martha Catherine Sparks

Martha Catherine Sparks, daughter of James E. and Carrie E. (Cary Ann) Burch Sparks, was born 1859 Oct in Indiana. Her birth family being covered in another post, this one will be concerned with her life after her marriages.

On 1878 June 24, at Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas, Martha married Philemon Thomas.

They would have 7 children:

  1. Clara Gertrude b. 1880 in Kansas married William T. Moore on 1898 Feb 6 in Chautauqua Co. Kansas.
  2. Edith b. 1881 in Kansas
  3. Arthur b. 1881 March 23 in Kansas married Florence Glen who had previously been married to a John L. Cross and was in Spokane, Washington with him in 1910. 1920 finds them in Strike Axe, where John must have died. Before 1924 she married Arthur. He died 1965 July 3 and is buried at the Pawhuska cemetery. They had one son, Arthur Thomas Jr. b. abt. 1925.
  4. Carrie B. b. 1883 in Kansas married June 24 1902 in Sedan, Chautauqua Co. Kansas to Joseph Elkins who was born about 1876 in California. His parents were John W. and Mary Elkins and the 1880 census shows them in Oregon, Butte, California. Joseph and Carrie moved to Colfax, Whitman, Washington, where they are shown in the 1910 census.
  5. James Alfred (or Alfred James) was born 1885 in Kansas. On 1907 Oct 7 in Chautauqua County he married Ida Rae Tripp, daughter of James Preston “Jim” Tripp and Jennie M. Susan McWhirt. Jennie was a sister-in-law of Addie McWhirt McKenney. James Preston Tripp had married in 1899, after Jennie’s death, Mary Elizabeth Sparks, sister of Mary Catherine. This family is covered in another post.
  6. Henry Josephus was born Nov 1887 in Kansas.
  7. Noah was born 1890 Dec 14 in Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas and died 1959 Oct 12 in , Osage, Oklahoma. He is buried at the Pawhuska Cemetery.

The family of Philemon Thomas

Philemon Thomas was born July 14 1857 in Monroe Count, Iowa, son of Alfred Thomas and Isabella Emeline Haley. Alfred Thomas was from , Rush, Indiana, and Isabella from Illinois. They were married in , Monroe, Iowa. Philemon’s father having died in 1857, the 1860 census finds him with his mother in the household of a James W. Boyd.

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Monroe, Monroe, Iowa; Roll: M653_336; Page: 167; Image: 400. PO Albia
1168 James W. BOYD 34 farmer $560 $1000 b. TN
? BOYD 30 domestic IL
Elizabeth 26 IA
John T.23 farming
Julia 19 domestic
James W. 16 farming b. IL
Eleanore H. MOORE 44 domestic $600 $0 TN
Isabel THOMAS 25 $0 $350 b. IL
Philemon THOMAS 3 IA

In 1870 in Green, Lawrence, Missouri, the Thomas family is again in the household of the Boyds.

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Green, Lawrence, Missouri; Roll: M593_787; Page: 445; Image: 60.
134/129 BOYD James W. 62 farmer $0 $900 TN
Louisa M. 40 keeping house IL
Julia A. 29
James W. 26 works on farm
MOORE Elen… H. 54 TN
THOMAS Isabell T. 36 IL
Philaman 13 IA

The Boyd and Haley families had been long associated. In 1850 in , Sangamon, Illinois, we find them living side by side. Isabel Emeline Haley, yet to be married to Alfred Thomas is in the Boyd household.

1850 Illinois, Sangamon Co.
774/774 Thomas HALEY 44 farmer $1600 b. VA
Malvina 33 b. KY
Benjamin 9 b. IL
Edward 8
775/775 James BOYD 42 farmer $300 b. TN
Louisa 21 b. IL
Narcisa 16
John 13
Julia Ann 9
James 6
William MOORE 77 b. SC
Edna C. 37 b. TN
Emily 35
Emeline HALEY 16 b. IL

Philemon Thomas and Martha Catherine Sparks in the Censuses

A Willis G. Hays lives next to the family of James Sparks in 1880 in Chautauqua County Kansas. His parents were John Hays and Elizabeth Hays, found in the 1860 Iowa, Monroe County census. This Willis Hays married the above Elizabeth Narcissa Boyd, daughter of James, in Iowa in 1866. Looking further down the page? We find the Boyds.

The Illinois Marriage database shows a Thomas J. Haley marrying a Mirassa Moore on May 16 1832 in Sangamon County, Illinois. The 1850 census shows a 44 year old Thomas with a 33 year old Malvina. It’s likely this is that couple and that Marissa/Malvina married Haley when she was but 15 years of age. I have seen girls married that young and even younger. Emeline Haley was perhaps a daughter. And Tabitha Moore, wife of James W. Moore, was likely a sister of Malvina/Mirassa Moore.

We find the family of Philemon and Mary Catherine living next to her parents.

1880 Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas
(4) or (294 B)
ELDRIDGE Isaac 45 Farmer b. NC parents b. NC
Icey T. 33 wife b. NC parents b. NC
Charlie B. 14 son b. NC
Emma M. 12 daughter b. NC
William A. 10 son b. MO
Ellie W. 7 daughter b. KS
Kenny H. 4 son b. KS
Robert D. 2 son b. KS
THOMAS Philemon 22 farmer b. IA father b. IN mother b. IL
Martha C. 20 wife b. IN parents b. IN
Clara C. 11/12 daughter b. KS
Isabelle E. mother b. IL father b. KY mother b. TN
NOTE: Martha C. is Martha C. SPARKS, daughter of James E. and Carrie SPARKS, of the next household.
SPARKS James E. 47 stone mason b. IN Parents b. KY
Carrie 45 wife b. IN Father b. IN and mother b. MD
John 27 son b. Indiana
Belle M. 12 daughter b. Illinois
William E. 3 son b. Kansas
NOTE: Belle M. SPARKS will marry George Washington McKINNEY Jr. They appear in the 1900 Chautauqua Co. Belleville Township Census.

31/32 HAYS Willis S. 40 Farmer b. IN parents b. IN
Elizabeth 46 b. IL parents b. TN
Mary T. 13 b. IA
Lemontt 12 b. MO
M…? (f) 8
Elmina? 6
Talitha M. ? 2 b. KS
WOOLSEY (?) George W. 50 widowed physician b. TN parents b. TN
Jerimiah 25 son single farmer b. MO parents b. TN
Jane E. 14 daughter at home, rheumatic fever at time of census b. MO parents b. TN

35/37 BOYD James W. 72 b. TN father b. NC
Louisa W. 50 daughter b. IL parents b. TN
Julia A. 40 daughter
William J. 37 son
MOORE Eleanor 64 sister-in-law b. TN parents b. SC

I’m unable to locate the Thomas family in 1885 and 1895 in Chautauqua, the sons born during that time however have their birth places as Kansas. They may have been moving back and forth between Chautauqua and the Osage Reserve.

In 1900 we find them back in Belleville. Daughter, Clara, was already married and living in Leavenworth, Kansas. Daughters Edith and Carrie B. are not with the family. Edith was on the Osage Reserve, as I show below.

The couple is living with Philemon’s widowed mother.

THOMAS Philimon July 1857 42 md. 21 yr. b. IA father b. IN mother b. IL farmer rents
Martha Oct. 1859 40 7 children 7 surv. b. IN parents b. KY
illegible son 1881 19 b. KS
Alfred J. son 1885 15 b. KS
Henry J. son Nov 1887 12 b. KS
Noah son Dec 1890 9 b. KS
Emaline mother July 1834 65 widow 1 child 1 surv. b. IL father b. VA mother b. TN

Edith was over on the Osage Reserve living in the household of her cousin, Mae McCormick (mother was Mary Elizabeth Sparks) who was married to Antoine/Antwine Rodman. The families beside them were related to the Nemaha Reserve Roys. Frank Denoya was a son of Francis Denoya and Marthat Lessert, and Martha a daughter of Clemment Lessert and Julia Roy. Moses Plemondon was married to Clementine Denoya, another daughter of Martha Lessert and Francis Denoya. Elizabeth Baylis was Elizabeth Loise, whose parents were Edward Paul Loise and Mary Jane Barada. Mary Jane and Elizabeth were Nemaha Reserve allottees. (I note this because of the McKenney connection with the Ioways of the Nemaha Reserve.)

