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LEWIS FERRIS born October 4, 1752 probably in Nine Partners, Dutchess, NY {probably by Peter’s first wife} and died 1819 Dearborn Co IN; buried in family cemetery located on their land near Manchester, Dearborn, IN; listed as Ferris Cemetery located on the west side of Louden Drive off of highway SR 48 in Manchester Township; married 1st Prudence Pangburn; and 2d September 7, 1780 Elizabeth (Younglove) Harr (probably Harris); one source has him marrying only Lovica {maiden name unk}; residence was at Horseneck; enlisted in Lamb’s Artillery, December 30, 1776 and served until 1780-81; a Corporal Lewis Ferris of Captain Robert Walker’s Company in the 2d Regiment Artillery, commanded by John Lamb, Esq., was listed on the Company Muster Roll, August-October, 1780; a Lewis Ferris of the 10th Company, same Regiment is listed as having deserted in September, 1780. In 1790, at Plattsburg, Lewis had a gristmill. Lewis and his sons were among the first settlers of Russia, Clinton County NY c1802; Ferris Mill on the Ausable River at what is now called Ausable Forks; one source has Lewis and his wife, Lovica, and their 3 children moving to the vicinity of Cincinnati OH, 1814/15. [There is conflicting information on this family.] Born to Lewis and his wives (?) were:

( ISAIAH FERRIS (Sr.) born May 14, 1781 Cayuga Co NY (was baptized May 15, 1785, Dutch Reformed Church, Schaghticoke) and died January 7, 1853 Mishawaka, St. Joseph, IN age 71y 7m 23d; buried Ferrisville Cemetery (aka Coalbush Cemetery), US 331 South, Madison Township, Mishawaka, St. Joseph Co IN (Photo); a mill-wright by trade; in the War of 1812, he participated in the Battle of Plattsburg, September 11, 1814, serving in Captain Lyman Manly’s company; resided in Cayuga Co NY; Lewis Co NY; Essex Co NY and around 1815/16 moved to Hamilton Co OH; 1836 he moved to Indiana with all ten children and purchased a farm near Mishawaka IN; February 11, 1837 Isaiah and members of his family were part of the founding members of the First Baptist Church of Penn Township, the first Baptist Church organized in the county and is now extinct; married June 3, 1805 in Clinton Co (Jay, Essex Co) NY Lucinda Crouch [dau of Benjamin & Deborah (Frost) Crouch] born July 15, 1786 VT and died July 2, 1860 Mishawaka IN [See their son David Peter below for more information on this couple]; and born to them were:

( DELINDA FERRIS born May 20, 1807 Clinton Co NY and died November 22, 1882 Peoria, Franklin, KS; married June 16, 1829 in Dearborn Co IN, John A Barton [son of Alpheus & Lemira (Burton) Barton] born April 24, 1803 Rodman, Jefferson, NY and died July 5, 1878 Peoria, Franklin, KS; both buried there Peoria Cemetery; coming to Kansas from St. Joseph Co IN, John purchased land on May 24, 1858; paid $400 for the SW 1/4 of Section 19 in Peoria Township; while in Indiana in the 1850 census he was listed as a collier (coal miner), but after coming to Kansas, he was a farmer; after his death Delinda lived with her son William, who took over the farm; both buried Peoria Cemetery; John’s will reads as follows: In the name of God. Amen. I, John A. Barton of the township of Franklin, in the county of Franklin and State of Kansas, being in good bodily health, and of sound and disposing mind, and memory, calling to mind the frailty and uncertainty of human life, and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs, and directing how the estates with which it has pleased God to bless me shall be disposed of after my decease, while I have strength and capacity so to do, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making null and void, all other last wills and testaments by me theretofore made. And, first, I commend my immortal being to Him who gave it, and my body to the earth, to be buried with little expense or ostentation by me executor hereinafter named. And as to my worldly estate, and all the property, real, personal, or mixed of which I shall die seized and possessed, or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease. I devise, bequeath, and dispose thereof in the manner following to wit: My will is that all my just debts and funeral charges shall, by my executor hereinafter named, be paid out of my estate as soon as my decease as shall by him be found convenient. Item. I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Delinda Barton, all of my property of whatsoever kind real, personal, or mixed of which I shall die seized of, for her sole use and benefit during the time of her natural life, but after the death of my said wife, all the real estate to wit: one hundred and seventeen acres of land situated in the County of Franklin and State of Kansas, shall revert to my son William Barton, the said real estate to become the absolute property in fee simple of my said son, William, after the death of my said wife. Item. I devise and bequeath to each of my daughters Lucinda Drane, Fanny Crane and Mellisa Crouch, the sum of Five Dollars in money to be paid to them by my executor as soon after the death of my said wife as is convenient, not over six months after her death. Item. In case my said wife survives my said son William Barton, then, in that case my will is that after the death of my said wife, my Real Estate estate of which I shall die seized, shall be divided equally among my surviving children. Lastly, I do nominate and hereby appoint my said son William Barton, sole executor of my last will and testament and it is my desire and request that in case he acts as such executor, no bond shall be required to file by him in probate court. In witness where I have hereunto set my hand seat the ___ day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight. John Barton. Born to them were:

