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Mary (Miner) Burgoyne
(1798?- ? )


Mary (Miner) Burgoyne was born in about 1798, and if she is whom we think, she likely entered the world on the mountainous border of Fayette/Somerset Counties, PA, the daughter of Daniel and Mary Minor Sr., or perhaps their niece.

She is known to have been German, once referenced in an Indiana history book as "of Dutch descent" -- information undoubtedly provided by the family of her daughter Mahala.

As a girl, Mary moved with her parents to Sego, Perry County, OH. When Mary was age 15, in 1813, her mother passed away.

At about the age of 21, on Dec. 17, 1819, Mary married 24-year-old James Burgoyne (1795?- ? ), also spelled "Burgoin" and whose first name also has been given as "Henry." According to his offspring, he either was of English heritage or French (per son Robert).

Their wedding took place in Perry County, by the hand of Allen Goff, a minister of the Gospel of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which is consistent with the known church affiliation of this branch of the Miners. The record of this marriage is still on file in the Perry County courthouse in New Lexington, OH, and in the booklet, Ohio Records and Pioneer Families, Volume XIII, 1972).


Mary and James' marriage license, on file today in Perry County, Ohio


Census records show that the couple had seven children -- Mahala Woods, Evan Burgyone, James H. Burgoyne, Duanna Hawkins, Matilda Woods, John W. Burgoyne, Robert L. Burgoyne, Sarah Stockton and Elizabeth Russell.


Book naming the Burgoynes
Portrait and Biographical Album of
Vermilion and Edgar Counties Illinoi

When the federal census was taken in 1820, they lived as neighbors to Mary's uncle, Frederick Miner Sr., in Madison Township, Perry County.

They are believed to have moved to Muskingum County, OH, where they are listed in the 1840 federal census as residents of Newton Township.

By 1850, it is thought that Mary had died, whether or not in Ohio or Indiana is not certain.

The widowed James established a home by 1850 on a farm in Center Township, Wayne County, IN. The census that year shows him as a single man heading a household with six offspring ranging in age from 9 to 25.

Mary's life was researched in the 1970s by her grand-nieces, Blanche (Clark) Tarter and Alba (McGirk) Peck. In their typed manuscript of the family, they wrote: "There is some question as to whether this Mary Miner is a daughter of Daniel ... She was probably born in 1798 - and that would have made her to be 20 years of age when she was married."

The couple also has been named in several published works, among them Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana by Charles Blanchard (1883) -- Portrait and Biographical Album of Vermilion and Edgar Counties Illinois, Vol. 1, by Chapman Brothers (1889) -- and Ohio Records and Pioneer Families, Vol. 1, by Esther Weygandt Powell (1960). In each instance Mary's maiden name has been cited as Miner or Minor.


~ Daughter Mahala (Burgoyne) Woods ~

Daughter Mahala Burgoyne (1821-1859) -- also spelled "Burgoyne" -- was born in February 1821 in Ohio.

On Aug. 6 or 7, 1845, in nuptials held in Wayne County, IN, the 24-year-old married William Woods (March 20, 1820- ? ), a native of Wayne County, IN and the son of Benjamin and Mecca (Boon) Woods.

They were the parents of William Woods, Mary Woods, Willard B. Woods, Arthur Woods, Allie Woods and one other who died young.


William's profile, Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana, 1883
Courtesy Google Books


As a boy, William was raised on his parents' farm and was educated in the common schools. He taught school at the age of 19 and then went on to study law and in 1844, at the age of 24, was admitted to the Indiana Bar. But he found farming and teaching more to his liking.

In 1850, the year that the United States Census enumeration was made, the family moved to a farm in Wayne, Wayne County. Said Charles Blanchard's 1883 book Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana: "He started in a log cabin, but now has 204 acres of fine land, with good, comfortable frame buildings, wich he has accumulated through labor and economy."

Sadly, Mahala died on March 3, 1859 at the age of 38.

After just under a year of grieving, on Feb. 24, 1860, William was joined in wedlock with his wife's younger sister Matilda. See her entry for more on this couple.

Son William H. Woods (1847- ? ) was born in about 1847 in Wayne County, IN. Research by Cindy Mitchell suggests that he was deceased by 1860.

Daughter Mary H. Woods (1853- ? ) was born in about 1853. She was a girl when her mother died. In 1870, at the age of 18, Mary lived with her father and step-mother in Liberty Township, Howard County, IN and worked as a seamstress. Evidence suggests she was deceased by 1883.

Son Willard B. Woods (1854-1907) was born on Jan. 22, 1854. At the age of 15, in 1870, Willard attended school and also helped his father on their farm in Liberty Township, Howard County, IN. He appears to have been married twice. The identity of his first bride is not known. They were the parents of Harry D. Woods, Blanche Woods and Mabel Woods. Later, in about 1899, he was united in holy matrimony with Martha A. (?) (Sept. 1864-1950). They bore a daughter of their own, Madge Woods. Circa 1900, when the federal census enumeration was made, the Woodses lived in Liberty, where he was proprietor of a saloon in Greentown, nine miles east of Kokomo. Willard's business was the subject of controversial protests by prohibitionists. He was successful in overcoming their objections and secured a retail license in Sept. 1902. But the following year his opponents prevailed, and in September 1903 the saloon was closed, generating a mention in the Indianapolis News. For several years, Willard suffered from "tabes dorsalis," causing an inability to coordinate movement and bowels, often a result of an infection of syphilis in the spinal cord. He was admitted to the Central Hospital for the Insane in Indianapolis, where he died at the untimely age of 52 on Jan. 11, 1907. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery in Greentown. Martha survived for another 43 years. She entered eternity on Christmas Eve 1950.

  • Grandson Harry D. Woods (1880- ? ) was born in Aug. 1880. When he was age 19, in 1900, he earned a living as a day laborer in Liberty Township, Howard County.
  • Granddaughter Blanche Woods (1882- ? ) was born in March 1882. In 1900, when she was age 18, she worked as a clerk in a Liberty Township dry goods store.
  • Granddaughter Mabel Woods (1885- ? ) was born in Feb. 1885.
  • Granddaughter Madge Woods (1899- ? ) was born in about 1899 in Indiana.

Son Arthur F. Woods (1857-1935) was born in June 1857 in Howard County, IN. On April 22, 1890, in nuptials held in Vermilion County, he was joined in wedlock with LueElla Hawkins (1869-1940). Among their children were Walter H. Woods and Bessie Luella Woods. The Angel of Death carried Arthur away on Nov. 2, 1935. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery.

