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1855 map of Richardson (Wabaunsee) County, Kansas

1855 map of Richardson (Wabaunsee) County, Kansas
Date: 1855
This map shows the original Wabaunsee (Richardson) County boundaries which existed prior to a realignment of the borders with Morris County in 1870 and Riley County in 1871. Approximately 72 square miles were removed in the first action and 54 square miles in the latter. Notice the Potawatomi Reservation in the upper right section of the county and the Kaw Reserve in the lower left portion.


Biography of Frederich and Caroline Palenske

Biography of Frederich and Caroline Palenske
Creator: Palenske, Louis F., 1858-1943
Date: 1930-1940
This short biography of Frederich and Caroline Palenske was written by their son, Louis Palenske, born in the Kansas Territory in 1858. The Palenske family immigrated from Germany to the United States in 1854, and soon homesteaded a claim in Richardson County, Kansas Territory. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Connecticut Kansas Colony record book, 1856-1857

Connecticut Kansas Colony record book, 1856-1857
Creator: Connecticut Kansas Colony. Secretary
Date: February 18, 1856 through June 26, 1857
The Connecticut Kansas Colony, sometimes referred to as the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony, was formed in New Haven, Connecticut, with the intent that its members would migrate to Kansas Territory in the spring of 1856. This book identifies members of the colony. It also contains meeting minutes that record information about the activities of the colony (formation, the trip to Kansas, selecting a town site, etc.) through its decision to dissolve in favor of the Wabaunsee Company, which was charged with organizing the town of Wabaunsee, Kansas Territory. The record book's content, while not including information about the discussions of issues, contains a great deal of information about the formal actions of the colony. The early minutes contain mentions of the purchase of arms.


Harvey Jones to Samuel L. Adair

Harvey Jones to Samuel L. Adair
Creator: Jones, Harvey
Date: December 14, 1859
Jones, a Congregational minister who lived in Wabaunsee, Kansas Territory, wrote to Samuel L. Adair after John Brown's attack at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Jones asked Adair to write to him about John Brown's character, and to indicate whether Brown was associated with a church.


Historical Sketch, Confession of Faith and Covenant, and Standing Rules

Historical Sketch, Confession of Faith and Covenant, and Standing Rules
Creator: First Church of Christ, Wabaunsee
Date: April 1, 1858
This printed pamphlet contained all of the items listed in the title for the First Church of Christ in Wabaunsee, Wabaunsee County, Kansas Territory. The church was also known as the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church.


MacLean & Lawrences Sectional Map of Kansas Territory

MacLean & Lawrences Sectional Map of Kansas Territory
Date: 1857
Sectional map of Kansas Territory drafted by C. P. Wiggin and signed by L. A. MacLean, Chief Clerk of the Surveyor General's office in Lecompton, Kansas Territory. The map was published by MacLean & Lawrence and printed by William Schuchman & Bro. in Philadelphia. This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Copies of this map are available for viewing at both the Kansas Historical Society and Lecompton Historical Society.


New England Emigrant Aid Company, Finance Committee's Schedule of Kanzas Property owned

New England Emigrant Aid Company, Finance Committee's Schedule of Kanzas Property owned
Creator: New England Emigrant Aid Company. Finance Committee
Date: May 26, 1857
A summary listing of the real property owned by the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas. The report lists the estimated value of each property, with the total value being $112, 400.


Richardson County and Wabaunsee County, Kansas, survey

Richardson County and Wabaunsee County, Kansas, survey
Date: 1855-1856; 1866; 1927
These survey plats show property ownership for Wabaunsee County, Kansas, townships about 1866. This is followed by copies of an 1855-1856 survey of Richardson County, Kansas, for the same townships. Also included is a plat of "Old Jackson Island" in the Kansas River published in 1927. Richardson was one of the original thirty-three counties created by the first territorial legislature. In 1859, what had been Richardson County became a part of Wabaunsee County.


Sectional Map of the Territory of Kansas

Sectional Map of the Territory of Kansas
Creator: Halsall, John
Date: 1857
A sectional map of Kansas Territory compiled from field notes in the Surveyor General's Office. County boundaries, cities, rivers, and Indian reservations are identified on the map. This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Copies of this map are available for viewing at both the Kansas Historical Society and Lecompton Historical Society.


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