Bettie Brewer Noyes with son Ray James Noyes

Bettie Brewer Noyes with her son Jim Noyes, original

Courtesy of Nancy Benton

Bettie Brewer Noyes with her son Jim Noyes, touched up

Bettie Brewer Noyes with her son Jim Noyes, imagined in color

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.

George Washington McKenney Jr., Eli W. McKenney and Addie McKenney McWhirt

G. W. McKenney, Addie McKenney McWhirt and Eli W. McKenney

This is a photo I received today from Michelle Koscheski, who descends down Addie McKenney McWhirt’s line.

Below I enlarged and added some color just to differentiate the figures from the background.

G. W. McKenney Jr., Addie McKenney McWhirt and Eli W. McKenney

I believe that’s George McKenney Jr. on her right (our left) and Eli on the other side. George died in 1947 and I’ve yet to find when Eli died. Addie lived to 1952.

George and Addie were children of George Washington McKenney Sr. and Isabella Love. Eli was the son of George Washington McKenney Sr. and an unknown woman, after the death of Isabella Love.

It’s likely this photo was either taken in Osage County, Oklahoma, where Addie would have been living, perhaps Pawhuska, or in Chautauqua County, Kansas, where George lived. Eli would have traveled from his home, the last I’m aware of being in the Vicksburg area of Mississippi in 1938.

For more information on the individuals and their families, click on the tags which will bring up posts in which they’ve been tagged.

5 Generations of Brewers

Courtesy of John Houk

5 Generations of Brewers, courtesy of John Houk


The photo was sent by John Houk, who identifies the individuals, from left to right, as Howard Huston Dunlavy (b. 1854), Edwin (child) (b. 1874), Daniel A. Brewer (b. 1784), Nancy Jane Straughan (b. 1834), and Mary “Polly” Brewer (b. 1808).

Daniel A. Brewer is in our direct line. He lived to 1881. This photo would have been taken about 1877.

John Houk writes the following on the this photo and another related to it:

I call this the “Five Generation” photograph. There are actually two copies. Both are tintype. One copy is about 2×3 inches. Dark but beautifully preserved. The hand-tinted pink is easily seen on the cheeks. The second copy is larger, 5×6 inches. It is a mirror image of the larger photo. Not as well preserved.

The photos were found January 2003 in a cardboard moving box in the basement of my mother’s home, Bernice Wuethrich Houk. Howard Jacob Houk (b 10/13/1912, d. 12/30/1990), my father, was the executor of the estates of his maternal aunt and uncle, Lora Dunlavy (b. 9/11/1877, d.6/8/1958) and Edwin Wesley Dunlavy (b 6/25/1874, d.3/6/1953). Neither had any direct descendents, my father was their closest relative, and explains why I am currently in possession of the photo. The basement boxes contain some of what he saved from their homes. The photo was probably found in Lora Dunlavy’s home in 1958. The “Five Generation” phon tos were found in a smaller keepsake box within the larger box and contained other seemingly prized mementos and the Dunlavy photos, particularly baby photos of Lora and Edwin. The “Five Generation” photo had no identification with it so what I state below is educated speculation.

Next to the “five generation” photo was another tintype photo within an envelope with handwriting on it. I call this the “Five Grandfathers” photo. Knowing who is in this photo is critical to understanding the “Five Generation” photo. On the envelope is written, “Edwin Wesley Dunlavy, Grandfather Dunlavy, Great Grandfather Dunlavy, Grandfather Oliver, Great Grandfather Straughan, Great Great grandfather Brewer.” In the photo is a young boy with four men in beards. The handwritten note does not state which bearded gentleman is which grandfather. A letter written by Edwin in 1940 states, “I have a photo standing beside my Great grandfather Dunlavy”. I believe this is the photo he alluded to. I believe, based on other identified photos, that the gentleman in this photo are Top row, L to R top, John Wesley Dunlavy (“Grandfather Dunlavy” b. 7/9/1831, d. 5/27/1916), Nathaniel Sanford Straughan (“Great grandfather Straughan”, b.4/42/1810 d.10/28/1898), Morris Henderson Oliver (“Grandfather Oliver”, b.3/6/1809, d.11/22/1890), First row L to R Francis Dunlavy (“Great grandfather Dunlavy”, b.1/6/1803, d ?1885), Edwin Wesley Dunlavy, age 5, Daniel Brewer (“Great great grandfather Brewer”, b. 3/1/1784, d. 4/9/1881). All of the men were known to be living in Putnam or Johnson Co., Indiana in 1879, the year I believe this photo was taken.