  • Grandson Walter H. Woods (1894-1973)
  • Granddaughter Bessie Luella Woods (1896- ? )

Daughter Allie Woods ( ? - ? )


~ Son Evan Burgoyne ~

Son Evan Burgoyne (1824- ? ) was born on Nov. 9, 1824 in Muskingum County, OH. He came to Indiana as a young boy in company with his father/parents.

At the age of 25, in 1850, Evan labored as a farmer and lived with his widowed father in Center Township, Wayne County, IN.

On Jan. 8 or 9, 1853, Evan wedded Elizabeth Ann Taylor (May 20, 1828-1909) in Richmond, IN. She was a native of Dover, DE. She had been converted to Christianity at a "very young age and united with the church," said a newspaper, "living a consecrated Christian life unto the end."

The couple produced these known children -- John L. Burgoyne, James Harris Burgoyne, Sarah J. Sowers, William Henry Burgoyne, Mary A. Gucker, Charles W. Burgoyne, Elizabeth Bell "Lizzie" Burgoyne and Nancy B. "Nannie" McNemar.

The family dwelled in 1860 and 1870 in Catlin, Vermilion County, IL. In 1860, census records show that Evan's brother Robert and 19-year-old Joseph Walker boarded in their home and provided farm labor. In 1870, Evan's brother James, a Civil War veteran, was a next-door neighbor.

During the decade of the 1870s, the Burgoynes pulled up stakes and migrated to Richland Township, Labette County, KS. They are shown there in the 1880 census.

When Luther B. Hill's book A History of the State of Oklahoma, Vol. 1, was published in 1883, Evan was named.

Evan passed away in at the age of 96 just three days after Christmas in 1890. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Melrose, Cherokee County, KS. [Find-a-Grave]

Elizabeth lived on as a widow for 19 years. In her final years, she dwelled in Guthrie, OK.


John L. Burgoyne
Courtesy Cindy Mitchell

On Dec. 16, 1909, at the age of 81 years, six months and 26 days, she succumbed to death in Guthrie. An obituary was printed in the Columbus (KS) Weekly Advocate, which noted that her last words were "All is well" and that "Well may it be said of her, 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, they rest from their works do follow them'." All of her children attended the funeral, except for John and William who lived away at great distances. Also there were "a very large congregation of neighbors and friends." Rev. Thomas J. Caldwell preached the service, held in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Son John L. Burgoyne (1854-1911) was born in 1854 in Indiana. He moved with his parents during the 1870s to Kansas and in 1880, unmarried at the age of 26, helped on their farm in Richland, Labette County. At some point, John relocated to Buffalo, NY, where he secured employment as a "compounder" in a distillery, likely the one superintended by his uncle, Robert L. Burgoyne. In October 1893, in nuptials held in the rectory of St. Ann's Church on East 12th Street in New York City, John married Marguerite "Maggie" Diller (July 1863- ? ), daughter of Bavarian-born Francis X. Diller. Reported the Buffalo Sunday Morning News, it was a "very pretty wedding.... Miss Katherine Diller and Andrew B. Diller, sister and brother of the bride, acted as bridesmand and best man respectively. A wedding dinner was held at the residence of the bride's father, only relatives and a few intimate friends being present." He was nine years older than his bride. They became the parents of three -- Robert F. Burgoyne, Kathryn E. Burgoyne and J. Evan Burgoyne. The United States Censuses of 1900 and 1910 show the family living at 14 Auchinvole Avenue. John was a member of the Revere Council of the Royal Arcanum. Sadly, John died at home in Buffalo on Nov. 18, 1911, of causes not yet known. An obituary in the Buffalo Evening News reported that funeral services were held in the Church of the Annunciation. An obituary also appeared in the Black Rock (NY) International Gazette. Now widowed, Margaret moved her family to the Bronx, New York, and is shown there in the 1920 census. That year, she had no job, but depended on income from her son and possibly rents from her sister Kathryn Diller who lived in the household.

  • Grandson Robert F. Burgoyne (1894- ? ) was born in Aug. 1894 in Buffalo, NY. Unmarried at the age of 26 in 1920, he resided with his mother in the Bronx and worked as an office clerk for Marine Insurance.
  • Granddaughter Kathryn E. Burgoyne (1895- ? ) was born in Aug. 1895 in Buffalo, NY. In 1920, single and at home at age 24, she was employed as a typist for Marine Insurance. In about 1921, when she was 26, Kathryn was wedded to 27-year-old Italian immigrant Benedict Bini (1894- ? ). They dwelled in the Bronx, where he operated an independent accounting practice, and provided a home for her widowed mother. That year, Kathryn worked as a bookkeeper for a bank.
  • Grandson J. Evan Burgoyne (1904- ? ) was born in about 1904 in Buffalo, NY.

Son James Harris Burgoyne (1855-1872) was born on Sept. 2, 1855 in Wayne County, IN and grew up in Catlin, Vermilion County, IL. Sadly, he only lived to the age of 16 and was gathered in by the spirit of death on May 4, 1872. His remains rest under a tall shaft marker in Mount Vernon Cemetery in Catlin.

Daughter Sarah J. Burgoyne (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857 in Indiana. She married (?) Sowers and lived in Guthrie, OK in 1909.


Gardiner, Montana, at the arched entrance to Yellowstone Park


Son William Henry Burgoyne (1859-1917) was born on June 4, 1859 in Catlin, Vermilion County, IL. After he relocated to Kansas with his parents, he provided labor on their farm in 1880, at the age of 20. He never married. Over the years, in addition to "William," he went by the names "W.H." and "Will." William migrated to Montana, where he is believed to have lived in Butte circa 1886 when his name was printed in the Butte Miner newspaper for having not claimed his mail at the post office. At various other times his letters went unclaimed and his name was printed accordingly, including in 1888 and 1901, suggesting he spent significant time away from Butte. He is known to have had connections in the Pacific Northwest and in 1909-1910 was in Spokane, WA, where he lodged in the home of Robert Grinnell. The 1910 U.S. Census shows him working as a teamster for a Spokane constracting business. By 1917, he had returned to Montana, where he lived in or near the town of Gardiner. The town held the unique distinction for its location on the northern border of Yellowstone National Park and as the original and only year-round entrance to the park. From Gardiner it was a trip of five miles to Mammoth Hot Springs and 56 miles to the Old Faithful geyser. William died in nearby Livingston, MT at the age of 57 on Feb. 7, 1917. An obituary in the Anaconda (MT) Standard said that "Shipment of the remains of William Burgoyne was made from here this morning to Faulkner, Kan., his former home. Burgoyne, a prominent rancher residing near Gardiner, died here a few days ago following a brief illness. He has a brother and sister residing in Kansas." Another obituary in the Miner said that he was "a pioneer resident of Gardiner" and that the cause of his passing was "leakage of the heart." Officials compiling his death certificate information did not know his marital status and could only guess his age at 52 (instead of 58). His remains were shipped back to Kansas to be placed into repose in Fairview Cemetery in Melrose, Cherokee County. Inscribed at the base of his grave marker are the words "At Rest."

