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Abrahamson, Mary Elizabeth (nee Pearson) - mother of Wilhelmina (Minnie)
Abrahanson, Wilhelmina (Minnie, later Mrs. Adolph Dahlberg) - Minnie Dahlberg was saved by Native American's during this fire. Minnie and her mother were saved before they jumped into the water.
Albrecht, Louise - My great-grandmother was Louise (Louisa) Albrecht, she later married into the Lehman family. Also, distantly related to the England's and the Bartels by marriage. (contributed by descendant: Jill)
Albright, Mrs. Charles (Laura)
Alschweiger, Charles and children Sophie age 14, Charles 8, John 7, William 5, Frank 3 - Wife Minnie and infant were lost.
Ames, Mr. and two daughters
Armstrong, Ferdinand, age 38, from Maine
Armstrong, Francie - age 36, wife of Ferdinand
Armstrong, Mary - age 18 daughter of Ferdinand and Francie
Armstrong, Nellie - age 8 daughter of Ferdinand and Francie
Armstrong, Charles - age 6 son of Ferdinand and Francie
Armstrong, Jennie - age 5 daughter of Ferdinand and Francie
Armstrong, Moses, age 33, from Maine
Armstrong, Abby - age 30, wife of Moses
Armstrong, Clarence - age 10 son of Moses and Abby
Armstrong, Eldridge - age 5 son of Moses and Abby
Armstrong, Ada - age 8 daughter of Moses and Abby
Auest, Mrs. Fred (Fronie) and her two children Mary 6, and baby Louis
seen as Bateman and Backman)
age 38, born in
by: Pat Drees
Bakeman, Mary - age 32, born in Darmstadt, wife of Henry
Bakeman, John - age 13, son of Henry and Mary
Bakeman, Henry - age 10, son of Henry and Mary
Bakeman, Adoph - age 8, son of Henry and Mary
Bakeman, August - age 6, son of Henry and Mary
Bakeman, Martin - age 3, son of Henry and Mary
Bakeman, Emily - age 16 months, daughter of Henry and Mary
Bakeman, John - age 36, born in Mechlinberg (contributed by: Pat Drees )
Bakeman, Louisa (nee Bakeman)- age 32, born in Mechlingberg, wife of John
Bakeman, George - age 11, son of John and Louisa
Bakeman, Charles - age 10, son of John and Louisa
Bakeman, Emily - age 8, daughter of John and Louisa
Bakeman, John - age 6, son of John and Louisa
Bakeman, Sophia - age 68, mother of John, Henry Bakeman and Eliza Bakeman Price Heidenworth
Barlow, Eva Harriet - (Contributor's note: My dad's paternal g'ma (my great g'ma) survived the Peshtigo fire. I believe her whole family did as well. She was Eva Harriet Barlow, age 11 at the time of the fire (born 31 March 1860 and died 17 March 1952). Her mother was Mary Jane (Hinman) Barlow (b. circa 16 May 1829 and died 01 May 1903). I don't know Eva's father's first name. She later married David H. Gurnee and lived in Janesville and later in Appleton. I'm still researching the Barlow family records and they may have lived in Oconto at the time of the fire, but I am not sure. My dad would tell me that when his g'ma was older and feeble, she would ask him if he was in the Peshtigo fire. It, obviously, had a long lasting impact on her. Today we call it Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Regards, Marsha Gurnee Suszan)
Bartels, Crist - age 74, born in Mechlinberg, father of Henry Sr. and Louisa Bartels Bakeman
Bartels, Henry - age 44, born in Mechlinberg (contributed by: Pat Drees )
Bartels, Dora - age 35, wife of Henry, born in Mechlinberg (contributed by: Pat Drees )
Bartels, Elizabeth (Eliza) - age 15, daughter of Henry and Dora, (contributed by: Pat Drees )
Bartels, Frederick - age 13 son of Henry and Dora, (contributed by:Cynthia Hallen )
Bartels, Henry - age 12, son of Henry and Dora, (contributed by: Pat Drees )
Bartels, Charles - age 10, son of Henry and Dora,(contributed by:Cynthia Hallen )
Bartels, Louisa - age 9, daughter of Henry and Dora,(contributed by: Pat Drees )
Bartels, Christine Sophia (Sophie Parthie) - age 8, daughter of Henry and Dora, born in Grover, survived the 1871 fire according to her obituary.( (contributed by: Pat Drees ; also contributed by:Cynthia Hallen )
Bartels, John - age 3, son of Henry and Dora, (contributed by: Pat Drees )
Bastien , Oliver, wife Zenaide, daughter Georgiana age 2, son Oliver Jr. age 5 months - Living in village of Peshtigo, they escaped to the river. Family Page: Oliver BASTIEN
Bartz, Bertha Emelia - Born 1863 in Stettin, Germany, married Heinrich A. Brandt in Milwaukee, WI and had 9 children. Because Bertha & her aunt Holmeyer could not swim they huddled by the shore of the Peshtigo River allowing the smoke and heat to pass over them. Bertha is my great grandmother.(contributed by: Peggy Djurdjulov )
Bebe, Charles - 2 year old son of James and Elizabeth who both died
Bell, William and adopted child, William Louck age 11 - Sharlott Bell died.
Bernardy, Jacques, wife Margaretha Senninger Bernardy, son Frank X. - Parents of other Bernary family; lived in wilderness now Walsh, Wisconsin.
