John B. Friend is my gg-grandfather by his second wife, Mahala or Mahaly Morgan, whom he married in Hocking Co. Ohio after his first wife died.If there was a third wife in Illinois, nobody in my family knew, because Mahaly told my aunt that John and she were never divorced.John was a traveling herb medicine salesman who traveled a lot, I guess, and one time he just didn’t come back!I just found the information on John B. Friend in my aunt’s genealogy material a couple of days ago, including what I’m fairly sure is a picture of John and Mahaly.I’ll have to look through through the information more thoroughly to see what all I have.I believe she had a little information on the Beards too.She did her research back in the 60’s and 70’s.
Mahaly came to Kansas with her daughter, Diane Elizabeth Friend, as well as the two younger children from John’s first marriage, which I believe she raised.The youngest one, Reason “Reece”, lived in Girard, Kansas for quite a long time – I don’t know if he died there, although I suspect the information is somewhere in my aunt's notes.
I just found the information on John B. Friend in my aunt’s genealogy material a couple of days ago, including what is a picture of John and Mahaly, I believe.I’ll have to look through it more thoroughly to see what all I have.I believe she had a little information on the Beards too. I’d like to trade information with both of you. My Genforum email address is current and you can use it to email me directly.