by Joyce M. Tice
3. Esther Ann2 Squires (Judson1) (#5114) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 23 JUN 1841.(24) Individual flags: Photograph; Obituary. Esther died 23 MAR 1906 in Midway, Antelope County, Nebraska, at age 64. Her body was interred MAR 1906 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska.
She married Ephriam C. McConnell 27 MAY 1860 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. (Ephriam C. McConnell is #4957.) Ephriam was born 28 MAY 1840 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Ephriam was the son of Justus W. McConnell and Hannah Bryant. Ephriam died 13 MAR 1898 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska, at age 57. His body was interred MAR 1898 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska. Ephriam was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He migrated from Sullivan Township to Plainview,Nebraska 1879. Final Receivers Receipt No. 1772 - Application No. 3909 - Homestead Receiver office, Niobrara, Nebraska - April 19th, 1883. Received of Ephraim C. McCONNELL the sum of Four dollars --- cents being the balance of payment required by law for the entry of SE1/4 of section 34 in Township 27 of Range 5 West containing 160 acres, under Section 2291 of the Revised Statutes of the United States. $4.00 Vac Randa, Receiver. $1.00 April 3, 1877. Recorded May 2nd AD 1883 at 9 o'clock AM. R WILSON, Recorder. See 1904 Crawford Township atlas filed with Ephraim for location of McConnell and related homesteads.
Fiftieth Anniversary book of Crawford Valley United Methodist Church records that E. S. McConnell, commonly called Eph, was Sunday school superintendent. He also led the congregation in singing, using a tuning fork until the first organ was purchased in 1897. It has been said that he was of very cheerful disposition, singing and whistling at his work, and not even being hailed out stopped his whistle.
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Obituary: Mansfield Advertiser - Death of a Former Sullivan Resident - Mr. Ephraim McCONNELL, one of the Advertiser's valued subscribers at Plainview, Nebraska, was stricken with paralysis on Friday evening, the 11th inst., and died the following Sunday, aged about 59 years. Mr. McCONNELL attended a sale during the day and was about to take his seat with his family at the supper table when he complained of great pain over his left eye. He grew rapidly worse and soon lost consciousness. Deceased was a member of the Methodist church and and Odd Fellows and a man of many admirable traits of character. He was a son of the late Justus McCONNELL. He went west from Sullivan about twenty years ago. His wife, who survives him, is a daughter of Judson SQUIRES, deceased, of that township. Of his thirteen children eight survive. He leaves also four brothers and four sisters as follows: James McCONNELL of Ralston; George, of Sullivan; Newberry, of Austinville; and Dallas of Mann Creek; Mrs. John Smith of Sullivan; Mrs. H. D. Wood, of this boro; Mrs. Sidney Crippen and Mrs. Charles Miller, of Plainview, Nebraska. The late Mrs. Mahlon Cleveland, of Richmond, was also a sister. Mr. McCONNELL had prospered in his western home, being the owner at the time of his death of a well stocked farm of 480 acres.
Obituary - a Nebraska newspaper: A Sudden Summons - E. C. McConnell of Antelope County Dies Sunday Morning, After and Illness of One Day, of Paralysis - E. C. McConnell, a well known and respected citizen of Antelope County, was taken with a stroke of paralysis at his home last Friday evening about 6:30 and died Sunday morning, March 13, at 5:30. Apparently in his usual good health Friday he had attended Hon. J. R. Nichol's sale and upon returning to his home he did his chores as usual and after entering the house complained of a severe pain over his left eye. This gradually grew worse until numbness of the body began to ensue, when a physician was hastily summoned but, in spite of all that medical skill and tender care could do, he gradually grew weaker until the end, Sunday morning.
The funeral was held at the family residence, near the Crawford Valley church, last Monday. At the time of his death Mr. McConnell was a member of the Plainview lodge No. 157, I.O.O.F. and that order had charge of the funeral. This was one of his last requests - to be buried by the order which he loved so well and with which he had connected himself in Pennsylvania about twenty-four years ago. The funeral was very largely attended, and scarcely more than the relatives could be accommodated in the house. Rev. L. K. McNeill preached the sermon assisted by the Rev. E. O Thorp, the pastor of the deceased. In solemn procession, headed by about thirty-five members of the Odd fellows the funeral cortege left the home and wended its way tho the little cemetery nearby where, under the solemn and impressive ceremonies of the order, all that was mortal of a beloved husband, father, and brother was laid away to await the resurrection morn.
Mr. McConnell was universally loved and respected by all who knew him. he was a kind husband and father and a good citizen. The surviving family have the heartfelt sympathy of all in their great affliction.
