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Janice Meredith [] August 2008

I am researching the family of Lucien Orlie Wall and Linda Louise “Lula” Conley. World Connect shows their daughter, Maxine Wall, married William “Bill” Love in Ponca City, Kay Co., Oklahoma on 18 Feb 1941. I would like to know if marriage records show this. Also if there is any other information available on William and Maxine Wall Love. I do know they were in Sapulpa, Creek Co., Oklahoma by 29 March 1952 since they were shown at that address when they witnessed the third marriage of her mother, Linda Louise “Lula” Conley Wall Stowe.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

Kay Co. Marriage records does show a license application taken out on 2-18-1941 for Maxine Wall and Bill William Love.
I find no other information on them, so they must have moved on to the other county you mentioned at some point in time. My advice to you would be to check out Creek Co. in case they stayed there, they may have been buried there.

Thank you so very much for checking this for me. I truly appreciate your assistance.


Linda Dennis []

I would very much appreciate your searching the marriage records of Kay County for the marriage of Elizabeth Tunnell to a Mr. Walton. Thank you for any help you can give me.


[] September 2002

Susie Mae Wayman
Susie Mae Wayman…died Saturday…She was 76.
The daughter of William E & Mary Bell Christy, she was born March 16, 1911 at Apperson, Okla…
She & George Wayman were married Feb 15, 1930 at Pawhuska. Mr Wayman preceded her in death in a automobile accident in 1941…Suvivors include one son, Ernest Raymond Wayman of Louisville, KY; one daughter Mrs Herb (Shirley) Humble of Ponca City; one brother Arthur Christy of Salt Lake City; four sisters, Doris Dawes of Cleveland, Okla, Fern Suess of Ponca City, Dorothy Gore of Dewey, Okla and Joan Miller of Jerome, Idaho…
Funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning at the Second Baptist Church. The Rev Paul Graham, pastor will officiate. Burial will be at the Burbank Cemetery, under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel…
The Ponca City News March 14 - Ponca City, Oklahoma

Obit available on request



Gene Ewert [] Feb 2004

Would there be someone that might be able to look up and obituary for me? It would be for my great-grandmother, Jane Morrison Welsh. She died in (or near) Blackwell 18 Mar 1923. I would be glad to pay any reasonable research and copy fees and send an SASA if necessary. I'm not sure how long she resided in Kay County. She went there from Marion County, Kansas. A couple of her sons had settled in Kay County during the land run. Sometime after her husband passed away, she must have moved to the Blackwell area to be near her family. I'm not sure why she went to Oklahoma when my grandmother and her family were very near her in Marion County, but that is beyond the reach of this query. Anyway...the sons that lived in Kay County were Robert, John and Albert. Thanks for your help in advance.

I did not find any listing for Jane Welsh, However I did find in

"Cemetery Inscriptions of Kay County Oklahoma" Compiled by the Pioneer Genealogical Society 1978

Blackwell IOOF Cemetery P120/121

Welsh, John L 12 Mar 1865 – 15 Dec 1947 FATHER
Welsh, Robert E 25 Dec 1867 – 14 Jul 1945

Braman Cemetery Page 149
Welsh, Albert 6 June 1876 – 15 Dec 1963 Kans Pvt Vet Hosp 23 WWI

Warden Atlas – 1921 Plat Map for Vernon Twp
JL and RE Welsh [copy available]

Kay County Roll of Honor” published in 1920
Charles, Emmit and NH Welsh [You can find this in the Online Records section]



  I am looking for information on a Scipio Weary who probably settled in Oklahoma in the 1800s. I do not know much about him, but I do know that he had two wives. Scipio was Cherokee.If you can assist me in any way, please e-mail me at above email


Delsa Hildebrandt [] August 2004

I'm trying to locate a Melvin A. WEST b. 1892 who was living in Ponca City, OK in Dec., 1947. He was born in Ohio, and we think he worked for an oil Company.

Would there be some old City Directories from that time frame that might list him.
We would like to know if he had a family or not and when and where he died.

Thanks for any info and/or clues you might have.

Obit for Malvin A West and Article about reception for Aielene West available on request


Jim Wheeler []

Seeking information on living relatives of Harve and Mae Wheeler of Ponca City. Harve was my great uncle. Harve died May 10, 1954 in Ponca City and Mae died May 1, 1981, also in Ponca City. I am hoping that someone will have family information that includes Harve's brother, Albert H. Wheeler who was my grandfather. Thanks.


Dean Adams [] Jan 2004

I'm having no luck, finding my husband's mother: Mary Louise Whitmarsh/Priest/Adams, born in Lindsey, OK/1913. And her mother: May Priest. They both lived in Lawton, Ok in about: 1949, we know. That was there last address. My husband: Dean Duane Adams, has not seen his mother, Mary, since he was 9 yrs old. Dean was born: Oct.17, 1940 in Lawton, OK. He has, 1 brother who just passed away this year, Charles/Chuck Lloyd Adams/born 1938, Fort Sill, OK. Their father and husband to Mary, was Lloyd Adams, born Aug 1, 1912 in: Narka, Kansas. They were married in Lawton, OK. about 1935 and Divorced about 1949?. I have been searching for over 5 years. Does anyone know of these families? We heard Mary L. Whitmarsh/Adams, had died long time ago of TB, in Lawton, OK. Mary also had a daughter in Lawton, OK, named: Dorethea? Salser/Adams/whitmarsh? She was born about: 1933. Thank You!

No Information Found.

Cathy Jackson [] October 2010

Do you have access to newspaper obituaries from 1937?  Can you tell me how I can go about requesting a lookup?

I will need to know which newspaper your talking about and town. I can only help you if it's in Kay Co

PGS charges are $2 +printing for each obit and since I don't live there, there would also be an added chg. for my trip of $5.  If you still want this done, let me know and give me time to do the look-up.

It would be Ponca City, Kay County – Benjamin Franklin Wilson, d 28 Jun 1937
Am attaching the obit for Benjamin Wilson from the Ponca City News June 29, 1937.
Is a little dark but still readable.  News print from way back when sometimes leave a lot to be desired  :)
Send $7.50 to   Pioneer Genealogical Society
                             Box 1965 Ponca City,  OK.  74602

Will mail this tomorrow! Thank you so much! I will enclose a copy of this email with the check

Talea Jurrens [] May 2011


I was wondering if you could please tell me if one of these Frank Williams' was the one who died on 10 March 1894? It would be a great help!

Thanks to You,
Talea Jurrens

Williams, Frank Riverview Cemetery
Williams, Frank L. Newkirk Cemetery
Williams, Frankie J. Newkirk Cemetery
Williams, Franklin J. Longwood Cemetery

No, none of the below names are the ones you are looking for. They were all born way after 1894.
I did find one Frank Williams that was shot around the date you referred to but don't find him buried here.
Could this be the man your looking for??? Do you have any other information that would be of help??

Hi There,

Thank you for your kind reply. The Frank Williams who was shot is my quarry. I found him listed in several of the old newspapers you have on the site. It has been a big help and if you get a chance, please thank Mr. Bishop for me. I've just begun my investigation and have no further information as to where Frank might be buried. His widow was living elsewhere at the time of his death and I don't believe he had any additional family here. Perhaps his grave is unmarked?

I also wish to express my thanks to the PGS for having such a great site and sharing such helpful information.

Best Regards!

Thanks, This is why I did this obituary project. There was no other way of finding death information on beople whe died before 1909, especially when there is no cemetery records. Newkirk has no records of those early days because of the fire that destroyed the downtown aandf all the funeral homes and the city hall records were destroyed. If the grave was not marked at the that time, there were no records of the burial to find the grave again. I know there a lot I missed, so some could still be there if people know the date. Loyd Bishop

Pat (Blair) LaCroix [] February 2005

Am looking for someone who might have information on the old Newkirk Cemetery. Both of my paternal great-grandparents are buried there; James Madison Williams born 4/28/1855 in Madison County, Iowa and died 9/19/1928 at Denoya, Kay County, Oklahoma and Minnie Emmazet (nee Besse) born 10/4/1866 in Appanoose County, Iowa and died 4/5/1931 also at Denoya, Kay County, Oklahoma. A couple of their children are also buried there, but it is James & Minnie I am most interested in. Also, their daughter, Grace Lauver and her husband, Fred (and others of his family) are listed as being buried there. I came down to Oklahoma last spring looking for Newkirk cemetery, but was unsuccessful in finding it.
Any and all info or insight you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Newkirk cemetery is located 2 miles north of Newkirk on Hwy 77, then turn right crossing over Santa Fe railroad track. I believe that there is a old railroad boarding house located at the track crossing. [Actually it is the next intersection]

" Cemetery Inscriptions Kay County Oklahoma" 1978 compiled by the Pioneer Genealogical Society
Page 256
Lauver, Grace M 1889-1968
Lauver, Fred 1879-1973
Lauver, Joseph A 1858-1932
Lauver, Raymon L 16 June 1907 - 22 June 1968
Lauver, Sarah E 1857-1947

Page 292
Williams James M 28 Apr 1855 - 19 Sep 1928
Williams, Minnie E 4 Oct 1866 - 5 Apr 1931

Marriage Application database
Raymond Lauver – Athaline Williams 12/24/1931 [Application date] Book 24 Pg 230

Mrs Minnie Williams dies at Denoya home
Newkirk – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Denoya school house for Mrs. Minnie E Williams, 64 who died late Sunday at her home in Denoya. Rev W H Wallace of Tulsa officiated and interment was in the Newkirk cemetery. The Weber Funeral firm here was in charge. Mrs Williams is survived by six daughters, Mrs F W Lauver of Gueda Spring, Kan; Mrs O A Zeek of West Plains, MO; Mrs Henry Blair of Pittsburg, Kan; Mrs J E Tolliver of Burbank, Mrs H D Adams of Webb City and Mrs C E Rush of Bristow. Four sons, Freddie and H H Williams of Olden, MO; and three brothers, Boyd, Harry and Mark Besse of Ohio.
The Ponca City News April 7, 1933 – Ponca City, Oklahoma

James M Williams Funeral at Newkirk
Newkirk – Sept 22 – Funeral rites were held at the Baptist church here Friday afternoon for James M Williams, 73 years old, who died Wednesday night at his home in Denoya. Rev George H Jones of Kaw City, officiated at the service.
Williams operated a grocery store at Denoya. He was formerly engaged in the grocery business at Mervine and was well known in the last part of the county. He leaves a wife and 10 children
The Ponca City News Sep 23, 1928 – Ponca City, Oklahoma
[Copies available on request]

Online Records – Miscellaneous Williams Store is about James & Minnie Williams



I am looking for any info. on the James Williams family which his family know lives in Ryan Ok. He was born in 1860 in Kentucky. He met and married a Annie McCamey and they had 5 sons . Alexander, Oscar, William, Johnny, William Henry, The three middle sons were born in Simon Ok. and that is where James was suppose to have died. But I have not been able to find any concrete info. on that as of yet. Even though every thing states he died there. But have not been able to get papers stating that. I am thinking he might have died around some Arbuckles Mts. Do you know where I might find out.



Greetings to you today,

We are researching my husband's Wood Family. Dr. Virgil A Wood was the brother to my husband's gggrandfather. Virgil A Wood and family moved to Garfield County, OK from Hempstead County, Arkansas about 1889-1900. He and his family are listed in the 1910 census of Kay County.

Virgil A Wood's wife was Sarah C. Their children were Minnie Wood, Edna Wood, Okla Wood, Homa Wood, Robert Wood, Virgil O Wood, Verda Wood and Dudley Wood.

Would someone in Kay County please research this family? Obituaries? Documents? Whatever?

We will greatly appreciate any news on this family.

Thank you kindly. God bless America. Susie

“Honor Roll & Service Record 1917-1918” Blackwell Job Printing Co. 1920
Homa Wood Page 114 [This record is available in the Online records section]

“Kay County, Oklahoma Marriage Records 1902-1904 Vol IV” DAR 1988-89
DA Rose [25] born: MO, Lived: Watonga, OT Blane Co, Father: JA Rose, Mother: Davenport
Minnie O Wood [23] born:--, Lived: Watonga, OT, Father: VA Wood, Mother:----
Married same day issued at Blackwell, Geo L Hale Pastor 1st Baptist Church
Witness: Fred & Sarah Lowe

“Cemetery Inscriptions – Kay County, Oklahoma” Pioneer Genealogical Society 1978
Blackwell IOOF Page 126 [Blackwell, OK]
Wood, Dr VA 12 Aug 1849 – 19 Mar 1925 Wife Sarah C [Mason]
Wood, Sarah C 3 Nov 1855 – 21 Sep 1932
Wood, Robert N 1892 – 1975 Wife Bonnie B Married 29 Jan 1922
Wood, Bonnie 1895 – 1959

Tonkawa IOOF Page 551 [Tonkawa, OK]
Wood, Robert J 1908 –1955 Wife Allena [Daddy]
Wood, Allena 1909 – No Date Husband Robert J [Mother]

“The Warden Atlas for Kay County, Oklahoma” 1921
There is a Virgil A Wood listed on the Plat map for Blackwell Twp in Sec 21 just west of the town of Blackwell. This image file is too large to email, however You can find this map on Harriette Jensen’s Kay County website at

