Marion Arline Erbland nee Brown

Donald Erbland - Husband of Marion

Versailles Area
Cattaraugus & Southwestern Erie Counties, NY

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Brown Family Friends

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  1. Baker / Crowel - Fred Baker & Carrie Crowel 
  2. Ball - Nellie Ball by Bliss Bros Studio
  3. Ball - Nellie Ball by Eggers
  4. Bennett - 'Nett' Bennett by Geo. W. Scott Portraits
  5. Cook - Jud Cook by Robbins Photographic Art Studio
  6. Crowell - Carrie Crowell, age 16 by M. De Ver Westcott
  7. Davis - Bee Davis by Gifford
  8. Hair - Della Hair by Bliss Bros
  9. Hall - Marion Hall, Neighbor of the Brown's
  10. Harrington - Ethel and Mabel Harrington by G. W. Scott photography
  11. Holcomb - Love Holcomb as young girl
  12. Holcomb - Love Holcomb as teenager by Gifford
  13. Holcomb - Love Holcomb as adult
  14. Lauten - Ed Lauten by J.G. McLane
  15. Mack - Kattie Mack by J.R. Potter photography
  16. Merrill - LeRoy Merrill by Geo. M. Shearer
  17. Palmer - Belinda Palmer by Franklin photography
  18. Parker - Mila Parker, Age 16
  19. Parker & Hines - Gertie Parker and (Lima?) Hines
  20. Peebles - Dr. Peebles
  21. Perkins - Eva & Nada Perkins
  22. Perkins - Nada
  23. Pettit - See the Pettit Family Page
  24. Prentia - May Prentia
  25. Russell - Nellie and Fred Russell
  26. Ward - Dr. W. Ward by F. J. Weber Photographer
  27. Weigand - 'Kitty' Weigand by H. McNeill photography
  28. Wooley - See the Wooley Family Page

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Fred Baker and Carrie Crowel were friends of Maude and Will Brown.
Fred Baker and Carrie Crowel
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Nellie Ball was a friend of Maude and Will Brown.  On the reverse of this photograph is written "Nellie Brown" and :"FRIEND OF MR & MRS W.L. BROWN".  The photographer is shown as Bliss Bros Studio, 368 Main St. Corner Eagle, Buffalo, N.Y.  In the 1880 census, Nellie E. Ball is listed as the 8 year old daughter of Wm. Ball (occupation "Carpenter") and Eveline Ball.  The Ball's are listed as family #150 in the 1880 enumeration sequence for Perrysburg.
Nellie Ball was a friend of Maude and Will Brown
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Nellie Ball - Photograph by "Geo. A. H. Eggers, COR. 5TH & SWAN STS., DUNKIRK, N.Y."
Nellie Ball - Photograph by Geo. A. H. Eggers, Dunkirk, NY
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Nett Bennett - The reverse of the original photograph for this image is marked "Nett Bennett aged 19-" and "W.L. B.'s Friend" [Will Lincoln Brown of Versailles].  The reverse of the photo also shows "Geo. W. Scott, INSTANTANEOUS Portraits, GOWANDA, N.Y.
Nett Bennett aged 19 - Will Brown's friend
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Jud Cook - Reverse of photo marked, "Jud Cook  FRIEND OF MR & MRS W.L. BROWN".  Photograph by "Robbins, Photographic Art Studio, COR. MAIN AND KENNEDY STS. BRADFORD, PA."
Jud Cook - Friend of Will and Maude Brown

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Carrie Crowell age 16 is written on the reverse side of this photograph.The studio is M. DE VER WESTCOTT, Forestville, N.Y.
Carrie Crowell age 16

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Bee Davis - Reverse side says, "Bee Davis, VERSAILLES, N.Y., FRIEND MAUDE B. BROWN".  The photograph is by "GIFFORD, Dunkirk, N.Y."
Bee Davis - Friend of Maude Brown
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Della Hair - The reverse of this photograph says "Dell Hair" and "DELLA HAIR, VERSAILLES, N.Y., FRIEND OF W.L.B." [Will Lincoln Brown]. The photographer is "Bliss Bros Artistic Photographers, Portrait Studio, 368 Main St. COR Eagle, Commercial Gallery 37 and 39 Court St., Buffalo, N.Y."
Della Hair - Friend of Will Brown
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Marion Hall - The reverse side of this photo reads, "Neighbor of the Will L. Brown family in Versailles, N.Y."  This notation is in the handwriting of Marion Brown.  According to information supplied by a living relative of Marion Hall, Marion Hall was born in May 1898, the first child of Lewis Elliott Hall and Anna Hall (nee Stuckey). Her brothers were Leroy C. Hall, born in Feb. 1900, and Francis Hall, born in 1902 or 1903.
Marion Hall - Neighbor of the Will L. Brown family in Versailles
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Ethel & Mabel Harrington - Versailles.  Friends of W.L. Brown family. Photography by G. W. Scott of Gowanda, N.Y.
Ethel and Mabel Harrington - Friends of W.L. Brown family in Versailles
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Love Holcomb as young girl.  Reverse of photo is marked, "Love Holcomb  VERSAILLES, N.Y.  FRIEND OF MR & MRS W.L. BROWN". According to information recorded in "The Longfellow Birthday Book" which was given to Will L. Brown on 22-SEP-1884, "Love A. Holcomb" was born 03-AUG-1859.  Her full name was "Love Adele Holcomb". She was born in Silver Creek, Chautauqua County, NY, of parents, Abel Porter Holcomb and his wife, Drucilla Beals.  Love Holcomb is listed as "Lovis Holcomb" in the 1880 census.  Although it is not known for certain, she may have married a man by the name of "Mark. D. Norton".
Love Holcomb as young girl.
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Love Holcomb as a teenager.  Reverse of photograph is marked, "Love H   LOVE HOLCOMB, VERSAILLES, N.Y.  FRIEND OF W.L. BROWN".
Love Holcomb as a teenager.
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Love Holcomb. - On the reverse side of the original photograph is written "Love A Hall" and "Love Hocomb" and "W.L.B.'s FRIEND".  [Will Lincoln Brown of Versailles NY] . On another print of this same photograph, her name is written as "Love Halcomb".  The photographer also signed this photograph but his signature does not show up in the low resolution jpeg scans used on this web site, so you can see a close-up of the photographer's signature here.  On the photograph, it is located to the lower right of her image.  This is actually "Love Adele Holcomb".
Love Holcomb

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Ed Lauten - The reverse of this photograph indicates "Ed Lauten" and "FRIEND OF W.L. BROWN FAMILY" [Versailles NY].   The photographer's printed information o the back is: "J.G. McLane, Photographic Art Studio, Center and Sycamore Sts., Oil City, PA., Copyright 1889"
Ed Lauten - Friend of W.L. Brown family in Versailles
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Kattie Mack, a friend of Will and Maude Brown.
Kattie Mack as a child. - Friend of Will and Maude Brown.
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LeRoy Merrill - also known as "Roy Merrill"; both names are shown on the reverse of this photograph taken by Geo. M. Shearer photographer.  The web site for the Descendents of Nathaniel Merrill lists a LeRoy Merrill as being born 1890-06-09 and dying 1894-05-21 with burial listed as in Rathbun Lawn Cemetery, Irving, Town of Hanover, Chautauqua County.  His mother is listed by the Merrill web site as Harriet M. Remington, born in Versailles on 1871-07-01 of parents Seth Remington and Mary Webster. His father is listed as William W. Merrill, born 1851-04-04 in Dayton, Cattaraugus County. This Versailles connection for LeRoy's mother could certainly explain why this photograph was kept all these years with the photos of the Brown's family friends.
LeRoy Merrill - also known as "Roy Merrill"
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Belinda Palmer - Friend of Marion Brown.  The reverse of this photograph reads, "Happy birthday To Marion From Belinda".  The photograph is by "Franklin, Gowanda, N.Y."
Belinda Palmer - Friend of Marion Brown.
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Mila Parker - Reverse of photo reads, "Mila Parker Age 16-" and "MILA PARKER  FRIEND OF W.L. BROWN FAMILY"
Mila Parker Age 16

