Kansas History and Heritage Project-Clay County Deaths

Clay County Will and Probate Records
Decrees of Adoption, 1870-1882



Adoption is sometimes a touchy subject, but since the following records are well over 100 years old, I thought it important to add them to the site. These only stated that the adoptions were approved; they did not include any circumstances as to why the adoptions occurred. Note that two of the little boys listed were adopted more than once.


Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Mary Ellen Taylor 1 yr 10 mo Henry O./Q. Taylor Clay Co. J. M. Silver Clay Co. March 9th, 1870
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Hattie Thomas not given William and Ann M. Thomas not given Bradley Thomas not given May 8th, 1871
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Lizzie Miles not given Mr. and Mrs. Miles not given Joseph J. Miles not given June 12th, 1871
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Edward Jefferson Hammond 6 yr Joshua Hammond not given John McKnight not given August 5th, 1871
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Joshua Lafayette Hammond 6 yr Joshua Hammond not given John McKnight not given August 5th, 1871
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
George Washington Hammond 1 yr Joshua Hammond not given B. D. Selts not given August 5th, 1871
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
George William Robinson 15 yr John Robinson not given Wayne D. Sturdevant not given Feb. 11th, 1873
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
James William McMurray 7 mo. James and Sarah J. McMurray Clay Co. Seneca R. Randall Clay Co. June 11th, 1873
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Joshua Lafayette Hammond 8yr see above/adoptive parent John McKnight not given Andrew Zeiger   March 25th, 1874
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Nellie McNorton 2 yr Sarah A. McNorton not given James W. Reeder Clay Co. Jan. 6th, 1877
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Albert Boyd 3 yr 10 mo 8 da Caroline Worley Clay Co. Jacob L. Stevens Clay Co. Sept. 5th, 1877
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Nellie C. Seablom not given Ann Seablom Clay Co. John P. Allen Clay Co. Aug. 17th, 1879
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Richard Shakeshaft 15 yr 11 mo Margaret M. Shakeshaft Kansas City, MO William Taylor Clay Co. Nov. 1st, 1879
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Grant Coultas/Coultice 12 yr Alfred and Serilda Coultas (both dec.) not given James Eaton Clay Co. Feb. 12th, 1880
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Andrew Coultas 3 yr 10 mo 8 da Alfred and Serilda Coultas (both dec.) not given John A. Ream Clay Co. Mar. 26th, 1880
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Thomas Coultas 8 yr Alfred and Serilda Coultas (both dec.) not given Thomas Ransley Clay Co. Mar. 26th, 1880
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Sarah E. Bonsar 3 yr 7 mo Eda E. Bonsor Clay Co. James A. Hare Clay Co. Nov. 15th, 1880
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
John Alfred Charleston 3 yr 9 mo E. Charleston (father) Clay Co. Nels Swanberg Clay Co. Jan. 28th, 1881
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Charles McGinnis 2 yr 5 mo Isabel McGinnis Clay Co. Harvey Thompson Clay Co. Feb. 3rd, 1882
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Tilly Brouillette 6 yr Alphonso Brouillette Clay Co. Henry Tillinghast Clay Co. May 12th, 1882
             
Name of Child Age of Child Natural Parents Residence Adoption Granted To Residence Date of Decree
Charles Thompson 2 yr 10 mo Harvey Thompson (adoptive father) Clay Co. A. B. Truman Clay Co. July 9th, 1882




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