Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Peter Eager M. D.

PETER EAGER, M. D., dealer in drugs, medicines and druggist sundries. His son, John L B. Eager, is proprietor of the business and carries a stock of about $2,500. He is First Lieutenant of Camp No.3, Sons of Veterans of the G. A. R. The Doctor came to Wyandotte, April 25, 1883. He was born at Montgomery, Orange Co., N. Y., August 24. 1835, and was raised in his native State; was educated in the medical department of the University of New York, graduating in 1857. Soon after, purchased a part interest in his brothers' drug store which continued until 1861, when he bought the whole business, continuing it until 1873, when, from failing health, he had to retire from active business. He enlisted as private in Company H, Seventh, New York infantry, April 17, 1861; detailed part of the time for hospital duty; mustered out at expiration of term; re-enlisted June, 1862, same company and regiment; was mustered out September, 1862, in the same year. He then resumed medicine and drugs in New York City until August, 1873, then removed to Newburg, N. Y. He was married January 21, 1857, to Miss Phebe A. Wilkin, of Bloomingburg, Sullivan County, N. Y. They have three children - John, L. B., Hattie J., married to Mr. Clifford C. Baker, city editor of the Commonwealth of Topeka, Kan., and Mary Eliza. He was Postmaster at North Tarrytown, N. Y., for some time; a member of the New York State Board of Charities; founder of a branch society for prevention of cruelty to children; also to animals at Newburg, N. Y. He is a member of Atlantic Lodge, A., F. & A. M. No. 178; Corinthian Chapter, R. A. M., No. 153, of New York City, Ivanhoe Commandery, K. T., No. 21, Wyandotte.

Authors Research.

Birth: August 25, 1835, Orange county, New York.
Death: March 31, 1887, Kansas City, Kansas.
Father: William Blake Eager.
Mother: Susan Moore Eager.
Wife: Phoebe Wilkin Eager, married January 21, 1851.

Mary W. Mamie Eager.
John L. B. Eager.
Harriet Eager.

Military Service.

Peter Eager was not in the New York, Volunteer Infantry. He servied the the New York State Militia, first enlistment was for 30, days in 1861, his second enlistment was for 3, months in 1862.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

John C. Scott.

of Cutler's HISTORY OF KANSAS (Pub. 1883)

John C. SCOTT, firm Scott & Thurston, dealers in hardware and agricultural implements. The trade was opened by Mr. Scott in the spring of 1878, running the business until 1880, when the company was formed. They carry a stock of about $12,000; also deal quite largely in live stock, and employ five men. Mr. Scott was born in Lucas Co., Ohio, September 2, 1844. His parents moved to New York when he was a small boy, where he lived until he was twenty-one years old, when he went to Eaton Rapids, Mich., and there farmed until 1876, them (sic) came to Kansas, as before noted, first engaging in the coal trade a year. He enlisted July 29, 1862, in Company C, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth, New York Volunteer Infantry; participated in all the battles of his command in the Army of the Potomac; wounded at Gettysburg, in July 1863. The whole regiment was captured at Harper's Ferry, but soon paroled and mustered out June 3, 1865. he was married at Eaton Rapids, Mich., in January, 1869, to Miss Anna M. Harwood of the latter place. they have four children--Susie A., Boyd P., Katie L., and John H. Mr. Scott is a member of City Council, Masonic order, Knights of Honor, and Universalist Church of Junction City.

Mr. Scott in the 1880, census was 36 y., his wife Anna M. was 30 y, Daughter Susan A., was 10 y., Daughter Kate L., was 5 y., Son Boyd P. was 7 y., Son John N., was 1 y., Brother-in-law Frank T. Howard was 24 years.

Millitary Record.

SCOTT, JOHN C.—Age, 18 years. Enlisted, July 29, 1862, at Ovid, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. C, August 22,1862: surrendered, September 15,1862, and paroled, September 16,1862, at Harper's Ferry, Va,; wounded in action, July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pa.; mustered out with company,
June 3, 1865, near Alexandria, Va.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Loren A. Carver.