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Osage Indian Reservation, Osage and Kaw Indian Reservation, Oklahoma; Roll: T623 1344; Page: 64A; Enumeration District: 255.
43/43 RODMAN Antoine IN Dec 1872 27 OK father b. KS mother b. OK Osage, father white, mother Osage
M… B. ? Nov 1881 28 KS parents b. IN
THOMAS Edith white 1882 March 18 b. KS father b. IA mother b. IN
44/44 Frank A Denoya Feb 1857 43 b. OR Osage, parents Osage 15/16 white father b. Canada mother b. MO
Mary J Denoya 1868 Oct white31 b. KY parents b.KY
Joseph F Denoya 22 June 1877 22 Osage, father Osage
Jacob A Denoya 21 Oct 1878 21
Hurbert Denoya 19 Dec 1881 19
Martha Denoya 16 July 1883 16
Ida Denoya 15 Jan 1885 15
Mable Denoya 14 May 1886 14
James E Denoya 9 June 1890 9
Clara Denoya 8 July 1891 8
Grace L Denoya 7 Nov 1892 7
Alfred R Denoya 6 ? 1894 6
Charlotto m Denoya Dec 1895 4
Myrtle G Denoya 1 Sept 1898
45/45 PLOMONDON Mose ? 1840 60 md 32 b. WA Osage, father white, mother Osage, 15/16 white parents b. Canada
Clemey ? wife Jan 1855 45 32 10 of 12 children b. WA, Osage, father white, mother Osage, 15/16 white father b. Canada mother b. MO
Louis C. son Jan 1885 15 b. OK
Rosa M. daughter IN April 1886 14 b. OK parents b. WA Osage father white mother Osage 15/16
Stella daughter IN Sept 1889 10 b. OK parents b. WA Osage father white mother Osage 15/16
Daniel B. son IN 1892 8 b. OK parents b. WA Osage father white mother Osage 15/16
Julia A. daughter IN 1894 6 b. OK parents b. WA Osage father white mother Osage 15/16
Louise C. daughter IN 1897 3 b. OK parents b. WA Osage father white mother Osage 15/16
46/46 BROCK Williwam C.
47/47 ?
48/48 BAYLIS Elizabeth May 1845 55 widow b. NE father b. MO mother b. NE Osage, father white, mother Osage, 1/4 white
Harry D. son 1882 17 b. NE father b. VA mother b. NE Osage, father white, mother Osage 1/8 white
Charles D. son June 1886 13 b. NE father b. VA mother b. NE, Osage, father white, mother Osage 1/8 white
SCOUT Weslie? nephew April ? 26? b. NE father b. IN mother b. NE, Osage, father white, mother Osage, 1/4 white

By 1910 the family is over in Pawhuska. The Indian and white families were still on separate schedules. By 1920 we find the Thomas family living beside the John and Nannie Tripp Whitehorn.

Philemon’s widowed mother continues to live with the couple.

In the census is Nannie Tripp WHITEHORN whose father was James Preston TRIPP and stepmother was Mary Elizabeth SPARKS.

A DRAKE lives beside both Philemon (given here as Phillip) THOMAS and Martha SPARKS THOMAS and James Preston TRIPP and Mary Elizabeth SPARKS THOMAS.

14/14 WHITEHORN John Ind 27 married 6 years b. OK parents b. KS (Osage full blood)
Nana 22 4 children 2 surviving b. MO father b. IL mother b. MO
Arthur b. OK

(17 of 53 pg. 292 or 9A
116/117 DRAKE ? K 45 married 22 years b. KS father b. IL mother b. US
Maggie 38 8 children, 6 surviving b. KS father b. US mother b. OH
John WW 17 b. KS
Ray A 9
George M 6
Gladis 1 b. OK
117/118 MAINE or MAINS WIlliam W. 35 married 7 years b. KS father b. Michigan
Ella 30 4 children, 4 surviving b. KS father b. English mother b. IL
Andew A. 5 b. KS
Charles E. 3 b. OK
Loyd W. 1 and 2/12
…MORE Evert L. stepson 19
118/119 THOMAS Philip 50? married 31 years b. IA father b. IN mother b. IL
Martha C. 53? 7 children, 7 surviving b. IL parents b. IN
Isibell 72 mother widowed 1 child, 1 surviving b. IL father b. KY mother b. TN
119/120 SAVAGE Amos? 27 b. IL parents b. IL
Mary 21 b. KS father b. ? mother b. IA
BAKER J. W. boarder 35 b. Texas parents b. US
(NOTE: On previous page is William SAVAGE 36 b. IL parents b. IL with Ida)
120/121 FISHER Valez M. ? 30 b. Texas father b. KY mother b. MO
France? 28 b. IL
FARQUIER brother-in-law 15
121/122 ENYART Leroy W. 43 and Alice 39 and children

In 1920 they are in Strike Axe living next to John and Nannie Tripp Whitehorn. Son Alfred and his wife Ida Rae Tripp live nearby. (I’ve been unable to locate James Alfred Thomas in 1910, and have been unable to locate Arthur Thomas in either 1910 or 1920. Ditto Henry Josephus, I’ve been unable to find him in 1910 or 1920 either. Noah Thomas likewise can’t be found in the 1910 and 1920 censuses. Where did they go?? And yet in 1917-1918 when son Noah registered with the military, he was living in Pawhuska and was a “transfer driver” for “J. P. Thomas” who is likely his father. Josephus also registered out of Pawhuska, giving his birthdate as Nov 28 1887, born in Sedan. He was farming and working for Jim Brown? The name is illegible. But he was employed at what looks like C. S. W. Pawhuska.)

