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GEORGE R. McCORKLE was first recorded in the 1850 U.S. Census in Paoli Twp., Orange Co., Indiana and was 19 years of age and born in Indiana. He was living with Wilford Hoggott, a 41 year-old blacksmith from South Carolina. The Kansas State census in 1885 & 1895 showed George with his third wife and family near the Stilson/Scammon Post Office, Mineral Township in Cherokee Co. A later census shows George in the 1900 U. S. Census, "G. R. McCORKLE" at age 67 (May, 1833, IN) was listed with his wife, "L. J. McCORKLE," at age 48 (Dec, 1851, IN) as living in Joplin, Galena Township, Jasper County, Missouri. They resided on Moffet Street and listed seven dependents: GIFFORD a son age 25 (July, 1874, AR), JOHN a son age 15 (July, 1884, KS), RILEY a son age 13 (May, 1886, KS), KATIE a daughter age 9 (Sept, 1890, KS), CLAUD a son age 7 (Dec, 1892, KS), MINNIE KETCHUM a step-daughter age 24 (Feb, 1876, MO) and ELIZABETH BURTON a mother-in-law age 67 (Aug, 1832, MD).



"State of Missouri, County of Jasper. On this 7th day of April A.D. one thousand nine hundred and Ten personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid, LILLIAS J. McCORKELL, aged 58 years, a resident of Joplin, county of Jasper, State of Missouri, who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain pension under the provisions of the ACT OF CONGRESS APPROVED APRIL 19, 1908.

"That she is the widow of GEORGE R. McCORKELL, who was enrolled under the name of George R. McCorkell, . . . as a private in Co. C, 146 Reg, Ind, Vol, Infry, and honorably discharged April 14, 1865, having served ninety days or more during the late civil war. That he also served no other service. That she was married under the name of LILLIAS J. KETCHUM to said soldier at Cherokee, Kansas, on the seventh day of November, 1883 by J. W. Walker, a minister that there was no legal barrier to the marriage; that she had been previous married; that the soldier had been previously married, Claimant's first husband, ASA C. KETCHUM died at Chatauqua Springs, Kans. Dec. 8, 1881. Soldier's first wife, Maria McCorkell died in 1855 in Orange County, Indiana; his second wife Olivia McCorkell, died on June 22, 1880 in Galena, Kansas. That the said soldier died March 23, 1910 at Joplin, Mo. . . . That her post-office address is R.R. 5, Box 3, Joplin, county of Jasper, State of Missouri.

"Attest:   (1)   Rector Green

   (2)   Edgar B. Chestnut

       Signed   Lillias J. McCorkell"



A deed was recorded in the Jasper County courthouse in Carthage, Missouri on 12 March 1910.

"This Indenture, made on the 12th day of March 1910 between JOSHUA D. HAUGHAWOUT and HETTIE E. HAUGHAWOUT, of Jasper County, Missouri, parties of the first part and GEORGE R. McCORKELL and LILLIAS "McCORKELL (husband & wife), of the County of Jasper in the State of Missouri, parties of the second part: Witnesseth, that the said parties of the first part, in consideration of the sum of One Dollar & Exchange of property . . . Lot numbered One Hundred Six (106) in East Highland Addition, according to recorded plat thereof and being a part of South West quarter (1/4) of South West quarter (1/4) of Section One (1) Township Seventy Seven (77) Range Thirty Three (33). . . . [signed by all parties on] 12 March 1910."

"On this 22nd day of April 1910, personally appeared before the undersigned a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid, LILLIAS J. McCORKELL of lawful age, a resident of Joplin, Missouri, who first being duly sworn on her oath deposes and says that she is the wife to GEORGE R. McCORKELL named as one of the grantees in a certain deed made by Joshua D. Haughawout and wife to George R. McCorkell and Lillias J. McCorkell husband and wife, dated March 12, 1910 recorded book -- page -- records of Jasper County, Missouri, conveying lot #106 in East Highland Addition now a part of the City of Joplin, Mo. and that her husband the said George R. McCorkell died on or about the 23rd day of March 1910, at Joplin, Missouri . . . [signed] 22 April 1910."



"GEO. R. McCORKELL was born May 3 1830 near Orangeville in Orange Co., Ind. First Marriage. GEO. R. McCORKELL married MARY A. DAUGHERTY [and] had one child, SAMUEL RUDOLPHUS. She died Jan. 1855. Second Marriage. Geo. R. McCorkell married OLEVA GIFFORD. They had eight children: THOMAS, JEROME ISIAH, IDA ELNORA, MARY ADALINE, SARAH JANE, CHARLES ANDREW, GEO. GIFFORD & LYDA THOMAS[??]. Mary Adaline, Chas. Andrew & Lyda are dead to date [25 Feb 1912]. Third marriage. George Riley McCorkell married LILLIAS JACINTH BURTON KETCHUM in Cherokee, Crawford County, Kansas Nov 7, 1883. They had six children. JOHN FRANKLIN McCORKELL [was] born July 23, 1884 at Stiltson, near Scammon, Kans, Cherokee Co. RILEY BURTON McCORKELL [was] born near Scammon, Kans, May 26, 1887. LEONA SUSAN McCORKELL [was] born near Scammon, Mar 1889 -- died 7 months. LILLIAS CATHERINE McCORKELL [was] born Sept 21, 1890 near Scammon Kans. Not married -- is just Kate Mc. CLAUD ERIC McCORKELL [was] born Dec 29, 1893 near Scammon, Kans. ANNA SEAL McCORKELL [was] born Oct 4, 1895 in Scammon -- died 3 months.

