Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ellen E. Brown, Daughter of Isaac S. Brown

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Ellen E. Brown, daughter of Isaac S. and Catherine E. (Hay) Brown, was born 15 December 1843 in Greene County, Illinois. She married Eli Grimes in 1864. They lived in Pike County, Illinois, where Ellen (Brown) Grimes died 20 January 1910 and is buried in French Cemetery.

Children of Ellen E. (Brown) and Eli Grimes:

1. Clara Grimes
2. Catherine E. Grimes
3. Hawley A. Grimes

Biography of Eli Grimes published in 1891:

    Eli Grimes. Few citizens of Pike County have shown a greater degree of business tact and enterprise than Eli Grimes, of Milton, who is now filling the office of Postmaster in a very efficient manner. He has been one of the leading spirits in the Republican ranks in this section for some years and is one of the most uncompromising advocates of the party policy. In the conduct of his business affairs he has from his youth up followed the old adage, “Nothing venture, nothing have,” but has likewise wisely calculated probabilities and results.
    The father of our subject is John D. Grimes and his mother was Elizabeth A. (Cox) Grimes. Both parents were born in the Blue Grass State and came to Illinois when quite young, Grandfather Grimes settling in Pike County and Grandfather Cox in Cass County. The marriage took place at the home of the bride, and Mr. and Mrs. John Grimes immediately settled on a farm near Milton, Pike County. Mr. Grimes operated his farm and engaged in speculating. He was one of the leading citizens, taking a prominent part in public enterprises, among which was the building of the Christian Church. He was a member of the society and a Deacon of the same. He is now living in Kansas City, MO., with his second wife, the mother of our subject having breathed her last in 1868, and is engaged in the real-estate business. Six children came to bless the union of John and Elizabeth Grimes and all are still living.
    Our subject is the eldest child and opened his eyes to the light in Milton, January 3, 1843. He received his education in the schools of his native place and, inheriting a taste for trade, began speculating when but seventeen years old. For ten years after the war he was a heavy dealer in horses and mules in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, and he has also done a large trade in cattle. After his marriage in 1864, he established his home in Milton and is still living in the same house. In addition to this property he owns two hundred and sixty acres of farm land in Detroit Township, which is improved with a comfortable residence and adequate barns, and occupied by a renter. Mr. Grimes gives his attention to stock-dealing and to the duties of the office to which he was appointed April 7, 1889. 
The lady who presides over the home of Mr. Grimes bore the maiden name of Ellen E. Brown and was born in Greene County, this State, December 15, 1843. She is an educated, refined woman who has many friends in the community. Her parents, Isaac S. and Catherine E. (Hay) Brown, removed from New York to Illinois, making their first settlement in Greene County and coming to Pike County in 1850. Mr. Brown was killed at the siege of Vicksburg in 1863, he having been a wagonmaster in the Ninety-ninth Illinois Infantry. Mrs. Brown survived until 1889. Their family consists of six sons and daughters, all still living. Mr. and Mrs. Grimes are the parents of three daughters, names respectively: Clara, Catherine E., and Hawley A. All have received good educations and the daughter held teachers’ certificates. The first-born is now deceased, but was formerly the wife of C. White. Catherine married J.A. Miller, lives in Detroit Township, and has one child, Mary Ellen. The youngest, Hawley A., is still residing under the parental roof.
    Mr. Grimes is a member of the Blue Lodge in Milton, in which he has held office, and also belongs to Milton Chapter, No. 119. He has been a member of the School Board and was Assessor of Montezuma Township nine years. He was a candidate for the office of Supervisor but was beaten by five votes. His first Presidential ballot was cast for Abraham Lincoln at his second candidacy and he has never withdrawn his political allegiance from his first love. He has frequently been a delegate to State conventions and is recognized as a prominent member of the local party organization. Our subject was Postmaster under Arthur’s administration.

[Source:  Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois  by the Biographical Publishing Company of Chicago, 1891.

Records for Ellen E. (Brown) and Eli Grimes:

30 July 1870, Milton, Pike Co., IL, p. 242:

Grimes, Eli 27 M W Merchant        $1,000-100   
-----Ellen 26 F W K.H. b. IL
-----Clara 4 F W b. IL
-----Catherine 3 F W b. IL
-----Mary 9 F W b. IL

19 June 1880, Milton, Pike Co., IL, p. 553

Grimes, Eli 37 M W  Trader b. IL fb. KY mb. KY
-----Ellen 36 F W Wife K.H. b. IL fb. NY mb. NY
-----Clara 14 F W Dau. B. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Catherine 11 F W Dau. B. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Hawley 6 F W Dau. B. IL fb. IL mb. IL
Brown, Catherine 65 F W   M-i-law b. NY fb. NY mb. NY
Alkin, Edson 37 M W Boarder b. OH fb. OH mb. OH

Catherine E. Grimes, daughter of Eli Grimes and Ellen E Brown, age 21 married James Albert Miller, 28, son of J B Miller and Mary Griffin, on 14 September 1887 in Pike Co., IL

