Maria Stadden Hollenbeck

Maria was the fifth child and third daughter of William Stadden and Judah Daniels. There is some uncertainty as to the year of her birth. Her tombstone says that she died November 2, 1874, at age 32 years, 7 months and 10 days, which implies a calculated birth date of March 23, 1842. 

From the censuses, we get the following implied birth years:
1850 census: born about 1839
1860 census: born about 1841
1870 census: born about 1845
(She appears to have aged more slowly the older she got.)

However, when her father died in 1848 his younger children had to have a guardian appointed for them as they inherited from their father. In the guardianship file the ages of all the children are given. “Mariah Stadden age 10 on 22nd March 1849”, therefore she was born March 22, 1839.

She lived with her widowed mother until, at age 32, she married Chauncey Hollenbeck, November 6, 1871.

Chauncey was born in New York in December of 1840 and grew up on a farm in Will county, near Naperville, Illinois. In August 1861 he enlisted in Company I of the 15th Illinois Cavalry in Aurora, Illinois. He was mustered out in August 1864, Company A, 36th Illinois Infantry. He probably returned to the northern Illinois area, although he has not been located in the 1870 census. However, he was certainly in the area in November 1871, when he and Maria were married

Unfortunately their married life was cut short when Maria died on November 2, 1874 at age 35. She is buried in the Dayton cemetery, near her parents and other members of the Stadden family.

Chauncey moved west to a farm in Franklin County, Nebraska. He married again, September 4, 1878, to Katie Perrine.  They had four children. By 1920 they had moved from the farm into town in Franklin, Nebraska, where Chauncey died April 12, 1925.


Another Immigrant from England to Dayton

Peter W. Ainsley was born November 11, 1839, in England. He arrived in the United States in October of 1857, at the age of 17. In 1870 he appears in East Liverpool, Columbiana County, Ohio, working in a pottery. The pottery industry was well established in West Liverpool and had attracted many English workers. It is possible that Peter went there because he knew someone working there.

In 1869 he met and married Mary Graften. She was born in England in March 1850, the daughter of James and Mary Graften. Peter and Mary’s first child, James, was born in 1870.

By 1874 the family had moved to Jefferson County, Ohio, where Peter applied for citizenship at the probate court. He was accompanied by Joseph Robertson, who attested to his character and his  residence in Ohio. Peter then renounced his allegiance to Queen Victoria and became a citizen of the United States.













The family moved to Illinois by 1884 and Peter was employed in Dayton as a brick burner in 1900. He probably worked for the Chicago and Dayton Brick Company, newly established in the old woolen  mill building.

Peter and Mary had four children –

  1. James Henry Ainsley was born July 7, 1870, in East Liverpool, Ohio; he died September 16, 1946, in Ottawa, Illinois. He was married June 24, 1896, in La Salle County, to Jane “Jennie” Doyle. She was born in March 1872 in Pennsylvania and died May 26, 1953 in Ottawa.

2. Alice Ainsley was born about 1873 in Ohio; she died March 18, 1895, in Dayton and is buried in the Millington-Newark Cemetery in Millington, Illinois.

3. William Ainsley was born about 1876 in Ohio; he died July 26, 1894, in Dayton and is also buried in Millington.

4. Albert Joseph Ainsley was born February 7, 1884, in Illinois; he died September 19, 1937. On April 19, 1911, in La Salle County,  he was married to Helen Caroline Jacobs. She was born February 7, 1887, in Jerauld County, South Dakota and died August 31, 1976, in Ottawa.

Peter’s wife, Mary, died in 1908 and was buried in St. Columba Cemetery in Ottawa. Peter died in Dayton October 12, 1913 and was also buried in St. Columba Cemetery. On his death certificate, his occupation was listed as kiln-burner and janitor, as he had been janitor for the local school in his later years.

