Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Civil War Veterans Of Burlingame Kansas

Here are just a few Civil War Veterans at rest at Burlingame cemetery.

Henry C. Scott.

Co. A, 23rd N. Y. Infantry
The Burlingame Enterprise, Thursday, Nov. 26, 1908, Pg 1
Vol. XIV, No. 6.

H. C. Scott, who for almost two decades has been a citizen of Burlingame and a prominent factor in the later history of the town, died at his home a mile north of town on Wednesday, November 18. Mr. Scott has been in failing health for the past two years, but was able to be about until very recently and withal his demise occurred almost without warning.

Henry Clay Scott was born April 17, 1831, in East Smithfield, Pennsylvania, aged at his death 77 years, 7 months and 1 day. He was married in Smithfield, November 11, 1863, to Olive A. Niles. Mr. Scott served for two years in the Union army in Co. A, of the Twenty-third New York Volunteer Infantry. In his early life he learned the carpenter’s trade. At the close of the war he and his family moved from Pennsylvania to Turner Junction, Ill. Here he engaged in farming till 1870, when they moved to Burlingame, Kansas. Three children were born to them, Clinton Sherman, Ernest Farwell and Willard Wood. Only a few month after coming to Burlingame and on July 28, 1870, Mrs. Scott died, and in July 1871 the son, Willard, passed away.

On September 11, 1882, Mr. Scott was united in marriage to Nellie S. Russell, in Ontario, New York, who had formerly been engaged in teaching school in Burlingame. Mrs. Scott and the two sons, Clinton, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Ernest of Burlingame, remain to the immediate family to mourn the loss of the husband and father. Mr. Scott was a man whom it was good to know. His general bearing was that of kindly interest in the affairs of others, of good will for all, of activity, enterprise and unbounded faith in the interests of his own home and business. His was not a nature for moroseness, nor did adversity or trouble affect his genial character. He was an Odd Fellow of more than thirty years standing and to him fraternity meant much. The lodge of I. O. O. F., No. 14, together with E. P. Sheldon Post No. 35, G. A. R. attended the funeral which was held at the farm home, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. C. E. Flanagin, officiating.

James Haller.

Surgeon of 38th OH. Volunteer Infantry
William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas

DR. JAMES HALLER, physician and surgeon, came to Kansas and located in Burlingame in the spring of 1868. He was born in Franklin, Warren Co., Ohio, March 4, 1824. Commenced reading medicine with his father Dr. John S. Haller, in 1846. Attended Medical College at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1849-50 and 1851, graduating in the latter year. Went to California in 1852, and practiced his profession there two years, returned home and went to Philadelphia, where he attended the course of lectures for the winter term of 1854-55 at Jefferson Medical College, during which time he was a private pupil of that eminent physician, Dr. J. M. Dacosta, now Professor of Theory and Practice in the afore named college. He was married September 2, 1856, at Middletown, Ohio, to Annie B. Schenck. They have six children - Ada, a teacher in Burlingame public schools; Mary, married to H. G. Bonham, and living in Emporia; Irving in the mercantile business in Burlingame; Jane, attending State Normal School at Emporia; James, and George attending public schools in Burlingame.

He was commissioned Assistant Surgeon of the Thirty-eighth Regiment Ohio Volunteers, June 10, 1861, and served as such until July 13, 1863, when he was commissioned Surgeon of the same regiment. After the battle of Chickamanga he was transferred to the Hospital of the Third Division of the Fourteenth Army Corps. Where he remained until mustered out at Savannah, Ga., January 9, 1865. He is now serving his second term as Mayor of the City of Burlingame. He is also serving, by appointment of Governor Glick, as one of the Regents of the State Normal School at Emporia.

Daniel R. Kilbourne.

Co. I, 14th ILL. Cavalry
William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas

DANIEL R. KILBOURNE, farmer, Section 23, P. O. Burlingame, was born in Canada, November, 1837; son of Benjamin Kilbourne and Sophia Corley. He was educated at Stanstrad Academy and the University of Vermont. Came to the United States in 1856, settled in Illinois, and in 1871 came to the State and settled in Dragoon Township. Owns 440 acres improved, good buildings, fine orchard, etc. Mr. Kilbourne is one of the most enterprising farmers in his immediate neighborhood.

He is public spirited, and always ready to lend his voice and influence in favor of every worthy enterprise. He enlisted in 1862 in Company I, Fourteenth Regiment Illinois Cavalry. His regiment followed the guerrilla Morgan, and were in the battle of Knoxville, Tenn., and with Gen. Sherman in his march to the sea. He was promoted from Second Lieutenant to Captain by brevet, and was honorably discharged October, 1865. He was nnited (sic) in marriage January 1, 1868, in Rockford, Ill., to Miss Alice E., daughter of Jerome B. Brewer. They have three children - Gertrude V., Charles II and Floyd A. Mr. Kilbourne is a Master Mason and a member of E. P. Sheldon Post, No. 79, G. A. R. He has served several terms as a Justice of the Peace.

George W. Doty.

