ANDREW D. INMAN, of Osage township, Allen county, has passed twenty years within the boundaries of the county. He came to it in April 1881 and settled upon one of the old pioneer farms of eastern Allen county. It is the southwest quarter of section 18, township 24, range 20, and there Mr. Inman has maintained a continuous and honorable residence. Mr. Inman came to Kansas from Benton county, Indiana, but he was born and reared in Blackford county, that state. His birth occurred January 12, 1849, and his training and education were entirely rural. He is a son of Samuel Inman, who was reared in Ohio, but whose active life was spent largely in Blackford county, Indiana. He was married to a lady of Scotch descent, Abigail Dickson. A streak or strain of Irish also coursed through her veins for her ancestors were from the north of Ireland. Samuel Inman was married in Ohio and died in December 1876 at the age of seventy-seven years. His wife died in 1856. Their children were: John, who died in Blackford county, Indiana and left a family; Elizabeth, wife of Solomon Geyer, of Piqua, Kansas; Mary, wife of John Waters, of Moran, Kansas; Eli, of Blackford county, Indiana; Sarah, deceased, was married to Jacob Clapper and left a family in Indiana; Isaac, of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; Jane, deceased, wife of Daniel Daily, and Andrew D., our subject.
Andrew D. Inman acquired the necessary elements of an English education and became responsible for his proper conduct and personal maintenance in his sixteenth year. For some eighteen years he was a laborer, by the month or day, and on December 23, 1880, he was married at Mound City, Kansas. In September, 1871, he left Indiana and spent the years intervening, till 1880, in Allen and Linn counties, Kansas. Upon purchasing, or arranging the terms for his farm, he found it necessary to mortgage it in order to provide himself with the implements and other adjuncts necessary to cultivate it. His twenty years of residence upon, and cultivation of, an Osage township farm have been both pleasant and profitable to him. His idea, that everything was wrought by industry and nothing without it, was the proper one and he and his loyal wife have witnessed their labors bear substantial fruit.
Mr. Inman married Miss May Dow, a daughter of Isaac Dow, who was born in New York state in 1832. The latter was from Vermont parents, a thrifty and industrious people. Mr. Dow was a mechanic, came to Kansas in 1866 and settled in Linn county. He married Phebe Daggett, a daughter of Harvey Daggett, of Massachusetts. Mr. Dow belonged to Company E, Fourth Iowa Cavalry during the Rebellion and served three years in the western department. He received a sun stroke on the battle field, was discharged on account of it and it finally caused his death, April 1899.
The Dow children are: Mary A., wife of our subject, born November 5, 1860; Frances, wife of A. B. Houser, of LaHarpe, Kansas; Loren Dow, of LaHarpe, and Miss Bulah, with her widowed mother at LaHarpe, Kansas.
The politics of the Inmans, early, was Democratic, that of the Dows Republican. Andrew Inman voted with the Democrats till 1884, since then he has been a Republican.
Our subject's only child, Charles, was born January 29, 18S5.
History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas