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


SEDGWICK COUNTY, Part 28

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COLES BARNEY, farmer, Section 19, P. O. Afton, was born in Edwards County, Ill., in 1833, is a son of James and Susan M. Bessley Barney. Was married in 1868, to Miss Martha E. Bacon, daughter of Hiram D. and Nancy Bacon. Has six children - Mary, Ella, George L., William S., Earl and James Barney. Came to Kansas, in 1874, located on the farm where he now resides; owns 320 acres of land. Was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisted in 1861, in the Seventh Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company H; was in the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Altoona, and other engagements of his command; in 1863, veteraned; was Color Bearer in the battle of Shiloh. Was mustered out in July, 1865.

ISAAC BARNETT, farmer, Section 21, P. O. Ruby, was born in Illinois, in 1825, is a son of John C. and Nancy Barnett. Was married in 1846, to Miss Elizabeth A. Taylor, daughter of Ambrose and Nancy Taylor. Has Five Children - Mary J., Nancy A., Sarah L., R. F. and Rosella B. Came to Kansas, in 1873, located on the farm where he now resides; owns 240 acres of land, and is engaged in general farming. Signed the petition for the organization of Illinois Township. Has been a member of the School Board for three years.

DELAS CROSBY, farmer, Section 31, P. O. Afton, was born in Attica, N. Y., in 1823. Is a son of Timothy and Mary Kinney Crosby. Was married in 1844, to Miss Cynthia A. Brady. Has four children - Frank E., William A., Don C., and Theodore D. Crosby. Came to Kansas in 1874, located on the farm where he now resides, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Owns 160 acres of land. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and class leader. Has been superintendent of the Sabbath school. Is an earnest temperance man and worker, has made it a part of his life work. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M. Wichita Lodge, No. 99.

JOSEPH G. DERICKSON, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Blendon, was born in Cecil County, Md., in 1849; is a son of John P. and Catharine Miller Derickson. Was married in 1874, to Miss Lizzie Arthur. Has three children - Emma O., Harry F., and Willie E. Derickson. Came to Kansas in 1873, located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land; engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the School Board, and has served in that capacity for six years. Has been Treasurer of that township one term. Was located in the township one season before its organization.

S. W. DORAN, farmer, Section 33, P. O. Ruby, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1853. Is a son of Samuel and Hannah Gilland Doran. Was married in 1874, to Miss Mary Likely, daughter of Henry and Mary J. Appleby Likely; has three children - Cora C., Harry J., and Bessie M. Doran. Came to Kansas in 1874, located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Entered his land in 1875; was one of the first settlers in the part of the township where he resides. Was elected Constable in 1875, and re-elected in 1876. Mrs. Doran is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

W. W. DORMAN, clergyman and farmer, Section 21, P. O. Afton, was born in Macoupin County, Ill., in 1845. Is a son of William and Sarah Deaderick Dorman. Was married in 1866, to Miss Mary J. Barnett, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Taylor Barnett. Has five children - Maggie A., James W., George R., Charles W., and Irmina J. Dorman. Came to Kansas in 1857, located on Section 29, Illinois Township; remained three years, then moved to the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land; was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1864, in the Seventh Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company K; was in the battles of Altoona, Ga., Bentonville, N. C., and other engagements of his command; was mustered out at the close of the war in 1865; was educated in Illinois, ordained by the Liberty Baptist Church of Macoupin County, Ill; his first pastorate was of the First Baptist Church of Kingman County, Kan.; held that relation for three years; was the first Baptist clergyman in that county; has now the pastoral charge of three churches, alternating the services; has been instrumental in organizing seven Baptist churches, and has baptized 225 converts during his labors in Kansas.

A. J. GARD, farmer, Section 28, P. O. Afton, was born in Butler County, Ohio, in 1848; son of A. V. and Mary A. (Robinson) Gard, natives of New York. Was married in 1874 to Niss (sic) Nancy A. Barnett, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth A. (Taylor) Barnett. Has three children - Walter, Florence M. and Fletcher Gard. Came to Kansas in 1873, from Indiana and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 240 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the Baptist Church. Has been Clerk of Illinois Township, and member of the School Board and has held that position for six years.

R. R. HITE, farmer, Section 1, P. O. Wichita, was born in Virginia in 1824; son of George and Lucinda (Longacre) Hite. Was married in 1848 to Miss Elizabeth Samsel, daughter of John and Rosa Samsel. Has three children - Rosana, Mary and Gracie Hite. Came to Kansas in 1876 from Illinois, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land. Engaged in farming and stock raising. Volunteered in the United States service in the late war, but was rejected for disability. Engaged as Train Master in the Commissary Department; remained in that service for thirty-two months. Is a member of the I. O. O. F.

JOHN HUFFMAN, farmer, Section 7, P. O. Afton, was born in Ross County, Ohio, in 1829; is a son of William and Eliza (Brink) Huffman. Was married in 1852 to Miss Mary J. Cale, daughter of William and Mary (Bailer) Cale. Has six children - Margaret E., James W., Eliza J., Clara A., George P., John F. Huffman. Came to Kansas in February 1874 and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 132 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, West Wichita charge, and steward of the church. Is an earnest temperance advocate.

JAMES M. LANE, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Wichita, was born in Ulster County, N. Y., in 1839; is a son of Cornelius and Catharine (Elmendorf) Lane. Was married in 1838, to Miss Sylvia J. Crampin, daughter of Watkins and Elizabeth Crampin. Has six children - Isola H., Homer, Frank, Adelbert, Tommie and Katie Lane. Came to Kansas in 1872 and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was in the War of the Rebellion. Enlisted in 1861 in the Sixty-fourth Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company B. Was in the battles of Corinth, Iuka and other engagements of his command. Was discharged for disability, in October, 1862. Was a member of the first School Board. Has been Constable one term. Was one of the first settlers in the township, and a signer of the petition for its organization.

W. T. LIKLEY, farmer, Section 35, P. O. Ruby, was born in Pennsylvania in 1847; is a son of Henry and Mary J. Appleby Likley. Was married, in 1870, to Miss Maggie S. Watt, daughter of Andrew and Sarah Rudy Watt; has five children - Bertha M., Harry L., Freddie A., George B, and Willie R. Likley. Came to Kansas in June, 1872; located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1863 in the Forty-sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Company C. Was in the battles of Gettysburg, Raccoon Ford, Lookout Mountain, and in all the engagements of Gen. Sherman's march to the sea; never missed a roll call during his term of service; was mustered out in July, 1865. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M., Wichita Lodge, No. 99. Was elected Trustee of Illinois Township in 1875 and 1879; entered his land in 1873.

J. F. MEYER, farmer, Section 2, P. O. Blendon, was born in St. Clair County, Ill., in 1849; is son of John and Mary Hilsick Meyer. Was married, in 1874, to Miss Annie E. McCaw, daughter of Joseph and Eliza McCaw. Has two children - Anna and Leah Meyer. Came to Kansas in 1876; located in Delano Township; remained one year; in 1877 located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was elected Trustee for Illinois Township in 1881, and re-elected in 1882. Is a member of the School Board; has served for six years in that capacity.

JAMES McGOVNEY, farmer, Section 35, P. O. Ruby, was born in Ohio in 1844. Is a son of James and Isabella J. Holmes McGovney. Was married, in 1869, to Miss Martha C. Andson (sic), daughter of James and Elizabeth Huggins Anderson. Has three children - Clarence A., Abbie M. and James C. McGovney. Came to Kansas in February, 1873; located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1862, in the Ninety-first Regiment Ohio Volunteers, Company E; was in the battles of Newborn Station, Linchburgh (sic), Winchester, Stephenson Station, Cedar Creek, and other engagements of his command. Was wounded at Cedar Creek and Maryland Heights; was in the hospital two months. Was mustered out in 1865. Is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clearwater. Signed the petition for the organization of Illinois Township. Has been Justice of the Peace for two terms. Is a member of the School Board; has served two terms.

J. F. NESSLY, clergyman and farmer, Section 1, P. O. Wichita, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1824. Is a son of John and Elizabeth Fawcett Nessly, natives of Pennsylvania. Was married in 1849 to Miss Margaret B. Ford, daughter of Hugh C. and Elizabeth Ford. Has three children - Charles F., John L. and Flora W. Nessly. His first wife died in 1862. Was married in 1863 to Miss Elizabeth W. Riley, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Riley. Came to Kansas in 1868, from Missouri; located at Ottawa. Remained two years, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Was then stationed at Olathe, and was pastor of the church at the place for two years. In 1872 moved to Wichita, and organized the Methodist Episcopal Church of that place, and remained its pastor for one year. He took a supernumerary relation to the Conference in 1873, located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land. During the nine years he has resided on his farm, has held the pastorate of the West Wichita charge five years. Was educated at the Grand River Institute. In 1845, was received in the Pittsburgh Conference. His first appointment was Ligonier, Pa. In 1847 was ordained deacon, and in 1849 ordained elder. He married the fifth daughter of Hugh C. and Elizabeth Ford - all marrying Methodist clergymen. The family was known as Ford's Conference, the honored father bearing the title of Bishop of Ford's Conference. From that time until 1873, when he became broken in health, and located on his farm, his life was devoted to the work of the ministry. During his labor in Kansas, has been instrumental in building a church at Ottawa, a church and parsonage at Wichita, and of raising a very embarrassing church debt at Olathe. Was City Clerk of Wichita in 1873. Was Chairman of the Republican County Convention of Sedgwick in 1873. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity A., F. & A., M. In 1873 a buffalo, in crossing his farm, was killed a short distance from his house, which proved a rare treat to himself and neighbors, with whom he divided the meat. In 1878 he was elected Chaplain to the State Senate, which position he sustained for two terms.

