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Missing peices... Cant find my connection
Posted by: Billy Vinsonhaler (ID *****5685) Date: November 15, 2009 at 10:16:20
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I'm trying to find the connection between myself and the
rest of the Vinsonhaler family. I am William R.
Vinsonhaler born in KS 7/1983. I lived in Smith Center,
KS for the first 19 years of my life where I have
discovered many Vinsonhalers have live been born and past
away.I am son to Carl C. Vinsonhaler
born in CO 12/1961 and Stacy R. Swank born in KS 12/1962.
My grandfather was Kenneth James Vinsonhaler Sr. born
near Lenanon and Bellaire, KS. He was married to Francis
Hussenetter from California. They had two sons, Carl Clyde
and Kenneth James Jr. (Jim). Ken Sr. was married a second
to another woman who I do not know the name. They had a
Daughter named Shery. I know my grandfather was born on a
tiny farmstead with s small private "Vinsonhaler" family
cemetery near the home in rural Smith County near Lebanon
as my uncle took me there to show me when I was little,
the house still stood 15yrs ago but I believe it to have
been demolished or caved in since. Ken Sr had numberous
siblings, but I do not know most their names and believe
them all to be deceased with exception to one who's true
name I do not know. The names I do know are a deceased
brother by the name Shirley who lived outside of Downs, KS
with his wife and a deceased sister who married a Robinson
named Ruth of Smith Center, KS. The living brother I only
know as Red and believe he is living somewhere in CO. I
believe their father may have been John Vinsonhaler who
passed early 1900's or a brother or cousin to John. I know
I have elder relatives somewhere in Colorado and California
and that my Grandparents, father and uncle all lived in
numberous areas in Kansas, Colorado and California. I have
been able to track the Vinsonhaler name to all the places
my family has lived and have even found names of people
I personally know on the list even some who are several
times removed from the Vinsonhaler name who I personally
know from childhood but no longer have contact with. All
this atop of growing up in Smith Center, the seat of
Smith County where once this name of ours was so plentiful
and common and yet at 26 I have only met 4 Vinsonhalers
(Marge Vinsonhaler married to James Park, Tammy Vinsonhaler,
Roger Vinsonhaler and Pam Vinsonhaler all of Smith Center).
These last names I list are people I personally knew during
childhood and always thought to be distant relatives and
have recently discovered where all their names connect to
the family lineage but am still unable to find where my
grandfather fits in... Where I fit into it. If anyone has
any answers or knowledge of my grandfather Kenneth James
Vinsonhaler Sr. please let me know. Thank you!

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