Biographies & Histories

Coverdell Family: This family has been researched for about 25 years by my ancestors descendants. The earliest record that I have on the Coverdell family is that of George Washington (Riley) Coverdell who was born in 1807 Frankfort, KY.  George’s first known marriage was to Nancy Arrowsmith 1827 in KY. He married Elizabeth “Betsey” Smith 1840 in IN.  

George W. Coverdell was a prosperous farmer. He and his two elder sons, George William and James J., hauled freight from St. Joseph, MO to Denver, CO, when Denver was a shack town. They hauled by ox team, each had two wagons and four oxen team to a wagon. They hauled supplies out there and buffalo hides back to St. Joseph, MO.  James J. married 1st Margaret C. A. Shannon, 2nd Mary A. Fisher and 3rd Mariah “Mary” C. King.

When the civil war broke out, the sons, George and James enlisted. Stories tell that George was a prisoner at Andersonville Confederate Prison, James was killed while caring for the C.O.'s horses, but no proof of this info has been found.  According to James’ military information, he died of disease.  His tombstone is marked as "J. D. Coverdell" and is located in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary in St. Louis, MO, interred in section 24, grave 5330.

Frazier Family: Andrew Jackson Frazier was born in Ohio and settled in Saline Co., MO.  It is thought that either his father or grandfather was from France, but no proof of this info.  Early census show that Andrew’s father was born on OH and his mother in the VA’s.  The family claims to be of French and Black Dutch ancestry.

He married his first known wife, Jennie Hicks, possibly ca. 1860 and to this union one child was born, Marion Francis, in 1862.  Jennie died within a few days of giving birth to Marion.  To my knowledge, there is no known family information on Jennie at this time.  Andrew married Mary "Polly" Freeman in 1867 Miller Co., MO.

Family members state that when Marion Francis Frazier was 15 years old, he ran away from his family as he resented his stepmother.  In 1889 he married Annie Eliza Blackwell, a daughter of George McClain & Susan P. (Skinner) Blackwell.  In 1898, Marion & Annie were living near Hermitage, Hickory Co., MO and they then settled in Murphy, Mayes Co., OK where they raised their children; Nellie E., Nora I., Nelson F., George A., Lida M., Ira F. & Sylvia P.  Their daughter Lida May (Mae) married Ora Linwood Layton, a son of Jacob E. & “Lizzie” (Foss) Layton.

Garten Family:  Claude Grover Garten was born in Lake City, KS in 1885.  He was a son of James Crawford & Sarah Elizabeth (Nurse) Garten. Claude married a Wichita school teacher by the name of Ida Lola Rhodes in 1912 in Forrest City, KS.  She was a daughter of William Winfield & Rebecca (Evans) Rhodes.  Three daughters were born to this union.

After the death of Ida, the daughters went to live with family members.  Claude later married to a women named Mary, surname and date of marriage unknown at this time.  1927 He was living in Collinsville, OK. Claude passed in 1932 while residing in Turley, OK.  

The earliest known ancestor of this family line is William Garton who died in 1709 in Lancaster, VA. The spelling of the family name had changed in the mid 1700's.  The family migrated from Monroe Co., VA to Kentucky and into the Maize and Wichita, KS area's by the turn of the century.

Layton Family: This family has been researched since 1913 by my ancestors and their descendants, who descended from Silas Layton Sr. of England who was born in the year 1746.  Previous family research shows he had three sons; Silas Jr., Jacob, and John Layton Sr. who immigrated to America in 1801.

Jacob and Elizabeth Layton, settled near Bushong, Lyon Co., KS after their marriage in 1881.  Jacob was a grandson of John Layton Sr. and a son of Jesse & “Esther” (Shoup) Layton.  He married Elizabeth Foss in KS, a daughter of Newman A. & Sarah E. (Wright) Foss.

In 1891 “Jake” & “Lizzie” moved to Oklahoma City, OK.  They made the Cherokee Strip run in 1893 and staked out claim near what is now Red Rock, OK.  The next morning after looking over the land, they abandoned claim deciding it was not worth homesteading.  Jake and Lizzie moved to the Indian Territory (Cherokee Nation) in 1893 and settled near the present site of Locust Grove, OK.

