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MCCLURE was born about 1883 in Of Kansas. He married Elizabeth DAVIS about 1908 in Of Kansas.

Elizabeth DAVIS [Parents] was born about 1888 in of, , Kansas. She married MCCLURE about 1908 in Of Kansas.


Omer Ashford DAMETZ [Parents] was born on 1 Nov 1866 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa. He died in Eureka, Greenwood, Kansas. Omer married Margaret Louise COFFIN on 10 Apr 1898 in Blue Rapids, Marshall, Kansas.

Certificate of Death; Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Nov 13, 1951; #51 014346 shows: Place of death: St. John's Hospital, Iola, Allen, Kansas. Usual place of residence: 609 N. Oak, Eureka, Greenwook, Kansas. Name: Omer Ashford DaMetz, d. 10/31/51,male,white, married, b. 11/1/1866, age 84 years, 1 month, 30 days. b. place: Oskaloosa, Iowa. Mother: Lavina Horn, Father: Francis Maxmillen, Occupation: retired farmer/ Informant: Mrs. Margaret Dametz. Disease or condition directly leading to death: Coronary occulcum (1/2 hour); Antecedient cuases due to R...Heart block (3 years), Arterio Sclorea (10-=16 years..not clear) Burial: 11/2/51; Greenwood cemetery, Eureka, Kansas.

Margaret Louise COFFIN [Parents] was born on 17 Dec 1875 in Coburg, Montgomery, Iowa. She died on 14 Jun 1956 in Eureka, Greenwood, Kansas. Margaret married Omer Ashford DAMETZ on 10 Apr 1898 in Blue Rapids, Marshall, Kansas.

They had the following children:

  M i Holiss Omer DA METZ
  M ii Ralph Ashford DA METZ
  F iii Gladis Marguerit DA METZ
  M iv Francis Arlo DA METZ
  M v Paul Stephens DA METZ
  M vi Robert Eugene DA METZ

Margaret R. STEPHENS [Parents] was born in 1840 in Manchester, Wabash, Indiana. She died in of Lincoln, Smith, Kansas. Margaret married Clark W. BEAUCHAMP about 1858 in , Fremont, Iowa.

They had the following children:

  M ii John A. BEAUCHAMP was born in 1862 in , Wabash, Indiana. He died in of Lincoln, Smith, Kansas.

Frank Ellsworth DAMETZ [Parents] was born on 20 Oct 1870 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa. He died in Greeley, KS. Frank married Grace about 1895 in Of Kansas.

Other marriages:
, Miriam B.

1900 Census of Blue Rapids, Marshall, Kansas shows: Frank E. and Miriam B. DAMETZ and son, Maurice G.

Grace was born about 1875 in Of Kansas. She died in lived in Greeley. Grace married Frank Ellsworth DAMETZ about 1895 in Of Kansas.


Francis Maxmillian DAMETZ was born on 1 Jun 1834 in Zeitz, Saxony, Germany and was christened in St. Michaels, Zeitz, Saxony, Germany. He died on 16 Sep 1907 in Washington, Washington, Kansas. Francis married Lavina A. HORN on 12 Mar 1856 in , Stephenson, Illinois.

1880 census of Washington, Kansas shows: Francis, Leven A. DAMETZ and children: Charley, Samuel, Omar, Frank, Nancy, Robert.

