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Ann Murphy[] June 2002

I would like information on John Campbell b. Sep. 1,1890
d. Jun 1968 Ponca City, Kay Co. , Ok. Where is he buried, or family members.
Ann in Ks.

Buried in the Ponca City IOOF Cemetery. Died June 8, 1968. Wife Bessie R. B: Jan. 18, 1912. In 1978 there was no death date on the stone for her. Hope this helps

See Booth

Tom and Carole Lemp [] Feb 2004

I am trying to get an obituary for Kenneth Carriger who died May 4, 2000 Peckham, Kay, OK and I was wondering if a member of the society could get this for me?

NEWKIRK — Kenneth Carl Carriger, lifelong Newkirk and Washunga resident, died Thursday, May 4, 2000 at his home. He was 87. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2000 at the Newkirk Cemetery with Mr. Carriger’s great-nephew, Mr. David Carriger of Osage City, Kan., officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. Kenneth Carriger was born October 6, 1912 in South Haven, Kan., the son of Charles and Emma (Feeser) Carriger. Mr. Carriger spent his entire life in the Newkirk and Washunga area. He was a graduate of the Kaw City High School. During WW II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a bomber mechanic in the South Pacific. On March 7, 1958 he was married to Lula Dick. She preceded him in death on June 17, 1959. Mr. Carriger was a farmer and rancher and had worked for the Peel Estate in Kay County for many years. Surviving are three nieces, Lois Brixey, of Hilltop Lakes, Texas, June Parkhurst, of Tulsa, and Peggy Beene, of Aurora, Colo.; three nephews, Bob Carriger, of Broken Arrow, Okla., Richard Carriger, of Fort Scott, Kan. and James Carriger, of Pryor, Okla. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Frances Busby, and one brother, Paul Carriger. Friends may call at the funeral home until noon on Monday.
paid obituary From the pages of The Ponca City News, Sunday, May 7, 2000

[Email bounced] Feb 2004

LuAnn Chafee lived in Maplewood Louisiana during the 1940's, had a sister named Kay mothers name was Daisy and father Pete. They move back to Ponca in the mid to late 40's. Have not heard from LuAnn since the early 50's when her husband was in the Air Force ( I think) There will be a Maplewood reunion on Oct. 14 at the school, would love to hear from anyone that has any information about this family. Mail to:Jo Anne Shove Duga1211 Benton St.Sulphur, La. 70665

Virginia [] August 2004


When the Chilocco Indian School was closed, all records were sent to the Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Oklahoma. This was probably all school records, transcripts, etc., Whether there was other types of information, I don't know. If they published yearbooks, I have never seen one from the school.

Addy Loney []

I am looking for information on Chief Bacon Rind. My Great Grandmother and sister were raised by this man. Their first names were Ella and Alla. Any help or suggestions where to look would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,

[Email Bounced] Feb 2004

I am looking for info. on a Chief BlacksKiotes and his daughter. Her name may have been "Cheyenne", or else they were Cheyenne Indians. Also interested in Pawnee Indians in OK at time of Land Rush. Have photo of a Pawnee man from that time, and also of the Chief's daughter which might interest their descendants.


See Pitts - Johnson

Shirley Daykin [] September 2011

If you haven't been to get the obits yet, I would like to add some more to them.

Henry J. Clark, b. 1-24-1894, d. 9-2-1975 buried at IOOF.
His Wife: Ethel M. Clark, b. 5-14-1899, d. 1-27-1991 buried at IOOF
Am planning on making a trip to Ponca this week to look for your obits. Will get back with you when I get them.

Am attaching a stone pic thought you might like to have.
Thanks so much for the photo of the Pitts stone. Much appreciated. Looking forward to some info to work with [I hope] Sometimes it doesn't give you much to work with.

Thank you so much for finding these obits for me. There are some new clues, or maybe I should say things that I have forgotten over the years, but the instant I read the info remembered it then.

Now, I need a mailing address and your full name to get some money to you. You certainly earned it. I am not surprised that Ray Pitts did not have an obit, 1937 was still early days on reporting deaths on a regular basis. But there is info about him in Leos obit that will help. Also the daughter. In your magic cemetery book for IOOF, do you have a burial for Patsy Lou Lopez , b. 1926-27 & died in the 1980's, early 90's. I wasn't in Ponca for so many years and I just got bits and pieces from my Mother about people we knew. I was told she was put in a paupers grave as the only child she had would not come and make arrangements for burial. The next trip you make to the Library, not a special one just for this, would you check for her an obit? There can't be that many Lopez's in Ponca back then. Patsy was living at 417 North Ash, there in Ponca. If you find something, just let me know and I will send money to you.

