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32. John Thomas Morrison, born October 21, 1852 in Pennsylvania; died March 07, 1914 in Bunch, Fox River Township, Davis County, Iowa. He was the son of 64. Joseph Morrison and 65. Eliza Forsyth. He married 33. Nancy Rebeca Forsythe April 02, 1871 in John Forsythe's residence, Davis County, Iowa.
Notes for John Thomas Morrison:
John was an only child of Joseph and Eliza.  He went by the name Thomas, or Tom, most of his life.  Thomas' father predeceased his mother.  When his mother died in 1866, her estate contained 23 acres of land purchased by Eliza in 1861, and a boat load of debts.  The only way to pay off the debts was to sell the real estate, and when the debts had been paid by the executor there was nothing left for Thomas.  Thus Thomas was left to start adult life with nothing in his pocket, and no real estate of his own.
The 1870 Davis County, Iowa census shows Thomas living with Mary Forsyth, widow of William Forsyth who was a brother of Eliza, and helping with the farm work.  This census entry shows Thomas' name as badly mangled by the census taker, but the enumeration information along with his mother's probate information make it clear this is Thomas.  Mary was Mary Forsythe, sister of John Forsythe, Nancy Rebeca's father.  So Thomas was the nephew of William Forsyth and Nancy Rebeca was the niece of Mary Forsythe Forsyth.  It is easy to see how Thomas and Nancy Rebeca would get to know each other.
For the first 10 years of their married life they moved around some from Davis County, to Wapello County, to Keokuk County, and then back to Davis County.  It may have been the conveyance of 80 acres of Marion Township land in Davis County in 1881 from John and Mary Ann Forsythe to daughter Nancy R. Morrison that brought them back to Davis County to stay.
Thomas was well respected, including being elected several times as Justice of the Peace.  One action of Thomas as Justice of the Peace was to perform the marriage of his eldest child, Joseph Artensus, and Rosa May Coop.

33. Nancy Rebeca Forsythe, born October 15, 1852 in Pennsylvania; died June 29, 1931 in Bunch, Fox River Township, Davis County, Iowa. She was the daughter of 66. John Forsythe and 67. Mary Ann Johnson.
Notes for Nancy Rebeca Forsythe:
On 24 November 1881 and in Deed Record Book 30, page 154 is executed a deed whereby John Foresythe and Mary A. Foresythe do convey to Nancy R. Morrison and her children "The South West quarter of the South West quarter and the North West quarter of the South West of Section No. Twenty eight of township No. Seventy (70) north of Range fifteen (15) west."  On 15 December 1886 court action was taken by Nancy R. Morrison against John Forsythe, Artnesis Morrison, John Morrison, Alice M. Morrison, William Morrison, Perry Morrison and Nathaniel Morrison.  As stated in the court records "...that plaintiff is the daughter of defendant John Forsythe that on November 24, 1881 said Defendant Forsythe intending to make an advancment to plaintiff equal to advancements made to his other children executed a deed intending to convey to her the south west quarter of the south west quarter and the north west quarter of the south west quarter of section twenty eight (28) Township seventy (70) north Range fifteen west in Davis County Iowa...that said land was estimated at the time to be worth One Hundred Dollars more than the advancements said Defendant John Forsythe had previously made to his other children and it was then and there agreed by and between said Defendant and Plaintiff that she should pay to her said father the said sum in cash and that she did pay the same it is further found that by a mistake and oversight of the party drawing up said deed the words Nancy R Morrison and her children were inserted in said deed as the Grantees instead of Nancy R. Morrison as was the intention of said parties...".
The result of the court action was to clearly declare Nancy R. Morrison the righful Grantee for the 80 acres in question.  The difference of $100 was because Sophia Forsythe Adams received only 40 acres, Alice M. Forsythe Parse received only 40 acres and Eliza J. Forsythe Glassburner received only 40 acres, all on 20 November 1885.  This accounted for all land purchased by John Forsythe, the original 160 acres purchased in 1854 (see notes for John's father Thomas Forsythe, Jr.) plus the 40 acres John purchased from F. Overton and wife on 30 March 1881 (Davis County Deed Book 28, page 139).
Thomas and Nancy are buried in Glassburner Cemetery, Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa.  The WPA cemetery listing does not show the death date for Nancy, but the headstone is very well preserved and gives her dates as documented here.  Additionally a notice in the Bunch News section of the July 7, 1931 issue of the Davis County Republican newspaper states:
"Grandma Morrison passed away at her home in Bunch, Monday, at 3:00 o'clock, after a short illness. Her funeral was held Wednesday, July 1, at the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ at 2:30 o'clock. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Glassburner cemetery."

Children of John Morrison and Nancy Forsythe are:

i. Joseph Artensus Morrison, born February 07, 1872 in Davis County, Iowa; died May 26, 1925 in At home, near Bunch, Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; married (1) Rosa May Livingston January 16, 1895 in Thomas Livingston's residence, Davis County, Iowa; born Abt. May 1879 in Kansas; died Unknown; married (2) Rosa May Livingston May 22, 1901 in Thomas Livingston's residence, Davis County, Iowa; born Abt. May 1879 in Kansas; died Unknown; married (3) Rosie May Coop November 22, 1903 in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; born December 29, 1884 in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; died July 07, 1970 in Bunch, Fox River Township, Davis County, Iowa.
Joseph Artensus was known most of his adult life as Tenny, and in fact was enumerated thusly in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 federal censuses.  Artensus certainly has a ring of Irish to it.  His grandfather was Joseph Morrison, and may in fact have been Joseph Artensus Morrison as well.
The 1915 Iowa census records his 1914 income as $800, his total farm encumbrance as $3,700 on a farm value of $6,000.  This farm was located in the Bunch post office area.  Bunch went by two names - Bunch and Paris.  The town was first called Paris, but when the railroad came through they said the town had to change its name since there was already a Paris in Linn County, Iowa and they did not want to change all the railroad schedules.  Bunch was selected after a very respected doctor in the area.  The state road maps listed the town as Paris and the railroad listed the town as Bunch.
Tenny sued for divorce from Rosa May Livingston twice.  Approximately 5 months after the first divorce was final, they remarried, but this second marriage lasted only about 7 weeks.  Tenny sued both times declaring Rosa was unfaithful and had committed adultry while they were married.  Tenny and Rosa May Livingston had 2 sons and 2 daughter between the two marriages.  Tenny and Rosie May Coop had 4 sons and 2 daughters.  According to the 1910 Fox River Township, Davis County, Iowa census, the surviving 2 daughters and 1 son of the Tenny and Rosa May Livingston marriages were being raised by her parents, while Rosa was nowhere to be found.  The 1920 Fox River census shows the son, Denzel, still living with his Livingston grandparents, but Rosa and the girls are not to be found.
16 ii. John Clayton Morrison, born November 07, 1873 in Wapello County, Iowa; died August 24, 1938 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; married Florence Belle Elder December 10, 1902 in Benjamin Elder's resident, Davis County, Iowa.
iii. Alice Mae Morrison, born July 14, 1876 in Wapello County, Iowa; died February 12, 1956; married George W. McClellan Collins December 24, 1896 in Minister's residence, Davis County, Iowa; born March 12, 1872 in Calhoun County, West Virginia; died April 17, 1953.
George and his family at the time, wife Alice May, and daughters Elsie and Greta, moved to Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota in March 1910 along with the William Morrison and family.  In fact, the 1910 3rd Ward Huron census shows the George Collins and William Morrison families living in the same house.  George is listed as a freight trucker in the Chicago and North Western Railroad freight depot there.  By 1920 George and family had moved back to Iowa, appearing in the 1920 Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa census, where George is listed as a laborer for the street department.  In later years George was a hoist engineer for the gypsum mine in Centerville, Iowa.  He was also a farmer and ran a steam threshing machine.  Alice and George had 2 daughters.  They both probably died in Appanoose County, Iowa.  They are buried in Oakland Cemetery, Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa.
iv. William Morrison, born October 14, 1879 in Eddyville, Wapello County, Iowa; died March 05, 1951 in Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota; married Effie Ellen Coop March 25, 1906 in Reuben Henry Coop's residence Bunch, Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; born March 04, 1890 in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; died April 28, 1992 in Huron Regional Medical Center, Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota.
William married Effie Ellen Coop, sister of Rosie May Coop who was wife of Joseph Artensus Morrison above.  William and Effie moved to Huron, South Dakota in March 1910 where they lived out their lives.  In the 1910 census this family is living with the family of William's sister, Alice May Morrison Collins.  William was a freight handler at the Chicago and North Western Railroad freight depot, and in the 1920 census he is listed as a baggageman for the same company.  In the 1930 census he is shown as a baggage handler with the railroad and living in the household is new son-in-law John A. Padrnos, husband of daughter Vivian and a salesman with a brush company.  William worked with this railroad until his retirement.  They had 2 sons and 3 daughters.  Effie was 102 when she died and left eight grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 42 great great grandchildren to honor her life.  He and Effie are buried in Riverside Cemetery, Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota.
v. Perry Hayden Morrison, born December 16, 1881 in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; died May 30, 1973 in the Ottumwa Hospital, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa; married Ellen Marie Johnson April 07, 1907 in Davis County, Iowa; born January 24, 1889 in Lucas County, Iowa; died July 30, 1966 in Oxley, Searcy County, Arkansas.
Perry was a farmer in the Bunch (Paris), Davis County area all his life.  He moved to Ottumwa after his wife's death in 1967.  The 1920 census identifies the birthplace of Ellen's parents as Sweden.  Ellen died in Oxley, Searcy County, Arkansas, as the home of daughter Mrs. Mayda Williams, after a short illness.  Her funeral was held in the Bunch Pentacostal Church and she was buried in Taylor Cemetery, west of Bunch, as was Perry.  They were the parents of 4 daughters.  Perry was survived by 4 daughters, 13 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.
vi. Nathaniel Loren Morrison, born April 01, 1884 in Davis County, Iowa; died November 30, 1954 in Kitsap County, Washington; married Halsie Smith December 24, 1906 in Levi Smith residence, Davis County, Iowa; born August 26, 1890 in Wapello County, Iowa; died July 1983 in Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington.
Nathaniel and Halsie blazed the trail to Huron, South Dakota for William and Effie above.  While William moved to Huron in 1910, Nathanial and Halsie must have moved there shortly after they married.  They are shown in the 2nd ward of Huron in the 1910 census and their 2 children were reported as born in South Dakota.  Halsie's parents and sister Elsie (wife of Orville Shaw) were also in Huron.  The 1920 Kitsap County, Washington census shows Nathaniel and family with Halsie's parents 3 households away and her sister Elsie Shaw 4 household the other way.  One of Nathaniel's children was shown as born in Oklahoma circa 1917 indicating a circuitous route from South Dakota to Washington.  Nathaniel and Halsie had 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters.  Nathaniel and Halsie are buried in Ivy Green Cemetery, Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington.
vii. Lacey Morrison, born March 28, 1885 in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; died December 6, 1959 in Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa; married Maud A. Caviness April 07, 1906 in Davis County, Iowa; born November 1887 in Kansas; died 1945.
Lacey started adult life as a farmer - 1900 census, age 12 and living at home he was listed as a farm laborer and 1910 census he was a farmer in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa along with wife Maud and 2 daughters.  The 1900 census had Lacey, age 12, being born about 1888, but the 1910 census had him age 22 or born about 1886.  His 1917 World War I draft card identified his birth date as March 28, 1885 and his cemetery stone shows his birth as 1885.  The draft card also showed Lacey as a Garage owner at 120 N 12th Street, Centerviller, Appanoose County, Iowa.  By the 1920 he had moved to neighboring Appanoose County.  In 1920 he is listed as Manager of an Automobile Shop and in 1930 he is listed as Foreman in a Garage.  He operated a garage in Centerville, Appanoose County for many years and was also a member of the volunteer fire department.
The 1920 census has Maud's parents, John D. and Eliza Winecup, living with Lacey and family.  In the 1930 census Maud's widowed aunt Eliza Winecup was living with them, when in fact this is the same Eliza living with them in 1920.  These entries may be where Maud has been mistakenly identified as Maud Winecup, when in fact she is Maud Caviness.  The 1925 State of Iowa census gave Maud's parent's names as Jerry Caviness, born in Iowa, and Martha Kirk, born in Iowa.  The 1880 Chariton, Lincoln Township, Lucas County, Iowa census has Jeremiah Caviness and Martha Kirk Caviness with newborn Joseph A. Caviness.  By 1900 both Jeremiah and Martha are dead, and Maud is found in the John D. and Eliza J. Winecup residence in 1900 Union Township, Appanoose County, Iowa and identified as their foster daughter.  John and Eliza were in the same location in the 1880 census where they had a Daisy McMellin, age 4, in the household who was identified as adopted.  The 1900 census stated they had no children, but that did not stop them for assisting orphaned children where they could.  I have not found where they adopted Maud, so I keep her maiden name as Caviness, especially since she still identified with them when responding to the 1925 State of Iowa census.  The 2 girls were the only children they had.  Sometime after the 1930 census, Lacey and Maud divorced.  Lacey is buried in Haines Cemetery, north of Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa.
viii. Boy Morrison, born Unknown; died Unknown.
ix. Luther Morrison, born April 16, 1890 in Davis County, Iowa; died August 04, 1975 in Davis County Hospital, Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa; married (1) Margaret Vera Teater 1934 in Davis County, Iowa; born March 04, 1892 in Minnesota; died 1948; married (2) Martha Mae Stufflebeam February 02, 1949 in Davis County, Iowa; born December 03, 1890 in Davis County, Iowa; died 1970.
Luther was listed in the 1920 Fox River Township, Davis County, Iowa census and shows his mother living with him.  It was not until after his mother died that Luther first married.  This same census listed his occupation as engineer with Fraction Engines (whatever that is).  His obituary stated he was a machinist by occupation.  The February 9, 1932 Davis County Republican newspaper included in the Bunch news by Mrs. I. O. Adams a note that "The home of Luther Morrison was destroyed by fire Thursday night (Feb 4)."  He was twice married, but had no children of his own, having step-children from both marriages.  Luther is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa.
x. Guy Alvia Morrison, born April 16, 1892 in Davis County, Iowa; died April 15, 1950 in Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa; married (1) Lovina "Louia" Ellen Jones January 19, 1911 in Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa; born May 11, 1893 in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; died July 30, 1991; married (2) Hazel E. Parker Abt. June 06, 1917; born July 26, 1901 in Washington Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died Abt. 1951.
As a young man Guy worked on farms, moving from Davis County to the communities of Lynnville and Grinnell, Iowa about 1915.  At some point he started employment at the Maytag Factory in Newton, Iowa and was working there at the time of his failing health and death.  He died of prostate cancer.  He had 2 sons by his first marriage, both preceding him in death.  One son, Emery, died in the service of his country in World War II.  Guy is buried in Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa.