1900 census of Washington, Kansas shows Frank M. and Lavina A. DAMETZ living next door to their daughter and her family: Joseph and Mary A. MCCLELLAN.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington, Clay and Riley Counties of Kansas published in 1890. This volume records:
Francis M. Damtez, a veteran of the Civil War, is one of the most skillful of the practical, enterprising farmers of Washington County, and he has one of the most valuable farms within its bounds, comprising the northeast quarter of section 21, Washington Township, and he has besices another good farm of 160 acres in Coleman Township. He is of German birth and antecedents, born in Zeitz, near Leipsic, a city of Saxony, June 1, 1834. His father, Samuel Dametz, was born in Greensburg, in the Province of Silesia, Germany. He followed the shoemaker's trade and also farmed, and spent his entire life in the Fatherland. The maiden name of the mother of our subject was Caroline Meltzer, and she was also a life-long resident of Germany. There was five children born to her and her husband: Robert, Morris, Julius, Henrietta and Francis, all of whom but Robert are still living.
He of whom we write was the only member of the family to come to America, though three of his nephews have since come: Francis Julius, who lives in Rooks County, Kansas, Francis M., in New York and Paul, in Connecticut. Our subject gleamed a substantial education in the excellent schools of his native land, which he attended quite steadily till after he was fourteen years old, when he commenced to learn the trade of a butcher, which he followed until 1854.
In that year the stalwart, wide-awake, capable youth, ambitious to see something of the world and to make something out of life more than he could do at home, determined to emigrate to the United States of America, the goal of so many of his countrymen, to see if he could improve his fortunes here. He set sail from Bremen the 1st of April and after a long and tedious voyage, landed in New York on the 20th of the following May, a stranger in a strange land, with only a capital of thirty-seven cents with which to begin his new life. Nothing daunted by this disheartening aray of facts he sought and soon found employment, becoming a driver on a canal in New Jersey. A week later he went to Pennsylvania, where he found work on a farm in Northampton County at $5 a month.
Two months later he went to work at his trade in Easton, obtaining $9 a month for his wages till the following spring.
He then came Westward as far as Illinois, and the ensuing eight years was emplloyed on a farm. After that we hear of him in Iowa, where he became indentified with the agricultural interests of Marion County, buying a 40-acre farm, which he worked profitably, and later bought more land, and continued carrying on farming in Iowa till 1873. In the month of March, that year, Mr. Dametz came to Kansas with a team, having traded his Iowa possessions for 160 acres of wild land, comprising his farm on section 21, Washington Township. He now has the entire tract well imporved, surrounded by a neatly trimmed hedge, and provided with a good set of conveniently arranged frame buildings and everything necessary to cary on agriculture after the approved methods, and has it stocked with cattle, horses, and hogs of excellent grades. His farm in Coleman Township is also in good shape in regards improvements, cultivation, etc., and compares well with others in its neighborhood. Mr. Dametz has been very successful in raising small fruit and has a choice variety in his gardens.
In September, 1856 Mr. Dametz took an important step in his life, and one that has contributed materally to his comfort, prosperity and happiness, by his marriage to Miss Lavina Horn, a native of Clinton county, Pennsylvania and a daughter of Samuel and Susan (Smith) Horn. Her father was born in Clearfield county, Pennsylvania, his father, David Horn, a farmer of German ancestry, having spent his last years there (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).
Mrs. Dametz's maternal grandfather was a native of Pennsylvania and was of German parentage. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Dametz are as follows: Susan Caroline is the wife of Arthur Bissel, and they live in Washington; Lucinda Jane is the wife of Lemon D. Thompson, and they live in Washington Township; Charles married Mary E. Phillippi, and they live in Coleman Township.
Samuel married Lillie Penwell, and they live near Steele City, Nebraska; Omer A. lives in Denver; Frank E. at home; Mary married Joseph McClellan; they live in Washington Township.
Mr. Dametz is a well educated man, and has a good command of both the German and English languages, speaking either fluently. He is a fine representative of our self-made men, as all that he is and all that he has, he owes to his own excrtions, he having been well endowed by nature with energy, (undecipherable word) and stability of character, and a good capacity for intelligent labor. Since coming here he has (undecipherable) a valuable citizen, one whom all could trust, and with characteristic public spirit he has engaged all schemes for the imporvement of the township. He is President of the Friend's Academy Association (Friends is the real name of the Quaker church) under whose auspices the new adcademy is being erected in Washington, and he is President of the Washington Township Sunday School Association. He and his wife are members of the Society of Friends, and their daily lives live up to the teachings of the Quaker doctrines. We would do scant justice to our subject did we not mention his connection with the late war in which he bore so honorable a part. Although a believer in the peaceful tenets of the Quaker faith (strong beliefs against war), after the breaking out of the strife broke out between the North and the South, Mr. Dametz watched the struggle with intense interest, and at last his patriotism overcoming every scruple he determined to aid in fighting his country's battles, and enlisted Aug 22, 1862 in Company I. 74th Illinois Infantry,, serving with valor and credit till the expiration of his term of enlistement in September, 1863. In the following February, 1864 he again offered his services to his country, and became a member of Company D, 36th Iowa Infantry, and did not leave the service till after the last battle was fought, being stationed the most of the time in Arkansas. His army record was that of a brave, faithful soldier, always ready at the summons of duty, whether in camp or in face of the enemy.