Daughter Mary Ann Burgoyne (1861- ? ) was born in about 1861 in Catlin, Vermilion County, IL. She was joined in wedlock with Jacob H. Gucker (1853-1922). Their four known children were Ethel Goforth, L. Edith Helf, Ana Estella Housh and William Evan Gucker. In the 1890s, the family resided in Melrose, KS and in Guthrie, Logan County, OK in 1909. Their address in Guthrie in 1922 was 320 South First Street. Jacob was the first of the couple to die, in Guthrie, on Oct. 10, 1922. A brief death notice was printed in the Guthrie Daily Leader. His remains were placed under the sod in Summit View Cemetery. Mary Ann outlived him by nearly two decades. She joined him in eternity in 1941.

  • Granddaughter Ethel Gucker (1885-1928) married (?) Goforth.
  • Granddaughter L. Edith Gucker (1891-1973) was born in 1891 in Melrose, KS. She grew up in Guthrie, Logan County, OK. On Sept. 1, 1910, in nuptials held at the United Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City, she wedded Julis Helf ( ? - ? ). A story about the wedding in the Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman said that Rev. Fred G. Wright led the ceremony, and that the couple made a wedding trip to Baxter Springs, KS to see relatives. They bore two daughters, Lorene Parnell and Mrs. McMichael. At the age of 38, in 1929, she moved from Guthrie into Oklahoma City. They were members of the First Methodist Church. Edith's home in her final years was in Oklahoma City at 11 Northeast 3. As her health failed, she was admitted to Mercy Hospital where she succumbed to death at the age of 81 on Sept. 11, 1973. An obituary in the Daily Oklahoman said that she was survived by her daughter Lorene of the home, daughter Mrs. McMichael of San Bernardino, CA and her brother William of Houston, TX.
  • Granddaughter Ana Estella Gucker (1894-1956) was joined in matrimony with (?) Housh.
  • Grandson William Evan Gucker (1897-1981) was born in 1897. He made a home in Houston, TX in 1973.

Son Charles Wesley "Charlie" Burgoyne (1864-1928) was born on Aug. 14, 1864 in Catlin, Vermilion County, IL. His residence in 1901-1909 was in Guthrie, OK, and he is believed to have been active with the May Council of the Knights and Ladies of Security. At the age of 63, he succumbed to death on Feb. 5, 1928. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Melrose, Cherokee County, KS.

Daughter Elizabeth Bell "Lizzie" Burgoyne (1870- ? ) was born in about 1870 in Catlin, Vermilion County, IL. Heartache shook the family when she died at the age of two on April 14, 1872. Her tender remains are in repose in Mount Vernon Cemetery in Catlin. Her brother James, who died the same year, rests in the same grave plot under the same upright shaft.

Daughter Nancy B. "Nannie" Burgoyne (1872-1952) was born on July 6, 1872 in Danville, Vermilion County, IL. She wedded Albert Sidney Johnston McNemar (Jan. 31, 1865-1951), a native of Parkersburg, Wood County, WV who was born near the end of the Civil War and named for the famed Confederate general. The couple put down roots in Kansas. They were the parents of Maude B. Bull, Ruth Nash, John Edward McNemar, Homer Evan McNemar, Paul W. McNemar, Margaret Elizabeth DeHart, Virginia Lucille McNemar and Clarence Charles McNemar. Their home in the early 1950s was in Melrose, Cherokee County. The Grim Reaper cut Albert away on April 11, 1951. Nancy died at the age of 80 on Aug. 28, 1952, in Columbus, Cherokee County. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Melrose.

  • Granddaughter Maude B. McNemar (1898-1982) was born in 1898. She was joined in marriage with Clinton Bull ( ? - ? ). In 1926, they were in Salisburg, MO. Sadness swept over the family when three-year-old son Meryl Bull died on April 2, 1928, with a notice printed in the Columbus High School Record.
  • Granddaughter Ruth McNemar (1900-1991) wedded (?) Nash
  • Grandson John Edward McNemar (1902-1990) was born in 1902. He lived in Columbus, KS in 1923.
  • Grandson Homer Evan McNemar (1905-1972) was born in 1905. Circa 1923, he dwelled in Columbus, KS.
  • Grandson Paul W. McNemar (1907-1967) was born in 1907. At the age of 40, in 1947, he resided in Columbus, KS and worked at a job where he handled ammonia. He accidentally got some in his eyes and had to be off work for several days. Reported the Baxter Springs (KS) Jayhawker, "While the accident was quite painful no permanently serious consequences resulted from it."
  • Granddaughter Margaret Elizabeth McNemar (1909-2003) was born in 1909. She married (?) DeHart.
  • Granddaughter Virginia Lucille McNemar (1911-1997) was born in 1911. At the age of 19, in 1930, she made a home in Melrose, KS.
  • Grandson Clarence Charles McNemar (1918-2008) was born in 1918.


~ Daughter Sarah (Burgoyne) Stockton ~

Daughter Sarah Burgoyne (1828- ? ) was born in 1828 in Ohio.

She was joined in holy wedlock with John P. Stockton (1822- ? ), a native of either Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

They bore a family of children -- Mary E. Stockton, James "Oscar" Stockton, Anna Stockton, Nora Stockton and Robert Stockton.

The Stocktons initially made a home in Indiana. Then, sometime between 1852 and 1860, they migrated to Illinois.

Circa 1860-1870, the Stocktons were farmers residing in Catlin, Vermilion County, IL. In 1860, 23-year-old farm hand John Henderson lived in the home.

Sarah is named in the 1883 book by Luther B. Hill, A History of the State of Oklahoma, Vol. 1.

