FARMERS OF THE 1800'S - FROM WHENCE THEY CAME

Extracted by Robert A. Hodge



Charles V. Eskridge, as editor and proprietor, established the EMPORIA WEEKLY REPUBLICAN newspaper in 1882, the first issue appearing on January 26th.

Arrangements were made with J.D. King to visit and write up descriptions of the farms and farmers of Lyon County, Kansas. The results appeared in the issues of November 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 21, 28, 1882 and January 4, 1883, and included 153 farms, 155 farmers (two farms were operated by brothers). The information included a general location and size of each farm, quantitative data on the crops and livestock, and generally, the answer to the question, "How long have you lived in Kansas and from where did you come?"

The following is a compilation from the identified issues of the EMPORIA WEEKLY REPUBLICAN with the names of the farmers arranged alphabetically by surname, the length of time reported living in Kansas (this was not necessarily in Lyon County), the computed year of entry, the state or country left to come to Kansas, and the issue date of the newspaper. Blanks indicate "no response available" and question marks indicate "interpreted from information provided."

A study of the data shows the following:

36 came from Indiana

25 came from Illinois

19 came from Ohio

14 came from Pennsylvania

13 came from Iowa

6 came from Michigan

6 came from Wales

5 came from Missouri

4 came from New York

2 came from South Carolina

2 came from Wisconsin

2 were natives of Kansas

1 came from each of Arkansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Virginia, Canada, Germany and New Brunswick

They came as follows: 2 in 1854; 6 in 1855; 8 in 1856; 8 in 1857; 8 in 1858; 3 in 1859; 2 in 1860; 4 in 1861; 4 in 1862; 3 in 1863; 2 in 1864; 0 in 1865; 7 in 1867; 2 in 1867; 4 in 1868; 9 in 1869; 6 in 1870; 8 in 1871; 3 in 1873; 1 in 1874; 2 in 1875; 5 in 1876; 7 in 1877; 11 in 1878; 7 in 1879; 6 in 1880; 6 in 1881; 5 in 1882.



