Daniel Cauldwell Auld was born 28 February 1810 in Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania, the son of William AULD who was born in Northern Ireland, and Margaret CAULDWELL. The family moved to Harrison Co., Ohio, in about 1814. Daniel was a carpenter and a farmer in Ohio until he moved in 1855 to Marshall County, Kansas.
Daniel married (1st) his first cousin Jane AULD on 22 March 1839 in Harrison County, Ohio. She was the daughter of John AULD and Elizabeth GREY. Daniel and Jane had ten children born in Ohio and Kansas; those who lived to adulthood were all born in Ohio:
William Hamilton Auld 1840-1915, m. Mary E. BRADFORD
All of Daniel's children except Mary Jane seem to have lived and died in Kansas. After farming in Marshall County for a time, Mary Jane and her husband Martin Luther MOORE moved to Colorado in 1879, where they lived in Fremont, Custer and Pueblo Counties. They both died in Pueblo, Colorado in 1905.
Daniel's wife Jane died 16 May 1860. He married (2nd) Elinor (Foster) Hyde on 5 Jun 1865 in Topeka.
Although Daniel is said to have lived in Marshall County from 1855 until his death, the 1880 census shows him boarding with a family in Fremont County, Colorado, close to his daughter Mary Jane and her husband Martin L. MOORE (perhaps on an extended visit). Martin Moore was the grandson of Daniel Auld's older sister Jane Maria AULD and her husband Nathan JOHNSON. Martin, too, was born in Harrison County Ohio. He was raised in Brown County, Illinois, and moved to Marshall county as a teenager following his mother's death. His father, Alexander MOORE, had moved briefly to Marshall County in 1856 with his family before returning to Ohio and then settling in Illinois in 1857.
Dan C. Auld died 9 October 1896 at the home of his daughter Cynthia Grace Holmes in Topeka.
Friday, October 15, 1896, p. 5
DIED At the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. G. Holmes, North Topeka, at 9 o'clock a. m. Friday, October 9, 1896, Mr. D. C. Auld, aged 86 years.
The remains were brought to the home of his son, J. B. Auld, on the 4 o'clock Sunday morning train, October 11th, and the funeral occurred from the Presbyterian church at 2 o'clock P.M., Sunday. Rev. McGillivray officiating.
Deceased was born in Westmoreland [sic, Northumberland] county, Pennsylvania, in the year 1810. While yet a mere youth he removed with his parents to Harrison county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood, and in March, 1839, he was married. He removed with his wife to Kansas in 1855, and settled upon the farm southeast of this city where he lived continuously up to the time of his death. The house now on the place, although it was been repaired and somewhat remodeled, is the same building that he first built for a home, and in which himself and family lived through all the trials of pioneer life, as well as when the fruits of their labors afforded the comforts of a happy home. And when the body of the good man was brought home for burial, Sunday morning, it was taken to his old home where it reposed until the hour for the funeral. With the exception of serving in the army of the union, and a few short visits to relatives at other places, Mr. Auld has remained closely at home during all his life.
In 1857 Nottingham post office, the second post office established in Marshall County, was established at the home of Mr. Auld, and he was made postmaster until he entered the army, at which time his son, W. H., took his place as postmaster. In 1867 the post office was removed and became the Frankfort office. Mr. Auld was the first justice of the peace in Marshall county, serving in that capacity three years. In 1861 the people of the representative district, composed of Marshall and Nemaha counties, honored him with an election to the office of representative to the first legislature in Kansas, in which position he served his constituents in the same honest, conscientious manner that has characterized his entire life. He served his country faithfully in the civil war as second lieutenant of Company G 13th Kansas Infantry, and although in some of the hardest fought battles, he escaped without injury.
He was the father of nine children, of whom five are now living -- three sons, W. H., J. B. and Hale, all of whom reside in this vicinity: and two daughters, Mrs. M. J. Moore, of Pueblo, Colorado, and Mrs. C.G. Holmes, of North Topeka.
Mr. Auld was an unusually healthy man for a man of his extreme age, and when he left Frankfort, about two months ago, for a visit with his daughter in Pueblo, no one except his relatives ever thought that there was even a possibility of his not returning safely. But after being in the mountains a few weeks, the air affected his nervous system to such an extent that his physicians thought best for him to return to his Kansas home. When prostrated he was visiting a ranch forty miles from Pueblo, where he was immediately taken, and from there took the cars for Topeka. His niece, Miss Agnes Auld, accompanied him. He seemed very hopeful and cheerful on the trip home, and when they arrived at his daughter's in North Topeka seemed to be getting better. No one thought his condition serious until a few moments before his death, which occurred on Friday, and up to the very last he talked cheerfully to the relatives around him, death coming very suddenly and peacefully -- a fitting termination of the life of one who had always lived a consistent, charitable and Christian life.
Coming to this county when it was almost a barren waste, Mr. Auld courageously fought his part in the battle against adversity, and did his share in the work of improving and transforming it into one of the most prosperous sections of the west; when freedom called for the noble sons of the country to go upon the battle field and defend their country's honor, he was one to cheerfully answer that call; when public duties devolved upon him, he performed those duties with fidelity to his trust; and, best of all, when those less fortunate than himself needed aid and assistance, he always gave it cheerfully, and many were the pioneers who sought and received aid from their friend, "Uncle Dan Auld".
While another of the pioneers of Marshall county has gone to his final reward, and while his death will be mourned by a very large number of friends and his form, bowed with age, will be seen upon this earth no more, all realize that in his death the soul of a good man has been called to reap the reward of a noble, well spent life. The bereaved family have the sympathy of all in their sorrow.