Name: William Paul
Given Name: William
Surname: Paul 1 2 3 4 5
Birth: 16 Feb 1830 in Ballymena, Antrim Co, Ireland 6 7
Death: 12 Aug 1889 in Blue Rapids, KS
Burial: Blue Rapids, Marshall Co., KS 8
Change Date: 9 Feb 2013 at 12:42
William PAUL was a native of Belfast, Ireland. He received his education in the schools of his native land and there grew to manhood. He continued to live his life in the land where he was born until 1847, when he decided to seek his fortune in America. He landed at Quebec, Canada, where he remained for a time after which he took up his residence at Watertown, New York, (Portrait and Biographical Album on Eliza PAUL states that he removed to St. Lawrence County, NY, where he resided about three years) where he was engaged in the blast furnaces for a time. He then decided to locate further west and in a short time was established at Geneva Lake, Wisconsin. After a residence of some time in that place he located at Rock Island, Illinois where he engaged in general farming. William, with wife Eliza and their first two children, made the journey from their home in Illinois to their new home in Kansas in a covered wagon. The journey was a hard one, over an unknown tract, with no roads but the winding trail over the prairie. But they were a determined people and were willing to endure the hardships, supported by the thought that in time a better home was in store for them. - ┘Ci┘DHistory of Marshall County, Kansas by Emma E Forter 9
┘C/i┘DWilliam's initial travels in this country eventually took him to Rock Island, Illinois. It is believed that he had cousins that had previously located in that area from Ireland. It appears that after leaving New York William spent time in the Irish Hollow area of northwestern Illinois. This area is just south of Galena. He is recorded at that location in the 1850 federal census living with some other Irish immigrants named TAPPEN and HARPER. This may have been what led him to the THOMPSON/WALKER families. In 1860 both George TAPPEN and Robert HARPER are found living in the Richland, Wisconsin area - the same area where William THOMPSON (brother to Nancy, William's future mother-in-law) had lived from 1845 to 1857 before relocating to Rock Island, Illinois. William PAUL may have also moved to the Richland area with Mr. TAPPEN and Mr. HARPER, met William THOMPSON, and then accompanied him to Rock Island where he met and married Mr. THOMPSON'S niece.
The exact reason for moving to Kansas in the fall of 1858 is not known. David CORNELL (gg-grandson of William PAUL) William, Eliza, and family joined a wagon train with Eliza's parents and Eliza's step-brothers and families and headed for California in the fall of 1858. However they stopped in Blue Rapids, found the area attractive, and decided to remain there. It is also possible that Blue Rapids was the original destination as they had several connections in that area. Nancy's brother, William THOMPSON, had moved his family to Marshall County the prior year. William and Eliza's friends, the John SWANK family, had also lived there the previous year. William's journey to Kansas was a long one as they spent several months during the winter in Iowa City, Iowa as Eliza gave birth to their third child, Sarah. They continued their journey the next spring and arrived in Marshall County, Kansas in 1859.
It was not long after the family established their home in the new country that William enlisted in the Union army. On August 28, 1862, he enlisted as a Private in Company E, Thirteenth Regiment, of the Kansas Volunteer Infantry and was paid $13 a month. On his enlistment papers, he was recorded as having blue eyes, sandy hair, and was 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was promoted to Corporal on August 15, 1863. He earned the rank of Captain before the war was over. The regiment was organized at Atchison, Kansas and mustered on September 20, 1862. It was attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Frontier, Dept. Missouri, to February, 1863. District of Southwest Missouri, Dept. Missouri, to June, 1863. District of the Frontier, Dept. Missouri, to December, 1863. 3rd Brigade, District of the Frontier, Dept. Missouri, to January, 1864. 3rd Brigade, District of the Frontier, 7th Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 7th Corps, February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Corps, February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 7th Corps, to June, 1865.