"GEO. RILEY McCORKELL died at Joplin, Missouri March 23, 1910, age 80 yrs. He was a soldier in the war [and] served in Company C. 146 Regiment, Indiana Infantry. [He was] detailed Blacksmith [and] served 2 yrs. [He] drawed a pension later part of life. Leaving pension to your Grandmother, also home in Joplin, Mo. (East Hiland Addition).



George R. McCorkell

"GEORGE R. McCORKELL, for many years a well known resident of Joplin, died at his home, West Fifth street and Park avenue, at 10 o'clock last night, after a lingering illness. He was 77 years old. Mr. McCorkell was born in Orangeville, Ind., May 3, 1832 [sic, 1830], and when a young man enlisted in Company C, 146th Indiana volunteers, and saw long active service during the War of the Rebellion. He came to Joplin fourteen years ago and had since made his home in this city. He was a member of the South Joplin Christian church.

"His wife, Mrs. LILLIAS McCORKELL, five sons, JEROME, SAMUEL, GIFFORD, JOHN T. [sic, F.] and Claude, and three daughters, Mrs. T. C. PUGH, Mrs. NORA BUSHNELL and Miss KATE McCORKELL, survive. But two of the children, Miss KATE and CLAUDE, live in Joplin. Funeral services have not yet been completed."

"The funeral of George R. McCorkell, who died at his home, East Fifth street and Park avenue, Wednesday night, will be held from the residence at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon. Burial will take place in the Baptist cemetery."


[GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] GEORGE RILEY McCORKELL, b 3 May 1830 (near Orangeville, Orange Co., IN), son of Andrew Charles McCorkle (b KY, age 60 yrs) & Mary Anna Crabtree (b IL, d near Orangeville, IN), Civil War: (Pvt., Co. C, 146 Reg, Ind. Vol. Inf; blacksmith, served 2 yrs; poss "wounded at Battle of Lookout Mt."), L (1853-58 (IN), 1861 (Vermillion Co., IL), 1863-4 (IN), 1876-95 (near Scammon, KS)), d 23 Mar 1910 (Joplin, MO), bur old Baptist Cem (Joplin, MO), at 80 yrs; m1 MARY A. DAUGHERTY (d Jan 1855 (Orange Co., IN), m2 JANE O'LEVA GIFFORD (b 16 Mar 1836 (IN), d 22 Jun 1880 Galena, KS, bur Oak Hill Cem), m3 LILLIAS JACINTH (BURTON) KETCHUM 7 Nov 1883 (Cherokee, Crawford Co., KS) (L 1885-95 (near Stilson/Scammon, Mineral Twp., Cherokee Co., KS), 1910 (RR5, Box 3 Joplin, Jasper Co., MO -- applied for military widows pension #939922), d 4 Jul 1924 (Riverside, CA), bur Olivewood Cem (Riverside, Riverside Co., CA), 72 yrs-7mos-6 days, children (Geo. & Lillias also raised the Ketchum children): [Ketchum or Burton, Reference:]


1M   SAMUEL RUDOLPHUS, b 19 Sep 1851/3 (Mt. Pleasant, Martin Co., IN) (by George & Mary)

2M   JAMES THOMAS, b 5 Feb 1856 (IN), d 29 Dec 1891 (Carney, KS); (by George & Jane) m MARGARET McCARTHY 2 Oct 1879 (Leroy, Coffey Co., KS)

3M   ISAIAH JEROME, b 13 Mar 1858 (Loogootee/Mt Pleasant, Martin Co., IN)

4M   ANDREW CHARLES, b 4 Jan 1860, d in infancy, bur (Leroy, KS) "in the McCarthy plot"

5F   IDA ELNORA, b 4 Apr 1862/3 (IN), L 1939 (Stillwater, OK), d 1955 (Tulsa, OK) "at age 90"; m1 BUSHNELL, m2 MAT MEARS; m3 TODD MARKEE, Children (daughter & son - see picture at end of chapter)

6F   MARY ADALINE, b 21 Jul 1864 (IN), d 6 Aug 1902 (Cripple Creek, CO), bur Evergreen Cem (Colorado Springs, CO); m SAMUEL PUGH

7F   ELIZA (LYDA) MAY THOMAS, b 17 Jun 1866, d 15 Jun 1886

8F   SARAH JANE (Jennie), b 17 Oct 1868

9M   GEORGE GIFFORD, b 28 Jul 1872/6 (KS)

10M   JOHN FRANKLIN, b 23 Jul 1884, (Stilson, near Scammon , KS) (by George & Lillias)

11M   RILEY BURTON, b 26 May 1886 (near Scammon, KS)

12F   LEONA SUSAN, b 11 Mar 1889 (near Scammon, Cherokee Co., KS), d 2 Nov 1889, bur Lone Elm Cem "7 m-22d" [#303 Lone Elm Cemetery records: "Leonia McCorkell b Mar. 11 1889, d Nov 2 1889," pg. 294 from book provided by Cherokee Co. Gen-Hist. Soc.]

