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There was no single record of those who lost their lives in what remains the worst natural disaster in US history. The buildings housing record collection were destroyed along with many of the people who worked in them. With an estimated 1500 dead from the fire in Wisconsin it was necessary to bury that which was recognized as human remains with all expediency to avoid rampant disease among survivors and volunteers assisting them. Identifying, reporting, and marking graves were activities far down the priority list. One mass grave in Peshtigo's Fire Cemetery holds more than 300 bodies. Wagons carrying the dead were lined up for 4 miles awaiting a place of burial in the only cemetery to offer space. Many  rural people were buried in unmarked graves where they died, or in what was once the wells for these homesteads, the locations of which will never be known. This list has been gathered from newspaper accounts,  lists of the recognized dead, first hand accounts found in books and magazines and any other sources available. It will be added to as names are found in the future.
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Death By Fire
Peshtigo
October 7, 1871

Although most names will never be known, the ones we do know deserve to be remembered.
"Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names." --Proverb


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 This list represents only a very few of the estimated 1,200 - 3,000 who were lost.
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Names of the dead since found in documents and archives, but not affiliated with a particular place of death:

From 1895 newspaper report
A partial list of those who perished in the terrible fire at Peshtigo in 1871 given in a Marinette paper, suggests that several families who at one time resided in this city (Oconto) were among the victims,
Charles Tousley, wife and three children being of that number. Mrs. Tousley was a daughter of Mrs. Marion Fisher, now a resident of the East ward, and beside her body was found a bible with plush and clasps burned away, and other relics of that sad time are in Mrs. Fisher’s possession.

Perrane Mr.  Nelson and Mrs. Victorine Burgoin and thirteen children, once residents of Depere and later of Peshtigo, WI., Mrs. P. was a sister of Mrs. Eleanore Martineau of Oconto - the later the mother of Antoine, John and P. A. Martineau.

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List of the Dead in the Sugar Bushes.

Alschwager, Mrs. John (Minnie) and one infant child. Husband Charles and five children saved.
Auest , Fred (Aust, Friederick - November 22, 1822 - October 8, 1871, Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin); wife saved.
Aldis, William, wife and two children,(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) were from Connecticut, visiting the family of Nathaniel May, which also perished.
Mrs. Nepthallon May, was the sister of Mrs. Aldis.
Aymar, Mrs. William

Boerner Casla and Caroline
Bruse, Mrs. August, and three children - Sophia (1825 - October 8, 1871), George (1863 - October 8, 1871), Frederick (1860 - October 8, 1871)  burial, Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) - husband and two children saved, August, father, August Jr, Heinrich.
Bell, Mrs. (Sharlott/Charlotte) William (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) husband William Bell  and adopted child, William Louck age 11, saved.
Birney, Caroline; lived with Chas. Chapman and family; burned.
Bush, Charles age 36, wife Katherine 33, and six children, James 14, John 11, George 7, Anna 6, Henry 4 and Harvey 2. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Bosworth, Olive Phillips, with two children of John Taylor’s.(See son John Taylor and grand daughters Sarah and Alice Taylor perished.; John's wife Sylvia Phillips Taylor and daughter Mary Melissa Taylor survived.  contributed by descendant Laura D Washabaugh) widow Olive Phillips Bosworth, was living with son Alvah Phillips family but in fear refused to leave her spot beneath a tree and burned to death outside. The house and family inside were spared. contributed by descendant: Linda Phillips Loser
Bush, John age 19, died one week after fire of burns.- lived and worked on neighboring farm of Charles Bush.
Brackett, Augusta.
Bartels, Miss Augusta (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) was visiting her grandmother;  of Peshtigo. Daughter of Capt. Fred J Bartels, 
Boerner,
Mary (mother, age 39), William (age 13), Casta (age 9), Caroline (age 8), Fred Jr. (age 3). - The story that has been passed down through the years  - my Great Grandmother and one of her sisters survived the Peshtigo fire by jumping in a well. My Grandmother was Mary (aged 10) and her sister was Minnie (aged 6). The family spells the name Boerner.  I know that Fred moved to Minnesota and remarried.  Both the girls married Wezenaar brothers and raised their families in Marinette County.  It does state in Mary Boerner's obit that she was a survivor of the Peshtigo Fire .I think everyone else did die within a year of the fire. Survivors were father Fred Boerner and daughters Mary, Minnie 
Becky Hammill-Berg

