Alva Parks Brown and Martha Jane Ennis

Alva Parks Brown born 23 Nov 1838 in Elba, Genesee, New York to Orsemus L. Brown and Diantha Parks. Alva married first Martha Jane Ennis 24 Oct 1870 in Texas, Henry, Ohio. Martha was born 10 Aug 1849 in Union County, Ohio to Alonzo Havington Ennis and Olive Bird. In 1865, her family moved to Texas, Henry, Ohio. When Martha was 19, her mother died in childbirth, along with the baby. Her older sister died at age 23, when Martha was 21, leaving her the eldest living child in the family.

Alva was a salesman who ran a huckster wagon to county fairs. He also sold door-to-door. He sold a variety of items, such as seat springs and water pumps. According to his grandson Frank Boyd, he also sold rotten wood as bedbug powder. He was also an inventor who obtained several patents. Two of these were a patent for a spring bed-bottom granted 18 May 1875 and a patent for a bedstead granted 17 January 1882. Martha's nephew Calvin Ennes wrote, "Young Sylvester Beecher Ennes [Martha's brother and Calvin's father] traveled with Albert [sic] on his many trips. It was a hard life for them and a harder life for Martha, his wife, who lived with her father at the Old Ennes Farm taking care of her children. After Ordella died in 1871, Martha was the oldest. Alonzo Ennes gave her the Old Family Bible." Calvin described life on the Ennes farm: "[Alonzo] had his children work in the fields too, with him…Those were busy days for the girls on the Old Ennes Farm at Texas. They not only did the housework and work in the fields but they made the hundreds of tallow candles needed for lighting the home, and also those used in the many square-tinned lanterns used in the barns and stables. The girls also made the lard and the apple butter over an open fire in a large iron kettle outdoors. In fact, they made nearly everything except the shoes they wore on their feet."

Tragedy struck again
when Martha's father died from sepsis due to an accidental cut to the hand when Martha was 29. Calvin Ennes stated that, "Over the years, Alonzo bought many farms so the Alonzo Ennes Farm at Texas, Ohio was originally composed of many smaller places with buildings on each of them. These farms were located north of the Canal on the east side of Texas. After Alonzo's death in 1879, each of his children, with the exception of Lincoln…was given a portion of his holdings.…Martha Brown, with her large family inherited the Alonzo Ennes home, buildings and land where she and the Ennes family had lived." Martha was also given $10.72 from her grandfather William A. Ennes's estate in 1882.

Alva was listed as a farmer in 1880 but it is unclear whether he gave up his occupation as a salesman to run the farm. His parents were enumerated in the next household but it was noted under occupation that his father "works on farm" and his mother "lives with son."

Martha filed for divorce 1 November 1880. A divorce hearing on 25 Jan 1881 at Napoleon, Henry, Ohio. At this time, Martha accused Alva of "gross neglect and Extreme cruelty" and reported two incidents in Oct 1880 where he beat her. She also stated that he abandoned the family, taking "all the household goods and provisions belonging to the family and all the clothing of said plaintiff & her children except what they had on, taking then and there even the pillow from under their infant child lying in a rocking chair." Alva denied the allegations and in turn, accused her of "gross neglect of duty" towards him, of being the one who deserted him and the family on 18 Oct, and of adultery with an Ely Bolinger. The divorce was granted 11 Feb 1881 and Alva found guilty of extreme cruelty. He was ordered to pay alimony. Martha was granted custody of the children.

Alva and Martha remarried later that year, however, on 1 Aug 1881 in Napoleon, Henry, Ohio. The second marriage didn't last and they divorced a second time in 1886. Alva published a legal notice in the local newspaper, praying for a divorce from her on grounds of "gross neglect of duty" and informing Martha "whose place of residence is unknown" of a hearing on or after 10 Aug 1886. The granting of the divorce was reported in the local newspaper 7 October 1886 and it was noted that the divorced was decreed at the costs of the plaintiff (Alva).

Alva after the second divorce:
Alva moved to Indiana after the second divorce. He married second Louisa A. Thoman 14 Aug 1888 in Fulton county, Indiana to Jacob and Caroline Thoman.
Louisa was born 9 Jan 1868. They were living at Hillsdale, part of Helt, Vermillion, Indiana 30 Jul 1895, when Alva was granted a patent for a design for a chair. He was listed as a farmer in Helt in 1900.

The Browns moved to Michigan in 1903 in a covered wagon. There, his grandson Frank stated that he owned a broom factory in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan. While it is not certain whether he owned a factory, he does appear in a Battle Creek city directory as a broommaker, living at 574 West Van Buren Avenue. At the time of daughter Leona's marriage, they were living at a farm home at what later became Fort Custer in Michigan. Alva wrote a letter that was probably dated around 1917-8, in which he gives his address as "574 west vabren Batel Crick Mich" (574 West Van Buren, Battle Creek, Michigan). The letter, probably written to one or more of his children by Martha, states, "I feer I shall never Have the Plesher to see you all a gane." It is evident in the letter that his daughter Bertha had previously written to him but had not done so in some time.

Alva was apparently committed to an institution in the last decade or so of his life. He appeared twice in the 1920 census, once in the family home on West Van Buren Street in Battle Creek (but with the note "State Hospital" under occupation) and once as an inmate in the Kalamazoo State Hospital. Louisa was living at West Buren Street with her son Charles, his wife Mima, and their daughter Geraldine. She was working as a housekeeper in a hospital.

Alva died 14 June 1929 at the Kalamazoo State Hospital, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan of myocarditis and cardiac failure with arteriosclerosis as a contributing factor. He was buried 16 June 1929
at Banfield Cemetery, Banfield, Barry, Michigan. About a month later, on 21 Aug 1929, Louisa suffered a brain hemorrhage but survived. She was enumerated in Battle Creek in 1930, still at West Van Buren Street, with one roomer. Louisa died 15 May 1931 at Nichols Hospital in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was buried 18 May 1931, next to Alva, at Banfield Cemetery, Banfield, Barry, Michigan.

Martha after the second divorce:
Martha left Ohio after the second divorce and moved to Arkansas. She took all of the children from both her first and second marriage to Alva. Calvin Ennes wrote that, "Shortly after her father Alonzo died in 1879, Martha left Brown, took her family, the Bible, which had the Ennes family records back to 1666 in Ireland, few belongings and went to Arkansas. On the way the boat was wrecked while on the Mississippi. The Bible and her belongings were lost, but the family survived. Several years later she came back to Texas with her youngest son Edward and visited. She was never heard from again after she returned to Arkansas." Note, however, that there are several incorrect facts in this statement. First, it can be seen in contemporary records that he did not leave soon after her father's death in 1879, but in 1886, after the second divorce. Second, Calvin stated elsewhere in his history the belief that the family once held that the first Ennes ancestor in America was one of three brothers from Ireland. There is no evidence to support this descent. The Ennes' likely first American ancestors were Alexander Innes, a Scottish prisoner of war transported to New England as an indentured servant and, his wife, Catherine, an Irish woman (possibly also transported and indentured involuntarily). Lastly, Calvin's version of the story about the Bible may not be accurate. The story, as passed down to my grandfather, Martha's grandson, was that the Bible was lost in a flood sometime after Martha and her children had settled in Arkansas.

Before Martha left Ohio, she had been led to believe that she had purchased land in Arkansas but discovered that it was merely a lifelong lease and she would not be able to do as she had planned, which was to improve the land and rent or sell it. She was listed living in Spring, Lincoln, Arkansas in 1900.

Martha died in 1910 in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas, according to information passed down through her grandson Frank. Her grandson Frank Boyd also passed down information he had heard about his grandmother's appearance and personality. According to him, she was redheaded, bragged about having "blue blood in her veins," was selfish, vain, and a "man-hater," "lived a hard life" of poverty, farmed and sold eggs, and loved coffee and sugar. She may have gone by Mattie for short, as she appears in Social Security records for her son Homer as Mattie Ennis.

Alva and Martha’s children are:

  1. Beecher Brown, born about 1872 in Ohio (according to the 1880 census, which calls him Beecher) or about 1784 (according to Alva and Martha's divorce papers, which calls him Alva Beecher), married Hattie -- No birth records have been found for an Alva Beecher. It is interesting to note that there is a record of a Beecher Delos Brown, born 10 Aug 1871 in Eaton county, Michigan to Alva P. and Martha Jane Brown. This date is the right year but in a different location than what is stated in the 1880 census, though it may still be possible that the Browns had been in Michigan for a short time (especially considering Alva's profession). The name Beecher Delos is particularly interesting, as Martha had a brother named Sylvester Beecher Ennes and Alva had a brother named Tristram Delos Brown. Could Alva Beecher and Beecher Delos be the same child (perhaps one of the records had an incorrect name? Or could there have been two children (a Beecher Delos and an Alva Beecher) and Beecher Delos died young and was not counted among the children in the divorce papers?
Wife: Hattie --, name of Beecher's wife, according to family tradition. A photo exists for her and is shown below but no records have been found to confirm her name or give additional details about her life.
  1. Alonzo Orsmas Brown, born 10 Feb 1876 in Washington, Henry, Ohio, enumerated in the 1880 census.
  2. James Ennes Brown, said to have confronted the man who cheated his mother of land and when the other man went for a derringer in his pocket, shot him, then fled (he "was always feeling like he was chased by the law," according to his nephew, Frank Richard Boyd), went by the aliases Alonzo J. Ennes, married 1) Ada Jane Arnold about 1899, lived and farmed in Justice Precinct 3, Hemphill, Texas in 1910, divorced and moved into his niece Ellen (Boyd) and her husband Frank Helm's home in Clark, Yavapai, Arizona by 1920 (under the name James A. Ennes), worked as a laborer at a smelter in 1920, started going by the name James Ennes Brown from sometime between 1920 and 1927 until his death, married 2) Luz Bedoya 8 Aug 1927 in Pima county, Arizona, lived in Laveen, Maricopa, Arizona in 1928, lived in or near Ajo, Pima, Arizona until "he got where he thought they [the law] were catching up with him" (according to his nephew Frank), lived and worked as a farmer (working with stock cattle) in Oceanside, San Diego, California in 1930, recorded as a rancher at Hipass Station, San Diego, California in 1935 and 1937, obtained a land patent in San Diego county, California (on the United States-Mexico border) 18 Dec 1936, lived in Jacumba, San Diego, California in 1940, died 6 Feb 1960 in San Diego county, California, buried at Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego, California. According to his nephew Frank, Jim would carry a twelve-gauge shotgun with him at all times after he started homesteading on his patent and that one time he was driving his Model T Ford when the gun fell over and blew holes in the back of his car.
No birth record for a James Ennes Brown has been located. The date of his birth is confusing as he appears in one record as having been born about 1887, in family tradition as born 16 May 1882 (but this is his brother Homer's birthdate and there is no tradition of them being twins--this is likely an error), and in some records as born 10 Feb 1876 in Henry county, Ohio (although no James was listed in the family in 1880). As Jim was on the run, the possibility exists that he and Alonzo Orsmas Brown were the same person (that he was born Alonzo Orswas Brown, fled and took on the name Alonzo J. Ennes, moved to Arizona and took on the name James A. Ennes, then finally James Ennes Brown). Alternatively, he may have assumed the birth date of his deceased older brother, Alonzo Orswas, although it is not clear why he would feel the need to do so if he felt safe enough to return to using his original name. While I somewhat favor the first scenario (Alonzo Orswas assuming the alias of James Ennes Brown), I am not absolutely certain. Therefore, I have left Alonzo Orswas Brown and James Ennes Brown as two separate children. For more information on this and on the identification of his first wife and their children, click here for a PDF of my analysis.
Wife 1: Ada Jane Arnold, b. 9 Jun 1878 in Arlington, Tarrant, Texas to Thomas O. and Alice G. (Strahan) Arnold, lived in the Tularosa, Otero, New Mexico in 1920, lived in Fairview, Sierra, New Mexico in 1930, listed as a teacher in a public school in both the 1920 and 1930 censuses, d. 1 Sep 1953, bur. Hot Springs Cemetery, Truth or Consequences (formerly Hot Springs), Sierra, New Mexico. She is listed as "Ada Ennesarnold Choran" in Social Security records. I'm not sure if this means that she married a Mr. Choran or if this was an error in either the record or the indexing. She was listed as Ada Ennes, not Choran, on her gravestone.
Wife 2: Luz Bedoya, b. 29 Dec 1908 in Caborca Viejo, Sonora, Mexico to -- Bedoya and -- Velasco, made and sold candies at Wisteria Candy Cottage in Boulevard, San Diego, California in the 1940s, buying this business in 1950 (business passed down to her daughter LuzCelia and her daughter--click here for the candy kitchen's website and a video about it), d. 29 or 31 Dec 1993 at Community Convalescent Center, La Mesa, San Diego, California, bur. Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego, California.
Children (by Ada): Ory Lewis Ennes, Leon Fredrick Ennes, Lavora Olive Ennes, and Irene Lovena Ennes.
Children (by Luz): James William Brown, Ordella Margarita Brown (source for her middle name: see Ordella Margarita Brown in Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.), Yshmal Louis Brown (also spelled Ishmael Luis Brown; sources for his name: see Ishmael Luis Brown in Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. and Yshmal Louis Brown in Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2014.), Luzcelia Brown, and and one other now living.
  1. Bertha Amanda Brown, born 13 Jan 1878 in Washington, Henry, Ohio, married William Henry Boyd 16 August 1897 in Grady, Lincoln, Arkansas, helped supplement her family’s income by taking in washing, having a vegetable wagon, and keeping cows, chicken, rabbits, and pigeons, also planted beautiful flowers (but her husband would dig up the flowers to plant vegetables), was a practicing Seventh-day Adventist, loved mustard greens and berries, lived in Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas in 1910, became sick with tuberculosis and was instructed to go to a warmer climate, moved to Texas (living for a time in El Paso), owned a business (either a laundry or a bakeshop), may have returned to Arkansas for a time, lived in Clarkdale, Yavapai, Arizona in 1920, also lived in Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona (according to son Frank), moved to Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona by 1922, moved to Laveen, Maricopa, Arizona (where the family operated a dairy), sold the dairy and returned to Phoenix (where the family owned a store made of old signboards attached to their house), said to have oil lands in New Mexico for a time (but lost it when William Henry didn't pay taxes on it), moved to Marysville, Yuba, California in 1929 after the mine where William Henry worked closed and the store was unable to produce enough income (drove in a soft top 1928 Dodge touring car with her two youngest children, worked at the Del Monte cannery in Gridley, Butte, California, took her youngest to Baptist and other churches (as there were no Adventist churches in the area at that time) and paid tithing to various churches (even though they were poor), moved to Oakland, Alameda, California, then to San Francisco, San Francisco, California in about 1930-31, moved out of the family home for a time after learning that her youngest son Frank had witnessed William Henry (and perhaps other family members) counterfeiting and took in laundry in Oakland to support herself and Frank (the rest of the family later moved to Oakland), worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Depression as a seamstress on a variety of projects, died of cervical cancer 6 June 1954 in Oakland, Alameda, California, buried 9 June in Oakland.
Husband: William Henry Richardson (birth name), b. 12 Feb 1864 in Campbell, La Crosse, Wisconsin to Squire Freeman Richardson and Caroline E. Devol, moved with his parents to the Stockton, Chautauqua, New York area, worked on the railroad, visited Niagara Falls with his mother where they saw a display of the newly-invented light bulb, m. 1st Maria Agnes Soucier, left his wife and eldest son, began going by his alias William Henry Boyd, listed as a railroad conductor in 1910, working as a brakeman when he lost all but one finger on his right hand, a laundryman in 1922, then worked as a watchman at an onyx mine far out of town (returning home every two weeks), worked and lived in Oakland, Alameda, California after the family moved from Arizona, an especially good and competitive checkers and cards player, made counterfeit silver dollars after moving to California, arrested 19 Feb 1933, indicted by a grand jury 28 Feb 1933 on five counts involving counterfeiting, sentenced 2 Mar 1933 to two years’ imprisonment for counterfeiting, received at McNeil Island Penitentiary in the Puget Sound 5 Apr 1933, released from prison in 8 October 1934 (about six months early), worked for the WPA (as a ratcatcher in Emeryville, Alameda, California (according to son Frank), a laborer at the city hall garage at Emeryville, and a watchman at a curbs and gutters project in Oakland), removed from his WPA project Jul 1936 because he was listed as “Over Age Limit” (Bertha began working for the WPA after his last paycheck was issued in Aug 1936), d. of cardiac failure due to senility 6 May 1955 at the home of his son Frank in San Leandro, Alameda, California, buried next to Bertha May 9 at Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda, California.
Children: Ellen Margaret Boyd, Kathleen Edith Boyd ("Katie"), Alice Mable Boyd, John Henry Boyd, James William Boyd ("Jim"), Mary Edna Boyd, Julia Ernestine Boyd, and Frank Richard Boyd.
  1. Ardella Margaret Brown, born Dec 1880 in Ohio ("infant six weeks old" at the time of her parents' first divorce), married 1) William Chisholm 23 Aug 1902 in Jefferson county, Arkansas (both living in Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas at the time) and 2) Otho Otholo Eastwood 6 Jun 1903 in Jefferson county, Arkansas (both living in Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas at the time), living at Merry Green, Grant, Arkansas in 1910, living at Mengelwood, Dyer, Tennessee in about 1918, lived in Civil District 14, Dyer, Tennessee, lived in Cross City, Dixie, Florida with her daughter in 1930, d. 11 Jun 1957 in San Bernardino county, California, buried at Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario, San Bernardino, California.
Husband 1: William Chisholm. No records for him, except for his marriage record, have been found.
Husband 2: Otho Otholo Eastwood, b. 7 Jul 1881 in Mengelwood, Dyer, Tennessee, a day laborer at a sawmill in 1910, a skidder foreman (skidding is a process of transporting logs from a cutting site to a landing to be sent to a mill) for Mengel Box Company in about 1918, described as being of a medium build and height with dark hair and gray eyes, a machinist in 1920, d. 1928 in Gadsden county, Florida.
Child (by William): William Edison Chisholm (appears in the 1910 census as Chisem Eastwood and in the 1920 census as William C. Eastwood; however, AncestryDNA's ThruLines indicates that I have a DNA connection to a great-grandchild of one "Billie Benitta Chisholm," wife of William Keller and places her as a granddaughter of Ardella. Records indicate that a Billie Beneita Chisholm was the daughter of a William Edison Chisholm, who was born 31 Jan 1903 (see U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (card for William Edison Chisholm of Shamrock, Florida); 1940 census, Dixie county, Florida, household of William E. Chisholm; obituary of William Chisholm (Orlando Sentinel (Florida), 3 June 1986); obituary of Billie B. Keller, Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Friday, December 14, 2012; marriage record of William Merle Keller and Billie Beneita Chisholm, Florida Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001; marriage record of B. E. Chisholm and Mary Spivey, Florida Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001; gravestone of Billie "Neita" Keller, Greenwood Cemetery, Shamrock, Dixie, Florida). As William Edison Chisholm's birth date is early in the year before Della's second marriage to Otho Eastwood, it is likely that William was the son of Della by her first husband, William Chisholm, that the younger William appeared in the census under his stepfather's name of Eastwood, and that he subsequently went by his birth name of Chisholm.).
Children (by Otho): Charles Beacher Eastwood (source for his middle name: see Charles Beacher Eastwood in Ancestry.com. U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.), Jackson Eastwood, Garland Eastwood, and Goldie Marie Eastwood.
  1. Homer Louis Brown, born 16 May 1882 in Washington, Henry, Ohio (but date given as May 1885 in the 1900 census), living in Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas at the time of his first marriage, married 1) Susan McKinney 5 Feb 1913 in Jefferson county, Arkansas, probably lived in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas at the end of 1913, a blacksmith helper for United Verde Copper Company who resided in Clarkdale, Yavapai, Arizona in about 1918, described as being of a medium height and stout build with brown hair and brown eyes, married 2) Julia Valenzuela 13 Apr 1932 in Pima county, Arizona, listed as a grocer in Ajo, Pima, Arizona in 1940, a grocer and butcher living in Ajo, Pima, Arizona in 1942, listed as a miner on his death certificate, died 28 Aug 1946 at the Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona (had been admitted to the hospital a little less than ten hours before), probably of uremia, buried at Ajo Cemetery, Ajo, Pima, Arizona. His nephew Frank Boyd, who knew him as a boy and also visited him during World War II, stated that he "had the strength of three or four men" and would, with his brother Jim, wrestle and pick up cows before butchering them. He also clubbed a man to death when the man (who had been in a relationship with Julia before their marriage) showed up drunk and broke into the back of the house. Homer refused to go to police headquarters after that and Frank claimed that they had to bring the court to his house because he was too strong. Frank also stated that he had a strong dislike for hospitals. When he had a kidney infection, he had to be held down and have a knife jabbed in his side to drain the infection. After that, he would have to be placed in a straightjacket before any operation. However, he was strong enough that he could rip the sleeves off the straightjacket, just by straightening his body up. In addition to being the butcher in Ajo, he would take a vegetable cart to the local reservation and sell from his cart and give away homemade ice cream to children. Frank said that his uncle also had a sense of humor and had once told Julia that his mother used to make excellent baked watermelon. The joke backfired, however, when he came home and discovered that Julia had baked a watermelon for him. Despite it being dried up, he ate the watermelon.
Wife 1: Susan McKinney, b. abt. 1895, living in Junet, Grant, Arkansas at the time of her marriage.
Wife 2: Julia Valenzuela, also called Julia Leon, b. 11 Sep 1911 in Caborca Viejo, Sonora, Mexico, described as 5'2 with a dark complexion, black hair, and brown eyes, d. 1970, bur. with Homer at Ajo Cemetery, Ajo, Pima, Arizona. Her parents were Jose Leon Parra and Victoria Romo Ortiz (see 1) border crossing records for Julia Valenzuela de Brown below, 2) 1930 U.S. Federal Census, household of Jose Leon below, and 3) death record for Enrique Leon Romo, son of Jose Leon Parra and Victoria Romo Ortiz, 30 Sep 1982 in Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico, age 50, from Ancestry.com. Sonora, Mexico, Civil Registration Deaths, 1862-1987 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Mexico. State of Sonora Civil Registration. Registro Civil del Estado de Sonora, México. Courtesy of the Academia Mexicana de Genealogia y Heraldica). Julia, her father, and siblings are listed as "In" (Indian) and her mother as "Mex" (Mexican) in the 1930 census. Under parents' birthplaces, this census notes that Julia's father is full blood and of the "Papago Tribe" (known as the Tohono O'odham Nation, residing in Southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico) and her mother and all the children are mixed blood and of the same tribe.
Children (by Susan): -- Brown (daughter) and Billie Brown (son).
Children (by Julia): Homer Joseph Brown (sometimes called Junior; source for middle name: see Homer Joseph Brown in Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.), Julie Ann Brown (also called Bobbie Julia Brown; killed in the explosion in 1942), Diamond Josephine Brown (died in 1942 but died from a fall from a stopped truck, not the explosion--see Josephine Brown in Ancestry.com. Arizona, Death Records, 1887-1960 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.), Johnnie Brown, Jimmie Brown (killed in the explosion in 1942), and others now living.
  1. Edward Brown, born Jan 1884 in Arkansas (but it is more likely that he was born in Ohio), died in 1905 in Arkansas (according to family tradition).

Alva and Louisa’s children are:

