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|Melanie Wood||RE: Ida Cunningham Connelly|
You are welcome...enjoyed getting out and doing that. I also have a photo of Thomas Connelly's grave. Do you already have that?
|Joan Viney||Mary Alice Gray Barnes|
You will have to contact the person who entered the memorial for Mary Alice in order for her to be linked to her parents. Only parents and spouse can be linked to a specific memorial.
|SLGMSD||RE: Edwards, Joseph|
The birthplace of Joseph's son, Eugene, is listed as Kansas on the 1880 census. If you look at the 1870 census for Joseph you will see that the hotel was a big operation.
There are 15 people on staff, including Joseph. There are cooks, waiters, porters. There is even a pastry cook! Since you live in Kansas there are some excellent on line resources. You might try contacting your local historical or genealogical society.
I suggest looking at the history of Junction City - when did the railroad go through. Looking at the occupations of those staying in the hotel there is a locomotive engineer, several clerks for the railroad, several laborers/workers on the railroad, a foreman for the railroad, a railway agent, a telegraph operator as well as the obligatory gambler.
After the Civil War many men with and without their families moved westward. Do some reading about what happened after the Civil War for context.
City directories for Junction City would be a good resource for you. The historical society in Junction City may have information on hotels from that time era.
Take a look at this link for letters from 1869-1870:
If you look at the blog I sent you that mentions your Edwards family you will find that the blogger wrote the following:
Samuel Murray Edwards left Washington, D.C. after 1863/64 and returned to Virginia, probably Richmond. These were troubled times. The outbreak of the Civil War caused many people to leave Washington, D.C. and move to the South. Families became divided. John and Susan Edwards moved to Dorchester County, MD; while Susan's mother, Mary Elizabeth MacPherson, appears to have moved to VA, then to Baltimore, MD.
Added by SLGMSD on Nov 11, 2012 12:37 PM