Friday, October 31, 2014

Hugh R. Taylor.

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Hugh R. Taylor.

Birth: Feb., 1844, Illinois.
Death: 1915, Sedan, Chautauqua County, Kansas.

Wife; Martha E Busby Taylor (1850 - 1925).

Children: Non Recorded.

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

He settled in section 34 of Washington township of Chautauqua county, Kansas.  He was a farmer on his 160 acres of land.  His post office address was Monett, Kansas, which was one mile north east from the farm, was a Civil War veteran.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: TAYLOR, HUGH R. Rank: PVT. Company: A. Unit: 61 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: WOODVILLE, GREENE CO, IL. Age: 19.

Service Record. Joined When: JAN 2, 1864. Joined Where: CARROLLTON, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: FEB 2, 1864. Muster In Where: SPRINGFIELD, IL. Muster Out: SEP 8, 1865. Muster Out Where: NASHVILLE, TN.

John A. Cline Founder of Bellefont, Kansas.

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Bellefont - Long before the village of Bellefont was officially established, it had a post office that first opened in April, 1878. A town was officially platted in July, 1885 by J.A. Cline and George M. Hoover, land owners, who believed that it would become a railhead for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. However, the railroad did not build a junction there as was hoped for and the community never developed very much.

It did sustain for several years as a small farming community, once boasting a general store, a grocery store and a depot in its early years. By 1896, the post office was closed, but it reopened in 1904. By 1910, the population was just 40, but the town served as a shipping and supply point for that part of the county. The town's post office closed forever in June, 1957. Situated about 22 miles northeast of Dodge City on Highway 50, today there are but a few farms and a grain elevator.

John Andrew Cline life in Bellefont, Kansas.

He had a farm in section 18, of Wheatland township, of Ford County, Kansas.  His farm was 156.20, acres.  His post office address was Bellefont, Kansas, which was a half mile east from the farm.  He was also in the General Merchandise business.  On June 11, 1905,, to June 11, 1907, he was Bellefont, postmaster.

John Andrew Cline.

I was born January 7th, A. D. 1837, in one of the proverbial log cabins of those times. My father, John Cline, then resided in a small vale or alcove, surrounded by high hills on the north, west and south, in the northwestern  part of Westmoreland county, Pa. He was of German  parentage, and by birth a native of Pennsylvania. My mother was of Scotch-Irish parentage, her maiden name being McCadams; her parents emigrated to this country when she was an infant.
He had a brother Zachariah M. Cline.

John Andrew Cline, wife Caroline had six children; James, Rob, Carrie, Bertha, Elsie, and Lillas Cline.

155th., Pennsylvania Regimental History.
Company K.

Captain John A. Cline, mustered into service Sept. 11th, 1862 ; promoted to Major Jan. 23rd, 1865 ; wounded in neck at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3rd, 1863; wounded in hand at  Bethesda Church, Va., June 3d, 1864 ; wounded in shoulder  at 2nd Hatcher's Run, Va., March 25th, 1865; mustered out with regiment June 2nd, 1865 ; Postmaster at Bellefont, Ford county, Kansas.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jeremiah "Jerry" Simpson.

Encyclopedia of Daviess and Martin Counties of Indiana.
Published 1897.

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READERS whose impressions of the Medicine Lodge statesman have been derived from the ridicule of his political opponents, who dubbed him "Sockless Simpson" on account of a remark made in one of his campaign speeches, will be surprised to know that he is a rather good looking, well-dressed man, with scarcely a suggestion of rural simplicity in his appearance or manner. Congressman Simpson, of Kansas, was born in the province of New Brunswick March 31, 1842, but his parents removed to Oneida County, N. Y., when he was six years of age.

At the age of fourteen he began life as a sailor, which pursuit he followed for twenty-three years on the Great Lakes. During the early part of the Civil War he served for a time in Company A, Twelfth Illinois Infantry, but failing health compelled him to leave the service. In 1878 he drifted to Kansas, and is now living six miles from Medicine Lodge, Barber County, where he is engaged in farming and stock raising.

Mr. Simpson was a Republican originally, casting his first vote for the second election of Abraham Lincoln, but during the past twelve years has voted and affiliated with the Greenback and Union Labor parties. He twice ran for the Kansas Legislature on the Independent ticket in Barber County, but was defeated both times by a small plurality.

He was nominated for the Fifty-second Congress by the People's party and elected by the aid of the Democrats, who indorsed his nomination, and was re-elected to the Fifty-third Congress as a Farmers' Alliance candidate. Mr. Simpson is an earnest advocate of reforms for the benefit of the farmer and work- ing classes, and is a member of the committees on Agriculture and Territories.

