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Settlers -- Early
Town of Kansas
Mccoy, John C
Nettie Thompson Grove
Emma S White
Lawrence O Christensen
1840 Kansas City Map
Reprint of Father Nicolas Point's 1840 map, from a Kansas City Times article entitled "Earliest Map of Kansas City," depicting the locations of the homes of his parishioners, in the area of the West Bottoms,...
40 Years Ago
July 15, 1968
Description of early Kansas City settler James Burris Atkins, or James Atkins.
A Man of Many Interests: Alvan Brooking a Respected Citizen
First of a two-part biographical article about early Jackson County Judge Alvin Brooking (1796-1857), the namesake of Brooking Township in Jackson County arriving in Missouri from Kentucky in 1838 and...
A Memorial and Biographical Record of Kansas City and Jackson County, Mo.
Biographical sketch of Walter Bales (1803-1887), "one of Kansas City's most honored pioneers," a native of Tennessee coming to Kansas City about 1831 and marrying Sarah Johnson Bales, (arriving in Jackson...
A Retired Methodist Minister with Two Score Slaves Transformed into a Plantation 365 Acres North of of Thirty-First Street at Troost, Which He Found a Wilderness
February 21, 1926
Illustrated map and biographical article about Reverend James Porter (1786-1851), a pioneer Methodist minister arriving in Jackson County from Tennessee with his mother in 1829 before settling in Kansas...
Bio of Abraham Fonda, the son of a New York Dutch settler who attempted to name the Kansas City settlement after himself (proposed as "Port Fonda") but was turned down because of his unpopularity.
Add a Pinch and a Lump: Missouri Women of the 1820s
Overview of the lifestyles of Missouri women in the 1820s, both for common and prominent women, with illustrations. Elaboration on women's roles at the time in food preparation, housekeeping, and manner...
Collection of the "gold mine of errors" in a book review about the Platte River Road with several mistaken references to pioneer Kansas City and Westport names and places, including the name of Westport...
And They Came to the "Heart of America"
List of several other firsts in Kansas City, including the first lawyer, Robert T. Van Horn, the first physician, Isaac M. Ridge, and the first settlement in Jackson County, Fort Osage, in 1808.
This chapter details the life of Berenice Chouteau and her children after the death of her husband Francois Chouteau in 1838. She left the Kansas City area during the Civil War era, but eventually returned...
Biography of Gabriel Prudhomme (1791-1831), Early Settler
Biography of James H. McGee (1786-1840), Early Settler
Biography of John Calvin McCoy (1811-1889), City Founder
Biography of John Harris (1795-1874), Hotelier
Biography of William Gillis (circa 1797-1869), Indian Trader and Kansas City Town Founder
Birth of a City: Kansas City in the 19th Century
Second in a monthly series of special sections of the Star on the history Kansas City. Focus on the Town of Kansas era and into the incorporation of Kansas City during the Santa Fe Trail's high point of...
Black Pioneers: An Untold Story
This chapter gives information on African American individuals who were prominent in Missouri and Kansas in the first half of the 19th century. Those included: Henry Clay Bruce, John Berry Meachum, James...
One paragraph of biography about Britton Capell, "one of the oldest settlers now living in Sni-a-bar [sic] township," moving from North Carolina to Kentucky and to Missouri in 1839.
Brooking's Interest in Education Wide
First of a two-part biographical article about Alvin Brooking (1796-1857), describing his role in the organization of William Jewell College in Clay County, Missouri, in the late 1840s, his tenure as Jackson...
Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri
History of Jackson County up to 1875, starting with its exploration by "M. De Bourgmont," a French explorer, in 1724.
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