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Thomas N. & Julia Ann Beauchemie Stinson papers

Creator: Stinson, Thomas N. (Thomas Nesbit), 1818-1882

Date: 1844-1993 (bulk 1844-1914)

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Ms. Coll. 511

Unit ID: 40511

Restrictions: None.

Biographical sketch: Pre-territorial settler, land speculator, merchant; of Uniontown (Shawnee County), Tecumseh, Kan.

Abstract: Correspondence, legal documents and financial records pertaining to Julia Beauchemie & Thomas N. Stinson; the community of Tecumseh, Kan.; and Native tribes of northeast Kansas. Financial accounts of Simpson & Hunter and ledgers for trading posts at Uniontown (Shawnee County) and Tecumseh, Kan. Included is a family history compiled by Florence Stinson including a family genealogy, individual histories and an essay on the Indian trading post in Kansas. Two maps are included in this collection: One outlines lands allotted to mixed-blood Kansa, locally known as the "Kaw Half-Breed Lands"; the other is a drawing done by Thomas Stinson to show where a tract of land existed.

Summary:

Thomas N. Stinson. Papers, 1844-1882. 0.5 ft. (47 folders)

Land speculator, trading post merchant and county treasurer of Shawnee County, Kan.; of Tecumseh.

Personal papers including correspondence, legal documents and business accounts including both personal and county documents.

Organized by type of document, thereunder arranged chronologically.

Ser. 1. CORRESPONDENCE, 1844, 1852-1874, 1876-1882. 0.2 ft. (42 folders)

Correspondence includes information about Native Americans living in eastern Kansas. These groups include the Potawatomi and Kansa (listed as Kaw). This included letters from the Department of Interior and Robert Brackenridge, Jr., attorney in Fort Wayne, Ind. Information such as inquires about treaties and annuity payments for the Potawatomi Nation is included. Other correspondence includes information regarding sales and purchases of land; documents relating to purchases of town stock; letters regarding Shawnee County Treasurer's Office business; personal financial notices from the Missouri Valley Life Insurance Company; and personal letters from J. N. Bourassa, Mary Gray & F. S. McCabe.

Letters from Samuel B. Parris, Washington, D.C., to J. B. Whitaker, attorney, Sept.-Oct. 1865, pertaining to Thomas Stinson's claim of Potawatomi land and a letter from William B. Sumser, Louisville, Ky., to J. Whitager [Whitaker?], an attorney, relating to land owned by Sumser's father, John B. Sumser, in Indiana City (Indiana Town), Shawnee County, and Chickasaw, Coffey County, Kan., are in Separated Documents Pertaining to Land, 1844-1887, ser. 4.

Ser. 2. LEGAL DOCUMENTS, 1849, 1851, 1852, 1854-1858. 0.75 in. (3 folders)

Include information on Native American treaties, power of attorney for the Potawatomi; personal business agreements for private companies (sawmill and Kansas River Bridge Company); land shares (Tecumseh and Wakarusa); documents of curatorship; slave ownership papers; voting regulations for Shawnee County, Kan.; his Shawnee County treasurer appointment; land lease agreements; deed & trusts; title abstracts; bankruptcy papers (F. D. S. MacDonnell); and Tecumseh Town Association documents.
A land patent, 1844 July 10, to land in Illinois jointly held by James, Alexander, and Thomas Stinson is in Separated Documents Pertaining to Land, 1844-1887, ser. 4.