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: A Guide to Published Arrival Records of More Than 1,775,000 Passengers Who Came to the New World between the Sixteenth and the Early Twentieth Centuries. volumb 1 A-G. Edited by P. William Fliby with Dorothy M. Lower. On page 443 shows: DAMITZ, F.: New York, NY. 1851 8660.1p9

German and Central European Emigration Monograph Number 2, Part 1. Reconstructed Passenger Lists for 1851 Via Hamburg: Emigrants from Germany, Austria, Bohemia, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Scandinavia, and Switzerland to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the United States, and Venezuela by Clifford Neal Smith. Lists 4&5 / 9, 2-b shows: F. Damitz, Berlin, 043.

Birth record of St. Michaels Church in Zeitz, Saxony, Prussia. Written in German I can only make out the names and dates. child: Franz Maximillian; Father: Samuel Dametz; Mother: Johanne Caroline Meltzer

Lavina A. HORN was born on 19 May 1835 in , Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died in 1906 in Washington, Washington, Kansas. Lavina married Francis Maxmillian DAMETZ on 12 Mar 1856 in , Stephenson, Illinois.

They had the following children:

  F i Caroline Susan DAMETZ
  M iii Charles M. DAMETZ
  M v Omer Ashford DAMETZ
  M vi Frank Ellsworth DAMETZ
  F vii Mary Ann DAMETZ
  F viii Elizabeth DAMETZ was born in Feb 1878 in , Washington, Kansas. She died about 1879 in Washington, Kansas.
  M ix Robert DAMETZ was born in Feb 1879 in , Wash., Kansas. He died in Wash. County, KS.

Charles M. DAMETZ [Parents] was born in 1860 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa. He died in Washington Co., Kansas and was buried in Washington Co., Kansas. Charles married Mary Elizabeth in 1885 in of, Washington, Kansas.

1900 census of Coleman, Washington, Kansas shows: Charled and Mary E. DAMETZ and daughters: Gertrude and Alice M. Charles and Mary had been married 15 years. Mary had 4 children and only 2 living.

Washington, Kansas Cemeteries shows: Nora M., dag of C. M. and M. E. DAMETZ died 11/24/1888, 1 year 2 months old.

Mary Elizabeth was born in 1867 in Pennsylvania. She died in of Coleman, Washington, Kansas and was buried in Washington Co., Kansas. Mary married Charles M. DAMETZ in 1885 in of, Washington, Kansas.

They had the following children:

  F i Gertrude DAMETZ
  F ii Alice M. DAMETZ was born in 1897 in , Washington, Kansas. She died in lived in League, Ks or Tx.
  F iii Nora M. DAMETZ was born in Sep 1887 in Washington, Kansas. She died on 24 Nov 1888 in Washington, Kansas.

Frank Ellsworth DAMETZ [Parents] was born on 20 Oct 1870 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa. He died in Greeley, KS. Frank married Miriam B. about 1895 in of, Hygiene, Colorado.

