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Posted by: Dennis Caughron Date: August 29, 2000 at 10:51:47
In Reply to: Re: CANATSEY by MARTI CANATSEY of 175


As a follow-up to our previous notes, here is what I know about the Canatsey's.

I know Nancy June (Jenny) Canatsey was born in Morgan COunty, Indiana in 1849. She died in Iola, KS (Allen County) in October, 1923.

She was married to Samuel Caughron, b. 12-7-1839 in Johnson County, Indiana. They married December 14, 1865 in Morgan County, Indiana. Sam died February 6, 1923 in Iola, KS (Allen County).

Sam and Jenny had the following children:

Daughter: Alma Elsworth Caughron
b-January 27, 1869 in
Johnson County, Indiana
d-October 1, 1900, Unknown
cause or location

Son: Wisby Elsworth Caughron, twin of Alma
b-January 27, 1869 in
Johnson County, Indiana
d-October 8, 1873, in
Johnson County, Unknown Causes

Son: Amis Caughron
b-May 20, 1871, Johnson County
d-Sept.8, 1871, Johnson County

Son: George L. Caughron
b-November 3, 1872, Johnson Cnty

Daughter: Ida May Caughron
b-July 12, 1875, Unknown where.
d-August 25, 1875, Unknown where

Daughter: Maud H. Caughron
b-July 11, 1876,
Allen County, KS

Son: Earl L. Caughron
b-January 14, 1879, Iola, KS
(Allen County)
d-June 6, 1947, Tulsa, OK

Earl was my grandfather. He was the only leg who moved to Tulsa around 1924 and we lost track of the other relatives from there.

These birth and death dates came from documentation I have from affidavits Sam Caughron gave to the U.S. Government around 1910 in Sam's efforts to gain his pension from his participation in the Civil War. Those children without a death date were presumably alive in 1910.

On my visit to Iola, KS a few years ago I found the Allen County Courthouse had burned some time ago as the town square was now a vacant park. I did not check to see if the records had been salvaged.

There were two cemetaries in the Iola township. Sam and Jenny Caughron are buried in the older city cemetary. They share a rather nice headstone and there was a Bronze GAR (Grand Army of the Republic)emblem reflecting his Civil War experience at the gravesite.

There are several Canatsey's buried in the newer cemetary across from the college located in Iola. Not knowing who specifically to look for in the Canatsey name at that time, I took a few pictures and returned home. One of the pictures I have from the newer graveyard is of three Canatsey Headstones.

One rather large headstone with the family name 'Canatsey' and two smaller headstones with the names of Tod O. Canatsey b-1889,
d-1975 and Ona M. Canatsey also b-1889,
d-1975. I do not know who they were or how
they fit together. The Ona M. Canatsey gravesite displayed a Bronze Quill which I felt had some significance to her heritage, but what is not known.

I have temporarily misplaced my documentation showing the names of Jenny's two Canatsey Brothers who moved to Iola, KS with Sam and Jenny, but I'll find it (temporarily misplaced in a house move).

I don't recall Omar being the names of either brother. Also, your documentation shows Omar was born in 1875. This leads me to believe they were the son of one of the two brothers (born around or after the 1849 birth of Jenny Canatsey).

In looking through a web-site for the Kansas
Historical Society, they list two photograghs from the Iola, KS newspaper which show a business, The Canatsey Tire Company of Iola, KS and two or three unidentified persons infront of the business.

This may be of interest to you as well. I don't think I can send the e-mail address in this posting, but please feel free to contact me via e-mail and I'll see if I can send this web-site address to you.

Thanks again for your information...It filled a lot of holes in my search.

Dennis Caughron

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