the underground railroad
fannie's memories of the underground railroad in table rock
The grandchildren of Fannie Giddings Norris gathered and wrote down her memories when she was in her early 90s. Included were her memories of the Underground Railroad, including a description of a particular incident when four Negro men stopped and remained with them for four days.
asa heywood's obituary
Asa Heywood (1838-1912) came to Table Rock in 1856 or 1857.
According to obituary he came to Table Rock in 1856. The obituary of his sister Mary Louise Heywood Wood, Findagrave Memorial #152443136, says she came to Table Rock "with her brother A.E. Heywood" (Asa) in the Spring of 1856, making them among the VERY first settlers here." Asa was then 18. (The Andreas book lists Heywood's arrival date as 1857.)
A search of county land records finds this as to his land:
Asa Elliott Heywood
Range 12, Township 2, Section 3
Section 3, Township 2, Range 12
United States conveys to Asa E. Heywood
Patent dated 9/16/1860 filed 4/6/1866, in Book 3-OS-205, northwest quarter
Heywood's 1912 obituary described him as the last survivor of the local underground railway. The network was active until about 1859, at which time Asa would have been a single man of about 20. He married in 1860.
From the November 14, 1912 Table Rock Argus:
ASA E. HEYWOOD
an account of a trip by louis bodewell that took travelers "through" pawnee and table rock on **, 1858
Bill Hays, Volunteer Director at the Mayhew Cabin in Nebraska City found this reference to Pawnee County. It is an account that follows a family's travel from place to place. They made it almost to "Pawnee" one night and the next day went "through" Pawnee and Table Rock and camped 12 miles east.