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William C. and Family

( includes surnames: Cooley, Volk, Kingston, Baldwin, Johnson, Suettinger. Arton, Wranosky, Shipley, Leonar, McHenry)

 Contributed by descendant great grandson of Viola:  Chris Wacker

Please click on the photograph below for a full size view

 Researched and contributed by great grandson of Viola:  Chris Wacker

I REMEMBER, I remember
   The house where I was born.
The little window where the sun
   Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon
   Nor brought too long a day;
But now I often wish the night
   Had borne my breath away.

McKenney Family Cabin in Maple Valley

From left:
William Colbrook McKenney,  Emily Cooley McKenney,
Unnamed Work Hand, William McKenney, Florence McKenney, Viola McKenney, Gladys McKenney, Addell McKenney, Howard McKenney.

The photo that mother Emily is holding is that of her oldest child, Marietta McKenney who was married to James Volk and not present at the time.

William Colebrook McKenney
in 1897
Emily Nancy Cooley McKenney in 1897 and c: 1920

McKenney Family
Howard, Emily, Addell, Marietta, Flo, Viola, Oliver  McKenney (seated)

contributed by Dick Volk
The three children of  Viola McKenney (Henry) Kingston are present on this April 22, 1904 photograph from Mountain, Oconto County, Wisconsin.  Marietta McKenney (James) Volk, was mother of Hazel, Oliver and Emily Volk, was the sister of Viola McKenney

Top: Hazel Volk, Oliver Volk, Olive Kingston (b: 1899),
Lower: Lyle Kingston (b: 1901), Russell Kingston (6 mo b: 1903), Emily Volk (3 mo), Norman Volk

Please click on each photo below for a full size view

Researched and contributed by descendant: Gayle Volk

Emily Cooley McKenney

Gladys McKenney

Viola, Florence, Lyle, Oliver, Henry McKenney

 Neil, Howard Jr. and Kent McKenney.
Kent died in Belgium December 23, 1944 during World War II

  Howard McKenney Sr.
William Colebrook McKenney
    b: March 21, 1848 in Fair Haven, Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada.   

immigrated: 1864 (1900 U.S.census)
    occupation: 1880 farm laborer in Oconto, Oconto County; 1910 Store Keeper, general store in Spruce, Oconto County;
    d: May 13, 1921 in Maple Valley, Oconto County, Wisconsin
    burial:  Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, 
( notes on William C. McKenney: 1920 living in Oconto Falls with wife Emily
    paternal grandparents:
John McKenney 1785 - 1862,  Rachel Leonard 1788 - 1877 [from William McKenney death certificate in Canada]
    father: William McKenney b: December 25, 1819 in Deer Island, Fairhaven, New Brunswick, Canada d: 1875
in Deer Island, Fairhaven, New Brunswick, Ca.
    mother: Marietta McHenry
b: December 25, 1818 in Deer Island, Fairhaven, New Brunswick, Canada d: March 31, 1848 in Deer Island, Fairhaven, New  Brunswick, Canada
+ Emily (Ema) Nancy Cooley  - wife of William McKenney
    b:  May 20, 1850 in Loraine County, Ohio. (obituary and 1900 census give year of birth 1850)
    married 1871 in Wisconsin, USA
    d: October 10, 1922 in Maple Valley, Oconto County, Wisconsin, USA
    burial:  Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County,
(notes on Emily Cooley: 1900 census 7 births, 7 living; 1920 living in Oconto Falls with husband William C.;    
    father: Harrison Cooley b: April 1, 1819 in North Eaton, Lorain County, Ohio d: March 3, 1904 in Maple Valley, Oconto County Wisconsin, burial Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin
    mother: Harriet Day  b: March 12, 1821
in North Eaton, Lorain County, Ohio m: 1842 d: March 22, 1895 in Maple Valley, Oconto County Wisconsin, burial Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin)
    children of William C. and Emily:
        1. Marietta (Mattie) Adeline McKenney
               b: February 1873 in Wisconsin
            d: July 17, 1952

