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1. James1 Pipe was born in England. James died in England.
He married Alice in England. Alice was born in England. Alice died in England.
Elizabeth, James Jr, and John were christened in The Old Meeting Presbyterian Church in Ilminster, Somerset, England.
Joseph and Edward were christened in the Broadway Meeting Independent Church in Broadway, Somerset, Eng.
Orlando has christening records in both Kingsbury Episcopal and Middle Lambrook Meeting Independent, Somerset, England.
James Pipe and Alice had the following children:
i. Joseph2 Pipe was born in Somerset, England. He was christened in Broadway, Somerset, ENG, June 5, 1796.
ii. Edward Pipe was born in Somerset, England. He was christened in Broadway, Somerset, ENG, December 22, 1803.
iii. Orlando Pipe. He was christened in Middle Lambrook, Somerset, ENG, March 28, 1806.
iv. Elizabeth Horsey Pipe was born in Somerset, England December 31, 1794. She was christened in Ilminster, Somerset, ENG, February 5, 1795.
v. James Pipe was born in Somerset, England July 16, 1799. He was christened in Ilminster, Somerset, ENG, October 10, 1800.
2 vi. John Pipe was born August 8, 1801 and is deceased.
2. John2 Pipe (James 1) was born in Somerset, England August 8, 1801.
He married Charlotte Elizabeth Jennings in Membury, Devons, ENG, April 24, 1823. Charlotte was born in Yarcombe, Devons, ENG before January 31, 1802 (chr. date). Charlotte was the daughter of John Jennings and Mary Bond. She married James Pillar in Devonshire, England, 1841. Charlotte died 1882 in Winnebago Co, WI, at 80 years of age. Her body was interred in Winnebago Co, WI, Brooks. She was christened in Yarcombe, Devons, ENG, January 31, 1802. The following individuals are also linked to this event: Mary Bond (mother); John Jennings (father). Charlotte was divorced from James Pillar in Winnebago Co, WI, before 1869.
He was christened in Ilminster, Somerset, ENG, June 29, 1802.
John Pipe and Charlotte Elizabeth Jennings had the following children:
3 i. Mary Anne3 Pipe died March 8, 1860.
ii. William Jennings Pipe was born in Devonshire, England. He was christened in Yarcombe, Devons, ENG, April 9, 1837. William Jennings Pipe may have served in the Coldstream Guards.
4 iii. John Valentine Pipe was born February 14, 1825 and died March 1854.
5 iv. Thomas Pipe was born May 24, 1826 and died September 22, 1880.
v. Edwin Jennings Pipe was born in Yarcombe, Devons, ENG April 9, 1837.
3. Mary Anne3 Pipe (John 2) was born in Devonshire, England. Mary died March 8, 1860 in Waupaca Co, WI.
She married George Washington Sinclair in WI, December 10, 1854. George was born in Boston, Suffolk Co, MA 1829. George was the son of William J. Sinclair and Elizabeth Joanne. George died November 16, 1899 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co, WI, at 70 years of age. His body was interred in Wood, Milwaukee Co, WI, National Home.
George & Mary Sinclair had a sixty acre plot of land near Waupaca in Waupaca Co, WI. A Veterans Home was later built on or near this land. When G.W. Sinclair volunteered for the Civil War he was living in Farmington, Jefferson Co, WI.
After the Civil War, G.W. Sinclair lived in or near Boston, MA, possibly Chelsea where one of his daughters resided, until about 1890 and worked as a painter. According to George Holman, his grandson, George married a widow with children in Boston and had no issue by this second wife. He received a Civil War Pension of $12.00 per month commencing 11 Jul 1890. By Feb 1891, he was residing in the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Post Office of Wood, near Milwaukee. He lived there until he died 16 Nov 1899. He was given a military funeral with rifle salute and was buried in the National Home Cemetary.
At the compilers request a Certificate of Service was issued by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Archives Div, on 9 July 1985. Compiler has original certificate. It reads:
"This is to certify, that records in the state archives show that George Washington Sinclair, late a Private in Company B of the 5th Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers was enlisted into military service on the 10th day of June, 1861, by Captain Hibbard at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the term of 3 years. Was mustered into the military service of the United States on the 13th day of July 1861, by Captain McIntyre at Madison, Wisconsin. His enlistment is credited to the 4th Ward of Milwaukee. His birthplace is listed as Boston, MA, and his residence as Farmington, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. On April 8, 1862, he was sick at the General Hospital at Young MIlls. On the second day of August, 1862, he was assigned to the Ambulance Corps. He was re-enlisted as a Veteran Volunteer on the 10th day of February, 1864, at Brandy Station, Virgina, by Lt. Stout for the term of 3 years. He was mustered in on the 15th day of February, 1864, at Brandy Station, and then went on a 35 day furlough beginning February, 1864. On the 15th day of July, 1864, he was transferred to Company C of the 5th Re-organized Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers; and was mustered out with his Company on the 11th day of July, 1865, at Jefferson, Indiana. The records further show that said soldier when enlisted was 34 years of age, single, had dark eyes, light hair, dark complexion, was 5 feet 6 inches in height, and by occupation a farmer."
She was christened in Yarcombe, Devons, ENG, February 28, 1830.
Mary Anne Pipe's christening is recorded as Mary Anne POPE in the IGI for Devonshire, England. She left England 9 Apr 1851, landed at Quebec May 1851, and traveled to Winnebago Co, WI. When Mary A. Sinclair died; William and Ellen went to live with their grandmother, Charlotte Pillar. In the 1870 census for Allenville, Vinland Twp, Winnebago Co, WI, William and Ellen are living with Fredrick and Elizabeth Bartlett, who raised them. Jonathan Philip Sinclair was adopted by Franklin and Sarah Holman and renamed John P. Holman.
Letters written by Mary Anne Pipe and Edwin Jennings Pipe (her brother) to their mother Charlotte Elizabeth (Jennings, Pipe) Pillar. Phyllis Joan (Lumby) Liede has provided copies of these letters.
My dear Mother
Your little note was most welcome as we fancied it a long time since we had heard from you. A few days ago our cousin Anne Bradley came to see us but we could not obtain your address from her and as if to keep us longer without writing [?] your last letter was missent to Exeter [?]. We are both quite well and I have enclosed Mrs. Wellman's little Sampler which I enjoyed sewing more than any little bit of work I ever did before we heard from Aunt Mary through Mrs. Horsey she was so kind as to send me a letter she received in which we were kindly mentioned I will write to her. I am getting on with my worsted work but not so fast as I otherwise should being often obliged to stop to repair Edwins socks shirts etc [?]. We have not seen anyone from B_ck Oak [?] since our return. Cousin Anne told us they was all quite well and Uncle Bradley's health is much improved. Edwin will write to you as it is his first time I hope you will excuse its not being very well done and believe me My dearest Mother.
Your Affectionate Daughter
Mary Anne Pipe
My dearest Mother, When I can write better I shall have a great deal to tell you at present I can only say I am a good boy and your affectionate son.
[Two other notes appear in the letters as follows]
Miss E_ worthy sends affectionate love
I have taken the liberty to make the little sampler from Mrs. Wellman into a needle book.
[Compiler's Note - The Aunt Mary mentioned above is probably the sister of Charlotte Pillar. The Mrs. Horsey mentioned is possibly a relative since the sister of Mary Anne Pipe's father is named Elizabeth Horsey Pipe (Old Meeting Presbyterian Church Records, Ilminster, Somerset, ENG). Horsey could possibly be the maiden name of Mary Anne Pipe's grandmother Alice. The surname Horsey/Hersey appears regularly in the Somersetshire, England church records. The date of the above letters are unknown.]
Pages from the Pillar Family Bible. Copies provided by Phyllis Liede.
Mary Anne Pipe
Left her Native home
Old England April 9 1851
Landed at Queback in May
James & Charlotte Pillar
Left there Native home
With James & Elizabeth
their Children 6 Oct 1851
Arrived at Vinland [Winnebago Co, WI - compiler]
Landed at New York
Edwin Jennings Pipe [illegible]
M A Sinclair
E J Pipe his hand
Dec 10th 185 Geo. W. and Mary Anne Sinclair.
[this is possibly the marriage date for Mary Ann Sinclair. The final digit is missing but could logically be 1854 or 1853]
Mary Anne Pipe - was written by her own hand
William E. Sinclair Born Sep 7th
[year missing but is known to be 1855]
Ellen Joeann Sinclair, Born Sep 29 1857
Jonathan Philip Sinclair, Feby 28 1860 [He was actually born Feb 29 in a leap year.]
Mary Anne Sinclair died March 8 1860
[February 28 was written first and then crossed out.]
May God be with and bless her three dear children ___ of____ of her Mother C. Pillar.
Mary Anne Pipe and George Washington Sinclair had the following children:
6 i. William Edward4 Sinclair was born September 7, 1855 and died September 2, 1939.
7 ii. Ellen Joanna Sinclair was born September 29, 1857 and died February 18, 1936.
8 iii. Jonathan Philip Holman was born February 29, 1860 and died April 30, 1942.
4. John Valentine3 Pipe (John 2) was born in Somerset, England February 14, 1825. John died March 1854 at sea, aboard the City of Glasgow, at 29 years of age.
He married Elizabeth Stickland in Devonshire, England, May 18, 1848. Elizabeth was born in England circa 1827. She married Thomas Pipe in Vinland, Winnebago Co, WI, June 24, 1855.
He was christened in Ilminster, Somerset, ENG, March 20, 1825.
John Valentine Pipe went back home to England for perhaps business and a visit. He returned on the passenger ship CITY OF GLASGOW, which sailed from Liverpool, cleared the Mersey on March 1, 1854 with 480 people on board, and was never heard of again. Different sources state her destination as New York or Philadelphia. The only clue of her fate being that there was a very unusual quantity of ice reported in the North Atlantic at the time. The vessel and cargo were valued at $850,000. On board were 111 cabin and salon passengers, and about 294 steerage, making with her crew of 75 a total of 480 persons lost. The loss of the CITY OF GLASGOW became one of the historic disappearances at sea.
In August 1995, your compiler, while on a business trip to Norfolk, VA, took the opportunity to visit the Mariners Museum Library, the largest maritime research library in the world, in Newport News, VA. The foregoing and following information was extracted from several books and maritime collections.
The Clyde firm of Tod & McGregor built the 1,600 ton, 350 horsepower, iron propeller-ship CITY OF GLASGOW in the remarkably short time of seven months and advertised her to run regularly to New York. She had the usual barque rig of the period, carried an enormous amount of canvas, and was as graceful as the Clyde-built ships of that time always were.
The arrangement of her machinery was interesting. Her two cylinders of 71 inch diameter and 5 foot stroke were placed on one side of the ship. By means of two athwartship walking beams these cylinders drove a crank shaft at the opposite side of the ship, the shaft turning at about the speed of a paddle wheel shaft. The propeller shaft was driven from the crank shaft by gearing with wooden teeth and ran at about three times crank shaft speed. With her 3 iron flue boilers working up to 10 lbs. pressure, the machinery was heavy for its type, 428 tons, and with the coal it accounted for 42 percent of the ships displacement. The CITY OF GLASGOW, CITY OF MANCHESTER, and the GLASGOW were given the same design of engines.
Her top fare was only 20 guineas as compared with the £35 rate on the Cunard and Collins ships. Besides having room for 137 first and second class passengers, she could take 400 steerage passengers and 1,200 tons of cargo. Only two of the first class were 4-berth, the others having two berths only. The second class rooms were four and eight berths, while the steerage space was open.
On her maiden voyage she left Glasgow on the 16th of April, 1850 and arrived in New York, May 3rd after a passage of 16 days, 21 hours. She encountered head winds and the best days run was 241 knots. The return trip was made in 14 days, 6 hours: best run, 263 knots. Mr. Inman, having watched the performance of the CITY OF GLASGOW on her first trip to America, was convinced of the advantage she possessed over not merely sailing ships, but over paddle steamers, and recommended her purchase to his partners. Acting on his advice, they bought and dispatched her with four hundred steerage passengers in the winter of 1850 across the Atlantic, and this inaugurated the "Inman Line".
History of Steamship Navigation, George H. Preble, p 325.
Trans-Atlantic Passenger Ships, Eugene W. Smith, p 68.
Passenger Ships of the World, Past and Present, Eugene W. Smith, p 60.
A collection or book by a person named Cost.
Passenger Liners of the Western Ocean, C.R. Veron Gibbs, p 95.
North Atlantic Seaway, N.R.P. Bonsor, pp 15, 54, 62, 68, 72, 83, 85.
John Valentine Pipe and Elizabeth Stickland had the following children:
9 i. John Stickland4 Pipe was born March 1, 1848 and died March 23, 1913.
ii. Thomas Pipe was born in England August 12, 1849. Thomas died September 17, 1931 in Baraboo, Sauk Co, WI, at 82 years of age. His body was interred in Waupaca, Waupaca Co, WI. He married Amelia P. Woodnorth in WI, July 29, 1875. Amelia was the daughter of Paul S. Woodnorth and Sarah Astley. Amelia died 1913 in Waupaca Co, WI. Her body was interred in Waupaca Co, WI.
10 iii. Frank Pipe was born February 25, 1852 and died September 4, 1900.
11 iv. Mary E. Pipe was born 1854 and died 1931.
5. Thomas3 Pipe (John 2) was born in Dongett, Somerset, ENG May 24, 1826. Thomas died September 22, 1880 in Portage Co, WI, at 54 years of age. His body was interred.
He married Elizabeth Stickland in Vinland, Winnebago Co, WI, June 24, 1855. Elizabeth was born in England circa 1827. She married John Valentine Pipe in Devonshire, England, May 18, 1848.
He was christened in Ilminster, Somerset, ENG, November 3, 1826.
The following is from "Commemorative and Biographical Record of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano Counties, Wisconsin" 1895, page 385.
William E. Pipe, one of the substantial farmers of Portage County, is a native of Wisconsin, born March 25, 1856, in the town of Vinland, Winnebago County, a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Stickland) Pipe.
Thomas Pipe was born September 24, 1827 in Dongett, Somersetshire, England. In 1850, accompanied by his brother John V., who brought his family, he came to America, and the brothers settled in Greece Center, NY. On May 18, 1848 in Tarcombe (Compiler - actually Yarcombe) Church, John V. Pipe had married Miss Elizabeth Stickland, and their two sons, John S. and Thomas, accompanied them to America; two other children were born to them in Greece Center, NY - Frank and Mary E. In October, 1850, Thomas Pipe came west, and located in Vinland, WI. Wishing to return to England on business, J. V. Pipe took passage on the ill-fated steamer "City of Glasgow," which went down in mid-ocean with all on board. (Compiler - The "City of Glasgow" sailed 1 Mar 1854)
After the death of his brother, Thomas Pipe visited the widow in her eastern home, and she accompanied him to Wisconsin. They were married in Vinland, June 24, 1855, and the following children were born to them: William E., whose name introduces this sketch; Florence I.; Effie A.; and Charlotte E., born August 23, 1865, and died November 1, 1870. On February 28, 1857, they located on a farm in Farmington township, Waupaca County, and at the end of four years, Mr. Pipe moved with his family into Waupaca, where he engaged in the buying of stock and in butchering for about eighteen years. While here he served as chairman, supervisor, and street commissioner for years. In 1875 he, with his wife, made a seven-months visit to their native land. They located on the present homestead in Lanark, Portage County, April 13, 1876, and here Mr. Pipe was honored with the office of chairman some three or four years. His death occurred September 22, 1880. Few men stricken by the grim destroyer leave a place so hard to fill as that left vacant by the death of Thomas Pipe.
William E. Pipe received his education in the schools of Waupaca, and when fifteen years of age worked in the lumber camp with his father. He worked for his father in a store in Waupaca, and also in a livery stable for some time.
On November 29, 1883, at Oxford Junction, Jones Co., Iowa, William E. Pipe and Miss Mary A. Messer were united in marriage, and there have been born to them the following children: Mary E., born October 23, 1884; Mina M., September 18, 1886; Raymund T., May 19, 1889; and Effie A., September 28, 1891, deceased January 17, 1893. Mrs. Pipe's parents, Thomas and Sarah J. (Hutchinson) Messer, are both deceased. Thomas Messer was a native of Berwickshire, Scotland, came to this country when a young man, and was married In Centralia, Ill. His wife was a native of Illinois. After the death of his father Mr. Pipe bought the old homestead farm from his mother. His farm comprises 225 acres, most of which is cleared, and he is the owner of some fine blooded horses. He had assisted his father in improving the farm, and it is one of the best in Portage County. His house is fitted out with all the comforts of a well-regulated home, and presided over by his amiable wife. Mr. Pipe is a Republican in politics, but has never sought any political offices. He is a prominent member of Waupaca Lodge No. 29, K. of P. Both he and his wife are Protestants in their religious beliefs.
Thomas Pipe and Elizabeth Stickland had the following children:
12 i. William E.4 Pipe was born March 25, 1856 and died 1936.
13 ii. Florence Ida Pipe was born January 1860 and died 1889.
14 iii. Effie Anita Pipe was born 1863 and died January 26, 1908.
iv. Charlotte Pipe was born in Waupaca, Waupaca Co, WI August 23, 1865. Charlotte died November 1, 1870 in Waupaca, Waupaca Co, WI, at 5 years of age.