Co. H, 4th N. Y. Heavy Artillery
William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman:

GEORGE W. DOTY, postmaster, was born October 27, 1843, in the town of South Bristol, Ontario Co., N. Y. When about ten years old he removed to Niagara County, N. Y., where he resided three years, and returned to Ontario County. At the age of fifteen he attended Chamberlain's University, Randolph, Cattarangus Co., N. Y. After leaving this school he was employed as clerk in a grocery store in Canandaigua, N. Y., and September 10, 1862, when eighteen years of age he enlisted in Company H, Fourth New York Heavy Artillery, which was assigned to duty in the defense of Washington, and in the spring of 1864 was transferred to infantry, and joined the army of the Potomac, Fourth Brigade, Second Army Corps.

The command participated in all of the engagements of Grant's campaign with the Potomac Army until Lee's surrender. He was wounded at the engagement in front of Petersburgh on the 18th of June, 1864, and was sent back to Carver Hospital, Washington, D. C., and when convalescent was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, and assigned to duty in charge of a division at the hospital. He was discharged July 15, 1865, and returned to Ontario County, remained there a short time and then moved to Calhoun County, Mich. Here he learned the stonemasons' and plasterers' trade. In the winter of 1868 he returned to New York and spent the winter, came to Kansas in April, 1869, and engaged in work at his trade.

He was employed the following year in the land office of his uncle, Hon. O. H. Sheldon. He was married in the fall of 1871, at Burlingame, to Miss Ella C. Beverly, of Lake County, Ill., and they have three children - Lloyd E., Preston B. and Ogilvie H. In 1873 he commenced work in the postoffice, and 1877 was appointed postmaster, and has since held that position. In 1878, in connection with William Thomson, Esq., bought out the land and insurance agency of Billings, Marshall & Sheldon, subsequently buying Mr. Thomson out. He remained in that business until 1881, when he sold it to C. M. Sheldon, and bought an interest in the Osage County Chronicle, of which paper he had editorial charge for some time, retiring in November, 1882. He has been a member of the City Council two terms; the last term, was elected President of the Council. He joined the Methodist Church in 1870, and is a member of the I. O. O. F. and Encampment, and G. A. R. Mr. Doty has been an active worker in politics in all elections, from local to national. He usually exercises much influence in shaping the course and policy of the Republican party in his county and section.

William P. Deming.

Co. I, 11th KS. Cavalry
William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman:
WILLIAM P. DEMING, farmer, Section 11, P. O. Burlingame, was born in Vermont, May 10, 1832, and is the son of David E. Deming and Eclecta L. Eldridge. When he was a child his father moved to Kalamazoo County, Mich., where he grew to manhood. He came to this State in 1860 and settled in Burlingame. He owns a farm adjoining the city containing 160 acres, with good improvements and a coal shaft.

Mr. Deming is one of the prosperous farmers in Osage County. When the war raged fiercely he offered his services to the Government. He enlisted in September, 1862, in Company I, Eleventh Regiment Kansas Volunteers and was transferred in 1863 to Sixty-fifth Regiment United States Colored Troops and appointed Captain. He was mustered out of the service in 1867. He was united in marriage in Burlingame, Kan., June 10, 1868, to Mrs. Elizabeth M. Densmore, daughter of John Drew, Esq. Mr. Deming was educated in Kalamazoo Academy and Commercial College, in Chicago, Ill.

Charles P. Drew.

Co. I, 11th KS. Cavalry
William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas

CHARLES P. DREW, salesman and bookkeeper for Finch, Lord, & Nelson came to Kansas in November, 1855, with his parents. He was born in Kingston, Canada, and when an infant, his parents moved to New York city, where he remained until coming to Kansas. He engaged in farming until September, 1862, when he enlisted in Company I, Eleventh Kansas. Was in all the engagements of his command, spending the last year of his service in Indian warfare. He was promoted to Corporal in February, 1864, and mustered out September 15, 1865, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; returned to Burlingame and attended school for a year and then went into the mercantile business as a clerk.

In 1870, he engaged in business at Osage City, and remained about eighteen months, when he returned to Burlingame and clerked for Levi Empie about a year; he then went to Dodge City, and run a store for Charles Roth & Co., for about a year and returned home and clerked for J. P. Williams about four years; then clerked for his brother a year and bought him out and formed a co-partnership with H. A. Billings, which continued until May, 30, 1882, (sic) when they sold to Finch, Lord & Nelson. He has been a member of the city council two terms. In June, 1882, he was elected Captain of the Burlingame Guards, having been First Lieutenant since May 22, 1880. He was married, September 18, 1868, at Burlingame, to Miss Lucy A. Cable, of Harrisburg, Pa., and has three children - Nelly F., Charles E., and Lizzie K. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and Encampment, and G. A. R. Post.

Lewellyn O. Snoddy.

Co. H, 11th KS. Cavalry and Co. I, 18th U. S. C. Infantry

Cager Pugh.

Co. D, 68th U. S. C. Infantry.

Charles H. Taylor.

Co. F, 15th CT. Infantry

Calvin P. Morgan.

Co. A, 9th OH. Cavalry

Peter M. Carnine.

Co. H, 9th KS. Cavalry
The Emporia Gazette, Friday, Dec. 6, 1918

Died: Dec. 5, 1918

Peter M. Carnine Dead.

