OTOE COUNTY PIONEERS, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY, BY: DR.RAYMOND E. DALE, PART III, D-E-F, LINCOLN NEBRASKA 1963
Andrew Lorris Folden was born in Monroe County, Virginia, April 20, 1923, and while still a child moved with his parents to Indiana. He taught school there several years and married in July 1846. He was granted a license to preach by the Methodist conference at Glenwood, Iowa, in 1843. He is said to have been made a member of the Nebraska Conference in 1854. Mr. Folden was living at Wyoming in October 1855 when he was called a surveyor. In August 1856 he was called a farmer. In 1858 and 1859 he worked as a carpenter and joiner. He was city recorder of Wyoming in 1857 and was judge of election at the city election in May 1858. Mr. Folden was elected county surveyor in the summer of 1857 but when he was a candidate for re-election in 1859 he was defeated. In February 1860 he took part in the Republican convention and was nominated as a candidate for the constitutional convention. He was elected but as the people voted against statehood the convention did not meet. He may have preached now and then during his early days in Nebraska but he did not receive a regular pastorate until about 1864. Some of the circuits to which he was assigned were Tecumseh, St. Deroin, Nemaha City, Laona in Gage County and Mount Pleasant. A Methodist minister rarely remained more than one year on any one circuit and he seldom received more than $200.00 in pay, very little of that in cash. After retiring from the active ministry he lived for many years at Union. Later he removed to Nebraska City and made his home with Cloyd Steele where he died, December 12, 1911. he and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in July 1906. They had no children of their own. They adopted nine children however, three of whom reached maturity. One of these was Philip M. Steele, father of Cloyd Steele, in whose home A.L. Folden spent his last years.
SOURCES: Nebraska City News, 1911 Dec. 15, p 3; Territorial Census, Oct. 1855, Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record, XIV, p 33, XVI, pg 25; Wyoming Post, 1858 April 10 pg 1(1), Wyoming Telescope, 1859 Mar 5, p 3 (6), Wyoming Telescope, 1857 Sept 10, pg 2 (4,5); Wyoming Post, 1858 Apr 17, pg 2 (6); Town Records of Wyoming, mss.; Wyoming Telescope, 1857 Aug 3, pg 3 (1,2); 1859 Mar 12; Wyoming Post; 1858, Apr 10, pg 1 (1); Record Book of Secretary of Territory, mss., p 152; Nebraska City News; 1859 Oct 1, pg 2 (1); Oct 15, pg 2 (7); Peoples Press, 1860 Feb 14, pg 4 (5); Mar 9, pg 2 (2); Nebraska City News 1860 Feb 16, pg 2 (3); Mar 10, pg 3 (2); Nebraska Herald (Plattsmouth), 1867 Apr 17, pg 1 (6); 1868 Apr 9; pg 2 (5); 1869 Apr 8, pg 3 (2); 1870 Apr 7, pg 1 (5); 1871 Apr 6, pg 1 (3); 1872 Jan 11, pg 4 (4); Nebraska City News, 1909 Sep 24, pg 1 (5), Nebraska Daily Press, 1907 Sep 12, pg 2 (2), Nebraska City News, 1911 Dec 15, pg 3 (5)
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