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OCONTO COUNTY
Wisconsin
FAMILIES and BIOGRAPHIES


.BIRMINGHAM.


 BIRMINGHAM

First Generation


1.  (?) BIRMINGHAM birth date unknown. It appears that both the Delano and Birmingham families migrated from the area of Jefferson County, New York.

(?) BIRMINGHAM had the following children:

i. Jesse BIRMINGHAM.  He married (?) HARRIS.  (?) is the daughter of Hon. Joseph HARRIS.  Jesse Birmingham, from Oconto County Reporter 1895, reprinted in

Milwaukee Journal 
Sept. 1895. 

Jesse Birmingham and his brother George came from Jefferson county, New York, in 1853  from Buffalo to Green Bay by boat. Having a brother-in-law at Oak Orchard, they went thither and engaged in fishing. Mr. Birmingham afterward worked for Livermore & Weed, who were logging for F. B. Gardner of Pensaukee one mile up river the country an unbroken forest. It was the first logging done in that vicinity. There were no roads. If a party wished to go to Green Bay, there was a trail leading to the mouth of the Little  Suamico river, and a lusty "Hello!" attracted the attention of Mr. Grosse, father of John Grosse of Little Suamico who came over with his skiff and ferried the wayfarers across. Then they would again take up the trail and continue their journey. For several years thereafter fishing was his occupation. Then he and a brother took a contract to put in logs on Sturgeon Bay for Lyman Bradley of Buffalo. Later he and Henry Haskins run a sailboat between Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay, and carried freight and passengers, and the mail for such as chose to accept the courtesy volunteered, the mail pouch being a cigar box, the lid fastened down with a string. The next year another mill was built on Sturgeon Bay by Robert Graham and Mr. Birmingham put in logs for him by the thousands. A post office being established, he secured the contract for carrying the mail, which he did during the boating season. The following year he bought an interest in a vessel, investing nearly every dollar he had, and laden with lumber and shingles for Chicago, it went to pieces in a storm, the crew escaping with their lives. Mr. Birmingham’s next adventure was an overland trip to Pike’s Peak, accompanied by his former associate, Henry Haskins. Arriving there and prospecting for a time they ran low on provisions and went to Omaha for a supply. Returning to the diggings, they did not long remain, and sought civilization. At Omaha they separated and have never met since  although cognizant of each other’s where abouts  Mr. Haskins residing at Rochester Minn., and Mr. B. at Abrams. The latter returned to Sturgeon Bay, where he married a daughter of Joseph Harris before going to seek his fortune in the new eldorado. Coming to the west side of the bay, he worked farms on shares and afterward bought land of F. B. Gardner, adding to his possessions until he now owns 280 acres, his farm buildings of the very best and his prosperity seemingly self-satisfactory. Besides, he owns another farm at Brookside, has been a member of the town  board and identified actively with the educational interests of the district. 

OCR 12/1895. 
Oconto Reporter, 
May 3, 1895.

Jesse Birmingham of Abrams did business in Oconto this week. Mr. B.’s wife is a daughter of the late Hon. Joseph Harris of Sturgeon Bay,  who was for many years the private secretary of Ex-Senator Sawyer; and by way of closer relationship, the second wife of Mr. Harris was a sister of Mr. Birmingham. She died last November. Mr. B. came from Door county to Abrams in the early 60s. 

ii. George BIRMINGHAM.  He married Lettie CHASE. Lettie is the daughter of N. S. CHASE and Malina FRAKER.  George Birmingham biography from the Oconto County Reporter. George Birmingham helped to clear the first acre of land at Pensaukee and his present home is near that locality. He came into this county three years before the opening of the civil war and has retained his present residence ever since. He has a farm of 110 acres, and a good sugar bush. He was 21 years of age when he arrived from Watertown, New York, and entered the employment of F. B. Gardner. He has been constable four years. The following appeared in the 

Oconto County Reporter 
May 8, 1880. 

BROOKSIDE 

A Misfortune Mr. George Bermingham of Brookside, suffered a severe loss on Tuesday  afternoon about two o'clock, in the total distruction of his house and barnes by  an accidental fire. Mrs. B. was carrying some coals of fire, between two boards, out to the  field for the purpose of burning some brush and in passing out of the kitchen,  cautioned his wife to look out that none of the coals in dropping should set fire to the house.  He was at work, in the field, the house hidden by the barn, when a  loud shout from his man called him to the house.  He ran quickly, but found it  impossible to extinguish the fire; more especially, as he could not get at the pump, it being surrounded by the wind driven flames.  From the house it spread  to the barn, the other out buildings, all of which were completely consumed oweing to the strong wind. Mr. Bermingham's loss was a large one, aggregating nearly $1,000, on which there is no insurance.  His little three year old baby had a very narrow escape from burning to death.

In 1912 plat map George is shown owning land on the east and west sides of the current Moody Rd. where it intersects with Brookside Rd. 

iii. Female BIRMINGHAM.  Female died circa 1894. Based on biograph of brother Jesse from Oconto County Reporter. She married Hon. Joseph HARRIS. 

iv. Nancy BIRMINGHAM.  Nancy died Feb. 1983.  

Article from the 
Oconto County Reporter, 
Feb. 10, 1893. 

Mesers. Jesse and George Birmingham went to Marinette to attend the funeral of their sister, Mrs. McIntyre, who died from the effects of a cancer, which had been twice removed. Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre came from  New York state twenty-five years ago and made their home at Brookside until about a year ago, when they removed to Marinette, to live with  their only son. They were liked by everyone here, and were known all through the town as Uncle Peter and Aunt Nancy. 

She married Peter MCINTYRE. v. Solon BIRMINGHAM.  Oconto County Reporter, Feb. 28, 1880 Mr. Solon Birmingham from Carthage, N. Y. is hand shaking with brothers and sister’s here. vi. Sylvia BIRMINGHAM was born State of New York 5 July 1827.  Sylvia died 3 Nov. 1884 in Oconto County, Wisconsin, at 57 years of age.  Buried Brookside cemetery.  Dates from gs. She married Mortimer Churburg DELANO. Mortimer was born State of New York 25 June 1828.  Mortimer was the son of Leonard DELANO and Mersylvia PIPER.  Mortimer died 30 Apr. 1872 in Oconto County, Wisconsin, at 43 years of age. Buried Brookside cemetery, dates from gs.  Died at the age of 64 years. Mortimer is listed as a resident property owner in Township 27, Section 27 next to Charles Windross in the Oconto County Assessment Rolls of 1852. It indicates he owns 111 acres of land. 



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