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34 results for Doniphan County, Kansas Territory:
Writing Case
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: 1854
A writing case used to hold business papers, used by Charles E. Fox. Fox settled in Doniphan County in the 1850s.

Keywords: Business; Businessmen; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Fox, Charles E.; Objects


Territorial Census, 1855, District 14
Authors: Heed, Albert
Date: February-March, 1855
This census was taken in order to determine eligible voters for elections to be held as proclaimed by Governor Andrew Reeder on November 10, 1854. The categories for information in the census were name, occupation, age, male, female, emigrated from, native of United States, naturalized citizen, declarant (intention to become a citizen), Negro, slave, and voter. Only white males over 21 were eligible to vote. The districts used for the census were the same as the election districts. The assessor indexed the census entries and these pages appear before the enumeration pages. There is a statistical summary of the census that follows the enumeration pages. For District 14, the place of election was not stated. The boundaries of each district were described in Governor Reeder's proclamation and it is difficult to determine what counties were in each district. The description of the Fourteenth District follows: "Commencing at the mouth of Independence Creek; thence up said creek to the head of the main branch, and thence due west to the line of the late Kickapoo reservation; thence north along said line and the line of the late Sac and Fox reservation to the north line of the Territory, thence along said line eastwardly to the Missouri River, and down said river to the place of beginning."

Keywords: Census; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Heed, Albert


Contract, plat ownership in Highland, Kansas Territory
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: April 4, 1855
This contract proposed the annexation of more land to the township of Highland, Kansas Territory, which would cause it to share a boundary with Iowa Indian Reserve lands. The remainder of the document described the conditions of land ownership within the plat, dividing it among seven men, and prohibiting the sale or production of "intoxicating drinks" on all named lands. The contract includes a hand-drawn map of the area discussed.

Keywords: Bayless, John; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Doolittle, William; Highland, Kansas Territory; Irvin, James M.; Irvin, Samuel M.; Johnson, John P.; Land titles; Prohibition; Real estate investment; Rohrer, Upton; Temperance movement


Town share certificate, Iowa Point, Kansas Territory
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: July 17, 1856
This town share certificate documented the $200 investment of William Patton into Iowa Point, Kansas Territory.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Forman, Harvey W.; Forman, John W.; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Patton, William; Town companies; Town shares


Receipt, purchase of town lot in Iowa Point, Kansas Territory
Authors: Forman, Harvey W.
Date: July 29, 1856
This handwritten receipt documents William Patton's purchase of one town lot in Iowa Point, Kansas Territory, from Harvey Forman, founder of the town. 1858 was the culminating point of the town's history. At that time it was the second largest city in Kansas and was a business rival to Leavenworth. Also in 1858, a ferry company was organized, with Forman as president, and a steam ferry-boat put in operation on the Missouri. The town built up rapidly, a brick-yard was started by Joseph Selecman, and this material was substituted for wood in almost all buildings erected from that time on (adapted from William G. Cutler's "History of the State of Kansas").

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Forman, Harvey W.; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Land acquisition; Land sales; Patton, William; Town lots


Legal document, sale of land to William Patton
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: September 6, 1856
This Indenture documented the sale of several lots in Iowa Point, Kansas Territory, to William Patton. The land was purchased from the founders of Iowa Point, Kansas Territory, John and Harvey Forman, and John Pemberton, who had bought the land through the U.S. Government after it was opened to white settlers. Iowa Point was settle on former Iowa Indian lands.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Forman, Harvey W.; Forman, John W.; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Land acquisition; Land sales; Patton, William; Pemberton, John


Receipt, William Patton's purchase of a slave
Authors: Thornton, C.A.
Date: September 29, 1856
This handwritten receipt documents William Patton's purchase of a young slave girl, for which he paid $650.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Patton, William; Prices; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves in Kansas Territory


Certificate, Buffalo City, Kansas Territory, One Town Share
Authors: Buffalo City Town Association
Date: February 21, 1857
This printed form was made out to Charles Blakely, illustrated and completed by hand. Several towns were named Buffalo or Buffalo City during and after the territorial period. This particular Buffalo City was planned in Doniphan County near Eagle Springs. On February 11, 1857, John W. Geary, Kansas territorial governor, approved an act incorporating the "Buffalo Town Association of Kansas Territory" into Davis County. Neither town has survived.

