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


COFFEY COUNTY, Part 15

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AVON TOWNSHIP.

JACOB BAER, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Stark County, Ohio, in 1832, and lived in Ohio eighteen years, and moved to Indiana in 1851, and lived there seventeen years, then moved to St. Joseph County, Mich., in 1866, and lived there until the fall of 1870, and came to Kansas and located in Burlington, Coffey County, and was engaged in merchandising for nine years, and has been located on his farm in Avon Township about three years, and is now engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. Baer first came to Kansas in the spring of 1856 and remained until July, 1857. He lived in Lawrence during the border troubles, and was a member of the Free-state party. Mr. Baer was married in Indiana, in 1860, to Miss Eliza Smith, a native of Indiana. They have five children -- Argus M., Elwood E., Bertrand, Alta and Ida. Mr. Baer was a member of the State Legislature in 1876, and was re-elected in 1877. He has been a Justice of the Peace for four years, and is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and of the I. O. O. F.

ISAAC B. DOBELL, farmer, P. O. Westphalia, was born in England in 1828; lived there until 1880 (sic); he came to the United States; located in Oregon; remained there six months; moved to Kansas April, 1861; located in Avon Township, Coffey Count; has a large farm of 1,000 acres of land; is engaged in raising fine stock. Mr. Dobell was married in England, in 1863, to Miss True Robinson, who was born in America and raised in England. They have five children -- William, Isaac, James L., Alice True, Harold H. Mr. Dobell was Captain in the English Army, of Sixth Company, of Thirty-first Battalion, and served about fourteen years. He was engaged in England as a wine importer. Mr. Dobell is a prominent and wealthy citizen of Coffey County.

JACOB GIESY, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Ohio, in 1851. At three years of age his parents moved to Iowa and lived there three years, and came to Kansas in 1857 and located in Avon Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock raising. He was married in Coffey County, Kansas, in 1871, to Miss Harriet E. Sutten, a native of Iowa. They have five children -- Carrie, Walter, Jennie, Clifford and Johnnie.

WILLIAM GROBENGESSER, farmer, P. O. Le Roy, was born in Germany, in 1823, and in 1852 he came to the United States and located in Illinois, and lived there five years, and came to Kansas in 1857 in 1857 and located in Avon Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock growing. He was married in Chicago in 1857, to Miss Sophia Croan, a native of Germany. They have four children: Harry, Willie, Louisa and Betty. He is a member of the Lutheran Church.

ABEL JONES, farmer, P. O. Le Roy, was born in Ohio in 1840, and lived there until 1861. He then enlisted in Company G, Twenty-eight Illinois Infantry and served with that regiment until the 27th of November, 1862, and was discharged on account of disability caused by a wound which he received at the battle of Hatch--s River in Tennessee, October 5, 1862, by which he lost an arm. He returned to Ohio and afterward went back to the Quartermaster--s Department of the army, and was in the employ of the government until the close of the war. He then returned to Ohio and in April he came to Kansas and located on a farm in Avon Township, Coffey County, and has since been engaged in farming. He was married in Coffey County, in 1867, to Miss Cornelia J. Rooney,, and have five children: Etta, Cass, Libbie Addie and Aaron. He has served two terms as Township Treasurer and is a member of the Christian Church.

C. W. MARTIN, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Licking County, Ohio, in1841, and lived there until 1878, then came to Kansas and located in Avon Township, Coffey County. Is engaged in farming and stock raising, and is making a specialty of feeding sheep and raising Berkshire hogs. He was married in Ohio, in 1880, to Miss Lida Tilton, a native of Ohio. They have one child. He is a member of the I. O. O. F.

L. S. ROBINSON, farmer, P. O. Le Roy, was born in Canada in 1829, and lived there ten years, and his parents moved to Ohio, and he lived there twenty-nine years; then moved to Kansas in 1868, and located in Le Roy, Coffey County, living there two years; moving to his home in Avon Township, and has been engaged in farming and stock-raising since. He has been a school teacher for a number of years. He was married in 1853, in Pickaway County, Ohio, to Miss Rachel B. Gray, a native of Ohio, and have four children -- Emma A., Stanley D., Walter B., George S., and Luella M. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He enlisted in the army in 1862, in Company A, Ninetieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was transferred to Company K, Eight Regiment V. R. C. in 1864, stationed at Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill., and served with that regiment till the close of the war, and held the position of Sergeant.

