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I am Nancy McCorkle Miller, the author of a biography of a pioneer McCorkle.  I just found your website and it would have been tempting to travel south from my home in Washington state for the recent reunion, had I but found it a few weeks earlier.

The book is titled Diana Saville McCorkle, and tells the tale and romance of Diana and her husband, originally of Rockbridge County, VA, who eventually because founding pioneers in Washington State. His name appeared on the resolution sent to Congress to request the separation of Washington Territory from Oregon Territory.

I would appreciate it if you would let the members of your gathering know of the existence of this book, or post a small notice in the Updates section (or wherever else appropriate) of your website.  If you want to examine the book, it is available at Amazon and uses the 'look inside' feature of that site.

The book discusses the family genealogy from immigration to the Shenandoah Valley in the early 1700s to the death of Diana's husband, in the early 20th century.

sincerely, Nancy M. Miller <>


Midwestern Descendants of Lillias J. Burton (1851-1924)

   Your family history book has been published and is now available. Read about 364 years of pioneer descendant history. This old Kansas picture of the younger Ketchums and McCorkells is one example of the 210 pictures presented in this new but limited collection.

   LILLIAS J. BURTON, born in 1851 (Marion, Illinois), later became the third wife of two husbands: ASA C. KETCHUM in 1872 (Marble Hill, Missouri) and GEORGE R. McCORKELL in 1883 (Cherokee, Kansas). This book recorded data on all their six Ketchum-McCorkell families, as well as some available data on Bobo, Thompson and McCorkle families.

   Early Ketchum history reported the English immigrant came to Massachusetts Bay Colony around 1629 and later settled in Connecticut. The Burton and McCorkle/ McCorkell families, from Scotland, possibly immigrated circa 1730 and settled in Virginia. Both Ketchum and McCorkle ancestors served in the Rev. War.

   Asa C. Ketchum (1821), a seventh generation American, grew up in New York, became an attorney and migrated to the midwest. He served as a 'Home Guard' (possibly Indiana) Colonel in the Civil War. He was an attorney and Circuit Court Judge. He married Lillias and had three more children: Minnie (1875), Elizabeth (1877) and Hester (1880). Asa Ketchum died in 1881 and was possibly buried in Chautauqua, Kansas.

   George R. McCorkell (1830), a fifth generation American, was raised in Indiana and later migrated to eastern Kansas. While in Indiana, he enlisted in the Civil War. George, a blacksmith and farmer, later married Lillias in 1883 (Cherokee, Kansas). They lived near Scammon for about seventeen years and then moved to Joplin, Missouri. Lillias and George were married twenty-seven years and had four surviving children: John (1884), Riley (1887), Catherine (1890) and Claude (1892). George died in 1910 and was buried in Joplin, Missouri. Lillias McCorkell migrated westward in 1914, died in 1924 and was buried in Olivewood cemetery (Riverside, California).  

   Many additional 'content and design' items have been included in this family history book.

   Early Ancestor Summaries - Even though this book primarily focused upon three midwestern surnames, summary data has also been presented on early KETCHUM, (BOBO) and McCORKLE ancestors. The Ketchum family immigrated from England to New England (ca 1629) and soon migrated to New Haven Colony in Connecticut. Descendants later migrated to upstate New York where Asa Calkins Ketchum was born. The early McCorkle family first settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania around 1730 and later migrated to Augusta County, Virginia. Later descendants migrated to Green County, Kentucky and Orange County, Indiana. George Riley McCorkle was born and raised in Orange County, Indiana and eventually changed the spelling of his surname to "McCorkell."

   Indiana McCorkle Siblings - Available information on the brothers and sisters of George Riley McCorkle/ McCorkell has been presented which shows some of their migrations to Kansas and Oklahoma. Current researchers are still trying to discover new information on the remaining children of Andrew Charles McCorkle (ca 1789).

   Half-siblings of the Third Families - Even though this book was written from the perspective of Lillias J. Burton and her children, available information has been presented on the children of the earlier Ketchum/McCorkell marriages and their descendants.

   Collateral/Allied Families - Available data on those families into whom the Ketchum and McCorkell descendants have married has also been summarized into tables throughout the book. A special section was also devoted to the early Bobo family, who traced their lineage from French Huguenot emigrant Gabriel Baubau/Bobo circa 1700. A Bobo line-of-descent has been identified through Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri.

   Bibles, Birthday Book and other Family Records - Available recorded family history has been reproduced in its appropriate sections/chapters of the book. An attempt was made to separate 'historical fact' from 'family tradition' in order to assist future researchers in validation. An original Civil War document was also presented.

   Writing Style & Techniques - Each chapter has been devoted to one of the three principals (Lillias Burton, Asa Ketchum and George McCorkell), as well as each of their seven surviving children. The last chapter was entitled "McCorkle Cousins" and may represent descendants of Andrew Charles McCorkle's (ca 1789) nephew, John McCorkle. Each chapter has a table of contents, footnotes and a reference summary. A chart overview, over 200 interesting photographs (many before 1900), a preface, an appendix and an easy-to-use index were also provided.

[SORRY, this limited publication book has been sold out!]


  This sold out book can be accessed in the following public locations:

AR Central Public Library Fort Smith 02/14/94
CA Central Public Library Huntington Beach 02/11/94
CA Central Public Library Los Angeles 02/21/94
CA County Public Library Riverside 02/19/94
CA LDS Family History Center Los Angeles 02/09/94
CA So. Calif. Gen. Soc. Burbank 02/09/94
DC NSDAR Washington 06/09/94
IN Allen Co. Public Library Fort Wayne 06/02/94
IN Orange Co. Gen. Soc. Paoli 1994
MO Central Public Library* Joplin 06/08/94
MO Central Public Library Kansas City 1994
MO Bollinger Co. Public Library Marble Hill 1994
MO Newton Co. Historical Society* Neosho 1994
NY Historical Society Cortland 1994
NY NY Public Library New York City 01/26/94
SC Public Library Spartanburg 02/14/94
TN Fayette Co. Public Library Somerville 1994
UT LDS Family History Center Salt Lake City 1994
* (missing in 2001)  


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