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3. Nelson WESCOATT

BIOGRAPHY: Possibly this is the Nelson Wescoatt who married Catherine T King on 16 Feb 1850 in Monroe County, Ia.  From "Iowa Marriages to 1850" (see sources).  [jj 6/2000]  Now proven by land deeds.  [3/2001]

BIOGRAPHY: There was also a Nelson Westcoatt who married a Mary Searcey on 1 Aug 1844 in Monroe Co. IA.  From "Iowa Marriages to 1850" (see sources).  [jj 7/2000]

BIOGRAPHY: Would like to assume that this is Nelson Wescoatt.  The age would be right for a son of Joseph, according to the 1840 Van Buren Census.  The 1850 Lucas County, Ia Census for District 13 (see film 0442962, p 133B) lists a Nelson Wescott in Dewlling 31, family 31  (30 yo male) along with a Catharine Wescott (21 yo female) and a John H Thacker (20 yo male laborer).  It lists both Nelson and Catharine's birth place as Ohio.  They are listed directly after Jonas and Amy and Florence Wescott of Dwelling 30, family 30. (26 yo male, 27 yo female, 9 yo female respectively).  It lists Jonas' birthplace as Indiana, Amy's as Il(?) and Florence's as Iowa.  Jonas and Nelson's adjacent houses makes me think that they are related, but the different birth places makes me cautious to assume a relation.  It's possible that Jospeh and Sarah family were in Ohio and gave birth to Nelson while there, but I've not seen reference to their being in Ohio as yet.  [jj 7/2000]  Now proven that Nelson is one of Joseph F's children by land deeds provided by Marge Bruggs.  [3/2001]

BIOGRAPHY: Information below transcribed by Robert L Wescoatt after visiting Marysville, Ca on 8 Mar 2001.

BIOGRAPHY: NELSON WESCOATT Council Min.
Defeated for Surveyor 3/27/1854 P 433
Elected by Council 9/18/1854 P 560
Elected to Supt.  Bldg of City Hall                P 859

BIOGRAPHY: N. WESCOATT Council Min.
Elected City Surveyor 11/20/1854 P 616
Reelected City Surveyor 4/12/1858 P 52
Reelected City Surveyor 4/1/1861 P 432
Failed to be reelected 4/22/1862 P 5l0
Reelected City Supervisor 19/7/1862 P 548

BIOGRAPHY: N & WATSON WESCOATT Council Min.
Petition 3/8/1856 P 175
Reference to Marysville City Map P 176
Submit map of Marysville P 278

BIOGRAPHY: N. WESCOATT T & W
City Surveyor l855 P 119

BIOGRAPHY: NELSON WESCOATT T & W
Member Corin #9, F & AM P 55
Treasurer Mutual Engine Co P 64
Trustee Reform School P 144
County Surveyor l860-1868 P 118, 120
City Surveyor 1858

BIOGRAPHY: N. WESCOATT Appeal
Discharged as Architect and Supt. of 1-19-1861
Construction of Reform School

BIOGRAPHY: NELSON WESCOATT        Appeal
Ad for Nelson.  Wanting info as to location. 6-22-1888
Thought to be in Candelaria (Candeliara) Nevada 6-30-1888

BIOGRAPHY: NELSON WESCOTT Demo
Visiting after absence since 1874 2-12-1893

BIOGRAPHY: NELSON WESCOATT Appeal
Death in Santa Rosa, Ca, at age 75.  Was 9-9-1896
Engineer and Surveyor.  See separate
Death notice.

BIOGRAPHY: NELSON AND JONAS WESCOTT Appeal
Postmaster had letter from Pasadena wanting 9-5-1905
Info about them.  Heirs to an estate.
Personal & family history recalled 9-6-1905
[jj 3/2001]

BIOGRAPHY: Found an ad for sale of a map of the Comstock Lode Mines (in NV)(http://192.41.43.122/catalogs/curcat128-4.html) that had the following description: "Statement and Reports Concerning the Uncle Sam Senior an Gold Canon Silver Lodes, in Nevada. 24, 8 pp. Folding lithographed map laid in loose. 9-1/4x5-1/2, original printed wrappers. First Eddition, Boston: Alfred Mudge, 1865. The map, apparently issued with the book but not present in other copies examined, is "Map of Gold Hill Front Lodes on the Comstock Range N.T. Surveyed July 1864 by N. Wescoatt, C.E... Made to accompany report of Dr. J.A. Veatch."  It is lithographed by Oakly & Thompson, Boston, and has a small soiled patch, otherwise fine. Vol. with spine Beginning to split, else very good or better ($200/300)".  Indicates that Nelson was in Nevada in July 1864.  (This is near Virginia City) [jj 9/2001]

