52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #10 – Bachelor Uncle

Bachelor Uncle in my mother and grandmother’s family is Jessie Eugene Squires. Born in 1877 in Porter, Rock County, Wisconsin and died in Colorado Springs, Colorado 1960.

Jesse Eugene Squires 1877-1960

Jessie was the fifth of six children born to Edwin R. Squires and Mary Salina Kenyon. The family left Wisconsin and settled in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1888. Jessie was about 11 years old.

The 1900 census shows Jessie, age 22, living at 529 E. Costilla in Colorado Springs and his occupation is a barber. By 1910 the census shows Jessie, age 32, as a farmer in Elbert, Colorado. In 1920 at age 41, he is an Engineer (steam engine) for the Colorado and Southern Railroad which in 1908 became the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, later to become the Burlington Northern Railroad. Both of Jessie’s brothers, Harvey and Clarence also worked for the Colorado and Southern for a time, and they all lived in Cripple Creek for a while.

On the left is Harvey Squires brother of Jesse Squires.

The 1930 census shows Jesse as a watchman for the railroad and he is 52 years old. His address on this census is shown in the Falcon Precinct of El Paso County, Colorado. 1935 and 1940 census records place Harvey, age 69; Clarence age 65, both widowers, and Jessie age 62 living together in a house in Elbert, Colorado.

Harvey Squires, Clarence Squires and Jesse Squires

Jesse Eugene Squires

I remember Jesse visited our home many times and he was a close friend to my great grandfather and his brother-in-law Sid Foreman. Jesse and Sid always wore suites. And they were always good for a walk up to Brownie’s for penny candy.

Jesse Squires, Sid Foreman and baby Irene Foreman

1925 – Jesse with baby Grace Evelyn Hancock, my mother, in his 1925 Ford Model T.

Jesse Eugene Squires died in Colorado Springs in 1960 and is buried in the family plot at the Elbert Cemetery in Elbert, Elbert County, Colorado. Research at the Denver library indicates Jesse Squires purchased the family plot.


52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2018 #48 – Next To Last

How many times can I use “next to last” in this story.

Grace Irene Squires Foreman was my great grandmother. She was the youngest of six children. She had two sisters Frances Charlotte Squires Allen and Mary Ivadine Squires, who never married, and three brothers , Harvey Squires, Clarence Squires and Jesse Squires who was the next to last child of Edwin and Mary Salina Kenyon Squires.

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Grace Irene Squires Foreman

Clarence, Harvy & Jesse Squires 1947

Brothers Harvey Squires, Clarence Squires and Jesse Squires

Jesse, the “next to last” child never married. Harvey and Clarence were widowers and the three brothers lived together in a house in Colorado Springs. I remember visiting them, we would sit out on the porch and drink lemonade and eat sugar cookies. They made the best sugar cookies.

Depending on what data base is used there are two different records for Grace Foreman’s death. Her grave headstone says 1932 but the Colorado state issued death certificate says 1933.

Robert Sidney Foreman

I remember my grandmother telling me that she was unable to attend her mothers funeral because she had just had a baby the week before. The baby was her “next to last” child Shirley Ruth Hancock Hedenskog, born March 6, 1933.

Then a couple of weeks ago, my cousin Kenneth who is the “next to last” child of Robert and Charlotte Hancock Lucero sent a picture to me and asked if I had any idea what the name badge in this picture represented.

FOREMAN, Grace Irene, Rebakah Badge 1932

Well, it just so happens that the obituary for Grace Irene Foreman from the Elbert newspaper indicated that Grace was a member of the Rebekah’s and when Grace died a special service prior to the church service was held to honor Grace Foreman as a contributing and active member of the Rebekah organization.

This badge was for the  October 17 – 19, 1932 Grand Lodge, Rebekah Assembly, Grand Encampment in Loveland, Colorado. So this is additional proof she did not die in March of 1932, but rather March of 1933.

Cause of death was from a paralytic ilieus or abdominal blockage as a result of surgery for fibroid tumors in her uterus. She was hospitalized from February 21 to March 12 at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, where she died.


George Soule Seventh Generation – Adelia C. West Kenyon

Continuing with the Seventh Generation from Pilgrim George Soule is Adelia C. West Kenyon.  Adelia was born 23 Jan 1814 in Grafton, Rensselaer County, New York, the first child of Joseph West and Mary Ann Brock. Adelia married Thomas Armsbury Kenyon who was born 13 April 1813 in Petersburg, Rensselaer County, New York. Thomas Kenyon was the son of Potter Kenyon and Martha Armsbury.

Thomas and Adelia Kenyon moved to Albion, Dane County, Wisconsin about 1850. Thomas died 01 December 1859 in Albion, Dane County, Wisconsin.


