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Nikki's Grandcestors

Updated April 12, 2002

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I began researching after a fire destroyed our home and I lost all photos and memorabilia...that I intended to "do something with someday." Included in that was a diary kept by my greatgrandfather Frank Ellsworth RICHWINE, a drummer [salesman] who visited the town of Greensburg, Kansas and made a notation that he had gone to church to meet the refined young ladies of the town. He had walked home with a girl named Frankie [Clara Frances BABCOCK. I now have copies of the newspaper article announcing their marriage..and I have photos of Frank and his father Allen and his father Gideon RICHWINE [who was born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1809] and all their wives.. Some of the photos were taken by the REEVES studios in Madison County, Indiana. What makes that intriguing is that Cicero REEVES was a descendant of another branch of my ancestors entirely: Barnett and Susan STILLIN REED who were the first marriage listed in Shelby County, KY in 1792..and the widowed Susannah's will named all her children, residences and spouses. This is posted on the Brown County, OHIO genweb site. Two of the REED girls married REEVES brothers who went from Brown County, OH to Indiana. Two other REED girls were my ancestors. Mary "Polly" REED married John EDMISTEN/EDMONSON and had Samuel Q. EDMONSON. Lydia REED married Joseph LUNBECK and had Susannah LUNBECK. Samuel and Susannah married and had Edward Montgomery Edmonson who met a girl, Nancy PYLE, daughter of Smith PYLE and Catherine SERROT, across the river in Bracken County, KY and they were parents to my grandfather, Thomas EDMONSON. He married Helen Emilia RICHWINE who was the daughter of Frank and Frankie BABCOCK RICHWINE and so that branch came full circle. Other names researched are the PYLE, SERROT, ENSOR, CASE, RADER, MONTGOMERY, CROCKER, READER, GOODWIN and each clue solved gives me two more puzzles.

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