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William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas


BUTLER COUNTY, Part 16

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CHELSEA TOWNSHIP.

G. T. DONALDSON, deceased. One who ranked prominently and took an active part in the border difficulties of 1856, was Lieut. G. T. Donaldson. He was a native of Ohio, and was born in Muskingum County. He was principally reared in Indiana, coming from Illinois to Kansas in the spring of 1855. He located for a time n Hull's Grove, Jefferson County. While there he became associated with Gen. Jim Lane and contributed an ample share toward sustaining free-State principles in Kansas. In 1857 he came to Butler County, settling in Chelsea, being one of the pioneer agriculturists in that part. Upon the breaking out of the Rebellion he turned his attention to recruiting and organizing the Indians in which he was eminently successful. After securing the required amount, he was commissioned First Lieutenant and in that capacity served with them until the close. Before and after the war he was Captain of the Militia. Politically he was a Republican. He was elected to the State Legislature, fro m Butler County, serving two terms. Lieut. Donaldson's death occurred November 3, 1869, at Chelsea. He was married in 1854 at Paris, Ill., to Miss Eleanor P. Vaught. Mrs. D. accompanied her husband to Kansas in 1855. There were few of the pioneer ladies who watched with greater zeal the progress of the State, or are more conversant with its history. Mrs. D. has reared a family of six children, four of whom reside on the homestead-Edwin M., Alvin J., Flora D., George F., Harry W. and Hallie E.

WILLIAM J. HOY, stockman, Section 16, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Perry County, June 2, 1847; was there educated and reared. In 1862 he enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving nine months. After being discharged he veteranized in the One Hundredth and Fifty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving three months longer. After the war he settled in McLean County, Ill., residing two years, coming from there to Kansas in August, 1868. Mr. Hoy is among the early settlers in the vicinity of Chelsea, and is identified with the stock interests of the county. He was married in Kansas to Miss Hannah J. Carey. By this union they have two daughters-Lillian I., and Annie A. Mr. H. is a member of the K. of P. and the G. A. R. J. A. Carey, father of Mrs. Hoy, was one of the first settlers of Butler County.

HON. J. C. LAMBDIN, farmer and stock raiser, Section 4, P. O. Chelsea. There is perhaps no man in butler County that is more familiarly and popularly known than Judge Lambdin. He became a citizen of the Territory of Kansas in 1856 and to Butler County in August, 1857. He located and laid out the town of Chelsea, which at that time promised to be considerable of a point. He was appointed Postmaster, erected the first buildings, and was otherwise associated with its interests. Mr. L. was a staunch Free-soil advocate; was a warm friend of Gen. Lane's, and during the border difficulties was in the field a great portion of the time fighting for the cause he advocated. Was under Gen. Lane awhile, joining him at West Point, Mo. During the Rebellion served three years in the Southwestern Department, two years of the time was Regimental Quartermaster, with rank of Lieutenant in the Sixteenth Kansas. Served two terms in the Territorial Legislature, being sent back the second time without an y opposition. The district he represented at that time embraced nine counties. Upon the organization of Butler County was elected Probate Judge and has held minor offices in the county since. While a member of the Legislature assisted in organizing the State. Politically he has always been a Republican. For several years was prominently connected with the mercantile interests of El Dorado. The subject of the sketch was a native of Pennsylvania and was born in Pittsburgh October 16, 1817. At an early age removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was educated and reared. After a short residence in Indianapolis, Ind., came to Paris, Ill., where for a time was engaged in merchandising, coming from that point to Kansas. The Judge has been twice married, first in Indiana, to Miss Caroline Beachbarb (now deceased); by this union has two children living-W. R. and J. T. He married in Paris, Ill., Miss Mary Vaught. They have one son, R. M. For upward of thirty years has been a member of the Masonic order.

