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Brian Hale Thurs., Dec. 28, 2000
Please look in this book: Cowlitz County, WA Cemetery Records Thru 1983, Volume # 1. I need the information for the following family members as listed in the book.
Samuel H. Kinch page 486
Martha Jennie Kinch page 486
Guy William Kinch page 366
Albert L. Kinch page 102
Clifford Kinch page 102
Harrison Kinch page 102
Lucinda Frances Kinch page 102
Nellie Alberta Kinch page 102
This family left Pennsylvania in 1887 and went to Ostrander area on Cowlitz River. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.


Carolynne Fries Wed., Oct. 18, 2000
I am looking for information on the Williams family who lived in Cowlitz County in the 1800s. There was Benjamin Ivie Williams, George Williams and Blanch Stockman (who was a teacher at Castle Rock), Walter Williams, Mercer Williams, Maude Williams (married Herman Detering and Clarence Shea), Alice Williams (married Fred Turver and Harold Solberg) and Robert Williams (married Marion Atkins).


Nora Fri., Oct. 13, 2000
Hello, This is a long shot, but I'm looking for my grt. grandmother Frances [Fanny] Atwood, Wilcox, Mitchell. Mitchell I think would be her last married name, she might have lived with her son Charles [Charly] Wilcox, in Longview, he died in around 1960, Longview.


Roger Hughes Mon., Sept. 4, 2000 [Updated 1 Jan 2012]
Looking for information on/descendants of Arthur Leander (1849-1885) and Sarah Miller Bemis (?Davidson? Dykeman) (1851-1937), who settled in Castle Rock area in late 1870s. Also, Leander Bemis, father of Arthur Leander. Family came from Rock County, Wisconsin, to Greenwood County, Kansas, then Washington Territory. Other surnames related hereto: Peabody, Shintaffer, Butler, Wolf, Hughes, Royer. After Arthur Leander Bemis death, Sarah married a Davidson, then Peter Simon Dykeman. Thanx!


Gloria (Birlew) Hursey Sun., Aug. 6, 2000
Looking for any information for the BIRLEW and STALCUP families of Cowlitz Co., WA. George Franklin Birlew is listed in the Cowlitz Co., WA. Cemetery Records Index, thru 1983, Volume 1, published by Lower Columbia Genealogical Society. BIRLEW, George Franklin, 301. At present I don't know what the death/cemetery information is for George Franklin BIRLEW. I believe this George Franklin BIRLEW to be the son of John Wilson BIRLEW and Lillie "LuLu" (CHATHAM). If so, he was married to Iva Louella (STALCUP). If anyone has any information for this family I would greatly appreciate hearing of it. Thank you for any help.


Janet Thurs., Aug. 3, 2000
Looking for my FIELDS family in Cowlitz County from about 1900 on. Peter FIELDS and wife Emma Jane SANDERS Fields, they had ten children. One of those was Elmer FIELDS who came to Cowlitz County from Columbia County OR in 1908 with his wife Lavinia QUINN and their small son Orville FIELDS. Any help? Thanks in advance.


Barbara Hoisington Thurs., Aug. 3, 2000
Looking for and researching the final resting place of Dora Mackey/Bauer. We have just learned that she re-married a man named Reece or Reese about 1922-26, and lived in Castlerock. Her daughter Ethel Evangeline Bauer/Hoisington was my husband's mother. He wants to know more about the grandmother he never knew.


Melanie J. Wed., May 3, 2000
I am looking for information on Daisy Helen (BOLES) KLINGER. She was the daughter of William Wiley BOLES and Laura BURRIS, and was born 29 January 1915. She was married to William KLINGER and she died in Longview, WA., in September of 1987. Her death certificate lists her residence as Ryderwood, Cowlitz Co., WA. I know that she had at least one son named Paul, but have no other information on this family. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Cathy Hutchinson-Larkins Sat., April 15, 2000
Can someone help me locate a probate file for one David M. Hutchinson? I believe he died in Cowlitz Co. abt 1901. My gr grandfather had power of attorney 12 June 1901. Who and how do I locate something like this? David's family I believe was from Freeborn Co, MN. Maybe his body was shipped home. I have nothing else to go on to find this family. I thank you so very much for your help.


