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Chambers, Robert Ralson. - (1874 Pioneer). Robert Ralston Chambers and Elizabeth D. Henry were married in 1847, in Pennsylvania, where both were born, and they have reared eight of their nine children. Samuel Henry was born June 11, 1848, and died in Iowa, unmarried, at the age of twenty-two years. Martha H., who married Robert Johnson Elwood, was born July 11, 1850. Benjamin F., born December 23, 1852, in Pocahontas county, Iowa, has been twice married and has two children. Martha J., born March 25, 1855, married G.W. Tuttle, and died at Eldorado Springs, Missouri, in 1901. Nancy E. married Harlan Sage and died in Newton, Kansas, January 25, 1895, leaving five children, John W., born January 4, 1860, died unmarried, in Macon township, March 1, 1889. Isabella, who was born February 11, 1862, is the widow of M.D. Reeves, late of Macon township, and has six children. Sarah Margaret, born October 5, 1864, married Leslie Brown and lives near Neosho Falls, Kansas. Nellie Louisa, born January 29, 1870, died in infancy. Mr. Chambers emigrated from Pennsylvania to Grinnell, Iowa, in the fall of 1854 and removed thence a few years later to Tama county, and thence in 1874 to central Kansas, making the journey with teams, his daugher and her husband, R. J. Elwood, having preceded him in the spring of 1873, where Mr. Elwood had homesteaded eighty acres of land. Mr. Chambers bought of a Mr. Hardenbrook one hundred and sixty acres of land in Macon township, on section 24, for one thousand dollars. A little of the land had been broken and some hedge had been set upon it, and there was a small frame house ready for occupancy, which in the course of events was replaced by the more modern structure which is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chambers and Mr. and Mrs. Elwood and their family. Mr. Chambers relates some disastrous experiences with grasshoppers during the first few years of his residence in Kansas, and tells interestingly how a cyclone swept away his first barn which stood on the site of the present roomy red barn of the Chambers farm. Mr. and Mrs. Chambers have had a happy wedded life extending over a period of about fifty-five years, and though they are now well advanced in years they are cheerful, contented people, well preserved mentally, whom it is pleasant to meet and talk with. Mr. Chambers has been a man of iron constitution, but is now in failing health because of a diseased limb, which was broken some years ago. Until that calamity overtook him he was a model farmer, but his disability since then has been so great that his farm has become somewhat run down. Mr. Elwood purchased it with a view to making the life of Mr. and Mrs. Chambers easy during their declining years, and expects soon to restore it to the order and productiveness that characterized it in former years, for he is a thorough farmer and an up-to-date, progressive man. It may be said of him that he is a genial, broad-minded gentleman, the number of whose friends is restricted only, by the extent of his acquaintance. ((Biographical History of Central Kansas: 1902, pp. 626-627).
Carey, Peter - (Burrton). Peter Carey enlisted as private in Co K 47th Indiana in October 1861, promoted to second Lieutenant, served four years, was in the following engagements: New Madrid, Island No 10, Riddles Point, Mobile, Fort Blakly, Fort Pillow, Brazier City, Manwille, Alexandria, Magnolia Hill, Champion Hills, Jackson, and South Charles. Was wounded in the right hand in Champion Hills. (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday February 3, 1882. Page 2). Peter Carey was born April 21, 1839 and died January 10, 1906. He was married to Susan A. Carey (July 30, 1840 - Jun 28, 1929). They are buried together in the Burrton Cemetery, Lot 1 Block 147, Graves 1 & 4.
Connel, Lem. (Burrton). "The Monitor is in favor of enforcing all laws. We are not well versed in law, but we are cognizant of the fact, that whenever a woman is caught in male attire she is immediately apprehended and compelled to don her proper habiliments. A man ought to be liable to the same penalty, but it seems that in Burrton a man is a privileged character, for Lem Connel was seen on the streets yesterday morning partly dressed in female attire. Lem is so much like a girl (?) it would not have been discovered if it had not been for his feet protruding so far." (The Burrton Monitor, Burrton, Kansas. Friday, January 25, 1884. Page 3).
Corlis, John S. - (Burrton). J. S. Corlis enlisted as private in Co. D 2nd Michigan Cavalry, in September 1861, promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Served four years, was in the following battles: New Madrid, Island No 10, Hamburg, Corinth, Baldwin, Louisville, Perryville, Crab Orchard, and numerous other engagements and passed through all of them without receiving a scratch. (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday February 10, 1882. Page 2). John S. Corlis died January 4, 1896 at the age of 61 years, 9 months, 16 days, and is buried in the Burrton Cemetery, Block 3 Lot 9W. His wife is not buried with him. John had a son, John D. Corlis, who was married to Francis Eva Corlis. John D & Francis had 2 children who are buried in the Burrton Cemetery: Thomas (died 1892, infant), and Robert Lee Corlis (1894 - 1918), a veteran of World War I. John D. is not buried in Burrton, but his wife Francis is (1865-1915).