The Yellow Springs Historical Society recently received a very generous donation of Carr family photographs, textiles, and family correspondence. Included in the donation were a number of photographs of members of various branches of the Carr family, including the Brewster and Botsford families. As I begin to process the collection, I want to learn more about the people in the photographs. Who were they? What was their role in the history of Yellow Springs?
The family genealogy of the Brewster family is quite an interesting tale. According to the Brewster Family Genealogy, 1566-1907, Lucy is descended from William Brewster, one of the original passengers of the Mayflower. Lucy Brewster, the daughter of Lucy A. (Swan) and Sanford Brewster, was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1810. After serving in the War of 1812, Sanford Brewster settled his family in Milan, Ohio.
On October 20, 1832, Lucy married Josiah Botsford. Lucy and Josiah raised eleven children, including Elizabeth Rogers Botsford (bio in future post). According to Federal Census records, the Botsford family was living on Dayton Street, in Yellow Springs by 1860. Josiah and Lucy continued to reside in Yellow Springs until their deaths in 1870 and 1899, respectively.
Lucy’s obituary was published in the Yellow Springs Review on May 5, 1899.
“Mrs. Lucy Botsford, after a long illness died Wednesday evening at the residence of Mr. Thad Carr. She was 89 years of age and was loved and respected by a large host of friends. The funeral will be held at the residence on Sunday at 3 p.m. conducted by Rev. Peters, and the remains will be taken to Milan, Ohio where her husband and children are buried.”
Lucy Brewster Botsford resided in the village of Yellow Springs for nearly thirty-nine years, but has long since been forgotten.