After a bit of a break for the Summer, the 1874 Project has returned! This week's subject is the Hon. Thomas James. If you look closely you will see that the drawing of his homestead includes two peacocks, although I don't know whether that was a real-life detail, or just part of the artist's imagination.
Below is a transcription of Thomas James' biography from the from the '1874 Atlas Map of Johnson County Kansas' to use to start your research. Remember, post links only! (Just copy and paste the URL/website address you want to share into the comments.) Comments containing images/screen shots that are directly uploaded (rather than linked to from another website) will be deleted to avoid copyright violations.
was born in Muskingham county, O., in 1828. Is the son of Evan James, who was born in Maryland, and emigrated to Ohio about 60 years ago. In '47 the subject of this sketch married Miss Barbara Ann Barrow, and in '57 emigrated to Cass county Mo., remaining one year. After a brief sojourn in Kansas City, he located on his present homestead in '59, where he is now surrounded by an intelligent and thriving community, instead of the Carrolls, Prairie Schooners and Texas cattle that bivouaced on the then open plains. Here he remained until the war broke out - after being robbed five different times, he was compelled to leave his home in '62, and up to '66 kept his family successively at Ills, Kansas City and Lawrence, while he devoted most of his time to freighting across the plains. It is a fact worthy of note, that during the winter of '65, not more than two of the family were together - he was in New Mexico, his wife and youngest child in Ohio, his daughter Jennie in Baldwin city at school, his son C. W., in Ills., and T. W. at school in Lawrence. In '73 Mr. James was a member of the Kansas Legislature from the 28th district He has had a family of five children - one daughter, the wife of Henry Cappock, two sons, single in Colorado, Ida Bell still at home. His son Howard died when ten years old. Besides carrying on the business of the farm, Mr. J. is largely interested in stock-raising in this county and Colorado. A view of his residence will be seen on page 91 of this work.
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