Our family has something of a mystery. My ggrandfather had a brother named William Howell b. about 1834 in Grant Co.,Ind., m. Lydia Bloxham, left Ind.and moved to Guthrie Co.Iowa. He and family moved to Kansas in the early 1880's. There were 11 children in the family. In October of 1888, something terrible must have happened to William and Lydia Howell and we don't know what. We have newspaper notices from Iowa (where another brother, Thomas Howell, lived,) saying that Thomas had gone to Kansas after a brother's (William) children who were left homeless by the death of their parents. At least some of the children were raised by various aunts and uncles in Iowa and Indiana.
We believe that Wm. and Lydia Howell moved to Western Kansas in the 1880's but we aren't sure where. Our only clue is an old photograph of one of William and Lydia's sons and the photographer was from Cawker City, Kansas.
Can anyone tell me - was there a terrible accident in the Cawker City area in 1888? Was there a flu epedemic at that time? And, are there old newspapers from Mitchell Co.KS that might tell us what happened to William and Lydia?
Would appreciate any help you might be able to give us.
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