Ephriam C. McConnell was born in Sullivan township, Tioga county, Penn., May 28, 1840 and was, therefore, in his fifty-seventh year at the time of his death. He was joined in marriage on May 26, 1860, to Miss Esther S. Squires and to this union have been born 13 children, five of whom have preceded their father to the great beyond. Two are buried in Pennsylvania and three in the cemetery near the homestead. Mr. and Mrs. McConnell and family came to Nebraska in 1870 and took up a homestead in Antelope county which has since been their home. Mr. McConnell also took a tree claim adjoining his homestead, and later purchased another quarter adjoining his farm making 480 acres in all. Although feeling the sting of poverty when he first came to Nebraska, Mr. mcConnell. by frugality and good management, had attained a competence and at the time of his death was in comfortable circumstances. He joined the Crawford Valley Methodist Church in 1883 and was a consistent christian at the time of his death. His wife and eight children survive him...
She migrated from Sullivan Township to Plainview,Nebraska 1879. Crawford Valley United Methodist Church History - The Crawford Valley United Methodist Church in northeast Antelope County had its beginning with a small group of families including Madison and Lorana Kirk, Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell, Esther A. McConnell ... A little later the Joseph Crippens, Martin Christiansens, Gideon Youngs, Guy Stones, Charles Millers, ... became a part of this group. They began holding Sunday School in various homes. When the McConnell school was built one half of the present church site, Sunday School ws held there and preaching whenever a circuit rider could come to them. The prairie could not be home to these sturdy pioneers long without a house of worship.
Obituary: Died in Nebraska - Esther A. SQUIRES was born June 23, 1841, in Tioga County, PA, and died 23 March 1906, in Antelope County, Nebraska. She was married to Ephraim McCONNELL, May 27, 1860. To this union were born thirteen children, five of whom are dead and eight living. The family moved to their present abode near Midway, Antelope County, Nebraska in 1879, being pioneers of the wilderness which at that time was very sparsely settled. Life on the frontier was full of toil and hardships. Deceased bore her share of them and lived to see the desert transformed into fertile fields and peopled with thriving and well to do citizens. Her husband died eight years ago. For the past year her health failed rapidly. She was dearly loved by her family and friends and enjoyed the esteem of all who made her acquaintance. Many years ago she was converted and followed in the footsteps of her Savior ever since. The funeral took place Sunday forenoon at the family residence, the services being conducted by her pastor, Rev. Galloway. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Crawford Valley Cemetery, near her home where she also had three children buried. All her children now living were present at the funeral. They are: O.D., W.E., S.S. and W. M. McCONNELL, of Plainview, her sons; Mrs. A.O. Coleman, of McCann, Nebraska; Mrs. Glen R. Stone, of Twin Falls, Idaho. Her brother, Wilbur A. SQUIRES, of Plainview, also attended. She raised a fine family of intelligent children and reared them well under circumstances that required patience, perseverance and self-sacrifice. She was a woman who will surely meet her reward.
Esther Ann Squires and Ephriam C. McConnell had the following children:
15 i.Josephine3 McConnell (#5131) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 30 APR 1861. Individual flags: Obituary. Josie died 6 MAY 1882 in Antelope County, Nebraska, at age 21. Her body was interred May 1882 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska. Josie taught school in Nebraska. Josephine's tombstone in the Cemetery of the Crawford Valley Methodist Church says she was 21 years and 6 days old at death. She was unmarried. The Republican in Neleigh, Nebraska published the following notice on 12 May 1882. " We learn that Miss Josie McConnell of Willowdale died a few days since. The disease we did not learn. She was 21 years of age, but the hand of death is no respecter of age."
16 ii.Orson Derward McConnell (#5132) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 11 JUN 1862. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Ward died 14 AUG 1933 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 71. His body was interred 16 AUG 1933 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. O. D. McCONNELL OF KILGORE DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Again it becomes our task to record the death of another of our estimable citizens, O. D. McConnell of Kilgore.
Mr. McConnell who has been associated with his brasother in a store at Kilgore for many years, suffered from failing health severel years ago, rallying from this illness to enjoy life for several years before le was again stricken. Since last fall he has suffered frown heart trouble. and bright's disease at intervals, his health and strength failing steadily the past several weeks.
The writer has known Mr. McConnell since coming to Nebraska and with the passing of the years developed an increasing regard for his irreproachable character, his genuine regard for his fellow man, and his stalwart loyalty to his associates and to his Creator.
Association with Ward, as we knew him, was an inspiration, and we sincerely feel that the world is much better for his having liveed here.
Personally and for his countless friends we reverence the memory of Mr. McConnell as a true friend, a loyal and charitable citizen, and a devout Christian.
Orson Derward McConnell was born June 17th, 1862 at Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and passed away at the Cherry County Hospital in Valentine on Monday morning, August 14th, 1933, at the age of seventy one years, one month and twenty-seven days, after a lingering illness which confined him more or less to his bed for the past several weeks. The courage, fortitude, and patience of Mr. McConnell under these trying circumstances was an inspiration to all those who knew this Christian gentleman.
His father took up a homestead in Antelope county, Nebraska, in the of 1878 when the family came to this state. Mr. McConnell engaged in the hardware business in Plainview for about two years. Shortly after going into the livery business at Inman for two years,after which he came to Cherry county, settling at Kilgore in 1915 where he worked in the elevator for about two years before accepting, a positon as clerk in a general mercantile store until in 1919 when he, with his brother, Judson, established their own store in Kilgore, which business his brather still conducts
As a young man Mr. McConnell became a member of the Crawford Valley Methodist church and since that time has remained an active leader, follower, contributor and member of the church of his choice throughout his entire life. Upon moving to Kilgore he transferred to the Methodist church of that place where he has served faithfully and well both as a lay member and as an officer. Being especially interested in music he led the musical activities of the church and through his ministry of music was able to accomplish much good.
He leaves to, mourn his death three brothers: Will of Johnstown, Nebraska; Judson Squires of Kilgore; and Wellington of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and two sisters, Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. Fox of Kilgore, and many other relatives as well as a host of admiring business associates, fellow citizens and neighbors who will sadly miss this true friend whose three score ten years have been of such service to humanity,
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Valenkine Methodist church with Rev. Kenyon of Kilgore in charge, assisted by Rev. Hanscon. Interment was in Mount Hope cemetery in Valentine.
card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere appreciation to the many kind neighbors and friends who Sso graciously assisted us in every possible way during our recent bereavement. Mrs. A. O. Coleman and family. Mrs. H. A. Fox and family. W. E. McConnell and filmily J. S. McConnell.
17 iii.William Ephriam McConnell (#5133) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 26 MAY 1864. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. William died 6 FEB 1938 in Johnstown, Brown County, Nebraska, at age 73. His body was interred FEB 1938 in Johnstown, Brown County, Nebraska. He married Jennie May Crippen 27 NOV 1889 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska. (Jennie May Crippen is #5134.) Jennie was born 7 JAN 1871 in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Jennie was the daughter of Joseph Crippen and Esther Mary Jackson*. Jennie died 17 DEC 1947 in Johnstown, Brown County, Nebraska, at age 76. Jennie was at Johnstown, Nebraska in 1931 having moved there in 1920 from Inman, Holt County, Nebraska. Her obituary and copy of her marriage certificate were sent by Charlene Kolterman.
This community was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Mrs. Jennie McConnell last Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Clara Wantz. Mrs. McConnell was conducting the devotional services of th W.S.C.S. when she was stricken... (Newspaper Clipping)
Mrs. J. McConnell Dies Suddenly : Funeral serviced were held on sunday at 2:00 p.m. for Mrs. Jennie McConnell who died very suddenly. Services were held at the M.E. Church at Johnstown conducted by the Rev. Wingate. Burial was beside her husband in the Johnstown Cemetery. Jennie M. Crippen was born in Tioga County, Penn., on Jan. 7, 1871 and passed away Dec, 17, 1947. She came to Antelope county Nebraska with her parents when a young girl and here grew to womanhood. She joined the Methodist church at an early age and was always a faithful worker in all kinds of church work. She was married to Wm. E. McConnell in 1889 at Plainview, Nebraska, In 1920 the family moved to Johnstown from Holt county, where they have made their home since. Mr. McConnell passed away in 1938. She leaves to mourn her passing ne daughter and two sons, Mrs. Edna Cole of Baker, Ore., Carl and Leon, both of Johnstown and a brother, William H. Crippen of Hastings, Nebr., three grandchildren and three great grandchildren and a host of friends. William was fourteen when he moved to Nebraska with his parents to homestead. They settled 3 miles west and 6 miles south of Plainview. In the Spring of 1914 William and Jennie moved to Holt County one mile west of Ewing, then they moved to Inman at the first of World War I. In the Spring of 1920 they moved north of Johnstown, Nebraska.
W. E. McConnell Buried Tuesday - The death of William E. McConnell, who passed away at a very early hour Sunday morning last at the family home north of Johnstown, brings sadness to many people of this community who, over a period of 18 years...SCAN THE REST OF THIS.
18 iv.Eliza A. McConnell (#5135) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1865. Eliza died 20 SEP 1865 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age unknown.
19 v.Mary Rachael McConnell(25) (#5136) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 15 APR 1866.(26) Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Mate died 11 AUG 1948 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 82. Her body was interred 15 AUG 1948 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. Both Mary and Alvin are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery. She married Alvin Orlando Coleman 28 NOV 1885 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska. (Alvin Orlando Coleman is #5137.)
Alvin was born 18 SEP 1862 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Alvin was the son of James M. Coleman* and Minerva J Mooney*. Alvin died 20 NOV 1946 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 84. His body was interred 25 NOV 1946 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. Alvin O. and Mary Coleman Families - From A Sandhill Century
Alvin O. Coleman was born Sept. 18, 1862 at Layton, Ohio to James M. and Minerva J. Mooney Coleman. His mother had moved from Iowa to Ohio to await his birth as his father had enlisted during the Civil War in August.