 

34. Benjamin Baker Elder, born January 05, 1855 in Jackson County, Ohio; died April 02, 1932 in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa. He was the son of 68. Alexander Johnson Elder and 69. Marcia Jane Baker. He married 35. Mary Lucinda Tharp March 30, 1880 in Drakesville, Davis County, Iowa.
Notes for Benjamin Baker Elder:
Benjamin was born in Jackson County, Ohio, his parents having stayed behind after the rest of the family had moved to Wapello County, Iowa by the mid-1850s.  In the 1860 Federal census Benjamin's father was age 33 and was a farmer with no real estate value listed and $100 personal estate value listed.  This census shows the family residing in Polk Township, Jefferson County, Iowa.  It also lists Benjamin's sister Clarrissa as age 7 months and born in Ohio, thus the Alexander Elder family must have moved to Iowa in late 1859/early 1860.  Polk Township, Jefferson County is adjacent to Pleasant Township, Wapello County where Robert Jr., Benjamin's grandfather, and family are located in 1860.
The 1870 Federal census shows Benjamin, age 15, working on the rented farm with his dad.  The 1885 Iowa census lists Benjamin Baker Elder, age 30, as a farmer in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa.  The 1895 Iowa census shows Benjamin in the same location, and the 1900 Federal census identifies the location as farm schedule 42.  Then the 1910 Federal census for Center Township, Wapello County, Iowa shows Benjamin and family living on South Davis Street in Ottumwa and lists his occupation as carpenter.

35. Mary Lucinda Tharp, born January 18, 1859 in Queen City, Schuyler County, Missouri; died August 21, 1946 in Ash Grove, Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa. She was the daughter of 70. Conrad Moots Tharp and 71. Margret Sidwell.
Notes for Mary Lucinda Tharp:
Mary's headstone in Mounts Cemetery, Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa lists her death as 1946.  From the Ash Grove News section of the Bloomfield Democrat newspaper of August 22, 1946, "Mrs. Florence Morrison came Friday (8/16/1946) to help care for her mother, Mrs. Mary Elder who suffered another stroke and is in serious condition."
An obituary from an Ottumwa, Iowa newspaper of August 21, 1946 stated, "Mrs. Mary L. Elder, 87, a resident of Ash Grove, died there at the home of her daughter Mrs. Thurman Cassill, at 4 a.m. today."  Mary and Benjamin are buried in Mounts Cemetery, Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa.

Children of Benjamin Elder and Mary Tharp are:

i. Orpha May Elder, born January 15, 1881 in Davis County, Iowa; died August 21, 1887 in Davis County, Iowa.
17 ii. Florence Belle Elder, born June 22, 1882 in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; died April 01, 1968 in Mahaska Manor Nursing Home, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; married John Clayton Morrison December 10, 1902 in Benjamin Elder's resident, Davis County, Iowa.
iii. Charles Albert Elder, born January 06, 1885 in Davis County, Iowa; died March 12, 1952 in Farmington, Van Buren County, Iowa; married Lizzie Viola Adams September 16, 1908 in Drakesville, Davis County, Iowa; born April 06, 1887 in Drakesville, Davis County, Iowa; died October 23, 1983 in Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.
Enumerated as Albert, he and Lizzie and 1 year old Benjamin are shown living in the Lewis F. and Nancy Adams (Lizzie's parents) household in the 1910 Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa census.  He was shown as a farmer, evidently helping his father-in-law.  Lewis' son Thomas and new wife Tillie were also living with the Adams' and he was listed also as farmer.  The 1920 census shows Albert C. Elder and his family in Boone Township, Dallas County, Iowa where he is listed as a laborer doing general farm work.  The Woodland Township, Decatur County, Iowa census of 1930 shows Charles A. as farmer of a rented farm.  Lizzie's obituary stated they had lived in Iowa and Missouri.  Charles' obituary stated they had lived in Keokuk County, Iowa, moving to Farmington, Van Buren County, Iowa about 11 years prior to his death.  After Charles' death in 1952, Lizzie move to the home of her daughter, Berniece Appleget, in Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa in 1954.  Charles and Lizzie had 6 sons and 4 daughters.  Charles is buried in Adams Cemetery, Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa while Lizzie is buried in Chambersburg Cemetery, Kahoka, Clark County, Missouri.
iv. Harvey Elmer Elder, born April 09, 1887 near Ash Grove, Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; died December 23, 1985 in Agency, Wapello County, Iowa; married Nellie L. Robb March 24, 1909 in Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa; born February 19, 1891 inear Unionville, in Appanoose County, Iowa; died February 22, 1986 in Ridgewood Care Center, Agency, Wapello County, Iowa.
The 1900 Federal census lists Harvey as being a farm laborer in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa.  In the 1910 census Harvey, age 23, is listed as a farmer on farm schedule 76 in Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa.  He and Nellie had been married 1 year at this time.  The 1920 census shows them in Blakesburg, Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa where he is listed as a farm laborer.  They had their first two sons by this time and would have their last child, another son, the following year.  Within 3 years, Harvey left farming to work on the railroad.
Harvey worked for the Burlington Railroad for 33 years.  He retired in 1956 as a section foreman.  His work took them to the Woodburn, Burlington, and Agency areas.  They had 3 sons, the middle serving several years as a prisoner of war of the Nazis in World War II.  They were the oldest couple in Iowa at the time of Harvey's death and had lived in Mount Pleasant and Agency areas for 60 years.  Their common headstone in the Agency Cemetery, Agency, Wapello County, Iowa has the inscription "Married 76 years".
v. Ivah Myrtle Elder, born January 26, 1889 in Davis County, Iowa; died October 01, 1975 in Ottumwa Hospital, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa; married Thurman Everett Cassill October 1912 in Davis County, Iowa; born September 20, 1886 in Ash Grove, Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa; died February 10, 1974 in Ottumwa Hospital, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa.
The 1910 census for Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa shows Thurman living with his widowed step-mother and is listed as being a teacher in a country school.  In 1920 Thurman and Ivah are situated in Marion Township, Davis County with one surviving son (another died the day he was born) and Thurmon is a merchant in a grocery store.  The 1930 census identifies them living specifically in Ash Grove in Marion Township, and separately enumerates it as having 6 families with 17 people, including children.  Again Thurman is identified as be a merchant of a retail grocery and this census lists their third and last child, a daughter.
They were known as "Shum" and "Ivy".  According to Thurman's obituary, he was a member of the Ash Grove Christian Church, and served as Sunday School superintendent and taught a Sunday school class for 50 years.  He and Ivah owned and operated the grocery store at Ash Grove for 47 years, and he was a former teacher in the Wapello and Davis County schools and a correspondent for the Bloomfield Newspapers.
Ivah and Florence cared for their mother in Ivah's residence until she died from the effects of a stroke.  Ivah and Thurman are buried in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Ash Grove, Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa.
vi. Irvin Earl Elder, born June 02, 1891 in Davis County, Iowa; died October 24, 1954 in possibly Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa; married Myrtle E. Beach Abt. 1919 in Iowa; born February 1888 in Mahaska County, Iowa; died Unknown.
In the 1910 Center Township, Wapello County, Iowa census Irvin is at home with his parents on South Davis Street in Ottumwa.  Both he and his father have an occupation as house carpenter.  On the 1917 World War I draft card Irvin states he is supporting his father and mother.  At the time he is engaged in farming near Rose Hill, Mahaska County, Iowa and still single.  Nearby is the widow Edna Beach.  It is her daughter that Irvin marries about 1919.  In 1920 Warren Township, Keokuk County, Iowa, just a few miles east of Rose Hill, Earl, age 28, and Myrtle, age 31, are shown with Earl as a farmer on a rented farm.  In the 1925 census the couple is found in the 4th Ward of Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa and the census identifies her father as T. N. Beach and Edna Jones.  In 1930, the couple is in the 1st Ward of Oskaloosa, where he is a laborer with county roads, and they have a son Richard D. born about 1928 in Oskaloosa.  This census also shows Irvin being first married at age 28, thus Myrtle is his first wife.  However, Myrtle states she was first married at age 17, thus her marriage to Irvin was not her first.
Charles Albert's obituary states that one of his survivors is brother Earl of Council Bluffs.  Since Charles died in 1952 and Irvin died in 1954, there is a good likelihood Irvin died in Council Bluffs.  Irvin is buried in Mounts Cemetery in the NE 1/4 of section 21, Marion Township, Davis County, Iowa.  The cemetery records show that he was a PFC in Iowa Battery-B of the 337th Field Artillery in World War I.

