Ancestral Sightings contains notices and brief mentions of Wayne County residents found in out-of-county and out-of-state resources. These "stray" notices are important as an announcement of a birth, marriage, death or other event may not have appeared in a Wayne County paper or book. Please send us your contribution to this page! **No notice is too small.** A one-line mention may be the solution to someone's brick wall.
These sightings and profiles of former Wayne County residents come from various books, newspapers and articles published in other states. Many states "Out West" published books with short biographies about their local residents, telling where they originally came from. Occasionally these contain important genealogical information. Michigan and Ohio genealogical journals are another source to look for the stray Wayne County record. The persons whose short bios and info appear below may or may not be your ancestors, but it's worth scanning through them to check out migration patterns out of Wayne County for clues as to where your own families' relatives went and when.
Contributed by Town of Galen Editor Patti Norton, from
"History of Muskegon County, Michigan with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers,"
Chicago: H. R. Page & Co. 1882, under the section on Holton Township.
John H. Ingleheart was born near Lyons, N. Y., March 26th, 1833, and moved with his parents to Ohio in 1835, and lived there about twelve years, and then moved to the town of Shelby, Macomb Co., in 1840. In 1855 he married Miss Almira P. Cheney, of Macomb County, and about two years after, leaving his family in Macomb, he went on foot, by the overland route, to California, and after brick-laying, saloon-keeping, mining and lumbering, he returned by way of the Isthmus and New York to his family in 1860. After alternately living in Saginaw and Macomb Counties, for several years, he located land in the Indian reservation, or what is now section 26 of Holton, in 1865. When the land came into market he purchased it. In January, 1866, he moved his family on the new home, and, after alternately working in mills part of the year and on his land the other, he finally, in 1873, settled down to farming, and has made money. He now owns 280 acres of good land.
Contributed by Arlene Goodwin, from
"Biographical History of La Crosse, Monroe and Juneau counties of Wisconsin," Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892; pp. 185-86.
P. C. Herrington, yard master for the Chicago, Burlington & Northern Railroad at North La Crosse, was born in Clyde, New York, in 1853, and is a son of John and Julia (Strong) Herrington, native of the Empire State. They removed to Chicago in 1866, and there passed the remainder of their days; the father died in 1871, at the age of fifty-nine years, and the mother survived him fourteen years, passing away at the age of sixty-nine years. Young Herrington attended the common schools of Chicago until he was fourteen years of age, when he entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company; he began work in the machine shop, where he was for eighteen months; then he was fireman on a locomotive for three years, at the end of which time he was promoteed to the switching department; there he continued seven years, giving complete satisfaction to the company; he was next promoted to the position of yard master for this company at Chicago, where he was until 1866; he was then sent to La Crosse to take charge of the Chicago, Burlington & Northern yards. He has always rendered the railway company the most efficient service, and his merits have not been without recognition. Although young in years he is old in the railway business, having devoted twenty-three years to the various positions he has been called upon to fill. Mr. Herrington is a member of the Knight of Pythias of La Crosse, and holds the office of Keeper of the Seals and Records. In 1878 he was united in marriage to Miss Susie Clark of Chicago, a daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth (Campbell) Clark; her father was a conductor in Chicago; both are now deceased; the father died in 1867, aged forty-five years, and the mother in 1886, at the age of sixty-nine years. To Mr. and Mrs. Herrington have been born five children: George, Frank, Norman, Bessie and Ethel; Frankie died at the age of two years and ten months, his death being a sore trail to the parents.
Contributed by Pat Sebring: "You were asking for articles and I have a copy of a newspaper article that appeared in The Morenci MI paper on January 23, 1919":
Last Sunday was the ninety-second anniversary of the birth of Mrs. John T. Colegrove, which was celebrated at the home of her son Benjamin M. Colegrove, on Main Street, Morenci. Otis D. Colegrove, another son, was present. The company, to the number of eighteen, composed of immediate relatives, sat at the dinner table, which was appropriately graced with two birthday cakes, one of which was ornamented with candles, though not to the number of 92.
During the afternoon a call was recieved from Erastus Wilder and family. Mr. Wilder's father, Levi B. Wilder, who took the title to his farm from the government, was a brother to Mrs. Colegrove's mother.
