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The Firelands Pioneer Quarterly
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The Firelands Memorial Building
Norwalk, Ohio
Published at Norwalk, Ohio
The American Publishers Company.

New Series

Volume X

October 1897


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     SAMUEL ARMSTRONG died at the home of his brother-in law, W. H. Arthur, at Steuben, Monday afternoon, Feb. 15, 1897, at 6 o'clock, after a lingering illness.  He was 58 years old and leaves a wife, one daughter and two sons.

     DEACON W. S. BARNES of North Monroeville, Ohio, passed peacefully to his rest at 3:00 P. M. Wednesday, May 12, 1897.  Mr. Barnes was one of the Pioneer settlers in Northern Ohio, having settled at (Cook's Corners) North Monroeville in the early days of 1844.  He was born in St. Lawrence county, N. Y., Aug. 30, 1817, and at his death was in his eightieth year.  He spent the early years of his life in Gouverneur, N. Y., where, at the age of 23, in 1840, he was married to Miss Alma G. Hoyt.  In 1844 he and his wife emigrated from New York to Cook's Corners, O., where they established their home, raised their family, helped organize and build a church and blessed the community.  This couple lived happily together for more than fifty five years, until Mrs. Barnes' death a little more than a year ago.

     LAURA P. BARKER was born Oct. 13, 1836, in Ripley township, Huron county, Ohio, on the farm still known as the D. G. Barker farm.  She was the only daughter of D. G. and Eliza Barker.  She had three brothers, one of whom, Amos T. died in childhood.  Laura Barker was happily married to J. H. Donaldson Mar. 27, 1860, and soon after they made their home on the farm and in the house where the remainder of her life has been spent.  Her death occurred at the early hour of 1:10 Friday morning, Apr. 2, 1897, after a long and painful illness of heart disease induced by a severe attack of the grip.

     HANNAH THERESA BENEDICT was born in New Canaan, Conn., Aug. 22, 1846.  When two years of age, her father came to Ohio, settling first in Erie county, afterward removing to Huron county.  On Mar. 28, 1867, she was married to Judson Perrin.  She then came to Milan, where she has resided to the

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time of her death, which occurred on the morning of Dec. 22, 1896.  Besides her husband, she leaves one son and two daughters.

     MRS. JANE MORRISON BERKELEY, a devoted wife and mother, died Sunday afternoon, May 23, 1897, at her home at No. 17 Pearl street, Norwalk, at 3:20 o'clock.  She was born June 19, 1819, at Duanesburgh, Schenectady county, New York.  She was married June 30, 1850, to John H. BerkeleyMr. and Mrs. Berkeley came at once to Ohio and took up their residence at Brighton, Lorain county, where they resided for three years when they moved to Clarksfield, Huron county, where they lived eighteen years.  From Clarksfield they moved to Monroeville, where they lived until 1875, when they moved to Norwalk, where they have resided ever since.
     Five children were born to them, the oldest having died in infancy.  Four are still living: Watson H. and William J., of Norwalk, Newton F., of Sandusky, and John B. Berkeley, of Norwalk.

     PHILIP BOEHLER, Monroeville loses another Pioneer citizen in the death of Mr. Philip Boehler, which occurred Monday morning, May 31, 1897.  Mr. Boehler was one of the oldest and best known citizens of this section of Huron county.  He was held in high esteem, honored and respected, and his sudden death has cast a sad gloom over all.  Deceased was born in Kettern Schwalbach, Nassau, Germany, Nov. 7, 1823.  He came to America in 1849, and ever since has lived in Huron county, in the vicinity of Monroeville.  On Mar. 14, 1852, he was married to Margaret Seibel, who died June 22, 1883.  Six children was the result of this union—four boys and two girls, all of whom are still living—William, Henry, Philip, Otto, Minnie, wife of John P. Myer, and Louisa, wife of Chas. Heyman.  On Apr. 7, 1885, he took unto himself a second wife, who survives him.  In addition to his wife and six children he leaves a step-daughter— Emma Knobel, three sisters and twenty-three grandchildren.

     MRS. ELLEN BRADY, wife of Capt George F. Brady Sr., of Norwalk, died at 1:15 o'clock, Aug. 28, 1897, at her home on

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Whittlesey avenue.  The deceased was 69 years of age.  She was born in county Tyrone, Ireland, and came to America in early life.  For many years she has been a resident of Norwalk, where she has a large circle of warm and loving friends.  Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Martin Brady of San Francisco and George F. Brady, Jr. of Norwalk, and one daughter, Mrs. Doud of California.

     HARRIET BUCKINGHAM CLARK was born in Norwalk, Ohio, Mar. 31, 1832, and died at Salem, Oregon, Jan. 27, 1896.  She and her brother Henry crossed the plains to Oregon in 1851 with Capt. Hiram Smith and wife and was a member of the Buckeye camp.  In 1852 she was married to S. A. Clark at Portland, Oregon.

     ALBERT PALMER CUNNINGHAM was born Aug. 11, 1832, in Erie county, N. Y., and before he was a year old was brought with his parents to Clarksfield, where he resided until he was of full age in 1853, when he went to Champaign county, Illinois.  Here he maintained a home and reared a family.  He entered the army as a lieutenant in Co. B, 176 Ill. Infantry in 1862, where he served until disability compelled his resignation in 1864.  On Aug. 16, 1855, he was married in Clarksfield to Ophelia J. Seger, daughter of Albert R. Seger.  He died at Champaign, Ill., on Oct. 12, 1893, of a disease which had followed him from his army life.

     OPHELIA JANE SEGER, widow of A. P. Cunningham, was born at Norwalk, O., May 26, 1835, and spent her youth in Clarksfield, where she was married Aug. 16, 1855.  She died at her home in Champaign, Ill., June 23, 1896.

     HERMAN COLLMON was born in Baden, Germany, Aug. 28, 1832.  He served the usual time in the German army and then in spring of the year 1854, at the age of 22, came to America and located at Milan.  He was united in marriage with Miss Louisa King, of Huron, in 1855.  He enlisted in the 169th regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Sept. 12, 1864, and was discharged May 5, 1865, returning to Milan, where he resided until Sunday morning, Dec. 27, 1896.  A wife, six sons and one daughter survive him.

