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Milton Brewer

Milton Brewer
b. 5 September 1847, Union Township, Grant County, Indiana, to John M. and Permelia (Davis) Brewer
d. 18 April 1932, Mt. Hope, Sedgwick County, Kansas

m/1. 29 August 1869, Grant County, Indiana
Rachel E. Osborn
b. 27 January 1848, Grant County, Indiana, to Henry and Mary (Parson) Osborn
d. 13 May 1870, Fairmount Township, Grant County, Indiana

m/2. 23 March 1871, Grant County, Indiana
Elizabeth Jane Payne
b. 14 August 1850, Union Township, Grant County, Indiana, to William Collet and Celia (Lewis) Payne
d. 27 February 1928, Mt. Hope, Sedgwick County, Kansas

Children with Elizabeth Jane Payne:
• Emma C. (1872-1873)
• William David “Will” (1875-1938)
• Mary Emma (1887-1950)
• Charles Ernest “Pete” (1880-1932)
• Joseph Franklin (1880-1880)
• L. May
• Robert Glen
• Carrie

Milton left Indiana in the fall of 1881 and moved to Sedgwick County, Kansas. He farmed there for the rest of his life. He was a member of the M.E. Church and was a Populist in politics and served in public office.

Submitted by:
Charles E. Wells
Clinton MO
E-mail: cwells@midamerica.net

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Benjamin Coleman Payne

Benjamin Coleman Payne
b. 3 January 1796, Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia, to William B. and Ellenor (Coleman) Payne
d. 21 February 1886, Boone, Boone County, Iowa

m. 4 December 1823, Cumberland County, Maryland
Maria Bryan/Bryant
b. Maryland
d. 1840, Clay County, Indiana

Children with Maria Bryan/Bryant:
• William Benjamin
• James Robert
• Maria
• Mary
• Thomas
• Cornelia

Benjamin arrived in Indiana in 1831 from Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland. He lived near Poland in Clay County until 1852 when he sold his land and moved his family to Boone County, Iowa. He engaged in a mercantile business and kept a tavern while clearing land for another farm.

As a youth, Benjamin worked as a hosteler at a hotel in Dumfries. When Robert Fulton wanted to test the power of steam propelling vessels on water, he met Benjamin, the hosteler, and invited him to be his guest on the trial trip to Alexandria.

Submitted by:
Lorraine Van Dolah
Wichita KS

John Henry Smith

John Henry Smith
b. 16 June 1864, Marion, Grant County, Indiana, to Waddy Thompson and Louiza Jane (Marks) Smith
d. 29 November 1955, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

m/1. 3 September 1905, St. Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan
Lillie May Jones
b. September 1873, Bunker Hill, Miami County, Indiana, to William H. “Seneke” and Ella E. (Fike) Jones
d. 1915, Bunker Hill, Miami County, Indiana

m/2.
Lucy Ellen Harrington
b. 6 May 1862, Dorchester, Alamakee County, Iowa, to Philander James & Ellen B. (Payne) Harrington
d. 15 January 1941, Sundre, Alberta, Canada

Children with Lillie May Jones:

  • Wilma Linetta (1907-1992) married Henry Irving Vanderburgh

When John was only nine years old, his father was crushed to death in a grist mill. John ran away to travel with a circus but later returned to the family farm. In 1905, he married Lillie May (Jones) Hurley, the widow of Clarence Hurley.

John, Lillie, and their daughter, Wilma, left Indiana in 1909, farmed in North Dakota for a year, and then continued on to Canada to homestead in the badlands of the Red Deer River. Lillie left, taking with Wilma with her, after only two months. Within five years, John had proved up his quarter-section homestead and bought a second quarter. He raised horses, cattle, and grain and was respected by all.

When Lillie died of cancer in 1915, John got his daughter back. He married another widow, Lucy Ellen (Harrington) Loveland. The Smiths struggled through drought and hardship in Alberta’s “dry belt,” leasing large tracts of land to pasture their cattle. In 1935, they sold the ranch and bought a 320-acre farm in Sundre, Alberta. John moved to Calgary to live with his daughter and her family after Lucy died in 1941.

John was a strong, healthy man who lived to be 91 with very few grey hairs and all his own teeth. He finally died in his sleep in November 1955.