Bernardy, Jacob H., wife Anna Kitzinger Bernardy, children Frank Nicolas age 3 years, Marie Margretha age 14 months.- lived in wilderness now Walsh, Wisconsin.
Blauvett, Mrs. And two children
Boerner, Fred and daughters Mary, Minnie - 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; Mary (mother, age 39), William (age 13), Casta (age 9), Caroline (age 8), Fred Jr. (age 3).
Brault, Sinai and Hermione (nee Granger) - My Great Great Grandparents on my mother's side lived west of Pound and they also survived the Great Fire. (Contributed by: John Peters)
Brault, Joseph and spouse- Euphemie Bourgeois, who came from St. Jacques d L'Achigan, Quebec, in the 1860's and were the first white settlers in the Coleman area. Joseph's house survived the Great Fire, only to burn down several years later.
Browen, Johm, wife August, daughter Amelia (age 3) - all born in Prussa, living in town of Peshtigo. Amelia's later married name was Desrochers.
Bruette, (Brouillette Antoine) - Owner of a hotel in Peshtigo, ran to the river. Wife Harriet Emily (White) LeBlanc perished during her trip home from dinner at their son Antoine Thomas Bruette's home. (Contributed by family descendant: Patrick )
Bruette, Charles - Married son of Charles and Amelia Bruette, survived the fire with one child, daughter Carrie age 5. Wife Margrete and infant child died in the blaze.
Bruette, Carrie - Daughter of Charles and Margrete Bruette survived with her father. Mother and infant sibling perished.
Brown, A. C.
Brown, Washington - Survived the fire while fleeing flames that overtook the hotel he managed. He was badly burned and spent 6 months in the hopital after the fire. Wife Ophelia Brown and step son Alwin Platten, age 10 years, died while trying to escape. His obituary stated that his wife and 4 children died in the fire. contributed by descendant Julie Opoien)
Brown, Alfred Silas (son of Washington age 2 years)
Brice, Charles E. - from obituary
Bruce, August and two children -
Bucholtz, Katherine (Kate), widow in 1870, survived in Peshtigo, born 1812 in Germany, "During the fire, son-in-law Frank Kaiser, and daughter Mary Bucholtz Kaiser took refuge in the river along with grand daughters Katherine and infant Helen (4 months). They continued to live in Peshtigo until sometime in the 1880s, when they returned to Escanaba, Michigan."Along with many others, they headed through the thick, choking smoke smoke, scorching heat and blinding flames to the mud flats at the edge of the Peshtigo River near the bridge. They survived despite being in the low, cold water for hours and having to cover their heads with wet clothes in order to breath as well as keep their exposed hair and heads from burning. They were surrounded by those who were badly burned and many who did not survive. (also see Kaiser; Great,great-grandaughter Sandee)
Cass, Asa - (from his Civil War Invalid Pension Records) "eyes injured by hot sand in the Peshtigo Fire 8 Oct. 1871 eventually causing blindness to left eye". Mother of Asa Cass, Abrigail (nee Jackson) Cass - Hill, perished in the fire as did L. H. Hill, who was step-father of Asa Cass. Researched and contributed by: Linda Phillips Loser
Cass, Olive (nee May) - Wife of Asa Cass. Researched and contributed by: Linda Phillips Loser
Cass Wm "Frank" - Son of Asa and Olive (May) Cass. Researched and contributed by: Linda Phillips Loser
Cass, Asa Anson - Son of Asa and Olive (May) Cass. Researched and contributed by: Linda Phillips Loser
Cass, Albert - Son of Asa and Olive (May) Cass. Researched and contributed by: Linda Phillips Loser
Church, Warren - initially survived the fire but died from attempting to cut his throat during the blaze. Parents and two brothers died as well. From New York originally.
Churchill, Amanda - age 21 years, Obituary, .Sheboygan Press (Wisconsin) September 14, 1920. Died in Marinette, WI.
Clark, Frank Clement, Mrs. Joseph G.
Coneya, Maxeme, Jarvis and Cyril - of Green Bay (infant daughter died), escaped alive from the well in Williamsville. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Corey, Mrs. Alma
Couillard, Effie (later Leigh)
Cramer, Joshua Sr., wife Diana, son Louis and daughters Anna, Elina and Mary Cramer - remained and rebuilt in Peshtigo, children James died in 1864, Jane before 1870, and probably David did also before 1870 and not in the fire of 1871.
Cramer, Michael and one son, William A. - My great great aunt, Eliza Curtis, an Englishwoman, was badly burned in the Fire but I am pleased to say that, although crippled for life, she remarried to Michael Cramer whose wife (Diana Carnel), and two sons, (Levi and Sidney), also perished in the Fire. Eliza died in 1898, aged 73. Eliza's husband, William Curtis, also English, died in the Fire, having hanged himself in the well with their adopted daughter, Mattie. Descendant: Pam Taylor
Cryin, Joseph - escaped alive from the well in Williamsville Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Curtis, Mrs. Eliza - My great great aunt, Eliza Curtis, an Englishwoman, was badly burned in the Fire but I am pleased to say that, although crippled for life, she remarried to Michael Cramer whose wife and two sons also perished in the Fire. Eliza died in 1898, aged 73. Eliza's husband, William Curtis, also English, died in the Fire, having hanged himself in the well with their adopted daughter, Mattie. Descendant: Pam Taylor
Deau (sometimes spelled Deaux) - John, wife Angeline and children, Alex and Joseph. (They owned land 9 miles west of Peshtigo. Alex was my great-grandfather, who married Mary Grandeau, also a survivor with her family mentioned on this page. After the fire, the Deau family moved into Peshtigo, where John died in 1875. Angeline died in February of 1896 in Peshtigo. ) Jessica Snyder 1940 Obituary of survivor Joseph John Deau, Joseph John DEAU , posted by his descendant: Nancy
Delano, Edgar (36) , wife Carra (28), sons Clarence (6), Bert (Egbert, 5)) and Harry (1). (Edgar had been an early Couillardville, Oconto County, settler at age 14. He served in the Civil War and returned to homestead near the Couillardville bridge where he and his family fled to the Oconto River during the firestorm. Please click on Fire Survivor Report for the whole story.
