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This is our history of the Lytle Family, specifically our family branch,

which we have researched over a period of 10 years. Several people have

assisted us in our research, and those people are listed at the end of this

history. We hope that you find it informative and interesting.

Dorothy Wharton

Steve Dalton


I. William Lytle - born about 1754 in County Mayo, Ireland; died on

7/8/1833, about age 79, at Spruce Creek in Morris Township (Huntingdon

Co.), Pennsylvania; married 1) Miriam Cooley (died in 1811 at Pine Grove

Mills , Pennsylvania) on 12/3/1781 at Goshen (Orange County),

New York, and 2) ? Shannon after 1811 in Centre or Huntingdon County,


II. William Harris Lytle - born on 4/6/1789 at Goshen (Orange Co.), New

York; died on 7/27/1843, at age 54, at Rockland (Venango County),

Pennsylvania; married Ruth Everhart (born on 1/21/1791 in Pennsylvania;

died in 1848, about age 57, at Rockland , Pennsylvania)

about 1807, in Centre or Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

III. Isaiah Cooley "Ike" Lytle - born about 1815 in Huntingdon County,

Pennsylvania; died on 1/24/1859, at about age 44, at Crab Creek, town of

Churchill (Trumbull Co.), Ohio; married Martha Kinney (born about 1812 in

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania; died on 6/9/1876, about age 63, at Sharon

, Pennsylvania) about 1835 in Franklin Township, (Huntingdon

County), Pennsylvania

IV. Isaiah S. "Ike" Lytle - born on 2/22/1846 in Venango County,

Pennsylvania; died on 5/11/1898, at age 52, at Beacon (Mahaska Co.), Iowa;

married Adaline Hall (born on 3/19/1854 at Pulaski ,

Pennsylvania; died on 5/29/1933, at age 79, at Cedar Rapids ,

Iowa) about 1869, probably in Pennsylvania

V. Harry Glen Lytle - born on 4/30/1878 at Youngstown (Mahoning County),

Ohio; died on 7/9/1949, at age 71, at Des Moines (Polk County), Iowa;

married Mary Ann "Abby" Maddison (born on 9/4/1882 in Polk County, Iowa;

died on 3/27/1926, at age 43, at Williamson , Iowa) on

9/6/1902 at Albia (Monroe County), Iowa

VI. Harold Glen Lytle - born on 6/12/1903, at Hocking (Monroe County),

Iowa; died on 4/13/1941, at age 37, at Chariton (Lucas County), Iowa;

married Hazel Neighbour (born on 10/3/1905 at Hiteman ,

Iowa; died on 7/3/1984, at age 78, at Chariton , Iowa) on

1/12/1926 at Corydon (Wayne County), Iowa

It has been said that the Lytles are originally from Scotland, that they

were a part of the Little Clan, and that their name had kept the old

spelling, with the "y" in place of the "i". Branches of the Little Clan,

many of them Protestants of the Presbyterian faith, eventually moved to

Northern Ireland, Ireland, and the United States.

The earliest known Lytle of our line, William Lytle, was born in Ireland

in 1754. He came from County Mayo, the rugged, mountainous, windswept area

on Irelandís western coast. Emigrating to New York City in America in

1773, he moved on to Goshen (Orange Co.), New York, by June 1775. His

occupation was linen weaver, so he was considered to be a member of the

middle class because he had a trade.

There is an older verbal tradition in the Lytle family that a brother of

William was the father of William Haines Lytle, the famous Civil War

general, poet, and politician whose family was influential in the

Cincinnati, Ohio, area for years. This is doubtful, since there has never

been any direct link established between the two families in our research

or in any of the other modern Lytle family researchers contacted. However,

the possibility is still there that our branch of the Lytles and the

Hamilton County, Ohio, branch might be somehow related.