Clark Vinson Fri., March 17, 2000
I am looking for any information on John Herman Vinson, died Mar 3, 1976 in Kelso, Cowlitz Co., WA. He is buried in Longview Memorial Park. He had 4 daughters, Lillian Marie, Nellie Virginia, Ellen Naomi, and Mildred Louise.


Tom Green Tues., Feb. 22, 2000
Looking for information on any of the following HICKS persons, relatives, descendants, etc. that lived in Cowlitz Co. WA. Thanks.

Descendants of John Wesley Hicks
1 John Wesley Hicks b: 1866 in Quincy, Adams Co. IL; d: July 18, 1928 in Multomah Co. OR
+Sarah V. Stergert; m: December 20, 1889 in Clark Co. WA?
..... 2 Althura Hicks b: Abt. 1890
*2nd Wife of John Wesley Hicks:
+Laura Adaline Parker b: September 01, 1879 in Crawford City, IA; d: December 27, 1920 in Vancouver, WA; m: November 14, 1895 in LaCentre, WA
..... 2 Bessie May Hicks
..... 2 Mabel Gladys Hicks b: August 25, 1896 in Washington; d: January 10, 1969 in Medford, Jackson Co. OR
......... +Louis Raymond m: February 23, 1914 in Kalama, Cowlitz co. WA
..... *2nd Husband of Mabel Gladys Hicks:
......... +Albert Russell m: March 03, 1920 in Vancouver, WA
..... *3rd Husband of Mabel Gladys Hicks:
......... +Robert D. Cozart m: December 26, 1942 in Clark Co. WA
..... 2 Jasper Roland Hicks b: September 30, 1897 in Woodland, Cowlitz, WA d: September 09, 1976 in Bend, Deschutes Co. OR
......... +Margaret Angeline Day b: December 19, 1903 in Bemidji, Beltrami Co. MN d: August 17, 1922 in Yacolt, Clark Co. WA m: September 01, 1920 in Yacolt, Clark Co. WA
*3rd Wife of John Wesley Hicks:
. +Littie H. Tullock m: March 06, 1902 in Washington Co. OR, house of Malissa F. Tullock
*4th Wife of John Wesley Hicks:
. +Lula Riker b: Abt. 1891 in Lincoln, NE m: May 01, 1909 in Cowlitz, Co. WA


Kathleen Rizer Wed., Dec. 29, 1999
Frank Malone b. 1868 died 2 June 1936 in Kelso, Cowlitz co, Washington. He married an Effie, who must have been a widow. What was her surname? Effie Malone died 25 Jul 1904 and is buried with Frank in Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens. This couple had four children: David H. b. Jan 1899; Albert Russell b. 1901; Waldo R. b. after 1900; and Jessie Malone b. 1897 who married a ____ Lee and in 1968 was living in Kelso. Would like details on spouses and further details. [Update to Query #74]


Cathy Hutchinson-Larkins Mon., Dec. 20, 1999
Looking for information on Grant HUTCHINSON....born abt Oct 1864 in Illinois somewhere. Married 1 May 1892 in Kelso, Cowlitz Co. to Eliza Bentina Christina Jantzen. They had 3 boys, 1. Arthur Willard 1893 2. Harry Leroy 1894 3. Oliver Sydney 1897 all in Kelso. Grant and Eliza dirvorced (so the story goes) and Eliza was remarried in 1908 to Irvin Uqurhart. I haven't been able to find Grant after the 1900 Cowlitz census. I would like to know what happened to him after the divorce, I can't seem to locate him on the WA state death index. I would like to know if he came to WA with parents and siblings. Where did he die and where is he buried? Did he move back to Illinois after the divorce, remarry and have more children? Are there land records? WHAT HAPPENED TO GRANT HUTCHINSON? I would like to find information on HUTCHINSON BROS LOGGING, my grandfather Arthur Hutchinson worked for this company early 1900's. Are they related? I would be greatful for any help.


Sharon Kline Mon., Sept. 2, 1999 [Updated 1 Sep 2014]
I am interested in sharing information on the following Cowlitz County Surnames: STONE, BENNETT & AMMON. All prior to 1870.