Alfred THOMAS and Ray TRIPP THOMAS, Philemon THOMAS and Martha SPARKS THOMAS, John WHITEHORN and Nannie TRIPP live in a cluster.

1920 Osage Co. OK Srike Axe census:
43/48 PLUMMER James F. and Bertie C. (and children)
44/49 THOMAS Phil rent 62 b. IA father b. IL mother b. IL farmer
Martha 60 b. IN parents b. IN
45/50 WHITEHORN John Indian 39 b. OK parents b. IL
Nannie 24 b. MO father b. IL mother b. MO (and children)
Arthur J. 14
Charles 12
Waneta 7
Christie or Christine?? 4
John M. 2
Walker K. 8/12
NOTE: Nannie is Nannie TRIPP, a daughter of James Preston TRIPP, who married 2nd Mary SPARKS, a sister of Martha SPARKS.
46/51 GAREN Thomas Indian 52 b. NY father b. NY mother b. Canada
Ida Indian 40 b. Minnesota father b. NY mother b. Illinois (and children)
47/52 BROWN Frank and Clara E. and children
48/53 HENDRICKS William Indian b. OK parents b. OK
May white b. Nebraska parents b. IA
49/54 THOMAS Alfred 27 b. KS father b. IN mother b. IL
Ray 24 b. KS father b. IL mother b. MO
Henry 11 b. OK
Martha J. 4 b. OK
NOTE: Ray is the daughter of James Preston TRIPP
50/55 BROWN John A. b. AR parents b. AR
Minnie M. b. MO father b. unknown mother b. MO

1930 shows them again in Strike Axe, sons Noah and Josephus both in the household, Noah a veteran of WWI. Son Arthur is living next to Lloyd McWhirt and his wife Dora Strikeaxe.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Strike Axe, Osage, Oklahoma; Roll: T626_1923; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 40; Image: 0429.
93/95 WHITEHORN James 30 and June (probably brother of John who is by now divorced from Nannie TRIPP)
98/100 THOMAS, Philemon 72 md at 19 b. IA parents b. IA Farming General Farm
Martha wife 70 md at 18 b. IN father b. KY mother b. IN
Noah son 38 D md at 21 b. KS father b. IA mother b. IN Labor on General Farm Veteran of WWI
Josephus son 40 S b. KS father b. IA mother b. IN Laborer on Cattle Ranch Veteran of WWI
99/101 CUMMING WIlliam and Susanna and family
100/102 BARKER Lile
101/103 POSTON Thomas and Naomie and family
102/104 STRIKEAXE Pendleton 50 Full blood Osage and Mamie E. wife full blood Winnebago (probably relations of Dora Strikeaxe. Son Arthur THOMAS lived near Dora Strikeaxe MCWHIRT)

Year: 1930; Census Place: Strike Axe, Osage, Oklahoma; Roll: T626_1923; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 39; Image: 0402.
3/3 THOMAS Arthur 49 md at 44 b.KS parents b.KY
Flora M. 46 md at 15 b. MO parents b.MO
Arthur Jr. son 4 b. OK father b. KS mother b. MO
FRESE? Mildred stepdaughter 15 b. OK father b. KS mother b. MO
Jimmie ? Lee Stepson 8 b. OK father b. KS mother b. MO
5.5 MCWHIRT Lloyd Head R mw 23 md at 20 b. OK father b. MO mother b. OK
Dora J. wife Indian 24 md at 16 b. OK Mixed blood mother b. OK
MURPHY Bourdon? Indian stepson 7 b. OK father b. KS mother b. OK, Osage
MURPHY Roscoe Indian stepson 5 b. OK father b. KS mother b. OK, Osage
MURPHY Norma Jane Indian step daughter 4 b. OK father b. KS mother b. OK, Osage
MCWHIRT Helen Marie Indian Daughter 1 and 6/12 b. OK Mixed blood Osage
LONG Leo Lodger 26
EDWARDS Noah Servant (Race “Neg”) 27 md. md at 20 b. OK parents b. OK
NOTE: Lloyd MCWHIRT was a nephew of Addie MCKENNEY MCWHIRT.

Philemon died 1936 May 21 in , Osage, Oklahoma. Martha died 1942 Aug 14 in , Osage, Oklahoma. Both are buried at the Pawhuska Cemetery.

Amanda “Mandy” Emelia McCormick



Amanda “Mandy” Emelia McCormick, twin to Weltha, was born 1884 Dec 13 in Kansas to Samuel McCormick and Mary Elizabeth Sparks. I’ve covered her family history in another post and will pick up here with her marriages.

Mandy’s first marriage was to Elmer T. Conner, 1899 Dec 24 in , Chautauqua County, Kansas.


State of Kansas, Chautauqua County, ss.
In the Probate Court of said County and State.
Elmer T. Conner, who now here makes application for marriage license, addressed to any person authorized by law to join in marriage the said Elmer T. Conner, aged 23 years and Amanda McCormick, aged 16 years, being by me first duly sworn doth say, that they have the unqualified consent of their parents in their marriage, and that neither of said parties has been divorced by the decree of any Court in this State within six months last past.
And that they, the said Elmer T. Conner and Amanda McCormick are not related to each other in the degrees prohibited by law, to wit: Parent and child, grandparent and grandchild of any degree, broth and sister of either of the one-half or of the whole blood, uncle and niece aunt and nephew, nor first cousins; and that there exists no legal impediment to said marriage.
Signed: Elmer T. Conner
In testimony whereof, I the undersidgned, Judge of the Probate Court in and for Chautauqua County, and ex-officio Clerk thereof, have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said court, at my office this 23 day of December 1899.
No. 62
Sig. N. A. Brewster, Probate Judge
FIled 23 day of Decm 1899

State of Kansas Chautauqua County ss.
Sedan, Kansas, December 15, 1899
To any Person Authorized by Law to Perform the Marriage Ceremony, Greetings,
You are hereby authorized to join in marriage
Elmer T. Conner of Pawhuska, O.T. aged 23 years
and Amanda McCormick of Chautauqua Co., aged 16 years
and of this License you will make due return to my office within thirty days.
Sig. N. A. Brewster
Probate Judge

State of Kansas, Chautauqua County SS.
I, G. W. Jameson do hereby certify, that in accordance with the authorization of the within license, I did on the 24 day of December 1899, at Chautauqua, in said County, join and unite in Marriage the above named Elmer T. Conner and Amanda McCormick.
Witness my seal the day and year above written.
G. A. Jameson
Filed 26 day of October 1904.
N. A. Brewster

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Elmer, born in Nebraska in 1877, was the son of Wilson W. Conner and Melinda Waggoner, whose parents were Jacob and his first wife, Susan Everhart.

The 1880 census showed them in Ft. Calhoun, Washington, Nebraska.

The 1900 census shows the Conners living in the Osage area not far from the James Preston and Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp, Mary Elizabeth being Mandy’s mother.

sheet 19 B, Osage Indian Reservation, 39 of 236 at
Enumerated on the 2nd day of June
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
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
3363241 MCWHIRT ? Head wm b. Feb or Oct 1849 41 married 8 years, b. IL (no birthplace parents) farmer can read and write rents farm #15
Jenns L. (?) wife wf b. Sept. 1849 3 children with 3 surviving, b. MO, parents b. MO illiterate
William J. son wm b. Dec. 1877 22 b. IL parents b. IL can read
John W. son wm b. Oct 1892 7 b. MO father b. IL mother b. MO can’t read or write
May daughterwf b. July 1896 age 3, b. MO, father b. IL mother b. MO
WOODSON Mattie daughter wf b. June 1877, 22 married 6 years, 2 children with 2 surviving, b. MO, father b. IL, mother b. MO can read and write
William L. grandson wm March 1897, 3, b. MO, parents b. MO
Verny L.,grandson wm b. Sept. 1899 b. MO., parents b. MO
337/342 TRIPP James P. head wm b. March 1842, age 68 is definite, md, b. MO, no birth place for parents, farm laborer (looks like 1842 and age 68), looks like was unemployed 2 months of the year, can read and write
Mary E. wife wf b. June 1859, age 40, md, 6 children, 6 surviving, b. IN, father b. KY, mother b. IN, can read and write
Frank B. son wm b. April 1884, age 16, b. KS, parents b. MO, farm laborer, unemployed 9 months of year, can read and write
Ray I. daughter wf b. Jan 1890, age 10, b. OK, parents b. MO att school 2 months, can read but not write
Jesse F. daughter wf 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

Francis PARTCH writes (Sept 2002): “I am looking at a postcard addressed to Mrs. Amanda Conner at Pawhuska, OK. It is postmarked Jan 30?, 1909 at Medicine Lodge, KS. The message is: ‘Hello, Auntie. How are all of you we are all very well But colds. from Belle’.”

1910 shows the family living near a Ben Maze. This was Benjamin William Maze who was married to Elsie M. Dunham. William’s parents were A. M. and Annie Maze and the family was living two households from Mandy’s siblings, George, Jim, and Welthie in the 1900 census. In 1929, Ben and Elsie’s daughter, Icy Irene, will marry, in Pawhuska, Robert Raymond Henry I, son of Robert Votaw Henry and Sarah Louise Franklin, Sarah Louise being a daughter of the Nemaha Reserve family of William Franklin and Mary Roy. (I make note of the Nemaha Reserve associations in close proximity because of the connection of the McKenneys with the Ioway.)

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Pawhuska Ward 2, Osage, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1268; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 166; Image: 1024.
215/231 CONNOR E. T. 30 md 10 years NE parents b. IN
Amanda 25 3 of 3 children KS father b. NE mother b. KS
Marie M. 7 b. OK father b. NE mother b. KS
Sylvester 5
L. Evaline 2 b. OK parents b. US
216/232 BEDFORD George and Bessie
217/233 MAZE Ben W. 25 Kansas parents b. US
Elsie M. 20 MO parents b. MO
Nadine G. 3 b. OK father b. KS mother b. MO
Helen 1

Elmer and Amanda had 5 children:

  1. Marie M. b. 1903 in Oklahoma
  2. Sylvester b. 1905 in Oklahoma m. Willie Celia Johnson.
  3. Lillie E. b. 1909 in Oklahoma
  4. Dollie I. b. 1913 in Colorado
  5. Elmer T. b. abt 1915 in Colorado

One can see by the births of the children that the Conners had moved on to Colorado by 1913, where Elmer died in 1915.

The widowed Amanda CONNER can be seen in the 1920 COLORADO, BACA COUNTY, VILAS CENSUS. She is in household 124/125 living between a Stinson L. SCOBS and David L. LAY. The household consists of CONNER, Amanda E., head, owner, 34, widow, b. KS, father b. IN and mother b. IL., farmer; Marie M. 17 b. OK parents b. NE and KS, Sylvester E. 14 b. OK, Lillian E. 11 b. OK, Dollie I. 7 b. CO, Ellmer T. 4 and 1/12 b. CO; and ESKRIDGE Calvin R., 35, is in the household as a hired man, b. AR, father b. MO and mother b. GA.

Amanda married a second time, on May 10 1920 in Springfield, Colorado, to Sherrill West, who was born 1878 in Missouri. They would have two children:

  1. Ralph West b. 1921 in Vilas, Baca, Colorado
  2. Buford b. abt 1924 in Colorado

The family is observed in the 1930 census.

WEST Sherill W. 52 married at 44 b. MO parents b. PA farmer – general farming
Amanda 45 married at 15 b. KS father b. IN mother b. IL
CONNER Sylvester C. 25 b. OK farm laborer – general farming
CONNER Dolly 16 b. CO father b. NE mother b. KS
CONNER Elmer 14
WEST Ralph 9 b. CO father b.MO mother b. KS
Buford 6

Amanda died in Rural Springfield (2 miles N – 11 East of Springfield), Baca, Colorado on June 11 1949 and was buried at the Minneapolis Cemetery north of Walsh, , Colorado.

Haynes Crabtree, son of Littleton Crabtree and Rebecca Cox

Marriage certificate of Haynes Crabtree and Elizabeth Evans.

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Haynes Crabtree, b. 1829 in , Jones, Mississippi, died March 5 1865 at the Camp Chase POW camp in Ohio. He married on 1853 Sep 7 in , Mobile, Alabama, Elizabeth Evans who was born 1836 Oct 11 in Alabama, died 1906 Feb 4, and is buried at Gulf Crest Cemetery at Gulf Crest, Mobile, Alabama.

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Samuel Crabtree, son of Irvin Crabtree and Sarah Faggard

Samuel Thomas CRABTREE was born 30 Dec. 1838 at 28 Mile Bluff, AL. He died 17 June 1923 at about 85 and is buried at Indian Springs Cemetery at Eight Mile, AL, where his tombstone reads that he was born 1838 and died in 1923. Amie Akerman notes that both Phelan B. Crabtree, son of Sam Sr., gave Samuel T. as being born in 1838.

On 10 March 1859, at Mobile, AL., Samuel, 21, married Margaret OVERSTREET, daughter of Jacob OVERSTREET and Elizabeth DAVIS. Margaret (perhaps Margaret Mary) was born 14 March 1840 in GA and died 1872 at 32. She is buried at Indian Springs Cem., at Eight Mile, AL.

Amie Akerman notes:

“Her (Margaret’s) parents WERE Jacob and Elizabeth Davis Overstreet, this is from the 1840 Census of Wayne Co Ms…Jacob and Elizabeth’s names were given to me by James Ervin Crabtree (still living in Moss Point, Ms,) grandson of Samuel T. Jr., son of Sam and Margaret, also, Harry Keenan (still living), grandson of Vina E. Crabtree Stringfellow daughter of Sam T. Jr., son of Sam T. Sr. and Margaret Overstreet Crabtree.”

Amie continues,

“John Overstreet son of Henry, father of Jacob is on Page 2, #4. John’s son James is on Page #13. b.15 Feb 1807 d.18 Mar 1883. Jacob is on Page 5 #14 b. 1810 d 1845.

“Jacob and his family are listed in the 1849 Wayne Co, Ms census with Elizabeth and his children. Jefferson b. 1832, Sarah b.1835, Ferba b. 1837, *Margaret (my ggrandmother) b. 1839, Brazil b. 6 Aug 1842, and Rosier R. b.1844.

“James Ervin (of Moss Point, Ms) in a conversation with me, claims Elizabeth Davis Overstreet was full blooded Choctaw, making Margaret and her siblings half Choctaw. Jacob is NOT shown in 1850 census, he died in 1845. Elizabeth IS shown with her children in the 1860 census, page 3.”

Amie Akerman supplies the following history and dates for Samuel Thomas CRABTREE:

“I believe GGrandpa Sam was married 4 times.The dates of his children tend to prove this. A story told me, by his son Phelan B. CRABTREE and my Aunt Sarah Beatrice Crabtree PARNELL, is that, and I quote them, ‘By the time he was 17 Grandpa Sam was married had three children and served in the army.’

“Samuel Thomas CRABTREE b.12/30/1838 d. 6/17/1923 Birthplace 28 Mile Bluff, AL. Buried Indian Springs Cem. Eight Mile AL. Son of Ervin and Sarah Ann Faggard CRABTREE.

Samuel m. Wife #1 unknown.
Children of Samuel and wife #1:
(1) Herbert b. d.
(2) Matthew b. d.
(3) Littleton b. d.

“Samuel m Wife #2 Marguerite/Margaret OVERSTREET 3/10/1858 (Mobile Co Bk 17 Pg 51). Marguerite b. unknown, d. 1872. Buried at Indian Springs Cem., Eight Mile AL. Children of Samuel and Marguerite/Margaret:
(4) Jarvis b. d.
(5) Samuel Thomas, Jr b.9/7/1862 d 3/9/1936
(6) Theodore b.1866 d.
(7) Thomas Jefferson b. 7/1/1870 d.5/18/1918. Marguerite died 1872. Thomas was two yrs old.

(8) Eliza Ann b.1876 d.1924 WHO WAS ELIZA’S MOTHER? She would have to be Wife #3.

“Samuel m. Wife #4 Nancy Francis HEVELSTON 3/5/1880 (Mobile Co Bk2 Pg 340). Nancy HEVELSTON was b.4/1/1858 at Semmes; d. 3/1/1944. Buried at Indian Springs Cemetery Eight Mile AL. Children of Samuel and Nancy after 1880:
(9) Mary Francis b.1883 d.1964
(10) Virginia Belle b. d.
(11) Ruth Erette b. d.
(12) Rosa Lee b.7/17/1890 d.
(13) Phelan Britton b.5/30/1895 d.6/22/1990 (Met Him)
(14) Laura b.3/26/1898 d.11/4/1983 (Met Her)
(15) Sarah Ann (Sally) b.8/9/1902 d.
(16) Jane b. d. Died at birth
(17) Amos McMalore b.7/26/1871 d.8/26/1942

“I Was told by Uncle Phelan, Aunt Sarah Beatrice PARNELL and Rena Crabtree BOOTHE (the ggGranddaughter of Theodore) that Amos was the son of Nancy HEVELSTON. He was either adopted by Samuel Sr. or just took the name of CRABTREE. His last name was FOSTER. There is more to this story, told me by Uncle Phelan. There was a murder committed in Mobile Co. area, and shortly after that, Theodore and Amos left the area and, in his words, ‘high tailed it to the Richburg and Hattisburg, MS area’. Theodore was married to an Indian woman (unknown to me). They did meet two sisters Catherine and Hattie HARTFIELD and married them. Theodore married Catherine and Amos married Hattie. They are all buried in Richburg Cem. I met Amos’ children on a visit to Hattisburg in 1984.

