BROWN faces

Recently, one Brown line of ISAAC HAIRIE BROWN (1806-1892) of Warren Co., TN and Texas Co., Mo. discovered a connection to Halopgroup J-M172.  A female descendent of this same Brown line had earlier reported a halopgroup of U5a1a1.  What is needed is for more known descendents of this family to have their DNA tested in order to establish relationships and origins.  Until then, however, the family face may have to step in and provide possible visual traits and common features.

Isaac Hairie Brown (1806-1892)
His son, Ptolemy Philadelphius Brown, aka P.P. Brown

Isaac's son, Archimedes Brown, died in the Civil War

Marcellius Brown, son of Isaac

Son of Isaac, Marcus Sabines Brown

Grandson of Isaac, Samuel M. Brown

Grandson of Isaac, Burgess Franklin Brown


Female Descendent of Brown Line & DNA

It will be interestng, as more Brown descendents discover their DNA, how this line connects.  With so many of a similar name it will either add to the confusion or clear things up! I look forward to verifying the family legend of my line of Isaac Brown and wife Mary and their son (my great, great, great grandfather) Ptolema Philadelphius Brown.

So far a male descendent of  that line, Velma nee Cochren has been identified as having DNA fitting into Haplogroup U5a1a1.  Her family tree names include; BROWN, COCHREN, FENTON, DRAKE, MORTIMORE, KIRKPATRICK, DESHIL/DRISCOL, etc.

Her female ancestors include names: BROWN, FENTON, DRAKE, MORTIMORE, KIRKPATRICK, DESHIL/DRISCOL and possibly MOONEY.

"U5a1a1 is very large and diverse with 5 named subclades (U5a1a1a to U5a1a1e) and another 40 samples that are U5a1a1*, and 10 samples that are U5a1a1 with no extra mutations. U5a1a1 and its subclades are found throughout Europe. U5a1a1* has the largest number of samples in the UK, with a smaller number found in Germany, Poland and Scandinavia, a still smaller number found in eastern Europe and 2 samples in Turkey.  There are 27 samples of U5a1a1 that also have a mutation at 152, including subclades U5a1a1a and U5a1a1b. These samples are found most frequently in eastern Europe and Russia. U5a1a1c has 7 samples and is found in Sweden, Scotland, Slovenia and Russia. U5a1a1d has 23 samples and is found most often in Ireland, Scotland and Wales with a smaller number of samples in western Europe and rarely found in eastern Europe. It is interesting that U5a1a1d is found most frequently in Ireland and Scotland and less frequently in England. Perhaps this group had its origins among early Britons and was replaced in England by later migrations? There are 4 U5a1a1e samples, one each from the UK, Poland, Norway and Finland. There is also a proposed new subclade U5a1a1*Group F with a back mutation at 16270 that has been found in Germany, Bohemia and Hungary."

"U5a1a is the largest subclade with 133 FMS test results, and Behar et al. estimate its age as about 12,000 ybp.  There are 103 FMS test results in U5a1a1 (6,800 ybp) and 30 FMS test results in U5a1a2 (10,300 ybp). There are no known test results that are U5a1a*, and this might indicate that U5a1a lived in a community with slow population growth, while its two subclades lived in communities that had begun to grow very rapidly.  U5a1a1 is very large and diverse with 5 named subclades (U5a1a1a to U5a1a1e) and another 26 samples that are U5a1a1*, and 8 samples that are U5a1a1 with no extra mutations. U5a1a1 and its subclades are found throughout Europe. U5a1a1* has the largest number of samples in the UK, with a smaller number found in Germany,  Poland and Scandinavia, a still smaller number found in eastern Europe and 2 samples in Turkey. There are 20 samples of U5a1a1 that also have a mutation at 152, including subclades U5a1a1a and U5a1a1b. These samples are found most frequently in eastern Europe.
 (Source:  https://www.familytreedna.com/public/u5b/default.aspx?section=results) 

L.W. Brown 1849-1900

Two forms of this name have come down through families of Brown descendents. One line had the name as LIBERTADES WARE BROWN, b. Feb. 11,1849, Texas County, Missouri and died May 13, 1900.  The other line, direct descendents of this man, have the name as  LIBETHRIDES WARE BROWN OR 'BETH'. 

This Brown family had the tendency to name their children for figures from classical history, mysthology or notable geographical locations.  "Libethrides" =  Also known as 'nymphae Libethrides' was the name of the Muses in Greek mythology, one thought to have been derived from the well Libethra in Thrace.  [the other name“Libertades” also filled the bill in the name pattern since it is the plural form of the Spanish term for liberty. This would have been right after the Mexican American War of 1846. ] “Ware”= This may refer to 1) the name of his father , 2) it may also as likely be a reference to an author of a popular writing of the day, one Joseph Ware, author of The Emigrant’s Guide to New Mexico, California, and Oregon; giving the different overland and sea routes (1849), or 3) an unknown source or significance. *

According to his descendents, "Beth", as he preffered being known,  was a grandchild of Isaac and Mary Moony Brown. The Brown's oldest daughter, Juan Fernandez Brown, became pregnant while unwed, and this baby was born illegitimately.

His mother is JUAN FERNANDEZ BROWN, b. 1831, Davidson County, Tennessee; d. March 07, 1854, Texas County, Missouri. "Juan" – may refer to the explorer Juan de Categena with Magellan.* "Ferdinand" – may refer to the explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Also, an island chain made famous in the story of Robinson Crusoe.  His father is unknown.  His mother married a local widower, George Bradford,  and died in childbirth with their first child. As a result, it is believed he was then raised by his grandparents, Isaac Haire Brown and wife Mary (possibly Mooney) Brown.

He had a close, brotherly relationship with Marcus Sabine Brown aka "Bine".  Originally, Beth and Bine were said to be brothers; however, that was incorrect; instead, Beth was the nephew of Bine. 

Beth's marriage to Nancy E. Johnson took place on Oct 18, 1869, and 11 children were produced.1) William H.; 2)John Allen(m: Mary B. Eaves); 3)Samuel M.; 4)Isaac Haire (B: July 11, 1872, D: July 24, 1934); 5)Leonides; 6)Francis; 7) Lenora (m:August Wallis and m: _ Smith); 8) Sarah Jane (m: George H. Watkins); 9) Iva (m: Ed C. Kitchen); 10) Mary Malena C. Johns; and 11) Miss Louise.


Sena Adeline Boyd Priest

Birth: 1873
Erie County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 1949
Barry County
Missouri, USA
Daughter of William Sylvester Boyd and Margaret Ann Niner Boyd.  Margaret was the daughter of immigrants Henry and Margaret (Huner) Niner.

Grand daughter of Hanson William Boyd and Sally Ann Robbins Boyd. "Hans" Boyd had been born in County Down Ireland and immigrated with his parents and family around 1820.

She married Charles Reuben Priest in August of 1889 in Barry Co., Mo.

Her siblings:
Edna Maggie Boyd Terry
Myrtle Boyd Terry
Bertha Boyd
Archie William Boyd
Junie Silas Boyd
Perry Sylvester Boyd
Louis F. Boyd (d before 1900)

Charles Reuben Priest and wife Sena Adeline Boyd

They farmed in Barry County, Missouri in the Flat Creek area. Charles Reuben Priest (1870-1948) was the son of Alexander Lawrence Priest and Almeda Jane Mullet.  

Sena Adeline Boyd (1874-1948) was the daughter of William Sylvester Boyd and Margaret Ann Niner.

Their children:
Maude V. Priest Marbut
Allie M. Priest
Clarence C. Priest
Bessie M. Priest
Raymond W. Priest
Edna E. Priest
Lawrence Priest
Norman E. Priest
Melvin Marion Priest (d.1950 in Oklahoma)

Melvin Marion Priest with brother and son

Left to right: Melvin Marion Priest (1910-1950), Melvin Daniel Priest, son of Melvin Marion Priest (he is labeled "Charles" because that was his nickname for many years) and Norman Priest, brother to Melvin Marion Priest.


Isaac H. Brown: A Scottish Story Revisted

Historic Analysis of 1969 Brown Letter: Does the letter provide clues to historical time frames for the Isaac Brown Family?

Marilyn A. Hudson, MLIS (2014)

The story within the family of Isaac H. Brown of Texas county, Missouri was that the family name had originally been a) MacDiernie and was from Scotland and b) that on running away from an apprenticeship he changed it to Brown.  It was generally understood the original individual thus defined was Isaac H. Brown.   A closer reading of the document used to support this theory offers some interesting ideas while also raising some important questions regarding the timeline.

Isaac H. Brown, Texas Co., Missouri.
Did he runaway from apprenticeship in Scotland and change his name from McDeirnie (or MacDiarmid) to BROWN?
Transcript of relevant letter parts dated  December 21, 1969:
Dear Georgia [1] : It seems only yesterday that I received your letter…your letter was a lovely letter and full of news and hope of finding more of our kin. Maybe I can help you in some way to continue your search.
You see my father told me a story when I was a small boy, when I asked him how we were named Brown.  Then I asked him again when I was in my teens. Also again a short time before he died. The story was the same.  Some things that I can’t remember, as hard as I have tried the last two months.
[This is important because it shows a consistency in the narrative]
In the beginning our real name was Scotch – MacDiernie pronounced MAC-DEER-KNEE….
[Spelled variously there is evidence that a family group of that name  and similar (Macdermid) was a protectorate under the broader Clan Campbell of Breadalbane umbrella in Argyll, Scotland.]
The story I remember is this. MacDiernie  ran away from the apprentice school in Scotland.  He was 14 years old at the time that he stowed away on a ship and came to the United States.

Mary Brown, was she a Choctaw or
is the story older?
[ Born ca. 1806 he is about fourteen in 1820.   There were problems with apprentice schools many years earlier. One Edinburgh paper mentioned the issue in a paper dated to the 1780's]
 He joined some group to fight the Indians. – Was wounded and left to die.  A tribe of Indians found him and brought him back to good health again.  He lived with the Indians for a while and married one of them. [2]
[Arriving in the U.S. around 1820 on the eastern seaboard there was not much 'Indian fighting' going on except west of the Mississippi, in Indiana Territory and in Florida. There were localized events but more detail is needed on them. The belief she was either Choctaw or Cherokee places the event within the areas of the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia depending on the tribal group. When asked to identify the suggested name Washatah (phonetic spelling of name as it descended) Cherokee speakers did not identify it.] 

Being afraid that someone would find him and send him back to the school, he changed his name from MacDiernie to Brown. That is the story our Grandfather told my father.

I believe the story because while I was in Canada I checked with some Scotch people and they checked … MacDiernie listed. Out clan is the CAMPBELL’S OF BREADALBANE (BREEDAL’BRIN).

Maybe this will help you, but I forgot the name of the Indians also weather it was a greatgrandfather or not.  Maybe our Great, Greatgrandfather – I can’t remember……..Fred” [3]
[This is important because it leaves open the idea that the story may be older than supposed. ]

Only one of his children claimed a Scottish birthplace for Isaac and Isaac on every census gave his birthplace (and the birthplace of his father) as Tennessee.  Now, in the first years of being a runaway a person might fear being found and sent back to make good on their apprenticeship (since money was put forward often as a loan to a third party in such situations) but after decades?  That would then make Isaac a truly grand liar and a man, as the Good book says, who had no truth in him.  While that may indeed be the case, it would seem that given the nature of many of children as stalwart people of high moral caliber that they would have been raised with high ethical standards. So, it seems out of character that he would have continued to lie once the need no longer existed. Indeed, in similar cases, there is often found a renewed pride in that first nationality that the person and their heirs appreciate.