News from Dayton – May 1879

Dayton, May 15, 1879. – The rain of yesterday was a blessing to the land. The earth had become very dry, vegetation was beginning to wither, and all nature called for rain. The river is as low as it usually is in July and August, scarcely any water running over the dam. Nearly all the game fish that were up have been caught or seined out, so that fishing as a success is over with this season unless perhaps we have a good heavy rain.

A three year old colt was stolen last Monday night from Mrs. Furr, a widow lady living a mile west of Dayton. A reward of forty dollars is offered for the return of the horse and the capture of the thief.

We are glad to see D. L. Grove up and around again.

Mr. James Green has gone into the bee business quite extensively this summer. He has over fifty swarms.

Mr. L. Jackson and friend of Millington were down fishing last week.

A new organ was purchased last week for the school house.

Last Sunday a number of parties amused themselves at the river by fishing – a little, drinking beer – a good deal, and having a big time generally. Then more beer. Good people of Dayton, here is a chance for home missionary work.

A good joke is going the rounds this week. A certain married man in town, whose wife wished to go to Ottawa to procure some household necessities, gave her what he supposed was a check for fifty dollars. Having arrived in Ottawa, she thought she would take a look at the paper and see what bank to go to. Taking it from her pocket, she found her husband, by mistake, of course, had given her a meat bill! Rumor says she borrowed fifteen cents to pay her car fare home, and then gave her man a ——- talking to.

On account of the sickness of Mrs. Gibb, Rev. S. F. Gibb filled the appointment at this place last Sunday evening.


  1. The Ottawa (Illinois) Free Trader, May 17, 1879, p. 8, col. 1

Today is the 137th Anniversary of Barbara Grove Green’s Death – or is it?

This post started out to be a celebration of  Barbara Green’s death on May 3, 137 years ago today. Her death date is clear on her tombstone and has been generally accepted. However, when I came to include the newspaper accounts of her death (see below), I found a different story.  On May 8th, 1886 (which was a Saturday) the Free Trader item said that she died on Wednesday (therefore the  5th of the month).

Also, on May 22, 1886, the Free Trader published a column of Dayton news which stated that she died on May 5th. The writer, known as Occasional, clearly knew her well. I suspect he was her son Jesse.

It just proves that you can’t believe everything you read, even (or especially) when it is carved in stone.

Barbara Grove Green (1792-1886)










Granma Green, the oldest settler in the county, died Wednesday morning, at the age of 84 year. She was of a kind, benevolent disposition and was well beloved by her wide circle of relatives, friends and acquaintances by whom she will be greatly missed.1

From Dayton
Barbara Grove Green

Died May 5th, 1886, at the age of ninety three years, five and a half months. She had been confined to bed for about two months, and gradually and gladly passed away like an infant going to sleep. It was her desire to cast off this earthly tabernacle and be present with her Lord.

She retained her faculties to the last, with the exception of her sight, of which she had been deprived for the past seven or eight years. She was never heard to murmur or complain of her misfortune, but on the contrary seemed cheerful and happy.

She was born in Shenandoah county, Virginia, November 15th, 1792. At the age of thirteen she, with her parents, removed to Licking county, Ohio, being in the year 1805, and lived there until the fall of 1829, when she and her companion, John Green and family, removed to this county. A few incidents of their journey will show the hardships and privations of those early pioneer days. We quote her own words from statements made by her to one of her grand daughters, who has recorded them:

“We started from Licking county, Ohio, on the first of November, 1829, for the state of Illinois. There were 24 in the company. Father had gone to Illinois the September before we started and bought land. He and three other men rode on horseback around by Cleveland and along the lakes. When they reached Chicago, where there were only two families besides the garrison, father bought some provisions and in paying for them pulled out quite a roll of bills. That night his brother, Wm. Green, dreamed there were robbers coming and woke the others up, but they refused to start out in the night just for a dream, and he went to sleep again only to dream the same thing again, and when he had dreamed it three times he told them they could stay there if they wanted to, he was going to leave; so they all started and soon after they saw three men following for the purpose of stealing they [sic] money.