( ALPHEUS BARTON born 1830 IN and died December 15, 1854 age 24y 3m of typhoid fever (?) apparently in St Joseph Co IN

( LUCINDA BARTON born November 25, 1832 Elkhart Co IN and died May 2, 1921 Marysville WA; buried there; married September 9, 1855 in Elkhart Co, as his 2d wife George S. Crain [son of Amariah & Elizabeth (Betsey Hakes) Crain Jr] born July 21, 1820 Montgomery Co NY and died May 27, 1882 Peoria Township KS; buried Peoria Cemetery, Franklin Co KS; George was in Saint Joseph Co IN by 1850 with his parents and four brothers, apparently lived in Michigan for a few years before they moved to IN; May 25, 1858 George purchased half of his brother Alfred’s, quarter section #24 in Peoria Township and moved his family West; later purchased the NW 1/4 of section 30 which was connected to his in-law’s land on the north; a farmer; June 1, 1882 Ottawa Weekly Republican reports: Mr. George Crane of Peoria, one of the wealthiest and most prominent citizens of that township, fell dead from his chair last Saturday. Mr. Crane was one of the popular men of the county and though quiet and unostentatious, he wielded a large influence among his neighbors and was esteemed by all for his private character and neighborly virtues. He died from heart disease and his funeral, which took place yesterday, was attended by a large concourse of people. Lucinda remained on the farm for some time after George’s death but made her home in Ottawa for several years before moving to Marysville WA in 1902. These words were written of her: Sister Crain was a life-long Christian, giving herself to the Cause of Christ in early childhood, and has been an active member in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and even in her invalidity, her cheerful and sunny disposition made her home and all who entered it feel better of the life of Grandma. May God Multiply her kind many fold. George brought a daughter, Mary Jane, to his second marriage. Born to them were:

( CYNTHIA CRAIN born September 25, 1856 and died March 12, 1935; married February 18, 1875 Theodore Bradley; 1921 resided McPherson KS; and born to them were:





( OLIVER S. CRAIN born March 8, 1858 and died February 23, 1934; married August 31, 1884 Nancy Lancaster; 1921 resided Ottawa KS; and born to them were:

( ORIN CRAIN - Mary Ann, wife of Orrin Crain died September 13, 1873 age 38y 3m 2d - note spelling with two 'r' on tombstone; buried St. Joseph Co IN




( LEWIS MARION CRAIN born January 29, 1860 KS and died January 18, 1942 Marysville WA; married 1st September 21, 1884 Leona Akers (-1894); married 2d September 2, 1903 in Marysville, Gertrude Randall; 1889 Lewis and Leona with Frank, went West and settled at Marysville WA; after a few years he returned to Kansas because of the ill health of his wife and baby; after Leona died he went back to Marysville where he spent the rest of his life, except for four years, which he spent in the grocery business in Everett; 1907 Lewis entered into a partnership with Fred McCann to form the Mercantile Company of Crain & McCann; eighteen years later he sold his stock to Mr. McCann and bought a grocery business in Everett, but retained his interest in the real estate owned by the two which was incorporated at that time and of which he served as president up to the time of death. In his youth, Lewis was converted and joined the United Brethren Church; 1904 he became affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Marysville where he was an active member for many years, being superintendent of the Sunday school over a number of years; and born to Lewis and Leona were:


( RAYMOND CRAIN born Marysville WA

Born to Lewis and his second wife, Gertrude, were:



