Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stephen Taylor.

Stephen Taylor.
Birth: 1842, England.
Death: 1918.
Wife: Acenath Fish Taylor, ( 1844-1933), b. England.
Children: Charles S. Taylor.
Burial: Highland Cemetery, Junction City, Geary County, Kansas.

Mr.  Taylor came to Geary county, Kansas in 1880, and settled in section 10, of Lyon township.  He was a farmer on his 40 acres of land along with his son Charles who owned part of the land.  Their Post office address was Junction City, Kansas, which was 7 miles north from the farm.  He was also a Civil War veteran serving in three regiments of New York Artillery.
New York State Records.

Twenty-Second Artillery.

TAYLOR, STEPHEN.—Age, 20 years. Enlisted, August 31, 1862,-at Batavia; mustered in as private, September 1, 1862, to serve three years; transferred to Co. M, Ninth Artillery, February 5, 1863; also borne as Tayler.

Ninth Artillery.

TAYLOR, STEPHEN,---Age, 20 years.  Enlisted August 31, 1862, at Batavia; mustered in asprivate, Twenty-Second battery, September 4, 1862 ( which became Co. M, Ninth Artillery, February 5, 1863 ), to serve three years; transferred to Second Artillery, June 27, 1865.

Second Artillery.

TAYLOR, STEPHEN.—Age, 20 years. Enlisted, August 31,1862, at Batavia, N. Y.; mustered in as private, Co. M, Ninth New York Artillery, October 28, 1862, to serve three years; appointed
corporal and sergeant, dates not stated; transferred to Co. M, this regiment, June 27, 1865; mustered out with company, September 29,1865, at Washington, D. C,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

William M. Parsons

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William M. Parsons.

Birth: October 6, 1837, North Carolina
Death: August 16, 1915.

Wife: Amelia Parsons, ( 1845-1924 ), b., Iowa.

Children: John E. Parsons, Alice Parsons.

Other children: Foster son Marshal Burris, Grandson Irvin Parsons, Granddaughter Ardath Parsons,  Grandson Ralph Goff and Granddaughter Wanda Goff.

Burial: Widener Cemetery, Cowley County, Kansas.

Mr. Parsons was a Civil War veteran; Enlisted September 1, 1861,age 22, Co. A., Twenty-Seventh Indiana infantry, at Indianapolis, Indiana.  Mustered out September 1, 1864.  Wounded June 22, 1864.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sarah Ellen McDougle Lowman

Sarah Ellen McDougle Lowman.

Birth: Nov. 10, 1838, Seneca County, Ohio.
Death: Sep. 24, 1902, Dickinson County, Kansas.

Husband: John Thornton  Lowman, ( 1837-1900 ), b., Virginia.

Children: William Herman Lowman, ( 1869-1941 ).
Wife: Sophia Hansen Lowman.
Father: John Thornton Lowman.
Mother: Sarah Ellen McDougal or McDougle..

Burial: Hope Cemetery, Hope, Dickinson County, Kansas.

Sarah came to Dickinson county in 1880, and settled in section 21, of Hope township.  She was a farmer and Stock Raiser, on her 160 acres.  The land was in her name.  Her Post office address was Hope, Kansas which was 3 miles north east from the farm. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

James H. Powell..

James H. Powell.

Birth: 1867, Kentucky.
Death: 1936.

Wife: Margaret A. Powell, ( 1867-1946 ), b., Missouri.

Children: Non listed.

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Sedan, Chautauqua County, Kansas.

Mr.  Powell lived in Sedan, Kansas, was a Druggist and Deputy Sheriff.  He must have lived in the County Jail some times, as he was listed as the head of the house hold and three inmates were listed in his house.  The inmates were listed as being in the County Jail.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Charles B. Hager.

Charles B. Hager.

Birth: August, 1858, Ohio.
Death: 1906.

Wife: Olivia J. Hager.
Married about 1881.

Children: Roscoe M., Archie L., Frank O., Richard A., Harry E., and Mary L. Hager.

Burial: Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cotton Falls, Chase County, Kansas.

MR. Hager came to Chase county, Kansas, and settled in Fall township, in the town of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.  He was a dealer in General Merchandise, Groceries, Notions, Tin Ware, Confectionery, Sewing Machines, Guns, Revolvers, Etc.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Oliver P. Augustine.

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Oliver P Augustine.

Birth: Oct. 1, 1824, Ohio.
Death: Nov. 18, 1907, Liberty, Woodson County, Kansas.

Wife: Ann Agnes Augustine.

Children: Oliver W. Augustine. ( 1853-1924 ). and Elizabeth J. Augustine ( 1850-1928 ).

Burial: Liberty Dutro Cemetery, Woodson County, Kansas.

MR. Augustine came to Woodson county and settled in section 14, of Liberty township.  He was a farmer on his  80 acres of land.  His post office address was Yates Center, Kansas.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Millard Fillmore Roberts.