Ser. 3. BUSINESS ACCOUNTS AND LEDGERS, 1848-1880. 0.3 ft. (2 folders)

Individual papers: 1852, 1854-59, 1862-63, 1866, and 1874. Ledgers: 1848-68, 1849-50 (Simpson and Hunter), 1851, 1851-52, 1852-1880 (with one entry dated 1890), 1854, 1854-55, 1857, and 1863. The business accounts include information on Potawatomi debts, accounts receivable from individual persons, individual customer orders, an item manifest for the trading post, individual account charges, shipping receipts, business receipts pertaining to the Kansas River Bridge Company, and a transfer of property title for purposes of debt settlement. All of the individual papers were received and executed after Thomas arrived to Tecumseh in 1850. The Ledgers are dated and pertain to various trading posts and companies. The ledger for 1848-68 contains information on both Uniontown and Tecumseh trading posts. The ledger for 1849-50 pertains to Simpson and Hunter and the trading post at Uniontown. The ledgers for 1851, 1851-52, 1854, 1854-55, 1857 and 1863 pertain to the trading post at Tecumseh. The ledger from 1852 through 1880 contains information on the trading post at Tecumseh as well as an entry dated eight years after Thomas's death in 1890; the latter entry was probably entered by Julia A. Stinson, but there is no documentation to substantiate this claim.

Ser. 4. SEPARATED DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO LAND, 1844-1887. 3 folders.

A land patent, 1844 July 10, to land in Illinois jointly held by James, Alexander, and Thomas Stinson, folder 1; 3 letters from Samuel B. Parris, Washington, D.C., to J. B. Whitaker, attorney, Sept.-Oct. 1865, pertaining to Thomas Stinson's claim of Potawatomi land and a letter from William B. Sumser, Louisville, Ky., to J. Whitager [Whitaker?], an attorney, relating to land owned by Sumser's father, John B. Sumser, in Indiana City (Indiana Town), Shawnee County, and Chickasaw, Coffey County, Kan., folder 2; and an undated map of some of the “Kaw Half-Breed Lands,” folder 3. As most of the other series in this collection also contain land-related documents, the reason these items were filed separately is unknown.


Julia Ann Stinson. Papers, 1883-1914. 0.1 in. (3 folders)

Wife of Thomas N. Stinson, homemaker; of Tecumseh, Kan.

The papers are documents pertaining the Stinson family accounts, personal correspondence and legal documents. All documents occur after the death of Thomas N. Stinson.

Arranged by type of document and thereunder in chronological order.

Ser. 1. CORRESPONDENCE, 1883-1914. 1 folder

Includes letters between officials of the United State Indian Service (Bureau of Indian Affairs), letters regarding lumber deliveries, a Union Pacific train ticket, letters from her children, interviews of family history of Julia and testimony from her own personal experiences, letters requesting Julia's assistance for William Boseman who was a suspected member of the Shawnee Nation (these letters were written both by W. Boseman and E. B. Reynolds), correspondence between the Office of Indian Affairs and Congressman Charles Curtis and the law firm of Troutman & Stone.

Ser. 2. LEGAL DOCUMENTS, 1903-1904. 1 folder

The legal documents include mortgage papers, a quit-claim deed, and a document declaring Stinson family to have original ownership of land reserved for purposes of a college but never claimed; the land was to be returned to the Stinson family.

Ser. 3. BUSINESS ACCOUNTS, 1885. 1 folder

The papers are individual in nature and consist of manifest receipts for items ordered by Julia in 1885.


Florence Stinson. Family history and interviews of family members, 1906-1993. 1 folder

Descendant of Thomas N. Stinson; of Sheffield, Ala.

The documents are organized first by family genealogy, then by individual histories, followed with personal correspondence and interviews with Julia A. Stinson, and concluded with an essay written by Florence Stinson.

The date of the genealogical compilation is unknown. The family genealogy begins with Alexander Stinson (ca. 1775) and concludes with Thomas N. Stinson's grandchildren in the 20th century. There is a personal history for Thomas N. Stinson and Julia A. Beauchemie Stinson. There are 2 interviews with Julia A. Stinson dated April 21, 1906, and April 15, 1914. There are also reprinted records of trips taken by Thomas Stinson from Westport, Mo., to Hot Springs, Ark., in 1846 and reprinted correspondence between Julia and her children. The last document included was an essay entitled "Keeping a Store in an Indian Village 1850-1853" written by Florence Stinson in 1993.