DOCTOR LEWELLEN, farmer and stock raiser, Section 8, P. O. El Dorado. He is a native of Pennsylvania and was born in Fayette County in April, 1826. At an early age removed to West Virginia, where he resided until 1855, when he emigrated to Iowa, coming from there to Kansas in 1857. Officially he has held the offices of County Commissioner and Sheriff, and has been connected with the school affairs of his township. Mr. L. has done his portion towards developing the agricultural interests of Butler County. Mr. L. has been twice married, first to Miss Susan Ryan, now deceased. By this marriage has six children: Hannah, Sarah, Emma, Louisa, Birda and John. Was married in Kansas to Miss Delilia Pendegraff. They have one son.

THOMAS W. SATCHEL, farmer and stock raiser, Section 21, P. O. El Dorado, came to Butler County the spring of 1860, locating where he now resides the fall of that year. What is known as Satchel's Creek was named in his honor. It was formerly called Thurman Creek. He was instrumental in having the first school taught in that part; his daughter, Miss Sarah C. Satchel, being the teacher. (This was in what is now known as District Number 2.) Mr. And Mrs. S. had many hardships during their time in Kansas, encountering the drouth, grasshoppers, Indians scares, etc. He lost heavily by having his horses stolen at different times, particularly during the war. He traded considerably with the Indians, his dealing resulting satisfactorily. Mr. S. has been Treasurer of Butler County two terms and connected with minor official matters. He is a native of Maryland, and was born in Dorchester County in 1809. When three years of age came to Ross County, Ohio, with his parents, residing until 1833, when he located in Indiana, coming from there to Kansas. In 1835 was married to Miss Hannah A. Peacock, a native of Ohio; she was principally reared in Indiana. By this union they have had twelve children, six of whom are now living-Sarah C., Mary, William, Ephen, Georgiana and Emma. Mr. And Mrs. S. are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

PROSPECT TOWNSHIP.

WILLIAM BAILEY, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 30, P. O. El Dorado, was born in Union County, Ohio, June 7, 1832, and was there reared and educated. In August, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, Thirty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving three years principally in the Department of the Tennessee. On the 20th of February, 1864, was captured, but soon after made his escape. Returning from the army he located in Ohio, remaining until the spring of 1871, when he became a resident of Butler County, Kan., settling where he now resides. He was married in Ohio, to Miss Caroline L. Smith, a native of that State. They have five children - Smith, Charles, Maggie, Orson and Irena.

W. W. BUGBEE, stockman, Section 26, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of Michigan and was born in Barry County, January 10, 1847, was there educated and reared, his early days being spent in tilling the soil. Was married, in Michigan, to Miss Maria Doty, of that State; they have one daughter, Ethel. Mr. B. is a member of the Mason's and Odd Fellows' lodges of El Dorado. He and his family came to Butler County, Kan., the spring of 1879. He is well known among the leading stockmen.

JOHN A. DUNCAN, farmer and stock raiser, Section 27, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of Ohio, born February 27, 1836. He was educated and reared in that State. In 1861 he enlisted in the Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving three ears in the Department of the Cumberland. Was mustered out at expiration of three years and came to Illinois. For several years he was a resident of Champaign County, Ill. He was married to Miss Harriet E. Hammond, in Ill. They have eight children - Zelia M., James E., Harry E., Lavina B., Charles S., Rose G., Grace A. and Mattie L., (infant).

CHARLES ECKEL, stockman, Section 1, P. O. Pontiac, is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Philadelphia, January 9, 1836. He was principally reared and educated in Fulton county, Pa. When seventeen years of age he went west to Preble County, Ohio; served two years as apprentice to the carpenter and joiner's trade. Becoming tired of this he then removed to Ozaukee County, Wis., where he engaged in farming until 1864, at which time he enlisted in the First Wisconsin Heavy Artillery, serving until the close of the war. For a time he was a resident of Michigan, coming from there to Kansas, in August, 1870, locating where he now resides, being a pioneer in that part. For eight years he was proprietor of the stage route between El Dorado and Humboldt. He was the first Postmaster in Prospect Township, when the Pontiac office was established. Mr. Eckel is a member of the I. O. O. F. and the K. of H. He was married, in Wisconsin, to Miss Julia A. Zimpleman. They have eight children - John K., Charles B., Franklin F., George H., William M., Juenetta, Arabella, AND Eva M.

