Today I will provide my first general review of the data collected for Lewis M. Kindness. I need to assess what is known and what is missing for this family member. This will assist me in planning my next phase of research.
Thanks to the generosity of Caroline Andler, Retired Genealogist for the Brothertown Nation, I know a great deal about this man. I know he is a member of the Brothertown Nation and his mother is an aunt to Laton, making Lewis and Laton cousins.
Lewis married in 1869 in Wisconsin to Ruth Mariah Coyhis and they had a son who died about 1890. It is not known at this time how long Lewis lived in Wisconsin or when he arrived back in New York.
Lewis served in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865 and filed for an invalid pension from Stockton, NY in 1904. Caroline Andler has recently applied to the National Archives for his pension records and has offered to share them with me.
Lewis appeared in Laton’s household in the 1900 Census and remained in Stockton after Laton left for Colorado in 1909. Lewis spent time in the County Almshouse due to health problems that prevented him from earning a living. He probably died in Stockton in 1910 or 1911 or perhaps returned to Wisconsin.
It is highly unlikely Lewis is the father of any of the children, except perhaps for William. He is too young to be the father of Lee-o-netto (elder), appears to be in Wisconsin prior to the war when Carrie and Henry were born in Canada, and was with his new wife and child in Wisconsin when Lee-o-netto (younger) was born.
It would be nice to locate his death record, but I don’t think it would provide anything of value, so it is not a priority.
His pension file may help to confirm spouses and children for him as well as locations and dates between 1869 and 1900. If anything out of the ordinary is discovered, I will review him again and perhaps continued to research him.
For now, I will wait for the pension file to arrive before doing any additional research.
Mid Low Priority To-Do List
Stockton, Chautauqua Co., NY
- Death record for Lewis M. Kindness, about 1910-1911
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I am so excited to have come across your research. I am the Great Great Grandson of Carrie (Caroline) Kanistanaux Horton. I was raised in Western NY and my parents still live there. I have only recently started tracing my family history and am grateful for your work here. I wish I had something to contribute.
I remember my Great Gandma Horton (Carries daughter in-law) telling stories about an old Indian medicine woman in our family, but I can't remember any more details.
I recently came across a reference to Marleah Oskinnawah (Moulton) and Eli Oskinnawah. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=prometheus&id=I1531
I don't know if there is a connection.
Thank you so much for doing this valuable research.
So nice to hear from a direct descendant. Thank you for your kind words. Please keep visiting and ask as many questions as you wish.
I am aware of the message board posting for this Marleah Oskinawah. I have tried to contact the person who posted the information and I have tried to locate the newspapers mentioned – no luck so far. I have not tried in the past 6 months, so perhaps it is time to try again.
Seems like there must be a link. Only time will tell.
Please talk with your parents and see if there are any old family photos, letters, or other artifacts collecting dust in anyone's attic or garage. We really need to make an effort to preserve these things for future generations. I would also love to hear from anyone that can provide information about the “Salamanca Slave” that someone in the family supposedly produced in the early 1900s.