Owen County, Indiana
WILLIAM Q. ELLIOTT, who
the pioneers of Rice County in the early
'70s, has been one of the conspicuous men in that section of the
for many years. His sturdy energy as a farmer brought him liberal
rewards, and he has used his means and influence to do good in
directions. He sent a large family of children into the honorable
of life, has staunchly upheld the forces of religion and morality
his home community and state, and at the age of fourscore his
usefulness still continues, especially manifesting itself in his
official work with the Friends University at Wichita.
He comes of substantial American
ancestry and the family for generations have been stanch Quakers.
Elliott was born in a stronghold of the Quaker Church in Wayne County, Indiana,
19, 1837. Wayne County,
Indiana, was largely settled in early days by Quakers from the
Carolinas. His grandfather, Exum Elliott, came out of North
1815 and was one of the pioneers
whose physical strength cleared away the forests and established
civilization in that then wilderness section of Eastern Indiana;
wife of Exum Elliott was Catherine Lamb, of Guilford County, North
Carolina. They had eight children, six sons and two daughters, all
whom reached mature years, married and with the exception of one
daughter had children of their own. Exum Elliott died at the age
eighty-six and was laid to rest in the Friends Cemetery at West
Indiana. Mark Elliott, father of William Q., was born in North
December 28, 1813, and was two years of age when his parents came
north. On August 27, 1835, in Union County, Indiana, he married
Haworth. Both were members of the Society of Friends and they were
married by the Quaker ceremony. Her birthplace was her father's
200 acres, comprising an island in the Holsten River in the State
Tennessee. Her father, Joel Haworth, moved from Tennessee to Union
County, Indiana, and bought a large tract of government land at
per acre in gold. His daughter, Mary, was the oldest in a large
Mark Elliott lived on a farm in
County, Indiana, where he died in 1858 and was laid to rest in the
cemetery where his father's and mother's remains repose. He left
widow with seven children, four sons and three daughters. Mrs.
Elliott afterwards came to Kansas and died at Sterling February
1902, at the age of eighty-eight years, two months and twenty-one
Of the children of Mark Elliott
wife, William Q. was the oldest. Hannah, the second, married
Sleeper and both died at Baldwin, Kansas, where Mr. Sleeper owned
farm. The son, Joel H., was, curiously enough, a "fighting
made a brilliant record as a soldier. He served throughout the
war, being captain of Company M of the Seventh Indiana Cavalry.
the influence of Governor Morton, the Indiana war governor, he was
raised to the rank of major in the Seventh United States Cavalry.
was perhaps the only case up to that time where a volunteer
promoted to a higher position in the regular service than he had
in the volunteer forces. In the regular army he served under the
command of the brilliant General Custer, and took part in that
memorable fight against the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians on the
Washita River in what is now the State of Oklahoma in 1868. He and
sixteen men were ambushed in that engagement and all of them were
butchered by the savage Indians under the Chief Black Kettle. His
was left uncared for on the battleground for two weeks, but was
laid to rest in a national cemetery in Oklahoma.
The fourth child of Mark Elliott
wife was Permelia, who lived at Richmond in Wayne County, Indiana,
widow of Oliver Miller, who died on his farm in that county. She
in September, 1917. Elton B. is a lumber merchant at Indianapolis,
Indiana. Sarah Elizabeth, who died at Sterling, Kansas, in 1916,
married M. J. Barr, a retired resident of Sterling, Kansas. The
and youngest child, Lewis D., died of diphtheria in Indiana at the
of seven years.
William Q. Elliott spent his
in Wayne county, Indiana, during the 40s and 50s. that was a
when public schools had not yet come into established vogue in
but he received a good training in the Friends Monthly meeting
at West Grove, where his teacher for sever years was Jeremiah
Besides his experience on the farm he taught school five
the first term before he
seventeen years of age.
While his father was a large muscular man six feet two inches
suffered during his last years with sciatica, and William during
period remained at home and looked after the farm and in other
cared for his invalid parent.
February 4, 1858, Mr. Elliott
Rebecca Jane Jackson. She was born in Wayne County Ind. January,
Her father, Joseph W. Jackson, was rated as the wealthiest farmer
that community, and when he died at the age of sixty his estate
valued at $250,000, acquired through his extensive operations as a
farmer and pork packer. Her mother died in Wayne County six years
before her father. Rebecca Jackson was the oldest of thirteen
eight sons and five daughters.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs.
Elliott went to Vermilion County, Illinois, where they rented a
They lived there for seven years, and then returned ' to the old
homestead, Mr. Elliott taking charge as manager after the death of
father. In the meantime his attention had been attracted to the
and new lauds of Kansas, and in the fall of 1873 he came to the
and filed a homestead1 claim on eighty acres in what was then Reno
is now Rice County. That original homestead is now owned by his
Sylvester J. In March, 1874, Mr. Elliott and his family located at
was then known as the Village of Peace, now Sterling, and they
there until July 1, 1875, when they went out to the homestead and
occupied the house and barn which had been erected preparatory to
Mr. Elliott was not only a good
practical farmer but a thorough business man, and with unlimited
confidence in the future of Kansas he invested heavily in lands,
from the railroad companies, school lands and also developed a
claim, until he was owner of 3,300 acres. Nearly all of this he
since sold. The development of the land for farming purposes and
beautifying of the landscape occupied his time and energies for
years. Mr. Elliott did much as a practical forester and also as a
horticulturist. Beginning in 1876, he planted large numbers of
walnut, catalpa and cottonwood trees, and those grew until they
constituted large groves on his farm. In 1878 he set out an apple
orchard of twenty acres and in 1882 he sold a thousand dollars
peaches from five acres of seedling trees. When in his prime as an
agriculturist he bred and raised horses, mules and hogs and was
the leading stock ranchers. In 1880 Mr. Elliott established the
County Bank at Sterling and conducted it for seven years.
