Amy Johnson Crow posted a 52 week ancestor challenge, http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks
My first week’s ancestor in the challenge is Simon Tobias Kring (born 19 June 1849 in Westerville, Franklin County, Ohio; died sometime after the 1900 U.S. Census). He is my great grandfather. He was the son of Conrad and Catherine (Seidner) Kring. He had eight brothers and three sisters.
U.S. Census records show Simon living in Plain, Franklin County, Ohio in 1850, 1860, and 1870. At some point between the 1870 Census and 1873, Simon moved to Neosho County, Kansas. On June 29, 1873, he married Ollie A. Vesper in Neosho County. They had at least three sons – Charles Dayton Kring (my grandfather) in 1874, Hosea C. Kring in 1878, and Herbert Conrad Kring in 1882. The family moved around a bit and lived in Crawford, Bourbon, and Allen Counties between 1873 and 1885. They were listed on the March 1885 Kansas state census in Baker, Crawford County, Kansas.
Here’s where it gets interesting. I found a marriage record dated 22 December 1887 between Simon Kring and Jennie (or Jinnie) Fletcher in Arkansas County, Arkansas. However, Ollie was still alive and living with the three boys in Kansas. Future census records and city directory listings for Ollie show her as widowed. I don’t know what transpired that led to Simon moving to Arkansas or if he divorced Ollie before marrying Jennie. Update: found a divorce record between Ollie and Simon Kring that happened before he moved to Arkansas and married Jennie.
In the 1900 U.S. Census, Simon appears in the Mill Bayou/Bayou Meto, Arkansas County, Arkansas census as widowed. I have not found Simon after the 1900 census. Several trees on Ancestry.com give Simon a death date of 1900 – 1910 and burial locations of Arkansas, Texas, and Canada. To date, none of those tree provide any documentation or indication of where people came up with the dates or locations for his death. I have checked a dozen major graving websites and two dozen smaller sites and have not found where Simon is buried or when he died. I contacted the local historical/genealogical society and they could not help. They are a very small group and not active.
I hope to travel to Arkansas County, Arkansas in the near future and see if I can pick up his trail.