William Eckart

New For 2007

·                 Much New Information from Ed Eckart, Paola, Kansas

·                 Great Detailing of William Eckart's Children

·                 Louisville, Kentucky Tax Lists for Eckart

·                 William Eckart"s Marriage Registry



William Eckart*

(Early spellings include Guillaume Eckart** and Wilhelm Eckart*)

Born 24 May 1815 at Mulhouse, Alsace and by 1828 lived in Colmar, Alsace-Lorraine, France.  The government of Alsace alternated between French and German rule.   W.F. Eckart's birth record also states William Eckart was 28 years of age on 13 August 1843 and may be more accurate than a 24 May 1818 family record.

Middle Name?  Questionable evidence exists for "Frederic" as reported to be on his tombstone

            Died:  1 March 1882 and buried at Paola, Miami County, Kansas, Cemetery

Married 1st to Marie Zebinnen, estimated about 1842 in France/Germany

 2nd on 15 June 1850 Jefferson County, Kentucky (county record) to "Julia  Warsock."

Parents: names unknown

            Emigration date:  6 June 1849


Anne Marie Zebinnen (or Zbienen**)

Born: 1815 in France/Germany, based on Anna being 28 when W.F. Eckart was born in August 1843**

            Died: unknown, but probably before 1850 in France/Germany

Parents:  Possibly Jean (John) Zebinnon (Zbienen), who was a witness, aged 64 on W.F. Eckart's birth certificate in August 1843**


Julia Ann Warsock (marriage record) or Warsaw (family record x 2)

            Born:  27 January 1828 in Ohio and lived in Indiana before marriage. 

            Died:  6 August 1894 and is buried at the Paola, Miami County, Kansas Cemetery

            Parents:  Names unknown; father born Scotland, per 1880 census.


            Eckart Family Story (Kansas) – J.R. Murphy, 10 October 2001 edition, last revision 28 January 2007


            * Bible Record of William Eckart, information courtesy of Ed Eckart, 15 December 2006.

            ** Birth Certificate of William Eckart, courtesy of DeMerle Eckart.  Twice the Zebinnon spelling in birth certificate appears to be Zbeinen.     


This Chapter is Divided into the Following Sections


(I)......Letter of Roy F. Eckart about William Eckart

(II).....Clues to the Old World Origins of William Eckart

(III)...1849 Immigration of William Eckart to America

(IV)...Louisville, Kentucky ~1850 to 1857(?)

(V)....Shawnee County (now Osage County), Kansas 1857 – 1860's

(VI)...Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas ~1862 - 1869

(VII)..Miami County, Kansas 1869 to 1894

(VIII).Story of Lucie Schultz

(IX)...On Spelling Variations of Eckart

(X)....Who were the Parents of Julia Ann __?

(XI)...Children of William Eckart and Marie Zebinnen


(XII)..Children of William Eckart and Julia Ann __?(X).

(XIII).Census and Tax Records for William Eckart


               (I). Letter by Roy F. Eckart: William Eckart


            From Roy F. Eckart of Albuquerque, New Mexico (~1963):  I have Grandfather (William) Eckart’s Bible, printed in 1828 in German; on the front fly leaf there is his name and the date “1828” in ink that is still clear and legible.  This makes the Bible 135 years old.  There are several entries on the back fly leaf, but being that it is in German script, I cannot read them.  However, I can make out the dates and place (Louisville, Kentucky).  His name was William (no middle initial given) Eckart.  The first entry is dated 12 September 1852, which was my father’s birth date.  Then, there are dates 1854 – 1856, which could have been the dates of other children; the last date written is August 19, 1893.


            Grandfather Eckart came from Colmar, France, which is in the Alsace - Loraine Province; this Province, incidentally, changed hands between France and Germany several times; at the time he left, it was French.  He moved because he was about to be called again to serve in the army.  I learned recently that he left a daughter there with her grandparents and brought his son William F. (12 years old – error, should be 6 – JRM) to this country.  I know nothing of the history of this daughter, nor how long his wife had been dead.


            In Louisville, Kentucky, he met and married Julia Ann Warsaw, a girl from Indiana that was born in Ohio.  In 1854, the family took a boat down the Ohio River, crossed the Mississippi, then went up the Missouri to Westport (now Kansas City).  It was there that he bought a wagon and team of oxen and went to Osage County.  Later they lived in or near Lawrence.  I have heard my father tell of Quantrel’s men coming to their house and demanding horses; this was during the time of Quantrel’s raid on Lawrence.


            About 1860, the family purchased a farm a few miles from Paola and did some farming.  By trade, Grandfather was a comb maker, making combs from the horns of buffalo and cattle.  Some of the tools he used were still on my father’s farm just a few years ago.  He would walk to Kansas City about fifty miles away and sell the combs.  After returning from one of these jaunts, he developed pneumonia, and died at the age of 63.  He and Grandmother are buried in the Paola Cemetery.  I saw the tombstone this spring, but cannot remember the dates on it.