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     JOHN S. COPSEY, one of Norwalk's old and much esteemed citizens, died at his home on the state road at an early hour yes terday morning.  Mr. Copsey was born in England in 1820 and came to this country when he was 26 years of age.  He came almost immediately to Norwalk where he engaged at his trade as stone mason.  The deceased leaves a wife and two children, Louis Copsey and Mrs. Ida E. Ferris, all of this city.

     MATTHEW COSTELLO, an old and well-known resident of Norwalk, died at his home, 33 State street, at 2 o'clock June 15, 1897.  Mr. Costello was born in Kilkinney county, Ireland, but came to this country with his parents when but four years of age, and settled in Norwalk township.  About forty years ago he came to Norwalk and built his home on State street, where he has since resided.

     HOMER C. CLARY was born Dec. 25, 1825. on the home farm in Ridgefield township, Huron county O., where he died May 25, 1897, being therefore 71 years and 5 months old.  He was the son of Daniel Clary and Mary Wilcox Clary, who came to Ohio from New York state in 1817, and were both “Fire lands Pioneers.”  He was married to Laura Humphreys Oct. 17, 1850, who was the daughter of Decius Humphreys and Laura Adams Humphreys, who came from Connecticut in 1843, and arrived in Monroeville June 1st of that year.  They were relatives of Col. David Humphreys, Gen. Geo. Washington's private secretary and staff officer.  Mr. and Mrs. Clary have always resided on the farm purchased by Daniel Clary of Major David Underhill.

     MARY A. DRIVER was born Mar. 8, 1827, in Howard county, Maryland, and came to Erie county, Ohio, six years later.  In 1856 she was married to James Fisher, the fruits of this union being four daughters and one son, all now living.  Mr. Albora Bartlett, who lives in Huron, O.; Alice Hill and Mrs. Nellie Richardson, both of whom live in Michigan; E. W. Fisher, who is in business in Cleveland, O., and Mrs. Lucy Hart of East Norwalk, at whose home the deceased spent her declining years.

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     EPHRAIM EASLEY, a well known colored citizen of Norwalk, died Mar. 30, 1897.  He was born in Henry county, Kentucky, Oct. 10, 1839, and was over 57 years of age.  He enlisted in Company K. 88th regiment, colored infantry Sept. 1, 1864, when 25 years of age and remained till the close of the rebellion.
      He came to Norwalk in 1862, having in the early part of that year a very exciting escape from slavery.  When a young man in his teens he was sold, with the other members of his family to Mrs. McPike, of Palmyra, Mo., a daughter of his former owner in Kentucky and in the early part of 1862 he and a number of other colored men made their escape and started for the free state of Ohio.  Their departure was soon noticed and a squad of white men started in hot pursuit overtaking the fugitives on a bridge over a stream near the eastern part of Missouri.  Both parties were armed and a battle ensued and number of white men as well as colored men were killed.  Easley however succeeded in escaping and came directly to Norwalk, which has ever since been his home.  On the fourth of July 1886, he lost his arm by the premature discharge of a cannon at a G. A. R. meeting in New London, his eyesight also being partially destroyed at the same time.

     MRS. LUCY DEMING FULLER.  widow of the late S. B. Fuller, of Norwalk, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. W. Rose, in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1897.  She was a daughter of the late Amos Deming, a prominent resident of Bronson township, this county.  She was born in Avon, Livingston county, New York, Apr. 20, 1827, and came with her parents to Ohio in 1832, residing on her father's farm in Bronson township for a number of years.  She was married May 1, 1849, to Mr. Fuller, and was a resident of Prospect street for over forty-six years.  Three daughters were born to her, only one of whom, Mrs. G. W. Rose, survives her.  Five sisters and one brother are living, as follows: Mrs. L. E. Squire, of Cleveland; Mrs. Mary Buell, of Albert Lea, Minn.; Amos Deming, Jr., of Saugatuck, Mich.; Mrs. I. T. Ray, of Norwalk; Mrs. Matilda Johnson, of Milwaukee, Wis.; Mrs. Hattie E. Lamk, of Rock Falls, Ill.

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     MRS. ANA MARIA FINN, died at Elyria, Friday, Nov. 27, 1896, aged eighty-two years and ten months.  She was the daughter of Dr. Benjamin A. Joslin and wife, of Troy, New York, and was married to John R. Finn, of Buffalo, Feb. 21, 1836, and came to Norwalk the September following, where Mr. Finn was cashier of the Bank of Norwalk and afterwards its president.  They remained in Norwalk until the spring of 1846, when the affairs of the bank were closed up when they removed to Painesville, Mr. Finn accepting the cashiership of the Bank of Geauga.  In 1849 they removed to Sandusky, where Mr. Finn was treasurer of the Mad River and Lake Erie Rail Road Co. for one year, removing then to Elyria where he was cashier of the branch of the State Bank, and afterwards vice president of the State Bank of Ohio until it closed its business.  Mrs. Finn was the sister of Mrs. John Gardiner and of Augustus Joslin, of this city.  She leaves one son, John L. Finn.

     MRS. LAURA ANN FRENCH died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Beckwith in Fostoria, O., at noon, May 27, 1897, aged 78 years, 10 months and 23 days.  Mrs. French was for many years a resident of Wakeman and the widow of Erastus French.

     HENRY GEROW, , an old resident of Townsend township, died Dec. 7, 1896.  Mr. Gerow was born in New York city, Nov. 24, 1822, and had just passed his 74th birthday.  When a lad of but eleven years, he came with his parents to this state and they settled upon the farm where he has ever since resided.  He married a Miss Thompson, who with one son, Wallace, and one daughter, Lucy, survive him.

