Marion Arline Erbland nee Brown

Donald Erbland - Husband of Marion

Versailles Area
Cattaraugus & Southwestern Erie Counties, NY

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  1. Ancestry Chart for the Erbland and Brown Families.
  2. Elisha Brown and Marion E. Hill Marriage Announcment
  3. Calculation for Store Purchase by W.L. Brown
  4. Business Card / Advertisment - Brown's Store
  5. Marriage Ceremony Certificate Stephen Jeffery & Susanah Terry
  6. Versailles Deed to Norman B. Hills - Sept 8, 1839
  7. Deed from Hiram Chapman & wife to Simeon Brown & Brothers, 1849
  8. Deed from Levi & Simeon Brown to their brother Elisha, 1854
  9. Deed of House and Land from Susan Jeffery to Stephen Jeffery
  10. Funeral Expense Invoice for Stephen Jeffrey
  11. Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1874, (CHILD)
        Perrysburgh  on Pg-85-86
  12. "The Historic Annals of Southwestern New York" - Pg 598
  13. Historical Gazetteer of Cattaraugus County, 1893, (ADAMS)
        Perrysburg - Chapter XLI
        Dr. W. Ward - Page 110
  14. "Indian Affairs, Laws and Treaties" compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, 1904
  15. History of Cattaraugus Co., 1879, (L. H. Everts)
        Brief Biography of William M. Brown, Follows Page 210
        Perrysburg Section - Cover and Pages 239-248 
  16. History of Buffalo & Erie County, Town of Brant from Pages 623- 629
  17. History of Versailles as documented by Joyce Swan Ferris from Eber Russell
  18. Postcard probably connected with Eulice Jeffrey .
  19. Holland Land Company grant to the Seneca Nation
  20. Pages from a Versailles Blacksmith's Daybook 1842 and 1843
  21. Souvenir Program from the Versailles Farmers' Club meeting, 1912-02-24
  22. Anecdotes from Versailles's Past - Transcription of Oral Discussion
  23. Drawing from Walter Hayward
  24. The Olean Democrat, 25-JUN-1885, Real Estate Transfers Elisha Brown & Norman Hills.
  25. The Longfellow Birthday Book, which belonged to Will L. Brown
  26. Note regarding some of Elisha Brown's siblings

Census Information: A separate page of this web site is devoted to Census Information related to the Versailles 'Brown family' and 'Jeffrey family' and their ancestors.

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Copyright Note:  Most of the transcribed material  comes from what were originally copyrighted documents.  Fortunately, this material is now in the public domain as a result of its age.  For further information on copyright expiry issues see articles such as WHEN DO COPYRIGHTS EXPIRE? by Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D. or "Secrets" of Copyright Revealed from a Newsletter of the Carleton Library, Volume 4, Number 2, Spring/Summer 1996.


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Ancestry Chart showing the ancestors of Donna, Mardon and Marsha Erbland, who were the children of Donald Erbland and Marion Brown.

