Owen County, Indiana
BUCHANAN, William John, wholesale
grocer; born, Gosport, Ind., Apr. 6, 1872; son of Henry M. and Hannah T.
(Foreman) Buchanan; educated in public schools of Indiana and Illinois;
married, St. Louis, Aug. 7, 1894, Helen G. Whitman. Began as clerk in
retail grocery at Morrisonville, ILL., continuing until nearly of age;
then came to St. Louis and was with Adam Roth Grocery Co., later with
Benjamin W. Clark Grocer Co., until 1905; president of 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 Charlotte
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
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co.,
Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler
JOSEPH was born on the 15th of April, 1830, in Highland county,
Ohio. He was married in Owen county, Indiana, on the 12th of September,
1850, to Miss Elizabeth Morris. Four years later they came west to
Faribault, [Minn.] and the following spring to Morristown, [Minn.] where
they were pioneers, and 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, he enlisted in Company I, of the Fourth Minnesota Volunteer
Infantry, and served till the close of the war. He then returned to his
home in this place and has since devoted his time to its cultivation. Mr.
and Mrs. Dixon have ten children, five of whom are married and five still
remain at home.
(Source: History of Rice County, Minnesota, Published by Minnesota
Historical Company, Minneapolis, Minn. 1882)
Submitted by Veneta McKinney
WILLIAM Q. ELLIOTT, who joined the
pioneers of Rice County in the early '70s, has been one of the
conspicuous men in that section of the state 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 many directions. He sent a large
family of children into the honorable walks of life, has staunchly
upheld the forces of religion and morality in 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. Mr.
Elliott was born in a stronghold of the Quaker Church
in Wayne County, Indiana, February 19, 1837. Wayne
County, Indiana, was largely settled in early days by Quakers from the
Carolinas. His grandfather, Exum Elliott, came out of North Carolina in
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; The wife of Exum
Elliott was Catherine Lamb, of Guilford County, North Carolina. They had
eight children, six sons and two daughters, all of whom reached mature
years, married and with the exception of one daughter had children of
their own. Exum Elliott died at the age of eighty-six and was laid to
rest in the Friends Cemetery at West Grove, Indiana. Mark Elliott,
father of William Q., was born in North Carolina December 28, 1813, and
was two years of age when his parents came north. On August 27, 1835, in
Union County, Indiana, he married Mary Haworth. Both were members of the
Society of Friends and they were married by the Quaker ceremony. Her
birthplace was her father's farm of 200 acres, comprising an island in
the Holsten River in the State of Tennessee. Her father, Joel Haworth,
moved from Tennessee to Union County, Indiana, and bought a large tract
of government land at $1.25 per acre in gold. His daughter, Mary, was
the oldest in a large family of children.
Mark Elliott lived on a farm in Wayne
County, Indiana, where he died in 1858 and was laid to rest in the same
cemetery where his father's and mother's remains repose. He left his
widow with seven children, four sons and three daughters. Mrs. Mark
Elliott afterwards came to Kansas and died at Sterling February 23,
1902, at the age of eighty-eight years, two months and twenty-one days.
Of the children of Mark Elliott and
wife, William Q. was the oldest. Hannah, the second, married Isaiah
Sleeper and both died at Baldwin, Kansas, where Mr. Sleeper owned a
farm. The son, Joel H., was, curiously enough, a "fighting Quaker," and
made a brilliant record as a soldier. He served throughout the Civil
war, being captain of Company M of the Seventh Indiana Cavalry. Through
the influence of Governor Morton, the Indiana war governor, he was
raised to the rank of major in the Seventh United States Cavalry. That
was perhaps the only case up to that time where a volunteer officer was
promoted to a higher position in the regular service than he had held 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 body was left uncared for on the
battleground for two weeks, but was finally laid to rest in a national
cemetery in Oklahoma.
The fourth child of Mark Elliott and
wife was Permelia, who lived at Richmond in Wayne County, Indiana, widow
of Oliver Miller, who died on his farm in that county. She died 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 seventh and youngest
child, Lewis D., died of diphtheria in Indiana at the age of seven
William Q. Elliott spent his boyhood in
Wayne county, Indiana, during the 40s and 50s. that was a period when
public schools had not yet come into established vogue in Indiana, but
he received a good training in the Friends Monthly meeting School at
West Grove, where his teacher for sever years was Jeremiah Griffin.
