SAMUEL V POSTON
Samuel V. Poston is one of the prominent pioneer settlers of Brown county, his residence here covering a period of almost a third of a century, during which time he has ever borne his part in the work of public development, progress and improvement. He was born in Athens county, Ohio, near the city of Athens, on the 24th of December, 1847. His father, Elias Poston, was a well-known citizen of Brown county for many years. He was a native of Virginia and the son of James Poston, who also was born in the Old Dominion and is of Irish lineage. The father served as a soldier in the war of 1812. The father of our subject was reared in his native state and in Ohio. In the latter he married Miss Amanda Harrold, who was born in Athens county, Ohio, and was a daughter of Asbury Harrold, a native of Pennsylvania, who died in the Buckeye state. He was a coal operator and farmer and became a very prominent and influential citizen of the community in which he lived. Mr. and Mrs. Poston became the parents of eight children: John W., who is now living in Powhattan township, Brown county, Kansas; Mary, the wife of Ed McKellup, of Seneca, Kansas; William, of Jackson county; Henry, who served four years in the Eighty-seventh Indiana Infantry during the civil war and is now living in Netawaka township, Jackson county, Kansas; Samuel V.; Elizabeth, the widow of C. Osborn; Mrs. Emma Baker, a widow, living in St. Joseph, Missouri; and Josephine, the wife of William Morford, of Jackson county, Kansas.
The Poston family removed from Ohio to Laporte county, Indiana, where they lived until 1869, when they came to Brown county, Kansas, settling up on a farm in Powhattan township, where they lived until called to their final rest. The father died at the age of seventy-seven years and the mother passed away at the age of eighty-three years. She was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, but the father was liberal in his religious views. Both were honorable and respected people and reared a family of whom they had every reason to be proud.
Samuel V. Poston, of this review, was a lad of nine years when he went to Laporte county, Indiana. He was reared upon the old Hoosier homestead, where he was taught to chop wood and clear land, to be honest and industrious. He acquired a good education in the public schools and at the time of the civil war he made several attempts to enlist, but was refused on account of his youth; however, in 1863 he was accepted as a member of the Eighty-seventh Indiana Infantry, serving under command of Captain Vern. He participated in the battles of Chickamauga, Buzzards' Roost, New Hope Church, Burnt Hickory, the sieges of Atlanta and Savannah, Jonesboro and the Georgia and Carolina campaign to Richmond, and afterward went to Washington, D. C., to participate in the grand review, the most celebrated military pageant ever seen on the western hemisphere. He was wounded in the right leg by a gunshot, but otherwise escaped injury and was honorably discharged at Louisville, Kentucky, after the supremacy of the national government had been established.
Mr. Poston then returned to his home in Indiana, where he remained until 1868, when he came to Powhattan township, Brown county, Kansas. He was married, on the 31st of December, of that year, to Miss Nancy Gubb, a lady of intelligence and culture, who was to her husband a faithful companion and helpmeet. She was born near Greencastle, Putnam county, Indiana, a daughter of C. C. and Charlotte (Webb) Gubb. Her father was born in Delaware, of German parentage, and was married, in Putnam county, Indiana, to Miss Webb, who was a native of Kentucky. They came to Kansas in 1858. Mr. Gubb was an Abolitionist and a warm personal friend of John Brown, who often visited at his home, bringing with him negro slaves whom he was conducting on their way to freedom. Mr. and Mrs. Gubb were members of the Christian church and the latter died at the age of sixty-seven years, the former at the age of seventy-seven. They had six daughters and one son, namely Mrs. Matilda Wolfley, of Mead county, Kansas; Mrs. Rachel Newton, of Brown county; Lydia, the wife of Henry Poston, of Jackson county; Nancy, the wife of Samuel V. Poston; James, who is living on the old homestead in Powhattan township, Brown county; Mrs. Martha Hart, of the same county; and Mrs. Mary Benner, her twin sister and a resident of Netawaka, Kansas. The family was one of prominence in the community.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Poston, of this review, have been born three children: James, who married Mary Peterson and resides in Jackson county; C. C., who married Marie Anderson and is living in Jackson county; and Edna, who is the wife of George Hoenshell, of Brown county. Mr. and Mrs. Poston reside upon an excellent farm of two hundred acres, which is under a high state of cultivation, is kept in first-class condition and improved with all modern accessories. He raises corn on a very extensive scale, producing from thirty to fifty thousand bushels annually. He also keeps on hand a high grade of horses, cattle, mules and hogs, and runs his farm by progressive methods. He is both systematic and energetic and his labors have brought to him a most desirable competence. He and his wife are genial and hospitable people and have a very large circle of warm friends and enjoy the high regard of all with whom they are brought in contact.