At the end of the war in 1865, James, Minerva and their son returned to their home in Sisley's Grove, Iowa. The next year they moved to Crawford County, Iowa until 1879. During this time the children born were: George, Clara Belle, Lillian and Gracie. Lillian and Gracie died of diphtheria in 1878 and Clara Belle died at 21 years at Neligh.
Alvin and his father came to Antelope County, Neb. in 1879 leaving the family to care for Minerva's ailing mother. They joined Alvin in 1881 when he worked for a freight company from Sidney to Fort Robinson.
Alvin and Mary Rachael McConnell were married Oct. 28, 1885 and settled on a pre-emption which Alvin had bought.
Mary was born April 15,1866 in Tioga County, Penn., to Ephriam and Esther McConnell. The family and the eight children settled near Plainview in 1879 with only $14 in Ephriam's pocket to build a house with and for food and clothing.
Neal Seth was born to Alvin and Mary on Oct. 10, 1886. They moved to Neligh in 1887 where Alvin operated a livery stable and Cecile Dot was born Aug.20, 1888. During the 1888 blizzard, Alvin helped to rescue children from the Neligh school.
Other children born were: Harold Derwood, dime 17, 1892; George Wellington, June 5,1894-Nov.3, 1924; Mark Hannah, Feb. 13, 1896; Arlo Bradford, Dec. 30, 1900; Esther Minerva, Sept. 2, 1902; and Mary Viola, Aug. 12, 1906.
Alvin became id with asthma and moved to Cody for a change of climate where he became a shipper for D.J. Anderson, founder of the Diamond Bar Ranch. Alvin went to Texas, Nevada and back to North Platte where he summered the herd of cattle before selling them.
Alvin moved his family to a sod house on Chamberlin Flat near the Diamond Bar, now known as Coleman Lake. During the winter of 1898, Alvin rented the William Carter place, which was known as the McCann Ranch during the days of the open range. While remodeling the house, the family lived in a tent.
The Coleman cattle herd had its start when Alvin's father James furnished 23 head on shares and sent them from Neligh by railroad.
The Colemans and other conscientious parents. living near McCann Canyon built a log school about 1900 which still stands as memorial to pioneer parents deeply concerned about education. Sometimes the Coleman children were able to cross the bridge at Pete Calloways but other times had to ford the river to get to school.
D.J. Sanford bought the old McCann Ranch in 1901 and the Colemans moved to the Elmer Hoffman place north of Kilgore. During the following two years, the Colemans moved to the Alex Hoffman place and then the Hook Ranch south of Cody. Alvin purchased his ranch south of Kilgore on the Niobrara River in 1904 which was to be their home until they retired. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 28, 1935.
Alvin died Nov.21,1946 and Mary Aug.11,1948. Both are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Valentine.
Neal married Elizabeth Adamson, daughter of John Adamson of Cody, April 27, 1913. He worked with his father and on various ranches as a young e-an. He played the harmonica and fiddle and called for square dances. It was the custom to "pass the hat" at midnight to pay the musicians.
They moved to Valentine and Neal served as deputy sheriff for 12 years. They had three children: Louise, born Nov. 16, 1915; Lee James, Jan. 31, 1917; and Alvin born Oct. 1, 1919. Louise married Alfred Earl Wiston, they had two children, Jerre and James. After Earl's death in 1954 Louise married Fred Henemon.
Lieutenant Lee James Coleman married Kathleen McDonaugh in 1942 in Florida. He failed to return from an air mission in the South Pacific..
Alvin served five years in the Army during World War II, his tour included Africa and Italy. He married Alice Ormesher, daughter of Ted Ormesher of Valentine in 194fl. He wan associated in the Corner Market grocer store before moving to Sacramento, Calm. in 1956 They have three children, Alice Ann, Arleeta and Lee James.
Neal died in 1968, Elizabeth in 1975 and they are buried in California.
CeCile, daughter of A.O. and Mary, married Jim Steadman Dec.6, 1911 Jim was associated with his father Bill in ranching on the Cross I, Ranch west of Brownlee where they had one of the oldest ranches in Cherry County with Bill's brother-in-law, Bob Faddis. After selling the ranch in 191G to Claude Currie, Jim moved to Seneca where he owned a garage, later he worked for the railroad and lived in Alliance. Cecile and Jim moved to Wyoming in the early 1920s. Bill Stead
curved to Valentine and are buried in Mount Hope. Jim died May 18, 1950 and is buried in Wyoming. He and Cecile had one daughter Ruth, born in 1914. She married Bob Nickelson in 1934 in Thermopolis, Wyo. and had two daughters, Shirley and Sharon
Harold "Slim ' and Laura Finch started their married life together 52 years ago on his father's ranch south of Kilgore. Laura taught one year at the ABC School. It was named for the Anderson, Burge and Coleman families. The school still stands but not used for school, the children are bussed to Kilgore and Cody. The school was used for community affairs.
