Lydia Sophia Spracklin was a daughter of John Spracklin and Lydia Goss Spracklin. Lydia’s descendants have been giving me a great deal of trouble. Records for the State of Nebraska are very thin online, so finding information about her children and where they eventually ended up has been a bit of a struggle. Here is what I have found.
There is a marriage documented in Knox County, Ohio in which a Lydia Spracklin marries a Samuel Sharpneck in 1855 and then the following year another marriage to a Richard Kenner in 1856.
Sharpneck, Samuel to Spracklin, Lydia, pg. 123, 21 June 1855 by S.O. Beach JP, 482r
Kenner, Richard to Spracklin, Lydia, pg. 129, 9 Sep 1856 by D. Rutledge min 37r, in Knox Co., Ohio.
Source: Knox County, Ohio Marriages 1808-1875, Compiled by R. DeLauder and Indexed by Franklin Miller, Knox County Genealogical Society, 1995.
It is very odd that Lydia would have used her maiden name when she weds Richard Kenner unless something went wrong with the first marriage?
What happened to this Samuel is unclear. There are Sharpnecks in Knox County especially a Daniel, but I have yet to find anything on a Samuel such as a burial site or a link to a family. Here is the source for the original marriage records.
Source: Original marriage certificates for these marriages can be found in Marriage Certificates 1809-1950, FHL#2243679, #1690 for Lydia and Samuel and #2140 for Richard and Lydia.
Lydia’s husband Richard Kenner, was born 16 February, 1829 in Devonshire, England, and he died 6 May 1901 in Table Rock, Pawnee, Nebraska. Lydia Sophia Spracklin was born 24 January 1838 and died 7 November 1902 in Table Rock, Pawnee, Nebraska. Both are buried in the Table Rock Cemetery in Pawnee County. Find A Grave as a picture of the tombstone.
Before Lydia and Richard left for Iowa, they took care of her father, John Spracklin, in his later years. He is living with them in the 1860 Census.
#1264, #1277 Line 26: Richd Kenner, age 30, male, farmer, born in Eng.; Lydia age 22, female, born in Ohio; Charles age 3, male born in Ohio, George age 8 male born in Ohio; Jno. Spracklin age 66, male, value of real estate is 6000, personal is 964 born in England; Wm. McKay age 23, male, born in Ohio; ____ McKay age 29, female born in Maryland.
Source: 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Liberty Twp., Knox Co., Ohio, Roll M653_995, pg. 312.
Here is Richard’s obituary:
Richard “Dick” Kenner came from Devonshire, England in 1851 and settled at Mt. Vernon, Ohio at the trade of blacksmith. He met the daughter of John and Lydia Goss Spracklin and they married on the 9th of September, 1856. They lived in Mt. Vernon until 1862 when they moved to Benton Co., Iowa where they remained until 1881 when they then moved to Table Rock, Pawnee, Nebraska and here they lived till their deaths. Both Richard and Lydia are buried in the Table Rock Cemetery at Table Rock, Nebraska. They left three children and grandchildren to mourn them. By B. Roufley.
Source: Table Rock Argus, Nebraska State Historical Society, Dated 5/23/1901, pg. 5, column 2.
Lydia followed the next year.
“Died – Lydia Spracklen was born in Knox County, Ohio, January 24, 1838, and died in this city Friday Nov. 7, 1902. In 1856, deceased was united in marriage with Richard Kenner at Mount Vernon, Ohio, who died in this place May 16, 1901. Two sons and one daughter remain to mourn the death of a mother. Funeral services were conducted by Elder H.J. Kennedy at the home of her daughter Mrs. Chambers in Table Rock, Nov. 8th, at 4 o’clock p.m. The remains were afterwards buried beside those of her husband. Rev. Shamel of the M.E. church and the choir of that denomination assisted Mr. Kennedy in the funeral services.
Another article in another paper reads: …….Saturday afternoon to attend the funeral. Other relatives and friends attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. A. Cooper of Humboldt, Mesdames Merrifield, Bates, Frederick, Perkins, ..iffith, Whitaker and Elder and Mrs. J. Kennedy of Pawnee. Elder Kennedy had charge of the funeral services. Mrs. Kenner was in her 60th year and had lived in this county for about 22 years……
Source: Pawnee Republic Newspaper, Nebraska, Dated 11/13/1902 pg 8, col. 4, Nebraska Historical Society, Lincoln, Nebraska. B. Roufley, Miles City, MT shared these obituaries with me.
