Indiana McCaslins

Anna Sarah TaftAge: 79 years18461926

Name
Anna Sarah Taft
Birth August 20, 1846 34 32
Source: Find a Grave
Census 1850 (Age 3 years)
Census 1860 (Age 13 years)
Death of a fatherGeorge Washington Taft
May 1861 (Age 14 years)
Source: S364
Source: Find a Grave
MarriageJames Harding BrownView this family
November 12, 1872 (Age 26 years)
Note: J. H. Ritching performed the ceremony which was religious. Dr Maine and the Rev Mr Hutchinson were witnesses.The marriage certificate gives her name as S. Anna Taft and her parents a George Taft and Sophia Mower. On the certificate, James H Brown gives birthplace as New York, his occupation as "Engineer", his residence as Eau Claire, and his parents' names as Jno S Brown and Alcha Harding.
Birth of a daughter
#1
Ella Marian Brown
March 1874 (Age 27 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherLydia Pettigrew
February 10, 1875 (Age 28 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2
Bertha Mower Brown
December 27, 1875 (Age 29 years)
Note: Previously known as Porter's Mills and went out of existance when the sawmills closed.
Birth of a son
#3
Frederic Dill Brown
May 27, 1878 (Age 31 years)
Source: S471
Census 1880 (Age 33 years)
Birth of a son
#4
James Harding Brown
January 14, 1883 (Age 36 years)
Census 1885 (Age 38 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5
Catharine Sophia Brown
October 20, 1888 (Age 42 years)
Death of a motherSophia Ann Mower
July 27, 1890 (Age 43 years)
Source: S364
Source: Find a Grave
Census 1895 (Age 48 years)
Census 1900 (Age 53 years)
Marriage of a childRobert Kendall ShawBertha Mower BrownView this family
September 20, 1902 (Age 56 years)
Death of a daughterElla Marian Brown
February 17, 1903 (Age 56 years)
Source: S1206
Census 1905 (Age 58 years)
Marriage of a childFrederic Dill BrownChristine McCaslinView this family
September 2, 1908 (Age 62 years)
Source: S1939
Source: S3309
Note: Merriam Park Presbyterian Church, by Rev. David Serril McCaslin
Census 1910 (Age 63 years)
Marriage of a childEdward Franklin AberCatharine Sophia BrownView this family
about 1914 (Age 67 years)

Death of a husbandJames Harding Brown
March 8, 1917 (Age 70 years)
Burial of a husbandJames Harding Brown
after March 8, 1917 (Age 70 years)
Note: Forest Hill Cemetery, block 64 lot 5
Census 1920 (Age 73 years)
Death March 16, 1926 (Age 79 years)
Burial March 17, 1926 (1 day after death)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Forest Hill Cemetery, block 64 lot 5 (Find A Grave Memorial# 90691529)
Religion
Member of First Presbyterian Church, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: June 1, 1843Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts
3 years
herself
Family with James Harding Brown - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: November 12, 1872Portage, Columbia, Wisconsin
17 months
daughter
Ella Marian Brown
Birth: March 1874 38 27Wisconsin
Death: February 17, 1903, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
22 months
daughter
Bertha Mower Brown
Birth: December 27, 1875 39 29Porterville, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Death: 1957, Worcester, Massachusetts
2 years
son
5 years
son
6 years
daughter
James Harding Brown + Eleanora Fay - View this family
husband
husband’s wife
Eleanora Fay
Birth: September 13, 1843 35 33Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts
Death: after July 28, 1870Porterville, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Marriage: September 13, 1863Waubeek, Pepin, Wisconsin
14 months
step-son
5 years
step-daughter
Delia Brown
Birth: August 1869 33 25Brunswick, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Death: after July 28, 1870Brunswick, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Marriage
J. H. Ritching performed the ceremony which was religious. Dr Maine and the Rev Mr Hutchinson were witnesses.The marriage certificate gives her name as S. Anna Taft and her parents a George Taft and Sophia Mower. On the certificate, James H Brown gives birthplace as New York, his occupation as "Engineer", his residence as Eau Claire, and his parents' names as Jno S Brown and Alcha Harding.
Burial
Forest Hill Cemetery, block 64 lot 5 (Find A Grave Memorial# 90691529)
Shared note
Her name is given as Ann S Taft in the 1850 US Federal Census for Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont but as S Anna on her marriage certificate. In the 1850 US Federal Census for Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, 37-year-old Vermont-born mechanic George W Taft owns no real estate of value. He and his 37-year-old Massachusetts-born wife Sophia [Mower] Taft have in their household their daughters, 6-year-old New Hampshire-born Georgette, 4-year-old Vermont-born Ann S [sic] and 2-year-old Vermont-born Ella. Georgette and Anna have attended school in the past year. In the 1860 US Federal Census for Portage, Columbia, Wisconsin, 47-year-old Vermont-born traveling agent George Taft owns no real estate of value, but has $200 in personal property. He and his 48-year-old Massachusetts-born wife Sophia [Mower] Taft have in their household their daughters, 17-year-old New Hampshire-born Georginette [sic], 14-year-old Vermont-born Ann [sic], 11-year-old Vermont-born Ella, 9-year-old Vermont-born Lizzie, and 6-year-old Wisconsin-born Frances. Anna, Ella, Lizzie and Frances have all attended school in the past year. The family moved from Vermont to Wisconsin after 1851, but before 1854, given that Lizzie was born in Vermont and Frances in Wisconsin I haven't been able to find Anna on the 1870 census.The family apparently scattered after the death of Anna's father George Taft in 1861. Her mother, Sophia Movwr Taft and youngest sister, Franky (Frances), Taft are living in Ward 2, Portage, Columbia, Wisconsin, but Sophia's other daughters are not listed in any Wisconsin census for that year. Exerpt from draft letter by Anna Sarah's son, Frederick Dill Brown: "James Harding Brown met Anna Sarah Taft on the train. She was a tall handsome brunette while he was very fair, probably with beard & moustache, as was the style in 1871 or 72. They were married & lived in Porterville where Jim ran the mills. Ella Marian, Bertha Mower, Fred Dill and James Harding, Jr. were born here and Catharine Sophia in Eau Claire. The family moved to E.C. prior to 1884." In the 1880 US Federal Census for Brunswic [sic], Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 43-year-old New York-born engineer James and his 30-year-old Vermont-born second wife Anna [Taft] Brown have in their household his Wisconsin-born son by his first marriage to Eleanora Fay Brown, 15-year-old Chas [sic Charles], and their Wisconsin-born children, 6-year-old Ella, 4-year-old Bertha and 2-year-old Fred. Charles, Ella and Bertha have attended school in the past year. James' parents were born in New York. Anna's parents were born in Vermont [sic]. The Browns are apparently living in a double bungalow as two families are listed for one address. The other family is that of 33-year-old filer P R Glover and his 28-year-old wife Ella. In the 1885 Wisconsin State Census for Eau Claire Ward 3, Eau Claire, Jas [James] Brown has four white males [himself and his three sons, Charles Lee, Frederic Dill and James Harding Jr] and three white females [his wife Anna Sarah Taft Brown, and his two daughters, Ella Marian, Bertha Mower] in his household. His neighbors are the F.W. Deacon family and the Frank A Clay family. In the 1895 Wisconsin State Census for Eau Claire Ward 3, Eau Claire, J.H. [James Harding] Brown has three white males [himself and his two of his three sons, Frederic Dill and James Harding Jr] and four white females [his wife Anna Sarah Taft Brown, and his three daughters, Ella Marian, Bertha Mower and Catharine Sophia]. His neighbors are the R. Farr family and the Dick Christenson family The 1900 census confirms the move to 1236 Farwell St in Eau Claire, where 64-year-old New York-born engineer James, 52-year-old Vermont-born Anna S and their five Wisconsin-born children, 26-year-old Ella M, 24-year-old Bertha M, 22-year-old Fred D, 17-year-old Harding J [James Harding Jr], and 11-year-old Katherine [Catharine] are all in the Brown household. Charles, James' son by his first marriage, has left home. James and Anna have been married 28 years In the 1905 Wisconsin Census for Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 68-year-old New York-born J H [James Harding] Brown is a lumber company manager. He and his 58-year-old Vermont-born wife Sarah [sic] [Taft] Brown have in their household their youngest children, 22-year-old Wisconsin-born engineer J. Harding [James Harding] and 16-year-old Wisconsin-born Catharine. James' parents were born in Germany and England [sic], Anna Sarah's in Vermont [sic], and J Harding and Catherine's parents in New York and Vermont. In the 1910 US Federal Census for Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 73-year-old New York-born James and his 63-year-old Vermont-born second wife Anna [Taft] Brown have been married 37 years and have had five children, four are living [Ella died in 1903]. The Wisconsin-born children living with them are 21-year-old [sic] forman [lumber camp] Hardy [James Harding Jr] and 21-year-old Katherine [sic Catharine]. The family is living at 1236 Farwell which James owns free of mortgage. James Sr is living on his own income. James Sr's' father was born in Germany [sic] and his mother in New York. Anna's parents were born in Vermont [sic]. In the 1920 US Federal Census for Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 32-year-old New York-born Edward and his 30-year-old Wisconsin-born wife Catherine [sic Catharine] [Brown] Aber have in their household their 3-1/2-year-old Wisconsin-born daughter Roberta, and Catharine's widowed mother 73-year-old Vermont-born Hannah [sic Anna] Brown. The family is living in an apartment at 175 Queen Ann Place. Edward is a salesman for a leather company. All the adults are literate. Edward's parents were born in New York, Catharine's father was born in New York and her mother in Vermont, and Anna's father was born in New York [sic] and her mother in Vermont. Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings concerning Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley Vol 2" compiled by Marshall Brown Cousins, in the possession of the Wisconsin Historical Library (microfilm) Page 131, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Newspaper, March 17, 1926. "Mrs. J. H. Brown, 79, a former resident of this city, died yesterday at Milwaukee. Funeral services will be held in Eau Claire at the First Presbyterian church [sic] Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Burial at Forest Hill." Page 131, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Newspaper, March 18, 1926. "Mrs. J. H. Brown, 79, a former resident of this city, died Monday at Milwaukee. Funeral services were held in Eau Claire at the First Presbyterian church [sic] yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Burial at Forest Hill. Mrs. Brown lived in Eau Claire until seven years ago. She leaves to mourn her loss two sons, James of Raddisson and F. D. Brown of Eau Claire and two daughters, Mrs R. K. Shaw, Worcester, Mass., and Mrs. E. F. Aber of Wauwatosa, Wis." Transcribed by Lois Johnson