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Good Evening Lister's,
I am seeking information on Charity Hardesty both ancestor's and descendants
. She married John W. Townsend 13 October 1864 in Davis County, IA. They
had the following children per the "HISTORY OF DAVIS COUNTY, IOWA 1882.
Lwwis L., Willis S. Caleb R., Ore and Eva.
Would appreciate any information and may email me direct.
Thanks and have a good evening,
My gg-grandparents, Ephraim and Margaret Barker, with four of their
children, Arah, William, Malissa and Elizabeth are listed on the 1850
census in Ritchie County, Virginia.
The County Census for Davis Co. in 1856 does not list Ephraim, the father,
but Margaret and the four children are listed, along with Sarah, born about
1852. Malissa, the middle child, is located on the 1860 census in
Cainsville, Harrison Co., Missouri, but the rest of the family seem to have
I have pursued every lead I can imagine, with no luck. There are three
possibilities. One is that Ephraim died and Margaret remarried, thus with
a different surname. The hole in that theory is that I haven't been able
to locate any of the other children on any census.
Another theory is that Ephraim left the family in Iowa and went westward,
and after 1856, they followed. The hole there is the same as above; no
one is located on any census.
The last theory is that they all died between 1856 and 1860, perhaps of an
epidemic. I can understand that there might be no record of deaths in that
circumstance, but it would help to know if such sort of illness was rampant
during that time.
Malissa married in Cainsville and became my g-grandmother.
If you have any ideas where I might find additional information, I'd be
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