( NERYS E. CRAIN (twin?) married a Mr. Wood - of Marysville WA

( GERWYS E. CRAIN (twin?) married a Mr. Evans - of Bellingham WA

( BETSEY DELINDA CRAIN born September 1, 1862 and died August 24, 1948; married September 27, 1883 John Milleson Welton; 1921 resided near Ottawa KS; and born to them were:








( JUDSON W. CRAIN born December 13, 1864 and died April 14, 1865

( MITTIE A. CRAIN born February 18, 1866 and died February 3, 1927; 1921 resided Marysville WA

( ROSETTA A. CRAIN born December 15, 1868 Franklin Co KS and died February 21, 1914 Marysville WA; Etta resided in Kansas until her 12th year, when she moved with her mother and sisters to Marysville; converted to Christ when a young girl and for 15 years was a member of the United Brethren Church; she then united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and was a loyal worker in that organization until her death

( ALICE DELL CRAIN born July 21, 1871 and died March 6, 1949; married January 1, 1891 Thomas Austin; 1921 resided Chandler AZ; and born to them were:










( EDITH MAY CRAIN born February 17, 1874 and died June 23, 1954; 1921 resided Marysville WA

( FANNIE BARTON (Fanny) born October 1, 1835 Dearborn Co IN and died March 3, 1918 Peoria, Franklin, KS; married October 25/26, 1857 IN, Alfred Crain, brother of George S., above, born February 1827 Montgomery Co NY and died March 20, 1903 Peoria, Franklin, KS; both buried there Peoria Cemetery; Alfred went to the Kansas Territory in the spring of 1857 and purchased a quarter section of land from the Government for $1.25 an acre. He then returned to Mishawaka IN and married Fannie; they then moved to Franklin County KS; following article was published in The Ottawa Times, January 30, 1986. It was written by Fannie Crain in 1912 at age 77. It was provided to the newspaper by Violet Crane Davis, Fannie's granddaughter and provided to me by Jean Noble - Jim. In March 1858 we left our eastern home and friends to try to make a new home for ourselves in the wild west. We started from Elkhart, Ind., on the train, coming to Jefferson City. From there we came on a steamboat to Kansas City, which was then a very small place. We stayed there overnight in a building upon a high bluff on the bank of the Missouri River; slept on a prairie hay bed. A plank would have been just as soft a bed. That was our first experience of Kansas life. We hired a teamster in the morning to bring us and our few goods, which consisted of one not very large box and two trucks to Peoria City as it was then called. The spirit of border ruffianism still existed when we came here and we had to have a little experience of it on our way out. The driver stopped at a grocery store a little back from the road to inquire the way. They supposed, of course, we were free state people and they wanted to make us a little trouble. There was a drunken man who followed our driver from the store up to the wagon and caught the horses by the bits and almost upset the wagon. There was a gun in the wagon. The driver got hold of it and was going to shoot him but my husband and his brother, who came here with us, held him and took the gun away from him. While they were holding him the horses started, threw the man down, and the wagon ran over him. The last we saw of him his friends were carrying him to a house nearby and we drove away as fast as possible. We stayed in Gardner that night, the next day we came to Peoria, and arrived there about the middle of the afternoon.

There my pioneer life in Kansas began and here also commenced the long stretch of years so full of both hardships and happiness. We were young, strong, able and willing to work, anxious to make a home for family and ourselves. We felt that we were on an equal with our neighbors for we were all poor. When we went to church and other gatherings we put on our best, which was generally a calico dress and sunbonnet. There was a sympathy and kindness between neighbors and always a willingness to help each other in times of sickness and distress or want. I love to look back and think of my old neighbors now nearly all gone. Some few have moved away to other places but mostly all have gone to their long rest. There are very few of the old-time settlers left here. Those that roughed it through the Drought of 1860 and through the war. When we arrived in Peoria, we went into an old log hut near the Marais des Cygnes River. It was a lonely place full of rats, surrounded by timber, and near an old saw mill. We could hear drunken men cursing and swearing any time of day. When I was alone, I kept my door fastened. Our bedsteads were made of poles and the bed ticks were filled with prairie hay. Our goods box was our table and pantry. For teacups we used tin cups. We had two splint bottom chairs. We used tallow candles mostly but sometimes had to make a lamp by putting grease and a strip of cloth in a dish. Coal oil was so expensive that we could not afford it. It was 125 cents per gallon. We only lived in that house a short time then build a small one-room house up from the river and timber. We got a few necessaries for keeping house and very few it was. We had but very little money to start with. We lived in Peoria until the next spring, then moved out to our prairie farm - a wild looking place with only one house in sight. There was nothing but prairie grass and wild flowers to look at. But we got along very well that year. We had an ox team, an old wagon, one cow and had a very good garden. We had plenty of potatoes, butter and milk. We raised sod corn, enough for our bread and to feed the team and cow. We lived on cornbread for several years for flour was an expensive luxury that we could not afford. We made coffee of parched corn and browned meal. Sugar was beyond reach. Sometimes we made our cornbread without soda. The year of 1860 was the year of the terrible drought. It was dry for 18 months though occasionally we had light showers but hardly enough to lay the dust, and such a heat a burning sun and hot scorching blasts of wind that blew almost continually from the southwest. It dried everything up. Water was scarce. We had a spring one-half mile from the house that afforded water enough for our use and the neighbors would come sometimes for two and three miles to get drinking water, sometimes they would come in the night, people that lived two and three miles away were right-near neighbors then. We hauled water in a barrel for house use. Think of drinking water standing in a barrel in such hot weather but it was the best we could at times.

