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Thank you so much, Janet, for sharing that with all of us. I will print it
out and send it to my cousin.
I went to NARA tonight and found some of the Urmy's in the census' that a
few people had found in indexes for me. Because of time constraints and I
hadn't printed out all the e-mails pertaining to this from everyone, I
didn't get to find them any earlier than 1870. But, I plan on going back
Saturday and looking some more.
I really appreciate all the help everyone has given me on this subject. My
cousins will be amazed at all the information I have been able to collect
in just a few short days. And, all with the help of the friendly people on
this mail list! I couldn't have done it without you all.
From the Dysart Reporter: March 30,1989
COUNTY HISTORY REDISCOVERED WITH NEW INTEREST IN A TINY CEMETERY by
"An acre or so of history left undisturbed since the 1950's is about to
get a facelift.
Nestled deep in the heart of several acres of timber , the tiny Urmy
Cemetery has been sit-
ting for 135 years or so, it's fences and gates like the arms of a
mother surrounding her
brood, keeping the graves and sleeping remains of pioneer folks safe
from intruders. Since the last burial in the late '50's, there have
been a few family members making a rare visit to an ancestor's grave
there, but otherwise the graves have been left to a few curious deer
who have jumped the fence to nibble on green shoots or ripening wild
raspberries. Through the years the quiet little cemetery has been
serenaded by the sounds of birds living in the timber, the squeak of an
old windmills in the neighboring field and the soft wind blowing through
the brush and trees.
Despite the lack of care, the cemetery still has an air of quiet peace
and order. It is found four miles east of Dysart in Monroe Township's
Yankee Grove, a familiar spot to the local old-timers. It is in the
center of land owned by the Underwood family, surrounded by
woods on one side complete with a picturesque pond, and farmland on the
Dysart's Ken Paulsen, caretaker at the Dysart Cemetery and other
cemeteries he's chosen to take under his wing, discovered the cemetery
and his interest was immediately piqued.
He says his concern must come naturally from his long years as a history
teacher and he's
made several visits out there, even doing a small amount of cleaning up.
Interest and concern has recently sprouted from other corners as well.
Alberta M. Reifen-
stahl of Vinton, who has a family interest in the cemetery on her
husband's side, has helped to organize a committee of 22 members who met
earlier this month to discuss the care of the cemetery. Reifenstahl
says there had always been a general understanding that the cemetery was
a plot just for the Urmy family, but have found that it was also a
neighborhood cemetery and in fact holds the remains of members of a
church that stood at
one time about one mile east of the old cemetery. A farmer, J.A. Urmy,
who died more
than 100 years ago, initially set aside the area for the cemetery which
eventually welcomed many more names than Urmy.
Lack of financial support had thwarted efforts to organize a cemetery
committee until it was discovered that since it was not a private family
cemetery, it could be supported through tax dollars. Reifenstahl also
hopes that a trust can be established to support the
cemetery's upkeep and perhaps allow for expansion one day.
Nearly all of the committee members have an interest in the cemetery
because of family
members there, but some have a simple historical interest. The
membership is widespread
and is chaired by Reifenstahl. The secretary/treasurer is Bev
Underwood of Dysart and
Shirley Schlitter of Vinton is in charge of communication.
According to Paulsen, who has made several thorough inspections of the
must be well over 100 graves, marked and unmarked, judging by the
indentations in the
ground. The earliest readable date of death is 1854, but Paulsen
suspects there are earlier
death dates. There are just three fairly modern markers. Most are the
marker typical of the 1800's while many others are a simple rock with
the deceased initials
etched crudely into the stone. There are many Urmy markers, of course,
but other names
as well. Sadly, it seems that every other stone marks the grave of a
child who barely sur-
vived infancy, typical of those hard times.