On 6/21/1775, William enlisted from Goshen as a Private in the 3rd

Regiment of the New York Militia, just over a month after signing the

Articles of Association (a determination of loyalty to the Colonies). On a

muster roll for the New York Continental Army of 7/22/1775, he was

described as 5'4" tall with brown hair and "grey" eyes. In the six years

between 1775 and 1781, he saw action in the battles at St. Johns and Quebec

in the ill-fated Canadian expedition; in the defense of New York City, at

the Battle of White Plains, New York, and in the Monmouth Courthouse

campaign in New Jersey, all under George Washington; and, finally, in two

of the punitive campaigns against the Iroquois Indians and the Tories in

the Mohawk Valley of New York. For more details on Williamís career in the


After the Revolutionary War, William Lytle returned home to Goshen in

Orange County, New York. There, on 12/3/1781, at age 27, he married Miriam

Cooley at the Presbyterian Church at Goshen. It is not known when Miriam

was born, but she lived at Minisink in Orange County when they were

married; her father was Nathaniel Cooley. It is not known exactly how many

children William had, because after Miriamís death in 1811, he married

again, to a woman with the maiden name of Shannon who had come from the

Wyoming Valley area of Pennsylvania. It is believed that he had 6 children

with Miriam, but there may have been 4 girls born afterward whose names are

not known and who could have been the Shannon womenís children.

The 6 known children of William and Miriam Lytle were:

1. James Lytle - b. before 1786, probably in Orange Co, NY; later moved to

Delaware Co., OH

2. William Harris Lytle - born 4/6/1789 at Goshen (Orange Co.), New York;

more on William Harris Lytle below

3. John Lytle - (according to a letter from William Stonebraker Lytle,

grandson of William, John "mounted his horse one fine spring morning and

was never heard of since.")

4. Nathaniel "Than" Lytle - b 7/6/1802 in PA; d. 7/30/1888 at Spruce Creek

(Huntingdon Co.) PA; m. Sarah Stonebraker (b. c1806; daughter of John

Stonebraker & Jane Hyskell; d. 3/28/1889 at Spruce Creek, PA) on 7/6/1826;

in the saddle and harness trade; postmaster at Morris Township (Huntingdon

Co.) PA

5. Benjamin C. Lytle - b. 1804 in Centre Co., PA; d. 4/1873 at Entriken

(Huntingdon Co.), PA; m. Lydia Plummer (b 1808; daughter of Sophia Cole?;

d. 12/24/1882 in Lincoln Township , PA) c1835 at Spruce

Creek (Huntingdon Co.), PA

6. Miriam Lytle - b. 1806 in Centre Co, PA; m. ? Hagey

William and Miriam migrated west in 1791, following the old Indian trail

from Orange County, New York, through the Appalachian Mountains to the

Wyoming Valley in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania; the family showed up on the

Census in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in 1800. Later, most likely by

1804, they moved to Centre County, Pennsylvania, where Miriam died at Pine

Grove Mills in 1811. Around 1812, William moved to Huntingdon County,

Pennsylvania, living at Union Furnace and Spruce Creek in Morris Township.

It is believed that he married the Shannon woman in either Centre or

Huntingdon County some time after 1811.

William later applied for a Revolutionary War pension, at age 77, on

8/15/1832, in Huntingdon Country, for his services to his new nation. The

process involved a lengthy question and answer process, in which a judge

asked him to produce a detailed account of his Revolutionary War

experiences, including dates of enlistment, officers under which he served,

and campaigns and battles in which he was involved. Although it was no

doubt a tortuous process for him, the transcripts of the hearing are now

invaluable as a detailed record of his military career. A reverend from

the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he was a member, testified that

Williamís discharge papers were "long lost". The judge in the hearing

reported that "William Litle is unable from bodily infirmity and weakness

to attend court." When asked his age at the hearing, he replied that he

was not sure, that he thought he was born in 1754, and that there was no

record of his age. William Lytle was rewarded with some land and a

veteranís pension of $80 a year until he died, at age 79, at Spruce Creek

(where he may have been living with his son, William Harris Lytle), Morris

Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, on 7/8/1833; he was buried at

Colerain Forge in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

At some point during the lifetime of William Lytle, he changed religions,

from Presbyterian to Methodist Episcopal (or M.E. Church, now commonly

known as Methodist). William and Miriam Lytle were married in a

Presbyterian church, so the family most likely followed that religion, as

most immigrants of Scottish background did. However, by the time William

applied for his pension in 1832 in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, he

belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Once the Lytles changed to

Methodist, that church was an extremely strong influence in their

lives----at least three of William Harris Lytleís sons were Methodist

ministers, and the family was Methodist from at least that time on. The

early Methodist Episcopal Church was very aggressive in its recruitment

methods, especially in the frontier areas, where the Lytles lived. They

sent out circuit-riding ministers to the villages and to the family cabins,

preaching to the rural inhabitants; they also staged gigantic revival

meetings, which attracted people from miles around. One group in

particular that the M.E. Church had a large amount of success in converting

was the Presbyterians of Scotch-Irish descent, which included the Lytles.