Laura helped with the outside work. One of her jobs was riding windmills on the Reserve. This was usually done horseback.They spent 30 years on the ranch and retired. Slim's nephew, George Drinkwalter and family worked on a share operation with George buying him out eventually .
Harold and Laura became involved in the Lord's work at the Baptist Church in Kilgore and the Berean Fundamental Church after moving to Valentine. Both have held offices and helped with every part of the work.
This story would not be complete without telling of Laura's quilts. Mother Mary started the quilting shortly after Laura's marriage. Laura had been given friendship blocks made by the ladies of the community. Since 1970 quilting has been a daily task. She put an ad in 8 national sewing magazine saying she did hand quilting. Since then she has quilted 292 quilts from all parts of the United States. The quilting frame she uses has been in the family for at least 75 years.
A Coleman family reunion celebrated Harold's 90th birthday June 27, 1982. Seventy-two gathered for dinner and getting acquainted again.
Mark served in the Army during World War 1. He married Mabel Shook, daughter of Elmer Elias and Gertrude Lillian Shook of Kilgore, Feb. I 6,1921. Mark ranched in the Kilgore and Sparks area before moving to Wyoming in 1941 where he farmed near Thermopolis. They had two children: Rachel married Larry Collins and died in 1981; and Max married Barbara Hanson. He died in 1980. Mark died in 1978 and Mabel lives in Thermopolis.
Arlo married Nellie Galloway, daughter of Pete Galloway of Kilgore, May 3, 1927. He worked at the Valentine Bakery and on various ranches as a young man. In the early 1930s they moved to Gordon and in 1942 Arlo started working at Fort Robinson. In 19~57 they moved to Idaho. They are the parents of 11 children: Ardith, Iris, Beverly, Walter, Robert, Donald, Juanita, William, Gerald, Sharon and Peter.
Esther married Loren Drinkwalter. Mary married Earl C. Pote, son of Charles Pote of the Snake River community, April 22,1925. They moved to Wyoming that same year and Earl worked for the Rocky Mountain Power Company. They are retired and living in Casper.Their daughter Ruth married Phillip Ruhl of Oregon. - Gail Drinkwalter - Laura Coleman
From another source sent by Charlene Kolterman
Alvin Orlando Coleman was born near Dayton, Ohio, on September 18, 1862. He was a Civil War baby, as his father was fighting for the North at the time of his birth. At the close of the war in 1865, the parents, James and Minerva Coleman, moved hack to the old home in Sisley Grove, Iowa. The next spring the family moved to Crawford County, Iowa, living there until 1879, Then the father and son, Alvin, came to Antelope County, Nebraska and took a homestead. The mother, due to the illness of her mother, did not come for three years, leaving the father and Alvin, then a lad of 17, to keep the homestead alone.
In 1881, after the mother came, Alvin went with a freight outfit from Neigh to Sidney, Nebraska, working from that place to Fort Robinson the rest of the year.
Mary Rachael McConnell was born on April 15, 1866, in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Ephriam and Esther McConnell, came to Nebraska in 1879 and located near Plainview, Nebraska. The selection for their home had been made beforehand when Mr. McConnell and some of the neighbors had come, selected the site, and taken out papers for the homestead. Then they sent for their families and met them at Wisner, Nebraska. There were eight children in the McConnell family. After their arrival the father had just $14.00 in his pocket and that amount had to build the house and feed the family.
In this community, Alvm and Mary met at parties and dances and a courtship soon followed. On October 28, 1885, they were married. They settled on a pre-emption which Alvin had gotten in the spring before they were married. Here, on October 10, 1886, Neal Seth was born.
In 1887, they moved to Neligh, Nebraska where Alvin operated a livery stable. Cccile Dot vas born in this home on August 20, 1888. During the following winter of 1888, the terrible blizzard occurred. Alvin helped rescue children from the schoolhouse and get them home.
From Neligh the family moved to a farm in the Thompson settlement in Pierce County, in 1891. There Harold Derwood was born June 17, 1892, and George Wellington on June 5, 1894. The drouth year was 1894, with little or nothing grown. There was 130 acres under cultivation but not a thing was harvested. In 1895 they moved to Mary's father's place close to the old home. Here Mark Hannah was born February 13, 1896. On this place Alvin was more in bed than out with asthma. Finally the doctor decided that he would have to change climates so he went to work at Cody, Nebraska, as shipper for C. J. Anderson, the founder of the Diamond Bar Ranch. Alvin then went to Texas and on to Nevada and finally summered at North Platte, Nebraska with a herd of cattle. After selling that herd he went to Manville, Wyo., and shipped another herd to Cody. Then he went back to Neligh where the family was living and was taken sick again. He and his family decided to move to a sod house on Chamberlain Flat near the Diamond Bar ranch now known as Coleman Lake. During the winter of 1898, Alvin rented the William Carter place (known as the McCann Ranch in the Open Range Days). After three years the place was sold to D. J. Sanford. Alvin's father furnished 23 head of cattle on shares. Neal, who had stayed in Neligh to attend school came with the cattle in June. Neal and Cecile went back to Neligh for school that fall, in 1899. At this place, Arlo Beford was born December 30, 1900.
