Sunday, November 30, 2014

John Ferdinand Thielbar

Publish date 1905.
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John Ferdinand Thielbar.

Birth: 1854, Indiana
Death: 1932.

Parents: Johann Frederick Thielbar (1815 - 1889), Sophia Elizabeth Wittenberg Thielbar (1823 - 1899).

Wife: Anna Elizabeth Stockman Thielbar.
Married about 1877.

Children: William James Thielbar, Sophia Elizabeth Thielbar Cochran (1878 - 1947), Lillie Mae Thielbar Krager (1889 - 1973), Annie, Ida, Guy L. Thielbar,

Sibling: Sophie Thielbar Ehlen (1846 - 1914), John Ferdinand Thielbar (1854 - 1932).

Burial: Oberlin Cemetery, Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas.

Mt. Thielbar came Decatur county, Kansas, in 1887,and settled in section 20, of Sherman township.  He was a farmer and stock raiser on his 160 acres oh land.  His post office address was Cedar Bluffs, Kansas, which was 5 miles north west from the farm.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Philip Rothman

Publish date 1881.
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PHILIP ROTHMAN was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, May 12, 1828. His father taught him the wagon-makers' trade. In 1849, he came to America to escape the service during the rebellion in Germany. He landed at New Orleans, Christmas Day, 1849; proceeded to St. Louis and worked for a short time at his trade. Then he went to farming in St. Clair County, Ill. He was married at Hannibal, Mo., October 6, 1856, to Miss Regina Traut, who was born in Kurhessen, Germany. He then engaged in railroading, but did not succeed, and in 1858, came to Kansas, rented a farm in Doniphan County. He decided to go farther west, and in July, 1862, he reached Clay County, located a homestead, and improved the same until it became a splendid farm, which he held until 1880, when he sold it to the county for a county farm.

He still owns a farm in Clay Centre Township, but lives in the city. He moved to Clay Centre in 1873, and took out the first license in the county as a retail dealer in liquors. In 1874, he closed the saloon, and opened a hotel,(Farmers Resort ) which was long a popular hostelry, and was under his management until the beginning of 1883, when he rented it. He is now engaged in manufacturing mineral and soda water. Mr. Rothman has held several important offices. He was Constable for the northern half of the county, when it was attached to Davis. In 1868, he was elected Sheriff of the county, and re-elected in 1870, serving four years. He was also Deputy United States Marshal for twelve years. He has six children, of whom three (sic) are still living, Mary Christina, Lizzie, Regina and Eva Margaret.

Author. Other children; Johnnie, Ida Iona, Daniel F.

Died December 27,1891. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery,Clay Center, Clay County, Kansas.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

William Kemp.

Publish date 1898.
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William Kemp.

Birth:June 24,1828,Maryland.
Death:March 3, 1917.

Wife: Mary Willis Rice Kemp,b.,Kentucky
Married November 10,1870,in  Jackson County.

Children: Ida B.,Mary L., Minerva J.,and Julia E.Kemp.

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

Mr.Kemp came to Shawnee County,Kansas in 1870.  He settled in section 7,of Soldier township.  He was a farmer on his 160 acres of land. His post office address was North Topeka, which is 8 miles south from the farm.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Joseph Sills.

Publish date 1898.
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Joseph Sills.

Birth: 1835, England.
Death: 1921.

Wife: Lydia Ann Sills, ( 1839-1915 ),b. England.

Children: Sarah E. Sills, ( 1875-1931), b. England.

Burials: Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

Mr. Sills settled in section 32, of Topeka township of Shawnee county Kansas, He was a Dairyman on his 80 acres of land.  His post office address was Pauline, Kansas, which was one mile west from the farm.

Frederic Swoyer.

Capt Frederic Swoyer.

Birth: Dec. 4, 1833 Newville Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
Death: Jan. 4, 1863 Summersville Sullivan County Tennessee.

Wife: Sarah M Swoyer (____ - 1870).

Children: Jacob Swoyer (____ - 1861).

urial: Newville Cemetery Newville Cumberland County Pennsylvania.

