B is for BUCKLAND Ancestors


It’s always a treat to see an ancestor’s dates and family clearly laid out in book just waiting for you to discover it. My mother found it years ago and wrote about Almira Buckland’s life. She did a great job putting it into story form and it’s also included in Mom’s book, My Flint Hills Childhood.

I’m following in my mother’s footsteps, retracing the tree and seeing what further details might be revealed online that weren’t available to her in the 1970s.

Those were the days of visiting libraries, using the microfilm machine, taking day trips to cemeteries, and waiting for replies from distant relatives to your letters. Not everything is online even now, so genealogists still need to track down some information in person.

My 2x great-grandmother Almira Buckland pioneered in Kansas with her husband, James Vining. For background information on her family, I was delighted to see this entry in The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut Vol. II 1635 – 1891 by Henry R. Stiles. The book includes East Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, and Ellington. It was published in 1892 and you can read it on Google Books.

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Review of Details from the Book

  • Almira H Buckland was born on July 13, 1813, in East Windsor, Connecticut, to Sarah Heath, age 38, and Erastus Buckland, age 39. Her father held the title of Captain. Sarah Heath Buckland (born April 19, 1775, died October 21, 1850, at the age of 75). Erastus Buckland born Apr 2, 1774, died November 28, 1820, at the age of 46, so Almira would have been only 7 years old. He graduated from Wilbraham Academy/Trinity College and owned a mill according to the Stiles book.
  • Her siblings are Erastus 1799, Emily 1800, Sarah 1804, Harlehigh 1805, Harriet 1809, Marilla 1815, and Lorenzo 1810.
  • This even gives the names of her maternal grandparents Polly Osborn and Stephen Heath of East Windsor. On her paternal side, Almira’s father was the son of Alexander, who was the son of Jonathan, who was the son of Thomas.

Two Children With the Same Name

It intrigues me to read that Harlehigh was given the same name as a baby brother who died two years earlier. The name seems so unusual to me, that I want to research further to see if it might be a surname of some earlier grandmother.

The Siblings Who Moved Away from Connecticut

Also intriguing was the dispersal of the siblings away from their traditional location. Emily moved to Guildhall, Vermont with her second husband. One of sister Sarah Buckland Bower’s sons moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Harlehigh attended college at Trinity and Yale, then practiced law in Springfield, Mass. For Almira, it merely says that she removed west. The next 2 siblings died as infants. A brother, Almanzo, also removed west.

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Covered wagon (St Louis museum)

Some Further Research Is Necessary

The Stiles book gives Thomas Buckland as the immigrant ancestor of Almira Buckland. He would have been her 2nd great-grandfather. My problem is that I have William Buckland in that slot. Ack! About 10 other trees have William Buckland as Jonathan’s father as well.

This is boggling me, so I’ll have to go over all the sources I’ve used and do some in-depth research on Thomas Buckland to sort this out.

In an earlier section of the Stiles book, there’s more information about Thomas Buckland who was in Massachusetts Colony as early as 1635. He received a grant of land for his part in the 1637 Pequot fight. I had to look that up. It took place between 1636 and 1638 in New England between the Pequot tribe and an alliance of the colonists and other tribes. It makes me sad to read of ancestors involved in killing off and enslaving Native Americans.

Women’s History Month – Nearly Forgotten


Ancestor of the Week:  Marie Kennedy and Helen Martin
Prompt of the Week: 52 Ancestors week 12 – Nearly Forgotten

My great-grandmother, Marie Kennedy Joy, sent a keepsake to her granddaughter, Helen Martin Hunnicutt in California many years ago. It was a pen point that Marie estimated as being 140 years old. She wrote that it belonged to Helen’s great-great granddad.

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The gold pen point and the letter is in the possession of Helen Martin Hunnicutt’s daughter, my cousin Lori. So, we are talking about our 3x great-grandfather. I sure wish that Marie had included his name. It could be Edward Kennedy, but he was born in Pennsylvania.  Edward’s father was born in County Monaghan, Ireland.

