March 09, 2012

Bishop, Anna T.

Anna T. Bishop (1783-1870) wife of Abram Bishop (1766-1830)
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Source:  Photo courtesy of Linda and Larry Kopet,  USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)
Anna T. Bishop
John C. Bishop served in the Revolutionary War, and his great-grandson, Isaac T. Bishop, holds a $15 bill with which the patriot was paid for service in that conflict.  In 1765 he married Abigail Reynolds and to this union was born:  Abram, November 1, 1766 in Granville, Washington County, New York.  On September 12, 1799 in Dutchess, New York, Abram Bishop married Miss Anna Truman Bond, born October 5, 1783, who died January 11, 1870 in Somers Township, on the farm of her son, Jacob.  She had been afflicted with blindness for fifteen years prior to her death.  Their family of fifteen children has all passed away.  Abram Bishop died April 13, 1830 and was buried in the Bishop burying ground at Granville, New York and a city has grown around what was once a secluded spot.
(Source: and Commemorative Record of Racine and Kenosha Counties, J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1906)


Mary Potter
Daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Potter
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township
(Source: Photo courtesy of Linda and Larry Kopet, USGenWebArchivesProjectWis.)
Mary Potter
Isaac T. Bishop, a prominent member of one of the pioneer families of Kenosha county, who resides in Section 16, Somers Township, was born June 6, 1844, in a log house on his father's farm in this township.  He was the son of Jacob and Fanny (Potter) Bishop.

The maternal grandfather of Isaac T. Bishop, was Nathaniel Potter, a native of New York and a Revolutionary soldier who lived to advanced age.  He married Elizabeth Johnson, who also lived long, becoming the mother of these children:  Ann, Mary, Fanny, Peter, and Sarah.  The Potter family in America dates its history back to two brothers, Nathaniel and Ichabod, who came to New England in 1638.  Nathaniel was admitted as an inhabitant of the Island of Aquidneck April 30, 1639, under King Charles, and he and his brother Ichabod lived at Portsmouth, R.I.  The widow of Ichabod removed to King's Town about 1687.
(Source:  Commemorative Record of Racine and Kenosha Counties, J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1906)

March 07, 2012


Hirzel Dorey
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Source:  Photo Courtesy of Linda and Larry Kopet, USGenWebArchivesProjectWis.)
William Dorey
An active and energetic man is William Dorey, who since 1911 has owned and operated a farm of fifty-six acres on Section 24, Somers Township. He has always lived in this Township, his birth having occurred on the 13th of April,1874. He is a product of the public school system, having pursued his education to the age of eighteen years, when he concentrated his entire attention upon the work of the fields, with which he had been familiar from early boyhood, having become the active assistant of his father when a young lad. He continued to engage in the cultivation of the old home farm until 1911, when, desirous of conducting business on his own account, he purchased fifty-six and a quarter acres of land on Section 24, Somers Township, and has since concentrated his attention upon its further development with excellent success. The neat and thrifty appearance of his farm indicates his careful supervision and his practical methods. He keeps in touch with modern processes of farming and utilizes the latest improved machinery in facilitating the work of the fields.
On the 9th of November 1910, Mr. Dorey was joined in wedlock to Miss Christina Gardinier, a daughter of Elsworth and Jennie (Harcus) Gardinier, by whom he has three children, Herzel, Hazel, and Harvey.
The family attends the Methodist Church of which Mr. Dorey is a member, and fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen Camp at Somers.  His political allegiance is given to the Republican Party but he has never been as aspirant for office.  A life of diligence and honesty has brought him not only material success but also the confidence, goodwill and high regard of his fellow townsmen.
(Source:  City and County of Kenosha Record of Settlement, by Frank H. Lyman, Vol. II, S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1916)

William James Dorey (son of Hirzel Dorey)
"William James Dorey, age 81, passed away Monday night, March 7, at his home after an illness of two weeks.  Mr. Dorey was born in Somers on April 13, 1873, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hirzel Dorey.  He was a farmer and had been a lifetime resident of Somers.  On November 9, 1910, he was married to the former Miss Christina Gardinier.  Surviving are his wife, Christina; four sons, Hirzel E., Kenneth J. and Everett R. of Somers, and Harvey W. of Kenosha; three daughters, Miss Edith Dorey of Somers, Mrs. Clinton O. Buswell and Mrs. Christ Kober, both of Kenosha; one sister, Mrs. Anton Lang of Somers.  His brother, Charles A. Dorey, preceded him in death on March 5, 1955.  Funeral services will be held in the Hansen Funeral Home, Kenosha.  Interment will be in Sunset Ridge Cemetery.
(Source:  Racine Journal, March 8, 1955)

