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Jacob Leamer was the son of John Leamer & Elizabeth Kimmel. He was born May 28, 1810 in PA.
Rebecca Stephens was the daughter of Nicholas Stephens & Mary. She was born April 19, 1812 in PA.

THE FAMILY OF JACOB LEAMER & REBECCA STEPHENS

Photo of Rebecca? See unknowns at bottom of pageJacob Leamer & Rebecca StephensJacob Leamer & Rebecca Stephens were married about 1832 in Huntington Co., PA and they had 13 children. The family is listed on the 1840 census of Bedford, Bedford Co., PA. Jacob & Rebecca moved with their family from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 1850, and they are listed on the 1850 census of District #11, Benton Co., IA. Jacob Leamer died January 4, 1860 in Benton Co., IA. Rebecca is listed on the 1860, 1870, 1880, 1895 & 1900 censuses of Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA. She is living with her married daughter Delilah Thomas in 1870, with her married son David in 1880, and with her married daughter Elizabeth Dilling in 1895 & 1900. In 1900 she is listed as having 13 births with 8 surviving children at that time. Rebecca Stephens Leamer died on November 11, 1903 in Benton Co., IA. Jacob & Rebecca are both buried in the Prairie United Brethren Cemetery, Sec. 35, Taylor Township, Benton County, Iowa.
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Xeroxed photo collage of children of Jacob & Rebecca Stephens Leamer 1900-1903

The Children of Jacob Leamer & Rebecca Stephens:

Photo of Henrietta? See unknowns at bottom of page 1)Henrietta LeamerHenrietta Gennett Leamer was born in September 1832 in PA. There is a daughter the right age to be Henrietta, age 7, on the 1840 census of Bedford, Bedford Co., PA. Her parents moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 1850, and she is listed with her parents at age 17 on the 1850 census of District #11, Benton Co., IA. Henrietta married Richard Thompson about 1854 in IA, and they had at least 7 children. A letter written by Henrietta's grandfather Nicholas Stephens on January 21, 1855 to her uncle Nicholas Stephens in Pennsylvania states that "Henrietta Leamer has a fine son". There is a Richard, Henery Ella and Samuel Thomson listed on index of the 1856 state census of Benton Co., IA. The family is listed in the household of Henrietta's recently widowed mother on the 1860 census of Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA. Her name is listed as Gennett on the 1860 census, but she is listed as Henriett or Henrietta on all other records I have found for her. Richard & Henrietta moved from Iowa to Missouri about 1868, and the family is listed on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Grant Twp., Caldwell Co., MO. Richard and Henrietta are listed on the 1900 census of Liberty, Pulaski Co., MO in the household of their widowed son Erwin Thompson. At that time Henrietta was age 67 and was listed as having 7 children with 4 surviving. I have not found Richard or Henrietta on the 1910 census at this time. Henrietta Gennett Leamer Thompson died sometime after 1900 and possibly before 1910. She is not listed as being a surviving sister in her brother David's obit on June 27, 1916.
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2) David Leamer

David Leamer was born Jan 27, 1834 in Blair Co., PA. There is a son the right age to be David, age 6, on the 1840 census of Bedford, Bedford Co., PA. His parents moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 1850, and he is listed with his parents at age 16 on the 1850 census of District #11, Benton Co., IA. David married Elizabeth McDowell on Oct 1, 1857 in Benton Co., IA and they had 6 children. The family is listed on the 1860, 1870 & 1880 censuses of Eden Twp., Benton Co., IA. Elizabeth died Feb 24, 1884 in Benton Co., IA. David is listed on the 1900 census of Eden Twp., Benton Co., IA, living with his married son Irving Leamer. I have not found him on the 1910 census at this time, but his obit states that he lived from 1911 to 1916 with his married daughter Martha Ella (Mrs. William E.) Fry in Vinton, Benton Co., IA. David Leamer died on June 22, 1916 in Benton Co., IA. He & Elizabeth are buried in the Prairie United Bretheren cemetery, Taylor Twp., Benton Co., IA.
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Tombstone of David & Elizabeth Leamer, Close-up of stone

3) Elizabeth LeamerElizabeth Rebecca Leamer was born November 16, 1835 in PA. There is a daughter the right age to be Elizabeth, age 4, on the 1840 census of Bedford, Bedford Co., PA. Her parents moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 1850, and she is listed with her parents at age 13 on the 1850 census of District #11, Benton Co., IA. Elizabeth married John Dilling on December 19, 1854 in IA and they had 4 children. The family is listed on the 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1895, 1900 & 1910 censuses of Eden Twp., Benton Co., IA. John Dilling died in 1911 in Vinton, Benton, Iowa. On June 27, 1916, Mrs. Elizabeth Dilling of Vinton, (Benton Co.) IA was listed in David Leamer's obit as being one of his 3 surviving sisters. I have not found Elizabeth on the 1920 census at this time. She is listed on the 1925 state census of Benton, Benton, Iowa, listed as mother-in-law in the household of George & Emma (Leamer) Fry. The 1925 census lists Elizabeth's parents as Jacob Leamer & Rebecca Stevens. Elizabeth Rebecca Leamer Dilling died on September 18, 1925 in Vinton in Benton Co., IA. John & Elizabeth are both buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton, Benton, Iowa.
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Tombstone of John & Elizabeth Dilling. Close-up of Tombstone
4) Eliza Jane Leamer