L. A. CARVER, farmer, P. O. Howard, was born in St. Lawrence County, N. Y., in 1842, but was raised in Kane County, Ill. On September 18,1861, he enlisted in the Eighth Illinois Cavalry, serving as Orderly Sergeant of Company I, and was in the service three years and eleven months. He was wounded near Frederick City, Md., in July, 1864, and while in the battlefield, was taken prisoner, but made his escape soon after. After coming out of the army, he returned to his old home and remained there until 1870, when he emigrated West and engaged in the mercantile business in Missouri. But at the end of six months, he became a resident of Kansas, locating in Howard County. He was sixty miles from a railroad point and located one of the first claims on the prairie in this township. His claim is on Section 29, Township 29, Range 11. He has improved his place of 160 acres by fencing, putting eighty acres under cultivation and planting three acres of forest timber, a fine orchard and several miles of hedge, and for a number of years past has been engaged in the stock business. He served as Justice of the Peace for two terms. He is a thorough business man and one of the best posted men in the township. In 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie M. Fraizer, of Winnebago County, Ill.

Military Record.


All the Information below is the same but for the following.

Joined When: SEP 12, 1861.
Age: 20.
Muster In: SEP 18, 1861.
Muster In Where: ST CHARLES, IL.


Rank: Private.
Company: I.
Unit: 8 IL US Cavalry.
Age: 22.
Height: 5' 10.
Hair: BROWN.
Eyes: BLUE.
Complexion: LIGHT..
Nativity: New York.
Joined When: NOV 30, 1863.
Period: 3 Years.
Muster In: NOV 30, 1863.
Muster In Where: CULPEPPER CH, VA.
Muster Out: JUL 17, 1865.
Muster Out: Where BENTON BRKS, MO.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

William Henry Howard.

William Henry Howard.

The Cherokee Sentinel, Friday, January 12, 1912, Pg. 1:


On last Saturday, Jan. 6, 1912, William Henry Howard passed away after an acute illness of over two weeks. He had been ailing and confined to his home for several months but was not taken down to his bed till recently. He has been for many years afflicted with rheumatism, the result of exposure during the civil war. He was born April 16, 1842 in Saline, Waschtenaw County, Michigan, where he grew up and when the war came on he enlisted on the 5th day of August 1862 in Co. B, 20th Reg. Michigan Infantry at his home town and served till the close of the War.

Military Record.

William Henry Howard, Pittsfield, Enlisted in company B., Twentieth Michigan Infantry, August 5, 1862, at Saline, for three years.  Age 20, mustered in August 16, 1862, Mustered out Delaney House D. C., May 30, 1865.

He was married to Miss Minnie Mason at Coleman, Missouri, July 2, 1871 and from this marriage was born F. T. Howard in Topeka where they then lived. He was for many years employed by the government and the couple lived among the Sac and Fox Indians in what is now Oklahoma. Later, after he came here, he was a skilled mechanic and trusted employee of the Western Coal Mining Company, building most of their tipples and doing their delicate work. The family came here in the spring of 1886 where they have lived ever since. Mr. Howard was a good citizen and had the respect of the community. His wife and son remain to mourn his departure. He was a member of the Masonic order, which order took charge of his remains and performed the last sad rites at his funeral.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church by the pastor Rev. Harmon Allen and he was laid to rest in the Cherokee cemetery.

Friday, September 16, 2011


CAPT. MARCUS D. TENNEY, farm and Pastor, of the Congregational Church of Junction City. He first settled in Lawrence, Kan., in October, 1858, preached in Bourbon, Linn and Johnson Counties until the opening of the Rebellion, when he enlisted as a private, August, 1861, in the Third Kansas Volunteer Infantry, serving in that regiment until January 15, 1862, then was transferred to Capt. Thomas Bickerton's Battery, and was made First Lieutenant. He had command of the Battery in all the battles of Locust Grove, Newtonia, Fort Wayne, Kane Hill, Prairie Grove and Van Buren; promoted to Captain of the First Kansas Battery July 20, 1863.

He then engaged in the pursuit of the Rebel, Gen. Morgan, through Indiana and Illinois. He was transferred to the Department of the Cumberland, October 23, 1863, and participated in the battle of Johnsonville, against the Rebel, Gen. Forrest, who sent word to the Captain, that he had the best battery in the field. He participated in the battle of Nashville, December, 1864, then was ordered to Chattanooga in February, 1865, to become a part of the Light Artillery Reserve Corps. under Maj. Mendenhall, and from there was ordered to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for discharge, July 17, 1865.

