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Maj Scott J Anthony
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Birth: Jan. 22, 1830
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Death: 1903
Denver County
Colorado, USA

"Major Anthony is a New Yorker by birth, and was born in Cayuga County, January 22, 1830. He is a descendant of a Quaker family that settled in Newport, R. I.

His father, Elam, who was born in Newport, engaged in farming and business pursuits, and about 1817 moved to Union Springs, N. Y., where he married. He and his wife had a happy married life of sixty-two and one-half years before death came to part them, she dying at eighty-nine and he at ninety-one.

She was Nancy Hunt, a native of Mount Morris, N. Y., and a daughter of Humphrey Hunt, who, with two sons, served in the Revolution, and a younger son served in the Mexican war. Humphrey Hunt was a brother-in-law of Colonel Moore, an officer in the Revolution.

The family of which Major Anthony was a member consisted of six sons and six daughters, nine of whom attained maturity: Mrs. Mary Hare, of Hillsboro, Ore.; Charles, who was in a New York regiment during the war and now resides in San Diego, Cal.; Mrs. Cynthia Hamilton, of Portland, Ore.; Scott J.; Mrs. Curry, now of Union Springs, N. Y.; Mrs. Margaret Birdsell, who died in Buffalo; Mrs. Howell, who died in Union Springs; Emmett, whose death occurred in San Francisco in 1892; and Webster, who died in Denver in June, 1896. The last-named was a man of prominence, being a speaker of the lower house of the legislature, a member of the state senate and for some time grand master of the grand lodge of Colorado.

He settled in Leavenworth and engaged in merchandising as a member of the firm of Bailey, Anthony & Co., and a year later was elected county clerk and recorder. He drew the laws prescribing the forms for the recording of deeds, which are still in use in Kansas and Colorado. At the second election in the city he saw the necessity for organization for the enforcement of laws.

People coming across the river from Missouri harassed the Abolitionists and became very troublesome. He, with twenty-six others, organized the Leavenworth Rangers and equipped themselves with good horses and sharp rifles, the latter of which he soon found to be much feared by the border ruffians across the river. At the next elections held in Kansas a large crowd of Missourians came over early in the morning, intending to take charge of the election, but he saw them, then gathered his men on the bottom and came to the esplanade, riding forward in a circuit and shouting to them that an election would be held that day for Kansas people only and anyone not a resident who attempted to vote would be taken in hand. He so frightened the men that they stampeded for home.

One of his souvenirs is a photograph album containing pictures of early residents of Kansas, among them an original photograph of John Brown, given him personally and probably the only one of the kind in existence.

When rumors of the discovery of gold in Pike's Peak were carried eastward, Major Anthony, then in Leavenworth, Kansas, determined to come to Colorado. In the spring of 1860 he outfitted eight wagons with ox-teams and started for California Gulch (now Leadville), arriving in Denver March 8, and, reaching California Gulch the following May, he with his partner, Frank Palmer, at once started a general store, and they also engaged in prospecting in the mountains. The firm was known as Anthony & Palmer.

In the fall they sold out the goods and returned to Leavenworth, whence, in March, 1861, our subject again started for the west, with eight wagons drawn by mule-trains, himself journeying, as before, by coach. He resumed business at the old place and also prospected. In August, 1861, while crossing the mountains between Green and Grand Rivers, his pack mule carrying the provissions slipped and fell to the bottom, leaving his party of five destitute of provisions. He journeyed back to California Gulch, and on arriving there, for the first time heard of war between the north and south.

Awaiting him he found clippings from a Leavenworth newspaper stating that a colonel's commission awaited him, should he wish to return to Kansas. At the same time he found a captain's commission from Governor Gilpin of Colorado.

His first impulse was to return to Leavenworth, raise a regiment and march to the seat of war, for he believed the war would not last more than a month. However, several of the men in California Gulch urged him to remain and raise a company, which he agreed to do, providing Lieut. George Buell, who had been in the regular army, would become the first lieutenant of his company, the captain having the power to appoint his under officers at that time. Mr. Buell consented, so ninety-two men enlisted, forming Company E, First Colorado Infantry, which in the autumn of 1862 were mounted and called the First Colorado Cavalry, he becoming the major.

On the return of the regiment to Fort Lyon, our subject was commissioned major of the First Colorado Cavalry and was put in command of the district of Arkansas, extending from Bents old fort to Fort Larned for two and one-half years. He was then mustered out January 22, 1865, and returned to Denver. The exposure of his army life left him in poor health and he has never fully recovered.

He was then a sub-contractor and civil engineer on the Union Pacific. When the Deadwood excitement broke out, he went there and took up a large claim, but found it was not as reported, and returned to Denver. In 1877 he embarked in the real-estate business upon a large scale and has continued in it ever since. He was so familiar with the city that he knew the location and value of every lot. He laid out additions, only one of which, however, bears his name. With his brother he built blocks on, the corner of Curtis and Fifteenth, and Champa and Fifteenth, and he still owns the old Wilcox block at Nos. 1629-35 Curtis.

In the organization of the Denver Tramway Company he was actively interested and for years was a director. Still in the real-estate business, he is located in room 5, No. 1631 Curtis street. It has been his experience that when he took charge of his business affairs they returned profits, but when he entrusted them to others, he invariably lost money. He is a lover of flowers and for his own pleasure has a moneyed interest in a floral establishment. During the summer months his home at No. 1280 Logan street is bright with flowers, in the cultivation of which he passes many pleasant hours.

At the time that his brother was county clerk, Major Anthony organized Anthony's Abstract Company, the formation of which was not revealed for a time. Later it was consolidated with another concern under the title of Anthony, Laudon & Curry. Even after the major retired from the company, his name was still continued in the firm. Like all other fifty-niners, he is a member of the Colorado Association of Pioneers; while it is true he did not reach Denver until the spring of 1860, yet from the fact that he started on his westward journey in 1859, he is entitled to a place among the men who came to the state in that most eventful year.

He is a life member of the Masons, affiliates with the Sons of the Revolution and the Loyal Legion, and is connected with Lincoln Post, G. A. R.

The first marriage of Major Anthony united him with Lucy Stebbins, of Atchison, who died three months after they were married. His second wife was Frances Brown, who was born and educated in Utica, N. Y., but at the time of her marriage was living in Denver. She was a daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Brown, natives of Bath, England, but during most of their lives residents of the United States. Her father died in Utica, and her mother in Denver when lacking only one month of ninety-five years."

Major (Battaliaon Commander) First Colorado Cavalry - The Sand Creek Massacre 
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  Elam Anthony (1791 - 1880)
  Frances Brown Anthony (____ - 1916)
Note: s/s Frances B
Fairmount Cemetery
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Blk 9
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Joyce Escue Culver
Record added: Mar 15, 2009
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Maj Scott J Anthony
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Maj Scott J Anthony
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Maj Scott J Anthony
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Companion #08957 - MIlitary Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S.
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Maj Scott J Anthony 1st Colorado Cav.
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