Brittendall family papers
Clarence Brittendall (b. 1872) wrote from Okeene, Oklahoma Territory to Rilla Stone (1876-1954), Brookville, Saline County, Kansas, as he made improvements on his homestead claim from the Cherokee Strip land run in September 1893. The two exchanged letters until their marriage in November 1894. This collection consists of their correspondence as well as family history notes by Caroline Dean and Bessie Dutton. Most of the letters are accompanied by photocopied transcripts.
- 1893 - 1994
- Brittendall, Clarence, 1872-1956 (Person)
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History of the Brittendall Family
One of ten children, Clarence Brittendall was born on August 23, 1872 to parents John Luther Brittendall and Mary Mallory Brittendall near Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri. In 1879, the family established a homestead in Ellsworth County, Kansas, near the town of Brookville. Clarence and his brother, Will, took part in the Cherokee Strip land run in September 1893 where they established homestead claims near Okeene and Homestead, Oklahoma. That winter, Clarence and Rilla Stone began their courtship in Ellsworth County, Kansas. When Clarence left to make improvements to his homestead claim in February 1894, he and Rilla exchanged letters until he returned and they were married in November 1894.
Rilla Stone, one of five children born to Francis M. Stone and Nancy Jane Farrington Stone, was born in Lecompton, Douglas County, Kansas, on August 20, 1876. The family came from Illinois and later moved to Lincoln County, Kansas, eventually settling in the area of Brookville, Kansas. Rilla died in 1954.
Rilla and Clarence Brittendall sold the homestead in the Oklahoma Territory soon after 1900. Their family of 7 children lived in Kansas, Colorado and Missouri and then settled in Salina, Saline County, Kansas.
.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
RH MS 1120
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift; Bessie Dutton, Caroline J. Dean, and Rhonda Franks; 1994
- Guide to the Brittendall Family Collection
- Brittendall family papers
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Brittendall Family Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1120, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries