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Biography of Nelson H. George

Nelson H. George is one of the veterans in the service of the Santa Fe Railroad in Kansas. He had been connected with the railroad in different capacities for twenty-five consecutive years, and when he first came to Kansas over thirty years ago he entered the employ of the railway company, though afterwards for some seven or eight years he had a most diversified experience as a West Kansas homesteader. He now had the heavy responsibilities of general yardmaster of the Santa Fe Railway at Arkansas City. His name is familiar to railroad men throughout the southwest, and his efficiency in the strenuous and exacting life of the railroad man had brought him influence and prosperity in other lines. Mr. George was born at Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, May 22, 1858, and on December 19th of the same year his father, Nelson George, died at the age of thirty-five years, six months and a few days. Thus Nelson H. George early learned the lesson of self dependence, looked to himself rather than to others for the good things of life, and his career is one that may be studied with interest and inspiration. He had a worthy heritage of good stock from his ancestors. His great-grandfather David George was of both Scotch and Welsh stock. He lived in Sheffield, England, where all his children were born, but he died in Wales. The grandfather, William G. George, was born in Sheffield, England, and came to America when a young man with his brothers Charles and Robert. He and Charles located at Philadelphia, but Robert became separated and nothing more was...

Biography of Benjamin Harper

The subject of this sketch needs no introduction to the older generation of Rock Island County, the larger enterprises of which he was intimately associated with throughout the many years of his residence here. Benjamin Harper was born February 12, 1817, in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died April 3, 1887, in the City of Rock Island, Illinois. When about fourteen years of age his parents removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he served his apprenticeship to the wagon-maker’s trade, upon completion of which, that spirit of bold initiative and energy which characterized his whole after life, asserted itself in a determination to launch out upon an independent business career. The story of his start, and his rapid conquest of fortune, affords an interesting contrast to the conditions of success demanded by our modern youth. Young Benjamin’s father was a small farmer, on what was then the Western frontier. Naturally, he possessed scant means that he could afford to venture as a capital stake for his young son, but the boy needed only half a chance, as the event will show. Mr. Harper happened to have in his cellar a considerable stock of cider. This he gave to Benjamin, telling him to dispose of it as he pleased. Young Harper loaded the cider on to a flat-boat, floated it down the Ohio River to St. Louis, and sold it. With the money this gained he purchased a stock of general merchandise, and pushing North to Piqua, Ohio, there he set up in business, continuing prosperously until the year 1838, when he removed his stock to Tully, Lewis County, near...

Roll Of Capt. William Luce’s Company

(Probably from Miami Co.) Served from August 23, 1812, until February 22, 1813. Capt. William Luce Lieut. John McClary Ensign John Dodds Sergt. Edward Dyer Sergt. Benjamin John Sergt. John Brown Sergt. Robert McElhaney Corp. Robert Elliott Corp. Jeremiah Collins Corp. Abraham Corrall Corp. Peter Rodebaugh Drummer, Samuel Buck Fifer, Peter Musselman Privates Blair, William Boles, John Bowman, Gilbert Brown, John Bull, Amos Catro, Charles Clark, Andrew Cofman, Henry Cofman, Jacob Coleman, George Cook, John Creviston, Henry Deem, John Fall, Hanteter Green, John Hannason, Samuel Houser, John Long, Jesse McGraw, James McGrew, Archibald McGrew, Samuel More, Samuel Rial, Jaq Robbins, John Scott, David Stitter, Daniel Tinckle, Nicholas Wead, John Westfall,...

Roll Of Capt. Timothy Titus’ Company

(Probably from Miami County) Served from September 4, 1813, until March 14, 1814. Capt. Timothy Titus Lieut. Daniel West Ensign. Adam Milmon Sergt. Severs Hudson Sergt. Daniel Mills Sergt. Philip Everman Sergt. George Whitmore Corp. John Fate Corp. Michael Tierman Corp. John Devors Corp. Job Severs Drummer, Ashbel Crane Fifer, William McKee Privates Baird, George Baldwin, Daniel Boner, Patrick Buchels, David C Buckles, David B. Bunnel, Noah Burrows, John Bushels, Henry Cast, Archibald Cast, John Crook, John Crosin, Edward Davis, George Dill, Solomon Dollison, Rezing Downs, David Emmet, John Garwood, Hosea Garwood, William Gaskil, Samuel Goodpaster, John Gray, Thomas Hayes, William D. Hilt, William Homer, Samuel Hurst, William Irvin, Ell Jones, Joshua Kelow, Samuel Kriteser, Henry Lacey, John Lacey, William Linley, Francis Lofort, Lewis McDonald, John McLaughlin, Darby Meed, Isaac N. Mills, Michael Myers, Jacob H Orchey, Job Phillips, Thomas Reynard, John Runnel, John Settlemyre, William Shight, Peter Sidels, Israel Smith, Obediah Stanford, Philip Stilley, Elisha, Stipo, George Stites, John F Surface, Andrew Surface, Henry Tittle, John Van Skike, John Vineyard, John Waggoner, Michael Watson, Moses Wells, Abraham Winnings, Lewis Yillock,...