Bohemaster, Henry, wife and child. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)

Carrough Fred, wife and one child, also the father-in-law and mother-in-law (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Chapman, Charles, wife Betsey and infant son(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) and hired man and girl.
Church, John (age 47), wife Lucinda (age 49) (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) and three sons Warren (age 19), Theodore (age 22), and ? - Warren Church cut his throat rather than be burned, but was saved from fire, then died from self inflicted wound. Family was from New York.
Church, Phoebe (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Cook, Jacob E., wife and three children, burned in root house.
Cramer Joseph, wife and four children
Curtis, William, and daughter Martha burned in the well. Mrs. Eliza Curtis, his wife, was badly crippled by fire and remains so.

Diedrich, Joseph (alias Bailey), wife and three children. Enlisted in the 5th Wisconsin
infantry  under the name of Bailey, and drew a pension for wounds until he was burned.
His wife was found dead, standing upright, leaning against the roots of a large tree.
Doyle, Patrick, wife Mary and seven children, Nelson 16, Lelia 11, Henry 5, John 3  (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) only 4 children found on census, family was known to have been upon their farm at the time
of the fire. Nothing has been heard or seen of their remains since. Mrs. Doyle was a
daughter of John Derryman, of Mill Point, Michigan. Three of the children by her first husband, Ferguson.
Davis, Norman, wife (Clara) and three children (Freddie 12, Loren 9, Charles 3). (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)This family was burned in a well. James Hays, a hired man and a hired girl, names not known, also burned.
Drees (also Dress), Elizabeth - (wife of Joseph Drees who survived Toni Ristau)
Drees, John - (age about 4 years, son of Elizabeth and Joseph Toni Ristau) 

Duket, G. - 1828 - October 8, 1871, buried with Benjamin and Amelia (Emily) Duket in Harmony Cemetery - now in Marinette County, Wisconsin
Duckett (Duket, Ducatt, Ducket), Benjamin (1809 - 1871), wife Amelia  (aka Emily 1815 - 1871) and one child. (G. Duket, see above) (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)  Living next door, son Thomas, his wife Ellen and their children Eber, Joseph, Drummond, Benjamin and infant William all survived.  Buried in Harmony Cemetery - now in Marinette County, Wisconsin
Duckett (Duket, Ducatt, Ducket), William (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)  William survived the fire and this was probably G. Duket, see above. 
Dunlap, Wm. and adopted child
Duronso, John (1858 - October 8, 1871, Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin)

Eamer, Mrs. Mary Ann Burton and daughter Mandy. Husband William, two sons, James and Philip, survived ( Survivor descendants: Lily WorrallGail Hewlett (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)

Fagan, Mrs. (Jane 22) Martin, and two children, Margaret 2 and infant (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871); husband saved.
Finch, Eben - Believed to have perished while visiting in the Peshtigo area. Age 74 years (Contributed by : Lynn Davies)
Fletcher, Mary and Halsey, children of Lucius. Lucius Eaton Fletcher. Lucius served in the Civil War. He was a member of the Wisconsin 5th Cavalry Company H. He lost two children in the Peshtigo fire. Fletcher, Lucius, wife Maryetta Jacobs, children Cora, Oscar Leroy, Ernest E  survived the fire. My Grandfather Ernest Emery was born 1871 in Peshtigo. (Contributed by : John Fletcher) (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)

Glass, Florabelle and William, children of James. .Obituary clipping from 1942, my G.G.Grandfather Albert Glass was a survivor. The clipping states that he was a survivor, his siblings, Florabelle (age 13) and William (age 3) Glass, children of James Glass and the late Susan R. Glass (1837-1868), were killed in the fire. James Glass, his 4 children, Florabelle, Albert. Thomas and William were all listed in the 1870, census Grover Marinette County Wisconsin. (Contributed by : Gina Nelson) (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Gregor, John, and wife.

Halswafer, Mrs. Died Oct. 30 from burns and acute bronchitis, also her son Charles who died 4 days after the fire.  
Hayes, Israel; wife saved.
Hayes, Henry Sr., wife and one son. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) (Rebecca F.  1851 - October 8, 1871 mother, Earl 1871 - October 8, 1871 son,  Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin)
Hayes, James (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) was a hired man and burned in the well with the Norman Davis family
Hayes, Rebecca, wife of Henry Hayes Jr., and infant son Earl. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) Burial in Mays Corners Cemetery, in Oconto County, now Marinette County, Wisconsin
Helms, Charles, wife and son. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) (Charles J. 1812 - October 13, 1871 father; Fredrica S. 1818 - October 8, 1871, mother; Charlie 1859 - October 8, 1871, son;   Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin)  Mr. Helms traveled a long distance in the fire. The calves of his legs burned loose; dragging on the ground, held by cords. Was taken to the hospital at Marinette, but soon died.
Helm, John (died three days after fire of burns), wife and child. 
Helnore, Morris - Parents S. John, wife Matilda Helnore, children Thor Helnore & Charles Helnore survived. The family was living in Peshtigo at the time of the fire. (contributed by: Tim Helnore )
Highmore, Mrs. Hiram and 6 children.
Hill, L. H., and wife - (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) Wife was Abrigail (nee Jackson, father was Asa Jackson who perished with her) Cass - Hill, mother of survivor Asa Cass. L. H. Hill was step-father of Asa Cass. Researched and contributed by:Linda Phillips Loser  Buried in Harmony Cemetery - now in Marinette County, Wisconsin
Hoyt, Charles E., wife and one child.
Hoyt, Enoch, wife Martha and one dsughter, Jessie 15. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) 


Jackson, Harry, 2 year old child of E. A. (Ezra) and Eliza Jackson. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Jackson, John, left with the child named above. John was Harry's uncle who lived with his brother Ezra and sister-in-law  Elizabeth. Ezra was helping Eliza and infant daughter Carrie to escape and they survived.
Jackson, Asa, reported burned, remains not identified.(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) age 79, living with the L. H. Hill and wife  who perished, and her son Asa Cass who survived.

Kappus (Koppus), Catharine, wife of Chris., and two children; husband
and three children saved.(My great-grandfather Christian Koppus died months later from causes directly related to the fire.  Fran Koppus  )
Kappas, Christian ( husband of Catharine. My great-grandfather Christian Koppus died months later from causes directly related to the fire.Fran Koppus  )
Karrow, Michael, and wife; two children saved.
Kelly, Terence, and one child Terresa, age 2 years;
(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) (Terrance January 8, 1832 - October 8, 1871 father; Theresa M. August 8, 1869 - October 8, 1871 daughter; Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin) wife and three children saved. family contact:  Paul Kelly
Kiefer, Peter, wife and two children;(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) one saved.
King, John, wife Sarah and four children, George, June, Barbara, John Jr.. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) A daughter and son away from home were saved James and Ann.
King, Robert, wife Mary and three children, Charles, Shantell, Marvens. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) A daughter, Delia, absent from home, saved.
Kroesle, Child - child of A. Kroesle
(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)

Lafay, Joseph and wife.
Law, James.
 (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Leach, Ann, wife of Peter Leach.
Leach, Lot wife and infant.
Lembk (Lamp, Lamk, Lemke), Mrs. Charles  - wife and five children died
(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) on a wagon, fleeing for safety, when one of his horses falling, he got out to help him up, and finally succeeding in doing so, and upon returning to the wagon found his family all dead. He finally reached a small brook near by, in which he lay until morning, when returning, he found the remains of his family and wagon entirely consumed.Charles (survived)
Lemke, Caroline (April 24, 1864 - October 8, 1871 Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
Lemke, Emma (July 4, 1866 -
- October 8, 1871 Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
Lemke, Fredicke ( December 29, 1833
- October 8, 1871 Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
Lemke, Nettie ( March 24, 1867 - 
- October 8, 1871 Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
Lemke, Sophie ( November 22, 1862 
- October 8, 1871 Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
Lemke, Tina (April 4, 1869 
- October 8, 1871 Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
Leach Family (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Leasure (Lasure), Julia age 33 (Lasure, Mrs. Joseph Jr.), and three children; husband saved.
    Leasure, John age 11
    Leasure, Florence age 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
    Leasure, Edwin age 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Loucks, Lindsey, and wife.
 (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Loucks, Nelson and family (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
    Loucks, Mary - wife of Nelson 
    Loucks, Edgar age 4 
    Loucks, Jane, age 2
Loyal (Loval), John.
(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)

