Archive for Thursday, October 25, 2007

Paschal Fish sold 774 acres to establish Eudora Township

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of stories on the life of Paschal Fish.

October 25, 2007

Paschal Fish's fourth wife was Martha Captain, born in 1814. She died in 1860, after her name was put on Eudora's deed. This is when Paschal sold 774 acres of his land to the trustees of the German Immigrant Society of Chicago to found the town of Eudora.

The sale started in 1856 or 1857, when he negotiated with Charles Durr and Mr. Pfeiffer, trustees for the sale. Paschal retained or purchased back every other lot in town. The Germans named the town at Paschal's request for his daughter, Eudora. Paschal and Martha had no children but she must have had a daughter previously because Anna Hamm, age 13, became a member of Paschal's family in 1857. In July of 1865, Anna, age 21, is listed as Anna Edwards. She married a white man and wanted to sell her land (the name Edwards was sometimes written as Edmonds).

In November of 1865, Henry W. Edmonds said, "My wife, Anna Harvey, protests the sale and wants the deed returned."

In 1863 she is listed as Anna Edmonds and had one child. The baby, Henry Edmonds, died in 1862 and is buried in Eudora's Southside Cemetery. She received money from the government in January of 1863 since times were hard during the Civil War.

Sometime after 1860, Paschal must have married Mary Ann Steele (nee McClure), making her his fifth wife. There is no record of children born to them, but a niece is listed on the Eudora deed with Paschal's family as an orphan from 1857 to 1870. She received government benefits in 1857 and 1858 as a single person, but in 1863 was helped as Mary Ann Wheeler. She married Sam Wheeler, a white man, and he served in the Civil War from 1862 to 1865. Mary Ann and Sam had four children. Mary Ann sold some of her land allotment in 1865.

Sara Wheeler, a daughter, married Louis LaFolier and her great-granddaughter is Jean Meek of Cardin, Okla., who shared this material with Paschal's great-granddaughter, Eudora (Emmons) Reed, who shared it with the Eudora Area Historical Society and Fern Long.

Paschal's sixth wife was Jane Quinney, born in 1815 and died in 1873, after she and Paschal went to Oklahoma to live.

We have no record of Mary Ann Steele's death or what happened to her, but on the 1870 census for Douglas County, Volume 3, Eudora Township, Post Office-Willow Springs, Page 30, Family no. 235, Jane is listed as his wife. This record lists: Paschal Fish, age 65, male, Indian Chief, born MO, owns $2,600 real estate, and $350 personal taxes, his wife Jane Quinney, age 50, female, Indian, born in Kansas.

Both are listed on the Cherokee, Shawnee Indian rolls in 1869 in Oklahoma, but they did not move there until 1872.

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