Versailles, NY - A photographic scrapbook of the Brown, Jeffery and related families.

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Our (Mardon Erbland and Marsha Smith nee Erbland) personal connection with Versailles is through our mother, Marion Brown.  Until 1906, her father, Will L. Brown, operated a store on the river side of Water Street at the corner of Main and Water Streets (image via Mapblast!?).  Marion, her sister and two brothers, as well as both of her parents, were born in Versailles.  They lived there until 1906, when they moved to Lake-O-Springs, Ohio near what was then New Berlin (now North Canton).

Our mother's full name was Marion Arline Brown, born 1899-05-13; she died 1996-06-21 at Wooster, OH, and is buried in North Canton.  She married Donald Erbland.

Our maternal grandmother, Maude Belle Jeffery, was born 1872-10-21 in Versailles and died 1929-04-17 at Lake-O-Springs near North Canton, OH.  She is buried in North Canton.  Maude's parents were Stephen Jeffery and Susanah Terry.

Stephen Jeffery (Maude's father) was born 1830-02-13 at Coxheath, Kent County, England.  He died 1904-04-24 at Sunnyside Washington, where he is buried in Sunnyside Cemetery (map image via Mapblast!?. See also Find-A-Grave.)  Stephen's parents were Stephen Jeffery (b. approx. 1774, Brenchley District, Kent County England and d. approx. 1864 near Maidstone, Kent County, England. The surname was spelled "Jeffery" until sometime after Stephen moved to North America and got married.  The spelling was changed to "Jeffrey" for reasons unknown.  The grave markers in the Versailles cemetery all use the "Jeffrey" spelling..  [Incidentally "Jeffrey" is my (Mardon's) middle name.]

Susan Terry was born 1831-09-07 at Wateringbury, Kent County England and died 1892-12-14 at Versailles, NY.  Her death is recorded on Register of Death Record #113 at Perrysburg, NY from cancer of the uterus, certified by C.C. Johnson, M.D.  Her parents were John Terry and Mary Cox.

Our maternal grandfather, Will Lincoln Brown, was born 1863-11-22 at Versailles and died 1959-10-08 at North Canton, OH.  He is buried in North Canton.  

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Will L. Brown was one of six children of Elisha Brown, born Luzern, NY, 1817-08-20 and Marion Eliza Hills born Pomfret, Chautauqua County, NY, 1832-11-02. Two of his brother's, Levi Brown and Simeon Brown, also moved to WNY with Elisha from their home in the Luzern / Queensbury area of eastern NY.  Elisha and Marion were married at Perrysburg, NY, on 1849-10-10.  Their children included: Agnes Susan Brown, born 1853-11-04; Ida Mary Brown born 1856-04-25; Spencer Elisha Brown born 1858-12-22, Will Lincoln Brown, born Versailles 1863-09-22; Walter Norman Brown born 1874-03-23 and Marion Alice Brown born 1851-03-21.

Will also told of having been made a member of the Wolf Clan, Seneca Nation (one of the six Nations that formed "The Iroquois Confederacy".) According to family records, "Noah TwoGuns" was Will's teacher and there is a note about a "wonderful chicken dinner" that Will and Noah had together.  The family records say that the ceremony took place "across from the Presbyterian Church".


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