Daughter Mary E. Stockton (1851- ? ) was born in about 1851 in Indiana.

Son James "Oscar" Stockton (1852- ? ) was born in about 1852 in Indiana.

Daughter Anna Stockton (1861- ? ) was born in about 1861 in Illinois.

Daughter Nora Stockton (1863- ? ) was born in about 1863 in Illinois.

Son Robert Stockton (1867- ? ) was born in about 1867 in Illinois.


James and Lura Burgoyne
Courtesy Cindy Mitchell

~ Son James H. Burgoyne ~

Son James H. Burgoyne (1834-1883) was born in 1834 in Ohio.

He relocated with his father to Indiana and in 1850 lived on the family farm in Center Township, Wayne County, IN.

James joined the Union Army during the Civil War. He was a member of the 125th Illinois Infantry, Company G. More details about his wartime service will be added here once researched.

At the age of 32, on New Year's Eve 1866, he wedded 22-year-old Lura "Lury" Butler (June 30, 1845-1902) in a wedding held at Butler's Point, Vermilion County, IL. She was a decade younger than her husband. Lura was widely known as the granddaughter of local pioneer James D. Butler, who originally had established the community of Butler's Point.


The Burgoynes' grave
Courtesy Cindy Mitchell

Five children were born to this union -- Ota May "Otie" Burgoyne, James Ora Burgoyne, Roy Burgoyne, Leona Belle "Ona" Smith and one who died young.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1870, James and Lura were listed as farmers in Catlin, Vermilion County. Living under their roof that year were 10-year-old William Starks, 18-year-old John McKee and 18-year-old Julia Rosslage, while James' married brother Evan and family dwelled next door.

During the 1870s, they moved to a new farm residence in Newell, Vermilion County, as shown in the 1880 census.

James also was a longtime bricklayer. In his free time, he was a member of the Knights of Honor.

Sadly, he died on April 12, 1883 in Danville, Vermilion County. Rev. B. Hyde officiated at the funeral service. An obituary was published in the Danville Daily News.

Lura outlived her husband by many years. She learned that she was eligible to receive a widow's pension for her husband's wartime service, and so she filed the paperwork and was approved. [Widow App. #389.930 - Cert. #348.327] She thus began receiving monthly checks which continued for the rest of her life. In 1900, still in Newell, she was marked as heading her household with her 19-year-old daughter Ona in the home.

She was gathered in by the Grim Reaper at the age of 57 on Feb. 11, 1902. Her remains were interred in Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville.

James is named in the 1883 book by Luther B. Hill, A History of the State of Oklahoma, Vol. 1.

Daughter Ota M. "Otie" Burgoin (1870-1943) was born in about 1870 in Catlin, Vermilion County, IL. At the age of about 18, in about 1887, she wedded 23-year-old carpenter James Harden (June 1864- ? ). They established a home next door to Ota's mother in Newell, Vermilion County, and were there when the U.S. Census was made in 1900. Their offspring were Ethel Harden, Mabel Harden and Hazel Harden. Later, she wedded James M. Royse (1876-1930). James died in 1930 with burial in Atherton Cemetery in Danville, Vermilion County.

  • Granddaughter Ethel Harden (1887- ? ) was born in May 1887 in Illinois.
  • Granddaughter Mabel Harden (1889- ? ) was born in June 1889 in Illiniois.
  • Granddaughter Hazel Harden (1891- ? ) was born in Nov. 1891 in Illiniois

Ora and Nora Burgoyne. Courtesy Cindy Mitchell

Son James Ora "Orrie" Burgoyne (1871-1934) was born on Sept. 25, 1871 in Catlin, Vermilion County, IL. When he was age 21, in about 1893, he was united in holy matrimony with 18-year-old Elnora "Nora" McBride (Aug. 24, 1875-1907), daughter of Thomas and Dorcas Rowena (Wilson) McBride of Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, IN. The couple produced a family of six known children -- Helen Palmer, Stella Cornwell, Eva Burgoyne and Willard Burgoyne. Census records for the year 1900 show the family living in a compound of homes near Ora's sister Ota and widowed mother in Newell, Vermilion County. That year, he worked as a teamster, hauling sand and gravel, work which he continued for many years as a family-owned operation. Grief blanketed the family in the early autumn of 1907 when 31-year-old Eleanor passed away in Danville on Oct. 3, 1907. Her remains were interred in Gordon Cemetery.


Gordon Cemetery
Courtesy Cindy Mitchell

Ora survived his bride by more than a quarter of a century and apparently did not remarry. The United States Censuses of 1920 and 1930 show him heading a household in Danville. In addition to his transport work, Ora was a prize-winning farmer with his livestock exhibited at county fairs. He once held an Illinois state record, reported in an October 1929 article in the Chicago Tribune, for showing a pair of gray grade Percheron draft horses weighing 3,730 lbs. In 1930, his daughters now married and in their own households, living under his roof were his sons Willard and Glenn and 39-year-old widowed housekeeper Grace Cox. That year, he continued his longtime occupation as a trucking contractor in the sand and gravel industry. In late 1933 or early '34, Ora fell at home and broke his hip. He was taken for treatment to St. Elizabeth Hospital. His health plummeted, and he passed away at the age of 61 on Jan. 7, 1934. His remains were placed into eternal rest near his wife's in Gordon Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Helen Burgoyne (1893-1929) was born in July 1893 in Illinois. She married (?) Palmer ( ? - ? ).
  • Granddaughter Stella Burgoyne (1895-1968) was born in Jan. 1895 in Illinois. Single at the age of 24 in 1920, she dwelled at home with her widowed father and worked as a sales lady in a dry goods store. She wedded (?) Cornwell ( ? - ? ).
  • Granddaughter Eva Blanche Burgoyne (1896-1956) was born in Dec. 1896 in Illinois. Unmarried in 1920, at age 23, she earned a living as a telephone operator in Danville.


Left to right: Eva, Stella and Stella with her husband Walter. Courtesy Cindy Mitchell


  • Grandson Willard T. Burgoyne (1899-1972) was born in June 1899 in Illinois. At the age of about 27, in 1926, he became married. But he and his wife may have separated, as the 1930 federal census enumeration shows him living with his father and brother in Danville and working as a driver in the family sand and gravel hauling business.
  • Granddaughter Mae Burgoyne (1903-1974) was born in 1903. She was united in wedlock with (?) Rindt ( ? - ? ).
  • Grandson Glenn William Burgoyne (1905-1991). was born in 1903. Unmarried at the age of 24, he lived at home in Danville with his widowed father and assisted the father as a driver in the family's sand and gravel transport business.