To provide a school for the children of the neighborhood, a log school house was built in the fall of 1901. This old log school house still stands as a memorial to the pioneer families deeply concerned over their children getting an education. Part of the time the Coleman children forded the river to go to school and part of the time crossed the bridge at Pete Galloway's place.
After the place was sold the family moved to the Elmer Hoffman place north of Kilgore. Here Esther Minerva was born September 2, 1902. To send the children to school, the family moved to Kilgore. In the spring they moved to the Alex Hoffman place, living there for one year. From there they moved to the Hook Ranch south of Cody, but in June of 1904, they bought and moved to the ranch south of Kilgore near the Niobrara River. On September 12, 1904, Mary Viola was born. This was home for Alvin and Mary until they retired after Harold and Laura were married and took over ranch operations. On November 2, 1924, George Wellington died, the first to break the family circle.
On October 28, 1935, Alvin and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their home was always a place where all were welcome.
Fifty Years of Wedded Life - Alvin Orlando COLEMAN wa born near Dayton, Ohio on September 18th, 1862. He was a Civil War baby, his father fighting for the North at the time of his birth. At the close of the war in 1865, the parents, James and Minerva Coleman, moved back to the old home in Iowa at Sisley Grove. The next spring the family moved to Crawford County, Iowa and there lived until 1879, when the father came to Antelope County, Nebraska and took a homestead. The mother, due to the illness of her mother, did not come for three yeavs, leaving the father and Alvin, then a lad of seventeen, to hold the homestead alone. Then in 1881 when the mother came, Alvin went with a freight outfit from Neligh to Sidney, Nebraska and worked from that place to Fort Robinson the rest of the year. Mary Rachael McCONNELL was born April 15th 1866, in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Ephriam and Esther McConnell came to Nebraska in 1879 and located near Plainview. The selection for their home had been made beforehand when Mr. McConnell and some of the neighbors had come, selected the site, and taken out papers for the homestead. Then they sent for their families and they were met at Wisner. There were eight of the children in the McConnell family and after their arrival Mr. McConnell had just $14 in his pocket. This must build the house and feed the family. In this community Alvmn and Mary met at parties or dances and soon a courtship followed and on October 28th, 1885 they were married. They settled on a pre-emption which Alvin had gotten in the spring before they wee married. Here on October 10th 1886, Neil Seth was born. In 1887 they moved to Neligh where Alvin operated a livery stable. Cecile Dot was born in this home on August 20, 1888. During the winter that followed occurred the blizzard of 1888. Alvin had a hand in helping to rescue some of the children from the schoolhouse to their homes. From Neligh the family moved to a farm in Thompson settlement in Pierce county in 1891. There Harold Derwood was born June 17th 1892, and George Wellington on June 5th 1894. '94 was the drouth year. There was 130 acres under cultivation but not a thing was grown. In 1895 they moved to Mary's parents' place close to the old home. Here Mark Hannah was born February 13th 1896. On this place Alvin was more in bed than out with asthma. Finally the doctor decided that he would have to change climates so he went to work at Cody, Nebraska, as shipper for C. J. Anderson, the founder of the Diamond Bar. Alvin then went to Texas and on to Nevada and finally summered at North Platte with a herd of cattle. After selling that herd he went to Manville, Wyoming and shipped another herd to Cody. Then he went back to Neligh where the family was living and was taken sick again. Therefore he came west again bringing the family with him and wintered in a sod house on Chamberlain Flat near the Diamond Bar, now known as Coleman Lake. During that winter Alvin rented the Carter Place now owned by D. J. Sanford and while making over living quarters, the family lived in a tent. Here is where the resent herd of cattle was started when Alvin's father furnished twenty-three head of cattle on shares. Neal who had stayed to attend school in Neligh through the winter came with the cattle in June. Cecile and Neal went back to Neligh for school that fall, in 1899. At this place, on December 30th, 1900, Arlo Bedford was born. To provide a school for the children of the neighborhood a log school house was built in the fall of 1901. This log house still stands at the Olsen place. Part of the time the Coleman children forded the river to go to school and part of the time crossed the bridge that used to stand at the Galloway place. The family lived at this home for three years and then moved to the Elmer Hoffman place north of Kilgore. Before moving, the cattle were divided according to the agreement and Alvin had but twenty-one head as his share. Then buying one more made twenty-two head to be taken to the new home. At this home Esther Minerva was born September 2nd, 1902. To send the children to school the family moved to Kilgore. In the spring they moved to the Alex Hoffman place and lived there a year. From here they moved to the Hook place south of Cody and in June 1904 bought and moved to the River ranch, south of Kilgore where they still reside. On September 12th 1906, Mary Viola was born. Many things have happened during the pas thirty years. The family has grown up and grown away from the old home. Alvin and Mary have lived at different timesin Valentine and Kilgore. During these years Mark Hannah answered the call of his country and saw service in France during the World War. Then on November 2nd, 1924, George Wellington died, breaking the family circle. During this time each child, with the exception of George Wellington, has slected himself a mate and maried to form families of their own. They all live in Cherry county except Cecile Dot and Mary Viola who live in Wyoming. The home of Alvin and Mary has been a haven these many years and any weary traveler that came was welcome to stop and break bread with them. See also A Sandhill Century in Charlene's material to SCAN.