Author. Mr. Simpson married Jane Cape, on October 12, 1870, at Buffalo, New York,; they had two children who's names are unknown to this author.  He was taken by his wife to St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, for "Aneurism of the Hart".  He died on the morning of October 23, 1905.  His burial was at; Maple Grove Cemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Archibald Alexander Glenn.

The Encyclopedia of Illinois, publ. 1909.
History of Ogle Co. Illinois.

GLENN, ARCHIBALD A., ex-Lieutenant-Governor, was born in Nicholas County, Ky., Jan. 30, 1819. In 1828 his father's family removed to Illinois, settling first in Vermilion, and later in Schuyler County. At the age of 13, being forced to abandon school, for six years he worked upon the farm of his widowed mother, and, at 19, entered a printing office at Rushville, where he learned the trade of compositor. In 1844 he published a Whig campaign paper, which was discontinued after the defeat of Henry Clay.

For eleven years he was Circuit Clerk of Brown County, during which period he was admitted to the bar; was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 862, and of the State Board of Equalization from 1868 to 1872. The latter year he was elected to the State Senate for four years, and, in 1875, chosen its President, thus becoming ex-officio Lieutenant-Governor. He early abandoned legal practice to engage in banking and in mercantile investment. After the expiration of his term in the Senate, he removed to Kansas, where, at latest advices, he still resided.

Kansas Record.

Archibald Alexander Glenn.
Birth: January 30, 1819, Kentucky.
Death: May 21, 1901, Kansas.

First wife: Lavina Cooper Glenn, ( 1830 - 1881).

Children: Ella S. Glenn Shields, ( 1854 - 1935 ), William C. Glenn.

Second wife: Catharine H. Glenn.
Married about 1885, he 76, she 52.

Children Non found.

Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas..

Monday, October 27, 2014

John Alm.

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John Alm.

Birth: May between 1863-1868, Sweden.
Death: 1901.

Wife: Caroline J. Alm.
Married about 1884.

Children: Anna C., Louise C., Emma L., Mary, Clara J., Earnest J., David Alm.

Burial: Carfield Center ( Mission Covenant ), Clay Center, Clay County, Kansas.

Mr. Alm came to Clay County, Kansas in 1884, and settled in section 19, of Carfield township.  He was a Farmer and Stock Raiser on his 160 acres of land.  The farm was known as ( Elmwood Stock Farm ).  Their post office address was Clay Center, Kansas, which was nine miles south from the farm.

Samuel B. Sherman.

Samuel Benson Sherman.

Birth: Dec. 2, 1842.
Death: Dec. 12, 1904.

Wife: Phoebe Jane Sutton Sherman (1856 - 1898).

Children: Myrtle S. Sherman Creed (1881 - 1913), Samuel Franklin Sherman (1885 - 1967), Floy S. Sherman Lemon (1892 - 1980).

Burial: Windsor Cemetery, Cambridge, Cowley County, Kansas.

SAMUEL B. SHERMAN, editor, Cambridge, was born in McHenry County, Ill., in 1842. Was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Sherman. He was married, in 1872, to Miss Jane Sutton, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Sutton, who has borne him three children, viz., Emma, Charles E. and Cora M. He enlisted on August 19, 1862, in Company K, Twenty-seventh Iowa Infantry. He was in the battles of Pleasant Hill, Fort Du Russey, Tupelo, second Nashville, Fort Blakely, and in other engagements of his command . Was mustered out on the 8th day of August, 1865.

He came to Kansas in 1866; located in Marshall County, where he was engaged in saw-milling. In 1871, he removed to Cowley County, Windsor Township. In 1881, he was appointed agent of Cambridge Station, on the K. C., T. & S. K. R. R., which appointment he retained until the establishment of his present business. In 1882, he, with H. F. Hicks, issued the first newspaper, styled the Cambridge News, which has proven a success; also established in the land and loan business. In 1878, he was appointed Justice of the Peace, and in 1879 he was elected for the same office. In 1881, he was appointed Notary Public by Gov. St. John, and in 1883 he was re-elected for Justice of the Peace. In the spring of 1879, he was elected Township Trustee. He is a member of the Royal Templars of Temperance, also of the Cambridge Town Company.

Iowa Twenty-Seventy Infantry.
Company K.

Sherman, Samuel B. Age 19. Residence Riceville, nativity Illinois. Enlisted Aug. 19, 1862. Mustered Sept. 9, 1862. Mustered out Aug. 8,  1865, Clinton, Iowa

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jacob M. Balderston

Jacob M. Balderston.

Birth: Jan. 16, 1842, Ohio.
Death: Feb. 24, 1909.

Wife: Jennie May Boyle Balderston (1859 - 1936).

