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Alva and Edith (Thompson) Wilkins

, 3 North 44 West

Alva's father was John Wesley Wilkins born about 1845 in Ohio. In 1880 Cloud County, Kansas, John W. is 35, Caroline 33, Susan E. 13, Alva N. 10, and William 2.

John 1844-1935 is buried in Cloud County, Kansas # 44938104.

Jennie Thompson is in Cloud County, Kansas in 1875, newborn, with F.A. Thompson 36 born in Ireland, and Mary A. 20 Ohio. Henry is 4, bonr in Kansas.
In 1880 Cloud County, F. A. is 44, Mary A. 25, Henry R. 9, Jennie M. 5, Alfred E. 3 Wm.E. 1,a nd Frederick A. newborn. Mary's sister Catherine P. Thomas 19 born in Illinois is with them.

Mary died in 1918, buried in Cloud County # 33921753, Frederick in 1924 # 33921686.

Fred A. Thompson, who was the first homesteader in Aurora (Kansas) township, died in his home in Concordia, Kansas, where he has been living since 1912, died June 20, 1924 at the age of 87 years and 6 months. His wife passed away 6 years ago. His children all survive him. they are Henry R., Jennie, Alfred E., Edward W., Charley P., Fred, and Emery J. and Mrs. Blanche Vignery, an adopted daughter.

Mr.Thompson was born in Wexford County, Ireland, of Scotch-Irish descent. His parents moved to Belfast, Ireland when he was 8 years of age. At the age of 6 he attended a private school, later a graded school. His ambition led him to attend Queens College. He attended the University of Edinburgh in 1853-54, during the Crimean War and received a diploma at this institution. He served as a bookkeeper for a large wholesale house in Liverpool. Afterwards took an analytical chemistry course at Belfast, where he thoroughly learned the art of bleaching. He perfected his art during 5 years at Richardson's Linens at Belfast. From that point on the traveled extensively throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. At some point he took a "government job" managing a bleaching plant for the Russian government at a salary of $110 in gold per month. The plant was located at Tammerfors, Finland, 180 miles northwest of St. Petersburg. After two years, his health became so impaired, a nobleman friend sent him directly to St. Petersburg, to consult the eminent Dr. Jacobi, the Czar's physician, where he received a rapid, thorough examination and a laconic, "Young man, if you want to live, you had better get out of this climate." He then visited his mother and recruited his health in Ireland. He then spent time traveling extensively in the British Isles and Scandinavia, much of the traveling on foot. After a return to see his sister in Liverpool, he returned to Ireland. He understood a smattering of the following languages and could converse in them: English, French, Danish, Swedish, Gaelic, German, Russian, and Chinese. He walked 3 miles to take music lessons. He played piccolo, lute, and violin. He was a member of the St. Petersburg Band at one time.

His brother, Harry Thompson, a large wholesale dealer in New York City advised him to come to the U.S. He embarked at Liverpool, September 1867 and sailed for American in the steamer, City of Paris. After 16 days, he landed in New York City, which was a great, overgrown, commerce center and the greatest business center he was ever in. Here he traveled for a wholesale house as far as Buffalo NY and Richmond, VA. Dr. Parker of New York, a specialist who gave President Garfield an examination at the time he was shot, advised him to come to Kansas for his health. He settled on the green slopes of the valley, near Aurora in 1869 and was married the twentieth of March 1870. He became a citizen of the United States in 1870

Mr. Thompson was a pioneer and homesteader in Cloud County He was personally acquainted with pioneer public men of the state with which he had much to do. He had a retentive memory and his mind was a storehouse of human interest stories of early Kansas days as well as of places and events of world wide renown. At the age of 87, he had good sense, sound wisdom, and a cheerful outlook on life. He lived an Concordia at the time of his death. He retained all his faculties of memory up until a few days of his death, the approach of which he fully realized.

The funeral was held from the house. Rev. Lambert conducted the services. The brothers of the Concordia Masonic Lodge, of which Mr. Thompson was a cherished member attended in a body and rendered their beautiful and impressive services at the grave.

