Mary Jane "Jennie" (Pring) McCollough was born on June 5, 1853 in Cedar Creek Township, Allen County, IN, the daughter of John and Caroline (Minerd) Pring.
She and her husband were pioneer settlers of Kansas, and later as a widow she went to Oklahoma. They are profiled in a thick book about the history of Kansas.
On Feb. 7, 1878, in Allen County, the 25-year-old Jennie married 27-year-old Remulous McCollough (1851-1913?). He was a native of Holmes County, OH and the son of Ohio pioneers Hudson and Sina (Griffith) McCullough. (Remulous had a twin brother Romulous.)
The McColloughs had six children -- Margaret "Maggie" Winkler, Nora "Edith" Kennedy, Ella Iona Downs, Caroline Ada "Carrie" Kennedy, Amelia Isophene DeLong and Arthur Delbert McCollough.
They were born over an 18-year span between 1878 and 1896.
Within a month of marriage, on March 25, 1878, the McColloughs migrated west to Kansas. They settled near Rossville in Shawnee County, KS. Much of what we know about their rest of their lives is published in William G. Cutler's 1883 book, History of the State of Kansas. The chapter on Shawnee County (Part 45) states that Remulous:
... owns eighty acres, four miles north of Rossville, all under fence; seventy acres under cultivation; thirty acres in corn and twenty acres in wheat; ... Mr. McCullough is a Democrat.
Remulous' older brother Isaac McCullough had come to Kansas earlier, in 1870, and also owned an 80-acre farm four miles north of Rossville.
In March 1892, the McColloughs made another major decision to take advantage of inexpensive land in the Oklahoma Territory. They took part in what's known as the Land Run of 1892, which opened 3.5 million open acres of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation to settlement by whites. The couple traveled from Kansas with their young children and settled in what became the town of Dale, Pottawatomie County.
Sadly, after four years in Oklahoma, their son Arthur died in infancy, a little more than five weeks old, on July 17, 1896. That left the parents with five girls to raise.
Tragedy struck the family again the following year. Remulous passed away on Feb. 26, 1897, at the too-young age of 46. The cause of his untimely death is unknown. He was laid to rest in the Dale Cemetery, where several generations of their descendants would later be buried.
His grave marker was still legible when photographed by descendants in February 2005.
Jennie survived Remulous by more than two decades. The federal census of 1900 shows her heading a household in Bales, Pottawatomie County. That year, 19-year-old daughter Maggie lived under her roof.
She later resided in the town of Shawnee, Pottawatomie County. She lived there at the time of her mother's death in 1911. Her brother John and daughters Nora, Ella and Amelia are known to have lived in Oklahoma over the years, and were her ongoing friends and companions.
Jennie passed away on March 11, 1919. She was laid to rest in the Dale Cemetery. She was age 66. Her grave marker is seen here.
~ Daughter Edith Nora (McCollough) Kennedy ~
Daughter Edith Nora McCollough (1878-1971) was born on Nov. 15, 1878 in Rossville, Shawnee County, KS.
At the age of 14, she and her parents and siblings participated as pioneers in the Run of 1892 whereby they relocated to Oklahoma and settled in the future town of Dale, Pottawatomie County.
Edith was first married to (?) Ownby ( ? - ? ) in about 1897, when she would have been 19 years of age. They had one son, John R. Ownby. Sadly, by 1900, the marriage was over, and Edith and her son moved into the home of her widowed mother in Bales, Pottawatomie County.
After several years in single motherhood, on either Dec. 11, 1902 or April 6, 1903 (conflicting records), under the name of "Edith Nora Ownby," she married Charles "Wilson" Kennedy (1873-1946), the son of Ransom B. and Sarah Margaret (McKelvey) Kennedy. She would have been age 25, and Wilson 29, at the time. (It's possible Wilson's father actually was Abraham L. Kennedy.)
Wilson was a native of Kansas and had come to Oklahoma as a pioneer during the Run of 1889, initially settling in Dale, Pottawatomie County. He later served as a private with the 32nd United States Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish-American War.
Their four children were Charles Edward Kennedy, Eva Mae Roberts, Doshia Marie Kennedy and Paul Lowell Kennedy.
The U.S. census of 1910 shows the Kennedys living on East Main Street in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK.
In 1910, Charles was employed as a fireman with the city fire department. Over the decade, his responsibilities with the department increased and he eventually became fire chief. He resigned from this position in 1919.
When the federal census was taken in 1920, Wilson and Edith and their children lived under his parents' roof on Philadelphia Street in Shawnee. Wilson's occupation was stacking flour at a local mill.
