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The Progenitors: BROTHERTON


These are the potential ancestors of Louisa Carolyn Brotherton, I still need more verification, however.

John BROTHERTON and Kesiah/Desiah/Desire BUTLER

Born 1752 in New York, died 1823 in Washington, Putnam county, Indiana.

The 1820 Federal Census, Washington County, Indiana shows him on page 218, with these people;

Free White Males; 1-under 10, 2-10/15, 2-16/25, and 1-45+.

Free White Females; 1 10/15, and 1-45+.

He applied for Revolutionary War pension from Washington County, Indiana March 1, 1821, at the age of 69.

John and Desire had the following children.Abel, August 16 1797; Zachaeus, 1798; Grandison, 1803; Eben, 1806; Loven 1809.

Grandison BROTHERTON and Delila FOUTS

Born 1803 in Albany, New York.

April 20 1826 Grandison aquired 80 acres, from the Crawfordsville land office. Description, W1/2NE, Sec 14, Twnshp 13-N, Range 5-W, Putnam County, Indiana.

The 1830 Federal census for Putnam County, Indiana finds John listed as BROTHERS on page 188

The 1840 Federal Census, Putnam County, Indiana lists him on page

The 1850 Federal Census, Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana , page 561.

1856 Iowa State Census, Appanoose County, Johns Twp, Page 1012, Dwelling No. 6, Family No. 5.

1860 Iowa Federal Census, Appanoose County, Johns Twp (Memphis PO), Page 90.Age 56.

1870 Kansas Federal Census, Marion County, Doyle Twp (Marion Center PO), Page 2. Age 65.

Grandison must have died between 1870 and 1880. He is listed on the 1870 Federal Census living in Doyle Township, Marion County, Kansas. His wife, Hannah, is listed as Widowed on the 1880 Kansas Federal Census.

Died in Florence, Marion county, Kansas.

Grandison and Delilah had the following children. Noah, born December 10 1825; Alfred, 1829; Hannah Caroline, 1832; Milton R, about 1834; Emily, 1838; Martin V, May 1840; Miles, 1843.


Born 1829 in Putnam county, Indiana. Alfred was born in 1829, Washington township, Putnam, Indiana. Alfred and Eleanor were married February 18 1851, and had 2 children, Caroline b abt 1852 and William R b abt 1854. Eleanor died before September 3 1855 (how do we know this date), leaving Alfred with 2 children.

There is an Alfred Brotherton listed in the 1860 census. In Fremont county, Scott twp, page 864(image 30 of 133 on Alfred 30 m; Parmela 27 f; Marion m 2; and Harlow m 8/12. There is no mention of Caroline or William R. Some one else thought this might be an uncle to the above Alfred but I believe it is the same man. It is a nice coincidence that Eleanor died in 1855 and this Alfred probably married Parmela about 1857. Alfred's brother Milton is in this same township for 1860.

Alfred died January 8 1865, and was buried in Jones Cemetary, row 12, plot 12.3, Southfork, Wayne, Iowa. Died January 08, 1865, in Wayne county Iowa.

Louisa Carolyn BROTHERTON and William David OLMSTEAD She was also married to Augustus C D KENT

I have just started looking into this line. I have a copy of a court document pertaining to her marriage to Augustus C D KENT. In 1866 she claims to be 16, and the Judge is in possession of a permit from her "first nearest guardien".

I think she may be the daughter of Alfred Brotherton and Eleanor Skelton. My Lovisa Caroline Brotherton was born January 24 1852, which would be 11 months after Alfred and Eleanor were married. That would leave Caroline a couple of weeks short of being 14, when Eleanor died. She married the above mentioned Augustus Kent on her birthday in 1866, claiming to be 16. The ceremony took place in Diamond City, Gallatin, MT. She was granted a divorce on October 21 1881, and remarried to a William David Olmstead December 7 1881.

1902, William Olmstead died in Missoula MT. In 1908, her son Arlington states his mothers name is Levissia Harris, on his marriage licsense.

Potentially it might be John b 1752 NY> Grandison b 1803 Albany NY> Alfred b 1829 Putnam IA> (Lovisa) Caroline b 1852 IN. I am going to have to look at the 1856 IA census to find Caroline and William, perhaps with an Aunt or Uncle that went to ID or WA via MT. I think the trip may have started in 1865 and wintered in Gallatin MT where Lovisa Caroline married Augustus Kent in January 1866.

There are a couple of Fouts, both born in the 1830s, that died in MT. William L Fouts, son of Noah, and Jesse Fouts, son of Andrew, died in Virginia City....Fouts is the maiden name of Grandison Brotherton's wife. Fouts are in Harrison and Shelby counties in IA.

Page 279 of the 1870 census for Diamond City, Meagher, MT, list a Wm Fouts 21 miner born in IA. The Butte City, Deerlodge, MT census for 1880 lists a W D Fouts 32, a miner, father born OH, mother born VA.

In a letter I found a reference to John Brotherton KENT. He made a statement to a Judge naming his relatives and their birthdates. It was witnessed by a J. SKELTON. Remember Eleanor Skelton was potentially the mother of Lonvisa Caroline Brotherton.