A few nice Biography images I found:
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Co. B, 8th MO. S. M. Cavalry & Co. E, 7th MO. S. M. Cavalry
William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman:
OWEN LEE, real estate and loan agent, was born in Gasconade County, Mo., January 24, 1846; son of Drury and Matilda Lee. He lived in his native county until 1858, and then moved to Cedar County, Mo., where he remained until July, 1861, when he enlisted in Company B, Eighth Missouri M. S. M. and did home guard service six months, then entered Company E, Seventh M. S. M. and was actively engaged about one year. Was in the engagements at Carthage and Wilson Creek. He was also engaged in skirmishing, part of the time served as a spy for Brig. Gen. Carr. He was taken prisoner while scouting by Gen. Price's command at Boston Mountain. Four days after the capture, he, in company with two companions, made their escape from the guards, and mounting rebel horses ran through Price's camp, and rode all night; two of the horses were run down and all three of the escaped prisoners mounted the horse on which Lee rode; but the horse soon gave out, one of Lee's companions was shot and killed, the other wounded and re-captured, while Mr. Lee was hunted down by bloodhounds and finally recaptured. He and his companion were then tied with ropes for a few days, and for several weeks were fed on bran bread and water; about six weeks after the capture he again effected his escape and eluded his pursuers by jumping into a stream and taking refuge under a drift where he lay in the stream with only his head above water over twenty-four hours; when his pursuers had given up the search he proceeded on his way, and was three days and nights without food. On the evening of the second day he found in the road a bill, and soon after an abandoned Government mule. He manufactured a bridle of bark, mounted the mule and rode all night, the mule gave out the next morning. He stopped for refreshments at a log hut occupied by a colored family. He was here provided with shoes to protect his lacerated and bleeding feet. He then continued his journey on foot, taking only one meal per day and sleeping out nights until he finally completed the distance of over 250 miles and arrived at his home in Osceola, Mo. He then returned to his regiment and completed his term of service, which was one year. He then came to Kansas in March, 1863, and on June 1, 1863, was mustered into Company G, Ninth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, was afterward transferred to Company M, same regiment. Was in the engagements at Newtonia, Prairie Grove, Cane Hill, Vanburen, Little Rock, Bull Bayou and many skirmishes; was finally mustered out August 15, 1865. He then returned to New Albany, Wilson County, where he clerked at an Indian trading post two and a half years. Then spent two years in Indian Territory trading with the Indians, after which he farmed in Wilson County, Kan., about two years. He then went to Elk County and was there dealing in stock until he came to Fredonia in 1882. Since coming to Fredonia he has been engaged in the furniture, lumber and grain business three years, and in the harness business several years. On January 21, 1880 was burned out and suffered a loss of ,200. He is at present engaged in the real estate and loan business and is serving as Constable. He was married at New Albany, May 13, 1868, to Salatha Law, by whom he had five children, two of whom are now living, viz.: Jonathan W. and Rosetta. His wife died in 1875. His second wife, Miranda Walden only lived five months after their wedding, and he was married to Miranda A. Libby, January 6, 1877, by whom he has one child, viz.: Dora Belle Lee. Mr. Lee is a worthy Mason, a member of the G. A. R. and is deputy grand dictator of the State for the Knights of Honor.
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Company K, 7th Iowa Cavalry
From the Book: Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington,Clay and Riley Counties. Chapman Brothers,Chicago,1890
Absalom Wood is an old settler in Clay County,having first located here in May,1873. He is now a prominent citizen of Clay Center,having retired from the farm life which was his for many years. His town residence is on the corner of Crawford and Third Streets,and is a fine home. The grounds are 92x153 feet,on which many improvents have been made by the owners,both house and grounds being pleasantly and beautifully kept.
Three or four generations ago,the forefathers of our subject settled in Fauquier County,Va.,being pioneers there. There Elias Wood,father of our subject,was born about the year 1789. He grew to manhood in that county and enlisted in the regular army. While serving at the Lexington arsenal,in what is now West Virginia,he was married to Miss Frankie Cheatum. Having finished the five years of regular army enlistment,Mr. Wood,removed to a farming community and followed teaming,which at that time was quite a calling. In 1843,the family removed to Henry Co.,Ind.,and there and in the adjoining counties lived until the death of Mt. Wood in 1856. The mother had departed this life in 1855,she and her husband being about the same age at the time of their decease.
Absalom Wood was born in Lexington,Rockbridge Co.,West Virginia,April 12,1822 and is the oldest child in th parental family. He grew to maturity in his native State and accompanied the rest of the parental familty to Indiana in early manhood. He acquired the trade of a blacksmith,which he followed for some years. In 1854,he removed to Galva,Henry Co.,Illinois and there remained until the fall of 1860,when he changed his residence to Monmouth,Illinois.
The bombardment of Ft. Sumter in the spring of 1861,roused his patriotic spirit and going to Burlington,Iowa,he there enlisted on Sept,18,1861,as a member of Company A. 14th Iowa Infantry. The command wads sent to Ft. Randall,Dakota,and served all throught the Northern Dakota frontier in Indian campaigns. In 1863,Mr. Wood was transferred to the 7th Iowa Cavalry and being mounted in 1864. He served in campaigns against the Minnesota Indians until Oct. 31,1865. At that date he was discharged at ft. Randall for disability,he having almost entirely lost his eyesight from the hard service and exposure which he had undergone. his army life extended over a period of fouryears,one month and eighteen days,during which he had served his country faithfully and well. He has never regained his eyesight,being only able to get around,and is now drawing a pension from the goverment to which he gave four of his best years. During the last years of his army life he was appointed second farrier to his company.
After returning to the ranks of civil life Mr. Wood spent his time mainly inHancock County,Ill.,until 1873. He did a little wagonirioning,but was obliged to abandon that work. He and his son Benjamin,came to Kansas,and on May 10,1873,located in Gill township,each taking homestead there. Another son,Elias,came out in 1875 and took a homestead adjoining. Our subject first camped on the ground with only the canopy of heaven as a roof above him,until he had built a little stone house. He then raised wheat to get money enough to secure his homestead. Several times he found himself with nothing in the home for the next meal,but with the stubborn perseverance which was shown by all our successful pioneers,he stuck to his claim and worked on. During his early occupancy of his homestead he had not even the living which many hunters and trappers enjoy,as there was very little game in this section,except jack rabbits and prairie chickens. Mr, Wood finally got his place improved,supplied with apples,peaches,cherries,pears,plums,grapes and small fruits. The farm is further beautified by three acres of timber,set out by himself and when in 1884,he purchased his city residence and gave up active farm life,his rural home was one of the finest farms in the township.
On May 15,1847,Mr. Wood celebrated his marriage with Miss Mary Johnson,who departed this life in Henry County,Ind.,while her husband was in the army. The result of the union was seven children of whom five sons survive. They are:John,now living in Missouri;Benjamin and Elias,operating their own farms in Gill Township;Frederick,who lives in Indiana;and William,who is operating the farm of our subject in Gill Township.
A few years since Mr. Wood took to himself a second wife in the person of Mrs. Amanda Hardesty,like himself an old settler here,she having come to this country in 1871. Mrs Wood bore the maiden name of Vian,and was born in Knox County,Ohio,Feb. 12,1847. She there grew to maturity and on Sept. 8,1864,was united in marriage with John Hardesty. Not long after their marriage they removed to DeKalb County,Indiana,Where they lived about three years. In 1871,Mr. and Mrs. Hardesty came to this county and homesteaded land in Gill Township,one mile south of that which was afterward taken up by our subject. Mrs Hardesty resided on their farm until 1882,when she moved into the city of Clay Center,where she ran a boarding house in order to support her children. Mrs. Hardesty bore her husband seven children,of whom Olive,Martin and Lottie,still live with their mother. The others are:John W.,Willis,Pirlie and Perry. Mrs Wood has passed through all the pioneer hardships and privations and well knows what must be endured by those who settle in a new country. She now owns a farm of 160 acres in Athelstane Township,which she by her efforts,has improved from raw land and which is now adorned by a good grove,dwelling,etc.
William Vian,the father of Mrs. Wood,was born on the 1st of September,1790 and was engaged in the pursuit of agriculture. He married Miss Jane Perkins,who was born in Federal City,Md.,Sept. 5,1802. Her parents moved to Stillwater,Belmont Co.,Ohio,in 1805;to Coshocton in 1808;and to Amity,Knox County,in 1811. On May 16,1819,she was married to William Vain,to whom she bore fourteen children. Amanda,now Mrs. Wood,was the youngest in this family of nine boys and five girls. Sarah,is now Mrs. McMurray,of Athelstande Township and became a resident of Kansas in 1860. Mrs. Vain died at Amity,Ohio,in August,1881.
Mr. Wood belongs to the G.A.R. He always votes with the Republican party,of which he is a stanch supporter,but he has never had any politiclaspirations. He is a man of intelligence,honor and sterling traits of character,and is highly respected wherever he is known. Mre. Wood is a member of the Relief Corps,Phil Seridan No. 10,at Clay Center,Kansas.
Thomas M. Carter
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Co. I, 97th ILL. Infantry
William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman:
THOMAS M. CARTER, farmer, P. O. Howard, was born in Crawford County, Ill., 1849. January, 1863, enlisted in the Ninety-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served two years and seven months. After receiving his discharge, he located at Decatur, Ill., and then back to his old home, and in January, 1869, migrated to Kansas, locating in Howard County before the county was organized, and located a claim on Section 7, Township 29, Range 11, on the Elk River. He has 240 acres of land, one-fourth mile from the town site of Howard. At the time of settlement it was 150 miles from a railroad and had to go that distance for feed and provisions. Mr. Carter has fenced 200 acres, has about thirty acres timber, two acres of orchard and is raising stock; has one of the best stock farms on the river. In 1875, was married in Howard Township to Miss Catharine Moore. They have four children - Noble, J. B., Samuel C. and R. S. Is a member of E. M. Stanton Post, No. 23, G. A. R., and of Hope Lodge, No. 155, A., F. & A. M.
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