Keywords: Blakely, Charles; Buffalo City Town Association; Buffalo City, Kansas Territory; Chadduck, G.B.; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Frazer, B.B.; Land acquisition; Town development; Town settlement; Town shares


Certificate, receipt for purchase of Iowa Trust Lands
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: June 8, 1857
When the Territory was opened in 1854, the Iowa Indians inhabited most of northern Doniphan County. Shortly after the passage of the Kansas- Nebraska bill a treaty was made between the U.S. Government and the Indians, by which the Indians sold a most of their lands and accepted the diminished reserve which they still occupy. The land that was then released to the Government was known as the "Iowa Trust lands," and was, with the exception of 480 acres, sold to the highest bidder (adapted from William G. Cutler's "History of the State of Kansas").

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Indian lands; Iowa Indians; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Land acquisition; Settlement


Letter, Ed Russell to Dr. [Franklin] Crane
Authors: Russell, Ed
Date: July 2, 1857
The letter was a follow up to Crane's presentation in St. Joseph, Missouri, about efforts to build the St. Joseph and Topeka Railroad. Crane had made a commitment to raise money for building the railroad and Russell was inquiring about his progress. Russell lived in Elwood, Doniphan County, and was lobbying for the railroad to go through that community.

Keywords: Crane, Franklin Loomis; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Elwood, Kansas Territory; Railroads design and construction; Russell, Edward; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; St. Joseph and Topeka Railroad; St. Joseph, Missouri; Topeka, Kansas Territory


Contract, D.S. Chapson commissioned by John Bayless
Authors: Bayless, John ; Chapson, D.S.
Date: July 23, 1857
This document outlined the terms of agreement between John Bayless, President of the Highland Town Company, and D.S. Chapson, whom Bayless commissioned the construction of a brick hotel. The contract described the specifications of the building, including its size and materials used, and designated the following March as the hotel's completion date.

Keywords: Bayless, John; Chapson, D.S.; Construction; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Highland, Kansas Territory; Hotels; Legal documents; Real estate investment; Town development


Tally List of Voters, Geary City, Doniphan County
Authors: Porter, R. J.
Date: August 3, 1857
An example of numerous like documents collected here, this "tally list" accompanied the official record of voting in the "state election," August 3, 1857, at Geary City in Doniphan County. The 57 voters on the sheets also had the opportunity to vote on the Topeka Constitution.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Election, Topeka Constitution, August 1857; Elections; Geary City, Kansas Territory; Porter, R. J.; Topeka Constitution


Election Results, Geary City, Doniphan County
Authors: Porter, R. J.
Date: August 3, 1857
One example of several official statements of the results of the "State Election," held under the authority of the Topeka Constitution. This one--Geary City, Doniphan County-- is certified by election judges R. J. Porter, John M. Curtis, and Alexander Paterson, and, among the offices tallied, recorded 55 votes for the "State Constitution."

Keywords: Curtis, John M.; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Election, Topeka Constitution, August 1857; Elections; Free state; Geary City, Kansas Territory; Geary County, Kansas Territory; Paterson, Alexander; Porter, R. J.; Topeka Constitution


Letter, Geo. Bayless to John Bayless, Esq.
Authors: Bayless, George
Date: September 15, 1857
George Bayless wrote to his uncle John Bayless in Kirkwood, New York, regarding the prospect of settling in Highland, Kansas Territory. George stated that he had caught the "Kansas fever", and greatly desired to travel there. However, his studies in medical school kept him behind. George asked his uncle if, in two or three years' time, he might be able to obtain premium office space at a price similar to those at the present time. He added that the "moral and religious regulations" proposed by his uncle made Highland sound especially appealing to him.

Keywords: Bayless, George; Bayless, John; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Emigration and immigration; Highland, Kansas Territory; Medicine; New York


Letter, S. M. Irvin to Dear Sir [Gen. John Bayless]
Authors: Irvin, S.M.
Date: October 26, 1857
S. M. Irvin, a member of the Highland Town Company, wrote from Highland, Kansas Territory to John Bayless, President of the Company and future Superintendent of Schools in Doniphan County. Irvin discussed different options regarding the development of an "educational company" and seminarian schools. Irvin also looked ahead to other aspects of town development, and stated that it would be advantageous to find a mechanic to buy and run the local mill.

