Grafting Broken Branches: Queries - K

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Pioneer Woman Statue

Ponca City, OK – Bryant Baker, Sculptor – Dedicated April 22, 1930.

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Ponca City, OK - Constructed 1928.

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Ponca City, OK – Constructed 1935.

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Ponca City, OK - Dedicated September 29, 2007.

Kay County Courthouse

Newkirk, OK – Constructed 1926.

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Queries - K



Kathryn Marsh [No email] February 2007

I am looking for the obituary for Grace O Keller. She was born in 12 November 1893, in Kansas and her last known address was in Blackwell, Kay County, Oklahoma. She died on February 25, 1989. I have looked on the inter-net and have been unable to fine the obituaries for Kay County for the year 1989.

I am hoping that you have access to these obituaries. I am therefore enclosing $5.00 and a self-addressed stamped envelope, and was hoping that someone there could look up this obituary and send me a copy. Also if you have any other information on this family, I would appreciate copies of that also. If I haven't enclosed enough money, please let me know. Thank you,

Kathryn C Marsh
10830 South Country Creek Road
So. Jordan, Utah 84095
Have found out the following for you:

Grace's 1st husband Fred Williamson b. 1883 d. 1916 and is buried in the Newkirk Cemetery.
Charles W. Biddle b. June 17, 1865 d. Sept 18, 1913 w. Daisy
Daisy Biddle b. Nov.23, 1873 d. March 12, 1934 h. Charles W.
Both are buried in the Newkirk Cemetery. Kay Co. Cemetery Book p.220
Irma May Schneider (notice spelling) b. March 29, 1898 d. Jan.21, 1923 buried in the Newkirk Cemetery. More than likely they called her May. So think this is one & the same person.
There are 3 more Schneider's listed one after the other. Think they are all related.
Mable E. Schneider b. July 29, 1872 d. Nov. 8, 1952
John W. Schneider b. Nov. 8, 1871 d. May 11, 1943
Vernon Schneider b. July 24, 1898 d. Apr. 2, 1921
Have a feeling (according to their b. dates) John & Mable were married.
And Vernon may have been Irma May's husband.
Also, a possibility, John & Mable were Vernon's parents.
All are buried in Newkirk Cemetery. From the Kay Co. Cemetery Book p. 277
The following was in the Kay Co. Marriage's:
Nora M. Biddle married William B. Austin 8-10-1918 Book 11 Page 327
Nora's husband 1895-1950 Buried in the Newkirk Cemetery.

This is all I was able to find thru my books I have. I thought this would be a little quicker than mailing all this to you. But if you would rather I mail what else I find, let me know & I'll do it that way for you.

got your e-mail and was delighted with what you sent. I had Charles and Daisy's birth dates but not their death dates.
I was also very happy to get Fred Williamson's birth year.
I was happy to get the information on Irma May Biddle Schneider. I do believe the Irma May Schneider that you sent me the information on is my May E. Biddle as she was also born in March 1898. If Vernon was her husband, they both died very young. Vernon was only 22 when he died in 1921 and Irma May was 24 when she died in 1923. If you happen to find any more on them, please let me know.
I appreciate so much your sending me this information and sending it by e-mail is just fine. I don't mind at all.
Thanks again....Kathryn

Grace Keller obit online


Patricia Nixon [] April 2004

I am trying very hard to find a death date and/or burial place for Jacob Casper Kemp. Jacob Kemp was noted as being from Blackwell Oklahoma in his brother Ollie Kemp's obituary from July of 1906 as having attended his funeral in Weir, Kansas. Info from the July 6, 1906 issue of the Weir City Journal.

Jacob Kemp was born July 21, 1858 in Albany New York. He married Ida Mae Welker.

Jacob Kemp is incorrectly listed as Jacob Kump in the 1900 Kay County, OK Longwood twp census. (Heritage Quest)

Jacob Kemp's wife Ida M. Kemp, is listed as being widowed, age 50, in the 1910 Smith Co. Kansas, Oak twp, census. (Heritage Quest)

My conclusion from these two census records and his brother's obit is that Jacob died between 1906 and 1910 and is most likely buried either in Kay County, Oklahoma or possibly in Smith County, Kansas. Depends on if the family moved to Smith County Kansas before or after Jacob died.

