Obama's Ancestors Graves in Kansas
Hard Rock Cemetery in Salt Creek Township
Fairview Cemetery where Fulmoth Kearney and Charlotte Holloway Kearney
Our search for President Barack Obama's Kansas Ancestors
began when we learned that the grave of the most recent immigrant on the
President's mother's side of the family had been tracked down to a unmarked
grave in a rural cemetery southwest of Oswego, Kansas. Other descendants
of Fulmoth and Charlotte Kearney had recently placed a marker on the grave,
including the caption that they were the "Great Great Great Grandparents
of President Barack Obama."
While researching the Kearneys' background to prepare
a page about the grave and marker, we learned that many more of the President's
ancestors were buried in Kansas. There are 16 in total at 9 cemeteries.
2 of them turned out to be buried only a mile from my home and had been
members of my church. The generations run from both sets of great grandparents,
back to a great-great-great-great grandmother.
We have since visited all of the cemeteries where President
Obama's Kansas ancestors are buried. 4 of the graves are unmarked and we
are considering a GoFundMe campaign to provide markers.
|El Dorado, Kansas - Sunset Lawns Cemetery in El
Dorado is the final resting place for President Obama's great-grandmother,
Lucille Armour Dunham. She died in 1926 at the age of 26. Her husband,
Waldo Emerson Dunham, is buried in Wichita, Kansas
|Fairview Township, Kansas - Fairview
Cemetery in rural Fairview Township, southwest of Oswego, Kansas is the
burial place of President Obama's great-great-great grandparents, Fulmoth
Kearney and Charlotte Holloway
Kearney. Their graves were unmarked until 2014. Charlotte died
on September 11, 1877 and Fulmoth died March 21, 1878.
|Lenexa, Kansas - Lenexa Cemetery in Lenexa is
the final resting place of President Obama's great-great grandparents,
Wolfley Payne and Charles Thomas
Payne. Della died following the birth of their 8th child in 1906.
Charles lived to be 78 and died in Kansas City, Missouri on February 11,
1940. There is no marker on his grave.
|Olathe, Kansas - Olathe Memorial Cemetery in Olathe
is the burial place for President Obama's great-great-great grandfather,
Wolfley, and great-great-great-great grandmother, Ada
Wright Abbott. Robert died on July 17, 1895 at the age of 60. Ada
was Robert's mother-in-law. She was buried on April 10, 1882 and her grave
|Peru, Kansas - Peru Cemetery in Peru is the final
resting place of President Obama's great-great grandparents, Thomas
Creekmore McCurry and Margaret
Belle Wright McCurry. Margaret lived until 1935 and Thomas lived
until 1939. Both died in Peru.
|Salt Creek Township, Kansas - Hard Rock
Cemetery in Salt Creek Township of Chautauqua County in southeast Kansas
is the final resting place for President Obama's great-great-great grandparents,
Joseph Samuel Wright and Frances
Allred Wright. Reverend Wright died in Hale, Kansas on April 29,
1894 and Frances died in Hale on May 25, 1918.
|Wichita, Kansas - Resthaven Gardens of Memory
in Wichita, Kansas is the final resting place for Ralph
Waldo Emerson Dunham, great grandfather of President Barack Obama.
Ralph died on October 4, 1970 and is buried with his second wife, Martha
Mae Stonehouse, His first wife, Ruth
Lucille Armour Dunham, is the President's great grandmother. She died
in 1926 and is buried in El Dorado, Kansas.
|Wichita, Kansas - Wichita Park Cemetery
and Mausoleum in Wichita is the final resting place of President Obama's
great-great grandparents, Dr. Jacob
William Dunham and Mary Ann Kearney Dunham. Jacob died in
1930 and Mary died in 1936. They are buried in unmarked graves in Lot 188
Spaces 2 & 3 in the Acacia section of the cemetery.
|Winfield, Kansas -
Highland Cemetery in Winfield, Kansas is the burial site of Leona
Belle McCurry Payne and Rolla
Charles Payne, great grandparents of President Barack Obama. Leona
and Rolla married in Peru, Kansas on December 28, 1921. Leona and Rolla
both died in 1968.
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