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Gertie Parker and (Lima?) Hines.  The second name is somewhat illegible as can be seen on the reverse side of the photo. (Click on thumbnail to view.)
Gertie Parker and (Lima?) Hiines
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Dr. Peebles is marked on the reverse side of the source photo. This is James Martin Peebles, a man who was an active participant in the spiritualist movement during the second half of the 19th century. It is presumed that the Brown family's interest in spiritualism is the reason that his photograph is amongst the family photos of Elisha Brown's family. Dr. Peebles was born 23-MAR-1822 in Whitingham, Vermont.  His parents were James and Nancy Peebles. Biographies of Dr. Peebles include: (1) The Spiritual Pilgrim by J. O. Barrett published in 1878, (2) Dr. James M. Peebles by John Hubert Greusel c.1911 and (3) A Biography of James Martin Peebles by Edward Whipple, published in 1901. Linda Pendleton's web site provides a considerable amount of online information.  Page 160 of  The Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus County, NY, edited by William Adams and published 1893, lists "Dr. James W. Peebles" [sic - middle initial] among the list of "Medical Practitioners of Cattaraugus County". His entry reads, "James W. Peebles, a graduate of the American Eclectic College of Cincinnati on October 13, 1869, came to Olean in January, 1887, but doubtless soon removed."
Dr. Peebles
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Eva & Nada Perkins - Reverse of photos reads, "Eva & Nada Perkins  FRIENDS OF MR & MRES. W.L. BROWN  VERSAILLES, N.Y."  The 1900 U.S. Federal census for Cattaraugus County, Perrysburg Twp, Supervisor's Dist. 186, Enumeration Dist. 64, Sheet 9, shows that Eva and Nadia were the children of Riley (b.1855) and Carrie (b.1870) Perkins.  Eva is shown as born in January 1892 and Nadia in June 1889.  Two brothers are also listed, Len (b.1895) and Howard (b.1898).
Eva & Nada Perkins as childern.
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Nada Perkins (or Nadia) was born in 1898 to Riley and Carrie Perkins.  (See above entry.)  The Perkin's family were friends of the Will L. Brown family in Versailles.
Nadia Perkins, 1889
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May Prentia - Friend of the W.L. Brown family in Versailles, NY.
May Prentia
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Nellie and Fred Russell - The reverse of this photo says, "Nellie AND Fred Russell  Friends OF Mr & Mrs. W.L. Brown".
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Dr. W. Ward - Photograph by F. J. Weber, Photographer, Gowanda, N.Y.  Based upon information from page 110 the Historical Gazetteer of 1893, it appears that Dr. W. Ward served as various officers of "The Lake Erie Medical Society" including President, Vice-President and Secretary.  The article written in 1941 by Ethelyn Weller and entitled "North Collins Remembers" contains the following information about Dr. Ward.  Not only did Dr. Ward move to North Collins from Versailles, but North Collins was also the home of Elisha Brown's brother Levi Brown and possibly another brother, Simeon Brown.

"Dr. Walden M. Ward, son of Granson Ward, came to North Collins in 1880 from Versailles, N. Y. He was one of the town's leading physicians until the time of his death, May 5.1939. He died at the age of eighty after fifty-four years of medical practice, having served as North Collins health officer for many years. He was a past president of the Erie County Medical Association. He had two brothers, Lee B. and Walter; and one son, Worthington C., also a doctor. Lee married Carrie Baird and they have one daughter, Madeline. Worthington married Carolyn Falk."

According to Wally MacDowell's web site,  Dr. Ward's son, Worthington C. Ward, graduated from North Collins High School  in 1903.

Dr. W. Ward
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'Kitty' Weigand was a friend of Will and Maude Brown.  There was a Catrina Weigand born in Onondaga, NY 1861-07-22 but I do not know if this is the same person.
'Kitty' Weigand was a friend of Will and Maude Brown.
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