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Notes for Martha "Mattie" Leamer Potter Meister:

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

Martha born July 02, 1851 in Vinton, Benton Co., IA

State: IA Year: 1852
County: Benton County Record Type:
Township: Taylor Township Page: 009
Database: IA 1852 State Census Index

Jacob Leamer died in Jan 1860

1860 census Eden Twp, Benton Co., IA
Rebecca Lamar, age 48
Sarah Ann, age 19, b. PA
Rachel, age 17, b. PA
Joseph, age 13, b. PA
Martha., age 9, b. PA
Gennett Thompson, female, age 28, Housekeeper, b. PA
Richard, age 38, Miner, b. PA
Samuel, age 4, b. IA
Irwin, age 1, b. IA

abt 1868 - Martha married Richard Potter

May 11, 1869 - son Oscar born in Iowa

1870 census Grant Twp., Caldwell Co., MO page 117B June 22, 1870
Household #95
Richard Thompson, age 44, farmer, b. PA
Henrietta, age 37, keeping home, b. PA
Erwin, age 11, b. IA
Frank, age 3, b. IA
May, age 1 month, b. MO
John W. Thompson, age 35, b. PA
Ellen, age 28, b. NY
Annie, age 7, b. IA
Dora, age 3, b. IA
Nancy Thompson, age 73, b. PA
Martha Leamer, age 18, keeps house, b. PA
William Gingery, age 27, farmer, b. PA

IGI Record
Hiram A. MEISTER Sex: M
Marriage(s):Spouse: Mattie LAMER Marriage: 8 Jan 1872 Caldwell', 'Missouri
Batch number: M514691

1880 United States Census Plymouth, Jefferson, Nebraska Page Number 579A
Hiram MEISTERS Self M Male W 33 IL Farmer IL ...
Mattie MEISTERS Wife M Female W 28 IA Keeping House PA PA
Oscar MEISTERS Son S Male W 12 IA IL IA
Beatrice MEISTERS Dau S Female W 6 MO IL ...

1900 census DeWitt, Saline Co., NE
H.A. Mister, head, age 53, md 27 yrs, PA/Germany/Germany, farmer
Martha, wife, age 48, md 27 yrs, 2 birth, 2 surviving, IA/PA/MD
Beatrice Weibel, daughter, age 26, widowed, 1 birth, 1 surviving, MO/PA/IA
Beatrice Aileen Weibel, granddaughter, age 4, NE/IL/MO

1910 census DeWitt, Saline Co., NE
Hiram A. Mister, head, age 63, md 38 yrs, PA/Germany/Germany, farmer
Mattie, wife, age 58, md 38 yrs, 2 birth, 2 surviving, IA/PA/PA
Aileen Weibel, granddaughter, age 14, NE/IL/MO

June 27, 1916 - listed as one of 3 surviving sisters in the obit of her brother David as Mrs. Mattie Meister, of DeWitt, Nebr.

1920 census DeWitt, Saline Co., NE
Hirum Meister, head, age 73, PA/Germany/Germany, laborer for Produce Exchange
Mattie, wife, age 68, IA/England/MD
On same page is Aileen Weibel Nicholas with husband George & daughters Lotus & Ruth.

Death Certificate of Hiram Augustus Meister who died January 6, 1931 in DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. He was 84 years old. Cause of death was given as Myocardial exhaustion and it was also notes that he had senility. Hiram's occupation given as Retired Farmer. His date of birth is given as June 22, 1846. His parents are given as George Meister and unknown, both born in Germany. Informant for personal information was his daughter Beatrice Pfeifer.

Death Certificate of Mattie Leamer Potter Meister who died January 15, 1931 in DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. She was 79 years old and widow of Hiram Meister. Cause of death was given as Pneumonia Lobular with also beginning emphysema. Her date of birth is given as July 2, 1851 in Eden, IA. Parents are given as Jacob Laemer, born PA, and Rebecca Stevens, born MD. Informant for personal information was her daughter Beatrice Pfeifer.