CHARLES FOSTER, sheep raiser, Section 20, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of New York, and was born in Tioga County, September 4, 1842; was educated and reared in his native State, following agricultural pursuits all his life. He came to Kansas, locating where he now resides, in the spring of 1874. Has been eminently successful in sheep husbandry, of which he has made a specialty. He was married, in New York, to Miss Lucy Osborne, of Tioga County. By this union they have two children - -Eugene and Alice.

HON. WILLIAM HARRISON, farmer, Section 26, Town 25, Range 6, P. O. El Dorado. He is familiarly known to all the early settlers of Butler and adjoining counties. He is a native of England, and was born in North Hamptonshire, near Rugby, August 14, 1813. In 1832, with his parents, he came to the United States, locating in the State of New York, where for four years he worked as a farm hand, attending the country district school for two winters, his educational advantages being very limited both in England and America. Coming West he settled in what is now Kendall County, Ill., where he followed agricultural pursuits for a number of years, and in 1837 he was married to Miss Mary A. Huff, of Lewis County, N. Y. The spring of 1858, wit his family, he moved to Kansas, settling in what he supposed was part of what is now Butler County. There he built a cabin, and turned his attention toward developing a farm. When the lines were run a short time afterward, it was found that his claim was on the Osage strip, con sequently, he was obliged to relinquish his home. In the spring of 1859 he settled where he now resides, on Harrison Creek, which was named in his honor (formerly it was Beamis Creek). Mr. H. passed through all the inconveniences incident to the early settler in a new country, besides the additional drawbacks Kansas was heir to by the drouth of 1860. He was identified with the early educational interests in his locality, and it was largely through his efforts that church services were held occasionally, in those primitive days, in that sparsely settled portion. In 1869 he was elected to the office of Probate Judge, holding the office four years. Previous to that time had been a member of the State Legislature, and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, doing most of the writing while Chairman of the Board, the Clerk having joined the Federal Arm. Politically, the Judge is of Republican views. Mrs. Harrison's death occurred o Harrison Creek. They had fourteen children, seven of whom are living-Charles S., Franklin, Hugh, John M., Lucretia, Julia and Alice. Charles and Franklin were soldiers in the Eleventh Kansas during the war, from its beginning until the close. Mr. H. was married again, in Kansas to Mrs. Emily C. Haines, nee Tucker, a native of Vermont, but was reared in Ohio. Mrs. Harrison was among the early settlers of Northern Kansas, and passed through the ordeal of pioneering.

H. W. HINKLE, stockman, Section 30, P. O. El Dorado. Is a native of West Virginia, and was born October 19, 1847. At an early age removed to Tazewell Co., Ill., where he was educated and reared. Came to Kansas, locating where he now resides. In 1878. Mr. H. is numbered among the solid stockmen of the township. He was married, in Illinois, to Miss Kittie Beaver, by this union they have four children - Nellie, Minnie, Dora and Grace.

HARRIE JONES, fruit grower and dealer, Section 26, P. O. El Dorado, became a resident of Butler County in 1868, and for the past eleven years has devoted his attention to the working of a fruit farm, which at present embraces the largest and best collection to Butler County. Mr. J. is a practical nurseryman and has been eminently successful in all his undertakings. He is a native of Iowa, and was born in Henry County, September 20, 1844. In 1859 came to Kansas, locating in Osage City. In 1861 he enlisted in the Eighth Kansas, doing good service until the close; was mustered out as First Sergeant. During his residence in Butler County, has been Deputy Sheriff, and otherwise identified. Was married, in Kansas, to Miss Emma E. Packard, of Kansas. They have five children - Grace, Myrtle, Lena, Walter and Jessie.

J. OSBORN, farmer and stock raiser, Section 26, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of Tioga County, N. Y., and was born June 29, 1841 Was educated and reared in the Empire State. He came to Kansas in 1874, settling where he now resides. His wealth comprises over 500 acres, on which are situated a fine residence and out buildings. He is engaged extensively in stock, making a specialty of blooded horses. On his farm is a well arranged mill for grinding feed for stock, and with which he also does considerable custom work. Mr. O. has been eminently successful as a farmer. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace a few years, and has been identified with the educational interests of his district. He was married, in New York, to Miss Mary E. Hollenbeck; they have two daughters by this union-Annie D. and Jennie E., both highly educated and recognized teachers of ability in Butler County. The family are associated with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

JESSE PARKER, farmer and stock raiser, Section 29, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of Macoupin County, Ill., and was born April 28, 1849. He was educated and reared in his native State. In 1870 he came to Butler County, Kan., where e has been identified with its agricultural interests. He was married, in Illinois, to Miss E. C. Parker. They have two children - Zula, and an infant. Mr. P. is a member of the Masonic order. Mr. Parker, the father of Jesse, who is also a farmer in Prospect Township, is a native of Virginia, and was born February 7, 1813. When one year old moved with his parents to Kentucky, where he resided for several years, and was married to Miss Cynthia Rhodes, of Grayson County, Ky. They have eight children living-Nancy, Mary J., Joel, Jesse, Emmeline, Annie, Sarah F., Effie L. Mrs. P. died in Illinois. He married his present wife in Macoupin County. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Parker. They have three children - Lenora, Nellie and Isaac. Mr. P. came to Butler County, Kan., in 1878, and is numbered among its solid farmers.

R. H. WILLIAMS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 28, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of Indiana, and was born in Scott County, December 4, 1842; at an early age removed with parents to Clay County, Ill., where he was educated and reared. He eventually emigrated to Iowa, locating in Mills County, where, in 1862, he enlisted in Company B, Twenty-ninth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, serving up to the close; he was in the trans-Mississippi Department. For a few years was a resident of Colorado, coming from there to Butler County, Kan., in the spring of 1877. He was married, in Iowa, to Miss Jane Purtle. They have five children - Waldo, George, Maggie, John and Helen. His father, G. A. Williams, who resides on Section 28, Prospect Township, located in Kansas in 1882. He is a native of Onieda County, N. Y., and has been a resident of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Colorado. In Indiana he was married to Miss Mary Tipton, a native of Pennsylvania. By this union, has four children living, R. H. being the oldest; the others are John A., Maggie and Helen.

R. C. WRENN, farmer, Section 22, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of Virginia; was born April 11, 1816; at an early age he removed to Ohio, where he was educated and learned the millwright and carpenter's trade. For several years he carried on an extensive business in Cincinnati, also in St. Louis, and later at Waverly, Mo., and Ottawa, Kan.; having some reverses in the latter place, he settled where he now resides, in Butler County, in the fall of 1870, being among the first on the prairie. He was in very limited circumstances at that time, and to make matters more disastrous, he had his house torn to pieces by a cyclone. He has, however, by industry, improved a good farm. He is on the shady side of life. His house is surrounded by a fine grove, which he has planted and tended. Mr. W. was married, in Ohio, in 1840, to Miss Mary M. Kinneger, of that State. They have seven children - Louisa, Jennie, Roseltha, Lafayette, Katie, Clarence ad Walter.

SPRING TOWNSHIP.

J. H. ARMSTRONG, farmer and stock raiser, Section 4, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of Delaware County, N. Y. , and was born January 26, 1846; he was raised and educated in his native State, after which he emigrated to Kalamazoo, Mich., where he resided until the spring of 1879, when he became a resident of Butler County. During the war he served a year and a half in the Second New York Volunteer Infantry. Mr. A. has been twice married; first to Miss Henrietta Grote, now deceased. They had three children - Lewis, Nick and Eddie. His present wife was formerly Mrs. Jennie Fisher, nee Longman. They have one son - Ross.

