Sunday, October 01, 2006

1830 - Mary and Morris Carothers in Indiana

In the 1830 US Census, in Indiana, Jackson County, Salt Creek, there is listed the following:

Mary Coruthers as Head of Household
1 male under 5
2 males of 5 and under 10
1 female of 30 and under 40

Mary is likely the widow of William Carothers, he having died in 1826.
The three boys are likely the sons of William and Mary, William, Isaac, and James.

Morris Cruthers as Head of Household
2 males under 5
1 male of 20 and under 30
1 female of 10 and under 15
1 female of 30 and under 40

At this time, Morris Carothers was about 22 years old.
The question is now, which of the females is Anna, the first wife of Morris? Either one makes for an interesting story. Is it possible Morris married Hanna when she was so young, and the older female is possibly a mother in law? Or is it possible that Morris married a woman at least 8 years his senior who had a 10 year old daughter? It's also possible the ages are a bit off. Hopefully, further research will shine some light on the situation.
The two boys are likely the sons of Morris and Anna, William and Joseph.

It is interesting to note that Morris married Diadema Ann Connelly on May 14, 1831, the year following this census. Diadema had been previously married to a man whose surname is Mitchell.

In the entry directly following that of Mary Carothers is that of Joseph Hanna. Is he related to Anna, whose maiden name was Hanna? Considering Joseph is between 50 and 60, he may be Anna's father.

Joseph Hanna as Head of Household
1 males under 5
2 male of 10 and under 15
2 male of 15 and under 20
1 male of 50 and under 60

1 female under 5
2 female of 5 and under 10
1 female of 10 and under 15
1 female of 15 and under 20
1 female of 40 and under 50

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Received Newspaper Articles about Tom Carothers

The State Historical Society of Missouri comes through once again! I have received several newspapers regarding the death of Tom Carothers that I mentioned requesting in this post.

Clinton Daily Republican
April 24, 1913
pg. 3, col. 2

A. Carothers and W. A. Carothers received a telegram this morning that the former's brother was run down by a freight train in the yards at Kansas City, both limbs being badly mashed, so that amputation will be neccessary. The Messrs. Carothers left on the Frisco for that place.
Kansas City Star
April 24, 1913
pg. 4A, col. 1

Fatally Injured by a Train
Tom Crothers Was Run Over in the East Bottoms

A man who gave his name as Tom Crothers was run over by a Kansas City Southern freight train at Knoche Junction in the East Bottoms about 10 o'clock this morning. He lost both legs and was bruised severly about the head. He was taken to the General Hospital, where he died at 2 o'clock this afternoon. He said he lived in Clinton, Mo., and was single. He was dressed as a laborer.
Clinton Daily Republican
April 25, 1913
pg. 1, col. 3

Fatally Injured by a Train
Tom Crothers Was Run Over in East Bottoms

A man who gave his name as Tom Crothers was run over by a Kansas City Southern freight train at Knoche Junction in the East Bottoms about 10 o'clock this morning. He lost both legs and was bruised severly about the head. He was taken to the General Hospital, where he died at 2 o'clock this afternoon. He said he lived in Clinton, Mo., and was single. He was dressed as a laborer.

The above clipping was taken from Wednesday evening's Kansas City Star. Mr. Crother is a brother of A. N. and W. H. Crothers of this city.

The body was taken to the home of his brother, A. N. Crothers on North Fourth street, from which place funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 9:30 by Rev. A. N. Lindsey. Burial at Norris cemetery.
Clinton Henry County Democrat
May 1, 1913
pg. 2, col. 5

Former Clintonian Killed in K. C. Yards

W. H. Carothers returned Friday from Kansas City accompanying the remains of his brother, Thomas who died in the general hospital there Thursday night.

Mr. Carothers was run down by Kansas City Southern engine in the yards that morning and had both legs cut off and his skull fractured. He was sent to the general hospital, where he died a few hours later. A. M. Carothers and brother, W. H., went to Kansas City at noon Thursday and identified the body as that of their brother, Thomas, who they thought was employed some place in the west.

It is believed that Mr. Carothers had returned to Kansas City and was employed near the yards and that he was injured while on his way to work.

He was a single man and leaves two brothers, A. M. and W. H., of this city.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850

Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850

A search for Carothers at the above link, yielded the table below. Several of these appear to be the children of William Carothers.

Last NameFirst NameSpouse: Last NameSpouse: First NameCounty:Date:
CarothersEmilyStoneSilas H JrRush8-31-1845
CarothersHarvyGibbsLouisa TRush2-9-1840
CarothersJohn J BStoneEmelineFayette5-17-1846
CarothersMildred GHowardRobertRush5-15-1845
CarothersThomas HAmissCatherine HHoward2-13-1849
CarothersWilliamHudsonNancy GLawrence9-4-1844

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Request for Newspaper Articles about Tom Carothers, Part 2

As mentioned in an earlier post, I received an email that a quick search of the indicies at the State Historical Society of Missouri didn't locate an obituary or other newspaper articles for Thomas Carothers. They suggested I make use of the fee based search, which I have done. I sent the letter off to them this morning, and I should hear back from them in the next week or so.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Received: History of Westfield, Illinois, and Northwest Clark County

Last Saturday, I received a copy of the "History of Westfield, Illinois, and Northwest Clark County" I requested. It must be returned by August 25th. The book is 120 pages long, with family histories starting on page 63 and continuing until page 118. The remainder of the book contains many pictures and history specific to Westfield.

As I hoped, besides the information I already have in my possession, from this book, about Morris Carothers, and his family, there is also information about the families of his wives. Morris was married 4 times, 3 of his wives appear to have been Westfield residents. Life was very tough on these women. Only his last wife outlived Morris.

Anna Hanna
There is no information regarding the first wife of Morris in this book beyond what is mentioned about her in the section about Morris.