A careful study of the 1870 U.S. Federal census has not revealed where Richard and Lydia were at that time.
Moving ahead to the 1880 census we find Richard and Lydia in Tama County, Iowa. They are listed together with no other children present yet there is a G.W. Kenner living next door to them. This county is to the west of Benton County, Iowa where the Spracklin brothers settled when the headed to Iowa in the 1850’s. Please note that the G.W. initials are probably a mistake and it should read C.W.
Tama County, Kinyon Digital Library
Line 6, 13, 14 Kenner Richard, W, M, 57, M, retired farmer, born England, parents born England. Kenner, L.S., W, F, 42, wife, Married, born Ohio, father born England, mother born Ohio.
Line 8, 14, 15, Kenner, [G].W.,W, M, 22, married, farm labourer, born Ohio, father born England, mother born Ohio.
1880 Tama Iowa – It looks like a G but I think it should be a C.
Kenner, Kittie, W, F, 22, Wife, married, born Canada, father born England, mother Ohio, keeping house.
Kenner, Myrtle, W, F, 1, daughter, single, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Canada.
Source: 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Richard Kenner family, page 19, SD #2, ED #332, the unincorporated village of Irving, Salt Creek Township, Tama County, State of Iowa. Enumerated 1 June, 1880, by Fred Plaach.
By 1885 they have migrated to Pawnee City, Pawnee Co., Nebraska. Richard and Lydia appear in the Nebraska State Census. Pawnee County is in the southeastern part of the state on the border with Kansas.
1859 Map of Nebraska from the US GenWeb
Line 35, 60, 62, Kenner, Richard, W, M, 53, born England, parents born in England. Kenner, Lydia, W, F, 48, married, he is a retired farmer, she is keeping house, born Ohio, father born England, mother Ohio.
Source: 1885 Nebraska State Census, Richard and Lydia Kenner, page 6, ED#601, Pawnee City, Pawnee Co., Nebraska, enumerated 3 day of June 1885, by Samuel Little.
They are still in Nebraska in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. This would be the last census for Richard and Lydia Kenner.
Line 32, 49, 53, Central Street, Kenner, Richard, head, W, M, Jan. 1829, 71, M, 44, born England, parents born England. Immigrated 1850 49, NA, yes, yes, yes, O, F, H. Kenner, Lydia, wife, W, F, Feb. 1838, 62, M, 44, 3 children born, 3 living, born Ohio, father born England, mother born Ohio, yes, yes, yes.
Source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Richard and Lydia Kenner, State of Nebraska, County Pawnee, Pawnee City Precinct, Pawnee City City, Ward of city #1, SD #156, ED #130, sht #3, enumerated on the 2nd and 4th day of June, 1900, by Hugh L. Dodge.
Lydia and Richard Kenner had the following children:
There seems to be a lot of confusion with the families of Charles and George Kenner. I have taken my time and hopefully I have cleared up the confusion.
1. Charles W. Kenner born about 1857. I have a notation that he was living in Waldo, Nebraska after the death of his father. Waldo does not appear to exist anymore.
There is a marriage of a Charles W. Kenner to a Catherine Ede on 17 March 1878 in Tama Co., Iowa but it is index only and would have to be followed up on to verify the information. The name Kitty is more likely to be a nickname for Catharine.
Here is Charles in the 1885 Nebraska state census he is in Brown County.
Line 9, 114, 126, Kenner, Charles W., W, M, 28, Married, farmer, born Ohio, father born Eng. mother born Ohio
Kenner, Catherine, W, F, 27, wife, married, keeping house, born Canada, father born England mother born Canada.
Kenner, Myrtle E., W, F, 6, daughter, single, at home, born Iowa, father Ohio, mother Canada.
Kenner, Dixon W., W, M, 3, son, single, at home, born Nebraska, father born Ohio, mother born Canada.
Source: 1885 Nebraska State Census, page 4, ED#44A, Thatch Precinct, Brown Co., Nebraska, enumerated 10 and 11th of June 1885, by J.C. Pettyjohn.
I find in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census a Mirta and Walter Kenner living in Wisner Twp., Cumming Co., Nebraska:
Line 97, 88, 90 Kenner, Mirta, Head, W, ?F, Apr 1879, 21, S, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother Canada, housekeeper, yes, yes, yes, R, H.