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Title (Main title): Thomas N. & Julia Ann Beauchemie Stinson papers

Titles (Other):

  • Papers [Portion of title]
  • Stinson family collection
  • Julia Ann Beauchemie & Thomas N. Stinson papers
  • Thomas Nesbit Stinson papers
  • Stinson collection

Biography

Biog. Sketch (Full):

Thomas Nesbit Stinson (1818-1882)

Thomas Nesbit Stinson was born in 1818 in Preble County, Ohio, near Dayton. In 1882, his family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where both of his parents died when Thomas was only five years old. Thomas's siblings raised him in both Indiana and Illinois. At age 21, in 1839, Thomas moved to Independence, Missouri, where he worked as a court clerk for a short period before accepting a position with Simpson and Hunter, a large merchant company in Westport, Missouri. Thomas's job was to promote trade with the Kansa and Delaware tribes.

By 1844, Thomas was working as an assistant blacksmith for the Osage River Indian Sub-agency. He received this position as a special favor from his brother-in-law, Anthony Davis, who was head of the Sub-agency. At this same time, Thomas joined the militia and was given the rank of colonel. There is no documentation in this collection that says Thomas ever actually fought. He continued to work as an assistant blacksmith until he was able to open a trading post of his own. He accomplished this goal and built one of the earliest trading posts in Uniontown, Kansas (west of present day Topeka) in 1848. The post was a major trading center for the Potawatomi living in Kansas and the first of its kind in the area. Unfortunately, due to a cholera outbreak in 1850, the store was forced to close and Uniontown became a ghost town.

From Uniontown, Thomas moved his trading post back east to the area surrounding Shunganunga Creek. It was there he met and married a Shawnee girl named Julia Ann Beauchemie in 1850. They married in the home of Julia's brother, Alexander Beauchemie, whose land grant was located in the present day Topeka neighborhood of Auburndale. Julia brought two slaves to the marriage as part of her dowry. Both Thomas and Julia were proponents of slavery. The Stinsons immediately settled in what is now Shawnee County where they raised seven children.

The same year that the Stinsons decided to make this area their home, Julia received a large tract of land, 800 acres, as part of the land agreement made between the Shawnees and the United States government. Thomas took possession of her land and in 1853 founded the town of Tecumseh, just east of Topeka. Thomas built a log cabin on the property and later, in 1856, had a stone home built.

In 1854, Kansas became a territory and Thomas's home became a voting place both in 1854 and 1855. That same year, Thomas became the treasurer of Shawnee County. While performing his duties as the county treasurer, Thomas ran a ferry along the Kansas River known as the Stinson Ferry. Thomas was a well known and an honored member of the community. He attended St. John's Presbyterian Church and was a member of the laity.

In 1857, Thomas assisted in incorporating the town of Chaumiere, located on the Shawnee-Douglas County line. He also held shares in the town of Wakarusa, Kansas.

In addition to land speculation, Thomas continued to run his trading post in Tecumseh through the Civil War. He was successful enough that he diversified his business into other areas. Thomas went into a partnership with Huson and Hoogland in 1857 to build a sawmill. He supplied the land and lumber; Huson and Hoogland supplied equipment and labor.

From 1860 until his death in 1882, Thomas dabbled in various areas of employment. This included government, agriculture, merchant business, and land speculation. In government, he acted as Shawnee County treasurer and worked with Indian agents to create and coordinate treaties with various tribes, most notably the Potawatomi. In agriculture, he practiced mostly subsidence farming, selling whatever was in excess in his store. The exception to this was his occasional sale of broome. In merchant business, he ran a profitable trading post that went out of business only when the population of Native tribes dwindled in Kansas. Finally, as a land speculator Thomas was most notable and successful. He was instrumental in founding both the towns of Tecumseh and Chaumiere. He also established river companies such as the Kansas River Bridge Company.