Keywords: Bayless, George; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Education; Highland, Kansas Territory; Irvin, Samuel M.; Presbyterian Church; School buildings; Town development; Town shares


Prospectus of the "White Cloud Chief."
Authors: Miller, Solomon
Date: Spring 1857
Born at Lafayette, Indiana, on January 22, 1831, and raised in Ohio, Sol Miller "indentured" in the Germantown Gazette office in Germantown, Ohio, and in 1854 purchased half interest in that newspaper. Three years later he removed to White Cloud, Doniphan County and published the first issue of the White Cloud Kansas Chief on June 4, 1857. This printed "Prospectus" is signed by at least twenty "subscribers" who proposed "to commence the publication of paper bearing the above title [White Cloud Chief], early in the Spring of 1857" and describes the nature of the size, scope, etc., of the proposed newspaper to be edited and published by Miller.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Kansas Chief; Miller, Solomon (Sol); Newspaper publishing; Newspapers; Newspapers - Free State; White Cloud, Kansas Territory


Shareholders in the Topeka and St. Joseph Railroad Company
Authors: Topeka and St. Joseph Railroad Company
Date: c. 1858
Prepared by the temporary treasurer (perhaps Franklin Crane), this list showed the names of individuals who pledged capital to the Topeka and St. Joseph Railroad Company, the number of shares they held, and the communities they represented.

Keywords: Burgess, H. B.; Crane, Franklin Loomis; Dickey, Milton C.; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Doniphan, Kansas Territory; Elwood, Kansas Territory; Grasshopper Falls, Kansas Territory; Hillyer, George S.; Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900; Jefferson County, Kansas Territory; Kansapolis, Kansas Territory; Martin, Samuel E. (Dr.); Palermo, Kansas Territory; Railroad promotion; Railroads; Railroads finance; Russell, Edward; Swendson, Sevest; Thornton, Thomas G.; Topeka and St. Joseph Railroad Company; Walker, Robert J. (Robert John), 1801-1869; Willits, Jacob


Letter, G. W. Brown to Dear Sir & Brother
Authors: Brown, George W (George Washington), 1820-1915
Date: July 28, 1858
Writing on International Order of Oddfellows letterhead, George W. Brown of Lawrence informed his correspondent, apparently of White Cloud, Doniphan County, that he had enclosed an application for a subordinate lodge charter. The recipient of this letter might have been Sol Miller.

Keywords: Brown, George W. (George Washington), 1820-1915; Clubs; Community life; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Fraternal Organizations; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; International Order of Odd Fellows; Kansas Chief; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; White Cloud, Kansas Territory


Map, Ream's sectional map of the territory of Kansas
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: 1858
Map of Kansas Territory counties, with Washington, Dickinson, and Clay counties as a Western boundary.

Keywords: Allen County, Kansas Territory; Anderson County, Kansas Territory; Atchison County, Kansas Territory; Bourbon County, Kansas Territory; Breckinridge County, Kansas Territory (see also Lyon County, Kansas); Brown County, Kansas Territory; Butler County, Kansas Territory; Calhoun County, Kansas Territory (see also Jackson County, Kansas Territory); Clay County, Kansas Territory; Coffey County, Kansas Territory; Davis County, Kansas Territory; Dickinson County, Kansas Territory; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Dorn County, Kansas Territory; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Franklin County, Kansas Territory; Godfrey County, Kansas Territory; Greenwood County, Kansas Territory; Hunter County, Kansas Territory; Jackson County, Kansas Territory (see also Calhoun County, Kansas Territory); Jefferson County, Kansas Territory; Johnson County, Kansas Territory; Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory; Linn County, Kansas Territory; Lykins County, Kansas Territory (see also Miami County, Kansas); Lyon County, Kansas (see also Breckinridge County, Kansas Territory); Madison County, Kansas Territory; Maps; Marshall County, Kansas Territory; McGhee County, Kansas Territory; Miami County, Kansas (see also Lykins County, Kansas Territory); Nemaha County, Kansas Territory; Pottawatomie County, Kansas Territory; Richardson County, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; Washington County, Kansas Territory; Weller County, Kansas Territory; Wilson County, Kansas Territory; Woodson County, Kansas Territory


Photograph, Bellemont, Kansas Territory
Authors: Bierstadt Bros., Photographers, N. Bedford, Mass.
Date: 1859
A view of Bellemont, Kansas Territory, photographed by Bierstadt Bros., Photographers, N. Bedford, Mass.