Kenner, Walter, brother, Wm, M, Jan 1888, 12, S, born Nebraska, father born Ohio, mother Canada, at school, 9, yes, yes, yes
Source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census, State of Nebraska, County of Cumming, Wisner Twp. SD#3, ED#66, Sht #5, 13 June 1900, by Charles E. Hill.
So what happened to Charles. A Charles Kenner is living as a boarder in Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska. This man was born June 1857 in Ohio, age 42, widowed, father born in England mother in Ohio. He is with a Peter N. Lawson family and many others. Charles is listed as a miller with a flour mill. I think this is him probably working while Mirta an Walter are on their own.
We find in the 1910 census Charles is living with his son Walter L. in Stone County, Missouri.
Line 45, 115, 117, Kenner, C.W. head, M, W, 52, Wd. born Ohio, English, father born Ohio, English, Farmer, own farm, oa, yes, yes,
O, F, F, 24
Kenner, Walter L., son, M, W, 22, S, born Nebraska, father born Ohio, mother Canada English, English, laborer, farm.
Source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census, State of Missouri, County of Stone, Washington Twp., SD#12, ED#200, Sht, 6, enumerated 19 day of April 1910, Rufz Scott.
In the 1920 U.S. Census, Walter L. and family are living in Clear Creek, Pawnee Co., Nebraska.
Line 57, FM, 35, 35, Kenner, Walter L. Head, M, W, 31, M. yes, yes, born Nebraska, father born Ohio, mother born Canada. English, yes, laborer, own farm, W, 012.
Kenner, Cora, Wife, F, W, 31, M, yes, yes, born Missouri, father born Missouri, mother born Texas, yes, none.
Kenner, Harold W, son, M, W, 6, S, yes, born Missouri, father born Nebraska, mother born Missouri, yes, none.
Kenner, Earl Dixon, son, M,W, 4 S, born Missouri, father born Nebraska, mother born Missouri, none.
Source: 1920 U.S. Federal Census, State of Nebraska, County of Pawnee, Clear Creek, enumerated on 16-17-19 day of Jan. 1920 by Henry H. Bauer, SD#1, ED#144, Sht#2, ward of city 9 St.
Charles is in Box Butte Co., Nebraska in 1920 living with his son W. Dixon Kenner and his wife:
Line 23, Farm, 18, 19, Kenner, W. Dixon, Head, M, W, 39, married, no, yes, yes, born Nebraska, English, father born in Ohio, English, mother born in Canada, English, yes, Farmer, Home, OA 18.
Kenner, B. Anna, wife, F, W, 30, married, no yes, yes, born Nebraska, English, father born in England, English, mother born in Indiana, English, yes.
Kenner, W. Charles, father, M,W, 63 S, no, yes, yes, born Ohio, English, father born in England, English, mother born in Ohio, English, yes.
Source: 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Dorsey Precinct, Box Butte Co. Nebraska, SD#6, ED#14, Sht 2A, outside of town, 17 day of Jan, 1920, by Jose W. Jelinek.
In 1930 Charles is living with his son Walter in Pawnee County, Nebraska
Line 61? 14, 14, Kenner, Walter, R. head, R, R, M, W, 42, M, 24, No, yes, born Nebraska, father born Ohio, mother born Canada.
Kenner, Cora V., wife, H, F, W, 41, M, 24, No, no, born Missouri, father born Missouri, mother born Texas.
Kenner, Harold, W, son, M, W, 16, S, yes, yes, born Missouri, father born Nebraska, mother born Missouri,
Kenner, E. Dixon, son, M,W, 15, S, yes, yes, born Missouri, father born Nebraska, mother born Missouri.
Kenner, Charles W, father, M,W, 73, widowed, 21, no, yes, born Ohio.
Source: 1930 U.S. Federal Census, State of Nebraska, County of Pawnee, Twp. Sheridan Precinct, ED#76-81, SD#11, Sht#1B, enumerated April 3, 1930, by Mrs. J.W. Gabby.
Reviewing what we have learned about Charles is that he married Catherine and had Myrtle,
E. Dixon W. Dixon and Walter L. She died sometime before 1900. I have attempted to find her burial site but so far no luck. Charles may be buried in Toledo, Pawnee Co., Nebraska. I have not followed Myrtle nor Harmon out to see what happened to them.
2. George M. Kenner born about 1860 in Ohio. George has given me trouble because there is a mistake in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census that has the initials G.W. so it reads G.W. Kenner. This should read C.W. Kenner and is the older brother, see above under Charles for more information.
