Category Archives: William and Isabella McIntosh

George and Esther King Brown’s Children: Isabella Brown and William McIntosh

Isabella Brown was born 20 June, 1851 in Ontario. She died 24 March, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Isabella married a William McIntosh.  He was born 28 September, 1851 and died 10 December, 1919 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Source: Michigan, Marriage Records 1867-1952, Isobella Brown, born about 1853 in Canada married on 19 March 1871 in North Branch, Lapeer, Michigan at age 18. Residence was Burnside.  Spouse was William McIntosh, age 21 also born in Canada, residing in Burnside #637, Film 6, 1871 Jackson to 1872 Branch.

Both are buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There are photos of the tombstones and death certificates posted at the memorial for both Wm. and Isabella at Find A Grave.  Their daughter is also listed under the last name of Peterson.

William and Isabella appear in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census in Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan.

Source:  Wm. McIntosh Family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan, pg. # 18, SD 3, ED 163, June 12, 1880, Alexander Sinclair.

Line 27, 158, 163, McIntosh, William, W, M, 28, Male, M, Farmer, born Canada, parents born Canada. McIntosh, Isabella, W, F, 28, Wife, M, keeping house, born Canada, parents born Ireland. McIntosh, Carrie, W, F, 6, daughter, S, at school, born Michigan.

When I was in Lapeer County last Fall of 2014, I found a great newspaper article that  I thought was very interesting.

Esther Brown article in the local newspaper

Esther Brown article in the local newspaper

Mrs. Esther Brown, the widow lady about 81 years of age, has a comfortable little property left her by her husband, the late George Brown, who died last Fall. Some of her friends thought the estate might be better managed if a guardian was appointed. Accordingly the matter came up in the probate court at Lapeer, last Friday, a large number of our town people being summoned as witnesses. Among those who went out on that day were C.E. Bruce, John E. Howe, Mr. and Mrs. John Henn, Will McIntosh, Jos. Lewis, Dr. Weed, Jas. Cooper and wife, Thos. Clement and wife, Jas. Riley and wife, Mrs. S.S. Bates, Jos. Kohler, Robt. Turnbull, Harvey Down and Sp. P. Gates. It was evident to Judge Hough, however, that Mrs. Brown was neither incompetent nor a spendthrift and therefore even though guardian might be to her advantage, he had no legal authority to make the appointment.

Source:  “County News,” County Clarion Newspaper, Lapeer, Michigan, Dated Feb. 17, 1892 about Mrs. Esther Brown. 

However, circumstances changed and on September 4, 1893 she was declared incompetent by the court due to extreme age and guardians were appointed,: Wm and Isabella McIntosh.

On Sept. 24, 1893 (Liber 20 pg. 344. Sept. 2, 1893) Isabella McIntosh asked that Wm McIntosh be appointed Esther’s guardian.

Esther died a year later on 13 August, 1895.

Petition for Appointment of Administrator – William McIntosh a son-in-law Twp of Burnside, County of Lapeer, State of Michigan, 20 of August 1893 value of personal property for a Sum of Fifteen and real estate the sum of three hundred. Heirs – at – law are as follows: William Henry Brown, Manitoba, nephews and nieces (this becomes the heirs of William H. Brown deceased son); Jeremiah Brown, son Wyoming, Ontario; John Brown, son, Manitoba; George Brown, son, Florida; Matilda Clement, daughter, Manitoba; Richard, son, Manitoba; Isabella McIntosh, daughter, residence Burnside Minor children of a deceased daughter Eliza Clement who resided at Burnside. Estate file of Esther Brown, Lapeer Co., Michigan. 

In the 1900 U.S. Census Wm. and Isabella McIntosh were residing in Burnside.

Source:  Wm. McIntosh Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan. SD 7, ED 32, Sht#17, 28-29 June, 1900, John Henn.

Line 84, 358, 358, McIntosh, William, Head, W, M, Sept. 1851, 48 M, 29, Canada, parents born Canada, 1868, 32 Na, Farmer, O, yes yes yes, O m, F, 307. McIntosh, Isabella, Wife, W, F, June 1851, 48, M, 29, 2, 1, Canada, parents born Ireland, 1864, 36, yes yes yes. McIntosh, Carrie, Daughter, W, F, Apr 1874, 26, S, Michigan, yes, yes, yes.

By 1910 William and Isabella had migrated to Sanilac, MIchigan

Source: William Mcintosh Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Marlette, Sanilac, Michigan, SD#7, ED*149, Sht#15 A, 9550, Peter Fox, 7th Day of May, 1910.  

Line 349, 359, McIntosh, William Head, M, W, 58, M1, 35, Can English, parents Can English, 1867 NA, English, Farmer, general farm, Emp. yes, yes, O, M, 7, 117. McIntosh, Isabella, wife, 7 W, 58, M1, 35, 2, 1, Can English, parents Ire, English, 1864, English, none. pg. 2, Bellnap, Thomas, Hired Man, M, W, 48, M1, Ohio, Ohio, PA, English, Farm Laborer, working out, W, No. O, yes, yes.