S. R. GROW, farmer and stock raiser, Section 6, P. O. Augusta, was born in Windsor County, Vt., in 1818. In 1865 he located at Manchester, Delaware Co., Iowa, being one of the first settlers in that part. For a number of years he was officially identified there, having been Justice of the Peace and held other offices. He came to Kansas in the spring of 1872 and located where he now resides. He has been closely associated with the progress of Spring Township. Mr. G. has been twice married-first in Vermont to Miss Susan Lyman, of Royalton, Vt., now deceased. He was married in Dubuque, Iowa, to Miss Aggie Howard, a native of Otsego County, N. Y. By this union they have one son, Sanford H., who resides with his parents. Mrs. G. is a lady of culture, and followed the vocation of school teaching in Kansas for a few years. She was formerly affiliated with the Episcopalian Church, but at present is associated with the Presbyterian, as is also Mr. G. Politically, Mr. G. is a Republican.

JOHN MANNION, farmer and stock raiser, Section 5, P. O. Augusta. He is one of the pioneers and solid farmers of Spring Township. He is a native of Ireland, and was born in County Galway about the year 1824. In 1847 he came to the United States. For a number of years he was engaged in agricultural pursuits in Macon County, Mo., coming from there to Kansas in 1867, locating where he now resides on the 4th of July in that year. Mr. M. ha all the difficulties to contend with the first few years in Kansas, and has been eminently successful as a farmer. He was early identified with the school interests of his district. He was married in St. Louis, Mo., to Miss Margaret Gormley. They have had eleven children - Katie, Mary A., Maggie, Ella, Thomas P., John Eliza, William H. and James C. Lost two - Mollie and an infant.

McKENZIE SUMNER, farmer and stock raiser, Section 3, P. O. El Dorado, was born in Madison County N. Y. in 1838. Was there educated and resided until 1857, when he emigrated to Michigan, where h resided until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in the Nineteenth Michigan, serving over two years, when he was transferred to the Seventeenth U. S. Colored Regiment. Was Regimental Quartermaster, and for a time was Post Quartermaster at Nashville. In 1868 came to Kansas, settling in Cherokee County, being among the pioneers there. The fall of 1875 came to Butler County, where has since been identified with its agricultural interests. He was married in Michigan to Miss Annice E. Hodges. By this union has nine children - Annice, George M., Cora, Thos. W., Roy E., Levi, Harry T., Sarah and Mora.

J. R. WARD, farmer and stock raiser, Section 6, P. O. El Dorado, came to Butler County the spring of 1868. In 1869 settled in Benton Township, being one of the pioneers in that part. He took a active part in organizing school district No. 25, and was identified generally with the interests of Benton up to 1874, when he removed to his present homestead. He was one was one of the prime movers in forming the agricultural and horticultural societies in Butler County. Mr. W. is a native of England, and was born October 14, 1838. At an early age came to the United States with parents, locating in Cook County, Ill., where he was educated and reared. During the rebellion he served four and a half years in the Thirty-Ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, participating in the capture of Fort Sumter and the surrender of Gen. Lee. Was Orderly Sergeant. He was married in Cook County, Ill., to Miss M. J. Medworth. By this union they have six children - Mary, Joseph, Susie, John, Ralph and Robert.

JOSEPH WILLIAMS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 35, P. O. Augusta, is a native of Ohio, and was born on December 19, 1833. Was educated and raised in the Buckeye State, and was married to Miss Seretta Counsil. In the winter of 1861 came to Butler County, Kansas, locating where he now lives. In 1874 was elected by the People's party Treasurer of the county. After serving out his term, held appointment of three months. He has been identified in local offices of the township. His landed estate is 1,000 acres. He is one of the most prominent stock men in the county.

A. L. WILSON, farmer and stock raiser, Section 4 and 5, P. O. El Dorado, was born in Otsego County, N. Y. March 15, 1838. Was educated and resided in New York until the war, when he enlisted in the Thirty-fourth New York Volunteer Infantry, serving two years. From New York he emigrated to Indiana, settling in Whitley County, where he resided for seven years, coming from there to Kansas in June, 1871, and has since been a resident of Butler County, being one of the pioneer setters of Spring Township. Mr. Wilson is numbered among the solid farmers of the county. Mr. W. has been twice married, his first wife being dead. Her name was Mrs. Catherine Cole. By this union had five children - David E., H. J., Ida M., Albert H. and Alice. His present wife was formerly Mrs. Eckly.

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