     MRS. DUCKWORTH HARGRAVES, aged 77 years, died at her home on Corwin street, Norwalk, O., Mar. 26, 1897.  The deceased was a native of North Oswald-Twistle, Lancashire, England, and came with her husband to this country in 1849.  Mr. and Mrs. Hargraves settled at Milan, Erie county, where they lived for a few years, going from lhere to Mt. Vernon.  While at the latter place, Mr. Hargraves enlisted and served throughout the war.  Upon his return from the field in 1865, another change of residence was made and the worthy couple became residents of Norwalk.  Besides her husband, who is an

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invalid, the deceased is survived by three children, one son, Wil liam, of Allentown, Pa., and two daughters, Mrs. Alice Morehouse of this city, and Miss Selina, who lives at home.

     DR. SIDNEY P. HILDRETH died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 25, 1897.  Dr. Hildreth, who was one of the best known men in Norwalk, was born in Ulysses, Tompkins county, New York, Nov. 17, 1822.  When about twenty years of age he moved with his parents to Ohio, settling on a farm in Fairfield township, this county.
     The Doctor while a lad was of a very thoughtful and studious nature and acquired a good education.  He took up the study of medicine and when a young man graduated from a Cleveland medical college.  He did not follow the practice of medicine very long, having formed a liking for dentistry and in after years became one of the most expert and skillful dentists in the country, following his chosen profession until about a year ago when the disease, which ended his life, had assumed a serious type.
     The Doctor practiced dentistry in Mansfield for a while when he went to Franklin, Tennessee, where he formed a partnership with Dr. Cliff, who also went from Mansfield.  At the latter place Dr. Hildreth had a large practice and was one of the prominent business men of that city.  In connection with his regular business of dentistry he entered the editorial ranks, and for a year or more wrote the leading editorials of one of the lead ing papers of Franklin.
     While a resident of Franklin he formed the acquaintance of a Miss Mary Field, whom he afterwards married.  The two resided in Franklin until the early years of the war when they moved from that place to Mount Vernon, Ohio, where they lived until they moved to Norwalk about the year 1868.  The wife to whom the Doctor was devotedly attached, died in this city Mar. 1, 1885, in the house where the Doctor has just died.
     The Doctor was always a public spirited citizen and occupied positions of trust and honor, such as mayor, waterworks trustee, member of the board of education and township trustee, and he was honest and faithful to them all.
     Dr. Hildreth was a man of many natural gifts and attain ments, and a great student of nature.  His mind was intellect-

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ually bent and he was a great reader of scientific works, so much so that he was often consulted as a person of authority on many subjects. As a lover of fruits and flowers no man in Norwalk was his equal.  As a friend to the poor and destitute no person in our city had a more open heart, and his charities, though boundless, were given often without display or ostentation.  As a kind and thoughtful neighbor, he was loved by everybody who knew him.  The place that he filled in the hearts and memories of Norwalk people will take many years to fill.  His home and his garden, adorned with many fruits and flowers with the per fume of many odors and beautiful with many colors, were fre quented by many visitors to whom the genial and learned Doctor always extended a hearty welcome, and who never departed empty handed, but carried away with them mementoes of the place, and of his thoughtful generosity.


     ABRAM D. JENNEY was born at Acushnet, near Fair Haven, Mass., May 19, 1813, the son of John and Catherine Jenney.  At an early age he came with the family to Scipio, in the western part of New York, and from there to Greenwich township, Huron county in 1824.  He is the youngest of ten children, four of whom were boys.  His brothers were Benjamin, Obediah and Mordeai, all of whom became well known in the vicinity where they resided.  Obediah was for a long time a resident of Norwalk.  Abram and Benjamin lived in Greenwich, where they have been leading members of the Friends church, and influential and highly respected citizens.  In 1841 Abraham married Sallie A., daughter of Henry Griffin, of Fitchville township.  Her death occurred in 1895.

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     MRS. JULIA B. JACKSON died at her home at Monroeville Thursday morning, Oct. 8, 1896, at 6 o'clock, after a lingering illness with a complication of diseases.  Her age was 72 years.  Deceased was the wife of the late William R. Jackson who was a brigade quartermaster of the Third Ohio Cavalry during the late war, and whose death occurred in 1877.  She was born in Norwalk, but early in life moved to Monroeville, where she has since resided.  She leaves three children to mourn her loss, Theodore W. of St. Augustine, Fla., Mrs. E. O. Friend of Norwalk, and Mrs Walter Brown of Monroeville.  She was a sister of Theo. Williams and Mrs. B. A. Gardiner of Norwalk.

     MRS. SALLIE VALLEN KEISER was born at North Hampton, Summit county, O., Aug. 27, 1821, and was married to Enos Keiser at Akron, Dec. 21, 1839, and died at Norwalk July 5, 1897.  The deceased had been in poor health for several years and for the past three months has been confined to her bed.  Although she suffered continually, yet she bore it all patiently, happy at being with her children, whom she loved devotedly, and who, in turn, were unceasing in their attentions to her.

     MRS. DINA KNAPP, relict of J. D. Knapp, died Thursday evening, June 10, 1897, at ten o'clock, at her old home.  Mrs. Knapp was born in Sophronia, Cayuga county, New York, in 1810, and came to Ohio, soon after, coming through Milan when an Indian wigwam was all the building there and a log house all the building in the locality where Norwalk city now numbers its thousands of inhabitants.

     PICKETT E. LATIMER of North Linwood avenue, Norwalk, died at his home Dec. 22, 1896.  Mr. Latimer was a descend ant of one of Norwalk's pioneer citizens.  His father, the late Pickett Latimer, came to this county from Connecticut, and was one of the first who settled the land upon which this city now stands.  The old homestead occupied the present site of Gardiner's Music Hall, and there the deceased was born Oct. 13, 1834.  Mr. Latimer was educated in the schools of Norwalk, spent his youth and young manhood in this city, marrying in 1886, Apr. 28, Miss Myrtle E. Watkins, also of this city.  Mr.

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Latimer is survived by his wife and two sisters, Mrs. T. H. Morse of Cleveland, and Mrs. R. E. Hallock, of Boise City, Idaho.