Delano, Elizabeth - survivor - Elizabeth Delano (my great grandmother), who after marriage in Peshtigo on June 8, 1883, was known as Mrs. Charles Spiering. Her younger sister Nellie, an infant at the time, was adopted by the Duntons of Oconto, and took their name. She also had a brother, Danville, who had moved to Pineville, North Dakota by 1932 Descendant: Susanne Van Dyk
DeMarsh, William Derosher, Mrs. Amelia
Deroshier , John B. - obituary ; Appleton Post Crescent. April 2, 1926, died in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Dix, husband, wife and five children
Dolan, William Thomas - (He was an infant at the time. I believe his parents survived also, but am not sure. In addition, I believe his home was one
of the few structures to survive as the timbers were still green William Dolan ).
Drees, Edward A., (age about 2 years - son of Joseph and Elizabeth. Mother died with siblings - descendant - Toni Ristau)
Drees, Eugene - (son of Katherine Drees - Toni Ristau)
Drees, Henry - (son of Katherine Drees - Toni Ristau)
Drees (also Dress), Joseph (father of Edward A.; husband of Elizabeth, son of Katherine Drees - Toni Ristau )
Drees (also Dress), Katherine - ( widowed mother of Joseph Drees - Toni Ristau)
Drew, Frank, wife Mary, children Hellen, George, Kate, Mary, Frank Drew
Duckett (Ducatt, Ducket),Thomas, his wife Ellen
and their children Eber, Joseph, Drummond, Benjamin and infant William - Living next door,
Benjamin, wife Amelia and one
child were reported lost in the fire. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Duket, Joseph and wife Elizabeth, sons Charles, Chester, Wesley, Dexter (William) and daughter Jessie
William, two sons , James and Philip,
Mrs. Mary Burton Eamer and daughter Mandy died in the fire. Survivor
Eames, Phineas and two daughters
Ellis, William age 43 and wife Helen age 37, sons Edward age 18, William Jr age 13, (Mr. Ellis was Mayor of Peshtigo and agent for a lumber company at the time of the fire, son William was clerk in the store in Peshtigo. William, Helen and Edward were born in Maine, William Jr. was born in Wisconsin.)
England, William and eight children wife Mary Ann (Mrs. William) age 48, and the three children born in Wisconsin Emma age 9, Edwin age 4 and Martha 18 months, fled to the village of Peshtigo and were burned; husband and eight New York born children remained in the sugar bush and were saved.
England, Harvey age 23 (1846 - 1926) and wife Caroline S.. May age 22 (1848 - 1880; was 3 months pregnant at the time of the fire with daughter Claire C. England b: Apr., 1872 d. Jun. 25, 1872; Caroline S. May England was the daughter of Anson May 1810 - 1887 and Caroline Moore 1820 - 1895 who were also Peshitgo Fire survivors)
England, Hiram age 21, 1851 -
England, Parsons age 18, 1856 -
England, Erwin age 12, 1859 -
England, James age 11, 1860 -
England, Almira (Drewery) age 13, 1858 -
England Uretta 1867 - 1874
Empey, Charles (Impry?)
wife Jane and two children, Margaret 2 and infant perished
Fairchild, Addison, Miles
Felch, Christian, wife Josephine (Sophie Meyer Felch), step children Frederick Meyer age 7, Rosa Meyer age 4, daughter Anna Felch born February 1872. Lived on an isolated farm in what is now Porterfield, Wisconsin.
Fetterly, Phillip, wife Mary Otto Fetterly and children,
Fetterly, Elizabeth, age 22
Fetterly, William, age 8
Fetterly, Charles, age 5
Fetterly, Frank, age 2
Fetterly, Allen, age 13
Fetterly, Elias, age 17
Fetterly, George, age 16
Filiatrault, J. W.
Fletcher, Lucius, wife Maryetta Jacobs, children Cora, Oscar Leroy, Ernest E survived the fire. Daughter Mary and son Halsey Fletcher died October 8, 1871 as a result of the Great Fire 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. My Grandfather Ernest Emery was born 1871 in Peshtigo. (Contributed by : John Fletcher)
Fletcher, Mary Etta Jacobs, wife of Lucius, who was pregnant with son Ernest Everet Fletcher (born 4 FEB 1871 Peshtigo, WI)
Fletcher, Cora Emma, daughter of Lucius and Mary Etta
Fletcher, Oscar Leroy, son of Lucius and Mary Etta
Fletcher, Ernest E. , son of Lucius and Mary Etta
Friederichs, Mrs. Sadie
Glass, James and sons Albert and Thomas. Obituary clipping from 1942, my G.G.Grandfather Albert Glass was a survivor.
The clipping states that he was a survivor, his
siblings, Florabelle 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)
Gregy, Joseph, wife Mary, sons Eurgene age 9 and Charles age 5. All had been born in France. Owner/Proprietor of the French Hotel in town of Peshtigo at the time of the fire.