Peter Marion Carnine died at his home, 1102 Congress Street, yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock, of hardening of the arteries. Mr. Carnine had been in failing health for a year or more, and for the past few months his condition was critical. He was conscious until yesterday morning, and death came while he was asleep. Mr. Carnine was born in Johnson County, Indiana, March 4, 1835. He came to Kansas in 1857 and took a claim six miles north of Iola. He enlisted for service in the Civil War, in Company H, 9th Cavalry, in the fall of 1862, he was married to Miss Mary Susan Luyster, and in 1890 the Carnines moved to Emporia. Mr. Carnine was a charter member of the oldest Presbyterian Church in Southeastern Kansas, of Carlyle, and was an elder of that church until they left Carlyle.

Mr. Carnine united with the church when a young man, and lived every day the faith he professed. No man was more faithful to his church than he, no man more loyal to his friends, and his eight sons and daughters, fine, true men and women, attest to his devotion to his family, and to the fulfillment of his family, and to the fulfillment of his every obligation to them. The Carnine golden wedding celebration in 1912, was one of much joy and satisfaction to Mr. and Mrs. Carnine, when their children and grandchildren, their old friends and neighbors, came to rejoice with them. Mr. and Mrs. Carnine retained in their old age a remarkable degree of health and attended regularly to their duties in their home and in the community. For a year or more Mr. Carnine had been kept at home by failing health, and Mrs. Carnine was his constant companion.

Mr. Carnine is survived by Mrs. Carnine and their eight children, Mrs. E. W. Beeson, of Emporia; William Carnine, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Vermillion; Mrs. Hattie Gordon, Ordway, Colo.; John Carnine, in Y. M. C. A. work at Fort Lawton, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Dell Buckingham, Yuba City, Calif.; Harry Carnine, of Burlingame; Charles Carnine, of Emporia; George E. Carnine, of Arco, Iowa; three sisters, Mrs. Joseph Handley, Mrs. Sarah Bergen and Mrs. Rachel Heln, all of Frankland, Ind., and one brother, John Carnine of Seattle, and seventeen grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Carnine home, 1102 Congress Street. Dr. R. B. A. McBride, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Carnine, was a member, assisted by Dr. W. C. Templeton, of Winfield, will conduct the services, and interment will be made in Maplewood Cemetery, N. B. Haynes, S. Altman and L. P. Munson, of the eldership of the First Presbyterian Church, and J. H. Ray, Charles Harris and J. R. B. Edwards, of the Grand Army, will be the pall-bearers. Mrs. J. M. Parrington, Mrs. John Hoffer, E. N. Evans and E. E. Anderson will have charge of the music.

William Vanderlip.

Co. C, 2nd KS. Cavalry

William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman:
WILLIAM VANDERLIP, farmer, P. O. Carbondale, Section 10, born in Chemung County, N. Y., October 13, 1825; son of Stephen Vanderlip and Nancy Delano, where he lived until 1860, when he came to the State and settled in Shawnee County, and a year after purchased a farm in Burlingame, containing 160 acres, which he has improved and now has under the plow.

He enlisted, September 1, 1862, in Company I, Second Regiment, Kansas Cavalry, and served until the close of the war, participating in all the engagements in which the regiment was called. Discharged, November 15, 1865. He was married in Bradford County, Pa., December 1, 1854, to Miss Mary J., daughter of Samuel Thomas, Esq. They have seven children - John P., Charles, William, Edward, Martha, Lizzie and Josephine.

Alexander G. Seaman.

Kansas State Militia
Portrait and Biological Record of Southeastern Kansas, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the Counties, Together with Biographies and Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States and The Governors of the State of Kansas. Chicago, Biographical Publishing Co. 1894.

Hon. Alexander G. Seaman resides on the west half of section 26, township 19, range 22, and is one of the well known farmers of Liberty Township, Linn County. His residence in this county dates from 1860, although he resided in Kansas for two years previous to his advent in Linn County. During the period of more thirty years that he made his home here, he has, while materially promoting his own interests and gaining a competency, also advanced the welfare of his community. At the time of coming to Kansas he had only $4 in cash and was in debt to the amount of $15 but through untiring perseverance and good management he has been greatly prospered.

Born in Chemung County, N. Y., January 2, 1835, our subject is the son of Chauncey and Margaret (Glenn) Seaman, both natives of the Empire State. The Seaman family is of English extraction, but has been represented in the United States for several generations. The grandfather of our subject, Andrew Seaman, was a native of New York, where he followed the trade of tailor, and also engaged in farming. During the War of the Revolution he was a soldier in the defense of the Colonies, and drew a pension from the Government for his services. His home was for many years in Schenectady County, N. Y., where he died at the age of ninety-six.

One of a family of twelve children, Chauncey Seaman was born in October, 1807. He was reared as a farmer, and for a time engaged in teaching school. After his marriage he resided for a few years in Chemung County. His wife died a few years after their union, leaving two children: Andrew, a resident of Whiteside County, Ill., and Alexander G., of this sketch. He married a second time, and of that union one child was born, Stephen, a resident of LaCygne, Kan. In 1850 Chauncey Seaman emigrated to Illinois and resided in Whiteside County until 1863, meanwhile clearing some land and improving a farm. Coming to Kansas in 1863, he purchased a half-section of land near Parker, and here he remained until his death, which occurred in 1867.

