Location: Butler County OH

Biography of Peter G. Johnson

Peter G. Johnson. The years 1858 and 1859 were particularly important ones in the history of Kansas. With the adoption of a constitution in the latter year, the peaceful, homeseeking settlers who had come from afar, even from other lands, to establish themselves on these wide prairies, as yet uncrowded as were older sections, found assurance of settled conditions and of the opportunity of preserving the homes they had founded. In the spring of 1858 the parents of Peter G. Johnson, one of Riley County’s most respected citizens, settled in Butler County, Kansas. They were natives of Sweden who emigrated to the United States in 1856. Peter G. Johnson was born in Sweden, March 15, 1834. His parents were Carrie and John Peterson, the son, according to Swedish custom, taking the surname of Johnson, from his father’s Christian name. The father was twice married, two sons being born to his first union, Peter G. and August, the latter of whom is deceased. Unto his second marriage four children were born: Victor, Oscar, Christina and Tilda. August and Victor both fell victims of savage Indians, in Indian Territory, in 1862. During early manhood Peter G. Johnson followed the sea. He was twenty-three years of age when he accompanied his father to the United States, with whom he tarried in Marshall County, Illinois, for two years before coming to Butler County,...

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Biography of Casius M. Gay

Casius M. Gay, who is now serving his third term as sheriff of Sequoyah county, is one of the prominent citizens of Sallisaw. He is a southerner by birth, born near Jacksontown, Leslie county, Kentucky, on the 5th of February, 1889, a son of Henry and Arkie (Davidson) Gay, both natives of that state, who are now deceased. The Gay family located in Kentucky prior to the Civil war and was one of the well known families of that state. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Gay five sons and one daughter were born, Casius M. being the second youngest child. In the acquirement of an education Casius M. Gay attended the public schools of Kentucky and after putting his textbooks aside determined to learn the machinist’s trade. Removing to Hamilton, Ohio, he remained there for three years in connection with the Champing Costing Pipe Mill and Long & Alstetter Machine Shop, at the termination of which time he completed his apprenticeship. Two years later he returned to his home in Kentucky, where he remained for a short time and then came to Sailisaw, on the 12th of June, 1906. Four years he spent in the logging and lumber business and then left Sallisaw for a trip to all the important cities in the United States. In 1912 he returned here and subsequently took up farming, becoming one...

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Jewell, Jessee – Obituary

In Memorium In memory of Jesse Jewell who died at Cove Oregon, April 25, 1894, age 53 years and 16 days. Mr. Jewell was borne in Buttler county, Ohio, April 9, 1841, came to Illinois with his father, in the year ’59, residing there until the war 1861. He enlisted, at the age of 23, serving three years, then re-enlisting and serving until the close of the war, 1865. He then married Miss Sarah Hetchler, September 21?, 1865, at Lincoln, Ill., uniting with the Methodist church at that place living there 11 years. He came to Cove, Oregon, 1876, where he has resided until his death. He joined the Baptist church at Cove, December 4, 1892, of which he has been a faithful member. He was the father of 10 children – one having preceded him to the Heavenly home- five sons and four daughters, remaining. One daughter married, living at Enterprise, Oregon. He was an affectionate husband and loving father leaving a wife, 9 children and many friends to mourn his loss. A FRIEND Eastern Oregon Republican Tuesday, May 1,...

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Rees, McDonough Bainbridge – Obituary

M. B. Rees Called By Death Last Night; Aged 84 Years. Man Who Came To Oregon During The Fifties And Settled In The Grande Ronde In 1864, Succumbs Suddenly At Dove Last Night-Four Sons Will Gather At Funeral M. B. Rees-one of Union county’s staunchest citizens, and also one of its earliest pioneers- died shortly after 12 o’clock last night at his home in Cove. He went to bed last night feeling fit and fine, but at 11 o’clock he was heard to leave his bed. About midnight groaning was heard, and when his family went to his room they found him dying. He passed away about midnight. Death was entirely unexpected, for although he was 84 years of age he was in reasonable health. Not only does Cove lose one of its foremost citizens, but the county feels the loss, for “Uncle Mac” was known from center to circumference as an exemplary citizen, kind and generous. His sons will be assembled in Cove tomorrow morning, Sherman having come from Portland; Tobe (E.C.); and Walter live at Cove and H.C. Rees, deputy sheriff, lives in La Grande. Mrs. Rees has been dead several years. An only brother, a retired naval officer, resides in Erie, Penn. [Corwin Pottenger Rees] The funeral will be held from the Episcopal church at Cove tomorrow at 2:30. McDonough B. Rees was an active, energetic...