Mrs. Colegrove, who retains her faculties to a most remarkable extent, and who has scarcely any grey hairs, is small of stature and never weighed over 100 pounds, was surprised and greatly pleased by the presence of the company and entered most heartily into the spirit of the happy event. She has two sons, five grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren and is one of the oldest of Morenci's pioneers, coming here with her parents from Wayne County, New York, in 1836. Her grandfather was in the Revolutionary war and her great grandmother, Rebekah Franklin, was a sister of Benjamin Franklin. The name of Benjamin has thus become a family heirloom. Mr. Colegrove died in June, 1905 and the aged couple completed 59 years of wedded happiness.
When Mrs. Colegrove came to Michigan to make her home in the then great west, Morenci contained but four houses, two of which were dwellings, a store and a postoffice combined and a tavern built of logs, which was located on the present site of the Stair Auditorium. What a contrast between the primitive character of those pioneer days and the present day magnificence!
Mrs. Colegrove has lived within three miles of Morenci from the date of her early arrival here until the present day, nearly all the time on the old homestead in Medina township.
As an evidence of her sprightliness and surprising dexterity which she exhibits as well as the fire and zeal of patriotism with which she is endowed, Mrs. Colegrove pieced a handsome quilt, perfectly executed, for the benefit of the Red Cross carnival in Morenci. She has pieced 15 quilts, one for each of her great grandchildren. She is now piecing a quilt which is nearly completed, composed of 2376 pieces, an elaborate and handsome affair, of faultless execution, which is to be presented to her daughter-in-law, Mrs. B. M. Colegrove.
The old lady was one of the happiest of the merry family party which assembled last Sunday, and the remarkable alertness of her mind was indicated by the stories she told of old-time events. In current history she is equally wide-awake, and during the progress of the great war kept herself informed of all the features of the titanic struggle for world freedom. She is a most faithful reader of The Observer and is one of the first in the family to reach for the home paper, it having been a regular visitor in her home from the time when the paper was founded.
My name is Pat (Colegrove) Sebring and I am Sarah's g-g-granddaughter. I went to Wayne Co., NY and searched and I believe I have found Sarah's family in the Galen, Wayne Co. NY 1830 census. They lived right next to Erastus Wilder and Sarah's father would be Benjamin Holmes. Sarah died Jan. 10, 1920. Sincerely, Pat Sebring
UPDATE 3/13/01: "In my comments at the bottom of the page I stated that Sarah's father would be Benjamin Holmes, and in the 1830 census in Wayne Co. NY it is spelled Holmes. I found out in several places including their gravestones in Medina Twp., Lenawee Co. MI that their last name is really "Homes". I do have much more info on the Wilder's and Homes' plus some pictures.
Burial information on Rebecca Nichols was spotted by Kathy (Sparr) Mott - "I found the following while trying to locate the grave of my
gr-gr-grandfather. Maybe someone out there is looking for Rebecca or her daughter." :
Founded shortly after Elkhart was founded by Havilah Beardsley and recorded, April 30, 1832, as a village. The cemetery was in use until approximately 1895. By 1865 this cemetery was becoming quite full and so land for Grace Lawn Cemetery was purchased and laid out into burial lots, east of the Elkhart River, on the north side of Middlebury Street. Shortly after this new cemetery was laid out, the remains and stones in the old cemetery were being removed to the newer cemetery. Gradually over the years they were all removed to Grace Lawn cemetery and some were reinterred in other cemeteries.
The Following List of Burials was found in the ELKHART REVIEW edition for Oct. 24, 1889. If a mark G.L. is noted by the name, this shows that they are now found in the OLD section in Grace Lawn Cemetery at Elkhart.
37. NICHOLS, Rebecca, w/o S. Resident of Wayne Co. N.Y. Died at her daughter's home, Mrs. E.A. Johnson on July 26, 1853. 67y. 5m. 7d. G.L. Paper did not have all the dates copied.
Follow-up: April 5, 1999
Subject: Rebecca Nichols
Thank you for the information on the death of Rebecca Nichols. I am researching the Edward and Hannah Hale family of Cayuga and Wayne Counties and Rebecca Nichols was the first wife of Stephen Nichols, the second husband of my great, great, great grandmother Hannah Hale. Mary Riley
Eulogy to Frances Lillian Landon Losey sent in by volunteer Dorathy Hardie
Newspaper article probably from a Sacramento, CA newspaper:
Mrs. M. Losey Died Thursday (typist note: Thursday is marked through & in pencil is written Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1912. Her maiden name was Frances Lillian LANDON, daughter of Egbert BENSON S. Landon, she married Manderville LOSEY)
Mrs. M. Losey, for many years a resident of this community, died in a Sacramento hospital Thursday morning following a severe illness. Mrs. Losey had not enjoyed good health for some time and been taken to the hospital for treatment. Arrangements have been made to hold the funeral from the Armstead home tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.