BIOGRAPHY: Bob Wescoatt had communication with Claudia Wines of the Northeastern Nevada Museum (the_museum@hotmail.com) (1515 Idaho Street, Elko NV 89801, 775-738-3418) concerning Wescoatt surname.  Claudia found little bit of info on Nelson Wescoatt.  Her info was taken from the Elko Daily Free Press and the Elko Independent newspapers.  Nelson's obit shows death date of 7 Sep 1896 in Santa Rosa, CA; age 75; pioneer of CA and NV; was resident of Hamilton, NV in 1868-1869; later moved to Pioche and Eureka in early 1880's then to Colorado.  Don't know if this is correct death date. Will assume so since it gives a specific date, rather than an oblique reference as found in the Marysville death notice.  [jj 10/2001]

BIOGRAPHY: History of Lucas County, Iowa, 1978, pg. 15  Under Early History of Lucas County:  "At the April session, 1850 of the Board of Commissioners the platting done under the direction of William S. Townsend proved to be unsatisfactory and not correct.  Mr. Nelson Wescott, county surveyor, was authorized to make a survery with the help of Beverly Searcy, Scott Arnold, Henry Allen, Mills Van Meter and William H. Recrod.  He finished this work and reported it to the Board of Commissioners at the meeting held May 15, 1850."   Pg. 325 under "List of Postmaster's from 1825-1978" - "Nelson Wescott 12-26-1829 to 1-24-1835; Jonel[sic?] Wescott 1-24-1835 to 5-1-1835," From Lookup done by Dorothy Exley in Arlington, VA (Lucas County Lookup) on 17 Nov 2001.  [jj 11/2001]

CENSUS: 1850 Iowa, Lucas County, District 13 Census (Film# 0442962) shows Nelson & Catherine Westcott household p 133B, Dwelling #31, Family #31.  Nelson Wescott, age 30M, white, Occupation as "Do" (don't know what that is), value of real estate = 500, birth place = Ohio, married within year.  Catharine Wescott, 21F, white, birthplace = Ohio, married within year.  John H Thacker, 20M, white, Laborer, birthplace = KY [jj 3/2001]

CENSUS: 1860 Census California, Yuba County, 1st Ward City of Marysville, Marysville Post Office (Film# 0803072) shows Nelson Westcoatt household on p 855, Dwelling #91, Family #91.  Nelson Wescoatt, 39M, Coal Engineer, Value real estate = 10,000, Value personal property = 1,000, Birthplace = Ohio.  Catherine S(?) Westcoatt 29F, birthplace = DO? or OH? (hard to read).  Oscar F(?) Westcoatt 9M, birthplace = Ia, school in year.  Florella(?) Westcoatt 7F, birthplace = Ia, school in year.  William(?) H(?) Westcoatt 3M, birthplace = Ca.  Ellen Cassidy 30F, Servant, birthplace = Ireland.  [jj 3/2001]

DEATH: DEATH NOTICE OF NELSON WESCOATT
ONE OF WESCOATT'S WHIMS
EXPLAINS WHY HIS WIFE WAS NOT MENTIONED IN THE WILL

DEATH: Many of the oldtimers attending the funeral of NELSON WESCOATT, who was buried in this city a week ago last Sunday remember that he was somewhat eccentric.  In many respects he was quite erratic.  This is borne out now by the following document that was filed in Santa Rosa the other day:
Statement explaining why Jennie R. Wescoatt (by last wife) was not mentioned in my last will, to wit:   In January 1889, I met a widow known by the name of Jennie R. Webber, from the State of Maine.  In the latter part of that year we were married at Jonas Wescoatts, in California, and moved to Candaler, Nevada, where we lived for some fifteen months, during which time I discovered that I had made a bad mistake in said marriage.  In the fall of 1890 on a business trip to California, she being along, I purchased a small fruit ranch, containing 4.11 acres, of S. A. Seavy, near Santa Rosa, Cal., for $2200, on which was a new and good four room house with basement, which I deeded to my wife under promise she would deed it to me before her death.  Later, I paid for furniture, horse and buggy, windmill and tank, lumber for barn, chicken house, fences, and constructing the same, tools, etc., for the sum of $400 all of which I left her in (unreadable) possession of last February and never expected to see her on the property again.  She also had in her possession $l50 or more money which I had given her to bury me in case I should die suddenly in Nevada, but which she refused to return to me when called for, when I left her.  I also made her presents of diamonds about the time of our marriage valued at about $1200, all of which is a pretty good allowance considering I only made $3000 including expenses after we were married, and she only kept house for me about three years, and that she only gave me $210 on the day of our marriage which she said was all the money she had, and was all I had ever heard of.  I also left her enough hay, grain and wood to last her for six months or longer; of the $210 she gave me at her marriage I returned her $200 to send to her daughter to bring her and her husband to this country and for other purposes for them.
In 1891, I returned from Nevada to California to live in the home bought of Seavey and my health being poor I made my will providing handsomely for my wife outside of the ranch for which she held a deed, and asked her what she proposed to do in regard to conveying our home to me, as she had agreed, in case of her death.  Her answer was she would tell her daughter, who had been living wither at my expense for over a year, and had been divorced and married again, to let me stay in my own home as long as I wished in case of her death, and if that arrangement did not suit me I could do as I pleased - that the ranch was hers, and that she had a deed for it, and that when she was done with it she intended it for her children.  As her action in this matter did not subscribe to my idea of justice, I informed her that unless she kept her promises, or at least deeded me one-half the ranch, that I should leave her and spend no more money upon it, nor for her, but start anew somewhere else.  I gave her a month to think the matter over, but before the time was up she stated that she would not deed any part of the ranch to me and asked me to draw a paper leaving her in possession of the ranch and all the personal property, also showing our mutual agreement to separate, which agreement was signed by both of us and a copy in her own hand is hereto affixed.