Later, they made their home in Okmulgee, Okmulgee County, OK. Their address was 508 West Sixth Street, and they belonged to the Okmulgee Christian Church. At the age of 67 in 1940, Wilson had no occupation.
Wilson died on Dec. 17, 1946, at the age of 73, in Okmulgee. The Shawnee News-Star eulogized him as the town's former fire chief. Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church of Okmulgee, led by Rev. Allen. His pallbearers included W.W. Wicker, C.C. Hawk, A.I. Brown, Charles McGinnis, C.C. Patton and Mike Seikel. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Shawnee. Among his survivors, as named in the News-Star obituary, were brothers David Kennedy of Cushing OK, Walter Kennedy of Winfield, KS, Marion Kennedy of Arizona, Mrs. W.R. Phillips of McAlester, OK and Mrs. Clara Neal of Wichita.
Edith outlived him by a quarter-century, and passed away on Aug. 1, 1971. An obituary in the News-Star noted that she "moved to Oklahoma Territory with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Romulus McCollough, March, 1892."
Son John R. Ownby (1897-1956) was born on Sept. 17, 1897 in Oklahoma. He was adopted by his step-father and in 1910, at the age of 12, lived under the parents' roof in Shawnee using the name "Kennedy." Circa 1920, he resided with his parents and worked as a manager of a gasoline and oil filling station in Shawnee. In 1946, his home was in Rollo, MO. He died in March 1956. John may have been married to Sarah (?) but this is unconfirmed. If so, Sarah lived in Tucson, AZ in 1971.
Son Charles Edward Kennedy (1902-1918) was born on Aug. 11, 1902. He succumbed to the Grim Reaper of Death on Nov. 28, 1918, at the age of 16.
Daughter Eva Mae Kennedy (1905-1965) was born on April 13, 1905 in Oklahoma. She married (?) Roberts ( ? - ? ). passed into eternity on Nov. 11, 1965.
Daughter Doshia Marie Kennedy (1908-1909) was born on July 24, 1908. She did not survive childhood, and died at age 16 months on Nov. 15, 1909.
Son Paul Lowell Kennedy (1911-1986) was born on July 14, 1911. When named in the Shawnee News-Star obituary of his father in 1946, his home was in Tulsa. By 1971, with Paul remaining in Tulsa, his wife 's residence was in Tucson, AZ. He died on April 12, 1986, at age 74.
~ Daughter Margaret (McCollough) Winkler ~
Daughter Margaret E. McCollough (1880-1965) was born on June 25, 1880 in Kansas. She grew up in Pottawatomie County, OK after her parents relocated there during the Land Run of 1892.
She married Lucius V. Winkler (1875- ? ), a native of Missouri and the son of Tabitha Winkler. They had no children.
Census records for 1910 list the couple living in Edmond, Oklahoma County, on West Third Street. Lucius worked as a bookkeeper for a retail lumber company. That year, residing under their roof were Lucius' widowed mother and single brothers Felix and Thomas.
Margaret died on May 17, 1965, at the age of 85.
~ Daughter Caroline Ada (McCollough) Kennedy ~
Daughter Caroline Ada "Carrie" McCollough (1883-1974) was born on Nov. 20, 1883 in Kansas.
At the age of 19, in about 1903, Carrie was united in wedlock with 19-year-old David Ransom Kennedy (1884-1954), a Kansas native and the brother of Charles "Wilson" Kennedy.
Their six children were Howard Ransom Kennedy, Frank Oren Kennedy, Hazel Elsie Kennedy, Jesse Burns Kennedy, Jack O'Neal Kennedy and Wanda Beth Kennedy. (The youngest two children were twins.) Sadly, daughter Wanda died on Nov. 23, 1923, at the tender age of about three months. Her remains were placed at rest in the Dale Cemetery.
When the federal census was taken in 1910, the Kennedys made their home on a farm in Bales, Pottawatomie County, OK. At that time, they had been married for seven years and had produced their four eldest children.
They resided in Cushing, OK.
David died at age 70 on July 25, 1954.
Carrie outlived him by more than two decades, and she passed away on Sept. 16, 1974. They rest together in Dale Cemetery in Pottawatomie County,
Son Howard Ransom Kennedy (1904-1982) was born on July 29, 1904 in Oklahoma. He died on July 8, 1982.
Son Frank Oren Kennedy (1906- ? ) was born on Jan. 22, 1906 in Oklahoma.