The following lines, written by one who knew Mrs. Losey expresses the sentiments of all who know her:
"It is with a sense of great personal loss that many friends here and elsewhere heard yesterday of the passing of M. Losey, for many years a resident of our town, and a woman greatly loved by all who knew her. Her life, lived out on the higher levels, has brought its own inspiration to many within the radius of its influence.
Mrs. Losey expressed all that was noble in a beautiful type of womanhood and as a wife was full of unselfish devotion. Her husband is left alone by her passing.
There was something splendidly sincere in Mrs. Losey's attitude toward life. She was always gracious, always just and magnificently loyal. All those near and dear to her loved her truly and that love had the basis of a great respect. She was always sweetly patient and hopeful, no matter what she was called upon to endure, and a beauty and harmony always radiated from her loving presence.
Mrs. Losey was born in New York and it must have been the beautiful traditions of culture and good breeding in her family which were ever exemplified in her lovely line. So great is their loss that much sympathy goes out to her bereaved husband and her sister and their family.
We have learned from Mrs. Losey's life many beautiful lessons--lessons of unswerving devotion to duty, of unselfish care for others and of loyalty thru the passing years to friends.
We mingle our sorrow with that of her family, for the truest comradeship is that which comes through sorrow. We have lost our friend, they have lost their dear one. And we pause in our day's work to pay tribute to a gentlewoman; to one of the noblest women of her day."
A Friend Who Loved Her.
Two obituaries and two biographical profiles from Michigan history books contributed by Patti Norton
Reference: Hillsdale County MI GenWeb Page [in 1998]
Contributed to Hillsdale County MI GenWeb Page by Joanne Fairman:
Mrs. Andrew REYNOLDS (Rhoda FULLER) was born in Sodus, Wayne Co., New York April 26, 1851 and came with her parents to Michigan in the same year and resided with them at their home in Woodbridge until her marriage with Andrew REYNOLDS in 1874 and died September 9, 1903 at their home in Cambria, where she has spent all the years of her married life. To them were born 2 children, a daughter, Mrs. Herman HIGLEY, of Hillsdale and a son, Chauncey, who lives at the home. Besides them and her husband, she leaves a mother Mrs. Ellen HATCH of Frontier and Mrs. Chester HUTCHINGS of Hillsdale. The deceased was a woman of very strong and impulsive nature, ever extending a helping hand to those who were not so well provided with this world's goods, as herself. The esteem in which she was held, was very strongly evidenced by the great number which gathered to pay their respects to one whose place in their hearts can never be filled. Local Hillsdale paper.
Contributed to to Hillsdale County MI GenWeb Page by Nancy Nally :
From the Reading Hustler, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, 2 February 1910, p.1
One of Reading's Oldest Residents Dead After a Long Life of Usefulness. (Photo at top of column)
In the death of Andrew Madison Raplee FITZSIMMONS, which occurred Sunday, Jan. 30,1910, at the home of his son Henry, at Grand Rapids, Reading has lost one of its very earliest residents and a man who had a long and useful career. He was 82 years of age and Reading had been his home since early boyhood. All through his life he was familiarly called "Lee" by his host of acquaintances and friends. He was born in Wayne county, New York, and in the spring of 1837, when he was a lad but nine years old, his father, George FITZSIMMONS, came to Michigan and purchased a tract of land just east of the present village of Reading, it then being all a dense wilderness, the settlers in this section at that early day being few and far between. The elder FITZSIMMONS was accompanied by his son John, then a young man, and in June of the same year the mother with her six other children, set out for the new home in the then far west, making the journey from York [sic] state with ox teams, the route being through Canada, and much of the distance over a rough wagon trail cut through unbroken forests. It was a brave undertaking, but the pioneers of those days were heros and heroines in more ways than one. "Lee" grew to manhood on his father's farm, helping to clear it and bearing his full share of the privations and hardships of pioneer life. He had much to do with the early development and advancement of Reading village, and was ever active in promoting its welfare. Back in the '60s he engaged in the dry goods business for a while and when the railroad came through in '69 he was Reading's first station agent. Later he engaged in the grain business for several years, and as one of his aquaintances said to the writer yesterday, "He was a better man for the farmer than he was for himself." After quitting the grain business he engaged in the hardware business for several years. He was postmaster under President Cleveland's first term and his administration in that office was eminently satisfactory. For more than thirty years he was the local express agent. In politics he was an ardent democrat and on different occasions was township supervisor, being acknowledged one of the best the town ever had. His wide aquaintance coupled with a wonderful memory made him a veritable encyclopedia concerning the history of Reading from its earliest days. He was twice married and is survived by four children, Henry F., Mrs. Mattie JENKINS, Orlando K., and Henriette. The past three years he had made his home with his son Henry, where he died after an illness of two weeks, though he had been in poor health the past two years. The remains were taken to Reading yesterday, being accompanied by his two daughters and his grandson, Wheeler FITZSIMMONS. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. B.S. KELLOGG; burial in Maplewood.
