I grew up in the small town of Ellis, Kansas (Ellis County). In ca 1936-1940, our family lived next-door to the family of Keppel, Jr. and Mary Disney. We always heard their children were first cousins to Walt Disney but did not know if it was true. It is.
1880 federal census, Ellis ,County, Kansas, City of Ellis :
Kepple Disney, Sr. age 47, born in Canada of parents born in Ireland
Mary 42, born in Ireland
All children born in Canada, hence to the U.S. 1877-1880.
Maria 64 born in Ireland, mother of Kepple, Sr.
Elias was the father of Walt ; I believe born in Marceline, Missouri.
"Kep", Jr. ran the local Standard Oil service station in Ellis ca 1920s-30s. He died in 1939, his wife Mary Ann (Mullen) Disney in 1956.
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