6. William Edward4 Sinclair (Mary Anne Pipe 3) was born in Waupaca Co, WI September 7, 1855. William died September 2, 1939 in Stirum, Sargent Co, ND, at 83 years of age. His body was interred September 4, 1939 in Stirum, Sargent Co, ND.
He married Isabelle (Belle) Thompson in Thompson, MN, 1884. Isabelle was born in Canada October 1855. Isabelle died in Sargent Co, ND.
In Sargent Co, ND, William E. Sinclair bought 160 acres, twp 131N, range 56W, 15 Nov 1886 and 160 acres, twp 131N, range 57W, 14 Jun 1888.
W.E. Sinclair's obit says he was born 1 Sep 1855 and his death certificate says he was born 7 Aug 1855. However, both agree in saying that he was 83 years, 11 months, and 26 days old when he died. Since he died 5 days short of his 84th birthday, he probably was born 7 Sep 1855. His occupation was listed as janitor on his death certificate and he worked for the Vivian Township School District. His wife and sons survived him and his two daughters preceeded him in death.
His son John was living in Stirum, Sargent Co, ND, and Robert was living in Nome, Barnes Co, ND when their father died.
William Edward Sinclair and Isabelle (Belle) Thompson had the following children:
i. Elizabeth5 Sinclair was born in WI July 1885.
ii. Ellen C. Sinclair was born in WI September 1888.
iii. John Philip Sinclair was born in Shawano, Shawano Co, WI February 25, 1891.
The following is from, "Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Who Served In WWI", printed 1931, page 2968.
SINCLAIR, JOHN PHILIP Army number 87,239; registrant, Sargent County; born Shawno (sic), Wis., Feb. 25, 1891, of American-Canadian parents; occupation, clerk; enlisted in Company I, 1st Infantry, North Dakota National Guard, at Wahpeton, on April 26, 1914; called into federal service for Mexican border duty on June 19, 1916, and served until discharged; discharged at Fort Snelling, Minn., on Feb. 14, 1917, and resumed National Guard status; called into federal service, World War, July 15, 1917; served in Company I, 1st Infantry, North Dakota National Guard (Company I, 164th Infantry), to discharge, Grades: Corporal, June 7, 1917; Sergeant, Sept. 6, 1917; overseas from Dec . 15, 1917, to Feb. 26, 1919. Discharged at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on March 12, 1919, as a Sergeant.
iv. Robert J. Sinclair was born in WI January 1894.
7. Ellen Joanna4 Sinclair (Mary Anne Pipe 3) was born in Waupaca Co, WI September 29, 1857. Ellen died February 18, 1936 in Winnecone, Winnebago Co, WI, at 78 years of age.
She married Henry Smillie in Vinland, Winnebago Co, WI, October 20, 1881. Henry was born in Detroit, MI 1851. (Additional notes for Henry Smillie ) Henry died May 18, 1936 in Vinland, Winnebago Co, WI, at 84 years of age.
At the age of five, Henry Smillie came with his parents and settled in the township of Oshkosh about six miles from the town of Oshkosh. After marrying, Henry and Ellen Smillie farmed in Vinland until they retired and moved to Winneconne. After Ellen died, Henry moved back to the farm and stayed there until he died.
Ellen Joanna Sinclair and Henry Smillie had the following children:
i. Florence Margaret5 Smillie was born in Vinland, Winnebago Co, WI December 26, 1894. Florence died June 26, 1993 in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co, WI, at 98 years of age. She married Lester Pomering in Winnebago Co, WI, May 1, 1925. Lester was born October 25, 1891. Lester died January 1980 in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co, WI, at 88 years of age.
Newspaper article published Dec, 1984.
MILESTONES - Florence Pomering Will Be 90
Florence Pomering will celebrate her 90th birthday Wednesday. She was born on a farm in the town of Vinland on Dec. 26, 1894, one of three children of Henry and Ellen Smillie.
In 1925 she married Lester Pomering and went to live in the Pomering home in the town of Oshkosh.
"We both worked very hard," she says. They had 120 acre farm and rented an additional 80 acres.
"We milked 30 head of cattle, and I could drive a team of horses, the tractor - and even the combine."
In 1951 the couple retired, bought a small home in Oshkosh and spent six months of each year in Florida. "We had a beautiful retirement," she says.
Pomering died in January 1980. After his death, Mrs. Pomering sold her home and moved to Simeanna, IL, where she says she has been "very satisfied." She enjoys playing cards, shopping, taking trips, reading and watching television.
ii. Jennie Elizabeth Smillie was born in Vinland, Winnebago Co, WI February 10, 1896. Jennie died April 12, 1977 in Neenah, Winnebago Co, WI, at 81 years of age. She married William Jacobson April 20, 1918. William was born in WI July 19, 1898. William died March 29, 1957 in WI, at 58 years of age.
iii. George Robert Smillie was born in Vinland, Winnebago Co, WI September 22, 1901. George died October 19, 1989 in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co, WI, at 88 years of age. He married Dorothy I. Tuttle in Menominee, Menominee Co, WI, August 2, 1924. Dorothy was born in Ripon, Fond du Lac Co, WI August 18, 1901. Dorothy died August 10, 1985 in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co, WI, at 83 years of age. Her body was interred in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co, WI, Brooks Cemetery.
Obituary published Monday, August 12, 1985.
DOROTHY I. SMILLIE - Dorothy I. Smillie, 83, Oshkosh, died Saturday evening at home. She was born Aug. 18, 1901 in Ripon, the daughter of Adelbert and Lydia Buchholz Tuttle. She married George R. Smillie Aug. 2, 1924, in Menominee, Mich.
Mrs. Smillie spent her early years with her parents on a farm in Metomen. She and her husband farmed in the town of Vinland, retiring in 1954 when they moved to rural Oshkosh.
Surviving are her widower; and one sister Ruth Buchholz, Wauwatosa. Services will be Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Mueller Funeral Home, Winneconne, with Don Truitt officiating. Inurnment will be in Brooks Cemetary, Oshkosh.
Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4 p.m. until the time of services.
8. Jonathan Philip4 Holman (Mary Anne Pipe 3) was born in Waupaca Co, WI February 29, 1860. Jonathan died April 30, 1942 in Barronett Twp, Washburn Co, WI, at 82 years of age. His body was interred in Washburn Co, WI, Clam River.
He married twice. He married Jemima Mills in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co, WI, March 27, 1893. Jemima was born in Carnaveigh, Co Monaghan, IRE August 13, 1862. Jemima was the daughter of John Mills and Sarah (Ann, Nancy) Woods. Jemima died August 1895 in Sargent Co, ND, at 33 years of age. Jemima Mills Holman died as a result of childbirth during or soon after the birth of her second child. The child died also.
He married Kirsten (Mary) Marie Hansen in Bowen Twp, Sargent Co, ND, September 12, 1896. Kirsten was born in Aaby, Aurhaus, Denmark July 17, 1865. (Additional notes for Kirsten (Mary) Marie Hansen ) She married Niels Kierkegaard Nielson in Sargent Co, ND, November 3, 1894. Kirsten died March 30, 1945 in Rice Lake, Barron Co, WI, at 79 years of age. Her body was interred April 2, 1945 in Washburn Co, WI, Clam River.
The following is extracted from a letter written by Florence Holman Zillmer, 20 Aug 1985.
"My Mother (Mary Holman) told me this: She came to America in her late twenties. Left 2 brothers and her parents in Aurhus, Denmark. Her Dad was a section hand. She did not keep in touch. Her fiance, Nels Nelson (Niels Kierkegaard Nielson), brother Nels' Father, came over earlier and settled on a farm in North Dakota. He sent her money for passport. She arrived in New York and took a job as a maid for awhile and with more money from Nels, finally got to N. Dak. where they were married. Seven days before brother Nels (Nelson) was born, his Dad was killed when the team ran away with the binder. He died in Mother's arms."
Shell Lake newspaper.
MRS. HOLMAN, SHELL LAKE PIONEER, FUNERAL HELD
SHELL LAKE. - Last rites were held Monday for Mrs. Mary Holman, 80, pioneer resident, at the Methodist church with the Rev. M.R. Philpott and the Rev. F.J. Smith of Augusta, Wis., officiating. Burial was in Clam River cemetary.
Mrs. Holman died March 30 at Lakeside hospital, Rice Lake, following a long illness. She was born at Aaby, Denmark, near Arhouse (Arhaus), on July 17, 1865. She came to the United States in December, 1891. On November 3, 1894 she was married to Nels K. Nelson, who was killed in an accident in August, 1895. She was married to John P. Holman and in 1902 they came to Wisconsin and settled at Grantsburg. They later moved to a farm at Barronett. In 1909 they moved to their farm in South Dewey, where they lived until they retired eight years ago and moved into Shell Lake. Mr. Holman died three years ago.
Surviving are three daughters; Mrs. E.A. Millard of Marshall, Mo., Mrs. Tracy Lumby and Mrs. Herman Zillmer both of Shell Lake; four sons, Nels, Franklin, Charles and George, all of Shell Lake; 24 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Mrs. Holman was an active pioneer member of the South Dewey Methodist Church. She was also a charter member of the Woman's Society for Christian Service of the Shell Lake Methodist church.
John P. Holman's birth name is Jonathan Phillip Sinclair.
In 1889 John P. Holman returned to Eau Claire, WI to care for his adoptive father, Franklin Holman, who died in 1892. In or near Eau Claire, John P. Holman met and married Jemima Mills. They honeymooned at the Chicago Worlds Fair. They lived in Calgary, Sask, Canada for about one year and then settled in Sargent County, North Dakota.
A search was made of the Eau Claire County and Wisconsin statewide marriage records but no record was found for the marriage of John P. Holman and Jemima Mills. However, their original marriage certificate is in the possession of Mrs. Veronica Brown, their grand daughter.
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE THIS CERTIFIES That on the 27th day of March, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1893, John P. Holman and Jemima Mills, were by me united in MARRIAGE, at Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Witnesses: Jennie Mills, Will Mills
Joseph F. Dudley
Pastor of 1st Cong. Ch.
Eau Claire, Wis.
In Sargent Co, ND, he bought 160 acres, twp 132N, range 33W, 20 Sep 1884, and another 160 acres, twp 131N, range 20W, 17 Mar 1892.
The Ransom County Gazette, about May - July 1930.
LISBON'S FIRST WINTER DESCRIBED BY PIONEER
The Gazette is in receipt of a most interesting letter from one of the earliest settlers of this city and believing that some of the people and incidents referred to therein and pleasantly remembered by some of our readers, we are printing the letter in full:
Shell Lake, Wis, April 20, 1930. Ransom County Gazzette, Lisbon, N.D.
I am in receipt of some copies of your paper telling of your coming celebration on July 4th. As I was one to live in Lisbon what you might call the first winter, 1880 to 81, they are of interest to me and maybe I can give some facts of interest to you.
I was not quite 21 then and came with three others, L. Brown, Tim Buckley, and a man by the name of Henry who owned land on section one in the valley. We drove in from Casselton. It was a cold rainy day and it sure looked good to us when we came to the top of the hill north of town. There were few buildings then, J. L. Colton's house and Robinson's, his father in law, two stores, Harry Moore's, and John Kinan's. Next on the town site were Ryman's, J.P. and Sol Robinson, Dave Ash, Tom Harris and Henry Cramer. Two young families and Sol Robinson lived nearby. This was early October. The crops were fine that season, wheat went 30 bushels, oats 60 and corn of the flint variety was good, also all kinds of garden stuff. The county was not organized then, it was just Dakota, no north or south. Yankton in the southeast corner was the capital, no offices of the law within 35 miles -at Tower City.
Mail came once a week, J.L. Colton was postmaster and Henry Cramer the first mail carrier.
