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Frederick Mortn ELWOOD


     Born Sept. 10, 1839 in Floyd, Oneida Co. NY.
     In 1860 he was in Brownville (later Beatrice) Nebraska Territory where he pre-empted the N.E. 1/4 Sec. 1, Town 3R. 4 East.
     July 3, 1861, at Omaha, he enlisted as private, in Co. H. 1st NE Vol. Infantry Army of the USA and remained in the army until July 3, 1866.
     While home on furlough he made application for homestead on said land July 30, 1864.
     On May 25, 1871, he made application for patent on this homestead which was granted. Thanks, Mary

23 Jan 2008 submitted by Mary (descendent)



Henry and Emma Fairchild, were among the first families who settled in Gibbon, Buffalo County, Nebraska in 1871. They went West from Brownhelm, Ohio, joining a group of settlers(many of whom were Civil War veterans) going to Nebraska to claim free land. This group settled in Gibbon, Buffalo County, Nebraska and called themselves the "Soldiers' Free Homestead Colony". They arrived in Gibbon on April 7, 1871.

Today there is a monument in Gibbon's Pioneer Park on which are engraved the names of these original settlers of Gibbon Colony - Henry's name is on this monument.

Henry and Emma were also involved as charter members in organizing the First Presbyterian Church of Gibbon. Henry helped with the construction of this church - the first church built in Buffalo County. He also served as an elder, being ordained January 15, 1874.

Due to many hardships, both physical and financial, Henry and Emma and their four young sons returned to Ohio in 1879.

Marcia Outcalt, great granddaughter

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