William Brinsmead takes two sons to America
Arthur Brinsmead, 10 England, H.Q. Goes West with E. Trott. Placed with J.A. Moore – Fisk P.O., Adair County, Iowa. Visited February 28, 1882 and on April 29, 1882, Mr. Moore writes that Arthur is going to school and is very happy. The (CAS) visitor wrote on July 20, 1883 that Arthur was well, going to school and is well satisfied. He would like to hear from his father. Visited by Mr. Fry (CAS staff member) February 1884, who reports Arthur is still in his place and is doing well. February 27, 1884, Arthur writes that he is well and likes his home very much. W November 19,1885 W February 28, 1889.
On March 13, 1889 Grant G. Oliphant, Fisk P.O., Iowa writes that Arthur is now making his home with Mr. M. Tiffany’s family, in Fontanella, Iowa. Mr. Oliphant also states that Arthur was seriously hurt while jumping from a horse on Monday, March 11th. The horse was running and Arthur in some way came in contact with a tree. He crushed his parietal bone on the right side very badly and also cracked his skull around to the base. Death may result at any time.
Mr. and Mrs. Tiffany are very fine people and are doing their utmost for him as far as kindness, treatment, etc. are concerned. Any aid that kind friends with willing hearts and money can bestow are given to him. Arthur has many warm friends who are willing and anxious to render any needed comfort. Mr. Oliphant wishes us to inform him of Arthur’s people. April 22, 1889. See attachment of William on page 153.
Arthur has recovered and is farming, March 12, 1890. William writes that Arthur is doing well. W. April 21, 1891. Letter of April 12 returned on May 15, 1891. Wrote May 10, 1894. August 25, 1894 Mr. D. Moyer of Fontelle [sic], Iowa, writes that Arthur died on the 22nd of August of diabetes. He was sick but 24 hours. During the last summer, he hauled milk to the creamery and lived with Mr. Moyer at the time of his death.
[William] goes West with E.H. Trott (CAS staff member who took children to homes in the West). Placed with L.F. Morical, Sidney, Freemont County, Iowa. A home visit was made on January 14, 1882, and the initials of a CAS local visitor appears before July 20, 1883, meaning a home visit was made again. A letter was written December 5, 1889 and another on March 19, 1889 [sic]. (We don’t know if William wrote to CAS or visa versa).
On April 22, 1889, Mr. Morical wrote from Stuart, Iowa that William is a soldier and a musician in Company D, of the 2nd infantry at Fort Omaha, Nebraska. He enlisted for five years, has served two, and is well satisfied. He heard from Europe that his father is dead. William came to see his brother who was hurt, but has since recovered.
March 20, 1890, William writes that he is in the Army and likes it very well. He says any young man can do well if he behaves himself. Plays in the band and get(s) $13 per month. Says his brother is doing well.
W. October 20, 1891. W. November 12, 1895. Again, we don’t know who wrote, William or CAS. We suspect that William wrote to CAS to inform us how he was doing.
That is the extent of the record [for William].
As noted above, William left three other children in England with his parents in Hampshire.
Henry Brinsmead, born 1868, stayed in England and married Rose Phoebe Martin in 12892. Phoebe died in 1897 and Henry remarried, to Elizabeth Harriet Harpham in 1898.
Ella Mary Brinsmead, born 1873 also came out to America. In 1891, at age 17, she is located at the Brixton Orphanage in Lambeth, Surrey, England. However, by 1895 she is in Munroe, Iowa. In 1906, Ella married L. Lewis Baker in Page County, Indiana. She died in the US in 1957. Ella's life is described on another page.
John Charles Brinsmead, born 1876 emigrated from England. In 1906 he is living in the small prairie village of Antler, Saskatchewan, Canada. We have been unable to discover what became of him after that.