Children: Jessie May Balderston Stover (1888 - 1979), Hortense Louise Balderston Gibson (1889 - 1979), Mary B. Balderston Archer (1896 - 1988).

Burial: Highland Cemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.

Illinois Fourteenth Cavalry, Regimental History.

Captain Jacob M. Balderston, was born in Ohio. He elisted in Company "A," 1st Illinois Cavalry, in July, 1861. He was captured at Lexington, Mo., September, 1861, and was exchanged and discharged July 14th, 1862. He enlisted in Company "C," 14th Illinois Cavalry, September 8th, 1862; was appointed quartermaster sergeant, then promoted 1st lieutenant July 3d, 1864 the day that he, at the head of a part of his company, charged upon a much greater force of the enemy near the Chattahoochee river, Georgia. He was severely wounded August 3d, 1864, when Capron's brigade was surprised, but he escaped. He was again captured at Nashville, but escaped by knocking down his guard and taking his seven shot Spencer rifle and rejoined his command after 12 days of captivity. He was commissioned captain of Company C., April 21st, 1865 ; and was mustered oul with his regiment. He is now a successful lawyer of Wichita, Kansas. He has served as county attorney and as judge of county court.

Kansas Biographies.

JACOB M. BALDERSTON was born in Colerain, Belmont Co., Ohio, January 16, 1842. In 1855 he removed to Magnolia, Putnam Co , Ill., from whence he entered the army July 3, 1861, enlisting in Company A, First Illinois Cavalry, in which regiment he served until July 14, 1862. September 8, 1862, he re-enlisted in Company C, Fourteenth Illinois Cavalry, and was mustered out July 31, 1865, as Captain of his company. He then returned to Magnolia, Ill., and attended the Seminary at Winona, that State, and the Wesleyan University. at Bloomington; afterward teaching school in Illinois.

He read law with Weldon & McNulta, at Bloomington, and was admitted to the bar December 10, 1869, remaining in the law office of the firm, with whom he read until nearly a year later. He came to Kansas in 1870, and located at Wichita April, 1872, and has been engaged in the practice of law in that city since his location. Mr. B was taken prisoner at Lexington, Mo., September 20, 1861, and paroled soon after; again taken prisoner near Nashville, Tenn., December 17, 1864, escaping four and a half days later. He was wounded in Georgia, August 2, 1864, receiving pistol shots in leg and wrist.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Henry C. Babcock.

Henry C. Babcock.

Birth; June 27, 1838.
Death: November: 11, 1916.

Wife and Children: Unknown.

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Franklin, Franklin County, Nebraska.

HON. H. C. BABCOCK was born in Rutland County, Vt. in 1839, and came west to Scott County, Iowa at the age of fourteen years, where he followed farming. He enlisted August 1, 1861, in Company C, Second Iowa Cavalry. Was promoted to Second Lieutenant in June, 1863, and to Captain in 1864, serving until October, 1865, two years of which period he acted as Regimental, and then as Brigade Quartermaster. After the war he settled in Eau Claire, Wis., and for three years was a member of firm of Crane & Babcock, carrying on a saw mill; then farmed for a time in Clinton County, Iowa. In 1872, he came to Kansas, and for eight years followed farming pursuits in Mitchell County. In the fall of 1874 he was elected to represent that county in the State Legislature, and was Justice of the Peace for two years. On July the 9th, 1881, he purchased the Eclipse livery, safe and exchange stables, at Ottawa, and a month later admitted J. H. Gants to a partnership, since which time the business has been conducted under the style of Babcock & Gants.

Civil War Vet.

Second Iowa Cavalry.

 Babcock, Henry C. (Veteran.) Age 25. Residence Big Rock, nativity Vermont. Enlisted Aug. 14, 1861. Mustered Sept. 1, 1861. Promoted  First Sergeant Dec.1, 1861; Second Lieutenant June 11, 1863; Captain  Nov. 27, 1864. Mustered out Sept. 19, 1865, Selma, Ala.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Emery M. Eastman.

Emery M. Eastman.

Birth: January 5, 1836, Pennsylvania.
Death: December 28, 1907.

Wife: Perina B. Eastman.

Children: Non found.

Burial: Haviland Cemetery, Haviland, Kiowa County, Kansas.

In 1900 was listed as a Dragsman; "Dragsman The driver of a drag or coach. A thief who follows carriages to cut away luggage from behind. One engaged in dragging a a river, lake, pond, harbor, or the like, in search of something".

He was also Civil War Veteran.
Ohio 96th, Infantry.

