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Ancestors of Gary and Ardis Dahlstrom Morrison

 

This is not a traditional surname index.  These names represent our main lines and also represent the lines for which we have the most information.  Some of that information is from personal research and some through the kindness of other researchers.  In some cases the other sourced information is a result of published genealogies.  I try to give credit, but please forgive me if I overlook someone - please know it is purely unintentional.

If the narrative information seems to match the information you have for the same surname, click on the link provided in the left column.  Each link will take the reader to the oldest known immigrant for that line.  From there one can follow the links forward and backward, as provided.  Know that the information provided is unique to our direct ancestor lines.  I do have information on several of the sibling lines and will be happy to correspond with you.

 

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  ANDERSON Locales:  County Ulster, Ireland; Augusta Co., VA
 
   
George Anderson, Sr. was born circa 1720 in County Ulster, Ireland and by 1740 was in Augusta County, VA when his second child was born.  In his will, dated 12 June 1784, he names as one of his heirs his son-in-law, Adam GUTHERY.
The 1810 Cumberland County, KY census shows Adam's son George and family.  He appears again in the 1820 Cumberland census, but by 1830 he and his family are found in Fayette County, IL.  George's daughter, Mary Ann, husband David SIDWELL, and family moved to Fayette County, IL circa 1830-1832.  It was there in 1835 their daughter Margret was born.  By 1850 David, Mary Ann, and family were located in Fabius Township, Davis County, IA.  In February 1858 Margret married Conrad Moots THARP in Davis County, IA.  Their daughter Mary Lucinda married Benjamin Baker ELDER in Davis County in 1880 and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

Significant information supplied by fellow Guthrie researcher Floyd Owsley, web site - http://owslfl.tripod.com/adamguthrie/

 

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  BAKER Locales:  New York; Bradford Co., PA; Jackson Co., OH; Davis Co., IA
 
   
The 1850 and 1860 censuses for Jackson County, OH identify Benjamin's birthplace as New York state.  Benjamin's wife, Lucia Phinney, was also born in New York and her father died in Broome County, NY when Lucia was only 8.  It is likely Benjamin was born in that immediate area.  Benjamin appears in the 1830s in the Bradford County, PA area.  According to Canton Township, Bradford County tax records a Benjamin Baker acquired 10 acres of improved land and 40 acres of unimproved land from a Silas E. Shepard in 1834.  Benjamin also had 1 cow and had a total tax of $130.  In the following year, 1835, Benjamin was listed as having owned 70 acres of unimproved land and 2 cows, with a tax bill of $113.  In 1836, Benjamin was listed as having transferred to Chas. Finney/Phinney (Lucia's brother) all 70 acres.  What appears to be Benjamin is listed as head of household in the 1820 Greenfield Township, Luzerne County, PA census with a female of an age who could be his widowed mother.  In the 1830 Windham Township, Luzerne County, PA census there is a Benjamin as head of household with a female of 15 and under 20 (Lucia was only 15 years when they married in 1830).
Benjamin's family was still in Luzerne County, PA in the 1840 census but moved to Jackson County, OH between 1844 and 1850.  Daughter Marcia Jane Baker married Alexander Johnson ELDER in 1850 in Jackson County, OH and remained there for some years after Alexander's parents and siblings moved to Iowa.  Circa 1860 Alexander and family moved to Davis County, IA where he raised a family of 7 there before dying in 1905.  Their son Benjamin Baker Elder (named after his maternal grandfather) married Mary Lucinda THARP in 1880 Davis County, and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

A fellow researcher of the Wyoming Valley area of Pennsylvania, Tom A. Foreman, provided the information on the land and tax transactions in Bradford County.

 

 

  BLACK Locales:  York Co., PA; Loudoun & Fauquier Counties, VA; Greenbrier & Cabell Counties, VA (now WV)
 
   
Abraham Black is first identified as Abraham Schwartz, hence the possibility that he was born in Germany.  This line first makes an appearance with the baptism of son Peter at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in York County, PA.  Shortly after this time Abraham Schwartz is found in Loudoun County, VA parish tithe lists, where he is also noted as Abraham Black, and then is found in Fauquier County, VA Personal Property Tax records by their inception in 1782, and is now referred to as Abraham Black.
Abraham's family moves from Fauquier to Greenbrier County, VA (now WV) in 1793.  Daughter Elizabeth Black marries William SAXTON in 1801 in Greenbrier County and the family is located in Cabell County, VA (now WV) upon its creation in 1809.  Their son William Sexton married Mary JARRETT circa 1822-1824 in Cabell County and relocates to Sangamon County, IL in 1828.   Their son Calvary served in the Mexican War then married Nancy Young DODD in 1847 upon return to Sangamon County.  They then relocate to Mahaska County, IA circa 1855.  Their son Pierson Ulysses Simpson Grant Sexton is born there and marries Mary Eleanor FARR there in 1888.  Their daughter Lena Hazel married Harley Clark ROBERTSON in Mahaska County in 1907 and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in 1927 in Wapello County, IA.

Others who have helped with this line include significant help from William Reed and Robin Black.

See also the related story on this site The Black Family of Greenbrier County, WVa
 

 

  BLAKELY Locales:  Ireland; Botetourt Co., VA; Knox Co., TN; Morgan & Sangamon Counties, IL
 
   
Charles Blackley was probably born in Ireland about 1736.  There is some question about this date, however, because it would make him nearly 40 before his first child was born.  His wife was probably named Margaret Davis.
Nothing is known of Charles Blackley until 1770, when he appeared as a taxpayer in Botetourt County, Virginia.  In fact it is not certain that this Charles was the same man that later lived in Knox County, Tennessee.  It is known, however, that the Blakely family lived in Virginia in the 1770's, that this Charles was probably the only Charles Blackley or Blakely in Virginia during this time, and that he disappeared about the same time Charles appeared in Knox County, TN.
Charles Blackley's Knox County, TN will of 1816 names 11 children, including daughter Agnes Dodd.  Agnes married William L. DODD, Sr. before 1799 in TN. and by 1840 they had migrated to the Morgan/Sangamon County, IL area.  Their son Josiah married Elizabeth Duncan in Jefferson County, TN in 1824 and migrated with his parents to Sangamon County, IL.  Josiah's daughter Nancy Young Dodd married Calvary T. SEXTON in Sangamon County, IL in 1847 after his discharge from service in the Mexican War.
Calvary and Nancy then relocate to Mahaska County, IA circa 1855.  Their son Pierson Ulysses Simpson Grant Sexton is born there and marries Mary Eleanor FARR there in 1888.  Pierson's daughter Lena Hazel married Harley Clark ROBERTSON in Mahaska County in 1907 and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in 1927 in Wapello County, IA.

Much information gleaned from "The Charles Blackley Family of Knox County, Tennessee, Vol. I" by Gregory M. Perry, Amundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, 1991.

 

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  CATON Locales:  Anne Arundel Co., MD; Washington Co., PA; Coshocton Co., OH; Mahaska Co., IA
 
   
Under Construction - not all ancestors have been added yet
This family got its American start with the importation of Theophilus Kitton to Maryland in 1675.  He settled in Anne Arundel County, MD and the next two generations lived and died there.  The generation after that began to wander and over time the name morphed from Kitton to Kitten to Caton.
Great-grandson Thomas Kitten was born likely between 1740-1750 in Anne Arundel County, MD.  During his lifetime the surname slowly morphed to Caton.  He married Susanna PLUMMER and they had 7 children after moving to Amwell Township, Washington County, PA.  He died young in 1795 and the children kept their families in the area while widow Susanna was alive.
Son George Caton was born circa 1774 in Amwell Township, Washington County, PA and married Jemima ? circa 1793 and they also had 7 children.  In 1832 their son Gabriel purchased land in Coshocton County, OH, followed by a couple of brothers.  Their sister Catherine married Joseph FARR in PA circa 1820 and this family followed the Caton brothers, and her parents to Coshocton County circa 1834.
Their son Joseph Farr, Jr. married Ellen FUNK in Coshocton County, and in 1854 they, along with Joseph's widowed mother, moved to Mahaska County, IA.  Their daughter Mary Eleanor Farr married in Mahaska County, IA in 1888 to Pierson Grant SEXTON.  Their daughter Lena Hazel married Harley Clark ROBERTSON in 1907, and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.
 

