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Labette, Kansas KARSTETTERs .... etc

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Re: Labette, Kansas KARSTETTERs .... etc

Posted: 1410582661000
Classification: Query
Regarding Martin and Jane (Nixon) Karstetter in Labette County, Kansas, 1880:

I believe that the daughter "Isabella" who is missing after 1870 census, may be "Rosa B Karstetter" who died in May 1880.

On the 1880 mortality census
1880 Richland, Labette, Kansas
Number of family as in schedule 1: 88
Rosa B Kesleter age 13, f, w, s, born Ill, father born Ohio, mother born Ill, occupation none, died May 1880, burned to death
(Ancestry has her indexed twice as Rosa B Kesleter and Rosa B Kesletin

When you look at family #88 in Richland, Labette, Kansas on the 1880 census you find:

1880 Census
Richland, Labette, Kansas
8 June 1880
88 Karstetter, Martin, w, m, 45, Ohio, PA, PA
- Jane, w, f, 39, Ill, Ohio, NY
- James P, w, m, 20, Ill Ohio, Ill
- Catherine N, w, f, 15, Ill Ohio, Ill
- Martin L, w, m, 12, Ill Ohio, Ill
- Cora M, w, f, 9, Ill Ohio, Ill
- Arthur, w, m, 4, Ill Ohio, Ill

So it would appear that Rosa B is a daughter of Martin and Jane. Since no Rosa appeared on the 1870 census with the family, it is possible that Rosa B and IsaBell are the same person. She was 13 when she died in 1880

Calculating from the data in the Newspaper - Thursday, 27 May 1880, her accident was Tuesday, 18 May 1880, and she died Thursday evening 20 May 1880. A second article said she was buried in Chetopa the next day (Friday, May 21, 1880),

The parent listed is "J Karsteter". It doesn't say father or mother - just that she was the daughter of J Karstetter. It could be possible that Martin Karstetter was J Martin Karstetter as many of the Martins were Johan Martin or John Martin.

Here are the newspaper articles.
Chetopa Advance
(Chetopa, Kansas)
Thursday, May 27, 1880
Page 8
“A terrible accident happend (sic) Tuesday evening of last week which resulted in the death of Rosa B Karstetter, a thirteen year old daughter of J. Karstetter living just north of town. The family, except Rosa and a little baby were away from home, and Rosa was to have supper ready by their return. In kindling the fire, she used the coal oil lamp, and it, as usual exploded, throwing the burning fluid nearly all over her, burning her hands, arms, and abdomen in a manner sickening to behold. Some of the neighbors, hearing her screams ran to her assistance, but she was so badly burned that she only lived until Thursday evening, and was buried the next day. This out to be a warning to others, but it will not.”

The same article (without the last sentence) appears in “The Parsons Weekly Sun” Parsons, Kansas, on 3 June 1880

On 5 June 1880, The Junction City Union, Junction City, Kansas, page 8 says:
“Rosa B Karstetter, aged 13 years, was buried at Chetopa recently. A day or two previous she was in perfect health, but she attempted to kindle a fire with coal oil.”

Joy Kersteter
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