1900, Milton Village, Montezuma Twp., Pike Co., IL, p. 188:

Grimes, Eli  Head  W M    Jan 1843  57 M-36 b. IL  fb. KY  mb. KY
-----Ellen E. Wife    W F     Dec 1843 56 M-36   3-2  b. IL  fb. IL  mb. NY
-----Hawley A. Dau    W F     May 1874 26 S  b. IL  fb. IL mb. IL

19 Apr 1910, Milton Village, Montezuma Twp., Pike Co., IL, p. 179:

Grimes, Eli  Head  M W 67 Wd b. IL  fb. KY  mb. IL
-----Hawley    Dau    F W 35 S  b. IL   fb. IL  mb. IL

6 Jan 1920, Milton, Montezuma Twp., Pike Co., IL, p. 153:

Grimes, Hawley  Head  F W     45 S  b. IL   mb. IL  fb. IL
Dennison, Bulah   Companion   F W  21 S  f.b IL   mb. IL  fb. IL

Isaac S. Brown's Certificate Against Stephan A. Douglas

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Occasionally, newspapers give us a rare glimpse into our ancestor's activities, political leanings, friends and associates. The following article printed in the Daily Illinois State Journal, regarding Stephen A. Douglas' statements about Henry Clay, suggests that Isaac S. Brown was not a Douglas supporter, that he took umbrage over the remarks Douglas made about Clay, that he may even have been a Lincoln supporter, that Isaac S. Brown was well-respected in both Greene and Pike Counties, and that his associates included other well-respected men: David Pierson, Isaac Landis, William Winn, James F. Pinkerton, and Adam Lee.

Douglas’ Abuse of Clay—Testimony of Ear Witnesses

    The letter of Judge Woodson to the St. Louis Republican was a complete vindication of the truth of the charge made by the Press against Stephen A. Douglas, that in 1844 he denounced Henry Clay in the most coarse and bitter terms. But as Judge Woodson did not hear Douglas at Carrollton, where the most offensive language was used, and as the followers of Douglas, in their desperation, are attempting to torture Judge W’s testimony so as to break its force, the Carrollton Press publishes the following certificate.

Carrollton, Ill., Sept. 20, 1860
    The undersigned hereby certify that we were present at a joint discussion between Stephen A. Douglas and D. M. Woodson opposing candidates for Congress at Carrollton, in 1844, and that Mr. Douglas, referring to Henry Clay’s action and position upon the Oregon Boundary question, was unsparing in his abuse and denunciation of Clay, using substantially the following language: “I denounced him in the Congress of the United States as a Traitor, and I now denounce him as an old BLACK-HEATED TRAITOR.” He also assailed him as being corrupt enough to be bribed with British Gold.
    Although the above statements have been the subject of frequent conversation among the old citizens of Carrollton, we have heretofore refrained from coming before the public, (though frequently solicited,) and do so now because the truth seems to demand it, as the statement has been branded as a falsehood by some of the public prints.
David Pierson,
Isaac Landis,
Wm. Winn,
James F. Pinkerton,
Isaac S. Brown,
Adam Lee
    The Press adds; “These witnesses who have thus come upon the stand will be recognized as among our most respectable and reliable citizens, (Mr. Brown being at this time a resident of Pike county, but well known here.) The name of David Pierson is as “familiar as a household word” all through this portion of Illinois, and is a synonym for integrity and scrupulous regard for the truth. Isaac Landis is a venerable minister of the Gospel, and a statement from his lips or pen will not for a moment be questioned by those who know him. Messrs. Winn, Lee and Pinkerton stand deservedly high in the community as upright citizens whose words need no indorsement. The testimony of any one of these men would be sufficient to convict Stephen A. Douglas before a jury, of his most gross assault upon the lamented Sage of Ashland, but when in doubt there is such an array of proof, who can doubt.”
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Tues. 25 Sept 1860]

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Emma C. (Brown) Manlove Lehman Egel, daughter of John Delos Brown

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Emma C. Brown, daughter of John Delos and Nancy (Johnson) Brown, was born 28 January 1858 in Illinois. She was married three times To Deville or Devillo Manlove, a Lehman, and to John Egel.

Emma C Brown married Deville Manlove on 9 July 1875 in DeWitt Co., IL. They evidently had four children. 

Children of Emma C. (Brown) and Devillo Manlove:

1. Truman M. Manlove
2. Clarence Olen Manlove
3. Edith Manlove
4. Verna/Vera Manlove

Devillo Manlove died 1 August 1892 and is buried in the Chandler Cemetery of Argenta, Macon County, Illinois.

Following the death of Devillo Manlove, Emma married John Lehman. They had at least one child, Donnie Lehman. He died 26 September 1895 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Charles, St. Charles County, Missouri.