POINTON RUSSELL, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Maryland in 1814. At one year of age his parents moved to Ohio, and lived there until 1855, and moved to Iowa, and remained there until the fall of 1856; he then moved to Missouri, and in March, 1857, came to Kansas and located in Avon Township, Coffey County, and is engaged in farming. He was married in Ohio, in 1841, to Miss Elizabeth S. Smith, a native of Ohio. They have three children -- Martin L., Anna, and Catherine. His son, Martin L. Russell, was born in Ohio in 1842, and lived there nine years, and moved with his parents to Iowa, and came to Kansas in the spring of 1857 and located in Avon Township, Coffey County. He moved to Ohio in 1874, and remained there five years. He was married in Ohio, in 1877, to Miss Maggie Crawford, a native of Ohio, and have two children -- Austin P. and Michael S.

D. C. SPURGEON, farmer, P. O. Le Roy, was born in Ohio in 1823; lived there thirty-one years, then moved to Indiana; lived there fifteen years. Came to Kansas in 1869, located in Le Roy, lived there two years, then moved on his farm in Avon Township; engaged in farming. Was married in Adams County, Ohio, in 1849, to Miss Mary A. Mason, a native of Ohio. Have four children -- Oscar C., Flora E., Sarah A., and Anna. Has been a Justice of the Peace; was president of the Agricultural Society one year; is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; is superintendent of two Sunday-schools.

J. B. STINEBURGH, farmer, P. O. Le Roy, was born in Ohio in 1836; lived there thirty-two years, and came to Kansas in 1868, located at Ottawa, Franklin County, and lived there until 1878, then moved to Coffey County, Avon Township, and has been engaged in farming and stock-raising since. He was married in Ohio, in 1858 to Miss Minerva A. Clark. They had two children -- Josie and George S. He was married again in 1870, to Miss Martha L. Jones, a native of Ohio. They have three children -- Harmon, George, and Hattie. Mr. Stinebugh (sic) is a Justice of the Peace. He enlisted in 1862 in the Thirty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war; was wounded at Atlanta, Ga.

WILLIAM F. THORNBERRY, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Rush County, Ind., in 1833, and lived there sixteen years and moved to Iowa and lived nine years, and moved to Kansas in 1859, and located in Le Roy, Coffey County, and lived there until the spring of 1868; he then moved to Neosho Township, Coffey County, and lived there two years, and has lived twelve years on his farm in Avon Township and is engaged in farming. He was married in Iowa in 1853 to Miss Sarah J. Kirby, a native of Tennessee. He enlisted in 1861 in the Ninth Kansas Cavalry and served with that regiment three years. He has been Treasurer of his township and is a member of the I. O. O. F., and also of the Masonic Order. His father, John Thornberry, was born in Fayette County, Ind., in 1813, and lived in his native State until 1849 and moved to Iowa and lived there until the spring of 1862, and moved to California, and in the spring of 1864 moved to Oregon, and in 1870 came to Kansas and located in Avon Township, Coffey County, and lived there until his death, which occurred December 6, 1882. His wife is still living, at the age of seventy-three years. She was born in 1809.

CLABOURN WILSON, farmer, P. O. Burlington, Kan., was born in Waco, Madison Co. Ky., April 10, 1855, and lived there sixteen years, and came to Kansas in the spring of 1871 and located in Avon Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock raising. He was married Sept. 19, 1876, to Miss Margaret Arnold, a native of Kentucky. They have two children -- Mirtle and Lizzie. He has been Township Clerk for three years and is a member of the Christian Church. His father, J. C. Wilson, was born in Estill County, Ky., November 8, 1820. He lived there fifty-one years. He was married to Miss Glaffree A. Cox, a native of Kentucky, on the 10th day of February, 1852. They have three children -- Lizzie, Clabourn and William. He was Judge of the Estill County Court in Kentucky for four years. He was a member of the Christian Church. He came to Kansas in the spring of 1871 and located in Avon Township, Coffey County, and engaged in farming and stock raising. He died on the 6th day of June, 1874.

HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP.

