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Brooks // Buttery


BAIRD, WILLIAM M. County Treasurer, came to Deadwood, SD in December, 1876. He engaged in prospecting, mining, etc. In August 1877, he engaged as bookkeeper, and in November of the same year he filled the same position in the First National Bank of Deadwood. In the fall of 1880 he was elected County Treasurer; was re-elected in the fall of 1882. During the winter and spring of 1882 he and his brother, J. L. Baird, established the Black Hills Telephone Exchange. He is also largely interested in the cattle business, and now in company with Thos. F. Mahon owns two cattle ranches and 2,750 head of cattle. He was born in LaFayette County, Wis.

Biography in A. T. Andreas' "Historical Atlas of Dakota", 1884.


BENEDICT, WILLIS E., engaged in the practice of law in Belle Fourche and financially interested in other business affairs and property in Butte county, was born in Lafayette County, Wisconsin, near Belmont, July 16, 1858, a son of Hiram F. and Lydia A. (Thompson) Benedict, who were natives of New York, born December 26, 1830, and September 26, 1832, respectively. The father learned the carpenter's trade in early life and in 1871 came to South Dakota, settling in Lincoln County, near Canton, where he homesteaded. In connection with the development of his land he worked at his trade in that county up to tile time of his death, which occurred in 1901. He proved a worthy and influential citizen and held various offices in connection with the schools, the cause of education finding in him a stalwart champion. In a family of four children Willis E. Benedict was the eldest and his education was acquired through attendance at the schools of Darlington, Wisconsin, and of Lincoln County, SD attending the latter through the winter terms. That district was then a frontier settlement and the schools of the county had not attained their present condition of excellence, but he made good use of his opportunities and throughout his life has embraced every chance to further his knowledge. When sixteen years of age he taught in the rural schools of Lincoln county but continued to reside at home until he attained his majority. He was then a reporter and assistant on the Sioux Valley News at Canton until he was elected county superintendent in 1884. He occupied that position acceptably for two terms, bringing about various needed improvements in connection with the schools, and on retiring from the position he went upon the road for a year, representing the Sioux Falls Daily, a paper owned and edited by the firm of Caldwell & Bliss. In the spring of 1889 he made his way west of the river, having purchased an interest in the Hot Springs Star. He afterward became sole owner of that paper, which he conducted for three years, and in the meantime he took up the study of law, which he carefully and thoroughly pursued until admitted to the bar on the 30th of March, 1887. He practiced law at Hot Springs for a time in connection with the publication of the newspaper but in 1892 disposed of his interest in the Star and removed to Custer, South Dakota, where he engaged in law practice for twelve or thirteen years. He then came to Belle Fourche, where he has practiced continuously since, and is now accorded a good clientage, which is an indication of the ability which he displays in handling the work of the courts. He owns land in South Dakota, including both ranch and irrigated farm property, and he also has farm lands in the eastern part of the state, but he devotes the greater part of his time and attention to his law practice, which is constantly growing in volume and importance. Mr. Benedict has always been very active in political circles. He votes with the republican party and has done much to further its interests and win success for its candidates. Aside from serving as county superintendent of schools in Lincoln county he filled the office of states attorney of Custer county in 1895 and 1896 and was elected to the state senate from the district comprising Custer and Fall River counties, serving during the session of 1899. He was afterward elected from Custer county as its representative in the lower house of the general assembly, serving during the session of 1901. He has been a member of school boards and acted as city police justice under the first city election of Hot Springs. No one has ever questioned his fidelity to a public office-which he has ever regarded as a public trust-and it is a well known fact that no trust reposed in Mr. Benedict has ever been betrayed. On the 12th of August, 1889, occurred the marriage of Willis E. Benedict and Miss Maude Ionia Druse, a native of McHenry County, Illinois, in which state her father passed away, while her mother afterward removed to the vicinity of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and is now living with a son in Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Benedict have one child, Marjorie Alice, who is a teacher. She was educated in the public schools of Custer and Belle Fourche, in All Saints College at Sioux Falls and in Oberlin College at Oberlin, Ohio. The family hold membership in the Congregational church and Mr. Benedict likewise has membership relations with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is past grand master of the state, having been elected in 1895, and for five years he was a representative in the Sovereign Grand Lodge. He has also been chairman of the judiciary committee in the Grand Lodge. He likewise belongs to the Blue Lodge Masons, the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Benedict is today one of the pioneer residents of South Dakota, his father having reached Lincoln County in 1871, while he came to this state in the spring of 1872. Forty-three years have since passed, years in which time and man have wrought wonderful changes, developing the district from a wild and sparsely settled frontier region into one of the populous and prosperous commonwealth of the Union.

Biography in "History of Dakota Territory" by George W. Kingsbury, Vol. V (1915) on pages 746-749


Descendants of David Boscoe

Submitted by:  SThacher

Generation No. 1

1. DAVID1 BOSCOE died 1869. He married MARY GREENWOOD.

Children of DAVID BOSCOE and MARY GREENWOOD are:

2. i. ELIZABETH2 BOSCOE, b. October 15, 1865, Hazel Green, WI (Grant County); d. November 06, 1913, Darlington, WI (LaFayette County).

3. ii. DORA BOSCOE, b. June 04, 1864, Hazel Green, WI (Lafayette County); d. January 05, 1943.

iii. WILLIAM BOSCOE.

Generation No. 2

2. ELIZABETH2 BOSCOE (DAVID1) was born October 15, 1865 in Hazel Green, WI (Grant County), and died November 06, 1913 in Darlington, WI (LaFayette County). She married CHARLES M. TEASDALE March 13, 1889 in Elm Grove, WI (Waukesha County), son of THOMAS TEASDALE and ANN VICKERS.

Children of ELIZABETH BOSCOE and CHARLES TEASDALE are:

4. i. IRVIN C.3 TEASDALE, b. July 14, 1890; d. October 27, 1957.
ii. ROSCOE TEASDALE, b. May 30, 1892; d. March 07, 1911.
5. iii. LORETTA TEASDALE, b. March 10, 1894; d. May 30, 1915.
iv. LESTER TEASDALE, b. July 01, 1896; d. March 11, 1898.
6. v. HOWARD TEASDALE, b. October 27, 1901; d. November 24, 1985.
7. vi. MARY ELIZABETH TEASDALE, b. July 21, 1904, Seymour, WI (LaFayette County); d. February 09, 1983, Enumclaw, WA (King County).
8. vii. CYRIL TEASDALE, b. August 24, 1907, Shullsburg, WI (LaFayette County); d. June 06, 1998, Lakeview Medical Center, Rice Lake.

3. DORA2 BOSCOE (DAVID1) was born June 04, 1864 in Hazel Green, WI (Lafayette County), and died January 05, 1943. She married CHARLES W. BLEWETT December 18, 1886, son of JOHN BLEWETT and MARY HIND.

Child of DORA BOSCOE and CHARLES BLEWETT is:

9. i. CHARLES LESTER3 BLEWETT, b. April 27, 1890, Kingsley, IA (Plymouth County); d. March 02, 1963.

Generation No. 3

4. IRVIN C.3 TEASDALE (ELIZABETH2 BOSCOE, DAVID1) was born July 14, 1890, and died October 27, 1957. He married (1) MARY HICKS. He married (2) BLANCHE HARKER. He married (3) ANNE CARR GLENDENNING December 25, 1912 in Shullsburg, WI (LaFayette County), daughter of BENJAMIN GLENDENNING and MARY NETHERY.

Children of IRVIN TEASDALE and MARY HICKS are:

i. CHARLES WILLIAM4 TEASDALE, b. January 09, 1923; d. March 01, 1926.
ii. ROBERT TEASDALE, b. January 25, 1928; m. JOAN HAVENS.

5. LORETTA3 TEASDALE (ELIZABETH2 BOSCOE, DAVID1) was born March 10, 1894, and died May 30, 1915. She married FRED GLENDENNING.

Child of LORETTA TEASDALE and FRED GLENDENNING is:

i. HOMER4 GLENDENNING, b. May 29, 1915; m. NAOMI BENNETT.

6. HOWARD3 TEASDALE (ELIZABETH2 BOSCOE, DAVID1) was born October 27, 1901, and died November 24, 1985. He married ETHEL NELSON.

Children of HOWARD TEASDALE and ETHEL NELSON are:

i. CARYL ANN4 TEASDALE, b. November 14, 1934; m. ELMER LEMKE.
ii. ELIZABETH ELLEN TEASDALE, b. August 29, 1942, Monroe, WI (Green County); m. HECTOR N. FISCHER.

7. MARY ELIZABETH3 TEASDALE (ELIZABETH2 BOSCOE, DAVID1) was born July 21, 1904 in Seymour, WI (LaFayette County), and died February 09, 1983 in Enumclaw, WA (King County). She married CHARLES ALFRED THACHER April 18, 1930 in Darlington, WI (LaFayette County), son of SAMUEL THACHER and SUSAN TAPPEN.

Children of MARY TEASDALE and CHARLES THACHER are:

i. DAVID ARNOLD4 THACHER, b. April 15, 1931, Holy Family Hospital, Manitowoc, WI (Manitowoc County); m. DANA BEE COOK, August 05, 1955, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Chewelah WA (Stevens County).
ii. MARY SUZANNE THACHER, b. May 22, 1934, Freeport, IL (Stephenson County); m. HUGH AUSTIN KENNEDY, December 26, 1953, Okanogan, WA (Okanogan County).

8. CYRIL3 TEASDALE (ELIZABETH2 BOSCOE, DAVID1) was born August 24, 1907 in Shullsburg, WI (LaFayette County), and died June 06, 1998 in Lakeview Medical Center, Rice Lake. He married (1) HILDRED RICKARD June 04, 1930 in Platteville, WI (Grant County). He married (2) WINIFRED HOWARD June 23, 1979 in Darlington, WI (LaFayette County).

Child of CYRIL TEASDALE and HILDRED RICKARD is:

i. JOHN RICKARD4 TEASDALE, b. March 27, 1933; m. MARY LOU COURTWRIGHT.

9. CHARLES LESTER3 BLEWETT (DORA2 BOSCOE, DAVID1) was born April 27, 1890 in Kingsley, IA (Plymouth County), and died March 02, 1963. He married OLIVA A. NICODEMUS October 09, 1913 in Kingsley, IA (Plymouth County).

Children of CHARLES BLEWETT and OLIVA NICODEMUS are:

i. FAYE OLIVE NICODEMUS4 BLEWETT, b. April 17, 1917, Kingsley, IA (Plymouth County); d. September 1982, ID; m. GILBERT LLOYD SHOECRAFT.
ii. BLEWETT, m. JACOB L. SHOECRAFT.


Bates, Henry, brick manufacturer; is a native of Buffalo, N. Y.; he grew up to manhood there; he learned the trade of ship carpenter; worked at the winters and manufactured brick during the summer; he came to Darlington in 1867, and the following year established his present business and has carried it on since then; he is the only brick manufacturer in Darlington.  He holds the office of Justice of the Peace, and has held the office of City Alderman.  Mr. Bates married Miss Sarah Allard, from New York; they have four children--Samuel, Henry, Leonard, Clara.

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on page 713

Benedict, N. S., farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Darlington; is a native of Delaware Co., N. Y., and was born Nov. 1, 1823; he came West to Wisconsin and settled in La Fayette Co in 1850; he engaged in farming in Elk Grove Township; he remained there until two years ago, when he sold his farm and came to his present location; he owns farm of 80 acres.  In 1848, Mr. Benedict was united in marriage to Miss Clarinda Neff, a native of Otsego Co., N.Y.; they have had seven children, only tow of whom survive--Myrtie E. and Orville N.

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on pages 713

Bintliff, Gen. James, publisher and proprietor of the Darlington Republican; is a son of Gershom and Maria Hanson Bintliff, and was born in Yorkshire, England, Nov 1, 1824; at the age of 15, he became cleark in a lawyer's office at Halifax, and subsequently served as book-keeper for the Halifax and Wakefield Canal Company; in 1842, he, with a younger brother and sister, came to America, his father and mother and four children having preceded him by one year; they located in New York State, when he was united in marriage, in 1847, at Skaneateles to Miss Harriet Snook, daughter of John Snook, Esq., a native of Somersetshire, England, and from that time until 1851, he was a partner with his father-in-law in business there; in 1851, he came West to Green Co., Wis., and engaged in farming, and afterward held the position of cashier of the Bank of Monroe.  In 1856, he was elected Register of Deeds of Green Co., and held that office two years; in 1859, he was admitted to the bar in Green Col; in 1860, he purchased an interest in the Monroe Sentinel, the leading newspaper of the county; and two years later became its sole proprietor.  After the war broke out, in July, 1862, he recruited a company, which was assigned to the 22nd W.V.I., and he was commissioned Captain.  The regiment was ordered to Kentucky; he and some of his regiment was taken prisoners at Brentford by Gen. Forrest; he was taken to Libby Prison, where he was held until the following May and exchanged; he then joined his commandat St. Louis, where the regiment was re-organized.  In December, 1863, he was appointed by President Lincoln a Commissioner on the Board of Enrollment for the Third Congressional District of Wiscondin.  In March, 1864, he was commissioned by Gov. Lewis Colonel of the 38th W.V.Il, which was sent to the Army of the Potomac; in November following, Col. Bintliff succeeded Gen. Hartranft in command of the 1st Brigade, 1st division 9th Army Corps.  In the assault on Petersburg, Col. Bintliff, in command of three regiments, was ordered to take a fort of five guns, known as "Reeves' Salient:" he accomplished the capture gallantly, though his own regiment which led the column suffered heavily; on the evening of the same day, he was placed in command of the 3d Brigade for his gallant services on this occasion; he was commissioned Brigadier General by Brevet, for conspicuous gallantry in the assault on Petersburg; he continued to take part in the movement of his troops until the close of the war, and was finally mustered out of the service in June, 1865; he returned to Monroe and engaged in mercantile business until 1870, when he purchased an interest in the Janesville Gazette and removed there with his family; he remainded there until 1878, when he came to Darlington and bought the Darlington Republican, and since then has conducted that paper; he has always taken an active interest in political affairs, and was a delegate from this State to the National Republican Convention in Chicago, in 1868, also to the National Convention in Philadelphia in 1872, and at Cincinnati in 1876; he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Wisconsin Soldiers' Orphans' Home, and was chosen President of the board in 1877; when the State Board of Health was organized, he was commissioned a member.  The fruit of his marriage with Miss Snook is four children, two sons and two daughters.

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on page 713-714

Bird, William J.

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on page 714

Birkitt, William W.

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on page 714

Blair, William M.

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on pages 713-715

Blakely, Oscar F

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on page 715

Blessing, A.T.E.

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on page 715

Boyle, Peter

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on page 715

Bray, John

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on page 715

Brooks, Charles

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on page 715

Buttery, Thomas B.

Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  on page 715

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