In his political belief, Chauncey Seaman was in early life a Free-Soil Democrat, and in 1860 supported Stephen Douglas, but he subsequently acted with the Republican party. At the time of his death he was filling the position of Justice of the Peace, which was the only office he ever held. However, he was always active in the support of his party’s principles, and gave his influence in behalf of its candidates. He was a man of firm convictions upon all subjects of importance, and through his upright life and conscientious dealings with all, he gained the esteem of his large circle of associates. Orphaned in infancy by the death of his mother, our subject was taken into the home of his grand-parents and by them tenderly cared for until his father’s second marriage. He was reared on al farm, and in addition to becoming familiar with agriculture in its various departments, he also learned the trade of a carpenter and joiner.

In 1850 he emigrated to Illinois, and resided in Whiteside County until he came to Kansas in 1858, making the journey to this state with an ox-team, and spending two months en route. He stopped first at Burlingame, Osage County, where he pursued his trade. In 1860 he came to Linn County, and resided on the land owned by his father until 1864. He then purchased one hundred and sixty acres of unimproved land, to which he has since added until he is now the owner of three hundred and twenty valuable acres. Here he engages in general farming and stock-raising, and buys and sells stock extensively. His farm is embellished with all the attributes of a first-class estate, and the residence is one of the most attractive in the township.

In 1858 occurred the marriage of Mr. Seaman to Miss Elizabeth Klingaman, and four children have been born of the union: Margaret, wife of R. W. Nungesser; Chauncey, who resides in Sedgwick City, Kan.; Amelia, Mrs. William Hockenberry, who lives with her parents; and Emma, wife of Henry Adams, of Pueblo, Colo. Formerly a member of the state militia, Mr. Seaman was caller out into active service several times during the Civil War, and took part in the battle of Westport. In politics he is a Republican. In 1874 he was elected Treasurer of Linn County and held the office for the term of two years. He has been Trustee of his township several terms, and in 1869 represented his district in the State Legislature. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, being a Knight Templar, and is also identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Before the village of Parker was founded Mr. Seaman conducted a general store for three years, and also had a post office here. When the railroad passed through Parker he sold his business to the first merchant in the town. For about ten years he conducted a nursery business on his farm, and for five years, he was connected with a nursery at LaCygne. His nursery was the first in this part of the county and was started by Mr. Bishop during the Civil War.

John Rambo.

Co. L, 15th KS. Cavalry
William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman:
JOHN RAMBO, farmer, P. O. Howard, was born in Mercer County, Penn., 1832, living there and in Erie Counties, where he took a course at the Waterford Academy. In 1856, migrated to Kansas, and stopped at Lawrence until the city was sacked, then went to Osage County, and bought a farm and engaged in farming. Soon after he settled here, was appointed County Clerk, and held the office two terms by appointment, and was elected for the third term but did not finish, and the war broke out and he enlisted early in 1861, and resigned the office. After serving three months in Company I, Second Kansas, the only mustered company in the regiment, it was re-organized as a cavalry, and he served on the plains scouting until the summer of 1863; then served in the Fifteenth Kansas Infantry until the fall of 1865; was mustered as Orderly Sergeant.

After coming out of the army, was clerking in Leavenworth; then, in company with another party, started a store at Williams' Mill, on the Missouri River, furnishing supplies for the railroad, which was being built. Then, in 1867, was employed in Williams' Mill as book-keeper, and at the end of one year bought the mill. After running the mill there two years, moved it to Howard, locating on the Elk River, where he ran it for a number of years. Also took a claim on Section 1, Township 30, Range 1, joining the town site of Howard, and laid out a few acres in town lots. Also bought a farm in Greenwood County, with forty acres of timber, and well watered, and is engaged in stock-raising. Was married in 1876, in Greenwood County, Kan., to Miss Jennie Kenedy. Is a member of E. M. Stanton Post, No. 23, G. A. R., and of Burlingame Lodge.

Elk County Citizen, Thursday, May 10, 1900
Died: May 7, 1900


John Rambo, an old settler and an old soldier, died at his home in Howard, Kansas, May 7th 1900, in the sixty-eighth year of his age. He was born in Mercer county Pennsylvania September 17, 1832. He came to Kansas in the spring of 1856 and settled near Burlington. He was enlisted in 2nd Regiment, Kansas Volunteers, June 20, 1861, and discharged Oct. 31, 1861. On the 3rd of Sept. 1863, he was enrolled in Co. L 15th Kansas Cavalry and mustered into the U. S. service Oct. 16, 1863. He was mustered out as first sergeant Oct. 15, 1865.

He was married to Miss Jennie Kennedy, of Quincy, Greenwood county. She died in less than a year afterward leaving an infant son who also died in a few days. Mr. Rambo was a member of the Congregational church. His last sickness was protracted and painful. He leaves three brothers and four sisters. Rev. Mackenzie conducted funeral services at the home at 10 o’clock, Wednesday morning. He was buried in Grace Lawn cemetery by the Grand Army of the Republic, of which he was a member. J. W. M.

William E. Richey.

Co. A, 15th OH. Infantry
Medal of Honor Recipient.
William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman:

WM. E. RICHEY, farmer, P. O. Wilmington, was born in Lee Township, Athens Co., Ohio, June 1, 1841. Educated at Muskingum College at New Concord, Ohio; enlisted as a private in August, 1861, in Company A, Fifteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, served until December 27, 1865, when he was mustered out as second sergeant of his company. While in the army he was correspondent of several newspapers. He participated in all the engagements of his command, over 100 in number, and never was wounded. In June, 1868, he located at Manhattan, Kan.

In August of the same year, he removed to a farm which he purchased in Osage County, located four miles north of Burlingame; resided there until 1872, then located on his present farm on the northeast quarter of Section 8, Township 15, Range 13. In 1875, he was elected superintendent of the public schools of Wabaunsee County, and was re-elected in 1876, both times receiving the entire support of both political parties. Mr. Richie was married at Norwich, Muskingum Co., Ohio, May 8, 1868, to Margaret J. Miller, a native of that place. They have two children - Mary and Annie. Mr. Richey is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and Presbyterian Church; his wife is also a member of the same religious society. He takes an active interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of his county and his State.

Lorenzo H. Higgins.

Co. C, 11th ILL. Infantry
The Burlingame Enterprise, Thursday, Oct. 11, 1917, Pg. 1
Vol. XXIII, No. 1

The passing of a well known citizen is recorded in the death of L. H. Higgins, which occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary White, about eight o’clock Tuesday morning. Mr. Higgins had been noticeably failing in health since his return from the national G. A. R. encampment at Boston in August. Cancer of the liver caused his death. Lorenzo H. Higgins was born July 19, 1838, at Chesterfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.

With his oldest brother he came to Illinois, June 18, 1855, locating in Knox county, living part of the time at Oneida, and part of the time at Galesburg, until April 1859, when he went to Hoyleton, Washington county, Illinois, where on Sept. 4, 1861 he was united in marriage with Miss Susan Carter. Twelve children were born to this union, seven boys and five girls. Five of the children died in infancy, four boys and three girls growing to manhood and womanhood. Mrs. Higgins died Feb. 15, 1905, followed in about three months by her eldest son, Roy Higgins. The following named children are still alive to wit: Mrs. Celia Beckes, Wasco, Calif.; Frank S. Higgins, Spokane, Wash.; Capt. E. C. Higgins, Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. J. E. Castle, Topeka, Kansas; Mrs. Bert White, Burlingame, Kansas; Manley C. Higgins, Abbyville, Kansas.

On Sept. 4, 1861 he enlisted in Company C, 11th Illinois Infantry, re-enlisted March 31, 1864, and was transferred to the 67th U. S. Colored Infantry as Hospital Stewart, by order of the Secretary of War, and was finally discharged at Morganzia, Louisiana, Sept. 23, 1864, on account of disability, having served three years and twenty days. He was a prisoner of war eight months and two days, having been wounded and captured at Fort Donnelson, Tenn., Feb. 15, 1862, and was paroled from Libby Prison at Richmond, Virginia, on October 17, 1862.

He served three years as Township Clerk of Burlingame township and six years as City Clerk of the City of Burlingame. He united with the M. E. church at Galesburg, Ill., in March 1858, and was a member of the First Presbyterian church at Burlingame, Kansas at the time of his death, Oct. 9, 1917, having reached the age of seventy-nine years, two months and twenty days.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 tomorrow (Friday) afternoon from the Presbyterian church and will be conducted by Rev. Davis.

Thomas Benton Murdock.

Co. B, 9th KS. Cavalry
El Dorado Republican, Monday, Nov. 8, 1909, Pg. 2
Vol. XVII, No. 111


In 1841 Thomas Benton Murdock was born in the mountains of Virginia. He was one of five children, who lived to maturity, of Thomas Murdock and Katherine Pierrepont. From the mother’s side came the pride of the Pierreponts; from the father’s the insurgent instincts of the Irish Murdocks who left Ireland after the Irish rebellion failed in 1798. So, even though reared in the mountains among most simple people and most primitive surroundings, the Murdocks who have dominated Kansas for half a century have been proud soldiers of the militant democracy. They have been fighters who led naturally, by instinct and training but never fighters for the old order. They always were pioneers, always moving out into new territory of thought and action, looking forward. Thomas and Katherine Murdock could not endure the iniquity of slavery so in 1849 they freed their slaves and left the slave country for Ohio.

They settled near Ironton but lost everything they had in the panic of 1855, and loaded their household goods on a boat, went down the Ohio to the Mississippi and journeyed as far west as Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. There the family spent the winter and the father went to Kansas and found a location. He brought his family to Topeka in the winter of ’56-’57. They rented a little hotel and kept tavern, among others having for guests, Jim Lane and A. D. Stevens, famous as a border fighter under Montgomery and afterwards killed at Harper’s Ferry under old John Brown. Going and coming in the little Kansas tavern of the Virginia abolitionist were the men who made Kansas free and famous in the great conflict that began at Lawrence and ended at Appomattox.