The aid donated by the east kept many from actually starving, and kept many in the few clothes they wore though we managed to get through without aid. Cornbread and butter through the summer and a little thin poor meat through the winter was our living. Clothing was very light. We had but two children then, both little ones. We had no money and if we had there was nothing to spend it for here. Our mail was brought from Lawrence in the stage and we got it about once a week. In 1861 the war began which still kept up hard times and we had our trails, troubles, and fears. My husband was often called out with the militia to protect our home from the invasion of border ruffians and rebel troops. In October, 1851, General Price and Raines invaded Kansas below Fort Scott on Drywood Creek. A battle was fought there between the rebel forces and the Kansas troops under General Lane. Lane's forces retreated to Fort Scott. Fearing attack there he moved on to Fort Lincoln and called on all able-bodied men of Kansas for reinforcements. They rushed to his aid. The rebel generals hearing of Lane's reinforcements turned and went back to Missouri and there was no battle. When my husband left home to go to Fort Lincoln, our eldest boy, then 14 months old, was quite sick with Cholera Infantum. I often think of that time and of my trouble and worry and will always remember Tau Jones. He was riding by our house and stopped to get a drink of water. He saw my baby in the cradle and said, Sick baby. I said, Yes, he is sick. He said he would get medicine for me that would cure him. He went out and hunted in the prairie grass for roots, brought in two or three kinds, and told me to boil them in water and give him the tea to drink. Give it often he said, a little at a time. I did as he said and the child got better right along. I have used the old Indian's medicine in my family a good many times since and think it has done me a great deal of good. The Indians used to come here and want to trade with us. They would have blankets and baskets and other notions to trade, for whatever they saw, they wanted. But they were always civil, and well behaved. We were never afraid of them unless they had whiskey. We used to hire them to husk corn and dig potatoes. The squaws would husk corn. They were better to work than the Indian men. That year we raised corn and potatoes, enough for our living. Central's raid occurred on August 21, 1863. Lawrence was burned, plundered, and many of her citizens murdered. They passed within 80 rods of our house on their way back. When crossing Walnut Creek one of their men was shot and died by our fence. We saw his bed in the grass where he died. It was supposed he was taken away by friends in the night. As they passed here, they had no time for their murderous work as the soldiers and citizens followed them too closely. Our next fright was the Price raid in October, 1864. Every man between 16 and 60 was ordered out to repel this invasion of Kansas. It was supposed Price with his large Army would march right through Kansas, and that he would ravage and burn all before him. The report of cannonading on Sunday morning was plainly heard which added to the frightful condition. My husband was there. We heard all sorts of stories. We had some money and some little treasurers. Thinking I might save them if everything was taken, I buried them in the ground but soon the news came of the battle of Westport and that Price had been put to flight. Then the men returned to their homes. I think that was our last trouble. At the close of the war the hardships became less burdensome and we began to feel like trying to make our homes more comfortable. In 1875 we had a pest of grasshoppers or mountain locusts. They were so thick in the sky that the sun had the appearance of an eclipse. They lit on everything, eating all green vegetation. They left bare seeds hanging on the peach trees, and where fine turnips had been there remained only hollow cups. Corn was all eaten up or destroyed. That was the most discouraging time of my life - no money and no work to make money or get anything to eat. We had at that time a large family of children. It seemed that starvation was almost at our door. We had a half-bushel or more of seed corn left when planting was over that I hulled and made hominy. We lived on that for three days. On the fourth day we ate the last for breakfast. I said to my husband, What will we have for dinner? " He said, 'I don't know, but we'll see what I can do." He went to Peoria and got a job for one of the boys to herd cattle, then he brought home something to live on for a while. In a few days the grasshoppers left and we made garden the first of June and raised a good crop.

