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Re: Early Shortens
Posted by: Donna Shorten (ID *****3389) Date: October 16, 2005 at 16:48:21
In Reply to: Early Shortens by Margaret Williams of 121

Hi Margaret, I am also stuck at the Anne Payne married to William Shorten in Bandan, Cork, Ireland. In the obit printed in the Fort Scott, Kansas newspaper for Richard Shorten, Williams' son, it stated Richard came over from Bandan, Ireland as a child, taking seven weeks in a ship and landing in New Orleans, Louisiana. I have never been able to trace Williamn back to Ireland. I also, have never been able to find out the names of his wife's parents. I do know it stated they were teachers in Ireland and England. I did find William with his sons, Richard and William P. homesteading in Bourbon Co.,Kansas in 1860. I also found the original homestead papers in the Fort Scott, Kansas Court House. However, I have never found William's wife Anne or his daughters before 1870. I did find William P. Shorten and his siblings Sara , John and Jennine Eva living in Cherokee County, Kansas in 1870 after the Civil War. I searched Albia, Iowa for any info on Shortens as this is where it stated they finally landed after traveling up the Mississippi River. ..before they came down to Kansas Territory. Do you have any info on Anne Payne or her family?

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