Grandeau (also spelled Grandow and Grandaw) - Basil, wife Sophia, and children Rosann, Mary, Antoine and Archie - residents of Peshtigo (they are in the 1870 census). Basil was about 52 at the time of the fire. Basil & Sophia are my great-great-grandparents, and their daughter Mary is my great-grandmother. Basil and Sophia died in Peshtigo - he in 1909 at the age of 90 and she in 1914 at the age of 89, according to their obituaries. Their daughter Mary married Alex Deau (see Deau, John, on this page), and their son Antoine married Safronia LaFave (see LaFave, Louis, also on this page). Jessica Snyder
Goddard, Thomas, wife Elizabeth, son Thomas, daughter Susan. - Living in Peshtigo Harbor
Guillfoyle, Kate, met John Cox during the fire, later married.
Hale, Katherine "Kattie" Born in Peshtigo 3 May 1858. Later became Mrs. Leander Edward LaBlond
Hallen, Godfrey and Barbara Bohman Hallen and daughter Mariam -( contributor's note: I am the great granddaughter of Godfrey Hallen and Barbara Bohman Hallen, who were traveling from Waterford, WI, to Marinette, Wi in October 1871 with their one year old daughter Mariam Elisabet (Lisel) Hallen. It was their fate to be in the town of Peshtigo, WI, on the night of 7 Oct 1871. They survived the fire by standing in the river. Godfrey held baby Lisel up out of the water. All three survived and settled in Marinette, where they built the first home in a meadow that became Carney Blvd. This is documented in Godfrey's 1922 obituary in the Marinette Eagle Star. Cynthia Hallen)
Hammes, Frank Jr. - Was working in the mills, on his own at age 13.
Handler, Anthony - age 16; "At the time of the Peshtigo fire he was a resident of the northern city and during the height of the fire, swam the Oconto River several times, carrying children to safety." Obituary ; The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) January 24, 1928 . Died in Portland Oregon
Hanson, Lars and family
Hanson, August Bell
Hayes, Mrs. Israel
Hawley, Thomas, Capt. Of Union Steamboat
Heath, Wallace, wife Katherine E. , son Frank W. Heath age 1 1/2 years. - by 1880 Katherine had a second married name Rayner
Heidenworth, David - age 34, born in Prussia (contributed by: Pat Drees )
Heidenworth, Eliza Bakeman Price - wife of David (mother of Fred, Charles, Hattie and Emma Price - children of first marriage, survived)
Heidenworth, Carrie - age 2, daughter of David and Eliza
Helnore, S. John, wife Matilda Helnore, children Thor Helnore & Charles Helnore. Son Morris died shortly after the fire. The family was living in Peshtigo at the time of the fire. (contributed by: Tim Helnore )
Hill, Mrs. James and daughter
Hoell, John - My Great Great Grandfather John F. Hoell played in a band and brought is instrument into the river with him. He lost everything else. (contributed by: F. Cross)
Holmeyer, Mrs. - Bartz, Bertha Emelia - Born 1863 in Stettin, Germany, married Heinrich A. Brandt in Milwaukee, WI and had 9 children. Because Bertha & her aunt Holmeyer could not swim they huddled by the shore of the Peshtigo River allowing the smoke and heat to pass over them. Bertha is my great grandmother.(contributed by: Peggy Djurdjulov )
Holl, Jacob, (Brown County, WI) wife Margaret Dollar, children John, Jake, Peter, Henry, Margaret, Gertude and Joseph. They lost crops, poultry, winter store of animal feed and grains, buildings, tools, their own food stores for winter and possessions. Out ran the fire near the beginning. ( RITA )
Hoppe, Mrs. Carrie - was born in 1871.
Howard, M. D. and wife
Hoyt, child of Mr. Enoch
Hoyt, Bryan badly burned in trying to save the life of his mother, Mrs. Maria Hoyt, who begged to be left to her fate, which he refused to do, and is badly crippled by the fire in consequence.
Hoyt, Dorcas son of Maria Hoyt
Hoyt, J. W son of Maria Hoyt
Hoyt, Maria Three other sons were badly burned. One, Bryan, in trying to save the life of his mother, Mrs. Maria Hoyt, who begged to be left to her fate, which he refused to do, and is badly crippled by the fire in consequence.
Hughart, John W.,
McNabow, James all living in town of Peshtigo. Please see HUGHART Family Page ; The family lived in a fishing cottage along the shore of town of Peshtigo, the Hughart family included 9 children and two adults Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil.
Iverson, Mrs. Annie
Francis and wife Mary, infant son of Francis was taken to
the river by
his aunt, Charlotte
Seymour; both drowned.