Kansas Seventh Cavalry.
Company B.

Captain Fred Swoyer was a man of great physical courage, but exceedingly reckless. In the winter of 1861-'62 he did a little steeple-chasing down Delaware street, in Leavenworth, and while putting his horse over a sleigh loaded with cord- wood, standing across the street, the animal fell and broke the captain's leg. He limped through the rest of his life. His death was the result of his recklessness, but he was brave and patriotic and did splendid service while he lived.

Fred Swoyer, Captain, Residence Eeavenworth, Mustered in October 5, 1861; Killed in actionJanuary 3, 1864, at Sumerville Tennessee.

Part of a report.

The captain had discovered a quantity of commissary stores in a building near, and stationed a guard at the entrance. The captain himself had visited a house near by to obtain a breakfast, and there drank to such an extent as to become somewhat exhilarated. During his absence, a couple of men of his company persisted in an endeavor to pass into the store-house mentioned, but were prevented by the guard. On his return to his company the case was reported.

He directed the company to fall in, and the men alluded to deliver their arms and go in arrest. His tone was harsh and peremptory in the extreme. One of the men demurred, and attempted to explain. He commanded him to desist and remove his arms, drawing his pistol, and telling him he would shoot him if he said another word. The man again spoke, when the captain fired, the ball passing into the body of the man. Instantly one of the company fired at the captain, but did not wound him.

The captain rode toward him and the man ran. The captain soon overtook him, both riding rapidly, and shot him through the head, killing him instantly. At the same moment the man fired, and his ball passed through the body of the captain. The company was in confusion, and many shots were fired at the captain, who rode rapidly into town. He was taken into a house and died the following day. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Silas Dooley.

Publish date 1905.
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Silas Dooley.

Birth: June 16, 1849.
Death: November 9, 1916..

Wife: Clarinda. Dooley, ( 1865-1952 ).

Children: James W., Silas E., John W., Rosaa E., Frones A., and Clara Bell Dooley.

Burial: Vallonia Cemetery, Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas

Mr. Dooley came to Kansas, and settled in section 36, of Sherman township, Decatur county, Kansas in 1884. He was a Farmer and Stock Raiser, on his 160 acres of land.  His post office address was Oberlin, Kansas, which was 13 miles south west from the farm.  He was also a Civil War Veteran.

Iowa Tenth Infantry, Co. B.

Silas Dooley, private, age 18, residence Des Moines; Nativity Missouri, Enlisted January 10, 1865, mustered in same; mustered out August 15, 1865.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Augustus Ralph Ingleman

Augustus Ralph Ingleman, one of the leading druggists and popular business men of Overbrook, was born in Anderson county, Kansas, Oct. 24, 1879, the son of Augustus P. and Mary (Austin) Ingleman. His father was born in Hanover, Germany, and emigrated from the Fatherland in 1857. Soon after reaching this country he settled in Illinois and engaged in farming. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in the Thirty-ninth Illinois infantry and served until mustered out. Subsequently he enlisted in the Nineteenth Kansas cavalry and served under ex-Governor Crawford, against the Indians in western Kansas until 1869. Mr. Ingleman liked Kansas so well that in 1870 he came here and settled in Coffee county. He was shot through the heart at the time of the raid on the Waverly bank in 1892. Mary Austin was born in Pennsylvania, and accompanied her parents to Kansas soon after the Civil war.

A. Ralph Ingleman received his academic training in the public schools at Waverly, Kan., graduated from the high school and immediately went to work in a drug store. During his spare time he studied pharmacy, took the state examination, and received his diploma as a pharmacist.In 1899 he removed to Overbrook and in 1904 opened a fine store of his own which has become one of the leading drug houses in the town and county. Mr. Ingleman is a Republican and a member of the Masonic order.

In 1902, he married Anna, the daughter of John and Anna Sullivan.They were natives of Ireland, who emigrated at an early day and located in Douglas county, Kansas, where Mr. Sullivan bought a farm. Mr.Ingleman is progressive in his ideas and takes an interest in all movements that tend toward the up building of the city of his adoption.

