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Has anyone had any success in looking up adoption records in Davis County, or even Scotland Co., MO? The adoption may have taken place between 1874 and 1880. The child, Clara Brown is listed on the 1880 Census in Scotland Co., MO, but is listed as born in IA. Thank you very much.
I'm so excited - just found a "new" resource!
The 1885 Iowa State census recorded the legal description of the residence of
everyone in Davis county (township, range, section) as well as age, place of
birth (by county if the person was born in Iowa), and whether parents were
native or foreign born. The index for some counties is available through the
ancestry.com paid census service, but Davis County is not yet on-line. I have a
copy of pages from the entire Lick Creek township, and would be happy to do
The 1895 Iowa State census did not record location description for the
residence, but did report religious belief and specifics of military service.
Summary index information (name, age, birth location only) for this is available
through the ancestry.com paid census service. I have copies of a few pages of
this census, and would be happy to do look ups from those pages.
The entire census for both years is available on microfilm through LDS or the
State Historical Society.
Thanks to everyone that replied to my question - I'm getting closer to
solving the mystery.
Someone suggested that this might be Carbon, but that appears to be a later
settlement right on the Davis/Wapello county line. The 1860 census for Soap
Creek, begins and ends with Harbor/Harbour post office, some with more clear
handwriting than others. Post office information wasn't recorded in 1850, and
Bloomfield was indicated as the PO for Soap Creek in 1870.
The 1882 History of Davis County indicates on page 599 that Joel and Jesse
Harbour were among the early settlers, and the first school-house built was the
Harbour school-house. The 1976 Davis County book says that this school was
about 1 1/4 mile northwest of what is now Belknap.
So - it appears that the Harbour family might have sponsored the post office
as well as the school, and that the PO for the entire township is Harbour
(near Belknap). Does this ring a bell with anyone?
In a book I have there is listed a Harper's Ferry, named for David Harper
in 1869, but it doesnt' say where it ws at. Probably not in Soap Creek, as
it was a important landing during pioneer days.
> In the 1860 census, my ggg grandfather is listed in Soap Creek Township,
> Harbor Post Office (I think that is what the census taker wrote). Any
> that was?
> Thanks, Nancy
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