Mac,  Rose and her children, Amos, Henry, and Minni Lou
May, Nathaniel, wife Hannah and infant child. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
McMaan, Mrs. Silas  (Maria) - age 34 years, husband Silas survived
McPearson L.H. (Lucien H.) (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
McPearson, Mrs. Sally (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Meyers, William and fmily (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Moore, Mrs. Hiram,(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) and five children. Wife, Fanny 1839 - October 8, 1871, mother; Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin) (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871), children John 13, Esther 11, Elizabeth 9, Ellenor 5, Fruman 2. Mr. Moore could not induce them to leave the house after it was enveloped in flames, and barely escaped himself.  
Myers, George, age 31, born in Baden wife and four children died town of Peshtigo.
    Myers, Anna age 26 born in Baden
    Myers,  Joseph age 5 born in Wisconsin
    Myers, Anna age 3
born in Wisconsin
    Myers, Mary age 2 born in Wisconsin
    Myers, Infant 
born in Wisconsin

Newton, Ralph age 8 and Lizzie (Elizabeth) age 5, children of Samuel and Helen Newton. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) Samuel and Helen Newton survived and remained in Peshtigo
Newberry, Henry Sr. (1799 - October 8, 1871 Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin) ;, wife Nancy age 64 saved. She was away from village of Peshtigo, visiting her daughter in Menominee, MI. Henry had come to Wisconsin 15 years before the fire. Out of a family of seventeen,  twelve perished in the fire.  Bonnie Thayer -  Newberry family descendant, great granddaughter of William P. Newberry.
Newberry, Charles O. (1839 - October 8, 1871, father; Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin), and two children; son Franklin H. (1864 - October 8, 1871 , daughter Jessie (1866 - October 8, 1871) ( Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin)  Wife Joyce saved.; son of Henry Newberry Sr.
Newberry, Edward S (age 22)., wife Selah F. (1851 - October 8, 1871; Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin) and infant child. son of Henry Newberry Sr.
Newberry, Louisa (1839 - October 8, 1871; Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin)
Newberry, Nellie (1867 - October 8, 1871; Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin)  
Newberry, Walter B. (1834 - October 8, 1871; Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin)  , wife and three children. son of Henry Newberry Sr.
Newberry, Walter (1869 - October 8, 1871; Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin)

Olson, Mrs. Nelson and two children, husband and two saved.
Ouset, Fred, wife and lady friend

Papp (Popp), William, Jr. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) age 14, living with Father William Sr., mother Mena and brother Charles age 12. The rest of the family has not been accounted for in future censuses.
Pratt, Alvin A., wife Margaret and two children; (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) later printed that two were saved. Children in 1870 were John 17, Fannie 12, Susan 10.
Prestine, Mrs. Joaquin; husband badly crippled. (same as Mrs. Joseph Prestine)
Prestine, Mrs. Joseph (Fredrica), her daughter with husband and five children, and another daughter and husband with three children
Phillips, Cornelia E., Daughter of R.E.P.; died from effects of the fire. contributed by descendant: Linda Phillips Loser
Perault (Perrane), Nelson, wife and eight children and a Frenchman with them could not be ascertained.(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) (wife was Victoria Burgoin also Burgoyne, children included adopted son Levi Haynes Perrane b: 1856 in Wisconsin, Edward Perrane b: 1860 in Wisconsin, Amelia Perrane b: 1864 in Wisconsin, Henry Perrane b: 1866 in Wisconsin, Adelia Perrane b: 1867 in Wisconsin, Lorraine Perrane b: 1868 in Wisconsin,  Marie Perrane b. 1870 Wisconsin,  Newborn Twins - names unknown found in mother's arms, and Angelique Girard Burgoyne age 61,  widowed mother of Victoria with whom she made her home.)