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Millard Fillmore Roberts.

Birth: Mar. 31, 1892, Kansas.
Death: Jun. 26, 1943.

Father: Joseph F. Roberts.
Mother Didama J. Roberts.

Wife: Stella C. Roberts (1893 - 1971).

Children: Edison S. Roberts.

Burial: Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas.


Marion, Kansas.

Born Mar. 31, 1892, Durham, Kan. Son of Mrs. Joe Roberts, Marion, Kan. Wife, Mrs. Stella Roberts, Manhattan, Kan. Entered service Marion. Kan., July 26, 1918. Head- quarters Company, 70th Infantry, 10th Division. Serial No. 3794824.  Foot amputated Dec. 10, 1918, as result of influenza. Discharged June 5, 1919, Ft. Des Moines, la.

William R. Camerrer.

William R. Camerrer.

Birth: Nov. 6, 1844, Ohio.
Death: Aug. 25, 1932.

Wife: Sarah L. Camerrer (1848 - 1937), b. Illinois..

Children: Ida M., Frank L. Camerrer.
Children born in Illinois.

Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bluff City, Harper County, Kansas.

Mr.  Camerrer came to Harper county, Kansas and settled in Stohrville township, in the city of Bluff City, Kansas where he was a Grocer.  He was also a Civil war veteran, being a private in the 89th., Ohio Infantry, Company F.  Enlisted July 31, 1862, for 3 years.  Mustered out with company June 7, 1865.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

John I. Laird.

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John Irvin Laird.

Birth: Jun. 15, 1878.
Death: Nov. 13, 1928.

Parents: James William Laird (1846 - 1931), Martha Amanda Hale Laird (1851 - 1920).

Wife: Ernestine Wilhelmina Jend Laird (1877 - 1945).

Children: Eugene L., John A., Jarold P., and Ada M. Laird.

Siblings: John Irvin Laird (1878 - 1928), Infant Son Laird (1884 - 1884), Infant Daughter Laird (1890 - 1890), J G Laird (1894 - 1894).

Burial: Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis, Ottawa County, Kansas.

He was the Sheriff of Ottawa County, his Post office address was Minneapolis, Kansas.  He was also a veteran of the Spanish American War.  He was a private in the Kansas Twentieth Infantry, Co. M.

Received his pension on November 7, 1921. Ernestine received her widows pension on November 30, 1928.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ben Clouse

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Ben Clouse.

Birth: Jun. 23, 1858.
Death: Sep. 4, 1934.

Wife: Annie "Anna" M. Clouse, ( 1872-1944 ).

Children: Lillie "Lilly" and George Clouse.

Burial: Saint Louis Cemetery, Waterloo, Kingman County, Kansas.

Mr.  Clouse came to Kingman county in 1880, and settled in section 7, of Vinita township.  He was a farmer and breeder .  Its recorded he owned 320 acres, and the farm was called; Smoots Creek Valley Farm. But in reality he only owned half.  HIs wife owned the other half and the farms name was on her land.  Their Post Office address was Murdock, Kansas, which was one or two miles south west of the farm.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lewis T. Holder.

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Lewis T. Holder.

Birth: 1860, Iowa.
Death: 1940.

Mother: Marie J., b. West Virginia.

Wife: Fannie E. Holder (1876 - 1956).

Children: George R. Holder (1895 - 1961), Grace L., Holder, Lewis B. Holder, Willis E., Holder, Maud C. Holder, Lela Holder, and Blanchard Holder.

Burial: Murdock Cemetery, Murdock, Kingman County, Kansas.

Mr.  Holder settled in section 2, of Dale township, of Kingman County, Kansas, he was a farmer on his 160 acres.  His Post Office address was Murdock, Kansas, which is 3 miles south east from the farm.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

John Hollywood.

JOHN HOLLYWOOD, merchant, was born in Manchester, England, in 1831, and moved to the United States in 1857. He located in Paterson, N. J. and lived there twelve years and came to Kansas in 1869, and settled in Burlington, where he was engaged in weaving for some time; he has since been engaged in the motion business for five years. Mr. Hollywood was married in Paterson, N. J., in 1875, to Miss Amelia Nielson, a native of Denmark. Mr. Hollywood enlisted in the Seventieth New York Volunteer Infantry, and served three years; then re-enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirty-first New York Volunteer Infantry, and served with that regiment until the close of the war.

New York State Records.

New York Seventieth Infantry,

HOLLYWOOD, JOHN.— Age, 29 years. Enlisted, May 7, 1861, at New York city, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. A, June 20, 1861; transferred to Co. D, August 1, 1861; mustered out with company, July 1, 1864, at New York city.

New York One Hundred and Thirty-First Infantry.

HOLLYWOOD, JOHN.—Age, 33 years. Enlisted at Deer Park, to serve one year, and mustered in as private, Co. E, September 8, 1861; mustered out with company, July 26, 1865, at Savannah, Ga.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Frederick "Fred" Rump.

