_Abiah Palmer BALIS _+ | (1802 - 1857) _George Washington BALIS _| | (1825 - 1897) | | |_Maria H. CLOUGH ____+ | (1800 - 1881) | |--Morella BALIS | (1850 - 1928) | _____________________ | | |_Adelia R. MCGLASHAM _____| (1831 - 1907) | |_____________________
_John DETHICK the second_+ | (1719 - 1793) m 1740 _John DETHICK the Third_| | (1754 - 1811) m 1776 | | |_Anna DODGE _____________+ | (1722 - 1770) m 1740 | |--Ira DETHICK | (1781 - 1850) | _________________________ | | |_Mary HARRIS ___________| (1756 - ....) m 1776 | |_________________________
 m. Percie Loomis
_____________________ | _George HOEFLE _____________| | | | |_____________________ | | |--Clara HOEFLE | (1878 - ....) | _William DRUSCHEL ___ | | (1834 - 1907) m 1850 |_Elizabeth Lizzie DRUSCHEL _| (1851 - ....) | |_Sibilla LINK _______ (1830 - 1898) m 1850
_Johann Ferdinand Christoph KLUESNER _+ | (1799 - 1848) _William August Franz Wilhelm KLUESNER KlesenerKleasner____| | (1824 - 1899) m 1854 | | |_Anna Maria Elisabeth MEIER __________ | (1799 - 1862) | |--Heinrich Carl Wilhelm KLUESNER | (1857 - 1861) | _Johann WINDMULLER ___________________ | | |_Maria HenrietteWilhelmine Caroline WINDMULLER Windmueller_| (1831 - 1907) m 1854 | |_Margarethe BOBERG ___________________
_____________________ | _Emil Richard LAUSTED _| | (1877 - 1944) | | |_____________________ | | |--Luella LAUSTED | (1917 - 2001) | _George BRITZIUS ____+ | | (1845 - 1924) m 1868 |_Lillian BRITZIUS _____| (1884 - 1973) | |_Margaret BROWN _____ (1850 - 1930) m 1868
 per Lisa Cresswell: "Luella was a telephone operator before she married my grandfather. She was a very loving person, great cook, seamstress. She died of heart and resptory issues. "
_William MAKEPEACE __+ | (1544 - 1615) m 1564 _William MAKEPEACE __| | (1565 - ....) m 1590| | |_Susan ______________ | (1545 - 1584) m 1564 | |--Thomas MAKEPEACE | (1595 - 1667) | _____________________ | | |_Mary _______________| (1567 - 1604) m 1590| |_____________________
1595 – 1667
England Boston, Massachusetts
Tonight I want to tell you about one of our ancestors who came in the early days of colonial America and made important contributions to our beginnings.
Thomas Makepeace was born in England about 1595. The exact place and time of his birth is not known with certainty, but many researchers, after examining old church documents, seem to agree that he belongs to the line of Makepeaces from Burton Dasset in Warwickshire. Sometime before he came to America he probably moved to Bristol in Somerset, England and met his wife and also Wyllys, Saltonstall, Whiting, and Holyoke.
He arrived in the colonies between 1635 and 1637 and settled in Dorchester which was a Massachusetts Bay Colony village a few miles south of Boston. Our record says his first wife, Alice Brasier, died in England in 1638. So did he come without her? His eldest son inherited the home Thomas had in England and was living in it when Thomas died in 1667. Perhaps Alice was ill and stayed behind with her eldest son, while father and the other children came to America. Or, perhaps the 1638 date is wrong. Perhaps she died earlier and Thomas came after she died. Most of Thomas's children were with his first wife. Did he bring all his little children with him? We know that except for the eldest son, all the children ended up in America. In his will he leaves money to a kinswoman, Mary. Perhaps she came to America with him and helped him care for the children. Ester (sometimes written Hester and at least once Easter) was quite small, being born in 1634, and would have been a large amount of care for a man without a wife. The other children named in the will besides Thomas Jr., the one who inherited the English home, and Ester, are William, Hannah, Mary, and Waitawhile. All but Waitawhile are named in the will before Ester, and are undoubtedly children of Thomas and Alice. Waitawhile was possibly born from his second marriage. Or perhaps Alice did come to America with Thomas and Waitawhile was her daughter.
