|Birth: ||Jun. 6, 1824|
LUCIUS H. BISHOP, farmer and stockraiser, Section 18, P. O. Monrovia. There are but few people within the boundary line of Atchison County more widely known as pioneers than L. H. Bishop. He is a native of Vermont; was born in Orange County, June 6, 1824. When young removed with his parents to Allegany County, N. Y. His father was a blacksmith by trade, and L. H., in his earlier days, assisted some at the forge. The spring of 1857 found him at Atchison, Kan., which at that time consisted of a few very diminutive buildings. He pre-empted some land, which is now embodied in his present estate, and built a log cabin which is intact, still standing adjacent to his residence. He was among the first farmers of this portion of the country, and as an agriculturist has been very successful. He has a fine farm in a high state of cultivation, and the surroundings indicate comfort. Mr. B. passed through all the difficulties subsequent to the first seekers of the new country, and the obstacles he had to encounter at that day and age were different from those generally incidental to a pioneer life. During the Rebellion he was in the Twelfth Kansas Militia Regiment, and participated in the engagement at Westport, Mo., where his horse was shot from under him. Mr. B. was a strong advocate for the abolition of slavery. At an early day was a member of the Board of Township Supervisors, and identified with the educational interests of District No. 6, of which he made the first report to the County Superintendent. He was married in New York in 1851 to Miss Betsy M. Wilson, an estimable lady. They have by this union four children - Frank W., Willie E., Sadie and Amelia, twins.
Lucius H. Bishop
Success comes as the legitimate result of well applied energy, unflagging determination and perseverance in a course of action when once decided upon. She smiles not upon the idler or dreamer and only the man who has hardly and justly won her favor does she deign to crown.
In tracing the history of Lucius H. Bishop it is plainly seen that the prosperity which he enjoys has been won by the commendable qualities above mentioned, together with many others, which have won him the high esteem of all who know him. The Bishops were prominent early settlers of Vermont and were noted for patriotism and devotion to duty.
The paternal grandfather of our subject served in the colonial army during the War of the Revolution and Levi Bishop fought in the second war with Great Britain. The latter, who was the father of our subject, was born in the Green Mountain state and in his youth learned the trade of blacksmith, following that calling for many years.
For a wife he chose Sarah Higgins, a daughter of William Higgins, and seven children blessed their marriage, namely: Helen E., who for many years was successfully engaged in teaching and now makes her home with our subject; Lucius H.; Sarah, deceased; Levi, Jr., who served in the Mexican War and now resides at Fort Worth, Texas; Edward D., of Charles City, Iowa; R. Waite, of Hudson, Wisconsin; and Jasen Steele, who is a leading real estate man of Olean, New York.
The parents both died in the east and were buried at Fillmore, New York. The father was sixty-five years of age at the time of his death, while the mother was in eighty-eighth year when called to the better land.
Politically he was affiliated with the Whig party and religiously both he and his wife were Universalists. The birth of Lucius H. Bishop occurred January 6, 1824 at East Randolph, Vermont. He received a good education in the public schools and with his father mastered the blacksmith's trade. It was not until he was twenty-seven years of age that he concluded to try his fortunes in the west and with his young wife came to Kansas.
Settling in Leavenworth at first he remained there for some time and at last came to his present home in Center township. He has been a witness of great changes in this state and section of the Union and has performed his full share toward the advancement of civilization and prosperity.
His farm comprises one hundred and seventy acres of well watered land, suitable for the raising of all kinds of crops common to this region. The improvements upon the place, including a modern house and large barns, render this one of the most desirable homesteads in the county.
Educational matters receive his earnest attention and as fully as his time and means would permit he has given evidence of his interest in this important feature of modern civilization. He has served as a school director, as county supervisor and as justice of the peace.
Politically he is a Democrat and aims to keep thoroughly abreast of the times in his knowledge of the great issues.
The marriage of Mr. Bishop, in 1851, was one of the most important steps of his life. The lady of his choice was Betsy M. Wilson, a native of Chautauqua county, New York and the daughter of Alexander Wilson. She has proved a loyal counselor and companion, sharing his joys and sorrows and cheering him at all times with her broad, helpful views of life.
Frank Wilson, their eldest son, resides upon an eighty acre farm, situated on section 7, this township. He married for his first wife Olie Harton, who bore him two sons, Earnest and Carl, and then passed away in death. For his second wife Mr. Bishop married May Scott, of Thayer, Iowa.
Willis Bishop, the younger son of our subject, is an enterprising young farmer, owning a homestead of eighty acres on section 7, not far from that of his elder bother. His wife formerly was Anna Donovan, of this township, and they have two daughters. Amelia and Sada, twins, are the only daughters born to Lucius H. Bishop and wife. Amelia is the wife of Charles Taliaferro, of Benton township, and the mother of three sons and two daughters. Sada became the wife of Hugh Gillen, of Benton township. Both Mrs. Taliaferro and Mrs. Gillen were successful teachers in the local schools prior to their marriages.
Betsy Morse Wilson Bishop (1832 - 1907)
Frank Wilson Bishop (1852 - 1921)*
Willis Bishop (1858 - 1919)*
Amelia Mahala Bishop Taliaferro (1868 - 1906)*
Sade H. Bishop Gillen (1868 - 1927)*
Created by: Stephen Nottingham
Record added: Aug 12, 2010
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