 

  CHITWOOD Locales:  Hereford, England; Northumberland & Cumberland Counties, VA; North Carolina; Knox Co., TN; Brown Co., IN; Poweshiek Co., IA
 
   
Land grants of Northumberland County, VA 20 April 1695 showed that an Elizabeth Banks sold headrights on nine people to Captain Thomas Eskridge.  Among the nine was her servant Matthias Chetwood.  Mrs. Elizabeth Banks a widow in Northumberland County brought in her servant to court to have his age judged and it was judged 14 years old, which meant that he was born about 1681, being born in Hereford, England.
Matthias married Mary KEY and they had 6 children.  Captain James Chitwood, son of Matthias and Mary (Key) Chitwood and brother to Richard Chitwood, was a Tory during the Revolutionary War and was captured and hung after the battle of King's Mountain NC.
Richard was born 1722 in Virginia, married Winney Randolph and died in North Carolina.  Of their children was a son named James who married a Martha White in North Carolina.  A daughter of James and Martha, Winnie Webb Chitwood (evidently named after her grandmother), was born in North Carolina and married Stephen ROBERTSON in 1800 in Knox County, TN and the family moved to Brown County, IN in 1828.
Their son Lazarus died in the Mexican War.  A son of Lazarus and Jane Leeper, William Riley Robertson married Elizabeth Jane Bailey in Monroe County, IN in 1849.  Their son William Parker Robertson was born in Monroe County and was married in Poweshiek County, IA in 1871 to Sarah KNOX.  Their son Harley Clark married Lena Hazel SEXTON in Mahaska County, IA in 1907, and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

Much information gleaned from "Descendants of Matthias Chitwood", compiled by I. O. Chitwood and published 1986 by Helen Chitwood in cooperation with Reuben Chitwood.

 

 

  COGHLAN Locales:  Maryland; Warren Co., OH; Keokuk Co., IA
 
   
According to his son Daniel on the 1900 census, James Coghlan was born in Maryland.  He went to Warren County, OH around 1804, since he was the first school teacher in Salem Township in 1804.  In March of 1806 with consent from her father, Thomas Watson, James married Peggy Watson.  They had five children.
Isaac Watson Coghlan was born in Warren County in 1809 and married Phebe Watkins there in 1830.  They had a family of 10 children there before Phebe died in 1850.  Isaac migrated to Keokuk County, IA circa 1855.  In 1859 in Keokuk County he married Lydia Easton and had a second family of 6 children.  One of the children of this second family, Mary M., married Nelson WATERHOUSE in Keokuk County in 1884 and their daughter Icie Blanche married Emil Edward DAHLSTROM in 1912 in Keokuk County.  Emil's son Melvin Floyd married Arlene Florence ZIMMERMAN in 1940.
 

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  DAHLSTROM/
ANDERSSON
Locales:  Sweden; St. Paul, MN; Ishpeming, MI; Keokuk Co., IA
 
   
When Andrew immigrated in 1887 his name was Andrew (Anders) August Andersson.  On the same ship was Anna Lovisa GRUND and both were headed to St. Paul, MN.  When they wed in St. Paul 3 months later they were wed as Anderson.  Their first child (maybe two) of a total of 10 children were born as Anderson.  Then, for some reason, they changed their name to Dahlstrom while in Ishpeming, MI.  By late 1891 they had settled in What Cheer in Keokuk County, IA.
In 1912 Keokuk County Andrew's son Emil Edward Dahlstrom married Icie Blanche WATERHOUSE, and in 1940 their son Melvin Floyd married Arlene Florence ZIMMERMAN
 

 

  DEMPSEY Locales:  Ireland; Chester & Northumberland Counties, PA; Jackson Co., OH; Wapello & Davis Counties, IA
 
   
Cornelius Dempsey I came from Ireland (Clan Maliere) circa 1760-1770 and settled in Pennsylvania.  He fought in the Revolutionary War as a private under Capt. William Harris, Chester County, PA militia 1780-1781 and died from an accident on his Northumberland County, PA farm in 1786.  His children and wife lived in (then) Northumberland County, west of Lewisburg in Buffalo Valley.  His sons and daughter migrated to Wellston, Jackson County, OH in 1810 then in 1837 the sons went to Knox County, IL where they, and several generations of Dempseys, homesteaded.
My line is through the daughter, Mary A., who married Robert ELDER, Sr. in Northumberland County, PA before moving to Jackson County, OH.  There is a petition at the Orphan's court in Northumberland County, PA filed April 27, 1796.  James Dimpsey and Jonathan Dimpsey sons of Cornelius Dimpsey petitioned the court to appoint Robert Elder as their guardian.  Robert, Sr. and Mary had 12 children.  Robert Jr. married Rachel McKINNIS circa 1827 in Jackson County and had a family before moving to Wapello County, IA circa 1854.  His son Alexander Johnson Elder, married Marcia Jane BAKER in Jackson County, OH in 1850 and remained there for some years after Robert and his family moved to Iowa.
Circa 1860 Alexander and family moved to Davis County, IA where he raised a family of 7 there before dying in 1905.  Their son Benjamin Baker Elder married Mary Lucinda THARP in 1880 Davis County, and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

Assistance for the Dempsey line came from Derrel Dempsey and the Dempsey Genealogical Exchange

 

 

  DIXON Locales:  County Armagh, Ireland; New Castle Co., DE
 
   
Henry Dixon and wife Rose came from Ireland to New Castle County, PA (now Delaware) in 1688.  According to the Marriage Book of Lurgan Monthly Meeting, Ireland, "William Dixson and Isabelle Rea, both of Parish of Sego, County Armagh, Ireland, were married at the house of Roger Webb, Prish of Sego, 5 Mo. 4, 1683. Among those who signed the marriage certificate were Henry Dixson, Rose Dixson, Thomas Harlan, and Isabelle Logan."  Henry, it is said, kept an inn at New Castle and had three children.
William was married second about 1690 to Ann GREGG, daughter of William Gregg, who, it is believed, also came from the north of Ireland.  William Dixon was a weaver by trade and settled on Red Clay Creek, in Chrisitana Hundred, New Castle County, DE.  Their son Henry married Ruth Jones in 1715 in New Castle County.  Henry and Ruth had six children, one of whom was Martha who married William TATE in New Castle County in 1753.  In 1774 in Chester County, PA, daughter Hannah Tate married Solomon THARP.  Hannah was christened in the Quaker Church, but was disowned by the church for marrying a Baptist (Solomon Tharp).  By 1780 Solomon Tharp moved his young family to Culpepper County, VA where the rest of his children were born.
Solomon's son Nathan married in Virginia then moved to South Carolina where his first 3 children were born, then to Logan County, OH circa 1810 where his other 3 children were born.  His sons Abner and and Henry married MOOTS sisters and moved to Davis County, IA circa 1840, settling there while Iowa was still a territory (Iowa became a state in 1846).
It is in Davis County, IA in February 1858 that Conrad Moots Tharp, son of Abner and Sarah Moots Tharp, married Margret SIDWELL.  Their daughter Mary Lucinda married Benjamin Baker ELDER in Davis County in 1880 and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.
 

 

  DODD Locales:  Nelson & Amherst Counties, VA; Knox Co., TN; Morgan & Sangamon Counties, IL; Mahaska Co., IA
 
   
John Dodd made a will in Nelson County, Virginia, March 29, 1803.  In that will he names his wife and 8 children.  Son Josiah, Sr. married Mary LUTTRELL in Amherst County, VA circa 1774.  Between 1795-1799 this Dodd family made their way to Knox County, TN.  Likely Josiah, Sr. and Mary were there by 1799 since all the children of their son William L., Sr. were born in Knox County.
William L., Sr. married Agnes BLAKELY before 1799 in TN.  By 1840 they had migrated to the Morgan/Sangamon County, IL area.  Their son Josiah married Elizabeth Duncan in Jefferson County, TN in 1824 and migrated with his parents to Sangamon County, IL.  Josiah's daughter Nancy Young Dodd married Calvary T. SEXTON in Sangamon County, IL in 1847 after his discharge from service in the Mexican War.
They then relocate to Mahaska County, IA circa 1855, and Josiah and Elizabeth accompany their daughter and son-in-law.  Calvary and Nancy's son Pierson Ulysses Simpson Grant Sexton is born there and marries Mary Eleanor FARR there in 1888.  Their daughter Lena Hazel married Harley Clark ROBERTSON in Mahaska County in 1907 and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in 1927 in Wapello County, IA.
 

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  ELDER Locales:  Northumberland Co., PA; Jackson Co., OH; Wapello & Davis Counties, IA
 
   
This Elder family is clearly identified as living in Northumberland County, PA in the 1790 census and again as renting pew #31 in the Presbyterian Church at Buffalo Cross Roads.  In this same timeframe, Robert Elder, Sr. married Mary A. DEMPSEY.  Circa 1810 the Robert Elder, Sr. family migrated to Jackson County, OH when Ohio was yet wild territory.  There Robert Jr. married Rachel McKINNIS circa 1827 and had a family before moving to Wapello County, IA circa 1854.  His son Alexander Johnson Elder, married Marcia Jane BAKER in Jackson County, OH in 1850 and remained there for some years after Robert and his family moved to Iowa.
Circa 1860 Alexander and family moved to Davis County, IA where he raised a family of 7 there before dying in 1905.  Their son Benjamin Baker Elder (named after his maternal grandfather) married Mary Lucinda THARP in 1880 Davis County, and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.
 