Conclusion: Given the uncertainty of the letter writing in being able to pinpoint to whom the story referred, given that the greatest chance of encountering large scale 'Indian fighting' was a generation before Isaac, and given the fact he consistently responds to census takers with a Tennessee birthplace, and given that in a previous generation there was a recognized problem with runaway apprentices reported in Scottish newspapers.  All present a strong case for the story referring to the father of this Isaac.  It is at least a possibility that should be explored and considered.

[1] Georgia Adams is believed to be Georgia Brown, daughter of Felix Grundy Brown, son of P.P. Brown; PP. was son of Isaac Brown.
[2] The common assumption that this individual was Isaac H. Brown (1806-1883) of Texas County, Missouri may be in error.  Nowhere in this letter is there an identifier as to who this stow-away was. Indeed it is clearly stated that it could be referring to his father or beyond.  Second, there is the idea of stepping into an Indian conflict if the 1820 date of arrival is correct. This date is based on the information he was 14 when he ran away and subsequent census reports as to his birth year, which remained constant over time.  The conflicts with Native inhabitants in 1820 was largely west of the Mississippi and south into Florida and an occasional hot spot in Indiana Territory.  Earlier, however, during the colonial and revolutionary period there were active conflicts all across the Atlantic regions and into the Ohio valley areas.
[3] “Fred” was an uncle of Georgia's.


A "Haire" Situation: A Tale of 2 Isaac H. Brown's

This is the tale of two Isaac H. Brown's, although there are hundreds of them, this will focus on the confusion of two individuals.
1) My line is Isaac H. Brown, born ca 1806 in Tennessee (although a legend ties him to Scotland but more on that later) who married a "Mary" born ca. 1810 in Tennessee.  They removed to settle in Phelps and then Texas counties in Missouri by  about the 1840-1855 period.  The couple had many children of unique, classical, historical and mythological origins revealing they were more than passingly well-read. The couple dies within years of each other in Texas County, Missouri, probably buried on a private family burial ground. His Find-A-grave page is here.
2) The other line was an Isaac H. Brown, a man of business in Pennsylvania whose dates and wife's name were eerily similar.  This man's middle name was "Haire" and he and his wife had two daughters and were buried in Milton, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania. His Find-a-Grave page is here.
A "Haire" Situation Emerges
In the early 1990's a "researcher" assigned that middle name to the Missouri man and it stuck.  No evidence was offered to prove that the Missouri man's name was indeed that.  It was repeated until it became set in stone.  Many of the online trees deleted many notes and questions regarding the research on this line leaving only the filled in spaces and opened the way for a persistent repetition of the information.  I know, because my original GEDcom file contained all those notes but on seeing my information online the notes I included with sources and questions are not there.
Untangling the Confusion
If anyone has any solid evidence (document, letter, Bible page, etc.) showing what the middle name of the Texas County, Missouri Isaac H. Brown was, please leave a comment or email me directly.


Dennis Ray Terry (1947-2014)

Dennis Terry, 66, of Wellington, Kansas went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 with his loving family by his side
Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Sumner Memorial Gardens in Wellington. Visitation will be held Friday, March 7, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with the Hillside Baptist Church Building Fund and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington, Kansas.
Dennis Ray Terry was born November 3, 1947 the son of Roy Dennis and Velma Dora (Cochran) Terry in Bushnell, NE. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1966 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Holmes Theological Seminary in Greensville, South Carolina. .
After going steady since August 11, 1964 Dennis and Linda (Weaver) were united in marriage on September 11, 1967 in Derby, KS. Dennis was a Pastor and Lay Minister in Pratt, KS, and then a machinist at TECT Aerospace from 1972 until 2010.
Dennis enjoyed fishing, woodworking, refinishing furniture and working on their home. He was also involved in Community Theater, singing in groups, and studying Bible history. He was a gifted singer, Bible teacher and speaker. Most of all he loved his family and God.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Linda of the home, daughters: Tamara Martin and her husband Mike of Wellington, Debra Alexander and her husband Eddie of Papillion, NE, and Davina Tredway and husband Mike of Wellington, KS; 8 grandchildren: Alex Shamblin, David Brokaw, Christina Martin, Nicholas Martin, Mikaela Alexander, Sarah Alexander, Joanna Tredway and Abby Tredway; his brother, Reverend Gary Terry and his wife Georgia of Wellington, KS, two sisters: Marilyn Hudson and her husband Reverend Marvin Hudson of Norman, OK, and Helen Calvert and her husband Walter of Delaware; and 5 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister and two grandchildren: Kathrine “Kat” Tredway and Thomas “T.J.” Alexander.



I have added a link to this resource (see the bottom of the page).  I have added many records when I found they were not listed and known some wonderful and helpful people.
Most of the people who volunteer are very nice and helpful. Some, though, are stinkers.  They can be identified by their making contact with them impossible. This is an area Find-A-Grave should work on to improve contact for complaints.
I had found a relative in Missouri a few years back, whose grave entry had been done by a volunteer who had died. I had tried to contact and no response and since the info he had loaded was so wrong, I was told to just add a correct entry.
Recently, I received a rather curt email telling me to remove this entry I had added and seeing they were also a relative, I removed the duplicate.  It would have been nice to have made contact with this distant relative, compare notes and see what other blanks might be filled as a result of two branches of a family getting together. 
Unfortunately, the woman had closed all means of communicating with her. Examining her profile page I read her instructions and comments on Find-A-Grave with growing dismay because they were the written equivalent of a stare and 'back-off buddy'!
It is hoped that people are all equally willing to be helpful and friendly. Especially when they are fruit from a common tree.  The truth is sometimes they are not.  Most of the time, however, people who do family history are friendly, eager to help, and live by a code of 'random acts of genealogy.'
I must just admit some branches will remain mysteries because people are unwilling to participate and share and connect to others in positive and meaningful ways.
Go out and do a random act of genealogy today. It will make someone happy.



