Notes for George W. Guisinger: The History of Greenwood County, Kansas
The Guisinger Family
Stella Guisinger came to Greenwood County to Neal, Kansas, in 1899, when she was about three years old. She came with her mother, Ella Bush Guisinger; her sister, Mary "Mame", and her brothers, Arthur, Walter and Charles. They moved in two wagons from Farmington, Arkansas. Stella remembers wanting to go from one wagon to the other on the way to Kansas. Stella is the last living child of Daniel and Ella Guisinger.
Daniel, the son of the Reverend George Guisinger, a United Brethren minister, was born in Putnam County, Ohio, October 22, 1837. He served in the Civil War in Company C, 39th Ill. Regt., 1861-1865, being discharged with the rank of Lieutenant.
Daniel married Sarah Ellen Larew (1869) in Terre Haute, Indiana. After living in Illinois and Indiana, they joined a group of early pioneers heading west. The Guisingers, Bowmans, and Devores moved through Missouri into Prairie County, Arkansas, about 1879, settling at Des Arc and later moving on to Hazen. Daniel, a brother, George W., and a sister Arsula ( Mrs. William Hicklin) Welch, moved on to a place near Fayetteville, Arkansas.
About 1886 the George W. Guisinger and William H. Welch families moved to Greenwood County, settling in or near Climax, Kansas. Daniel's wife died in 1885, and in February of 1888 he married Ella Bush in Climax. George W.'s wife also died in 1885, and in April of 1888he married Ella's sister, Susan Bush Stinson. Their wives were two of Aaron and Mary Brunk Bush's family of five daughter and three sons, who settled near Twin Falls, Kansas, about 1885, coming from Shelbyville, Illinois. George W. Guisinger moved his family back to Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Ella helped raise Daniel's nine children, and they had six of their own at Farmington, Arkansas. In April of 1898, Daniel and two young sons were gathering logs to build a room on their house when the logs rolled from the wagon, striking Daniel and inflicting wounds that ended his life soon after they got him home. This left Ella with five children, aged three months to nine years, to raise alone (one daughter had died in infancy). The next spring, Ella moved her family to Neal, Kansas. Her mother, Mary Bush, moved in with her to help care for the children.
A few years later, Ella bought an acre of ground on the northwest corner of the crossroads of Carroll, Kansas, in Pleasant Grove Township. Here the children grew up and were married; Arthur to Lettie Strimple; Mary "Mame" to G. Cleveland Mitchell; Stella to Charlie Benson; and Charles to Esther Benson and Pauline Dix Gum. Walter never married.
Ella made her home with her daughter, Stella, until her death on January 17, 1921. Ella and Daniel's children all lived and died in Greenwood County.
Stella and Charlie Benson were married January 15, 1919, and lived on farms in the Richardson community, near Fame, and on the Moore farm west of the Baker bridge west of Toronto. then they bought the Rocky Glen farm east of the town site of Carroll in 1924. This was their home until 1954, when they moved to a place northwest of Neal. since the death of her husband, February 28, 1978, Stella has made her home with her two daughter, Marcella (Mrs. William H. Cummings), who lives west of Toronto on the farm adjoining the one where she was born, and Doris (Mrs. George Blankley), who lives in Neal.
Submitted by Doris Blankley
More About George W. Guisinger: Occupation: Minister. Religion: United Brethern. Residence 1: Terrehaute, IN. Residence 2: Putnam Co., OH.
Children of George W. Guisinger and Amelia Sheets are:
Daniel Guisinger, b. 22 Oct 1838, Putnam Co., OH, d. 22 Apr 1898, Fayetteville, Washington Co., AR.