William Harris Lytle, who was a farmer, married Ruth Everhart about 1807;

Ruth was born on 1/21/1791 in Pennsylvania. The 10 known children born to

this union were:

1. Jonathan Stevens Lytle - b. 4/1/1808 in Huntingdon Co., PA; d. 5/30/1889

at West Middlesex (Mercer Co.), PA; m. Jane Wallace (b. 3/5/1806; d. before

1835) by 1828 and Mary Elliot "Polly" Brandon (b. 11/16/1816 in VA; d.

7/14/1893 at Erie , PA) on 3/8/1837 at Rockland Township (Venango

Co.), PA; foundryman

2. Christian Everhart Lytle - b. 1811 at Petersburg (Huntingdon Co.), PA;

d. 9/20/1894 at Franklin (Venango Co.), PA; m. Anna Jones (b. 2/1/1808; d.

8/7/1879 at St. Petersburg , PA) on 1/17/1837 in Huntingdon

Co. and Sarah Temple Grove (b. 4/6/1820 at Polk , PA; d.

10/20/1898) on 3/15/1880 at Polk (Venango Co.), PA; collier, teamster, iron

furnace worker, clerk; later, teacher, Methodist minister; last job as

toll-taker on the Allegheny Bridge at Franklin in Venango Co.

3. Isaiah Cooley "Ike" Lytle - born about 1815 in Huntingdon Co.,

Pennsylvania; more on Isaiah Cooley Lytle below

4. Lydia Lytle - m. ? Lygood; later moved to Warren Co., PA

5. John Shannon Lytle - b. 4/6/1820 in Huntingdon Co., PA; d. 9/9/1879 at

Parkerís Landing (Armstrong Co.), PA; m. Jane Bell (b. 7/28/1819 in PA,

daughter of Robert Bell & Martha Hartley; d. 8/15/1861 at Jamestown

, NY) in 1839 or 1840 in Venango Co, PA, and her sister,

Mary Morrison Bell, in 1862; Methodist minister; served as a chaplain for

the Union army during Civil War for 1 year, took his youngest son along as

a drummer boy, his other sons already serving

6. William Stonebraker Lytle - b. c1822 in Morris Township, Huntingdon Co.,

PA; d. 7/17/1897 at Hermitage (Mercer Co.), PA; m. Elizabeth Bell (d. 1847)

in 1846 and Margaret Leasure in 1850; farmer, iron worker; later,

bookkeeper, teacher of the Choctaw Indians in Indian Territory (later OK)

for 3 years; wrote a book on the coal and iron industries in Mercer Co, PA.

7. Stephen Harris Lytle - a writer

8. Hanna Amanda Lytle

9. Catherine Jane Lytle - m. Samuel Clawges

10. David Steel Lytle - b. 1838 at Hook (Washington Co.), PA; d. 6/1909 at

Oil City (Venango Co)., PA; plasterer; Civil War veteran; youngest son

William Harris Lytle moved from Huntingdon County to Venango County,

Pennsylvania, by 1836. Jonathan, John S., William S., and Stephen migrated

to Venango County with their parents, and Christian moved there by 1837,

but Isaiah stayed in Huntingdon County for a while, since he was still

there on the 1840 Census. Jonathan, Christian, and William S. worked in

the fledgling iron industry in Venango County; in fact, Christian ran one

of the first iron furnaces in the county. Later, Jonathanís son, Joseph

Burt Todd Lytle, moved to Birmingham, Alabama, in the late 1800's, and was

a part of the founding of the steel industry there.

William Harris Lytle died of "dropsy of the heart", at age 54, on

7/27/1843, at Rockland in Venango County, Pennsylvania, while Ruth Lytle

died in 1848, at age 57, also at Rockland. William and Ruth were buried on

the family farm.