John Dorey
John Dorey, a lifelong resident of Somers Township, now makes his home on Section 24, where he owns and cultivates forty acres of valuable and productive land.  It was in that township that he was born on the 12th of June, 1872, his parents being Herzel and Margaret (Burton) Dorey.  Spending his youthful days in their home, he was sent at the usual age to the public schools, which he attended until he reached the age of sixteen.  He then started to earn his own living, which he did by working with his father upon the home farm and also worked at the carpenter's trade for eighteen years.  He has led a life of diligence and industry and upon those qualities he has based his success.  What he has accomplished has been the legitimate reward of his carefully directed labor.
In 1914 he purchased forty acres of land on Section 24, Somers Township, and is now concentrating his time and attention on the further development and improvement of that tract, which he has already brought under a high state of cultivation.  It is divided into fields of convenient size which are well kept, and he raises the crops best adopted to soil and climatic conditions here.  There are few idle moments in his life, and his earnest work in bringing him well merited prosperity.
In his political views Mr. Dorey is a Republican, having supported the party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise.  In religious faith he is a Methodist and the guiding principles of his life are found in the teachings of that church.
(Source:  City and County of Kenosha Record of Settlement, by Frank H. Lyman, Vol. II, Chicago,  S.J. Clarke Publishiing Co. 1916)

More About Dorey
Herzel Dorey
Born September 20, 1831 in Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
Died February 4, 1894 in Somers, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Married Margaret Burton in Kenosha County November 17, 1866 (Reference:  Marriage Cert.)
U.S. Federal Census:  Lived in Somers Township 1870 and 1880

Margaret Burton Dorey
Born 1836.  Died 1919.

Children of Herzel and Margaret
Mary L. Dorey, born about 1868
Frederick Dorey, born about 1870
John Dorey, born about 1872, died 1950
William James Dorey, born about 1874
Charlie Dorey, born about 1876, died 1955
Kate Dorey, born about 1861
(Source: Family Tree)

Jean Dorey
Born July 19, 1780 in Castel, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Died August 19, 1858 in Castel, Guernsey, Channel Island
Married Rachel Robert October 18, 1824
Rachel Robert died about 1850

Children of Jean and Rachel
Abraham Dorey, born about 1827.  Died about 1843.
Helier Jean Dorey, born about 1828.  Died about 1889.
Herzel Dorey, born about 1829.  Died about 1894.
(Source: Family Tree)

Research Hint
Try researching on the website  You will find a Daniel Dorey whose parents are Daniel Dorey and Clementine Rachel Ozanne who lived in Castel, Guernsey, Channel Islands.  Why this may be of interest is the Ozanne family, also early pioneers of Somers Township, are from Guernsey, Channel Islands.  The fact that the two families settled within miles of one another in the early 1800's may or may not be a coincidence.

Leet, George Foster

George Foster Leet and Jessie Ann Leet
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Source:  Photo Courtesy of Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson.  Copyright 2012.  All Rights Reserved.)

