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


SHAWNEE COUNTY, Part 40

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES (KISINGER - WOOD).

A. M. KISINGER, farmer, Section 29, P. O. Tecumseh, owns seven and three-fifths acres and rents and farms sixty acres in addition thereto. Was born in Virginia November 15, 1849. Came with his parents to Missouri when a child, and from there to Kansas in 1878, locating here. He has a nice frame dwelling and other conveniences. Was married in the fall of 1871, to Miss Matilda Dolby. They have three children - Frank, Arthur and Nellie. Mrs. Kisinger is a member of M. E. Church.

FRANK KUESTER, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Big Springs. Owns 160 acres, about fifty acres cultivated, and 110 acres in timber, pasture and orchard. Makes flax raising something of a specialty, also feeds stock; has at present twenty-five head of cattle. Came to Kansas in 1868, first locating on a rented farm two miles west of here. Bought and located on the present farm in the spring of 1870. Was born in Germany 1826, and was a soldier for a period of ten years in the cavalry. Was engaged in the troubles in 1848, and was slightly wounded. Came to the United States in 1857, Locating in St. Charles County, Mo. Was captain of a company of home guards for a time, and afterwards in the State Militia, and was in several skirmishes with the bushwhackers. Came from there to Kansas. Was married in 1857, to Katherine Ludewig. Have eight children - Henry, Bernard, Sylvester, Millie, Theodore, Kate, John and Conrad. Is a member of the Catholic Church.

HARVEY LIEWRANCE, farmer, Section 7, P. O. Tecumseh. Owns 174 acres, eighty acres cultivated and ninety-four in pasture, timber and meadow. Raises some stock, has twenty head of cattle and fifty head of hogs. Came to Kansas March, 1867, renting one year and locating on present farm in 1868. Has been Township Assessor for four years, and a member of the School Board for three years. Enlisted as private in Company H, Forty-eighth Regiment Ohio Volunteers, October 11, 1862, and was with his regiments in most of its campaigns. Was in the engagements at Arkansas Post and Chickasaw Bluffs, and at Fort Blakely, Ala. Was mustered out at Houston, Texas, October 11, 1865. Was born in Ohio, August 16, 1842, and came from native place to Kansas. Has been married twice - November 8, 1868, to Hester A. Stevenson, and had two children, Clara E. and Mary F. Was married again March 2, 1875, to Alice Reed; two children by second marriage, Edna A. and Otto R. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Grand Army of the Republic.

ISAAC H. MILLIKEN, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Big Springs, Douglas County. Owns 160 acres, about 70 acres cultivated and ninety in pasture. Has twenty-five head of cattle. Came to Kansas in August, 1864, locating in Tecumseh Township. Moved in 1867 to Douglas County, and came from there to this place in 1869. Has been a member of the School Board for two terms. Enlisted in July, 1863, as a private in Company B, One Hundred and Sixty-first Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Detailed on duty in the Quartermaster's Department as teamster, and discharged on certificate of disability in August, 1864. Born in Ohio September 11, 1844, and came from there to Kansas. Was married December 12 1866, to Miss Sidney H. Hilligoss, and has six children - Mary E., Nettie F., Lola B., Gertrude E., Rosa L., and Clyde. Is a member of the Seventh Day Advent Church.