From "Compendium of History and Biography of Hillsdale County Michigan,"
Elon G. Reynolds, ed. Chicago: A.W. Bowen & Co, Part First
Hillsdale County Michigan Fully Historical 1903. page 118
WARNER J. SAMPSON
Warner J. SAMPSON, one of the oldest and most successful lawyers at the Hillsdale bar, is a native of this county, born on August 27, 1847. His parents were John W. and Mary (COURTWRIGHT) SAMPSON, natives of Wayne County New York, pioneers of 1844 in Michigan. Prosperous farmers they continued in active management of their farm until 1865 when they retired from active pursuits and took up their residence at Hillsdale, where the father died in 1892 and the mother is now living at the age of eighty years. Mr. Sampson's paternal grandfather was Newland SAMPSON, of New York state, who learned and worked at his trade as a carpenter for a number of years. then entered the ministry in the Methodist church, and, during a large part of the rest of his life, was actively engaged in preaching at various places. He came to this county in 1855, remained ten years, removed to Porter county, Ind. and again worked at his trade and also preached at times. He had a large family of sons and daughters, all of whom are deceased, one son losing his life at the terrible battle of the Wilderness in the Civil War. Mr. Sampson himself had two sisters, one of whom is dead, and the other lives in the state of Alabama. Warner J. SAMPSON was educated in the public schools of this county and at Hillsdale College, entering this institution in 1860, when he was but little more than twelve years old. In 1865 he began business for himself as a grocer and he continued in this line of mercantile life for four or five years. In 1871 he started a cigar factory in partnership association with H. H. FRANKINFIELD, which he helped to conduct until 1873, when the firm was dissolved and he went to Kansas, soon thereafter moving to southern Indiana, where he remained until 1875. He then returned to Michigan, and locating at Marcellus in Cass county, began the study of law under the direction of Judge Carr, the present circuit judge of that county, was admitted to practice at the Cass county bar in 1879. and continued professional labors in that county until 1890, when he came back to Hillsdale county. In 1891 he was appointed patent clerk in the office of the Secretary of State, but, while he held this position. he continued to practice law at Hillsdale. In October, 1897, the firm of SAMPSON & BARRE was formed and was continued until October, 1902 when Mr. Barre retired. Fred O'MELLAY was then admitted to a partnership in the business, which is still in active life and practice, with Mr. Sampson at its head, a large body of patrons in its clientele and a rank at the bar that is second to none. In politics Mr. Sampson is an ardent Democrat, devoted to the interests of his party, eloquent and forceful in advocacy of its cause. He is a captivating and convincing speaker, a strong reasoner, a shrewd and resourceful tactician, an effective organizer; he has been the candidate of his party for the office of prosecuting attorney and for other positions, but has always led a forlorn hope going to defeat because of the large Republican majority in the county. In 1867 he was married to Miss Emma J. ALLISON, who died in 1891. They had three children, of whom but one, their daughter Jessie M., wife of C. J. BRADT of Marcellus, is living. Their two sons, Edward and Wilford died in 1879, one aged seven and the other nine years. Mr. Sampson's second marriage was to Miss Mary E. AVERY, a native of this state, and occurred in 1893. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity in both lodge and chapter organizations, is also an Odd Fellow and Knight of Pythias.
Submitter note - This is not my line - I simply extracted the info; I have no further info on the family.