Captain Emery M. Eastman. Age 26; date of commission as Second Lieutenant Company G, July 28, 1862; promoted to First Lieutenant December 2, 1862, and to Captain Company F, March 19, 1863, and transferred to Company A, November 18, 1864, on consolidation. Battles: Chickasaw Bayou, Sieges of Vicksburg and Jackson, Miss., Grand Coteau and Sabine Cross Roads, Ia., where wounded in right hand; Fort Gaines, Fort Morgan, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely, Mobile and Whistler. Mustered out with Company July 7, 1865. Address Wellsford, Kansas

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Newton E. Terrill.

Newton Edgerly Terrill.

Birth: Aug., 1832, Livingston, Columbia County, New York.
Death: 1930, Kansas.

Newton Edgerly Terrill was born Aug 1832 in Livingston, NY. He was the son of Nathan Covey Terrill and Elizabeth Betsey Lang. He was married to Susannah Callendar 3 Oct 1855 in Postville, IA. Their children were Charles, Agnes, Minnie and Clarence.

Burial: Tisdale Cemetery, Tisdale, Cowley County, Kansas.

Iowa Fifth Infantry, Company K.

Terrill, Newton E, Private; Age 29. Residence Waukon, nativity New York. Mustered July 15, 1 861. Wounded in leg severely Sept. 19, 1862, luka,  Miss. Mustered out July 30, 1864, Chattanooga, Tenn., expiration of term of service.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Adam A. Fawley.

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Adam A. Fawley.

Birth: 1850
Death: 1941.

Parents: George William Fawley (1823 - 1893), Catherine Sarah Fulk Fawley (1818 - 1862).

Wife: Aurilla Ann Trumbo Fawley (1851 - 1934).

Children: Frank Fraust Fawley (1880 - 1967), Oliver Ott Fawley (1882 - 1968), Flossie Maie Fawley Fain (1889 - 1980).

Burial: Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody, Marion County, Kansas.

Mr. Fawlet came to Kansas and settled in Butler county, Kansas, in section 5, of Clifford township, in 1885. He was a farmer and stock raiser on his 319.76 acres.  His post office address was Peabody, Kansas, which is in Marion County, Kansas, and was 5 miles north east from the fam. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

William L. Coryell

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William L. Coryell.

Birth: September 26, 1837, Michigan.
Death: July 2, 193, Florida.
Buried on the third of July.

Father: Andrew Coryell.
Mother: Unknown.

Wife: Clara A. Hates Coryell.
Married October 25, 1919, he was 82 and she 72 years.
He may have been married a number of times?

Children: non recorded.

Burial: Mount Peace Cemetery, Saint Cloud, Osceola County, Florida.

Mr. Coryell came to Kansas and settled in section 2 of Medicine Lodge, township in 1897.  He was a Farmer and Stock Raiser on this 319 acres of land.  His post office address was Medicine Lodge, Kansas, which was a mile south east of the farm.

At the time of his death he was a Realtor in Florida. He was also a Civil War Veteran.

Michigan 24th., Infantry..
Coryell, William, Ridgeway, Enlisted in company F, Twenty-fourth Infantry, March 14. 1865. at Ridgeway, for 1 year, age 27. Mustered March 23, 1865. Mustered out at Detroit, Mich., June 30, 1865.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jehile C. Tucker.

Jehile C. Tucker.

Birth: 1845, Ohio.
Death: October 29, 1934.

Wife: Catherine  E. Tucker, ( 1862 - 1944 ).

Children: William W., Alfred, Earnest E., Augusta May Tucker.

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

Illinois Ninety-Sixth Infantry, Regimental History.
Company K.

Corporal Jehile C. Tucker. Age 18 ; born in Ohio ; farmer ; enlisted from Warren ; had a scalp wound at Chickamauga Sept. 20, 1863 ; promoted to Corporal Jan. 1, 1865 ; m. o. with Regiment. Is now farming at Walnut, Crawford County, Kansas; as of 1887..

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: TUCKER, JOHIAL "JEHILE". Rank: PVT. Company: K. Unit: 96 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: NORA, JO DAVIESS CO, IL. Age: 18. Height: 5' 7. Hair: BLACK. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: FARMER. Nativity: OH.

Service Record. Joined When: AUG 4, 1862. Joined Where: NORA, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: SEP 4, 1862. Muster In Where: ROCKFORD, IL. Muster Out: JUN 10, 1865. Muster Out Where: CAMP HARKER, TN. Remarks: PROMOTED CORPORAL.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Myron Gillmore.

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MYRON GILLMORE, Sheriff, came to Kansas in 1874, locating on a farm near Ellinwood, Barton County; he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1880, when he moved to Great Bend. He has 800 acres of fine land, 500 of which is cultivated. In 1882 he raised 7,354 bushels of wheat, an average of twenty-eight bushels per acre. Corn was a poor crop in his vicinity. He has recently engaged quite largely in stock raising. Was elected Sheriff of Barton County in the fall of 18769, re-elected in the fall of 1881.