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This is a photograph of the marriage announcement of Elisha Brown and Marion E. Hill(s) that appeared in the "Northern Citizen" newspaper in Jamestown, NY, No. 48, Vol 2, WHOLE No. 100, Oct. 24, 1849 edition. The original newspaper was photographed by Mardon Erbland (Great Grandchild of this couple) at the Fenton Historical Society in Jamestown, NY on 2002-01-07.  The Northern Citizen was the successor newspaper to the Liberty Star in 1847 and was itself succeeded by the Chautauqua Democrat in 1855.  This announcement indicates that Rev. J.C. Allison of Perrysburg officiated and that the marriage took place on Oct. 10, 1849 in Versailles, Cattaraugus County.  (The entire marriage announcements section of the paper is available if you click on this image.)  
Marriage announcement of Elisha Brown and Marion E. Hills in 1849 
The masthead for this Oct. 24, 1849 edition is also available.  (Click image for full width masthead.)
Masthead for this Oct. 24, 1849 edition of The Northern Citizen
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Estimate Sheet when Will Lincoln Brown purchased the sole interest in the store in Versailles following the death of his father, Elisha Brown, on 1893-08-25.  This is the document that calculates how much he had to pay and to whom he paid it.  The paper was saved by Marion Brown, who wrote this explanation.   The total value of the store is shown as $1600.  Will already owned 1/2, or $800 and he had to buy the remaining 1/2 from Elisha's heirs: M.E. Brown, Alice Brown, and himself (will Brown).
Estimate Pices for purchase of the store owned by Elisha Brown by Will Brown upon the death of Elisha
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This is an Advertisement / Business Card for the store operated by Elisha and Marion Eliza Brown ("E. & M. E. Brown").  Elisha Brown died in 1893, so this card presumably predates that year.  The picture is on the Front of the card and the printing is on the Back.
Advertisement for the store owned by Elisha and Marion Eliza Brown
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Marriage Ceremony Certificate for Stephen Jeffery & Susanah Terry. The ceremony took place 26th August 1856 in New York City before an officiating "Police Justice" who was Matthew Brennan and the witnesses were Michael Whalen and Mary Conway. Susanah was 24 years old and Stephen 25 years at the time according to the certificate. (See the item regarding Stephen Jeffery's Apprenticeship for a description of source of this document.) 
Marriage Ceremony Certificate for Stephen Jeffery and Susanah Terry
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This Deed to Norman B. Hills is dated Sept 8, 1839. It is available at the Cattaraugus County Court House, Cattaraugus County Deeds, 1817 - 1870, Liber 13, pp. 255- 256. The property is located in Versailles and is conveyed to Norman B. Hills from Martin Lindsley & wife. A transcription of the deed is available in PDF format.
Versailles Deed to Norman B. Hills is dated Sept 8, 1839.

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Deed dated 02-FEB-1849. Cattaraugus (NY) County Deeds, Liber. 24, Page 423, Versailles Village. Hiram Chapman and his wife Marion of the Village of Versailles sold this property to Simeon Brown & Brothers of Brant, Erie County and Versailles, Cattaraugus County.
Deed dated 02-FEB-1849 from Hiram Chapman & wife to Simeon Brown & Brothers
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This 1854 Deed records the sale of the Versailles property from Levi & Simeon Brown and their wives to their brother Elisha Brown.  The deal was signed in October 1854 but the transaction was not recorded until 1855. It is in the Cattaraugus County Deeds at the courthouse in Little Valley, NY at Liber. 40, Pg. 49-50. A transcription of the Deed in PDF format is available here. This deed references an 1841 Map by W. L. Stork that is shown on our Maps Page. The property conveyed by this deed is also shown on the Beers & Co. 1869 Atlas map as reference number 3: "3. E. Brown Store & P.O." At the time this Conveyance was signed, Levi Brown was living in Erie County (Brant Twp.) and Simeon Brown was living at Great Valley, Cattaraugus County. Elisha was living in the Village of Versailles.
1855 Deed Record for the sale of the Versailles property from Levi & Simeon Brown and their wives to their brother Elisha Brown (Page 1 of 2) 1855 Deed Record for the sale of the Versailles property from Levi & Simeon Brown and their wives to their brother Elisha Brown (Page 2 of 2)

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Deed of House and Land from Susan Jeffery to Stephen Jeffery.  The transfer was dated 28th November 1892 but it was not recorded until 26th April 1899 in "Liber 176 of Deeds at page 503".  The description of the land is given and the price was "One Dollar".
Cover of the Deed of House and Land from Susan Jeffery to Stephen Jeffery dated 28th November 1892 Deed of House and Land from Susan Jeffery to Stephen Jeffery dated 28th November 1892 Deed of House and Land from Susan Jeffery to Stephen Jeffery dated 28th November 1892
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The Invoice for the funeral expenses of Stephen Jeffrey's burial is shown here.  It was paid by his son, Eulice Jeffrey.  The photocopy of this document was obtained from the Valley Hill Mortuary in Sunnyside, Yakima county, Washington state, who have the original burial records of the Ball Funeral Home.  Many thanks to the Randon Acts of Genealogical Kindness volunteer (who I won't name in public here) for her help in obtaining this record!
Invoice for funeral expenses for Stephen Jeffrey's burial
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  The "GAZETTEER AND BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, N. Y. FOR 1874-75, COMPILED AND PUBLISHED BY HAMILTON CHILD."
  The Perrysburg section appears on Pages 85-86.

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  Page 598 of "The Historic Annals of Southwestern New York", Editor-In-Chief and Editor of Cattaraugus County Section; William J. Doty, Editor of Cattaraugus County Section, Charles E. Congdon; Volume II; Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc.; New York, NY, 1940, contains a brief summary of important people in the settling of Perrysburg.