"Portraits and Biographical Album of Hillsdale Co. Mich"
Chicago: Chapman Brothers 1888, pgs. 389-390
Andrew REYNOLDS, a thrifty farmer and stock-raiser of Cambria Township, is pleasantly located, with his land lying on sections 25 and 36; besides general farming, he gives a large share of his attention to the raising of Durham cattle and Poland-China swine. The most of his land, comprising a good farm of 275 acres, is in a productive condition, and his residence occupies a pleasant situation in the southern part of section 25. Mr. REYNOLDS, a gentleman in the prime of life, was born in the township of California, Branch County, this State, Oct. 30, 1846. His father, Chancy REYNOLDS, was born in Lyons, Wayne Co., N. Y., and was the son of Joseph REYNOLDS, one of the most thrifty farmers of the Empire State. Grandfather Reynolds left his native soil after reaching middle life, and took up his abode in Branch County, three miles from any house, in the township of California. There he spent his last years, continuing a tiller of the soil, and surrounded himself with many comforts before his death, which occurred in 1850 or 1851. Joseph REYNOLDS, upon reaching manhood, took up, like his father before him, a tract of Government land sometime in the thirties and continued a resident of Branch County the remainder of his life, he and his excellent wife passing away within a few days of each other, both at the age of sixty-five years. Chancy REYNOLDS was but a boy when he came with his parents to Branch County, this State, and upon reaching manhood sought his wife among the maidens of Bedford, Monroe County, being married, about 1841, to Miss Triphena TUTTLE, who was also a native of New York State, and came to Michigan with her parents during its Territorial days. The young people after their marriage located upon a tract of land in California Township, Branch County, where the father labored industriously as a tiller of the soil, and was rewarded in due time by the possession of a fertile farm, supplied with good buildings, and all the other appurtenances of a comfortable home. They endured hardships and privations, and practiced the most rigid economy. The first meal in their new home was cooked by the side of a stump, and eaten from the same dish. They worked together with one common purpose, and about 1848, having a chance to dispose of their property to good advantage, sold out in Branch County, and took up a tract of eighty acres of wild land in Camden Township, this county, which was then far from any neighbors, and where they nearly repeated the process through which they had gone in Branch County. Upon this, however, they resided but a few years, and selling out once more, the father purchased 120 acres in Camden Township, which he cultivated for a time, then sold out again, and purchased eighty acres in Reading Township. Upon this he made some improvements, but removed from it in 1852 to the northeast quarter of section 36, Cambria Township, purchasing also at the same time twenty acres in Jefferson Township adjoining. This also was a wild and unbroken tract, but the father seemed to delight in subduing the wilderness, and here also effected a great change in the primitive condition of the soil. He also put up two houses with the other needed buildings and here continued to reside until his death which took place Aug. 18, 1865. The father of our subject, in addition to his farming ?, dealt considerably in real estate, buying and selling extensively. At the same time he took a lively interest in township affairs, and was a staunch supporter of Democratic principles. The mother survived her husband until 1880, dying February 21 of that year, at the home of our subject, in Cambria Township. She had been a true helpmate to her husband, who, without her ready cooperation, would probably have fallen far short of that which he was enabled to accomplish. To Chancy Reynolds and his excellent wife there were born eleven children, six sons and five daughters, seven of whom lived to mature years, and are all married and settled in this State. Andrew, our subject, is the third eldest living. He completed his education in the common schools of Cambria Township, and took for his new wife one of the most estimable young ladies of Woodbridge Township, Miss Rhoda A. FULLER, to whom he was married Oct. 14, 1874. Mrs. Reynolds was born in Sodus Township, Wayne Co., N. Y., April 26, 1851, the daughter of Alcanzer and Amanda (HOPKINS) FULLER, also natives of Wayne County, N. Y., where they were married, and whence they removed to Michigan, when their daughter Amanda(?) was an infant four months old. The father, a carpenter by trade, followed his occupation until removing to Woodbridge Township, this county, where he purchased a small tract of land, thirty-five acres in extent, which he improved and added to until he is now the owner of a good farm of 110 acres, with convenient and substantial buildings. Mr. Fuller is fifty-eight years of age, and his estimable wife sixty-one. Their family included three daughters, who are now residing in Michigan. Mrs. REYNOLDS continued under the parental roof until her marriage, and is now the mother of two interesting children, a daughter and son, Eva A. and Chancy, who are pursuing their studies in the district school. Mr. Reynolds, politically, has affiliated with the Democratic party since becoming a voter. Their neat homestead invariably attracts the eye of the passing traveler, and in all its surroundings indicates the thrift and industry of the proprietor.
