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Pillsbury Family | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Pillsbury Family

Historical Note:

1821        Born in Hebron, Grafton County, New Hampshire, a son, Josiah Hobart Pillsbury, to Stephen and Lavinia (Hobart) Pillsbury.

1840        Taught in public schools and farming in the summers, at the age of nineteen.

1844        Clerked in a store in New York City, but returned in the fall to teaching in Orange County, New York, and later Londonderry, New Hampshire.

1844-1845  Studied engineering and worked for the National Anti-Slavery Standard, in New York.

1847        Worked at a newspaper Anglo-Saxon, during the spring.

1847        Set up The Eagle, (a reform paper printed with a phonetic alphabet), during the fall.

1847        Left New York City to go "upstate" to teach, due to failing health. While in the area, met Horace Greeley, and became a part of the anti-slavery crusade.

1847-1848  Returned to Londonderry and located on R farm. He became a carpenter, and studied surveying and civil engineering.

1853        Married Alnora Pervier on August 16.

1854        Born to Josiah and Alnora (Pervier) Pillsbury, a son, Arthur Judson, on January 31.

1854        Migrated to Kansas as part of the third New England Emigrant Aid group.

1855        Chosen as a (free-stater) delegate to the Topeka Constitutional Convention.

1855-1863  Located family on Deep Creek in Zeandale Township.

1856        Located the post office in the Pillsbury cabin. (Josiah H. Pillsbury as assistant postmaster and Alnora Pillsbury as clerk.)

1858        Born to Josiah and Alnora (Pervier) Pillsbury, a daughter, Annie M. on January 25.

1860        Held post of Justice of the Peace for Zeandale Township.

1860        Born to Josiah and Alnora (Pervier) Pillsbury, a daughter, Ellen, on March 5.

1863        Moved to Manhattan, Kansas with his family in June.

1863-1872  Elected surveyor for the county.

1863        Bought the Western Kansas Express, and changed the name to The Independent, (a free-state newspaper.)

1868        Death of Alnora (Pervier) Pillsbury on July 15. She bore eight children, four of which survived to adulthood; Arthur Judson, Annie M. (Annie Pillsbury Young), Nellie (Ellen Pillsbury Ellsworth Martin) and Mary A. (Mary Pillsbury Akerley.)

1868-1870  Held the job of deputy collector of Internal Revenue.

1869-1879  Postmaster for Manhattan, Kansas.

1870        Married Mrs. Emma Steele on November 4.

1874        Divorce of Josiah and Emma (Steele) Pillsbury.

1879        Death of Josiah Hobart Pillsbury on November 12.

1936        Memorial honoring Josiah Hobart Pillsbury with 'Pillsbury Drive' by the city of Manhattan, Kansas on August 25.

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