Was born in Erie County, Pa., September 27, 1841, and raised in Avon Township, Lake Co., Ill. Enlisted in August, 1862, in Company B., Ninety-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, participating in all battles of his command until at Atlanta, GA., where he was severely wounded and discharged in January, 1865, from Marine Hospital, Chicago, Ill. He soon afterward went to Livingston County, Ill, and followed farming until he came to Kansas. Was married in the summer of 1867, to Miss Flora E. Abner, of Hainesville, Lake Co., Ill. They have one daughter, Florence M. Gillmore. He is a member of the first two branches of Masonic order and Legion of Honor.

Author.  He died in 1918, his wife Flora , was born in 1847 and lived to 1929.  Both burials are at; Maple Hill cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte county, Kansas.

Ninety-Sixth Illinois Infantry Regimental History.

Myron Gillmore. Age 20 ; born in Pennsylvania ; farmer ; enlisted from Avon ; had a ball pass through his canteen and cartridge box at Chickamauga ; was in the battle of Lookout Mountain, and was with the Regiment most of the time on the Atlanta campaign. Was sent back to his home in Lake County with the remains of his brother, Captain E. J. Gillmore, and shortly after returning to Regiment was wounded in the leg in front of Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 3, 1864, partially disabling him for life. Was discharged because of this wound Jan. 5, 1865, at Chicago, Ill. Has held the office of Sheriff of Barton County, Kansas, two terms, and is a farmer and real estate dealer at Great Bend, Kansas.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: GILLMORE, MYRON. Rank: PVT. Company: B. Unit: 96 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: AVON, LAKE CO, IL. Age: 22. Height: 5' 10 1/2. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes: GRAY. Complexion: FAIR. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: FARMER. Nativity: PA.

Service Record. Joined When: AUG 9, 1862. Joined Where: AVON, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: SEP 5, 1862. Muster In Where: ROCKFORD, IL. Remarks: DISCHARGED FOR WOUNDS PVTD IN ACTION JAN 5, 1865.

Friday, October 17, 2014

John N. Hole.

John N Hole.

Birth: Dec. 3, 1829.
Death: Nov. 14, 1889.

Wife: Jennie L. Hole, ( ? -February 4, 1913 ).

Children: Emma L. Hole.

Burial: Belvidere Rural Cemetery, Belvidere, Thayer County, Nebraska.

Eighty-Fifth Illinois Infantry, Regimental History.
Company K.
FIRST SERGEANT JOHN N. HOLE, aged thirty-two, single, clerk, born at Salem, Washington county, Indiana, and enlisted from Havana, Ill.He was chosen second sergeant at the organization of the company; promoted first sergeant; served through the Kentucky campaign, and was discharged for disability at Nashville, Tenn., February 3, 1863. Returning to Illinois he became a merchant in Bath; removed to Belvidere, Neb., where he sold goods for several years, and then removed to Norton, Norton county, Kansas, where he was a merchant when he died a few years since.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: HOLE, JOHN N. Rank: SGT. Company: K. Unit: 85 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics: Residence: HAVANA, MASON CO, IL. Age: 32. Height: 5' 7 1/2. Hair: BROWN. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: DARK. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: CLERK. Nativity: SALEM, WASHINGTON CO, IN.

Service Record. Joined When: JUL 18, 1862. Joined Where: MASON CO, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: AUG 27, 1862. Muster In Where: PEORIA, IL. Remarks: 1SGT DISCHARGED AT NASHVILLE TENN FEB 3, 1863.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Joseph J. Slaughter, William Slaughter

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Lieut. Joseph J Slaughter.

Birth: 1833, Ohio,
Death: unknown, Altamont, Labette County, Kansas.

Burial: Unknown.

JOSEPH J. SLAUGHTER, First Lieutenant, was born in Ohio in 1833. His ancestors were from Virginia. He came to Delavan, Illinois, in the early 1850's, a splendid specimen of vigorous manhood, a veritable hero in promoting what he thought to be right. He married Miss Mary Cook, a woman of superior intelligence. They have four children, their daughter Julia being the wife of Mr. Breidenthal, a prominent State official of Kansas. Lieutenant Slaughter enlisted as private, was quickly made sergeant, and later lieutenant. During the absence of the officers of Company A he was assigned to the command of that company, being in command of it at the battles of Resaca and Nashville. By his bravery and courtesy he secured the confidence and respect of all the members of the company. He now lives on a farm near Altamont, Kan., broken in health.

William Slaughter brother of Joseph J. Slaughter.