DEATH: NELSON WESCOATT
Santa Rosa, Cal., May 15, 1893

DEATH: Attached to the above statement is the agreement signed by both parties in which they agree to separate and also agree as to the disposition of the personal property and efforts.  In the agreement Nelson and his wife state that they will not at anytime get goods on the other's account.

DEATH: NOTE:  The above was retyped from the photocopy from the microfilm of the September 9, 1896 Marysville Appeal Newspaper.  Some type was blurry and the microfilm had some dark streaks through it making one word illegible.

DEATH: Provided by Robert L Wescoatt after visiting Marysville, Ca on 8 March 2001.  [jj 3/2001]


11. William ? H WESCOTT

CENSUS: 1880 Census of Eureka Twp, Eureka Co, Nevada (household #476, family #489, p 195B, Ancestry.com image 46/85).  Shows WH Wescoatt as stenographer in household of Baitly(?) Hannon.  WH is listed as male, age 22, b. CA, father b. OH, mother b. IA.  This would be consistent with data known about William H, son of Nelson Wescoatt.  [jj 7/2002]


Jenny R WEBBER

BIOGRAPHY: Webber is probably a married name.  Death notice notes "...I met a widow by the name of Jennie R. Webber, from the state of Maine." [jj 3/2001]


4. Jonas WESCOATT Judge

BIOGRAPHY: Apparently killed in the great earthquake in San Fransisco in 1906.

BIOGRAPHY: Information below transcribed by Robert L Wescoatt after visiting Marysville, Ca on 8 Mar 2001.  

BIOGRAPHY: JONAS WESCOATT T & W
State Assemblyman 1860 P 121

BIOGRAPHY: JONAS WESCOATT Council Min.
Remove obstructions 8-7-1859 P 178
Petition for Middle Ferry Road 1862 P 479
Appointed special Policeman 9-4-1863 P 599
(brother of Nelson Wescoatt)
[jj 3/2001]

BIOGRAPHY: History of Lucas County, Iowa, 1978, pg. 15  Under Early History of Lucas County: "The population of Lucas County was increasing rapidly now, as shown by the musty record of an election held in the courthouse in Chariton on April 7, 1851.  This is shown by the number of votes received by candidates for the following described offices:  For Justice of the Peace - James W. Jacobe, 40 votes, Jonas Wescott, 24 votes."  

BIOGRAPHY: Then from pg 321, under The History of the City of Chariton. "It would be well to remember that this land had just passed from it's original owners, the Sac and Fox Indians, in 1842.  In 1846, the last Indians were moved west out of Iowa.  The Pottawattamies, however, stayed in Iowa up to about 1854.  They camped along the streams in Lucas County. They had to beg, and were friendly in their relations with the white settlers.  Jonas Wescoat and his brother built the first two long houses on the northwest corner of the square.  One they lived in with their families, the other was a store.  The town grew slowly, not enough people." From Lookup done by Dorothy Exley in Arlington, VA (Lucas County Lookup) on 17 Nov 2001.  [jj 11/2001]

BIOGRAPHY: "Past and Present of Lucas County", pub. 1913, pg. 25 "Jonas Wescoat and his brother built the first houses in the new town of Chariton.  They built two long cabins on the northwest corner of the public square, being on the lot not occupied by Jay Smyth's bank building.  Both of the brothers had families, and they all lived in one of the cabins and kept a small store or a stock of dry goods in the other."  From Lookup done by Dorothy Exley in Arlington, VA (Lucas County Lookup) on 17 Nov 2001.  [jj 11/2001]


CENSUS: 1850 Census Iowa, Lucas County, District 13 shows listing for Jonas Wescott family on p 133B: dwelling 30, family 30.  Jonas 26 yo male, Merchant, born Indiana; Amy Wescott 27 yo female born Il(? hard to read); Florence Wescott 9 yo female born Iowa. (See film #0442962).  [jj 7/2000]

