Letter from Sarah Atwell Gilbert to Caroline Atwell Noyes, 1877

Sarah Ann Lydia Atwell Gilbert was Caroline Atwell Noyes’ sister. Mention is made of a number of people in the letter. Viola, who had been apparently ill, was Caroline’s daughter and would have been about sixteen. Sarah’s husband, to the best of my knowledge, was a dentist. Uncle Best was Thomas Best Scagel b. 1805 […]

Interest in Spiritualism in Freethought Settlers of Liberal, Missouri Prior the mid 1880s – Letter from N. W. Gilbert to Caroline Atwell Noyes, April 18 1879

The Noyes family of the socialist Alphadelphia Association, and the free thought community of Liberal, preserved many of the family papers and correspondence, but with the McCarthy scare in the 1950s, my Noyes grandmother, with her sister, Pansy, burned almost the entirety of the collection, fearful of exposure and retribution. A very few letters were […]

Bettie Brewer Noyes with son Ray James Noyes

Courtesy of Nancy Benton Bettie Brewer Noyes was the wife of Ray Noyes. They lived and died at Liberal, Missouri. Son Ray James was born 1903 at Liberal and died there May 15 1969. I don’t know where this photo was taken but my guess is a vacation is involved.

Walter and Edith Brewer

Robert Walter Brewer was the youngest son of David Nathaniel Brewer (b. 1850 Oct 31, Pleasant, Steuben, Indiana, died 1921 Aug 29 at Greenfield, Dade, Missouri) and Delana Jane Fowler (b. 1854 Sep 12 Bloomington, McLean, Illinois, died 1939 Nov 4, Oscaloosa, Dade, Missouri). Nancy Benton wrote, “Walter and his family lived near Oscaloosa, Missouri, […]

Haying on the Ray Noyes Farm in Liberal, Missouri

Haying on the Ray Noyes Farm in Liberal, Missouri

Catherine Hedden Brewer

Courtesy of Nancy Benton This is Catherine Hedden born Feb 21 1822 in Shelby County, Kentucky, who married first Daniel Levi Brewer (our ancestor) and then John Foster. She died May 23, 1903 in Greenfield, Dade, Missouri. I’m having difficulty ascertaining when the photo might have been taken. In the early 1890s? If it was […]

Catherine Hedden Brewer and Rachel Jane Brewer Henderson

Feeble attempt at retouching This photo of Catherine Hedden Brewer with daughter Rachel Jane Brewer Henderson was supplied by Everett Henderson Jr. and is believed to have been taken in the 1880s. Rachel Jane Brewer, bo. 1852 Oct 6 in Terra Haute, Vigo, Indiana, married Atwell Henderson August 29 1866 in Moultrie County, Illinois. About […]

Daniel Levi Brewer

Original courtesy of Nancy Benton This is a nice example of messed up. I did the photoshopped reconstructions many years ago and as one can see I was working off an extremely degraded image and trying to see what “might” have been. What “might” have the man been like in it. What “might” have the […]

Marriage License of Catherine Hedden Brewer and John Foster

Catherine Hedden married first Daniel Levi Brewer on March 30 1843 in Kentucky. He died April 20 1868 in Osage Mission, Neosho, Kansas. On Dec 26 1869, in Neosho county, Kansas, she married 2nd John W. Foster. He had been previously married to Hannah Oury who had died 1868 Jan 31 in Neosho county, Kansas. […]

Daniel Levi Brewer and Catherine Hedden

Daniel Levi BREWER was born 25 September 1823 in Mercer Co. KY, the 8th of 9 children, and the last of 4 sons born to Daniel A. BREWER Sr. of KY and Nancy SMITH. Nancy was 28 and Daniel Sr. was 29 when Daniel Levi was born. Daniel married Catherine HEDDEN on 30 March 1843 […]