Race, Martin, age 56 farmer (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)wife and two children all town of Peshtigo. Two children survived.
    Race, Almira age 44,
    Race,
Charles age 14
    Race,
Ida, age 9
Reinhart, Mrs.

Seymour, Fred, (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) son of Isaac J. and Charlotte; reported in Peshtigo list.
Soper, William. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) son of John and Aermes Souper, Aermes and brothers Norris, Charles and Richard survived.
Sheponto, Peter.
Smith, John Fritz, wife (both age 24) and two children.(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) -  Wife Victoria; daughter Katherine age 1; infant ? Lived in town of Peshtigo.
Smith, Mrs. of Menasha (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Spear, (Speer) Samuel H. age 36 born in New York, (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) died with wife and two children.
    Spear, Malina age 27
    Spear, Frank age 5
    Spear, 
George age 2
Segar, Lyman, wife Mary and child Harriet age 2. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Strinz Charles

Tousley, Mr. C. R.; Mr Tousley cut the throats of his two children and his own; all found dead.
Taylor, John and two children; wife and one child saved. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) ( lost in the fire were husband John Taylor and daughters Sarah and Alice Taylor; wife Sylvia Phillips Taylor and daughter Mary Melissa Taylor survived. Mother of John, Olive Bosworth also perished.  contributed by descendant Laura D Washabaugh)

Utter, Mrs. John, and two children;(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) husband saved.  ( lost were wife Ada Elmira Phillips Utter, son John Utter Jr. and daughter Eliza Ann Utter.  Ada was the daughter of Austin and Martha Phillips Linda Phillips Loser)
Unknown (unknown - October 8, 1871; 
Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin)

Vanderhoven, John. 

Wanikee, John (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Warnecke, John (1795 - October 8, 1871; Mays Corners Cemetery, now Marinette County, Wisconsin)

Wenzel, John, Sr., and wife.

Westfall, Charles, wife and father (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Westfall, Mr. (died 2 days after fire) wife and son
Wienhart (Weinhart, Weinhardt), Philip, wife Elizabeth (Zeek) and five children;(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) four saved.
 

List of dead in Peshtigo (note: an estimated 800 lives were lost among the residents of Peshitgo Village alone, most unrecognizable)

Alvord, John wife and one child.
Alwine/Elwert Johann (nee Goeth) -
d. 8 Oct 1871  Peshtigo Fire victim  ALWINE geb GOETH 

Baker, Augusta (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Barton, Roger, died from effects of the fire at Peshtigo harbor.


Beebe, John, wife Francis, children Neomi 8, William 5, Lelia 1 Plush, Charles. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) 
Beebe, J.  E. (James, son of William and Frances) and wife Elizabeth, infant son Charles survived.
Beebe, William and wife Frances and son Alvin also son James and his wife Elizabeth, see above.
Bosworth, Mrs. Olive  (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Bronett (Bronette) Mrs. Charles ( Margete) and two children (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) The children were Carrie age 5 and an infant
Brown, Ophelia and son Alwin Patten (son from first marriage) both died while escaping the flames from the hotel her second, Washington Brown, managed. Husband Washington and son Alfred Silas Brown, age 2 years) survived. (Obituary of Washington Brown states that wife and 4 children died in the fire.) contributed by descendant Julie Opoien)
Bruette, Mrs. Anton {Harriet Emily (White) LeBlanc} (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871). Husband Antoine (Bruette) Brouillette was owner of the hotel in Peshtigo, ran to the river and survived. Mrs. Bruette perished in the fire during her trip home from dinner at their son Antoine Thomas Bruette's home. (Contributed by family descendant: Patrick )
Bruette, Mrs. Charles, and one child. Names were wife Margrette, age 24, and infant child, a few months. Daughter Carrie, age 5 and husband Charles survived. Charles was the son of Peshtigo residents Charles and Amelia Bruette. 
Burton, Roger (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Bush, Charles wife and 6 children (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)

