Mystery Place: Civil War soldier once owned this property

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Ginny Hall | August 25, 2017

The Ingersoll chicken coop quilt is listed in the Walworth County Barn Quilts brochure. It is supposed to be at N5315 Marsh Road southeast of Elkhorn, but I couldn't find it. I did find a smaller quilt called Flower Garden.

I decided to call Gene and Kathy Ingersoll — I knew them from when they were active 4-H members. I just assumed that the missing barn quilt was theirs, but it turned out to be Todd and Susan's quilt (her son and daughter-in-law). 

Susan told me the quilt was still up but hidden by rhododendron shrubs. The quilt was attached to a building that may have been a chicken coop at one time; it appeared to be a storage shed.

The first time the Ingersoll name appears in Section 11 in the town of Delavan is in the 2006 plat book. It is surrounded by land in the Brownlie Trust.

The 1857 plat map shows Amos Eastman, an 1859 town of Elkhorn associate supervisor, as the owner of this property. 

In the 1873 plat book, ownership moves to P.W. Flanders. Beckwith lists him as a member of the 40th Infantry during the Civil War.

In the 1891 plat book, the owner is shown as H.M. Mills. In the 1907 and 1930 plat books, the owner is listed as A.W. Count.

In the plat book labeled “after 1936 and before 1942,” the owner is shown as R.L. Rowbotham.  The 1948 plat book indicates the owner as Frank Marsik.

In the plat books from 1961 through 1966, Wm. & C.A. Brownlie are shown as the owners. In 1970 this changes to William Jr. and Yvonne Brownlie. It continues through the 1996 plat book. In 2002 it changed to

Ginny Hall, a Delavan historian, is author of the “Walking around ...” and “Meandering ... ” books, which highlight the history of Walworth County communities.Brownlie Trust. 



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