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Budd, Thursa Gifford – Obituary

Mrs. Thomas Budd died Friday, Oct. 27, 1911 of heart trouble aggravated by a stroke of paralysis she suffered two months before. Mrs. Budd, who was Thursa E. Gifford before her marriage, was born in England, County of Devon 66 years ago, and came to America when a small child. She married Mr. Budd, October 8, 1865 in Mayfield, Ohio. They lived in Sanilac County for a number of years and came to Tuscola eleven years ago where they lived in Wells Township until last spring when they moved to Caro and bought a home where they hoped to enjoy their declining years. She became a mother of eleven children, six of whom are living; Mrs. Minnie Bailey, Baker City, Oregon; Waldo A., Ellington, Alice M. Head, Flint; Roy W., Jennings; Ethel M. Witkovsky, and Clarence A., Caro. Funeral services were held at the home on West Gamble Street Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. S. C. Robinson and burial was in Caro Cemetery. Tuscola County Advertiser, November 3, 1911 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biographical Sketch of Capt. David McKinney

Capt. David McKinney, farmer; P. O. Arcola; the subject of this sketch was born in Butler Co., Ohio, March 22, 1837. He married Miss Catharine Rork Jan. 25, 1866; she was born same place; they have six children, viz., Ida May, Oron W., Charles N., Jessie, Otto and Ruey he lived in Ohio until he was 21, when he came to Illinois and settled in Coles, now Douglas Co., near Arcola; in December, 1861, he enlisted in the 54th I. V. I., he being Orderly of Co. I, and after seven months’ service he was made Second Lieutenant, and after serving one year in this office, he was elected and promoted to Captain of Co. I; ┬áhe was in the service four years, or during the war, and was in the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Helena, Little Rock, Ashley Station, where he was taken prisoner and was paroled after nineteen days’ captivity; then being exchanged, he resumed his command and took part in the other battles of the regiment. After returning from the army, he came to Arcola and lived there until 1871; be then came to his present place and has lived here since; he has held the office of Highway Commissioner and School Director, and is at present School Trustee; he owns 120 acres in this township, which he has earned by his own labor and...

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Roxa Ann Todd Boies of Homer NY

BOIES, Roxa Ann Todd6, (Amos5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born March 12, 1795, married April 21, 1813, Chester Boies, of Blanford, Mass., who was born Oct. 2, 1789, died Aug. 5, 1856; he was a farmer and lived at Homer, N. Y., then Oxford, Medina and Lyme, Ohio. Children: I. William Phelps, b. Aug. 8, 1815. II. Ann Maria, b. Nov. 1, 1816, d. Oct. 5, 1826. III. Caroline Eliza, b. June 6, 1818, d. Oct. 19, 1848, m. Ten Eyck Wells, who was a physician at one time at Litchfield, Conn. They had one son born in 1844, d. in 1845. IV. Samuel, b. Feb. 2, 1820. V. Joseph Strong, b. Feb. 8, 1824. VI. Mary Campbell, b. March 23, 1826, m. Benjamin L. Bullard, of Wadsworth, Ohio. VII. Chester Leroy, b. May 5, 1828. VIII. Amos Todd, b. June 5, 1832. IX. Charlotte Maria, b. Dec. 25, 1834, d. Feb. 17, 1863, m. Charles Ozias Scott, who was a physician at Barnesville, Ohio. X. Harriet Lucretia, b. Nov. 17, 1836, m. Oct. 4, 1865, Elbridge Gerry, son of Cyrus and Lydia Hart; he was a physician at Medina, Ohio. No...