Note: These are not related to me, but thought people looking for families with these names might be interested.  The stained glass windows in the 1928 Gothic sanctuary of Wesley UMC in Oklahoma City has many windows donated in memory or to honor a family.

In this area, there are various donations and gifts such as plaques, furnishings, and decorations. Above the narthex area (which faces the eastern entrance of the church) is this window -
East Window
“Jesus Blessing the Little Children” (1928)- Mrs. Florida Knight.

Cloister, North
(West) “The Nativity” – Mrs. William E. Rowland
(Center) “The Boy Christ”- Mr. & Mrs. J. Edgar Strader
(East) “Christ at the Door”- Mrs. Clara Bell & Family

North Transept
“The Transfiguration” (1928)-Mr. & Mrs. Hillard John Scott
(West) “The Last Supper” –Mr. & Mrs. L.R. Springer
(Center) “Jesus and His Mother”- Ladies’ Bible Class
(East) “The First Disciple”

Chancel  (West or Choir)
“The Beckoning Christ” (Come Unto Me) (1928) - Mr. Overstreet, father of Mrs. Campbell Russell

South Transept
“The Good Shepherd” (1928)- Mrs. Jessie B. Fleming and Mrs. Virginia C. Shike
“Rich Young Man”- T.Harold and Captain W.E. Corkhill
“Gethsemane”- Mrs. D.G. Murray & Family
“Best Friend” – Mrs. Laura S. Day and Miss Olga Stokesberry
“Empty Tomb”- Mr. & Mrs. O.H. Putney

Cloister, South (or Ambulatory)
(East) “Holy Women of the Tomb”- Mrs. N.A. Whittaker and Family
(Center) “World Encircled” – WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperance Union)
(West) “The Ascension”- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson and Miss Minnie Suitor

Triangular Plot (East) – Fronting east entry area between Douglas and Classen Blvd. Land donated by noted early Oklahoma City founding leader, Anton Classen (before 1928).  Mrs. Classen later donated landscaping and other improvements.
Large Window on the South Transept, "Jesus, The Good Shepherd"
Donated by Mrs. Jesse B. Fleming and Mrs. Virginia C. Shike - to honor husband and father, George Fleming.
He made the 1889 land run and opened the first drug store in Oklahoma City.


Terry Wills - Virginia

unidentified source:

Terry, Jasper - This will was probated July 6 1819. Names wife as Margaret and children as : Kezia Graham, Jemima Drweasem Karon Happuck, Rose, William, Jonathan, Elijah, and a step-daughter Sussanah Snidow.  Montgomery Co., Va.

Terry, William - Will probated Feb 1826. Names wife Patience, and nieces Elizabeth, Patience Cooper, daughters of Washington Cooper.

New DNA studies are establishing relationships - and disconnecting previously accepted relationships -
see Terry's at World Families.



A male descendent of the William Terry, Botetourt Co., Va. group has been identified as having DNA fitting into the I2a2 grouping.

This Terry line is -

  • William Terry  md. Rachel Manson
  • John Terry md Esther Brown
  • William Terry md Barbara Ennis
  • Martin Terry md Mary Ann Reed
  • John King Terry md Mary Ann Riddle
  • Wesley Sartin Terry md. Edna Maggie Boyd
  • Roy Dennis Terry md. #1 -                        #2 - Velma Cochren
A male descendent of Velma Cochren has been identified as having DNA fitting into Haplogroup U5a1a1.



The Carter Girls

Nettie, Annie, Nellie Carter daughters of Mary Louisa Ray and Charles Henry Carter.

Annie Catherine Carter King

 From the family of Mary Louisa Ray and Charles Henry Carter:  
Annie was born 30 Jan 1902 in Scott Co., Missouri and died  20 Oct 1996 in Herrin, Williamson, Illinois.  She married Homer King  in 1921 in Scott Co., Missouri. 
Her children:  

Kathryn King 1923 –
Mildred Fay King 1927 – 2011
Virginia King 1930 –
Nadine King

Nettie Odela Carter Adkins

Another child of Mary Louisa Ray and Charles Henry Carter -
Nettie Odela Carter was born Jan. 18, 1900 in Wayne Co., Mo, probably around Black Creek or Lost Creek.  She is listed on the 1900 in Johnson Township, Carter, Missouri
In 1910 she is in Williams, Wayne, Missouri .   In 1920, she is  20 and on the Richland, Scott, Missouri census and by 1930 she is married the Thomas L. Adkins and is buried in Deepwater, Bates, Missouri .   She died  in Nov 1934 in Bates County and is buried in Radford Cemetery.

Nellie Carter King

Nellie Carter was born about 1905 in Wayne Co., Missouri to Mary Louisa RAY and her husband Charles Henry CARTER.   She is listed on the  1910 census for Wayne and on the Scott Co., Mo census for 1920.  She married Jesse King. Nothing more is known. 

A Mystery No More : Ray-Carter Line

When this photo was first discovered no one had any clues who these people were.  The first of two clues was that it belonged to Effie Algerty Ray Conner Hudson and the second clue that on a second image of just the same three women the names "Annie, Nellie, and Nettie" were penciled on the back.

Finally, the mystery has been solved, although many still remain.

Effie had a sister Mary Louisa Ray who married Charles Henry Carter. They settled in Scott Co., Mo.  They had daughters Nellie, Nettie, Annie, and Julie C. Carter.    Left to right the women above are: Annie Catherine Carter King (wife of Homer), Nellie Carter, and Nettie Carter King (wife of Jesse).  The children are thought to be Annie's daughters.   

Effie and Mary Louisa were the daughters of Drury Edward Ray and Harriet Anna Rowe Ray. The other siblings were:  Lucy Elizabeth Ray Hurst Lord, Julius Harriet Ray and Wilson Edward Ray,


Minature Leather Work - Curtis Hudson

Curtis R. Hudson when he was about 13-15 years old crafted some minatures including a saddle, holster, and chaps. During that time period he was living in Seibert, Colorado. See more here.

Buckeye, Arizona Rodeo Parade ca 1963

Shown left to right Marvin J. Hudson, Curtis R.Hudson and Roy C. Hudson in Buckeye, Arizona.


Thomas Benjamin Cain

Donated - unknown source
Thistewood (Now Beechwood) Cemetery
Pulaski Co., Il

Hudson-Cain Line

The 'dead end'  of the Hudson line is the family of a William Hudson who married an Emily Jane Cain in 1868 Evansville, Vanderburg, Indiana.   On the 1880 Census they are in Mound City, Pulaski, Il census and the family consists of William, Emily, Lewis Hudson, Millie Hudson and stepson, Benjamin Kane.  Working backward from that information I began to search for where this child was in 1870, the first census after the marriage.  I found who I believe to be William Hudson, his wife using the name "Emma" and a child named Lewis living in Evansville.  No "Benjamin".  Then I found two children, Benjamin and William Cain enumerated with a Thomas B. Carter and an older woman named Millie Parker.  Further backtracking found that Thomas B. Carter was the half-brother of Emily and the woman most certainly their mother who had been Millie Greer, married a Cullen W. Carter and then a Lewis Cain. Parker is thought to be a third husband.  The family is found in 1850 showing children of both Carter and Cain last names. Lewis Hudson is listed as next of kin when Thomas Benjamin Carter dies at the Veterans hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1919.

Other records indicate that Benjamin Cain was Thomas Benjamin Cain and he remained in southern Illinois.  It is believed he married Rosy Anna Brown.  His grave is thought to be in the Thistlewood Cemetery (now Beechwood) in Pulaski Co., Illinois.  The graves are not listed in Find-a-Grave and other listings but the area is well known for not having complete records assessible for online research.  No record of his step-father or his mother's grave have been found either.

It is assumed that Emily was his mother but no marriage records have been located connecting her to a marriage before William Hudson.  Further, there is the fact the child has her maiden name.  What this might mean is an illegitimate birth or the child belonged to someone else.  The name may provide some clues to the father.

Emily had at least two full brothers, Henry and Alexander, who are hard to locate after the Civil War.  It is possible these might be parent of the child and with a death the child might have been taken in by family members.  That he was named after an uncle may indicate a figure who was respected by the younger brothers.

It is obvious that Emily named her Hudson children after her father Lewis and her mother Millie.  On the death certificate of Lewis Hudson he noted his mother's name as Emma Carter which might indicate a confused awareness of his mother's family tree, since he had known his uncle Thomas B. Carter and records indicate she used on one census the name "Emma."

Thomas B. Carter, to further confuse things purchased a cemetery plot in Mechanicsville, Vanderburgh Co., Ind in 1876.  He also purchased a plot in the Cairo City Cemetery in southern Ill in the  mid 1880's.  They were apparently never used  - at least no evidence has been found to date. Plots for wives? Plots for sister and her husband? Plot for his own eventual demise? Plot for his mother or a wife?


Where Are They? Dead, buried, and invisible

One of the most frustrating aspects of tracking family history is when people who should be buried in a cemetery do not appear on any index, list, etc.   Numerous death certificates will say where the burial was to take place but they frequently cannot be found with any ease.  Reasons might be a last minute choice for the burial site, poor maintenance of local cemeteries leading to destruction or loss of markers (not all people had formal and expensive stone markers), local flood or development that might destroy portions of a burial ground.   The value of local volunteers doing indexes of headstones, grave records, and obituaries is incalculable. 

To researchers who must depend on the work of others because they cannot make those cemetery visits or conduct their own index work, the online records, lists and resources are a boon.   Too often they merely repeat the mistakes or limitations of previous works.

One area that has greatly frustrated research for one line is the area of Pulaski Co., Il and nearby Alexander Co., Il.   Several lines had probable and known deaths in the area.  Death certificates indicate burial location.  Most of the time, however, there is no index, no list, or what is found is obviously far short of the total burials recorded for the site.  

Local history researchers and community volunteers can combine to address these issues.  Local scouts, church, youth, business, school and paranormal groups are often willing to give back to their communities and preserve cemeteries and other historic records or sites.  

Long live random acts of genealogy kindness!



Pine Dresser Box - Annie Brown Cochren Willard

Passed in the family, it is not clear which husband gave her this box.  Family legend was that George D. Cochren gave it to her shortly after they married in 1912 in Kansas.  Dating the style of the box by McGraw Box Company, McGraw, NY will help to determine which is the most likely. Most styles found online appear to be square shaped boxes rather than this style. It appears to have metal (art nouveau?) trim, a tiny brass lock, satin lining, a mirror, and dovetail construction. The manufacturers name and address are incised on the bottom. It has some interesting slots inside that I know must have served some purpose (hair combs, hat pins?).  
Annie Brown Willaard with 3rd husband, Daniel Verne Willard
Annie Brown with 2nd husband, George Daniel Cochren

On bottom: McGraw Box Company, MNFG, McGraw, NY

Boeing Pins - Roy Dennis Terry

Roy Dennis Terry worked for Boeing Aircraft, Wichita, Kansas for about 30 years.  While there he was a member of a union as well. He wore the pin on the pencils/pens he used at work from the 1960's until he retired in about 1974.

Shadow Box

Part country decor and part historical artifacts, this shadow box was created in the 1980's.  It contains items of family  history interest:

Shelf 1 (top): a ceramic thimble, a milk bottle lid, a shell pin and a knife owned by Roy Terry, a watch owned by Roy Terry

Shelf 2: FFA award keychain, Marvin J. Hudson  empty,  religious track (ca 1910) w skeleton key, bride and groom from wedding cake of Marvin J. Hudson and Marilyn Terry Hudson.

