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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