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Frederick "Fred" Rump.

Birth: 1849.
Death: 1933.

Wife: Elmira Mina Childers Rump (1856 - 1930).

Children: Glenn Rump (1883 - 1912), Ralph W. Rump (1895 - 1974).

Burial: Singer Cemetery, Bluff City, Harper County, Kansas.

Mr. Rump came to Harper county, Kansas, in 1883 and settled in section 27, of Silver Creek, township.  He was a farmer on his 160 acres of land.  His Post Office address was Freeport, Kansas, which was 3 miles north from the farm.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

James B. Wheeler

F. M. Wheeler.
Picture publish date 1899.

James B. Wheeler.

Birth: April 24, 1841.
May 10, 1923.

Wife: Frances M. Gould Wheeler, ( 1846-1926 ).

Married April 12, 1894, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas.

Children: Ines O. Wheeler.

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Oskaloosa, Jefferson County, Kansas.

Mr. Wheeler settled in Jefferson County, Kansas, and settled in section 12, of Oskaloosa township.  They had 105 acres of land, which was in his wife name.  Their Post office address is Oskaloosa, Kansas, which is between 4 or 5 miles north east from the farm.

New York State Records.

New York Thirty-Fourth Infantry.

WHEELER, JAMES B.—Age, 20 years. Enlisted, September 27, 1861, at Hammondsport, to serve unexpired term of two years; mustered in as private, Co. I, same date; promoted corporal, January 1,1862, and sergeant, April 9,1863; mustered out with company, June 30, 1863, at Albany, N. Y.; subsequent service in Co. F, Sixteenth Artillery.

New York Sixteenth Artillery.

WHEELER, JAMES B., Jr.—Age, 22 years. Enlisted, January 4,1864, at Cameron; mustered in as private, Co: F, January 19, 1864, to serve three years; promoted first sergeant, January 19, 1866; mustered in as second lieutenant, Co. F, February 19, .1865; mustered out with company, August 21, 1865, at Washington, D. O.; prior service in Co. I, Thirty-fourth New York Infantry; commissioned second lieutenant, March 4, 1865, with, rank from February 17, 1865, vice P. F. Dailey, resigned.

Charles Sleeper Van Pelt

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Charles Sleeper Van Pelt.

Birth: September 8, 1873, Iowa..
Death: April 4, 1940.

Wife: Mary Gibson Van Pelt. (1882-? ), b. Missouri.
Married August 22, 1900, McCook, Red Willow, county, Nebraska.

Children : Rollo W., Chalmer, and Christine Van Pelt.

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, Chase County, Nebraska.

Mr. Van Pelt came to Decatur County, Kansas, in 1883.  He settled in section 10, of Beaver township.  He was a farmer and Stock Raiser.  He farmed 240 acres.  His post office address was Cedar Bluffs, Kansas, which was about one mile  south east from the farm.

The records shows his residence was section 10, but he didn't own the land.  All the 240 acres was in his wife's name.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Emilus R. Barber

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Emilus R. Barber.

Birth: June 15, 1857, Ohio.
Death: January 19, 1933.

Wife: Sophronia O. Barber, ( 1855-1924 ).

Children: Lillie R., Alta M., Lelling E. Barber.

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Logan, Phillips County, Kansas.

Mr. Barber came to Phillips county, Kansas, in 1886.  He was a farmer.  He lived in other townships.  In time he would settle in Belmont township, in the town of Speed, Kansa, and become it's Postmaster.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Carroll Laughramb Shidler or Shideler.

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Carroll Laughramb Shidler.

Birth: Sep. 28, 1849, Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Feb. 15, 1930, Kaw City, Kay County, Oklahoma.

Parents: Adam Wise Shidler (1820 - 1886), Mary Ann Kelley Shidler (1823 - 1863).

Wife: Elizabeth Anderson Shidler (1849 - 1928).

Children: Effie Maybelle Shidler Thompson (1870 - 1951).

Burial: Grandview Cemetery, Kaw City, Kay County, Oklahoma.

Indiana 99th., Infantry, Regimental History.
Lieutenant Carroll L. Shideler, Co. E.
Born in Washington county, Pennsylvania; moved to Rensselaer, Indiana, in 1853; enlisted August 11, 1862; was appointed corporal and was assigned to the colors; was promoted sergeant, June 14, 1863, and given charge of the regimental colors; carried them until May 1, 1864, when he was relieved to perform the duties of first sergeant; was commissioned second lieutenant on the first day of May, 1, 1865; was mustered out with the regiment. After the war lived at his old home until 1876, when he moved to Butler county, Kansas, were he has been in the stock business, principally handling sheep. Has raised a family of three boys and five girls, all of whom are living near him except the youngest girl, who died at thirteen years of  age. Comrade Shideler has been quite an active man in politics, holding several official positions, and is a man of energy and ability. His address is Leon, Kansas.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Edwin Reed Ridgely.

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Edwin Reed Ridgely.

Birth: May 9, 1844, Lancaster (Wabash County), Wabash County, Illinois.
Death: April 23, 1927, Girard, Crawford County, Kansas.

Wife: Elizabeth Frazier Ridgely, ( 1868-? ).
Married September 1, 1903, Kansas City.

Children: Non recorded.

Burial: Girard Cemetery, Girard, Crawford County, Kansas.

HON. EDWIN REED RIDGELY, son of William S. Ridgely and Ann Eliza Crowell Ridgely, was born May 9, 1844, near Lancaster, Wabash County, 111. His parents were farmers, and he shared the lot of a pioneer farmer's son, helping to clear away the timber, enlarging the farm, replacing the log cabin in which he was born with a brick dwelling, and constructing barns. His education was acquired during the few weeks of winter weather at the district school in the village of  Lancaster. At the age of eighteen, August 12, 1862, he enlisted in Company C as a private, immediately going with his company into active service, sharing its fate and that of the regiment without asking or receiving furlough or leave of absence to the end of the war ; in the meantime he was promoted to sergeant.

During the entire three years his company was never under the enemy's fire without his presence, rifle in hand, doing his share of the fighting. Sergeant Ridgely had a thrilling experience at the battle of Nashville. While the Union lines were charging the enemy's works and a Confederate battery immediately in front of the 115th was pouring shot and shell into its ranks, a shell struck in front of his position, throwing much earth against him, knocking him down and leaving him for a time unconscious. After some minutes he proceeded to rejoin his regiment, which had continued the charge, and was then halted about 400 feet in advance. As he crawled forward to his company his comrades expressed astonishment, as they supposed the shell had cut his body in two.

After leaving the army he spent a short time with his parents, then participated with others in a contract to build a large school house at Olney, learning the brick mason's trade while thus engaged. Later he attended school at Batavia, Ill., but his health failing, he removed to Girard, Kan., and with his brother Stephen R. Ridgley, engaged in general mercantile business, which they have pursued almost to the present time. In the meantime he carried on the cattle business, making several trips over the trail to and from Texas, California, Oregon and Washington.

In 1896 he was unanimously nominated by the People's party as its candidate for Congress for the 3d Kansas District, and was also nominated by the Democratic party, and after a heated campaign, elected by 4,500 majority. He was nominated and re-elected in 1898, and is now, in 1900, serving in the 56th Congress. At the time of the Civil War he was an abolition Republican, but joined the Greenback party in 1876, because of the financial question, and has continued with its successor, the People's party, and steadily grown more and more positive and favorable to its policy. His present residence is at Pittsburg, Kan.

Luther M. Hobart.

L. M. HOBART, Section 20, P. O. Towanda, is a native of Vermont, and was born in Montpelier, June 9, 1816. When seventeen years of age came to Illinois, living in Schuyler and McDonough Counties, until the spring of 1870, when he came to Kansas, locating where he now resides. Mr. H. had the usual drawbacks to contend with that were incidental in those days. In the spring of 1871, was elected Justice of the Peace, which position he held two years. Was again elected in 1880. Was married in Illinois to Miss H. J. Horton, whose death occurred soon after. His present wife, Miss Frances Bliss, he also married in Illinois. They have had six children, three of whom are living - George F., Harriet J. and Luther G. He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On the 14th of July, 1862, he enlisted in Company D., One Hundred and Fifteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving as Hospital Steward until the close of the war.

Illinois 115th., Regimental History.

LUTHER M. HOBART, Hospital Steward. Sergeant of Company D; succeeded Dr. Douglass May I, 1863, and was mustered out June 11, 1865. He died in Allen County, Kansas, about 1890.

Authors note.  Burial: Died March 14, 1884, age 67; buried Towanda Cemetery, Towanda, Butler County, Kansas.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: HOBART, LUTHER M. Rank: SGT. Company: D. Unit: 115 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: PLEASANTVIEW, SCHUYLER CO, IL. Age: 46. Height: 5' 9. Hair: BLACK. Eyes: BLACK. Complexion: DARK. Marital Status: MARRIED. Occupation: DRUGGIST. Nativity: ESSEX, FRANKLIN CO, VT.

Service Record. Joined When: AUG 14, 1862. Joined Where: SCHUYLER CO, IL. Joined By Whom: S M HUCKSTEP. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: SEP 13, 1862. Muster In Where: CAMP BUTLER IL. Remarks: PROMOTED HOSPITAL STEWARD MAY 2, 1863 & TRANS TO NON COM STAFF.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Major Samuel Hymer.

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Samuel Hymer.

Birth: May 17, 829.
Death: May 9, 1906.

Wife: Mary J., Hymer.

Children: Ida Mary Hymer Nichols.
Married Samuel Nichols, had one daughter Mable Nichols.