(II). Clues to the Old World Origins of William Eckart

This is what is known:


            From Ed Eckart (15 December 2006):  The father ..."fought under Napoleon in France, 18 June 1815 at Waterloo."


            From a letter of Art W. Ellison to William P. Eckart, March 1952: “Your grandfather Uncle Bill (William Frederick) Eckart was a Frenchman from the North of France.  I don’t know as he ever told you – his (grand) parents were killed in the Bethelmon Massacre in France.  Look up the history.”   ...His son, William F. Eckart, "came from Colmar (Alsace) France."  Colmar is confirmed in William Eckart's 1865 Kansas State Census information, his military papers, and in his Bible record (see below).


            From DeMerle Eckart: The 1843 French birth certificate for "William Frederic Eckart" (1843 – 1905) stated his father William Eckart and mother Anne Marie Zebinnen were both the age 28 and lived in Colmar, France.   


            "The Alsace Emigration Book," by Cornelia Schrader-Muggenthaler states Guillaume (William) Eckart's birth place was Mulhouse (Mulhausen).  Mulhouse, Alsace, France can be found in the National Geographic Atlas of the World.  Both Colmar and Mulhouse are close to each other.  


(III). 1849 Emigration of William Eckart to America


            The Emigration date for Guillaume Eckart with children (not named) is 6 June 1849.  His birth date is listed 1815 with the birthplace Mulhouse (Mulhausen), and his occupation is listed as a comb maker.  (From “The Alsace Emigration Book,” by Cornelia Schrader-Muggenthaler.


            “I understand William Eckart left France because they had to give their land to the Germans or leave.  William hated the Germans so because of it and it even rubbed off on Mother.”  (From a letter of Mrs. E. A. McFarland, 1 August 1963)


(IV). Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky ~1850 to 1857?


            Recorded on the Jefferson County Marriage Register:



William Eckhard...............................................Married 15 June 1850

Julia Warsock........of full age as proved by

                              Michl Demsi(?) S................License returned by F.R. Indt.

                                   (or Dansi)



            William Eckart's bible names his early born children in Louisville:



Bible Records of William Eckart



In Comar, Dec 29 (Christ mouth), 1828.


            On 5 April 1851 afternoon, our son (in L'ville) Andreas saw the world for the first time. 

            On 24 March 1852 our son Andres died in L'ville, Ky – Eckart. 

            On 12 September 1852 at 11 (hi noon) in Louisville, Ky., Julia has born us a son (John) Johannis between 12-1 o'clock in Louisville, Kentucky – William Eckart. 

            On June 111, 1856, my son Geo. Washington was born 7 in the morning, Louisville, Ky -- Wilhelm Eckart. 

            In August 19, 1843, my son Wilhelm Fredrick was born. 

            15 December 2006) -- William Eckart.  On March 12, 1854, My daughter Catherine Eckart was born.


(Courtesy of Ed Eckart of Paola, Kansas, 15 December 2006)



            From tax books of Jefferson County, Kentucky as found through 1855; descriptions were hard to decipher, abbreviated, and not understood. 


1850 Eastern District, City of Louisville: "William Elchard," (followed by) Mad. hilly and Cani S. (hard to read abbreviations); 1 white male over 21 years of age, 1 child between 5 and 16 years of age.  Of possible interest in Eastern District was "Andy Eckarts," C. Juth & Adams, 1 white male over 21; 1 children between 5 and 16 years of age.


1851 Middle District Jefferson County: "Fredk Eckhart," Location – Fellens; 1 white male over 21 years of age; No children listed 5 to 16 years of age.  Of possible interest in the Eastern District was "Andrew Eckard," SE Cor Ful and A; 1 white male over 21; 1 child 5 – 16 years of age.


1852 Eastern District, Jefferson County: "William Eckhart," Land – 25 (acres?), 165 A Mod Shel & Cani 9, Town lot 225, value of each lot – 100; 1 children 6 to 16 years of age.  


1853 Eastern District, City of Louisville: "Wm. Eckhart," Land 25, County 165, N. Mao Shel & Cam.;  Value of land 12, Town lot 300; value of town lot 150; 1 children between 6 and 18 years of age.  Total valve 450.   Of possible interest was "Frank Eckart," NEC MR & Cruifs(?) or Catuf(?), 1 white male over 21. 


1854 Eastern District #1; "William Eckart, Land 25 & 165; E. Ellu Shel & Cam 15; ½ illud(?); townlot 375, value of town lot 150; 1 child 6 to 18 yers of age.  Total Value – 525.  O f possible interest in Western District was "M. Eckart," 1 white male, no valuation.


1855 Eastern District: Wm Eakhardt, 25-165, Willad Shelly Can Land(?); value of land 12, town lots 300; 1 male over 21; 0 children 6-18 years old.           


