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On another list I belong to we were discussing the problems of reading
documents & records we found for our ancestors. I thought I would share this
with the Harrison County list incase someone is struggling to translate a
record they have found.
Another topic to study when you are searching records is Old Handwriting.
The style of writing was different in our ancestor's time. They were taught
to write in a way that most of us never learned. The letter "s" was
sometimes written so that it looked like a letter "f." Double s was
sometimes written so that it looked like sf. Abbreviations were even
different. There are probably many books and webpages that explain old
handwriting but here is the URL for a webpage called "Decipering Old
Handwriting" that helped me understand what I was seeing in old records.
Another style of writing was the "Palmer" method, which my grandparents were
taught. They had beautiful handwriting but it is almost impossible to tell
which member of the family wrote what because their handwriting almost
I do have one thing in common with my ancestors. I tend to misspell words
the same way that they did so I can understand what they were writing. They
never heard of phonics but they spelled words just like they sounded to them!
Hope this is helpful to someone.
For those Lyman researchers...
Here's a bit of the 1891 History on Thomas A. E. Lyman
"Thomas A. E. Lyman, of the firm of Lyman & Smith, dealers in general
merchandise, doing business at Dunlap, will form the subject of this
notice. Mr. Lyman is a native of Cattaraugus County, N.Y., and was born
May 7, 1861. He is a son of Thomas Addis Emmett Lyman and Mary
(Patterson) Lyman. The father was a native of Connecticut and the mother
of New York, both of whom are now deceased. They had a family of seven,
two of whom are now living, our subject and Clarence, who is located in
Grand Island, Neb. When our subject was but nine years of age he
accompanied his mother and three brothers to Dunlap, since which time
his mother and two brothers have died. He was reared and educated from
his ninth year in Dunlap, and when thirteen years old commenced clerking
in a store, which he followed until he formed a partnership with S. T.
Smith in 1890."
"He was united in marriage October 20, 1886 to Miss Lucy Barber,
daughter of George and Ann Barber, who was born in Toronto, Canada, July
21, 1868. Mr. and Mrs. Lyman are the parents of two children -- Addis
Emmett and Clarice. Our subject and his wife are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church."
>From Dunlap Pioneers and Progress Centennial 1867-1967
Diodate Brockway Lyman was born in Manchester, CT in 1809. He was the
father of 4 boys and 1 girl. In 1868, Diodate B. moved to Dunlap,
where 2 of his sons had previously settled. C.M. Lyman the second son
was born in 1835 and was pastor of the Congregational Church in 1868.
Henry B. Lyman, the eldest child of a family of 5 of Henry B. Lyman,
was born May 9 1857. In 1880 he was married to Ella Vore, Daughter of
Ruben Vore. Four sons were born; Roy, Burton, Robert, and Pearl. Bert
spent his entire life around Dunlap and Roger also spend most his
years iu this area, with the exception of a few years spent in
Note: There are 25 Lyman's listed in the 1987 Edition of Pleasant
Hills Cemetery Records which is in Dunlap, Iowa.
Darleen Ritchey Berens
Could you see if there are any bio's of the William M. Roberts
or any other Roberts families in your book.
If Roberts bio's are included, could you tell me how I might obtain
copy. I will be happy to pay any costs incurred.
Thank you very much.
Ruth Roberts Coker
Hi; I am more than happy to help you. There are no pictures included
on the family so here is what is in the Dunlap Centennial Book 1967
William Martin Roberts was born in Vermont, married Maria Mack and
had 13 children, the youngest being Arthur S. born in 1844. Arthur's
first wife was Emma Bancroft, who died from childbirth. His second
wife was Margaret McIntosh, and they had five children: Lewis, who
married Pearl Allen, a Methodist minister's daughter, had 5 children;
Wilbur and Willis, twins, Willis married Vesta Pounds and had four
children; C.E. (Gene) Roberts, married Mathilda Lunau, had three
children (Frank, Art, Margaret), later married second wife, Elizabeth
Graves; Altha Roberts, married Dow Howorth who was a Dunlap
postmaster for 13 years, and had three children, Laurence, Margaret
Ruggless and Ren.
The boys ran the Roberts Dray for several yeas, Gene later became a
farmer; Willis, Dunlap's Street Commissioner and Wilbur, a butcher.