Author.  To read about the bank robbery which was very interesting, go to the site of ( Find a Grave ), use his fathers name. Augustus P. Ingleman.

James William Going.

Publish date 1902.
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James William Going, who long held a prominent position among the  business men of Topeka, served as president of the Kansas State Fair  Association and as vice-president and manager of the Shawnee Fire  Insurance Company of Topeka, was born at Rolla, M0.. Oct. 19. 1862,  and is a son of Thomas Jefferson Going. a native of Kentucky. who  became a soldier in the Union army, being a lieutenant in a .Missouri  regiment, and who after his removal to Kansas at the close of the  Civil war, located at Salina, where he served four years as slit-riff of  Salina county. He died at the home of his son, James W. in Topeka,  Jan. 10, 1910, aged seventy-seven years. Sarah (Breen) Going. the mother of James W. Going, was born in Ireland, was of Scotch-Irish descent, and came to America with her parents, John and Jane Breen, when she was a little girl. She died at Kansas City, Mo.., a few years ago, aged about sixty years.James W.. Going was but four years of age when his parents came to Kansas and located at Salina.

He was educated in the Kansas public schools and in the University of Kansas at Lawrence. Mr. Going began his business career before he reached the age of twenty-one as editor of the "Salina Herald." For several years in his early manhood he was engaged in the insurance and loan business at Salina, and in 1893 he organized the Shawnee Fire Insurance Company of Topeka, with which he was officially connected until his removal to San Diego, Cal., in 1911. For several years he was secretary and manager of the company, but later became vice-president and manager. He was one of the organizers of the Kansas State Fair Association and its president. He was also interested in farming in Shawnee county. Besides those interests already mentioned Mr. Going was associated with other business enterprises, being vice-president and a director of the Western Woolen Mills
Company, and vice-president and a director of the Topeka Woolen Mills Company.

Mr. Going married Miss Georgia Elgin Goodwin, of Salina, Kan. She is a daughter of Rev. Aaron D. Goodwin, a Christian minister, formerly pastor of the Christian church at Salina. Mr. and Mrs. Going have two children—Margaret, and James Dale. Mr. Going was identified with various commercial, social, and fraternal organizations of Topeka, being a member of the Commercial, the Topeka, and Country Clubs. He is a Thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, a Knight Templar, and 21 Noble of the Mystic Shrine. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party. His church associations were as a member of the First Christian Church of Topeka and as chairman of its official board.

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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

George Edward Hunton

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George Edward Hunton.

Birth: Aug. 29, 1839, Maine,
Death: Feb. 18, 1916.

Son of Wellington & Sarah Huntor Hunton.

Wife; Augusta Garcelon Hunton (1842 - 1922).

Children: Harry Hunton (1872 - 1882), Daisy G. Hunton, Sarah W. Hunton..

Burial: Abilene Cemetery Abilene Dickinson County Kansas.

Maine First Cavalry, Co. G. 

HUNTON, GEOEGE E., Merchant; age 22; b. Wayne; res. East Livermore; en. Oct. 9, '61, Lewiston; mus. Oct. 31, as 1st sergt.; pro. 2d  lieut. Aug. 14, and 1st lieut. Dec. '62; wd. in action,  Shepardstown, Va., July 16, '63 ; resigned on account of disability from wounds, and disch. Oct. 1, 1863. .

Friday, November 21, 2014

Clifton M. Wood.

Clifton M. Wood.

Birth: 1837.
Death: July 6, 1890.

Wife: Malinda Jones Wood. ( 1840-? ).

Children: Guy C., Blanch Wood.

Burial: Union Cemetery, Winfield, Cowley 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., Infantry.

Clifton M. Wood, Corporal, Co. C., Age 25, Enlisted August 7, 1862; Transferred to 68th., company, 2nd., Battalion Veteran Reserve Corps, December 10, 1863; Died at Winfield, Kansas, July 6, 1890.  Malinda J. Wood, widow, Winfield, Kansas.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Orsemous A. Kenyon.

