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Children of Henry Jefferson Spence, Part 1

So I’ve only gotten partially through my latest goal of getting through Jemima‘s descendants. In fact, I’ve only gotten halfway through the children of Henry Jefferson Spence before getting stuck on child number 6, Millard Melvin Spence and descendants for the last week.  I tend to get stuck like this when there is just enough information to keep me digging trying to figure out just what happened to a family.  I think I am about ready to accept what I have and finish this family’s section, but knowing that there are 4 more children for Henry Jefferson Spence, I also wanted to at least post that I am still here and still working to get all of Jemima‘s descendants documented!

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Lois Loretta Besson

Lois Loretta Besson was the first child born to Gertrude Spence and Desire Besson, born July 19, 1914  in Dunkirk, Crawford, Kansas1. Lois and her parents were living in Dunkirk, Crawford, Kansas in 19152. In 1920 Lois, her parents, and her younger sister are found in Washington, Crawford, Kansas3. By 1930, Lois’ parents relocated their family to Stonington, Christian County, Illinois4.  Lois was still living with her parents in Stonington, Christian, Illinois for the 1940 census5.

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  1.  Ancestry.com, Social Security Death Index (Ancestry.com Operations Inc), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Issue State: Illinois; Issue Date: Before 1951. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=ssdi&h=15146260&indiv=try.
  2.  Ancestry.com., Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1915 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data – 1855 Kansas Territory Census. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Historical Society.1856, 1857, and 1858 Kansas Territory Censuses. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Hist), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; Roll: ks1915_57; Line: 13. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=KSstatecen&h=1511124&indiv=try.
  3.  Ancestry.com, 1920 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 on roll 323 (Chicago City.Original data – United States), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1920; Census Place: Washington, Crawford, Kansas; Roll: T625_528; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 121; Image: 1059. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1920usfedcen&h=106767527&indiv=try.
  4.  Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1930; Census Place: Stonington, Christian, Illinois; Roll: 411; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0032; Image: 329.0; FHL microfilm: 2340146. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1930usfedcen&h=83429802&indiv=try.
  5.  Ancestry.com, 1940 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1940; Census Place: Stonington, Christian, Illinois; Roll: T627_767; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 11-32. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1940usfedcen&h=140215482&indiv=try.

Gertrude Spence

The fourth child born to Henry Jefferson Spence and Mary Anna Ratliff was Gertrude Spence, born June 3, 18941. Gertrude lived with her parents and siblings in Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas in 18952 and 19003. The family was living in Baker, Crawford, Kansas in 19054 and 19105.

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  1.  Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1700s-Current (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=FindAGraveUS&h=108038169&indiv=try.
  2. Ancestry.com., Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1915 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data – 1855 Kansas Territory Census. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Historical Society.1856, 1857, and 1858 Kansas Territory Censuses. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Hist), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Birth date: abt 1894 Birth place: Kansas Residence date: 1 Mar 1895 Residence place: Pittsburg, Crawford, Kansas.
  3. Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623.), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1900; Census Place: Pittsburg Ward 4, Crawford, Kansas; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District:. Birth date: Jun 1894 Birth place: Kansas Residence date: 1900 Residence place: Pittsburg City, Crawford, Kansas.
  4. Ancestry.com., Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1915 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data – 1855 Kansas Territory Census. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Historical Society.1856, 1857, and 1858 Kansas Territory Censuses. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Hist), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Birth date: abt 1895 Birth place: Kansas Residence date: 1 Mar 1905 Residence place: Baker, Crawford, Kansas.
  5. Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the Unit), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1910; Census Place: Baker, Crawford, Kansas; Roll: T624_436; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 75; Image: 473. Birth date: abt 1895 Birth place: Kansas Residence date: 1910 Residence place: Baker, Crawford, Kansas.