 

36. William Parker Robertson, born September 02, 1850 in Monroe County, Indiana; died February 10, 1930 at his home in Taintor, Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa. He was the son of 72. William Riley Robertson and 73. Elizabeth Jane Bailey. He married 37. Sarah Elizabeth Knox February 28, 1871 in Sarah's father's residence in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa.
Notes for William Riley Robertson:
The 1895 Iowa census lists William P. Robertson, age 44, as residing in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa.  The 1895 census shows his occupation to be a Friends minister.  The 1900 Federal census shows he owned his farm in Sugar Creek Township, free of mortgage encumbrances (farm schedule 68).  Then the 1910 Lynn Grove Township, Jasper County, Iowa Federal census shows William, Sarah, and son Wesley operating a truck farm.  Again the census shows he owns the farm free of mortgage encubrances.  In 1920 William, Sarah and Wesley are in Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa and William is a minister.
Circa 1900 William Parker visited his cousins in Brown County, Indiana.  After the death of Sarah in 1922, William married Margaret J. Jones, widow of Henry W. Jones, on June 23, 1923.
Despite the three counties identifed with William's residences in Iowa, he never strayed very far.  According to his obituary from the February 13, 1930 issue of the New Sharon Star newspaper, "As a child of 6 years he came to Iowa with his parents and settled one-half mile north of Taintor on what is now the Chas. Linsted farm, and during the remainder of his life he lived within a radius of 7 miles of this, his first home in Iowa."  The obituary also reveals more about his ministry, "At the age of about 40 years his conversion took place which he has since steadfastly upheld...Though it was his own earnest request that no extensive flowery obituary of him should be written, we feel it would be an injustice to him not to mention the hundreds of funeral sermons he preached, bringing comfort to those whose loved ones journeyed into the shadowy valley, and the many whom he visited on their sick beds bringing them good cheer and encouragement."

37. Sarah Elizabeth Knox, born December 13, 1854 in Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois; died March 23, 1922 at home in Taintor, Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa. She was the daughter of 74. John William Knox and 75. Elizabeth Clark.
Notes for Sarah Elizabeth Knox:
From page 304 of the Poweshiek County, Iowa Marriage Register - 25 February 1871, Marriage License issued to William Robertson and Sara E. Knox the former 21 years of age, and the latter 18 years of age, on the testimony of Lafayette Knox (Sarah's brother).  J. W. Carr, Clerk C. C.
However, simple math shows that Sarah was only 16 when this marriage license was issued.
Sarah is first found in the 1860 Mercer County, Illinois census, Post Office of Keithsburg and page 733 at age 5.  Her youngest sibling, Simon appears in the 1870 Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa census, page 392A, as age 8 and born in Illinois.  Her older sibling, Sophronia Orilla, marries Michael Fleener, Jr. on December 24, 1867 in Poweshiek County, Iowa.  Sometime between 1862 and 1867 The Knox family moved to Sugar Creek Township.  This is consistent with her obituary which states "Her parents moved to Iowa in 1867".  In the 1870 Sugar Creek census the Knox family is family unit 74/75 and on the next page at family unit 78/79 is the Robertson family.  This gave William Parker and Sarah Elizabeth ample opportunity to get to know each other.
William and Sarah were parents to 9 children, 6 boys and 3 girls.  William and Sarah are buried in Stewart Cemetery in Prairie Township, Mahaska County west of New Sharon.

Children of William Robertson and Sarah Knox are:

i. James Wesley Robertson, born February 4, 1872 in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died February 28, 1942 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.
Most of his life he simply went by Wesley.  Wesley appeared to be dependent his entire life.  The 1895 and 1900 censuses show James as a farm laborer.  But the 1910 and 1920 censuses show him living with his parents and with no occupation.  Then the 1930 census shows Wesley living with his step-mother (father died earlier in the year) in Taintor, Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa and his occupation is shown as helper around the house.  Additionally, step-grandson Lowell was living with them and had an occupation of teacher in a public rural school.
In 1940 Wesley is living with brother Harley and his family in New Sharon, Prairie Township, Mahaska County.  Harley is operating a truck garden and dairy operation, however Wesley is identified as unable to work.  His obituary confirms he spent most of his entire life around Taintor, but for the last six years of his life he had made his home with brother Harley in New Sharon.  The obituary goes ahead to say, "Mr. Robertson had not been feeling well lately, but didn't complain till February 23, when he was taken to an Oskaloosa hospital, suffering from pneumonia, and passed away February 28 (1942), about 9:30 p.m."  James Wesley is buried in Stewart Cemetery, Prairie Township, Mahaska County west of New Sharon.
ii. Charles Robertson, born 1873 in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died 1874 in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; buried in Stewart Cemetery, Prairie Township, Mahaska County west of New Sharon.
"Charley" died at the age of three months.
iii. Lewis Robert Robertson, born January 28, 1875 in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died June 07, 1908 in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; married Florence E. Young December 3, 1903 in Jasper County, Iowa; born October 22, 1884 in Elk Creek Township, Jasper County, Iowa; died March 26, 1905 in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa.
By looking at census entries there was no indication he had any other name but Lewis.  However, his death registration gives his name as Robt. L.  His obituary that follows leads one to believe he lived all his life in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa.  There was a period of time as a youth when his family lived in Lynn Grove Township, Jasper County, Iowa - e.g. 1880 census.  Additionally, the 1900 Madison County, Montana census, page 331A, enumerates a Louis R. Robinson as a hired man on the cattle ranch of Amos and Lilly A. Story.  He is shown as born in Iowa in January 1875, with a father who was born in Indiana and a mother who was born in Illinois.  He appears to have done a little wandering before settling down.  His obituary, from an unknown newspaper, follows.  In addition to spelling Lewis two ways in the same obituary there are a couple of errors where I note corrections.
"Louis Robertson was born Jan. 28, 1875; died June 7, 1908, aged 33 years, 4 months, and 3 days.  He was the third son of Wm. P. and Sarah E. Robertson.  There were nine children - six boys and three girls; the second son died at the age of three months.  The parents and seven children are left to mourn the loss of a loved and loving son and brother.
"Lewis Robertson was born in Sugar Creek township, Poweshiek Co., Iowa, where he lived until his death.  He was married to Miss Florence Young, of Sully, Iowa.  December 3d, 1904, to them was born a son which prededed the mother to the golden shore a little over a month.  (These two sentences are poorly constructed and the date is in error.  They were married on December 3d, 1903 according to their marriage registration, and to them was born a son.)  She died March 26, 1905, leaving Lewis alone with broken health from pneumonia from which he never fully recovered, culminating in tuberculosis.  So he and wife and child lie together in Greenwood cemetery, Lynnville, Iowa.  His best friends were his nearest neighbors.  Enemies, he had none, having lived a good moral life, not indulging in any of the vices so common to young people.  He gave his heart to Christ a few evenings before his death and by faith in Jesus he closed his life here to take it up on an eternal shore.  Surely he drank the cup of suffering and sorrow to the dregs patiently and uncomplainingly to the last, he quietly, in the home of his parents, sank to rest.
"Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Caughlan, of New Sharon, in the church at Taintor, Iowa.  The entire community have the heart felt gratitude of the family for their help and sympathy in their hour of trial."
The obituary refers to burial in Greenwood Cemetery.  That may have been the name at one time, or may have been a common name in the area, but they are buried in Woodland Cemetery, located immediately on the east edge of Lynnville along state highway 225.
Florence E. Young was the daughter of Adam B. Young and Sarah E. Raridon.  Her son, Loid E., was born July 21, 1904 in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County and died the following February 6th.
iv. William Riley Robertson, born April 05, 1877 in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died June 23, 1967 in Oskaloosa Nursing Home, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; married Hattie Farr November 14, 1901 in Mahaska County, Iowa; born June 20, 1881 in Mahaska County, Iowa; died September 03, 1956 in Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.
William is named after his grandfather Robertson.  The 1900 Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa census shows William Riley, age 22, living with his family yet, and renting a farm.  His father is shown owning a farm and farming schedule 68, while William Riley is show renting and farming schedule 69.  A little over a year later he marries Hattie Farr.  Hattie was a first cousin once removed of Mary Eleanor Farr, #39 who was husband of Pierson Grant Sexton below.
William and Hattie moved around a little before settling in.  In 1910 they are found in Union Township, Mahaska County, then in 1920 they are found in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, and in 1930 and 1940 they are in Pleasant Grove Township, Mahaska County.  Barnes City is a community in the latter township, and Barnes City is where William and Hattie retired when they left farming.  It is likely they had found a permanent home and had settled down by this time.
Lowell, the step-grandson mentioned with John Wesley above, was the son of this couple.  He was a teacher then, and later taught in Gibson, Iowa, approximately 4 miles SE of Barnes City.  From his obituary, "Survivors include five sons: Forrest D. of Denver, Colorado, Afton of Marshalltown, Lowell of Oskaloosa, Glenn of Mason City and Floyd of Denver, Colorado; one daughter, Mrs. Joe (Mildred) Van Hoever; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harley Robertson and a sister, Mrs. Blanche Dimit, both of New Sharon."  William and Hattie are buried in the Barnes City Cemetery.
v. Ida Mae Robertson, born July 08, 1879 in Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa; died April 29, 1957 at the hospital in Highlands, Harris County, Texas; married John Wilder Nicholson October 03, 1895 in Searsboro, Poweshiek County, Iowa; born September 28, 1870 in Wayne County, Iowa; died February 13, 1919 in his home near Union Mills, Union Township, Mahaska County, Iowa.
John was born in Wayne County, Iowa, the son of Francis Marion and Keturah Jarard Nicholson, and spent his boyhood days until he was about 17 years old in Boone County, Iowa, when he came to Mahaska County, where he thereafter spent his life.  The 1900 Richland Township, Mahaska County, Iowa census shows John, Ida and 2 children, with John identified as a farmer.  By the 1910 census they have moved to Union Township, Mahaska County.  John's occupation is not decipherable because of the poor quality of the census return, but it is assumed he is a farmer.  John died about one year before the 1920 census was taken and there, in the Union Township census, Ida is shown as a widow with daughter Fern still living at home.  Ida is identified as the Farm Manager for their farm.  In the 1930 census, widow Ida is alone in the household, and she is shown yet as the Farm Manager of her farm.  In the 1940 census she is living in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa.  She appears as single and living in the Tracy and Estella Osborne household (each age 69), that includes aunt Lydia Graham, age 91.  Ida is identified as a practical nurse.  In her later life, Ida spent the winter months at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Darland, near Houston, Texas.  It was on one of those visit that Ida suffered a stroke and was taken to the hospital at Highlands, Texas where she passed away.
They were the parents of four children, two daughters, Mrs. Victor Stutzman of New Sharon, Iowa and Mrs. Howard Darland of Crosby, Texas; and two sons, Kenneth who died in infancy, and Tracy who passed away September 11, 1936.  At the time of Ida's death Tracy's widow, Dreda Loraine Groves Nicholson and her four dsughters were living in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California.  John and Ida are buried in Friends Cemetery, New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa.
vi. John Henry Robertson, born June 16, 1881 in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died September 08, 1950 in Hubbard, Tipton Township, Hardin County, Iowa; married Myrtle Maud Hildebrand February 22, 1903 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; born September 27, 1886 in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died May 05, 1977 in Hubbard, Tipton Township, Hardin County, Iowa.
In the 1900 Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa census John is living at home and listed as a farm laborer.  Farming must not have been his cup of tea as in the 1910 Prairie Township, Mahaska County census he is married and shown as a day laborer.  The family then moves to Hardin County, Iowa and the 1920 census show them living in Hubbard with John as a rural route mail carrier and the 1930 census shows them yet in Hubbard and he as a Civil Service mail carrier.  Again in the 1940 census he is in Hubbard and a rural mail carrier with the Hubbard post office.
His obituary gives a little more detail - The early part of his life was spent farming in the Poweshiek/Mahaska county area.  He attended barber college and barbered at Oskaloosa before moving to Hubbard in 1919, where he worked in the Miller and Dillon barber shop until he received his appointment and began delivering mail in the rural area surrounding Hubbard December 15, 1919.  He suffered a heart attack in February 1943 and as a result retired from service the following September.
They had 5 sons and 2 daughters.  His obituary states, "He is survived by his widow and seven children, Howard of Waterloo, Leo of Mitchell, S. D., Charles and Mrs. Ona Miller of Hubbard, Cecil of Williams, Mrs. Anna Bae Steelman of Colo and William of the U. S. Navy."  Myrtle was the daughter of George Lawrence Hildebrand and Mary Catherine Porter.  John and Myrtle are buried in Hubbard Cemetery.
vii. Ada Gertrude Robertson, born Abt. July 1884 in Sugar Creek, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died 1966 in Newton, Jasper County, Iowa; married Edward Matthew Kuntz January 04, 1907 in Mahaska County, Iowa; born September 11, 1885 in Union Township, Mahaska County, Iowa; died October 19, 1959 in Skiff Memorial Hospital, Newton, Jasper County, Iowa.
Ed and "Gertie" are found in the 1910 Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa census where it shows them married 3 years with 2 childen born to them, but none surviving.  It is also this census where she is identified as Gertrude, while many other prior instances identify her as Gertie.  He is identified as a farmer on farm schedule 86.  One of the two children not surviving has been identified as Velma Lorene Kuntz born March 22, 1908 in Lynn Grove Township, Jasper County, Iowa and died September 14, 1909 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa.  Her obituary in the "New Sharon Star" of September 22, 1909 gives the following details, "The father and mother, with their little one, left their home to visit relatives, reached their brother's home in New Sharon last Monday, 13th, intending to return home the following day.  On Tuesday their daughter was taken sick and rapidly grew worse until her death on Friday."  She is buried in Stewart Cemetery, Prairie Township, Mahaska County west of New Sharon.
In 1920 they are found in the Pleasant Grove Township, Mahaska County, Iowa census where he is identified as a farm laborer.  Yet the census also lists him as working on his own account on farm schedule 50.  One has to assume he is working his own farm rather than laboring for someone else.  By the 1930 census, the family is back in Prairie Township, Mahaska County.  Edward is identified as a laborer with the railroad, and daughter Zola is listed as a sales lady in a novelty store.  In the 1940 census Edward M. and Gertrude are at home in Newton, Jasper County, Iowa and it shows they were also there in 1935.  Ed is identified as a railroad section hand.  His obituary stated he was a retired section hand for the M. & St. L railroad (Minneapolis & St. Louis RR), and was a member of the Railroad Brotherhood.
Edward was the son of Joseph Kuntz, born in Bavaria, and Sarah Jane Trager and one of 13 children born to them.  Edward and Gertrude were the parents of 3 children who survived to adulthood; Onis Kuntz, Zola Blanche Kuntz Lube, and Sarah June Kuntz Perry.  Sarah's birth record give Sarah June as her given names, yet Ed's obituary calls her Irene and the first child born to her and Walter Perry gives her name as Irene.  Ed and Gertie are laid to rest in Stewart Cemetery, Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa west of New Sharon.
viii. Blanche Robertson, born July 22, 1886 in Poweshiek County, Iowa; died January 03, 1969 at Tower Park Nursing Home in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; married Elvin John Dimit December 06, 1906 at her parent's home in Taintor, Mahsaka County, Iowa; born September 25, 1885 in North Dakota; died September 29, 1957 at his home in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa.
Elvin and Blanche appear in the 1920 Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa census 2 households away from William P., Sarah and Wesley Robertson (Blanche's parents and brother).  He is enumerated as Alvin rather than Elvin.  He is occupied as a machinist at a garage.  In the 1930 census Elvin and family are found a couple of households away from Blanche's widowed step-mother and brother.  Elvin is identified as a laborer in the lumberyard - likely the town of Taintor where they are enumerated and perhaps the Denniston-Partridge Lumber Yard where he was working on his 1917 World War I draft registration card.  They are shown as owning their home.  Elvin's obituary stated he and Blanche spent four years in Canada after marriage and then returned to Taintor.  In Taintor, he worked for about 20 years at the Lumber Yard and about 10 years for the Elevator.  He retired in 1942 and they moved to New Sharon.  He drove the New Sharon Public School bus for several years and later served the town as night marshal for a time.
Elvin was one of six children born to Lisander Dimit and Joanna Brown.  Elvin and Blanche were parents of Harold Elvin Dimit, Leonard Dale Dimit, Rubie Gail Dimit Shaw and Pauline Bethel Dimit Fisk.  Elvin and Blanche are laid to rest in Friends Cemetery in New Sharon, Prairie Township, Mahaska County.
18 ix. Harley Clark Robertson, born March 23, 1889 in Searsboro, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died November 12, 1968 at Camair Convalescent Home in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; married Lena Hazel Sexton August 12, 1907 in Mahaska County, Iowa.

 

38. Pierson Grant Sexton, born January 05, 1867 in Garden Hall, Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa; died July 11, 1950 in Hillcrest Nursing Home, University Park, Mahaska County, Iowa. He was the son of 76. Calvary T. Sexton and 77. Nancy Young Dodd. He married 39. Mary Eleanor Farr December 25, 1888 in Mahaska County, Iowa.
Notes for Pierson Grant Sexton:
The 1870 census shows him as Person U S G Sexton.  I believe his full name to be Pierson Ulysses Simpson Grant Sexton.
The 1900 census shows Pierson and family living in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa and his occupation is shown as farmer.  The 1910 census shows Pierson and family living in Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa and again his occupation is shown as farmer.  By 1920, the census shows Pierson and Mary living in the city of New Sharon, Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa and their youngest son, Milen, and his new bride are living with them.  Pierson and Milen are each shown with an occupation of merchant in a general store.  Fire on November 11, 1920 destroyed a greater share of their store, known as the Briardale Grocery and several moves in business locations took place before they settled in a location with a Grocery and Men's Clothing store.  Milen bought out the interest of his father, who retired to the farm, and went into business for himself.  After selling this latter business Milen moved to a store dealing in bottled gas and appliances.

39. Mary Eleanor Farr, born May 05, 1869 in Garden Hall, Prairie Township, Mahaska County, Iowa; died August 03, 1947 in Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa. She was the daughter of 78. Joseph Farr, Jr. and 79. Ellen Funk.

Children of Pierson Sexton and Mary Farr are:

19 i. Lena Hazel Sexton, born September 26, 1890 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; died December 23, 1973 in At home, New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; married Harley Clark Robertson August 12, 1907 in Mahaska County, Iowa.
ii. Russell Dale Sexton, born April 11, 1894 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; died August 1975 in Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota; married Alfa Viola James September 22, 1915 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; born August 28, 1900 in Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa; died July 7, 1988 in Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota.
In the 1915 State of Iowa census, Russell is 20 years old and enumerated as a farm hay laborer.  The census says he earned $300 in 1914.  His World War I draft registration card showed his occupation as delivery services and verified his birth date and location.  The marriage register entry for Russell and Alfa gave his age as 22 and his occupation as laborer and drayman.  For Alfa the entry gave her age as 17, birth location as Osceola, Iowa and her parents as L. W. James and Cora Young.  She was not to be found in the Louis W. James household in 1900 Osceola, Clarke County.  Her parents divorced prior to 1910 and she was not to be found in Cass County, Iowa where her father was found or in Union County, Iowa where her mother was found.  She was found in the 1915 State of Iowa census in Richland Township, Mahaska County, Iowa where her remarried mother and step-father, Fred Fivecoat, were found, and she was listed as 14 years old.  In the 1920 1st Ward Newton, Jasper County, Iowa census R D and young family are renting a home and Russell is identified as an auto mechanic, and Alfa is shown as age 19.  Russell and Alfa could not be found in the 1925 State of Iowa census, but in the 1930 18th Precinct Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa census "Russel" is as an auto repairman and "Alpha" is age 29.  These 3 census sources along with the Social Security Death Index birth date value of August 28, 1900 point to her telling a little white lie when obtaining the marriage license and confirms why she could not be found in the 1900 census.  Russell and Alfa had 1 son and 2 daughters.
iii. Milen Joseph Sexton, born September 15, 1899 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; died March 05, 1959 in At home in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa; married Mildred Irene Thompson September 09, 1919 in Mildred's parent's home in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa; born February 10, 1900 in Lynnville, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died July 17, 1983 in New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa.
From Milen's obituary in the New Sharon Star newspaper, "The New Sharon community was shocked at the word of the sudden death of Milen J. Sexton, 59, lifelong resident and business man.  His death came at 5 o'clock Thursday afternoon following a heart attack which was attributed to shoveling snow at his home during the noon hour.
"Mr. Sexton, better known as Mike to all his friends, had returned to his Appliance Store about 1 o'clock and after becoming quite ill was taken home by his son, Bob.  He was given medical attention by Dr. R. E. H. Phelps and seemed to be resting.  Death occurred following the second attack.
"Mr. Sexton had been in business here for the past 10 years.  He first was associated in the Grocery Store with his father, the late Pierson Sexton."

 

40. Anders August Andersson, born January 23, 1859 in Nabben Gård, Nederhyttan Rote, Ramsberg Parish, Örebro Län, Sweden; died May 20, 1937 in University Hospital, Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa. He was the son of 80. Unknown Father(s) and 81. Carolina Ottosdotter. He married 41. Anna Lovisa Grund September 07, 1887 in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.
Notes for Anders August Andersson:
In the 1925 State of Iowa census, Andrew states that his father's name is Lars and his mother's name is ? Larson.  His father's name being Lars is not consistent with the patronymic naming system.  If his father's name were Lars, then his name would have been Anders August Larsson (son of Lars).  The parish church records for his birth location helps explain some of the puzzle.
Anders August Andersson is in the Örebro Län, Ramsberg parish records of 1858 - 1864 on page 135 in Nederhyttan Rote.  Nabben Gård (farm), Nederhyttan Rote (district), Ramsberg Parish, Örebro Län (county), Sweden parish records for 1858-1864 - Film #014849, Page 135, Lines 1 through 6 read -
1. Lars Persson 04 May 1807 Ramsberg
2. Maja Ottosdotter 01 January 1804 N. K.
3. Dot. Carolina 15 November 1832 Ramsberg
4. Son Per 26 January 1838 Ramsberg
5. Son Lars Eric 2 December 1841 Ramsberg
6. Dot. Lovisa 15 August 1845 Ramsberg
Then crowded in between line 3 and 4 is an entry for And. August born 23 January 1859 in Ramsberg.  It reads "hennes oäkta S. And. August".  Translated, this means "her illegitimate son And. August".  Now his grandfather's name is Lars, as was given for his father's name in the 1925 census.  His mother's name is Carolina Ottosdotter, not Larsdottoer as one would expect from the patronymic naming system, or Larson as was given for his mother's surname in the 1925 census.  Where did the name Andersson (meaning son of Anders, or son of Andrew) come from?  See the notes in the next generation for his mother, which might explain both of these items.
The documents shown in the picture album include one of the baptism for the first two children of Andrew and Anna that occurred in Ispheming, Michigan where the entry for the parents showed their name changing from Andersson to Dahlstrom.  One can only surmise perhaps that the number of Andersons from England, Wales and elsewhere who were in Michigan working the iron and coal fields led Andrew and Anna to take a name that would clearly distinguish them as Swedish.
April 12, 1887 A. Aug. Andersson is shown as a passenger on the Drottning Lovisa (means Queen Louisa in Swedish, probably named after Queen Louisa of Sweden 1828-1871) destined for Copenhagen, Denmark.  On the immediate line above Anders is Anna L. Grund.  The ship listing states they are both bound for St. Paul, Minn.  While the quality of the microfilm was poor, the passenger list of the ship Aurania docked in New York May 2, 1887, in-bound from Liverpool has Anna L. Grund on line 5 and A. Aug. Andersson on line 6 of the last page.  They marry in St. Paul, Minn. in September of this same year.
They do not stay in St. Paul very long, for their first child is born in Minnesota, but they are in Ishpeming, Michigan by November 1890 when their second child is born.  Then in the fall of 1891 they move to the Thornburg and What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa areas where Andrew spent the remainder of his life.  He farmed for several years and later was employed in the What Cheer Clay Products factory.  He, Anna, Eric Edwin and Harry Richard are buried in McFarlan Cemetery at the northeast edge of What Cheer.

