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OCONTO COUNTY
Wisconsin
FAMILIES and BIOGRAPHIES


.HIBBARD.
contact person: Doug McDonald



Arabella Hibbard McDonald

                                          Hibbard

First Generation

1.  (?) HIBBARD birth date unknown.

(?) HIBBARD had the following children:

2    i. Elizabeth L. HILLARD-MILLIDGE-BARNARD was born 1799. ii. Charolette HIBBARD was born in New Brunswick 1802.  Charolette died 1 June 1879 in Oconto, WI., at 76 years of age.  Cause of death old age. She married Michael PAULEY. Michael was born in Germany 1785.  Michael died 19 Feb. 1858 in Oconto, WI., at 72 years of age.  Both buried Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto in Lot. 16 Block 6.  Cause of death stroke. iii. Arabella HIBBARD was born Hallifax, N.S. 7 Mar. 1806.  Arabella died Feb. 1879 in Oconto, WI., at 72 years of age. OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER, February 1, 1879 DIED Mrs. Arabella McDONALD Mrs. Paul McDonald, whose serious and prolonged illness we noticed last week, was relieved from her sufferings, by death on Friday evening of last Week. On Thursday afternoon she had fallen into a deep sleep, from which she did not again awaken. At seven fifty o'clock, Friday evening, she stopped breathing, without a struggle, and was no more. Her malady was a peculiar one, something akin to a cancer on the side of her face. Though indications of some affection in her face had been apparent, at times, all her life, yet the first painful evidence of its serious nature had appeared only about three years ago, when spending a winter in Delaware. In its later development, it was a most painful disease, and her death came as sweet relief. Mrs. Arabella McDonald, whose maiden name was Hibbard, was born at Halifax, N. S., on the 7th day of March, 1806, and was therefore, not  quite 73 years of age. She was united in marriage to Paul McDonald, Esq., about the year 1836, and with him emigrated to Wisconsin, and arrived at Oconto in January, 1853, where she has since made her home. She was, thus, one of the earliest residents of this community and witnessed its progress from its earliest beginning to the present. With pleasant home  surroundings and associations, she was in a position to enjoy life for many years, had not this painful disease insinuated itself into her life. Two sisters, Mrs. Barnard and Mrs. Pauley, who reside here, and a brother, who resides in New Brunswick are, we believe, the only surviving members of her father's family. She married Paul MCDONALD in Canada, 1836. Paul was born in New Brunswick 21 Jan. 1805. Paul died 2 July 1888 in Oconto, WI., at 83 years of age.  Both buried Evergreen Cemetery in Lot. 11, Block 7.  Dates from gs. Oconto Reporter 23 Sept. 1879.  Paul McDonald at Eldred & son's Mill, injured by falling saw.

Second Generation

2.  Elizabeth L. HILLARD-MILLIDGE-BARNARD  ( HIBBARD) was born in New Brunswick 1799.  Both parents born in Maine. 1880 US Census Oconto County. Elizabeth died 4 March 1882 in Oconto, WI., at 82 years of age.  OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER, March 4, 1882. MRS. BARNARD, mother of Thomas Millidge, William Brunquest, Mrs. William Adams and the late Mrs. George Smith, died Friday night and was buried  Sunday, the service being held at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. William Adams, the funeral sermon being preached by the Rev. S. Reynolds.  The deceased lady had resided here many years and was well thought of by all. Buried in Lot 7, Block 7 Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto. Elizabeth is shown in 1860 Oconto census living in Oconto. From 1869 newspaper article of Green Bay Press Gazette. Regarding development of Oconto. The first  residence was erected by David Carr engaged in fishing. Thomas Lindsey came in 1843, and erected the second building on what is now the site or this village. In 1852, Edward Hart came and purchased of Robert Jones, who owned most of the land on the river in this vicinity - the dockage, which he now owns and occupies, as will appear hereafter. At this time there were but 415 inhabitants in Oconto county, which then included territory of almost unknown extent; but four or five families were on the river where the village now is, and all supplies were obtained from Green Bay in sil boats. Mr. Hart started the first store. William Brunquest and Thomas Milledge  put up the first store and engaged in trade on a larger scale. The chief attraction at the time was the lumber interest - the vast pine forests had a charm that nothing else possessed. Col. David Jones, Sutler at Mackinaw and Fort Howard, with his brother, before mentioned, and Col. Leavenworth, built mills on the Peshtigo, a few miles from here, in 1836 - the first in this section, and if we are correctly informed, the first on the west shore of the Bay. In addition to those already mentioned as first settlers, Paul McDonnel, S.B. Guilkey, Joseph Hall, George Smith, and two or three others came, and most of them are still here.  The place grew gradually, though the principal improvements have all been made within the last eight years. A large amount of Chicago capital is invested in the lumber business here. The first steam mill on the Bay was put up in 1850 - the engines are still in use.


