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Frank Lester Stearns (1866 - 1902)

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Frank Lester Stearns
Born in Litchfield, Kankakee, Illinoismap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 7 Dec 1892 in Sedalia, Pettis, Missourimap
[children unknown]
Died in Nevada, Vernon, Missourimap
Profile last modified 27 Apr 2018 | Created 21 Mar 2018
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Frank Lester Stearns. Given Name: Frank Lester. Surname: Stearns. [1] A Given name was found in addition to a first name in the NAME tag.

Born 3 Apr 1866. Litchfield, Kankakee, Illinois. [2]

Died 2 Dec 1902. Nevada, Vernon, Missouri. [3]

Census: US Federal. 1870 Greenville, Bond, Illinois. Note: Frank L is 4 and living with his parents. [4] 1880 Greenville, Bond, Illinois. Note: Frank L is 13, living with his parents and attending school.[5] US Federal. 1900 1107 Laramie St., Sedalia Ward 3, Pettis, Missouri. Note: Frank is 33 and living with his wife Estel, 29. They have no children. They have been married 7 years or about 1893. Frank rents his home and works as a composer? Estel is not employed. Her father is from Virginia and her mother from Indiana. Frank states his parents are both from Illinois.[6]

Occupation: Newspaper. 1885 Grand Island, Hall, Nebraska. Note: After his [Charles Edward Stearns] death no one wanted to stay in Neb. And they all moved to Grand Island. Frank got a job in the printing office at Gr. Island as he had at Arap. 3 The name of the paper may have been the Arapahoe Pioneer. Note that the legal notice of probate for Charles Edward Stearns was published in that paper. 3 After Frank and the family moved to Grand Island, Frank became part owner of the Grand Island Weekly Times. The History of Hall County desribes the paper: "The Grand Island Weekly Times was established July 16, 1873, by Charles P. R. Williams as a Republican journal. In January, 1882, the semi-weekly Times was issued, and a few months later the office became the property of W. H. Michael. After Mr. Michael's term of ownership Mr. Liveringhouse had an interest in the Times. Messrs. Byner, now in California, and Rice, now in Kansas, became owners. After a short time Mr. Ryner became sole proprietor and continued so until the office was sold to J. S. (now in New Mexico) and C. W. (now in Denver) Stidger, who sold in September, 1888, to Bion Cole, formerly of the Des Moines Mail and Times, and W. H. Scarff, of the Newspaper Union of Des Moines. ". [7][8]

Residence Sedalia, Missouri. Note: Frank moved back with family to Greenville as GOS believes and then to Sedalia, Mo where he got a job as foreman on the Sedalia Mo. Democrat. He was an incessant smoker of cigarettes, smoking continually at his work. So far as GOS knows, his widow still lives at Sedalia. Frank as a baby had fits and his mother used to douse him in cold water to bring him out. When he became older, his fits would take the form of an attack or threat against his mother and GOS used to fear for her safety. After he went west and took up printing there as a young man - he was much better and the fits left him.[9][10]

Marriage Husband Frank Lester Stearns. Wife Estelle Ashworth. Marriage 7 Dec 1892. Sedalia, Pettis, Missouri. [11]

Husband Charles Edward Stearns. Wife Ellen Nellie Rice. Marriage 30 Dec 1857. Bond County, Illinois. [12][13][14][15] Note: #NF123. [16] Event: Alt. Marraige. 1860[17] Child: George Orlo Stearns. Child: Frank Lester Stearns. Child: Minnie Stearns. Child: William Gale Stearns. Child: Edward Augustus Stearns. Child: Mary Julia Stearns. Child: Charles Thomas Stearns. Child: Jonathan Addison Stearns.


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  • Source: S1070 Media: Census/Tax 1900 United States Federal Census, Sedalia Ward 3, Pettis, Missouri Publication: Image source: Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Sedalia Ward 3, Pettis, Missouri; Roll: T623 881; Page: 31A; Enumeration District: 112. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. 1900 United States Federal Census Name: Frank Stearns Name Indexed as: Frank Sherrs Home in 1900: 1107 Laramie St., Sedalia Ward 3, Pettis, Missouri Age: 33 Estimated birth year: Apr 1866 Birthplace: Illinois Relationship to head-of-house: Head Race: White Father's birthplace: Illinois Mother's birthplace: Illinois Dwelling Number: 610 Family Number: 641 Occupation: Composer? Own or Rent: Rent, Home Marital status: Married Years married: 7 Est Marriage date: abt 1893 Est age married: 27 Spouse's Name: Estel Spouse age: 29 Spouse birth date: Jun 1870 Spouse birthplace: Illinois Spouse Father's birthplace: Virginia Spouse Mother's birthplace: Indiana Est age married: 22 Spouse occupation: None No. Children: 0 born, 0 living Children at home: None Other household members: None Neighbors: Enumeration date: 14 Jun 1900
  • Source: S1332 Media: Newspaper Arapahoe Pioneer Newspaper Publication: In 1879 the newspaper "Arapahoe Pioneer" was established, and from 1895 to 1911, two papers were published weekly. One of them, "The Arapahoe Public Mirror," has continued and now has absorbed the newspapers of neighboring Edison and Holbrook. The Arapahoe Public Mirror was established in June 1882 following the publication of the Arapahoe Pioneer and has been the leading community newspaper for Arapahoe, Holbrook, Edison and Furnas County. The Arapahoe Pioneer was established by Fred Boehner in July 1879. On June 1, 1882 Charles Reed founded the Arapahoe Public Mirror selling the newspaper to Charles Blauvelt in 1908. In 1915, Walter H. Cox purchased the Arapahoe Public Mirror and the newspaper was a family business for 54 years, they purchased the Holbrook Observer in 1920. In 1969, the publication was sold to Allan Gaskill then to Norman Tayler then to Luis Uzueta. On June 1, 1974, T.M. Gill and Cherridah Gill purchased the Arapahoe Public Mirror and the Holbrook Observer. In the beginning, the newspaper was published by hand type, then moved to linotype, offset printing, Compugraphic equipment and today produce their publication with the aid of computers and digital imaging. The Arapahoe Public Mirror is your hometown, community, weekly newspaper that is published on Wednesday morning by publishers T.M. Gill and Gayle Schutz and associate publisher Cherridah Gill. The Arapahoe Public Mirror has a dedicated staff that includes Layout Manager Jill Snyder; Advertising Layout/Bobbi Moore; and Advertising/Reporter, Tammie Middagh. The newspaper is owned by T.M. and Cheri Gill along with Brad and Gayle Schutz. Contact the Arapahoe Public Mirror by the following options: Phone 308-962-7261, Fax 308-962-7865, E -mail: <>, P.O. Box 660, 420 Nebraska Avenue, Arapahoe, Nebraska 68922-0660.