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Orsemous A. Kenyon.

Birth: 1858, New York.
Death: 1937.

Wife: Mary Frances Fall Kenyon< ( 1858-1921 ).

Children: Ira C., Emery H., Bernice E., Karsey A., Bert W., O. A. Kenyon Jr., Karsas,.

Burial: Forest Home Cemetery, Rice county, Kansas.

Mr. Kenyon came to Rice county, Kansas, in 1893, and settled in section 8, of  Odessa township.  He had a 640 acre farm called Evergreen Heights.  His post office address was Little River, Kansas, which is 8 miles south east from the farm.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Emery M. Eastman.

Emery M. Eastman.

Birth: January 5, 1836.
Death: December 20, 1907.

Wife: Perina B. Eastman.

Children: Non found.

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

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, La., where wounded in right hand; Fort Gaines, Fort Morgan, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely, Mobile and Whistler. Mustered out with Company July 7, 1865. Wellsford, Kansas.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Charles Durham Bush.

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Charles Durham Bush.

Birth: August 13, 1846, Ohio.
Death: March,  1931

Parents: John H and Hannah Bush.

Wife: Alice Bush, ( 1855-1930..

Children: Elizabeth, Margret, Charles E., Clarence G., Roger P., Ernest P., James S., John P. Bush.

Burial: Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas.


CHARLES. D. BUSH, farmer and stock raiser, Section 25, P. O. Topeka, owns eighty acres, about forty-five under cultivation and the rest in meadow and timber. Mr. Bush was born in Dayton, Ohio, August 13, 1846, and came to Kansas with his parents in October, 1857. He was married to Miss Alice Parsons, Christmas day, 1875. They have four children. Mr. Bush has fifty grade cattle and a large stock of high class Berkshire swine; his selections of the latter having been made from the herds of the leading breeders in the West; he has served several terms as School District Clerk, and also four terms as Township Clerk. Mr. and Mrs. Bush are members of the Episcopal Church.


Mr. Bush came to Kansas and settled in section 25, of Monmouth township of Shawnee county, Kansas in 1857.  He was a farmer and stock raiser, on his 75 acres of land.  His post office address was Watson, Kansas, which was 3 or 4 miles south east from the farm. He was also a Civil War Vet.

Kansas State Second Militia.
First Sergeant, Co. I.; Was in the battle of the Blue.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Joseph S. Lloyd.

Pictures publish date 1898.

Joseph S. Lloyd.

Birth: about 1822.
Death: Between 1885 and 1890.

Wife: Sarah A. Lloyd, b. Indiana, ( 1846-? ).

Children: George C. Lloyd, Frank Q. Lloyd and Harry J. Lloyd.

Burials: Unknown.

Mr. Lloyd came to Kansas and settled in section 24 of Dover township of Shawnee county, Kansas.  He was a farmer and stock raiser on over 320 acres of land.  His post office address was Valencia, Kansas, which was 2 1/2 miles east of the farm.  He was also a Civil War Vet.

Iowa Eighth Infantry, Co. F.

Lloyd, Joseph S. Age 42. Residence Black Hawk County, nativity Maine.   Enlisted Oct. 19, 1864. Mustered Oct. 19, 1864. Mustered out Oct 18, 1865, Montgomery, Ala.
Note. On the roster his last name was spelled Loyd.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thomas Archer.

Picture publish date 1898.
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Thomas Archer, attorney at law and notary public, was born in Jefferson County, Ky., near Louisville, July 13, 1833. The next year his parents moved to Missouri, where he lived until he was seventeen years of age. He then went to Pittsfield, Ills., and after remaining there three years returned to Missouri, which was his home until he came to Kansas in 1857. Topeka was his first location after going to Kansas, and with the exception of three years spent in the army, has been his home ever since. He was engaged in brick-making one year subsequent to his arrival, and in lime-burning during the succeeding eighteen months. From the beginning he ran an "underground railroad" with John Brown and was with that patriot at the battle of the Spurs, fought near Holton, Jackson Co., Kan. and in his last trip through Missouri.

