Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Spring 1971

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




James Forsythe


James Jared Peate came at seventeen to Lincoln County, Kansas, in 1866, thus becoming one of the first persons to homestead in Lincoln County. His life was typical of that of the early settlers, but he also played certain other active roles. He became a courier for the United States Army in 1868 as it entered into the process of crushing the resistance of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians to the white settlers. He was detailed by General Philip H. Sheridan to gather men for Colonel George A. Forsyth's preliminary expedition against the Indians. He obtained fifteen men, but missed the expedition. However, he was a member of the rescue force. In later years, Peate was a businessman in Beverly, Kansas. He participated in the organization of the Beverly state Bank. He gave impetus to the founding of The Beecher Island Battle Memorial Association and was very active in promoting it for the remainder of his life. This organization is still in existence.


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Copyright 1971 Elizabeth H. Hancks

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