13F   LILLIAS CATHERINE (KATE), b 21 Sep 1890 (near Scammon, KS)

14M   CLAUDE ERIC, b 29 Dec 1892 (near Scammon, KS), d 18 May 1976

15F   ANNA OPAL SEAL, b 5 Oct 1894 (Scammon, KS), d Jan 1894, bur Lone Elm Cem "3m-10d" [#303 Lone Elm Cemetery records: "Anna O. McCorkell b Oct 5 1895, d Jan 15 1896," pg. 294 from book provided by Cherokee Co. Gen-Hist. Soc.]



[SAMUEL R-6 (ca 1851), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] SAMUEL RUDOLPHUS McCORKELL, b 19 Sep 1851/3 (Mt. Pleasant, Martin Co., IN), L (Prescott, AZ) & 1920 (Ontario, San Bernardino Co., CA), O (handmade boots & saddles), d 20 Oct 1940 (CA) "Killed by hit-and-run driver in Calif., after golden wedding anniversary;" m SARAH "Sadie" A. FLOOK [b ca 1864 (IN), dau of Henry R. Flook from OH], Children:

1M   SAMUEL, "called little Sam"

2F   ETHEL, L (poss Los Angeles, CA)



[I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] ISAIAH JEROME McCORKELL, b 13 Mar 1858 (Loogootee/Mount Pleasant, Martin Co., IN), O (Farmer, Pipe trades & Real Estate agent, ret'd), L ca 1908-23 (Miami, OK & >1923 (Arlington, Riverside Co., CA & Costa Mesa, Orange Co., CA), Lodge (I.O.O.F. #282), d 3 Dec 1939 (Costa Mesa, Orange Co., CA), bur Olivewood Cem (Riverside, CA), 81 yrs; m MARY ANGELICA McCORMICK "Dolly" (b 16 Sep 1861 (Blue Grass, Vermillion Co., IL), d 9 Apr 1935 (Costa Mesa, Orange Co., CA).


"McCORKELL -- In Costa Mesa, Calif., December 3, 1939, ISAIAH J. McCORKELL, aged 81 years. Late residence 1746 Anaheim St., Costa Mesa, Calif. Beloved father of C. T. McCORKELL and BLISS McCORKELL both of Costa Mesa, Calif., Mrs. CLAUDE JONES of Miami, Oklahoma. Brother of S. R. McCORKELL of Ontario, Calif., R. B. McCORKELL of Miami, Oklahoma, CLAUDE McCORKELL of Corona, Calif., Mrs. JENNIE PUGH of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. NORA MARKEE of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Mrs. KATHERINE WALKER of Los Angeles, Calif. Also survived by nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted in the E. H. Preston Funeral Home chapel Wednesday afternoon, December 6, 1939, at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Robert Blume officiating. Interment in Olivewood cemetery. Riverside Lodge No. 282, I.O.O.F., will have charge of the services at the cemetery."

"[Another clipping] Funeral services were conducted in Riverside early this week for ISAIAH JEROME McCORKLE. With his wife, he came from Oklahoma to Arlington, and lived here for a number of years before moving to Costa Mesa, where the end came, four years after the passing of Mrs. McCorkle. The deceased, who was 81 years of age, was a retired real estate agent and owned property in Arlington."

"Costa Mesa, California Dec. 10 '39

Dear Vera. We wish to express our thanks to you for your kindness again, on this very sad occasion. The songs were very beautiful and we do thank you so much. [Vera (Bobo) Strohmeier probably sang at the funeral.]

               The McCorkell Family

Former Miami, Woman Dies

"Miami, Okla., April 11 -- Mrs. I. J. McCORKELL, 73 years old, a former resident of Miami, died at Costa Mesa, Calif., according to information received today by Claude Jones. Mrs. Jones, a daughter of Mrs. McCorkell, left five days ago and reached her mother's bedside before death. Mrs. McCorkell lived in Miami more than fifteen years and left here twelve years ago. The funeral will be Friday at Riverside, Calif."


1M   ALBERT DESMOND (Bert), b 7 Oct 1884 (Osage Co., OK)

2M   CHARLES TOM, b 11 Nov 1888 (OK Indian Terr.)

3F   OLIVIA GAYLE ("Ola"), L 1939 (Miami, OK), d (Riverside, CA?) "in a convalescent hospital (Corona, CA) in her 90's"; m CLAUDE JONES 6 Feb 1918, no children

4M   CLAUDE BLISS, b 23 Dec 1901 (Carney, Lincoln Co., OK), d 1 Dec 1978 (Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA), bur Olivewood Cem; m1 VIOLET, m2 JANE LITTLE 19 Nov 1941 (Yuma, AZ) (b 13 Aug 1913 (Wister, OK), dau of Cavin O. Little & Zella Lawson, L 1993 (Belmont Shore, CA)


[ALBERT D-7 (1884), I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] ALBERT DESMOND McCORKELL (Bert), b 7 Oct 1884 (Osage Co., OK), d 8 Oct 1932 (Riverside, CA), bur Olivewood Cem (next to Lillias J. McCorkell); m1 unk, m2 FLOE GEARHART 29 May 1916 (b 16 Oct 1887, d 31 Oct 1976 (Riverside, CA), bur Olivewood Cem).

Bert McCorkell Dies

"Miami, Okla., Oct 10. -- Bert McCorkell, about 48 years old, a resident of Miami for many years, died Saturday night at Arlington, Calif., according to information received here by relatives. His death was due to heart disease. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. J. McCorkell; two brothers, Charles McCorkell and Bliss McCorkell, who live in California, and a sister Mrs. Claude Jones of Miami. Mrs. Jones was with her brother when he died."

1F   AUDREY, L (San Diego, CA); m GEORGE WHITLOCK [Military (U.S. Navy)], "had dau Julia"


3M   DARREL, b 26 Jun 1918 (Kiowa Co., OK)


[DARREL-8 (1918), ALBERT D-7 (1884), I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] DARREL McCORKELL, b 26 Jun 1918 (Kiowa Co., OK), O (Methodist Minister, Ret'd; Genealogist/poss author), L ca 1943 (Big Pine, CA) & 1993 (Boonville, CA), d 2 Aug 1993; m unk 15 Jun 1941 (San Diego Co., CA).

"How delightful and how unexpected to hear from you. Please convey my warmest greetings to your mother, MARY, and to your Uncle LESTER. My sister, DOLLY (VAN DIEST), joins me in this. I talked to her this weekend by telephone. We usually are in touch weekends. She still lives in Arlington. Her son, BILL and his wife live on the old place on what used to be Hoag St., a name that has been changed to Primrose. Your Uncle LESTER kept me out of trouble during my parent's visit to Granma Lily during her last illness in 1924. He had the first radio I ever heard. And out of my father's (BERT) conversations with him, Dad decided that we should have a radio.

"As you said, Grandma Lily died in 1924 and was buried in Olivewood Cemetery. My father was the next member of the California McCorkell clan to die -- in 1932. Mother laid him beside Grandma Lily. Perhaps I can help a little with McCorkell genealogy. Find enclosed:

1.   A chart of offspring, biological and adopted, of George Riley McCorkell [Pedigree from Lolita Dragoo Coll.].

2.   Two pages (green) of [pedigree charts] my own ancestry.

3.   Two pages photocopied from the military records of George Riley McCorkell which show that Asa Ketchum died at Chautauqua Springs, Chautauqua County, Kansas, December 8, 1881. Evidently he was buried there.

4.   Some notes [one or two pages] on Family History, dated February 25, 1912. Evidently they are by the hand of Grandma Lily with marginal notations by the wife of John Franklin McCorkell. They came into my hands as photocopies from Lolita McCorkell Dragoo.

5.   A [dark] picture of the grave marker of George Riley McCorkell in Joplin which I visited with Jack McCorkell."

Children (4 and birth order?):


2M   JOHN, L 1993 (Byron, CA); m MARTHA

3M   JIM, L (El Sobrante, CA); PATTI


[DOLLY-8, ALBERT D-7 (1884), I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] DOLLY McCORKELL, L 1993 (Riverside, CA); m1 GALLOWAY, m2 VAN DIEST, Children:

1M   BILL GALLOWAY, L 1993 (Riverside, CA); m GAYLE


[CHARLES T-7 (>1884), I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] CHARLES TOM McCORKELL, b 11 Nov 1888 (Indian Territory/OK), L 1920 (Riverside, CA); m ENA MAY WARREN 1912 (Central, NM) [b 28 Mar 1893 (Central, NM)], children:

1M   JEROME, b 21 Aug 1913 (Silver City, NM)

2F   CHARLOTTE, b 24 Feb 1915 (Central, NM)

3F   ENOLA ("Sammie"), b ca 1917

4M   ("Mack") NORMAN, b ca 1921, d (Aubern, CA)

5M   JOE BLISS, b ca 1924

6M   TOM, b ca 1926


[JEROME-8 (1913), CHARLES T-7 (>1884), I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] JEROME WARREN McCORKELL, b 1 Aug 1913 (Central, NM), L (Bonita, San Diego Co., CA), d 11 Mar 1974 (San Diego, CA), bur Glen Abbey Mem. Park; m ALICE JANE ALDERSON [b 4 Oct 1914 (El Central, CA)], Children:

1F   MARY JERELYN, b 21 Jun 1942 (Chula Vista, CA)

2M   CHARLES FREDRICK (Fritz), b 7 Feb 1945, never married


[M. JERELYN-9, JEROME-8 (1913), CHARLES T-7 (>1884), I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] MARY JERELYN McCORKELL, b 21 Jun 1942 (Chula Vista, CA), L 1993 (Del Mar, CA), O (R. E. Appraisal); m JAMES WILLIAM WHEYLAND [14 May 1949 (Burley, IA), son of Perry Francis & Florence Anna (Price) Wheyland, O (R.E. Appraisals)], Children:

1M   RICHARD JAMES, b 26 Sep 1968 (Brawley, CA)

2M   ANTHONY JEROME, b 24 May 1971 (La Jolla, CA)

3M   TIMOTHY BRIAN, b 8 May 1980 (La Jolla, CA)

4M   PATRICK WILLIAM, b 17 Apr 1985 (La Jolla, CA)


[CHARLOTTE M-8 (1915), CHARLES T-7 (>1884), I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] CHARLOTTE MARY McCORKELL, b 24 Feb 1915 (Central, NM), O (Cosmetologist, owned business, ret'd), L 1993 (Dana Point, CA); m EDWARD BUCKO 15 Feb 1942 (Yuma, AZ) [b 11 Jan 1914 (New London, CT), son of Frank & Adela (Kurpedlowski) Bucko, O (Admin. Coord. J. Ray Construction Co., ret'd)], Children:

1F   CLESSA, b 17 Jul 1944 (Riverside, Riverside Co., CA)

2F   GEALIA, b 21 Feb 1947 (Orange, Orange Co., CA)


[CLESSA BUCKO-9 (1944), CHARLOTTE M-8 (1915), CHARLES T-7 (>1884), I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] CLESSA BUCKO, b 17 Jul 1944 (Riverside, Riverside Co., CA); m HARRY GAGE [O (Orange County Harbor Master], Children:

1M   DONALD LANE, L 1993 (Mission Viejo, CA), O (Sheriff's forensics) 714 365-1052; m SUSY



[ENOLA-8 (ca 1917), CHARLES T-7 (>1884), I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] ENOLA ("Sammie" McCORKELL, b ca 1917, d 9 Oct 1964 (Los Angeles, CA), bur Corona del Mar; m PAYNE, Children:

1F   DAISEY, L 1993 (Santa Cruz, CA); m TINGLESS, Children (have 1 son)

2F   CHARLOTTE; m ALLEN, no children


[JOE B-8 (ca 1924), CHARLES T-7 (>1884), I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] JOE BLISS McCORKELL, b ca 1924; m THERESA, L (Van Nuys, CA), Children:

1F   MARILYN, L (Garden Grove, CA); m DENNIS WIEDMAN (have son Christopher)

2F   KAREN, L 1993 (Laguna Hills, CA); m TERRY FAN CARTIER, no children


[TOM-8 (ca 1926), CHARLES T-7 (>1884), I. JEROME-6 (1858), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] TOM McCORKELL, b ca 1926, L 1993 (Dana Point, CA), O (Architect, ret'd); m SHIRLEY [O (teacher, Saddle Back)], Children:

1M   TOM, L 1993 (Laguna Hills, CA)

2F   JULIE, L 1993 (Pullman, WA); m WHEELER, div, Children (a son Andrew)

3M   BRENT, L 1993 (Laguna Hills, CA); m Denise AGUNA 8 Oct 1994



[S. JANE-6 (1868), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] SARAH JANE (Jennie) McCORKELL, b 17 Oct 1868, L 1939 (Wichita, KS); m THOMAS PUGH 24 Dec 1885 ["Sadie 17 & [Tom] 24, brother of Samuel Pugh"], Children:

1M   EDWARD, L (Riverside, CA); m unk, children (dau & husband later returned to Kansas)



[G. GIFFORD-6 (1872), GEORGE R. McCORKELL-5 (1830), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL McCORKLE-2 (ca 1720's), (poss WILLIAM-1 (ca late 1690's) or poss JAMES-1 (1694))] GEORGE GIFFORD McCORKELL, b 28 Jul 1872/6 (KS), L (1900 (Joplin, MO), 1920 (Riverside, CA)), d 3 Sep 1935 (CA) "in an auto accident;" bur Olivewood Cem; m unk <1909 ["His wife took their daughter and ran away with a minister."], Children:

1F   THELMA LORENA, b 29 May 1909, visited 1939 (Los Angeles, CA); m unk "a man from Sweden,"   Children (had a 2 year-old girl)



   To refresh our memory on geography, Green County, Kentucky is half-way between Virginia and Indiana, in the central part of the state. When George R. McCorkle's father migrated from Green County, Kentucky to Orange County, Indiana, he also relocated to the central portion of southern Indiana. The distance between the two locations was probably less than two hundred miles. Orange County, in the southern portion of Indiana, is approximately half-way between Kentucky and Illinois. If one drew a line between Louisville, Kentucky (on the southeastern Indiana line) and Vincennes, Indiana (on the southwestern Indiana Line) it would be about one hundred four miles. Also half-way along this line, one could see Paoli (Orangeville is about ten miles north), the county seat of Orange County. Continuing westward about ten miles, one would find French Lick. Continuing in a northwesterly direction for about twenty-five miles, one would come across Mt. Pleasant and across the White River, Loogootee, both of which are in Martin County, one county west of Orange County.


   ANDREW CHARLES McCORKLE-4 and his first wife, MARY ANN CRABTREE, migrated from Green County, Kentucky to Lawrence (?)/Orange County, Indiana soon after they were married in 1822. As their oldest daughter Susanna-5 was born in Indiana circa 1823, it can be assumed they had arrived by then. The 1830 U. S. Census reported an "Andrew McCorkle" living in Lawrence County between the ages of 20-30, a wife between 30-40, three sons and three daughters. This may have been the same Andrew but we are not positive, as only the heads-of-household were listed by name. We know that a son Samuel-5 was born around 1824, possibly two more children and then George Riley-5 was born on 3 May 1830. Many family records state that George was the youngest son of Andrew and Mary/Polly McCorkle. Polly McCorkle is believed to have passed away in 1831.

   An Orange County marriage certificate indicates his second marriage occurred when Andrew McCorkle and MALINDA TINCHER were married on 8 November 1831. They had two children, James-5 (ca 1835) and John-5 (1836). Malinda McCorkle is believed to have passed away in 1837.

   Finally, a third marriage was suggested when Justice of the Peace Samuel Dolton married Andrew McCorkle and CHARLOTTE PITTS on 28 Dec 1837, in Northwest Township, Orange County, Indiana. A daughter, Charlotte-5, was born circa 1838. The 1840 U. S. Census in Orange County reported an "Andrew McCorcle" between 30-40, a wife between 20-30, four sons and four daughters. Another son, Valentine-5, was reported to have been born in 1842. Andrew Charles McCorkle is believed to have passed away before 29 December 1849. Widow CHARLOTTE McKORKL negotiated an apprentice contract on 29 December 1849 for her youngest son, VALENTINE McKORKLE, born 14 March 1849. He was to live with Taliott Dillinger and learn farming until the age of twenty-one. He was to be given room and board, taught a reasonable education and at the termination of the contract, to be given a new suit of clothes, a horse, bridle and saddle. On 5 January 1850, Charlotte negotiated a similar contract for JOHN McKORKLE, born 22 September 1836, with Abram K. Osborn, to learn farming. The Orange County records indicated this latter contract was voided on 20 November 1952. These contracts are important because they recorded the birth dates of both John and Valentine. They show the 1849-50 contract was negotiated by "Charlotte McKorkl" and the 1851-52 contract by "Charlotte Westmoreland," who are presumed to be the same person. There was an "X" beside Charlotte's name on the 1852 agreement to void the contract, which possibly indicates that Charlotte couldn't sign her name. Finally, the contracts show a process by which a widow could provide for her children's future. The spelling of the surname was evidently at the whim of the phonetic interpreter.

   The 1850 U. S. Census recorded a scattered McCorkle family In Orange County, Indiana. In French Lick Township, "JOHN McCorcle" was living with farmer Abram H. Osborn. "VALENTINE McCorele" was living with wagon maker Abram Noblitt. "SAMUEL McCorcle," a farmer, was married to Eliza and had two children, Mary E. and Maria E. In Northwest Township, "JAMES McCorele" was living with farmer George Shirley. And in Paoli Township, "GEORGE McKorkle" is living with blacksmith Wilford Hoggott. It can be assumed that most of the children were in some form of apprenticeship, either formal or informal. In the 1860 U. S. Census (Orangeville Township), Andrew's only remaining child in Orange County, Indiana was "JAMES M. McCORCLE," his wife Mary E. and daughter Nancy J. (Reference Table 24, Indiana Census Excerpts).


   Little is known of GEORGE RILEY McCORKLE-5's (1830) early life but we can assume he continued to live with blacksmith Wilford Hoggott in Paoli Township, Orange County, Indiana until he came of age in 1851. George married first MARY A. DAUGHERTY circa 1851, possibly in Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana. They had one son, SAMUEL RUDOLPHUS-6, who was born 19 September 1851/3. Mary passed away in January, 1855.

   George McCorkle's second marriage was to JANE O'LEAVA/O'LEVA GIFFORD in 1855. They had eight children: JAMES THOMAS-6 (1856, IN), ISAIAH JEROME-6 (1858, IN), ANDREW CHARLES-6 (1860) "died in infancy," IDA ELNORA-6 (1862/3, IN), MARY ADALINE-6 (1864, IN), ELIZA MAY-6 (1866), SARAH JANE-6 (1868) and GEORGE GIFFORD-6 (1872/6 KS). A few years after his discharge from the Civil War, George and his family migrated near the Kansas eastern border. This Kansas-Missouri border was an area of intense emotion during the Civil War. Neighbors fought neaighbors and eventually many property owners were mandated to leave their property and their farms/crops were burned. Many stories arose out of this border conflict and romantic legends were written about several, one of whom was Jesse James. Jane O. McCorkle passed away on 22 June 1880 and is buried in Galena, Kansas. In 1992, her tombstone was identified but was no longer legible. (For more information on George's second family, researchers are advised to contact Darrel McCorkell in Boonville, California.)