Daughter Hazel Elsie Kennedy (1908- ? ) was born on Feb. 22, 1908 in Oklahoma.
Son Jesse Burns Kennedy (1910- ? ) was born on April 12, 1910 in Oklahoma. He died in May 1983.
Son Jack O'Neal Kennedy (1923- ? ) was born on Aug. 25, 1923. He was a twin with his sister Wanda. Sadly, the sister died at age three months.
~ Daughter Amelia Isophene (McCollough) DeLong ~
Daughter Amelia Isophene McCollough (1886-1975) was born on Feb. 11, 1886 in Kansas. Her first name has been misspelled as "Emaline."
At the age of 20, Amelia married 31-year-old Jacob Mathis DeLong (1875-1940), a native of Ohio and the son of William DeLong. The ceremony took place in Tecumseh, OK on June 25, 1906. Their wedding portrait is seen here.
The DeLongs resided in Shawnee, where they raised their nine children -- Clyde R. DeLong, George W. DeLong, Harold L. DeLong, Margaret L. Walker, Lou Ella Mae Clemons (or "Clemmins"), James E. DeLong, Eugene M. DeLong, Virgil A. DeLong and Dale E. DeLong.
In 1910, the DeLongs lived in a house on South Oklahoma Street. That year, Jacob earned a living as a cook in a local restaurant. Residing next door was Amelia's widowed mother and 20-year-old single sister Ella.
Ten year later, in 1920, they dwelled in Davis, Pottawatomie County, with Jacob's widowed father and Amelia's married sister and brother in law, Ella and Oscar Downs, living under their roof.
Jacob "was a contractor for sheet and metal work," said the Shawnee News-Star. The 1920 federal census labeled him as a "tinner" for a rail road shop.
He died at age 64 on June 20, 1940.
Five of the DeLongs' sons served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, and they were featured in a 1945 article in the News-Star. Said the article, "When the DeLong sons walk into 627 North Bell and hang up their uniforms, it will be a great day for Mrs. Amelia DeLong..." Son George was "one of the first Americans to enter Cherbourg where more than 6,000 Germans were taken prisoner... He landed in France on D-day plus eight." Son Clyde was an amphibious engineer who fought in the battle of Corregidor and was wounded in the invasion of the Philippines, recovering in a general hospital in New Guinea. Son James "spent eight months in New Georgia and the Solomon Islands..." Son Harold was with "the service squadron of the air corps, [and] is now somewhere in Belgium," the article said. Son Eugene served with the US Navy and was stationed at Norman (OK) Naval Airport and at Astoria, OR.
As a widow, Amelia "made her home in this area, living in Shawnee since 1904," said the News-Star. She outlived her husband by a quarter-century and "was a charter Member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church."
She entered eternity on Jan. 31, 1975. They are buried in Fairview Cemetery.
Son Clyde R. DeLong (1907-1987) was born on Feb. 17, 1907. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. He married Doris I. (?) (1912-1989). They resided in Chandler, Maricopa County, AZ. He died on July 30, 1987, at the age of 80. Doris survived him by two years. She passed on Feb. 27, 1989. Interment was in the Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery in Chandler. [Find-a-Grave]
Son Harold Leroy DeLong (1915-2002) was born on Sept. 5, 1915 in Shawnee. An apparent lifelong bachelor, he worked for the postal service prior to his World War II service as a private first class in the U.S. Air Force. Upon his return, he rejoined the post office, and worked there until his retirement in January 1974. He belonged to the Elks Club and American Legion in Shawnee. He passed away on Nov. 16, 2002, at the age of 87. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Shawnee News Star.
Son James E. DeLong (1923-2010) was born on May 16, 1923 in Shawnee. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy and in 1943-1944 saw two tours of South Pacific duty. After the war, he returned home and obtained employment helping to construct power lines to fuel the nation's growing need for electricity in more rural areas. One of his assignments as a lineman took him to Montana and to the town of Eureka. While there, he met and fell for Helen Shenefelt (1928-2007), daughter of Francis Miles and Eva (Baillargion) Shenefelt. They were married in 1951 and produced four children -- Virginia Renee Randall, Thomas DeLong, Dennis DeLong and Kevin DeLong. Over the years, James' work caused them to move throughout the West, with an estimated 230 different postal addresses. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Meadow Lake Country Club and worked there as greens-keeper. Later, when in his 80s, he coached the golf team of Eureka High School.
