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Dandridge E. Kelsey's 1854 diary

Dandridge E. Kelsey's 1854 diary
Creator: Kelsey, Dandridge Eliphalet, 1818-1904
Date: 1854
Dandridge E. Kelsey's diary for the year 1854 is the first in a series that covers consistently the years 1853-1876. This 1854 volume begins with some personal and family history (D. E. Kelsey was born March 27, 1818, and had four children with his wife, Mercy Lacock, who had died the day before on December 31, 1853. The January 1, 1854, entry began: "Mercy Kelsey my Wife was buried and the funeral preached by the reverend Mr. Mellender at Coles Chapel . . . ). Kelsey had not yet moved to Kansas Territory in 1854.


Dandridge E. Kelsey papers

Dandridge E. Kelsey papers
Date: 1847-1903
This collection includes various letters, newspaper clippings, legal instruments and court records from cases in which Dandridge E. Kelsey was either plaintiff or defendant (including the 1890s case involving Kelsey and his son Scott in a dispute over ownership of title to the Shawnee County farm), records regarding Salida, and materials related to his membership in fraternal orders such as the Order of Odd Fellows and the Order of Good Templars. Kelsey served with the 83rd Indiana Infantry, Company B during the Civil War. He traveled around much of the country during his enlistment and then returned to Indiana, though he thereafter began taking exploratory trips out to Kansas. In 1868, after moving to Kansas, he continued his life as a farmer for the next ten years. In 1878, he joined a railroad surveying gang and went to Colorado. Between 1878 and 1892 he divided his time between Kansas and Salida, Colorado, where he was involved in mining, land subdivisions, and other speculative adventures, which apparently did not prosper. He returned permanently to Shawnee County in 1892 and died there in 1904.


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