WILLIAM SLAUGHTER, a highly respected farmer, and well known resident of Fairview township, Labette county, Kansas, where he lives in the southwest quarter of section 6, is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, where he was born in 1826. He received his primary education partly in his native state and partly in Ohio  to which state his father moved in 1831. In 1850 Mr. Slaughter moved to Tazewell county, Illinois, and was a resident of that commonwealth until 1874. He then moved to Labette county, Kansas, and located on the first farm he looked at, which was the southwest quarter of section 8, in Fairview township. He carried on farming there until the spring of 1901, when he moved to the south- west quarter of section 6, where he now lives. He sold the southwest quarter of section 8, and also the south half of the northwest quarter of section 8, and bought the south half of the southwest quarter of section 6, the north half of which he already owned. He has had a very successful agricultural career, and is considered one of the best farmers in this section of the state.

Mr. Slaughter has been married three times. By his first wife, whose name was Sarah Hudson, and who died in 1858, he has 3. daughter, Mary (Webster), who lives in Illinois. By his second union, with Elizabeth Cassady, there was one child, who died. Mrs. Slaughter died in 1874. His third wife's name was Amanda Baker. She died in November, 1890, leaving no children. Since then our
subject's brother, Joseph J. Slaughter, and his family, have made their abode with him. Joseph J. Slaughter served four years in the Civil War. with the 115th Reg., Ill., Vol. Inf., under Colonel Cook. William Slaughter's "brother, John, was also a soldier in the Civil War, and died in the army. Joseph J. Slaughter settled on a farm in Elm Grove township, Labette county, in 188 1. He remained in that township until 1890, when he moved to Fairview township, and has since lived with his brother.

William Slaughter, the subject of this sketch, has always been a strong Republican. He served as supervisor of Tazewell county, Illinois, and was treasurer of Labette county in 1890 and 1891. He has served Fairview township as trustee on five different occasions, and has discharged his official duties with dignity and with credit to the community. .

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Charles B. Whitson.

Charles B. Whitson.

Birth: February 29, 1837.
Death: March 7, 1905.

Wife: Amanda A. Brainard Whitson, ( 1839 - 1926 ).

Children: Non recorded.

Burial: Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County Kansas.

Mr. Whitson had many jobs in Topeka.  In 1872 he had a grocery business with M. B. Brainard, it was at 241 Kansas Ave, in 1874 it moved to 221 Kansas Ave.  He was also a Clerk, Salesman and Plasterer.  He lived most of his life if not all his live on Monroe Street.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.


Personal Characteristics. Residence: ROCK ISLAND CO, IL. Age: 24. Height: 5' 7. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: PLASTERER, Nativity: LYCOMING CO, PA.

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: PROMOTED TO 2LT & TRANS TO CAPT WHITSON CO "H" 51 IL INF.

Author. Transferred to the 51st., Infantry Co. H., Mustered in the field on February 25, 1862; Resigned March 18, 1863.  Present address Topeka, Kansas.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hiram W. Scribner

Date 1862.
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Hiram W. Scribner.

Birth: 1843.
Death: Oct. 4, 1933.

Wife: Geneva D. Scribner, ( 1855 - 1934 ).

Children: Non recorded.

Burial: Holton Cemetery, Holton, Jackson County, Kansas.

Vermont Thirteenth Infantry
Company C.

HIRAM W. SCRIBNER,  volunteered from the town of Middlesex, Vt., Sept. 8, 1862, and joined Company C.  His age was said to be 18, but he did not look so old, certainly appeared too young for the life of a soldier. He was of sufficient size and height and was active and  anxious to become a soldier and there was an urgent demand at this date, and most anyone that was anxious to go was given a chance.

He was a clean, fine looking boy and enthusiastic to join and put on the blue, carry a gun and be a soldier, and therefore passed by the medical examination and accepted. Nearly all of these young boys made the bravest and best and endured better than those past 40. It is true that young Scribner was a good boy as well as a valiant soldier.

He served his full term and was mustered out July 21, 1863, having won an enviable record and gratified his youthful ambition to go to the front and help us save the Union. The patriotic devotion still controlled the loyal heart of this youthful soldier and he volunteered again in August. 1864. and joined Third Battery, Light Artillery, commanded by Captain  Romeo H. Start, and here served till the end of the war. He moved West some years  ago and is now residing in Atchinson, Kansas. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

George M. Hall.

George M. Hall.

Birth: 1838, Michigan.
Death: 1909, .

Wife: Wilmina F. Hall.
Married a round 1860.

Children: Eugean, John, Jay Hall.

Burial: Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

Mr. Hall was a Civil War Veteran.

Michigan Sixth Infantry.
Company D.