Jacobson, August and family Charles, Hilma and Gus
Jackson, Ezra, wife Eliza and infant daughter, Carrie - Ezra's brother John was living with the family and took their 2 year old son Harry with him as Ezra helped Eliza and baby Carrie. John and young Harry did not survive. (added by Linda Phillips Loser)
John, Frederick William, wife Johanna, children Clara, Alfred, Henry, William, Louisa - lived in town of Gillett "One of the hardest experiences of their lives, however, came in 1871, when the sun was obscured by the smoke for two weeks during all of which time the woods surrounding them was on fire. They carried water and fought fire day and night without rest. On the night of October 8, which old residents remember with horror as the night of the famed Peshtigo fire, the children spent the night on a blanket in the road while their parents fought off the fire, the parents not daring to allow them to remain in the shanty for fear it with the children would be consumed." interview Oconto County Reporter 1902
Johnson Olaf and Olena and their 5 children: William, Andrew, Ben, Ana and Anton - (who spent the night in the river to survive the fire. Contributed by descendant Merryn Janzen)
Jude, Mrs. Charles
Kaiser, Frank, Survived
in Peshtigo, born 1832 in Luxemberg, immigrated 1857, "During the fire,
they took refuge in the river along with daughters Katherine and infant Helen (4 months) and
Katherine Bucholtz (mother-in-law). They continued to live in Peshtigo
until sometime in the 1880s, when they returned to Escanaba, Michigan."Along with many others, they headed through
the thick, choking smoke smoke, scorching heat and blinding flames to
the mud flats at the edge of the Peshtigo River near the bridge. They
survived despite being in the low, cold water for hours and having to
cover their heads with wet clothes in order to breath as well as keep
their exposed hair and heads from burning. They were surrounded by those who were badly burned and many who did not survive.
There was nothing left anywhere. (Great- grandaughter Sandee)
Kaiser, Mary Bucholtz, Wife of Frank, survived in Peshtigo, born 1837 in Luxemberg, immigrated 1857, "During the fire, they took refuge in the river along with daughter Katherine and infant Helen (4 months) and Katherine Bucholtz (mother). They continued to live in Peshtigo until sometime in the 1880s, when they returned to Escanaba, Michigan." (Great- grandaughter Sandee)
Kaiser, Katherine (later Halson) daughter of Frank and Mary, survived in Peshtigo, born in Michigan, "During the fire, they took refuge in the river along with Katherine Bucholtz (maternal grandmother). They continued to live in Peshtigo until sometime in the 1880s, when they returned to Escanaba, Michigan." (Sandee)
Kaiser, Helen (later Smith) daughter of Frank and Mary, survived in Peshtigo, born June 1, 1871 in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and was only 4 months old. "During the fire, the 4 Kaiser family members took refuge in the river along with Katherine Bucholtz (maternal grandmother). They continued to live in Peshtigo until sometime in the 1880s, when they returned to Escanaba, Michigan." (Sandee)
Kappus (Koppus), Chris and three children Charles, Fred, and Carrie (My great-grandfather Christian Koppus died months later from causes directly related to the fire. ( Fran Koppus ) Another historian lists that Carrie, Charles and Fred Kappus, children of Christopher Kappus, were brought back to New York by their father after the 1871 Peshtigo Fire. Father Christopher returned to his land in Wisconsin to rebuild his house and a tree fell on him; killing him. The 2 sons went into New York orphanages; daughter Carrie stayed with Kappus relatives.
Karrow, Mrs. Michael and two children
Kehoe, James and Catherine (nee Dolan) and children Mary and Thomas (Mrs. Kehoe was pregnant at the time of the fire with daughter Annie. Contributed by Karen Barouski)
Keil, William (contributor's note: Son of Johanna Casper Wagner Audrey Klocke Heintz)
Kelly, Mrs. Terence and three children: family contact: Paul Kelly
Keith, Mrs. Mary ( Mary Keith, née Mary Tolerton Bagnall ]
Kiefer, one child of Peter
King, Delia, daughter of Robert and Mary, away at the time of fire. Parents and three siblings died.
King, Ann & James: daughter and son of John and Sarah, away at time of fire
King, Frederick, wife Nancy, children John, Mary, Jesse, Julia, Eunis: contributed by descendant: Linda Phillips Loser
King, W. N.
King, Wilbert - My grandfather, Bert King, (formally Wilbert King,) was a survivor of the Peshtigo fire. (note: possible son of Rueben and Delila King. Bert King was born April 1871) I have been told that he was only six months old at the time of the fire and that he and his family survived by immersing themselves in a body of water. I was also told that, following the fire, someone in the family found a chicken running around. That chicken ended up being their first food. (Contributed by: Pamela (King) Vorpagel)
Kittner, Edward - age 39, blacksmith born in Prussia, immigrated 1851
Kittner, Sophie (nee Bakeman) - age 39, wife, born in Prussia also survived were her mother, her sister, and three children; from her obituary
Kittner, Emil - age 15, son of Edward and Sophie
Kittner, John E. - age 13, son of Edward and Sophie
Kittner, Helen - age 10, daughter of Edward and Sophie (remained single)
Kramer, Joseph (age 40), wife Catherine (age 33), sons Michael (age 9), John (age 7) - Sons were sent to a safer place and survived behind a rock pile in a neightbor's large plowed field. Parents were driven away from their homestead by flames and took refuge in a pit well with a smoldering wet feather mattress for cover; town of Marinette, Oconto County (now town of Grover, Marinette County) Young John Kramer and His Family Survive contributed by family descendant: Jeff Redding
Kreinbring, Peter, wife Fredrica and daughters Minnie and Anna - Peshtigo farm
Kuntz, Johann and Barbara - (My Great Great grandparents); survived the Peshtigo fire by going into the river along with her daughter and son-in-law, Christian & Caroline Peters. They lived in Beaver township near the Luthern Church on Hwy 64. (Contributed by: John Peters)
Lasure, Mary and son George
LeBeau, Anna Elizabeth - Wife of Irving LaBeau
LeBeau, Armine - age 2½, daughter of Anna and Irving LeBeau
LeBeau, Irving - Lived in the Peshtigo area
LaBlond, Leander Edward - Later married Katherine Hale, also a fire survivor, and they lived in Peshitgo.