Eliza Jane Leamer was born September 11, 1836 in Blair, Pennsylvania. There is a daughter the right age to be Eliza, age 3, on the 1840 census of Bedford, Bedford Co., PA.Her parents moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 1850, and she is listed with her parents at age 13 on the 1850 & 1856 censuses of District #11, Benton Co., IA. Eliza Jane married John R. King in 1858 in IA and they had 14 children. The family is listed on the 1860, 1870, 1880, 1895 & 1900 censuses of Big Creek, Black Hawk Co., IA. John died sometime between 1900 to 1910, and Eliza is listed as widowed on the 1910 census of Big Creek, Black Hawk Co., IA. Eliza Jane Leamer King died on November 24, 1914, probably in Big Creek, Black Hawk Co., IA. John & Eliza Jane are both buried in the Westview Cemetery, La Porte, Black Hawk, Iowa.
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Tombstone of John & Eliza King. Close-up of Eliza's marker

5) Unknown Child LeamerUnknown Child Leamer was probably born between 1837 to 1840 in PA. In 1900 Rebecca Stephens Leamer is listed as having 13 births with 8 surviving at that time, and I only have names for 12 of her children - this space of 5 years between the birth of Eliza Jane & Sarah Ann would be unusual for Rebecca based on the birth years of her other children. There is not a child on the 1840 or 1850 census that would be this unknown child, so I think it died young. Unknown Child Leamer died before 1850, and possibly before 1840 in PA.
6) Sarah Ann LeamerSarah Ann Leamer was born about 1841 in PA. Her parents moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 1850, and she is listed with her parents at age 9 on the 1850 census of District #11, Benton Co., IA. Her father died in 1860, and Sarah is listed at age 19 with her mother on the 1860 census of Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA. Sarah married George W. Langham on June 13, 1866 in Benton Co., IA. She died a few months after her marriage. Sarah Ann Leamer Langham died September 8, 1866 in Benton Co., IA. She is buried in the Prairie United Brethren Cemetery in Section 35, Block 2, lot 31, Taylor Township, Benton County, Iowa. George died on January 4, 1891 and he is also buried in United Brethren Cemetery In Block 2, lot 30.
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Photo of Rachel? See unknowns at bottom of page7) Rachel LeamerRachel Leamer was born in November 1842 in PA. Her parents moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 1850, and she is listed with her parents at age 7 on the 1850 census of District #11, Benton Co., IA. She is listed at age 17 with her widowed mother on the 1860 census of Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA. Rachel married George L. Hackett on August 18, 1862 in Benton Co., IA and they had at least 4 children. The family is listed on 1870 census of Eldorado Twp, Benton Co., IA. The family moved from Iowa to Nebraska sometime between 1873 to 1880, and they are listed on the 1880 census of Clatonia, Gage Co., NE. They moved from Nebraska to Kansas between 1880 to 1900, and they are listed on the 1900 & 1910 censuses of Haddam, Washington Co,. KS. In 1900 they are living with their widowed son John, and in 1910, John's daughter Faye is living with them. Rachel Leamer Hackett died on February 15, 1911 in Haddam, Washington, Kansas. George died July 19, 1919 in Haddam, Washington, Kansas. Rachel & George are both buried in the Blocker (Hickory Grove) Cemetery, Haddam, Washington, Kansas.
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8) Delia LeamerDelila "Delia" Leamer was born in January 1845 in PA. Her parents moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 1850, and she is listed with her parents as Delia, age 4 on the 1850 census of District #11, Benton Co., IA. Her father died in 1860 when she was about age 14, but Delilah is not listed with her mother on the 1860 census of Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA and I have not found her on the census that year. Delila married Albert Thomas about 1866, probably in Benton Co., IA. They are listed on the 1870 census Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA. They moved from Iowa to Nebraska between 1870 to 1880, and are listed on the 1880 census of Plymouth, Jefferson Co., NE. At that time there is an 8 year old named James Ashpaugh living with them that is listed as a son. They are listed on the 1900 & 1910 censuses of DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. Delia is listed as having 0 births on both the 1900 & 1910 census. Delia is listed as "Mrs. Delila Thomas, of St. Cloud, Florida" in her brother David's obit in June 27, 1916. According to a letter written by Irma Pfeifer Mankamyer, Delia moved to DeWitt, Saline Co., NE after Albert died and lived with her married sister Mattie Meister until her death. I have not found Albert or Delia on the 1920 census at this time. Delila"Delia" Leamer Thomas died sometime after 1916 and before 1931 in DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. She is not listed as being a surviving sibling in her sister Mattie Meister's obit in January 1931.
