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Notes for the men of Company A, 27th Iowa.

This information is a compilation of information that I have found. I have not attempted to verify any of it. But if I find a discrepancy between sources, I have noted it. All information in this section should be validated with further research. Corrections are welcome.

I use various sources. I start with the Pension Records Index to see if I can determine the spouse's name. Then I check Census records, and Family Trees on Ancestry.com. If I can determine what county/state he was in, I check the USGENWEB site for that particular county. I also use Find A Grave and Iowa Gravestones Photo Project websites. Last I do a general search of the internet.


Adams, John D. He was born Nov. 18, 1842 in Michigan. He was most likely the son of Andrew and Jane Adams.

1860 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: Andrew Adams (age 49, farmer, born Ireland), Jane Adams (age 45, born Ireland), John Adams (age 17, farmer, born Ireland), Mary Adams (age 14, born Ireland), William Adams (age 11, born Ireland), Sarah Adams (age 8, born Ireland) and Andrew J. Adams (age 5, born Ireland).

John D. Adams died Nov. 30, 1862 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Allamakee County, Iowa.

His mother Jane Adams filed for a pension on May 12, 1879.


Adams, Oliver. He was born about 1840 in Ohio. He was the son of Hugh and Catherine Adams.

1850 Census - Union Township, Licking County, Ohio Hugh Adams, (age 52, farmer, born Ireland), Catherine Adams, (age 55, born Ireland), James Adams (age 19, born PA), Margaret Adams, (age 12, born Ohio) Oliver Adams, (age 10, born Ohio), Andrew Adams (age 7, born Ohio)

1856 Iowa State Census: Linton, Allamakee County, Iowa: Hugh Adams (age 52, born Ireland, farmer), Catharine Adams (age 55, born Ireland), James Adams (age 23, born Penn). Margaret J. Adams (age 17, born Penn), Oliver Adams (age 15, born Penn.), Andrew Adams (age 12, born Penn.).

1860 Census - Linton, Allamakee County, Iowa The same family listed above was found on the 1860 Census, (minus Oliver) Hugh Adams, (age 60, born Ireland), Catherine Adams, (age 60, born Ireland), James Adams, (age 28, born Ohio), Margaret Adams, (age 22, born Ohio) and Andrew Adams, (age 18, born Ohio)

Oliver C. Adams died Jan 1, 1863 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Allamakee County, Iowa


Allen, George W. He was born July 7, 1845 in Illinois. He was the son of Lewis Peter Allen (1804 - after 1880) and Eleanor Wood (1802 - before 1860). He married Mary H. Aurand. She was the daughter of John Aurand and Cynthia Grow. His sister Phebe Allen married Elijah Shaff, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

(Note: I researched this one quite a bit. I felt strongly that this is correct, BUT initially I could find nothing that actually proved that this is the George W. Allen that served in the 27th Iowa (and there are a lot of George W. Allens). The facts that I have shows that he was born in Illinois about 1845, lived in Allamakee County when he enlisted and had a widow named Mary H. Allen that filed for a pension on Jan. 8, 1929 - the pension index does not indicate where she was living when she filed for the pension and there is no mention of the 27th on his tombstone. But all the information below agrees with those facts.

UPDATE: As I was researching this, I found a memorial on Find a Grave that I was sure belonged to him. I sent a question to the person that maintains the Find a Grave memorial. His response was: "You are correct. George did serve in Co A, 27th Iowa Infantry. He enlisted on 1 August 1862 at age 18, he was discharged for disabilities on 23 Apr 1863 at Jackson, MS. He belonged to GAR Post 36 in La Grande". Don Benson ).

1850 Census - Center, McHenry County, Illinois: Lewis P. Allen (age 46, farmer, born New York), Eleanor Allen (age 48, born New York), Henry Allen (age 20, born Ohio), Homer Allen (age 14, born Ohio), Phebe Allen (age 12, born Ohio), Oliver Allen (age 9, born Illinois ) and George Allen (age 5, born Illinois).

1856 Iowa State Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Lewis P. Allen (age 52, born NY, farmer), Eleanor Allen (age 54, born NY), Homer B. Allen (age 19, born Ohio), Phebe F. Allen (age 17, born Ohio), Oliver P. Allen (age 14, born Illinois) and George W. Allen (age 10, born Illinois). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 2 years.

Lewis P. Allen married Eliza Jane Woodard in 1859 in Winneshiek County, Iowa. (Marriages: Winneshiek Co. marriage records and licenses: 1856 - 1869)

1860 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: Lewis Allen (age 50, farmer, born New York), Eliza Allen (age 35, born Indiana) and George Allen (age 15, farmer, born Illinois).

1870 Census: Frankville, Winneshiek County, Iowa: George Allen (age 35, farmer, born Illinois), Mary Allen (age 22 (?), born New York), Frank Allen (age 4, born Iowa) and Effie Allen (age 3, born Iowa). (In 1870, L P Allen (age 65 and E. J. Allen (age 40) were also living in Winneshiek County.)

1880 Census, Mitchell, Mitchell County, Iowa: George Allen (age 36, born Illinois, farmer), Mary Allen (age 34, born New York), Frank Allen (age 14, born Iowa), Ettie Allen (age 13, born Iowa), Alfred Allen (age 7, born Iowa) and Carrie Allen (age 4, born Iowa).

1900 Census: La Grande, Union County, Oregon: George W. Allen (born July 1843 (age 56, married 35 years, born Illinois, House carpenter) wife Mary Allen (born Nov. 1843, age 56, married 35 years, 4 children born, 4 still living, born New York), son John Allen (born Mar. 1872, age 28, born Iowa, licensed fireman), daughter Carrie C. Allen (born June 1876, age 24, born Iowa, milliner) and boarder John Sroeber (born Sept. 1878, age 21, born Germany, day laborer).

1910 Census: La Grande Ward 4, Union County, Oregon: George W. Allen (age 61, married 1 time for 45 years, born Illinois, laborer, odd jobs), wife Mary H. Allen (age 63, married 1 time for 45 years, 4 children born, 3 still living, born New York), grandson Guy Kennedy (age 8, born Oregon, mother born Iowa).

1920 Census: La Grande, Union County, Oregon: George W. Allen, age 75, born Illinois), wife Mary H. Allen (age 73, born New York), grandson Guy Kennedy (age 19, born Oregon.

George W. Allen died Dec. 10, 1928 in Union County, Oregon and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, La Grande, Union County, Oregon. (Note: the Internment database shows his name as George William Allen),

His widow Mary H. Allen filed for a pension on Jan. 8, 1929.

Mary Allen (born Nov. 19, 1846), died June 29, 1934 and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, La Grande, Union County, Oregon.


Bailey, Charles M. He was born Aug. 19, 1838 in New Hampshire, He was the son of Benjamin W. Bailey (Dec. 16, 1797 - Mar. 27, 1864) and Latta/Lotta Hopkins (1801 - ?). He married Sarah F. Burton on Oct. 17, 1866 in Waukon Iowa. His sister Caroline Francis (Callie F) Bailey married John Pratt, who also served in Company A. 27th Iowa. His sister Harriet Jane Bailey married Charles O. Thompson, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

1850 Census, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts: Benjamin W. Bailey, (age 53, stonemason, born NH), Latha Bailey, age 50, born VT), Benjamin H. Bailey, (age 20, Moulders?, born NH), Simon F. Bailey, (age 18, bobbin maker, born NH), Marshal A. Bailey, (age 16, born NH), Harriet J. Bailey (age 14, born NH), Charles M. Bailey (age 12, born NH), Frances C. Bailey, (age 9, female, born NH), George N. Bailey (age 7, born NH), James E. Gardners (age 45, painter, born Mass.), and James E. Gardners (age 2, born Mass.)

1856 Iowa State Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: B. W. Bailey (age 58, born NH, farmer), Latta Bailey (age 55, , born Vt), M. A. Bailey (age 22, male, born NH, laborer), Charlotte J. Bailey (age 19, born NH), C. M. Bailey (age 17, male, born NH), Caroline F. Bailey (age 15, born NH), George N. Bailey (age 13,born NH)

1860 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: B. W. Bailey (age 61, farmer, born NH), Lutta Bailey, (age 59, born VT), Mortica Bailey (age 25, teamster, born NH), Charles M. Bailey, (age 21, Day Laborer, born NH), C. F. Bailey (age 19, female, born NH) and George N Bailey (age 17, farmer, born NH)

1870 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Bailey, C. M. (age 31, blacksmith, born New Hampshire), Sarah Bailey (age 21, born Mass.), Edward Bailey (age 9/12, born Iowa), and Betsy Burton (age 60, born Rhode Island.)

1880 Census, Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa: Charles Bailey (age 41, blacksmith, born New Hampshire), wife Sarah Bailey (age 32, born Rhode Island), son Edward B. Bailey (age 10, born Iowa), daughter Emily Bailey (age 8 born Iowa), daughter Bessie Bailey (age 5, born Iowa), son Frankie Bailey (age 3, born Iowa) and daughter Latta Bailey (age 1, born Iowa.)

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living in Iowa: 27th Iowa: C. M. Bailey, Rank: Sergeant, Company A, Present Post Office Address: Sibley

1885 Iowa State Census, Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa: Charles M. Bailey (8th St., age 46, blacksmith, born New Hampshire), Sarah F. Bailey (age 36, born Rhode Island), Edward Bailey (age 15, born Iowa), Emily Bailey (age 13, born Iowa), Bessie Bailey (age 10, born Iowa), Frank Bailey (age 8, born Iowa), Latta Bailey (age 6, born Iowa), Joseph Bailey (age 3,born Iowa) and Carrie Widman (age 22, dressmaker, born Iowa)

Charles M. Bailey died Mar. 25, 1908 and is buried in Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa.

His widow Sarah F. Bailey filed for a pension on Apr. 15, 1908.

Sarah F. (Burton) Bailey died Feb. 6, 1922 and is buried in Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa.

Children of Charles M. Bailey and Sarah F. Burton

  1. Edward B. Bailey b. 26 Sep. 1869; d. 27 Oct. 1888
  2. Emily F. Bailey b. 5 Aug. 1871; d. 4 May 1894
  3. Bessie May Bailey b. 17 Nov. 1874
  4. Bennie Ralph Bailey b. 17 Nov. 1874; d. 19 Mar. 18__
  5. Frank H. Bailey b. 9 Dec. 1876
  6. Latta C. Bailey b. 3 Mar. 1879; d. 21 Mar.
  7. Joseph B. Bailey b. 6 Apr. 1882
  8. Minne F. Bailey b. 19 Mar. 1886
  9. Robert P. Bailey b. 17 Jan. 1890

Baird, Warren. He was born about 1822 in Ohio. He was the son of Josiah Baird (Apr. 30, 1806 - July 2, 1899) and Sarah Ryland (Feb. 20, 1808 - 1888). He married Martha Jane Schobey on Jan. 13, 1853 in Ashland County, Ohio.

Photo Submitted by Bob Banks

Warren Baird 1850 Census: Orange, Ashland County, Ohio: Josiah Baird (age 44, farmer, born NY), Sarah Baird (age 43 (born PA). Warner Baird (age 22, school teacher, born Ohio), Alfred Baird (age 21, carpenter, born Ohio), Christina Baird (age 18, born Ohio), Abigail Baird (age 16, born Ohio) and Alexander Baird (age 7, born Ohio).

1856 Iowa State Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: Warren Baird (age 27, born Ohio), Martha Baird (age 20, born NY), and Justin Baird (age 2, born Iowa). They had been in the state of Iowa for 3 years.

1860 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: Warren Baird (age 32, farmer, born Ohio), Martha Baird (age 23, born New Jersey), Justin Baird (age 4, born Iowa), Edson Baird (age 2, born Iowa) and Sarah J. Baird (age 1, born Iowa).

Warren Baird died Nov. 13, 1863 and is buried in National Cemetery, Little Rock, Ark. Section 2, Site 1232

His widow Martha Baird filed for a pension on June 28, 1865. A pension was filed for a minor in July 31, 1865. Martha Redd was guardian. Information from the pension is extracted below:

On July 18, 1865, Martha (Baird) Redd was appointed guardian of the minor children of Warren Baird.

On January 11, 1865 and July 18, 1865, Martha Redd made statements:

She was a resident of Rossville, Allamakee County, Iowa.

She was aged 29 years

Warren Baird was a private in Company A, 27th Iowa Inf. and died at Little Rock, Ark, on Nov. 13, 1863 of Camp Fever. (Statement by Surgeon says cause of death was "anaemia")

She was married to Warren Baird on Jan. 13, 1853 at Ruggles Corners, Ashland County, Ohio by George W. Fleet, Minister of the Gospel. (the marriage record is in the pension file).

She was guardian of the minor children of Warren Baird: Justin H. Baird, born Nov. 25, 1855, Edson E. Baird born July 23, 1857, Sarah J. Baird, born May 19, 1859 and Margaret C. Baird born Oct. 28, 1862.

She remarried to Nathaniel Redd on Sept. 18, 1864. Christian Lower, a Justice of the Peace performed the marriage.

Martha Baird married Nathaniel Reed in 1864. He died about 1870.

1870 Census, Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: Martha Redd (age 33, born New York), Justin Baird (age 14, born Iowa), Eddy Baird (age 12, born Iowa), Sarah Baird (age 11, born Iowa), Maggie Baird (age 7, born Iowa), Charley Redd (age 3, born Iowa) and Clara Redd (age 2, born Iowa)

Martha Baird married James Mark Daniels in 1872.

Martha (Schobey) Baird died Sept. 17, 1898 at Baker Oklahoma in a covered wagon while the family was traveling.


Ballard, Ebenezer Curtice. He was born July 3, 1829 in Penfield, Monroe, New York. He was the son of Nathan Ballard (July 1797 - May 14, 1872) and Zeruiah Curtice (Jan. 23, 1802 - Sept. 18, 1838). He married Elizabeth Ann Stoddard on Sept. 18, 1853 in Monroe, New York. She was the daughter of David D. Stoddard (Oct. 1, 1795 - June 1, 1870) and Mary Salome Warner (Aug. 15, 1795 - May 1, 1878)

1850 Census, Webster, Monroe County, New York: Nathan Ballard, age 53, farmer, born New York), Rachel Ballard (age 39, born New York), Ebenezer C. Ballard, (age 20, laborer, born New York), Albert Ballard (age 17, laborer, born New York), Hiram Ballard (age 13, born New York), Zaria Ballard (age 10, born New York), Ellen Ballard (age 8, born New York), Adam Ballard (age 50, laborer, born New York).

1860 Census, Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: Ebenezer Ballard age 31, farmer, born NY), Elizabeth Ballard (age 31,born NY), Wm E. Ballard (age 4, born Iowa), Truman A Ballard (age 2, born Iowa).

1880 Census, Liberty, Woodbury County, Iowa: E. Ballard (age 51, farmer, born NY), wife Elizabeth Ballard (age 51, born New York), son Willie Ballard (age 24,. farmer, born Iowa), and son Truman Ballard, (age 21, farmer, born Iowa).

1885 Iowa State Census, Liberty, Woodbury County, Iowa: E. C. Ballard (age 55, farmer, born New York), Elizabeth Ballard (age 55, born New York), Truman Ballad (age 26, married born Allamakee County, Iowa), Ella Ballard, (age 23 married, born Ohio), Albert Ballard (age 2, born Woodbury County, Iowa), Baby Ballad, (age 0, male, born Woodbury County, Iowa.)

Ebenezer C. Ballard died Feb. 13, 1891 in Climbing Hill, Woodbury County, Iowa. He is buried in West Fork Cemetery, West Fork, Woodbury, Iowa

Elizabeth Stoddard Ballard (born about 1829 in New York), died 1895 in Lynch, Boyd, Nebraska


Bandle, William Wells. He was born June 2, 1838 in Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York. He was the son of William and Phally Bandle. He married Wealtha W. Reed on July 11, 1858 in Prairie Du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Ezra Reed (Oct. 13, 1808 - June 2, 1887) and Phebe Cross (Apr. 27, 1810 - May 10, 1882) Her brother Ezra W. Reed also served in Company A, 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Her sister Rosina Reed married Jonathan G. Moore, who served in Company I, 27th Iowa.

1860 Census, Ludlow Township, Allamakee County, Iowa: Bandle, William W. (age 22, farmer, born Ohio?) Wealtha Bandle (age 20, born Canada), Rachel Fowler (age 18, servant, born M.D.) and Adelia Fowler (age 6/12, female, born Iowa.)

1870 Census, Independence Township, Montgomery County, Kansas: William W. Bandle (age 32, born New York), Witha Bandle (age 29, female, born Canada), E. E. Bandle (age 10, male, born Iowa), J. A. Bandle (age 3, male, born Iowa), Kansas Bandle (age 2, female, born Kansas)

1875 State Census, Sycamore, Montgomery County, Kansas: Wm W. Bandle (age 35, farmer, born Ind. From Iowa), Weltha Bandle (age 34, born Iowa.), Emery E. Bandle, (age 15) Jesse A. Bandle, (age 7, male), Mary B. Bandle (age 6), Frank E. Bandle (age 1)

1880 Census, Ludlow Township, Allamakee Township, Iowa: William W. Bandle (age 41, farmer, born New York), wife Wealthy Bandle (age 39, born Canada), son Jesse A. Bandle (age 13, born Iowa), daughter Mary B. Bandle (age 11,born Kansas), son Frank E. Bandle (age 6, born Kansas), daughter Myrtle G. Bandle (age 2, born Kansas)

Winneshiek County IA GenWeb Military Pension Roll of 1883: Certificate Number: 208,764; Name of Pensioner: Bandle, William W.; Post Office Address: Burr Oak; Cause for Which Pensioned: ch. diarrhea; Monthly Rate: $2; Date of Original Allowance: May, 1882

1885 Iowa State Census, Hesper, Winneshiek County, Iowa: William Bandle (Township 100, Range, 8, Section 32 SW SW, age 46, farmer, Born New York), Weltha Bandle (age 44, born Canada), Jesse Bandle, (age 18, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Frank Bandle (age 11, born Kansas), Gertie Bandle (age 7, born Kansas), Phoebe Bandle (age 3, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

1900 Census, Harper Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa: William W. Bandle (born June 1838, age 61, married 41 years, born New York), wife Weltha Bandle (born July 1840, age 59, married 41 years, 8 children born, 5 still living, born Canada), daughter Gertrude Bandle (born Aug, 1877, age 22, born Kansas), daughter Pheobe A. Bandle (born Feb. 1881, age 19, born Iowa)

William W. Bandle died Sept. 26, 1901 and is buried in Burr Oak Cemetery, Burr Oak, Winneshiek County, Iowa.

His widow Wealtha Bandle filed for a pension on Oct. 26, 1901, in Iowa.

Wealtha (Reed) Bandle died Sept. 19, 1923 and is buried in Burr Oak Cemetery, Burr Oak, Winneshiek County, Iowa.

Obituary: Mrs. Weltha Bandle passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Glise, in Burr Oak on Sept. 19, 1923, after an illness of several months. She was born in New Lisbon, Ontario, Canada, July 10, 1840. When she was about one year old she moved with her parents to Beloit, Wis. In the year of 1850 she came with her parents to Waukon, Iowa. On July 11, 1858 she was united in marriage to William W. Bandle, with whom she lived happily until Sept. 26, 1901, when he was called by death. To this union seven children were born. Lottie passed away in infancy and Mary passed away in May 1881. There remains to mourn their mother's loss, Emery E., of Kansas City, Kansas; Jessie A., Haywarden, Canada; Frank E., of Decorah; Mrs. Frank Hill, Pine River, Minn., and Mrs. Fred Glise, of Burr Oak. 19 grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive. She is also survived by two brothers, George W., of Texas and Luther Reed, of Decorah, and many other relatives. Since 1880 Mrs. Bandle had resided in and near Burr Oak, Iowa. When a young woman she united with the Methodist church and had been a faithful member ever since, always loving, and ready to help when needed. The funeral services were held Saturday from the M. E. church in Burr Oak. Rev. Herbert Van Vliet officiated and interment was in the Burr Oak Cemetery.

WINNESHIEK COUNTY MARRIAGE RECORDS AND LICENSES 1891-1899
Bandle, F E - Nellie Oxley 1895
Bandle, Jesse Albert - Sylvia Ann Decker 1893

WINNESHIEK COUNTY MARRIAGES 1900-1910 Bandle, Gertrude M - Frank L Hill 1903
Bandle, Harry B/Lottie F Reed 1907
Bandle, Phebe A - Fred W Glise 1902


Beedy, John J. He was born June 1845 in New York. He is most likely the son of Julius C. Beedy (1821-1891) and Susan DeBar. (1818 - Apr. 12, 1854). He married Helen Van Valkenburg on Dec. 14, 1873 in Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Mathew Van Valkenburg and Eunice E. King.

BIOGRAPHY: Monona Twp. -- J. C. Beedy [sic Julius C.], merchant and Postmaster, Hardin, Clayton County, was born in Genesee County, N.Y., April 25, 1821.

His parents, John and Annis (Belding) Beedy, were married in Orange County, N.Y., in 1818. Three children blessed this union -- J.C., Norman J. and Hannah, wife of C.H. Barnes. In 1834 Mr. Beedy left Vermont for Essex County, N.Y., where he remained four years, then went to Franklin County, N.Y. In 1848 he emigrated to Winnebago County, IL, thence to Clayton County in 1851, where he has remained since. Mr. and Mrs. Beedy are both living at the age of eighty two, having lived together as man and wife for sixty three years.

J. C. came to the county in 1850, and worked at the trade of carpenter and joiner for two years, and was then employed as clerk in a general store, and afterward embarked in the mercantile business, which he still prosecutes. He is the Postmaster at Hardin, which office he has held for many years. In 1840 he married Susan De Bar. They had six children, three living--John, Elizabeth and Annis. Mrs. Beedy died in 1851. He again married, Margaret Ridnour. To them have been born two children Annie and Cora. Mr. Beedy in politics is a Republican, and has held several local offices of trust.

OBITUARY - Postville Review, November 14, 1891:

Died, at his home in the village of Hardin, Iowa, Oct 25th, 1891, Mr. Julius C. BEEDY. He was born in the town of Castile, state of N.Y., April 25th, 1821. In 1840 he was married to Miss Susan DEBAR. Ten years later they removed to the state of Iowa. Three children who blessed this union are now living. Having lost the mother of those children, he was again married in 1854 to Margaret RIDENOUR. Two children were the fruit of this union. The funeral obsequies were held in the little church at Hardin and his remains were placed in the little cemetery near the village where he had lived so long to await the general resurrection.

1856 Iowa State Census: Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: J. C. Beedy (age 36, born New York, clerk), M. Beedy (age 28, born Ohio), N. A. Beedy (age 13, born NY), J. J. Beedy (age 11, born New York), E. Beedy (age 8, born New York), A. Beedy (age 3, born Iowa). They had been in the state of Iowa for 4 years.

1860 Census: Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: J. C. Beate (age 38, merchant, born New York), Margaret Beate (age 30, born Ohio), John Beate (age 16, clerk, born New York), Elizabeth A. Beate (age 12, born New York), Annis Beate (age 7, born Iowa), Ann A. Beate (age 3, born Iowa) and Cora C. Beate (age 1, born Iowa).

1870 Census: Monona, Clayton County, Iowa: Julius C. Beedy (age 49, Retail, variety Merchant, born New York), Margaret Beedy (age 41, born Ohio), John Beedy (age 24, farm laborer, born New York), Annis Beedy (age 17, born Iowa), Anna Beedy (age 13, born Iowa) and Cora Beedy (age 11, born Iowa).

BEEDY - VAN VALKENBERG(Van Valkenberg)

J. J. BEEDY, of this place and Miss VanVALKENBERG of Hardin, was married (sic) last Sabbath at Waukon. They have the best wishes of the Printers and all others. ~Postville Review, December 17, 1873 - contributed by Mary Durr

1880 Census: Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa: John Beedy (Williard Street, age 35, born New York), wife Helen (age 25, born Illinois) and daughter Addie Beedy (age 5, born Iowa).

1900 Census: Iowa Soldiers Home, Linn, Marshall County, Iowa: John J. Beedy (born June 1845, age 54, widowed, born New York, father and mother born New York, carpenter).

1910 Census: Linn, Marshall County, Iowa: Iowa Soldiers Home: John J. Beedy (age 64, born New York, Occupation: Captain, Music Building)

1915 Iowa State Census: John J. Beedy (age 70, County Marshall, Occupation Carpenter, Birth Place New York, Military Service: Civil War, Infantry, State: Iowa, Regiment 27, Company A. Remarks: Soldier's Home.

1920 Census: Iowa Soldiers Home, Linn, Marshall County, Iowa: John J. Beedy (age 74, born New York, member Ia. Soldiers Home), wife Caroline (age 70, born New Jersey).

John J. Beedy died Oct. 18, 1922 (Pension Index Record) and is buried in Marshalltown Veterans Home Cemetery, Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa Plot: Section S, Row 16, Grave 11

OBITUARY: John J. Beedy 1845-1922

Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer

John J. Beedy was born in Malone, N.Y., in June 1845, and died at Postville, Iowa, Wednesday, October 18 1922, aged 77 years and four months, his death being due to an unavoidable automobile accident.

With his parents he came in the late 50's to the then prosperous village of Hardin, Iowa, where he was resident at the outbreak of the Civil War, and although but sixteen years of age at that time, the true spirit of patriotism within his breast caused him to offer his services to his country, and he enlisted as a drummer boy in the 27th Iowa Vol. Infantry, and served until the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged from the service. The regiment to which he was attached was in a number of the major conflicts of that great struggle and endured many hardships and privations, one account citing an instance where they wrapped themselves in their blankets and lay down in an open field to sleep in a storm of snow and sleet.

In earlier life he was a very prominent man in public work, holding the office of postmaster at Hardin for three years, was constable at Postville for three years, and for four years was assistant bookkeeper under State Auditor James J. Lyons at Des Moines.

He entered the Soldiers Home at Marshalltown from Postville, June 12, 1894. During the year 1914 he held the position of Post Commander of Sheridan Post at the Home, and at the time of his death he was Senior Vice of the Iowa Division of the National Civil War Musicians and was also Drum Major of the Iowa Division.

He was married to Mrs. Carrie DeForest, Nov. 1, 1912. He leaves to mourn his loss his widow, Mrs. Carrie Beedy; a stepson John D. DeForest of Kansas City, Kansas; three sisters - Mrs. William Shepherd of Postville, Iowa; Mrs. Anna Mason of Luana, Iowa; and Mrs. Cora Abel of Pasadena, Calif.; and three nieces - Mrs. Addie Bayless of McGregor, Iowa; Mrs. William Burdick and son Lee of St. Paul, Minn.; and Mr. and Mrs. Welsh of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and many other relatives who were unable to attend.

John J. Beedy was a kindly, genial gentleman, who made friends of every acquaintance; he was a good citizen, neighbor, friend and patriot, and all who knew him will mourn his passing and sympathize with those bereft.

The remains were taken to Marshalltown last Friday accompanied by the widow, Mrs. Addie Bayless, Mrs. Lenora Burdick and son Lee, and on Friday the funeral was held from the chapel at the Home, after which all that was mortal of deceased was laid to rest among his comrades in the Soldiers cemetery with full military honors.

~Postville Herald, Oct 26, 1922


Biggs, Hezekiah - He was born about 1837 in Ohio. He was the son of Samuel Biggs (Dec. 26, 1795 - May 3, 1884) and Margaret Biggs (July 12, 1795 -0 Nov. 17, 1872).

1850 Census: Washington, Holmes County, Ohio: Samuel Biggs (age 54, farmer, born Penn), Margaret Biggs (age 55, born Penn.) Andrew Biggs (age 20, born Ohio), David Biggs (age 18, born Ohio), Thomas Biggs (age 16, born Ohio), Hesichi Biggs (age 14, born Ohio), Hammond Biggs (age 12, born Ohio).

1856 Iowa State Census; Linton, Allamakee County, Iowa; Samuel Biggs (age 60, born Penn.), Margaret Biggs (age 60, born Penn.), Nancy Beaver (age 36, born Ohio, teacher), Hesikiah Biggs (age 11?), born Ohio), and Samuel Biggs (age 17, born Ohio).

Hezekiah Biggs filed for a pension July 10, 1890 in New Mexico.

1890 Veterans Census: White Oakes, Lincoln County, New Mexico: Hezekiah Biggs, Private, C. A, 27 Ia. Inf. Enlisted Aug. 14, 1862. Discharged Aug. 9, 1865, Length of Service: 2 years, 11 months, 25 days. Post Office Address; White Oakes, New Mexico.

Hezekiah Biggs was also a member of Kearney Post No. 10, Grand Army of the Republic, White Oaks, New Mexico Territory, circa 1893. (Post Muster Roll) (Per Find a Grave Member (#49284691)

1910 Census: Alma, Socorro County, New Mexico: Hezekiah Biggs (age 73, married 11 years, born Ohio, farmer)

Hezekiah Biggs, brother of the late David Biggs of Linton township, was in town last week visiting old comrades of Co. A, 27th Iowa, and others, most of whom he had not seen for more than fifty years, such as Chas. Rumph, Jas. Briar, D.R. Walker, Dr. Earle, Thos. Dowling, G.W. Sherman and possibly some others. His present home is at St. Cloud, Florida, where he spends his winters. He came to Volney in 1853 with his family and is now 82 years old. - from the Waukon Republican.

Mr. Biggs was a guest of his nephew, Wm. Biggs, northeast of town the past week, and on Sunday they autoed to Postville where they met and enjoyed a visit with Hiram Hawkins, John Pixler, and James McClintock, who were also members of Mr. Biggs' company in the Civil War. Mr. Biggs will go from here to Marshalltown to visit at the Soldiers' Home, before returning to Florida. - from the Monona Leader

~source: Postville Herald, August 22, 1919
Submitted by Sharyl Ferrall

Hezekiah Biggs died Nov. 18, 1922 at Bellville, Texas (Pension Index Record). He is buried in Buckhorn Cemetery, Buckhorn, Austin County, Texas.

Source

Last name: Biggs

First name: Hezekiah

Union

Information: Pvt. Co. A. Inf. 27th Reg. Iowa Div.

Cemetery: Buckhorn

Source: BT-5/26/55

Note: Thomas S. Biggs (born Nov. 19, 1833 in Holmes County Ohio), died July 10, 1917 and is also buried in Buckhorn Cemetery. It was noted on Find a Grave that he was the son of Samuel and Margaret Biggs.

Samuel L. Biggs (born Dec. 26, 1795), died May 4, 1884 is buried in Buckhorn Cemetery. Remarks says: Husband of Margaret Stephenson. Father of Andrew J, David, Thomas S, Hezekiah, Samuel Hindman.


Bishop, Caleb J. - He was born about 1843 in Illinois. He was the son of William and Rachel Bishop. He married first Elmira A. Stull. (Census records say Anise A.) They had four children:

  1. Carrie M. Bishop, born about 1869 in Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa.
  2. Lenora Belle Bishop, born Aug. 1870 in Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa.
  3. Charles S. Bishop, born about 1876 in Postville, Allamakee county, Iowa.
  4. Lucy Helen Bishop, born Apr. 24, 1881 in Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa.

1850 Census, Perry, Logan County, Ohio: William Bishop (age 50, carpenter, born VA), Rachel Bishop (age 47, born VA), David Bishop (age 25, born Ohio), Fanny Bishop (age 20, born Ohio), Alexander Bishop (age 19, carpenter, born Ohio), Lot G. Bishop (age 15, born Ohio), Caleb Bishop (age 7, born Illinois), Andrew Baldwin (age 23, Laborer, born Ohio), Caroline Baldwin (age 21, born Ohio), Rachel M. Baldwin (age 2, born Ohio).

1860 Census, Grand Meadow, Clayton county, Iowa: William Bishop (age 60, wheel wright, born NY), Rachal Bishop (age 60, born NY) and Caleb Bishop (age 17, born Ohio?).

1870 Census: Post, Allamakee county, Iowa: C. J. Bishop, (age 27, born Illinois), A. A. Bishop (age 22, born Penn.), and Carrie Bishop (age 1, born Iowa).

1880 Census Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa: Caleb J. Bishop, (age 37, carpenter, born Ohio?), wife Anise A. Bishop (age 33, born Pennsylvania), daughter Carrie Bishop (age 11) daughter Lenora Bishop (age 9), and son Charles (age 4).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Living in Iowa: Name: C. I. Bishop, Rank: Corporal: Company A, Present Post Office Address: Postville.

1885 Iowa State Census, Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Caleb I. Bishop (age 41, widowed, carpenter, born Illinois), Lenora b. Bishop (age 14), Chas. E. Bishop (age 9), and Lucy H. Bishop (age 3).

Caleb Bishop married 2nd Juliet Hitchens on Aug. 7, 1890 in Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa.

1895 Kansas State Census Collection: C. J. Bishop (age 52, born Illinois, from Iowa to Kansas, farming, Honorably discharged from the volunteer military service of the United States? Yes, Name of the State in which enlisted: Iowa, Letter or name of the Company or Command: Co. A, Number of Regiment or other Organization: 27, Arm of Service : Inf.), Julia A. Bishop (age 52, born NY), Charles E. Bishop (age 19, born Iowa), Lucy H. Bishop (age 18, born Iowa)

1900 Census District 110, Hackberry, Labette County, Kansas,: Caleb J. Bishop (born Feb. 1845, age 57, married 10 years, born Illinois), wife Juliett (born June 1842, age 57, married 10 years, 3 children born, 1 still living), son Charles E. (born Nov. 1875, age 24, born Iowa), daughter Lucy H, born April 1881, age 10, born Iowa) (Note either the date of birth or the age is wrong for Lucy.)

1905 Kansas State Census Collection Hackberry, Labette County, Kansas: C. J. Bishop (age 62, born Ill, from Iowa, farmer, Honorably discharged from the volunteer military service of the United States? Yes, Name of the State in which enlisted: Iowa, Letter or name of the Company or Command: Co. A, Number of Regiment or other Organization: 27, Arm of Service : Inf.), Juliette Bishop (age 63), C. E. Bishop (age 26),

1910 Census District 131, Hackberry, Labette County, Kansas: Caleb J. Bishop (age 67, married 2 times, current marriage 20 years, born Illinois, own income), wife Juliette Bishop (age 67, married 1 time, current marriage 20 years, born New York), son Chas. E. Bishop (age 34, born Iowa).

1915 Kansas State Census Collection, Hackberry, Labette County, Kansas: C. J. Bishop (age 72, born Ill, from Iowa, farmer, Honorably discharged from the volunteer military service of the United States: Yes, Name of State in which enlisted: Iowa, Letter or name of company or command: A, Number of regiment or other organization to which attached; 27, Arm of Service: Inf.), J. Bishop (age 73), C. E. Bishop (age 38)

1920 Census: District 137, Bartlett, Labette County, Kansas; Caleb J. Bishop, age 76, born Illinois, no occupation), wife Juliett Bishop, (age 77, born New York.)

Juliette (Hitchens) Bishop died in 1823 and is buried with Caleb in Lake Creek Cemetery, Bartlett, Labette County, Kansas.

Caleb Bishop married 3rd Wilhelmina Louisa Fercke on Sept. 17, 1925 in Oswego, Labette County, Kansas.

1930 Census District 6, Bartlett, Labette County, Kansas: Caleb Bishop, own home, value $2000.00, has radio, age 87, age at first marriage 24, born Illinois, carpenter (industry: house, retired), is veteran of Civil War.), wife Minna Bishop, (age 62, age at first marriage 21, born Ohio)

Caleb J. Bishop died in 1937 and is buried in Lake Creek Cemetery, Bartlett, Labette County, Kansas.


Blacker, James Wesley. He was born Oct. 10, 1820 at Bourneville, Ross County, Ohio. He was the son of Luke Blacker (May 1782 - Oct. 12, 1854) and Rebecca Albin. He married Nancy Mariah Archer on Nov. 19, 1848 at Dubuque, Iowa. She was the daughter of John Archer.

James Wesley Blacker was born to Luke Blacker & Rebecca Albin Blacker, on Oct. 10,1820, at Bourneville, Ohio. On Nov. 19, 1848, he was married to Nancy Mariah Archer, at Dubuque, Iowa, by Rev. James Wharton, Justice of the Peace. They had the following children, Dewitt Clinton Blacker, Emeline Blacker (Topliff), Nancy Jane Blacker (Sloan), Mary Ellen Blacker (Appleby), James Grant Blacker, Joseph Sherman Blacker, George Washington Blacker, Lillie May Blacker (Snider), Laura Ann Blacker (Bowles), Louisa Blacker (Eichorn), all born in Iowa. On the 15th day of August, 1862, he enlisted in Co. "A" of the 27th Regiment of Iowa Vol. Infantry. He marched with General Sherman across Georgia, one of history's greatest campaigns. He was discharged on June 15th, 1865, as a Corporal. After the death of his wife, Nancy, he married his brother's widow, Frances (Coyner) Blacker, on Sept.24, 1883, in Jewell County Kansas. I have no record as to when they came to Kansas, but possibly was around 1880.

James W. Blacker

1850 Census, Dubuque, Iowa: James Blacker (age 30, miner, born Ohio). Nancie Blacker (age 20, born Ills), Dewitt C. Blacker (age 5/12, male, born Iowa), John Archer (age 55, born Ohio).

1860 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: James Blacker (age 39 farmer, born Ohio). Nancy Blacker (age 28, born Illinois), D. C. Blacker (age 10,born Iowa), Emaline Blacker (age 8, born Iowa), Laura Ann Blacker (age 4, born Iowa), Nancy J. Blacker (age 2, born Iowa), Mary E. Blacker (age 7/12, born Iowa)

1880 Census Browns Creek, Jewel County, Kansas: Blacker, James (age 61, farmer, born Ohio), wife Nancy Blacker (age 50, born Illinois), daughter Louisie Blacker (age 16, born Iowa), son James G. Blacker (age 15, farmer, born Iowa) son Joseph Blacker (age 15, farmer, born Iowa), son George Blacker, (age 10, born Iowa), daughter Lilly Blacker (age 8, born Iowa)


James Wesley BlackerNancy (Archer) Blacker (born Aug. 28, 1830), died Feb. 16, 1882 and is buried in Couch Cemetery, Jewell, Jewell County, Kansas.

James W. Blacker married 2nd Frances Jane (Fanny) Coyner on Sept. 24, 1883 in Jewell County, Kansas.

Frances Jane (Fanny) Coyner b: 1831 in Ohio; d. Jan. 23, 1913 in Covina, Los Angeles, California. She was the daughter of Michael Coyner (b 1798 d 1851 and Phoebe Peterson b 1797 d 1887). Michael Coyner is the brother of Rosanna Coyner Rinehart. b 1796 d 1871; She was Grandmother of Preston Rinehart and his sister Nancy Rinehart.


James W. Blacker Badge

JAMES W, BLACKER A BRAVE AND NOBLE SOLDIER ON SERVICE RECORD. ENGAGED; CAPTURE OF LITTLE ROCK, AR SEPT. 10, 1863, CAPTURE OF FT. DERUSSEY, LA. MAR. 14, 1864. BATTLES: PLEASANT HILL, LA APRIL 9, 1864, CLOUTERVILLE, LA. APRIL 23, 1864, MARKSVILLE, LA. MAY 15, 1864, YELLOW BAYOU, LA. MAY 18, 1864, DITCH BAYOU, AR. JUNE 6, 1864, TUPELO, MISS. JULY 14, 1864, SEIGE & CAPTURE OF FORT BLAKELY, AL. APRIL 9, 1865.

 

This image and description was found on the website as part of an auction. When I (ejj) contacted the person selling it, he said he had bought it as part of a collection. He gave me permission to use the graphic and the description.

Frances J. Coyner was first married to Augustine Blacker (brother of James Wesley Blacker). Augustine served as a Sgt. with Company H 125th Illinois Union Army. He was killed Sept. 1, 1864 in the battle of Jonesboro, Clayton, Georgia. He is buried at Marietta National Cemetery, Section K Site 3283, Marietta Georgia. Augustine Blacker and Frances J. Coyner had several children: James Wesley, Henry, born 1847; Eliza Jane, born 1848; Jacob, born Feb. 29, 1852; William Martin, born Nov. 20, 1858; Frank Augustus, born Nov. 12, 1860; Francis M. (Netty), born Feb. 18, 1863

After Augustine died, she was married to a William Brown for 6 years. Divorced him, and married James Wesley Blacker, who was Augustine's brother. They had no children together. She filed for a widow's pension after James Wesley Blacker died.

1885 Kansas State Census, Browns Creek, Jewell County, Kansas: J. W. Blacker (age 64, farmer, born Ohio, from Iowa, Honorably discharged from the volunteer military service of the United States? Yes, Name of State Enlisted: Iowa, Letter or name of Company or Command: A, Number of Regiment or other organization to which attached: 27, Infantry), F. J. Blacker (age 50, female, born Ohio, from Ill.), J. S. Blacker (age 20, male, born Iowa, from Iowa), H. Blacker (age 35, male, Widower, farmer, born Ind. From Ill.), G. Blacker (age 15, male, born Iowa, from Iowa)

James W. Blacker died Feb. 25, 1895 and is buried in Couch Cemetery, Jewell, Jewell County, Kansas.

His widow Frances J. Blacker filed for a pension on June 3, 1895.

Francis (Coyner) Blacker died Jan. 23, 1913 at Covina, California. She is buried in Oakdale Memorial Park, Glendora, Los Angeles County, California.

Submitted by Cindy Rhinehart

Francis J. Blacker

Francis J. Blacker was born in the state of Ohio, in the year of 1830. When but a small child she with her parents moved to Colfax Indiana. Here she became acquainted with Augustine Blacker with whom she was united in marriage. Shortly after this union they took up residence in the state of Illinois. Here she lived the greater part of her life. During the Civil War Mr. Blacker enlisted in the service and was killed in one of the fierce battles of the rebellion. Several years later she was united in marriage with the elder brother of her former husband who was a veteran of the war. His death occurred about 17 years ago.

Mrs. Blacker was the mother of nine children, three of whom have passed to the other world. Those living are James W. and William M. reside in Moscow, Idaho. Jacob C. lives in Wingate, Indiana. Frank A. in Everett, Washington. The two daughters live in the state. Mrs. Mary Kendall of Pomona and Mrs. Francis M. Kistler of Covina. Three sisters of the deceased survive her. Mrs. Blacker came to the Pacific coast over 4 years ago and has been living with her son in Everett, Washington and her daughter, Mrs. Kistler of this place. Dividing her time between the two homes.

The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church from her childhood. She ever loved the services of the sanctuary and when possible was in the place of worship. She was a devout worshiper and attentive listener. Through all of these years she has maintained a steady faith in the Great Savior of a lost world. Old age came and with it weakness of body and mind. But her faith remained unshaken and several time she told the writer that she wanted to go home. She was ready and waiting. She longed to hear (note: this was the end of the first page and it appears that there is something missing).

Closely united in her life with the history of the great Civil War she was a zealous worker in the Women's Relief Corps and was a constant inspiration to that worthy organization. In reviewing her biography it is like looking up the review of the history of our nation. During the 80 odd years of her life the greatest events of our national history has taken place. From the time that she opened her infant eyes, in that Ohio home till she close them wearily in the home of her daughter in California, the world has been crowded with more startling events and more transforming than in any other such a length of years in all of our history. We believe she filled her part in the world's transformation. Who can measure the sacrifice and suffering of those early years, when the great struggle for freedom was on in this country? When brothers, sons, husbands, and fathers, gave their lives on bloody battlefields, while womanhood concentrated by ten thousand sacrifices worked and prayed in many a darkened home, waited and prayed, many of them, for those who never came. When the record of our country's struggles, is made up and an impartial verdict rendered it will be found that the womanhood of our fair land has born their share of the burdens and carried their share of the load of sorrows.

Mrs. Francis J. Blacker departed this life at the age of 83 years 4 months and 12 days. Do you say that this is a long life? You speak truly. She was old. You say well. In this land of time and tide, with its days and months and years. With its duties multiplied with its partings and its tears. We are ever growing old, from the tiny helpless child with its lessons all to learn, and the youth by sin beguiled, older years with strength and firm, life's rough way in the truth is told.

But in the home above and bright, with days unknown, no setting sun, where the Lord in glory is the light, where youth and age rejoice as one in eternal songs of praise.

This is birth, life real and sure
No more to feel earths winter chill.
No sin, no grief, no pain endure.
No more to suffer body ills,
But in thanks to him our voices raise.


Blanchard, Allen Elias He was born March 3, 1833 in New York. He was the son of Allen Blanchard and Sarah Loomis. (based on Burial records in Allamakee County: (Register of Lot Owners Section of Oak Hill Cemetery Lot & Burial Record; Co A IA 27 Inf F-28; GAR; s/o Allen SR & Sarah (Loomis) Blanchard). He married Cordelia M. Archer on Dec. 1, 1858 in Allamakee County, Iowa. (Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934). She was the daughter of Asa and Harriet Archer (based on Burial records in Allamakee County: (Register of Lot Owners Section of Oak Hill Cemetery Lot & Burial Record; d/o Asa & Harriet Archer; Mrs Allen)

1850 Census: Benton, Boone County, Illinois: Allen Blanchard (age 63, farmer, born NY), Sarah Blanchard (age 58, born NY), Job Blanchard (age 23, born NY), and Allen Blanchard (age 17, born NY).

1860 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa; Alen Blanchard (age 73, farmer, born NY), Sarah Blanchard (age 69, born NY), Alen E. Blanchard (age 26, farmer, born NY), Cornealia Blanchard (age 18, born Ohio), and Celia M. Blanchard (age 7/12, born Iowa).

1870 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: A. E. Blanchard (age 36, farmer, born New York), Cordelia Blanchard (age 28, born Ohio), Dan Blanchard (age 9, born Iowa) and Harriete Blanchard (age 4, born Iowa).

1880 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: A. E. Blanchard (age 48, farmer, born New York), wife Cordelia Blanchard (age 37, born Ohio), son Daniel Blanchard (age 19, born Iowa), Harriet Blanchard (age 14, born Iowa), daughter Flora Blanchard (age 7, born Iowa) and daughter Dora M. Blanchard (age 2, born Iowa).

1895 Iowa State Census: Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa: A. E. Blanchard (age 61, born New York, Laborer, Methodist, Soldier in the War of the Rebellion: Co. A, 27 Regiment, State Iowa, Infantry), Maria Blanchard (age 52, born Ohio), Daniel A. Blanchard (age 33, born Allamakee County, Iowa, laborer), Flora J. Blanchard (age 21 born Allamakee County, Iowa), Dora M. Blanchard (age 16, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

1900 Census: Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa: Allen Blanchard (born March 1833, age 66, married 41 years, born New York), wife Cordelia M. Allen (born Oct. 1831, age 58, married 41 years, 5 children born, 4 still living, born Ohio), Daniel Blanchard (born Jan. 1861, age 39, born Iowa) and daughter Flora J. Allen (born July 1873, age 26, born Iowa).

Cordelia Mirah (Archer) Blanchard (born Oct. 25, 1841), died June 11, 1909 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Section F29, Lansing Township, Allamakee County, Iowa.

Allamakee Journal, Wednesday, July 14, 1909, Volume XLIII, No. 38, Page 2, Column 3

Submitted by Tom Fitzsimmons

Two Cancer Victims

Mrs. Cordelia Blanchard

consort of the old veteran, Al Blanchard, was called home early Sunday morning, after a long and painful illness with some internal tumor or cancer. Deceased's maiden name was Archer. She was born in Ohio and her age was 67 years, 8 months and 16 days. The old couple had celebrated their golden wedding last winter. One son, Dan, and three daughters, Mrs. James Shisler, Mrs. Edw. Dolphin and Miss Flora, are left with the venerable husband to mourn her loss. The funeral was held from the M.E. church yesterday afternoon, Rev. Havermale officiating."

1910 Census: Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa: Edward Dolphin (age 36), wife Dora May Dolphin (age 32, born Iowa), son Lloyd A. Dolphin (age 9, born Iowa), daughter Olive M. Dolphin (age 8, born Iowa), daughter Hazel E. Dolphin (age 2, born Iowa), Father-in-Law Allen E. Blanchard (age 72, widowed, born New York) and sister-in-law Flora Blanchard (age 36, born Iowa).

1915 Iowa State Census: Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa: Allen E. Blanchard (age 82, widowed, County: Allamakee, Town Lansing, Ward 2. Occupation: Retired, Extent of Education Common 3, can read and write, birth place: New York. Military Service: Civil War, Infantry, State Iowa. Regiment 27. Company A. Church Affiliation: Methodist. Father's birthplace: New York. Mother's Birthplace: New York, Years in Iowa: 56.

Allen Elias Blanchard died Oct. 21, 1915 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Section F-29, Lansing Township, Allamakee County, Iowa.

Blanchard obituaries from Allamakee County Iowa Historical Society
Submitted by Tom Fitzsimmons

Allamakee Journal, Wednesday, October 27, 1915, Volume XLVIV, No. 52, Page 2, Column 5

Allen Blanchard Dead

Mr. Allen Blanchard was born in New York, March 8, 1833 and died October 21, 1915. At the age of ten he came to Illinois with his parents, and in 1851 to Iowa, residing near Waukon. He afterwards moved to Victory, Wis., where he remained for eight years, then moved to Lansing, Iowa where he resided until his death.

In 1858 Mr. Blanchard was married to Cordelia M. Archer, who preceded him death [sic]. To this union were born four daughters and one son - Celia M. who died in early childhood; Mrs. James Shisler, who also preceded him in death; Mrs. Ed. Dolphin; Miss Flora and Daniel Blanchard, all of Lansing. He is survived by seven grandchildren -- Lloyd, Olive and Hazel Dolphin; Mrs. A. Kelly of Grafton, Iowa; Mrs. L.D. Snell of Plymouth, Iowa; Laura and Delbert Shisler of this city.

Mr. Blanchard enlisted in the Army at Waukon in 1862 as a member of Capt. Hazlett's Co. A, 27th Iowa Infantry. He served three years and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. In 1864, while in the army, he was converted, and after returning home joined the M.E. church, to which faith he remained loyal and true.

The funeral service took place in the M.E. church, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The choir sang two beautiful hymns that were favorites of Brother Blanchard's and Miss Minerva Fellows sang beautifully "Face to Face." Also Rev. Mr. Sires preached from one of Mr. Blanchard's favorite Scriptural verses, "I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith: hence there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness." A large number of relatives and friends were in attendance. Also the old soldiers of Lansing and the following from Waukon: Geo. Bellows, D.R. Walker, A.M. May, R. Wampler, W.B. Cowan, H.N. Pratt; also John Bedee and wife.

And so for me there is no sting to death;
And so the grave has lost its victory.
It is but crossing --- with a bated breath
And white, set face --- a little strip of sea
To find the loved ones waiting on the shore,
More beautiful, more precious than before.

CARD OF THANKS

The undersigned desire to publicly thank the many kind friends and neighbors who assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved father.

Mrs. Ed Dolphin
Daniel Blanchard
Flora Blanchard."

Note: The typed obituary that I recevied said his date of birth was March 8, 1833. However, the tombstone and family tree information says March 3, 1833. So possibly when the obituary was typed, it was intrepreted as an 8 instead of a 3??


Bonn, Albert Whitman. He was born Feb. 16, 1847 in Wisconsin. He was the son of John Whitman Bon (1809 - 1854) and Harriet Matilda Raymond (1806 - 1893). He married Josephine Bates in 1868 in Ludington, Mason County, Michigan. She was the daughter of Benjamin C. Bates (1812 - Oct. 9, 1870) and Sarah Chapin (1813 - Apr. 16, 1891).

1860 Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Hiram Orsler (age 36), Lucy E. Orsler (age 20), David Orsler (age 6), Harriet Orsler (age 3), Evert Osler (age 1), H. B. Bon (age 55, female, born Connecticut), Emma M. Bon (age 15, born Wisconsin) and Albert W. Bon (age 13, born Wisconsin).

1870 Census: Pere Marquette, Mason County, Michigan: Albert Bon (age 23, carpenter, born Wisconsin, Josephine Bon (age 22, born Indiana), Clyde G. Bon (age 1, born Michigan) and Sarah Bates (age 56, born Canada).

1880 Census: Branch, Mason County, Michigan: Albert Bon (age 33, Blacksmith, born Wisconsin), wife Jane Bon (age 31, born Indiana), son Clyde Bon (age 10, born Michigan), daughter Bernice Bon (age 7, born Michigan), daughter Minnie Bon (age 2, born Michigan), Boarder William Bates (age 43, retired Grocer, born Ohio).

1890 Veteran's Census: Merrill, Lincoln County, Wisconsin: Albert W. Bonn (Private, Co. A, 27 Reg. Iowa State. Vol. Enlisted Aug. 8, 1862, Discharged Aug. 12, 1865, Length of Service: 3 years, Post Office Address: Merrill, Lincoln Co., Wis., Disability Incurred: Chronic Diarrhea, Piles, Liver Complaint.

1910 Census: Mammoth Spring, Fulton County, Arkansas: John T. Senclair (age 43), Berth B. Senclair (age 38), Gordon Senclair (age 19), Albert Senclair (age 15), Beatrice Senclair (age 12), Gladys Senclair (age 9), Helen Senclair (age 5), George M. Senclair (age 2), Father-in-law Albert W. Bond (age 63, married 1 time for 42 years, born Wisconsin, millwright, lumber mill) and mother-in-law Josie L. Bond (age 62, married 1 time for 42 years, 6 children born, 4 still living, born Michigan).

Josephine (Bates) Bonn (born 1848, died in 1917 in Wauchula, DeSota County, Florida).

1920 Census: Missouri, Pike County, Arkansas: J. Raymond Bonn (age 30, born Wisconsin), wife Ollie D. Bonn (age 29), daughter Marjorie D. Bonn (age 4 6/12) , daughter Barbara B. Bonn (age 4 6/12) and father Albert Bond (age 73, widowed, born United States).

1930 Census: Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County, California: Maude E. Grable (age 52, born Michigan), daughter Lois E. Grable (age 15, born Louisiana) and father Albert W. Bonn (age 83, born Wisconsin)

Albert W. Bond died Nov. 5, 1934 in Manhattan Beach, California. He is buried in Los Angeles National (Sawtelle), Los Angles, CA Row A, Section 29, Grave Number 5.

Children of Albert Whitman Bonn and Josephine Bates:

  1. Clyde Albert Bonn b: Abt 1869 in Ludington, Mason, Michigan
  2. Bertha Bell Bonn b: 16 Feb 1870 in Ludington, Mason, Michigan
  3. Delos Holmes Bonn b: 4 Feb 1874 in Riverton, Mason, Michigan
  4. Frank S Bonn b: 7 Jan 1877 in Riverton, Mason, Michigan
  5. Maude Ermae Bonn b: 6 May 1878 in Riverton, Mason, Michigan
  6. J. Raymond Bonn b: 24 Jun 1889 in Merrell, Michigan

Bryer, James. He was born Nov. 28, 1838 in Onondaga Co., NY. He was the son of James and Margaret Briar. He married Sarah Gates On Nov. 1, 1865 in Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa. His name was listed as James Brier (Iowa, County Marriages, 1839-1934). She was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Ann Gates.

BIOGRAPHY: James Briar, P. O. Box Rossville; farmer, sec. 27; son of James and Margaret Briar; born in Onondaga Co., N. Y., in 1839, where he remained till, in 1855, he came to Iowa, stopping in the northern part of this township. In August 1862, he enlisted in Co. A, 27th Ia. Inf., participating in most of the battles in which the company was engaged, till the close of the war. He then returned home, and was married the same year to Miss Sarah Gates. She was born in Decatur Co., Ind.; they have seven children: Wm. H., Samuel D., Joseph A., Julia A., James E., Charles S. and Delia M., and have lost one daughter, Eliza. Mr. B. moved to his present farm of 160 acres in 1876. It is a good farm, well improved, with good buildings upon it, and worth $40 per acre.

History of Allamakee County,
WW.E. Alexander, 1882, page 476

The Photo of James Briar and his wife Sarah was submitted by Koralyn Kibee

James and Sarah Briar 1860 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County: James Bryer (age 21, farm laborer, born New York). He was living with the family of Lorenzo Bushnell (age 46) and Malinda Bushnell (age 43).

1870 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: Samuel Gates (age 69, invalid, born Kentucky), Mary Gates (age 68, born Pennsylvania), James Bryer (age 28, Farm Laborer, born New York), Sarah Bryer (age 24, born Indiana), William Bryer (age 4, born Iowa), Samuel Bryer (age 2, born Iowa) and Joseph Bryer (age 2/12, born Iowa). (Note: GATES was indexed as Tates)

1880 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: James Brier (age 42, farmer, born New York), wife Sarah Brier (age 34, born Indiana), son William H. Brier (age 14, born Iowa), son Samuel D. Brier (age 12, born Iowa), son Joseph A. Brier (age 10, born Iowa), daughter Julia Brier (age 8, born Iowa), son James E. Brier (age 4, born Iowa), son Charles S. Brier (Age 3, born Iowa) and mother-in-law Mary Ann Gates (age 74, born Pennsylvania).

1885 Iowa State Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: James Brier (Township 94, Range 5, Section 24, NW SE, age 46, farmer, born NY), Sarah A. Brier (age 38, born Ind), William H. Brier (age 18, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Samuel D. Brier (age 16, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Joseph A. Brier (age 14, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Julia A. Brier (age 12, born Allamakee County, Iowa), James E. Brier (age 9, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Charles C. Brier (age 7, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Delia M. Brier (age 3, born Allamakee County, Iowa) and Margaret Evans (age 75, born Ireland).

1895 Iowa State Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: James Brier (age 57, born New York, farmer, Baptist, Soldier in the War of the Rebellion: Co. A, 27 Regiment, State of Iowa, Rank: Private), Sarah A. Brier (age 49, born Indiana), James E. Brier (age 19, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Charles C. Brier (age 17, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Delia M. Brier (age 13, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Asa L. Brier (age 9, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Arthur L. Brier (age 6, born Allamakee County, Iowa) and Avery J. Brier (age 3, born Allamakee County, Iowa.

1900 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: James Briar (born Oct, 1838, age 61, married 34 years, born New York retired farmer), wife Sarah A. Briar (born Oct. 1845, age 53, married 34 years, 11 children born, 10 still living, born Indiana), daughter Delia M Briar (born Feb. 1882, age 18, born Iowa), son Asa L. Briar (born Feb. 1886, age 14, born Iowa), son Arthur L. Briar (born Dec. 1888, age 11, born Iowa) and son Avre J. Briar (born Aug. 1891, age 8, born Iowa).

1910 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: James E. Briar (age 72, married 1 time for 44 years, born New York), wife Sarah A. Briar (age 63, married 1 time for 44 years, 11 children born, 10 still living, born Indiana), son Avery J. Briar (age 19, born Iowa).

1915 Iowa State Census: Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa: James Brier (age 76, married, County, Allamakee , P. O. Waukon, Township Hardin. Occupation: Retired. Extent of education: Common 3(?) years, can read and write. Birth Place: New York State. Military Service: Civil War, Infantry, State Iowa. Regiment: 27, Company A. Father's birthplace: Ireland. Mother's Birthplace: Ireland Years in Iowa: 59.

Observe Golden Wedding

Waukon, Nov. 1 -- Mr. and Mrs. James Briar last week celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in this city. A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the First Baptist church parlors, where a wedding feast and reception was held. James Briar was born in Albany, N. Y., in 1838, and has resided in Allamakee county for sixty years. He was a member of Company A, Twenty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil War. He was married to Sarah A. Gates in 1865 and ten living children gladden the sunset years of this devoted couple. The John J. Stillman Post., G. A. R. attended the celebration.

Waterloo Evening Courier and Reporter, Monday, November 1, 1915

Sarah A. (Gates) Briar (born Oct. 13, 1846, died Feb. 15, 1916 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Hwy. 76, Waukon, Iowa.

1920 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa; James Briar (age 81, widowed, born New York), son James E. Briar (age 44, born Iowa), daughter in law Pearl M. Briar (age 34), grandson Raymond Briar (age 10/12,) and boarder James P. Raymond (age 75, widowed)

James Briar died Jan 23, 1928 (Pension Index Records and United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Card.) Tombstone says Jan 1, 1928. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Hwy. 76, Waukon, Iowa.

James Briar, one of the few remaining Civil War veterans of this vicinity, died Monday evening, following a few days illness from the grippe at the home of his son Elmer with whom he resided. Deceased was born in Albany, N. Y., Oct. 18, 1838 and was in his 90th year. In 1855 he came west and located in this county. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. A, 27th Iowa Infantry and served with his regiment until the close of the war when he returned home and engaged in farming near Rossville until 1891 when the family moved to Waukon, which had been since been his home -- Waukon Democrat

Postville Herald, February 2, 1928


Chapman, John - He was born Aug. 25, 1831 in England. He married Mary E. Jones. She was most likely the daughter of Elis and Lucinda Jones. On the 1850 Census there was a family at Round Prairie, Jefferson, Iowa: Elis Jones (age 44), Lucinda Jones (age 43), Jane Jones (age 15), Mary Jones (age 13, born Illinois), Jno Jones (age 13), Salina Jones (age 8) and Ann Jones (age 1)

1856 Iowa State Census: Round Prairie, Jefferson County, Iowa: John Chapman (age 24, born England, wagon maker), Mary E. Chapman (age 19, born Illinois) and Joseph Brewer (age 20, born Pennsylvania, wagon maker). John had been in the state of Iowa for 4 years. Mary E. had been in the state of Iowa for 17 years.

1870 Census: Winterset Ward 1, Madison County, Iowa: John Chapman (age 39, grocer ret. born England), Mary Chapman (age 33, born Illinois), Wallace Chapman (age 11, born Iowa), Eddie Chapman (age 6, born Iowa) and Clarence Chapman (age 3, born Iowa).

1880 Census: Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa: John Chapman (age 48, grocery dealer, born England), E. Mary Chapman (age 42, born Illinois), son E. Eddie Chapman (age 15, born Iowa), son Clarence Chapman (age 13, born Iowa) daughter Lulu Chapman (age 10, born Iowa) and son George Chapman (age 7, born Iowa).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living In Iowa: 27th Iowa: John Chapman, Private, Company A, Post Office: Des Moines.

John Chapman died July 17, 1896 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Block 17 Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.

His widow Mary E. Chapman filed for a pension on July 27, 1896

1900 Census: Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa: Mary Chapman (born Mar. 1837, age 63, widowed, 7 children born, 5 still living, born Illinois), daughter Lula A. Chapman (born July 1870, age 29, born Iowa) and son George C. Chapman (born May 1873, age 27, born Iowa).

Mary E. Chapman (born Mar. 5, 1837), died March 19, 1903 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Block 17 Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.


Churchill, Bela D. He was born May 17, 1833 in Mentor, Geauga County, Ohio. He was the son of Asa Churchill (1809 - 1900) and Louisa Rebecca Darrell (Dec. 6, 1812 - Dec. 23, 1875). He married Margaret Irene Unknown. Two of his brothers also served in Company A, 27 Iowa. His sister Lucia Louisa Churchill married William H. Morrison, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa. (Note: I would guess that Bela's middle name was Darrell. His mother was the daughter of Bela Darrell and Anna Shattuck).

1850 Census, Center, McHenry County, Illinois: Asa Churchill, (age 42, farmer, born NY), Louisa Churchill, (age 38, born NY), Bela D. Churchill (age 17, farmer, born Ohio), Porter N. Churchill, (age 13, born Ohio), Latta Churchill, (age 10, born Ohio), Asa M. Churchill, (age 7, born Ohio)

1860 Census, Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Asa Churchel, (age 57, farmer, born NY), Louisa Churchel, (age 48, born Ohio), *Billy Churchel (age 27, farmer, born Ohio), Mariah Churchel (age 25, born NY), Almus Staples, age 28, male, farmer, born Mass. (NOTE: The census record clearly says "Billy", but I can see where the name could be misheard. This is the same family, and the age is correct, so it has to be him. Also note: There is an unidentified Mrs. Churchill buried in Oakland Main Cemetery, Allamakee County, Iowa. Date of death was Oct. 15, 1878. He reported on the 1910 census record that he had married 3 times. Was Mariah his wife?)

1880 Census, Diamond Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa: Churchill, B. D. (age 45, Doctor, born Penn), wife Maggie J. Churchill, (age 18, born Ill.)

1885 Iowa State Census: Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa: Bela E. Churchill (E. Forrest bet. Court & Granges?, age 51, laborer, born Ohio), Margaret I. Churchill (age 24, born Illinois), Darrall Churchill (age 4, born Iowa) and Maud Churchill (age 1, born Iowa).

1895 Kansas State Census, Monument, Logan County, Kansas: Churchill, B. D., (age 61, born Ohio, Doctor, Military Record: Honorably Discharged from the Voluntary Service of the United States: 1865, Name of State: Iowa, Letter or name of Company A, Number of Regiment: 27, Arm of Service: I.) Irene Churchill (age 35, born Iowa), Darrall Churchill (age 14, born Iowa), Maude Churchill (age 11, born Iowa). Clifford Churchill (age 8, born Iowa) and Harold Churchill (age 5, born Iowa)

1900 Census, Monument, Logan County, Kansas: Bela Churchill (born May 1833, age 67, married 20 years, born Ohio, farmer). wife Margaretta J. Churchill (born July, 1862, age 37, married 20 years, 4 children, 3 living, born Iowa), daughter Maud L. Churchill (born Sept. 1883, age 16, born Iowa) and son Hollis Churchill (born Oct, 1889, age 10, born Iowa).

1910 Census, Kettle Falls, Stevens County, Washington: Morrison, Lucie L, (age 70, widowed, 2 children, 1 living, born Ohio) brother Bela Churchill (age 76, married 3 times, currently for 29 years, born Ohio). Next door to them: Harold Churchill (age 19, single, born Iowa)

Bela D. Churchill died Oct. 23, 1916 at Kettle Falls, Stevens County, Washington and is buried in Kettle Falls IOOF (Grandview) Cemetery, Stevens County, Washington.

Iowa Civil War Soldier Burials: Bela D. Churchill, Rank: Private, Unit IA 27 Inf A, Birth Information: May 17, 1833 OH0, Death Information: Oct. 23, 1916. Cemetery: Kettle Falls IOOF (Grandview), Cemetery Location: Kettle Falls Stevens WA. Comments: enl 14 Aug 1862, age 29 res Frankville; pmtd 3 Corp May 1863 reduced to ranks at own request 25 Jul 1864 trans to Veteran Reserve Corps 16 Mar 1865 discharged 14 Aug 1865 St Louis MO: same stone Asa (1809-1900).


Churchill, Myron Asa. He was born March 22, 1843 in Mentor, Geauga County, Ohio. He was the son of Asa Churchill (1809 - 1900) and Louisa Rebecca Darrell (Dec. 6, 1812 - Dec. 23, 1875). He married first Ellen Lewis in August 1865. She died about 1866. He married second Sarah J. Farnsworth on July 14, 1867. She was the daughter of William Farnsworth and Sarah Mead. Two of his brothers also served in Company A, 27 Iowa. His sister Lucia Louisa Churchill married William H. Morrison, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

This information was on the Find A Grave Site (Submitted by Bev Gilihan)

Churchill, Myron Asa, Pvt.
b. March 22, 1843, Mentor, Ohio
Son of Asa Churchill
d. November 30, 1920, Kettle Falls, WA.
"A" Co. IA 27th Infantry "
Residence Frankville IA; 19 years old.
Enlisted on 8/13/1862 as a Private.
On 9/3/1862 he mustered into "A" Co. IA 27th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 8/8/1865 at Clinton, IA

He was married to Miss Ellen Lewis, August 1865.
After Ellen's death a year later he married, Sarah J. Farnsworth, July 14, 1867.

He enlisted in the Civil War in Co. A. 27th. Regiment, Iowa Infantry and fought until the close of the war.

He had been a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 46 years. He was Master of Broken Column Lodge # 331 at Sibley Iowa. He was also Master of Quarry Lodge # 148 at Pipestone, MN. for a number of years. He was the first Master of Kettle Falls Lodge, # 130 in 1903, 1906 and was elected to honorary membership in Kettle Falls Lodge, December 19, 1906. He served as Chaplain of Kettle Falls Lodge in 1910. He came to Kettle Falls, November 4, 1902.

