Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Easter Egg Hunt!!!

Well, it’s Saturday Night and Randy Seaver, in his Genea-Musing Blog has this challenge for us:

It’s Saturday Night, let’s have some genealogy fun!

Remember those Easter egg hunts you had when you were a kid? Or you hosted when you were a parent or grandparent of small children (or even big children…)? Remember the happiness and joy you had finding the eggs hidden in the garden or the field? And the goodies sometimes found inside them?

I have a Genealogy Easter Egg Hunt for you! Here’s the directions:

1. Pick a place that you have ancestry, but don’t know much about.

2. Go to Google (or your favorite search engine) and put in the place name, the state name, and the words “genealogy” and “society.”

3. Go to the web site that looks the most interesting or promising, and search for data about your ancestor(s) that lived there.

4. Did you find anything new or interesting? If so – those are your genealogy Easter Eggs! Enjoy them – browse some more! If not, try again with another place name.

5. Tell us all about it on your blog, or in comments to this blog.

Happy hunting!!! I will show off my genealogy Easter Eggs on Sunday (if I find any… I hope I’ve been a good little graveyard rabbit).

My example is Springdale, Leavenworth Co., Kansas. birth place of my Grandfather. My normal search engine is Good Search, which produced the following.

The first result was Leavenworth County, KS. Recalling why my grandfather was born in Kansas, I found that this county was formed 2 years before my grandfather’s father decided to move the Leavenworth. (May 1857).

Another Find:


Click HERE to see full size D.O.T. County Map

Leavenworth County was created on August 25, 1855 as an Original County. The County Seat is Leavenworth. The County was named for Gen. Henry Leavenworth (1783-1834), U.S. Army. Leavenworth, directed to establish a military post on the east bank of the Missouri River near the confluence of the Little Platte, instead selected a site on high ground on the west bank to establish Cantonment Leavenworth, later renamed Fort Leavenworth.

Counties adjacent to Leavenworth County are Platte County, Missouri (north), Wyandotte County (east), Johnson County (southeast), Douglas County (southwest), Jefferson County (west), Atchison County (northwest). Cities and Towns Include Leavenworth, Lansing, Tonganoxie, Basehor, Linwood, Easton, Bonner Springs.

A search of the Settlers posted on Ancestry.com for this time period did not result in a listing of any Worthington’s.

A piece of his story: “They decided to move west for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was that Kansas was opened to homesteading in 1856, and the Quakers were encouraging their members to settle in the area. They viewed Kansas as a refuge from the war which was becoming inevitable.  So in May 1857, he with his brother William set out west to find a place to settle.  They travelled through Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas, walking much of the way.  Finally in October 1857, he had decided that Leavenworth County, Kansas, was the place.  He sent for his family.”

These are from notes about my grandfather’s grandfather, Henry Wilson Worthington (1815-1866).

His “family” would have been, among others, Samuel Worthington 1843 – 1897, my grandfather’s father. The irony here is that Samuel fought in the Civil War. No telling what that did to this Quaker Family. There are letters from Samuel to his family as he served in Co A, 11th Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, 1862 – 1865.

In looking though the listings was William G. Cutler’s History of the State of Kansas. The Eleventh Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry is documented here. Some of the information confirms earlier research into Samuel’s time in the Civil War.

Checking around the website, I found a cemetery listing that included:

Name: Worthington
Township: Alexandria
Cemetery: Friends Church

Now, this may be interesting. Will have to search more on this one. This is not the burial location for Samuel or his family.

There are other results that were looked at, but nothing obvious at this point. Will return to this search engine and results later.

Changing to Google, still searching for Springdale, Leavenworth Co., Kansas found the following:

This one is a wealth of information:

Source List for Genealogy Research

One of the results was a link to www.quaker.org which was a website visited many times when researching information about who the Quakers are.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t any information on any of the Quaker pages, in Kansas, that were helpful for this project. There were results and pages that have been looked at before for other Worthington research.

Since the research too me there, I spend a few minutes visiting a couple of Quaker Meetings that I have been to, including the Birmingham Meeting in Chester County, PA, where all four of my Grandparents are buried.

So much information, so little time. (for now)

I’ll leave this blog entry for Randy’s Challenge with a photograph of the home where my Grandfather was born.

Kansas home of Henry Russell Worthingon

Kansas home of Henry Russell Worthingon

Thank you Randy for the Challenge!

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