H.A. Meister Obituary: Funeral services for Mr. H. A. Meister were conducted from the Methodist Church Friday afternoon, January 9. Rev. R. A. Kreps assisted by Rev. A. O. Hinson was in charge. A male quartet composed of Carson Wolfe, O. W. Weibel, Jules Steele, and R. J. Danley sang. The pallbearers were: Messrs. Geo. Nicholas, W. W. Barmby, Bert Dunn, Fred Schmale, Geo. Bent, Wm. F. Schuerman. Internment was made in Oak Grove cemetery.
Hiram A. Meister was born in Pennsylvania on June 22, 1846, and passed peacefully from this life at his home in DeWitt on January 6, 1931, aged 84 years, six months and fifteen days.
After living for a time in Illinois, Mr. Meister came to Missouri as a young man. On January 8, 1872, at Kingston, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Mattie Leamer, their life together lacking but two days of fifty nine years.
To this union one daughter was born. This daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Pfeifer, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Kessler of Mt. Carol, Illinois and his widowed life companion are left with countless friends to mourn his passing.
Mr. Meister and his family came to Jefferson County, Nebraska in 1877. Nine years later they moved to a farm near DeWitt where they resided until 1908 when they moved to their present home in DeWitt.
Mr. Meister's was an unusually industrious nature and even after his years had passed the four score mark he was never so content as when engaged in some useful task. He was a devout Christian who fully believed and fervently practiced in his life the teachings of God. He was a faithful member of the Methodist church and, until failing health prevented, he was a regular attendant at every service. His last conscious hours were spent in communion with his God and he closed his eyes in eternal sleep as he had lived, unafraid and with unfaltering faith in the Saviour he had loved and served.

MRS H. A. MEISTER FUNERAL SUNDAY - Services Conducted from M. E. Church: Funeral services for Mrs. H. A. Meister were conducted from the Methodist church with Rev. Kreps in charge. The same quartet sang the same songs as were sung at the funeral of her husband the week before.
The pallbearers were also the same who had borne Mr. Meister's earthly remains to their last resting place.
The following obituary was read:
Mattie M. Leamer, daughter of Jacob & Rebeccah Leamer, was born near Vinton, Iowa, July 2, 1851, and departed this life at her home in DeWitt on January 15, 1931, aged seventy nine years, six months, and thirteen days.
The early years of her life were spent near her birthplace, after which she went to Missouri to make her home with an older sister and to teach in the public schools. There she met and on January 8, 1872, was married to Hiram A. Meister, a happy union which was destined to continue for almost fifty nine years. One daughter, now Mrs. Beatrice Pfeifer of DeWitt, was born to them. This daughter, with the son of a former marriage Oscar Potter of Chamberlain, South Dakota, one brother, Joseph Leamer of Missouri, seventeen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and a host of friends are left to mourn her loss.
Mr. & Mrs. Meister lived in and near DeWitt for more than forty five years, and their industry, their religious and family life and their devotion to each other were sources of inspiration to the community. Thru-out the weeks her husband was bed-fast during his final illness, Mrs. Meister was in almost constant attendance at his bedside. Stricken with pneumonia the day following the death of her helpmate, her vitality weakened by the long vigil and by the shock occasioned by his loss, she was unable to overcome the effects of the disease. Despite untiring care and unceasing effort to bring about her recovery, she slipped quietly away to join the companion from whom she had been so briefly parted.
A constant plea offered in the family prayer with which Mr. and Mrs. Meister began each day was that when God in His wisdom should call one, the other might also be taken. Their petition has been answered and after a separation of but a few days.

Martin-Ellis Family
Entries: 1893 Updated: Thu May 2 18:18:45 2002 Contact: Gretchen Ellis Martin
ID: I99651945
Name: Matilda or Mattie M. LEAMER
Given Name: Matilda or Mattie M.
Surname: Leamer
Sex: F
Birth: 2 Jul 1851 in Vinton,Iowa
Death: 15 Jan 1931 in DeWitt,Iowa
Change Date: 8 Mar 2002
Nickname: Mattie
17 grandchildren,10 great grandchildren, from obituary, Thursday January ? 1931. Married 59 years. Nursed husband thru long illness. Contracted pneumonia the day after he died and died soon after. Died 79 yrs, 6mo 13 days. 45 years in and near DeWitt Went to Missouri to live with older sister and to teach in public schools.
SOURCE: Her Obituary.Jan 25, 1931

Father: Jacob LEAMER
Mother: Rebecca UNKNOWN


Marriage 2 Hiram A. MEISTER b: 22 Jun 1846 in Franklin Co. Pennsylvania
Married: 8 Jan 1872 in Kingston,Missouri
Beatrice MEISTER

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