A: William James (1823-??)

A:    William James McCUTCHEON (4) (Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born in 1823 in County Down, Northern Ireland. He died circa 1890 in Kansas. He married Margaret HAY(ES) circa 1846 in Wellington County, ON. Margaret was born about 1829 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland and she died in Neosho County, Kansas circa 1867. Her parents were Nathaniel HAY(ES) and Jane FERGUSON.


William James McCutcheon was born in County Down, Northern Ireland in 1823, the first child and son of Hugh McCutcheon and Mary Stewart. When a small boy 2 or 3 years of age, he made the arduous journey across the Atlantic Ocean with his parents and younger sibling to a new life in Erin Ontario, Canada.  On the journey across the ocean, his younger sibling died of fever and was buried at sea.  After arriving at the Port of Quebec, circa 1826, the family made it as far as Montreal, where his mother Mary, gave birth to their third child, Ann, in January of 1827.

His parents didn’t take a direct route to Erin Ontario where his grandparents where already living. Rather their next stop was Cobourg, Ontario where two more of his younger siblings were born.  The family of five finally arrived in Erin Ontario by 1831 and, by 1832, purchased the farm on Lot 9, Concession 4, which was to be his mother’s home for the next 62 years.  The farm was untouched wilderness, consisting of 100 acres – uncultivated.

Being the eldest child and a son, for the next 12 years or so, young William would have helped his parents manually log, clear, till and plant the land; build their first log house and barns; harvest their first crops in their new homeland.  He was not a stranger to pioneering and the hard work that came with it. This would have inspired him to follow his dreams of some day acquiring his own homestead – eventually leading him to the wild frontier of Kansas possibly as early as 1855.

From his father’s autobiography, in the Biological Sketches Historical Atlas of County of Wellington, (first printed in 1906) there is this one line: William son of Hugh McCutcheon, settled in Kansas, USA.” 1 From a letter dated 1938; there is also another reference to William: “……All of their family are gone. William died in Kansas….” 2

Around 1846, William married Margaret Hay (sometimes pronounced Hayes). On the 1851 Canadian Census, William and his wife Margaret and their 2 daughters, Mary Anne and Jane Matilda, were living on a farm in the township of Arthur, Ontario. Living about 5 miles away, on another farm, was Andrew Lamott, his wife Jane, their only daughter, Rebecca who married William’s younger brother, Hugh Robert “HR” in 1862. Two brothers married two sisters. Also living with her parents was Jane Ferguson/Hay/Lamott’s second daughter, Jane Hay(es). I mention her here because her obituary is the only historical document that states: where they were born, when they came to Canada, and with whom.

Jane Hay LANGDALE’S obituary was published on the 1st November 1906 in Belmont, ND which in part states:

JANE HAY was born in Johnstone, Scotland March 27, 1825, came to Canada with her widowed mother and two sisters in 1840…………………….” The names of her two sisters were Catherine, the eldest, and Margaret, the youngest.

By 1854, William, Margaret and their three oldest children moved from Arthur to Blythwood. According to census records found of later periods, their three youngest children stated they were born in Blythwood, Ontario.

Blythwood, Ontario no longer exists, except as “Blythwood Road Heritage Conservation District”. Blythwood never actually existed as a town, village or other such known entity. The small enclave of Blythwood was one of a handful of small settlement confluences north of the then city of York that sprang up when the clearing of Yonge Street began.  The clearing of Yonge Street attracted settlement and small neighborhoods with names like Lawrence Park, Rosedale, Forest Hill and Blythwood. Blythwood was located just 6 miles (10 Kilometers) north of the Toronto Harbour along a corduroy road. These small settlements were eventually annexed to the City of Toronto.