   George enlisted in the War of the Rebellion, served as a blacksmith and was honorably discharged 14 April 1865. He was a private in Company C, 146th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. As Indiana was against slavery, George wore the "Union Blues." Many years later, his widow and third wife applied for a "Widow's Pension" in Joplin, Missouri on 7 April 1910. Very little is known about his Civil War service except that family history recorded "he served for two years and was wounded at the battle of Lookout Mountain." His later tombstone in Joplin, Missouri proudly reflected his Civil War affiliation. Sometime during or after the Civil War, George McCorkle began accepting the phonetically accurate but slightly different spelling of "McCORKELL."

   George McCorkell's third marriage was to widow LILLIAS JACINTH (BURTON) KETCHUM on 7 November 1883 in Cherokee, Crawford County, Kansas. They evidently met while Lillie Ketchum was living with her Burton parents in McCune, Kansas. At the time of her next marriage, Lillias Ketchum still had a number of children in her home: a step-son HARRY (1870), MINNIE (1875), ELIZABETH (1877) and HESTER (1880). George and his family were living on a farm in Stiltson, near Scammon, Kansas. George, Lillie McCorkell and their combined families continued to live near the mining town of Scammon. George and Lillie McCorkell had the following children: JOHN FRANKLIN-6 (1884), RILEY BURTON-6 (1886), LEONA SUSAN-6 (1889) "died at 7 months," LILLIAS CATHERINE-6 (1890), CLAUDE ERIC-6 (1892) and ANNA OPAL SEAL (1894) "died at 3 months." As the family matured, George moved to nearby Joplin, Missouri around 1896.

   After living on Chestnut Street in Joplin for approximately fourteen years, George and Lillias McCorkell purchased a new home on 12 March 1910. It was on lot #106 of the east Highland Addition, east Fifth Street, near Park Ave. George McCorkell passed away on 23 March 1910 and was buried in the nearby Baptist cemetery. In 1992, it was across the street from a shopping mall near the intersections of routes 71 and 66. The obituary indicated that only Kate and Claude remained living in the home. The rest of the chldren had married and most had migrated westward. Riley B. McCorkell and his family lived in nearby Miami, Oklahoma. George Riley McCorkell's (1830-1910) tombstone simply stated: "GEO. R. McCORKELL, Co. C. 146 Ind. Inf."


   As George Riley McCorkell's children grew up and married, a few remained in the local area but many migrated westward. HARRY KETCHUM was apparently the first of the family to be in Southern California when he was married in Long Beach in 1903. He later moved to Gold Run in Northern California. CLAUDE McCORKELL migrated to the Arlington area of Riverside, California and enlisted in World War I from the general area. His mother, Lillias McCorkell, came to Arlington to visit in 1914, liked the location and wrote Elizabeth that she wasn't returning to Missouri. MINNIE SHERMAN KETCHUM (1875) married in 1901 to Allen H. BOBO in Joplin, Missouri [Allen's first wife, Ella Bobo, his mother, Sallie Ann Bobo and his sister, Nancy Prudence Green, are buried in Fairview cemetery in Joplin.], migrated to Reno, Nevada in 1903 and near San Diego, California in 1910 and finally to Arlington, California in 1917. ELIZABETH SABRINA KETCHUM (1877) married 26 Jan 1899 D. A. THOMPSON in Joplin, Missouri and lived in both Kansas and Missouri. In 1914, Lizzie brought her four children to Gold Run, California and then to Arlington. HESTER EUPHEMIA KETCHUM (1880) married 7 July 1897 F. P. STEINBROOK in Scammon, Kansas and moved to Reno, Nevada and later on, moved to Grass Valley, California circa 1914.

   SAMUEL RUDOLPHUS McCORKELL (1853-1940) married SADIE and moved to Ontario, Calif. ISAIAH JEROME McCORKELL (1858) married MARY ANGELICA McCORMICK and moved to Arlington, Calif. Later on he moved to Costa Mesa, Calif. GEORGE GIFFORD McCORKELL (28 July 1876-3 Sep 1935) married and moved to Arlington/Riverside, Calif. LILLIAS CATHERINE "Kate" McCORKELL (21 Sep 1890) married 17 Aug 1912 KENNETH D. WALKER, lived in Wyandotte, Oklahoma, migrated to Montana and in 1929 moved to Riverside, California before settling in Downey, California. JOHN FRANKLIN McCORKELL (23 July 1884-15 June 1917) married 14 July 1907 LEODA MAY BUZZARD (1889-1979) in Seneca, Missouri and lived for a while in Riverside, California (ca 1914-17) but returned ill with T.B. to live in Seneca before spending his final days in a Denver, Colorado sanitarium. RILEY BURTON McCORKELL (26 May 1887-1967) married 27 May 1908 LAURA MAY LANKFORD (1889-1963) in Seneca, Missouri and eventually moved to Miami, Oklahoma. CLAUDE McCORKELL (29 Dec 1892-18 May 1974) married ISADORA ISABELLA ALVAREZ-SANCHES (Laura) and lived in Downey and Corona, Calif.