Another son of William Roberts was Benjamin Franklin (Frank) Roberts,
who married Ellen Rogers. Their daughter, Maria, known, locally as
Cousin Minnie, had been a teacher at Ames and Roberts hall on the
college campus is named for her. Benjamin lived where Henry, Paul,
and Elizabeth Schwab live now, and it was a site of a pretty spot
known as Roberts' Lake, which existed into the 20's.
I live in Huntington Beach, CA, but visit Dunlap at least if not
twice a year as my 91 yr old mom-in-law and other in-laws reside in
Dunlap. Mom only lives a few blocks from the library so I do spend
sometime there going through the old newspapers on film, The Dunlap
Reporter. I am a CA native, but did live in Dunlap from 1954-1961
and I am acquainted with many in and around Dunlap and do know of
some of the Roberts family descendants. If there is anything more I
can do for you regarding Dunlap research, let me know. By the way I
also own Dunlap Cemtery Records for Pleasant Hill Cemetery. It is not
real up to date as it was printed in 1987.
Sincerely, Darleen Ritchey Berens, Huntington Beach, CA
Hi List Members:
I am looking for information on Edward Silas Lyman, and his family. (he was
married to my great great Aunt). I am wondering if, there is a connection
between my Lymans' and someone elses.
MATILDA TEAL b. 23 Dec 1848 Geneava, Ontario, NY; d. 27 Jan 1937
Rosemead, L.A. Co., CA; married 8 Apr 1869 at Dunlap, IA, EDWARD
SILAS LYMAN; b. 8 Apr 1848 Dunlap, IA; d. 3 Jan 1893, Dunlap, IA;
Burial at Pleasnat View Cemetery
Children all born at Dunlap, IA:
EVERETT EARL b. 22 Mar 1870
HARRY S. b. 27 May 1871
FRANCIS ANDREW b. 19 Nov 1872
LEROY CHESTER b. 28 Oct 1874
HATTIE MAY b. 3 Apr 1877
HERBERT BOYD b. 27 Dec 1878
LULU MABEL b. 7 Jul 1880
ANNA EDITH b. 26 Apr 1884
LON EDWARD b. 7 May 1886
LOWELL L. b. 8 May 1888; d. 8 days old burial at Pleasant View
HENRY A. b. 7 May 1889; d. 1 Jan 1893, burial at Pleasant View
There are also two unmarked graves in their family plot.
The following history books were published for Harrison County
1868 History and Description of Harrison County
This booklet is still available for $3.00 from Harrison County
Genealogical Society (HCGS)
This booklet provides a very early history written to describe the
township as it was in the early settlement and provides some stories of the
early settlement as well.
1888 History of Harrison County
This book is available from Higginson Books.
It is not biographical but an extensive history of the early settlement
of the county.
1891 & 1915 Histories of Harrison County
These books have a large biographical section and history of the
county. They are available from Higginson Books.
Visit the Higginson Book web page at www.higginsonbooks.com
<A HREF="http://www.higginsonbooks.com/detoia.htm">Higginson Book Company -
Delaware to Iowa
1981 History of Harrison County
This book is mostly biographical and has some update county history as
well. The book is no longer available.
1990 History of Harrison County
This book is mostly biographical and has some updates to county history.
The book is still available from the Harrison County Historical Society,
RR3, Missouri Valley, IA 51555 for $55.
The members & friends of the Harrison County Genealogical Society have made
full indexes of these histories. The only history that has a full index in
the publication is the 1990 book. I offer free lookups for any of these
books and copies of pages of your families biographies can be obtained from
Harrison County Genealogical Society, 2810 190th Trail, Woodbine, IA 51579.
We charge 15 cents per copy.
President, Harrison County Genealogical Society
I have the following LYMAN connection:
Ann Elizabeth Mack (or McMullen)
b. Apr 12 1804 Hartford, CT
d. Nov 16, 1894 Dunlap, IA
m. Sep 9, 1826 Chester Lyman
b. Sep 9, 1809, Tolland, CT
d. Sep 29, 1874
Ann Mack is a sister to Maria Elizabeth Mack (or McMullen) who married
into my Roberts family in Dunlap. I will ask my cousin in Dunlap if she
knows of any Lymans that might still be living there. I'll be happy to
exchange info if you think it will help.
Ruth Roberts Coker
> I'm not sure How long he lived in Dunlap, or if he died there, my
> Grandfather Alvin was b. in Dunlap Mar 06 1881
> If anyone has information would appreciate hearing from you. And if any
> one needs info on the LYMAN ancestors, I do have a huge data base. That
> may give you clues where to look.