Shelf 3:  reproduction miniature can with rock eff, pins from Boeing belonging to Roy D. Terry

Shelf 4: Old photo of unknown elderly couple, vintage sticker with minature rabbit, old pocket watch belonging to Marvin Hudson, a minature bottle of Chanel No. 5 (empty).

Shelf 5:  Minature gum packages, craft nest with bird and eggs, original wooden thread spools, minature reproduction can

Shelf  6  (bottom): a craft rose, a minature tin of Anacin, a brial garter (Marilyn A. Hudson), a knife belonging to Roy Terry


Marker added for scale

Here are some images of minature leather work by Curtis Ray Hudson when he was about 13-15  years old.  He was living in Seibert, Colorado and Borger, Texas in this time.  He would later have a saddle and boot shop on two occasions and created many beautiful saddles while living in Arizona.


The Plevna Place

In the early 1990's Velma Dora Cochren Priest Terry described her home as a child in Plevna, Reno, Kansas ca 1920.  Her parents were George Daniel Cochren and Annie B. Brown Cochren.  Her siblings were Elva  Ethel Cochren Merry and George Valjean Cochren.  It was white with green trim on the windows and door.  There were roses in the yard and around the front door.  Just beyond the back yard the railroad tracks ran past.  In the yard was the grave of one of the children who died at birth or was stillborn.  It was small but "tidy": a small parlor, two bedrooms, and a kitchen/eating area. Laundry was done outside - winter and summer. An outhouse was at the back of the yard. A small back porch also had a trellis with some type of green vine.  A curtain separated the living space from the bedroom and the children would entertain their mother with plays and musicals. The sketch was created based on memories shared of this residence by Marilyn A. Hudson.



Transcribed, scanned and annotated by Marilyn A. Hudson [2010]

Description: A Victorian autograph album

Contents: Various signatures and autograph entries by friends and family of Minnie M.Crandall of West Genesee, New York. 

According to the 1880 Federal Census a family matching the information in the album was located in the family of a James (K?) Crandall, 47, House Carpenter, b. NY. His wife (her name difficult to read) was listed as age 43, b. NY. Children: Harvey L., age 22; Minnie M., age 18, Ira B., age 12, all born in NY.

External Links for Information: Genesee Genealogical Webpage


In the middle of the 1960's my mother came home with a small brown autograph book acquired at a local 'second-hand', Bill’s Curiosity Shop in Wellington, Kansas. The inscription on the inside read: 'Minnie M. Crandall a present from her brother H. LeMonde Crandell, Christmas Eve 1879". Her inscription reads: "To my friends, March 12, 1880. My album is a garden spot/Where all of my friends may sow/ Where thorns and thistles flourish not/ But flowers from above may grow/ with smiles for sunshine, tears for showers/ I'll water and guard these flowers. Minnie."

Based on the information gleaned from the volume itself I went to the Federal census records and located in 1880 a Minnie M. Crandall residing in Genesee, Allegany Co., NY. She was listed in the home of James H. Crandall, 45, b. New York, and had family listed including a brother matching the signature inscription of H. LeMonde Crandall in one Henry L. Crandall, aged 22, b. in New York and a younger brother named Ira, aged 12.

My mother was Velma Dora Cochren Terry and her mother was Annie B. Brown Cochren Willard. The only grandfather I ever knew as a child was a delightful man named Daniel Verne Willard.  Annie and she had met in Barry Co., Missouri after her husband had died in Kansas. Her daughter, my mother, was living in Barry County with her first husband Melvin Priest.  Annie and her young son George Valjean Cochren had moved to Missouri along with her youngest daughter.  She soon found work as a housecleaner and met Daniel Willard, a widow.

I fell heir to a collection of Willard photos when my mother died and tried to find descendents but could never locate any.  Finally, I decided to scan them and add them to Ancestry so others might have access to the images. In the process, I used the data from the images and accompanying news clippings to establish the family line of ‘Grandpa Willard’.  

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the girl in the autograph album and his mother were one and the same person.

Biographical Narrative:
Minnie M (Maybelle) Crandall was born  7 Nov 1860 in Brookfield, Madison, New York and she died 31 Dec 1924 in Cassville, Barry, Missouri.    In 1886 she married Samuel Otsey Willard, possibly in Missouri or Kansas.
Her children were:
1. Guy Osman Willard (1890-1910)
2. Daniel Verne Willard (1892-1964)
3. Hervey Elson Willard (1897-1964)
4. Edna Gladys Willard Edwards (1902-1928)
5. Lucy Evelyn Willard Patten
6. Mysaett Myra Willard Smalley
7. Otsy W Willard Baldwin Gibson

Census Records appear to locate her in these areas:
1870 Census Locust Creek, Linn, MO w/parents
1880 Census Genesee, Allegany, NY w/parents
1886 Married Samuel Orley Willard
1900 Census Fargo, Seward, KS
1910 Census Mineral, Barry, MO
1920 Census Butterfield, Barry, MO
1924 Death Butterfield, Barry, MO
1925 Burial: Ennis Cemetery ; in the same place her spouse and three children

This page reads: "Minnie - Tis often hard to find a friend/On whom you always may depend/And when a friend you think you've got/a trial proves that you have not. Your true friend, Adell Roberts, Portsville, Feb. 15, 1880." To the side is written "Old sister Pheba"

The autographs vary in style and skill and cover Feb. 1880 - Oct. 1882. One page has been torn/cut out raising questions of friendships or love affairs gone awry.

Eve Scoudene of Portsville, NY wrote on April 17, 1880:
"Deem every day of your life a leaf in your history."

W.C. Vincent wrote (no date):
"Among those whose love is true, and enduring,
always remember to number me."

Edith E. Hatch and Lynn Measr (or Meass) of Farmington, Conn. wrote on Oct. 9, 1882:
"I pray the prayer of Plato old,
God make thee beautiful within
And may thine eyes the good behold
In everything save sin."