Brad Aumick Mon., Aug. 23, 1999 [Updated 1 Jan 2012]
I'm looking for information on the FIELDS family. Levi & Nancy (CARTER) FIELDS lived in Cowlitz Co. from about 1872 until about 1900. They were married 4 Mar. 1854 Linn Co. OR. Their children:

1. William F. FIELDS, b. abt. 1852 Oregon - a son of Levi's 1st wife.
2. Mary Jane FIELDS, b. abt. 1855 Linn Co. OR - d. 24 Dec. 1894 Mossy Rock, Lewis Co. WA; married 24 Nov. 1872 Kalama, Robert Frank COLE, b. abt. 1840 Delaware Co. MI - d. 1906 probably San Francisco CA.
3. Christopher Columbus FIELDS, b. 4 Dec. 1856 Linn Co. OR - d. 28 June 1928 Stevenson, Skamania Co. WA; buried at the IMAN Cemetery in Stevenson; married Elizabeth (IMAN?).
4. John Lewis FIELDS, b. 20 Aug. 1856 Cascade, Wash. Terr. - d. 26 Apr. 1925 Kalama; buried at the I. O. O. F. Cemetery in Kalama.
5. Ella Nora FIELDS, b. 25 June 1860 Cascade, Wash. Terr. - d. 6 Apr. 1940 Kalama; buried at the I. O. O. F. Cemetery in Kalama; married Lewis WICKS.
6. Joseph Riley FIELDS, b. abt. 1862 Oregon; married Lucinda HARNDEN.
7. Augustus FIELDS, b. abt. 1868 Washington Territory.

There was also a Lorenzo FIELDS, b. abt 1859. I don't know if he was a son of Levi FIELDS or George FIELDS.


Brad Aumick Mon., Aug. 23, 1999 [Updated 1 Jan 2012]
I'm looking for information on the COLE family. Robert Franklin COLE, b. abt. 1840 Delaware Co. Michigan; married 24 Nov. 1872 Kalama, Washington Territory, Mary Jane FIELDS, b. abt. 1855 Oregon. Their children:

1. Chester Levi COLE, b. 30 Mar. 1874 Wash. Terr.; married Molly WOLF.
2. Theodore Augustus COLE, b. May 1875 or Apr. 1877 Coleville, Alpine Co. CA - d. 5 June 1923 Kalama.
3. Nora Ann COLE, b. 24 Feb. 1879 CA; married 1st 25 Sept. 1900 Kalama, George M. CANNON; married 2nd, 2 Mar. 1911 Multnomah Co. OR, John JARVEY/JARVIE.
4. William Frank COLE, b. 8 Jul. 1881 California.
5. Henry Philip COLE, b. 26 Aug. 1882, Kalama - d. 6 Oct. 1974; married 5 Oct. 1907 Kalama, Orel Gertrude STOCK.
6. James Riley COLE, b. abt. 1884 Cascade Locks, Wasco Co. OR - d. 1954 Cowlitz River; married 8 June 1904 Clark Co. WA, Clara M. STEWART.
7. Jonathan Albert COLE, b. 15 Oct. 1886/87 Kalama; married Bessie NORRIS
8. Ray COLE, b. 20 Dec. 1889 Portland - d. 1918 - son of Orrin LINDSEY.

Henry P. & Orel G. (STOCK) COLE had an adopted son named Earl John COLE, b. 1910, who was a Cowlitz Co. and later PUD treasurer for many years. I'd like to hear from anyone who knows about this family.


Chris Carrel Mon., Aug. 23, 1999 (updated 31 Aug 2014)
I'm looking for information about Major Carroll, who moved to Cowlitz County in late 1860s from DeKalb County, MO. I have some information that says that Carrollton, later Carrolls, WA. was named after him or other family members. I learned through this website that the town was named after a William and Catharine Carroll, though neither registers a hit with any of the names I have so far. I'd be grateful for any additional information on William and Catharine and/or on Major.


Julie Hendrix Thur., Aug. 19, 1999 [Updated 30 Aug 2014]
Most of my relatives came from Woodland. My great-great Aunt Dora married a David Wallace. Supposedly their home was made into a historical place. I heard that it's in the city somewhere in Woodland. If this is true, how do I go about getting information and pictures of it....Thanks.