Dedemiah (Connely) Mitchell
There does not appear to be any information about the Mitchell family beyond what is mentioned about in the section about Morris. Regarding the Connelys, there are 8 entries by Connely families in the book. In particular, the "Connely Family" entry on page 76 is about Dedemiah's parents and her family.

Sarah Morrell
Sarah is the mother of Clark Carothers, and a direct ancestor of mine. The only Morrill entry is for Seth Thomas Morrill. However, although he has a sister named Sarah, he was born in 1859, and the Sarah I'm interested in was born in 1815. 44 years is a bit much of a stretch to make them siblings. However, perhaps the Sarah I'm interested in is Seth's Aunt? Seth's parents are listed as Frances Marian and Catherine Morrill.

Mrs. Angeline Johns
There is no information regarding the last wife of Morris in this book beyond what is mentioned about her in the section about Morris.

I also found 4 Lowery family entries. One of which provides information about the ancestry and family of Rachel (Lowery) Carothers! The other Lowery entries all appear to be descendants from Rachel's grandparents.

I have also found Sarah Elizabeth Carothers in the book as being married to Lewis Goble.

Here is a picture of her from the book:

Lewis and Sarah can be found in Salisbury Precinct, Coles County, Illinois in the 1850 US Census, see stamped, or printed, page 76. They are living next to Lewis's father, Daniel Goble. Daniel's wife Sitha had passed away the previous year, according to this book. She is not listed in the 1850 census record. Lewis is 23, and Sarah is 18 years old. A marriage record indicates they were married on March 30, 1850 in Coles County, Illinois.

In the 1870 US Census, Lewis and Sarah Goble are found in Hutton Township, Coles County, Illinois living next to Clark and Rachel Carothers. Clark and Sarah being brother and sister. They have sons, Daniel, 8, Jacob, 6, Benjamin, 11. An Emandia (?) Goble, female, 25, is also living with them.

In the 1880 US Census, Lewis and Sarah Goble are found in Hutton Township, Coles County, Illinois. Lewis is 52, Sarah is 48, and both indicate they were born in Indiana. Jabob, 16, is the only child living with them.

Well that's the end of the really easy bits of information about Lewis and Sarah. I will have to continue looking into their lives later!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Request for Newspaper Articles about Tom Carothers

The death certificate for Thomas Carothers indicates he died in some type of railroad related accident in Kansas City, Missouri on April 24, 1913. It is quite likely that, as with Cecil Carothers, there are newspaper articles related to Tom's death. That being the case, I have made a request of the State Historical Society of Missouri for them to search for any newspaper articles related to Tom's accident and death. I'm guessing there should be an article in Kansas City newspapers and at least an obituary in Clinton, Missouri.

I tried the online request form, but I will likely have to mail in another request with a small research fee. It is well worth it.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Boy Injured in Auto Accident Dies

I received mail from the State Historical Society of Missouri regarding my query for newpaper articles relating to the death of Cecil Carothers. It contained the following two articles:

Nevada Daily Mail and Evening Post
June 15, 1928
pg. 1, column 3

Boy Injured in Auto Accident Dies

Cecil Carothers Suffered Fracture of the Skull in Auto Crash Wednesday night.

Cecil Carothers, aged seventeen years, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lon Carothers, 1009 North Ash street, at eleven o'clock Thursday night as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident which occurred about eight o'clock Wednesday night.

Cecil was working for a farmer seven miles east of Nevada and was coming into town with two young men named Hoover, and when two miles east of Nevada on Hightway No. 54 the automobile in which they were riding collided with a car driven by John Streich, who lives east of Nevada. The car in which Cecil was riding turned over twice and his skull was fractured. He was taken home and Dr. Hornback was summoned, but nothing could be done for him. The other two boys were only slightly injured and no one in the Streich car was injured.

The deceased was born in Bates county and came with his parents to Nevada four years ago. He is survived by his parents and four sisters of the home address. He was a member of the First Methodist church and an exemplary young man. The funeral arrangements have not been made.

Nevada Daily Mail and Evening Post
June 16, 1928
pg. 1, column 5

The Cecil Carothers Funeral Sunday Afternoon

The funeral of Cecil Carothers will be conducted by Rev. J. Allan Webb at the First Methodist church at 2:30 Sunday afternoon and internment will be in Moore's Cemetery.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Requested: History of Westfield, Illinois, and Northwest Clark County

I have requested a copy of the book, "History of Westfield, Illinois, and Northwest Clark County", through the interlibary loan program of my local public library. It will likely take 2 to 4 weeks to arrive.

I was able to locate about 12 copies available from different libraries. None of them were local though.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

History of Westfield, Illinois, and Northwest Clark County

I would like to get a complete copy of the following book:


History of Westfield, Illinois, and Northwest Clark County. Shawnee Mission, KS: Kesler, 1981. Illus.
Many photographs illustrate this history of Westfield and nearby communities. Topics covered include newspapers, homes, churches, schools, organizations, veterans, and the oil industry. Biographies and family histories make up half the book. There is no index.

Why? To learn more about the family of Clark's parents.

Request for newspaper articles on the death of Cecil Carothers, Part 2

I received a quick email response to my request for any newspaper articles regarding the death of Cecil Carothers. Unfortunately they were unable to find anything with a quick search through their indicies. So, I'm sending a letter with a check to pay for some research to locate the information. Don't worry, the cost is very reasonable!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Request for newspaper articles on the death of Cecil Carothers

I have sent a request to the The State Historical Society of Missouri for any newspaper articles regarding the death of Cecil Carothers. This is to follow up on my recent receipt of a copy of Cecil's death certificate. It should take 2 to 4 weeks for a response to my request. I've had very good luck with the society in the past. I was able to get a copy of the obituary of Rachel Carothers from them in the past. I've been a member of the society ever since!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

My Brick Walls

Of the 13 children of Clark and Rachel Carothers, there are two which I have yet to find out what became of them. They are:

Herman L. Carothers
Alma J. Carothers

Both appear in the 1880 US Census record. However, it appears that they have passed away by 1900, as they do not appear in the 1900 US Census record, and Rachel is recorded as having 13 children, with 7 living. Those known to be living at the time are: Andrew, Thomas, Charles, Orlando, George, William and Jerome. Therefore, Herman and Alma must be among the children not living in 1900.