Reported the Daily Inter Lake newspaper, Helen grew up with a mother who cooked for logging camps in Montana, and Helen attended country schools. Said the Inter Lake: "Helen worked all her life, starting as a teenager at the Eureka Drugstore and the Standard Grocery in Eureka. After leaving Eureka she worked as a cook and waitress in many restaurants. She also worked in retail. Helen and her sister, Myrtle, had their own restaurant in Whitefish. She later worked for Costco." Upon retirement, she became a foster grandmother, enjoying knitting, cards and the Red Hat Society. In 1998, Helen authored an autobiographical, 148-page book, Sisters Three of Montana. (An original copy is preserved in the Minerd.com Archives.) James and Helen, seen here in a portrait taken circa 1991, provided information for this biography. Helen died at age 78 on Oct. 14, 2007, just six months after her last email to the founder of this website. James survived her by three years. he passed into eternity at the age of 87 on May 21, 2010. Burial was in Eureka's Tobacco Valley Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Inter Lake.
Daughter LouElla DeLong (1921- ? ) is believed to have been born on May 29, 1921. She married (?) Clemons. In 2002, her home was in Riverside, CA. She reputedly passed away on Feb. 3, 2015, at the age of 93. This all needs to be confirmed.
Son Virgil A. DeLong (1927-2011) was born on June 9, 1927. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He resided in 2002 in Golden, CO. He died on Feb. 19, 2011, with burial in Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.
Son Dale Elmer DeLong (1929-2012) was born on Nov. 24, 1929 in Shawnee. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era. Later, he returned home and received his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. Said the Houston Chronicle, "Most of his career was spent as an oil and gas executive, and he owned the patents to many inventions used in the field. He had a wicked sense of humor and was the first to laugh at a good joke, particularly an Aggie joke." In about 1955, at the age of 26, he married Mary Lou Snell, and they remained together for 57 years. Their three daughters were Laurie Kane, Janis Horvath and Rebecca Aydelotte. The DeLongs lived in Houston, TX. Dale died at the age of 82 on Sept. 12, 2012, with his wife and daughters at bedside. An obituary was published in the Chronicle, and a private memorial service was held at Texas A&M's Aggie Field of Honor.
Daughter Margaret DeLong ( ? - ? ) wed (?) Walker. She was deceased by 2002.
~ Daughter Ella Iona (McCollough) Downs ~
Daughter Ella Iona McCollough (1889-1971) was born on July 25, 1889 (or 1890) in Kansas.
Unmarried at the age of 20, in 1910, she lived at home with her widowed mother in Shawnee and earned income as a seamstress.
She eventually married Oscar Downs (1882-1921), a native of Iowa whose parents also were Iowans. He was eight years older than his bride.
They produced five children -- Vola Mae Downs, Ethel Pauline Bush, Edward Russell Downs, Ralph E. Downs and Rheba Marie Downs.
Circa 1920, when the federal census was enumerated, the Downses lived under the roof of Ella's sister and brother in law, Amelia and Jacob DeLong, in Davis, Pottawatomie County. That year, Oscar was employed as a salesman for an oil company.
Oscar passed away circa 1921. The cause behind his untimely passing it not yet known but will be added here when discovered.
Ella survived for another half century. In 1930, nine years after her husband's death, Ella resided with her children along West 4th Avenue in Marietta, Love County, OK.
She died on Aug. 6, 1971, just five days after the passing of her sister Edith. They are buried in the Little Cemetery east of Shawnee.
Daughter Vola Mae Downs (1913- ? ) was born in 1913 in Oklahoma.
Daughter Ethel Pauline Downs (1915- ? ) was born in 1915 in Oklahoma. She married (?) Bush.
Son Edward Russell Downs (1916- ? ) was born in 1916 in Oklahoma.
Son Ralph E. Downs (1918-1993) was born on Sept. 22, 1918. According to records kept by Max Walker, Ralph died on March 22, 1993.
Daughter Rheba Marie Downs (1920-1943) was born in 1920. Sadly, she died in 1943 at the age of 23. The cause of her passing is unknown.
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Many thanks to Sandra Ammerman-Paser, the late Helen DeLong, Barb Lewis-Hardung and Max Walker who have shared information for this biography.
Donald L. Kear, a distant nephew of John Pring's, has an extensive collection of information on this family on his "Kear Family Site." He also has published his findings in The John Cears Kear Family (1984).
For those interested in Shawnee, one of its residents over the years was Brewster Higley, author of the lyrics of the famous song Home on the Range, who died there in 1911.
Copyright © 2002-2005, 2015 Mark A. Miner. Grave marker photos by Max Walker.