52 Ancestors Week 4 – Mysterious and Unknown Great Uncle Hosea C. or James Joseph Hosea Kring

#52Ancestors Week 4

Another unknown relative in my tree. Hosea is also an uncle to Owen Kring who was last week’s ancestor, son of Simon and Allie Kring, and brother to Herbert and Charles Kring. I was unaware of Hosea’s existence until a few years ago when I found him listed on the 1880 federal census. He was living in Grant, Neosho County, Kansas with his parents and oldest brother.

Hosea Kring 1880 Cen 1 The best information I can find is Hosea was born 28 June 1878 in Grant, Kansas although several Ancestry.com family trees have his birth information ranging from June to July or October 1878. A handful of Ancestry trees show him as James Joseph Hosea Kring, but I am not sure this is the same person and may account for the October birth date in a different county. 

By the 1885 Kansas state census, the family had moved to Baker, Crawford County, Kansas and Herbert had joined the family as its newest addition.

Kring 1885 KS Cen

In the 1900 federal census, Hosea is living in Walnut, Bourbon County, Kansas and working as a laborer for Joe (or Job) and Rhoda Clifton.

1900 US Census Hosea

On 06 April 1903, Hosea married Bertha “Birdie” Spoleder in Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas. Information obtained from a Wilson County marriage book. In the 1905 Kansas state census, there is a listing for J. J. and Bertha Kring with 6 month old son Venard. This is one of the earliest cases where the confusion of the James Joseph Hosea and Hosea C. Kring shows up. The 1905 Iola, Allen County, Kansas City Directory shows him as James Kring, a smelterman and living near or with Herbert Kring and near Charles Kring, both smeltermen. The 1906 City Directory shows him living at 205 S. Morrill with Bertha and Herbert living nearby with his new wife, Katherine.

The 1910 federal census has James J., Bertha M., Vernard (age 5), Lillian (age 3) and Nadine (age 1) Kring living in Gas, Ward 4, Allen County. A 1910 City Directory gives 209 S Osborn for James and Bertha. It also shows Ollie A. (widow of Simon) Kring living with them.

I lost track of Hosea/James after 1910. Ancestry.com family trees place his death in various southern Kansas counties and cities, ranging from Butler County to Newton in Harvey County, Jetmore, Montezuma, and Lakin. Bertha remarried once and possibly twice and reportedly died in Utah in 1965.The children have a name change from Kring to Vesper within a few years after 1910. Their new last name is Vesper, which is the same as their Grandmother Ollie’s maiden name. 

He had an uncle named Hosea Kring http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=31938998

Some unanswered questions:

Are Hosea C. and James Joseph Hosea the same person? The ages and birth years are the same in many records. Both are listed as marrying a Bertha Spoleder in 1903 in Fredonia. It is possible the census records recorded Hosea C. in the earlier records. Herbert’s middle name started with a C.

When and where did he die, and where is he buried? The three brothers lived near each other as late as 1906. Herbert and possibly Charles moved to northeastern Oklahoma, and by 1917 both had moved to south Mississippi.

What was he doing during the missing years? His jobs included laborer, farm hand, and smelterman.

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One Response to 52 Ancestors Week 4 – Mysterious and Unknown Great Uncle Hosea C. or James Joseph Hosea Kring

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