Source: Soldier History

Burial:
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Kettle Falls
Stevens County
Washington, USA

1850 Census, Center, McHenry County, Illinois: Asa Churchill, (age 42, farmer, born NY), Louisa Churchill, (age 38, born NY), Bela D. Churchill (age 17, farmer, born Ohio), Porter N. Churchill, (age 13, born Ohio), Latta Churchill, (age 10, born Ohio), Asa M. Churchill, (age 7, born Ohio)

1856 State Census, Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Asa Churchill age 47, born NY, farmer), Louisa Churchill (age 43), Porter N. Churchill (age 19, born Ohio, farmer), Lutia Churchill (age 16, born Ohio), Myron A. Churchill (age 13, born Ohio) and Caroline Darnallo (age 37, born NY). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 1 year.

1860 Census, Frankville, Winneshiek County, Iowa: James Berry (age 26, farmer laborer, born Ireland), Bridgett Berry (age 20, born Ireland), Myron Churchill (age 17, master carpenter, born Ohio), Newton P. Churchill, (age 24, born Ohio), Thomas Fitzgerald (age 15, farm laborer, born Ireland)

1870 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Myron Churchill (age 27, sewing machine agt., born Ohio), Sarah Churchill (age 24, born New Hampshire), Ernest Churchill (age 1,born Iowa)

1880 Census, Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa: Miran Churchill (age 37, farmer, born Ohio), wife Sarah Churchill (age 34, born New Hamp), son Ernest Churchill (age 11, born Iowa), son Eston H Churchill (age 9, born Iowa), daughter Estella F. Churchill (age 8, born Iowa), son Glen Churchill (age 4, born Iowa), nephew Eugene Churchill (age 19, farm laborer, born Iowa)

1895 State Census, Pipestone, Minnesota: Myron Churchill (age 52, born Ohio, how long a resident of this state (in years and month): 11 years, 6 month, carpenter, Soldier in the War of the Rebellion), Sarah J. Churchill (age 49, born New Hampshire,) E. L. M. Churchill (age 26, male, born Iowa, resident 11 years, 6 months, carpenter), E. J. Churchill (age 23, female, born Iowa), G. K. Churchill (age 19, male, born Iowa)

1910 Census, Kettle Falls, Stevens County, Washington: Myron Churchill (age 67, married 2 times, currently married 43 years, born Ohio, bookkeeper Mc. store, read and write, Rent House) wife Sarah Churchill (age 64, married (1), 43 years, 5 children born, 4 still living, born New Hampshire).

1920 Census, Kettle Falls, Stevens County, Washington: Myron Churchill (age 76, born Ohio, Retail Merchant Groceries), wife Sarah J. Churchill (age 73, born New Hampshire), son Glen K. Churchill (age 43, divorced born Iowa, no occupation.)

Myron Asa Churchill died Nov. 30, 1920 and is buried in Kettle Falls IOOF (Grandview) Cemetery, Stevens County, Washington

Obituary: Submitted by Chris Sanders

CHURCHILL, MYRON ASA

[No stone found - funeral home record and obit only]

Myron Churchill of Kettle Falls died on the evening of the 30th. The funeral was held Friday afternoon with the Masons in charge. Mr. Churchill has been a Mason since 1874.

Source: Colville Examiner, 04 December 1920, Colville, Stevens Co., Washington

Myron Churchill was born at Mento, Ohio, March 22, 1843, and died at Kettle Falls, Wash., Nov. 30, 1920, aged 77 years, 8 months, 8 days. He was married to Miss Ellen Lewis in August 1865, who died about one year later. He was married to Sarah J. Farnsworth July 14, 1867, who still survives him. To them were born five children, Ernest, now living at Mellette, S. Dak., Eston H. now living in Spokane and Mrs. Estella Lesh and Glen Churchill of Kettle Falls. One daughter Gertrude died in infancy.

He enlisted in the Civil war in 1861 and served until the close of the war in Co. A of the 27th regiment of Iowa infantry.

He had been a member of the Masonic lodge for over 46 years. He was master of Broken Column lodge No. 331 at Sibley, Iowa, in 1877, and was also master of Quarry lodge No. 148 at Pipestone, Minn., for several years, and was the first master of Kettle Falls lodge No. 130 in 1903, also serving as master here in 1904 and 1906 and was elected to honorary membership of Kettle Falls lodge in 1910 and was chaplain this year.

He was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 30 years and assisted in organizing both the Eastern Star and Masonic lodges in Kettle Falls and was the first worthy patron of the local Eastern Star chapter and served as patron several times afterwards. He was always a very loyal member of both lodges and always took great interest in them, attending their meetings when it was possible for him to do so. He was also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

He came to Kettle Falls Nov. 4th, 1902, and has resided here continuously since that time. He is the last of his father's family to enter into his reward, his two brothers and a sister having preceded him within the past 5 years.

Funeral was held at the Baptist church December 3 at 2 p.m., under the auspices of Kettle Falls Lodge No. 130 F. & A. M. Interment was at Grand View cemetery.

Source: Colville Examiner, 11 December 1920, Colville, Stevens Co., Washington

[Funeral home record Myron Asa, 22 March 1843 - 30 November 1920 age 77 yrs 8 mo 8 days, Grandview cemetery]

His widow Sarah J. Churchill filed for a pension on Dec. 30, 1920.

Sarah (Farnsworth) Churchill died Feb.. 5, 1926 and is buried in Grandview Cemetery, Kettle Falls, Stevens County, Washington.

Obituary: Submitted by Chris Sanders

CHURCHILL, MRS. M. (Sarah)

[No stone found - funeral home record and obit only]

Kettle Falls News. Mrs. Sarah Churchill, a pioneer of Kettle Falls, died last week Friday evening at the home of her daughter Mrs. R. P. Lesh in Spokane. Funeral services were conducted Monday at the Baptist church here under direction of the Eastern Star. Remarks and prayer were offered by Rev. Mulvaney, and music was furnished by Mrs. F. E. Mark and Mrs. Roy Campbell. Pallbearers were E. J. Kelley, J. C. Wilson, C. A. Heath, J. B. Robertson, C. H. Gerking and Roy Campbell. Interment was in Grand View Cemetery. Mrs. Churchill would have been 80 years old Feb. 26. She had been a resident of Kettle Falls for 25 years and was a charter member of the Pine Tree chapter, Order of Eastern Star, at Kettle Falls, and also a charter member of the Calumet chapter of the Eastern Star at Pipestone, Minn. Besides her daughter in Spokane, she is survived by one son, E. H. Churchill, also of Spokane, and three brothers, G. W. Farnsworth of Spokane, A. W. Farnsworth in Colorado, and E. W. Farnsworth in California.

Source: Colville Examiner, 13 February 1926, Colville, Stevens Co., Washington

[Funeral home - Sarah, 05 February 1926 in Spokane at age 79 yrs, Grandview cemetery] [WSDA death index, d. 5 February 1926; father: William Farnsworth; mother: Sarah Mead] (WSDA - Washington State Digital Archives

Information provided by Chris Sanders regarding Grandview Cemetery, Kettle Falls, Stevens County, Washington.

Years ago when my sister and I transcribed Grandview cemetery, we located a number of Churchill family members stones, but regrettably Myron was not among them... nor his wife Sarah.

I've been working over the years to locate as many as possible obits for those we located and those listed in funeral home records that are indicated as to being buried there. One of the frustrating parts is that there are two Grandview cemeteries with in 10 miles of each other... and while the funeral directors might have known at the time which one they went to, the unraveling of which Grandview is which is still being worked out. Making my efforts even more difficult, regrettably, over the years both of these cemeteries have fallen victim to vandalism of the headstones and grounds.

Cluckymom states that the cemetery is no longer in use or kept up. That would be incorrect, the cemetery is still occasionally being used and a local organization over the years has gone to great lengths to clean it up, along with restoring and marking graves as best they can with what little cemetery records still exist. The cemetery is located out of town in a spot overlooking the Columbia River, a.k.a. Lake Roosevelt; because of the remote location there is no power or water system for watering a lawn so there are no lush green, perfectly mowed lawns. Instead those laid to rest there do so peacefully among the beautiful pine trees with native grasses and the occasional lilac bush and Irises planted by various families; along with clumps of wild native bushes, that are being kept in check, here again as best they can by the organization's volunteers.

The Churchill family plots are located out toward the part of the cemetery overlooking the river and the old town of Kettle Falls. Sunday I visited the Churchill family plots and to the north side of B. D. Churchill's stone is an unmarked grave, along with a number of other unmarked sites in the next row in front of his stone, that could possibly be Myron or his wife's graves, but at present no way of knowing.


Churchill, Newton Porter. He was born Feb. 27, 1837 in Mentor, Geauga County, Ohio. He was the son of Asa Churchill (1809 - 1900) and Louisa Rebecca Darrell (Dec. 6, 1812 - Dec. 23, 1875). He married Harriet. Two of his brothers also served in Company A, 27 Iowa. His sister Lucia Louisa Churchill married William H. Morrison, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

1850 Census, Center, McHenry County, Illinois: Asa Churchill, (age 42, farmer, born NY), Louisa Churchill, (age 38, born NY), Bela D. Churchill (age 17, farmer, born Ohio), Porter N. Churchill, (age 13, born Ohio), Latta Churchill, (age 10, born Ohio), Asa M. Churchill, (age 7, born Ohio)

1856 State Census, Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Asa Churchill (age 47, born NY, farmer), Louisa Churchill (age 43), Porter N. Churchill (age 19, born Ohio, farmer), Lutia Churchill (age 16, born Ohio), Myron A. Churchill (age 13, born Ohio) and Caroline Darnallo (age 37, born NY). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 1 year.

1860 Census, Frankville, Winneshiek County, Iowa: James Berry (age 26, farmer laborer, born Ireland), Bridgett Berry (age 20, born Ireland), Myron Churchill (age 17, master carpenter, born Ohio), Newton P. Churchill, (age 24, born Ohio), Thomas Fitzgerald (age 15, farm laborer, born Ireland)

1870 Census, Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Newton Churchill (age 33, farmer, born Ohio), Harriet Churchill, (age 30, born Ohio), Frank Churchill, (age 10, born Iowa), Charles Churchill (age 2, born Iowa), Asa Churchill, (age 62, born New York), Louisa Churchill (age 57, born New York.)

1880 Census, Union, Dallas County, Iowa: Newton Churchill (age 43, farmer, born Ohio), wife Harriet Churchill (age 40, born Ill), son Frank Churchill (age 20, farmer laborer, born Iowa), son Charles Churchill (age 12, born Iowa), daughter Carrie Churchill (age 9, born Iowa).

1895 Kansas State Census, Monument, Logan County, Kansas: N. P. Churchill (age 58, male, born Ohio, farmer, Military Record: Honorably Discharged from the Voluntary Service of the United States: 1865, Name of State: Iowa, Letter or name of Company A, Number of Regiment: 27, Arm of Service: I.), H.N. Churchill (age 55, female, born Illinois).

1905 Kansas State Census, Cawker City, Mitchell County, Kansas: N. P. Churchill (age 68, male, born Ohio, from Iowa to Kansas), H. N. Churchill (age 65, female, born Illinois)

1910 Census, Oakley, Logan County, Kansas: Frank E. Churchill, (age 50, married 1, 28 years, born Iowa), wife Sarah A. Churchill (age 46, married 1, 28 years, 3 children, 3 living, born Iowa), daughter Nellie M. Churchill (age 23, born Kansas), son William Churchill (age 12, born Kansas), son Wayne C. Churchill (age 10, born Kansas), father Newton P. Churchill (age 73, widowed, born Ohio).

1915 Kansas State Census, Oakley, Logan County, Kansas: N. P. Churchill (age 78, born Ohio, from Iowa, merchant, honorably discharged, State: Iowa, Company A, Regiment 27th Iowa Infantry.

Newton P. Churchill died Nov. 24, 1917 and is buried in Oakley Cemetery, Oakley, Thomas County, Kansas.


Colburn, Charles Wesley. He was born about 1836 in New York. He was the son of Sylvanus and Elizabeth Colburn. He married Barbara.

1860 Census, Richmond, McHenry County, Illinois: Sylvanus Colburn(age 44, male, farmer, 1200, born Conn.) Elizabeth Colburn, (age 33, female, born NY), Charles W. Colburn (age 14, male, born NY), George W. Colburn, (age 10, male, born NY), Elisabeth E. Colburn, (age 8, female, born NY), Jacob D Colburn, age (4, male, born NY), Samuel D. Colburn (age 2, male, born NY) and Marium Colburn (3/12, female, born NY)

1870, Brooklyn, Hennepin County, Minnesota: Gray, Joseph (age 42, male, white, farmer, 1200, 470, born Maine),Gray, Mary (age 39, female, white, keeping house, born Maine)Gray, Lucy (age 13, female, white, born Minnesota), Gray, Mary (age 9, female, white, born Minnesota), Colburn, Charles (age 33, male, white, farmer, born New York) and Lincoln, James (age 21, male, white, farm laborer, born Maine) Over several houses is his mother and siblings: Colburn, Elizabeth (age 49, female, white, keeping house, born New York), Colburn, Jacob (age 22, male, white, farm laborer, born New York), Colburn, Samuel (age 20, white, male, farm laborer, born New York) and Colburn, William (age 15, male, white, born Illinois).

1880 Census, Brooklyn, Hennepin County, Minnesota: Colburn, Charles W., (white male, age 46, married, farmer, born NY, father born Conn, mother born NY), wife Colburn, Barbary A. (white, female, age 39, married, keeping house, born Penn, father born Germany, mother born Germany), daughter Colburn, Elizabeth E. (white, female, age 3, single, born Minn, father born NY, mother born Penn) and son Colburn, Franklin A. (white, male, age 1, born Minn., father born NY, mother born Penn)

Charles W. Colburn, Co. A., 27th Iowa, filed for Pension on June 25, 1888, in Minnesota. Application No. 661683, Certificate No. 463159

1890 Census, Maple Grove, Hennepin County, Minnesota: Charles W. Colburn, Private, Co. A., 27th Iowa Inf. from Aug. 15, 1862 to Aug 18, 1865 (3 years, 3 days), Post Office: Osseo, Hennepin Co., Minn.

1905 Minnesota State Census, Maple Grove, Hennepin County, Minnesota

  • Colburn, William S., Osseo, RFD No. 5, male, age 45, white, born Ill, father born Conn., mother born New York
  • Colburn, Caroline, Osseo, RFD No. 5, female, age 44, white, born Minn., father born Germany, mother born Germany
  • Colburn, Mary, Osseo, RFD No. 5., female, age 18, white, born Minn., father born Ill, mother born Minn.
  • Colburn, William I., RFD No. 5, male, age 25, white, born Minn., father born Maine, mother born Maine
  • Colburn, Charles W., RFD No 5, male, age 72, white, born New York, father born Conn., mother born New York. Resident of State 30 years, 6 months, Resident of Enumeration District: 18 years, farmer, Army Services: Sold.

The names on the 1905 Minnesota State Census appear to be just grouped together. I can't tell that any of these are in the same household. ejj

1910 Census, Maple Grove, Hennepin County, Minnesota: Kroening, Herman, (Head, male, white, age 27, single, born Minnesota, father born Germany, mother born Germany), Kroening, Clara, (Sister, female, white, age 29, single, born Minnesota, father born Germany, mother born Germany), Colburn., W. Charles (None, male, white, age 79, wd., born New York, father born Connecticut, mother born New York, retired)

1920 Census, Minneapolis Ward 5, Hennepin County, Minnesota: Colburn, Charles W. (roomer, male, white, age 84, wd., born Illinois, patient, sanatorium) He was with a list of many other people. I did not list all of them.

1930 Census: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota; Emma M. Lundberg (age 72, widowed, born Minnesota), daughter Verna M. Lundberg (age 26, born Minnesota), boarder Wesley Colburn (age 95, widowed, born New York, no occupation).

Charles W. Colburn died Nov. 27, 1930 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, and is buried in Brooklyn - Maple Grove Union Cemetery, Lot 28, Hennepin County, Minnesota


Cole, Charles. He was born about 1835 in New York. He married Cordelia Fields on April 6, 1859 in Elk Grove, Cook County, Illinois.

1860 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: Charles Cole (age 27, farmer, born NY), Cordelia Cole (age 26, born NY) and Ida Cole (age 2/12, born Iowa).

Charles Cole died July 27, 1864 from lung inflammation and lockjaw as a result of the wounds to his right hand in the battle of Old Town Creek. Per statements in his widow's pension: "He was wounded by having one finger shot off in an engagement with the enemy at Old Town Creek." Another statement said "He was admitted to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the index and middle fingers of right hand caused by pieces of shell at the battle of Tupelo, Miss." He is buried in Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn. Section, Site 2039.

His widow Cordelia Cole filed for a pension on Nov. 2, 1864. The information below is from her pension application:

Widow's Declaration for Pension, State of Iowa, County of Allamakee

On this thirtieth day of September 1864 personally appeared before me, Clerk of the District Court, in and for the County and State above named, Cordelia Cole who after being duly sworn according to law, declares and says that she is age 30 years, that she is a resident of Waukon County of Allamakee, State of Iowa, and that she is the widow of Charles Cole, who was a private in Company A commanded by Captain A. M. Haslip of the 27th Regiment of Iowa Veteran Volunteers, commanded by Colonel James I. Gilbert, in the war with the so-called Confederate States, and that she has not in any way been engaged in or aided or abetted the existing rebellion in the United States, and that her said husband enlisted at Waukon Iowa on or about the 4th day of January A. D. 1864 for the term of three years and continued in actual service in said war for the term of "till death" and died at Memphis Tennessee on or about the 27th day of July 1864 and the cause of his death was lung fever and lockjaw brought on by wound in battle received while in the service of the United States.

That she was married to the said Charles Cole on the 6th day of April 1859 at Elk Grove, Cook County, Illinois by one Thomas Cochran, Methodist Preacher, that her husband, the aforesaid Charles Cole died on the day mentioned above; that her name before her said marriage was Cordelia Field, and that she has remained a widow since the death of her said husband, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereunto annexed. And she further states that she believes there is a public record of her said marriage and a private record of said marriage. That her marriage is recorded in the office of the Clerk of the County Court of Cook County, Ill.

She further states that, at his death, her said husband left surviving him only the following named child who was then under the age of sixteen years, that said child resides at Waukon Iowa, is named Ida Adel Cole and was born on the 16th day of March A.D., 1860.

She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the pension to which she is entitled by reason of the services and death of her said husband, under the Act of Congress, approved July 14th, 1862. And she hereby constitutes and appoints Richards Willer her attorney to prosecute the claim and procure a certificate.

Signed

Cordelia Cole

Certificate of Marriage, State of Illinois, County of Cook

I, Laurin P. Hilliard, Clerk of the County Court of Cook County, in the State of Illinois, do hereby certify that Mr. Charles Cole and M. Cornelia Fields were duly married in said County and State, April 6th, 1859, by Thos. Cochran, a Minister of the Gospel duly authorized, under the Laws of the State of Illinois, to solemnize marriages, and whose Certificate of said Marriage, properly executed, is now on file in my office.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereto set my hand and the Seal of Said County Court, this 15th day of Oct. 1864.

Signed Laurin P. Hilliard.

Application for Transfer of Pension, State of Illinois, County of Cook

On this 5th day of March A.D. 1870 before me, a Notary Public in and for the County and State above named, personally appears Cordelia Cole, a resident of Palatine, State of Illinois, aged 38 years who, being duly sworn according to law, declare that she is the widow of Charles Cole, who was private in Company A, in the 27th Regiment of Iowa Volunteers in the service of the United States; that her name was placed on the pension roll of the State of Iowa at Marion Iowa, from whence she has lately removed; that she now resides in Palatine, Cook County, Illinois, where she intends to remain and wishes her pension to be there payable in future. The following her reasons for removing from Iowa to Illinois: her friends and relatives reside in Illinois.

She makes this declaration for the purpose of having her pension transferred ass shown above and she hereby constitutes and appoints Wilson L Wissiam of Chicago, Illinois her attorney, to effect such transfer.

Signed Cordelia Cole.

1870 Census: Palatine, Cook County, Illinois: Cordilia Cole (age 38, boarding house, born New York), Ida Cole (age 10, born Iowa).

Note there is an Ida A. Burkett (wife of Lorenzo C. Burkett) on the 1900 census in Waterloo County, Iowa. She was born March 1860 in Iowa and had no children). They were together on the 1910, 1920 Census and 1925 Iowa State Census. On the 1925 State Census, she said her parents were Charles Cole, born New York and Cordelia ROBINSON, born New York, that they married in Illinois. If this is the correct Ida A. Cole, then possibly Fields was a prior married name for Cordelia. (of course, I also realize there could be a different Charles Cole married to a different Cordelia during that time period. -- So I am just putting this here as a possible clue.).


Cole, Daniel. He was born June 1, 1830 in Newfane, Niagara, New York. He was the son of Reuben Cole (Dec. 2, 1793 - Mar. 1, 1868) and Ruth Bullock (Oct. 13, 1797 - Oct. 22, 1846). He married Tennessee Bates about 1866. She was the daughter of Charles Bates (Mar. 17, 1812 - June 23, 1899) and Mira L. Jarves (1815 - Aug. 11, 1864). Tennessee Bate's sister Demetria Bates married Saul Dobson, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

1885 Nebraska State Census, Endicott, Jefferson County, Nebraska: Daniel Cole (age 54, farmer, born New York), wife Tennessee Cole (age 42, born Tennessee), daughter Minny S. Cole (age 18, born Iowa), daughter Linna May (age 13, born Iowa).

1890 Veterans Census, Endicott, Jefferson County, Nebraska: Daniel Cole, Private, Co. A, 27 Iowa Inf. Enlisted Aug. 13, 1862, discharged Aug. 18, 1865, Length of Service: 3 years, 5 days, Post Office Address: Endicott, Jefferson County, Nebraska.

He was a member of GAR Post 147, in Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska.

1900 Census: Brighton, St. Lake County, Utah: Daniel Cole (born June 1830, age 69, married 34 years, born New York, pension), wife Tennessee Cole (born Oct. 1842, age 57, married 34 years, 2 children born, 2 still living, born Tennessee.)

Daniel Cole died June 4, 1902 and is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.

His widow Tennessee Cole filed for a pension on June 16, 1902 in Utah.


Conner, Edward - He was born about 1846 in Illinois. He was the son of William S. Conner (1815 - May 10, 1864) and Julia A. Blanchard (1820 - 1900) He married Portia Clark on July 4, 1874. She was the daughter of George W. Clark (1814 - 1855) and Mary E. Hayden (1819 - 1899). Edward Conner's father (William S. Conner) also served in Company A, 27th Iowa. His brother Allen B. Conner served in Company I. (listed as Allen B. O'Conner).

1856 Iowa State Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: William S. Conner (age 40, born Ireland, farmer), Julia Conner (age 33, born New York), Thomas Conner (age 15, born Illinois), Allen Conner (age 13, born Illinois), Jane Conner (age 10, born Illinois), Edward Conner (age 9, born Illinois), Harriet Conner (age 7, born Illinois), William P. Conner (age 6, born Illinois), Ellen Conner (age 4, born Iowa), Roswell Conner (age 2, born Iowa), and Joseph P. Main (age 33, born New York, cripple) (was he a relative to Julia?)

1860 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: William S. Conner (age 45, farmer, born Ireland), Julia Conner (age 40, born NY), Thomas Conner (age 20, farmer, born Ill.), Allen Conner (age 17, farmer, born Ill), Jane Conner (age 14, born Ill.), Edward Conner (age 13, born Ill.), Harriet Conner (age 10, born Ill.), William Conner (age 9, born Ill.), Elen Conner (age 8, born Iowa), Roswell Conner (age 6, born Iowa), Charles Conner (age 4, born Iowa), Mary Conner (age 2, born Iowa) and Sarah Conner (age 1/12, born Iowa).

1870 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Samuel Gibbs (age 49, farmer, born Mass.), Julia Gibbs (age 40, born New York), Edward Conner (age 23, born Illinois), Hattie Conner (age 21, born Illinois), Willie Conner (age 17, born Iowa), Roswell Conner (age 16, born Iowa), Charles Conner (age 13, born Iowa) Mary Conner (age 11, born Iowa) and Sarah Conner (age 10, born Iowa). They are living next door to Thomas Conner (age 29, born Illinois) and family,

1885 Iowa State Census: Springvale, Humboldt County, Iowa: Edward Conner (age 37, born Illinois), Portia Conner (age 24, born Illinois), Jennifer Conner (age 9, born Humboldt County, Iowa), Edith Conner (age 8, born Humboldt County, Iowa), Arthur Conner (age 6, born Humboldt County, Iowa), Edward Conner (age 4, born Humboldt County, Iowa), Bertha Conner (age 1, born Humboldt County, Iowa), Mary E. Clark (age 63, born NY), and Homer Clark (age 26, born Wisc).

Edward Conner filed for a pension in Iowa June 15, 1892.

Edward Conner died Oct. 27, 1895, and is buried in Union Cemetery, Humboldt County, Iowa.

At his home in northeast Humboldt, the well known Humboldt Nurseries. On Sunday morning at 9 A.M. October 27th, 1895, of cancer of stomach and liver, in the 49th year of his age, Mr. Edward Connor. Mr. Connor was so well known in this vicinity that personal mention is unnecessary. He has been for many years a resident of this county and was always regarded highly both socially and in a business way. Always a man of his word he suffered some by the unfaithfulness of others but not to the loss of his faith in all others. He was a soldier of the late war having been a member of Co. A. 27th Iowa Infantry, enlisting in January 1864 and being mustered out in May 1865. He was a charter member of Albert Rowley Post No. 193 G. A. R. of Humboldt, and held various offices in the order including two or more years as commander. He was also a charter member of Springvale Lodge No. 394 I. O. O. F. of Humboldt and was honored with having held the highest office in the gilt of the lodge as well as various inferior positions. He was also a member of Bethel Lodge No. 206 the Iowa A. O. U. W. and was in good standing in this as well as the other orders. Mr. Connor had also filled various positions of trust in the town and had been a member of the City school board. He was faithful in all things as he saw his duty and his comrades and brethren may well remember his life that they may better amend his trifling imperfections and copy his good qualities in their own lives. His family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their affliction. The funeral occurred from the Congregational church of which he was a member, on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. C. P. Boardman officiating; the lodge of Odd Fellows assisting with their beautiful ritual – The Grand Army Post performing the burial service at the grave. The members of Bethel Lodge were in the line and with the other two orders formed a fraternal escort to the church and at the cemetery. Besides the orders a long line of carriages containing friends followed the hearse to the resting place of the dead.

Humboldt County Independent, October 31, 1895

His widow Portia Conner filed for a pension Dec. 20, 1895 in Iowa.

Headstone Bases for Civil War Veterans (news Article 1896)

EDSON, FRENCH, TUNISON, CONNOR, EDGINGTON, DAILY/DAILEY, NOLL, JERGENS

Posted By: Linda Linn

Humboldt County Independent, 12-3-1896

Frey & Ennisour enterprising marble workers have the contract to furnish bases for and set six soldiers headstones in Union Cemetery, and a base for a stone for the grave of William Edson at Livermore. The slabs are furnished polished and lettered by the United States government at Washington, delivered at Humboldt free of charge. The bases and setting are paid for by the Board of Supervisors of Humboldt county out of the county funds. F. F, French adjutant of the Albert Rowley Post and Congressman Dolliver have the credit of securing the action of the war department in these cases. Only three of these were post members at the time of death. All deceased old soldiers are treated alike by the government under the same and proper circumstances, These markers are as follows: R. C. Tunison Co. C. 31st Iowa Infty, enlisted Aug. 7th 1863 discharged July 17th 1865; Ed. Connor Co. A. 27th Iowa Infty, enlisted Jan. 4th 1864 discharged may 15th 1865; W. W. Edgington Co. E. 50th O[hio] enlisted Aug, 1862 discharged June. 30th 1863; William Daily Co. C. 18th Wisconsin Infantry, William Edson Co. I 32nd Iowa Infantry, John S Noll Co, I. 37th Pennsylvania Infantry. John Jergens 24th Indiana Battery.

1900 Census: Springvale, Humboldt County, Iowa: Portia Conner (born Jan. 1850, age 50, widowed, 7 children born, 7 still living, born Illinois, farmer), daughter Edith A. Conner (born Aug. 1876, age 23, born Iowa, teacher), son Arthur B. Conner (born Aug. 1878, age 21, farm laborer), son Edward G. Conner ((born Sept. 1881, age 18, born Iowa, farm laborer), daughter Bertha E. Conner (born July 1883, age 16, born Iowa), daughter Carrie A. Conner (born May 1885, age 15, born Iowa), daughter Hattie L. Conner (born Apr. 1899, age 11, born Iowa), daughter Jennie Begoin (born May 1875, age 25, widowed, 1 child born, 1 still living), grandson Raymond C. Begoin (born Apr. 1896, age 4, born Iowa and sister Alvina M. Clark (born Dec. 1853, age 46, born Wisconsin. (NOTE: the census clearly said 1899 for Hattie. If she were 11 in 1900, it was most likely supposed to be 1889).

Portia (Clark) Conner died Feb. 4, 1932 in Los Angeles, California and is buried in Union Cemetery, Plot Sec 7, Lot 14, Humboldt, Humboldt County, Iowa.

Feb 9, 1932 - Humboldt Independent - As stated by a rush item in the Republican last week, word was received of the death of Mrs. Portia Connor, eighty-six years old of Los Angeles. Mrs. Conner, a pioneer Humboldt resident, was the mother of the late Mrs. Frank Lovrien and has been living, since leaving Humboldt in 1905, with her two daughters Edith and Dr. Harriet Conner.

To date Mr. Lovrien has not received plans concerning funeral arrangements. Mr. Conner preceded his wife in death, having passed away in 1895 and was buried in the Union cemetery in Humboldt.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Connor, two of whom also preceded their mother in death, Jennie and Carrie.

Mrs. Bertha Morse of Palo Alto, Calif., Dr Harriett Connor, Edith Connor, of Los Angeles; Dr. Arthur Connor of Hollywood, Florida; and Ted Connor of Nova Scotia live to mourn her death, besides her grandchildren and many friends.


Conner, William S. He was born about 1816 in Ireland. He married Julia Ann Blanchard on July 5, 1840 at Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois. His son Edward Conner also served in Company A, 27th Iowa. His son Allen B. Conner served in Company I. (listed as Allen B. O'Conner).

In the spring of 1851 several families came into the settlement among whom were Abraham Bush, David Bartly, Elijah Short, George Randall, Howard Hersey, John Pratt, Dr. Flint, the pioneer physician of the settlement, John A. Wakefield, and perhaps others, who settled in what is now Makee; and George Merrill, Henry Harris, John Harris, H. H. Horton, Francis Treat, John Ammon Eells brothers, Moses Bush, John Bush, Wm. S. Conner and others, who settled in what is now Union Prairie; and the country began to present an appearance of age and prosperity, but here was as yet no Makee, Union Prairie or Waukon."

History of Winneshiek and Allamakee Counties Iowa, 1882
by W. E. Alexander

1854 Iowa State Census, Allamakee County, Iowa: 032 William S. Conner, Union Prairie

1856 Iowa State Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: William S. Conner (age 40, born Ireland, farmer), Julia Conner (age 33, born New York), Thomas Conner (age 15, born Illinois), Allen Conner (age 13, born Illinois), Jane Conner (age 10, born Illinois), Edward Conner (age 9, born Illinois), Harriet Conner (age 7, born Illinois), William P. Conner (age 6, born Illinois), Ellen Conner (age 4, born Iowa), Roswell Conner (age 2, born Iowa), and Joseph P. Main (age 33, born New York, cripple)

1860 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: William S. Conner (age 45, farmer, born Ireland), Julia Conner (age 40, born NY), Thomas Conner (age 20, farmer, born Ill.), Allen Conner (age 17, farmer, born Ill), Jane Conner (age 14, born Ill.), Edward Conner (age 13, born Ill.), Harriet Conner (age 10, born Ill.), William Conner (age 9, born Ill.), Elen Conner (age 8, born Iowa), Roswell Conner (age 6, born Iowa), Charles Conner (age 4, born Iowa), Mary Conner (age 2, born Iowa) and Sarah Conner (age 1/12, born Iowa).

William S. Conner was killed in action May 18, 1864, Old Oaks, La.

His widow Julia A. Conner filed for a pension Dec. 4, 1864 in Iowa. A pension for a minor was filed on March 2, 1867. Thomas B. Conner was guardian. Information from the pensions are extracted below:

Thomas B. Conner was appointed guardian of the minor children of William S. Conner on Oct. 13, 1866.

Thomas B. Conner made a statement as the guardian of the minor children of William S. Conner.

He was a resident of Waukon, Allamakee County Iowa and was aged 25 years.

William S. Conner enlisted as a private in Company A, 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was killed at the battle of Old Oaks, LA on May 18, 1864. Cause of death: gunshot wound.

William S. Conner was married to Julia Ann Blanchard on July 5, 1840 by Albert Neely, a Justice of the Peace at Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois. Marriage record was in the pension file. David Blanchard and Enos Raridon were witnesses.

Children of William S. Conner and Julia Blanchard (the names and date of birth below were provided by Julia Ann Conner. Thomas provided different dates. These were the children under the age of 16 at his death:

  1. Harriet Conner, born March 22, 1849.
  2. William Conner, born March 2, 1850,
  3. Nelly Conner, born May 1st 1853,
  4. Roswell Conner, born Dec. 24, 1854,
  5. Charles Conner, born July 22, 1857,
  6. Mary Conner, born Sept. 1, 1859
  7. Sarah Conner, born June 10, 1861.

Julia Ann Conner was married to Samuel C. Gibbs on April 19, 1866 by Rev. D. B. Alain in Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa. Marriage record was in the pension file.

1870 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Samuel Gibbs (age 49, farmer, born Mass.), Julia Gibbs (age 40, born New York), Edward Conner (age 23, born Illinois), Hattie Conner (age 21, born Illinois), Willie Conner (age 17, born Iowa), Roswell Conner (age 16, born Iowa), Charles Conner (age 13, born Iowa) Mary Conner (age 11, born Iowa) and Sarah Conner (age 10, born Iowa). They are living next door to Thomas Conner (age 29, born Illinois) and family.


Cooksey, Alexander Fairfax He was born about 1832 in Waterford, Loudoun Co., VA. He was the son of Simpson Cooksey and Mary Fairfax. He married Louisa Marie Erwin/Ervin on Oct. 10. 1855 in Union County, Ohio. She was the daughter of David Erwin/Ervin and Alcie Ragan. Her sister Mary Ann married Meredith McGhee/McGehee, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

I initially had some incorrect information regarding the parents of Louisa Marie Ervin and her sister Mary Ann Ervin. I had found a family tree that said their parents were David Ervin and Susannah Ballard. Because that information is out there, I want to include both names, for anyone else that might find this.

I was contacted by Herb Wiggins who said this:

The weddings of Enos Erwin (later Ervin) to Virginia Cooksey & Louisa Erwin to A. H. Cooksie on the same date of 10 Oct. 1856, Union, OH, were double weddings, The father and mother of both Enos Erwin & his sister, Louisa M. Erwin, were David Erwin & Elsie (Alcie) Ragan and the parents of both Alex & his sister, Virginia Cooksie, were Simpson Cooksey & Mary Fairfax. One must take the entire context of this double wedding into account in order to ascertain the parents of the pair of brother/sister marriages.

It was NOT David Ervin (1814-1855) and Susanna Ballard (1821-1853) who were the parents of Enos and Louisa Erwin/Ervin. Rather, David Erwin/Alcie Ragan who were.

David Erwin moved with his wife & children to Allamakee Co., IA in the late 1850's. The other David/Susanna Ervin could not because they were dead. Nor did this David have an Enos as a son. David/Alcie, tho, had a daughter, Louisa, well evidenced as being b. in 1837, Union, OH.

It's easy to confuse the two, David Erwin & David Ervin, but the double weddings, census evidence, & related data, show it was not David Ervin/Susanna Ballard who were the parents of the Erwin siblings who married the 2 Cooksey siblings.

There were a number of other David Erwin/Alcie Ragan relatives who moved to Allamakee Co., IA, about the same time, also.

1850 Census: District 28, Jefferson County, Virginia: Simpson Cooksey (age 40, cooper, born Virginia), Sarah A. Cooksey (age 20, born Virginia), Alexander Cooksey (age 18, laborer, born Virginia), Mary S. Cooksey (age 6, born Virginia) and James W. Cooksey (age 11/12, born Virginia).

1860 Census, Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: Alexander Cooksey (age 25, farmer, born Virginia), Louisa Cooksey (age 22, born Ohio), Francis M. Cooksey (age 3, born Ohio) and Charles S. Cooksey (age 1, born Iowa).

A third child, James Kimber Cooksey was born Nov. 7, 1860.

Alexander Cooksey died July 9, 1864 from severe diarrhea and is buried in Mississippi River National Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn. Section 2, grave 338.

His widow Louisa Cooksey filed for a pension on April 18, 1865.

Louisa Owen filed as a guardian for a minor on April 7, 1870. Family tree information on Ancestry.com shows that she remarried to Arad K. Owens before 1870.

Information from the Pension record is extracted below:

Holly Springs, Miss, August 16, 1864

The effects of Alexander F. Cooksey late a Private of Company A, 27th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, who died at Memphis, Tenn the 9th day of July, 1864 from chronic diarrhea to wit:

1 gun blanket, 1 flannel shirt, 1 Blanket, 1 haversack and 3.20 in money. I certify on honor that the above inventory comprises all the effects of Alexander F. Cooksey, deceased, and that the effects of Alexander F. Cooksey were turned over to Captain J. H. Tighe, H. Q. M. at Memphis, Tennessee except for $3.20 in money. Said Alexander F. Cooksey was last paid to the 31st of December 1863 and had drawn clothing to the amount of $21.65 since settlement, which was Oct. 31, 1863.

J. W. Granger, 1st Lieut. Commanding Co. A, 27th Reg't Iowa Vol. Inf.


Louisa Erwin and Alexander Cooksey were married Oct. 10, 1855 in Union County, Ohio. Marriage record was included in the pension file and clearly says Erwin. Married by Hiram Tilsworth, J. P.

Children:

  1. Francis M. Cooksey, born April 13, 1857 (another place said Aug. 20, 1857)
  2. Charles S. Cooksey, born Dec. 22, 1859
  3. James K. Cooksey, born Nov. 7, 1861 (another place said Nov. 6, 1861).

When Louisa Cooksey filed for the Widows Pension in 1865, she was a resident of Allamakee County, Iowa.

When she filed for an increase in her widow's pension on June 13, 1866, she was a resident of East Liberty, Logan County, Ohio. At that time, she said she was the mother of said children. The youngest one is with her. The others live in the state of Iowa. One in Butler County and one in Allamakee County.

On Sept. 28, 1866,  she further declared that she has not abandoned said Francis or James, nor permitted either of them to be adopted by any other person or persons and she supports them herself, but said Charles has been adopted by another person. Two of them reside with her (and one with her mother in Iowa is crossed out). The other, Charles lives with Samnel Olmstead, Butler County, Iowa, to whom he is bound out, and she does not have him to support.

Louisa Cooksey and A. K. Owen were married July 29, 1869 by C. M. Wheat, Pastor of the M.E. Church at Cresco, Howard County, Iowa. (marriage record in pension file).

On January 16, 1883, C. S. Cooksey filed a Declaration for Pension of Children under 16 Years of Age in Guthrie County, Iowa. He said that he was a minor, legitimate child of Alexander F. Cooksey, Company A, 27th Iowa Infantry, who died Aug. 9, 1864 in Memphis Tennessee of Chronic diarrhea. He left a widow surviving him who died on the 14th of June 1879. That he is a legitimate child of said Alexander F. Cooksey. He was aged 24, and his post office address is Des Moines, Iowa. John Ervin also signed with a mark.

He apparently got the pension as the next page said: "Reissue to include the child Charles S.
Pay Charles S. on his own voucher. P. O. Address Des Moines

1870 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: A. K. Owen (age 59, farmer, born NY), Louisa Owen (age 32, born Ohio), Francis Cooksey (age 14, born Iowa), James Cooksey (age 9, born Iowa) and Ellsir Ervin (age 62, widowed, born Ohio).

Louisa died June 14, 1879 and is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Howard County, Iowa.


Cotton, Isaac S. He was born about 1845 in New York. He was the son of William R Cotton and Aurelia Harris.

William R. Cotton, one of the early settlers of Butler county, was born in Onondaga county, New York, May 13, 1813. His father was a blacksmith, and he early learned that trade, of which he was a master. In 1853, he came west to seek a home, and took a claim in Black Hawk county. He brought his family in the fall of 1854. In 1855, he went to Janesville, Bremer county, where he worked at his trade one year. In 1856, he went to Willoughby, in Butler county, where he bought a farm, which he traded the next year for property in Shell Rock, where he engaged in keeping hotel and in the mercantile business until 1861, when he sold out and went to Waverly. After this he engaged in farming in Jefferson awhile, then came to Butler Center and engaged at his trade three years. He then went to Albion and tried farming again. In 1873, he moved his shop from Butler Center to Aplington, and there worked at his trade until 1875, when he bought out a hardware store here and carried on the business until the time of his death, which occurred July 12, 1881.

He was married at Port Gibson, New York, November 4, 1835, to Miss Aurelia Harris, of Wayne county. Mr. Cotton filled offices of trust in the county, and was the last county assessor. Mrs. Cotton now makes her home with her son, Charles, at Aplington.

Source: History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa
Union Publishing Co., Springfield, IL, 1883
Pages 655-656

1856 Iowa State Census: Beaver, Butler County, Iowa: William K. Cotton (age 43, born New York, farmer), A. D. Cotton (age 43, female, born New York), Charles M. Cotton (age 18, born New York), Francis A. Cotton (age 16, born New York), Gaylord M. Cotton (age 14, born New York), Theodore L. Cotton (age 12, born New York), Isaac S. Cotton (age 8, born New York), W. L. Cotton (age 5, male, born New York), Loren Cornwell (age 20, born New York) and Ashbel Cornwell (age 26, born New York).

1860 Census: Shell Rock, Butler County, Iowa: W. K. Cotten (age 47, Hotel Land Lord, born New York), Aurelia D. Cotton (age 46, born New York), C. M. Cotten (age 22, male, Day Laborer, born New York), Gaylord H. Cotten (age 18, born New York), Theodore L. Cotten (age 16, born New York), Isaac S. Cotten (age 12, born New York), Wm. L. Cotten (age 8, born New York) and Jerome B. Cotten (age 5, born Iowa).

Per Kevin Frye, Historian of Andersonville Prison. 13 men of the 27th Iowa were held as prisoners at Andersonville Prison. He sent me the documentation that he had on each of them. If the information has the remark: "Also held at Cahaba, Alabama" Kevin also provided this information:

"Some were sent to Cahaba Prison, Alabama first. A large number of prisoners who were held there eventually were transferred by rail to Andersonville. This may be the case with all those with the 27th at Andersonville." He also has a website for Andersonville Prison.

Code No: 64321
Grave No: 0
Last Name: Cotton
First Name: Isaac S.
Rank: Private
Company: A
Regiment: 27
State: Iowa
Branch Of Service :Infantry
Date of Death:
Cause of Death:
Remarks* Paroled December 10, 1864 at Charleston, South Carolina; transferred to 12th Iowa Infantry July 12, 1865.
Reference: ADG VOL IV 1145
Place Captured: Canton, Mississippi
Date Captured: 2/26/1864
Alternate Names:
Status: Survived Andersonville
Muster date: 12/2/1863
Age at Muster: 18
More Information Available :NO

Also held at Cahaba Alabama and Charleston South Carolina

His mother Aurelia Cotton filed for a pension on March 19, 1906. His record was cross referenced with three of his brothers: Gaylord M. Cotton, Charles M. Cotton and Theodore L. Cotton. His mother had apparently filed for a pension for all four of them. On the 1900 Census, Aurelia Cotton was living with her widowed daughter Francis Fox in Minneapolis, Hennepin county, Minnesota.

I could not determine Isaac Cotton's date of death or where he is buried.


Cram, William Willets. - He was born Oct. 16, 1831 in Peru, Clinton County, New York. He was the son of Jacob Cram (June 16, 1802 - Sept. 4, 1844) and Armina Perry (1800 - Apr. 29, 1876). He married Mary Elizabeth Parland on Sept. 25, 1852..

William W. CramPhoto: Erwin Monroe Cram standing behind his father William Willets Cram. Photo was found here.

1850 Census: Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois: Jacob Cram (age 45, farmer, born NY), Armina Cram (age 47, born NY), Willis Cram (age 18, born NY), Orrin Cram (age 22, born NY), Susan Cram (age 20, born NY) and Buel Cram (age 12, born NY). (This one is questionable. There were many family trees that include Jacob Cram as the father of William that says he died in 1844 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Ill. - none of them included a mother of William. I also found several family trees that listed Jacob Cram and Armina Perry as the parents of William Cram that said they both died in Rockford, Illinois. Most of them list 1844 as the year of death. But one shows Apr. 29, 1867. Since this is the 1850 census, this may be a different Jacob Cram, which might mean that the information regarding Armina Perry could also be incorrect. There is one thing that lends some credibility to this theory: I researched and found that S. J. Cram listed above as William's brother is Sanborn Cram. He was in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois in 1850 (20 years old, born NY), and living with a family named Alling. In 1880 he is with his wife and children, including a daughter named Armina.) I also checked the 1860 Census and found that Jacob and Armena Crane (Cram) are still in Rockford, Winnebago County, Ill. Almost all family trees lists Jacob's parents as Ebenezer Cram and Catherine Butterfield. Ebenezer Cram died in 1844, so maybe that is what is causing some of the confusion. Either a lot family trees are wrong and Jacob Cram did not die in 1844 OR this is not the right family for William.)

1860 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: William W. Cram (age 27, carpenter, born Vermont), Mary Cram (age 26, born Canada), Frank E. Cram (age 6, born Iowa), E. M. Cram (age 2, born Iowa) and James Cram (age 3/12, born Iowa). (Indexed as William W. Crane).

1870 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa; Wm. Cram (age 38, carpenter, born New York), Mary Cram (age 37, born Vermont), Frank Cram (age 16, born Iowa), Ervin Cram (age 12, born Iowa), Helena Cram (age 7, born Iowa), Jennie Cram (age 4, born Iowa) and Ray Cram (age 2, born Iowa).

Section 14. Henry L. Baker was a brother-in-law of Captain R. J. Chase. Baker was Sibley's first milkman, but sold to H. L. Emmert before land became very valuable. Thomas Parland, a cranky old Englishman, also sold early to Mr. Emmert. W. W. Crum was a brother-in-law of Parland and many years a prominent citizen here. Mr. Cram is now living in Sioux City. His son, Frank Cram, lives in Sibley and for many years has been the county bridge builder.

Past and Present of O'Brien and Osceola Counties of Iowa and contain histories of the towns and townships of the county. (1914) West Holman Township

The I.O.O.F. lodge was started in May 1873, and among its first officers were: W.W. Cramm, treasurer;

Past and Present of O'Brien and Osceola Counties of Iowa and contain histories of the towns and townships of the county. (1914)

In the fall of 1871 S. J. Cram came from Allamakee County and settled on a part of Section 32, in what is now Wilson Township, and still resides here. W.W. Cram, a brother of S. J., also came in 1871 and filed on a part of Section 14, in West Holman Township. He left here in 1882, and now lives at Butte, Nebraska.

Past and Present of O'Brien and Osceola Counties of Iowa and contain histories of the towns and townships of the county. (1914) Chapter XI.

1880 Census, Holman, Osceola County, Iowa; William Cram (age 48, farmer, born New York), wife Mary Cram (age 49, born Vermont), son Irvin M. Cram (age 22, blacksmith, born Iowa), daughter Eva E. Cram (age 17, born Iowa), daughter Jennie A. Cram (age 14, born Iowa), son Elbert R. Cram (age 11, born Iowa), son Ellery M. Cram (age 9, born Iowa) and grandchild Maud C. Cram (age 1, born Iowa). Frank Cram (age 26) and wife Maggie were living next door.

He filed for a pension on June 30, 1880

1890 Veterans Census, Holt Creek, Holt County, Nebraska; William W. Cram (2nd Lieutenant, Co. E, 71 Colored Inf.. Enlisted Aug. 1862, discharged Apr. 6, 1864, Length of Service 1 year, 8 months, 1 day. Post Office Address: Grand Rapids, Holt County, Neb. Disability Incurred: Liver Complaint. Remarks: Re-enlisted. (Note this matches information on the 27th Iowa Roster that he was discharged for promotion as Second Lieutenant in Seventy-first United States Colored Infantry May 29, 1864. )

Mary Elizabeth (Parland) Cram (born May 21, 1831), died Feb. 1, 1897 at Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa.

1900 Census: Holman, Osceola County, Iowa: Family 260 Frank E. Cram (born Feb, 1864, age 46, married 23 years, born Illinois), wife Margaret Cram (born Sept. 1861, age 38, married 23 years, 4 children born, 4 still living, born Wisconsin), Son Bruce A. Cram (born June 1885, age 14, born Iowa), daughter Erma V. Cram (born March 1887, age 13, born Iowa), daughter Althea D. Cram (born June 1891, age 8, born Iowa), Father William W. Cram (born Oct. 1831, age 68, widowed, born New York), boarder Frank Malsey (born May 1864, age 36), boarder W. Ditto (born April 1869, age 31), boarder Lyman Plimpkin (born April 1862) and boarder Frank McKeen (born Feb, 1869, age 31 (Note: William W. Cram was listed on a separate page with "family 260" written next to his name. Family 260 was on the previous page and was Frank E. Cram with his wife and children).

1920 Census, Orin, Converse County, Wyoming: Ervin M. Cram (age 61, born Iowa), wife Larind J. Cram (age 53, born Minnesota), son Lynne E. Cram (age 17, born Colorado), daughter Ruth G. Cram (age 15, born Nebraska), son Orlando H. Cram (age 24, born Nebraska), son Harold D. Cram (age 21, born Iowa), son Oscar J. Cram (age 12, born Nebraska), and father William W. Cram (age 88, widowed, born New York).

William W. Cram died March 24, 1923 at Shawnee, Wyoming. (pension records) There are family trees that report that he is buried at Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa. I could not determine for sure where he is buried.


Crouch, William Henry He was born about 1845 in New York. He married Hattie Bell Sprague about 1889. She was the daughter of Cornelius Franklin Sprague (Jan 14, 1830 - Jan. 7, 1913) and Elizabeth C. "Betsy" Burleson/Buelson (Jan. 17, 1836 - April 20, 1903)

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living in Iowa, 27th Iowa: W. H. Crouch, Private, Co. A, Post Office, Waukon.

There is a discrepancy in his date of death.

Per Find a Grave (and the year engraved on his stone) William H. Crouch died Dec. 17, 1900 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Lot 17, Sac City, Sac County, Iowa.

However, Headstones Provided for Union Civil War Veterans (1879-1903), Iowa Cemetery Records, and online family trees say he died Dec. 17, 1899.

His widow Hattie B. Crouch filed for pension March 17, 1900.

1900 Census, Sac City, Sac County, Iowa: servant Hattie Crouch (born May 1872, age 28, widowed, 1 child born, 1 still living, born Michigan). She was living in the household of John and Adie Beimer.

1900 Census: Sac City, Sac County, Iowa: Cornelius Sprague (born Jan 1830, age 70, married 49 years, born New York), Betsy Sprague (born Jan, 1836, age 64, married 49 years, 11 children born, 5 still living, born Canada) and grandson William Crouch (born Nov. 1892, age 8, born Iowa).

Given that she filed for a pension in March 1900 AND was widow on the 1900 census, I feel fairly certain his correct date of death is Dec. 17, 1899.

They had one child: Raymond William Crouch, born Nov. 13, 1890 in Auburn, Sac County, Iowa. (1900 census say Nov. 1892). His U.S World Ward II Draft Registration card says Nov. 13, 1889).

Hattie B (Sprague) Crouch married Duward M. Manzer about 1902.

Hattie B. (Sprague, Crouch) Manzer died Aug. 11, 1944 in Los Angeles, California.


Curry, Elisha Washington He was born Dec. 28, 1841 in Georges, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Alexander M. Curry (June 2, 1814 - Sept. 8, 1908) and Eliza J. Pixler (June 28, 1821 - Jan. 14, 1866). He married Catherine Dobson about 1864 in Iowa. She was the daughter of Samuel Dobson (Nov. 6,1804 - Dec. 16, 1861) and Rebecca Grigsby (Mar. 1809 - Feb. 8, 1879) Her brother Saul Dobson, also served with Company A, 27th Iowa.

1850 Census: Georges, Fayette County, Pennsylvania: Alexander Curry (age 34, shoemaker, born VA), Eliza J. Curry (age 30, born PA), Elisha W. Curry (age 8, born PA), James R. Curry (age 6, born PA), John C. Curry (age 4, born PA), William H. Curry (age 2, born PA) and Josephine Curry (age 6/12, born PA).

1860 Census: Monona, Clayton County, Iowa: Alex Curry (age 45, farmer, born VA), Eliza Curry (age 39, born PA), Elisha Curry (age 17, born PA), James Curry (age 15, born PA), John Curry (age 13, born PA), Wm. Curry (age 11, born PA), Arabella Curry (age 8, born PA), David Curry (age 6, born PA), Emily Curry (age 5, born PA) and George Curry (age 3, born Iowa).

1870 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Elisha Curry (age 27, farmer, born Penn.), Catherine Curry (age 23, born Indiana), Amanda Curry (age 5, born Iowa) and Wilber Curry (age 3, born Iowa). Living next door was Alexander Curry (age 50) and several of his children.

1880 Census: Union, Butler County, Nebraska: Elisha W. Curry (age 37, farmer, born Pennsylvania), wife Catherine Curry (age 32, born Indiana), son-in-law Hugh Sheperd (age 20, farm laborer, born Scotland), Manda P. Sheperd (age 15, born Iowa). The families of David Curry (including father Alexander Curry (age 58) and John Curry were on the same page.

Elisha W. Curry filed for a pension on Sept. 5, 1881 in Nebraska

1885 Nebraska State Census, Union, Butler County, Nebraska: E. W. Curry (age 41, farmer, born Pennsylvania), wife Catherine Curry (age 38, born Indiana), and daughter Loretta Curry (age 4, born Nebraska).

1890 Veterans Census: David City, Butler County, Nebraska: Elisha W. Curry, Private, Company A. 27 Iowa Inf. Enlisted Aug. 8, 1862. Discharged Aug. 9, 1865, Length of Service: 3 years 1 day. Post Office: David City.

Catherine (Dobson) Curry (born July 11, 1847) died March 28, 1898 and buried in David City Cemetery, Plot 9 16 NE 1/4, David City, Butler County, Nebraska.

1900 Census, David City, Butler County, Nebraska: Elisha W. Curry (born Dec. 1841, age 58, widowed, born Pennsylvania, Capitalist), daughter Burdie Curry (born May 1889, age 11, born Nebraska).

Elisha W. Curry died March 29, 1908 and is buried in David City Cemetery, Plot 9 16 NE 1/4, David City, Butler County, Nebraska.


Damon, Joseph He was born about 1831 at St. Mary's, Ontario Canada. He married Mary Cluffy Bernore on Oct. 15, 1852 in Rochester, Monroe County, New York.

New York, 1820-1850 Passenger and Immigration Lists: Name: Joseph Dayman. Arrival Date: June 12, 1849. Age: 19. Port of Arrival: New York. Port of Departure: Dalbourke, New Brunswick. Place of Origin: Canada. Ship: Seaport. Family Identification: 2657259. Microfilm Serial Number: M237. Microfilm Roll Number: 80.

1870 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Joseph Demon (age 40, blacksmith, born Canada), Clopha Demon (age 37, born Canada), Joseph Demon (age 17, born Canada), Clopha Demon (age 15, born Vermont), Dellie Demon (age 13, born Wisconsin), Rosa Demon (age 11, born Wisconsin), Flora Demon (age 7, born Iowa and Wallace Demon (age 3, born Iowa).

Mary Damon was divorced from Joseph Damon on Apr. 29, 1879 at Spencer, Clay County Iowa for desertion.

Mary Damon married Henry Lewis May 3, 1879 in Spencer, Clay County Iowa.

1880 Census, Pennington, Dakota Territory: boarder Joseph Damon (age 49, married, born Canada, Teamster). It looked like some type or rooming house. There were about 14 boarders listed for the same place.

1880 Census: Spencer, Clay County, Iowa: Henry Lewis (age 37, section hand on RR, born Prussia), wife Mary Lewis (age 43, born Canada), Stepson Wallace Damon, (age 13, born Iowa). (NOTE: Pension says Mary Damon LEWIS filed for a pension)

Joseph Damon filed for a pension in Dakota in 1887

Joseph Damon Papers

1. Are you married? NO If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name. MARY BERNORD

2. When, where, and by whom were you married? ROCHESTER, N.Y. BY A CATHOLIC PRIEST

3. What record of marriage exists? NONE

4. Were you previously married? NO If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce. DIVORCED 1878

5. Have you any children living? 6 If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
J.N. Damon, born 1853.
Mary Damon, born Sept. 1855.
Lillie Damon, born 1858 1858.
Rose Damon born 1860.
Flora Damon, born  1862.
(No 6th mentioned)

Declaration For Original Invalid Pension:

State of Dakota, County of Custer: On this 31st day of March, A.D. 1887, personally appeared before me the clerk, of the District Court-same being, a court of record within and for the County and State aforesaid, Joseph Damon, aged 55 years, a resident of Custer (Sturgis City written and crossed out) Terr. of Dak, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Joseph Damon who entered service under the name of Jose Damon on or about the 12th day of Aug,. 1862 as private in company "A" of the 27th reg't of Ia Inf. commanded by Capt. Haslip and was discharged at Harrisburg, PA, on or about the__ day of August, 1865, by reason of Gen'l Order, War Dept - close of war - that his personal description is as follows: Age 55 years; height 5 ft. 7 1/4"; complexion dark and grey hair; dark eyes. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at the Tennessee River, in the State of Tenn., on or about Jan., 1863, he contracted rheumatism from exposure, that he was treated in hospitals as follows: Hosp. near Memphis, Tenn., Hosp. Wash., D.C. That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise that as stated above except in Co. "K", 16th Reg. V.R.C. That since the __ day of August, A.D. 1865, he has not been employed in the military or naval service of the U.S. That since leaving the service his occupation has been that of a teamster farmer, That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a blacksmith, That he is now wholly disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries above described received in the service of the U.S., and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the U.S...That his Post-office Address is Sturgis county of Lawrence Terr'y. of Dak.

General Pension Affidavits from other people:

From Odo Reder, age 41 years of Custer City, Custer County, Dak., occupation: sawmilling, principally:

I have known Joseph Damon since 1880. He was employed by me as a teamster about saw mill at Junction City, Custer County, Dak. Worked for and about mill for nearly one year being unable at different times to work at all on account of rheumatism. I meet him frequently from that time till winter of '85 & '86. He was again employed by myself & Brother Charles firms known as Reder Bro. doing business near Bakersville, Custer County, Dak. He commenced working for us Nov. 7-1885 and from then till March 1-1886 and for more than 3/4 of the time was unable to do enough work to pay for his board. Through pity we kept him and waited on him and for very many days labor performed, he received ay at rate of 20 & 25 dollars for month. We pay able-bodied men $40 for month The following summer he became so helpless and unable to work that he was taken charge of by General Steel Post-No. 94 GHR and sent by them to Hot Springs, Dak. for treatment. During the last year, he has been about Custer occasionally doing chores and acting janitor of courthouse, barely able to earn his living. Know that he has been afflicted with rheumatism. Have seen him bathe his limbs in liniment and purchased the same, and have watched him frequently move. And his physical condition since first time knew him in 1880 has been going down. And a physical wreck only at times to do a day's work.


From John F. Smith, age 31 years of Custer City, Custer County, Dak.:

I have known Joseph Damon since August 1881-worked at same place with him that fall and know that at that time he was afflicted with rheumatism and has been more or less ever since. In winter of 1880 and '86 I was employed as "book keeper" "time keeper" & etc. for Reder Bros. for whom he was working at that time. A large portion of the time he was unable to work at all-being confined to his bed several days at a time and when able to work at any time could not perform over 1/2 of a sound, able-bodied man's work-He was paid at the rate of $20 to $25 for month while working-=i.e. if he could perform enough work to more that pay for his board-Was paid that amount principally through "Charity"-able-bodied men received $40 per month for same kind of work-In summer of 1887 he was unable to do any kind of work. And was taken charge of by General Steele Post No. 94 GAR and sent to Hot Springs, Dak. for treatment. During this winter he has not been able to do but very little work. I can not state the exact time of the attacks-as they were too frequent-He has not been able at any time-(since my acquaintance with him.) to do an able bodied man's work.

1890 Veterans Census, Fall River, Fall River County, South Dakota: Joseph Damon, Private Co. A. 27 Iowa. Date of Enlistment: Aug. 13,1862. Date of Discharge: Aug. 16, 1865, Length of Service: 3 years, 3 days. Post Office Address: Hot Springs, South Dakota. Disability Incurred: Rheumatism and general disability.

Pension index says he died in 1905 at Marshalltown, Iowa.

Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans: Joseph Damon, Pvt. Co. A, 27 Iowa Inf. Died Sept. 4, 1901. Cemetery: Iowa Soldiers Homes, Marshalltown, Iowa.

...Clara E. Vert, 32 years of age, residing on Washington Street, Custer City, Post office address is Custer, Custer County, Dakota Territory...I am a niece of the wife - deceased - of Joseph Damon the above named applicant for pension, and am not related to claimant in any other degree. I have known the said Joseph Damon ever since the year 1861. Then at Milwaukee, Wisc., and have been well acquainted with him ever since. I knew him when he entered the army in 1862 and he was then a healthy, robust, and able-bodied man. I saw him when he came out of the Army in Hardin, Allamakee County, Iowa. I was then living at his house in his family at that time and ever since his return from service in 1865 up to the close of the year 1879. He has suffered a great deal from rheumatism, which has prevented him from doing anything but light work and only about half the time has he been able to do even light work and has been confined to his bed with rheumatic pains. I lived in his family all the time from1861 to 1879 and saw the said Joseph Damon almost every day during that period. I next saw him in the winter of 1883 near Rapid City, Dak., and nursed him then while very sick with rheumatism, and again at Bakerville, Custer Co., Dak., in the winter of 1885. Also nursed him for the same trouble there and have nursed him from time to time for rheumatism in Custer City since the latter part of 1887 and am now nursing him at my house in Custer City, Dak. He is now wholly unable to do any work of any kind and has no means of subsistence excepting what is provided him by the Custer County authorities and the Grand Army Post at this place of which he is a member. I further declare I have no interest in said case, and am not concerned in its prosecution, except to aid him in procuring his right to aid from the Government.

According to an Internet story, his daughter Mary Cluffy told that her father and brother both went to work on some railroad and never returned...no information on what happened to them. Several of his kids say that he was born in Paris, France. Mary lists her and Joseph's birthplace as Fr. Canada. How could he leave them, if HE was confined to his bed, as mentioned above. He is still in Allamakee, Iowa in 1879, but is in Pennington, Dakota Territory in 1880 and a teamster. In 1880 Mary is in Spencer, Iowa, but doesn't divorce him until days before she marries Henry Lewis in 1879. So Mary is in Spencer in 1879, and Joseph is still in Allamakee County. I can find that Clara married George W. Vert about 1877, because a son is born in Wisconsin in 1878, so she could not have still lived with Joseph Damon in 1879.

His Widow Mary Damon Lewis filed for a pension in Iowa on Oct. 16, 1916 in Iowa.

Declaration for Remarried Widow's Pension

This is according to the Declaration for Remarried Widow's Pension Mary filed on October 10, 1916:

Mary Damon, who, being duly sworn by me according to law, declares that she is 80 years of age, and that she was born (cannot recollect month and day), 1836, at Little Mascot, Canada (about 30 miles from Montreal. That she was formerly the widow of Joseph Damon, who enlisted August 13,1862, at Hardin, Iowa, under the name of Joseph Damon as a private in Co. "A", "27th" Reg't Ia. Vol. Inf., and was honorably discharged Aug. 16, 1865, having served therein during the Civil War. That he served no other service. That otherwise than as herein stated said soldier (or sailor) was not employed in the U.S. service. That she was married to said soldier (or sailor) October 15, 1852, under the name of Mary Bernore, at Catholic Church, Rochester, N.Y., by Catholic Priest; that she had not been previously married; that he had not been previously married; that said soldier died 1905 at Marshalltown, Iowa, and that she was divorced from him, for desertion April 29, 1879, without fault on her part. That she was not formerly pensioned as the widow of said soldier -- that her pension or right to pension terminated because of her marriage May 3,1879, to Henry Lewis at Spencer, Clay Co., Iowa, that he died 1892, at Sundance, Wyoming...that he (Henry Lewis) did not serve in the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps of the U.S....That she did not marry again after the death of the soldier, except to Henry Lewis, as above named...Witness: 1. Mamie E. Todd, Spencer, Iowa; 2. Mary M. Culbertson, Spencer, Iowa. Signed: Mary X Damon, No. 115 East Park Avenue, Spencer, Iowa Declaration accepted as a claim under act Sept. 8, 1916. Chief Law Divisional Pen.

Her last name is seen spelled: Bernore, Bernoir, Venoir, and Venore. We do not know which is correct.

Her obituary in the Spencer Daily Reporter on Wed., August 6, 1919, reads:

Funeral services for the late Mrs. Joseph Damon of this city were held Monday afternoon, at 2:00, the services being conducted by Rev. W. F. Hurst at the Church of Christ and burial at the Riverside cemetery. Mary Cluffy Bernoir was born in Montreal, Canada, May 12, 1833, and died at her home in this city, August 2, 1919, being at the time of her death 86 years, 2 months, and 21 days old. When a child, she moved with her parents to Winiski Falls, Vermont, where she lived until her marriage to Joseph Damon at Rochester, New York. To this union, 10 children were born, 4 of whom are living: Mrs. Flora Todd of this city, Mrs. A.J. Paddock, Mrs. Lillie Erwin and Mary Long of Springfield, Missouri. Mr. Damon died at the soldiers home at Marshalltown in 1902. Mrs. Damon was a kind loveable woman and a true Christian until death, and has gone to receive her reward, which awaits those who are faithful.


Daniels, Reuben. He was born about 1832 in New York.

1860 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Edward McName, (age 25, farmer, born Canada), Matilda McName (age 19, born Canada), Mary A. McName, (age 8/12, born Iowa), and Reuben Daniels (age 28, farm laborer, born New York).

Information found here

Note: the information below is confirmed by the Report of the Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General of the State of Iowa, January 1, 1865 to January 1, 1866 which says: Private Rueben Daniels, transferred Oct 15, 1864 to Marine Brigade.

Also his Pension index record is cross references with H1 MM Inf. US Vol and D1 MMB US Vol. Cav.

Know ye, That Reuban Daniels a Private of Captain Ezra L. Havens' Company,(H), Marine Regiment of U.S. Infantry VOLUNTEERS, who was enrolled on the Nineteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and Sixty three to serve Three years, or during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States, this twenty second day of January 1865, at Vicksburg Mississippi by reason of L.O. No 431 C.L.A.G.O. Washington D.C.

[No objection to his being re-enlisted is known to exist.

Said Reuban Daniels was born in Gennesee Co. in the State of New York, is Thirty years of age, Five feet Nine inches high, Dark complexion, Hazel eyes, Brown hair and by occupation when enrolled a Farmer.

Given at Vicksburg Miss. , this Twenty second day of January 1865.

L.D. Wm Russey
Capt 1st Infty U.S.A.
Mustering and Disbursing Officer

[transcriber is not sure of the initials of the signing officer]

[written at top of form, three entries:]

Paid in full to Jan 22nd, 1865 Except Bounty, J.L.C. [Allinwailt ?], P.M. U.S.A.

Bounty Paid, Jun 15, 1865 by Maj. W.H. Jameson, Paymaster, U.S.A.

Add Bounty $100 Pain Apr 15, 1868, E.L. Moore P.M. U.S.A., Oct. 1868

[written at bottom left of form, two entries:]

This sentence will be erased should there be anything in the conduct or physical condition of the soldier rendering him unfit for the Army.
(A.G.O. No 99, Ezra L. Havens, Capt. Co. H. Mar. Regt. U.S. Inft. Vols.

Filed: March 24th 1882, Charles Schecker, Recorder

-source: Soldier's Discharge Record, Volume 1, item 5, 1865-1867, Clayton County, Iowa; LDS film #1516914 #5
-transcribed for Clayton co. IAGenWeb by Sharyl Ferrall

-transcription note: Every effort has been taken to produce a true & accurate transcription, but errors may exist due to the occasional difficulty in reading the microfilm. The researcher should obtain the original record to confirm accuracy.