Lillian H. Spurr of "Ct." wrote on Oct. 22, 1882:
"The nymph who flirts and runs away-
Will sure be caught some lucky day."

H.A.Babcock, "Ord Valley" Co., Nebraska, wrote on Feb. 14, 1883:
Mid the storms of life
Should you need an umbrella
May you have to uphold it
A handsome young fellow."

Minnie Nash, Persia, NY wrote on Feb. 16, 1882:
"No tale of eloquence have I to breathe
yet, kind teacher, I fain would wreathe
A floral garland, whose leaves shall be
Emblems and tokens of love to thee."

This lovely page is decorated with small cardboard art sticker of a floral bouquet and reads:

Though clouds may rest on the present,
And sorrow on days that are gone.
There is no night so utterly cheerless
That we may not look for the dawn.
And there is no human being
With so wholly dark a lot
But the heart by turning the picture
May find some sunny spot.
Your true friend,

Effie V. Roberts
Portsville Feb 16,1880"


Daniel Verne Willard, son of Minnie Crandall Willard, with 2nd wife Annie B. Brown, ca 1958

Page: 1
May your path be strewn with flowers. Your brother H. LeMonde Crandall. West Genesse, Dec. 29, 1879.

Page: 2
March 12, 1880
This album is a garden –spot
Where all my friends may sow.
Where thorns and thistles flourish not,
But flowers alone may grow,
With smiles for sunshine, tears for showers,
I’ll water, watch and guard these flowers

Page: 3
June 1, 1880
Esther R. Burdick Hebron Potter Olv Penn

Jan 4, 1880
Elizabeth Burdick Hebron Potter Co. Pa

John [ O, C, or G?} Burdick
Hebron Jan 1, 1880

Page: 4
Ella M. Burdick, Hebron, Jan. 1 ,1880

Page: 5
H. Ellis Yap, Portsville Cat. C.O.

Page: 6
Frannie P. Brudick, Hebron Potter Co. P.A. Jan 1, 1880

Page: 7
May your path be strewn with flowers
Elizabeth Randolph Place
Hebron, Potter Co., Jan. 1, 1880

Page: 8
Minnie H. Burdick
Hebron, Jan. 1, 1880

Page: 9
[Written in purple pencil]
“All golden thoughts, all wealth of days
True friendship, love surround you
So may you live till life be closed
Ad angles [sic] hand you have crowned you.”
Elvin G. Burdick
Hebron, Jan. 2, 1880

Page: 10
Lincoln Burdick
Hebron, Jan. 2, 1880

Page: 11
Dear Minnie
Accept granmothers offering
Lucy (T or C) Crandall
Smiths Mills

Page: 12
Mid the storms of life
Should you need an umbrella
May you have to uphold it
A handsome young fellow.

H.A. Babcock
Ord Valley Co. Nebraska
Feb. 14, 1883

Page: 13
May your life be one of happiness
Is the wish of your friend.
Rehoby Osterstruck
Nov. 23, 1881

Page: 14
As ripples flow a bark at sea
So may happiness follow thee
Is the sincere wish of your friend
O.E. Chester
Feb 7, 1883
Rockville, R.I.

Page: 15
Drop one pearl in memories casket for me…
Yours truly
Maggie Morgan
March 8, 1880

Page: 16
Regards of Florence Nash
West Clarksville, NY
Aug 1, 1883

Page: 17
No tale of eleoquence [sic] have I to breathe
Yet, kind teacher, I fain would wreathe
A floral garland, whose leaves shall be
Emblems and tokens of love to thee.
Minnie Nash
Persia, NY
Feb. 16, 1882

Page: 18
[floral sticker]
When the sun shines brightly
In thy pleasant home
Think of me not lightly
When far away I roam.
Truly your friend
Frank Roberts
Feb. 5, 1880

Page: 19
May joy and happiness
Ever follow you
Is the wish of a friend and schoolmate
Jason Hopkins
West Genesse
Jan 25, 1880
Page: 20
Please accept these forget-me-nots from your friend
Nora Armstrong
Portsville NY

Page: 21
Dear Minnie
At evenings close when darkened shadows
Are gathering thick and fast,
And brooding thoughts come slowly on
The memory of the past;
Then, when the lights of other days
Meets gently over there
Brings back the happy hours of yore –
Oh! Then think thou of me.
Your mother
West Genesee Jan 1, 1991

Page: 22
Not like the rose
Shall my friendship whither
But like the evergreen
Live forever
Nettie Hopkins
Jan 25, 1880

Page: 23
Edwin J. Babcock
North Loup, Nebraska
Afred Uni
Dec 4, 1883

Page: 24
The hill thou climbest is high
The prize is great and near
Write “duty” on thy heart and preserver
Your sincere friend
Mrs. S. M. Herrich
March 25, 1880

Page: 25
A thousand volumes in a thousand tongues
Enshrine the lessons of experience
John F. Maxson
West Genesee NY Jan 22, 1882
Obit NY

Page: 26
Friend Minnie –
Excellent my friend these lines from me
They show that I remember thee,
And hope some thoughts hey will return
Till you and I shall meet again.
NY March 6, 1882
E.C. Babcocak
Ord, Neb

Page: 27
Dear Minnie
When the hours of sweetest silence
Brings the sacred hour of prayer
And you knell at morn or evening
Ask for one that is not there.
When the years of time are passing
Like a shadow o’er the sea
Ever shall my heart be asking
Dear friend, Minnie, think of me.
Jessie (Petter or Potter?)