Herman was born in 1870, and would have been about 10 in 1880, and 30 by 1900.
Alma was born in 1874, and would have been about 6 in 1880, and 26 by 1900.

So far, I have been unable to come across any information about them after the 1880 US Census. The search continues.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Carothers Family Reunion

Last Saturday, the Carothers Family Reunion was held at the Admiral Baker Recreational Park in San Diego, California. Those invited were Mabel Carothers, and the descendants of Gerald Carothers, and extended family and friends. It was hosted by my Uncle Wade, and he did a great job putting it altogether! A great time was had by all who attended, especially all the kids. I enjoyed meeting, and reconnecting, with some of my cousins I haven't seen in years, and meeting some new ones. The youngest attendee was just 4 days old!

I distributed a photo DVD I have been working on the last few weeks with the photos mentioned in this blog entry. Included in the DVD is a document listing what was written on the back of each photo, and the scanned image file for each photo. There are 183 photos on the DVD.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Thomas Carothers, Death Certificate

Although I found the death certificate for Thomas Carothers some time ago, I just added it to my online database. Tom died from some sort of train accident. There's a good chance there is a newspaper article about the accident and death in Kansas City, as well as in Clinton.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Cecil Carothers Obituary Request

I placed a request for the obituary of Cecil Carothers and for any newpaper articles about his death on the Vernon County, Missouri message board at As Cecil died in an automobile accident, there should be some newspaper articles about the accident.

I also added an entry for Cecil at

A Busy Time for Family History!

Although I've not spent a lot of time on genealogy lately, I've spent a lot of time on family history! For Memorial Day, we visited my inlaws and were treated to some pictures I need to scan the next time we visit! There were also some family histories that I read that we need to get copies of as well. I just got back from a week long family reunion with my wife's family. While not on vacation I've been creating a DVD photo slide show consisting of the photos I recently scanned from my grandfather's photo collection. Thanks Mabel and Aunt Lana! Copies of the DVD will be shared with all of the family at the Carothers Family Reunion to be held this Saturday! Whew!

Monday, May 22, 2006

3 Death Certificates from Missouri State Archives

Today, I received in the mail the 3 death certificates I ordered from the Missouri State Archives. It was a bargain at $1 a piece. As mentioned in my previous post, "Missouri Death Certificates Online!!", Missouri has put the full index for death certificates online, and is putting scans of the death certificates online as they are scanned. These 3 death certificates were not currently online, so I ordered them.

Cecil Carothers
Andrew Maris Carothers
Polly A. Carothers

I will have to get them scanned, and upload them. I'll add links to this post once I do so.

A note on Cecil. He died on June 14, 1928 due to injuries received from an auto accident. He was 17 years old.

Cecil Carothers - Death Certificate

One interesting note is that Cecil's father's name is listed as Alonzo instead of Orlando. Alonzo is also used for the name of the informant. Orlando is listed and Lon in some sources I have seen, but Alonzo is a new one for me. Cecil's mother's name is exactly correct, and his father's birthplace of Westfield, Clark County, Illinois is correct. Cecil's age is right, and his birth in Henry County, Missouri is right.

I have some more research to do on Cecil. There must be newspaper articles for the accident and obituary and funeral.

Andrew Maris Carothers - Death Certificate

Polly A. Carothers - Death Certificate

Saturday, May 06, 2006

More memories of Aunt Crete from a great niece

Here are some more memories of Aunt Crete from her great niece, Martha:

Aunt Crete had a little cabin in Crown King where she spent the summers. In winter she would go down the mountain to lower and warmer climates. She had a pension of some kind but she did not have many worldly possessions When I was small I would visit her at her cabin and we would have tea parties served along with my mud pies. She was very good with children. The last time that I saw her she was living in Congress Junction, AZ. Don and I can't remember the year.

She was an avid baseball fan and listened to the world series with out fail and knew ever player in the leagues and their family histories. She had a radio that she kept by her bedside in her little cabin and it played night and day. She was very knowledgeable about current affairs, especially politics.

All her Redwine siblings that I knew were tall people except Grandma Ella who was rather petite. Aunt Crete was tall as well. She had a little dog named Minnie Mouse that was very dear to her and any time you saw her little Minnie Mouse was close by.

About Charley Yount. I don't know a lot about him and I am having a hard time tracing my Younts. Grandma did divorce him and from what I understand he liked the ladies and was not true to her. He did have the second marriage and another daughter. I think her name was Lena. A lot needs to be done on my Yount research. Grandma married Walter Tewksbury, whom she met while visiting Vivian in Crown King. He was the only grandfather that I knew. I called him Uncle Tewks.

I have a brother, Charles Anthony Nelson, who still lives in Crown King in the house we grew up in. He was named after Charley Yount and I have a son named Charles. Even though Charley Yount was far removed from his family during their growing up years his name has been carried down through the generations.

Aunt Crete was named after president James Garfield's wife, Lucretia Randolph Garfield.

Martha also sent me my first picture of her grandmother, Ella Tewksbury, and Aunt Crete.

Here is what Martha says about the picture:

This precious picture is of Grandma and Aunt Crete.....Aunt Crete being the taller one holding her hat. It was taken in front of Jean Yount Burges Ward's house in Prescott. Jean was Ella's youngest daughter.