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  Sections of the "HISTORICAL GAZETTEER AND BIOGRAPHICAL MEMORIAL OF CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, N.Y.   WITH MAP AND ILLUSTRATIONS.  EDITED BY WILLIAM ADAMS.  SYRACUSE, N.Y.  LYMAN, HORTON & CO., LIMITED  OCTOBER, 1893." have been transcribed.
  Chapter XLI is devoted to Perrysburg with specific comments about Versailles. This chapter is entitled "HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF PERRYSBURG."  
  Dr. W. M. Ward, is referred to on page 110 of the Gazetteer.  This is presumably the same "Dr. Ward" whose photograph is marked as a friend of W. L. Brown.  Likewise, Dr. James W. Peebles, who is listed on page 160 of the Gazetteer, is probably the same "Dr. Peebles" whose photograph is in the Brown family photo collection.

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  Elisha Brown's role as Justice of the Peace is shown on page 755 of the book "Indian Affairs, Laws and Treaties, Vol. II.", complied and edited by Charles J. Kappler, LL. M., and published in 1904 by the Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.  This partial transcript, includes page 755 which quotes an 1856 affidavit signed by Elisha Brown in his role as Justice of the Peace for Perrysburgh, Cattaraugus County, NY.  This affidavit was associated with the Treaty with the Stockbridge and Munsee Indians in 1856.  The affidavit was issued by Elisha to verify that a Power of Attorney had been freely signed before him by 10 persons from New York who were authorizing their attorneys to handle the money and paperwork associated with the Stockbridge and Munsee Treaty.  They were expecting to receive money from the Treaty that would allow them to move from New York to new homes in Wisconsin.
  According to Adam's 1893 Historical Gazetteer of Cattaraugus County, Elisha Brown served as Justice of the Peace for Perrysburgh in the the following years:  1852, 1856, 1860, 1864, 1870 and 1871.

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The "HISTORY OF CATTARAUGUS CO., NEW YORK. WITH Illustrations and Biographical Sketches OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS." by L. H. Everts, 1879.
A brief biography of William M. Brown appears on the page following Page 210.  William M. Brown has no known relationship to Will Lincoln Brown and Elisha Brown.
  The Perrysburg Section spans pages 239 to 248 of Everts' History and includes several pages of lithographs that are unnumbered. A transcription of the Perrysburg section of Evert's is available in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format. Two files are available.  You may want to be selective about these documents depending upon the speed of your Internet connection.

Perrysburg Section of Everts's History - Complete  (Warning - Large File - Approx.  3 MB.)
Perrysburg Section of Everts's History - Without Lithograph Images  (Notice: File is approx 700 KB.)

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 The "History of The City of Buffalo & Erie County, With Illustration and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers In Two Volumes", Edited by H. Perry Smith and published by D. Mason & Co., 1844.
Page 627 of this book mentions Simon Brown and Levi Brown. They are both said to have served as Town Clerks: Simon from 1845 to1847 and 1850 to 1853 Levi from 1848 to 1849.  Levi Brown and Simeon Brown were two of the brothers of Elisha Brown, of Versailles, Cattaraugus County.  When the book mentions Simon, it is thought to have been Simeon.

