First Women in Milwaukee 1834-1839
The first white or Anglo-Saxon woman, to make Milwaukee her home, was Mrs. Quartus Carley, who came in May '34, with her husband, accompanied by a Miss Cleveland, from Chicago. Neither of these women, however, remained permanently, Miss Cleveland returning to Chicago, in the Fall. Mrs. Carley remained, I think, until '39, when she and her husband removed to Kenosha county. Whether they reside there now, or have passed away, I cannot tell. Such however, is their history.
At the head of the column of noble women who came to stay, the purity of whose lives and example has had so powerful an influence in softening the manners of those early times, stands Mrs. Deacon Samuel Brown, who came in '35, being the second American woman to settle in Milwaukee. This is no small honor, and right worthy is Mrs. Brown to enjoy it. Her life and example have been noble. Such a woman is a crown to her husband, and the glory of her children.
She was joined during the Summer and Fall, by (perhaps there were others whose names are now forgotten).
BALSER, Mrs. P. BREED, Mrs. A.O.T. BURDICK, Mrs. Paul CHASE, Mrs. Dr. Enoch CHILDS, Mrs. John DOUGLASS, Mrs. Andrew DOUSMAN, Mrs. Geo D. ESTES, Mrs. E.S. FARMIN, Mrs. H. HOLMES, Mrs. THos. MCNEIL, Mrs. James OGDEN, Mrs. John ROSS, Mrs. Hiram J. SANDERSON, Mrs. Capt. J. SIVYER, Mrs. Wm. SMITH, Mrs. U. B. SWEET, Mrs. A. WHEELOCK, Mrs. B.F. WILCOX, Mrs. Joel WILLIAMS, Mrs. Joseph At the head of the column for '36, stands: (perhaps others) ALDRICH, Mrs. Owen BARBER, Mrs. Geo. BELANGEE, Mrs. J.G. CARY, Mrs Joseph CHASE, Mrs. Horace CHURCHILL, Mrs. Luther CORSE, Mrs. John DEBOW, Mrs. J. DIBBLE, Mrs Elah DUNBAR, Mrs. S.W. EDGERTON, Mrs. B.H. FOWLER, Mrs. Albert FURLONG, Mrs. John GALE, Mrs. John GARDNER, Mrs. Wm N. GUILE, Mrs. Geo HARNMEYER, Mrs. August HARRIS, Mrs Ebenezer HAWLEY, Mrs. Frank HAWLEY, Mrs. Syrus HIGGINS, Mrs. M.W. HINMAN, Mrs. Samuel HOLLISTER, Mrs. D.S. HOYT, Mrs. Thomas JAMES, Miss Betsey JAMES, Miss Christina JAMES, Miss Mary KELLOGG, Mrs. L.S. KELLOGG, Mrs. W.A. KELTNER, Mrs. Daniel KILBOURN, Mrs. Byron LANE, Mrs. L.H. LAPHAM, Mrs. I.A. LARKIN, Mrs. C.H. LONGSTREET, Mrs. Wm R. LOOMIS, Mrs. Hubbell MARTIN, Mrs Stoddard H. MERRILL, Mrs. W.P. MILLER, Mrs. Henry NOYES, Mrs T.J. PETTIBONE, Mrs. S. PRENTISS, Mrs. Wm A. PROUDFIT, Mrs. Wm P. ROGERS, Mrs Jacob M. ROGERS, Mrs. Jason H. SABIN, Mrs. E.H. SIBLEY, Mrs. D.D. SIVYER, Mrs. Henry SIVYER, Mrs. Samuel STARR, Mrs Elisha TIFFANY, Mrs. Geo. O. TROWBRIDGE, Mrs. W.S. WEEKS, Mrs. L.W. WELLS, Mrs. Daniel Jr. WILLIAMS, Mrs Henry YOUNG, Mrs. Pliny ZANDER, Mrs. J.B. While '37, 8 and 9 brought in: ARNOLD, Mrs. J.E. BLEYER, Mrs. Henry BUCK, Mrs. J.S. BURDICK, Mrs. Morgan L. CHENEY, Mrs Rufus CRAMER, Mrs. E. HACKETT, Mrs. Richard HUSTIS, Mrs. John LARKIN, Mrs. James LUDINGTON, Mrs. H. LUSCOMBE, Mrs. Samuel LYNDE, Mrs. C. J. MERRILL, Mrs. David Miller, Mrs. A.G. MITCHELL, Mrs. Alex. MURRAY, Mrs. James REED, Mrs. Geo. RICE, Mrs. RAnsom SHEPARDSON, Mrs. Clark TWEEDY, Mrs. J.H. UPHAM, Mrs. D.A. J. VLIET, Mrs Garret WALWORTH, Mrs. Clinton WARD, Mrs Lindney WOLCOTT, Mrs. Doctor E.B.
And perhaps others, who have all been more or less prominent in the building up of our fair city, sharing all the priations incident to a pioneer life, with a fortitute equal to, and in many cases, superior to that exhibited the the men. Of those noe living, many are yet active, and useful; and of those who have gone to their reward, ti can be truthfully said, and for the works they have performed, furture generations shall bless their name.
To remember the names of all who came during these years, would be simply impossible; and should any pioneer woman who may read this story, find her name omitted, she will please consider the omission unintentional.