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Biographical Sketch of J. B. Flenner

J. B. Flenner, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Westfield; was born in Butler Co., Ohio, Nov. 18, 1829; up to the age of 24, he remained engaged in farming with his parents; in 1853, they started West, stopping in Clark Co. for five years, when they moved to Coles Co., reaching here in August, 1858, and settled on a farm in Sec. 30, Hutton Tp., near “Otterbein Cemetery,” where his mother died Aug. 1, 1859; shortly after, Mr. Flenner settled upon the farm where he now resides, his father, since the death of his mother, residing with him; his farm contains 570 acres, all improved, upon which he has built what is considered the finest residence in this section of the county; has been School Director for three or four terms. He married Miss Ursula Moore, daughter of Levi D. Moore, of Butler Co., Ohio), Feb. 17, 1853; they had five children – three boys and two girls; two boys living – Wilbur F. and Charles B., one dying in infancy; and two girls both living – Alice F. (now Mrs. Albert Connelly, of Hoopeston, Vermilion Co. Ill.), and Ella. Mr. Flenner has been engaged in breeding Poland-China hogs for nearly forty years, and was instrumental in developing and establishing this breed of hogs in Coles Co; he raises on an average 250 hogs of this breed each year;...

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Biographical Sketch of D. A. Parker

D. A. Parker, farmer; P. O. Westfield, Clark Co.; is one of the pioneers of this county, and was born in Butler Co., Ohio, April 27, 1815; in the year 1817, his parents moved to Crawford Co., Ill., ten miles south of Palestine, and, after remaining there eight years, moved to Hutton Tp., Coles Co., and settled on what was afterward known as ” Parker Prairie,” in the year 1825, where his parents died, , his mother on the 11th day of December, 1830, and his father on the 18th day of March, 1862; they were among the first settlers, and entered the first land in this county. Mr. Parker remained with his parents until he was 21 years of age, when he went to farming for himself, and, on the 29th day of March, 1837, married Miss Mary J. Flint, daughter of Thomas Flint, of Kentucky; she was born in Virginia March 30, 1819. Mr. Parker settled on his present farm in the year 1840, having entered the land, and has resided there ever since, now containing sixty-four acres. His family consisted of nine children, five living – two boys, George W., born Feb. 8, 1839, and Allen D.. born May 17, 1852, and one deceased-Leroy, born April 19, 1850, died in 1854; six girls, three living – Sallie M. (now Mrs. J. B. Redmon, of Hutton Tp.),...

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Biographical Sketch of Eli Gerrard

Eli Gerrard, farmer; P.O. Charleston; born in Butler Co., Ohio, July 4, 1854, where he attended school and engaged in farming until he emigrated West and located in Coles Co., in the fall of 1874; here he engaged in farming with his father until the spring of 1876, when he removed upon his present place, where he has since lived. He is the oldest son of Jackson Gerard, whose biography appears in this work. His marriage with Laura B. Smith was celebrated Aug. 31, 1875; she was born in Ohio Oct. 10, 1856; they have two children now living by this union, viz., Clara L., born June 8, 1876, and Elizabeth A., born Dec. 29,...

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Biographical Sketch of Jackson Gerard

Jackson Gerard, farmer; P. O. Hinesborough; was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, June 28, 1828; his grandfather was one of the early settlers of Ohio, locating in the above county about the year 1784, where he lived until his decease, which occurred about the year 1838. The father of the subject of this sketch, William Gerard, was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, in the year 1785, and lived there until his death, which occurred in the year 1836; he served through the war of 1812, with the Frontier Rangers, being stationed during the winter of 1813 near Vincennes, Ind., guarding the frontier from the attacks of the Indians. His mother was born in New Jersey, July, 1792, and emigrated with her parents to Ohio, in the year 1794; they did their trading in Cincinnati, when the building occupied as the P. O. was the only frame building there; Mrs Gerard died July 7, 1874, in Butler Co., Ohio. The subject of this sketch lived with his parents until 7 years of age, when he made his home with an older brother until 21 years of age, when he located upon a farm in Butler Co., Ohio, where he lived twenty-four years; he emigrated to Illinois in 1874, and located upon Sec. 30, Morgan Tp., where he now resides; he owns 102 acres in his home farm, upon which he...

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Biography of Abraham A. Sulcer, M. D.

Abraham A. Sulcer, M. D., a successful physician of Riverside, during the few years of his residence there, has taken a pre-eminence in the medical circles of that city that strongly attests not only his skill as a physician and surgeon, but the respect and esteem awarded him by the community. He was born in Butler County, Ohio, in 1839, his parents being Henry and Catherine (Van Horn) Sulcer, the former a native of Virginia, who spent his life in pioneer farming in Ohio and Indiana, dying in Arnold County; the latter, born in Kentucky, was a descendant of one of the most prominent families of that State. When A. A. Sulcer, the subject of this sketch, was a year old his parents removed to Indiana, settling in Carroll County, where he passed his boyhood and young manhood on a farm. In 1850 he located in Vermilion County, Illinois, and there entered upon a course of medical studies under the tutorship of Dr. John Mc-Elroy, a prominent physician of that county, and later the Surgeon of the One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Regiment Illinois Volunteers. Dr. Sulcer continued his studies until 1862, when he threw aside books, abandoned his life’s project, and offered his services to his country. He enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was promoted to be Sergeant. His command was...

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Roll Of Capt. Alexander Gibson’s Company (Artillery.)

(Probably from Butler County) Served from September 11, until November 30, 1812. Capt. Alexander Gibson Lieut. William Karr fSergt. Andrew Drips Sergt. John Cox Sergt. John S. Ludlow Sergt. Joseph Winkley Corp. Sampson Mooney Corp. Richard McPike Drummer Alvin Wheeler Fifer, Samuel Bonnet Privates Ayers, Isaac Ayers, John Baun, Jonas Cask, John S Clark, William Coleman, Avery Coppin, Joseph Craven, John Crow, Thomas S Donald, James Engle, Philip Evans, Robert Fotherzole, Geo. W Gardner, Robert Garret Curtis Handley, John Looker, Samuel B Love, Peter McDonald, James McMaster, William Nelson, Robert Norris, Richard Potts, Charles Satterly, Isaac Sedan, Jacob Shank, John Smith, John Smith, Thomas B White, John White, Thomas Whiteside,...

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Roll Of Capt. Zechariah P. Dewitt’s Company

(Probably from Butler County) Served from September 20, until November 19, 1814. Capt. Zechariah P. DeWitt Lieut. John Freeman Ensign, Henry Watts Sergt. Samuel Pressley Sergt. Philip Wiggins Sergt. John Garard Sergt. George Kirkpatrick Corp. Henry Riggs Corp. Abraham Ansman Corp. Clement Bostwick Corp. William H. Lloyd Privates Albartson, William Albertson, Nathaniel Beedle, Simeon Black, David Bridgford John Bridgford, William, Jr. Bridgford, William, Sr. Cantwal, Hugh Coe, Joseph Devore, John Dollahan, John Dunn, George F Ewing, Matthew Fowler, James Fowler, Jeremiah Freeman, John Hall, Peter Hancock, James Harper, Joseph Johnson, John Jones, John Jones, Jonas Milan, John Morris, Enoch Morris, Jacob Morris, William Seward, Isaac Sloan, Richard Taylor, Robert Taylor, William Tilson, Leonard Truman, John Whilavre,...

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Roll Of Capt. David Sutton’s Company

(Probably from Butler County) Served from April 27, until October 27, 1812. Capt. David Sutton Lieut. Robert Sweeney Ensign John Vowen Sergt. Andrew Robb Sergt. Wright Elliott Sergt. D. Bowers Sergt. William Hercules Corp. John Shawhan Corp. William DeLong Corp. John Young Corp. John Flaming Fifer, Benjamin Murphy Drummer, John Thompson Corp. Josiah Bradway Privates Anderson, John Bannon, John Blake, Nathan Bowers, Reese Cahill, Abraham Cahill, Alexander Collister, Hugh W Cummin, J. N. Cunningham, Nathaniel Dill, John Fisher, David Fisher, Jacob Fisher, James. Fitzgerald, Eson Garrison, Benjamin Garrison, David Garrison, Ezekial Garrison, Jeremiah Garrison, John Garrison, Person Goodposter, Isaac Hand, Benjamin Hester, Jacob Holcomb, Asa Hutchinson, James Hyde, Samuel Jeffries, George Jester, Eli Kindelspeaker, Jacob Kitchell, James L Lee, John Long, William D Manly, William Martin, John Martin, William McCollister, Hugh McCollister, Michael Miller, John Moore, William Mullin, John Nearson, Minary Patton, William Powell, Jacob Ress, Bown Rinedson, N Runnel, William Seward, John Smoot, Dixon Snook, Mart Snoop Jacob Snuff, Jacob Stets, John Stiles, John Suten, James Thomas, David Thompson, John Tindles, J Tingel, George Trimble, James Trump, Andrew Vingard, John Vorhes, John Vorhis, Jeremiah Wallach, William Warren, Zachariah Weeks, Job Wright, George Wright,...

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