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G. W. Paddock diary transcript

Call Number: RH MS P857


This transcript of the diary of Methodist Episcopal minister George W. Paddock chronicles his journey from New York State to Kansas Territory in 1857 and his traveling ministry in the territory to 1861. Transcribed from Paddock's 149-page diary in holdings of the Kansas State Historical Society, it contains his descriptions of frontier life, the settlers and Native Americans to whom he preached, the many settlements which he visited, and hostilities in the territory's free-state conflict. Included in Paddock's diary is his wife's 1901 memoir of their lives in Kansas from 1857 to 1865.


  • Creation: 1857-1861, 1901


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Biography of G. W. Paddock

George Washington Paddock was born on December 10, 1823 at Vienna in Oneida County, New York. He married Sophronia Sheldon on May 11, 1841. Paddock entered the ministry with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and after five years of service with New York's East Genesee Conference was transferred in 1857 to the Kansas and Nebraska Conference. He visited Kansas Territory in the spring of 1857 in preparation for his transfer, and later that year embarked for the territory with his wife and young daughter Leonora. The Paddocks first lived at Kansas Territory's free-state settlement of Council City (later Burlingame), from which Paddock's ministry extended to various communities, including Lawrence, Baldwin City, Wyandot, Quindaro, and Kansas City. They later lived in Wyandot, and then in Leavenworth, where their daughter Ida Imogene was born in November 1861, and where their daughter Leonora died eight months later of scarlet fever. From Leavenworth, they moved to Lawrence, where they survived William Quantrill's attack on the town in August 1863, and where their son Ralph was born in 1865. The Paddocks later returned to New York State, where Reverend Paddock continued in the ministry. Sophronia Paddock died at Rochester, New York on July 7, 1905. Reverend Paddock died at Rochester on January 5, 1908.


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RH MS P857

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Kansas State Historical Society, 1998

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G. W. Paddock diary transcript, Kansas Collection, RH MS P857, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States