November 27, 2012


Nicholas  Carre and Catharine Girard Carre
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County

1860 U.S. Federal Census, Somers Township, Kenosha County
Nicholas Carre, age 71, born about 1798, Isle of Guernsey
Catherine Carre, age 70, born 1798, Isle of Guernsey
William Carre, born 1846, Isle of Guernsey

1880 U.S. Federal Census, City of Racine, Wisconsin
William Carre, born 1846
Carrie Carre, spouse, born 1849, Minnesota (her father birthplace Vermont, her mother Mass.)
Arthur Carre, son, born 1879, Wisconsin
Eliza Carre, mother, born 1823, widow
Catherine, grandmother, born 1799

1900 U.S. Federal Census, City of Racine, Wisconsin
William and Carrie married 1877
William, head of household
Carrie (Carrie Estella Leach), spouse
Arthur, son
Lila A. Carre, born January 1881, Wisconsin
Wilma E., born August 1886, Racine
George W. Leach (brother-in-law)

Carre "In the News"

"William Carre received a free stone peach from his daughter, Mrs. Maybree, of Frisco, Cal. that measures ten inches in circumference.  Mr. Carre recently returned from an extended visit with his daughter and states that this peach is quite small in comparison to some grown in the Golden state."
(Source:  Racine Journal Aug. 9, 1910)

"Mrs. Mary Carre Ozanne, with one exception the oldest resident of the Town of Somers, died of acute bronchitis Thursday, October 11, 1906, aged 87 years, 8 months, and 23 days.
She had been failing for some time and her demise would have occurred in a short time from infirmities due to old age, if the illness of which she died had not hastened her departure.
Mrs. Ozanne was born in the Island of Guernsey, January 18, 1819 and was united in marriage to James Ozanne in May 1847.  In June 1850 they sailed for America, landing in Racine and moving immediately to the farm in Somers, already purchased, and upon which they spent the remainder of their lives.  Mr. Ozanne having departed this life December 11, 1872.
Four children were born to them, all of whom survive: E.G. Ozanne, Emma Ozanne and Mrs. Helena Hitler of Somers and A.Z. Ozanne of Tempe, Arizona, also six grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one brother, Daniel Carre of Beatrice, Nebraska.
(Source:  Racine Journal Oct. 19, 1906)

Daniel Carre
(Photo Source:  Johnstonsara public site on

"Mrs. Carrie Carre, beloved wife of William Carre, died this morning at 9:30 o'clock at her home 1122 Eighth Street, of heart trouble, aged 48 years.  Deceased was born in Excelsior, Minnesota but came to Racine when a child one year old and resided here ever since.  In 1876 she was united in marriage to William Carre.  She was well and favorably known throughout the city as a good Christian woman.  Besides her husband three survive to mourn her demise two daughters and one sons.  The funeral will take place from the house."
(Source:  Racine Journal April 15, 1907)

"Willie, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Carre, died this morning at 7:30 at their home, 1311 N. Chatham Street, Racine, of scarlet fever after a brief illness, aged 3 years, 3 months, and 19 days.  Two other children are sick with the same disease.  Mr. and Mrs. Carre have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction for it would seem that they were bearing more than their share of trials.  Mr. Carre has been suffering with rheumatism for nearly a year, and only recently was able to be about.  His faithful wife from long attendance on him was afflicted in like manner and was continued to her bed for many weeks and neither of them have the strength necessary to properly care for their sick children.  The case is certainly worthy the attention of such outside assistance as sympathizing friends may be in a position to render."
(Source:  Racine Journal Sept. 28. 1892)

"Invitations have been issued for the marriage of Miss Helena Carre to Mr. C.C. Tinker on the 22nd.  Mr. Tinker now of Chicago, is the son of James H. Tinker who at one time filled the office of County Treasurer."
(Source:  Racine Journal Aug. 23, 1883)

"Mr. Arthur Carre and sister Lyla of Racine, visited at the house of Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Strong during the past week."
(Source:  Racine Journal, Nov. 29, 1900)

"Mr. S.S. Strong and daughter Alice took the train Monday morning for Racine to spend Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. John Carre.
(Source:  Racine Journal, Dec. 27, 1899)

"Mr. and Mrs. John Carre, Mrs. Rachel Carre, Mr. and Mrs. Baker and Mr. and Mrs. Mauzer of Racine were in Somers today."
(Source:  Racine Journal Aug 2, 1900)

"Miss Wilma Carre fell from a cherry tree at Mr. S.S. Strong's and dislocated her shoulder."
(Source:  Racine Journal July 19, 1899)

"Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Tinker of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. John Carre and son, Johnnie, and Mrs. Rachel Carre of Racine were guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Strong on Thanksgiving."
(Source:  Racine Journal Dec. 6, 1899)

