Mar 21, 2012


CHARLOTTE, Oct. 21 - The dead body of Simeon J. Cole of near Ainger or Olivet station was found Thursday afternoon in his buggy in the yard at the home of Myron Lampton, where the horse had stopped when it found it had no driver. Deputy Sheriff Carlton Gibson and Dr. McLennon of Bellevue decided it was a case of apoplexy. Mr. Cole was 70 years old and had been in poor health for sometime.
Kalamazoo Gazette, October 21, 1921 (pg 3)

"The Free Dictionary," 

1. Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially that resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke.
2. A sudden effusion of blood into an organ or tissue.
3. A fit of extreme anger; rage: "The proud . . . members suffered collective apoplexy, and this year they are out for blood" (David Finch). 

Simeon J. Cole was the second husband of my 2nd great grandmother, Ella Odell Talbot Cole. Ella's first husband (my 2nd great grandfather) died in a fire in 1889, when their daughter (my Great Grandmother, Myrtle Talbot Bradley) was just 8 years old.  Ella then married Simeon J. Cole and they lived at "the Cole farm" where Myrtle was raised. Ella died in 1919 and is buried with her first husband at Bellevue (Riverside) Cemetery. Simeon is also buried there, alongside his first wife, Jenny Cooper Cole. He is also listed on the Cole Family marker at Spauding Cemetery, but he isn't buried there.

Mar 17, 2012

Kiss Me! I'm Irish!

Patrick Crain
son of John and Atty (McDonough) Cryan
b. January 26, 1831, d. May 6, 1891

My 2nd Great Grandfather, Patrick Crain, was the fourth of ten children born to John and Atty (McDonough) Cryan at Riverstown, Co. Sligo, Ireland. He and his siblings were baptized at Taunagh Parish Church which was founded by St. Patrick himself!

LDS Microfilm

In a 1962 letter to my Grandmother, Edna Grasse (a niece of Patrick Crain,) writes:

March 11, 1962
Dear Cousin Gertrude,   What a pleasant surprise to get a letter from an unknown relative.   I got down the family bible and have compiled some statistics about the Crains.   I suppose you know about your father's brothers and sisters, eleven of them -   and whom they married.   I know them all and where they lived. 

 My Grandfather, John Crain lived in Drumrain, Sligo Co., Ireland and worked in a bank.   When he died his widow emigrated to the U.S. in May 1848 and settled in Boston, Mass.   She emigrated to Wisconsin in May 1855.   Two sons remained in Mass. James and Michael.   My grandmother Atty, died in Eldorado, Wis. Jan. 20, 1880.
 My dad, Mark was the youngest.   He was 3 when he came to the U.S.   They came in a sailing vessel and it took eight weeks!!! 

Edna also says that the name was spelled "Cryan" in Ireland.

Patrick's uncle, Mark Cryan had migrated to the United States and an earlier time. He sent for Patrick's 2 older sister. When John died, Atty brought  her remaining 8 children. They sailed to Boston and she ran a boarding house in Leominster, MA for a time.

 Patrick, at least 2 of his siblings, and their uncle Mark went west to Eldorado, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin about 1855 and took up farming.  Atty soon followed with 3 of the remaining 5 children, with James and Michael (who spelled their last name "Crane" staying back in Massachusetts.

Patrick applied for citizenship in 1856.

 Located and copied by Greg Hamm

He married Bridget Murray, daughter of John and Catherine (Geraghty) Murray from Co. Longford, Ireland, in 1858 and they had 12 children.

Patrick's name appears on the deed to the land for St. Mary's Mission, Eldorado's Catholic Church. The deed was signed on March 1st 1867 and the land was purchased for about $100.00. According to a Crain cousin who served on the cemetery board, people buried at the adjoining cemetery are all related to the Crain family.

Picture taken by Audrey Riley (2000)
St. Mary's Mission, Eldorado, WI
Known as "The Little Crain Church" by Crain Descendents

  Patrick's son, Tim, was the father of my Grandmother, Gertrude Crain Bradley.

An Irish Wish for a Friend
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Mar 15, 2012

Emma Varnera Bradley Andrews (1845 - 1908) - Find A Grave Memorial

I'm just trying out "Find a Grave's" new Blogger Share button! Seems to work nicely! So Thanks to Jim for locating and photographing Emma's memorial.

Emma Varnera Bradley Andrews (1845 - 1908) - Find A Grave Memorial

Mar 4, 2012

Emma V Bradley

Emma Varnera Bradley, born at Kalamo, Eaton County, Michigan on October 13, 1845, was the youngest daughter of James D. and Tirzah (Lankton) Bradley.

Emma's young life seems more eventful that most, given the sensational murder trial of her sister when Emma was just 11 years old. Her father died when she was 12.  In 1860, she lived at the farm with her brother, Truman, his wife Abigail, her mother and her aunt Hannah Lankton.

