Union Civil War Veterans and Widows--Washington State, Part 1

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  • ID: I558
  • _UID: B9161B4E69754875935295D16A9DE3727A4A
  • Name: William Farrand Prosser
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 16 MAR 1834 in Williamsport, Lycoming County, PA
  • Death: 23 SEP 1911 in Seattle, King County, WA 1
  • _FA11: 13 AUG 1890 filed for an invalid's pension from WA 2
  • Burial: 25 SEP 1911 Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, WA
  • Occupation: 1900 Real estate business
  • Residence: 1900 Yakima, Yakima County, WA 3
  • Note:

    William F. Prosser

    Residence was not listed;
    Enlisted on 11/30/1861 as a Private.
    On 11/30/1861 he mustered into "Anderson T" Co. PA Indpt Cavalry
    He was Mustered Out on 3/26/1863 at Murfreesboro, TN

    William F. Prosser

    Residence was not listed;
    Enlisted on 3/31/1863 as a Major.
    On 3/31/1863 he was commissioned into Field & Staff TN 2nd Cavalry
    He was Mustered Out on 7/6/1865
    -- civilwardata.com

    PROSSER, William Farrand, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pa., on March 16, 1834; received a limited schooling; taught school; studied law but never practiced; moved to California in 1854; engaged in mining; returned to Pennsylvania in 1861; entered the Union Army November 30, 1861, promoted through the ranks to colonel, and served throughout the Civil War; after the war settled on a farm near Nashville, Tenn.; elected to the State house of representatives, 1867-1869; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; postmaster of Nashville 1872-1875; a director of the Tennessee, Edgefield & Kentucky Railroad; appointed in 1872 as one of the State commissioners to the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia in 1876 and sent on a special mission in 1873 to assist in arranging participation of European countries in the exposition; published the Nashville Republican for several years; appointed by President Hayes in 1879 as special agent of the Interior Department for Oregon, Washington, and Idaho and moved to Washington in the same year; delegate to the first State constitutional convention of Washington; chairman of the State harbor line commission; mayor of North Yakima; city treasurer of Seattle 1908-1910; died in Seattle, Wash., September 23, 1911; interment in Lakeview Cemetery. - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Household Record 1880 United States Census

    Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
    Wm. F PROSSER Self M Male W 46 PA Civil Engineer WALES WALES
    Flora L PROSSER Wife M Female W 23 OR OH OH
    Source Information:
    Census Place Seattle, King, Washington
    Family History Library Film 1255396
    NA Film Number T9-1396
    Page Number 236C

    In 1881, James Kinney, who is credited with giving the Horse Heaven Hills their present name, homesteaded within the confines of the present city of Prosser. In 1881, Colonel William Farrand Prosser, who had been appointed as Special Agent for the Interior Department by President Rutherford B. Hayes, filed a homestead claim on land at the falls of the Yakima River in the same area. He platted the site and obtained the post office for the town which took his name. -- Benton County History

    Author: A History of The Puget Sound Country: Its Resources, Its Commerce, and Its People. Volume II (Biographies). By Col. William Farrand Prosser, Ex-President of the Washington State Historical Society.
    The Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1903.

    -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Sunday, September 24, 1911, page 9, columns E, F

    Prominent Washingtonian Who Died in This City
    Crossed the Plains During the Gold Rush to California
    Prominent in Reconstruction in Tennessee and in State of Washington

    Death yesterday removed Col. William F. Prosser, found of the town of Prosser, Wash., and former member of congress from Tennessee. Since territorial days Col. Prosser had been prominent in the history of Washington, having been a member of the convetion which formed the organic articles of the state, chairman of the first harbor commission, mayor of North Yakima, member of the board of visitors to the United States military academy at West Point, under the appointment of President Roosevelt, city treasurer of Seattle from 1908 to 1910, and more recently president of the newly organized Conservative Casualty Company of Seattle.

    Col. Prosser's last illness extended over only a brief period. Complication arising from dilation of the heart brought the end, with but short warning, at his home, 1006 East Garfield street. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but it is probable services will be held tomorrow at Trinity Parish Episcopal church, of which Col. Prosser was senior warden.

    Seventy-seven years of age, Col. Prosser was a pioneer of California as well as of Washington. When twenty years old, after teaching school and surveying in Pennsylvania, he set out across the plains in the trail of the gold rush, hoping to strengthen a frail physique. When he reached Humboldt county, California, in 1854, he was as rugged and hardy as the other prairie schooner voyagers, and he served as an officer in the volunteer company that was raised to fight the hostile Indians of that district.

