Brandley Cemetery
Virtual Tour & Family History
The Brandley family cemetery is located southeast of Matfield Green, Kansas on private property. Seven family members are buried in the modest plot. This tour also includes headstones and biographical information for family members buried in other Kansas cemeteries.
Name: Katherine S. "Kittie" Patterson Brandley

Birth: April 12, 1845

Birthplace: Berea, Ohio

Death: April 11, 1869

Age: 1 day short of turning 24

Relationship: First wife of Henry Brandley

Notes: Henry and Kittie met in Topeka while he was serving in the State Senate and reporting State House news for the Topeka Journal. They were married October 2, 1867. Henry and Kittie had no children. Kittie probably knew Lizzie Romigh, the woman who would become the second Mrs. Brandley.
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In the autumn of 1859, Henry Brandley, a young immigrant from Switzerland, walked nearly 200 miles from Iowa with his friend, Charles Rogler, pursuing the American Dream to Chase County, Kansas.

Thanks to courage, ingenuity and initiative, the names of these two pioneers still live on in local history and legend.

Enjoy this journey through Brandley family history, starting with a walk through the cemetery.
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Brandley Cemetery
Name: Captain Henry "Cap" Brandley

Birth: October 12, 1838 or 1839

Birthplace: Samedan, Switzerland

Death: June 1, 1910

Age: 70 or 71

Relationships: Patriarch of the Brandley family. Son of Heinrich Brandli and Clara Duri Brandli. Brother of Albin, Arnold and Clara.

Photo of Henry
Henry's early land claims in Chase County
Cap Brandley's quill pens from CC Hist. Society
Brandley family house, 1900-1924  Alternate view
Brandley barn  Inside the barn
Old stone fence, circa 1860s
Obituary
Read about Henry in William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, 1883
Name: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Romigh Brandley

Birth: March 28, 1844

Birthplace: Summerford, Madison County, Ohio
Read about the Romigh family's trip to Kansas

Marriage: April 24, 1870 to Henry Brandley

Death: December 18, 1913

Age: 69

Relationships: Second wife of Henry Brandley.Matriarch of the Brandley family. Daughter of Daniel and Eliza Slaughter Romigh. Sister of William S., Robert, John, Rosa, Daniel, Terencia and Sarah.

Photo of Lizzie   Read about Brandley Stage Stop
Lizzie & Henry by Brandley family cabin, 1867-1900
Photo of her children, circa 1900
Obituary   Romigh pedigree
Biography by Clara Brandley Hildebrand
Name: Harry A. "Had" Brandley

Birth: September 15, 1874

Birthplace: near Matfield Green, Kansas

Marriage: First marriage, Mata Magerl, divorced 1907. Second marriage, November 1907 to Audrey Snedegar of Matfield Green.

Death: October 22, 1916

Age: 42

Relationships: Oldest son of Henry and Lizzie Brandley. Father of Gorman Duri Brandley.

Photo of Harry and brother Bob
Obituary, newspaper report and Coroner's Report
Son Gorman's headstone in Matfield Green Cem.

Name: John David Brandley

Birth: January 31, 1918

Birthplace: near Matfield Green, Kansas

Death: Died at birth

Relationships: Grandson of Henry and Lizzie Brandley. Infant son of Robert C. Brandley and Anna Mathilde Meyer Brandley. Brother to Virginia, Bud and Ruby Brandley.

Notes:
Baby John's grave is not marked, but this small stone between the graves of Katherine and Henry Brandley may give an indication of his resting place.

Name: Ruby Brandley Wagoner

Birth: April 17, 1876

Birthplace: near Matfield Green, Kansas

Marriage: April 14, 1903 to Joseph Edward "Ed" Wagoner of Chase County, Kansas

Death: June 24, 1919

Age: 43

Relationships: Daughter of Henry and Lizzie Brandley. Mother of Claude E. Wagoner.

Photo of Ruby as a young woman
Later photo of Ruby
Obituary
Read about Ruby and Ed Wagoner in A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, 1918

Name: Flora "Flo" Brandley Lampe

Birth: May 26, 1885

Birthplace: near Matfield Green, Kansas

Marriage: September 17, 1907 to John Henry Lampe, Jr. of Greenwood County, Kansas

Death: April 23, 1926

Age: 41

Relationships: Youngest daughter of Henry and Lizzie Brandley. Mother of Zilpah Imogene Lampe Brown and Jack Junior Lampe.