     JAMES CANNON LOCKWOOD, was born Nov 14, 1814, at Norwalk, Conn., and came with his parents to Ohio and settled on the old state road eighty rods north of Allings Corners, at Norwalk, in 1818, and the next year moved into Milan.  At the age of 14 he went into the employ of Nathan Jenkins as clerk in dry goods and general supply store, and at 21 bought him out, and always remained in that business.  In December, 1835, he was married to Louise Choate, daughter of George W. Choate, who was a noble woman, and they both took an active interest in all that pertained to Milan's welfare.  She died in June, 1876.  About that time he became interested in vessel property and was active in that until his death.  He also established a bank known as "The Milan Banking Co."  He married his second wife, Mrs. Mary Van Norman, in August 1880.  His death occurred Nov. 27, 1890, at the age of 76, leaving his widow and one son, Jay, surviving him.

     MRS. A. P. MOWRY died at the family residence on Seminary street, Milan, O., on Friday, Mar. 12, 1897, at 12:30 o'clock,

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aged 82 years, – months, and 4 days.  Betsey M. Adams was a daughter of Seth Adams, one of the pioneers of Milan township, and was born at Smithfield, N. Y., Apr. 8, 1814.  She came with her parents to Milan at an early date and was united in marriage with A. P. Mowry at Huron, Dec. 31, 1838, by Rev. Everton Judson, first pastor of the Presbyterian church of this place.  She was a consistent member of such church from its organization to the time of her death.

     DAVID McGUCKIN died Dec. 3, 1896.  The deceased was born in Townsend in September, 1840, and at the outbreak of the war he enlisted in Co. B, 55th O. V. V. I.  While in the service he was taken ill with pneumonia and was sent home.  Upon recovering his health he enlisted in the 25th, O. V. V. I. and was promoted to Lieutenant in his company.  At the close of the war he was married to Miss Mary Amsdell, who with three daughters and one son survives him.  The children are Mrs. F. B. Cole, Misses Carrie and Myrtle, and Philip McGuckin, all of this city.  He also leaves two brothers, James and Emmett McGuckin, of Norwalk, and three sisters, Mrs. Alice Templar, of Norwalk, Mrs. Levi Thomas, of Hartland and Mrs. James Palmer, of Toledo.

     ORLANDO T. MINARD, died Jan. 26, 1897.  The deceased was born in Connecticut, May 10, 1822.  In 1831 he came to Ohio with his parents settling in Erie county.  Up to 1883 he resided on West Main street, but in that year he purchased the fine property on Benedict avenue, where he has ever since resided.  In 1880 he was elected mayor of Norwalk and was re-elected in 1882.  The people of this city have also honored him on numerous occasions by electing him to other local offices, all of which he filled ably and well.  Mr. Minard was married Oct. 31, 1850 to Miss Emily Chandler, of Florence township, who survives him.  No children were born of this union, but three children of others, left parentless, found with them a home of kindness.

     H. P. NELSON, of Bronson township, one of the most prom inent farmers in Huron county, died Saturday afternoon, May 15, 1897, at his home on the Old State road, aged 69 years.  He had

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been in poor health for some time, but his condition was not considered alarming until very recently.  The deceased was born in Peru township in 1828 and had always made his home in this county.  He was a brother of Mrs. B. Nyman, of Norwalk.

     MRS HARRIET P. OSBORN died Nov. 16, 1896.  The deceased was one of the most highly respected and most beloved ladies of Norwalk.  She was ever foremost in all charitable and temperance work, and her advice and help will be greatly missed by her associates and co-laborers in all good works.  The deceased was born in Tompkins county, New York, Mar. 1st 1826, and there she was married in 1850 to the late Wakeman O. Osborn.  The young couple came at once to North Fairfield, Huron county, where they resided until 1863, when they moved to Norwalk.  They lived for many years on their farm on Washington street, but in 1882 they moved into the city, where Mr. Osborn died in September 1887.  The deceased leaves three children: Frank Osborn, of Howard, Kansas; Mrs. Heber Hanford, of Duluth, Minn; and Charles Osborn, also of Howard, Kansas, all of whom were present at the time of her death.

     JOHN R. OSBORN, one of the oldest pioneer attorneys and residents of Lucas county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B. E. Bullock, 1018 Huron Street, yesterday afternoon, July 5, 1897.  The deceased was born at Columbus, O., Apr. 1, 1813.  He was the son of Ralph Osborn, who for twenty years was auditor of the state.  Mr. Osborn removed to Toledo in 1837, and at once entered into a law partnership with Judge Tilden, under the name of Tilden & Osborn.  He remained in Toledo for five or six years, when he removed to Norwalk, taking up his practice in that city.  He came back to Toledo in 1857 and accepted a position with the Wabash railway and also officiated as attorney for the road.  In 1891 he retired from the position and has since that time been in declining health.  His wife died in this city in 1884.  The deceased leaves six children to mourn their loss, two sons and four daughters.  During Mr. Osborn's residence in Norwalk he was one of the town's foremost and most energetic citizens and one of the most popular men in Huron county.  He was a man of great ability and fine attainments and he built up a large and lucrative law practice.  In the late 40's and early 50's
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he was the political editor of the Reflector, and his strong and vigorous editorials are still well remembered by our older readers.

     MINOT PIERCE of Wakeman was killed by a Lake Shore & Michigan Southern train at the railway crossing near the resi dence of William Perrin, a mile and a half east of this city, Dec. 31, 1896.  Mr. Pierce was, perhaps, the best known and wealthiest farmer in Wakeman township.  Eighty years ago, Ainile Platt Pierce, a sturdy New England farmer, together with his brave wife and two little sons, of whom Minot was the youngest, a lad of three years, left their home in Southburg, Conn., to rear for themselves a home in what was then the wilderness of the west.  After a long and tedious journey, during which they suffered many privations and escaped many dangers, the little family which had traversed the whole distance in an ox-cart, arrived at what was then an unbroken forest scarcely even explored.  There they found one white man had already taken up his abode and there the Pierces concluded to make their future home.  The second settler in that place, Mr. Pierce set industriously to work, building his primitive log habitation and clearing the necessary land to cultivate for his family's sustenance.  With rare foresight he preempted a large tract of the land which, in later years, became a valuable holding.  Mr. Pierce was the last of the original pioneers of Wakeman township and is survived by four children—Mrs. Sarah Baldwin of Syracuse, N. Y., Mrs. Mary Breckenridge of Oklahoma, Stanley Pierce of this city, and Elmer Pierce, who resides at home.