Isaiah Cooley "Ike" Lytle moved quite a bit, showing up on the 1840 Census

at Warriors Mark (Huntingdon Co.), Pennsylvania, at Snyder Township

(Huntingdon Co.) in 1841, on the tax lists as a blacksmith in 1843 and

1845 in Venango County, Pennsylvania, in Trumbull County, Ohio, at the time

of his death, and perhaps in Mahoning County, Ohio,; it is also believed

that he was a miner, at one time or another, and it has been said that he

was a circuit-riding Methodist minister. Isaiah married Martha Kinney

(born about 1812 in Huntingdon Co., PA; daughter of Thomas Kinney, Jr., and

Martha ?) in about 1835 in Franklin Township in Huntingdon County.

Thomas Kinney was born in Scotland and was married to Elizabeth Ewing

(born at Shippewrick, PA), and the only son known to be from this union was

Thomas Kinney, Jr., born in 1763 and died about 1828 in Huntingdon County,

Pennsylvania; he married Martha ? (b. 1755; d. c1853), and had 13 known


1. Isabella Kinney - m. Richard Glasgow

2. Phoebe Kinney

3. Elizabeth Kinney - m. John Tipton

4. Irvin Kinney - b. 1800 in PA; m. Mary Taylor

5. Jane Kinney - m. David Hunter

6. Samuel Kinney - m. Elizabeth Cassidy

7. Sarah Kinney - m. John Buckett

8. Polly Kinney - m. John Igore

9. Julie Ann Kinney - m. John Bruce

10. James Kinney - m. Harriet ?

11. Martha Kinney - born about 1812 in Huntingdon Co., PA; more on Martha

Kinney below

12. Ruth Kinney - m. John Evans

13. Harriet Kinney - b. c1830; d. 5/1888

The Kinneys were living in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, when the first

census was taken in 1790 and appeared on the 1796 Tax List of that county

in Canoe Valley (now Morris Township). The elder Martha Kinney later lived

in Blair County, Pennsylvania, with her son James and her daughter Harriet,

who never married.

The 8 known children of Ike and Martha Lytle were:

1. William "Bill" Lytle - b. 1836 in Huntingdon Co., PA; d. at Chatfield

(Filmore Co.), MN, about 1928; m. after 1870, probably in MN, had a family

there; coal miner and Methodist minister

2. Thomas "Tommie" Lytle - b. c1837 in Huntingdon Co, PA; d. at a soldierís

home in KS; Civil War veteran

3. Miriam Jane Lytle - b. 8/3/1838 in Huntingdon Co, PA; d. 7/11/1928 at

home of pneumonia from heart disease at Youngstown (Mahoning Co.), OH; m.

William Thomas Sullivan (b. 1/4/1838 at Akron , OH, d.

12/14/1929 at Youngstown, OH) on 5/22/1859 at Sharon (Mercer Co), PA

4. John Lytle - b. c1841, probably at Snyder Township in Huntingdon Co, PA;

d. 9/19 or 9/20/1863 at the Battle of Chickamauga, GA, in the Civil War;

joined the Union Army at the age of 14 under the last name of "Ross"

5. Ruth Lytle - b. c1845 in Venango Co., PA; d. ? in Fillmore Co., MN; m. ?


6. Isaiah S. "Ike" Lytle - born 2/22/1846 in Venango County, Pennsylvania;

more on Isaiah S. Lytle below

7. James J. Lytle - b. 7/22/1847; d. 2/22/1921 at Carneysville (Sheridan

Co.), WY; m. Mary Jane Morgan (b. c1857 in OH; dau. of John Morgan

c1820 in Wales>) between 1870 and 1875; coal miner

8. Eleanor "Ellen" or "Ella" Lytle - b. 1852 in PA; d. at Vienna (Trumbull

Co), OH

Isaiah Cooley Lytle died on 1/24/1859, at age 44, at Crab Creek in the

town of Churchill (Trumbull Co.), Ohio, while Martha Lytle died on

6/9/1876, at age 63, at Sharon (Mercer Co.), Pennsylvania; both are buried

at the Churchill Cemetery in Trumbull County in the Vienna/Girard area.