Submitted by:
Wilma Sorensen
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

John L Sturdivant

John L Sturdivant
b. 15 November 1793, Virginia, to Randall and Disa (Rainey/Reney) Sturdivant
d. 6 July 1866, probably Boone County, Iowa

m. June 1817, North Carolina
Mary Green
b. 17 November 1793, South Carolina
d. 16 June 1889, Madrid, Boone County, Iowa

Children with Mary Green:

  • Rebecca (1826-1908) married (1) Benjamin Payne, (2) John Long
  • Nancy (1839-1936) married Corydon Lowell Lucas

John immigrated to Indiana from North Carolina in 1826. He emigrated from Clay County, Indiana, to Boone County, Iowa, in 1851. John and Mary probably had many other children.

Submitted by:
Lorraine Van Dolah
Wichita KS

Francis Marion Payne

Francis Marion Payne
b. 26 October 1849, Clark County, Indiana
d. 4 November 1928, Bellingham, Washington

m. 19 June 1873, Saluda, Jefferson County, Indiana
Elizabeth Luella Wells
b. 23 July 1852, Saluda, Jefferson County, Indiana
d. 29 December 1907, Newton, Jasper County, Illinois

Children with Elizabeth Luella Wells:

  • Eva Grace (1874-1949) married James Lee Hesler
  • Estella May (1877-1975) married Albert Mellum
  • Claudia Laura (1880-1968) married Earl C. Applegate
  • Christina Florence (1883-1885)
  • Clyde Wells (1885-1952) married Balva May Mitchell
  • Winnie Luella (1889-1986) married Earl Palmer Hill
  • Edwin Francis (1892-1972) married Bertha Louise Adams

Francis and Elizabeth emigrated from Indiana to Newton, Jasper County, Illinois, after their
marriage in 1873.

Estella Mellum, Francis and Elizabeth’s second child, homesteaded a tract of land on Cyrus Island in Puget Sound, Washington, and later purchased an adjacent tract of 160 acres. She built her own cabin, as well as some of her furniture. Her father left Illinois to live with Stella at her island home after the death of his wife in Illinois.

Submitted by:
Marjorie P. Hoelzel
Wilmington DE

Benjamin C Payne

Benjamin C Payne
b. 16 July 1798, Virginia
d. 21 February 1889, Boone County, Iowa

m.
Maria Bryant

Benjamin immigrated to Indiana in 1830 from Maryland. He emigrated from Indiana to Boone County, Iowa, in 1854. Benjamin served in the War of 1812.

Submitted by:
Lorraine Van Dolah
Wichita KS

Ezra Franklin Moore

Ezra Franklin Moore
b. 14 November 1856, near Freedom, Indiana, to James L. and Louisiana (Dickerson) Moore
d. 11 April 1924, Norborne, Carroll County, Missouri

m. 30 December 1880, Owen County, Indiana
Adelphia “Delphia” Ann Need
b. 30 April 1858, Sulllivan County, Indiana
d. 24 June 1932, Carroll County, Missouri

Children with Adelphia Ann Need:

  • Clara Adell (1881-1965) married Marion Granger Stewart
  • James Oscar (1884-1961) married Matilda Charlotte Stauffer
  • Lusia L. (1886-1952) married Claude C. York

Ezra was a twin, the other baby dying shortly after birth. He was so small that he could be held in the palm of the hand, and it was feared that he would not survive, but he was tenacious. When Ezra was a small child, he was sent to the Miller’s to have some grain ground. On the way home, one of the sacks fell off the wagon and broke. The lad stayed with the precious meal, guarding it from the birds, until the family came to look for him the next morning.

On 12 December 1869, Ezra’s father died, leaving six children under the age of 13 years. By 1876 Louisiana, the mother, had died and the six children were orphans.

Ezra, who was 19 when his mother died, went to live and work for his aunt, Hannah (Dickerson) Payne, in Brocton, Illinois. After his marriage to Adelphia, Ezra’s cousin urged him to “come west” to Missouri.

In February 1903 the Moore family moved to a farm west of Norborne, Missouri, where Ezra raised fine horses, cattle, and mules for the army. Then in 1912 Ezra and Adelphia built a home in Norborne. Ezra started the first co-op in Norborne with three other men and organized the first Odd Fellows lodge chapter.

Submitted by:
Kay Barchers
Richmond MO