  • Source: S196 Media: Census/Tax 1880 United States Federal Census, Greenville, Bond, Illinois Publication: Image Source: Year: 1880; Census Place: Greenville, Bond, Illinois; Roll: T9_176; Family History Film: 1254176; Page: 233D; Enumeration District: 70; Image: 0107. 1880 United States Federal Census Name: Charles Stearns Home in 1880: Greenville, Bond, Illinois Age: 47 Estimated birth year: 1833 Birthplace: New York Relationship to head-of-household: Self Father's birthplace: Vermont Mother's birthplace: Massachusetts Dwelling Number: 56 Family Number: 72 Occupation: Grocer Marital status: Married Race: White Gender: Male Spouse's name: Ellen R Spouse age: 43 Spouse Estimated birth year: 1837 Spouse birthplace: Mississippi Spouse Father's birthplace: Vermont Spouse Mother's birthplace: Vermont Spouse Occupation: Keeping House Children at home: George, son, 17 b. abt 1863 Illinois, grocer Frank L, son, 13, b. abt 1867 Illinois, attending school Minnie, dau, 11, b. abt 1869 Illinois, attending school Willie, son, 9, b. abt 1871 Illinois, attending school Edward, son, 7, b. abt 1873 Illinois, attending school Mary, dau, 4, b. abt 1876 Illinois Charles, son, 2, b. abt 1878 Illinois Other household members: None Neighbors: Enumeration Date: 3 Jun 1880
  • Source: S316 Media: Census/Tax 1870 US Federal Census, Greenville, Bond, Illinois Publication: Image Source: Year: 1870; Census Place: Greenville, Bond, Illinois; Roll: M593_188; Page: 175; Image: 354. 1870 United States Federal Census Name: Charles E Stearns Age in 1870: 37 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1833 Birthplace: New York Home in 1870: Greenville, Bond, Illinois Dwelling No: 145 Family No: 145 Value Real Estate: ,000 Value Personal Property: 0 Occupation: Painter Race: White Gender: Male Citizen of US: Yes Cannot read or write: No Parents of foreign birth: No Spouse: Ellen Spouse Age: 33 Spouse estimated Birth Year: abt 1837 Spouse birthplace: Mississippi Spouse parents of foreign birth: No Spouse Occupation: Keeping house Children at home: George O, Male, 7, b. abt 1861 Illinois, attending school Frank L, male, 4, b. abt 1866 Illinois Minnie, Fem, 2, b.abt 1868 Illinois Other Household Members: None Significant neighbors: George Fraser, minister Post Office: Greenville Enumeration Date: 16 July 1870
  • Source: S554 Media: Book Genealogy and Memoirs of Isaac Stearns and his Descendants Mrs. Avis Stearns Van Wagenen Publication: Syracuse, NY, Courier Printing Co. 1901 Genealogy and Memoirs of Isaac Stearns and his Descendants, Vol. 1, Mrs. Avis Stearns Van Wagenen Syracuse, NY, Courier Printing Co. 1901
  • Source: S613 Media: Bible Stearns Family Bible Publication: Family Bible - given by Aunt Mary to Uncle John and by him to Frank and / or Aline. Probably transcribed by Perry J. Stearns, no date. Family Bible - given by Aunt Mary to Uncle John and by him to Frank and / or Aline. This certifies that C.E. Stearns and Ellen Rice were united by me in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony at Greenville, Ill. on the 30th day of December in the year of our Lord 1857 (signed) W.D.H. Johnson In presence of many witnesses. Marriages: In Greenville, Ill. Dec 30th 1857 by Rev. W.D.H. Johnson, Charles E. Stearns to Ellen Rice. In Grand Island, Neb. Sep 26, 1888 by Rev. C.W. Gavidge, Minnie Stearns to George W. Williams. In Grand Island, Neb. Dec 15th 1888 by Rev. J.H. Storms, Orlo G. Stearns to Miss Lacey Dings. In Sedalia, Mo., Dec 7, 1892 Frank L Stearns to Miss Estelle Ashworth In Greenville, Ills, Nov 4, 1900 Wm G. Stearns to Miss Dora Lawson In Milwaukee, Wis., Apr 23, 1907 John A Stearns to Agnes Lewis In