Friday, December 19, 2014

52 Ancestors: #51 - Frank Cessford Thorpe (1891 MO - 1968 MO)




Frank Cessford Thorpe was born in Lamar, Barton County, Missouri on 27 May 1891. He briefly lived other places, particularly while serving in the military, but he always returned to Lamar.

His parents were Frank M. Thorpe and Clara Newcomb Warden and Frank C. joined his father in the running and owning of a wire manufacturing plant in town.

Frank C. married Helen Trice on 21 February 1922 in Pittsburg, Kansas, just across the state line from Missouri. Frank and Helen had one daughter, Ann Warden Thorpe who died in 1942 in an auto accident.

Uncle Frank, as he was known to many in Lamar, died on 26 March 1968 and is buried in Lake Cemetery in Lamar. Since Uncle Frank was my grandmother’s sister husband, I feel that I am the closest relative to this family.

If you have an interest in, or information about, Uncle Frank, Thorpe Manufacturing Plant (especially photos of the inside of the shop) or Thorpe’s Tantalizing Tidbits, I would love to have contact with you.

I would like to thank Amy Johnson Crow for her 2014 Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Amy has a blog No Story Too Small and posted this challenge in January 2014. I have only mentioned her blog and inspiration a few times during this past year. It's really been interesting to decide which ancestors to write about and keep it up for 52 weeks. Some weeks I was late, and many weeks my writing was very basic. But I would really like to encourage all of you to take the challenge in the future. Thank you again, very much, Amy.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

52 Ancestors: #50 - Helen Trice Thorpe (1894 KS - 1978 MO)





Helen Trice was born in Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas on 22 December 1894. Her parents were Charles Yancy Trice and Luna “Lena” Estelle Drake. Her family moved numerous times, but she lived in Lamar about 1900 and then had moved back before 1930 and lived there the rest of her life.

Helen married Frank Cessford Thorpe on 21 February 1922 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Aunt Helen and Uncle Frank, as many residents of Lamar called them, had one daughter Ann Warden who was born in 1926 and then died in an auto accident in 1942.

Aunt Helen had a group of young ladies in Lamar called “Sub-Debs.” I don’t know anything about them, but would love to have information about this group.

During World War II Aunt Helen and Uncle Frank wrote a newsletter and sent it to servicemen from Lamar who were serving in various locations in the world. This newsletter, “Thorpe’s Tantalizing Tidbits,” kept all former residents informed about what was going on in Lamar. It also included news that each serviceman wrote to Aunt Helen and Uncle Frank so that information was distributed also. I now have a copy of these letters, and I intend to transcribe them and post them some time in the future. Since Aunt Helen was my grandmother’s sister, I feel that I am the closest relative to this family.

Helen Trice Thorpe died on 18 January 1978 in Lamar and was buried in Lake Cemetery in that town.

If you have interest in or information about Aunt Helen, Sub-Debs or Thorpe’s Tantalizing Tidbits, I would love to have contact with you.
                                                                                                   

I would like to thank Amy Johnson Crow for her 2014 Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Amy has a blog No Story Too Small and posted this challenge in January 2014. I have only mentioned her blog and inspiration a few times during this past year. It's really been interesting to decide which ancestors to write about and keep it up for 52 weeks. Some weeks I was late, and many weeks my writing was very basic. But I would really like to encourage all of you to take the challenge in the future. Thank you again, very much, Amy.

Friday, December 5, 2014

52 Ancestors: #49 - Catherine VanDiver (1803 KY - 1876 IN)





                Catherine Van Diver was born in September 1803 in Kentucky to Henry Van Diver and Magdeline Van Nuys. She married Stephen Whitenack about 1821, probably in Kentucky.

                Catherine and Stephen had two daughters.

Eva Jane Whitenack was born in November 1822 in Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.  She married Josiah Drake in 1845 in Johnson County,Indiana.  They had at least 7 children.  Eva died on 29 June 1893 in Johnson County, Indiana and was buried in Shiloh Cemetery in Johnson County.

                Lana Ann Whitenack was born on 7 August 1825 in Ohio, probably Brown County. She married Jonathan Edward Young in 1846, probably in Indiana.  They had at least nine children. Lana died in 1884 and is buried in Kirwin Cemetery, in Kirwin, Kansas.

                Stephen died in 1829 and Catherine married William Evans in March 1839 in Johnson County, Indiana.  William and Catherine had at least five children.

                Margaret Evans was born about 1835. I have no further information about Margaret.

                Robert Evans was born about 1838, in Indiana. He probably married Christina Voris, in 1859. They may have had one daughter, Flora.

                Mary Ellen Evans was born in May 1840 and died in November 1850. She is buried in Shiloh Cemetery, in Johnson County, Indiana.

                Martha Evans was born in September 1842 in Indiana. She married Elias P. Musgrave in May 1863.  I don’t know if they had any children. Both Martha and Elias were buried in Brian Cemetery, Martinsville, Indiana.

                William Henry Evans was born in November 1845 in Indiana. He married Sarah E. Miller in September 1867. I don’t know if they had any children and I also don’t have any information about their deaths.
               
               Catherine died about 1876 in Indiana.

                If you are researching any of these family members and would like to collaborate, please contact me.