  1. Charles Alva Brown, born 20 Jun 1889 in Hillsdale, Vermillion, Indiana, lived in East Leroy, Calhoun, Michigan in 1929, chauffeur for the Postum Cereal Company (later Post Cereals) in about 1917,  described as being of medium height and build with black hair and brown eyes, World War I veteran (enlisted in the army 12 Dec 1917, honorably discharged 28 Jan 1919, a corporal in the Motor Transport Corps 344), married 1) Mary Louise Bisel 15 Jan 1913 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan (divorced granted 15 Oct 1917 to Mary Louise for extreme cruelty) and 2) Mima Iva Walker (also seen in records as Mina Iva Walker) 11 Feb 1918 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, worked as a chauffeur for a food company and lived in Battle Creek with his mother, wife, and baby daughter Geraldine in 1920, a driver for Postum Cereal in Battle Creek in 1921, lived and working as a farm laborer in Athens, Calhoun, Michigan in 1930, accidentally fatally shot his second wife in 1930 (he reportedly propped his gun up after a hunting trip and it fell over and fired), arrested June 1933 for "walking around the street with a loaded shot gun" and firing it once, after "acting queerly for several weeks", arrested 5 Oct 1938 for drunken driving (sentenced to either pay a fine or spend time in jail), fined for being drunk and disorderly 24 Apr 1946, died 3 Mar 1959 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan.
Wife 1: Mary Louise Bisel, b. 18 Oct 1895 in Bellevue, Eaton, Michigan to John Frank and Ella (Crawford) Bisel, m. 2) Albert Bryan Taber (later divorced), a machinist at the time of her second marriage in 1923, m. 3) James G. Nardin, d. Mar 1959, bur. River Bend Cemetery, Walker, Kent, Michigan.
Wife 2: Mima (or Mina) Iva Walker, b. 27 Oct 1893 (but gravestone says 1898) in Illinois or Indiana to Rolland B. and Mary (Hammond) Walker, a telephone operator at the time of her marriage, d. 7 Dec 1930 in Barry, Barry, Michigan of a gunshot wound, funeral held 10 Dec 1930, buried at Oak Hill Cemetery. On the afternoon of 6 Dec 1930, Charles returned from hunting with one Gene Fritz to the home of Gene's mother Mildred Fritz at Banfield, Barry, Michigan and leaned his gun against a wall or post. The gun fell and shot Mima in the right leg. She was taken to the hospital at Delton, where she underwent an operation to amputate her leg, but she died 7 Dec at 1:45 am, bur. Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan.
Child (by Mary Louise): Madeline Eloise Brown (source for this child: see her birth record, Ancestry.com. Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.).
Children (by Mary Louise): Geraldine J. Brown (source for her middle initial: see Geraldine J Anderson in Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.) and Madeline I. Brown (source for her middle initial: see marriage of Manly F Weiderman and Madeline I Brown in Ancestry.com. Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.).
  1. Goldie E. Brown, b. 28 Mar 1891 in Hillsdale, Vermillion, Indiana, married 1) Earl J. Rogers in 1910 in Dowling, Baltimore, Barry, Michigan (later divorced) and 2) Floyd Simeon Moore 16 Jul 1919 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan (on South Avenue), a saleslady at the time of her second marriage, lived in Albion, Calhoun, Michigan during her marriage to Floyd, divorced from Floyd 11 Sep 1925 at Calhoun county, Michigan (granted to Goldie on grounds of cruelty), married 3) Adna Vail Fuller 23 Jan 1926 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, lived in Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan in 1929, lived and worked as a saleslady (selling wearing apparel) in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan in 1930, divorced from Adna 24 Jun 1932 (divorce granted to Adna on grounds of extreme cruelty, Goldie banned from marrying for two years and given a restraining order from interfering with Adna and his property in Battle Creek, an alienation of affections suit by Adna against one Floyd F. Claggett, which claimed Claggett, a piano tuner, had formed an acquaintance with Goldie when he was called to the Fuller home to tune a piano and started an affair, the suit being settled out of court), living in Payne, Paulding, Ohio at the time of her fourth marriage, lived in Battle Creek in 1935, enumerated as a guest at the Reid Hotel in Flint, Genesee, Michigan and a jewelry demonstrator for a jewelry company in 1940, married 4) Charles V. Shumaker 5 Jul 1941 in Defiance, Defiance, Ohio, lived at Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan in 1942, divorced from Charles 7 Jun 1943 at Calhoun county, Michigan, sold jewelry "of her own manufacture" locally and at county fairs for more than 25 years before her death, died 14 Jun 1962 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan (at her home, 217 West Fountain Street) unexpectedly (though she had been and in a hospital shortly before then), funeral held 16 Jun 1962, buried at Banfield Cemetery, Banfield, Barry, Michigan.
Husband 1: Earl J. Rogers, b. 16 Jun 1886 in Lowell, Kent, Michigan to Jehial H. and Sarah (Culver) Rogers, m. 1) Margaret Elizabeth King, a street car conductor in 1910 (also in about 1917 for the Michigan Railway Company), described as being tall and slender with dark brown hair, dark gray eyes, and "Right Thumb off," m. 2) Maude E. Cassady, a teacher at the time of his second marriage in 1919, a milkman at the time of his death, d. 1 Dec 1934 in Freeport, Barry, Michigan ("found dead in his milk truck probably due to heart trouble"), member of Odd Fellows (see emblem on gravestone), buried 5 Dec 1934 in Freeport Cemetery, Freeport, Barry, Michigan.
Husband 2: Floyd Simeon Moore, b. 22 Apr 1889 in Rutland, Barry, Michigan to Adelbert and Mary Frances (Huff) Moore, m. 1) Maud Cecil Noble (who died of influenza in 1918), interurban conductor on the Michigan Electric Railway in about 1917 (draft registration) and 1919 (marriage record), described as being slender and of medium height with brown hair and blue eyes, worked for a total of 13 years for Michigan Railway and its predecessor, United Traction, from 1907 to 1920, was still listed as a conductor in the 1920 census,  owned a music store at Albion, Calhoun, Mighigan (Moore Music Co.) from 1920 on, member of the three local Masonic lodges, member of the retail committee of the Albion Association of Commerce, m. 3) Hazel I. Winslow, d. 26 Sep 1937 in Albion, Calhoun, Michigan (at the Leisure Hour club, of which he was a member, at 1 am) of a heart attack (angina pectoris), bur. 28 Sep 1937 in Riverside Cemetery, Albion, Calhoun, Michigan, administration on his estate appointed 28 Sep 1937.
Husband 3: Adna Vail Fuller, b. 23 Feb 1886 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan to Adee Vale and Sylvia Anna (Mcardill) Fuller, married Margaret E. King 1 Jun 1909 (separated 18 Nov 1924, divorce filed 20 Nov 1924 and granted 2 Mar 1925), a fireman for Battle Creek Fire Department (Fire Station #2) 1906-1923, described as being of medium height and build with brown hair and blue eyes. Adna was honored by C. W. Post in 1912 for risking his life while saving the life of a young girl from a fire. "Fuller made three attempts before he finally reached the dying girl. After handing her out a window, he fell back apparently dead. He was rushed to Nichols hospital, and though there was no apparent heart action, he was finally resuscitated. On his last trip into the room, Fuller realized that he was not likely to come out alive, but went in without hesitation." (Detroit Free Press, 9 Dec 1911)
Adna was a real estate salesman and partner in the B. A. Knapp Realty Co. 1923-1930, a real estate salesman in 1930 and 1932, sued Floyd Claggett in Mar 1932 for alienation of his wife's affections (settled out of court June 1932), a salesman for R. C. Towsley in Battle Creek in 1931,
probably the "Adna D. Fuller" who was a salesman for E. P. Boggs (general real estate) in newspaper ads in 1935 in Battle Creek, sued Floyd Frederick Claggett, Minnie E. Benson Claggett, and Anna E. Brown in 1935, a merchant policeman 1941-1960 ("Mr. Fuller, with a lifetime of investigation and private police work behind him, covers the downtown blocks alone." Battle Creek Enquirer, 17 Feb 1952; hired to check downtown businesses at night and given special police powers), called "a special police officer at times in the past and has also served as a special deputy sheriff" in 1942 (it having been noted that his appointment had been "cancelled more than a year before").
In Jun 1942, Adna apparently reported damage to either an outbuilding or power lines on his property to military police at Fort Custer. Then, believing the damage to have been deliberate, he set watch with his revolver while waiting for the police. State police arrived and arrested him,
accusing him of possessing firearms while intoxicated and sabotage. He was found guilty 18 Jul 1942 but the conviction was reversed 25 Nov 1942 due to failure of the testimony to prove intoxication and "indications that neighborhood ill-feelings were involved in the case"). He mentioned as a private operator in investigation work and as a state liquor store clerk in 1942, mentioned in 1943 as one of several discharged liquor store employees, awarded $5,000 in compensation for lands taken by the Federal government for the expansion of Fort Custer in 1946, member of a Masonic lodge, called "incompetent" in a probate court notices in a newspaper in Battle Creek in 1963 and 1965, d. 2 Jul 1966 at "a local area hospital where he had been a patient for the past five years" (as noted in the Battle Creek Enquirer), bur. 5 Jul 1966) at Hicks Cemetery, Pennfield, Calhoun, Michigan.
Husband 4: Charles V. Shumaker, b. 2 Jun 1898 in Fort Recovery, Mercer, Ohio to William E. and Minnie (Hart) Shumaker, m. 1) hazel Prosser (divorced), a machinist at Duplex Printing Press in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan in 1942, m. 3) Zola Laura (Gurnee) (Hine) Mathews (for sources for her name, see 1) marriage of Laura L. Gurnee Hine and Michael Mathews, Ancestry.com. Michigan, County Marriage Records, 1822-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016., 2) divorce of Arthur Ellsworth Hine and Laura Izola Hine, Ancestry.com. Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014., and 3) marriage of Zola Gurnee and Arthur E. Hine, Ancestry.com. Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.), a farmer, a spray man at the Charlotte Chair Co., d. 28 Aug 1959 at Charlotte, Eaton, Michigan of a heart ailment, bur. Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo, Eaton, Michigan (with Zola).
  1. Leona L. Brown, born 10 Mar 1893 in Indiana, worked at a clothing store (Klein's Apparel) before her marriage, also worked at L. W. Robinson Co. (unsure when), married Chauncey Roy Tungate 10 Dec 1913, lived in Banfield, Barry, Michigan for almost ten years after her marriage, moved to Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan by 1924, bought a home in Springfield, Calhoun, Michigan with Chauncey in 1950, member (with Chauncey) of the First Congregational Church, member of the Battle Creek Garden Club and the Women's League, was a patient at Kimball Medical Facility for over a year before her death, died 24 Jun 1977 in Kimball Medical Facility, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, graveside services held 27 Jun 1977, buried with Chauncey at Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan.
Husband: Chauncey Roy Tungate, b. 23 Nov 1886 in Johnstown, Barry, Michigan to Elmer A. and Marion Iola (Brookins) Tungate (for his mother's maiden name, see "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQQ9-149 : 15 January 2019), Elmer A. Turngate and Marion Iola Brookins, 1885.), lived in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan as a student in 1908, described as being tall and slender with black hair and dark brown eyes, a grocer from 1909 (when he started working at his father's store) to his retirement in 1948 (when he sold the store), operated a country store in Banfield, Barry, Michigan at the time of his marriage, listed as general store owner in Barry county, Michigan in 1917, owner of a grocery store (called both Quailty grocery and Tungate Grocery in newspaper articles) on the corner of Post and Illinois Avenues in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan from 1922 to 1948 (listed in Battle Creek city directories as a seller of retail groceries and meats), elected as the secretary of the independent food council at Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan in 1936, fined for having a gambling device (a Penny-a-Pack machine which might dispense cigarettes as a prize) in his store 24 Apr 1940 (Chauncey stated that he permitted the machine because he mistakenly believed that it was not gambling since gumballs were dispensed, even when cigarettes were not), suspended from selling most rationed foods for fifteen days for selling certain foods above the established price ceilings by the Office of Price Administration (the government office appointed to oversee price ceilings and rations of many products during World War II) 23 Feb 1944, worked as a clerk at Brown & Johnson in Battle Creek in 1949 (after selling his grocery store), a meat cutter at Hayward's Super Market in Battle Creek in 1951, a salesman at Kendall Hardware & Mill Supply in Battle Creek in 1952, a clerk at Hayward Super Food Market in Battle Creek in 1958, a fan of the Detroit Lions who was reported in a local paper for a trip to Wisconsin Oct 1962 to visit his son and attend his first professional football game, member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, enjoyed working in the yard, hunting, and fishing, admitted to the hospital 21 Jan 1972, d. 26 Jan 1972 at Lakeview General Hospital, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, funeral held 29 Jan 1972, bur. Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan. "On his retirement he said that one reason he like the grocery business was because 'you get to know so many people.'" (Battle Creek Enquirer, 3 Nov 1963)
Children: Dorothy Jayne Tungate and Maxwell Allen Tungate (source for his middle name: see Maxwell Allen Tungate in Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.).


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Photos

Alva Parks Brown (left) and Martha Jane Ennis (right):
Alva Parks Brown
      Martha Jane Ennis

Beecher Brown (both images):
Beecher Brown as a child   Beecher Brown

Standing in the back row: Ellen Boyd, Katie Boyd, Hattie Brown (wife of Beecher)
Front row: John Boyd, Bertha (Brown) Boyd (with baby Julia Boyd on lap), William Henry Boyd (with Mary Boyd on lap), Jim Boyd, Alva Beacher Brown
Boyd and Brown families

Bertha Amanda (Brown) Boyd (all three images):
Bertha Amanda (Brown) Boyd      Bertha (Brown) Boyd       Bertha (Brown) Boyd

William Henry Richardson alias Boyd (left); Bertha (Brown) and William Henry Boyd (center and right):
William Henry Richardson Boyd     Bertha (Brown) and William Henry Boyd     William Henry and Bertha (Brown) Boyd

Picture frame made from a mess kit by an Italian POW and given to Frank Boyd (son of William Henry and Bertha)
Pictures in frame: William Henry Boyd (left) and Bertha (Brown) Boyd and Frank (right):
Picture frame made from a mess kit by an Italian P.O.W. and given to Frank (William Henry on left, Bertha and Frank on right)


On left: Bertha and William Henry Boyd with their children (left to right), Katie, John, and Ellen
On right: Bertha (Brown) Boyd with son Frank and daughter Julia:
Bertha and William Henry Boyd, children Katie, John, and Ellen          Bertha (Brown) Boyd with children Frank and Julia and a cow

Left to right: Julia Boyd, Mary Boyd (with daughter Ruthie Boyd in front of her), Katie (Boyd) Willis (with husband Frank Willis kneeling in front), Bertha (Brown) Boyd, William Henry Boyd, John Boyd (with wife Antonette Boyd in front of him, John's brother Frank Boyd in front of her), Ruth (Meyers) Boyd, Jim Boyd
Boyd family

From top to bottom by row:
William Henry Boyd, Bertha (Brown) Boyd
Frank Willis, Katie (Boyd) Willis
John Boyd and wife Antonette
Ruth (Meyers) Boyd, Jim Boyd
Mary Boyd, Julia Boyd
Ruthie Boyd, Frank Boyd
Boyd family

Bertha (Brown) Boyd with son Frank (both images):
Frank Boyd and his mother Bertha (Brown) Boyd     Frank Boyd and his mother Bertha (Brown) Boyd

Ardella Margaret (Brown) Eastwood (in center; uncertain of the identity of the other two in the photo):
Ardella (Brown) Eastwood (in the middle)

Homer Brown and family with Ardella Margaret (Brown) Eastwood
Back Row: Julia (Valenzuela) Brown, Homer Brown, Homer Joe Brown, Della (Brown) Eastwood, Julie Ann Brown (on the right)  Front Row: Jimmy Brown (baby), Diamond Josephine Brown, and Billy Brown
Homer Brown and family with Ardella (Brown) Eastwood

Homer Brown (both images):
Homer Brown       Homer Brown

Homer Brown and another man (left; not sure which is Homer)
Julia (Valenzuela) and Homer Brown (right)
Homer Brown and another man       Julia (Valenzuela) and Homer Brown

Julia (Valenzuela) Brown (both images; with son Homer Joseph Brown, left):
Julia (Valenzuela) Brown and Homer Joseph Brown    Julia (Valenzuela) Brown

James Brown (all five images):
James Brown      James Brown     James Brown

James Brown      James Brown

James Brown (probably on right) and unidentified man (left)
James Brown and two unidentified women (center)
James Brown and unidentified child (right)
James Brown with another man     James Brown and two women    James Brown and a child

Photo labeled as "James Brown" (left)--the people in this photo have been identified as (left to right) Olive L. Ennes, Ory Lewis Ennes, Alonzo Ennes (also known as Alonzo Orsmas Brown and James Brown), Ada Jane (Arnold) Ennes, Fredrick Leon Ennes, and Irene Lovena Ennes
Photo labeled as "Leon & Ory Brown" (right)--these two boys were probably Ory Lewis Ennes and Fredrick Leon Ennes
James Brown and family    Leon and Ory Brown
For more information about these photos, click here for a PDF.

Leona (Brown) and Chauncey Tungate:
Leona and Chauncey Tungate


Adna Fuller, checking business doors as a merchant policeman:
Adna Vail Fuller at the back door of a shop


A Bit about the Ennes

Pages 28-31:

ALONZO HAVINGTON ENNES-OLIVE BIRD

Alonzo Havington Ennes, eldest son of William and Margaret Snell Ennes was born at Schenectady, York State, November 17, 1819. In 1834 he moved with his parents to what later became York Center, York township, Union County, Ohio. Here at the age of sixteen, he taught school and helped his father clear land.

On September 19, 1846, Alonzo H. Ennes married Olive Bird in Union County. Rev. D. Dudley performed the ceremony.

Olive Bird's parents came from York State in 1819, to Cuyahoga County, Ohio, near Cleveland. There they lived for several years. Then they moved to Logan County, Ohio, where on November 17, 1827, Olive was born. She was an only daughter in a large family of boys. In 1839, the Bird family moved from Logan County to a farm in Washington township in Union County, Ohio, about five miles southeast of Mount Victory. Here the family grew. Many Birds served, and two died as Union soldiers in the Civil War. One of Olive Bird's brothers, Gorham, became one of Union County's prominent citizens.
After their marriage, Alonzo and Olive Ennes lived in Union County until 1865. He taught school and farmed. Here they had the following children:
Ordella, born 8/21/1847
Martha Jane, born 8/10/1849
Ellen Elizabeth, born 4/3/1853
Amanda Enore, born 2/26/1859
Lincoln Garibaldi, born 9/26/1860
Sylvester Beecher, born 6/26/1863
They then moved to Henry County in February 1865, where Sarah Olive Ennes was born September 11 of that year.
In the 1860's, Texas Henry County, Ohio was a thriving village with mills and factories. Texas was located on the Miami and Erie Canal which ran from Toledo to Cincinnati. It was about 25 miles up the Maumee River from Toledo. Here on April 14,1865, Alonzo Havington Ennes and wife Olive purchased 204 acres for $7000.00 cash from Buel G. Fish and his wife Eliza according to the records in the office of register of deeds, in volume 11, page 309, at Napoleon, Ohio.

On this property in Washington township, north of the Canal and bordering Texas on the east, Alonzo and his wife Olive lived and died. Olive Ennes and her baby died here in childbirth on the sixth of June, 1869, at age of 41. It is said that her death inspired her son, Lincoln, who was only 9 at the time to become a doctor for there were no doctors available at his mother's death. As a result, Lincoln graduated from two of America's medical schools, Michigan and Long Island College of Medicine.


Alonzo Havington Ennes died Jan. 6, 1879. On New Years Day that year while butchering hogs, he cut his hand and blood poisoning set in. Doctor Hag was out of town. His son Lincoln was in medical school and no other doctors were available.

In his teens, Alonzo became an Advent, a faith which he and several of his children followed all their lives. Alonzo was liberal in his belief. He not only kept the Sabbath Day holy, but he kept Sundays holy also. He would not do anything nor permit any members of his household to do anything on Sunday that would disturb people of other faiths. There was no Advent Church at Texas. His daughter Sarah tells how they used to worship.

On Saturdays in the afternoon, Alonzo Ennes gathered his family in front of the fireplace in the big dining room. There, by the fireplace light, if it were cold, or by candle light if it were warm, (Alonzo never had a lamp in the house) he would read from the Old Ennes Bible, which had been handed down from generation to generation since the three sons left the Erne River Valley in Ireland nearly 200 hundred years before. After reading a passage from the Bible, they had a short prayer after which, if the weather was nice he took the children in the woods. Although there were no newspapers, Alonzo read many books, all by candlelight. He made the woods and outdoors interesting to his children by his nature stories. One of the books owned and read by him was "The Life of Abraham Lincoln" of whom he was an ardent admirer. The book, published before Lincoln's death is now in the possession of Mrs. Mary Wilkins, one of his grandchildren.


When the Community Church was built at Texas, Sarah Ennes stated that Alonzo Ennes was instrumental in getting the church finished by giving a large contribution towards its completion. Although always an Advent by faith, he wanted other churches to thrive. Alonzo Ennes was an ardent worker. It is said that during the busy season, he never took the harnesses off of the horses that worked his large farms. He had his children work in the fields too, with him. At mealtime he usually sent Sarah and the younger children to the house to get meals ready while he and the older children remained in the fields, for their mother was dead.


THE OLD ENNES FARMS AT TEXAS, OHIO

The Alonzo Ennes farms at Texas had rich soil. The valleys along the streams running through them were heavily forested with large black walnut, shagbark hickory and sycamore trees. These woods were a squirrel-hunters paradise because of the many nuts.

The large barn on the Alonzo Ennes Farm was about eight rods north from the Canal. Between the barn and the house was a large garden and an orchard of apple, peach and quince trees. The large farmhouse had a large basement. South of the house next to the garden, was a large granary. Next to the granary was a horse-powered treadmill used to run a large fanning mill next to the granary.


In those days the grain was cut by scythe or cradles, bound into sheaves, hauled in, then stacked near the fanning mill. There the grain was thrown on hard ground and trampled by a team of horses going round and round in a circle. It was then flailed with heavy sticks tied together with raw hides. Then the chaff and grain was thrown into the horse-powered fanning mill which blew the chaff and the straw from the grain. The grain was stored in the large granary until it was hauled to the gristmill which was located at the Canal Lock at Texas. There it was ground into flour and feed. The gristmill burned about 1894.


Those were busy days for the girls on the Old Ennes Farm. They not only did the housework and work in the fields but they made the hundreds of tallow candles needed for lighting the home, and also those used in the many square-tinned lanterns used in the barns and stables. The girls also made the lard and the apple butter over an open fire in a large iron kettle outdoors. In fact, they made nearly everything except the shoes they wore on their feet.


Over the years, Alonzo bought many farms so the Alonzo Ennes Farm at Texas, Ohio was originally composed of many smaller places with buildings on each of them. These farms were located north of the Canal on the east side of Texas.

After Alonzo's death in 1879, each of his children, with the exception of Lincoln, who had been given money for his medical education, was given a portion of his holdings.

Ordella, his eldest daughter, who married David Bowker, died in 1871.


Martha Brown, with her large family inherited the Alonzo Ennes home, buildings and land where she and the Ennes family had lived.


Ellen Hanchett received and lived on the Ennes farm between Martha's and the village of Texas.


Amanda Bellinger was given the farm east and north of the Paddy McGrain Place. The Bellingers sold their property and moved to Findlay, Ohio when the oil boom hit there.


Lincoln Garibaldi Ennes was given money for his medical education in lieu of a farm.


Sylvester Beecher Ennes inherited the place between the Old Ennes Farm and Sarah Olive Miller farm which east of Paddy McGrain Place. Sylvester lived on this Ennes place during 1890-1893, then moved to the Ennes farm east of the Old Ennes farm bordering Miami and Erie Canal's Wide water on the north. There, he and his family lived until 1896 when he sold it and moved to Au Gres, Michigan."

ALONZO ENNES—OLIVE BIRD CHILDREN
...
MARTHA JANE ENNES married Albert Brown. They had five children, three boys and two girls. Albert Brown was a salesman. He ran a huckster wagon to County Fairs and door to door selling things like spring seats, water pumps and hundreds of items in demand then.

Young Sylvester Beecher Ennes traveled with Albert on his many trips. It was a hard life for them and a harder life for Martha, his wife, who lived with her father at the Old Ennes Farm taking care of her children. After Ordella died in 1871, Martha was the oldest. Alonzo Ennes gave her the Old Family Bible.

Shortly after her father Alonzo died in 1879, Martha left Brown, took her family, the Bible, which had the Ennes family records back to 1666 in Ireland, few belongings and went to Arkansas. On the way the boat was wrecked while on the Mississippi. The Bible and her belongings were lost, but the family survived. Several years later she came back to Texas with her youngest son Edward and visited. She was never heard from again after she returned to Arkansas.


Source: Ennes, Calvin, A Bit about the Ennes, privately printed manuscript, Au Gres, MI, 1969. Transcription available at http://www.boydhouse.com/darryl/ennis/book/cover.htm, last accessed 8 Jan 2019.
Note:
Calvin was Alonzo and Olive's grandson, through their son, Sylvester Beecher. MB


Correspondence

Letter from Alva P. Brown, p. 1


Letter from Alva P. Brown, p. 2

Source: Letter from Alva P. Brown, undated (probably about 1917-8), presumably to one or more of the children of his first marriage, scanned from a photocopy in the possession of Darryl W. Boyd (grandson of Bertha Amanda Brown).
Note: The scanned photocopy above may or may not be the complete letter but I was only able to find the two photocopied pages shown above. The date is estimated from a statement in the letter that Alva's son Charley A. Brown has enlisted in the army and will be going to France. The application for a military headstone for Charles Alva Brown states that he enlisted 12 Dec 1917, thus the letter was likely written shortly after that date. As for the recipient(s) of the letter, Alva would not have been writing Martha as information from daughter Bertha's son indicates that she died in 1910. He also states, "what has become of Birtha she uste to rite to me [----] sometimes," so the recipient would not be Bertha but someone who might know of her whereabouts. He also mentions his wife (Louisa), son Charley, "the girls" (most certainly Goldie and Leona), and sister Emma Boyd. Most likely he sent this letter to one or more of his children by Martha. MB


Probate Records

Order of Distribution, 29 May 1882
From the Probate Records of William A. Ennes
Anna Ennes
   Widow of said Decedent                                         $326.50
Frances Davis                                                                $75.50
Priscilla Brooks   
                                                           $75.50
Ellen Elliott   
                                                                 $75.50
Maggie M. Southard   
                                               $75.50
Thomas Hornbeck
   Guardian of Lorenzo D. Ennes   
                            $75.50
Martha Browne   
                                                        $10.79
Ellen Hanchett   
                                                         $10.79
Amanda Ennes: now Ballinger   
                              $10.78
Lincoln Ennes   
                                                           $10.78
D.K. Bowker
   Guar. Of the minor children of Ordilla Bowker     $10.78
Charles Hanchett
   Guar. Of Sylvester & Sadie Ennes   
                      $21.58
                                                                                      $779.50

Application for Letters of Administration, 8 Dec 1880
From the Probate Records of William A. Ennes
Frances Davis Daughter Bradner, Wood Co., O.
Priscilla Brooks Daughter Lexington, McClain Co. Ill.
Ellen Elliot Daughter Carolton, Caroll Co., Ia.
Maggie M. Southard Daughter West Mansfield, Logan Co., O.
Ordilla Bowker Dec'd: Having minor children Henry Co., Ohio
Alonzo H. Ennes Dec'd: having Children Henry Co., Ohio
Lorenzo D. Ennes Dec'd: Having a Son Guar. In Union Co., O.

Source: Information from the probate records of William A. Ennes, provided by Ruth Browne
(and the Logan County Genealogical Society).


Newspaper Articles

Click here to view newspaper articles about Alva Parks Brown, Martha Jane (Ennis) Brown, and Louisa A. Thoman.
Click here to view newspaper articles about Charles Alva Brown and family.
Click here to view newspaper articles about Goldie E. Brown and husbands.
Click here to view newspaper articles about Leona L. Brown and husband Chauncey Roy Tungate.


Pine Bluff Daily Graphic:
Notice of marriage license for Otho Eastwood and Della Chisholm
Source: Pine Bluff Daily Graphic (Pine Bluff, AR), Wednesday 3 June 1903.


Arizona Republic:

Car accident possibly involving one of Bertha (Brown) Boyd's brothers

Source: "Man Injured When Automobile Leaves Agua Fria Bridge," Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), Saturday 6 Dec 1924.


Tucson Daily Citizen:
Accidental death of some of Homer Brown's children
Source: "Two Children Burned to Death at Ajo," Tucson Daily Citizen (Tucson, AZ), Thursday 28 May 1942, p. 2.

Further details about the deaths of Homer's children

Source: "Drivers Blamed in Death of Two," Tucson Daily Citizen (Tucson, AZ), Friday 29 May 1942, p. 3.


Albuquerque Morning Journal:
Want ad posted by Ada Ennes

Source: Albuquerque Morning Journal (Albuquerque, NM), 23 August 1921.

Under Hot Springs section:
Return of Ada Ennes and daughters Lavora and Lovena to Hot Springs

Source: Albuquerque Morning Journal (Albuquerque, NM), 4 August 1922.


Name of Deceased:    Luz Brown
Spouse:    James Ennis Brown
Children:    James, Ordella, Y. Louis, Joseph, Luzcelia Rankin
Birth Date:    abt 1908
Birth Place:    Caborca, Mexico
Date of Death:    31 Dec 1993
Place of Death:    Community Convalescent Hospital in La Mesa
Age at Death:    85
Misc:    died at the age of 85

Source: Lake, Terry, comp.. San Diego Union-Tribune (California) Obituaries, 1993-1994 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.