    With the outbreak of the civil war he returned East, and was offered a commission in the regular army by President Lincoln, but he believed the war would soon be over, and decided upon the volunteer service. He first served as a member of Gen. Buell's bodyguard, and later in the Pennsylvania and Tennessee cavalry.

    Passing through the battles of Shiloh, Stone River, Chicamaugua[sic] and the siege of Knoxville, the cose of the war saw him in command of the cavalry of the District of North Alabama. Once he was taken prisoner and had a narrow escape from summary death.

    Col. Prosser figured in the stormy scenes of reconstruction in Tennessee, serving in the legislature, and in 1868 he was elected to congress. There he became intimately acquainted with the leading men of the period, and especially with President Grant and James G. Blaine. He was appointed postmaster at Nashville, and while serving was named also as commissioner for the state of Tennessee to the centennial exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.

    For ten years, partly before and partly after this first big exposition held in America, he acted as an official, and made trips to Europe to study the Vienna and other exhibitions. While in Tennessee he published the Nashville American.

    Col. Prosser was perhaps the first conservator of government timber in the Northwest, having been sent to the Pacific coast in 1879 as special agent of the general land office, with Washington, Oregon and Idaho timber in his charge. He took up as a homestead the townsite of Prosser, and lived there several years. Elected auditor of Yakima county, he moved to North Yakima and from there was sent as a delegate to the constitutional convention in 1889. His most notable work in the convention was in obtaining the liberal allowance of public lands for the maintenance of schools.

    Coming to Seattle about ten years ago, Col. Prosser engaged in the real estate business and the publication of the Washington Historical Magazine. When elected city treasurer he was given 20,000 votes out of a total of 25,000 cast. His writings for magazines and newspapers have been numerous and he is the author of "A History of the Puget Sound Country." He is a past commander of the Loyal Legion.

    Col. Prosser is survived by his wife, who is prominent in social affairs, and one son, William T. Prosser, a well-known newspaper man, and two daughters, the Misses Margaret and Mildred.

    -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Monday, September 25, 1911, page 8, column E

    Services at Trinity Episcopal Church Will Be Attended by Loyal Legion

    Funeral services for Col. William F. Prosser, who died Saturday at his home, 1006 East Garfield street, will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon at Trinity Parish Episcopal church, of which Col. Prosser was senior warden.

    The services will be read by Rev. H. H. Gowen, rector of the church. The active pallbearers will be the other members of the Trinity vestry, R. A. Morris, Bernard Pelly, John Goodfellow, W. N. Redfield, W. S. Lewis and George Plummer.

    As Col. Prosser was a past commander of the Loyal Legion, members of the legion, selected by Commander F. A. Boutelle, will act as honorary pallbearers and escort the casket to the grave in Lake View cemetery.

    The general membership of the legion will assemble at the church, where pews will be set apart for their use.

    Farrand Park

    Named for the City's founder, Colonel William Farrand Prosser, and at one time his homesite, this 2.04-acre park is located on Byron Road and Third Street, near Crawford Riverfront Park. A rock-mounted bronze plaque honoring Col. Prosser can be seen at the park. There are restrooms, picnic facilities, barbecue areas, a large play area, shade trees and a public boat launch. The boat launch to the Yakima River is available for use at the base of Byron Road and Sheridan Avenue near the parking area of Crawford Riverfront Park There are no public dock facilities. -- City of Prosser website
  • Change Date: 23 FEB 2016

    Father: David Prosser b: ABT 1809 in Wales
    Mother: Rachel Williams b: in Wales

    Marriage 1 Flora Louise Thornton b: 23 APR 1859 in Multnomah County, OR
    • Married: 6 APR 1880 in Seattle, King County, WA 4 5
    1. Has No Children William Thornton Prosser b: 19 MAR 1881 in Seattle, King County, WA
    2. Has No Children Margaret Helen Prosser b: 20 AUG 1887 in Seattle, King County, WA
    3. Has No Children Mildred Cyrenia Prosser b: 19 JUN 1893 in Yakima, Yakima County, WA

    1. Title: Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960
      Publication: familysearch.org
      Repository: Internet
    2. Title: Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
      Publication: NARA T288
      Repository: Internet
      Repository: Ancestry.com
    3. Title: 1900 Federal Census, United States
      Repository: Census
    4. Title: 1900 Federal Census, United States
      Repository: Census
      Page: Washington, Yakima County, Page 101, line 64
    5. Title: Washington Marriages, 1802-1902
      Publication: Ancestry.com
      Repository: Internet
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