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 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,
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.
1889 "Osro" A. Thum of LeRoy Colorado was a witness to the claim of Joseph W.
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
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. #
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,
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.
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
|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
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
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
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
The settlement was incorporated as a
village in 1892, and the villagers named
it Roseland, again in tribute to the
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Logan County Biographies.