1860 U.S. Federal Census, Kalamo, Eaton, Michigan

In 1862, Emma's sister-in-law, just a few months older than Emma, died during childbirth. 

Emma married Robert Andrews of Oswego, New York on April 5, 1864 at her home in Kalamo. Emma and Robert moved to Robert's childhood home on a farm in Southwest Oswego, New York where their first daughter, Lucy Estella, was born on April 26, 1866. They had a second daughter, Clara Augustus, on  November 15, 1868 and a son, William Bradley Andrews on November 16, 1870.

The family was well known in the community and were active members of the Hope Grange and the Southwest Oswego Baptist Church. 

Thanks to "Old Fulton Postcards," I've been able to piece together a "snap shot" of Emma's life in Oswego.

On January 1st, 1890, the family had a New Year's Eve party!
Jan 1.-Last evening a large number of young people met at the residence of Mr. Robert Andrews. The time was spent in playing games and singing. Lunch was served at 11 o'clock, followed by popcorn and peanuts. At two o'clock the party broke up realizing that they had not been home since last year.

In September 1894, Her brother Ira D. Bradley came to New York for a visit:
Southwest Oswego
Sept. 3
Mrs. Robert Andrews is entertaining her eldest brother from Michigan.-
Emma and Lucy took a trip to Michigan in 1895. Apparently, Clara and William didn't go along.

Robert Andrews wife and daughter Lucy started for Michigan today.
They hosted a social in 1898:

OCT 10- On Friday evening of this week the Y.P.S.C.E. will hold a pumpkin pie social at the home of Mr. Robert Andrews.
In 1899, Clara married S. Franklin Lewis at the home of her parents. Sounds like a beautiful gown she wore. The Wedding March was played by Clara's cousin, Miss Elizabeth Andrews. I thought Clara's father was an only child, but if Elizabeth is Clara's first cousin, he must have had a brother.  Emma's brother Truman died in Feb. 1899. I wonder if she went to Michigan at that time, but I didn't find a notice.

A very pretty home wedding occurred at Southwest Oswego Wednesday evening, June 14, when Clara Augusta, second daughter of Mr. Robert Andrews, was married to Mr. Franklin Lewis of Fruit Valley. The bride was attended by her friend, Miss Cora Vodra, while William, brother of the bride, acted as best man.  At eight o'clock Miss Elizabeth Andrews, cousin of the bride, played Mendelsaohn's wedding march and the bridal party descended to the parlors where the Rev. A.H. Sutphin performed the ceremony.
The bride wore a gown of white cashmere and white satin and wore white bride's roses, the bridesmaid white organdie and pink roses. The parlors were beautifully trimmed with ferns, roses and daisies. After the ceremony and elaborate wedding supper was served.
Guests were present from Oswego, Scriba, Volney and Sterling. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis will reside near Fruit Valley and their many friends wish them a long and happy future.
 Later that year, they held another social for the church youth. Lucy was a school teacher, and a Sunday School teacher, so maybe these were her parties.

The young people of the Baptist church will hold a social at the home of Robert Andrews on Friday evening December 1st.
 Emma and Lucy visited the Pan American in October 1901

OCT.21- Mrs. Robert Andrews and daughter, Lucy, visited the Pan-American last Saturday.

Birdseye view of the Pan-American exposition, Buffalo, May 1 to November 1, 1901

  • Digital ID: (digital file from original print) ppmsca 07832
  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-07832 (digital file from original print) LC-USZ62-23777 (b&w film copy neg.)
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

The Pan American was a world's fair held in Buffalo NY in 1901. 

More visitors from Michigan in November 1901.
Oswego Daily Times, Wednesday Evening, November 13, 1901
Nov. 13 - Mrs. Lura Thornton and Mr. Ira Bradley of Ainger, Mich., are visiting their sister, Mrs. Robert Andrews.
 Several mentions in August 1905, including another visit from Emma's sister, Lury. I wonder about Lucy's relatives in New York City.

Southwest Oswego Aug. 14-
Miss Lucy Andrews is visiting relatives in New York City.
Mrs. Jennie Baldwin of Fulton is the guest of Mrs. Clara Lewis.
Mrs. Lucy Thornton of Ainger, Mich. is visiting her sister Mrs. Robert Andrews.