Our 3rd great-grandfather – Edward Kennedy
Born – 10 OCT 1789 • Philadelphia, Delaware, Pennsylvania.
Died – 24 MAR 1864 • Muddycreek Township, Butler, Pennsylvania

Our 4th great-grandfather is DAVID KENNEDY.
Born – 1752 • Monaghan Co., Ireland
Died – 17 DEC 1840 • Portersville, Butler, Pennsylvania, USA

Then I puzzled over the phrase “who came from Dinnegal.” I looked at the list of villages in Ireland, but there was no Dinnegal. I knew there was a County Donegal so I looked for information on that county. It said the Ulster-Scots called it Dinnygal. That fits, as I knew the Kennedys were Ulster-Scots or Scots Irish as Americans usually say.


Marie and Alfred Joy with their grandchildren. I’m not sure which one is Helen. I think the baby is my dad, Clyde Martin. About 1924 or 1925.

The 1942 date next to Marie Kennedy Joy’s name is when she sent the heirloom to her granddaughter. She died in 1945. Helen Martin Honeycutt died in 1989, so perhaps the 1981 date is when she gave this to her daughter.

I liked the last part where she said Helen’s great-great granddad ate potatoes, “skins and all.” I’m guessing that in the 1940s everyone peeled their potatoes. Now for higher fiber, it’s not uncommon or considered low-class to eat potatoes with their skins on.

Here’s a photo gallery of Marie Kennedy Joy

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Amy Johnson Crow challenges genealogy bloggers and non-bloggers alike to think about our ancestors and share a story or photo about them. The challenge is “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.” This is week 12 of the 2020 challenge.


Women’s History Month – Popular Girl


Ancestor of the Week:  Cora Joy
Prompt of the Week: 52 Ancestors week 12 – Popular

I only knew my grandmother, Cora Joy Martin, as a sedate and rather stern, older woman. In searching for my family history in old newspapers, I found evidence of an active social life in her girlhood years. Cora’s mother, Marie Kennedy Joy, came from a very comfortable family in Douglas County, Kansas and her social inclinations likely came from that.

Although Marie and Alfred Joy moved a number of times, it seems that Cora’s mother created fun activities for her children no matter how small the town where they found themselves. These three stories are from their few years in Burlingame, Kansas.

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Cora and Harry Joy and teacher. xStories from The Burlingame Enterprise (Burlingame, Kansas) · Newspapers.com

The family lived in the Burlingame area from 1906 to 1908 before moving to Hamilton, Kansas. These small towns were still in their early years of development, but the early 1900s were times of progress. The Joy family had a telephone installed in 1906 and their number was 13-217. This probably made it more convenient to arrange visits and tea parties and “elegant luncheons.”

This was the era of hand-cranked ice cream, croquet on the lawn, and gatherings to pull taffy. There were Sunday School picnics, box suppers at the schools, and other social activities.

Alfred Joy gets a telephone x Thu, Apr 12, 1906 – Page 4 · The Burlingame Enterprise (Burlingame, Kansas) · Newspapers.com
Alfred Joy gets a telephone xAlfred Joy gets a telephone x Thu, Apr 12, 1906 – Page 4 · The Burlingame Enterprise (Burlingame, Kansas) · Newspapers.com

Slideshow of Cora Joy Martin’s Life

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Amy Johnson Crow challenges genealogy bloggers and non-bloggers alike to think about our ancestors and share a story or photo about them. The challenge is “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.” This is week 12 of the 2020 challenge.

A Long Line of Harlans


Ancestor of the Week: The Harlans
Prompt of the Week: 52 Ancestors Week 3 – Long Line

Through the creative use of photoshop editing, my cousin had a four-generation picture expanded to six generations. What a great idea!

6 generations - Melville, Lee, Norman holding Tim, Mike holding Caden

L to R – Melville, Lee, Norman (holding son, Timothy). Center – Mike and baby

My mother’s sister, Melba McGhee married Norman Harlan in 1941 and their first child was Timothy (the toddler in the black and white photo). That dates the older photo to 1943 or so. Norman’s father, Lee Harlan, would have been 52 years old in this photo. Norman’s grandfather, Melville (wearing suspenders) was 87. He lived until 1952.

