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Genealogical and Family History of Vermont

Hiram Charlton took on the publication of the Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont for Lewis Publishing. In it, he enlisted the assistance of living residents of the state in providing biographical and genealogical details about their family, and then he published all 1104 family histories in two distinct volumes.

Biographical Sketch of John G. W. Cowles

Cowles, John G. W.; financier; born, Oberlin, O., March 14, 1836; son of Rev. Henry and Alice Welch Cowles; educated in public and preparatory schools of Oberlin; entered Oberlin College, graduating in 1856; studied for the ministry, earning money for education by teaching; graduated from the Oberlin Theological Seminary in 1859; married, in 1859, to Lois M. Church, of Vertmontville, Mich.; issue, two daughters, living, and two sons, deceased; second marriage, to Miss Beatrice Walker, of Brantford, Conn.; issue, one daughter, Jeanette, born in 1905; preached in the Congregational Church of Bellevue from 1859 to 1861; joined the army then; elected Chaplain of 55th O. V. I.; in the fall of 1862; resigned as Chaplain, and became the pastor of the First Congregational Church, Mansfield, in 1865; went to the church in Saginaw, Mich.; after six years, and on account of ill health, gave up the ministry and came to Cleveland, and for 3 years was editorial writer for the Leader; gradually drifted into the real estate field and had a prominent part in the large real estate deals of the city; mgr. of the real estate interests of John D. Rockefeller and Charles F. Brush, for eight years; served as pres. Cleveland Trust Co.; pres. Cleveland Chamber of Commerce (1896); pres. Park Board Commission (1900); trustee Oberlin College since 1874; LL. D., 1898; member Ohio Commandery of the Loyal Legion, Army and Navy Post, G. A. R.; Republican; member and deacon of Plymouth Congregational Church until its recent...

Cowles, Maudetta – Obituary

At Centerville, Washington, June 7, 1899, at the residence of her aunt, Mrs. Smith, Miss Maudetta Cowles of this place. Miss Cowles was born in Auxvasse, Callaway Co. Missouri, on March 21, 1877, and was twenty-two years, two months and nineteen days of age at the time of her death. She was the daughter of N.P. and Sarah Cowles. Her mother died when Maudetta was at the tender age of ten years and shortly afterwards she came to Oregon and made her home with her uncles and aunts Mr. and Mrs. E.P. McDaniel and Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. For some years she had been in poor health and on April 1st went to Centerville on a visit to her mother’s sisters and brothers, hoping to derive benefit from change of air and scenery. But her sickness increased and at the end of six weeks quick consumption seized upon her frail form and notwithstanding the unceasing and loving care of her relatives and the untiring efforts of her medical attendants, grim death claimed this lovely flower and her sweet and gentle spirit winged its way to God who gave it. Her remains were accompanied to Cove by her uncle, Mr. McKlip, her sorrowing friends meeting them at Union. The Impressive and solemn service of the Episcopal church was read at the residence of E.P. McDaniel in the presence of a large concourse of friends by Rev. H. Harris D.D. Rector of the Church of the Ascension, after which the remains were laid to rest in the family lot in Roseridge Cemetry. Maudetta leaves to mourn her loss a beloved...

Cowles, Clara Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Clara Cowles aged eighty-five years, died Monday morning at the home of her daughter Mrs. Robert Clark, four miles east of North Powder. Mrs. Cowles was born in Syracuse, N.Y., but has been a resident of this section many years. The funeral services were held at the home Wednesday morning conducted by Rev. G.R. Archer. The body was laid to rest in the city cemetery. North Powder News Saturday, December 25,...

Marvin S. Todd

Marvin S. Todd7, (Jonathan6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) married Fanny(???). Children: 1543. Dwight. 1544. Marvin. *1545. Clara, b. Feb. 26, 1840. 1546. Carrie, deceased. 1547. Mary, d. Sept., 1918, in Litchfield, Conn., m.(???)...

Cowles, Charles Clem – Obituary

Charles Clem Cowles, 70, of 2225 14th St., Baker, died at his home Friday following a sudden illness. Funeral is Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Beatty Chapel, with the Rev. Marvin Carr of the First Christian Church and Brother Robert W. Maxwell of Baker Masonic Lodge No. 47 A.F. and A.M. officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Cowles was born April 4, 1906 to Charles and Jessie A. Beecher Cowles in Huntington. He received his education in Troutdale and as a young man fired on a steam ship for the Shaver Navigation Co. on the Columbia River. He later moved to Cove where he farmed and married Ada Burford Dec. 31, 1936. They farmed in the Alicel area for a number of years. In 1949, they moved to Baker where he was employed by Burnt River Lumber Co. before he began working for Union Pacific Railroad. He was employed there for 23 years and in 1971 retired from the railroad. He was a member of the Cove Masonic Lodge No. 91 A.F. amd A.M., Baker York Rite Bodies, Al Kader Temple and the Baker Shriners. Survivors include his wife, Ada Cowles, Baker; son Gordon Cowles, Portland; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters. The Family suggests contributions to the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children in memoriam. Contributions may be given at Beatty Chapel. Contributed by: Margaret...