Thanks Martha!

Memories of Aunt Crete from a great niece

In my quest to learn more about Lucretia Carothers, who was married to William Henry Carothers, I decided to try and locate descendants of Lucretia's sister, Ella Tewksbury. Ella lived in the same area and was mentioned in Lucretia's obituary. If you review my last post, you will notice I was zeroing in on Martha Jane Stewart, Ella's granddaughter.

Imagine my surprise when, out of the blue, I got an email from Martha just 4 days after my post! That is the power of the internet for you. It brings people with common interests together, regardless of the distance.

With Martha's permission, I'm posting her email as she shares some of her memories of Aunt Crete:

I stumbled on to your web site as I was looking for my Yount family. I am Martha Jane Nelson Stewart, daughter of Vivian and Hugh Nelson and granddaughter of Ella Yount Tewksbury and great niece of Lucretia Carothers. "Aunt Crete" was a sister to Ella.

Aunt Crete was a very colorful lady and I thought the world of her. She never had any children so her nieces and nephews were very special to her. She died in Prescott, Arizona and I have her death date somewhere in my papers. I will look it up for you but I am very unorganized these days and it will take me a while. Please feel free to ask questions about her and if I can answer I will surely do so. I never met Mr. Carothers. I lived in Crown King, Arizona, an isolated mining town about sixty miles from Prescott and it was not often that my family went to Prescott. I seem to remember going by Aunt Crete's apartment one time and Mr. Carothers was there but he was ill in the bedroom and I did not see him. This is a memory from childhood and may not be true.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Obituaries for Vivian F. Nelson and John Hugh Nelson

The City of Mesa Public Library came through in response to my request for the following obituaries:

Vivian F. Nelson
CROWN KING - Vivian F. Nelson, 81, a retired postal service worker in Crown King, died Nov. 21, 1985, at Arizona Pioneer Home in Prescott. Mrs. Nelson, of Crown King, was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and moved to Arizona in 1925. She had worked as a practical nurse for the Arizona Pioneer Home in Prescott for 15 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha J. Stewart; son, Charles; two sisters; two brothers; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Hampton Funeral Home, 240 S. Cortez, Prescott. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Arizona Pioneer Cemetery on Iron Springs Road in Prescott.

Arizona Republic, Section D2, 23-Nov-1985

John H. Nelson
GLENDALE (Special) - Funeral services will be in Glendale for John Hugh Nelson, 64, native Arizonan who died Friday in Sacramento, Calif.

Services tentatively have been set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Brazill-Whitney Mortuary. Burial will be in Resthaven Park.

Mr. Nelson, born in Prescott, lived at Crown King for more than 30 years. He was a veteran of World War I. He was associated with his grandfather, the late George P.
Harrington, in the development of the Philadelphia Mine at Crown King.

Later, he worked as a mill man for other mining companies in the Bradshaw Mountain area, including the Swastika and Golden Turkey.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Essie R. Nelson, of Phoenix; two sons, John David Nelson and Charles Anthony Nelson, Crown King; a daughter, Mrs. Martha Jane Stewart, La Mesa, Tex.; two brothers, J. Louis Nelson, Phoenix, and William O. Nelson, Glendale; two sisters, Mrs. Emma R. Wenker, Globe, and Mrs. Harry W. Nason, Phoenix; and seven grandchildren.

Arizona Republic, Section 35, 27-Jun-1960

This post records how I found the sources for John and Vivian's obituaries.

Regarding Martha Jane Stewart (Nelson), there are four children born in Howard County, Texas to a Donald Ray Stewart and Martha Jane Nelson. La Mesa, Texas is in Dawson County, Texas, but Dawson and Howard counties are adjoining each other.

Monday, April 17, 2006

John David Nelson's obituary, 1973

In response to an obituary lookup request for John David Nelson I made this morning on an message board, a very nice volunteer, provided the following:

Arizona Republic Newspaper, 21 Mar 1973
John D. Nelson
PRESCOTT - Services for John D. Nelson, 47, who died Saturday in the Veterans Administration Center, will be at 2 p.m. today in the VA Center Chapel. Burial will be in the VA Cemetery.

Mr. Nelson was born and reared in the Crown King area, where he resided until 1966. He was a great-grandson of the late George P. Harrington, who was the founder of the Crown King and Phil mines. He had several mining claims in that area.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He had been employed by the Grant Tile Co. of Prescott for the past 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo; his mother Mrs. Vivian F. Nelson; his grandmother, Mrs. Ella B. Tewksbury of Crown King; two daughters, Mrs. Jay Lynn
Howell of Cottonwood and Mrs. Debbie Lee Harper of Welton; three sons Walter H., Samuel D. and Joseph A., all of Prescott and two grandchildren.

NOTE The newspaper obituary states he was born in Crown King however his birth certificate at: his birth location in Maricopa County.

This is from 33 years ago, but provides the names of John's family members, and confirms that his mother is Vivian F. Nelson. I can now track down John's children, who are the great-grandchildren of Ella Tewksbury, sister to Lucretia Carothers. It is my hope they can shed some light on Lucretia, because as far as I know, she has no descendants.

To learn about the George P. Harrington mentioned in this obituary, check at the Crown King, Arizona website.

Obiturary lookup request for John and Vivian Nelson

I have requested an obituary lookup from the City of Mesa Library for John and Vivian Nelson.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Anna Dean Yount's descendants

Anna Dean Yount has two daughters from Arizona birth certificates, while married to Everett Van Hoose.

Alma Rae Van Hoose was born in 1928 and Violet Reva Van Hoose was born in 1929.