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  FARR Locales:  Fayette Co., PA; Coshocton Co., OH; Mahaska Co., IA
 
   
When Joseph Farr died in Mahaska County, IA 30 March 1916, his obituary gave many clues to who his parents and wife were and where they had lived.  "Jos. Farr Sr., son of Joseph and Catherine Farr, was born March 2, 1827 in Fayette county, Pennsylvania and died March 30th, 1916, aged 89 years 28 days (Catherine is Catherine CATON born 1799 in Amwell Township, Washington County, PA).  The death of Mr. Farr makes the passing away of the last one of the old family of four brothers and four sisters.
He came with his parents, when seven years of age to Avendale, Coshocton county, Ohio.  Soon after his father died, he and his eldest brother were then mothers only support.
Nov. 15th, 1853, he was united in marriage with Ellen FUNK, daughter of Jacob and Annie Funk.  To this union were born six children, three of which proceeded him to the Spirit Land."  Joseph and Ellen migrated to Mahaska County, IA in March 1856.
Daughter Mary Eleanor married Pierson Ulysses Simpson Grant SEXTON in Mahaska County in 1888.  Their daughter Lena Hazel married Harley Clark ROBERTSON in Mahaska County in 1907 and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in 1927 in Wapello County, IA.
 

 

  FINNEY/PHINNEY Locales:  England; Plymouth & Barnstable Counties, MA; Bristol, RI; NY; PA; Jackson Co., OH
 
   
As stated by Howard Finney in his book below, "According to Plymouth, Mass., records, John Finney was in that town as early as 1630 with his mother, his brother Robert, and his sister Catherine.  Tradition has it that the father died while crossing the sea.  No definite information has been found as to the boat upon which they arrived or their place of birth in England.  Some investigators claim that the family came from Wales and others that they were from Pontypool in Monmouthshire, a county which once belonged to Wales but was taken over by Henry VIII to become a part of England early in the 16th century."
His son Jeremiah, along with his father and siblings Jonathan and Joshua, went to Rhode Island and their descendants form the so-called Bristol branch of the Finneys.  Jeremiah married Esther Lewis in 1684 and they had 11 children.  Their son John was born in Bristol in 1696 and married Mary Campbell there in 1715.  Together they had 12 children, including Charles born 1734 in Norton, Bristol County, MA.
Charles married second Anne Campbell in 1758.  He enlisted for service in the Indian War in 1758 and later went to Shrewsbury, VT.  Charles and Anne had three children, the third being Apollus, Sr.  Apollus married Phoebe Buck, and died in 1823 in Broome County, NY.  Some of his children changed the spelling of their name to Phinney, one of whom being Lucia (Lucy) who married Benjamin Baker.  They migrated to Jackson County, OH where their daughter Marcia Jane married Alexander Johnson ELDER in 1850 and remained there for some years after Alexander's father, Robert, and his family moved to Iowa.
Circa 1860 Alexander and family moved to Davis County, IA where he raised a family of 7 there before dying in 1905.  Their son Benjamin Baker Elder (named after his maternal grandfather) married Mary Lucinda THARP in 1880 Davis County, and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

Much assistance offered by the book "Finney-Phinney Families in America" from the notebooks of Howard Finney, Sr., 1957, reprinted by Higginson Book Company, Salem, MA.

 

 

  FORSYTH Locales:  County Down, Ireland; Westmoreland Co., PA; Wapello Co., IA
 
   
John Forsyth, third son of George Forsyth and Mary Patterson of Ballymagough, Parish of Morne, County Down, Ireland, born September 1788; married 1813 to Elizabeth, second daughter of William McKinley and Jane Thompson, who was born in Camray, Parish of Clonduff, near Rathfriland, in the same county, March 1790.  John and Elizabeth had 10 chilren, 9 of whom survived to adulthood.  Their eldest surviving child, James, made his way to America before 1843 and soon sent for the rest of his family.  In the spring of 1843 the family sailed into the port of Philadelphia and settled in Westmoreland County, PA.
In 1851, John, Elizabeth and some of their children made their way down the Ohio River and up the Des Moines River to Richland Township, Wapello County, IA.  Daughter Elizabeth stayed behind in Pennsylvania and married Joseph MORRISON circa 1851.  By 1854 they had followed her parents to Wapello County, IA.  They had only one child, a son named John Thomas, born 1852 in Pennsylvania and who raised a large family in Davis County, IA.
John Thomas married Nancy Rebeca FORSYTHE in Davis County, IA in 1871, and their son John Clayton married Florence Belle ELDER in Davis County in 1902.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

See also the related story on this site Forsyths of Wapello Co., IA - A New Line

 

 

  FORSYTHE Locales:  Fayette, Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties, PA; Davis Co., IA
 
   
According to Glenn Luther Forsythe below, "The earliest record located so far shows that Thomas Forsithe acquired a warrant to purchase a tract of land in Tyrone Township (now Perry Township), Fayette County, Pennsylvania on January 21, 1785.  In December of the same year he obtained a patent for that land and purchased it...Mrs. George Marsh of West Newton, Pennsylvania, stated that Thomas tomahawked a tract of land, probably the same tract which he later acquired by warrant when Fayette County was first opened to settlers.  But he had to leave because of Indian hostilities."
Thomas married Nancy Parker in Fayette County sometime before 1779.  Their third son, Thomas, was born 1791 in Fayette County.  He was a veteran of the War of 1812 and his grave in Glassburner Cemetery in rural Davis County, IA is so marked.  Thomas married Elizabeth (last name unknown) and settled down in Fayette County for some time.  According to the 1830 Federal census, the couple had five or six children, but the names of only two are known.
Son John married in Fayette County and they had 5 children before picking up stakes and moving to Davis County, IA in 1855.  They brought his parents with them.  Their daughter Nancy Rebeca married John Thomas MORRISON in Davis County, IA in 1871, and their son John Clayton married Florence Belle ELDER in Davis County in 1902.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

See also the related story on this site Forsyths of Wapello Co., IA - A New Line

Much assistance was provided by the book "The Pioneer Forsythes of Fayette County, Pennsylvania and Their Descendants", Glenn Luther Forsythe, 1982, printed by The Becker Impression Company, Toledo, Ohio.

 

 

  FUNK Locales:  Lancaster & Washington Counties, PA; Frederick Co., VA; Coshocton Co., OH; Mahaska Co., IA
 
   
George Funk (Jorg Funck) landed in Philadelphia aboard the "Snow Molly" with a group of 47 Palatines from Rotterdam.  When the group took the oath of allegiance to the government on 26 October, 1741, he signed the record with his mark and gave his age as 27.  His wife is unknown, but they had 7 children, all born in Pennsylvania.  His first born, Peter married Catherine Frankhauser in 1771 and served in the militia of Lancaster County in 1779 and in 1782 before selling his property and moving to Frederick County, VA in 1785.
Their son Michael was born in Lancaster County, PA and married Savina SLUSHER in 1798 in Frederick County, VA.  They moved to Washington County, PA in 1805 where the rest of their 10 children were born.  Michael sold his Washington County property in 1837 and around this time his son Jacob moved to Coshocton County, OH.  Jacob married Anna Margaret Miller in Washington County in 1832.
Nov. 15th, 1853 in Coshocton County, daughter Ellen was united in marriage with Joseph FARR.  Ellen and Joseph had six children, three of whom survived to adulthood.  Joseph and Ellen migrated to Mahaska County, IA in March 1856.
Daughter Mary Eleanor married Pierson Ulysses Simpson Grant SEXTON in Mahaska County in 1888.  Their daughter Lena Hazel married Harley Clark ROBERTSON in Mahaska County in 1907 and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in 1927 in Wapello County, IA.

Much assistance provided by the book "History of the Funk Family", John L. Funk, 1993, Funk Publishing Co., Columbia, MO.

