Re: what happened to them?
Found your tree information online:
Sarah Jane Kimball, born Nov 1874 to Charles F. Kimball, born 21 Mar 1840 in Maine, wife R. Elisabeth Tate, born 1851 in Oregon.Charles died 22 April 1910 in Canyon City, OR.Married 4 April 1874 in Grant Co. Oregon.Married Mary Redfored in Dec 1887.Charles was parent of:
Ira W, 1876
John Caldwell Kimball, Sep 1878
Ira George (Ellis) 1880
Annie E, 1883
Nettie Dec 1884
Ethel, May 1890
Emmett, July 1891
---The 1880 Census shows them as "Kimberlin", Chas, age 40, born in Maine.
---The 1900 Census for Canyon City, Grant Co, Oregon, shows Charles Kimbal (one "l", could be a census enumerator mistake in spelling), born Mary 1840 in England.It shows Ellis born April 1886.
> I have come across a picture of Jack and Annie, with two small children (approx 5 and 2 yrs old). The back of the picture states it was taken in Washougal, Washington just before the family disappeared.
The back of the photo says it is Jack and Annie?The two small children, "IF" they were theirs, that means they lived past the 1900 Census, since they married 23 May 1898.(I find more records for "Ladrow" than "Ladro").Since Annie had so many identified siblings, could the children belong to one of them?Why Washougal?
> An "older" family member tells the story of them disappearing from their home on the river. That Annie's dad went there, and the home was intact. All clothing there, food on the table. Just no Annie and Jack or kids.
This is a great clue.ALTHOUGH, family lore is often wrong over the years.But, something that needs to be reviewed.The "home on the river", what river?Washougal is in Clark County, WA, and next to the Columbia river.If this is where they lived, then the search should include Clark County."IF" it was they that disappeared, then this would have been a "news story".People don't disappear in such a manner without news written.Also, if they did have children, where were they born?No use in speculating on how/why a disappearance, there are certainly MANY reasons.If there was such a disappearance, was there any news clippings found with the old photo's?
> An "older" family member... Gee, how old?If they disappeared before/around 1900, they would have to be grand nieces or nephews.Again, family lore such as this may or may not be accurate.I've heard family lore where the family were ADAMANT someone lived somewhere... I found them somewhere else.
Local researchers in Clark County and also in Oregon could check local city directories to first find if they were living in that area.