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|Ira Baker BROWN
Martha Abigail HOPKINS
|Husband: Ira Baker BROWN
Birth: 28 Jun 1829, Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., NY
Death: 15 May 1899, Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO
Disposition: buried Edgewood Cemetery (Sec. 8, Lot 199), Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO
Vital Statistics: 5' 9½" tall; brown hair; grey eyes
Occupations: cooper, laborer, painter, photographer (owned a panorama camera), soda manufacturer
Military Service: Mexican War: Pvt., Co. H, 2nd Rgmt. New York Infantry
Father: Willard BROWN
Mother: Mary E. "Polly" RASEY
|Marriage: 9 Dec 1853, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI|
|Wife: Martha Abigail HOPKINS
Birth: 27 Jul 1834, Somerset, Niagara Co., NY
Death: 12 Jan 1924, DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, LA
Father: Samuel Lucas HOPKINS
Mother: Philancia M. HOLT
| 1. Nellie
BROWN, b. 17 Sep 1854, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI
2. Ida BROWN, b. 30 Aug 1856, Hastings, Barry Co., MI
3. Orlando BROWN, b. 5 Oct 1859, Hastings, Barry Co., MI; d. 15 Jul 1863, Helena, Phillips Co., AR
4. Wallace Milton BROWN, b. 25 Dec 1864, Helena, Phillips Co., AR
5. Charles Stewart BROWN, b. 18 Apr 1867, Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO
6. Samuel Holt BROWN, b. 11 Feb 1869, Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO
7. Grace "Gracie" BROWN, b. 25 Dec 1872, Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO; d. 10 Apr 1895, Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO; bur. Edgewood Cem., Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO
8. (Son) BROWN, died young
9. (Son) BROWN, died young
10. (Son) BROWN, died young
Orlando is said to have had a twin, Malvina, both of whom are said to have died when struck by lightning on 15 Jul 1863. Problem is, there is no daughter, Malvina, in the 1860 census. Is this enumerator error, or did a family legend get twisted in the telling? Adding her to the list of children would give Martha 11 children, and the 1900 census says she had 10.
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1. Some of this information was from oral family history and some from a written family history by Nellie Brown, typed up by her daughter, Ida Capitola (Kirk) Baird, plus a collection of family photos (son Charles was a professional photographer in Macedonia, Pottawattamie Co., IA) in the possession of Kathleen Hontz. There is a collection of letters, principally between Martha and her daughters, Ida and Nellie, in the possession of Rhenda (Greene) Cedars and Donna Greene, who also kindly shared the contents of Ira's military pension folder, also a copy of their marriage certificate and Ira's death certificate.
2a. Marriage Certificate.
2b. Marriage Certificate:
2c. Timothy Hopkins. 1932. John Hopkins of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1634, and Some of His Descendants. Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, CA (facsimile reprint available from Higginson Books; online at GenealogyLibrary.com). See full excerpt on Martha's parents' page, but with regard to Martha, it says she was married to Ira Brown at Stockbridge, MI, which is incorrect (see previous two sources).
3a. 1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com): I checked the following Ira BROWNs: Pope, AR; Sangamon Co., IL; Pulaski, IN; Hillsdale, MI; Plymouth, Wayne, MI; Sumpter, Wayne, MI; Choctaw, MS; Cattaraugus, NY; St. Lawrance, NY, mis-linked, can't find; Ashtabula, OH; Cuyahoa, OH; Defiance, OH, image unavailable; Erie, OH; Lake, OH. I think the one in Erie Co. may be our Ira (see next source).
3b. 1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #19-20 of 22): Groton Twp., Erie Co., OH, pp. 380A-380B, 129/129, enumerated 29 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
4. 1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #10 of 36): Hastings P.O., Hastings Village, [Hastings Twp.,] Barry Co., MI, Roll 536, p. 754, PN 131, 1042/969, enumerated 6 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
5. 1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #10 of 100): Farmersville P.O., City of Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO, Roll M563_789, p. 496B, 35/35, enumerated 8 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤•
6. 1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com): can't find. According to family history, Ira and family should still be in Livingston Co., but it is said the Livingston Co. 1880 Census is too faded to read. I paid for a Soundex search through GRA and got "no record." Daughter, Nellie (BROWN) KIRK, is living in Colorado Springs, CO. Son, Wallace, is living with his married sister, Ida (BROWN) WILLIS, in Chillicothe.
7. 1890 U.S. Census: the 1890 census population schedules were destroyed.
8. 1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Microfilm (online at Genealogy.com; Image #44 of 239): 516 11th Street, Kansas City (8th Ward), Jackson Co., MO, p. 179A, SN 9, SD 5, ED 78, enumerated 7 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
9. 1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #12 of 14): Center Twp., Carter Pct., Woodward Co., OK, p. 85B, SH 9B, SD 234, ED 280, enumerated 9+10 May 1910; official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
10. 1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1 of 8): Carter Precinct, Carter Twp., Woodward Co., OK, p. 168A, SN 1A, SD 8, ED 231, enumerated 5/6/7 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
11. Edgewood Cemetery [Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO] Index (online at the Livingston County MOGenWeb site; contributed by Robert Phillips):
12. Mexican War Pension: Declaration of Survivor for Pension. 30 Mar 1887. Ira B. Brown. Enlisted 28 Jun 1847 [his 18th birthday], at Buffalo, NY, for the duration of the war. In which Ira states:
13. U.S. Geological Survey. GNIS: Geographic Names Information Service (online database). There are Birminghams in four Ohio counties: Erie, Lucas, Guernsey, and Coshocton, the later two are designated "historical."
14. Honorable Discharge. Transcription.
15. Affidavit. 14 Apr 1898. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, DC. Requested to list children:
16. In her application for a widow's pension, Martha A. (HOPKINS) BROWN gives her date and place of birth as 27 Jul 1834, Somerset, Niagara Co., NY.
17. From the Chillicothe Constitution (Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO), Thursday 18 May 1899:
18. Board of Health, Kansas City, MO. Certificate of Death: Ira B. Brown. No. 1212, Filed 15 May 1899; Certified 3 Oct 1899.
19. Louisiana State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Certificate of Death: Martha Abigail Brown. Filed 1 Apr 1924. Registration Dist. No. 6-2038; File No. 141; Registered No. 2682.
20. Letter dated 25 Jul 1880 (Sunday) from Martha Abigail (HOPKINS) BROWN to her daughter, Nellie (BROWN) KIRK, in Colorado Springs, CO (transcribed by and in the possession of Rhenda Green Cedars of Natchitoches, LA). I've excerpted the parts naming people.
22. Emails from Kathleen Hontz, Rhenda (Greene) Cedars, Donna Greene.
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