Other marriages:
, Grace

1900 Census of Blue Rapids, Marshall, Kansas shows: Frank E. and Miriam B. DAMETZ and son, Maurice G.

Miriam B. was born in 1873 in Kansas. She died in of Blue Rapids, Marshall, Kansas. Miriam married Frank Ellsworth DAMETZ about 1895 in of, Hygiene, Colorado.

They had the following children:

  M i Maurice G. DAMETZ was born in Jun 1896 in Kansas. He died in 1981 in of Blue Rapids, Marshall, Kansas.

Joseph MCCLELLAN was born in Oct 1863 in Indiana. He died in of Washington, Kansas. Joseph married Mary Ann DAMETZ in 1889 in Kansas.

1900 census of Washington, Washington, Kansas shows: Frances and Lavina DAMETZ living with daughter and her husband and children: Joseph and Mary A. McClellan and children: Elva M., George F., and Alton M. (son).

Mary Ann DAMETZ [Parents] was born in Nov 1872 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa. She died in of Washington, Kansas. Mary married Joseph MCCLELLAN in 1889 in Kansas.

They had the following children:

  F i Elma M. MCCLELLAN was born in Jul 1890 in Kansas. She died in of Washington, Kansas.
  M ii Baby MCCLELLAN was born about 1896 in Kansas. He died about 1889 in of Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa.
  M iii George F. MCCLELLAN
  M iv Alton MCCLELLAN
  M v Floyd MCCLELLAN
  M vi Russell MCCLELLAN
  F vii Faith MCCLELLAN
  F viii Maybelle MCCLELLAN

Arthur S. BISSELL was born in Jun 1850 in , , New York. He died in of Washington, Kansas. Arthur married Caroline Susan DAMETZ in 1875 in , , Kansas.

1880 census of Washington, Kansas shows: Arthur S. and Caroline S. BISSELL and daughter: MInnie M. Also with them is Sylvester BISSELL 19/KS/CAN/PA. Probably a cousin, not a sibling.

1900 census of Washington, Kansas shows: Arthur S. and Cally S. BISSELL and children: Rosa A., Nellie F., Albert I., Willie W., and Maggie V. Also with them is their married daughter: Minnie M. ROBBINS and Arthur's mother: Salome BISSELL. Cally and Arthur had 8 children, 7 living and had been married 24 years. Minnie had been married 2 years and has had 1 child and that one was still living. But her husband and children were not listed with the family. Salome Bissell was a widow who had 5 children, 3 living in 1900, her parents were both from New York..

Caroline Susan DAMETZ [Parents] was born on 1 Jun 1857 in Freeport, Stephens, Illinois. She married Arthur S. BISSELL in 1875 in , , Kansas.

They had the following children:

  F i Minnie May BISSELL
  F ii Rosa A. BISSELL was born in Jul 1880 in Kansas. She died in of Washington, Washington, Kansas.
  F iii Nellie F. BISSELL was born in Jan 1881 in Kansas. She died in of Washington, Washington, Kansas.
  M iv Albert I. BISSELL was born in Apr 1885 in Kansas. He died in of Washington, Washington, Kansas.
  M v Willie W. BISSELL was born in Aug 1895 in Kansas. He died in of Washington, Washington, Kansas.
  F vi Maggie V. BISSELL was born in Apr 1898 in Kansas. She died in of Washington, Washington, Kansas.

William BARLOW was born about 1886 in of, , Kansas. He married Gertrude DAMETZ about 1911 in of, Topeka, Kansas.

Gertrude DAMETZ [Parents] was born in Jul 1891 in , Washington, Kansas. She died in Topeka, Kansas. Gertrude married William BARLOW about 1911 in of, Topeka, Kansas.

They had the following children:

  M i William Jr. BARLOW was born about 1912 in Topeka, , Kansas. He died in killed in Wwii.
  M ii Gaylord BARLOW was born about 1914 in Topeka, , Kansas. He died in Lived in Port., Texas.
  F iii Nona BARLOW was born about 1916 in Topeka, , Kansas. She died in lived in Arizona.

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