For some people there will be too much "perhaps" in this sketch. But I think what we don't know can be food for the imagination. It can also point to places where future research may shed light. In the meantime here are the things we do know about Thomas Makepeace:
All the following records are from the William Makepeace source unless otherwise indicated.
7 Sep 1637 - A meeting of Boston officials recorded, "It is agreed that Mr. Thomas Makepeace shall have a house plot and a garden plot."
25 Sep 1637 - The court says where the house and garden shall be located.
1638 - He became one of the original members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, a membership indicating he was a man of importance and wealth. Also, he had the title of "Mr." which indicates he was a man of some importance.
25 Mar 1639 in the Boston Record - "Mr. John Underhill hath surrendered unto Mr. Thomas Makepeace of Dorchester, his house in Boston, with an hundred acres of upland ground at Muddy River, and ten acres of meadow, or marsh ground there; and his share of woodlands in the islands, with a garden at the house, and another behind Mr. Parker's house, to the quantity of half an acre, and somewhat more; and, also, near half an acre upon the Fort Hill, for the sum of an hundred pounds."
13 Jan 1640 - Thomas was informed by the court that, "Because of his novile disposition they were weary of him unless he should reform." (Pope) This record seems to indicate that Thomas was an independent minded man. 1640 was long before our Bill of Rights guaranteed us the freedom of speech. Free thinking was not encouraged by the Pilgrims in The Massachusetts Bay Colony.
2 Jun 1641- in the Massachusetts Record, "Mr. John Oliver, Mr. Edward Alleyn, William Parks, are appointed to view and settle Mr. Makepeace his farm of 200 acres."
25 Jul 1641 - "Mrs. Elizabeth Makepeace, lately called Mrs. Elizabeth Mellowes, but now ye wife of Mr. Makepeace, of Dorchester, was granted . . . (a transfer of membership to the church in Dorchester.)" We don't know the exact date of Thomas and Elizabeth's marriage. We do know that Elizabeth had at least three small children that she brought with her to the marriage. She had previously been married to Oliver Mellowes, who had a marriage prior to his marriage to Elizabeth.. Thomas had 5 or 6 (I'm not positive about Waitawhile's mother). And then there were four children under 20 from Oliver's first marriage to Mary James. Did they come along with their step-mother? We don't know. We know Thomas was interested in their welfare. (See 22 May 1651 below.) With or without them, it made for quite a large houseful of children. He could well use that 100 acres plus that he had purchased in Boston.
1641 - Thomas gave all the rents and profits of Thompson's Island to the town of Dorchester for the support of free schools. This record tells us how highly Thomas valued education. It also indicates that he valued the common man, else why need education be free? Free education was not the norm in the world of 1641.
14 Jun 1641- Thomas was one of 5 proprietors of the Dover, New Hampshire, and Swampscott patents. Other proprietors were: George Wyllys, Robert Saltonstall, William Whiting, Edward Holyoke. On this date the five partners petitioned the "general Court" to have both patents and the jurisdiction of the people dwelling within the limits of these patents, come under the government of Massachusetts Bay Colony. The petition was granted. The land is actually in what is now New Hampshire. All of the proprietors, according to the Makepeace family history, came from either Bristol or Shrewsbury. This is a good clue to where Thomas was from. This description of "patent" and "proprietor" as they applied to Thomas comes from our cousin, Wayne Olsen. "I think the patent means a formal grant from the King of England allowing settlement of acreage in the new world. I suspect that it implies that Thomas was a privileged person in the upper class of society, especially
considering the names of the other 4 proprietors he collaborated with. I think it also implies that he had money and bankrolled the sailing ship and support of the specific settlement. Being a proprietor means pretty much the same thing, I think, designating him as one of the founders or leaders of
13 Jan 1649 - a Suffolk deed transferring 7 acres of land in Dorchester from Thomas Makepeace to Roger Williams.
11 Jul 1649 - a deed transferring 9 acres of land in Dorchester from Thomas Makepeace to Augustine Clement.
22 May 1651 - Thomas petitioned the General Court for the right to sell a house and land in Braintree for the benefit of the six children of Oliver Mellowes and gave security with the eldest son John to pay the others portions, which was granted.