Keywords: Bellemont, Kansas Territory; Bierstadt Bros., Photographers; Bierstadt, Albert; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Photographs and Illustrations; Stereographs; Wagons


Letter, S. C. S. [Samuel C. Smith] to Dear Doctor [Charles Robinson]
Authors: Smith, Samuel C.
Date: January 6, 1859
Samuel Smith wrote to Dr. Charles Robinson from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, regarding the latest election events within the Kansas Territorial Legislature. The positions of Speaker and Clerk were not secured by William Roberts and himself, as had been expected, but had been filled by Alfred Larzalere and Byron P. Ayres as a consequence of some questionable internal party politics, so described by Smith. Smith also wrote Robinson of George Deitzler's desire to resume correspondence with him, and of a recent incident in which James Lane's portrait was defaced.

Keywords: Atchison County, Kansas Territory; Ayres, Byron P.; Babcock, Carmi William; Bourbon County, Kansas Territory; Branscomb, Charles H.; Deitzler, George W.; Delahay, Mark W.; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Elder, P.P.; Elections; Free State Party; Goodin, Joel Kishler; Hutchinson, George W.; Kansas Territory. Legislature; Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866; Larzalere, Alfred; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory; Lecompton, Kansas Territory; Linn County, Kansas Territory; Lykins County, Kansas Territory (see also Miami County, Kansas); McLane, George W.; Methodist Church; Miami County, Kansas (see also Lykins County, Kansas Territory); Plumb, Preston B., 1837-1891; Roberts, William Young; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Smith, Samuel C.; Thacher, Timothy D., 1831-1894; Vaughan, Champion; Wright, John W.; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory


Contract, Highland Hotel leased to Elliot Irvin
Authors: Bayless, John
Date: January 14, 1859
This contract documented the lease agreement between John Bayless, owner of the Highland Hotel, and Elliot Irvin, lessee. The lease was valid for one year, under the condition that Irvin keep the hotel, barn, and outbuilding in good repair. Bayless agreed to use a portion of Irvin's rent to provide maintenance for the grounds.

Keywords: Bayless, John; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Highland, Kansas Territory; Hotels; Irvin, Elliot; Legal documents; Real estate investment


Letter, Ed Russell to Friend [Franklin] Crane
Authors: Russell, Ed
Date: June 1, 1859
This letter, sent by Ed Russell to Franklin Crane, a prominent Topeka citizen, concerned the proposed St. Joseph and Topeka Railroad. Russell was convinced that the people of Topeka had not acted in "good faith" by choosing to route the railroad through Doniphan rather than Elwood. Russell wanted the railroad to go through his hometown of Elwood, which had been the initial plan. This letter illustrates how various communities competed for railroads, even if these railroads were never built.

Keywords: Crane, Franklin Loomis; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Doniphan, Kansas Territory; Elwood, Kansas Territory; Palermo, Kansas Territory; Railroad promotion; Railroads; Russell, Edward; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; St. Joseph and Topeka Railroad; Topeka, Kansas Territory


Receipt, sale of Hotel share
Authors: Johnson, John P.
Date: July 1, 1859
This receipt documented the decision of the Secretary of the Highland Town Company, John P. Johnson, to sell his interest in the Highland Hotel, and other hotel lots in Highland, Kansas Territory, to Samuel M. Irvin. The owner of the Hotel, John Bayless, was instructed to deed Johnson's shares to Irvin.

Keywords: Bayless, John; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Highland, Kansas Territory; Hotels; Irvin, Samuel M.; Johnson, John P.; Real estate investment; Receipts


Certificate of Appointment, William Bayless to Road Commissioner
Authors: Bayless, William H. ; Taylor, A.
Date: August 29, 1859/September 12, 1859
This handwritten document appointed William Bayless to the office of Road Commissioner in Iowa Township, Doniphan County.

Keywords: Bayless, William; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Roads; Taylor, A.


People's Store!! Palermo, Kansas
Authors: Swendson, Sevest
Date: November 14, 1859
Broadside announcing opening of a new dry goods grocery store.