Children of Thomas Kenyon and Adelia C. West Kenyon:

1.  Mary Salina Kenyon b. 07 February 1840 in Petersburg, Renesselaer County, New York

2. Joseph P. Kenyon born 1846, Petersburg, Renesselaer County, New York.

Adelia C. West Kenyon died 19 April 1894 at her home in Albion, Wisconsin.


The Sabath Recorder Vol 50 No. 17, p 272, 1894:

At her home in Albion, Wisconsin, April 19, 1894 Mrs. Adelia C. Kenyon. Sister Kenyon was the daughter of Joseph and Mary West, she was born at Grafton, NY, Jan. 1814. In early life moved with her parents to Verona. She received her education in DeRuyter. Was for several years a member of Edd. Alexander Campbell’s family. During this time she was converted and united with the Pawcatuk Church.

She moved with her family to Wisconsin, probably in the year 1850. On October 9, 1859, she and her husband were received into membership with the Albion Church. Sister Kenyon has been a widow since 1859. Her interest in the church and its work was continuous to the last. She died at her home, April 9, 1894. A quiet burial was had from the home, April11, with no sermon, by request of the departed.


  1. Title: FamilySearch, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Url: https://www.familysearch.org/
  2. Title: Evergreen Cemetery, Albion, Wisconsin
    Author: Bernie Farmer
    Publication: Rock County Genealogical Society, Inc., 1988
    Page: 6
  3. Title: Find A Grave, Url: http://www.findagrave.com
    Page: 81225608




George Soule Sixth Generation – Joseph West

The Mayflower Society publications – Mayflower Families Through Five Generations pretty much stops at the fifth generation for George Soule. There are members of Soule Kindred working on additions to the ‘Fifth Generation’ and have three volumes in the ‘Sixth Generation working project’ however they haven’t worked their way to the children of Benjamin West and Elizabeth Smith yet.

Based on the research I have done using many different resources including “They came to Milton” on Rootsweb by Jon Saunders who has transcribed the records of the Seventh Day Baptist Church , I will continue the generations.

Joseph West – born 26 June 1790, 1793 or 1794 (depending which resource you use) in Grafton, Rensselaer County, New York. Joseph died 11 March 1832 in Verona, Oneida County, New York. The grave marker is inscribed 41 yr 8 mo 15 d. so I need to work on the dates to find the correct birth and death.


Joseph West married Mary Ann Brock ca. 1812 in Grafton, Rensselaer County, New York. Mary Ann Brock was born 21 April 1789 in Verona, Oneida County, New York and she died 20 Feb 1865 in Verona, Oneida County, New York.


Another reference to Joseph West is made by his son Joseph West in a family sketches project shown below:

Oneida County, New York Biographies
Wager, Daniel. Our County and Its People, Part III: Family Sketches.
Boston: The Boston History Company, 1896.
Family Sketches page 141

WEST, JOSEPH, was born on this homestead, October 19, 1817. He was educated in the district schools, and was afterward engaged in farming. January 1, 1843, he married Mary Ann Jackson, of this town. Mr. West’s father, Joseph West, was born in Grafton, Rensselaer County, N.Y., June 26, 1790, and came to this county when a young man. He returned to his native county after a period of about three years, and November 12, 1811, married Mary Brock, of his native place, by whom he had nine children: Adelia C., Emily, Joseph, as above, Julia, Benjamin, Arminta, Francis, Olive, and Elizabeth. He died March 11, 1832, and his wife February 20, 1865. Mrs. West’s father, Alanson Jackson, was born in Connecticut about 1792. He married Marilla Warner and came to the town of Verona in 1818. They had four children: Noble, Amos, Mary Ann and Julia. He died in 1838 and his wife in 1880. Mr. and Mrs. West are members of the Seven Day Baptist church, of which he has been deacon for thirty years. The ancestry of the family is New England stock, of Welsh, Scotch and Irish origin. (p. 141-142)

Children of Joseph West and Mary Ann Brock:

1. Adelia C. WEST b: 23 JAN 1814 in Grafton, Rensselaer Co., New York
2. Joseph WEST b: 19 OCT 1817
3. Julia WEST b: 12 OCT 1819
4. Benjamin WEST b: 15 NOV 1820
5. Eraminta WEST b: 11 JUN 1822
6. Frances WEST b: 22 APR 1824
7. Emily WEST b: 29 FEB 1816 in Grafton, Rensselaer Co., New York
8. Olive WEST b: 23 FEB 1826
9. Elizabeth WEST b: 21 JUL 1828 in New York

Title: The Maxson Family, Descendants of John Maxson and wife Mary Mosher of Westerly, Rhode Island
Author: Walter LeRoy Brown
Publication: Eddy Printing Co., Albion, N. Y, 1954
Page: 69
Title: Find A Grave, Url: http://www.findagrave.com
Page: 22471418
Title: Oneida County GenWeb, Url: http://oneida.nygenweb.net/