41. Anna Lovisa Grund, born July 11, 1865 in Grängesberg, Grangärde Parish, Kopparbergs Län, Sweden; died May 10, 1950 in daughter's home, Fremont, Mahaska County, Iowa. She was the daughter of 82. Johan Pettersson Grund and 83. Maja Lovisa Ramkvist.
Notes for Anna Lovisa Grund:
Anna's father moved to Grängesberg, Grangärde Parish, Kopparberg Län 27 May 1865, where he married Maja Lovisa Ramqvist 4 weeks later and Anna Lovisa was born 2 weeks after that.  It is not clear whether Johan is Anna's real father or whether the marriage took place to make Anna "legitimate".  22 April 1869 Johan moved to Amerika, leaving his family behind.  He was never heard from again.

Children of Anders Andersson and Anna Grund are:

i. Ellen Louise Dahlstrom, born June 28, 1888 in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota; died December 16, 1961 in General Hospital, Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa; married Alvin Benet Fairfield February 25, 1911 in Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa; born August 12, 1884 in Washington County, Iowa; died October 30, 1977 in Hershey Convalescent Home, Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa.
Ellen's parents were married in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1887 and their married name was Anderson.  Ellen was born as an Anderson and her name was changed to Dahlstrom circa 1890, at some point after they moved to Ishpeming, Michigan.
In the 1900 Lime Creek Township, Washington County, Iowa census Alvin is shown living with Jacob and Josaphine (sic) Snider, and he is identified as their nephew (his mother's maiden name being Snider).  Alvin's mother is just a few households away living with her new husband, John S. Davison.  Alvin and his mother are living in Lime Creek Township in the 1895 Iowa State census and it is presumed his father is dead.  In the 1910 census Alvin is in Adams Township, Keokuk County, Iowa, single, age 25, and a hired man on the William White farm.  Ellen's parents are in neighboring Prairie Township, although Ellen is not living at home and is not found in the 1910 census.  Alvin and Ellen marry in 1911 and they are found in the 1920 Prairie Township, Keokuk County census just a few households away from Ellen's parents.  Alvin is identified as a stock and grain farmer.  By 1925 the Iowa State census shows they have left the farm and moved to What Cheer, Keokuk County where Alvin is engaged in non-specific, but non-farm, labor.  According to the marriage notice for sister Faye, Ellen and Alving are in Muscatine by 1930 where Faye and William visit during their honeymoon in early May.  After their move to Muscatine County, Iowa Ellen worked at the H. J. Heinz Company plant, retiring as a supervisor.  Ellen is buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa while Alvin is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa.  They had no children.
20 ii. Emil Edward Dahlstrom, born November 13, 1890 in Ishpeming, Marquette County, Michigan; died December 03, 1960 in At home, Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa; married Icie Blanche Waterhouse December 22, 1912 in Keokuk County, Iowa.
iii. Eric Edwin Dahlstrom, born December 07, 1892 in Keokuk County, Iowa; died January 20, 1893 in Keokuk County, Iowa and is buried in McFarlan Cemetery in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa, next to his parents.
iv. Edith Dahlstrom, born February 15, 1894 in Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa; died September 12, 1977 in Siesta Park Manor Nursing Home, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; married Forest Robert Shepherd July 28, 1912 in Keokuk County, Iowa; born April 1888 in Keokuk County, Iowa; died 1948.
Forest is shown in his parent's (Robert Alexander and Susan) home in both the 1900 and 1910 Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa censuses where he is listed as a farm laborer, evidently helping his father.  In the 1920 Prairie Township, Keokuk County census Alexander is two households away from the Andrew Dahlstrom family.  Forest and Edith married in 1912 and they are found in 1920 in neighboring Adams Township with 6 year old daughter Lois, their only child.  Forest is shown as a farmer.  They are in the same location and engaged in the same occupation in the 1925 Iowa State census.  In the 1930 Washington Township, Keokuk County census Forest, Edith and Lois are on a rented farm and Forest is engaged in general farming.  Edith retired as a nurse from the Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Iowa.  They are both buried in Forest Cemetery, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.
v. Arthur Eric Dahlstrom, born December 18, 1898 in Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa; died February 20, 1943 at home, Martinsburg, Keokuk County, Iowa; married Gladys Marie Sanchez December 24, 1923; born March 4, 1903; died May 1987 in Cathedral City, Riverside County, California.
Arthur was 22 and living with his parents in their Prairie Township, Keokuk County home in the 1920 census.  Arthur and Gladys were married in 1923.  Likely Arthur was working in the area of Martinsburg, Keokuk County as that is where Gladys was born and grew to adulthood.  The 1925 Iowa State census shows them living in Martinsburg, Keokuk County where he is engaged in non-specific, but non-farm, labor.  The 1930 Martinsburg, Keokuk County census shows Arthur and Gladys with one son and one daughter along with two of Gladys' siblings living with them.  Arthur is shown as manager of the lumberyard.  His obituary stated he had been manager of the W. H. France Lumber company for the past 15 years.  Arthur and Gladys had two sons and one daughter.  He was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery in Martinsburg.
vi. Lillian Dahlstrom, born September 23, 1899 in Keokuk County, Iowa; died August 16, 1986 in Pleasantview Home, Kalona, Washington County, Iowa; married Hilton L. Grady May 1936 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa; born July 20, 1908 in Kalona, Washington County, Iowa; died June 26, 1990 in Pleasantview Home, Kalona, Washington County, Iowa.
In the 1930 Kalona, Washington County, Iowa census, Lillian "Dolstrom" is boarding with Mary E. Kepler.  Lillian is a public school teacher.  Also in the 1930 Kalona, Washington County, Iowa census, Hilton Grady is living at home with his widowed mother and grandmother and a couple of siblings.  Grady is a livestock merchant - evidently buying and selling livestock.  After marrying they made their home in the Kalona area.  Hilton was a farmer and livestock buyer while Lillian was a school teacher for 45 years in rural schools and Kalona Elementary.  They were parents of one son.  They are laid to rest in Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona.
vii. Blanche E. Dahlstrom, born June 12, 1902 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa; died September 20, 1978 in Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; married Roy M. Reinert March 07, 1923 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa; born March 12, 1902 in near Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa; died October 13, 2002 in Manor House Nursing Home, Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa.
Roy and Blanche, along with one son (their only child), are found in the 1930 Washington Township, Keokuk County census on a rented farm with Roy engaged in general farming.  Roy was graduated from Delta High School and attended business school in Des Moines.  He farmed northwest of Delta; worked at Wimmer's Department Store; worked ad Dr. Kilburn and Dr. Lane Veterinary Clinic; and worked in the administration office at the Iowa State Fair for 49 years.  Blanche taught in the Burr Oak and Mayflower country schools for several years.  Roy and Blanche are buried in Garrett Cemetery, north of Delta, Keokuk County, Iowa.
viii. Faye Alberta Dahlstrom, born April 28, 1905 in Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa; died September 04, 1993 in Ottumwa Hospital, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa; married William Neil Moffat August 25, 1930 in Ottumwa Methodist Church, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa; born August 11, 1900 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa; died May 1958 in Fremont, Mahaska County, Iowa.
In the 1920 town of What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa census William is 19 years old and living with his widowed mother.  His occupation is listed as laborer with the city.  In the 1930 town of What Cheer census 29 year old William is shown at home with his widowed mother.  He is listed as manager of a grocery store.  The marriage announcement gave William's occupation as Manager of the Farmers Union Co-Poerative store.  Elsewhere in the town of What Cheer Faye is living at home with her mother and father and is working as a teacher in a rural school.  She eventually earned a Masters Degree from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, Misssouri and taught school for 41 years.  She began teaching in country school, Cedar Consolidated and for many years taught elementary school in the Ottumwa Schools.  William and Faye had two children.  They are buried in McFarlan Cemetery on the northeast edge of What Cheer.
ix. Harry Richard Dahlstrom, born February 28, 1908 in Keokuk County, Iowa; died April 03, 1909 in Keokuk County, Iowa and is buried in McFarlan Cemetery in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa, next to his parents.
x. Helen Dahlstrom, born February 28, 1908 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa; died June 25, 2000 in Baptist Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky; married David W. Moore July 23, 1930 at the home of brother Arthur in Martinsburg, Keokuk County, Iowa; born March 16, 1908 near Gibson, Keokuk County, Iowa; died April 27, 1993 in his home in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa.
David was a graduate of Gibson High School and attended William Penn College.  He was a resident of Fremont and Hedrick before moving to Ottumwa in 1984.  He was an owner and operator of heavy equipment for 20 years, was town marshal in Hedrick for 11 years and was bookkeeper at Johnson Oil Co. in Hedrick before his retirement.  In the town of What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa 1930 census Helen is living at home with her mother and father and is working as a teacher in a rural school.  Helen was graduated from Thornburg High School, earned a bachelor of arts degree from William Penn College and a master's degree from Northeast Missouri State University.  She taught school at Gibson, Martinsburg and Hedrick and retired from Ottumwa Community Schools in 1973.  They were the parents of three daughters.  They are laid to rest in Cedar Township Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, Mahaska County, Iowa.

 

42. Nelson Waterhouse, born December 19, 1844 in Scott County, Iowa Territory; died November 21, 1915 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa. He was the son of 84. Isaac Waterhouse and 85. Elizabeth Philenia Palmer. He married (1) Sarah Shearer January 1, 1867 in Henry County, Illinois; born October 8, 1844 in Battle Ground, Tippecanoe County, Indiana; died June 12, 1902 in Cornwall Township, Henry County, Illinois. Nelson married (2) 43. Mary M. Coghlan August 31, 1884 in Keokuk County, Iowa.
Notes for Nelson Waterhouse:
Nelson's grandparents were early settlers of Scott County, Iowa, arriving some 8 years before Iowa attained statehood in 1846.  His parents married in Scott County and Nelson was the first child born to them.  He seemed to have an interesting migratory path before finally settling down for good in Keokuk County, Iowa.  In the 1850 census Nelson, age 5, is at home with his parents in Scott County, Iowa.  In the 1856 State of Iowa special census the Isaac Waterhouse family is located in Springfield Township, Cedar County, Iowa.  Again in the 1860 census Nelson, age 15, is at home with his parents in Springfield Township, Cedar County, Iowa.  In the 1870 census Nelson's parents have moved on to Washington Township, Keokuk County, Iowa where Isaac changed over from farming to wagon making.  But Nelson is found in 1870 Cornwall Township, Henry County, Illinois, living next to the Lewis Shearer family, engaged in farming, and married to their daughter Sarah.  How he decided to head east as his family continued to head west is both interesting and counter to the general American movement of the time.
It continues to get interesting as the 1880 census shows Nelson and Sarah in Deep River Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa with no children present in the household.  Daughter Grace was born August 1873, yet Grace is nowhere to be found in the 1880 census.  Additionally, Nelson is also enumerated in the Isaac Waterhouse residence in 1880 Washington Township, Keokuk County, Iowa.  In 1900, Sarah is shown in the Cornwall Township, Henry County, Illinois census living with father Lewis Shearer.  He is shown as widowed and Sarah is identified as his daughter.  Several things appear to be wrong with Sarah's entry.  She is shown as age 52, yet her birth month/year are shown as July 1853.  She is shown as widowed, when in fact she is likely divorced when in fact Nelson is in the 1900 Washington Township, Keokuk County, Iowa census and remarried to Mary Coghlan.  Pearl Waterhouse is at home with Sarah yet and shown as granddaughter of Lewis.  Pearl is shown as born in Illinois in April 1883.  Did Nelson moved back to Henry County, Illinois for a while, or did they split and Sarah went back to live with her parents and gave birth then?
Nelson's obituary verifies his marriage to Sarah and the birth of two daughters.  He must have stayed in touch with them as the obituary identified them by their married names and gave their current city living locations in California.  The obituary does not state what happened between Nelson and Sarah.  Nelson married Mary Coghlan in 1884 in Keokuk County.  He was a farmer all his life.  He and Mary had 4 children and are both buried in Springfield Cemetery, north of Delta, Keokuk County, Iowa.

43. Mary M. Coghlan, born August 13, 1865 in Keenersburg, Keokuk County, Iowa; died November 05, 1938 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa. She was the daughter of 86. Isaac Watson Coghlan, Sr. and 87. Lydia Easton. She married (2) widower William R. Mikesell, November 17, 1971 in Keokuk County, Iowa; born April 9, 1851 in Pennsylvania; died July 3, 1918 Keokuk County, Iowa. Mary married (3) widower Dr. William G. Allen October 1921 in Keokuk County, Iowa; born April 1859 in Wisconsin; died Aft. November 3, 1938.
Notes for Mary M. Coghlan:
Mary married Nelson, nearly 20 years her senior, and William, nearly 15 years her senior, and outlived them both.  Both Nelson and William were lifelong farmers.  The William G. Allen she married in 1921 was identified in the 1920 What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa census as the town doctor.  In the 1930 census his occupation is listed as homeopathic physician.  He took a somewhat circuitous route to being a doctor.  He was born in Wisconsin, his two oldest children were born in Colorado, his third child was born in Illinois and his last child in Wisconsin where he was enumerated in the 1900 Ashland, Ashland County, Wisconsin as lumberer.  In the 1910 2nd Ward Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa census he is identified as being in school, perhaps learning to be a physician?

Children of Nelson Waterhouse and Mary Coghlan are:

i. Mabel Elizabeth Waterhouse, born September 07, 1885 in Poweshiek County, Iowa; died October 24, 1968 in Yakima, Yakima County, Washington; married John Pringle August 06, 1905 in Trosky, Pipestone County, Minnesota; born July 03, 1877 in Bedlington, County Northumberland, England; died October 22, 1945 in Yakima, Yakima County, Washington.
John was born in Bedlington, County Northumberland, England, as was his father James in 1853 and his mother Mary in 1858.  In the 1881 census of England they are at 13 Mawburn Terrace, Bedlington and James is a Colliery (coal mine) Engineman.  When the Pringles first same to Keokuk County, James was a coal miner (1885 census) but by 1900 James is a farmer in Washington Township.  In the 1900 Washington Township, Keokuk County, Iowa census Mabel is shown as age 14 and living with her parents.  In the same 1900 Washington Township census John is shown living with his parents and is identified as having immigrated in 1881, right after sister Jane A. is born in England, and is a naturalized citizen.  In the 1910 2nd Ward Belle Plain, Benton County, Iowa census John and Mable are enumerated along with a daughter and son and John is shown with occupation of brakeman for the railroad.  By 1920 they are found in Washington.  In 1920 John, Mable and their 3 children are in Orchardvale, Yakima County, Washington.  His occupation is very difficult to read, but appears to be wheat farmoer on a general farm.  In the 1930 Horn Rapids Precinct (East Part), Benton County, Washington census John is identified as a farmer on a general farm.
ii. Hazel Waterhouse, born June 20, 1887 in Poweshiek County, Iowa; died February 19, 1964 at home in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa; married Leslie Lee Blacketer January 13, 1907 in Keokuk County, Iowa; born September 16, 1887 in Iowa; died February 6, 1962 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.
In the 1900 What Cheer, Washington Township, Keokuk County, Iowa census Leslie is at home with his parents under the enumeration of J. W. "Blanketer".  His father, James, is a day laborer and Leslie is in school in 1900.  In 1910 What Cheer Hazel and Leslie are married and have one son, the only child they will have.  Leslie's occupation is nearly unreadable, but it appears he is working in a laundry, and might be a foreman in the laundry.  The 1917 World War I draft card, in addition to giving his exact birth date, also gives his occupation at that time as working in the J. A. McMains Implement business in What Cheer, Keokuk County.  The 1920 1st Ward What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa census shows Hazel as married and at home with son Eugene, age 12.  Her occupation is listed as saleslady at a dry goods store.  This census lists her as married, yet the 1920 2nd Ward Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa census shows Leslie Blacketer as a roomer in the Ella Tressler residence (boarding house) with occupation as a traveling salesman.  And this census lists him as single.  These census entries were entered in January 1920.  By July 1920 Leslie Blacketer is remarried.  In the 1930 What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa page 188 Hazel is shown as divorced, having married at the age of 19.  Living at home is son Jean (sic) age 22 and married at age 21, but already divorced.  Hazel is shown as owner of a restaurant and Eugene is shown at a salesman at the restaurant.  In 1930 What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa Leslie and his second wife, Ida, are shown with sone Donald, age 9, and daughter Ruth, age 5.  His occupation is salesman, garage auto.  Hazel is buried, as her parents are, in Springfield Cemetery, north of Delta, Keokuk County, Iowa.
iii. Gilbert Mayo Waterhouse, born July 6, 1893 in Poweshiek County, Iowa; died August 25, 1984 in Luther Park Nursing Home, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa; married (1) Elizabeth Oglevie October 13, 1917 in Keokuk County, Iowa; born August 1899; died Unknown; married (2) Leona A. ? Aft. 1930; born 1891; died 1964.
The 1895 State of Iowa census shows Gilbert living at home in Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa and his birth location is given as Poweshiek County, Iowa.  His 1917 World War I draft card corroborated both his birth date and location.  That same draft card gave his home address as What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa and his occupation as gardner for C. B. Fountain in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.  The draft card identified him as single, but claiming exemption from the draft on the basis of dependent relative.  He was evidently providing some money in support of his widowed mother at that point.  Later that year he married Elizabeth Oglevie in What Cheer.  This is interesting since Elizabeth was born in Polk County, Iowa and they surely met because Gilbert was working in Des Moines, yet they marry in What Cheer.  In 1920 he and Elizabeth are living in the 2nd Ward of Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa and the census identifies his occupation as roller maker in a factory.  The 1925 State of Iowa census shows them living in the 5th Ward of Des Moines and they have a son born about 1922.  In 1930 he and Elizabeth, along with their son and a daughter born about 1925, live in the 3rd Ward of Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa where he is a salesman of baked goods.  Sometime after 1930 his relationship with Elizabeth ended, either due to death or divorce, and he remarried.  The second marriage did not yield any children.  According to his obituary he was a retired grocery warehouse employee and was a member of the Old Fiddlers Association.  It also stated he had no immediate survivors.  He and his second wife are buried in Sixteen Cemetery, west of Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa.
21 iv. Icie Blanche Waterhouse, born April 01, 1895 in Springfield, Keokuk County, Iowa; died December 31, 1960 in At home, Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa; married Emil Edward Dahlstrom December 22, 1912 in Keokuk County, Iowa.

 

44. August Zimmerman, Sr., born December 17, 1859 in Massenbachhausen, Oberamt Brackenheim, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Confederation; died December 24, 1936 in Tilton, Poweshiek County, Iowa. He was the son of 88. Johannes Zimmermann and 89. Katharine Schwarz. He married (1) 45. Carolina Hochwarth August 04, 1883 in Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois. August married (2) Harriet H. Wainright Bates May 12, 1917 in Keokuk County, Iowa; born Abt. 1867 in Illinois; died Unknown. He married (3) Vesta A. Mefford October 4, 1925 in Colorado; born Abt. 1871 in Iowa; died Aft. December 24, 1936.
Notes for August Zimmerman, Sr.:
The birth location for August is quoted from family tradition as Housen, Welenburg, Germany.  As is the case with many family traditions, names are often corrupted over time by people unfamiliar with the foreign locations in question.  The truth is that he was really born in a village in the state of Württemburg in Germany based on three pieces of information.  First is the fact that he, his sister Theresa, and Carolina Hochwarth immigrated on the same ship, Neckar, arriving in the port of New York 1 August 1882.  The port of embarkation is given as Bremen, Germany, but the place of last residence for all was given as Württemburg.  Secondly, August's marriage license information simply states he was born in Prussia, but his sister's marriage information says she was born in Württemburg.  One of August's obituaries says he was born in Wettenburg and the other says Wittenburg, both of which are probably an American corruption of Württemburg.  The third piece of information was the icing on the cake that confirmed a specific location.  I was able to locate the obituary of August's sister Theresa in the February 27, 1942 issue of the Geneseo Republic newspaper, Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois.  That obituary specifically identified her birthplace as Massenbachhausen, Germany.
Subsequent location of microfilm copies of the Catholic parish records of Massenbachhausen, and the christening records of August and his siblings, confirmed this finding.  August was recorded as born December 17, 1859, the son of Johann Zimmermann and Katherine Schwarz and was christened December 24, 1859 with August Baumhauer, a baker, and his wife Elisabeth Lock as witnesses.
An e-mail from Toby Bumm from Kirchhausen, Württemberg, Germany gives a little information concerning Massenbachhausen.  According to Toby, "Massenbachhausen and Kirchhausen are about 5 km apart.  In dialect speech Massenbachhausen is simply called Hausen (pronounced: houza).  Unfortunately I do not know too much about it.  Rumor has it that the settlement was founded when gypsys (this might refer to Hungarians, Turks or other Slavic tribes) came to the place and stayed there.  The ending HAUSEN, like in KIRCHHAUSEN, is pretty common and comes from Swabian-Frankian culture.  It simply means settlement.  Back when those villages were founded it meant place where people live.  Massenbach is an old aristocratic family from northern Germany.  Next to Massenbachhausen, Massenbach is situated.  Massenbach with its castle was the von Massenbachs first town in the area, Massenbachhausen must have been founded later on."
According to "Hopeful Journeys" by Aaron Spencer Fogleman, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996, "Before 1620, the Kraichgau parishes were overpopulated, but during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) and the wars of the late seventeenth century, the armies of the great European powers nearly obliterated village after village in the Kraichgau, while the knights struggled merely to hang on to their territories.  By 1648 Adelshofen had lost twenty-eight familes (about half the village population), and was then repeatedly plundered and set ablaze in the 1670s and 1680s.  Most of Ittlingen lay in rubble and ashes as a result of the Thirty Years' War.  The population of Kleingartach dropped from about 120 to 33 between 1620 and 1648.  Massenbachhausen lost its entire population during the Thirty Years' War, and was resettled afterward by outsiders..."
The Zimmermann clan may have been among some of the earlier immigrants that resettled this area, with ancestors appearing as christened in the local Catholic parish as early as 1714.
A note regarding the naming convention used for the Zimmermann and Hochwarth locations.  Early Germany geography, especially prior to the German Empire formed in 1871, was a conglomeration of independent entities (margratates, duchies, kingdoms, principalities, and the like).  The Zimmermanns will be referred to as living in Württemberg and the Hochwarths as living in Baden even though the further back one goes in time the fuzzier this definition becomes.  The map at this web location published by Mike Pantel along with an excellent history of Baden-Württemberg at this site, shows how fragmented the area was prior to 1800.  Clicking on the map causes it to expand to better see the fragments.  Just where Massenbachhausen and Helmhof were in relation to the geographic fragments is unknown.

