Enoch Franklin Burchfiel, a Harper county pioneer, who for over thirty years has been active in the affairs of that section of the State, is a native of Tennessee. He was born April 5, 1861, in Jefferson county, Tennessee, and is a son of Rev. J. R. and Louisa (Lee) Burchfiel. The father was born December 5, 1828, in Jefferson county, Tennessee, and his parents were also natives of that State, of Welsh and Scotch descent. Rev. J. R. Burchfiel was a Methodist minister and a graduate of the Methodist-Episcopal Theological Seminary, Strawberry Plains, Tenn. He was ordained in 1853, and rode the circuit in Kentucky and Tennessee until 1861, when he became a local preacher in Jefferson county, where he also followed farming until 1883. He then came to Kansas, and bought land in Spring township, where he followed farming until his death, January 23, 1900, practically retiring from the ministry as a profession after coming to Kansas. However, he frequently preached. He was a devout Christian and practiced the precepts of the gospel in his every day life. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, and politically was a Republican. In 1902 a memorial church was erected in honor of his memory on his old home farm, six miles south of Anthony, and bears the name of "Burchfiel Chapel." His wife, Mary Lee, was a daughter of Robert B. and Mary (Swaford) Lee. She was born in Ray county, Tennessee, November 27, 1833. Her father was a native of Virginia and a member of the historic Lee family of that State, and a relative of Gen. Robert E. Lee. To Rev. J. R. and Louisa (Lee) Burchfiel were born six children as follows: Robert B., born September 4, 1859, was county surveyor of Harper county from 1886 to the time of his death, January 1, 1914; Enoch Franklin, the subject of this sketch; Paralee, born January 22, 1864, now the wife of William M. Moore, a personal sketch of whom appears in this volume; James W.; Anna E., married J. P. Henderson, a Harper county farmer and John S., a merchant, Anthony, Kans. John S. is a director in the Farmer's State Bank of Anthony, one of the most substantial institutions in Southern Kansas. The directorate of this institution is composed of thirty-five wealthy farmers of Harper county who represent a financial responsibility seldom found in a banking institution. Enoch Franklin Burchfiel was reared on a farm in Jefferson county, Tennessee, and from his boyhood was imbued with an ambition to succeed in life. He sold peanuts, and earned the money with which he bought his first horse. This was the feeble beginning of a live stock career, which in later years developed into a prosperous business on the plains of Kansas. In 1884, he came to Kansas, locating in Harper county, where he bought land and he has since added to his original holdings, from time to time, and now owns over 1,500 acres of some of the best improved and most valuable land in Southern Kansas. He was an extensive stock raiser, and since coming to this State has been interested in the cattle business, and in 1898 retired from the farm, and since that time has devoted himself to buying and shipping cattle and hogs on an extensive scale. He is one of the large dealers of Southern Kansas. Mr. Burchfiel was married January 25, 1880, to Miss Martha Jane Derrick, also a native of Jefferson county, Tennessee, born May 2, 1862. She is a daughter of Calvin and Clister (Ward) Derrick, both also natives of Tennessee. To Mr. and Mrs. Burchfiel have been born seven children: Joseph Calvin, born March 20, 1881, a farmer in Harper county; Marion Ernest, born June 20, 1883, died September 4, 1884; Otha P., born March 2, 1885, assistant cashier of the Farmers State Bank of Anthony, graduated from the Anthony High School in the class of 1903, with honors, making the highest record of percentages in the history of the school; Lee Holis, born April 22, 1887, now engaged in the live stock business; Kelsey P., born March 7, 189o, farmer in Harper county; Frank McKinley, born October 2, 1891, farmer in Harper county, and Gavetia, born May 3, 1895, graduated from the Anthony High School, in the class of 1914. Mr. Burchfiel has various interests in Harper county, in addition to farming and the stock business. Mr. E. F. Burchfiel has been a staunch supporter of the Republican party and takes an active part in local politics, and has held various township offices. He is a Thirty-second Degree Mason and a member of the Mystic Shrine.Pages 209-210 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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