Old Friends Cemetery

Latitude 38.420209, Longitude 96.369345
1/2 mile west of the Lyon/Chase County line, in Kansas on Road 180, north side of the road.

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Click here to view a transcription of Old Friends (Quaker) Cemetery in Toledo, Chase Co., KS.

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Jerusha Albertson

Jerusha, wife of W. P. Albertson, died 5 mo, 10 day, 1873

Oscar C Albertson      William C Albertson

Oscar C. son of W.P. & J. Albertson, died 7 mo, 30 days, 1883, aged 21 years, 11 mos, 24 days.
William C., son of W.P. and J. Albertson, died 8 mo 20 days, 1873, aged 3 mo, 20 days.

Thomas N & Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth (Morgan) & Thomas Norris Allen

From Chase County Historical Sketches, pages 125 - 128, written around 1939:

(Contributed by the family of the late T. G. Allen)

In the hills of East Tennessee, not far from the city of Knoxville, at the time of the Civil War, there nestled this little Quaker settlement of Friendsville. Among these good folk, was Thomas N. Allen, his wife, Elizabeth Morgan Allen and their six children. Being opposed to slavery and consequently Northern sympathizers, they, with others of the community, decided to sell their holdings in Tennessee and come northward to Kansas or Iowa where other relatives and friends had already settled. They came in 1864 by Government transport, first to Ackworth, Iowa, then later to Kansas, to make their home on the peaceful prairies of the new State. Their choice was the little settlement of Toledo, two miles north of the present day village of Saffordville, where they cast their lot with the good people who had previously blazed their way across the trackless prairies.

Here the Allen family became true pioneers of the Sunflower State. Many were the hardships of this early day, but many were the lifetime friendships made and enjoyed. The community was, for the great part, settled by members of the Society of Friends or "Quakers," their church or "meeting house," being maintained there for many years. The building was moved away some years ago, but the little cemetery adjoining still remains, where lie all that is mortal of many of these early settlers, among them, Thomas N. Allen and his wife Elizabeth.

The first home of the Allens was on the main trail between Emporia and Wichita and adjoined the townsite of Toledo on the southwest, cornering across from where, a few years later, the Paris Mills store stood. Their home was a favorite gathering place and many a way-farer spent a comfortable night under their hospitalble roof and enjoyed the hot biscuits and other delicious viands for which the Southerners are famous, that is, when the wherewithal was available, for like all pioneers in an undeveloped country, their bill-of-fare did not always comprise a very great variety. The neighborhood postoffice was located in their home for a time, being presided over by Elizabeth Allen, known in later years to the whole comunity as "Aunt Betsy."

One rather amusing incident is recalled as told by members of the family. One evening, a group of horseback travelers, friends of the family, stopped for the night. The day had been cold and rainy and the men were drenched to the skin. They were provided with borrowed clothing, their wet trousers and shirts being hung around the cheerful fireplace blaze to dry. Soon after the men had retired, made comfortable on the popular type of "spare bed" -- a pallet of robes and blankets on the floor before the open fire, Dave Wood, one of the guests, a brother of the late William L. Wood of Cottonwood Falls, awoke smelling smoke and on investigating, found that the chair adorned by his clothing had, in some unexplainable way, been pushed too near the fire and the trousers were already burning. He quickly extinguished the blaze and holding them up, exhibiting the charred and tattered trousers, remarked in his droll way, "Well, boys, my pants have gone to the dickens."

So the family lived, engaged in farming and stock raising, entering into the social life and activities of the community, always ready to share with anyone less fortunate than themselves. The community grew -- other settlements sprang up, the railroad was put through Chase County, and along with these changes, the young people grew up. Some of the Allen Children were sent back to Iowa to attend Ackworth Academy while others attended the "Normal" at Emporia and the "Agricultural College" at Manhattan. As they married, some sought out new locations. The second daughter, Julia, remained with her mother, the father having died of asthma in 1875. Julia was an efficient seamstress and made may of the "best clothes" of the female population of the community, for a time, bing associated in this work with Miss Amanda Myser, a sister of Calvin C. Myser, the head of another pioneer family who came to the Toledo settlement a few years after the Allens came. These families were neighbors and fast friends, having remained so to the present day. Other early settlesrs in the neighborhood were Bealses, Joneses, Lees, Morgans, Greers, Lewises and Brickells. Later came the Millses, Stones, Conaways, Hancocks, Woolwines, Carters, Prichards, Austins, Orrills, and Schellenbargers. Also many others.

