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Capt Frank Wilkeson

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Capt Frank Wilkeson

Birth
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Death
22 Apr 1913 (aged 65)
Burial
Salina, Saline County, Kansas, USA Add to Map
Plot
Block 12, Lot 39, Space 12
Memorial ID
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He died at Chelan, Washington. Frank is buried with Bayard E. Wilkeson.

Inscription (on original military marker)
FRANK WILKERSON
11 INDPT.
BATTY
N.Y. L.A.


The following is from the booklet, Gypsum Hill Cemetery Historical Walk, published by the City of Salina, Parks & Recreation and the Salina Public Library.

Frank Wilkeson led several lives. Born in Buffalo, New York, on March 8, 1848, he was the youngest son of journalist, Samuel Wilkeson, and Catherine Cady, sister to suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Wilkeson was only 15 when he ran away from home to join the Union Army during the Civil War. When the war ended in 1865, he had been brevetted a captain. He later published Recollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac, a starkly realistic view of war. During his lifetime he worked as a mining engineer in Pennsylvania and Colorado, a civil engineer for the Northern Pacific Railway and an explorer of the river valleys in Washington State, to which he returned many times. He married and came to Saline County in 1871, buying land in Gypsum Township and establishing a cattle ranch, which his wife Mary and two sons called home. From 1887 to 1893, he wrote fishing and hunting pieces for the New York Times and the New York Sun. The last twenty years of his life, Wilkeson wandered between Kansas and Washington, writing promotional articles and dabbling in politics and various business ventures.

He died at Chelan, Washington. Frank is buried with Bayard E. Wilkeson.

Inscription (on original military marker)
FRANK WILKERSON
11 INDPT.
BATTY
N.Y. L.A.


The following is from the booklet, Gypsum Hill Cemetery Historical Walk, published by the City of Salina, Parks & Recreation and the Salina Public Library.

Frank Wilkeson led several lives. Born in Buffalo, New York, on March 8, 1848, he was the youngest son of journalist, Samuel Wilkeson, and Catherine Cady, sister to suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Wilkeson was only 15 when he ran away from home to join the Union Army during the Civil War. When the war ended in 1865, he had been brevetted a captain. He later published Recollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac, a starkly realistic view of war. During his lifetime he worked as a mining engineer in Pennsylvania and Colorado, a civil engineer for the Northern Pacific Railway and an explorer of the river valleys in Washington State, to which he returned many times. He married and came to Saline County in 1871, buying land in Gypsum Township and establishing a cattle ranch, which his wife Mary and two sons called home. From 1887 to 1893, he wrote fishing and hunting pieces for the New York Times and the New York Sun. The last twenty years of his life, Wilkeson wandered between Kansas and Washington, writing promotional articles and dabbling in politics and various business ventures.



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  • Created by: sister7a
  • Added: Aug 5, 2007
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/20807367/frank-wilkeson: accessed ), memorial page for Capt Frank Wilkeson (8 Mar 1848–22 Apr 1913), Find a Grave Memorial ID 20807367, citing Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, Saline County, Kansas, USA; Maintained by sister7a (contributor 46835588).