{Picture of Isaac Morris] ISAAC MORRIS was born in Dearborn County, Ind., February 22, 1824. He was the son of Amos and Joanna Morris, early settlers, who had emigrated from Pennsylvania. He was bred on a farm, and received his early education in the common schools. In 1840, he removed to Henderson County, Ill. In 1850 he went to California, by the overland route across the plains. He returned in 1852, and engaged in merchandising at Oquawka, which he carried on until the spring of 1857, at which time he moved to Fort Scott, Kan., but made his first purchase of land, and first started his business in Vernon County, Mo. There he remained for three years, until the breaking out of the war. He at that time was carrying a large and diversified business. He had a store, a saw mill, a grist mill and was, in addition, carrying on one of the largest farms in the vicinity. He also had a saw mill on the Osage River, fifteen miles north of Fort Scott, near Mapleton. His business in Missouri was entirely broken up, almost at the very commencement of the war. As early as July, 1861, his store was robbed by a party of rebel raiders under Gen. Rains. He had, two weeks before the raid, removed his family to Mapleton, and at the time barely escaped with his life. His business and residence in Missouri were ended at that time. Shortly after, he removed his family still further from the enemy's country, settled them at Topeka, and himself returned to his mill at Mapleton. There, in semi-military style, he continued business. There he organized a company of home guards, of which he was commissioned Captain. It was known and designated in the State roster of militia as Company C, Sixth Regiment Kansas Militia, and as such did service on the frontier during the war, whenever the militia were called upon, and stood guard over the mill and surrounding country. Capt. Morris ran the Mapleton mill for the next two years entirely for the government, furnishing lumber for stockades and other army purposes, his company being subject to duty constantly during the time. At the close of the war he made Topeka his home, having large landed interests in the southeastern part of Shawnee County, where he improved many farms. He built the Fifth Avenue Hotel during 1869-70-71, and during those years purchased and commenced improvements on what is now his home. His first purchase was a tract of treeless prairie, ten acres in extent what is designated as second bottom. It is situated one-half mile west of the old town site of Tecumseh village, in what on the old village plat is designated as Stinson's addition. At the time of his purchase it was but little improved, and the large octagon house but partially erected. The first trees upon it were set out fourteen years ago; now, 1882, the house stands completely embowered in shade trees, only the observatory upon its top showing above them, and is approached through a long shaded lane from the street. The grounds, by subsequent purchases, now contain sixty acres, all under the highest state of cultivation, or covered with every variety fruit- bearing trees indigenous to the climate - peaches, pears, apples. It is a model Kansas fruit farm, yielding a yearly increasing and ample income to the enterprising proprietor, who has literally made the desert to "bud and blossom as the rose." It is a worthy example of what the soil and climate of Kansas coupled with intelligent labor and patient work, can produce. Here Mr. Morris resides, still in the full strength of manhood, enjoying the quiet and munificent reward of his past toil. Mr. Morris was married January 6, 1847, to Miss Hannah Hollingsworth, of Richmond, Ind. Nine children have been born to them, four of whom survive - Oscar N., George O., Arwilda Ann, wife of Mr. H. U. Mudge, conductor on the A. T. & S. Fe Railroad, and Emma, wife of Mr. J. W. Naylor.

JAMES Y. MURNAN, farmer, Section 12, P. O. Tecumseh. Owns eighty acres; has under cultivation forty-five acres; thirty-five acres in orchard, meadow and pasture; has some good stock, sixteen head of cattle and twenty hogs. Came to Kansas in the spring of 1879, locating on this place. Enlisted as private in the spring of 1864, in Company A, Two Hundred and Fifteenth Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry Volunteers, and mustered out in July, 1865. Born in England, May 24, 1841. Came to the United States in 1864, stopping in Washington City and from there to Pennsylvania, where he enlisted in the army. After he was mustered out of the service he was employed by a firm in Massachusetts to set up machinery (being a machinist) and traveled in a great many States in their employ, and came from Massachusetts to Kansas. Was married January 29, 1871, to Angie Nichols. Is a member of the Presbyterian Church, also of the I. O. O. F.

MRS. MARY E. NAYLOR, farmer, Section 35, P. O. Tecumseh. Owns 160 acres, all in cultivtion. Came to Kansas in the fall of 1854, locating on her present farm. Her husband and father were at the first convention held in Tecumseh as well as at the first election. Was here when the Free-state Legislature was broken up by the United States troops under Major Anderson of Fort Sumter fame. Was born in Mead County, Ky., in 1822, and moved to Indiana with her parents when only five years of age, locating at Montezuma, and attended school in her childhood with the Indian children on the reservation. Removed to Illinois in the spring of 1842, and remained there until coming to Kansas. Was married in 1844 to Osborn Naylor. Her husband was in the State militia during the Price raid and captured at the Locust Grove fight in Missouri and died from the effects of over exertion and starvation a few days after reaching home, in 1864. Has four children - Maria A., John W., James R. and Samuel W. Her father, Charles Jordan, was a local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church and died in Topeka, in 1872. The first quarterly conference ever held in Kansas was at her cabin in the spring of 1855, by Elder Still. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