The Captain had command of ninety-five men during his service, and they received high honors for soldierly conduct, bravery and rapid firing while in action. After his discharge from the army, he went to Champaign County, Ill., and preached a year in the Methodist Episcopal Church; then returned to Johnson County, Kan., and preaching one and a half years; then went to Marshall County, Kan., and preached until 1879; then went to Washington County, Kan., preaching two years, and finally locating permanently in Junction City. He was born in Hillsboro, N. H., in 1826. Was married in St. Louis, Mo., March 29, 1848, to Miss F. E. Nichols, of Boston, Mass.; They have one son--Frank G. Captain Tenney has been commander of Clifton Post No. 24., of Clifton, Kan., G. A. R.; member of Masonic order, I. O. O. F., and Ancient Templars.

Numbers 5. Report of Colonel William Weer, Tenth Kansas Infantry, commanding Second Brigade, First Division.

Camp at Cane Hill, Ark., December 12, 1862.

First Kansas Battery, Lieutenant Marcus D. Tenney commanding, 96 men.

Lieutenant Tenney, with First Kansas Battery, on our right, saved us from destruction. Their firing was so rapid and well directed that the enemy was compelled to fall back, and we marched from the field in good order.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Topeka Kansas Business Directory 1867.

Here is a small business directory of Topeka, the population in 1867, was about 4,000.  There are no addresses for these business but it will help you learn if your ancestor had a business in Topeka and give you a time line.

Topeka Business Directory 1867.


Anderson Geo. W.----General store.


Benson A. I.----Boots & Shoes.
Butts-----Dry goods, Millinery & Boots & Shoes.
Burkhard & Bro.----Saddles & Harness.
Branner & Klein----Boots & Shoes.
Brown S. C.----Physician.
Bouman C.----Merechant & Tailor.
Baldwin & Eastman----Billiards.
Bliss & Lee----Groceries.
Bowker & Foss----Real Estate.
Bowker S. D.----Professor in Lincoln College.
Butterfield H. Q.----Professor in Linclon College.
Boyd------Wagon maker & Blacksmith.


Collier G. H.----Professor in Lincoln College.
Craigue & Moon----Groceries.
Case & Case----Lawyers.
Chamberlain L. B.----Dentist.
Callaham A. M.----Dentist.
Crane J. H.----Coal Dealer.
Cox John & Co.----Meat Market.


Davis J. L.----Watches & Jewelry.
Douthitt & Otis----Lawyers.


Episcopal Female Seminary.
Ellison C. H.----Blacksmith.


Foose A.----Merchant Tailor.
Finn & Phillips----Lawyers.
Farran Wm.----Mason & Builder.


Giles F. W.----Banker.
Gilchrist James D.----Lawyer.
Greene & Sheldon----Physicians.
Guthrie & Steele----Lawyers.
Greeno H. S.----Druggist.


Holmes & Brewer----Livery Stable.
Hall H.----Dentist.
Holman & Nicnols----Dry Goods.
Herr & Stringham----Druggists.
Horner & Co.----Groceries & Floor Dealers.


Johnson Marcus L.----Book Binder.
Johnson & Co.----Lumber.


Kansas Valley Bank.
Kellam C. C. & Co.----Druggists.
Klemp F.----Physician.
Kennedy E. C.----Lawyer.
Kullak Hugo----Lawyer.
King Charles----Physician.
Knowles Charles----Cabinet Maker.


Lincoln College----Rev. P. McVicar, President.
Levy Ed.----Cigars & Tobacco.
Lasher F. R. & Co.----Hotel.
Lahmer John----Watchea & Jewelry.
Lee Rev. J. N.----Principal of Female Seminary.


Miller & Cleland----Groceries.
Mills Theodore B.----Insurance Agent.
Mosier P.----Cigars & Tobacco.
Maxwell A. C. & Co.----Nursery.
Martin, Morton & Burns-----Lawyers.
Murphy J. H.----Lawyer.
Martin & Salisbury----Physician.
McLean & Co.----Groceries.
Moon Geo.----Boots, Shoes & Leather.
McArthur Hiram----Real Estate.
Munro & Brown----Hotel, Forwarding & Commission.
Martin R. G.----Business College.
Merriam & Clapp----Dry Goods & Clothing.
McViear Rev. P.----President of Lincoln College.


Neely J. & M. M.----Lumber.
Newton Mrs. M.----Millinery.