Hall, George M., White County, Ind. Enlisted in company D, Sixth Infantry, Aug. 9, 1861, at Dowagiac, for 3 years, age 22. Mustered  Aug. 20, 1861. Discharged for disability at Detroit, Mich , Oct. 16,  1863, on account of wounds received in action. Present residence,  Topeka, Kansas.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

James A. Rutherford.

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James A Rutherford.
Birth: 1833 - 1834, New York.
Death: Unknown.
Wife: Sarah J. Rutherford, b. Ireland, ( 1845 - ? ).
Children: Unknown.
Burial: Bonner Springs Cemetery, Bonner Springs, Wyandotte County, Kansas. 

Illinois 115th., Infantry Regimental History.
Company I.
JAMES A. RUTHERFORD, Captain, was active in the enlistment and organization of Company I, and showed patriotism of a high order in taking the place of an enlisted man among men he liked, rather than take office elsewhere. He served as sergeant till March 23, 1863, an d as first lieutenant from that date till his promotion to the captaincy October 19, 1863. He commanded his company after the resignation of Captain Kinman  till the muster out of the regiment.

He was with his company in all its service, always ready for any duty required. He was in the thickest of the battle at Chickamauga  and was conspicuous for the courage he displayed. Soon after the war Captain Rutherford engaged in the grocery business at Terre Haute, Ind. ; later he was several years in business at Fort Scott, Kan. He now resides at No. 1528 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, Mo.

A Funny Story About Rutherford. 

One day in the autumn Captain Rutherford and Lieutenant Utter accompanied two young ladies chestnutting on the spurs of the mountain southeast of the village, some two or three miles away. After gathering the delicious nuts for some time they became thirsty and began searching for a spring. Captain Rutherford and his companion being some three hundred yards in advance of the others came to the point of the ridge where a spring was supposed to be without finding it.

With the view of searching for the spring the captain asked the young lady to remain there until he would run down the hill some distance, which he did at a rapid trot, taking a course at an angle about 45 degrees from the direction they had come. Lieutenant Utter seeing the captain running alone at once concluded he was getting away from a squad of rebels, and without waiting for further information, he turned to the young woman with him, saying, "Here, take my pocket-book; I can't be with you always," and made rapid strides after the captain. Of course it was too good to keep, and the story was soon known in the regiment.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report

Name RUTHERFORD, JAMES A Rank SGT Company I., Unit 115 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics Residence JACKSONVILLE, MORGAN CO, IL Age 29. Height 5' 10, Hair AUBURN; Eyes BLUE; Complexion LIGHT; Marital Status SINGLE; Occupation SCHOOL TEACHER; Nativity MADRID, ST LAWRENCE CO, NY.

Service Record Joined When AUG 9, 1862; Joined Where MORGAN CO, IL; Period 3 YRS; Muster In SEP 13, 1862; Muster In Where CAMP BUTLER, IL; Remarks PROMOTED 1LT & CAPTAIN.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Edwin Reed Ridgely.

Edwin Reed Ridgely

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

Wife: Elizabeth Frazier Ridgely.
Married September 1, 1903.

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

Illinois 115th., Infantry, Regimental History.
Company C.

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HON. EDWIN REED RIDGELY, son of William S. Ridgely and Ann Eliza Crowell Ridgely, was born May 9, 1844, near Lancaster, Wabash County, Ill. 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, 18,62, 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, Kansas.

William F. Ewing.

WILLIAM F. EWING, County Clerk, came to Emporia in March, 1870; for two years he was engaged in brick manufacturing at Emporia and Americus. After engaging in various other occupations and teaching school in November, 1877, he was elected County Clerk, He was re-elected in 1879 and 1881. Mr. Ewing was born near Lancaster, Lancaster Co., Pa., July 10, 1850, residing there until he removed to Kansas. He was married in Emporia December 27, 1877, to Clara G. Maxson, a native of Wisconsin. They have two children - Clara Virginia and Nellie S. Mr. Ewing is a member of the A., F. & A. M. and K. of P., and has been grand chancellor of the State in the latter order.

Author: Was also Post master of Emporia, from August 14, 1897 to June 30, 1902,

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Louis J. Ascher.

Louis J. Ascher.

Birth: January 16, 1838.
Death: October 29, 1910.

Wife: Anna K. I. Ascher, ( 1845 - 1923 ).

Children: No records found.

Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Grandview Plaza, Geary County, Kansas.

Mr. Ascher came to Geary county in 1883 and settled in section 25, of Jefferson township.  He was a farmer on his 280 acres of land.  His post office address was Junction City, Kansas, whoch was a round 7 miles north west from the farm.