“When we reached the ‘Wilderness,’ in Indiana, a man who lived on the edge of the woods told us it was impossible to go on, as the mud was so deep, unless we could travel on the wagons already stuck in the mud; but if we were foolish enough to try it, we must leave ‘those two smart little boys’ (Jesse and David), for we would surely freeze to death. But we did go on and the men cut a new road through the woods for sixty miles, about ten miles a day.

“Then, when we got to Cicero river, we had to take the wagons over with bed cords. One wagon, loaded with mill irons and blacksmith tools, was so heavy it tipped over, and we lost a good many things.

“Then the next place we came to was Sugar creek, and it was so high we had to pull the wagons over with ropes again and cut trees for us to walk on. Then there was a swamp next to the creek that the men had to carry the women over on their backs. Between Iroquois and Nettle creek there were five days the horses had nothing to eat, as the prairie was burnt, and they became so weak they got stuck in a ravine and could hardly pull the empty carriage out.

“One evening we had only bread and tea for supper, but that night father came back with corn and beef that he had obtained at Holderman’s Grove, and we were the happiest people you ever saw. We spent the next night at the Grove and the next day home, at what is known as William Dunavan’s farm.”

She lived in the town of Rutland something over a year when she removed to Dayton, being at this place at the time of the Black Hawk war in 1832. Of this war she says: “On the 16th of May, 1832, the girls and I were at the spring, near where the feeder bridge now stands, when Eliza came down on horseback and told us that the Indians were coming, and we would have to go to Ottawa immediately. Then we went to a place a couple of miles below Ottawa and stayed there all night, and the third day returned home again. This was Sunday, and the next day the men made a stockade around the house out of plank. After it was finished they tried it to see if a bullet would go through it, and as it did, they hung feather beds all around. There were about sixty people here at the time, and we were so crowded that they had to sleep on tables, under the beds and all over the house.”

Mr. Green had intended to remain in his improvised fort during the war, but at about twelve o’clock at night, hearing of the massacre on Indian creek, and fearing there might be too many Indians, all those in the fort went to Ottawa. “When we got to Ottawa, there was no fort there, only a log cabin on the south side of the river, but they soon built a fort on top of the hill. We went to the fort, but there was so much confusion there that we had the log house moved up on the hill and lived in it. The next day a company of soldiers from the southern part of the state passed through Ottawa on the way up the river.”

Grandma Green bore all the hardships and privations incident to the settlement of two new countries and lived to see the development of this vast prairie country far, very far beyond her anticipations. When she came here she supposed that in time she might see the country settled around the skirts of timber, but never in her early days did she anticipate seeing the prairies settled up.


  1. Ottawa Free Trader, May 8, 1886, p. 8, col. 3.
  2. Ottawa Free Trader, May 22, 1886, p. 5, col. 2

A Double Birthday Remembrance

Today, April 26, is the birthday anniversary of two members of the Green family; Benjamin, born 1855, and his granddaughter Nancy, born 1816.

Benjamin is the progenitor of the Dayton branch of the Green family. He was born in New Jersey in 1755. During the Revolutionary War, he served in the Virginia militia from Loudoun County on three separate occasions. He entered the service about the last of June 1777 as a volunteer and marched to a place then called Bellhaven in the State of Virginia , now Alexandria in the District of Columbia and left the service about the last of August at the expiration of his two months service and returned home.

In September 1778 he was drafted into the service and served two months at Leesburg in Virginia guarding prisoners and again in the month of August 1781 he was drafted into the service and marched to the siege of Cornwallis, was at the taking of Cornwallis, and marched as a guard to prisoners to Nolens ferry on the Potomac river. There he was discharged in October 1781, having served two months in his last tour.

