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From: Michael Disbrow <>
Subject: [DISBROW] Thomas Disbrow Descendants, Part 1 (pages 259-262)
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 13:47:35 -0500

© 1992 by Michael S. Disbrow
Page 259

(3-10-6-2) LODOWICK W.-6 DISBROW, cont'd

those early pioneers.
"In the year 1861 he was married to Miss Sarah Jane Whitcome [sic] and
with her to this hamlet they retired to take up life's struggles in earnest.
At the opening of the Civil War his patriotism called him to the service of
his country. He was rejected at two different times but at the call of 1865
he offered his services and was accepted in the 15th Michigan Inf., Co. G,
where he was in continuous marching orders until mustered out at Louisville,
KY, July 3, 1865 and returned to his home in feeble health. In the year
1872 a change in circumstances made it necessary for them to remove to his
father's home [and] care for his aged parents in their declining years,
which service they faithfully performed.
"Mr. and Mrs. Disbrow were the parents of two sons who survive him and a
daughter who died in 1890. By their industry and economy they succeeded in
acquiring a valuable property. The deceased was at the time of death 74
yrs., 3 mos., 25 days old. The funeral was conducted from their home in
south west Bangor Monday Oct. 6, 1902. The remains being laid to rest in the
Thomas cemetery."

Sarah Jane was apparently interested in the family's history and
corresponded with Helen M. (Disbrow) Chapman about 1908, receiving data from
her pertaining to (3-10) Andrew Disbrow and his family which Sarah recorded
and passed on down to her descendants. Dennis A. Disbrow of Paw Paw, MI has
the family history.

Poss. child by 1st wife:
(3-10-6-2-1) Alvaretta b. c1853 MI; listed w/fam. of Daniel W. Disbrow
1860 census, age 7, & w/Lodowick 1870, age 16

Children, by 2nd wife: (b. Bangor, MI)
+(3-10-6-2-2) Lucy Viola b. 25 July 1863
+(3-10-6-2-3) Lavoysier W. b. 13 Oct. 1865
+(3-10-6-2-4) Alberto Amos b. 29 July 1876

References: fam. data of Dennis A. Disbrow, inc. fam. history & obituary of
Lodowick W. Disbrow; pension file, Nat'l Archives; Michigan Volunteers In
the Civil War, XV:49; headstone inscrips. [Arlynn Gantz]; census - 1850
Ogden Twp., Lenawee Co., MI, 1860 '70 1900 Bangor Twp., Van Buren Co., MI,
1880 Arlington Twp., Van Buren Co., MI

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(3-10-6-3) LAVOYSIER-6 DISBROW, son of Daniel W.-5 & Jane (Leek)

b. 13 Dec. 1830 poss. Cattaraugus Co., NY
d. 10 Mar. 1874
bur. Van Auken cem., Bangor Twp., Van Buren Co., MI
m. 1860
b. (23 July 1834) NY
d. 4 Feb. 1903 (age 68-6-12)
bur. w/Lavoysier, Van Auken cem.

Lavoysier came to MI with his parents from NY state when he was about
16, settling first in Lenawee Co., then in Branch Co. and finally in Van
Buren Co. He, along with his brother Lodowick, was drafted in Mar. 1865, to
serve one year in Co. G of the 15th MI Infantry. They joined the regiment
at Alexandria, VA 21 May. Lavoysier was listed as having "deserted at
Louisville, KY, 25 June 1865." Lodowick's records tell the story that while
he (Lodowick) lay sick in the hospital at Louisville, his brother came to
see him there and found out that he was due to be discharged in a few days.
The discharge came on 3 July and the brother accompanied Lodowick home as he
wasn't able to travel by himself. Assuming this brother was Lavoysier,
perhaps he left without obtaining a proper discharge. (The unnamed brother
could have been Edward, however, who was discharged at Louisville on 7 July
The 1870 census lists Lavoysier in Bangor Twp., Van Buren Co., MI, age
39, a farmer, with Clarissa 35, Lu Mary 10, Minnie Minch 3 and Sally Crow
(or Craw?) 73. The family history lists no children for Lavoysier, but
there was a child, Lu Mary, as listed above in the 1870 census.

(3-10-6-3-1) Lu Mary b. c1860 MI

References: fam. data of Dennis A. Disbrow; headstone inscrips. [Arlynn
Gantz]; Michigan Volunteers In the Civil War, XV:49; census - 1850 Union
Twp., Branch Co., MI, 1870 Bangor Twp., Van Buren Co., MI

Page 261

(3-10-6-4) PETER A.-6 DISBROW, son of Daniel W.-5 & Jane (Leek)

b. 17 Jan. 1833 NY
d. 1860
m. 1858
MARY DUNNING, dau. of Moses III & Mary (Randolph)
b. 1842 Somerset, NY
d. Nov. 1876 Hartford, Van Buren Co., MI
She m. (2nd) 1862, Joseph Jenner (see below)

About 1846 Peter came with his parents from NY to MI. He was listed
with the family in the 1860 census of Union Twp., Branch Co., age 18.