2 Jun 1653 - a court decision regarding Thomas's son William. William was an apprentice to Mr. Hutchingson, a cooper. Mr. Hutchingson had apparently tried to take some sort of legal action against William. Thomas petitioned the court in his son's behalf and the court found, ". . . the judgment of the Commissioners Court, and the lawe, title Masters and Servants, doe declare, that the proceedings of Mr. Hutchingson in reference to William Makepeace, the apprentice, to bee wthout, and against lawe."
1654 - Thomas received pay from the Massachusetts Bay treasury for service in the "Narragansett Expedition." The Narragansett Indians were a small tribe of Indians that mainly occupied the islands to the south of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Look for Narragansett Bay on a map of Rhode Island. These Indians were supposed to be paying a tribute of Wampum to the Massachusetts Bay treasury. They didn't have enough wampum so in 1653 they stole it from the Montauk Indians who lived at the east end of Long Island. The colonists did not want war among the Indian tribes so they sent Thomas and some others down to try to settle the problem. They must have been successful because there was no major battles at that time. Perhaps Thomas was a friend of Roger Williams. You can see above in 1649 that Thomas had sold Roger land. Roger Williams started the colony of Rhode Island. He had respect for the Indians and so they had great respect for him.
12 Jun1854 - Thomas witnessed a deed in London. (Pope)
21 Jul 1854 - He witnessed a deed in Boston. (Pope) Travel between these two places seems to be getting faster.
Jan 1655 - A deed was registered and recorded by Deputy Governor, R. Bellingham.
2 Apr 1662 - Thomas is referred to in the abstract of a court file as, "Thomas Makepeace of Boston, aged nere 70 (seventy) years."
30 Jun 1666 - Thomas's will is dated. Here follow a summary of who got what in the will:
Names eldest son, Thomas, to whom he has previously given house and land in England.
Names son William - the house in Boston after the death of Thos's daughter Mary who is currently living there with her family. Also, William will own a debt of 3 pounds owed by Thomas Terry of Block Island. (Find Block Island south of Rhode Island.)
Names eldest daughter, Hannah, wife of Stephen Hoppin, of Thompson's Island - 3 pounds
Names daughter Mary, wife of Lawrence Willis-use of the house in Boston during her life. Also a debt owed by John Willis, Sr, of Bridgewater, and another owed by his son, John Willis, Jr., of Bridgewater.
Names daughter Ester, wife of John Browne of Marlborough - 3 pounds plus all the debts owed by John Browne
Names daughter Waitawhile, wife of Josiah Cooper, of Boston - 3 pounds
Names nine children of daughter Hannah Hoppin: Deliverance, John, Stephen, Hannah, Sarah, Thomas, Opportunity, Joseph, Benjamin - 10 pounds each, except that Stephen shall not get his until he reforms from his "wild and wasteful course."
Names five children of Browne: Elizabeth, Joseph, Sarah, Mary, John - 10 pounds each
Names two children of Cooper: Elizabeth and the unborn child of Waitawhile - 10 pounds each
Names kinswoman, Mary, wife of John Pearce of Rhode Island - 3 pounds
Names wife's 3 daughters - Martha, wife of Joseph Walters, Mary, wife of Emanuel Springfield in England, and Mary , wife of James Dennis of Boston - 50 shillings each.
Names son-in-law Abel Langley - 50 shillings
Names wife, Elizabeth - 1/3 of the whole before the other legacies are paid.
The remainder of the estate is to be divided into 3 parts. One part to wife Elizabeth, one part to daughter, Waitawhile, and one part to Josiah Cooper, her husband.
Wife Elizabeth, daughter Waitawhile, and son-in-law Cooper executors.
His will, dated Boston, June 30, 1666, is on record in the probate office in Boston.
The inventory of Thomas's Estate was dated 2 Mar 1667. He left an estate worth 291 pounds and 7 shillings which included one dwelling house and grounds worth 180 pounds. Do you think all those people and grandchildren in his will were able to receive what he wanted to leave for them?
And so we assume Thomas Makepeace died in Boston, Jan or Feb 1667.
