We are researching the following family names: Kitchen (from Nebraska), Hess (Nebraska), McKenzie (Oklahoma), Ramsey (Oklahoma), Gambill (Oklahoma), and Boltjes (Nebraska).
I am looking for information about my grandmother's family. Her name was Lillie Mae Morgan Kitchen. She was the daughter of Thomas K. Morgan and his wife, Mary J. Morgan. She was born October 22, 1875 in Seward County, Nebraska. Her parents were an established farming family of the great plains. A family legend is that Thomas Morgan rode with Buffalo Bill in his early scouting and buffalo hunting days. We know that Thomas was the son of Daniel Morgan and born about 1828.
The U.S. Census report of 1870 recorded the following information:
Thomas K. Morgan
Seward County, Nebraska
42 years of age
Born in Canada
Farmer by trade
Name Age M/F Place of Birth
(Wife) Mary J. 36 F Indiana
Ceicla A. 16 F Nebraska
Sarah L. 14 F Nebraska
Walter D. 12 M Nebraska (1882 married Rebecca Perkins)
Ellen M. 9 F Nebraska (Married Lew Perkins)
Charles L. 7 M Nebraska
Elijah 2 M Nebraska
Other sibblings were:
Jennie Morgan - married to Mr. Ellis
Cora Morgan, born June 14, 1869; died September 8, 1946,
married Frank Griffith about 1887.
Family folklore leaves a story that Lillie Mae left home on her own at the age of twelve. She somehow found her way to Farnam, Nebraska. She later became a professional cook associated with the Stebbins Hotel. In 1898, at the age of 23, Lillie married John Clinton Kitchen. They spent the greater part of their adult life in Farnam, Nebraska.
Please contact me by e-mail if any of these names look familiar to you.
E-mail address is SMcKenzi@aol.com.