Will look forward to hearing from you with the address, your name and the amount total I owe you.

Many thanks..................Shirley

I finally used some of the clues on the Pitts girl Patsy Lou and found her in SSDI. The information there says: Patsy Lou
Lopez, b. 8-9-1926, d. Oct. 1993, 67 yrs. old. This will give you a definite death date when looking for the obituary.
She is in IOOF Cemetery according to my Mother and a cousin.

Juls Goheen [] August 2007

Looking for Clifford obits. Franklin and Louisa. This is what I have so far:
Children of Franklin and Louisa:
1. Lillian-b 1866 d. 1948
2. Joseph W. b. 28 Jan 1869 d. 12 Jan 1952
3. Annetta b. 13 Dec 1871 d. 5 Apr 1945
4. Rebecca Grace- b. 24 Mar 1875 d. 20 Jul 1966
5. James Owen- b. 30 Jul 1877 d. 29 Nov 1957
6. Dora Lee. b. unconfirmed at this time d. ??
7. Bertha May- b. 14 Sep 1882 d. 20 Sep 1923
8. Infant b. 27 Jun 1885 d. 27 Jun 1885
9. William Augustus- b. 1 Dec 1886 d. 17 Jul 1887
10. Nannie Sue-b. 20 Jul 1888 d. 31 May 1961
11. Benjamin Clyde-- b. 13 Dec 1890 d. 11 May 1905

Thanks for the info on Nettie's marriage...

Dr. Joseph Clifford was indeed a son of Franklin... his middle name was Wiseman which was Louisa's maiden name.

Yes Kenneth C. Ebert that you listed is the one I am looking for...

Thanks for the help!

In researching the obits, I found that Franklin/Louise had 8 children

5 daughters~~Grace, Nannie, Lillian, Nettie, Mrs.W.F.Ebert. No sons listed, so could mean they were already deceased??

Nettie (Annette A. Clifford) married John I. Bradley 9-19-1904 This was in the Kay Co. marriage records.

The Dr. Joseph W. Clifford/ Myrtle L. Clifford I sent you info on the other day, is Franklin's brother.

Kenneth C. Ebert Jun 13, 1914 Nov 8, 1943 is buried in the Nardin Cem. also. Lot 93 Sp. 1 Blk 8 Also with him in same Lot 93, are people named Winters, Herman S. Emma, & Georgia M.

Grace Clifford obit online
Nannie S Clifford obit online
Louisa Ellen Clifford obit online
Franklin A Clifford obit online


Lesley Clingerman [] August 2007

I am searching for a Manuel (Man or Mann) W. Clingerman who moved to Tonkawa, Ok with his family from Kiowa Ks in the late 1920's . He bought land in the area. His wife Maggie and two of the youngest children left and went to Ardmore, Ok. She probably divorced him and may have married a James McCloud. Manuel was reported to have died in his 40's. He was born in Ohio in 1879. An obituary would be mst helpful as I believe he is buried in Riverview cemetery in Kiowa although there is no record of this there is someone buried next to his brother who had no other family.
Thank you for your time
Lesley Clingerman


I find No Clingerman's at all in the Kay Co. Cemetery Inscriptions book.

Nothing at all that he died in the Tonkawa area. To obtain an obit you would need his exact death date plus where he died for it to be found on Microfilm at the library.

Sorry, wish I could be of more help to you.
Shirley Harlan


For those of you seeking lineage information about your Cobb-Sasser relatives of Kay County, Oklahoma (and their ancestors), please visit the "COBB-SASSER FAMILY LINEAGE WEBSITE," at url: Surnames included in the extended Cobb-Sasser families, are: Attaway, Barber, Gilbert, Stanley, Tuttle, and many more. Many of the Kay County lineages can be found on the webpage about the descendants of John & Margaret Elizabeth (Sasser) Cobb, which is at url: Also visit the "COBB FAMILY REUNION WEBSITE," at url: which is about a Cobb (and Sasser) reunion held in Ponca City, Kay Co, OK. If you should have any family history trivia or genealogy information to share about these families, it would be very highly appreciated! Happy hunting!

Mary [] Jan 2004

I doing family genealogy research on some of my family members that lived in Kay County, Okla.
The Nelson Watson Goin family lived near Nardin as did the Bearl Wesley & Daisy Coffelt family. Any info. you may share with me would be very appreciated. On the Nelson Goin family the years was from about 1893 to 1930 & on the Bearl & Daisy Coffelt would be from 1894 to 1983.
Thank you, Mary Sand Springs, Okla.