After spending several weeks at Camp Stanton in Atchison, where the regiment received drilling and preparation for the field, they received marching orders to join General BLUNT's command in the field. This was accomplished by forced marches via Leavenworth and Fort Scott, Kansas. They joined forces with General BLUNT on the 29 of October, 1862 at Old Fort Wayne, Cherokee Nation, and henceforth were a part of the Army of the Frontier. The Thirteenth Regiment participated in different engagements in the campaign against the rebel forces in Arkansas, which resulted in the ultimate defeat of HINDMAN's entire army. The Thirteenth Regiment saw the following action:
┘Cu┘DNovember 28, 1862┘C/u┘D - Battle of Cane Hill, Arkansas.
┘Cu┘DDecember 7, 1862┘C/u┘D - Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
┘Cu┘DDecember 27-31┘C/u┘D - Expedition over Boston Mountains to Van Buren, Arkansas. This march cost the Regiment more men than all the battles in which it was engaged.
┘Cu┘DDecember 29, 1862┘C/u┘D - Capture of Van Buren, Arkansas.
┘Cu┘DJanuary 7, 1863┘C/u┘D - March to Springfield, Missouri. The regiment was ordered, on a forced march, to Springfield, Missouri., for the purpose of repelling an attack upon that place by the rebel General MARMADUKE, but arrived too late to participate in the engagement.
┘Cu┘DJanuary to May of 1863┘C/u┘D - duty at Springfield, Missouri. The regiment performed garrision and escort duty at Springfield until spring.
┘Cu┘DMay 19-29, 1863┘C/u┘D - March to Fort Scott, Kansas, thence to Drywood, and duty there until Aug/1863.
┘Cu┘DAugust 3-31 of 1863┘C/u┘D - BLUNT's Campaign - capture of Fort Smith. On the 3rd day of August the regiment again took the field with General BLUNT, participating in his famous campaign against the rebel Generals COOPER, CABELL, STEELE, and STAND WAITIE, which resulted in driving the enemy to the waters of Red River and the capture of Fort Smith. The regiment marched during the month of August, over four hundred miles, performing a march of two hundred miles in the last ten days of the month. During the campaign it marched thirty-eight miles in one day - the day of the engagement at Perryville, Arkansas.
┘Cu┘DAugust 31, 1863┘C/u┘D - Arrival at Webber's Falls, Oklahoma (Duty there to 9/15). The pursuit of the rebel Generals was abandoned as the troops were completely worn out.
┘Cu┘DSeptember 15, 1863┘C/u┘D - Marched to Scullyville, Oklahoma where it performed outpost and scout duty.
┘Cu┘DOctober 6, 1863┘C/u┘D - March to Van Buren, Arkansas, and duty there until March, 1865.
┘Cu┘DMarch 3, 1865┘C/u┘D - The regiment was ordered to Little Rock, Arkansas. Upon its arrival at that place, it was immediately placed on provost guard and garrison duty.
┘Cu┘DJune 26th, 1865┘C/u┘D - Mustered out of the service. It was then ordered to proceed to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where it received final payment, and was discharged from the service of the United States on the 13th day of July, 1865.
The 13th Regiment lost during service, 3 Officers and 19 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 106 Enlisted men by disease. Total 129.
William served in Company E with his brother-in-law, Samuel SWANK. William and Samuel married sisters, daughters of Samuel A. WALKER and Nancy Ann THOMPSON. Prior to the war, Samuel had moved his family to Missouri, near the Nodaway River. Just after William enlisted, he took a furlough and moved his family to Missouri to live with Eliza's sister, Sarah SWANK. This was done as marauding Indians were near Blue Rapids. Eliza took 6 cows with her when they moved. After about a year, Eliza and her distant cousin, Harriet WHITMORE, rented another farm with a one room cabin. Harriet had 3 children and Eliza had 4. The next year they rented another farm that had a double log cabin on it. They lived there until William was discharged from the army in the summer of 1865.
William returned to his home and his devoted wife, who had experienced in many ways the hardships of the war as much as the soldiers on the fields of battle. His granddaughter Ruth relates the following story: "I have heard my father tell that one day when, as a boy, he was out playing, a man with a red beard and hair came along and said, 'little boy, where does the widow PAUL live?' He had his belongings in a bundle on the back of a walking stick over his shoulder. My father, wondering what the man could want with his mother, followed along quietly behind a hedgerow. When the man neared the house, my Grandmother saw him, ran out and threw her arms around him and cried. It was his father, coming home from the war."
