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Louis Reasoner (Deed) Decker1

Male
b. 20 November 1830, d. 6 February 1888


Father Moses Decker b. circa 11 June 1788, d. 4 August 1860
Mother Mary Elisabeth Sheplor b. 5 February 1794, d. 3 January 1859
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Family Mary Ellen (Nellie) Tinker b. 20 June 1840, d. 21 December 1916
Marriage* 27 February 1858  Muskingum Co., OH, Mrg. record shows L. R. Decker mar 2/27/38 by Philip Adams Esq. to Mary Ellen Tinker. Both of Viroqua. This has to be 1858 for obvious reasons., Principal=Mary Ellen (Nellie) Tinker 
Children  1. Frank E. Decker MD b. 9 Dec 1859, d. 15 Jan 1892
  2. Louis Randolph Decker b. 7 Jul 1861, d. 3 Apr 1897
  3. Manerve Evelyn "Minnie" Decker b. 5 Aug 1867, d. 4 Apr 1938

Note*   (Ed: These notes provided by Dale Decker. See Source Listing for contact information)

Commonly known as Reasoner or Deed.

W.T. (Western Times) March 24. 1858 -- Decker, L. R. married by Philip Adams Esq. to Mary Ellen Tinker, both of Viroqua.

1857--LaBelle Lodge #84 of the Masonic Order--founded Dec. 20, 1856 -- Charter granted June 10, 1857.
#41 Decker, L. R. age 26, Farmer, Viroqua.
Elected Sept. 2, 1857
1. Initiated Sept. 8, 1857
2. Passed May 6, 1863
3. Raised Sept. 9, 1863
April 13, 1881 Suspended, NPD (non payment of dues)

History of Vernon County list him as being in Stevens. Minn. (sp-pos. Stephen)

Photograph taken in Mankato, Minn.

From the Navrestads(Vernon County Censor 11/1882) Thad Conkling had charge of the county farm for the next year and L.R. Decker, Senior, will move to town, his health being poor. He and his wife had conducted it for many years.

Vernon County Censor: Mr and Mrs L. R. Decker and daughter moved to Seneca, Wisc. in 1882.

Censor January 11, 1888: L.R. Decker, one of Viroqua's oldest settlers has returned from the west and is at the home of his son, Dr. Frank E. Decker of Seneca.

Death listed in Viroqua Cemetary - Vir. Twnshp, City of Viroqua, Vernon County Wisc., Page 18 of Historical Society Book at cemetary.

( Arthur Wendall Decker, son of Louis Randolph Decker, was born in Cloquet, Minn.)1 
Birth* 20 November 1830  Norwich, Muskingum Co., OH 
Census 1850  1850 Federal Census, Wisconsin, Crawford County, Bad Ax Township, Series: M432, Roll: 995, Page: 252B, August 23
(enumerated with father, Moses Decker)
15, 299, 299, Decker, Lewis R, 18, M, , Farming, , Ohio, , , ,2 
Marriage* 27 February 1858  Muskingum Co., OH, Mrg. record shows L. R. Decker mar 2/27/38 by Philip Adams Esq. to Mary Ellen Tinker. Both of Viroqua. This has to be 1858 for obvious reasons., Principal=Mary Ellen (Nellie) Tinker 
Census 1860  1860 Federal Census, Wisconsin, Vernon County, Viroqua, Series: M653, Roll: 1399, Page: 387A, June 4
3, 3, Decker, Lewis, 29, M, , Farmer, 500, 150, Ohio, , , ,
3, 3, Decker, Mary, 20, F, , , , , Ohio, , , ,
3, 3, Decker, Frank, 6/12, M, , , , , Wisconsin, , 1, ,3 
Census 1870  1870 Federal Census, Wisconsin, Vernon County, Viroqua, Series: M593, Roll: 1738, Page: 482B, June 14
75, 75, Decker, Reasoner L, 39, M, W, Farmer, , 800, Ohio, , , , , , , , , 1,
75, 75, Decker, Mary E, 29, F, W, Keeping House, , , Ohio, , , , , , , , , ,
75, 75, Decker, Frank E, 10, M, W, at Home, , , Wisconsin, , , , , 1, , , , ,
75, 75, Decker, Louis R, 8, M, W, at Home, , , Wisconsin, , , , , 1, , , , ,
75, 75, Decker, Manerva E, 3, F, W, at Home, , , Wisconsin, , , , , , , , , ,4 
Census 1875  1875 Wisconsin State Census, Vernon County, Village of Wheatland, Page: 62
L. R. Decker, 3 males, 2 females5 
Census* 1880  1880 Federal Census, Wisconsin, Vernon, Viroqua, ED:12, Series: T9, Roll: 1449, Page: 403B, June 18
40, 250, 270, Decker, L R, M, W, 49, , , , 1, , , Farmer, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, Pa, Ohio
41, 250, 270, Decker, Nellie, F, W, 39, , Wife, , 1, , , Keep House, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, NY, Ohio
42, 250, 270, Decker, Frank, M, W, 20, , Son, 1, , , , Printer, , , , , , , , , , , Wis, Ohio, Ohio
43, 250, 270, Decker, Louis R, M, W, 18, , Son, 1, , , , At Home, , , , , , , , 1, , , Wis, Ohio, Ohio
44, 250, 270, Decker, Minerva E, F, W, 13, , Daughter, 1, , , , At Home, , , , , , , , 1, , , Wis, Ohio, Ohio
45, 250, 270, Mason, Belle, F, W, 18, , Servant, 1, , , , House Keeper, , , , , , , , , , , Wis, Md, Ohio6 
Death* 6 February 1888  Seneca, Crawford Co., WI 
News/Obit* 29 February 1888  Death Notice,

    Lewis R. Decker, known to everybody as plain, honest, good hearted Deed, died at the home of his son Dr. Frank E. Decker in Seneca, Wisconsin, on Monday, February 6, 1888, at the age of fifty -seven years. The funeral took place at the home of his brother-in-law, John R. Casson on February 9. He was survived by his wife, two sons Frank E. of Seneca and L. R. of Cloquet, Minnesota and an unmarried daughter.(Minerva) (ed: John R. Casson was the husband of Lydia A. Tinker, sister to L.R. Deckers wife, Mary Ellen Tinker)



Appeared in the Censor, February 29, 1888



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Citations
  1. [S42] Dale Decker Personal Research, Dale Decker.
  2. [S4] 1850 U.S. Federal Census , 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S46] 1860 U.S. Federal Census , 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  4. [S71] 1870 U.S. Federal Census , 1870 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S618] 1875 WI Census , LDS Family Search.
  6. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.


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