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Surname

McCracken

Key Locations: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania

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Cemeteries (All):Bazaar, Farlington, Fort Scott National, Hiattville, Mattfield Green, Memory Gardens, Morris

  Lemuel McCracken is the earliest identified McCracken in our family line.  He was born in 1831 in either Pennsylvania or Ohio.  Around 1850, Lemuel moved to Iowa.  In 1854, he is living alone in Lee County, Iowa.  Later that year he married Sarah Dufer.  They had one son Delarma Lawrence (spelling varies from record to record) in 1858.  Some records refer to him as Del, but most records during his adult years refer to him Lawrence.

 

Although no record has been found, it is assumed that Sarah died in 1858 as Lemuel remarried to Louisiana Badgley (our ancestor) in January, 1859.  Badgley was Louisiana’s name from her first marriage. She had married James Badgley in Ohio and they had two children Mary Ann and Louis. We had always heard from family that  Louisiana’s maiden name was Johnson; however, records show several different, but similar maiden names and it appears that her last name was actually Matteer.  Why the name Johnson was passed down through the family remains a mystery.

 

In 1860, Lemuel, Louisiana, her children, his son, and their oldest child are living in Lee County, Iowa. By 1870,  Lemuel and Louisiana had four children together.  At this point, Louisiana's daughter Mary Ann was married to John Macklin and was living in Quincy, Illinois, Lemuel's son Delarma was working on another family’s farm although he was only 12, and Louisiana's son Louis does not appear in the records.  It is assumed that he must have died; however, no confirming record has been found.

 

In 1873, Lemuel, Louisiana, and the children that they had together [Lemuel Franklin (m. Annie Brockmeyer), William Thomas (m. Louretta Johnston, Mollie Jaynes), Andrew Johnson (m. Rosa Ellis), Ida Belle (m. John Lane/Lame), and Joseph (Henry) (m. Laura Geer)  moved to Crawford County, Kansas, leaving Delarma, who was only 15, behind in Iowa.  Their last child, Francis E., who married Charles Munroe) was born in Kansas in 1874. Note: Francis' name was changed to Minnie Almeda sometime after 1880.

 

Louisiana's brother Charles was already living in Kansas when Lemuel and Louisiana arrived.  He had first moved to Allen County before moving to Howard County in and area that is now Chautauqua County, where Lemuel later lived.  It is unclear where he was in 1873 as he was in Howard County in 1872 and in Scott Township in Bourbon County in 1875.  It is assumed that he was still in Howard County when they arrived in Kansas as it was told that they spent their first night in Kansas with the Gallia family  just south of the Bourbon-Crawford County Line near Cato.

 

Sometime after 1875, Louisiana was ailing and the family headed back to where family lived.  It is unclear whether they made it to their destination or whether they had to stop due to Louisiana’s deteriorating health.  In 1879, Louisiana died in Bates County, Missouri.

 

After Louisiana died, Lemuel stayed in Bates County.  In 1880, he is living there with his four youngest children.  It is unclear where Lemuel Franklin and William Thomas were at this time as they have not been found in the 1880 census records.

 

The next spring, Lemuel married Melissa (Evaline) Donley Rhodes.  Evaline had  two prior marriages and children from a prior marriage; however, it is unclear which ones lived with Lemuel and Evaline.  It is also unclear how long Lemuel's children lived with them. However,  it is known that   Henry went to live with the Dudley family and moved with them to Butler County, Kansas. It also seems that Minnie may have went to live elsewhere, possibly with her half-sister Mary, who was old enough to be her mother.  Lemuel and Evaline had no children together.

 

Lemuel and Evaline later moved to Chataqua County, Kansas.  When Lemuel was having issues late in his life, he stayed briefly with his son Andrew before being  hospitalized.  Around this time, Evaline  moved to Texas to live with her son.  The family is not known to have been  in contact with Evaline's family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                          Lemuel & Evaline

                                            McCracken

Matteer Family History

 Matthias Matteer, whose name is sometimes written as Mathias or Matthew, was born in 1806 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. His parents are unknown except that census records indicate his father was from France and his mother was from Canada. Based on other families in the Dauphin County areas, his father's family may have been from an area along the French/German border. The family may have used one of several spellings of the last name, including Matter, Matteer, Mateer, and Mater as they were all prevalent in that area. His sons used Mateer although Matthias is more often found with the Matteer spelling.

 

In 1828, Matthias married Mary Rodgers.  In 1829, they moved to Washington County, Ohio  where they became the parents of 10 children: Louisiana, Lucetta (married Peter Vandarsol and Mr. Andrews), Margaretta (married James Snodderly), Hannah (married Thomas McIntosh), William, Francis (married Cordelia Ann Gorgas), Lavina, Charles (married Sarah Ann Potts), Mary, and Sarah (married Henry Phillips, Thomas Moore).