Children of Emma C. (Brown) and John Lehman:

5. Donnie Lehman

1 June 1900, Cameron, Clinton Co., MO:

Lehman, E? Head W F b. Jan 1858 42 Wd 6-6 b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
Manlove, Clarence son W M b. May 1878 22 S b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Edith dau W F b. Feb 1884 16 S b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Verna dau W F b. Oct 1888 11 S b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
Lehman, Donnie dau W F b. Feb 1896 4 S b. MO fb. IL mb. IL

[The census states that Emma is the mother of six children with six still living. Therefore, two children are missing from this household. They are probably older than Edith Manlove. One of them is evidently Truman Manlove.]

Emma C Lehman of Cameron, Clinton Co., Missouri married John Egel of Stewartsville, DeKalb Co., Missouri on 2 August 1909 in DeKalb Co., Missouri.

20 April 1910, Stewartsville, DeKalb Co., MO:

Egel, John Head M W 62 M-3 0 b. NY fb. Germany mb. Germany
-----, Emma Wife F W 52 M-3 6-6 b. IL fb. IL mb. IL

Lehman, Lonnie step-dau F W 14 S b. MO fb. PA mb. IL

The 1910 census indicates that both John Egel and wife Emma had been married three times each. 

2 January 1920, Cameron, Clinton Co., MO:
Egel, John Head M W 71 M b. NY fb. Indiana mb. Indiana
-----, Emma wife F W 61 M f. IL fb. IL mb. IL

12 January 1920, Independence, Jackson Co., MO:

Halley, Herman R. Head M W 43 M b. NY fb. Ny mb. NY
-----Maude C Wife F W 40 M b. MO fb. PA mb. NY
Schneider, John Head M W 33 M b. MO fb. Germany mb. Germany
-----Donnie Wife F W 23 M b. MO fb. Pa mb. IL

John Egel died on 10 September 1921 in Cameron, Clinton County, Missouri and is buried in the Stewartsville Cemetery in Stewartsville, DeKalb County, Missouri, where he shares a tombstone with his previous wife Margaret C. Egel who died in 1907.

Donnie (Lehman) Schneider died 8 March 1924 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, in Cameron, Clinton County, Missouri.

18 April 1930, Independence, Jackson Co, MO:

Schneider, John Head M W 43 Wd b. MO fb. Germany mb. Germany
-----Mary E dau F W 10 S b. MO fb. MO mb. MO
-----Donnie R dau F W 9 S b. MO fb. MO mb. MO
Egel Emma C. m-i-l F W 72 Wd b. IL fb. IL mb. IL

Death Certificate of Emma C. (Brown) Manlove Lehman Egel:

Emma C. Egel of 401 N Spring, Independence, Jackson Co. MO, b. 28 Jan 1858 in Illinois, d 31 Oct 1933 in Jackson Co., MO. Father: John D. Brown. Mother: Nancy Johnson. Informant: Verna Neff. Burial in Cameron, MO 2 Nov 1933. She died of a skull fracture after being struck by a car.

Truman M. Manlove, born 6 November 1875 in Illinois, died 11 July 1936 of Pellegra and is buried in Highland Cemetery in Carter County, Missouri.

Obituary for son Clarence Olen Manlove:

Clarence O. Manlove, 89, of 1016 Locust, died yesterday at Research hospital. He was born in Weldon, Ill, and lived here 60 years. Mr. Manlove was a retired cabinetmaker. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society. Mr. Manlove was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of American union, local no. 1635, and was a life member of the Ozanam Home for Boys and the Marillac School for Special Education. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lenora S. Manlove of the home, and two sisters, Mrs. Edith Flanders, Los Altos, Calif., and Mrs. Vera Neff, Mammoth Springs, Ark. Services will be held at 9 o’clock Saturday at the church; burial at Mount Olivet cemetery. The rosary will be said at 7 o’clock Friday night at the Melody-McGilley-Eylar chapel, Linwood and Main.
[Source: The Kansas City Times, 22 June 1967]

Saturday, May 7, 2016

William M. Brown, son of Isaac S. Brown of Pike Co., IL

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

William M. Brown, son of Isaac S. and Catharine (Hay) Brown was born 29 November 1840 in Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois. He married Alice Strawn, daughter of Alvis and Joanna Strawn, on 2 December 1868. William M. Brown died in 1917 and is buried in French Cemetery next to his wife Alice (Strawn) Brown.

Children of William M. and Alice (Strawn) Brown:

1. William Edmund Brown
2. Fred S. Brown
3. Helen A. Brown

The history of commercial progress in Milton would be incomplete without mention of William M. Brown, a leading and prominent merchant of that city. He was born November 29, 1840, in Carrollton, Greene county, Illinois, his parents Isaac S. and Catharine (Hay) Brown, who became early residents of Pike county, where they took up their abode in March, 1850. The father purchased a farm a mile and a half south and a half mile east of Milton and upon that place William M. Brown was reared, having been a youth of nine years at the time of the removal to the old homestead. He acquired his education in the district schools near by and he still owns the farm which comprises one hundred and and twenty acres of as rich soil as can be found in the state of Illinois. During periods of vacation he aided in the work of the  fields and remained upon the old homestead until nineteen years of age, when he went to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama. The journey consumed twenty-four days from the time he left New York city until his arrival at San Francisco in March, 1859. He remained upon the Pacific coast for three years engaged in mining and ranching and he was fairly successful in his work, but lost much of what he possessed in his first mining ventures in prospecting for greater results at a later date. In 1863 he returned to the old homestead near Milton, Illinois, and leased the farm from his father in connection with his brother, James A. The father went to the war, becoming a member of a company of the Ninety-ninth Illinois Regiment commanded by Captain J. G. Johnson. He served for three years as wagon master and was killed in the siege of Vicksburg on the 22nd of May, 1863. There was a very sad incident in connection with his death. In the heat of battle he heard the Masonic cry for help from one of his comrades and facing almost certain death amidst a hail of bullets, he picked up his comrade and while carrying him off the field away from danger a bullet passed through his comrade’s body, killing him, and entered Mr. Brown’s thumb, passing out through the hand. This occasioned blood poisoning, which caused Mr. Brown’s death a few days later. At his request his remains were interred upon the battle-field but were afterward removed to the National Soldier’s Cemetery at Vicksburg. In March, 1869, William M. Brown, accompanied by his mother, made a pilgrimage to Vicksburg to discover his father’s grave and place a monument over it. They had no trouble in finding the place of interment, which was on the topmost circle, he being the eighth soldier buried in the beautiful Union Soldier’s National Cemetery at that place. The monument was erected according to the plans and after performing this act of love and duty over the grave of husband and father they returned home.
    On the 2d of December, 1868, Mr. Brown was married to Miss Alice Strawn, a daughter of Alvis and Joanna Strawn. Unto them were born three children, two sons and a daughter. William Edmund, born December 13, 1869, died March 26, 1870. Fred S., born in Milton, April 2, 1873, is now a physcian and druggist of Wichita, Kansas. Helen A., born December 25, 1887, in Milton, is at home.
     Mr. Brown is a member of the Modern Woodmen camp, No. 922, and in his political view he is a liberal republican. He has been associated with business interests in Milton through a long period and is a self-made man, whose prosperity has resulted entirely from his enterprise and capable efforts.
[Source: Past and Present of Pike County, ILL  by M.D. Massie] 

Census Records of William M. and Alice (Strawn) Brown:

26 July 1870, Montezuma Twp., Pike Co., IL, P.O.: Milton, p. 239:

Brown, William 30 M W Farmer  $15,000-500 b. IL
-----Alice 20 F W b. IL
Barber, Joanna 41 F W K.H. $800-100 b. KY
-----Joel 16 Farm hand b. IL

16 June 1880, Milton, Pike Co., IL, p. 550:

Brown, William  40 W M Farmer b. IL  fb. KY  mb. NY
-----Alice 30 W F  Wife b. IL  fb. NC   mb. KY
-----Frederick 7 W M Son b. IL  fb. IL   mb. IL
Barber, Joel C. 26 W M   b. IL   fb. NY   mb. KY

June 1900, Milton Village, Montezuma Twp., Pike Co.IL, p.  187:

283 - 286 
Brown, William M.   Head  W M Nov 1840 59 M-31 b.  IL  fb. KY  mb. NY
-----Alice Wife   W F Dec 1849 50 M-31   b. NC  fb. NC   mb. KY

-----Helen A.  Dau    W F Dec 1887 12 S  b. IL  fb. IL   mb. IL

Florence Mae (Brown) Galt, daughter of John Delos Brown

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Florence Mae Brown, daughter of John Delos and Nancy (Johnson) Brown, was born  29 August 1870 in Weldon, DeWitt County, Illinois. She married on 24 Sept 1890 in Weldon to Thomas Resin Galt, son of James Junius and Mary Ann (Brown) Galt. He was born 7 Feb 1860 in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois. Florence died 3 November 1934 and is buried in Hale Center Cemetery next to her husband Thomas Resin Galt.

Children of Thomas Resin and Florence Mae (Brown) Galt:

1. Beulah Frances Galt
2. Junius Deloss Galt
3. Juanita May Galt
4. Ruth Ann Galt
5. Marie Ellen Galt
6. Thomas Martin Galt
7. Alta Naomi Galt
8. Charles Calvern Galt

Census records of Thomas Resin and Florence Mae (Brown) Galt:

26 Jun 1900, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, OK ED 14 SD 73, p. 37:

134 - 131       
Galt, Thomas Head  W M Feb 1860  40 M-10 b. IL  fb. IL  mb. IL
---Florence Wife W  F Aug 1870 29 M-10 5-5  f. IL mb. IL  fb. IL
---Beulah F. Dau  W  F Sep 1891 S b. IL  fb. IL  mb. IL
---Junius D. Son  W M July  1893 5  S  b. MO fb. IL  mb. IL
---Waneta Dau  W F  July  1895 4 S  f. MO fb. IL mb. IL
---Ruth A. Dau  W F  Sep  1896  3 S b. MO fb. IL  mb. IL
---Marie Dau W F  Aug   1899  b. IT  fb. IL  mb. IL