"On Wednesday, the 19th a host of friends having been summoned to attend, assembled at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Carre, this time to witness the marriage of their son John to Miss Alice Jones.  This was one of the jolliest weddings it has been our luck to attend.  The refreshments served were bountiful and rare.  The substantial tokens presented to the young couple by the many friends present, represented in a measure the high esteem to which the contracting parties are held.  Thus another couple is made happy and are started on their life's journey, "For better, for worse."
The presents were as follows:
elegant brocaded plush parlor set, from the parents of the groom
sewing machine, from brother Frank Jones
silver butter dish, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Tinker
silver butter dish Mr. and Mrs. Strong, uncle and aunt of the groom
beautiful French clock, Mr. Renouf
pair of solid silver napkin rings, M.L. Strong and J.L. Mahood
hanging lamp, E.G. Ozanne, wife and sisters, Lena and Emma
glass set and water pitcher, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Carre and aunt Eliza
water pitcher and goblets, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace
table cloth, napkins and towels, Mr. and Mrs. Tostevin and Ed and Walter
tidy, Kate D.Graham
commode,Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Cuzner and H. Graham
toilet set, Allie and Addie Strong
dinner castor, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Harding
fall chamber set, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Mason
center table, Mr. and Mrs. J. Tinker and Sarah, Mr. and Mrs. John Gallien, Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Rittman, Mr. and Mrs. H. Harding, Mr. and Mrs. N.H. Mauzer
cake stand and water pitcher, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Marshall
cut glass fruit dish, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Griffiths
frosted glass berry dish, Miss Ida Charnley
glass set, Mrs. Lombard
glass water pitcher and goblets, Mr. and Mrs. Bassindale
Aquarium stand, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Freeman and Mr. and Mrs. M. Freeman
tidy, Miss C.L. Erskine
calling cards, Gertie and Ida Rittman
bible stand,Mr. and Mrs. James C. Galien,
pair beautifully decorated vases, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Ahrens
silver pickle castor, Mr. and Mrs. G. Paddock
tea spoons, silver, Clara, Eddie and Harry Harding
white facinator, Cora Gallien
bible stand, Mr. and Mrs. H. Becker
damask towels,Miss Freeman
hand painted pin cushion, Miss Lilly Graham
bohemian glass vases, Miss Ella Marshall
basket of flowers, Miss Katie Graham
glass egg dish, Miss Hupp
glass and silver bouquet holder, Mr. and Mrs. G. Fish and Miss Alice Ward."
(Source:  Racine Journal Sept 27, 1883)

November 26, 2012


The Donsing Family
Left to Right: Sisters:  Elsie (Mrs. Curtis Smith), Harriet (Mrs. Wm. Bose), Minnie (Mrs. Wm. Lauer,
and brother Fred W. Donsing
(Source: Photo courtesy of Bonnie Helgeson, granddaughter of William Lauer)

Elsie Donsing Smith (Mrs. Curtis Smith)
(Photo courtesy of Jim Smith)

Minnie Donsing Lauer
(Source: Photo courtesy of Bonnie Helgeson, granddaughter of William Lauer)

Fred W.(son of Fred H. Donsing) and Laura Donsing
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Photo source:  Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Fred H. and Mary A. Donsing
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Photo source: Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Mary Angeline, wife of Fred H.W. Donsing
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Photo source: Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

1900 U.S. Federal Census
Fred H. Donsing, born October 1859 in Wisconsin,
Home in 1900:  Somers Township
Mary A. Donsing, Spouse, born 1858
Fred H. and Mary A. Marriage Year:  1881
Fred H. father and mother birthplace:  Braunsweig, Germany
Minnie V., born about 1883
Fred W. born about 1884
Emma, born about 1888
Hattie, born about 1890
Elsie, born about 1894

Donsing "In The News" Somers Township

"Miss Elsie Donsing, youngest daughter of Mr. Fred Donsing was united in marriage to Mr. Curtis Smith on Thursday afternoon at the Second M.E. parsonage, Racine, by the Rev. W.W. Dale.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith are spending their honeymoon with friends in Milwaukee.  On their return they will be at home to their friends in Somers."

"Fred Donsing had a barn raising on Friday."
(Racine Journal, March 8, 1910)

"The marriage of Miss Hattie Donsing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Donsing, to Mr. William F. Bose, Jr., of Berryville, was solemnized Tuesday evening, January 19, 1909 at the home of the bride.  Rev. Wiliams of the Presbyterian Church officiated in the presence of about fifty of the immediate friends of the contracting parties.  After the usual congratulations, a bountiful repast was served.  Both bride and groom are well and favorably known and have the heartfelt wishes of a host of friends.  They were the recipients of many useful and beautiful gifts.  The happy couple will reside upon the Bose homestead near Berryville."
(Racine Journal, January 26, 1909)

"Again has the Angel of Death entered our midst and taken one of our most beloved and esteemed.  Mrs. Mary Angeline Donsing departed this life Sunday evening August 18, 1907 after a lingering illness of some months.
Mrs. Donsing was born in Kewaunee Co., Wisconsin April 30, 1858, and was united in marriage to Fred Donsing December 14, 1880.  Some years ago she with her husband, came to Somers where she has since resided.  She was a woman of gentle, unassuming nature, loving and beloved by all who knew her.  She had a kind and generous heart, always ready and willing to lend a helping hand.  A true Christian, a devoted wife and mother, patient and uncomplaining in these sad years that disease has preyed upon her.
With the bereaved husband there survived her, and who have the heartfelt sympathy of all of this, their irreparable loss, four daughters, Mrs. William Lauer (Somers) , Mrs. M.A. Rasmussen (Somers) , Misses Hattie and Elsie Donsing, one son, Fred Donsing, a mother, one sister, Mrs. Emma Persel of Colorado; four bothers, Theodore, George, Nicholas, and Peter Lorig, of South Milwaukee.
The funeral services will be held from her late home on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Somers."
(Racine Journal, August 21, 1907)