ROBERT BURK, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in March, 1814, and lived there until 1852, and moved to Wells County, Ind., and lived there five years, and moved to Illinois and remained there three years, and came to Kansas in 1860, and located in Anderson County, and remained there about fifteen years, then moved to Coffey County and located in Hampden Township, and is engaged in farming. He was married in Ohio in 1834 to Miss Catherine Swank, a native of Ohio. They have eight children -- William, Wesley, George, Emery, Peter, Bodley, Delia and Tabitha. Mr. Burk has been a Justice of the Peace.

JAMES W. COOK, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Pennsylvania in 1839; lived in his native State nine years. He moved with his parents to Indiana and lived there until the spring of 1875, then he came to Kansas and located in Hampden Township, Coffey County; has been engaged in farming and stock raising since. He was married in Indiana in 1870 to Miss Sarah A. Williams, a native of Indiana. They have six children -- Grace, Aurea Sue, Myrtle M., Cleophis and Lulie G. Mr. Cook is a member of the Free Masons. He enlisted in October, 1861, in the Third Indiana Cavalry and served three years and was mustered out December 1, 1864.

JAMES DAVIDSON, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1821 and lived there until 1858, and removed to Illinois and remained there four years, and came to Kansas in 1862, located in Neosho Township, Coffey County, lived there four years, then removed to Burlington and engaged in woolen manufacturing; remained there thirteen years, then removed to his farm in Hampden Township and has since been engaged in farming. He was married in Delaware County, Ohio, in 1844 to Miss Phoebe A. Lake, a native of New York. They have six children -- William M., Josiah L., Andrew J., Irene A., John D. and Samuel J. Mr. Davidson started the first woolen manufactory in this part of the State in 1863 and carded the first wool ever carded in Coffey County.

WILLIAM M. DAVIDSON, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio in 1845 and lived in that State until fourteen years of age and moved to Jefferson County, Ill., and lived there about four years, then came to Kansas in 1862 and located in Hampden Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. Davidson was married in Burlington, Coffey County, Kan., in 1876 to Miss Alice Hollopeter, a native of Pennsylvania. They have three children -- Corey M., Eva R. and William H. Mr. Davidson is a member of the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W.

HENRY W. ELA, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Vermont in 1838 and moved to Lowell, Mass., in 1844, lived there until 1849, then moved to Springfield, Mass., Hampden County, joined the Hampden County Colony, March, 1855, for Kansas, locating in Hampden Township, Coffey County, has been engaged in farming. He was married in Coffey County, Kan., in 1866 to Miss Lou Jones, who was born in Illinois. They have two children -- Cora M. and Frank W. His wife died in 1877. He was married again in 1879 to Miss Laura Vail, a native of Ohio. They have one child -- George. Mr. Ela enlisted in the spring of 1861 in the Fifth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. Served with this regiment three years and four months and was mustered out in September, 1864. He is Township Treasurer and School Treasurer. Is one of the first settlers of Coffey County; still living on the claim he took May 1, 1855. The only member of the second company of emigrants from Massachusetts living.

J. W. EUBANKS, farmer, P. O. Burlington, Kan., was born in Tennessee in 1834, and at five years of age his parents moved to Johnson County, Ark. He lived there thirty years and came to Kansas in 1864 and located in Hampden Township, Coffey Co., Kan., and has been engaged in farming. He was married in Johnson County, Ark., in 1853, to Miss Sarah Arbaugh, a native of Arkansas. They have five children -- Mecia, Callie, Albert, Adelia and Josie. Mr. Enbanks (sic) enlisted in 1863 in the Third Arkansas Infantry; was commissioned Captain of Company K, and served from December 1 to June 1, 1864, and resigned his position on account of wounds. He then moved with his family to Kansas, where he is at the present date.

JOHN GOOCH, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in England in 1844, and lived there until 1866, then came to the United States and located in Kansas, Hampden Township, Coffey County. He was engaged in the butchering business in Burlington for four years and is now living on his farm in Hampden Township, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. He was married in Burlington in 1870 to Miss Lillie Carey, a native of Kansas. He lost his wife in 1875, and married again in 1880 to Mrs. Martha Walters. His wife has been married four times, and had four children (all now living) by her first husband, Mr. Webber. Their names are -- Charles, James, Mary and Eva. Mr. Gooch is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

LINDSELY R. GRIMES, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Vermont in 1839; lived there until 1855; he then came to Kansas, located in Hampden Township, Coffey County. Is a large farmer and dealer in stock. He was married in Coffey County, Kansas, in 1867, to Miss Safrona Whetstone, who was born in Iowa. They have four children -- May, Mattie, Altie and Pearl. He was a member of the State militia, and is identified with the Republican party.