Thomas did suffer from some economic failures such as an inability to make payments on his loans, but he always managed to find a way to pay his debtors. Often this meant selling land. This presented a problem on occasion because Thomas was prohibited from selling much of his land because it was given to him and his wife under the Shawnee Land Treaty of 1850. The agreement prohibited the sale of Shawnee land without express consent from the Office of Indian Affairs, the present day Bureau of Indian Affairs. By the time of Thomas's death so much of the land grant had been sold that only 60 acres were left of the original 800.

Thomas's life was spent continuously looking for ways in which to improve Kansas and himself. He was a founding father of Shawnee County and responsible for the successes that the area has today. Although most of his descendants no longer live in the area, his correspondence, contracts and business papers provide an excellent record as to his lasting influence on Tecumseh, Shawnee County, and all of eastern Kansas.

Julia Ann Beauchemie Stinson (1834-1925)

Julia Ann Beauchemie was born on 26 March 1834 on the Shawnee reserve in present day Johnson County, Kansas. She was born to a Shawnee-English woman named Mary (Polly) Rogers and a French-Ojibwa (Chippewa), Potawatomi-raised man named Mackinaw Beauchemie. With tribal roots on both sides of her family, Julia Ann was raised as a Native American. She identified herself as a Shawnee. She attended school at the Shawnee Methodist Mission and Manual Labor School, the present Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site in Fairway, which her family helped fund. Julia, at age eight, left the Shawnee reserve to attend boarding school with her brother in Fayette, Missouri. She lived with the Johnson family who helped to build Shawnee Mission.

Although Julia's family lived on the reservation, they did not fit the stereotypical view of nineteenth century Native Americans. Julia's family was wealthy and had high social standing. Her great-grandfather was Blackfish, a Shawnee principal chief, and her third cousin was Tecumseh, the famous Shawnee warrior. The Shawnee were also known to be slave owners and Julia's family was no exception. Throughout her life Julia owned several slaves. Julia also holds the distinction that she is considered by many to be the first woman with European ancestry to be born in Kansas.

Julia was forced suddenly to return to the Shawnee Mission in 1849 when she was told that both of her parents were gravely ill. Unfortunately, Julia did not arrive home in time. By the time she reached them, both of her parents had died.

The year 1850 was one of change for Julia. She moved off the reservation and soon met and married Thomas Nesbit Stinson. Although there is no real information on their courtship, her family must have approved because her brother hosted the wedding in his home on his newly acquired land in present day Auburndale, now part of Topeka. Julia's dowry is important to note because she brought two slaves to the marriage.

Julia, like her brother, received a land grant as part of the Shawnee Land Treaty of 1850. Her property consisted of 800 acres and is located in present day Tecumseh, Kansas. This land would enable her husband Thomas to establish the town of Tecumseh in 1853. But it was Julia that gave the town its name. She later claimed to have requested that the county be called Shawnee County, after her ancestors. Julia was proud of her Shawnee heritage and always kept close ties with her people and her culture. This did not mean that Julia did not fit well into white society. On the contrary, she was considered one of Shawnee County's social elite.

Julia and her husband Thomas spent nearly all of their lives in Tecumseh. Julia gave birth to seven children, most of whom died before she did. It is documented that only two of her children survived her, Mary Gray and Thornton Gilbert.

Julia was involved in a couple of incidents that are historically notable. In 1855, Kansas territorial governor, Andrew Reeder, came to have dinner in her home and to play a game of chess. Instead, the governor's plans were interrupted by a drunken angry mob of free-staters (anti-slavery advocates) looking to take their anger out on his pro-slavery policies. Thinking quickly, Julia dressed the Governor up in some of her clothes and assisted him in escaping in the middle of the night. He returned ten years later to thank her and Thomas as well as finish the chess game they were playing that had been abruptly interrupted so many years ago.