He enlisted August 8, 1861 in Company A, Fifth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry and served until August 11, 1864. He was shot through the shoulder at the battle of Pine Bluff, October 25, 1863, and lost the use of his right arm. Upon leaving the service he returned to Topeka and was for eighteen months engaged in the grocery business. September 1, 1864, he was appointed Deputy Sheriff and held that position twelve years, being Constable at the same time.

He was admitted to the bar March 13, 1872, and has been in active practice most of the time since. At one session of the House of Representatives he was Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, and at the next Sergeant-at-Arms. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and has held all the offices in that order, having filled every chair in the subordinate lodge and encampment, and is P. M. of Grand Encampment. He is a member of the G. A. R., past post surgeon and a member of the Ancient Order of Templars, a temperance organization of which he is treasurer; also member and past chaplain of the Foresters. He was married in Topeka, September 26, 1867, to Ruth C. Hard, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich. They have two children--Lulu and Minnie.

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

Friday, November 14, 2014


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HORACE G. LYONS, farmer, Section 1, P. O. Topeka, owns 160 acres, about ninty (sic) acres in cultivation and ten acres in orchard and the rest in meadow and pasture; has ten horses, twenty-six head of cattle and ten hogs. Was born in Susquehanna County, Penn., August 2, 1832, and came from native place to Kansas in the spring of 1856, locating on his present farm. Has been Township Trustee for three years, and served on School Board for three years. Was married November 10, 1876, to Miss Sarah A. Bush; they have three children - Nellie E., John H. and Jennie M., and are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1861, Mr. L., being temporarily in the East, was in United States service for six months in the Carpenters' Department, returning to Kansas in time to to engage in the repulse of Price in his raid on the border and was captured, but was fortunate enough to make his escape, but narrowly escaped falling in the hands of bushwackers by hiding in the grass as they passed, and returned home in safety.

Author.  To read more about him and his family take this link.

Doctor Andrew J. Huntoon.

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Doctor Andrew J. Huntoon.

Birth: Feb. 18, 1832, Unity, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
Death: May 27, 1902, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

Andrew married Elizabeth ( Lizzie ) P. Foster, daughter of Henry Prentice Foster and Elvira, on 22 Nov 1854.

27 May 1902, obituary published in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas: 

Dr. Andrew Jackson Huntoon, a pioneer Kansan, formerly surgeon and captain in the army and who participated in the border troubles of Kansas, died early this morning after several months' illness, at the age of seventy years, at his home at No. 333 Harrison Street.

Dr. Huntoon was the father of a family of four children. Only one child is living, Mrs. Julia Pounds, wife of Thos. E. Pounds, a mine owner of Joplin Mo. He has a brother living, Col. George Huntoon of No. 219 Huntoon street. Charles Foster was a brother-in-law. Dr. Huntoon's wife, and Mrs. Foster were brother and sister.

Dr. Huntoon was one of twins, the twins being a boy and a girl. They were born on the 29th of February, 1832, leap year, therefore having a birthday only once every four years

Burial: Topeka Cemetery Topeka Shawnee County Kansas.

Author.  Before coming to Topeka, he settled in Williamsport Township, Shawnee County, in 1856.
Williamsport township got its name from the town where it was organized Williamsport Pennsylvania.

Wakarusa, Kansas, was laid out two years later ( 1858 ), there were twenty-five organizers who were to come and make improvements but only three came Dr. Andrew J. Huntoon was one.

During the Kansas troubles he enlisted in the Second Kansas State Militia, Captain, Co. B.

The first record I found of him in Topeka was 1871, his Doctors office was at the N. W. corner of Fourth and Harrison.  He had another business which was Livery Sale & Boarding Stables, on the corner of Jackson and Seventh street.He would keep both businesses through out his life.

He was County Treasure, was President of  Topeka Building Association and one time Secretary of the St. Ananias Club.  Ne was a Civil War Veteran.

Kansas Fifth Cavalry, Co. A.