WILLIAM A. RANKIN, farmer, Section 9, P. O. Big Springs, Douglas County. Owns 240 acres; about sixty acres in cultivation, and the balance in timber, meadow and pasture. Came to Kansas in October, 1881, and located here. Was born in Ohio, November 17, 1837, and came from his native place to Kansas. Was married March 20, 1865, to Miss Parmela Milliken, and has two children - Joseph H. and Minnie M. Mr. R. is a member of the Christian Union Church. Is a Mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias.

ALFRED S. ROBERTS, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 22, P. O. Big Springs, Douglas County. Owns 170 acres, fifty under cultivation, fifty in pasture, sixty in meadow and eleven in timber. He has thirty head of cattle. Came to Kansas in the spring of 1856 with his parents, his father locating on the section west of this. When he was of age he bought and improved a quarter section west of his father, but sold out and went to Chautauqua County in 1869, and remained there eight years, improving a tract of land and dealing extensively in stock, but having lost two children and his family being in poor health, he sold out and went to Colorado for his health. Came back to Leavenworth County, bought eighty acres of land, improved it, sold out and came to his present location in 1880. Has held all the different positions on the school board as well as township. Was in the State militia during the Price raid and was with his command at the engagements on the Big Blue and Locust Grove, in Missouri. He made his escape by having a good horse and taking desparate chances. Mr. R. was born in Ohio, January 7, 1841, and came from there to Kansas. He was married August 23, 1868, to Miss Ellen Crum, and has one child, Rosa. He is a member and elder of the Christian Church. Mr. Roberts' farm was the scene of a bloodless affray during the troublous times of 1856. A party of Texas Rangers came suddenly over a hill on the east side of his farm, but halted at seeing a few men and boys who had met hunting for stray horses. Among them was Mr. R., who on seeing the Rangers started to run, thinking they would make a charge on them, but the Texas Rangers, thinking they were the advance of Lane's men and that they were trying to draw them into pursuit, made a precipitate retreat, never stopping until they had reached the Kansas River.

JESSE W. STEPHENSON, farmer, P. O. Topeka, Sections 34 and 35. Owns 164 acres, 120 of which are under cultivation, with good dwelling and good out-buildings. Makes a specialty of wheat and corn, but deals in stock, horses and cattle. Has been a member of the school board several years. Came to Kansas in March, 1864, locating on his present farm. Mr. S. attended the first public meeting ever held in Tecumseh Township, as well as the first election, when they were driven away by an armed band of border ruffians, who carried the election to suit themselves. Was at Atchison in 1861, when the first lead was thrown from the Missouri side of the river. Enlisted in Company C, Second Kansas Cavalry as a private. Was with his command in the battle of the Big Blue in Missouri during the Price raid, and was elected to First Lieutenant and was mustered out at Topeka in November, 1864. Mr. S. was born in Ohio in 1828; at the age of three years removed to Edgar County, Ill., where he was married in 1851 to Miss Nancy Jane Jordan, remaining there until he came to Kansas. They have nine children, viz - Emma E., Nancy Candace, Eva, William, Mary E., Hattie J., Marinda L., Ulysses Grant and Jesse W. Mr. Stephenson has been a member of the Methodist Church for the past forty years.