"A diploma was issued Hattie Donsing from District No.1"
(Racine Journal March 31, 1905)

"Mr. Donsing bought a load of cattle in Milwaukee one day last week."
(Racine Journal November 21, 1900)

"Mr. Donsing purchased a new Osborne binder last week."
(Racine Journal July 19, 1899)

"Fred Donsing is out with a new cabbage planter."
(Racine Journal, March 5, 1896)

"Fred Donsing sold 40 acres of land to John Denig.  Mr. Fred Donsing is hauling material for a fine new resident he will build this fall."
(Racine Journal September 14, 1909)

"Mrs. Fred Donsing died at her home in Somers on Sunday evening after a long illness at the age of 40 years."
(Racine Journal Aug. 10, 1907)

Partial 1908 Map of Somers Township, Kenosha County
Section 14 and 15
F. Donsing 152 acres and 118 acres
Location:  Corner of Highway E or Somers Road (East/West) and Highway 31 or Green Bay Road (North/South)

William Donsing Obituary (father of Fred Donsing of Somers Township)
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Newspaper Clipping Source:  Unknown
Source:  rlastathome family public site on

William Donsing, retired, one of the most respected citizens
of German birth residing in the city. was born at Brunswick, Ger-
many, on Dec. 22, 1841, a son of Fred and Minnie (Wolford) Donsing.
Both parents were born in Brunswick, where the father followed the
vocation of cooper successfully until the time of his migration to
America in 1853. He came direct to Milwaukee county and located
on a small farm in the town of Lake, and there remained until his
death in 1888. The mother died some years before her husband.
Three children, two of whom survive, were born to the parents. Wil-
liam Donsing, the subject of this review, received somewhat limited
educational advantages in the common schools of his native land.
When but fourteen years of age he left school to take upon himself
the superintendency of a large estate, caring for both the house and
the grounds. Shortly after coming to America he secured employ-
ment as a farm hand for ten dollars a month for the first few months
of his labor. Naturally of frugal habits, he managed to save enough
from his meager earnings to purchase a small acreage in the town of
Lake, where he continued farming operations until 1896. By that
year he had accumulated a sufficient competence to allow him to retire
from active participation in the affairs of life and purchase a fine home
at 801 Delaware avenue, where today he is enjoying a well-earned
respite. His success has in large measure been due to his habits of
thrift, perseverance in the face of difficulties, and his indomitable will
power, which have won for him the respect and esteem of all his
neighbors. In his political belief Mr. Donsing is staunchly Republican,
hut has never sought to become his party candidate for public office
of any nature. Mr. Donsing has been twice married. By his first
wife. Miss Minnie Timmerman, a native of Germany, he is the father
of six children: Fred, Henry, Mary and Augusta (twins), Minnie,
and Henrietta. His second wife has also passed away.
(Source:  Page 621 -622 Author: Watrous, Jerome Anthony, 1840- ed Volume: 2 Subject: Milwaukee County (Wis.) -- History Publisher: Madison : Western Historical Association Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT Language: English Call number: b4232529 Digitiz.  Jane_Shore public site of 

Henry W. Donsing Obituary (brother of Fred Donsing of Somers Township)
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Newspaper Clipping Source: Unknown
Source: rlastathome family public site on

November 23, 2012


Estberg Family
(Source of Photo:  Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Mr. M.S. Estberg, age 71, one of the oldest residents of Somers, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Lawrence, in Franksville, on Tuesday morning June 4, 1907, after an illness of some time. Mr. Estberg was a man well known and respected, having lived in Kenosha and Racine Counties for more than fifty years. He was a shoemaker by trade and kept a shoe store in the village of Somers for some years.
He is survived by one son, John Estberg of Chicago, and four daughters, Mrs. John Lawrence, Mrs. C.W. Bush of Franksville, Mrs. Albert J. Bishop of Somers, and Mrs. M. Martinson of Chicago.
The funeral services were held from the Methodist Church in Somers on Thursday afternoon, conducted by the Franksville Methodist pastor. Interment in the family plot in Oakwood Cemetery.
(Source: Racine Daily Journal, publication date June 18, 1907).

November 04, 2012

DeLine, L. Frank

Partial 1908 Map of Somers Township
Section 18
F. DeLine parcels:  64.5 acres and 46.5 acres

L. Frank and Henrietaa Middlecamp DeLine
Wedding Photo
(Source: Photo Courtesy of  Blankenship Family Tree on

Henrietta Middlecamp as a teenager
(Source:  Photo courtesy of Ralph Middlecamp on

Rettie Viola DeLine and mother, Sarah Miranda Thayer
(Source:  Photo courtesy of juliwitnoe on

Wisconsin State Census June 1905
Township of Somers
Frank DeLine, age 41, born about 1864 in New York
Henrietta DeLine, age 34, born about 1871
Ada DeLine, age 7 born about 1898
Willis DeLine, age 3, born about 1902
Ray DeLine, age 9/12, born about 1904
Henrietta Middlecamp, age 71, born about 1834, mother in law widow
Wm Middlecamp, age 52, born about 1853, brother in law

