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Did you just use the Smith Family as a example or are you researching the
Smith Family? The reason I ask is My Grandfather John Nicholas Smith
Married Mabel E. Bordwell in Vinton early in the 20th century.
I hope I don't regret this.
I'm going to Benton County for family matters and research May 18th-26th
2002 and I will be visting the Vinton Public Library and the courthouse. I
might stop by RAILS (http://www.rootsweb.com/~iabenton/rails/), but I'm not
sure, and I may or may not start a transcript of the Parker's Grove
If anyone wants me to look-up information in either of those two places
(Library/courthouse), please send me as much info as you have on the
individual. I do accept multiple requests, and even "anything you can find
on the Smith family", though the more specific you are, the more likely I'll
find and note useful information for you (i.e. "anything on the Smith
family" might just get you a list of what's in the indexes).
1) I'm not promising hard-copies; I'm on a budget. Copies from the library
are only $.25, so if I run across an article in the paper, particularly if
it's interesting, I =might= go ahead and get a copy that you can pay me for
later. (Even if you don't pay me, it'll probably end up on the Benton county
2) I'm not accepting money in advance for hardcopies; I don't want that
responsibility. I'll tell you what I found, where I found it, and how you
can request a copy.
At the courthouse: The birth, death, and probate records after July 1, 1880
are indexed very well, so I might be able to work with just a name --
probate records are on microfilm, so I can tell you if one exists for an
individual, but I'm not going to go through searching for
beneficiaries/executors. For marriages and land-records post-1850, I need a
name(s) and approximate date. I don't know about divorce-records; I've never
looked for those.
At the library: An individual indexed by name some of the birth,
death/probate, marriage, and divorce notices in the Vinton Eagle
1850ish-1880. If you have a date, I might be able to find the individual
even if it's not in the index -- I don't mind looking through the newspaper
microfilms because I'm always surprised by what I find. For other specific
major-events such as fires, accidents, etc, I need who, what, and where --
the Vinton Eagle/Cedar Valley Times archive is pretty complete from the
1850s to current.
Being in the county-seat, the Eagle tried to be the county paper. It relied
on correspondents from the various towns and townships, and it didn't always
have them -- I know Cedar township/Mount Auburn, for example, went through
some long periods without a correspondent and thus nothing short of major
events made it into the paper during those times.
I've never been to RAILS before, so I don't know how it works -- e-mail
questions seem to vanish into thin air, so a personal visit is pretty
Let me know.
Benton County has had one or more newspapers since the 1850s.
The Vinton Public Library has a complete archive of the main one -- the Vinton Eagle/Cedar Valley Times. Some of the death and marriage notices pre-1880 are even indexed; contact the Vinton Public Library.
----- Original Message -----
From: Pamela Booth <p.j.booth(a)worldnet.att.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 15:06:04 -0700
Subject: Re: [IABENTON-L] When did they start recording births & deaths in Benton Cty.
> Thankyou. I knew that Clinton Cty was recording theirs well before that
> so I was hoping. Maybe I somehow misunderstood the records I got from
> Clinton Cty. I'll have to check again. From what I can tell Benton Cty
> did not have a newspaper until the 1880's. I checked the cemetery
> listings that are on rootsweb, but couldn't find Nellie in any of those.
> Thanks, Pamela
> Jojosebern(a)aol.com wrote:
> > My "Handy Book for Genealogists" says that Benton County has death records
> > beginning in 1880. Probably the death record you are seeking was not
> > recorded but there might be cemetery records or tombstone inscriptions that
> > would provide your answer. Not an easy task, for sure. I have the same
> > problem. Perhaps there are obits that early -- My great-great-grandmother,
> > Nancy (Magoogin) Fletcher died c. 1865 and is buried near Belle Plaine,
> > although I have no record --thought to be Wright Cemetery. GOOD LUCK
> > Joanne Sebern/Oregon
My "Handy Book for Genealogists" says that Benton County has death records
beginning in 1880. Probably the death record you are seeking was not
recorded but there might be cemetery records or tombstone inscriptions that
would provide your answer. Not an easy task, for sure. I have the same
problem. Perhaps there are obits that early -- My great-great-grandmother,
Nancy (Magoogin) Fletcher died c. 1865 and is buried near Belle Plaine,
although I have no record --thought to be Wright Cemetery. GOOD LUCK
Iowa required birth-records as of 1 July 1880, but didn't require
death-records until 1920. However, Benton County has records for both going
back to 1880.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pamela Booth" <p.j.booth(a)worldnet.att.net>
Sent: Friday, April 12, 2002 12:59 AM
Subject: [IABENTON-L] When did they start recording births & deaths in
> I am looking for a birth record for Frances Evelyn Shadduck b. on 24 Sep
> 1868. On the 1870 census Her father 'Mark' Marcus M. SHADDUCK and her
> brothers were living with Barney and Mary WHEELER and Martha COOK in a
> rented house. Her mother 'Nellie' Ellen LONG SHADDUCK was already dead,
> so I am also looking for Ellen's or Nellie's death cert. Thankyou for
> your help.