Capoose, Mrs. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Cramer, Mrs. Michael (Diana Carnel), and two sons, Levi and Sidney(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) husband Michael Cramer and son William A. survived. Descendant:Pam Taylor
Clement, Joseph G., just married; wife saved.
Clements, George
(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Curtis, William and adopted daughter Mattie.(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) Eliza Curtis' husband also English, died in the Fire, having hanged himself in the well with their adopted daughter, Mattie. Eliza survived though permanently crippled  and later married fellow survivor Michael Cramer. Descendant: Pam Taylor

Ellsworth, John, wife and child (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
England, Mary Ann Snow (Mrs. William) age 48, and three children Emma age 9, Edwin age 4 and Martha 18 months, fled to the village and were burned; husband and eight children remained in the sugar bush and were saved.

Hensen, Peter 46, wife Carry 28 and four children, Hans 15, Edward 11, Anna 7, Paul 4  (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) all born in Norway

Jacobs, Frank, infant son of Francis and Mary Jacobs, (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) was taken to the river by his aunt, Charlotte Seymour; both drowned. Frank Sr and Mary survived.

Kehoe, John (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Kerr, James. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Kenan, James.
Kuncner (Kutzner), Ernest, (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) found in river.

LaFave, Joseph and family - wife Mary, children Patrick 13, Josephine 11, Evaline 9, Virginia 7. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Laughlin, Mrs. Robert and child (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Lawrence, Charles, (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) age 37, farmer, born in Mechlenberg, wife and four childern; fled from lower sugar bush to village, and were all burned near the river.
    Lawrence,  Mary
age 36, born in Mechlenberg
    Lawrence, Caroline 
age 10 born in Wisconsin
    Lawrence, Charles Jr.  age 5 born in Wisconsin
    Lawrence, John 
age 3 born in Wisconsin
    Lawrence,
Infant born in Wisconsin
Lemke,
Frederika b: 1839 d. 8 Oct 1871  Wife of Charles  Age 32 years 10 months 19 days  All victims of Peshtigo Fire
    Lemke, Sophia b: 1863 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 8 years 11 months 16 days 
    Lemke, Caroline b: 1864 d. 8 Oct 1871 Age 7 years 5 Months 11 days
    Lemke, Emma b. 1866 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 5 years 3 months 15 days
    Lemke,
Nettie b. 1867 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 4 years 6 months 15 days
    Lemke,
Tina b. 1869 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 2 years 6 months 4 days  


Marion, Elizabeth b: 1848 d: Dec 4, 1871
Marsh, Nellie, daughter of P. J. Marsh.
Marshall, Nellie age 8, Plush, Charles. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871).daughter of Paul and Martha Marshall who survived
Mellen, George,(b: 1857 Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin) Nellie and Baby: (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) son born 1857, daughter born 1867 Ella (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin) and baby born 1871, Parents were James M. Mellen and wife Anne Hopkins.  "Mr. Mellen lost two children while en route to the flat below the dam and never could find a trace of them." Their infant, only weeks old, also died of exposure as the survivors struggled on the Peshtigo River mud flats at the village of Peshtigo. Survivors were James Sr age 41, Anna age 39, children James Jr. age 19, William age 17, Albert age 10 and Anna Jr. age 5.
McDonald, Mrs D.R. and five children (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
McDonald, Mrs. Leroy, and five children.  Margaret  b: 1839  d: October 8, 1871, mother (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
McDonald,  Children
    McDonald, Alexander b: 1864 d: October 8, 1871 Age 7 years (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)   
    McDonald,
Donald A. b. 1867 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 2 years (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
    McDonald, Janet b . February, 1871 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 9 months (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin) 
    McDonald, Mary M. b. 1869 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 2 years (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)   
    McDonald, John b: 1861 d: October 8, 1871 Age 11 years
(Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
McGregor, Daniel, wife. 
McGregor, Donald and wife 
(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) Donald,  b . 1842 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 29 years  (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
McGregor,
Sarah b . 1845 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 26 years  (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
McGregor,
Janet b . 1856 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 15 years  (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
McGregor,
Mary b . 1848 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 23 years (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
McGregor,
Lily b . 1869 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 2 years  (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
McGregor,
Alvey b . 1870 d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 1 year  (Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin)
McGregor, Margaret (widow, age 55 born in Ireland), 1 daughter & 2 sons
    McGregor, Jennie (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 14 years 
    McGregor, Duncan d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 17 years
    McGregor, John d. 8 Oct 1871  Age 19 years
McGregor, Mrs. James, and child. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
McPherson, Lucien (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) 
McMinn (Mcnine), Mrs. Silas (Maria age 34)
(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871).
Monaghan, Patrick.(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
 