LaFave, Louis and daughter Safronia. They were at a friend's cabin where Louis was intending to partridge-hunt, when the firestorm came over them - she was then 12. Safronia married Antoine/Antone Grandeau (see Grandeau, Basil, on this page). She was interviewed as a survivor of the fire when she was age 95. Jessica Snyder
Lamboley, Mrs. Adele
Lamp (Lambke), Charles - His wife and five children died in a wagon trying to flee the fire. Charles was saved by the William Newberry who heard him calling, blind and near death. They took him to the creek that they survived in.
Lasure, Joseph wife and 4 children died in the fire
Leaguee, Louis - of Oshkosh, escaped alive from the well in Williamsville. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil
Lezotte, Frank, wife and two sons and one daughter.
Licot, Mrs. Maurice
Lindroth, Mrs. Nels
Hugh & Kathryn McDonell, b. St.
Children of Hugh & Kathryn with them on farm:
H. McDonell, b. St.
Children of Hugh & Kathryn living in Peshtigo village 8 Oct.
Christie McDonell b. St.
West, ON, Canada 29 May 1842 and her husband,
MaCann, Silas - age 36, machinist, wife Maria- mother Caroline age 34 died
Maloney, Mrs. T. F.
Marshall, Paul, wife Martha, daughter Katie age 12 daughter Nellie age 8 died in the fire.
Martin, Sophie Dorothea Scheelk (Mrs. Joseph Martin) - (contributed by: Cynthia Hallen )
Martin, Joseph - (contributed by: Cynthia Hallen )
Martin, Mrs. Dave
Maxon, David, his wife and five children
May, Anson b. Apr. 28, 1810 d. Jan. 8, 1887 and wife Caroline Moore b. 1820 d. 1895 (daughter Caroline May England 1848 - 1880 survived the fire with husband Harvey England )
May, Alfred and children Martha (Mattie) 6, Frededrick 4, Samuel 2 - brother Nathaniel and family perished.
May Samuel, wife Helen, children Charles 7 and Lacy 3 son and grandchildren of Anson and Caroline May.
Mc Cullough, Lucy (Wolcott) - Bonnie Thayer - Newberry family descendant.
McCusker, Con -
McDonells / McDonalds - Living on farm 8 Oct. 1871 located ½ mi. W. of Jct. D & DD near Harmony, WI:
Dougal H. McDonell, b, St. Andrews West, ON,
Duncan H. McDonell, b. St. Andrews West, ON,
Sarah McDonell, b. St. Andrews West, ON,
Ranald McDonell b. St. Andrews West, ON, Canada 8 Oct. 1837 & and their children,
Flora McDonell McMurray, b St. Andrews West, ON,
McGraw, Fred - (contributed by: grand niece Gloria Swedesky)
McMurray, Mr. & Mrs (Flora McDonell and Thomas McMurry) From Shawano County Journal Obituary, March 12 , 1931:
"Mrs. McMurray, who attained the age of almost 84 years, was one of those who was fortunate in surviving the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. She had married Mr. McMurray and the couple were living in Peshtigo at the time of the disaster. When the great fire came, Mrs McMurray was saved by taking refuge in the river where she remained all night. Her husband, who had remained behind to bury his chest of tools, also took refuge in the river, and the two were re-united next day when each sought the other in the ruins of the fire. Only a few personal effects had been saved, these packed in a trunk which was floated in the river. Mr McMurray was one of those who helped to rebuild the town." Flora McDonell McMurray, b St. Andrews West, ON,
McPherson, Mrs. Wealthy
McNabow, James and William - ages 16 and 13, living in town of Peshtigo with step-father John W. Hughart . Please see HUGHART Family Page ; Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil.
McVane, Richard - age 34; laborer in Peshtigo; born in New Brunswick (contributed by:(Janny McNeil )
Mary Ann (Rafford) McVane - age 29; born in New Bruswick
Jessie Rafford McVane - age 10; born in Maine
Alice Rafford McVane - age 13; born in Maine
James Worden Rafford McVane - age 8; born in Maine
Mellen, James M. Sr. age 41, wife and 4 children survived. "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..
Mellen, Anne (nee Hopkins) age 39
Mellen, James Jr. age 19
Mellen, William age 17
Mellen, Albert age 10
Mellen, Anna Jr. age 5
Mellen Luke father of James M.
Merrill, Byron J. escaped alive from the well in Williamsville. Researched and contributed by: Janet McNeil.
Meyer, Adam and Catherine
Monahan Mary - age 10 years; father James Monahan was lost in the fire; obituary of Mary Monahan McDonald .Sheboygan Press (Wisconsin) August 25, 1939; died in Oshkosh, Wisconsin .
Moore, Mr. Hiram
Moore, Mrs. Belle
Mulligan, John and wife Jane (Jennie)- Survived to help others after the fire: please see Big John and Jennie Mulligan contributed by: Kevin Twiest.
Mullendorf, Mrs. Jennie
Hugh & Kathryn McDonell, b. St.
Children of Hugh & Kathryn with them on farm:
H. McDonell, b. St.
Children of Hugh & Kathryn living in Peshtigo village 8 Oct.
Christie McDonell b. St.
West, ON, Canada 29 May 1842 and her husband,
Nelding was 7 months pregnant
at the time of fire
Nelligan, John Emmet
Nelson, Pete - 35 years old from Sweden, lived alone in sawmill boarding house on 1870 census.