In this atmosphere of strife and patriotism young Benton Murdock, a youth in his late teens, grew up. In 1860 the family homesteaded at Forrest Hill, near Emporia, and the father and mother lived in Emporia the remainder of their lives; the father died in 1896 and the mother in 1887. When the civil war broke out Thomas Benton Murdock enlisted with his father and brother, Roland, in the Ninth Kansas Cavalry and served until the end of the war. He served in the Rocky Mountains in ’63 and there met J. H. Betts, now of El Dorado. When they met seven or eight years later in El Dorado John Betts kept eying Murdock and finally said: “Say, aren’t you the chap that relieved me of that army overcoat out west?” Murdock’s company was confiscating government property where ever he found it. Murdock looked at Betts and replied: “Well I guess I am. But I’m here to start a newspaper. What’s the chance?”
“Bully,” returned Mr. Betts, willing to let bygones be bygones, and they have remained friends for forty years.

Returning from the army where he had gone snow blind on the plains—a calamity that hung over him of his later days—young Murdock who had been a hod carrier and general work man as a youth around Topeka, learned the printing trade. He worked in the office of Emporia News then owned by P. B. Plumb and Jacob Stotler who had married Leverah Murdock during the war. His brother Marshall who had worked at the printers trade during the war was running the Burlingame Chronicle at the end of war. Young Benton went back to Ironton, Ohio, married the sweetheart of his boyhood, Francis Crawford, and came to El Dorado, March 4, 1870, and founded the Walnut Valley Times with J. S. Danford. His wife lived only a few years leaving at her death their daughter Mary Alice.

From the first Mr. Murdock became a leader in politics in Kansas. He stood for the Walnut Valley and the Kingdom of Butler. In 1876 he was elected a member of the state senate. He served with such men as E. N. Morrill, Charles Robinson, J. M. Hadley, father of the present governor of Missouri, Benjamin F. Simpson, J. R. Hallowell, D. W. Finney, W. A. Johnston, new chief justice of Kansas, all members of the senate, while in the house were Lyman U. Humphrey, John Gilmore, A. W. Smith, L. B. Kellogg, P. P. Elder. His political career was fostered and guided by Mrs. Antoinette Culbreth-Murdock who for a generation has been wife, friend, comrade, guide and inspiration, who bore him five children of whom Ellina Culbreth only now is living. Mrs. Murdock survives him with his two children. In 1880 he ran for senate again but was unfairly defeated he thought.

He sold the Times and moved to Topeka and became connected with the Topeka Daily Commonwealth, then controlled by the Baker family. But El Dorado held his heart and he returned in 1883 and founded the El Dorado Weekly Republican. The Daily followed the Weekly in 1884 and the paper at once took a prominent place in the affairs of Kansas.
Mr. Murdock was, during the late senator’s life time, a friend and ally of P. B. Plumb. He and Plumb were young men together in Emporia, thought alike and had much in common in training and in aspirations. And so after Plumb died the courage and independence and progressive Kansas spirit that made Plumb an insurgent who voted against the adoption of the McKinley bill, lived on Kansas through Mr. Murdock. He was politically always with the scouts, with the pioneers, ever with the skirmish line. It was the spirit of ’60 in his soul the rebellion of the ancestral Murdocks in his blood.

In 1888 he was again elected to the state senate. He served until 1892 and was on the committee that tried Theodosius Botkin and went over the old county seat troubles of western Kansas. He was defeated for re-election by the Populist wave, and until appointed fish and game warden by Governor Stubbs never held public office of any kind again. But he was a public man all the time. His influence on the state has been more rather than less because of the fact that he was not in office. In every Republican state convention for forty years Mr. Murdock has been a power of the first class. Yet he sacrificed that power and worked for the primaries which put convention politicians out of power. He was never selfish, never little, never mean and so it happened that he was large enough to retain his influence in the state and multiply it through the primary.

Gradually he has grown in strength with the people of Kansas, and since 1902—his last alignment with the old political machine—he has been easily the leader of the forward movement in Kansas Republicanism. Others have had the honor; but he has made them. He has expressed as no other man has been able to express it, the sentiment of popular protest against the wrongs of government by ring rule. He has been the voice of the people—an indignant people clamoring for a larger part in their state government.

He fought with arms for freedom in his youth; he offered his body then; he gave his life to freedom in this latest struggle, and fought with his spirit—a brave, successful fight.
As an editor he was equipped as few men are equipped—with an individual style. He expressed something more than an idea. He reflected an idea plus a strong, unique personality. He therefore in a way dramatized whatever he wrote—made it the spoken word of a combatant in the conflict, the defiance of a partisan in the contest. So thousands of people knew him as a voice, who did not know him as a man as we of his home have known him for forty years.

Here was his real life, his real friends, his real success. For before he was a Kansan he was a Butler county man, an El Dorado man. He always stood by the home folks. Of course he took part in local matters, and having taken part had to take sides. He was never neutral in any important contest here at home. But he always fought in the open, and he always fought fair. He never abused a man. He attacked causes, movements, orders, administrations, organizations and principles of his opponents—but the personal character of the men he opposed—there was the limit. He never returned abuse for abuse. He had no newspaper fights.

He never made his personal enemies objects of newspaper ridicule. He had no office black list. Every man or woman in Butler county received exactly the same treatment from the Republican under Mr. Murdock that every other man or woman received, no matter whether he or she was friend or enemy. He strove always to be fair. Many is the politician in this county in the old days who has fought Mr. Murdock knowing he could always depend on Mr. Murdock to be fair, to keep to the issue, to be silent on old scores, to leave personal matters out of the question. Men have risen to power in this community opposing Mr. Murdock who have capitalized his innate decency, and have risen more by reason of his charity and humanity than by their own ability. He was a gentleman of the old school, was Thomas Benton Murdock, and that fact has given more power to those who opposed him often than their own worth should have given to them.

As his best qualities grew intenser, as people grew nearer to him, as they who knew him best here in his home community thought more of him than those who knew him in the state, so even better than they knew and loved him in the town, did they him in his home. Mr. Murdock was a home man clear to the core. Some men are least known at home. He was best known there, and best beloved. For there he showed always his best side. He kept the finest part of his heart and mind and soul for those who met him in his home. There he was in his kindest, his gentlest, his most human aspect. Home was his heaven. There he brought all his joy. There he left the world behind. When blindness threatened him, as it did for a quarter of a century off and on, it was in his home that he found his only solace. When enemies pursued him, when cares overcame him, when troubles compassed him about, he turned always up the hill—always homeward. There he drank the elixir of life, and returned full armed, anew and strong to the contest.

When his soul went out into the Greater soul that gave it, how lovingly he must have followed the last ride of his shattered clay tenement as it journeyed through the Kansas that he loved, down the West Branch into the Walnut Valley that loved him, up the hill through the gloaming into the home that was his first heaven. For it was a journey with a climax in love. And when those whom he knew best and loved best gathered about his wasted body of death, his soul triumphant in the new life must have felt glowing even through the dark veil the warmth of an affection too deep for words and tears.
So his last wish was granted. And after “taps” had sounded we left all that was mortal, only a withered husk of the exalted and risen soul of Thomas Benton Murdock under the prairie grass out in the sunshine. Sunshine and prairie grass—and the end.

T. B. Murdock in writing of the death of his brother, Marsh, January 3, 1908, said:
“There is no death. There are no dead. No waiting for the resurrection, in that it releases the spirit from the body. If there was a Christ, and there was, and if he said something while on earth, and he did, he said it to Martha at the grave of Lazarus: ‘Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.’ The immortal spirit of husband and father has passed through the shadow of the borderland of the shoreless river, ‘and his voice is drowned in the rushing tide.’

“He has Crost the Bar. His dying eyes had read a mystic meaning which only the rapt and passing soul may know. Let us believe that in the silence of the receding world he heard the great waves breaking on a farther shore, and felt already upon his wasted brow the breath of the eternal morning.”

Funeral Service

Funeral services over the late T. B. Murdock were held from the family home on Walnut Hill, Sunday afternoon, November 7, 1909. Reverend Dean Kay of Trinity Episcopal church, Topeka, conducted the service and very beautifully expressed, sincere and true were his thoughts on immortal life, his tribute on the personality of Mr. Murdock. He was assisted by Reverend I. Newton Roberts of the El Dorado Trinity Episcopal church. The rooms were banked with exquisite flowers, tributes from friends in this city and from over the entire state. The house and lawns were filled with people.
Brief interment were held in the west cemetery and “in the shadow of the evening,” were closed with “the soul stirring simple sound—the trumpeting of “taps.”
The relatives of the family who were here to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eaton, Victoria Eaton, Mrs. R. P. Murdock, Marcellus Murdock, E. T. Allen, Victor Murdock, of Wichita; Mrs. Jacob Stotler,; Miss Leverah Stotler, Mr. and Mrs. A. Pemberton, Irene Pemberton, Murdock Pemberton, Emporia, Mrs. Emma Brady, Chicago.

Those from out of town attending were:
George Plumb, J. S. Watson, P. B. McCabe, W. Thornton and J. S. Gibson of Emporia, comrades of Mr. Murdock in the Ninth Kansas Cavalry. J. S. Watson was Mr. Murdock’s “bunkie.”
Other distinguished attendants: Governor W. R. Stubbs, Senator J. L. Bristow of Salina; Frank MacLenan, editor of Topeka State Journal; John Dawson, attorney for State Board of Railroad Commissioners; Henry Allen, editor of the Wichita Beacon; Mayor Davison, Postmaster W. C. Edwards, Tom Biodget, editor Kansas Magazine, E. B. Jewett, J. R. Meade, Lock Davidson and John McGinis, of Wichita; William Allen White and wife of Emporia; J. W. Moore of Marion; Victor Hodgin, superintendent of the fish hatchery at Pratt; Dan McGowan, of Emporia; E. C. Newby of the Cottonwood Falls Leader, his wife and daughter, Pauline El Dorado; W. W. Bugbee, of New York and Augusta Kuster of Los Angeles, California.

William Anthony.

Co. A, 63rd ILL. Infantry
A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918.