Are you aware of a book titled Tombstone Inscriptions of Kay County Oklahoma and do you have access to one? If you could look in this book for Jacob Kemp I would be most grateful. Perhaps you have other death and/or burial/cemetery/funeral home records for Kay County that you might be able to find information regarding Jacob.

No Information Found.


F.G. Albert []

Just last week I was in Newkirk, OK. along with my husband and my mother, we went to the Newkirk Cemetery to see my g.grandmother Delilah J. Kester 1866-1935 Order of Eastern Star grave which we did but the most interesting circumstance came about, I had a copy of the Cemetery Inscriptions of Kay County, OK. by the Pioneer Genealogical Society, Ponca City, OK. it listed my g.grandfather Stephen Kester, May 14, 1868-May 27, 1941, agd 73 yr. 13 da. so SOMEONE saw that stone when they canvassed the cemetery, but there is NO STONE there, I asked the funeral home there in Newkirk, they suggested that the stone might have been misplaced, so my entourage walked the entire cemetery to no avail. I went there to put a stone on his grave, but now I am interested to what happened to the original stone-I did check the courthouse and they were both listed as owning the gravesites. I would appreciate any information related to the above or any info about Delilah and/or Stephen. Thank you.


Sandra Kimbell [ ] Feb 2003

my name is sandra kimbell and im trying to link my kimbell's/kimbrell's/ kimble/kimel's to Oklahoma around Blackwell. i thought i had connected my GGGrandfather John Willaim kimbell(and varients) to basil kimbell but have since been informed that it might not be the right john kimbrell according to info i have or found my GGGrandfather died in 1914 in Arkansas but according to my GGGrandmothers obit some years later it said he died in 1897 near Blackwell Oklahoma.. here is the info i have

John Willaim Kimbell(or varients) born??? Died??? married to Sarah Jane Gaskill
one son born to this union 1888 in Arkansas John Wesly Kimbell born 4/25/1889 in arkansas thanks for any help you can provide sandra


[] August 2002

Looking for Evelyn and Dean Kirkpatrick obits.

Evelyn M Kirkpatrick
Mrs Evelyn M Kirkpatrick, 843 N Birch died Tuesday morning at the Norman Municipal Hospital. She was 77.
The daughter of Edward W & Mary Leever Carson, she was born July 11, 1910 at Winfield, Kans….On July 11, 1945 she & Dean F Kirkpatrick were married at Newkirk….Survivors include one son, James D Kirkpatrick of Ponca City; three daughters, Mrs Harold (Terri) Stafford of Norman, Mrs Raymond (Anne) Willis and Mrs Barbara Rheinheimer, both of Elkhart, Ind; two stepdaughters, Mrs Robert (Edna) Trant of Ponca City, Mrs Hugh (Patt) Geiger of Albuquerque, NM; one brother, Cecil Carson of Sunnyvale, Caif; one sister Mrs Albert (Merle)Kratz of Filer, Idaho…Service will be at 10am Friday at the Chapel of the Chimes, Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev David Waganer, pastor of Sunset Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery…
Ponca City News March 9, 1988 – Ponca City, Oklahoma

Dean F Kirkpatrick
Dean F Kirkpatrick of 843 North Birch died late Monday afternoon…He was 92.
The son of Isaac & Matilda Kirkpatrick, he was born Sept 14, 1893 near White City, Kans…During WWI he served overseas in the Army from May 8, 1918 – May 12, 1919…He married Ella Mae Barker on March 30, 1921 in Winfield, Kans. She died May 29, 1933.
On July 11, 1945 he married Evelyn Hunter in Newkirk, They made their home in Albuquerque, NM…He is survived by his wife, Evelyn…five daughters…(Edna)…Mrs Hugh (Marguerite) Geiger…(Terri)…(Anne)…two brothers Robert…Ponca City & Wolford…Prineville, Ore; 16 grandchildren & 18 greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, five brothers, a sone and a greatgrand daughter. Funeral will be at 3pm Friday at Grace Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park…
Ponca City News September 25, 1985 – Ponca City, Oklahoma

[Obits available on request]

Marilyn Kite [] September 2008

Hi! I was wondering if, you could tell where, I can obits in Kay County. Particular in Blackwell. I'm looking for obits on George Kite and his wife Mary Elizabeth and George's father Robert W. Kite. I know Robert W. Kite died in 9-20-1910. The census on George ends in the 1920, he is not listed on the 1930. His wife Mary is listed on the 1930 with her daughter Velma Kite and her other daughter Nina Kite who married a Fred Erdwin. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a million for your time.

