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MAJORVILLE   CEMETERY
HANCOCK  COUNTY,  ILLINOIS

 

JEMIMA BROWN HARTMAN SHIELDS
July 24, 1828 - June 3, 1903

 

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Jemima Brown was born July 24, 1828, in Ohio.  She married Henry Hartman (born about 1818 in Pennsylvania), probably in Ohio and probably in the late 1840s, based on the birth location and date of their first child.

By the summer of 1850 Henry and Jemima were living in Mount Pleasant, Center Township, Henry County, Iowa.  Also living in Center Township was Jemima's sister, Electa, with her husband James Madison Shields, and Mary Brown (age 56, born in Pennsylvania), presumably Jemima and Electa's mother.  James was, in fact, counted in both households in the 1850 Federal Census.

Both Henry Hartman and J. M. Shields were listed in the 1859-60 Directory for Henry County, Iowa, published by Watson Brown out of Burlington.  And both couples were enumerated in Center Township in the 1860 Federal Census of Iowa.

The children of Henry and Jemima were:

i. Francis E. "Frank" Hartman, born about 1848 in Ohio.  Frank and his wife, Josephine, lived in Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado, for many years and raised two sons, Orville L. and Vernon V.  As of April 1, 1930, Frank was living with Vernon in Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado.  We have not yet located Francis Hartman in 1870; he would have been about 22 years old.
 
ii. John Henry Hartman, born about 1852 Henry County, Iowa, probably Center Township.  He died April 21, 1930, at Tennessee, McDonough County, Illinois.
 
iii. Mary E. Hartman, born July 7, 1857, in or near Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa. She died in 1954-55, perhaps at Keokuk, Iowa, and was buried at Moss Ridge Cemetery in Carthage.
 
iv. Christian Scott Hartman, born after June 1, 1860, in or near Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa.  It appears he died in Fountain Green Township in July of 1879 and was buried at Majorville Cemetery.
 
v. Lyman Willard Hartman, born in 1865 in or near Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa.  He died June 6, 1946, in Tennessee, McDonough County, Illinois.  Interment at Majorville Cemetery.
 

Henry Hartman apparently died between 1864 and 1866.  Electa Brown Shields died in 1861 and James had subsequently remarried; it is thought that the latter marriage may have ended in divorce.

In 1866 James brought several of his children, Jemima and at least three of her children to Fountain Green Township, Hancock County, Illinois. The 1870 census recorded the following residents of the Shields home: James and his children, John, Lyman, Lizzie; married son Henry and Henry's wife Isabella Roberts Shields; Jemima [Hartman]; Mary, Scott and Willie [Hartman].

McDonough County marriage license #264 was issued to James M. Shields, 61, and Mrs. Jemima Hartman, 40, both of "Handcock Township, Handcock County", Illinois, on November 10, 1874. They were married on the same day at Colchester, by T. J. Bowman, Justice of the Peace. Accompanying the license was an affidavit signed by James M. Shields, stating that he was over the age of 21 years and that Jemima was over the age of 18.  Marriage Documents

At the time of the 1880 Federal Census for Illinois, the household included: James "A" and Jemima, Lyman, Elisabeth [Lizzie], Ida, all with the surname "Sheilds", and Willard "Heartman".

James Madison Shields died September 27, 1892.  Jemima Brown Hartman Shields died June 3, 1903.  Both were buried at Majorville Cemetery, Hancock County, Illinois.

1850 Iowa Census, Henry County, Division No. 2, Mount Pleasant (village), page 180A
enumerated August 27, 1850, dwelling #293

Henry Heartman, 32, male, farmer, born PA
Jemima, 22, female, born OH [born abt 1828]
Francis, 1, male, born OH
James M Shields, 35, male, farmer, born OH

 

1860 Iowa Census, Henry County, Center Township, page 154
enumerated June 26, 1860, dwelling #1223

H Hartman, 41, male, farmer, value of real estate 500, value of personal estate 900, born PA
Jemima, 31, female, born OH [born abt 1829]
Francis, 11, male, born OH, attended school within the year
John, 8, male, born IA, attended school within the year
Mary, 3, female, born IA,
Etha Davis, 25, female, domestic, born - not known

1870 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 128
enumerated June 6, 1870, dwelling #147

Note: bracketed information is for clarification; it was not
shown on the original census form.

Shields, James, 57, male, white, farmer, value of real estate 5000, value of personal estate 2000, born OH, father foreign born, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
[continued on the next page]
Shields, John, 15, male, white, born IA, attended school within the year
[Shields], Lyman, 13, male, white, born IA, attended school within the year
[Hartman], Jemima, 40, female, white, born OH
[Hartman], Scott, 10, male, white, born IA, attended school within the year
[Hartman], Willie, 4, male, white, born IA
[Hartman], Mary, 12, female, white, born IA, attended school within the year
[Shields], Lizzie, 10, female, white, born IA, attended school within the year
[Shields], Henry, 19, male, white, farmer, born IA
[Shields], Isabella, 21, female, white, keeping house, born IL [Isabella Roberts, Henry's wife]

 

1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 126A
enumerated June 11, 1880, dwelling #78

Sheilds, James A [sic], white, male, 61, married, farmer, born OH, both parents born Ireland
Jemima, white, female, 51, wife, married, keeping house, born OH, father born NY, mother
born PA
Lyman, white, male, 21, son, single, farmer, born IA, both parents born OH
Elisabeth, white, female, 20, daughter, single, born IA, both parents born OH
Ida, white, female, 14, daughter, single, born IA, both parents born OH
Heartman, Willard, white, male, 13, step son, single, born IA, father born PA, mother born OH

1900 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 126A
enumerated June 20, 1900, dwelling #153

Siple, George W, head, white, male, Nov 1857, 42, married for 15 years, born IL, father born Germany, mother born VA, farmer, months not employed - 0, could read, write and speak English, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 133

Lizzie B, wife, white, female, Aug 1859, 40, married for 15 years; mother of 5 children, 4 living; born IA, both parents born OH, could read, write and speak English

Lester P, son, white, male, Mar 1887, 12, single, born IL, father born IL, mother born IA, at school for 5 months, could read, write and speak English

Bertha E, daughter, white, female, June 1888, 11, single, single, born IL, father born IL, mother born IA, at school for 7 months, could read, write and speak English

Isam E, son, white, male, Mar 1894, 6, single, born IL, father born IL, mother born IA, at school for 2 months, could read, write and speak English

Martha F, daughter, white, female, Aug 1896, 3, single, born IL, father born IL, mother born IA

Eliza A, mother, white, female, Mar 1823, 77, widow; mother of 1 child, living; born VA, both parents born VA, could read, write and speak English

Shields, Jemima, mother-in-law, white, female, July 1828, 71, widow; mother of 1 child [error], living; born OH, both parents born OH, could read, write and speak English

 

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