The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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married to Lidy J. May in 1849; she was born in Sullivan county, New York, in 1831, moved from New York in 1876 to Wisconsin and from there to Kansas; 1878, took the homestead upon which he has resided ever since, in the southwest part of the county; he has a family of thirteen, six boys and six girl and one grandchild raised by him, all born in one house and the same farm in Sullivan county, New York.  Danial, the oldest son, settled on the Prairie Dog, near Albert Graves, in 1876.  He now lives in the Blackhills, Dakota; Lidy, settled on land near her father; Sam, the second son, settled in the southwest part of the county and lives there yet:  Silas lives in Montana; Lena married Eph Burroughs and lives near Lenora at this time; Isabell, married John Beal, who lived here several years and was well known as the first barber who opened a regular shop in Norton.  He moved to Nebraska and has lived for several years at Henrietta.  Jefferson Davis Pool lives in Wyoming; Robert E. Lee Pool also lives in Wyoming, they being namesakes of the distinguished secessionists of those names.  The balance of Mr. Pool's children live in this county at this time. 

Hugh T. Carlisle was born in Stephentown, Rensselaer county, New York March 23, 1843, of Scotch extraction, his father having been born in Belfast, Ireland, of parents who emigrated from Dumfriesshire (sic), Scotland, he being a Presbyterian minister.  Mr. Carlisle enlisted in company D 81st Ohio, September 10, 1861, and served the first winter of the war in Missouri; left St. Louis March 8, 1862, and went up the Tennessee river with the "big fleet," landing at Pittsburg Landing, March 17; took part in both days' fight at Shiloh, belonging to W. H. L. Wallace's division, which bore the brunt; took part in the siege of Corinth and was severely wounded in left thigh at the battle of Corinth, October 3, 1862; was discharged on account of wound May 8, 1863, and again enlisted July 3, 1803, in company C, 129th Ohio, a six months' regiment, serving eight months in east Tennessee, and was present at the capture of Cumberland Gap, where the United States forces took fourteen pieces of artillery and 2,200 prisoners.  Returned to Springfield and went to Cincinnati where he was bookkeeper for the United States Telegraph company for ten months. 

He was married to Anna Belle Conklin, May 4, 1873, at Greensboro, Indiana.  He has three children living, Jasper J., born in Topeka, Kansas, July 8, 1877; Martha B., born on the homestead, two miles west of Leota, July 2, 1879, and Mary, born in Norton, December 29, 1880.  He came to Kansas in October, 1876, settling in Topeka.  He first came to Norton county in January, 1878, by way of Old Trego, WaKeeney not then being in existence.  Rode from Trego in a mail wagon with Joe Gettys, stopping at night with Ame Burroughs on Lost Creek.  Between the railroad and Lost Creek there was not a settler or sign of civilized life.  The next day he passed through Lenora, which consisted of a log school house and a small store.  Had to remain there some time till Gettys went down to the Solomon river and hunted the postmaster to take the mail, he having gone hunting.  From Lenora to Leota there were no settlers.  Stopped in Leota a couple of weeks, visiting different portions of the county and returned to Topeka.  In April he returned to Norton county, coming by covered wagon, and located on the Prairie Dog, two miles west of Leota 

He writes: "I dug a cut through a point of a bank, sodded up the ends, put a door and window in each end, roofed with sticks and dirt and moved in.  Could procure no lumber for door frames 

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