So, dear children, what do you think of our ancestor, Thomas Makepeace? We don't know a great deal about him, but the little we do makes me think he was a good and solid citizen in the very early days of our country. He was a man of wealth but in at least one instance he used his wealth to benefit his whole community by providing the financing for free schools. He served his new government by trying to make peace among the Indian tribes. He was a man of independent opinions and not afraid to express them in a climate not always wanting to listen. He was a good father, supporting his son William at court, hoping to leave a legacy even to each of his grandchildren, marrying a woman with three children of her own plus four step-children, and in trying to see that his wife's step-children were provided for. And he had a wonderful name. If you want to learn the legend that went with his name, check out the notes with his daughter Ester. Woman didn't get to do much outside their homes in those days, so I gave the family legend to Ester.
Now here is how you are related to Thomas Makepeace. He was the father of Ester Makepeace. Ester was the mother of Elizabeth Browne. Elizabeth was the mother of Thomas Gustin. Thomas was the father of Thomas Gustin Jr. Thomas Gustin Jr. was the father of Elizabeth Gustin. Elizabeth Gustin was the mother of Rodolphus Derrick. (Do you remember him? He wrote a journal of his year's adventure traveling down the Ohio River to explore Illinois.) Rodolphus was the father of Franklin H. Derrick. Franklin H. was the father of Mary Derrick. (Never forget Mary Derrick!) Mary was the mother of Flora Balis. Flora was the mother of Harold Stevens. Harold was the father of Paul Stevens. Paul is the father of Dawne Stevens. Dawne is the mother of . . . Sarah, Hannah, Timmy, and Becky!
So Hooray for Thomas Makepeace and his novile ideas!.
In a writing dated 1 August 1638, Mr. John Underhill "surrendered unto Mr. Thomas Makepeace of Dorchester, his house in Boston with an hundred acres of upland ground at Muddy River and ten acres of meadow or marsh ground there, and his share of woodland in the Islands with a garden at the house and another behind Mr. Parker's house to the quantity of half an acre and somewhat more, and also near half an acre upon the fort hill" [BTR
On 13 January 1647[/8] Mr. Thomas Makepeace and Roger Williams, both of Dorchester, made an agreement regarding seven acres of land in Dorchester neck purchased by Williams [SLR
_Andrew WHITE _______+ | (1800 - 1863) m 1833 _William L. WHITE ___| | (1839 - 1918) m 1862| | |_Matilda O'NEIL _____+ | (1807 - 1861) m 1833 | |--William Wesley WHITE | (1864 - 1948) | _William FARAGHER ___+ | | (1794 - 1865) m 1819 |_Ellen FARAGHER _____| (.... - 1927) m 1862| |_Ann KELLY __________+ (.... - 1865) m 1819
The William Wesly White Story
6 May 1864 - 21 Nov 1948
28 March 2007
Tonight I want to tell you about Grandpa Stevens' Grandpa White.
William Wesley White grew up in beautiful Jo Daviess County, Illinois. He was the third in a family of nine children. The Whites were a well established, industrious farm family and instilled in their children a love of learning and an ardent religious leaning. Wes, as he was called, was fortunate to be able to attend college. He attended Illinois Normal, acquiring the credentials necessary to teach school and he taught in Platteville, Wisconsin. Wes had four brothers and sisters that taught school as well. Platteville is where he met his wife Anna Adelaide Nicklas. She was one of his students and was six years younger than he. Addie's story says her parents sent her to school in Platteville and she became so homesick she had to go back home. It would be very interesting to know exactly how that romance developed. We know it did develop because Wes and Addie married 16 Mar 1899 in Platteville.
The 1900 census shows Wes and Addie living in Rush Twsp, Jo Daviess County in the same house with Addie's parents and sister. The census says Wes is a farmer and he owns the home, not his father-in-law Peter. Helen always said the 4 children were all born on the farm where Wes grew up at Apple River, but it appears at least Wilbur was not. Perhaps they moved there after Peter Nicklas died in 1904. Anyway, the family lived at or near the farm at Apple River until 1908. All four children were born there or near there; Dorothy Ellen on Christmas Day in 1902. (Some people have a penchant for holidays. Dorothy Ellen died on New Years Day, 87 years later.) Philip in August of 1904, and Helen on 22 February 1906.
Two things happened in 1908 that affected the family's future. Addie developed a condition in her face called neuritis and was advised to move to a warmer climate. Wes's father, William L. White, was close to 70. He was tired. He did not want to farm anymore. So William L. sold the family farm and moved to town with his wife and daughter Annie, and Wes and Addie and their four kids moved to Midlothian, Virginia in Chesterfield County, near Richmond. I wonder why they chose Virginia. Wesley was an excellent farmer. Before long he owned two farms. One good cash crop they produced was strawberries. For extra money, the family cut down and sold pulp wood. The family appears on the 1910 and the 1920 censuses in Chesterfield County, township of Midlothian, Virginia.
Wesley did many things a little differently from his neighbors. Out of an old waogn wheel he made his kids a merry-go-round, which they loved to play on. They had one of the very early victrolas on which they played records by Sousa and Galley Kirchey. Wes was an amateur photographer. He enjoyed taking pictures and developing them, a progressive hobby for his day. And we have copies of many of the photos he took, including one of the four children playing on the wagon wheel merry-go-round.
Wes was an avid reader. The Reader's Digest was one of the few sources of reading material available. Like his brothers and sisters, Wes firmly believed in the value of education. Helen had warm memories of the whole family sitting around the kitchen table in the evening with everyone reading or doing schoolwork. He counselled his children to do their best in life and not to worry so much about competing with others. And he told them, "If you ever have troubles, come home with them. That's where help is."
When Helen was 17, she, her mother, Phillip, and Wilbur went to New Mexico because Wilbur had TB and the wet Virginia climate was bad for him. TB is short for Tuberculosis, a very serious bacterial disease of the lungs. Another name for it in olden days was Consumption. It was very common and very deadly in the days before antibiotics. Many people felt a warm dry climate was the best environment for an individual with TB.
But it was too late for Wilbur. He died there of TB a few months later. Mrs. White refused to come back to Virginia, so the family was forced to sell their nice farm and move to New Mexico where it was extremely hard for Wesley to make a living. In retrospect Helen realized it was a blessing the family moved to the southwest because both she and Phillip had developed TB, though no one knew at the time. Wes built his family a lovely home of stone. It was covered with ivy which was irrigated.
The 1930 census shows the White family in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Wes is working as a general farmer, he owns his own home valued at $350. Philip is working as a farm laborer, Helen as a public school teacher, and Dorothy has been unemployed for 3 months, but lists Furniture store Stenographer as her occupation.
In 1935, when he was 70 years old, Wes, Addie, and daughter Dorothy moved to South Fork, Howell County, Missouri. There they bought a cheaper farm. Unfortunately, the soil was very poor and it was hard to make a living. On top of that it was the Depression and everyone was poor. South Fork is near West Plains in south central Missouri, near the border with Arkansas.
Paul remembers visiting his grandparents there. He says their farm was quite primitive. They had a pot bellied wood stove in the living room that provided heat for the house, and a shelf of National Geographics. In the yard was a shed where Dorothy milked the one cow. Paul wonders how they managed to eke out a living. It must have been a difficult life indeed.
One other thing we know aobut Wes is that he developed epilepsy late in life. It was successfully controlled.
Here's a little about Wes and Addie's children:
Wes and Addie's eldest child Wilbur died in 1923 soon after they moved to New Mexico. He was a beautiful talented young man just like his father. When his sister, Helen, was in her eighties, she said to me one day, "Wouldn't it have been wonderful if Wilbur had lived?" This comment tells us as much about the atmosphere in Wes and Addie's home as it does about Wilbur. Even after 70 years Helen loved him and missed him.
Wes and Addie's 2nd child Dorothy, as a young girl was very bright and talented in music and art. But she had a difficult life as an adult. Helen paid for her to go to Business School, but she couldn't keep a job. She went to Nursing School but couldn't get along with the patients. She tried raising chickens, but that didn't go well either. She lived with her parents and cared for them until they died. After that she worked in a Laundromat for a while and then retired in Rifle, Colorado. Helen visited her there several times and reported her little house was filled with boxes and piles of stuff to the point that only aisles remained. She seemed to suffer from a personality disorder that didn't show up until she was grown. We have a painting Dorothy did of the Yuccas in New Mexico. When Dawne was little, Dorothy sewed many cute clothes for her including a hand-smocked dress that was saved and worn again by Dawne's daughters. In the 1970's Dorothy wrote a number of letters to our family telling about their lives in Virginia. A copy of those letters appears in this collection of stories.
Wes and Addie's third child Philip had to quit high school and help his parents. He married a Texas woman, Ezra Edna Grimes. You can read about Ezra in her own story, which also is included here. Ezra brought an adopted daughter, Dorothy Nell, to the marriage. Philip and Ezra adopted a second child, Bruce Elmer. Philip tried farming in Missouri but that didn't go too well. Paul spent one summer with him and his family on their farm in Jasper, Missouri. Then for 25 years Philip and Ezra operated a coin laundromat in Lawrence, Kansas, an endeavor which proved more productive for them. After they retired they bought a trailer and toured the western states, making many friends and thoroughly enjoying life. They'd spend winter in Texas and go north in the spring to Idaho where they enjoyed picking wild huckleberries, and canning apricots, apples, strawberries and rhubarb. Philip was a very friendly, good humored man. His wife was six years older than he and lived to be 96. During her later years she suffered from several debilitating conditions and required much care. Philip cared for her until she died, at which time he himself was 90 years old. He was never heard to complain. Philip lived another 5 years, dying in Brownwood, Texas in 1999. Philip Love White was a good and happy man. Their daughter, Dorothy Nell, married several times, moved to California, and had six children. Their son Bruce married a girl of Mexican descent, had two children, and retired in Mexico.
Wes and Addie's fourth child Helen Frances, the youngest, is Grandpa's mother and has her own story.
Wes was born during the Civil War and lived through World War II and everything in between. As a young boy he had every advantage that an industrious, thrifty farm family that loved learning could give him. He began his adult life with a rather promising future. His family valued education and he attended college at a time when few did. He worked as a teacher and as a farmer. Teaching brought him his wife, and farming brought him some years of prosperity as a Virginia farmer. But then the health of his children forced him to leave his productive farm and spend his last 25 years ekeing out a living first in barren New Mexico and then in the poverty of southern Missouri. He was a man of education, of wisdom, energy,and ingenuity. Though he ended his life in poverty, the lessons he instilled in his children have been passed on down the line through his children and grandchildren to you dear ones.
Here's how you are related to William Wesley White. Wes married Anna Adelaide Nicklas and had Helen Frances White. Helen married Harold Balis Stevens and had Paul Robert Stevens. Paul married Dianne Irene Zimmerman and had Dawne Irene Stevens. Dawne married Jason Andrew Pamplin and had you wonderful children. William Wesley White was your great great grandfather.
Hooray for William Wesley White!
Per Wes's death certificate:
Immediate cause of death Bronchopneumonia which he had suffered with for three days.
Illness was due to chronic laryngitis, chronic __yoconditis, and arteriosclerosis.
The informant was his wife, Adie.
White, Wesley W head own mort age 55 yrs IL IL Isle of Mann, Eng General Farmer
Anne A. wife 47 WI Pa Germany
Wilbur L. son 19 IL IL WI
Dorothy E dau 18 same Artist working for wage at painting and
Philip L. son 16 "
Helen F. dau 13 "
Line 10 Dwelling # 1727 Family # 1781
Andrew White age 50 male Farmer value real est. - $1000 born Ireland
Matilda " 43 f "
William L. " 11 m Ills
Samuel D."9 m "
Martha J."8 f "
Mary"6 f "
Ann E."4 f "
John Fitzpatrick 24? m " Ireland
line 84 dwelling house # 151 family # 182
White, Wesley, head 36 occupation farmer
White, Addie wife 27
White, Wilbur son 8/12 (should be 3/12)
line 87 dwelling #151 family # 183
Nicklas, Peter head 65 occupation retired
Nicklas, Dorthea wife 58
Nicklas, Evilina dau 33
line 33; Dwelling # 145, Family # 145
White, Wesley age 44 married 11 yrs - Farmer
Adalaid 37 11 4 children born 4 children living
Line 79; dwelling # 73; Family # 75
White, Wesley W. - home is owned, value $350 65 yrs old - age at 1st marriage 34 - Farmer
Addie 57 26
Philipp 26 - Farm Laborer
Dorothy 28 - *Stenographer at a furniture store
Helen 24 - Public school Teacher
*Dorothy indicates she has been unemployed for 3 months.