Burial: Rushville City Cemetery, Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois.

Major Hymer came to Kansas from Harrison County, Indiana in 1866, and settled in section 5, of Sugar Creek township of Miami County, Kansas.  He was a farmer and stock raiser on his 153.12 acres of land.  He would later mover to Linn County, Kansas.

SAMUEL HYMER, Brevet Major, the second captain of Company D, was born in Harrison County, Ind., on May 17, 1829, and removed with his father's family to Schuyler County, Ill., in 1837, where he resided on a farm until he entered the service. His education was such as the district schools afforded, supplemented by brief terms in the Rushville schools. At the organization of Company D he was chosen second lieutenant very unexpectedly to himself, and on the resignation of Lieutenant Bridgewater, May 28, 1863, he was advanced to the first lieutenancy, and on the death of Captain Huckstep, December 9, 1863, he was promoted to the captaincy of his company.

As first lieutenant he commanded his company after the wounding of Captain Huckstep, and did valiant service throughout the battle of Chickamauga. During the siege of Chattanooga Captain Hymer's company occupied a position above Brown's Ferry, where it remained several weeks without tents and with not more than half a dozen blankets to the company, constantly watching the operations of the rebels on Lookout Mountain. Though always an efficient officer and faithful in every duty, the crowning glory of Major Hymer's service was the defense of the blockhouse at Buzzard Roost Gap, For this splendid service, the President gave him the brevet rank of major, and as further mark of distinction Congress conferred upon him a medal of honor "for most distinguished gallantry in action at Buzzard Roost Gap, Ga., October 13, 1864."

In transmitting the award the secretary of war uses the following language : "This officer, with only forty-one men under his command, defended and held a blockhouse against the attack of Hood's army for nearly ten hours, thus checking the advance of the enemy and insuring the safety of the rest of his regiment, as well as that of the 8th Kentucky Infantry, then stationed at Ringgold, Georgia." Major Hymer's experience while a prisoner was much the same as other Union officers in similar circumstances. He was taken with his company after the capture to Jacksonville, Ala., then to Selma, then to Montgomery, and thence to Macon, Ga. Here five of them, including the major, escaped, but he was soon captured and returned to the stockade.

The major's experience in his journeys from place to place, and the many incidents of his prison life would fill a volume, but want of space prevents riving them here. He was finally paroled and sent into our lines at Wilmington, N. C, and was thence taken to Annapolis, Md., by steamer and thence taken; to his home in Schuyler County, Ill., by railroad, and was; discharged May 15, 1865. In 1866 he removed to Miami County, Kan., and engaged in farming and stock raising. He soon took interest in politics, and served as township assessor, a member of the Kansas legislature, township treasurer, and director of city schools. In 1882 he removed to La Cygne, Linn County, Kan., where he resides, and is an honored citizen. For many years he has been a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Oly "Oley" F. Johnson.

Oly F. JOHNSON, Sheriff, was born in Norway. Came to America in 1850, and located in Wisconsin. Removed to Minnesota. Enlisted in the Union army, October 4, 1861, in Company K, Forty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry; discharged February 14, 1866, when he returned to Freeport, Ill. Came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1870, and took a homestead in Vicksburg Township. Held office of Justice of the Peace in said township, being the first Justice of the Peace elected in the same; also held the office of Trustee for two terms. Was elected Sheriff of Jewell County in 1881, and now holds this office. Is a member of the K. of P. Mr. Johnson took out the first marriage license in Jewell County after its organization; was married in Vicksburg Township on the 17th day of June, 1871, to Miss Elizabeth Zimmer. They have one child - Harry A., born October 12, 1879.

Illinois 46th., Regimental History.


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Oly F. Johnson enlisted at Caledonia, Minn., Oct. 4, 1861. In Sept., 1861, Capt. Johnson, in company with about twenty others, left Minnesota and reported at St. Louis, expecting to join the 16th Mo, There not being enough men to complete the 16th Mo., these men were sent to Springfield, Ill., under Beverly Whitney, of the loth Ill., They were assigned to company K, 46th Ill.,. O. F. Johnson was appointed Sergeant of the Company. Promoted to 2nd Lieut., Oct. 11, 1862, and to Captain, Dec. 28, 1864. He participated in all the battles and marches with the regiment.

On his return from the army he located in Stephenson county, Ill.,  and was engaged in different pursuits for a number of years. In an early day he, with others of his comrades, went to Kansas and located at Jewell City, Jewell county, where he and wife entered on a homestead. Some time after he was elected Sheriff of the county and served acceptably for a term of years. He died at Jewell City about 1886.

Capt. Johnson was of Norwegian nationality and about 25 years old at the time of enlistment. He was brave and courageous, a man of many good qualities, loved and respected by his comrades and had the full confidence of his superior officers

Enlisted October 4, 1861, as Sergeant, Age 22, years, Height 5' 7 in., Eyes Blue, Complexion Fair.  Promoted to 2nd., Lieutenant at 24 years, January 13, 1863.  Promoted to Captain at 25 years, May 4, 1865.  Mustered out January 20, 1866.