Osenbury J. F.----Saddler.
Ortman Fred----Watches & Jewelry.


Polley J. A. & Co.----Wagon Maker.
Perry Fuller & Co.----Gen. Store.
Pape Edward----Bakery.
Polley L.----Baker & Confectioner.
Parker James----Plasterer.
Perine A. B.----Blacksmith.


Ruble & Bro.----Leather & Findings.
Ryon Thomas----Lawyer.
Roberti Nick----Restaurant.
Ryan John----Saloon.


Smith & Farnham----Groceries & Agrieultural Implements.
Searle & Bro.----Stoves & Tinware.
Spencer James M.----Lawyer.
Stormont & Bailey----Physicians.
Smith Co.----Shoemaker.
Stringham Henry----Painter.


Tefft E.----Physician.


Wilcox Anderson & Co.----Agricultural Implements & Forwarding & Commissions.
Williams Archibald L.----Lawyer.
Worth John----Cabinet Maker.
Wilmarth Geo. O.----Books & Staticnery.
Wigittman James L.----Painter.
Whiteside & Connelly----Millwrights.
Whitehead J. M.----Boots & Shoes.
Whiting A. F.----Undertaker.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Horace G. White.

HORACE G. WHITE, farmer and dairyman, Section 29, Township 20, Range 8, P. O. Bazaar, was born in Cayuga County, N. Y., January 18, 1831. He was brought up on a dairy farm, in his native county, where he resided until October, 1861. He then entered the volunteer service as Second Lieutenant of Company F, Ninety-fourth Regiment, New York Volunteers. Was assigned to the army of the Potomac, and participated in the battle of South Mountain and the second battle of Bull Run.

He was promoted to First Lieutenant in May, 1862, and after the battle of Bull Run was promoted to Captain and assigned to the command of Company A. He afterwards participated in the battles of Fredericksburg, Stone Mountain, Antietam and Gettsyburg. In the latter engagement Capt. White was take prisoner, with most of the men of his Regiment, and was confined in Libby prison, at Richmond, at Danville, Macon, Charleston and Columbia. From the latter point he made his escape February 14, 1865, with about seventy-five others, and succeeded in reaching the lines of General Shermans army.

He was then sent to Washington, and being in poor health from his long confinement of nearly two years, he resigned. He then returned to his farm which he operated until 1869, when he removed to Richland County, Wisconsin, and engaged in the dairy and hop-raising business, continuing until the fall of 1877, when he came to Kansas, located on the South Fork of the Cottonwood River, in Bazaar Township, and engaged in dairy business. In 1882 he bought 240 acres of land and is now engaged in stock-raising and farming in connection with his dairy business. In the spring of 1883 he formed a partnership with Charles and George W. Cosper, under the firm name of White & Cosper Bros. They firm have (sic) since bought 240 acres of bottom land, situated on the South Fork of the Cottonwood River, and made great improvements in their cheese factory.

They have about 100 acres under cultivation and the remainder devoted to hay and grazing purposes. They have a herd of 112 head of cattle, mostly dairy cows, and operate the only cheese factory in the Township. Mr. White is a member of the I. O. O. F. He was appointed postmaster at Bazaar, in April, 1878, and has held the office ever since. He married Miss Delia A. Matson, of Cayuga County, N. Y., December 30, 1851, by which marriage he has had six children, of whom Minnie C., Julia G., Charlotte E. and Lucretia T., are now living.

Military Record.

WHITE, H O R A C E G.—Age, 30 years. Enrolled, October 6, 1861, at Ira, to serve three years; mustered in as second lieutenant,Co. F , December 9, 1861; promoted first lieutenant,May 16,1862; mustered in as captain, Co. A , October 29, 1862;wounded and captured in action, July 1, 1863, at Gettysburg,P a . ; escaped, no date; discharged, to date March 21, 1865.  Commissioned second lieutenant, March 20, 1862, with rank from March 8, 1862, original; first lieutenant, May 26, 1862,with rank from May 16, 1862, vice D. M. Nichols, promoted;captain, October 29,1862, with rank from September 16, 1862,vice D. M. Nichols, discharged.

Kansas 1880 census.
Bazaar, Chase county, Kansas.

