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  • ID: I1427
  • Name: Hiram C. Bronson
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 28 JUL 1802 in Plymouth (Plymouth) State of Connecticut
  • Death: 27 MAR 1892 in St. Louis (St. Louis) Missouri
  • Burial: UNKNOWN Spring Grove Cemetery in Medina, Ohio
  • Note:
    1802, July 28: Hiram, son of Noah Miles and Betsey (Ives) Bronson, was born at Plymouth (Plymouth) State of Connecticut.
    "The Town and City of Waterbury, Connecticut" by Joseph Anderson, D.D. and Sarah J. Prichard, et. al.; 1:ap27; The Price & Lee Company; New Haven, Connecticut; 1896 (974.602 W291A, V.1 ACPL)

    * " . . . it was a tiring journey and Betsey rode most of the way on horseback, carrying her youngest child in her arms. Young Hiram, aged twelve, who later was one of this county's early representatives in the Legislature trudged by her side, assisting his mother and baby brother as best he could. Hiram later drove the first cattle from here to market. The settled in the eastern part of the township. Later, Hiram lived in the village. "
    "Memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve" by Mrs. Gertrude Van Rensselaer Wickham; p. 850; The Woman's Department of the Cleveland Centennial Commission, 1896 (977.1 OH SCGS)

    1823 September 30, Tuesday: "At a regular Communication of Medina Lodge No. 58 holden at their Lodge Room Medina September 30th, AD 1823, AL 5823; A petition rec'd from Hiram Bronson enclosing 3.00 to be received into the first degree of Masonry, proposed by Benjamin Lindsley and seconded by Br. Bela B. Clark, committee of inquiry Brs. Benjamin Lindsley, Bela B. Clark and Parker Pelton.
    "Minute Book I: March 9, 1820 to January 14, 1824" Medina Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M. of Ohio (Internet)

    1823 October 15, Wednesday: "At a regular Communication of Medina Lodge No. 58 holden at their Lodge Room Medina October 15th, AD 1823: On motion AL 5823 resolved that the ballots be now taken on the application of Hiram Bronson to be initiated into the first degree of Masonry. The ballots were accordingly taken and found unanimous in his favor.
    Hiram Bronson, after being duly prepared, was initiated in the first degree of Masonry and paid the Secretary the sum of . . . ~
    "Minute Book I: March 9, 1820 to January 14, 1824" Medina Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M. of Ohio (Internet)

    1824, July 7, Wednesday: "At a regular communication of Medina Lodge No. 58 convened at their Lodge Room July 7th, 1824, AL 5824; Hiram Bronson is listed as JD of Lodge No. 58.
    "Minute Book II: March 1, 1824 to March 14, 1832" Medina Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M. of Ohio (Internet)

    1825 April 27, Wednesday: "At a regular communication of Medina Lodge No. 58 holden at their Lodge Room Medina April 27th , AD 1825, AL 5825; On motion resolved that the ballots be taken uppon the application of Bro. Hiram Bronson to be passed to the degree of Fellowcraft where upon they were taken and found unanimous in his favor. Br. Hiram Bronson, after being duly prepared was passed to the degree of Fellowcraft and paid Secretary the sum of two dollars."
    "Minute Book II: March 1, 1824 to March 14, 1832" Medina Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M. of Ohio (Internet)

    1825 September 7, Wednesday: "At a regular communication of Medina Lodge No. 58 holden at their Lodge Room Medina September 7th , AD 1825, AL 5825; On motion resolved that the ballots be taken on the application of Brother Hiram Bronson to be raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. The ballots were accordingly taken and found unanimous in his favor. Brother Hiram Bronson, after being duly prepared, was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason and paid the Sec'y three dollars."
    "Minute Book II: March 1, 1824 to March 14, 1832" Medina Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M. of Ohio (Internet)

    1825 November 23 Wednesday: "At a regular communication of Medina Lodge holden at their Lodge Room November 23rd , AD 1825, AL 5825; On motion resolved that in consequence of there not being a sufficient number of Brethren present at the last stated comn. To open a Lodge that the Bye Law respecting the appointment of committee for settlement of accounts with Treasurer and Secretary be waived and that the R. W. Master proceed to appoint. Thereupon Brs. A. G. Hickcox and Hiram Bronson were duly appointed and reported, which report was accepted by vote of the Lodge."
    "Minute Book II: March 1, 1824 to March 14, 1832" Medina Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M. of Ohio (Internet)

