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Day, Leicester. - (Burrton).  Leicester Day enlisted Sept. 18, 1861 as a private in Company F, 7th Wisconsin.  Served 3 years.  Was on detatched duty in McDowals construction corps afterwards in the Pioneer corps.  Served in that capacity in battles at Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Fredricksburg, and was almost constantly in hearing of musketry and smell of powder until discharged.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday September 22, 1882.  Page 2).  Leicester Day died August 4, 1897, at the age of 74 years, 4 months, 0 days.  He was married to Christine Day, who died November 15, 1901 at the age of 78 years, 1 month, 7 days.  Buried together with them is Archie Day, born 1885 and died 1887.  All are buried in the Burrton Cemetery, Burrton Kansas, Block 3 Lot 52, Graves 1-3.

Dean, Jesse.- (Burrton).  Jesse Dean enlisted in August 1862 as private in Co. F (or Co G) 40th Iowa, served three years.  Was at the battle of Salene, Arkansas.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday February 10, 1882.  Page 2).  Jesse Dean was born in 1844 and died in 1917.  He was married to Mary E. Dean (1849-1917).  Both are buried in the Burrton Cemetery, Block 3 Lot 211, Graves 1 & 2.

Dodd, Joseph. - (Burrton).  Joseph Dodd, enlisted as private in Co. C 49th Indiana Infantry in October, 1861.  Served three years, promoted to Seargent, was in battles at Fort Gibson, Champion Hill, Black River, Siege of Vicksburg, Alexandria, and Arkansas Post.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday February 3, 1882.  Page 2).  Joseph Dodd was born in 1832 and died in 1914.  He was married to Sarah A. Dodd (1826-1915).  They are buried together in the Burrton Cemetery, Block 2 Lot 71 Graves 3 & 4. 

Dodson, Charles Frederick. (1870 Pioneer) (Lakin Township) (Confederate Veteran) - Charles Frederic Dodson was born in Shanandoah county, Virginia, December 4, 1841 and died at Halstead Kansas, June 6, 1905, of asthma, from which he had suffered for several years.  He was married June 22 1859 to Elizabeth Francis Frye.  To this union eight children were born, all of whom except one survive him.  His wife passed away February 13, 1904.  He served four years in the confederate army, moved to Ohio in 1865, came to Kansas in 1870, where he remained until the time of his death.  He was 63 years of age. (The Sedgwick Pantagraph, Sedgwick, Kansas.  June 15, 1905, Page 1).    Funeral services were conducted at Hillside cemetery in Sedgwick by Rev. Dadisman on Wednesday, June 7, 1905.  (Biography):  Charles Frederick Dodson served four years in the confederate army during the Civil War, moving from Virginia to Ohio in 1865.  He enlisted on April 7, 1862 at Hawkinstown, Virginia as a Private.  He was mustered into Company C, 7th VA. Cavalry.  On May 1, 1862 he transferred into Company K, 12th VA. Cavalry.  He was described at enlistment as 57 light complexion, blue eyes, auburn hair.  He and his family, moved to Kansas in 1870, where he engaged in farming and stockraising until his death.  He was one of the first settlers in Lakin township, Harvey County, Kansas.  "By 1871 Homesteaders of Lakin township included Lee Wright, C. A. Tracy, Charles Yeomans, Henry Arrowsmith, John Swan, C. F. Dodson & Charles Saylor." (Deloris Carmichael, Great Granddaughter of CF Dodson).

