Last night, I found a history that Elizabeth's daughter, Nellie had written about the family and all their moves. She had some wonderful information about Mary Bramer that could prove very helpful. Mary's husband, James Kingen was married before and had two children, Lynda (Sylvester)and Liza Jane (Kennedy) (their married names). When he married Mary, he was 19 years her senior. James was a butcher in Indiana until he died in 1881. Then Mary moved to Idaho and got a job as a cook and married a German man named Fred Schroeder.
In this history, Nellie tells stories about her Grandma and Step-Grandpa. She tells how he pretty much started the town of Harlem, Idaho and when he died the town withered away. He built a log cabin beside a lake that is now drained, but as of 1970, the log cabin was still standing. He built a saloon and rental houses, there was a post office, etc...
She also tells of the town of Clagstone and how it came to be. The family Elizabeth and William McDaniel and a bunch of their relatives on both sides lived in and around that area for years. Then they moved to Oregon and Washington at various times. They moved a lot.
I noticed your name is Kingen and you're from Idaho(?). How are you related to the family? Are we cousins?
It also answered some of your questions about places. She said that Emery was born in Bradford, Illinois. I think the family had moved there for a short while.
Pleasant Prairie, Wild Rose Prairie, and Deer Park and now in the area of Spokane, Washington. In her history she mentions these areas often, but they may just be place names more than actual official districts.
She does also mention Bellingham Washington, that her Uncle John (Elizaber's brother, Mary's son)who was born a cripple moved there in 1917. I believe Mary went with him, and Nellie says in the history that they both finished out their lives there.
I am so happy to share all this information with you, perhaps there is a better way to get in touch with you. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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