Imperial Valley Press:
Family business cranks out mouth-watering confections
December 03, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer
BOULEVARD — An 80-year-old business, set in this small mountain town, would have made a perfect setting for Norman Rockwell to paint.
Here a family has long held the tradition of making and selling handmade candies at the Wisteria Candy Cottage.
The candy cottage sells its own mouth-watering confections of chocolate truffles and turtles, caramels, fudge, nut brittle, taffy, toffee and other sweets. It takes about an hour to reach the cottage from El Centro, traveling through the mountains in eastern San Diego County to the small town of Boulevard south of Interstate 8.
"We don't do a lot of advertising or slick things. We just do a good job and get to know people," said owner Gordon Rankin. "Some would say we're outmoded, but we have a lot of loyal customers in the (Imperial) Valley."
Rankin and his wife, LuzCelia, own the Wisteria Candy Cottage, which has been in the family since 1960, when LuzCelia's mother, Luz Brown, bought it.
To make chocolate turtles, Rankin pours puddles of melted caramel over a pan filled with nuts. After the caramel cools, he does the same thing with melted chocolate.
It's fairly easy to measure the puddles to make turtles, Rankin said. But, he joked, if you mess up, you just have to eat them.
The candy cottage makes pecan, almond, cashew and macadamia turtles. Most of the candy comes from recipes handed down by Rankin's mother-in-law.
Everything is handmade. There is only one machine, which is used to make fondant, an ingredient for fudge and divinity, Rankin's daughter, Dana Eacobellis, said.
Eacobellis is helping her father with the candy business because her mother, LuzCelia, is sick.
LuzCelia Rankin's heart stopped for too long last June. She suffers memory loss and is still recuperating. She and her husband, both 62, want to retire and think it's time to hand the candy cottage onto the next generation.
Eacobellis and her husband, Stan, plan to take over Jan. 1.
"There's a lot of satisfaction in handing the business down to the next generation," Rankin said.
The Wisteria Candy Cottage was established in 1921 and changed ownership several times until the 1940s, when a family named Wendell took over, Rankin said. Luz Brown worked for the Wendells in the mid-1940s and managed the business in the early 1950s, he said.
Brown bought the business in 1960 and it has been in her family ever since.
"After 80 years, you have an awful lot of walk-in business," Rankin said.
Before air conditioning came to the Valley, this town was a resort area, Rankin said. In the summer, it's usually about 30 degrees cooler here than it is on the Valley floor, he said.
That was when the little town of Boulevard had more shops and restaurants, and Valley residents would move into nearby cabins or camp out.
"People going to San Diego from the Valley and Yuma would stop here because we were right off Highway 80," said Rankin. "When the highway was moved to I-8, that hurt businesses here … for a little while," Rankin said. Then people realized the cottage was still in the candy business.
Rankin said the candy cottage does 25 percent of its business at Christmas.
It's just as prone to recession as any business, Rankin said, but he thinks it has lasted because of its strong customer base.
"We get a lot of return customers. We just try to make a good product and treat the customer the way they want to be treated. That kind of customer base is a little more stable," Rankin said.
To find more information and directions to the Wisteria Candy Cottage on the World Wide Web, visit www.candycottage.com or call (800) 458-8246.
>> Staff writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at (760) 337-3452 or lauramitchell9@yahoo.com

From Imperial Valley Press (El Centro, CA), http://articles.ivpressonline.com/2001-12-03/caramels_24203237


The San Diego Union-Tribune:
The sweet spot of Boulevard
Candy shop owner continues work of grandmother, parents
By Anne Krueger
STAFF WRITER
November 22, 2005

BOULEVARD – Dana Eacobellis looks over a stained and faded recipe card listing ingredients for the caramel her family has been making since her grandmother's day.
She weighs the ingredients on a scale and pours them into a 55-year-old copper cooker: nine pounds of sugar, a pound of butter, nine cans of evaporated milk.
The concoction boils and bubbles for half an hour until it turns into a creamy golden goo. Eacobellis drops dollops of the caramel onto trays filled with chopped pecans, cashews or macadamia nuts. Later, each spot of caramel will be covered with chocolate to create rows of confections.
This is how most of the candy is made at the Wisteria Candy Cottage: by hand, using natural ingredients from recipes that have been in the family for three generations.
"We still do it the old-fashioned way, the way my grandma taught me," said Eacobellis, 43.
The candy cottage is in a tidy white building off Old Highway 80 that used to serve as a one-room schoolhouse for Boulevard. It's been a candy kitchen since 1921.
Old Highway 80 used to be the main east-west route through San Diego County, but travelers now have to make a slight detour off Interstate 8 to get to the shop. Few other businesses, other than an auto-repair shop and a small grocery, have been able to survive on the lightly traveled road.
Without much advertising or a central location, the store has become a favorite East County spot, its reputation built on word of mouth.
The display case that takes up most of the tiny front room is filled with such delights as truffles, fudge, divinity, peanut brittle and pecan rolls. Glass jars of candy sticks line the windows. Except for the sugar-free candies, it's a diabetic's nightmare.
Many who have heard of the store or have been coming there for decades are willing to take the time to stop by. Eacobellis said about three-quarters of her business comes from sales at the store, the rest is by mail order.

Sugar shack
The Wisteria Candy Cottage is at 39961 Old Highway 80, about 68 miles east of San Diego. The store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends. It's closed Tuesdays. For more information, go tocandycottage.com.

Gina and Michael Weaver of Atlanta stopped by the shop Friday while taking a drive along backcountry roads during a vacation in San Diego. They decided to buy some peanut brittle and chocolate-dipped cherries.
"The lady at the cafe down the road said we need to stop," Michael Weaver said.
Catherine Ellis, a New York playwright with a second home in Calexico, said she's been coming to the candy store for about four years. She doesn't eat candy herself, but lots of her friends in New York look forward to her Wisteria candy gifts.
"I buy a lot," she said. "I get a big three-pounder that I'm sure everything in it is wonderful because everyone seems to like it."
The candy cottage sells about 160 kinds of candy. There's no need for preservatives – the candy doesn't last long enough.
"Everything is fresh here," Eacobellis said. "If it's peanut brittle, it's gone in two days."
Eacobellis' grandmother, Luz Brown, began working at the store in the 1940s and purchased the business in 1950. Eacobellis' mother took over the business in the 1970s, then her father ran the shop until he turned it over to Eacobellis three years ago.
The store has been part of Eacobellis' life since she was a child. During the busy holiday season, the whole family made and sold candy. She remembers learning how to dip chocolate when she was 10, and making peanut brittle as a teenager.
"When I walk in, sometimes the smell takes me back to childhood," she said.
She said her mother brought candy to their La Mesa home only on special occasions.
"She wanted it to be a treat. It was always a treat," Eacobellis said.
Eacobellis had a business cutting hair in Alpine when her father offered her the store. She said she was ready for a change and a new way to express herself.
The Wisteria Candy Cottage has been in business since 1921. Before it became a candy kitchen, the building served as a one-room schoolhouse for the community of Boulevard.
"I can create new candies. I can just do whatever I want and maintain the quality," she said.
There is the occasional disaster. Eacobellis recalled the time she was making a white, fluffy candy used in fudge and divinity. She was making 50 pounds of the candy, heated to 300 degrees, when she realized the machine used to blend it wasn't securely fastened.
"It started spinning and candy was flipping everywhere. We were here for a week scraping the floors and the walls," she said. "We were laughing a week later, but it wasn't funny when it happened."
Eacobellis is at the store six days a week, assisted by two full-time and two part-time employees. Cali Nelson, 21, just started working there and calls it her dream job. She remembers stopping by when she was a child living in Alpine.
"We always liked to get the seafoam," she said. "Then we moved out here and I was like, Yes! Only three miles from the cottage."
Eacobellis said she still enjoys sampling the confections she makes.
"I have a horrible sweet tooth," she said. "I eat candy every day. You think you'd get tired of it, but I don't get tired of it."


Local Histories

Calvin and Richard Brown
Calvin Brown was born on June 14, 1788, Coventry, Connecticut, the son of Richard and Nancy Brown. At the age of 14, he accompanied his parents to Oneida County, New York. Near the breaking out of the War of 1812, he came on to the Holland Purchase and located on a farm in the north-east part of the town of Elba. At the time very few improvements had been made in the town. Foot paths by marked trees and ox-sled trails through the woods, constituted the channels of travel. After making an opening upon his land and building, a rude tenement, he sold out his "betterments" and returned to Oneida County. In 1813 he married his wife Nancy. He returned to Elba in 1824 and located himself near his first selection, where he remained until his death. He became a member of the Methodist Church at its first organization in the town. Calvin died on April 4, 1871 and Nancy followed very shortly after on October 8, 1871. They are buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, in the southeastern part of the cemetery, next to the church that he helped to establish. They had 3 children: Richard C., Ruanny, and Eliza and they also adopted a son, Orsemus.

Richard C. Brown was born in Rome, New York in 1814. He was married twice; his second wife being, Miss Clara C. Barr, daughter of Phineas Barr, Jr. whom he married in February of 1870. Typhoid pneumonia claimed his life on March 16, 1875. He left 2 children; Adele, who married William H. Cole and Lina who married Charles Morris.


Orsemus Brown was born on August 17, 1811 and orphaned at the age of 4.  His father had been robbed and murdered. The Brown's took him in and adopted him as their own. On January 1, 1838, he untied in marriage with Miss Diantha Parks, the oldest of the 13 children of George Washington and Mary Parks. They had five children; Tristam Delos, George Washington, Franklyn C., Emma J. and Alva P. In their later years they moved to Canadagua to live with their son Tristam, and that is where they died.  Diantha passed away on January 28, 1893 and Orseumus on August 7, 1893. The bodies were brought back to Elba and interred in the Pine Hill Cemetery.

Source: Benz, Scott, Town of Elba 175th Anniversary, Genesee County Publications Corp., 1995, pgs.189-190.


Patents

Click here for a PDF of Alva's spring bed-bottom patent.
Source: Brown, Alva P. (Texas, Henry, Ohio), Improvements in Spring Bed-bottoms, US163356A, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 18 May 1875. This patent can also be viewed at Google Patents.

Click here for a PDF of Alva's bedstead patent.
Source: Brown, Alva P. (Texas, Henry, Ohio), Bedstead, US252354A, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 17 January 1882. This patent can also be viewed at Google Patents.

Click here for a PDF of Alva's chair patent.
Source: Brown, Alva P. (Hillsdale, Vermillion, Indiana), Chair, US543640A, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 30 July 1895. This patent can also be viewed at Google Patents.


Birth Certificates and Indexes


Birth certificate of Bertha Brown

Source:
Certification of Birth, Bertha A. Brown, Washington, Henry, Ohio, Date of record: 13 Jan 1878.


Name:    Beecher Delos Brown
Gender:    Male
Birth Place:    Eaton, Michigan
Birth Date:    10 Aug 1871
Father's name:    Alva P Brown
Mother's name:    Martha Jane
FHL Film Number:    966583

Name:    Floyd Moore
Gender:    Male
Birth Place:    Rutland, Barry, Michigan
Birth Date:    22 Apr 1889
Father's name:    Adelbert Moore
Mother's name:    Francis Moore
FHL Film Number:    1008315

Source: Ancestry.com. Michigan, Births and Christenings Index, 1867-1911 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: "Michigan Births and Christenings, 1775–1995." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.


Name:    Alonzo O. Brown
Gender:    Male
Race:    White
Birth Date:    10 Feb 1876
Birth Place:    Washington, Henry, Ohio
Father:    Alva P. Brown
Mother:    Martha J. Ennes
FHL Film Number:    423626

Name:           Bertha A. Brown
Gender:        Female
Race:             White
Birth Date:    13 Jan 1878
Birth Place:   Washington, Henry, Ohio
Father:           Alva P. Brown
Mother:         Martha J. Ennes
FHL Film Number:    423626

Name:    Brown
Gender:    Male
Birth Date:    16 May 1882
Birth Place:    Washington, Henry, Ohio
Father:    Alva P. Brown
Mother:    Martha J. Ennes
FHL Film Number:    423626

Name:    Chas. V. Sumaker
Gender:    Male
Birth Date:    2 Jun 1898
Birth Place:    Ft. Recovery, Mercer, Ohio
Father:    Wm. Shumaker
Mother:    Minnie Hart
FHL Film Number:    914953

Source: Ancestry.com. Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: "Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2011. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.


Name: Mary Louise Bisel
Birth Date: 18 Oct 1895
Birthplace: Bellevue, Eaton, Michigan
Gender: Female
Father's Name: John F. Bisel
Father's Birthplace: Mich.
Mother's Name: Ella Bisel
Mother's Birthplace: Mich.
Reference ID: item 2 p 238 rn 427
GS Film number: 2322563
Digital Folder Number: 4207245
Image Number: 819

Source: "Michigan Births, 1867-1902," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQZJ-8XZ : 10 March 2018), Ella Bisel in entry for Mary Louise Bisel, 18 Oct 1895; citing item 2 p 238 rn 427, Bellevue, Eaton, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,322,563.

Name: Adna Vale Fuller
Birth Date: 23 Feb 1886
Birthplace: Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Adee Vale Fuller
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Name: Sylvia Anna Mcardill
Mother's Birthplace: Michigan
Reference ID: item 1 p 375 rn 454
GS Film number: 2320843
Digital Folder Number: 4207268
Image Number: 307

Source: "Michigan Births, 1867-1902," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQ89-XN1 : 10 March 2018), Sylvia Anna Mcardill in entry for Adna Vale Fuller, 23 Feb 1886; citing item 1 p 375 rn 454, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,320,843.

Name: Roy C. Tungate
Birth Date: 23 Nov 1886
Birthplace: Johnstown, Barry, Michigan
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Elmer E. Tungate
Father's Birthplace: N.Y.
Mother's Name: Ola M. Tungate
Mother's Birthplace: Mich.
Reference ID: item 2 p 135 rn 766
GS Film number: 2320842
Digital Folder Number: 4207267
Image Number: 1236

Source: "Michigan Births, 1867-1902," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQZ1-SVH : 10 March 2018), Ola M. Tungate in entry for Roy C. Tungate, 23 Nov 1886; citing item 2 p 135 rn 766, Johnstown, Barry, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,320,842.