> This is the info I have:
> My ggrandfather was
> Franklin Pierce LYMAN
> b. Mar 20, 1850 Dunlap, IA
> d. Aug 16, 1888
> m. Jan 12 , 1877 Nancy Ella Cook in Dunlap, Ia
> Burton Goodwin LYMAN
> b. Mar 10 , 1879
> d. May 1946
> M. Margaret Rudd
> Alvin Elliot LYMAN, my grandfather
> b. Mar 6, 1881, Dunlap, IA
> m. Oct 22, 1902 Grace Ethel Raine in Denison, IA
> d. Mar 10, 1919, Superior, NE
> Lewis Livingston LYMAN
> b. Jan 18, 1883
> Raymond Morgan LYMAN
> b. Jan 27, 1884
> Floyd Adelbert Lyman
> b. Sept 13, 1886
> Chester Elmer LYMAN
> b. Nov 25, 1886
> d. Jul 16, 1951 in KS
> Ruth Coker wrote:
> > Bill,
> > Who was your great grandfather and how long did he live in Dunlap? My
> > father was from Dunlap and I still have many relatives there.
> > Ruth Roberts Coker
> > Arlington, TX
I'm not sure How long he lived in Dunlap, or if he died there, my
Grandfather Alvin was b. in Dunlap Mar 06 1881
If anyone has information would appreciate hearing from you. And if any
one needs info on the LYMAN ancestors, I do have a huge data base. That
may give you clues where to look.
This is the info I have:
My ggrandfather was
Franklin Pierce LYMAN
b. Mar 20, 1850 Dunlap, IA
d. Aug 16, 1888
m. Jan 12 , 1877 Nancy Ella Cook in Dunlap, Ia
Burton Goodwin LYMAN
b. Mar 10 , 1879
d. May 1946
M. Margaret Rudd
Alvin Elliot LYMAN, my grandfather
b. Mar 6, 1881, Dunlap, IA
m. Oct 22, 1902 Grace Ethel Raine in Denison, IA
d. Mar 10, 1919, Superior, NE
Lewis Livingston LYMAN
b. Jan 18, 1883
Raymond Morgan LYMAN
b. Jan 27, 1884
Floyd Adelbert Lyman
b. Sept 13, 1886
Chester Elmer LYMAN
b. Nov 25, 1886
d. Jul 16, 1951 in KS
Ruth Coker wrote:
> Who was your great grandfather and how long did he live in Dunlap? My
> father was from Dunlap and I still have many relatives there.
> Ruth Roberts Coker
> Arlington, TX
I am not a Lyman researcher but there is a H B LYMAN that is mentioned in the
Harrison County Township History. Dunlap, IA is in Harrison Township. It
states H B Lyman settled in Harrison County in 1857 on Section 2. He was a
member of a party from CT. Is H B Lyman related to your Franklin Pierce
Lyman? You can read the entry for H B Lyman at:
Harrison Township was organized in 1856 and the first to settle in Harrison
Township were James Welch, Henry Olmstead and Ethel P Brown in 1856. The
first child born in Harrison Township was Lula Way in 1856.
It appears Dunlap did not exist in 1850 when your ancestor was born.
This information was on the webpage as excerpts from the 1891 History of
Harrison County Iowa. Maybe someone who had the 1891 book can find more info
on this subject.
Who was your great grandfather and how long did he live in Dunlap? My
father was from Dunlap and I still have many relatives there.
Ruth Roberts Coker
> My great grandfather was b. Mar 20 1850 in Dunlap, IA. What I would
> like to know is when did IA start keeping records and if its possible to
> obtain a birth certificate for 1850, and where can I find one at the
> county level or state level.
> May the FORCE be with you, Bill
> North Pole, Alaska
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My great grandfather was b. Mar 20 1850 in Dunlap, IA. What I would
like to know is when did IA start keeping records and if its possible to
obtain a birth certificate for 1850, and where can I find one at the
county level or state level.
May the FORCE be with you, Bill
North Pole, Alaska
A reprint of the 1905 Harrison County Directory is available for purchase.
This book is like having a census of the whole county. Every resident is
listed alphabetically by township listing occupation or if the person is a
child and a minor, address, phone number if they had a phone. This book also
has a marriage record index for 1853-1905 listing every marriage. One more
item in this book which has helped many people trace their family is the
section for present addresses of former Harrison County residents. There is
also a business and political office directory.