 

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  GREGG Locales:  Ireland; New Castle County, DE
 
   
The Gregs were most receptive to the teachings of William Penn when he visited Waterford, Ireland in 1678 and converted many Scottish settlers to the Society of Friends.  So the Gregs became Penn Quakers.  As a devout adherent William Gregg was a member of a colonial Friend group which left southern Ireland after October 1682, possible in the ship "Caledonia".  The ship of Friends landed at Upland, now Chester, PA, 1682.  No doubt married relatives came with William Gregg besides his wife and four small children.  They later made their way down the Delaware River to settle that part of Christiana Hundred bordering the Pennsylvania line.
Daughter Ann married in New Castle County, DE in 1690 William DIXON.  William was a weaver by trade and settled on Red Clay Creek, in Chrisitana Hundred, New Castle County, DE.  Their son Henry married Ruth Jones in 1715 in New Castle County.  Henry and Ruth had six children, one of whom was Martha who married William TATE in New Castle County in 1753.  In 1774 in Chester County, PA, daughter Hannah Tate married Solomon THARP.  Hannah was christened in the Quaker Church, but was disowned by the church for marrying a Baptist (Solomon Tharp).  By 1780 Solomon Tharp moved his young family to Culpepper County, VA where the rest of his children were born.
Solomon's son Nathan married in Virginia then moved to South Carolina where his first 3 children were born, then to Logan County, OH circa 1810 where his other 3 children were born.  His sons Abner and and Henry married MOOTS sisters and moved to Davis County, IA circa 1840, settling there while Iowa was still a territory (Iowa became a state in 1846).
It is in Davis County, IA in February 1858 that Conrad Moots Tharp, son of Abner and Sarah Moots Tharp, married Margret SIDWELL.  Their daughter Mary Lucinda married Benjamin Baker ELDER in Davis County in 1880 and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

Gregg information can be found in the book "Descendants of William Gregg", Hazel May Middleton Kendall, 1944, reprinted by Higginson Book Company, Salem, MA

 

 

  GRUND Locales:  Sweden; St. Paul, MN; Ishpeming, MI; Keokuk Co., IA
 
   
Anna Lovisa Grund was born 1865 in Grängesberg, Grangärde Parish, Kopparbergs Län, Sweden to Johan Pettersson Grund and Maja Lovisa Ramkvist.  Johan moved May 27, 1865 to Grängesberg, Grangärde Parish, Kopparberg Län, where he married Maja Lovisa Ramqvist 4 weeks later and Anna Lovisa was born 2 weeks after that.  Thus it is suspect that Johan is the father of Anna, although it is possible.  According to the parish records, April 22, 1869 Johan moved to "Amerika", leaving his family behind.  He was never heard from again.
Grund is not a Swedish name.  Swedish names follow the patrynomic pattern where the children are named after the father's given name with son or dotter appended.  Johan's middle name, Pettersson, rightly identifies him as Petter's son.  He was the sole one of the 8 children of Petter and Maria who took the name Grund, and it is assumed he assumed that name from the farm where is was born, Grundsjöhyttan Rote.
Anna immigrated to America in 1887.  On the same ship was Anders ANDERSSON and both were headed to St. Paul, MN.  When Andrew immigrated in 1887 his name was Andrew (Anders) August Andersson.  When they wed in St. Paul 3 months later they were wed as Anderson.  Their first child (maybe two) of a total of 10 children were born as Anderson.  Then, for some reason, they changed their name to DAHLSTROM while in Ishpeming, MI.  By late 1891 they had settled in What Cheer in Keokuk County, IA.
In 1912 Keokuk County Andrew's son Emil Edward Dahlstrom married Icie Blanche WATERHOUSE, and in 1940 their son Melvin Floyd married Arlene Florence ZIMMERMAN.

Much significant data was donated by Rolf Björklund on Anna's ancestor lines.

 

 

  GUTHRIE Locales:  Ireland; Augusta & Fincastle Counties, VA; Sevier Co., TN; Cumberland Co., KY; Faytette Co., IL
 
   
Throughout his lifetime, Adam's name was spelled Guthrie, Guthry, Guthery and Guthrey.  It appears Adam Guthrie married Mary ANDERSON, daughter of George Anderson, about 1770.  The marriage probably occurred in or near Augusta County, VA.  In 1784, George Anderson's will was recorded in Augusta County, VA.  In his will, he names his son-in-law Adam Guthery.  Adam Guthrie was living in Fincastle County, VA in March of 1773 when a law suit was filed against him by James English.
Adam Guthrie was living in the Western Territory (East Tennessee) in 1787.  He was a signer of a petition to form a new state in 1787.  In 1793, Adam received a land grant for 123 acres of land on the north bank of the French Broad River in Greene County, NC (now Sevier County, TN).  By 1810, Adam Guthrie and his family had moved to Cumberland County, KY.  They owned land in the vicinity of Illwill Creek which is now in Clinton County, Kentucky. (NOTE: Clinton County was formed from Cumberland County in 1834.)  Adam Guthrie was listed in the 1820 Census of Cumberland County, KY.
The 1810 Cumberland County, KY census shows Adam's son George and family.  He appears again in the 1820 Cumberland census, but by 1830 he and his family are found in Fayette County, IL.  George's daughter, Mary Ann, husband David SIDWELL, and family moved to Fayette County, IL circa 1830-1832.  It was there in 1835 their daughter Margret was born.  By 1850 David, Mary Ann, and family were located in Fabius Township, Davis County, IA.  In February 1858 Margret married Conrad Moots THARP in Davis County, IA.  Their daughter Mary Lucinda married Benjamin Baker ELDER in Davis County in 1880 and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

Significant information supplied by fellow Guthrie researcher Floyd Owsley, web site - http://owslfl.tripod.com/adamguthrie/

 

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  HOCHWARTH Locales:  Baden, Germany; Bureau and Henry Counties, IL; Keokuk Co., IA
 
   
Carolina immigrated from the village of Helmhof in Baden, Germany, arriving in the port of New York 1 August 1882 aboard the ship "Neckar" from the port of Bremen.  On board the same ship was August ZIMMERMAN.  They both travelled to Bureau County, IL and one year later were married in neighboring Henry County, IL.  They had a large family, 10 children, in the Bureau and Henry Counties area. Circa 1907 they, and 8 of the 10 children, moved to Keokuk County, IA.
According to Manfred Hochwarth, and the Official Hochwarth Web Site, 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.
I was able to locate the parentage of Carolina through church parish records for the village of Helmhof.  The linkage of her mother to her Hochwarth ancestors was easily accomplished thanks to Manfred Hochwarth in Germany and the other Hochwarth researchers who have contributed to his Official Hochwarth Web Site.
A note regarding the naming convention used for the Hochwarth and Zimmermann 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 uncertain.
 

 

  HOLLINGSWORTH Locales:  County Armagh, Ireland; New Castle Co., DE; Chester Co., PA
 
   
In 1682, Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr., and his family, including son-in-law Thomas Connaway, left Belfast for Pennsylvania.  They arrived a few months after William Penn's arrival on the ship "Welcome".  He settled on a large plantation of nearly a thousand acres on Shelpot Creek in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle (now Delaware) County, PA.  That Valentine was a man of ability and influence, and a respected member of the Society of Friends, is demonstrated by his appointment to the first Assembly of the Province of Pennsylvania, that of 1682-83; also of the Grand Inquest empaneled 25 October 1683 to consider the famous case of Charles Pickering and others charged with counterfeiting.
Eldest child of the marriage of Valentine and Ann Ree, born 1656 at Belleniskcrannel, Ireland, was Mary, wife of first Thomas Connaway and second Randal Malin.  The third child born to Mary and Randal, Catherine, married George Tate 1721 in Chester County, PA.  Son William Tate married Martha DIXON.  In 1774 in Chester County, PA, daughter Hannah Tate married Solomon THARP.  Hannah was christened in the Quaker Church, but was disowned by the church for marrying a Baptist (Solomon Tharp).
Solomon's son Nathan married in Virginia then moved to South Carolina where his first 3 children were born, then to Logan County, OH circa 1810 where his other 3 children were born.  His sons Abner and and Henry married MOOTS sisters and moved to Davis County, IA circa 1840, settling there while Iowa was still a territory (Iowa became a state in 1846).
It is in Davis County, IA in February 1858 that Conrad Moots Tharp, son of Abner and Sarah Moots Tharp, married Margret SIDWELL.  Their daughter Mary Lucinda married Benjamin Baker ELDER in Davis County in 1880 and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

Information on this family can be found in the book "Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr.", J. Adger Stewart, 1925, reprinted by Higginson Book Company, Salem, MA

 

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  IDDINGS Locales:  Shropshire, Wales, Great Britain; Chester Co., PA
 
   
Richard Iddings was born 1636 in Shropshire, England, the son of William and Ursula Idwyns.  He married Margaret Charles and they had nine children, including son William born in 1665.  Richard married second in 1683 Sarah Thomas after the death of his first wife.  In the spring of 1698 Richard and Sarah and several of his children from the first marriage were aboard the ship "William Galley" as it departed from the town of Rhayader upon the River Towy, Wales and landed in Philidelphia in the fall.  Richard had been employed to establish the village of Nantmeal in the new area.
William married Mary Moore and was the only male offspring to carry the Iddings name forward.  William purchased the family farm at the edge of the village of Nantmeal, Chester County, PA in 1716 and the parents died there - Richard in 1725 and Sarah in 1727.  William remained there until his death in 1739.
The next generation began the migration of the Iddings family from Chester County.  Son Henry was born 1727 on the farm at Nantmeal.  Henry married Mary WYNNE 1752 at Christ Church in Philadelphia.  He began acquiring land in West Nantmeal, then sold his property in 1776 and relocated to the wilderness of Buffalo Valley in Northumberland County, PA.  He built his log home near the confluence of Spruce Run and Buffalo Creek.  When Henry and Mary moved to Buffalo Valley, their eldest daughter, Ann, was 23 years old and married to Cornelius DEMPSEY.  The youngest child, Thomas was just three. All the family was raised to adulthood in the log home.
My line is through daughter, Mary A. Dempsey, who married Robert ELDER, Sr. in Northumberland County, PA before moving to Jackson County, OH.  There is a petition at the Orphan's court in Northumberland County, PA filed April 27, 1796.  James Dimpsey and Jonathan Dimpsey sons of Cornelius Dimpsey petitioned the court to appoint Robert Elder as their guardian.  Robert, Sr. and Mary had 12 children.  Robert Jr. married Rachel McKINNIS circa 1827 in Jackson County and had a family before moving to Wapello County, IA circa 1854.  His son Alexander Johnson Elder, married Marcia Jane BAKER in Jackson County, OH in 1850 and remained there for some years after Robert and his family moved to Iowa.
Circa 1860 Alexander and family moved to Davis County, IA where he raised a family of 7 there before dying in 1905.  Their son Benjamin Baker Elder married Mary Lucinda THARP in 1880 Davis County, and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

Assistance for the Iddings line came from the book "The Iddings & Their Forebears, Second Edition", The Iddings Association, 2001, printed by Casey Printing, King City, CA

 

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  JARRETT Locales:  Chester Co., PA; Kanawha, Greenbrier and Cabell Counties, WVa
 
   
As Jarrett reseacher Lowell Jarrett relates, David Gerrad (as it was spelled in the records)and his wife Margaret lived in Berks County, PA. on Owantin Creek about one mile north of present day Highway US 422 and about three miles east of Reading, PA.  The record shows that his property was parcel E-47 on the Platt sheet of the formation of Exeter Township in 1750.  All the property owners are listed.  There is a Lake at the eastern end of his farm now; it is Daniel Boone Lake.  The farm just to the north was Benjamin Boone, uncle of Daniel.  It is now a restored historical exibition farm where Daniel was born of Squire Boone.  It is known from Lyman Draper papers that the Squire Boone family left Pennsylvania circa 1750/1751 and moved first to Linnville Creek just north of Harrisonburg, Virginia for at least one and perhaps two years, then moved on to the Yadkin River valley in North Carolina.  A story has Daniel at Wolf Creek, Jarrett's Fort Greenbrier County, WVa.  It is unclear when this is supposed to have occurred, but it is not likely during this trip.  Daniel was in Virginia many times in his life and it is possible he wa there since he was about the same age as Jesse (son of David and Margaret), and was their neighbor in PA.
David and Margaret had twelve children, and several of the children began to wander early.  James, child number 10 and son number 4, married at approximately age 19, circa 1769, Elizabeth Griffith/Griffey in Greenbrier County, VA (what later became Monroe County, WVa).  When James died in 1822, he had over 1500 acres along Muddy Creek, Greenbrier County, a large house and significant possessions, including cash.
The eldest child of James and Elizabeth Jarrett was David, born about 1770 in Greenbrier County, VA (what later became Monroe County, WVa).  He married Sallie Mitchell prior to 1795 in Greenbrier County.  By 1816 David and his family are in Cabell County, (West) Virginia where he purchased 161 1/2 acres from Thomas and Abigail Morris along Mud River.  Nearby was the William Saxton family who had moved to the area in 1813.  David died circa 1826 in Cabell County, at which time his wife is mentioned in estate sale records as Elizabeth.
Daughter Mary Jarrett married William SEXTON circa 1822-1824 in Cabell County and relocates to Sangamon County, IL in 1828.  Their son Calvary served in the Mexican War then married Nancy Young DODD in 1847 upon return to Sangamon County.  They then relocate to Mahaska County, IA circa 1855.  Their son Pierson Ulysses Simpson Grant Sexton is born there and marries Mary Eleanor FARR there in 1888.  Their daughter Lena Hazel married Harley Clark ROBERTSON in Mahaska County in 1907 and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in 1927 in Wapello County, IA.
 

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  KEY Locales:  England; Northumberland Co., VA
 
   
Richard Key, Sr. was of St. Paul, Covent Garden, London, England.  Richard was the son of Ralph Key as evidenced by a land entry dated 20 Oct. 1663 whereby one John Choate assigned land to Richard Key: "100 acres to Richard Key, son of Ralph Key, deceased".  He immigrated to Northumberland County, VA before 1694.  (His son, Philip, is the ancestor of Francis Scott Key.)  Richard married Mary Cartwright in 1695 and together they had seven children.
Daughter Mary married Matthias CHITWOOD, Sr. in Northumberland County, VA in 1711 and they had 6 children.  Captain James Chitwood, son of Matthias and Mary (Key) Chitwood and brother to Richard Chitwood, was a Tory during the Revolutionary War and was captured and hung after the battle of King's Mountain NC.
Richard was born 1722 in Virginia, married Winney Randolph and died in North Carolina.  Of their children was a son named James who married a Martha White in North Carolina.  A daughter of James and Martha, Winnie Webb Chitwood (evidently named after her grandmother), was born in North Carolina and married Stephen ROBERTSON in 1800 in Knox County, TN and the family moved to Brown County, IN in 1828.
Their son Lazarus died in the Mexican War.  A son of Lazarus and Jane Leeper, William Riley Robertson married Elizabeth Jane Bailey in Monroe County, IN in 1849.  Their son William Parker Robertson was born in Monroe County and was married in Poweshiek County, IA in 1871 to Sarah KNOX.  Their son Harley Clark married Lena Hazel SEXTON in Mahaska County, IA in 1907, and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.
 

 

  KITTEN Locales:  Anne Arundel Co., MD; Washington Co., PA; Coshocton Co., OH; Mahaska Co., IA
 
   
See CATON
 

 

  KNOX Locales:  Scotland; Stratford Co., NH; York Co., ME; Mercer Co., IL; Poweshiek Co., IA
 
   
According to W. B. Lapham, "The Nock or Knox family, which was quite numerous in Dover, N. H., a hundred and fifty years ago, has entirely disappeard from that ancient town, and there is nothing but faded and almost illegible records, and a marsh which still, as it was two hundred years ago, is known as "Nock's marsh," are found to indicate that families of this name ever lived there.  Among the quite early settlers of Dover was a man called Thomas Nock.  This was the way he wrote his name and his original signature may yet be seen in the archives of Rockingham county at Exeter.  He was a young man when he came to Dover, and was a farmer.  Just when he came or in what ship is unknown.  If he stopped in Boston, he left no record there.  He was taxed in Dover in 1662-5, but he had doubtless then been there some years and had married.  Among those whom young Knox found at Cocheco, was Henry Tibbets, who had a family of grown up sons and daughters.  One of those, Rebecca Tibbetts, became the wife of Thomas Knox.  The year they were married is not known.  Thomas Knox had a grant of land in 1652.  He died as the result of an accident, October 29, 1666, leaving a widow and five children, the youngest being only about eight months old.
His descendants continued to reside in Dover and the vicinity for nearly a century.  Such was the case for Thomas' second son Sylvanus, born 1657 in Dover married 20 April 1677 to Elizabeth Emery.  Likewise with their son Zachariah, Sr., born about 1689 in Somersworth, Stratford County, NH, and married to Sarah Pinkham.  Their son Joseph, Sr. was born 1717 and married Mary Jones.
Their son William began the migration from Hew Hampshire.  He was born 1748 and married Sarah Alley in Dover on 19 October 1775, but died 1851 in Berwick, York County, ME.  Their son Moses, Sr. began the "far west" migration.  He was born 1782 in Dover, married Susannah Perkins in York County, ME on 24 November 1803 in York County, ME, and died 1856 in Mercer County, IL.  Their son John William was born about 1822 in Franklin County, ME, married Elizabeth Clark on 15 March 1843 in Mercer County, IL, and died June 1885 in Phillips County, KS.
Their daughter Sarah was born in Mercer County and was married in Poweshiek County in 1871 to William Parker POBERTSON.  Their son Harley Clark married Lena Hazel SEXTON in Mahaska County, IA in 1907, and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

Significant information gained from the book "Thomas (Nock) Knox of Dover, N. H., in 1652 and Some of His Descendants", compiled by W. B. Lapham, 1890.