Reuben Daniels filed for a pension on Dec. 1, 1869.

1880 Census, Mallory, Clayton County, Iowa: William Brown (age 20, farm hand, born Iowa), wife Jennie Brown (age 18, born Iowa), daughter May Brown (age 6/12, born Iowa), Graham Lewis (age 32, born Kentucky, farm hand), and Reuben Daniels (age 45, single born Ills, farm hand).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Living in Iowa: 27th Iowa: Reuben Daniel, Private, Company A, Post Office: Colesburg.

1885 Iowa State Census, Mallory, Clayton County, Iowa: George Gore, (age 21, farmer), Minnie Gore (age 16), and Reuben Daniel (age 51, single, born New York.

Reuben Daniels is buried in Brown Cemetery, Mallory Township, Clayton County, Iowa. (I could not find his date of death - but it would have been after the 1885 Iowa census.)


Dobson, Saul - He was born March 17, 1835 in Indiana. He was the son of Samuel Dobson (Nov. 6,1804 - Dec. 16, 1861) and Rebecca Grigsby (Mar. 1809 - Feb. 8, 1879). Saul married Demetria Louise Bates on Dec. 31, 1858 in Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Charles Bates (Mar. 17, 1812 - June 23, 1899) and Mira L. Jarves (1815 - Aug. 11, 1864). Saul's sister Catherine Ann Dobson married Elisha W. Curry, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa. Saul's sister Amanda Dobson married James P. Patterson, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa. Demetria's sister Tennessee Bates married Daniel Cole who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

1850 Census: District 68, Madison, Indiana: Samuel Dobson (age 45, born Virginia), Rebecca Dobson (age 43, born Virginia), Mary Dobson (age 21, born Virginia), Palmer Dobson (age 17), Saul Dobson (age 15), Amanda E. Dobson (age 10), Jane Dobson (age 7) and Catharine Dobson (age 3). (The family was indexed as Dalesin)

1856 Iowa State Census: Allamakee County, Iowa: Samuel Dobson (age 51, born Virginia ), Rebecca Dobson (age 49, born Virginia), Palmer Dobson (age 23, born Indiana), Saul Dobson (age 21, born Indiana), Amanda Dobson (age 16, born Indiana), Catherine Dobson (age 10, born Indiana), Tacy Dobson (age 4, born Indiana), Emily Dobson (age 4,born Indiana) and James Patterson (age 22. born Ohio, farm laborer. He had been in the state of Iowa for 2 years). The Dobson family had been in the state of Iowa for 3 years.

1860 Census: Grand Meadow, Clayton County, Iowa: Solomon Dobson, age 23, farmer, born Indiana), Demetria Dobson (age 22, born Tennessee), Ella (Or Etta) Dobson (age 7/12, born Iowa).

Saul Dobson died Nov. 28, 1862, in Cairo Ill. of pneumonia.

I was not able to find his wife or the children in the 1870 or 1880 census records. The list of children was found in several family trees.

Children of Saul Dobson and Demetria Bates:

  1. Myra Anzonetta Dobson b: 24 Oct 1859 in Post Twp, Allamakee, Iowa (Pension Record)
  2. William Edward Dobson b: Mar. 15, 1861 in , Clayton, Ia (Pension Record)
  3. Louisa Lucretia Dobson b: Mar. 4, 1863 in Post, Allamakee, Ia (Pension Record).

Dodge, Samuel G. - He was born about 1822 in Ohio. He was the son of Gilead (Gillard) Dodge and Bethany Gee (Nov. 20, 1793 - May 13, 1839). He married Thurza G (Theresa, Thersey) Tyler. She was the daughter of George W. and Melinda Tyler.

1860 Census, Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: Samuel G. Dodge (age 38, farmer, born Ohio). Thersa Dodge (age 28, born NY), Louisa Dodge (age 2, born Illinois), and Alonzo Dodge (age 6/12, born Iowa).

1870 Census: Millington, Tuscola County, Michigan: Samuel Dodge (age 48, carpenter, born Ohio), Thurza Dodge (age 37, born NY), Louisa Dodge (age 12, born Illinois), William Dodge (age 10, born Iowa), Annette Dodge (age 6, born Michigan), Jennette Dodge (age 6, born Michigan), and Mary E. Dodge (age 2, born Michigan).

Theresa Tyler (born 1832) died Sept. 17, 1877 in Forest Genesee County, Michigan.

Samuel G. Dodge married Elizabeth Saunders on Nov. 29, 1877 in Bay City, Bay County, Michigan. (29 Nov 1877 Bay City-Samuel Dodge 55 Bay City-b. Ohio-carpenter & Elizabeth Sawnders ?? Bay City-b. Penn-Lawrence McHugh J.P.-witnesses Samuel S.& Eva McNem.


Douglass, Thomas Baird. He was born Aug. 7, 1841 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was the son of David Wilson Douglass (May 12, 1798 - Aug. 1, 1869) and Catherine Baird (Feb. 2, 1814 - Sept. 10, 1889). He married Hannah Matilda Ewing on Dec. 11, 1868 in Iowa City, Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Thomas George Ewing (Mar. 22, 1827 - Sept. 12, 1887) and Elizabeth Ann Clark (Oct. 9, 1830 - July 2, 1918).

Thomas Baird Douglass Biography August 7, 1841, Thomas Baird Douglass was born in Glasgow, Scotland. At the age of nine he came with his parents to Waukon, Iowa.

October 2, 1862, at the age of twenty-one, Thomas enlisted in the 27th Iowa Infantry of the Union Forces. During the fighting in the Civil War, he was captured and taken to the Andersonville Prison in southwest Georgia. Fortunately, he was able to tunnel his way out of this infamous prison. Private Douglass mustered out of the Union Army in December, 1864, and became a proud member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

December 12, 1868, Thomas returned to Iowa, married Matilda Hannah Ewing and had a family of eleven children. The wanderlust and the desire for a better life led him and his family from Iowa to Omaha, Nebraska; Sidney, Montana; Ogallala, Nebraska and finally in a covered wagon pulled by an ox-team to the Dakota Territory near the present Box Elder.

On a tract about ten miles east of Rapid City on Box Elder Creek, he took up a homestead and timber claim. This homestead was about 360 acres of some of the most fertile land in the valley with Box Elder Creek running through it. He raised livestock, horses, cattle, hogs, chickens, wheat, flax, corn and garden vegetables.

Besides farming, he was a mule skinner - he freighted with a ten-mule team from Pierre to Deadwood. Consequently, he became friends with such personalities as Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. He was an entrepreneur as he also had the contract to grade the streets of Pierre. During all these transactions he became acquainted with "old timers" such as Bill Cody and Granberg Behrens. Because the Douglass family had brought an organ with them, the only one for miles around, guests such as Buffalo Bill had many enjoyable evenings singing and listening to the music of this organ.

Linguistically gifted, he spoke Lakota fluently and was a friend of Chief Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, and Crazy Horse who had been born on Box Elder Creek. Nevertheless, he joined other Civil War veterans at the Battle of Wounded Knee.

Thomas Baird Douglass had the nickname "Lonesome Tom" because he was the only Republican in his precinct. Nevertheless, this was no deterrent to getting a school for his family. He got the farmers in the area interested and together they built a one-room wooden structure so their children could learn the threes Rs. April 21, 1891, the Douglas Precinct school, our present Douglas School District, was formed. Thomas's daughter, Cassandra Eberly, remarked in 1961 while visiting the Douglas School System that her father would have been "awfully proud of the Douglas School System because he was so interested in education."

July 5, 1890, Thomas's wife, Matilda, died at age 40. The family continued to live near Box Elder two more years before they were forced to separate and sent to live with various relatives. Thomas is buried in Missoula, Montana, where he was killed by a train May 2, 1902.

Thomas Baird Douglas 1856 Iowa State Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: David Douglass (age 57, farmer, born Scotland), Catherine Douglas (age 41, born Scotland), David Douglass (age 17, born Scotland), Thos. Douglass (age 15, born Scotland), Mary Douglass (age 18, born Scotland), Elexander Douglass (age 11, born Scotland), and John Douglass (age 3, born Scotland). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 1 year.

1870 Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Thos. Douglass (age 26, farmer, born Scotland), Matilda (age 20, born Indiana), Myra Douglass (age 2, born Iowa), David Douglass (age 2/12, born Iowa),

1880 Census: Lone Tree, Merrick County, Nebraska: Thomas B. Douglass (age 39, farmer, born Scotland), wife Matilda H. Douglass (age 29, born Indiana), daughter Myra M. Douglass (age 11, born Iowa), daughter Cora A. Douglass (age 5, born Iowa), daughter Maggie Douglass (age 4, born Iowa) , daughter Lula Douglass (age 1, born Iowa), O.C. White (age 51, working, farmer, born New York), and sister-in-law Marietta Ewing (age 19, seamstress, born Iowa)

Hannah Matilda (Ewing) Douglass died Jun 4, 1890 in Box Elder, Dakota Territory.

Thomas B. Douglass was killed by a train on May 2, 1902. He is buried in Missoula, Montana.

Children of Thomas Baird Douglas and Hannah Matilda Ewing:

  1. Mrya Douglass, born Dec. 12, 1869 in Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa
  2. David Douglass, born 1870 in Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa
  3. Cora Douglass, born 1875 in Iowa
  4. Margaret "Maggie" Douglass, born Sept. 8, 1879
  5. Lula Douglass, born 1879
  6. Stella Douglass, born 1881
  7. Cassandra Douglass, born Apr. 20, 1883 in Pennington, South Dakota.
  8. Carrie Douglass, born 1884
  9. Stephen A. Douglass, born Apr. 30, 1886, died Oct. 8, 1966
  10. Harry Douglass, born 1888

Gardner, Desevignia Starks. - He was born Nov. 1837 in New York. He was the son of John Dana Gardner (Feb. 22, 1791 - Aug. 9, 1880) and Elizabeth Smith (Feb. 1806 - Nov. 23, 1879). He married Mercy Ann Appler on Feb. 11, 1864 in Lee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of William H. Appler and Rachel Pickering.

Desevignia GardnerThis image of Desevignia S. Gardner and his wife Mercy Ann Appler was found on Find a Grave.

1870 Census: Lodi, Columbia, Wisconsin: Desevigne Gardiner (age 32, born New York ), Mercy Gardiner (age 24, born Iowa), Herbert Gardiner (age 3, born Wisconsin)

He filed for a pension on Dec. 18, 1873.

1880 Census: Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa: D.S. Gardner (age 44, laborer, born New York), wife Mercy A. Gardner (age 34, born Iowa), son Clarence H. Gardener (age 13, born Iowa), daughter Mable I. Gardener (age 10, born Iowa), son Albert I. Gardener (age 8, born Iowa), and son John H. Gardener (age 5, born Iowa).

1900 Census, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas: Deseviginia S. Gardner (born Nov. 1837, age 62, married 36 years, born New York), Mercy A. Gardner (born May 1846, age 54, married 36 years, 4 children born, 3 still living, born Iowa), son John H. Gardner (born July 1874, age 25, born Iowa) and sister-in-law Lydia A. Aspen (born Sept. 1864, age 35, born Iowa).

1905 Kansas State Census Collection: Douglas County, Kansas: Gardner, D.S. (age 68, born New York, from Iowa to Kansas, Teamster, Honorably Discharged from the Volunteer Military Service of the United States: Name of State in which enlisted: Iowa, Letter of Command: A, Number of Regiment: 27th, Infantry), Mercy A. Gardner (age 58, born Iowa), and Susan Houston (age 16, born Kansas)

1910 Census: Spokane Ward 4, Spokane County, Washington: Desedignia S. Gardner (age 72, born New York, married 1 time for 45 years,, born New York, Laundry at home), wife Mercy M. Gardner (age 63, married 1 time for 45 years, 4 children born, 3 still living, born Iowa, Laundress, at home).

U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Hot Springs, Fall River, South Dakota: Battle Mountain Sanitarium: Desevignia S. Gardner, MILITARY HISTORY: Time and Place of Enlistment: Aug. 14, 1862, Dubuque, Iowa. Rank Private, Company and Regiment: A, 27th Ia Inf. Time and Place of Discharge: Aug. 14, 1865, Clinton Iowa. Cause of Discharge; Close of War. Disabilities when Admitted to the Home: O.S. ? Cataract, O. D. Ectropian lower lid, O. D. leucoma of cornea, rt. ing. hernia, mitral insuff.. DOMESTIC HISTORY: Where born New York, Age: 79, Height 5-9, complexion: light, blue eyes, gray hair, can read and write, Religion: Prot., Occupation: Farmer, Residence subsequent to Discharge: Retsil, Wash., widowed, Name and Address of Nearest Relative: daughter, Mrs. M. G. Houston, 1214 Boom Ave. Spokane Washington. HOME HISTORY: Rate of Pension: $30.00. Date of Admission: 23-8-17., date of Discharge: 26-9-17. Cause of Discharge: O. R.

Mercy Ann (Appler) Gardner (born May 27, 1846) died Jan. 26, 1916 and is buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington.

Desevignia S. Gardner died Jan. 2, 1920. He is buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington.

Children of Desevignia Starks Gardner and Mercy Ann Appler:

  1. Clarence Herbert Gardner (1867)
  2. Mabel Irene Gardner (July 18, 1870-1964)
  3. Albert Isaac Gardner (Mar. 23, 1872 - April 5, 1950)
  4. John Henry Gardner (July 4, 1874- July 4, 1959)

Gates, Richard J. - He was born about 1844 in Ohio. He was the son Samuel Gates (1802 - Apr. 29, 1872) and Mary Ann Montgomery (1806- June 7, 1883). Note the maiden name of his mother was found first on the 1925 Iowa State Census for Lydia (Gates) McCabe. I also found a biography for Lydia's husband Hugh McCabe. I extracted the section that applied to the Gates. Richard Gates married Almira Dakin on Oct. 7, 1867 in Marshall County, Iowa. She was the daughter of William Dakin (1831 - 1858) and Emma E. Taylor (1834 - bet. 1860 and 1870)

Hugh McCabe served until the close of the war and was mustered out at Memphis, Tennessee, afterward returning north, where he received his honorable discharge at Davenport, Iowa, in January, 1866. In that year he returned to Waukon and, on April 2, married Miss Lydia Alice Gates, a native of Ohio, born in Butler county, near Cincinnati. She is a daughter of Samuel and Mary Ann (Montgomery) Gates, who moved from Ohio to Indiana, where they resided in St. Joseph county. They afterward moved to South Bend and then to Iowa, driving through with two ox teams and settling in Allamakee county in 1857.

Past and Present in Allamakee County, by Ellery M. Hancock. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1913.

1850 Census: Marion, Decatur, Indiana: Samuel Gates (age 50, farmer, born Kentucky), Mary A. Gates (age 45, born Pennsylvania), Elizabeth Gates (age 17, born Indiana), Andrew J Gates (age 15, laborer, born Indiana), Nancy E. Gates (age 12, born Ohio), Lydia Gates (age 10, born Ohio), Richard Gates (age 7, born Ohio), Sarah Gates (age 4, born Ohio).

1860 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: Samuel Gates (age 60, farmer, born Kentucky), Mary A. Gates (age 53, born Pennsylvania). Andrew J. Gates (age 24, farmer, born Indiana), Lida Gates (age 19, born Ohio), Richard J. Gates (age 17, farmer, born Ohio), Sarah A. Gates (age 13, born Ohio.

Richard Gates died March 1880 and is buried in Fancy Creek Cemetery, Green, Clay County, Kansas.

1880 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedule: Name: Richard Gates. Gender Male, Race: White. Marital Status: Married. Place of Birth: Ohio. Estimated Year of Birth: 1844, Age: 36. Month of Death: March. Cause of Death: Erysipelas. Census Year: 1880. Census Location: Highland, Clay County, Kansas. Enumeration District: 33. Line 2, Archive Collection Number: T1130.

1880 Census, Highland, Clay County, Kansas: Almira Gates (age 24, widowed, born Iowa), daughter Alice I. Gates (age 8, born Kansas, son John A. Gates (age 4, born Iowa) and son Newton A. Gates (age 1, born Kansas).

Almira (Dakin) Gates married Alfred St. John on Sept. 7, 1882 in Clay Center Kansas.

Almira (Dakin, Gates) St. John died Aug. 9, 1933 in Ellensburg, Washington. She is buried in Thorp Cemetery, Thorp Township, Kittitas County, Washington.


Granger, Jedediah Wilder Biography and photos Submitted by Gerald W. von Kamrath and Sandra Holman Goldstein.

Jedidiah Wilder Granger was the son of Lyman Granger, born on 20 August 1792, at Phelps in Ontario, New York and died on 22 January 1861, at Columbus in St. Clair County, Michigan. Achsah Wells, born on 17 March 1797, at Cambridge, Massachusetts and died on 14 December 1879, at Columbus in St. Clair County, Michigan.

Jedediah Granger Mary Baker Granger 

Jedidiah W. Granger circa 1855 in an old hand-colored tin type (left).

Wife of Jedidiah W. Granger, Mary (née Baker) Granger, circa 1862. Jedidiah carried this photo of his wife with him throughout the Civil War (right). (Source: Sandra Goldstein)

Jedidiah Wilder Granger, born on 25 October 1818, at Sodus in Wayne County, New York and died in 1906, at Webster in Day County, South Dakota. He was named for his uncle Jedediah Wilder who was married to Achsah (née Wells) Granger's sister, Prudence Wells. While records usually show Jedidiah Wilder Granger's first name spelled as “Jedediah,” his signature is consistently spelt as “Jedidiah.” Jedidiah grew up on his father's farm at Sodus, New York until the family moved to Columbus, Michigan in 1835. Jedidiah was a farmer, and part-time surveyor and civil engineer initially purchasing 40 acres in St. Clair County, Michigan on 21 August 1837.

Jedidiah met and later married on 2 February 1840, at Columbus, Michigan Mary Baker, born in 1820, near Catskill in Greene County, New York, and died on 10 June 1882, at Tiffany in Dunn County, Wisconsin. His father Lyman Granger who was the Justice of the Peace at the time officiated the wedding and the official witnesses were Mary's father, Charles Baker, and J.W. Octoa Sheav(e)r. Jedidiah and Mary soon after moved to Michilimackinac County, Michigan where Jedidiah found work in the booming logging industry as a surveyor and lumber estimator. All, but their youngest child were born in Michigan during this period. Note: Mary Baker was long thought to have been the daughter of Henry Baker and Nellie A. Beales, because of an erroneous entry in the James N. Granger's 1893 Launcelot Granger of Newbury, Massachusetts and Suffield, Connecticut: A Genealogical History. However research indicates she was the daughter of Charles Baker and his wife Eleanor “Nelly” Abeel instead.

In the autumn of 1855, Jedidiah moved his family to Allamakee County, Iowa where on 15 October, the purchased a farm of 120 acres in Post Township near Waukon in Allamakee County, Iowa. Jedidiah continued to subsidize his income as a part-time civil engineer and local lawyer.

During the Summer of 1862, Jedidiah saddled his horse and rode to the then state capitol of Iowa City and then to Des Moines, Iowa. On 14 August 1862, he petitioned then Governor of Iowa, the honorable Samuel J. Kirkwood, an acquaintance of his, offering his services to the state and seeking a commission in the state militia. On 3 October of the same year, his offer was accepted and his was enlisted in the Iowa State Militia for a period of three years or the duration of the “southern rebellion.” At the same time, Mr. James I. Gilbert, considered the finest horseman in Iowa, was created a colonel and charged by Governor Kirkwood to form the new 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Camp Franklin in Dubuque, Iowa. Jedediah was appointed a first lieutenant and assigned to A Company of the newly raised 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Jedediah would have been more than willing to join the 27th Iowa Infantry, because at least two other family members were also members of the same unit--his cousin, Charles T. Granger, Charles' younger brother Theodore C. Granger, and his future grandnephew-in-law, James D. Maltbie.


Jedediah Granger 1st Lt. Jedidiah W. Granger of A Company of the 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War circa 1862. (Source: Sandra Goldstein)

In October 1862, the regiment's first assignment consisted of Colonel James I. Gilbert leading six companies as an escort for a paymaster train from Fort Snelling to Mille Lacs, Minnesota while the rest of the regiment went ahead to Memphis, Tennessee. In November, Gilbert and his companies arrived in Memphis and linked up with the rest of the 27th Regiment. A week later the regiment was part of General William T. Sherman's army and engaged in supporting Union troops against Confederate General Bedford Forrest's troops. During 1863, the regiment saw little combat action if any, being primarily assigned again to railroad protection duty in Tennessee, Arkansas, and northern Alabama guarding various rail lines in against Southern guerrillas. However in the late summer the regiment participated in the expedition to capture the rest of Arkansas. On the 24th of August, the regiment moved by river transports to Helena, Arkansas and then marched via Clarendon, on White River to Brownsville, where it joined the Army of Arkansas under Major General Frederick Steele. But, again the regiment was disappointed to be held back as part of the reserve rather than seeing any action on 10 September 1863, during the capture of Little Rock, capital of Arkansas. Caleb S. Richardson's letter to his brother, Luther, dated 15 March 1863, found on the 27th Iowa website, Richardson states, "I don't believe I have an enemy except from sinister motives such as Sergt. Tuttle." Tuttle was discharged for disability on 26 April 1863, at Jackson, Tennessee and returned to Allamakee County, Iowa that spring. Apparently several soldiers gave Tuttle money to take home to their families. Mary Granger writes her husband 1st Lt. Jedidiah Granger on 6 May 1863, regarding the fact that she is short of funds and looking forward to Sgt. Tuttle's return home with money from Jedidiah:

“Charles sent me 10 dollars by Mr. Case, which come very good for me just now I tell you, for I was out of most every thing, but I can get along now for a while. In hopes that Tuttle will get along soon. Mr. Isted has just got along, but no Tuttle, well I shall have to wait now until tomorrow night and then look again. There is some pretty hard talking about Tuttle here, but I do not take much notice of it myself. I do not know what they mean, but Mrs. Bartlet say that someone from the 27th has written home something pretty hard about him, but she would not tell me what it was. She said if my husband should write to me what you knew about Tuttle, it would make my eyes stick out. And she says it is a going to be found out to. We heard that he was seeking for a higher office, but Mrs. Haslip [wife of Capt. Amos S. Haslip] says there is no use for him to do that for he will not get any. She said she told Haslip, if he could send her money, by any other good way, she had rather he would than to send it by Tuttle. She thinks maybe I will get my money and maybe not, she does not tell me so right out but that is the way she talks. But I talk right the other way, although I must say I feel a little worried about it. She has got her's and several others. Mrs. Green [wife of Lucius L. Green] got a letter from her husband, he says that Tuttle has started for home.

On 28 January 1864, the regiment was combined with the 32nd Iowa Infantry and the 24th Missouri Infantry into a brigade under the command of Colonel William T. Shaw and moved to Vicksburg. From there they participated in General Sherman's unsuccessful attempt to entrap Confederate General Forrest and his rebel cavalry between to columns linking up in northern Mississippi in what was called the Merdian Raid. Then in March 1864, the 27th Iowa Regiment was assigned to participate in the Red River Expedition--an attempt by combined Union naval units and 25,000 army troops under Major General Nathaniel P. Banks to invade northern Texas. The regiment marched to the Mississippi River and journeyed south by riverboat and barge to the Louisiana staging area. On 31 March, the regiment took part in the capture of Alexandria, Louisiana. After securing the town and river port the army units waited for 12 naval gunboats to navigate the nearby rapids before proceeding up the north bank of the Red River to the next objective--the town of Shreveport.

At the river town of Grand Ecore, the army units moved inland separating from the naval units so as to assault Shreveport from the rear while the gunboat attacked it from the river. During the Union troop's march towards Shreveport, General Bank's forces were slowed and stung out over a long distance by a huge baggage train. On 8 April, the Union troops were surprised in an ambush at the small town of Sabine Crossroads by 14,300 Confederate troops under Major General Richard Taylor in what has been called the battle of Mansfield. Despite several attempts by the General Banks to regroup and counter-attack the rebels, the shock and force of the Southern attack drove the Union troops back, forcing the Northern general to order a retreat. After a day long series of skirmishes harassing the Union retreat, the Union troops slowed their retreat and began to reorganize with the cover of evening's darkness. Union losses were 2,186 men, 20 artillery pieces, and over 200 wagons compared to Confederate casualties of less than 1,000 troops. That night, the Union commander ordered that a strong rearguard consisting of the 27th Iowa and other regiments were to make a stand at the town of Pleasant Hill stalling the anticipated continued Confederate advance and allowing the bulk of the northern forces time to fall back to defensive positions at Alexandria.

About two hours after sunrise on the morning of 9 April, 12,000 Confederate advancing troops reached Pleasant Hill to be met by 13,000 Union forces. The 27th Iowa along with the 32nd and 14th Iowa Regiments formed into a brigade under the command of Colonel William T. Shaw were ordered into forward positions blocking the road along a wooded ditch and supported by other units in the nearby woods and knoll.

Both sides began a day long slugging match of attacks and counter-attacks. In one of the battle's early Southern attacks Lieutenant Granger was struck on the bridge of his noses by a piece of buckshot; breaking his nose and covering his lower face, beard, and the front of his uniform with blood. Around noon, the companies of the 27th Iowa were ordered to counterattack the Confederates, but cooler heads prevailed and instead of charging across open fields the regiment actually maintained their position blocking the road. During the afternoon the regiment was racked by a volley wounding Lieutenant Granger. Jedidiah, who had been hit in the right shoulder and right side of the chest--fracturing the right shoulder joint and the bone in his upper right arm in addition to breaking several ribs on his right side and collapsing his right lung--was dragged back to the Union lines and a makeshift field hospital in the Pierce-Payne Methodist College building.

While resting against a log near the field hospital, he was wounded a final time when he was hit by shrapnel from an exploding Confederate artillery shell. Two shell fragments struck him. One in the upper right thigh and the groin. By the end of the day, the rebels fell back about six miles to the safety of a bayou after losing an estimated 1,500 men. Union losses were listed as 1,506 men. Following the battle of Pleasant Hill and Taylor's withdrawal, the Union rearguard fell back toward Alexandria. During the torturous eight day journey, Jedidiah was unable to ride his horse because of the painful wounds in his groin region and was therefore dragged behind it on a stretcher made into a travois until he was kicked by the horse dumping him onto the ground. He was finally carried by an ex-slave named Amos and soldiers from his company to the Red River and loaded onto a boat or barge and taken down river to Alexandria. Arriving in Alexandria on 17 April, he remained there until evacuated by river barge on 14 May, when General Banks evacuated his troops down river to the Mississippi. Upon reaching the Mississippi River he was transported aboard a steam boat up river to a military hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Because of the sensitive nature of his groin wounds his is simply listed as slightly wounded and excused from duty in the official records. Afterwards his voice was known to be of a high pitch and he fathered no more children. He remained in the hospital through the Summer of 1864 recovering from his “slight wounds.”

In September, he managed to convince the doctors that he was fit for duty and rejoined his regiment in Missouri. That autumn, the 27th Iowa was engaged in campaigns against raiding Confederate forces in southern Missouri. Jedidiah's health experienced a setback when a bad chest cold developed into pneumonia and on 4 November, he began coughing up blood. He was taken aboard the hospital boat SS SHENANGO and transported to St. Louis to a military hospital. Once again after about a month, he recovered enough to convince the army doctors that he was fit for duty. He rejoined his regiment in Tennessee in time to lead A Company during the battle of Nashville on 15 and 16 December 1864. However, the exertion proved too much for his weakened condition and he collapsed exhausted and again began coughing up blood. Nearly captured by Confederate troops, his men hid him in a safe location with a wounded drummer boy until they were able to retrieve him the following morning. On 17 December, Jedidiah was sent to a convalescent camp at Eastport, Mississippi.

Jedediah Granger 1865 On 6 January 1865, he was taken by the steamer SS HAVANA (or HABANA) to the military hospital at Mound City, Illinois. Lieutenant Granger was certified on 28 January, as unfit for further military duty, but somehow managed to avoid a medical discharge, by obtaining a furlough from 6 February until 26 February, and returned home to Allamakee County, Iowa for the first time since July 1862, keeping him out of sight of the military doctors and the attention of the hospital administers. He returned to his regiment at Fort Blakely, Alabama on 1 April, and managed to remain with the unit until its disbandment at Clinton, Iowa on 8 August 1865. At which time he was promoted to brevet captain and given an honorable discharge ending his military service.

The photo on the left shows an emaciated Jedidiah W. Granger after returning home to Iowa from military service during the Civil War in 1865. (Source: Sandra Goldstein)

During his post Civil War years, Jedidiah was active in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) veteran's organization until his death in 1906. The sword Jedidiah carried on campaign is in the possession of Durward Granger Thomas' grandson, Durward Granger Thomas, III living in Canada

After the war, and by May of 1867, Jedidiah moved from Iowa north to Wisconsin settling first in New Haven in Dunn County where he established a farm. In 1870, he was elected to the state assembly representing Dunn County. In August 1871, he had settled in the village of Tiffany in Dunn County, Wisconsin where he was a farmer with 160 acres and civil engineer and part-time lawyer. He supervised the building of the brick county courthouse in Menomonie later that same year.

Tiffany Township, Dunn County, WIA portion of the map on page 115 of Snyder & Van Vechten's 1878 Historical Atlas of Wisconsin showing Tiffany Township in Dunn County. What makes this map unique is that it shows the location of the short lived community of Granger in the upper left, named for Jedidiah W. Granger and where he served as post master. Within a few years the village disappeared and later the now abandoned Best Valley School was built in the area. The community of Tiffany Creek, later shortened to just Tiffany eclipsed Granger and became the township's primary built up community.

In 1880, Jedidiah was hired by the Census Bureau as an enumerator for part of Dunn County and recorded the residence living in Stanton and Tiffany. His wife, Mary, died in the summer of 1882. By 1888, Jedidiah is no longer on the land patent maps for Dunn County and had moved west and homesteaded in Webster, South Dakota where he appeared in the 1890 U.S. Census


Granger Brothers

Three Granger Brothers (left to right):

Capt. Jedidiah Wilder Granger proudly wearing his Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) ribbon,

George Sherman Granger, and Julius Granger

taken at Columbus, Michigan in September of 1891, when Jedidiah went back for a GAR convention.

(Source: Sandra Goldstein)






Jedediah Granger 1901

Photo to the left is Jedidiah W. Granger in 1901. (Source: Sandra Goldstein)

1850 Census, Macinac, Michigan: Jedadiah W. Granger (age 32, lumber, born NY), Mary Granger (age 30, born NY), Robert Granger (age 8, born Mich), Collins Granger (age 6, born Mich), Edward Granger (age 4, born Mich), Eleanor Granger (age 2, born Mich).

1860 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: J. W. Granger (age 42, Sawyer (Lawyer?), born New York), Mary Granger (age 40, born New York), Robert Granger (age 18, born Michigan), Collins Granger (age 16, born Michigan), Edward Granger (age 12, born Michigan), Eleanor Granger (age 10, born Michigan), Prudence Granger (age 7, born Michigan) and Mary E. Granger (age 2, born Michigan.



REBEL PRISONERS – First Lieut. J. W. Granger, of the 27th Iowa regiment, direct from Memphis, arrived in this city on Sunday night, in charge of 57 rebel prisoners. He was between Cairo and Centralia on last Thursday night, and says that just below the latter place, the train got out of wood and the lights all went out, and it was feared for a while that there would be much suffering, if not many deaths from the intense cold, but the train backed down to the nearest station, and another engine was ordered from Centralia to their assistance, and they all arrived safely in the latter city about daylight on Friday morning. The Lieutenant informs us that Gen. Grant, from Little Rock, Arkansas – the leading Union man of that State—came up the river at the same time that he did, on his way to Washington City, with a view of getting Arkansas back into the Old Union.

L. Granger, also, informed us that while the train was detained at Vandalia, on the way up, there were a number of new recruits collected, waiting for a conveyance to take them to Springfield, when a political discussion took place between them and some impudent Copperheads of the place. When, one of the latter took off his hat, and gave three hearty cheers for Jeff Davis, which was no sooner done, than one of the volunteers split his head open with a billet of wood. He afterwards remarked that he had volunteered to kill rebels and that he might as well do it in Illinois, as in Dixie. While we are not surprised at these outbreaks, for it is hardly human to endure the consistent insults heaped by copperheads upon loyal men and the Government, yet they should be discouraged and the parties violating the law in this way should be punished.

Alton Telegraph, January 8, 1864

1870 Census: New Haven, Dunn County, Wisconsin: Jeddiah Granger (age 50, Farmer, born New York), Mary Granger (age 48, born New York), Francis Granger (age 23, born Michigan), Prudence Granger (age 17, born Michigan), Mary Granger (age 5, born Iowa), Mary Mitchell (age 18, school teacher, born New York) and Amos Granger (age 26, works on farm, born Georgia). (the story of Amos Granger can be found here.)

1880 Census, Tiffany, Dunn County, Wisconsin: Jedediah W. Granger (age 69, born New York), wife Mary Granger (age 60, born New York), adopted daughter Mary G. L. Granger (age 14, born Wisconsin), daughter in law Elizabeth B. Granger (age 35, widowed, born Tennessee), granddaughter Mary P. Granger (age 14, born Wisconsin) and grandson Edward J. P. Granger (age 11, born Texas).

Mary (Baker) Granger died during the summer of 1882.

1890 Veterans Census: Webster and Raritan, Day County, South Dakota: Jedediah W. Granger, Ft. Lieut., Company A, 27th Regiment, Iowa Inf. Enlisted Aug. 14, 1862. Discharged Aug. 8, 1865. Length of Service: 2 years, 11 months, 25 days. Post Office Address: Webster, S. Dakota. Disability Incurred: Paralysis of Bladder.

1900 Census: Rusk, Day County, South Dakota: Victoria Granger (born April 1864, age 46, widowed, married 24 years, 4 children born, 4 still living, born New York), father-in-law Jediah W. Granger (born Oct. 1818, age 82, widowed, born Michigan(?) ), daughter Gertrude M. Granger (born May 1878, age 22, born Wisconsin), daughter Ivy L. Granger (born Oct. 1882, age 18, born Wisconsin), and daughter Josephine M. Granger (born June 1888, age 12, born South Dakota.

Jedidiah Wilder Granger died in 1906 and is buried in Webster Cemetery, Webster, Day County, South Dakota.

Children of Jedidiah Granger and Mary Baker:

  1. Robert E. Granger, born on 7 May 1843, in Michilimackinac County, Minnesota and died on 28 August 1863, at Bayou Metoe, Arkansas.
  2. Charles Collins Granger, born in 1844, in Michilimackinac County, Minnesota and died in 1881.
  3. Edmond Granger, born circa 1846, in Mackinac County, Minnesota. Died after 1861. He never married.
  4. Francis Edward Granger, born on 14 January 1847, at Columbus in St. Clair County, Michigan and died on 6 March 1900, at Roslyn in Day County, South Dakota.
  5. Eleanor Baker Granger, born on 28 April 1848, at Columbus in St. Clare County, Michigan and died on 2 May 1927, at Paradise, North Dakota.
  6. Prudence Wilder Granger, born in 1853, in St. Clare County, Michigan and died in 1890, at Webster in Day County, South Dakota.
  7. Mary E. Granger, born in 1858, in Post Township near Waukon Allamakee County, Iowa.

Amos Granger: It has long been handed down in the Granger family that during the Civil War while Lt. Jedidiah W. Granger's regiment was in Missouri they were ordered to make a raid into the interior against rebel gorillas. During the raid Jedidiah became separated from his company and was forced to hide out in some woods. There his met a young black slave named Amos, who guided him back to his unit. Amos attached himself to Jedidiah as a camp follower. Believing this unacceptable Jedidiah clothed him at his own expense and hired him as a paid servant. During the subsequent Red River Campaign during which Jedidiah was severally wounded Amos stayed by his side and cared for him as the Union troops retreated back through Louisiana and Jedidah was evacuated to the huge Army hospital at Mound City, Illinois. Following the Civil War, Jedidiah brought the young black home with him to Iowa where he became an integral part of the Granger family and even adopted the surname of Granger. Jedidiah took Amos on as a protege and deeded to him ten acres of land from his own farm giving Amos a plot of land of his own to work. The 1870 U.S. Census shows that when Jedidiah and family moved to New Haven in Dunn County, Wisconsin Amos had gone with them. In Wisconsin Jedidiah encouraged Amos to apply for his own homestead and land patent records show Amos filed for and received 160 acres south of Boyceville in Dunn County. Eventually, Jedidiah and his wife decided that Amos needed a wife and as there were no other blacks in the area, Jedidiah took Amos to Eau Claire to find him a bride. There Amos met Rosa Bassett who had been rescued from slavery and brought north by Alex. Grover, of the 5th Wisconsin Infantry during the war. L.L. Sutliff officiated at the marriage of Amos and Rosa at Tiffany. Jedediah and Edmon Sutliff served as witnesses. The 1880 Census lists Amos as a Mulatto (half African-American) Male, age 33, born circa 1847, on a southern plantation in Georgia. His father was born in Virginia and his mother was born in Georgia. Rosa is also listed as a Mulatto, Age 22, born in 1858, in Virginia as were both of her parents. Amos became a successful farmer and expanded his land holdings as he prospered. He and Rosa had four children: Alma Victoria Granger, Vinnie May Granger, Gordon W. Granger, and Prudence Ella Granger. Today there were several African-American Grangers--all who descend from Amos living in Dunn County.


Green, Lucius L. - He was born about 1822 in New York. He married Sarah Miller on Mar. 10, 1848 in Winfield Township, Herkimer County, New York.

The initial two pieces of information that I could find on him are conflicting. The Iowa Civil War Soldier Burial Records say he died May 12, 1879 and is buried in Bethel Cemetery, Johnson County, Iowa. BUT the pension index record says he filed for a pension on April 21, 1880. Both identify him as Lucius L. Green of Company A, 27th Iowa. Further research has convinced me that the Iowa Civil War Burial Record is an error.

1850 Census: Johnstown, Rock County, Wisconsin: Lucius Green (age 29, farmer, born NY), Sarah Green (age 23, born NY), Henry Green (age 2, born NY), Lucy Green (age 1, born NY),

1856 Iowa State Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: L. L. Green (age 34, born NY, farmer), Sarah Green (age 28, born NY), Milton Green (age 8, born NY), Lucy Green (age 6, born NY), Nelson Green (age 5, born Wis.), and Maria Green (age 2, born Iowa. the family had been in the state of Iowa for 3 years.

August 5, 1871: The claim of Lucius L. Green for the east half of the North East quarter of Section Eight and the north half of the North West Quarter of Section nine, in Township Twenty Nine of Range Thirteen, in the district of lands subject to sale at Falls, St. Croix, Wisconsin, containing one hundred and sixty acres Homestead Certificate No. 273, Application 538.

Lucius Lynn Green died May 12, 1879, and is buried in Bethel Cemetery, Johnson County, Iowa (Source: Iowa Civil War Soldier Burial Records: Lucius Lynn Green, Private IA 27 Inf A born 1823 in NY, died May 12, 1879. Cemetery: Bethel, in Johnson Co., Iowa. NOTE: it appears that this is an error. See the rest of my research.)

Lucius L. Green filed for a pension on Apr 21, 1880.

1880 Census: Sherman, Dunn County, Wisconsin: John Johnston (age 40, born CN), wife Lucy A. Johnston (age 31, born New York), daughter Bertha M. Johnston (age 9, born Wisconsin), daughter Sylvia M. Johnston (age 8, born Wisconsin), son John M. Johnston (age 6, born Wisconsin), son David M. Johnston (age 4, born Wisconsin), son Sales M. Johnston (age 2, born Wisconsin) Delmar M. Johnston (age 3 months, born Feb. born Wisconsin), father-in-law Lucius L. Green (age 58, laborer, born New York), and mother-in-law Sarah Green (age 59, nurse, born New York).

1900 Census: Minneapolis Ward 4, Hennepin County, Minnesota: M. Green (born Jan. 1848, age 52, married 6 years, born New York)) wife Sarah Green (born Mar. 1849, age 51, married 6 years, 0 children born, born England), father L. L. Green (born March 1822, age 88, widowed, born New York, retired farmer)

Per the U.S. Civil War Soldier Records: Lucius L. Green enlisted at Waukon, Iowa on Nov. 8, 1862 at the age of 40. Company A, 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Birth date: about 1822. Death Date: Feb. 10, 1905. They list as a source: Roll of the Dead 1886- 1906 Dept. of Minnesota GAR.

Wisconsin Deaths, 1820-1907 says: Lucuis L. Green. Death Date: Feb. 10, 1905. County, Saint Croix. Volume 1, page 0473, Reel 119, Image 2943, image 101803, Sequence #: 131018. Level Info: Wisconsin Vital Records Death Index.

I have contacted an owner of a family tree that shows "Lucius L. Green, died Feb. 10. 1905" to see if he knows where he is buried.


Hall, Reuben Knox. He was born about 1824 in Switzerland County, Indiana. He was the son of John Hall (b. 1785) and Data Nocks Knox (born 1790). He married first Elizabeth Desbrough. She was the daughter of Jesse Desbrough (Disbrow) (1795 - 1863) and Martha Jane Spaulding (1801 - 1848). Reuben and Angeline Hall 

Picture: Reuben Knox Hall, Wife Angeline and daughters. Found here

1850 Census: Smyrna, Jefferson County, Indiana: Reuben K. Hall (age 27, carpenter, born Indiana), Elizabeth Hall (age 27, born Ohio), and Flora Hall (age 6/12, born Kentucky).

1860 Census: Lafayette, Allamakee County, Iowa: Reuben K. Hall, born Indiana), Elizabeth Hall (age 37, born Ohio), Florence Hall (age 10, born Kentucky), Siris W. Hall (age 8, born Iowa), Elizabeth Hall (age 4, born Iowa) and Admay Hall (age 2, born Iowa).

Elizabeth Desbrough (born 1823), died Aug. 1863 in Milton, Allamakee County, Iowa.

Reuben K. Hall married second Angeline E. "Libby" Becker on Jan. 6, 1867 in Smithfield, Allamakee County, Iowa.

1870 Census: Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: Reuben Hall (age 47, mill wright, born Kentucky), Angeline Hall (age 30, born Canada), Addie M. Hall (age 12, born Iowa) and Lucius A. Hall (age 2, born Iowa).

Mr. Eaton was married in Allamakee county, in 1875, to Miss Ella E. Hall, who was born and reared in this State, daughter of Reuben K. and Elizabeth (Desbrough) Hall, both deceased, her father having died in Guthrie county, and her mother in Allamakee county. Mr. Hall was an old soldier, a member of the Twenty-seventh Iowa Infantry, in which he served as Sergeant, and made a record as a gallant soldier. Mr. Hall was a relative of Reuben Knox, of Kentucky fame, and was named in honor of him, his middle name being Knox. Mr. and Mrs. Eaton have four children, Cloy W. and Myrta M., both graduates of the Panora high school with the class of 1895, and Harvey H. and Flossie F.

Biography of WELLS WENTWORTH EATON

1880 Census: Wakefield, Stearns County, Minnesota: Rubin K. Hall (age 58, millwright, born Indiana), wife Anja E. Hall (age 38, born NY), daughter Sara Ann Hall (age 12, born Iowa) and daughter Jenny Hall (age 10, born Iowa).

Reuben K. Hall died January 7, 1887 and is buried in Richland Cemetery, Guthrie County, Iowa.

Headstone Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans: Name: Reuben K. Hall, Pvt, Co. A. 27th Regt, Iowa Infty. Cemetery (not named) at Guthrie County, Iowa. Date of Death January 7, 1887.

Obituary, Guthrie County Vedette

Another old veteran mustered out. Reuben K. Hall, father of Mrs. Wells W. Eaton, died at the home of Wells W. Eaton in Richland Township, on the 7th of some chronic disease contracted while in the service. Mr. Hall enlisted in 1862 from Allamakee County, Iowa, and served three years as a private in Capt. Lyons' Co. We read a very affectionate letter of recent date, from our State Auditor to this old veteran, but before it reached its destination the troubled spirit of Mr. Hall had winged its way to the unknown world. He was 65 years old, and has been in feeble health since his return from the army. He has made repeated efforts to secure a pension, which was denied him, thus adding one more instance of ingratitude by our prosperous nation to its defenders. No more will the bugle call awaken this hero from his slumbers. His remains were laid away to rest in Richland Cemetery on Saturday. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved.

His widow Angeline E. Hall filed for a pension on Sept. 1, 1890 in Minnesota.

Angeline (Becker) Hall (born Apr. 1841) died Oct. 1903 in Minnesota.


Harden, Warren Dewitt. - He was born Oct. 27, 1830 in Granville, Washington, New York. He married Susanah Bryant on Oct. 4, 1852 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The image below was found on Find a Grave.

Warren D. Harden 1850 Census Fremont, Lake County, Illinois: Milton Church (age 32, farmer, born NJ), Mary Schurch (age 25, born NY), Warren Harden (age 20, born NY), Edmond Harden (age 13, born Illinois) and George Harden (age 11, born Illinois).

1856 Iowa State Census: Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: W. D. Harden (age 25, born NY), S. Harden (age 29, born SC), and C. Harden (age 7, female, born Illinois). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 1 year.

1860 Census: Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: W. D. Harding (age 27, stonemason, born Vermont), Susan Harding (age 31, born Canada), Charlotte Harding (age 13, born Illinois) and Charles Harding (age 2, born Iowa),

1870 Census, Le Roy, Mower County, Minnesota: W. D. Harden (age 39, Photographer, born New York), Susan Harden (age 44, born Canada), Charles Harden (age 12, born Iowa), George Harden (age 9, born Iowa) and Horace Harden (age 3, born Iowa).

1880 Census: Le Roy, Mower County, Minnesota: Warren D. Harden (age 51, photographer, born New York), wife Susan Harden (age 54, born Canada), son George Harden (age 17, born Iowa), son Horace Harden (age 13, born Iowa) and son Bertie Harden (age 8, born Minnesota).

1885 Minnesota Territorial and State Census: LeRoy, Mower County, Minnesota: W. D. Harden (age 55, born New York), Susan Harden (age 58, born Canada), George W. W. Harden (age 22, born Ill.), Horace G. Harden (age 18, born Iowa) and Bertie A. Harden (age 14, born Minnesota).

1900 Census: Le Roy, Mower County, Minnesota: Warren D. Harden (born Oct, 1830, age 69, married 48 years, born New York, Post master), wife Susannah Harden (born Apr. 1827, age 73, married 48 years, 4 children born, 4 still living, born Canada, immigrated 1841), son George W. W. Harden (born May 1862, age 38, born Iowa, lawyer), son Horace Harden (born Oct. 1867, age 32, born Iowa, day laborer).

1905 Minnesota Territorial and State Census: Le Roy, Mower County, Minnesota: Warren D. Harden (age 74, born New York), Susan Harden (age 78, born Canada), George W. W. Harden (age 43, born Iowa) and Horace Harden (age 37, born Iowa).

1910 Census: Le Roy, Mower County, Minnesota: Warren D. Harden (age 80, married 1 time for 54 years, born New York, own income), wife Susan Harden (age 82, married 1 time for 54 years, 4 children born, 4 still living, born Canada), son George W. Harden (age 42, married 1 time for 2 years, born Minnesota, lawyer, patent attorney), and son Horace Harden (age 37, born Minnesota, odd jobs).

Warren D. Harden died Nov. 23, 1910 in Leroy, Mower County, Minnesota. (Pension Index Record).  He is buried in Le Roy Cemetery, Le Roy, Mower County, Minnesota.

Minnesota Death Index: Warren De Witt Harden. Death Date: Nov 23, 1910. Death County, Mower. State Files Number 008135. Certificate Number: 008135. Certificate Year: 1910. Record Number 64919.

Obituary copied from the 11/30/1910 issue of the Mower County Transcript:

Warren Dewitt Harden was born October 27, 1830 in Graceville, Washington Co. New York, and died at his home in LeRoy on Nov. 23, 1910. At the age of five years he went with his parents to Lake County, Ill. where he grew to manhood. On October 4, 1852 he married Miss Susannah Bryant. In 1854 he came to Volney, IA. and in the fall of 1868 to LeRoy, MN. which has since been their home.

There are four sons: Charles S. Postmaster at LeRoy, Horace still in the home, Att'y G.W.W., and B.A. a photographer, all residents of LeRoy and were with him in his last hours. There are also five grandchildren. His twin brother grew to manhood but was a victim of a threshing accident many years ago. His aged widow is in very feeble health but is surrounded by many hosts of loving friends and receiving the tenderest care of her family. Mr. Harden's patriotism was manifested early by his enlistment and service in the Mexican War, and constant service in the War of the Rebellion.

He conducted a photography gallery in LeRoy for many years, was then appointed postmaster, which he held for many years before resigning because of ill health and advancing years. He was an honored member of the Masonic Order, the O.E.S., and the Grand Army of the Republic. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Smits at the Presbyterian Church and by the Masonic Order at the cemetery Friday afternoon.

His widow Susanah Harden filed for a pension on Jan 16, 1911 in Minnesota.


Haslip, Amos M. - He was born about 1825 in New York. He married Amanda M. Kidder on January 2, 1847 in Lewiston, New York. Amanda Malvina Kidder was born Apr. 20, 1825 at Lewiston, Niagara County, New York. She was the daughter of Amos Muscisco Kidder and Anna Enos Griswold.

1850 Census: Cambria, Niagara County, New York: Amos Haslip (age 25, blacksmith, born Canada), Amanda Haslip (age 25, born New York), Moutillea Haslip (age 2, born NY).

1860 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: A. M. (age 35, blacksmith, born Canada), and Amanda M . Haslip (age 35, born NY), . Children: Amos M. Haslip (age 12, born NY), Caroline A. Haslip (age 9, born NY) , and Lucy A. Haslip (age 3, born Iowa).

Having fully accomplished the purpose of the expedition, the troops marched to Columbia, Ark., and, going aboard transports there, were conveyed to Memphis, arriving there June 10th. The regiment remained in camp at Memphis until June 24th, when, with its brigade and division, it started on the expedition to Tupelo and Old Town Creek, Miss. During this expedition the brigade was commanded by Colonel Gilbert, and the regiment by Captain Amos M. Haslip, of Company A. On July 14th the enemy was encountered, and again on July 15th.

The first engagement was at Tupelo, the second at Old Town Creek. Captain Haslip, in his official report of these engagements, describes the different positions occupied by the regiment, the alacrity and good order with which it moved against the enemy, and at the close of his report of the first day's contest says: "The men made the fight bravely and well." Of the engagement on the second day Captain Haslip says: "We had encamped for the night after a fatiguing march from Tupelo. The enemy approached on the Tupelo road. At 6 P. M. we were ordered out, and participated in the long charge through the woods, across Old Town Creek, and still on across an open field to the brow of the hill on which the enemy had planted their guns, and from which they had shelled our camp. My position was the left center of the Second Brigade, commanded by Colonel James I. Gilbert. Some of the men were overcome and exhausted by the extreme heat. The loss of the regiment in these two engagements was one killed and twenty-five wounded. Among the wounded was Lieutenant William S. Sims, of Company B. Although the regiment had suffered heavy loss from disease and in battle, upon the date of the return to Memphis, from this expedition, its losses had been partially supplemented by recruits and by those who had recovered from wounds or sickness and returned to duty. Under date of July 23, 1864, Colonel Gilbert reports the aggregate strength 800, 35 commissioned officers and 765 enlisted men.

Amos Haslip died of disease July 3, 1865, in Montgomery, Ala.

His widow Amanda M. Haslip filed for a pension on Oct. 25, 1865. Information below was extracted from the pension file.

Amanda M. Haslip made a statement on Oct. 3, 1865 at Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa:

She was the widow of Amos M. Haslip who was a captain in Company A, 27th Regiment of Iowa Inf. Volunteers. He enlisted on Aug. 15, 1862 for three years. He died at Montgomery Alabama on July 3, 1865. Cause of death was chronic Diarrhea.

She was married to Amos M. Haslip on January 2, 1847 at Lewiston NY. by Gilbert Rockwood, Minister of the Gospel.

Her name before her marriage was Amanda M. Kidder.

There is no public record of her marriage. Carolina E. Root* is the only person living by whom she can prove her marriage. She was married at the minister's house and had inquiry for the minister and his family, but cannot hear where they are. (*A statement by Carrie Root identified her as a cousin to Amanda M. Haslip)

Her husband left surviving the following children under the age of 16: Amos M. Haslip, born Aug. 12, 1848. Caroline A. Haslip, born March 14, 1851 and Lucy A. Haslip born Dec. 17, 1856.


On June 2, 1873 she applied for an increase in pension. At that time she was a resident of Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa.

I hereby report that the name of Amanda M. Haslip, who was a pensioner on the rolls of this Agency, under Certificate No. 66687, and who was last paid at $20 to Jan 4, 1892, has been dropped because of death. (NOTE: it did not list her specific date of death or where she died).

1870 Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Amanda Haslip (age 45, born New York) and Lucy Haslip (age 13, born Iowa).


Hawkins, Hiram Parker - He was born Nov. OR Dec. 13, 1843 at Meredith, Belknap County, New Hampshire. (Note there were a number of online family trees. Nov and Dec were reported about half and half. I don't know for sure which one is correct. Also Cemetery records say DOB is Dec. 13, 1842, but tombstone says 1843.). He was the son of John Smith Hawkins (May 4, 1815 - Feb. 3, 1873) and Abigail Chase (June 8, 1817 - Oct. 15, 1884). He married first Ella Melissa Webster on Dec. 25, 1866. She was the daughter of Ralph W. Webster and Mehitable Stafford.

Hiram P. HawkinsPhoto (Hiram P. Hawkins) was submitted by Barry Hawkins

1850 Census: Meredith, Belknap County, New Hampshire: John S. Hawkins (age 35, carpenter, born NH), Abigail Hawkins (age 33, born NH), Lorenzo D. Hawkins (age 11, born NH), Luther Hawkins (age 9, born NH), Hiram P. Hawkins (age 6, born NH), Silas C. Hawkins (age 4, born NH),

1870 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: H. P. Hawkins (age 29, farmer, born New Hampshire), Ella Hawkins (age 18, born Illinois), and John Smith (probably Hawkins) (age 2, born Iowa).

1880 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Hiram Hawkins (age 34, farmer, born New Hampshire), wife Ella M. Hawkins (age 30, born Illinois), son John S. Hawkins (age 11, born Iowa), daughter Rosa Hawkins (age 10, born Iowa), Son Merrill Hawkins (age 8, born Iowa), son Hartwell Hawkins (age 6, born Iowa), son Clarence Hawkins (age 3, born Iowa) and daughter Abbey Hawkins (age 1, born Iowa).

Iowa - Allamakee County, List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: No. of Certificate: 215,792; Name of pensioner: Hawkins, Hiram P.; Post-office address: Postville; Cause for which pensioned: kidney dis.; Monthly Rate: 6.00; Date of Original Allowance: July, 1882.

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Living in Iowa, 27th Iowa: Hiram P. Hawkins, Rank: Private, Company A, Present Post Office: Postville.

1885 Iowa State Census, Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Hiram Hawkins (Township 96, Range 6, Section 30, NW NE, age 43, farmer, born NY), Ella Hawkins (age 34, born Illinois), John Hawkins (age 16, born Iowa), Rosa Hawkins (age 14, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Merrill Hawkins (age 12, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Hartsell Hawkins (age 8, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Clarence Hawkins (age 7, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Abba Hawkins (age 5, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Blanche Hawkins (age 3, born Allamakee County, Iowa) and Zertie Hawkins (age 0, born Allamakee County, Iowa.

Ella Melissa (Webster) Hawkins died Oct. 28, 1897 in Missouri.

1900 Census: Fayette, Fayette County, Iowa: Richard M. Skeels (born May 1870, age 30, married 2 years, born Ohio), wife Abbie Skeels (born Feb. 1879, age 21, born Iowa), father-in-law Hiram Hawkins (born Dec. 1841, age 58, widowed, born Mass.)

Hiram P. Hawkins married Flavia Euphina Kelley on Oct. 18, 1900 in Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Daniel Kelley and Lydia Angeline Dow. (per 1925 Iowa State Census)

1910 Census, Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: H. P. Hawkins (age 66, married 2 times, currently for 9 years, born New Hampshire), wife Flavia Hawkins (age 45, married 2 times, currently for 9 years, 4 children born, 2 still living, born Iowa).

1915 Iowa State Census: Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa: H. P. Hawkins (age 71, married, County, Allamakee, P. O. Postville. Occupation: Retired. Extent of Education: Common 4, can read and write, Birth Place: New Hampshire. Military Service: Civil War, Infantry, State: Iowa, Regiment 27, Company A. Father's birthplace: Vermont. Mother's birthplace: New Hampshire), Years in US: 71, Years in Iowa: 60.

1920 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Hiram P. Hawkins (age 76, born New Hampshire), wife Flavia E. Hawkins (age 56, born New Hampshire).

1925 Iowa State Census, Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa. Hiram P. Hawkins (age 82), father's name: John S. Hawkins, born Vermont. Mother's name: Abigail Chase, born New Hampshire. His wife Flavia Hawkins (age 61), father's name: Daniel Kelley, born New Hampshire. Mother's name: Lydia Dow, born New Hampshire.

Hiram P. Hawkins died Dec. 4, 1928 at Postville, IA and is buried in Postville Cemetery, Section B, Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa.

HIRAM P. HAWKINS, G.A.R. Veteran
Posted By: Mary Durr

TAPS ARE SOUNDED FOR H. HAWKINS, G. A. R. VETERAN
Deceased Was One of The Pioneers of This City, and Community
A CIVIL WAR VETERAN

Hiram P. Hawkins, son of John S. and Abigail Hawkins, was born in Meredith, New Hampshire, Dec. 13, 1843. He died in Postville, Iowa, Dec. 24, 1928, at the age of 84 years, 11 months and 21 days.

When Mr. Hawkins was eleven years old, his parents moved to Postville, Iowa, and through all his life, except the time spent in service in the Civil War and a few years in Fayette, Iowa, Postville has been his home.

In July 1861, Mr. Hawkins enlisted in the 12th Iowa Infantry, but as he was under age, he was discharged at his father's request. Soon after, however, he enlisted in the 27th Iowa Infantry and served with his regiment until he was mustered out at Baton Rouge, La., June 7th, 1865. He was in every battle in which his regiment engaged and under General Sherman and General A. J. Smith marched more than 3000 miles and traveled by steamboat and railroad more than 10,000. The passing of Mr. Hawkins leaves but one veteran of the Civil War in our community, Mr. D. E. Harrington.

On Dec. 25th, 1866, Mr. Hawkins was united in marriage to Miss Ella M. Webster of Rockford, Ill. To them eleven children were born, ten of whom are now living: John S. of Seattle, Wash., Merrill C. of Seattle, Wash., Hosea H. of Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Rose Hanchett of Randalia, Ia., Clarence E. of Ossian, Ia., Mrs. Abbie Skeets, last known address, Woodstock, Ill., Mrs. Blanch E. Soules of Des Moines, Mrs. Zetta A. Rost of Valley Junction, Ia., Mrs. Ada P. Shortreed of St. Paul Park, Minn., and Wallace of Waukon, Iowa.

The wife and mother of these children died October 30th, 1897.

On October 10th, 1900 Mr. Hawkins was united in marriage to Mrs. Flavia Evert who survives to mourn his departure.

Mr. Hawkins is also survived by his two step sons Roy and Herman Evert, both of Mason City, Iowa and by his sister, Mrs. Robert Topliff of Glendale, Calif., and by a brother, Harvey Hawkins of Los Angeles, Calif.

It was Mr. Hawkins request that the following lines be read at his funeral service:

THE MAN OF ' 61
by H. C. Martin

He is at rest; his once proud form
At last has had to yield
To death's keen blade that he defied
On many a battle field;
His martial tread is heard no more,
His weary march is done,
He sleeps beneath the flag he loved --
The man of sixty-one.

The flag hangs union down today,
His comrades bow the heads,
As tattoo sounds the last farewell,
The requiem of the dead.
He's fought his fight -- his day is past,
And death at last has won
Another hero from the ranks
Of those of sixty-one.

His comrades form in line once more,
And march with solemn tread,
With wailing fife and muffled drum,
To the city of the dead.
Fire one last volley o'er his grave,
Fire one last sunset gun;
Sound taps -- lights out -- there's one more gone
Of those of sixty-one.

The foregoing is in brief the life history of a man who was known to us all as honest and upright in his every dealing with his fellowmen, a good citizen, neighbor and friend, a kind husband and father and a true patriot, whose memory we revere and whose passing we mourn.

The funeral was held last Friday afternoon at one o'clock from the Postville Community church, Rev. R. F. Galloway conducting the service. Members of the American Legion officiated as pall bearers and the body was laid to rest in Postville cemetery, where taps were sounded to mark the passing of another honored member of that rapidly vanishing order, the Grand Army of the Republic.

Postville Herald, Dec. 13, 1928, newspaper clipping from my mother's obituary collection.

His widow Flavia E. Hawkins filed for a pension on Dec. 21, 1928.

Children of Hiram P. Hawkins and Ella Melissa Webster

  1. John Smith Hawkins b: Jul 1868 in Post, Allamakee, Ia
  2. Rose May Hawkins b: 11 Jul 1870 in Post, Allamakee, Ia
  3. Merrill Hawkins b: ABT 1873 in Post, Allamakee, Ia
  4. Hartwell Hawkins b: ABT 1877 in Post, Allamakee, Ia
  5. Clarence Elmer Hawkins b: ABT 1878 in Post, Allamakee, Ia
  6. Abbie Mehitable Hawkins b: Feb. 1879, in Post, Allamakee, Ia
  7. Blanche Edna Hawkins b: 24 Aug 1882 in Post, Allamakee, Ia
  8. Zetta A. "Zertie" Hawkins b: ABT 1885 in Post, Allamakee, Ia
  9. Wallace Hawkins b: 17 Jan 1889 in Post, Allamakee, Ia
  10. Ada P. Hawkins b: 17 Jan 1887 in Postville, Allamakee, Ia
  11. Hosea Harrison. Hawkins b: ABT 1892 in Iowa

Hawthorne, James T. He was born about 1845 in Armah County, Ireland. He was the son of John and Anne E. Hawthorne.

James T. Hawthorne, P.O. Waukon, farmer, section 25; owns 80 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre; son of John and Anna E. Hawthorne; born in Armah county, Scotland, in 1845. His parents started for America in 1847, coming via Gulf of St. Lawrence, and up the River St. Lawrence. His father and two brothers dying with ship fever while they were on the river, his mother, with the remainder of the family (six children) came on to Guernsey Co., Ohio, and from there to this Co., in 1853. In August 1862, he enlisted in Co. A., 27th Ia. Infantry. He participated in the battles of Pleasant Hill, La., where he was wounded, of Tupelo, Miss., Nashville, Tenn. and Mobile, Ala. At the close of the war he returned home and has since been engaged in farming

History of Allamakee County
W.E. Alexander, 1882
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1850 Census: Jackson, Guernsey County, Ohio: Anna Howthorn (age 44, born Ireland), Darius Howthorn (age 23, farmer, born Ireland), Anna M. Howthorn (age 17, born Ireland), John G. Howthorn (age 15, farmer, born Ireland), Hugh Howthorn (age 13, born Ireland), Jane J. B. Howthorn (age 11, born Ireland), Mary G. Howthorn (age 9, born Ireland). and James T. Howthorn (age 6, born Ireland).

1856 Iowa State Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Anna E. Hawthorn (age 56, born Ireland, David Hawthorn (age 28, born Ireland), Hugh Hawthorn (age 18, born Ireland), Jane J. B. Hawthorn (age 17, born Ireland), Mary S. Hawthorn (age 15, born Ireland), and James T. Hawthorn (age 12, born Ireland). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 2 years.

1860 Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Anna E. Horthorn (age 54, born Ireland), David Horthorn (age 33, farmer, born Ireland), Hugh Horthorn (age 23, farmer born Ireland, Jane Horthorn (age 21, born Ireland), Mary Horthorn (age 19, born Ireland) and James Horthorn (age 16, farmer, born Ireland).

1870 Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Annie Hawthorne (age 64), Jane Hawthorne (age 28), Hugh Hawthorne (age 31, farmer, born Ireland), David Hawthorne (age 45, farm hand, born Ireland) and James Hawthorne (age 26, farmer, born Ireland)

1880 Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa; James T. Hawthorn (age 35, single, farmer, born Ireland)

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living In Iowa: 27th Iowa: James Y. Hawthorn, Corporal, Company A., Post Office; Waukon

1900 Census: Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California: James T. Hawthorne (born Jan. 1844, age 56, single, born Ireland, immigrated 1847, in US 53 years, naturalized, farmer). (Note I am not 100 % sure this is the right one, but it was the only one I found that fit.)

1910 Census: Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee: James T. Hawthorne, (age 66, born Ire - English, immigrated 1866, naturalized, dealer, live stock), (Note: Pension records say that he died in Fountain City, Knox County, Tennessee on Mar. 9, 1920. The immigration information on this census record says he immigrated in 1866. Either the immigration date is incorrect, or this is the wrong James T. Hawthorne.)

1920 Census: Knoxville, Knox county, Tennessee: J.T. Hawthorne, (age 75, born Ireland), wife Grace Hawthorne (age 51, born Illinois).

James T. Hawthorne died Mar. 9, 1920 in Fountain City, Knox County, Tennessee. (Pension Records)


Henthorn, William - He was born December 1842 in Illinois. Pension record index shows name: William Henthorn (alias) William H. Armor and that he served with Company A 27th Iowa and Company G 44th Iowa.

1870 Census: Felix, Grundy County, Iowa: William Henthorn (age 27, farmer, born Illinois), Caroline Henthorn (age 22, born Illinois), Minnie Henthorn (age 2, born Iowa), Melvin Henthorn (age 23, farmer, born Illinois) and Simon Bittner (age 20, farm laborer, born Pennsylvania).

1875 Kansas State Census: Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas: W. H. Henthorn (age 32, farmer, born Illinois), C. J. Henthorn (age 27, female, born Indiana), M. B. Henthorn (age 7, female, born Iowa) and Millie H. Henthorn (age 9, born Kansas).

1880 Census: Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas: W. H. Henthorn (age 37, expressman, born Illinois), wife C. J. Henthorn (age 32, born, born Illinois), Minnie B. Henthorn (age 12, born Iowa) and M. M. Henthorn (age 6, female, born Kansas) (I wonder if Millie H and M. M. are the same. In 1880 the middle initial is a little hard to make. Ancestry.com interpreted it as an M, but it could be an H. Maybe 9 on the 1875 census should have been 9 months?? -- I did wonder why the oldest daughter on the 1875 census was born in Kansas and the younger in Iowa.)

1895 Kansas State Census: Topeka Ward 1, Shawnee County, Kansas: William Henthorn (age 52, born Illinois, Hack mail?, Honorably Discharged from the volunteer service of the United States: Yes, Name of State in which enlisted: Iowa, Letter of Company: Co. A & Co. G. Name of Regiment 27th & 44th. Arm of Service: Infantry), Caroline Henthorn (age 46, born Illinois), Clyde Henthorn (age 8, born Mo.).

1900 Census: Topeka Ward 1, Shawnee County, Kansas: William H. Henthorn (born Dec. 1842, age 57, married 34 years, born Illinois, teamster), wife Caroline Henthorn (born Jan. 1848, age 52, married 34 years, 3 children born, 2 still living, born Illinois), adopted son Clyde M. Henthorn (born June 1886, age 13, born Nebraska).

1905 Kansas State Census: Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas: Wm. H. Henthorn (age 62, born Illinois, from Iowa to Kansas, Expressman, Honorably Discharged from the volunteer service of the United States: Yes, Name of State in which enlisted: Iowa, Letter of Company: A & G. Name of Regiment 27th & 44th. Arm of Service: Infantry): Caroline J. Henthorn (age 57, born Illinois)

1915 Kansas State Census: Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas: W. H. Henthorn (age 72, born Illinois, from Iowa to Kansas, local expressman, Honorably Discharged from the volunteer service of the United States: Yes, Name of State in which enlisted: Iowa, Letter of Company: A & G. Name of Regiment 27th & 44th. Arm of Service: Infantry), Caroline Henthorn (age 67, born Illinois).

William H. Henthorn died May 28, 1918 at No. Topeka Kansas. (Pension Index Record)

His widow Caroline Henthorn filed for a pension on January 6, 1918 in Kansas.