Nelson, Rasmus ( Rasmus/Robert possibly of Pensaukee or Marinette, WI.) - contributed by great grandchild.
Newberry, Mrs. Charles O. - Joyce Newberry age 27, - husband Charles (age 30), son Franklin (age 6) and daughter Jessie (age 5) perished in village of Peshtigo. The Newberry family was originally from Connecticut. Out of a family of seventeen persons, twelve perished. Bonnie Thayer - Newberry family descendant, great granddaughter of William P. Newberry.
Newberry, Mrs. Henry Sr. -Nancy age 64 at the time of the fire. She was away from village of Peshtigo, visiting her daughter in Menominee, MI.
Newberry, William (son of Henry,) his wife Ellen J. (Wolcott), their infant daughter Mary Emma, and his sister-in-law Lucy (Wolcott) Mc Cullough survived the fire. Out of a family of seventeen, twelve perished in the fire at village of Peshtigo. Bonnie Thayer - Newberry family descendant, great granddaughter of William P. Newberry. also obituary of Mary E. Newberry Rogers 1943. My great grandparents William P. Newberry survived the fire by pouring creek water over themselves. Their son Wiliam Ray Newberry was my grandfather, Lucian L. Newberry, my father. Joan
Newton, Adnah (Edney) and wife Anna
Newton, Samuel and Helen - children Ralph age 8 and Lizzie (Elizabeth) age 5, children did not survive the fire. (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Neverman, Louise and Frederick - Contributed by great granddaughter Connie Jacobs
Neverman, Mrs. and two small children
Oaks, Nan and
Olive, Franklin, wife Amelia (Grandau), sons Frank age 4 and William age 2 (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
Olson, Nelson and two children
Payne, Thomas ,
42, born in Scotland (England), Male, farmer
(mother and uncles
buried themselves in a spring on their farm and were saved.contributed
Payne, Sarah age 40, Isle of Man (Scotland, England), Female
Payne, Nelson age 16, born in England, Male
Payne, William age 11, born in Canada, Male
Payne, Eliza age 9, born in New York, Female
Payne, John age 4, born in Canada, Male
Peck, Mr. and Mrs. George
Perin, Father P.
Peters, Christian & Caroline - survived the Peshtigo fire by going into the river along with her parents (My Great Great) Johann and Barbara Kuntz. They lived in Beaver township near the Luthern Church on Hwy 64. (Contributed by: John Peters)
Phillips, A. B. (Alvah Benjamin) , wife Mary and children George, Harriet and John Albert's mother, widow Olive Phillips Bosworth, was living with this 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
Phillips, Austin and Martha - (Lost in the fire was Olive Bosworth Phillips, mother of Austin, and their married daughter Ada Elmira Phillips Utter along with her children John Jr and Eliza Ann Utter. Son-in-law John Utter survived. contributed by descendant Laura D Washabaugh)
Phillips, Bert (Albert) - nephew of Alvah Benjamin
Phillips, R. T (Tyler). , wife Jane and sons Frank & John; contributed by descendant: Linda Phillips Loser
Phillbrook, S. V. D.
Place, Anson, wife Carolina, children Harry, Francis, William, Hattie; contributed by descendant: Linda Phillips Loser
Place, Jacob (also Job E.) - age 28; farmer; born in Vermont (contributed by:Janny McNeil)
Place, Sarah (nee Kenyon) - wife of Abe; age 36; born in Vermont
Place, Susan - age 12; born in Wisconsin
Place, Eugene age 9; born in Wisconsin
Place, Abraham (Abe), age 28, born in Vermont
Place, Sarah - wife of Abraham age 36, born in Vermont
Place, Susan - age 12, born in Wisconsin
Place, Eugene - age 9, born in Wisconsin
Place, John - age 41, born in New York
Place, Pauline - age 29, born in Michigan
Place Simon - age 11, born in Wisconsin
Place, Maria - age7, born in Wisconsin
Place, Martin - age 5, born in Wisconsin
Place, Katy - age2, born in Wisconsin
Place, R G - age 31, born in New York
Place, Lucy - age 29, born in New York
Place Jennie - age 7, born in New York
Place, Hattie - age 2, born in Wisconsin
Place, Abraham - age 53, born in Vermont
Place, Elizabeth - age 54, born in Wisconsin
Place, Henry - age 17, born in Wisconsin
Place, Jennie - age 8, born in Wisconsin
Plush, Phyllis (Mrs. Charles, daughter Emma and son James - Phyllis' husband Charles perished in the fire
Pratt, two children of Alivin A. and Margaret (Milwaukee Sentinel, October 16th, 1871)
Prestine, Joaquin - Prestine, Joseph - Immigrant from Mechlingberg, he was badly crippled. Wife Fredrica, two married daughters (Frances Louisa Newberry), two sons-in-law (Walter Newberry), and 8 grandchildren were lost in the fire.
Pestine, Charles - son of Joseph and Fredrica, above.
Price, Frederick - age 12, son of Elizabeth Bakeman Price Hiedenworth and late 1st husband John Price (contributed by: Pat Drees )
Price, Charles - age 8, son of Elizabeth Bakeman Price Hiedenworth and late 1st husband John Price
Price, Hattie - age 6, daughter of Elizabeth Bakeman Price Hiedenworth and late 1st husband John Price
Price, Emma - age 4, son of Elizabeth Bakeman Price Hiedenworth and late 1st husband John Price
Prue, Louis, wife May, infant son Joseph (born June 1871) - lived in town of Pensaukee.
of Martin and Almira Race town of Peshtigo
Race, Lorenzo age 20 son of Martin and Almira Race town of Peshtigo
Rawn, Jacob, wife Louisa Allen Rawn, children Seth, Henry, Lydia, Rachel, Mary Catherine, Charles Allen, Thomas, Emma Jane. - lived in the wilderness that is now town of Porterfield, Wisconsin.
