These genealogies are excerpts from the transcription of a handwritten notebook entitled: Family History: Wickham, Benedict, Preston & Deaver, that I discovered in my grandmother’s papers. The family history in this notebook was the work of two women, Agnes Caroline Wickham and her daughter, Harriott Benedict Wickham Barton (my grandmother), who separately researched and made entries in it over a period of seventy years.  Agnes Wickham wrote roughly half of the entries in the notebook from 1909 to 1915.  In 1915, she gave handwritten copies of her work to each of her five children: Eleanor, William, Lucy, David and Harriott.  Harriott continued her mother’s work off and on for the next sixty years, adding entries as late as 1977.

Dave Barton


Blanchard, Converse, and Taylor


Bradford & Talcott


Converse & Taylor




Hassell, Lovewell & French


Sutton, Dudley & Winthrop



Walker, Shaon & Smith




6 Responses

  1. Dave: Thanks so much for your work. It is fascinating. My roots are deep in Norwalk & Milan. Hunter – Manoah came 1830 from VT; Spear – Issac & Eunice Smith – son Smith; DeForrest (DeFreest)Walter;; Schaeffer – Michael; Sayles-David. Millan cemetary is full my family. Thanks again. Nancy


  2. This is the first time I have been to this site. BUt what I was looking for I did not find. Maybe you can help me. I know there was The Umbrella Co. that began in Norwalk then moved to Toledo. What I was looking for is where was the company located in town. I was told it was behind or next to the old Maple Tree on Whiilsey but I am being told now that it was on Water St. Do you know where is was.

    One more thing I thought maybe you may be interested in. I was born in Norwalk but then we moved out to Collins. Did you know that there is a cemetery in the back of the house that we grew up in and some of the people was from Norwalk. One of the peoples last name is BUrdue. It is a very old cemetery that has not been kept up. This is just for YIF.

    Hope to hear from you and maybe you can answer a few questions that I had.

    Thank you



  3. Thank you for your comment, Susan. I am sorry you did not find what you were looking for, but hope you enjoyed perusing the website. I had not heard of an umbrella factory, but a google search turned up some information.

    An 1890 article in the ALLEGANY COUNTY REPORTER of Wellsville, New York and various other newspapers reported that a tornado destroyed an umbrella factory in Norwalk, Ohio and killed a young woman.

    In 1897, an article in the Boot and Shoe Recorder describes a “mammoth” umbrella factory of the Sprague Umbrella Company in Norwalk that was founded by Colonel James Sprague.

    On pages 1839-1840 of the 1915 issue of the Firelands Pioneer, an obituary of Colonel Sprague says that he and C.L. French established the Sprague Umbrella Company in 1886. At the time of his death it was known as the Sprague Auto-Top Factory.

    I could not find an address in any of these articles, but in an announcement of the parade of homes by the Firelands Historical Society mentions that Colonel Sprague’s factory was located just east of his home at 324 E Main Street.

    But apparently Colonel Sprague did not have the only umbrella factory in Norwalk. I found this article about the Haas-Jordon Company: “In February, 1899, the Haas-Jordan Company was founded as the Hull Brothers Umbrella Manufacturing Company in Norwalk, Ohio. By 1910, they had built a new factory to house the growing business. By the 1920’s, the Hull Brothers’ company was among the ten leading umbrella manufacturers in the United States – quite a feat considering that they competed with 250 umbrella makers across the US. The company’s success was enhanced by the efforts of an aggressive young salesman named Cloyd Haas. Haas had joined the firm at age 14 and moved into sales by his mid-twenties. In 1928, he purchased an ownership interest and the company was reorganized as Hull Brothers & Haas Umbrella Company. Under Haas’ direction, the company continued to expand its share of the market for high quality fashion umbrellas sold in finer department stores.” I have not been able to find a location for this factory, but the company seems to have moved to Toledo by 1918.

    The Burdue family has four entries listed in the General Index of the Firelands Pioneer, one is for the 1858 issue, so it seems they must have arrived early in the Firelands.

    I hope this helps. I enjoyed the research. By the way, I live in Colorado, so I’ve conducted most of my research from a distance. Please stay in touch.

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  4. My third great-grandfather John Beem and his wife Betsy Webb Beem lived for a few years in the vicinity of Norwalk in 1837-40, they moved there to be close to Betsy’s sister Sophronia Webb Goodyear. All of their children were born while they lived there. Is there any chance there are any records about them or there family ?


  5. I see Case Avenue in Norwalk in other sites. I’m descended from the Case family and wonder if there’s a connection.


  6. The Firelands Pioneer Old Series Index has 29 entries for Case. I believe that Case Avenue was named after Francis B Case, and early pioneer of the Firelands. His obituary is in the April 1925 issue of The Firelands Pioneer.


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