Hill, Henry He was born Feb. 9, 1835 in Lycoming Co, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Daniel Hill and Margaret Shoner. He married first Juliana Decker on Mar. 29, 1855 in Green County, Wisconsin. He married second (her sister) Abigail Decker about 1857. They were the daughters of George Decker (June 10, 1805 - Mar. 10, 1860) and Laura Churchill (Dec. 20, 1808 - Nov. 10, 1870). A third sister (Margery Decker) was married to Eza Milks Stephens who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

Cerro Gordo County Iowa Genealogy Biographies:"1883 History of Iowa Franklin & Cerro Gordo Counties" compiled & Contributed by Susan Steveson

Henry Hill came to Iowa in 1876, bought land in Bath township, improved and settled upon it, and which is still his home. In 1855 he was married, in Wisconsin, to Juliana Decker, of Erie Co., N. Y., who died ten months after her marriage, and in 1857 he married her sister, Abigail Decker, who has borne him two children--Frank W. and Cora J. Mr. Hill was born Feb. 9, 1835, in Lycoming Co., Penn., and is the son of Daniel and Margaret (Shoner) Hill, who started from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin in a one-horse conveyance. The father died on the way, in Ohio, when Henry was seven years of age. The family went on and joined his brother and two sisters in Wisconsin, where Henry lived till he was married. He bought land and settled in Green Co., Wis., in 1859, sold out, removed to Allamakee Co., Iowa, and bought land and settled in Jefferson township. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the 27th Iowa Infantry, company A, and went to Minnesota to fight the Indians. In the fall he went south. He served with his regiment until the war closed and was mustered out, Aug. 8, 1865. He was in the battles of the Red River expedition, Fort De Russey, Pleasant Hill, Yellow Bayou, Tupelo, Old Town Creek and Fort Blakely. On his return from the war he resumed farming in Allamakee county, remaining there until 1876 when he came to this county.

1850 Census: Sylvester, Green county, Wisconsin: Margaret Hill, (age 37), William Hill (age 16), Charlotte Hill (age 19), Henry Hill (age 15) and Sarah J. Hill (age 6).

1860 Census: Sylvester, Green County, Wisconsin: Henry Hill (age 25, born Pennsylvania), Abigail Hill (age 26, born New York) and Frank Hill (age 8/12, born Wisconsin). Laura Decker (age 57), Edward Decker (age 17) and George Decker (age 10) were living next door to them.

1870 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee county, Iowa: Henry Hill (age 34), Abigail Hill (age 35), Frank Hill (age 10), Cora Hill (age 2) and Archibald Stanley (age 17). (George Decker and family were living next door).

1880 Census: Bath, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa: Henry H. Hill (age 45), wife, Abigail Hill (age 47), daughter, Cora Hill (age 12) and son, Frank Hill (age 20).

1885 Iowa Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living in Iowa: Under 27th Iowa: Henry Hill, Corporal, Co. A, Present Post-Office Address: Edgewood

1885 Iowa State Census, Bath, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa: Henry Hill (age 49, Township 95, Range 20, Section 23, SE SE Bath, farmer, born Pennsylvania), Abigail Hill (age 51, born Maryland) and Cora Hill (age 14, born Allamakee County, Iowa.) Frank Hill (with family) was listed on the same census page.

1900 Census: District 29, Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa: Henry Hill (born Feb 1835, age 65, married 42 years, born Pennsylvania), wife Abbie Hill (born Oct. 1833, age 66, married 42 years, 3 children born, 2 still living, born New York), daughter Cora Gelo (born Dec. 1867, age 32, married 13 years, 1 child born, 1 still living), son-in-law Charles H. Gelo (born Jan. 1864, age 35, married 13 years, born Germany), granddaughter Julana Gelo (born July 1889, age 10, born Iowa).

1910 Census: District 81, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa: H. H. Hill (age 75, married 2 times, currently 52 years, born Pennsylvania), wife Abbie Hill (age 76, married 1 time, 3 children born, 2 still living, born New York), daughter Cora Gelo (age 42, married 1 time for 23 years, 1 child born, 1 still living), Grandson-in-law, Percy C. Church (age 34, married 1 time for 4 years), granddaughter Juliana Church (age 20, married 4 years, 2 children born, 1 still living), gt granddaughter Priscilla Church (age 3).

1915 Iowa State Census, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa: Henry Hill, age 80, Polk County, P. O. 1088-42, Town of Des Moines, Ward 1, occupation: retired, extent of education: common 8, born Pennsylvania, Military Service: Civil War, Infantry, State of Iowa, 27th Regiment, Company A., Church Affiliation: Baptist, father born Germany, mother born Germany, married, years in Iowa: 54.

Abigail Hill was also in Polk County in 1915: Abigail Hill, age 81, County Polk, P.O. 1088-42, Town: Des Moines, Ward 1, extent of education: Grammar 8, Born New York, Church Affiliation: Baptist, father's birth place: New York, mother's birthplace, Connecticut, married. Years in Iowa, 54.

1920 Census: Mason, Cerro Gordo, County, Iowa: Charles Gelo, (age 55, married), wife Cora Gelo, (age 51, born Iowa), father-in-law Henry Hill (age 86, born Pennsylvania), Mother-in-law Abby Hill (age 86, born New York), son-in-law Percy Church (age 43), and granddaughter Priscilla Church (age 12).

Abigail Hill (born 1834), died 1921 and is buried in Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.

Henry Hill died Dec. 24, 1927 at Grand Rapids, Michigan (Pension Index Record) and is buried in Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa

Henry Hill, 3 Corp. IA 27 Inf A, born Jan 1, 1846, died Oct. 30, 1927 in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Source: Iowa Civil War Soldier burial Records. (Note: the date of birth is not my typo, but it appears to be incorrect. The information in the biography above agrees with the Roster and other census information. 1846 is just way off. -- I subsequently learned that the date of death is also incorrect. Maybe he was confused with another Henry Hill?)

Find a Grave has this information: Henry Hill, (born Feb. 9, 1835), died Dec. 24, 1927 and is buried in Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. (Information in the obituary matches the biography and census records above.)

Find a Grave had this obituary.
Mason City Globe-Gazette(Mason City, Iowa), December 30, 1927, p. 8, col. 7

Old Time Resident Is Brot Here for Burial

Burial of Henry Hill, 92, who resided in Mason City for many years, took place at Elmwood cemetery Friday morning. Mr. Hill, who lived here from 1875 to 1910, died at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Juliana Allen, Grand Rapids, Mich., Christmas eve.

Mrs. Allen is a daughter of Mrs. Charles Gelo, formerly of this city but now of Des Moines. Besides the daughter living in Des Moines, Mr. Hill is survived by a son, Frank Hill, Haswell, Colo., rancher, who formerly lived here.

Old age was given as the cause of Mr. Hill's death. The former resident of this city was born Feb. 2, 1835, at Williamsport, Pa. He came to Iowa with his parents in a covered wagon and, while on the way here, lived for a time in Green county, Wis., near Monroe. He married Miss Abigail Decker at Monroe in 1858.

Mr. Hill served from 1862-1865 in the Civil war.

The former local man visited this city for the last time when Mrs. Hill died in Aug. 1921.

Funeral services were held at Grand Rapids and the body was brot here for burial. Mr. and Mrs. Gelo accompanied the body.

(I had initially found the information below on Henry Hill in Poweshiek County (from two different sources). I am now convinced that information is incorrect. The 1915 Iowa State Census proves that Henry Hill buried in Cerro Gordo is the one that was in the 27th Iowa. (the other Henry Hill (below) died in 1914, before the 1915 census -- I believe they confused Henry Hill in the 24th Iowa with Henry Hill in the 27th)

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War showed the following information: Hill, Henry, - 27th Iowa, Co A -Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa
(1831 - 1914).

The Poweshiek County Website had this information on the Civil War Veterans F thru K: Hill, Henry; 24th Iowa; 27th Iowa; C & A; 1831-1914; Grinnell Hazelwood /Soldiers' Records.


Ingalls, William V - Born Sept. 22, 1842 in Canada. He was the son of Wellington Ingalls (Jan 23, 1818 - Sept. 21, 1894), and Elizabeth "Betsy" Ferguson. (Dec. 14, 1820 - May 2, 1864).

Family tree information says he died Dec. 28, 1862 and is buried in Monona City Cemetery, Clayton County, Iowa, (22 Sep 1842 - 28 Dec 1862) age 20, 3 mos and 6 days Ref: Terri Knutson, Family records, Family Bible -- Note the date of death matches the date of death listed on the Clayton County website where he is identified as being with the 27th: Monona City Cemetery

However, the roster says he was "discharged for disability Jan. 6, 1863, Cairo, Ill." So one of those dates has to be incorrect. ejj

His father Wellington Ingalls filed for a pension on March 16, 1880


Kimberly, Austin - He was born April 14, 1836 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England. He was the son of Benjamin Kimberly and Sarah Neale. He married first Harriet Gutteridge on Feb. 1, 1858 at Coventry, Holy Trinity Church. He married Christaina Amanda Whaley on Dec. 18, 1865 in Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa. (Iowa, County Marriages 1838-1934). He married Maria Parker (nee Clark) on July 9, 1877 in Sherborne, Dorset, England. He married Mary Ann Ward, Jun 23, 1900 in Leichestershire, England. (the English marriage dates were provided by Keith Clark - - see below).

I had previously been unable to find much on this soldier (other then the pension index record). I recieved an email from Keith Clark which said this:

My Great grandfather's sister married Austin Paul Kimberley who was a Corporal in the 27th Iowa. He was born in England in 1836 and married in Iowa to Christianna Whaley. As far as I am aware he divorced her and returned to England and married my 2nd great Aunt Maria Parker, nee Clarke. Maria died and Austin married for a fourth time. His last wife received a pension.

I was amazed to find that he had served in the Civil War. And am looking to find a photograph of the regiment if possible. I just thought I would mention this to you as you may be interested

With this information I was able to find the marriage record for Austin and Christiana as well as for their children. I also found his ex-wife in 1880 as "divorced" I was not able to find him on any census record other than a printed listing of the 1885 list of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, living in Allamakee County, Iowa. (This may have been an error of sorts. Note that in Keith Clark's notes below he was back in England by 1877).

Note: after corresponding with Keith Clark, he provided more information:

Here is the information I have about Austin Paul Kimberley:

Austin was the son of Benjamin Kimberley, and Sarah Neale. He was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England 14th April 1836. I can't find the source at the moment where I got his date of birth as I have found no baptism record. His father had died before 1846 as that year his mother re-married to Samuel Sanders. Austin had a brother Benjamin Kimberley, and his sister Ann who died as a child. Austin's occupation was a Dyer.

He married for the first time to Harriet Gutteridge 01 Feb 1858 at Coventry, Holy Trinity Church. Their children were Austin Alex Kimberley born in 1858 and died aged five months, Reuben Kimberley born 1859 died 1865, and Joseph Kimberley born 1860 and died 1864. All born in Coventry.

This is where it got complicated, as on the 1861 census for Coventry England there are major mistakes, and I worked it out thus: Austin was living with his wife Harriet in Gosford Street, Coventry which is where Joseph was born in 1860. Harriet's parents were also listed in Gosford Street and their surname is spelled wrong. Also Austin is spelled as Auter and Harriet as Hannah and their two sons alive at that time were listed as Phebe which is Reuben, and Ann which is Alec. Think the original schedule was changed in transcription -- I have seen that happen a few times. This must have been the time when Austin left England, as Harriet married a Charles Whadcock in Coventry in 1865. She used her maiden name, and stated she was a spinster. I am sure this is her, as the signature is the same and her fathers name and occupation. I think this kind of thing happened a lot. I can't seem to find her in any later census returns after 1871.

Christianna Kimberley re-married in 1885 to Martin E Letts.

Austin married my great great Aunt Maria Parker, a widow nee Clarke. Maria was born and lived in Coventry. Austin and Maria were married in Sherborne, Dorset, England in the Union Chapel, 09 Jul 1877. Their first born son Austin Alexander Kimberley, was born in Coventry, 03 Jun 1879, and then Samuel Kimberley born 12 Dec 1882, in Derbyshire, England. Maria Kimberley died in Leicestershire in 1899.

Austin married his fourth wife Mary Ann Ward (born in Coventry in 1869) 23 Jun 1900, in Leicestershire. His children with her, were Albert Kimberley born 1901 in Leicestershire, and Grace Kimberley 1903 Leicestershire.

Austin died in 1917 Leicester and I guess that's where he is buried. In 1911 he was living at 5 Flora Terrace, Flora Street, Leicester and his will has the same address.

1880 Census, Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: Christian Kimberly (female, aged 32, divorced, born Canada), son Damon Kimberly (age 13, born Iowa, father born England), daughter Amanda Kimberly (age 10, born Iowa, father born England), son Royal Kimberly (age 5, born Iowa, father born England). A couple of houses over was: Damon Whaley (age 80, farmer, born NY) Jane Whaley (age 58, born Canada), grandson Enos Kimberly (age 7, born Iowa).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living in Iowa in Allamakee County: A. P. Kimberly, 27th Iowa, Private, Company A. Current P. O. Waukon.

Christiana Kimberly married Martin E. Letts on Jan 12, 1885 in Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa (Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809 - 1992)

Atta Kimberley married James Thompson on Feb. 17, 1891 in Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa. Her parents were listed as Austin Paul Kimberley and Christiana A. Whaley. She was aged 38 at the time with an estimated year of birth of 1868. (Iowa, County Marriages 1838-1934)

Damon W. Kemberly married Elsie M. Dennis on Oct. 10, 1892 in Jefferson, Allamakee County. His parents were listed as Austin Kemberly and C.A. Whaley. He was aged 27, with an estimated year of birth of 1865. (Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992)

D. W. Kimberley (male) married Olephine Aselson on Aug. 24, 1894 in Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa. His parents were listed as Austin P. Kimberley and C. A. Whaley. He was aged 21 with an estimated year of birth of 1873. (Iowa, County Marriages 1838-1934). (Note: According to other sources it was Charles Royal Kimberley that married Olepine Aselson.)

Austin Kimberley filed for a pension in England on Feb. 24, 1916.

Austin Kimberley died Apr. 23, 1917 in Leicester, England. (Pension Index Record)

His widow Mary A. Kimberly filed for a pension on Aug. 6, 1917 in England.


Lyons, James Albert. He was born Apr. 12, 1838 in McConnelsville, Morgan County, Ohio. He was the son of John Lyons (Dec. 22, 1811 - Mar. 13, 1856) and Amanda Fouts (1820 - 1846). He married Ellen A. Taylor on Aug. 16, 1862 in Prairie Du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of William Henry Taylor (August 4, 1819 - Nov. 3, 1890) and Effie Frances Fitch (Aug 1825 - 1904). She possibly had a sister named Laura C. Taylor married to James Henry Rogers. Laura Taylor was described as "a native of Hancock county, Illinois, where she resided until about the age of fourteen years, when she accompanied her sister, Mrs. J. A. Lyons, to Guthrie county."

James A. Lyons
submitted by Dick Barton

James A. Lyons was a native of Morgan county, Ohio. In 1855, with his parents, he was in Allamakee county, Iowa, where he farmed until 1856. He then went to Leavenworth, Kansas, and engaged as a government freighter from that place to New Mexico. Was later found in the lumber regions of Wisconsin and there until 1861. Returned that year to McGregor, Iowa, and enlisted in Company K, First Iowa Cavalry. Was shot in the shoulder in an engagement with Quantrell's band in Missouri and was discharged in 1862. In October of that year commissioned by Governor Kirkwood as second lieutenant of Company A, Twenty-seventh Iowa Infantry. Was compelled to resign later on account of old wound; 1864 in Independence, Iowa, then to La Harpe, Illinois, where he was a merchant until 1868. In that year came to Guthrie county and engaged in farming. In 1870 in the dry goods business. Now deceased.

"Past and Present of Guthrie County, Iowa
"Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1907.


Hon. James A. Lyons
LYONS, FOUTS, TAYLOR

Posted By: volunteer transcriber
Date: 3/3/2004

Hon. James A. Lyons, the member of the present house of representatives from Guthrie county, and one of the famous fifty-two who so nobly held their ground on the prohibitory bill, is a native of Morgan county, Ohio, and was born April 12, 1838. His parents, John and Amanda (Fouts) Lyons, were natives, he of Pennsylvania, and she of Ohio. In 1855 the family emigrated to Allamakee county, Iowa, where James was engaged in farming until 1856. He then went to Leavenworth, Kansas, and was engaged as a government freighter on the plains from that city to New Mexico -- two trips. He then returned to Iowa and from there he went to the lumber regions of Wisconsin, here residing until the war broke out, in April, 1861. In June of that year he returned to McGregor, Iowa, and enlisted in Company K, 1st Iowa cavalry. During a fight with Quantrell's Guerrillas at Montevallo, Missouri, April 14, 1862, he was wounded in the arm and shoulder, and after spending one month in the hospital at Osceola, Missouri, returned home and was soon afterward discharged. he enlisted again in August, 1862, and in October, 1862, he was commissioned by Governor Kirkwood as second lieutenant of company A, 27th Iowa regiment, and served with that company until compelled to resign on account of his old wounds. In 1864 he located in Independence, Iowa, where he was in the photograph business one year. He then removed to La Harp, Illinois, where he was a merchant until 1868. In that year he came to Guthrie county and engaged in farming. In 1870 he engaged in the dry goods business. He was united in marriage, August 17, 1862, to Miss Ellen A. Taylor, a native of Ohio. They have four children-- Harry H., Frank A., Jessie L., and Hibbard F. Mr. Lyons was mayor of Guthrie Center in 1882, and was elected a member of the general assembly in 1883. He is a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commander of Masonry and a member of the V. A. S. and G. A. R. He and his good wife are members of the M. E. Church. Mr. and Mrs. Lyons were so unfortunate as to lose their fourth child, Hibbard, on the 8th of August, 1884, by death.

source: History of Guthrie and Adair Counties, Iowa; Springfield, Ill: Continental Hist. Co., 1884 - Guthrie
County Representatives
transcribed by Bobbi Pohl


JAMES A. LYONS A native of Morgan county, Ohio, Mr. Lyon was born on April 12, 1838. In 1855, with his parents, he was in Allamakee county, Iowa, where he farmed until 1856. He then went to Leavenworth, Kansas, and engaged as a government freighter from that place to New Mexico. He was later found in the lumber regions of Wisconsin and was there until 1861. He returned that year to McGregor, Iowa, and enlisted in Company K, First Iowa Cavalry. He was shot in the shoulder in an engagement with Quantrill's band in Missouri and was discharged in 1862. In October of that year he was commissioned by Governor Kirkwood as second lieutenant of Company A, Twenty-seventh Iowa Infantry. Mr. Lyons was compelled to resign later on account of old wound. In 1864 he went to Independence, Iowa, then to La Harpe, Illinois, where he was a merchant until 1868. In that year came to Guthrie county and engaged in farming. In 1870 he was in the dry goods business. In 1883 Mr. Lyons, was elected to the lower house of the general assembly, serving two terms to the satisfaction of his constituency. On his retirement from the legislature he was nominated by the republican state convention for auditor of state to which office he was elected serving in that capacity for three terms. In 1893 he was a candidate for governor, but was defeated by Frank Jackson, who was elected and served one term. In 1862, he was married to Miss Ellen Taylor, who was also a native of Ohio. Mr. Lyon was made a master mason by Orange lodge of this place, belonging also to the Chapter and Commandery. He was active in the Methodist church, and took a prominent part in its affairs.

Source: The Gutherian, Guthrie Center, Iowa, May 17, 1906 and Past and Present of Guthrie County, Iowa, Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1907.

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865: James A. Lyon, Side: Union, Regiment State: Iowa. Regiment Name: 1 Iowa Cavalry. Regiment Name Expanded: 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry. Company K. Rank In: Sergeant. Rank Out: Sergeant. Information from State Historical Society of Iowa resources

1856 Iowa State Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Thomas Lyons (age 40, born Pennsylvania, farmer), Susannah Lyons (age 40, born Pennsylvania), Worley Lyons (age 14, born Ohio), Mary C. Lyons (age 13, born Ohio), Amelia A. Lyons (age 9, born Ohio), Nancy Jane Lyons (age 7, born Ohio), Rachael Lyons (age 27, born Ohio), James A. Lyons (age 18, born Ohio), Ruth Ann Lyons (age 16, born Ohio), Hannah M. Lyons (age 13, born Ohio), John N. Lyons (age 6, born Ohio), Mary M. Lyons (age 3, born Ohio) and Sarah A. Lyons (age 6/12, born Iowa). (Note: By 1856, both of his parents are deceased. Based on family tree information: Thomas would have been his Uncle. Rachel (age 27) is his father's second wife. John, Mary and Sarah are her children).

1860 Census: Post. Allamakee County, Iowa: Cyrus Bates (age 40, carpenter born Connecticut), Elizabeth Bates (age 34, born Connecticut), William M. Bates (age 5, born Iowa) and James Lyons (age 21, farm laborer, born NY).

1870 Census: Center, Guthrie County, Iowa: James A. Lyon (age 31, born Oho), Ellen A. Lyon (age 28, born Ohio), Harry H. Lyons (age 6, born Iowa) and Frank Lyon (age 1, born Illinois).

1880 Census, Jackson, Guthrie County, Iowa: James Lyons (age 40, dry good merchant, born Ohio), wife Ellen A. Lyons (age 38, born Ohio), son Harry H. Lyons (age 16, clerk in store, born Iowa), son Frank Lyons (age 11, born Illinois), daughter Jessey L. Lyons (age 6, born Iowa).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living in Iowa: 27th Iowa: J. A. Lyons, Rank: Second Lieutenant, Co. A, Present Post Office Address: Guthrie Center.

1885 Iowa State Census: Guthrie Center, Guthrie County, Iowa: James A. Lyons Grand Street, age 46, Dry Goods merchant, born Ohio), Ellen A. Lyons (age 42, born Ohio), Harry H. Lyons (age 20, born Clayton County, Iowa), Frank A. Lyons (age 16, born Illinois) and Jessie L. Lyons (age 11, female, born Guthrie County, Iowa).

CONVENTION COMMENTS - The Vote for Auditor

The first ballot for auditor stood as follows:

Beardsley 264, Lyons 231, Peck 264, Kyte 89, Osborne 70, Total 968. Necessary to make a choice, 485.

Second ballot: Beardsley, 252, Lyons 300, Peck 337, Osborne 33, Kyte, 89.

On the third ballot Peck was in the lead, Lyons being second and Peck seemed to be about to grasp the prize, when several counties changed to Lyons. This movement, however, did not become general, until Des Moines County gave the signal for a general transfer of the Beardsley votes to Lyons, changing her own fourteen votes to the latter gentleman, which sent him to the front by many lengths.

Captain Lyons earned his military title in the war. He served as a private in Company K, First Iowa Cavalry, in the same regiment as Judge Stutsman, and later as a lieutenant in Company A, Twenty seventh Iowa Infantry. He is a merchant in Guthrie county, was a member of the legislature, is a tip-top good man, a genial companion, a reliable citizen, and will make a first class auditor.

The Burlington Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Friday Morning, August 27, 1886

Des Moines Register: Capt. Lyons, state auditor, yesterday received by express the flag of his old Company A., of the 27th Iowa Infantry. The flag is well preserved. It was made by ladies at the village of Hardin, and presented to the company in August 1862. One of the leading spirits in making and presenting the flag was the young lady who is now Mrs. Lyons. The presentation speech was made by Judge Williams and the response in behalf of the company by Capt. Lyons. Since the war the flag has been in the possession of Mrs. Amanda Hazlip, of Sidney, the widow of the captain of the Company. Recently she determined to leave the state and feeling that the old flag should be kept and preserved on Iowa soil she has turned it over to Capt. Lyons, with the understanding that it shall remain in his possession as long as he remains in Iowa. The flag is very dear to the boys of Company A, 27th Iowa, and all of them will be glad to learn that it is to remain on Iowa soil.

Humeston New Era, Sept. 12, 1888

1900 Census, Valley, Guthrie County, Iowa: James A. Lyons (born Apr. 1838, age 62, married 37 years, born Ohio, dry goods merchant), Ellen A. Lyons (born April 1842, age 58, married 37 years, 8 children born, 3 still living, born Ohio).

James A. Lyons died May, 12, 1906 and is buried in Masonic section of Orchard Mesa Cemetery, Grand Junction, Mesa County, Colorado

JAMES A. LYONS (BIOGRAPHY)

James A Lyons, merchant impetuous, forceful, honest and trustworthy, made a success of the dry goods business and without neglecting his business became interested in politics and served in the General Assembly and as Auditor of the State. He was a captain in the Civil war. He went to Grand Junction, Colorado, in 1903. He was born in Morgan county. Ohio, April 12. 1832, and died at Grand Junction, Colorado, May 12, 1906.

A Record History Biography Memory, Pioneer Times and People
Guthrie Center Iowa
By Elbert Wright Weeks 1932

Ellen (Taylor) Lyons died May 17, 1906 at Grand Junction, Mesa County, Colorado. (which probably explains why there was no widows pension filed). She is buried in Masonic Section of Orchard Mesa Cemetery, Grand Junction, Mesa County, Colorado

Submitted by Sharyl Ferrall
Des Moines Daily News
May 19, 1906

Wife Follows Her Husband to Grave

Within a few days after her husband had been laid to rest, the widow of Captain J. A. Lyons, former state auditor of Iowa, sickened and died and was laid to rest in the same grave.

Captain Lyons, who was a resident of Des Moines during his term as auditor, was buried at Grand Junction, Colorado, last Monday His widow, who had been ill, died Thursday and was buried in the same place Friday. A son, Harry, died within a year at the same place.


McClaskey, James W - He was born about 1840 in Pennsylvania. He was the son of Johnston McClaskey and Nancy Hurst. He married Louisa Elizabeth Terrill on April 22, 1860 in Ludlow Township, Iowa. She was the daughter of Nathan Covey Terrill ((Apr. 12, 1800 - Mar. 19, 1870) and Elizabeth "Betsy" Lang (Nov. 12, 1803 - Sept. 1, 1877)

1850 Census: West Fallowfield, Crawford County, Pennsylvania: Johnston McCloskey (age 53, farmer, born Penn), Nancy McCloskey (age 44, born Penn), Helen M. McCloskey (age 18, born Penn), Ellen F. McCloskey (age 16, born Penn), George Hurst McCloskey (age 15, born Penn), William P. McCloskey (age 13, born Penn), James W. McCloskey (age 10, born Penn.) and Alexander J. McCloskey (age 8, born Penn). (Note I found one family tree online that listed Johnston McClaskey with spouse Nancy Hurst. It only listed one daughter: Helen Margaret. She was listed on the 1850, 1856, and 1860 census with siblings. Also note the middle name of Hurst for George).

1856 Iowa State Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Johnston McClaskey (age 64, born Penn), Nancy McClaskey (age 51, born Penn), Hellen McClaskey (age 24, born Penn), Jas. McClaskey (age 15, born Penn), Alexander McClaskey (age 15, born Penn) and Eva F. McClaskey (age 5, born Penn). The family had been in the state of Iowa for less than 1 years.

1860 Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: James W. McCaskey (age 20, farmer, born Pennsylvania), Louisa McCaskey (age 18, born Pennsylvania. They were living next door to Nathan C. Terrell (age 60) and Elizabeth Terrill (age 57. Also on the same page was Johnston McCaskey (age 60, farmer, born Penn) and Nancy McCaskey (age 50, born Penn.)

James W. McClaskey died July 25, 1865 and is buried in Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn. Section A, Site 2037.

His widow Louisa E. McClaskey filed for a pension on Oct. 27, 1865.

Louisa E. Dull was appointed guardian of the minor children of James W. McClaskey on May 2, 1867.

In a Declaration of Minor Children for Pension, dated May 2, 1867, Louisa E. Dull stated:

She was a resident of Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa.

She was aged 25.

She was the guardian of the minor children of James W. McClaskey: Ida M. McClaskey and Hattie V. McClaskey.

Their father was a private in Company A, commanded by Captain A. M. Haslip in the 27th Regiment of Iowa Inf. Volunteers, and that he died in the service on steamboat between Helena and Memphis on the 25th day of July, 1865 of chronic diarrhea.

The mother of the children again married, (being now the wife of Abram Dull) on the 3rd day of July 1866.

The date of birth of her said wards were as follows: Ida M. McClaskey born on the 19th day of Sept. 1861, Hattie V. McClaskey born April 5, 1863.

The parents of the children were married at Ludlow Township, Iowa on the 22nd day of April, 1860, by W. E. McCormick, a minister of the Gospel.

A Certificate of Marriage in the Pension file certifies that on the 25th day of April, 1860 at Ludlow in Allamakee County according to law and by authority, I duly joined in marriage James W. McClaskey and Louisa E. Terrell. Given under my hand, the 25th day of April, 1860, W. E. McCormick, Minister of the Gospel.

A Certificate of Marriage in the Pension Record certifies that on the 22nd day of April 1860, at Waukon in Allamakee county, according to Law and by Authority, I duly joined in marriage James W. McClaskey and Louisa E. Terrell. Given under my hand the 22nd day of April, 1860. Rev. W. E. McCormick.

A marriage certificate in pension file: (Allamakee County). This certifies that on the 3rd day of July 1866, at Ludlow, in said county, according to law and by authority, I duly joined in marriage Abraham Dull and Louisa E. McClaskey. Given under my hand the 3rd day of July, 1866. Rev. B. D. Aldin.


A Statement by John W. Pratt: State of Iowa, Allamakee County,.

John W. Pratt first being duly sworn deposes and says that he is the identical John W. Pratt who was a Lieutenant in Co. A. 27th Regt. of Iowa Vols, that J. W. McClaskey of said Company and Regt died in the service of the United States, on a steamer in the Mississippi River between Helena Ark and Memphis Tennessee on the 25th day of July 1865 of Chronic Diarrhea and that said disease was contracted in the month of May 1865 while on the march from near Blakely to Montgomery, Alabama and in the line of his duty as a soldier. That affiants knowledge of the above facts is derived from him personally present with said soldier and further that a certificate of an officer now in actual service cannot be processed by reason of said Regt being mustered out of service and further that affiant has no interest whatever in this claim for a pension.

John W. Pratt
March 27, 1866.

1870 Census: Linton, Allamakee County, Iowa: Abraham Dull age 35), Louisa E. Dull (age 28), Rebecca Dull (age 14), George Dull (age 12), Rachel Dull (Age 8), Laura Dull (age 1), Ida McClaskey (age 8) and Hattie McClaskey (age 7).

1890 Veterans Census in Hardy, Nuckolls, Nebraska:. - Louisa E. Dull, formerly wife of James W. McClaskey, Private, Company A, 27th Iowa Inf. Enlisted Aug 2, 1862, Served 2 years, 11 months and 20 days. Post Office Address: Hardy, Nuckolls Co., Neb. Remarks: Died on boat coming home to muster out.

In Memoriam

Mrs. Louisa E. (Terrill) Dull was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, Dec. 31st, 1841 and died Oct. 5th 1897, aged 55 years, 9 months and 4 days.

She came with her parents in childhood to Allamakee County, Iowa, and was united in matrimony to James W. McClaskey in 1860. Two children blessed their union, Mrs. Leslie Woodhead and Mrs. Hattie Stuart. Mr. McClaskey having lost his life in his country's service, she was again united in marriage to Abram Dull, July 3, 1866. In 1876 they cam to Nuckolls county, Nebraska, where they have since lived. She leaves a husband and a number of children to mourn her loss. All were present at the funeral, which took place from the home, except Mrs. R. A. Eakin and Miss Grace Dull. Mrs. Dull was a member of the M E church for thirty years, always clinging with childlike faith.

The funeral ceremonies were conducted by Rev. E F S Darby, pastor of the M .E. Church at Hardy. Her remains were laid to rest in the Hardy cemetery, near the remains of her son Willie, who preceded her just two weeks before. Hardy, Neb. Herald (Oct. 21, 1897)

Children of James W. McClaskey and Louisa E. Terrill:

  1. Ida Mae McClaskey, born Sept. 19, 1861.
  2. Harriett Victoria McClaskey, born Apr. 5, 1863, died Oct. 23, 1958.

McGehee, Meredith - Alternate spelling "McGhee" He was born Feb. 1837 in Liberty, Hancock County, Ohio. He was the son of John McGhee (Jan 16, 1810 - Nov. 15, 1885) and Elizabeth McKinnis (Oct. 31, 1814 - Feb. 8, 1893). He married Mary Ann Erwin/Ervin Dec. 15, 1859 in Post, Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of David Ervin and Alcie Ragan. Her sister Louisa Marie married Alexander Fairfax Cooksey, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa. Meredith's sister Elizabeth McGhee married George W. Topliff, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

I initially had some incorrect information regarding the parents of Louisa Marie Ervin and her sister Mary Ann Ervin. I had found a family tree that said their parents were David Ervin and Susannah Ballard. Because that information is out there, I want to include both names, for anyone else that might find this.

I was contacted by Herb Wiggins who said this:

The weddings of Enos Erwin (later Ervin) to Virginia Cooksey & Louisa Erwin to A. H. Cooksie on the same date of 10 Oct. 1856, Union, OH, were double weddings, The father and mother of both Enos Erwin & his sister, Louisa M. Erwin, were David Erwin & Elsie (Alcie) Ragan and the parents of both Alex & his sister, Virginia Cooksie, were Simpson Cooksey & Mary Fairfax. One must take the entire context of this double wedding into account in order to ascertain the parents of the pair of brother/sister marriages.

It was NOT David Ervin (1814-1855) and Susanna Ballard (1821-1853) who were the parents of Enos and Louisa Erwin/Ervin. Rather, David Erwin/Alcie Ragan who were.

David Erwin moved with his wife & children to Allamakee Co., IA in the late 1850's. The other David/Susanna Ervin could not because they were dead. Nor did this David have an Enos as a son. David/Alcie, tho, had a daughter, Louisa, well evidenced as being b. in 1837, Union, OH.

It's easy to confuse the two, David Erwin & David Ervin, but the double weddings, census evidence, & related data, show it was not David Ervin/Susanna Ballard who were the parents of the Erwin siblings who married the 2 Cooksey siblings.

There were a number of other David Erwin/Alcie Ragan relatives who moved to Allamakee Co., IA, about the same time, also.

Meredith McGhee and sons Image of Meredith McGhee (seated on the right) and Sons was found here.

1850 Census: Liberty, Hancock County, Ohio: John McGee (age 39, farmer, born Ohio), Eliza McGee (age 36, born Ohio), Robert McGee (age 17, farmer, born Ohio), Sarah McGee (age 15, born Ohio), Nelson McGee (age 13, born Ohio), Merideth McGee (age 11, born Ohio), William McGee (age 9, born Ohio), Elizabeth McGee (age 7, born Ohio ) and Mary Ann McGee (age 5, born Ohio).

1860 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Merideth McGee (age 23, farmer, born Ohio), Mary A. McGee (age 20, born Ohio). They were living next door to the John and Elizabeth Mcgee family.

1880 Census: Dodge, Guthrie County, Iowa: Merideth McGhee (age 43, farmer, born Ohio), wife Mary Ann McGhee (age 41, born Ohio), son William McGhee (age 20, farm hand, born Iowa), son Frank McGhee (age 18, farm hand, born Iowa), son Milton H. McGhee (age 16, farm hand, born Iowa), son John McGhee (age 14, farm hand, born Iowa), son David McGhee (age 11, farm hand, born Iowa), son Charles McGhee (age 8, born Iowa), son Curtis McGhee (age 6, born Iowa), daughter Lizzy McGhee (age 4, born Iowa) and son Virgil McGhee (age 1, born Iowa).

1885 Iowa State Census: Dodge, Guthrie County, Iowa: Meredith McGhee (Township 81, Range 31, Section 36 NE 4 NE4, age 47, farmer, born Ohio), Mary A. McGhee (age 46, born Ohio), John McGhee (age 18, born Allamakee County, Iowa), David McGhee (age 16, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Charles McGhee (age14, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Curtis McGhee (age 12, born Guthrie County, Iowa) and Enos E. McGhee (age 1, born Guthrie County, Iowa).

1900 Census, Dodge, Guthrie County, Iowa: Merritt McGhee (born Feb. 1837, age 63, married 39 years, born Ohio, Capitalist), Wife Mary A. McGhee (born Jan. 1837, age 63, married 39 years, 10 children born, 10 still living, born Ohio), son Curtis E. McGhee (born Nov. 1872, age 27, born Iowa), son Virgil M. McGhee (born Mar. 1879, age 21, born Iowa), and son Bert E. (born Sept. 1883, age 16, born Iowa).

1910 Census: Des Moines Ward 7, Polk County, Iowa: Meredith McGhee (age 73, married 1 time for 51 years, born Ohio), Wife Mary A. McGhee (age 72, married 1 time for 51 years, 10 children born, 10 still living, born Ohio)

Meredith McGhee died June 10, 1914 at Des Moines, Iowa. (pension index records) and is buried in Dodge Center Cemetery, Bagley, Guthrie Co., Iowa.

Obituary

Meredith McGhee was born in Hancock County, Ohio, February 5, 1838 and died at his home in Des Moines, Iowa, June 10, 1914, aged 76 years, 8 months and 2 days. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Ervin at Hardin, Iowa, December 15, 1859. To this union were born ten children, nine sons and one daughter, all of whom are living. He is also survived by his wife, who has been his faithful companion for fifty five years, three sisters, three brothers, twenty six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mr. McGhee came to Iowa when but a boy of fifteen years of age and has resided here ever since, living in Allamakee County fifteen years, and then becoming a resident of Guthrie county, living northwest of Yale for a number of years. Retiring from farm work eleven years ago he and his wife moved to Des Moines where they were living at the time of his death. In August 1862 he responded to his country’s call and joined Co. A, 27th Iowa Infantry, and served throughout the war receiving an honorable discharge at the close thereof.

A brief service was held at his Des Moines home, after which the remains were brought to Yale and funeral services held in the church. Interment in the cemetery at Dodge Center, Iowa, Guthrie Co., Vedette

Postville Review, Postville, Iowa, Friday June 26, 1914

Iowa Cemetery Records: Name: Meridith McGhee. Death Date: 1914. Page # 141A. Birth Date: 1838. Cemetery: Dodge Center, Town Guthrie. Level Info: Tombstone Records of Guthrie County, Iowa.

His widow Mary Ann McGhee filed for a pension on June 20, 1914, in Iowa.

Mary Ann (Erwin) McGhee (born April 29, 1839) died Nov. 12, 1924. She is buried in Dodge Center Cemetery, Bagley, Guthrie County, Iowa.


McMullen, Calvin - Much of the information for Calvin McMullen (including pictures, names of his wives and parents, and the obituaries) was submitted by his descendant, Mary Miller.

Calvin McMullen was born Nov. 3 (or 31), 1833 in Quebec, Canada (the roster for 27th Iowa says New York).. He was the son of George McMullen and Sallie Rose. He married first Sophronia Barrager about 1858 in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Hiram Barrager (1819-1899) and Catherine (?-1857). Sophronia died in 1867 in Allamakee County, Iowa. He married second Margaret Boles on Jan 27, 1870 in Iowa.

The photo below are: Calvin McMullen, his first wife: Sophronia Barrager and his second wife: Margaret Boles.

Calvin McMullen Sophronia McMullen Maggie McMullen





















Biography of Frederick N. Sipe. It was while he was thus engaged that he was married on the 6th of June, 1888, to Miss Flora McMullen, a native of Allamakee county and a daughter of Calvin McMullen, who, in 1870, homesteaded a claim in that county, but is now living a retired life in Alta. Mrs. Sipe was engaged in teaching school in Cherokee and Buena Vista counties for five years prior to her marriage.


The present official board is constituted as follows: Trustees: Samuel Parker, president; D. H. Carpenter, secretary and treasurer; F. G. Tincknell, W. F. Corneliussen, C. H. Millard, W. S. VanBuskirk, N. P. Swanson, John Stomberg, B. J. Edwards and C. McMullen, Board of Stewards; F. N. Sipe, D. H. Carpenter, secretary; D. E. Hadden, G. F. Tincknell, A. E. Hilderbrand, J. H. Allen, C. R. Abbott, Robert Parker and John Crombie. Class leaders: Thos. Gurney and John Crombie.

History of the Methodist Episcopal Church
Alta, Buena Vista County, Iowa


Early settlers included Harvey Wamsley in 1867. He was followed by the Hon. Horatio Pitcher, John Fletcher and J. Robinson in 1868. By 1870, the following men were listed in the poll-books: Hugh and William Fraser, Ruben R. Whitney, Oscar Chase, Daniel Wightman, William Farrar, Ed. Morgan, Daniel McMullen, Benjamin F. Jennings, Horatio Pitcher, Calvin McMullen, John H. Gregory, Blair Severence, Harvey Wamsley, James, N. Rice, Henry Bremer, John Fletcher, John Robinson, George Gardner, Francis McGuire, John McGuire, Samuel Foust, Adam Lutz, William Perkins, Jacob Foust, John J. Hitchcock, William Hitchcock, Robert D. Russell, Davison Russell, J.B. Chapin, and E.M. Giles.

Pitcher Township, Cherokee County, Iowa

1870 Census, Pitcher, Cherokee County, Iowa: Calvin McMullen (age 35, farmer, born Penn), Margrate McMullen (age 31, born Penn), Geo. McMullen (age 14, born Penn.) and Flora E. McMullen (age 11, born Penn).

1880 Census, Pitcher, Cherokee County, Iowa: Calvin McMullen (age 47, farmer, born Quebec), wife Maggie McMullen (age 45, born PA), son George McMullen (age 20, born Wisconsin), son Frank McMullen (age 19, born Iowa) and daughter Flora McMullen (age 18, born Iowa).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living In Iowa, 27th Iowa: Calvin McMullen, Private, Co. A. Present Post Office Address: Alta.

1885 Iowa State Census: Alta, Buena Vista County, Iowa: Calvin McMullen (Buena Vista Street, age 51, retired, born Canada), Maggie E. McMullen (age 49, born Penn.) and Flora M. McMullen (age 23, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

1900 Census: Nokomis, Buena Vista County, Iowa: Calvin McMullen (born Nov. 1833, age 66, married 33 years, born Canada), wife Maggie E. McMullen (born July 1835, age 64, married 33 years, 0 children born, born Pennsylvania).

1910 Census: Nokomis, Buena Vista County, Iowa: Calvin McMullen (age 76, married 2 times, currently for 40 years, born Canada), wife Maggie McMullen, (age 74, married 1 time for 40 years, 0 children born, born Pennsylvania).

Calvin McMullen died June 26, 1911 (Pension Index Record). He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Alta, Buena Vista County, Iowa.

Iowa Civil War Soldier Burial Records: Name: Calvin McMullen. Rank: Private. Unit IA 27 Inf A. Birth Information: Nov. 31, 1833, NY, Death Information June 26, 1911. Cemetery Woodlawn. Cemetery Location: Alta Buena Vista IA. Comments: enl. 12 Aug. 1862, age 28, res Postville trans to Veteran Reserve Corps 18 Nov 1864. m.o. Aug 12, 1865 Washington DC. Other same surname this cemetery.

ANOTHER VETERAN CALLED

This Community Mourns the Loss of Patriot, Fellow Citizen and Friend

Again has the hand of death invaded the ranks of the Grand Army of the Republic and taken of its most beloved and faithful members. In the death of Calvin McMullin, not only the G. A. R. has suffered, but the community has been deprived of one of its most beloved citizens, and the church one of it most faithful members. He passed away at his home in Alta on Monday morning of this week after an illness of several months duration. Below we produce the obituary as ready by Rev. G. O. Kidder at the funeral which was held at the Methodist church on Wednesday afternoon.

"Calvin McMullin was born in Canada on November 3, 1833. At the age of five years he moved with his parents to Crawford county, Pennsylvania, where he grew to manhood. In the year of 1853 he moved to Fon Dulac, Wisconsin, where a few years later he was married to Miss Sophronia Baragger. A few years passed and they moved to Allamakee County, Iowa. True patriot that he was, when the call came for men to defend their country it found a ready response in him and he enlisted in the 27th Iowa Regiment in the fall of 1862 and for three years gave faithful service to his country, receiving his honorable discharge in the year of 1865. He then returned home to his family, who had spent many a lonely and anxious hour, but hardships and sorrows never go singly and in the year of 1867 he was called upon to say good-by to his beloved companion. Four children had come to bless their home, but "in the midst of life we are in death," and he was left alone with his family to fight life's battles. He moved to Jasper county and during the next two or three years, while his thoughts were turned to things eternal, the Spirit found him ready to listen and he was converted, giving his heart to God and his hand to the Methodist Episcopal Church. In the year 1870 he was married to Miss Margaret Boles and in February, they moved to their homestead southwest of Alta, where they remained for eleven years, moving to this city in 1881. He was elected trustee of the Alta church on May 31st, 1884 and has served continuously on that board until the day of his death, faithfully performing every task allotted to him. Four children came to bless his home, George, Frank, Flora and Charles, who has preceded him to eternity. A brother, three children -- (the obituary stops here).

His widow Maggie McMullen filed for a pension on July 26, 1911.

Margaret (Boles) McMullen died January 11, 1916 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Alta, Buena Vista County, Iowa.

AGED LADY CALLED HOME

Mrs. Margaret McMullen, a Buena Vista County, Homesteader Succumbs to Pneumonia.

The death of Mrs. Maggie McMullen occurred at her home in Alta Tuesday, Jan 11, 1916. Mrs. McMullen was taken ill two weeks previous with la Gripe which later developed into pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Thursday afternoon and were conducted by the pastor Rev. F. B. Nixon. Interment was made in Woodlawn Cemetery.


OBITUARY

Margaret Boles was born in Pennsylvania, July 8, 1835. When young she moved with her parents to Ohio where she grew to womanhood. In 1865 she came to Iowa and January 27, 1870 she was married to Calvin McMullen. That same year they settled on a homestead southwest of Alta. They moved to Alta in 1881 where Mr. McMullen died in June 1911, and where she has resided until she was called home January 11, 1916. She was converted when fifteen years of age and united with the Methodist church of which she has been a faithful member up to the time of her death. She was also a charter member of the local board of W. F. M. S. Society.

Besides her step children Geo. McMullen of Pratt, Kansas, and Mrs. F. N. Sipe of Alta, she leaves two sisters Mrs. Geo. Brown of Fairmont, Iowa, and Mrs. J. R. Allen, an invalid sister who has made her home with her the past four years; also two half sisters and a half brother, Miss Emma Boles and Mrs. B. F. Bremen of Alta, and J. E. Boles in South Dakota.

Relatives present at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Geo. McMullen of Pratt, Kansas; a niece Mrs. L. D. Burchinal of Monroe, Iowa and a nephew S. D. Brown of Fairmont, Iowa.


Maltbie, James Downing He was born Nov. 2, 1832 in Whitestown, Oneida, New York. He was the son of Noah Downing Maltbie (1811- 1831) and Jane Coleman (1813 - 1894). He married Achsah Wright on Oct. 7, 1865 in Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Pierce Granger Wright (1816 - June 30, 1891) and Prudence Wilder Granger (Sept. 1, 1815 - Jan 1897). (This information was in most family tress. However, I would do some checking on this. Gerald W. von Kamrath said below that Achsah Wright was the granddaughter of Prudence Wilder (Granger) Wright. Either he is wrong or everyone else is).

James Downing Matlbie and Achsah Wright The photo of James Downing Maltbie and his first wife Achsah Wright was submitted by Gerald W. von Kamrath.

1870 Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: James Maltby (age 33, farmer, born New York), Ashsa Maltby (age 28, born Michigan), Albert Maltby (age 4, born Iowa), Pierce Maltby (age 2, born Iowa) and Appleton Maltby (age 3/12, born Iowa).

Achsah (Wright) Maltbie (born Mar. 1843), died Dec. 8, 1870 in Allamakee County, Iowa. She is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa.

James married second: Hannah C. Ford on Sept. 24, 1874 in South Creek, Dixon Co., NE. Child: Jennie May.

1880 Census: Summerhill, Dixon, Nebraska: J. Maltbie (age 47, farmer, born New York), son Albert L. Maltbie (age 13, born Iowa) and son Percy G. Maltbie (age 11, born Iowa).

1885 Nebraska State Census: Summerhill, Dixon, Nebraska: J. D. Maltbie (age 52, farmer, born New York,), son A. L. Maltbie (age 18, farm laborer, born Iowa) and son P. G. Maltbie (age 16, farm laborer, born Iowa).

1890 Veterans Census: Waterville, Douglas County, Washington: James D. Maltbie (Sergt, Co. A, 27 Iowa Inft, enlisted Aug. 8, 1862, discharged Aug. 7, 1865, length of service: 3 years, Post Office Address: Waterville, Douglas Co., Wash. Disability Incurred: Chronic Piles

James D. Maltbie died January 28, 1891 in Waterville, Douglas, Washington. He is buried in Fraternity Cemetery, Waterville, Douglas County, Washington

(Note: he may be related to Jedediah Granger - Co A - Information I found on both of them referenced the book "Launcelot Granger of Newbury, Mass and Suffield, Conn - A Genealogical History by James N. Granger. I do note that one of the children has Granger as a middle name.  Update, I found out after I had researched him that he married the grand niece of Jedediah Granger. ejj)

9/14/2010. Gerald W. von Kamrath provided this additional information:

James Downing Maltbie was born on 2 November 1832, at Whitestown, in Oneida County, New York. He enlisted in Company A of the 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment on 3 September 1862, and was promoted to corporal on 25 November 1862. He was promoted to sergeant on 29 May 1863, and mustered out of service on 8 August 1865 at Clinton, Iowa as a sergeant.

James married Jedidiah Granger's grandniece; his sister's, Prudence Wilder (nee Granger) Wright's, granddaughter, Achsah Wright on 7 October 1865, at Ludlow in Allamakee County, Iowa. James filed for his veteran's pension as an invalid on 5 April 1879. He died on 28 January 1891, at Waterville in Douglas County, Washington.

Children of James Downing Maltbie and Achsah Wright:

  1. Albert Lyman Lockwood Maltbie, born on 8 September 1866, at Waukon in Allamakee County, Iowa. He married Mary Elizabeth "Libbie" Dow.
  2. Percy Granger Maltbie, born on 12 August 1868, in Allamakee County, Iowa. He married Elise Ione Smith.
  3. Appleton Noah Maltbie, born on 27 March 1870, in Allamakee County, Iowa. He married Tressa Riggs.

Child of James Downing Maltbie and Hannah C. Ford:

  1. Jenniea May Maltbie, born Feb. 5, 1876 in Allamakee County, Iowa.

Mann, Melvin Emory - He was born April 24, 1837 in New York. He was the son of Israel Mann (1807 - after 1870) and Annie Audrey Burlingame (Mar. 10, 1807 - Set. 20, 1880). He married Celestia Rossier.

I found this in an online query.

I am looking for information on Isreal MANN born 1807 in New York (I think that is the place, know it is the year). On Oct 8, 1826 he married Annis Audrey BURLINGAME in New Berlin, New York, they had 7 children that I know of, William Wallace MANN, Elizabeth Ann MANN, Hiram James MANN, Edwin Montgomery MANN, Melvin Emory MANN, Cynthia Maria MANN, and Theressa Adelia MANN. That is the only information I have on him other than he was a lumberman and was a descendant of the first James MANN who was of Rehoboth, Massachusetts as early as 1650.

1860 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Sidney Burlingame (age 24, blacksmith born NJ), Elizabeth Burlingame (age 34, born NJ), David D. Burlingame (age 12, born NY)(, Lucy A. Burlingame (age 9, born NY), Franklin A. Burlingame (age 6, born NY), Alice E. Burlingame (age 4, born Wis.), Lebia M. Burlingame (age 1, born Wis.), Jane Blair (age 15, born Ohio), Melvin Man (age 22, blacksmith apprentice, born PA) and Almira Russel (age 48, housekeeper, born NY).

1870 Census: Bay City, Bay County, Michigan: Israel Mann (age 63, teamster, born New York), Annis Mann (age 63, born New York), Melvin Mann (age 31, born New York, blacksmith), Lottie Mann (age 24, tailoress, born Michigan), John Bennett (age 30, works in sawmill, born New York) and Adaline Bennett (age 24, seamstress, born Pennsylvania).

1880 Census, Rochester, Oakland County, Michigan. Melvin E. Mann (age 38, carpenter, born New York), wife Celestia Mann (age 33, born Michigan), son Robert Mann (age 3, born Michigan), and stepson Alfred Harland (age 13, born Michigan)..

1890 Veterans Schedule, Avon, Oakland County, Michigan: Melvin E. Mann (Blacksmith, Co. K, 1 Iowa Cavalry. Enlisted June 13, 1861. Date of Discharge: Dec. 28, 1861. Length of Service 6 months, 15 days. ALSO Private, Co. A. 27 Iowa Inf. Enlisted Aug. 13, 1862. Discharged Aug. 8, 1864. Length of Service: 3 years, 7 days. Post Office Address: Rochester, Michigan).

1900 Census, Avon, Oakland County, Michigan: Melvin E. Mann (born Apr. 1837, age 63, married 30 years, born New York, carpenter), wife Celesta H. Mann (born Sept. 1847, age 53, married 30 years, 3 children born 3 still living, born Michigan), son Bert A. Mann (born Nov 1877, age 22, born Michigan, dry goods deliverer), daughter Viola F. Mann (born Sept. 1883, age 17, born Michigan).

Melvin E. Mann died July 6, 1908 in Rochester, Oakland County, Michigan (Death Certificate). He is buried at Mount Avon Cemetery, Rochester, Oakland County, Michigan.

Information from Death Certificate

Place of death: Rochester, Oakland County, Michigan

Name: Melvin E. Mann

Date of Birth: Apr. 24, 1837

Age: 71 years, 2 months, 12 days

Married

Age at first marriage: 32 years

Parent of 3 children., of whom 3 are living

Birth Place: New York

Name of Father: Ezr Mann

Birthplace of Father: New York

Maiden Name of Mother: Annes Burlingham

Birthplace of Mother: New York

Occupation: Carpenter

Informant: Mr. Burt Mann, Rochester, Michigan

Date of Death: July 6, 1908

I hereby certify that I attended the deceased. That I last saw him alive on July 4, 1908 and that death occurred on the date dated above at 12 am. The cause of death was as follows:

Partial Lung ?? duration 2 hours.

Place of burial: Rochester, Michigan

Date of Burial: July 9, 1908

Undertaker: E. R. Metcalf,
Address: Rochester, Michigan
Filed July 9, 1908.
A. J. OBrien, Registrar.

His widow Celestia Mann filed for a pension on July 13, 1908 in Michigan..

Celestia (Rossier) Mann is buried in Mount Avon Cemetery, Rochester, Oakland County, Michigan.


Maxam, Linus James He was born about 1834 in Twinsburg, Portage, Ohio. Parents: William Maxam (Feb. 13, 1786 - Feb. 4, 1854) and Martha Tiffany (May 29, 1793 - May 29, 1852). He married Caroline Matilda Crouson/Cranson on May 31, 1857 in Iowa.. She was the daughter of Gershom Rogers Cranson (1795 - ?) and Philena Fosdick (Sept. 6, 1802 - Jan 21, 1880).

1850 Census, Twinsburg, Summit County, Ohio: George Harris (age 48, farmer, born Conn.), Parmela Harris (age 42, born Ohio), Cecelia Harris (age 17, born Ohio), Mary Harris (age 14, born Ohio), Martha Harris (age 11, born Ohio), Charles Harris (age 8, born Ohio), Adelia Harris (age 1, born Ohio), Linus Maxam (age 16, born Ohio) and Clina Maxam (age 14, born Ohio).

1860 Census, Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: James Maxam (age 25, lawyer, born Ohio), Caroline Maxam (age 21, born Ohio), Lorenzo Maxam (age 2, born Iowa), and Charles Fasdick (age 17, farmer, born Ohio).

1870 Census: Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri: Linus Maxam (age 35, teamster, born Ohio), Caroline Maxam (age 32, born Ohio), Lorenzo Maxam (age 12, born Iowa), Jessie Maxam (age 7, female, born Iowa), Jennie Maxam (age 7, born Iowa), Cora Maxam (age 4, born Iowa) and Estella Maxam (age 2, born Iowa).

1880 Census: Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri: Linus Maxam (age 47, farmer, born Ohio), wife Caroline Maxam (age 42, born Ohio), daughter Jessie Maxam (age 17, born Iowa), daughter Jennie Maxam (age 17, born Iowa), daughter Cora Maxam (age 14, born Iowa), daughter Stella Maxam (age 11, born Iowa) and son William Maxam (age 7, born Missouri).

Linus Maxam died Sept. 11, 1885 in Highland, Caldwell County, Missouri. He is buried in Highland Cemetery, Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri.

His widow Caroline M. filed for a pension on Jan. 23, 1890 in Missouri.

Caroline M. Maxam married George M. Austin on Nov. 23, 1890 in Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri (Missouri Marriage Records).

Caroline M. Maxam (born Mar. 10, 1838) died Jan. 30, 1920 (aged 82 y, 11 m 21 d) and is buried in Highland Cemetery, Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri.

Children of Linus J. and Caroline Maxum: Lorenzo L., Jennie June, J essie, Cora, Estella, William, Lydia Caroline.


Merrian, William S. He was born about 1844 in Illinois. He was the son of Joseph Merrian and Amanda Mulalery.

1850 Census: Cuba, Lake County, Illinois: Joseph Merrian (age 52, born Canada), Amanda (age 42, born Canada), Rebecca Merrian (age 17, born Canada), Aimable Merrian (age 15, born Canada), James Merrian (age 8, born Canada), William Merrian (age 5, born Illinois), Henry S. Merrian (age 2, born Illinois) and Amanda Merrian (age 0, born Illinois.)

William S. Merrian died July 16, 1864 and is buried in Corinth National Cemetery, Corinth, Miss. Plot 2720.

A pension was filed for his sister on November 13, 1865. William F. Coleman was guardian.  Information from the pension record is extracted below.

Mary Barnes made a statement on May 24, 1866 in Winneshiek County, Iowa.

The following is a true copy of the record of the marriage of Joseph Merrian and Amanda Merrian his wife who were the father and mother of William S. Merrian who was a private in Co. A in the 27th Reg. Iowa Infantry Vols and also the father and mother of Amanda Merrian, claimant,

The record is found in the Family Bible of said Joseph and Amanda Merrian now in my possession and reads as follows: "Family Record" - "Marriages: Joseph Merrian and Amanda Mulalery was married January 26, 1824"

Also recorded in the same Bible "Family Record "Berths" Amanda Merrian was born October 1, 1850.


W. F. Coleman made a statement on May 19, 1866 in Winneshiek County, Iowa:

He is the legal guardian of Amanda Merrian who is the only surviving child under sixteen years of age, of Joseph Merrian and Amanda Merrian, his wife and sister of William S. Merrian, who was a private in Company A, 27th Regiment of Iowa Infantry Volunteers who was killed on July 16, 1864.

That the brother of his said ward, upon whom she was wholly or in part, dependent for support having left no widow, minor child or children, father or mother, declarant as guardian and on behalf of his ward refers to the accompanying evidence to establish her claim under the law above named.


On Aug. 3, 1866, Emeline R. Payne and Mary Barnes made a statement:

William S. Merrian kept house from the 3rd day of November 1861 being the date of his father's death until he enlisted in the United States Military Service as a private of Co A as aforesaid. The said Amanda Merrian did live with him during the whole of said time and he the said William S. Merrian did support her in whole during that time period.

They further say that William S. Merriam did from & after the date of his enlistment until the date of his death furnish money for the whole support of Amanda Merrian, which money was sent by him to his brother A. M. Merrian and the said A.M. Merrian did apply the said money so sent in supporting in whole the said Amanda Merrian for the whole period of time.


Miller, William James. He was born March 3, 1830 in Edinburg, Scotland. He married first Matilda Howe. He married second Marilla Hannah Richardson on Nov. 16, 1860 in Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of David Nye Richardson (Jan 5, 1815 - Sept. 13, 1853) and Margaret Courson (Feb. 15, 1813 - Sept 2, 1887). She was previously married to an unknown Hesner/Hensnower. Her brother Caleb S. Richardson was also a member of Company A, 27th Iowa

1860 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: S. Peck (age 43, stone mason born NY), Mary Peck (age 44, born NY), Albert Peck (age 19, farmer, born NY), Hanah Peck (age 14, born NY), Nelson Peck (age 10, born NY), Sarah Peck (age 8, born NY), Mary A. Peck (age 4, born NY), and William G. Miller (age 28, plasterer, born Scotland).

1870 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: Wm. Miller (age 40, stone mason, born Scotland), Marilla Miller (age 34, born Pennsylvania) and Bruce Miller (age 2, born Iowa).

1880 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: William Miller (age 50, plasterer, born Scotland), wife Marilla Miller (age 43, born Pennsylvania), son Bruce Miller (age 12, born Iowa), daughter May Miller (age 9, born Iowa) and daughter Margret Miller (age 1, born Iowa).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living In Iowa, 27th Iowa: W. J. Miller, Private, Co A., Post Office Address: Waukon.

1885 Iowa State Census, Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: William J. Miller (Township 98, Range 6, Section 24, NE SW, age 54, mason born Scotland), Marilla Miller (age 47, born Pennsylvania), Bruce Miller (age 16, born Allamakee County, Iowa), May Miller (age 13, born Allamakee County, Iowa) and Maggie Miller (age 5, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

Marilla (Richardson) Miller (born June 17, 1836), died July 25, 1899 and is buried in Oakland Main Cemetery, Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa.

Waukon Republican: August 1, 1899

"DEATHS: Mrs. Marilla Miller

On Wednesday last at 2:30p.m. in the C. P. church occurred the funeral of Mrs. Marilla Miller, aged 63 years, 1 month, and 18 days. The body was laid to rest in Oakdale cemetery. She was born in PA June 7, 1836, and died near Waukon, July 25, 1899. Her maiden name was Richardson. She was first married to a Mr. Hesner. They moved from Pennsylvania to Monona, IA in 1853, and then to Waukon in 1860. In the latter year she became the wife of William James Miller. She leaves to mourn her death a husband and four children, one by her former marriage and three by Mr. Miller. She was one who ever tried to do her duty and who quite early in life became a member of the United Brethren church."

Submitted by Debra Richardson


Waukon Standard, August 2, 1899

"MILLER. At her home near Waukon, Iowa, July 25, 1899 of Bright's disease, Mrs. William J. Miller, aged 63 years, 1 month, and 18 days. Marilla Richardson was born in Warren County, PA., June 17, 1836. She was married twice, the first time to a Mr. Hesner. They came to Monona, Iowa in 1853, and she made her home in Waukon in 1860, abt that year was married to William J. Miller, Judge J.A. Townsend officiating. She was a member of the Free Methodist church and tried to live an upright Christian life. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church July 26th, and her remains found a resting place in Oakland cemetery."

Submitted by Debra Richardson

William James Miller died Dec. 14, 1906 and is buried in Oakland Main Cemetery, Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa.

Waukon Republican, December 19, 1906

A VETERAN GONE

"William James Miller died December 14, 1906 aged 76 years, 9 months and 11 days. He was born in Edinburg, Scotland March 3, 1830, and came to the Unites States when 17 years of age. He resided in New York City for five years, after which he made his home in Texas for sometime, coming to Iowa in 1856.

He settled near Waukon and this was his home until death. He enlisted in Co. A 27th Iowa Infantry and served three years in the Civil War receiving an honorable discharge. He was twice married first in England to Matilda Howe who died two years later in New York. Second to Marilla Hesnower in Waukon November 16, 1860. Three children were born of this union. The eldest daughter dying July 19, 1901; son Bruce and daughter (Mrs. Lute Jones) surviving him. His wife died July 25, 1899. Loving hands have cared for him through long months of affliction. He was an honorable man, a loving father and a kind neighbor. A large concourse gathered on Sabbath afternoon and followed him to his last resting place. Rev. VanNice preached the sermon."

Submitted by Debra Richardson


Thursday December 20, 1906

Waukon Standard vol. XXXIX- NO.45

"William J. Miller was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, March 3, 1830. When seventeen years of age, he came to America, living for five years in New York City. Later he made his home in Texas for a time and in 1856 came to Iowa, where he has since resided. During the Civil War he served three years in Co A, 27th Iowa, receiving an honorable discharge at the conclusion of his service. Mr. Miller was twice married, first to Miss Matilda Howe, who died two years after her marriage, in New York City. On November 16, 1860 he married Marilla Richardson Hensnower, who remained with him until July 25, 1899. Three children were born of the last marriage, two daughters and a son. Of these one daughter died in July 1901, the other two children, Mrs. Lute Jones of Waukon, and Bruce, at the old family home surviving.

Mr. Miller's last illness was of long duration and much of the time of a painful nature, but through it all he was most tenderly cared for by the son and his wife who did their utmost to make his declining years comfortable and happy. Mr. Miller always has been highly esteemed in this locality where he has made his home so long , and a large circle gathered last Sunday to pay their final tribute. Rev. VanNice conducting the services. Burial was beside his wife and daughter at Oakland."

Submitted by Debra Richardson


Mitchell, Charles Franklin He was born Nov. 27, 1834 in New York. He married Minerva Hancock on June 10, 1855 in Allamakee County, Iowa. (Charles F. Mitchell, (age 21) & Minerva Hancock (age 20). Marriage Date June 10, 1855, Source: Allamakee County Marriage Index 1849 - 1855, page #43) She was the daughter of Ephraim Millman Hancock (Jan 9, 1809 - Apr. 29, 1885) and Mary Ann Burget (May 15, 1817 - June 22, 1894). Her brother Morrison N. Hancock served in Company E, 27th Iowa.

1856 Iowa State Census: Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: C. F. Mitchell (age 22, born NY), M. Mitchell (age 22, born Ind.)

1860 Census: Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: Chas F. Mitchell (age 25, farmer, born New York), Manerva Mitchell (age 25, born Indiana), Frances Mitchell (age 4, male, born Iowa), Mary L. Mitchell (age 3, born Iowa) and Frank D. Mitchell (age 3/12, born Iowa).

1870 Census: Forest, Vernon County, Wisconsin: Charles Mitchell (age 36, farmer, born New York), Manerva Mitchell (age 36, born Indiana), Freeman Mitchell (age 14, born Iowa), Mary Mitchell (age 12, born Iowa), Clara B. Mitchell (age 5, born Wisconsin), Stella M Mitchell (age 1, born Wisconsin).

1880 Census: Forest, Vernon County, Wisconsin: Mitchell, Charles F. (age 46, farmer, born New York), wife Manerva Mitchell (age 46, born Indiana), daughter Stella M. Mitchell (age 12, born Wisconsin), son Edward E. Mitchell (age 9, born Wisconsin), son Harvey O. Mitchell (age 7, born Wisconsin) and daughter Martha A. Mitchell (age 2, born Wisconsin.)

Charles F. Mitchell died Apr. 7, 1888. He is buried in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Trippville, Vernon County, Wisconsin

His widow Manerva Mitchell filed for a pension on June 11, 1888 in Wisconsin.

Minerva (Hancock) Mitchell died May 1, 1907 in Allamakee County, Iowa.


Morrison, William H. - He was born July 26, 1833 in Pennsylvania. He married Lucia Louisa Churchill about 1859. She was the daughter of Asa Churchill (1809 - 1900) and Louisa Rebecca Darrell (Dec. 6, 1812 - Dec. 23, 1875). She had three brothers that also served in Company A, 27th Iowa: Bela D. Churchill, Myron Asa Churchill and Newton Porter Churchill.

1860 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: William H. Morrison (age 27, silver smith, born PA), Louisa Morrison (age 20, born Ohio), and Elmer Morrison (age 7/12, born Iowa).

1870 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: W. H. Morrison (age 37, jeweler, born PA). L. L, Morrison born Ohio), E. J. Morrison (age 10, born Iowa), M. H. Morrison (age 7, born Iowa) and Catherine Huzzy (age 20, domestic servant, born New York).

1880 Census, Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa: W. H. Morrison (age 48, jeweler, born Pennsylvania), wife L. L. Morrison (age 40, born Ohio), son E. J. Morrison (age 20, grocer, born Iowa), son M. H. Morrison (age 17, farming, born Iowa) and adopted daughter Mertie Morrison (age 13, born Ohio).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living in Iowa:, 27th Iowa: W. H. Morrison, Private, Co. A, Post Office Address: Sibley

1885 Iowa State Census: Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa: William H. Morrison, (3rd Avenue, age 51, jeweler, born Pennsylvania), Lucia L. Morrison (age 46, born Ohio), Myron H. Morrison (age 22, jeweler, born Allamakee County, Iowa) and Asa Churchill (age 76, farmer, born New York.

1900 Census, Kettle Falls, Stevens County, Washington: William H. Morrison (born July 1833, age 66, married 41 years, born Pennsylvania, farmer), wife Lucy Morrison (born Jan, 1840, age 60, married 41 years, 3 children born, 2 still living, born Ohio) and boarder William Hansen (born July 1877, age 22, born Michigan).

William H. Morrison died Feb. 4, 1904 and is buried in Grandview Cemetery, Kettle Falls, Stevens County, Washington. (Note: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War says he is buried in IOOF Kettle Falls, Kettle Falls, Stevens County, Washington

His widow Lucia L. Morrison filed for a pension on Mar. 3, 1904 in Washington.

1910 Census, Kettle Falls, Stevens County, Washington: Lucie L. Morrison (age 70, widowed, 2 children, 1 living, born Ohio) brother Bela Churchill (age 76, married 3 times, currently for 29 years, born Ohio). Next door to them: Harold Churchill (age 19, single, born Iowa).


Niblock, William - He was born Aug. 29, 1827 in County Monahan, Ireland. He was the son of Robert Niblock and Isabel Dodds. He married Margaret McKee on April 14, 1846 in Castleblayney, Ireland. (Ireland, Civil Registration Marriages Index, 1845-1958 Volume 3, Page number 435, FHL Film Number 101241)

Wm. Niblock, P.O. Waukon, farmer, sec. 27; son of Robert and Isabel Niblock; was born in County Monahan, Ireland, in 1827, emigrated to U. S. in 1846, locating in Messer Co., Penn., till in 1847, he come to Rock Co., Wis., remaining but a short time, when he went to Green Co., remaining till in June, 1849, he came into Jefferson township, of this Co., he being the second settler in the township, Patrick Keenan being the first. Upon the call of his adopted country for help to sustain the Government during the great rebellion, he enlisted in Co. A of the 27th Iowa Infantry in Aug. 1862. Participated in all the battles in which his company was engaged, till the close of the war in 1865, when he returned home to enjoy peace and the society of loved ones. He married Miss Margaret McKee April 14, 1846, in Ireland. They have four children, David, Scott, Emma and Elizabeth; and have lost one, Isabel. Mr. N. is one of the pioneers of the county, and is a member of the Old Settlers' Association; owns 200 acres of land valued at $37 per acre.

History of Allamakee County
W.E. Alexander, 1882
Page 516-17

1856 Iowa State Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: William Niblock (age 29, farmer, born Ireland), Margaret Niblock (age 35, born Ireland), David Niblock (age 9, born Ireland), Isabel Niblock (age 5, born Iowa) and Ephraim Niblock (age 1, born Iowa). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 6 years.

1860 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: William Niblock (age 35, farmer, born Ireland), Margaret Niblock (age 38, born Ireland), David Niblock (age 13, born PA), Emma Niblock (age 8, born Iowa) and Scott Niblock (age 5, born Iowa).

1880 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: William Niblock (age 54, born Ireland), wife Margaret Niblock (age 65, born Ireland).

1885 Iowa State Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: William Niblack (Township 94, Range 5, Section 24, NW NW, age 57, farmer, born Ireland), Margaret Niblack (age 68, born Ireland) and William Kausman (age 28, laborer, born Germany).

Margaret (McKee) Niblock (born Mar. 29, 1816), died Nov. 19, 1891 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Main, lot 360, Makee Township, Allamakee County, Iowa.

William Niblock died May 16, 1898 and is buried in Goldfield Cemetery, Stormont County, Ontario, Canada.

Note, this one is a bit of a puzzle for me. Based on the photo that was posted for his wife, I originally thought he was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Main, lot 360, Makee Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. His name and date of birth is inscribed on her tombstone.  I did think it a little odd that his date of death was not inscribed on the tombstone. Perhaps his name and date of birth was inscribed when his wife died.

I was contacted by James F. Jordon who told me he had located the gravestone of William Niblock, 27th Iowa, Company A in Goldfield Cemetery, Stormont County, Ontario Canada. He was kind enough to submit a photo of the tombstone to me.

I did some more research on William Niblock and found the information below. But there are discrepancies that make me wonder if it is the same person.

The story and photo of William "Robert" Niblock was found here.

The story by Helen is not a published book. Only a small number of printed copies of the story were given to the Stewart family. You can find a PDF version on this family tree under Helen Grace Dawson.

William Niblock From this introduction to our heritage I shall try to reconstruct their story from memories of family conversations, old letters and pictures at hand, inscriptions on tombstones etc., and endeavour to put the picture in a better perspective. It would seem highly probable that the first member of the family of these early settlers, came first to America in the person of Robert Niblock, Jane Stewart's uncle. This gentleman was a bachelor, born in Ireland in either 1820 or 1821. The inscription on his tombstone in the Goldfield cemetery where he was buried reads as follows: "Wm. Niblock, 27th Iowa Volunteers, Died May 16, 1898, age 77 yrs. and 9 Mos. Born in Co. Monaghan, Ireland. I am unable to account for the name of William, unless he had two names William Robert, as he was always known as Uncle Robert Niblock by the family. This has been verified by Robert Stewart Sr. I know that he fought in the Boer War and when he returned home from South Africa he made his home for a time with relatives in Smiths Falls, then he came to this area, and made his home with his niece Jane Stewart and her husband, until his death. In conversation with several family members, no one seems to have heard of him except Gladys Peever, Robert Stewart's eldest daughter. Her father told me that he was just a small boy but he remembers his great uncle. He said that the old man had cancer of the neck and how his Mother used to dress that terrible looking sore. Although he died before my husband was born, stories became legend and Frank enjoyed telling about the old man's sense of humour. I cannot recall now, who it was, but someone at Morewood, wanting to act smart asked the old gent "Mr Niblock, how many men did you shoot over there?" and quick as a flash he retorted in his dry Irish wit "I never was at the end of the ball to see". In case you are wondering about that "pun" those were the days when a musket gun was used with gun power balls.

I have a picture of Mr, Niblock in my possession and I am so pleased that it will be shown in the book. As you will see, he was a short, stout dapper looking man, his shoes were shined to perfection, he wore a straw hat of that period on his head, and he was holding a gun across his knees. It is uncanny the strong family resemblance to Archie Stewart, as I knew him in later years. Whatever money Mr. Niblock had he left it to his niece Jane Stewart for taking care of him. But unfortunately Howard's bank in Chesterville failed and the total deposit was lost. Grandma Stewart received no monetary gains for her loving care of her aged uncle but I am sure that in her heart she knew that she had done her best and that one day her Heavenly Father "who knoweth all things" would reward his faithful servant.


Note: I (ejj) have several questions about some of the information in this story and have contacted the poster to see if he has any thoughts on it. Specifically I question the statements that: (1) He was a bachelor, (2) The year of birth is off by several years.  (3) he fought in the Boer War -- (no mention of the Civil War). The first Boer War was from Dec 1880 to March 1881. William Niblock in Company A, 27th Iowa was on the 1880 and 1885 Census in Iowa. If he was the one that was in the Boer War, how did he get to Africa? (The Second Boer War was after his death). 

UPDATE: the poster of this story told me that he was not sure if they were the same person or not. I am not convinced that William "Robert" Niblock is the same person as William Niblock. It does appear, however, that William died and is buried in Canada -- at least according to the tombstone. If William Niblock from the 27th Iowa is buried there, it does appear that he would have been with family. I wonder if William and Robert could be brothers? 

There is one more caveat: There is a tombstone for his wife Margaret McKee Niblock in Oakland Cemetery, Main, lot 360, Makee Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. William's name and date of birth is inscribed on the tombstone -- but not his date of death. The date of birth on the tombstone in Allamakee County -- and the date of death on the tombstone in Goldfield Cemetery, Canada would have made his age 70 years 8 months 19 days. The tombstone in Goldfield Cemetery says his age was 77 years and 9 months. I just wonder if somehow two different (perhaps related) Niblocks have been mixed together. I also wonder if the tombstone with the date of death and age of 77 years, 9 months could be for Robert, and the tombstone has the wrong information on it.   Even though the photo is identified as William Niblock by several family trees -- based on my questions I am not 100% sure the photo is William.  Is it Robert??  If anyone knows for sure, I would love to hear from you.

I highly recommend more research if William Niblock is your ancestor.


Ogg, Hiram He was born Dec. 6, 1835 in Maryland. He was the son of William Ogg (Mar. 21, 1807 - Oct. 18, 1877) and Cynthia Mary Mosser (1808 - ?). He married Ella Evans. She was the daughter of Charles Evans and Mary Asyth Brown. His sister, Juliann Ogg, married Lemuel Pratt, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

Notes for Ella Evans: Death records from Idaho lead me to her maiden name (Ogg, Ella Evans).

ID: 8628
Name of Deceased: OGG, ELLA EVANS
Year: 1933
Certificate Number: 086794
County of Death: Twin Falls
City: TWIN FALLS
Date of Death: 11/26/1933
Date of Birth: 09/28/1855

One of the obituaries of Hiram Ogg refers to her as "Sister Ella Evans Ogg".

A family tree on Ancestry.com lists Ella (Ellen, Elnor) as the child of Charles Evans and Mary Asyth Brown. The information in the family tree, matches the information above (date of birth and death), but did not list the name of her husband or children. In 1870 I found Hiram Ogg listed as farmer living with the family of Charles and Mary Evans (including their 14 year old daughter Elenor. So I believe it is the same person and that her parents are Charles Evans and Mary Asyth Brown.

1850 Census, Allegany, Maryland Wm Ogg (age 40, born PA), Mary Ogg (age 35, born MD), Matilda Ogg (age 18,born MD), Hiram Ogg (age 12, born MD), Sarah Ogg (age 9, born MD), Cynthia Ogg (age 7, born MD), Rachel Ogg (age 6, born MD), Juliann Ogg (age 5, born MD), Nancy Ogg (age 3, born MD), Catherine Ogg (1 1/2 born MD)

1856 Iowa State Census, Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Wm Ogg (age 49, Born Penn, Farmer, voter, owner of land), Mary Ogg (age 35, born Germany), Hiram Ogg (age 20, born MD, farmer, militia), Sarah Ogg (age 18, born MD), Rachel Ogg (age 14, born MD), Julia Ann Ogg (age 12, born MD), Nancy Ogg (age 10, born MD, Jack Ogg (age 3 months, born Iowa). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 2 years. (NOTE: I do wonder if this is a different wife. Same name, but there is an apparent age difference and place of birth -- but it could be just an error on one of the census records).

1860 Census, Iowa, Allamakee County, Iowa: William Ogg, (age 50, farmer, born Pennsylvania), Mary Ogg, (age 35, born Wurttemberg), Julia Ann Ogg (age 16, born Pennsylvania), Nancy Ogg (age 14, born Pennsylvania), Joel Ogg (age 12, male, born Iowa), Elizabeth Ogg (age 4, born Iowa). William Ogg (age 1, born Iowa). Note: I could not find Hiram Ogg on the 1860 census

I don't have any proof that the marriage below is the correct Hiram Ogg.  But I did not find any other Hiram Ogg in Iowa in the census records. It seems to fit with the information on the 1900 and 1910 census records (that he was married twice). In 1870, I found him in the household of his future wife with a three year old child. I don't have any other information and am not 100% sure that this information is correct.

Hiram Ogg married Rose Ann Girts on 30 Mar 1866 at: Ludlow Twp, Allamakee Co, IA (Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934)

Rose Ann Girts was the daughter of Henry Girts (Sept. 22, 1823 - Aug. 25, 1890) and Sarah Stowers (June 15, 1831 - Sept. 28, 1906)

Dickinson County, Iowa

The town of Milford is the metropolis of the south part of the county and is located on the range line between Milford and Okoboji townships, that being the center of the principal street. As has been before stated the immediate cause of building up a town at that time and place was the building of the Milford flouring mill in the summer of 1869. This event has been noticed at some length in the history of the county at large. Coincident with the building of the mill was the settlement of the two townships. The first settler in Milford township was A. D. Inman, who came in 1866. Two or three other claims were taken either that year or the next, but were soon after abandoned. There had been but three or four claims taken in the township when the mill company made their selection which was on two abandoned claims. During the summer of 1869 nearly all of the vacant land in the township was homesteaded. Prominent among the settlers for that year were Andrew Blackman, R. C. McCutchin, Z. Slayton, John Allar, C. Christensen, Homer Wise, S. E. Inman, Hiram Ogg, G. P. Clark, H. H. Shipman, C. Tinkham, Eli Miller, E. Freeman, the Reeves brothers, and some others, a few of whom survived the grasshopper invasion, and in some instances the children of the old settlers still occupy the old homesteads of thirty-three years ago.

The tax list of 1873 for Milford Township gives the names of the settlers here then as follows: W. B. Arnold, John Allen, Jake Barnett, A. Blakeman, W. S. Beers, Austin Case, B. Carlton, G. P. Clark, R. B. Carpenter, William Everett, Ira S. Foster, A. D. Foster, G. P. Hawkes, Phillip Hales, A. D. Inman, Stephen Inman, Mike Johnson, George Kidney, Hance Larson, John McKibben, R. C. McCutchin, Eli Miller, Ed Moran, Hiram Ogg, Lain Paul, Ole Paul, Benjamin Pitcher, Elisha Page, John Page, Daniel Reeves, Wallace Smith, T. S. Seymour, M. W. Stone, Volney Smith, Asa Smith, Henry Seaton, Z. B. Slayton, H. H. Shipman, Clarence Tinkham, S. Whitcomb, Homer Wise, Samuel Zink, John Lawler, R. S. Gaylord, John Jarvis, Alfred Goss, A. C. Burnham, A. R. Cotton, G. W. Phillips, D. C. Shepherd, R. A. Smith and W. S. Reese. Some of the above are names of men owning land in the township, but not residing within its borders. The name of Milford was given by Seymour, Foster Company.

1870 Census, Center Grove, Dickinson County, Iowa: Charles Evans (age 39, farmer, born Ireland), Mary Evans (age 37, born Penn.), Roselea Evans (age 16, born Ill.), Elenor Evans (age 14, born Ill.), Samuel Evans (age 13, born Ill.), Simpson Evans (age 10, born Ill.), Vildly? Evans (age 8, female, born Iowa), Emerson Evans (age 5, born Iowa). Amandy Evans (age 3, born Iowa), Lyman Evans (age 1, born Iowa). Hiram Ogg (age 33, farmer, born NY). John Ogg (age 3, born Iowa).

1880 Census, Dresden, Chickasaw County, Iowa: Hiram Ogg (age 36, farmer, born Maryland), wife Ellena Ogg (age 23, born Ill.), son John Ogg (age 13, born Iowa), daughter Emma Ogg (age 3, born Iowa), daughter Etta G. Ogg (age 3, born Iowa) and daughter Dora Ogg (age 1, born Iowa). They were indexed as AGG on Ancestry.com.

1885 Iowa State Census: Dresden, Chickasaw County, Iowa: Hiram Ogg (Township 84, Range 12, Section 22, SE SE, age 49, farmer, born Maryland) Ellinor Ogg (age 29, born Illinois), Emma Ogg (age 12, born Dickinson County, Iowa), Ettie G. Ogg (age 8, born Dickinson County, Iowa), Dora Ogg (age 6, born Dickinson County, Iowa) and Frank L. Ogg (age 4, born Dickinson, Iowa).

1900 Census, Estabrook, Foster County, North Dakota: Hiram Ogg (born Dec. 1835, age 65, married 30 years, born Maryland, farmer,). wife Ella Ogg (born Sept. 1855, age 44, married 30 years, 5 children, 4 living, born Illinois, father born Ireland, mother born Pennsylvania), son Frank Ogg (born Mar. 1881, age 19, born Iowa, farm helper.)

Submitted by:
Cheryl Hanson

Idaho Daily Statesman January 5, 1902
Idaho Daily Statesman
Boise, Idaho
Sunday, January 5, 1902

FROM PAYETTE

Today Hiram Ogg purchased part of W. H. Platt's property on Front street, north.

File at: http://files.usgwarchives.org/id/payette/newspapers/frompaye180nnw.txt


Submitted by
Cheryl Hanson

Payette Independent
Payette, Idaho
Thursday, March 13, 1902

PAYETTE IS BUILDING
Many New Residence Houses Now Being Erected
EACH WEEK SEES NEW OPERATIONS

Messrs. Ogg, Peters, Guild, Fry, Miller and Creighton Begin Construction on Substantial Buildings -- Looks Like a Boom

While Payette is making no pronounced braggs about being in the midst of a building boom, she is steadily forging ahead in that line just the same, and scarcely a week goes by that work is not begun on a new residence or business house. Besides the structures now under course of construction, which have been previously mentioned, operations have begun on several new residence building within the past week.

Hiram Ogg is building a handsome two-story house on his three lots on Riverside avenue in the western side of town. It will contain five rooms, three downstairs and two on the second floor, and will be conveniently arranged.

J. J. Peters is erecting a neat four-room cottage on Broad street. The frame is now up and it will be pushed rapidly to completion.

Charles Guild is also getting material on the ground on Broad street for a substantial residence. Work on the foundation has already begun.

A cottage is being erected by J. C. Miller on the West side. It will contain three rooms.

J. C. Fry is building a cottage in Melchers' addition on lots he recently purchased.

Frank Creighton is building a warehouse addition on the rear of his business house on Boise street. It will be 16x14 feet and will be corrugated iron.

1910 Payette Ward 3, Canyon County, Idaho: Hiram Ogg (age 74, married 2 times currently for 39 years, born Maryland), wife Ella Ogg (age 54, married 1 time for 39 years, 5 children born, 4 still living, born Illinois)

Hiram Ogg died July 22, 1918 at Cascade, Idaho (Pension Index Record) and is buried in Crown Point Cemetery, Valley County, Idaho.

The United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Card showed that Hiram Ogg had a disablity of "slight deafness both ears" and that he died July 22, 1918. Widow Ella Ogg.

Obituary published in The Gospel Messenger, August 10, 1918, page 511:

Ogg, Bro. Hiram, died July 22, 1918, on his farm, near Cascade, Idaho, aged 82 years, 7 months and 18 days. He leaves his wife, Sister Ella Evans Ogg, and five children, all of whom were at his bedside when his soul took its flight. He was stricken with paralysis nine days before, and never regained consciousness. Bro. Ogg was a veteran of the Civil War. Services by the undersigned. Text, Psa. 90. – C. H. Sargent, Payette, Idaho.

Obituary submitted by Rebecca Brubaker Freeman

Obituary found here.

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, August 01, 1918
OGG, HIRAM

DEATH OF HIRAM OGG

Hiram Ogg died at 4 o'clock Monday morning at his home in the community known as "Center," his death being caused by a stroke of paralysis a week before. He was 82 years old having been born Dec. 6th, 1835. He was surrounded by the members of his family at the time of his death. His funeral was preached by Rev. C. H. Sarg?? of Fruitland, Idaho, of the Brethren church, and his burial took place in Crown Point cemetery.

A suitable obituary notice of Father Ogg will be printed in the next issue of this paper. - Cascade News.

Mr. Ogg was for many years a resident of Payette where he had many friends who will regret to learn of his death. He moved from Payette to Long Valley about two years ago where he has since made his home. We extend to Mrs. Ogg and family our sincere sympathy in their sad bereavement.

Note: his sister (Julia Ogg Pratt) and her husband Lemuel are also buried in Payette. ejj

There is a discrepancy between the date in the Pension Index Record, the obituary and the date in the Idaho Death Index (below).  I have no clue why. ejj

ID: 26258
Name of Deceased: Ogg Hiram
Year: 1918
Certificate Number: 022037
County of Death: Valley
City: Valley County
Date of Death: 04/27/1918
Date of Birth: 99/99/9999


Osborn, James. He was born about 1841 in Ohio. He is the son of Caleb and Jennie Osborn. He married Sarah Mennick on August 19, 1862 at Prairie du Chein, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Adam and Elizabeth Mennick.

1850 Census: Bloom, Morgan County, Ohio: Caleb Osborn (age 36, farmer, born Ohio), Elizabeth Osborn (age 28, born Ohio), Heckmen Osborn (age 10, born Ohio), James Osborn (age 9, born Ohio), Jefferson Osborn (age 5, born Ohio), Thomas Osborn (age 4, born Ohio), Sarah Osborn (age 6/12/ born Ohio).

James Osborn was wounded July 14, 1864, Tupelo, Miss, in the left ankle severely. He died August 4, 1864, Memphis, Tenn. of wounds and is buried in Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee, Section A, Site 2119

His widow Sarah Osborn filed for a pension on Apr. 18, 1865. Information from her pension record is below:

State of Wisconsin, County of Crawford.

Be it remembered that on the 19th day of August 1862 at the house of Ellen Young in Prairie du Chien in said County, Mr. James Osburne of Allamakee, Iowa, a white person and son of Caleb Osburne and Jennie his wife born in the State of Ohio on the __ day of ___ 1840, by occupation a farmer, and Miss Sarah Mennick a white person and daughter of Adam Mennick and Elizabeth his wife born in the state of Ohio on the __ day of __ 1843 were with their mutual consent legally joined in Matrimony which was solemnized by me in presence of Ellen Young and Sarah Young of Prairie du Chein attending witnesses having first been satisfied by the oath of the said parties duly administered by me the undersigned residing in said county that there was no legal impediments to such marriage.

B. Bull, Court Commissioner.


Surgeon's statement that James Osborn of Co. A, 27th Iowa Regiment died Aug. 5, 1864 at Gayoso General Hospital Memphis Tenn. of Pyaemia & G. S. W. of heel and ankle.


Osborn, Jefferson - He was born about 1844 in Ohio. He is possibly the son of Caleb and Elizabeth Osborn. I found a family on the 1850 census that had sons named James and Jefferson. They were the right age to be the James and Jefferson Osborn that joined the 27th Iowa. In addition, Jefferson's mother Elizabeth filed for a pension after he died during the Civil War. I could find no family trees for this family. I could not find them on the 1860 census.

1850 Census: Bloom, Morgan County, Ohio: Caleb Osborn (age 36, farmer, born Ohio), Elizabeth Osborn (age 28, born Ohio), Heckmen Osborn (age 10, born Ohio), James Osborn (age 9, born Ohio), Jefferson Osborn (age 5, born Ohio), Thomas Osborn (age 4, born Ohio), Sarah Osborn (age 6/12/ born Ohio).

Jefferson Osborn was accidentally wounded Oct. 11, 1862 and died of wounds Oct. 12, 1862, Dubuque, Iowa. He is buried in Hardin Cemetery, Franklin Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. Cemetery records says he died Aug. 11, 1862, but the roster says that he died Oct. 12, 1862- ejj)

His mother Elizabeth Osborn filed for a pension on June 28, 1865.


Patterson, Andrew Jackson. He was born June 17, 1840 in Morgan Co., Ohio. He was the son of William H. Patterson and Mary Elizabeth 'Polly' Taylor. He married Mary Jane Laughlin in Hardin, Allamakee County, Iowa on Feb. 18, 1859. She was the daughter of John Laughlin and Jane Cuttle. Andrew's brother James P. Patterson also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

Andrew J. Patterson Image was found on Find a Grave

Andrew Jackson Patterson was born in Morgan Co. OH June 17,1840. As a young man he removed with his family to Post Twp, Allamakee Co. IA.

He married twice. He married Mary Jane Laughlin in Hardin, Allamakee Co. IA, February 18, 1859. Mary was born in Ft. Wayne, November 11, 1841. She was the daughter of John Laughlin and Jane Cuttle.

Andrew enlisted on August 14, 1862 and served in the Civil War in Company A of the 27th Iowa Infantry. He was promoted to Fourth Corporal on May 29, 1863. In 1864 he was wounded in action at Pleasant Hill, LA. He was promoted to Second Corporal July 25, 1864 and to First Corporal Oct. 15, 1864. He was wounded again on December 16, 1864 in Nashville, TN. He was mustered out August 8, 1865 in Clinton, IA. The effects of the gun shot wound to his left thigh would last through his life. On December 12, 1868 he filed for a Civil War pension.

Andrew and Mary Jane moved to Guthrie Co. IA in 1872, where Andrew's older brother had a farm. Andrew was the county coroner for a time as well as the minister to a local congregation, the United Brethren Congregation at Glendon. In 1881 the Pattersons gave up farming and moved into the town of Guthrie Center. In 1889 they moved to Des Moines, Iowa. In 1900 they were living at 3124 Fifth Street in Des Moines.

In 1915 Andrew Patterson filed a Civil War pension paperwork as a resident of Pierson, Woodbury Co. IA. He listed his second wife as born Sarah Buntly and that they were married 09 Apr, 1914 at Pierson, Iowa. Note: this is in conflict with the information on his first pension, where Mary is listed as a widow in 1905. It is also possible that my interpretation of the pension is incorrect].

His second wife was Sarah Buntly, and they married in Pierson, IA on April 9, 1914.

Mary J. Laughlin Patterson died May 25, 1911 in Des Moines, Polk Co. IA, at 69 years of age. She is buried in the Woodlawn cemetery, Des Moines, IA. Andrew J. Patterson died on February 24, 1931 in Des Moines, Polk Co. IA, at 90 years of age. He is also buried in Woodland cemetery.

Note: The family history written by Andrew J. Patterson's daughter Cora gives a lengthy and incredibly detailed accounting of his life as a husband, father, Civil War soldier and pioneer. She does not mention a second marriage for Andrew.

Andrew Jackson Patterson and Mary Jane Laughlin had 4 children:

  1. Newton Wesley Patterson - June 14, 1859 - July 7, 1914
  2. Amy Leona Patterson - Apr. 22, 1864 - Jan. 22, 1865
  3. Cora Patterson - Aug. 7, 1867 - July 6, 1948
  4. Rolland Hill Patterson - Dec. 8, 1870 - Feb. 8, 1935

1850 Census: Bloom, Morgan County, Ohio: William Patterson (age 48, farmer, born PA), Mary Patterson (age 46, born PA), Nancy Patterson (age 19, born Ohio), James Patterson (age 17, born Ohio), Susanna Patterson (age 14, born Ohio), William H. Patterson (age 12, born Ohio), Andrew Patterson (age 10, born Ohio), Mary E. Patterson (age 8, born Ohio),

1856 Iowa State Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: William Patterson (age 53, farmer, born Ohio,), Mary Patterson (age 52, born Ohio), Nancy Patterson (age 26, born Ohio), William Patterson (age 18, born Ohio), Andrew Patterson (age 14, born Ohio), Mary Ann Patterson (age 14, born Ohio). They were living next door to John Patterson (age 30, born Ohio) and family wife Caroline, children Oliver, Mary Ann, and William). The Patterson family had been in the state of Iowa for 2 years.

United Brethren -- A society of this denomination was organized in 1868, and a house of worship built in 1869, at the center of the northwest quarter of section 23, a frame structure and well finished, called "Bethel Church." February 20, 1871, this society became incorporated as the "West Grove Meeting House Association of United Brethren in Christ," with the following named trustees: Robert Laughlin, David Jemison, William Simpson, A.J. Patterson and Wells Eaton. This church organization has continued to flourish until this time, and has made various improvements upon its property as occasion required. It has been served by a number of able preachers, the present pastor being Rev. A.E. Hursh, serving both this church and Castalia.

1870 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: A. J. Patterson (age 30, farmer, born Ohio), Mary Patterson (age 28, born Indiana), Milton Patterson (age 11, born Iowa), and Cora Patterson (age 2, born Iowa).

1880 Census, Cass, Guthrie County, Iowa: Andrew J. Patterson (age 39, farmer, born Ohio), wife Mary J. Patterson (age 38, born Indiana), son Newton W. Patterson (age 20, farmer, born Iowa), daughter Cora J. Patterson (age 12, born Iowa) and son Rolland H. Patterson (age 9, born Iowa). His brother William Patterson (age 42) and family (wife Harriett, children Joseph, Charles, Ella, Effie, Parker, John, Hattie, and Sarena) were living next door.

1885 Iowa State Census: Guthrie Center, Guthrie County, Iowa: Andrew J. Patterson (5th Street, age 44, minister, born Ohio), Mary J. Patterson (age 43, born Indiana), Cora J. Patterson (age 17, born Allamakee County, Iowa) and Rollin H. Patterson (age 14, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

1900 Census, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa: Andrew J. Patterson (born June 1840, age 59, married 40 years, born Ohio, Minister), Mary J. Patterson (born Nov, 1841, age 58, married 40 years, 4 children born, 3 still living, born Indiana).

1910 Census: Des Moines Ward 3, Polk County, Iowa: A. J. Patterson (age 69, married 1 time for 51 years, born Ohio), wife Mary J. Patterson (age 68, married 1 time for 51 years, 4 children born, 3 still living, born Indiana). (they were indexed as Batterson).

Mary Jane (Laughlin) Patterson (born Nov. 1, 1841) died May 24, 1911. She is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.

1915 Iowa State Census: Pierson, Woodbury County, Iowa: Andrew J. Patterson (age 74, married, County, Woodbury, Township: Pierson. Occupation: Retired Minister, Extent of Education: Common 8, can read and write), Birthplace: Ohio. Military Service: Civil War, Infantry, State: Iowa. Regiment 27, Company A, Church Affiliation: United Brethern, Father's Birthplace: Penn. Mother's Birthplace: Penn., Years in Iowa: 61.

I could not find him on the 1920 or 1930 census.

Andrew J. Patterson died February 24, 1931 in Des Moines, Polk Co. IA and is buried in Woodland cemetery, Des Moines, Woodbury County, Iowa.  (Pension Index Record and Iowa Cemetery Records)


Patterson, James P. He was born June 6, 1833 in Morgan County, Ohio. He was the son of William H. Patterson and Mary Elizabeth 'Polly' Taylor. He married Amanda A. Dobson on July 25, 1856 in Post Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Samuel Dobson (Nov. 6,1804 - Dec. 16, 1861) and Rebecca Grigsby (Mar. 1809 - Feb. 8, 1879). Her brother Saul Dobson also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.  James' brother Andrew Jackson Patterson also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

I initially found the information below on a website titled "Patterson family of Morgan Co. Ohio and Allamakee Co. IA" The link is now broken and I can no longer find it.

Generation 1: William Henry Patterson

He was born in Patterson Mills, PA June 9, 1801. His parents are unproven. There is a chance that his father is John Patterson, who was born in Lancaster Co. PA in January 1770 & died August 31, 1849 in McConnelsville, Morgan Co. OH, but I don't have any primary documentation that John was the father of William. Other unrelated Patterson lines also claim this John as "their own". Still other researchers will argue that John indeed is the proper ancestor in this family tree. Family lore says that William removed to OH with his parents as a young child.

William H. Patterson married Mary Elizabeth 'Polly' Taylor in Morgan Co. OH on June 21,1825. Mary was born in Westmorland, PA on September 30, 1802. Her parents are unknown.

A family history compiled in 1937 by Cora Patterson Stevens, his granddaughter, tells us that William bought land on the east bank of the Muskingum River about 5 mi. north of McConellsville, Morgan Co. OH. He also ".....bought the Shick Salt Works" and "He owned his boats on which he shipped his salt down the Muskingum, Ohio and Mississippi rivers..." and "he was known as Honest Uncle Billy" because of his ethical business practices. William operated the salt mine until around 1854.

The Patterson family is found on the 1850 census in Bloom twp, Morgan Co. OH; dwelling #701 family #718. Dwelling #702 family #719 lists son John W. and his wife Caroline. John W.'s occupation is Saltmaker. Dwelling # 713 family #730 lists Margaret Patterson 67 female and Rebecca 30 female. Both women born in PA. Most likely this is his mother & sister.

In 1854/55 the family removed to Allamakee Co. IA. The history by Cora Patterson Stevens gives this accounting: " Early in the spring of 1855 William and family went by boat down the Muskingum and Ohio rivers and up the Mississippi to Burlington, Iowa.......went on up to McGregor where ox teams were waiting ......". Another version, undocumented family lore, is that they went to Iowa with the Elisha Harris family in a wagon train led by their son-in-law Elisha Harris.

William and Polly bought land, built a home and farmed for a few years before moving into the village of Postville. A listing of Business & Professional men of Postville, January 1868: Meat markets: John Hoppas and Wm. Patterson.

William and Mary also raised their 3 grand-daughters by their son James who died in the Civil War.

The Allamakee Co. IA farm owned by William Henry Patterson eventually passed down through the generations and it came to be known as 'Greens Sugar Bush'. It was owned by his g-grandson Ralph E. Green.

After Williams death in 1872 Polly, her grand-daughters and daughter Nancy moved to Grand Meadow Twp. Clayton Co. IA.

Polly died September 3, 1881 Postville, Iowa, at 78 years of age. William died November 13,1872 Postville, Iowa, at 71 years of age. They are interred in Minert Cemetery, Post twp. Allamakee Co. IA.

William Henry Patterson and Mary Elizabeth Taylor had 11 children:

1. John William Patterson
2. Margaret Jane Patterson
3. Nancy Patterson
4. James P. Patterson
5. Susannah Patterson
6 William Henry Harrison Patterson
7. Andrew Jackson Patterson
8. Mary Ellen Patterson
9. Robert Welch Patterson 1844-1849
10. Oliver Taylor Patterson 1846-1846

Generation 2: James P. Patterson

He was born in Morgan Co. OH on June 6, 1833. He removed to Allamakee Co. IA in 1854/55 with his parents.

He married Amanda A. Dobson in Post twp. Allamakee Co. IA on July 25, 1856. Amanda was born in IN 1839. She was the daughter of Samuel Dobson. Prior to their marriage, James had been a farm hand for Amanda's father in Post Twp.

In 1856 James Patterson bought land from John & Rachel Lyons of Allamakee Co. IA and in 1857 they sold two parcels of land to Anthony Barret and Mitchel Sheriden. In November 1860 James was elected constable in Post twp. Allamakee Co.

James enlisted on August 9, 1862 in Company A, 27th Iowa Infantry. Forty-seven men were sent to the Civil War from Post twp., 15 died in this war. Amanda's brother Saul Dobson also died in the Civil War.

James contracted a disease and died in a hospital in Jackson, TN. Cora Patterson Stevens writes of her father Andrew visiting his brother James in the hospital: " .....he found his brother in a pitiable condition, having been in the hospital tent 4 days without the blood washed from his face or linen changed.....the nurses were men who spent most of their time playing cards and were busy at it when Andrew entered.......".

After James died, Amanda remarried to Robert Dixon in Prairie du Chien, WI on June 18, 1864.

James Patterson died of disease on January 15, 1863 in Jackson, TN, at 29 years of age. He presumably is buried near Jackson, TN.

Amanda died November 8, 1865 in Allamakee Co. IA, at 26 years of age. She is buried in Minert cemetery, Post twp. Allamakee Co. IA. Their 3 daughters were raised by James' parents.

James P. Patterson and Amanda A. Dobson had 5 children:
1. Samuel W. Patterson 1857-1857
2. Tacy D. Patterson 1858-1863
3. Mary Rebecca Patterson 1860-1887
4. Rebecca May Patterson 1860-?
5. Sarah Ann Jemima Patterson 1862-?

1850 Census: Bloom, Morgan County, Ohio: William Patterson (age 48, farmer, born PA), Mary Patterson (age 46, born PA), Nancy Patterson (age 19, born Ohio), James Patterson (age 17, born Ohio), Susanna Patterson (age 14, born Ohio), William H. Patterson (age 12, born Ohio), Andrew Patterson (age 10, born Ohio), Mary E. Patterson (age 8, born Ohio),

1856 Iowa State Census: Allamakee County, Iowa: Samuel Dobson (age 51, born Virginia ), Rebecca Dobson (age 49, born Virginia), Palmer Dobson (age 23, born Indiana), Saul Dobson (age 21, born Indiana), Amanda Dobson (age 16, born Indiana), Catherine Dobson (age 10, born Indiana), Tacy Dobson (age 4, born Indiana), Emily Dobson (age 4,born Indiana) and James Patterson (age 22. born Ohio, farm laborer. He had been in the state of Iowa for 2 years). The Dobson family had been in the state of Iowa for 3 years.

At the November election, 1860, W.H. Carithers was chosen as first township supervisor on the county board; Timothy Stiles, township clerk; P.P. Cady and Emery Higbey, justices; James Patterson and Stephen Thibodo, constables.

I could not find them on the 1860 census.

James P. Patterson died Jan. 15, 1863, Jackson, Tenn, of typhoid pneumonia.

The information below is from the pension file:

Inventory of the effects of James Patterson (dated March 30, 1863), late a corporal of Company A, 27th Regiment Iowa Volunteers Infantry who died at Jackson Tenn. January 15, 1863 of Typhoid Pneumonia to whit:

One (1) cap, one (1) great coat, one (1) uniform coat, two (2) pair cotton drawers, one (1) cotton shirt, three (3) pairs socks, one (1) pair boots, one (1) canteen, one (1) knapsack.

Said James Patterson was last paid the one months advance pay and had drawn clothing to the amount of Twenty nine dollars.

He was enlisted on the 9th day of August 1862 at Lybrand by A. M. Haslip and mustered into the United States by Capt. Pierce on the third day of October, 1862.

Deceased was 28 years of age. Resided in the town of Lybrand, County of Allamakee and State of Iowa. Born in the State of Ohio.

I certify, on honor, that the above is a correct Inventory of the effects of the said James Patterson. (Note this document was not signed. ejj)


Declaration for Widow's Pension: Allamakee County, Iowa, March 26, 1864. Amanda E. Patterson made a statement:

She was a resident of Post, Allamakee County, Iowa

She was aged 23

She was the widow of James Patterson, a corporal in Company A, 27th Regiment of Iowa Inft. Vols. He died January 13, 1863 at Hospital No. 3 at Jackson Tennessee from Typhoid fever.

She was married to James Patterson on July 25, 1856 at Post Township by Isaac Newton, a Minister.

The names and ages of her children under sixteen years of age at her husband's decease and the place of resident is as follows: Rebecca May Patterson, aged 3 years: Mary Rebecca Patterson, aged 3 years (these two are twins) and Sarah Ann Patterson, age 1 years. That they reside with their mother at Post Township, in said county and state.

William Patterson and John Patterson were witnesses.


William Patterson made this statement on Feb. 2, 1866 at Allamakee County, Iowa:

He was a resident of Lybrand, Allamakee County, Iowa.

He was aged 64.

He was the guardian of the minor children of James Patterson, deceased.: Rebecca Patterson, born June 8, 1860; Mary Patterson, born June 8, 1860; and Sarah J. Patterson, born Nov. 28 1862.

James Patterson was a corporal in Company A, 27th Regiment of Iowa Inf. Volunteers. James Patterson died at Jackson Tenn on Jan. 16, 1863 of pneumonia fever.

The mother of the said children again married, being now the wife of Robert Dixon, on Jun 18, 1864. Mr. Lavalle, a Justice of the peace performed the marriage.

The parents of his wards were married at Post, Iowa on July 25, 1856 by Isaac Newton, a clergyman. (NOTE a copy of the marriage record is in the pension file).


Statement by Albert Boomer, Surg. of 27th Reg. Iowa.

I hereby certify that James Patterson, Corporal, Company A, 27th Iowa Inf. Vols. died in Hospital No. 3, Jackson, Tennessee, Jan 15, 1863 of typhoid fever. He contracted the disease in the line of his duty while on the march from Jackson, Tenn. to the Tennessee River, in pursuit of the rebel cavalry of Gen. Forrest, from Dec. 31, 1862 to Jan 8, 1863.


Marriage Record dated June 18, 1864 - Robert Dixon and Amanda Patterson

County of Crawford, Wisconsin:

On the 18th day of June, 1864 at the town of Prairie du Chein in said county Robert Dixon a white person, son of William J. Dixon and Susan his wife born in London, England 1840, by occupation a farmer and Mrs. Amanda E. Patterson also a white person, daughter of Samuel Dobson and Rebecca his wife born 1839 in Indiana, were with their mutual consent legally joined together in Holy Matrimony which was solemnized by me in presence of Mr. John Bailey and Miss Hattie Dailey, having first been satisfied by the oath of said Robert Dixon duly administered by me the undersigned that there was no legal impediment to such marriage.

M. Lavalle,
Justice of the Peace

NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT, State of Iowa, Allamakee Co.

To J.W. Patterson, A.J. Patterson, Wm. H. Patterson, Susan Early, M.E. Falton, Rebecca Barclay, Mary Stull and Sarah VanVelzer, the last three heirs of James Patterson; Lizzie Taylor, W.M. Harris, Jane Laughlin, G.W. Harris, Caroline Hammel, Delila A. Ridenour, H.S. Harris, Maggie U. Powell, Charles A. Harris, children and heirs of Margaret Harris who was heir of Nancy Patterson; and Rena Bell Bollman, Willard Bollman and Maggie Bollman, heirs of Nancy Bollman, who was heir of Margaret Harris; all heirs at law of Nancy Patterson:

You are hereby notified that there is now on file in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Iowa in and for Allamakee County, the Final Report of Elisha Harris, administrator of the estate of Nancy Patterson, asking to have said report approved and administrator discharged. Said matter will be called up for disposition on the first day of the next term of court which will commence on the 30th day of September 1886, at Waukon.

by: Elisha Harris, administrator.
S.S. Powers, attorney.

-Source: Postville Review, dated August 7, 1886.
-Transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall
-Transcribers note: Nancy Patterson, daughter of William Henry Patterson & Mary E. Taylor, was an invalid. She never married.


Perry, Elijah . - He was born about 1835 in New York. He was the son of Ira Perry (Dec. 16, 1799 - July 16, 1868) and Catherine Reynolds (1812 - 1907). He married Ellen K. Shaw.

1850 Census: Fleming, Cayuga County, New York: Ira Perrey (age 51, farmer, born Connecticut), Catherine Perrey (Age 36, born New York), Charles Perrey (age 19, born NY), Elijah J. Perrey (age 18, born NY), Wm. Perrey (age 16, born NY), Geo. Perrey (age 12, born NY), Jane A. Perrey (age 10, born NY), Caroline G. Perry (age 8, born NY), Ira O. Perrey (age 5, born NY), Elijah Perry (age 92, born Connecticut) and Wm. Bird (Age 25, born Ireland).

1856 Iowa State Census: Fairview, Allamakee County, Iowa: Ira Perry (age 56, born Connecticut, farmer), Cathrine Perry (age 42, born New York), Elijah Perry (age 22, born New York), Charles Perry (age 23, born New York), George Perry (age 18, born New York), Jane Ann Perry (age 16, born New York), Caroline F. Perry (age 14, born New York), Ira E. Perry (age 11, born New York) and Clara Perry (age 1, born Iowa).

1860 Census: Linton, Allamakee County, Iowa: Elijah Perry (age 25, farmer, born New York), Ellen Perry (age 24, born New York), Clara Perry (age 3, born Iowa), George Perry (age 2/12, born Iowa), Joseph Shaw (age 44, farmer, born New York).

Elijah Perry died April 5, 1864 from congestive chills and is buried in Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn. Section A, Site 1768.

His widow Ellen K. Perry filed for a pension on March 25, 1865.

On March 4, 1871, a pension was filed for a minor. W. M. Boyer was listed as guardian.

The information below is extracted from the Widow's Army Pension of Ellen K. Perry, widow of Elijah Perry.

There was initially some confusion with the application. Her application said he was with Company E. No record was found. There is a statement in file which said: "I certify on honor, that Elijah Perry enlisted as a Recruit for Company E of 27th Regiment Iowa Volunteers, but was assigned to Co. A by order of the cmdg officer of Regt". (Signed James C. Williams, 1st Lt. Co. E, 27th Iowa Inft.) So part of the records say Company E and part say Company A.

Volunteer Service (Civil War) Elijah Perry, Co. A, 27th Reg't Iowa In. age 29 years & 8 months, height 5 feet, 6 inches, complexion sandy, eyes green (another statement says  his eyes were black), hair reddish, place of birth Cayuga NY, occupation Farmer, was enrolled March 5, 1864, and died April 5, 1864 in Overton Hospital at Memphis Tenn. Cause Congestive Intermittent Fever, from ? to Death. He held the rank of Pvt. and the rolls on file for that period show him present. The medical records show him treated as follows: April 5, 1864, Congestive intermittent fever, died April 5, 64, death from congestive intermittent fever.


Statement by Thomas G. Drips, Capt. Co. E 27th Iowa: I certify that Elijah Perry was a Private in Company E of the 27th Regiment Iowa Volunteers in the war of 1861; that while in the service of the United States and in the line of his duty, he contracted congestive chills of which he died at Overton, U.S.A. Hospital, Memphis Tennessee April 5, 1864. On or about the 28th of March 1864, being detailed for that purpose, I left Davenport Iowa with a number of recruits for the 27th Regiment Iowa Volunteers, all in good health. Elijah Perry was one of said recruits. On the way to Memphis, to wit: Apr. 4th 1864, Perry complained of not being well. On the 5th, having arrived at Memphis he had a severe chill. I left him at Overton Hospital at Memphis and proceeded down the river with said recruits. Returned to Memphis about April 20th 1864. Went to said Hospital. Saw by the Hospital books that Perry had died on the night of the day I left him there.

The effects of the said Elijah Perry deceased, consisted of 1 forage cap, 1 pr. flannel drawers & 1 blanket which are in store at Overton Hospital Memphis Tenn to be disposed of by a council of Administration. Sid Elijah Perry was last paid one months pay and $60.00 bounty and had drawn clothing to the amount of $22.45.


From Ellen K. Perry's application:

Resident of Monona, Clay County, Iowa, age 26.

Elijah Perry died of congestive chills contracted in the U. S. Service, at Overton U. S. A. Hospital Memphis, Tennessee on May 5, 1864.

She was married to Elijah Perry on the 21st day of May, 1856 at National, Iowa.

Three children under the age of 16: Clara Jane, born May 9, 1858, William born Mar. 9, 1860 and Joseph Eugene, born Mary 7, 1862. They were all living with their mother.

Marriage record shows that Elijah Perry and Miss Ellen K. Shaw were married on the 21st day of May 1855 in Clayton County, by John Webb, a Minister of the Gospel.

Marriage record shows that William M. Boyer, aged 31, son of Reuben Boyer and Hattie Meller, married Mrs. Ellen K. Perry, aged 29 years, daughter of John Shaw, on Oct. 17, 1869 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. Marriage was performed by Henry W. Kukns, Pastor of Lutheran Church.

William M. Boyer, aged 58 years, 7 months, 25 days, died March 16, 1904. He was a carpenter. Residence was No. 717 S. 31st St., Omaha Nebraska. Cause of death was Tracheal stenosis. He was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.


Statement by Ellen K. Perry on July 14, 1904.

In regard to W. Boyer, my deceased husband, I have no knowledge here or any of his friends that could give testimony of his service in the Army. That is why I applied to get my pension renewed of my first husband. Mr. Boyer was a member of his home Militia at the time the war broke out. The company enlisted in the call for 90 day service at the close of time he returned to his home, then to work at his trade carpenter. The last three years of war he worked for the government at his trade at Nashville Tenn. His discharge was left to his home at Fleetwood, but the parents are gone to their last home and the papers got lost so have nothing. I am not acquainted with them only by correspondents have never been back. Hoping I may not have to bother them in order to get the pension of Elijah Perry, my first husband. I have all of his friends, I have no income and not very good health or I would not ask the government to help but feel I have went through enough to be worthy of at least $12.00 per month. Hoping you will help me out in this. I shall ever remember your kindness. Yours very respectfully Mrs. Ellen K. Boyer, 717 So 31 Omaha, NE.


Jan. 14, 1920, Your are hereby notified that Check # 5701150 for $75.00 dated Jan 4, 1920 in favor of post-office certificate # Ellen K. Boyer, Class Civil War, Section 2, has been returned to this office by the Postmaster with information that the pensioner died Dec. 22, 1919 and said check has this day been canceled. Guy O. Taylor, Disbursing Clerk.

Ellen K. (Shaw, Perry) Boyer died Dec. 22, 1919 in Omaha Nebraska.

After she died, her daughter in law, (Libbie F. Perry) the widow of her son applied for reimbursement for her care and expenses.


Pixler, John . - (Note his name was Pixley on the roster) He was born May 31, 1835 in Fayette, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Joseph Lee Pixler (Feb. 11, 1798 - Apr. 11, 1862) and Margaret Caldwell (June 2, 1800 - July 29, 1876). He married Chloe Joanna Stull on January 13, 1864 at Lybrand, Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Peter Stull (Feb. 15, 1818 - Nov. 28, 1863) and Chloe E. Terrill (Oct. 8, 1823 - Apr. 18, 1891). He married second Hannah French on February 2, 1882 in Postville, Allamakee county, Iowa (Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934). Family tree information shows her name as Hannah Sprague. It appears that she was first married to George French. She was the daughter of John Sprague (Jan. 3, 1790 - July 30, 1873) and Elizabeth Hildreth (1793 - Jan. 27, 1861.

1860 Census: Monona, Clayton County, Iowa: Joseph Pixler (age 62, born PA), Margaret Pixler (age 60, born PA), and John Pixler (age 25, laborer, born PA).

1870 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: John Pixler (age 34, farm laborer, born PA), Joanna Pixler (age 24, born PA), Joseph Pixler (age 4, born Iowa) and William Pixler (age 2, born Iowa) and Andrew Stull (age 11, born Iowa).

Chloe (Stull) Pixler (born Mar. 30, 1845), died April 8, 1877 in Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa. She is buried in Postville Cemetery, Grand Meadow Township, Clayton County, Iowa.

1880 Census: Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa: John Pixler (age 45, laborer, born PA), son Charles Pixler (age 10, born Iowa), daughter Maggie Pixler (age 8, born Iowa).

John married second Hannah French on February 2, 1882 in Postville, Allamakee county, Iowa.

Mr. John Pixler and Mrs. French were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony last Monday. ~Postville Review, February 11, 1882 - contributed by S. Ferrall

1895 Iowa State Census: Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa: John Pixler (age 60, married, born Penn, laborer, Religious Belief: None, Soldier in War of the Rebellion, Company A, 27th Regiment, State: Iowa, Arm of Service: Infantry.

1915 Iowa State Census, Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: John Pixler (age 79, single, County, Allamakee, Township: Post, Occupation: Retired. Extent of Education: Common 8, can read and write, Birth Place: Penn. Value of Farm or Home: $1400. Military Service: Civil War, Infantry. State: Iowa. Regiment: left Blank., Company A. Father's birthplace: Penn. Mother's Birthplace: Penn. Years in US: 79. Years in Iowa: 79.

1920 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: George Bursell (age 44), wife Rose Bursell (age 26), Boarder John Pixler (age 84, widowed, born Pennsylvania).

1925 Iowa State Census: Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa: George H. Burrell (age 48), wife Rose Burrell (age 34), son James Burrell (age 4), son Charles E. Burrell (age 2), daughter Annie M. Burrell (age 1) and Uncle John Pixler (age 89, born Penn. Parents were left blank).

John Pixler died August 10, 1925 in Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa.  He is buried in Postville Cemetery Area B, Post Township, Allamakee County, Iowa.

Postville Herald
Postville, Allamakee Co. Iowa
August 13, 1925

Civil War Veteran Answers Last Call

On Monday evening of this week, following several years of failing health and intense suffering, John Pixler, a veteran of the Civil War and one of Postville's oldest residents, passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey French in this city, where for some months past his needs had been faithfully ministered to, at the ripe old age of ninety years, two months and nine days.

John Pixler, son of Joseph and Margaret Pixler, was born in Smithfield, Pa., May 31, 1835, and as a young man came west to Iowa. On August 9, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Co. A, 27th Iowa Infantry, at Lybrand, Allamakee county, and served his country during three years of the Civil War, being honorably discharged from the service at Clinton, Iowa, August 9, 1865, after having participated in several of the important engagements during that great conflict.

In January, 1864, he came home on a furlough and on the 13th of that month was united in marriage to Chloe Joanna Stull at Lybrand. To this union were born six children, three of whom preceded their father in death. Those surviving are Joseph M. Pixler of Monona; Charles M. Pixler of Triumph, Minn.; and Mrs. Margaret VanMatre of David City, Neb. The wife and mother passed away April 8, 1877.

On January 21, 1888, Mr. Pixler was again united in marriage to Mrs. Hannah French, who died on September 18, 1893.

The greater part of John Pixler's life was spent in Postville, where during his active years he labored faithfully at whatever work his hands found to do, and until failing health confined him indoors he was known to practically ever man, woman and child of this city and community as an honest and industrious citizen, and all who read these lines will regret to learn of the passing of this old citizen, soldier and friend.

The funeral will be held from the Community church at two o'clock this (Thursday) afternoon conducted by Rev. R.F. Galloway and Arthur F. Brandt Post, American Legion. Interment in Postville cemetery.

Children of John Pixler and Chloe Joanna Stull: Joseph Milton, William Henry, Charles Mauly, Margaret Alvira, and Myrtle Almiera.


Pratt, Greenwood B.  He was born about 1832 in Maine. He married Hannah M. Geesey on August 23, 1862 at Lansing, Iowa.  She was the daughter of John A. Geesey and Caroline Richardson.

I have actually spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out which family Greenwood B. Pratt belongs to. In the end, all I can do is present the information I have found about him. I can guess, but cannot definitively say which family he belongs to.

1850 Census, Doyer, Piscataquis County, Maine: L. I. Pratt (age 32, farmer, born Maine), Nancy Pratt (age 32, born Maine), Susan Pratt (age 5, born Maine), Winfield S. Pratt (age 3, born Maine), Thomas F. Pratt (age 1, born Maine) Greenwood B. Pratt (age 18, born Maine, Farmer). (Note, he is indexed as Glenwood B. Pratt, but the census says Greenwood.)

This account shows that Greenwood Pratt came to Iowa in 1850 with the families of Azel Pratt and Lemuel Pratt. ejj

Arrival In Iowa--This account was related by Noah Hersey Pratt, published in "The Past And Present of Allamakee County" pages 394, 395, 396.

" A genuine pioneer of Makee Township is Noah Hersey Pratt, now in his eightieth year (b-1834) , who enjoys the distinction of being the earliest settler in this community still living here, although his younger brother came but a few weeks later, with the rest of his family. Mr. Pratt recently narrated to the writer his first experiences here, substantially as follows:

Azel Pratt and his brother Lemuel left their homes in Maine, September 20, 1850, for the Great West, a party of fourteen, consisting of the two fathers, three big boys, and nine women and children. From Chicago they went by rail to St. Charles, Illinois, then the terminus of the railroad, which was building toward the Mississippi river to Dunlieth. From St. Charles a four horse stage (coach) conveyed the entire party to a place near Belvedere, in Boone County Illinois, where they visited, and looked over the country for a location, but found no land they liked. It being a wet season, the prairies looked very uninviting; so Azel Pratt went to spy out the land, going to Lansing (Iowa) by boat, and afoot from there out to the ridge where he made a choice of a location. Upon his return to Illinois the party started out with two covered wagons, one drawn by an ox team and the other by horses, traveling by way of Rockford and Freeport (Illinois), and arrived at Prairie Du Chein (Wisconsin) the very last of November. Here they rented a house for a temporary home for the women and children, while the two men and the three boys, Greenwood, Hersey, and Marcellus Pratt, about eighteen, seventeen and fifteen respectively, came on to construct a house for the winter. Though the ground was bare it had been cold enough to form a thin bridge of ice, and on this they crossed the Mississippi, a French guide directing their pathway, and leading one ox at a time. Their route was then by Monona, across the Yellow River at Smithfield, or near Carter Clark's place, up on the north fork to Ezra Reid's in Ludlow (township), thence by Father Shattuck's log cabin on the prairie and two miles north from there onto the ridge, where their claim was made, in the southeast part of section 18, reaching the place December 6, 1850.

The first night there they built a brush shanty for shelter, of oak brush to which the dry leaves clung, and made themselves very comfortably at home. The next day they began the erection of a log house, about 16x24 feet in size, with two rooms on the ground floor, and all in one room in the loft. Meanwhile they boarded with Seth Patterson, who came in the previous spring and had built on their claim at the head of the creek which took their name, about two miles west of the Pratt's, taking their noon lunch with them, or cooking one there. In the construction of the house they used windows brought from Prairie Du Chein, and drove to the little village of Moneek, (which later disappeared entirely), at the head of the Yellow River, in Winneshiek County, for basswood boards for flooring and roof. They did not shingle until the following spring. Having gotten the cabin enclosed the two elder men drove to Prairie Du Chein for their families, with whom they returned in January 1851, and Hersey says altho he had been well and hearty he was never more pleased to see his mother than when she came "home." At the prairie they had purchased six barrels of flour and a barrel of pork, of which the men had brought along a portion on their first trip, as well as a small cook stove; so as soon as they had the house enclosed the boys "bached" until the women came. A stone fireplace had been built and from the top of the stonework a stick chimney plastered with clay. At first a hollow log was found and set up on the stonework for a chimney, but one night it got afire and they went out and pushed it off away from the house. While the men were away after their families the boys put in their time chinking up the cracks between the logs to make the rooms snug for the winter. Bedsteads were made by using the corner of the chamber for the head and one side, setting a post for the fourth corner, with the rails to the walls, and stretching bedcords from the rails to pegs inserted in the logs. Their nearest neighbors at first were; James Reid on section 24; and the Pattersons on section 23, Union Prairie; the Shattucks on section 30; David Whaley, section 20; and James Conway on section 28. Also Prossei and Archa Whaley on sections 32 and 33. Lemuel Pratt had brought in a small stock of goods which he opened up in this log cabin, to supply the necessities of the few neighbors and the passing travelers. The latter were also accommodated here with meals and lodging. In the following spring he built a house on his claim on the north side of the road, afterwards the McCroden place, where he kept a hotel, this being the main traveled road for the settlers landing at Lansing, who soon began coming thick and fast, bound for the counties north and west. A little later grain was hauled to the Lansing market from a hundred miles to the west, so that hundreds of teams passed daily, in the marketing season. In the spring of 1852 the township was organized and given the name of Makee, although the ridge residents being mostly from Maine wanted it called Dover. A post office was established that year, at the house of Lemuel Pratt, and he continued as postmaster until he sold out in 1856 and moved to Minnesota, where he died, at Monticello in July, 1893, aged seventy-five. Hersey and his brothers were the mail carriers to and from Lansing, once a week at first. The Pratts raised sod corn and buckwheat in 1851; and Lemuel sowed five or six acres to wheat on a piece of ground broken up by James Reid the previous year on the Richard Charles claim. This was sown on the sixth of March, the soil being in prime condition, and yielded some 35 to 40 bushels per acre. The first threshing was done in the old-fashioned way, using flails; but it was not long until some enterprising individual brought a tread- powered threshing machine into the settlement. The carpenters had all they could do in those days. The lumber used in the construction of the frame houses on the ridge were mostly sawed out in the Black River region in Wisconsin, and rafted to Lansing. Hersey Pratt and three brothers served our country faithfully in the Civil War. Hersey went to Illinois in 1860, and enlisted there in 1862, in Company I, 95th Volunteer Infantry. In a later year he was commissioned Second Lieutenant of a company in the 48th Regiment of US Colored Troops, which position he retained until mustered out at the end of the war. Since that time he has followed the occupation of contractor and builder in Waukon, or in the furniture trade.

1856 Iowa State Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa Azel Pratt, (age 45, male, married, state resident 5 years, born Maine, Farmer). Mary Pratt, (age 42, female, married, state resident 5 years, born Maine), N. H. Pratt, (age 22, male, , state resident 5 years, born Maine, farmer), M. H. Pratt, (age 21, male, state resident 5 years, born Maine, farmer), R. G. Pratt, (age 15, male, state resident 5 years, born Maine, Laborer), P. E. Bruce, (age 15, female , state resident 5 years, born Maine), M. W. Pratt, (age 10, male, state resident 5 years, born Maine), E. E. Pratt, (age 9, female, state resident 5 years, born Maine) Pheobe Hersey, (age 64, female, state resident 3 years, born Mass.), G. B. Pratt, (age 24, male, state resident 5 years, born Maine, Farmer, voter, militia)  (Note:  Mary Pratt's maiden name was Hersey. Phoebe was her mother.  G. B. Pratt is Greenwood B. Pratt who served in Company A, 27th Iowa.)

Next door was this family:

John G. Pratt, (age 47, male, married, state resident 4 years, born Maine, farmer), Cynthia Pratt, (age 39, female, married, state resident 4 years, born Maine), John Pratt, (age 20, male, state resident 4 years, born Maine, Carpenter), Mary W. Pratt, (age 18, female, state resident 4 years, born Maine), Alanson Pratt, (age 14, male, state resident 4 years, born Maine), Lemuel Pratt, (age 12, male, state resident 4 years, born Maine), Hiram Pratt, (age 5, male, state resident 4 years, born Maine), William W. Pratt, (age 3, male, state resident 3 years, born Iowa)  (Note:  Brothers John Pratt (age 20) and Lemuel Pratt (age 12) served in Company A, 27th Iowa).

Next door to this family is:

L. N. Pratt, (age 37, male, married, resident 5 years, born Maine, Farmer, voter, militia, owner of land), Nancy Pratt, (age 37, female, married, resident 5 years, born Maine), Susan A. Pratt, (age 11, female, resident 5 years, born Maine),  L. M. W. Pratt, (age 9, male, resident 5 years, born Maine), Thomas F. Pratt, (age 7, male, resident 5 years, born Maine), Ada F. Pratt, (age 4, female, resident 4 years, born Iowa), Edmund F. Pratt, (age 2, male, resident 2 years, born Iowa)

According to about 15 family trees on Ancestry.com the three men in these families - Azel, John G., and L. N. (Lemuel) Pratt - are brothers: (sons of Josiah Pratt and Sybil Guerney).

1860 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Calven Earl (age 70), Betsa Earl (age 65), John W. Earl (age 25), Willard W. Earl (age 27), Elen Earl (age 19), Greenwood Pratt (age 25, carpenter, born Maine), Elias M. Randall (age 22), Charles Walker (age 25), and Catharin Norton (age 18).

Greenwood Pratt married Hannah M. Geesey on Aug. 23, 1862 in Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of John A. Geesey and Caroline Richardson.

Greenwood Pratt died Apr. 17, 1865 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery- Main, Makee Township, Allamakee County, Iowa

His widow Hannah M. Pratt filed for a pension on May 30, 1865. The following information has been extracted from her pension application:

Hannah M. Pratt made the following statements on May 13, 1865:

She was aged 28 years and a resident of Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa.

Her husband died April 17, 1865. Cause of death was chronic diarrhea.

They were married August 23, 1862 at Lansing, Iowa, by O. S. Conky, County Judge; that her name before her marriage was Hannah M. Geesey.

Her husband "left no children whatever surviving him.".


John W. Pratt made a statement January 11, 1866:

That Greenwood B. Pratt of Company A, 27th Iowa contracted the chronic diarrhea while on the Red River Expedition in April and May A.D. 1864. He died at Waukon Iowa April 17th 1865, that affiants knowledge of the above facts is derived from being personally present with the company at the time, that this affiant was a nephew of said soldier.


Hannah Pratt married Harmon S. Cooper on Oct. 1st, 1876. He died Oct. 28th, 1920.

Hannah M. (Geesey, Pratt) Cooper was born March 10th 1836 at Bethany, Genesee County, New York.


Hannah M. Cooper, former widow of Greenwood B. Pratt, Company A, 27th Regiment, Civil War Veteran made a statement on April 20, 1927 in Allamakee County, Iowa

I, Hannah M. Cooper, being duly sworn, depose and say that I am ninety-one years of age, and have been for many years a resident of Allamakee County, Iowa; That Harmon S. Cooper, as his name appears in Declaration for Remarried Widow's Pension dated March 21st 1927, is one and the same person as Herman Samuel Cooper, as his name appears in certified copy of Certificate of Death, certified to March 24th, 1927, by E. R. Harlan, Curator of Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa.

That the death certificate of Greenwood B. Pratt is not on record either in the aforesaid Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa, nor in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Iowa, in and for Allamakee County, as I have been reliably informed and consequently believe.

That I was personally present when my first husband, Greenwood B. Pratt, died at the home of his father, Azel Pratt, in Waukon, Iowa; that said Greenwood B. Pratt was home on a furlough at the time of his death, which occurred April 17, 1865; that the body of Greenwood B. Pratt was buried in a cemetery known as Makee Cemetery about a mile northeast of Waukon, Iowa, a few days after his death; that subsequently said body was exhumed and removed to Oakland Cemetery, about one-half mile south of Waukon, Iowa.

Hannah M. Cooper
April 20, 1927.


This statement was made on behalf of Hannah M. Cooper, former widow of Greenwood B. Pratt, Company A. 27th Iowa
State of Iowa, Allamakee County

I, David R. Walker, of Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa, being duly sworn, depose and say that I am eight-eight years of age, having been born January 18, 1839; that I came to Allamakee County in the year 1856; that I served in the same company with Greenwood B. Pratt during the Civil War: that after my discharge from the service on May 15, 1865, I spent abut three years in Decorah, Iowa, a city eighteen miles distant from Waukon, and about twenty-five miles distant from the home of Harmon S. Cooper; that I have known this applicant and her second husband, Harmon S. Cooper, ever since their marriage; that they lived together as husband and wife from the date of their marriage up to the date of his death on October 28th, 1920.

That I have known Hannah M. Cooper, widow of Harmon S. Cooper, intimately and well, and have seen her frequently since the death of Harmon S. Cooper, and that she has not re-married since that time, but still remains a widow.

That my various occupations have been farming, restaurant business, deputy sheriff, and constable for many years; that I also have been in the collection business for a great number of years, and in that way for had occasion to know both Mr. and Mrs. Cooper, the same as I do many people in Allamakee County.

David R. Walker
May 10, 1927.


Jan. 23, 1930. Hannah M. Cooper: The name of the above-described pensioner who was last paid at the rate of $50 per month to Dec. 4, 1929 has this day been dropped from the roll because of death Dec. 20, 1929.

Unfortunately, for me, the statements of John W. Pratt and Hannah (Pratt) Cooper are conflicting and do not clear up his relationship with the rest of the Pratt family - except that I know he is definitely related.

This 1882 Biography made me conclude that Greenwood was not the son of Azel. In addition to not being named, note that it says all of their children were living "except Willie, who died young" Greenwood was deceased at this time, as he died during the Civil War. ejj

Azel Pratt (deceased), carpenter and builder; was born at Hebron, Maine, in 1810. Came to this Co. in 1850 and opened a farm on Makee Ridge, where he built a little log cabin, a portion of which was occupied by his brother; Lemuel, from which to retail the first small lot of store goods ever brought to Makee tp. In 1856 he removed to Waukon where he continued to reside until his death, Feb. 19, 1881. He became a member of the Baptist church at nineteen years of age; was one of the leaders in organizing a church at Waukon, and lived an active life in the faith. "Deacon Pratt" was one of the influential citizens, and a tireless worker, early and late. He was a charter member and first treasurer of the "Old Settlers' Association," organized in 1879. Mr. Pratt married Mary Hersey in 1833. She was born in 1814 and died in 1881, preceding her husband to the grave by only thirteen days, and was a most exemplary Christian woman. They had seven children, Noah H., Marcellus H., Willie, Richmond G., Emory W., Ella I., and James L. All of whom are living, except Willie, who died young.

History of Winneshiek and Allamakee Counties, Iowa, 1882, p. 520.

This 1906 Biography (plus the statement made by John W. Pratt) made me conclude that Greenwood was not the son John G. Pratt. ejj

John G. Pratt, Sr., was born in Hebron, Me. Married in Maine. Came to Allamakee county, Iowa in 1858. Here his wife died in January 1866. In the month of April 1869, he came with his sons Lemuel and Alanson to Fredericksburg township. He died at the home of his son Hiram; I have not the exact date, but it was the seventies. Seven children were born to these parents: Maria, John, Lemuel, Alauson, Hiram, Wilson and Alfred. Maria married Spencer Gillette, he died in 1890; she married for her second husband Henry Beaver; she is now a widow and resides in North Dakota. John died in Waukon, Iowa.

From the Fredericksburg News (Fredericksburg, Iowa) July 26, 1906

So, in summary, my belief is that he might be the son of Azel Pratt, but is probably the son of Josiah Pratt and Sybil Guerny.

Why I think he is not the son of Azel Pratt (but why he could be):

Initially I thought he was the son of Azel Pratt. He moved to Iowa with the families of Azel and Lemuel in 1850. He is (apparently) listed in the 1856 State Census with Azel. He would fit in age-wise with the Azel Pratt Family. But note how he is listed under the mother-in-law's name instead of chronologically with the rest of the family. No online family tree lists him as a child of Azel Pratt.