Elizabeth L. HILLARD-MILLIDGE-BARNARD  had the following children:

3    i. Thomas MILLEDGE was born 24 June 1827. 4   ii. William BRUNQUEST. 5  iii. Lida BARNARD. 6   iv. Marcia "Mary"  BARNARD? was born April 1833. v. Agnes BARNARD? was born in Maine 1846.  Based on 1880 US. census Oconto County. Agnes died April 1875 in Oconto County, Wisconsin, at 28 years of age. OCONTO COUNTY REPORTER, April 17, 1875. PASSING AWAY - We learn with deep regret, that another old resident of this city has been called to her final home. Mrs. George Smith departed this life on Wednesday morning, the 14th after a lingering illness. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss. Mrs. Smith was one of the oldest residents, having passed her girlhood here. She was a sister of Messrs. Thos. Millidge and Wm. Brunquest and also of Mrs. Adams, and daughter of Mrs. Bernard, all of this city. Our citizens will remember that she lost a sister - Mrs. Lawrance of Eureka Wis.- during the past winter. Thus one by one the friends or our early childhood are passing away, to that other and brighter world beyond the grave, where all is joy and love and peace. Death does not enter there. The family have the warmest sympathies of this community, in this their deep bereavement. She married George SMITH.

George was born in New Brunswick 1832.  Based on 1880 US. census Oconto County. George died April 1896 in Oconto County, Wisconsin, at 63 years of age.  Oconto County Reporter,  April 24, 1896 George C. Smith died at his home in the town of Oconto Thursday, April 23, 1896, of Brights disease, aged 62 years. Mr. Smith was a native of New Brunswick, but came to the United States nearly thirty years ago, during the greater part of which time he has resided in Oconto county. For about eight years past he has resided on his farm 4 miles west of the city. He is survived by a wife and two daughters. Listed on 1852 Property Tax Rolls as resident owner E1/2 of NE1/4 Sec. 24, T28N, R20E and S1/4 of SW1/4 of Sec. 18, T28N R21.


Third Generation

3.  Thomas MILLEDGE (Elizabeth L.2 HILLARD-MILLIDGE-BARNARD, (?)1 HIBBARD) was born St. George, New Brunswick, CN. 24 June 1827. This name also found spelled Millidge in some records. Thomas died Dec. 1895 in Oconto, WI., at 68 years of age.

Oconto County Reporter, 6 December 1895 Millidge     The funeral of the late Thomas Millidge was largely attended on Monday morning from the family residence on Main street, the services conducted by Rev. C. R. Burdick, and the following friends of many years officiating as pallbearers: H. M. Royce, Gregor Roth, N. L. McCauslin, Ernest Funke, George Beyer and Henry Sargent. The singing was furnished by a ladies quartet consisting of Mrs. William Watson, Mrs. Hitchcock, Miss Peck, Marinette, and Miss Minnie  McDonald, Green Bay, with Mrs. James Watson, Marinette, accompanist. Others from away were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Page, Mrs. Henry Vandenberg,  Mrs. Reinboldt, Jefferson Lindsay, Marinette; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brunquest and son, Menominee; Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Colson, Mill Center; Hugh McDonald, Green Bay.

Buried evergreen cemetery and dates from gs. Cause lung trouble.

 
The mystery is that Lillian McClure became the wife of Edward Millege.

Note: April 22, 1910 Census E-wd Oconto, Oconto, WI, Series T624, roll 1727, part 2, pg 148A:
Millidge, Edward 48 s WI/Canada/ME merchant, general store; 
Lovina mother wd ME/ME/ME none; 
Mc Clure, Lillian boarder 48 s MI/MI/MI, clerk dry goods.