Son Roy Lake Burgoyne (1874- ? ) was born on Sept. 18, 1874 in Illinois. Circa 1897, at the age of 22, he wedded Mary Cleopatra LaCount (June 1874-1929), whose parents were immigrants from France. They made a home in 1900 in Danville, Vermilion County, IL, and in 1910-1920 in Georgetown, Vermilion County. Roy earned a living for 46 years as a florist in a shop he founded in 1909. They were membes of the Central Christian Church of Danville, and Roy belonged to the local Masons lodge and the Modern Woodmen of America. The children born to this marriage were Philip J. Burgoyne and Lela L. Burgoyne. Sadly, Mary passed away in 1929. In 1930, federal census records show the widowed Roy heading a household in Georgetown with his son and daughter-in-law under his roof. He also sereved as a mayor of Georgetown and on the Vermilion County Board of Supervisors. In 1932, at the age of 58, he married a second time, by 1935, to Clara Compton ( ? - ? ). They were together in a Danville residence in 1935-1940, with Roy retiring sometime during that period. Roy died at the age of 81 on Sept. 3, 1956. Burial was in Georgetown Cemetery.

  • Grandson Philip James Burgoyne (1906-1986) was born in about 1906 in Vermilion County. He grew up learning the florist's trade and in 1930 worked with him in the family flower shop. In about 1927, when both were age 24, Philip married Marie (1906- ? ).
  • Granddaughter Lelia L. Burgoyne (1909-1988) was born in about 1909 in Vermilion County.

Daughter Leona Belle "Ona" Burgoyne (1881- ? ) was born on April 20, 1881 in Danville, Vermilion County. In 1900, unmarried at age 19, she resided with her widowed mother in Newell, Vermilion County, IL and earned a living as a "telephone girl" in a central business office. She was joined in holy matrimony with Joseph Joshua Smith (Nov. 1878-1973), a native of Danville and the son of Frank Berryhill and Florence (Shockley) Smith. The marriage endured for decades until the separation of death. Joseph passed away in 1973, and Leona followed him to the grave on Aug. 18, 1974. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville.


William B. Hawkins
Courtesy Cindy Mitchell

~ Daughter Duanna (Burgoyne) Hawkins ~

Daughter Duanna Burgoin (1835-1895) -- also spelled "Duana," "Duanah" and "Duannah" -- was born on Aug. 20, 1835 in Muskingum County, OH.

She moved with her family to Indiana and in 1850, at the age of 15, lived on her father's farm in Center Township, Wayne County, IN.

On March 26 or 28, 1855, when she was about 19 years of age, Duanah married 24-year-old William B. Hawkins (Jan. 1, 1831-1921) in nuptials held Catlin Township, Vermilion County, IL. He was the son of Nathan and Sarah Hoover (Wright) Hawkins of Wayne Conty, IN.

The couple bore four daughters -- Lizzie Patterson, Nora Church, Ella Hawkins and Etta Hawkins.


William Hawkins' profile, 1889
Portrait and Biographical Album of Vermilion
and Edgar Counties Illinois
, Vol. 1.

After the outbreak of the Civil War, William joined the Union Army on Aug. 11, 1862. He was assigned to the 125th Illinois Infantry, Company G. With the exception of Chickamauga in September 1863, he served in all of his regiment's battles -- Mission Ridge, Buzzard's Roost, Perryville and Atlanta, and took part in Sherman's famed, devastating march to the sea. When profiled years later in a local county history book, the entry said that "At Dallas, Ga., while on picket duty, he came near being captured, but he cunningly managed to elude the rebels. His gallant conduct in the face of the enemy, received merited commendation from his superior officers and he was promoted to the rank of sergeant before his honorable discharge at Washington, DC."

William returned home to Illinois after the war. The family farm in the 1880s was in Catlin Township, Section 7, Township 18, Range 12. In 1889 their farm was so well admired in the community that it was pictured in the book Portrait and Biographical Album of Vermilion and Edgar Counties Illinois, Vol. 1, by Chapman Brothers. The Portrait book profiled William in the space of nearly a page, and said:

He is actively engaged in tilling the soil and raising stock... as finely improved and well cultivated a farm as is to be found throughout the length and breadth of this rich agricultural region.... He of whom we write was the eldest of the family, and was bred to the life of a farmer, and habits of industry and frugality were early taught him by precept and example. He engaged in farming, tending sawmill, and in other occupations till he had obtained man's estate, and in the spring of 1860 sought the fertile prairies of Vermilion County, this State, accompanied by his wife and child, with a view of establishing a home here permanently. He has since been a valued resident of Catlin Township, with the exception of the bitter years spent on Southern battlefields, when with true patriotism he heroically gave up home and tore himself from his loved ones to aid his country in the time of her greatest trial... [For] three long and weary years [he] served faithfully and efficiently through many hard campaigns and suffered the hardships and privations of a soldier's life without a murmur... He owns 170 acres of choice, ell-tilled land, on which he has erected a fine set of buildings, including a roomy, substantially built residence, a view of which with the surrounding lawns, beautified by lovely shade trees, is an attractive addition to this volume.... Mr. Hawkins is a velued member of this community, and his loyalty to his country is as marked as in the days when he courageously took his life in his hands and marched forth to do battle for its honor and the preservation of its integrity.

In addition to the Portrait book, Duanah is named in the 1879 book History of Vermilion County, authored by H.W. Beckwith, and the 1883 book by Luther B. Hill, A History of the State of Oklahoma, Vol. 1.

They were members of the local Presbyterian Church, where, said the Portrait book, they were "zealous workers in the cause of religion, seeking to promote the moral and social elevation of this community." William voted the Republican ticket in politics.

Unlike hundreds of his wife's Miner relatives, no evidence has been found indicating that William was awarded a Civil War pension by the government.


The Hawkins farm, circa 1889
Portrait and Biographical Album of Vermilion and Edgar Counties Illinois, Vol. 1.


Duanah passed away at the age of 60 on Nov. 23, 1895. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. [Find-a-Grave]

William survived his wife by more than a quarter of a century. He succumbed to death at the age of 90 on April 13, 1921.

Daughter Lizzie Hawkins ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married George Patterson ( ? - ? ).

