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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Kansas History: My Family in Kansas

This is a picture of my great-grandfather, Lee Jones, and his wife Alice. They are holding their first two children, Deema (3 years old) and Bessie Lea (less than a year old). The girls died from diptheria in 1893 when they were only five and three. The family lived in Allen County, Kansas at this time.

What is your family history in Kansas? Several of my ancestors came to Kansas over 100 years ago, but it is unusual for families to remain in the same place for that many years. Today, families move around the country frequently and it is possible that your family moved to Kansas either right before you were born or even in your life time.

You can still write about your family history in Kansas! After all, when my great-grandfather's brother wrote about his family coming to Kansas, it was a recent story at that time.

What brought your family to Kansas? Your dad's job? Or did your grandparents move here when your mom or dad was still a kid? Did they come here to work for the aircraft industry? Did they move to the city or the country? Were any of your relatives Kansas farmers?

I hope you have fun with this assignment! It is fun to hear the stories of your family and your heritage.

This picture shows my great-aunt Hazel holding her little nephew in about 1918. Hazel's twin brother Hayes was fighting in World War I at the time (he joined the Kansas National Guard just before the draft was enacted), which is why you see the service flag hanging on the house behind her. (Her nephew was her sister's son, not Hayes' son.)

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