Census 1920 Oconto, Oconto Co., Wi,  pg 4B ID 168 Im 0929.
(Children of Thomas Milledge and Lovina Lindsey # v. Lillian Milledge born 1861.)
Milledge, Edward 57 WI, Canada, NY; 
Lillian wife 56 MI,MI, MI
contributed by Marinette

             He married Lovina LINDSEY.  Lovina was born in Maine. Lovina was the daughter of Thomas LINDSEY and Lucy FIFIELD. Lovina died 8 Aug. 1910 in Oconto, WI..  Buried Evergreen Cemetery Lot. 6, Block 7.  Cause of death general senility. Clip from article on "First Church of Christian Science" written by Diane Nichols. " When Mrs. Eddy was in Chicago in 1884 to teach a class, several women from Oconto went to take instruction, including Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Sergeant, Mrs. Lovina Milledge, and Miss Elizabeth Beyer.  Upon returning to Oconto, Mrs. Milledge opened her home to the students of Christian Science and for Sunday worship. The group grew steadily through healings and it was decided that a church should be built. Mrs. Eddy gave her permission, and Mrs. Victorian Sergeant accepted donations. Many who were not Christian Scientists gave funds, as Oconto was then a hard lumbering town and it was thought another church would be a good influence. When Mrs. Eddy was in Chicago in 1884 to teach a class, several women from Oconto went to take instruction, including Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Sergeant, Mrs. Lovina Milledge, and Miss Elizabeth Beyer.  Upon returning to Oconto, Mrs. Milledge opened her home to the students of Christian Science and for Sunday worship. The group grew steadily through healings and it was decided that a church should be built. Mrs. Eddy gave her permission, and Mrs. Victorian Sergeant accepted donations. Many who were not Christian Scientists gave funds, as Oconto was then a "hard" lumbering town and it was thought another church would be a good influence. " Oconto County Reporter, October 28, 1909 . Mrs. Almeda Pendleton and daughter, Mrs. Nettie Sheridan, returned to their home in Everett, Wash., Tuesday after a visit in the city with the formers sister, Mrs. Lovena Millidge.

From the History of Northeastern Wisconsin-1881. THOMAS MILLIDGE, dealer in general  merchandise, Oconto, was born Jan. 24, 1828, in New Brunswick. In 1849 he came to Oconto; worked by the month at lumbering, afterward jobbing in logs. In 1856 he opened a general merchandise store, commencing with a very small stock, now doing a business of about $20,000 a year. He has been President of the Village Board. Has been Deputy Postmaster. Agent for steamers, and member of the Board of Supervisors Thomas in shown on the 1852 Property Tax Assessment  owing Lot 1, T28N, R22E, in Section 19, valued at $150 and consisting of 67 acres.  In deed records of Oconto County on 13 Aug. 1853 he sold to School District 2, for $1, a quarter acre lot which was part of lot 27 located on the Oconto River T28N, R 22E, possibly section 19 and 20. On Apr. 3, 1854 he sold to Samuel B. Guilkey for $40.00 land on the bank of the Oconto River, 17 ft. east of line between lots 1 and 2 section 19, T. 28N, R22E, running north 165 ft, the east 92 feet then north 165 feet to bank of Oconto river. Then west to bank of river to the place of beginning. Samuel is from Maine. In 1854 he built a mill on this site. Thomas and his brother Wm. Brunquest open a store in Oconto.  On April 30, 1881 the Ocnto County Reporter carried the following newspaper article.  Millidge's store was burglarized on Tuesday night of between two and three hundred dollars worth of jewelry and a small sum of money.

Thomas MILLEDGE and Lovina LINDSEY had the following children:

i. Edward MILLEDGE.  Edward died 18 Aug. 1933. Buried in same plot as the rest of the family in Evergreen Cemetery, Lot 6, Block 7. ii. Clara H. MILLEDGE was born in Oconto, WI. June 1856.  Clara died 16 Feb. 1863 in Oconto, WI., at 6 years of age.  Buried Evergreen Cemetery. Cause of death consumption. iii. Ella MILLEDGE was born in Oconto, WI. July 1857. Ella died 27 Aug. 1857 in Oconto, WI., at less than one year of age. iv. Abby Lucy MILLIDGE was born in Oconto, WI. 9 Mar. 1859.  Abby died Jan. 1879 in Oconto, WI., at 19 years of age.