Isaiah S. "Ike" Lytle married Adaline Hall around 1869; they had most

likely met in Pennsylvania and were probably married in Mercer County,

Pennsylvania, he at age 19 and she at age 15. Adaline was born on

3/19/1854 at Pulaski (Lawrence Co.), Pennsylvania, daughter of Thomas Hall

(born in Ohio) and Elizabeth English (born 1821 in Pennsylvania); both were

listed on the 1860 census as being of Irish ancestry. Adaline first

appears on the 1860 Mercer County, Pennsylvania census, living with her

mother, Elizabeth, and sisters (Rosanna, age 10, and Rhoda, age 3), in the

city of Mercer (Mercer Co.), Pennsylvania. By 1860, Thomas Hall is gone,

so he probably died between 1857 and that year; it has been said that he

made his living as a farmer. Elizabeth Hallís "value of real estate" on

the census is listed as $50. Supposedly, the Halls at one time moved to

Burlington, Iowa, then moved back to Pennsylvania.

Maxine (Hefler) Cronbaugh, a granddaughter of Adaline Lytle, was told as a

child by Adaline that before she and Ike were married, he told her that if

she was to be his wife she would have to be a Methodist and a Democrat, to

which she agreed. But after Ike died, Adaline said: "Now I can be a

Baptist and a Republican." It has been said that she was a devoted Baptist

and a staunch Republican from then on.

Isaiah S. Lytle first shows up on the 1870 census of Mercer County,

Pennsylvania, in the city of Sharon. By that time, he is married to

Adaline, and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Hall, is living with them, as is

his daughter of 10 months, Lilly. Ike was a coal miner, and many of the

moves he and his family made during his lifetime was to follow the coal

mining jobs westward, although some of the moves may have been forced, due

to his involvement with the early minersí union activity (that aspect of

his life, and how it ultimately affected him and his family, will be

detailed later).

The 7 known children of Ike and Adaline Lytle were:

1. Lilly Augusta Lytle - born 8/1869 in PA; died 1/24/1871 at Sharon

(Mercer Co.), PA

2. John F. Lytle - b. 1872 in PA; d. c1886 at What Cheer (Keokuk Co.), IA

3. Clara J. Lytle - b. 1877 in Ohio; died before 1949; married J.C. Spencer

4. Harry Glen Lytle - born 4/30/1878 at Youngstown (Mahoning County), Ohio;

more on Harry Glen Lytle below

5. May I. Lytle - b. 8/1883 in OH; m. Grant A. Hepler

a. Maxine Hepler - m. ? Cronbaugh; child:

1) Joseph Cronbaugh

6. Rose Gertrude Lytle - b. 6/1884 at What Cheer (Keokuk Co.), IA; m. Byron

Heneks; children:

a. Byron Lytle Heneks

b. William Eugene Heneks, M.D.

7. Blanche M. Lytle - b. 12/1892 at Beacon (Mahaska Co.), IA; m. Charles


The 1900 Census states that Adaline Lytle had 11 children in all, but that

only 5 are living at that time; it is not known who the other 4 children

(besides the 7 listed above) were. It is known that the 5 children who

were still alive in 1900 went on to adulthood and marriage----Harry, Clara,

May, Rose, and Blanche were still living in 1933, since they are listed in

Adalineís obituary as surviving her; Clara is not listed as surviving Harry

in his obituary in 1949, so she died some time before then. Rose and May

eventually moved to Cedar Rapids (Linn Co.), Iowa, while Clara moved to

Marion (Linn Co.), Iowa, and Blanche, after marrying late in her life, went

to Rockville (Montgomery Co.), Maryland.

The family moved from Pennsylvania to Austintown in Mahoning County, Ohio,

between 1872 and 1877, then moved to south-central Iowa between August of

1883 and June of 1884, as Ike Lytle worked in the coal fields there at What

Cheer in Keokuk County by 1884 and Beacon in Mahaska County by 1885. On

the 1880 Census, they are living at Austintown, just west of Youngstown,

and Elizabeth Hall, Adalineís mother, is still living with them. This is

the last time she is found on any census, so she must have died some time

after 1880. Two of Meriam (Lytle; Ikeís sister) Sullivanís sons are living

nearby with Ikeís brother, James, and are listed as coal miners.

