Ron Ware provided this photo of Jim Vanderford and his bride Ada Cooley.


My GG Grandmother, Louisa Dearth married Joel McGee Vanderford in 1862. He was killed during the Civil War, two months after their son, Jim Vanderford was born. After the war, Louisa married my GG Grandfather, Alonzo Bell. That marriage produced my Great Grandmother, Margaret Melissa Bell, the half-sister of Jim.

Jim is depicted in the photo on the right with his new bride Ada Cooley, the daughter of a local ranch owner in Rush County, Kansas. The photo was taken in a studio in LaCrosse, Kansas in 1887.

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