It took me a while to find these photos of my excursion to Osawatomie, Kansas. My last post dealt with the marriage of Merritt and Mary Luther Anthony inside the Adair cabin, pictured above. Below is the exterior. Note the whitewashed walls.
In 1845, when several of the Anthony family moved to Rochester, NY, this section of the Erie Canal probably looked much as it does today.
Quakerism was at the center of the Anthony family. It was a bee in the bonnet of Susan’s antislavery activities that began in New York State, and a spur atop the saddle for Merritt and Daniel as they rode with the Kansas cavalry in the Civil War.
Hearing about Susan’s westward-bound brothers, I began to wonder about their similarity to their famous sister. Who among their parents’ dinner guests inspired Susan, Daniel and Merritt to become such active proponents of reform?
Anthony’s family members were the movers and shakers of the 19th century; thus, the header photo above appropriately portrays people on the move. Susan (SBA) has been my passion since 1993, when I first became a docent at her home in Rochester, NY.