Pages 463-464, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




WILLIAM J. FURNEAUX—In his life record William J. Furneaux has manifested many of the sterling traits of his English and Scotch ancestors. He was born in Owen Sound, in Canada, September 4, 1867. His father, John Furneaux, was a native of England, born in Devonshire, and at the age of thirteen years he crossed the Atlantic to the British province in the new world, being reared and married in Canada. Miss Jennie Lawrie, who became his wife, was born in Scotland and was brought to Canada when five years of age. With his family John Furneaux removed to Brown county, Kansas, in 1869, locating upon a farm there. He had previously engaged in the manufacture of lye, but after coming to the Sunflower state devoted his energies to agricultural pursuits. At present he is living with his family in Barton county, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Furneaux became the parents of six children, five of whom are living, namely: Robert, William J., Helen, Henry and Grace, now the wife of Dan VanScoyoc.

The subject of this review was the second of the family. He remained with his parents until he was twenty-six years of age and was then married to Miss Aldora Gloyd, who was born in Bucyrus, Crawford county, Ohio, on the 14th of November, 1873. Her parents were Henry and Lavina (Grundrun) Gloyd, who came to this state in 1898, but are now living in Davis county, Missouri, where Mr. Gloyd has been employed by the Wabash Railroad Company for a number of years.

After his marriage Mr. Furneaux rented a farm and began life on his own account. He had a team, but few possessions beyond this and it was hard work that gave him his start. However, he possessed an unfailing amount of energy and determination and as the result of his well directed efforts he was soon enabled to purchase a farm.

Mr. Furneaux resided in Anderson county until 1894 when he sold his property there and came to Allen county where he purchased eighty acres of land a mile and a half east of Elsmore. Here he is making a nice home and with the aid of his wife he is advancing steadily on the road to prosperity. The marriage of this worthy couple has been blessed with four children, namely: Roy, George, McNel and Eva. Mr. Furneaux has


always been a stalwart Republican and is giving an unswerving support to the principles of the party, but he has never sought or desired office, his attention being fully occupied by his business affairs.

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