Discover your family's story.

Enter a grandparent's name to get started.

Start Now

Biography of Col. Thomas W. Scudder

Few of the Kansas territorial pioneers are still living. One of them is Col. Thomas W. Scudder, of Topeka. Colonel Scudder made a splendid record as a soldier with the fighting columns of the First Kansas Cavalry during the Civil war. He also had many interesting experiences in the border warfare in 1857. Much of his Kansas experience was on a pre-emption claim of 103 acres, the place where he now lives, before the war in Shawnes County, and he has long been a resident of Topeka, where he has enjoyed the association and friendship of many prominent men. He is of very old and prominent American stock. He was born on Long Island in New York State, September 15, 1834, and is now in his eighty-third year. His father was Thomas Scudder, and the ancestry before him contains four successive Thomas Scudders. The Scudders were of English origin and coming to America in colonial days settled in Boston and afterwards moved to Long Island, New York, where members of the family established the Town of Huntington under charter from King William and Queen Mary. Many of the early Scudders were sailors, but now for many generations have been chiefly land owners and identifled with agricultural pursuits. The most numerous branches of the family are still found in the Eastern states. Thomas W. Scudder grew up on Long Island, received a common school education, and also attended the old Huntington Academy. The experience which more than anything else had bearing upon his future destiny was his early employment in the store of Jacob Willits. When Mr. Willits came out...

Biographical Sketch of Edward E. Bundy

Edward E. Bundy. Among the fine farms and homesteads that are found in Mission Township of Shawnee County, one is owned and occupied by Edward E. Bundy, who had been a progressive resident of Kansas for thirty years. His venerable father, Jesse Bundy, had lived in Mission Township of Shawnee County for many years, and reached the remarkable age of ninety-four in 1916. Like hundreds of others of the state’s best people, he is a man who had worked hard, taken an equal part with his neighbors in the support of all worthy causes for the general good, and in the evening of life had the satisfaction of knowing that he had been a worthy citizen, and that his part in life’s struggle had been well acted, and that he had gained the respect of his fellow men. It was in 1887 that Jesse Bundy came to Kansas from Belmont County, Ohio. He was born and reared in that eastern section of the Buckeye State, not far from the Ohio River. During the Civil war he went out with a hundred days regiment. He was married in Ohio to Mrs. Jemima (Mitchell) Cooper, who had four children by her first marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bundy were the parents of three sons and one daughter. Jesse Bundy had been a farmer all his life. On coming to Kansas he located in the southern part of Mission Township of Shawnse County, beginning as a renter and afterwards buying land which he still occupies as a home. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church. The second in his father’s family...

Pin It on Pinterest