"In The News"
"Mrs. Gecina Bakker died at the home of her niece, Mrs. L. Frank DeLine on Thursday February 4 after a long illness, from a complication of diseases.  The deceased was born in Holland, July 23, 1831, and came to this country many years ago and has resided in Somers for a number of years.  The funeral was held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Frank DeLine on Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Williams.  Interment at the family plat in the German Lutheran Cemetery in Paris Township, Kenosha County."
(Source:  Racine Journal Feb. 9, 1909)

"Mr. Wm. Middlecamp of Oshkosh spent the past week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank De Line."
(Source: Racine Journal Dec. 21, 1906)

"Geo Hamilton mail carrier on Route 38 is enjoying a two weeks vacation.  L. Frank De Line is delivering the mail during his absence."
(Source: Dec. 7, 1906)

"Mr. Louis Fenske spent Saturday at Darien, Wisconsin.  Mr. Frank De Line took charge of the creamery in his absence."
(Racine Journal Nov 22, 1904)

"Frank De Line is recovering from his late illness."
(Racine Journal Feb. 28, 1901)

"Mrs. Katy Countryman of Iowa visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Frank  De Line during the week."
(Racine Journal Oct. 5, 1905)

"Mrs. Kate Countryman (nee Miss Vandermoon) who has been the guest of her cousin, Mrs. Frank De Line, for some time, has returned to her home in Laton, La."
(Source: Racine Journal Sept. 30, 1916)

"Miss Ada De Line entertained the members of her Sunday school class at a basket supper at her home on Friday evening.  Games and a social good time made the evenings a pleasant one."
(Source:  Racine Journal, Feb. 16, 1915)

"L. Frank De Line who has been ill for some days is much improved."
(Source:  July 11, 1921)

"A family from Gary, Ind. has moved onto the late Frank De Line farm."
(Source:  March 25, 1942)

"Mrs. Anna Meyers who has been visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Frank DeLine and other relatives for the past six weeks departs for her home in California this week."
(Source:  Racine Journal, Oct. 27, 1910)

Frank DeLine and Henrietta DeLine
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Source:  Photo Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Ray E. and Jean E. DeLine
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Source: Photo Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Infant Daughter of Ray E. and Jean E. DeLine
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Source: Photo Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)


November 03, 2012

Chaffee, Danforth

Partial 1887 map of Somers Township, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Section 11
Danforth Chaffee, 120 acres
Note:  This parcel is the current site of our beautiful park, Petrifying Springs

Amy Chaffee, mother of Danforth Chaffee
Cassius and Mercy, children of Danforth and Nancy Chaffee
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Source: Photo by Linda & Larry Kopet US GenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin

Danforth and Nancy Chaffee
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Source: Photo by Linda & Larry Kopet US GenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin

Catherine Chaffee
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Source:  Photo by Linda & Larry Kopet US GenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Pioneer Citizen Meets Sudden End
Danforth Chaffee Summoned to Rest, Heart Failure Causing Demise
Settled in Kenosha County 60 Years Ago
"With hardly a moment's warning, Danforth Chaffee, one of the early pioneer residents of Racine and Kenosha counties, died at his home, number 1419 Villa Street, shortly after 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, of heart failure.  Mr. Chaffee had been downtown walking around viewing the crowds attendant upon the carnival.  In front of the Herman cigar store he joked with William Paul and then leisurely repaired to his home.
Taking a chair he conversed with those of his family present.  Suddenly he complained of feeling ill and in a few moments expired before medical attendance could be summoned.
Coroner Jonas Hoyle was notified, made an investigation and issued a death certificate without an inquest being held.
Mr. Chaffee was born in New York state and had he lived until December 12th would have attained the ripe old age of 79 years.  Over sixty years ago he came west and settled in Kenosha county when that vicinity was a wilderness.  Here he purchased land, cleared it and cultivated a fine farm and became one of the most prominent and successful farmers in that section.
By his honest and upright methods he became popular and was known throughout both Racine and Kenosha counties as a good and honorable citizen, a man whose word was as good as a bond, a friend one could be and a most desirable neighbor.
Several years ago Mr. Chaffee retired from his farm near Somers, Kenosha County and came to Racine to reside.  When the news of his sudden demise was announced there was profound sorrow expressed on all sides.
There survives Mr. Chaffee a wife, two sons, Hiram Chaffee of this city, and Wilbur Chaffee of Portersville, California; also two brothers who live in Kenosha county; one sister, Mrs. C.A. Near, of Greeley, Colorado.
The funeral will take place Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the house, and the body will be taken to Somers, Kenosha County for interment at Oakwood.

A singular coincidence in connection with the death of Mr. Chaffee, is an experience of his son, Hiram, who is a well known express man.  Mr. Chaffee was driving home with his team and wagon.  On College Avenue a small boy caught a ride on his wagon.  The boy got his leg caught in the spokes of the rear wheel and it was drawn in.  Mr. Chaffee heard the lad's cries, unhitched the horses and with difficulty the limb, badly bruised, was extricated.  Had the horses gone two feet further the leg would have been broken.  When Mr. Chaffee arrived home the terrible shock of his father's death almost prostrated him."
(Source:  Racine Daily, Sept. 6, 1904)

"Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Chaffee, Mrs. Lydia Chaffee, and Mrs. Near of Racine spent Sunday afternoon in Somers."
(Source:  Racine Daily Nov. 11, 1904)

