Logan County Colorado Pioneers

Thomas C. and Nellie R. (Bonwell) Lamphere, 9 North 50 West


February 18, 1848 Monmouth, Illinois "Died 4th inst. Ezekiel Kent, Jr. He was born in Oneida Co. NY on 20 June 1824 and emigrated in the summer of 1845 though the St. Lawrence with Esq. Lanphere. In August 1847, he enlisted in Opt. Stapp's Mounted Illinois Volunteers; fell sick in Vera Cruz. Eulogy."


In 1850 Warren County, Illinois, Orsin Lanphere is 38, born in New York, Harriett 21 New York, Milton 14 New York, Edgar 11 New York, George 8, New York, William 4 and Alonzo 2 born in Illinois.

Warren County history says "Tompkins Township was organized April 4, 1854. Orrin Lamphere was moderator of the town meeting, and T. W. Beers and Daniel M. Smiley were clerks."

In 1860 Warren County, Orrin is 48, Harriet 29, with William 14, Alongzo 13, Milissa 9, Alma 7, and Ida 4. So Orrin's first wife must have died.

April 28, 1865 Monmouth, Illinois " Married in this city 20th inst. by Rev. D.B. Jones, Mr. Moses Gregory to Miss Julia Lanphere "


Orin Lamphere 1812-1880 is buried in Seward, Nebraska # 74226501, with Harriet 1831-1882.


One tree said Benton Lanphere born in Chicago and Jennie Weir had Thomas Charles Lanphere in Denver in 1874.

In 1868 W. Benton Lanphere of Young America was a student at Monmouth College, Illinois.
"Married Elizabeth Jane Weir, daughter of James Weir and Elizabeth Granger Weir, born Holland Landing, Canada April 16, 1853."


Nebraska history -
WILLIAM BENTON LANPHERE is a native of Young America, Warren county, Illinois; was born October lo, 1847. He is of French-English-German ancestry. During minority he worked at farming on the old homestead.
At the age of sixteen he enlisted in Company G, Eighty-ninth Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, and served with the fourth army corps until the close of the war, when he was mustered out with his regiment, December 8, 1865, near San Antonio, Texas. On the 27th of May, 1864, he was taken prisoner at Dallas, near Atlanta, Georgia, but made his escape on his way to Andersonville after marching about fifty miles under the confederate guard. He was two weeks in working his way back to the Union lines — being fed and assisted in his escape by the slaves — the bone and sinew of the rebel hierarchy. Some five months previous to his capture he was wounded at Resaca, Georgia, from which he had not fully recovered, although returned to duty. On his return to Illinois he attended the Monmouth College for about one year and after a years' experience in teaching he turned his face to Nebraska and settled in Schuyler, Colfax county, April 26, 1869. He served one year as justice of the peace and about one and a half years as Deputy United States Marshal, during which time he took the census of over two-thirds of the territory of the state. He was admitted to the bar December 26, 1871, by Judge Lake at the session of the District Court in Omaha.

[W.B. Lanphere was appointed in June 1870 to take the census in Colfax and Stanton Counties. That was one of the twenty districts in Nebraska
On the 29th day of September, 1870, he was married to Miss Jennie Wear, of Fremont, but a native of Montreal, Canada. Jennie is an amiable companion with literary inclinations and will make a worthy companion for an aspiring young lawyer.

[the Western States Marriage Index has Webster Benton Lanphere marrying Elizabeth J. Wier in Laramie, Wyoming in 1870.]

In 1876, W. B. Lanphere is a lawyer in Denver, rooming at 106 15th.
James E. Lanphere is a grainer for Alvin McCune, living at 11th and Capital.

William B. Lamphere was admitted to the bar in 1878 Arapahoe County (Denver was the county seat at that time.)

In 1879 Webster B. Lanphere is an attorney in Denver, office at Larimer and 15th, living on 1th, between 3rd and Fairview. W.N. Langhere is a lawyer, boarding at 296 Holladay.

In 1888 Columbus, Nebraska, Maud "Lanpher" is a student in Mrs. Brindley's room

1890 Omaha "Miss Alita Lanphere of Chicago is the guest of Miss Dewey."

According to his SSDI record, Thomas was born in Denver.

In 1870 Julesburg (then in Weld County), James Wier is a railroad foreman, 40 born in Ireland, with Elizabeth 40, born in Ireland. Joseph 19, Jennie 17, William 13, Andrew 10 were born in Canada, Charles 1 in Nebraska.

In 1880 Weld County, James is 49, Ireland, Elizabeth 48 Scotland, Andrew J. 19, Canada, Charles A. 11 Nebraska, Frank H. 1, Minnie May 7, and Robert G. 5 born in Colorado.

Maude Elizabeth Leabo was born March 1, 1872 at Fort Sedgwick, Colorado ( then Weld County)


Samuel R. Mathews, age 33, married E.J. Lanphere, age 25, in Sidney, Nebraska on April 24, 1878.

So either W.B. died or he and Jane divorced between 1872 and 1878.


In 1880 Sidney, Nebraska, Samuel Mathews is a cattle buyer, 37, born in Georgia, Elizabeth 26 in Canada, Maudie 8, Colorado, Thomas 5 and Moses 1 also born in Colorado.

October 14, 1898 Sterling, Colorado


In 1900 Logan County, Samuel Mathews born Feb 1843 in Georgia, married 23 years to Jennie bon April 1853 in Canada. She's had nine kids, all livng. Moses R. Dec 1878, James W. August 1882 Nebaska, Edward B. May 1885 Texas, Samuel H. Oct 1889 Colorado, Clayburn W. Sept 1891 Colorado, Jennie L. Dec 1893 Colorado, and Frank August 1896 Colorado. Jennie said she immigrated in 1864.