An 1882 biography for Azel Pratt on the Allamakee County Website says "They (Azel Pratt and Mary Hersey) had 7 children". Greenwood was not listed. It also said all their children were alive except Willie who died young. Greenwood was also deceased in 1882. There was no mention of him in the biography.

In 1927, Greenwood's widow said that he died at the house of his father Azel Pratt. (She was aged 91 when she made the statement - and it was over 60 years since Greenwood had died).

Greenwood Pratt 

This was a typewritten document. The only words that was hand written was "Father" and the signatures. It appears to me that it was originally typed "brother" and father was written over it. Maybe she was correcting an obvious error. But it raises questions for me:

If Azel Pratt were his father, then possibly Mary Hersey was not his mother. Azel and Mary were married in 1833. Greenwood would have been born about 1832. There is no mention of him in the 1882 biography. But the bio states the names of the children of Azel and MARY. So maybe Azel had a previous marriage. BUT if Azel were his father, than John W. Pratt should have been his cousin, not his nephew (as stated in John W. Pratt's statement above -- John W. Pratt was the son of Azel's brother John G. Pratt).

If Azel Pratt were the brother of Greenwood Pratt, then the relationship of "Nephew" for John W. Pratt would be correct.  But there is always the possibility that John W. Pratt misspoke/misunderstood the relationship.

So, in conclusion: Hannah (Pratt) Cooper stated that Azel Pratt was the father of Greenwood B. Pratt. That could be so, but other evidence makes it suspicious.

Why I think he is not the son of John G. Pratt and Cynthia Hill Steadman:

He would fit in age wise with the John G. and Cynthia (Steadman) Pratt family, making him a brother of John and Lemuel that served in Company A. of the 27th Iowa. However, John W. Pratt made a statement in the pension file of Greenwood B. Pratt and said he was the "Nephew" of Greenwood. There are conflicting statements in the pension record which makes me unsure whether John was the "nephew" or "cousin" of Greenwood. While there could be confusion as to whether he was an uncle or a cousin, I do not believe John W. Pratt would have stated "nephew" instead of brother.  I am SURE that if Greenwood were his brother, John would have said so.

The 1906 biography that I found for John G. Pratt did not list Greenwood as one of his children.

Why I think he is not the son of Lemuel Pratt and Nancy Hawks McClure

He was on the 1850 census with Lemuel and Nancy Pratt. However, there is only a 14 year age difference between him and Lemuel. All of their children were much younger than Greenwood. Age-wise, he just doesn't fit in with this family.

Why I think he is not the child of any other brother of Azel, John G. or Lemuel:

Azel, John G., and Lemuel had other brothers. I think I can rule out that he was the son of another brother because: Noah B. Pratt is the only brother that would have been old enough to possibly be the father of Greenwood and he was only 17 years older than Greenwood. Plus information that I found for Noah indicates that he married in 1841 and his oldest child was born about 1842.

Why I think he could be the son of Josiah Pratt and Sybil Guerney.

There is a possibility that he could be the youngest brother of these three men. Their parents Josiah Pratt (died Jan. 20, 1848) and Sybil Guerney (died Jan. 20, 1847). So they were both apparently deceased by 1850,  (I do question the Jan 20 date for both of them). ALL family trees show their youngest child as Melvin Pratt born 1825. That is a 7 year difference between him and Greenwood -- not impossible. If Sybil were his mother she would have been about age 45 when Greenwood was born. But that is also not impossible for that time period. The deaths of Josiah and Sybil before 1850 could explain Greenwood living with other family members. John W. Pratt's statement about being Greenwood's nephew would also fit.

On the 1840 census, Josiah Pratt had in his household: 1 male 5 through 9. That could be Greenwood. 1 male 10 through 14 -- That should be Melvin. 2 males 15 through 19 - That could be sons Josiah and Warren. 2 males 20 through 29--One of them should have been Noah B. Pratt. 1 male 50 through 59, which would be Josiah. There was only one female listed age 50 through 59, which would be Sybil. (So there was a male in the household in 1840 that could be Greenwood.)

My conclusion is Greenwood B. Pratt is either the son of Azel Pratt and Mary Hersey (OR a prior wife) or Josiah Pratt and Sybil Guerney. For reasons listed above, I think he was probably the son of Josiah Pratt and Sybil Gurney. Both families have extensive online genealogies and unfortunately, none of them mention Greenwood B. Pratt.

Note: This is strictly MY conclusion, but it is not proved. If there are probate records for Josiah or Sybil, maybe that would prove it one way or the other (Elaine Johnson).


Pratt, John W. He was born Dec. 3, 1835 in Foxcroft Maine. He was the son of John G. Pratt (July 9, 1808 -Jan. 19, 1879) and Cynthia Hill Steadman (1817 - May 18, 1866). He married Callie F. Bailey on Jan. 29, 1862 at Waukon, Allamakee, Iowa. (Iowa Marriages, 1809 - 1992). She was the daughter of Benjamin W. Bailey (Dec. 16, 1797 - Mar. 27, 1864) and Latta/Lotta Hopkins (July 5, 1800 - Sept. 30, 1867). Her brother Charles M. Bailey also served in Company A. 27th Iowa. Her sister Harriet Jane Bailey married Charles O. Thompson, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa. John's brother Lemuel Pratt also served in Company A, 27th Iowa. (Note most family trees that I found said John W. Pratt and Callie Bailey married on Sept. 29, 1862. The Iowa Marriages, 1809 - 1992 says Jan. 29, 1862. Plus, John W. Pratt has a diary that covers that time period. He says nothing about getting married and it appears to me that they were already married when he began the diary on Aug. 22, 1862. He refers to her as his wife from the beginning of the diary.)

1850 Census, Foxcroft, Piscataquis County, Maine: Jno G. Pratt (age 44, farmer, born Oxford, ME), Cynthia Pratt, (age 33, born Foxcroft, ME), John Pratt, (age 14, born Foxcroft, ME), M. W. Pratt (age 13, female, born Foxcroft, ME), A. Pratt (age 10, male, born Foxcroft, ME), L. Pratt, (age 7, male, born Foxcroft, ME) and Sarah E. Pratt (age 2, born Foxcroft, ME.)

1856 Iowa State Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: John G. Pratt, (age 47, born Maine, farmer) Cynthia Pratt (age 39, born Maine), John Pratt (age 20, born Maine, Carpenter), Mary W. Pratt (age 18, born Maine), Alanson Pratt (age 14, born Maine), Lemuel Pratt (age 12, born Maine), Hiram Pratt (age 5, born Maine) and William W. Pratt (age 3, born Iowa). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 4 years.

1860 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: A. G. Howard (age 35), Amanda Howard (age 29), Nella E. Howard (age 6, Willis E. Howard (age 4), John Pratt (age 24, carpenter, born Maine), S. D. Buris (age 22, carpenter, born Maine).

The document below describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900
e-mail: lib-spec@uiowa.edu

The links below are to the actual digitized diaries. The transcription of the diaries are below on this page. The transcription has been used on the website of the 27th Iowa with permission granted from the University of Iowa Library.

August 22 -- October 20, 1862. - The first diary is filled with his feelings of homesickness and longing for his wife.

April 2 -- August 9, 1865.  - The second diary includes short comments about encounters with the rebel forces, mentions Lee's surrender and Lincoln's assassination, sickness, and his desire to be released from military service. This diary also includes records of a financial nature, such as money spent on food and tobacco.

Diary 1862,
John W. Pratt
Co. A, 27th Regt Iowa Infantry

From Bernice Pratt
202 18th St., N.E.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Jan. 1955

Diary of the time since I enlisted Aug. 22, 1862 to Jan. 1st 1863.
John W. Pratt
Co. A. 27th Regt Iowa Volunteer Infantry

August, 1862

Friday Aug. 22nd This evening, with a very sad heart, I enlisted in the defence of my country in this great rebellion, deeming it my duty. Returned home with my dear Callie. we retired for the night, but not to sleep. O how sad we felt. Bitter tears would flow. How bitter the thought at parting from my dear companion, & our sweet little home - all I so much love, & where we had enjoyed each other's society, & were so happy. O God, guide & direct us, & preserve us to meet again, when we will again be happy, &, we hope, [crossed out word] useful, & worship thee together.

Saturday Aug. 23rd We arose quite early, but how sad the morning; for today I must start for camp Franklin. We ate breakfast, [Mate?] was with us. Had our pictures taken. Attended Lodge, but oh how cheerless, all. Went to fathers Bailey's, late in the evening. Took supper. At eleven o'clock in the evening, I bade a sad adieu to my own loved Callie. O, how she clung to my neck, & wept. My God, how sad it was. My heart was nearly broken, & my brain seemed crazed with sorrow I started, & went to [McGregor?]. (Note by ejj: Father Bailey's would be Callie's father, Benjamin Bailey)

Sunday, Aug. 24th Took the steamer, "[Key?] City" & went to Dubuque. O, how sad I felt all the time. I could hardly speak to any one, without shedding tears. My dear wife & home filled my whole thoughts. Arrived at Dubuque at 2 o'clock P.M. Stopped at the "Minnesota House". Monday, Aug. 25th Wrote a letter to Callie, & walked about town in company with Charlie. O, how sad I felt. Thought of wife & home, it seemed to me, all the time. (Note by ejj: Charlie was Charlie M. Bailey, brother of Callie, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa)

Tuesday, Aug. 26th Wrote a letter to Callie, having no other way of conversing with her, for which I am very sorry, though I am thankful for [crossed out word] even this manner of conversing with her. Had company drill. [written up edge:] I also sent Callie some stamps & paper. Wednesday, Aug 27th Was sent to the camp to assist in building barracks. Still kept thinking of dear Callie. Thursday, Aug. 28th Was at work building barracks, but saw nothing to afford me any pleasure.

Friday, Aug. 29th Sent two papers to Callie, believing she would be glad to receive them, as they were sent by me. Had company drill in the afternoon. Saturday,

Saturday Aug. 30th Was again detailed to work on barracks. Received a dear good letter from Callie. How pleased I was to get it. It seemed as if I had been gone a long time. Our company moved into the barracks at Camp Franklin.

Sunday, Aug. 31st Wrote a letter to Callie. Nothing more transpiring worthy of notice. The day passed in sober thought of the happy past.

Sept. 1862

Monday, Sept. 1st Spent most of the day in company drill.

Tuesday, Sept. 2nd Sent a paper to Callie. Had company drill. Nothing of interest transpiring.

Wednesday, Sept. 3rd Sent a paper to Callie. The day was mostly occupied in company drill, with little else to attract the attention.

Thursday, Sept. 4th Wrote a letter to Callie, & sent it by McRallor. Received a very good letter from Callie, which I was so very glad to receive. The time passes very slowly.

Friday, Sept. 5th Sent a paper to Callie. The day was nearly spent in company & battalion drills, But nothing seemed cheerful to me. Regretted that duty called me to part with her I love.

Saturday, Sept. 6th Wrote a letter to Callie, & had the great pleasure of receiving one from her. The day, as usual, was spent, in drilling.

Sunday, Sept. 7th The day was spent as our sundays usually are, in reading & attending church in camp, with "congregational singing".

Monday, Sept. 8th The day was spent in company & battalion drills, [crossed out word] which failed to draw my thoughts from the happy passed.

Tuesday, Sept. 9th Wrote a letter to Callie, & sent her a paper. The day passed as usual. Had, as usual, very many visitors from town.

Wednesday, Sept. 10th Wrote a letter to Callie, & received one from her. Also received a letter from M. Hancock, & answered same. Nothing of special interest transpired.

Thursday, Sept. 11th Had our usual drills, in which there was something exciting, but not cheering to me.

Friday, Sept. 12th Wrote a letter to Callie, & received one from her, in Charlie's letter from her. The same dulness of camp-life prevailed. wrote to Whitney.

Saturday, Sept. 13th Sent a paper to Callie, The same routine of drills, which seemed a little interesting, but wished they were uncalled for. [written up side:] Sent a paper to Callie.

Sunday, Sept. 14th Spent the day in reading & attending church in camp, where we either had to lie down, or sit down standing up during the sermon. [written up side:] Charlie & I wrote to Hattie Stephens.

Monday, Sept. 15th Wrote a letter to Callie, & received one from her, which did not fail to cheer me. Witnessed a sham-fight of the 21st Iowa.

Tuesday, Sept. 16th As usual, the day was spent in Company & battalion drills. Wednesday,

Sept. 17th Wrote a letter to Callie, & spent the rest of the day in our usual exercises.

Thursday, Sept. 18th The day passed with the same exercises of previous days.

Friday, Sept. 19th This day, too, was spent in the same manner as previous days. Saturday,

Sept. 20th We received our uniforms, & for the first time were dressed in Uncle Sam's clothes, though I did not feel as much pride as I usually do when dressed in new clothes. Rec'd a letter from Hattie Stephens.

Sunday, Sept. 21st I got a furlough, preparitory to going home on the morrow.

Monday, Sept. 22nd With a very light heart, I took the steamer "Northern Light" bound for home, full of bright anticipations of a happy meeting with my dear Callie, & arrived at McGregor at 6 o'clock p.m., hired a team & started for home. Arrived at home at 8 o'clock in the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 23rd found Callie asleep, but soon awake, came down stairs, & we met, & though I had been gone but four weeks, yet, how happy we were to meet again.

Wednesday, Sept. 24th Spent the day in visiting & settling up my business, & talking & laughing with my dear.

Thursday, Sept. 25th My dear & I went to visit father & mother. Had a good visit & returned home.

Friday, Sept. 26th Spent the day in settling up business, & visiting with Callie. O, how we enjoyed ourselves together. [in pencil on side:] Received a letter from Callie, while at home.

Saturday, Sept. 27th In the morning, mother came & visited me. In the afternoon I started for Dubuque, bidding adieu to all except my dear Callie, who accompanied me. Arrived at McGregor at night, where we remained till Sunday, Sept. 28th, when we took the steamer, "War Eagle" bound for Dubuque. Arrived at Dubuque, late in the evening & took lodgings at the "Key City Hotel".

Monday, Sept. 29th Paid our fare, took the omnibuss & went to Camp. Soon came back & hired our board at Mr. W. N. Daniel's on the cor. of 13th & Washington Sts.

Tuesday, Sept 30th Spent the day with Callie, & in camp. Was enjoying myself finely.

Oct. 1862

Wednesday, Oct. 1st Was in camp a portion of the time, attending to our exercises, & the rest of the day with Callie.

Thursday, Oct. 2nd Spent the day with Callie in town & at the camp & at the "State Fair."

Friday, Oct. 3rd Spent most of the day with Callie, it being my greatest pleasure. [written up side:] Received our first months pay.

Saturday, Oct 4th Nearly all the Reg't went home on furlough. In the eve. Callie with me, attended Lodge.

Sunday, Oct. 5th Callie & I attended the universalists church in company with Mr. Daniels, & in the afternoon, visited Miss [Mooers?], where we remained all night.

Monday, Oct. 6th Returned to Mr. Daniels. Passed most of the day with Callie. O how we enjoyed ourselves.

Tuesday, Oct. 7th Went around town with Callie some, went to camp, came back & passed the remainder of the day with my dear Callie. [written up side:] Received a letter from father.

Wednesday, Oct. 8th Had my picture taken for Callie. Went with Callie & bought her a nice pair of shoes. How I love to buy anything for her, she is always so pleased with it.

Thursday, Oct. 9th The Reg't returned from their furloughs.

Friday, Oct. 10th Received [$21.00?], which was our advance bounty & $2.00 premium.

Saturday, Oct. 11th We drew our arms & equipments, & received marching orders for Minnesota.

Sunday, Oct. 12th We took the steamer, "[Itasca?]". bound for St. Paul. Arrived at Lansing in the evening, late. Here I had to bid my dear Callie Goodbye, very hurriedly. With sadness, we parted, not knowing when we should meet again. Sprang on board the boat, went away by myself & wept myself to sleep.

Monday, Oct. 13th Still steaming up the river, & after having a pleasant trip we arrived at St. Paul at 3 o'clock p.m. Took the little steamer "Clara Nine" for Ft. Snelling, where we arrived at 5 o'clock p.m., disembarked & marched to a little beyond the fort & camped. This camp we called "Camp Gilbert".

Tuesday, Oct 14th Wrote a letter to Callie, & passed the day in cooking, eating & looking about the Fort. Wednesday,

Wednesday Oct 15th We drew our blankets & accoutrements, & spent the day as usual.

Thursday, Oct 16th Still remain at Camp Gilbert, & trying to imagine to what place we would next be ordered to go.

Friday, Oct. 17th Were ordered to go to Mille Lac. Marched to there three miles above Minneapolis & camped, after taking a view of the falls of Minnie-ha-ha, which were extremely beautiful.

Saturday, Oct. 18th Received a good letter from my Callie. Marched to Anoka & camped. Spent the night at aunt Nancie's.

Sunday, Oct. 19th Went to camp, struck tents, & marched to St. Francis, where we pitched tents & camped. Felt tired & lame. [written up side:] Wrote a letter to Callie.

Monday, Oct. 20th Struck tents & marched to Princeton, which was a long, tedious day's march. Was hungry, tired, & lame.

2nd Diary -- March 25, 1865 - August 10, 1865

March 1865

March 25th 1865 March from Henley's Mills at 9 a.m., camp after marching 6 miles & for [?]

March 26th Reville at 4:30 a.m. our Brig [?] advance march at 6 a.m. [we?] have to fight to day. as we shall no doubt [attend] at least to [?] Fort [?]. Situation [officially?] Commenced at 7 a.m. continued, heavily & steadily.[?] we arrived at a front near the [?] [?] withdrew [?] I had ascertained they had evacuated the [?] [?] several rebs killed & wounded [?] [?] [C?] very early

March 27th. Our Brig. on right flank. Our Regt. on Picket. Rains most of day. Batt. opened on Fort Spanish at about 9 A.M. Continued till night closed in. Rebs. fired into us while on picket.

March 28th. Relieved from picket & moved back into fortifications. Batt. opened in the Fort early in morning, continued all day. Wrote in evening to my wife. Due McShee 2.85

April 1865

April 2nd. Wrote to my wife. 3rd. Received orders to move our Division to re-inforce Steele at [Blakely?]. Took up position the extreme left, which is between [Blakely?] & Ft. Spanish. Skirmished & worked fortifying nearly all night.

April 4th. Received a letter from Callie dated March 14th & 16th. 4 [Chasen?] of the 13th. Skirmishing Continally kept up. Guns opened heavily on Ft. Spanish at 5 P.M. ---& ceased at dark.--- partially ceased at dark but slowly kept up all night.

April 5th. Anson skirmish here in [Com'ds?] of Co. "2." Was attacked in the night & repulsed the rebs.

April 6th. Write to Callie & was idle the rest of the day. [?] Rebs charge our [?] & are driven back.

April 7th. My company in skirmish. The Rebs charge our lines again & are again repulsed & driven to their entrenchments.

April 8th. Considerable cannonading. Our guns open fiercely on Fort Spanish at 5 P.M. and caused them to surrender with 600 prisoners & 35 guns.

April 9th. We charged Blakely at 5 P.M. & captured it with 2500 prisoners & 36 guns.

April 10th. Moved into Camp & done guard duty over captured property. Wrote a letter to Callie at night.

April 11th. Remained in camp all day & rested ourselves, being very tired.

April 12th. Received a letter from Callie (?) dated March 26th. & answered it. Official news & rumors of an encouraging character in abundance greets our ears to-day. Saw Lieut. N. H. Pratt

April 13th. Orders to move precisely at 10. O'Clock A.M. March till about 4 P.M. & camped. L.W. McGlaskey arrived. March 8 miles.

April 14th. March at 7 A.M. Weather warm. March rapidly, men get very tired being heavily loaded. Camp after marching 15 miles.

April 16th. March at 10 A.M. weather hot heavy shower at night on going into camp wetting us to the skin. Report is that a Rebel Brig. General and men came in & gave themselves up saying Lee had surrendered. March 12 miles.

April 16th. Weather hot March 18 miles & camp feeling very weary.

April 17th. March rapidly. Cross the Escambia river weather hot. get weary. Camp after marching 18 miles.

April 18th. Marched our Regt. guarding train. Weather hot. Immerge from what has been from [nearly?] continuous fine woods into civilization. Camp after marching 14 miles. Tired.

April 19th. March at 7:30 A.M. when tired & worn out with fatigue. A dispatch arrives & is published in the Command that Lee, Johnston & Forrest had surrendered. Shouting. March 16 miles & camp.

Apr. 20th. March 18 miles. Meet Rebs. returning home, pass Gov. Watts residence. Camp tired out having guarded the train. Received a mail in the morning. A letter from Callie of March 29th.

April 21st. Very rainy. Guard train March but 6 miles & camp as wet as we can well be. roads horrid muddy.

April 22nd. Weather clears off. March 7 miles. arrive at Greenville & camp. A salute of 200 guns fired in honor of the surrender of Lee & Johnson.

Apr. 23rd. Weather far & cool. roads passably good. March 17 miles or 16 Nights very chilly & uncomfortably cold.

Apr. 24th. Revilee at 3:45, march at 5:45. March 18 miles. Weather fine & cool. Strike good country on going into camp.

April 26th Guarding train. March 8 miles Camp within 4 miles of Montgomery & camp. Total distance from [N...ly?] to Montgomery 180 miles.

April 26th. Remained in camp to write a letter to my wife. weather hot our food is poor.

April 27th. Moved camp to five miles north of the city. marching through the city. City not large. though quite pretty evening with the beautiful shade trees.

April 28th. remained in Camp & prepared muster rolls. Our food is mostly corn meal. we are anxiously looking for our fleet to arrive bringing us something better.

April 29th Was detailed on picket had a beautiful place in a cool shade- weather very warm being a great way from anywhere & no communication by mail we are very ignorant of what is going on.

April 30th Fleet arrived to-day bringing rations and the sad news of Lincoln's & Seward's deaths by Assasination. Leut. Granger arrived. Wrote to my wife & sent out mail.

April 1st. remained in camp. had Co. drill - drew rations - Changed mess , &c. [Churchill's Description Roll?]

May 1865

May 2nd. built shelving -

May 3rd. Wrote to my wife. Weather warm. [dry as?] well got no mail or news of any kind.

May 4th. Made out Returns for Lieut. Granger. Get a Montgomery paper extra containing a report of a treaty of peace.

May 5. Worked morning over Lieut. Granger's Returns.

May 6th. Still at work on Granger's returns. Weather hot.

May 7th. Received a heavy mail. letters from Callie dated April 2nd, 7th. 10th, 16th. from father April 2nd. Jenkins March 9th & mailed

April 10th. Leut. [Pratt] visited me. rain during night.

May 8th. Finished up Granger's Returns. Wrote to Callie & Father. Weather beautiful. Rains during the night.

May 9th. Was on Picket. Weather hot. see many rebel soldiers returning home. May 10th. Releaved from picket. Receive the glorious intelligence that Johnston (Gen. Joseph E. Johnston) and Taylor (Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor) had surrendered on the same basis on which Lee surrendered. the news came officially.

Received another mail in I rec'd two letters from Callie of April 20th & 28th. Conveying the sad intelligence of Greenwood's death.

Wrote to Callie. Had showers.

12th - Had battalion drill. Finished my letter to Callie.

May 13th. Company drill, doing nothing the rest of the day was visited by [?].

May 14th. Made [amt] D. Roll for Ezra Stephens. He was restored yesterday. order is received this morning with him. Weather hot. Matters quiet & dull.

16th. Company Drill - Rumors that President Johnson is Assasinated. Expected a mail none came. Everything quiet & dull & I am uneasy want to go home.

May 16th Am on picket duty light & uninteresting. Mosquitoes troublesome. Learned that Jeff Davis & others had been arrested. Beauregard came in.

May 17th Relieved from picket. write a letter to my wife.

May 18th. Battalion drill. Mr. Taylor visited us. Beauregard went to New Orleans.

19th. Battalion drill. 3/4 of an hour. Sauntering about the rest of the day. No news. no mail. no money. no war. All quiet. All stressed. All uneasy. I want to be at home.

May 20th. The day is passed in usual drills. games of ball. quoits &C. No news.

May 21st write a letter to Callie. The Ordinance of baptism is administered to 21 soldiers of our Regt. 4 of which from my company.

May 22nd. Received a mail once more in which I received a letter from Callie dated April 30th. & two others from my boys absent sick.

May 28th. Was ordered to take command of Co. "F" I of course obeyed the order.

May 24th. Received a letter from Callie dated May 7th answered it.

May 25th. Was on picket. Rainy at night. Nothing of interest occured except taking arm from the rich and giving it to the poor. Signing Pay Rolls.

May 26th. Relieved from picket. Signing Pay Rolls. There seems a prospect once more of being paid off. Weather cool. Everything quiet & no news.

May 27th. Brigade drill & Review. Received a mail with letter from Callie of May 10th & 14th. Received official notice of the surrender of Kirby Smith.

May 28th. Wrote to my wife. No news. All quiet & dull. All anxious to go home, now that our work is done [finally?]

Traveled - since Jan 27th 1864 by boats, cars & on foot 7402.

May 29th. Had Brigade Review

May 30th. Had Division Review. Write a letter to Callie. Received orders to move to Mobile via Portland. starting on the 1st of June.

May 31st. Had a Grand Review, Gen. Smith reviewing officers.

June 1865

June 1st. Received order to muster out all whose time expires on or before Oct. 1st escapes us by 24 hours. All mad & sad about it

June 2nd. [?] arrived All day doing nothing

June 3". Posting company books. Received a letter "from Callie of May 21st June 3". Wrote to Callie. Posting books.

"4". Postings books.

"5". Posting books & making out Rolls.

"6". Completing descriptive Book & a copy of original muster in rolls. &C.

"7." Still doing Company writing 8". Making out Copies of original muster in Rolls for Company "F."

"9" Wrote a letter to Callie. All quiet & dull. Uneasy & want to go home.

No. & Date of Battles". Capture of "Little Rock Ark." Sept. 18th, 1863. "Fort De Russy", La. (Louisiana) March 14th, 1864. "Pleasant Hill" La. Apr 9th, 1864 "Cloutierville". La. Apr. 23",1864. "Marksville" La. May 12", 1'64, "Yellow Bayou" La. May 18" 64, "Ditch Bayou". Ark June 6/64 "Tupelo". Miss. July 14'. /64. "Old Tenn. Creek, Miss July 14". Brent Hills. Nashville Tenn. Dec 12 & 16, 1864 "Siege of Blakely". Ala Apr. 9, /64

June 10th made an orderly of myself to carry papers certificates of disability for discharges [?] the military for [?] & Ga.H. [Shaff.?]

11th Received a letter from Callie dated May 28th & answered it.

12th [????] nothing. Had a beautiful shower.

13th Were paid off by Maj. Young to [muster?] [Feb?] 28th

14th Made out muster in roles to send to Washington.

15th [Blacker] & Shaff discharged to-day, wrote to my wife & sent $300.00 to her by [Blacker]. the [Capt] left yesterday sick. Inspection today.

16th Posting ? book. Blacker and Shaff left for home. Am suffering with a sore eye.

17th. Had much trouble with my eye. Remained in camp all day.

18th. Wrote a letter to my wife. Was a pleasant ?. Had a shower at eve.

June 22nd. Wrote to my wife. The Capt. is worse. My eye is improving.

June 23rd. Weather extremely hot. we lie in the shade. Gen. Silver left for home. Received orders to move camp at 6 A.M. on the morrow.

June 24th. Was in "Muggin" Guard. Moved camp. June 26th. Though 'tis sunday we build our "Shebangs". Capt Haslip is very low.

26th. At work. building my Shebang. Write to my wife.

27th Making out muster Rolls.

28th. Making Muster-Rolls. Received a letter from Callie Dated June 11th.

"29". Finished muster Rolls. Had a refreshing shower. 30". Mustered at 8 A.M. Wrote to my wife. [Sickness?] greatly & fearfully increasing

July 1865

July 1st. Weather cool - rainy clearing the afternoon. Capt. better wrote to Mrs. Haslip concerning him.

"2" Wrote to father. The Capt. is worse to-day & not expected to live.

"3" The Capt. dies this morning at 9 & was burried this evening, with military honors.

July 4th. Am much afflicted with sore eyes write to my wife & to Mrs. Haslip regarding the Capt's death.

5th Made Returns [f...?] Gunner & done other writing.

6th Writing much of the day. weather extremely hot. Tiredness is increasing rapidly. W.J. Miller is discharged.

7th. Miller goes home. Received two letters from Callie dated June 18th & 22nd. Answered them.

[179?] men of my company sick.

8th. Charlie very sick attended him closely. weather hot. many getting sick & we are blue over our condition.

July 9th Charlie is better, request a furlough for him. All boys feeling better today.

10th Received a letter from Callie dated June 25th and answered it. Weather hot & shower at night.

11th Sick myself today & end the day with a good shake & a high fever.

12th Have another chill followed by a fever.

13th Received orders to report to Vicksburg. Am joyful over such news.

14th Transfer recruits to the 12th. Write to my wife.

July 15th. Posting books receive a letter from Callie dated June 28th, Received orders to move, went on board the [R.B. Laney?] & made a safe trip to Selma. arriving there at about 6 A.M.

July 17th. At Selma, Here we had to leave our recruits. who were transferred to the 12th Iowa. Took the Cars & moved to the Tombigbee river. Took the steamer Rob't Watson moved 4 miles, to the R.R., disembarked, took the cars, & went to Meridian, arriving there at about 8 P.M. Laid on the ground in rain during night.

July 18th. remained in Camp all day.

July 19th. [Came?] the cars at 7 A.M. had to leave Jim Hawthorne sick. Arrived at Jackson at 4:30 P.M. remained during night.

20th. March at 5 A.M. Many march on their own hook.. hired team for men. Arrived at Clinton. after marching 10 miles. at 1 P.M. Weather excessively hot. No spirit in the men for marching. Had horrid [luck? lunch?]

21st Started for Big Beach camped within 14 miles 22nd arrived at Big Beach had a fever in afternoon. weather hoter than required for comfort.

23" Took the Cars & went to Vicksburg. Was feeling very poorly. In the evening, embarked on board the "Commonwealth" & soon started up river, "homeward bound".

24th Slowly moving up the "Father of waters." McClaskey very sick, weather extremely hot.

26". Am feeling much better, still progressing slowly. arrive at Helena at 4 P.M. McClaskey died at about 4:30 P.M.

July 26th wrote to Callie. Still moving up stream slowly. Have another spell of fever.

July 27th. Are within 60 miles of Cairo at sunrise. Arrive at Cairo at 12:30 P.M. Receive a letter from Callie dated the 23rd. Steam up again at 2 P.M. are visited with a heavy shower at 3 P.M. & again in the night.

28th. River high. flood wood running plentifully making it slow running. But we arrive at St. Louis at 8:30 P.M. Remained on board the boat during the night.

July 29th Disembarked shortly after sun rise. Purchased Callie her present, a silk dress. Embarked on Steamer "Canada" at 3 P.M. & 4 P.M. saw us steaming up the river. for Davenport.

30th Still moving up stream though very slowly, being heavily loaded & towing two barges.

31st Moving still onward. but slowly. Arrive at Keokuk at 12 P.M. & at Burlington at 10 P.M.

August 1865

Aug. 1st. Are within 75 miles of Davenport at daylight & continuing to move on slowly. Arrive at Davenport at 4 P.M. & disembarked but re-embarked in a few moments, after a speech from [Lawyer Day?], & steam up bound for Clinton. but tie up for the night right below the rapids.

Aug 2nd. Steam up again at day light & move on. And arrived at Clinton at about 12 M. took dinner furnished by the people marched to Camp. Had heavy & cold showers. Was very sick at night.

3rd Cold & stormy much of the day. began boarding in afternoon at Mr. Jones'. Am still sick.

Aug. 4th Am stopping at a Mr. Jones'. Wrote to Callie, Am unable to do anything. weather wet.

5th Got Leut. Hemenway to take charge of making out muster-out Rolls being unable to do it myself.

6th still sick, but improving a very little.

7th Regt. mustered out & paid off - most of the men go home.

8th Officers paid off to-day. I start for home on the steamer Charlie Cheever.

Aug 9th. Change boats at Dubuque. Take the [Itasca?], arrive at Lansing.

Aug. 10th at 7 o'clock A.M. where we get an extra stage & go home, arriving there at 1 o'clock P.M. At home for good, Thank God. I am my own commander, now, and no longer a soldier slave.

1870 Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: J. W. Pratt (age 35, Clerk of Court, born Maine), Callie Pratt (age 28, born New Hampshire), Arthur Pratt (age 3, born Iowa) and Annie Hanly (age 18, domestic servant, born New York.)

1880, Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa John W. Pratt (age 44, cabinet maker, born Maine), wife Callie Pratt (age 39, born NH), son Arthur Pratt (age 13, born Iowa), boarder Joe Hawes (age 15,born Iowa), and domestic servant Emma Casser (age 25, born Switzerland),

Iowa - Allamakee County, List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 -- No. of Certificate: 162,426; Name of pensioner: Pratt, John W.; Post-office address: Waukon; Cause for which pensioned: dis. eyes; Monthly Rate: 7.50; Date of Original Allowance: Sept. 1879

1885 List of Ex Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living in Iowa: 27th Iowa, John W. Pratt, Rank, Lieutenant, Company A. Post Office Address: Waukon

1885 State Census, Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa: John W. Pratt (Worcester St., West of Court House, age 49, Furniture S (maybe sales), born Maine), Callie F. Pratt (age 44, keeping house, born NY), and Arthur E. Pratt (age 17, Drug Clerk, born Allamakee Co., Iowa).

1895 State Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: John W. Pratt (age 59, born Maine, Furniture Ind., Baptist, Soldier in the War of the Rebellion, Company A, Regiment: 27th, State Iowa, Arm of Service and Rank: Inft., 2nd Lieut. ), Callie F. Pratt (age 54, born New Hampshire, ) and Emma Casser (age 40, born Switzerland, Lutheran). Living next door was Arthur E. Pratt (age 27, born Allamakee County, Druggist, Baptist), Bessie Pratt (age 26, born Iowa) and Bernice Pratt (under 5 years, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

John W. Pratt died Aug 21, 1897, and is buried in Oakland Cemetery-Main, Lot 447, Makee Township, Allamakee County, Iowa

POSTVILLE REVIEW, AUGUST 27, 1897
JOHN W. PRATT

The citizens of Waukon were shocked last Saturday afternoon by learning that J.W. Pratt had dropped dead in his store without warning. He had been in feeble condition for some time, but no immediate danger was apprehended. Mr. Pratt was an all around good man, and we don't believe he had an enemy. He was County Clerk for six years and was generally one of the most prominent men in Waukon and the County. We take the following extract from the obituary in the Standard.

For more than forty years he was an active, faithful member of the Baptist Church at times acting as its clerk and the superintendent of the Sunday School, and under his leadership for many years its choir was one of the best in Northern Iowa, and for twenty-five years a Deacon of the church. He was one of the best known men in the county, and in all the relations of life, in the family, in the church, society, the state, in business, everywhere and always the example was on the right side, building up and making better all these things with which he came in contact.

He leaves behind a wife and one son, Arthur E., and brothers W.W.. Pastor of the Baptist Church, Passaic, New Jersey; Alanson of Waterloo, Iowa; Hiram G., Lemuel and Alfred, of Fredricksburg, Iowa, who were present; and one sister, Maria, in Dakota.

The funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon which was crowded to its fullest capacity, the Masonic Lodge and G. A. R. Post turning out in large numbers. The services were conducted by the Pastor, Rev. Robert Bruce, assisted by Revs. R.L. Vannice of the Presbyterian Church and S.R. Ferguson of the M.E. Church, the latter particularly speaking for the veterans.

His remains were laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery according to the beautiful and impressive rites of the Masonic Order.

Died

Pratt – At Waukon, Iowa, Aug. 21, 1897, of heart disease. John W. Pratt aged 61 years, 8 months and 18 days.

Deceased was born at Foxcroft, Me, Dec. 3, 1835. Came to Allamakee with his father’s family in ’51. In ’57 he moved to Waukon. Enlisted as a private Aug. 9, ’62 in Company A, 27th Iowa Inft., served three years and was first lieutenant when mustered out. In Jan. ’62 he was married to Miss Callie Bailey of Waukon. Returning from the army he engaged in mercantile business, being a member of the firm of McFarland, Pratt & Co. In ’68 he was elected clerk of courts, a position he creditably filled for six years. Later he was a leader in business matters looking to the material advancement of his town. In later years he engaged in the furniture business. For more than 40 years he was an active, faithful member of the Baptist church, at times acting as its clerk, and superintendent of its Sunday school and under his leadership for many years its choir was one of the best in northern Iowa; for a quarter of a century he was a deacon of the church. He was also a Mason, Odd Fellow, member of Iowa Legion of Honor, an Iowa Workman and was one of the charter members of John J. Stillman Post, No. 191, G. A. R., in which he retained his membership until the last. He was one of the best known men in the county, and in all the relations of life, in the family, church, society, state, in business, everywhere and always, his example was on the right side, building up and making better all with which he came in contact. He leaves a wife and one son, Arthur E., four brothers and one sister, who have the assurance, that husband, father and brother has “entered into rest.” The funeral services were held at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Pastor Rob’t Bruce, assisted by Revs. R. L. Vannice of the Presbyterian Church, and S. R. Ferguson of the Methodist Church, the latter speaking more particularly for the veterans. The remains were laid to rest in Oakland cemetery under the beautiful and impressive rites of the Masonic Order. – Condensed from Standard.

Graphic, Postville, Iowa. August 26, 1897

His widow Callie F. Pratt filed for a pension on Nov. 30, 1897 in Iowa.

1900 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Arthur E. Pratt (born Apr. 1867, age 33, married 7 years, born Iowa, Merchant, drugs), wife Bessie S. Pratt (born July 1893, age 31, married 7 years, 1 child born, 1 still living, born Iowa), daughter Ruth Bernice Pratt (born July 1893, age 6, born Iowa), mother Caroline F. Pratt (born March 1841, age 59, widowed, 1 child born, 1 still living, born New Hampshire) and servant Emily Kaeser (born Mar. 1852, age 48, born Switzerland).

Callie F. (Bailey) Pratt (born Mar. 18, 1841), died Feb. 18, 1901 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Main, Lot 447, Makee Township, Allamakee County, Iowa

1925 Iowa State Census: Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa: Arthur E. Pratt (age 57: father's name: John W. Pratt. Mother's Name Cally F. Bailey). (Note ancestry.com has it indexed as Briley. But when I looked at the census it says Bailey).


Pratt, Lemuel. He was born February 26th, 1843 in Foxcroft, Piscataquis County, Maine. He was the son of John G. Pratt (July 9, 1808 - Jan. 19, 1879) and Cynthia (1817 - May 18, 1866). He married Julia Ann Ogg on Oct. 24, 1866 in Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of William Ogg (Mar. 21, 1807 - Oct. 18, 1877) and Cynthia Mary Mosser (1808 - ?), Her brother Hiram Ogg, also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.   Lemuel's brother John W. Pratt also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

1850 Census, Foxcroft, Piscataquis County, Maine: Jno G. Pratt (age 44, farmer, born Oxford, ME), Cynthia Pratt, (age 33, born Foxcroft, ME), John Pratt, (age 14, born Foxcroft, ME), M. W. Pratt (age 13, female, born Foxcroft, ME), A. Pratt (age 10, male, born Foxcroft, ME), L. Pratt, (age 7, male, born Foxcroft, ME) and Sarah E. Pratt (age 2, born Foxcroft, ME.)

1856 Iowa State Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: John G. Pratt, (age 47, born Maine, farmer), Cynthia Pratt (age 39, born Maine), John Pratt (age 20, born Maine, Carpenter), Mary W. Pratt (age 18, born Maine), Alanson Pratt (age 14, born Maine), Lemuel Pratt (age 12, born Maine), Hiram Pratt (age 5, born Maine) and William W. Pratt (age 3, born Iowa). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 4 years.

1870 Census, Fredericksburg, Chickasaw, Iowa: Lemuel Pratt (age 26, farmer, born Maine), Julia Pratt (age 25, born Pennsylvania), Clarrena Pratt (age 2, female *, born Iowa) and Lenard Pratt (age 1, born Iowa). (*This is clearly an error. All subsequent census records shows Clarence, male (but it is clearly marked Female on the 1870 census)

1880 Census, Frederickburg, Chickasaw, Iowa: Lemuel Pratt (age 26 (obvious error), farmer, born Maine), wife Julia Pratt (age 35, born Maryland), son Clarence Pratt (age 11, born Iowa), son Leonard W. Pratt (age 10, born Iowa) daughter Minnie F. Pratt (age 9, born Iowa) and daughter Olive M. Pratt (age 4, born Iowa).

1885 Iowa State Census, Fredericksburg, Chickasaw County, Iowa: Lemuel Pratt (22 SW SW, age 41, farmer, born Maine), Julia Pratt (age 40, born Maryland), Clarence E. Pratt (age 16, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Leonard Pratt (age 15, born Chickasaw County, Iowa), Minnie F. Pratt (age 13, born Chickasaw County, Iowa), Olive M. Pratt (age 8, born Chickasaw County, Iowa) and Ada M. Pratt (age 0, Chickasaw County, born Iowa).

1900 Census, Payette, Canyon County, Idaho: Lemuel Pratt (born Feb. 1843, age 57, married 35 years, born Maine, farmer), wife Julia Pratt (born Mar. 1844, age 56, married 35 years, 5 children born, 5 still living, born Maryland) and daughter Ada M. Pratt (born Nov. 1884, age 15, born Iowa).

Lemuel Pratt died Feb. 14, 1910 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Payette County, Idaho

Submitted by
Cheryl Hanson

Lemuel Pratt

The Payette Enterprise
Thursday, February 17, 1910

DEATH OF LEMUEL PRATT

Payette residents were filled with sorrow and surprise on Tuesday morning of this week to learn of the sudden death of Lemuel Pratt a well known and respected resident of this city. Mr. Pratt had been a sufferer for years from Bright's disease but it was not generally known that he was in a dangerous condition. He had been subject to severe attacks but for the past few days had been feeling as well as usual. Monday evening he expressed no unusual condition as to himself but was stricken early Tuesday morning and passed suddenly away. Other complications other than the chronic ailment hastened the failure of nature to withstand the inroads of disease. Lemuel Pratt was well known to a large number of Payette people. He was one of those quiet unassuming men that win their way into the hearts of many by their true worth and high standard of citizenship.

He was born February 26th, 1843, at Dover, Maine. His parents emigrated to Iowa when he was three years old. During the war of the rebellion Mr. Pratt served with honor and distinction with the Fourteenth Iowa Infantry. *

On October 27th, 1865 he was united in marriage to Julia Ogg and to this union were born five children all of whom are living. C. E. Pratt and Mrs. Henry Beckwith, of Payette, L. B. Pratt, of Harmony, Minnesota, Mrs. J. J. Parks and Mrs. H. O. Adams, of Fredericksburg, Iowa.

In 1899 the family moved to North Dakota where they resided but a short time, coming to Payette in 1900 where Mr. Pratt has since made his home.

The funeral services will be held Sunday at the Brethren church but as there are so many to come from such a distance and the time of the arrival of the trains so uncertain the hour cannot be given at this time .


*I will leave it this way, although I could find no evidence of him serving with the 14th Iowa. He did serve with the 27th Iowa and the 12th Iowa. ejj, The Pension Records Index show that this is the correct Lemuel Pratt. His tombstone has the 12th Iowa.

1910 Census: Payette Ward 3, Canyon County, Idaho. Julia Pratt (age 66, widowed), was living with her son Clarence Pratt and family.

Submitted by
Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Payette, Idaho
Thursday, March 14, 1946

Pioneer Who Met Lincoln Buried Here

Funeral rites for Mrs. Clara Ogg Pratt, 102, a pioneer who once served Abraham Lincoln at a banquet, and who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ollie Adams at Fredericksburg, Iowa last Friday were held at the Payette Brethren church, Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. H. G. Shank in charge.

The remains were accompanied here from Iowa by a great grandson, Wendell Burkholder and interment in charge of Landons was in Riverside cemetery.

Mrs. Pratt came to Idaho with her husband, Lemuel, a carpenter, in 1910. The Pratts were well known throughout the Boise and Payette valleys. Mr. Pratt, a civil war veteran, died in 1910, 44 years after the couple married at Landins, Mich.* on Oct. 24, 1866.

Born in Maryland, Mrs. Pratt went to northern Illinois where she served Lincoln at a banquet held at Freeport. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. H. A. Beckwith at Nampa and Mrs. Minnie Park of Fredericksburg.


I'm not sure why this says Clara Ogg Pratt, everything I have seen  says Julia Ogg Pratt. The dates match the cemetery information for Julia. Not many people live to be 102 years old, so I am sure it is the same person ejj

* The place of marriage appears to be an error also. Everything I found said they married in Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa. ejj


Randall, John Edward. He was born Jan. 10, 1836 in Masonville, Delaware County, New York. He was the son of Hiram Henry Randall (1811-1870) and Lucy/Lucinda (1816 - Mar. 21, 1854). He married Caroline Wagner on Oct. 16, 1855. She was the daughter of Frederick Wagner (Feb. 5, 1804 - Jan. 17, 1878) and Rebecca Lucinda Weaver (Jan. 10, 1808 - Nov. 23, 1875). John's sister Fidelia Randall married Romaine Rider, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

Per Kevin Frye, Historian of Andersonville Prison. 13 men of the 27th Iowa were held as prisoners at Andersonville Prison. He sent me the documentation that he had on each of them. If the information has the remark: "Also held at Cahaba, Alabama" Kevin also provided this information:

"Some were sent to Cahaba Prison, Alabama first. A large number of prisoners who were held there eventually were transferred by rail to Andersonville. This may be the case with all those with the 27th at Andersonville." He also has a website for Andersonville Prison.

Code No: 67813
Grave No:
Last Name: Randall
First Name: John
Rank: Private
Company: A
Regiment: 27
State: Iowa
Branch Of Service :Infantry
Date of Death:
Cause of Death:
Remarks* Exchanged October 23, 1864 and mustered out August 8, 1865 at Clinton, Iowa.
Reference: ADG VOL IV 1200
Place Captured: Pleasant Hill, Louisiana
Date Captured: 4/9/1864
Alternate Names:
Status: Survived Andersonville
Muster date: 9/3/1862
Age at Muster: 27
More Information Available :NO

Also held at Cahaba Alabama

John E. RandallImage found on Find a Grave.

1860 Census, French Creek, Allamakee County, Iowa: John Randall (age 24, farmer, born NY), Caroline Randall (age 23, born Ohio), Catherine Randall (age 3, born Illinois), and Alice Randall (age 2, born Illinois).

1870 Census: French Creek, Allamakee County, Iowa: John Randall (age 33, farmer, born NY), Caroline Randall (age 30, born Ohio), Katherine Randall (age 13, born Ill), J. A. Randall (age 12, male, born Ill), Freddress Randall (age 8, born Iowa), Nellie Randall (age 5, born Iowa) and Chris Randall (age 2, born Iowa).

1880 Census, Lafayette, Allamakee County, Iowa: John Randall (age 44, farmer, born Ohio), wife Caroline Randall (age 43, born Ohio), daughter Estella Randall (age 14, born Iowa), son Charles Randall (age 13, born Iowa), daughter Lucinda Randall (age 12, born Iowa), daughter Margaret Randall (age 4, born Iowa), son John Randall (age 3, born Iowa) and son William Randall (age 1, born Iowa.)

He filed for a pension on June 15, 1883 in Iowa.

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Living in Iowa: 27th Iowa: Name John Randall, Rank, Private, Company H, Present Post Office: Lansing. NOTE: it does say Company H. There was no John Randall in Company H.

Registrate of State Org. Files 324. Northwestern Branch National Home for Disabled Vol. Soldiers. Home Company F. John E. Randall. Enlisted Aug. 16, 62, Waukon, Private, Co. A. 27 Iowa Vols. Discharged Aug. 8, 65, Clinton, Rank Priv. Cause of Discharge: G. O. No. 96. born in New York. Resided last at Lafayette Springs, Iowa. Married. Children under 16 years of age: Four. Name, kinship and address of nearest relative: Wife Caroline, Village Creek, Iowa. First admitted to NW Branch by Capt. J.S. Mitchell, Feb. 26,1887. Transportation furnished from Lansing, Ia. Dropped from Rolls. August 12, 1889, G. O. #44.

1895 Minnesota Territorial and State Census: Fair Haven, Stearns County, Minnesota: John E. Randall (age 58, born NY, resident of State: 1 year, 8 months, farmer, Soldier in the War of the Rebellion), Caroline Randall (age 58, born Ohio), Charles E. Randall (age 27, born Iowa), William E. Randal (age 18, born Iowa), Birt Randall (age 15, born Iowa).

1900 Census: Fair Haven, Stearns County, Minnesota: John E. Randall (born Jan. 1836, age 64, married 43 years, born New York), wife Caroline Randall (born Oct. 1836, age 63, married 43 years, 12 children born, 10 still living, born Ohio), son Charles Randall (born June 1872, age 28, born Iowa), son Burt Randall (born Mar. 1879, age 21, born Iowa), son William Randall (born Mar. 1877, age 21, married 1 years, born Iowa), daughter in law Hannah Randall (born Apr. 1881, age 19, married 1 years, 1 child born, 1 still living, born Minnesota) grandson Floyd W. Randall (born 1900, age 1/12, born Minnesota).

Caroline (Wagner) Randall (born Oct. 16, 1835) died in Mar. 10, 1902 at Fair Haven, Stearns County, Minnesota. She is buried in Fairhaven Cemetery, Fairhaven, Stearns County, Minnesota.

John Randall married second Minnie Boyle.

1905 Minnesota Territorial and State Census: Fair Haven, Stearns County, Minnesota: John E. Randall (age 67, born New York, Resident of State 8 months., resident of enumeration district 8 months, carpenter), Minnie Randall (age 46, born Canada), Birt Randall (age 26, born Iowa), Maude Randall (age 20, born Minnesota), Elizabeth P. Randall (age 1, born Minnesota).

Minnie (Boyle) Randall (born 1859), died 1909.

John Randall died Sept. 14, 1910 in Stearns County, Minnesota and is buried in Fairhaven Cemetery, Fairhaven, Stearns County, Minnesota.

Minnesota Death Index: Name: John Randall. Death Date: Sept. 14, 1910. Death County: Stearns. State File Number 013504. Certificate Number: 013504. Certificate Year: 1910. Record Number 60513.

John E Randall's obituary from the 16 Sep 1910 edition of the St. Cloud Daily Times Newspaper (St Cloud, Stearns County, Minnesota)

John E. Randall one of the old settlers of the town of Fairhaven died Thursday noon, at the age of seventy-four years. He served all through the civil war as a private in Company A of the twenty-seventh Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and up to his death was receiving a pension of twenty-four dollars a month.

His wife died about two years ago. Burial was at the Pramens cemetery, near Fairhaven Township, Stearns County, Minnesota.


Added: John E & Caroline (Wagoner) Randall and their family were residents of Allamakee County Iowa from 1860 to about 1890, when they moved to Fairhaven Township, Stearns County Minnesota.

He and his wife had 12 children, 9 of which were born in Allamakee County, Iowa

Daily Journal 16 Sept. 1910 P-1
Old Settler Dies Suddenly
Heart Failure Claims John E. Randall of Edan Valley

John E. Randall a prominent resident of the town of Fair Haven and a Civil War veteran died at his home in Fair Haven yesterday at the age of 74, death being due to heart trouble. Mr. Randall was in the city on Wednesday calling on some of his old friends and appeared to be in the best of health. Thursday he was suddenly overcome by a fainting spell and soon passed away. John E. Randall has been a resident of Fair Haven for many years. At the time of the out break of the Civil War he was living in [Allamakee County] Iowa and enlisted in Co. A of the 27th regiment and saw much active service. After the war he moved to Minnesota and has been a leader in Fair Haven. His wife died two years ago and he is survived by a family of grown up children. The funeral will be held tomorrow.

Children of John E. and Carolina (Wagoner) Randall

  1. Catharine M. b. 15 Aug 1856, Illinois m. Frank Johnson
  2. Ida Alice b. 15 Sep 1857, Illinois m. Charles Johnson
  3. Lucinda b. 10 April 1859, Illinois d. young before 1870
  4. Frederick b. 10 Oct 1860, Iowa d. in house fire at age 20
  5. Nellie Aribelle b. 7 Feb 1863, Iowa m. Jan. 26, 1878, Stanley Helgeson
  6. Estella Lucinda b. 10 Aug 1865, Iowa m1. Aaron C. Johnson, Jr. - m2., W. R. Hower ➤
  7. Charles b. 1 Jun 1866, Iowa m. Martha
  8. Annie b. 10 Jun 1867, Iowa m. Phillip Crist
  9. Margaret Jane b. 11 May 1872, Iowa m. Christopher Ziegenbein
  10. Martha Ann b. 7 July 1875, Iowa m. Andrew Ziegenbein
  11. John William b. 11 Mar 1877, Iowa m. Johannah Ziegenbein
  12. Hiram Burthum b. 20 Mar 1879, Iowa - m1. Maude Zeller - m2., [Mrs] Ella A. (Niels) [Webber]

Raymond, Ebenezer B.. He was born about 1842 in Pennsylvania. He was the son of John and Christine Raymond.

B. P. Raymond, P. O. Waukon, farmer, sec. 35; son of John and Christine Raymond; was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, in 1847. His parents moved to this county in 1852, locating upon the farm upon which he now resides, he being one of eight children, Edwin J., Wm. S., David B., John B., Ebenezer D., Atalissa M., and Harriet L. His father was a native of Connecticut, his mother of Ohio. His father died in January 1878; his mother lives with him on a part of the homestead of 240 acres, which he now owns. He was united in marriage to Miss Isabella Ross in 1881. She is a native of this Co. and the daughter of H. G. Ross.

pg 528-529

1850 Census: Hubbard, Trumbull County, Ohio: John Raymond (age 43, farmer), Christiana Raymond (age 43), Suman Raymond (age 19), David Raymond (age 17), Aitlisse Raymond (age 14), John Raymond (age 12) Ebenezer Raymond (age 9), Perky Raymond (age 3),

1856 Iowa State Census. Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: John Raymond (age 50, born Connecticut, farmer), Christiana Raymond (age 51, born Ohio), M. A. L. Raymond (age 20, born Ohio), John P. Raymond (age 18, born Ohio), Ebenezer N. B. Raymond (age 14, born Pennsylvania), B. P. Raymond (age 7, born Ohio), Harriet L. Raymond (age 5, born Ohio), The family had been living in the state of Iowa for 3 years. Next door was Edwin J. Raymond (age 27, born Ohio), Sarah E. Raymond (age 23, born Ohio) and John H. Raymond (age 0, born Iowa). They had been in the state of Iowa for 2 years.

1860 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: John Raymond (age 52, farmer, born Connecticut), Christiana Raymond (age 54, born Ohio), M. A. Raymond (age 24, born Ohio), John P. Raymond (age 22, born Ohio), E. M. Raymond (age 17, farmer, born Ohio), B. P. Raymond (age 11, born Ohio), H. L. Raymond (age 9, born Ohio).

1870 Census: Makee County, Allamakee County, Iowa: Ebenezer Raymond (age 28, butcher, born Penn), Elizabeth Raymond (age 27, born Canada), and Willie Raymond (age 4, born Iowa).

1880 Census: Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa: E. B. Raymond (age 38, Machine Agent, born Ohio), wife Lizzie Raymond (age 34, born Canada), son Willie Raymond (age 15, born Iowa).

Allamakee Pensioners of 1883: Number of Certificate: 204,865; Name of Pensioner: Ebenezer B. Raymond; Post Office Address: Waukon; Cause for which pensioned: dis. of abd. vis. & rheum.; Monthly Rate: 8.00; Date of Allowance: Mar. 1882.

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Living in Iowa; 27th Iowa: E. S. Raymond Private, Co. A, Present Post-Office: Waukon.

1900 Census: Perry, Buchanan County, Iowa: Ebenezer B. Raymond (born Sept. 1841, age 58, widowed, born Pennsylvania, Carpenter)

Ebenezer B. Raymond died June 14, 1908 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Main, Makee Township, Allamakee County, Iowa FM GR Co A IA 27 Inf Lot 250)

Widow Carrie B. Raymond filed for a pension on Feb. 23, 1911 in Ohio.


Raymond, William S. - He was born August 1831 in Ohio. He was most likely the son of John and Christine Raymond. He married Abigail Crowell on Dec. 14, 1857 in Floyd County, Iowa (Early Marriage in Floyd County). She was the daughter of Edward Crowell (Aug. 11, 1807 - Mar. 11, 1881) and Caroline Persons (Nov. 17, 1817 - Oct. 8, 1900). Her brothers Edward Crowell and James Crowell served in Company G, 27th Iowa.

B. P. Raymond, P. O. Waukon, farmer, sec. 35; son of John and Christine Raymond; was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, in 1847. His parents moved to this county in 1852, locating upon the farm upon which he now resides, he being one of eight children, Edwin J., Wm. S., David B., John B., Ebenezer D., Atalissa M., and Harriet L. His father was a native of Connecticut, his mother of Ohio. His father died in January 1878; his mother lives with him on a part of the homestead of 240 acres, which he now owns. He was united in marriage to Miss Isabella Ross in 1881. She is a native of this Co. and the daughter of H. G. Ross.

pg 528-529

1850 Census: Hubbard, Trumbull County, Ohio: John Raymond (age 43, farmer), Christiana Raymond (age 43), Suman Raymond (age 19), David Raymond (age 17), Aitlisse Raymond (age 14), John Raymond (age 12) Ebenezer Raymond (age 9), Perky Raymond (age 3),

1860 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: William Raymond (age 28, farmer, born Ohio), Abigal Raymond (age 18, born NY) and C. G. Raymond (age 1, female, born Iowa). They were living next door to John and Christine Raymond and family.

1870 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Wm. Raymond (age 38, carpenter, born Ohio), Abbie Raymond (age 29, born New York), Clara Raymond (age 11, born Iowa), Olive Raymond (age 9, born Iowa) and Orrin Raymond (age 2, born Iowa).

1880 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: William Raymond (age 47, farmer, born Ohio), wife Abigail Raymond (age 37, wife, born New York), son Oren Raymond (age 12, born Iowa), daughter Fanny Raymond (age 8, born Iowa), and son Arthur Raymond (age 3, born Iowa).

1885 List of Iowa Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living In Iowa: 27th Iowa: W. S. Raymond, Private, Co. A, Post Office Address: Waukon.

1885 Iowa State Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: Wm. S. Raymond (Township 98, Range 6, Section 35, SE. SW, age 53, farmer, born Ohio), Abigail C. Raymond (age 43, born New York), Fannie E. Raymond (age 11, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Wm. H. Raymond (age 7, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Sylvia C. Raymond (age 3, born Allamakee County, Iowa). Living next door was James E. Raymond (age 27, born Ohio), Clara J. Raymond (age 26), Cora A. Raymond (age 5) and Oren C. Raymond (age 1). (Abigail Raymond, age 73 was also in Nora Springs, Floyd County in 1915).

1900 Census: Sugar Creek, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa: Wm. S. Raymond (born Aug. 1831, age 68, married 42 years, born Ohio), wife Abigail Raymond (born Dec. 1841, age 58, married 42 years, 6 children born, 5 still living, born New York), daughter Sylvia Raymond (born June 1881, age 18, born Iowa), grandson Wilbur Raymond (born Apr. 1885, age 15, born Iowa) and nephew Frank A. Crowell (born Sept. 1870, age 29, born Iowa).

1910 Census: Mason, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa: Arthur W. Raymond (age 33, married 1 time for 10 years, born Iowa), wife Harriet L. Raymond (age 32, married 1 time for 10 years, 3 children born, 3 still living, born Wales), daughter Esther A. Raymond (age 8, born Iowa), daughter Clarice L. Raymond (age 7, born Iowa), daughter Mary A. Raymond (age 6, born Iowa), father William S. Raymond (age 78, married 1 time for 52 years, born Ohio), mother Abigail Raymond (age 68, married 1 time for 52 years, 6 children born, 5 still living, born New York),

1915 Iowa State Census, Nora Springs, Floyd County, Iowa: William S. Raymond (age 83, County, Floyd, Township: Nora Springs. Occupation: Retired. Extent of Education Common 8, can read and write), Birth Place: Ohio. Value of farm or Home: 900. Military Service: Civil War, Infantry, State: Iowa, Regiment 27, Company A. Church Affiliation: Baptist. Father's Birth Place: New York . Mother's Birthplace: Ohio. Years in Iowa: 62.

1920 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: James E. Raymond (age 62, born Ohio), wife Clara J. Raymond (age 61, born Iowa), father William S. Raymond (age 88, born Ohio), mother Abigail Raymond (age 78, born New York). (The 1925 Iowa State Census, shows that they were the parents of Clara. James E. Raymond was the son of David B. Raymond).

William S. Raymond died June 7, 1922 and is buried in Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.

Iowa Cemetery Records: Name: William S. Raymond. Death Date: 1922, Page #96. Birth Date 1832. Cemetery Elmwood. Level Info: Tombstone Records of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.

His widow Abigail Raymond filed for a pension on July 14, 1922.

1925 Iowa State Census: Waukon, Allamakee County, James E. Raymond, (age 67, born Ohio, Father's name David B. Raymond, Mother's name: Nancy Woolf.) Clara J. Raymond (age 65, born Iowa, father's name: William S. Raymond. Mother's name: Abigail Crowell). Mother-in-law Abigail Raymond, (age 83, born New York. Father's name: ?Crowell, Mother's name: left blank)

Abigail (Crowell) Raymond (born 1841) died in 1932. She is buried in Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.


Reed, Ezra. He was born about 1837 in New York. He was the son of Ezra Reed (Oct. 13, 1808 - June 2, 1887) and Phebe Cross (Apr. 27, 1810 - May 10, 1882). He married Mary Nora Feely on Jan 11, 1866 in Winneshiek County, Iowa. (Winneshiek County Marriage (1856-1869). She was the Daughter of Thomas Feely and Dorothy Thompson. Ezra's sister Wealtha Reed married William W. Bandle, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

REED, FEELY
Posted on Mar 26, 2009 by Patti Laessig

Searching for information on the family of Ezra W. Reed and Nora Feely. Nora was born 28 Apr 1849. There are four known children, Thomas Orange Reed, born in 1867, Frank W. Reed, born in 1870, my great uncle DeWaine Ezra Reed, born 16 Mar 1872, and Nettie A. Reed, born 12 Mar 1873. All were born in Bloomer, Chippewa Co., WI. Please contact me at anaquea@dwave.net or pattilaessig@yahoo.com. Thank you. Patti Laessig

1850 Census: Newark, Rock County, Wisconsin: Ezra Reed (age 42, farmer, born Vermont), Phebe Reed (age 39, born Canada), Julia A. Reed (age 17, born Canada), William Reed (age 15, born Canada), Ezra W. Reed (age 13, born NY), Welthy Reed (age 10, born Canada), Rosina Reed (age 8, born Canada), Ira Reed (age 5, born Wisconsin). George Reed (age 2, born Wisconsin).

1856 Iowa State Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Ezra Reed (age 47, born Vermont, farmer), Phebe Reed (age 45, born Canada), Ezra W. Reed (age 19, born NY), Weltha Reed (age 15, born Canada), Rosina Reed (age 13, born Canada), Ira J. Reed (age 11, born Wis), George W. Reed (age 8, born Wis). Luther Reed (age 5, born Iowa). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 6 years.

1870 Census: Bloomer, Chippewa County, Wisconsin: Ezra Reed (age 35, farmer, born Iowa), Nora Reed (age 28, born Iowa), Orange Reed (age 4, born Iowa), and William Reed (age 2, born Wisconsin).

1880 Census: Lafayette, Chippewa County, Wisconsin: Ezra W. Reed (age 42, laborer, born NY), wife Mary A. Reed (age 31, born Penn.). son Orange T. Reed (age 13, born Wisconsin), son Frank W. Reed (age 10, born Wisconsin), son Ezra D. Reed (age 8, born Wisconsin) and daughter Nettie A. Reed (age 5, born Wisconsin).

Ezra Reed filed a pension in Iowa on June 1, 1887.

1890 Veterans Census, Jefferson, Houston County, Minnesota: Ezra W. Reed, Private, Co. A, 27th Iowa Inf. Date of Enlistment: Aug. 9, 1862. Date of Discharge Aug. 8, 1865. Length of Service: 3 years. Post Office Address: New Albin, Allamakee County, Iowa. (note Houston County Minnesota and Allamakee County Iowa are border counties)

They were apparently divorced prior to 1890. Mary Nora (Feely) Reed married David Monroe O'Connell on Sept. 21, 1890 in Bloomer, Chippewa County, Wisconsin.

U. S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Pacific Branch, Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California: MILITARY History: Ezra W. Reed. Time and Place of Enlistment: August 9, 1862, Waukon, Iowa, Rank: Private. Company and Regiment: A, 27th Iowa Inf. Time and Place of Discharge: August 8, 1865, Clinton, Iowa. Cause of Discharge: Exp. Term Service. Kind and Degree of Disability: Hernia, Rheumatism. When and Where Contracted: 1889. DOMESTIC HISTORY: Where Born: New York. Age: 55, Height 6', Complexion: Light. can read and write. Religion: Prot. Occupation: Farmer. Residence Subsequent to Discharge: Waukon, Iowa., Divorced. Name and Address of Nearest Relative: Son Luther Reed, Burr, Iowa. HOME HISTORY: Date of Admission, Re-Admission and Transfer: Ad. N.W. B. Sept. 22, 1891. Trs: S. B. Mar. 21, 1900. Trs. W. B. Oct. 2, 1900. Disch. W. B. June 18, 1903. Re-Ad P. B. March 12, 1904. Date of Death: Oct. 1, 1926. Cause of Death: Arterio Sclerosis. Senilty. GENERAL REMARKS: Certificate 460,519. Location of Grave and Remarks. Sec. 42, Row A. Gr. 25. Effects: Cash. $11. Pension Money: 395. How Disposed: To Nellie Reed (Daughter). Shatford, Wis. (Note, there are three different records for U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteers Soldiers. They all had basically the same information except that last one that contained his death information. The three branches were Northwestern Branch, Milwaukee Wisconsin; Roseburg Branch, Hampton Virginia; and Pacific Branch, Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California. They all listed Luther Reed as his nearest Relative. One said SON Luther Reed. I did find any evidence of him having a son named Luther. However, he does have a brother by that name. So someone may have assumed that it was his son)

1910 Census: Malibu, Los Angeles, California: Pacific Branch National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers: Ezra W. Reed (Inmate, age 78, divorced, born New York).

1920 Census: Malibu, Los Angeles, California: National Military Home: Ezra W. Reed (Inmate, age 84, Divorced, born New York).

Ezra Reed died Oct. 1, 1926 (Pension Index Record) and is buried in Los Angeles National (Sawtelle), Plot: 42, 25/A, Los Angeles, Los Angeles California

U. S. Veterans Gravesites: Name: Ezra W. Reed. Death Date: Oct. 1, 1926. Interment Date: Oct. 1, 1926. Cemetery: Los Angeles National Cemetery. Cemetery Address: 950 South Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90049. Buried at Section 42, Row A., Site 25.

On Feb. 13, 1929, a pension was filed in Wisconsin. There is a note on the pension index that says "Helpless Child - Nellie A. Reed."


Richardson, Caleb S. He was born about 1843 in Deerfield, Warren County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of David Nye Richardson (Jan 5, 1815 - Sept. 13, 1853) and Margaret Courson (Feb. 15, 1813 - Sept 2, 1887). His sister Marilla Hannah Richardson married William James Miller, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

Brief Bio of My Great-great Uncle Caleb S. Richardson
Submitted by Debra Richardson

C.S. Richardson, was born in Warren County, Deerfield Township, Pennsylvania in 1843. He was the fourth child of David Nye (05 Jan 1815) and Margaret Courson Richardson (19 Feb 1813). His father is listed on census record of 1850 there as blacksmith. His mother was the daughter of Anthony Wayne Courson, an early settler to northwestern Pennsylvania. There is a Courson Island, located in the Allegheny River wilderness, which was reportedly named for Caleb's grandfather Anthony. Caleb's siblings were Marilla Hannah Richardson, Mehitable Ann Richardson, Wilbur Fisk Richardson, Helen Richardson, Luther Richardson, Adelia Richardson, and, the author's great-grandfather, David Nye Richardson, Jr. Caleb was the namesake grandson of Caleb Richardson (04 Jul 1782), born in Plymouth, N.H. Grandmother was Mehitable Osgood Richardson (07 Jul 1788), born in Concord, N.H. Both grandparents are buried in Tidioute, PA.