That same year, John C. Frémont was on his way to California when he fell ill and needed a place to rest. He found the Stinson home in Tecumseh. While there he camped out, Julia nursed him back to health. He asked Julia if her newborn could be named after his wife, Jessie Benton. Julia agreed. Frémont continued on his trip and when it was completed, he sent Julia a copy of his exploits.

Throughout her life Julia was involved in several charity and community organizations. The ones she was most known for were her membership in the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the woman's suffrage movement. When Julia was overheard expressing the reason that she supported the suffrage movement she was quoted as saying that she wanted to vote for Theodore Roosevelt, "the greatest man in this country."

In 1882, Thomas died and so did her daughter Jessie. Julia took her youngest son, Thornton, and moved onto the Potawatomi reservation north of Topeka. She lived there for several years until Thornton reached adulthood in the late 1880s. Julia then moved in with Thomas, her eldest son, for some time. After living with Thomas for a number of years, Julia moved back to her own home in Tecumseh where she stayed until 1917. Julia then moved in with her daughter, Mary, in Kansas City. On 16 July 1925, Julia Ann Beauchemie Stinson died at the age of 91. At the time of her death, Julia's original land grant of 800 acres had been reduced to 60 acres and her lifelong home had been rented to boarders.

Julia spent most of her life trying to improve life for others. She was always conscious of her ability to walk two very different ways in life, the Shawnee and the white. She worked diligently to ensure that she practiced both equally. She raised her children with Shawnee traditions and European culture. She educated them as she was educated and provided for each of them. In her later years, she spent considerable time with her grandchildren and maintained a very important role in Kansas society and history. Julia contained the rare quality of poise and intellect. She saw herself as having a duty to improve both her and her children's life as well as those around her. Julia is seen as not only as a first Kansan, but can easily be exemplified as the promise of Kansas.

Scope and Content

Scope and content:

This collection gives a descriptive look into the lives of Thomas N. and his wife, Julia A. Stinson. Most of the documents included are representative of the years preceding their marriage beginning with 1844 and continuing through the year 1914, eleven years before Julia Stinson's death. The papers are individual in nature but can easily be linked to other documents in the collection because of their subjects.

The Stinson family is considered to be one of Kansas' first families. In particular this is true of Thomas and Julia. They were involved in all facets of Kansas life. Thomas was a land speculator, politician, storekeeper and involved in Native American rights. Julia was a woman of society. She hosted her home to many famous persons such as the famous explorer John C. Frémont and Kansas' first territorial governor, Andrew Reeder. Julia was also a member of the Shawnee Tribe. Between Thomas and Julia, their lives spanned over 100 years of Kansas history. For all of these reasons, the Stinson collection has worth not only to Shawnee County but to all of Kansas.

This collection represents two donations made to the Kansas State Historical Society by family members from 1958 to 1993. The first donation was given in 1958 by J. T. Stinson of Kansas City, Missouri. The papers are those received and written by Thomas and Julia Stinson. They include correspondence, legal documents and business accounts. The second part of the donation was received in 1993 from a descendant of Thomas and Julia Stinson by the name of Florence Stinson of Sheffield, Alabama. Her donation included a family genealogy, biographies on Thomas and Julia as well as the history of Thomas and Julia's families, interviews given by Julia and an essay written by Florence Stinson entitled "Keeping a Store in an Indian Village, 1850-53."

The significance of this collection can be seen in the fact that some of the papers date back to over ten years before the Nebraska and Kansas Act and continue on through the early twentieth century. The letters especially provide details into Kansas life before the territorial years. Although most all of the correspondence does tend to be business in nature, it is valuable because it gives a strong foundation into the economic history of Kansas. There is importance to the pre-territorial documents in other areas besides economics. They provide an excellent insight to Native American trade with early white settlers. The collection includes details into the lives of eastern Kansans during the territorial years. There are descriptions of battles and documentation of the Stinson family as early slave owners in territorial Kansas.

