It was a surprise to learn a few years ago that the John Monroe Ganus family had lived in Manassa, Colorado for almost 13 years. I knew that they had lived in Georgia and that they had eventually moved to and settled in Oklahoma. I also knew that my grandfather, Heber, along with his two brothers, Orson and Earnest, had been sent to Colorado from Oklahoma to live with his mother’s brother when they were orphaned . But my first clue that the John M. Ganus family had lived in Manassa came when I was researching at a local archive and had a chance meeting with a woman whose ancestors had also lived in Manassa. This woman shared a map with me entitled “Pioneer Map of the First Survey of the Town of Manassa in Conejos Co., Colorado , Showing the lot location of the original owners and residents of this settlement.”
Below is a copy of a portion of the map of original lot owners for Manassa. Notice that John Monroe (shown as “Old Father Ganus”) and Olivia lived on lot # 40, as did their married son, John T. and his wife Mary (Chisenhall) . Frank Ganus and wife Sally (Faucett) lived on lot# 10. John and Olivia’s younger sons, Roderick, Newton and Robert were not married at the time and would have been living with their parents, John or “Old Father Ganus” and Olivia .
| Portion of map from in the back pocket of|
"The Life and Ministry of John Morgan"
Arthur Richardson, Historical Research
Nicholas G. Morgan Sr.
As a follow up to my last post, I have corresponded with the woman who submitted the Old Manassa Cemetery information to the website, "Findagrave," and she indicated that she had a copy of the sexton records for that cemetery and that the following information was recorded for the Ganus babies buried there:
Ganus, Blanche E. 16 Feb 1891 1891
Parents: W. Frank Ganus & S. E. Faucett
Ganus, Parley L. 18 Feb 1889 2 Feb 1890
Parents: W. Frank Ganus & S.E. Faucett
Ganus, Morgan L. 20 Oct 1887 1888
Parents: John T. Ganus & Mary M. Chisenhall
Ganus, John William 1882 1889
Parents: John T. Ganus Mary M. Chisenhall
As always, the more answers I find, the more questions I have.