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John Wesley and Aaron Ross FloodJohn Wesley and Aaron Ross Flood were born December 28, 1910.

This is the history of John W. Gosney and Sarah L. Griffing who were united in marriage November 22, 1870 in the state of Kentucky. These were the parents of Honora C. Gosney, the twins mother.

John W. Gosney spent his boyhood and youth on his father's farm in Campbell County Kentucky, where he became familiar with agriculture as it is carried on in the Blue Grass regions. He received a common school education, and commenced for himself upon reaching his maturity.

John is the son of Benjamin C. and Nancy M. (Bryan) Gosney, who were also natives of Kentucky, and descended from an old Virginia family. The first representatives of the name in this country crossed the Atlantic from Holland in the early Colonial days, but so long ago that their distinct origin has been lost. Benjamin C. Gosney, father of John W. Gosney, was born in Campbell County, Kentucky August 15, 1821 and is still living on the old homestead where he commenced farming during the his early manhood. Benjamin was married October 21, 1841 and he had ten children.

1. Charles M. Gosney, the eldest, born Nov. 26, 1843, died at Camp Morton, Ind., on the 7th of May, 1864
2. John W, the second child.
3. Benjamin F. born 10/14/1847, died 11/28/1853
4. Isabelle m., now Mrs. William A. Harrison, born 10/6/1849
5. Mary C., born 3/24/1852, Mrs. Thomas H. Harrison
6. Missouri R. born 1/16/1854, Mrs. Phillip Kelley
7. Amelia T. born 2/18/1856, Mrs. William H. Wright died as young woman leaving two children.
8. Columbus H., born 1/13/1859
9. George E., born 4/15/1861 died in infancy
10. Samuel W., born 11/14/1866.

It was John W., the second child of Benjamin & Nancy Gosney who married, Sarah Griffing. Soon after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Gosney removed to Johnson County, Texas, where John purchased a tract of land, upon which he operated until the spring of 1875. Then coming to this county, [Garden Plain Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas] he preempted 160 acres of land, and subsequently purchased another eighty acres, all of which is included in the present homestead. The household circle was completed by the birth of nine children, all of whom, with the exception of the three eldest, were born in this state [Kansas].

John, having been rocked in a Democratic cradle, still clings to the principles of the old party in which he was born and bred. He is a member of the Baptist Church at Garden Plain, and his estimable wife, who was reared in the doctrines of the Christian Church, on account of there being no organization of this kind in their township, also consented to united with the church of her husband's choice. They have labored with the common purpose in view of building up a comfortable home for themselves and their children, giving to the later especially the advantages which will constitute them useful and worthy members of society. They know all about the trials and hardships of pioneer life, and although at times the sky looked dark financially, they managed to pull through without ever having a mortgage placed upon their home.



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