"Mr. and Mrs. Danforth Chaffee have moved into Racine."
(Source:  Racine Daily Oct. 18, 1901)

"When Mr. Chaffee opened the box of fancy fruits which he received from his son Wilbur of California, he found a beautiful deer skin in the bottom of the box."
(Source:  Racine Daily, Feb. 12, 1900)

"Miss Callie Landon and Mr. Hiram Chaffee were quietly married last Friday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Landon, on Grand Avenue.  Rev. J.S. Lean officiating.
(Source:  Oct. 7, 1897)

"Mrs. Wilbur Chaffee of California is visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mainland."
(Source: Aug. 7, 1901)


James Breckenridge
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Source of photo:  Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Mary Breckenridge
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Source of photo: Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

James and Mary Breckenridge lived in the Township of Somers, Wisconsin and were buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin.  They are not listed on any census.  We know based on the newspaper posting they lived in Somers in 1896 and 1898.  All eleven children were born in Pennsylvania as documented by the census.  No other information is known.

Newspaper Posting - Racine Daily - "Somers Neighborhood News"

"Miss Glena of Pennsylvania is visiting her sister, Mrs. Breckenridge."
(Sept 9, 1898)

"Mr. and Mrs. Loyal Breckenridge of Monte Vista, Colorado are visiting at the home of Mrs. Breckenridge."
(Sept. 8, 1898)

"Mrs. James Breckenridge is visiting with her son, Rev. Walter Breckenridge of Bayfield, Wisconsin."
(Oct. 29, 1896)

"Mrs. John Breckenridge of Winona, Indiana and Miss Etta Breckenridge of Monte Vista, Colorado are visiting with Misses Harriet and Annie Spence."
(Aug. 15, 1913)

"Rev. and Mrs. John Breckenridge of Winona, Indiana were called here on account of the death of Mr. Breckenridge's mother."
(Dec. 31, 1912)

"The remains of the late Mrs. Mary Breckenridge were brought here from Monte Vista, Colorado on thursday morning and interred in the family plot in Oakwood Cemetery."
(Dec. 31, 1912)

Census Information

1850 U.S. Federal Census - Wolf Creek, Mercer, Penn.
John Breckenridge, age 51, born about 1799, Penn.
Mary Breckenridge, age 50, born about 1800, Penn.
Five children listed - included a son, James born 1828 (about 22 years old in 1850)
Note:  James' gravestone notes he died in 1895 at the age of 67 years which places his birth year at 1828.

1860 U.S. Federal Census - Pine, Mercer, Penn.
James Breckenridge, born about 1828 and Mary Breckenridge, born about 1834.
Note:  Mary's gravestone notes she died in 1912 at the age of 79 years which places her birth year at 1833 or 1834.
Children shown in this census:
Walter, born about 1856
Marietta, born about 1857 (also known as Etta or Mary E)
John, born about 1859

1870 U.S. Federal Census - Findley, Mercer, Penn.
Children shown in this census:
Walter, Marietta and John mentioned above, plus
Anna E., born about 1862
Robert G., born about 1864
Nellie L., born about 1867

1880 U.S. Federal Census - Findley, Mercer, Penn.
Census shows the name of Joseph and not James.  This is an error.  The original view of the census report indicates James.
Children show in this census:
Walter, Etta, John, Anna, Robert Nellie
Loyal, born 1871.