Isaiah S. Lytle died on 5/11/1898, at age 52, in a mining accident at the

Garfield Coal Mine at Beacon (Mahaska Co., north of Oskaloosa), Iowa. The

Oskaloosa Daily Herald of May 11, 1898, had the story on its front page:


Isaiah Lytle, a miner working in the Garfield mine near Beacon, was

instantly killed this afternoon by a fall of slate or rock. His home is in Beacon and he leaves a wife and four children. He was about fifty years of age, and was well known at Beacon. The accident happened just after dinner and the cause cannot be


A report in The Oskaloosa Daily Herald on the next day (May 12) gave more



Isaiah S. Lytle, whose death was chronicled in Wednesday eveningís

Herald, was killed by a falling boulder in the Garfield mine. The boulder was

about 300 pounds in weight and was sticking through the roof of an entry. The shots in an adjacent room loosened it and it fell. Mr. Lytle had gone into the mine to see the result of a shot and from the appearance of the body when found he had evidently been sitting down and the boulder striking him on the shoulders and broken his back and pushed him face downward.

Coroner Chessman thinks that death resulted from suffocation rather than

the breaking of the back. The appearance of the corpse supports his theory.

Even though Isaiahís death was officially ruled as accidental, there was

some doubt from the local community as to just how accidental it was,

especially from the union leaders, who organized their union members to

march in his funeral procession. Ike Lytle had been an early union

activist, both in Ohio and in Iowa (supposedly, he was fired at the mine at

What Cheer, Iowa, because of his union activities), and perhaps even in

Pennsylvania. It has been said that he personally knew John L. Lewis, one

of the early union activists who later founded the American Federation of

Labor and was president of the United Mine Workers; it is not known if this

is true, but Lewis was born at nearby Lucas, (Lucas Co.), Iowa, in 1880,

and was a coal miner in the same area that the Lytles worked, so it is more

than possible that the two of them crossed paths at one time or another,

especially considering that both were involved in early union activism.

Ike Lytle supposedly had been fired 15 different times from his mining jobs

because of his activism, and, with the record of violence that marked the

early union struggles from both the owners and the miners, it is entirely

possible that he was murdered in the mine, or at least the victim of a

planned or rigged "accident".

There was a long investigation conducted about his death by the union, and

there were four or five court hearings, but it is not known what the

conclusions of the hearings were; however, the Garfield mine did give

Adaline a big house in Beacon. She was left a widow with four children to

raise, and she kept boarders in her large house to earn a living. She must

have never remarried, because on her obituary, her last name is reported as

Lytle; Lytle is also the last name on her death certificate.

On the 1900 Iowa Census, Adaline shows up in Garfield Township, Mahaska

County, still at Beacon, Iowa, as a widow with 4 of her children living in

her household----Harry, age 21, May, age 16, Rose, age 15, and Blanche, age

7. Harry is working in the coal mines, while his sisters are attending

school; all can read and write, including Adaline, and she owns her home,

free of mortgage.

Adaline Lytle died from heart disease on 5/29/1933, at age 79, in Cedar

Rapids (Linn Co.), Iowa, where she had been living with her daughter, May,

during her last five years of failing health. Both Adaline and Isaiah S.

Lytle are buried at the Beacon Cemetery in Mahaska County, Iowa.

Harry Glen Lytle, age 24, and Mary Ann "Abby" Maddison, age 20, were

joined in wedlock by the Justice of the Peace at Albia (Monroe Co.), Iowa,

on 9/6/1902. Prior to their marriage, Harry was living at Hickory, and

Abby was living at Hocking; both towns are in Monroe County, Iowa.

Abby was born on 9/4/1882 in Polk County, Iowa; she was the daughter of

Edward (or Thomas?) Maddison, who emigrated here from England, according to

his death records in Monroe County, Iowa; her motherís name was Barbara

Clark. Edward and Barbara Maddisonís 7 known children were (all of this

information was taken from a very old Maddison Family Bible):

1. Edward Maddison - born 1/7/1874

2. Jane Maddison - b. 1/18/1878

3. Robert Maddison - b. 3/19/1881

4. Mary Ann "Abby" Maddison - born 9/4/1882; more on Abby Maddison below

5. Elizabeth Maddison - b. 3/4/1886; d. 3/8/1967; m. Mark Mitchell (d.

6/23/1936 at Hines, IL, at age 55, of cancer of the bladder)

6. Margaret Maddison - b. 7/19/1888

7. Ellen Maddison - b. 8/10/1890

Later, the double "d" in "Maddison" was dropped and the name became

"Madison", supposedly in honor of the American president, James Madison.

