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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Alice L. Brownlee, 6 South 48 West

In 1880 Warren County, Illinois, Mary Brownlee is 15, with parents Thomas 53 , a farmer and Mary R. 51. Anna is 25, Hannah J. 28, Alice L. 20, William L. 18, Mary E. 15, John 10, Thomas C. 13, Chester 8.

Mark S. Colver, a successful farmer and stock raiser of Sedgwick county, Kansas, is a native of Illinois, where he was born at Little York, Warren county, on September 9, 1855. His parents were Dr. Charles S. and Hadessa T. (Hamilton) Colver. Mark S. Colver remained at home until March 27, 1877, when he went to Page County, Iowa, and engaged in farming, remaining there two years. He then went to Colorado and worked in the mills three years and in the silver mines for the same length of time. He abandoned mining to take charge of the plant that manufactured gas for the lighting of Georgetown, Col., and this he conducted for about five years. Mr. Colver then moved to Denver and worked in the shops and for the gas company for about two years. Then he embarked in business for himself, opening a plumbing and gas fitting establishment, which he conducted successfully until 1895. In this latter year he sold out his interests and came to Sedgwick county, Kansas, and commenced farming, where he remained until 1900, when he moved on to his present place of 240 acres, which he bought in 1899. Mr. Colver practices diversified farming and raises stock, and for about five years has made a specialty of Shorthorn cattle.

On June 26, 1880, Mr. Colver was married to Miss Hannah Jane Brownlee, who was born in Warren county, Illinois, on June 26, 1857, being a daughter of Thomas R. and Mary R. (Smiley) Brownlee. Mr. Brownlee was born in Pennsylvania on October 16, 1827, and Mrs. Brownlee was born in Butler county, Ohio, on December 5, 1829. They were married in Henderson, Ill., in October, 1852.
There were ten children in the Brownlee family, eight of whom lived to maturity, viz: Mrs. Anna M. Moore, deceased, Mrs. Hannah J. Colver of Sedgwick County, Kansas, Mrs. Alice L. Oliver, deceased; William L., of San Francisco, California; Carl T. of Lincoln, Nebraska, Mrs. Bessie Shaffer, deceased; John deceased, and Chester R. of Oskaloosa, Ia.
The mother of this family died on January 30, 1897, and the father on April 5 of the same year.
Thomas H. Brownlee 1826-1897 is buried in Warren County, Illinois, with Mary R. 1828-1897.

Mr. and Mrs. Colver has been the parents of seven children, four of whom are living. They are Mrs. Alice Pearl Broadus, born December 2, 1882 and married June 1, 1904; Charles T., born December 27, 1885. Guy Lewis born November 5, 1890, and died April 17, 1892; Ralph B. D., born July 18, 1892; Elizabeth Gertrude, born January 22, 1899, and two who died in infancy. Mr. Colver served as township committeeman for several years and in 1910 was United States census enumerator for Ohio and Ninnescah townships. He is a Republican in politics and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Nancy Sweasey claimed a quarter in 21, 6S 48W in 1891. On the same day Alice L. Brownlee claimed a quarter next to her.
On June 5, 1891, Alice's brother-in-law Garmer Peter Shaffer cash-claimed a quarter in section 28.

Alice Laura Brownlee married J. Wilbert Oliver in 1895 in Warren County.
Boulder Colorado, October 28, 1895
In 1900 Boulder Colorado, John Wilbert Oliver is a surveyer born Nov 1864 in New York, with Alice L. August 1865 in Illinois, with Chester B. Aug 1896 Colorado, and niece Grace Moore, 15 born in Missouri.

An Oliver was born August 17, 1896 in Boulder County.

Grace's mother was Anna Martha Brownlee, who married William Lewis Moore in Clear Creek County, Colorado on April 11, 1882.
When Grace was born in Linn County, Missouri, her father was a miner, and they lived at Georgetown, Colorado.


Alice 1859-1903 is buried in Boulder # 11147505, with J. Will Oliver 1865-1936, and infant 1903-1903.

Leland Oliver, age 9, and Chester 13 are living with widowed uncle George Oliver in 1910 Boulder. George's sisters Mattie 49 and May 45, both bonin New York, are with them.

Leland was in the eighth garde in 1914 at Mapleton Cshool, Boulder.
Leland registered for WWI in Boulder, born July 5, 1900.
He was living with his father at 2229 12th St. , BOulder.

1920 "Colorado Alpha wishes to announce 'the initiation of the following men: Homer Craig, John Hadley and Leland W. Oliver, Boulder; John D. Marr, J. Churchill Owen arid Bruce Wallace, Denver; Delbert E. Jack, Florence; Homer Britzman and Basil R. Creighton, Colorado Springs. Initiation was held at the chapter house on February 21st and was attended by a number of alumni. "

In 1920 Boulder, Chester 23 and Leland 19 are living with J.W. 52 and Lillian J. 48 born in New York.

Chester B. Oliver died in New Mexico August 12, 1924, age 28 years 11 months and 29 days, buried in Columbia Cemetery, Boulder.

Cemetery records have Lillian J. Oliver dying January 18, 1944 age 72 years six months 23 days buried in the same lot as Chester.
Also buried there is J. "Gilbert" Oliver dying June 7, 1936, age 70 years, six months 27 days, dying in Boulder.

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