     CHARLES H. PATRICK died Sunday evening, Jan. 10, 1897, at 3:15 at the residence of Mrs. S. J. Patrick.  The deceased was born at Lyons, N. Y., Feb. 15, 1881, and came to Nor walk with his parents in 1834, and ever since has made this his home except 11 years spent in California, from 1849 to 1860.  He crossed the plains to that country with his brother, D. R. Patrick, at the breaking out of the gold excitement.  Shortly after his return to Norwalk he engaged in the furniture business with F. H. Boalt under the firm name of Patrick & Boalt, in the building now occupied by F. B. Case's tobacco factory.

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     Later he entered the employ of The Peters Clothing com pany, in their Bellevue store, and was afterward manager of their store at Port Clinton.  Returning to Norwalk he became clerk at the St. Charles hotel, which position he occupied at the time of His illness.

     MRS. MARY A PATCH, a pioneer resident of Huron connty, died at her home in Clarksfield, Tuesday afternoon at 5 o'clock, April —, 1897.  The deceased was the widow of the late William A. Patch, and was one of Clarksfield's very earliest settlers. Several years ago she sustained a severe fall, from the effects of which she never fully recovered.  She leaves one son, Thomas B. Patch, of Clarksfield, and two daughters, Mrs. Libbie Bunce also of that place, and Mrs. A. R. Wildman, of Cleveland.  The deceased was an aunt of Judge S. A. Wildman, Mrs. C. P. Wickham and Mrs. J. Q. Adams, of this city.

     MISS SARAH A. PERRY was born at Goshen, Orange Co., N. Y., Apr. 19, 1824.  She died June 21, 1897, aged 73 years, 2 months, and 2 days.  She came to Ohio with her parents in 1832 and settled on the farm in Peru township now owned and occupied by her brother, C. O. H. Perry, where she has been a continuous resident for more than 65 years.

     PETER J. REMLINGER was born in Edenberg Canton Rovahbach, Department D. E., LaMoselle, France, Aug. 16, 1840.  He came with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian Remlinger, to America, in 1847, and settled in Richland county; where they resided but a short time when they came to Milan.
     Mr. Remlinger was for several years a clerk in the store of J, C. Lockwood, of Milan, afterwards a partner with James H. Rule in the grocery business, in Norwalk, in which township he has since resided ; most of the time as a farmer.
     In October, 1862, he was united in marriage with Miss Christine Edwards, of Norwalk, who, with eight children, survive him; two children, a son and a daughter preceded him.

     MRS. MARY WRIGHT-RANSOM.  A distressing accident occurred _____, 189_, in Perkins township, which resulted in

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the instant death of Mrs. Mary Wright-Ransom, one of the pioneer residents of that township.  Mrs. Ransom, who was eighty years of age, started to go to the cellar of her residence and missed her footing and fell to the foot of the stairway, striking in such a manner that her neck was broken.   The deceased was the mother of De Los C. Ransom, a well-known retired capitalist of Sandusky.

     MRS. JOHN F. RANDOLPH.  The large circle of friends and acquaintances of Mrs. John F. Randolph, Jr., will be pained to learn of her death, which occurred at 2:35 o'clock Oct. 9, 1896, after a long illness, at her home on the Old State road.  The deceased was a daughter of Philo Comstock, one of the pioneer settlers of Huron county.  She was married to Capt. John F. Randolph, Sept. 29, 1862, and for a number of years, when Capt. Randolph was recorder of the county, resided in this city.  She was a lady of rare beauty of character, a devout christian, a kind neighbor and devoted friend, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  Besides her husband, she leaves two children, a son living in Boston, and a daughter, Miss May Randolph, and other near relatives.  She was a grandaughter of Nathan S. Comstock, the first white settler of Norwalk township.

     JOHN RAY, SR., was born at Glenmorning, Tyron county, North of Ireland, Nov. 25, 1827, and died Oct. —, 1896.  He was of Scotch-Irish parentage.  When about six years of age he removed with his parents to Cornwall, Canada, where he received his early education.  About nine years later he removed to Burlington, Vermont.  He served two years as an apprentice merchant tailor.  At the age of eighteen he enlisted as a volunteer in the Mexican war.  He was transferred to Governor's Island, New York, where he was drilled for service.  He sailed with Gen. Taylor's army to Matamoras, Mexico, where he took part in the first battle on the plains of Palo Alto, on the banks of the Rio Grande.  He participated in every subsequent battle of the campaign on the Rio Grande. After the campaign there he was transferred with Gen. Taylor's troops to Gen. Scot, who landed his army at Vera Cruz, Mar. 29, 1847.  He took an active part in the bombardment of that city, after which the army took

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up its triumphant march to the City of Mexico.  He participated in every battle up to the storming of the castle of Chapultepec and was with the army to enter the City of Mexico, the capture of which city ended the war.  Mr. Ray had been a member of Capt. James Duncan's battery, which fired the salute when the Mexican colors were lowered and the American flag raised over the place of Montezumas.  He afterward enlisted as a private in Co. A, Second Regiment, United States artillery, and was honorably discharged from service on teh12th of October, 1848.  He then returned to his former home at Burlington, Vt., when he learned the trade of milling, which he followed for some time.  Later he went to Perth county, Ont., and on the 11th of November, 1851, he married Mary Jane Henderson, of which union eight children were born - two sons and six daughters.  He was engaged in farming, having purchased 200 acres of wood land.  He united with the Presbyterian church in Perth county in 1856.  He afterward moved to Monroeville, Ohio, and two years later he came to Erie county, where he has since resided.  He took up farming here, whihc he followed up to the time of his death.