Sisters on the balcony (Flora probably in the middle)
Obituaries and eulogy by her oldest sister Clara
Flora and Jack's grandson, George Lampe
Photo of Barbara & Susan Bowron, Flora and Jack's granddaughter and great granddaughter
Brandley family in other Kansas cemeteries
Name: Daisy Brandley Crocker

Birth: April 20, 1878

Birthplace: near Matfield Green, Kansas

Marriage: November 15, 1902 to Arthur Thompson Crocker of Chase County, Kansas

Death: August 6, 1934; buried in Sunset Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas

Age: 56

Relationships: Daughter of Henry and Lizzie Brandley. Mother of Earl Edward Crocker, Hila Eileen Crocker Price, Marion Hazel Crocker Whitcomb and Sybil Elizabeth Crocker.

Crocker marker at Sunset  Sundial on marker
Obituary
Crocker house in Bazaar, Kansas  Alternate view
Read about Crockers in A Standard History of Kansas & Kansans, 1918
Name: Maud Brandley Crocker

Birth: March 13, 1872

Birthplace: near Matfield Green, Kansas

Marriage: October 13, 1872 to Edward Grey Crocker of Chase County, Kansas

Death: December 14, 1936, buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

Age: 64

Relationships: Daughter of Henry and Lizzie Brandley. Mother of Arthur Weston Crocker, Ruby Louise Crocker Gallagher, Anna Marie Crocker Howard, Henry Mason Crocker.

Maud wedding photo
Obituary  Crocker marker at Prairie Grove
Crocker house north of Matfield Green
Name: Robert Clinton "Bob" Brandley

Birth: March 24, 1882

Birthplace: near Matfield Green, Kansas

Marriage: September 17, 1907 to Anna Mathilde "Tillie" Meyer of Matfield Green

Death: August 21, 1951, buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

Age: 69

Relationships: Youngest son of Henry and Lizzie Brandley. Father of Virginia Brandley Turner, Henry Robert "Bud" Brandley, John David Brandley and Ruby E. Brandley Kirk.

Obituary 
Brandley marker at Prairie Grove
Bob Brandley home near Matfield Green
Name: Clara Brandley Hildebrand

Birth: January 27, 1871

Birthplace: near Matfield Green, Kansas

Marriage: May 5, 1892 to Edward A. Hildebrand of Matfield Green

Death: June 5, 1951, buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

Age: 80

Relationships: Oldest child of Henry and Lizzie Brandley. Mother of Eric B. Hildebrand, Harry B. Hildebrand and Richard A. Hildebrand.

Photo of Clara, circa 1892
Obituary
Name: Pearl Brandley Harsh

Birth: June 17, 1880

Birthplace: near Matfield Green, Kansas

Marriage: June 8, 1910 to John Barieman "Jack" Harsh of Cassoday, Kansas

Death: March 3, 1980 (a few months short of her 100th birthday), buried in Sunset Lawns Cemetery, El Dorado, Kansas

Age: 99

Relationships: Daughter of Henry and Lizzie Brandley. Adoptive mother of Betty Jo Harsh Wilcox.

Photo of Pearl as a young woman
Obituary
Brandley spouses
Name: Edward Alvin Hildebrand

Birth: December 13, 1849

Birthplace: West Liberty, Ohio

Marriage: April 16, 1873 to Charlotte F. "Lottie" Oliver; divorced 1889; second marriage May 5, 1892 to Clara Brandley; divorced in 1913

Death: June 17, 1931, buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

Age: 81

Notes: One of the founders of Strong City, Kansas; claimed land in Oklahoma during the 1893 Land Run; co-founder of Northern Oklahoma Telephone Company.

Obituary
Photo of home he built for his first wife in Strong City
Read about E.A. Hildebrand in William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, 1883
Name: Joseph Edward "Ed" Wagoner

Birth: August 17, 1875

Birthplace: Chase County, Kansas

Marriage: April 14, 1903 to Ruby Brandley; second marriage to Margaret Talkington in 1934

Death: September 13, 1938, buried in Matfield Green Cemetery

Age: 63

Relationships: Son of Henry and Louesa Wagoner, early Chase County pioneers

Notes: Farmer and stockraiser; he and Ruby ran a “first class hotel” in Matfield Green, The Orient, from 1908 until Ruby's death in 1919.

Obituary
Read about Ruby and Ed Wagoner in A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, 1918
Name: Edward Grey Crocker

Birth: March 28, 1872

Birthplace: Chase County, Kansas

Marriage: October 12, 1894 to Maud Brandley

Death: May 16, 1944, buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

Age: 72

Relationships: Son of Erastus B. Crocker and Anna E. Grey Mason. Brother of Arthur Thompson Crocker.