Roll Of Capt. Charles Wolverton’s Company

(Probably from Miami County) Served from August 24 until September 23, 1812. Capt. Charles Wolverton Lieut. James Blue Ensign, Reuben Westfall Sergt. Samuel Kyle Sergt. Ezekial Kirtley Sergt. James Morrow Sergt. James Brown Corp. John Pelford Corp. John McClary Corp. James Marshall Corp. Nathaniel Garard Privates Barnes, Robert Bedle, Abraham Bedle, Samuel Bedle, Solomon Bull, John Bull, Thomas Campbell, John Crossley, Joseph Crowder, William Dumont, Peter Dye, William Frost, William Garard, Abner Garard, Henry Garard, James Gibson, Andrew Hamil, Hugh Hay, James Hayes, James Howell, Samuel Hunt, George Ingerson, Benjamin Jackson, James Junkin, George Junkins, Lancelot Layton, Joseph Leland, Simon Linvill, John Lloyd, David Marshall, Joseph Martin, Corbly McCoy, James McFarland, William McGallaway, James Pollock, John Rodgers, Thomas Jr. Stephenson, Robert Stephenson, William Thompson, James Westfall, Levi White,...

Roll Of Capt. Reuben Westfall’s Company

(Probably from Miami County) Served from May 1, until May 15, 1812, and from October 24, until November 13, 1812. Capt. Reuben Westfall Lieut. Amos Petite Sergt. Jesse Miller Sergt. Moses Garard Corp. Elias Garard Privates Alexander, James Arnold, David Ballenger, Daniel Ballinger, Even Bennett, Benjamin Brown, John Coats, James Cothran, James Curtis, James Edwards, James Hunter, William Kern, Henry Kern, John Kyle, Samuel Layton, Joseph McJimsey, Robert McJimsey, William North, Richard Orbison, John Richardson, John Robbins, Richard Smith, Henry Smith, Jonathan Swailes, Rice Thomas, Adam Thomas, Samuel Thornsburg, Uriah Trader, Tegal Westfall, Joel Westfall, Levi White,...

Roll Of Lieut. Garner Bobo’s Company

(Probably from Miami Co.) Served from September 26, 1812, until March 26, 1813. Lieut. Garner Bobo Sergt. Jonothan Couch Corp. David Knight Corp. Thomas Green Privates Adams, Joseph Baker, Peter Ballinger, James Bedle, Daniel Dickson, Nicholas Dye, Samuel French, Ezektal Harrison, Richard Mann, Barnabus Mann, John Mason, Peter McConnoughey, David Mellinger, John Redinger, Andrew Shaver, Simon Simons, Adam Statler, Christopher Stranbarger, Joseph Vaneman, James Woodruff,...

Roll Of Capt. George Buchanan’s Company

(Probably from Miami Co.) Served from May 5, until August 13, 1812. Capt. George Buchanan Lieut. James C. Caldwell Ensign, Gardner Bobo Sergt. Andrew Tilford Sergt. Joseph Hale Sergt. Benjamin Saunders Sergt. James Barnett Sergt. David McClung Privates Allen, Nathan Balbee, William Beedle, Abraham Beedle, Jacob Beedle, Joseph Bimgardner, Jacob Black, Jacob Blue, Michael Brown, James Duprey, Stephen Foster, Elijah Freeman, Noah Fugate, Edward Fulkirth, William Garard, John Hamer, George Haney, Jacob Hickman, David Hurley, Cornelius Hurley, Zechariah Huston, Joseph Jackson, Jacob Jackson, John Jenkins, George Johnson, Giles Knoop, John Leonox, Richard Lupton, John Mackey, Samuel McClary, John McPhaddon, James Millhouse, John Montgomery, Robert North, William Polset, John E Potts, James Prillaman, Christian Prillman, Daniel Shaw, Thomas Shepherd, Elijah Shoaf, George Stedler, John Stetler, Abraham Thompson, Andrew Tullis,...

Roll Of Capt. Joseph Coleman’s Company

(Probably from Miami Co.) Served from May 4, until May 19, 1813. Capt. Joseph Coleman Lieut. Thomas McKee Sergt. Thomas Erwin Sergt. Jacob Martin Corp. Nathan Mages Corp. George Downs Privates Asheraft, Jonothan Lalin, John Marquis, William Smith, James Spry, Perry Thompson, Uriah Wilson,...
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