At times we had too much dry weather for crops to do well. We had sickness and doctor bills to pay, and a great many other discouragements, but through it all we were provided for in some way.

I have had 54 years of Kansas life and have spent 53 years of that time in one home as I have never moved from the old homestead where we first settled. It is a long time. Of my ten children, all are living but one; all have grown to manhood and womanhood; all have families of their own but one; all live in Kansas but two. They are all kind and attentive to me and I have nothing to complain of. Kansas has been good to me and I expect to spend the remainder of my days with her and sleep the long sleep 'neath her blue skies and green sod'. Born to them were:


( CHARLES CRAIN – there is a Charles F. Crain born July 27, 1860 and died August 15, 1935 buried at the Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, Franklin, KS; ‘assume’ this is the same one



( GRANT CRAIN – there is a Grant H. Crain born April 8, 1866 and died February 14, 1933 and presumably his wife, Nellie A., born March 6, 1867 and died October 31, 1915, buried at the Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, Franklin, KS; ‘assume’ this is the same Grant




( CALVIN CRAIN – there is a Cal R. Crain (1877-1967) buried at the Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, Franklin, KS; ‘assume’ this is the same guy

( WILLIAM BARTON born March 22, 1838 St. Joseph Co IN and died September 12, 1914 Peoria Township KS; age of 19y he went to Kansas; early in the Civil War he enlisted in Company L., 16th Kansas Cavalry and saw active service. “The 16th did not see the hard service which was the fortune of the older regiments formed. At the battle of the Big Blue, in the vicinity of Westport MO, and in the pursuit of the retreating rebel army under General Price, the 16th bore an honorable part, and gave proof of the same soldierly qualities that characterized the Kansas troops under all circumstances of danger and peril. A part of the regiment was sent to the Plains in pursuit of Indians during the summer of its organization and with this, and the exception before mentioned, the regiment was performing post and escort duty during most of its term of service.” Owned 160 acres in Peoria KS located in the SW corner of Township 16, Range 21, Section 19; after the CW he homesteaded in Franklin Co on a farm 1 mile north of 68 highway from Briles School House or one mile south of New Hope Methodist Church; married December 20, 1867 Mary Jane Lancaster born December 20, 1850 MO and died February 18, 1921 Ottawa, Franklin, KS; both buried Peoria Cemetery, Peoria, Franklin, KS; and born to them were:

( MINNIE E. BARTON (HONELL) is not listed in her father's obituary 1916

( WILLIAM L. BARTON in 1916 resided close to Peoria Township KS; there is a William L. Barton (1874-1934) and presumably his wife, Essie (1874-1955) buried at the Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, Franklin, KS; “assume’ this is the same one

( ALVAH J BARTON in 1916 resided close to Peoria Township KS; 1921 resided Ottawa, Franklin, KS

( CLYDE BARTON in 1916 resided close to Peoria Township KS; there is a Clyde Barton born October 22, 1882 and died January 6, 1964, buried at Walnut Creek Cemetery in Franklin Co KS; in the same cemetery is apparently his wife, Gertie born July 22, 1887 and died October 10, 1959 and three kids: Mildred Fern born May 30, 1919 and died March 5, 1920; twins Ray Delbert born February 6, 1918 and died March 26, 1918 and Roy Delbert who died August 10, 1918. No sure this is the same Clyde and family, but ‘assume’ it is

( MELISSA BARTON born February 1843 IN and died August 3, 1889 (1892) Rantoul, Franklin, KS; buried next to her husband in Ruhamah Cemetery near Rantoul; married May 26, 1867 in Franklin Co IN, Benjamin Crouch (2d cousin); removed to Kansas 1866; and born to them were:


( CORA CROUCH died young



( OSCAR CROUCH died in infancy

( EFFIE CROUCH died young

( FRANK CROUCH died young



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