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


COFFEY COUNTY, Part 14

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CALIFORNIA TOWNSHIP.

GEORGE ANTRIM, farmer, P. O. Strawn, was born in Indiana in 1851, and lived in his native State eighteen years, and came to Kansas in the spring of 1870, and located in Coffey County, and is now engaged in farming and teaching school in California Township. Mr. Antrem, (sic) was married in Coffey County, Kan., in 1872, to Miss Sarah J. Sanders, a native of Indiana; they have four children -- Harry M., Charles V., Franklin G., and Elmer. He has been Township Clerk for four years, was Justice of the Peace for two years, and is identified with the Republican party.

JOHN BEAVERS, farmer, P. O. Strawn, was born in Virginia, in 1823, and at six years of age, his parents moved to Indiana, and lived there until 1864, and came to Kansas and located in California Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock raising and fruit growing. Mr. Beavers was married in Indiana, in 1848, to Miss Elizabeth Hopkins, a native of Virginia; they have one child -- Sarah. Mr. Beavers was married again in 1858 to Miss Ruhannah Cochran; they have three children -- Jacob W., Aukah and Edwin O. Mr. Beavers is a member of the Old School Baptist Church.

LEWIS V. BOWMAN, farmer, P. O. Ottumwa, was born in Richland County, Ohio, January 1, 1835; in 1840 his parents moved to, and settled in, Miami County, Ind., where his mother died in December, 1845; after a few year (sic) his father married a second time. Young Bowman and his stepmother did not agree very well, and he left home, went to La Porte County, in the spring, returned the same fall, went to Henry County in December, 1852, became acquainted with Miss Mary E. Beach, and married her on April 4, 1859, and remained there; in 1863 was drafted in the service of the United States, employed a substitute and in March, 1864, moved and settled in California Township, Coffey Co., Kan., where he has been engaged in farming and stock- raising; was a member of State Militia in what is known as the famous Price raid in the fall of 1864. They have three children -- Sarah I., Lizzie and John.

THOMAS L. HORRELL, farmer, Section 28, P. O. Strawn, was born in Madison County, Ohio, in 1827, and lived in his native State about thirty years. In 1857 he came to Kansas, and located in Coffey County, where he has been engaged in farming and stock-raising since. Was married in Coffey County, Kan., in 1858, to Miss Claretta Benedict, a native of Ohio; they had one child -- Emma. He was married again in 1872, to Henrietta Finnan, a native of Ohio, and had one child by his second wife -- Thomas L. He was again married in 1879, to Martha Nelto. Mr. Horrell has been Constable and County Commissioner for four years, and is a large farmer and stock-raiser near Strawn.

ISAAC HOOVER (deceased), was born in North Carolina in 1812, and at two years of age his parents moved to Indiana, and lived there until he came to Kansas in 1857, and located in California Township, Coffey County, and engaged in farming, and lived there until his death, which occurred in June, 1863. Mr. Hoover was one of the early settlers of Coffey County, and was highly respected by the people of his township and county. His wife, Susan Hoover, is still living, at the age of sixty-six years. Samuel L. Hoover, son of Isaac Hoover, was born in Indiana in 1844, and lived in his native State until 1857, and came to Kansas with his parents and located in California Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. Hoover was married in Coffey County, Kan., in 1869, to Miss Elizabeth Lawrence, a native of Pike County, Ohio. They have six children -- David L., Edwin T., Frank E., Carrie C., Linnie and Harry L. His wife is a member of the Society of Friends. Mr. Hoover is School Director and Treasurer of his township. He enlisted in 1862 in Company D, Second Kansas Cavalry, and served with that regiment until the close of the war.

JACOB HOOVER, farmer, P. O. Strawn, was born in Blunt County, Tenn., in 1808, and at four years of age his parents moved to North Carolina, and lived there about two years, and then moved to Indiana, and lived in that State from 1814 to October, 1857. Then started for Kansas; wintered in Missouri; landed in Kansas in the spring of 1858 and located in California Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. Hoover was married in Indiana in 1829, to Miss Sarah Lowe, who was born in North Carolina in 1812, and died in Kansas in 1875. Out of thirteen children but five are living -- Silas W., George L., Martin B., Andrew and Eliza E. Mr. Hoover was one of the first Commissioners in the county, and known as a Republican. Of late voted with the Greenback party. His mother, who is still living with him, is ninety-five years old.