            burial: Woodlawn Cemetery
, Oconto County, Wisconsin.
        + James Richard Volk
- husband of Marietta McKenney
(please click VOLK Family Page )
            b: June 16, 1872 in Illinois (Oconto Falls, according to Norman Volk's autobiography)
            married: Sept. 7, 1898 in Oconto County, Wisconsin

            d: June 6, 1946
            burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin.
          children of James R. Volk and Marrietta McKenney:
                1. Hazel Volk born September 12, 1899 died 1972 Married #1 Clarence Arton,  #2 Ed Wranosky; burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin  
                2. Norman Volk born January 16, 1901; married Lois N. Gaskell February 4, 1928; died April 24, 1990; burial LaFayette, Indiana
                3. Emily Volk married (?) Suettinger (Two Rivers)
                4. Garth William Volk born June 12, 1905 died June 8, 1986; married Alice Peters; burial Oak Lawn Cemetery
                5. Gaylord Volk born Aug 5 1908

Florence McKenney
            b: April 24, 1875 in Wisconsin
            d: September 28, 1949  
            burial: Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin

(notes on Florence McKenney: Teacher at Tar Dam Public School, Oconto County,  1908 - 1909 [Mountain Memories Page 56]
        + Herbert Baldwin
- husband of Florence McKenney
            b: August 30, 1875 in England
            immigration: 1881
            marriage: 11 Sep 1899 in Oconto County, Wisconsin
            occupation:  1900 Grocer; 1910, 1920 Merchant, drygoods store
            d: August 16, 1924  
            burial: Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin

(notes on Herbert Baldwin: 1900, 1910, 1920 lived in Armstrong [now Mountain] )
            child of Florence and Herbert:
                1. Oliver William Baldwin - married Irene Shipley (1904 - 1997)
b: January 8, 1901
                    occupation: 1930, 1940 chemist in steel mill, Gary, Indiana
                    d: 1978
Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin 
         3. Viola McKenney
            birth: January 18, 1878 in Oconto, Wisconsin
            death: June 24, 1969
(Social Security Death Index: last known address, Little Suamico, Oconto County, Wisconsin)
            burial: Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin
(notes on Viola McKenney: The couple had three children)
        + Henry Kingston - husband of Viola McKenney (please click KINGSTON Family Page - Richard & Family)
            birth: Feb 15, 1877 in Gillett, Oconto County, Wisconsin
            marriage: Mar. 10, 1898 in Oconto County, Wisconsin

            occupation: Real Estate Man in Timber, Logging, Lumber Mill Owner
            death: December 5, 1945 in Stambaugh, Iron County, Michigan
            burial: Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin

(notes on Henry Kingston:1903 Armstrong Township Assessor; lived until 1920 at Mountain, Oconto County, where Mr. Kingston became a well known logger, then moved to Marinette where they lived until 1940. They then moved to Stambaugh, Michigan where Mr. Kingston established a saw mill.)
             children of Viola and Henry:
                1. Olive Kingston b: March 13, 1899 in Mountain, Armstrong (now Mountain) Oconto County, Wisconsin; married Eyston Lund Anderson; died 1982; burial in Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin
                2. Lyle Henry Kingston
b:  December 17, 1901 in Armstrong (now Mountain), Oconto County, Wisconsin; married Viola Anderson; d: 1990 Armstrong (now Mountain), burial in Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin;
                3. Russell Kingston b: 1903 in Armstrong (now Mountain), Oconto County, Wisconsin, d: 1969, burial in Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin

        4. Howard L. McKenney  
1 Jan 1883 in Oconto County, Wisconsin, (Wisconsin Pre-1907 Birth Index)
            occupation: public school teacher; school superintendant
            d: August 1973 in Tampa, Florida; in Indiana; Howard
(notes on Howard L. Kingston: 1910 teacher single in Louisiana; 1920 teacher in Union DeKalb County, Indiana with 1 son Howard Jr. b: 1919 in Indiana; 1930 Howard was superintendant of schools in Auburn, DeKalb, Indiana)
        + Nell nee?  
            b: August 17, 1885

            children Howard L. and Nell:
                1. Howard L. McKenney Jr. b: May 23, 1918 in Indiana, d: September 20, 2009 in Bloomington, Indiana
                2. Neil R.
                3. Kent H. McKenney
        5. Addell H. (Addie) McKenney  
            b. January 6, 1885 in Wisconsin
            occupation: public school teacher
            d: July 1970 Little Suasmico, Oconto County, Wisconsin (Social Security Deth Index)
            burial: Hickory Cemetery,
Oconto County, USA;
(notes on Addell McKenney: 1914 teaching at Kingston Station, Oconto County; 1930 single, teaching in Waukesha, Wisconsin and living with brother William L. and his wife Emma A. nee ?)

        6. William Leslie McKenney  
            b. July 30, 1893 in Hickory, Oconto County, Wisconsin.
            occupation: 1930
foreman at Church Furniture;
            d: 1976 in King, Waupaca County, Wisconsin:        
( notes on William L McKenney: 1930 living in Waupaca) 

         + Emma A. nee ? - wife of William L. McKenney
            b: 1891 in Wisconsin,

(notes on  Emma A.: no children listed on censuses)

        7. Gladys E. McKenney  
            b: January 30, 1895 in Maple Valley, Wisconsin
            occupation: 1940 farming
            d: December 25, 1986 in Waukesha, Wisconsin,

            burial: Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin 

(notes on Gladys McKenney:  1940 widowed, living with children in Bear Creek, Waupaca County, Wisconsin; buried under the surname Johnson; Listed as Mrs. Leo and Gladys Polzin in sisters Marietta and Viola obituaries)

           + Alfred William Johnson - husband #1 of Gladys McKenney
            b: : May 22, 1883 in Frostville, Maple Valley, Wisconsin,
            occupation: 1930 Dairy Farmer
            d: April 4, 1939 in Bear Creek, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
            burial: Hickory Cemetery, Oconto County, Wisconsin
(notes on Alfred Johnson: Private in Company C, 308th Machine Gun Battalion, World War I; 1930 living in Bear Creek, Waupaca, Wisconsin)
             children of Gladys and Alfred:
                1. Louis
                2. Evelyn
                3. Kathleen
                4. Enid
                5. Dale
           + Leo Polzin - husband #2 of Gladys McKenney


Related News Articles and Obituaries

Mountain Memories

By 1876 the community was becoming more heavily populated. Among these early settlers Al Johnson, Darius Martin, the Cooleys, Ways, Posts, Clapps, Mathewsons, Sylvesters, McKenney's, Christensens and the Davis and Saunders families to name but a few.

(notes: thie families highlighted in red are all directly related. Mathewson to the Kingston; Kingston to the Cooley/McKenney)


Oconto County Reporter
Thursday, May 28, 1914


Addie McKenney returned to her school at Kingston (Station) Sunday.


Mrs. James (Marietta McKenney) Volk  

contributor: Richard LaBrosse

July 17, 1952

Oconto Falls-Funeral services for Mrs. James R. Volk were conducted at the Methodist church on Sunday afternoon, with the O'Neill funeral home in charge of arrangements. The Rev. John P. Simon and the Rev. David Johnson of Madison, officiated and burial took place in the family lot in the Volk Family cemetery. The casket was carried by Bernard, Thorpe, and Loval Bunn, John Dobbertin, Albert Gillis and Edwin Kain. The Rev. Mr. Johnson is a former pastor of the Falls Methodist church.

Mrs. Volk, who was 79 years of age, died at the Pine Manor Rest Home at Embarrass on Thursday morning. She had been a resident of Oconto Falls for many years. Mr. Volk died in June of 1946.

Mrs. Volk is survived by two daughters, Hazel, Mrs. Edward Wranovsky of Shawano, and Miss Emily Volk of Two Rivers; three sons, Norman of LaFayette, Ind., Garth of Worthington, Ohio, and Gaylord of Gainesville, Florida. She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Henry Kingston of Stambaugh, Mich., Miss Adele McKenney of Port Washington, and Mrs. Leo Polzin of Green Bay; two brothers, H.L. McKenney of Auburn, Ind., and W.L. McKenney of Waukesha.

