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Yuma County Pioneer Photographs:  The METZ Brothers

In 1850 Allegany County, Maryland Ellen Mets, 6 and Benjamin Metz 5 are with Wm. 48 and Sarah 49 Yeast.  Next door are John F. Metz 8 and May I Metz living with William and Elizabeth Spiker.

Probably in Alllegany County in 1860

Joseph is 50, Magdalena is 26, Rachel J. 22, William H. 18, John F. 17, Benjamin 15, Mary M. 13, Alexander 4, Martha E. 1, and Ruth  87.

Benjamin and Christina Metz

Benjamin Metz, aged 73, died last Monday at the family home here.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the residence and was attended by a large number of friends and acquaintances. Mr Metz had been ill for several years.

He was a veteran of the Civil War, was one of the oldest residents of Lafayette and he had gained the friendship of many people. Besides the wife, he leaves seven children, three daughters and four sons, who have the sympathy of their many friends. Benjamin served with 3rd regiment Potomac Home Brigade Infantry Co A from Oct 1861 to Oct 1864.

"The Lafayette Leader" - Friday June 15, 1917

B. Metts, one of the prominent and progressive farmers of the western part of Yuma county, is a native of Maryland, where he was born on a farm near Cumberland in 1844. In October, 1861, when only seventeen years of age, he enlisted in the Third Maryland regiment of infantry, in which he rendered gallant service until September, 1862, when he was mustered out of the service owing to sickness. While in the army he took part in some of the most important battles of the war. When he regained his health he followed farming and other pursuits until 1882, when he moved to Nebraska. After two years he went east and located in Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1886, when he returned to Nebraska. Subsequently he came to Colorado and settled on a homestead sixteen miles northeast of the village of Yuma, where he engaged in farming and the cattle business. Subsequently Mr. Meets spent a few years in the irrigated section of Colorado, near Boulder, but after a fair trial he found that he could make more money in Yuma county under natural conditions than he could near Boulder with the aid of irrigation, and he returned here. Since then the gentleman has been enjoying a generous measure of prosperity and he is recognized as one of the most progressive of Yuma county farmers. He cultivates about 250 acres of his ranch, and grows fine crops of wheat, corn, cane, millet and vegetables. Like that of many others, the experience of Mr. Metts demonstrates that wheat and other cereals, as well as cattle, can be made a source of much wealth in the western part of the county. Mr. Metts is a pleasant, industrious gentleman who merits the prosperity that is smiling upon him.


The FindAGrave listing has Christina born May 6, 1848 in Charlestown, Maryland, to James Henry Dye and Mary Jane Miller Dye,  dying December 10, 1943 in Lafayette.
Both Benjamin and Christiana's tombstones say METTS

Benjamin and Christina were married June 11, 1864 in Lonaconing, Maryland, per one Ancestry tree, and were living in that county in 1870 and 1880.

In 1880 they had William L. 14, Amanda 9, Mary T. 7, John J.O. 4, and Charles R. nine months.

November 1899 Alda Metz is enrolled in the Primary department of the Yuma school.

Benjamin Metz claimed a quarter in 3N 46W in 1891 for cash, and in the 1900 census of Yuma Precinct are Benjamin, born February 1845 , Christina May 1848, Charles R. September 1879, Benjamin F. February 1883 - ALL Maryland, and Alda May, August 1890 in Colorado

May 25, 1900 "Ben Metz is building a new barn on the ranch."

In 1900 "Charlie Metz is husking corn on the John S. Gardner ranch.

1901 "Charlie Metz is now located at Mystic, Iowa, in the coal mines."

In 1903 J.W. Sheedy registered a brand "Location - On the Wittlake and Metz ranges."

1904 the Yuma Pioneer reported "Mr. and Mrs. Ben Metts are visiting in the mountains."

February 1905 "Chas. Metz and Mrs. Osborn left Sunday afternoon for Lafayette, Colorado, in response to a telegram stating that their brother, John Metz, was very low and not expected to live.  John works in a coal mine near Lafayette, and whle at work last Saturday was struck by a car of coal which had jumped the track, and was badly hurt.  His injuries are thought to be fatal.

LATER - Chas. Metz returned home Wednesday night and stated that his brother was not as bad hurt as was at first thought, and that he is getting along nicely."

October 1906" Frank Metz left Wednesday afternoon for Salt Lake City where he has accepted a position with the Southern Pacific."

Benjamin and Christiana are farming in Lafayette, Boulder County in 1910

 Benjamin Frank Metz registered for WWI in Lafayette, Boulder County, saying he was born February 21, 1882, worked for Rocky Mountain Fuel Co, and was married to Rose Metz.

Charles Robert Metz, Sr., buried in Mountain View Memorial Park, Boulder, says he was born September 20, 1878 in Lonaconing, Maryland, and died May 31, 1957 in Boulder County.  He married Lena Alice Wittlake, daughter of William and Sarah SPOONER Wittlake of Eckley. The Pioneer of October 20, 1905

November 3, 1903 "Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Metz left Saturday for their new home at Lafayette Colorado."

August 25, 1905 "Anyone wishing any or all kinds of plastering done, will please call on or white Charles Metts and L.C. Schnebley.   Guarantee satisfaction."

1905 "Frank Mets was up at Akron last Friday, he going up to pitch the game of ball for Akron against Hill Rose."z

June 2, 1905 "The 'Yuma Reds' won an easy victory over the Akron Aggregation on the home diamond Wednesday........Frank Metz certainly proved himself a wonder in the box, getting 24 strike outs in the game, while Ray Lyons did pretty work behind the bat.  The Akron boys were up against the real thing when they tried to bat Metz, and it was just like striking at the wind for them......The Akron boys are a fine set of fellows to meet and they took their defeat without a murmur.."

August 9, 1907




One at the Mitchell Here--The other at Sunnyside, near Louisville.

On Wednesday a fatality occured at the Mitchell mine, resulting in the death of A J Osborne, of Lafayette. He was killed by a cave-in, several tons of coal and rocks fell upon him. He was speedily unearthed and lived about half an hour, dying while being conveyed home. Mr Osborne was a respected citizen, fond father and provident husband. He was thirty-eight years old and leaves a wife and four young children.

He was buried here on Friday. The funeral services were held from the Miner's Hall at 2 o'clock, attended by many friends and the brotherhood of the union. The floral decorations were not so profuse but beautiful. The services were imposing.

"The Lafayette News" - April 26, 1902

The FindAGrave listing has Hugh Alexander Osborne born September 1863 in Grayson County Virginiia.

In 1910 Yuma Francis Osborne, 36, widowed, has Virginia E. i16, Grace M. 14, Edith C. 13, and Clyde H. 11.  All the kids born in Colorado.  Francis is a laundress.

December 30, 1910

July 1915 "Mrs. Frances Osborne and son, Clyde, of Lafayette Colorado arrived Tuesday morning for an extended visit with their daughter and sister, Mrs. Roy Reese, northwest of town.

the Lafayette cemetery has MaryAnn Frances METZ Osborne born June 4, 1873 in Allegany Couny Maryland, dying June 7, 196 in Cowiiltz County, Washington

December 1922


One Ancestry tree has Grace Malinda Osborne born August 13, 1895 in Denver, marrying Homer Calvin Higgins in 1917 in Denver, and dying in 1977 in Albuquerque, NM.

William T. Metz cash-claimed one quarter  a mile away from Benjamin in 1891, and another quarter on a tree-claim joining it in 1903.

Philip Metz had a cash claim for a quarter in 5N 46W in 1891

Daniel Metz cash-claimed two quarters next to Philip in 5N 46W in 1890. - and it's almost certain that the adjoining claims of Isaac McGee, both cash claims in 1890 - are Mary's father's.



The John Mcgee might be the one mentioned in 1916

And in 1914

John A. McGee - 1882-1931 is buried in Wray's Grandview Cemetery.  Between him and  A. Harry McGee1882-1935 is a Shelton Askew 1883- 1914, John's son-in-law. It's possible that Maude later married Dan Funk of Wray.

Charles and Clara Patton are in the next plots - Clara is probably John's daughter.  And Charles was in partnership with John in the meat market.

1900 Boulder County has a Daniel Metz, born April 1859 in Pennsylvania, with Mary 1864 in Iowa, and  George March 1889 in Colorado

January 1902 J.C. Bayless wrote from Boulder "Dan Metz, who formerly lived near 'Old Baldy' has the street car running at this time in front of his door, greatly increasing the value of his property."

They're still in Boulder County in 1910, and Daniel is a county overseer.

In 1920 Boulder County Daniel doesn't have an occupation , and George is a steward at the Elks Home.

John McGee is also in Boulder in 1920, widowed, living with his brother-in-law Daniel Metz.

In 1910 Boulder County is a John J. Metz 40, Julia 31, Mabel 13, Francis 11, Deliah M. 8, Johnie J. 4, George I. 2, and Thelma G. nine months.

Green Mountain Cemetery, Boulder, has a Daniel Metz with a death date of February 11, 1926, Mary Metz February 2, 1950, and George I. Metz April 9, 1954. (also a Reta Edna Metz September 1939)

In 1930 Boulder Mary is widowed, and has her 13-year-old nephew Billie McGee living with her

In 1940 Mary is living alone.

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