Hillsdale County, Michigan was a destination county of many Wayne, Seneca and Ontario County residents. If your own families moved to Michigan this is an excellent site to look for other relatives.
Frpm "The Records of Rev. Jonathan Benson", Flint (MI) Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 1, Jan. 1978
31 May 1848 Enoch Granger and Mary Robinson, both of Sodus, Wayne County NY (ages not given), Wits: Jeremiah White and Hiram Denison of Sodus
Contributed by Wilda Marshall Brown
Reference: Cutler's History of Kansas, Osage County chapter:
REUBEN F. PLAYFORD, attorney-at-law, came to Burlingame, Kan., when a boy, in the month of July, 1857. In 1861 enlisted in the Second Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry, under the call of President Lincoln for 75,000 volunteers. Was in the battle of Wilson's Creek on the 10th of August, and within a few feet of Gen. Lyon when he was killed. Was in all the battles the Second Kansas was engaged in. Was mustered out in the fall of 1861, when the regiment was re-organized as a cavalry regiment. Enlisted again in the summer of 1862, in the Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Infantry, Thomas Ewing, Jr., Colonel commanding; was appointed Private Orderly to the Colonel; was promoted to First Lieutenant, Company D, Second Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, September 1, 1863. This regiment was commanded by Col. Samuel J. Crawford, afterward elected and re-elected Governor of Kansas. Was acting Adjutant of the regiment in the campaign south of the forces under Maj. Gen. Fred Steel, who was marching to join Maj. Gen. N. P. Banks, in his Red River expedition. On the retreat of Gen. Steel from Camden, Ark., after Gen. Banks had been defeated, and at the battle of Jenkins Ferry on the Saline River between the Federals under Steel and the Rebels under Lieut. Gen Kirby Smith, Adjutant Playford's horse was shot from under him by the last shot fired from the battery taken in the memorable charge of Col. Crawford's regiment. The regiment was then known as the Eighty-third United States Infantry. He was promoted to Quartermaster in August, 1865, in preference to accepting a Captaincy in the line. Was mustered out in the latter part of December, 1865. Returning to Burlingame, went into the drug business, starting the first exclusively drug store in Osage County. Sold out to his brothers in December, 1866, who now have the finest and largest drug house in the county. The father was admitted into the firm in 1868, the style of which is now, Playford & Sons. He then moved to New York and stayed a year, then back to Chicago, staying two years, then back to Burlingame in 1859. Began the study of law in 1870 with the Hon. James Rogers, the pioneer lawyer of the county. Was admitted to practice in 1872. Was elected Justice of the Peace and tried during his term of office (two years) nearly 300 cases, in only four of which juries were called and only five were appealed to a higher court and not one reversed; twice elected City Judge. Is now City Attorney, has a fine office and one of the best law libraries in the county, and a large and lucrative practice. Is a member of the United Order of Ancient Templars. Has been Grand Templar of the Order in the State; is also a Past Master Workman and representative to the Grand Lodge of the Ancient Order of United Women. Was born in Geneva, Ontario Co., N. Y., August 19, 1842. Was married in July, 1865, at Lyons, Wayne Co., N. Y., to Miss Lucy ADAMS. They have had four children - Minne, Elizabeth, Thomas Arthur and Lydia. Minnie died in infancy.
From Cutler's History of Kansas, Allen County chapter: BRINKERHOFF BREWSTER, deceased, was born in Wayne County, N. Y., in 1834, where he was employed in mercantile pursuits. He came to Kansas in the fall of 1857, located in Geneva, Allen County, where he remained for about a year, returning to New York. In 1860, he again located in Iola, Allen County, and engaged in the mercantile business, also opening an Indian trading post at Osage mission. About 1876, he disposed of his merchandise business and opened a loan and real estate business, which he carried on through an agent. Mr. B. returned to Wayne County, N. Y., where he resided for some eight years, returning to Iola in 1876, after traveling two years for his health. He died at Canon City, Col., February 15, 1878 and was buried in his native State. Mr. B. was married at Iola, June 26, 1864, to Maria L., daughter of John M. COWAN, an early settler of this State. His widow and children occupy a pleasant residence, north of Iola.
>All of this information about former Wayne County residents was donated to this site, so the coordinators don't own the original volumes or journals or have further info about persons or surnames mentioned in the profiles above. Please refer to the original resources for verification.
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