Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

Anderson County Biographies
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Southeastern Kansas"
Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894

EMANUEL HAMPSHIRE. A traveler in Anderson County sees many attractive homes, not only in the thriving towns, but in the agricultural districts, the evidences of prosperity and good taste being plentiful on every hand. In Jackson Township stands a substantial house which presents a homelike appearance, around which well tilled acres stretch and convenient farm buildings cluster. Investigation shows that this estate belongs to Emanuel Hampshire, a native of Seneca County, Ohio, where he was born July 15, 1835.

The paternal great-grandfather of our subject, Barney Hampshire, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, which information is all that can be ascertained concerning his life. The grandfather also bore the Christian name of Barney and was a native of Maryland. He met with an untimely end in the Muskingum River, in Ohio. The maternal grandfather, John Jacob Swope, was born in Switzerland, and being left an orphan at a tender age, came to America, where he settled in Morgan County, Ohio, in an early day. There he spent the remainder of his life amid the pioneer scenes of that state, where he was well known and respected by the settlers.

John and Mary (Swope) Hampshire, the parents of our subject, were natives of Maryland and Ohio, respectively. The former was born in Baltimore County, October 16, 1808, and the latter in Morgan County, in February, 1811. They settled in Morgan County after their marriage and lived there a short time, and then removed to Seneca County, Ohio, where they resided for thirty-one years. At that juncture they moved to Wood County, the same state, where the mother died August 11, 1866, and the father survived until July 29, 1892, when he, too, was called to the eternal home. They had ten children, six of whom reached mature years. They are: George, Henry, Emanuel, Abraham, Rachael and Catherine.

Our subject was reared in his native county, and helped with the work on his father's farm until he became of age, and then followed the carpenter's trade for a few years in connection with farming. Subsequently he devoted his entire attention to agriculture, and has always been very prosperous in his chosen vocation. Mr. Hampshire was married to Sarah Stahl, the ceremony being solemnized in Seneca County, January 4, 1857. Mrs. Hampshire was born in that county September 2, 1839, to Jacob Stahl, who was a native of Perry County, Ohio, as was also his wife, who was known in her maidenhood as Dinah Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Stahl were early settlers of Seneca County, where they lived and died in peace. Jacob's father was William Stahl, a native of Pennsylvania, who emigrated to Perry County, Ohio, where they reared a family of children.

When our subject was married he located temporarily in Seneca County, and in the spring of 1865 moved to Wood County, where he lived for some time. He finally landed in this county, and at once purchased land in Jackson Township, which he immediately set about improving. He has done an immense amount of hard work, and although he has passed the fiftieth mile-stone in the road of life, he is still very active and able to do a great deal of labor. He is the possessor of three hundred acres of beautiful farm land, which is kept in excellent condition the year round.

The union of our subject and his wife has been blessed by the birth of twelve children, all of whom reached mature years with the exception of three, who died in infancy. The living children are: Rufus A., who is Principal of the Burlington public schools and a graduate of Lane's University; Simon J., a physician and a graduate from the Keokuk Medical College; William H., a school teacher, and a graduate from Lane's University; Clara E., the wife of William Hearst; Levi W., a farmer of Jackson Township; Mattie, wife of I. I. McKittrick; Effie, Jessie H. and Ollie A. Mr. Hampshire is a man who takes great interest in public affairs, especially those which tend toward the upbuilding of the locality in which he resides. He has been connected with the United Brethren Church for many years, and is ever ready with heart and hand to do whatever is in his power for the advancement of the cause of religion. the sketch of this gentleman's life is a plain statement of the height to which integrity of purpose, undaunted energy and generosity of feeling can elevate a man. He is one of the most useful citizens of this vicinity, and one whom the people can respect and esteem, while his worthy companion is also known for her social qualities and pleasant disposition, which attract many warm friends to their home.

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