WILLIAM ANTHONY was long known as a dry goods merchant in Burlingame, Kansas. When he died there he left his widow and four young children. Mrs. Anthony, who now lives at Topeka, gave a splendid exposition of resourcefulness in a critical time. After the death of her husband she took the active management of the dry goods store, and though little acquainted with mercantile methods, she managed the enterprise so successfully that she gave her children the advantages they required at home and in school, and a few years ago sold the business, and moved to Topeka.

Born at Marysville in Union County, Ohio, the late William Anthony had the qualities of patriotism and enterprise highly developed. When a mere boy he ran away from home and enlisted in the Union army in Company A of the Sixty-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He saw three years of regular service and then re-enlisted and veteranized at Huntsville, Alabama. He was finally mustered out of the service of the United States Government at Louisville, Kentucky, on July 13, 1865, as a corporal. He participated in all the campaigns, battles and marches of his command, and made a splendid record as a soldier. After leaving the army he went to Harrison County Missouri, and spent about three years teaching school.

As a boy he had little opportunity to gain an education, and it was by much hard study in private and by the exercise of a great deal of enterprise that he secured his first certificate to teach. He quickly proved his ability in that field as in practically every other undertaking of his life. From school teaching he entered the dry goods business, and in 1885 moved to Burlingame in Osage County, Kansas. There he continued merchandising, and earned and gained the respect of all who knew him. His death occurred March 29, 1892.

In October, 1868, Mr. Anthony married Miss Delana Ainslie of Worth County, Missouri. Mrs. Anthony was born in Geauga County, Ohio, a daughter of Joseph Ainslie, a native of the same county. The Ainslie family were of English antecedents and were pioneers in Ohio. Joseph Ainslie married Hannah Turner, and their three children were Delana, Irvin A. and Jeannette. Irvin is now living in Oklahoma City, being a commercial traveler for a shoe house. Jeannette married Henry Peek of Los Angeles, California.

To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony were born five children, three daughters and two sons: Irwin, Ella, Alta, Edwin and Nell A. Irwin and Edwin are now dead. Ella is the wife of William M. Bowen of San Diego, California. Alta married A. E. Lake, a successful attorney of Chicago, Illinois. Nell A. is private secretary to a distinguished Chicago woman. When their father died these children were young people and it was Mrs. Anthony's self sacrifice and careful administration of the store and the estate which enabled them to gain a training fitting them for lives of usefulness and purpose. Mrs. Anthony carried on the dry goods business successfully for over fifteen years. In 1912, having sold the store, she removed to Topeka and now lives in comfort at her home at 1127 Polk Street.

Henry Howell.

Probably Co. C, 14th W. VA. Infantry
Burlingame Enterprise, Thursday, June 16, 1904, Pg. 4
Vol. IX, No. 36

Another Good Man Gone
Henry Howell was born in Monongalia county, West Virginia, December 22, 1843, and died at his home in Burlingame June 9, 1904, at the age of sixty-nine years, five months and seventeen days. He was married to Ellen Courtney December 25, 1865. To whom were born nine children, six of whom with the devoted wife, still survives. They are Mell, of near Admire; Mrs. James King, of near Lyndon; Mrs. Nettie Herbold, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; Mrs. Newkirk Ullery, William and Miss Lida.

In his young manhood Mr. Howell became an earnest Christian. He was converted, baptized and united with the Baptist church in 1860. In 1865 he moved with his family to Delaware county, Indiana. There he united with the Baptist church and was a faithful and efficient member of the church at Granville. Here Mr. Howell served as Sunday School superintendent and here he was also elected deacon in the church.

In 1868 Mr. Howell moved with his family to Kansas, settling in Franklin county. From that place he moved to near Lyndon, in which vicinity he resided till last spring when he came to Burlingame. Mr. Howell was a member and a deacon in the Lyndon Baptist church, but immediately upon his coming to Burlingame, he united with the church here. Indeed one of the reasons for his moving to town was that he might be near the church he loved. But God had better things in store for him, and called him to worship at the Great White Throne, where distance never bars and where pain never hinders devotion.

Mr. Howell’s last days and hours were such as to inspire courage and faith to all who saw him. Those who went to see him to cheer him were themselves cheered and encouraged.
As a neighbor and citizen Mr. Howell will be greatly missed in this community. He was a man of sterling integrity, honest and genuine in every phase of his character. He was widely known all over the county and the funeral services, held at the Baptist church Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, were largely attended by friends from far and near. The church had been lovingly decorated with flowers and evergreen, and the platform and casket were almost covered with blossoms and wreaths. Mr. Howell was a veteran of the civil war and was a member of Canby Post, G. A. R. of Osage City.

A number of the Post at Osage City attended the funeral and there was also a large attendance of the local G. A. R. The services at the church was in charge of the pastor, Rev. C. E. Flanagin, who spoke of Mr. Howell’s life as a Christian. Rev. Gill of the Methodist church, who assisted in the service, spoke of Mr. Howell as a citizen and a soldier. Concluding the service, Mrs. Eunice Schell rendered that beautiful and touching solo, “Bury me with my Grand Army badge upon my breast,” while the color bearers held the drooping folds of “Old Glory” at the head of the casket.
The burial service at the grave was in charge of the G. A. R., and this man who had “fought a good fight” was buried, as was his meet, with all the honors, of a victorious soldier. The entire community join in expressing sympathy for the bereaved family.

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