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THE DEAD IN THE BURNED DISTRICT
Fully three months of hard and laborious work
have been sent by Col. J. H. Leavenworth
in making up a list of those burned; whole
neighborhoods having been swept away without any warning, or leaving any trace, or
record to tell the tale. It has been a difficult task to collect the number and names of families who have
wholly or in part perished, although no pains
have been spared to search out the survivors and make the records
as nearly correct as possible.
The list can be depended upon as far as it goes, but it is well
known that the numbers of people
were burned, particularly in the village of Peshtigo, whose names
have never been ascertained,
and probably never will be, as many of these were transient
persons at work in the extensive
manufactories, and all fled before the horrible tempest of fire,
many of them caught in its terrible
embrace with no record of their fate except their charred and
blackened bones. The people of
Peshtigo can all tell of acquaintances they had before the fire
of whom they lost all knowledge
since, and that many perished in the companys boarding
house and the catholic and presbyterian
churches, of whom not a vestige remains, there seems to be no
reasonable doubt; for the very
sands in the street were vitrified, and metals were melted in
localities that seem impossible.
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List of dead
recognized in Peshtigo
Alvord, John wife and one
Beebe, J. E. and wife Frances, and three
Bruette, Mrs. Anton.
Bruette, Mrs. Charles, and one child.
Barton, Roger, died from effects of the fire at
Cramer, Mrs. Michael, and two sons; husband
saved, and one son.
Clement, Joseph G., just married; wife saved.
England, Mrs. William, and two children, fled to
the village and were burned; husband and eight
children remained in the sugar bush and were saved.
Jacobs, Frank, infant son of T. Jacobs, was
taken to the river by his aunt, Charlotte Seymour;
Kuncner, Ernest, found in river.
Lawerence, Charles, wife and four children; fled
from lower sugar bush to village, and were all
burned near the river.
Mellen, James, son and daughter of.
McGregor, Daniel, wife, and sister Jenny.
McDonald, Mrs. Leroy, and five children.
Marsh, Nellie, daughter of P. J. Marsh.
McMinn, Mrs. Silas.
McGregor, Mrs. James, and child.
Olestrom, Charles, wife and two children, and a
lady visiting name unknown.
Olson, Hans, wife and two children.
Potter, J. T. child of.Stit,
Mrs. Wilson, died at Marinette.
Scott, Joseph, child of, died at harbor.
Slaughter, Mrs. Robert and child.
Seymour, Miss Charlotta, drowned in river.
Tanner, Mrs. J. J. and two children.
Thompson, William, and wife.
Timmer, John, two sons and a daughter of.
Tackman, Mrs. Christina.
Westfall, Charles, wife and his father.
Van Byninger, John.
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List of the Dead in
the Sugar Bushes.
Alschwager [Alswager], Mrs. John and one
child. Husband and five children saved.
Auest, Fred; wife saved.
Aldis, William, wife and two children, were from
Connecticut, visiting the family of N. May, also
Mrs. Nepthallon May, was the sister of Mrs.
Bruce, Mrs. August, and three children; husband
and two children saved.
Bell, Mrs. William; husband and child saved.
Birney, Caroline; lived with Chas. Chapman
and family; burned.
Bush, Charles, Wife and six children.
Bosworth, Mrs. Olive, with two children of John Taylors.
Bartels, Miss Augusta; was visiting her
grandmother; daughter of Capt. Fred J. Bartels, of Peshtigo.
Bohemaster, Henry, wife and child.
Curtis, William, and daughter. Mrs. Eliza
Curtis, his wife, was badly crippled by fire and remains so.
Church, John, wife and one child - Warren Church
cut his throat rather than be burned, but was saved.
Chapman, Charles, wife and son and hired man and
Cook, Jacob E., wife and three children, burned
in root house.
Diedrich, Joseph (alias Bailey),
wife and three children. Enlisted in the 5th Wisconsin
under the name of Bailey, and drew a pension for wounds untill he
was burned. His wife was
found dead, standing upright, leaning against the roots of
a large tree.
Doyle, Patrick, wife and seven children, known
to have been upon their farm at the time of the fire.
Nothing has been heard or seen of their remains since. Mrs. Doyle
was a daughter of John Derryman,
of Mill Point, Michigan. Three of the children by her first
Davis, Norman, wife and three children. This
family were burned in a well. James Hays, a
and a hired girl, name not known, also burned.
Duckett, Benjamin, wife and one child.
Eamer, Mrs. Mary Ann. Husband died just before
fire; two sons saved.
Fletcher, Mary and Halsey, children of Lucius.
Fagan, Mrs. Martin, and two children; husband
Glass, Flora, Belle and William, children of
Gregor, John, and wife.
Hayes, Isreal; wife saved.
Helms, Charles, wife and son. Mr. Helms traveled
a long distance in the fire. The calves of his
legs burned loose; dragging on the ground, held by cords. Was
taken to the hospital at Marinette,
but soon died.
Hill, L. H., and wife.
Hoyt, Charles E., wife and one child.
Hoyt, Enoch, wife and one child. One saved.
Three other sons were badly burned. One in trying to
save the life of his mother, Mrs. Maria Hoyt, who begged to be
left to her fate, which he refused to
do, and is badly crippled by the fire in consequence.
Hayes, Henry Sr., wife and one son.
Hayes, Rebecca, wife of Henry Hayes Jr., and one
Jackson, Harry, child of E. A. Jackson.
Jackson, John, left with the child named above.