Birth certificate for a daughter of Homer and Susie (Mckinny) Brown

Source: "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XL9Q-8BW : 9 March 2018), Homer Brown in entry for Brown, 21 Dec 1913; citing San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States, certificate 40445, Texas Department of Health, Austin; FHL microfilm 4,145,110.

Birth certificate of James William Brown

Source: Ancestry.com. Arizona, Birth Records, 1880-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Arizona Department of Health Services. Arizona Birth Records.


Marriage Records

Name:    Martha J Brown
Gender:    Female
Marriage Date:    1 Aug 1881
Marriage Place:    Henry, Ohio, USA
Spouse:    Alva P Brown
Film Number:    000423621

Record of Alva P. Brown and Martha J. Brown (second marriage)

Marriage record of Charles V. Shumaker and Goldie E. Fuller

Name:    Charley V Shumaker
Gender:    Male
Age:    27
Birth Date:    abt 1900
Marriage Date:    11 Mar 1927
Marriage Place:    Lucas, Ohio, USA
Father:    Wm Shumaker
Mother:    Minnie Hart
Spouse:    Hazel Prosser
Film Number:    002168492

Source: Ancestry.com. Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Original data: Marriage Records. Ohio Marriages. Various Ohio County Courthouses.


Name:    Martha J. Brown
Gender:    Female
Spouse:    Alva P. Brown
Spouse Gender:    Male
Marriage Date:    1 Aug 1881
County:    Henry
State:    Ohio

Source: Ancestry.com. Ohio, Compiled Marriage Index, 1803-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001. Original data: Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research. Ohio, Marriages, 1803-1900. Full list of sources in the description.


Name:    Alva P. Brown
Gender:    Male
Marriage Date:    14 Aug 1888
Marriage Place:    Fulton, Indiana
Spouse:    Louisa Thoman
FHL Film Number:    1871126
Reference ID:    223

Source: Ancestry.com. Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Indiana, Marriages. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.


Marriage record of William H. Boyd and Bertha Ennis

Marriage certificate of William Henry Boyd and Bertha Ennis
Source:
Marriage License and Certificate, William H Boyd and Bertha Ennis, Grady, Lincoln, Arkansas, Date of record: 16 Aug 1897.

Name:    Dela Brown
Gender:    Female
Age:    22
Birth Year:    abt 1880
Residence:    Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas
Spouse's name:    William Chisholm
Spouse's Gender:    Male
Spouse's Age:    22
Spouse's Residence:    Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas
Marriage Date:    23 Aug 1902
Marriage License Date:    22 Aug 1902
Marriage County:    Jefferson
Event Type:    Marriage
FHL Film Number:    983324

Name:    Della Chism
Gender:    Female
Age:    22
Birth Year:    abt 1881
Residence:    Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas
Spouse's name:    Oth Estwood
Spouse's Gender:    Male
Spouse's Age:    21
Spouse's Residence:    Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas
Marriage Date:    6 Jun 1903
Marriage License Date:    1 Jun 1903
Marriage County:    Jefferson
Event Type:    Marriage
FHL Film Number:    983325

Name:    Homer Brown
Gender:    Male
Age:    32
Birth Year:    abt 1881
Residence:    Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas
Spouse's name:    Susie McKinney
Spouse's Gender:    Female
Spouse's Age:    18
Spouse's Residence:    Junet, Grant, Arkansas
Marriage Date:    5 Feb 1913
Marriage License Date:    4 Feb 1913
Marriage County:    Jefferson
Event Type:    Marriage
FHL Film Number:    983116

Source: Ancestry.com. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: "Arkansas County Marriages, 1838–1957." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2011. "Arkansas County Marriages, 1838–1957," database, FamilySearch; from Arkansas Courts of Common Pleas and County Clerks. Digital images of originals housed at various county courthouses in the State of Arkansas. Marriage records.


Marriage of Homer Brown and Julia Leon

Marriage record of James E. Brown and Luz V. Bedoya

Source: Ancestry.com. Arizona, County Marriage Records, 1865-1972 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Original data: County Marriage Records. Arizona History and Archives Division, Phoenix, Arizona.


Marriage record of Charles A. Brown and Mary Louise Bisel

Marriage record of Charles A. Brown and Mina Walker

Source: Ancestry.com. Michigan, County Marriage Records, 1822-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Original data: Marriage Records. Michigan Marriages. Various Michigan County marriage collections.
 

Marriage record of Albert B. Taber and Mary Louise Bisel

Marriage record of James G. Nardin and Mary Louise Taber

Marriage record of Floyd S. Moore and Goldie E. (Brown) Rogers

Marriage record of Adna V. Fuller and Goldie E. Brown

Marriage record of Earl J. Rogers and Maude E. Cassady

Marriage record of F. S. Moore and Hazel I. Winslow

Marriage record of Chauncey Tungate and Leona L. Brown

Source: Ancestry.com. Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867–1952. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics.

Name:    Goldie Brown
Gender:    Female
Marriage Year:    Abt 1910
Marriage Place:    Barry, Michigan, USA
Residence Date:    1 Jan 1910
Spouse:    Earl Rogers
Spouse Gender:    Male

Source: Ancestry.com. Web: Barry County, Michigan, Marriage Index, 1839-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Web Services. Barry County Clerk. http://internal.barrycounty.org:8081/clerk/web/splash.jsp: accessed 19 March 2012.


Marriage record of Earl J. Rogers and Goldie E. Brown

Source: "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N32Q-LRM : 15 January 2019), Earl J. Rogers and Goldie E. Brown, 1910.


Name: Adna Vail Fuller
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 1 Jun 1909
Event Place: Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan
Gender: Male
Age: 23y
Birth Date: 1886
Birthplace: Battle Creek
Father's Name: Vail Fuller
Mother's Name: Sylvia Anna Mcardil
Spouse's Name: Margaret Elizabeth King
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Age: 24y
Spouse's Birth Date: 1885
Spouse's Birthplace: Ibion Co., Tenn
Spouse's Father's Name: R. M. King
Spouse's Mother's Name: Rose Downing
GS Film Number: 2342684
Digital Folder Number: 4209122
Image Number: 158

Source: "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3VR-8CB : 15 January 2019), Rose Downing in entry for Adna Vail Fuller and Margaret Elizabeth King, 1909.


Divorce Records

Court of Common Pleas, began and held at the Court House in Napoleon in the County of Henry and State of Ohio, on the 25th day of January A.D. 1881. Before the Hon. J.J. Moore Judge of said Court. Be it remembered that on the 1st day of November A.D. 1880 was filed in the Clerk’s office of said Court the following Petition for Divorce to wit:

Martha Brown, Plaintiff.    The Court of Common Pleas of Henry
    Against        County and State of Ohio
Alva Brown, Defendant.    Petition for Divorce

The said Martha Brown Plaintiff and Petitioner of said County of Henry respectfully represents to this Court that she has been for the year last past and more the resident of the State of Ohio and is now a bona fide resident of the said County of Henry.
This plaintiff further says, and showeth that on or about the 17th day of October A.D. 1870, at Texas in said Henry County and State of Ohio, she was married to one Alva Brown of the same place and whom she prays may be made apart, defendant in this petition, and that she had while living with the said Alva Brown the following Children which are now living to wit Alva Beecher Brown seven years old, Alonzo Orsmas Brown, four years old, Bertha Amanda Brown, two years old, and Ardella Margaret Brown, an infant six weeks old. And this plaintiff further shows that the said Alva Brown defendant regardless of his marital duties toward said plaintiff has been guilty of gross neglect and Extreme cruelty toward said plaintiff, that on or about the 21st day of October 1880, the said defendant violently took hold of this plaintiff and then and there pinched and shook her in a violent manner and then threatened to throw her said plaintiff into the street and plaintiff further says that said defendant on the 24th day of October 1880 again took hold of said plaintiff in a violent and forcible manner and then and there shook her, pinched and twisted her arms around and so injured it that she could not use it properly for the soreness and lameness thereof in consequence of the injury produced thereby. And this plaintiff further says that said defendant on the 18th day of October 1880 abandoned said plaintiff and took with him all the household goods and provisions belonging to the family and all the clothing of said plaintiff & her children except what they had on, taking then and there even the pillow from under their infant child lying in a rocking chair.
And this plaintiff further says that she has in her own right the title in fee simple of the following real estate to wit:— The South West quarter of the South West quarter of Section 25 and 25 acres off of the North and off of the North West quarter of Section 36 in Town 6, North of Range 8 East in Henry County, Ohio, also in same Town and Range the NE ¼ of the NE ¼ of Section 35, on which last tract there is a mortgage of $600.00. And this plaintiff says that said defendant is the owner in fee simple of the East half of the South East quarter of Section  26 in Town 6 North Range 8 East aforesaid less 20 acres off of the North side, and 20 acres off of the South side thereof constituting 40 acres of land.
Your petitioner this plaintiff therefore prays that the said that the said Alva Brown may be duly notified of this petition according to law, that he be required to answer the same and that on the final hearing hereof she may be divorced from said Alva Brown that the custody of said children may be decreed to her, that a reasonable alimony may be allowed her and for such other and further relief as the nature of her case and equity may require.

Martha Brown= By J.H. Tyler, her atty.
Martha Brown
    vs.                Precipe.
Alva Brown       
Issue summons against said defendant together with a certified
copy of this petition returnable according to law.
Oct. 30, 1880                                J.H. Tyler, Pltfs. atty.
(-- for) costs:  A.M. Willard
Afterwards on the first day of November A.D. 1880 was issued from the Clerk’s office of said Court the following Summons in Divorce to wit:
Summons In Divorce
The State of Ohio    To the Sherrif of Henry County:
Henry County        You are commanded to notify Alva Brown that Martha Brown has

filed in the office of the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Henry County and State of Ohio a petition (a copy of which is herewith served in him) charging him with Gross neglect of duty and extreme cruelty and asking that she be divorced from him and that alimony be allowed her and for other proper relief said petition will (stand -- --) during the term of said Court next ensuing, and six weeks from and after the
(--)
the 15th day of November A.D. 1880.—  Witness my signature as Clerk of our said Court of Common Pleas at the – of said Court at Napoleon this 1st day of November A.D. 1880.
O. E. Barnes
Summons endorsed as follows to wit
Henry Common Pleas = Martha Brown = against = Alva Brown. Summons on petition for Divorce and alimony. J.H. Tyler, Pltfs. atty.
Summons returned endorsed as follows: to wit:
Received 10 o’clock A.M. on the 2nd day of November A.D. 1880 and on the 11th day of November A.D. 1880, I served the same by delivering to the within named (defendant –) thereof also in the same day and at the same time served on the within named defendant a certified copy of the petition.
Geo. Daum, Sheriff.
Fees $3.05                            By E.B. Barnes, Dpty      “   

And afterwards on the 24th day of January A.D. 1881 was filed in the Clerk’s office of said Court the following Answer to wit:

Martha J Brown.—Plaintiff.        The State of Ohio, Henry County Court of
    Against            Common Pleas
Alva P Brown.—Defendant.        Answer and Cross Petition

And so comes the said Alva Brown Defendant and for answer to the said Martha J Brown plaintiff’s petition saith:  That he admits that he was married to said plaintiff as she in her said petition hath averred and that they are now husband and wife. That as the fruits of said marriage they have the children as set out in plaintiff’s petition and that the time of the commencement of this action the owner of the lands as stated and described in plaintiff’s petition:  said defendant denies each and every other allegation contained in plaintiff’s petition and said defendant by way of cross-petition says:  that said plaintiff disregarding her duties of a wife toward said defendant she has been guilty of gross neglect of duty toward this said defendant that on or about the 18th day of October A.D. 1880 said plaintiff deserted said defendant and has ever since been absent and away from her said husband and family without any fault or provocation on the part of said defendant. Defendant further shows that the said Martha J. Brown regardless of her marital duties toward said defendant did on the 17th day of May A.D. 1880 at the house of said defendant in the Township of Washington, in the County of Henry, and the State of Ohio, commit adultery with one Ely Bolinger and that also on the 14th or 15th of May, also on the 25th of April A.D. 1880 at said defendant’s house did commit adultery with said Ely Bolinger and at other and sundry times the dates of which cannot be given exact. And also when said Bolinger was away kept up an improper correspondence by letters with said Bolinger.
Said defendant therefore prays that he may on the final hearing of this cause be divorced from the said Martha J Brown, and that the custody of the said children may be decreed to said defendant and for such other and further relief the nature of his case and equity may require.
Alva P Brown
By John A King, Attorney for defendant

And afterward at the January Term A.D. 1881. (To wit Febry 11th/81) came the following Journal Entry to wit:

Martha Brown        No 702        Petition for Divorce
    vs        And vows the said parties by their attorneys and thereupon this
Alva Brown        cause came on for hearing upon the petition of said plaintiff the answer and cross-petition of said defendant the plaintiff’s reply thereto and testimony, and was argued by counsel on consideration whereof the Court finds due notice of the filing and pendency of this petition was given and personally served on said defendant together with a certified copy of said petition by the Sheriff of this County according to law, and the Court further finds that the said defendant has been guilty of extreme cruelty toward said plaintiff as she in her said petition has alleged, and the Court further finds that each of said parties hereto is seized in fee simple of the real estate in plaintiff’s petition described.
It is therefore adjudged and decreed the marriage relation heretofore existing between said parties be and the same is hereby set aside and wholly annulled and the said parties wholly released from the obligations of the same; and it is further adjudged and decreed that said defendant do pay to said plaintiff for her reasonable alimony the sum of $250, payable as follows to wit: $50 in Thirty days from this date, $50 in six months thereafter, $50 in Twelve months, $50 in Eighteen months.— and $50 in Two Years:
And it is further ordered and adjudged that said judgment and decree for the sum of $250 as aforesaid rendered be and the same is hereby made a lien from this date upon the lands of said defendant which are in plaintiff’s petition described to wit:  The East half of the South East quarter of Section 26 in Town 6 North Range Eight (8) East in Henry County, Ohio less 20 acres off of the North side and 20 acres off of the South side thereof:  containing 40 acres of land.
And it is further ordered adjudged and decreed that said plaintiff be and she is hereby given the custody, nurture, education, and care of said Alva Beecher Brown, Alonzo Omas Brown, Bertha Amanda Brown, and Ardella Margaret Brown, until the further order of this Court. And it is further ordered that said plaintiff pay all the costs of this action and proceedings and taxed to $     except the costs of said defendant’s witnesses.
J.J. Moore
Presiding Judge of said Court.