Jan Brustad Thurs., May 20, 1999
McCORKLE/SAVILLE. I will be in the area next month and would like to visit Catlin Cemetery. Would anyone know the location within the cemetery of William Alelxander Lockridge McCorkle and Diana Saville McCorkle (b.ca. 1822, Rockbridge Co., VA)? Is this cemetery open at all times? Any other local sites relating to this family that I could see? Is there an original homestead? My information states that W. McCorkle made his way to the Oregon Territory and took out a donation land claim, naming it Lexington. He supposedly made his first home in the stump of a tree, building a new home in 1868. He served as an official Indian Scout during the Indian Wars and as a Captain in the Oregon Militia. His claim adjoined those of L.P. Smith and Enoch Chapman. If anyone has information that would be helpful and interesting, I would be most appreciative.


Kenneth Gilkey Thurs., April 22, 1999 [Updated 1 Jan 2012]
I am searching for any desc. or family members of HAROLD GILKEY who died Aug. 1986 in Longview, Cowlitz Co., Wash.


Alice Allen Sun., April 18, 1999
Timothy Fletcher Hersey was born in Maine in 1827. He married Eliza Rachel Johnson (1835-1911) in Jo Daviess Co IL in 1852. He was the founder of Abiline KS, surveyed a cattle trail in KS, was an Indian fighter & trader, among other things. He went to Wyoming about 1881, Denver CO about 1893, and came to Castle Rock, Cowlitz Co, WA about 1901. He died here on 11 May 1911. Anyone else working on this line? I have much information on the Johnson family, just a wee bit on the Hersey line. Rachel Johnson Hersey was my gg grandfather's youngest sister. Thank you.


Patricia Thurs., Feb. 4, 1999
I am searching for info on Tom Pearcy who moved from Tx to Wa state sometime before 1951. I have been told that he possibly lived in Cowlitz Co. Wife's name possibly Mamie. I know that this is not much information to go on but any info on children, etc. would be appreciated.


Kathleen Rizer Wed., Jan. 20, 1999
Have tracked this family from Indiana to Calif. to Kansas and now to Cowlitz Co., Washington. Looking for David Malone b. abt 1841 and his wife Missouri E. Springer b. 1842 in Indiana. Their first two children were born there - Joanna Malone in 1867 and Franklin L. Malone in 1868. Their third child, Georgian Helena Malone was born 20 April 1875 in Lincoln Co. Kansas. This family was in Cowlitz co. in 1905. Did they remain there? Looking for death dates, and marriages of the children for a family book. Thank you.


Judy Hopkins Wed., April 22, 1998 [Updated 3 Jan 2012]
Looking for the Wilson BREWER family in Cowlitz Co. as early as 1871. Epheme (Upheme) W. BREWER married BenJamin Franklin HUNTINGTON in 1871 in Cowlitz Co. They lived in the Castle Rock area. Josephine BREWER married Charles W. LITTLE in 1880 and James A. BREWER married Elizabeth J. BEAMIS in 1882. They were the children of John and Permelia (MAPES) BREWER. They were living in Iowa in the 1860 & 1870 census. How and when did this family get to Cowlitz Co.? Any help would be appreciated!


Marilyn Wed., April 22, 1998
Looking for any information and willing to share what I have on any TOMLINSON, JENKINS, BARNET families. May also have been a family connection to the name of David and Lavina HANEY. My family is Henry Richard JENKINS/ Mary Melcina TOMLINSON. Their daugter Stella JENKINS m. Eldon T. BARNET (1905) Cowlitz Co. The JENKINS family lived in Ostrander, Cowlitz Co, Stella born in Castle Rock. Eldon's mother Eva Thomas BARNET m. John L. GLOVER (1894) in Cowlitz Co. Also Emery MITCHELL m. to Estella BARNET Cowlitz Co. Have much more if contacted, especially on ancestors of the TOMLINSON family, BARNET family (in OHIO) and JENKINS family. I have a lot of old family photos in good condition that I would like to identify and share.


