Ozra A. and Mary Content (Brown) Thumb, son William N. and Cora E. (Ball) Thum  

Ozro M. Thum, born Feb. 8, 1840 Ellery, Chautauqua County, N.Y.,   married Sept. 14, 1864 - Mary Content Brown.  Per one post, she was born April 4, 1844 in Ellery, New York to Isaac Newton Brown and Phoebe Ann Clark.

In 1850 Isaac and Phebe Brown are in Grundy County, Illinois, with David W. 8, Mary C. 6, all born in New York, and Harriet 4, born in Illinois.

In 1860 Grundy County, Isaac and Phoebe have David 18, Mary 16, Harriet 14, Isaac 8, and Eva 4.  (David Newton Brown -March 19, 1842-Dec 6, 1892 is buried in Oak Hill, St. Louis  # 16759689)

Harriet A. Brown, daughter of Isaac Newton Brown & Phebe Ann (Clark)  Feb. 3 1846 - Dec 8 1888 Millington-Newark Cemetery, Kendall County, Illinois.)   Isaac # 49214259 and Phebe are also buried there.

Annual Picnic on the Fair Grounds at Bristol. (Kendall County, Illinois)
A Grand and Happy Occasion. A Social Time.
Originally Published in the Kendall County Record, September 23, 1880.
The good Lord never favored His people with a more glorious day for an outdoor meeting than Thursday, September 16, 1880,  the pioneers and their descendants met on the Fair Grounds and revived memories of old times by speeches, happy visiting and old-time singing. Everyone felt at home. We never met a more informal, social, easy going company anywhere. It was estimated that twelve to fifteen hundred people came together for the occasion. ..... Isaac Newton Brown, the only representative from Grundy County

In 1880 Kosciusko County, Indiana, Daniel Ball was farming, 40, with Nancy 30, Cora 10, Mary E. 8, Cloid 6, Wilber 4, and Ella 1.

In 1880 Adams County, Nebraska, O.A. Thumb is 40, Mary 36, both born in New York, with William M. 14, a student.  Lillian is 11.  Both were born in Illinois.

 In 1885 Adams County, Nebraska, O.A. Thumb, 45, and Mary C. 41, both born in New York, have William 19 and Lillian 16.  A cousin, Seth Darling 18, born in Illinois, is with them, no occupation.  (Seth W. Darling is a farm laborer  in Weld County in 1900, born October 1867 in Illinois, married four years to Lenora F.  born May 1870 in Iowa. They have Albert G. Aug 1896 and William S. July 1899, both born in Colorado.)

Two households down in the 1885 Adams County census is D.K. Ball, 47, a veterinary surgeon, and Nancy 35, both born in Indiana, with Cora 15, Mary 13, son S.C. 10 and Daniel W. 8, all born in Indiana.


OZRO and MARY in Colorado

September 1889 "M. George Bsounser (sic), who has been a guest of the Mr. Thumb's left Tuesday of this week for his home in Kans."


"Mr. Ira Ball leaves this week for his old home in Indiana; his many friends wish him a safe journey, and good luck."  This is most likely another Daniel Ball's cousin - in 1885 Juniata, Adams County, Nebraska, D.M. is 30, Laura 21, with daughter  Edna 4.  Ira is 25, farmer, born in Indiana.  Daniel Marion Ball 1854-1925 is buried in Hastings, Nebraska, with Laura E. 1862-1926.  So Ira is probably Cora Thum's nephew single, marrying in 1892 in Indiana to Florence - 1870-1953,  buried in Hastings, with Ira P. 1859-1939.

1889 "Osro" A. Thum of LeRoy Colorado was a witness to the claim of Joseph W. Maxon.

Ozro A. "THUMB" cash-claimed a quarter in 29, 7N 50W in 1891, and timber-claimed a quarter in 29, 7N 50W in 1894.

Ozro A. "Zhumb" cash-claimed a quarter in 14, 6N 50W in 1892.