22 & 23 Apr 1910, Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX p. 196:

70 - 74           
Galt, T.R. Head  M W 49  M1-20 b. IL  fb.  IL mb. IL
---Florence  Wfe     F  W 39 M1-20  8-8 b. IL fb.  IL  mb. KS
---Buehla  Dau    F W  18 S b. IL fb.  IL  mb. IL
---Julous Son     M W 16 S  b. MO fb. IL mb. IL
---Neta  Dau    F W  14 S b. MO fb. IL mb. IL
---Ruth Dau    F W  12 S  b. MO fb. IL  mb. IL
---Marie  Dau    F W  10 S b. OK  b. IL  mb. IL
---Tommie Son     M W  6  S  b. AR  fb. IL  mb. IL
---Alta Dau    F W  1 S  b. MO fb.  IL  mb. IL
---Charles  Son   M W  S   b. TX   fb. IL   mb. IL

20 Jan 1920, Prect. 3, Hale Co., TX p. 132:

FM 142 - 148 
Galt, Thomas R. Head (owns) M W 59 M b. IL  fb. IL   mb. IL
---Florence M. Wife F  W 49 M b. IL  fb. IL  mb. IL
---Tommy Son M W 16  b.AR fb. IL  mb. IL
---Alta Dau  F W   11 S  b. MO fb. IL  mb. IL
---Charley Son  M W 10 S b. TX  fb. IL mb.  IL

5 Apr 1930, Just. Prec. 3, Hale Co., TX, p. 157:

14 - 15            
Galt, Thomas R. Head  M W 70 M-31 b. IL  fb. IL mb. IL
---Florence, M. Wife  F  W 59 M-21 b. IL  fb. IL  mb. IL
---Thomas M. Son  M W 26 b. AR fb. IL  mb.  IL
---Charles C. Son  M W 20  b. TX  fb. IL  mb.  IL
West, Bobby J. Grdau F W 2 b. TX  fb. TX  mb. MO

Obituary published for Florence Mae (Brown) Galt in the Plainview Evening Herald  on 4 Nov 1934:

Mrs. T.R. Galt Died Saturday At Hale Center - Funeral services for Mrs. T.R. Galt, 64, Hale Center, who died at her home early Saturday morning following a long illness will be conducted at 2:00 o’clock this afternoon at the Hale Center First Methodist church, Rev. R.S. Watson, Hale Center, assisted by Rev. O. M. Addison, Quitaque, will be in charge of funeral services.
   Mrs. Galt is survived by her husband and six daughters, Mrs. W. B. Graham, Rutherene, New Mexico; Miss Junius Galt, Big Springs; Mrs. Juanita Ferguson, Colorado Springs,Colorado; Miss Ruth Galt, Lamar, Colorado; Mrs. Floyd Ferguson, Hale Center and Mrs. Alta West, Hale Center, two sons Tommy Galt, Goodland, and Charley Galt, Hale Center, three sisters, Mrs. O.F. Lochbaum, Mrs. M.E. Walker and Mrs. Minnie Miller, all of Springfield, Ill, one brother, Charley Brown, Los Angeles, Calif.
   Active pallbearers will be: Robert Louthan, Ralph Louthan, Frank Porter, Melven Bridges, Ben Roney, and Al LeMond. Honorary pallbearers: Luther Mounts, Buddy Keeler, T.R. McDaniels, Wallace Louthan, Woody Day, Marland Hargraves and Dudley Applewhite.
   Flower bearer will be: Mrs. Dudley Applewhite, Miss Maetta Mounts, Mrs. T.B. McDanield, Miss Lelia Whilhite, Mrs. Buddy Keeler, and Mrs. Frank Perry.
   Mrs. Galt had resided in Hale County 22 years.
   Funeral arrangements are in the charge of the Lindsey Funeral Home.

Thomas Resin Galt Celebrates His 87th Birthday

Mary Ellen Brown, daughter of John Delos Brown

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Mary Ellen Brown, daughter of John Delos and Nancy (Johnson) Brown was born 2 March 1862 on her father’s farm in Pike Co., IL, and spent her childhood in DeWitt Co., IL. At age 21, She married Alfred F. Miller, 29, in Weldon, DeWitt County, Illinois on 15 June 1882. He was the son of Mathias Miller. They lived in Gardner Twp (DeWitt or Sangamon Co?) until 1886 when they removed to their farm in Sangamon Co., IL.

A detailed biography of Alfred F. Miller and family was published c. 1891, just a year before Alfred' death.


A. F. MILLER, who is engaged in farming on section 4, Gardner Township, has passed his entire life in this county and is a representative of one of its early families. He is of German descent on the paternal side, while his mother's people were early settlers of Kentucky. His grandparents, Peter and Margaret (Despard) Miller, were natives of Germany, where the husband followed farming until his death. which occurred about 1845. His widow afterward came to this country and died in Lincoln, Ill., in 1868, and her remains were interred in the cemetery at Springfield.