This book is a great genealogical research tool. It is hardbound and the
cost is $40.00 plus $3.00 postage. If you would like to have a copy send
your request to Harrison County Genealogical Society, 2810 190th Trail,
Woodbine, IA 51579.
President, Harrison County Genealogical Society
My Binnall Family lived in Woodbine, Harrison County , Iowa. My Grandfather
was John Nathaniel Binnall, his sister was Ann Binnall married to Lorenzo
Butler. She named Woodbine, Iowa after her Woodbine Cottage in England. I
have a little information on Woodbine. I have been ther several times. If
I can be of help to you let me know.
Iowa has some state census that should not be forgotten when you do research.
For Harrison County there is 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925. The 1925
census has the name of parents including maiden name, and the parents birth
and marriage place.
Combined with federal census of 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 there re
alot of years to track families.
All of these census records are available at the Harrison County Genealogical
Society library. There are members who do census research for a small fee of
$5 per hour plus copy costs.
President, Harrison County Genealogical Society
Iowa became a state in 1846. Harrison County became a county in 1851 from
Pottawattamie County. Prior to 1851 you would want to check Pottawattamie
County for any Harrison County record. The Harrison County courthouse had a
fire in 1853 so all records were lost prior to 1853.
Marriage records area available since 1853. They did not provide a place to
record parents names or birth information until 1880.
Probate records are available since 1853
Birth and death records began being recorded in July 1880. If you order a
copy of the marriage record for 1880 or later from the courthouse make sure
you ask them to provide all return information of birth and parents.
Death records for the years of 1911-1920 and 1933 - 1940 are only available
from the state capitol Des Moines. Birth records from 1921 - 1941 are also
only available from Des Moines.
While birth and death records began being recorded in July 1880 there was not
a mandatory law to report those events until 1921 so it is estimated that 50%
of them were not recorded. Parentage is not listed on any death record prior
The Harrison County Courthouse generally refers all genealogy requests for
vital records to the Harrison County Genealogical Society (HCGS) for
handling. When they do the search, they require a form to be completed to
show close relationship and $10 per record search prior to searching and
whether they find a record or not. They allow HCGS members to research
though (for now) without the $10 per record fee. Copy costs are 50 cents per
President, Harrison County Genealogical Society
I received the following response to my posting. Sending it to the
IAHARRIS-L to share with the rest of the group so that if someone has info on
the surnames they can respond. Vicki
Subj: Re: Where were your Ancestors from?
Date: 4/23/99 3:06:57 AM Central Daylight Time
From: sleet1(a)webtv.net (sharon brown)
i have not come across fountain, pilgrim or mcguire. my names are cox,
hayes, tomlinson and looking for maiden name of icy williams -- all
these are from either wayne county iowa or harrison county or lucas
As I have been researching my main surnames, I see many other surnames that
are familiar to me but not related. Seems many families moved from one
county or state to another with friends. I thought I would share where my
main surnames came from and see if any other researchers had ancestors from
the same original locations. Have our families been friends for generations?
My main surnames are:
ROCKWELL - 1816 Franklin Co VT>ca 1850 Erie Co Pa>ca 1858 Mahaska Co
IA>1872/73 Shelby Co IA>1888/89 Harrison Co IA>1945 San Bernardino Co CA
PILGRIM (married Rockwell) - 1797 Buncombe Co NC>1810 Harrison Co IN>1848/49
Mahaska Co IA>ca 1860 Poweshiek Co IA>1872/73 Shelby Co IA>1888/89 Harrison
MAGUIRE (MCGUIRE) - b 1717 MD, 1737 Conewago Valley> Taneytown MD>1792
Cambria & Huntingdon Co PA>1879 Mills Co IA>1900 Harrison Co IA>1922 Cheyenne
Co CO>1936 Harrison Co IA
FOUNTAIN (FOUNTAINE) - 1715 VA>1810 Christian Co KY>1815 Madison Co IL>1820
Wayne Co IL>1880 Harrison Co IA
Please provide more information. When were they married and where? Where
did they live in Harrison County? I checked indexes for marriage, cemetery
and histories and did not find a listing for your names.
looking for william milo tomlinson -- married lena mae cowan
looking for info harriet (mae) willsey
looking for info peter tomlinson
Welcome! This is the former Rootsweb list, IAHARRIS. We'll be discussing the history and genealogy of Harrison County, Iowa including the surrounding region of southwestern Iowa and the surrounding counties in Nebraska.