In the Illinois State records he is listed as Oley F. Johnson.

He settled in Vicksburg Township, of Jewell county, Kansas in section 20, on 161 acres of land.  Post office address was Jewell City, Kansas, which is around 9 miles south west from the farm.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Obadiah S. Sheppard or Shepard.

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Obadiah S. Sheppard or Shepard.

Birth: August 1832, Ohio.
Death: Unknown.

Wife: Nancy J. Shepard ( 1832-? ).

Children: Camelia J., Mary A., and Alena A. Shepard.

Burial: Unknown.

He came to Chautauqua county, Kansas, in 1884 and settled in section 7 of Sedan township.  He was a farmer and stock raiser on his 150 acres of land.  His post office address was Sedan, Kansas, which is around 4 miles north west from the farm.

He was also a Civil War veteran, being in the 94th., Illinois Infantry, Co. C.  Enlisted August 12, 1862, as a private, mustered in August 20, 1862.  Mustered out July 17, 1865.  May also have been in the 58th., Illinois Infantry Co. B. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Christopher E. Courson or Coursen

Christopher E. Courson or Coursen.

Birth: September 4, 1837, New  York.
Death: March 27, 1923.

Wife: Mary Anna Cashman Courson or Coursen.

Children: John G., Robert J., and Sonora Courson or  Coursen.

He came to Mitchell County , Kansas in 1867 and settled in section 10 of Eureka township.  He owned 320 acres of land.  On it was a country Post Office which he was Post master, it was called Courson or Coursen Grove.  He would later move to Logan township of the same county were he would farm on his 160 acres of land.

Illinois 39th., Infantry Regimental History.

Courson, Christopher E. - Regimental Quartermaster-Sergeant - Enlisted from Sandoval, Illinois, August 16, 1861, in Company F. Promoted Sergeant August 30, 1862 and to Quartermaster August 5, 1865 and transferred to non-commissioned staff. Mustered out with the regiment, December 6, 1865. Born September 4, 1837 in Tioga County, New York. He was brought up on his father's farm until the age of twenty-one when he moved to Illinois where he worked as a farm hand. In 1867 he married and settled on a small farm in Pennsylvania. In 1878 he moved to a homestead in Kansas. He was the Post master at Courson's Grove.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

L. George Grant.

L. George Grant.

Birth: 1829.
Death: Aug. 9, 1896.

Wife: Mary A. Grant (1825 - 1905).

Children: Malissa Grant Boots (1862 - 1918), James P. Grant (1865 - 1947), John Elmer Grant (1868 - 1957).

Burial: Ninnescah Cemetery Udall, Cowley County, Kansas.

From Elwood's Stories of the Old Ringgold Cavalry.
By. John William Elwood

L. George Grant in 1869, seeing vast opportunities in the  west for his large family of sons and daughters, sold his holdings, his old home farm, and located in Udall Kansas where he resided until his death August 19, 1896. His remains were interred in Ninnanscah Cemetery, Kansas.

Authors Note.There is a lot of information on the Men of the Grant family, stated in the book tilled above, this book can be read on line.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

James L. Stratton.

James L. Stratton.

Birth: Nov., 1864, Lyon County, Kansas.
Death: 1934, Kansas.

Parents: Henry J. Stratton (1828 - 1899), Nancy J. Macy Stratton (1829 - 1902).

Wife: Della Myers Stratton (1867 - 1928).

Children: Cloe Brewer (1893 - 1974), Clay O. Stratton (1895 - 1967), Edna I. Stratton McIlvain (1896 - 1986), Fay L. Stratton (1904 - 1920).

Burial: Hartford Cemetery, Hartford, Lyon County, Kansas.

Friday, July 4, 2014

I. D. Fox.

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I. D. Fox.

Birth: Jan. 3, 1845, Batavia, Genesee County, New York.
Death: Apr. 12, 1888.

Parents: Jared W Fox (1810 - 1898), Mercy Copeland Fox (1816 - 1893).

Wife: Ella M. Trask Fox (1858 - 1941). Children: Ethel Clara Fox (____ - 1881).

Burial: Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas.

I. D. FOX came to Emporia in 1869, and the following year engaged in the book and stationery business in partnership with Mrs. E. Trask, adding piano, organ and music merchandise to the business in 1875. From 1878 to the fall of 1880 he was a partner with D. Thomas & Co., dry goods merchant, and in the spring of 1881 the firm of I. D. Fox & Co., engaged in the jewelry business.

Mr. Fox has a stock ranch on the Neosho River in Americus Township, having 130 head of hogs and 100 head of other stock. He is a native of Batavia, Genesee Co., N. Y., born January 3,1845. Prior to his removal to Kansas he had lived in Monroe, Chenango and Wayne counties, N. Y., emigrating from the latter.

