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!
OSWEGO DAILY TIMES JANUARY 1 1890
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:
OSWEGO DAILY TIMES, WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 1894Emma and Lucy took a trip to Michigan in 1895. Apparently, Clara and William didn't go along.
Mrs. Robert Andrews is entertaining her eldest brother from Michigan.-
OSWEGO DAILY TIMES FRIDAY AUGUST 16, 1895They hosted a social in 1898:
Robert Andrews wife and daughter Lucy started for Michigan today.
OSWEGO DAILY TIMES OCTOBER 10, 1898In 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.
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.
OSWEGO DAILY TIMES JUNE 27, 1899Later 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.
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.
THE OSWEGO DAILY PALLADIUM: WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 22, 1899Emma and Lucy visited the Pan American in October 1901
The young people of the Baptist church will hold a social at the home of Robert Andrews on Friday evening December 1st.
OSWEGO DAILY TIMES, MONDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 21, 1901
OCT.21- Mrs. Robert Andrews and daughter, Lucy, visited the Pan-American last Saturday.
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, 1901Several mentions in August 1905, including another visit from Emma's sister, Lury. I wonder about Lucy's relatives in New York City.
Nov. 13 - Mrs. Lura Thornton and Mr. Ira Bradley of Ainger, Mich., are visiting their sister, Mrs. Robert Andrews.
OSWEGO DAILY TIMES, TUESDAY EVENING AUGUST 15, 1905
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.
OSWEGO DAILY TIMES, THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 9, 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
SOUTHWEST OSWEGO, August 9-
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
OSWEGO DAILY TIMES AUGUST 18, 1906In 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.
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.
OSWEGO DAILY TIMES DECEMBER 21 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.