(V). Shawnee County (Now Osage County) Kansas 1857 to 1860's

Boundaries between counties were later changed



Land Grant to William Eckart


            5 March 1858 (Abstract): Land Office at Lecompton, Kansas granted Military Bounty Land Warrant #26361 to William Eckart, 160 acres SW section 35, Township 14, Range 15.  Document states Joseph Brisvalaer of Shawnee County knew William Eckart, the applicant; that he is a married man with family and is a citizen of the United States.  On 29 January 1858, William Eckart made settlement on the land by building a one story house of logs 14 by 16 feet, board roof with one door and one window, cracks closed and is a comfortable house to live in.  He has six acres broken, a well dug, and an out-house erected.    He moved into the house with his family on 6 February 1858 and has resided there since.   Entered in transfer record 28 July 1877.


            * Actual land claimant was Sylvester Adams, a teamster in Revolutionary War who assigned his claim to William Eckart.


Patent is also filed in Ridgeway Township, Osage County, Deed Book 2, page 619.

Courtesy of Ed Eckart, 15 December 2006



            In 1865, William and Julia sold their western 80 acres to his son William F. Eckart. 



Deed from William and Julia Anna Eckart to William Frederick Eckart


            25 August 1865 (Abstract): William Eckart and Julia Ann, his wife, of the City of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas deeded to William F. for $400 (of which sum of $200 remains to be paid) to them by William Frederick Eckart of the same place a tract of land (in Osage County) west ½ of SW quarter of Section 35, Township 14, Range 15 containing 90 acres. Signed: Wm. Eckart, Julia Anna Eckart.    Recorded 25 December 1865 at 3 pm.  (Douglas County Deed Book C)          


            (On side of deed) Received in full $200 from my son William Frederick Eckart this 11 March 1867.  (Signed): William Eckart


Courtesy of Ed Eckart, 15 December 2006



            On 16 July 1867, William and Julia A. Eckart of Lawrence, Douglas County sold off their remaining acres.  His son W. F. Eckart switched 70 of his acres in 1869, but by 6 April 1870 had sold off the rest.  Family records indicate William and Julia were no longer living on these lands by about 1862 and had moved on to the Lawrence, Kansas area.


            1903 Letter by William F. Eckart about his father William Eckart in Early Kansas From “Early Days in Kansas,” Volume 3, Green Historical Series, July 1913. 



1903 Letter of William F. Eckart


October 8, 1903

Charles R. Green, Dear Comrade:


            In answer to your queries I will say that my father and mother, Mr. And Mrs. William Eckart, landed at Prairie City, one-half mile east of the old Santa Fe crossing of 110 Creek, March 4, 1857.  There were four children, W. F. Eckart 14 years; Mary, 10 years, Kitty, 4 years old at the time.  We came over the Santa Fe Trail with two yoke of oxen bought at Kansas City, where we got our outfit, having formerly lived in Louisville, Kentucky.


            The stockholders who came before my father in the fall previous to Prairie City, were James Gilgrist, Lon James, Robert Lester, Phillip Doane and Joseph Briswalder.  The town contained three quarter sections and on paper it had all the modern improvements but was a bleak prairie in 1857.  Robert Lester was surveyor and laid off the lots in the summer of 1857.  None were ever sold except to parties perhaps in Louisville.  Three frame houses were built – one on each quarter.  When the first party came in the fall of ’56 they erected a log house 10x12 and in it those parties with their wives and children were living when we arrived.  So crowded were they inside that in one end they erected bunks above each other for sleeping and in the other end there was a fireplace where they cooked and lived on the corn meal they had brought with them the fall previous.  The sifted meal would be used for corn bread baked in ovens before the fire.  The bran would be utilized for coffee and thus they had lived all winter when we came.  Of course we brought groceries and meat so they lived better while it lasted.


            Father took a claim three miles above McGee’s on the creek.  At that time the only settler above was James Ackers with his wife and daughter.  One mile still above there were three unoccupied houses, also on the creek.  The first one belonged to a man Moore who was driven away in 1856, next house belonged to a man named Turner and still contained the furniture undisturbed when we came.  The next house was still farther up where Berry Wyatt lived afterwards.  It, too, contained furniture and some harness all undisturbed.  These settlers had been driven away because they were proslavery men or Southerners and were afraid to come back.  Phillip Doane and Robert Lester traded a jack for Moore’s claim and 200 head of hogs and 3 ponies.  The hogs starved and the ponies strayed.  Mr. George Johnson bought the Turner place and a Mr. Bishop bought out the one where Mr. Wyatt lived afterwards.


            In the summer of 1857 the following settlers came after my father and settled on the creek first:  William Eckart, George Johnson, Dan Donahue, George Collin, Dan McCune, Mr. Bishop and Dan Houston.


            The summer of 1857 was dry and the crops planted were light in the spring.  The old trail that ran on the north side was called the Mormon Trail or California road and droves of cattle passed over it on up to the middle of June all bound for California or Oregon.  A good many cattle were thin and foot-sore and often were sold for what they could get from the settlers.  My father bought several young cows, though afterwards when refreshed again some drover following would claim them and take them with him and thus we lost them.


