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Report of H. J. Strickler, Commissioner to Audit Claims of Citizens of the Territory of Kansas
R. D. McCamish submitted this claim (No. 46) for damages and losses to a hotel, storehouse, and other property on September 4, 1856. James Lane commanded the troops that did the damage to Mr. McCamish's property. Mr. McCamish lived in Johnson County. Each claimant had to submit an itemized list and have two witnesses attest to the losses claimed. Even though many of these claims were approved for payment, no funds were ever appropriated or distributed.
Keywords: Damage claims; Johnson County, Kansas Territory; Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866; McCamish, R. D.; Militia; Strickler, Hiram Jackson
Authors: Strickler, Hiram Jackson
Letter, Wilm. Donaldson to Mr. Thos. Stinson
April 4, 1856
William Donaldson, writing from the Shawnee Indian Reserve in Johnson County, Kansas Territory, informed Thomas N. Stinson that an Indian agent, William Gay, was taking a census of the Shawnee Indians in Kansas. He indicated that the census would be used to determine government payments made to Shawnees. Donaldson reported that a number of adopted Shawnee tribe members who had been receiving government payments had been struck from the payrolls. Stinson, whose wife was Shawnee, had been adopted by the tribe and apparently was receiving government payments. Donaldson reported that Stinson's name had not yet been removed from the payroll.
Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Census; Donaldson, William; Johnson County, Kansas Territory; Native Americans; Shawnee Indian Reserve; Shawnee Indians
Authors: Donaldson, William
Letter, Marc [Parrott] to Dear Edd [Edwin A. Parrott]
June 11, 1855
Marcus J. Parrott wrote from the Shawnee Methodist Mission in Kansas Territory to his brother, Edwin A. Parrott, in Dayton, Ohio. Marcus reported to Edwin that he was in need of money, and told him of his plan to borrow some from their father to invest. He expressed his support for the free state cause, but disagreed with recent violent acts that had occurred on the part of a free state man. Marcus also referred to the Territorial Legislature, which would convene at Pawnee, and anticipated "a grand row and smash up as a result".
Keywords: Free state perspective; Johnson County, Kansas Territory; Kansas Territory. Legislature - Pawnee/Shawnee Mission; Parrott, Edwin A.; Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879; Pawnee, Kansas Territory; Shawnee Indians; Weston, Missouri; Westport, Missouri
Authors: Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879
Letter, Marc [Parrott] to Dear Father [Thomas Parrott]
July 28, 1855
Marcus Parrott, a lawyer and free state man, wrote to his father, Thomas Parrott, from the Shawnee Methodist Mission in Kansas Territory. Marcus told his father of his desire to purchase land and build a home in Leavenworth City, for which he asked his father to send money for lumber. He also mentioned business and referred to his role in the defense of Cole McCrea, a free state man who had killed Malcolm Clark in Leavenworth the past April. Marcus also mentioned his prospect of being nominated as Reporter to the Supreme Court, which he saw as good advertising only.
Keywords: Business enterprises; Freight and freightage; Johnson County, Kansas Territory; Kansas Territory. Judicial system; Lawyers; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; McCrea, Cole; Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879; Parrott, Thomas; Shawnee Mission; Timber
Authors: Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879
Letter, Charles Mayo to G.W. Collamore, Esq.
June 11 1857
Charles Mayo, writing from Olathe, Kansas Territory, described to George Collamore the budding township and his experiences there. Mayo had invested shares in the town and hoped it would become the county seat. He encouraged Collamore to influence free state men to go to Olathe and settle there, in order to out populate the proslavery majority already established.
Keywords: Free state perspective; Johnson County, Kansas Territory; Mayo, Charles; Olathe, Kansas Territory; Proslavery supporters; Santa Fe road; Shawnee Indians; Town companies; Town development
Authors: Mayo, Charles
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