As you can see from their clothing, they were a farming family as were most of my family lines. The most recent additions to the picture are Tim’s son (Mike) and Mike’s son (Caden). I couldn’t just leave it at that. My curiosity took me to Ancestry to find Melville’s parents and then I couldn’t stop until I reached 1740 with 4 more generations. Even then, I only stopped because my weekly blog post was overdue.

There were Quakers along the line and that helped with marriages and births and locations. There’s a book about the Harlan family line that can be read online. The Madison News of 1880 to 1900 yielded a wealth of clippings with intriguing bits of information.

Melville’s father, Alpheus, came to Lyon County, Kansas in 1875, then in 1881 moved to Greenwood County, ending up in 1896 near Madison. He had a mill and a brickyard in that town. Two of Alpheus’ sons went to Arizona to mine for gold. One son, Tilman Lincoln Harlan, died tragically after just a few years of marriage. As I ranged further back, I found more millers in the family.

3rd street of Madison, Kansas in 1908. Which of these brick buildings was constructed of Harlan bricks? Photo from the collection of WSU.

There’s a lot of history to be found, but I must stop. Hopefully, someone in the Harlan family is already researching family history or the next generation will collect and preserve it.


Harlan brick in Patterson-Cunkle BuildingHarlan brick in Patterson-Cunkle Building Fri, Dec 12, 1884 – 4 · The Madison News (Madison, Kansas) · Newspapers.com

Amy Johnson Crow challenges genealogy bloggers and non-bloggers alike to think about our ancestors and share a story or photo about them. The challenge is “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.” This is week 3 of the 2020 challenge.

A Dream Gone Bust


This story about my father didn’t make it into his book, Clyde Owen Martin: Family Stories of His Life And TimesHere’s what Mom said when I asked about including it, “Let’s leave the Dream Gone Bust out. I think it needs more to it. I wrote it and added the pictures as a sample for one of the Shepherd Center writing assignments, so it was really short. As I read it over it triggers more memories of that time.”

Unspoken perhaps was the feeling that Dad might not want to be reminded of this time of failure.

Clyde Martin farm sale roxio

In Gail Martin’s memory piece, she gave 1948 as the year of the mastitis, but the sale announcement is from 1947.

For some background, here are my sister Karen’s notes on that time, “As a young couple, they started a dairy operation with an Ayrshire herd, only to have that dream dashed when, after a particularly rainy season, mastitis spread through their herd. State health regulations forced them to sell the herd as butcher cattle at a loss.”

You can see from the sale flyer that they sold 33 head of cattle and some of the equipment is listed as “nearly new.”


Clyde Martin with his registered Ayrshire calf – 1946.

Mom’s Memories of

The Dream Gone Bust

In 1983 while writing about the places they had lived over the years, Gail Lee Martin wrote that when she and Clyde married, they lived on a rented farm south of Madison. To be exact, she described it as 4 miles south of Madison, 2 miles east, 1/4 mile south.

The next winter, we moved into the Martin homestead back west 1/2 mile. Dorothy (Clyde’s older sister) and Orville Stafford were still living there, while they were getting their house in town fixed up. Clyde’s folks had retired and moved into town.

We lived there and farmed the home place and had a herd of milk cows. Clyde milked them and we bought several registered Ayrshires to go with the other cows. In the summer, we baled hay for people with Haynes and Marion Redding. They gave the nickname Butch to our son, Owen. 

The winter and spring of 1948 were very wet and mastitis, a dairy disease, got in our herd and we had to sell them as butcher cows. The Ayrshires were separate so we were able to take them to Uncle Jesse’s in Missouri for awhile. Later, we were able to sell them when they didn’t get the disease.

Here are the topics Gail wanted to add to the piece but never did,

“Using milking machines, and the cream separator and the cleaning and reassembling of all the parts. cleaning the cows’ udders and putting on the restraints for the two cows that always wanted to kick.  Learning to help Clyde milk the cows before we got the milking machines. Selling the cream that was picked up each morning by a truck. The big garden space, all those baby chickens that grew into big ones and the grouchy old hens that didn’t want you to get their eggs. More about baling hay for hire with Haynes and Marian. Following in Cora’s footsteps was a hard act to follow.” 