Sol Durgin was the first thresher-man with a small horse power machine. Ryman set up the first forge for blacksmith work.
The surveyors for the railroad came in early winter, Delano in charge. They ran lines for several crossings on the river above Lisbon, so it was a question for a time. As soon as they settled on Lisbon the people began to come, the Heron family first. I remember, Jim Cole shortly after and Pat Hennessy who built the Headquarters Hotel.
In the middle of winter J.L. Colton said to me it was a long time since he sent the necessary papers to Yankton for the organization of the county. It occured to me that my friend J. St. Fisher was a delegate from Cass county to the territorial assembly so I wrote to him about it and he got things working so the meeting to organize the county was held in March. I think this must be recorded in the court house.
As to the school. I tried to teach some the first winter. It was really a private school or supported by subscription and two or three of the settlers built the building and the rest found the money to pay me $40 for three months. Henry Cramer gave me my board for some help about the place. We had just the text books the folks brought from former residences - no two alike. I had no previous experience as a teacher and not much of a situation but it kept the youngsters out of mischief and we got on fair. I tried to give them the $40 worth. In the spring the little school house was moved west toward the hill, it was close to the river bank and dangerous for the children. Miss Pindall taught when the four room school house was built. Chas. Finch, now of LaMoure, took charge I think and Geo. Montgomery followed him.
John Kinan was a man of some enterprise, he built a flat boat for a ferry, there were no bridges then and the river was high. He also started a brickyard but it was not a success - fuel too scarce and the clay not the best.
I think Herrick was the first M.D. and Rogers the first attorney. Webb Waterous had the first harness shop. Then they came so thick and fast it is hard to remember. All the states furnished a share - all east of the Missouri river.
G.B. Green had the first bank and Adams & Frees came soon after. Maybe Frank Allen and his brother ran this one for a little time.
A.E. Stevens had the first lumber for sale. It did not get to the yard, it sold too fast. Scrog & Wolly could not make trips to Tower City fast enough. Lumber was cheap as we look at it now, about $26 to $30 per thousand for hauling from Tower City. I think it was in December, 1881 that the track for the railroad was laid, but no trains came nearer than Sheldon for a time on account of the bridge across the river. It was built later in the winter I think. A.E. Stevens is the only one I know who was there the first winter. He is handy by and can give you the facts.
They were a kindly bunch in the main, these first settlers, enterprising and hard workers.
Maybe you can use some of this stuff if you can read it. I am past 70 years now and have done a lot of hard work and no regrets for it. Success for your celebration.
Yours, John P. Holman, R. 2, Box 49, Shell Lake, Wisconsin
P. S. - I saw in one of your papers that I was from New York state. It was a mistake. I was born in Waupaca county this state, am of the third generation to clear a farm here and there are six of my children building up homes here. Still I say North Dakota is ahead of this state in many ways. It is costly hard work to make a farm here.
Shell Lake newspaper dated 7 May 1942
J. P. HOLMAN Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon for John P. Holman 82, at South Dewey Methodist church and at the Raas Funeral home. The Rev. F.J. Smith was in charge of the services. Burial was in Clam River Cemetary.
Mr. Holman died last Thursday nite April 30, at 10:00, following a six weeks illness.
He was a pioneer of the South Dewey community, settling there 33 years ago.
John P. Sinclair was born at Waupaca, Wis., Feb. 29, 1860. His mother died while he was an infant, and as his father enlisted in the civil war, John was adopted by Franklin and Sarah Holman of Eau Claire. He lived in Eau Claire until a young man.
At the age of 17 years he went to Sargent county, North Dakota where he taught school and farmed. [Compiler - Slight error here. At the age of 20, he went to Lisbon, Ransom Co, ND, immediately north of Sargent Co. After he married Jemima Mills, he went to Sargent Co, ND.]
On March 27, 1893, he was united in marriage to Jemima Mills, and they went to Calgary, Sask., Canada. They returned to Dakota, and his wife died in 1896.
He was again united in marriage to Mary Nelson, September 26, 1896. [Compiler - Slight error here. Sargent County, ND courthouse records show the marriage took place 12 Sep 1896, and the document filed 17 Sep 1896.] In 1902 they came to Wisconsin, and settled first at Grantsburg and then on a farm in Barronett. In 1909 they moved to their farm in the South Dewey neighborhood, where they lived until five years ago, when they moved into Shell Lake.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Holman; three daughters, Mrs. Eugene Millard (Lottie) of Marshall, Mo., Mrs. Tracy Lumby (Mary) and Mrs. Herman Zillmer (Florence), both of Shell Lake; four sons, Nels, Franklin, George, and Charles, all of Shell Lake; 22 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild of Kansas City, Mo. [Compiler - The great grand-child is yours truely.]
He was a good husband and father, as well as a good citizen. A pioneer member of the South Dewey Methodist church, he joined more than 30 years ago.
Among those from out of town who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Lester Pomering, Mrs. William Jacobson, and Mrs. George Smillie, all of Oshkosh.
Jonathan Philip Holman and Jemima Mills had the following child:
i. Lottie Mae5 Holman was born in Bowen Twp, Sargent Co, ND February 18, 1894. Lottie died June 21, 1957 Marshall, Saline, MO, at 63 years of age. Her body was interred June 23, 1957 Marshall, Saline, MO, Ridge Park. She married Eugene Arthur Millard in Barronett Twp, Washburn Co, WI, April 14, 1915. Eugene was born in Spencer, Clay Co, IA October 18, 1887. Eugene was the son of Charles Ward Millard and Hattie Traver. Eugene died September 5, 1962 Marshall, Saline, MO, at 74 years of age. His body was interred September 8, 1962 Marshall, Saline, MO, Ridge Park.
