Page 249, 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.




JOHN GWILLIM—In March, 1871, John Gwillim took up his residence in Allen County. He owns the north half of the southeast quarter of section 6, town 25, range 20, but settled upon section 29, town 24, range 20. He came from Herefordshire, England, where he was born March 3, 1846. His father died in Herefordshire in 1897 at the age of eighty-two years. The latter was married to Harriet Lloyd and their children were: John, Mary, William, Robert, of England; Thomas, of Wallowa County, Oregon; Martha and Elizabeth, both in Oregon, and Ebenezer Gwillim, who still clings to his English home.

John Gwillim was reared on a farm and left old England at the age of twenty-four years. He had sufficient capital to begin business on in Kansas and, after spending a year in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, he came hither and added his name to the list of prairie farmers of Elm township.

He was married before he emigrated from England to Ann Watkins, who died in 1877, leaving a daughter, Annie, who is her father's companion.

Mr. Gwillim's first presidential vote was cast for Garfield and his fealty to the Republican party has remained constant. He is in no sense a worker, in party parlance, but his knowledge of policies and men enables him to cast an intelligent and patriotic ballot.

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