Theodore Yount's descendants

The Sharlot Hall archive website lists the following obituary reference for Theodore Yount:

Theodore Kermet Yount
Printed:Prescott Courier.
Date of Obit: 23 Dec 2005.
Page Column:6a c6.
Born:Briceville, Tenn.
Died: Prescott Veterans Hospital, Prescott, Az.
Date of Death:22 Dec 2005
Date of Birth:13 Aug 1922
Funeral Home:Hampton Funeral Home

From the Prescott Daily Courier online, December 23, 2005:

Theodore Kermet Yount, 83, of Prescott, born Aug. 13, 1922, in Briceville, Tenn., died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at the Prescott veterans hospital.

A memorial service will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, at the VA Chapel at the VA Center, 500 N. Highway 89 in Prescott.

The family suggests memorials be made to the VA Hospice Unit at the VA Hospital, 500 N. Highway 89, Prescott, AZ 86313.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Home.

Well, I was hoping for more info!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Marriage of Ella Beatrice Redwine and Charles Wesley Yount

Ella Beatrice Redwine and Charles Wesley Yount are listed as a family with 5 children in the 1920 US Census in Tennessee. In 1930, a 10 year older Charly is listed as a family with Minnie E., his 27 year old wife, and a daughter under 1 year old.

Hmmm... If this is the same Charly, it would seem Ella and Charly divorced, and she ended up in Arizona, while Charly stayed on in Tennessee.

Vivian Frances Yount's descendants

In my continuing quest to learn more about Bertha Lucretia Redwine, 2nd wife of William Henry Carothers, I am researching the descendents of her siblings, as they are likely to have some pictures of her, if not some knowledge of her.

In previous posts, I've mentioned Lucretia's sister EllaTewksbury who had a daughter named Vivian Frances Yount. Vivian married John Hugh Nelson, and later died and was buried in Prescott. Looking in the Arizona online birth certificates, I found one child of John and Vivian. His name is John David Nelson.

The SSDI list the following info:

Name: John Nelson
Last Residence: 86301 Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, United States of America
Born: 21 Nov 1927
Died: Mar 1973
State (Year) SSN issued: Arizona (Before 1951 )

This would appear to be John David Nelson, as the birth date matches and the locations match.

From the same source, there is also a birth certificate for John Hugh Nelson. This lists John Hugh as being born on Sep 8, 1896, and lists his parents as John Nelson, 32, born in Stockholm, Sweden, and Esther Rebecca Harrington, 22, born in Taylorville, Illinois.

The Mesa Arizona Regional Family History Center lists the following obituary:

Age: 64
Arizona Republic, Section 35
Date: 27-Jun-1960

The same source lists an obituary for Vivian:

Age: 81
Arizona Republic, Section D 2
Date: 23-Nov-1985

Monday, April 10, 2006

Morris, Dedimiah and Andrew Jackson Carothers burial sites

The Illinois Trails website lists an Morris Carothers and his wife, Dedimiah, as being buried in the Connelly Cemetery in Parker Township, Clark County, Illinois.

The following is the information about Morris Carothers:
birthdate: 03 Jun 1808
death date: 17 feb 1869
age at death: 60y 8m 14d

The following is the information about Dedimiah (Connelly) Carothers, w/o Morris:
birth date: 22 Mar 1806
death date: 16 jul 1835
age at death: 29y 3m 24d

The Illinois Trails website also lists an A. J. Carothers buried in the Good Hope Cemetery in Westfield Township, Clark County, Illinois. This is a good match for Andrew Jackson Carothers, a younger brother of Clark Carothers.

The following is the information about A. J. Carothers.
birth date: 23 Feb 1842
death or burial date: 17 jan 1866
age at death: 23y 10m 22d

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Grandpa Gerry on the Racetrack!

Below is one photo from Aunt Lana's collection that I found quite interesting. I don't know where or what year this photo was taken, but Gerry's cousin Gordon Herring, and his nephew, Bob Herring, spent many years on the racetrack. This is the first I've learned of Grandpa Gerry being on a racetrack. I'd love to know the backstory on his being on the racetrack. In any case, it's a fun photo!

Update July 3, 2006: This picture must have been taken sometime in the 1940s, likely in Prescott, AZ. My dad remembers Gerald racing. Gerald's wife Mabel mentioned that she was always concerned when Pops was racing in Prescott. I would like to know how Gerald got involved in racing as his cousin Gordon Herring was into racing big time, and died in a racing accident. Also, Gordon's son Bob also was into racing as well. There must be something in the Herring blood as several of Gerald's descendants also lean toward speed and racing.

A Visit from Aunt Lana

Today Aunt Lana came to my home with a box full of family photos. Some are over a hundred years old! She and her mother were kind enough to leave them in my care to scan them. There are so many photos to scan, I will do an inventory of them first. I need to scan them quickly and return them. I want to return them to their owners as soon as possible. They are are priceless family photos. There are many pictures of individuals I don't even have a photo of yet! There are many photos of my grandfather Gerald and his parents at just about every stage of life from toddler to old age. There are many, many photos of the Herrings, from whom I descend. As well as many photos of various Uncles, Aunts and cousins. I would guess that Aunt Della gave her photos to Gerald, and some are from Gerald's dad, William Henry.

Once I have scanned the photos I will create some CDs of them to share with the rest of the family. I'm sure there are many photos that many of them have never seen. It will be quite a treat!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Missouri Death Certificates Online!!

Missouri death certificates are now available online!!

This includes dates from 1910 to 1955. There is another online database for dates prior to 1910.

The full index for the 1910 to 1955 database is available, but images are only available from 1910 to 1920. More images will be added, and copies for those not availabe online can be requested.

I located a death certificate for Joseph Jennings Carothers. He was buried in the Carrsville Cemetery. I added an entry for Joseph at the Find A Grave website.

The names of 50 individuals with the surname Carothers appear in the database, including several in Henry County: Rachel(l), Andrew, Joseph, and Polly. I'll have to examine all of them in more detail in the future!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

William Carothers in Illinois in 1850, Missouri in 1860

I have discovered a William Carothers in Richland Precinct, Clark County, Illinois in the 1850 US Census. He is the right age to be the brother of my direct ancestor Clark Carothers. The census records the following information about William:

Age: 24 years old
Birthplace: Indiana
Occupation: farmer

He is living with:

Jane, 26 years old, born in Kentucky
James, 2 years old, born in Illinois
William, 12 years old, born in Illinois
Nancy, 6 years old, born in Illinois

In the 1860 US Census of Union, Putnam, Missouri, we have the following:

William, 33, born in Indiana
Jane, 37, born in Kentucky
James, 13, born in Illinois
Henry, 11, born in Illinois
Joseph, 9, born in Illinois
Mary, 7, born in Missouri
Margaret, 5, born in Missouri
Anna, 1, born in Missouri

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Thornton Carothers in California in 1860

I have discovered a Thornton Carothers in Bear River, Yuba, Calfornia in the 1860 US Census. He is the right age to be the brother of my direct ancestor Clark Carothers. The census records the following information about Thornton:

Age: 23 years
Occupation: farm laborer
Born in Illinois

Thorton was among 8 men working as farm laborers on the farm of Henry Reed, age 67.

In 1860, Clark's brother Thornton would be about 23 years old. The more I learn about my Carothers relations, the more I discover how many of them came to Calfornia.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Angeline Carothers, maiden name is Vint?

From the "Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850" by Dodd, Jordan R, et. al., we have the following marriage:

Date: 22 June 1841
County: Pendleton

This looks like a good candidate for the Angeline who later married Morris Carothers in 1852 in Clark County, Illinois. The oldest daughter of William and Angeline was born in Virginia about 1842, the next we know of was born in Illinois about 1846.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Angeline Johns

Angeline Johns married Morris Carothers on March 28, 1852 in Clark County, Illinois.

In the 1850 US Census of the Richland Precinct, Clark County, Illinois, Morris is found without his wife, Sarah Morrell, who he married on December 1, 1835. As far as I know, Sarah is the mother of Clark Carothers.

Angeline Johns had been married to William Johns, who died September 1, 1851. In the 1850 US Census of Salisbury Precinct, Coles County, Illinois, page 74, William and Angeline are listed with 3 children as follows:

William Johns, age 30, birthplace: Va
Angeline Johns, age 26, birthplace: Va
Elizabeth J., age 8, birthplace: Va
Andrew J., age 5, birthplace: Ill
Rebecca A., age 3, birthplace: Ill

The children and Angeline appear with Morris in the 1860 US Census, Parker Township, Clark County, Illinois.

This information is recorded in the "History of Westfield Illinois and Northwest Clark County 1981", a publication at the Kansas State Historical Society.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Letter to Susan Kline

Tomorrow I'm sending a letter to Susan Kline, the daughter of Joan Christensen. Susan and I are second cousins, one time removed. I'm hoping to learn more about my cousin and her family, and about the additional information she has about our common ancestors, Francis Marion Herring and his wife, Sallie Alice Byers.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Obituary for Joan Keisel Christensen

Gary was kind enough to respond to my lookup request for an obituary of Joan Doris Christensen. The obituary is from the Monterey County Herald, April 18, 1995.

Note that Susan Kline of Mason, Michigan is listed as her daughter. Her son Stephen was living in San Diego in 1995. I'll have to see if he is still there. As Stephen's surname is not provided, it is likely Christensen.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

What Became of the murderer of Michael Turnbull

Some background on the following newspaper article excerpts can be found here.


"The House Judiciary Committee has introduced a bill that would make it tougher for accused criminals to plead insanity as a defense and ensure that those found insane were confined longer, said Rep. Elaine Wells, D-Carbondale. Wells pushed for the bill after Wichitan Gary Cox was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the slaying of Michael Turnbull, 18, who had lived in Wells' district. Prosecutors now must prove be yond a reasonable doubt that someone using insanity as a..."

Published on February 27, 1988, Page 4B, Wichita Eagle, The (KS)


"A man sent to a state mental hospital after killing one person and injuring three others in a 1987 shooting spree at a Wichita fitness club lost his bid Monday to move to a less restrictive hospital for treatment. A judge found Gary Cox, 33, not guilty by reason of insanity after Cox admitted to shooting four people at the Nautilus Fitness Center at 2234 S. Oliver. Michael Turnbull, 18, was killed and three others were wounded. Physicians later diagnosed Cox as a paranoid schizophrenic who..."

Published on November 23, 1993, Page 3D, Wichita Eagle, The (KS)


"A man sent to a state mental hospital after killing one person and injuring three others in a 1987 shooting spree at a Wichita fitness club lost his bid Monday to move to a less restrictive hospital for treatment. A judge found Gary Cox, 33, not guilty by reason of insanity after Cox admitted to shooting four people at the Nautilus Fitness Center at 2234 S. Oliver. Michael Turnbull, 18, was killed and three others were wounded. Physicians later diagnosed Cox as a paranoid schizophrenic who... "

Published on November 23, 1993, Page 3D, Wichita Eagle, The (KS)


"TOPEKA In 1987, Gary Cox walked into a Wichita fitness center, pulled out a gun and opened fire, killing an 18-year-old man and wounding three other people. At Cox's trial, a judge agreed with doctors who said Cox was a paranoid schizophrenic who, at the time of the murder, hallucinated that he was about to be stabbed. The judge found Cox not guilty by reason of insanity and sent him to Larned State Hospital, where Cox remains a patient. To state Rep. Elaine Wells, R-Carbondale, ..."