Paulsen says the cemetery is overgrown in the summer with a riot of wild
raspberry bushes with their sharp thorns, corn lilies and brush, making
nearly impregnable fortresses
around the old graves. A work day has been scheduled for April 15 when
committee members will attempt to clear the growth left undisturbed for
40 years. Stones will be
righted and brush will be burned away in an attempt to restore order to
the final resting
place of some of the earliest settlers of Benton County.
Still, despite good intentions, walking through the rusty, leaning gate,
there is still a feeling of intrusion, as if those there will grudgingly
allow your presence just for a short
time. It is so quiet it seems as if they could speak, telling what life
was like in another time, telling the life of "Emily" who lived just 18
days or "Susannah," who died at 96 years, born even before the time of
our county's revolution. Perhaps they can be reassured that this 1980's
intrusion is one of peace and order."
There are three photos in the article, two of old stones with the
caption,"Two of the older
makers in the Urmy Cemetery show the ravages of time and the elements.
The marker in
the tope photo is for Susannah Urmy, who died in 1857 in the "96th year
of her age." The
marker in the bottom shows the short life of a little girl whose middle
name was Ann and was "Aged 1 y 3 d."
Under the other photo is captioned, "The relatively new marker for
Harvey Urmy who died in the 1950's contrasts sharply with the old
markers for graves of children who died in the mid 1800's and with the
decaying remains of old farm machinery. Much of the cemetery is
overgrown with brush, corn, lilies and wild raspberries."
Whew, I wish I had a scanner! I thought I remembered more names in the
article but there
are really few. Sounds as though there are potential contacts if one
wanted to pursue them. I thought it was a wonderful article and
intended to try to find the cemetery on a trip
home. Maybe next time.
Hope this is of some help to someone!
Janet Gahan Dragstrem
I am wondering if there are resources on the internet or someone on the list who does look-ups for deaths in Benton County.
I am trying to nail down a date for someone who died supposedly in 1885 in Benton County. I have more information than that though.
Seeking info on Laheu/Leheu family of Benton circa 1870-1910( and ,
perhaps, much later ).One or two brothers, James, I believe, is listed as a
Civil War Veteran and long-lived member of a society of civil war veterans in
Benton. Believe Laheu/Leheu to be variant of LEAHY/LAHEY, and think these
Leheu may be related to LEAHY family that was in Jackson Co 1856-1880 or so.
All members of that family worked way west to IA building the railroads.
Associated family names :
MORIARTY/JESS/CORRIGAN/DILLON/LLOYD/REILLY/MCCARTHY/SULLIVAN. The Jackson Co.
LEAHYs at one time spelled their name LEHEU, and are thought to have
emigrated from Co.Kerry sometime between 1834-1841, via Cumberland MD and
Pittsburgh PA; point of entry unknown, but likely Canada. Kerry townland may
have been Killarney or Vicarstown ( Dunquin parish, Dingle). Any information
or suggestions would be much appreciated, since Jackson Co, LEAHY line
disappeared from Jackson Co after about 1880, and no subsequent locations are
known. Regards, Karen
postscript: I rechecked the Cecil entry. It definitely says child was a
male so would not be Cecile. Always chance of errors.
> From: R. Sheldon <rpshel(a)frontiernet.net>
> To: IABENTON-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: Re: [IABENTON-L] Urmy Cemetery in Yankee Grove
> Date: Monday, May 29, 2000 9:41 PM
> 1900 census Note: some bad handwriting on this
> name, date of birth, age, birthplace, fathers birthplace, mothers
> Cedar twp.
> Frank Schlarbaum May 1860 40 IN GER CAN
> Nettie Nov 1871 28 (married 16y mother of 6ch/6living ) IA IN IN
> Mabel Apr 1885 16 IN
> Arthur Jan 1887 13 IA
> Mira Oct 1888 11 IA
> Fay (female) Oct 1892 7 IA
> Harley Oct? 1895 4 IA
> Cecil Jan 1898 2 IA
> Monroe Twp.
