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


COFFEY COUNTY, Part 16

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KEY WEST TOWNSHIP.

JACOB E. BAUMGARDNER, farmer, P. O. Key West, was born in Pennsylvania in 1811. Remained in his native State until 1865, then moved to Illinois in 1870. Came to Kansas and located in Key West, Coffey County. Has been engaged in farming and stock raising since. He was married in Pennsylvania in 1837 to Miss Mary Ann Baumgardner, a native of Pennsylvania. They have five children, Amanda T., Sarah, William B., Eliza B. and Francis O. He belongs to the Second Advent Church.

ALEXANDER H. BRITTON, farmer, P. O. Section, was born in Ohio, 1836; he remained in Ohio until 1856, he then went to Indiana, lived there five years, then went to Missouri, lived there one year, then returned to Indiana, 1875, moved to Ohio; in 1879 came to Kansas, located in Emporia, engaged at preaching; remained there one year then moved to Chase Co., Kansas; 1876, came to Coffey County, located in Key West, engaged in farming and raising fine blooded stock; was married in Ohio, 1860, to Miss Clara Ayres, of Ohio, has five children -- Lula A., Robert H., Sherman G., Edith M., and Horace; belongs to the Masonic fraternity also belongs to I. O. O. F.; is a Pastor of the Christian Church. Enlisted in Company E, Eleventh Indiana Cavalry Regiment, 1863, remained with this Regiment until 1865; was wounded while in the battle at Nashville.

JOHN W. BROWN, farmer, P. O. Section, was born in Ohio 1824, remained in Ohio, until 1865, then moved to Iowa, remained there twelve years, then came to Kansas, located in Key West, Coffey County, has been engaged in farming and stock raising since. He is also a mason by trade. He was married in Ohio, 1850, to Miss Rachel Gray, a native of Virginia; they have two children -- Vincent W. and Mary M.; belongs to Methodist Episcopal Church.

LEMON COPPLE, farmer, P. O. Key West, was born in Indiana, 1837; remained in his native State until 1852, then went to Missouri, stayed there one year, then came to Kansas 1853, located in Ottawa. Came to Coffey County, 1878, located in Key West Township, has been engaged in farming and stock growing; was married in Lawrence, Kansas, 1865, to Miss Elizabeth Daniels, a native of Illinois; they have five children -- Clarence, Edward, Calvin, Maria, and James; belongs to Christian Church, was in Kansas State Militia.

MARK JENSON, farmer, P. O. Halls Summit, was born in Denmark in 1839, remained in his native country until 1866, then came to the United States, locating in Wisconsin; remained there a short time, then traveled through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado, came to Kansas in 1860, located in Key West, Coffey County. Has been engaged in farming and is a stonemason; belongs (sic) the Lutheran Church.

EDWARD ROMARY, farmer, P. O. Key West, was born in Kent, England, in 1839, remained in his native country about twelve years, then came to the United States with his parents who located at Ottawa, Illinois, remained in Ottawa eight years and then came to Kansas, located in Key West Township, Coffey County, and has remained there since engaged in farming and stock raising. He was married in Butler Co., Kansas, in 1865, to Miss Hester S. Show, a native of Ohio. Has five children -- Maud A., William E., Charles E., Arthur E., and Albert E. Mr. Romary belongs to the G. A. R., enlisted in 1861 in Company A, Fourth Regiment. He served with this regiment until 1864. Is the Postmaster at Key West, and is also a merchant.

HENRY ROMARY, farmer, P. O. Key West, was born in England in 1842. Came with his parents to the United States in 1852, and located at Ottawa, Ill.; remained there until 1860, then came to Kansas and located in Key West Township, Coffey County. He was married in Ottumwa, Kan., in 1866, to Lucy Bouton, a native of New York. They have six children -- Hester L., Willis H., Edith E., Josie A., Mary G., and Bab E. Mr. Romary belongs to the Christian Church; is one of the School Board. He enlisted in 1861 in Company H, Eleventh Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Remained with this regiment three months, and was discharged on account of disability. Was one of the Kansas State Militia.

