Cordelia Ann Brown1

(11 August 1845 - 8 May 1921)
Cordelia Ann Brown|b. 11 Aug 1845\nd. 8 May 1921|p32.htm|George Louis Brown|b. 12 May 1820\nd. 20 Jan 1896|p35.htm|Barsheba Ann Dumprope|b. 28 Sep 1822\nd. 1 May 1913|p36.htm|||||||John D. Dumprope|b. s 1800|p37.htm|Barsheba DeLong|b. s 1800|p38.htm|
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Descendants of Enoch Sweet
McCormick/Hamlin Ancestry
     Cordelia grew up on family farms in Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties in WI. At age 16 she married William A. Sweet, a fellow Canadian from Nova Scotia.1 William volunteered for the Union army in Feb 1864. His short service broke his health, and he died of consumption in NE in 1886. Three years later, Cordelia married Silas C. Prall in Elbert County, CO. The marriage lasted only 16 months and produced no children. On 17 May 1890 she divorced Silas in Elbert County on grounds of abandonment. Later that day, in Denver, CO, she married Carl Witzke -- a Prussian immigrant 20 years her junior.2 Carl and Cordelia lived first in Cedar Rapids, NE3 but apparently went west (probably in search of better land). The 1910 census records them in Lucerne, CA.4 The May-December marriage apparently collapsed; in 1920 Carl is still in California with a new wife closer to his age, and Cordelia is living alone in Omaha, NE as Cordelia Sweet, "widowed."5 She died in Omaha in 1921, at age 75. Cordelia Ann Brown was born on 11 Aug 1845 in Holstein, Grey County, Ontario, Canada.6,7 Cordelia immigrated with her parents as a very young child, and grew up on family farms in Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties in Wisconsin. On 9 Apr 1862, at age 16, Cordelia Ann Brown married William Augustus Sweet, son of Enoch Sweet and Emily Resco, and also a native Canadian (from Nova Scotia).1,8 Their first daughter, Emily, was born just over a year later.
     William volunteered for the Union army in February 1864. Cordelia carried another daughter to term during his short service. Sarah was born in October, just a few days before William and the rest of his company were discharged. Cordelia had the easiest time of it; William's short service broke his health. Though William and Cordelia had several more children, he apparently never recovered from his service illness. At some point in the early to mid 1880s they relocated to Boone County, Nebraska, but the change in scenery and medical care did nothing for William's health. She applied for a pension as the widow of William Augustus Sweet on 8 Mar 1886 in Cedar Rapids, Boone County, Nebraska, on behalf of herself and their minor children Adda May Sweet, Earnest Sweet, Daisy D. Sweet, George Ansell Sweet and William Augustus Sweet. Though the application is dated 8 March, it provides details of William's death on June 27, over three months later.2 Cordelia Ann was left a widow when William died on 27 Jun 1886 in Cedar Rapids, Boone County, Nebraska, after a prolonged illness..9,6 She was paid "$20 per month from June 27 1886 and $18 per month from September 19, 1886 to January 6, 1889" (a total of about $366) as of 6 Jan 1889.10 She lived in Dodge County, Nebraska, from 1887 to 1888 according to an affidavit filed on her behalf by her parents and sister in 1888, wherein they stated they lived "only a few rods from them during all this time and saw the family every day."11 She was appointed legal guardian of her children Adda May Sweet, Earnest Sweet, Daisy D. Sweet and George Ansell Sweet, a formality required in order to properly complete their pension application. on 7 Jun 1887 in Boone County, Nebraska.12 She married, at age 43, Silas C. Prall on 6 Jan 1889 in Elizabeth, Elbert County, Colorado, .13 The marriage produced no children.14 Cordelia divorced Silas just 16 months later on 17 May 1890 in Elbert County, Colorado, on grounds of abandonment.14 Later that same day, Cordelia Ann Brown married Carl Witzke  -- a Prussian immigrant 20 years her junior -- in Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado.15 Cordelia lived first in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska.3,16 She applied for a pension on 6 Jul 1892 in Cedar Rapids, Boone County, Nebraska, on behalf of the children Adda, Earnest, Daisy and George named in her previous pension claim.17 On 1 Apr 1893 Cordelia Ann Brown compelled to file another affidavit confirming that the pensioned children were all still alive, this time together with a Dennis Tracy, aged 48, also a resident of Cedar Rapids. (Neither Mr. Tracy's professed interest in the case, nor his relation to the Sweet family, is clear from the statement.).18 She and Carl Witzke moved west sometime in the early 1900s, probably in pursuit of better land. The May-December marriage apparently collapsed; in 1920 Carl is still in California with a new wife closer to his age, and Cordelia is living alone in Omaha, Nebraska as Cordelia Sweet, "widowed."19,20 Cordelia Ann died in Cedar Rapids, Boone County, Nebraska, on 8 May 1921 at 756 and was buried in Sunset Cemetery, Boone County, Nebraska.6