After the war he moved his family, first to western Maryland and then to Ohio. He was in Ohio by 1799, settling near Marietta for a year and then moving up to settle on the Licking river, near what is now Newark, Ohio. It was from this area that his son John in 1829 organized the expedition to Illinois that resulted in the settlement of Dayton. Benjamin’s wife, Catherine, died in 1821 and Benjamin moved to Moscow, Licking County, to live with his son Daniel. Benjamin remarried in 1823 to Mrs. Martha (Rees) Lewis. He died in 1833, at age 78. Both he and Catherine are buried in the Beard-Green Cemetery in the Dawes Arboretum near Newark, Ohio.

Nancy was born in 1816 in Ohio, the daughter of Benjamin’s son John and his wife, Barbara Grove. She was 13 when John brought his family to La Salle County, Illinois in 1829. She married Joseph Albert Dunavan on January 26, 1834, and they raised a family of twelve, only two of whom died as children. In 1889 they left Illinois to live in Missouri, near some of their children. Joseph died in 1892 and Nancy in 1905. They are both buried in the Highland Cemetery in Hamilton, Missouri.

A search for Nancy Green on this web site will turn up much more information.


Dayton Residents in 1911

from the 1911 La Salle County directory, p. 55

Located on the C B & Q Railroad 4 miles north east of Ottawa

C B & Q Railroad James McBrearty agent
Hippard Charles F postmaster and general merchandise
Neola Elevator Company E C McClary manager

* indicates head of family

*Ainsley P W janitor
*Aurnig William
*Ballau C W
*Bennett George teamster
Breese Ellis
*Breese John
*Brown W M
*Burkhart Antonio Mrs
*Charlier Albert
Cummings Kate Miss domestic
*Dallam E A
Emmons Edward
*Fraine Charles
*Green Basil farmer
Green Fred farmer
*Green L A
*Green Rush farmer
Hanzo Joseph
*Hippard Charles F general merchandise
*Hippard Samuel teamster
*Hippard Thomas
*Jacobs Joseph A laborer
*McBrearty James agent C B & Q
*McCrary E C grain
*McGrogan James laborer
*Mahar Thomas laborer
*Morrell Louis
*Ostrander Bert carpenter
*Ostrander Frank carpenter
*Peterson Ole
*Petticord J W
*Pyatt John S plasterer
*Tanner A L
Tanner Cora Miss
Tanner W H
*Tepfer Andrew
*Ward E J
*Warner J F
*Wilson A V
*Wilson Robert operator

144 Years Ago Today in The Free Trader


from The Ottawa Free Trader, April 12, 1879, P. 8, col. 1

Dayton, April 10. – The concert given by Prof. Newberry and class last Wednesday evening, was quite well attended notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather. Solos, duets, quartets and choruses were given in most acceptable manner. The “Hunter’s Chorus” and the “Bugle Horn” choruses by the class were quite good. In fact in all the choruses there was plain evidence of careful and efficient drill although only a few days were employed in preparation. Mrs. Newberry, who has been holding a convention at Serena, came down and took part in the concert. Her alto is very fine. The class may well be proud of their first concert.

The Musical Union will hold regular meetings every Wednesday evening. In our report last week of the officers of the Union, we omitted to give the name of Miss Jennie Dunavan, organist.

Mr. O. Black of Ottawa visited our Sunday School last Sabbath.

Last Saturday we were shown a large swan shot by Mr. Jos. Green near Sulphur Spring. It measured 6 ½ feet from tip to tip of the wings; 4 feet from head to tail; 2 ¼ feet length of neck. Joe will have the bird stuffed and mounted and placed on exhibition as the “luck” of his latest hunting expedition.

At the school election held at the school house last Saturday, T. A. Metcalf was chosen director for the short term, and Jesse Green for the long term.

Last Monday evening a school exhibition was held at the Buck Creek school house by Miss Eva Angevine. Miss A. had spent considerable time in making arrangements and deserved a complete success, which we have no doubt she had.

A few game fish are being caught, but not enough to call it “good” fishing yet.

