The Kansans and Whence They Came
The Kansans
a Generation of Kansas Pioneers in Atchison, Brown & Doniphan Counties

Source Citation:
Richard Wilson, "", The Kansans and Whence They Came, Internet: (accessed ), < >.

What do we have here?

In researching my family history, I found that every one of my 16 great-great-grandparents had emigrated from another state or country to Atchison, Brown, or Doniphan County, Kansas, between the years 1855-1880. All arrived early enough in the state's history to be considered pioneers.
Part I: Whence They Came begins with a chapter for each of these individuals and continues as far back in time as is currently documented to discover from where, or whence, they came.
Part Ia: Associated Families does the same for the first spouses of some of these individuals who were also pioneers, but not my ancestors.
Part II: The Kansans is about the more recent generations who continued to live in Kansas.
Part III: Further Research contains discussions on key research questions that have so far been impossible to answer. In many cases, the answers could solve mysteries that researchers have been trying to solve for decades. I'm looking for help or suggestions for these.
Appendixes follow that include supporting documentation and related information.
The following introduction gives a worthwhile overview of the broad scope of this website as well as some background on the difficult early days in Kansas Territory.
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The Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed by Congress on 30 May 1854. The passage of this Act set events into motion that would come to be known as "Bleeding Kansas", a precursor to the Civil War.

I: Whence They Came

Part I is the histories of my pioneer great-great-grandparents who were among the earliest Kansas settlers in Atchison, Brown, & Doniphan Counties. As members of a common generation, these individuals establish the reference point from which each family history begins.
Wilson Family History
James Wilson: From Butler County, Pennsylvania, the Wilson family moved to southern Indiana before one son, William, continued into and across Missouri to Holt County. From there James Lee Wilson became one of the first settlers of Brown County, Kansas.
Includes: Wilson, Varner, Fitzwater, Duncan, Proctor, Ridge, &c.
Ridge Family History
Amelia/Permelia Ridge: From Pulaski County, Kentucky, the Ridge family moved its way across Missouri before settling in Kansas.
Includes: Ridge, Aker, Norton, Hilton, Wilson, &c.
Rutherford Family History
Harrison Rutherford: From Gallia County, Ohio, the Rutherford family moved to frontier Iowa, backtracked to Illinois, and finally settled in Kansas.
Includes: Rutherford, Deavers, Springer, Hampton, &c.
Springer Family History
Mary Ann Springer: From Pennsylvania, the Springer family first moved to Ohio, then to Illinois, and finally to Kansas.
Includes: Springer, Heidlebaugh, Rutherford, &c.
Barber Family History
Charles Barber: Of Mayflower ancestry, the Barber family remained in Rhode Island and Connecticut for more than two hundred years until several brothers and cousins joined an uncle in Kansas.
Includes: Barber, White, Bradley, Stanton, Tefft, Soule, &c.
Bradley Family History
Ann Bradley: From colonial Virginia, the Bradley family first moved to North Carolina, then to Kentucky where they became allied with the family of Daniel Boone. They then moved on to Missouri and finally Kansas.
Includes: Bradley, Barber, Hunt, Cockrill, Boone, Keeling, &c.
Freeman Family History
John Freeman: From Adams County, Pennsylvania, the Freeman family relocated to central Kansas before settling in Atchison County, Kansas.
Includes: Freeman, Kesselring, Thoman, Fase, &c.
Fase Family History
Amanda Fase: From Maryland, then Pennsylvania, the Fase family relocated to central Kansas before finally settling in Atchison County, Kansas.
Includes: Fase, Starner, Freeman, &c.
Weik Family History
Christian Weik: From Hertmannsweiler and Nellmersbach, Württemberg, members of the Weik family first lived in Missouri before settling in Kansas.
Includes: Weik, Dautel, Müller, Pfleiderer, Prinz, Thaden, Holzhey, Leonberger, Peisker, &c.
Peisker Family History
Johanna Peisker: From Schurgast in the Prussian region of Silesia, members of the Peisker family settled in Kansas with many others from their area.
Includes: Peisker, Pohl, Biller, Glamann/Glaman, Weik, &c.
Eylar Family History
Aaron Eylar: From Württemberg, the Eylar family lived in Pennsylvania and Ohio before some settled in Kansas.
Includes: Eyler/Eylar, Rosenmuller/Rosemiller, Fenton, Sample, Horner, Bunn, Parr, &c.
Fenton Family History
(extended family)
Elizabeth Fenton, mother of Aaron Eylar: From eastern colonial Pennsylvania, the Fenton family moved to western Pennsylvania before continuing on into Kentucky and Ohio. From there, some of the family moved to Kansas.
Includes: Fenton, Eyler/Eylar, Field, Dicks, Lawrence, &c.
Horner Family History
Matilda Horner: From Baltimore, Maryland, the Horner family first moved to Pennsylvania, then Ohio, before one member settled in Kansas.
Includes: Horner, Lawrence, Eylar, &c.
Brox Family History
John Brox/Johann Prax: From Altwaldek, Bohemia, Austria, the Brox family moved directly to Kansas where they remained.
Includes: Prax/Brox/Prox, Antl, Klaschka, Küller, Kößler/Kessler, &c.
Kessler Family History
Anna Kessler/Kößler: From Altwaldek, Bohemia, Austria, members of the Kessler family moved separately to Kansas.
Includes: ßler/Kessler, Prax/Brox, Gergele, Frodl, &c.
Flachsbarth Family History
William/Wilhelm Flachsbarth: From Germany, William Flachsbarth first lived elsewhere in North America before he settled in Kansas.
Includes: Flachsbarth, Kleinwort, &c.
Kleinwort Family History
Elizabeth/Elise Kleinwort: From Hamburg, Elise Kleinwort lived in Wyoming and Colorado before she settled in Kansas.
Includes: Kleinwort, Holtmann, Ladiges, Groth, Hinck, Dürkop, Eckert, Henninger, Flachsbarth, Rath, &c.