William and Isabella McIntosh had at least two children:

  1. Baby McIntosh unknown.
  2. Carrie E. McIntosh born April, 1874 in Michigan and died 25 July, 1936 in Grand Rapids. She married an Emil Peterson.

In 1920 Isabella was living with her daughter Carrie’s family, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Source: Charles Fisher Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, SD 5, ED 68, Ward 3, Sht 10A, January 13, 1920, J.H. Sullivan. 

Line 3, 601, 204, 234 Fisher, Charles A, Head, 0, M, W, 47, M, yes, yes, Michigan, Ohio, Ohio, yes, Barber. Fisher, Mary, A, Wife, F, M, 47, M, yes, yes, Michigan, Ohio, Ohio, yes, none. Petersen, Emil, Head, R, M, W, 38, M, yes, yes, Michigan, Sweden, parents Sweden, yes, Engineer. Petersen, Carie, Wife, F, M, 44, m, yes, yes, Michigan, Canada, Canada, yes, none. McIntosh, Isabella, Mother, F, M, 68 wd, [Na Na] yes, yes, Canada, English, Ireland, English, yes, none.

Isabella Brown McIntosh was the youngest and last child of George and Esther King Brown and therefore, I have come to the end of my posts on their children.

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Revisiting George and Esther King Brown

 

George Brown 1801-1891

George Brown 1801-1891

In past posts on this blog, I have shared about the lives of George Brown and his wife Esther King Brown.  Let’s review what has been written about this couple, who are my 2nd great grandparents. Their son Richard Brown married Emma Ward and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their daughter Ethel Adella Brown Boardman is my grandmother.

Here is a list of posts I have written that share information about George and Esther King Brown. You can review them by using the Archive box on the right of this blog and choose the month and year.

 

  • George and Esther Brown – A Long Life! September 26, 2010
  • Esther Brown Agrees to a Guardianship? October 9, 2010
  • Estate File for Esther Brown! October 25, 201
  • Esther’s Land in Burnside! October 29, 2010
  • George & Esther Brown of Burnside, Lapeer, MI, November 2, 2010
  • George & Esther Brown’s Children, December 4, 2010
  • Ontario Wanderings: Lambton County Archives, September 21, 2014
  • Michigan Wanderings: Lapeer County, Ontario, September 23, 2014
  • Michigan Wanderings: Fox Farm Cemetery, September 23, 2014

In 2012 and 2014 I traveled to Hastings County and did research at the archives in the area. Because George’s brothers Thomas and Philip stayed in Hastings Co. I found much more information about them and their lives then I did about George and Esther who migrated from the area and settled in Wyoming, Lambton County by 1858.

Apparently George was very restless and he again migrated to Lapeer County, Michigan and was there by the 1870 census.

What I would like to do in the following posts is share about the children of George and Esther King Brown, here is a quick summary of these children:

  1. William Henry Brown 1834-1892
  2. Margaret Ann Brown 1836-1879
  3. Jeremiah Brown 1837-1901
  4. John Brown 1838 to 1912
  5. Elizabeth Brown 1840-1893
  6. George King Brown 1842-1919
  7. Matilda Jane Brown 1844-1930
  8. Richard Brown 1846 – 1922: my line – Richard and his descendants have been featured in many posts on this blog.
  9. Esther M. Brown 1848-1886
  10. Isabella Brown 1851-1929

My research is a mix of a little of mine and several other cousins who have given me their consent to share. The children listed above eventually ended up in British Columbia, Manitoba, Florida, some remained in Lambton Co., Ontario and Michigan, and Oregon.

Before I start sharing, I have taken a break and traveled to southern California. This involves the other side of the family, my Dad’s old New England heritage. His Delano/Keller connection and then follow that up with some fun.  I will write about it in the blog titled:  Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. In Ohio.

George & Esther Brown’s Children

We have looked at the guardianship and estate file of Esther Brown and in these court papers we have found the names of their children.  Here is a summary of the children of George and Esther Brown of Burnside Twp., Lapeer Co., Michigan:

  1. William Henry Brown b. abt. 1834 U.C., d. 1892 Brandon, Manitoba m. Isabella Chalmers 15 Jan 1861.  They had 7 children.  Migrated to Manitoba.
  2. Margaret Ann Brown b. 1836 Wyoming, Lambton Co., Ontario, d. 1879 Lambton Co., Ontario, Canada. Married Francis Lamott 18 Jan 1858 in St. Clair Co., Michigan and had 11 children.  He remarried.
  3. Jeremiah Brown b. 1837, U.C. d. 1901 Wyoming, Lambton Co., Ontario. Married Elizabeth Steadman about 1868 and had 6 children.
  4. John Brown b. 1838, U.C. d. 1912 Eugene, Lane Co., Oregon. Married Lydia Holling 23 Oct 1861 Lambton Co., Ontario and had 5 children.
  5. Elizabeth Brown b. abt. 1840, Hastings Co., Ontario, d. 1893 Burnside Twp., Lapeer Co., Michigan. Married Thomas Little Clement and had 5 children.  She was married before to a James Duncan and had 1 child.
  6. George King Brown b. 1842, Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario, d. 1919 Oretga, Duval Co., Florida. Married Maude Cecilia Hunt 31 Jan 1870 Wyoming, Lambton Co., Ontario and migrated to Florida.  They had 9 children.
  7. Matilda Jane Brown b. 1844, Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario, d. 1930 Kelowna, British Columbia.  Married William Charles Clement 23 Jan 1866 in Caradoc, Middlesex Co., Ontario and had 7 children and migrated to British Columbia.
  8. Richard Brown, b. 1846 probably Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, d. 1922 Winnipeg, Manitoba. Married Emma/Emily Ward 9 Jan 1874 Port Huron, Saint Clair, Michigan and had 4 children and migrated to Manitoba.
  9. Esther M. Brown, b. abt. 1848, Hastings, Ontario, d. 1886 Burnside Twp., Lapeer Co., Michigan.  Married a James Basna 1 Jan 1867 in Lapeer Co., Michigan and had 2 children.  She remarried 6 Jul 1875 in Michigan to Mark Robson and had 5 more children.
  10. Isabella Brown, b. 1851, Ontario, d. 1929 Grand Rapids, MI. Married William McIntosh about 1871 in Michigan and had 2 children.