Blythwood sat within Lot 3, east of Yonge Street, Concession # 4. In 1803 it was granted to Richard Gamble who later sold it to Jesse Ketchum.  In 1860, Lot 3 was still mostly farmland.  Jesse was a well-known land developer and he began to speculate by subdividing lots.  This area was opened up to land speculation earlier than the surrounding confluences which attracted settlers. These land speculators began dividing their 200 acres lots into smaller 5, 10, 20 acre parcels; parcels that we would call “acreages” today.  This small area was also one of the first to contain market gardens. And so it was to this area circa1854 that William arrived with his young and growing family.  Although we may never know, it was probable he was attracted to owning his own piece of land and entrepreneurial enough to recognize the growing need to feed a larger, urban population. Opportunity. William was also a carpenter by trade and this area was booming.

William and his family are next found on the 1865 Kansas Census. What happened to him between 1855 and 1865? The American Civil War happened during this period – 1861-1865. During this 10 year period, Kansas was a very dangerous place to be. There was Indian dis-content, a civil war raging. This is where we found William.

Why Kansas in 1865? Between 1820 and 1854, Kansas was set aside for the establishment of Native settlement. However, white settlers were squatting illegally on Native land and they started demanding the government open the area up for white settlers instead. Kansas was opened to white settlement by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. We know from tradition (folklore) that his youngest brother, HR, was a Soldier of Fortune who fought in the American Civil War. HR was very young, only 19 years old, when the American Civil war began and he enlisted.  He did not go alone.  I have also found the medical records for HR and William’s father-in-law, Andrew Lamott, who probably also fought in the Civil War. At least medical records declared him “fit” enough to join the Union forces. It is very highly probable that William accompanied his youngest brother and his father-in-law south to join in the fight on the side of the union. It is estimated about 45,000 Canadians served in the American civil war as Soldiers of Fortune.

Land grants were made to Revolutionary war soldiers and Kansas was no exception. The settler population in Kansas in 1865 was very low. The American government put on a massive advertising campaign, offering free land in Kansas to veterans.

Was this the lure for William to uproot his family and take them to an untamed and dangerous land?

John Splane (another Canadian) arrived in Humboldt County, Kansas in 1857 and later married Jane McCutcheon in Neosho County in 1867. The actual organization of Neosho County was November 1864.  The lands of Neosho County were occupied by the Osage Indians until the treaty of 1865, made at the Canville trading post, and were known as the “Osage Ceded Lands.” It was supposed by the settlers that the lands were opened to settlement and 144 persons took claims.  However, these claims were not mitigated until 1869.  Whether Splane, McCutcheon and Lamott tried to file claims for land in this county is not known, but the Splane family moved on to Chetopa, Wilson County by 1870.  Their post office address was Verdi, Kansas.

William James McCutcheon married for a second time to Mary E RAY on the 20th July 1868 in Erie Township, Neosho County, KS.  Mary RAY was born in 1837 in Missouri. It is possible that RAY is not her maiden name. Their children: John E McCutcheon (5); B. 1869 in Kansas. Blanche (5) B. 1871. The 1st June 1870 US Census places the family in Ebenezer, Greene County, Missouri. Ebenezer is located in the Missouri Ozarks. He was working here as a carpenter and was with his new wife, Mary, his daughter Ellen (11), son William (6) and John E (10 months old). By the 29th June 1870, Ellen and William were back in Chetopa Township, Wilson County, Kansas living with their sister, Jane.

This so far is the last record found for William and his second family.


  • Mary Ann McCUTCHEON (5)                          See i following
  • Jane Matilda McCUTCHEON (5).                    See ii following.
  • Hugh H McCUTCHEON (5).                             See iii following.
  • David Stewart McCUTCHEON (5).                 See iv following.
  • Helen (Ellen) McCUTCHEON (5) (Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born about 1861 in Blythwood, ON. By 1870 she was living with her older sister, Jane, in Chetopa Township, Wilson County, Kansas.
  • William McCUTCHEON (5).                              See v following.

Mary Anne McCutcheon (1848-1899):

I.    Mary Anne McCUTCHEON (5) (William James-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born in 1848 in the Township of Arthur, Wellington County, ON. She died on the 6th June 1899 in Mersea Township, Essex County, Ontario of Bright’s disease. She married Matthew Wardell SMITH (1843-1923) on the 10th Jamuary 1873 in Erin, ON. Matthew’s parents were Thompson SMITH and Harriet WARDELL.