            Father brought a new wagon along and two yoke of oxen.  The first night after landing at Prairie City those two yoke disappeared and we never found or saw them any more.  One immigrant train came along and a wagon containing a family bound for Oregon broke down in front of our house.  They made father an offer of a pair of two year old steers and the broken wagon and father traded so thus we got a team to do our work.  I broke them and often used to take the neighbor women to Burlingame to trade as that was the only way to go and Billy Eckart, as they called me, would take them just for the chance to go to town.  Below on the creek in ’57 came a Mr. Kuts.  Charles Rubow also lived 3 miles below, a Mr. Redman, called Squire Redman, 3 miles still father there was a place joining the Sac (Indian) Reserve, name forgotten, belonging to a slave holder, had good improvements with houses for owner and slaves that had been driven away.  The place was taken by Burdick and Hays and held afterwards by those parties.


            The winter of ’57 my father worked for those parties at 50 cents per day, took pay in corn and we would shell it at night and I with the oxen would go to Burlingame and Saturday and have it ground on those old coffee mills as we called them.  Mr. Denison was the engineer and one Polly the miller.  I often came home at night with oxen tired and I hungry.  Sometimes I had to go still farther to Auburn as the mills were uncertain, only grinding certain days when not broken.  In the Spring of 1858 the town of Versailles was started, One Troop being the principal stockholder.  A hotel was built and occupied for a long time by Alfred Baxter as landlord.  The town was a half mile west of the crossing of 110 Creek on the Sante Fe Road.  I made an error in regard to West Prairie City; it should be Indiana City instead.  It consisted of three houses built by Frank Goebel who represented a Louisville Co.  I will close this for the present.  W.F. Eckart


            W.F. Eckart also noted “110” Creek got its name by Government survey, the distance being 110 miles from Sibley Landing on the Missouri River.



Continuing with Shawnee/Osage County:


            The1859 Kansas State Census for Burlingame Township in Shawnee County lists "William Eckart."


            From Ed Eckart: "The homestead was about two miles west of U.S. 75 Highway, just on the north side of U.S. 56 Highway.  ...110 Mile Creek cuts across there and the land is about 0.5 miles east of the town of Scranton.  The map shows the Santa Fe Trail about ½ mile south." 


(VI). Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas ~1862 to 1869                                      


            About 1862, William Eckart and his family moved.   As Roy F. Eckart related: "Later (the Eckarts) lived in or near Lawrence.  I have heard my father tell of Quantrel’s men coming to their house and demanding horses; this was during the time of Quantrel’s raid on Lawrence."  This ride is retold below.




The Ride For Revenge

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World, 1963


            “Next Wednesday, Lawrence will observe the 100th anniversary of William Clarke Quantrill’s murderous “Ride for Revenge” through the community on that infamous morning of August 21, 1863.  Many a long-time resident here is familiar, even authoritative on what has come to be known as “the blackest page in Lawrence history.”  It was a vicious, violent, inhuman occurrence which left more than 140 men dead and more than 125 buildings wantonly burned, gutted and ripped apart in the nine-year-old Kansas River town.”


            “...As early as 1855, anti-slavery raiders from Kansas, known as “Jayhawkers” swirled through Western Missouri, looting, burning, and killing.  Missouri bushwhackers in turn made devastating guerrilla forays into Kansas.  One man rapidly came to dominate this border war:  William Clarke Quantrill, chief of the Missouri bushwhackers.  For dashing boldness and murderous ferocity, his raids into Kansas had no parallel.”


            “Quantill’s band was composed of tough young Missourians with Southern sympathies who resented the jayhawker raids along with border ruffians, outlaws and riff-raft of all notorious descriptions....”


            “On August 19, 1863, 300 (of Quantrill’s) bushwhackers began marching westward.  They were joined on route by 150 more persons – constituting the largest force of this kind assembled under one command during the Civil War.  Late that afternoon they crossed the border, aided by a miserable failure of Union defenses.  Notified by a scout that a large body of guerrillas were entering Kansas, a lackadaisical Union commander merely forwarded the report to other Union posts down the line.”


             “About 11 p.m. August 20, Quantrill and his band passed through Gardner, 26 miles southeast of Lawrence.  They paused to burn buildings and kill several persons in a sort of warmup for what was ahead.  Benefiting from bright moonlight the ruffians paused when the moon set to get their final instructions.   They were only a few miles southeast of Lawrence.  The first faint rays of daylight had appeared when the marauders reached the high ground east of Lawrence.  Then came the cry of ‘rush the town.”


            “Stories vary, but it is fairly certain by now that the raid lasted about 5 hours, that at least 140 men were killed (some say it is closer to 160,) and more than 125 buildings were demolished.  Every man who could be found was stabbed, shot, beaten, or burned to death.  Husbands were torn from the arms of their wives and slain before the eyes of their loved ones.   ...When the raiders left, the main street was a bed of embers and dead and wounded lined the walks.  The Quantrill group reportedly suffered only one injury.  It took the city 3 days to make coffins and bury the dead.”