Published on January 16, 1994, Page 1B, Wichita Eagle, The (KS)


"Doctors at Osawatomie State Hospital say the man who killed a teenager and wounded three people in a Wichita health club in 1987 is ready to rejoin society. Gary Cox, 35, has spent the past eight years being treated for paranoid schizophrenia. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Turnbull on Feb. 26, 1987, at the Nautilus Fitness Center, 2234 S. Oliver. Sedgwick County prosecutors can't talk about Cox's case until..."

Published on October 1, 1995, Page 1B, Wichita Eagle, The (KS)

"Gary Cox - the man who killed one person and wounded three others in a 1987 shooting spree at a Wichita fitness center - will not be released from a state mental hospital, a Sedgwick County District judge ruled Friday. But District Judge Dan Brooks warned Cox's victims and their families that there is a chance he'll reconsider his ruling if Cox continues to make progress in the treatment of his paranoid schizophrenia. "It is progress of a sort that makes..."

Published on October 21, 1995, Page 1D, Wichita Eagle, The (KS)

Monday, February 06, 2006

Joan Doris Christensen (Herring) in CA Death Index

From the Social Security California Death Index, here is information about Joan Doris Christensen (Herring):

Birth Date: 3 Dec 1928
Birthplace: ARIZONA
Death Date: 13 Apr 1995
Death Place: MONTEREY
Mother's Maiden Name: DINKLAGE
Father's Surname: HERRING

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Bessie M. Herring, obituary

Thanks to Cari for responding to my request for a copy of Bessie's obituary.

Boulder Daily Camera
Boulder, Colorado
Dec 20, 1976

Bessie M. Herring

Memorial services for Bessie Margaret Herring were held today at Frasier Meadows Chapel.

She was born in Ft. Scott, Kan., on Nov. 7, 1886, and died on Dec. 6 at the age of 90 in Frasier Meadows Manor in Boulder after an extended illness. She married Melvin M. Herring of Ft. Scott in 1918, and the couple moved to Arizona in 1922. Mr. Herring died in 1961. Mrs. Herring moved to Boulder in 1962.

Survivors are her daughter, Joan Keisel, Carmel, Calif.; sister Louise Copping, Chicago, Ill.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
This obituary has a great deal of information about the family I did not know. It also confirms other information I already have. Melvin passes away in 1961, I would guess in or around Phoenix, so I should be able to find an obituary for him.

One subject of interest is what became of Melvin and Bessie's daughter Joan. From information in this obituary, and that of Gary D. Kline, it seems Joan married Jack Keisel and moved to Carmel, Calif. This is in 1976. By 2002, Joan appears to have married a Mr. Christensen, and had passed away. This should help track down more information about Joan.

Gary D. Kline, obituary

My thanks to Timothy Bowman, of Lansing, Michigan, for answering my request for an obituary for Gary D. Kline.

Copied from Lansing State Journal;
Lansing, Michigan; Sat.March 9-2002.

Kline, Gary D.
Age 54, died March 7, 2002. Born April 1, 1947, in Flint, MI, Gary was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam as a 1st Lt. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford and mother-in-law, Joan Christensen. Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Susan; daughter, Stephanie, and son Scott, both of Lansing; mother, Shirley of Mason; brother, Keith of Flushing; sister, Shelley McDaid of Fruitport; father-in-law, Jack Keisel of AZ; brother-in-law, Steve Keisel of CA. Private Memorial Services will be held. The family will receive friends at the Gorsline-Runciman Co. Ball-Dunn Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason for a memorial visitation Sunday from 2-4 PM.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

RIP Gary D. Kline

Well, this isn't good news! The Social Security Index lists the following info:

Name: Gary D. Kline
Born: 1 Apr 1947
Died: 8 Mar 2002
State (Year) SSN issued: Michigan (1964)

If this is the Gary I'm trying to contact, it would explain my inability to do so! I'll have to look for an obituary.

So far, this is all I've found. The original online obituaries are no longer available at the Lansing State Journal.

Lansing State Journal... for many years. Kline, Gary D. Lansing Age 54, died March 7, 2002. Born April 1, ... ... Lansing; 4 sons, Gary (Kathy) of Grand Rapids, James (Elaine) of Saranac, Kevin ... ... , in Flint, MI, Gary was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam as a 1st ... ... St. John, Howard Gary Leslie, MI Passed away March 6, 2002 at the age of 52. He ...
Lansing State Journal... Home, Mulliken. Kline, Gary D., 54, died Thursday. Arrangements by Gorsline- ... ... St. John, Howard Gary Leslie, MI Passed away March 6, 2002 at the age of 52. He ...
Lansing State Journal... Funeral Home. Kline, Gary D., 54, Army veteran, died Thursday. Private ... ... ; brother, Gary (Edna) Abent; sister-in-law, Margaret Abent and many nieces ...

Parents of William F. Dinklage

Here is a post about William F. Dinklage, Bessie's father, that comes from someone I have come across before regarding the Herring family I'm looking into, but I've never been able to contact. I'll have to see if the mailing address is one I have tried before. Bessie is the daughter of William F. Dinklage and his wife, listed below as Annice Rosetta Humphrey.

Author: Gary D. Kline
Date: 01/24/1998

Mailing address (optional):768 Wildemere Dr.; Mason, MI 48854-1352

Query: Early KS pioneer (i.e., before 1870), Horatio Winsted HUMPHREY (b. 17 Apr 1828 in VA, d. 28 May in Ft. Scott KS, buried in National Soldiers' Cemetery in Ft. Scott). Went on California gold rush in 1848-9, but returned to Pike Co. IL. Married Margaret Ann LYON (b. 15 Dec 1853 in Hampshire Co. WV, d. 23 Aug 1926) on 15 Dec 1853 in Pike Co. IL. Went to KS in 1856 to homestead at Uniontown, served as postmaster at Valley, and moved to Ft. Scott about 1866. Enlisted from Adams Co. IL at Quincy on 27 Feb 1864 as a private in Co. D, 5th regiment, IL Volunteers Infantry.