45. Carolina Hochwarth, born November 07, 1861 in Helmhof, Grand Duchy of Baden, German Confederation; died November 06, 1916 in hospital, Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota. She was the daughter of 91. Katharina Eva Hochwarth.
Notes for Carolina Hochwarth:
"The name Hochwarth appeared for the first time in the context with the foundation of the village Helmhof, which was about 1712.  The Hochwarths were among the foundation families.  The first Hochwarth to our knowledge (at least up to now) is Johann, David Simon.  He is listed in the family book of Neckarbischofsheim (1594-1810 - page 262).  From that source we know that he was born on December 14th 1732 in Helmhof.  At this site it is also mentioned that he was married to Anna, Maria, Kunigunde - daughter of Philipp and Maria Umhau - and that he deceased November 1782.  We haven't been able to find an entry about his parents and their origin.
"The reason that the names of the parents of Johann, David, Simon don not appear in the church registration books is probably in connection with the fact that they were neither born nor married there like the parents of his wife - Phillip and Maria Umhau.  From where they in-migrated is unclear.  As a fact it is known that families originated from Switzerland already settled there at the time of the foundation of Helmhof.  Maybe the origin of the Hochwarths has to be sought for in the Alps.  In Bavaria and South-Tyrolia there can be found Hochwarts in Bavaria and in South Tyrol (without the "h" at the end)."
By Manfred Hochwarth, March 2000

From Geburtsbuch of Neckarbischofsheim:
Im Jahr eintausendachthunderteinundsechzig, den siebten November morgens acht Uhr wurde im Helmhof geboren und den siebzehnten desselben nachmittags drei Uhr durch den unterzeichneten Pfarrer daselbst getauft Carolina, uneheliche Tochter der Katharina Hochwarth, leibliche Tochter des Karl Hochwarth, Bürger und Taglöhner im Helmhof.  Pathen sind Christoph Lungerer, Bürger und Taglöhner im Helmhof und dessen Ehefrau Rosina, geborene Hochwarth.  Zeugen waren Christoph Lungerer und Ludwig Nein Bürger dahier und Taglöhner im Helmhof.
Translation -
From the Birth Records of Neckarbischofsheim Parish.  Further translation of Neckarbischofsheim means literally home of the bishop of Neckar.
In year one thousand eight hundred sixty-one on the seventh November in the morning eight o'clock was in Helmhof born and on the seventeenth of the same afternoon three o'clock through the undersigned pastor here baptized Carolina, illegitimate daughter of Katharina Hochwarth, blood daughter of Karl Hochwarth, citizen and day-laborer in Helmhof.  Baptismal sponsors/godparents are Christoph Lungerer, citizen and day-laborer in Helmhof and whereof wife Rosina, born Hochwarth.  Witnesses were named as Christoph Lungerer and Ludwig Nein citizen here and day-laborer in Helmhof.

Children of August Zimmerman and Carolina Hochwarth are:

i. Rosie Zimmerman, born April 25, 1884 in Sheffield, Bureau County, Illinois; died July 08, 1935 at University Hospitals, Iowa City, Johnson Couny, Iowa; married William Vowels Gradert September 2, 1903 in Henry County, Illinois; born August 12, 1881 in Cornwall Township, Henry County, Illinois; died April 1, 1955 in Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois.
William is the adopted son of John and Adeline Kathke Gradert.  When August and Carolina moved to Keokuk County, Iowa in 1907 it appears that William and Rosie also moved there.  In the 1910 Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa census, page 115A, they are found living next to Andrew Dahlstrom and family, and William is a farmer on a rented farm.  This census shows a son, Walter, of age 5 and born in Illinois.  Also shown is a daughter, Edna, of age 3 and born in Iowa.  This would support William and Rosie accompanying the Zimmerman family to Iowa in 1907.  They evidently chose not to stay in Iowa very long as the 1920 4th Ward Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois census finds William is a stationary engineer, whatever that means.  According to some of the new children that appear, Floyd, age 7 and born in Iowa, and Russell, age 5 and born in Illinois, the family must have moved back to Henry County circa 1914.  They are in the 4th Ward Geneseo 1930 census and William is a laborer at the light plant.  William and Rosie had 4 sons and 2 daughters.  They are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois.  August's sister Theresa, who came to America with August, also lived in Geneseo and along with her husband is also buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
ii. John Zimmerman, born January 28, 1886 in Henry County, Illinois; died February 22, 1930 in Kinross, Keokuk County, Iowa; married Lily Belle Shearer January 31, 1907 in Cambridge, Henry County, Illinois; born July 1889 in Henry County, Iowa; died 1930 in Keokuk County, Iowa.
John was born and grew up in Henry County, Illinois.  Right before his parents moved to Keokuk County, Iowa he married Lily Belle Shearer in Henry County and the following spring they located on a farm west of Gibson in Mahaska County, Iowa.  Lily was the niece of the Sarah Shearer who married Nelson Waterhouse above.  In the 1910 Deep River Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa census John and Lily are at home with their first two children, daughters, and he is a farmer on a general farm.  In 1920 they are in Tioga, Mahaska County, Iowa, about 1 mile west of the Keokuk County line.  They are parents of a third child, a son, and John is farming.  The 1925 State of Iowa census shows them in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa and confirms Lily's parentage as Lewis R. and Amanda Munson Shearer, both born in Illinois and married there.  In 1930 Lily is shown as a widow in Kinross, Liberty Township, Keokuk County, Iowa and living with her is a son and divorced daughter and her son.  John and Lily are interred in White Oak Cemetery, north of Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa.
iii. Lena Zimmerman, born November 28, 1887 in Annawan, Henry County, Illinois; died August 24, 1957 in the home of her son in Annawan, Henry County, Illinois; married William J. Gradert, Jr. October 25, 1905 in Cambridge, Henry County, Illinois; born February 1884 in Henry County, Illinois; died July 9, 1963 in Henry County, Illinois.
When August and Carolina moved to Keokuk County, Iowa Lena was the only child not to move with them as near as can be determined.  This is confirmed by her obituary that states "she lived in Annawan all of her life."  A couple of the siblings eventually moved back to join Lena in living out their lives in Henry County, Illinois.  William was a second cousin to the adopted William who married Lena's sister Rosie.  The 1910 Annawan Township census shows William farming on a rented farm and Lena and William's only child, son Lloyd, is 3.  In the 1920 Annawan Township census they are enumerated as Gradet, and they now have Lena's brother August Jr., age 21, living with them.  William is a farmer and August is a laborer, "working out".  The 1930 Annawan Village, Annawan Township census, shows William and Lena at home, with William declaring no occupation.  Have they retired?  He would be only 46 years old.  Was he disabled?  It appears their son Lloyd took over the farm.  Lloyd (age 23 and married at 22) and new wife Irma (age 22 and married at 21) are farming.  Irma is identified as born in Belgium.  She was the daughter of August Meulebroeck and Clara Dumoulin and came to this country with her parents when she was 2 years of age.  Lloyd and Irma were very close to uncle and aunt Joe and Luella Zimmerman despite the distance that separted them, and often went on summer fishing trips together.  William and Lena are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois.
iv. Albert Zimmerman, born February 01, 1890 in Henry County, Illinois; died September 14, 1967 in Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; married Bernice Sanders September 11, 1912 in Iowa; born February 06, 1894 in Mahaska County, Iowa; died October 08, 1987 in Senior Home in Montezuma, Poweshiek County, Iowa.
Albert was found in the August and Carolina Zimmerman household in the 1910 Jackson Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa census.  After their marriage in 1912, Albert and Bernice are found in the 1920 census in Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa.  They followed August and Carolina into Keokuk County, leaving Bernice's parents behind in Poweshiek County.  Albert is shown as a stock and grain farmer and they are the parents of 2 children.  In 1930 they are found yet in Prairie Township, Keokuk County and Albert is a farmer on a general farm.  Albert and Bernice spent their entire married life of 55 years in Keokuk and Poweshiek counties.  They had five children, with 3 daughters passing away in childhood and 2 sons surviving to adulthood.  Albert and Bernice are buried in White Oak Cemetery, north of Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa.
v. Charles Zimmerman, born June 19, 1892 in Henry County, Illinois; died October 01, 1961 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa; married Nellie Clare Saunders January 27, 1915 in Montezuma, Poweshiek County, Iowa; born November 10, 1896 in Forest Home, Poweshiek County, Iowa; died February 21, 1947 in University Hospital, Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa.
Charles is age 18 and without occupation and living with his parents in the 1910 Jackson Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa census.  The next farm after the August Zimmerman farm is that of Albert Sanders with daughter Nellie, age 13, living at home.  Charles and Nellie are married 5 years later and in 1920 they are shown living in Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County.  In this census they are shown with their only child and Charles has occupation of farmer on a general farm that he was renting.  Living with the family is Charles' brother roy, age 15, with occupation of laborer on "farm home" (evidently meaning on the farm he was making his home). Roy's mother died in 1916 and his father had remarried in 1917.  Perhap for this reason, Roy chose to make his home with his brother's family.  In 1930 Charles, Nellie and son Forrest are found in Union Township, Mahaska County, Iowa where Charles is a farmer of a general farm, again rented. Charles and Nellie are buried in the Montezuma Cemetery, Montezuma, Poweshiek County, Iowa.
vi. William Zimmerman, born May 10, 1894 in near Annawan, Henry County, Illinois; died April 12, 1948 in Tilton, Poweshiek County, Iowa; married Frances Havens April 16, 1924 in Iowa; born January 30, 1886 in Mahaska County; died February 23, 1978 in Keokuk County, Iowa.
William was approximately 13 when his parents moved to Iowa.  He is at home with his parents in 1910 Jackson Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa and age 16.  In 1920 Prairie Township, Keokuk County, William, age 25, is head of household and a farmer on a rented stock and grain farm.  Living in the same household with him are george Zearfoss (laborer on farm) and Opal Zearfoss, assumed to be husband and wife.  In 1924 William marries Frances Lydia Havens, divorced from her first husband James Barton Hornback.  In 1930 William M. Zimmerman (age 36) and Frances L. (age 42) are found in the village of Tilton in Deep River Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, a village of 13 households which straddled the Poweshiek and Keokuk County line.  Even as small as Tilton was, one of the 13 household contained an agent for Chicago Northwestern railroad, showing the importance of rail service to small towns as late as 1930.  This shows them on owned land with an occupation for William of laborer on a general farm.  Also in Tilton is August Zimmerman (age 70) and his third wife, Vesta (age 59), where his occupation is listed as retail merchant in groceries, a store which he owned as well as operated.  Also in Tilton is Frances' first husband James B. Hornback and their son Alvin, both divorced.  James and Frances' other child was Letha Hornback who married William's brother, Roy.  William and Frances lived most of their married lives in and near Tilton, where William operated a small trucking operation in later life.  Frances had no children by William.  They are buried in Sixteen Cemetery, west of Thornburg, Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa.
vii. Emma M. Zimmerman, born January 31, 1896 in Henry County, Illinois; died December 07, 1968 in her home in Deep River, Poweshiek County, Iowa; married Leslie Clark September 12, 1917 in Keokuk County, Iowa; born December 17, 1893 in Keokuk County, Iowa; died June 03, 1970 in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa.
Emma was a child when she moved with the family to Iowa.  In 1917 she married Leslie Clark of Deep River, Deep River Township, Poweshiek County.  Their fifty-one years of married life was spent in farming near Deep River.  In 1948 they moved to Montezuma, Poweshiek County and in 1954 to a house in Deep River, continuing in the farming operation.  He had a very prosperous farming operation.  They had no children, so they left all their money to nieces and nephews.  They are buried in Sixteen Cemetery, west of Thornburg, Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa.
viii. August Zimmerman, Jr., born December 07, 1898 in Henry County, Illinois; died March 09, 1984 in Henry County, Iowa; married Clara ? Abt. 1924 in Henry County, Illinois; born February 10, 1904 in Illinois; died June 8, 1997 in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois.
August was born in Henry County, Illinois and moved with his family to Iowa circa 1907.  He is age 12 and living with his parents in 1910 Jackson Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa.  He may have moved back to Illinois with sister and brother-in-law Rosie and William Gradert, since he appears in the household of sister Lena and husband William Gradert in the 1920 Annawan Township, Henry County, Illinois census.  He was a laborer, working out (evidently farm work in support of William).  August is found yet in Annawan Township, Henry County in 1930, but this time in his own household and married and he is occupied in farming on a general farm.  They had two sons that are known to this author, and may possibly have had more.  August is buried in South Pleasant View Cemetery, Henry County, Illinois, and it is presumed Clara is buried with him.
22 ix. Joe Zimmerman, born December 04, 1900 in Sheffield, Bureau County, Illinois; died November 27, 1974 in his home north of Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa; married Luella Florence McKay October 22, 1919 in Webster, Keokuk County, Iowa.
x. Roy Henry Zimmerman, born June 19, 1904 in Henry County, Illinois; died December 02, 1969 in his rural Deep River home, Poweshiek County, Iowa; married Letha Irene Hornback May 04, 1928 in Montezuma, Poweshiek County, Iowa; born January 16, 1909 in Wright, Mahaska County, Iowa; died March 04, 1998 in Keokuk County Health Center, Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa.
Roy was about 3 years old when the family moved to Iowa.  He was found living with brother Charles and his family in 1920 Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa.  Roy's mother died in 1916 and his father remarried in 1917, which may have prompted Roy to move out but was not old enough to make it on his own (age 15).  He married Letha Hornback, step-daughter of brother William, in 1928 and they had a daughter who died in infancy, and a son who survived to adulthood.  Roy was a farmer and cattle feeder in the Deep River area for about 29 years.  He was an avid fisherman and was a long-time member of the Deep River area Fishing Club.  He and Letha are buried in Sixteen Cemetery, west of Thornburg, Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa.