Keywords: Advertisements; Business enterprises; Clothing and dress; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Food; Palermo, Kansas Territory; Retail businesses; Swendson, Sevest


Account ledger, William Patton in Acct. with Leach & Bro.
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: December 1859
This document listed names and prices of items purchased by William Patton, presumably from the Leach & Bro. Store in Iowa Point, Kansas Territory. Patton himself was a slave owner.

Keywords: Account books; Domestics; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Merchandise; Patton, William; Prices; Settlement


Legal document, trading license for John W. Forman
Authors: Vanderslice, Daniel
Date: ca. 1859
This document, an unsigned copy drafted by Daniel Vanderslice, outlines the conditions of a $5000 loan taken from the U.S. government by Harvey W. and John W. Forman and John Pemberton. These men had already purchased land in what had become northern Doniphan County, founded the city of Iowa Point in 1854 on lands previously owned by Iowa Indians. The document also describes the conditions of a one-year trading license issued to John W. Forman, which stipulated that Forman must limit his trading to only certain areas and specific Indian tribes.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Forman, Harvey W.; Forman, John W.; Indian agents; Indian traders; Iowa Indians; Native Americans; Pemberton, John; Sac and Fox Indians; Vanderslice, Daniel


Freight bill for Daniel Vanderslice
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: April 19, 1860
This freight bill gave notice to Daniel Vanderslice, Indian Agent in Doniphan County, Kansas Territory, of the arrival of a shipment of building materials at the Port of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Keywords: Construction; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Freight and freightage; Indian agents; St. Joseph, Missouri; Steamboats; Vanderslice, Daniel; White Cloud, Kansas Territory


Letter, D. Vanderslice to Builders
Authors: Vanderslice, Daniel
Date: May 11, 1860
Daniel Vanderslice, an Indian Agent, solicited builders with which he could contract in order to erect a school house and teacher's dwellings on the Iowa Indian Reservation near White Cloud, Kansas Territory. Vanderslice already had drawn up prospective plans and specifications for a school building, but welcomed other suggestions from independent contractors, just as long as the total cost of those suggested were at or under his set budget.

Keywords: Construction; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Education; Indian agents; Iowa Indians; Native Americans; School buildings; Vanderslice, Daniel; White Cloud, Kansas Territory


Article, "The Drouth and Famine in Kansas"
Authors: New York Daily Tribune
Date: October 10, 1860
This newspaper article, published in the New York Daily Tribune from October 10, 1860, outlined the basic details of the suffering and destitution of settlers in Kansas. It also included reprints of two circulars originating from Kansas Territory. One was from the Presbytery of Highland, and the other was from the Central Relief Committee based in Leavenworth. The first reprinted circular provided information about the dire situation and gave the names of the members of this committee. The second circular requested that the elders and deacons of each church in Kansas ascertain how many families needed immediate assistance in order to present a full report to the Central Relief Committee.

Keywords: Arny, W. F. M. (William Frederick Milton), 1813-1881; Central Relief Committee; Churches; Clothing and dress; Crops; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Droughts; Economic conditions; Famines; Food; Grain; Highland, Kansas Territory; Hyatt, Thaddeus; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Presbyterian Church; Reaser, Rev. J. G.; Relief; Relief funds; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory


Construction plans, Specifications and plan of school house
Authors: Vanderslice, Daniel
Date: c. 1860
These extensive plans describe in detail specifications for the construction of a school house in School District No. 62 in Doniphan County, Kansas. This school house was most likely intended to serve the residents of the Iowa Indian Reservation, near White Cloud, Kansas Territory

Keywords: Construction; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Education; Indian agents; Native Americans; School buildings; Vanderslice, Daniel


Map, Doniphan County
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: ca. 1860
"Map of Doniphan County Kansas, showing the location of Highland." The map is not dated.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Highland, Kansas Territory; Maps; Missouri River


Photograph, Alfred Larzalere
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: 
Alfred Larsalere of Doniphan County was active in free state politics including serving as speaker of the Kansas House in 1859 and a a delegate to the Leavenworth constitutional convention. He also was a member of the Free State Central committee.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Free state supporters; Kansas Territory. Legislature; Larzalere, Alfred; Leavenworth Constitution; Photographs and Illustrations


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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