Many of the Madison family were eventually buried in the Albia (Monroe

Co.), Iowa, area, and it is said that there are still many Madisons living

around Chariton (Lucas Co.) and Centreville (Appanoose Co.), Iowa.

Harry and Abby Lytle had 10 children, all born in Iowa:

1. Harold Glen Lytle - born 6/12/1903 at Hocking (Monroe County); more on

Harold Glen Lytle below

2. Florence Margaret Lytle - b. 4/27/1905 at Hickory (Monroe Co.); died

1977, age 72; m. Jacob "Jake" Napoleon McFarlane

3. Chester Lytle - b. 1/3/1909 at Blythe (Mahaska Co.); d. 1983, age 74

4. Edward Madison Lytle - b. 9/19/1913 at Albia (Monroe Co.); d. 5/23/1985,

age 72; m. Mona Schofield

5. Mildred Lytle - b. 6/17/1916; d. 12/1/1918, age 2

6. Merle Lytle - b. 2/8/1919; d. 5/17/1919, age 3 months

7. Mary Lytle - stillborn; buried at Hickory Grove Cemetery at Hickory

(Monroe Co.)

8. Robert Wayne "Bob" Lytle - b. 10/7/1920 at Walkman (Monroe Co.); m.

Helen Williams

9. Ruth Eileen Lytle - b. 11/29/1921; d. 1979, age 58; m Dywane Blanchard

10. Lena Mae Robinette (Lytle) - b. 12/11/1923; d. 1974, age 51; m. Charles


Harry, like his father, Isaiah, was a coal miner, and he traveled around

to wherever he could find work, spending most of his time away from his

family. At one point in his life, he was homesteading in Wisconsin or

Minnesota. After Abby died in 1926, Harry went to work in mines in

Wyoming, in Rock Springs and Winton. He married a woman named Mae ? while

there, but not much is known about her. He retired from the mine at

Winton, and he and Mae were separated, Harry going back to Iowa and Mae

returning to her family. Harry Lytle had a stroke in 1943 and lived his

last 6 years at Nelson Nursing Home at Des Moines (Polk Co.), Iowa, where

he died of heart disease, at age 71, on 7/9/1949.

Abby Lytle must have been quite a self-sufficient woman, since she raised

most of her children basically by herself, with Harry usually gone

somewhere on a job. She eventually developed cancer, which spread

throughout her body. Mary Ann "Abby" Lytle died on 3/27/1926, at age 43,

of cancer at Williamson (Lucas Co.), still a young woman. Harry and Abby

Lytle are buried at the Chariton Cemetery.

As far as Harry and Abby Lytleís children are concerned, Florence Lytle

married Jacob "Jake" McFarlane when she was 16; she lied about her age so

she could get married, but she was quite tall and mature-looking. They had

4 children (Ruth, Edna, Jack, and Bill). Florence died of cancer of the

mouth in 1977 at age 72. Her daughter, Ruth (McFarlane) Senecautt,

supplied much of the information pertaining to her motherís generation for

this history; Ruth has also written a history of her branch of the family.

Chester Lytle, along with his brother, Edward, went to Wyoming with Harry

after Abby died; Chester was 13 and Edward was 17, at the time. But when

they returned to Iowa, Chester, instead of settling down, became a loner

and roamed around the West, hopping trains. Years later, he nearly died

when his legs were severed after falling under a freight train. He was in

a rehab hospital in Denver, Colorado, for a long time, then returned to

Iowa, where he died in 1983 at age 74. He is buried next to his father and

mother in Chariton.

Edward Lytle married Mona Schofield on 12/30/1937; they had two daughters,

Patricia and Vicki. Edward and Mona met when Edward and his father, Harry,

helped Harold run a merry-go-round and some little cars for a carnival in

Osceola and Indiana County, Iowa, while Monaís parents ran a cook house.