It is important to note to that the entire collection is interconnected. The correspondence is linked to the legal documents and the legal documents are linked with the financial papers. This is especially true with land issues. In several situations correspondence would be written inquiring about a land purchase; there would also be a legal document showing a claim, mortgage or deed to the land, and finally in the financial records an entry would appear to show proof of payment for the land.

Land documents are not only a focal point in the Stinson papers but are plentiful throughout the collection. There are town company documents, land shares, mortgage papers, title transfers/abstracts and maps of Kansa mixed-blood ("Kaw Half-Breed") property.

Land topics are not the only part of the correspondence. Many of the letters deal with issues such as the Office of the Shawnee County Treasurer of which Thomas held the very first appointment; issues regarding payment to and from Native Americans in the area, more specifically the Potawatomi tribe; information regarding Thomas's trading post in both Uniontown and Tecumseh; and financial records dealing with the Kansas River Bridge Company.

The county treasurer's documents fall most often in the legal and financial account papers and belong solely to Thomas Stinson. The items consist of receipts for land purchases, accounts receivable from taxes, and county expenses as well as required signatures for land documents. Correspondence relating to county affairs is minimal, primarily pertaining to the Stinson home being used a place of voting.

Documents regarding payments to and from Native Americans are extensive and can be found both among Thomas's and Julia's papers. This cause was especially important to Julia. She worked very hard as did Thomas to ensure that Native Americans received their annuities in a timely manner. There are letters to and from a variety of individuals to prove this. This includes correspondence between officials from the Office of Indian Affairs, now the Bureau of Indian Affairs; congressmen such as United States
Representative Charles Curtis, later vice president; and Robert Brackenridge, Jr., an attorney representing the Potawatomi. In the business papers and financial ledgers there is information regarding individual Potawatomi charge accounts associated both with Uniontown and Tecumseh. Most of the Uniontown ledgers are reflected as the property of a company called Simpson and Hunter of Westport, Missouri. Thomas worked for them before opening his own trading post. Initially, Thomas's work in Uniontown was done under contract for Simpson and Hunter. This ended in 1850, and all ledgers after this date pertained to the trading post at Tecumseh.

The trading post was used by all persons in Tecumseh. While it is true that until 1854 the Potawatomi were the primary customers, there were other nations as well such as the Kansa, the Delaware and the Shawnee. After 1854, a large influx of white settlers from the east began to settle in Kansas and their use of the Tecumseh Trading Post can be seen in ledgers dating after 1854.

The collection includes some interesting correspondence from a variety of historic people and companies. There are letters to and from some very famous people who are not only well known in Kansas history but in American as well. There is a promissary note from Daniel C. Boone which is most likely the grandson of the famous Tennessee statesman Daniel Boone. There is a communique to Thomas Stinson from Majors and Russell who with W. B. Waddell would later form the short-lived Pony Express. There is also a letter to Congressman Charles Curtis discussing matters concerning certain Native Americans in Kansas.

Worth noting in the collection is a letter to Thomas Stinson from a friend who either witnessed himself or received information second hand about the Battle of Osawatomie in Kansas in 1856. The letter was written shortly after the actual fighting took place. The author of the letter is obviously a supporter of slavery as he does not paint a very flattering picture of John Brown. The writer expresses his contentment of the victory of slavers over the "Browns" and speculates that before long these slavers will be enjoying breakfast in Lawrence, a very free-state town. Although there are no letters in this collection written by Thomas Stinson about his views on slavery, it can be supposed that he supported the institution. There are documents to support this supposition. Thomas retained ownership papers for a slave by the name of Moses; he entertained persons in his home such as Governor Andrew Reeder who openly supported slavery; and his wife, Julia Ann, owned two slaves of her own.