Notes: He and his brother Arthur established Crocker Brothers, an extensive ranching and farming enterprise; served two terms in the Kansas House of Representatives (1903, 1905).

Photo
Obituary
Name: Arthur Thompson Crocker

Birth: January 17, 1874

Birthplace: Chase County, Kansas

Marriage: November 15, 1902 to Daisy Brandley

Death: March 8, 1953, buried in Sunset Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas

Age: 79

Relationships: Son of Erastus B. Crocker and Anna E. Grey Mason. Brother of Edward Grey Crocker.

Notes: He and his brother Arthur established Crocker Brothers, an extensive ranching and farming enterprise; served three terms in the Kansas State Legislature (1917, 1919, 1920).

Photo
1916 campaign advertisement from Leader
Obituary
Name: John Barieman "Jack" Harsh

Birth: December 30, 1877

Birthplace: Kansas City

Marriage: June 8, 1910 to Pearl Brandley

Death: August 29, 1965, buried in Cassoday, Kansas (note: Pearl is buried in El Dorado)

Age: 87

Relationships: Brother to Gladys Burke, Marita McIntosh, Llouvina Baker, Sam Harsh, Ray Harsh, Dewey Harsh and Milton Harsh.

Notes: Left Matfield in 1923 and moved to El Dorado. Lived there from 1923-1943. Moved to Wichita area to work at Boeing (1943-1955). Retired to El Dorado.

Obituary
Name: Anna Mathilde "Tillie" Meyer Brandley

Birth: March 7, 1883

Birthplace: Crawford County, Kansas

Marriage: September 4, 1907 to Bob Brandley; double wedding with Flora Brandley and Jack Lampe.

Death: March 4, 1969, buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas)

Age: A few days short of her 86th birthday

Relationships: Daughter of Dr. Frederick Anton Meyer (physician in Matfield Green) and Johanna Frederika Fischer.

Notes: Left Matfield in 1939 and moved to Cassoday; moved to Eureka in 1958.

Obituary
Name: Audrey W. Snedegar Brandley Decker

Birth: September 21, 1888

Birthplace: Matfield Green, KS

Marriage: November 1907 to Harry Brandley; second marriage to Theodore Decker in 1921

Death: June 15, 1969; buried in Matfield Green

Age: 80

Relationships: Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Snedegar; granddaughter of George Washington Bocook

Notes: The section of Chase County land inherited by Harry upon his father's death in 1910 still remains in Brandley hands through Audrey's stewardship.

Photo of Audrey with second husband Ted Decker
Obituary
Reminiscences about Audrey & family by her niece
John Henry Lampe, Jr.

March 2, 1884 - May 1970
Name: John Henry "Jack" Lampe, Jr.

Birth: March 2, 1884

Birthplace: Greenwood County, KS

Marriage: September 4, 1907 to Flora Brandley; double wedding with Bob Brandley and Tillie Meyer.

Death: May 1970; buried near Fayetteville, Arkansas

Age: 86

Relationships: Associated with the Lampe Ranch in Greenwood County, Kansas

Notes: Described by his grandson as "an itinerant musician." After his wife's death in 1926, Jack relinquished any claim to the land she had inherited from her father and mother. Eighty acres of that land is still owned by Flora's great granddaughter.


Read "Rubbing Ruby"
Is Lizzie Brandley related to Emma Chase?
Credits: All text by Marva L. Weigelt unless otherwise noted. All gravestone photographs by Marva L. Weigelt except for Crockers in Sunset Cemetery, Manhattan, by Susan Allen and Kay Garrett; photos of Henry Brandley, Brandley cabin, Brandley house, Brandley children on balcony, Lizzie Brandley, Clara Brandley Hildebrand and Pearl Brandley in South Fork courtesy of Kansas State Historical Society; photos of Ed and Arthur Crocker, 1916 campaign advertisement and Henry Brandley's quill pens courtesy of Chase County Historical Society; photos of Maud Crocker, Pearl Brandley and Ruby Brandley Wagoner (2) courtesy of Carl Wagoner family; photos of William S. and Delilah Romigh courtesy of Alice Starks Miller; photos of A.T. Crocker house, E.G. Crocker house and Barbara and Susan Bowron courtesy of Jane B. Koger; photo of Audrey and Ted Decker courtesy of Joyce Keene; photo restoration of Lizzie Brandley and Clara Brandley by Don Wolfe.
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