CENSUS: 1860 Census California, Yuba County, 4th Ward City of Marysville, Post Office Marysville (Film #080372, taken 18 July 1860) shows listing for Jonas Westcoatt family on p 951: Dwelling# 989, Family# 1333.  Jonas Westcoatt 36 yo male, Farmer, Value Real estate 5000, value personal property 5000, birthplace Ind;  Amy P Westcoatt 34 yo female born NY; Florence Westcoatt 11 yo female born Io, school in year; May Westcoatt 3 yo female born Cal; Ellen Westocatt (may be incorrect surname) 25 yo female servant born Ireland; (William?) (Billing?) 30 you male farmer, vlaue personal property 500, born Ohio; Thomas (Billing?) 25 yo male farmer, value personal property 500, born Ohio; Edward Stage 45 yo male Farm Laborer born NY; Thomas Stage 20 yo male Farm Laborer born (?).  [jj 8/2000]

BIRTH: 1890 Great Register of Voters, Sonoma County, CA (http://ww.rootsweb.com/~cascgs/gr_w.htm) shows Jonas Wescoatt as age 63. This computes as birth year of 1827.  [jj 1/2002]


Amy P FLINT

BIRTH: 1900 Census for Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co, CA for the Madison Monroe and Florence Speegle family shows that Florence's mother was born in KY.  Don't know if this is correct.  The birth place for the father was questionable.  [jj 2/2002]


5. Riley WESCOATT Captian

BIOGRAPHY: Birthplace is Tippecanoe Battlefield.

BIOGRAPHY: Riley Wescoatt was a member of the First Iowa Cavalry, Company H in the Civil War.  "At muster of the regiment Daniel Anderson was Captain.  Riley Wescoatt 1st Lt. William S Whisenand 2nd Lt.  Captain Anderson was promoted 3rd Battalion commander July 10, 1862, hence Riley's promotion to Captain (company commander). Riley Wescoatt; Age 33; Residence Albia; Nativity Indiana; Appointed 1st Lt. June 13, 1861; Mustered Aug 3, 1861; Promoted Captain July 10, 1862; Resigned Feb 6, 1863. This info from email from James Edwards  (decker@gte.net), who volunteers to do Iowa cavalry record lookups. 30 Apr 1998

BIOGRAPHY: "Riley Wescoatt homesteaded in Hall county, NE.  He built a large house on the banks of the Platte river, using cinderblock that he made and cottonwood lumber which he cut and cured himself.  (My dad lived in this house as a boy, and it existed until the early 1970's when it was destroyed in a fire.  The site is still countryside, sitting along Interstate 76 just southeast of Wood River, NE.  The cottonwood trees that surrounded the house still stand.)  Riley is also famous in Buffalo County, NE for having survived a battle with Indians along the bank of the Platte River.  He was at that time running cattle from Iowa to California, and had not yet moved to NE."

BIOGRAPHY: I wrote to you before I checked with my dad about some details, and it turns out I was wrong about some things.  (Really, I usually am trustworthy!)  Riley Wescoatt did not homestead along the Platte.  His connection with the eventual homestead site was that he was camped there (at least as nearly as can be ascertained) when he witnessed the Indian battle.  The site came into the Wescoatt family when Frank Wescoatt purchased it from the original claimant.  When Frank and Ada decided to move to California (Santa Cruz), the farm came to my grandfather, Guy.  All of his children, including my dad, had been born by then;  the family moved to the homestead when my dad was three.  It was Frank who built the house there."

BIOGRAPHY: From Communication from Leslie Simmons (see sources), 8 May 2000.  [jj 5/2000]
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BIOGRAPHY: Ancestry.com has Civil War Muster Rolls Database, listing Riley Wescoatt:  Served in the 1st Iowa Cavalry, Company H.  Enlisted on 13 Jun 1861 as 1st Lieutenant, age 33.  Claimed residence in Albia.  Promoted to full Captian on 10 July 1862.  Resigned on 3 Feb 1863.  [jj 6/2000]
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BIOGRAPHY: From "Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Adams, Clay, Hall and Hamilton Counties in Nebraska." Pub. 1890 by Goodspeed Publishing, Co., Chicago, Ill. Page 704.