Newberry, Walter (teacher age 38), wife,  daughter, son -  village of Pestigo
    Newberry, Frances Louisa Prestine  (age 25), 
    Newberry,
Nellie (age 5),
    Newberry,
Walter (age 2)


Olestrom, Charles, wife and two children, and a lady visiting name unknown.
 
Olive, Infant - Parents Franklin and Amelia Olive, with brothers Frank age 4 and William age 2 survived but an unnamed infant died as a result of the fire. - The family ran through the flames to the mud flats along the Peshtigo River. Contributed by descendant: Carl Bennett
Olsen, Nellie 
(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Olsen, Custie (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Olsen, Anna (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Olson, Hans, wife and two children.
Olson, Anson.


Penerie, Mrs. William and child
(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Penree (Penrey, Pentree, Penry), Charles Jr. and wife Dilly (Mrs. Charles Jr.) age 22 and two children -
    Penree (Penrey, Pentree, Penry), Wilber age 18 months
    Penree (Penrey, Pentree),  Infant

Penree, Charles Sr, and his wife Hannah (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)(both age 71) of New York, and two other sons Alfred and George were lost in the fire in Peshtigo. 
Penree, Alfred  (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) brother of George and Richard whose family George and Alfred were living with.
Penree, George (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) brother of Alfred and Richard whose family George and Alfred were living with.
Peths, John Phillips, Mrs. Wiliam and two children (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) 
Place, Job, wife and two children(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Platten, Alwin - age 10 years, died with his mother Ophelia Brown, while fleeing flames that overtook their hotel. Step-father Washington Brown and half brother Alfred Silas Brown survived. (Obituary of Washington Brown stated the his wife and 4 children died in the fire.)
Plush, Charles. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) age 79, wife Phyllis, son James and daughter Emma survived.
Potter, J. T. child of Mrs. Wilson, died at Marinette.


Scott, Joseph, child of, died at harbor. Joseph, wife and one child survived.
Seymour, Miss Charlotta, 
(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) drowned in river.
Slaughter, Mrs. Robert and child. (Margaret  and daughter Maggi) Sarah Thorson

Still, Mrs Wilson (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Stitt, Caroline (Wilson) - (b: March 1857 d: October 8, 1871 Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, Peshtigo, Wisconsin) age 34. mother of 7 children, she died October 8, 1871. Husband Wilson Stitt and six children known to have survived the fire. Jennifer M. Lyons
Stitt, Caroline.- age 3.  daughter of Caroline and Wilson Stitt, unaccounted for and presumed dead, was with her mother who perished.  Jennifer M. Lyons
Sturgeon, Mrs. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)

Tackman, Mrs. (Christina )(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Tanner, Mrs. J. M. (John) - Sarah A. age 26 and two children. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Thompson, William T. (age 26), and wife Cordelia (age 23).(Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) - William was born in WI and was a store clerk.
Timmer, John, two sons and a daughter. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)


Van Byninger (Ryzinger), John.Johannes van Rijsingen (also van Rysinger). (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871) born 23/10/1829 at Uden, Netherlands. From the book, Dutch American Voices: letters from the United States, 1850-1930, by Herbert J. Brinks, which has the text of a De Groot family letter from an Appleton noting of the 1871 fires, "Johannes van Rijsingen, from Uden is also reported dead." Same appears in a volume in Dutch that looks to be quoting the same letter. Johannes' wife and children were known to have survived. contributed by descendant:  Robert Van Ryzin

Westfall, Charles, wife and his father.
Winters, Neils.