Returning to the “Five Generation” photo, a young man is in the lower left. He appears to be Edwin Wesley Dunlavy, judged by other identified photos taken at the same time of Edwin. The old man in the center appears to be Daniel Brewer (b 3/1/1784, d. 4/9/1881), based on the identity of “Great Great Grandfather Brewer” being in the above mentioned “grandfathers photo”. Behind Edwin is apparently Howard Huston Dunlavy (b.6/17/1854, d.1/23/1922), again based on similarity to other identified photos of the same period. Standing next to Daniel Brewer appears to be Nancy Jane Straughan (b.5/10/1834, d. 2/21/1901), mother of Howard Dunlavy, again based on identified photos of her about the same time. The women to her right is not found in any other photos. When I first found the photo and pieced together the first four I wondered who the this person to be. It was only when I kept looking at my family tree that I discovered that it must be Mary “Polly” Brewer (b.9/1808, d.3/25/1883), mother of Nancy Straughan, daughter of Daniel Brewer, and husband of Nathaniel Sanford Straughan. This would make this a five generation photograph. All of these persons were living and residing in Putnam or Johnson Co, Indiana in the 1870s.

I believe the photo was taken in 1877 maybe at Christmas time. Edwin was born in June 1874. Daniel Brewer died in 1881. So we know the photo is taken between those dates. In the “Five Grandfathers” photo Edwin appears to be a year or two older and Daniel Brewer is in that photo too. Howard Huston Dunlavy left for Missouri to preach as a Methodist circuit rider in December 1877. It would be a good time to have such a photo taken, as it was uncertain when Howard would return or how long Daniel might live. Christmas might be a time when all the family would gather, especially if Howard was leaving for Missouri. If the photo were taken December 1877, then Edwin would be 3 years 6 months, which is consistent with his appearance in the photo.

I think John Wesley Dunlavy and his wife Nancy Straughan may have been the moving forces behind the “Five Generation” and the “Five Grandfathers” photo. We know that John Wesley Dunlavy was interested in genealogy, and he may have recognized the significance of photographing the five grandfathers together. Nancy Straughan was the middle person in “Five Generation” photo, in her prime and probably with the assets and wherewithal to make such an event happen. But this is pure speculation on my part. I do have a few boxes of thus far mostly unread correspondence written by the ancestors in the photographs. Maybe one of these letters will shed more light on the subject.

Dorothy Noyes McKenney in the 1940s

Courtesy Nancy Benton

I added a little tint which brought out the fact Dorothy is in a field next to a railroad.

The frame around the photo reads Elko and I’ve no idea to what that refers, if it is an old photo development place that I’m unable to locate any evidence of in an internet search. It’s a picture that doesn’t say much. And isn’t much of a picture, really. And yet it was kept. I’d never have recognized the woman in the boldy striped dress as Dorothy had Nancy not said it was. As Nancy had the image, which means that likely Dorothy’s sister, Pansy, had it, I’m guessing the land on which it was taken is associated with someone’s home at Liberal, Missouri. Or it may instead be a photo that was taken around Ponca City, Oklahoma, or where Lloyd had family still in Chautauqua, Kansas…or even elsewhere, and mailed to Pansy.

James Allen Noyes and granddaughter Pansy

Courtesy of Nancy Benton

A quick tint

James Allen Noyes strolls with granddaughter Pansy Noyes, eldest child and daughter of Ray Noyes and Bettie Brewer. I’m guessing the photo is from about 1900 when Pansy would have been 5 years of age. James Allen would have been about 74.

This photo would have been taken in Liberal, Barton County, Missouri.

Elizabeth Noyes Lovett

Courtesy of Nancy Benton.

