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Notes for George Franklin Meister

The Family of George Meister & Anna Maria German

May 26, 1851 - George Franklin Meister born in Franklin Co., PA

Parents moved from Franklin Co., PA to Carroll Co., IL with his parents in April 1856

1860 Carroll Twp., Carroll Co., IL, page 230 July 23, 1860
Household #1717/1586
George Meister, age 45, farmer, b. Darmstadt
Mary, age 44, b. Darmstadt
Hiram, age 14, b. PA
Ann M., age 11, b. PA
George, age 9, b. PA
Daniel, age 7, b. PA
Sarah E., age 2, b. IL

1870 Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL page 23, stamped page 155
Household #161/160
George Meister, age 52, farmer, b. Darmstadt
Mary, age 50, b. Darmstadt
George, age 18, b. PA
Daniel, age 16, b. PA
Elizabeth., age 12, b. IL
William, age 10, b. IL

1878 Carroll, Carroll Co., IL Directory
DANIEL MEISTERS - Lives with father; Sec. 9; Mt. Carroll
G. MEISTERS, Sr., Farmer; S.9; P.O. Mt. Carroll
G. MEISTERS, Jr., Carpenter; Sec.10; P.O. Mt. Carroll

1880 United States Census Vinton, Benton, Iowa Page Number 344C
Geo. F. MEISTER Self M Male W 29 PA Day Laborer GER GER
Louisa MEISTER Wife M Female W 28 OH Keeps House SAXONY SAX
Melvin MEISTER Son S Male W 7 IL PA OH
Charles MEISTER Son S Male W 5 IL PA OH
Mary MEISTER Dau S Female W 3 IL PA OH
Edward MEISTER Son S Male W 1 IA PA OH

1885 census Bruce,Benton, Iowa
George F. Meister, age 34, farmer, b. PA
Louisa E., age 33, keeping house, b. OH
Melvin F., age 11, b. IL
Mary E., age 8, b. IL
Edward G., age 5, b. IL
Bertha G., age 3, b. IL

September 15, 1890 - George died in Bruce Twp, Benton Co., Iowa. He was kicked in the chest by a mule.

1890 newspaper article
George Meister is Kicked to Death by a Mule
About the saddest accident it has ever been our duty to chronicle occurred at the home of George Meister, about six miles southwest of LaPorte City, last Monday evening. Mr. Meister has been working for C. V. Young with the threshing machine, driving a large span of mules, a team that will weigh about 2400 pounds. Having finished a job of threshing Monday, and after leaving the machine at Mr. Young's he went home to supper, letting the team go on before him. His son, a boy of ten years put the mules in the barn and took off the bridles. Supper not being quite ready, Mr. Meister went to the barn to feed and unharness the team. Shortly after two of his children went by and saw their father lying on the manure pile near the barn. They told their mother that their father was asleep, and she knowing that he had just left the house, went to see. She spoke to him, he rolled his eyes and gasped once, and was dead.
It appears that he unharnessed one of the mules and was just taking the harness off from the other when he received the death blow from the animal. The mark of the hoof was found immediately over the heart. After being kicked he went perhaps twenty feet before falling.
The team has always been considered very gentle and trusty, and the children used to hitch them up, drive them, and go around them generally, and no reason can be given for the kick, unless perhaps one tug, which was found down, had struck the mule on the heels.
Mr. Meister was in his fortieth year, was born in York state and came to Iowa about ten or twelve years ago, coming from Freeport, Ill., here. He was a steady, hardworking man, a good neighbor and a kind, indulgent husband and father. He was a member of the United Brethren church.
The funeral gook place last Wednesday, from the Fairview church, in Bruce township, and was largely attended, a testimonial of the esteem in which he was held.
The deceased leaves a wife and six children, two boys and four girls, to mourn his loss. His oldest child is a young man of about 18 years, and upon him will fall the care of the family, which is left in rather strained circumstances. The youngest child is a girl of three tender years. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their hour of affliction. The blow was indeed a sad one.

