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Early Settler & Civil War Veteran - Ledyard P. Mack – Fairmount Cemetery, Hodgeman, Kansas

Updated: Apr 16, 2021


Corp. Ledyard P. Mack enlisted Co. D 50th PA Infantry and served until November 4, 1862. He was discharged with a disability – “sun stroke”. He reenlisted in the 1st Independent Battery of Pennsylvania in 1863. Upon his discharge, his rank was corporal.


Ledyard Palmer Mack was born in 1838 in Pennsylvania. After his service in the war, he married Jessie Avery on January 8, 1867. They were the parents of three sons, Quincy, Herbert, and William.


Ledyard was instrumental in forming a colony of immigrants who came to Kansas in the winter of 1877. They settled in Marena Twp., Hodgeman County. Ledyard was elected county judge and remained in that position for some time. Judge Mack had another attack of “sun stroke” in 1888 which left him bedridden. He passed away on June 22, 1890. Jessie died in 1926.


Quincy married Alice Adeline Mock and had one child. Herbert married Jessie Rae Beaver and had six children. After his father died, Jessie lived with his son William who did not marry. All are buried in Fairmount Cemetery.


Note: The family history of Ledyard P. Mack dates to his great, great, great grandfather who was born in Scotland and emigrated to the British Colonies in 1669.


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