Maud V. Green, Without Whom This Web Site Would Not Exist

This is my great-aunt, Maud Virginia Green. She was born in Dayton September 4, 1866, the daughter of Isaac and Mary Jane (Trumbo) Green. She went to the Dayton school, where she earned high marks in grammar and history. As you can see, she was never absent or tardy, but her deportment evidently needed improving. Ada Green, her teacher, was her first cousin.

She lived at home with her grandparents, John and Barbara Green, her parents, Isaac and Jennie (Mary Jane was called Jennie) and her younger brothers and sisters, Lyle, Ralph, Grace, and Barbara.

As the youngest son, Isaac remained at home, working the family farm with his father. Isaac married Jennie September 6, 1865 and Maud was born a year later.  She was eight when her grandfather died and 19 when her grandmother died. She heard many stories of the early days of Dayton’s settlement from her grandmother.  I have a handwritten sheet on which she wrote down Barbara’s recollections of the Black Hawk war. Maud was interested in Dayton’s history from an early age, as so much of it was the history of her own family. It is because she collected so much information on Dayton’s early days that this web site exists. She was also related to most of the families in Dayton and Rutland. I can remember drawing family charts for her on the back of rolls of wallpaper. She passed her interest and information on early Dayton to other family members and years later i was able to draw on all this collected information.

In 1904 her father died and her brother, Lyle, took over the farm. Maud remained at home, keeping house for her mother and brother. When Lyle married in 1908, Maud and her mother moved to Ottawa. After her mother’s death, Maud returned to Dayton to keep house for her brother. After Lyle’s death, Ralph and his family moved to the family home and Maud continued to live there until her death in 1952.

So I knew her for the first thirteen years of my life, saw her nearly every day, and have many memories of her. That’s why this web site exists.

Kirby Todd and Folk Valley

In 1947 Kirby Todd became the music teacher for the rural schools of La Salle County. I was attending the Dayton school when he first took up his post, succeeding Miss Ida Chamberlain. He taught us folk songs and square dancing and was immediately very popular.

He was the founding president of Folk Valley, a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of the art of square dancing and other folk arts. Folk Valley was situated on land near the Illinois river east of Marseilles. The idea of Folk Valley came to him when he was teaching the school children in Grand Ridge. The principal and several adults asked him to teach adult square dancing. He began teaching square dance classes every fall and winter.

He was an assistant professor of health and physical education at Illinois State University from 1964 to 1972 and served as sponsor and director of two groups that provided recreational activities for students –  Shufflin’ Shoes and the Lloyd Shaw Dancers. He retired in 1989 and died September 21, 1998, at the age of 88.

Wedding Gifts – 1881 Variety







When Ada Green married William McMillen in Dayton on March 10, 1881, the Free Trader’s account of the ceremony included something that was common for that day, but unusual today. In addition to a description of the ceremony, the remarks made by the pastor, and the wedding dinner, the next paragraph gave a list of the wedding gifts and their donors.















Here are some examples of the types of wedding gifts of the time:

a sugar spoon




a cake basket







The First Step

Family Cares






a salt and pepper castor





napkin rings





a pickle castor





a spoon holder










This was very definitely a family wedding – of all the donors listed only a half-dozen are not members of the Green family.


144 Years Ago This Week in Dayton Social Life

Rural Happenings

            Dayton, March 13. – We derive considerable enjoyment here from reading the correspondence from neighboring towns, and have always thought it an interesting part of the county newspaper; and such items as may in our humble judgment be of interest to your readers, we will try to send from here from time to time.

The ice has moved out of the river. Boating will soon be all the “rage.” The river is slowly falling and will soon be fordable. This beautiful spring weather seems such a relief from the cold, cold winter. Roads are getting quite dry.

The Literary is in good running order and having good success. The exercises show care in their preparation and talent in their delivery. The library of the society, containing over a hundred volumes of choice reading, is a great benefit to the town. Much interest is taken in it and beneficial results we have no doubt will proceed from its use.

