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Harley Lord

Harley Lord
Date: 1848
This is a daguerreotype of Harley Lord the father of Jerusha B. Lord Burritt.


Hunting the buffalo

Hunting the buffalo
Creator: McKenney, Thomas Loraine, 1785-1859
Date: 1848
Color illustration of an Indian on horseback hunting a buffalo. This illustration is the frontispiece for volume one of Thomas Loraine McKenney's History of the Indian Tribes of North America.


James McBride Gaston collection

James McBride Gaston collection
Creator: Gaston, James M. B. (James McBride), 1824-1889
Date: 1847 - 1848
Diary of James McBride Gaston and his experience traveling the Santa Fe Trail during the Mexican War. Born on March 22, 1824 in Randolph County, Illinois to William Gaston, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Couch, Gaston came from a line of soldiers. His father, from Kentucky, served in the War of 1812, and his grandfather William Gaston, Sr. of South Carolina served in the Revolutionary War. James himself enlisted with the 1st Illinois Infantry Regiment, Co. C in the spring of 1847 and made the march via the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico. He returned to Illinois in the fall of 1848. In July 1852, Gaston married Mary Margaret Storment, daughter of John Storment and Margaret Kell, in Marion County, Illinois. When civil war broke out, he re-enlisted, serving in Co. G, 22nd Illinois Infantry Regiment. He received a gunshot wound in November 1861 at the Battle of Belmont (Missouri), but continued to serve for three years, until discharged with a disability in 1864. He held the rank of corporal in both wars. Mary died in 1866, two months after the birth of their fourth child, only one of whom lived to maturity (Margaret Elizabeth Gaston, who died in 1898). In 1867, James married again, to Mrs. Nancy Jane Hill Creel, who died in 1891. James Gaston died on February 27, 1889 and was buried with both wives in Marion County, Illinois.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 14, Property returns

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 14, Property returns
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1844-1849
This volume contains property returns as recorded by Thomas H. Harvey, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the property accounted for includes stationary, books, office furniture, safes, agricultural implements, blacksmith's tools, and rifles. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service. Volumes 14 and 15 are bound together.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 15, Accounts

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 15, Accounts
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1844-1849
This volume contains records of current accounts of the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, at St. Louis, Missouri. Thomas H. Harvey held this position from 1844-1849. Expenditures are recorded for several sub-agencies, including Fort Leavenworth, Upper Missouri, Council Bluffs, Great Nemaha and Osage River, and the various Indian tribes in each region. These expenditures included salaries for blacksmiths and interpreters, annuities, and provisions. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service. Volumes 14 and 15 are bound together.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 9, Correspondence

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 9, Correspondence
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1847-1855
This volume contains correspondence sent by the Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency in St. Louis, Missouri from 1847-1855. The correspondence was sent by the Superintendents of Indian Affairs to the Commissioners of Indian Affairs. During this period the superintendents included Thomas H. Harvey, David D. Mitchell, and Alfred Cumming; the commissioners included William Medill, Orlando Brown, Luke Lea, and George Washington Manypenny. Topics of discussion focused on the appropriation of federal funds for treaties, the hiring and firing of Indian agents, and the transportation and storage of goods and supplies. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service. A searchable, full-text (PDF) transcription is available under "External Links" below.


Vote the Land Free stamp

Vote the Land Free stamp
Date: between 1844 and 1848
This stamp was used by the National Reform Party to impress the phrase "Vote the Land Free" on U. S. coins in the 1840s. In 1844, the National Reform Association (NRA) was organized by George Henry Evans in New York City to lobby Congress for free homesteads in the West. By marking coins, the NRA hoped to attract recognition. The donor, Ellis Smalley was a blacksmith, political activist, and former probate judge near Council Grove. Smalley was a delegate from Plainfield, New Jersey, at the first convention held in October of 1845, and was elected Secretary of the National Reform Association. Among his duties, on May 16, 1844, Smalley and other members of the NRA signed a letter to Joseph Smith, leader of the Mormon Church, asking Smith's opinions concerning public lands. In 1848, NRA was absorbed into other political movements, like the Free Soil and Abolitionists. The efforts of the NRA led to the Homestead Act of 1862. By 1878 Smalley had moved to Kansas and was noted as a member of the City Council of Council Grove.


Wooden cane

Wooden cane
Date: between 1848 and 1850
Knotted wooden cane with a brass cap on one end. The cane was reportedly made from a branch gathered by Abraham Lincoln from a tree near the tomb of George Washington at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Lincoln visited the estate in 1848 while serving in the United State House of Representatives. He later gave the walking stick to William Henry, a representative from Vermont. The cane passed through Henry's family, first to his sister and then to his nieces, who donated it to the Kansas Historical Society in 1893.


Wyandotte Nation to the American Congress

Wyandotte Nation to the American Congress
Creator: Wyandotte Nation
Date: October 27, 1848
This item is a letter to the United States Congress from the Wyandotte Nation. In this letter, the Wyandottes explain that Negro Slavery had been introduced into their territory West of the State of Missouri contrary to "the law which you have heretofore made."


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