Assembled on these pages are the results of research on the family history of my grandparents, Anton (Tony) Bouts, Leona Barnett, Tom Sejkora, and Adeline McAliley. The above photos capture a few special periods. Photo 1 (upper left) are newlyweds Addie (Granny) and Tom (Papo) Sejkora. Papo was a native of Czechoslovakia, who, at the age of 12, emigrated to the U.S. and travelled to Kansas with his older brother’s fiancé. His friends and neighbors knew him as “Friday”. Adeline McAliley grew-up in Milan, Tennessee where she studied and became a school teacher that led her to Deming, New Mexico to teach during the late 1920s before coming to Kansas to marry Tom Sejkora, on December 26, 1931. The McAliley lineage came from Ireland through South Carolina where one relative became a lawyer and was elected to the South Carolina legislature. In 1861, Uncle Sam McAliley was the only legislator to vote against South Carolina’s succession from the Union prior to the Civil War. Photo 2 (upper right) shows Anton with his parents and 2 young sisters around 1903. Great Grandfather, Casper, arrived in Kansas with his parents, grandparents and various relatives to homestead in 1879. Their arrival came immediately on the heels of the last Indian raids in Kansas. The Barnett’s and the Fleshers were homesteaders in Jewell County, Kansas in the early and middle 1870s. Photo 3 (center) has three generations of Barnett’s with Tip and Zerilda, their son Ed, his wife Sarah (Flesher) Barnett and their young family outside their new house that allowed them to move out of a sod house that had been their home near Clayton Kansas about 1907. Photo 4 (lower left) are four of eight Bouts brothers, Frank, Ben, Martin and Casper about 1905; Photo 5 (lower right) Tom Sejkora’s (Papo’s) service station “Home Oil Company” in 1929 Jennings, KS. Life history from all of these family members has provided a rich and very traceable American heritage that connects our family to the growth and expansion of this great country.
The town of Jennings is where these pages begin. A small homesteading town that today retains much of the character from earlier times 130 years or more ago. From here, you can join the journey into the family past? A journey that still is full of opportunities for new discoveries. The Bouts (Boutz, Bautz and Bauz) lineage takes us back to Emmelweiler, Wuerttemberg, in Bavaria Germany and the 1848 wars, other lines take us even farther back. Two lines can be traced back to the days of William Penn and his 1682 fleet of 22 ships that provided early English settlement of Pennsylvania (Moons and Haworths). Although the Moon and Haworth family lines would not cross until the marriage of my grandparents Tony and Leona, these two families travelled together with William Penn’s and settle just a few miles apart in 1730 and again later in Indiana. Another line takes us back to Northern Ireland (McAliley). Along the way we'll meet Midwestern homesteaders; hunters, tradesmen, landowners, and pastors; both Union and Confederate soldiers of the U.S. Civil War; a family patriot and Indian fighter of the Revolutionary War (Flesher); a feisty matriarch (Elizabeth McAliley) who defiantly challenged Lord Cornwallis and his British soldiers to retrieve her livestock taken to feed his invading army in South Carolina; my Grandfather’s service in Europe during World War I; another relative who drown near Grand Junction, CO (Uncle William Flesher) trying to wade across what was then called the Grand River. … among these relatives there are Quakers, gentlemen, scoundrels and clergy.
I have been fascinated by genealogy for much of my life but my research has almost become addicting as I trace our family history. The study of my ancestors has given me a personal window into the role my family has played in many key events in our nations history. Validating for me the adage that history is the great teacher of life.
GETTING STARTED - Here are some hints on finding your way around this site. The “Home Card” is linked to information of my Grandparents, Anton (Tony) and Leona Bouts. Clicking on the Home Card button is one way to get started. This takes you to the “Family Sheet” for Tony and Leona. If you were to click on Anton's name you will go to his “Person Sheet” that provides more detailed information. By scrolling to the bottom of a person sheet there are often notes with additional information on the individual. Clicking on photos or the image of a camera will access additional photos. Click on any of the names on any page and it will take you to information on that person. Click the “Web Family Card” button on the bottom of the page to return to the family sheet.
SEARCHING FOR A SPECIFIC PERSON - There are two ways to find specific ancestors. If you only know a last name, click on “Surnames” and you will find a list of family names to start from. If you know the full name, click on “Index”. This will take you to a list of family names followed by each first name listed alphabetically. For example, if you were looking for Wilson Flesher, click on “Index”, scroll down to the family name of “Flesher”, then scroll down to, and click on, “Wilson”
SCROLLING THROUGH A BRANCH OF THE FAMILY TREE - Once you're on a particular “family sheet”, in order to move back in time through the family history, click on one of the parents names. To move forward through the family history, click on one of the children's names. For example, if you started from the “Home Card”, click on “Casper” or “Effie” to follow back through Anton's family history. Click on “Amos” or “Sarah” to follow Leona”s family history.
Information gathered by Richard Bouts (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks to the many family members who have provided sources for information.
Fortunately I have found that within our extended family there are many with an interest in its past. My original sources of information were, of course, my parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I would also like to thank Homer and Allen Boutz for sharing a wealth of information on the Boutz; and the research efforts of my sister in law, Ellen Bouts.