It is said that Lizzie was a mid-wife who delivered many of the babies within our family lines.  Jake & Lizzie had nine children; Jesse A., Hattie E., Stella M., Nellie M., Mable E., Ora L., Cora E., Nora N. & Albert L. Their son Ora Linwood married Lida May (Mae) Frazier, a daughter of Marion F. & Annie E. (Blackwell) Frazier.

Rhodes Family: James Luther Rhodes enlisted in the Union Army on September 7, 1862 as a member of Company K of the 91st Regiment of Ohio Infantry Volunteers. He served with the unit until he died from wounds received near Winchester Va. on Oct. 5, 1864. The company was mustered out just eight months later. He was on continuous service except that he is shown as absent without leave in July of 1863 in Ohio, probably went back to check on the farm. He was apparently born in Jackson County, Ohio and was listed as a farmer.

James was wounded in the battle of Opequon, near Winchester Va. on Sept 19, 1864 and died in a field hospital in Winchester on Oct. 5th. He is buried in the National Cemetery in Winchester, Va. grave marker #771. Subsequent to his death, his wife Mary Skelton is said to have died shortly thereafter apparently of grief, but their sons, James Walter Rhodes and William Winfield Rhodes were not placed in the Ohio Soldier's & Sailor's Children's Home in Xenia, OH until Feb. 8, 1870. They were picked up by their uncle John H. Rhodes on July 26, 1870 and were taken to live with their grandparents, John W. & Mary (Gaston) Rhodes, residing  in Memphis, MO.

William Winfield Rhodes married Rebecca Ann Evans 1885 in MO. Family members state that he died due to a hit and run accident in 1941.  William & Rebecca’s children; Edwin W., Harley M., Perry H., Ida L., Dow Albert, Maggie M., Gayle, Roy W. & Morene.  Daughter Ida Lola married Claude Grover Garten, a son of James C. & Sarah E. (Nurse) Garten. 

Shoup Family: Michael was born abt. 1794 & he and his family resided in Cambria Co., Pennsylvania.  He married Elizabeth Lybarger in 1815.  Elizabeth was born abt. 1797.  No further info on her or her family at this time.

There is a Michael Shoup listed in the 1830 Conemaugh Twp.  He is listed with his household in the 1850 Richland Twp.  In 1872, Michael died in Conemaugh and is buried in the Singer (Oak) Cemetery in Cambria County.  Some of his children and their families migrated to Lyon Co., Kansas at the end of the Civil War, including a daughter, Estell “Esther” Lavanda Shoup who in 1844 married Jesse Layton in Cambria Co., Pennsylvania.

White-Ferguson Family: The earliest record that I have on the White family date back to 1845, the year that William H. White was born in Germany.  A family member states that William may have been born as Wilhelm Weis and that he and a brother named John were stow-a-ways arriving in New York.  William was a bugler in Co. H 6th Kansas Cavalry during the Civil war.  He met and married Rachel Ferguson in 1867 in the state of Missouri.

The earliest information that I have on the Ferguson family date back to 1692, the estimated year that John Henry Ferguson was born in Ireland.  His great grandson, John Ferguson, came to Wayne Co., West Virginia about 1800.  The Ferguson's and their connections were numerous in Wayne Co. as well as in Pike Co., Kentucky.

The father of Rachel Ferguson was Edmund, born in 1825 in VA, son of Kelly & Arisba (McGinnis) and grandson of John & Margaret (McKinney) Ferguson.  He met and married Rachel's mother, Hester "Hetty" Brewer who was born in 1827.  They had lived in AR and continued to raise their family in Newton Co., Missouri.

Williamson Family: Anderson Williamson was born in Madison, Jefferson county, Indiana. He served in the Union Army during the last year of the Civil war and was honorably discharged in Macon, Ga., 1865.  He was first married to Julia Jenkins, in 1856 according to his obituary.  This date may be incorrect as the first child born was in 1867.  To this union were born three children, two girls and one boy.  One daughter died in early childhood and the son, Charlie Williamson, met death by accident in the coal mines at 19 years old.  Julia died 1874.

He came to Benton county, Ark., in the year of 1880 and was married to Mary Sophronia Baldrige in 1883. She was a daughter of Francis Marion & Mary Jane (Baxley) Baldridge.  To this union were born 11 children.