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 Andrew Elder Kidwell

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Andrew Elder Kidwell

Birth
Grainger County, Tennessee, USA
Death 3 Apr 1893 (aged 72)
Bourbon County, Kansas, USA
Burial Uniontown, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 88397036 View Source
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Andrew was named after his fathers brother in law, Andrew Elder. The family lived in Grainger, Tennessee until 1852, then he moved them to Benton County, Arkansas where they settled near Siloam Springs. When Andrew was asked why they moved he replied it was to be closer to his wifes family. Another reason was the tension was mounting in TN regarding the slave question and he wanted to be away from the unrest there. In 1862 the family again moved. This time to Bourbon County, Kansas where they had friends named Tennyson. Mr. Tennyson was a leader in the cause of establishing Kansas as a free state and was instrumental in bringing settlers into the area for that purpose. In the Spring of 1863 his father bought an improved claim from an ex-soldier, Steven Ogden, for $600.. The improvements being a log house with a lean-to kitchen, a log barn and a "good spring of water", near the house. There is an original land grant with Abraham Lincoln's signature that a family member has. The log house was replaced a few years later and 100 year old house is still standing. A railroad at one time had gone through the farm.


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