NOTE:  Matthew Smith and his younger brother Nathaniel R Smith each married grand-daughters of Hugh McCutcheon (1794-1861). Matthew married Mary Ann McCutcheon, daughter of William James McCutcheon (1823-1890). His brother Nathaniel married Ellen Little whose mother was Ann E McCutcheon (1827-1883).

Mary Anne is first found on the 1851 Canadian Census living with her famly in Arthur, ON. She is not found on any historical documents until 1871 this time living in Erin, Ontario with her Uncle Stewart McCutcheon, younger brother to her father, William. She was 23 years old at that time. Why she didn’t go to Kansas with her family is a mystery. Perhaps she was betrothed alremarriage-for-mary-anne-mccutcheon-2-001ady to Matthew. After they were married, they moved to Mersea Township where they owned a fruit farm.

A copy of the marriage register for Mary Anne and Matthew. This is the only record found that verifies who Mary Anne’s parents were.


Melton D SMITH (6) (Mary Anne-5; William James – 4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born about 1880 in Mersea Township, Essex County. ON.







 Jane Matilda McCutcheon (1850-1878):

ii.   Jane Matilda McCUTCHEON (5) (William James-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born about 1850 in the Township of Arthur, Wellington County, ON. and she died at the age of 28 years on the 6th February 1878 in Kansas City, Kansas.  She was buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chanute, Neosho County, KS.  She married John M SPLANE on the 12th May 1867 in Neosho County.  He was born in June 1838 in Nova Scotia and he died on the 2nd September 1920 in Chanute, Kansas.  His parents were Robert SPLANE and Mary Jane HILLER.

Jane Matilda McCutcheon and John Splane:

By 1851, John Splane and his family had migrated from Nova Scotia, west to the Town of Simcoe located in Norfolk County in southwestern Ontario, near Lake Erie. Here 14 year old John and his father were working as labourers.  He had three younger siblings: William aged 8 years; Robert aged 5 years; Mary Jane aged 1 year.

Humboldt is the first place that a US record for John Splane was found. According to census records, John and his younger brother William arrived here circa 1857, around the same time that this small village was founded.  Humboldt, Kansas was a small village established in 1857 along the east bank of the Neosho River.  It was named after Baron Von Humboldt, one of the German migrants who arrived here from Hartford, Connecticut.  The United Brethren Denomination erected the first church in 1859. John M. Splane and his younger brother, William, were on the 1865 census in Neosho County; Jane Matilda was also listed on this Census with her family.

John served during the Civil War, first in Company G, then in the new Company C, in 9th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. During his time in Company C, he was promoted to rank of Corporal. Corporal John M. SPLANE was mustered out with the new Company C on the 17th July 1865, in DeVall’s Bluff, Arkansas.

John M. Splane was first married on the 12th May 1867, in Neosho County, Kansas to Jane Matilda McCutcheon. They were married at the bride’s home in Neosho County; the marriage was performed by Charles G Tait.  She was born about 1850 in Arthur, Ontario and she died on the 6th February 1878: she was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, in rural Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas. Jane’s grave marker, like so many of the old ones at Greenwood Cemetery, has been lost to time, the elements and vandals; her grave location being verified by old records of people living in the area, whose family members were buried there and whose headstones all suffered the fate.

The Greenwood Cemetery is situated about 3 miles south-west of Chanute.  The first trustees of this cemetery were S.E. Beach; B.F. Boerstler; H. Tomlinson; S. Standfield; and J.M. Splane.  There are many graves marked with a small pile of loose stones.  This cemetery has always been called the Civil War Cemetery by the local residents.  It was incorporated on the 4th October 1879.

John M. Splane and Jane Matilda McCutcheon had three surviving children, all born in Neosho County, Kansas: Robert William Splane, Myrtle Edna Splane, and Mary Ethel Splane.

Jane died young leaving John with three small children. John Splane married the second time to Sarah Almira COLE, the widow of Mesheck F. Downing.  Mesheck F. Downing was also in Company G of the 9th Kansas Cavalry.  They had 5 children not recorded here.  Sarah had 3 children from her first marriage, not recorded here.

On the 12th May 1886, application # 573-335, John Splane applied for a Civil War pension, listing his classification as “invalid”.  Then on the 2nd September 1920, his widow Sarah made an application to have his pension revert to her under application # 1163-766.

John Splane died on the 2nd August 1920 at 7:40 P.M. Monday evening at his home at 929 South Malcolm, in Chanute, Neosho County.  Kansas.  He was buried on the 4th August 1920 at the Elmwood Cemetery in Chanute.  His grave is marked with a Civil War Military headstone.

Regimental History: Ninth Cavalry, KANSAS (3 YEARS)

Ninth Cavalry – Colonel Edward Lynde; Lieutenant-Colonels Charles S. Clarke, Willoughby Doudna; Majors James M. Pomeroy, Edwin P. Bancroft, Willoughby Doudna, Linn K. Thatcher, J. Milton Hadley.

The organization of this regiment was completed by consolidating independent battalions, squadrons and detachments originally intended for other organizations. The permanent organization was effected March 27, 1862, in accordance with General Orders issued February 28, 1862, by General Hunter, commanding the department.

Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G and I were recruited in the fall of 1861 and were mustered into the U. S. service from October 1861, to March, 1862, for three years. Company K was mustered into service July 11, 1862, L, from May 2 to September 21, 1863; M, August 21, 1863. Soon after its permanent organization, the regiment then having nine companies, Companies A, B, C, G and I were detached by order of Brigadier-General Blunt and sent to various points from the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains.

In the summer of 1862, Companies D, E, F and H participated in the fight at Locust Grove, Indian Territory and later in an eight days’ running fight with the forces of General Coffee, in which the endurance of the men was thoroughly tested. The 9th was scarcely ever united in a single organization, but was engaged, at widely scattered points, serving by detachments.

During nearly its entire period of service it was employed in the irregular and hazardous warfare along the border, where it rendered valiant and faithful service against the various irregular forces of the enemy but where it found little chance to make a great name for itself. Such was the fine character of the regiment; it is believed that it would have achieved distinction had it been attached to one of the larger armies and thus enabled to participate in the more important engagements of the war.

In the latter part of September 1862, Companies D, E, F and H commanded by Colonel Lynde took part in the disastrous engagement at Newtonia, where they fought until their ranks were decimated and they were literally crowded from the field. They materially assisted in bringing off the artillery; enabled part of the infantry to escape.

In the Cane Hill fight, 2 squadrons of the 9th took part. Next in the raid on Van Buren as a part of General Blunt’s forces and in February 1863, it convoyed an immense supply train to Fort Scott. For the remainder of 1863 the regiment served by detachments along the eastern border of Kansas, employed in repelling the frequent and desperate raids of bushwhackers from western Missouri; on June 17 had a bloody skirmish with the enemy near Westport.

Guerrillas under Todd and Parker had ambushed and badly cut up Company E under Captain Flesher, while en route for Kansas City. Major Thatcher was ordered back with Companies A and K to the assistance of their comrades and finally located the enemy resting in camp. A charge was immediately made, in which the enemy was severely punished and the booty taken on the previous day was recaptured.

The headquarters of the regiment during the summer was at Trading Post, but the companies were posted along the border at Harrisonville, Aubrey, Pleasant Hill and Westport.  Company C, which had been stationed at Fort Riley, joined the regiment at Trading Post and was active at Cabin Creek against Cooper’s forces, inflicting a loss on the enemy equal to the entire number of the company.

After the Quantrill raid on Lawrence in August, nearly every squadron of the 9th participated in the pursuit. The last important service of the regiment on the border was in connection with the expulsion of Shelby’s raiders from Missouri, when a detachment was engaged in the exhausting pursuit for 26 days, and nights, and followed the retreating enemy into Arkansas, 150 miles south of Neosho.

The various companies then returned to their several stations along the border, where they remained until March, 1864, when by order of General Schofield all Kansas troops in western Missouri were sent over the line into Kansas. Colonel Lynde meanwhile had sought to have his command attached, either to the Army of the Cumberland or to that of General Steele, who was then preparing to cooperate with General Banks in his Red River expedition.

The regiment was assigned to the latter department and began the march to Little Rock April 3, via Harrisonville, Clinton and Springfield. Before reaching Little Rock, orders reached it to proceed to Fort Smith, where it encamped at Mazzard’s prairie until July. Here Colonel Lynde commanded the cavalry brigade and the 9th engaged in numerous skirmishes and scouting and foraging expeditions.  Among others, raids were made to Dallas and Lane’s bottom, 100 miles down the river from Fort Smith.

On July 2 it was ordered to Little Rock and arrived on the 14th.  It participated in an expedition towards the White River; another to the vicinity of Clear Lake, in order to free that region from the presence of conscripts, and a third one against the forces of General Shelby.  In this last expedition two battalions under Majors Pomeroy and Thatcher took an active part, dismounting and charging the enemy at Bull bayou and achieving a brilliant success.

When Price started on his raid into Missouri, the 9th was sent to annoy him and act as a corps of observation.  In September Captain Coleman made a brilliant scout south of Little Rock, defeated a force three times his number, and shortly afterward Company F while engaged in a similar scout, was ambushed by a superior force but rallied and put the enemy to flight.

This practically closed the active service of the regiment. Its members were mustered out at DeVall’s Bluff, Arkansas January 16 and July 17, 1865. Its casualties by death during service amounted to 1 officer, 55 enlisted men killed, or mortally wounded; 2 officers 199 men died of disease and other causes. It numbered 817 men in the spring of 1862, and received 710 recruits, giving it an aggregate strength of 1,527 officers and men.

Battles Fought By 9th Cavalry:

Source: The Union Army, volume 4, page 210; Fought on the:

 2nd September 1861 at Drywood, MO.

3rd July 1862 at Locust Grove, VA.

30th  September 1862 at Newtonia, MO.

7th  December 1862 at Prairie Grove, AR.

21st January 1863 at Pineville, AR.

19th February 1863 at Spring River, MO.

28th February 1863 at Spring River, MO.

28th May 1863.

17th June 1863 at Westport, MO.

2nd July 1863 at Cabin Creek, Indian Territory.

7th July 1863 at Fort Halleck.

17th July 1863 at Westport, MO.

7th September 1863 at Cass County, MO.

6th October 1863 at Baxter Springs, CN.

24th October 1863 at Harrisonville, MO.

7th December 1863 at Rhea’s Mills, AR.

12th January 1864 at Shawnee, KS.

28th February 1864 at Osage Mission, KS.

10th May 1864 at Clarksville, AR.

1st June 1864.

24th June 1864 at Fayetteville, AR.

1st July 1864 at Frog Bayou, AR.

26th August 1864 at Bull Bayou, AR.

29th August 1864 at Bull Bayou, AR.

26th September 1864 at Missouri.

30th September 1864 at Sine Hills, MO.

8th October 1864 at Whitten’s Mills, AR.

23rd October 1864 at Hurricane Creek, AR.

25th October 1864 at Maple Creek, MO.


  • Robert William SPLANE (6). Was born on the 5th August 1869 and he died on the 8th March 1952 in Reno County, Kansas.  First he married Cora Etta (Ettie) CRAMER in 1898.  Cora was born in September 1878 and died circa 1909 in Kansas. Their children: Bertha Evelene (1898-1982); Ann M (1901); Owen L (1904); Ivan Samuel (1906).  In 1911 Robert married Rosella Fere FRUIT (1872-1959). Their children: Fred Oren (1909-1997); Elsie (1914 – 2005}; Frances (C.1917-C.1923).

