Historic Preservation

Man plowing the prairie

Great Plains Pioneering: Grasshoppers, Gooseberries, & Indians

By Cindy Foster / July 25, 2022 /

In 1869 Robert Stokes, two sons & Henry Striker headed to Kansas with three covered wagons, an extra horse and two cows. Their destination was Brown County, with a plan to build a house, plant crops, find water and settle on the Great Plains.

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Russell Stokes, 10th MO Company B

Dear Little Sister…Sending Love from the Battlefield

By Cindy Foster / July 18, 2022 /

Little sister is Susan Emmaline “Emma”, the eighth child and only daughter of my 3rd great grandfather Robert Firman Stokes. He, Emma, and her mother Hannah Parker Jones Stokes saw five of Robert’s sons volunteer to defend the Union during the Civil War. All served in the Western Theatre, under General Ulysses S Grant at…

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William & Martha Forman Brooks, 6th great grandparents

Lucky to Have Photo Taken with 6th Great Grandparents

By Cindy Foster / May 27, 2022 /

Things that I love about Robin: 1) Like me, she grew up on “The River”, 2) She loves family history, & 3) She’s recently retired and wants me to tag along on her genealogy adventures.

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