Mathias Miller, the father of our subject, was born in Bavaria, Germany, April 11, 1819, and spent the days of his boyhood and youth upon the homestead farm. He also learned the mason's trade which he followed until attaining his majority. It was during the early years of his manhood that, with a desire to benefit his financial condition, he crossed the Atlantic in 1842, and became a resident of Springfield, Ill., where he worked at various pursuits until 1844. He then made his way on foot to the prairies of Wisconsin where, in connection with a partner during the winter, he made twenty-four thousand shingles, which he rafted down the Mississippi River and sold. The return journey to Springfield was also made on foot and on again arriving in the city he formed a partnership with Jacob Willis in the coopering business, which connection continued some years, they having an excellent trade in that line. Salisbury was next the scene of his labors. In that place he also carried on a shop for several years until at length having acquired some capital, he invested in land, purchasing eighty acres on section 5, Gardner Township. His youthful training now proved of advantage to him and so successful was he in his undertakings that before his death he had become owner of four hundred and fifty-two acres, constituting one of the finest farms in the community. He was also owner of a house and two lots in Monticello. Mr. Miller was a man of good business ability, sagacious and farsighted, and to his own efforts may be attributed his success. He faithfully discharged his duties of citizenship, was a member of the Catholic Church and voted with the Democratic party. His wife, the mother of our subject, was in her maidenhood Miss Martha Ross, daughter of William and Maria (Morrison) Ross, both of whom were natives of Kentucky, where her birth also occurred. Their marriage took place May 17, 1846. Her father became one of the earliest settlers of Sangamon county and, purchasing land, devoted himself to agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred in 1864. He was a Republican in politics. His wife survived him several years. The mother of our subject is living on the old homestead at the age of sixty-nine years. She is a faithful member of the Methodist Church and her life has been spent in the Master's service.

Of the ten children born unto Mr. and Mrs. Miller, five grew to mature years while four are yet living, namely: Mrs. Sarah E. Gard, of Gardner Township; A. F., of this sketch; Mrs. Florence Campbell and Mrs. Virginia McGraw, who are also living in Gardner Township. George William enlisted in the One Hundred and Fourteenth Illinois Infantry, in 1863, and at the battle of Guntown was captured, but succeeded in making his escape and for thirty-one days lived upon berries and such other food as he could find. At length he reached the Union lines, but was soon afterward taken sick and sent to the hospital in Louisville. He was then granted permission to return, but died a few days after reaching home.

A. F. Miller was born on the old homestead in Gardner Township, on the 5th of December, 1853. His boyhood days were spent in the usual manner of farmer lands, he attending the district schools of the neighborhood in the winter season and assisting in the labors of the farm during the summer months. Having attained to man's estate, on the 15th of June, 1882, in Weldon, DeWitt County, Ill., he led to the marriage altar Miss Mary E. Brown, daughter of John D. and Nancy (Johnson) Brown. Her grandfather, Isaac Brown, a native of New York, came to Illinois in a very early day and settled near Milton, Pike County, where he farmed until the war when he volunteered and entered the service. He had his thumb shot off and gangrene setting in, death ensued. John D. Brown, father of Mrs. Miller, was reared in Pike County, where he married Miss Nancy Johnson, a native of that county, and a daughter of Samuel Johnson, who was born in Kentucky, but is numbered among the early settlers of Pike County. After his marriage Mr. Miller [sic - Mr. Brown] removed with his young wife to Champaign County, where he devoted himself to agricultural pursuits until 1861, when he enlisted in the Twenty-first Illinois Cavalry. He served four years, during which time he was thrice wounded in the wrist, and received two rebel balls in his side. Returning home he continued farming in Champaign County for two years and then removed to DeWitt County, where he and his wife still make their home upon a farm.
They are respected citizens of the community, and in politics he is a Republican. Their family numbers ten children: Eva C., who died at the age of 
twenty-one in DeWitt County; Emma C., twin sister of Eva, who married and resides in Missouri; Hebert, who is living in Colorado; Mary E., wife of our subject; Mrs. Minnie A. Norfleet, of Montgomery County, Ill.; Isaac S., of Colorado; Florence M., Catharine E., Carrie V., and Charles A., at home.

Mrs. Miller was born near Milton, Pike County, March 4, 1862, and her childhood days were spent upon her father's farm in DeWitt County. In Weldon the marriage of our subject and his wife was celebrated, and for a year they lived upon the Miller homestead. They next removed to a farm on section 4, Gardner Township, where they lived until 1886 when, coming into possession of one hundred and seven acres of land, they removed to their present home. The house was erected by Mr. Miller and all of the improvements on the farm have been made by him. He raises all kinds of grain adapted to the Illinois soil and climate and makes a specialty of the breeding of Poland china hogs. He has inherited the business ability of his father and is accounted one of the promising and prominent young farmers of Gardner Township. Socially he is a member of the Farmers' Mutual Benefit Association of Salisbury, and politically is a Democrat.

