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Possesions of Andrew Doran

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The following items were generously given to me by Bill Estep, descendant of Margaret Doran Brewster.  His family cared for these items and passed them down over the generations.  It is with much appreciation that I accept them and will do my best to preserve them for generations to come.

The utensils would have originally included a knife, but they were commonly lost over time.  The Percussion Cap Pouch held the caps that were used to ignite the gun powder.


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June 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

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Obituary of Margaret Doran Brewster

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The Enterprise
November 2, 1933

Mrs. Margaret Doran Brewster passed away at the home of her son, J. M. Brewster, Monday, Oct. 23 following a brief illness.  Funeral rites were held at this home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock conducted by Rev. C.C. Norlin.  The remains were taken to Iowa early Wednesday morning and services were held there.  Burial was made at Alta Vista, Iowa beside the husband who died in 1912 Mr. and Mrs. Brewster accompanied the body to Iowa.  They returned home Friday.  Mrs. Brewster, at the time of her death was 98 years 6 months and 28 days old.  She was active and had been able to care for herself until the last days of her life.  She had made her home with a daughter at Clear Lake, Ia. For the past fourteen years.  She passed away last spring at her home there.  Mrs. Brewster came here a few weeks ago to live with her son and family.  Surviving beside the son is another son, Fred Brewster of Cleveland, Ohio and a daughter, Mrs. Lois Turnstall of Yakima, Washington, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Obituary provided by a wonderful volunteer with the Washington County Genealogy Society at the Blair Public Library.


Probably taken from the Pilot-Tribune newspaper in Fort Calhoun, Washington County, Nebraska
Probably published around October 25, 1933

Mrs. Brewster, 98 Dies at Home of Son; Lived Here

Funeral Services at Bailey Home Thursday; Burial at Alta Vista, Iowa

Grandma Brewster, who has for the last 10 years made her home with her grand-daughter Mrs. W. H. Bailey, South Second street, died at the home of her son J. M. Brewster, at Herman, Neb., Monday.

Short funeral services will be held at the Bailey home, South Second street, Thursday morning.  Burial will be at Alta Vista, where her husband, Milo Brewster is buried.

Mrs. Brewster was born at New Brunswick, Canada, March 26, 1835, and came to Boston with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Doran, when she was 13 years old.  At that time the trend was to go west and get a farm and they migrated to Illinois in a covered wagon and settled in Illinois on a farm where they lived several years.

It was while they lived in Illinois that she married Milo Brewster and then started west again to seek their new home, having lived in Kansas, Missouri, and finally took up a homestead in South Dakota.

Mrs. Brewster had a very keen mind to her death and could relate experiences since her childhood and was endeared to all who knew her.  She has several great grandchildren and many grandchildren, all of whom have during her lifetime received something she had made for them as she was an artist with the needle.  She was always alert and never has seen much sickness and was of the sturdy generation who believed in home living and substantial foods to which she attributed her long life.

Grandma Brewster was a student of her Bible and was reared in a Methodist home and took keen interest in all things pertaining to the good of mankind.

Written by Michael S. Doran

June 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Biographical Sketch of Mary Rebecca Maxwell Doran

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The following is copied from a newspaper article which was published October 3, 1895.


A brief sketch of Mrs. James Doran, of Chase, who reached the age of 94 –

Mrs. James Doran, who resides with her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Holler in Chase, is 94 years, 2 months and 20 days old.

Mary Rebecca Maxwell, was born July 13, 1801, near Strabane, Tyrone County Ireland. There she spent her early childhood, getting a meager education at a little country school near her home. Her father dies when she was thirteen, and her mother a year later, which left her to battle with the world for herself.

She came to America in 1825, settling in New Brunswick, where she lived until 1849. Here she was married to James Doran, with whom she lived for sixty-five years, he having died in Chase in December, 1893 at the age of 90 years.

She joined the Presbyterian church at the age of fourteen, remaining a member for ten years, when she joined the Free-will Baptists, and after twenty years in this church, joined the Methodist church, of which she is a member at present.

While Mr. and Mrs. Doran lived in New Brunswick they were twenty-five miles from the nearest post-office, and when the trip was made for the mail they either walked or paddled a canoe, or perhaps skated in winter. For every letter received they had to pay fifty cents postage.

Mrs. Doran used to walk six miles to church through snow, carrying a child in her arms.

They next moved to Boston, where they lived two years, when they came west to Sparland, Marshall county, Illinois. In 1885 they came to Rice County Kansas.

Mrs. Doran is the mother of ten children, six sons and four daughters all of whim are living except one son, who fell in battle in the rebellion. Four of her sons served in the Union Army. She has twenty-six grandchildren, and fifty-six great-grandchildren. Her mother bore thirteen children, while her father had born to him twenty-two.

Mrs. Doran is well preserved and intelligent, and although somewhat deaf reads or sows without the ade of spectacles. She has pieced fifty-seven quilts since coming to Kansas, nearly all of which have been presented to her grand-children.

The accompanying engraving is from a photograph taken at 81, but a very fair representation of her appearance.

Written by Michael S. Doran

May 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Obituary of Phoebe Ann Doran Holler and spouse James Mason Holler

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Protection Press
March 11, 1915


Phoebe Ann Doran was born in New Brunswick, February 22, 1847.  She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy German, at Coldwater, March 4, 1915, at the advanced age of 68 years and 10 days.

She moved with her parents to Illinois in 1849.  There she was married to J.M. Holler on February 2, 1868.  Seven children were born to this union, six are left with their father to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother.

In 1912 they moved to Protection where they have since made their home.  Mrs. Holler joined the Methodist church in 1880, and remained a true and faithful worker for Christ.  She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a good community worker.  The funeral was held Saturday at two o’clock from the Methodist church, Rev. Shields officiating.  Interment was in the Protection cemetery.

She leaves a host of friends to mourn the loss of a good woman, one who could always be looked to as an example of a true Christian.  She was a lover of young folds, and many of her spare moments were used in comforting them.  May she rest in peace.


The Protection Post
October 18, 1928


J. M. (Grandpa) Holler, prominent resident of the Collier Flats neighborhood died at the home of this daughter, Mrs. Roy German, in Protection, Saturday evening, October 13, at 7:00 o’clock.

While Mr. Holler had been in failing and delicate health for several months his immediate and fatal illness had been for only a few weeks duration.

Mr. Holler was advanced in years, being at the time of his death over 81 years of age.

He was an early day settler in Lyons county, Kansas, and one of the early settlers in Harper county, Okla.

Mr. Holler had devoted his life in major jortion to farming or merchandising, in both Kanses and Oklahoma.

He was a man of quiet and unassuming character and habits but of sterling qualities of manhood.

In his home life and by his children and his grandchildren he was dearly loved and reverenced and Grandpa’s wishes were ever tenderly cared for and obeyed.

Mr. Holler was scrupulous in his business dealings and as a neighbor and personal friend highly regarded and esteemed.

In his more active years, he was prominent in the affairs of his community and always had a kindly word and enjoyed the society of the younger folks of his immediate family and neighborhood.

He had been a member of the Odd-fellows at Buffalo, Oklahoma since 1909 and until later years and age had prevented, always took an active interest in the affairs of the order.

Since his early manhood he had been a consistent Christian, affiliating with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Holler had made the Collier Flats neighborhood his home since 1912, and has a host of neighbors who had grown to esteem him and his loss will be poignantly felt by his friends and family.

Mr. Holler is survived by six children; two daughters, Mrs. Roy German of Protection, and Mrs. Margaret Strohmeyer of White Deer, Texas; and 4 sons, the Messrs.  Charles, Boyd and Will Holler of Protection and R.M. Holler of Ashland, Kansas; 36 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

Funeral services conducted by his friend of 40 years standing and his former paster when he lived at Chase, Kansas, Rev. J.B. Handy of Coldwater, Kansas, assisted by the Rev. Walter H. Dellinger, pastor of the local M. E. Church, was held from the Protection Methodist Church, Monday, October 15, 1928, at 2:00 p.m.

The services were attended by the members of Buffalo, Okla., Lodge No. 286, I.O.O.F. of which Mr. Holler was a member and by members of Protection Lodge No. 419, I.O.O.F.

E.G. Tharp, Clay Woolfolk, Clarence Condra, H.O. Bauers, M.L. Webster and Willis Bratcher were the active pall bearers and interment was in the local cemetery by the side of his deceased wife.

The Peacock Mortuary of Protection were in charge.

Obituaries provided by the wonderful people at the Protection Township Library

Written by Michael S. Doran

May 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Elsienore “Elsie” Rosella Doran, daughter of John Doran and Sarah Ann White, and her family in 1950

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Elsienore “Elsie” Rosella Doran and Thomas Madison Gray had seven children. This photo features Elsie and six of her children as adults, these are the grandchildren of John Doran and Sarah Ann White.

Pleasant Park School
Conifer, Jefferson County, Colorado 1950

Standing L-R
Sharon “Buzz” Louis Gray, Conifer, Colorado
Othol “Othol” Doran Gray, Alameda area, Lakewood, Colorado
Thomas “Glenn” Glenn Gray, Denver, Colorado
John “Shorty” Harold Braxton Gray, Daniel Gardens area, Lakewood, Colorado

Sitting L-R
Olive “Ollie” Viola Gray Mitchell, Missouri
Elsie Rosella Doran Gray, Denver, Colorado
Sarah “Annie” Ann Doran Gray Simons, Denver, Colorado

Elsie and Thomas Madison Gray did have another child (Robert Evans Gray  b.1902  d.1903) but died as an infant in Oklahoma.

Contributed by David McClain Gray

Written by Michael S. Doran

May 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

6 of 12 Adult children of John Doran and Sarah Ann White Doran

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Picture taken prior to 1941, probably in the 1930s, as three of the following died in the first half of 1941.  Location unkown.

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Elsinore “Elsie” Rosella Doran Gray, Colorado, 1958
Phoebe “Mandy” Amada Doran Lucas, Oklahoma, 1941
Beatrice “Bea” Clementine Doran Gilchrist, Kansas, 1964
Sarah “Anna” Anna Doran Gilchrist, Oklahoma, 1954

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Lucy “Lucy” Wilmina Doran Gilfillan, 1941
William “Will” Henry Doran, Oklahoma, 1941

Contributed by David McClain Gray

Written by Michael S. Doran

May 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Elsienore “Elsie” Rosella Doran, daughter of John Doran and Sarah Ann White, and her family in 1920

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Standing L-R
John “Shorty” Harold Braxton Gray
Thomas Madison Gray
Uncle Will Jennings

Sitting L-R
Sarah “Anna” Anna Doran Gilchrist
Elsienore “Elsie” Rosella Doran Gray
Othol Doran Gray
Grandma Sarah Annette White Doran
Aunt Sarah Jennings
Bertha Gilchrist

Contributed by David McClain Gray

Written by Michael S. Doran

May 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm