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Queries January - December 2002



Marion I. Ward Jr January 22, 2002
I'm searching for any information regarding Mr. Marion Irtis WARD Sr.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you


Nancy February 23, 2002
I am looking for info on the following SMITH Family.  Have info to share.
Lafayette SMITH b. 1860 in Indiana d. 1922 in Ford County, Kansas
Wife - Cora b.  ? in Michigan d. ?  in Ford County, Kansas
Known Children:
Ellen b. abt. 1892 in Kansas
Pearl b. abt.  1894 in Kansas
Bert  b.  abt. 1900 in Kansas
LeRoy b. abt.  1902 in Kansas


Sheryl Batt March 9, 2002
I am looking for BROYLES, BATT, ALLENSWORTH, PATE in Ford County, Kansas.  Anyone with any info I would love to hear from you.  My husbands is a BATT.


Andree C. Swanson, MHR, MAOM March 15, 2002
I am researching the BARNGROVER family of Dodge City, Ford County.  I am looking for pictures of Orville BARNGROVER who was sheriff of Dodge City in the late 1950s.  Any assistance is greatly appreciated. 


Michael Borovik March 19, 2002
I am looking for any information on the BOROVIK family that lived in Dodge City Kansas during the 1880's. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.


Jody Spencer April 4, 2002
I have a suspicion that Rosa Oleta VANCUREN and George W. SPENCER were married in Ford County around 1898.  Also, Albert M. SPENCER may have been in the county, but died in 1901. If this rings any bells, or if anyone can do a marriage lookup, please let me know.


Sue Crow April 23, 2002
I am looking for Martha CHILDERS listed in her father's will as address Dodge City in 1915.  Would anyone with info on this family please contact me.


Janeice Crosson May 2, 2002
I am looking for information about Theodore and Martha McElhany GATTEN who lived in Dodge City, Ford County, KS,  about 1893 or thereabouts. They had a daughter named Jenny who had been born in 1891 in Colorado. He worked for the railroad as a switchman or brakeman. Any information appreciated.



Ken Ritter June 16, 2002
Reuben Roy Ritter was born 20 OCT 1887, and died 9 MAY 1936 in Ford County, KS at Spearville.  He was buried in Silent Land Cemetery, Ford County, KS at Spearville. He was the son of William Ritter and Sarah Young. He married Magnolia Louise Camp 23 FEB 1921, daughter of James Merritt Camp and Anna Amy Imel. She was born 14 MAR 1900 in Ford County, KS at Spearville, and died 22 MAY 1973 in Hodgeman County, KS at Jetmore. She was buried in Silent Land Cemetery, Ford County, KS at Spearville. Children of Reuben Roy Ritter and Magnolia Louise Camp are:  

Grace Amy Ritter. She married Kenneth Carlton Buckles. He was born ABT. 1920, and died around 1945.  She married Harold Key. A child named Vernon Leroy Ritter was born 29 OCT 1925 in KS, and died 16 MAR 1991 in Los Angeles County, CA at Long Beach. He married Beverly May Beatrice 21 AUG 1947. She was born 25 JUL 1928 in OK, and died 6 OCT 1990 in Los Angeles County, CA at Long Beach.   

William Ritter was born 1852.
Sarah Young was born 9 AUG 1853 in PA, and died 22 JUL 1922 in KS. She was buried in Spearville Cemetery, Ford County, KS at Spearville.

Child of Sarah Young and William Ritter is:
Reuben Roy Ritter was born 20 OCT 1887, and died 9 MAY 1936 in Ford County, KS at Spearville. He married Magnolia Louise Camp 23 FEB 1921, daughter of James Merritt Camp and Anna Amy Imel. She was born 14 MAR 1900 in Ford County, KS at Spearville, and died 22 MAY 1973 in Hodgeman County, KS at Jetmore.

Children of Sarah Young and John A. Imel are:    Gilbert Clarence Imel was born 12 MAY 1893 in KS, and died FEB 1975 in Taylor County, IA at Sharpsburg. He married Christina Rosa Schaffer 20 NOV 1917. She was born 15 APR 1896 in KS.
Floyd Imel was born 23 JUN 1893 in KS, and died JUL 1987 in Ford County, KS at Spearville. He married Marguerite May Wiedower 8 MAR 1916. She was born 4 OCT 1893, and died 17 OCT 1987 in Ford County, KS at Spearville.
Delbert Dewey Imel was born 28 APR 1898 in KS, and died 29 NOV 1993 in Ford County, KS at Spearville. He married Arva Allene Clark 3 SEP 1925. She was born 16 SEP 1906, and
died 21 NOV 1962.



Joelyn James July 6, 2002
I am researching Henry Clay BAIRD, born 1863 in Ky. He married Eva MARSHALL and lived in Spearville, KS. They had one daughter, Bessie Margarita, born in 1895. I am interesting in knowing where Henry Clay and Eva are buried in Ford County. I believe Henry Clay was the son of Joseph C. Baird who was listed in the 1880 census in Larned, Pawnee County, Kansas. Any help with this family would be appreciated.


Stephen Jackson August 5, 2002
I am seeking the burial site of William M. TILLBERRY. He was a Civil War soldier having served in both the 17th and 153rd Infantry. He died June 4, 1926, at the State Soldiers Home, Fort Dodge, Kansas. According to his death certificate he is buried at Sylvia, Kansas.


Bill Meyers August 13, 2002
VAN VOORHIS, Jennie Bell (Travis), 1873 - ? - I'm seeking information on Jennie.  She moved to Bucklin, Kansas with her parents in about 1882, married Van VAN VOORHIS in about 1891 and raised a large family (8 or 9 children).  She was shown in Bucklin on the 1930 U.S. Census.   I would assume she passed away in Bucklin.  I am seeking information about her passing and where she is buried.  Also, would be interested in stories/pictures. I would be more than willing to trade research for same in the Spokane/Seattle/Portland area. 



Don Hamilton September 8, 2002
I am looking for my ancestor in Ford County (Dodge City).  He was Town Marshall in the 1800's.  His name is Irve HAMILTON.  He was killed in a horse or mule accident and it is believed that he had family.   Any information at all would help.


Penny McFadden  October 3, 2002
I am searching for info on Sarah EDMONSON & Henry DAVIS who were married in Indiana and moved to Ford County abt. 1880. Their son William Henry married Lula ALEXANDER and also raised a family in Ford county. Any additional information on these families would be greatly appreciated.



Mary Vazquez October 12, 2002
I am the granddaughter of Harold ASTLE.  My family has been farmers outside Bucklin, Kansas for almost 100 years.  My mother Mary ASTLE still owns the family farm and leases it out.  I would like any info on my family history that anyone might know.  Thank you


William Meyers November 22, 2002
I would like to put a query on the site for obituary look-ups, it that's appropriate.  The look-up would be for Bert TRAVIS and Gordon VAN VOORHIS, both buried in Bucklin Cemetery.  Bert died February 27, 1947, Gordon in Jan 1993.  I would gladly trade efforts - I have access to archived Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Spokane and Portland papers.  I am also close to the NW facility of the National Archives.
(I believe Bert was Jennie VAN VOORHIS' brother and Gordon her son).  Thanks again,


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