Found in Blackwell cemetery, Blackwell, OK
CW Kite 1863-1922 Father
Mary E Kite 1875-1965 Mother
Max Kite 1907-1990
Robert Kite 1912-1925 Our Darling
Velma Kite 1910-1989
Fred J Erdwur 1899-1972
Nina K Erdwur 1903-1992

Obits located in the Newspaper index
Blackwell Jrnl Tribune
Mrs Mary Elizabeth Kite
Nine Kite Erdwur
Velma Ionne Kite
Fred J Erdwur


Karen Whaley [] Nov 2003

I would love to have any information on my biological maternal grandfather, Ernest Kohler and/or of his family members. My mother, Patsy Ruth, was born to Ernest Kohler and my grandmother, Ruth Morrison Overton July 11, 1928, in Ponca City. My grandmother, I believe was born around 1908 - 1910. I'm assuming Ernest was somewhere near her age, but I don't know exactly. I do know he died young - about 35. I assume, but don't know for sure, that he and my grandmother were married.

Any information about my grandmother's Oklahoma family would be welcomed also. As I mentioned, her name was Ruth Morrison Overton. I know her mother's married name was Minnie Pearl Overton, and am assuming her maiden name was Morrison. I only knew of my great grandfather (Overton) as being called "Daddy Bob", but don't know his first name. I know they had a farm in/around Ponca City. I guess they would have been born sometime between 1870 and 1890

1930 Census Records
Ponca City Cross Township Ward 3 Sheet 10B and 11A shows
Overton, Robert age 51 b: Kansas electrician (Oil) (probably worked for Marland Oil or Conoco)
Minnie age 43 b:Kansas
Ruth age 21 b:Oklahoma (her last name is smudged and hard to read but I do believe it reads Kohler.)
James age 19 b:Oklahoma musician at radio station
Lois age 12 b: Oklahoma
Kohler, Patsy R. age 1 1/2 b:Oklahoma (It list that both of Patsy's parents were born in Oklahoma, but I cannot find any information on him.)
Address looks to be 1015 S. Sixth
There are several Kohlers in the Cemetery Records, but not Ernest.

Bridget Arnett [] September 2011

I am hoping you can help me. My grandmother grew up in Kay County, Blackwell, Oklahoma. Her name was Imogene Marie Kotchavar. She was the daughter of Ralph C. Kotchavar and Janie Bell Rhea. She and her brother Ralph C., Jr. were placed in a home (according to stories), after being abandoned by their parents. I am trying to find information on the Blackwell Children's home. I have seen documentation citing the existence of a 1933 census; however, cannot find a copy. My grandmother and her brother would have lived there sometime between 1930 and 1940. In the 1930 census, the children, including a younger brother, Billy, who died shortly after this census, were living with their grandparents. I was hoping to find documentation or records to verify this was the correct home. I'm also hoping to find any kind of documentation showing why they were abandoned or placed in care of the home. This has long been a family mystery as neither my grandmother nor great uncle were old enough to know the true story of their placement or the cause of Billy's death. If there is anyway you can assist me, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for any help you may be able to offer.
Bridget Arnett

There evidently was a home here in Blackwell during the 1930's but no information seems to be available. I did find that it was privately owned so have no idea what happened to any of the records.
Sorry I couldn't help with this but I did find that Billy is buried in the Blackwell Cemetery

Billy J. Kotchavar 1927-1932

There are quite a few other Kotchavar's buried in Blackwell. If you think they might be some of your line, give me some names & I'll check for you.

Blackwell Morning Tribune
Robert Kite



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