August 4, 1900 "Sam Mathews, jr., the l0-year-old son of S. R. Mathews of Iliff, was kicked by a horse about noon to-day. A physician was summoned from this city, but the extent of his injuries have not been learned at this writing."

In 1910 Logan County, Iliff precinct, Erbus A. Leabo is 50, born in Iowa, running a pool hall, with Maud E. 38 born in Colorado. Clyde 8 and Lloyd 6 were born in Colorado.

In 1920 Logan County, E.A. Leabo has a second-hand store,. He's 62, born in Iowa, Maude 48 in Colorado, Cllyde E. 18 and Lloyd 15. With them is his mother-in-law Elizabeth Mathews 66 born in Canada, with sister-in-law Annie Mathews 26 born i COloado.

Elizabeth Jane (Weir) Mathews 1853-1924 is buried in Sterling, with Samuel 1843-1918.

Maude E. (Lamphere) Leabo 1872-1946 is buried in Sterling, # 57489831, with Erebus Arthur Leabo 1859-1929, # 55325021.

Erebus' father is likely Oscar Fitzallen Leabo 1838-1861 buried in Fremont County Iowa # 30273497.
Erebus had been married to Elizabeth in 1880 Iowa, and in 1900 Elizabeth is in Nemaha, Nebaska, maried to John Hiatt. Her daughter Leola Leabo born Sept 1880 in Iowa is with them.
She could be the Lulu L. Sutter 1880-1957 buried in Fremont County # 6786741.
Elizabeth (Russell) Hiatt 1860-1934 is buried in Fremont County # 7652214.


"James Weir came to the Sterling area from Canada in 1865, to work for the railroad. By 1866, he was a foreman, and moved his family to the area. The settlement was called Weir, when Julesburg #3 was founded in 1881.
Later, Weir moved his family to Sterling, along with several of the Weir buildings, including the family home which was moved in sections.
The Weir family founded several business in Sterling, becoming prominent citizens of the community. Andy Weir's building was the first post office and his sister Edna, the first postmaster. "

James 1831-1912 is buried in Sterling, with Elizabeth 1831-1907.


Thomas C. Lamphere married Nellie R. Bonwell on December 26, 1899, recorded in Logan County.


March 1900 Sterling, Colorado "H. E. Cook, Wm. Mathews, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lanphere and other Iliff citizens came up on No. 5 this morning."

Thomas claimed a quarter in 4, 9N 50W in 1900. There's also a record of a Thomas LANPHERE of the same land.

In 1900 Logan County, Thomas is a day laborer, born July 1874 in Colorado, father in Tennessee, mother in Canada. He's just married to Nellie January 1879 Iowa, and they have Thomas G. April 1900.

In 1910 Laramie, Wyoming, Thomas is a locomotive fireman, 34, Nellie R. 30, with George 10, Charles 8, and Pearl 7.

Thomas Charles Lamphere registered for WWI in Bisbee, born July 23, 1874, a railroad fireman for the E.P & S.W> Raliroad.

Thomas George Lamphere registered for WWI in Bisbee, Aizona, a blacksmith for Phelps Dodge, born April 16, 1900. His relative is Mrs. Nellie Rose Lamphere of Bisbee.

In 1920 Cochise County, Arizona, Thomas C. is a fireman for a copper company, father born in Illinois, mother in Nova Scotia. Nellie is 39, Thomas G. 19 a blacksmith, Charles 18 bon in and Jennie P. 17 born in Wyoming. So they didn't stay long in Logan County.

In 1930 Bisbee, Thomas C. and Nellie have only J. Pearl 27, a secretary.

They're alone in 1940 Bisbee.

Thomas Charles "Lanphere" # 75359232 is buried in Bisbee, 1874-1945, with Nellie Rose 1860-1967.

Thomas married Esther Koski in Tucson on September 7, 1935.
They're still living in Bisbee in 1959, where he's a steward at the Elks Club.

Jennie Pearl "Lanphere" married Kline Alex Ables in Cochise County on August 15, 1934.

Jennie Pearl Ables 1902-1991 is buried in Douglas, Cochise COunty # 33991642, with Kline A. Ables 1902-1970.

Charles Edward Lanphee 1901-1968 is buried in Bisbee # 74646389.

"Thomas G. Lanphere, 93, a resident of Silver City for the past 10 years, formerly of Douglas, Ariz., entered into rest Tuesday at Hacienda de Salud care center. He was born April 16, 1900, in Iliff, Colo., to the late Thomas Charles and Nellie Rose (Bonwell) Lanphere. A Protestant by faith, Mr. Lanphere was a club steward for 25 years for Elks Lodge No. 671 in Bisbee, Ariz. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Leonard Duncan of Tyrone; his grandchildren, Nita Bloss of Tulsa, Okla., Wayne Duncan of Animas, Tommy Duncan of Playas and Randy Duncan of Silver City; 14 grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a niece and nephews, Colleen Davis of Hereford, Ariz., Chuck Lanphere of Reno, Nev., and Lt. Col. Charles Ables of Carlsbad, Calif. Preceding him in death was his wife, Esther Lanphere, in 1966. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of choice in memory of Mr. Lanphere. Cremation and arrangements were entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels and Baca's Mimbres Crematory. "


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