 

INFO: Sons William and Francis fought in the Civil War.  William was KIA at Independence, Missouri.

 

After Mary died, Matthias married Ann Elizabeth (Soloman) Westfall.  In 1851, Matthias, Ann Elizabeth and many of their children from their prior marriages moved to Lee County, Iowa, where he lived out the remaining years of his life.  Matthias died in 1889.

 

Louisiana Matteer was born in Washington County, Ohio in 1830.  In 1846 she married James Badgley in Watertown, Washington, Ohio.  They had two children: Mary Ann and Louis.

 

It is unknown what happened to her marriage to James. It is possible James died either in Ohio or in the move west.  However, a James Badgley married in 1861 in Washington County, Ohio. It seems possible that this is the same James that she married. If so, they must have parted ways.  In any case, Louisiana and her children came to be in Lee County, Iowa by 1859 when she married Lemuel McCracken.  Louisiana died in Bates County, Missouri in 1879.

 

See Lemuel McCracken for more details.

Rodgers Family History

Mary Rodgers was born in Perry County, Pennsylvania in 1812 to unknown parents. In 1828, she married Matthias Matteer and they moved to Washington County, Ohio where she gave birth to 10 children.  She died approximately 1850 with  records indicating both 1849 and 1850 .  See Matthias Matteer for more information.

 

   McCracken

Johnson-Matteer

Andrew McCracken

Andrew Johnson “Andy” McCracken, from whom we descend, was born in 1866 in Lee Co, Iowa.   In 1870, the census record shows him as age 4, although if the known birth date is correct, he would have only been 3.  In either case, it shows him attending school so he must have gotten some education at a very young age.

 

Andrew moved with the family to Crawford Co., Kansas in 1873 and later to Bates Co., Missouri.  Sometime after 1880, he returned to Crawford Co, Kansas.

 

 In 1892, he married Rosa Isabel “Rose” Ellis, daughter of Joseph and Cynthia Ann Nicholson Ellis.  They made their life together in the Farlington area, where they raised six sons and three daughters: Joseph Andrew (m. Nellie McCracken), Ray Eugene (m. Ruth Colegrove), Cynthia Alice (m. Vernie Salyer), Oella Louisiana (m. Chet Peterson), Lemuel Lewis (m. Fern Lozier), Alameda (Belle) (m. Roy Draper, Thomas Edward "Ed" "Bob" Johnson, Warren Zimmerman), Elmer Thomas (m. Ethel Matlock), Ernest Franklin (m. Myrtle Owen), and Dewey Cortis “Doc”.

 

Andrew and Rosa  lived for a time one mile south of the Crawford County line and one mile east of highway 7.  It can be reached by going from the Joe & Nellie McCracken home east to the first intersection.  Then go south 2 miles.  There is an intersection that goes only east.  The house sat on the southeast corner of the intersection.  Just around the bend ½ mile south is the Pleasant Ridge School, which was also known as the Johnson School.

 

Andrew and Rosa also have lived west on the Farlington Lake Road on the southwest side where a grove of trees stand. He farmed and raised cattle for a living while living at these locations.  Three years before he died, he moved into Farlington, where he ran a business containing a store and a short-order restaurant.

 

See the Ellis page for details on Rosa's ancestry.

 Joseph Andrew McCrackenJoseph Andrew McCracken, was the second oldest of Andrew and Rosa's children and the son from which we descend.  In 1914, he united in marriage with Nellie Peelle, daughter of William J. and Matilda Jury Peelle.  Over the next few years, they lived at various farms along the Bourbon-Crawford County line finally settling at the farm that Nellie's parents and grandparents had purchased when Nellie was growing up.

 

Nellie gave birth to eleven children:  O'Ella  Louise (m. Everett Ross), Ester Lucille (m. Weldon Fisher), Dewey Stanton (m. Jacqueline Corfman Mills), William (Howard), Beth Arlene, Ruby Faye (m. Glen Niemeir), Nellie (Dee) (m. Les Burnam), Ruthe Joan (m. Jerry McCarty), Joseph Edward "Ed" (m. Elma Pellett), Kenneth Donald "Don" (m. Janice Houghton), and Carol Lee "Kay" (m. Donald Davis).

 

In 1947, Joe and Nellie moved about a mile west to a farm that they had purchased a few years earlier.  Then with Joe ailing, they moved into town in the late 1950's.  Joe died in 1960 and Nellie remained in town until late in life when she returned to the home where she had raised her children to live with her oldest son and his wife.

 

Andrew and Rosa McCracken's Children

 

Joe and Nellie McCracken Family

Ruthe McCarty, Ruby Neimier, Carol Davis, Don McCracken, Ester Fisher,

Ed McCracken, Dee McCracken, Dewey McCracken, O'Ella Ross

 

McCracken Photo Album

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