Ia: Associated Families

Part Ia is the histories of the first spouses of three of my great-great-grandparents in Part I. They are not my ancestors, but they were Kansas pioneers.
Proctor Family History
Barilla Proctor: From Kentucky, the Proctor family lived in Missouri before settling in Kansas. Barilla was the first wife of James L. Wilson.
Includes: Proctor, Duncan, Wilson, Bridgman/Bridgeman, &c.
Glamann Family History
Christian Glamann: From Neukalen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, two brothers of the Glamann family settled in separate parts of Kansas. Christian was the first husband of Johanna Peisker.
Includes: Glamann/Glaman, Lehmann, Weilshäuser, Peisker, &c.
Henninger Family History
Michael Henninger: From Weisweil, Baden, the Henninger family lived in St. Louis, Missouri, before moving to Colorado and finally settling in Kansas. Michael was the first husband of Elise Kleinwort.
Includes: Henninger, Karcher, Kleinwort, Stephan, Jahn, &c.

II: The Kansans

Part II is the histories of the more recent generations who followed those in Part I and continued to live in Kansas. Each lineage is traced back to the original pioneers.
[Portions of this section are offline due to the information they contain about living and recently deceased individuals.]
Paternal Branch in Kansas NEW
The paternal ancestry to the generation of the Kansas pioneers.
Includes: Wilson, Ridge, Rutherford, Springer, Barber, Bradley, Freeman, Fase, &c.
Maternal Branch in Kansas NEW
The maternal ancestry to the generation of the Kansas pioneers.
Includes: Weik, Peisker, Eylar, Horner, Brox, Kessler, Flachsbarth, Kleinwort, &c.
The Last Family in Kansas
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III: Further Research

Part III contains discussions on key research questions that others and I have been working on for years and would most like to resolve.
[Please share any useful information or suggestions you may have.]
Wilson Research
Whither did the children of William Wilson and Mary Ann Varner go?
Includes: Wilson, Varner, Woodcock, Oswell, Craig, Williams, Mullins, &c.
Rutherford Research
3.1 Is Isaac Rutherford of Gallia County, Ohio, the father of John Rutherford of Davis County, Iowa?
Includes: Rutherford/Retherford, Deavers, Kyner, Throckmorton, Scott, Hughs, Railsback, Sears, &c.
There is an additional name index of family sheets relating to this query.
3.2 Are Cloa Ann Deavers and Nancy J. Deavers, both of Virginia, Ohio, and Illinois, sisters?
Includes: Rutherford, Deavers, McCulley, &c.
Freeman Research
7.1 Where and when was Joseph Freeman of Adams County, Pennsylvania born?
Includes: Freeman, Kesselring, &c.
7.2 Was Joseph Freeman related to David Freeman, his next door neighbor in Hunterstown, Pennsylvania?
Includes: Freeman.
7.3 Is Samuel E. Freeman of Adams County, Pennsylvania, and Dickinson County, Kansas, part of the same family as the first postmaster of Portland, Maine?
Includes: Freeman of Pennsylvania, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey.
7.4 Are these middle names the surnames of Freeman ancestors?
Includes: Freeman and possibly many more.
Peisker Research
Which Germans in Doniphan County, Kansas, emigrated from the group of villages around Schurgast, Silesia, Prussia, and which of these were related to Johanna Peisker?
Includes: Peisker, Peuker, Handke, Schilg, Scholz, Schwope, Winkler, Klinnert, Geppert, Weik, Ernst, &c.
There is an additional name index of family sheets relating to this query.
Brox-Kessler Research
Which Austrians in Atchison County, Kansas, emigrated from the group of villages north of Zwittau, Bohemia, Austria, and which of these were related to John Brox or Anna Kessler?
Includes: Antl, Prax/Prox/Brox, Drimmel, Frodl, Gergele, Keeler, Kößler/Kessler, Myers, Philipp, Schlinger, Wohletz/Woletz, Zölfel/Zelfel/Zalfler, Zeit, &c.
There is an additional name index of family sheets relating to this query.
Flachsbarth Research
Where in Germany was Wilhelm Flachsbarth born, and how did he get to Kansas?
Includes: Flachsbarth, Kleinwort, &c.


The Appendixes include supporting documentation and related information such as surname and name indexes, errors frequently found in related works, a bibliography of my sources, and information about photographs and other images.
and Naming Conventions
Abbreviations and naming conventions adopted throughout this work.
Surname Index
Surname Index leading to a name index of approximately 5000 individuals connected to parts I, Ia, & II.
[Details for living individuals have been privatized.]
Queries Surname Index various dates
Surname Index leading to three separate name indexes of individuals found only in part III.
[Details for living individuals have been privatized.]
Self-Perpetuating Errors
Disproved facts that are so commonly found among related sources and compilations that they are mistakenly assumed to be accurate.
List of selected sources.
Image Notes
List of images, notes, and their sources.

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