Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

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

STEPHEN ABOTT HERRIMAN, deceased. The life narrative of the head of a family is interesting, not only to his posterity but also to the citizens of the section in which he has resided, and this is doubly true when such a man has established for himself and his children a reputation for integrity, character and ability, and has been of value in the development of that portion of the country which was his home. Such a narrative do we have in the sketch of Stephen A. Herriman, who located in Kansas in the spring of 1868.

Mr. Herriman was a native of the Buckeye State, born in Clarke County, November 1, 1838, and the son of George W. and Elizabeth Herriman. He was reared to the arduous duties of the farm, and educated in the common schools. Later he taught school in Kentucky for one year and then went to Ohio, where, in connection with teaching, he tilled the soil for some time. During the Civil War he enlisted in Company K, Thirty-first Ohio Infantry, and served three years as a private soldier. He was slightly wounded once in a finger. After the war he returned to Ohio and resumed teaching and farming alternately. As before stated, he came to Kansas in the spring of 1868 and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he immediately began improving. At the same time he taught school. The land was raw prairie when he purchased it, and as time passed he added to the original tract until he was the owner of one thousand acres. He also engaged in stock-raising and feeding, and became one of the substantial, worthy citizens of the county. On the home place he erected a fine residence and substantial barns and outbuildings.

In the year 1889 Mr. Herriman removed from the farm and located in Garnett, where he purchased a pleasant residence. This worthy man passed away on the 31st of January, 1893, and in his death the community lost one of its best citizens, and the family a noble husband and loving father. All his property was the result of energy and industry on his part, and everything that he undertook seemed to prosper. He was very domestic in his taste, and loved the home fireside better than any other place on earth. In politics, he was independent, and for one term held the office of County Commissioner. On the 3d of September, 1868, he married Miss Mary E. Little, daughter of John and Mary Ann (Highwood) Little, and a native of Clarke County, Ohio, born January 12, 1848. She resided in her native county until her marriage. Three children were the fruits of this union: Grace, who was born April 9, 1871, and married Brainard W. Gowdey; Mary Susan, who was born October 12, 1876; and Ada May, born December 16, 1878. The two last are with their mother.

John Little, father of Mrs. Herriman, was a native of the Keystone State, born August 18, 1819, and was married in his native state when but twenty-one years of age. His wife was originally from England, and came to the United States when nine years of age. Soon after marriage they moved by wagon over the mountains of Pennsylvania to Clarke County Ohio, and settled on a farm where they resided for many years. Mrs. Little there died February 19, 1883, when sixty-two years of age. Afterward Mr. Little went to Minneapolis and has made his home with a son there ever since. He and his wife were the parents of seven daughters and a son. Lydia Elma married Cyrus Murray and resides in Clarke County, Ohio; Anna Highwood married John Herriman ; Susan Merrett married Cyrus Ball, and died in Clarke County, Ohio; Mary E. is Mrs. Herriman; Emma Margaret married William Baxter, and resides in Minneapolis, Minn.; Ada Maria married Alfred Clements, and resides in Clarke County, Ohio; Laura Jane married Lemuel Nicholson, and resides in Clarke County, Ohio, and John Warren, a physician of Minneapolis, Minn., is noted far and wide for his success in the healing art, and has one of the finest libraries in the city. The father of these children was one of the honest, upright men of the county and was universally respected.

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