            On 24 August 1865, William Eckart purchased lot #43 on the northwest corner of 8th Street and New York Street for $50.  Lot 43 and 44 were sold 12 May 1869 for $1000 which suggests it included a house.  (Deed Book J - page 404 and L – page 383, per Ed Eckart). 


            The 1865 Kansas Census for Lawrence, Douglas County listed William Eckart, age 49, comb maker, and born in Colmar France.  Included in the household were:   Julia Eckart 37, house wife, born Ohio; William Eckart, Jr. 21, farmer born France; Mary E. Dixon 18, France; John Eckart 12, school, Kentucky; Catherine Eckart 11, school, Kentucky; Franklin Eckart 7, school, Kansas; Emma Eckart 4, Kansas; Edward Eckart 2, Kansas. (courtesy of Ed Eckart, 15 December 2006)


             Notice the name of Mary E. Dixon - born in France was included in the household.  Ed Eckart speculates that this Mary might be the daughter of William Eckart who returned to France.      


            In 1866, The Lawrence City Directory listed the Eckart family living on the northwest corner of Henry and New York streets.  William's occupation was a comb marker.              




(VII). Miami County, Kansas 1869 to 1882  


                        About 1869, William and Julia moved to a farm four miles south of Paola, Miami County, Kansas.  U.S. Census records place William and Julia in 1870 Osage Township, and in 1880 in Valley Township of Miami County, Kansas.   



Deeds of William and Julia Ann Eckart


            17 May 1869 Miami County, Kansas (abstract):  William Eckart purchased 80 acres for $400 in the north ½ of NW quarter of Section 9, Township 18, Range 23 E in Valley East Township (Now Valley Township), Miami County.  (Book R, page 186).  This land would front W 347 Street on the north side about 1/3 mile west of the railroad tract. 


            William Eckart later purchased 40 mores acres on 10 Mary 1871 for $480 which joined his southern boundary on its eastern half.  On 26 March 1872, William Eckart and Julia Eckart his wife, for love and affection and five dollars, sold the 40 acres to their son William Frederick Eckart.  This was the NE quarter of NW quarter of Section 9, Township 18, Range 23E.


            27 August 1881, William Eckart purchased a lot at the southwest edge of Paola, Pinnen Addition, Paola Township, Miami County, Kansas for $125.


Courtesy of Ed Eckart, 15 December 2006



            Ed Eckart reports the Paola home no longer exists.   It was slightly northwest of Wallace Park in Paola and close to Bull Creek.  One family history stated the house to be on South Wea Street.  On 15 March 1881, their son John Eckart purchased 160 acres land about 3.5 miles west-south-west of the original 80 acres in Valley Township (see deed under John Eckart).  On 1 March 1882, William died.  Later in 17 January 1884, Julia borrowed money on remaining forty acres and repaid it on 29 January 1892.  She died 6 August 1894.


 (VIII). Story of Lucie Schultz


            From Dorothy Cole Prentiss, 20 September 1974:  “Roy told me his first wife was Marie Zebinnen of France and she had two children, a daughter and a son William Frederick Eckart, born 19 August 1843 in Vesoul, France.  I do not know whether the daughter was born first or not – but he left his daughter in France with her grand-parents – whether with the Zebinnens or the Eckarts, I don’t know.  But it is apparent that the daughter married a man by the name of Schultz because my Uncle Harry Cole told me that she had a daughter Lucie Schultz who visited them for a while when the Coles lived on Myrtle Avenue in Kansas.  Her uncle William Eckart had brought her over to America, but I don’t know when.  Uncle Harry said in one of his letters that Lucie went on to Chicago and was a governess in some prominent families – one being the Potter Palmer family.  She didn’t like her German name and used the name Suchet.  Uncle Harry said they lost contact with her after that and my Uncle Carroll said she was last heard of in Bar Harbor, Maine, about July 1918.”


            From Mrs E.A. (Hope) McFarland in August 1, 1963:  “The sister remaining (in Europe) was why Grandmother Sue Ellison Eckart sent money at Grandfathers death to bring the sister back.  A niece came instead, Lucie Schultz.  I went through all the things and find 3 cards from her, with the last in 1918.  We lost track of her.  She gave her name the French pronunciation during World War I and I remember we tried to pronounce it as ‘Shu say,’ but we worried when she disappeared and our mail came back.”


            Hope continues in another letter:  She “came over here from France around 1908.  I have a photo of her taken in Colmar and another in Chicago in 1909 and a snap shot of her as a French Governess in Canada.  We lost track of her during World War I about 1918.”


            From Treva Eckart Decker, July 1, 1963:  “Sorry, I would like to refute that about Lucy Schultz.  Not too important, but I though you might be interested in knowing that Lucy lived with us most of the time in Tescott, which was about a year.  She left very hastily when your mother and I woke up with chickenpox one morning.  She was very afraid she would contract it and it’s a wonder she didn’t.  She hurriedly packed her trunk and suitcases and took the morning train out of Tescott (we had trains then) and went to Chicago where she took a job as a governess for a French family.”