Newman, Uriel, Emily, Dewitt, Harriet

Partial 1861 Somers Township Map
Uriel Newman parcels:  Sec 22.  Two parcels at 160 acres each.
Location:  Right or east property line on North/South Green Bay Road.
Note: U. Newman also owned 38 acres in Section 14 and 26-2/3 acres in Section 14
Note:  J.A. Newman owned 16 acres in Section 11
Uriel Newman
Uriel Newman, a retired farmer residing on section 22, in the town of Somers, has long been numbered among the most prominent farmers of Kenosha County, where he settled at a very early day. This work would be incomplete without his sketch, for with the history of this community he has been closely identified. We know that his many friends will receive this record with interest. A native of New York, Mr. Newman was born in Pompey Center, Onondaga County, August 4, 1801, and is now therefore in his ninety-first year. His father John Newman, was a native of the Green Mountain State, where his boyhood and youth were passed. He went to New York when a young man and settled in Onondaga county where he married Miss Chloe Atwell, who was born in New York and was a daughter of Joseph Atwell.
Mr. Newman became a substantial farmer of the town of Pompey, Onondaga County, where he reared his family and made his home until his death in 1846. His wife survived him for a number of years, and came to Wisconsin, residing with her son until she was called to her final rest in 1865. Uriel Newman is the second in order of birth in a family of seven sons and one daughter who grew to mature years, but he and the youngest brother, James A Newman, of Belvidere, Ill, are now the only survivors. He grew to manhood in his native state and through his own efforts almost his entire education has been acquired. After attaining years of maturity he was united in marriage, in 1823, with Miss Sophia Cooley, who was also a native of Onondaga County, and a daughter of Lewis Cooley, one of the well-to-do farmers residing in the town of Pompey. After a short married life of three years the young wife was called to her final home, dying in 1827. She left two children, a son and daughter. The latter Emily, grew to mature years and died in Wisconsin, about 1863. The son, Benjamin, was educated in the schools of the Empire State, and when a young man came West, locating in Kenosha County, where he was married and resided for a number of years. He now makes his home with his wife and two children in Eureka, Kansas where he is engaged in agricultural pursuits. Mr Newman continued to engage in farming in the county of his nativity until 1847, when he decided to try his fortune in the West and came to this State, settling in Kenosha County on the farm which is still his home. He bought a half section of wild prairie land, upon which not a furrow had been turned or an improvement made, but to it's cultivation he devoted his energies and in course of time made it one of the most valuable farms in the community. Mr. Newman is a good financier and business manager, and as a result of his industry and enterprise has succeeded in accumulating a large estate. Public-spirited and progressive, he has also given his aid to those enterprises calculated to benefit the community, and of his time and means has contributed to the upholding of numerous industries in Kenosha. He has been connected with several banking institutions and is now one of the Directors in the Kenosha National Bank, of which he has served as Vice-President. Kind hearted and benevolent, he has given to many charities and has ever been a stanch advocate of the cause of education in the public schools. In politics he was formerly a Jackson Democrat but for many long years has voted the Republican party. Mr Newman has ever remained faithful to the memory of his loved wife and has lived a widower since her death in 1827. Miss Amanda Greenman became his housekeeper, took charge of his home and reared his children. She accompanied him to Wisconsin and continued to preside over his home until her death in 1880. She was a most estimable lady, beloved by all who knew her. She had superior business tact and judgement and accumulated a large estate, most of which at her death went to brothers. She was very free with her means, however, and many might be found who could testify to her kindness and liberality. Mrs. Marcia Newman took her place in the home of our subject. She is the widow of Atwell Newman, a brother of Uriel, and was also a native of Onondaga County, New York, where the days of her maidenhood were passed. She was there married and in 1855 she and her husband came to Kenosha County, Wisconsin where Mr Newman engaged in farming until his death. They had one son, who enlisted for the late war. After a year of service was taken sick, and Mrs.Marcia Newman brought him home, but he died soon afterwards. Mrs. Newman continued to be the housekeeper for our subject for about six years and is now residing on her home farm in Somers Township. Mrs Mary A Harding now presides over the home of our subject, whose niece she is. Her father was Philo Newman. She was born in Onondaga County, and when a maiden of ten summers was brought by her father to Kenosha County. She gave her hand in marriage to Henry N. Harding, a native of New Brunswick, born at St. Johns. When a young man came to this country. He is a carpenter by trade, and now follows that business in Southern Kansas. Mrs. Harding is the mother of four children- Ellen wife of J. Barker, a resident of Julesburg, Colorado; Laura wife of Pitt W. Kent, a resident of Wier City Kansas; Minnie wife of Clinton Eaton, of California; and Philo, now a resident of New Orleans. She also lost three children- Charles a young man of excellent promise, was employed in the office of J.I. Case at the time of his death on May 9, 1889, at the age of sixteen years; Frank died at the age of twelve; and Eva died in 1870, aged three years. Mrs. Harding has an adopted daughter, Flora Tibbetts, a bright and lovely girl of seven summers. She is a lady having many friends in the Community and is held in warm regard by those who know her. Mr Newman has now been a resident of Kenosha County for forty- three years, during which time he has done much to advance its best interests. A man of unblemished character, he has lived an upright and honorable life, and in his closing years can look back over his past with no feeling of regret for lost opportunities. A few years since he suffered a stroke of paralysis, and about two years ago his eyesight failed to the extent that he is unable to read. His hearing is also greatly impaired. Long years of usefulness have won him high esteem and he is loved by a host of friends.
(Source:  Portrait and Biographical Album, Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin, Chicago, Lake City Publishing Co., 1892).

More About Uriel Newman
Uriel Newman, probably the oldest settler in Kenosha County, who for forty-nine years was a resident of Somers and who was the former Vice-president of the First National Bank, is dead. Mr Newman was born in Pompey Center, Onondaga County, New York, August 4, 1801, 95 years ago. Monday he passed peacefully away at his home in Somers leaving behind him more than the usual allotment of accumulated property and a name widely known in the business and social world. Just as the giant monarch of the forest, gnarled and broken, standing alone among the other members of his kind is a record not only of the years that have past, but a connecting link between this and forgotten generations, so Uriel Newman was a living witness of a great deal of that which passes with us for history. When he bought a half section of wild prairie land in Somers in 1849, not a farrow had been turned or an improvement made. Today it is one of the most valuable farms in the community. Mr Newman was married to Miss Sophia Cooley, Of Pompey, N.Y., in 1823, but was left a widower in 1827. He has only one son living, Benjamin Newman, a farmer at Eureka, Kansas. He was an able financial business operator and succeeded in accumulating a large amount of property. He has been connected to several banking institutions and is a director of the First National Bank. Largely he was self-educated. Several years ago was smitten with paralysis, but his death was mainly due to old age. The funeral services will be held at the Newman homestead Thursday afternoon, the interment to take place at Oakwood Cemetery, Somers.
(Source:  Kenosha Telegraph April 13, 1896)

Emily H. Newman, daughter of Urial and Sophia Newman

Emily H. Newman
Daughter of Uriel and Sopha Newman
Oakwood Cemetery
(Source:  Photo by Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson.  Copyright 2011)

About Dewitt Newman
Dewitt Newman
Oakwood Cemetery
(Source:  Photo by Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson.  Copyright 2011)