Jackson, Asa, reported burned, remains not
King, John, wife and four children. A daughter
and son away from home were saved.
King, Robert, wife and three children. A
daughter absent from home, saved.
Kiefer, Peter, wife and two children; one saved.
Kappus [Cappus], Catharine, wife of Chris., and two
and three children saved.
Kelly, Terence, and one child; wife and three
Karrow, Michael, and wife; two children saved.
Loucks, Lindsey, and wife.
Lafay, Joseph and wife.
Lembk [Lemke], Charles, had his wife and five children
on a wagon, fleeing for safety, when one of
his horses falling, he got out to help him up, and finally succeeding in doing so, and upon returning
to the wagon found his family all dead. He finally reached a
small brook near by, in which he lay
until morning, when returning, he found the remains of his family
and wagon entirely consumed.
Leasuae [Leasure], Mrs. Joseph Jr., and four children;
Leach, Ann, wife of Peter Leach.
Leach, Lot wife and infant.
May, Nepthallon, wife and child.
Moore, Mrs. Hiram, and five children. Mr. Moore
could not induce them to leave the house
after it was enveloped in flames, and barely escaped himself.
Myers, George, wife and four children.
Newton, Ralph and Lizzie, children of Samuel and
Newberry, Henry Sr.; wife saved; absent from
Newberry, Charles O., and two children; wife
Newberry, Edward S., wife and child.
Newberry, Walter, wife and three children.
The three later named were sons of Henry Newberry Sr.
Olson, Mrs. Nelson and two children, husband and
Pratt, A. A., wife and two children; two saved.
Pentree, Charles, Sr., wife and three children;
Pentree, Mrs. William and two children; husband
Papp, William, Jr.
Prestine, Mrs. Joaquin; husband badly crippled.
Phillips, Cornelia E., Daughter of R.E.P.; died
from effects of the fire.
Perault, Nelson, wife and eight children, and a
Frenchman with them could not be ascertained.
Race, Martin, wife and two children.
Seymour, Fred., son of Isaac J. and Charolette;
reported in Peshtigo list.
Smith, John Fritz, wife and two children.
Spear, Lemuel H., wife and two children.
Segar, Lyman, wife and child.
Tousley, Mrs. C. R.; Mr Tousley cut the throats
of his two children and his own; all found dead.
Taylor, John and two children; wife and one
Utter, Mrs. John, and two children; husband
Wienhart, Philip, wife and five children; four
Wenzel, John, Sr., and wife.
This closes the list of those identified in
Peshtigo, and the Sugar Bushes, while
all who are familiar with the circumstances, assert that large
numbers were found
and buried, who could not be recognized. ...
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List of the burned in
Bodot, Mrs. Louis, was found
in the woods eight days after the fire, crushed to death by a
Dantoin, Mrs. Joseph, and three children;
although to death herself, she had so well
protected an infant in her arms, that it was saved, though badly
Licot, Maurice, left his house with a roll of
leather and a new pair of boots which he left
after proceeding a short distance, and returned it is supposed to
save his wife; his remains
were found in the cellar; his wife waved her life by lying beside
a heap of stones in the field.
Wendrick, Mrs.. John B., left her house to go to
the house of a neighbor, Dantoin, for three
of her children, which she got and left with three of
Dantoins children; they were all burned to death.
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List of burned in
here for the 1870 census of Brussels in Door County]
Kolbeck, George, wife and
Milichewart, Joseph, wife and four children.
Mutter, Frank, wife and two children.
Pavlic, Casper, a child of.
Seveikert, Michael, wife and five children; also
his wifes father and mother, names not ascertained.
Shelber, John, wife and child.
Trydy, wife and five children; also his
wifes father and mother, and his brother-in-law, names
could not be ascertained.
Weiss, Louis, wife and one child.
The following were burned at Schoefields
& Cos Mill, section 15 Brussels:
Crow, John (an Indian)
McWilliams, Daniel, (colored).
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here for the 1870 census of Nasewaupee Township in Door County]
Larch, Caspar, and two
children of Peter Larch. [This name is spelled "Lorch" in the census.
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List of persons
burned at Birch Creek, in the town of Menominee, Mich
I am indebted to J. R. Brooks, Esq., secretary
of the relief committee at Menominee,
for the following names, who was personally acquainted with all
except the last four named.
Ames, Mrs. Phineas, aged 42
Ames, Lincoln, a child aged 7 years.
Ames, Mary, an infant child. Mr. Ames badly
crippled in both hands and feet, with
two daughters was saved.
Brokling, Peter,aged 40 years.
Brokling, Kate, his wife, aged 45 years.
Brokling, Kate, his daughter, aged 15 years.
Brokling, William, a son, aged 9 years.
Brokling, Philip, a son, aged 8 years.
Brokling, Theodore, a son, aged 6 years.
Brokling, Fred., a son, aged 1 year.
Blanrette, William and Nellie, aged 6 and 3
Hill, James, aged 42 years.
Hill, William, a son, aged 13 years.
Hill, Mary, a daughter, aged 3 years.
Hill, John, a son, aged 6 years. Mrs. James Hill
and a daughter about 14 were saved.
Mrs. Hills hands were so severely burned that the flesh
between the fingers united and
have been recently cut apart.
Kuninger, Karl, aged 38 years.
Linden, Charles, Aged 18 years.
M. N. Vallier, aged 63 years.
Osidiler, O. B., aged 28 years.
Two travelers, strangers, names unknown.
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