"Beadnquilt" Fri., April 10, 1998
I am seeking information about the CHURCHILL and TROSTLE families who lived in the Castle Rock-Toledo-Hoquaim area. Robert CHURCHILL died at Toledo Oct. 27, 1897. His wife, Mary KERCHNER TROSTLE, died Jan 27, 1926. Her obituary says that she is buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Is that at Castle Rock? Mary had two sons, Oliver Perry TROSTLE and William TROSTLE. Robert & Mary had a son Robert Nelson CHURCHILL. Thank you.


Jeannie Rathbone Sun., March 8, 1998
I am seeking information on my great-grandmother Lindsay. KATHERINE J. LINDSAY WILSON, her daughter, was my maternal grandmother. She was married to John William Wilson. She died about 1915. My mother, Pansy Ruth Wilson Walters, grew up in Kelso, WA. I am trying to find out if there is a record of Katherine's death in Cowlitz County. My mother was born in N.DAK, so I am uncertain where it was that Katherine died. ANY help would so much be appreciated!


JD Knudson Fri., March 6, 1998
I am looking for BRUCHERT, Frank William Albert, HARTMAN, Freda b.31 May 1899 d jun 1984; Fred b. 30 july, 1901 d. june 1967; any lead on these people will be greatly appreciated. The Hartmans were known to be in Longview, Wa. and present data i have list that as place of death. Freda married ? SIPPLE


Jim Westcott Wed., Feb. 4, 1998
I am looking for information on Lloyed ELFORD and his Descendants. He was born April 4, 1911 and died Sept. 1980 in Longview, Wa.


Linda Sat., Jan. 24, 1998
HELP.. Looking for any information on Robert L. Vansickle, He lived in Longview WA. 1930-1940. on land owned by Ira Vansickle. Any Census records, city directory, ANY information would be appreciated.


Jean Morrison Sun., Jan. 11, 1998 [Updated 27 Mar 2006]
I am searching for information concerning Charles A. STOVER born 1845 in PA. He appeared in the Cowlitz Co. census of 1900 in Upper Coweeman area. Where is that exactly? Is Charles related to my Grandfather Eugene Gallagher STOVER b. 1859 in PA? He lived in Cowlitz Co. at that time. Eugene married Clarissa Slagle and also died in Cowlitz Co. If anyone has any informtion about either of these families please contact me.


Ginny (Bennett) Sweeny Fri., Dec. 26, 1997
My grandparents, Henry Clay BENNETT and Anzanetta (ZECH) BENNETT retired to Woodland, WA in the early 1920's from their farm on the Lewis River. They died in Woodland in 1934 and 1938 respectively. I have their ancestry for five generations.


Becky Oliver Tues., Nov. 18, 1997
Claude Elwood Oliver
Born: Feb. 1889
Died: July 1948 in Longview, Wash and buried at Castle Rock, Wash
Married: Minnie Vaughn, born 4/13/1894, daughter of Harrison Vaughn and ???


Harlene Tues., Nov. 4, 1997
Interested in all information about Ethel Huntington b. 1893 d. 1925. Which of the Huntington lines did she descend from? She married Leslie Thwing c. 1910 in Rose Valley. They had one dau. Lucille Thwing Rondeau. Interested in learning more about the Thwing's who at one time owned Cottonwood Island. My mother-in-law is the grand-daughter of Leslie and Ethel. Her mother (Lucille) died when she was just a girl and she doesn't know much about the family. I know she will be thrilled with any information. Thanks so much.