> Jonathan Urmy Nov 1839 60 farmer IN VA KY married 39 y
> Harriet J. Mar 1838 62 IL CT CT m. 39y mother of 12/7 living
> Harvey Feb 1873 27 IA
> Agnes Jan 1886?? ae 24 or 26 IA
> Fred Nov 1877 22
> Belle Oct 1879 20
> 104/104 Willie A. Urmy June 1867 33 m. 20 yrs IA
> Emma Sep1871 28 mother of 4/3 lving Ia
> Bertha May 1892 8
> Merl (dau) Sep 1894 5
> Hazel Apr 1898 2
> Charles Urmy May 1863 37 IA IN IL
> Sarah S. Jul 1867 32 m. 14y mother of 5/5lving IA OH WI
> Lucy A. Oct 1888 IA
> Molle B. Sep 1890 IA
> Ehtel A. Aug 1892 IA
> Jonathan J. Oct 1896 3 IA
> Charles Aug 1868 10/12 IA
> Hope this helps.
> Pat Sheldon
> > From: Walter Gaddis <wgaddis(a)mediaone.net>
> > To: IABENTON-L(a)rootsweb.com
> > Subject: Re: [IABENTON-L] Urmy Cemetery in Yankee Grove
> > Date: Monday, May 29, 2000 11:19 AM
> > Hi Dan,
> > Thank you for getting in touch with me. This might be a descendant of
> > of the family. The spelling is close enough to possibly be.
> > At <http://www.rootsweb.com/~iabenton/maps/monroe.htm> is a map of
> > Township stating in "Section 15: Urmy Cemetery (in Yankee Grove)"
> > That is the Yankee Grove I think the family may be from. I have only
> > told that this Nattie URMY was born in Yankee Grove, George County, IA
> > 1865. There is no such place as George County as I found out. When I
> > a search of Urmy from the GenWeb page I came across the above cemetery
> > Yankee Grove and am assuming that is where she is from. But, I cannot
> > anything on Yankee Grove to tell what it was. The map seems to show a
> > stand of trees in section 15/22.
> > The only other family names I have are SCHLARBAUM and ERLINGER. Nattie
> > married Frank SCHLARBAUM 6 Feb 1884 in Vinton, IA. He was born 4 May
> > in Williamsburg, IA. They are both buried in Mt Auburn, IA from what I
> > told. She died 18 Jul 1947 and he 23 Nov 1937.
> > Frank and Nettie had at least one child that I wrote down - Cecile Urmy
> > SCHLARBAUM. In trying to decipher my notes from a phone conversation
> > my cousin, I think she married an ERLINGER. There have to be other
> > children, because I know my cousin is descended from a SCHLARBAUM/LOFY
> > marriage and there's another generation in between here.
> > Since she died fairly recently maybe I can find an obituary on her
> > somewhere.
> > Patty
> > wgaddis(a)mediaone.net
A few years ago, I picked up from Benton County a map and listing of all the
cemeteries in Benton County. They Urmy Cemetery is located due east of the
City of Dysart (population 1200, not much of a city). The distance is about 4
miles and it is on 59th Street. There is a notation on the Cemetery list that
a Forrest Burkey is somehow responsible for this cemetery. I will be
interested to see if the article which was in the Dysart Paper is about this
cemetery, I thought that cemetery was north of Dysart and was a project which
Mr. Ken Paulsen and his family took on.
I found that cemetery records in this county are hard to find at times. It
was suggested to me that the township clerk may have this information. You
could contact the county courthouse and find out who the current clerk is. It
was Howard Pippert who has a Dysart phone number at the time I got this list
but as I say this was a few years ago.
The list I have for county cemeteries does denote this as an unkempt
Iowa is full of these little areas which have a name but now no longer exist.
At times they shared their name with the one room school or a church which is
now long gone. Perhaps that is what happened here.
One additional note, I just wanted to remind folks that personal phone
numbers are not supposed to be submitted to the Rootsweb lists. You may share
this information with another in a personal post but not post to the list.