    1826 January 18, Wednesday: "At a regular communication of Medina Lodge No. 58 holden at there Lodge Room January 18th , AD 1826, AL 5826; On motion resolved that the R W Master appoint a committee of two to settle the accounts of delinquent Brethren to attend at the Lodge Room at our next regular communication at 1 o'clock P. M. Accordingly Brs. Alva Beach & Hiram Bronson were appointed."
    "Minute Book II: March 1, 1824 to March 14, 1832" Medina Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M. of Ohio (Internet)

    1826 February 22, Wednesday: "At a regular communication of Medina Lodge No. 58 holden at there Lodge Room February 22nd, AD 1826, AL 5826; A petition rec'd presented by Shelden Lum wishing to become a member of the Institution, enclosing 3.00 to the Sec'y, propounded by Br. J. Chidester & Seconed by Br. C. Chase. Brs. R. Ferriss and Hiram Bronson be committee of enquiry."
    "Minute Book II: March 1, 1824 to March 14, 1832" Medina Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M. of Ohio (Internet)

    1826 April 19, Wednesday: "At a regular communication of Medina Lodge No. 58 holden at there Lodge Room April 19th , AD 1826, AL 5826; A petition recd. from Mr. H. T. Avery, enclosing three dollars to the Secretary, propounded by Br. Benjamin Lindsley and Second by Br. Henry Hosmer. Brs. James More (Moore) and Hiram Bronson be committee of enquiry."
    "Minute Book II: March 1, 1824 to March 14, 1832" Medina Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M. of Ohio (Internet)

    1826 June 14, Wednesday: "At a regular communication of Medina Lodge No. 58 holden at there Lodge Room June 14th , AD 1826, AL 5826; A petition received from Mr. Hiram P. Ferris, enclosing $3.00 to the Secretary propounded by Br. Alva Beach and seconded by Br. Caleb Chase. Committee of enquiry Brs. Caleb Chase and Hiram Bronson."
    "Minute Book II: March 1, 1824 to March 14, 1832" Medina Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M. of Ohio (Internet)

    1826 December 13, Wednesday: "At a regular communication of Medina Lodge No. 58 holden at there Lodge Room in Brunswick December 13th , AD 1826, AL 5826; A petition received from Mr. Charles Lum, propounded by Br. Hiram P. Ferriss and seconded by Br. Hiram Bronson - committee of enquiry Brs. Hiram P. Ferriss and Ransom Clark."
    "Minute Book II: March 1, 1824 to March 14, 1832" Medina Lodge No. 58, F. & A. M. of Ohio (Internet)

    * Hiram Bronson became a very successful business man of Medina village. As a young man he had been deputy sheriff three years and sheriff two years.

    1840-60: He conducted an up-to-date dry goods store in a building west and opposite the present American House. He owned much land in the northwest portion of Medina village and took an active part in promoting the building of a railroad through Medina.
    "Bronsons Among First Settlers" by Belle Warner from information provided by Joann King, curator of the Medina County Historical Society (Bronson Archives)

    1847, December 5: Section1 - Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, That Stephen N. Sargeant, William H. Canfield, Samuel Humphreville, Charles Castle, U. N. Peak, HIRAM BRONSON, John Albro, J. T. Ainsworth, Isaac W. Babcock, William P. Clark, Harrison G. Blake, John L. Clark, Thomas Rowe and William Granville, and such as may associate with them, be and they are hereby created a body corporate and politic by the name of the Medina Academy, to be located in Medina, Medina county, Ohio; and, as such, shall have perpetual succession, and be capable of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded, in any action or proceeding at law or in chancery, in any court of justice; and, also, to have a common corporate seal; and with power to acquire, possess and enjoy, and to sell,
    convey and dispose of property, real, personal or mixed: Provided, that the avails of such property shall not be diverted from or appropriated to any other than educational purposes in said academy.
    "Acts of a General Nature, Passed by the Forty-Sixth General Assembly of the State of Ohio" X:VI;14; Charles Scott's Steam Press; Columbus, Ohio 1848 (StanfordLawLib)

    Name: Bronson, Hiram
    Dwelling: 1010
    Family: 1012
    Sex: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 48 years
    Occupation: Merchant
    Value: 18000
    Birthplace: Connecticut
    "1850 Federal Census" Medina Village - County of Medina - State of Ohio (Series: M432 - Roll: 709 - Page: 222B - Line: 16) (USGenWeb Census Project)

    1855, January 23: Legal Notice: Notice is hereby given that Judah T. Ainsworth and Hiram Bronson on the 23d day of January, 1855, filed in the office of the Court of Common Please of the county of Medina, Ohio a petition, in substance, that certain Public Alleys in the Incorporated Village of Medina, to with:" the Public Alley extending from Court street to West street, between Friendship street and Liberty street, and the Public Alley extending from Friendship street to Liberty street between West street and Court street are not improved or used as thoroughfares etc., and praying the Court to declare the same vacated. J. T. Ainsworth, H. Bronson. Canfield & Hibbard, Attorneys for Petitioners, Medina, Jan 23, 1855.
    "Medina County Gazette: Home Affairs" January 23, 1855 (MCDL)