An interesting family of five children grace the union of Mr. and Mrs. Miller, namely: Howard E., Stella P., Opal V., Lloyd Byron and Vance B. The family circle remains unbroken and its members are highly esteemed.
[Source: PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF SANGAMON COUNTY, ILLINOIS.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1891, p. 338]

Alfred F Miller, husband, aged 38 years, 10 months, 19 days, died 24 October 1892 and is buried in Old Sackett Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois.

Following Alfred F. Miller's death there was a flurry of lawsuits among the minor heirs of the estate:

In the matter of Estella P., Opal V., Lloyd B., Vance B., and Stanley R. Miller, minor heirs of Alfred F. Miller, deceased, of Gardner township, letters of guardianship were issued to John McGraugh, with bond of $2,100, with John L. Gardner and Alexander Campbell as sureties.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, Illinois; Tues. 13 Dec 1892]

Howard E. Miller, Byron Miller, Vance Miller, Stanley R. Miller, Pearl Miller, and Opal Miller, minors, brought suit by their guardian John McGraugh, against Martha Miller, Mary E. Miller and Sebastian Miller to partition the estate of Alfred F. Miller, deceased, of Gardner township.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL, Sun. 15 Jan 1893]

In the matter of Alfred F. Miller, minor heir of Alfred F. Miller, deceased, of Gardner township, letters of guardianship were issued to John McGraugh, with bond of $200.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register, Springfield, IL; Sun. 6 Jan 1895]

6 June 1900, Weldon, DeWitt Co., Illinois:

Miller, Mary E. Head W F b. Mar 1862 38 Wd. 7-7 b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----, Howard E. son W M b. Apr 1883 17 S b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Estel P. dau W F b. Aug 1884 15 S b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Opal V. dau W F b. May 1886 14 S b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Lloyd B. son W M b. Nov 1887 12 S b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Vance B. son W M b. May 1889 11 S b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Stanley R. son W M b. Feb 1891 9 S b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Alfred F. son W M b. Mar 1893 7 S b. IL fb. IL mb. IL

By 1920, the widow Mary Ellen (Brown) Miller was married to James Edmond Walker and living in Springfield, Illinois just a couple of houses away from Mary Ellen's sister Carrie Viola (Brown) Lochbaum.

2 January 1920, Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL:

113 East Carpenter
Walker, Mrs J. E. Head M W 44 M b. PA ft. Ireland mb. Ireland
-----Mary Wife F W 55 M b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
Miller, Stanley stepson M W 27 S b. IL fb. IL mb. IL

15 April 1930, Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL:

2412 South Ninth
Walker, James E Head M W 65 M 21 b. PA fb. Ireland mb. Ireland
-----Mary E Wife F W 66 M 18 b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
Miller, Stanley R step-son M W 40 D 25 b. IL fb. IL mb. IL

Walker-Remains of James Edmond Walker, 2412 South Ninth street, were removed to the residence Friday morning where funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Rev. R. F. McDaniel, officiating. Interment in Roselawn cemetery. Bisch & son in charge. Survivors are wife, Mary E. Walker; one son, Orville Walker, Los Angeles, Cal.; three brothers; three sisters; one step-daughter, Mrs. John Goodale; and three step-sons, Byron, Vance B. and Stanley R. Miller.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Sat. 2 Aug 1930]

Obituary of son Lloyd Byron Miller:

Lloyd B. Miller – Lloyd Byron Miller, 2160 S. 12th St., died at 4:30 p.m Thursday at his residence.
   He was born at Salisbury and had lived in this community most of his life. Mr. Miller was an employe [sic] of the Vredenburgh Lumber Co. 17 years. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
   He is survived by his wife, Helen Pearl; son, Byron V.; sisters, Miss Opal V. Miller and Mrs. John Houston, all of Springfield; brothers, Stanley and Vance, both of Florida; five grandchildren.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Fri. 13 Feb 1959]

Minnie A. Brown, daughter of John Delos Brown

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Minnie A. Brown, daughter of John Delos and Nancy (Johnson) Brown, was born in April 1864 in Illinois. She married Thomas Jefferson Norfleet, who died in 1909. Minnie (Brown) Norfleet died 29 February 1936 and is buried next to her husband in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois.

Children of Minnie A. (Brown) and Thomas Jefferson Norfleet:

  1. Winifred Norfleet
  2. Herbert Norfleet
  3. Veneta Frances Norfleet
  4. Jessie Norfleet
  5. Lloyd Norfleet
  6. Jean Norfleet
  7. Marion Norfleet
  8. Josephine Norfleet

Census records for Minnie A. (Brown) and Jeff Norfleet:

1 June 1900, Capital Twp., Sangamon Co., IL, p. 69:

Norfleet, Jeff  Head  W M  Oct 1864  35 M-14 b. TN  fb. TN  mb. TN
---Minnie Wife W F  b. Apr 1864  36 M-14 7-7  b. IL  mb. IL fb. IL
---Herbert Son  W M  b. Mar 1888 12 S b. IL fb. TN mb. IL
---Veneta Dau W F b. Sep 1889 10 S  b. IL  fb. TN  mb. IL
---Jessie Dau W F  b. Feb 1891  9 S b. IL  fb. TN mb. IL
---Loyd Son W M  b. Jan 1893  7 S  b. IL  fb. TN mb. IL
---Jean?  Son  W M  b. Jun 1894  5 S  b. IL  fb. TN  mb. IL
---Marion Dau W F  b. Sep 1899 8/12 S b. IL fb. TN  mb. IL

In 1909, disaster struck and T. Jeff Norfleet was killed in an accident.