Original photo courtesy of Nancy Benton.


Attempt at some restoration


Added a little color to see what the effect would be.

This photo of Elizabeth, a daguerreotype, would have been taken somewhere in the late 1840s to about 1850. Perhaps it was made in 1848, at the time of her husband’s death. Or was it made not long before her own death? Sadly, it is a solo portrait and doesn’t show her with her two sons.

Elizabeth Noyes, b. 1819 March 22 in New York, died 1850 Sep 11 in Michigan, was the daughter of James Noyes and Sally Marble.

On December 24, 1835, in Kalamazoo, Michigan Elizabeth married Daniel A. Lovett. The family record shows them as having had two children:

  1. William Lovett (so given in family but is John William Lovett) b. abt. 1839 in Michigan. Though family gave him as marching with Sherman, and dying, I believe he may have married a Mary E. who was born about 1847 in Michigan. The 1880 Colon, St. Joseph, Michigan census shows them with a child, Luna E. b. abt. 1867.
  2. Frank Lovett (so given in family but is James Frank Lovett) b. 1841 in Michigan. Family gave him as marching with Sherman in the Civil War. I think he may have been the one who died. More info below.

Daniel Lovett’s tombstone at Gourdneck Prairie Cemetery shows him as having died May 11 1848 at the age of 31 years and 5 months.

Elizabeth, too, is buried at Gourdneck Prairie Cemetery in Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The 1840 census shows them in Brady living beside a John Lovett who I assume was Daniel’s father.

1840 Brady, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Daniel A. LOVETT 1 – – – 1 / – – – – 1
John LOVETT – – – – 1 – – 1/ 1 – 1 2

The 1850 KALAMAZOO SCHOOLCRAFT TOWNSHIP MICHIGAN CENSUS shows at household 1332/1346 an Elizabeth LOVETT, 31, $1000, b. NY, with John W. 11 and James F. 9, both born in MI. Living also in the household is Malissa NOYES (Melissa), 14, b. MI. Melissa is her sister and was perhaps there to assist her. The census was taken August 14 or 19th so Elizabeth died shortly thereafter. A few households up live Freeman and Susan WATERS, 22 and 23, both born NY. Freeman is perhaps a relative of Susan WATERS who was father James NOYES’ 2nd wife.

John Lovett, who I assume is Daniel’s father, is living not far away in the household of a Samuel Lovett, likely a brother of Daniel.

The two sons being orphaned with the death of Elizabeth were quite young and must have been taken in by family, but I don’t know who. I’ve been unable to locate them thus far in the 1860 census.

1850 Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo, Michigan

LOVETT Elizabeth 31 $1000 b. NY
John W. 11 b. Michigan
James F. 9 b. Michigan
NOYES Malissa 14 b. Michigan

1341/1325 Samuel LOVETT 33 Farmer $1000 VA
Amanda 30 NY
Edna 3 MI
Lina 6/12 MI

I’ve been unable to locate John William Lovett in 1860 or 1870. I don’t locate James Frank either.

Ancestry military databases don’t show a John or William Lovett from Michigan enlisting in the Civil War. It does show, however, a James T., who I think is our James Frank, and he didn’t survive the war.

Name: James T Lovett
Residence: Centreville, Michigan
Age at Enlistment: 20
Enlistment Date: 24 Aug 1861
Rank at enlistment: Private
Enlistment Place: Centreville, MI
State Served: Michigan
Survived the War?: No
Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, Michigan 11th Infantry Regiment on 24 Aug 1861.
Mustered out on 20 Sep 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.
Birth Date: abt 1841
Sources: Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers 1861-65

Name: James T. Lovett
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Michigan
Regiment Name: 11 Michigan Infantry (1st Organization)
Regiment Name Expanded: 11th Regiment, Michigan Infantry (1st organization)
Company: A
Rank In: Sergeant
Rank In Expanded: Sergeant
Rank Out: Sergeant
Rank Out Expanded: Sergeant

These men did march with Sherman, as shown in a history on them from

The Eleventh was recruited at White Pigeon, the several companies being mustered into United States service at different dates, but the organization was completed Sept.24, 1861, with an enrollment of 1000 officers and men.

The Regiment left its rendezvous Dec. 9, 1861 for Kentucky, and remained during the winter at Bardstown. During the spring of 1862 the Eleventh was occupied in guarding the Nashville and Louisville railroad, then in July made a series of long marches in pursuit of the Confederate raider John Morgan, being a part of the force that defeated Morgan at Gallatin, Tenn., on the 13th of August. Upon its return to Nashville, it was assigned to Negley’s Division rendering valuable assistance in fortifying that city so it was impregnable to the attack of the opposing forces. Colonel May resigned April 1, 1862, with Lieutenant Colonel Stoughton being commissioned Colonel on that same date. The Regiment under his command was assigned to the Second Brigade, Second Division of the 14th Corp.

The Eleventh participated in the advance upon Murfreesboro and was in the fiercest fighting at Stone River. Negley’s Division, the Second, was in the center of the Union line which was stoutly assailed by the Confederates in such overwhelming numbers as to force it back toward Murfreesboro Pike. The Eleventh fought gallantly with the many casualties of the Regiment attesting to the severity of the contest. The Eleventh was one of the first Regiments to cross Stone River, and was among the troops that captured a Confederate battery which had been abandoned when the Confederates were driven from the field. During January, 1863, the Eleventh was detached from its Division then placed on provost duty at Murfreesboro, remaining there until the following June, when the advance was made upon Tullahoma.

In September the Eleventh left its camp at Dechard, Tenn., making a toilsome march over the mountains and reaching the battle of Chickamauga ,in time to participate in two days of the fiercest fighting of the war. The Regiment was under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Mudge during the battle as Colonel Stoughton was then in command of the Second Brigade. Colonel Stoughton, after the battle of Chickamauga, withdrew his Brigade to Rossville by command of General Thomas, holding that position until the Union army had passed to Chattanooga, then on the morning of the 22nd returned to Chattanooga, being one of the last of the Union Troops to leave the field. The Eleventh was in the Second Brigade commanded by General Stoughton November 25, 1863, when the famous charge was made by General Grant’s troops up the steep and difficult side of Missionary Ridge. The Eleventh sprang up the almost impassable barrier, with the Confederates on the crest of the ridge pouring a murderous fire of musketry and artillery into the faces of the Union troops, but step by step, clinging to the trees and shrubs, to help them in their advance, they finally reached the summit, driving the Confederates in confusion down the other side of the mountain. The Eleventh was one of the first regiments to gain the crest of the ridge. Major Benjamin G. Bennett led the Regiment, but was killed before reaching the crest, when Captain P.H. Keegan assumed command. The Regiment suffered severely in this charge.

The following May the Regiment entered upon the Georgia Campaign with the army under the command of General Sherman, fighting its way steadily to the Chattahoochee River, which it crossed July 17th, then took part in the Seige of Atlanta. A few miles from Marietta, Ga., the Confederates had entrenched and the Eleventh charged the Cofederate works, but met with considerable loss, including Colonel Stoughton, who was so seriously wounded in the leg as to cause amputation. While in front of Atlanta, the Eleventh was in a number of charges, losing many in killed and wounded.

The term of service for which the Regiment enlisted, expired while in the trenches before Atlanta, so the Regiment was sent back to Chattanooga, then from there to Sturgis, Mich., where it was mustered out of service on Sept.30, 1864.

In the “Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Michigan for the Year 1863”, James T. Lovett, of St. Joseph, is given as having died in action at Chicamauga, Tennessee on September 11, 1863.

Not finding John or William, I don’t know if he served or not and I’ve simply been unable to locate him, but if he did serve, I don’t think he died in the war. I believe the below 1880 census is a strong possible for him, especially as James Lovett, who died in the war, is given as having been of St. Joseph.

1880 MI, St. Joseph Co., Colon
183/301 LOVETT John W. 41 Fire insurance and Real estate agent b. MI father b. VA mother b. NY
Mary E. 33 wife keeping house born MI parents b. NY
Luna E. 13 daughter at home b. MI parents b. MI

Year: 1880; Census Place: Colon, St. Joseph, Michigan; Roll: T9_603; Family History Film: 1254603; Page: 273D; Enumeration District: 190; Image: 0205.

