I've been trying without much success to find the parents of Lafayette Menser. He was born 29-March-1862 in Hopkins Co. KY.His first wife was Emma L. King(?) who died in 1898 they had six children all born in KY. He married Octavia Troutman (nee Young)13-April 1898 in Paducah,KY and had six children together, she had six also from her previous marriage to Mr. Troutman.Our grandmother, Opal Deane Menser was the youngest of the 18.They moved to Arkansas at least by 1904 and Oklahoma by 1908.He died in Konawa OK 9-December 1963 and is buried in Tecumseh Cem. I was given the name of James R. Menser as his father.A James R. was born 1832 and had a *brother* listed as Thomas Lafayette who was 4 in the 1850 and I'm wondering if James R. named a son Lafayette to continue the name.
Anything anyone has in connection would be greatly appreciated!