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Part 12: Exodusters, in first annual report of the Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics

Kansas Bureau of Labor

This excerpt of the Kansas Bureau of Labor report includes only Part 12, the portion of the report focusing on the Exodusters in Wyandotte, Kansas. The report includes transcribed testimonies of Exodusters as well as a detailed table showing statistics compiled from seventeen families, including their location, ages, health, and occupations. The report also includes a few references to Exodusters in Topeka.


Samuel Judson Smith, Lucinda A. Gardner Smith and children

This is a photograph of Samuel Judson Smith and Lucinda A. Gardner Smith with their children. Samuel Judson Smith was born September 9, 1843 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Lucinda Gardner on April 4, 1860 in Peoria County, Illinois. Samuel was educated at Oberlin College and was a schoolmaster in Illinois. During the Civil War, he served as a lieutenant with Company E, 77th Illinois Volunteers. Smith came to Rice County, Kansas in 1874 from Milbrook, Peoria County, Illinois. In September, 1875, his wife Lucy (Lucinda) and their children joined him on the farm. The Smiths had seven children, Charles J., S. E. (Ed), Ella M., Frank, Lottie B., Ransom T. and Mary L. Samuel Smith was a farmer, Clerk of the District Court for 8 years (1880-1888), member of Lodge #192 A.F. and A.M., and a State Senator representing the 36th Senatorial District in 1900. He died on February 2, 1903 in Lyons, Rice County, Kansas.

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