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
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
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