Andrew J. Huntoon, Private, Residence Williamsport, Enlisted July 25, 1861, Mustered in same.  Promoted Assistant Surgeon.

Kansas Fifth Cavalry, Field & Staff.

Andrew J. Huntoon, Surgeon, Residence Topeka, Mustered in January 5, 1862.  Discharged March 20, 1862, Helena Arkansas.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Joseph Manning Franklin.

Picture publish date 1898.
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Joseph Manning Franklin. 

Birth; 1856.
Death: 1944.

Wife: Lucy Kunkel Franklin, ( 1856-1944 )).

Charles B., Myrnah R., Miriam A., Marila and ( Monita W. ? )

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

Mrs. Franklin.
Mr. Franklin came to Shawnee county in 1871, settled in section 11, of Soldier township.  His post office address was Rossville, Kansas.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

William Kemp.

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William Kemp.

Birth: June 24, 1828, Maryland.
Death: March 3, 1917.

Wife: Mary Willlis Rice Kemp.
Married November 10, 1870.

Children: Julia E., Mary L., Anna B., Ida B., Mary W., Minerva J. Kemp.

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

Mr. Kemp came to Shawnee County, Kansas in 1870, and settled in section 7, of soldiers township. He was a Farmer and Stock Raiser on his 160 acres oh land.  His post office address was North Topeka which was two miles South from the farm.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Charles L. Heywood.

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Charles L Heywood.

Birth: Mar. 5, 1843, Bucksport, Hancock County, Maine.
Death: Jan. 10, 1928, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

Wife: Jane Norris Heywood, ( 1844-1930 ).

Children: Edna Elizabeth Heywood, ( 1877-1938 ), Waldo Burnham Heywood, ( 1887-1954 ).

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


C. L. Heywood, 84, pioneer Topekan and veteran of the Civil war, died in St. Francis hospital Tuesday night after an illness of three months. He underwent two major operations since he was taken to the hospital in September.

Mr. Heywood was born in Bucksport, Me., March 5, 1843. He was a major in the Eighteenth Maine infantry and became a first lieutenant when that regiment became the First Maine artillery. He was wounded in the battle of Petersburg. After the war he came to Kansas and settled in North Topeka. He owned a large amount of property both in North Topeka and on the south side.

For many years he was prominent in Masonic circles. He was a charter member of Golden Rule Lodge No. 90, A. F. & A. M. and was the second master of the lodge. The late Samuel Dolman was the first. He also was treasurer of the lodge for many years. He is survived by his wife; a son, Waldo B. Heywood, and a daughter, Miss Edna Heywood, all of Topeka.

Funeral services will be at the Wall-Diffenderfer mortuary at 2 o'clock this afternoon under the directions of the G. A. R. Pall bearers will be J. W. Priddy, A. L. Musson, Ira Henry, Frank Hale, John Foley and Harry McPherson. Burial will be in Mount Hope cemetery.

Topeka Daily Capital (Topeka, KS), June 12, 1928, p 9, c 6.


Enlisted as a Private, Company G. Promoted Corporal September 1, 1864; wounded June 18th, 1864. Promoted Sergeant Major December 1,1864 and transferred to Staff. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant Company A, February 9, 1865. Mustered out September 11, 1865.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Silas Harper Bacon.

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Silas Harper Bacon. 

Birth: Dec. 28, 1843, White Hall, Greene County, Illinois.
Death: Dec. 17, 190, Narka, Republic County, Kansas.

Wife: Lydia A John Bacon (1846 - 1915).

Children: Non found.

Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery, Narka, Republic County, Kansas.

Mr. Bacon came to Republic County, Kansas, in 1883, and settled in section 18 of Albion township. He was a farmer on his 80 acres of land. Later his farm would be cut to 40 acres.  In 1883 his post office address was Hubbell, Nebraska.

In 1893 he would move to Nark, Kansas, but still kept his farm. The farm was 3 miles west of Narka, Kansas.  In Narka, Kansas he had two businesses Livery and Breeding Stable and was a Coal dealer.
He was also a Civil War Vet.