Source:
Martha J. Brown v. Alva P. Brown, from Complete Record, Henry Common Pleas, January Term, A.D. 1881, transcription of a photocopy in possession of Darryl W. Boyd.


1917:
Divorce records of Charles A. and Mary Louise Brown

Divorce record of Albert Bryan and Mary Louese Taber

Divorce record of Floyd S. and Goldie E. Moore

Divorce record of Adna V. and Goldie E. Fuller

Name:    Goldie E Shumaker
Marriage Date:    5 Jul 1941
Marriage Place:    Ohio
Decree Date:    7 Jun 1943
Decree Place:    Calhoun, Michigan, USA
Spouse Name:    Charles V Shumaker
Number of Children:    0
Divorce Status:    Granted

Name:    Charles Shumaker
Marriage Date:    11 Mar 1926
Marriage Place:    Toledo, Ohio
Decree Date:    10 Jun 1938
Decree Place:    Eaton, Michigan, USA
Spouse Name:    Hazel Shumaker
Number of Children:    0
Divorce Status:    Granted

Source: Ancestry.com. Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Michigan. Divorce records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan.


Interviews and Other Biographical Information from Relatives


Click here for an interview of Alva and Martha's grandson Frank Richard Boyd, November 1988, in which he talks about his life and his family, as well as notes taken by Alice C. Boyd of Frank Boyd's memories and knowledge of his family.


Notes taken by Alice C. Boyd of Frank Boyd's memories and knowledge of his family:

Notes about Alva and Martha (Ennis) Brown

Additional notes on Martha Jane Ennis


WPA Records


Click here to view WPA records for daughter Bertha and her husband, William Henry.


Military Records

Draft registration card for Otho Otholo Eastwood

World War I draft registration card for Homer Brown

World War I draft registration card for Charles Alva Brown

World War I draft registration card for Earl J. Rogers

World War I draft registration card for Floyd Simen Moore

World War I draft registration card for Adna Vail Fuller

World War I draft registration card for Chauncey R. Tungate

WWI draft registration card for Ory Lewis Ennes

Source: Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.


World War II draft registration card for Homer Luis Brown

World War II draft registration card for Charles Alva Brown

World War II draft registration card for Adna Vail Fuller

World War II draft registration card for Chauncey R. Tungate

Source: Ancestry.com. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group Number 147. National Archives and Records Administration. Full Source Citation.

Name:    Ory Lewis Ennes
Race:    White
Age:    42
Relationship to Draftee:    Self (Head)
Birth Place:    Mobeetie, Texas, USA
Birth Date:    5 Jul 1900
Residence Place:    Waddell, Arizona, USA
Registration Date:    1942
Employer:    Waddell Gin
Weight:    172
Complexion:    Dark
Eye Color:    Gray
Hair Color:    Black
Height:    6 1
Next of Kin:    J E Brown

Source: Ancestry.com. U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.


Border Crossing Records

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Source: Ancestry.com. Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1964 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006.


Land Records

Name:    James Ennes Brown
Issue Date:    18 Dec 1936
Place:    San Diego, California, USA
Township:    018s
Range:    006E
Aliquots:    Lot/Trct 27
Section:    13
Accession Number:    1087579
Document Number:    048460

Name:    James Ennes Brown
Issue Date:    18 Dec 1936
Place:    San Diego, California, USA
Township:    018s
Range:    006E
Aliquots:    Lot/Trct 24
Section:    13
Accession Number:    1087579
Document Number:    048460

Name:    James Ennes Brown
Issue Date:    18 Dec 1936
Place:    San Diego, California, USA
Meridian:    San Bernardino
Township:    018s
Range:    006E
Aliquots:    Lot/Trct 23
Section:    13
Accession Number:    1087579
Document Number:    048460

Name:    James Ennes Brown
Issue Date:    18 Dec 1936
Place:    San Diego, California, USA
Township:    018s
Range:    006E
Aliquots:    Lot/Trct 4
Section:    24
Accession Number:    1087579
Document Number:    048460

Name:    James Ennes Brown
Issue Date:    18 Dec 1936
Place:    San Diego, California, USA
Township:    018s
Range:    006E
Aliquots:    Lot/Trct 25
Section:    13
Accession Number:    1087579
Document Number:    048460

Name:    James Ennes Brown
Issue Date:    18 Dec 1936
Place:    San Diego, California, USA
Township:    018s
Range:    006E
Aliquots:    Lot/Trct 1
Section:    24
Accession Number:    1087579
Document Number:    048460

Name:    James Ennes Brown
Issue Date:    18 Dec 1936
Place:    San Diego, California, USA
Township:    018s
Range:    006E
Aliquots:    Lot/Trct 2
Section:    24
Accession Number:    1087579
Document Number:    048460

Name:    James Ennes Brown
Issue Date:    18 Dec 1936
Place:    San Diego, California, USA
Township:    018s
Range:    006E
Aliquots:    Lot/Trct 26
Section:    13
Accession Number:    1087579
Document Number:    048460

Name:    James Ennes Brown
Issue Date:    18 Dec 1936
Place:    San Diego, California, USA
Township:    018s
Range:    006E
Aliquots:    Lot/Trct 3
Section:    24
Accession Number:    1087579
Document Number:    048460

Access the General Land Office entry for the lots above at: https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=1087579&docClass=SER&sid=mmgqd0hf.ivu
Click here to view the patent downloaded from the site above.

Source: Ancestry.com. U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: United States. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records. Automated Records Project; Federal Land Patents, State Volumes. http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/. Springfield, Virginia: Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, 2007.


1850 Federal Census
York, Union, Ohio
Households: David Ennes, Alonzo H. Ennes; Roll: M432_736; Page: 31A; Image: 10; Township: York
Alonzo H. Ennes family in 1850

Source: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.


1860 Federal Census

Byron, Genessee, New York
Household: Orsemus Brown; Roll: M653_756; Page: 1041; Family History Library Film: 803756
Orsemus Brown family in 1860

Source: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.


1870 Federal Census

Washington, Henry, Ohio
Household: A. H. Ennis; Roll: M593_1221; Page: 419A; Image: 15; Township: Washington
A. H. Ennis family in 1870

Source: 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.


1880 Federal Census

Washington, Henry, Ohio
Household: Alva P. Brown; Roll: Roll: 1032; Page: 59C; Enumeration District: 110Alva P. Brown and Orsmus Brown families in 1880

Source: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.


1900 Federal Census
Spring, Lincoln, Arkansas
Household: Martha Ennis; Page: 24; Enumeration District: 0116; FHL microfilm: 1240065

Martha Ennis family in 1900

Helt, Vermillion, Indiana
Household: Alva P. Brown; Page: 14; Enumeration District: 0091; FHL microfilm: 1240408
Alva P. Brown family in 1900

Source: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
 

1910 Federal Census

Baltimore, Barry, Michigan
Household: Alva P. Brown; Roll: T624_636; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0036; FHL microfilm: 1374649
Alva P. Brown family in 1910

Pine Bluff, Jefferson, Arkansas
Household: William H. Boyd; Roll: T624_54; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0121; FHL microfilm: 1374067

William H. Boyd family in 1910

Merry Green, Grant, Arkansas
Household: Arther Eastwood; Roll: T624_51; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 0075; FHL microfilm: 1374064
Arther Eastwood family in 1910

Justice Precinct 3, Hemphill, Texas
Household: Alonzo J. Ennis; Street Name: Lower Washata and Canadian Road; Roll: T624_1563; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0139; FHL microfilm: 1375576
Alonzo J. Ennis family in 1910

Source: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.


1920 Federal Census

Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan
Household: Lou Brown; Street Name: W. Van Buren; Roll: T625_759; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 49
Lou Brown family in 1920

Albion, Calhoun, Michigan
Household: Floyd S. Moore; Street Name: Anne; Roll: T625_759; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 28
Floyd S. Moore family in 1920

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Institution: Kalamazoo State Hospital; Building: Main Building; Inmate: Alva P. Brown; Roll: T625_759; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 49
Alva P. Brown in the Kalamazoo State Hospital in 1920

Johnstown, Barry, Michigan
Household: Cauncey Tungate; Roll: T625_756; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 56
Cauncey Tungate family in 1920

Clarkdale, Yavapai, Arizona
Households: Bertha B. Boyd, Frank F. Helm; Street Name: 3rd Street; Roll: T625_52; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 102
Bertha Boyd family in 1920

Civil District 14, Dyer, Tennessee
Household: Otho Eastwood; Roll: T625_1738; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 34
Otho Eastwood family in 1920

Hot Springs, Sierra, New Mexico
Household: Mrs. Ada Ennes; Roll: T625_1077; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 142
Mrs. Ada Ennes family in 1920

Tularosa, Otero, New Mexico
Household: Ada Enne; Block: 35; Roll: T625_1077; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 123
Ada Enne family in 1920

Source: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.


1930 Federal Census

Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan
Household: Louisa Brown; Street Name: W. Van Buren; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0018; FHL microfilm: 2340713
Louisa Brown and boarder in 1930

Household: Adna V. Fuller; Street Name: E. Kingman Ave.; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 2340713
Goldie E. Fuller in 1930

Adna V. Fuller in 1930

Household: Chauncey R. Tungate; Street Name: Post Avenue; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0032; FHL microfilm: 2340713
Chauncey R. Tungate family in 1930

Athens, Calhoun, Michigan
Household: Charles A. Brown; Street: Township Line Road; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0009; FHL microfilm: 2340713
Charles A. Brown family in 1930

Oakland, Alameda, California
Households: William H. Boyd, James W. Boyd; Street Name: 28th St.; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0023; FHL microfilm: 2339837
William H. Boyd and James W. Boyd families in 1930

Cross City, Dixie, Florida
Household: Mrs. O. M. Eastwood; Street: Rock Road; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0004; FHL microfilm: 2340047
Mrs. O. M. Eastwood and daughter in 1930

Ajo, Pima, Arizona
Household: Jose Leon; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0070; FHL microfilm: 2339796
Julia Leon in the family of Jose Leon in 1930

Oceanside, San Diego, California
Household: James Brown; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0024; FHL microfilm: 2339925
James Brown in 1930

Fairview, Sierra, New Mexico
Household: Ada Ennes; Street: Chiz Village; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0009; FHL microfilm: 2341133
Ada Ennes in 1930

Source: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.


1940 Federal Census

Oakland, Alameda, California
Household: William Boyd; Street Name: 17th St.; Roll: m-t0627-00442; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 61-88
William Boyd family in 1940

Continuation of entry for William Boyd family

Ajo, Pima, Arizona
Household: Homer Brown; Roll: m-t0627-00112; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 10-77
Homer Brown family in 1940

Jacumba, San Diego, California
Household: James E. Brown; Roll: m-t0627-00296; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 37-39
James E. Brown family in 1940

Flint, Genesee, Michigan
Hotel: Reid Hotel; Guest: Goldie E. Brown; Roll: m-t0627-01895; Page: 84A; Enumeration District: 85-128
Goldie E. Brown in 1940

Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan
Household: Chauncey Tungate; Roll: m-t0627-01736; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 13-39
Chauncey Tungate family in 1940

Source: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.


City Directories

Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, City Directory, 1918:
Alva P. and Louisa in 1918 Battle Creek city directory

San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1933:
1933 San Francisco city directory excerpt showing Bertha Boyd

San Leandro, California, City Directory, 1955 (note that William Henry is listed as living at the same address as his son Frank - Frank was caring for his father at the end of the latter's life)):
City directory from San Leandro, CA, 1955, showing entries for Boyds

San Diego, California, City Directory, 1935:
James and Luz Brown in 1935

San Diego, California, City Directory, 1937:
James and Luz Brown in 1937

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1908:
Chauncey Tungate in 1908

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1921:
Charles and Mima Brown in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1921

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1922:
Chauncey R Tungate in 1922

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1924:
Under "Grocers--Retail":
Chauncey R. Tungate in 1924

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1926:
Under "Grocers--Retail":
Chauncey R. Tungate in 1926

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1927:
Chauncey R. Tungate in 1927

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1931:
Adna V. and Goldie E. Fuller in 1931

Chauncey and Leona Tungate in 1931

Under "Grocers--Retail":
Chauncey R Tungate in 1931 as a grocer

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1935:
Chauncey and Leona Tungate in 1935
Note: Chauncey is also listed under "Meats--Retail" and "Grocers--Retail" at 71-73 Illinois in this directory. MB

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1937:
Under "Grocers--Retail":
Chauncey R Tungate in 1937
Note: Chauncey is also listed under "Meats--Retail" at the same address in this directory. MB

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1939:
Chauncey R Tungate in 1939
Note: Chauncey is also listed under "Grocers--Retail" and "Meats--Retail" at 71 Illinois in this directory. MB

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1940:
Chauncey and Leona Tungate in 1940

 Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1942:
Charles V. and Goldie E. Shumaker in 1942

Chauncey and Leona Tungate in 1942

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1945:
Chauncey and Leona Tungate in 1945
Note: Chauncey is also listed under "Groceries and Meats--Retail" at 71-73 Illinois in this directory. MB

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1946:
Chauncey and Leona Tungate in 1946
Note: Chauncey is also listed under "Groceries and Meats--Retail" at 71 Illinois in this directory. MB

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1947:
Chauncey and Leona Tungate in 1947
Note: Chauncey is also listed under "Groceries and Meats--Retail" at 101 Post av in this directory. MB

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1949:
Chauncey R Tungate in 1949


Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1951:
Chauncey and Leona Tungate in 1951

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1952:
Chauncey and Leona Tungate in 1952

Battle Creek, Michigan, City Directory, 1958:
Chauncey and Leona Tungate in 1958

Source: U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.