This protects everyone's privacy.
Carrie Schutt Koster
1900 census Note: some bad handwriting on this
name, date of birth, age, birthplace, fathers birthplace, mothers
Frank Schlarbaum May 1860 40 IN GER CAN
Nettie Nov 1871 28 (married 16y mother of 6ch/6living ) IA IN IN
Mabel Apr 1885 16 IN
Arthur Jan 1887 13 IA
Mira Oct 1888 11 IA
Fay (female) Oct 1892 7 IA
Harley Oct? 1895 4 IA
Cecil Jan 1898 2 IA
Jonathan Urmy Nov 1839 60 farmer IN VA KY married 39 y
Harriet J. Mar 1838 62 IL CT CT m. 39y mother of 12/7 living
Harvey Feb 1873 27 IA
Agnes Jan 1886?? ae 24 or 26 IA
Fred Nov 1877 22
Belle Oct 1879 20
104/104 Willie A. Urmy June 1867 33 m. 20 yrs IA
Emma Sep1871 28 mother of 4/3 lving Ia
Bertha May 1892 8
Merl (dau) Sep 1894 5
Hazel Apr 1898 2
Charles Urmy May 1863 37 IA IN IL
Sarah S. Jul 1867 32 m. 14y mother of 5/5lving IA OH WI
Lucy A. Oct 1888 IA
Molle B. Sep 1890 IA
Ehtel A. Aug 1892 IA
Jonathan J. Oct 1896 3 IA
Charles Aug 1868 10/12 IA
Hope this helps.
> From: Walter Gaddis <wgaddis(a)mediaone.net>
> To: IABENTON-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: Re: [IABENTON-L] Urmy Cemetery in Yankee Grove
> Date: Monday, May 29, 2000 11:19 AM
> Hi Dan,
> Thank you for getting in touch with me. This might be a descendant of
> of the family. The spelling is close enough to possibly be.
> At <http://www.rootsweb.com/~iabenton/maps/monroe.htm> is a map of Monroe
> Township stating in "Section 15: Urmy Cemetery (in Yankee Grove)"
> That is the Yankee Grove I think the family may be from. I have only
> told that this Nattie URMY was born in Yankee Grove, George County, IA in
> 1865. There is no such place as George County as I found out. When I
> a search of Urmy from the GenWeb page I came across the above cemetery in
> Yankee Grove and am assuming that is where she is from. But, I cannot
> anything on Yankee Grove to tell what it was. The map seems to show a
> stand of trees in section 15/22.
> The only other family names I have are SCHLARBAUM and ERLINGER. Nattie
> married Frank SCHLARBAUM 6 Feb 1884 in Vinton, IA. He was born 4 May
> in Williamsburg, IA. They are both buried in Mt Auburn, IA from what I
> told. She died 18 Jul 1947 and he 23 Nov 1937.
> Frank and Nettie had at least one child that I wrote down - Cecile Urmy
> SCHLARBAUM. In trying to decipher my notes from a phone conversation
> my cousin, I think she married an ERLINGER. There have to be other
> children, because I know my cousin is descended from a SCHLARBAUM/LOFY
> marriage and there's another generation in between here.
> Since she died fairly recently maybe I can find an obituary on her
Thank you for the phone number for Roger Schlarbaum. I'll try to get in
touch with him. As I told Janet, this family is my cousin's mom's family.
I only know his mom, a Schlarbaum, and her parents and siblings. I can't
remember who all her brothers were. I know there was a John, but I think
he lives in California where his sister lives.
Now that I think of it, his grandmother is the Erlinger who married the
Schlarbaum. It is very possible that the grandparents met and married in
Iowa and then moved to California. I'll have to get more details from my
cousin. We live on opposites sides of the U.S. now and don't have as much
contact as when we were kids.
I do appreciate all the help from all on this list.
