Prior to Monday (24 March 2014), I had not taken a genealogy road trip in a long time. In 2005, my sister (who’s birthday is March 24th) and I toured Gulfport and Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi about six (6) weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area. The tour included numerous places we lived over the years. As a separate part of my trip, I visited Uncle Herbert’s house in Moss Point, Jackson County, Mississippi.
In 1992, I visited Stark, Neosho County, Kansas the birthplace of my maternal grandfather and his two brothers – Charles, Hosea, and Herbert Kring. His father, Simon Tobias Kring (52 Ancestor Week 1), moved to the Stark area sometime after the 1870 federal census and before 1873 when he married Ollie Vesper (52 Ancestor Week 2, waiting on marriage record before publishing).
According to Ancestry and Find-A-Grave, Simon’s father, Reverend Conrad Kring, had visited Kansas as part of his circuit preacher route. I haven’t proved/disproved Reverend Kring’s Kansas connection to Kansas, but at least three of his twelve children moved to Kansas – Simon (between 1870 – 1873), Sarah Kring Swartz (March 1874), and William Kring (sometime before the 1880 federal census). William is buried in Lyndon, Osage County, Kansas and I plan a genealogy trip in the near future to visit their graves and the area. Sarah is buried in Major County, Oklahoma, another future road trip. Sarah is the wife of Simeon Swartz, an upcoming 52 Ancestor candidate. One of their sons, Ira Swartz, was my 52 Ancestor, Week 12 entry and their daughter, Mary Catherine Swartz Jefferies is an upcoming 52 Ancestor entry.
It wasn’t exactly a genealogy road trip, but in the mid-1970s we visited Bird City, Cheyenne County, Kansas, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, and Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota. We visited with two of my mother’s sisters, her nephew, and my sister.
In 1974, we drove to Portsmouth, Virginia to visit my paternal grandparents. Grandfather needed surgery to remove part of his leg as a result of gas gangrene. They didn’t cut high enough and the second surgery killed him. We spent some time with Grandmother, attended his funeral in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, North Carolina. On the way back from Virginia, we spent a few days in Nags Head/Kitty Hawk area and visited with some of Dad’s cousins. He never mentioned it, but after leaving Kitty Hawk, we traveled through his birth town of East Lake, Dare County, North Carolina. Don’t recall if it was this trip, but we visited with Uncle Cy Kring and his family in DeFuniak Springs, Walton County, Florida.
I am not sure of the year, but I was a teen when Mom took us to visit her father’s grave. We never visited her mother’s grave and it was a long time before I found out the woman buried next to Charles was his first wife. Visiting both graves is a mid-term genealogy road trip since it’s over 800 miles to where they are buried.