Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Edward B W "Elisha" BLACK

Residences & events:

10/16/1850 Dist 41, Jasper Co, MO. The census listed Edward W, 28, farmer, with wife Martha J, 22, and daughter Martha A, 1. Next door were Martha's parents and family.

From the 1905 History of Crawford Co, KS:

Woolery Coonrod, Sr., was about the earliest settler, coming in 1856, Elisha Black, Sr., coming about the same time. E. B. Black, his son, was the first white child born in Lincoln township. E. B. Black still lives at Cato.

And again:

"Martha Coonrod was the wife of Elisha Black, Sr., one of the earliest settlers. Her daughter, Mrs. Conditt, lives in Lamar and, although left a widow years ago, she has given her children all good educations. Her other daughter, Mrs. Hightower, also a widow, lives in Texas. Her only son, E. B. Black, lives in Cato. He is a farmer. He has two children, Lee and Viva."

According to descendant Carol Brooks, family tradition is that Edward died of smoke inhalation whle trying to stop the burning of Cherokee Neutral lands.

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