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I am a new member of the Buchanan Co. mailing list. Presently I am looking
for information regarding the Fred and Nancy THOMPSON family. They appeared
in the 1930 Census in Buchanan Co., probably Lamont, with son Lloyd and
daughter Rita (?). Fred and Nancy were 45 years old both born in Iowa. We
believe the Fred and possibly Lloyd worked in an auto garage in Lamont.
Also, this family was probably on relief during the depression. Does anyone
know whether relief rolls for that period are available in Independence?
Lloyd may have joined the Army there and we are also wondering whether
enlistment rolls might be available.
Thanks. Hope to visit again this summer.
Nancy in Michigan
The best thing to do is contact whoever printed the material or the author
to ask written permission to put it online. Another thing, be sure to check
that the information in the book is correct. I know of one case where a
woman wrote a book about people in the area. It was set up with short
articles about each family. I have no idea where she got the information
about my great uncle, but it was mostly wrong. For instance, his name was
Willis; she had him listed at William. She said he was widowed at a young
age, but his first wife actually left him and took their two daughters to
live with her parents in a nearby county. Then it said that his last wife
was alive and well in California. No again, she had died at least 10 years
before the book was printed in the nursing home about 25 miles from where
they had lived. This was in the same county as the author lived! The last
wife had never lived in California. One son was in Oklahoma and the other
lived in Texas. No grandchildren lived in California either. The daughters
from his first marriage were both deceased. I have no idea where she got
permission to put those falsehoods into print. If she had gone to the local
courthouses, she could have found the facts. All events, except his
birthplace could have been found in the local county or two adjacent
counties (two states). She could have also checked obituaries in any of the
She did have his birth state and his occupation correct. If this had
been my father or grandfather, I would have sued her on behalf of the
family. Because of this incident, I do not believe anything that she
printed in any of the books she had published! It is too bad that these
falsehoods are in print to be referenced as fact by some unsuspecting
researcher in the future. Yes, I have bought more of her books, but before
I take anything in them as facts, I check with a close family member and/or
a legal source.
Lorraine Leslie Besmer
Researching Leslie, Pearsall, Cornell, Ives and Baker in Iowa
I am searching for information on Fred and Nancy Thompson, son Lloyd and
daughter Rita? who lived in Madison Twp. (probably Lamont) in 1930. Later
they were on the relief rolls. Does anyone know whether data from the
Emergency Relief Department might might be available in Independence?
Nancy in Michigan
Suggest that you contact the Franklin County GS or the Hampton Public
Library, Hampton, IA . They have a large collection of obits dating 'way
back. I will be making a trip to Hampton sometime in the next week or two,
and could do the lookups then , if you want.
RAOGK for Bremer, Butler, Floyd & Franklin Counties in Iowa
Researching Woodley, Butler, Ayers,
Trindle, Cornford, Relf & Lingenfelter & others as time permits.
Looking for any information on Peter Williams. He was found in 1870 Census
in Buchanan County. Don't know where he was before that. Census lists him as
being born in New York in May 1833. I don't know parents or any siblings.
He married Matilda Ellen Ironside October 18, 1871 and lived around Troy
1. Joseph Charles Williams Born: July 27, 1872 Buchanan County, Iowa Died:
July 30, 1892 in Dows, Iowa Wife: Annie Fenninger
2. Arthur James Williams Born: Nov. 2, 1873 Troy Mills, Linn, Iowa Died: May
13, 1933 Dows, Iowa Wife: Rose Louise Peterson
3. John H. Williams Born: March 1875 Troy Mills, Linn, Iowa Died: Between
1948 -1952 He lived in Drexel, Missouri in May 1933 and Archer, Mississippi in
April 1948 His wife was Nola (Magnolia?) Irene Peyton
4. William J. Williams Born: Oct. 1876 Iowa Died: Between 1937 - 1948 His
wife name may have been Luvenus ? Worked for the Railroad.
By 1882 they are in Wright County, Iowa where more children were born:
5. Frances Janette Williams Born: Aug. 14, 1882 Rowan, Wright, Iowa Died:
April 8, 1948 Galt, Wright, Iowa Husband was James Robert Patterson
6. Ida J. Williams Born: Jan. 28, 1887 Cornelia, Iowa Died: April 25, 1946
Dows, Wright,Iowa Husband 1: Iver Enger Husband 2: Henry Berghefer
7. Jesse H. Williams Born: Nov. 21, 1888 Cornelia, Iowa Died: Between 1948 -
1952 Wife: Mary Ellen Whitten
8. Burr Wilkins Williams Born: Feb. 28, 1892 Clarion, Wright, Iowa Died:
June 5, 1928 Garrison, Benton, Iowa Wife: Minnie Elnora Harwood
Matilda died Jan. 1, 1908 in Wright County, Iowa and Peter died June 12,
1912 in Dows, Wright, Iowa So far I have not found an obituary for either of
Peter has been a huge brickwall for me. Any help would be greatly
I belive the Newcomb family immigrated to the fair parts of Brandon, Buchanan, Iowa from Chautauqua, New York, about 1865. They resided, farmed, and raised their family for a couple of generations or more. I am trying to gather information on this family during their time in Iowa. George Thomas Newcomb b. 1830, NY d. 8 apr. 1873, Brandon, Iowa. One of his sons is Henry Newcomb b. 1858, NY d. 1938?? where?? Henry had 14 children with 2 wives. I am trying to gather this family together. Thank you Paula Newcomb