The information in the color orange was provided by my cousin Robert (Bob) M. Hayes a descendant of Matilda Jane Brown #7. He has more details and information and would be happy to share.  The #8 Child: Richard Brown is my ancestor.  If you are descendants please let us know.  You can reach me by clicking on “Leave a comment,” at the bottom of this post or checking out my links under “Compiler,” above.

Esther Brown Agrees to a Guardianship?

In addition to the death records, I searched for probate files but I was not successful in finding anything on George Brown (d. 3 Dec 1891).  Then I got lucky for there was a guardianship case for Esther Brown which took place in the fall of 1893.  This court case is several years before her death on 13 Aug, 1895 followed by a probate file.  Esther’s real age has not been confirmed according to my cousin she was about 86 plus years old.

When you research court or estate files you have several paths to follow:

1.  The court clerk’s transcriptions of documents into the court books and the actions taken by the court.  This is usually a good area to study because it gives you the progression of the court case.

2.  The court case packet, or the probate/estate packet which contains the actual papers filed, documents, receipts, letters, affidavits, heirs-at-law forms, appointments, bonds, inventories, publish notices, testimonies, final settlements etc.

For this Guardianship case I found the court case packet #2107 and digitally photographed it.

Source:  #2107 Incompetency and Appointment of Guardian to Esther Brown, September 4, 1893, Lapeer Co. Probate Court, State of Michigan, FHL#976603 Estate Files Nos. 2102-2145 1893.  
 
The court case included the following documents which were filmed in what appears to be film in a backwards manner.  I am not certain I have clearly identified the progression of the case.  
 

1. Proceedings Petition for Appt of Guardian Sept. 4, 1893 Ester Brown Incompetent Sept 4th 1893:        

 

Guardianship Case

 For reasons of extreme old age and other causes said Esther Brown is now mentally incompetent to have the charge and management of her said property [    ] been mentally incompetent for some time past.

Lists the interested parties in the estate.

  • William Henry Brown, Manitoba, nephews and nieces
  • Jeremiah Brown, son Wyoming, Ontario
  • John Brown, son, Manitoba
  • George Brown, son, Florida
  • Matilda Clement, daughter, Manitoba
  • Richard, son, Manitoba
  • Isabella McIntosh, daughter, residence Burnside
  • Minor children of a deceased daughter Eliza Clement who reside at Burnside.

2.  Citation of Ester Brown Incompetent, Sept. 7, 1893.

Esther’s Statement

Esther agrees to being declared incompetent and signs with her mark and waving the 14 day waiting period.

Citation Exam

3. Order appointing Guardian and Appraisers…Sept. 13th, 1893

4. Ester Brown Incompetent Letter of Guardianship, Sept. 13, 1893

5. Order Appoint of Guardian,

6.  Bond & Letters

7.  Appt of Guardian Sept 13, 1893.

8.  Guardian’s Bond, Sept. 13, 1893 

9.  Petition for the Appointment of Guardians of Infants…Sept. 24, 1893 

 
Isabella McIntosh is Esther’s daughter and sibling to the other listed “interested parties.”  Her husband is William McIntosh and therefore the son-in-law of Esther as stated in the citation.  They are the only adults that could take on the care of Esther at this time for the others are all in Manitoba, Ontario or Florida or were minor children.

The really good news is that is lists all the children of Esther Brown and their residences.  The estate file will further corroborate these facts.

Why “incompetency?”  Well, it probably has something to do with the requirements for guardianship at that time in Michigan and it would require a study of the law to determine the circumstances of this case.  It also might mean that Esther was ill and it was a matter of time and we will see that there was no will.

Again, I am not totally content with what I found and how it was filmed.  The jacket should come first, then the document that goes with that jacket and the file should be filmed in date order.  Apparently it was filmed as the documents were in the file oldest to the more recent which makes it difficult to follow. I will probably have to revisit the file or film.  There is also a certain amount of duplication in court cases which can be confusing.  There were approximately 13 documents in this court case.