BIOGRAPHY: Sent by: Kaylynn:  audriana@ginetworks.com,  Hall County NEGenWeb  22 Sep 2000

BIOGRAPHY: Riley Wescoatt, general merchant of Wood River, Neb., has a well-stocked establishment, and being strictly honest in his dealing with his customers and selling his goods at reasonable prices, he has built up a paying trade.  He was born in the "Hoosier State" in 1828, and is a son of Joseph S. and Sarah (Metzgar) Wescoatt, who were born in Cayuga County, N.Y., and Dutchess County, Pa., in 1790 and 1795, respectively.  The father was a farmer by occupation, and at an early day removed with his family to Ohio, thence to Indian in 1828, locating in Vermillion County near Eugene.  From this State he removed to Iowa in 1837 and made his home in Van Buren County until his death, in 1860.  He was judge of the Van Buren County Court at this time, and had been a member of the Territorial Legislature at one time.  He served in the Black Hawk War, and in his political views was an old line Whig, being a man exceptionally well educated for those times and well posted on all current topics.  His wife lived until 1888, making her one hundred and three years of age, and was hearty and spry, with not a gray hair in her head, but met with an accident which resulted fatally.
Riley Wescoatt is one of seven children, the youngest of whom is now over fifty-eight years of age, and grew to manhood and was educated in the State of Iowa.  He followed merchandising in Alva, Ill., from 1853 until the opening of the war, and in May, 1861, enlisted in Company A, First Iowa Calvary, United States Army, but after serving two years and nine months was discharged for disability.  He was in the engagements at Rolla, Mo., Pea Ridge, Cross Roads, Newtonia, Prairie Grove, Little Rock, and was on the Camden expedition.  He was at home when the war closed and from that time farmed until 1874 when he removed to Nebraska and purchased land.
In 1883 he sold his estate and removed to Wood River where he began merchandising, continuing successfully up to the present time.  He is an influential citizen, popular with all, and is ever ready to extend the right hand of fellowship.  He is a member of the G.A.R., the I.O.O.F., and is trustee of the Building & Loan Association of Wood River.  He was married in Iowa to Miss May J. Richardson, who was born in Illinois in 1855, and by her he has four children:  Nelson, Frank, Harry and Emma.

BIOGRAPHY: From the Wood River Cemetery:

BIOGRAPHY: Westcoatt, Audrey Inez   Sept. 23, 1915--Feb. 22, 1916    Dau. of Guy & Nellie
Westcoatt, Clare         1888--1892
Westcoatt, Duane D.      Jan. 14, 1934--Nov. 17, 1995
Westcoatt, Guy           1883--1963
Westcoatt, LaVera M.     Jan. 28, 1936--Oct. 8, 1948      Dau. of Vere & Margaret
Westcoatt, Lynn          1887--1892
Westcoatt, Margaret J.   Mar. 9, 1908--July 3, 1977       Wife of Vere
Westcoatt, Nellie L.     1884--1970                       Wife of Guy, married Feb. 15, 1905
Westcoatt, Teresa Lynn   Aug. 23, 1959                    Dau. Of Duane
Westcoatt, Vere G.       Apr. 8, 1906--Oct. 23, 1935      Son of Guy
Westcoatt, Vick          1894--1916
Westcoatt, Child(ren)    No dates                         Too weathered to read
Westcoatt, ?             1861--1924                       (All stone says is "Mother")

BIOGRAPHY: A Frank Westcoatt married a woman named "Ada".  They had a son, Merle, b. Oct. 18, 1896.  He enlisted in W.W.I as a 1st class mechanic on July 2, 1918.  Served at Charleston in the naval air service, was discharged April 12, 1919.  (I don't know if this is Riley's son, Frank)

BIOGRAPHY: G.A.R. Records:  Riley Wescoatt 1st Ia. Cav..  Member of Bradley Post 134, Wood River, NE.  R. Wescoatt served as commander of the post 1878-79. [jj 9/2000]
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BIOGRAPHY: Monroe County Iowa Genealogical Resource Database shows entry in Monroe County Civil War Veteran List with Residence in Albia and age at record of 33. Shows Riley as veteran of "H 1st Cavalry".  [jj 10/2001]
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BIOGRAPHY: Land Deed from Riley Wescoatt to George Duden 11 December 1849

BIOGRAPHY: Van Buren County Deed Book K, p 105

BIOGRAPHY: Know all men by these presents that I, Riley Wescoatt of the County of Van Buren and State of Iowa for and in consideration of the sum of forty five dollars in hand paid by George Duden of the same place the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted, bargained, sold and by these presents to grant bargain sell and convey unto the said George Duden his heirs and assigns forever all the following piece or parcel of land to with all that portion or piece of land in the East half of the South West quarter of Section twenty four in Township sixty nine North of Range ??ten west, West of the fifth principal meridian situated in the County and State aforesaid and known as share now five in the division of the real estate of Joseph F Wescoatt containing seven acres more or less . To have and To Hold the above described premises to the said George Duden together with the appertenances thereunto belonging and I the said Riley Wescoatt for myself my heirs executors and administrators do covenant with the said George Duden his heirs ?? that I am lawfully seized in fee of the afore granted premises that I will my heirs ?? warrant and defence forever the title to the above conveyed premises against the claim of all and every person whomsoever.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eleventh day of December AD 1849

