Monday, June 28, 2010

Samuel Jefferson Ramsey.

Samuel Jefferson Ramsey.

Birth: Apr. 1, 1839, New Bloomfield, Perry County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Sep. 16, 1920, Chetopa, Labette County, Kansas.

Photo. Taken on his wedding day.

Photo. Was provided by lynda martinez.

Samuel was born at Newbloomfield, Perry, Pennsylvania. He was in the civil war and joined at Lewistown Pa., he married Minnie Catherine Neihoff in 1887 at Kansas city Wyandotte Kansas, they lived their early years at Garden city Kansas where he was an attorney and a farmer. they moved to Chetopa Kansas in early 1900's.he once won a case in law by quoting scripture from the bible, he was a very religious man and loving man.

Civil War. Samuel J. Ramsey, was a private in the 78th., Pennsylvania volunteers Company C., he was mustered in February 1865, enlisted for one year. When the company mustered out on September 11, 1865, he was absent and sick.

Minnie Catherine Neihoff.

Minnie Catherine Neihoff.
Birth: Oct. 21, 1861, Germany.
Death: Jul. 6, 1930, Chetopa, Labette County, Kansas.

Minnie Neihoff was born at Frankfurt Germany and immigrated to the U. S. A. at 18 years of age. she settled at saint Louis Missouri and was a cook there until she married Samuel Ramsey, they were married at Kansas city Kansas in 1887 and then moved to garden city Kansas, where all 4 of her children were born, Julius, Charles, Margaret and Mary. they later moved to Chetopa Kansas where she died.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Alfred Washington Ellet.

Alfred Washington Ellet (October 11, 1820 – January 9, 1895) was a civil engineer and a brigadier general in the Union Army who commanded the United States Ram Fleet during the American Civil War.

Alfred Ellet was born at Penn's Manor Bucks County, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Delaware river and was the youngest of six sons and the second youngest of fourteen children. In 1824, his family moved to Philadelphia where he attended the public schools. At age 16, he went to Bunker Hill, Illinois to take up farming.

A farmer and dry goods store owner, he was a resident of Illinois when the Civil War broke out. In August 1861, Ellet was commissioned a captain in the 9th Missouri Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which later became the 59th Illinois Infantry. In March 1862, he fought in the Battle of Pea Ridge. When his elder brother, Col. Charles Ellet, Jr., undertook the conversion of several river steamers to rams in the spring of 1862, Alfred Ellet became lieutenant colonel of Charles Ellet's U.S. Ram Fleet.

Following Charles Ellet's death in June 1862, Alfred took over the unit and was appointed brigadier general of the newly formed Mississippi Marine Brigade the following November. He commanded the Mississippi Marine Brigade during operations on the Western Rivers until 1864, when the unit was disestablished. He resigned his commission late in that year to return to civilian life. Following the Civil War, Ellet was a businessman and civic leader in El Dorado, Kansas, where he died. He is buried there in Belle Vista Cemetery.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Roger McPhail Sr., of Scranton Kansas.

>Those of you who been to this site many times and to it’s sister site ( Civil War Days & Those Surnames ) Know my family came from Scranton Kansas, and how interested I am in it history so when someone asks about a family from there I get real interested. The other day a gentleman Wrote to me from Scotland and asked about the McPhail family of Scranton. It was fun to work on and the information was interesting so I decided to do this page so this information will help other McPhail families who are looking into this side of their family.

Note. This information was taken the Scranton Centennial Booklet 1872-1972.

Note. To enlarge the photos push on them.

Roger McPhail Sr. came from Scotland to the united States in 1865 and settled in Steubenville, Ohio, where he married Johanna Robertson July 4, 1870. They were married by the Rev. Williams at the Methodist Church, Steubenville, Ohio. To this union eleven children were born of which two are still living ( This was written in 1972 ), Grace Drake McCauley and Anna Michaels Wilson. Three children preceded their mother and father in death. They moved to Kansas in 1881 and settled in Carbon Hill east of Carbondale, Kansas. Later they moved Scranton, and to the McPhail farm northeast of Scranton, where the father and sons started a coal mine, which they operated many years.

Grandpa McPhail built the First Assembly of God Church in Scranton in 1913 where they still holding services. The McPhail family were all musically inclined and at one time had their own choir. Grandmother McPhail passed away in 1911 and Grandfather McPhail in 1917.

Harry, the oldest of the family, was a coal miner in Kansas and Illinois and was mine inspector for the state ten years. Roger was a clerk and later a mail carrier for many years. John was a minister, Hugh worked in the pottery factory in West Virginia, William and Joe farmed the home place together until William bought a farm southeast of Scranton and Joe bought the home place. Grace was married to James Drake and they lived in Scranton where James owned and operated a grocery store. Anna was married to Lynn Michaels and they farmed south of Lyndon until he passed away and she moved to Osage City. There were 40 grandchildren and several of the 40 still live in Scranton with their families.

Monday, June 14, 2010

George Washington Martin.

George Washington Martin.

Birth: Sep. 19, 1833, Newport, Vermillion County, Indiana.
Death: Sep. 1, 1911, Chautauqua County, Kansas.

Photo was provided by Kyle from ( Find a grave.)

Husband of Mary Elizabeth (Thompson) Martin.

Note: first wife was Manerva Jane Hollingsworth, Quaker Point, IL, children Andrew and Jeff Martin and 2nd wife Mary Elizabeth Thompson, children were Marion Francis Martin, Lee Martin, Rebecca Martin, Harry Martin, William E. Martin & Mary Eva Martin.