Gourdneck Prairie Cemetery where Daniel and Elizabeth Lovett are buried (she apparently is in an unmarked grave). Elizabeth’s grandparents, James Noyes and Rebecca Russell Noyes are there as well.

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Elizabeth, and her brother, James Allen Noyes, would have been the only children of James Noyes and first wife, Sally, Marble, who left descendants, the majority of the nine siblings having died in their youth. If you have further information on the family of Elizabeth Lovett Noyes,and its descendants, I’d enjoy hearing from you.

Sarah Melissa Noyes

My tinted version.

Courtesy of Nancy Benton

The date is not noted for the photo. I would guess that it’s early 1860s. Interestingly, she appears to be wearing several rings on her left hand. It’s a wonderful photo with the detail of her belt, and other decoration such as the ribbon about her neck. Perhaps that is a sewing basket upon which she’s resting her arm, but was it hers or a decoration offered by the studio?

Sarah Melissa Noyes, a daughter of James Noyes and Sally Marble, was sister to our ancestor, James Allen Noyes. She was born 1836 April 24 at Kalamazoo County, Michigan and grew up in the Alphadelphia Community.

On 1857 June 14 in Wisconsin she married John T. Slater who was born 1833 Aug 7 in Vermont. He died 1866 Sep 24 in Weyauwega, Waupaca, Wisconsin.

With a bit of investigation I was able to find that her second marriage, 1871 Oct 4, was to Captain John C. Anderson who was born 1833 March 1 in Norway.

The family history on Sarah:

Sarah Melissa NOYES was born 24 April 1836 at Kalamazoo Co. MI. She married John T. SLATER, 14 June 1857 in Wisconsin. SLATER was an Indian agent in Wisconsin. They moved to Butler MO in 1866. When on a trip to St. Louis to buy “goods”, he took yellow fever and died while on the trip. Sarah married (2) J. D. ANDERSON on 4 Oct. 1871. She died 7 May 1936 at Berryville, AR. at the age of 100. Pansy Noyes Bryant, her great-neice, wrote of Sarah, “Sarah Melissa was very religious and bought her home for later years across the road from the church she loved in Berryville, where she was a constant attendant, even being carried to services after she was blind and deaf and could not enjoy the services. I visited in her home in 1925 and a retired minister and his wife were caring for her. They talked with her in Morse code by tapping on her hand. Her mind was clear until the end.”

SOURCE: Grace Noyes Pinkerton research on Noyes.

The census information on Sarah:

She appears in the 1850 Kalamazoo Co. census living with her sister Elizabeth LOVETT.

LOVETT Elizabeth 31 $1000 b. NY
John W. 11 b. Michigan
James F. 9 b. Michigan
NOYES Malissa 14 b. Michigan
Census was taken August 14 or 19 (can’t tell which) so Elizabeth died shortly thereafter. A few households up, live Freeman and Susan WATERS, 22 and 23, both born NY. Freeman is perhaps a brother of Susan WATERS who was James NOYES’ second wife.

In 1860 she is with her first husband in Wisconsin. They appear to have had a child, Etta J., who is not mentioned in any of the family history on them.

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Rural, Waupaca, Wisconsin; Roll M653_1433; Page: 724; Image: 34; Family History Library Film: 805433.
112/103 John J. Slater 28 merchant 1000 2000 VT
Sarah M. 24 MI
Etta J. 3 WS
Dorthea Shell 17 domestic MI

Some problems surrounding what we know on John need to be cleared up. He is given as an Indian agent in Weyauwega, but I know of no reservation there. There was an Oneida Reservation next to Fort Howard Military Reservation and there are several land deeds in the name of a John SLATER at Fort Howard 1866 to 1868. This John SLATER is however likely a John SLATER from Ireland who is on the WI Brown Co. Howard Township census in 1860, aged 43, with wife Marcia 42 and children.

Also, John is given both as dying in 1866 in Weyauwega and also after having moved down to Butler Co. MO. with Sarah, and dying of a an epidemic while on a buying trip in St. Louis.