Duff, J. R. (1899 Pioneer) (Newton City) - The firm of Duff & Duff is one of the leading ones in Newton, Kansas, and one of the directing spirits of that enterprising city is J.R. Duff, who is the subject of this sketch.  The birth of Mr. Duff was in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 27, 1861, and he was a son of Henry and Mary A. (Flaherty) Duff, the former of whom was of Scotch-Irish descent, born on the border, and the latter was a native of Maryland.  By trade the father of our subject was a contractor and builder, and his home for many years was in Springfield, Illinois, where he died in 1887, at the age of sixty-eight years.  He was a worthy and consistent member of the Brethren church.  His widow is one of the respected residents of Springfield.  J. R. Duff, who is our subject, was the oldest of the eight children in the family, six of whom are still living, one brother, Albert J. Duff, being a member of the firm of Duff & Duff.  Our subject was educated in the public schools, including the high school, in Springfield, Illinois, and then learned the trade of cabinet-maker, carpenter and upholsterer, first in Springfield, later in Chicago, whither he went in 1880.  For nine years the latter city was his home, where he worked at his trade with satisfaction and success, but in 1891 he moved to Kansas, locating in Arkansas City, and there opening up a business in furniture and undertaking, which latter branch he had also learned during his residence in Chicago.  In March, 1899, Mr. Duff came to Newton, Kansas, and bought the interest of W. C. Powers in the same line, and the firm now occupies the Gertsen block, which has seventy-five feet of frontage and one hundred and fifty feet of depth, which they occupy to the full capacity.  Duff & Duff carry the largest line and the most complete stock within a radius of several counties and they do an immense business through the small towns included within fifty miles, giving the people a chance to select from a large and varied assortment without being obliged to go to one of the large centers.  This stock comprises furniture, carpets, draperies and curtains of all kinds and also displays the latest designs in house fittings of all descriptions.  Mr. Duff is also an experienced embalmer.  The marriage of Mr. Duff was on November 21, 1885, to Miss Adah Beard, who was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and who was a daughter of H. N. Beard, both parents being now deceased.  The three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Duff were Macile, Eva, and Albert.  The religious connection of the family is with the Episcopal church, while in politics Mr. Duff is an active Republican.  Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic order, a thirty-second degree Mason, and has been five times a delegate to the grand lodge; also he is connected with the order of Knights of Pythias, and has been secretary and venerable counsel in the order of Woodmen of America.  There is no business citizen who stands higher in public regard than our subject.  He has won his own way to the front, has honestly placed himself among the substantial citizens of Harvey County, and is justly regarded as a representative business man of this thriving city.  (Biographical History of Central Kansas: 1902, pp. 654-655).

Dunkelberger, EdwardEdward Dunkelberger married Bessie P. Murphy in November of 1910.  Researching this family line is jcolvin68, at aol.com, who is a family member on the Murphy side.  This Edward Dunkelberger is a son of William, most likely the same William as featured below, but this has not yet been proven.

Dunkelberger, Samuel (1879 Pioneer) (Macon Township) - There will be found in this work a biographical sketch of William Dunkelberger, an old and respected farmer of Macon township, Harvey County, Kansas, who married Elizabeth Holderman, who bore him a number of children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the eldest.  Samuel Dunkelberger, farmer, section 20, Macon township, who receives his mail by means of Newton rural delivery No. 1, was born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, September 10, 1864.  He was educated in district schools in Pennsylvania and Kansas, and received thorough and practical instruction in farming on his father's farm.  Later for three years he was employed in railway shops at Newton, Kansas, and as a locomotive fireman on the Santa Fe system, in Kansas and New Mexico.  He had a home under the parental roof until his marriage.  At the age of nineteen years he bought a threshing machine, which in time he replaced by a more modern and more expensive one, and from that day to the present he has devoted himself to threshing, in season, with considerable success.  He is the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and thirty-eight acres, which he devotes to mixed crops, raising six to twelve hundred bushels of wheat and four to eight hundred bushels of corn annually; and he keeps fifteen to twenty head of short-horn cattle of good grade, and three horses.  June 14, 1894, he married Miss Martha Steps, who was born near Leipsic, Germany, a daughter of Amiel and Amelia (Krehl) Steps.  Mrs. Dunkelberger came to America in 1889 with her brother, and Frederica Krehl, her grandmother.  She married Gottleib Krehl, who died in Germany, aged sixty-eight years, leaving four children, two of whom are in America, two in Germany.  Mrs. Dunkelberger's father died in Germany, in 1887, aged forty-six years, leaving a widow and several children.  William, one of his sons, died at the age of three years soon after his father.  Alfred, who is employed in the hospital corps at Fort Slocum, New York, has a wife and child.  Paul, who is married, lives at Savannah, Missouri.  Carl lives with his mother in Germany.  Clara, an attractive young lady, came to America in 1901 and is living with Mrs. Dunkelberger.  Their grandmother Krehl died in Macon township, in 1901, aged eighty years.  Mr. and Mrs. Dunkelberger have an infant daughter named Inez, who was born July 3, 1900.  Mr. Dunkelberger is a member of Halstead Lodge, No. 46, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of Halstead, Kansas, in which he was received as an Entered Apprentice, passed the Fellow Craft degree and was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason.  In political faith he is a Republican, and, being a man of patriotic, public spirit, he serves the interests of his fellow townsmen in every manner possible and has ably filled the office of township trustee two terms and township treasurer three terms.  He and his wife are members of the Evangelical Church and are helpfully devoted to all its various needs.  They are widely known throughout the county and are highly respected by all who have the honor of their acquaintance.  Their cozy and attractive home is known for its hospitality.  (Biographical History of Central Kansas: 1902, pp. 611-612).  Note:  Samuel's marriage to Martha E. Steps is confirmed by Harvey County Marriage License filed June 16, 1894.  Samuel's brother, William, married Clara Steps, marriage license filed April 18, 1903.