In 1900 Cloud County, Kansas, "Alvin" is 30, Jennie 25, Claude 5, Winfield 3, Ardelia 2, and Vernie three months.

Alva N. Wilkins proved up two quarters in sections 32 and 33, 3N 43W in 1916.

In 1920 Yuma County, Alva is farming, 49, born in Ohio, with Jennie M. 44 Kansas. Vernie A. is 19, Walter O,., 18, Dean J. 16,, Evert V. 13, and Julie E 13 born in Kansas. Orva 8 and Clara 6 were born in Colorado

Jennie Mable (Thompson) Wilkins 1875-1932 is buried in Pulaski County, Missouri # 39458543.

In 1930 Yuma County, Alva is 59, Jennie 55, Orva B. 17, and Clara E. 16.

Alvader Nelson Wilkins 1870-1946 is buried in Willow Springs, Howell County, Missouri # 77445939.


In 1930 Everett is working at the sugar beet factory in Sterling, 24, living in a big rooming housel

In 1940 Everett, a bartender, 33 and Freda 24 (saying she was born in Colorado) are in Colusa County, California, with John 6, born in Colorado and Everett Jr. 1 in California.

They're in Yuba City in 1948, Everett a cook.

Everett 1907-1962 is buried in Yuba County, California # 110842970, with Freda (Meisner) Wilkins 1911-1970.
"Born in Grimm, Russia on the Volga River. The family immigrated to Sterling, Colorado about 1914."
Freda's parents Peter Meisner 1882-1918 # 41044710 and Amelia 1887-1982 # 41044755 are buried in Sterling .


Ardelia 1897-1990 is buried in Cloud County, Kansas # 104449279, with Frank A. Nelson 1889-1975.
"Married to Frank Nelson on October 28, 1919, at Clyde, Kansas. They farmed in the Cuba and Hollis vicinity until moving to Concordia in 1950. They raised three children: Joe, Arnold and Bonnie Campbell."


Next to Alva in 1920 Yuma County is Winfield 23, born in Kansas, living alone.

Winfield I. Wilkins proved up two quarters in 21, 3N 43W in 1921, and another 40 for stock raising in section 20 in 1921.

Winfield Irving Wilkins 1896-1974 is buried in Fort Logan # 3377680.


Vernie Wilkins married Lucile Foster on September 25, 1927 in Yuma County.

June 25, 1915 "Mr. and Mrs. John Foster and children, of Cambridge, Nebr., arrived Tuesday, and are visiting at the home of Mrs. Foster's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Dick, southwest of Yuma."

They're farming in 1930 Yuma County, Vernie 30, Lucile 22 born in Colorado, with daughter Vernie M. 1.
Vernia Marie Wilkins died in 1930, buried in Wray.

In 1940 Wray, Vernie is 40, working for the WPA, with Lucile 31 born in Colorado. Gaylord is 9.

Vernie A. Wilkins 1900-1959 is buried in Wray # 63495170, with Lucille 1907-1983.

Larry Lee Wilkins, 62, of Sterling, died Nov. 23, 2007, in Sterling. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home, with services concluding at the funeral home. The Rev. Mike Hammerley will officiate. There was cremation.
Mr. Wilkins was born Sept. 18, 1945, in Wray to Vernon and Lucille (Foster) Wilkins. He graduated from high school and continued his education with one year of college.
He worked as transportation director of County Express. He enjoyed his grandchildren and their sporting activities, drawing and model trains.
Mr. Wilkins is survived by his daughters, Yvette Neel and husband Mark of Cornelius, N.C., and Kelly Kline and husband David of Colorado Springs; son, Darin Wilkins Sr. of Sterling; special care giver, Patricia Wilkins of Sterling; and nine grandchildren, Aaron, Kai, Mark, Abbey, Kenzi, Darin Jr., Shelbie, Dakota and Sierra.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and one sister.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Gaylord L. Wilkins 1931-1999 buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Boonville, Missouri.
Gaylord # 105926028 and Sharon K. 1948-2004 are buried there.