Oconto County Reporter, January 18, 1879 Abbie Lucy MILLIDGE It is our painful duty, this week, to record the sudden death of Miss Abbie Millidge, which occurred at the home of her father, Thomas Millidge Esq., at about four o'clock Sunday morning last. Never of very robust health, she had been inclined, of late years, to consumption, and latterly had suffered several attacks of hemorrhage of the lungs, which, finally, was the cause of her death. Her condition had seemed so favorable, the past few months, and she had been enjoying so good a degree of health, since her return from California, apparently gaining strength daily, and this too at mid-winter, had led her family and their many friends to hope and to think that she would, yet, enjoy many years of life. Only the day before, (Saturday) she, in company with her grandmother, had made a number of calls, walking, taking dinner at Mrs. Snover's on the south side of the river, and returning home at the approach of evening, feeling in very good spirits, and apparently as strong as she had been for many a day. She retired at her usual hour. At about four o'clock A. M., she coughed slightly, and the hemorrhage commenced. Although not severe, yet in less than fifteen minutes, she quietly passed away, her father and mother supporting her. All that loving hearts could suggest and hands perform, was of no avail. Abbie L. Millidge was born in Oconto, March 9, 1859, and was, therefore not quite 20 years of age. She was the only surviving daughter of Thomas and Levina Millidge, who were among the earliest settlers of this section and of our most respected citizens. She was thus, truly an Oconto girl, having passed all her life among us. Of an unusually light hearted and amiable disposition, she numbered all of her many acquaintances as friends, every one of whom feel a personal loss in her death. In the fall of 1877 she visited the Pacific coast for the benefits of that climate and was rapidly gaining in health, when suddenly hemorrhage of the lungs set in which carried her very near the gates of death. However, in spite of the prediction of physicians to the contrary, she rallied enough to be brought home early in the summer. Since the close of the hot season, she had improved daily, though slowly, and had been in the habit of riding or walking out every fair day, including the last day of her life. This being the case, the sudden news of her death on Sunday morning caused quite a shock to the community every member of which sympathize deeply with the stricken family. The funeral took place from the family residence on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Burdick officiating. The large attendance of people, including quite a number from the country testified to the wide-spread sympathy and general sorrow. v. Lillian MILLEDGE was born 1861.  Lillian died 8 Aug. 1948 in Seattle, Washington, at 87 years of age.  Buried in same plot as the rest of the family in Evergreen Cemetery, Lot 6, Block 7. Lillian is a mystery because Abbie's obit states last surviving daughter.  There are no known birth or death records to check, and she diffinetely ties to the family by burial site and date of birth.  I mystery which will never be fully solved. vi. Howard Arthur MILLEDGE was born in Oconto, WI. Nov. 1867.  Howard died 27 July 1868 in Oconto, WI., at less than one year of age.  Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Lot 6, Block 7. vii. Irvine MILLEDGE was born in Oconto, WI. Sept. 1871.  Irvine died 4 Nov. 1871 in Oconto, WI., at less than one year of age.  Buried Evergreen Cemetery. viii. William B. MILLEDGE was born in Oconto, WI. Nov. 1871.  William died 4 Sept. 1872 in Oconto, WI., at less than one year of age.  Sept. 4, 1872-William B., infant son of Thomas and L. MILLIDGE aged 11 months.  Buried Evergreen Cemetery.

