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

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Richard Wilson, "", The Kansans and Whence They Came, Internet: (accessed ), < sites.rootsweb.com/~wilsweik/index.htm >.

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No. Chapter Synopsis LinksPage
i Conventions

Conventions and abbreviations adopted throughout this work. < conventions > viii
ii Preface

< under development >
iii Introduction

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. < introduction > 1
iv Pedigree Chart

Pedigree chart showing 5 complete generations of Kansans with links to their family histories. All on these charts are either early Kansas settlers or their Kansas born descendants. < pedigree chart >

I The Kansans

Part I begins with the generations of my family who have lived in Kansas. It traces each lineage back to those who originally settled here. They are all indeed Kansans, but it is specifically the original settlers who are the primary focus and to whom I refer as The Kansans.

[Portions of this section are offline due to the information they contain about living and recently deceased individuals.]

No. Chapter Synopsis LinksPage
1 Last Family
in Kansas


Includes: Wilson, Weik. < under development >
2 Paternal Branch
in Kansas


The paternal ancestry to the generation of the Kansas pioneers.
Includes: Wilson, Ridge, Rutherford, Springer, Barber, Bradley, Freeman, Fase, &c.
< under development >
3 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.
< maternal branch >

II Whence They Came

Part II is about the generation of my Kansas pioneer ancestors who were among the earliest settlers of Atchison, Brown, & Doniphan Counties. Each chapter begins with one of my 16 great-great-grandparents. As members of a common generation, these individuals establish the reference point from which each family history begins. Each continues as far into the past as is currently documented to discover from where, or whence, they came.

Fam No. Family Synopsis LinksPage
1 Wilson Family

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.
< Wilson: family history, documents >
< Research: William & Mary Ann Wilson >
< Research: Lewis Wilson >
2 Ridge Family

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.
< Ridge: family history, documents >
3 Rutherford Family

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.
< Rutherford: family history, documents >
< Research: Isaac Rutherford >
< Research: Cloa Ann Deavers >
< Surnames: Rutherfords of OH >
4 Springer Family

Mary Ann Springer: From Pennsylvania, the Springer family first moved to Ohio, then to Illinois, and finally to Kansas.
Includes: Springer, Heidlebaugh, Rutherford, &c.
< Springer: family history, documents >
5 Barber Family

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.
< Barber: family history, documents >
6 Bradley Family

Ann Bradley: From North Carolina, the Bradley family first moved 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.
< Bradley: family history, documents >
7 Freeman Family

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.
< Freeman: family history, documents >
< Research: Joseph Freeman >
< Research: David Freeman >
< Research: Samuel Freeman >
8 Fase Family

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.
< Fase: family history, documents >
9 Weik Family

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.
< Weik: family history, documents >
10 Peisker Family

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.
< Peisker: family history, documents >
< Research: Schurgast emigrants >
< Surnames: Schurgast Emigrants >
11 Eylar Family

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.
< Eylar: family history, documents >
11a Fenton Family
(extended family)

NEW
Elizabeth Fenton, mother of Aaron Eylar: From eastern 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.
< Fenton: family history, documents >
12 Horner Family

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.
< Horner: family history, documents >
13 Brox Family

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.
< Brox: family history, documents >
< Research: Zwittau emigrants >
< Surnames: Zwittau Emigrants >
14 Kessler Family

Anna Kessler/Kößler: From Altwaldek, Bohemia, Austria, members of the Kessler family moved separately to Kansas.
Includes: ßler/Kessler, Prax/Brox, Gergele, Frodl, &c.
< Kessler: family history, documents >
< Research: Zwittau emigrants >
< Surnames: Zwittau, Bohemia >
15 Flachsbarth Family

William/Wilhelm Flachsbarth: From Germany, William Flachsbarth first lived elsewhere in North America before he settled in Kansas.
Includes: Flachsbarth, Kleinwort, &c.
< Flachsbarth: family history, documents >
< Research: Wilhelm Flachsbarth >
16 Kleinwort Family

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.
< Kleinwort: family history, documents >

IIa Associated Families

Part IIa is about the families of the first spouses of some of my Kansas pioneer ancestors in Part II. They are not my ancestors, but they are Kansans.

Fam No. Family Synopsis LinksPage
1 Proctor Family
(step-family)

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.
< Proctor: family history, documents >
10 Glamann Family
(step-family)

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.
< Glamann: family history, documents >
16 Henninger Family
(step-family)

Michael Henninger: From Weisweil, Baden, the Henninger family lived in St. Louis, Missouri, before settling in Kansas. Michael was the first husband of Elise Kleinwort.
Includes: Henninger, Karcher, Kleinwort, Stephan, Jahn, &c.
< Henninger: family history, documents >

III Further Research

Part III contains discussions on topics that will require further research to resolve.

[Please share any useful information or suggestions you may have.]

Fam No. Family Synopsis LinksPage
1 Wilson Research

Whither did the children of William Wilson and Mary Ann Varner go?
Includes: Wilson, Varner, Woodcock, Oswell, Craig, Williams, Mullins, &c.
There is an additional database of family sheets relating to this query.
< Wilson: family history, documents >
< Research: William & Mary Ann Wilson >
< Research: Lewis Wilson >
Who are the siblings of Lewis Wilson?
Includes: Wilson, Henson, Lowe, Simon, Nesbitt, Datchman, Baird, &c.
3 Rutherford Research

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 database of family sheets relating to this query.
< Rutherford: family history, documents >
< Research: Isaac Rutherford >
< Research: Cloa Ann Deavers >
< Surnames: Rutherfords of OH >
Are Cloa Ann Deavers and Nancy J. Deavers, both of Virginia, Ohio, and Illinois, sisters?
Includes: Rutherford, Deavers, McCulley, &c.
7 Freeman Research

Where and when was Joseph Freeman of Adams County, Pennsylvania born?
Includes: Freeman, Kesselring, &c.
< Freeman: family history, documents >
< Research: Joseph Freeman >
< Research: David Freeman >
< Research: Samuel Freeman >
Who was David Freeman, the neighbor of Joseph Freeman in Adams County, Pennsylvania?
Includes: Freeman.
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.
10 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 database of family sheets relating to this query.
< Peisker: family history, documents >
< Research: Schurgast emigrants >
< Surnames: Schurgast Emigrants >
13
14
Brox-Kessler Family

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 database of family sheets relating to this query.
< Brox: family history, documents >
< Kessler: family history, documents >
< Research: Zwittau emigrants >
< Surnames: Zwittau Emigrants >
15 Flachsbarth Research

Where in Germany was Wilhelm Flachsbarth born, and how did he get to Kansas?
Includes: Flachsbarth, Kleinwort, &c.
< Flachsbarth: family history, documents >
< Research: Wilhelm Flachsbarth >

Appendixes

The appendixes contain supporting information such as surname indexes, name indexes, errors frequently found in related works, a bibliography of sources, and information about photographs and images.

Apx No. Appendix Synopsis LinksPage
A Surname Index

Surname Index and Name Index of approximately 5000 individuals connected to parts I, II, & IIa.
[The details for living individuals have been privatized.]
< surname index >
< name index >
B Queries Surname Index



Surname Indexes and Name Indexes of individuals found only in part III.
[The details for living individuals have been privatized.]
< queries surname index >
< name index (Rutherfords of OH) >
< name index (Schurgast Emigrants) >
< name index (Zwittau Emigrants) >
C Perpetual Errors

Self-perpetuating errors frequently found in related sources and compilations. < perpetual errors >
D Bibliography

List of selected sources. < bibliography >
E Image Credits

List of images and their sources. < image credits >