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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Listed in order of death date
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Marriage: September 4, 1907 to Flora Brandley; double wedding with Bob Brandley and Tillie Meyer.
Death: May 1970; buried near Fayetteville, Arkansas
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.
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.