Coffeen [Ill] June 27, 1926 Frank W. Stearns to Grace L Furry In Greenville, Ill. Mar 13, 1933 Aline Stearns to Earl H. Bourgeois Births Charles E. Stearns Oct 7th, 1833 in Amsterdam, N.Y. Ellen Rice Nov 11th, 1837 in Natchez, Miss. George Orlo Stearns Nov 4, 1862 in Greenville, Ills. Frank Lester Apr 3, 1866 in Litchfield, Ills. Minnie Aug 12, 1868 in Greenville, Ills. Willie Gale, March 25th, 1871 in Greenville, Ills Edward Augustus, July 2nd, 1873 in Greenville, Ills. Mary Julia, Feb 13th 1876 in Greenville, Ills. Charles Thomas, Jan 17th, 1878 in Greenville, Ills. John Addison, Oct 18th 1880 in Greenville, Ills. == Edward Horatio Williams, June 19th, 1882 in Grand Island, Neb Perry Jay, son of G.O. and Lacey Stearns, Nov 25, 1890 in Grand Island, Neb Emily Ellen Williams, Nov 9th, 1891 in Hastings, Neb. Edward Gale Stearns, Oct 19th 1902 in Greenville, Ill. Frank Wilson Stearns, Mar 4, 1905 Charles Nelson Williams, Nov 21, 1904 John Stearns Jan 25, 1908 Alene Stearns, Apr 29, 1912 Eldon Ray Stearns, Mar 23, 1927 Lillian Mae Stearns, May 8, 1930 Donald Bourgeois and Ronald Bourgeous [Twins] Feb 1, 1934 Larry Nelson Bourgeois Aug 9, 1936 Brenda Bourgeois Mar 3, 1938 Billie Gene" July 13, 1942 Deaths Charles E. Stearns, Apr 6, 1885 in Arapahoe, Neb., 51 years, 5 mos., 21 days. Edward A. Stearns, Co. F 39th Vol. Inf., Sep 2nd, 1900 on board ship at Nagasaki, Japan, aged 27 years and 2 months. Charles T. Stearns, Co. F. 39th Vol. Inf., Oct 24th, 1900 at Manila, P.L. aged 22 yrs, 9 mos and 7 days. Frank L Stearns at Nevada, Mo., Dec 2nd, 1902, aged 36 years and 7 months. Edward Gale, son of W.G. and Dora Stearns at Greenville, Ills, aged 11 mos. And 16 days, Oct 5th, 1903 Ellen R. Stearns in Greenville, Ill. Age 82 yrs. 7 mos. 9 days, June 20, 1920 Brenda Bourgeois at Greenville, Ill., Jan 20, 1939, 10 mo., 2 weeks, 3 days. Minnie S. Williams William G. Stearns, May 20, 1946 in Greenville, Ill., 75 yr. 1 mo. 25 days Memoranda Died in Fillmore, Ills. Feb 20th 1888 Albert Livingston, uncle of C.E. Stearns, aged 66 yrs, 10 mo. 5 da. Died in Clyde, N.Y. Dec 22nd 1888, Dr. George P. Livingston, uncle of C.E. Stearns, aged 63 years. Died in Honey Bend, Ills, Chas S. Livingston, aed 72, Dec 30th 1891 In Indianoplis, Ind., Sep 14, 1896 Adaline Rice Johnson, aged 83 yrs and 4 mos. In Amsterdam, N.Y. Sep 18, 1897 Mary A. Easton, aged 88 years. In Amsterdam, N.Y., Dec 7, 1905 Julia M. Potter, aged 90 yrs. Temperance Pledge. We hereby solemnly promise, God helping us, to abstain from all distilled, fermented and malt liquors including wine and beer and to employ all proper means to discourage the use of , and the traffic in the same. Ellen R. Stearns Mary J. Stearns John A. Stearns Minnie Stearns Edward A. Stearns Charles T. Stearns John Addison Naval record [not transcribed] Married Eldon Ray Stearns and Joyce Vivian Hickey (born May 22, 1932) daughter of Herman Hickey and Mary Edna (Rector) Hickey of Greenville, July 14, 1950 at Greenville by Rev. D. Walls? Johnson and Rev. Eugene Houpt.
  • Source: S618 Media: Letter Stearns-Rice-Livingston Notebook Perry J Stearns Publication: Handwritten notebook in possession of David Stearns, Jr. Written in the late 1930's and early 1940's by Perry J Stearns based on interviews with his father and transcriptions of various family letters.

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