David and Margaret left Pennsylvania with their children in 1853, heading to Iowa. Caleb was then a boy of ten years. Not very long after the family's father died in Monona, Allamakee County, IA after a brief illness. He, his mother, and his younger siblings, removed to Lansing, a Mississippi River town, located in the northeastern tip of Allamakee County. During their four years there, Caleb attended school at Village Creek, four miles south. In 1857, Margaret sold the Lansing property and purchased land in southern Allamakee County, near Hardin, IA, which was at that time a thriving village.

On the 5th day of August 1862, Caleb enlisted for a 3-year term of service as Sergeant in Company A of the 27th Regiment of Iowa Volunteers. He was 19 years old and living at that time with his sister, Mrs. William (Marilla) Miller, and family in Waukon, Iowa. Captain George Pierce at Camp Franklin, near Dubuque, IA, mustered him into military service of the United States on the 3rd day of October 1862. A physical description per military records lists Caleb as having grey eyes, auburn hair, light complexion, and being 5 ft. 9 in. in height. Occupation identified as Farmer.

In the early spring of 1863, after having had his health greatly debilitated from effects of mumps, Caleb contracted typhoid fever. His last letter home was written in the shadow of this illness, however he remained positive and resolute despite it. His final written words: seem written without regret or self-pity. His pension file papers include a note which states that his final days in hospital were filled with thoughts of his widowed mother, and his anxiety in resting assured that pay due him would be sent home to her. In a perfect ending, my great-great uncle Caleb would have recovered from the illness, survived the war, and returned safely to his loved ones. He and his red-haired fairy, would have married. To this union might have been born children--- nieces/nephews to my great-grandfather David. Had Caleb lived even long enough, my grandfather Everest David Richardson could have known his uncle--- hearing, perhaps, stories of his days spent as a Union soldier in the War of the Rebellion. First Sergeant C.S. Richardson died April 12, 1863 at General Hospital, Jackson, TN. He was 20 years old. He is buried in Union National Cemetery, Corinth, Mississippi. Cale's final effects included one hat, one great coat, one pair of boots, and two blankets. His final legacy included a beautifully poignant letter written less than a month before his death, to his immediate family---but treasured by 140 years of his descendants to whom he is remembered a family hero.

---Debra Richardson Johnson Carthey 2002

1850 Census: Deerfield, Warren County, Pennsylvania: David Richardson (age 36, blacksmith, born VT), Margaret Richardson (age 37, born PA), Hannah Richardson (age 14, born PA), Mahadabel Richardson (age 12, born PA), Caleb Richardson (age 7, born PA), Helen Richardson (age 5, born PA), Luther Richardson (age 4, born PA). and Adelia Richardson (age 1, born PA).

1856 Iowa State Census: Grand Meadow, Clayton County, Iowa: Margaret Richardson (age 43, widowed, born PA), Marilla Richardson (age 19, born PA), Mehetabel Richardson (age 17, born PA), Caleb Richardson (age 14, born PA), Helen Richardson (age 12, born PA), Luther Richardson (age 9, born PA), Adilade Richardson (age 7, born PA) and David Richardson (age 3, born PA). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 2 years.

1860 Census: Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: Margaret Richardson (age 47, born PA), Caleb Richardson (age 18, farmer, born PA), William Richardson (age 16, born PA), Luther Richardson (age 13, born PA), Adeline Richardson (age 11, born PA) and David N. Richardson (age 7, born Iowa).

Submitted by:
Debra Richardson

NOTE: Elaine: It was interesting for me to discover that C. S. Richardson, (my great-great uncle) was part of the 27th, Co A along with his brother-in-law, who was William James Miller. (I have obit for him as well) Caleb's sister, Marilla, was married to William. In the Letter of Caleb's he is addressing first his brother, Luther, and then sister "Rill" (Marilla) and he mentions William (Bill). Debra

Camp Reed March 15th, 1863

Dear Brother,

I received your letter last night and was very glad to hear from you all. It found me enjoying reasonable good health but I cannot say quite well. I don't know hardly what is the matter of me, but it does appear there is a material derangement in my physical system. However I am able to go on with my regular duties in the company although with some inconvenience arising from Rheumatic weakenings.

We have not had any order to leave here yet and it may be we shall not have for some time. At least I anon no hopes ( ) until I get able to travel, for it is very disagreeable to be left alone in a strange land to the mercies of our unfeeling world. I enjoy myself first rate in our company, and even in the Regt. I don't believe I have an enemy except from sinister motives such as Sergt. Tuttle manifested, and even he has changed his policy very much lately. I am not without amusement in this army school although it costs me nothing to participate. I get a letter as often as once and sometimes three times per week from many parts of our northern confederacy and from there I learn many things that are transpiring which interest me alone. I have correspondence from Village Creek quite often from my old school members, especially from One Red haired fairy of whom I have often spoken before.

I have had two letters from Pennsylvania since ( ) died. I tell you that they feel melancholy in his family. I have one from Coz. Lena. She is teaching school now about 15 miles from home. Tell mother if you don't get letters often from them that her folks are all well.

Luther: I would like very much to take a peep at my old home if but one moment just to see how things look around the old domicile. I am afraid from your statement of the parties and dances you attend this winter you are a little extravagant - with your finances-. Recollect you may see a time when you will need a little money and if you spend all your spare dimes now you will be constrained to reflect upon the folly of the past & wish for some irrecoverable time and money spent in wild excitement. You think, I presume, that old Cale is becoming soon steady and penurious, and that is a fact too. You shall see when my pay comes how much I reserve for spending money, By what I send home. But I guess it will be some time yet ere we will be bothered with "Uncle Sam's" Currency. And since you are provided for at home I am not particular just so I am sure of it. There are men dying here nearly every day from disease and no chance to get home. There was one dies from our Regt. Last night from Rossville. I have but little hope if I should become alarmingly sick for our Doctors are regular know-nothings and they won't let a person go to the post Hospital when some assistance may be rendered. This is so in the army. People, surgeons in particular, become hard hearted and all absorbed in promotion and Rank, together with a love for "The root of all evil", that they care little for the possible health of their fellow men, and neglect the sick men until disease calls to settle the account of nature. And the "finale" is generally- Death. In a few cases timely discharges are given, and thus means for recovery is furnished. Well I presume I have written as much as you can find time to read and consequently will desist. Hoping to hear from you soon I remain as ever.

Your Affectionate Brother,
C.S. Richardson


Dear Sister Rill,

I was glad, also, to receive a line from your pen for it always contains some soothing word of kindness common to sisterly forethought. I wish I could hear from you all every three days. But I presume that would be taxing you too much which you know I am too considerate to do knowingly. You need not be alarmed about my property although the mumps endeavored repeatedly to close mortgage, their deleterious designs were as often thwarted by careful watchfulness. They did in fact roll me an evil turn by leaving me greatly debilitated but I am of the opinion that I am going to be victorious yet if I am careful of myself for a while. But this country is bad for a convalescent, I begin to understand.

Rill: I am aware that you are much my senior in age and in many things capable of judging than your Brother, but let me advise you to stay where you are instead of going to your own house in Iowa. You don't know the vicissitudes you would necessarily encounter from living alone in that selfish town. Your wares (?) and victuals would all be to buy and you would be obliged to pay the highest price for every thing you got. I presume Bill has told you had better do so, but he gets some curious notions in his head sometimes and doesn't know what he does want, or what is best.

Write often.

From, Old Cale


Well, Dear Brother & Sister, allow me to say a few words to you. To let you know that your kind and Christian faces are often seen in imaginary thought and I can dwell with pleasure upon the pleasant hours I have spent with you, the memory of which is fresh & green before me. Would those days were now and I could be permitted as once I was to come and go when Inclination prompted me. But I must await my lot, and abide the decree of the fates.

I hope this struggle will soon be ended for it is no pleasant one, I assure you, to any engaged except those speculating Generals who think soon of doubling their "pile" in a fine lot of cotton. Give my love to all the children and accept my best wishes.

C.S.R.

Caleb Richardson died Apr. 12, 1863 and is buried in Corinth National Cemetery, Mississippi, Section E, grave 1660

His mother Margaret Richardson filed for a pension on Aug. 20, 1866.


Rider, Romaine. - He was born Jan 10, 1841 in New York. He married Fidelia Randall. She was the daughter of Hiram Henry Randall (1811-1870) and Lucy/Lucinda (1816 - Mar. 21, 1854). Her brother John E. Randall also served in Company A. 27th Iowa.

1856 Iowa State Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa Caleb C. Lane (age 30, born New York), Mary Lane (age 30, born New York), Romaine Rider (age 15, born New York), They had all be in the state of Iowa for 1 year.

1860 Census: Flora, Boone County, Illinois: Hiram Randall (age 48, farmer, born NY), wife C. M. Randall (age 28, born Pennsylvania), George Randall (age 13, born New York), O. Randall (age 11, born New York), Delia Randall (age 17, born New York), Burton Randall (age 8, born New York)., Stevan Randall (age 6, born Illinois), Sally Ann Randall (age 4, born Illinois), William Randall (age 11/12, born Illinois), Charles Burton (age 30, laborer, born New York) and Romaine Ryder (age 19, laborer, born New York.)

1870 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Romaine Rider (age 29, farm hand, born New York), Fidelia Rider (age 27, born New York), Mary Rider (age 8, born Iowa)

Douglas County, Nebraska Marriages, 1854 - 1881, By Greater Omaha Genealogical Society: Hutchenson, William H. [30; Omaha, b: South Carolina; f: Nathan Hutchenson; m. Elizabeth Price' md. Mary E. Rider [18; Omaha; b: Iowa: F: Romain Rider; m. Fidelia Randall] on Aug. 14, 1880. Off: Beneke. Wit: D. H. Geyer, Robert Sketchleg.

1885 Nebraska State Census: Douglas County, Nebraska: Lorain Rider (male, age 44, laborer, born New York), wife Fredda Rider (age 42, born New York), granddaughter Sarah Hutchinson (age 4, born Nebraska).

1900 Census: Fremont Ward 2, Dodge, Nebraska: Romaine Rider (born Jan 1841, age 59, married 41 years, born New York, Pensioner of the US), wife Fidelia Rider (born Sept. 1842, age 57, married 41 years, 2 children born, 1 still living, born New York), granddaughter Sadie Rider (born Dec. 1881, age 18, born Nebraska).

1910 Census: San Jose, Santa Clara County, California: Romaine Rider (age 69, married 49 years, born New York), wife Fidelia Rider (age 68, married 49 years, 2 children born, 0 still living, born New York.)

Romaine Rider died Dec. 20, 1915 (state file #40460 (?)) and is buried in Oak Hill - Oak Hill Memorial Park, 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose, Santa Clara County, CA. Section 1, Grave 7 (Co. A, 27th Iowa Infantry, Corp., Oak Hill, Sec. L, GAR 2)

Obituary. Died Rider - In San Jose, Cal. Dec. 20, 1915,

Romaine Rider, beloved husband of Fidelia Rider, grandfather of Mrs. Sarah Sands, a native of New York, aged 74 years, 11 months, and 10 days.

Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral tomorrow (Wednesday), Dec. 22, 1915 at 2 o'clock p.m. from his late residence No. 103 North 27th Street.

The Ladies of the G. A. R. will have the Flag Service

Interment Oak Hill Cemetery under the auspices of the Sheridan-Dix Post G. A. R.

Fidelia Rider, (born Sept. 1842) age 76, died Jan 13, 1919, Santa Clara Co., state file #725


Rumph, Charles. - He was born about 1836 in Germany. He was the son of Anton Rumph. He married Charlotte Sickmeier/Siegmier. She was the daughter of Adolph Siegmier and Hernreta Decker (per 1925 Iowa State Census).

1870 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Charley Rumph (age 33, farmer, born Oldenberg), Caroline Rumph (age 24, born Lippe), Charlie Rumph (age 3, born Iowa) and Mena Rumph (age 1, born Iowa).

1880 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Charles Rumpf (age 44, farmer, born Oldenberg), wife Charlotte Rumpf (age 34, born Wisc). son Charles Rumpf (age 13, born Iowa), daughter Annie Rumpf (age 8, born Iowa), daughter Mary Rumpf (age 6, born Iowa), son Theodore Rumpf (age 4, born Iowa), and son John Rumpf (age 2, born Iowa).

1885 Iowa State Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Charles Rumph (Township 98, Range 5, Section 34 SE NW, age 48, farmer, born Germany), Charlotte Rumph (age 39, born Iowa), Chas Rumph (age 17, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Anna Rumph (age 13, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Mary Rumph (age 10, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Theodore Rumph (age 8, born Allamakee County, Iowa). John Rumph (age 6, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Edward Rumph (age 3, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Gustavo Rumph (age 3, born Allamakee County, Iowa) and Emma Rumph (age 1, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

1900 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Chas. Rumph (born Aug. 1837, age 62, married 35 years, born Germany, immigrated 1859, farmer), wife Silletta Rumph (born Dec. 1845, age 54, married 35 years, 11 children born, 9 still living, born Germany), son Charles Rumph Jr. (born Mar. 1867, age 32, born Iowa), son Theodore Rumph (born June 1876, age 23, born Iowa), son John Rumph (born May 1878, age 22, born Iowa), son Edda Rumph (born July 1881, age 18, born Iowa), son Gastoff Rumph (born July 1881, age 18, born Iowa), daughter Mary Rumph (born June 1874, age 25, born Iowa), daughter Ema Rumph (born Dec. 1884, age 15, born Iowa), and daughter Liddia Rumph (born Mar. 1886, age 14, born Iowa).

1910 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Charles Rumph (age 73, married 1 time for 44 years, born Germany, immigrated 1856, naturalized. farmer, own farm), wife Charlotte Rumph (age 64, married 1 time for 44 years, 11 children born, 9 still living, born Germany, immigrated 1860), son Charles Rumph (age 42, born Iowa), son Theodore Rumph (age 32, born Iowa), son Edward Rumph (age 29, born Iowa) and daughter Lydia Rumph (age 22, born Iowa).

Charley Rumph tells us that it was 45 years ago today Wednesday, that the recruits for the 27th Iowa Infantry left Waukon for the front by way of McGregor and by boat to Dubuque where the regiment was mustered in. It was Charley's 26th birthday or thereabouts on the day he marched away. --Waukon Democrat. Do the boys of the 27th about here remember the circumstances?

Nashua Reporter, September 1, 1910

1915 Iowa State Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Chas Rumph (age 78, County: Allamakee, Township Makee, P.O. Waukon, Occupation Farmer. Total earnings for 1914 from occupation: 1800. Extent of Education: Common 10, can read and write. Birth Place: Germany. Value of farm or home: 12,800. Military Service: Civil War, Infantry, State: Iowa. Regiment: 27th Iowa & 61st U. S. Colored Inf. Company A. Church Affiliation: German Reform. Father's Birthplace, Germany. Mother's birthplace: Germany. Naturalized. Years in U.S. 58. Years in Iowa: 58.

It was sixty-six years ago last Saturday that Charley Rumph and 70 of his comrades of Company A of the 27th Iowa Infantry clambered into wagons at what is now the Citizens bank corner and rode to Postville enroute to the front in the civil war. Of that entire number but three are living here at Waukon now, viz; D. R. Walker, James Briar and Mr. Rumph. And despite their long and eventful lives there are few friskier veterans to be found anywhere than Charley and Dave, say the Waukon Democrat.

Postville Herald, September 6, 1918

1920 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Chas. Rumph (age 83, immigrated 1860, naturalized in 1865, born Germany, farmer), wife Charlotte Rumpf (age 74, born Germany, immigrated 1861.) son Charley Rumph (age 52, born Iowa), son Edward Rumph (age 37, born Iowa), and daughter Lydia Rumph (age 28, born Iowa)

Charlotte Rumph (born Dec. 6, 1845), died Apr. 4, 1924 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery-German Addition, Lot 53, Linton Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. (NOTE: since she is listed on the 1925 Iowa State Census, I would have to question the date of death that I found in the cemetery records for Allamakee County, Iowa- Census date was Jan 1, 1925. The instructions say to "Include every person living on Jan 1. 1925"

1925 Iowa State Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Charles Rumpf (age 88, born Germany, father's name: Anton Rumph. Mother's name: left blank.) Wife Charlotte Rumph (age 86, born Germany (father's name: Adolph Siegmier, Mother's name Henretta Decker) Son Chas. Rumph (age 57, born Waukon, Iowa, father's name: Chas Rumph, Mother's name Charlotte Siegmier) son Edward Rumph (age 43, born Waukon, Iowa, father's name: Chas Rumph, Mother's name Charlotte Siegmier) daughter Mary Rumpf (age 51, born Waukon, Iowa, father's name: Chas Rumph, Mother's name Charlotte Siegmier) daughter Lydia Rumph (age 37, born Waukon, Iowa, father's name: Chas Rumph, Mother's name Charlotte Siegmier).

Charles Rumph died August 2, 1927 (pension index record) and is buried in Oakland Cemetery-German Addition, Lot 53, Linton Township, Allamakee County, Iowa

The death of Chas. Rumph, one of the few Civil war veterans of this vicinity and a pioneer resident of this county, occurred Tuesday morning at his home east of Waukon at the advanced age of nears 91 years, says the Waukon Democrat.

Postville Herald, August 11, 1927


Russell, Benjamin Franklin. He was born January 24, 1834 in New Hampshire. He was the son of Benjamin Russell (1810 - Mar. 23, 1888) and Mary Shepard Taggert (May 16, 1808 - June 26, 1888). He married Rosanna McClain Bryant in Floyd County, on Nov. 10, 1857. She was the daughter of Francis Bryant (Mar. 2, 1787 - Aug. 5, 1878) and Susanah Griggs (1792 - Oct. 22, 1864).

1856 Iowa State Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Benj. Russell (age 46, farmer, born New Hampshire), Mary S. A. Russell (age 45, born NH), Franklin B. Russel (age 23, born NH), Mary L. Russel (age19, born NH) and Nancy E. Russel (age 16, born NH). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 2 years. Living next to them was Francis Briant (age 62, born Canada), Susanah Briant (age 61, born VT), Gardner C. Briant (age 24, born Canada), Wilford D. Briant (age 22, born Canada) and Rosanna M. Briant (age 20, born Canada).

1860 Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Franklin B. Russell (age 35, farmer, born NH), Roseana Russel (age 25, born Canada), and E. Russell (age 4/12, male, born Iowa). (family records show his name as Elmer F).

Franklin B. Russell was wounded and taken prisoner July 14, 1864, Tupelo Miss. He died of wounds July 16, 1864, Tupelo, Miss

His widow Rosanna M. Russell filed for a pension on Dec. 5, 1864. A pension was filed for a minor in 1866. R. M. Gratton was guardian. Information from the pension record is extracted below:

Statement dated Oct. 17, 1864 Rosanna M. Russell said:

She was age 30.

Resident of Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa

She was the widow of Franklin B. Russell, Corp. Co. A. 27th Iowa. He enlisted August 23, 1862 for 3 years. He died at Tupelo, Mississippi on the 16 day of July 1864. Cause of death was "shooting in battle".

She was married to Franklin B. Russell on Nov. 10, 1857 at Osage, Iowa by Isaac Naden, a Justice of the Peace. The marriage record in file shows that they were both aged 23 when they married.

Her name before her marriage was Rosanna M. Bryant.

Survived by one child: Elmer F. Russell, born January 1, 1860.


Marriage record in file shows that Rosanna M. Russell was married to H. G. Gratton on Dec. 9, 1865. at Lansing, Iowa, by O. S. Conkey, County Judge.

Rosanna Gratton was appointed guardian of Elmer F. Russell (infant heir of Franklin B. Russell) on Dec. 9, 1865.

H. G. Grattan died at his home in Allamakee County, Iowa on Jan. 27, 1892.

Rosanna Gratton moved to the Territory of Oklahoma about June 1895.


Dec. 31, 1902: In Grant County, Territory of Oklahoma: Rosanna Gratton made a statement for restoration of pension No. 79917.

She was a resident of Medford, Grant County, Oklahoma. Aged 67 years.

She was acquainted with Franklin B. Russell prior to the War and knows that he did not serve in the army prior to his enlistment in Company A, 27th Iowa.

She did not know her last husband H. G. Grattan prior to the war. She has used all the means at her hand to furnish the evidence called for as to service of her last husband and has failed to obtain the same. He went from Sterling, Illinois to Waukon, Iowa about 1845 and she asks the commissioner to make special investigation in this regard.

She owns no real estate. She has wearing apparel and other effects of value of about $10. Since March 28, 1902 she has had an income of $20 per month derived from the rent of property belonging to her children. That her expenses at least equals her said income. Her said income is uncertain and may be at anytime taken away from her. Age and infirmities render her unable to perform any manual labor and no one is legally bound to support her.


On Feb. 9, 1903, at Adams County, Colorado, John Gratton made a statement:

He is 33 years old and his post office address is Barr, Adams County, Colorado.

He and Elmer Russell are children of the claimant. He and said Russell are the owners of a house and lot in Medford, Oklahoma Territory. They keep said house and lot rented.

That he allows his mother (this claimant) to have and use his part of said rent. That his part of said rent is now $20. per month. The rent is not turned over to her in pursuance of any contract, written, oral or implied.


Medical records showed that Franklin B. Russell was treated Aug. 29, to Sept. 19, 1863 for chronic diarrhea and returned to duty. Wounded severely in left thigh at the battle of Tupelo, Miss. July 14, 64.

Rosanna M. Gratton (formerly Russell) was dropped from the pension rolls due to death on Dec. 28, 1915.

1870 Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa. H. G. Grattan (age 44, farmer and reaper agt, born NY) Rosanna Gratton (age 36, born Canada), Jennie Gratton (age 19, born Illinois - there is a note on the census that says "died 8 June 1870"), Orlando Gratton (age 17, born Illinois), Mary Grattan (age 15, born Iowa), Elmer Gratton (age 10, born Iowa), and John Grattan (age 5/12, born Iowa.). They were living next door to Amos Gratton (age 73) and Abigal Gratton (age 75).

Rosaline M. Russell Gratton (born Oct. 23, 1833, died Dec. 28, 1915 and is buried in Oakland Main Cemetery, Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa.


Sevoy, William J. He was born about 1845 in New York. He was the son of Joseph and Sarah Sevoy.

1850 Census: Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts: Joseph Savoy (age 31, born L. C.), Sarah Savoy (age 30, born England), W. J. Savoy (age 3, born Mass.) and C H. Savoy (age 1, born Mass.)

1856 Iowa State Census; Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa; Joseph Savoie (age 36, farmer, born Canada), Sarah Savoie (age 33, born England), William J. Savoie (age 9, born Mass.), Charles H. Savoie (age 7, born Mass) and Frank Savoie (age 1, born Mass). The family had been in the state of Iowa for less than one year.

1860 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Joseph Savoy (age 36, farmer, born Canada), Sarah Savoy (age 35, born England), William Savoy (age 13, born Mass.), Charles Savoy (age 11, born Mass) and Frank Savoy (age 5, born Mass.).

William J. Sevoy was wounded May 18, 1864, Yellow Bayou, LA, in the right ankle and left knee. Died May 21, 1864, Red River Landing, LA

Source: The Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War, Vol. XI

PRIMARY AMPUTATION OF THIGH IN LOWER THIRD.

Case 1719, Sevoy, W., Pt. A, 27th Iowa. May 18, 1864. Right; also wound of left Heel. Died May 21, 1864.

1870 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa Joseph Savoie (age 53, born Canada), Sarah Savoie (age 50), Frank Savoie (age 15), and Norah Savoie (age 13)

His mother Sarah Savoie filed for a pension June 23, 1879.


Shaff, Daniel Humanson. - He was born July 1839 in Ohio. He was the son of Aaron Shaff (Jan 13, 1816 - after 1880) and Lucinda Hummanson (1817 -?) . He married Amanda P. Corll on Aug. 31, 1865 in Mahoning County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Daniel Corrl (Mar. 10. 1803 - 1855) and Mary Polly Duncan (1807-1863) (NOTE: Daniel's father Aaron was the brother of Elijah Shaff who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

1850 Census: Brookfield, Trumbull County, Ohio:. Aaron Shaff (age 34, born NY), Lucinda Shaff (age 23, born Ohio), Edger Shaff (age 14, born Ohio), Daniel Shaff (age 12, born Ohio), Lena A. Shaff (age 8, born Ohio), Tracy Shaff (age 6, born Ohio), Marshall Shaff (age 4, born Ohio) and Irvin Shaff (age 1, born Ohio). (NOTE: when I initially found this census record, I thought that Daniel might be the son of Aaron, but not Lucinda. At age 23, she would have been too young to be his mother. Subsequent research shows that her age on this census must have been an error. She should have been 33 on this census record).

1880 census Wayne, Ashtabula County, Ohio. Daniel Shaff (age 40, farmer, born Ohio), wife Amanda (age 37, born Ohio), son Owen P. Shaff (age 14, born Ohio), son Edward W. Shaff (age 11, born Ohio), son Charlie D Shaff (age 7, born Ohio), son James M. Shaff (age 7, born Ohio), and daughter Mary L. Shaff (age 4, born Ohio).

1890 Veteran's Census Johnston, Trumball County, Ohio. Daniel H. Shaff, Private Co. A, 27 Iowa Inf. Enlisted July 1, 1862. Discharged June 15, 1865. Length of Service: 2 years, 17 month, 15 days. Post Office Address: Cortland, Ohio. Disability Incurred: Spinal and Heart Trouble. Remarks: Discharged by reason of surgeon (note I am really not sure what the last word is. It looks like it is surgeon, but that doesn't make sense to me.)

1900 Census Austintown Township, Mahoning County, Ohio. Daniel Shaff (born July 1839, age 60, married 33 years, born Ohio, farmer), wife Amanda Shaff (born Dec. 1842, age 57, married 33 years, 6 children born, 5 still living, born Ohio), daughter Mamie Shaff (born Oct 1875, age 24, born Ohio)

Daniel Shaff died in 1908 in Austintown, Mahoning County, Ohio. He is buried in Four Mile Run Cemetery, Austintown, Mahoning County, Ohio

His widow Amanda P. Shaff filed for a pension on July 23, 1908.

Amanda (Corll) Shaff died April 13, 1914 and is buried in Four Mile Run Cemetery, Austintown, Mahoning County, Ohio


Shaff, Elijah. - He was born Sept. 15, 1830 in Ohio. He was the son of Moses Shaff (Feb. 10. 1790 - Dec. 25, 1874) and Sarah Saxon (May 13, 1790 - 1874). He married Phebe F. Allen on Jan. 22, 1857 in Allamakee County Iowa. She was the daughter of Lewis Peter Allen (1804 - after 1880) and Eleanor Wood (1802 - before 1860). (Elijah Shaff was the uncle of Daniel H. Shaff, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa. Phebe Allen's brother George W. Allen, also served with Co. A, 27th Iowa.

Elijah Shaff The picture was submitted by Maria Schaff Wood.

Elijah Shaff is on the right, his twin brother Abijah on the left, his brother John on top who served in Co D of the 6th IA cavalry and is buried in the SD soldiers home cemetery in Hot Springs SD. The woman is probably their sister Miriam Shaff Allen. She married the brother of Elijah's wife Phoebe (Homer Benjamin Allen).

1850 Census: Kankakee, La Porte County, Indiana: Moses Shaft (age 60, farmer, born Pennsylvania), Sarah Shaff (age 60, born New Jersey), John Shaff (age 22, born Ohio), Elijah Shaff (age 20, born Ohio), Abijah Shaff (age 20, born Ohio), Mariam Shaff (age 17, born Ohio).

1856 Iowa State Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Moses N. Shaff (age 66, born NJ, farmer), Sarah Shaff (age 66, born NJ), Elijah T. Shaff (age 24, born Ohio, farmer), Abijah T. Shaff (age 24, born Ohio, farmer), Miriam L. Shaff (age 20, born Ohio). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 3 years.

1860 Census: Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Moses Shaff (age 70, farmer, born PA), Sarah Shaff (age 69, born NJ), Elijah Shaff (age 28, born Ohio), Phebe Shaff (age 22, born Ohio), Henry Shaff (age 2, born Ohio), and Ann M. Shaff (age 1, born Iowa). Living next door was A. Shaff (age 28- most likely Abijah Shaff) and Marian Shaff (age 22).

1870 Census, Ludlow, Allamakee County, Iowa: Elijah Shaff (age 39, farmer, born Ohio), Phebe Shaff (age 32, born Ohio), Henry Shaff (age 12, born Iowa), Annie Shaff (age 9, born Iowa), James Shaff (age 8, born Iowa), Minnie Shaff (age 4, born Iowa) and Charles Shaff (age 3, born Iowa).

1880 Census, Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa: Elijah Shaff (age 48, farmer, born Ohio), wife Phebe Shaff (age 41, born Ohio), son Henry L. Shaff (age 22, born Iowa), son James M. Shaff (age 17, born Iowa), son Charles A. Shaff (age 12, born Iowa), daughter Eva M. Shaff (age 8, born Iowa) and daughter Clare E. Shaff (age 4, born Iowa).

1883 U. S. Military Pensioners, Dakota Territory, Oakwood, Brookings County: Pension: #166, 071; Name: Shaff, Elijah; Cause for which pensioned: chr. diarr. and dis. kidneys; Monthly Rate: 8.00; Date of allowance: May, 1881.

In 1885 he bought land from the Federal Government in South Dakota: Shaff Elijah 05 112 N 051 W 009 160 251101 PA 1080 02/05/1885.

1900 Census, Estelline Village & Castlewood Town, Hamlin, South Dakota. Elijah Shaff (born Sept. 1830, age 69, married 43 years, born Ohio, Retired, pension), wife Phoebe F. Shaff (born Jan. 1837, age 63, married 43 years, 6 children born, 6 still living, born Ohio), son-in-law, Ralph C. Towne (born Aug. 1874, age 25, born New Hampshire, farm laborer), daughter Eva M. Towne (born Nov. 1871, age 18, married 4 years, 1 child born, 1 still living, born Iowa) and grandson Lyle R. Towne (born Jan. 1897, age 3, born South Dakota).

Elijah Shaff died March 23, 1904 in Estelline, Hamlin County, South Dakota. He is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Estelline, Hamlin County, South Dakota.

His widow Phebe F. Shaff filed for a pension on June 18, 1904 in South Dakota.

Phoebe (Allen) Shaff (born Jan. 4, 1837) died Oct. 1, 1908 and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Estelline, Hamlin County, South Dakota.


Sherman, George Washington. He was born Feb. 8, 1834 in East Springfield, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of John Sackett Sherman (Oct. 3, 1798 - Aug. 15, 1877) and Polly De Wolf (Apr. 18, 1802 - Aug. 12, 1888). He married Catherine Round on Apr. 26, 1857 in Monroe, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Zina Round (1802 - Feb. 15, 1864) and Emeline Shed (1812 - 1870).

George W. Sherman, post office Waukon, farmer; son of Jno. S. and Polly Sherman; was born in 1834 in Erie Co., Penn., and immigrated to Green Co., Wis., in 1855, remaining there till 1857, when he came to Allamakee Co., locating in Jefferson Township, on sec. 23., where he owns forty acres of first-class land, well improved. Aug. 8, 1862, he enlisted in Co. A, 27th Iowa Inf. He was most of the time employed in the hospital, being nurse one and a half years, and hospital steward one year; was mustered out at the close of the war and returned home. He was married to Miss Catharine Round, of Wis., in 1857, by whom he has four children, Jessie D., Lena L., Mary E., Debbie L. Mrs. S. died Feb. 26, '73. He has served his Township as trustee, assessor, and president of school board several years, and is also a member of the I.O.O.F.

History of Allamakee County
W.E. Alexander, 1882
Page 534

1850 Census: Springfield, Erie County, Pennsylvania: John S. Sherman (age 53, farmer, born VT), Polly Sherman (age 48, born VT), Betsy Sherman (age 19, born Pennsylvania), Julia Sherman (age 18, born Pennsylvania), Julia Sherman (age 18, born Pennsylvania), George Sherman (age 16, born Pennsylvania),Lovisa Sherman (age 15, born Pennsylvania), Israel Sherman (age 13, born Pennsylvania), Deborah Sherman (age 10, born Pennsylvania) and Jesse Sherman (age 9, born Pennsylvania).

1870 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: George Sherman (age 36, farmer, born Pennsylvania) Catharine Sherman (age 29, born Iowa), Dewight Sherman (age 12, born Iowa) Louisa Sherman (age 10, born Iowa), Mary Sherman (age 9, born Iowa) and Leo Sherman (age 1, born Iowa).

Catherine (Round) Sherman died Feb. 26, 1873. She is buried in Oakland Cemetery - Main, Lot 443, Makee Township, Allamakee County, Iowa

1880 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: George W. Sherman (age 46, widowed, farmer, born Penn.), daughter Lena L. Sherman (age 20, born Iowa), daughter Lela L. Sherman (age 11, born Iowa) and son Dwight Sherman (age 22, born Iowa).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living in Iowa, 27th Iowa: G. W. Sherman Private, Co. A, Post Office Address: Waukon.

1885 Iowa State Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: George W. Sherman (Township 48, Range 6, Section 34, SW NW, age 50, widowed, farmer, born Pennsylvania), Jesse J. Sherman (age 27, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Lena L. Sherman (age 29, born Allamakee County, Iowa) and Lilia L. Sherman (age 16, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

1895 Iowa State Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: George W. Sherman (age 61, born Pennsylvania, Retired farmer, Religious Belief: Baptist, Soldier in the Ward of the Rebellion: Company A, Regiment 27, State Iowa. Arm of Service: Inft.), Lenna E. Sherman (age 35, born Iowa).

1900 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: George W. Sherman (born Feb. 1834, age 66, widowed, born Pennsylvania, Retired farmer), daughter Lida L. Sherman (born Aug. 1859, age 40, born Iowa).

1910 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: George W. Sherman (age 76, widowed, born Pennsylvania, own income), daughter Lida L. Sherman (age 50, born Iowa).

1915 Iowa State Census: Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa: George W. Sherman (age 81, widowed, County, Allamakee, P. O. Waukon. Occupation: Retired. Extent of Education: Grammar 3 years, Common 8 years, High School 3 Years, can read and write, Birthplace: Penn. Value of farm or home: $3000. Military Service: Civil War, Infantry, State: Iowa, Regiment 27, Company A. Church Affiliation: Baptist. Father's birth place: Vermont. Mother's birth place: Vermont. Years in Iowa: 58.

1920 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: George W. Sherman (age 85, born Pennsylvania), Wife Lida L. Sherman (age 60, born Iowa). (Note the designation as wife is an obvious error on the census).

George W. Sherman died Dec. 14, 1920 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Main, Lot 443, Makee Township, Allamakee County, Iowa


Shortreed, William. He was born Sep. 22, 1842 in Winslow, Stephenson County, Illinois. He was the son of William M. Shortreed (1818-1847) and Susan Hammond (1820 - 1880). He married Evangeline Oliphant on Dec. 29, 1866. She was the daughter of Athens Martin Oliphant (about 1802 - after 1860) and Lydia Reed (1814 - after 1860)

1850 Census, Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois: James Craft (age 33, cabinet maker, born Maryland), Susan Craft (age 28, born New York), Isabella Shortreed (age 8, born Ill.), William Shortreed (age 7, born Ill.). Thomas Shortreed (age 6, born Ill), Francis Craft (age 7, born PA), Allen Craft (age 3, born Ill) and Infant Craft (age 2/12, male, born Ill).

1860 Census: Monona, Clayton County, Iowa: Amos Cramer (age 31), Mary A. Cramer (age 21), Ida Cramer (age 1,), Sarah Pennington (age 17), William Shortridge (age 17, born Illinois), Burret Philips (age 57) and Joel Dayton (age 28), Is this him??

1870 Census: Richland, Mahaska County, Iowa: Wm. Shortrede (age 27, farm laborer, born Illinois), Wife Shortrede (age 20, born Ill), Willis Shortrede (age 1, born Iowa) and Infant Shortrede (age 1/12, male, born Iowa).

1880 Census: Jenny, Lincoln County, Wisconsin: William Shortreed (age 37, laborer, born Illinois), Evangeline Shortreed (age 30, born Ohio), son Willie Shortreed (age 11, born Iowa), daughter Juliet Shortreed (age 8, born Neb.), son Fred Shortreed (age 6, born Iowa) and son Orlando Shortreed (age 2, born Iowa).

1890 Veterans Census: Township 95, Union County, South Dakota: William Shortreed, Private, Co. A, 27th Iowa Inf. Enlisted Aug. 11, 1862. Discharged Aug. 8, 1865. Length of Service: 2 Years, 11 months, 27 days. Post Office Address: Beresford.

Evangeline Shortreed, (born July 21, 1848), died November 29, 1891 and is buried in Gothland Cemetery, Beresford, Union County, South Dakota.

William filed for a pension on Dec. 11, 1891 in South Dakota.

1900 Census: Moore, Charles Mix County, South Dakota: William Shortreed (born Sept. 1842, age 57, widowed, born Illinois, farmer), son Orlander Shortreed (born Aug. 1877, age 22, born Iowa) and son Clarence Shortreed (born Nov. 1887, age 12, born Wisconsin).

1910 Census, Moore, Charles Mix County, South Dakota: William Shortreed (age 67, widowed, born Illinois, own income), son Clarence Shortreed (age 22, born Wisconsin). Orland Shortreed (age 32, wife Estella, and children Lyle, Glenn, Emmitt, and Elva lived next door.

William Shortreed died December 26, 1916 at Geddes, South Dakota (Pension Index Record). He is buried in Gothland Cemetery, Beresford, Union County, South Dakota.

Children of William Shortreed and Evangeline Oliphant:

  1. Willis Ray Shortreed, b. November 08, 1868, d. Abt. 1949, Redmond ,OR.
  2. Martin Shortreed, b. April 1870, d. October 13, 1877, Postville , Iowa.
  3. Julia Shortreed, b. February 04, 1871, Wisc, d. November 14, 1945, Fall City, WA.
  4. Fred Shortreed, b. February 09, 1874, Postville, Iowa, d. October 28, 1938, Fall City, WA.
  5. Orlando Shortreed, b. August 05, 1877, Postville, Allamakee co Iowa, d. October 18, 1961, Homedale ,Idaho.
  6. Clarence Wayne Shortreed, b. November 29, 1887, Merrill, Wis, d. December 20, 1953, Armour, SD.

Shriber, Charles W. - He was born Dec. 3, 1847 in Switzerland. He married Elizabeth Woodward on Sept. 22, 1871 in Dubuque, Iowa (Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934). She was the daughter of Robert Woodward and Elizabeth Wilkie (her parents names came from the 1925 Iowa State Census).

C. W. SCHRIEBER, of the firm of Schrieber & Strinsky, proprietors of the Key City Iron Works, Eighth Street, between Iowa and Clay, Dubuque; is a native of Luzerne, Switzerland and was born Dec. 3, 1847; and came to Iowa in 1851. He enlisted in the 27th I.V.I., Co. A, and served three years; was wounded at the battle of Pleasant Hill. After the war, came to Lansing, Allamakee Co., Iowa, and in 1868, came to Dubuque and worked for Rouse & Dean; in 1877, engaged in business with Mr. Strinsky; they are building up a good trade. Mr. S. belongs to the Masonic Order, and is a member of the Chapter and the Commandery; also a member of the I.O.O.F. and the Foresters. In 1872, was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Woodward, a native of Dubuque; they have two children - George and Olma.

1880 Dubuque County Biographies
The History of Dubuque County, Iowa
Published 1880 by Western Historical Company, Chicago
Courtesy of Doreen Weston and Tom Schlarman

Jewish Pioneers in Dubuque County

The Dubuque pioneers founded a Jewish congregation in 1862, and for a time it was a vigorous element among the rest of the Iowa Jewries. The first religious services conducted in Dubuque were held during the Passover of 1862, Mr. A. Levi being the projector of the movement, and that community could pride itself on being the first one in this state to have bought a Sepher Torah. The Levi's and several other prominent pioneers were the leaders of the short lived congregation. It lasted for about seven years and had the good fortune of engaging worthy ministers. Among the three gentlemen who guided the spiritual welfare of the Dubuque congregation was Rabbi H.J. Messing, who subsequently had a golden career in St. Louis, Mo. Since 1869, the Dubuque pioneers held services during many holiday seasons and have managed to give their children as much knowledge of Judaism as their fathers and teachers had instilled in themselves.

In wealth and esteem the Dubuque Jewish pioneers stand second to none of the Iowa Jewries, and from among their children there arose none to discredit their fathers and mothers.

During the flow of immigration a score of families landed in Dubuque and, as it has been the mission of the Russian Jews in all other towns where they have a sufficient number, they have organized a congregation and named it Knesseth Israel (1894). At the lapse of a few years their number increased so that they could count twenty males above thirteen years of age - a sufficient number to establish two Mynionim - and being from different sections of Russia and Poland they deemed it best to have two congregations, two schooltim and two sets of officers. The name of the second K'hilah suggests a lack of police force in the oldest Iowa city, and, more than that, it is the most unique name among the 760 Jewish congregations of the United States and Canada, for it is: "The Jewish Protection Club." An orthodox Rabbi, who recently was called upon by the Dubuque Jewry to get things in shape among the Schochtin, however, claims, that the latter congregation needs that name for its protection against the more numerous Knesseth Israel.

The foundation of everything good which this state was to derive from the brain and muscle of its Jewish pioneers was laid prior to the Civil War; for, almost every name which was destined to become illustrious in the history of the Iowa Jews was to be found in some obscure nook among the small merchants or even among the hard-working peddlers. The Jew in this state has witnessed the upbuilding of every important city and with his thriftiness and ingenious commercial spirit he might justly be called the founder of commerce in Iowa. The large department stores, the great wholesale houses, the vast sums of money invested in manufacturing merchandise, made the cities in Iowa what they are, that is the finest in all the states beyond the Missouri river, and surely the Jew was at the front of Iowa's commercial enterprises from the very day Dubuque was founded and opened for civilization.

The following are Jews living in Dubuque prior to the Civil War:

C.W. Schrieber

In 1851, another pioneer of considerable merit came to Iowa, but he was at first less fortunate than the others mentioned in these pages. He was Mr. C. W. Schrieber, later of the firm of Schrieber and Strinsky of Dubuque, who were the first junk dealers of the Jewish people in Iowa. Mr. Schrieber was a peddler for many years, and it is probable that he was the first Jew to have penetrated the region where a few years after flourished the Jewish community of McGregor. It appears that he was a remarkable man among all the Jewish pioneers, particularly so because of his physical strength.

C.W. Schreiber became a wealthy iron dealer in Dubuque, and as a middle-aged man, left every other care behind him and enlisted in Company C *, Twenty-Seventh Infantry. He saw actual war and came out victorious during many engagements, but was wounded during the battle of Pleasant Hill.

~source: The Jews of Iowa; by Rabbi Simon Glazer, 1904; Dubuque-related info. extracted from pages 158-160, 169-170, 175-179, 183, 199, 205, 217 & 310-312

~ source: History of Dubuque county, Iowa; Western Historical Co., 1880; pg 838

~ source: Northwestern Reporter, Vol 136, 1912, pg 697-698

~ source: Iowa Historical Record; Volume IX, No 3, July 1893; pg 527

~ extracted and transcribed by S. Ferrall for Dubuque co. IAGenWeb

*NOTE: The roster says he was in Company A, 27th Iowa. ejj

1860 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: W. L. F. Brayton (age 26, farmer, born New York), M. P. Brayton (age 23, born Maine) and Charles Schriber (age 14, born Switzerland).

1870 Census, Dubuque Ward 5, Dubuque County, Iowa: Robert Woodward (age 58, janitor, born England), Elizabeth Woodward (age 49, born Scotland), William Woodward (age 24, machinist, born England), Robert Woodward (age 21, stone cutter, born England), Elizabeth Woodward (age 19, teaching, born Iowa), Allen Woodward (age 16, stone cutter, born Iowa), George Woodward (age 11, born Iowa), Anna Woodward (age 9, born Iowa), Charles Woodward (age 7, born Iowa), and Charles Schreiber (age 23, machinist, born Switzerland).

1880 Census: Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa: C. W. Schreiber (age 33, Mach, born Switzerland), wife Elizabeth Schreiber (age 28, born Iowa), son George Schreiber (age 5, born Iowa), daughter Alma Schreiber (age 2, born Iowa) and daughter Baby Schreiber (age 1/12, born Iowa).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living In Iowa, 27th Iowa: Chas. W. Schreiber, Private Co. A. Post Office Address: Dubuque.

1885 Iowa State Census: Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa: Charles M. Schreiber (1768 Jackson Street, age 38, born Switzerland), Elizabeth Schreiber (age 33, born Dubuque, Iowa), George Schreiber (age 10, born Dubuque, Iowa), Olma Schreiber (age 7, born Dubuque, Iowa), Bertha Schreiber (age 5, born Dubuque, Iowa), and Adelia Schreiber (age 4, born Dubuque, Iowa).

1900 Census: Julian, Dubuque County, Iowa. Charles Schrieber (born Dec, 1843, age 56, married 29 years, born Switzerland, immigrated 1849, in US 51 years, machinist), Wife Elizabeth (age 48, married 29 years. 6 children, 4 still living, born Iowa). daughter Alma Schrieber (born Nov. 1877, age 22, born Iowa), daughter Bertha Schrieber (born May 1880, age 20), daughter Attilia (born Sept. 1882, age 17, born Iowa) and son Harry Schrieber (born Nov. 1894, age 5, born Iowa).

1910 Census: Dubuque Ward 3, Dubuque County, Iowa: Charles W. Schreiber (age 63, married 1 time for 38 years, born Switzerland, immigrated 1855, naturalized, machinist, boiler shop), wife Elizabeth Schreiber (age 58, married 1 time for 38 years, 6 children born, 4 still living, born Iowa), daughter Alma E. Schreiber (age 32, born Iowa), daughter Bertha Schreiber (age 29, born Iowa), daughter Adelia Schreiber (age 27, born Iowa) and son Harry E. Schreiber (age 15, born Iowa)

1915 Iowa State Census: Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa: Charles W. Schreiber (age 70, County Dubuque, Town, Dubuque Ward 3, Occupation: Machinist. Total Earnings for 1914 from Occupation: $1000. Extent of Education: Common 6. can read and write. Birth Place: France, Value of farm or home: $3000. Military Service: Civil War, State: Iowa. Regiment: 27. Company A. Father's birthplace: France. Mother's Birthplace: France. Naturalized. Years in US: 62. Years in Iowa: 62.

Charles W. Shriber died Sept. 19, 1916 at Dubuque, Iowa. (Pension Index Record). I could not determine where he is buried, but probably at Dubuque.

His widow Elizabeth Schrieber filed for a pension on Sept. 28, 1916.


Shriber, Leonard M. He was born March 1848 in Germany.

1880 Census Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa. L. M. Schriber (age 36, blacksmith, born Germany), wife Sophia Shriber (age 28, born Germany), daughter Paulena (age 7, born Iowa), daughter Lillie Schriber (age 4, born Iowa) and son Charlie Schriber (age 8/12, born Oct. Born Iowa).

1885 Iowa State Census: Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa: L. M. Schieber (Hill Street, age 42, Machinist, born Germany), Sophia Schrieber (age 31, born Germany), Lena Schrieber (age 12, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Lillie Schrieber (age 9, born Dubuque County, Iowa), Charles Schrieber (age 5, born Dubuque County, Iowa), and Emma Schrieber (age 2, born Dubuque County, Iowa).

1900 Census, Julian, Dubuque County, Iowa. Leonard M. Schreiber born March 1848 (age 52), married 28 years, born Germany, immigrated 1860, in US 40 years, naturalized, black smith), wife Sophia Schreiber (born July 1852 age 47, married 28 years, 5 children born, 3 still living), daughter Pauline S. Schreiber (born Sept. 1874, age 25, born Iowa), son Charles L. Schreiber (born Aug. 1880, age 19, born Iowa), and daughter Emily Schreiber (born Apr. 1884, age 16, born Dubuque, Iowa).

Leonard M. Shriber died June 9, 1901 and is buried in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.

Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans: Leonard M. Shriber, Pvt, Co A., 27th Regt. Iowa Inf. Cemetery: Linwood at Dubuque, Iowa. Date of Death: June 9, 1901. Headstone supplied by Vermont Marble Company, Proctor Vermont. Contract dated Aug. 24, 1902.

An Old Veteran Dead
Leonard M. Schreiber, a well-known resident of our city, passed away at the family residence, 554 Julien avenue, at 3 o'clock yesterday morning. Deceased had been in rather poor health for some time, yet his end is greatly deplored by his numerous friends. Mr. Schreiber served loyally during the civil war in Company A of the Twenty-seventh Iowa infantry, and had a wide acquaintance among the old soldiers. He was about 57 years of age, and had resided in Dubuque a number of years, and formerly lived in Waukon. He was an old employee of the Adams' company where he worked until compelled to resign on account of ill health. The deceased is survived by his wife and three children, Charles, the Misses Lena and Emma, all of this city. The funeral took place this afternoon.

~Dubuque Daily Telegraph, June 10, 1901
Submitted by Sharyl Ferrall

His widow Sophia Schrieber filed for a pension on June 14, 1901.


Shrody, William -(Schrody) He was born Oct 15, 1843 in New Jersey. He was the son of George and Jane Shrody.

1856 Iowa State Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: George Shrody (age 47, born Germany, farmer), Jane Shrody (age 47, born New Jersey), George Shrody (age 16, born New Jersey), Julia Shrody (age 15, born New Jersey), William Shrody (age 12, born New Jersey), Robert Shrody (age 11, born Penn), and Mary A. Shrody Age 2, born Iowa). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 3 years.

1860 Census, Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: George Shrody (age 49, farmer, born Wurtenburg), Jane Shrody (age 51, born NJ), George Shrody (age 20, born NJ), William Shrody (age 16, born NJ), Mary A. Shrody (age 6, born Iowa) and Robert McNull (age 17, farm laborer, born PA).

1870 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: Thomas Downs (age 62, farmer, born Ireland), George Shrody (age 30, farmer, born New Jersey), Jane A. Shrody (age 21, born Wisconsin) and Wm. Shrody (age 26, works on farm, born New Jersey).

1880 Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: William Shroda (age 37, farmer, born New Jersey), wife Francis Shroda (age 35, born Ontario), and daughter Lucy Shroda (age 3, born Iowa).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living In Iowa: 27th Iowa: W. A. Shrody, Corporal, Co. A, Post Office Address: Waukon.

1885 Iowa State Census: Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa: Wm. Shrody (Township 98, Range 6, Section 28, SE SE, age 41, farmer, born New Jersey), Bridget Shrody (age 41, born Canada), Lucy E. Shrody (age 7, born Allamakee County, Iowa), and Katie F. Shrody (age 2, born Allamakee County, Iowa),

1895 Iowa State Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: William Schroda (age 51, born New Jersey, retired farmer, religious belief: Catholic, soldier in the War of the Rebellion: Company A, Regiment 27, State Iowa: Arm of Service: Inft.), Frances B. Schroda (age 50, born Canada), Lucy Schroda (age 17, born Allamakee County, Iowa, school teacher), and Katherine Schroda (age 12, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

1900 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: William A. Schrody (born Oct. 1843, age 56, married 27 years, born New Jersey, Gardner), wife Francis B. Schrody (born Sept. 1844, age 55, married 27 years, 2 children born, 2 still living, born Canada, immigrated 1854, lived in US 46 years.), daughter Lucy E. Schrody (born June 1877, age 22, born Iowa) and daughter Catherine F. Schrody (born Nov. 1882, age 17, born Iowa).

1910 Census: Makee County, Allamakee County, Iowa: William A. Schrody (age 66, married 1 time for 37 years, born New Jersey, own income), wife Francis B. Shrody (age 65, married 1 time for 37 years, 2 children born, 2 still living, born Canada).

William Shrody/Schrody died Dec. 9, 1913 (Pension Index Record) and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Union Prairie Township, Allamakee County, Iowa.

His widow Bridget F. Shrody, filed for a pension on Dec. 31, 1913.

Francis B. Shrody, born Sept. 27, 1844) died March 25, 1933) is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Union Prairie Township, Allamakee County, Iowa.


Slick, William Bromwell - He was born February 13, 1838 in Bedford, Pennsylvania. He was the son of John Andrew Slick and Dorinda Slick (according to online family trees, her maiden name was Slick, daughter of John Slick and Elisabeth Vickroy). William married Josephine Bush Oct. 17, 1869. (most sources say in Colesburg, Ia and one says Sherman, Dunn County, Wisconsin.

Submitted to Find A Grave by
John Christeson

William B. Slick was born in 1838, in Bedford, Bedford Co., Penn. He died July 27, 1895, at Rice Lake aged about 57 years, and was buried there in Orchard Beach Cemetery. His military style gravestone is inscribed "Wm. B. Slick Co. A. 27 Ia. Inf."

A Civil War veteran of Co. A, 27th Iowa Infantry. William enlisted Aug. 11, 1862, at Waukon, Allamakee Co., Iowa, to serve three years as a Private and on Oct. 3, 1862, was mustered into Federal service with Co. A at Dubuque, Iowa. At that time he received $25.00 of his $100.00 enlistment bounty, and was listed as a 24 years old, 5'3" tall farmer, with black hair, blue eyes and a dark complexion, born in Bedford, Penn. On the Detachment muster roll dated April 30, 1863, William was listed as a convalescent left sick at Jackson, Tennessee, when regiment was ordered to Corinth, Mississippi. On the company muster roll of May/June 1864, he was listed as absent sick at Memphis, Tennessee, since June 24, 1864. On the company muster roll of July/August, 1864, he was listed as owing the government $13.46 for transportation while on furlough. The same notation was noted on the company muster roll of Sept/Oct., 1864. While on furlough, William became too sick to return, his furlough expired, and he voluntarily turned himself in to the Provost Marshall at Dubuque, Iowa. They arranged his transportation to his unit then at Post Camp, at McCellen, (Arkansas?) On the muster roll of Nov./Dec., 1864, he was listed as present. On Aug. 8, 1865, William was mustered out of Federal service with Co. A at Clinton, Iowa. On the muster out roll it was noted that he was due $12.31 of his clothing allowance, $75.00 of his enlistment bounty, and his pay was stopped $6.00 for a gun and accouterments retained. During his service, William was engaged in the capture of Little Rock, Arkansas, September 10, 1863; Battle of Fort Derassey, Louisiana, March 14, 1864; Battle of Brent Hills, Nashville, Tennessee, December 15-16, 1864; and the siege and capture of Blakely, Alabama, April 9, 1865.

William was married twice, but nothing is known about his first wife and their possible children, other then that she died prior to his second marriage. On Oct. 17, 1869, he married Josephine Slick in Sherman Twp., Dunn Co., Wis. Their known children, and there may have been others born earlier, were: Clara Eliza, b. 14 Mar 1882; Charles Frederick, b. 25 Apr 1885; Gertrude Elsie, b. 29 Sep 1889; & Mabel M. Slick, b. 12 May 1892.

After his discharge, William moved to Menomonie, Wis., where he resided for fourteen years. In 1877, he moved to Clinton, Clinton Co., Iowa, where he resided for two years. In 1879, he moved to Colesburg, Delaware Co., Iowa, where he resided for two years. In 1881, he moved to the vicinity of Manchester, Iowa. On an unknown date he moved to Wis., first to Sherman Township, Dunn Co., and later to the vicinity of Rice Lake, Barron Co., where he lived out the rest of his days.

1850 Census: St. Clair, Bedford County, Pennsylvania: John A. Slick (age 44, shoemaker, born PA), Ann Slick (age 35, born PA), William B. Slick (age 11, born PA), Maranda Slick (age 2, born PA) and Margaret M. Slick (age 1, born PA).

1856 Iowa State Census: Mallory, Clayton County, Iowa: John A. Slick (age 50, farmer, born PA.), Anne Slick (age 41, born NY), Wm. Slick (age 18, born PA), Marinda Slick (age 8, born PA), Margaret A. Slick (age 7, born PA), John S. Slick (age 3, born PA). The family had been in the state of Iowa for 2 years.

1870 Census: Sherman, Dunn County, Wisconsin: William Slick (age 28, farmer, born Pennsylvania), Josaphine Slick (age 16, born Michigan). They were married in the previous year in Oct. There was a Andrew Bush (age 29) and Eliza Bush (age 34, with children Fred (age 11) and Jennie (age 9) on the same census page.

1880 Census: Colesburg, Delaware County, Iowa: William Slick (age 40, Plasterer, born Pennsylvania), wife Josephine Slick (age 24, born Michigan), daughter Laurie V. Slick (age 9, born Wisconsin), daughter Jennie E. Slick (age 8, born Wisconsin), daughter Adaie B. Slick (age 5, born Wisconsin), and daughter Florence Slick (age 1, born Iowa).

1885 Iowa State Census: Honey Creek, Delaware County, Iowa: William B. Slick (Township 90, Range 5, section 28, SW SW, age 44, mason, born Pennsylvania), Josephine Slick (age 30, born Pennsylvania), Laura Slick (age 14, born Wisconsin), Jennie Slick (age 13, born Wisconsin), Ettie Slick (age 9, born Wisconsin), Vane Slick (age 6, born Clayton County, Iowa), and Clara Slick (age 3, born Delaware County, Iowa).

1890 Veteran's Census, Rice Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin. William B. Slick, Private, Co. A. 27 Iowa Vol. Inf. Enlisted Aug. 11, 1862, Discharged Aug. 8, 1865. Length of Service: 2 years, 11 months, 28 days. Post Office Address: Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Disability Incurred: chronic diarrhea.

William B. Slick died July 22, 1895 and is buried in Orchard Beach Cemetery, Rice Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin.

Obituary

W. B. Slick, for several years a resident of the south side, died of hemorrhage of the brain, after a brief illness, last evening. He leaves a wife and a large family of grown up children. The deceased was an ex union soldier, having served three years as a private in Co. A, 27th Iowa volunteer infantry, and was a member of M. W. Heller Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and his interment, which occurs at Orchard Beach cemetery tomorrow, will be conducted under the auspices of that organization.

[Friday, July 26, 1895, The Chronotype, Rice Lake, Wisconsin.]

His widow Josephine Slick filed for a pension in Wisconsin on Aug. 8, 1895.

On Aug. 30, 1896, Josephine Slick married Thomas W. Morgan, at Hudson, Wis. They later lived at 415 15th Avenue S.E. in Minneapolis, Minn.

A pension was filed for a minor on January 21, 1913 in Minnesota. Josephine Morgan was guardian


Stephens, Ezra Milks. He was born Jan. 18, 1831 in Erie County, New York. (Almost all family trees say he was born Endfield, Tompkins County, New York). He was the son of Reuben Doty Stephens (Aug. 8, 1798-Apr. 22, 1858) and Sally Ann Milks (June 21, 1803 - June 4, 1892). He married Margery Decker on Dec. 19, 1854 at Julian, Wisconsin. (family trees say they married at Juda, Wisconsin -- Research showed that there is a JUDA, but I did not find Julian, Wisconsin. Another source (Find a Grave) says they married in Sylvester, Green County, Wisconsin). Margery was the daughter of George Decker (June 1805 - Mar. 10, 1860) and Laura Churchill (Dec. 20. 1808 - Nov. 10. 1870). Note: Margery's sisters Juliana and Abigail were married to Henry Hill, who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

Ezra Milks Stephens

The photo was submitted by Scott Mahoney.

Ezra was a soldier in the Civil War Serving in Co. A, 27th Iowa Reg't, Infantry from 13 August 1862 until 30 June 1865. He was 5ft. 4in.tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair when he enlisted. Ezra and Margery lived in Wisconsin and Allamakee Co., Iowa, then moved to Butler Co., Nebraska in 1873. they had 425 Acres there in 1885.

Ezra Milks Stephens
Image LN-1930 came from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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1850 Census: Sylvester, Green County, Wisconsin: Reuben D. Stephens (age 52, farmer, born New York), Sally Stephens (age 47, born New York), Ezra Stephens (age 18, born New York), James Stephens (age 16, born Pennsylvania), Betsy A. Stephens (age 13, born Pennsylvania), Arabert L. Stephens (age 6, born Wisconsin).

1860 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: Ezra Stephens (age 29, farmer, born New York), M. Stephens (age 25, female, born New York), P. D. Stephens (age 4, male, born Wisconsin, Louisa Stephens (age 2, born Iowa) and George Martin (age 12, born PA).

Company Muster Rolls - May June 1863
Present

Remarks: Promoted from Pvt. by order of James I. Gilbert
Col. Comdg. Reg't
May 29, 1863

Submitted by Carolyn LaPorte


I also have his Service records which include monthly muster rolls and hospital records.

These records show he spent a lot of time in hospitals and was actually thought to be a deserter until that was cleared up.

Hospital Muster Roll - July and Aug. 1863 -
Adams U.S.A. General Hospital, Memphis Tenn.
Attached to hospital: Aug. 20, 1863 - patient

Hospital Muster Roll - Sept. and Oct. 1863
Adams U.S.A. General Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
Absent - on furlough since Oct. 24/63

Company Muster Roll - Nov. and Dec. 1863
Remarks: Left sick in Memphis, Tenn. Aug. 24, 63

Descriptive List of Deserters - Ezra M. Stephens, Corporal
June 30, 1864
Deserted: Dec. 24, 1863 - Adams Hospital, Memphis Tenn.

Company Muster Roll

July and Aug. 1864
Remarks: reported a deserter from Adams Hospital Memphis Tenn. Dec. 24, 1863

Company Muster Rolls - May and June 1865 - Ezra M. Stephens
Absent
Remarks: He having been erroneously reported and dropped as a deserter from the rolls dated June 3, 1864 is restored to the rolls without trial or punishment by S.O. No. 6 Ex. II Headquarters 2 Div. 16 A.C. Brig Gen. K. Garrard commanding

May 13, 1865 absent sick in Swift U.S.A. Hospital Prairie du Chien


Haslip, Amos M. Capt - May 12, 1865

Respectfully requests that by order Ezra M. Stephens a private in his company be taken up on the rolls, he having been dropped from the rolls as a deserter. On account of sickness he was admitted to Adams USA General Hospital Memphis Tenn. Aug. 20, 1863. He received a furlough from that hospital and was dropped from the rolls June 30, 1864. Received notice that he was admitted to USA General Hospital Prairie du Chien. This from the surgeon in charge. Since he was dropped from the rolls have received surgeons certificates for each and every month from the application of his furlough to his admittance to hospital at Prairie du Chien. Surgeons certificates are not enclosed because at New Orleans with other papers. Lieut. J. W. Granger certificate enclosed relative to said E. M. Stephens.

Submitted by Carolyn LaPorte

1870 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: Ezra Stevens (age 39, farmer, born New York), Margery Stevens (age 35, born New York), Reuben Stevens (age 14, born Iowa), Laura Stevens (age 12, born Iowa), Parker Stevens (age 8, born Iowa), Clarrisa Stevens (age 1, born Iowa), Perry Allen (age 23, farmer Laborer, born PA) and Susan Rainwood (age 20, teaching school, born Ill.). Living next door was Edward Decker (age 26, born New York), George Decker (age 20, born Wisconsin) and Laura Decker (age 61, born New York).

1880 Census: Olive, Butler County, Nebraska: Ezra Stephens (age 49, farmer, born NY), wife Margery Stephens (age 45, born NY), son Parker Stephens (age 17, farmer, born Iowa), daughter Carrie Stephens (age 11, born Iowa), Nephew George Davis (age 8, born Iowa).

1885 Nebraska State Census: Butler County, Nebraska: Ezra M. Stevens (age 55, farmer, born New York), wife Margery Stevens (age 51, born New York), daughter Clara Stevens (age 16, born Iowa) and servant George Davis (age 14, born Iowa). Living next door was Parker Stephens (age 22, and wife Amanda Stephens (age 26).

1890 Veterans Census: Olive, Butler County, Nebraska: Ezra Stephens, Post Office Address: David City, Butler County, Nebraska. Unfortunately all other information was left off.

GENERAL AFFIDAVIT State of Nebraska, County of Butler In the matter of Pension Claim N. 538945 of Ezra Stephens Co. A, 27th Reg. Iowa Vols.

On this 31 day of July A.D. 1899, personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths, Laura Blackman aged 42 years, whose Post Office is Bellwood, Neb in the County of Butler and State of Nebraska, well known to me to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

I have known the applicant Ezra M. Stephens for twenty five years or more last past. Have lived for 8 years 15 miles away from him but have seen him frequently during said time, and for the 17 years prior thereto only one mile away and during the 17 years saw him almost daily - during the 8 years saw him at least once a month. I know that applicant has had during the whole 25 years a disease in his head known as Catarrh and is and has been during all said time very severely affected by it. At times being almost crazed by pain in his head from it, and has had during all of said time, discharges from both nose and mouth considerable quantities of diseased matter caused by said catarrh - also during all of said time applicant has had no sense of smell.

Affiant further declares that she has no interest in said case and is not concerned in its prosecution.

Signed in presence of
W.W. Stowel
Signature of Affiant - Laura Blackmun

Submitted by Carolyn LaPorte

NOTE: Laura Blackman was the daughter of Ezra M. Stephens.

1900 Census: David City, Butler County, Nebraska: Ezra M. Stephens (born Na. 1831, age 69 married 46 years, born New York, Pension), wife Margery Stephens (born May 1835, age 65, married 46 years, 4 children born, 4 still living, born NY).

DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR BUREAU OF PENSIONS
West Division
Cert. # 538945
Ezra M. Stephens
A - 27th IA Vol Inf.

Madame

To further aid this Bureau in determining the merits of the above entitled claim for pension, be kind enough to answer in your own handwriting the following questions, giving more complete details than your affidavit affords.

Very respectfully,

H.......Evans (I could not read name very well)

Mrs. Laura Blackman
Bellwood, Nebraska

When did you first see the soldier after he returned from the army, and how do you fix the date?

Answer: I saw him the day he got home it was the 4 of July I was at his home.

Of what disability did he then complain, and how was he affected?

Answer: he complained of catarrh coughed a great deal wasn't able to sit up near all the time.

Did he continue to suffer from said disability? If so, please state how frequently you saw him, what symptoms you observed, and the extent to which he was disabled for the performance of manual labor during each year.

Answer: He did continue to suffer and does yet saw him sometimes once a week once a day or once a month he hasn't ever been able to do a hole days work since he came home.

Very Respectfully
Mrs. Laura Blackman Jan. 7, 1901

Submitted by Carolyn LaPorte

1910 Census: David City Ward 3, Butler County, Nebraska: Ezra M. Stephens (age 79, married 1 time for 55 years, born New York), wife Margery Stephens (age 74, married 1 time for 55 years, 4 children born, 4 still living, born New York).

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BUREAU OF PENSIONS

Ezra M. Stephens soldiers certificate # 538945

1. Date and Place of Birth?
Answer: Enfield, NY Jan. 8, 1831

2. What was your post office at enlistment?
Answer: Rossville IA

3. State your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer: Margery Stephens - Margery Decker

4. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer: Dec. 19, 1854 at Green County Wis. by Justice of Peace, A.J. Houghton

5. Is there any official or church record of your marriage?
Answer: Yes

If so, where?
Answer: Green County, Wis

6. Were you previously married?
Answer: No

7. If your present wife was married before her marriage to you, state the name of her former husband etc. etc. (let me know if you want me to write out the whole question)
Answer: Married only once

8. Are you now living with your wife, or has there been a separation?
Answer: Yes, there has been no separation.

9. State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead.
Answer:
Reuben D. Stephens - Oct. 19, 1855
Laura F. - Sept. 13, 1857
E. Parker - Aug. 18, 1862
Clara B. - Aug. 7, 1868

Date: March 13, 1915 Signature: Ezra M. Stephens

Submitted by Carolyn LaPorte

Margery (Decker) Stephens, (born May 30, 1835), died May 11, 1916. She is buried in David City Cemetery, David City, Butler County, Nebraska.  Her name is misspelled "Margeory" on her gravestone.

People's Banner (David City, Nebraska), May 18, 1916, p. 6, col. 3

MRS. E.M. STEPHENS CALLED HOME

Again the grim reaper has hovered over our city and called home one of the oldest settlers, Mrs. E.M. Stephens, on Thursday, May 11, 1916.

Mrs. Stephens was born in New York State May 30, 1835. She was married to Ezra M. Stephens December 19, 1854. To this union were born four children, two daughters and two sons, all of whom with her husband survive her. They are R.D. Stephens, of Canada, Mrs. Chas. Blackman of White Water, Montana, E.P. Stephens of St. Edwards, Nebraska, and Mrs. George McKnight of this city, at whose home she passed away. Besides these she is survived by two sisters and one brother.