Cowles, Ada – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Ada M. Cowles, 83, a former Baker City resident, died January 9, 1999, at St. Louis, Mo. Private vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Cowles was born Feb. 13, 1915, at High Valley to Frank Leslie and Elva Virgie Ross Burford. She married Charles C. Cowles in Cove on December 31, 1936, and moved to Baker City in 1949. Mrs. Cowles was a homemaker and had lived in Missouri for the past 15 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son. Survivors include her niece, Margaret Shinoki of California: a nephew, Leslie Connell of Portland; and a great-niece, Amy Fae Shinoki. Memorial Contributions ay be made to a charity of one’s choice through the Coles-Strommer-Monroe Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Contributed by: Margaret...

Biographical Sketch of Samuel D. Cowles

COWLES & MCDANIEL. – Samuel D. Cowles, senior member of the firm above-mentioned, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1829, his father being a wealthy broker. He received a ten years’ naval training and finished his education in New York City, where in after years he was in business for himself. In 1849 he crossed the plains to California. In 1862 we find him crossing the plains once more, coming from Missouri in company with a nephew and niece. At Soda Springs a band of Indians, under the leadership of one of his own employe’s, attacked is party and after a short fusillade escaped with, seventeen of his fine, blooded horses. At Fort Hall the nephew died. Arriving at Auburn, Oregon, in September, Mr. Cowles set to work to recuperate his finances by day’s labor. On the last day in the year, he encamped with his little company on the present site of the village of Cove, in Union county, upon the handsome tract of land now owned by the niece mentioned above, then Miss Fanny Cowles, a native of Tennessee, and for whom the majestic mountain peak that towers into perpetual snows and keeps watch over her elegant home was...

Biographical Sketch of William R. Minor, Jr.

Among the pioneers who put their shoulder to the wheel and pressed the good work of development forward in this section, enduring hardships and deprivations that were calculated to overcome the hearts of those who were not brave and hardy, especial mention must be made of the esteemed gentleman whose name is at the head of this sketch, and it is with pleasure that we give him space in the history of his county, both because of this excellent work and because of his moral qualities of worth that have constantly been in evidence in all of his walk. Mr.¬†William R. Minor was born in Callaway county, Missouri, on May 1, 1855, being the son of William R. and Martha L. (Cowles) Minor. In 1864 the family crossed the plains with ox teams, being members of the famous train known as the Big Missouri Train. They came direct to the Grande Ronde valley, settling near Cove. Our subject received his education in that place and in his native state, and remained with his parents until 1878. On February 23, of that year, Mr. Minor married Mrs. Jennie Beggs, widow of the late Charles C. Beggs, her maiden name being Gasten. The nuptials occurred at the Cove on the date mentioned, and in April of that year they located three miles below Lostine in the Wallowa valley. Mr. Minor filed a homestead right and to the improvement and cultivation of this land he gave his attention until 1888, when he sold out and the following year he removed to a position four miles west from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, and...

Biography of Henry W. Beecher

The list of the real pioneers of Wallowa County would be sadly incomplete, as also the enumeration of the leading citizens of today, were there failure to add that of the worthy gentleman, and capable and patriotic citizen, whose name is at the head of this article and who is one of the prominent agriculturists of our county having wrought here since the earliest settlements and in addition to this, he is one of the immortal number who stepped to the front ranks when the call came from Columbia to her sons for strong arms to defend her honor. Mr. Henry Ward Beecher was born near Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, on May 17, 1849, being the son of Jesse and Helen B. Beecher. He was reared on a farm having rather limited opportunity to attend school, which lack has however, been amply made up for in the personal research that he has prosecuted since. In 1858, the family removed to Adair county, Missouri, and the father died in 1861, and the mother in 1865. Although but a lad a few days past fifteen years of age, our subject enlisted in Company A, Thirty-ninth Missouri Volunteers, on August 6, 1864. He was soon plunged into the terrors of war and the spirit that animated him was given ample chance to assert itself, and right nobly did he rise to the occasion. From Hannibal, Missouri, where they were mustered in, they were soon to be thrown into the horrible Centralia massacre, where our subject was one of eight who escaped with life, the entire remainder of the company being killed. He...

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