William is the son of George & Tabitha (Dovel) Shuler. He married Sarah Ann Koontz on August 10, 1855 in Page County, Virginia.
William D. Shuler, one of the oldest and best-known pioneers of this county, for years lovingly known throughout the Grant township neighbor-hood as "Squire" Shuler, is a native of Virginia, having been born in Page county, that state, on June 23, 1833, son of George and Tabitha (Dovel) Shuler, both natives of that same county, the former of whom, born on December 25, 1794, died on April 28, 1873, an^ ^e latter, born in 1796, died on June 8, 1857. The former was a member of the Meth(&dist church and the latter of the Christian church. They were the parents of eight children, five sons and three daughters, of whom the subject of this sketch is the youngest, and only three survive, the others having been John, Diana D., Noah W., Elizabeth Ann Aylshire, who died at the age of twenty-four; George W., Andrew Jackson and Sarah Jane, who married John Aylshire, her brother-in-law, who was killed in battle during the Civil War, and who later married James E. Morris and died in this county in 1895, and he died later.
George Shuler was the son of John Shuler, who was born in Pennsyl-vania, son of John Shuler, a German, who came to America and settled in Pennsylvania. The younger John Shuler married a Keyser in Pennsylvania and later moved to Virginia, where he became a large landowner, and where he spent the rest of his life. Grandmother Shuler died in Illinois at the age of ninety-five years. She married Mike Step. George Shuler was reared on the plantation in Virginia and in turn became a large landowner and one of the leading men in his neighborhood. His first wife died in. 1857 and he married, secondly, a widow, Mrs. Kite, and both spent their last days in Virginia.
William D. Shuler lived on the home place in .Virginia until he was grown, acquiring a liberal education meanwhile, and his father gave him half the home farm of nearly four hundred acres, on which he lived until 1875, the time of his coming to this county. When Virginia ordered a vote on secession in 1861 he was one of twelve voters in his precinct who voted for a continuance of the Union. He was drafted into the Second Virginia Infantry, under "Stonewall" Jackson, despite his opposition to secession and served for a year before employing a substitute to take his place, during which time he participated in the battles at Blue's Gap and near Harper's Ferry. Upon leaving the army he returned home and there was seized by Union forces. Upon explaining his position toward secession, however, he was released and the federal soldiers gave orders that his place should not be molested. They had destroyed all other property in the valley. In 1875, attracted by the promising word from this section of the country, Mr. Shuler came to Kansas, locating in Reno county. He bought Lon Mead's relinquishment to eighty acres and the relinquishment of an adjoining, eighty in section 28 of John Gaus, in Grant township, and there he established his new home. At first he built a small frame house, twelve by sixteen feet, and in 1878 built a better house. On his place at that time there were the only three trees. One of these trees, a giant cottonwood, five feet in diameter at the base, stood until 1915, when it went down during a heavy wind storm. Mr. Shuler prospered from the very beginning of his farming operations and has assisted in buying farms for all of his sons, more than a section of land in all. Mr. Shuler quickly took his place as one of the leading men in that community. He had served as justice of the peace in his Virginia home and presently his pioneer neighbors elected him justice of the peace-in Grant township, a position he held for years, and is still known as "Squire" by his many friends thereabout and throughout the county. He was also trustee for a number of years. He is a Democrat, though quite liberal in his political views, and has also voted the Prohibition ticket, He is an ardent Methodist and the year after his arrival in this county went around the neighborhood stirring up sentiment in behalf of the establishment of a Sunday school in Grant township and succeeded in having such an institution started in the school house near his home. He later headed a subscription paper with a liberal subscription and took it around among his neighbors and thus secured the establishment of the ^Mitchell Methodist church in his home township, of which he has been one of the leading members for many years.
On August 9. 1855, in Page county, Virginia, William D. Shuler was united in marriage to Sarah Ann Koontz, who was born in that county, August 28, 1839, daughter of David and Elizabeth Koontz, natives of Virginia, and to this union five children were born, namely: Preston P., a cement manufacturer and farmer, of Wakeeney, this state; Jacob O., of whom further mention is made later on in this review; Lee, a fruit raiser at Hotchkiss, Colorado; Martin B., who is now living retired at Santa Rosa, California, and Walter, who is engaged in the dairy business in Reno town ship, this county. The mother of these children died on October 19, 1896, and for the past few years Mr. Shuler has been making his home with his sons. Jacob O. Shuler, who was born in Page county, Virginia, on February 4, 1859, was sixteen years of age when his father, William D. Shuler, came to this county with his father, and he grew to manhood on the old Shuler farm in Grant township. Following his marriage, in the fall of 1884, he bought the northeast quarter of section 27, in Grant township, and there established his home and has lived there ever since. He later bought a half section in Reno township and also a quarter section. He is a Democrat and has taken an active interest in local political affairs and is now treasurer of his home township. He and his family are members of the Methodist church and he gave the land on which the Mitchell Methodist church was built, on one corner of his farm. He is a member of the Court of Honor and takes a warm interest in the affairs of this society. Mr. Shuler is an extensive farmer and has given much attention also to raising cattle and hogs.
On November 6, 1884, Jacob O. Shuler was united in marriage to Annie Cook, who was born in Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Joseph and Martha (Barnes) Cook. Mrs. Shuler came to this county in June, 1883, in company with her sister, Mrs. Laura Baddeley, and her two brothers Fred Cook, the present mayor of Hutchinson. and Walter Cook, also of Hutchinson. To Mr. and Mrs. Shuler four children have been born, as follow: William Archie, born on October 13, 1885, at home; Harold, August 17, 1887, who married Myrtle Oldsworth and lives on a farm in Reno township; Gilbert A., December 17, 1893, and Annie Gertrude, October 6, 1895, married Arthur W. Lancaster and lives in Reno township. (Pages 99-101, History of Reno County, Kansas.)