    1877, August 31: "The reunion of the 103rd Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry will be held at Solon in Cuyahoga county on September 11. Hon. Hiram Bronson, president; Captain Austin Badger, vice president and William P. Clark secretary of the Medina County Pioneer Society".
    "Median County Gazette: Forty-Five Years Ago" August 29, 1922, p. 8 (MCDL) (Cook Archives)

    Name: Bronson, Hiram
    Relationship to the Head of the Household: Self
    Age: 78 years
    Occupation: Farmer
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Birthplace: Connecticut
    Birthplace of Father: Connecticut
    Birthplace of Mother: Connecticut
    "1880 Federal Census" Medina Township - County of Medina - State of Ohio (Series: NA T9 - Roll: 1047 - Page: 370D)

    HIRAM C. BRONSON
    "After a week's struggle with illness, the final end came to the Hon. Hiram Bronson at the home of his daughter, Mrs. D. H. King, in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday evening of last week. There has perhaps been no man in Medina county who, through his kindly disposition of heart, his earnestness of purpose and this exemplary ways of life, had earned the admiration and endeared himself to more people of this county and all his acquaintances than this venerable and good old man and exemplary citizen. His life is one of the first and foremost pages of the history of the county, that will shine forever to all generations to come, and will be a guide mark to the ambitious and struggling young men of our day. Mr. Bronson settled with his parents in this county near Median in 1818, he being then but sixteen years of age. He at once took an active interest in the affairs of his new home and only a few years after he had attained his majority was elected Sheriff of Medina county. Several years after that he opened a general store in Medina, continuing this business in a most successful manner for a number of years. He was elected to the General Assembly in 1865 and re-elected in 1867 becoming one of the leading and noted members of that body. Of late, years he had retired from active life, taking a well earned rest, spending the summer months at at his home in Medina and the winters with his daughter's family in St. Louis. He would have been 90 years of age next July. Mr. Bronson was admitted to the Masonic fraternity in the fall of 1823 and was one of its most devoted members up to the date of his death, and so far as known there is no member living now who has seen longer service as a Mason, nearly seventy years.
    The body reached Medina Monday evening, accompanied by his grandchildren; Harry, and Anna Bronson King (Mrs. King is seriously sick and on that account she and her husband were detained in St. Louis.) A reception committee from Median Loge F. & A.M. was in attendance and the body was escorted to his late home on Liberty Street. The Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the Reverend C. E. Harding, officiating, assisted by the Reverend N. E. Cornwall of Cleveland. After the services, the Masonic fraternity took charge of the obsequies, observing the rites of that order at the grave. Among the beautiful floral offerings that were placed upon the coffin of the departed brother, was a large and magnificent design of square and compass resting upon the Bible, wrought of white camellias, roses and hyacinths. Honor will be forever to his name and memory.
    "Obituary" from the "Medina County Gazette" on Thursday, March 31, 1892; p. 4 (MCDL) (Alexander Archives)

    1892: Hiram Bronson died (g.s.) and is buried with his wife, Mary Ann in Spring Grove Cemetery at Medina (Medina) Ohio.
    "Tombstone Inscriptions from the Cemeteries of Medina County, Ohio" p. 325; published by The Medina County Genealogical Society; Whipperwill Publications; Evansville, Indiana; 1983 (929.3097 Tom MCDL)




    Father: Noah Miles BRONSON b: 15 JUL 1767 in Waterbury Village (New Haven) Connecticut Colony
    Mother: Betsy Ives b: 1779 in Plymouth Village (Plymouth) Connecticut Colony

    Marriage 1 Mary Ann Stevens b: 1808 in Plymouth (Plymouth) State of Connecticut
    • Married: 3 AUG 1829 in Medina (Medina) State of Ohio
    • Note:
      1829, August 3, 1829: Hiram Bronson was married to Mary Ann Stevens by the Episcopal Rector, the Reverend Alvah Sanford. Children, born in Medina, Ohio: 1) Helen Mary Bronson (see below).
      "Bronsons Among First Settlers" by Belle Warner from information provided by Joann King, curator of the Medina County Historical Society (Bronson Archives)

      * Mary Stevens and Hiram Bronson were married by an Episcopal rector, Reverend Alvah Sanford. Information provided by John H. King, curator of the Medina County Historical Society (Bronson Archives)
    Children
    1. Has No Children Helen Mary Bronson b: 9 DEC 1830 in Medina (Medina) Ohio
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