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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Lavinna BARTLE GROUT which was taken at
the Cassinger Bros. Studio in Independence, Iowa. The photograph was
probably taken in the 1880's with Lavinna appearing to be in her 50's at the
time it was taken. In addition to her name someone has also noted that she
was the Mother of:
1. Lavinia "Lina" GROUT RICE
2. Laura GROUT KINGSBURY
3. Louis Edwin GROUT
4. Minnie GROUT NEELEY
5. Ransom Albert GROUT
Based on limited research I was able to find Lavina GROUT and three of her
children in the 1880 census of Independence, IA. Lavina GROUT is listed as
age 51, a widow, born in OH to parents both born in NY. Three children
living with her at the time are Edward age 21, Minnie age 19, and Bertie
(male) age 14. Both Edward and Minnie are born in MN and Bertie in IA. All
three children note that their father was born in Canada.
Her oldest daughter, Lavinia GROUT married Henry P. RICE on 3 Jan 1872 in
Buchanan County, IA. Second daughter Laura A. GROUT married Edwin J.
KINGSBURY on the 30th of Nov 1878 also in Buchanan Co., IA. Son Louis Edwin
GROUT b. 28 April 1857 in Chatfield, Minnesota married Anna FOSTER in June
1883 in Winthrop, IA, Louis died 18 Jun 1920. Minnie GROUT married Lester
L. NEELEY on 2 Oct 1882 in Buchanan Co., IA. Son Ransom A. GROUT b. 7 Jun
1866 died in San Mateo Co. CA on the 10th of Feb 1946.
Lavinna or Lavina BARTLE was married to Louis Powell GROUT who was the
father of all five children listed on the back of the photograph. Her last
name also appears as BARTELL in some records. I'm hoping to locate someone
from this family so that this wonderful old treasure can be returned to the
care of family. If you are a member of this family, or know someone who
might be, please contact me.
Clemency Noyes married Charles Smith and moved to
Madison, Buchanan County, Iowa. I found them on the 1860 federal census,
living in Madison, Buchanan County, Iowa. But I can't find any town named Madison,
it says Post office Buffalo Grove and Erie. They were also on the 1870
federal census, still in Madison, Buchanan Co., Iowa. I can't find them anywhere
after that, is there a death index for Buchanan County for1870 through 1880. Also
where is the town of Madison, did they rename it? Where did it use to be? I
would appreciate any help I could get.