Daughter Nora Belle Hawkins (1867- ? ) was born in 1867. She wedded Thomas A. Church (1860-1911). They made a home in Danville, Vermilion County and produced a family of at least 10 children -- Ross H. Church, Ralph A. Church, Ray W. Church, Clyde W. Church, James Merle Church, Lowell T. Church, Willard Church, Fannie B. Church, Edith Belle Puzey and Alfred Vivan Church. Thomas died in 1911. On Oct. 5, 1925, Nora Belle passed away in Danville. Her remains were interred in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin.

  • Grandson Ross H. Church (1887-1963)
  • Grandson Ralph A. Church (1890-1964)
  • Grandson Ray W. Church (1892-1956)
  • Grandson Clyde W. Church (1893-1953)
  • Grandson James Merle Church (1895-1961)
  • Grandson Lowell T. Church (1897-1973)
  • Grandson Willard Church (1899-1958)
  • Granddaughter Fannie B. Church (1903-1970)
  • Granddaughter Edith Belle Church (1905-1965) was born in 1905. She married (?) Puzey.
  • Grandson Alfred Vivan Church (1907-1999)

Daughter Luella "Ella" Hawkins (1869- ? ) was born on Jan. 12, 1869. She was joined in holy marital union with Arthur E. Woods (1857-1935). Sadly, James passed into eternity on Nov. 2, 1935, at the age of 78. Luella outlived him by five years. At the age of 71, she died on Oct. 9, 1940. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin.

Daughter Marietta "Etta" Hawkins (1871-1940) was born on June 28, 1871 in Catlin Township, Vermilion County. She was united in wedlock with Gail Hamilton Taylor (May 15, 1871-1947), son of Thomas A. and Mary B. (Acree) Taylor. They were the parents of Hester L. Rouse, Russell H. Taylor, Thomas A. Taylor, Mary Etta Elgin, Margaret D. McGee and Elizabeth I. Van Allen. Marietta died at the age of 69 on July 10, 1940. Gail lived for another seven years and joined his wife in death on April 14, 1947. They rest together in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin.

  • Granddaughter Hester L. Taylor (1895-1959) married George Clinton Rouse.
  • Grandson Russell H. Taylor (1897-1966)
  • Grandson Thomas A. Taylor (1899-1901)
  • Granddaughter Mary Etta Taylor (1902-1953) wedded (?) Elgin.
  • Granddaughter Margaret D. Taylor (1906-1989) was joined in marriage with (?) McGee .
  • Granddaughter Elizabeth I. Taylor (1911-1993) was united in wedlock with (?) Van Allen


~ Daughter Matilda J. (Burgoyne) Woods ~

Daughter Matilda J. Burgoyne (1838-1872) was born in about 1838 in Ohio.

After the untimely death of her sister Mahala Woods, Matilda married her widowed brother-in-law, William Woods (1820- ? ). The nuptials were held on Feb. 24, 1860, in Howard County, IN.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1860, the newlywed Woodses lived on a farm in Liberty Township, Howard County.

In addition to the offspring from his first marriage, the couple produced more children of their own -- Robert "Ellsworth" Woods, William Woods, Oscar Josiah Woods and Cora Woods.

After a dozen years of marriage, Matilda died in Kokomo on March 1, 1872 at age 24.

William wedded for a third time, on Feb. 27, 1873, to Ohio native Nancy Ann Morris (April 27, 1842-1931), daughter of William and Mahala (Waters) Morris who were considered pioneers of the Sycamore community of Howard County. The bride was 22 years younger than the groom.

They are shown together in the 1880 census of Liberty Township. William served as a township trustee and Howard County commissioner "for a number of years, making an efficient officer," said Charles Blanchard's 1883 book Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana.

Evidence suggests that William died in the 1880s or the 1890s.

The widowed, 56-year-old Nancy is listed in the 1900 census of Greentown, Liberty Township, living alone, and having borne no children. She outlived her husband by decades and was a membrer of the Methodist Church.

At the age of 87, she died in the Howard County Infirmary on Oct. 29, 1931 "following several years of invalidism," reported the Kokomo Tribune. The cause of death was stated as acute enteritis and senility. Funeral services were held at the Greentown Wesleyan Methodist Church, followed by interment in Greentown's Greenlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Myrtle Tuck of Kokomo signed the death certificate.

Son Robert "Ellsworth" Woods (1860- ? ) was born on Dec. 15, 1860 in Liberty Township, Howard County, IN. He grew up working on his father's farm. On Nov. 5, 1885, in Howard County, Ellsworth married Flora Watson (1864- ? ). They were the parents of one known son, William H. Wood. Ellsworth earned a living over the years as a machine hand in a cabinet works. Circa 1900, their home was in Noble, Wabash County, IN. Ellsworth passed away on Oct. 18, 1927.

  • Grandson William H. Wood (1898- ? ) was born in 1898.

Son William Woods (1863- ? ) was born on Jan. 22, 1863 in Greentown in Liberty Township, Howard County, IN. He grew to manhood laboring on the farm of his father. William wedded Mary Ann Nugent (1865-1940). The couple bore a daughter, Ada L. Woods. Eventually, they relocated to Columbia, Caldwell Parish, LA. Circa 1946, when named in the Kokomo Tribune obituary of his brother Oscar, William lived in Columbia. He died there on June 18, 1948.

  • Granddaughter Ada L. Woods (1902-1974) was born in 1902. She died in 1974.

Son Oscar Josiah "Joe" Woods (1866-1946) was born in 1866 in Liberty Township, Howard County, IN. He spent his growing-up years on his father's farm in Liberty Township and remained in the community for virtually his entire life. At the age of 21, on Dec. 10, 1887, Oscar married Susannah "Susie" Cook (Sept. 15, 1866-1963), daughter of Amos and Ruth (McGill) Cook of Greentown, Howard County. The children born to this marriage included Garah A. Woods and Donald A. "Doc" Woods. They lived on a farm near Greentown for five decades and were "devoted" members of the local Methodist Church and the Odd Fellows lodge. Circa 1931, when named in the Kokomo Tribune obituary of his stepmother, he dwelled in Greentown, Howard County. Oscar passed away on Nov. 7, 1946, with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery in Greentown. Rev. E.L. Ferris officiated at the funeral, with an obituary appearing in the Tribune. In her later years, Susannah was admitted to the Methodist Memorial Home in Warren, IN, where she spent the final nearly four years of her life. She died there on Sept. 5, 1963.

