Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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A. C. Livesay

A. C. LIVESAY. Prominent among the many thrifty and successful farmers of Montana township, Labette county, Kansas, is the subject of this sketch. In 1873 he sought a home in the West and carved out of wild and rough material his present farm, one of the finest and best improved pieces of real estate in Montana township. Mr. Livesay was born in Maury county, Tennessee, in 1825, and resided there until 1832, when his parents moved to Washington county, Illinois. He is a son of Carter and Elizabeth (Wright) Livesay.

Carter Livesay was born in Virginia and followed farming. He was married three times and reared a large family of children. The following named were the fruit of his first union, that in which Elizabeth Wright, a native of Tennessee, was his wife: Charlotte, Polly, Thomas, Jesse, William, Caroline, George, Jane, A. C., Robert, Martha and John. By his second wife, Rachel Phillips, he had one child, Rachel. His third wife, Mabel Perkins, made him the father of three children: James, Nelson and Louis.

A. C. Livesay spent his boyhood in Washington county, Illinois, doing farm work, and when older learned the carpenter's trade, which he found of great service to him in building up his western home. He married Delinda Finch, a native of Jefferson county, Illinois, and moved to his present home in Montana township in 1873. Charles Williams, from whom he purchased his farm, had made some improvements on the land during his ownership, having built a cabin, sunk a well, planted Osage hedge on three sides of the farm, and broken 37 acres of ground. Since Mr. Livesay has had possession of the land, varied and modern improvements have sprung up on every side, making it one of the best farms in Montana township. In 1878 he built his present comfortable residence, a twostory, six-room structure. In politics Mr. Livesay is a Republican; he speaks with pride of the exciting scenes in connection with the elections of 1860-1864, and boasts of having cast his vote each time far Abraham Lincoln.

Mr. Livesay and wife have reared seven children. They are: William; Francis; Laura; Hicks; Edith; A. C., Jr.; and Charles. A. C. Livesay, Jr., lives at home and oversees the farm work, - he is a Republican in politics, and served in 1898 as clerk of his township.

Mr. Livesay has profited by the years he has devoted to the pursuits of agriculture, and has developed into a man of broad ideas, who is thoroughly informed on all points relating in the remotest fashion to his business. He is a man of good purpose and his private and public life elicits the profound respect of those with whom he comes in contact. His advanced years do not prevent him from mingling with younger men in the active field of business, nor from taking an intelligent interest in matters of moment to the township, county and state at large. He is a citizen of whom any county might well be proud, and Labette county is fortunate in being mainly settled by representative men from the different states of the Union, who have sought homes within its borders.