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.
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.
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.
: 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
: From Pulaski County, Kentucky, the Ridge family moved its way across Missouri before settling in Kansas.
Includes: Ridge, Aker, Norton, Hilton, Wilson
: From Gallia County, Ohio, the Rutherford family moved to frontier Iowa, backtracked to Illinois, and finally settled in Kansas.
Includes: Rutherford, Deavers, Springer, Hampton
Mary Ann Springer
: From Pennsylvania, the Springer family first moved to Ohio, then to Illinois, and finally to Kansas.
Includes: Springer, Heidlebaugh, Rutherford
: 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
: 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
: From Adams County, Pennsylvania, the Freeman family relocated to central Kansas before settling in Atchison County, Kansas.
Includes: Freeman, Kesselring, Thoman, Fase
: From Maryland, then Pennsylvania, the Fase family relocated to central Kansas before finally settling in Atchison County, Kansas.
Includes: Fase, Starner, Freeman
: 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
: 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
: From Württemberg, the Eylar family lived in Pennsylvania and Ohio before some settled in Kansas.
/Rosemiller, Fenton, Sample, Horner, Bunn, Parr
, 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
: From Baltimore, Maryland, the Horner family first moved to Pennsylvania, then Ohio, before one member settled in Kansas.
Includes: Horner, Lawrence, Eylar
John Brox/Johann Prax
: From Altwaldek, Bohemia, Austria, the Brox family moved directly to Kansas where they remained.
/Prox, Antl, Klaschka, Küller, Kößler
: From Altwaldek, Bohemia, Austria, members of the Kessler family moved separately to Kansas.
/Brox, Gergele, Frodl
: From Germany, William Flachsbarth first lived elsewhere in North America before he settled in Kansas.
Includes: Flachsbarth, 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
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.
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
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
/Glaman, Lehmann, Weilshäuser, Peisker
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
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.]
The paternal ancestry to the generation of the Kansas pioneers.
Includes: Wilson, Ridge, Rutherford, Springer, Barber, Bradley, Freeman, Fase, &c.
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
[ offline ]
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.
Abbreviations and naming conventions adopted throughout this work.
Surname Index leading to a name index
of approximately 5000 individuals connected to parts I, Ia, & II.
[Details for living individuals have been privatized.]
Surname Index leading to three separate name indexes of individuals found only in part III.
[Details for living individuals have been privatized.]
Disproved facts that are so commonly found among related sources and compilations that they are mistakenly assumed to be accurate.
List of selected sources.
List of images, notes, and their sources.