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|Located 4.7 miles down KIOWA from 14000 Rd. I also measured it from the road that goes to Parsons from Altamont. If you turn on 18000 rd, you will travel 3.9 miles to a concrete viaduct. Cross it and turn on Kiowa. The cemetery is 1.3 miles down that road (I think....). When you see a mailbox on the right that says "18035" SLOW DOWN and look left...you will BARELY see the top of Silas and Mary's Rich's headstone|
|Name||Date of Birth||Date of Death||Other Inscriptions||Notes||GLN|
|PHOTO||ABEL||William J||November 5, 1876||Age 42 yr 2mo 3 da||This stone has broken and has been relocated to against a tree. Location #18 is a base missing its stone-possibly the correct location of this person. Stone now is very hard to read.||11|
|PHOTO||ALSBAUGH||John T||November 19, 1873||Age 27 yr||12|
|PHOTO||BARNES||Franklin P||June 6, 1892||November 11, 1954||Kansas, Cox US Navy, World War I||This is the newest burial with a stone at this time.||2|
|PHOTO||BODENHAMER||Jessie A.||1893||1898||Stones placed indicating single grave site,however Fannie F Watson’s stone is inside perimeter of site.||9|
|PHOTO||GARDNER||Eneas Wise||June 15, 1891||August 29, 1893||Son of HJ and EW Gardner||5|
|PHOTO||HOLLINGSWORTH||Lillie Belle||August 21, 1898||Age 1 yr 8mon, daughter of T and NE||Erosion has taken most of the lettering away. She is buried outside large square of rocks, indicating a family plot.||14|
|PHOTO||KNIGHT||Unknown||June 24, 1877||2 yrs 10 1da||This stone wasn’t previously recorded. Other reading says “children of _ and MJ Knight||17|
|PHOTO||KNIGHT||Unknown||__, _1,1877||Age 7 yrs 8 mo 18 days||17|
|PHOTO||RICH||Silas||1842||1918||This stone is one a large square cement plot, indicating a family plot.||7|
|PHOTO||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||None||This rock was located as I was leaving. With the cemetery so grassy, it seems that this could be a possible marker.||1|
|PHOTO||Unknown||Lee||Unknown||Unknown||Stone broken only showing the LEE name in capital letters, possible SURNAME||8|
|PHOTO||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||This is a marker placed against a tree.||10|
|PHOTO||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Tombstone base only within large square of rocks, indicating family plot.||15|
|PHOTO||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Obvious stone too eroded to read. Located within a large square of rocks, indicating a family plot.||16|
|PHOTO||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||See Comments on William J Abel, Marker #11.||18|
|PHOTO||WATSON||Fanny F||February 10, 1858||January 20, 1877||Wife of George||This stone is in risk of being lost. The top part of it has been relocated to the grave of Jessie Bodenhamer.||6|
|PHOTO||WILLIAMS||Mary Lueally||February 21, 1870||February 10, 1874||Daughter of Alexander and Sarah||13|
Obituary and Death Certificate of Mary Louisa Padget Daniel (b November 12, 1866) indicate that Mary was buried at Wilsonton, KS October 15, 1939 after her death on Oct 11 in Commerce, OK. Family interviews with her daughter-in-law place Mary being to the right of the stone marked “Cooper” (#4). Her husband James Presley Daniel, and infant children Bertha, Merley and Mable are rumored to be there as well, but documented evidence has not been located to prove this as of May 26, 2004. As of June 25, 2004, other members present at the funeral deny this location as Mary Louisa Daniel’s final resting location.
Eleanor B Wilson, founder of Wilsonton, created the town in memory of her husband Augustus Wilson.
Is located on the line of the Parsons & Pacific Ry., on sections 16 and 17, in Labette township. It was surveyed in August, 1887. The first store was started in the spring of 1888, by Samuel Jameston. Mrs. Ella B. Wilson is proprietor of the town, and has devoted much energy to its development and upbuilding.
Newspapers: THE WILSONTON JOURNAL was started at Wilsonton, May 1, 1888, by Mrs. Ella B. Wilson, since which time she has continued to conduct it as editor and proprietor. It was published monthly. THE WHITE BANNER, which was first published on a farm far a time, was published in Wilsonton from July 1894 to June 1895 when it was removed to Altamont, where it has since remained.
Church: The CHURCH OF WILSONTON announced its organization on the plan of the apostles, and of having one church in the town of Wilsonton. The first meeting looking toward its organization was held October 27, 1889, in the hall at Wilsonton. Rev. George E. Thrall was elected chairman and Mrs. Ella B. Wilson, secretary. A constitution was adopted and officers elected.
Post Office: Surveyed in August, 1887 for Wilsonton Post Office created in September 1877. John J. Melick first Postmaster. Store: The first store was started in the spring of 1888 by Samuel Jameston. Eventually there were two stores in Wilsonton.
Population: Reported to be never be over 30 or 35 people. Railroad Depot: On October 18, land in Wilsonton was transferred to the Kansas City and Pacific Railroad for $5,491.30. Houses: There were four or five homes in Wilsonton at its peak. In February 1912, Mrs. Wilson was declared insane, and consequently lost her land except for the townsite, amounting to around 40 acres.
Documented by Debbie Daniel Poelma, May 21, 2004. Using previous recorded documents, and photos.