William and family remained on the Nodaway River until the spring of 1866, at which time they returned to Kansas. They settled in a one- room cabin on the RODKEY farm north of Irving, Kansas. They remained there for about 2 years. At that time, Irving was the site of an Academy built by eastern educators from New York state. William settled here because he wanted the children to go to school. William then homesteaded 80 acres north of the Blue River. He initially built a one room cabin on the farm, and later added a lean-to frame kitchen. A few years later he bought 100 acres of bottomland that joined the homestead. William became a successful farmer and stockman , and lived on this farm until his death. He was a man of much prominence in the community in which he lived and where he was held in the highest regard by all who knew him. At the first Old Settlers Reunion held in Marshall county on September 11 and 12, 1879, William was elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the Marshall County Old Settlers and Pioneers Association. William was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in which he had officiated as Steward. In politics he was a Republican. He served as a member of the School Board of his district and likewise as Justice of the Peace.
DEATH OF WM. PAUL:
The sad news of the death of Wm. PAUL, at his residence in this township reached this city on Tuesday morning. Mr. PAUL located in this county in May, 1859, served his country in a Kansas regiment during the war, since which he resided upon his farm in our midst, and has been known as a good citizen, and upright and honest man. He was one of the charter members of Rob't Hale Post, and its first Senior Vice Commander. For a year or two past he had been afflicted with a cancer on his lip, which finally spread to his throat, and for six months past he was confined to his bed - a patient sufferer - at last released by death. He was a member of the M.E. church, and on Tuesday afternoon the funeral services were held at the church in this city, Rev. W.N. MCHARG preaching the sermon, by request of the deceased, Mr. MCHARG being an old friend and acquaintance. - ┘Ci┘DThe Blue Rapids Times.┘C/i┘D
At his death he left an estate valued at about $10,000. This success resulted from the industry and energy of the young couple, who endured many of the privations consequent to pioneer life, and practiced great self-denial in the earlier years of their residence in the State. - ┘Ci┘DPortrait And Biographical Album┘C/i┘D (Sketch on Eliza A. PAUL).
Father: Samuel Paul b: 16 Jun 1792 in Northern Ireland
Mother: Martha Johnson b: 17 Jun 1809 in Northern Ireland
Elizabeth "Eliza" Adeline Walker b: 26 Jan 1836 in Madison Co., IL
30 Jun 1853
in Rock Island, IL
- Change Date:
30 Apr 2009
- Martha (Mattie) Ann Paul b: May 1854 in Rock Island, IL
- Samuel Francis "Frank" Paul b: 28 Jan 1856 in Rock Island, IL
- Sarah (Sadie) Lillian Paul b: 16 Oct 1858 in Iowa City, IA
- Clara Pauline (Irene) Paul b: 21 Apr 1861 in Blue Rapids, Kansas
- William Fredrick Paul b: 29 May 1863 in MO
- Abbrev: 1860 federal census - KS, Marshall Co.
Title: 1860 federal census - KS, Marshall Co.
- Abbrev: 1870 federal census - KS, Marshall Co.
Title: 1870 Marshall County, KS Census
- Abbrev: 1875 state census - KS, Marshall Co.
Title: 1875 state census - KS, Marshall Co.
- Abbrev: 1880 federal census - KS, Marshall Co.
Title: 1880 Marshall Co. Census
- Abbrev: 1885 state census - KS, Marshall Co.
Title: 1885 Blue Rapids Kansas Census
- Abbrev: Family hand written records
Title: Family hand written records
- Media: Book
Abbrev: Book - Marshall County History - Forter
Title: History of Marshall County, Kansas - Its People, Industries, and Institutions
Author: Emma E. Forter
Page: Biographical sketch of Samuel Francis Paul, page 498.
- Abbrev: Cemetery - KS, Marshall Co., Prospect Hill Cemetery
Title: Cemetery - KS, Marshall Co., Prospect Hill Cemetery
- Abbrev: Stan Howland
Title: Stan Howland