            “As a young girl, I was quite interested in her, so I was always asking Grandma Eckart about her.  She finally died in Chicago of what we do not know, or whether she was buried there.  She finally changed the spelling of her name which was German to the English spelling because of World War I and she didn’t want to be known as a German.  We, Bernice and I, were glad when she left, I remember.  She took care of us when Mother and Dad both worked in the store.  And when we did something she didn’t like she was very impulsive and would quickly slap us on the face.  That really angered us.  One time I remember as a kid, I was rummaging around in the sewing-machine drawer and ran a crochet hook in my hand.  She took me by the other hand and practically ran to the doctor’s office.  She was a very good musician and could sing and play and had a wonderful education.  She use to go to the Lutheran Minister and talk German to him since he was German and he, in turn, taught her the English language.  When she came over she could write it, but couldn’t speak it.”


(IX). On Spelling Variations of Eckart


            On the spelling of Eckart:  The name Eckart can also be spelled Eckhart, for an Eckhart family moved to Lincoln Center, Kansas, and were found to be cousins of W. F. Eckart (From Bernice Eckart Murphy).  It remains to be determined if the spelling of Eckert is an also an old world variation.


(X). Who Were the Parents of Julia Ann __?


            Ed Eckart sums up the surname problem as remembered in family records: "Uncle John Eckart said Julia Ann's maiden name was Gross.  Lill B. said it was Rusk and Bernice and Bessie Bryan thought it might be Warsaw.  (courtesy of Ed Eckart, 15 December 2006)


            In records for their son, William F. Eckart, stated Julia was born in Ohio and lived in Indiana before her marriage.  This record also stated her maiden name was "Warsaw." 
Their 1880 Census stated Julia was born in Ohio and her father was Scottish.   So far, the Warsaw surname doesn't link to any possible parent. 


            Julia's marriage record spelled the surname as "Warsock."  Warsock does not appear to be a surname, which is a problem.  Both this and the family record do seem to agree on the 1st four letters of Wars___.   Review of the Jefferson County, Kentucky tax record for 1850 and 1851 does not show anyone who might match these spellings.  The closest was a Jane Warnick in the Middle District.  Did Julia's mother remarry and that is why the back-trail is so hard to find?


(XI). Children of William Eckart and Marie Zebinnen


(I). William Frederick Eckart was born 19 August 1843.*   French birth certificate spells name as Guillaume Frederic Eckart and states parents lived in Colmar and family records state he was born in Vesoul or Versone, Alsace-Loraine, France.  William died 18 July 1905 and was buried in Tescott, Ottawa County, Kansas.  He married Sue Ellison at Paola, Miami County, Kansas, on 1 October 1871.  See next generation


(II). Daughter, possibly Marie Eckart, is not well understood and was originally reported that she never came to America.  Ed Eckart thinks her name to be Maria Louise Eckart and she did come to America briefly (per telephone, November 2006).  The 1865 Census does show a Mary E. Dixon, age 18 (born ~1847) living in the household of William and Julia Eckart.   Dixon may well be this daughter.  If so, the Dixon surname suggests a brief marriage.  Returning to Europe, the daughter married a Schultz and had a daughter Lucie Schultz.


(XII). Children of William Eckart and Julia Ann __


This information is with much assistance from Ed Eckart, 15 December 2006; His sources included (1). "Family History of Eckarts and Clarkes," by Pauline Guglielmoni, dated 1 September 1967; (2) "Descendants of William Frederick Eckart" by Shirley Burton, undated.


Children will be noted with Roman numerals (I), (II), (III), etc.

Grandchildren noted with (1), (2), 3), etc.

Great Grandchildren with (i), (ii), (iii), etc.

Great-Great grandchildren with (a), (b), (c), etc.



(I) Andrew Eckart was born 5 April 1851 at Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky and died 29 March 1852 at Louisville*.  William Eckart's Bible record also spelled his name "Andreas."


(II). John Eckart was born 12 September 1852 at Louisville, Kentucky* and died 17 September 1934 at Paola, Kansas. William Eckart's Bible spelled the name both John and Johannes Eckart.   He married Lorinda Cerella Coonradt on 22 March 1880 or 1887.  Lorinda was the daughter of David and File Coonradt.  She was born 2 May 1856 in Brunswick, New York and died at the age of 89 on 4 June 1945.  They lived in Valley Township, Miami County, Kansas.  After John died in 1934, Lorinda lived on her farm which was turned over to her son J.C. Eckart .    



Valley Township Land of John Eckart


            15 March 1881 Miami County Deed (Abstract):  John Eckart was deeded 160 acre on NW ¼ of Section 4, Township 18, Range 2 called Valley East Township.


Courtesy of Ed Eckart, 15 December 2006



            John Eckart + Lorinda Coonradt had 3 children:


            (1). Edith Eckart was born July 1888 in Kansas and married Edward O. O'Connor.  They had the following children: (i) Edward Eckart, (ii) Elizabeth Eckart, died as a young wife, whose children were raised by Edith Eckart O'Connor, (iii) Marjorie Eckart, (iv). Robert Eckart, (v) Frances Eckart.