Chauncey and Leona Tungate in 1917
Source: The Farm Journal Illustrated Rural Directory of Barry County, Michigan, Philadelphia: Wilmer Atkinson Company, 1917, p. 118.


From family files:
1923 Phoenix, Arizona city directory:
Excerpt from 1923 Phoenix, Arizona city directory


Voting Records

November 7, 1944
Index of Affidavits of Registration
Precinct - Oakland 754
Voting registration for William Henry, Bertha, and Frank Boyd

Source: California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968; Roll: Roll 062; Ancestry.com. California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2017.
Original data: State of California, United States. Great Register of Voters. Sacramento, California: California State Library.


Prison Records

Records of Prisoners, McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington, 1933:
Prison records for William Henry Boyd

Prison records for William Henry Boyd, part 2

Source: NARA; Washington, DC; McNeil Island Penitentiary Records of Prisoners Received, 1887-1951; Microfilm Series: M1619; Microfilm Roll: 3
Source Information. Ancestry.com. McNeil Island, Washington, U.S. Penitentiary, Photos and Records of Prisoners Received, 1887-1939 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.


Social Security Records

Name:            William Henry Boyd
SSN:                 557182367
Gender:         Male
Race:              White
Birth Date:    12 Feb 1864
Birth Place:    Lacrosse, Wisconsin
Father:           Squire F Boyd
Mother:         Caroline Denoll
Type of Claim:    Original SSN.
Notes:    Dec 1938: Name listed as WILLIAM HENRY BOYD

Name:           Bertha Ennes Boyd
                        [Bertha Ennes Brown]
SSN:                548187504
Gender:        Female
Race:             White
Birth Date:    13 Jan 1879
Birth Place:   Colton, Ohio
Father:           Alvey P Brown
Mother:         Martha J Ennes
Type of Claim:    Original SSN.
Notes:    Jan 1938: Name listed as BERTHA ENNES BOYD

Name:    Homer Brown
Gender:    Male
Race:    White
Birth Date:    16 May 1882
Birth Place:    Finley, Ohio
Father:    Alva P Brown
Mother:    Mattie Ennis
SSN:    527306934
Notes:    Nov 1944: Name listed as HOMER BROWN

Name:    James Ennes Brown
Gender:    Male
Race:    White
Birth Date:    10 Feb 1876
Birth Place:    Henry County, Ohio
Father:    Alva P Brown
Mother:    Martha J Ennes
SSN:    572124146
Notes:    May 1937: Name listed as JAMES ENNES BROWN

Name:    James E Brown
Gender:    Male
Race:    White
Birth Date:    10 Feb 1876
Birth Place:    Colton Henry, Ohio
Father:    Alva P Brown
Mother:    Martha J Ennes
SSN:    548326060
Notes:    Jun 1943: Name listed as JAMES E BROWN

Name:    Luz Brown
Gender:    Female
Birth Date:    29 Dec 1908
Death Date:    29 Dec 1993
Claim Date:    2 Feb 1974
SSN:    550420623

Name:    Charles A Brown
Gender:    Male
Race:    White
Birth Date:    20 Jun 1886
Birth Place:    Hillsdale, Indiana
Father:    Alvey P Brown
Mother:    Louise Thommen
SSN:    262482205
Notes:    Sep 1950: Name listed as CHARLES A BROWN

Name:    Charles Alva Brown
Birth Date:    20 Jun 1889
Birth Place:    Hillsdale, Indiana
Claim Date:    25 Jun 1954
SSN:    384038525
Notes:    30 Sep 1977: Name listed as CHARLES ALVA BROWN

Name:    Mary L Nardin
Birth Date:    18 Oct 1895
Claim Date:    27 Nov 1957
SSN:    363165825
Notes:    26 Nov 1957: Name listed as MARY L NARDIN

Name:    Ada Ennesarnold Choran
[Ada Ennesarnold Arnold]
Gender:    Female
Race:    White
Birth Date:    9 Jun 1878
Birth Place:    Arlington Ta, Texas
Father:    Thomas O Arnold
Mother:    Alice G Strahan
SSN:    465341235
Notes:    Jun 1943: Name listed as ADA ENNESARNOLD CHORAN

Name:    Irene Lovena Stackhouse
[Irene L Murrell]
[Irene Stackhouse]
[Irene Lovena Ennes]
Gender:    Female
Race:    White
Birth Date:    5 May 1908
Birth Place:    Canadian Hem, Texas
[Canadian Hem|]
Death Date:    21 Oct 1993
Claim Date:    26 Feb 1970
Father:    A J Ennes
Mother:    Ada J Arnold
SSN:    548584934
Type of Claim:    Evidence other than birth record submitted; U.S. citizen or alien allowed to work.
Notes:    29 Nov 1977: Name listed as IRENE LOVENA STACKHOUSE; 25 Feb 1970: Name listed as IRENE L MURRELL; 02 Nov 1993: Name listed as IRENE M STACKHOUSE


Source: Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.


Name:    Luz Brown
SSN:    550-42-0623
Last Residence:   
91905 Boulevard, San Diego, California, USA
Born:    29 Dec 1908
Died:    29 Dec 1993
State (Year) SSN issued:    California (Before 1951)

Name:    Adna Fuller
SSN:    368-16-3335
Last Residence:   
49017 Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, USA
Born:    23 Feb 1886
Died:    Jun 1966
State (Year) SSN issued:    Michigan (Before 1951)

Name:    Leona Tungate
SSN:    383-16-7411
Last Residence:   
49017 Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, USA
Born:    10 Mar 1893
Last Benefit:    49015, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States of America
Died:    Jun 1977
State (Year) SSN issued:    Michigan (Before 1951)

Name:    Chauncey Tungate
SSN:    372-30-0566
Last Residence:   
49015 Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, USA
Born:    12 Nov 1886
Died:    Jan 1972
State (Year) SSN issued:    Michigan (Before 1951)

Source: Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2014. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.


Death Certificates and Indexes

Death certificate of Alva P. Brown

Death certificate of Louisa (Thommen) Brown

Death certificate of Mima (Walker) Brown

Death certificate of Earl J. Rogers

Death certificate for Floyd Simeon Moore

Death certificate of Maude Cecil Moore, first wife of Floyd Simeon Moore

Source: Ancestry.com. Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Death Records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan.


Death certificate of Billie Brown, son of Homer and Susie (McKinney) Brown

Source: "Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLV8-7XM : 10 March 2018), Billie Brown, 1925; citing Ajo, Pima, Arizona, reference , Department of Library and Archives, Phoenix, Arizona; FHL microfilm 2,114,562.


Death certificate for Bertha (Brown) Boyd
Source: Certificate of Death, Bertha Boyd, California, State File No. 54-039040.


Death certificate (with amendment) for William Henry Boyd
Source:
Certificate of Death, William Henry Boyd, California, State File No. 55-035986.


Death certificate for Homer Brown

Source: Ancestry.com. Arizona, Death Records, 1887-1960 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Original data: Arizona Department of Health Services. Arizona Death Records.


Name:                        William Henry Boyd

Social Security #:    557182367
Gender:                     Male
Birth Date:                12 Feb 1864
Birth Place:               Rhode Island
Death Date:            6 May 1955
Death Place:           Alameda
Father's Surname:  Boyd

Name:                       Bertha Boyd
                                    [Bertha Brown]
Gender:                    Female
Birth Date:               13 Jan 1879
Birth Place:              Ohio
Death Date:           6 Jun 1954
Death Place:          Alameda
Mother's Maiden Name:    Ennis
Father's Surname:    Brown

Name:    Ordella Margaret Eastwood
[Ordella Margaret Brown]
Gender:    Female
Birth Date:    17 Sep 1877
Birth Place:    Ohio
Death Date:    11 Jul 1957
Death Place:    San Bernardino
Mother's Maiden Name:    Ennis
Father's Surname:    Brown

Name:    James E Brown
Social Security #:    572124146
Gender:    Male
Birth Date:    10 Feb 1876
Birth Place:    Ohio
Death Date:    6 Feb 1960
Death Place:    San Diego
Mother's Maiden Name:    Ennes

Name:    Luz Brown
[Luz Bedoya]
Social Security #:    550420623
Gender:    Female
Birth Date:    26 Oct 1908
Birth Place:    Mexico
Death Date:    31 Dec 1993
Death Place:    San Diego
Mother's Maiden Name:    Velasco
Father's Surname:    Bedoya

Name:    Irene L Stackhouse
[Irene L Brown]
Social Security #:    548584934
Gender:    Female
Birth Date:    5 May 1908
Birth Place:    Texas
Death Date:    20 Oct 1993
Death Place:    Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name:    Arnold
Father's Surname:    Brown

Source: Ancestry.com. California, Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.


Name:    Otho O Eastwood
Gender:    Male
Race:    White
Death Date:    1928
Death Place:    Gadsden, Florida, United States

Source: Ancestry.com. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: State of Florida. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998. Florida: Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, 1998.


Name:    Leona L Tungate
Birth Date:    10 Mar 1893
Death Date:    24 Jun 1977
Gender:    Female
Residence:    Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan
Place of Death:    Emmet, Calhoun, Michigan

Name:    Chauncey R Tungate
Birth Date:    12 Nov 1886
Death Date:    26 Jan 1972
Gender:    Male
Residence:    Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan
Place of Death:    Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan

Source: Michigan Department of Vital and Health Records. Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1998. Original data: Michigan Department of Vital and Health Records. Michigan Death Index. Lansing, MI, USA.


Military Headstone Applications

Military headstone application for Charles Alva Brown

Source: Ancestry.com. U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941. Microfilm publication M1916, 134 rolls. ARC ID: 596118. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, Record Group 92. National Archives at Washington, D.C.


Gravestones

Gravestone of Alva P. Brown and his second wife, Louisa A. (Thoman) Brown, Banfield Cemetery, Banfield, Barry, Michigan (photo credit: Joyce Foondle, findagrave.com):
Gravestone of Alva P. and Louisa A. Brown

Gravestone of Goldie E. (Brown) Shumaker, Banfield Cemetery, Banfield, Barry, Michigan (photo credit: Joyce Foondle, findagrave.com):
Gravestone of Goldie E. (Brown) Shumaker

Gravestone of Earl J. Rogers and his second wife, Maude E., Freeport Cemetery, Freeport, Barry, Michigan (photo credit: Freeport Historical Society, findagrave.com):
Gravestone of Earl J. and Maude E. Rogers

Gravestone of William H. and Bertha A. (Brown) Boyd and their daughter Katie and one of her husbands, Frank Willis, Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda, California:
Gravestone of William and Bertha Boyd and Frank and Kathleen Willis

Plaque in mausoleum for Ordella M. Eastwood, Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario, San Bernardino, California (photo credit: Sadie May, findagrave.com):
Plaque in mausoleum for Ordella M. (Brown) Eastwood

Gravestone of Homer Louis and Julia (Valenzuela) Brown and some of their children (Johnnie, Julie Ann, Josephine, and Jimmie), Ajo Cemetery, Ajo, Pima, Arizona (photo credit: Bf (#49513899), Findagrave):
Gravestone of Homer and Julia Brown and family

Gravestones of James E. and Luz (Bedoya) Brown, Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego, California (photo credit: Lot Lzrd, Findagrave):
Gravestone of James E. Brown      Gravestone of Luz (Bedoya) Brown

Gravestones of Ada (Arnold) Ennes, Hot Springs Cemetery, Truth or Consequences, Sierra, New Mexico (photo credit: JillGat, Findagrave):
Gravestone of Ada (Arnold) Ennes

Gravestone of Charles Alva Brown, Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan (photo credit: Keith Burkhead, Findagrave):
Gravestone of Charles Alva Brown   Gravestone of Mima I. Brown

Gravestone of Chauncey R. and Leona L. (Brown) Tungate, Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan (photo credit: Ottie Konkright, Findagrave):
Gravestone of Chauncey R. and Leona L. Tungate

Gravestone of Mary Louise (Bisel) (Brown) Nardin, River Bend Cemetery, Walker, Kent, Michigan (photo credit: Ron "Ozzie" Oswalt, Findagrave):
Gravestone of Louise Nardin

Gravestone of Floyd S. Moore, Riverside Cemetery, Albion, Calhoun, Michigan (photo credit: © by Genealogy Bug Kate on Find A Grave. Used with permission.):
Gravestone of Floyd S. Moore

Gravestone of Adna Vail Fuller, Hicks Cemetery, Pennfield, Calhoun, Michigan (photo credit: sagreen13, Findagrave):
Gravestone of Adna Vail Fuller

Gravestone of Charles V. Shumaker and his third wife Zola, Hillside Cemetery, Kalamo, Eaton, Michigan (photo credit: miran, Findagrave):
Gravestone of Charles and Zola Shumaker



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