I hope others will bear with me for the length of this query, as I’m making this my last ditch effort before giving up on this line altogether. [Banging one’s head on brick walls for too many years should be enough to knock some sense into anyone!] Some of this information has been previously posted, to no avail. I have some additional information to add, including another surname that is unusual enough to be recognized by the right family!
Sarah Catherine [surname sp?] was born in Liverpool, Columbiana County, Ohio on May 15, 1831. She was married to Captain David Haney in Wellsville on August 19, 1851, and lived there for a short time before moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and later to St. Louis, Missouri. After her husband’s death on December 21, 1879, Sarah moved to Sherman County, Nebraska in 1880, where she lived with her granddaughter until her death on January 28, 1913 [Sarah’s children having predeceased her]. Other than her granddaughter and three great-grandchildren, her obituary states that she left one sister, Naomi, and SIX BROTHERS to mourn her death. Problem is, no names are given for her brothers!
Naomi S. [surname sp?] was born July 9, 1838 in Wellsville, and was first married to a man by the last name of Curtis. We have no idea if she married in Ohio or Indiana, but Naomi’s marriage to this unknown Mr. Curtis must have been a short marriage and without children. She was married second to Daniel Norris on October 23, 1861, in Owen County, Indiana. Daniel was killed on April 27, 1865 when the steamer SS Sultana mysteriously exploded on the Mississippi River, just north of Memphis, Tennessee, while transporting soldiers home that had been captured and held as prisoners by the Confederacy during the Civil War. Naomi would marry a third time to Simpson Nicholas Criss on March 4, 1867 in Owen County, Indiana.
Like her sister, Naomi would end up in Sherman County, Nebraska, where she died on January 18, 1921. Her death certificate shows Naomi was born in Ohio, and lists her parents as J.C. Kuntz, born in Ireland and Rabacca [sic] Grimes, born in Ireland. Naomi’s obituary provides no information on her parents or siblings, other than Sarah. Her father’s first name might have been Jacob, John or Joseph.
1]. We know that Sarah and Naomi spent time with their family in Missouri while their men were off to war. One of my cousins has a collection of stories from her grandmother about the women working in the fields and butchering cattle to support themselves during that time.
2]. There was a family in Perry County, Missouri that spelled their name KUNCE, and perhaps this might be the family I have been searching for. But I don’t know for sure.
3]. The given name Joseph seems to have been among the family names. Not only was Joseph the father’s name mentioned below, but Lillie [daughter of Naomi] even included it as part of one of her son’s name: Claris Clyde Joseph Fletcher.
4]. Various members of this family have been, at some point, in Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.
5]. Among the collection of family items left to me by my grandmother [G-Granddaughter of Naomi], were a couple of memorial cards that I hope will be the clues that finally solve this mystery. This appears to have been a cousin with whom my grandmother had been close with, until the woman’s death. Her name was Mrs. Wilma Louise Coudeyras. One of the pallbearers was Ron Kunc [sp?]. The brief bio. on the reverse reads as follows [as spelled!]:
Wilma Coudeyras was born near DuBois, Nebraska on September 12, 1924, to Joseph and Mollie Kunc. She grew up on farms in the Burchard area with her brothers and sister. Wilma attended Burchard Public Schools through the 12th grade, graduating in 1942.
Wilma and Rene’ Coudeyras were united in marriage on June 8, 1944, at Marysville, Kansas, and soon began her lifelong career of farming near Burchard. To this union were born five children.
Wilma was a faithful member of the Burchard United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband Rene’, her mother Mollie Kunc, and an infant sister Darlene. Surviving are her children Donald Dean, Mrs. Harold [Sharon] Klein, David Lee, Dennis Joe, and Douglas Rene’, also eight grandchildren, her father Joe Kunc Sr., brothers Joe Jr., and Harry, and sisters Mrs. Avery [Evelyn] Dalton, Mrs. Joe [Maxine] Clema, and Mrs. Gene [Betty] Pierce.
In addition to the above, I also have Wilma’s obituary and Rene’s memorial card.
J.C. Kuntz [sp?] and Rebecca Grimes [per death certificate.]
Simpson Nicholas Criss and Naomi S. Kountz/Kuntz [sp?].
Samuel Chester Fletcher and Lillie Rebecca Criss.
Harry Arnold Fletcher and Lenora “Pearle” Bowen.
William Nelson Hill and Vera Bloise Fletcher.
Donald LeRoy Hill* and Joyce Elaine Loghry.
Craig Allen Davis.
* [My father was going by his stepfather’s name when my parents married, thereby making me the firstborn Davis in our family.]
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