George F. Leet
Among the community of old settlers who have done so much for the development and progress of Somers Township, Kenosha County, and who are especially attached to this locality as their place of birth, is George Foster Leet, who resides on Section 10, where he was born February 15, 1838, son of Charles and Sarah B. (Wiard) Leet, natives of Connecticut, who were married in New York, and who became the parents of three children, viz: Mathew W. of St. Louis, Mo.; George F.; and Miss Sarah H., of Racine, Wisconsin.
The paternal grandfather of Mr. Leet was a farmer in Chautauqua County, N.Y., and was the father of three sons, Charles, Warren, and Martin.  The material grandparents were Mathew and Sallie Wiard, who had four daughters whom they reared in New York, viz: Sarah B., mother of our subject; Elmira, formerly wife of William Bly; Mrs. Dale and Mrs. Maxwell.
After the close of the War of 1812, in which he took part, Charles Leet kept a hotel at Delhi, N.Y. for some years, but in 1837 he came to Wisconsin and took up Government land in what was then Pike Township, but now is Somers Township, two farms of 160 acres each, in Section 10 and 11.  He improved them both, and lived there until his death, which occurred Feb. 11, 1874.  His wife survived him, and died October 23, 1877, aged seventy-seven years.  In religious faith they were Episcopalians.  In addition to the children of his second marriage, above noted, by a prior marriage Mr. Leet had these children:  Joseph, Jane R., Robert, Clark, Mary, and Charles, all of whom are deceased.  For a number of years he was Post Master here at a point known as Aurora, and for some years he served also as a Justice of the Peace.
George F. Leet grew up on the pioneer farm and obtained his education in the schools of his neighborhood.  When he reached his majority he went to Waukegan where he engaged in Clerking for one year for Loveday & Dodge, grocers, and then entered the Army, enlisting in Company C, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery, in which he served almost two years, being mustered out in 1865.  His battery was stationed at Fort Donelson, and he was detailed mainly on scout duty.  After the War he returned home and bought his father's farm, which now contains 198 acres.  This he has greatly improved and it stands today as one of the most valuable in the county, well tilled, and most presentable in every way.
In 1860 Mr. Leet made a trip to California overland, where he engaged in mining for a year, when he returned, deciding that Kenosha County offered every chance to a young man who was willing to take advantage of it.  His war experience followed.
On May 14, 1868, Mr. Leet was united in marriage with Miss Jessie Ann Smith, daughter of William and Janet (Park) Smith, and five children were born to this union, namely:  Everett C. was drowned aged two years and four months; Fred W. resides at home, unmarried; Edward H., a machinist by trade, living in Milwaukee, married Lulu C. Rhodes; Nellie J. is a stenographer; and George P. also resides at home.  Mr. and Mrs. Leet are members of the Presbyterian Church.  Fraternally he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America.  Politically he is a Republican, and he was served two terms as a Member of the Town Board, and for about eight terms was on the School Board, and he served also as Town Treasurer for one term.
The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Leet was a native of Scotland, where he died; he was a farmer by occupation.  His children numbered seven in all.  Her maternal grandparents were William and Janet Park, and they died in Scotland, parents of six children.  The parents of Mrs. Leet were natives of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and came to America in 1841, locating in Somers Township, where the father bought 100 acres of land, which was a part of the Charles Leet farm.  The father died there in 1891, aged ninety years and over, and his wife died in January, 1887, aged ninety-one years.  They were stanch Presbyterians.  They had six children, four of whom grew to maturity: William P. Smith; George H., Jane M., wife of Hugh Gorton, of Racine; and Jessie A., wife of George F. Leet.
Mr. Leet is one of the older residents of this section in point of continuous residence, having spent sixty-seven years on the farm on which he was born. 
(Source:  Prominent Men of Racine and Kenosha Counties, J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1906)

More About Leet
1.  The great-grandfather of George Foster Leet was Allen Leet of Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut and his lineage was traced back to William Leete, Government of Connecticut, who owned what is now known as Leete's Island in Connecticut, together with large landed estates in Middlesex County.  Allen Leet became the father of six children: Allen, who died at the age of three years; Warren; Martin; Nancy; Abigail; and Charles.  It is through the last named that the line is traced down to George Foster Leet.

2. Charles Leet was born in Saybrook, Connecticut, August 28, 1793, and in New York, was married to Sarah B. Wiard, who was also born in Connecticut, and was a daughter of Matthew Wiard and a granddaughter of Matthew Wiard, Sr., whWiard, Jr., wedded Sally Roberts and lived in Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut.  It was there that the birth of Sarah Beecher Wiard occurred on the 21st of May, 1800.  She was one of four daughters, the others being:  Mrs. Eliza Dales; Mrs. Emma Maxwell; and Mrs. Elmira H. Bligh.

3.  George Foster Leet died March 1, 1907.  He was laid to rest in the Oakwood Cemetery.
(Source:  City and County of Kenosha, Record of Settlement, by Frank H. Lyman, Vol. II, S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1916)

Fred W. Leet
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County

"Fred William Leet, age 78, passed away at Michael's Home in Silver Lake, following a long illness. Mr. Leet was born in Somers on October 28, 1872, and is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George F. Leet. Surviving are a brother, George P. Leet of Somers. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County."
(Source: Racine Journal July 10, 1951)
 In the News
Ton and Half of Cabbage Stolen
Thieves Raid Field in Somers Township, Secure Large Supply of Cabbage
A few heads of cabbage might not have been missed but when thieves raided his field in Somers Township and cut out about a ton and a half, George Leet, the proprietor, immediately notified the sheriff's office here.
Deputy Sherriff N.J. Otto investigated.  He reported that the thieves had apparently been making systematic raids in the cabbage field, hauling away large amounts of the vegetable each time.  The total loot, he said, would probably total at least a ton and a half.
(Source:  Racine Journal August 30, 1934)

Fred W. Leet trapped one of the largest minks in Pike Woods last week.
(Source:  Racine Daily Feb. 8, 1899)