            (2). John "J.C." Coonradt Eckart was born April 1893 in Kansas and married Leona Newton and farmed his father's farm.


            (3). Roy Eckart was born March 1897 in Kansas and married Vida __.   Roy was a diesel engineer for Sante Fe Railroad and retired in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  This is the same Roy Eckart of Albuquerque, New Mexico who furnished the information on William Eckart.   Children were ((i) Ruth Eckart (11 August 1925) who married Gilbert Dance, (ii) Delta Margaret Eckart (1 August 1934) and married Jimmie D. Moore (8 December 1934).


(III). Catherine "Kitty" Eckart was born 3 March 1854 in Louisville, Kentucky and died 22 June 1905.   Kitty married Justice “Juss” L. Bryan (23 March 1851 – 13 October 1936) and lived in Middle Creek Township, Miami County, Kansas, in 1900.  Their children:


            (1). Effie Bryan (4 January 1875)

            (2). Clifford Bryan (25 February to March 1912)

            (3). Bessie Bryan (30 January 1879 in Kansas)

            (4). Claire Bryan, (6 July 1885 in Kansas)

            (5). Carrie Bernice Bryan (28 January 1889 in Kansas)

            (6). Bernard Bryan (8 February 1891 in Kansas)

            (7). John H. Bryan (born June 1897 in Kansas)


(IV). George Washington Eckart was born 11 June 1856 and died in infancy.


(V). Edward Winfield Eckart (February 1857 – 6 March 1929 Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas) married Abbie Anne Ratcliff (August 1872).   They lived first in Kansas (Osawatomie, Miami County in 1900); moved about 1905 to Oklahoma (Blue Mound Township, Wagoner County in 1910); moved about 1918 to Kansas City, Missouri (Cass Township Texas County, Missouri in 1920), finally settling in Paola, Kansas.   Ed had 8 children, most of which lived about Kansas City, Missouri.  Their children were:


            (1). Foster William Eckart (26 July 1896 Osawatomie, Kansas – 26 July 1969 Holden, Missouri) married on 20 April 1903 to Dulcie Ester Flower (? – January 1976) and had two children. 


            (2). Florence "Flossie" A. Eckart (December 1894) married Frank Risley and had 5 children.


            (3). Theodore Lawrence Edward Eckart (15 December 1902 Osawatomie, Miami County, Kansas – 29 February 1988 Branson, Missouri) married on 20 April 1924 to Mable Marie Lehman (10 September 1903 – 26 April 1970 Kansas City, Missouri) and had 5 children.


            (4). John Gordon Eckart (28 August 1905 Wagoner County, Oklahoma – April 1970 Kansas City, Missouri) married Etta Garnett Gentry (8 December 1906 – June 1978 Kansas City, Missouri) and had 3 children.


            (5). Julia Candace Eckart (15 February 1910 Wagoner County, Oklahoma – 30 July 1971 Kansas City, Missouri) married in 1927 Kansas City, Missouri to Dellis Sylvester Arvin (5 February 1907 Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana – 30 November 1976 Kansas City, Missouri and has one known child.   He was the son of Leo Arvin and Cecelia Cannon.

            (6). Claire Raymond Eckart (26 January 1912 Wagoner County, Oklahoma – 24 September 1987 Kansas City, Missouri) married on 7 July 1934 Church of God, Kansas City, Kansas to Mollie Louse Walton (16 June 1915 Bethel, Kansas) and had 3 children. She was the daughter of John Walton and Cora Keller.


            (7). Bernard Elwood Eckart (26 September 1914 – August 1978 Kansas City, Missouri) married on 30 March 1935 to Mary Lucille Young.) and had two children.     


(VI). Frank P. Eckart, born May 1858 in Kansas and married Ida E. __ (born October 1864) about 1883.  Frank was a boarder with his brother William F. Eckart in 1880 in Ottawa County, Kansas.  They lived in 1900 Perry Township, Woodson County, Kansas; 1910 Logan Township, Allen County, Kansa; 1920 Orange City and Township, Orange County, California and reported there in 1928 Orange, California.  Known children are:


            (1). Josie G. Eckart (May 1884 in Kansas)

            (2). Etta Eckart

            (3). Lucy E. Eckart (February 1888 in Kansas)

            (4). Iona D. Eckart (born February 1888 in Kansas)

            (5). Lee-Fern "Budge" Eckart (son, January 1894 in Kansas)

            (6). Mildred Eckart married A. W. Graham and lived in Orange, Orange County, California.

            (7). Blanche Eckart, (May 1896 in Kansas)        


(VII). Emma Roseanna Eckart was born April 1861 and married in 1880/81 at Paola, Kansas to Darwin Erasmus Cole (March 1860).  Descendants of Lillie Eckart Clarke remember Emma had beautiful white hair, a lovely complexion, and was jolly and good natured.  They lived in Kansas City, Hamburg, Berk County, Pennsylvania (1900) and Los Angeles.   They had 3 children: 


            (1). Harry Beldon Cole (born November 1881 at Osawatomie, Kansas and died 30 May 1966 at Dunedin, Florida) married Anna Mary Zook of Coatesville, Pa., and had no children.