Page: 28
Vera amacitia est semputerna
Amicus Tuus
Fred Johnson
Gowanda NY
March 27, 1880

Page: 29
[in purple pencil]
May your dear friend be ever blest
With friends selected from the best
And in return my [sic] you extend
A gem of love to every friend
Mary M. Kenyon
West Genesse NY
March 3, 1883

Page: 30
Dear Minnie
Strive to learn through life (faint and unreadable)
To accomplish what you undertake
Aunt Ellen
March 25, 1880

Page: 31
Dear Minnie
Remember that your life will but reflect the good that is in your heart. May it – ever be as pure and guileless, as when a little child, you first won a warm place in my heart.
Ever your friend
Retta Babcock
Ord, Neb. Feb. 14, 1883

Page: 32
Do, re, me, fa, so [symbol] Feb 22 1881

These few lines to you are tendered
By a friend sincere and true
Hoping but to be remembered
When I’ far away from you.
Adella A. Thomas
[Ports]ville NY

Page: 33
Sister Minnie
The following words apply to as a Christian
Found in Rev. 2:10 “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
Writen [sic] at the close of my pastorate with the West Genesee Church. With kind regards,
Geo P Kenyon
March 3, 1888

Page: 34
Remember me dear Minnie when on this lines you look
Remember it was Florence who wrote them in your book
Your friend and schoolmate
Florence Crandall

Page: 35
Minnie every cloud which may for a time dim your horizon, be found to contain a silver lining.
Mrs. C.C. Johnson
Gowanda, NY

Page: 36
To Minnie
Please accept the compliments and best wishes of CC Johnson
Gowanda March 26 1880

Page: 37
Remember me when this you see
And bitter tears doth fall
The pleasant days I’ve spent with thee
Beneath these old school walls
July 31, 1883
Estus Forster
West Clarksville Y
White school

Page: 38
Harman Rosentha

Page: 39
Dear Minnie:
As we journey through life Let us live by the way
Nettie Potter Andover West Genesee Dec 31 1880

Page: 40
“The darkest hour of night is just before the dawning.”
Ever your friend Nora D. Norton Portsville, NY March 25, 1882

Page: 41
Deem every day of your life a page in your history,
N.P. Reyes
Arch 20, 1880

Page: 42
Dear Minnie:
May thy home be bright [unreadable due to fading]
Where’re in the wide world it may be
May peace and prosperity fall [two words, unreadable]
And ever smile sweetly on thee
Your friend
Mrs. M. P. Keyes, Portsville, NY, March 20, 1880

Page: 43
Dear Minnie –
Q: What’s the dearest to our heart?
A: “Home” “Mother” “friends”
Your friend H. Hirrick

Page: 44
Heaven is not reached at single bound
But we build the ladder by which we rise;
From the lovely earth to the vaulted skies,
And we mount to its summit round by round
Marie (Meridith?) Nash
Persia Catt Co.

Page: 45
Yours truly G. (G. or S.) Hicks
Trenton Oct. 11, 1882

Page: 46
That thy life may be one of usefulness
And prosperity and an eternity of happiness
Is the wish of your friend Mary Nash
Feb. 25, 1881

Page: 47
If wishes of mine can prove of worth
Be this my portion given
A blameless, joyous life on earth,
And a golden crown in heaven.
Yours sincerely,
K.T. McBride
Portsville Jan 18, 1880

Page: 48
Regards of Cora Peekham
West Clarskville, Allegany Co., NY
July 30, 1883

Page: 49
Those realms – how beautiful and fair Dear Teacher! A blissful meeting there.
Bell West Feb 27, 1882

Page: 50
Hope constantly. Labor faithfully, wait patiently, win surely.
O.J. Nash
Feb 22 1882

Page: 51
Life is a diamond rich and rare. Keep undimmed its luster fair.
Nellie Nash
Feb. 17, 1882

Page: 52
I am very respectfully your cousin
W.N. (or H) Vincent
Salamanca, NY
Mar 29 1880

Page: 53
If we have nothing but memory
To keep the chain of friendship bright
(then) let us never forget the scenes and days of the past
Your cousin
Edgar L. Vincent
Olean NY
“Times” Office

Page: 54
Compliments of Effie C. Nash
West Clarksville NY
Allegheny Co
July 31, 1883

Page: 55
“True friendship is everlasting”
Your friend forever
Dessie Norton
Nov. 23, [’87 or ‘81]



Melvin Marion Priest was son of Charles Reuben Priest and Sena Adeline Boyd Priest. He was born  12 July 1910 (based on the SSDI ).  He died in a plane crash near the  Clinton-Sherman  Airport in Washita Co., Oklahoma.  Apparently living in Vian, Oklahoma at the time of his death, his place of burial is still to be determined.

His siblings were  Maudie V. Priest Marbut, Lawrence William Priest, Allie M. Priest, Clarence C. Priest, Bessie M. Priest Raymond Wesley Priest, Norman E. Priest and Edna E. Priest. 

He married Velma Dora Cochren in Lyons, Rice , Kansas on 18 October 1930.  He was working the broomcorn harvest when they met.  They will live in the Plevna, Reno Co., Kansas area until about 1933, during which time they will have Melvin Daniel Priest, nicknamed variously "Sonny" and "Charles", and a daughter Leona Fay Priest (1933-1933).

In 1934 they are Barry Co., Missouri near his family where Doris  (spelled Dorris on death certificate and grave entry but her mother always spelled it Doris) Arlene Priest was born (1934- 1935) but dies at 8 months from pnuemonia.

Over the next few years his family expanded to include Ruth Claudine (who would change her name later to Carol), Helen, and Larry L. (who would later change his name to Louis L.). On the 1940 census they are still in Barry Co., Mo in the Flat Creek area where his biological family resided.  He was listed as working on a road crew doing construction.

In the early days of the 1940's he is in Wichita running a boarding house with his family. As the war ended so did his marriage to Velma, although an exact date of divorce is unknown.  

Wife Velma and daughter Helen  inspect one of the planes Melvin Sr. flew, ca. 1945
At the time of his death he was working, apparently, for the J. H. Carman construction company putting in a highway in the Elk City, Oklahoma region.

New information suggests he had married a woman in Kansas within a  year or so of the probable date of the divorce from Velma.  This information suggests he fathered two sons and after his death they all relocated to California.


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