Circa 1907; Pictured Left to right: Bertha, Ann, Owen, Robert Splane holding Ivan from the family photo album of Don Ivey.

Robert Splane and his children

NOTE:  The youngest boy in grandpa Splane’s arms is my Uncle Ivan. Uncle Ivan (Iven) was severely injured in a rock crusher accident on the 5th June 1939. His arm was caught in a conveyor belt and torn from his body. He was operating the crusher working on Highway 60 Gila County, AZ. He was taken to Gila County Hospital where he was operated on trying to save his life. He died 11th June at 2:20 AM, with wife Zettie in attendance. His body was returned to OK and he was buried at Enid. He had been a resident of AZ for 9 years. At death he was 33 years 7 months 28 days old. (Information gathered from his death Certificate); Don Ivey.

  • Myrtle Edna SPLANE (6). Was born on the 16th August 1873 in Chanute, Neosho County, KS and she died on the 1st January 1942 in Blackwell, OK. She married Charles Newton COLLYAR (1873-1959) on the 3rd October 1894. Their children: Earl Edward (1895-1968); Claude Oren (1897-1965); Corda Pearl (1901-1984); Anna May (1904 – Before 1959); Mary Eva (1906-1985); Marshall Jasper (1908-1921); Florence Martha (1910 – after 1920); Floyd Merle (1912).

NOTE:  Myrtle Splane was a very quiet, unassuming, hard working woman who married a peripatetic cowboy by the name of Charlie Collyar – a.k.a. Charlie.  During their early years of married life, they travelled from place to place, living in a covered wagon.  Charlie found work on ranches working as a section hand and he went on cattle drives, sometimes being away for long periods of time.  Charlie’s vagabond-ish lifestyle placed many hardships upon Myrtle and her children.  Their children were born in several different counties; Claude, Corda and Anna were born in Cherokee Territory or the Cherokee Nation, as it was called.  Then later on he worked in zinc smelters, still moving from place to place to find work.  Myrtle died in Oklahoma at the age of 69 years old of heart failure.

Here is a link to her autobiography:  http://www.okcemeteries.net/kay/blackwell/collyarmebio.htm

  • Mary Ethel SPLANE (6). Was born in 1877 in Chanute Township, Neosho County, KS.  She married Marshall I SHARP on the 21st August 1892.  Their children:  John J (1893); Margaret J (1895); James E (1898); Albert Robert (1907-1987).

Hugh H McCutcheon (1853-1893):

iii:    Hugh H McCUTCHEON (5) (William James-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 26th December 1853 in the Township of Arthur, Wellington County, ON. and he died at the very young age of 39 years on the 27th September 1893 in Little River, Rice County, Kansas. He married Mary Effa GERMAN on the 13th February 1878.  She was born on the 23rd December 1863 in Iroquois County, Illinois and she died very young on the 30th August 1888 in Little River. They were both buried at the Bean Cemetery in Little River.  Her parents were William German and Sidden Elizabeth Isler.

On the 29th June 1870, Hugh was living in Chetopa Township, Wilson County, Kansas. He was working on a farm and was living with his brother-in-law, John Splane, and his sister, Jane Matilda, along with his 2 younger siblings, his sister H McCutcheon and William McCutcheon.  Hugh is next found on the 1st March 1875 living in Canville Township, Neosho County, Kansas.  OCCUPATION: Farmer. He was living with his brother-in-law, John Splane, and his sister, Jane Matilda.  On the 25th June 1880, Hugh was living in Empire Township, Ellsworth County, Kansas with his wife, Mary, infant daughter Lena and his younger brother, William.  OCCUPATION: Farmer.


  • Deanie May McCUTCHEON (6). B. 1879.  D. 1881 in Empire Township, Ellsworth County, Kansas.  Buried at Bean Cemetery, Little River, KS.
  • Margaret Edna McCUTCHEON (6). B. May 1882 in Fairview Township, Stafford County, KS; D. 9th March 1949 in Wenatchee, Chelan County, WA. She is buried the Wenatchee City Cemetery. She married Arthur Antoine Bousquet (1873-1937) in 1904 in Chelan County, WA. His parents were Maglotte Bousquet and Mary Mercure. He was born in Quebec, Canada. They had 2 sons; Voltaire Leroy (1904-1992); Charlemange (1906).