Besides his experience on the farm he taught school five winters,
the first term before he was
seventeen years of age. While his father was a large muscular man six
feet two inches high, he suffered during his last years with sciatica,
and William during that period remained at home and looked after the
farm and in other ways cared for his invalid parent.
February 4, 1858, Mr. Elliott married
Rebecca Jane Jackson. She was born in Wayne County Ind. January, 1838.
Her father, Joseph W. Jackson, was rated as the wealthiest farmer of
that community, and when he died at the age of sixty his estate was
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 children, eight
sons and five daughters.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs.
Elliott went to Vermilion County, Illinois, where they rented a farm.
They lived there for seven years, and then returned ' to the old
homestead, Mr. Elliott taking charge as manager after the death of his
father. In the meantime his attention had been attracted to the free and
new lauds of Kansas, and in the fall of 1873 he came to the state and
filed a homestead1 claim on eighty acres in what was then Reno but is
now Rice County. That original homestead is now owned by his son,
Sylvester J. In March, 1874, Mr. Elliott and his family located at what
was then known as the Village of Peace, now Sterling, and they remained
there until July 1, 1875, when they went out to the homestead and
occupied the house and barn which had been erected preparatory to this
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, buying
from the railroad companies, school lands and also developed a timber
claim, until he was owner of 3,300 acres. Nearly all of this he has
since sold. The development of the land for farming purposes and the
beautifying of the landscape occupied his time and energies for many
years. Mr. Elliott did much as a practical forester and also as a
horticulturist. Beginning in 1876, he planted large numbers of black
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 worth of
peaches from five acres of seedling trees. When in his prime as an
agriculturist he bred and raised horses, mules and hogs and was one of
the leading stock ranchers. In 1880 Mr. Elliott established the Rice
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 the
Farmer's State Bank of Sterling.
Mr. Elliott was the father of fifteen
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 this
history a brief reference should be made to each of the children. The
oldest, Mark, born October 29, 1858, in Vermilion County, Illinois, is
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 farm
implement business at Haviland, Kansas. Cassius Clay, born in Vermilion
County July 19, 1862, is a stockman and rancher in Idaho. Eupha Jane,
born in Vermilion County September 12, 1863, died in infancy. Selena
Margery, who was born after her parents moved back to Wayne County,
Indiana, on Match 29, 1865, is the wife of Albert Snook, and they live
on a farm a mile east of Sterling, Lincoln L., born in Wayne County,
Indiana, February 17, 1867, is a painter and decorator by trade, but
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 leading
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 Sterling, Kansas, in
1874. Clarkson Taber was born August 22, 1874, his being the first
recorded birth of a white child on the town site of Sterling. He 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 merchant and also owns
eight ranches at Delta, Colorado. Laban Moody, born in Reno County July
11, 1879, is a farmer in Ellis County, Oklahoma. Stanley P., born at the
old homestead December 5, 1880, is also a farmer in Ellis County,
Oklahoma. Chester Garfield, the youngest, born in Reno County, Kansas,
October 11, 1883, occupies the old home farm. On November 6, 1914, Mr.
Elliott married, near Hoyt, Kansas, Mrs. Irene B. (Brooks) Dale, who was
born back in Wayne County, Indiana. Mrs. Elliott is a sister of Mrs.
Jonathan Thomas, a resident of Topeka, noted for her wealth and
Reference has already been made to Mr.
Elliott's connection with the Friends University at Wichita. He is vice
president and a director of that institution, and chairman of the board.
He is also chairman of the building committee that now has in 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 in loaning this money on
real estate. Mr. Elliott is a member of the Kansas State Historical
Society, and has been a lifelong republican. He took an enthusiastic
part as a boy in the first republican presidential campaign in 1856,
when General Fremont was a candidate. He cast his first presidential
vote in 1860 for Lincoln.
Source: A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans By William Elsey