 

List of the burned in Lincoln

Bodot, Mrs. Louis, was found in the woods eight days after the fire, crushed to death by a fallen tree.

Denis, Mary.
Delafosse, Matilda.

Dantoin, Mrs. Joseph, and three children; although burned to death herself, she had so well protected an infant in her arms, that it was saved, though badly burned.

Licot, Maurice, left his house with a roll of leather and a new pair of boots which he left after proceeding a short distance, and returned it is supposed to save his wife; his remains were found in the cellar; his wife saved her life by lying beside a heap of stones in the field.

Wendrick, Mrs.. John B., left her house to go to the house of a neighbor, Dantoin, for three of her children, which she got and left with three of Dantoin’s children; they were all burned to death.
 
 

List of burned in Brussels - Door County, WI

Kolbeck, George, wife and three children.

Milichewart, Joseph, wife and four children.

Mutter, Frank, wife and two children.

Pavlic, Casper, a child of.

Seveikert, Michael, wife and five children; also his wife’s father and mother, names not ascertained. 

Shelber, John, wife and child.

Trydy, wife and five children; also his wife’s father and mother, and his brother-in-law, names could not be ascertained.

Weiss, Louis, wife and one child.

The following were burned at Schoefields & Co’s Mill, section 15 Brussels: Door County, WI

Crow, John (an Indian)

Doughherty, John.
Doughherty, William.
Doughherty, Sarah.
Disotelle, Mary.

Ligot, Hypolite.

McNames, John.
McWilliams, Daniel, (colored).

Wood, John.
 

Nasawanpee

Larch, Caspar, and two children of Peter Larch.
 

List of persons burned at Birch Creek, in the town of Menominee, Mich.

Ames, Mrs. Phineas, aged 42 years.
Ames, Lincoln, a child aged 7 years.
Ames, Mary, an infant child. Mr. Ames badly crippled in both hands and feet, with two daughters were saved.

Brokling, Peter aged 40 years.
Brokling, Kate, his wife, aged 45 years.
Brokling, Kate, his daughter, aged 15 years.
Brokling, William, a son, aged 9 years.
Brokling, Philip, a son, aged 8 years.
Brokling, Theodore, a son, aged 6 years.
Brokling, Fred. a son, aged I year.
Blanrette, William and Nellie, aged 6 and 3 years.

Hill, James, aged 42 years.
Hill William a son, aged 13 years.
Hill Mary, a daughter, aged 3 years.
Hill, John, a son, aged 6 years. Mrs. James Hill and a daughter about 14 were saved. Mrs. Hill's hands were so severely burned that the flesh between the fingers united and has been recently cut apart.

Kuninger, Karl, aged 38 years.

Linden, Charles, aged I8 years.

Vallier M. N. aged 63 years.

Osidiler, 0. B. aged 28 years.

Two travelers, strangers, names unknown.
 

Dead in Williamsonville


There were also two French families, whose names I do not know. - reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Bowdoin, Frank - reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Bowdoin, Peter   - reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Bucklin, George wife and babe;- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil

Coneya, Wife and Child of Maxeme - of Green Bay, WI, died in the well in Williamsville; Maxeme, Cyril and Jarvis Coreya survived. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Conlon, John- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Cryin, Thomas died in the well in Williamsville, WI.  Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil

Dansen,Charles - reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Donlon, James
- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Donley, Frank
- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil

Heaney, Miss Maggie,- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil

Langlois,  Louis - reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil

Jervis, Emery- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Jerviss, Henry- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil

McAdams, Frank  wife and three children;- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Memereau, Nelson wife and two children;- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Married, Joseph, wife and three children;  
- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil

Nicholson, Dennis- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil

O'Connor, John- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
O'Hearne, Johnny,  
- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
O'Hearne,   Patrick- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871.
Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
O’Neil, Maggie

Olson, Anson

Rochen, Michael 

Verbunker, Joseph.- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil

Whalen, Michael wife and two little boys;- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Whitbeck, Charles- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Williams, Jason,- reported by Thomas Williamson in 1871. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Williamson, James and wife and children
Williamson, John and father Mr. Williamson
Williamson, Maggie



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