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Notes for Delilah Leamer Thomas

1850 census District #11, Benton Co., IA
Household #59
Jacob Laymour, age 40, farmer, b. PA
Rebecca, age 27 (She was 37), b. PA
Henriett, age 17, b. PA
David, age 16, b. PA
Elisabeth, age 13, b. PA
Eliza J., age 13, b. PA
Sarah Ann, age 9, b. PA
Rachel, age 7, b. PA
Delila, age 4, b. PA
Joseph, age 2, b. PA
Henry W., age 1, b. PA
Household #60
Nicholas Stephens, age 73, b. PA
Mary, age 72, b. MD

State: IA Year: 1852
County: Benton County Record Type:
Township: Taylor Township Page: 009
Database: IA 1852 State Census Index
1856 Benton Co., Iowa census index:
Learner David
Learner Delilah
Learner Eliza
Learner Emma
Learner Jacob
Learner Joseph S.L.
Learner N.M.
Learner Rachael
Learner Rebecca
Learner S.N.
Lamer Delilah

1860 census Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA
Rebecca Lamar, age 48
Sarah Ann, age 19, b. PA
Joseph, age 13, b. PA
Martha., age 9, b. PA
Gennett Thompson, female, age 38, Housekeeper, b. PA
Richard, age 38, Miner, b. PA
Samuel, age 4, b. PA
Irwin, age 1, b. IA
Where is Delilah Leamer, age 15????

1870 census Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA page 63B
Albert Thomas, age 27, Farming, renting, b. OH
Delilah, age 25, keeping house,, b. PA
Harriet Wright, age 5, b. IA
Oscar Potter, age 58, b. IA
Rebecca Leamer, age 58, Retired, b. PA

1880 United States Census Plymouth, Jefferson, Nebraska Page Number 579A
Albert THOMAS Self M Male W 37 IL Farmer CT CT
Delilah THOMAS Wife M Female W 36 PA Keeping House PA PA

1900 census DeWitt, Saline Co., NE page 90
Albert Thomas, head, June 1843, age 56, md 34 yrs, OH/CT/CT, Landlord
Delilah, wife, Jan 1845, age 55, md 34 yrs, 0 births, PA/PA/PA

1910 census DeWitt, Saline Co., NE page 57B
Household #24/26
Albert, head, age 66, md 44 yrs, OH/CT/CT, Agent, Real Estate
Delilah, wife, age 65, md 44 yrs, 0 births, PA/PA/PA

June 27, 1916 - listed as one of 3 surviving sisters in the obit of her brother David as Mrs. Delila Thomas, of St. Cloud, Florida.

In the Dec 1983 issue of the LLL Newsletter the following article appeared

(This is the story of a Polo, MO Leamer who in 1877 moved from Polo to DeWitt, NB --- told by Mattie's now 75 year old granddaughter, Irma Pfeifer Mankamyer (18-7) in Sep. 20 letter to Cousin Charles (18-7) See p. 22 below for Irma's supplement to our p. 18 chart.)
"I am the only living child of Beatrice Pfeifer who was the only child of Mattie Leamer (18-5) & Hiram Meister. They both died in Jan. 1931, nine days apart. They came to Nebraska in a covered wagon when my mother was three years old, which would have been in 1877. They lost part of their belongings in crossing the Missouri River. "They lived on a farm of praire land, which my grandfather plowed & planted in corn and wheat. Also had oats for their horses. "They put a fence (single wire) around the land. Part of their food was prairie chickens that would fly against the fence and break their necks. "The little town that was their first shopping area was called Swan Creek, but it was moved away from the creek and was then called Dewitt (S. of Lincoln in SE Nebraska) My grandparents lived & died there. "Delia Leamer (Mattie's sister) moved back to DeWitt when her husband (Albert) died. She lived with my grandparents until her death several years later"

----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Leamer" <>
To: "Kari Northup" <>
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2005 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: Leamer genealogy on your website
> Dear Kari,

> I asked Charles about getting a better copy of the oval photos page, but he seemed to think it wouldn't be possible. I will scan this one and send it to you ---he identified the people and he is not sure that his identifications are correct. If I can't do this by myself, I will have to
wait until Dick gets home. Well, I had to send the photo and the accompanying letter from Charles (to Dick's dad) by HP instant share which is on our printer. I need to pay attention when Dick explains how to do it via attachment to email.
> I think that Charles is possibly wrong in his identification. He has the upper left lady identified as Rebecca, but I think the one in the middle on the bottom looks a lot older and thinner, and is probably Rebecca. That would make the upper left lady Henrietta Leamer Thompson. He has identified the others as follows: top middle, Eliza Jane Leamer King; upper right, Elizabeth Rebecca Leamer Dilling; middle left, Joseph S. L. Leamer; middle right, David Leamer; lower left, Delila (Delia) Leamer Thomas; and lower right, Martha M. (Mattie) Leamer Meister.
> I don't know who made up this collage or who may have it now. Maybe Charles can pursue that, but whoever gave him the copy may not still be alive. It sounds from the letter as if it was someone from his own family in Polo, MO. I have a handwritten copy of what I think is Rebecca's obituary and it says she is survived by eight children. There are only seven here. I don't have death dates for Sarah Ann or Rachel. I have a "status report" from Charles written in 1986 in which he says that Sarah Ann Leamer married George W. Langham in 1866, but at that time he had not been able to find Langhams in a census. He also says that Rachel married George L. Hackett on August 18, 1862 (from the Benton County Court House marriage record) and the 1870 Federal census showed them living near Blairstown, IA with children: Harrison Hackett (1866), John Hackett (1868) and Albert Hackett (1869 or 1870). One of the children must have died before Rebecca.
> Charles also sent a page of tiny proofs, one of which showed Rebecca with a small child on her lap, probably a grandchild. I don't know whether he has access to these photos in larger copies, but there are many old photos I would love to see larger and identify! Since Rebecca has her hair parted in the middle and pulled back in that photo, I am almost sure that the one in the lower middle on the collage is Rebecca.
> Maybe you have some other photos of these people so you can tell which is which and we can be more sure on the identification.
> Sincerely, Bobbie