1900 census Clark, Tama Co., Iowa
Louisa E. Meister, head, Jan 1852, age 47, widowed, 7 births, 6 surviving, OH/Germany/Germany
Bertha G., daughter, Feb 1882, age 18, IA/PA/OH, Music teacher
Rosa J., daughter, July 1885, age 14, IA/PA/OH
Della L, daughter, Oct 1887, age 12, IA/PA/OH

1910 census Oklahoma City Ward 6, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma
Melvin G. Meister, head, age 37, md 10 yrs, IL/PA/OH, Attorney, Law
Helen H., wife, age 36, md 10 yrs, 3 births, 3 surviving, IA/VT/OH
M. Eugene, son, age 8, IA/IL/IA
Helen G., daughter, age 4, OK/IL/IA
Ruth A., daughter, age 0 months, OK/IL/IA
Louisa E., mother, age 57, widowed, 7 births, 6 surviving, OH/Germany/Germany
Della L, sister, age 22, IA/PA/OH, Teacher, school

Martin-Ellis Family
Entries: 1893 Updated: Thu May 2 18:18:45 2002 Contact: Gretchen Ellis Martin
ID: I99651523
Name: George Franklin MEISTER
Given Name: George Franklin
Surname: Meister
Sex: M
Birth: 26 May 1851 in Franklin Co. Pennsylvania
Death: 15 Sep 1890 in Bruce Twp. Benton Co. Iowa
MARC: 14 Dec 1871
Burial: Fairview Cemetery
Change Date: 8 Mar 2002
CAUSE_OF_DEATH: Kicked by a mule over the heart. 39 yrs 3mo 20 days. "Peace be to his ashes." From Meister family bible.
Used spring wagon to take casket to Fairview cemetery.
Father: George William MEISTER b: 29 Sep 1818 in Hessen Darmstadt,Germany
Mother: Anna Maria GERMAN b: 21 Jan 1820 in Hesse Darmstadt,Germany
Marriage 1 Louisa Elnora (Elinor) MARGILETH b: 25 Jan 1852 in Germantown Village,Montgomery Co. Ohio
Married: 14 Dec 1871 in Freeport,Stephenson Co. Illinois
Dec 14 date on typewritten onionskin obituary notice which included scripture readings: Psalm 121 and Psalm 128; Revelations 14:13; songs "Asleep in Jesus" and "It is Well With My Soul." Rose Mowbray described her as a deeply religious woman. As the eldest daughter of a German immigrant itinerant Brethern minister, J.J. Margileth, RM said she had to accompany him frequently on his circuit because her mother didn't speak English. (German)
Melvin George MEISTER b: 4 Jan 1872
Charles MEISTER b: 1874?
Mary Etta MEISTER b: 5 Aug 1876
Edward Gaylord MEISTER b: 10 Feb 1879
Bertha Grace MEISTER b: 3 Feb 1882 in Vinton,Benton Co. IA
Rosa Julia Augusta MEISTER b: 30 Jul 1885 in Bruce Twp. Benton Co. Iowa
Della Louise MEISTER b: 23 Oct 1887 in Bruce Twp. Benton Co. Iowa

The Downing, Bickelhaupt, and Preston Families of Carroll County, Illinois
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ID: I12149
Name: George Franklin Meister 1
Sex: M
Birth: 26 MAY 1851 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania 1
Death: 15 SEP 1890 in Bruce Township, Benton County, Iowa 1
Burial: Fairview Cemetery (source doesn't give location). 1

Father: George Meister b: 29 SEP 1818 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany
Mother: Anna Maria German b: 21 JAN 1820 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany

Marriage 1 Louise Elnora Margileth b: 25 JAN 1852 in Germantown Village, Montgomery County, Ohio
Married: 14 DEC 1871 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois 1
Melvin George Meister b: 4 JAN 1872
Charles Meister b: 1874
Mary Etta Meister b: 5 AUG 1876
Edward Gaylord Meister b: 10 FEB 1879
Bertha Grace Meister b: 3 FEB 1882 in Vinton, Benton County, Iowa
Rosa Julia Augusta Meister b: 30 JUL 1885 in Bruce Township, Benton County, Iowa
Della Louise Meister b: 23 OCT 1887 in Bruce Township, Benton County, Iowa

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