The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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sleeping under the wagon.  It had been raining during the night and it is supposed he had reached out to get his gun which was standing beside the wagon, and in drawing it in by the wheel of the wagon it was accidently (sic) discharged killing him instantly.  J. P. Dopps, justice of the peace, held an inquest on the following day and the jury brought in a verdict in accordance with the above statement.  From that incident Jones Branch took its name.

Frank Boyington left here for the mountains early in 1874 and has not been heard from since.

Charles Deal came to Long Branch from Jewell county in 1873.  He was born in Pullman county, Indiana, September 23, 1828. he was married in Harrison county, Iowa, May 18, 1854.  Mrs. Deal was born at Mount Vernon, Ohio, May 10, 1833.  Mr. Deal volunteered in company A. 29 Iowa infantry, and served three years.  After coming here and taking his land he returned to Jewell county to bring his family but was taken sick and died October 23, 1873 in Jewell county.  In the spring of 1874 Mrs. Deal came here with her family of small children and has remained here ever since.  She raised six children; three boys and three girls.  They are all living except the second daughter who married R. F. Hudsonpillar.

[Hudsonpillar also lived in Jewell County, Kansas before coming to Norton County.]

hudsonpillar.JPG (29334 bytes) Ranselier F. Hudsonpiller was born in Putnam county, Indiana, January 16. 1846, enlisted at Chariton, Iowa, in September 1861 in the 13 Iowa infantry; was in the battles of Shiloh, siege of Vicksburg, Corinth, Iuka, second Corinth.  At Kennesaw Mountain he was wounded July 22, 1864, the day McPherson was killed.  He was a member of Crocker's Iowa brigade; was taken prisoner July 25, and was in Andersonville prison six weeks; was taken from there to Savannah and from there to Charleston, from there to Florence. from Florence he and a man by the name of W. O. Mitchell, who is prominent in Iowa politics, escaped.  Mr. Mitchell was speaker in the Iowa house of representatives in 1890 and 1892.  They made their escape by hiding in the sick camp while on detail to carry water.  They traveled 21 nights and were then recaptured and taken to Saulsbury prison and kept there until January 1865, were then sent to Libby at Richmond and were held there until March 9, 1865 when they were exchanged and sent to Davenport, Iowa, and mustered out having served three years and six months.

Dick Curry was in the same regiment and taken prisoner at the same time.  W.W. Robinson was also in the same regiment.

R F. Hudsonpillar married Mary J. Deal. They had five children.  The eldest three children died. The fourth child, Edna T. is 14 years old and Harry R. their youngest is 12 years old.  Mrs. Hudsonpillar died January 8, 1886.  He married again in April 1892 Mrs. Edgar Page.  He was elected county commissioner from the first district in 1877 and served one term.  He was a candidate 

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