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Tough family of MD, MO, KS
Posted by: Woodson Campbell (ID *****5712) Date: September 20, 2004 at 23:52:58
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William S. Tough was a Pony Express rider, Kansas Redleg during the Civil War, U.S. Marshal of Kansas from 1873 to 1876, and a prominent stock dealer in Kansas City, Missouri. More information is available at the following website:

William S. Tough (son of John Tough b. abt 1816 NY and Achsa Ann ____ b. abt 1818 MD)
b.1840 Baltimore, MD
m. 25 Oct 1865 in Rush co, IN
d. 26 May 1914 Kansas City, MO
Harriet E. Abernathy (dau of John Abernathy b. abt 1789 VA and Lavinia ____ b. 1800 VA)
b. abt 1841 IN
d. unknown (probably in Kansas City, MO)
1. John S. Tough b. abt 1858 KS; d. after 19 Apr 1930 (living in Phoenix, AZ)
2. Lavinia Tough b. abt 1871 KS; d. unknown; m. abt 1914 to Harry E. Minty
3. Littleton Tough b. abt 1874 KS; d. unknown

1. As a young man, William S. Tough went West to seek adventure on the frontier.
2. In 1860, at the age of twenty-one, William S. Tough moved to St. Joseph, Missouri. His
father gave him some capital, and he, with a partner, invested in mules and wagons, and commenced freighting from St. Joseph to Denver, CO. They prospered in business until the U.S. war between the States broke out.
3. In early 1862 Tough was field manager or wagon boss for the McDonalds, bankers and merchants of St. Joseph, who had contracted to haul supplies to military posts in northern Kansas and southern Nebraska.
4. Marriage Records for Rush County, IN 1862-1882
William S. Tough married to Harriet E. Abernathy on 25 Oct 1865 book 9, p. 278.
After William Tough married, he settled in Leavenworth county, KS. On March 23, 1873, he was appointed U.S. Marshal for Kansas, retaining the post until 1876, during a turbulent time when some of the plains notables served under him as deputy U.S. marshals.
5. For many years, Tough, with his sons, conducted a large horse and mule market at the Kansas City stock yards.
6. Jackie Lewin, Curator, St. Joseph Museum, provides the following information: In an April 14, 1913 newspaper article entitled "Brief History of the Pony Express" several riders are listed. One is Littleton Tough. Littleton Tough was the brother of W. S. Tough and served with him under General Blunt in the Civil War.
7. Kansas City, MO directories 1889-91:
William S. Tough, west side Bell between 17th and 18th
r 1105 Tracy, F.E. Short & Co, MO
William S. Tough, r 510 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City Stock Yards and Mule market manager, MO
8. Leavenworth County, Kansas Tax Payers, 1900-20:
Name: John Tough, Post Office--Kansas City MO, Year/Source: 1903Hoye
Name: J. S. Tough, Township--Wolcott, Year/Source: 1903Wing
9. Federal Census Data:

1840 census of Ward 5, Baltimore, Maryland
John L. [T?] Tough 1 male under 5, 1 male 20-30, 1 female under 5, 1 female 20-30

1850 census of Ward 11, Baltimore, Maryland
taken 17 Sep 1850
John M. Touft age 36 merchant born NY
Acry A. age 31 born MD
Henrietta age 13 born MD
Wm age 11 m born MD
Jane age 8 born MD
Littleton age 5 born MD

1860 census of Baltimore, Maryland
taken 3 Sept 1860
Jno A Tuff age 44 merchant born NY
Ann age 42 born MD
Henrietta age 20 born MD
Littleton age 15 born MD

1860 census of Maryland
taken 21 July 1860
James H. Tuff age 37 farmer born MD
Mary age 22 born MD
William age 6 born MD
James E. age 5 born MD
Deborah age 49 born MD
Henry age 10 born MD
Sarah Brown age 10 MD black
George Brown age 7 MD black

1860 census of Knightstown, Center tnp, Rush co, IN
taken 2 Aug 1860
John Abernathy age 71 farmer born VA
Lavinia age 60 born VA
Martha age 25 born OH
John A age 22 born OH
Harriet E. age 19 born IN
Isaac Abernathy age 34 farmer born OH

1870 census of Edwardsville, Delaware tnp, Wyandotte co, KS
taken 7 Jul 1870
Tough, William age 29 farmer born MD
-- Harriet age 28 keeping house born IN
-- John S. age 3 born KS

1870 census of 19th Ward Baltimore, MD
taken 20 Jul 1870
Tough, Achra A. age 45 widow keeping house born MD
-- Jane age 18 at home born MD

1880 census of Denver, Arapahoe co, CO
taken 11 Jun 1880
Tough, W.S. wm age 45 Horse Dealer born MO

1880 census of Delaware tnp, Leavenworth co, KS
taken 1 Jun 1880
Tough, William S. age 41 stockdealer MD MD MD
-- Harriet age 39 wife IND VA VA
-- John S. son age 12 at home KS MD IN
-- Vinia dau age 9 KS MD IN
-- Littleton son age 6 KS MD IN

1880 census of part 4th Precinct, 12 Ward, Baltimore, MD
taken 8 Jun 1880
Tough, Littleton age 32 coal oil MD MD MD
-- Lizzie age 26 wife keeping house MD MD MD

1880 7th Precinct, 19th ward, Baltimore, MD
taken 3 Jun 1880
Tough, Achsa A age 57 house keeping MD NY NY
-- Jane S. age 27 dau at home MD NY MD

1910 census of 12 Ward, Kansas City, Jackson co MO
Kattie Tough age 69 born IN Part 2, page 223B 1910
L.W. Tough age 53 born KS Second Ward, Kansas City, Jackson co, MO

1920 census of Kansas City, Kaw tnp, Jackson co, MO
taken 2 Jan 1920
Minty, Harry E. head wm age 50 m MI IRE CAN Pardner Insurance co
Lavinia wife age 48 KS MD IN
Harriette dau age 5 single MO MICH KS
Tough, John brother-in-law age 52 single KS MD IN retired

1930 census of Westward Ho Motel, Phoenix, Maricopa co, AZ
taken 19 Apr 1930
Tough, John S. lodger age 63 single KS MD IN line stots farming

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