Bronson/Brownson/Brunson: Five Hundred Years in the Lives of a Colonial American Family

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  • ID: I7364
  • Name: Ephraim Ernest BRONSON 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 11 FEB 1875 in Campbellford, Seymour Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario, Canada 1
  • Census: 1910 Kittson Co., Minnesota, United States
  • Residence: Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son 1900 Township 161, Kittson, Minnesota, USA 1
  • Event: Arrival 1882 1
  • Death: 26 JAN 1951 in Kittson Co., Minnesota, United States
  • Census: 1920 Norway, Kittson Co., Minnesota, United States 2
  • Note:
    Information about Ephraim's descendants was provided by Mrs. Leo Anderson who apparently wrote "Reunion Pamphlet, Bronson and Lindstrom Families" (June 29-30, 1991). Mrs. Anderson was Ephraim's youngest daughter.

    Ephraim is referred to as "Ernest" in the 1881 Seymour Twp.Census. He is believed to have left Canada at the age of 7 with his parents and his sisters Elizabeth? and Effie?. They moved to Kittson Co., MN. They first lived in a log house. "At the approach of night,there were weird cries of timber wolves, when steel gray skies suddenly turned to velvet, pierced here and there with yellow stars. In the crisp morning there were many deer, elk and moose making their way through the brush."

    Ephraim's family had the first Post Office and Halfway House between Hallock and Roseau. Ephraim and his wife homesteaded three miles east of his father's farm. Ephraim was a
    veterinarian, on call day and night.

    Source, birth date :
    1881 Canada Census, Seymour Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario, No.1, p.8.

    1900 United States Federal Census
    Name: Efrom Bronson
    [Efrem Bronson]
    Home in 1900: Township 161, Kittson, Minnesota
    [Hazelton, Kittson, Minnesota]
    Age: 25
    Birth Date: Mar 1875
    Birthplace: Canada Eng
    [Canada English]
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Immigration Year: 1882
    Relationship to head-of-house: Son
    Father's Name: Jiles R Bronson
    Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Mother's Name: Maggie Bronson
    Mother's Birthplace: Canada Eng
    Marital Status: Single
    Occupation: View on Image
    Household Members: Name Age
    Jiles R Bronson 57
    Maggie Bronson 49
    Efrom Bronson 25
    Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 161, Kittson, Minnesota; Roll: T623_772; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 91.

    1910 United States Federal Census
    Name: Ephraim E Bronson
    Age in 1910: 35
    Estimated Birth Year: 1875
    Birthplace: Canada English
    [Canada]
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Father's Name: Giles W Bronson
    Father's Birth Place: Canada English
    [Pennsylvania]
    Mother's Name: Maggie Bronson
    Mother's Birth Place: Canada English
    [Canada]
    Spouse's Name: Nora V Bronson
    Home in 1910: Percy, Kittson, Minnesota
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Year of immigration: 1882
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Giles W Bronson 48
    [68]
    Maggie Bronson 59
    Ephraim E Bronson 35
    Nora V Bronson 23
    Ethel Bronson 3
    James N Bronson 1
    Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Percy, Kittson, Minnesota; Roll: T624_709; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0076; Image: 32; FHL Number: 1374722.

    1920 United States Federal Census
    Name: Ephriam E Bronson
    Home in 1920: Norway, Kittson, Minnesota
    Age: 44
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1876
    Birthplace: Ontario
    Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
    [Head]
    Spouse's Name: Eleonora V Bronson
    Father's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
    Mother's Birth Place: Ontario
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Home owned: Own
    Able to read: Yes
    Able to Write: Yes
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Ephriam E Bronson 44
    Eleonora V Bronson 33
    Ethel A Bronson 13
    Ellen E Bronson 8
    Mayme M Bronson 7
    Dale M Bronson 5
    Arthur H Bronson 3
    [3 2/12]
    Kenneth W Bronson 1
    [1 1/12]
    Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Norway, Kittson, Minnesota; Roll: T625_841; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 58; Image: 861.

    Source, death date :
    Appears as EPHRAIM ERANEST in the Minnesota Historical Society Death Certificate Search online; records of parents' deaths were also found 12 Jan 2002 at:
    http://people.mnhs.org/dci/




    Father: Giles Warren BRUNSON b: 27 SEP 1842 in Crawford Co., Pennsylvania, United States
    Mother: Margaret "Maggie" BOND b: ABT 11 FEB 1851 in Hillsburg, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada

    Marriage 1 Eleanora "Nora" Elizabeth LINDSTROM b: 04 AUG 1886 in Minnesota, United States
    • Married: [as per daughter Margaret's 1913 birth registration] 1907 in Tweed, Ontario, Canada
    Children
    1. Has No Children Ethel Annette BRONSON b: 19 SEP 1906 in Minnesota, United States
    2. Has No Children James Norman BRONSON b: 30 APR 1909 in Minnesota, United States
    3. Has Children Ellen Elizabeth BRONSON b: 05 JAN 1911 in Lake Bronson, Minnesota, United States
    4. Has Children Margaret BRONSON b: 26 MAY 1913 in Conc. 10, Lot 13, Hungerford Twp., Hastings Co., Ontario, Canada
    5. Has No Children Dale Raymond BRONSON b: 30 DEC 1914 in Lake Bronson, Minnesota, United States
    6. Has Children Arthur Holmes BRONSON b: 29 OCT 1916 in Norway Twp., Kittson Co., Minnesota, United States
    7. Has No Children Kenneth William BRONSON b: 04 NOV 1918 in Lake Bronson, Minnesota, United States
    8. Has Children Donafae Edith Alvina BRONSON
    9. Has No Children Wayne Walter BRONSON b: 05 NOV 1929 in Minnesota, United States

    Sources:
    1. Author: Ancestry.com
      Title: 1900 United States Federal Census
      Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;
      Repository:
        Name: Ancestry.com

      Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 161, Kittson, Minnesota; Roll: 772; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0091; FHL microfilm: 1240772
    2. Title: 1920 United States Federal Census
      Publication: Name: Ancestry.com. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA;
      Page: District 58, Norway, Kittson Co., Minnesota, United States
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