The article sounds very interesting. I look forward to seeing it. If it
has names from stones it's bound to have my cousin's family in it. If I
could get a copy of it that would be fantastic and I could share it with my
cousin who is not online. He is my first cousin on my dad's side. The
Urmy family is from his mom's side.
So, Yankee Grove is a wooded area. She must have been born at home to have
that as her birthplace. But then, back then I guess everyone was born at
Thank you so much. This is turning out to be a great list!
I just tried to phone Roger Schlarbaum in Vinton but got no answer. He is a
Vinton Realtor and may have some knowledge on your family history. his phone
#'s are 319-472-4386 & bus. 319-472-2301.
Erlinger sounds familiar but I could not find one listed.Lofy, not listed & I
have never heard the name. Mt. Auburn ( no Mt. anyplace near by ) is about
six miles north of Vinton.
I hope I have been of some help as I have been helped by so many others.
Thank you for getting in touch with me. This might be a descendant of some
of the family. The spelling is close enough to possibly be.
At <http://www.rootsweb.com/~iabenton/maps/monroe.htm> is a map of Monroe
Township stating in "Section 15: Urmy Cemetery (in Yankee Grove)"
That is the Yankee Grove I think the family may be from. I have only been
told that this Nattie URMY was born in Yankee Grove, George County, IA in
1865. There is no such place as George County as I found out. When I did
a search of Urmy from the GenWeb page I came across the above cemetery in
Yankee Grove and am assuming that is where she is from. But, I cannot find
anything on Yankee Grove to tell what it was. The map seems to show a
stand of trees in section 15/22.
The only other family names I have are SCHLARBAUM and ERLINGER. Nattie
married Frank SCHLARBAUM 6 Feb 1884 in Vinton, IA. He was born 4 May 1860
in Williamsburg, IA. They are both buried in Mt Auburn, IA from what I am
told. She died 18 Jul 1947 and he 23 Nov 1937.
Frank and Nettie had at least one child that I wrote down - Cecile Urmy
SCHLARBAUM. In trying to decipher my notes from a phone conversation with
my cousin, I think she married an ERLINGER. There have to be other
children, because I know my cousin is descended from a SCHLARBAUM/LOFY
marriage and there's another generation in between here.
Since she died fairly recently maybe I can find an obituary on her
The only name that comes even close is URMIE, J. 3416 Terrace Hill Dr. N.E.
North Liberty, Iowa 52317 ph. 319 626 2893. I think they are in Johnson Co.
( Iowa city area)
There are no Urmy/ Urmie families in Benton Co. There are no towns in Monroe
Twp. the closest town being Garrison in Jackson Twp. and only 92 homesteads
are shown in the whole Twp. I do not see a Yankee Grove on the Twp. plat
sheet or directory.
The only large Indian settlement in the area is in Tama and they are
Meskwaki. Do you have any other family names that may still be in the area?
Benton Twp., Benton Co.,
I am wondering if anyone might know anything about the Urmy Cemetery in
Yankee Grove, Monroe Twp that is listed on the USGenWeb page. Or, anything
about Yankee Grove. Was it a small community? My cousin's great
grandmother (Nattie/Annette Marie URMY) was supposedly born there in 1865.
We are trying to prove/disprove a family story that she was Sioux Indian.
I will be checking the actual census records Wednesday at NARA, but see
from the indexes online that the family may have come from VA or IN.
For right now I am grasping at straws for any information I can find on
Yankee Grove, the URMY families of IA, how to search for Sioux Indian
heritage, etc. I see that there are numerous Indian mail lists on
RootsWeb, but nothing for Sioux (Dakota).
I would be most appreciative of anyone who can point me in the right
direction. I have already asked for a lookup on the URMY names in the
biographical indexes and they are on the way.
Thank you in advance.
Can anyone help me locate homestead where George Snyder or George Kellogg
lived in Eldorado Twp. 1870 census. Address on census says Blairstown.
Neighbors were John Happs, Enos Young, M. Shoemaker, Conrad Kerkman. Thank
you in advance for any help.