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Re: Lucien Prouty, Iowa 1852
Posted by: Bill Rowan Date: November 28, 2001 at 17:33:01
In Reply to: Re: Lucien Prouty, Iowa 1852 by Shawnle Prouty Jones of 766

What I know about Lucien Prouty is what I found in this forum and in the Richardson County, NE records. "L. B. Prouty, as he was called in the records, settled in the county in 1857 on a farm near present-day Strausville. He was granted land patents on Apr. 2 and Oct. 1, 1860. After later buying more land, he owned half a section (320 acres). In the 1860 census, his family consisted of his wife, Lucy, and four children, Nora, Florence, James, and Emma.
While primarily engaged in farming, L. B. served as postmaster of the Elmore post office from July 3, 1862 until Dec. 8, 1869. This post office no longer exists. He also was editor of the Falls City Broad Axe during the 1864 presidential campaign. This was Falls City's first newspaper. He sold his interest in the paper to J. J. Marvin in the spring of 1865. He was civic-minded from the beginning. In the spring of 1859, he had deeded to Ohio Township 1 1/2 acres to be used as a cemetery. Called the French Cemetery, it later became known as Maple Grove.
On Apr. 7, 1870, he sold his land to John Lewis and soon left Richardson County. He isn't listed in the 1870 census. Little is known of him after he left, but he apparently kept in touch with his friends. While living in El Dorado Springs, MO in May 1894, he wrote a letter to the Pioneer Record. He described his encounter with abolitionist John Brown and his men. Prouty had the opportunity to speak with Brown's men when they last passed through the county in early Feb. 1859 on their way from Kansas to Harper's Ferry. The men told him then that they thought Brown was crazy, but they were sticking with him.
I learned from this forum that L. B. was born in Vermont in 1825, but I have no information on his death. Do you have this info?


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