     FRANKLIN D. READ was the first white child born in Huron county, which event occurred April 25, 1812, in what is now Greenfield township, of which his father, Hanson Read, was one of the first, if not the first settler.  He married Miss Melvina Fitzgerald, a native of New York state, May 6, 1834 and they reared five children.  In his youth he learned the trade of a stone mason, though nearly, or quite his entire life was spent as a farmer.  In the early days when wild game abounded, he gained considerable fame as a hunter, and his ability

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as a naturalist was widely recognized.   He died Aug. 13, 1891, at Norwalk, Ohio.

     MRS. ELLEN SUTCLIFFE.  Our community was terribly shocked on nonday morning Dec. 14, 1896, upon learning of the deth of one of our oldest poineers - Mrs. Ellen Sutcliffe, who was struck by the 8:30 o'clock B. & O. passenger train and instantly killed.
     Deceased was born in Middleham, England, May 14, 1810, came to this country in 1833, and in 1834 was married to Matthew Clark.  Four children was the result of this union, only one of whom, Thomas Clark, is now living.  The husband was accidentally killed in a grain elevator at Monroeville, in 1847.

     MRS. AURA K. SIMMONS, widow of the late Hon. Chas. B. Simmons, of North Fairfield, and mother of Dr. Sherman E. Simmons, of Norwalk, who had been in feeble health for several months, died Friday afternoon, February 19, at the home of her son, in this city.  Mrs. Simmons, who was the daughter of George and Mary Palmer, and the last remaining member of her immediate family, was born in Ashland, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1820.  In her younger days she was engaged in educational work and taught school in various parts of Huron and Richland counties.  It was at New Haven, this county, while in charge of the schools at that place, that Miss Palmer met and married Charles B. Simmons, a prominent and wealthy farmer of Greenfield township, in 1852.  In 1876 Mr. and Mrs. Simmons, with their son Sherman, moved to North Fairfield.  Mr. Simmons died at that place in 1896 when Mrs. Simmons moved to Norwalk to reside with her son.

     ELIZA WILES STRUTTON, wife of Louis D. Strutton, died Aug. 18, 1897, at the family home on North Pleasant street.  The deceased was born in London, England, July 17, 1825, and on Dec. 19, 1846, she was married to Mr. Louis D. Strutton in Lambeth parish, London.  Three years later Mr. and Mrs. Strutton came to America and settled in Norwalk, which has ever since been their home.  There were born to them four sons and four daughters.

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     HIRAM PEREZ STARR was born at Birmingham, Erie county, Ohio, on Oct. 10, 1822, where he died on May 12, 1897.  Through most of the last half century he was one of the most prominent and influential citizens of that place, representing it in many offices and trusts, evincing the general confidence in his business qualifications and personal integrity.  He served the county for a long time as one of its infirmary directors and was vice president and director of the  Firelands Historical Society.  For many years he was Master of Gibson Lodge No. 301 of Masons and one of its main fraternal pillars.  He was president of the board of educaiton and always zealous in promoting the interests of the public schools.  His strong home attachments were shown by the remarkable fact, that he spent his wole life and died where he was born at the old homestead in which he welcomed the old Pioneers of the Firelands at one of their public meetings several years ago.  He was father of P. H. Starr of this city.  In all the organized associations and enterprises for the public good, which his presence and efforts have so often cheered and sustained, his absence will be deplored.

     MRS. JOSEPH STRAYER died at the family home on Orchard street, Bellevue, Tuesday morning, Oct. 27, 1894, at 6 o'clock, aged 57 years, 7 monghs and 11 days.  Mary Jane Crouse, daughter of Peter and Rebecca Crouse, was born Mar. 16, 1839, at Brush Valley, Center county, Pa., and with her parents came to Ohio in the summer of 1847.  Jan. 14, 1858, she was united in marriage with Joseph Strayer, the husband who now survives her.  To this union were born eight children, three sons and five daughters, of whom six survive.

     NATHAN GOULD SHERMAN died Nov. 8, 1896, at his home in Norwalk, Ohio, in the 87th year of age.  Mr. Sherman was one of the very oldest residents of the Firelands.  He was born in Woodbury, Litchfield county, Conn., Aug. 28, 1810.  He came overland with his parents at the age of 12 from New England to the new home in Wakeman, Huron county, Ohio, where Justin, the father of N. G. Sherman lived until his death in 1865.  He was a merchant farmer and has left us some interesting notes in his journal, viz.:  "I started from South

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Britain, Conn., Aug. 22, 1822, and arrived in Wakeman, Sept. 14, 1822."  "Fruit trees set out Apr. 15, 1823."   "Barn raised May 24, 1823."  "Saw mill raised on Chappelle creek, 1824."  "Cider mill raised Sept. 11, 1824."  "House raised May 9, 1827, abandoning log house."  "store raise May 11, 1839."  "Saw mill raised on Brandy creek Sept. 10, 1842."  Mr. N. G. Sherman was very early identified with one of Norwalk's institutions, for we find in a catalogue of the Norwalk academy for 1829 that his name appears as an assistant under Mr. John Kennan, principal.  In 1832 he was a young merchant in the flourishing village of Vermillion, which place was laid out by him and Ebenezer Warner.  About this time Jessup W. Scott was publishing at Florence, Erie county, a semi-weekly paper called "The Ohio and Michigan Register and Emigrants' Guide,"  and Mr. Sherman undertook on foot a trip to Connecticut in the interests of Mr. Scott's paper.  His route passed through Buffalo and Utica and his journal contains an exceedingly interesting account of the journey, during which he secured 252 subscribers to the Register and Guide.  In 1835 he was in the mercantile business at Florence with his father under the firm name J. Sherman & Son.  A little later the firm became Sherman & Pierce, his father having retired form the firm.  It was about this time that the Ohio railroad company was organized and the road was nearly finished from Vermillion to Ashland through Florence and Wakeman.  From 1855 to 1865 he moved to Norwalk, where he has since resided.  His first vote was for Henry lay in 1832 and he ahs voted for every Whit and Republican presidential candidate since.  On the 9th of November, 1896 he wrote to Governor McKinley:  "I now have one vote in reserve for you."  Great was his disappointment when he realized he could not cast it but he ordered out the flag on "Flag Day" and lived to hear of the Republican victory.  Mr. Sherman was one of the early directors of the Wheeling and Lake Erie railway and to him belongs much of the credit for the construction of same.  For a number of years he was also director and acting president of the First National bank.  By his first wife, Elizabeth Otis, of Berlin, who died in 1881, he had four

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children - Dora, who died in 1873; Otis, who died in 1877.  His second wife, Hattie Phillips, son of Walter G., and daughter Mary, wife of Birchard A. Hayes, survive him.

