Delana Fowler Brewer and Family, Spring-Summer circa 1924

Delana Brewer and family, circa 1924

This photo is courtesy Nancy Benton who supplied identification. Left to right: Levy Jones with hands on son Herbert’s shoulder, Delana Brewer, Mary Brewer Spurling with Katherine (child of Mary or Jessie) in front; Jessie Brewer Jones; Bettie Brewer Noyes with Lena Minor in front; Mary Lou Noyes and Dorothy Noyes.


Delana Brewer and family, tinted, c. 1924

Delana Fowler Brewer was the wife of David Nathaniel who’d died in 1921 in Greenfield, Dade, Missouri. Levy Jones was a son-in-law, husband of daughter Jessie. Mary Brewer was another daughter, as was Bettie Brewer Noyes, wife of Ray Noyes. Mary Lou and Dorothy were daughters of Bettie Noyes. Lena Minor was a granddaughter of Bettie Brewer Noyes by Cora Vera Noyes and John J. Minor, Cora’s first husband.

Wonderfully enough, Jim and Dieanna Swearngin sent me a photo from the same reunion that had come down through Dieanna’s family which shows everyone gathered in front of the porch.

Image courtesy Dieanna and Jim Swearingen

From the look of the front porch, I think this photo was taken at the Ray Noyes home in Liberal, Missouri.

Bio of Francis M. McKinney, son of George and Rhoda of Guernsey, Ohio

Bio of Francis M. McKinney from “A Portrait and Biographical Record of Delaware and Randolph Counties, Ind., Containing Biographical Sketches of Many Prominent and Representative Citizens…”

Francis M. McKinney was a son of George W. McKenney (McKinney) and Rhoda Scarborough. George McKenney was a son of Robert McKenney and Margaret of Ohio. Our George W. McKenney is not a son of George W. and Rhoda, but they were relations. I would be very interested in hearing from anyone descended down the line from George and Rhoda.

The bio has a few errors. For one, there is no Custer County in Pennsylvania. George W. McKinney and Rhoda wed circa 1835. They both having been born in 1816, an 1827 marriage date was impossible.

FRANCIS M. McKINNEY, a widely known and prominent farmer of Green township, Ind., was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, March 4, 1836. He is the son of George and Rhoda (Scarbaugh) McKinney. The father was born in Custer county. Pa., in 1806. When three years of age he was taken to Guernsey county and remained on his father’s farm until he was twenty year’s of age. His education was limited to the three months of winter schooling, and this at a subscription school of “ye olden time.” In the year 1827 he was united in marriage to Miss Rhoda Scarbaugh and began his business life in Monroe county, Ohio. In 1830 he came to Indiana, making this state his home until his death, July 14, 1892. While not a recognized member of any religious society, his religious views were very strong. In politics he was a democrat, and he died in unwavering faith in the tenets of his party. His son, Francis M. McKinney, lived with his father on the farm until the twenty-second year of his age, leading the ordinary life of the farmer boy. In winter he attended the district school, where he acquired the education which stood him in such good need in after years, and so greatly assisted him in attaining his future fortune.

At the age of twenty-two Mr. McKinney was married to Miss Barbara Miller, daughter of Jacob and Sarah Miller. They were married in Indiana and took their wedding tour, in a covered wagon, through the wilds of the west, stopping at the Missouri frontier. Both were young, brave and ambitious, and willing and ready to face the dangers and vicissitudes of life together in this new and almost untried land, depending upon each other for comfort and companionship. However, not being satisfied with the far west, they turned their faces eastward and stopped in Green township, Randolph county, Ind., in 1861, and became tenants of the farm of Samuel Caylor, remaining on the place nine years, when, in 1870, Mr. McKinney bought his present home. Since his residence on this farm he has lived in the same dwelling. Though no children have been born to them, their home has been a happy and contented one. His religious faith is of the Dunkards and his politics democratic. His farm consists of eighty acres of fine land, and from it, by industry and good management, the home is well filled with the substantial comforts of country life. Mr. McKinney stands high in the esteem of his neighbors and friends and is thoroughly respected by all who know him.



Liberal, Barton Co. Missouri
July 23d 1887

Ray Noyes was 13 at the time of this incident. Allen is noted as being in “Sunny Dale”. Where this was, I’ve not been able to discover, but Allen was in Oklahoma by at least 1889.

A Dr. Clark is mentioned in the letter. This would be Dr. J. W. Clark who arrived in Liberal in 1884. He and Dr. Gish, for a number of years, were the only two doctors in Liberal. Dr. Clark graduated from the Medical School at Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Noyes family had also lived in Ann Arbor, so it may very well be that they knew each other from Michigan.

Carrie Noyes letter 1887 page 1

Carrie Noyes letter, 1887, pages 2 and 3

Liberal, Barton Co. Missouri
July 23d 1887
Ray Noyes was 13 at the time of this incident.

Dear Allen

You said if anything happened to write you at Sunny Dale. Something serious has happened. The colt Rustus (?) kicked Ray in the belly yesterday morning between half past six and seven o’clock. We had Dr. Clark here by half past eight. He said there were no bones broken and it was not a serious case. He dont get any better. We gave him a pack last night and a pill this morning. He has pain in the bowels all the time and sometimes it is very bad for a short time. He had a pail on his arm when he was kicked and Rustus foot hit the pail and the pail pressed against the side and belly. It knocked him over, but he got up himself and ran out of the yard and laid down on the ground outside of the gate, afterwards he walked in the house. Your Father saw it all and came in the house with him. I would have waited longer before writing you but am afraid you will not get my letter if I delay as they only get mail at Sunny Dale two or three times a week. I must not spend any more time writing. Hope you are well and having a good time.

Your mother

Carrie A. Noyes

Courtesy of Nancy Benton. Transcribed by JMK.

The 1900 census for Ozark, Barton, Missouri shows Dr. Clark as Joseph W. Clark from Vermont:

43/43 CLARK Joseph W. head w m July 1850 49 married 16 years b. VT father b. TN mother b. Spain physician and surgeon
Louisa J. wife wf Aug 1863 34 1 child (living) b. KY parents b. KY
Frederick A. son wm April 1878 22 single b. MO father b. VT mother b. MO engineer (stationery?)
Macon B. son wm April 1880 20 single ” ” blacksmith and machinist
Sidney G. son wm July 1885 14 single ” ”¬† at school