Last Edited=January 13, 2008

Children of Cordelia Ann Brown and William Augustus Sweet

Citations

  1. Pre-1907 Wisconsin Marriage Records Manitowoc County, vol. 1, p. 41, William L.[sic] Sweet and Cordelia A. Brown. (Certificate #00897.) Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State St., Madison, WI, 53706. Certificate abstracts available online at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/
  2. William A. Sweet pension application file, #352045, cert. 267,182; Federal Pension and Bounty Land Warrant applications, Civil War and Later; Box 36648 (NARA: Washington, D.C.).
  3. 1900 United States Census, Nebraska, Boone County, unknown cd2. NARA. T623.
  4. 1910 United States Census, California, Kings County, unknown cd2. NARA. T624.
  5. 1920 United States Census, Nebraska, Douglas County, unknown cd2. NARA. T625.
  6. Patricia A. Wagner, "Sunset Cemetery, Boone County, NE," Nebraska Ancestree, VIII, no. 2 (Fall 1985): p. 60.
  7. William Sweet household, 1880 United States Census, Wisconsin, Manitowoc County, Eaton, SD 4, ED 63, p. 31 (stamped p. 75), dw/fam 222. NARA. T9.
  8. William A. Sweet pension application file, Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow submitted by Cordelia A. Sweet dated 8 March 1886. The date is listed as 1861 on this declaration, but is consistently 1862 in affidavits and forms elsewhere in the file..
  9. William A. Sweet pension application file, Affidavit by C. M. Robison, M.D., undated but filed Oct 1887..
  10. William A. Sweet pension application file, Letter of Payment from the Office of the Auditor for the Interior, dated 17 May 1897.
  11. William A. Sweet pension application file, affidavit of Beorge L. Brown, Barsheba Ann Brown, and Alice (Brown) Westphalen, dated 1888.
  12. William A. Sweet pension application file, Letters of Guardianship dated 7 June 1887, filed 9 March 1894.
  13. William A. Sweet pension application file, Certificatied copy of marriage certificate filed for record of remarriage and thus end date of pension..
  14. William A. Sweet pension application file, Copy of divorce decree, filed October 16, 1893..
  15. William A. Sweet pension application file, Certified copy of marriage certificate, filed 16 October 1898..
  16. William A. Sweet pension application file, sworn statement of Cordelia A. Witzke, dated 3 June 1897.
  17. William A. Sweet pension application file, Declaration for Pension of Children under Sixteen years of Age, dated 6 July 1892, filed 31 July 1892.
  18. William A. Sweet pension application file, Affidavit of Cordelia Witzke and Dennis Tracy, dated 1 April 1893.
  19. Carl Witzke household, 1920 United States Census, California, Tulare, Alila Township, Sheet 10A, ED 191, SD 6, dw 237, fam 241, lines 23-24. NARA. Unknown volume.
  20. Cordelia Sweet household, 1920, United States Census, Nebraska, Douglas County.
  21. William A. Sweet pension application file, Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow submitted by Cordelia A. Sweet dated 8 March 1886..
  22. Cemetery Transcriptions, Evergreen Cemetery, City of Manitowoc, online http://www.2manitowoc.com/44Sq.html, "Edward/son of Wm. A. & Cornelia/Sweet/died Jan. 19., 1869/aged __mo. __dys".
  23. William A. Sweet pension application file, Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow submitted by Cordelia A. Sweet dated 8 March 1886. Birth date is specified here as "April 1875" but the date of April 26 is mentioned and supported elsewhere throughout the file..