Edward went back to Rock Springs, Wyoming, to work in a mine; then, when he

won a "Bank Nite" money prize, he came back to Iowa and married Mona. He

died on 5/23/1985 at age 72, when he committed suicide by hanging to end

his suffering from cancer. Mona Lytle has contributed much of the

information on Edwardís generation and the Maddison family for this


Mildred and Merle Lytle died during the devastating flu epidemics of 1918

and 1919, Mildred at age 2 on 12/1/1918, and Merle as an infant of 3 months

on 5/17/1919; they are buried in a small cemetery outside of Albia (Monroe

Co.), Iowa, Hickory Grove Cemetery. Edward later said that he remembered

playing with Mildred as a child, and then one day she was gone. It was

never explained to him that she had died. Mary Lytle was stillborn (date

unknown) and was buried at Hickory Grove Cemetery at Hickory in Monroe


After Abby had died, the younger children were split up and sent to live

in different places, as Harry was working out in Wyoming and their mother

was no longer living. Robert and Ruth were raised by their aunt (Abbyís

sister), Elizabeth (Maddison) Mitchell in Des Moines, Iowa, and both lived

with their older brother, Harold, and his wife, Hazel, for a while; Robert

also reports that he and Ruth lived with another aunt in Detroit, Michigan,

for a couple of years. Robert has said that he didnít remember seeing his

father until he was a young man. He got off a train at Williamson (Lucas

Co.), Iowa, and saw a man approaching him; he thought to himself that the

man looked familiar, like a Lytle. The man walked up to him and said, "Hi,

son." It was his father, Harry Lytle.

Robert Lytle, who first lived at Hickory (Monroe Co.), Iowa, as a child,

married Helen Williams (b. 9/24/1926 at Des Moines, IA; d. 6/14/1995 at

Loveland, )on 1/17/1948 at Des Moines, Iowa, and they had

two children:

Ruth Lytle, who, like Robert, was also brought up by Elizabeth Mitchell,

married Dwane Blanchard, and they had one son, James. She died in 1979 at

age 58 and is buried in the family plot at Chariton.

Lena was very young when Abby died, around 1 year old. At first, she

lived with her aunt, May (Lytle) Hefler; later, she was given up for

adoption to a family (George and Isabelle Robinette) who had lost a

daughter, with the understanding that they could re-name her "Lena". It is

believed that the Lytle and the Robinetter families had been very close for

years, since there was a W.H. Robinette, age 60, who was a witness for

Harry and Abbyís marriage in 1902; so it is probable that the Robinette

family was on very good terms with both the Lytle and the Madison families.

It is not known what her original name (at birth) was, but she became Lena

Robinette at that point. The Lytles kept track of her all during her life.

She was raised in Albia by her new family, and later she married Charles

Davis and moved to Des Moines and had two children, Barbara and Johnny.

She died in 1974 at age 51, and is buried at Des Moines.

Harold Lytle, like his father and grandfather before him, was a coal

miner. He began mining when he was quite young, working with his father

around Williamson (Lucas Co.) and Albia. He married Hazel Neighbour on

1/12/1926 at the M.E. Church in Corydon (Wayne Co.), Iowa, where they had

eloped. Hazel, daughter of Alfred Neighbour and Margaret Frew (see

Neighbour/Frew Family History), was born on 10/3/1905 at Hiteman (Monroe

County), Iowa.

Note: I would like to thank the following Lytle relatives, in-lawís, and

researchers for their immense help with their memories and with the facts

that went into this family history (listed in order of our contact with

them): Mona (Schofield) Lytle, wife of Edward Lytle (son of Harry Lytle);

Robert Lytle, son of Harry Lytle; Ruth (McFarlane) Senecautt, daughter of

Florence (Lytle) McFarlane (daughter of Harry Lytle); Maxine (Hepler)

Cronbaugh, daughter of May (Lytle) Hepler (daughter of Isaiah S. Lytle);

Byron Lytle Heneks, son of Rose (Lytle) Heneks (daughter of Isaiah S.

Lytle); Anne (Simmons) Wise, great-great-great-granddaughter of Jonathan

Stevens Lytle (son of William Harris Lytle); Helen (Botsai) Marquard,

great-great-granddaughter of John Shannon Lytle (son of William Harris

Lytle); Fonda (Wagner) Baselt, wife of Walter Baselt (great-grandson of

Miriam Jane Sullivan ), and Marvin

Lytle, son of Robert Lytle (son of Harry Lytle). Without all of these

people, none of this could have been accomplished.

A special thanks goes to Dorothy (Lytle) Wharton, daughter of Harold Lytle,

who did most of the research on this project, spending considerable time

and money, not to mention tons of persistence.

January 1999

Dorothy Wharton

Steve Dalton