MRS. HARRIET S. STRICKLER, Section 31, P. O. Tecumseh, owns 160 acres, 110 under cultivation; 12 acres in clover and timothy, and the balance in pasture. Mrs. S. is a native of Tennessee and came to Kansas in 1857, joining her father, Fred. P. Stanton, who was Secretary under Gov. Walker, and for a time acting Governor of the Territory, and who came to Kansas some time previous and located in Douglas County, near Lecompton. Miss Stanton was married to Gen. Strickler in November, 1861, and located on this place directly after the marriage. Gen. Strickler was a native of Virginia, born in 1831, and was educated at the Virginia Military Institute, and came to Kansas in 1854. Was a member of the Territorial Senate, also in command of the Territorial Militia. At one time during the border troubles, he had Senator Pomeroy a prisoner, and for fear he could not properly protect him released him. Gen. S. was Auditor of Claims during the early settlement of Kansas, but after the Free-state party came in power retired from politics. Has held the position both as president and secretary of the Agricultural Society. Gen. S. went out as a private in the State Militia, and participated in the fights on the border during the Price raid, doing good service by way of advice on military matters. Two years previous to his death was in the employ of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. Co., as Land Appraiser on the line south of Topeka and through the Indian Territory. He died August 31, 1873, leaving four children - Jacqueline, Rose, Celeste and Frederick A. Mrs. S. is not a member of any church, but is a strong advocate for the Evangelists.

CAPT. THOMAS D. STRONG, farmer, Section 12, P. O. Tecumseh, owns 160 acres, 60 of which are under cultivation, and the balance in meadow and pasture. He came to Kansas in March, 1881, and located on this place. He was born in Hartford, Conn., March 18, 1844. In 1852 he moved with his parents to Louisiana. Went to New York in 1856, and in 1859 went to sea, following seafaring and commanding his vessel until July, 1880, when he landed in Philadelphia and came to Kansas. He was married July 29, 1876, to Miss Emily M. Miller. He is a member of the Episcopal Church.

G. W. TAYLOR, farmer, Section 31, P. O. Tecumseh, rents and farms 160 acres. Has good teams, plows and other agricultural implements. Born in Ohio, August 9, 1856, and has made that his home, with the exception of two years spent in New Mexico - 1879 and '80. Came to Kansas for a home, August 15, 1882, temporarily locating here.

RALPH VOORHEES, farmer, Section 7, P. O. Tecumseh, owns 164 ares; 80 acres cultivated and 84 in timber, pasture and meadow. Came to Kansas, November, 1868, locating temporarily in this Township, near here. Bought and moved on this place in 1874. Born in New Jersey, January 22, 1826. At the age of nineteen moved to Ohio, and came from there to Kansas. Was married, December 15, 1848, to Miss Margaret E. Livensberger, and has one child - Rulif. (sic)

SAMUEL B. WADE, farmer, Section 22, P. O. Topeka, resides on his father's (William B. Wade) place, a part of which he rents and farms. Makes corn-growing and winter stock feeding a specialty. Came to Kansas with his brother in April, 1855, and went to his father's, who was located in Rock Creek Township, Jefferson County. Came to this place with his father, May 17, 1857. Enlisted as private in Company A, Fifth Kansas Cavalry with his father, July 16, 1861. Was in most of the battles and skirmishes in which his command was engaged. Was in the battles of Helena and Pine Bluffs, Ark. Also at Morristown, where his first Colonel was killed in the latter engagement. Was wounded and carries the ball in his body at the present time. Was promoted to Corporal and Duty Sergeant. Was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, August 11, 1864. Was born in Wisconsin, October 3, 1837. When about eight years of age removed to Illinois. Came from there to Kansas. Was married March 7, 1872, to Miss Addie Hunt, whose parents were Jacob and Elizabeth Hunt. Has one child - Elizabeth T. Is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

WILLIAM B. WADE, farmer, Section 22, P. O. Topeka, owns 240 acres, all in cultivation. Came to Kansas December 2, 1854, and located in Rock Creek Township, Jefferson County; brought his family out September 11, 1855, remaining until May 17, 1857, when he came to present farm. Has served two terms as Township Trustee for Tecumseh Township. Was Justice of Peace in Illinois; also Postmaster. Was born in Ohio in 1813, moving from there to Indiana when one year old. At the age of twenty-one went to Illinois, remaining there until coming to Kansas. Was married in 1836 to Miss Malvina C. Burbank. Has six children - Samuel B., Spencer P., Susan M., Mary E., Malvina C. and Ellen E.