Dunkelberger, William. (1879 Pioneer) (Macon Township) - Another of those Pennsylvanians who by their industry and force of character have given an impetus to civilization and progress in Kansas is William Dunkelberger, whose homestead is in section 20, Macon township, Harvey county, and whose post office address is Newton.  Mr. Dunkelberger was born in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, April 4, 1834.  Jacob Dunkelberger, his father, was born in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, in 1802, and died in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, in 1874.  John George Dunkelberger, father of Jacob and grandfather of William Dunkelberger, was a native of Holland, who came early to the United States and died in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, at an advanced age about 1837.  He had four sons.  Jacob, the eldest of these, was the father of the subject of this sketch, and John was the next in order of birth.  The third son, Daniel, became a butcher.  Samuel, the youngest son, was an able farmer and successful horse breeder, lived and died in Pennsylvania, leaving six or seven children.  John George Dunkelberger's wife died at the old family homestead in Pennsylvania about 1852, aged ninety-two years.  Catharine Maurer, who married Jacob Dunkelberger and became the mother of William Dunkelberger, was a native of Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Jacob Maurer, a farmer and distiller, who died at the age of eighty-six years, leaving six sons and two daughters, one of whom, Mrs. Julia Clock, aged about seventy years, lives at Newton, Kansas.  Jacob Maurer's wife died in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, in 1866, aged sixty years.  Their daughter, Catharine, born July 6, 1806, married Jacob Dunkelberger in 1828, and they had four sons and five daughters, all of whom were reared to manhood and womanhood.  One of their daughters married William Hipler and died in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, aged forty-two years, leaving several children.  All of the others are married and each has three to ten childrnen.  William Dunkelberger received a scant education in the German language in Pennsylvania and studied English very insufficiently.  He passed his earlier years in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania (where his brother Israel is living), and was married May 22, 1864, in that county, to Elizabeth Holderman, who was born there in 1844, a daughter of John Holderman, a progressive farmer, who died in 1889, aged sixty-seven years, leaving a wife (his second) and four children.  Immediately after his marriage Mr. Dunkelberger settled on twenty-three acres of land not far from his father's homestead.  There he remained until 1879, increasing his land to one hundred and twenty acres, all of which he sold in the year last mentioned for six thousand and two hundred dollars, which was a modest price for the property.  Removing to Kansas he bought a quarter section in Macon township for two thousand dollars, and later he purchased for a like sum eighty acres, which he sold to his son Jeremiah.  The following information concerning Mr. Dunkelberger's children will be interesting in this connection.  Samuel, a biographical sketch of whom appears in this work, is a farmer living a half mile west of his father's homestead, is married and has a child.  Clara is a saleslady in Chicago, Illinois, and Mary and Lizie are employed in the same city; Mary is a ticket-seller in an elevated railway station, Lizzie is a saleslady in a dry goods store.  William, who is a member of his father's household, is a farmer and thresher; Jeremiah is married and lives in Newton; Kate married Richard Challand and has two children.  Jacob assists his father on the farm.  Francis lives at Newton, Kansas.  Maggie died in the sixth year of her age.  Albert, Elnora, Edwin J. and John, the last two aged seventeen and sixteen years respectively, are members of their father's household.  Royal died in infancy.  Augustus, the youngest, is nine years old.  Mr. Dunkelberger does general farming, his principal crop being wheat, of which he raised three thousand and five hundred bushels in 1901, and he keeps seven horses and sixteen head of cattle.  He is a member of the Evangelical Church, in which he holds the office of trustee.  Originally a Republican in politics, he is now an independent voter, who while avoiding office himself, does his utmost to put able and honest men in township and county offices, believing that the administration of no office can be better than the moral and intellectual status of its incumbent.  He is a public-spirited man of broad and liberal views who does everything in his power to advance movements which in his good judgment tend to the general good.  (Biographical History of Central Kansas: 1902, pp. 612-613).