Mr. Ascher was a Civil War veteran being in the First Kansas Infantry, Company G. Enlisted as a private, May 29, 1861; Mustered in May 29, 1862.  Mustered out with regiment June 17, 1864.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Dr Henry "Harry" Fones.

Dr Henry "Harry" Fones.

Birth: Mar. 29, 1821, Erie County, New York.
Death: Mar. 8, 1893, Rice County, Kansas.

Wife:  Julia A Smith Fones (1861 - 1893)

Children: Alonzo Fones (1844 - 1925)Marian Fones Heffner (1881 - 1961)Roy Fones (1887 - 1887).

Burial: Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons, Rice County, Kansas.

DR. HARRY FONES, farmer and stock raiser, Section 4, Town 19, Range 8 west, P. O. Lyons. He came with the first settlers to Rice County, Kan., in March, 1871. He has 130 acres of land adjoining Lyons village site on the north; 100 acres is cultivated. In 1882 he raised 2,500 bushels of wheat. He was born in Erie County, N. Y., March 29, 1830 (1820), and was raised in that county. He began the study of medicine in 1854, and the practice of his profession in 1855.

Moved to Whiteside County, Ill., in 1838, where he farmed, studied and practiced his profession until he came to Kansas. He enlisted in 1862, in Company I, One Hundred and Twelfth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was promoted to Second Lieutenant. Participated in all the battles of his command. Mustered out July 8, 1865. Married, September 2, 1878, to Miss Julia A. Smith. They have three daughters - Marion, Mabel, and Jennie L. By a former marriage he had four children - Alonzo, Hortentia, Joseph, and Hattie.

He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Has served as County Coroner of Rice County (sic) four years.

Illinois 112th., Infantry, Regimental History.
Company I.

Co. I. was not in the engagement, but was stationed in rear of the line, in command of Lieut. Lawrence then acting as Provost Marshal of the brigade in addition to other staff duties as Provost Guards. First Serg. Harry Fones, however, was hit by a musket ball from a long-range gun in the hands of a rebel sharpshooter with such force that he was knocked down, senseless, but soon returned to consciousness. The ball struck the company roll-book in his pocket, and that doubtless saved his life.

Second Lieut. Harry Fones. Mustered in as Sergeant. Promoted to Second Lieut. Sept. 14, 1864, to rank from June 7, 1863. Commanded company as Sergeant from Sept. 26, 1863, to Feb. 6, 1864. Hit by musket ball at long range company acting as provost guard in the action at Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 18, 1863, and knocked down ball struck company roll book in his pocket, which saved his life. Residence, Lyons, Rice county, Kansas.

William Preston Ballentine

William Preston Ballentine.

Birth: 1840.
Death: 1919.

Burial: Moscow Cemetery, Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma.

Illinois 112th., Infantry, Co. F.

Sergeant William P. Ballentine. Enlisted Aug. 14, 1862, and mustered in as Private. Promoted to Corporal April 1, 64, and to Sergeant Jan. 1, 1865. Seriously injured on the road home after muster out standing on a car as the train passed under a low bridge, and his head struck the bridge near York, Penn. Was left in hospital at Harrisburg, but recovered and returned home. Address Bloomington, Osborne county, Kansas.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

John Coop

John Coop.

Birth: Apr. 25, 1837, Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa.
Death: Dec. 10, 1924, Portis, Osborne County, Kansas.

Parents: John Coop (1798 - 1848), Sarah Martin Coop (1813 - 1893).

Wife: Katy Catherine Coop (1843 - 1921).
Married March 14, 1857.

Children may have been David A., Rubin W., James H.: re-search them before stating as fact.

Siblings: Ransom Randolph Coop (1834 - 1916), John Coop (1837 - 1924), Reuben Jefferson Coop (1843 - 1924), James Coop (1845 - 1915).

Burial: Downs Cemetery, Downs, Osborne County, Kansas.

Civil War.
Second Iowa Infantry, Co. E. 

Coop, John. Age 25. Residence Fairfield, nativity Iowa. Enlisted Aug. 12,  1862. Mustered Aug. 12, 1862. See company E, Second Infantry Consolidated Battalion. 

Veteran Second Iowa Infantry.

Coop, John. Age 25. Residence Walnut, nativity Iowa. Enlisted Aug. 3, 1862. Mustered Aug. 3, 1862. Transferred from company E, Second  Infantry. See company E, Second and Third Consolidated. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Benjamin "Ben" F.Goudy

Benjamin F. Goudy.

Birth: May, 1862, Iowa.
Death: 1921.

Wife: Georgia S. Goudy, ( 1862 - 1915 ).
Married 1884.

Children: Grover G., Homer O., Bertha Z., Katie B. Goudy.

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa, Labette county, Kansas.

Mr. Goudy was a Barber in Chetopa, Kansas.