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9) Joseph LeamerJoseph Samuel Leamer was born March 20, 1847 in PA. His parents moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 1850, and he is listed with his parents at age 2 on the 1850 census of District #11, Benton Co., IA. His father died in 1860 when he was about age 12, and he is listed with his mother on the 1860 census of Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA. Joseph moved from Iowa to Missouri in 1866 when he was about age 18. Joseph married Hannah Elizabeth Webb on Sept 8, 1867 in MO, and they had 9 children. The family is listed on the 1870, 1880, 1900 & 1910 censuses of Grant Twp., Caldwell Co., MO. On both the 1900 & 1910 censuses Hannah is listed as having 9 births with 7 surviving children. In an obit dated June 27, 1916, Joseph Leamer of Missouri is listed as the only surviving brother of David Leamer. Joseph & Elizabeth are both listed at age 72 on the 1920 census of Grant Twp., Caldwell Co., MO. Elizabeth died on April 1, 1920 in Grant, Caldwell, Missouri. Joseph was married second to Ella Graham sometime after Elizabeth died. Joseph & Ella are listed on the 1930 census of Grant Twp., Caldwell Co., MO. He is listed as the only surviving sibling of Mattie Leamer Potter Meister in January 1931. Ella died on July 28, 1936 in Grant, Caldwell, Missouri. Joseph Leamer died on December 14, 1940 in Grant, Caldwell Co., MO. Joseph & Hannah are buried at Zimmerman Cemetery, Caldwell Co., MO. Ella is buried at Moorsville, Missouri.
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Death Certificate of Joseph Samuel Leamer
Xerox photo of Joseph Samuel Leamer
10) Henry LeamerHenry W. Leamer was born February 11, 1849 in PA. His parents moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa in 1850, and he is listed with his parents at age 1 on the 1850 census of District #11, Benton Co., IA. Henry died when he was age 1 year and 8 months. Henry W. Leamer died on October 11, 1850 in Benton Co., IA. He is buried in the Prairie United Bretheren cemetery, Taylor Twp., Benton Co., IA.
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12) Martha LeamerMartha M. "Mattie" Leamer was born on July 2, 1851 in Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA. Her father died in 1860 when she was about age 9, and she is listed with her mother on the 1860 census of Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA. Mattie married Richard Potter about 1868 in Iowa. Richard was a Methodist preacher, and Mattie was about age 16. They had one son, Oscar, born in May 1869 in Benton Co., Iowa. Mattie's daughter Irma Pfeifer told me that Mattie said Richard Potter would tie her to the bed so that she could not leave the cabin while he was gone circuit riding to preach. I do not know when or if Mattie & Richard divorced, but Mattie is living with her married sister Henrietta Thompson on the 1870 census of Grant Twp., Caldwell Co., MO, and listed as Martha Leamer, age 18. Oscar is not listed with her in 1870; I don't know if the census taker missed him or if he was being cared for by someone else at that time. There is an Oscar Potter, born Iowa, listed with Mattie's mother Rebecca Leamer in Benton Co., IA in 1870, but both of their ages are listed as 58 - that also may be census taker error, and it may be that Oscar was with his grandmother at that time. Mattie remarried Hiram Meister on January 8, 1872. They had one daughter, Beatrice Kate Meister.They moved from Missouri to Nebraska in 1877 when Beatrice was age 3. Hiram & Mattie are listed on the 1880 census of Plymouth Pct., Jefferson Co., NE with both Oscar & Beatrice listed as children in their household. The family is on the 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930 censuses of DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. Hiram died on Jan 6, 1931. Martha M. "Mattie" Leamer died on January 15, 1931 in DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. Mattie had nursed Hiram through a long illness, and then contracted pneumonia shortly before he died and she died nine days later.
The Families of Martha M. "Mattie" Leamer
Photos of Martha M. "Mattie" Leamer Potter Meister
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13) Levi S. LeamerLevi S. Leamer was born June 14, 1854 in Benton Co., IA. Levi died when he was age 9 months and 27 days. Levi Leamer died on April 10, 1855 in Benton Co., IA. He is buried in the Prairie United Bretheren cemetery, Taylor Twp., Benton Co., IA.
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11) Emma LeamerEmma Leamer was born June 8, 1856 in Benton Co., IA. Emma died when she was age 11 months and 2 days. Emma Leamer died on May 10, 1857 in Benton Co., IA. She is buried in the Prairie United Bretheren cemetery, Taylor Twp., Benton Co., IA.
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Need to be ID'd!!

Rebecca Stephens OR Henrietta Leamer?If photo was taken in 1902, this would be Rebecca, age 90 or Henrietta, age 70. Rebecca died in 1903
Henrietta or Rachel Leamer?If photo was taken in 1902, this would be Henrietta, age 70, or Rachel, age 60. Rachel died between 1900-1910. I think the collage was made either for the occasion of Rachel's death (Rebecca & 7 surviving children at that time), or of Rebecca's death (photos of her 8 surviving children at that time).