David Greacen Kennedy


The 1906 obituary for my 2nd great-grandfather, David Greacen Kennedy, shed some light on his work over the years. He was born in 1821 at Muddy Creek, Butler County, Pennsylvania. At age 20, he taught school, continuing that for seven years. When he married Elizabeth Rosebaugh at age 27, he changed careers to work as a bookkeeper in the Chess Brothers Tack Factory near Pittsburg,  Pennsylvania. Perhaps school teaching did not pay well enough for a family man. 

After ten years at the tack factory, he moved his family in 1861 near Black Jack, Kansas, famous in history as John Brown’s first battlefield. During pre-statehood days, the area was unsettled as Free Staters and those favoring slavery vied for control. Kansas became a state that year, entering as a free state.

“When the war broke out Kennedy enlisted, and although he was never called out of the state, he remained on constant service as a home guard during the memorable troubles of early Kansas.”

David Greacen Kennedy from Joe Kennedy

David Greacen Kennedy from the collection of a descendant, Joe Kennedy

From their place one mile north of Black Jack, they moved northeast of Baldwin where they lived for forty years. As an early settler, farming was listed as his occupation in the 1870 and 1880 census. 

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Douglas County map showing Vinland, Baldwin, Black Jack, and Lawrence, Kansas. (map courtesy of Wikipedia)

A local newspaper commented in 1892 that “D. G. Kennedy, of Black Jack, informed us that he was selling a carload of fine hogs that would average 300 pounds. As the market for hogs is over $6 per hundred, the load will net our farmer friend a neat sum, something over one thousand dollars.” Adjusting that for inflation from 1892 to 2019 dollars, it would be $28,215 according to the CPI Inflation Calculator.

In 1895, the newspaper reported, “The finest piece of wheat of thirty acres can be found on the farm of D. G. Kennedy.  Mr. Kennedy never does farming in a halfway manner.”

By the 1900 census, he was eighty years old and retired. His sons, Bayard and Walter, with the help of a hired man, kept the farm going. 

kennedy home in Baldwin KS

The Kennedy home in Baldwin, Kansas.

In May 1891, the Baldwin Ledger reported, “ The home of D. G. Kennedy was the scene of a happy family reunion this week, the occasion being the seventieth birthday of Mr. Kennedy. His children were assembled under the parental roof once more and there went forth a blessing for the prolonged life of the parent. Mr. Kennedy was the recipient of many presents; his family giving him an armchair in which to repose in his declining years. The guests also gave numerous presents of kind remembrances of the day.”

Walter Kennedy - new house builtHouse rebuilt Fri, Jan 4, 1901 – 3 · The Baldwin Ledger (Baldwin, Kansas) · Newspapers.com

In 1892, he and his wife Elizabeth moved to the small town of Vinland. It seems from the article above that both Walter and David Sr.  and their spouses shared a house at this point. His youngest son, David Greacen Kennedy Jr. owned a “mercantile business” in Vinland and had his own house adjacent to the store.

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1974 book on Vinland.

Were David and Elizabeth Kennedy Sr. wealthy? Perhaps prosperous is a better word. It seems they had a good life and a long one.

Here’s a description of his last days,

“He knew the biographies of Grant, Sherman, Lincoln and many others almost by heart. He loved his books and spent the last years of his life surrounded by them. He lived to see both grand and great grandchilren and their presence and prattle was his greatest joy. On Saturday, January 13, 1906, “Uncle David” made a business trip to Baldwin, and although 85 years of age, was able to go unattended and see to his business. Monday afternoon he was taken with pneumonia and in spite of the best medical attention the disease claimed him as its victim.”

The Jeffersonian Gazette added this, “For some time he had been patiently waiting the summons and was willing to depart. On Wednesday evening his voice was very weak, but he knew and recognized his friends and neighbors, asking after the sick in the neighborhood.”

The Baldwin Ledger gave further details, “The funeral was held at the Vinland Presbyterian church, of which church Mr. Kennedy had been an active member for 65 years. And as the mourners slowly made their way over the Big Hill between the two villages. We thought how like the journey of his life which was to begin in a far away city and end in the quiet shade of Oak Hill Cemetry. Besides his wife and six children, two sisters and two brothers survive him.”

Elizabeth Rosebaugh Kennedy, mother of merchant David G. Kennedy, lived in a house across the street east of the Methodist Church.

