Source Information

Graden, Debra, ed. Kansas Settlers, 1854-1879 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.
Original data: Gleed, Charles S., ed. Kansas Memorial, A Report of the Old Settlers' Meeting Held at Bismark Grove, Kansas, September 15th and 16th, 1879. Kansas City, MO, USA: 1879.

About Kansas Settlers, 1854-1879

On the 15th and 16th of September 1879, over 3,000 settlers of early Kansas gathered at Bismark Grove to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of statehood. This database is a collection of information gathered at that meeting regarding the settlement of the state. Taken from a register now in the Kansas State Historical Society, each record reveals the attendee's name, birthplace, and birth date. Additionally, each person's settlement location is provided along with the date of their arrival in the state, and current residence. Page numbers refer to the original document. For researchers of early residents of Kansas, this can be a useful source of facts. regrets to inform you that Debra Graden passed away unexpectedly. Photocopies of the original data will no longer be available upon request. We are grateful to Debra for the long hours she contributed to making her databases such useful resources to so many people.