Using the initial of George M. and Kenner we find some interesting information.
I had a notation that he was living in 1901 in Webster, Texas. Let’s take a look at the census.
In the 1880 Census of Iowa we find a George M. Kenner:
Line 5, Kenner, George, M, W, M, 20, Boarder, Single, physician, born in Ohio, father born in England, mother born in Ohio. He is living in a Aldus M. Coate’s home.
Source: 1880 U.S. Federal Census, State of Iowa, County of Marshall, LeGrand Twp., Quarry, page 37, SD#2, ED#283, enumerated 1 of June 1880 by a L.B. McGren.
We find a George Kenner living in Harris, Texas in 1910 as a physician at the age of 50.
Line 42, 504, 517, Kenner, George M., Head, W, 50, S, born Ohio, father born England English, mother born Ohio, English, Physician, OA, O, F, H.
Source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Justice Precinct, Harris, Texas, SD#8, ED#110, Sht#28A, enumerated on 6 May, 1910 by Chester A. Williams.
In 1920 he is in Justice Precinct in Harris Co., Texas and he is 60 years old but now he is a laborer on a farm?
Line 57, Fm chk, Kenner, George M., head, R, M, W, 60, S, yes, yes, born Ohio, father born England, English, mother born Ohio, yes, laborer, General Work, W, 196.
Source: 1920 US Federal Census, State of Texas, County of Harris, Webster Voting Precinct, Justice Precinct, ward 2, SD#8, ED#109, Sht#14B, enumerated 6-7 February 1920 by Sam McDonald.
There is a tombstone at Find A Grave in the Fairview Cemetery in League City, Galveston Co., Texas with the inscription of: Geo. M. Kenner, 1859 to 1929. This grave might be him and would explain why I could not find him in the 1930 census. There is no indication that George ever married.
3. Ida J. Kenner born about 1863. She married a Charles W. Chambers on the 21st of January 1880 in Irving, Tama Co., Iowa (Iowa Selected Marriages #1022734 Richard Kenner as father, index only.)
Ida and Charles Chambers had the following children based on the census below.
- Ruth C. born Nov. 1880 in Nebraska
- Ward M. born Feb. 1883
- Harmon A. born Marc 1888
- James R. born Sept 1895
In 1900 Charles and Ida are living in Table Rock Precinct, Pawnee Co., Nebraska:
Line 55, 348, 350, Chambers, Charles, W, Head, W, M, Jan, 1852, 48, M, 20, born Pennsylvania, father born Connecticut, mother born Pennsylvania. All read and write English. O, F, F, 138
Chambers, Ida J., wife, W, F, April 1862, 38, M, 20, four children born, 4 living, born Ohio, father born England, mother born Ohio.
Chambers, Ruth, C, daughter, W, F, Nov. 1880, 19, Single, born Nebraska, father PA, mother OH.
Chambers, Ward M, Son, W, M, Feb. 1883, 17, S, born Nebraska, father born PA, mother OH.
Chambers, Harmon A, Son, W, M, March 1888, 12, S, born Nebraska, father born PA, mother OH, at school
Chambers, James R, Son W, M, Sept. 1895, 4, S, born Nebraska, father born PA, mother born OH.
Source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census, State of Nebraska, County of Pawnee, Table Rock Precinct, SD#156, ED#135, Sht#16, enumerated 27th of June, 1900 by E.C. Phillips.
There is a marriage of Ruth C. Chambers to a Louis C. Wolfe on 27 June 1906 in Pawnee. He was born 1880 in Missouri and she was born in 1881 in Nebraska. This from Family Search Nebraska Marriages 1855-1995 GS#1986940.
In the 1910 census Ruth is living in Iowa with her husband Louis. They are in Council Bluffs Ward 1 in Pottawatomie County. Sadly she listed one child born and none living.
In the 1910 U.S. census there is a Harmon Chambers born in 1889 in Nebraska boarder in Beatrice Ward 2, Gage, Nebraska. He is living with a Joseph Wheaton family. This Joseph is a Manager-Auto in a garage. I am thinking Harmon is probably learning to be a mechanic? What relationship he is to the Wheaton’s is unknown.
We find Charles and Ida living still in Pawnee Co., Nebraska in 1910:
Line 54, 324, 322, Chambers, Charles, Head, M,W, 57, M2, 30, born Pennsylvania, father born Connecticut, mother born Pennsylvania, English, Farmer, General Farm, OA, yes, yes, 6, 7, 7, 117.
Chambers, Ida, wife, F, W, 48, M1, 30, 4 children born 4 living, born Ohio, father born England, mother born Ohio, English, ______, yes, yes.
Chambers, Ward, son, M, W, 26, S, born Nebraska, father born PA, mother OH, English, laborer, brick yard, yes, yes.
Chambers, Jimmie, Son, M, W, 14, S, born Nebraska, father born PA, mother born OH, English, none, yes, yes, yes.
Source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census, State of Nebraska, County of Pawnee, Table Rock Precinct, SD#1, ED#158, Sht#14B, enumerated 5-9 of May, 1910 by Charles H. Mitchell.
Moving ahead to 1920 we find them still in Table Rock in Pawnee Co., Nebraska:
Line 98, X 111, 115, Chambers, Charles, Head 1, Q, F, M, W, 67, Married, born PA, father born Connecticut, mother born PA, no occupation.
Chambers, Ida J, Wife, F, W, 57, Married, born Ohio, father born England – English, mother born Ohio, housekeeper, home.
Chambers, Ward, son, M, W, 36, S, born Nebraska, father PA, mother Ohio, no occupation none.
Source: 1920 U.S. Federal Census, State of Nebraska, County of Pawnee, Table Rock Precinct, Table Rock Village, Upper, SD#1, ED#15, Sht 12B, enumerated on 2 February 1920, William Vondrasket.
In 1930 it looks like they may have moved to Clear Creek Twp. in the County of Pawnee, Nebraska. This is in the northern part of the county and to the west of Table Rock. Charles and Ida are both aging, their son Ward is still with them.
Line 32, 53, 53 Chambers Charles, W, Head, O, 1500 R, yes, M, W, 77, M 20, No, Yes, born PA, father born CT, mother PA., yes, no occupation
Chambers, Ida J., Wife, H, F, W, 61, M, 17, No, yes, born Ohio, father England, mother Ohio, no occupation.
Chambers, Ward M, Son, M, W, 47, S, No, Yes, born Nebraska, farther PA, mother OH, no occupation.
Source: 1930 U.S. Federal Census, State of Nebraska, County of Pawnee, [Clear Creek Twp.], ED#67-3, SD#11, Sht #3A, enumerated April 12, 1930, by Franklin D. Bennett.
Something very interesting happens in the 1940 census to Ida. She moves to California to live with her son James and his family in Fresno County, California.
Fresno County, California
Line 13, 1200, 257, O, 2.5 no, Chambers, James R, Head, M, W, 44, M, No H-3, born Nebraska, Glendale, Los Angeles, Linotype operator, newspaper etc.
Chambers, Lorena, wife, F, W, 50, M, No, H-4, Nebraska, Glendale, Los Angeles.
Chambers, Marjorie, Daughter, F, W, 19, S, No C1 Nebraska, Glendale, Los Angeles.
Chambers, Ida J, Mother, F, W, 83, Wd., Ohio, Table Rock, Pawnee.
Dodd, Carrie, mother-in-law, F, W, 83, Wd., Iowa, Glendale, Los Angeles.
Source: 1940 U.S. Federal Census, State of California, County of Fresno, Inc. place Kingsbury City, 9th Judicial Twp., SD#9, ED No. 10-126, Sht#11-A, enumerated April 16, 1940, by Clementine Olson.
It looks like Ida was taken back to Table Rock to be interred with her husband Charles Chambers in the cemetery there. This would need to be confirmed. Apparently Ward Chambers died on June 21, 1938 in Table Rock so with the death of her husband in 1939 she must have decided to head west. Find A Grave has their graves listed with tombstone photos.
Well, I am much happier with the results of the above information and once I figured out there was a mistake in the census it started to make sense, but, there is so much more work to be done on Lydia and Richard’s family, please check the above for accuracy and be careful of the family trees they are all mixed up because of similar names. Time is limited and I feel I must move on.
This concludes the posting on the children of John A. Spracklin and Lydia Goss Spracklin. I refer you to the post “Lydia and John Andews Spracklin’s Family,” dated March 6, 2013 for a summary of their children.
In the next posts I will share what I know about John’s parents, Peter and Elizabeth Spracklin and family, who came from England and settled in Hardin Co., Ohio.