(KS) Narka News Dec. 27, 1907 

Silas Harper Bacon was born near White Hall, Greene county, Illinois, Dec. 28, 1843, and died at Narka, Kansas, Dec. 17, 1907, aged sixty-three years, eleven months and nineteen days. He moved from Illinois to Kansas in the spring fo 1883 and settled on a farm three miles west of Narka, where he resided till 1893, then moved to Narka where he lived till he died.

He was married in Illinois to Lydia A. John Nov. 27, 1867, to this union were born two daughters and one son, all of whom are living. With these he leaves his wife, three brothers and two sisters to mourn his departure. In 1862 he enlisted in the 91st Illinois regiment, serving three years and receiving an honorable discharge. He was converted and joined the M.E. church in 1865.

He became a charter member of the M.E. church at Narka, Kansas, in 1889, of which he was ever loyal and faithful member. He served the church in an official capacity during most of the time since his connection with it. S.H. Bacon was a man among men, quiet, unassuming and having the respect of all who knew him.

Funeral services were conducted from the M.E. Church at Narka, Kansas Dec. 19, 1907 in the presense of a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends, after which his body was laid to rest in the Maple Grove cemetery, two and one-half miles northwest of Narka. Gone, but not forgotten.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report. 

Name: BACON, SILAS H. Rank: PVT. Company: I. Unit: 91 IL US INF. 

Personal Characteristics. Residence: WHITEHALL, GREENE CO, IL. Age: 18. Height: 5' 8. Hair: DARK. Eyes: GRAY. Complexion: DARK. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: FARMER. Nativity: WHITEHALL, GREEN CO, IL.

Service Record. Joined When; AUG 8, 1862. Joined Where: WHITEHALL, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: Sept. 8, 1862 Muster In Where: CAMP BUTLER, IL. Muster Out: JUL 12, 1865. Muster Out Where: MOBILE, AL.

Joseph L. Harkness

Joseph L Harkness.

Birth: Nov. 24, 1831.
Death: Oct. 27, 1905.

Wife: Jane Elizabeth Denson Harkness (1831 - 1917).

Children: Eugene, George, Nancy and Emma Harkness.

Burial: Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, Republic County, Kansas.

He was a Farmer and Civil War Vet.

Iowa 32nd., Infantry, Co. K.

Harkness, Joseph L. Age 31. Residence Story City, nativity Ohio. Enlisted Aug. 12, 1862. Mustered Sept. 3, 1862. Taken prisoner April  9, 1864, Pleasant Hill, La. Mustered out July 6, 1865, Davenport Iowa..

Friday, November 7, 2014

Elbert L. Gardner.

Elbert L Gardner.

Birth: 1844.
Death: 1926.

Wife: Mary Adelia Pierson Gardner (1849 - 1885).

Children: Oliver Bert Gardner (1876 - 1949), Myrtle Mae Gardner Thompson (1881 - 1950).

Burial: Neodesha Cemetery, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas.

Illinois 85th., Infantry.

ELBERT L. GARDNER was born in Morgan, Ashtabula county, Ohio, November 27, 1844, removed to Illinois in 1857, and was a farmer when he enlisted from Mason county. He served with his company through the Kentucky campaign, but failing health sent him to the hospital at Nashville, Tenn. Later he was removed to the general hospital at Harrodsburg, Ky., where he was discharged for disability March 16, 1863. He is a carpenter by trade and resides at Dun Station, Wilson county, Kansas.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: GARDNER, ELBERT L. Rank: PVT. Company: C. Unit: 85 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: MASON CO, IL. Age: 18. Height: 5' 5. Hair: DARK. Eyes: GRAY. Complexion: FAIR. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: FARMER. Nativity: MORGAN, ASHTABULA CO, OH.

Service Record. Joined When: JUL 28, 1862. Joined Where: MASON CO, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: AUG 27, 1862. Muster In Where: PEORIA, IL. Remarks: Discharged for disability March 16, 1863.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

John Robert Hunter.

John Robert Hunter.