Harry, Jos., and James Green arrived home on the 1st from Aurora, where they have been attending school during the winter. The boys look fine. “Hash” seems to agree with them.

Rev. Sophie Gibb preaches in this place every two weeks. Her next appointment is Sunday evening, March 16.

Rev. G. Barnes, Congregational minister at Ottawa, delivered a discourse here last Thursday evening. He has a regular appointment once in four weeks.

Our school ma’am, Miss Frank Mott, will give an exhibition Saturday evening, March 22. Miss M. we understand, closes her labors here with the winter term. She has taught our school quite successfully during her sojourn here of about three years, and now feels she needs a rest from her labors. Mr. Chas. K. Howard will teach the summer school.

A number of our young folks visited your city Tuesday evening to witness the performance of “Fanchon.” They all seemed well pleased, and especially spoke highly of Miss Kate Smith’s acting.

The social party at the hall week before last was quite an enjoyable affair. The young folks seem to have gone with the intention of having a good time, and we think they were not disappointed. Another in the near future is talked of. Prof. Sweet, who furnishes the music, says he is the happiest man in Plano. (N. B. It’s a boy.)

The Literary at their last meeting appointed a committee to make arrangements for an entertainment the proceeds of which will be devoted to the purchase of an organ. The temperance and moral drama “Three Glasses a Day, or The Broken Home,” is in rehearsal.

Mr. Basil Green has the contract of filling in the deep ravine south of town.

By the great firing of guns and general confusion taking place at the time of writing, we should judge a battle was taking place at Wedron. A “chivaree,” we suppose.

“Fishing” days are not far off.                                                Oc.1

  1. The Ottawa Free Trader, March 15, 1879, p. 8, col. 2

Settling the Prairies

Township 34 North Range 4 East of the 3rd Principal Meridian

The map above is the original survey of the area around Dayton (starred) and indicates by the green lines the extent of the timber in the area. In his memoir, Jesse Green wrote of the impact of the open prairies on settlers from the east: –

The first settlers all came from heavily timbered country and as a consequence did not think it possible that those broad prairies would be settled in their day but expected to have unlimited range for all the stock they might desire to keep. The first settlers secured as much of the best timber as they possibly could, through pre-emptions and floats (as they were called) which were subject to transfer and sale by their holders. In the course of time they expected to have neighbors skirting the timber belts of the country but did not have the remotest idea the prairies would be occupied, however, it was not long until coal was discovered and thought to be almost inexhaustable. Lumber began to be brought across the lakes, and the problem of the feasibility of settling up the prairies was solved, and only a few years later the prairies in this section were nearly bought up, largely by eastern land speculators which retarded the settlement of the country considerably for a number of years, driving immigrants still farther west,

Who is on the Honor Roll?

Honor roll of the pupils of districts 2 and 10, Dayton township, for the term commencing May 3d, 1880, and ending July 1st, 1880. The pupils were graded on a scale of 10 in their studies and deportment, a deduction being made for each case of tardiness and absence. There were 13 pupils enrolled. The following named pupils attained an average grade of 8: Mabel Trumbo, Bertha D. Angevine, Clara S. Angevine, Lester Brown and Mamie Debolt.
E. M. Angevine, Teacher1

Mabel Trumbo, born 1866, was the daughter of Moab Perry and Rebecca (Kagy) (Walters) Trumbo.

The Angevine sisters, Clara, born 1864, and Bertha, born 1867, were the daughters of Charles Edward and Cornelia (Davenport) Angevine. The teacher was their sister, Eva.

Lester Brown, born 1871, was the son of William M. and Kate (Hess) Brown.