T.J. Norfleet Dies at St. John's Hospital
Was Injured Last Fall in a Runaway and
Complications Which Set In Cause His Demise
    T.J. Norfleet of 850 North First street died at St. John's hospital at 11:20 o'clock yesterday morning from a complication of diseases following injuries received on Saturday, Nov. 28 , when he was run over by a wagon.
    Mr. Norfleet was employed by  the Peter Vredenburgh Lumber company and was taking a load of lumber to Rochester. When a short distance out of the city on the Clear Lake road the horses he was driving became frightened, and as the road was very rough at that point the front wheels were given a sudden jerk. As Mr. Norfleet was sitting sidewise on the load he was precipitated to the ground and both of the front and rear wheels ran over his left leg, fracturing the member near the knee.
Was Improving at First.
    The victim was immediately brought to St. John's hospital, and for a time it was thought he would speedily recover, and not amputation was made. Later, however, complications set in and for the past two weeks Mr. Norfleet was for the greater part of the time unconscious.
    The deceased was born in Clarkville [sic], Tenn., and at the time of his death was 43 years of age. He came to this city about eighteen years ago and has since resided here. He has been employed by the Vredenburgh Lumber company for the past five years. He was a member of Guiding Star Court No. 251, Tribe of Ben Hur.
    He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie Norfleet; three sons, Herbert. Lloyd and Jean Norfleet; three daughters, Mrs. George Brady, Mrs. John Sheehan and Miss Jessie Norfleet, all of this city; six brothers, James M. of Centralia; E.E. of Houston, Texas; A.S. of St. Louis; B.F. of Lexington, Ky.: S.B. of Muskogee, Okla., and T.M. of this city; also by three sisters, Mrs. Emma Boggs of Centralia, Mrs. L.I. Richardson of Muskogee and Mrs. Beulah Stuart of Centralia.
    The remains were taken to the undertaking parlors of Charles T. Bisch & Son and were later removed to the residence, where the funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. The funeral will be private and will be in charge of the Tribe of Ben Hur.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Sun., 24 Jan. 1909]

23 April 1910, Capital Twp., PO Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL, p. 114:

Nottefleet, Minnie A. Head  F  W  46 Wd 7-7 b. IL mb. IL fb. IL
---Herbert B. Son M W  22 S  b. IL mb. TN  fb. IL
---Loydd J.  Son  M W  15 S  b.  IL fb. TN fb. IL
---James? Jano?  Son  M W  15 S  b. IL  fb. TN mb. IL
---Josephine  Dau F  W 10 S b. IL fb. TN mb. IL

By 1920, Minnie A. Norfleet was living with her daughter Winifred (Norfleet) Brady:

9 Jan 1920, Capital Twp., City of Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL, p. 241:

151 - 171       
Brady, Winifred Head  F W 33 D b. IL fb. TN mb. IL
---Norman F. Son  M W 10 S b. IL fb. TN mb. IL
Norfleet, Minnie A.  Mother F W 55 Wd b. IL  fb. IL mb. IL
- 172      
Kinney, Charles A.  Head  M W 42 M b. IL fb.  IN mb. IN
---Luella  Wife  F W  39 M  b. IL mb. KY  fb. IL
---Margaret L. Dau F W  4 S  b. IL mb. IL  fb. IL
---Vernon L. Son  M W  6/12 S  b. IL  fb. IL mb. IL
       - 173       
Ellis, Julius C.  Head  M W  33 M  b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
---Bessie  Wife  F W 29 M  b. IL  fb. IL mb. IL

April 1930, St. Joseph’s Home, Woodson Twp., Sangamon Co., IL:

Norfleet, Minnie Lodger F W 68 Wd b. unk fb. unk mb. unk 

Obituary of Minnie A. (Brown) Norfleet:

NORFLEET, MRS. MINNIE-- Of St. Joseph's home, died at 9:50 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, 1936, at St. John's hospital, age 72 years. Survived by four daughters, Mrs. Winifred Brady, Mrs. John Hodge, both of Chicago; Mrs. Henry Lutyens, Tucson, Ariz; Mrs. Margaret Danielson, Santa Monica, Calif.; one son, Eugene Norfleet, Philadelphia, Pa.; eight grandchildren. Remains to Ellinger & Kunz
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Sun. 1 Mar 1936]