Brant Section Transcription

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The "History of Versailles" was taken from an oral presentation made by Eber Russell to a gathering in Versailles about 1962 and is available here in Adobe Acrobat format.  A short Bio for Eber Russell is available here. The source material for this transcription was photocopies of documents prepared by Joyce Ferris Swan (now deceased).  This source material is available at the Patterson Library, 40 S. Portage Street, Westfield, NY 14787-1496.  The Call Number is (NIC)NYCH96M-640-0030.
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Postcard -This card is believed to have some connection with Eulice R. Jeffrey, son of  Stephen Jeffrey, who died 1904-04-24 at Sunnyside, Yakima County, Washington. He is buried in Sunnyside Cemetery.   The handwriting on the postcard is dated 2/28/23.   The reverse side is the "Show Place" refered to in the note.
Postcard believed to have some connection with Eulice R. Jeffrey, son of  Stephen Jeffrey, who died 1904-04-24 at Sunnyside, Yakima County, Washington
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U.S. Serial Set, Number 4015, 56th Congress, 1st Session. The first June 30th entry shown on Pages 662 and 663 contains the Holland Land Company grant to the Seneca nation that created the shape of the Cattaraugus Reservation as it existed at the time of Elisha and Will Brown.  Page 663 refers to areas 36, 37 and 45 of a map that is on the maps page of this site.  The existence of the reservation in this form, containing 21,680 acres, was confirmed on January 15, 1838 as recorded in the U.S. Serial Set, Number 4015, 56th Congress, 1st Session, Pages 768 and 769.
Copy of document transcription regarding the Cattaraugus Reservation land cession
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Page images from a Daybook of a Versailles Blacksmith. These images are scans of black and white photocopies made on 2002-01-07.  The pages shown here are dated 1842 and March 2, 1843. They are typical of the other pages in the book.  The name of the Blacksmith could not be found.  The pages of the original book were very orangish-brown in color. This book was at the Fenton Historical Society in Jamestown, N.Y. and catalogued as item MA449.  [The NY State catalogue numbering system reference is:  (NIC) NYCH44R-230-0001 Account books, 1827-1860,]  It was donated to the Fenton Historical Society in 1964 by a resident of Jamestown.
Daybook of a Versailles Blacksmith 1842 Daybook of a Versailles Blacksmith 1843

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Souvenir Program from the "Versailles Farmers' Club" meeting and house warming, held on February 24, 1912, at the Rheinland Farm, the home of Mr. & Mrs. H. J. Colvenbach.  This program lists the names, ages and community of residence for all the people who attended this meeting.

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Versailles anecdotes from past years fill this transcription of oral reminisces about Versailles history (click here to view). The transcribed discussion is thought to have taken place about 1983 or 1984. As per our privacy statement, we avoid including material on this web site that relates to living persons or modern-day information. Since the discussion transcribed in this tape took place "only" 2 decades ago, it would not normally be presented here. However, because the subject of the transcribed material is Versailles's history, and because the people involved obviously held this discussion as a way of preserving the village's history, the inclusion of this transcript seems appropriate.  If anyone has concerns in this regard, please send us an email.

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This drawing was sent to Don and Marion Erbland (nee Brown)  in 1950 by Walter Browne Hayward, the son of Alice Brown, making him the first cousin of Marion Erbland. The letter containing this drawing was dated "June 23 - 9:30 P.M." In addition to the drawing, the envelope (postmarked at Versailles, June 26) contained a one page letter that included the following sentences, "Don am sending a card so you can see we have some small reptils here. Perfectly harmless though. Had you not been so afraid and gone ahead as Marion & I you might of seen one."
Drawing from Walt Hayward to Don Erbland
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The Olean Democrat (newspaper) for 25-JUN-1885, on page 4, contains a list of real estate transfers that had been filed in the office of the County Clerk, Cattaraugus County, during the week ended Saturday, June 20, 1885.  Among the transfers listed is one dated Aug. 6, 1859, in Perrysburg, for $350  to Norman B. Hills, from Joseph Taylor and another [person], and a second transfer in Perrysburg to Elisha Brown and another [person] from Hiram Chapman, dated April 111, 1879, for $550.
The Olean Democrat, 25-JUN-1885, Pg 4. Real Estate transfers involving Elisha Brown and Norman B. Hills.
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"The Longfellow Birthday Book" was given to Will Lincoln Brown on 22-SEP-1884.  In it are marked the birthdates of many of Will's friends and relatives. A transcription of a small portion of the book is available by clicking on the image below.  As time permits, more pages will be added to the transcription.  In the meantime, all of the hand-written names and dates have been transcribed into a PDF document..

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Donald Erbland's family history notebook contains this page that reads, "Elisha Brown / June 15,1950, Nina Morehead told me that Elisha Brown had a / brother Levi and a sister Mary who married a man named Willis. / Donald Erbland".  "Nina" was the name commonly used for "Anirah Agnes Morehead (nee Hayward)", granddaughter of Elisha Brown.  This refers to "Mary W. Brown" who married "Zennius Willis."  They had a son named "Orlando N. Willis," who was born about 1852 in Erie County NY.  The family is listed in the 1850 census as "Zenas Willis", Buffalo Ward 2, Erie County, NY, Page 187, Roll M432_501.  In the 1855 census, Mary was living in the same house with her brother Levi Brown.
Note regarding Elisha Brown's siblings
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