Mr. and Mrs. Stephens came from Iowa where they had formerly lived to Nebraska in 1874, and settled on a farm two miles south of David City, where they farmed for a number of years, until the children had all grown up and married, when they retired and moved to David City. For several years past on account of them both being somewhat feeble, they had made their home with their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. George McKnight, who looked after their every want. Early in life the deceased joined the Baptist church and lived a consistent Christian life until the end. For a number of years past, she had not been able to attend church but her faith was as strong as ever and she was always present in thought if not in person. She was a loving wife and mother, and never thought of self when calling on to make a sacrifice for her family, which were many. She was uncomplaining to the end, and while she realized that the end must be near, she looked upon the bright side and was cheerful.

The funeral services were held from the Baptist church May 13, at 10:00 o'clock, Rev. J.J. Bell, pastor, conducting them. The pall bearers were A.M. Walling, I.J. West. J.G. Ross, H.T. Hawes, A.B. Royce and S. Clingman. The choir was A.L. Hughes, Hugo Hahn, H.L. Boston and G.T. Walling. The body was laid away in the David City cemetery.

CARD OF THANKS

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all those who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved wife and mother. Such kindness shall never be forgotten. E.M. Stephens and Children.


Butler County Press (David City, Nebraska), May 18, 1916, p. 1, col. 5

AN AGED WOMAN PASSED AWAY

Mrs. Ezra M Stevens Died May 11 at Age of 80 Years

The body of Mrs. Ezra M. Stephens, who departed this life early Thursday morning, May 11, from old age, was laid to rest Saturday morning in the Stephens family lot in the David City cemetery. Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock in the Baptist church, Rev. J.J. Bell, pastor of that church, having direction of the services. A male quartet, L.H. Boston, Hugho Hahn, A.L. Hughes and Guy Walling, sang three selections. The pallbearers were S. Clingman, H.T. Hawes, J.G. Ross, A.B. Roys, A.M. Walling and I.J. West.

Mrs. Stephens' four children were all present at the funeral. They are Mrs. George S. McKnight of David City, Mrs. Charles Blackman of Whitewater, Mont., Reuben Stephens of Ben Stephen, Alberta, Canada, and E.P. Stephens of St. Edwards. Charles Blackman and Mrs. E.P. Stephens also came to attend the funeral, as did Harry Stephens, of Elgin, a nephew of Mrs. Stephens.

Besides the four children Mrs. Stephens is also survived by her husband, who is past 85 years of age, two brothers and two sisters, 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Stephens, whose maiden name was Marjory Decker, was born in Erie county, New York. She lacked but 19 days of being 81 years of age. When a small child she removed with her parents from New York state to Green County, Wisconsin, and it was there that she grew to womanhood and met and married Ezra M. Stephens. December 30, 1915, was the 61st wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Stephens.

In the fifth year after Mr. and Mrs. Stephens' marriage they moved to Allamakee county, Iowa, on a farm near Rossville. Living there ten years, they came to Nebraska and located on a farm three miles southwest of David City. This was their home for 27 years until 1898, when they moved to David City. Four years ago, on account of failing health, Mr. and Mrs. Stephens went to live with the McKnight family. It was in the McKnight home that Mrs. Stephens' death occurred.

Mrs. Stephens was a woman who was greatly liked and admired by all who knew her. She lived a long and useful life. Left alone for three years with her family of small children while Mr. Stephens was away fighting for his country, Mrs. Stephens showed the pluck and ambition that thousands of other women did at that time. With the help of a 14-year-old orphan boy, Philander Martin, who was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Stephens, she was able to provide a maintenance for herself and family. Two orphan boys were taken to the hearts and home of Mr. and Mrs. Stephens and were raised by them. The other one was George Davis. As much care and devotion was lavished on these two boys as on their own children.

Ezra M. Stephens died June 16, 1917 and is buried in David City Cemetery, David City, Butler County, Nebraska

People's Banner (David City, Nebraska), June 21, 1917, p. 6, col. 5

EZRA M. STEPHENS

Ezra M. Stephens was born January 8, 1831, in Erie County, New York. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George McKnight, in David City, Nebraska, June 16, 1917, at the age of 86 years.

When a small boy he removed with his parents to Pennsylvania, and from there later to Wisconsin and to Iowa.

He was married to Margery Decker, December 19, 1854, at Julian, Wisconsin. To this union were born four children, all of whom survive their father. With his wife and children he moved to Butler County in 1873, and settled on a farm two miles south of David City, where he farmed for many years. He moved to David City a number of years ago, and for several years past has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. George McKnight. His wife passed away May 11, 1916. Since her death Mr. Stephens has been in very poor health probably the result of old age.

He was a soldier of the civil war, belonging to the 27th Iowa Regiment, Co. A, and served three years. He was a life-long member of the Baptist church and always tried to do his duty as a Christian man. Mr. Stephens was a great home man and it was a rare thing for him to be away from his home unless called by business.

His children are scattered over a wide territory, R.D. Stephens, living in Chaplin, Canada, Mrs. Chas. Blackman in White Water, Montana, E.P. Stephens in St. Edwards, Nebraska, and Mrs. George McKnight in David City. E.P. Stephens and family are the only ones of the children who were able to reach here for the funeral which was held from the Baptist church on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J.J. Bell, the pastor, conducting the services.

The body was laid to rest beside that of his wife in the David City cemetery.

The pall bearers were Elmer Haight, A.M. Walling, I.J. West, J.G. Ross, A.B. Roys and S. Clingman.

Ezra Stephens was one of the pioneers of Nebraska and of Butler County. He was here during the grasshopper days and suffered with the rest, but was made of that material that sticks and when the hard times passed over he was one of those who were here to do his mite in building the country up to its present standard. He had a large circle of acquaintances, especially among the early settlers, who will be sorry to know of his passing away. He had lived his life and his work was done and his maker had called him to come home.

CARD OF THANKS: We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all who were so kind to us in giving aid and sympathy during the illness and burial of our father.
THE STEPHENS CHILDREN.


Butler County Press (David City, Nebraska), June 21, 1917, p. 1, col. 5

PASSING OF EZRA STEPHENS

Aged Civil War Veteran Laid to Rest Tuesday, June 19

Ezra M. Stephens, aged civil war veteran and long-time resident of Butler county passed to the great beyond Saturday, June 16, at 11 p.m. Death was from la grippe, and his illness was of only a few days duration. Owing to his advanced age he was unable to withstand the disease. He died in the home of his daughter, Mrs. George S. McKnight.

The body of the aged veteran was laid to rest in the David City cemetery Tuesday afternoon by the side of his wife, who departed this life May 11, 1916, and who lived to be nearly 81 years of age. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock in the Baptist church and were conducted by Rev. J.J. Bell, pastor of that church. There were three songs, "Rock of Ages," "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" and "Nearer My God to Thee," given by a male quartet, H.L. Boston, Hugo Hahn, W.S. Rosenstock and Guy Walling. The pall bearers were S. Clingman, L.J. Eberly, E.E. Haight, A.B. Roys, J.J. West and A.M. Walling.

Mr. Stephens served in the civil war nearly three years. He enlisted in August, 1862, and was honorably discharged on account of illness in July, 1865. He was a member of Company A, 27th Iowa Infantry, which was in the Southern states during most of the war.

On January 8, 1917, he was 86 years of age.

Mr. Stephens was born in New York state, in Tompkins county. He left New York with his parents when three years of age going to Pennsylvania and eight years later to Green county, Wisconsin.

It was in Green county that his marriage to Miss Marjory Decker took place, on December 19, 1854. In the fifth year of their marriage they moved to Allamakee county, Iowa, on a farm near Rossville, living there ten years. They then came to Nebraska (this was in the year of 1869) and located on a farm three miles from David City. In 1897 they bought a home in David City and moved here. On account of failing age they went to the McKnight home to live five years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Stephens enjoyed nearly 62 years of a happy and companionable married life.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Stephens and they are all living. They are Mrs. Clara McKnight, Mrs. Laura Blackman of Whitewater, Mont., Reuben D. Stephens, living in Saskatchewan, Canada, and E.P. Stephens of St. Edwards.

Mr. and Mrs. Stephens also raised two boys, Philander Martin and George Davis. Mr. Stephens leaves 15 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.


Nebraska Obituaries

Ezra M. Stephens was born January 8, 1831 in Erie County, New York. He died at the home of his daughter Mrs. George McNight, in David City, Nebraska, June 16, 1917, at the age of 86 years. He was married to Margery Decker, Dec. 19, 1854 at Julian, Wisconsin. To this union were born four children, all of whom survive their father. His wife passed away May 11, 1916. He was a soldier of the civil war, belonging to the 27th Iowa Regiment, Co. A., and served three years.

The funeral was held from the Baptist Church on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. J. Bell, the pastor, conducting the services. His body was laid beside that of his wife in the David City cemetery. The pall bearers were Elmer Haight, A.M. Walling, I. J. West, J.G. Ross, A.B. Roys, and S. Clingman.

Submitted by Carolyn La Porte

Children of Ezra M. Stephens and Margery Decker:

  1. Reuben Doty Stephens, born October 19,1855 Wisconsin
  2. Laura F. Stephens, born 1857 Juda, Wisconsin
  3. Ezra Parker Stephens, born August 18,1862-Rossville, Iowa
  4. Clara Bell (Clarissa) Stephens, born August 7, 1868-Allamakee Co., Iowa.

Stewart, William Albert - He was born Aug. 2, 1841 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was the son of William Stewart (Jan. 14, 1812 - Oct. 20. 1896) and Sarah S. Swarthout (Aug. 31, 1817 - Oct. 3, 1885). He married Sinia Elizabeth Brown on Dec. 18, 1879.

1850 Census: Emmett, Calhoun County, Michigan: William Stewart (age 39, Blacksmith, born NY), Sarah Stewart (age 33, born New York), Laura C. Stewart (age 13, born Michigan), George E. Stewart (age 11, born Michigan), William A. Stewart (age 9, born Michigan), Charles F. Stewart (age 5, born Michigan), Louisa A. Stewart (age 2, born Michigan).

1860 Census: Monona, Clayton County, Iowa; Wm. Stewart (age 47, blacksmith, born NY), Sarah Stewart (age 42, born NY), Laura Stewart (age 23, born Michigan), Eugene Stewart (age 21, born Michigan), Albert Stewart (age 19, blacksmith, born Michigan), Charles Stewart (age 15, blacksmith, born Michigan), Louisa Stewart (age 12, born Michigan), Sarah Stewart (age 10, born Michigan), Nelson Stewart (age 7, born Michigan) and Carrie Stewart (age 5, born Michigan).

1870 Census: Des Moines, Jackson County, Minnesota; There were about 5 families together, but clearly this is the same family listed above:

Family 92: William Stewart (age 58, blacksmith, born New York), Sarah Stewart (age 52, born NY), Sarah Stewart (age 19, school Teacher, born Michigan), Nelson Stewart (age 17, born Michigan), Clara Stewart (age 14, born Michigan) and Gilbert Stewart (age 8, born Iowa).

Family 93: Charles Stewart (age 25, farmer, born Michigan), Mary Stewart (age 24) and Ida Stewart (age 1),

Family 94: Lee Whitney (age 25), Louisa Whitney (age 22, born Michigan),

Family 95: Eugene Stewart (age 30, Broom Maker, born Michigan)

Family 96: Albert Stewart (age 28, farmer, born Michigan).

1880 Census; Burr Oak, Jewell County, Kansas: Wm. Stewart (age 67, farmer, born NY), Sarah Stewart (age 62, born NY), son Eugene Stewart (age 40, blind, born Michigan), son H. W. Stewart (age 26, Agri & Imp. dealer ), son Gilbert Stewart (age 17, born Iowa), son Albert Stewart (age 38, Agri & Imp. Dealer, born Michigan), daughter-in-law Lizzie Stewart (age 18, born Colorado), and nephew George Swarthout (age 21, born Michigan)

1890 Veterans Census: Liberty, Clay County, Missouri; William A. Stewart, Private, Co. A. 27th Iowa Inf. (no dates), Post Office: Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, Disability Incurred: Rupture.

Served as a Captain in the Army during the Civil War. Listed as a Blacksmith in the 1910 Census, called a Cooper, which is a Barrel maker.

1900 Idaho, Nez Perce Co., Lapawai Twp Census, ED 89, page 145 Stewart, William A, (born Aug 1841, age 58, married 20 years, born MN, Occupation: Teamster), wife Zina E. Stewart (born Dec 1861, Colorado, age 38, married 20 yeas, 7 children born, 6 children living), son William R. Stewart (born Sept 1880, age 19, born Kansas), daughter Lillian E. Stewart (born Oct 1885, born Missouri, age 14), daughter Carrie A. Stewart (born June 1888, Missouri, age 11), son James R. Stewart (born May 1891, Missouri, age 9). daughter Maud A. Stewart (born Mar 1894, Idaho, age 6), daughter Florence M. Stewart (born Dec 1897, Idaho, age 2)

BLM Land Records, list a William A. Stewart, Nez Pierce, ID on 5/26/1908, purchasing 40 Acres.

Us Reservations, Doc #5523, Serial # IDIDAA 019252
Block 15/ 35 N Range 3-W Boise (Meridian, ID, Nez Pierce)
Lot 25 of SWSW
Lot 26 of SWSW

1910 Idaho, Nez Pierce County, Census, Cul de Sac Precinct, Enumeration date 18 Apr 1910, Enumeration District 216, Sheet 3A, 5060 William A. Stewart (Head of Family, M(ale), age 69, widowed, number of yrs present marriage; 26. 8 total children, 6 living. Born in Mich. Place of birth of Father and Mother, New York. Profession; Blacksmith, Listed as still employed, no days out of work. Owned a home. Survivor of Union or Confederate Army or Navy; Yes.), son William Stewart (age 25, single, place of birth; Kansas), daughter Florence M. Stewart (age 11, place of birth; Idaho), daughter Metha R. Stewart (age 9, place of birth; Idaho).

1920 Census: Boise, Ada County, Idaho. Idaho Soldiers Home Military Barracks: William A. Stewart, age 79, single, born Michigan.

William A. Stewart died Mar. 12, 1929 in Culdesac, Idaho. (per pension records) He is buried in Culdesac Cemetery, Culdesac, Nez Perce County, Idaho.

Idaho State Death records: ID: 70681
Name of Deceased: Stewart, William Albert
Year: 1929
Certificate Number: 067052
County of Death: Nez Perce
City: Culdesac
Date of Death: 03/12/1929
Date of Birth: 08/20/1841

Children of William A. Stewart and Sinia Elizabeth Brown

  1. Willie Stewart b: Sept. 1880 in Kansas
  2. Lillian E. Stewart b: Oct. 1885 in Missouri
  3. Carrie A. Stewart b: Jun 1889 in Missouri
  4. James Riley Stewart b: 16 May 1891 in Missouri
  5. Maud A. Stewart b: Mar 1894 in Idaho
  6. Florence Mira Stewart b: 14 Dec 1897 in Idaho
  7. Maytha I. Stewart b. Jan. 4, 1901, died Oct. 24, 1982 in Idaho.

Stiles, Alonzo Leroy He was born Aug. 15, 1842 in Whitesville, Allegany County, New York . He was the son of Timothy Stiles (June 6, 1811 - Feb. 27, 1879) and Hannah Shaw (Dec. 9, 1812 - Apr. 25, 1875). He married Sarah E. Skelton on June 2, 1870 in Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa. She was the daughter of James Skelton and Elisa Taylor.

1850 Census: Independence, Allegany County, New York: Timothy Stiles (age 38, cabinet maker, born RI), Hannah Stiles (age 37, born RI), Warren Stiles (age 11, born RI), Nancy A. Stiles (age 8, born RI), Lonzo L. Stiles (age 7, born RI), Noel W. Stiles (age 6, born RI), Maria Stiles (age 4, born RI), Frances W. Stiles (age 3, born RI) and Elbert D. Stiles (age 1, born RI). (NOTE: the census taker simply put " for all the places of birth. The one above all that said RI. But the one above that was NY - I suspect the place of birth on this census record is an error.)

1860 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Timothy Stiles (age 48, farmer, born PA), Hannah Stiles (age 47, born NY), Warner Stiles (age 22, born NY), Nancy Stiles (age 19, born NY0, Alonzo Stiles (age 18, farmer, born NY), Maria Stiles (age 14, born NY), Frances Stiles (age 13, born NY), Elbert Stiles (age 12, born NY), Bennett Stiles (age 9, born NY), and Arthur Stiles (age 6, born NY).

1870 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: E. D. Stiles (age 21, male, Carpenter, born NY), T. Stiles (age 59, Justice of Peace, born Penn.), Hannah Stiles (age 58, born NY, A. L. Stiles (age 26, male, painter, born NY), S. E. Stiles (age 20, female, born NY), and Arthur Stiles (age 17, born NY).

Alonzo Stiles filed for a pension on July 11, 1879.

1880 Census: Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa: Alonzo Stiles (age 39, clerk in store, born New York), wife Sarah E. Stiles (born Canada), daughter Cora Stiles (age 8, born Iowa) and daughter Edna Stiles (age 3, born Iowa).

1885 Iowa State Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Alonzo Stiles (Block 4, Lot 5, age 41, painter, born New York, Sarah E. Stiles (age 36, born Canada), Core E. Stiles (age 13, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Edna E. Stiles (age 8, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Roy W. Stiles (age 3, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

Cora Stiles (born July 13, 1871), died Aug. 11, 1886. She is buried in Postville Cemetery, Allamakee County, Iowa

Edna E. Stiles (born March 21, 1876), died Feb. 13, 1897. She is buried in Postville Cemetery, Allamakee County, Iowa.

1900 Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Alonzo L. Stiles (born Aug, 1842, age 57, married 30 years, born New York, housepainter), wife Sarah E. Stiles (born July 1847, age 52, married 30 years, 4 children born, 2 still living, born Canada), son Roy W. Stiles (born Nov, 1882, age 17, born Iowa), son Neil E. Stiles (born Mar. 1887, age 13, born Iowa).

1910 Census, Auburn Ward 10, Cayuga, New York: Alonzo L. Stiles (age 67, married 39 years, born New York, painter and decorator- house) wife Sarah E Stiles (age 62, married 1 time for 39 years, 4 children born, 2 still living, born Canada), son Roy W. Stiles (age 29, born Iowa, salesman, road) and Neil E. Stiles (age 24, born Iowa, conductor, electric car).

Sarah Stiles died Aug. 17, 1912 in Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, USA. She is buried in Postville Cemetery, Allamakee County, Iowa.

Alonzo L. Stiles died Sept. 20, 1918 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York. He is buried in Postville Cemetery, Allamakee County, Iowa.

Friday, Sept. 27, 1918
ALONZO L. STILES

Alonzo L. Stiles born in Whitesville, Alleghany County, New York, August 15, 1842, died at Rochester, N.Y. September 20, 1918, at the age of 76 years, one month and five days.

He was married to Sarah S. Skelton of Postville, Iowa, June 2, 1870. To this union four children, Cora E., Edna E, Roy W., and Neil E., of which Roy W. and Neil E. still survive him. His wife preceded him in death by six years. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Maria McEwen, of Postville, Iowa and Mrs. Charles Skelton of Lost Angeles, Cal., also four brothers, Warren Stiles of Postville, Iowa, Noel Stiles of Boston, Mass., Elbert Stiles of Waterloo, Iowa, and Arthur Stiles of Los Angeles, Cal.

When in early boyhood be moved with his parents to Postville, Iowa, where he grew to manhood, and when the Civil War broke out he enlisted in Co A, 27th Iowa infantry, being honorably discharged from the service of the U.S., August 3, 1865. After a number of years residence in Postville, Iowa, he moved to Willow Springs, Mo., where he lived nine years, later moving back to Postville, and again moving to Auburn, N.Y., where he lived until the death of his wife, when in September 1912, he was taken blind and since that time he has lived with his son Roy at Rochester, N.Y.

Fifty two years ago he became a member of Brotherly Love Lodge No. 204, A. F. and A M. of Postville, Iowa. He was also a member of Corn Hill M.E. Church of Rochester, N.Y. and a member of Sewards Crockers Post G.A.R. of Auburn, N.Y.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the home of Mrs. James McEwen, Rev. Williams officiating and the interment was in Postville cemetery.

Children of Alonzo Leroy Stiles and Sarah E. Skelton

  1. Cora E. Stiles, Born July 31, 1871, at Postville, Iowa.: Died Aug. 11, 1886, at Postville, Iowa.
  2. Edna E. Stiles, Born Mar. 21, 1876, at Postville, Iowa: Died Feb. 13, 1897, at Willow Springs, Mo.
  3. Roy W. Stiles, Born Nov. 2, 1881, at Postville, Iowa.
  4. Neil E. Stiles, Born Mar. 6, 1886, at Postville, Iowa.

Stoddard, Truman - He was born about 1819 in Bennigton, Vermont. He married Malvina Prescott on Apr. 7, 1847 in Roscoe, Winnebago County, Illinois. (Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860, County Court Records at Rockford, Ill.) She was the daughter of Jeremiah Prescott (Jan. 15, 1798 - Apr. 23, 1880) and Mary Anne Miles (Dec. 3, 1804 - Nov. 13, 1885).

1850 Census: Roscoe, Winnebago County, Illinois Truman Stoddard (age 33, farmer, born Vermont), unnamed Stoddard (age 24, born unknown), Elizabeth Stoddard (age 2, born Illinois).

1856 Iowa State Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Truman Stoderd (age 35, born Vermont), Malvina Stoderd (age 29, born Maine), Mary E. Stoderd (age 8, born Illinois. The family had been in the state of Iowa for 5 years.

1860 Census: Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: Truman Stodard (age 39, farmer, born VT), M. Stodard (age 33, born Maine) and Mary E. Stodard (age 12, born Illinois).

1870 Census, Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Truman Stoddard (age 52, farmer, born Vermont, Melvina Stoddard (age 43, born Maine), Wm. Asher (age 19, farm hand, born Ohio), Jeremiah Prescott (age 72, born New Hampshire) and Mary Prescott (age 67, born Maine). (Note his name was indexed as Francena Stoddard)

Truman Stoddard filed for a pension on June 2, 1878.

1880 Census: San Joaquin, California: Truman Stoddard (age 60, lumbar dealer, born Vermont), wife Melvina A. Stoddard (age 53, born Maine), son in law Cary Dickerson (age 29, accountant, born Iowa), daughter Mary E. Dickerson (age 31, born Illinois) and granddaughter Maud E. Dickerson (age 9, born Iowa)

Melvina (Prescott) Stoddard died June 1, 1892 and is buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Lockeford, San Joaquin County, California. Note: Oddly enough Find a Grove also reports a Truman A. Stoddard (born 1849, died Mar. 28, 1855) buried in the same cemetery. Parent: Melvina A Stoddard. Inscription: Age 4 yrs., 6 months. I don't know if that is an error or a clue that they might have made a trip to California prior to moving to Iowa. But why wasn't he on the 1850 census? additional note: I found some additional family trees that listed a date of birth of Mar. 28, 1851 for Truman Albert Stoddard.

Truman Stoddard married Mary Ann Prescott on Feb. 13, 1893 at Western Hotel, Sacramento, California. She was the sister of Melvina Prescott.

Great Register of San Joaquin County, 1896. East Lodi Precinct/ Voting/ Register Numbers and Date: 840/1961, June 13, 1896. Name: Truman Stoddard. Occupation: Nominal. Age: 76. Eye Hair Height: Blue, Gray, 5'7". Visible Marks/Scars and Locality: First two fingers on left hand and third fingers scarred. Country of Nativity: Vermont Naturalized Date and Place: Blank Residence/ P. O. Address: E. Lodi/Lodi.

Truman Stoddard died Dec. 11, 1898 at Lodi, San Joaquin County, California. He is buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Lockeford, San Joaquin County, California. (See the notes below from the director of Lockeford Historical Society/Harmony Grove Cemetery).

Hi Elaine,

I went to your web-site. Very impressive! And, thank you for such a fine resource. It is an unusually kind act to share so much information so well documented.

Back when I first heard the stories about the family (about 60 yrs ago) the version was that Truman was in Andersonville, but there was nothing said about Gettysburg. Just before I moved to Oregon, my computer crashed and although I was had my trees on Ancestry, I did loose the information on my personal tree on the computer. So, I will try to remember what I did find. I did find somewhere that Truman was not in Andersonville, but rather had been captured during an ambush while traveling. He was a wagoneer. Then, one way or the other, he was traded or escaped and rejoined his unit to finish out the war until he was mustered out in 1865. I have a feeling that some of this information may have come from Alvah Rowe Prescott, Truman's brother-in-law, and some from my father, who was quite the history buff.

There is the confusion about the child, Truman A. Stoddard. I think it is in error. The family did not move bodies around, however, there are a couple of incidents where the bodies remained in one place and stones were added to a family cemetery somewhere else. If Malvina and Truman had a son, it would have been after they first moved to Iowa, and I haven't found any record of that child in the Allamakee cemeteries. The other fact that feeds my doubt of a relationship to this child is that Alvah Rowe Prescott wrote a private genealogy of his family, and did account for children both living and dead, and he only mentions Mary Elizabeth for Malvina and Truman.

I'll check through the rest of my notes, and if I find anything I will let you know.

Thank you again for all of your fine work.
Donna Ulrich

Update from Alaina Young, Director of Lockeford Historical Society/Harmony Grove Cemetery:

You have a wonderful site. Truman Stoddard is buried at Harmony Grove Cemetery along with his first wife Malvina. He does not have a marker, I have been working to get him a VA marker. About the child, it has to be a memorial to the child on his mother's stone. Harmony Grove was established in 1860 five years after the child died. It is possible that the child was moved there but if that's the case there is no record of it. Truman was a very successful business man in this area and he would have had the means to have the child moved, but I don't think that's the case. If you would like more information about his life here in California I can provide that for you. He was one of the founding members of the Hartford GAR post in Lodi.


Tharp, Jefferson Thomas He was born December 1, 1817 in Pennsylvania. He was the son of James Tharp (June 28, 1793 - July 30, 1881) and Huldah Rush (Sept. 11, 1796 - July 28, 1878). He married Elizabeth Skinner on Feb. 26, 1839 in Fayette County, PA (Pension Application).

1850 Census: Youghiogheny, Fayette County, Pennsylvania: Jefferson Tharp (age 31, laborer, born PA), Elizabeth Tharp (age 29, born PA), Louisa Tharp (age 6, born PA), James M. Tharp (age 4, born PA), William B. Tharp (age 1, born PA). They were living next door to James Tharp (age 57) and Huldah Tharp (age 53).

1856 Iowa State Census: Waterville, Allamakee County, Iowa: Jefferson Tharp (age 40, born PA, Farmer), Elizabeth Tharp (age 35, born PA), Francis Tharp (age 11, male, born PA), Eliza Tharp (age 9, born PA) and Mary Sharp (age 4, born Iowa). They had been in the state of Iowa for 5 years. (Note: this appears be them (Jefferson and Elizabeth), but the kids names do not seem to match other census records (OR the Family Records below). So I could be wrong.)

1860 Census: Paint Creek, Allamakee County, Iowa: J. T. Tharp (age 42, farmer, born Pennsylvania), Elizabeth Tharp (age 40, born Pennsylvania), James M. Tharp (age 13, born Pennsylvania), Adeline Tharp (age 5, born Iowa), Mariah Tharp (age 3, born Iowa) and David Tharp (age 4/12, born Iowa).

Jefferson Tharp died June 5, 1864 and is buried in National Cemetery, Vicksburg, Miss. Section I, grave 647.

Elizabeth Tharp married Francis B. Maynard on January 17, 1867 in Allamakee County, Iowa. (Marriage record in Pension File).

1870 Census: Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: Francis Maynard (age 60, farmer, born Vermont), Elizabeth Maynard (age 50, born Pennsylvania), Ada Thorpe (age 15, born Iowa), Maria Thorpe (age 12, born Iowa), David Thorpe (age 10, born Iowa) and James M. Thorpe (age 23, born Pennsylvania)

In the pension file was a handwritten Family Record. It recorded these births (it does not show the relationships):

Thomas Jefferson Tharp was born December the 1st 1817
Elizabeth Skinner was born the 22nd of May 1820
Clarinda Tharp was born January the 7th 1842
Louisa Tharp was born February the 28th 1844
James Madison Tharp was born September 24th 1846
Indiana Tharp was born April the 12th 1847
William Brieson Tharp was born May the 14, 1849
Elias Tharp was born March the 28, 1852
Freeman Singy was born August the 8 1854 (Note this one did not have the name Tharp with it - and the second name is my best guess)
Adaline Tharp was born April the 2 1855
Maria L. Tharp was born February the 15h 1857
David Tharp was born February 26, 1860.

Children of Jefferson Tharp and Elizabeth Skinner (From pension record - under 16 years of age):

  1. Adaline Tharp, born April 1, 1855
  2. Maria Tharp, born Feb. 14, 1857
  3. David Tharp, born Feb. 25, 1860

Thompson, Charles O. - He was born Mar. 28, 1828 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was probably the son of Moody M. Thompson and Harriet A. Keys. He married first Harriet Jane Bailey. She was the daughter of Benjamin W. Bailey (Dec. 16, 1797 - Mar. 27, 1864) and Latta/Lotta Hopkins (1801 - ?). Her brother Charles M. Bailey also served in Company A, 27th Iowa. Her sister, Callie Bailey married John W. Pratt who also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

1856 Iowa State Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: L, H. Clark (age 29, born Maine), Mary J. Clark (age 26, born NH), F. H. Clark (age 2, female, born Mass), C. O. Thompson (age 26, married, born Mass, painter), H. C. Thompson (age 19, female married, born Mass) and Eugine Thompson (age 1, female born Mass). The Thompsons had been in the state of Iowa for less than 1 year.

Harriet Jane (Bailey) Thompson died July 21, 1856 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Makee Township, Allamakee County, Iowa.

1860 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Moses Hancock (age 51, born Mass.), Sally L. Hancock (age 45, born Mass), Frank E. Hancock (age 20, born Mass), Ella J. Hancock (age 15, born Mass), Alvina M. Hancock (age 9, born Mass), George A. Hancock (age 6, born Mass.), Catharine Cadgin (age 22, servant, born Ireland), C. O. Thompson (age 31, painter, born Mass), and Edward Abbott (age 25, drafting, born N.J.).

1870 Census: Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas: Charles O. Thompson (age 41, painter, born Massachusetts)

1875 Kansas State Census: Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas: C. O. Thompson (age 45, painter, born Mass. From Iowa), A. H. Thompson (age 26, born Ohio, from Ind.). Susan Jane (age 26, born Ohio, from Ohio).

Charles O. Thompson filed for a pension on July 12 1880 in Kansas.

1880 Census: Jefferson County, Kansas: C. O. Thompson, (age 50, farmer, born Kansas), wife Alice H. Thompson (age 31, born Ohio), son Otis E. Thompson (age 2, born Kansas), servant John Stigal (age 36), and servant Lusinda Stigal (age 38).

1885 Kansas State Census: Jefferson County, Kansas: C. O. Thompson (age 56, painter, born Massachusetts, from Iowa to Kansas, Honorably discharged from the volunteer military service of the United States. Name of State: Iowa. Letter of Company: A, Name of Regiment: 27, Arm of Service: I.), Alice Thompson (age 36, born Kentucky, from Ohio to Kansas), and Otis Thompson (age 6, born Kentucky? it was just " under his mother's place of birth).

Charles O. Thompson died June 20, 1888 (Pension Index Record). He is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas.

His pension record is cross referenced with Thomas C. Plummer, who served in Company G, 44 Iowa. Thomas Plummer died Aug 31, 1907 at Chicago, Illinois. (Pension Index Record) Thomas C. Plummer's widow was Margaret B. Plummer. I'm not sure why they are cross referenced.

1895 Kansas State Census: Sarcoxie, Jefferson County, Kansas: David Cochlin age 53, born Penn.), A. H. Cochlin (age 46, born Ohio) and Otis E. Thompson (age 17, born Kansas). It appears that his widow had remarried.


Thornburg, William H. He was born Dec. 9, 1832 in La Porte County, Indiana. He was the son of Absalom Thornburg (July 3, 1801 - Jan. 11, 1864) and Tacy/Tasa Hague (May 25, 1805 - May 16, 1846). He married Oresta Sally Curtis on July 3, 1857 in Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa. She was the daughter of James Curtis (May 26, 1813 - Apr. 24, 1903) and Alzina Hills (1815 - Apr, 9, 1892).

William H. Thornburg Post May 19, 2003 by William J. Thornburg, Jr.  Photo of William H. Thornburg was submitted by Todd Thornburg.

William James Thornburg Sr. was born on March 24, 1884 in Modesto, California and was the son of William Henry Harrison Thornburg (but he never used the Henry) and Oresta Sally Curtis. William H. H. Thornburg was born December 9, 1832 in La Porte County, Indiana and was the son of Absolom Thornburg and Tacy (Tasa?) (nee Hague) Thornburg. Absolom was born July 3, 1801 in Virginia (I believe in what is now West Virginia). Tacy Hague was born May 25, 1805; she and Absolom were married January 8, 1823. Tacy died May 16, 1846 exactly one week to the day after the birth of her daughter Mary on May 9, 1846.

Children of Absolom Thornburg and Tacy Hague:

Lucinda H. Thornburg born 11-23-1823,
Amanda M. Thornburg born 8-13-1826,
Jane L. Thornburg born 2-15-1828,
Edward M. Thornburg born 1-27-1831,
William H. H. Thornburg born 12-9-1832,
Hannah A. Thornburg on born-29-1835,
twins Moses S. and Aaron S. Thornburg born 12-16-1836,
Sarah E. Thornburg born May 26, 1842, and
Mary born May 9, 1846.

Absolom was remarried on 1-15-1849 to Lucy Lewis. Some records indicate five children born of this union, but I know of only two, Landon and Garland Thornburg. The twins, Moses and Aaron, married sisters from the Thousand Islands area of New York. Moses married Martha Gould and Aaron married Mercy Gould.

Note: The following are brothers of William. I included it because it shows information regarding their parents and when they moved.

The following is from the Mitchell County, Iowa History, 1883, Page 350: "Aaron S. Thornburg came from Allamakee Co., Iowa, in 1856 to aid David E. Cutler build a mill, after which he was engaged in logging and lime burning until 1868, when he purchased land on section 17, and at once engaged in farming, at the same time doing some mason work. He is the son of Absalom Thornburg, and was born in Virginia, December 16, 1836. His mother died when he was but eleven years old. Four years after the death of his mother, his father removed to Iowa. Aaron was married to Miss M. A. Gould, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Gould, who were among the first to settle in Mitchell County. They have nine children: Benjamin, Lula, Cora, Dennis, Guy, Blanche, Jessie, Pearl, and Roy."


From the same source as above, page 354: "Edward M. Thornburg purchased his farm on section 17 in 1866. He was born in Wayne County, Indiana, January 27, 1831. His parents moved to LaPorte, Indiana when he was four years old, and there Edward grew to manhood. In 1851, his parents removed to Winneshiek County, Iowa. In 1853, he came to Mitchell county and assisted in building the dam at Cutler's Mill across Rock Creek. He was married in Winneshiek in 1855 to Jennie Brown of Richland, Ohio. In 1861, he came to Mitchell county and in 1866 bought and located on the farm where he now lives. They are parents of three children--William, Lettie, and Shirley."

This is a biography for the son of William Thornburg

LAMOTT E. THORNBURG. An esteemed citizen of Stanislaus County who is enjoying a well-deserved retirement is Lamott E. Thornburg, who was born in Mitchell, Iowa, on April 23, 1858, the son of William H. Thornburg, a native of Laporte, Ind., and a farmer, who took up Government land in Iowa and married Miss Oresta Curtis, a native of Pennsylvania, who had come with her parents to Iowa in her girlhood. In 1859 Wm. Thornburg, with comrades, started for Pike's Peak, Colo., on account of the gold rush just starting in that region. As they proceeded up the Platte River, they met many who were returning home from Pike's Peak discouraged, so being well provisioned and with good ox-teams * and wagons, they determined to push on to California and in due time arrived in the Sacramento Valley. After following mining in the Sierras a while, Mr. Thornburg returned to his family who had been left on the Iowa farm and soon afterwards he moved from Mitchell to Allamakee County, when Lamott was still a little lad; and there went in for farming again and so it happened that Lamott attended the district school at Waukon, Iowa. During the great struggle of the Civil War Wm. Thornburg served three years with patriotic zeal in the Twenty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

After the war he continued farming, but he was not satisfied in Iowa on account of his liking for California, which eventually became so strong he sold his Iowa holdings and when Lamott was about twelve years of age, his father brought the family out to California, in May, 1870, on one of the early transcontinental trains, and settled in Stanislaus County, west of the present location of Turlock ; and after a year they removed to the Panoche Valley in Fresno County. There again his father bought Government land, and he became a successful grain farmer and stockman. In 1879 they left the Panoche Valley and returned to Stanislaus County; and this time they settled near Modesto. Mr. Thornburg purchased about 150 acres, upon which he lived until 1885; and then he sold out and removed to the vicinity of Turlock, where he purchased a half-section of land, which he planted to grain which as soon as the irrigation system was completed he improved to alfalfa and orchards. He lived to be about seventy-five years old, and then, amid the comfortable surroundings of his own ranch, he passed away. His widow now lives retired in Turlock at the venerable age of eighty-one, hale and hearty. They had four children ; two are living, Lamott of this review and William, who resides near Los Angeles.

Lamott Thornburg, when he was twenty-one years old, started to work on various ranches in Stanislaus County, and in that way he labored for about four years. Then, on February 5, 1882, he was married to Miss Hannah Crispin, the ceremony taking place on the ranch of her sister northwest of Modesto. She was a native of Mahaska County, Iowa. Her father, Frank Crispin, was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, September 10, 1827, and in 1848 became an early settler of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and then he married Miss Adeline Bonsell in 1850, who was a native of Virginia. He followed farming in Iowa for thirty-five years. Four of the children had moved to Stanislaus County, so the parents joined them here in 1883, and here they made their home, celebrating their golden wedding in 1900, when all of their children but one were present. He passed away, aged eighty-one, being survived by his widow until she, too, passed on, aged eighty-three. Their six children were as follows: Laura, Mrs. J. K. Carson of Modesto; Mary, Mrs. Mattox, passed away in Iowa; Janet is Mrs. I. W. Updike of Modesto; Hannah is Mrs. Thornburg; T. J. is a well-known rancher near Modesto, and Susie is Mrs. Clark of Fresno. Hannah Crispin attended the public schools of Oskaloosa and also Penn College in that city. She came to Modesto in 1880 with a sister, and here she met Lamott Thornburg. After their marriage Mr. Thornburg leased a farm of 640 acres near Turlock, devoted to grain, and having removed there, they farmed it for three years. In 1884 Mr. Thornburg purchased from John Mitchell some 335 acres one and a half miles northwest of Turlock, which he farmed to grain. In 1888 he bought 100 acres more and also leased other lands, having as much as 1,000 acres in grain at a time. When the district came under irrigation he immediately improved his land for intensive farming, leveling and checking the land. He had about 300 acres in alfalfa, and was quite extensively engaged in dairying and stock raising, making a specialty of Holsteins, his dairy comprising about seventy-five cows. He was also engaged in raising draft horses and mules. From time to time he sold some of his ranch, retaining 135 acres, which he now rents, it being devoted to double cropping. The ranch is under the Turlock Irrigation District and at one time Mr. Thornburg grew only alfalfa. Later, however, he plowed that out and double-cropping was started. In 1913 he built a comfortable residence in Modesto, where he and his estimable wife have since resided. Five children have come to bless the Thornburg family life, although that family is at present scattered. Ivy A. is Mrs. Wade Howell, and she resides near Modesto; Delwin C. is farming at Turlock, and so is Ray H. ; Ada R. is the present Mrs. Ralph Crow, of Crows Landing; and Glen E. is farming not far from Turlock.

History of Stanislaus County, Page 656 and 657.

* The biography (page 538) for James Lee Curtis says this: The father, James Curtis, crossed the plains from Iowa to California with his son, David T., and his son-in-law, W. H. Thornburg, arriving at Hangtown, now Placerville, in September, 1859. They started West with three yoke of oxen and one cow and when they pulled into Hangtown they had one ox and the cow yoked together. The party mined, both placer and hydraulic, until 1861, when the father returned to Iowa and there he resumed farming until the fall of 1868, when he again crossed the plains to California.

MRS. ORESTA S. THORNBURG. Among the old settlers of Stanislaus County who has witnessed a remarkable transformation, is Mrs. Oresta Thornburg, whose maiden name was Oresta Curtis, and born in Warren County, Pa., February 22, 1840. Her father, James Curtis, a native of New York, whose father was also named James, had married Alzina Hills and they were farmers in Pennsylvania. They afterwards removed to Mitchell County, Iowa, where they were pioneer farmers. In 1869, they came to Stanislaus County, Cal., and a few years later located at Watsonville, where they resided until their death.

Oresta Curtis was reared in Pennsylvania until thirteen years of age, when she came to Mitchell County, Iowa, and there she attended school in the primitive log schoolhouse with its slab benches and puncheon floors. At Osage, in that county, she was married July 3, 1857, being united with Wm. H. Thornburg, born in Laporte County, Ind., December 9, 1833, the son of Absalom Thornburg, a farmer who spent his last days in Iowa. Wm. H. Thornburg grew up in Indiana, remaining there until he reached his majority, when he came to Allamakee County, Iowa, and purchased 160 acres of Government land, which he improved and farmed. After his marriage, they moved to Cutler, Iowa, where Mr. Thornburg followed sawmilling. In 1859, with James and D. T. Curtis, he started for Pike's Peak, but on the old trail along the Platte they met so many people returning from Colorado disappointed, that they resolved to push on to California, and crossed the plains with ox teams and wagons, Mr. Thornburg walking the entire distance. A couple of years later he returned to Iowa, and on August 14, 1862, enlisted in Company A, Twenty-seventh Iowa Regiment, serving in the Civil War until August 8, 1865, when he was mustered out and returned home. After the war he engaged in farming, but he never forgot sunny California, and in 1870, not being able to longer resist the call of the West, he brought his family to Stanislaus County, where he leased land from David Curtis, which he farmed for twelve years, then spent six years farming and stock raising in Panoche Valley, Fresno County, and was successful. He then bought 300 acres north of Turlock, which he farmed. When the irrigation district was formed and water was obtainable, he improved it for raising alfalfa and engaged in dairying until his death, November 9, 1908. He was a good man and there was no better neighbor nor friend and Stanislaus County today owes much of its greatness to men of that stamp. He was a prominent member of the G. A. R. Mr. and Mrs. William H. Thornburg had four children: Lamont of Fresno; LeRoy died in Washington; Elvene resides in Sonoma, and William is in Southern California.

In the spring of 1908, Mr. Thornburg had started building a cozy residence at 501 East Olive Street, but he was not permitted to live to enjoy it, for he only lived there six months when he was called by death. Since her husband's death Mrs. Thornburg continues to reside in her home, while she leases her ranch. She is a member of the Brethren Church and takes pleasure in dispensing old-time California hospitality.

History of Stanislaus County, Pages 524 and 525

1850 Census: Scipio, La Porte County, Indiana: Absolom Thornburg (age 49, farmer, born VA), Lucy M. Thornburg (age 33, born NY), Edward M. Thornburg (age 19, born Indiana), Jane Thornburg (age 21, born Indiana) William Thornburg (age 16, born Indiana), Hannah Thornburg (age 15, born Indiana), Moses Thornburg (age 13, born Indiana), Aaron Thornburg (age 13, born Indiana), Sarah Thornburg (age 8, born Indiana), Mary Thornburg (age 6, born Indiana), Theresa Thornburg (age 7/12, born Indiana), John Wm. Lew (age 10, born Indiana), Ellen M. Lewis (age 8, born Indiana) and Isabel Lewis (age 5, born Indiana).

1856 Iowa State Census: Summit, Winneshiek County, Iowa: David Cutler (age 25, born Michigan), Margaret Cutler (age 22, born Ohio), Leonard Cutler (age 3, born Iowa), Delilah Curtis (age 18, born Penn.), Wm. Thornburg (age 22, born Indiana) and Ole Helgassen (age 25, born Norway). Wm. Thornburg had been in the state of Iowa for 4 years.

1860 Census, Frankville, Winneshiek County, Iowa: William Thornburg (age 27, born Indiana), Oresta Thornburg (age 29, born Penn.) and Irvin Thornburg (age 2, born Iowa).

1880 Census. Empire, Stanislaus County, California: W. H. Thornburg (age 47, farmer, born Indiana ), wife O.S. Thornburg (age 40, born PA), son Lamott E. (age 22, born Iowa), son D. L. Thornburg (age 12, born Iowa) and daughter Perley Thornburg (age 8 months, born California).

William H. Thornburg filed for a pension in California on August 15, 1890.

1900 Census. Turlock, Stanislaus County, California: William H. Thornburg (born Dec. 1833, age 66, married 43 years, born Indiana, farmer), wife Oresta S. Thornburg (born Feb. 1840, age 60, married 43 years, 4 children born, 4 still living, born Pennsylvania) and son William J. Thornburg (born May 1884, age 16, born California)

William H. Thornburg died November 5, 1908 (Pension Index Record) in Turlock, Stanislaus County, California. He is buried in Turlock Memorial Park, Turlock, Stanislaus County, California, Lot 1, Block 5. (Note: Find a Grave says Dec. 8, 1908 - according to a cemetery transcription for Turlock Memorial Park. Dec 8, is the burial date.).

His widow Oresta S. Thornburg filed for a pension on May 16, 1909 in California.

Oresta S. Thornburg died January 4, 1933 (burial date) and is buried in Turlock Memorial Park Cemetery, Turlock, Stanislaus County, California, Lot 1, Block 5.


Thornton, Alonzo He was born April 22, 1834 in Mansfield, Richland, Ohio. He was the son of Clark Kendrick Thornton and Elizabeth Rayle. He married Eliza Jane Minnick (Minich) on 12 Jul 1855 in Finley, Hancock, Ohio. She was the daughter of Adam Minnick and Elizabeth Guntner.

Clarence R. Thornton, the owner of an excellent farm of two hundred and thirty-seven acres on section 10, Franklin township, enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the progressive and substantial agriculturists of the community. His birth occurred in Post township, Allamakee county, on the 5th of June, 1875, his parents being Alonzo and Eliza (Minnick) Thornton, natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania respectively. The former was born on the 23d of March, 1834, while the latter's natal day was December 3, 1835. Alonzo Thornton was married in Ohio and in 1861 came to Iowa, settling near Hardin and securing employment as a farm hand. In 1862 he enlisted for service in the Civil was as a member of Company A, Twenty-seventh Iowa Infantry, remaining with that command as a private for three years. He was wounded in battle in Louisiana, being shot through the jaw and neck, and was confined in a hospital. After being honorably discharged from the army he returned to Hardin and resumed his labors as a farm hand, working for others during the remainder of his life. His demise occurred in June, 1904. His widow, who makes her home with her children, is well known and highly esteemed throughout the community in which she has now resided for more that half a century.

Clarence R. Thornton, the youngest in a family of eight children, attended the district schools of Post township and also pursued a course of study at Postville. When a youth of thirteen he began working as a farm hand and at the age of eighteen was married and established a home of his own. He continued working for others until 1907 and then rented a tract of land, being actively engaged in its cultivation until 1912. In that year he purchased the farm of two hundred and thirty-seven acres on section 10, Franklin township, this county, He married Martha Entwisle on the 7th of June, 1875, her parents being William and Martha (Hancock) Ertwisle. The father's birth occurred in England on the 18th of August, 1826, while the mother was born in Indiana on the 15th of September, 1831. When a youth of twelve years William Entwisle accompanied his parents on their emigration to the United States, the family home became established in Iowa. He grew to manhood in Allamakee county and became a landowner of Franklin township, maintaining his residence there until called to his final rest in 1892. His wife passed away in March 1905. In their family were twelve children. Mrs. Thornton being the tenth in order of birth. By her marriage she has become the mother of eight children, as follows: Moss, whose birth occurred on the 28th of December, 1894; William, who was born October 6, 1896, and passed away July 22, 1903; George whose natal day was October 25, 1898; Henry, whose birth occurred on the 22d of July, 1901; one who was born on the 6th of September, 1903; and died in infancy; Ruth Alice, born July 10, 1905; Vernie, whose natal day was October 9, 1908; and Daisy, born July 6, 1911. In his political views Mr. Thornton is a stanch republican. With them perseverance, diligence and integrity have constituted the guiding posts of his life, bringing him to the honorable position which he now occupies in the option of his fellowmen in the county, among who he has spent his entire life.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed and submitted by Diana Diedrich

1850 Census, Allen, Hancock County, Ohio: Clark K. Thornton (age 41, farmer, born NY), Elizabeth Thornton (age 32, born Ohio), Alonzo Thornton (age 16, farmer, born Ohio), Wm. Thornton (age 14, born Ohio), Clark Thornton (age 12, born Ohio), Owen Thornton (age 7, born Ohio), Philander (age 6, born Ohio),

Ohio Marriages 1803 - 1900: Name: Alonzo Thornton. Spouse: Eliza Minich. Marriage Date: July 12, 1855. County: Hancock. State: OH.

He was shot in the neck & jaw and left for dead on the battlefield during the Battle of Pleasant Hill in Louisiana. Alonzo was taken POW to Camp Ford, Texas where he was released months later on prisoner exchange.

1870 Census: Franklin, Allamakee County, Iowa: Alonzo Thornton (age 36, farmer, born Ohio), Eliza Thornton (age 35, born PA), Emma Thornton (age 15, born Ohio), Elizabeth Thornton (age 13, born Ohio), Amanda Thornton (age 11, born Ohio), Charlie Thornton (age 3, born Ohio), Effie Thornton (age 1, born Iowa) and Harvey Thornton (age 21, born Ohio). Henry Thornton (age 1, born Ohio).

1880 Census, Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa: Alonzo Thornton (age 46, laborer, born Ohio), Wife Eliza Thornton (age 44, born Ohio), son Charles Thornton (age 12, born Iowa), daughter Effie Thornton (age 10, born Iowa), daughter Laura Thornton (age 8, born Iowa), son Clarence Thornton (age 5, born Iowa) and grandson John Thornton (age 4/12, born Jan. born Iowa).

1885 Iowa State Census: Post, Allamakee County, Iowa: Alonzo Thornton (Township 6, Range 96, Section 32, Block 11, Lot 26, age 50, laborer, born Ohio)(, Eliza Thornton (age 49, born Pennsylvania), Chas Thornton (age 17, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Effie M. Thornton (age 15, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Laura B. Thornton (Age 13, born Allamakee County, Iowa), Clarence R. Thornton (age 10, born Allamakee County, Iowa) and Ross Thornton (age 5, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

1900 Census, Monona, Clayton County, Iowa: Alonzo Thornton (born Mar, 1834, age 66, married 44 years, born Ohio), Wife Eliza Thornton (born July 1836, age 64, married 44 years, 8 children born, 6 still living, born Pennsylvania), boarder Lucinda Collins (born Nov. 1834, age 65, married 46 years, 3 children born, 3 still living, born Ohio).

Alonzo Thornton died June 13, 1904 in Hardin, Allamakee County Iowa. He is buried in Minert Cemetery, Post Township, Allamakee County Iowa.

Alonzo Thornton Obituary

Alonzo Thornton was born in Mansfield, Ohio, March 23, 1834, and died at Hardin, Iowa, June 13, 1904, after a lingering illness, aged 70 years, two months, and 20 days. He was married to Eliza Minnick, July 12, 1855. Of this union was born eight children, two of whom preceded their father to the better land. They had 22 grandchildren. A. Thornton enlisted in the war of the Rebellion in 1862 as a private in Co. A, 27th Iowa Inf. Vol. He was sorely wounded at Pleasant Hill, was taken prisoner of war and confined in rebel prisons. For many years he was a resident of Postville, and his face was familiar to all. And thus has another of the "old guard" answered the final call, and another name has been enscrolled on the book of a nation's honored dead.

The funeral was held from the Hardin M.E. Church Wednesday afternoon and was largely attended. Interment in the Minert cemetery.

From the Postville (Iowa) newspaper, June 17, 1904

His widow Eliza Thornton filed for a pension on June 20, 1904 in Iowa.

Eliza Jane (Minnick) Thornton (born Dec 3 1835 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania), d. 13 Jun 1916 in Luana, Clayton, Iowa. She is buried in Minert Cemetery, Post Township, Allamakee County, Iowa.

Children of Alonzo Thornton and Eliza Jane Minnick:

  1. Emma Jane Thornton born 10 Sep 1855 in Ohio
  2. Elizabeth E Thornton born 28 Sep 1857 in Ohio
  3. Amanda A Thornton born 6 Jun 1859 in Hancock, Ohio
  4. Carrie L Thornton born 13 Dec 1861 in Ohio
  5. Charles N Thornton born 12 Dec 1867 in Post, Allamakee, Iowa
  6. Effie May Thornton born 4 Nov 1869 in Franklin, Allamakee, Iowa
  7. Laura Beth Thornton born 19 Oct 1871 in Postville, Allamakee, Iowa
  8. Clarence Royal Thornton born 5 Jun 1875 in Post, Allamakee, Iowa
  9. Ross Thornton born 31 Jan 1880 in Postville, Allamakee, Iowa

Topliff, George W. He was born about 1840 in Ohio. He was the son of Elias Topliff (1802 - 1860) and Sarah Elizabeth Woodworth. He married Elizabeth McGhee. She was the daughter of John McGhee (Jan 16, 1810 - Nov. 15, 1885) and Elizabeth McKinnis (Oct. 31, 1814 0 Feb. 8, 1893). Her brother Meredith McGhee also served in Company A, 27th Iowa.

Two miles west of Postville, about a quarter mile north of highway 52, is located one of the finest farms in the state of Iowa. It is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Meyer and is often referred to as "the show-place of Allamakee county."

Old time residents still call it the Topliff farm as it was Elias Topliff who first settled in that location. Mr. Topliff obtained the farm in 1847, just two years before Allamakee county was organized. He was a prominent citizen of those days, taking an active part in the formation of the county. Early settlers elected him as the first county treasurer and a few years later he became the first judge in Allamakee county. When he died in 1860, his son, John N. Topliff, Sr., purchased the farm from the estate. John Topliff, Sr., operated the farm for 30 years and it was on this place that Dr. Ray F. Topliff, Postville, was born.

"Our Friends on the Acres"
Postville Herald, November 23, 1939


At the March term of the County court, 1856, a petition was presented, praying that the question of removing the county seat from Waukon to Rossville be submitted to the people, and John T. Clark, prosecuting attorney and ex-officio county judge (Judge Topliff at the time being in temporary suspension pending a suit for official neglect) decided that the question should be so submitted at the April election. A similar petition was also presented in favor of Whaley & Topliff's Mill, in Center township, and was likewise granted. This made a triangular contest, and Waukon received a large majority over both the other points, the vote being, Waukon 717, Whaley & Topliff's Mill 314, and Rossville 144.

Past & Present of Allamakee County, 1913


Judge Dean's Narrative.

The earliest settlers in what is now Makee and Union Prairie townships came in overland from the south, through Clayton county, there being no town then where Lansing is now. In conversation with the late Elias Topliff he related to me that while living in Clayton county he, with several others, started out to hunt land on which to make a home; they followed an Indian trail north across the Yellow River and on to the Iowa River somewhere, where the party camped over night, and caught and cooked a splendid mess of speckled trout. He thought they traveled across what is now the prairie on which Waukon stand, but could not positively identify their old route, for at that time the country traveled was in a state of nature and there was not a white man to be seen after leaving the settlements of Clayton county. In the morning they retraced their steps and returned to Clayton county, not finding a single foot of land which suited them. My recollection now is that the judge located this trip in 1847.

1850 Census, Allamakee County, Iowa: Elias Toplift (age 48, born Conn, farmer), Sarah Toplift (age 44, born Conn), Jerome B. Toplift (age 19, born NJ), Charles Toplift (age 17, born NJ), Mary Toplift (age 16, born NJ), John Toplift (age 14, born NJ), George Toplift (age 11, born Ohio), Elizabeth Toplift (age 10, born Ohio), Emily Toplift (age 7, born Ohio), Sophornia Toplift (age 6, born Ohio), Robert Toplift (age 1, born Iowa) and Alonzo Morton (age 26, born New York).

1856 Iowa State Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Elias Topliff (age 53, born Conn, farmer, county judge), Olena Topliff (age 27, born Norway), George W. Topliff (age 16, born Ohio), Elizabeth Topliff (age 15, born Ohio), Emily Topliff (age 13, born Ohio), Sophia Topliff (age 12, born Ohio), Julia E. Topliff (age 4, born Iowa), and William H. Topliff (age 0, born Iowa).. They had been in the state of Iowa for 8 years. (Except for Olena, who had been in the State of Iowa for 6 years. It appears that she is a second wife of Elias)

1860 Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Elias Topliff (age 54, Recorder & Treasurer, born CT), Olena Topliff (age 33, born Norway), George Topliff (age 22, student, born Ohio), Emelia Topliff (age 17, born Ohio), Sophronia Topliff (age 16, born Ohio), Julia Topliff (age 8, born Iowa), Sally Topliff (age 1, born Iowa).

George Topliff died 5 May 1863 and is reported to have been buried at Camp Reed, Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee

Elizabeth (McGhee) Topliff (born Apr. 7, 1843), died Jan 11, 1866. She is buried in Minert Cemetery, Post, Allamakee County, Iowa.

George Topliff and Elizabeth McGhee had one son named George Topliff, born 1863. He was with his grandparents (John and Elizabeth McGhee/McGee)on the 1870 and 1880 census in Allamakee County, Iowa


Tuttle, William Henry. He was born Nov. 26, 1828 in Salisbury, Herkimer County, New York. He was the Son of Ransom Tuttle (July 8, 1785 - Dec. 4, 1865) and Elethena Ellis (Dec. 4, 1788 - July 2, 1871). He married Abigail Nichols on Aug. 29, 1849 in Salisbury, Herkimer county, New York. She was the daughter of Charles Nichols (1802 - after 1880) and Roxana Irish (1813- after 1880).

1860 Census, Post, Allamakee County, Iowa. William H. Tuttle, (age 31, farmer, born Ohio), Abby Tuttle (age 28, born New York), Ella I Tuttle (age 7, born New York), Lucian Tuttle (age 2, born Iowa) and Sylvester Bailey (age 12).

1870 Census: Seward, Saunders County, Nebraska: H. W. Tuttle (age 41, Keeping Hotel, born New York), Abbie Tuttle (age 38, born New York ), Ella Tuttle (age 17, born New York) Lucian Tuttle (age 11, born Iowa), Lizzie Tuttle (age 4, born Iowa), and Effie Tuttle (age 2, born Iowa)..

1880 Census, Aurora, Hamilton, Nebraska: Wm. H Tuttle (age 51, farmer born NY ), Abbie Tuttle (age 47, born NY), son Lucian L. Tuttle (age 22, farmer, born Iowa), daughter Lizzie M. Tuttle (age 13, born Iowa), and daughter Effie M. Tuttle (age 12, born Iowa).

1885 Nebraska State Census: Hamilton County, Nebraska: W. H. Tuttle (age 54, Prep. Tuttle House, born New York), wife *Albert Tuttle, (age 53, landlady, born New York), daughter Lizzie Tuttle (age 18, music teacher, born Iowa), and Effie Tuttle (age 17, born Iowa) (Note: the name * ALBERT was written very clearly, but is obviously an error).

1890 Veterans Census: Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska: William H. Tuttle, Rank: Private, Company A, Regiment: 27 Iowa Inf. Enlisted Aug. 1862. Discharged May 1863. Post Office Address: Broken Bow, Nebraska. Disability Incurred: Lumbago & Chronic Diarrhea. Remarks: Is drawing a pension of 2.00.

William H. Tuttle died Nov. 12, 1898 in Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska. He is buried in Broken Bow Cemetery, Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska.

His widow Abbie Tuttle filed for a pension on Dec. 8, 1898 in Nebraska.


Walker, David Rollo - He was born Jan. 18, 1839 in Massachusetts. He was the son of Washington Walker (1799-1876) and Thankful Jenks (Aug. 30, 1810 - Aug. 29, 1880). He married Phoebe Ellen Maxwell. She was the daughter of James Maxwell (Dec. 12, 1801 - Nov. 9, 1879) and Sarah Robertson (Jan 5, 1807 - Jan 4, 1856).

1850 Census, Brookfield, Worcester County, MA: Washington Walker (age 50, blacksmith, born Mass.), Thankful Walker (age 40, born Mass.), Charles W. Walker (age 19, born Mass.), Freelove B. Walker (age 17, born Mass.), David R. Walker (age 11, born Mass) and twin Abby C. Walker (age 11, born Mass.), Susan J. Walker (age 3, born Mass). There were several people with the last name Jenks also in the household: Mercy Jenks (age 37), William Jenks (age 42 and Julia A. Jenks (age 19,).

1860 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: Washington Walker (age 60, blacksmith, born Mass.), Thankful Walker (age 49, born Mass. ), Adaline T Walker (age 27, born Mass.), Susan J Walker, (age 13, born Mass.) and David R. Walker (age 21, born Mass.), M. R. Jenks (age 47, born Mass and Jane Rankin (age 21, servant, born Illinois).

1870 Census Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: D. R. Walker (age 30, laborer common, born Mass.), Celia Walker (age 27, born Indiana) and M. J. Walker (age 2, born Iowa). (Note every other census has his wife as Pheobe. This appears to fit except for her name, but could be the wrong D. R. Walker).

1880 Census, Waukon, Allamakee County: David Walker (age 42, Restaurant Keeper, born Mass.), wife Phoebe Walker (age 37, born Indiana), son Max (age 12, born Iowa) and son Trum Walker (age 8, born Iowa). Also in the household was David's mother Thankful Walker (age 69) and her daughter Adaline Bartlett (age 46).

1885 List of Ex-Soldiers, Sailor and Marines Living in Iowa, 27th Iowa: D. R. Walker, Private, Co. A, Post Office Address: Waukon

1885 Iowa State Census, Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa: David R. Walker (Allamakee Street, age 46, Well Driller, born Mass.), Phebe E. Walker (age 42, born Indiana), Max J. Walker (age 16, born Allamakee County, Iowa) and Trum Walker (age 12, born Allamakee County, Iowa).

1895 Iowa State Census: Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: David R. Walker (age 56, born Mass. Constable. Religion: None, Soldier in the War of the Rebellion: Company A. Regiment 27, State: Iowa, Arm of Service: Inft.), Phebe Walker (age 58, born Indiana), Max J. Walker (age 29, born Iowa, Allamakee County, clerk).

1900 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: David R. Walker (born Jan. 1839, age 61, married 33 years, age 61, born Massachusetts, constable), wife Pheobe Walker (born June 1842, age 57, married 33 years, 2 children born , 2 children still living, born Indiana).

1910 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: David R Walker(age 71, married 1 time for 43 years, born Mass., Constable), wife Pheobe E Walker (age 68) married 43 years, 2 children with 1 still living, born Indiana).

1915 Iowa State Census: Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa: David R. Walker (age 76, married, County: Allamakee, P. O. Waukon. Occupation Collector, Total Earnings for 1914 from Occupation: 200. Extent of Education: Common 9 years, can read and write, Birthplace: Mass. Military Service: Civil War. Infantry, State: Iowa, Regiment, 27, Company A. Church Affiliation: None. Father's Birthplace: Mass. Mother's Birthplace: Mass. Years in Iowa: 58.

Pheobe Ellen (Maxwell) Walker died July 3, 1924 and is buried in Oakland Main Cemetery in Allamakee County, Iowa., Lot 561

1925 Iowa State Census, Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa: David R. Walker, (age 85, widowed), his father's name: Washington Walker, born Mass. His mother's name: Thankful Jenks, born Mass. He was living with his daughter in law Mary Walker (age 54), Her father: Randall Williams, born Connecticut, was 85 on his last birthday. Her mother: Melvina Hubbell, born Wisconsin.

This statement was made on behalf of Hannah M. Cooper, former widow of Greenwood B. Pratt, Company A. 27th Iowa
State of Iowa, Allamakee County

I, David R. Walker, of Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa, being duly sworn, depose and say that I am eight-eight years of age, having been born January 18, 1839; that I came to Allamakee County in the year 1856; that I served in the same company with Greenwood B. Pratt during the Civil War: that after my discharge from the service on May 15, 1865, I spent abut three years in Decorah, Iowa, a city eighteen miles distant from Waukon, and about twenty-five miles distant from the home of Harmon S. Cooper; that I have known this applicant and her second husband, Harmon S. Cooper, ever since their marriage; that they lived together as husband and wife from the date of their marriage up to the date of his death on October 28th, 1920.

That I have known Hannah M. Cooper, widow of Harmon S. Cooper, intimately and well, and have seen her frequently since the death of Harmon S. Cooper, and that she has not re-married since that time, but still remains a widow.

That my various occupations have been farming, restaurant business, deputy sheriff, and constable for many years; that I also have been in the collection business for a great number of years, and in that way for had occasion to know both Mr. and Mrs. Cooper, the same as I do many people in Allamakee County.

David R. Walker
May 10, 1927.

1930 Census, Makee, Allamakee County, Iowa: David R. Walker (age 91 - widowed) living with his son Maxwell J. Walker and daughter in law Mary.

David Walker died June 23, 1931 and is buried in Oakland Main Cemetery in Allamakee County, Iowa. His parents Washington Walker and Thankful Walker are buried in the same cemetery.

Children of David Walker and Phoebe E. Maxwell

  1. Maxwell Jenks Walker (b. Feb. 8, 1868, d. Apr. 27, 1948)
  2. Trumble Walker (b. Dec. 1, 1872, d. May 2, 1902)

Wheeler, William. He was born about 1825 in Vermont. He married Susannah Fry on November 10, 1846 at Cransville, Erie County, Pennsylvania by Joshua Turner, Methodist Minister.

1850 Census, Conneaut, Crawford County Pennsylvania: Wm. W. Wheeler (age 25, farmer, born Vermont), Susanna Wheeler (age 26, born PA), and John H. Wheeler (age 2, born PA.

1856 Iowa State Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: Wm. W. Wheeler (age 32, born Vermont, farmer), Susanna Wheeler (age 29, born PA), John Henry Wheeler (age 8, born PA), Willard W. Wheeler (age 5, born PA), Adelbert Wheeler (age 3, born PA) Unnamed Wheeler (age, left blank, born Iowa).

1860 Census, Jefferson, Allamakee County: W. W. Wheeler (age 37, farmer, born Vermont), Susan Wheeler (age 35, born PA), John H. Wheeler (age 121, born PA), Willard W. Wheeler (age 9, born PA), Adelbert Wheeler (age 7, born PA), George H. Wheeler (age 5, born Iowa), Mary V. Wheeler (age 1/12, born Iowa).

William Wheeler died May 29, 1865, in Swift General Hospital, Prairie Du Chien, Wis. of typhoid fever. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Allamakee County, Iowa.

His widow Susanna Wheeler filed for a pension on Dec. 18, 1865. Information from her pension applications is extracted below:

Susannah Wheeler made the following statements on July 14, 1865:

She was thirty eight years old and a resident of Rossville, Allamakee County, Iowa.

William Wheeler died May 28, 1865 from Typhoid fever at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

She married William Wheeler November 10, 1846 at Crainsville, Erie County, Penn. Joshua Turner, Methodist Minister performed the marriage. Her name before her marriage was Susannah Fry. There was no public or private record of the marriage.

Children under that age of 16 and residing with her: Williard W. Wheeler, born Sept. 17, 1850, Adelbert Wheeler, born Nov. 9, 1852. George H. Wheeler, born May 8, 1856, Mary E. Wheeler, born May 25, 1860, Fanny A. Wheeler born Nov. 21, 1862, Emma J. Wheeler, born Oct. 7, 1865.

1870 Census: Jefferson, Allamakee County, Iowa: Susan Wheeler (age 43, born PA), John H. Wheeler (age 22, born PA), Willard Wheeler (age 19, born PA), Delbert Wheeler (age 17, born PA), George Wheeler (age 14, born Iowa), Mary Wheeler (age 10, born Iowa), Fanny Wheeler (age 7, born Iowa), and Emma J. Wheeler (age 4, born Iowa).

Susannah Wheeler was dropped from the rolls because of death Dec. 9, 1910. She is buried at Rockwell, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.