52 Ancestor Week 22 William Kring – Why Kansas?

Updated January 11, 2018: With the help of a friend, I was able to determine that William and Rebecca are buried in the same cemetery in Lyndon as one of their daughters.

Here’s the story behind the challenge if you want to participate. http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks. A recap of #52 Ancestors for Week 21 can be found here (link to be added once Amy posts it).

I first mentioned William Kring in a post about genealogy road trips (29 March 2014). I planned on visiting his grave later this year, but a recent major loss of income put these plans on the back burner for a while. I included William in the WikiTree/TribalPages Birthday Week post for 21 May 2014. William showed up as part of my 52 Ancestors Week 23 post (out of order, but felt he needed to be in it to lay some groundwork and keep this post from getting too long).

William was the fifth son and seventh child of Conrad and Catherine (or Catharine) nee Seidner Kring. He was born in Franklington, Franklin County, Ohio on 27 May 1847. His siblings include Sarah (1837-1911); Joshua; (1838-1864); Elijah (1840-1926); Mary; (1842-1905); Daniel (1848-1863); Levi (1845-1935); Simon (1849- ?; my great-grandfather); Susan (1851- 1921); Jacob (1854-1854); Andrew (1855-1932); and Hosea (1857-1929).

William shows up in the 1850 federal census living in Plain, Franklin County, Ohio.

Accessed from MyHeritage.com http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10126/1850-united-states-federal-census?s=36354942&itemId=14056848-&groupId=387d2180c1d28bd23c412b52d2498810&action=showRecord#fullscreen on 10 June 2014

Accessed from MyHeritage.com on 10 June 2014

In the 1860 federal census, William was still living in the Plain, Ohio area. Listed as Wm. on some genealogy sites, probably from the scribbled look of his name.

Accessed MyHeritage.com http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10127/1860-united-states-federal-census?s=36354942&itemId=18204639-&groupId=7bf9a5d60c53661a81917b27de401c2f&action=showRecord#fullscreen on 10 June 2014

Accessed MyHeritage.com  on 10 June 2014

I found one William Kring in the National Park Service (NPS) Civil War database. He served in the 96th OVI (Ohio Volunteer Infantry); unit formed at Camp Delaware, not too far from where William lived at the time. He would have been young to have served in the military at this time so I am not sure this William is the same one, but he could have served as a musician (drummer, bugler, etc.).

Between the 1860 census and 1869 he moved to Tazewell County, Illinois. He married Rebecca Tobias in 1869. I found him on the 1870 federal census; listed as William and Rebecca Craig. Note added on Ancestry.com, it’s William Kring. Note was added by a Kring family researcher.

I don’t know when, but William and Rebecca move to Belmont Township, Kingman County, Kansas after the 1870 federal census and before the 1880 census. Probably after the 1875 Kansas state census since I can’t find them on it and their two oldest children are listed as born in Illinois which includes Catherine born in 1875. They have one child, Lillian Kring, born 15 April 1872, who isn’t listed on the 1880 or later census records so she may have died before the 1880 census. She was born in Tazewell County, Illinois.

In addition to William and Rebecca (misspelled), two children were listed – James A. Kring (son, aged 7) and Catharine (daughter, aged 5).

In the 1885 Kansas state census, they are still in Belmont Township.

Accessed from Ancestry.com on 10 June 2014

Accessed from Ancestry.com on 10 June 2014

Children on this census include ? (age 11 so probably James, but the name looks like they wrote over it); Catherine (age 11); and Edward (age 4).

Thanks to the missing 1890 federal census, I am not sure what happens to the family until the 1900 federal census. I haven’t found them on the 1895 Kansas census, but I found a son, Percy Kring, on Find-A-Grave. He is shown as born in Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas in 1893. Dodge City isn’t that far from Belmont Township. By the 1900 federal census, the family  has moved to Bourbon County, Kansas. His ex-sister-in-law, Ollie (Vesper) Kring, and her children were living nearby in either Crawford or Allen County.


I haven’t found them on the 1905 or 1915 Kansas state census records or on the 1910 federal census. By the 1920 federal census, the family has moved to Leavenworth County, Kansas.


William was listed on the 1925 Kansas state census still living in Leavenworth County. Find-A-Grave has William’s death place as Spring Lake, Tazewell County, Illinois and burial in Lyndon Cemetery, Lyndon, Osage County, Kansas. Find-A-Grave memorial; BillionGraves cemetery.

Unanswered questions

What was William doing in Spring Lake at the time of his death – visiting family, permanent move, etc.? Why is William buried in Lyndon? What connection did he have to the area? Where was William during the missing census periods and when he did move? Why did he move to Kansas?  Was it because Sarah and Simon moved here first? Did he know Ollie and his nephews were living in the area when he moved to Fort Scott? Why and when did he move to Leavenworth?

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