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Biographical Sketch of William F. Riley

William F. Riley, is a well known banker of Topeka but he laid the foundation of his prosperity as a farmer and stock raiser in Wabaunsee County. He had been a resident of the state since 1883, and his family is one that had performed its full share of services in the development of the Sunnflower Commonwealth during the last thirty-three years. Born in Muskingum County, Ohio, January 10, 1871, William F. Riley is the youngest of eight children. His parents were John and Christiann (McDonald) Riley. During his residence in Ohio his father followed sheep raising and farming. On account of the health of his family he came to Kansas with them in 1883, locating near Eskridge in Wabaunsee County. There he acquired 640 acres of land. The price he paid ranged from $3 to $16 an acre. Thereafter he devoted himself to farming and the raising of cattle, but after three years moved to Mission Creek Township and located on the property now owned by his son William. In 1898 John Riley came into Topeka and died at his home in that city in September, 1910. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and in politics a republican. In every way his life was a credit to his adopted state. He was public spirited, contributing liberally to the support of all landable public enterprises, was honest as the day is long, and his influence in the community was always for good. William F. Riley was twelve years of age when brought to Kansas. He had as a boy the advantages of the common schools, but wisely...

Biography of John W. Peters

John W. Peters for a number of years had been one of the leading ranchers and stock raisers and dealers in Wabaunsee County. His home is at Eskridge and he had spent the greater part of his active life in that community. Mr. Peters was born in Monroe County, West Virginia, March 2, 1862. His birth occurred after his father died and he was only two or three years old when he was orphaned by the death of his mother. He is of substantial Holland Dutch ancestry. His forefathers came from Holland and were colonial settlers in Pennsylvania. His grandfather, John Peters, was a native of Pennsylvania, and became a pioneer in Monroe County, West Virginia, or Old Virginia as it was then, Poterstown and Peters Mountain in that vicinity were named in his honor. He had a large plantation for the raising of tobacco and other crops and also kept a tavern and was a man of more than ordinary local prominenee. His death occurred at Peterstown. J. A. Peters, father of John W., was born at Peterstown in Monroe County in 1817, and died there in January, 1862. He spent his active life as a farmer, was a democrat, and was a working member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He married Sarah Peck, a sister of Senator Peck of West Virginia. She was born in Monroe County of that state in 1819 and died there in 1864. John W. was the youngest of their children. A record of the others is as follows: Ann, wife of B. M. Shumate, a farmer at Gardner, Kansas; Elizabeth, living in...

Biography of Samuel Bateman Chapman

Samuel Bateman Chapman is the leading lumber merchant at Eskridge, and had been a Kansas business man for a number of years. This branch of the Chapman family had its original seat in England and Mr. Chapman’s ancestors were colonial settlers in Maryland. His father, Joshna Thomas Chapman, was born on the eastern shore of Maryland in 1817. At the age of seven he accompanied his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Chapman, to Meigs County, Ohio, where the grandfather cleared up a portion of the wilderness and converted it into a farm. He spent the rest of his life in that county. Joshua T. Chapman was reared and married in Meigs County and his active career was spent as a farmer. In the fall of 1865 he removed to Dupont, Indiana, where he continued farming until his death in 1884. He was a republican in politics and a very active supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The maiden name of his wife was Mary Ann Green. She was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, and died at Dupont, Indiana, some years before her husband. A record of their children is as follows: Roxanna and Flora, both deceased; Samuel B.; Catherine, wife of Edward Gaskell, a resident of Dupont, Indiana; Viola, wife of Thomas Rowland, a carpenter and farm owner at Paris, Indiana. Samuel Bateman Chapman was born in Meigs County, Ohio, September 19, 1845, and secured his early education in the local schools. Before he was nineteen years of age, in May, 1864, he left his father’s farm and enlisted in Company H of the One Hundred and Fortieth Ohio...

Biography of Joseph Cameron Lockhart

Joseph Cameron Lockhart, a veteran Union soldier and a resident of Kansas for nearly forty-five years, had had a successful business career as a farmer and rancher and is now enjoying the fruits of his well spent lifetime at Eskridge in Wabaunsee County. Mr. Lockhart was born in Salem Township of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, February 12, 1838, and is now in his eightieth year, still active and vigorous for all his experiences. The Lockhart ancestors were Scotch and settled in Pennsylvania in colonial times. His father, George Lockhart, was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in 1807, spent his life there as a merchant and died in 1845. Politically he was identified with the whig party. George Lockhart married Maria Bidlack, who was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in 1819 and died there in 1893, at the age of seventy-four. Joseph C. was the oldest of their four children, John became a Union soldier and died while in the war. Isabelle, who died at Kingston, Pennsylvania, married L. C. Dart, an insurance man, also deceased. George died when a young man in New York City. Joseph C. Lockhart acquired his early education in the district schools of Luzerne County and also for three years attended the Wyoming Seminary at Kingston, Pennsylvania. At the age of eighteen, having completed his education, he moved west to Illinois and for a time was a merchant at Polo. The Civil war soon came on and broke up his business with that of many others and in 1862 he volunteered in Company B of the Seventh Illinois Cavalry. He was in the service a little...

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