 

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  LUTTRELL Locales:  England; Ireland; Prince William, Amherst, and Westmoreland Counties, VA; Knox Co., TN
 
   
The Luttrell name is believed to descend from Norman origins, which is often confused with French origins.  In reality, the Normans were descended from the Vikings of Scandanavia.  The original Luttrell immigrant, Robert, was from County Dublin, Ireland, and arrived in Prince William Co., VA circa 1665.  There he married Anne Preston.  Their second son Simon, Sr. was born there about 1682, married Elizabeth Canfield Pierce about 1705-1710, and died 1723 in Westmoreland County, VA.  Their third child, and second son John, was born 1712, married Frances Patience Sanford in 1734, and died 1795, all in Westmoreland County.
Their eldest child, son Richard, Sr., was born 1735 in Westmoreland County, married Sarah Churchwell there in 1754, and died 1790 in Amherst County, VA.  Daughter Mary married Josiah DODD, Sr. in Amherst County, VA circa 1774.  Between 1795-1799 this Dodd family made their way to Knox County, TN.  Likely Josiah, Sr. and Mary were there by 1799 since all the children of their son William L., Sr. were born in Knox County.
William L., Sr. married Agnes BLAKELY before 1799 in TN.  By 1840 they had migrated to the Morgan/Sangamon County, IL area.  Their son Josiah married Elizabeth Duncan in Jefferson County, TN in 1824 and migrated with his parents to Sangamon County, IL.  Josiah's daughter Nancy Young Dodd married Calvary T. SEXTON in Sangamon County, IL in 1847 after his discharge from service in the Mexican War.
They then relocate to Mahaska County, IA circa 1855, and Josiah and Elizabeth accompany their daughter and son-in-law.  Calvary and Nancy's son Pierson Ulysses Simpson Grant Sexton is born there and marries Mary Eleanor FARR there in 1888.  Their daughter Lena Hazel married Harley Clark ROBERTSON in Mahaska County in 1907 and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in 1927 in Wapello County, IA.
 

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  McKAY Locales:  County Londonderry, Ireland; Ontario Province, Canada; Philadelphia Co., PA; Mercer Co., IL; Keokuk Co., IA
 
   
Samuel McKay, Sr. was born in County Londonderry, Ireland, the son of William McKay and Margaret Loughery.  Sam was one of seven children, all of whom emigrated from Northern Ireland - 3 to live and die in Canada and the others to live and die in the U.S.  Sam married Margaret Flemming in 1866 in County Londonderry and started a family there before migrating to Komoko, Ontario Province, Canada between circa 1872, and then to Mercer County, IL circa 1886.  His son Samuel, Jr. was born in Komoko, migrated to Mercer County, IL and then to Keokuk County, IA between 1905 and 1910.  While in Mercer County, Samuel, Jr. married Annie Jones in Scott County, IA.
Their daughter Luella Florence was born 1902 in Sherrard, Mercer County, IL and moved with the family to Keokuk County, IA where she met and married Joe ZIMMERMAN in 1919.  Their daughter Arlene Florence married Melvin Floyd DAHLSTROM in 1940.
 

 

  McKINNIS Locales:  Scotland; Butler Co., PA; Jackson Co., OH; Davis Co., IA
 
   
Charles McKinnis, Sr. was born 1722 in Bona Bornia, between Edinburg and Glasgow, Scotland.  Family tradition has it that he was pressed into the British army in 1744 in the Grenadiers Regiment and that he was a Captain in General Braddock's army in 1755.  He was supposedly wounded in the left side and thigh at Braddock's defeat during the French and Indian War.  I have not seen records of McKinnis serving in Braddock's unit, so do not know if this is fact or fiction.  However it happened, Charles settled down to be a farmer in Butler County, PA circa 1760.  There he married Rachel Carr in 1772 at the age of 50, she being much younger since she bore him seven sons and two daughters.
Around the turn of the 19th century, three of those sons, along with their families, chose to start migrating west.  Charles, Jr. was born in 1780 in PA, and circa 1810 emigrated to Chillicothe, Ross County, OH, accompanied by his wife and family, and brothers, Robert and George.  According to a family history written for a 1911 family reunion, Robert made the journey overland from Butler County, PA, but prior to his departure the brothers felled a large pine tree on the banks of Beaver Creek, Butler County, PA, and from its trunk fashioned a commodious canoe, of such size, it is said, that the family flour barrel was stowed crosswise in the stern during the trip down the Ohio.  The canoe was floated down the creek and the Allegheny River to Pittsburgh where Charles loaded his family and all their possessions and proceeded down the Ohio River to what is now Portsmouth, where they were met by the brother, Robert, and with the assistance of his arm and rifle they safely made the rest of the journey to Chillicothe.  A few years later they migrated to and settled down in neighboring Jackson County.
Charles, Jr. married Martha Craner in Washington County, PA circa 1800.  One of their children was daughter Rachel, born 1809.  It was in Jackson County she met her husband, Robert ELDER, Jr., married circa 1827, and had a family before moving to Wapello County, IA circa 1854.  Their son Alexander Johnson Elder, married Marcia Jane BAKER in Jackson County, OH in 1850 and remained there for some years after Rachel and Robert and family moved to Iowa.
Circa 1860 Alexander and family moved to Davis County, IA where he raised a family of 7 there before dying in 1905.  Their son Benjamin Baker Elder (named after his maternal grandfather) married Mary Lucinda THARP in 1880 Davis County, and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

Much information and assistance provided by George W. McKinnis and Paul Forstad.

 

 

  MOOTS Locales:  Germany; Pennsylvania; Logan Co., OH; Davis Co., IA
 
   
John Moots (Johann Michael Matz) came to this country in 1763.  On October 5, 1763 John arrived in the port of Philadelphia aboard the ship "Richmond" from Rotterdam, last from Portsmouth.  The family spent time in the Lancaster County, PA area for approximately 20 years, but by 1785 were in the Chillicothe, Ross County, OH vicinity.  Between 1812 and 1815 three of the sons, George, Conrad and Charles made their way to Logan County, OH.
It was in Logan County that the Moots met the THARPS.  Two of Conrad's daughters, Susannah and Sarah, married two Tharp brothers, Henry D. and Abner.  By about 1840 their families had migrated to Davis County, IA, settling there while Iowa was still a territory (Iowa became a state in 1846).
Abner and Sarah Moots Tharp had a son they named Conrad Moots Tharp, born 1835 in Logan County, OH.  In February 1858 Conrad married Margret SIDWELL in Davis County, IA.  Their daughter Mary married Benjamin Baker ELDER in Davis County in 1880 and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in Davis County in 1902.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.
 

 

  MORRISON Locales:  Ireland; Allegheny Co., PA; Wapello & Davis Counties, IA
 
   
This is obviously one of our primary lines.  But I have unfortunately only been able to go back to my gg grandfather.  Joseph was born in Ireland, circa 1810-1820 according to censuses, migrated to Allegheny County, PA by 1850 and then Wapello County, IA by 1854.  He had only one child, a son named John Thomas, who raised a large family in Davis County, IA.
Joseph married Elizabeth FORSYTH circa 1851 in Allegheny (or Westmoreland) County, PA.  Their son John Thomas married Nancy Rebeca FORSYTHE in Davis County, IA in 1871, and their son John Clayton married Florence Belle ELDER in Davis County in 1902.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

See also the related story on this site Forsyths of Wapello Co., IA - A New Line

 

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  PLUMMER Locales:  Anne Arundel Co., MD; Washington Co., PA; Coshocton Co., OH; Mahaska Co., IA
 
   
Under Construction - not all ancestors have been added yet
Historically, the first settlement in what now comprises the state of Maryland was established by a Virginian name William Claiborne on Jent's Island in 1631.  By 1667 a Thomas Plummer arrived in this infant colony where the family he established here grew and flurished.  Great granddaughter Susanna Plummer married Thomas KITTEN/CATON circa 1772 in Anne Arundel County, MD and moved to Amwell Township, Washington County, PA where they had 7 children.  Thomas died young in 1795 and the children kept their families in the area while widow Susanna was alive.  Susanna died in Amwell Township in 1824.
Son George Caton was born circa 1774 in Amwell Township, Washington County, PA and married Jemima ? circa 1793 and they also had 7 children.  In 1832 their son Gabriel purchased land in Coshocton County, OH, followed by a couple of brothers.  Their sister Catherine married Joseph FARR in PA circa 1820 and this family followed the Caton brothers, and her parents to Coshocton County circa 1834.
Their son Joseph Farr, Jr. married Ellen FUNK in Coshocton County, and in 1854 they, along with Joseph's widowed mother, moved to Mahaska County, IA.  Their daughter Mary Eleanor Farr married in Mahaska County, IA in 1888 to Pierson Grant SEXTON.  Their daughter Lena Hazel married Harley Clark ROBERTSON in 1907, and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.
 