20 vi.Hannah McConnell (#5138) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 27 SEP 1867. Individual flags: Obituary; Marr.Cert.; Photograph. Hannah died 18 JUN 1919 in Stuart, Holt County, Nebraska, at age 51. Her body was interred 20 JUN 1919 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska. She married Guy Allen Stone 26 NOV 1890 in Antelope County, Nebraska. The wedding of Hannah and Guy took place at the home of Hannah's parents in Antelope County, Nebraska. Witnesses were George G. Stone, Hannah Stone, A.O. Coleman, J. Mary Coleman. This is recorded in the Antelope County marriage records, Book 3, page 356. (Guy Allen Stone is #5139.)
Guy was born 4 MAY 1867 in Neponset, Bureau County, Illinois. Guy was the son of Henry Sparhawk Stone* and Martha Lois Stacy*. Guy died 10 MAR 1948 in Republican City, Harlan County, Nebraska, at age 80. His body was interred MAR 1948 in Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska. On the marriage record of Guy Stone and his second wife, Lucile Hemenway, he was a 59 year old farmer, and she a 24 year old teacher. Both were of Orchard, Antelope County, Nebraska. Lucile and Guy were the first foster home of Eugene Austin, son of Daniel Austin formerly of Sullivan Township. Eugene has collected much data for us on the Nebraska migrants from Sullivan and introduced us to Charlene COLEMAN Kolterman who has been a major contributor of information on the Nebraska migrants.. Obituary: Hannah McConnell was born on the 27th day of September, 1867 in the state of Pennsylvania, where she lived until she was eleven years old, when she moved with her parents to Nebraska. Her parents were early settlers to Nebraska and located in Crawford Valley 40 years ago last January. She was united in marriage to Guy Stone, Nov. 26, 1890 to which union were born two daughters, the younger preceding her mother to the place of Eternal Rest.
She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, one daughter, Mrs. G. B. Paradise of Stuart, three sisters, Mrs. Ed. Goodspeed, Mrs. Glen Stone, and Mrs.M. A. Coleman and four brothers. All were present except one brother who is in Minnesota. Mrs. Guy Stone was a much loved woman, everywhere she went she made friends, her cheery disposition and her strong personality compelled people to love her. She joined the Methodist church in 1901 and has always been much attached to it. She was a good christian woman and her trust in her Savior helped her to be patient during her long illness. She never gave up, but believed that whatever her Lord did was for the best. She did not wish to stay on earth if God willed it otherwise. Her remains were brot [sic] from Stuart, her home, where she passed away o June 17, 1919, at the age of 51 years, 9 months and 20 days. The burial services were held in the Crawford Valley Methodist church on Friday, June 20 at 10 a.m. A large number of friends and acquaintances who had known her id days gone by, were in attendance. A most beautiful casket enclosed the remains. Interment took place in the Crawford Valley cemetery. Her Lord called her by name. She said my Lord I am ready. Your suffering shall cease, Your joys begin. So her good Lord called her Up higher.
21 vii.Huldah Louisa McConnell (#5141) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania MAY 1869. Individual flags: Obituary. Huldah died 06 DEC 1880 in Nebraska, at age 11. Her body was interred DEC 1880 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska. Tombstone says died Dec. 6, 1880. 11 yrs, 6 mos, 10 dys.
Neleigh Leader, 10 December 1880 : Died : In Willow Valley, on Monday the 7th of Dec. 1880, Hulda Louise, daughter of E. C. and Esther A. McConnell, of dropsy; aged 11 years and ten days. After bidding farewell to her parents, brothers and sisters, she said: "Do not cry for me, papa, it's all right, don't cry." The funeral services were held at the Willowdale school house which was crowded with sorrowing friends. Her remains rest in the Willowdale cemetery. "The maid is not dead but sleepeth."
Note differences in the obituary notice and the actual burial headstone.