His children were:
Fielding Highland (b. 25 Oct 1855, d. 19 Oct 1909, unmarried)
Annice Rosetta (b. 2 Feb 1855, d. 1 May 1879, m. William F. DINKLAGE 1 May 1879, 7 children)
Lily Jane (b. 25 Feb 1959, d. 8 Jun 1886, m. Joseph S. GOLDEN, no children)
Ide May (b. 9 Oct 1869, d. ?, m. John H. LITTLE, 5 children)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Bessie M. Herring (Dinklage) in 1910 US Census

I have found Bessie M. Dinklage, 23, in the 1910 US Census living with her parents in Fort Scott, Kansas at 1207 Scott Ave. This is listed as the 5th ward of the city, enumeration district 46. Her father is William F. Dinklage, 54, and her mother is Anna R., 52. William and his parents were born in Germany. Anna was born in Illinois, and her parents in Virginia. Bessie has two siblings, both born in Missouri, a sister Lois A, 14, and a brother William K., 12. William F. is employed as a candy maker and Bessie is a teacher at a Business College.

The 1880 US Census lists William F. and his wife, Anna R., living in Fort Scott, Kansas, in the second ward, with no children, and William working as a candy maker.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Melvin and Bessie Herring in 1930 US Census

Melvin M. Herring, age 42, and his wife Bessie, age 43, appear with their children Gordon, age 9, and Doris J., age 1, in the 1930 US Census of Creighton, Maricopa County, Arizona. 2014 24th Place East is their street address.

Melvin and his parents are all listed as born in California. Bessie and her mother were born in Kansas, and her father in Germany. Gordon was born in Kansas, and Doris in Arizona.

Melvin and Bessie worked for the Fuller Brush Company, Melvin as the branch manager, Bessie as a secretary.

Melvin answered yes to being a veteran of WW.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Ella Mae Herring is not Gordon's wife

In a previous post, I found an Ella Mae Herring who was a possibility for the wife of Gordon Herring. The following obituary from The Kansan, dated Jan 19, 2001, would indicate this is not the case.

Ella Mae Herring
RAGO -- Ella Mae Herring, 80, died Wednesday (Jan. 17, 2001) at Hutchinson Hospital.

She was born Dec. 27, 1920, to Albert and Lavaga (Dayton) Ferarese in Montana. She married W. Roscoe Herring July 2, 1936, in Colorado. He preceded her in death July 8, 1984. She was a longtime resident of Rago, previously living in Sedgwick. She was a hairdresser and homemaker.

Survivors include: two sons, Donald Herring of San Diego and Robert L. Herring of Wichita; a daughter, Marjorie Wells of Sedgwick; companion, Gale Reida of Rago; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy Ferarese.

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Livingston Funeral Home in Kingman. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Graveside service will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Sedgwick Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with Kingman Community Hospital in care
of the funeral home, P.O. Box 453, Kingman, KS 67068.

The similiarities are quite close, but no dice. For instance, notice Ella's son Robert Herring, then read this post. The Ella Herring I'm looking for had a son name Bob.

So far, I believe all I have at the moment is the name of Gordon's wife on his death certificate as Ella Lavoras.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Ella Mae Herring - Obituary

Wichita Eagle, The (KS) - January 19, 2001

Deceased Name: Herring, Ella Mae
Herring, Ella Mae, 80, hairdresser and homemaker, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001. Service 10 a.m. Saturday, Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman.

Survivors: companion, Gale Reida; sons, Donald of San Diego, Robert of Wichita; daughter, Marjorie Wells of Sedgwick; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Memorial established with Kingman Community Hospital.

Wichita Eagle, The (KS)
Date: January 19, 2001
Edition: main
Page: 10A
Record Number: 0101210119
Copyright (c) 2001 The Wichita Eagle

Ella Herring (Gordon's wife?)

Could this be Gordon's wife?

From the Social Security database:

Name: Ella M. Herring
Last Residence: 67142 Spivey, Kingman, Kansas, United States of America
Born: 27 Dec 1920
Last Benefit: 67135 Sedgwick, Harvey, Kansas, United States of America
Died: 17 Jan 2001
State (Year) SSN issued: Colorado (before 1951)

Gordon Kenneth Herring - Death Certificate

I received a copy of the death certificate for Gordon Kenneth Herring from the Minnesota Department of Health yesterday. That took over a month to get here! Here is an earlier post where I mention I will be requesting the death certificate.

I will try and post a link to the image of the death certificate once I have it scanned and uploaded to my website. For now, some highlights.

Gordon Kenneth Herring
Date of death: Aug. 24, 1964, 2:45pm
Place of death: St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Olmsted, Minn.
Cause of death: Cerebral hemorrhage and edema due to cerebral contusion
How injury occurred: Racing accident - stock cars
Place of injury: Steele county Fair Grounds, Owatonna, Steele, Minn.
Time of accident: Aug. 23, 1964, 3:30pm
The informant is from the Mayo Clinic Records.

An operation was performed on Aug. 23, no doubt to try and manage the hemorrhaging and edema.

Gordon's usual residence is listed as Golden, Jefferson County, Colorado. With a mailing address listed as Box 583 out of the Golden Post Office. This is on the western edge of Denver.

Date of birth: Aug. 8, 1920
Age: 44 years
Usual occupation: Trucker
Birthplace: Kansas
Father's name: Marvin M. Herring
Mother's maiden name: Besse ?
Spouse's name: Ella Lavoras

Gordon's body was sent to Arvada, Colorado from the Riley Funeral Home in Rochester, Minn. There are several cemeteries in the area: Arvada Cemetery, Crown Hill Cemetery and Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Gordon is likely buried in this area.