To reply to Terri:
When I was growing up in Benton County, there was a farm close to ours
that was owned by a Shea family. The father's name was Billy Shea and
he died long before I was born. He had three children that I knew,
Mamie, Clifford, and another girl who moved to California. None of
these three had children and they are all dead now. References could
be found in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dysart, Iowa and I know
these Shea's are buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. The Shea
farm and ours was one mile east of Dysart. The county line between
Benton and Tama county is between the church and the cemetery which are
across the street from one another. Our address was Dysart which
is in Tama County but we lived in Benton County. The only other thing
I remember is that, perhaps, Billy Shea was married to a cousin of his.
I also know that he died during the 1918 flu epidemic.
I hope this is of some help.
Janet Gahan Dragstrem