WILLIAM ROMARY, deceased, was born in England in 1812. He came to the United States in 1852, and located first at Ottawa, Ill. Came to Kansas in 1860, and located on a farm in Key West Township, Coffey County. Was one of the first settlers of Key West. Mr. Romary died March 5, 1869, leaving his wife, an old lady of fifty-six years of age. She is now seventy-one years old, has good health, and does her own housework. When they landed at Ottawa, Ill., they had 55 cents left; 50 cents of this they paid a drayman to take their luggage to an old hut. Mrs. Romary has a plate that an old negro gave her with the first meal of victuals they ever ate at Ottawa. Mrs. Romary took in washing and made enough money to buy a stove. She has used the same stove for thirty-one years. She now has a fine farm in Key West; has also many other things that she bought of the Indians when they first came to Kansas. Her son, Arthur Romary, was born in Ottawa, Ill., in 1852, and came with his parents to Kansas in 1860. When Mr. and Mrs. Romary came to Kansas they only had $10 left; with this they bought corn, on which they lived during the winter. Mr. A. R. Romary has now 400 acres of land in Key West Township.

GREEN B. TRAYLOR, farmer, P. O. Key West, was born in Kentucky in 1823; remained in his native State until 1858, then came to Kansas, located in Miami County, remained there until 1865, then came to Coffey County, located at Ottumwa, engaged in farming; also owned a mill; came to Key West Township 1870; has been engaged in farming and stock raising. Was married in Kentucky in 1850 to Miss Margaret A. Rice, a native of Kentucky. Has five children -- Coperna, Mary W., Carrie H., Eliza L., Fannie W. Mr. Traylor was in the Mexican war in Company B, Third Kentucky Regiment; remained with this regiment one year. Was in the Kansas State Militia; was Captain of Maysville Company; was Justice of the Peace for six years. Belongs to Christian Church.

JACOB E. WHILDEN, farmer, P. O. Key West, was born in North Wales in 1840; remained in his native country one year, when his parents immigrated to America, and settled in Pennsylvania; remained there two years, next moved to New Jersey. The year following they went on to New York, remained there four years, then emigrated in 1849 to Illinois. Here Jacob E. remained fifteen years, then went to California, remained there three months, and then went to Virginia City, Nev., engaged in contracting in oars (sic) and timbers. In 1870 he moved to Treasure Hill, Nev.; engaged in livery and water business while there. In 1873 he came to Great Bend, Kan., engaged in railroad contracting, remained there nine months; then came to Coffey County, and located at Key West Township, and engaged in farming and stock raising. He was married in Key West in 1874 to Miss Callie R. Traylor, a native of Kentucky. They have two children -- Alice M. and Frank L. He belongs to the I. O. O. F., and his wife belongs to the Christian Church. He has been Township Treasurer, also County Commissioner of Coffey County. Mr. Whilden is a large stock man.

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP.

RUSSEL CATLIN, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in New York, 1861; in 1865, his parents moved to Chicago; he came to Kansas in 1880, located in Liberty Township, Coffey County. He is engaged in farming and stock-raising; his mother, Cornelia H. Catlin, was born in New York, lived there until 1864, she came to Kansas in 1880. She has four children -- Russel, Sophia B., Grace N., and Hamilton.

E. E. COY, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in New York, in 1820; was married to Miss Lucy Coleman, April 8, 1846; a daughter was born 1847, Thellena Coy. Lucy Coy died 1849. E. E. Coy, moved to Michigan, in 1851; was married to Miss Fannie E. Rumery, in 1857; they have three children -- Franklin E., born in Michigan, in 1853. They moved to Illinois, in 1856, where Eugene D., was born, in 1859, and Lucius M., in 1864. Moved to Kansas in 1865, and settled in Ottawa, Franklin County; moved to Pottawatomie Township, in 1875; moved to Liberty Township, 1877.