Mount Olive Cemetery lists the following information

COFFELT, Bearl W. Oct 25, 1894-Sep 29, 1964 w. Daisy; m: June 4, 1917
Coffelt, Daisy Sept 16, 1897-nd
Other Coffelt names listed are:
Adaline - Arthur J - Charles H. – Forrest - Francis M – Glenn
Hallie M - Hazel M - John W – Marcellus - Mary Olive - Virgie
all on page 197, Kay County Cemetery Inscriptions
Goin, Nelson 21 May 1853-17 July 1930 Father; same stone as Catherine S
Catherine S 26 Nov 1859-19 May 1932; mother; same stone as Nelson
Goin, Lora nd-28 July, 1896; daughter of N and C; aged 2months 21 days

Other Goin names listed are
Elmer F - Emery Coleman - Jesse L
all on page 201 Kay County Cemetery Inscriptions
Mount Olive is southwest of Nardin.

Sharon [] December 2008

I am trying to locate a copy of an obituary, Ida G. Anderson Coleman, born about 1877 in Crawford Co. Mo.
I found a small line of this obit in the Blackwell Journal, giving just her name and death year of 1960-61.
I am not sure what year she moved to Oklahoma, for this is my first information I have found on her.
I am her grand niece and i hope you can help me.
thank you for your time

I have her obit for you and will scan it to you.


Birdie L McNutt [Email Bounced] Feb 2004

I need ANY information on the Peter Anderson COMBS family who lived in Longwood, Kaw City, Kay County Oklahoma. Facts I have found so far, that may help you, help me.(Birdie sent us a detailed two page FT. ) We get the impression she would love to share it with you.

See Wall


I am looking for information on my Great Grandfather, Charles Anthony Conner (1872 - 1949). According to family stories, Charlie was sheriff in Tonkawa, but I don't know the dates. He married Laura Ann Quinby in Lamont, OK in 1895. and they raised a family in Lamont until 1925 when they moved to San Bernadino, CA. If anyone has info as to when Grandpa was sheriff on Tonkawa, I would very much appreciate it.

Bobbie Smith [Email Bounced] Feb 2004

I am sure I am again looking in the wrong spot but I am going to ask any way. My name is Bobbee Smith and I am trying to help my husbands Grandmother find information on her father and Grandfather. Her father was Edward Coody b May 11,1886 at Poam, Oklahoma, d Dec. 25, 1927 at Gans, Oklahoma, Sequoyah County. He was part Cherokee and his roll number was 5741. Her Grandfather was Daniel Ross Coody Jr. and he was also Cherokee his roll number was 5740. I know that Edward Coody owned about 380 acres of land in what is now OKC and sold them during the depression before he died. Do you have any information on these men in your archives? If so I would be in your debt if you could help me or even point me in the right direction.


Linda Steinke [] March 2004

I'm having trouble locating information on a niece of my g-grandfather. I'd like to see if you can check the cemetery books to see if she was indeed buried in the county and whether an obituary might be located. PEARL (KENT) MILLER-CORNELISON died January 28, 1983. The SSDI lists her residence as Newkirk. One family member tells me she is buried in Newkirk Cemetery. Her first husband was Peter Miller and her second husband Herb Cornelison. I have checked with the Newkirk newspaper, the Ponca City Library, and a mortuary in Newkirk without finding any information on her. I'd appreciate any help that you can give me.

Trout Funeral Home Listing

Cornelison, Pearl Kent 1/28/1983 Age 81 burial Newkirk Cemt, Newkirk, OK [Vol 18 Pg 29] Cornelison, Herbert A 6/14/1972 Age 78 burial Riverview Cemt, Arkansas City, KS [Vol 12 Pg 205] Cornelison, Mary Pauline 7/6/1991 Age 86 burial Longwood Cemt, Ponca City, OK [Vol 22 Pg 256]

Miller Stahl Funeral Service Listing

Miller, Peter 11/14/1956

Marsha Somerville [] September 2010

I am hoping you can help me with some information. I will be in Ponca City in October and plan to go to Odd Fellows Cemetery to pay respects to some family buried there. Can you tell me if there is a map or something that shows
where people are buried? It's my understanding there is no office at the cemetery at which I could ask. Is there a listing, a book, an index that shows the location? I am hoping not to have to wander the entire cemetery. Thank you so much for your help.  Marsha