He was married in Peru, Ind., November 16, 1876, to Ella M. Trask. Mr. and Mrs. Fox buried one child in 1881, Ethel Clara, aged four years. Mr. Fox settled on a farm near Carbondale, Osage County. In 1860, when he first arrived in Kansas, where he resided until he came to Emporia In 1869. His father, Jared W. Fox, still lives in Carbondale. Mrs. E. Trask, partner of Mr. Fox, and widow of Edward Trask, who was killed at the battle of Springfield, was for twelve years postmistress. Mr. and Mrs. Trask were early settlers of Butler County, Kansas.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Azro A. Buck.

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Azro A. Buck.

Birth: 1830.
Death: January 4, 1880, Winfield, Kansas.

Burial: Union Cemetery, Winfield, Cowley county, Kansas

Original Second-Sergeant. Sergeant Buck enlisted from Sycramore, Illinois, and was mustered with the regiment. Sergeant Buck was promoted Second-Lieutenant, First- Lieutenant and Captain, and
was mustered out June iS, 1864. Captain Buck was a very good officer, generally liked in his company, and looked out for the welfare of his men as well as any officer of Company F. After his
muster out as Captain, he helped raise the One Hundred and Forty-Seventh Illinois Infantry, a one hundred day regiment, which he entered as Captain. After the war he went South and died in Kansas.

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES. Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: BUCK, AZRO A. Rank: SGT. Company: F. Unit: 13 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Age: 31. Height: 6'. Hair: SANDY. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: MARRIED. Occupation: ENGINEER. Residence: SYCAMORE, DEKALB CO, IL. Nativity: WINDSOR, WINDSOR CO, VT.

Service Record. Joined When: MAY 24, 1861. Joined Where: DIXON, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: MAY 24, 1861. Muster In Where: DIXON, IL. Remarks: WAS 1SGT TO 6 AUG 1861 THEN 2LT TO 22 SEP 1862 THEN 1LT TO 21 AUG 1863 THEN CAPT TO DATE, Nov. 19, 1863.

Authors note Those on his pension card were; Fannie P. Buck, Celia A. Price, Georgia Buck and Fannie F. Addy.: 

Francis "Frank" M. McShane.

Francis "Frank" M. McShane.

Birth: January 3/13, 1841.
Death: October 13, 1910.

Wife: Nora R. McShane.
She received his pension in 1911.

Children: Lewis L., Francis M., Jesse J., and Harry C. McShane.

Burial: Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, Johnson county, Kansas.

Indiana Sixty-Eighth Infantry, Regimental History.
Frank McShane was born in Dearborn county. Indiana, January 3, 1841, but was reared to manhood in Franklin county, near New Trenton, where he was educated in the district schools. He enlisted in Company A at its organization, and was in every engagement and battle of the regiment, excepting the battles of Orchard Knob and Missionary Ridge. At Hoover's Gap, June 24, 1863, was slightly wounded in the mouth, losing two teeth. At Chickamauga was seriously wounded in the face, the ball entering the left cheek and coming out just under the right eye.

This occurred late on Saturday in Brotherton woods, just as the regiment commenced to fall back. His wound was dressed by Dr. Wooden, and he arrived in Chattanooga Sunday night with wounded under care of Dr. Meredith. He rejoined his company at Knoxville, Tennessee, about April 7, on its return from east Tennessee to Chattanooga. He remained with the regiment to the close of its service, sharing in engagements at Dalton, Georgia, Decatur, Alabama, and the battle of Nashville, Tennessee, and the pursuit of Hood's army. Was discharged with his company and regiment June 20, 1865. After the war he located in Morgan county, Indiana, and was engaged in timber business. Was married in 1877, and was blessed with four sons. He removed with his family in 1880 to Gardner, Kansas, and engaged in farming and stock raising, which he has since followed with both pleasure and profit.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Colonel Jeremiah B. Cook.

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COL. J. B. COOK, loan and real estate agent, was born in Lancaster County, Pa., June 22, 1834; lived in his native State until he was fifteen years of age, and then left home to make a living for himself. After spending three years in various Southern and Western States, he went to California and was engaged in mining and various other pursuits for three years. Returning to Pennsylvania he spent one winter there and then came to Kansas City, where he was engaged in real estate operations for three years. He then went to Delavan, Tazewell Co., Ill., and enlisted in Company H. Fourth Illinois Cavalry, serving one year as a private, one year as Second Lieutenant, and then promoted to Major of the Third United States Colored Cavalry.

A year later he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and served in that position until he was mustered out of the service January 26, 1866, having command of the regiment most of the time, besides having command at the close of the war, and prior to that date of the Third Brigade of the Cavalry Division of West Tennessee. He participated in several of the principal battles of the war, Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, siege of Corinth, and many others. Col. Cook deserves great credit for his capture of Holmes' Battery of Scott's Brigade by saber charge at Woodville, Miss., October 5, 1864, and for the burning of the Black River, Miss., Central Railroad bridge. During his entire service he displayed bravery and strategy superior to many of the commanding officers who had been educated in the art of war.

