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Biographical circulars

Biographical circulars
Date: 1890-1899
This collection consists of biographical forms sent by F. G. Adams, secretary of the Kansas Historical Society, to individuals whose names appeared in historically significant materials in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society. The responses are arranged alphabetically by last name. Biographical information may include full name, place and date of birth, place and date of settlement, present residence, place and date of death, official positions, and/or addresses of family members.


Daniel Read Anthony, Sr. to sister

Daniel Read Anthony, Sr. to sister
Creator: Anthony, D. R. (Daniel Read), 1824-1904
Date: July 13, 1857
This letter is from Daniel Read Anthony, Sr. to his sister discussing his plans to attend the convention of the Free State Party in Topeka as a delegate of the people of Atchison County. Anthony also mentions D. W. Wilder is a member of his traveling party. The Topeka convention served as the Free State response to the proslavery territorial legislature that many believed was illegally elected by fraudulent voters. One of his sisters was Susan B. Anthony but it is not clear if that is the sister to whom he is writing.


Daniel Read Anthony, Sr. to sister

Daniel Read Anthony, Sr. to sister
Creator: Anthony, D. R. (Daniel Read), 1824-1904
Date: August 07, 1857
The following is a letter from Daniel Read Anthony, Sr. to his sister describing his recent land acquisitions and providing a sketch drawing of her claim (at the edge of the Kickapoo Tribe reservation) that he has prepared for her once she arrives in the territory. American Indian lands were in high demand as white settlers poured into the territory. It is not clear if the "sister" to whom the letter is addressed is Susan B. Anthony but there are references to a claim for Susan and the map (last page) shows her cabin.


John Brown Jr. correspondence

John Brown Jr. correspondence
Creator: Brown, Jr., John
Date: 1862
Letters from John Brown Jr. concerning the 7th Kansas Cavalry and their tendency to protect slaves rather than returning them to their owners. John Brown Jr. was the son of well known abolitionist, John Brown, Sr.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1865
Correspondence sent and received by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office. Thomas J. Anderson succeeded Cyrus K. Holliday as Adjutant General in April 1865. Notable correspondents include Edmund G. Ross, William McEntyre Dye, and Sidney Clarke. Several letters were also received from publisher D.R. Anthony regarding the copying and distribution of the 1864 Adjutant General's Report. Many letters acknowledge the sending and receipt of muster rolls. This correspondence also includes several petitions nominating a new Brigadier General, including Colonel Sandy Lowe of Douglas County replacing General William Fishbacker. A searchable, full-text version of this correspondence is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Samuel Ayers to Lyman Langdon

Samuel Ayers to Lyman Langdon
Date: January 7, 1859-July 6, 1864
Samuel Ayers was born in Massachusetts and lived in Defiance, Ohio, before coming to Kansas Territory, probably in 1859. These letters are written to Lyman Langdon, a friend from Defiance. Unless the letters were written while Ayers was with Civil War troops, the location in the letter heading is either Centreville or Moneka, Linn County. Ayers served as a chaplain for the Seventh Kansas Cavalry, which was led by Colonel Charles R. Jennison and later D. R. Anthony. He was mustered in October 14, 1861. The letters are very descriptive of both events and the areas through which Ayers traveled. A letter written January 7, 1859 contains a copy of a item published in the Lawrence Republican that is titled "Who is Responsible?" concerning hostile events in Linn and Bourbon counties. Mr. Ayers indicates to Langdon that he agrees with most of the content. The letter for April 8, 1861, expresses gratitude for the relief assistance the settlers have received from Ohio and that it had been critical to their survival. Ayers, writing Nov. 15, 1861, describes some troop movements and indicates that he is convinced that the "secessionists" must be treated harshly if they are to be defeated. The letter dated December 29, 1861, describes the capture and killing of a Confederate officer home on leave; the destruction caused by the 7th Kansas Cavalry near West Point, MO; various other activities; and his thoughts about the war. A letter written from Lawrence on April 5, 1862, tells of the various units stationed in the area. His letter for May 6, 1862 was written from Fort Riley, where the unit was ordered to provide escort along the route to New Mexico. However, the order was countermanded and the unit was sent east, eventually spending time in Corinth, Tennessee. Ayers provides descriptions of all of the communities from Lawrence to Fort Riley. Three letters written during June, 1862, provide details about the fortifications around Corinth, an important railroad junction and about how the secessionist supporters interacted with the Union troops and the activities of units in that region. Ayers' letter dated January 1, 1863, references the Emancipation Proclamation. Other letters from 1863 describe activities of bushwhackers and Quantrill's raid on Lawrence in the August 24, 1863 epistle. The last letter is dated July 6, 1864, from "camp near Lawrence." Samuel Ayers wrote that he was serving under a contract as a surgeon. Mr. Ayers had two sons, Samuel N. and John, who served in Company H of the Seventh Kansas Cavalry.


United States versus Daniel R. Anthony for attempt to rescue a fugitive

United States versus Daniel R. Anthony for attempt to rescue a fugitive
Date: warrant June 1859
This case file includes a bench warrant and bail bond related to the charge against Daniel R. Anthony in 1859 for an attempt to rescue a fugitive in the Kansas Territory. The bench warrant was issued on June 28, 1859 by the 1st U.S. District Court in Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. A U.S. marshal served the warrant to Anthony on July 19, 1859, and he was released on a bond. His trial was scheduled for September 12, 1859. Daniel R. Anthony was an abolitionist and brother of suffragist Susan B. Anthony. He came to the Kansas Territory as a member of the New England Emigrant Aid Company.


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