4.  William BRUNQUEST (Elizabeth L.2 HILLARD-MILLIDGE-BARNARD , (?)1 HIBBARD) birth date unknown. He married Julia (?) BRUNQUEST.  Listed on 1852 Property Tax Assessment rolls as resident landowner of Lot 2, Sec. 19, T28N. R22E also SW1/4 of SW1/4 of Sec 29 T28 N, R21E. The following clips are from the "History of Northern Wisconsin 1881". Oconto County was formed in February, 1851, and attached to Brown for judicial purposes, being organized in April, 1852, into the town of Oconto. The first election for county officers was held June 10, of that year. The electors met at the house of Col.David Jones, and their balloting resulted as follows: Rufus Heald, Treasurer; Merrick Murphy, County Clerk; Edward Hart, Assessor; William Brunquest, Register of Deeds; William W. Delano, Surveyor, Jonathan S. Hale was Chairman of the first Board of Supervisors, which met July 5, 1852. A destructive fire occurred on the 3d of August, 1859. The Brunquest Building was burned. S. W. Spencer, A. Aspinwall, John Remick and Mr. Mitchel were sufferers. Oconto Reporter, Jan 5, 1878. Brunquest's store on S. W. corner of Main and Superior streets burned. William shown living in Menominee, MI. in his brother's 1895 obit. A clip from where they went. William Brunquest has been engaged in the grocery business in Menominee for the past twenty years. He was one of Oconto's earliest settlers and engaged in lumbering with Paul McDonald. He built the residence now owned by Gov. elect Scofield.

William BRUNQUEST and Julia (?) BRUNQUEST had the following child:

i. Son BRUNQUEST was born in Oconto, WI. Sept. 1871. Son died 12 Oct. 1872 in Oconto, WI., at 1 year of age.  Oconto County Reporter,  Oct. 12, 1872

Death - City of Oconto, Thomas, infant son of William and Julia BRUNQUEST, aged 1 year, and 1 month.

5.  Lida BARNARD (Elizabeth L.2 HILLARD-MILLIDGE-BARNARD , (?)1 HIBBARD) birth date unknown.  Lida died 1875 Erureka, WI., at 45 years of age.  Oconto County Reporter, January 23, 1874 Death - Mrs. Lawrence, wife of Dr. Amos Lawrence, died at her home in Eureka, Wisconsin on Sunday the 17th inst. She had been ailing for some time past with cancer of the stomach which caused her death at the time above mentioned. Mrs. Lawrence was one of the early settlers of Oconto. Her maiden name was Lydia Barnard. She was half sister to Tho's Millidge, and Wm. Brunquest, and sister to Mrs. Geo. Smith, and Mrs. Wm. Adams of this city who was the Principal of our Public Schools.  Those of our citizens who were acquainted with the deceased, will hear with the deepest regret of her death. Thus, "one by one" the early settlers are passing away and in a very few years at the longest, they will all have passed from our sight, and will live only in memory. She married Dr. Amos LAWRENCE in Oconto County, Wisconsin, 23 Jan. 1859.  Pre 1907 marriage index. Dr. died January 1881 in Oshkosh, WI.  Oconto County Reporter, January 22, 1881 At Oshkosh, on Monday, 17th inst., Dr. Amos Lawrence, aged 67 years.  Dr. Lawrence was at one time a resident of this city, settling  here in 1856.  He had charge of the public schools here for five years, filling the position with great credit.  While here he married Miss Lida Barnard (since deceased), half sister of Thomas Millidge and Wm. Brunquest. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted and entered the army.  While there he learned the practice of medicine.  After leaving the army he opened a drug store in Eureka, this state, which business he carried on for some time, after which he removed to Oshkosh where he practiced of his profession until his death.  The deceased was the father of Miss Minnie Lawrence, one of our efficient school teachers.

Lida BARNARD and Dr. Amos LAWRENCE had the following child:

i. Minnie LAWRENCE.

6.  Marcia "Mary" BARNARD? (Elizabeth L.2 HILLARD-MILLIDGE-BARNARD , (?)1 HIBBARD) was born Eastport, ME. April 1833. Marcia died 25 May 1914 in Oconto, WI., at 81 years of age. Died at age 81, 1 mo. and 6 days.  Buried at Evergreen Cemetery, dates from gs. She married William ADAMS.  William was born Eastport, ME. 2. Apr.1829.  William died 10 Mar. 1901 in Oconto, WI., at 71 years of age.  Buried Evergreen Cemetery, dates from gs. William in 1880 US Census Oconto County with occupation listed as brickmaster.  His mother-in-law is living with him as well as a boarder by the name of Ernest Henschel.

Marcia "Mary"  BARNARD? and William ADAMS had the following children:

i. William ADAMS was born in Maine 1859.  1880 US Census Oconto County. ii. Bertis ADAMS was born in Oconto County, Wisconsin 1862.  1880 US Census Oconto County.



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