After leaving the army he was engaged for one season in raising cotton in Arkansas. In March, 1867, he returned to Delavan, Ill., and was in the United States Internal Revenue service, and engaged in farming until he came to Kansas to reside in April, 1871, locating in Hackberry Township, Labette County, his farm being situated on the northwestern quarter of Section 30, in that township and northeast quarter of Section 25, Elm Grove Township. In November, 1873, Col. Cook removed to Chetopa and actively engaged in business which he now carries on.

He had to some extent negotiated loans and dealt in real estate while on his farm; but since coming to Chetopa he has given his entire attention to the business, representing large eastern capitalists principally of Lancaster, Westchester and Philadelphia, Pa. During 1882 his loans amounted to over $200,000, and were made in the counties of Labette, Cherokee, Crawford and Neosho counties in southeastern Kansas.

He owns several fine farms in the vicinity of Chetopa and some valuable city property. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., K. of P. and the G. A. R. The Colonel was married at Decatur, Ill., November 21, 1871, to Hannah Prosser, a native of Salem, Ind. Col. Cook is pre-eminently a leader and one of the most enterprising and public-spirited citizens of Kansas. Through his influence about 200 families have been induced to locate in the State, nearly all of them in Labette County. He has been Alderman and is now serving his second term as Mayor of the city.

Fourth Illinois Cavalry Regimental History.

J. B. Cook was born at Pleasant Grove, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, June 22, 1834. He spent some years before the Civil war in California and on the frontier. On September 20, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Fourth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. On September 1, 1862, he was promoted from Sergeant to Second Lieutenant in Company P, First Illinois Cavalry. On October 1, 1863, he was made a Major in the Third United States Colored Cavalry, and on November 27th, 1864-, Lieutenant Colonel. He commanded the Third Brigade of the Memphis Cavalry Division at the close of the war, being- senior officer of the brigade in active service, and was mustered out with his regiment, January 26, 1865. He went to Labette county, Kansas, in 1874, where he farmed a short time, since which he has been engaged in the real estate and loan business at Chetopa, Kansas. He has served one term in the Kansas legislature and is serving- his fifth term as mayor of Chetopa.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Clifton M. Wood.

Clifton M. Wood.

Birth: 1837, Ohio.
Death: July 6, 1890.

Wife: Malinda ( Jones ) Wood.

Children: Blanche and Guy C. Wood.

Burial: Union Cemetery, Winfield, Cowlet county, Kansas.

CLIFTON M. WOOD, stock dealer, was born in Morrow County, Ohio, in 1837; son of Reuben and Anna Wood. He was raised in Ohio. In 1862, he enlisted in Company C, Ninety-sixth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Soon after enlisting, he was prostrated with typhoid fever. He was in the hospital at Covington, Ky., for three months. On his recovery, he was appointed Executive Steward of the Eruptive and Clay General Hospitals, and also of the Officers' General Hospital at Louisville, Ky.

This position he held until the close of the war, when he returned to Ohio. In 1866, he came to Kansas, located at Cottonwood Falls, where he remained about three years. In April, 1869, he settled where Winfield now is, and built a house, which he intended for a store. It was the first building built in Winfield, and he was the first settler. After completing his house, he returned to Cottonwood Falls for the purpose of getting goods, but soon after his departure the Indians burned his house, which proved a severe loss to him, as he had expended $500 of his scanty means to build it.

On his return to Cottonwood Falls, Mr. Wood was married, June 26, to Miss Malinda Jones, who was at that time engaged in teaching school near that place. Mr. Wood, on hearing of the misfortune that had overtaken him in the loss of his house, was nothing daunted, but changed his purpose about taking his goods, but with his wife and household effects returned, reaching Winfield on the 14th of August, 1869, Mrs. Wood thus being the first white woman and bride of Winfield.

In the fall of that year, two or three families settled here, and in the following winter and spring the number was quite largely increased, and the foundation of the beautiful and prosperous city of Winfield was laid. On returning to Winfield, Mr. Wood immediately commenced the building of another house, which was the second one built at this place.

From that time he has been a resident of this place, and has been active and liberal in striving to advance the interests of his adopted city. He is now engaged in the stock business. He has been a member of the City Council for two years. Mrs. Wood is a native of Ohio, a daughter of James and Maria Jones. She has borne her husband two children - Blanche and Guy C.

Ohio 96th., Regimental History.

Corporal Clifton M. Wood. Age 25 ; enlisted August 7, 1862; transferred to 68th Company, 2d Battalion Veteran Reserve Corps, December 10, 1863 ; died at Winfield, Kansas, July 6, 1890. Malinda J. Wood, widow, Winfield, Kansas.