In 1870 we find the widowed Sarah in Butler, Missouri, living in the household of John Jannah, a merchant. Etta is not observed and I am assuming she had died. Was Etta a child of Sarah’s and John’s? In the 1900 census, Sarah is given as never having had children. Right now I am favoring that Sarah and John did indeed have a child.

Butler, Bates, Missouri
60/64 JANNAH John W. 31 merchant Hardware 6000 10,000 NY
Jennie 23 IL
Gertrude 2 MO
Wellington 1/12
Millin Charlotte 18 IL
Rose Albert 20 clerk LA
SLATER Sarah 35 6000 NY

We also find Sarah’s second and future husband in Butler.

1870 Butler, Bates, Missouri,
78/82 SMITH Wesley 40 Sheriff County PA
Adelade 38
Mary 20
Julia 15
Charles 13 IA
Ella 6 KS
ANDERSON John 39 Deputy Sheriff Norway

I don’t locate Sarah in 1880 but in 1885 she is in Junction City, Davis, Kansas. Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009.
388/406 ANDERSON J. C. 52 druggist b. Norway from MO
S. M. b. MI from MO
DELEHANT John 23 b. NY from NY

On March 30 1886, Sarah’s niece, Cora Rachel Noyes, was married to Frank Greene in Junction City, Greary, Kansas. I don’t know if they might have been living with Sarah but perhaps Sarah’s presence in Junction City had something to do with the couple being there.

1900 in Junction City, Geary, Kansas.

Junction City, Geary, Kansas
ANDERSON John C. March 1 1833 67 md 29 years b. Norway illegible occupation
Sarah M. April 24 1836 64 no children b. MI

I’ve thus far been unable to locate the pair in 1910 and 1920.

In 1930 she is residing in the household of Milton Johnson in Berryville, Carroll, Arkansas.

AR, Carroll, Berryville, District 22
Prairie Township
April 7
102/106 JOHNSON Milton head own $3000 no radio, not a farm mw 65 md 22 b. MI father b. IN mother b. OH Methodist clergyman
Muzette wife 58 md 24 b. KS mother b. MO father b. KS
ANDERSON Sarah M. lodger 94 wd b. MI father b. NH mother b. NY
MAXWELL Bell R. lodger 69 wd b. MO parents b. MO

Sarah died May 7 1936. She and Captain John Anderson are both buried at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Berryville.

I’ve two obits for Sarah that I’ll give in another post.

Photo of Dorothy and Mary Lou Noyes

Artistic license taken

Original courtesy of Nancy Benton

Sisters Dorothy Noyes and Mary Lou Noyes, daughters of Ray Noyes and Elizabeth “Bettie” Brewer Noyes. Gram always took pride in having been a fashionable dresser in her youth. The photo was perhaps taken in Liberal, Missouri but is not outside the family home.

The style would seem to be from about 1928. Isn’t likely after that. And I don’t think it would be before as Mary Lou was 15 in 1928. Gram was married in July of 1928 so I’m guessing this is the winter beforehand.

“Typical Clapboard Boom Town Structure” in Osage County, Oklahoma



I picked the bottom photo up from the Tribute to Osage County website, seeing it was a McWhirt. Ruby’s not down the line of Addie McKenney who married Samuel Cornelius McWhirt, but she was a relative. Thought I’d play with this with a quick coloring to see what it looked like.

From the boomtown oil days, this reads, “The house of Ruby McWhirt Farris on Lot 33 in the Osage. A typical clapboard boom town structure, it boasted a screened back porch and white trim. (Courtesy Osage County Historical Society)”

Photo of Cora and Pansy Noyes as Children, Liberal, Missouri

Original courtesy of Nancy Benton



A nice photo of Cora and Pansy Noyes, daughters of Ray Noyes and Elizabeth Jane “Bettie” Brewer. Cora was born 1897 and Pansy was born 1895. The photo seems to me about 1900. I tried a restoration plus a colored version. Lost the full size of the colored version somewhere along the way.

The place of the photo would have been Liberal, Benton County, Missouri.