I am looking for a birth record for Frances Evelyn Shadduck b. on 24 Sep
1868. On the 1870 census Her father 'Mark' Marcus M. SHADDUCK and her
brothers were living with Barney and Mary WHEELER and Martha COOK in a
rented house. Her mother 'Nellie' Ellen LONG SHADDUCK was already dead,
so I am also looking for Ellen's or Nellie's death cert. Thankyou for
A few months ago, I posted a query about a Ruth Ann Bisbee
family that I had found in the 1880 Jackson Twp, Benton Co
census.. Ruth Ann MArr married Ebenezer Bisbee in 1853 in
McGillvray Twp Middlesex Co Ont Canada and they had 2
children there - Lawson and Mary E. In 1860 she is in
Branch co, MI with her parents David and Mandy Marr. No
husband is present. And in 1880 she was in Jackson Twp IA
with more children.
Since then I have been searching through Benton co marriage
records, death records and cemtery index cards(Garrison
,Carlisle & Evergreen) for this family on microfilm from the
LDS family history centre. I found marriages for 2 of the
older children but nothing else. Since then, I have found
from an IGI record that Ruth ann married a second time to a
William Teachout who died in Benton Co. I thought this would
be after 1880.
I have finally found the family in the 1870 census in Monroe
Twp. Much to my surpise, the entire family is listed under
the name Teachout when in 1880 the entire family was listed
under the name Bisbee. In 1870 census, the family was
Teachout, William age 37, wife Ann age 39, Lawson age 16,
Mary age 14, Amanda age 6, Frank age 4, Nellie age2. Even
though the Bisbee children are under the name Teachout,
this must be the right family since Ruth's brothers are in
the same area.
In 1880, the same family with Ruth Ann widowed is still in
Benton Co, and another child Ira b1870 is present. However
in this census the entire family uses the surname BISBEE. No
wonder I was having problems ! I can find no trace of the
younger 4 children in the 1900 census using either surname
although I have found Lawson in Big Grove Twp with wife
Emeline Wilford and Mary with husband Joseph Harwood in
Jewell Co, Kansas.
With this new information, has anyone come across any data
on this family?
Many thanks to Steve Meyer of Blairstown for the information on my cousin, Edward Robyn, buried in the International Cemetery near Luzerne. Also, thanks to Virginia Holsten of the Vinton Public Library for connecting me with Steve.
Does anyone have a history of the International Cemetery? How did it get its name? Who maintains the cemetery now? (The town? An association?) Can one access the actual records of the cemetery?
Edward J. Wurtz
4145 Agate Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
My home page: http://www.geocities.com/antarcticus/
Researching the following surnames: WURTZ, MANAHAN, EMPFIELD, WESHINSKEY, HARTMANN, DUVALL, BASTON, HEAVER, WACK, MAYBAUM, SUGG, VESSELS, ALLEN, ROBB, BOWEN, ROBYN, SHUBERT, WARNER, NEWTON, FRITZ, JANSSEN, SOBLET, HART, SIMEON, WINTER.
My great grandmother was Emma Lapham b. 12 Jan 1851 in Aurora, ILL; d. 5
Jun 1934, in Vinton, Iowa. She was married to Charles Emory Worthen.
Emma's father was Stephen Lapham. I don't know anything else about her
parents. Charles and Emma had many children in Vinton and still have
descendants living there.