Mamie DeBolt, born 1868, was the daughter of George W. and Mary (Sutton) DeBolt

  1. The Ottawa Free Trader, July 24, 1880, p. 1, col. 4

My Name Is Not Judith

If you search for Judah Daniels, who married William Stadden in Ohio on January 25, 1827, you will find over one hundred trees on Ancestry. I didn’t look at every one, but it appears that about half have recorded her first name as “Judith”, as opposed to the half who call her “Judah”. As there seems to be some doubt as to the spelling, let’s ask the lady herself.

The document shown above is from the probate file of her husband, William Stadden. The document was written by someone other than Judah herself, as shown by the difference in handwriting. Her name was initially written as “Judith” (even the people who knew her got it wrong a lot) but she obviously insisted that it be corrected and she then clearly signed her name, “Judah”.

Deaths Recorded in the Isaac Green Bible

Frank B. Green died
in Central City Colorado
January 7th 1881 aged
13 years 4 months and 1 day

Elizabeth Green died
in Denver Colorado at
Sister Rachels, August
30th 1892 at 12:30 A. M.
aged 89 years, 1 month,
and 10 days

Isaac Green died
Aug. 4th 1850 in
Georgetown California
aged 46 y. 6 m. 25 days

George M. Dunnavan
died Oct. 2d 1894 in
Chicago Illinois, aged
79 yrs. 6 m. 23 days

Mother, Catherine Green
Dunnavan, died
in Chicago, Illinois
May 27 A D 1899
aged 77 years, 2 months
and 19 days
gr grand daughter of Ben. Green

Louisa Jane Green wife
of David S. Green, Died
May 28 A. D. 1906 aged
64 years 6 months and
9 days, in Denver
City, Colorado
b Nov. 19, 1841, LaSalle Co, Illinois
She was a gr. granddaughter of Benj. Green

David Samuel Green
died in Denver Colo
Aug 26 1912, aged
73 yrs 8 months 3 days

See the previous posts listing the births and marriages pages from this bible.

The births and marriages from the Isaac Green Bible are also available.

Marriages Recorded in the Isaac Green Bible

Isaac Green & Elizabeth
Brown were married in
Licking County Ohio January
Third 1828.

George Dunnavan & Katie
Green were married in
LaSalle County, Illinois
June 15th 1837.

David S. Green & Louisa J. Dunnavan
were married in LaSalle
County Illinois March 8th, 1866.

Carl J. Green and
Edith Butcher wer
married in Denver
Colorado July 7th 1892

Carl J. Green and
Catherine Almira
Wolcott wer married
August 29 – 1900

David S. Green is the son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Brown) Green’

Louisa J. Dunnavan is the daughter of George andKatie (Green) Dunnavan

Carl J. Green is the son of David and Louisa (Dunnavan) Green

The births and deaths from the Isaac Green bible are also available.

Births Recorded in the Isaac Green Bible

Isaac Green was born
in Licking County Ohio
January 10th 1804

Elizabeth Brown was born
in Matison County Kentucky
July 20th 1803

George M. Dunnavan was
born in Licking County Ohio
March 9th 1815

Catherine Green was born
in Licking County Ohio
March 8th 1822.

David S. Green was born
in Licking County Ohio
November 23d 1838.

Louisa J. Dunnavan was
born in LaSalle County Illinois
November 19th 1841.

Frank B. Son of
D. S. & L. J. Green, was born
Sept. 6th 1867, in Denver
City Colorado Territory

Arthur S. Son of D. S.
and L. J. Green was born
January 3d A.D. 1870 in
Terre Haute Indiana.

Carl J. Green Son
of D. S. and L. J. Green
was born May 7th
A. D. 1872 in Green
City Colorado Territory

Walter Lee Son of D. S. and
L. J. Green was born January
28th A. D. 1875 in Nevada,
Colorado Territory.

David and Louisa were first cousins once removed, as her grandfather, John Green, and his father, Isaac Green, were brothers, sons of Benjamin Green.

The marriages and deaths from the Isaac Green Bible are also available.