22 viii.Esther Ann McConnell (#5142) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 31 JAN 1871. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Ettie died 17 DEC 1945 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 74. Her body was interred 20 DEC 1945 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. She married twice. She married Edward Goodspeed 19 SEP 1894 in Neligh, Antelope County, Nebraska. (Edward Goodspeed is #5143.) Edward was the son of E. F. Goodspeed* and Margaret A. Hull*. Edward died about 1924 at age unknown. She married Henry A. Fox* 1928. (Henry A. Fox* is #5144.) Henry died APR 1941 in Nebraska, at age unknown. Esther had three sons who died in infancy. She was the guardian of a girl named Pauline Pearl Scott who went to live with her in April 1931. Pauline was born 29 July 1928 to Harvey Abrim SCOTT and Elizabeth M. HICKS. Harvey died 8 Jun 1940 in Los Angeles. Pauline lived with Esther until December 1945 when Esther died. Pauline then lived with Esther's niece, Fern STONE Pregel in Laramie, Wyoming from Jan. 1, 1946 until her marriage to George CROWLEY. Pauline finished her senior year of high school in Laramie, Wyoming, but went back to Valentine to graduate with her friends. Pauline married between 19 May 1946 and 6 August 1947. She lived in Denver Colorado with her husband and four daughters.
Obituary : Esther Ann McConnell was born in Toga County, Pennsylvania, January 31st 1871 and passed away at Valentine, Nebraska, December 17th, 1945 aged 74 years, 11 months, 17 days.
She came to Plainview, Antelope county, Nebraska with her parents at the age of seven years and was married to Edward Goodspeed in 1893. To this union were born three sons who died in infancy. Mr. Goodspeed passed away 21 years ago. A number of years later she married Henry A. Fox of Kilgore, Nebraska, who preceded her in death four years ago.
She leaves to mourn her death, one sister, Mrs. A. O Coleman of Valentine; two brothers, J. S. McConnell of Kilgore and W. M. McConnell of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; also one grand daughter, Pauline Scott, a student in the Valentine high school.
Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church in Valentine. Burial was in Mount Hope cemetery.
23 ix.Judson Squires McConnell (#5145) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 4 MAR 1873. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Uncle Jed died 12 MAY 1949 in Kilgore, Cherry County, Nebraska, at age 76. His body was interred MAY 1949 in Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. The Republican of Valentine, Nebraska published the following obituary May 19, 1949. Jedson S. McConnell, son of Ephraim and Esther McConnell, was born March 4, 1873 in Tioga County, Pa., and passed away Thursday. May 12, 1949, at the Valentine Hospital at the age of 76 years, 2 months and 10 days following an illness of only a few days.
In the fall of 1878 Jed came with his parents to Antelope County, Nebraska. There he grew to manhood. He never married.
He came to Cherry County, Nebv. about 1912. He did carpenter work in and around Kilgore until he went into the general mercantile business with his brother, Ward, in 1919. In 1942, he changed from the mercantile to the hardware business, which he continued until his death.
Surviving is a brother, Wellington M., of Grand Rapids, Minn., the last of a family of thirteen children. There are, also sixteen nephews, nieces and many friends to mourn his passing.
24 x.Emma D. McConnell (#5146) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 07 OCT 1873. Individual flags: Obituary; Photograph. Emma died 16 FEB 1920 Rupert, Minidoka County, Idaho, at age 46.(27) Her body was interred 18 FEB 1920. She married Glenn Roy Stone 31 OCT 1893 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska. This marriage is recorded in Antelope county marriage records, Book 4, page 233. Witnesses were A. O. and Mary Coleman, Emma's sister and brother-in-law. (Glenn Roy Stone is #5147.)
Glenn was born 12 MAR 1870 in Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa. Glenn was the son of Henry Sparhawk Stone* and Martha Lois Stacy*. Glenn died 18 JAN 1917 Heyburn, Minidoka County, Idaho, at age 46. His body was interred JAN 1917 Heyburn, Minidoka County, Idaho. Glenn and Emma were farmers, ranchers. They lived in Twin Falls, Idaho in March of 1906. In 1908 they moved to Heyburn where they farmed, raising mostly potatoes. Obituary: Death of Mrs. Emma Stone occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Paul Disney (Margaret), Monday afternoon after an illness of several months. She was born at Plainview, Nebraska (incorrect.jmt) October 7, 1873. She married Glenn Roy Stone October 31, 1893 and they moved to Twin Falls in1905 and in 1908 they took up a farm near Heyburn. After Mr. Stone's death on January 18, 1917, the family moved to Rupert. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon. Emma died of stomach cancer.
25 xi.Wellington M. McConnell (#5149) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 31 JUL 1875. Individual flags: Photograph. He married Myrtle May Staley 1 JAN 1896 in Pierce County, Nebraska. Another source gave Grand Rapids, Michigan as marriage place, but Pierce County is more likely. S. A. KOPP was the minister. Recorded in the Pierce COunty marriage records, Book A, page 588. (Myrtle May Staley is #5150.)
Myrtle was born about 1878 in Johnson County, Iowa. Myrtle was the daughter of Martin V. Staley* and Mary J. Marvin*. Wellington and Myrtle lived in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in July 1949. Wellington was the last survivor of a family of thirteen children.
26 xii.Hattie B. McConnell (#5152) was born in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska JAN 1883. Hattie died 9 APR 1883 in Antelope County, Nebraska, at age unknown. Her body was interred APR 1883 in Crawford Valley,Crawford Town., Antelope County, Nebraska.
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