Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Norman Thompson, 6 South 45 West

Norman - of Elbert County, Colorado - cash-claimed 120 acres in 3, 6 South, 45W in 1885.
In 1885, that area was in Elbert County, and Norman did his business at the Denver office of the Land Commission.

Also in 1885, Mellon G. Jordan cash-claimed 160 acres in sections 4 and 9, 6S 45W.
There was a Mellen G. Jordan in 1870 Maine, living with his sister Jennie 5 with the Skillin family. Susan Jordan 1826-1873 and Nelson S. Jordan 1824-1883 are buried in Cumberland County, Maine - possible parents.
In 1880 Cumberland County, Maine, Jennie Jordan is 15, boarding with Robert and Abbie Maxfield and their four kids.
Also in the household is Corilla Wilson 46, born in Maine and her Eugene A. 8 and Anna M. 4, - both born in Colorado.
Corilla Wilson is widowed in 1900 Oakland California, with daughter Mary Wilson born Jan 1876 in Colorado.
In 1880 Elbert County, Colorado, "Mellin G. Jordon" is 17, a cowpuncher for Heran B. Tuttle 50 born in Maine.
Others were George W. Newell, 22, Canada, Shelby Gregg 30 Missouri, John Gregg 25 Missouri, Henry Salley 21 Missouri, Walter Williams 18 Missouri, Robert Teldey 28 Ohio, Thomas Butler 32 Illinois.

In 1924 Denver, M.G. Jordan is a hostler for the BRR.
In 1885, Frank E. Rich cash-claimed 160 acres in 26, 27, and 34, 6S 46W.
" Frank E. Rich was buried and perhaps any other info on him that I don't have. He was born in Exeter, Maine in 1849 and died in 1889 in West Bijou Creek, Elbert, Colorado. He was a cow puncher for Mr Herman B. Tuttle who was a cattle dealer. In the 1880 census there were 7 other men living with Mr. Tuttle, who also was born in Maine. Frank was the son of Joseph and Lorenda(also known as Lorinda) Walker Rich. Anything would be greatly appreciated! "

One scenario - Herman Tuttle financed the cash claims of his cowpunchers for land on the stage line - Station 21 of the Pikes Peak stagecoach line -
STATION 21.-On the South Fork of the Republican, near present Tuttle, KitCarson county, Colo. (Probably below the Tuttle ranch.) Boyd's Notes:
Station 21 on bank of Republican. No timber; sandy limestone. Lat. 39 deg. 33½ min. Long. 102 deg. 26 min.[186] 300½ NOTE.-(Something has been said about making a cut-off from station 17 to 21. It is thought that water and perhaps timber can be foundat no great distance apart. The branches which we cross, though dry at theRepublican have water in them above.) Creek 6 ft. W. runs north; good water; Republican ¾ of a mile north. It is nothing,above here, but a wide, dry, sandy bed. Water springs from the bed at this point and continues below 306½ Cross dry sandy bed of Republican, 50 yds. W. runsnorth-east 309½ North bank of Republican, dry; hole dug in bed six feetdeep, but no water. Yellow conglomerate bluff to north; has the appearance of Castle William, Governor's Island, N. Y. 316½ Cross Republican. Dry, deep, sandy bed, 100 yards wide;runs east 319½ Lat. 39 deg. 23 min. Long. 102 deg. 49 min. Dug 3 feet deep in bed of Republican; no water [187] 324 "

Blue Eye: A Story of the People of the Plains By Ogal Alla has a story about Nellie Tobias, born in Kentucky. She was camping with her family near the Tuttle ranch when the Indians captured them, kiling her father and brother. They carrying Nellie, sister Nora, and mother away. Nora died in a few weeks, and her mother died about the time Nellie was 18.

Not likely - Norman M. Thompson is a bookkeeper in Durango in 1910, 40, married to Gertrude L. Thompson 30. So he's too young. October 1906 Durango "Society was agog yesterday over the rumor that Norman Thompson had gone to Colorado Springs to wed Miss Gertrude Dayton. The event will be consummated today. Mr. Thompson is a nephew of R.E. Sloan and A. E. Sullenberger and an employee of the local smelter’s force, Miss Dayton is very popular, having been in the employ of Rockwood & Perkins as stenographer, from which position she resigned Oct. 1st."

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