   Mrs. George R. McCorkell, LILLIAS JACINTH BURTON-KETCHUM, lived her remaining days near many descendants of her two families that migrated to Riverside, California. She passed away 4 July 1924 (Riverside, Calif.) and was buried in the 'family cemetery,' at Olivewood. Her tombstone recorded: "LILLIAS J. McCORKELL, 1851 MOTHER 1924, GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN."



   The second marriage of Lillias J. (Burton) Ketchum was to George Riley McCorkell in 1883. Both recently widowed, combined the Ketchum-McCorkell children from their previous marriage (s) and lived near Scammon, Kansas. Lillie had four children (a step-son and three daughters) and George had five children from his second marriage. Then Lillie and George had an additional six children but only four survived to adulthood. After 1883, George McCorkell raised and provided for a total of thirteen children. In 1896 George moved his family to nearby Joplin, Missouri. He passed away in 1910 and was buried in the old Baptist cemetery in Joplin.

   As each of George's children grew up, matured and married, most of them migrated westward to California between 1903 - 1914. One remained in nearby Miami, Oklahoma and one returned with his family to Seneca, Missouri. The rest lived in and around Riverside, California. Two of his youngest lived in Downey, California. Lillie's step-son, her sister and her youngest daughter and their families lived in northern California. Lillie Ketchum-McCorkell passed away in 1914 and was buried in Riverside's Olivewood cemetery.

   Our Scottish emigrant McCorkle was believed to have lived several years in northern Ireland before immigrating to America around 1730. Three McCorkles were known to be in America almost at the same time: JAMES-1 (1694), who lived in Brandywine Creek, Chester Co., Penn.; WILLIAM-1 (ca 1700), who also livd in Penn.; and SAMUEL-1 (ca 1700), who lived in Paxtang, Penn. Some family relationship existed between these early McCorkles but exactly what it was remains to be proven. A son, SAMUEL-2 (ca 1720-1785), of either JAMES-1 OR WILLIAM-1 migrated near Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia and married SARAH BUCHANAN. They had seven children, among whom was SAMUEL-3 (1759-1840). He served in the Revolutionary War with the Augusta County Militia (ca 1777-1780) and was in Captain Patrick Buchanan's company under General Morgan. He migrated to Green County, Kentucky after the war and received his military pension in 1832. ANDREW CHARLES-4 (ca 1789-ca 1849), a son of Samuel-3, was born in Kentucky and first married MARY ANN CRABTREE in Green Co., Kentucky. They migrated to Indiana, possibly Lawrence County and then Orange County. His second marriage was to MALINDA TINCHER in 1831 and his third marriage to CHARLOTTE PITTS in 1837. They had approximately nine children and the following are currently known: SUSANNA-5 (ca 1823), SAMUEL-5 (ca 1824), GEORGE RILEY-5 (1830), JAMES M-5 (ca 1835), JOHN-5 (1836), CHARLOTTE-5 (ca 1838) and VALENTINE-5 (1842). Detailed descendant information has been presented on Susanna, Samuel and George.

   GEORGE RILEY McCORKLE's father died sometime on or before 1849, an assumption derived from the 'Apprentice Contracts' negotiated by his second step-mother, Charlotte, in 1849 and the 1850 U.S. Census. In 1850, George was apparently already living with a blacksmith and learning the trade. He possibly married soon after reaching his maturity at twenty-one (1851) and was on his own. He married: (1) MARY A DAUGHERTY (d 1855), (2) JANE O. GIFFORD (1836-1880) and (3) LILLIAS J. (BURTON) KETCHUM (1851-1924) in 1883. George McCorkle served in the Civil War (honorably discharged 1864) as a private in Co. C, 146th Reg't, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. George's third wife later applied for a "Widow's Pension" on his Civil War service in 1910. Sometime during or after the war, George began spelling his surname as "McCORKELL." George's children from the first two marriages were: SAMUEL R-6 (ca 1851), JAMES T-6 (1856), I. JEROME-6 (1858), ANDREW C-6 (1860) "died young," I. ELNORA-6 (ca 1862), MARY A-6 (1864), ELIZABETH M-6 (1866), S. JANE-6 (1868) and G. GIFFORD-6 (ca 1872). The children from his third marriage were: JOHN F-6 (1884), RILEY B-6 (1886), LEONA S-6 (1889) "died young," L. CATHERINE-6 (1890), CLAUDE E-6 (1892) and ANNA-6 (1894) "died young." Available descendant data was provided on the children of George's earlier marriages. Additional detailed information follows on the adult children of George's third marriage.

   Hopefully, the information in this chapter will motivate future McCorkle/McCorkell researchers to persevere, clarify and add to existing research.


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