|About the Book|
It was during the settlement of what was then just Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, mid to late 1800s, before becoming two separate entities, the fort and its town, that my Irish ancestors (Kanelly, Pike, Roache and McMahon) and Spanish (Baskas) ancestorsMoreIt was during the settlement of what was then just Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, mid to late 1800s, before becoming two separate entities, the fort and its town, that my Irish ancestors (Kanelly, Pike, Roache and McMahon) and Spanish (Baskas) ancestors began to take hold and build upon it their own families. They were a typical hard working family moving into and taking root in the farming area of Kickapoo, Kansas and eventually moving into and settling in Leavenworth. My great-grandmother, Margaret Josephine Kanelly, was persuaded into immigrating to the United States by what would become her first husband, Michael Roache. Michael was serving in the Civil War when he traveled to Ireland to visit his family and would eventually meet and later marry Margaret. It appears that both were from the same town of Ireland. Michael and Margaret would begin their lives in Leavenworth, Kansas as they would marry there and have a few children. It appears that after having her first child, she returns back to Ireland for about a year and possibly bringing back her sister, Catherine.Once Margaret returns, Michael would get stationed at Fort Keogh in Montana. Margarets sister, Catherine, would soon marry a Barry and continue living in Leavenworth. The Barry family would own and run what was then the Barry Tavern in Leavenworth. Margaret would later join her husband who is already in Montana. They lived on a ranch just outside the fort and have a few more children. Michael would get orders back to Fort Leavenworth where they would again have more children. After Michael retired from the war, we would be ordered to do contracting work in Louisiana and strangely enough, would become ill and die there.Unfortunately, now, no other trace of him can be found, other than a death record. About a year after his death, Margaret would soon meet and marry Daniel Richard Pike in Kansas City, Kansas. Daniel was also from Ireland but from what was Queens County, now Laois County. He worked for the city laying down the streets for Leavenworth. They would begin their lives in Kansas City having a few children. They would then move into and settle in Leavenworth and would have four boys and one girl, my grandmother. The four boys would eventually serve during World War I and II and continue having children. Margaret, the last child, would marry twice, John Becker and John Baskas. Margarets parents bought 400 Pawnee in Leavenworth where they would raise their family. Her parents would soon sell the house to their daughter and son-in-law, John and Margaret Baskas where they too would raise their family there. John Baskas, the son of Spanish and Irish immigrants, lived in Kickapoo with his parents until they moved into Leavenworth. During John and Margarets marriage, their home would be served as a bar or tavern for many years. John was famous (or at least quietly known) for making his own liquor. Strangely, he was never caught. They had numerous children who some would later serve in many branches of the military during World War II. Once John died, Margaret would later move into another home which would be her last as she would pass on. Not long after she moved from the Pawnee home, it would be taken by the city and later torn down. The information thats been compiled into this book comes from two sources, documents and word of mouth via family. Most of the documents come from years of researchIve found in Leavenworth and few out of state. If someone finds a discrepancy in the book, please feel free to contact me and share . A cd is also available that includes powerpoint slides of pictures, articles, etc. If enterested, just contact me ([email protected] and [email protected]).