Name MARTIN, GEORGE W. Rank PVT Company C. Unit 73 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics.

Residence VERMILION CO, IL Age 28 Height 6' 1 Hair BLACK Eyes BLACK Complexion DARK. Marital Status MARRIED Occupation FARMER.

Service Record.

Joined When JUL 22, 1862 Joined Where VERMILION CO, IL
Joined By Whom M D HAWS, Period 3 YRS.
Muster In AUG 21, 1862 Muster In Where CAMP BUTLER, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out JUN 12, 1865
Muster Out Where NASHVILLE, TN Muster Out By Whom CPT. WILSON

Note. You can find out more about George Washington Martin and his family by going to the site ( Find a grave.)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Nancy Elizabeth Shaw Ford O'Brien

I would like to thank Sandra for a great story and of course a thank you to Jonna Johnson, for all the research she did on Sandra’s G-G-G-Grandmother.
Note. This information can also be found at the site of ( Find a Grave )

Nancy Elizabeth Shaw Ford O'Brien.

Birth: Jan. 18, 1807, Ohio.
Death: Nov. 2, 1887, Osawatomie, Miami County, Kansas.

Benjamin and Mary Ford were moving from Ohio to Indiana with their 5 children, Richard, Thomas, Edward, Mary and Leah Ford, when they happened upon a small baby Shawnee Indian girl by the side of the wagon trail they were traveling.
There was no sign of the baby's mother or tribe around so the Ford family picked her up and took her with them.

Later an Indian agent told them that the Indians considered twins to be a bad omen and the tribe usually insisted that one of the babies had to go. If the twins were a boy and girl the parents would choose to keep the boy. If one twin was weaker or had a problems the healthier child was chosen.

All bad luck was blamed on the "extra" child, storms, bad hunting, illness, etc. until the baby was abandoned. Usually the mother would take her child and place where it could be found and taken in by another tribe or pioneers. The mother would hide nearby tending to the babies needs until someone came along, then she waited to see if they would take her baby.

The Fords took the Shawnee Indian girl in and adopted her and raised her as one of their own. They gave her the name of Nancy Elizabeth Shaw Ford. The Shaw was short for Shawnee. The Fords had four more children after they adopted Nancy they were Samual, Levi, Absolum and Benjamin.

Nancy smoked a stone pipe and She was blind in later years.
Nancy married Alfred O'Brien (O'Brient) (Bryant), a half blooded Choctaw Indian.

"Thanks to my cousin, Jonna Johnson, for all the research she did on our GGG Grandmother."
Indianapolis Cemetery
Miami County
Kansas, USA

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mary Ann Hamilton Dean & Family.

I would like to thank Carl Bennett, for allowing me to use his information and photo’s from the web site, ( Find a Grave. ) This information will be a great help to those looking into this family. Thank you Carl.
Note. By pushing on the names highlighted,you will be taken to their information. You can also enlarge Mary's photo by pushing on it.

Mary Ann Hamilton Dean.
Birth: May 11, 1820, West Virginia.
Death: Jan. 16, 1900, Kansas.

Mary Ann was the daughter of William and Ruth Hamilton. She married William Dean in Pennsylvania in 1842. They had 7 girls and 1 boy: Jemima Jane, Rebecca Ruth, Mary Margaret, Eunice Elisabeth, Emma, John H., Fannie Virginia, and Anna.

Mary was living widowed with the family of her daughter Jane Sharp in Centerville, Linn County, Kansas, at the time of the 1880 census.

From the OSAWATOMIE GRAPHIC, January 19, 1900, page 5:

Mrs. Mary A. Dean died of cancer at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G.J. Sharp, of this city last Tuesday morning. Had she lived a couple of months longer she would have been eighty years old. She had been dangerously ill for some time and her death had been expected for several days. She was born in Virginia in 1820. In 1842 she was married to William A. Dean in Pennsylvania. Eight children were born of their union, seven of whom survive both parents, Mr. Dean having died thirty-six years ago. From her childhood she had been an active member of the Methodist Church and died triumphant in the faith. Funeral services in her memory were held at the residence Tuesday evening, Elder G.H. Smith, of Centerville, Kansas, officiating. The burial took place in Elmdale cemetery the same evening.

From an unknown publication:

OUR BELOVED.MARY A. DEAN Was born May 11, 1820; died Jan. 16, 1900, aged 79 years, 8 months, and 5 days. She was born in Va., and there married to Wm. Dean, who died in 1863. She never married again. To the above union were born eight children, seven of whom are still living, one dying in infancy. She was converted in early girlhood and lived a consistent christian all her life; she was sanctified about 10 years ago.

Such was the obituary notice handed to the writer. She died at the home of her daughter, Sis. Jane Sharp, in Osawatomie, Kan., with whom she made her home. It was the writer's happy privilege to know her. We met her first in 1894, and from that on our friendship was more like that of mother and son. Thank God for the few in this world, whose christian light and life shine bright and clear above the world of sin and iniquity which surrounds us. She died of that dread disease, cancer; it was located under her tongue; for weeks her very existence was that of untold suffering; but through it all she was able to test the power of God to sustain, and a murmur was never heard to escape her lips. All she ever said was that she wanted to go home to rest.

We conversed with her last on the morning following last Thanksgiving; she assured us she was ready, waiting, and anxious to go. At many times during her illness when she seemed oblivious to everything around, if the name of Jesus were mentioned her countenance would brighten and she recognized his fellowship. Before she died she made request for the writer to preach her funeral, which he did from appropriate scriptures. Geo. H. Smith

Burial:Elmdale Cemetery Osawatomie, Miami County, Kansas.