Name Years in Kansas Year entered Kansas Came from Issue Date
Allen, S.D. 11 1871 North Carolina 1882 Dec 21
Ames, J.C. 19 1863 Minnesota 1882 Nov 9
Ames, N.F. 10? 1872? New Hampshire 1882 Nov 16
Anglemyre, H.A. 4 1878 Ohio 1882 Dec 21
Armsburger, Michael 25 1857 Ohio 1882 Nov 30
Baker, A.C. 20 1862 Pennsylvania 1883 Jan 4
Baker, Mary A. 25 1857 Ohio 1883 Jan 4
Bamesberger, J. 13 1869 Illinois 1882 Nov 9
Bartley, E. 13 1869 Pennsylvania 1882 Nov 16
Beckalaugh, Joe 26 1856 Pennsylvania 1882 Nov 16
Bogue, A. 9 1873 Iowa 1883 Jan 4
Bogue, Silas 0 1882 Iowa 1883 Jan 4
Bolt, Jacob 9 1873 Illinois 1882 Nov 9
Branson, Jacob 25 1857 Indiana 1882 Dec 28
Brewer, Weldon 7 1875 Arkansas 1882 Nov 9
Brewster, O.C. 1 1881 Illinois 1882 Nov 23
Brichley, M.P. 1 1881 Pennsylvania 1882 Nov 16
Brislen (Brothers) 4 1878 Illinois 1882 Nov 23
Burns, J.M. 4 1878 Illinois 1882 Dec 21
Burns, William 8 1874 Indiana 1882 Dec 21
Cannon, Joseph 12 1870 Michigan 1882 Nov 16
Carter, W. * * Native Kansan 1883 Jan 4
Christenson, Geus 5 1877 Wisconsin 1882 Nov 30
Crissman (Brothers) 2 1880 Michigan 1882 Dec 21
Davis, Edward 13 1869 Wales 1882 Dec 28
Davis, Jane Mrs. 21 1861 Ohio 1882 Nov 23
Davis, John E. 15 1867 Ohio 1882 Dec 28
Ernst, Joseph 24 1858 Illinois 1883 Jan 4
Everton, G. 5 1877 Michigan 1882 Nov 9
Fairhurst, Mch. 0 1882 Indiana 1882 Dec 21
Fairhurst, Perry 0 1882 Indiana 1882 Dec 21
Fowler, A. 26 1856 Indiana 1882 Nov 23
Fowler, J.A. * * Born here 1882 Nov 16
Fowler, John 27 1855 South Carolina 1882 Dec 28
Fritts, John H. 4 1878 New Brunswick 1882 Nov 16
Frost, D.R. 24 1858 * 1882 Nov 30
Frost, H.L. * * * 1882 Nov 30
Frost, Joseph 24 1858 * 1882 Nov 30
Frost, T.B. * * * 1882 Nov 30
Gahruey, L.E. * * * 1882 Dec 28
Gause, J.W. 22 1860 Indiana 1882 Nov 23
George, Edmund 5 1877 Wales 1882 Dec 28
Green, E.A. 5 1877 New York 1882 Nov 23
Greenlee, J.A. 11 1871 Indiana 1882 Nov 16
Griffith, G.G. 3 1879 Pennsylvania 1882 Nov 9
Griffith, John R. 27 1855 Ohio 1883 Jan 4
Grigory, John 27 1855 Indiana 1882 Nov 23
Harker, S. 5 1877 Illinois 1883 Jan 4
Harris, C.H. 21 1861 Indiana 1882 Dec 21
Harvey, J.W. 4 1878 Illinois 1882 Nov 9
Hayworth, G.B. 18 1864 Iowa 1883 Jan 4
Henderson, A.J. 0 1882 Iowa 1882 Nov 16
Hiatt, A.M. 7 1875 Indiana 1882 Nov 16
Hiatt, Curtis 26 1856 Indiana 1882 Nov 23
Hiatt, E.M. 26 1856 Indiana 1883 Jan 4
Hiatt, Simon 27 1855 Indiana 1882 Dec 28
Hiatt, W.B. 26 1856 Indiana 1883 Jan 4
Highwood, Thomas 3 1879 Illinois 1882 Dec 28
Higley, J.B. 11 1871 Ohio 1882 Nov 16
Hinshaw, Andrew 25 1857 South Carolina 1882 Nov 23
Hodson, Uri 25 1857 Indiana 1882 Dec 21
Hodson, W.H. 25 1857 Indiana 1883 Jan 4
Hollingsworth, T. 0 1882 Indiana 1882 Dec 21
Hughes, Griffith 11 1871 Ohio 1882 Nov 23
Irvine, Robert 12 1870 Illinois 1882 Nov 30
Jaqueth, A.E. 6? 1876? * 1882 Nov 9
John(son), George 14 1868 Iowa 1882 Nov 16
Johnson, George A. * * Illinois 1882 Nov 9
Johnson, L.A. 26 1856 Illinois 1882 Nov 9
Jones, Reece D. 12 1870 Wales 1882 Dec 28
Kelley, A.P. 13 1869 Michigan 1882 Nov 9
Kerr, L.T. 9 1873 Ohio 1882 Nov 9
Keys, Henry 16 1866 Indiana 1883 Jan 4
Keys, Lucinda 23 1859 Indiana 1883 Jan 4
Kingery, Philip 3 1879 Indiana 1882 Dec 21
Kirkendall, M.W. 25 1857 Iowa 1882 Dec 28