JAMES K. WAYSMAN, farmer, Section 33, P. O. Topeka, owns 525 acres, about 300 acres under cultivation, and the rest in timber; has a fine stone dwelling, barn, out-buildings and an elegant home. His was the first claim located in Shawnee County. He has twenty horses, fifteen head of cattle, and fifteen hogs. He was born in Augusta County, Va., September 5, 1816, and moved to Missouri with his parents in 1818, locating in Howard County. In the spring of 1854, Mr. Waysman was extensively engaged in the stock business, and started to California with 400 head of cattle, and when a short distance from where Topeka now stands, went into camp, where he first learned of the treaty with the Indians, throwing the country open for settlement. He therefore abandoned his trip to California, and located on his present farm, May 10, 1854. In his early settlement, a party from Westport came and located on the same land, and tried to run him off, but, after considerable and annoyance, he was allowed to remain in peace. He was married, in 1852, to Miss Rachel M. Hand. They have five children - Mary A., Samuel D., Thomas W., John E., and Virginia L. Mr. Waysman was engaged in freighting across the plains from 1859 until 1863, when the Indians becoming troublesome, he retired from the business, and spent several years in California, returning to this place in 1869, and has since remained here. Was married in 1852 in Moniteau County, Mo. Went first trip to California through the Spanish country and Arizona, in 1849. His second trip was in 1863, by way of Denver, Salt Lake City, Utah, and was corraled by 400 Indians at O'Fallon's Bluffs, Neb., but he effected a treaty with them by giving them some flour, meal, meat and tobacco; then traveled up the Platte River with them several days, perfectly unharmed and friendly, with his outfit, but they committed many murders and depredations before and behind him. This was the beginning of the Indian War. Mr. Wayman's next trip to California was in 1880, leaving Topeka August 6, making the trip through with stallions and jacks in 100 days. He has crossed the plains to California, overland, or with teams, five times. He had all of his family with him on two trips. His daughter, V. L. W., spent two birthdays on the Great Desert of Utah. Mr. Wayman is now sixty-eight years old, and is anxious to make another trip overland.

LUTHER WOODFORD, farmer and fruit-grower, Section 18, P. O. Topeka, owns 177-1/2 acres, eighty acres under cultivation and in orchard, and the balance of his fine farm in timber, pasture and meadow. Mr. W. makes a specialty of manufacturing fine cider, which he does by a process peculiarly his own, giving it a reputation, whereby he finds ready sale at remunerative prices. He also raises fine stock, has seven mules and fifty head of cattle. Came to Kansas, in 1857, locating on present farm. Was in the State Militia during the Price raid in Missouri, and was in the engagements on the Big Blue and Locust Grove, where he narrowly escaped capture, owing to the mettle and bottom of his horse, and running the gauntlet of the enemy's fire. Mr. W. was born in Ohio, December 27, 1825, where a greater part of his life was spent prior to coming to Kansas. He was seven years in Pennsylvania, and four years in California, returning from California to Ohio just before coming to Kansas. Mr. Woodford has for the step of his house a plank out of the old jail at Tecumseh, studded with nails and still showing the ax marks made by the friends of Free-state men in releasing them from their prison during the troubles of 1856. Mr. W. is a bachelor.

J. L. WOOD, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Topeka, owns eighty acres; has sixty acres under cultivation and twenty in pasture, and has four horses, eleven head of cattle, and twenty-six hogs. Came to Kansas in the fall of 1859, locating in this township. Came to this place, January, 1870. Is Clerk of School Board and has been for twelve years. Has been Township Clerk for one term and Constable. Enlisted as private in Company H, Eleventh Kansas Volunteers, September 6, 1862, and was with his regiment in the engagements at Fort Wayne, Indian Territory, Cane Hill, Van Buren, and Prairie Grove, Ark., and Westport and Newtown, Mo., and was mustered out September 18, 1865. Was born in New York State March 13, 1835. Moved to Wisconsin in 1855, and came from there to Kansas. Was married February 8, 1866, to Alma Jordan, and has two adopted children, Charles R. and Augusta A. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and also of the G. A. R.

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