Kay County Marriage Records [Application Date] Kay County Court House-Newkirk, OK
Bacastow, Harry – Wood, Edna 2/11/1909 Book 7 Page 222
Harper, Raymond E – Wood, Edna Lee 5/1/1905 Bood 5 Page 235
Ibach, Paul B – Wood, Edna M 9/27/1916 Book 10 Page 301
McCall, Johnny – Wood, Edna M 11/26/1969 Book 62 Page 535
Rose, D.A. – Wood, Minnie 10/22/1902 Book 4 Page 117
Hawn, Leonard R – Wood, Okla 7/24/1917 Book 10 Page 623
Wood, D.C. – Dougherty, Inez Lula 4/17/1936 Book 28 Page 179
Wood, H.C. – Fisher, Myrtle 12/19/1906 Book 6 Page 192
Wood, R.B. – Brown, Esther 7/3/1903 Book 4 Page 319

Copies may be obtained from:
Court Clerk
Kay County Court House
P O Box 448
Newkirk, OK 74647
Copies are $1 each and a SASE

Wood Funeral will be this afternoon
Funeral Services for Mrs. V A Wood who died Wednesday night at Tulsa will be conducted from the Baptist church here at 2:30 O’CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON. Rev H B Wilhovie of El Reno, for pastor of the local church is to officiate assisted by Rev Auguie Henry, pastor.
Burial will be in the IOOF cemetery under direction of CC Fyffe….She is survived by five daughters and four sons…
Blackwell Morning Tribune September 23, 1932 – Blackwell, Oklahoma
[Copy available on request]

Coleen [] February 2005

Im trying to locate where James Wiseman, step father to William Everett Osborn was buried in Kay County. James lived for a time in Osage county and his wifes name was Mary

There is a James A. Wiseman died 12/8/1998 buried in the longwood Cemetery. In Block 4, Space B and Lot #22. Longwood Cemetery is 4 miles east of Ponca City. Funeral service was handled by the Trout Funeral home

I was wondering if you might have any information on the step son Paul Albert Osborn?

There is a Paul A Osborn Died 5/5/1982 buried Ponca IOOF. Grace Memorial Chapel handled the funeral




Lynne Alvord [] April 2004

I am trying to find information on Susan Polly Hurd Wright. She married Benjamin F Wright in Vernon Co Wis in 1874. She & her husband were in Sanborn Co SD in 1885. In 1893 they sold their land in South Dakota and moved to Oklahoma. Susan Polly died in Newkirk, OK on Jan 12, 1928. They had the following children. Minnie, Hattie, Bessie, Kittie, Wm E (possibly Eddie) and maybe some other children as well. Those 5 names were from the 1885 So Dakota territorial census . Thanks Lynne

"Inscriptions of Kay County Oklahoma" Compiled by the Pioneer Genealogical Society 1978
Newkirk Cemetery
Page 295
Benj F Wright 1844 – 1920
Susan P Wright 1847 – 1928
William E Wright 1879 – 1916
Page 279
Charles O (Sifferd)Sifford 1/1/1875 – 12/22/1966
Bessie M (Sifferd)Sifford 6/10/1882 – 1/7/1970
Children: Isabell – Alice
[Sifford info is all one stone]
Page 237
Kittie Fleming 5/30/1884 – 9/5/1905 H/archie
Inf dau Fleming F/Archie M/Kittie

Trout Funeral Home Records
Randall, Minnie Florence (86) 2/24/1969 Ponca City IOOF Cemetery Book 11 Pg 18

Kay County Marriage Application Database
Bessie May Wright – Charles O Sifferd 2/7/1905
Kittie Wright – A I Fleming 9/14/1904
Minnie Wright – F O Randel 12/24/1898 [parents-Joshua & Alice (Starks) Randel
Will Wright – Ophia Porter 5/19/1917


Cliff Wright [] April 2002

I am looking for Wesley and Alice Wright. Both are said to be buried in
the Blackwell area. I have been to the Blackwell city cemetery, the
Lutheran and the Methodist Prairie Cemetery as well as Braman. Wesley died February 2, 1943 and Alice in 1954. They are to have come to Oklahoma around
1900 where Wesley worked as a hand on the 101 Ranch. Wesley and Alice had 7 children all raised in Blackwell.

Both are buried in the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery.
Alice was born Sept. 19, 1873 died July 12, 1954
Wesley was born Oct. 18, 1873 died Feb. 2, 1943.
(Cemetery Inscriptions Kay County, OK) pgs 126-127


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