DAVID L. HOLMES, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in 1845, in Wisconsin, and lived in his native State twelve years, then came with his parents to Coffey County, Kansas, in 1857, and located in Hampden Township, and has been engaged in farming since. He was married in Morris County, Kansas, in 1872, to Miss Lizzie Tedstone, a native of England. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

EDWIN W. JENKINS, farmer, P. O. Burlington was born in Carrollton, Carroll Co., Ohio, in 1836, and at the age of five years, his parents move to Iowa. He lived there until 1857. He then came to Kansas and located at Lawrence, and lived there about one year. he then went to California and returned in 1858, and located in Le Roy, Coffey Co., Kansas, and remained there in the dry goods business until 1861. He then raised a company and joined the sixth Kansas Cavalry, and was promoted from private to the captaincy of Company G. He served with his regiment for three years and seven months. Capt. Jenkins was married in Jefferson County, Arkansas, in 1864, to Miss Mary F. Keeler, a native of Arkansas. They have three children -- Laura E., Sallie L. and Eugene W. He is engaged in farming and stock raising.

MERVIN M. KIGER, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1847, and lived in his native State until 1879, and came to Kansas and located in Hampden Township, in Coffey County,, and is engaged in farming and stock growing. Mr. Kiger was married in Lancaster, Ohio, in 1869, to Miss Sarah J. Barr, a native of Ohio. They have five children -- Phoebe A., Hannah R., Anna J., Roy and Thomas. Mr. Kiger is a member of the United Workmen, and his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

HORATIO N. F. READ, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Adams County, Mississippi; lived there till twenty years of age, then came to Kansas, located in Anderson County. Remained there until 1861, and enlisted in the Ninth Kansas Cavalry and served four months as a private; was promoted to Second Lieutenant, and was promoted to Captain of Company I. Served in that position until March, 1865. Was then mustered out. He was married in Anderson County, Kansas, in June, 1858, to Miss Martha J. Wallace. They had five children -- Margaret L., Martha A., Mary, John W. and Garland H. His wife died October 8, 1877. He was married again in Chicago in 1882, to Miss Nellie Evans, a native of St. Louis. Mr. Read has been trustee and assessor of his township. Is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Captain Read cast his first vote in Kansas for a free State. He has been a Republican since.

GEORGE F. REINHARDT, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Weitenburg, Germany in 1841, lived in his native country thirteen years. Came to the United States with his parents and located at Springfield, Ill. Lived there till 1861. He then enlisted in the First Illinois Cavalry and was transferred to the Sixteenth Illinois Cavalry and served three years. He was mustered out of the service in 1864, and returned to Illinois and remained there till he came to Kansas in the spring of 1880, and located in Hampden Township, Coffey County. Engaged in farming and stock raising. He was married in Springfield in 1866, to Miss Catherine Weiss, a native of Germany. They have six children, George F., John W., Mary A., Katie, Bertha J., Julius M. He is a member of the Lutheran Church.

W. H. WILLIAMS, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Ohio, March 26, 1837. At one year of age his parents moved to Indiana. In 1875 he came to Kansas and located in Burlington, Coffey County. Remained there two years. In 1877 he moved to his farm in Hampden Township, Coffey County. Has been engaged in farming and stock raising. He was married in Indiana in 1861 to Miss Nancy S. Bell, a native of Pennsylvania. They have four children -- Elmer G., Carey V., George M., Alice B. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He enlisted in 1862 in the Fourth Indiana Cavalry and served three years, and was Quartermaster Sergeant.

ISAAC YINGLING, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Ohio in 1834, and lived there until he was twenty-one years of age. He then moved to Iowa, where he remained eighteen months. He then came to Kansas in March, 1857, and located in Hampden Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock growing. He was married in Anderson County, Kas., in 1863, to Miss Dellia Burk, a native of Ohio, and has four children, Sarah, Frederick, Homer, and Cyrus. Mr. Yingling has been Township Trustee and is now Township Clerk, and was a member of the State Militia during the war.

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