Mr. Elliott's first wife died in
September, 1913, and since her death he has moved to the Town of
Sterling and is now living retired. He is a large stockholder in
Farmer's State Bank of Sterling.
Mr. Elliott was the father of
children, and including those living and his grandchildren and
great-grandchildren he now enumerates 101 descendants, a record
comparable to that of the patriarchs of old. For the purposes of
history a brief reference should be made to each of the children.
oldest, Mark, born October 29, 1858, in Vermilion County,
now a farmer in Reno County, Kansas. Mary Elizabeth, who was born
January 30, 1860, in Vermilion County, died in infancy. Joseph W.
Jackson, born in Vermilion County February 20, 1861, is now in the
implement business at Haviland, Kansas. Cassius Clay, born in
County July 19, 1862, is a stockman and rancher in Idaho. Eupha
born in Vermilion County September 12, 1863, died in infancy.
Margery, who was born after her parents moved back to Wayne
Indiana, on Match 29, 1865, is the wife of Albert Snook, and they
on a farm a mile east of Sterling, Lincoln L., born in Wayne
Indiana, February 17, 1867, is a painter and decorator by trade,
owns 800 acres of farm and ranch land and lives at Haviland.
Sylvester J., born in Wayne County July 6, 1868, is one of the
farm owners and business men of Sterling. William Q., Jr., born in
Wayne County February 17, 1870, is a farmer near Sterling. Charles
Sumner was born in Wayne County March 25, 1872, and died at
Kansas, in 1874. Clarkson Taber was born August 22, 1874, his
first recorded birth of a white child on the town site of
is now a farmer in Reno County, Kansas. Caleb B., born at the old
homestead in what was then Reno County July 11, 1879, is a
also owns eight ranches at Delta, Colorado. Laban Moody, born in
County July 11, 1879, is a farmer in Ellis County, Oklahoma.
P., born at the old homestead December 5, 1880, is also a farmer
Ellis County, Oklahoma. Chester Garfield, the youngest, born in
County, Kansas, October 11, 1883, occupies the old home farm. On
November 6, 1914, Mr. Elliott married, near Hoyt, Kansas, Mrs.
(Brooks) Dale, who was born back in Wayne County, Indiana. Mrs.
is a sister of Mrs. Jonathan Thomas, a resident of Topeka, noted
her wealth and generosity.
Reference has already been made to
Mr. Elliott's connection with the Friends University at Wichita.
vice president and a director of that institution, and chairman of
board. He is also chairman of the building committee that now has
charge the erection of a gymnasium to cost $40,000. He has been
entrusted with the handling of a large part of the endowment fund
loaning this money on real estate. Mr. Elliott is a member of the
Kansas State Historical Society, and has been a lifelong
took an enthusiastic part as a boy in the first republican
campaign in 1856, when General Fremont was a candidate. He cast
first presidential vote in 1860 for Lincoln.
Source: A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans By William Elsey
BUCHANAN, William John,
wholesale grocer; born, Gosport, Ind., Apr. 6, 1872; son of Henry
and Hannah T. (Foreman) Buchanan; educated in public schools of
and Illinois; married, St. Louis, Aug. 7, 1894, Helen G. Whitman.
as clerk in retail grocery at Morrisonville, ILL., continuing
nearly of age; then came to St. Louis and was with Adam Roth
Co., later with Benjamin W. Clark Grocer Co., until 1905;
the Krekeler Grocer Co. for several years, now president Buchanan
Grocer Co. Office: 510 N. Main St. Residence: 3653 De Tonty St.
(Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by
DIXON, JOSEPH was born on
15th of April, 1830, in Highland county, Ohio. He was married in
county, Indiana, on the 12th of September, 1850, to Miss Elizabeth
Morris. Four years later they came west to Faribault, [Minn.] and
following spring to Morristown, [Minn.] where they were pioneers,
staked out a claim in section twenty-six, now known as Nathan's
addition of the village of Morristown. On the 30th of April, 1864,
enlisted in Company I, of the Fourth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry,
served till the close of the war. He then returned to his home in
place and has since devoted his time to its cultivation. Mr. and
Dixon have ten children, five of whom are married and five still
(Source: History of Rice County, Minnesota, Published by
Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis, Minn. 1882)
Submitted by Veneta McKinney
DARNELL, Rowland, lumber dealer; born Freedom, Ind.,
Dec. 9, 1854; received common school education and spent one year
at State University of Ind.; began his career as employee of J.T.
Williams of New York city, he remained with that house for three
years, then went to Indianapolis, where he became associated with
Bell Bros. lumber dealers; in 1876 he went to St. Louis with this
firm, and in the fall of 1880 he came to Memphis as a member of
the firm of Bell Bros. & Darnell; a year later he sold his
interest in the business and formed a partnership with his father
under the firm name of I.M. Darnell & Son; they operated in
Dyer and Lauderdale Cos., Tenn. until 1888, when the principal
offices were located in Memphis; in 1898 the son withdrew from the
firm and established firm of R.J. Darnell (Inc.); member of
Business Men’s Club.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co.,
Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler