As genealogists and family historians we rejoice in finding “lost” relatives. Locating, identifying and uniting ancestral families bring that same joy.
Using many of the resources of the Genealogy Center here at the W.O. Haggard, Jr. library and the online resources in our databases, I was able to locate a “lost” family, identify a veteran of the Spanish American War and complete a family unit not previously known to our branch of the family.
I found a book laying on the return cart in the Genealogy Center – Abandoned and Semi-Active Cemeteries in Kansas, Volume 1. Knowing that I had some distant family that had some connection to Kansas I searched the index. On page 189 I found a George W. Fugate, his wife Sarah and children – Theodora, Rosa Bell, William, Joseph and Josephine all buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. I went “digging” to see if I could find more information on this family.
In the 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920 Federal Census I discovered four more children – George W. Fugate, Jr., Frederick M. Fugate, Benjamin M. Fugate, and James H. Fugate. All but Benjamin married and I was able to find the grandchildren of George W. and Sarah.
I searched for any additional family information at http://www.findagrave.com in Labette County, Kansas where they lived. I found a headstone for Benjamin M. Fugate, soldier of the Spanish American War. No dates of service or birth or death are visible. I went to the link http://www.fold3.com found in the Database section of http://www.planolibrary.org. In http://www.fold3.com I found the index card of Benjamin M. Fugate, Private, Spanish American War, from Labette County, Kansas. In checking the 1900 Federal Census, I found that both Benjamin M. Fugate and James H. Fugate were now residing with their brother George W. Fugate, Jr.
At http://www.ancestry.com I found the marriage of George W. Fugate to Sarah Cook. From the family lists in the 1870 and 1880 Federal Census records (found in http://www.heritagequest.com in the TEXSHARE databases of the Plano Library system) I was able to determine Sarah gave birth to 9 children prior to her death in 1889. I also found a marriage of George W. Fugate to Mrs. Annie Parker in Atoka, Oklahoma in 1894. (www.ancestry.com library edition is free when used in the Plano libraries through the Database link.)
The 1900 Federal Census showed that both George W. and George W. Fugate, Jr. had households in Labette county, Kansas. George W. Fugate was married to Annie with a step daughter – Bertha E. Parker.
When I located Annie Fugate’s headstone in Labette County, Kansas it was right next to a stone for Pearl W. Fugate daughter of G.W and Annie.
My curiosity of opening a book at the Genealogy Center has allowed me to not only find a “lost” family, but complete that family down two generations.
Come in and use the Genealogy Center materials. See if you can also find some “lost” ancestors. Feel free to ask assistance of any of our staff.