BIOGRAPHY: Riley Wescoatt (seal)

BIOGRAPHY: In presence of us M.B Root, Nelson Wescoatt

BIOGRAPHY: State of Iowa, Van Buren County, Personally appeared before me a justice of the peace within and for the County and State aforesaid Riley Wescoatt, personally known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing as party thereto and acknowledge the execution thereof to be his free and voluntary act and deed for the purposes and uses therein expressed, Given under my hand this 12th day of December AD 1849 - Charles Baldwin, J P

BIOGRAPHY: Filed for Record Dec 29th, 1849 at 1? o'clock P.M.
[jj 2/2002]

CENSUS: 1830 Indiana Census, Tippecanoe Co (Film #0007720).  Couldn't find any Wescoatt's listed in Tippecanoe county.  Riley was supposed to be born there in 1828.  There was no 1820 Census for Tippecanoe County listed.  [jj 6/2000]

CENSUS: 1850 Iowa, Monroe County, District 13 Census shows listing for Riley and Mary Wescott on p 312.  Shows Riley, 22 yo male as a shoemaker born in Indiana and married within the year.  Mary as 20 yo female born in Ills, also married within the year. (Film #0442962). See Census sheet in file. [jj 7/2000]

CENSUS: 1860 Ancestry.com shows that Riley Wescoatt is in the 1860 Iowa Census in Monroe County in Troy Twp, p 254.  Viewed film.  Lists Riley, Mary, Nelson, James, Frank and a Woolford Miles in Dwelling #227, family #201. Was hard to read birthplace for Riley.  First letter was "I", but could have been "Io" or "In".... Didn't see any other Wescoatts, but skipped Pleasant, Mantua, Urbana, Jackson and Wayne townships. See Census sheet in file. [jj 6/2000]  Monroe County Iowa Genealogical Resource Database shows this entry with the birth place as Indiana.  [jj 10/2001]

CENSUS: 1870 Iowa, Monroe County, Troy Township Part 2 shows Riley age 41, family #30, page 410, birth place Indiana. Also Mary 33 F W, born Ill. Nelson 16 M W, born Iowa. James 14 M W, born Iowa. Francis 12 M W, born Iowa. Harry 8 M W, born Iowa. Emma 4 F W, born Iowa. Sarah Humphry 15 F W, Adopted, born Iowa. Grant Carson, farm hand, 23 M W, born Iowa. [jj 1/2002]

CENSUS: 1900 Census for Wood River Twp, Hall Co, Nebraska (Film #1240929) shows Riley Wescoatt family.  Taken 4 Jun 1900, Supervisor's district #5, Enumeration district #91, sheet 3, page 326B.  House #66, Dwelling #68: Wescott, Riley, Head, w, m, Nov 1828, age 71, married 50 years, born IN, F born NY, M born Pa, farmer, can read, can write, can speak Eng.  Mary, wife, w, f, Oct 1833, age 66, married 50 yrs, mother of 6 children, 4 living, born IL, F born KY, M born KY, can read, can write, can speak Eng. May, grandaughter, w, f, May 1882, age 18, single, born Co, F born Ia, M born IL, can read, can write, can speak Eng.  Jay, grandson, w, m, Jan 1888, age 12, single, born Ne, F born Ia, M born IL, at school 9 mos, can read, can write, can speak Eng.  Riley, grandson, w, m, Feb 1893, age 7, single, born Ne, F born Ia, M born IL, at school 9 mos, can read, can write, can speak Eng.

CENSUS: This census seems to be rife with errors.  While the ages are roughly correct, the months and years are not.  The only May we know of would have been Riley and Mary's niece (dau of Jonas), not granddaughter, but she would be much older than the May listed on this Census.  Jay and Riley are sons of Harry D.  Don't know why these three children were living with Riley and Mary.  [jj 8/2001]


Mary Jane RICHARDSON

Family bible says that Mary Jane died on 15 jul 1905 at age 68. Assuming that birth year of 1834 is correct, 68 years would put death date in 1902. Not sure which date is correct.

CENSUS: 1870 Iowa, Monroe County, Troy Township Part 2 shows Mary Wescoatt age 39, family #30, page 410, birth place Illinois. Have not viewed film.  This is from the Monroe County Iowa Genealogical Resource Database. [jj 10/2001]


Marriage Notes for Riley Wescoatt Captian and Mary Jane RICHARDSON

Monroe County Iowa Genealogical Resource Database shows entry in Marriage Book 1, page 22 with marriage of Riley to Mary T Richardson on 13 Feb 1850. [jj 10/2001]


15. Nelson J (Jack) WESCOATT

CENSUS: 1870 Monroe County Iowa Genealogical Resource Database shows Nelson Wescoatt showing in Iowa, Monroe County, Troy Township part 2 as part of family #30, page 410, age 16, birth place Iowa.  Have not viewed film.  [jj 10/2001]

CENSUS: Catherine Renschler (contacted through RootsWeb query for NE Adams Co.) searched 1880 Census and said that she did not find a "Nelson or NJ Wescoatt" listed. [jj 10/2001]


16. James D WESCOATT

CENSUS: 1870. Monroe County Iowa Genealogical Resource Database shows James Wescoatt showing in Iowa, Monroe County, Troy Township part 2 as part of family #30, page 410, age 14, birth place Iowa.  Have not viewed film.  [jj 10/2001]


Marriage Notes for James D Wescoatt and Mary J WINDLAND

Monroe County Iowa Genealogical Resource Database shows marriage of James D Wescoatt to Mary Windland on 30 Dec 1875.  James age 20 at marriage.  From Marriage Book 4, p. 318.  [jj 10/2001]


6. Lucy Jane WESCOATT

CENSUS: 1840 Van Buren County, Iowa Census (Film #0007790) shows listing for Joseph Wescoat on page 276A,B.  Shows Males:  age 10-15=1, 15-20=2, 30-40=2; Females: under 5 yrs=0, 5-10=1, 10-15=1, 20-30=1, 40-50=1.  Employed = 3 Agriculture, 2 Learned Professions and Engineers. Didn't show date census was taken.  Jane would be the girl 10-15 yrs old, when comparing age shown other census.  [jj 6/2000]

CENSUS: 1850 Van Buren County, Iowa Census in Van Buren Township (Film #0442964, 15 Oct 1850) shows listing for Sarah Wescott on page 270A.  Dwelling #1, Family #1: Sarah Wescott, age 52F, Value of Realestate 1000, Birthplace PA; Jane, age 19 F, Birthplace IA, School within year = yes; Mary, age 17F, Birthplace IA, School within year = yes.  [jj 6/2000]

CENSUS: 1870 Iowa, Lucas County, Chariton Twp (Film 0295477) taken 1 Sep 1870 shows Charles Fitch household on p 671B, dwelling #118, family #122:  Charles Fitch 48M, Physician, b. Mass; Lucy Fitch 38F, keeping house, b. Indiana; Flora Fitch 14F, b. Iowa; Ella Fitch 9F, b. Iowa; Charles Fitch 5M, b. Iowa; Edwin Fitch 2M, b. Iowa; Laura 2F, b. Iowa.  Names hard to decipher, but dates, etc are clear.  [jj 7/2000]

BIOGRAPHY: Land Deed from Lucy Jane Wescoatt to Samuel Fasnacht   22 March 1851

BIOGRAPHY: Van Buren County Deed Book L, p. 484

BIOGRAPHY: Know all men by these presents that I Lucy J Wescoatt of the county of Van Buren and State of Iowa for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars to me in hand paid by Samuel Fasnacht of the same place the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have given granted bargained and sold and do by these presents give grant bargain and sell unto the said Samuel Fasnacht and to his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in county and state aforesaid bounded and described as follows to-wit: Beginning at a Stone twenty chains North of the South West corner of the North East quarter of Section Number thirty five in Township Sixty nine North of Range ten West thence North ten chains to a Stone thence East Twenty two & twelve hundredths chains to a stone thence South ten chains to a stone thence west Twenty two & twelve  hundredths chains to the place of beginning containing Twenty two & twelve hundredths acres more or less known as the Share allotted to Lucy J Wescoatt in the partition of the Real Estate of Joseph F Wescoatt deceased as made by order of the District Court for said County. To Have and to hold the above descried real Estate unto the Said Samuel Fasnacht and to his heirs and assigns forever and the said Lucy J Wescoatt for herself her heirs Executors and administrators hereby covenant to and with the said Samuel Fasnacht that she is lawfully Seized of said premises in the simple that She has good right to Sell and convey the same that the premises are free and clear from incumbrances and that she will forever warrant and defend the same unto the said Samuel Fasnacht his heirs and assigns against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever.

BIOGRAPHY: In Testimony whereof I the said Lucy J Wescoatt have hereon to set my hand and Seal this twenty second day of March AD 1851. Lucy Jane Wescoatt (her seal)

BIOGRAPHY: In presence of George W Mitchler

BIOGRAPHY: The State of Iowa, Van Buren County. Personally appeared before the undersigned Justice of the peace in and for the county and state aforesaid Lucy Jane Wescoatt personally known to me to be the identical person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument and acknowledged the same to be her free act and died for the uses and purposes therein expressed.

