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Re: Hillsdale Co. Altha BROOKS & John Henry SMITH
Posted by: SWemett (ID *****1138) Date: February 21, 2013 at 20:00:21
In Reply to: Hillsdale Co. Altha BROOKS & John Henry SMITH by Marilyn of 40284

I'm looking for a Brooks family which moved to Hillsdale Co, MI but I don't believe it was until .....


Niles Feels a Personal Loss in Demise of this Dear Old Lady

One of Niles' dear old ladies succumbed this morning. With the passing of Mrs. E.B. Ives the city feels a real personal loss. To her the passing of years meant only new opportunities of friendship and life never became a burden to her. She always retained a joyful spirit and the proud, queenly courtesy of her youth. Much of her time was spent in the out of doors, as long as her health permitted, but her condition for the past several months has caused much concern to her relatives and friends, who feared the worst. Passersby in Third and Sycamore street will miss the kindly face at the window, which was a kindly countenance, indicative of a peaceful nature and loving heart.
Almira Louisa Brooks was born in Buffalo, N.Y, May 6, 1833. In May of 1853, the fifth day, she wedded Edwin Burke Ives, of Ashtabula, Ohio, the couple a little later making their home in Hillsdale, Mich. They moved to Niles in October, 1864, and this city had since been her home, more than half a century.
On March 18, 1906, her husband passed away, leaving her in the twilight of her life to travel the way alone, without the support upon which she had been accustomed to lean for more than 50 years. In the declining years she took much comfort in the three children, L.C. Ives, of Montana, Mrs. Leonide Keating of Chicago, and Mrs. Fred C. Schmidt of This city. The frequent visits of these dear ones were always eagerly awaited and she loved nothing better than to have her children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren around her.
Besides the two daughters and one son, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive, for whom no other can take her place in their lives. The last services for Mrs. Ives will be held Sunday afternoon and they will be private. The body will be laid to rest beside that of the departed husband.
(Source: Niles Daily Star, January 14, 1915, page 4, col. 1, microfilm Niles District Library) Last Updated on Friday, 01 October 2010 09:07

Almira Brooks Ives was one child of a family of 9 children which moved from Cattaraugus Co, NY to Ashtabula Co, OH to Hillsdale Co, MI some time in the 1850s. I've been desperately trying to find the final resting place of her parents, Marsena & Sarah Brooks who brought their family there in the 1850s. The eldest son Washington S Brooks & several brothers moved to SW Washington State, Skamokawa, Wahkiakum Co, WA where he was elected Co Commissioner in 1871.

I saw an MM Brooks in census: United States Census, 1860 for M M Brooks Name M M Brooks Residence: Hillsdale, Michigan, Ward: Reading Age 70 years, Estimated Birth Year 1790, Birthplace Massachusetts Page 89, Family Number 679, Film Number 803543 DGS Number 4232696, Image Number 00490, NARA Number M653 LDS Database but unable to verify. Nephew of same name remained in Cattaraugus Co, NY for life.

Looking for obits and cemetery plots of Marsena/MM & Sarah.

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