Jonathan Philip Holman and Kirsten (Mary) Marie Hansen had the following children:
ii. Mary Holman was born in near Cogswell, Sargent Co, ND December 14, 1897. Mary died December 18, 1974 in Shell Lake, Washbun Co, WI, at 77 years of age. Her body was interred in Washburn Co, WI, Clam River. She married Tracy George Lumby in Shell Lake, Washbun Co, WI, November 18, 1922. Tracy was born in Brookings, Brooking Co, SD April 5, 1892. Tracy died August 7, 1959 in Shell Lake, Washbun Co, WI, at 67 years of age. His body was interred in Washburn Co, WI, Clam River. Tracy's occupation: farmer in Washburn Co, WI.
iii. Franklin Holman was born in Bowen Twp, Sargent Co, ND November 15, 1899. Franklin died April 4, 1983 in Spooner, Washburn Co, WI, at 83 years of age. His body was interred in Washburn Co, WI, Clam River. He married Ila Eva Long Janesville, Rock, WI, October 23, 1926. Ila was born in Jackson Co, IA October 23, 1901. Ila died March 31, 1988 in Shell Lake, Washbun Co, WI, at 86 years of age. Her body was interred in Washburn Co, WI, Clam River.
iv. Charles Holman was born in Bowen Twp, Sargent Co, ND December 21, 1902. Charles died March 27, 1991 in WI, at 88 years of age. He married Catherine Desjardins in Shell Lake, Washbun Co, WI, September 6, 1933. Catherine was born in Burnett Co, WI February 5, 1910. Catherine died August 31, 1979 in Washburn Co, WI, at 69 years of age. Her body was interred in Washburn Co, WI, Clam River.
He resided in Shell Lake, Washbun Co, WI 1986.
v. George Holman was born in Barronett Twp, Washburn Co, WI October 13, 1903. George died May 5, 1993 in Trego, Washburn Co, WI, at 89 years of age. He married Bernice Mary Bakker in Shell Lake, Washbun Co, WI, June 12, 1936. Bernice was born in Dewey Twp, Burnett Co, WI May 24, 1907. Bernice died October 28, 1993 in Shell Lake, Washbun Co, WI, at 86 years of age.
vi. Florence Holman was born in Barronett Twp, Washburn Co, WI March 8, 1906. Florence died November 28, 1987 in Shell Lake, Washbun Co, WI, at 81 years of age. Her body was interred December 2, 1987 in Barronett Twp, Washburn Co, WI, Lakeside. She married Herman Emil Zillmer in Shell Lake, Washbun Co, WI, October 6, 1928. Herman was born in St Paul, Ramsey Co, MN January 8, 1898. Herman died February 11, 1987 in Shell Lake, Washbun Co, WI, at 89 years of age. His body was interred February 14, 1987 in Barronett Twp, Washburn Co, WI, Lakeside.
FLORENCE ZILMER, 81, LAKELAND MANOR, DIES
Florence Zillmer, 81 who was born at Barronett and had lived in that area and in Shell Lake all of her life, died Saturday, Nov. 28, at her residence in Lakeland Manor, Shell Lake.
The former Florence Holman, she was born March 8, 1906. She lived in South Dewey during her childhood. After graduating from Shell Lake High School, she went on to the River Falls Normal College where she received her teaching certificate.
She taught at the General Pershing and Pine Hill schools in the Barronett area. On Oct. 6, 1928, she was married to Herman E. Zillmer in Shell Lake. The couple farmed at Barronett until 1942 when they moved to Shell Lake. She was employed at the hospital for 17 years.
Herman Zillmer died last Feb. 11.
Survivors include five sons, Herman L., Nacogdoches, Tex., Darrell, White Sulphur Springs, Mont., Allan, Spooner, Wis., Merton, Shell Lake, and Manly, West Bend, Wis.; four daughters, Ardith Lester, White Sulphur Springs, Donna Jensen, Shell Lake, Clarice Zillmer, Charlottesville, Va., and Karen Brickman, Anoka, Minn.; 39 grandchildren; 31 great- grandchildren; and two brothers, Charles and George Holman, both of Shell Lake.
Services were held Wednesday at Lake Park Alliance Church, Shell Lake, Rev. Kirk Petterson officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetary, Barronett. Scalzo Funeral Home, Spooner, was in charge of arrangements.
9. John Stickland4 Pipe (John Valentine 4) was born in England March 1, 1848. John died March 23, 1913 in WI, at 65 years of age. His body was interred in Portage Co, WI, Forest.
He married Elizabeth Johnson in Portage Co, WI, April 19, 1882. Elizabeth was born in Iola, Waupaca Co, WI.
John Stickland Pipe and Elizabeth Johnson had the following child:
i. Edwin5 Pipe was born in Stevens Point, Portage Co, WI November 18, 1882. Edwin died 1951 at 68 years of age. His body was interred in Plover, Portage Co, WI. He married Gretchen Wimans in Waukegan, Lake Co, IL, November 12, 1934. Gretchen died December 3, 1956 in Denver, Denver Co, CO. Her body was interred in Plover, Portage Co, WI.
10. Frank4 Pipe (John Valentine 4) was born in Greece Center, Monroe Co, NY February 25, 1852. Frank died September 4, 1900 in Waupaca Co, WI, at 48 years of age.
He married Ida Mary Goff in Portage Co, WI, October 17, 1876.
Frank Pipe and Ida Mary Goff had the following children:
i. Mabel E.5 Pipe was born in Portage Co, WI February 20, 1880.
ii. Warren (Rennie) W. Pipe was born in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co, SD June 20, 1884. Warren died June 1967 in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co, SD, at 82 years of age.
11. Mary E.4 Pipe (John Valentine 4) was born in Greece Center, Monroe Co, NY 1854. Mary died 1931 in WI, at 77 years of age. Her body was interred in Waupaca Co, WI, Lakeside.
She married Frank S. Woodnorth in WI, November 29, 1883. Frank was the son of Paul S. Woodnorth and Sarah Astley.
Mary E. Pipe and Frank S. Woodnorth had the following children:
i. Bessie5 Woodnorth. She married Arthur Koeller.
ii. Paul T. Woodnorth.