Although she maintained her membership in the church of Christ at Hickory, where she grew to womanhood, Mrs. Volk was active in the Methodist church in Oconto Falls throughout her residence here. She will be remembered by many as a teacher of a class of boys for a number of years in the Methodist church school. She was a kindly neighbor and friend, and the memory of Mrs. Volk always will be a blessed one.


Newspaper unknown
June 1969
Mrs. Henry (Viola McKenney) Kingston

Mrs. Henry Kingston, 91, former Oconto County resident passed away Tuesday afternoon at Mercy Hospital, Oshkosh. The former Viola McKenney was born Jan. 18, 1878, in Oconto, and grew up on a farm in the town of Maple Valley. She married Henry Kingston, Mar. 10, 1898 and from then until September of 1920, they resided at Mountain, where Mr. Kingston became a well known logger.

In 1920 the couple moved to Marinette where they lived until 1940. They then moved to Stambaugh, Mich. where Mr. Kingston established a saw mill. Mr. Kingston preceded her in death Dec. 5, 1945. She lived at Stambaugh until January of 1968. She was a charter member of the Christian Church at Hickory and was very instrumental in the establishment of the Christian Church, Mountain.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Eysten (Olive) Andersen, Miami Lakes, Fla.; one son, Lyle, Green Bay; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Polzin; Addell McKenney, both of Oshkosh; one brother, William, Waukesha; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. One son, Russell, died Nov. 4, 1968, at Key Largo, Fla.

At Soulek Funeral Home, Suring, after 2 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services Friday at Christian Church, Hickory. Burial will be in Hickory Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.

( Note to John Green, January 12, 2014 : In searching for my ancestors in Oconto County I found this page , which is your posting of my great grandmother's obituary. I can add that the date of her death was June 24, 1969. 

Her parents were William Colbrook McKenney (B. 1848, Fair Haven, Deer Isle, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 1921) and Emily Cooley (b. 1852, d. 1922).
Best regards,
Chris Wacker - South Africa.)  


Oconto County Reporter,
Jan. 1963.
Mrs. Beaucock Dies in Oconto

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday for Mrs. Winifred Beaucock, 66, Pensaukee, who died Friday in the Oconto Hospital of a heart attack.

The former Winifred Snyder, a member of the First Presbyterian church ladies auxiliary and Rebekah lodge, was a teacher before her marriage to Leigh Beaucock Dec. 23, 1919. He preceded her in death in 1940.

The body lay in state from 7 p.m. Sunday at the Gallagher Funeral home, and Rebekah services were held at 8 a.m. The Rev. Newton Robert officiated at the funeral rites in First Presbyterian church, Oconto, and burial was in the Brookside cemetery.

Mrs. Beaucock is survived by a daughter, Rita, Mrs. Kermit Leonard, Pensaukee, two brothers, William Snyder and John Snyder both of Pensaukee; and sister, Mrs. Meredith Sawer. Menominee, Mich. and two grandchildren. She married Leigh BEAUCOCK in Wisconsin, 23 Dec. 1919.

                            Leigh was born Oconto Co., WI. July 1890. Leigh was the son of William M. BEAUCOCK and Genevieve "Jennie" Lydia MCKENNEY. Leigh died March 1957 at 66 years of age. Leigh is enumerated on 1930 census with his given name spelled Lee, age 38, born in Wisconsin as were his parents, married at age 28 to Winifred age 32 married at age 22. His occupation fisherman. The census confirms recorded information on their children. The family is enumerated between Frank Livermore and Raymond Swaer.
           31    iv. John Joshua SNYDER was born Pensaukee, Wisconsin 1900. He married Lillian (?) SNYDER. Enumerated on 1930 census in town of Pensaukee, occupation farming and fishing. John is age 30 married at age 25, to Lillian, age 28 married at age 23. The have a son Eugene who is age 2 yrs and 4 mo.