A. K. PRUITT, farmer, Section 19, P. O. Afton, was born in Jersey County, Ill., in 1851. Is a son of Amos and Mary H. Stout Pruitt. Was married in 1874, to Miss Sarah Armour, daughter of John and Eliza Armour. Has three children - John, Anna and Albert. Came to Kansas in 1873. Located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Is Treasurer of the township and member of the School Board. Has held the office for two years.

M. A. RALPH, farmer, Section 4, P. O. Blendon, was born in West Windsor, Vt., in 1832; is a son of Jonathan and Marcia Kingsley Ralph; single. Came to Kansas in June 1873; located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land. Was educated in in (sic) Green Mountain, Liberal Institute, for a teacher; commenced teaching in 1849. Followed his profession during the winter seasons until 1862, when he crossed the plains to California, where he engaged in teaching for five years, when he was obliged to give up his work on account of failing health. Was examiner of teachers for six years in Tuolumne County, Cal. Was Government Surveyor of mineral lands in 1871 and 1872, in the district in which he lived in California. After coming to Kansas he taught for three terms. Was elected Justice of the Peace in 1874, at the first election in the township; held the office for two terms; is now Clerk of the township.

W. A. RALPH, farmer, Section 3, was born in West Windsor, Vt., in 1833. He is a brother of M. A. Ralph. Came to Kansas in 1872; located on the farm where he now resides; owns 320 acres of land, and is engaged in farming; was the first settler in the township; his claim was the second filing. Was in the United States service in Nebraska in 1862. Enlisted in the Second Nebraska Cavalry, Company D; served ten months; was mustered out in 1863.

JEROME K. RALPH, brother of M. A. and W. A. Ralph, was born in West Windsor, Vt., in 1847. Married in 1883 to Miss Alice M. Shafer, daughter of Solomon and Rachael Shafer. Came to Kansas in 1872, with W. A. Ralph. Owns 160 acres of land in Section 15. Was the first Constable of the township. Has been Clerk of the township and member of the Board four terms.

JAMES SACKET, farmer, Section 15, P. O. Ruby, was born in Madison County, Ill., in 1837; son of James and Jennette Parker Sacket. Was married in 1862, to Miss Mary Shippen, daughter of Wm. and Elizabeth Endsley Shippen. Has five children - Jennette E., Martha P., William J., Clarence H. and Josiah A. Sacket. Came to Kansas in 1872; located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and a Good Templar. Was one of the organizers of Illinois Township, and was the first Trustee after its organization; was Treasurer of the township of 1877. Is Justice of the Peace; has held the office four years. Is a member of the School Board. Was the first Treasurer of the district. Was treasurer of the aid society in 1874, organized for the relief of the grasshopper sufferers.

JOSEPH SPEER, farmer, Section 11, P. O. Wichita, was born in Chester county, Pa., in 1809; son of John and Catharine McCune Speer. Was married in 1837, to Miss Ann Masters, daughter of Christopher and Mary Masters. Has seven children - Margaret J., Mary (sic) Mary E., John W., Samuel M., Catharine M., Matilda J. and Thomas E. Speer. Came to Kansas in 1878; located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land; engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His two sons, John and Samuel, were in the War of the Rebellion; they enlisted in 1861; John was discharged in 1862 for disability; Samuel served until the close of the war in the battles of his command; was held prisoner for four months.

W. S. STRUTHERS, farmer, Section 27, P. O. Ruby, was born in Rockbridge County, Va., in 1825, is a son of William and Martha Saville Struthers. Was married in 1849 to Miss Julia A. Dean, daughter of Joseph and Hannah Dean. Has two children - Clark W. And Alonzo H. Struthers. His wife died in 1868 and he was married in 1865 to Miss Mary J. Parry, daughter of Walter and Ann Parry, has four children - Anna M. Oliver C. Ralph D. and Charles P., came to Kansas in 1874 and located on the farm where he now resides; owns 320 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising; was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisted in 1862 in the Eighty-third Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, Company B., was in the second battle of Fort Donelson and other engagements of his command; was promoted to Sergeant and in 1868 to Orderly and held that position until the spring of 1865 then received commission as Second Lieutenant; was mustered out in July, 1865; is a member of the United Presbyterian Church, is Postmaster of Ruby postoffice, was appointed in 1879; was the second Treasurer of the Township.

CLARK M. STRUTHERS, son of W. S. and Julia Struthers was born in Green County, Ohio, in 1850; single; came to Kansas in 1874, located on the farm where he now resides; was Township Treasurer in 1879, Township Clerk in 1880, is a member of the School Board and has held that position for two terms.

JOSEPH STOVER, farmer, Section 17, P. O. Afton, was born in Preble County, Ohio, in 1842; is a son of Samuel and Mary Moore Stover; was married in 1863 to Miss Catherine J. Smith, daughter of John F. and Mattie Smith; has five children - George W., Charles E., Eva M., Maud B. and Walter D. Stover; came to Kansas in 1875, located on the farm where he now resides, owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising; was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisted in 1864, in the navy, second division of the Mississippi, Squadron; was in the service one year, mustered out in 1865; has been trustee of the Township two terms, is a member of the School Board, has served on the board for seven years.

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