We just recently finished doing an inventory of the PC IOOF, but do not have any CD's ready for sale yet.
If you will send me a list of names I will get the burial location for you.  Vicki
Vicki, thank you so much. Your organization has helped me in the past and I appreciate it so much. Here are the names and again, THANK YOU! Is there a map of the cemetery anywhere that I can look at to determine where the sections of the cemetery are? 
Winston Crockett 1904-1974
Alta Somerville 1897-1971
Oliver Somerville 1889-1852
Frank Steely 1860-1920
Emma Steely 1864-1928
Amelia Catherine Rankin 1834-1926
Blanche Hill 1884-1974

All are buried in the Ponca City, IOOF Cemetery
Section H Row 13 Grave 31 and 32
Winston Crockett Nov 28 1904 – Apr 7 1974
Maxine Crocket   Dec 288 1905 - Jul 2 1989                              
Married May 4 1930
[Common stone for Winston/Maxine]
Section 5 Lot 7 Grave 43 and 44
Alta F Somerville 1897-1971 Mother
Oliver J Somerville 1889 – 1952 Father
Block 9 Lot 21 Grave 2 and 3
Frank R Steely 1860 – 1920 [Common stone for Frank/Emma]
Emma B Steely 1864 – 1928
Block 9 Lot 21 Grave 1
Amelia Catherine Rankin May 20 1834 – Sep 21 1926
Section F Row 2 Lot 83 Grave 5
Blanche Hill 1884 – 1974             [Common stone for Blanche/John]
John Hill 1883 – 1963  Married Jul 3 1904

 I am attaching a map of the cemetery.

Anna Mitchell [] August 2011

I am looking for information about my grandparents.

My Grandmother is Bertha Ivaree Lewis-Crotser born between 1902 and 1905. Deceased at the age of 33.

My Grandfather is Pearl Roller Crotser, no idea when he was born, he is deceased since the 1970's. His parents or Grandparents changed the spelling of his last name from Krotzer to Crotser. When they came over from Germany.

Could you please help me?

I don't find either of them listed here in Kay Co.

Are you sure they were in this county?? If so, which town were they in.

I don't have much information to go on. If you know any more, let me know, otherwise I'll not be much help.

Marianne [] April 2004

I came across a Heritage Quest notation that your Newsletter Oct 1997 vol 16 iss 4 had information on the Crow-Williamson family. How could I get a copy of the article and who provided it?
Thank you

There is a pedigree chart in that volume and the person who provided the information is Peggy Williams. You can e-mail her at

Jane Edson [] August 2010

I was wondering if there might be an obit and if you might have the exact death date for Lee E. Curfman.  According to the SSDI he died in September 1970  Blackwell, Kay Co Oklahoma.   Please let me know if this is a possible request and what the fees are.  Jane Edson

I found the exact death date of Lee Curfman, 9-26-1970 of which I needed the day, in order to find the obit.
He is buried in Mount Olive Cemetery in Nardin, Okla. which is a spot in the road, so to speak, :) west of Blackwell.
The price for getting an obit is 2.00 + printing of each one. So let me know if you wish me to continue with this.
I also know the daughter of Lee and she would like to get in touch with you to exchange information. If this is ok, too, let me know.  Shirley

Yes to both questions.   You can tell Lee's daughter I have a whole lot on Lee's grandmother side of the family.   His grandmother was Mary Fearer Elam.... I have information on the Fearer family.   Also I would love to know if she knows when Mary Fearer Elam died.    Sometime after 1930 but know nothing else.     Do you bill me or do I send money prior to receiving information

Am attaching the obits. The main one was so long had to cut into. In case you need the paper & date it was from--Blackwell Journal Tribune  Sunday Sept 27, 1970. Pictures never come out very good being a copy of a copy. The 2nd obit was from same paper, Mon. Sept 28, 1970.  

Send check for $2.75 to

Pioneer Genealogy Society
Box 1965
Ponca City, OK.  74602

Also, here is Lee's daughter's name & email Joyce Urban 

We both live in Blackwell and I'll call her & give her your information too.  So whoever contacts who first is up to you guys. Glad you guys will be able to maybe help one another. Good luck.


[Obits online in Obit/Death Records Section]

[Email Bounced] Feb 2004

We are looking for any information concerning a William Emory Curfman and Zella Leota Curfman. William Emory Curfman was born in Burning Springs West Virginia in 1862 or 1863. He moved to Portland, Kansas in early life and married Ms. Eva Grace Elam. Ms. Elam died in and around 1907. Mr. Curfman married Ms. Leota Milford in 1911. They made their home near Braman and Blackwell Oklahoma, where Mr. Curfman died in 1935. Any one having any information about Mr. Curfman, and would like to pass it on, It would be greatly appreciated


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