            (2). Elmer St. John Cole (May 1883 at Osawatomie, Kansas and died 8 December 1954 at Upper Darby, Pa) married in 1905 to Elizabeth Hoffman Stauffer of Coatesville, Pa and had 2 children.


            (3). Carroll Wayne Cole (10 July 1890 Missouri at Union Star, Missouri to 10 May 1989) married Lucile Vogel of Chicago, Illinois and had three children.  They later lived in Pasadena, Los Angelis County, California.   


(VIII). Lillie "Lill" Bell Eckart, born 7 July 1865 and died 3 September 1953 at Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas and is buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Paola with her husband.  Lillie married 26 December 1888 at the Holy Trinity Church in Paola, Kansas to William D. Clarke at Paola, Kansas.  Lillie and William had a home on South Wea Street in Paola.  Both were school teachers.  Descendants relate that when Lillie was very old that she finally told her children the "B" in her name stood for Belle.  Her brothers teased her by singing a son "Lillie Belly – Lillie Belly."  These same brothers cut off her curls when their mother was away.   W.D. Clarke died March 24, 1933 at the age of 73.  They had the following children, all born in Paola, Kansas:


            (1). Irene Catherine Clarke (24 January 1890) married William Telaak and had two children.


            (2). Pauline Frances Clarke (26 May 1894) married on 28 October 1924 in Phoenix, Arizona to George C. Guglielmoni (22 February 1896) and had three children.


            (3). Marian Cecile Clarke married John Francis Grady and had 6 children.


            (4). Elizabeth Clarke (14 October 1899) married Cecil Sides (30 June 1892) and had three children.


            (5). Lillian Clarke (28 March 1902 – 4 May 1903)


            (6). Mary Louise Clarke (18 January 1905 – 2 June 1964) married Kendall Walter Day (22 May 1905 – 20 April 1950) and had six children.


            (7). William "Bill" D. Clarke, Jr. (30 September 1907).   Bill was an air pilot in World War II receiving the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Airman Medal, Campaign ribbon of the Asiatic Pacific, 19th group decoration with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and Presidential Unit Citation.   He received a letter of commendation from General George C. Marshall and also from George C. Kenny, Lt. General.   He was in the evacuation of Java in February 1942, operated in New Guinea and Soloman Islands in 1942.  Battles included Java, Macasscar Straits, Coral Sea and retaking of Buna.  After reenlisting a second time, he served with the 510th Squadron of 351 Bomb Group in England, before receiving a head injury after eight months duty.     


            * Bible Record of William Eckart, information courtesy of Ed Eckart, 15 December 2006.  Bible also states William Eckart in Colmar, 29 December 1828 (Christ mouth).  This is possible when William was given this Bible.


(XIII). Census and Tax Records for William Eckart


1859 Burlingame Township, Shawnee County, Kansas, page 4 Kansas State Census: William Eckart


1865 Kansas Census of Lawrence, Douglas County (courtesy of Ed Eckart, 15 December 2006)


William Eckart, age 49, comb maker, born Colmar France

            Julia Eckart 37, house wife, Ohio

            William Eckart, Jr 21, farmer, France

            Mary E. Dixon 18, France

            John Eckart 12, school, Kentucky

            Catherine Eckart 11, school, Kentucky

            Franklin Eckart 7, school, Kansas

            Emma Eckart 4, Kansas

            Edward Eckart 2, Kansas


1866 Lawrence City Directory:  William Eckart and family lived at n.w. corner of New York and Henry (changed to 8th St. (Courtesy of Ed Eckart)  


1870 U.S. Census of Osage Township, Miami County, Kansas


Eckart, William, age 55, comb maker, born France

               Julia A. 42, born Ohio

               John 17, Kentucky

               Kitty 16, Kentucky

               Frank 12, Kansas

               Emma 9, Kansas

               Edward 7, Kansas

               Lilly Bell 4, Kansas


1875 Kansas Census of Valley Township, Miami, Kansas, March 1, page 10 (Courtesy of Ed Eckart:


            William Eckart is not listed

            Julia Eckart 47, born Ohio, valuation $738.00

            John Eckart 22, Kentucky

            Frank Eckart 17, Kansas

            Emma Eckart 14, Kansas

            Edward Eckart, 12, Kansas

            Lily Eckart, 9, Kansas    


1880 U.S. Census of Valley Township, Miami County, Kansas (Page 489B)


Eckhart, William, age 65, comb maker, born France. Parents born France

               Julia A., wife, age 52, born Ohio; father born Scotland, mother born ???

                       Hard to read, - Wurtenberg ??? or Kentucky ???

John, son, age 27, born Kentucky

               Emma R., dau., age 19, born Kansas

               Edward W. son, age 17, born Kansas

               Lillie B., dau., age 15, born Kansas