Ozro A. and Mary C. Thumb owned a lot in Denver in 1900.

In 1900 Denver Ozro is a school janitor born Feb 1840 in New York, married 36 years to Mary C, born April 1844 in New York.  She's had two children, both living.

Ozro A. Thumb's case was probated in Denver in 1918, and Mary C. had an executrix appointment case in Denver in 1916.

Ozra A. Thumb 1840-1918 and Mary C. Thumb 1844-1915 are both buried in Crown Hill, Jefferson County, Colorado.  - both in Block 24.



Lillian is married nine years to George Brownson, a dairyman,  in  1900 Jefferson County.  She was born Sept 1868 in Illinois, and they have Eugene Sept 1895 Colorado.  She's buried in Crown Hill Block 24 - 1868-1954, #47100355.  George 1858-1923 is also buried there in Block 24.  # 47100356 -

George is probably in Michigan in 1860, in Macon County Missouri in 1870, and in Norton County Kansas in 1880 and 1885, both times with his mother Charlotte and older brother Charles.  Charles is buried in Hotchkiss, Delta County, Colorado.

Mary L. Brownson, born about 1903 to George B. Brownson and Lillian Thumb, married Milburn Dungan in Los Angeles June 10, 1924.

1897 Fulton County Indiana "Wilbur Ball, son of Daniel Ball, of Akron (Fulton County), was killed last Friday by being thrown from a horse."  "Just after dark, Friday evening, the sheds at ex-Sheriff GAST's brick and tile factory, near Akron, caught fire and made a great blaze. All of Akron was out and many ran, rode and drove to the fire. Among those who started was Wilber BALL, a young man 21 years old who lived with his parents, and a nephew of county treasurer STONER. He owned a running horse and hastily took him from the barn and mounted him and started to the fire. He started at full speed and just as he turned from the yard into the street the horse dodged around a tree, instead of going on the side his rider expected, and the swing of the horse brought the young man's head in contact with the tree in such a manner as to crush his skull and he died soon afterward.
The funeral service was held Monday when Rev. W. W. BROWN preached to a very large concourse of sorrowing friends and neighbors. The deceased was a young man of industrious habits and a popular, gentlemanly fellow. He had but recently taken a partnership in his father's business and his death is universally deplored."  I.O.O.F. Cemetery # 64767379.

"Since the sad and sudden death of his son, Wilbur BALL, Mr. Daniel BALL has been very desirous of selling his hardware store, and last Monday Daniel WILHOIT bought his stock and will continue the business this winter at the same place. (AKRON)"

In 1900 Fulton County Indiana, Daniel Ball born October 1837 and Nancy E. May 1850, both born in Indiana, are hardware merchants.

In the Juniata, Nebraska cemetery is Daniel Ball,  # 34916371, son of James and Clarice (Rice) Ball. Married Nancy E. Black on Dec. 27, 1868 in Kosciusko Co., Indiana. Father of Cora, Wilbur and Rachel. Daniel served in the 46th Regiment, Indiana Infantry. attaining the rank of Sgt. with Co. K.  Nancy -1850-1921 is also buried there, with daughter Olive 1878-1881


In 1870 Kendall County, Illinois, Hiram Darling is 34, Phebe 33, with Frances 12, Mary E. 6, Seth W. 3, and Albert H. four months. 

Hiram Darling proved up a quarter in 32, 7N 50W in 1892, and timber-claimed a quarter in 32, 7N 50W, Logan County in 1897.

Hiram and Phebe are buried in Millington, Kendall County, Illinois  48909120.

Seth Darling is in Juniata, Adams County, Nebraska, in 1885, 18, living with a cousin O.A. and Mary C. Thumb - William Thumb is 19, Lillian 16.


William N. Thum was appointed a Colorado notary public June 13, 1888.

September 1890 "Mr. Will Thum has bought Mr. Sable out and will continue the business at the 'old stand,' Main street LeRoy.  Will is well liked and is sure to do well.  Mr. Sable we understand seeks new fields of labor in Nebraska; his friends and patrons wish him success in his new ventures."

