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Sherry Kline (#47017743)
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Bio Photo I'm a fourth Generation Kansan and grew up on a wheat and dairy farm across the road from the farm that my great-grandfather homesteaded in the 1870′s. My grandfather and grandmother owned the farm I grew up on before my mom and dad bought it. That gives me roots in this Kansas soil.

I love writing, genealogy, family, family history, and history. Especially the Civil War era and the Wild West and Cattle Drive Years. (I grew up near the Chisholm Trail!) I also love blogging, digital scrapbooking, and ‘regular' scrapbooking.

I'm one of six founding member of what was the Sumner County Genealogical Society and am the current Vice President in charge of programs for the combined Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society.

I've been writing since I was seven years old, or longer. And when I say that I'm thinking "oh, my gosh, that's how old my oldest granddaughter is!"

I'm also a member of the Kansas Professional Communicators group and the National Federation of Press Women, and I've been lucky enough to win both state and national awards for writing.

I was a free-Lance writer and Wichita Eagle "Family Tree" columnist for 10+ years, and have been a small-town Mayfield News columnist for 10 years.

I enjoy writing in my family history blog at, and digital scrapbooking at
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John Alexander Speer
My ancestor James Milton Speer (1826) is a brother to John Alexander Speer (1814).

Both brothers, John and James, married Speed sisters who were the daughters of Michael (Mikel) and Leah Eleanor Dodd Speed.

Sarah Eleanor Speed married John Alexander Speer,
Mary America Speed married James Milton Speer.

You should be able to trace John Alexander Speer's line on Find a Grave:
William Speer Sr (1745) & Eleanor Little
William Speer Jr (1788) & Mary Sue Gill
John Alexander Speer (1814) Sarah Eleanor Speed

Find a Grave contributors have been most helpful to me, and I would like to share Speer/Speed iformation with you.

Added by Rosemarie on Apr 05, 2015 7:09 PM
Barry Speer
RE: Speer
Hi Sherry,

I don't know very much about John Alexander's line, but I'll do my best to answer any questions you may have.

Added by Barry Speer on Mar 03, 2015 6:21 PM
RE: Absolom & Isabella Rose
You're welcome!
Added by MrsB on Feb 24, 2015 9:11 PM
RE: Absolom & Isabella Rose
You are welcome. Incidentally, if you make the photograph larger, you will see 3 chain links for him and 3-links+ R for her. These are for the International Order of Odd Fellows and the women's auxiliary, the Rebeccas. There were many secret fraternal societies around in those days--they were members.
Added by MrsB on Feb 24, 2015 7:46 PM
RE: Blair photos
You're welcome! In this case, the tombstone (it was a double) is under a tree, so you may or may not be able to see it on the map. It will be probably a few hours until I get the photos entered in to FindaGrave.
Added by MrsB on Feb 24, 2015 2:42 PM
Blair photos
Hello, Sherry,
We are planning to go out to find the tombstones for the Roses. If we do, we will send the GPS to the memorial manager--she is very good about accepting Edits like that--and when she posts the GPS, if you click on it, wait until Google Maps loads, click the photo box, you will see a photographic image of the cemetery. Then you can zoom in to see the tiny tombstones, and even "move" around the cemetery to see roughly where in the cemetery these graves are located.
Added by MrsB on Feb 24, 2015 12:09 PM
Hello, Sherry,
Added by MrsB on Feb 24, 2015 12:06 PM
Sadie E Richardson Williams Allen
Whitley Family
Please let me know what you find out...our problem in Itasca is that each time a cemetery recorder passes away, no one can find their records. There was even one gentleman who kept everything in his head back in the 40's and 50's. One of those 80-somethings is our present recorder, but he only has about 35-40 years records.
I do love a mystery so please keep me informed.
Added by Sadie E Richardson Willia... on Oct 27, 2014 5:43 PM
Sadie E Richardson Williams Allen
RE: Sampson Whitley: #116941443
Sherry, there is a Hill County Genealogy Society in Hillsboro Texas. The Hill County Courthouse would possibly have birth/death certificates. The Hillsboro Reporter is the county newspaper.
The Itasca Item, our local paper) went out of business in the 70's and I know of no way to get back copies unless the genealogy society has copies.

I can't find anyone here who remembers the Whitley family. We have 3 80-somethings and they all draw a blank.

Wow...this truly is a mystery. Please keep me posted.

Added by Sadie E Richardson Willia... on Jun 12, 2014 7:39 PM
Sadie E Richardson Williams Allen
Sampson Whitley: #116941443
Thank you for all that you do to preserve our heritage and history.

I claimed your request for a photo of Mr Whitley's gravesite but couldn't find it anywhere in the Luke Tipton Cemetery.
Could you possibly give me more information about him so that I could speak with either relatives or someone who knew him?
This is a mystery and I love to solve mysteries. :)
Added by Sadie E Richardson Willia... on Jun 12, 2014 12:11 PM
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