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Eliam Lemasters

Eliam Lemasters

Submitted by : Sheryl McClure.

Taken from: Portrait and Biographical Record of Oklahoma, 1901

ELIAM LEMASTERS comes of old and distinguished lineage, many of his ancestors having served their country with courage and distinction. He was born in Monongalia county, W. Va., in 1833, and is a son of Septimus L. and Catherine (Jobes) Lemasters, natives of Virginia. The maternal grandfather was born in Virginia, and was twelve years old when Trenton was taken, and he served as dispatch-bearer in the war of the Revolution until the close of hostilities. The paternal arid maternal grandfathers were early settlers in Virginia, and were men of importance in the community in which their lot was cast. They were agriculturists and were accounted successful and progressive men.
Young Eliam's education was acquired in the early subscription schools, and he assisted his father in the work around the farm. In 1856 he moved to Iowa, where he remained for a year, going thence to Kansas, Coffey county, where he homesteaded a claim, and remained on it until 1870, when he went to Butler county, Kans. About 1878 he went to Iowa, thence to Missouri, and returned to Sumner county, where he remained until the opening of the territory. He located on the northwest quarter of section 2, township 17, range 4 west, Logan county, where he industriously labored to improve his land, adding all modern improvements, fine house, barns, and setting out a good orchard. The farm is also fenced all around, and wells dug.
In 1861 Mr. Lemasters enlisted in Company H, Ninth Kansas Cavalry, at lola, Kans. With headquarters at Leavenworth, he spent the first two years of the war doing border duty, handling the rough border characters that contributed to terrorize the community. He was thrown into close proximity with Quantrell and Bill Anderson and the James boys. After the Lawrence massacre he was one of those who chased the perpetrators to the southeast part of the state.
Mr. Lemasters was first married in 1870 to Mattie Moore, and of their three children one is dead, and the others are Frank and Minnie Belle Lemasters. Mr. Lemasters was married the second time to Mrs. Margaret J. Dalley, of Crescent City. He is a Democrat in politics and interested in the undertakings of the party. In religion he is an active member of the Church of Christ, and contributes towards its support and charities.

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