Birth: November 10, 1851.
Death: July 30, 1924.

Wife: Nancy Ellen Boyle Hunter, ( 1859-1939 ).

Children: Viola, Agnes, Robert, Adlea, Herbert Hunter.

Burial: Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln, Lincoln County, Kansas.

He had a business in the town of Lincoln, Kansas; in 1901, was a buyer and Shipper of Butter, Eggs and Poultry. Manger of the Continental Creamery Company.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Tobias S. Stave.

Date Published: 1902
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Tobias S. Stave.

Birth: May 12, 1838.
Death: April 20, 1904.

Wife: Emeline Stave, ( 1847-1923 ).

Children: Carrie J., Cora E., Allen and Benjamin F. Stave.

Burial: Corinth Cemetery, Prairie Village, Johnson County, Kansas.

Mr. Stave came to Johnson county in 1883.  He settled in section 33, of Mission township.  He was a farmer oh his 89 acres of land.  His post office address was Lenexa, Kansas, which was 5 miles west from the farm.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sylvester R. Burch.

Sylvester R. Burch.

Birth: Mar. 1, 1842.
Death: Aug. 22, 1910.

Parents: Jesse Burch (____ - 1877), Lucinda Hodges Burch (1821 - 1886).

Burial: Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas.

S. R. BURCH, postmaster, was born in Dresden, Ohio, March 1, 1842, and was reared on a farm. In the spring of 1857 he removed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he followed farming and school-teaching. On September 11, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Twelfth Iowa Infantry, and served four and one-half years as a soldier, passing through various grades in the army, and for the last nine months of his service was Adjutant General on the staff of Major General Chetlain.

After the war he gave his attention to farming, near Cedar Rapids, until he came to Olathe, in November, 1868. June 1, 1869, he opened the American House in company with Peter Cochran, who retired ten years later, he continuing in the business, with Henry Cochran as a partner, until in February, 1882, when he was joined by H. S. Miller, his present partner in this business.

Mr. B. was for six years a member of the City School Board, and during four years of that time filled the office of president of the same. He represented the Second Ward in the City Council two terms, and was elected Mayor of Olathe in 1878, and re-elected in 1879, resigning to accept the Postmastership in February, 1880. He was married in Fairfax, Iowa, July 4, 1868, to Maria Cochran, a native of Ohio. They have three children--Mirtle, Jessie, and Sylvester R. Jr. 

Iowa 12th., Infantry.
Company D.

Burch, Sylvester. (Veteran.) Age 19. Residence Kingston. Enlisted Oct. 14, 1861. Mustered Oct. 26, 1861. Missing in battle April 6, 1862, Shiloh, Tenn. Promoted Eighth Corporal Jan. 1, 1863; Seventh Corporal Aug. 3, 1863; Sixth Corporal Sept. 1, 1863; Fifth Corporal Dec.1, 1863. Re-enlisted and re-mustered Jan. 5, 1864. Promoted Sergeant Major June 1, 1864; Adjutant Jan. 21, 1865. Mustered out Jan. 20, 1866, Memphis, Tenn. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Martin Pease.

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Martin Pease.

Birth: Aug. 14, 1836, Oakland County, Michigan.
Death: May 2, 1916, Hope Dickinson County, Kansas.

Wife: Mary Jane Galloway Pease (1837 - 1926).

Children: Ava Pease Stockett (1871 - 1908), Orla H. Pease, ( 1875-? ), Minnie ( 1880-? )..

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

Mr. Pease came to Kansas, and settled in the township of Hope in the county of Dickson in 1871  He lived in the town of Hope, Kansas where he had a business in Stationary, Books and Insurance.  Was a Civil War veteran. 

Michigan First Cavalry.

Pease, Martin. Enlisted in company F, First Cavalry, Feb. 3, 1864, at Pontiac, for 3 years, age 27. Mustered Feb. 3, 1864. Promoted F1rst Sergeant. Transferred to company B, Nov. 17, 1865. Discharged at Camp Douglass. Utah, Jan. 1, 1866.