FRANKLIN E. COY, farmer, P. O. Burlington; was born in Michigan, 1853. In 1856 his parents moved to Illinois, came to Kansas in 1865, located in Franklin County, 1879; he moved to Liberty Township, Coffey County; has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. Coy is a single man.

GEORGE F. HOLT, farmer, P. O. Burlington; was born in New Hampshire, in 1836, lived there twenty years. He then traveled in commercial business; he went to California, in 1858, remained there until 1866, he returned to New Hampshire; lived there two years; in 1868, he came to Kansas, and located in Liberty Township, Coffey County; is engaged in farming. He was married in New Hampshire, 1866, to Miss Harret (sic) Howard, of Boston, Mass. They have three children -- Frank L., Howard J., Mary J. Has been Trustee of Liberty Township for eight years, and is a member of the Baptist Church.

C. WHITE, farmer, P. O. Burlington; was born in Ohio, in 1842, and remained until 1869, he then came to Kansas and located on Big Creek, in Liberty Township; is engaged in farming and stock-raising. Was first married to Miss Lottie, a native of Ohio, and have three children -- Frank, Harris, Wesley; lost his wife in 1876; married again in 1878, to Elizabeth Watkins, is a member of the United Brethren Church.

STAR TOWNSHIP.

PETER CAYOT, farmer, P. O. Avon, was born in France, 1828, lived there seventeen years; came to United States, located in Maryland, remained there four years, then moved to Washington County, Iowa, lived there three years; in 1853, went to California, remained there three years, was engaged in mining; he returned to Iowa, lived there two years, came to Kansas, 1858, located in Star Township, Coffey County; has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. Was married in Iowa to Miss Cecile Poire, a native of France. They have three children -- Peter, William L. and Clara. He has a fine farm of 600 acres.

JAMES LANDIS, deceased, was born in Miami County, Ohio, in 1839, and in 1866 he moved to Illinois and lived there until 1870 and came to Kansas and located in Star Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock- raising. He was married in Illinois, in 1868, to Miss Rosa Simmons, a native of Kentucky. They have one child, George W. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He enlisted in 1862 in the One Hundred and Tenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served three years and was mustered out of the service at the close of the war. He died in Star Township, August 3, 1880.

JOSEPH POIRE, farmer, P. O. Avon, was born in France in 1831, lived there twenty years, then came to the United States, located in Iowa, and remained there six years; came to Kansas in 1861, and located in Star Township, Coffey County. He was married in Coffey County, in 1862, to Miss Christine Cayot, a native of France. They have eight children -- Kate, Millie, Cecilia, Minnie, Cynthia, Maggie, Julius and Willie.

J. H. WATROUS, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Dane County, Wis., and lived there eleven years and moved with his parents to Kansas and located in Star Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock- growing. He was married in Burlington, in 1877, to Miss Jennie Woodworth, a native of Iowa. They have one child, Helen. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He enlisted in 1863 in Company L, Fifth Kansas Cavalry, and served with that regiment thirteen months, and was mustered out of the service with his regiment.

POTTAWATOMIE TOWNSHIP.

LEWIS FOSTER, farmer, P. O. Burlington, was born in Troy, Pa., in 1834, remained in his native State three years, then moved with his parents to Ohio, remained in Ohio about five years, then moved to Johnson County, Ind., remained there three years, then moved to Lake County, Ind., remained there until 1857, then came to Kansas. He located in Pottawatomie Township, Coffey County, and has been engaged in farming and stock growing. He was married in Lake County, Ind., in 1855, to Roxania A. Knapp, a native of Ohio. They have five children -- Mary E., Charles L., William O., Cornelius A. (deceased), Elijah D. and Harriet E. Mr Foster was one of the first settlers of Coffey County, was very poor when he came to Kansas, and has endured many hardships of a new country. He now has a fine, large farm, and improved with fine buildings. Enlisted in 1862 Company F, Twelfth Kansas Infantry regiment. Was taken prisoner in April, 1864, was a prisoner for ten months and was mustered out in 1865. Was wounded at the battle of Jenkins Ferry.

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