 

46. Samuel McKay, Jr., born February 12, 1876 in Komoka, Middlesex County, Ontario Province, Canada; died January 02, 1962 in Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa. He was the son of 92. Samuel McKay, Sr. and 93. Margaret Flemming. He married (1) 47. Annie Jones December 15, 1896 in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. Samuel married (2) Mrs. Bula Crampton Ferguson November 9, 1935 in Schuyler County, Missouri; born October 25, 1889 in Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri; died November 1, 1979 in Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.
Notes for Samuel McKay, Jr.:
Samuel's obituary gives his birth date as January 31, 1876, his tombstone gives his birth date as 1875, and his World War I draft registration card says he was born January 31, 1875.  Unfortunately all are incorrect.  Samuel was born in Canada and the Ontario Province, Canada Births Schedule A for 1876, page 237, shows Samuel McKay born February 12, 1876 to Samuel McKay and Margaret Fleming.  He appears with his family in the 1881 Ontario Province, Canada census as a 5 year old.  He migrated with his family to Mercer County, Illinois circa 1886 where he met and married Annie Jones in 1896.  In the 1900 Richland Grove Township, Mercer County, Illinois census he and Annie have been married 3 years and Samuel is a cow and grain laborer.  Baby Florence is also enumerated as 0 months old, being newly born in May 1900.
They moved to Iowa in 1905 (or 1909, see Anna's notes) and in the 1910 census they are located in Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa with 8 year old daughter Luella, as well as niece Pearl Jones (Annie's niece) living with them.  They are the second household after the James and Anna McKay household.  James is the younger brother of Samuel McKay, Sr., thus the uncle of Samuel Jr.  James moved from Illinois to his farm in Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa about 1909/1910.  It is very possible these two McKay families moved together and lived on farms very close to each other, thus the 1909 date seems the most likely possibility.
After the first world war they decided to retire from farming and moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a few years, but farming seemed to call him back.  In 1920 Prairie Township, Adeline has joined the family and newly married Luella and son-in-law Joe Zimmerman are living with them.  Samuel is a farmer of stock and grain and Joe is a laborer on the farm.  Annie died right before Christmas of 1931.  November 9, 1935 Sam married Bula May Crampton Ferguson in Schuyler County, Missouri.
Bula was born the daughter of Oscar B. Crampton and Margaret B. Crawford and married Cleo Ferguson about 1908.  They farmed in northern Mahaska County for a number of years.  In the 1930 census they are found living on Briney Street in What Cheer, Wahington Township, Keokuk County, Iowa where Cleo was buying and selling livestock.  No doubt Sam got to know the Fergusons through his work as a grain and stock farmer.  Sometime between 1930 and 1935 Cleo and Bula divorced, and Sam and Bula were married.
Samuel's obituary stated that he and Annie were the parents of three children and that Florence Urissa died at the age of nine months.  Annie's obituary stated there were five children born to this union of which three preceded her in death.  Other than Florence we do not know the sex or names of the other two children.  Samuel and Annie are buried in Sixteen Cemetery, west of Thornburg, Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa.

47. Annie Jones, born June 09, 1870 in Preemption, Mercer County, Illinois; died December 14, 1931 in home near Thornburg, Keokuk County, Iowa. She was the daughter of 94. Robert Jones and 95. Ann Whan.
Notes for Annie Jones:
Annie was the youngest of three children born to Robert Jones and Ann Whan.  They lived near Annie's birthplace in their early married years.  Daughters Florence and Luella are both born in Mercer County, Illinois.  Florence's middle name was Urissa, likely so named because Annie's sister was Urissa Jones.  Sam's obituary says they moved to Iowa in 1905 while Annie's obituary states 1909.  Since daughter Luella was born in Mercer County in 1902 and they are in the 1910 Keokuk County, Iowa census either date could be correct.  The 1910 census tells us a couple of things.  Anna is shown as having given birth to 4 children, with only 1 living in 1910.  That would be daughter Luella.  The 1900 census shows Anna as having given birth to one child and that child is living (just born the previous month).  It is possible Annie gave birth to these 4 children in Mercer County, with only Luella surviving, and then moved to Iowa in 1909 as mentioned above in Samuel's notes.
In addition to Annie's sister Urissa, she also had a brother, George W. Jones.  George's first wife, Maggie L. Moore, died when only 29, leaving George with two children, Pearl Jones and Ross Jones.  Annie helped her brother by looking after his children.  In fact, when Samuel and Annie moved to Iowa, Pearl moved with them and is found in the 1910 Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa census, page 108A.  Annie continued to look after her, even making her wedding dress when that time came in 1914.  On March 4 of that year Pearl married Thomas Scott Christie in Gibson, Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa.  Two of James and Anna Selfridge McKay's daughters married Thomas' brothers - Margaret Ann married William Christie September 24, 1912 in Gibson, and Mary Jane married James Christie, Jr. January 8, 1916 in Thornburg, Prairie Township, Keokuk, Iowa.
The Christie brothers are sons of James Christie, Sr. and Hannah McKinney.  James and Hannah were married in 1882 in Ontario Province, Canada.  In 1883 they moved to Nebraska, where Thomas Scott was born, then to Reynolds, Rock Island County, Illinois where they farmed for a number of years in the Mercer County and Rock Island Counties area.  Thus they likely knew the McKays and, in fact, moved to Iowa shortly after the McKays moved to Keokuk County.  On March 9, 1912 several of the Christies' crossed over into Saskatchewan Province, Canada.  They left Iowa in their journey.
William Christie, age 53, farmer, born in Ireland, cash in hand $55
James Christie, age 55, farmer, born in Ireland, cash in hand $3000
Hannah Christie, age 53, wife, born in Ireland
James Christie, age 18, son, born in US
Agnes Christie, age 15, dau, born in US
George Christie, age 11, son, born in US
The 1916 Canada census shows James Sr., Hannah, Agnes, and George as a family unit in Saskatchewan Province, Battleford District, Sub-District 25, and Brittannia Municipality, page 25.  William, age 57, is immediately following this family listing (James Sr. brother).  They all show year of immigration as 1912.  This is consistent with the border crossing above and with the fact that James Sr. was carrying $3000.  As a tourist, he surely would not have been carrying that amount of cash.  That was a lot of money, especially for 1912.  So the assumption has to be that they intend to stay in Canada.  It is not explicitly stated as cash in pocket, so it could very well have included equipment and stock being taken to begin farming operations in Canada.
Immediately above the James Sr. listing on page 25 is the family unit of Thomas Christie, Pearl, and Glenn (age 1 and enumerated as born in Saskatchewan).  Thomas and Pearl are shown as having immigrated in 1914, thus soon after they were married.  Enumerated in Saskatchewan Province, Battleford District, Sub-District 22, and Wilton Municipality, page 7 are James Jr. and Mary Christie.  This listing identifies James as having immigrated in 1912 and Mary shows as having immigrated in 1916.  It appears James Jr. came back to the U.S. to marry Mary Jane and wisk her off to Canada.  William and Margaret Ann remained behind in Keokuk County, Iowa after marriage.  When Margaret Ann died unexpectedly in August 1928, William and his four children also moved to Saskatchewan Province, Canada to join the rest of the Christie family in making this home.  Their locations above on the census are shown as Township 50, Range 26, Meridian 3, which places them approximately 10 miles north of Marshall, near Gully Creek.  It is here that Sam and Annie traveled several times to visit Pearl's family and all the Christies.

Children of Samuel McKay, Jr. and Annie Jones are:

i. Florence Urissa McKay, born May 17, 1900 in Richland Grove Township, Mercer County, Illinois; died March 22, 1901 in Richland Grove Township, Mercer County, Illinois.
Florence's middle name is that of Annie's sister Urissa Jones.  Florence is buried in Preemption Cemetery, Preemption, Mercer County, Illinois.
23 ii. Luella Florence McKay, born April 02, 1902 in Sherrard, Mercer County, Illinois; died March 26, 2003 in Manor House Nursing Home, Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa; married Joe Zimmerman October 22, 1919 in Webster, Keokuk County, Iowa.
iii. ? McKay, born Unknown; died Unknown.
iv. ? McKay, born Unknown; died Unknown.
v. Adeline McKay, born November 28, 1910 in Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa; died November 27, 1969 in St. Therese Hospital, Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois; married Darwin L. Hicks January 01, 1935 in Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois; born February 05, 1909 in Washington County, Iowa; died December 16, 1993 in Lourdes Hospital, Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky.
Adeline spent her youth on the McKay farm where she was born in Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa, not far south of the village of Tilton.  Her sister Luella recalled walking across the fields to attend school in Tilton, sometimes over the fence tops when the snow was deep.  Adeline went to Canada with her parents several times to visit the Christie families mentioned in Annie's narrative above.
Darwin Hicks was born in Washington County, Iowa where his father was also born.  He was the son of Frank Leon and Cora Orilla King Hicks.  Darwin grew up in the town of Wellman in Washington County.  After Darwin and Adeline married they settled in Wellman.  In the 1940 Wellman census, page 13B, Darwin is shown as a projectionest at the local theater and Adeline is a ticket taker.  They lived there until World War II started, when Darwin enlisted in the Navy.  He enlisted January 26, 1943 and was discharged on September 18, 1945.  They then settled in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois where Darwin first worked as a fireman at the Great Lakes Naval Station.  Starting in 1948 Darwin and Adeline owned and operated Hicks Beauty Shop in Waukegan.  Darwin also worked there - he was a master barber.  He came by this naturally as his father was a barber and operated a shop in Wellman.  Their only child, a son, also barbered at the shop until Darwin retired and sold the shop.
Adeline died of a heart attack on November 27, 1969.  On January 20, 1973 Darwin married Sadie Josephine Twindle, widow of Charles William Prill.  They lived in Holiday, Pasco County, Florida during much of his retirement.  Darwin, Adeline, and Sadie are all buried in Sixteen Cemetery, west of Thornburg, Prairie Township, Keokuk County, Iowa.

 

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