Marianne Vallone It seems that when James Brisbin wrote his book about cattle ranching in the West, many of my ancestors on all sides took notice and moved to the Mesa area of Colorado right around the same time and it seems that all of them moved from PA. They all settled around the Plateau City, Collbrun area. This included the Brisbin's, Wimer's, Thompson's, Tompkins, and others. The married-into names included Blair, Winters, Palmer and Wonch. Most were cattle ranchers and were successful. My maternal Grandfather Ray Brisbin broke away from the ranching business and traveled the rails, ending up married to my grandmother Edna Hazel Wimer, settled for a time in Colorado and they eventually moved their little family to California. Some of the others followed and ended up in Humboldt and Sonoma Counties.
Nov 09, 2005 · posted to the surname Brisbin
Marianne Vallone Now that I have my Great Grandfather's (Albert H. Dusek) death certificate, I am more confused than I was before I had it. While his death certificate says he was born in Iowa, census records have him born in Manhatten, NY. When he died, it states he was a widower. We still have no idea who our Great Grandmother was because the death certificates of their two sons don't give exact names. Both sons were born in Blue Lakes, CA and only 2 years apart. One certificate says mother's name was C. Smith. The other death certificate says the mothers name is .....Marza. Don't know which is right and even if I did, there is so much missing from both. I had someone in the Blue Lakes area check the cemeteries for all 3 names and none show up. The sons were born in the late 1890s and census show GGrandpa being a widower by 1900 and moving to Sonoma County. This could mean the mother died in child birth. My GrGrandfather is buried in Sonoma County next to his Son and a grandchild. No wife. This search has been going on now for 6 years and we are still very much in the dark. If any Dusek's out there have any missing male relatives born Feb. 12th, 1850, please contact me here.
Nov 09, 2005 · posted to the surname Dusek
Marianne Vallone Son of Harley Wesley Barnum and Clara Wonch
Sep 07, 2008 · posted to the photo Harley Wesley Barnum