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James was one of the many children of Charles Counter /Caunter and Jane Adelaide WATTS. Charles was born in England, immigrated to Ontario, Canada, where James was born, and thence to Belleville, Kansas
One Ancestry tree says James was born January 10, 1858 in Clinton, Ontario, Canada. The 1900 census said James immigrated in 1870.
The tree has Mary Anne (May) Tucker born Jun 27, 1858 in Schlsburg, Wisconsin, marrying James July 29 1883 in Belleville, Kansas.
In 1885 James, May, and James C. are in Belleville, Kansas
James "proved-up" eighty acres in east Wray in 1898, and later a "tree-claim" about five miles north of town.
In 1899 Jim and Ben Counter took in the circus at Haigler.
June 24, 1899 "Mrs. Adela Perry and son, Charlie, are expected to arrive Saturday night to spend the summer with the families of J. N. Counter and A. W. Lawrence. Mrs. Perry is a sister of Mr. Counter and Mrs. Lawrence."
"Jim Counter was received as a full member of the Methodist Church."
1900 "Wood" Lawrence was working on plaster for the Counter house.
In 1900 Wray James N is a lumber dealer, born February 1858 in Canada, with May, born 1858 in Wisconsin. They have James C., May 1884 in Kansas, Ben J. March 1886 in Kansas, Clara March 1889 in Colorado, and Mildred August 1893 in Colorado.
1901 "Harry Cox this week bought the Counter home. He moves to town to give his children better school advantages. Mrs. Counter and the children will leave next week for Fort Collins, where Jim will attend college.
1901 "Miss Adele G. Humphrey, of Belleville, Kans., a cousin of Jim Counter, was here this week to attend the commencement exercises. Miss Humphrey is one of the proprietors and manager of the Telescope, one of the best weeklies in Kansas. Miss Humphrey is also a practical job printer, a distinction of which very few ladies can boast."
She was one of the judges in the school essay contest, too.
1909 Mrs. J.N. Counter, who has been visiting her sister-in-law, Mrs. A.W. Lawrence, for a few days, left Sunday for her home in Brighton.
In 1910 they're in Brighton, Colorado, and James is still a lumberman.. James C. is a county surveyor. and the two girls don't have an occupation
James Clarence Counter registered for WWI in Butte County, South Dakota, where he was working for the U.S. Reclamation Service. He said he was born May 5, 1884. He's still there in 1920, married to Hedvig from Austria, and they have James. M 7., born in South Dakota.
Clara had married William G. Gaddis, and in 1930 they're in West Deerfield, Illinois. William is an attorney They have Ella Mae and William
In 1920 Ben is managing a lumberyard in Brighton, married to Daisy Margariet,27. They have Benj. Frank 7 and Ruth Elaine 4.
In 1930 James is in Brighton, managing a lumberyard. He's married to Blanche, born in Nebraska. and James N. 17 is with them.
In 1920 James and Mary are alone.
In 1930 Brighton Mary is living alone in Brighton, but daughter Clara J. Gaddis, also widowed, is on the next line. Clara has Ellamay, 18, and William S. 14
1899 "F.T. Counter of Twin Bridge, Mont, brother of J.N. Counter and Mrs. A.W. Lawrence, spent a few days in Wray this week. He has been a resident of Montana for the past eighteen years, not having met any of his family for that length of time."
|Chauncey Perry was born in Lenawee county, Michigan, April 21st, 1843. He was raised on the farm, working thereon during the summer and going to school in winter. He enlisted December 5th, 1861, in Co. E, 3d Michigan Cavalry and served until February 12th, 1866. Soon after his discharge he moved to Iowa and took a course in the Great Western Business College at Mt. Pleasant, from which he graduated September 10th, 1866, and for nearly three years held an important clerkship in the state asylum for the insane. He came to Kansas in 1870, taking the NE 1/4 of section 1, in Jefferson township as a homestead and while making it his home, taught school for about eighteen months. He was appointed deputy clerk of the district court, and was elected to that office in 1872; was elected county clerk in November, 1873, which office he filled in a creditable and satisfactory manner for ten years. He was married November 18th, 1872, to Miss Adela E. Counter. Soon after leaving the county clerk's office he engaged in banking, and continued in the business about seven years; was elected councilman of the city of Belleville in 1878, and again in 1882, and mayor in 1880 and 1881. Mr. Perry always took a lively interest in everything that pertained to the welfare and advancement of the community, and his advice and counsel were often sought. He died at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. J. N. Counter, in Wray, Colorado, August 17th, 1894.|
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