12. William E.4 Pipe (Thomas 5) was born in Vinland, Winnebago Co, WI March 25, 1856. William died 1936 in Sheridan, Waupaca Co, WI, at 80 years of age.
He married Mary Agnes Messer in Oxford Junction, Jones Co, IA, November 29, 1883. Mary died in WI.
William E. Pipe and Mary Agnes Messer had the following children:
i. Mary (Mae or May)5 Pipe. Mary died 1967. She married Oliver Anderson. Oliver died 1941.
ii. Mina Pipe. Mina died October 2, 1896 in Portage Co, WI.
iii. Effie Pipe was born in died young.
iv. Raymond Pipe was born May 19, 1889. Raymond died November 10, 1977 in Waupaca, Waupaca Co, WI, at 88 years of age. He married Florence Anderson. Florence was born June 7, 1897. Florence died August 12, 1992 in Waupaca, Waupaca Co, WI, at 95 years of age.
13. Florence Ida4 Pipe (Thomas 5) was born in Farmington, Waupaca, WI January 1860. Florence died 1889 in Green Bay, Brown Co, WI, at 29 years of age.
She married John Niven McCunn in WI, 1884. (Additional notes for John Niven McCunn )
John N. McCunn owned and managed the Green Bay Business College. He later served as US Counsel to Dumberline, Scotland. After Florence Ida died, he remarried in 1891 to Ada Montgomery of Clayville, PA.
The following is extracted from "Men Of Progess, Wisconsin."
McCUNN, John Niven, at the head of the Green Bay Business College, is a native of that land where strong men and true are born and reared in larger proportion than perhaps in any other. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on the 10th of December, 1858. His grandfather McCunn was a pilot who lost his life off the rugged cost of Scotland in the pursuit of his hazardous occupation. The son of this seaman and the father of the subject of this sketch, James McCunn, was a man of more than ordinary intelligence and enterprise, and a conscientious and consistent member of the Presbyterian church. He was a carpenter by trade and followed it successfully for many years. He then abandoned it for the grocery business, but died at the early age of thirty-six years. His wife, Janet Niven, was a native of Paisley, Scotland, and, after the death of her husband, decided to come to this country with her four children, deeming the advantages offered here for the material advancement of her boys superior to those of theirnative land. They reached Wisconsin in May, 1870, settling first in Portage country, whither James McCunn, the eldest son, preceded them.
John McCunn received some portion of his primary education in Scotland, but, after coming to Wisconsin, attended the district school, and after that the Waupaca high school. He then began teaching, keeping up his studies in the meantime. In 1882 he entered Milton College with the purpose of taking a full collegiate course, but his health failing he gave up the idea of completing the course, and visited Scotland in pursuit of health and pleasure. On his return to Wisconsin he resumed his studies and again taught school. He then became an agent for Johnson's Encyclopaedia, his territory covering all northern Wisconsin, with headquarters at Green Bay. In 1887 he bought a half interest in the Green Bay Business College, and by the end of thee year had complete control of it. He made many changes, innovations and improvement--added a shorthand department and furnished the rooms with new fixtures. In 1893 he erected the largest and most expensive college building in the state, devoted exclusively to a business college. It is a three-story structure of red pressed brick with brownstone trimmings, with a basement of limestone. The entire building is heated by steam and lighted with electricity, and is one of the most thoroughly equipped for the work to which it is devoted of any the west.
In 1884 Prof. McCunn was married to Miss Florence Ida Pipe, a native of Waupaca county, daughter of Thomas Pipe, ex-mayor of Waupaca. Of this union were born three children, namely: Ethel May, Florence Verna and Walter Thomas. The mother passed from earth January 10th, 1889, and, in October, 1890, Prof. McCunn married Miss Ada Montgomery, a native of Washington county, Pennsylvania, a graduate of Washington Seminary. She taught school in her native county and in the Green Bay Business College prior to her marriage. Of this second marriage there are two children now living: Harold Montgomery and John Niven.
Prof. McCunn is closely identified with the social and business interests of Green Bay and has served as a member of the city council. He is a member of the Business Men's association, and has done much to promote its objects. He is also a member of the Royal Arcanum, is an Elk, a Royal Arch Mason and a Knight of Pythias, in which latter order he was installed chancellor commander in January, 1894.
Politically, he is a Republican, and his first vote was cast for Garfield for president. He received a complimentary vote for the nomination of clerk of the court of Waupaca county in 1884. He was elected alderman from the Fifth ward of the city of Green Bay in 1893, for a term of two years, and was appointed chairman of the finance committee the second year. He declined a second term. He was chairman of the delegation that represented Brown county in the Eighth district congressional convention in 1894, and one of the loyal friends of the Hon. E. S. Minor, whose work secured for that gentleman the nomination for congress. Prof. McCunn has been the Brown county in the Eighth district congres-congressional committee for the past two years. On August 3, 1896, he was elected chairman of th Eighth district congressional committee and was also chairman of the Brown county delegation to the recent state convention that nominated Major Scofield for governor. July 31st he received from President McKinley the appointment of consul to Dunfermline, Scotland.
Prof. McCunn has done much by his enterprise in the conducting of this business college for the advancement of the social, educational and business interests of the city, and is held in high esteem by its citizens.
Florence Ida Pipe and John Niven McCunn had the following children:
i. Ethel May5 McCunn.
ii. Florence Verna McCunn.
iii. Walter T. McCunn.
14. Effie Anita4 Pipe (Thomas 5) was born in Waupaca Co, WI 1863. Effie died January 26, 1908 in WI, at 44 years of age. Her body was interred in Wausau, Marathon Co, WI, Pine Grove.
She married Taylor Alexander in Portage Co, WI, June 15, 1887. Taylor died 1936 in Wausau, Marathon Co, WI.
Effie Anita Pipe and Taylor Alexander had the following child:
i. Jennings5 Alexander.
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