The Stinson family, especially Thomas and Julia, had substantial roles in the development of Kansas. They involved themselves in every area of life including social, political and economic. Their papers document a family who lived and prospered in Kansas long before it was commonplace. The collection is a glimpse into a rapidly changing area that would be the stage for prosperity, confrontations between a variety of cultures and eventually war. These documents provide a time line for these issues and through the use of primary documents exemplify what it meant to live in Kansas from its infancy as a frontier land through the twentieth century as a well-organized state.

This collection is arranged by person, topic and chronology. The first person to be named is Thomas Nesbit Stinson. His papers are organized first under correspondence, then under legal documents and finally under financial accounts. The second person to be named is Julia Ann Beauchemie Stinson. Her papers are organized first under correspondence, then under legal documents and finally under financial accounts. The last person to be named in the collection is Florence Stinson. Florence has only one series and it consists of the family genealogy/history she wrote and an essay entitled "Keeping a Store in an Indian Village 1850-53." All other papers to or from Thomas or Julia included in the Florence Stinson donation were interfiled into their original series. The entire collection is organized chronologically within each series.

Locators:

Locator Contents
007-05-08-08 to 007-05-08-09   

Related Records or Collections

Other Finding Aid/Index: Partial, preliminary calendar of letters is available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka).

Related materials:

All of the microfilm listed is available through interlibrary loan to Kansas libraries.  Additional information on the Kansas State Historical Society's interlibrary loan program is available from the reference staff or on the agency's web site, http://www.kshs.org/library/illpoli.htm
 
Tecumseh

 
 
Shawnee County



Andrew Reeder


 
Charles Curtis


 
Majors, Russell and Company

  • U.S. Army, Quartermaster Corps., Consolidated Correspondence Relating to the   Freighting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell: Microfilm MS 735; http://www.kshs.org/archives/48792

 
Potawatomi


 
Shawnee Indians/Shawnee Mission

Bibliography

Finding Aid Bibliography: Additional information was received from the 1870 federal census.

Index Terms

Subjects

    Shawnee County (Kan.). Treasurer -- Records and correspondence
    United States. Office of Indian Affairs -- Officials and employees
    United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Osage River Subagency
    Majors and Russell (Firm)
    Shawnee Methodist Mission and Indian Manual Labor School (Kan.)
    Simpson and Hunter (Firm)
    Tecumseh Town Association
    Financial records
    Beauchemie family
    Bushman family
    Stimson family
    Stinson family
    Correspondence
    Legal documents -- Kansas -- Shawnee County
    Kansas
    Kansas -- History -- 1854-1861
    Kansas River (Kan.)
    Shawnee County (Kan.)
    Tecumseh (Kan.)
    Uniontown (Shawnee County, Kan.)
    Stinson, Julia Ann Beauchemie, 1834-1925 -- Archives
    Stinson, Thomas N. (Thomas Nesbit), 1818-1882 -- Archives
    Kansas, Eastern
    Blacksmiths -- Kansas
    Farmers -- Kansas -- Shawnee County
    Merchants -- Kansas -- Shawnee County
    Real estate agents -- Kansas -- Shawnee County
    County officials and employees -- Kansas -- Shawnee County
    Land speculation -- Kansas -- Shawnee County
    Potawatomi Indians -- Kansas
    Shawnee Indians -- Kansas
    Slavery -- Kansas -- Shawnee County
    Trading posts -- Kansas -- Shawnee County

Creators and Contributors


Agency Classification:

    Local Government Agencies. Shawnee County. County Offices. County Treasurer.

Additional Information for Researchers

Restrictions: None.

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Cite as: [identification of individual item, series, and/or subgroup], Thomas N. & Julia Ann Beauchemie Stinson collection, no. 511, Library and Archives Division, Kansas State Historical Society.

Action note: Presumably processed ca. 1930-50 by Lela Elmendorf Barnes. Reprocessed, with Florence Stinson donation incorporated, in 2001 by Ara Joleen Carbonneau, intern.

Accumulation/Freq. Of Use: No additions expected.

Holder of originals: Kansas State Historical Society (Topeka)