I have lots of info on the Worthen ancestors, but the Lapham's are a
mystery. Does anyone else in Vinton know of the Lapham line?
I wish I could come to Benton County but now it doesn't look like it
will happen this year either. It would be very helpful and appreciated
if you have access to some info about the birth of Frances Evelyn
Shadduck. Her death cert. says she was born 24 Sep 1873 in 'Venton'. I
suspect that translates into 24 Sep 1868 in VINTON, BENTON Cty, because
she was listed in the 1870 census Taylor Twp as 2 yrs. Her mother was
already dead. I do not know when her mother died or why, I just know it
was while 'Fany'
was a baby and she was not on that census so I am presuming that it was
between 1868 and 1870. Are there available birth records from 1868 and
death records in BENTON County? Her mother's maiden name from her
marriage record in CLINTON Cty was Ellen Long. Her name on her
daughter's death Cert. was 'Nellie' Long. Her husband was Marcus 'Mark'
M. Shadduck/Shaddock. He was with his children living in the household
of Barney Wheeling/Mary ? in Taylor Twp, BENTON Cty in 1870. Please
help. Is there a grave in BENTON County Ellen or Nellie Shadduck? This
is one of my brickwalls.
Her mother's parents are another. Ellen's daughter's death cert says
'Nellie' was born in Erie Cty, Pa. That's where Mark was born. Also,
one of the records I do have says she was born in Iowa.
Thankyou in advance,
Benton County Historical Society wrote:
> Glad to have helped.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: G. Swoik <gds(a)Springnet1.com>
> To: <IABENTON-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 5:05 PM
> Subject: Re: [IABENTON-L] Benton Co Cemeteries
> > This is just terrific. Actually, these are some of the children of Thomas
> > A. Pavey that I've been hunting.
> > Thank you so very much for your time and trouble.
> > Gayle Swoik
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Benton County Historical Society" <bchs(a)www.mebbs.com>
> > To: <IABENTON-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 4:52 PM
> > Subject: Re: [IABENTON-L] Benton Co Cemeteries
> > > Here's what I have for Paveys. Sorry yours are not listed.
> > >
> > > Pavey Eli Martin 1854 - 1944 Garrison
> > > Pavey James C. 1889 - 1965 Garrison
> > > Pavey Lester 1854 - 1912 Garrison
> > > Pavey Mrs. Matilda 1838 - 1921 Garrison
> > > Pavey Velona P. 1862 - 1949 Garrison
> > >
> > > Ilene Noe' Kreider
> > > Reseach-BCHS
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: G. Swoik <gds(a)Springnet1.com>
> > > To: <IABENTON-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> > > Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 9:31 AM
> > > Subject: [IABENTON-L] Benton Co Cemeteries
> > >
> > >
> > > > Hi,
> > > >
> > > > Does anyone have access to a cemetery index for Benton Co? I'm trying
> > to
> > > > locate the family of Thomas A. Pavey, wife Sarah L. (Johnson) and
> > 12
> > > > children.
> > > >
> > > > The appeared to be residents of Benton Co in the 1860's and Thomas may
> > > have
> > > > died in Garrison during that time.
> > > >
> > > > Any help would be appreciated.
> > > >
> > > > Thank you,
> > > > G. Swoik
> > > > IL
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > >
I have finally found an aunt, Belle (Cron) Bacon (1862-) in Vinton in 1900
census, the wife of William F. Bacon (1867-)--both were born in Illinois.
Belle--really Mary Isabelle--grew up around Traer in Tama County and was
apparently married to a W.F.Thompson for a time. A child was born to that
marriage: Wilhemet Thompson b. June 1886. Belle was the only daughter of
James Cron and his wife Charlotte Amelia Heacock of Tama County. In 1908 she
and her husband were said to live in Cedar Rapids. Would very much like to
find descendants of this woman or ANY info. She represents a HUGE brick wall
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Does anyone have access to a cemetery index for Benton Co? I'm trying to
locate the family of Thomas A. Pavey, wife Sarah L. (Johnson) and their 12
The appeared to be residents of Benton Co in the 1860's and Thomas may have
died in Garrison during that time.
Any help would be appreciated.