JOSEPH JENKS, P. O. Ottumwa, was born in England in 1815; at the age of ten years came with his parents to the United Strtes (sic) and located in Maryland, and lived there three years; removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1828, and lived there until 1833; lived in Miami County from 1833 to 1837; moved to Ripley County, Ind., and lived there until 1851; moved to Edgar County, Ill., and remained there until 1858, and came to Kansas and located in Ottumwa Township, Coffey County, and has lived in Ottumwa and California townships since. Mr. Jenks was married first in Indiana in 1837, to Miss Mary Arnold, a native of Virginia. They had four children -- Francis F., Llewellyn B., Thomas J. and Joseph H. His wife died in 1853; he was married again in 1855, to Miss Nancy Mars. They had one child -- George. His second wife died in 1863. Was married again the same year, to Mrs. Jane Webster. They have one child -- Josephine. He is divorced from his last wife. Dr. Jenks commenced studying medicine in the spring of 1835 with Dr. George Keifer, of Troy, Ohio, and remained with him one year, and attended two courses of lectures in the Cincinnati Medical College, and graduated from that institution in the class of 1837-38. He then studied with different eminent physicians until 1840, and attended a course of lectures at Louisville, Ky., and graduated in the class of 1840. He then commenced the practice of medicine, and has practiced in Indiana, Illinois and Kansas for over forty years. Dr. Jenks is a member of the Christian Church, and was financial manager of the Western Christian University at Ottumwa, Coffey County. He has been very prominent and active in advancing the cause of education in Kansas. He organized a company of State Militia, and was elected Captain of the company during the late war, and was called into active service during the Price raid into Kansas. In politics was an old line Whig, and since the organization of the Republican party has been a staunch Republican.

THOMAS J. JENKS, farmer, P. O. Ottumwa, was born in Ripley County, Ind., in 1844, and at eight years of age his parents moved to Illinois, and he lived in that State until 1858, and came to Kansas and located in Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. Jenks was married in Coffey County, Kan., to Miss Sarah E. Beavers, a native of Indiana. They have seven children -- Mary L., Frederick R., Ruhanna J., Rosie M., Joseph, Phillip S. and Lydia E. Mr. Jenks is a member of the G. A. R., and enlisted in 1862, in Company F, Twelfth Kansas Volunteer Infantry, and served with that regiment until the close of the war.

MATILDA JONES, P. O. Strawn, was born in Stokes county, N. C., in 1825; lived in that State seven years. Moved to Indiana with her parents in 1832. Was married to William King in 1848, who was a farmer, born in Kentucky in 1815, and died in Indiana in 1860. They had three children -- John F., born in Indiana in 1849; Mary C., born in Indiana in 1850, and married to Thomas J. Goodnight in 1868, and moved to Kansas in 1869; Francis M., born in Indiana in 1853, and died in Indiana in 1854. She was married to William Jones in 1868, who was born in North Carolina in 1804, lived in that State forty-two years; moved to Indiana in 1846; lived in that State twenty-three years; moved to Kansas in 1869 and located in California Township, Coffey County, where he died in 1870. Mrs. Jones owns and resides on a farm in California Township, Coffey County, Kan.

THOMAS M. LANE, farmer, P. O. Strawn, was born in Harrison County, Ind., in 1826, and lived in his native State until 1859, and came to Kansas, and located in California Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. Lane was married in Boone County, Ind., in 1845, to Miss Sarah A. Dooley, who was born in Kentucky, and died in 1857. They had three children -- Jasper N., Cordelia A., Squire M. He was married again in 1865 to Miss Maria P. Benedict, a native of Ohio, and she died in 1875. They had one child, Eldo B. Mr. Lane has been identified with the Republican party since its organization, and was a member of the militia during the war, and rendered valuable service in protecting the State from invasion by the rebels.

WILLIAM LAWRENCE, farmer, P. O. Hartford, Lyon County, was born in Illinois in 1843, and at three years of age his parents moved to Ohio, and lived in that State eighteen years, and came to Kansas in 1864 and located in Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. Lawrence was married in Coffey County, Kan., in 1869, to Miss Rose L. Smith, who was born in Iowa. They had one child -- Cora. He was married again in 1874 to Miss Phoebe Tennis, a native of Illinois. They have two children -- Eddie and Frank. Mr. Lawrence has been Treasurer of his township.

F. S. MAUCK, farmer, P. O. Strawn, was born in Indiana in 1841, and lived in his native State until 1868, and came to Kansas, and located in California Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. Mauck was married in Indiana, in 1864, to Miss Ellen Dawson, who was born in Indiana. They had two children, William F. and Anthony M. He lost his wife in 1871, and married again in 1875 to Miss Margaret Hoover. They have three children, Jessie H., Isaac H. and John L. Mr. Mauck is a member of the G. A. R. He enlisted in 1861, in the Thirty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry and served twenty-two months, and was wounded at Perryville, Ky., and was discharged on account of disability.

W. T. NEWKIRK, farmer, P. O. Strawn, was born in Jefferson County, Ky., in 1831, and lived in his native State until March, 1879, and came to Kansas and located in Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and is a carpenter by trade. Mr. Newkirk was married in Jefferson County, Ky., in 1858, to Miss Anna E. Barnes, who was born in Ohio. They have ten children -- James E., William E., Mary E., John R., Lillie L., Anna B., Harry S., Lee, Ruth and George F. Mr. Newkirk is a member of the Masonic order, and of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife died the 19th of September, 1880.

E. S. OGBORN, farmer, P. O. Ottumwa, was born in Frederick County, Md., in 1830, and at two years of age, his parents moved to Wayne County, Ind., and lived in that State until 1857, and moved to Kansas and located in California Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming since. Mr. Ogborn was married in Wayne County, Indiana, in 1852, to Miss Lydia E. Hoover, a native of Indiana. They have five children -- Mary L., John B., George W., Anna B. and Katie R. Mr. Ogborn enlisted in 1862, in Company F, Twelfth Kansas Volunteer Infantry, and served with that regiment three years and was mustered out at the close of the war. He is a member of the G. A. R., and is Township Trustee of California Township, and is a member of the Society of Friends. While Mr. Ogborn was in the army, Mrs. Ogborn was attacked by the Indians, and she defended herself and family until assistance came from the neighbors and the Indians were driven away.

JACKSON PEYTON, farmer, P. O. Hartford, Lyon County, was born in Virginia in 1839, and lived in his native State twelve years, and moved with his father to Morgan County, Ohio, in 1851, and lived there two years and moved to Marion County, Iowa, and lived there four years, and came to Kansas in 1857 and located in Chase County, and lived there until 1874, and removed to Coffey County, and located in California Township, and engaged in farming and stock growing. Mr. Peyton was married in Chase County, Kan., in 1872, to Miss Elizabeth R. Spurgeon, a native of Indiana. They have two children -- Rhoda I. and Dalton L. Mr. Peyton and wife are members of the Advent Christian Church.

CLARENCE S. PERKINS, farmer, P. O. Strawn, was born in Hartford County, Conn., in 1847, and when he was four years of age, his parents moved to Wisconsin. He lived in that State about twelve years, and in 1862, enlisted in the Twenty- eighth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served with that regiment three years. At the close of the war he moved to Michigan, and located at Grand Rapids for four years. In 1870, he came to Kansas, and located in Coffey County, where he engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. Perkins was married at Grand Rapids, Mich., to Miss Sarah Thompson. They had one child -- Mary E. He lost his wife in 1875, and married again in 1878, to Miss Priscilla B. Rippey, a native of Scioto County, Ohio. They have one child -- Minnie.

PHILIP SOWDERS, farmer, P. O. Strawn, was born in Indiana, in 1824, and lived there about forty-five years, and came to Kansas in 1871, and located in California Township, Coffey County, and engaged in farming and stock- raising. Mr. Sowders was married in Indiana, in 1849, to Miss Lobelia Cooley, a native of Indiana. They have six children -- Sarah J., Mary Eliza, Margaret, Lou B., Mattie and Hattie. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

JAMES WILSON, farmer, P. O. Ottumwa, was born in Kentucky, in 1829, and at four years of age his parents moved to Illinois, and lived there about thirty years, and came to Kansas in 1859, and located in California Township, Coffey County, and has lived there since, excepting one year that he lived in Iowa, and has been engaged in farming and chair and wheelwrighting. Mr. Wilson was married in Vigo County, Ind., in 1849, to Miss Nancy C. Wurton, who was born in Indiana. They have nine children -- Thomas J., John A., James A., Joanna, Mary M. J., Sarah T. E., Nancy J., Harriet A. and Anna.

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