  • Grandson Garah A. Woods (1888-1956) was born in 1888. Circa 1946, he made a home at 318 West Jefferson Street in Kokomo. At his death in 1956, burial was in Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery.
  • Grandson Donald A. "Doc" Woods (1895-1978) was born on April 13, 1895. He wedded Blanche Esther Bryant (1900-1987). The couple dwelled in Muncie, Delaware County, IN. Donald died in Florida at the age of 83 on April 20, 1978. His remains were shipped to Indiana to be placed into repose in Gardens of Memory mausoleum in Muncie. Blanche lived for another nine years and succumbed in 1987.

Daughter Cora Woods (1869-1880) was born in 1869 in Liberty Township, Howard County, IN. She is thought to have died by 1880.


~ Son John W. Burgoyne ~

Son John Burgoyne (1839- ? ) was born in Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH in 1839. He grew to adulthood in Kokomo, Howard County, IN.

On Jan. 3, 1867, at the age of 27, John married Jane S. "Jennie" Hawkins (Oct. 10, 1843- ? ), the daughter of Nathan and Sarah (Wright) Hawkins of Richmond, IN.

They were the parents of Oliver H. Burgoyne and Don C. Burgoyne.

In the years before the Civil War, the family relocated to Danville, IL.


John W. Burgoyne's profile, A History
of the State of Oklahoma
, circa 1910

After the war erupted, John joined the Union Army and was assigned to the 35th Illinois Infantry. His term lasted for four years. At one point he was captured and sent to the Confederacy's notorious prison at Andersonville. As a POW for nine months in all, he was transferred to prisons in Florence, SC and Pemberton in Richmond, VA, an old tobacco warehouse. He often tried to escape, and succeeded in getting out three times, only to be hunted down by bloodhouds and returned.

John returned home after the war's end and established a farm in Catlin, IL and eventually moved to Danville. Circa 1880, said Luther B. Hill's 1910 book, A History of the State of Oklahoma, Vol. 1:

...he built a steamboat on the Wabash river, at Perryville, Indiana, and ran it down that river, the Ohio and Mississippi and up the Arkansas and the Verdigris rivers to the head of navigation on the last named stream, and there took the machinery from the boat and used it for power in operating a sawmill which was among if not the first mill of the kind within the Creek Nation. From 1880 to 1892, when he retired from business and was succeeded by his capable sons, ... he was a prominent factor in the hardwood timber industry of the Indian Territory. Here he established a business and a reputation which were both widespread. The consumers of his materials throughout the United States came to know of him and the character and quality of his lumber products. Beign in touch with all the great southwest country, he very naturally drifted into the cattle business. His grazing interests became only second to his timber interests. After he had amassed a handsome competency for himself and family he established a ranch five miles from Tuskahoma, where he may now be found with his herds of blooded cattle and thoroughbred swine, in the supreme enjoyment of the rich proceeds of his long years of effective toil.

Such was the character of John W. Burgoyne that Indians and whites alike regarded him highly. He was a man full of sympathy and true kindness in an early day when men's souls were frequently tried. The brave, self-sacrificing frontiersman never interfered, but stood bravely by all of his measures and industries. If he learned of a stranger over the mountain hungry and without a shelter he made it his business to go after him with food first, and to look after his general comfort. When a case of illness developed in his neighborhood he was first to see that the patient was cared for and that neglect was a thing unknown in his cabin. He loaned to and borrowed from his neighbors from the day he landed on the banks of the Verdigris river to the day when he was retired to the quiet of his home ranch at Tuskahoma.

John was awarded a military pension in October 1884 as compensation for his wartime ailments. [Invalid App. #524.421 - Cert. 1.043.147]

Circa 1907, John chaired the Republican Committee for Pushmataha County.

After his death, in about 1910, Jennie began to receive the monthly pension checks and did so for the remainder of her life. [Widow App. #940.660 - 703.839]

Son Oliver H. Burgoyne (1868- ? ) was born on Oct. 22, 1868. As a teen in the 1880s, he and his brother Don began working for their father's hardwood timber business in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. In about 1884, they became partners in the firm and then took over as proprietors when their father retired. Known as Burgoyne Brothers, the business was based in the town of Hugo, Choctaw County. Oliver was unmarried circa 1910, when he would have been age 42, and was a member of the Elks Club. Said Luther B. Hill's 1910 book, A History of the State of Oklahoma, Vol. 1:


Profile of the Burgoyne brothers in
A History of the State of Oklahoma
, 1910

Their business is an outgrowth of that established at the crossing of the Verdigris and the M., K. & T. Railroad, near Eufaula, and a system of mills has sprung up from time to time, one being at Bennington and the others at Boswell, Hugo and Idabel. The output of these various mills finds its market in all parts of the United States and in many foreign lands. Germany, England and other European countries and some of the South American states have been consumers of the walnut and other lumber handled by this firm. Although the father had built up one of the largest business concerns of his times, the sons have extended it and are now second to none in Oklahoma as dealers in hardwood materials. In virgin timber days in this territory their father was known as the king of walnut log men, but of recent years, piling, ties, poles and other heavy timber, in addition to ash lumber and quarter-sawed oak, constitute the chief feature fo their immense stock. The Burgoyne Brothers are also dealers and developers of real estate in and near Hugo. They platted and put upon the market "Burgoyne Brothers' Addition" to the city, and laid out Mt. Olivet cemetery, a mile and a half east of Hugo. They also own a fruit farm near the city, which produces pears and peaches. They also have general farming interests in the Chickasaw Nation.

Son Don C. Burgoyne (1870- ? ) was born on March 2, 1870 near Danville, IL. On June 1, 1907, he was united in holy matrimony with Jennie Barnes ( ? - ? ), daughter of attorney Martin Barnes of Bonham, TX. The couple produced one known son, John W. Burgoyne II. Don and his brother were Republicans in their politics, and Don belonged to the local lodge of the Masons. Said Luther B. Hill's 1910 book, A History of the State of Oklahoma, Vol. 1, "They are all 'Hoo-Hoos' and have attended the meeting of the National Association of Hardwood Lumbermen."


~ Son Robert L. Burgoyne ~

Son Robert L. Burgoyne (1841-1915) was born in Aug. 1841 or 1844 in Ohio.

Unmarried at the age of 20, in 1860, he boarded with his married brother Evan in Catlin, Vermilion County, IL and provided farm labor.

After the eruption of the Civil War, Robert joined the Union Army as a member of the 35th Illinois Infantry, Company I.