Hal Amick Sat., Sept. 13, 1997
I have much information (willing to swap) on the following: Jacob JOHN (1802-1863), born TN, d Cowlitz Co, WA; m Rachel WHITAKER (1803-1892), b Wheeling, VA/WV, d/o Oliver WHITAKER of NJ>OH; Jacob and Rachel and extended family traveled via Oregon Trail in 1852 from Mahaska Co, Iowa to Clark Co, then to Cowlitz Co. Jacob was farmer. I have Rachel's ancestors back to 1600's. Jacob and Rachel had the following children:
1. Mary Jane JOHN (1825-1881); m/1 Hutson MARTIN Jr. (1815-1852 d on Oregon Trail); m/2 Silas D. MAXON (1814-1888)
2. Louisa Ann JOHN (1826-1911); m/1 (div) John SPRINGER (1821-1905); m/2 (div) Capt. Alphonse Amos Burgess INGRAM (1834-1880); m/3 John Shaw BOZORTH (1824-1882)
3. Elizabeth JOHN (1828-1913); m/1 Allen GILSON (1817-1870); m/2 Owen Willis BOZORTH (1820-1875); m/3 William BOLEN (1824-?)
4. Sarah A. JOHN (1830-1848 in IA); m William C. BEDWELL (1827-?)
5. Oliver Whitaker JOHN (1832-1850)
6. Jacob Roberds JOHN (1834-1857)
7. Polly Ann JOHN (1837-1837)
8. Rhoda Ruth JOHN (1839-1901); m/1 (div) John Harrison VAN BEBBER (1834-?); m/2 Christopher Columbus BOZORTH (1832-1912)
9. Cynthia Ann JOHN (1841-1934); m Squire John BOZORTH Jr. (1836-1905)
10. Summerel Ambrose JOHN Sr. (1843-1919); m Olive Irene GOODWIN (1849- 1918)
11. Christine Rachel JOHN (1845-1880); m William Thomas Lehi LEGG (1835- 1913)


Linda Smith Fri., Sept. 12, 1997
Info. on the JACOB TIPPERY family of Silver Lake, Wa. d. 1872 in Silver Lake Cemetery (oldest tombstone in cemetery).


Rebecca Oliver Sat., July 26, 1997
I am interested in finding information about: Bennetta "Nettie" May Albritton, she married Sidney C. Pier.
(Sidney's history)...was born in Irvington, Kossuth County, Iowa on November 18, 1874, and died January 2, 1932. His mother, Emma (Peer) Pier died the day he was born. Within the next year-and-a-half his father remarried, and in the mid-1880s the family moved Chehalis, Lewis County, Washington where his father, Sideny J. Pier homesteaded at Boisfort Mountain. Sidney C. married Bennetta "Nettie"May Albritton. Children:
4.5.2.1.1.6.4.1 Emma Cleora 5/23/1900
4.5.2.1.1.6.4.2 Emmett Calvin 5/31/1902 lived in Cowlitz Co.
4.5.2.1.1.6.4.3 Laverne Sidney 9/12/1907
4.5.2.1.1.6.4.4 Gertrude Vivian 11/3/1912
4.5.2.1.1.6.4.5 Mildred Josephine 1/25/1917
4.5.2.1.1.6.4.6 Beatrice Frances 3/22/1924 Cowlitz Co.?


Gina Wilcoxson Thurs., June 19, 1997
Looking for birth records for Cowlitz tribe and looking for Stephen Wilcoxson's mother's maiden name.


Arnold Levine Fri., Apr. 18, 1997
Looking for info on BURDICK family appearing on the 1900 census. William, born in Ohio in 1853, m Mary, bornin California? in 1863. Children Arthur, born 1885, Dora, born in 1887, Bert, born in 1890 and Carrie, born in 1893.


Virginia L. Basford Fri., Apr. 18, 1997
Searching in Longview, Cowlitz Co., Washington -- for Arthur Lawson Wells and wife, Mabel (Reiker ??) moved to Longview from Hiawatha, Ks. circa 1940. He remarried - do not know her name. He died May 7, 1968 in Longview and is buried in Longview Cemetery. I understand a continuing memorial fund was set up thru his church after his death. Do not believe there were children. Arthur Lawson Wells was probably born in Parrott, Colorado. Any help or information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Ron Sykes Thu., Apr. 10, 1997
UMBAUGH-looking for information and descendants of George H. UMBAUGH who was married to a Janette P. HALL. They lived in the Kelso, Cowlitz Co., are during the 1920's. Two children known. It's believed that Janette died in 1920 and it is possible that George remarried. Any help appreicated.


Judith Abbott Thu., Apr. 3, 1997 [Updated 30 Aug 2014]
Louis (?) DuBeau first postmaster of Washington Territory believe he married Isabelle? My grandmother was their last child, Leontenna Agnes.