NOTE:  Margaret was raised by her maternal Aunt, Eva Jane German, and her husband, Leroy William Smith, after her parents died.  This couple had no children of their own. Margaret was only 11 years old when she was orphaned.

  •  Ethel Florence McCUTCHEON (6). B. 2nd September 1885 in Fairview Township, Stafford County, KS. D. 16th February 1950 in Wenatchee, Chelan County, WA. She is buried at the Wenatchee City Cemetery. She married David Neal GELLATLY Senior (1879-1975) on the 24th November 1910. His parents were Andrew Gellatly and Isabella Lyle. They had three children: David Neal (1915-1989); Geraldine (1918-2010); Susan C (1920).

NOTE:  Ethel was only 8 years old when she was orphaned. Who she was raised by is not known at this time.

David Stewart McCutcheon (1857-1930):

iv:  David Stewart McCUTCHEON (5) (William James-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 12th July 1857 in Blythwood, ON and he died on the 20th October 1930 in Little River, Union Township, Rice County, KS.  He married Florence ALLEN in 1881.  Florence was born on the 7th March 1857 in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri and she died on the 7th November 1936 in Little River, KS.  They were both buried at Bean Cemetery in Little River.

Census Records stated his employment as follows:

1880: Farm Labourer.

1895: Section Boss for the Railroad.

1900: Day Labourer.

1910: Worked for the Railroad.

1915: Employment not specified.  On the 1915 Census Records for Kansas, it states that he emigrated from Canada to Kansas in 1867.

1925: Night Watchman in a Salt Plant.

There are 2 insignias on his headstone.  The one on the left is a Free Mason Symbol.  The one on the right may be a Railroad Union Symbol.



  • Ray Edgar McCUTCHEON (6). Was born on the 5th August 1885 and he died on the 20th July 1974 in Little River, KS.  He married Alta Almetta HENSLEY (24th October 1891-24th January 1992) on the 18th May 1918 in Burlington, KS. They were both buried at Bean Cemetery.  Their children:  Rosalie F (1919); Robert E (1920).

NOTE:  Ray was drafted into the US Military in September 1918.  At that time, his occupation was Fireman and he and his wife were living in Little River, KS.


v:    William McCUTCHEON (5) (William James-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born about 1863 in Blythwood, ON and he died circa 1896 in Langley Township, Ellsworth County, KS.  He married Effie May FIRLE about 1890 in Little River, KS.  She was born on the 11th September 1872 in Wilson County, KS.  After William died Effie remarried to Thomas Purvis.  Her parents were Augustine Firle and Sarah Elizabeth Foster.


  • Homer Augustus McCUTCHEON (6). Was born on the 20th November 1890 in Langley Township, Ellsworth County. KS. And he died on the 7th July 1977 in Molalla, Clackamas, OR.  He married Alma A KNIGHT circa 1918.  They were both buried at Zion Memorial Park in Molalla, OR.  Her parents were Joseph Knight and Paulina Lucetta Birtchet.  Their children: Barbara; Joseph Paul (1919-1927).

  • Elsie May McCUTCHEON (6). Was born on the 7th September 1893 and she died on the 26th February 1896 in Langley Township, Ellsworth County. KS.  She was buried at Bean Cemetery.

One thought on “A: William James (1823-??)

  1. virginia waller says:

    You say that you are the late Ivan’s niece or nephew. I am his sister, Annie’s, granddaughter. I would like to hear from you, or from Don Ivey, who has the photo you posted. Annie Splane married Newt Maxwell and had 4 children with him (and one prior to marrying him, I believe). My cousin is named Ivan. Please email me at virginiawaller@hotmail.com. I am trying to track down Cora Etta (Ettie) mostly, but any information is fun. Love your blog! Thanks, Ginny

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