Lucien Dewitt Newman
Born June 28, 1845 in Pompey Center, Onondaga Co., New York
He died November 4, 1864 in Somers Township, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
He was the son of John Atwell Newman (brother of Uriel Newman) and Marsha Marsh Newman.
(Source: public records)

"Private in Company 1 of the 33rd Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers enlisted 25 Jan 1864 by Capt. J.M. Tillapaugh at Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a term of 3 years.  He was mustered in 25 Jan 1864 by Capt. Clark at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  His birthplace is recorded as New York and residence listed as Somers, Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Single, grey eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, 5'5" and occupation is farmer.
He joined his company 29 Feb 1864 near Hebron, Mississippi.  He was with the company during the Red River campaign and its battles in March and April 1864.  He was left in camp at Memphis on June 22, 1864.  The report noted he was left in the hospital at Cape Girardeau, Missouri on October 7, 1864, and subsequently discharged from service with a Surgeons Certificate of Disability on October 24, 1864 at Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
I am in possession of his discharged papers, and they state:  I certify, that I have carefully examined the said Lucien Dewitt Newman Private of Capt Carlton G.Stetson Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of soldier because of Epilepsy, with general disability from diarrhea.  From his own account and his appearance it is my opinion he was subject to and had epilepsy since childhood, therefore, prior to his enlistment, and also in my opinion he we will never be from them, and not fit for veteran reserve corps.  Singed Wm. A. Wilcox, Surgeon."
(Source:  State Archives of Wisconsin)

Harriet Newman
Harriet, wife of Philo Newman
Oakwood Cemetery
(Source:  Photo by Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson.  Copyright October 2011)

Amanda Greeman

Amanda Greenman
Housekeeper and Care Taker of Uriel Newman's Children
Died November 5, 1883
Oakwood Cemetery
(Source:  Photo by Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson.  Copyright October 2011)

More about Marsha Marsh Newman
"Mrs. Marcia Newman is having lumber drawn from the cars for her new barn."
(Source:  Racine Weekly Journal, May 24, 1898)

"Marcia M. Newman, a former pioneer resident of Somers, Kenosha County, died yesterday afternoon, at her home, 1622 Washington Avenue, aged 70 years.  Deceased was born in the state of New York and settled in Kenosha County in the year 1850, and was the widow of Atwell Newman.  She was very prominent in Church and W.C.T.U. circles, a devout Christian, and a good woman.  The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock and the interment will take place at Somers.  There survives one nice, Mrs. Fellows, of New York."
(Source:  Racine Weekly Journal, publication date August 21, 1907).

"The last will of the late Marcia M. Newman, of Somers, Kenosha County, was filed in the county court today.  She bequeaths to the trustees of the M.E. Church of Somers, the sum of $300 to keep in repair the family lot of John A. Newman, so long as the church shall exist, and then $150 of the amount goes to the Missionary society of Wisconsin; and $150 to the American Board of Commisioners of foreign missions; $800 to Miss Jennie S. Bowers of Somers; Marcia L. Bowers, a gold watch and chain; Marcia M. Main, $500; Charles D. Pratt, New York, $500; Seneca H. Newman, Racine and Ellen A Baker of Nebraska and Mrs. Mary Pratt of New York, each $500; the balance of her residue to Mary E. Fellows of New York.  Seneca H. Newman is named as executor."
(Source:  Racine Daily Journal, publication date August 27, 1907).

Cook, La Fayette

Mabel and Alma Irene Cook, daughters of Elliott Utley Cook (1849-1943) and Caroline Amelia Burgess Cook (1852-1933)
Mabel Cook married Jay Rhodes
Alma married Frank Joseph Biehn
(Source:  Photo and caption courtesy of Carolyn Biehn Caflisch)

Cook Family
Couple on the left:  Elliott Utley Cook and his wife Caroline Burgess.
The others are not identified.
These are postal card photos.
(Source:  Photo and caption courtesy of Carolyn Biehn Caflisch)

Caroline Burgess Cook and Elliott Utley Cook
(Source:  Photo and caption courtesy of Carolyn Biehn Caflisch)

Hattie C. Cook Wallace, daughter of Elliott Utley Cook and Harriet Clemons
Hattie C. Cook Wallace born 1872
(Source:  Photo and caption courtesy of Carolyn Biehn Caflisch)

LaFayette Cook
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Source of Photo: Larry & Linda Kopet, UWGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Bertha Cook, daughter of Elijah and Elvira Cook
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Source of Photo: Larry & Linda Kopet, UWGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Carrie and Elliott Cook
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Source of Photo: Larry & Linda Kopet, UWGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Elijah Cook
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Source of Photo: Larry & Linda Kopet, UWGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Elvira Cook, wife of Elijah Cook
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Source of Photo: Larry & Linda Kopet, UWGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Marcia Cook, daughter of Elijah and Elvira Cook
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Source of Photo: Larry & Linda Kopet, UWGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Emeretia Cook
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Source of Photo: Larry & Linda Kopet, UWGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Fritz W. Cook
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Source of Photo: Larry & Linda Kopet, UWGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