He is supposed to have died in 1860, although I suspect he was the
Peter Disbrow, age 24, listed in the census that year living in the
household of W. Jewell, a farmer, in LaGrange Twp., Cass Co., MI. Peter's
wife and child were not listed with him and I have not found them in the
census of 1860 at all.

According to information compiled by Bertha Dunning Hoffman, a
descendant of Mary Dunning's brother Malcome A. Dunning, Mary's father,
Moses Dunning III was born in 1788 in Roanoke, VA, his parents having
immigrated from Ireland in 1785. His wife was Mary Randolph, widow of John
Purse. Moses died in Union City, MI. In 1862 Mary married Joseph Jenner
(b. 1862, d. 1913 Elmira, NY) and had three children: Emma b. 1863, d. 1877
Hartford, MI; Ida b. 6 July 1867, d. 1 July 1953 South Haven, MI, unmarried;
Rufus Hayes b. 23 Nov. 1876. Mary died one week after the birth of Rufus and
he was adopted by her brother Malcome.

+(3-10-6-4-1) Jerome Henry b. 11 Feb. 1859 Jamestown, Ottawa Co., MI

References: fam. data of Bertha Dunning Hoffman, via Lorraine Whiting,
1988; fam. data of Dennis A. Disbrow, 1984; census - 1850 Union Twp., Branch
Co., MI, 1860 LaGrange Twp., Cass Co., MI

(3-10-6-7) MARY J.-6 DISBROW, dau. of Daniel W.-5 & Jane (Leek)

b. 15 May 1841 poss. Steuben Co., NY
m. EDWARD DYRE (no data)

She was living as of 1914 in Los Angeles, CA.

References: fam. data of Dennis A. Disbrow, 1984; obit. of bro. Lewellyn H.
[Arlynn Gantz]; obit. of bro. Edward J. [Dennis A. Disbrow]; census - 1850
Union Twp., Branch Co., MI, 1860 Bangor Twp., Van Buren Co., MI

Page 262

(3-10-6-8) EDWARD JONATHAN-6 DISBROW, son of Daniel W.-5 & Jane (Leek)

b. 10 Feb, 1843 Steuben Co., NY
d. 7 Sep. 1914 Watervliet, Berrien Co., MI
bur. Watervliet cem.
m. 1 July 1866 Millburg, Berrien Co., MI
b. 12 July 1849 OH
d. 2 Apr. 1927, bur. w/Edward, Watervliet cem.

Edward was about three years old when he moved with his parents from
NY to MI. In 1856 they settled in Bangor Twp., Van Buren Co., after first
stopping in Lenawee and Branch Cos.

On 12 Nov. 1862 Edward enlisted at Bangor, MI, in Co. D of the 66th
Illinois Infantry, also known as the Western Sharpshooters, for a term of 3
years. He joined his regiment at Camp Davis, MS, on 6 Dec. During his
service he contracted disease of the lungs caused by exposure and treated in
the Division Hospital at Pulaski, TN, in Feb. '63. On 14 May '64 at Rome
Crossroads [state?] he injured his left side running when his company was
caught in enemy crossfire, and two days later was wounded in the foot. He
later listed among his disabilities, "partial deafness caused by cannon fire
near Atlanta, GA, 22 July 1864." He was discharged at Louisville, KY, 7
July 1865, and he may have been the brother who accompanied Lodowick Disbrow
home from Louisville when he was discharged due to illness.

Edward apparently farmed in Bangor Twp. the remainder of his life. In
the 1870 census he was listed as a laborer, age 27, with his wife Emma J.
22, and children Jane 3 and Orra W. 4 mos. He applied for an invalid
pension for his Civil War service 16 Aug. 1880, a resident of McDonald, Van
Buren Co., MI, age 41, a farmer, "considerably disabled," and received
pension certificate no. 320,523. After Edward's death in 1914 of cerebral
hemorrhage, Emma Disbrow applied for and received a widow's pension.

Edward's obituary, as it appears in the family history:
"EDWARD J. DISBROW was born in Steuben Co., NY, Feb. 10, 1843. While a
boy, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Disbrow, they moved from the
above place to Branch Co., MI. Between the years 1850 and 1860 they moved
to Bangor, Van Buren Co., where the subject of this sketch grew to manhood.
July 1, 1866, he was married to Miss Emma Jane Yerington [sic]. To this
union four children were born, one son and three daughters, three of whom
are living. They are Mrs. Brant of Bangor, Mrs. Peacock of Watervliet and
Hayes Disbrow of Bangor. By occupation Mr. Disbrow was a farmer and was
known for miles around and highly respected by all who knew him. He was a
lover of good men and was loved by the same. He was a pioneer and endured
many hardships and privations.
"In 1862 he enlisted in Co. D, 66th regiment of Illinois Veterans'
Infantry, and served his country to the close of the war, after which he
came home and followed the same line of industry as before until his health
became so impaired that it was necessary for him to retire.
"He was one of a family of eleven children and is survived by one sister,
Mrs. Mary Dyer of California. About five weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Disbrow
came to Watervliet to the home of their daughter Mrs. Peacock for an
indefinite stay. Mr. Disbrow's health gradually failed until his death
which occurred Monday night, Sept. 7, 1914, aged 71 yrs., 6 mos. and 28 days.


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