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  ROBERTSON/
ROBERSON
Locales:  Bedford Co., VA; Washington Co., NC; Knox Co., TN; Brown Co., IN; Mahaska Co., IA
 
   
Stephen Robertson is said to be son of James and born about 1775 in Fincastle County, VA, and in 1779 at the age of 4 was part of a party headed by uncle Alexander Robertson that travelled through the Cumberland Gap.  This family tradition has been unable to be proven by material documentation.  Now DNA resutls appear to show Stephen as the possible son of James and Mary Fuqua Roberson and born circa 1775 in Bedford County, VA.  In 1779 the family moved to Washington County, NC (the territory west of current day North Carolina and that would become Tennessee in 1796), by circa 1793-1795 he migrated to Knox County, TN.  He married there in 1800 to Winnie Webb CHITWOOD and then moved to Claiborne County, TN circa 1815.  In 1821 their son Lazarus married Jane Leeper.  In 1828 Stephen and the family, including Lazarus and his family, moved to Brown County, IN.  From that vicinity his grandson, William Riley Robertson, moved to Poweshiek County, IA circa 1855, his father Lazarus having died in the Mexican War.
William Riley married Elizabeth Jane Bailey in Monroe County, IN in 1849.  Their son William Parker Robertson was born in Monroe County and was married in Poweshiek County in 1871 to Sarah KNOX.  Their son Harley Clark married Lena Hazel SEXTON in Mahaska County, IA in 1907, and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

An early history of this Robertson Family was given me by John Darland.

See also the related story on this site The Stephen Robertson Family of Brown Co., IN - A New Line

 

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  SAXTON/SEXTON Locales:  Greenbrier & Cabell Counties, VA (now WV); Sangamon Co., IL; Mahaska Co., IA
 
   
This line first makes an appearance with William Saxton in Greenbrier County, VA (now WV) in the 1790's.  He marries Elizabeth BLACK in 1801 in Greenbrier County and the family is located in Cabell County, VA (now WV) upon its creation in 1809.  His son William Sexton married Mary JARRETT circa 1822-1824 in Cabell County and relocates to Sangamon County, IL in 1828.  Their son Calvary served in the Mexican War then married Nancy Young DODD in 1847 upon return to Sangamon County.  They then relocate to Mahaska County, IA circa 1855.  Their son Pierson Ulysses Simpson Grant Sexton is born there and marries Mary Eleanor FARR there in 1888.  Their daughter Lena Hazel married Harley Clark ROBERTSON in Mahaska County in 1907 and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in 1927 in Wapello County, IA.

Others who have helped with this line include significant help from Rebecca Thomas as well as information provided by Jerry Jordan and Kathy Brand.

See also the related story on this site The Sexton Family of Cabell County, WVa.

 

 

  SIDWELL Locales:  Cumberland Co., KY; Fayette Co., IL; Schuyler Co., MO; Davis Co., IA
 
   
This line begins with William Sidwell and wife Mary Key, supposedly daughter of a Zachery Key.  William lived on Illwill Creek, Cumberland County, KY.  He is listed on the membership of the Sinking Springs Baptist Church in 1805 and again in 1806.  In 1806 he is listed as having 100 acres surveyed on Sulpher Lick of Obey.  He was also appointed clerk of the church.  Other member of the church were in 1821-27: Rebecca Sidwell, Polly Sidwell, Susannah Sidwell, and Jonathan Sidwell.
William's son David, wife Mary Ann GUTHRIE, and family moved to Fayette County, IL circa 1830-1832.  It was there in 1835 his daughter Margret was born.  By 1850 David and his family were located in Fabius Township, Davis County, IA.  In February 1858 Margret married Conrad Moots THARP in Davis County, IA.  Their daughter Mary Lucinda married Benjamin Baker ELDER in Davis County in 1880 and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.
 

 

  SLUSHER Locales:  Germany; Lancaster, Greene and Washington Counties, PA
 
   
"Schlosser", the original German form of the name, seems to have been changed quickly to "Slusher" by English record keepers in America.  Such Anglification was not uncommon for many names of nationalities foreign to the English.
Peter Schlosser was born 1709 in Hilsbach, Germany and immigrated to Pennsylvania about 1734.  Shortly thereafter he married Maria Margaretha Waschenbach who was born 1713 in Eichen, Germany.  She had arrived in Philadelphia 23 September 1734 with her brother John Henry aboard the ship "Hope".
John Frederick Slusher was born 1737 in Lancaster County, PA and married Anna Engley Huntsicker about 1760-1761.  He was a farmer in Lancaster County, PA until about 1768 when they moved to Frederick County, VA.  After Peter Funk moved to Frederick County he bought his farm from John Frederick Slusher and John Smith. They moved back to Washington County, PA circa 1800 where is died.  His will was probated there 27 October 1802.  Anna was still living 15 April 1804 when she was sponsor at the baptism of a granddaughter, Anna Maria Funk.
Their daughter Savina married Michael Funk 1798 in Frederick County, VA, and they had a son Jacob Funk who married Anna Margaret Miller.  Jacob and Anna's daughter Ellen married Joseph Farr 1853 and then migrated to Mahaska County, IA in March 1856.
Daughter Mary Eleanor married Pierson Ulysses Simpson Grant SEXTON in Mahaska County in 1888.  Their daughter Lena Hazel married Harley Clark ROBERTSON in Mahaska County in 1907 and their daughter Glenna Hazel married Floyd Wayne MORRISON in 1927 in Wapello County, IA.

Much assistance provided by the book "History of the Funk Family", John L. Funk, 1993, Funk Publishing Co., Columbia, MO.

Additional assistance provided by the book "A Genealogy of the Schlosser, Slusser & Slusher Families of America 1605-1994", edited by Particia Shaffer Frappier, 1995, published by the Editor, Kettering, OH

 

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  TATE Locales:  England; Chester Co., PA; New Castle Co., DE; Logan Co., OH
 
   
Charles Tate was born between 1662 and 1669 in England, and died unknown, although he most certainly died in America since his son, William, was born circa 1730 in Chester County, PA.  William married Martha DIXON in New Castle County in 1753.  In 1774 in Chester County, PA, daughter Hannah Tate married Solomon THARP.  Hannah was christened in the Quaker Church, but was disowned by the church for marrying a Baptist (Solomon Tharp).  By 1780 Solomon Tharp moved his young family to Culpepper County, VA where the rest of his children were born.
Solomon's son Nathan married in Virginia then moved to South Carolina where his first 3 children were born, then to Logan County, OH circa 1810 where his other 3 children were born.  His sons Abner and and Henry married MOOTS sisters and moved to Davis County, IA circa 1840, settling there while Iowa was still a territory (Iowa became a state in 1846).
It is in Davis County, IA in February 1858 that Conrad Moots Tharp, son of Abner and Sarah Moots Tharp, married Margret SIDWELL.  Their daughter Mary Lucinda married Benjamin Baker ELDER in Davis County in 1880 and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.
 

 

  THARP Locales:  Talbot Co., MD; Kent Co., DE; Virginia; South Carolina; Logan Co., OH; Davis Co., IA
 
   
For many, many years researchers have thought Solomon Tharp was descended from John Tharp, who was born in England and died 1630 in Boston, MA, and whose family migrated to Middlesex County, NJ in the mid 1600's, staying in the area for close to a century.  According to an e-mail distributed to Solomon researchers in 2004 by Ellen Coffman, the DNA evidence from the Thorpe DNA project showed Solomon Tharp as a descendant of Thomas Tharp of Maryland, though the exact line of descent was unknown..  According to Ellen "it is very likely, though, that he was born in Delaware, where his wife hailed from and where Tharp's from Maryland migrated in the late 1600's. It is very unlikely that Solomon is a descendant of Thomas Tharp (1685), since this lineage has been well-researched by Thomas Tharp researchers. There are other Tharp's in Delaware, however, who appear to be connected to Thomas Tharp (including a John Tharp).".  It is this John Tharp that several Solomon researchers, including myself, have chosen to link Solomon to with the possibility this may need to change if additional information should warrant the change.
Solomon married Hannah TATE in Chester County, PA.  Within 3 - 4 years Solomon had moved his young family to Virginia where the majority of his children were born.  Solomon's son Nathan married in Virginia then moved to South Carolina where his first 3 children were born, then to Logan County, OH circa 1810 where his other 3 children were born.  His sons Abner and and Henry married MOOTS sisters and moved to Davis County, IA circa 1840, settling there while Iowa was still a territory (Iowa became a state in 1846).
It is in Davis County, IA in February 1858 that Conrad Moots Tharp, son of Abner and Sarah Moots Tharp, married Margret SIDWELL.  Their daughter Mary Lucinda married Benjamin Baker ELDER in Davis County in 1880 and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.
 