Horace G. WHITE, Age 49, Husband.
Delia A. WHITE, Age 48, Wife.
Julia G. WHITE, Age 23, Daughter.
Lotta WHITE, Age 19, Daughter.
Polly B. WHITE, Age 14, Daughter.
 Lucretia E. WHITE, Age 13, Daugther.
Edward COSSON, Age 34, Son-in-law.
**Minnie COSSON, Age 26, Wife.
Grace COSSON, Age 1y., Daughter.
** Minniie Cornelia White married Edward Cosson, December 30, 1876, Lone Rock, Richard, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Joseph W. Tucker.

Joseph W. Tucker.

Birth: Unknown.
Death: December 12, 1915.
Burial: Leavenworth National Cemetery.

farmer and stock raiser, Section 25, Murdock Township, P. O. Towanda, was born in Hartford, Conn., August 14, 1833. When twenty-one years of age he came West, settling in Joliet, Ill., where for a number of years he was identified with the hardware trade. He came to Towanda, Kansas, in the spring of 1870, engaging in agricultural pursuits, and was also identified with merchandising. He has the first mail contract between Towanda and Peabody. He was also one of the pioneers in Towanda, and sold the first hardware in the town. Although he has never been officially identified, Mr. Tucker has been one of the most active politicians in the county. He was the first Justice of the Peace in Towanda, being appointed by Gov. Harvey. In 1862 he enlisted in Company G, One Hundredth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Participated in the battles of Chickamauga, Stone River and other engagements, and was discharged June 17, 1864. He is a member of the G. A. R., and a pensioner. He was married in Connecticut to Miss Maria Blake, of that State. By this union they have had four children - Mary, Lillie, Albert and Russel.

Military Record.

Rank: CPL.
Company: G.
Unit: 100 IL US INF.
Age: 29.
Height: 6'.
Hair: LIGHT.
Eyes: HAZEL.
Complexion: LIGHT.
Marital Status: MARRIED.
Occupation: TIN SMITH.
Nativity: HARTFORD CO, CT.
Joined When: JUL 30, 1862.
Joined Where: PLAINFIELD, IL.
Period: 3 YRS.
Muster In: AUG 30, 1862.
Muster In Where: JOLIET, IL.


No. 32,921 Tucker, Joseph W. P. O. Towand, Butler county, Kansas, Gun shot wound to right thigh, & resultg. part. anchylosis left. knee, var. Vei .$12.00 per month

Friday, September 2, 2011

Charles W. Rust.

CHARLES W. RUST came to Kansas with his parents in 1855, located in Section 20, Township 6, Range 20, and was engaged in farming until he entered the army, Sept. 19, 1861. He enlisted at that time in Company C, Eighth Kansas Volunteer Infantry, and was with his company in all engagements until Dec. 15, 1864, when he received a wound which rendered amputation of the leg necessary. He received his discharge June 6, 1865. After his return he lived in Mount Pleasant until his election November, 1865, to the office of County Clerk, the duties of which he assumed in January, 1866, serving three successive terms. He then engaged in real estate and abstract business, which he followed until October, 1878, since which time he has been Deputy County Treasurer. Mr. R. was born near Vernon, Jennings Co., Ind., September 7, 1842, and lived in his native town until he came to Kansas. He was married in Atchison, December 26, 1867, to Mary J. Biddle, of Columbus, Ohio, daughter of Joseph Biddle, an old settler and present resident of Atchison. Mr. and Mrs. Rust have four living children - Lillie Belle, Mabel C., Charles H., and Alice Florence. Maud died at the age of six years; George Ralph, aged two and a half, and a little daughter at about the age of one year. Mr. Rust's mother died several years ago in Atchison. Mr. R. is a member of the Knights of Honor.

Military Record.

8th., Kansas Infantry, Company C.

Private, Rust Charles W., residence Atchison Co., enlisted September 1, 1861, mustered in September 1, 1861 Promoted Corporal June 1, 1863. Corporal Rust Charles W. Re-enlisted Veteran.

Sergeant Rust Charles W. residence Atchison, enlisted January 1, 1864, mustered in February 7, 1864 Discharged for dis. June 14, 1865, Leavenworth, Kan.; Wounded in action December 15, 1864, Nashville, Tenn.


No. 57,167, Charles W. Rust, P. O. Atchison, amputated part right leg, unable to wear artificial limb, $24, dollars per month.

Birth: September 7, 1842, Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana.
Death: Unknown.
Burial: Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California.