BIOGRAPHY: Given under my- this 24th day of March AD 1851 Charles Baldwin JP

BIOGRAPHY: Filed for Record April 15th AD 1851 at 2o'clock P.M.
[jj 2/2002]


Charles FITCH M.D.

BIRTH: Inscriptions from Fitch lot in Chariton Cemetery shows different date for Charles' birth than the "History of Medicine in Lucas County" (see sources).  Headstone transcription shows: FITCH, Charles, Jan. 15, 1825 (sic) -Oct. 29, 1889 (GAR marker).


CENSUS: I checked printed transcripts of the 1856 special Iowa census and 1860 federal census of Lucas County, with minimal results.  During 1856, Charles and Lucy were listed as residents of Chariton Township as follows:

Residence 20/Household 20

Fitch, Chas., age 30, m, married, a resident of Iowa 4 years, born Mass (sic), physician
Fitch, Lucy J., age 24, f, married, a resident of Iowa 17 years, born Ind., milliner
(no further residents in household)

There were no signs of Wescoatts or variant spellings.

The Fitches are not listed at all during 1860, but remember that Ella
was born in Keosauqua according to the medical history, so perhaps
they had moved back there to live for a few years. Nor are any Wescoatts listed in Lucas County during 1860.

CENSUS: From email from Frank Myers (see sources), 20 Jul 2000.  [jj 7/2000]

 

BIOGRAPHY: The Fitch home at 520 North Grand is still standing, although obscuried by steel siding, additions and an unfortunate attempt to make the front porch look like a deck. This is a modest house that looks as if it could date from the 1870s or earlier (although it's hard to tell). Probably three rooms and a stair hall downstairs with attached one-story kitchen at the rear and two bedrooms upstairs.

This is the house, just across the street east of Chariton High
School, where my dad remembers "Miss Fitch" living, and where Frank Fitch, according to his obituary, died.

From email from Frank Myers (see sources), 24 Jul 2000 (see sources).  [jj 7/2000]

BIOGRAPHY: History of Lucas County, Iowa, 1978, Pg. 283, under the History of Medicine in Lucas County - "Fitch, Charles, M.D. (Allopathie Physician) Born June 25, 1825, Orleans County, New York, Died, October 29, 1889, Chariton, Iowa.  Married 1853, Lucy Jane Wescoatt. Children:  Mrs. Henry Bertarn, Dr. Ella, Charles, Miss Laura and Frank. He moved with his parents to Ohio.  At the age of 15, he began to teach school.  In 1846, at 21, he enlisted in the 15th Regiment of the U.S. regulars and served through the Mexican War.  In 1852, he graduated from Western Reserve Medical College, Cleveland, and came to Chariton.  he was truly a pioneer for there was neither a church nor a school house in the county.  Dr. Fitch's 34 years of practice extended into the surrounding counties.  He served three years as a contract surgeon int he Civil War."  From Lookup done by Dorothy Exley in Arlington, VA (Lucas County Lookup) on 17 Nov 2001.  [jj 11/2001]


23. Flora FITCH

BIOGRAPHY: Originally had G Joseph Bertrand, Izetta F Bertrand, R Francis Bertrand, and Viola B Bertrand listed as children of Flora and Henry J Bertrand.  The birth dates are inconsistent with Flora and Henry's birth and marriage dates, though, so I have unlinked them from Flora and Henry.  [jj 2/2001]


Henry Joseph BERTRAND

BIOGRAPHY: Originally had G Joseph Bertrand, Izetta F Bertrand, R Francis Bertrand, and Viola B Bertrand listed as children of Flora and Henry J Bertrand.  The birth dates are inconsistent with Flora and Henry's birth and marriage dates, though, so I have unlinked them from Flora and Henry.  [jj 2/2001]


27. Laura FITCH

BIOGRAPHY: My dad, who is 86, remembers "Miss Fitch" (Laura)as the Chariton High School librarian when he was a student there during the early 1930s. A "bearcat" was the way he described her: A nice looking older woman who was a very strict disciplinarian.

He thought she lived across the street east of the school (still in its original location) with her brother, Frank, who worked for the railroad; and he thought Ella was "in Des Moines."

Happy hunting, again Frank Myers.  From email from Frank Myers (see sources), 19 Jul 2000 (see sources).  [jj 7/2000]

BIOGRAPHY: The Fitch home at 520 North Grand is still standing, although obscuried by steel siding, additions and an unfortunate attempt to make the front porch look like a deck. This is a modest house that looks as if it could date from the 1870s or earlier (although it's hard to tell). Probably three rooms and a stair hall downstairs with attached one-story kitchen at the rear and two bedrooms upstairs.

This is the house, just across the street east of Chariton High
School, where my dad remembers "Miss Fitch" living, and
where Frank Fitch, according to his obituary, died.

From email from Frank Myers (see sources), 24 Jul 2000 (see sources).  [jj 7/2000]