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Col. Nathaniel Kenyon


COL. NATHANIEL COLVER KENYON

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Nathaniel Kenyon was one of our first settlers, and our first postmaster after in incorporation of Chatsworth in 1867, and a much respected Civil War veteran.
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Nathaniel's father was minister of the Baptist Church in Chatsworth from 1877 to 1879. He was from New York state and married to Julia Pratt, whose parents are claimed to have come over on the "Mayflower".


Nathaniel was their only child. Nathaniel married Abigail Sprague in Granville, IL. She was born in Granville in 1843 and died here in 1879 and is buried in Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery. The 1870 census shows Nathaniel, Abigail and daughter, Minnie, age 1 year, in Chatsworth. He then married Ella Eugenie Scofield in 1880 in Chatsworth (see record below) and they had 8 children. The first one, Ransom, was born in Chatsworth in 1881. By 1883 they have moved to Kansas and the second child is born and all others. Nathaniel was a First Sergeant in the 11th Ill. Infantry, Co. K for 3 months in 1861. In 1863 he reenlists for 3 years and is promoted to Lt. Col. By 1876 his is drawing a pension. On one sheet he is listed as Captain and on one as Lt. Col. While a 1st Lt.  he was captured and held prisoner for 8 months at Ft. Donelson and he was wounded in the head at Vicksburg. He was with the march by Gen. Grant at Vicksburg. In the 1870 U.S. census for Chatsworth he is listed as a hardware merchant. Abigail is there and a daughter Minnie who is 1 year old. Nathaniel's biography in "The History of Livingston County, 1878, shows his wife as Abigail Rosa and daughter Minnie, born Dec.7, 1867 (the year of our incorporation). It also says he became postmaster in 1863. Ill. Marriage records show that Minnie Gertrude Kenyon, born in Chatsworth, married a Charles D. Weston in Batavia, IL. in 1886. He was from Michigan. I haven't found any further records on them.  In the 1880 U.S. census for Chatsworth he is listed as postmaster. In the 1878 "History of Livingston County" it says- The post office was established in 1860 and that Charles Brooks is postmaster and that Brooks was succeeded Matthew Hall and he by Kenyon as postmaster. His is also Master? of the A.F. & A.M. Lodge here.


The 1865 U.S. Census shows him in Pleasant Ridge, Livingston County
Pleasant Ridge Township formed from Saunemin Township in April, 1859
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1870 Census shows him in Chatsworth
Wife Abigail and daughter Minnie, age 1.
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1880 Census shows him in Chatsworth
Widowed with one adopted child. 
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Marriage record to Ella Eugenine Schofield

Name Nathaniel C. Kenyon Event Type 
Marriage Event Date 03 Oct 1880 
Event Place Livingston, Illinois, United States 
Event Place (Original) Chatsworth, Livingston, Illinois 
Gender Male Age 43 Marital Status 
Unknown Birth Year (Estimated) 1837 
Birthplace South Salem, New York 
Father's Name Archibald Kenyon 
Mother's Name Juliana Pratt 
Spouse's Name Ella E. Schofield 
Spouse's Age 20 Spouse's 
Marital Status Single 
 Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1860 Spouse's 
Birthplace Brenton 
Spouse's Father's Name Aaron Schofield 
Spouse's Mother's Name Mary Ann Hayes

Civil War Records


Nathaniel C. Kenyon

United States Civil War Soldiers Index
NameNathaniel C. Kenyon
Event TypeMilitary Service
Military Beginning RankFirst Sergeant
Military Final RankFirst Sergeant
Military SideUnion
State or Military TermIllinois
Military Unit11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861)
Military CompanyK
NoteSee also 11 Ill. Inf. 3 years
Affiliate Film Number48


Nathaniel C. Kenyon

United States Civil War Soldiers Index
NameNathaniel C. Kenyon
Event TypeMilitary Service
Military Beginning RankFirst Lieutenant
Military Final RankLieutenant Colonel
Military SideUnion
State or Military TermIllinois
Military Unit11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry
Military CompanyK
Military Company NoteF&S
NoteSee also 11 Ill. Inf. (3 Mos.)
Affiliate Film Number48





Nathaniel C. Kenyon

United States Civil War and Later Pension Index
NameNathaniel C. Kenyon
Event TypePension
Event Date11 May 1876
Event PlaceIllinois, United States
Military Regiment11
Military UnitInfantry
Military RankCapt.
Shipping CompanyK
File Name130669


Nathaniel C. Kenyon

United States Civil War and Later Pension Index
NameNathaniel C. Kenyon
Event TypePension
Event Date11 May 1876
Event PlaceIllinois, United States
Military Regiment11
Military UnitInfantry
Military RankLt. Col.
Shipping CompanyField & Staff
File Name130669


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This is an interesting story from the Chatsworth Plaindealer that appeared after his move to Kansas

Colonel N.C. Kenyon Murdered 
June 29, 1888 
The extracts made below from today's Chicago Hearald and today's Peoria Transcriptrefer to Col. N.C. Kenyon, a former resident and postmaster of this place and a gentleman well known and highly esteemed by all old citizens. We await further information with anxiety, as the Colonel was a gentleman whom we highly esteemed as a friend and fellow citizen. All old acquaintances will deeply deplore the loss of so good a man at the hands of a lawless assassin, and while sympathizing with the bereaved relatives, will hope with us that the lawless murderers may receive their just dues, and that speedily, which is nothing short of the hangman's active services. 
Geuda Springs, Kan. July 5 -- Mayor Kenyon and Justice of the Peace Furey attempted yesterday to suppress a whisky stand which Jim Cherry, Ike David, and one Simmons, negroes, from Arkansas City, had established in a cornfield here. Cherry shot the Mayor through the breast, inflicting a fatal wound, and Furey through the leg. Two of the negroes swam the Arkansas River. A posse has been organized and is now searching for them in Indian Territory.-- Chicago Hearld 
Arkansas City, Kan. July 5 -- Geuda Springs, the summer resort of Southern Kansas, eight miles west of here, was celebrating the Fourth. Several parties from here went over, taking with them beer and whisky for sale. The marshal, mayor and deputies went to the building where they were selling and attempted to arrest the violators, but were met with revolvers. N.C. Kenyon, mayor, was shot dead and C.J. Furry, justice of the peace, was badly wounded. The violators and murderers made their escape, but word was telegraphed here and an armed posse went out in hot pursuit. It is not generally known who did the shooting, but it is generally believed on Sill (sic) Lincoln, a cowboy, killed Kenyon. The pursuing party came in today with Jim Cherry, Ike David and two colored men. David and Cherry are whisky men from this place, and Geuda telephones they are the two who did the shooting. They are under heavy guard, but the streets are a solid mass of people, who express themselves as being determined to rid this town and Geuda of these lawless "joint" men. All are expecting an armed posse from Geuda Springs before morning, and should they arrive, the general belief is that the prisoners will stretch hemp. -- Peoria Transcript. 
On August 10, this letter appeared in the Chatsworth Plaindealer from Mrs. Kenyon. 
Geuda Springs, Kan., Aug.7,'88 Mr. Smith -- Dear Sir, -- The friends of Mr. Kenyon will doubtless be pleased to learn that he is recovering from his terrible wound. Our physician tells us he is virtually out of danger, and we think within a few weeks he will be able to get out into the fresh air and sunshine. Judge Furry died from the effects of his wound Aug.4. Thanking you again for your kindly interest. Yours truly E. Kenyon





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