Here’s the story behind the challenge if you want to participate. http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks.
My entry this week takes on a different tack from most of my earlier 52 Ancestors entries.I focused on three siblings who moved to different parts of Kansas within a seven year time frame. It’s also a lead-in to William’s soon to be posted 52 Ancestor entry.
In this post, I talked about the three Kring siblings (Simon Tobias Kring – my great-grandfather, Sarah Kring Swartz, and William Kring) moving to Kansas. In my post about Sarah’s husband, Reverend Simeon Swartz, I discovered they moved to Kansas because he felt called to preach in Kansas. I have yet to discover why Simon or William moved to Kansas and hope to one day discover a closer time frame of when they moved to Kansas.
Simon moved to Stark (Grant Township), Neosho County sometime after the 1870 federal census and before he married Ollie Vesper in 1873. Sarah and Simeon moved to Bushton (Farmer Township), Rice County in March 1874. William moved to Belmont, Kingman County sometime after leaving Spring Lake, Tazewell County, Illinois (1870 federal census records) and 1880. He also lived in several other Kansas counties around the state and is buried in .Lyndon, Osage County, Kansas. I don’t know if William moved to Kansas before Simon, after Simon and before Sarah, after Sarah, or at the same time as Simon or Sarah. In 1900, he lived in the vicinity of Ollie and her three sons (Charles, Hosea, and Herbert); Simon had moved to Arkansas years earlier and it is unknown if they kept in contact.
Of the three, Sarah stayed in one spot in Kansas (1874 – 1894 Rice County) before moving to Oklahoma. Simon jumped between Allen, Neosho, Bourbon, and Crawford Counties (1873 – 1887) until he moved to Arkansas. William hopped around Kingman, Bourbon, and Leavenworth Counties (1880 or before – 1925 or later) and buried in Osage County. I haven’t figured out why William is buried in Osage County since he had no known Osage County connection and he died in Illinois.
One day I hope to discover the whys and whens for Simon and William.Here is a rough area of where they lived in Kansas. Blue is for Sarah; maroon is for William, and the orange/peach is for Simon.