Once the war ended, Robert pursued an education in chemistry. He was hired in 1868 by Buffalo Distillery Company and moved to Erie County, New York. He stayed with the company for the balance of his long life.


Buffalo's popular Washington Market


He married Katherine (1850- ? ).

Robert and Katherine bore three daughters -- May "Margaret" Diller, Genevieve Smith and Letitia G. Sweeney.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the family was in Buffalo with Robert's occupation given as "Distiller."

Robert's nephew John L. Burgoyne -- son of his brother Evan -- also came to Buffalo at some point and stayed, possibly circa 1901.

Robert was awarded a Civil War soldier's pension in May 1885 and received monthly checks for the rest of his life. [Invalid App. #538.946 - Cert. #321.047] He is named in the 1883 book by Luther B. Hill, A History of the State of Oklahoma, Vol. 1.

Robert was a member of the C.M.B.A., William Richardson Post of the Grand Army of the Republic and Holy Name Society. Their address for many years was 502 West Avenue, and they were members of the Church of the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church.

Sadness blanketed this family when Katherine passed away sometime before 1900.

The widowed Robert lived with his daughters Genevieve and Letitia in Buffalo's 23rd Ward in 1900. His occupation that year was listed as "compounder."

Sometime in the early 1900s, Robert married again to Mary E. Reynolds ( ? -1904). The marriage was short lived, as she was cut away by the Grim Reaper on June 23, 1904. Funeral services were held in the Church of the Holy Angels, and an obituary was printed in the Buffalo Courier.

Robert survived his bride by 11 years. By 1910, he was named superintendent of the distillery.

He died in Buffalo on May 10, 1915. An obituary in the Buffalo Enquirer reported that funeral services were held in his home and later in Holy Angels Church. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, Erie County. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter May "Margaret" Burgoyne (1875- ? ) was born in about 1875 in Buffalo. On Sept. 13, 1899, in nuptials held at the Chapel of Holy Angels Church, the 23-year-old Margaret married Andrew Bailey Diller (March 1869- ? ) of New York City. The only attendants were her sister Genevieve and his friend George C. Knight. Reported the Buffalo Courier, "The bride wore a tailor-made gown of tan cloth, with a hat of the same shade." The couple's first home was at 689 East 136th Street in New York City and thence on St. Anne Avenue in the Bronx. The couple bore one known son, Robert F. Diller. Evidence suggests that the marriage dissolved within a few years, and their son went to live with Margaret's father. In about 1906, Bailey wedded again to Katharine V. (1878- ? ) and circa 1910 lived in Manhattan and worked as a real estate broker.

  • Grandson Robert F. Diller (1901- ? ) was born in 1901 in New York. At the age of nine, in 1910, he lived with his grandfather Robert Burgoyne and unmarried aunt Genevieve Burgoyne in Buffalo but is known to have visited his mother's home in New York circa 1911. After the death of his grandfather and marriage of Aunt Genevieve in 1915, he moved into the Buffalo residence of his married aunt and uncle, Letitia and Valentine Sweeney. Circa 1920, at the age of 19, he earned income as a factory machinist.

Daughter Genevieve Burgoyne (1878- ? ) was born in March 1878. She chose to remain single for many years as long as her father was alive. Two months after he died, she tied the knot on July 7, 1915 with Frank Smith ( ? - ? ). Rev. W.J. Kirwin officiated, and Genevieve's married sister Letitia served as her maid of honor. News of the wedding was published in the Buffalo Catholic Union and Times.

Daughter Letitia G. Burgoyne (1883- ? ) was born in Nov. 1883 in Buffalo. In about 1909, she wedded Buffalo native Valentine V. Sweeney (1887- ? ), son of John L. and Mary Jane (Smith) Sweeney. The two known children born to this union were Robert Sweeney, John F. "Jack" Sweeney and Kathryn D. Sweeney. They also helped raised Letitia's nephew, Robert F. Diller. Prior to marriage, Valentine attended St. Joseph's College and then, in December 1904, with approval from President Theodore Roosevelt, was appointed to the U.S. Marine Corps as a lieutenant. He was assigned to the battleship New Jersey and was stationed in Cuba in 1906. Reported the Buffalo Morning Express, Valentine "was among the five officers in charge of the detail that occupied Pinar del rio, the same station that was occupied by the 202d Regiment, part of which was mustered in in this city during the Spanish-American War. The lieutenant was present when General Pino Guerro marched in with his army and surrendered.." He then was transferred to Oklahoma City circa 1908 when he and Letitia petitioned their church to be married. The church then published a "banns of marriage" -- an old Catholic custom where one's minister made a public declaration of a couple'sintention to marry, announced both in the local parish church and in the church where the wedding was to occur. Letitia is known to have traveled to Oklahoma City to wed Velantine on Jan. 6, 1909, with the news printed in the Buffalo Catholic Union and Times. After the completion of his military duty, the couple dwelled with Letitia's parents in Buffalo. Then in November 1911, they moved to 668 Humboldt Parkway and then by 1913 to 14 Auchinvole Place. He served circa 1913 as a Democratic committee man in Buffalo's Fifth District in Buffalo's 22nd Ward in 1913-1920, with Valentine earning a living as a Health Department inspector. He often was mentioned in news stories about tenement inspections involving difficult tenants. Valentine was dismissed from his inspector job at the end of 1924 but was re-instated in March 1925 at a salary of $1,950. Clues hint that as she was older than her husband, Letitia fibbed about her age when disclosing it to government census-takers. Sadly, Valentine is believed to have died between 1925 and 1930. The widowed Letitia remained in Buffalo and took in lodgers to help make ends meet. Her lodgers in 1930, as shown in census records, were Edwin Short, James Fey and Alfred Guarniere.

  • Grandson Robert Sweeney (1909- ? ) was born in Dec. 1909, with the news published in the Buffalo Times.
  • Grandson John F. "Jack" Sweeney (1910- ? ) was born in about 1910, likely in Buffalo. In 1930, unmarried at age 19, he worked as a laborer for the City of Buffalo.
  • Granddaughter Kathryn D. Sweeney (1913- ? ) was born in about 1930, presumably in Buffalo.


~ Daughter Elizabeth (Burgoyne) Russell ~

Daughter Elizabeth Burgoyne ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

She married (?) Russell ( ? - ? ).

She is named in the 1883 book by Luther B. Hill, A History of the State of Oklahoma, Vol. 1. Her paper trail has gone cold.


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