I checked the burial records. The Deans owned the property that the Linn cemetery is on and a descendant owned the property as late as 1959. John and Elizabeth do not appear in the burial listings for that cemetery, however, it was poorly kept and their grave stone, if they had them, were lost. They must have died between 1870 and 1880, if they are there. Otherwise they moved on leaving the property to their son John/William. The name confusion is caused by the fact that he appears as John in the 18870 and 1880 censuses but as William M. in the Cemeteries book. And there is pretty strong circumstantial evidence that he is the same person of both names.
The Linn Cemetery is located in the NE ¼ of the NW ¼ of section 4 in Buckhorn Twp. The Deans bought the property on 26 Sep 1868. So they show up nicely in the 1870 Census. John/William is the only one by that surname in the Brown County1880 Census with his wife Nancy and brother James.
Before sending this, I decided to check the 1880 Census National Index and came up with this:
Census Place: Saukville, Ozaukee, Wisconsin
Source: FHL Film 1255441 National Archives Film T9-1441 Page 470B
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
John DEAN Self M M W 55 ENG
Occ: Laborer Fa: ENG Mo: ENG
Mary DEAN Wife F M W 33 WI
Occ: Keeping House Fa: ENG Mo: IRE
Wenzent DEAN Son M S W 1 WI
Occ: At Home Fa: ENG Mo: WI
It’s probably not the same John Dean but, his age and birthplace are good and the woman listed as his wife could be Martha and they did come from Wisconsin. What if his wife Elizabeth died and he went back to where his family was and left everything to his son John. It’s a possibility and gives hope, if it can be proved that he’s the same person that was in Brown County. You might find his burial there.
wow--thank you. now if i could only find out where john and elizabeth are buried. these would be my husband great great grandparents. this has really given us some good information that i have had trouble finding. again, thank you