Elizabeth Rosebaugh Kennedy, the mother of merchant David G. Kennedy, lived in a house across the street east of the Methodist Church.

Elizabeth Rosebaugh Kennedy lived 12 years longer than her husband. “Mrs. Kennedy remained in Vinland until a short time ago when she came with her son Walter. She was ninety-one years old, yet had a strong mind, at the time of her death.”


Elizabeth Jane Rosebaugh Kennedy – Photo taken in Wellsville, Kansas.

Their family background

Born May 14, 1821, at Muddy Creek, Butler County, Pennsylvania, he was a third-generation American whose grandparents immigrated from Monaghan, Ireland in the late 1700s to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  His wife, Elizabeth Jane Rosebaugh, was a third-generation American whose grandparents came from Germany to the Colony of Virginia before the American Revolution.


  • Death of D.G. Kennedy, Sr. Lawrence Daily World, Lawrence, Kansas. 24 Jan 1906, Wed • Page 1, Newspapers.com.
  • Another Obituary of D.G. Kennedy, Sr. The Jeffersonian Gazette, Lawrence, Kansas.
    Wednesday, January 24, 1906, Newspapers.com.
  • Another Obituary of D.G. Kennedy, Sr. The Baldwin Ledger, Baldwin, Kansas. 26 Jan 1906, Fri • Page 1, Newspapers.com.
  • Death of Elizabeth Rosebaugh Kennedy. The Baldwin Ledger (Kansas) 08 Feb 1918, Fri • Page 1 Newspapers.com.
  • The 1890 census was destroyed, so we are dependent on newspaper clippings for that decade.
  • Wheat Crop. The Lawrence Gazette, Lawrence, Kansas. 23 Apr 1885, Thu • Page 5 Newspapers.com.
  • Hogs. The Baldwin Ledger, Baldwin, Kansas. 09 Dec 1892, Fri • Page 3. Newspapers.com.
  • 70th Birthday. The Baldwin Ledger, Baldwin, Kansas. 22 May 1891, Fri • Page 3 Newspapers.com.
  • Vinland, Kansas Facebook Page
  • D.G. Kennedy Donation of Books to Library. The Baldwin Ledger, Baldwin, Kansas
    23 Sep 1887, Fri • Page 3 Newspapers.com.
Vinland Library_1910 from Lawrence Journal

A photo from the Lawrence Journal in 1910 of the library in Vinland (Coal Creek Library).

(Please let me know if you have further information about the Kennedy family or if you spot any errors in the above account)

1930 Farmington, NM Outing


I don’t have photos of any film stars in my family collection, but I do have ladies with cars. So for this Sepia Saturday challenge, I’ll share my great-aunt Bertha McGhee’s pictures. It also serves for the 52 Ancestor’s Challenge: Adventure.

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These are from her time in New Mexico when she was working at the Navajo Indian School. Apparently, the staff at the school had some time off and went on excursions together.  That’s Bertha standing by the car.

Bertha by car in NM

I’ve made contact with two people who also had great-aunts working at this school. They’ve been able to identify their relatives in a few photos that I have. Sure would be great to hear from others who might recognize some of these teachers and school employees. The year might be 1929 or 1930.

I don’t know whose car this was or who owned the dog. Some possible names of the people are ones I’ve collected from the 1930 census for the staff names at the Navajo Indian Mission of Farmington, NM. The people below could be Mabel Huffman, Bessie Ullery, Clara Lenz, Emily Guigon, Nellie Hawthorn, Mary A. Leckliter or Eli Forman. There were two sisters in their twenties living at the school (Lois and Edith Hadley).

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These photos seem like they are from the same adventurous excursion. They are exploring on unpaved roads, quite sandy in places, in areas with scrubby growth. They take some photos on a rocky hillside and in an arroyo. I’m glad they didn’t get stranded out there in the sand.


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The woman in the dark hat is identified by her great-nephew as Bessie Ullery. At first, I thought the other woman with the scarf might be Mabel Hoffman, but her great-nephew says it isn’t her.

The man may not necessarily be an employee at the school. Possibly the young women hired a local driver for the outing or he might be a friend. I keep hoping that someone will recognize the rock formations as a destination near Farmington, New Mexico.


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