Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I. Am. So. Jealous!

John Brown, Bleeding Kansas and the search for buried history


Bo Rader/ The Wichita Eagle

My fourth cousin twice removed, Mary Buster, just participated in a most exciting event near the Brown Cabin Memorial Park in Osawatomie, Kansas.

And. I. Am. So. Jealous!

Mary Buster, great-great granddaughter of Florilla Brown Adair, half sister to John Brown, recently participated in an archeological dig held at the original location of the Adair Cabin, where Florilla and Samuel Adair lived in Osawatomie during the years that led up to Kansas entering the United States as a free state.  They were Free-Staters and participated in the Kansas Underground Railroad. The actual cabin has been restored and moved a few miles from the original location to what is now called John Brown Memorial Park.

Mary participated in the dig, and got to hold a silver fork that was found during the dig. She held the fork to her cheek and experienced the amazing rush of touching something that was owned by an ancestor. A rush that I am familiar with - I have held items owned by my ancestors - bibles and autograph books, and I have even walked barefoot on the original floor planks in North Elba to feel closer to my kinfolk.

I know that Mary had a great time and I am excited for her......but I am still so jealous!


The full story is here.


3 comments:

Mary Buster said...

Please know that the original article has some misquotes. The Browns did not found Oberlin College, but Florella and her brother, Frederick, attended and Owen Brown was an Oberlin College trustee. Florella Brown Adair is in the second graduating class of women from a college in this nation!!! I would have loved to have had you with me, Alice!!!

Gary Jenkins said...

When John Brown raided the Missouri slave farms in December of 1858, one slavemaster named Cruise was killed. After staying the night at the Wattle's cabin, he stopped at his sister's cabin. They did not dare stay there but did stay a few nights in the area while one of the freedom seekers gave birth. The baby was blamed John Brown Daniels. This famous trip saw Brown and his party stop at every UGRR site in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. they crossed the Canadian border at Detroit.

Gary Jenkins said...

Correction, Harriet Frazier in her book Runaway and Freed Missouri Slaves and Those That Helped Them reports the Brown party did stay at the Adair cabin from Dec 21 to Christmas Day and then moved to a nearby cabin.