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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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George and Esther King Brown’s children: Esther May Brown

Esther May Brown

Esther May Brown

Esther M. Brown was born about 1848 in Hastings Co., Ontario. She died 5 June, 1886 Michigan. According to online family trees she died 5 June, 1886 in Elmer, Sanilac, Michigan.

Esther (Ester) appears in the 1861 Canadian Census with, her father and mother. George and Esther Brown and other siblings.  She is listed as being 13 years old born in Upper Canada. This means she was born about 1848.

Esther married to James Basna in Lapeer Co. (Lapper), Michigan, per the Michigan Marriages 1822-1995 at FamilySearch (GS#974258, pg. 217).  Two marriage dates are given 1) 4 July, 1867  and 2) 1 January 1867. James may have been born in 1844 in Lapeer Co., and  died about 1875 in Michigan. There is a James listed with a Peter and Mary Basna in Lapeer County in the 1860 census at the age of 6 years old.  One of his brothers was named Horace and Esther and James named one of their sons Horace.

There is not much information about James Basna but a Civil War Pension Index has a James Basna in the 8 Co., 2 Battln on 17 April 1866 another index has Co. G, Reg 7 Michigan Infantry, Private, Union Army.  (#M545 roll 3).  There are several listings for a James Basna so it would mean narrowing down to the correct individual. A look at his Civil War pension might be a good idea. If the Peter Basna in Lapeer is his father that might help with military records. So far I have not found James death information.

I have tried the 1860 and 1870 U.S. Census but I cannot find him at this time.  He is not listed with the Peter Basna family in 1860 but the other children are there.

James and Esther had the following children.

  1. Helena Basna born 14 January. 1869 in Michigan and died 15 February 1898 in Burnside, LaPeer Co., Michigan. Her married name was Brown. She is buried in the Fox Farm Cemetery in Burnside under the name Lena Brown.  Find A Grave has a memorial for her with a death certificate posted which is very difficult to read.  The links say that she was the daughter of George and Esther Brown but this is not true, she was their granddaughter. See below for a marriage for this person.
  2. Horace Basna was born 21 September, 1867 in Burnside, Lapeer Co.,  Michigan and it looks like he married a Florence Short on 20 June, 1922 in Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, his first marriage. He was 50 years old and she was 43. His parents were listed as James Basna and Esther Brown.  Florence was born about 1879 in Aurora, Illinois, to James Wilson and ____Smith.  Florence was a widow.

There is a marriage of a Lena Basna to a Benjamin M. Brown on 4 April 1894 in Lapeer, Lapeer Co., Michigan.  UPDATE 7/22/2016 – A descendant of Lena and Ben has contacted me. She has additional information on this whole family so leave a message and I will be happy to connect you to her.

Source:  Basna to Brown, Marriage 4 April 1894, Lapeer, Lapeer, Michigan, Record#832, film 52, 1894 Horon to 1894 Ottawa.

Lena Basna born about 1869 in Michigan, marriage date of 4 April 1894 in Lapeer Co., Michigan, Burnside, father James Basna, mother Esther M. Brown,

spouse Benjamin M. Brown, age 25, born Canada, living in North Branch, father Peter Brown, mother Elizabeth Sammons.

Esther remarried on 6 July, 1875 in Burnside, Lapeer Co., Michigan to a Mark Robson.  Mark was born in Canada in 1853 and died 19, July, 1912. He is buried in the Winterfield Twp. Cemetery in Clare County, Michigan, per Find A Grave where you will find a picture of his tombstone.

Death of Mark Robson

Mr. Mark Robson was born in Avon, Canada, September 11, 1853, and died at his home in Winterfield, Friday, July 19, 1912.  He moved to Sanilac County, Michigan and settled on a farm, where he was later married to Esther Basney, and this was their home for twenty-one years. They then moved to Arenac County, where he resided for twelve years. In 1894 he was married to Rosetta Cole and to this union were born five children, two of whom are living, aged 7 and 10. He leaves a wife, seven children, five of whom were by his former marriage, and one brother to mourn his departure.  The funeral was held at his late residence Sunday afternoon, Rev. C. A. Brown, officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Winterfield cemetery. Those who attended the funeral from a distance were Mrs. Chas. Hubble and family, Mrs. Robert Bennett, for Clare, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jury of Boon.  Source of newspaper unknown. 

Michigan Counties

Michigan Counties – Location of Sanilac and Arenac in relationship to Lapeer County.

Mark and Esther’s Children:

  1. Lila Robson was born 16 March, 1876 in Michigan and married on 24 August, 1895 in Burnside to a Arthur M. Stiles. She died 20 January 1924.
  2. Albert Robson born about 1875 in Michigan.
  3. William Robson born about 1880 in Michigan.
  4. Frank Robson born about 1882 in Michigan.
  5. George Robson born 28 January 1884 in Michigan and died 21 September 1953. He married in Brown City, Michigan to Elva Mae Gould.

It is has been very difficult to get information on James Basna, Esther, Lena and Mark.  The online family trees are very confusing so I advise caution.  The  records are not appearing as I would like and the search engines don’t like the last name of Basna.  It would take a great deal of work to figure out this family and what happened searching census again, land records, estate, obituaries, cemetery records and more.  Please double check all of the above information and keep a skeptical eye on it.  I am not totally satisfied with the results.