News From Dayton – January 1901


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An average of 15 loads of tile have been hauled from the tile mill every day for the past ten days for Wallace and Rutland.

Effie and Willie Timmons, who have been down with the grippe, are now able to be about again.

Otis Hager and John Bogerd, have finished shelling their corn.

Mrs. E. Luce and Mrs. Leroy Luce, have recovered from their attack of the grippe.

John Carpenter, Jr., has been home the past few days, laid up with a severe sore throat.

Some of the State Fish Commissioners have made several trips here of late, and it is surmised that the holes in the ice used for spearing fish will soon be allowed to freeze up again.

Roy Luce was on the street Monday morning, doubled up like a jack knife. Cause, the grippe.

The tile mill is busy shipping fire clay this week.

Thomas McGrogan has been very poorly of late, and has not as yet recovered from his recent illness.

On Monday last Emory Waller moved his furniture to Rutland, where he and his family intend making their future home.

The graveling on the plank road is finished for the present.

Lucile Maud, only child of Mr. and Mrs. John Bogerd, aged 1 year and 4 days, died on Monday morning, at 5 o’clock, of pneumonia. Funeral will be held at 1 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon. Interment in Ottawa avenue cemetery.

It was the intention of Mr. Sanderson to commence filling his ice house here on Wednesday morning. The outlook for doing so is not very favorable at present.

A. W. Ladd has been summoned as a grand juryman, and will commence his duties as such on next Monday, Jan. 14th.

Owing to the unfavorable weather for the past few days, every one you meet seems to be ailing from a cold or some other trouble, and “how are you feeling today” is about all you hear at greeting one another.

Dockey Tanner, the last one in our burg whom you would suppose could get sick, is suffering with a severe cold.

A. W. Shaw has trouble enough of his own just at present. A lame back.

Miss Mary Campbell, of Dayton, and Dr. F. Gustlow, of Prophetstown, Ill., were married on Wednesday afternoon at the residence of the bride’s brother, P. M. Campbell, Rev. David Gustlow, father of the groom, officiating.

The ice in the Fox river, at this point, will soon travel south if the weather continues as it has for the past few days.

Lyle A. Green is spending to-day (Wednesday) at Aurora.1

  1. The Ottawa Republican-Times, January 10, 1901, p. 4, col. 4

A Double Wedding

Andrew Jackson Brown

Hannah Loretta Brown










Andrew Jackson and Hannah Loretta were the children of Sylvester Brown and Catherine Altenburg. They grew up on a farm in Dayton township. Andrew was one of the thousands of young men who were drawn to California by the lure of gold. While there he became friends with a young man about his age named William Martin.

The two spent several years in panning for gold, but after several years of roughing it, they decided they had enough gold and would like to go home. There was no way of transporting their gold in those days except carrying it on their persons, so they had money belts made, with pockets for the gold dust and nuggets. They each carried what was then considered a small fortune with them.

Andrew pursuaded his friend to come home with him to Illinois and there William met Andrew’s sister, Loretta. The two young men made quite a splash with their money and Andrew was as interested in Emma Dunavan as William was in Loretta. They married in a double wedding ceremony on March 2, 1865, and all went to Niagara Falls for their honeymoon.

Highly Recommended

blanket from the Dayton woolen factory

This blanket may be more elaborate than the ones described in this clipping, but it comes from the same woolen factory in Dayton.

DAYTON GOODS. – We have now in daily use, and have had so for twenty-five years, several pairs of blankets made by the Greens at Dayton, and they are apparently good for a dozen years more. This accords with a recent incident at the mill. An old friend of the Greens ordered six pairs of blankets, saying that the four pairs he had bought thirty years ago began to show wear, and as the present would probably last him the rest of his days, he took enough to go ‘round. We have never seen “store” blankets that equaled those made by Jesse Green & Sons at Dayton, in point of either finish or durability, at so low a price.1

  1. The Free Trader, 22 Sep 1877, p1, col 2