“The rest of Sam’s story: He was father to 17 children, the last fathered at age 72. Just think how many he would have had if Viagra was around then. Hope you can enjoy this story of a grandpa I never met, but wish I had…”
Amie Akerman

I asked Amie how in the world Sam could afford 17 children. What he did for a living. She replied, “It has been said that Sam was a butcher but I would imagine he would have probably worked at job to feed his kids…I know some of the (Crabtree) men worked in saw mills, my grandpa Tom worked in Chickasaw AL setting off dynamite to clear land. Some worked on boats…others in ship yards. Uncle Phelan, drove oxen…”

FamilySearch, Internet Genealogy Service, in an August 21, 1999 site search gives Samuel “Sam” as being born 1850 in Georgia and that there were these other siblings to Samuel Thomas and Adam Bell, but the dates are very far off from what Amie Akerman sites: iii. Littleton “Lit” born 1848, Gainsville, Hall Co. AL. Married Nancy.
iv. Jacob “Jake” born 1852, GA. Married Jane Miller, born 1852.

Amie Akerman writes: “There are six (6) Littleton CRABTREES in Littleton and Rebecca’s line. Also two of the Littletons married Nancy’s, one a BUSBY and one a BROWNING. One month apart 3 Mar 1858 and the other 5 Feb 1858. Think they are trying to confuse us.”

The 1860 census shows Samuel CRABTREE living in the same area as the KEARNS. Irvin CRABTREE, his brother, was father of Adam Bell CRABTREE, father of Susie CRABTREE who married Rhett Goode KEARNS.

1860 ALABAMA MOBILE CENSUS, Mobile Township pg. 98
861/669 Geo F. BOONE and family
862/670 Saml CRABTREE 22 Butcher RE value: 500. personal value: $200 b. AL
Margaret 21 b. MS
Louise V. 3/12 b. AL
Thos. BUSH 28 Labourer b. England
863/670 Rebecca FARRLER 60 RE value: 111,000(?) Personal value 40,000 b. AL
Helen E. BULLOCH 35 b. AL
865/672 John J. MERRMAN and family
867/673 Hourg L. MERRBOLD (?) and family
868/674 Dennis GREEN 28 gardener b. Ireland RE value: 1100 Personal value: 500
Sarah 27 b. Ireland
Mary 1 b. AL
Ellen QUINN 13 b. Ireland
Patrick SWEENY 20 Laborer b. Ireland
869/675 Michael MCDONALD 35 gardener RE value: 2200 Personal value: 500 b. Ireland
Mary 40 b. Ireland
Ann 30 b. Ireland
Michael MCNAIL 20 laborer b. Ireland
Terence OLAUGHLIN 22 b. Ireland
879/676 Jas. STEWART 45 personal value: 300 b. Ireland
Ann 48 RE value: 1500 b. Ireland
Mary J. 13 b. Alabama
James H. 12 b. Alabama
Margaret A. 10 b. AL
870/627 Patrick MCNULTY 30 Gardener RE value: 400 personal value: 500 b. Ireland
Elisa 32 b. Ireland
(pg. 99)
Mary A. 8 b. AL
Daniel KELLY 30 Laborer b. Ireland
871/678 KEARNS John 39 Gardener RE Value: 1400 Personal value: 400 b. Ireland
Catherine 31 b. Ireland
Eliza A. 8 b. AL
Micahel 4 b. AL
Timothy 1 b. AL
Frank ROMAN or RENAN(?) 45 Laborer b. Ireland
872/678 Thomas FINCH 40 gardener b. Ireland
? 35 b. Ireland
Ellen 2 b. AL Mary 1 b. AL Mary (?) 63 b. Ireland
873/680 Peter KEEGAN 50 Laborer b. Ireland
Michael FINCH 24 Gardener b. Ireland
Sarah 60 b. Ireland
Mary 19 b. Ireland
Ellen 17 b. Ireland
874/681 Edward RENE 38 shoemaker b. Saxony…

Death certificate of son Thomas Jefferson gives Samuel’s birth place as AL, Mobile Co.

Following are Samuel’s marriage licenses to Margaret Overstreet and Nancy Francis Helveston.

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