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I have a small medalion or watch fob etc. with the name of my gggrandfather W. M. Dennis
and Masoncity Iowa on it. It has an eagle with arrows in one talon and I believe wheat in
the other. A 'ribbon' wraps around the eagle three times and on it are the words
mentioned above with W. M. Dennis on the first wrap, Masoncity ( probably is Mason City,
but no room for a space)on the second and Iowa on the third wrap. On the back are the
letters A T or at least that is what it looks like,and the date December 29, 1868. The
letters are worn from either wearing it on a watch fob or fingering it.
William M. Dennis was born in Union County PA in 1832 and was in Green County WI from the
early to mid 1840's to abt. 1859. He was in Maryville, Nodaway County MO in 1860. He
is next found in Mason City IA by way of this keepsake. In 1866 or 67 his wife
Meriba/Merilla Wickersham remarried. I have no idea what happened to the marriage or where
he was from 1860 to 1868. I'm hoping that by indentifying this keepsake I can at
least get a jump start on finding more information.