Wednesday, May 9, 2012

John S. Hanway & Mount Gilead Kansas.

I was hoping to find out more about Mr. Hanway, maybe one of you readers can help to fill in the blanks.

Johns. Hanway, Sergeant, Third Kansas Volunteer Infantry, Company A., Residence Mount Gilead, Anderson County, Kansas.  Enlisted July 24, 1861, Mustered in same. Enlisted as a Private, Promoted to Sergeant, July 24, 1861.  Transferred to Company C., Tenth Kansas Volunteer Infantry, date of consolidation.  Company C., Promoted to First Lieutenant, Company E., Indian Home Guars, also known as the ( Pin Regiment ), July 11, 1862.

John S. Hanway, married Martha H. Mitchel, September 30, 1866, Anderson County, Kansas.
John s.. Hanway died on January 1, 1908, place unknown.

I wanted To find out a little about the town he was from.  At first I was unable too then I found the reason way.  Mount Gilead was first called ( Pottowatiomie), it was a half mile west of Greeley.  The town soon started to grow and soon succeeded in getting the postoffice and most of the business removed from Greeley.  But time proved that the new town was not well located for a prosperous city, on account of the great depth to water, so the town was abandoned.  The old town was inclosed in connection with several other adjacent tracts, by General Blunt, and is now one of the finest farms in the county.

Mount Gilead PostOffices.
From Anderson County History.

In the spring of 1857, a postoffice was established at Greeley and named Walker, and was the first postoffice in the county.  Jacob Benjamin was its first postmaster.  In1858, the postoffice was moved to Mount Gilead, one mile west of Greelet, George S. Holt, was its postmaster.

Mount Gilead PostOffices.
From the Kansas Historical Society.

The postoffice was firt in Walker Kansas, open May 14, 1875 to May 20, 1861, name was changed to Mount Gilead it open May 20, 1861 to April 23, 1866, when it was moved to Greeley Kansas.

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