"Pioneer Letters of the Young and Corman Families"




All but a few of these letters were purchased at public auction in Wichita, Kansas, approximately 20 years ago. About 15 years ago I found two more at a flea market in southwest Wichita and still later a few were found in the possession of the great-great grandson of James B. Young, one of the letter writers. I did not know the family whose property was being auctioned.  The Young and Corman families lived in Humboldt (KS) during the Civil War and many of the letters are from that time period. The Youngís came from Morgan County Indiana and the Cormanís were originally from Hamilton Canada which is near Niagara Falls, New York. The Cormanís had lived for a short time in Iowa before moving on to Kansas.


Although I am not related to these families I did find mention in one of the letters dated October 29, 1868, mention of a great great uncle of mine named William Gallemore who had been hired as a teacher for School District #3 in Morgan County Indiana.


I have found the letters to be fascinating and wanted to share them with others.  I have managed to find some living descendants of the Young family. Three of the letter writers were members of the 9th Kansas Vol. Cavalry, which was formed in Allen County during the Civil War.


Jack Bender



These letters may not be used on any Internet site nor printed in any form without my consent. Jack Bender may be contacted for furthur information at email galaxy2010@sbcglobal.net.