The Allen's youngest son, Thomas, or "Tommy," as he was always affectionately called by his mother, also remained with his mother and sister, first taking up teaching and learning telegraphy during his summer vacations. In all, he devoted over fourty years of his life to educational work in the county in which he grew to manhood. In after years, he enjoyed very much, relating incidents of the days when he was a small boy and ofttimes, amused his own family of boys and girls with tales of Indians, Buffalo and covered wagons. One tale was the Indian Brave, Loshinga, who made him eat watermelon. The Kaws frequented the country and often called at the homes of the settlers, to beg, barter or trade. They were particularly fond of watermelons which the white men grew on the prairie sod, so one day Brave Loshinga and his companions stopped and were invited to eat melon. The Indians proceeded to cut and serve the melons, using their big hunting knives, brandishing them before the eyes of young Tom. When Tom's appetite for melon seemed about appeased, the brave would insist that he eat more, so he kept on, while the Indians grunted and laughed each time they saw the process slowing up. Tom finally convinced them that he had really had enough, and they too, being satisfied, went on their way.

Another story of Tom's being "treed" by an angry bull while out hunting was a favorite. He had gotten some distnace from home and no one was in hearing distance, so he was forced to occupy the one safe spot, a lone tree, until his older brother Ed and another boy of the community came on horseback searching for him. How they laughed when they saw him perched in the tree with his tormeter on guard, ready to give chase if an atempt were made to descend from his treetop haven.

An old program of the Toledo Improvement Association, bearing the date of Janyary 18, 1879, includes among the performers, Thos. G. Allen, Elreen Mills (Mrs. C. L. Conaway), Flora Beals (the late Dr. Flora Loveless of Emporia), Alice McCorkle, Mrs. D. R. Shellenbarger, David Lewis, Jennie Cope, Flora Stout, Mattie Stone, Ola Hancock and Winnie Mapes. A quarette composed of Charles Conaway (the late Dr. C. L. Conaway), Sam'l. Loveless, now of Emporia, Milton Cope and John Laverty, sang.

The young hearts often waxed poetic, as is seen from folded papers, some yellow with age, found among forgotten and time-worn clippings. The following lines, reminiscent of his boyhood in the old Toledo community, were written, (date unknown), by the late Thos. G. Allen, and seem appropriate and in keeping with the spirit and theme of this bit of the historical annalls of Chase County as concerns the Thomas N. Allen family:

Oh, the days of long ago!
    Not a cloud was in the sky;
Water was just right to go
    Swimmin' in the old Buckeye.

Of the boys of our old gang
Not one failed to answer, "I,"
When the call so clearly rang,
Swimmin' in the old Buckeye!

There were Joe and Dave and Blonnt,
Russ and Sam and Jim and Hi,
All so keen to do their "stunt."
Swimmin' in the old Buckeye!

And of course it was complete
Only when, with sparkling eye
Ben and I with sun-browned feet
Swimmin' in the old Buckeye.

Drank the pleasures that were known
Only to those days gone by;
And such pleasures were our own,
Simmin' in the old Buckeye.

Some are here, but some are gone;
But their memory still we try
To recall and make our own,
Swimmin' in the old Buckeye!

While none of the direct members of this pioneer family now remain, their descendants, numbering more than half a hundred, are still living in various parts of the country, some of them still in Chase County. Thomas G. Allen, the yougest member of the family, died in 1933, at the time he was serving Chase County as Probate Judge. His next older sister and the last of the immediate family, died in 1936, both she and Mr. Allen, living the closing years of their lives in the county so dear to them and of which they were so vitally a part.

Elizabeth Allen      Thomas N Allen

Our Mother, Elizabeth Allen, Died June 16, 1890, Aged 69 Yrs & 5 Mos
Our Father, Thomas N. Allen, Died 1, Mo. 11, D. 1875, Aged 63 Yrs, 11 Mos, 15 Ds

James M & Jane Bailey

James M. & Jane Bailey

James M Bailey      Jane Bailey

James M. Bailey, Died Nov 2, 1881, Aged 27 Ys
Jane, Wife of J. M. Bailey, Died Oct 25, 1881, Aged 27 Ys

Sarah Jane Brickell      Ora Ella Brown

Sarah Jane, Wife of George W. Brickell, Born 9. Mo. 2 D. 1828, Died 9. Mo. 18. D. 1896
Ora Ella Dau. of Robert B. & Rebecca J. Brown, Died Oct. 11, 1887, Aged 19 Yrs, 9 Mo, 27 D's

I welcome corrections, additions and questions on my information. Sources available upon request.

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