La Fayette Cook

"La Fayette Cook, who is engaged in general merchandising at Somers Station, Kenosha County, is one of the honored pioneers and representative citizens of that community.  A native of New York, he was born in Jefferson County, March 29, 1838.  His father, Elijah Cook, was also a native of New York, born in 1802, and his paternal grandfather was likewise born in the Empire State.  The latter also served as a soldier in the War of 1812.  He was a New York farmer and in the State of nativity grew to manhood.
Elijah Cook spent the days of his childhood under the parental roof and when he had attained to mature years wedded Elvira Utley, who was also a native of New York, and a daughter of Alva Utley, a substantial farmer of Jefferson County.  After his marriage Mr. Cook engaged in agricultural pursuits in that county for a number of years and in 1846 emigrated Westward, by way of the Erie Canal to Buffalo and thence by way of the Great Lakes to Milwaukee, where with his family he arrived on the 24th of May, in the midst of a big snow storm.  Although so late in the season snow fell to the depth of six inches.  With a sleigh Mr. Cook removed his family to Racine, and thence by wagon to Kenosha, where he began life in the West by cutting cord-wood.  The following year he rented a farm and as many hardships and trials were to be borne in those pioneer days it was some time before he could purchased land.  After several years, however, he had accumulated some earnings and bought a tract of eighty acres in the Town of Somers, which he improved and developed, making there a good home for his family.  It also continued to be his place of abode until his death, which occurred in 1886.  His wife survived him only about six weeks.  They were highly respected people and many friends mourned their loss.
Our subject is the second in order of birth in their family of three sons and two daughters.  The eldest, Martin V.B., grew to manhood and was married in this county, where he engaged in farming for a number of years.  He served for three years as a soldier during the late war and afterward removed to Racine, where he resided until his death.  Elliott N. is a resident farmer of the Town of Somers.  Marcia died at the age of eighteen, and Martha died when twenty-two years of age.
The first eight years of his life La Fayette Cook spent in his native State and then came with his parents to Kenosha County.  With its interests he has since been identified.  Among the wild scenes of pioneer life he was reared to manhood and his educational advantages were those afforded by the common schools of the neighborhood.  On the 1st of January, 1868, in Mt. Pleasant Township, Racine County, he led to the marriage altar Miss Emeretia Burgess, who was born in that county and is a daughter of Alonzo Burgess, one of the honored pioneers of Southeastern Wisconsin.  Their marriage was celebrated by the boys in the neighborhood with an old-fashioned charivari, a custom much in vogue at that day.  The young couple began their domestic life on the old homestead and the farm was occupied by our subject for a number of years.
In 1875, Mr. Cook removed to Somers Station and erected the first building of any kind in the now thrifty village.  A station had been located there but no depot built.  He built a small storeroom and a residence and became the first merchant of the place.  His stock was limited when he first embarked in the enterprise but his trade increased and in consequence his facilities were enlarged.  He also made an addition to the building and carried on the business successfully for thirteen years, when he sold out his stock and rented his buildings, removing to Palmyra, Wisconsin in order that his children might have better educational advantages.  While residing in that place he carried on the ice business for two years.  In 1890, he returned to Somers Station and is again engaged in general merchandising, having a good trade.
Mr. Cook also handles farm and dairy produce and grain and does quite a shipping business.  He was appointed Postmaster under President Cleveland's administration and served in that capacity for four years, proving an efficient officer.
To Mr. and Mrs. Cook have been born four daughters:  Gertie, a school teacher of recognized ability; Carrie, who is also well educated and teaches instrumental music; Alice likewise engaged in school teaching; and Lula, now attending school.  The mother and daughters are members of the Methodist Church.  While Mr. Cook is not a member he gives liberally of his means to the support of the church and to charitable and benevolent interests.  he is a friend to all social, moral and educational interest and the poor and needy never go empty handed from his door.
During the years 1863 and 1864, Mr. Cook was a Government employee in the Quartermaster's Department and was buying and shipping horses.  During this time he travelled over eleven of the Southern states.  Almost his entire life has been passed in Kenosha County, and he is now one of the well-known citizens who have the confidence and respect of all with whom he comes in contact."
(Source:  Portrait and Biographical Album of Racine and Kenosha Counties, Lake City Publishing Co., 1892, Chicago)

Cook Obituary
"La Fayette H. Cook died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Bullamore of Kenosha on Monday afternoon, September 7, 1914.  he was united in marriage to Emeretta Burgess.  Four daughters:  Mrs. Maurice L. Lieberof of Winnetka, Ill., Mrs. Charles F. Miller, Mrs. L.R. Fink, and Mrs. Charles H. Bullamore of Kenosha survive.  Also, one brother, Elliott Cook of Somers."
(Source:  Racine Journal Sept 14, 1914)

November 02, 2012


Note: More Longwell information on the Somers Pioneer History blog. Click on link at top of page.

Longwell House

Source:  Minnie Ozanne "My Memories" book

Hugh and Lettie Longwell
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Photo Source: Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Andrew J. Longwell, Son of Hugh Longwell
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Photo Source: Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

John Longwell
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin
(Photo Source:  Larry & Linda Kopet USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

"John Longwell, aged 77 years, formerly of Somers, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Drew in Racine, Tuesday. The funeral was held in Racine Friday morning. The remains were brought to Oakwood for interment."
(Source: Racine Daily April 15, 1901)

"Matt Rasmussen purchased the John Longwell farm, containing 60 acres."
(Source: Racine Daily April 10, 1901)