1890 Sterling "Wm. Thumb, post master at Leroy, was in the city Tuesday."

William cash-claimed a quarter in 28, 7N 50W in 1890.


Perhaps William financed Mark Little in his Leroy Republican.

In 1890 Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Thum of Leroy attended the Fourth of July celebration at Fleming.  Others were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Reed, Mr. and Mrs. John Layman, Mr. and Mrs. La Bounty, Rex Pitcher and lady, John Huff and lady, and J. Snodgrass and lady.

In September 1890 the delegates to the Logan County Republican Convention from Precinct 11 were T.W. Pitcher, Perry Fyffe, F. Diffendafer, H.M. Day, Will Thum, and W. Wigart.

1890 "W.V. Wood has purchased the Thum store building at Leroy and will move it to his farm.

Messrs. T.W. Pitcher and W.N. Thum have gone on a trip to Louisville."

1889 "Mrs. Will Thum returned from her old home in Nebraska this week."

"Daniel Ozro Thumb, son of William N. and Cora E. Thumb, now Mrs. Geo. Bivens, was born February 27, 1888 at Sterling, Colorado, died March 11, 1907 age 19 years."  FindAGrave 68020490 has him buried in Juniata, Adams County, Nebraska (where the Maxon family was).


Leroy Karn is a mechanic in 1900 Roseland, single, born June 1872 in Illinois.  One tree said he was born in Carroll County, Illinois. 

When a colony of northern settlers began arriving after 1888, the Cherokee rose overran much of the land with its long, graceful canes studded with large white flowers.

The five-petaled roses, known as "singles," make a striking display in the spring with canes cascading several feet in some areas. There is a smaller flowering in the fall.

Colonists were so impressed with the beauty and vigor of the wild rose, they named the settlement the Roseland Cooperative Temperance Colony, according to Ellzey's research paper, "A Look at the History of Roseland."

The colony was organized by James W. Wilson, a Chicago magazine editor and General Howard. They were looking for a place in the South to establish a colony of northern families "of good moral character" who wanted to escape the bitter northern winters, according to Ellzey's research.

Land was purchased in 1888 from plantations belonging to E.F. Herwig and Colonel Woods. Ellzey notes that Herwig broke ground for his plantation with an elephant and a camel purchased from a stranded traveling circus.

The resulting colony was a cooperative organized in the form of a joint stock company. Each colonist had an interest in the school, the saw mill and machinery industries. They were not prevented, however, from having their own private enterprises as well.

The capital stock was divided into non-assessable shares of $10 each. Those who purchased 20 acres received 10 shares of stock, those purchasing 10 acres received five shares and five-acre purchases netted three shares.

According to Ellzey, J.H. Siples and his family arrived Sept. 3, 1888, making them the first of several families to arrive to settle Roseland.

The colony's first child was born July 12, 1889. She was named Nellie Roseland Hunt.

The settlement was incorporated as a village in 1892, and the villagers named it Roseland, again in tribute to the Cherokee rose.

The Karn family and the Thum family might have been part of the "northern colony" who moved to Roseland, with no alcohol sold in the town, seventy families responded to newspaper advertisements for the "Roseland Cooperative Temperance Colony."

On a summer evening in 1893, members of the Roseland Cooperative Temperance Colony met with a new arrival, Miss Margaret Cross, to discuss the need for a schoolhouse, according to Roseland resident Phylis Alford.

The next morning, every man in the village who could handle a saw and a hammer met at a wood shed on Tangipahoa Avenue and set to work to build a school house, according to an old newspaper article in Alford's possession.

Women in the colony held fund-raiser dinners to furnish the school house.

The 1899 Fulton County Indiana school enumeration had 

THUM Cora Thum (m)
Ozro 11 m 2-22-88 Logan Co Cal
Mabel 7 f 2-23-92 Tang. Parish La

So it looks like Will and Cora were in Louisiana 1892-1894, at least.  The Roseland Herald was published in 1897 by D.W. Streat.

L.U. Karn was a justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish in 1905.

November 14, 1929 "State's Oldest Editor, 90, Dies"
    Hammond, La., Nov. 12---Daniel Webster Streat, 90, died today at his home in Roseland, following a decline in health of several months.
    Mr. Streat was editor and owner of The Roseland Herald, the oldest  continuous publication in Tangipahoa Parish.  He was said to be the oldest active newspaperman and printer in the United States, a fact recently commented upon by several trade journals.
    Mr. Streat was a member of The Chicago Tribune staff for years, during the old hand-set type days.  He also worked in the Bloomington, Ill. Pantagraph.  More than 30 years ago he settled at Roseland and established The Herald.
    Mrs. Streat died about two years ago. Since then Mr. Streat appeared greatly depressed.  He worked in his office up to last week.  One son, J. Will Streat of Roseland, and several grandchildren survive.  Funeral and burial will occur Wednesday.

In 1900 Fulton County, Indiana, Cora E. is a dressmaker, born Sept 1869 in Indiana,  married thirteen years, but no spouse.  She has Azra D. born Feb 1888 in Colorado, Mable C. Feb 1892 Louisiana, and Inez B. April 1895 Indiana.  DANIEL and NANCY BALL are on the next census page.

She and the kids are listed in the 1898, 1899, and 1900 Fulton County school register, with the 1900 listing her as "Mrs. Cora Thum."

In 1910 Adams County, Nebraska, George W. Bivens, 34 has been married seven years to Cora E. - she's had three children, two living.  Inez B. Thumb, 15, born in Indiana, is with them.  Cora E. Bivens, per 65470255, is buried in Juniata, Nebraska -1869-1954, as is George W. Bivens 1875-1963.

January 1931 George Bivens to Open Attack on Conduct Of Institutions. Reports of several weeks ago that a sweeping investigation of the activities of the state board of control would be asked during the legislative session are confirmed by a number of legislators who have assembled for the opening of the session Tuesday. Fear that too violent discussion of the subject might Interfere ' with plans for organizing the house and senate is apparently the only thing delaying open legislative comment on the subject. Representative George W. Bivens of Hastings is prepared to ask the house for the investigation. He refused to discuss the matter Monday morning except to promise that there was plenty to uncover. Santo Ready to Testify. Fire of those opposed to the board of control will apparently be centered principally upon conduct of the state hospital at Hastings, the soldiers and sailors’ home at Grand Island and the orthopedic hospital here. Mr. Bivens declared Monday that a thorough house-cleaning of employees at Hastings is needed.

Mabel Thumb, 18, is niece of George N. and Mary E. Monger in Hastings, Nebraska.  She's a china clerk in a department store.

Inez B. Thumb, 23, married William H. Curott, age 31, in Chicago December 9, 1918.  They were in Michigan, and in 1952 Inez, widowed, is a recreational aide at the state hospital in Hastings, Nebraska.  William died 1946 and per FindAGrave # 80100098 is buried in Cheboygan, Michigan.

There was another William Thum about the same age - this one was wealthy - became mayor of Pasadena in 1910 after he and his brother invented fly paper in Michigan in the 1890's.

In 1922 Mrs. Cora Bivens and her mother Mrs. Ellen Getchell, both of Silver Creek, were witnesses in a murder trial.  J"Mrs. Cora Bivens stated that she had known Mrs. B.V. Cooley for twenty years and Mr. Cooley for two years and during the last two years either or her mother were present at the Cooley home every day..  Mrs. Getchell sold milk to the Cooleys."  This is not OUR Cora, but the daughter Cora Getchell marrying Thomas Bivens.

Bivens,  George 9060 A Portrait 10/25/47

Bivens, George 9060 B Double Golden Wedding 9/30/52

Hastings Tribune photo index - so George and Cora must have married in 1902.


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