CLAY COUNTY, KANSAS
CHADWICK, JOHN W.
Rev. H. R. Harder, farmer, P.O. Clay Centre, Goshen Township, was born in Wayne County, N.Y., November 7, 1817. In 1857 his parents removed to Livingston County, Ill., where he lived until January 4, 1864, when he enlisted in Company A of the Third Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. The regiment served in Texas until May 1865, when it was sent against the Indians in Dakota. After being mustered out in the fall of 1865, he returned to Illinois and soon after entered Union Christian College at Meron, Sullivan County, Ind. Here he was a student for three years and while in the institution he was on June 21, 1868, married to Miss Mattie Dougherty, a fellow student, whose parents resided in the city. In the spring of 1870 he came to Kansas, settling at Columbus, Cherokee County, where he engaged in farming, and also was proprietor of a hotel. Here he lived three years, and then removed to Decatur County, Iowa. He engaged in business as a building contractor, which he followed for five years, in connection with farming. In 1878 he sold out and again came to Kansas, settling in Goshen Township, Clay County, where he has a fine farm, and also carries on his work as a builder and contractor. In 1876 he entered the ministry of the Re-organized Church of Jesus Christ of the Later Day Saints. He has preached extensively in the States of Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, and is now pastor of a church in Goshen Township. In 1882 he was elected a Justice of the Peace for Goshen Township and is now in office. He is the father of five children - Hiram, born June 7, 1869; Herbert, born December 12, 1871; David, born September 19, 1875; Mary E., born October 6, 1878; Asa A., born April 6, 1881. (Taken from History of Kansas, by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
W. V. Hensted, farmer, P.O. Clay Centre, was born in Genesee County, N.Y., December 19, 1840. At the age of three years, his parents removed to Oakland County,Mich., where he was raised on a farm. He enlisted September 21, 1861, in company I, of the Third Michigan Cavalry, and served in the Army of the Mississippi, taking part in the battles of Iuka, Corinth, Holly Springs, and many other engagements. He re-enlisted as a veteran soldier, and served until December 14, 1864, when he was discharged to accept promotion, having been recommended by the Casey Board for an office in the United States Colored troops. He was wounded July 18, 1864, in an affair near Clarendon, on the White River, Ark., receiving a gunshot wound in the right arm which greatly disabled him, and from which he still suffers. He was commissioned by President Lincoln Captain of Company B, of the Twenty-ninth United States Colored Infantry. He was in the Army of the Potomac, and then transferred with his command to the Army of the James - a part of the Twenty-fifth Corps. It is a matter of history that the colored corps first entered Richmond. After the war he returned to Michigan and engaged in farming. In October, 1869, he came to Kansas, settling in Clay County, Bloom Township on a farm, where he still resides, engaged in farming. He has served as a Justice of the Peace and Township Trustee. He is a member of the G. A. R. March 18, 1866, in Genesee County, Mich., he was married to Miss Mary R. Campbell. They have five children - Lyman J., Mary A., Harriet E., Margaret and Albert.
Dr. H. B. Jones, druggist, Industry, was born in Witney, Oxfordshire, England June 21, 1836, and is a graduate of Christ Church College, Oxford, after which he studied medicine and walked in the London Hospitals; from thence he came to America in 1870 stopping in Junction City one year. In 1871 he moved to Wakefield, Kan., living there for some time. From there he moved to Victoria, Ellis County, thence to Clay County, and in 1876 settled in Industry, where he is engaged in the drug trade. (Taken from History of Kansas by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
John H. Merten, farmer, P.O. Morganville, was born in Quincy, Ill., October 5, 1857. He was educated in a normal school in Galena, Ill., graduating with the class of 1878. The same year he went to Delaware County, Iowa, and taught one year. In April, 1879, he came to Kansas, bought a farm of 240 acres, and since has taught during the winters, and superintended his farm in summer. He has a splendid farm and is an excellent farmer. He was married October 24, 1880, in Greene County, Mo., to Miss Hattie Kilpsch. They have one child - John Herman, born June 4, 1882. (Taken from History of Kansas by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
Noyes J. Lamb, farmer, P.O. Clay Centre, Hayes Township, was born in New London, Conn., May 10, 1836. He was an operative in the cotton and woolen mills of his father until September 10, 1862, when he enlisted in the Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry. He was wounded at the siege of Port Hudson. He was mustered out of service August 17, 1863 by reason of the expiration of his term of service. After his discharge he returned ton Connecticut, and was employed in the factories until he came to Kansas in 1869, settling on a farm on Section 21, Township 7, Range 3, Clay County, where he has lived since, engaged in farming and stock-raising. He is a member of the G. A. R. and I. O. G. T. He was married at Ledyard, Conn., September 3, 1857, to Miss Martha E. Main. They have had three children - Charles W., Martha A. (now Mrs. Ernest Bowers) and Otis. Mrs. Lamb died January 16, 1875 and he again married in Clay County, Kan., September 2, 1875 to Miss Mary E. Niles. (Taken from History of Kansas by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
Samuel E. Richards, merchant, was born in Shropshire, England, April 14, 1851. He came to America in 1870, and settled in Clay County working as a farm hand for five years, then clerked four years. In 1879, he began in business for himself at wakefield. He carries a large stock of general merchandise, and is doing a good business and is a rising man. He now carries an average stock of $5,000; but when he first saw Wakefield he had $1 in cash. Pluck and Industry has won for him, however, an honorable place among the merchants of Clay County. (Taken from History of Kansas by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
William Silver, farmer and grain merchant, was born in Greene County, Ohio, March 14, 1832. When he was three years of age his parents moved to Allen County, Ind., where he spent his boyhood at work on a farm. At the age of nineteen he began the trade of a blacksmith at Three Rivers, Mich. He worked five years at his trade, and in the spring of 1857, came to Kansas; worked during the summer at his trade in Manhattan in Riley County, coming to Clay County in March 1858. In April of the same year he pre-empted a quarter section of land in Section 33, Township 6, Range 2 east. He continued on his claim until August 1862, when he enlisted in Company G of the Eleventh Kansas Cavalry. He served two years and eight months, taking part in the battles of the regiment. After his term of service expired, he returned to his farm. At the organization of the county, he was appointed one of the commissioners and was twice elected to the office, serving over four years. He was the first postmaster at Wyoming Valley. Afterwards the name was changed to Lima, and then to Morganville. He continued to reside on his farm and until November 1879, when he moved to the town, and has since resided in Morganville. He still has a good farm of 400 acres, but is now engaged in the grain and live-stock trade. He was married April 13, 1863, in Riley County, Kan., to Miss Lucinda C. Edelbute. They have four children - Mary Ellen, Frederick C., Lonsdale Vaile and Edna. (Taken from History of Kansas by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
AGNES DAVIS ANDERSON
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