Knox, Washington 2 1880 Mississippi 1882 Nov 23
Lambert, J.H. 6 1876 Indiana 1882 Nov 30
Laughlin, John A. 13 1869 Pennsylvania 1882 Nov 9
Levy, H.M. 15 1867 New York 1882 Dec 28
Lichty, Oliver 4 1878 Ohio 1882 Dec 28
Lockerman, George 1 1881 Illinois 1882 Dec 7
Lockerman, Sarah 28 1854 Ohio 1882 Dec 21
Loy, John 24? 1858? Pennsylvania 1882 Nov 9
Manning, G.W. 22 1860 Missouri 1882 Nov 16
Manning, P.W. 26 1856 Michigan 1882 Dec 21
McNabney, William 2 1880 Illinois 1882 Nov 30
Merrill, B.F. 5 1877 Illinois 1882 Nov 16
Miles, C.S. 16 1866 Ohio 1882 Dec 21
Miles, J.A. 16 1866 Ohio 1882 Dec 21
Miles, James 16 1866 Ohio 1882 Dec 21
Minor, N. 2 1880 Illinois 1882 Dec 21
Miracle, John L. 4 1878 Illinois 1882 Nov 16
Moon, Cal. 24 1858 Indiana 1883 Jan 4
Moor, William 21 1861 Missouri 1882 Nov 16
Moore, B.F. 27 1855 Iowa 1882 Dec 21
Parker, David M. 12 1870 Indiana 1882 Dec 7
Peak, Joseph 20 1862 Indiana 1882 Nov 16
Perkins, James * * Indiana 1883 Jan 4
Perry, D. 4 1878 Indiana 1882 Nov 16
Peters, Richard 6 1876 Ohio 1882 Dec 28
Phillips, A.B. 3 1879 Missouri 1882 Dec 21
Phillips, B.F. 3 1879 Missouri 1882 Dec 21
Phillips, Henry 11 1871 New York 1883 Jan 4
Powell, Robert 1 1881 Illinois 1882 Dec 21
Powell, Z.H. 1 1881 New York 1882 Nov 23
Price, J.I. 12 1870 Wales 1882 Nov 23
Ratcliff, John 20 1862 Iowa 1883 Jan 4
Ratcliff, William 21 1861 Iowa 1882 Dec 21
Reese, John J. 11 1871 Wales 1882 Dec 7
Rickabaugh, Joseph 26 1856 Pennsylvania 1882 Nov 30
Roberts, E.W. * * Pennsylvania 1882 Nov 23
Rogers, J.F. 5 1877 Pennsylvania 1882 Nov 16
Roth, S.W. 25 1857 Indiana 1882 Dec 21
Scheoch, C.W. 24 1858 Pennsylvania 1883 Jan 4
Seaplap, Chris. 3 1879 Germany 1882 Dec 28
Sheelley, J.A. 2 1880 Pennsylvania 1882 Nov 9
Sheridan, C.W. 1 1881 Iowa 1882 Nov 23
Sherman, A.L. 2 1880 Indiana 1882 Dec 21
Shoup, Frederick 24 1858 Pennsylvania 1882 Nov 30
Steadman, J.S. 11 1871 Iowa 1882 Nov 30
Stotler, Adam 14 1866 Ohio 1882 Dec 21
Strain, J.G. 4 1878 Ohio 1883 Jan 4
Strain, John 14 1868 Illinois 1882 Nov 23
Surface, Guy 16 1866 Canada 1882 Nov 9
Terrill, John 16 1866 Missouri 1882 Nov 9
Thomas, D.L. 16 1866 Montana 1883 Jan 4
Thomas, Morgan 10 1872 Illinois 1882 Dec 28
Thompson, T.A. 13 1869 Indiana 1882 Nov 23
Townsend, Charles * * * 1882 Dec 21
Triggs, J.W. 6 1876 Iowa 1882 Dec 7
Truehart, Dr. * * * 1882 Dec 28
Turney, F. Rev. 6 1876 Illinois 1882 Nov 30
Tyler, J. 28 1854 Iowa 1882 Dec 28
Wakefield, W.M. 3 1879 Illinois 1882 Nov 9
Wakefield, W.M. * * * 1882 Nov 23
Walkup, Joseph 12 1870 Virginia 1882 Nov 16
Walleson, A. 4 1878 Wisconsin 1882 Nov 9
Weaver, Charles 23 1859 Illinois 1882 Nov 16
Weaver, James 23 1859 Illinois 1882 Nov 30
Weaver, Michael 18 1864 Indiana 1882 Nov 30
Wheeler, S.M. 13 1869 Ohio 1882 Nov 30
Wheeler, T.N. 13 1869 Ohio 1882 Nov 9
White, T.H. 27 1855 Pennsylvania 1882 Dec 7
Wilhite, J.W. 24 1858 Indiana 1882 Nov 23
Williams, D.J. 10 1872 Wales 1882 Dec 28
Williams, M.J. 14 1868 Illinois 1882 Nov 30
Workman, F. 18 1864 Indiana 1882 Dec 28
Workman, J.M. 11 1871 Indiana 1882 Dec 28
Workman, J.O. 19 1863 Indiana 1882 Dec 28
Workman, N.E. 19 1863 Indiana 1882 Dec 28
Workman, W.E. 20 1862 Indiana 1882 Dec 21
Zoumans, John 4 1878 Michigan 1882 Dec 7



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