Quite a bit going on around Lucy's marriage to Mr. H.E. Kingsley on Aug 8, 1906.
Miss Jennie Daly gave a shower this afternoon at her home at Southwest Oswego in honor of Miss Lucy Andrews, who will be married this week Wednesday.
Popular Teacher of Oswego Town Wedded to Syracuse Man
A quiet but pretty house wedding occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Andrews of this place Wednesday, August 8, when their daughter, Lucy Estella, was united in marriage ot Mr. Herbert Eugene Kingsly of Syracuse, the Rev. G.A. Fairbank officiating.
The house was prettily decorated with evergreen and flowers, Miss Marcia Pease playing the wedding march. The bride was tastefully gowned in a traveling dress of brown silk and carried white sweet peas. The wedding presents were numerous and elegant and included two hansome pieces of silver from the Southwest Oswego Baptist Church of which the bride was a member, also a peice of hand-painted china fromher Sunday School class. She is a well-known teacher of Oswego Town, popular in social work and much esteemed by all.
After a short sojourn among the Islands Mr. and Mrs. Kingsley will be at home to their friends at 129 Purple Street, Syracuse.
OSWEGO DAILY TIMES, August 14, 1906
Aug 14--Mr. and Mrs. A Campbell and Mrs. Lura Thornton of Ainger, Mich. are visiting their sister, Mrs. Robert Andrews
August 18.-- Mr and Mrs G.A. Campbell and Mrs. Lury A Thornton of Charlotte Michigan, who have been visiting at the home of Robert Andrews and who called there to attend the wedding of his daughter, returned to their home yesterday.
 In 1908, Emma lost her husband on March 26th, then her brother, Ira, on July 21. Emma was Ill at the beginning of December, and died at home on Wednesday, December 16, 1908.

Mrs. Emma Andrews, widow of the late Robert Andrews, died at the family home in this town Wednesday Dec. 16, after an illness of 15 days. She leaves one son, William, of this town, and two daughters, Mrs. H.E. Kingsley, of Syracuse, and Mrs. S.F. Lewis of Fruit Valley, also two sisters, Mrs. Lura Thornton and Mrs. Sarah Campbell, of Bellevue, Mich.
Mrs. Andrews was a member of the Baptist Church and also of Hope Grange. The funeral was held Friday, Internment at Rural Cemetery.- Mrs. Sarah Campbell, of Bellevue, Mich. and Mrs. Jennie Baldwin, of Fulton, N.Y., are in town, called here by the death of Mrs. Andrews.

Mar 1, 2012

Death of Robert Andrews

Here is the obituary for Robert Andrews, the husband of James D. Bradley's youngest daughter, Emma Varnera Bradley. It was the first of many articles I found about the family at Old Fulton NY Post Cards. It was an exciting find for me, as I knew nothing beyond names and dates for Emma. She was the only one of the Bradley's 10 children born at Kalamo, Eaton Co., Michigan, the rest born in New York.
Mr. Robert Andrews
    Died at his home one mile West of Southwest Oswego one of Oswego Town's well know and highly respected citizens, Robert Andrews, aged 68 years 11 months and 21 days. Mr. Andrews had lived during his whole life in the same school district having been born on a farm adjacent to the present homestead to which he moved with his parents when about four years of age. On April fifth 1864 he was united in marriage to Miss Emma V. Bradley of Kalamo, Eaton Co., Michigan; and she with their three children, Mrs. H.E. Kingsley, Mrs. S.F. Lewis, and William B. Andrews still survive him. He was a kind and sympathatic husband and fater and a great lover of home and family.
    Although he had been in poor health for years, and death was not unexpected, the end was sudden and a great shock to his friends, yet he pass- ed away so peacefully that they scarcely knew when the spirit took its flight.
    He was much interested in the political affairs of the country and town as a Republican, but did not de- sire official positions, yet he had vot- ed at every election after he became of age.
   He had been a faithful attendant of the S.W. Oswego Baptist Church since its organization, and later be- came one of its esteemed members, since which time he has been deeply interested in its welfare, and has con- scientiously supported its workings in all ways acting as trustee for a num- ber of years.
   The large number who attended his funeral at the home church on March 29, notwithstanding the bad condition of the roads, told of the high respect and esteem in which he was held.
   "Mark the perfect man and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace."

South West Oswego, April 1 -
We wish to express our sincere thanks to our neighbors and friends for their kindness and sympathy during the short sickness and burial of our dear husband and father. Also to the Baptist Curch and Hope Grange and others for the beautiful flowers given at this time of our great bereavement.
Mrs. Emma V. Andrews,
William B. Andrews,
Mr and Mrs H.E. Kingsley,
Mr and Mrs S.F. Lewis
(Oswego Daily Times, Thursday Evening April 2, 1908)

I would like to know what brought Robert to Eaton County. He was listed in both the 1850 and 1860 census' living with his parents, Samuel and Mary Andrews at Oswego, New York. His father having been born in Ireland. He was the only child (11 years old) in 1850. In 1860, there was also a 12 year old girl named Jane Hines.

There were a number of Andrews' families living in Eaton County in 1860, but none that I can so far connect to Robert. Perhaps he knew one of Emma's brothers through Grange business?