Wanda J. Drinkwater, 82, formerly of Boonville, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 2013 at Valley View Nursing Home in Moberly.
Funeral services for Wanda will be held at Bible Baptist Church in New Franklin, MO at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday Nov. 30, 2013 with Brother Rodney Haggatt officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church and burial will be at Walnut Grove cemetery.
Wanda Drinkwater was born June 9, 1931 in Boonville, MO the daughter of Urban Dumolt and Alverta Doyle Dumolt. She married Harry Drinkwater in Boonville Sept 12, 1947 and they are the parents of seven children. Wanda was a member of Bible Baptist Church in New Franklin. She had her LPN degree and had worked at Valley Hope in Boonville for several years until her retirement.
Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; children, Sharon Wilkins and Sharon's husband, Gaylord Wilkins, Harry Drinkwater and her brother, Raymond Dumolt. She is survived by her children; Thomas Drinkwater, of Marsahll, MO, Ronald Drinkwater of New Franklin, Donald Drinkwater of Sherman, IL, Robert Drinkwater of Champaign, IL and Kevin Drinkwater of West Virginia. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Sheryl Wilkins, Amy Sego and Brenda Armstrong, all of Moberly, Barbra Charles (Travis) and Tanya Cooley (Tim) of Springfield, IL, Nick (Teresa) Drinkwater of Bellflower, IL, Aly Drinkwater of Tinley Park, IL and Dustin Drinkwater of Fulton, MO. Her eleven great-grandchildren also survive.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be directed to Bible Baptist Church.


Julia E. Wilkins, 19, married Ray De Garmo on July 6, 1927 in Yuma County>

They're in Wray in 1930, Ray 24 is a mechanic, Julia 21, and La Donna B. 1.

In 1938 Denver, Ray is a mechanic for Denver Buick, with Julia at 3226 Meade. Also at 3226 Meade is Jess D. De Garmo, a mechanic for Business Men's Garage.

They're in Denver in 1940, Ray 34 a mechanic for Denver Buick, born in Nebraska. Julia 31 in Kansas, La Donna 11, and Iona 8 born in Colorado, and his mother Mary 72 born in Indiana. Ray and Julia weee in Dundy County, Nebraska in 1935.

Mary Susanna DeGarmo, daughter of Henry and Sarah Medlock, was born Jan. 17, 1868 at Salem, Indiana and passed away at Wray, Colo., on March 31, 1943 at the age of 75 years, 2 months and 14 days.

She was united in marriage with John Reynolds on August 29, 1885, and in Oct. 1885 they went to Shelton, Nebr. In November 1886 they took a homestead near Wauneta, Nebr. To this union two children were born, Walter A. and Mary Reynolds. John Reynolds died in November 1887 at Wauneta. Walter A. Reynolds passed away on Oct. 4, 1905 at the age of 19.

In 1894 the deceased was converted in the Mennonite faith in the Eden church near Stratton, Nebr., and two years later joined the Church of God, with which faith she was affiliated until her death.

On August 7, 1890, Mary Reynolds was united in marriage with Samuel M. DeGarmo at Imperial, Nebr. To this union 11 children were born. The family made their home northwest of Stratton for 21 years, moving to Pharr, Texas in 1911 and four years later coming to Haigler, Nebr. In 1924 they moved to Wray, Colo. Samuel M. DeGarmo passed away January 24, 1937.

Mrs. DeGarmo was preceded in death also by one infant daughter Martha DeGarmo and two step-daughters Minnie DeGarmo and Anna DeGarmo.

Left to mourn her passing are the following children: Mrs. Mary Horn of Livonia, Mo.; Paul of Max, Nebr.; Glenn of Haigler, Nebr.; Guy of Denver; Mrs. Josephine Lindner of Hermiston, Ore.; Samuel of Hermiston, Ore.; Mrs. Phebe Bowland of Otis; Jesse of Denver; Ray of Denver; Corp. Charles M. of Camp Roberts, Calif.; and Jacob of Denver. Two step-children, Mrs. Lulu Ruby of Pharr, Texas and Perry DeGarmo of Benkelman, Nebr.; one sister, Mrs. Anise E. Cooper of Lebanon, Ore.; two brothers, Elmer Medlock of Wauneta Nebr.; and Bert Medlock of Haigler, Nebr.; one half-brother William Bressie of Oakland, Iowa. She also leaves 48 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, beside a host of less near relatives and friends.

Mrs. DeGarmo was a faithful member of her church, a kind and loving mother and a christian woman.

The Rattler [newspaper] extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the Nazarene church with Rev. David Metsker officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, ten miles north of Stratton, Nebr., ten miles north of Stratton, Nebr.

Ray, born August 2, 1904, died in March 1978.

Julia died October 13, 2003 in Pueblo, Colorado.


One Ancestry tree says Dwight Cecil Wilkins, born December 2, 1917, died in Wray December 7.


Dean Swift Wilkins, born 1904, died in Scottsbluff, Nebraska October 28, 1980.

He's buried in Scottsbluff # 80930025.
One tree said he married Edith L. Wilkins 1908-1992 dying in Scottsbluff.


One tree said Claude Leslie Wilkins, born February 24, 1895 in Cloud County, Kanss, died August 01, 1914 in Wray.


Walter Oscar Wilkins, born 1902, died August 19, 1972 in Clackamas, Oregon.


"Mr. O.B. Wilkins of Vanzant, Mo., died unexpectedly in Willow Springs on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009. Born on Nov. 22, 1912, in Wray, Colo., to Alva and Jenny (Thompson) Wilkins, he was 96 years old.

Mr. Wilkins grew up in Colorado moving to Waynesville, Mo., in 1932. On March 23, 1934, he married Hanna Crossland and the couple moved to Vanzant, Mo., in 1941 where he has resided for the past 68 years. Mr. Wilkins was a farmer who enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, reading, football and Cardinals baseball.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Hanna on May 10, 2002, brothers and sisters, Claude, Winfield, Ardella, Vernie, Walter, Dean, Everett, Julia, Clara, and Dewight. He was further preceded by a grandson Allan Lee.

Mr. Wilkins is survived by his son, Bobby Wilkins and his wife Audie; grandson Larry Wilkins; and great-grandson Christopher Wilkins, all of Vanzant, Mo. He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.

A graveside funeral service was held on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at the Willow Springs City Cemetery, with Pastor Scott Williamson of the First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Willow Funeral Home in Willow Springs. " FindaGrave # 44987498.


In 1940 Clara, 2, is with Alvin Christeson 23 born in Missouri in Hidalgo County, Texas. Wayne 4 and Dixie 2 were born in Texas, Dolores five months in Missouri.

Clara Elvira Christeson, born 1913, died October 1973 in Newport, Oregon.
She's buried in Willamette National 1913-1972 # 11726128, "wife of Alvin C."
In 1975 Houston, Missouri had a real estate sale of a lot to "Alvin O. Christeson and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne A. Christeson."

May 1975 Houston, Missouri "Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Hamilton called on Clyde Christeson Friday night. He recently underwent eje surgery and still is sensitive to light. They called cm Mr. and Mrs. Pat Hamilton in Houston one evening. And another time they went to see Mrs. Tresste Atkisson. Wednesday Joe's nephew, Alvin Christeson, visited Mrs. Eunice Christeson, anil they went for dinner with Clyde and his family. That was the day before surgery. He was well enough by Sunday that he went to see his mother. Donnj and Dennis were with him. Callers to see her in the afternoon were the Emerson Hamiltons and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Chriseson."

June 1975 "Alvin Christeson of Willow Springs, spent Saturday afternoon with his aunt, Mrs. Eunice Christeson."

Alvin O. Christeson 1911-1991, per one tree, died July 18, 1991 in Polk County, Arkansas.

Wayne Allen Christeson was born January 5, 1936 in Alamo, Hidalgo County, texas, and died January 29, 1998.

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