     MR. GILES SCOTT, a well known resident of Clarksfield, O., who came to Norwalk two weeks ago for medical treatment, died on Wednesday morning July 14, 1897, at 3 o'clock, at the home of his son in law, C P. Ronk, No. 9 Foster avenue, aged 69 years.  Mr. Scott had been a resident of Clarksfield sixty years, having moved to that place when he was nine years of age.  He was one of the pioneer farmers of that township and was a man highly respected by all who knew him.

     MRS. FANNY SMITH, an aged and respected resident of this city and the wife of Hiram Smith, died at her home 57 Cline street, at 6 o'clock last evening, June 26, 1897.  Mrs. Smith was 72 years of age.  She was born in Clarksfield township, Ohio, and was the daughter of Levi Barnum, one of the early settlers of that place.  Aug. 10, 1854, she married Mr. Smith and has since resided in Norwalk, her husband having been for 35 years a superintendent of waterworkds for the Lake Shore Ry.

     MRS. MARIA STRATTON.  A dispatch announces the death of Mrs. Maria Stratton, aged 85 years, at the home of her son, Colonel H. G. Stratton, in Spokane, Washington.  Mrs. Stratton was the daughter of Hon. Elisha Whittlesey, years ago a congressman from this district, and subsequently comptroller of the currency.  Elisha Whittlesey and Platt Benedict were the founders of the city of Norwalk, having purchased the land upon which the ity of Norwalk having purchased and land upon which the city is located in 1815 and in the following year Platt Benedict erected the first house here.  To the far sightedness of these two patriarchs are the thanks of the people due for the rows of stately maples which adorn Main street.  In honor of Mr. Whittlesey were the Whittlesey building and Whttlesey avenue named and Benedict avenue was named in honor of Mr. Benedict.

     SAMUEL SHERMAN was born in the state of Vermont, in 1778.  He came to Huron county, Ohio, in 1817.  In 1820 he was married to Miss Polly Barbour, a native of Delaware, who

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came to this county in 1818, when 19 years of age.  Their first home was in Townsend.  It was a log cabin in the woods, and contained only one room, 14 feet square.  It was not only the kitchen, bed-room and parlor, but also a miniature factory - for here stood the old fashioned loom and spinning wheel, on which she spun the wool and wove the cloth from which their clothing was made.  In the construction of this house there was nothing


of iron, not even a nail, and no sword board or timber.  The woods around the home abounded in bears, wolves, deer and other wild animals, and less than a mile distant was an Indian camp.  In 1831 they removed to their home on the Medina road, two and a half miles east of Norwalk.  Here Mr. Sherman died in 1880, and Mrs. Sherman in 1888.  They were both, from their youth, esteemed members of the Baptist church.  There were born to them seven children, only two of whom are now living: Mrs. Harriet Roberts, widow of Warren D. Roberts, and Mrs. Lucy S., wife of Rev. G. E. Leonard, D. D.

     CHRISTOPHER STRIMPLE died at the home of his youngest daughter, Mrs. N. Z. Tanner in Greenwich, O., Feb. 28, 1897,

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aged 89 years, 8 months and two days.  Having been born in Huntendon County N. J., June 30, 1807, was married to Mrs. Ann Stout Apr. 14, 1832.  In 1835 he with his young wife and one child left his native state crossing the Allegheny mountains and journeying to the then far wilderness west in a one horse wagon, reached Greenfield township Huron county Ohio, in the fall of 1835, where he removed to Ripley township, upona wild tract of land which he converted into a beautiful home, lying three fourths of a mile south of the Center of Ripley.  They worked together, the trials and hardships of life incident to a new country seeing it rapidly changing from a whil and dreary wilderness to a land of beautiful homes, until Apr. 29, 1873 his companion in the lonely journey west and their early hardships was called from labor to her rest at the age of 64.  To them were born five children, one son, Mr. Stacy Strimple of Shiloh and four daughters, Mary now wife of Wm. Burge of New Haven, Martha J. wife of S. P. Dickey died Feb. 28, 1888, aged 49, Letitia wife of N. Z. Tanner of Greenwich.

     MRS. LAURA TURNER died at Havana, Ohio, May 28, 1897, in her 73d year.  For 60 years she had been a memer of the Baptist church.  She leaves one child, a daughter, three grandchildren, with numerous relatives and friends.

     JUSTUS TITUS a pioneer resident of Kelley's Island, died at his home on that island Jan. 20, 1897 in the eightieth year of his age.

     SAWYER P. TOWNE.  It wa with deep regret that the people of thi city learned of the death of Sawyer P. Towne, which occurred (Wednesday) morning July 7, 1897, at 2 o'clock, at his home on Milan street, after a long illness with stomach trouble.  The deceased was well known to the people of this city and vicinity and was exceedingly popular with all classes.  He was born in Canandaigua, N. Y., July 8, 1826.  He came to Ohio in 1846.

     MRS. CHARLOTTE WATSON widow of Richard T. Watson, died Thursday evening June 3, 1897, at 8:30 o'clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. Stoutenburgh.  Besides her parents, her two daughters, Mrs. Lida and Charlotte Watson and

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her son George Watson,  she leaves three sisters, Mrs. Parmelial Anderson and Mrs. Sarah Ward, of New York and Mrs. Mary Stoutenburgh, of Norwalk.  Mrs. Watson was about 52 years of age and was married 29 years ago to Richard T. Watson, then a dry goods merchant in Norwalk.  A year later she moved with her husband to Salina, Kansas, where she made her home until after her husband's death and until about four years ago, when she came to Norwalk with her children as stated.  She had many friends who have sympathized with her through her long illness and who mourn her death.

     MR. JOHN WILHELM died Nov. 6, 1896, at his home in Peru on Friday morning at 4 o'clock at the age of 77.  He has been a resident of Peru nearly 60 years, and highly respected by all.  He leaves two sons and one daughter living and many grandchildren.

     MRS. PHOEBE WOLVERTON died Friday morning ____ 189_, at her home in West Huron, she was an old settler of this county.  She was 77 years of age, and nearly sixty  years of that time she had lived in this county.  Her husband, Gursham Wolverton, died many years ago.

     JOHN W. WICKHAM, SR., brother of Hon. W. F. Wickham, of the Reflector, died Saturday morning, Aug. 28, 1897, at his home in Huron.  The deceased was born in New York city, Oct. 13, 1806, and came to Huron in 1833, where he has ever since resided.  He was the leading citizen of Huron, and was actively engaged in business there for half a century; and by his energy, untiring industry and far-sighted ability built up a trade that reached out to all parts of the Untied States.

     HARRIET E. WILSON, daughter of the late Levi and Lucy Wilson and granddaughter of the late Martin Kellogg, was born in Norwalk township, Dec. 10, 1841.  On Nov. 6, 1861, she was married to Amasa Heath, to whom she bore four sons, Henry, Wilson, Edward and Fred, all of whom survive her.  Her husband died Jan. 9, 1886.  She died Aug. 12, 1897, leaving, besides her immediate family, three sisters and one brother.

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At the age of 70

     MRS. FREDERICK WICKHAM died at her home No. 38 West Main street, Norwalk, June 19, 1897.  Lucy Bancroft Preston was born at Nassau, N. H., Mar. 27, 1814, and the old building in which she was born is still standing and is now Old Bull's Head hotel.  She came, at the age of six years, with her father Samuel Preston, a book publisher and a brother, Charles A. Preston, to Norwalk her mother having previously died.  The party came overland from the New England states to Buffalo, N. Y., where they took ship to Milan.  The Preston family spent the summer with an uncle, a Mr. Taylor, who had previously located in this county and who lived on the site now occupied by the German Catholic church at the settlement.  As winter approached they returned to Buffalo going on the first steamship ever on Lake Erie, the famous "Walk in the water."  The Prestons, on their return to Ohio, the following year, settled in a house now stands at the corner of Ford and Hester streets.  Samuel Preston and his son, under the firm name of S. & C. A. Preston, established the Reflector in 1830 and from the very first number Miss Preston was interested and anxious for its success, and did all in her power at that time and ever since to make it a publication of merit.  At the age of 21 she married Frederick Wickham, who was at that time a mate on a vessel sailing on Lake Erie, and who when his ship was in the Milan port walked over to Norwalk to visit his sweetheart who was the pride and the belle of the village.  Mr. Preston as a marriage gift presented his daughter with the residence, 38 West Main Street,

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and the young couple went to live in the home which they have continuously occupied during the 62 years of their married life.  She is the second oldest resident of the city having lived in Norwalk 78 years, and during all that time she has been a devout christian, a loyal woman and a devoted mother.  Every new arrival in the community was a new friend, every needy or suffering resident went to her for succor, a kind and loving word was given to all and assistance rendered where needed, and in this manner without study or effort this grand woman drew to herself the largest and most devoted circle of friends possessed, perhaps by any resident of Huron county, and now through ripe with the fullness of age as she lies dead, her decease is regretted and sorred by all who knew her.  She was the mother of thirteen children - six sons and seven daughters, al now living but one son who died in infancy; grandmother to thirty-seven descendants, twenty-nine of whom are now living; and great-grandmother to eighteen, fourteen of whom are now living.  This is a remarkable record  - of sixty-eight descendants, fifty-five are surviving.

     MRS. EMILY ADAMS WILCOX, widow of the late Ashal H. Wilcox and oldest child and daughter of the late Henry and Anna Adams, who were among the earliest pioneer of Huron county, died, Friday morning, Jan. 29, 1897, at her home in Peru township, aged 82 years.  She was born Sept. 27, 1814, in Rowe, Mass., and came to Huron county with her parents, when only two years of age.  She and her husband resided at Shaw's Mills, near this city for a short time before moving to Peru.  Mrs. Wilcox had been a resident of this county for over eighty-one years, and lived on the farm where she died most of that time.  Her father was one of the oldest and best known residents of Huron county, and he was one of three men who felled the first tree in Peru township.  She leaves a sister and three children, Mrs. R. A. Bloome, of Norwalk; F. E. Wilcox, of Peru, and Mrs. Emma J. Herbert, of Ottaawa, Kansas.

     CALVERT C. WARNER, an honored and respected citizen of this city, died at his home on Bank street at an early hour Saturday morning, July 17, 1897.  The deceased was born in Dutchess

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county, New York, Sept. 9, 1821, and resided in New York state until 1872, at which time he came to Norwalk to work in the Maple City Flouring Mills.  In 1840 he had married Miss Eunice V. Latting of his native town, who died Mar. 3, 1887.  The worthy couple were the parents of five children, two of whom, Edgar A. and William H., were killed in the service of their country during the war of the rebellion.  The remaining three, T. Clinton and Charles L., and Mrs. C. E. Power, of Norwalk, and I. V. Warner, fo Branchport, N. Y.

     SARAH BUCKINGHAM WOODWORTH was born in Norwalk, Ohio, June 8, 1836, and died at Salem, Oregon, Nov. 6, 1890, of Paralysis.  In 1858, with her mother and brother Allen she went to Oregon via the Isthmus of Panama.  In 1858 she wa married to C. S. Woodworth, of Salem, Oregon.



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