Robinson, Charles D.
Ross, Allen - single, fisherman in Peshtigo
Scheelk, Mr. and Mrs. Charles and infant daughter Louisa (Louisa was 15 months old at the time of the fire and her later married name was Mrs. Fred. H. Marheine. Her parent's were also found as August John Scheelk and Sophis Louisa Harms Scheelk) descendant : Robin Warner
Schmidt, John, his wife Sophia Knuts Schmidt and their seven children, Frederick, Christian, Charles, Mary Catherine, John F., William F. and Anna Dora. Lower Sugar Bush. (Contributed by Karen Mugan)
Schutt, Bertha, survived the fire by standing in the river and throwing water over her hair. She was 15 years old and worked, as a housemaid, for a family by the name of Ellis. Her father Adolph was building a house between Marinette and Peshtigo and prayed that his tools would be safe from the fire. When he returned to his home site not only were his tools safe but the fire had burned a circle around the house he was building. Bertha Schutt married my great grandfather August Soderberg in Peshtigo. (Contributed by J’lene Harrison great granddaughter, )
24 born in Canada, wife Katherine, age 24, and one child - 1 child drowned in
Peshtigo River. Children were Maggie age 4 and Robert age 20 months.
Seymour, Warren, wife and child
hepherd, Dr. Fred S.
Sherman, J. J. wife and daughters 12 and 2, a son 9 and a hired girl
Shufelt, Charles age 45, born in Prussia, Male, farmer (contributed by descendant Brenda )
Shufelt, Mary age 47, born in Prussia, Female
Shufelt, Gustave age 16, born in Prussia, Male
Shufelt Charles age 13, born in Wisconsin, Male
Shufelt John age 11, born in Wisconsin, Male
Shufelt, Ada age 8, born in Wisconsin, Female
Shufelt Fred age 6, born in Wisconsin, Male
Shufelt, Lena age 2, born in Wisconsin, Female
Slanborn, Mrs. Mayme Blattery
Slattery, Reuben, wife and Mayme 9 days old
Slaughter, Samuel and wife Matilda [Nee Webb -59) and children Alice (16) , Amelia (9) , Edward (14 ½), Roderick (21) Sarah Thorson
Slaughter, Robert (32 married son of Samuel and Matilda) and daughter Jane (Jenny 3 ½). Sarah Thorson
Soper, Aermes (Mrs. John) and sons Norris, Charles, and Richard - son William perished in the fire.
Stephenson, Isaac, Sammuel and Robert
Stitt Wilson - age 50, wife Caroline and daughter little Caroline lost in the fire. Six children known to have survived. -
Stitt Children - mother Caroline Stitt, age 34, died October 8, 1871 in Peshtigo, and daughter little Caroline age 3 remained unaccounted for, was with her mother.
Stitt, Robert M., age 17, born in Canada (Married Paulina Wilson in Taylor County, moved to Minnesota)
Stitt, Phoebe, age 14, born in Canada (married Hiram Sutherland in Peshtigo, by 1910 was dead, husband in South Dakota)
Stitt William, age 13 , born in Canada (married in Peshtigo, later moved to Washington State).
Stitt, Eliza (Helen), age 12, born in Canada (married Samuel Hamilton in Peshtigo)
Stitt, James, age 10, born in Canada (remained single, moved to Seattle, Washington)
Stitt, Delia (Anella Matilda), age 7, born in Canada (died Nov.7, 1873 in Peshtigo)
Strem, Anton ~ b. Jan 11, 1839 in Sweden , d. Jan 9, 1901 in Peshtigo, WI The family survived the fire in the river. (Contributed by descendant: Molly Nightingale )
Strem, Kristine (Jacobsen) ~ b. Sep 10, 1840 in Fredrikstad, Norway, d. Mar 31, 1928 in Peshtigo; wife of Anton
Strem, Anna born abt 1865 in Norway. Last found in Peshtigo census in 1880. Unable to trace further.
Strem, Eulina born Aug 1867 in Norway. Died in 1946, buried in Riverside Cemetery. Married Albin Schagerholm (later changed to Holm.)
Strem, Helena b. Sep 8, 1869 in Peshtigo, WI. She died Dec 11, 1906 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery. She marrried Fredrick Monson Aug 5, 1893.
Taylor, Mrs. John and one child - ( survivors names are Sylvia Phillips Taylor and daughter Mary Melissa Taylor survived; lost in the fire were husband John Taylor and daughters Sarah and Alice Taylor. contributed by descendant Laura D Washabaugh)
Tisdale, G. J.
Volk, John and his wife Almira Ketchum Volk (Contributed by Richard La Brosse)
and John Casper and their daughter
note: Mother, step-father
and half-sister of William Kiel. Augusta, at her
death in 1974,
was the last
Weichart, four children of Phillip and Elizabeth - five children also perished with the parents.
Whitcomb, Mrs. P. R.
Wilke, Mrs. E.
Williams, Mrs. E. B.
Williamson, Thomas and his mother
Witepalek, Dr. W. W.
Wright, Charles E.
Wright, Nellie later married to survivor Lorenzo Race