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  WARNER Locales:  County Worcestershire, England; PA
 
   
Isaac Warner was born 1662 in Draycott, Blockley Parish, County Worcestershire, England and died April 1727 in PA.  It was at the 30 October 1692 Philadelphia Meeting of Friends where Isaac married Ann Craven.  Daughter Anne married 1730 in East Nantmeal Township, Chester County, PA, Jonathan WYNNE.
Their second child, Mary, was born 1733 in East Nantmeal Township, Chester County.  She married Henry IDDINGS in 1752 at Christ Church in Philadelphia.  He began acquiring land in West Nantmeal, then sold his property in 1776 and relocated to the wilderness of Buffalo Valley in Northumberland County, PA.  He built his log home near the confluence of Spruce Run and Buffalo Creek.  When Henry and Mary moved to Buffalo Valley, their eldest daughter, Ann, was 23 years old and married to Cornelius DEMPSEY.  The youngest child, Thomas was just three. All the family was raised to adulthood in the log home.
My line is through daughter, Mary A. Dempsey, who married Robert ELDER, Sr. in Northumberland County, PA before moving to Jackson County, OH.  There is a petition at the Orphan's court in Northumberland County, PA filed April 27, 1796.  James Dimpsey and Jonathan Dimpsey sons of Cornelius Dimpsey petitioned the court to appoint Robert Elder as their guardian.  Robert, Sr. and Mary had 12 children.  Robert Jr. married Rachel McKINNIS circa 1827 in Jackson County and had a family before moving to Wapello County, IA circa 1854.  His son Alexander Johnson Elder, married Marcia Jane BAKER in Jackson County, OH in 1850 and remained there for some years after Robert and his family moved to Iowa.
Circa 1860 Alexander and family moved to Davis County, IA where he raised a family of 7 there before dying in 1905.  Their son Benjamin Baker Elder married Mary Lucinda THARP in 1880 Davis County, and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.
 

 

  WATERHOUSE/
WALTERHOUSE
Locales:  Sussex Co., NJ; Ontario Province, Canada; Niagara Co., NY; Kalamazoo Co., MI; Scott & Keokuk Counties, IA
 
   
Much of this early Waterhouse information was provided by Walterhouse researchers Norma and Gary Curtis.  In Hardwick Township, Sussex County, NJ on 20 Sep. 1788 a man named Nathan Walterhouse made out his will.  It names his wife, Sarah, his eldest son Nathan, his other sons Asa, Elkanah, John and Gideon and his daughters Sarah, Ester and Mary.  The clerk who drew up this document probably misspelled "Esther" as well as the name of Nathan Sr. which is shown as Nathan WATERHOUSE at the beginning and NAHAN WATERHOUSE later on.  The signature, however, is clearly NATHAN WALTERHOUSE.
It could be they were sympathetic with the British because soon after the Revolutionary War, Asa Waterhouse with his family emigrated to Canada.  They took their household effects with them on pack-horses as they followed an Indian Trail.  They settled seven miles from the Niagara River, in the Province of Ontario.
Then after the War of 1812 Asa returned to the U.S., settling in Niagara County, NY.  His son John migrated to MI, then Scott County, IA and then Keokuk County, IA circa 1870.
John's son Isaac married Elizabeth Philenia Palmer in Scott County, IA in 1844 and migrated to Keokuk County with John.  Their son Nelson married Mary M. COGHLAN in 1884 in Keokuk County, IA and their daughter Icie Blanche married Emil Edward DAHLSTROM in 1912 in Keokuk County.  Their son Melvin Floyd married Arlene Florence ZIMMERMAN in 1940.

Much information on this family provided by Shirley Walterhouse, and Gary and Norma Curtis.

 

 

  WYNNE Locales:  Wales; Philadelphia Co., PA
 
   
Dr. Thomas Wynne's family comes from a very long line of distinguished and notable ancestors, with the immediate line coming from Wales.  Thomas was baptized 1627, at St. Stephen's, Bodfari, County of "old" Flintshire, North Wales.  He married Martha Elizabeth Buttall in 1655 at Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales.  Following the death of his first wife, Thomas married for a second time in 1676 Elizabeth Maude, widow of Joshua Maude, of Rainhill, Lancashire, England.
Dr. Thomas Wynne, his second wife Elizabeth, and his only son Jonathan Wynne came to Philadelphia, PA via the ship "Welcome" with William Penn.  The "Welcome" finally arrived at the old Dutch seelement of New Castle, DE on 27 October 1682.  At least 30 passengers never completed the journey having died from smallpox.  William Penn reserved the right to appoint all proprietary, provincial and county officers and thus he gave the most important offices to those first purchasers with the most land and his friends.  on 13 March 1683 Dr. Thomas Wynne was chosen Speaker of the Provincial Assembly.
Jonathan Wynne was the sixth and last child, and only son, of Dr. Thomas Wynne and Marth Buttall.  He was born 1669 at the Bron Fadoc Estate in Flintshire, North Wales. Jonathan married Sarah Graves, to which union were born 9 children.  Their sixth child was also named Jonathan, and he married 1730 in East Nantmeal Township, Chester County, PA, Anne WARNER.
Their second child, Mary, was born 1733 in East Nantmeal Township, Chester County.  She married Henry IDDINGS in 1752 at Christ Church in Philadelphia.  He began acquiring land in West Nantmeal, then sold his property in 1776 and relocated to the wilderness of Buffalo Valley in Northumberland County, PA.  He built his log home near the confluence of Spruce Run and Buffalo Creek.  When Henry and Mary moved to Buffalo Valley, their eldest daughter, Ann, was 23 years old and married to Cornelius DEMPSEY.  The youngest child, Thomas was just three. All the family was raised to adulthood in the log home.
My line is through daughter, Mary A. Dempsey, who married Robert ELDER, Sr. in Northumberland County, PA before moving to Jackson County, OH.  There is a petition at the Orphan's court in Northumberland County, PA filed April 27, 1796.  James Dimpsey and Jonathan Dimpsey sons of Cornelius Dimpsey petitioned the court to appoint Robert Elder as their guardian.  Robert, Sr. and Mary had 12 children.  Robert Jr. married Rachel McKINNIS circa 1827 in Jackson County and had a family before moving to Wapello County, IA circa 1854.  His son Alexander Johnson Elder, married Marcia Jane BAKER in Jackson County, OH in 1850 and remained there for some years after Robert and his family moved to Iowa.
Circa 1860 Alexander and family moved to Davis County, IA where he raised a family of 7 there before dying in 1905.  Their son Benjamin Baker Elder married Mary Lucinda THARP in 1880 Davis County, and their daughter Florence Belle married John Clayton MORRISON in 1902 Davis County.  John and Florence's son Floyd Wayne married Glenna Hazel ROBERTSON in Wapello County, IA in 1927.

Assistance for the Wynne line came from the book "Dr. Thomas Wynne's Legacy", Lynn Larsen and Becky Thill, 2002

 

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  ZIMMERMAN Locales:  Würrtemberg, Germany; Bureau Co. and Henry Co., IL; Keokuk Co., IA
 
   
August Zimmerman's ancestors resided in Massenbachhausen, Württemberg, Germany from the early 1700s.  August Zimmerman immigrated from Württemberg, Germany, arriving in the port of New York 1 August 1882 aboard the ship "Neckar" from the port of Bremen.  On board the same ship was Carolina HOCHWARTH.  They both travelled to Bureau County, IL and one year later were married in neighboring Henry County, IL.  They had a large family, 10 children, in the Bureau and Henry Counties area. Circa 1907 they, and 8 of the 10 children, moved to Keokuk County, IA.  In 1919 in Keokuk County their son Joe married Luella Florence McKAY.  Their daughter Arlene Florence married Melvin Floyd DAHLSTROM in 1940.
A big thanks to David Haines of Australia for his immense help and willingness to share information on the Massenbachhausen Zimmermanns.
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 uncertain.
 

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