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I have some Harrison Co. records. I find ANSON BELDEN in both the 1860 and
the 1870 census index for Iowa in Harrison County. Also, the 1915 History of
Harrison County Iowa, page 193, lists ANSEN F. BEDEN, 15th Iowa Infantry,
Company H, died of wounds received in battle July 4, 1863.
Mona Sarratt Knight
Researcher: Kathy Long
Do you have a Anson Belden buried in Calhoun township after 1880. He was 77
in 1880 census of that township. His son Anson F. Belden died in the civil
war in 1863. If any children are buried by Anson I would appreciate their
names and dates.
Did not find Anson Belden or any in the cemetery book for Calhoun Township.
I only found 1 Belden in the Harrison County Cemetery books & WPA cemetery
records. I found a couple of obits for surname Belden. I did find a couple
of marriage listings. I also sent this email to the Harrison County email
list so that if someone out there is researching Belden they can find you.
WOODBINE Cemetery, Boyer Township
Block I Original Row 6
Belden, Louisa F Apr 13 1809 - Oct 18 1888 Our Mother
OBITS (copies available from the Harrison County Genealogy Society. there is
a charge for copies of obits):
LOGAN OBSERVER 1898 - 1908 & WOODBINE TWINER 1898-1908
Belden, Child 1904
Belden, George W 1904
(but I didn't find a cemetery listing for either)
EARLY HARRISON COUNTY IOWA MARRIAGES 1855 - 1905
Belden, Carrie & C W Ryel 1 May 1888
Belden, Lucy & C E Wills 20 Apr 1856 or 1857
(no cemetery listings found)
Belden, Anson & Caroline Cutler 6 May 1857
Belden, Anson & Elizabeth A Tull 11 Feb 1866 (Elizabeth may have previously
been married found this: Tull, James & Elizabeth George 25 Dec 1860)
1905 RESIDENTS OF HARRISON COUNTY IA BY TOWNSHIP
Belden, A W, trapper, Woodbine
Belden, Mrs Helen
Belden, Mabel, minor
That is all I found in my resources.
Searching for Gladys Haynie (b.ca. 1899), daughter of Richard and Nettie Hagerman Haynie. Member of the family believes that she married ? Boyd. Haynie Family lived in Mondamin and then Richard moved to River Sioux. Nettie eventually divorced Richard. Gladys is related to the Swains of River Sioux. Does anyone have any information on Gladys? Will share any information that I have on Haynie family.
Mary A. Haynie was born 14 Feb 1845 in Missouri. She is the daughter of Richard and Sarah Snell Haynie of Mills County, Iowa. She married a ? Depew/Depue in Mills County, Iowa. She was living in Missouri Valley, Iowa in 1931. Her brother was William B. Haynie of Mondamin but he had died in 1908. Her niece was Margaret Mae "Maggie" Beaman of Mondamin. Looking for information on Mary and her family. Does anyone recognize this family?
Any information will be deeply appreciated.
Researcher: Charlene Williams
Not a list member
I am searching for information about my Grandmother, Sarah Margaret Fry, born
4-19-1874 in Harrison Co. Iowa. She was the daughter of Solemn Frank Fry and
Rachel Minich... We do know that the family eventually returned to Chariton
County, Mo. But their life in Kansas remains a mystery to us. The family
was protestant..probably Baptist.
Sarah married George L.Pollard from Mendon, MO. and their were 10
childred born to into that union. Any one having a clue about the family I
would really appreciate knowing. Find this site interesting. Thanks for
being there. Charlene
Researcher: Nicole Carr
I saw your query on Harrison County IA about Martin L Spire. I am not a
Spire researcher but found Martin Spires on FamilySearch and listed as his
daughter is Lillian. It lists his wife as Rachel C Mahoney and has him
listed as died in Magnolia.
It does list the address of the researcher who submitted the info which is
kind of sketchy. Here is the link for family search if you don't already
have it. Spell his name as Spires where you search.
Apparantly Martin ws married twice because I also found him listed in the
early Harrison County marriages. From the marriage dates your Mariah Lillian
would have to be daughter of Martin & Rachel. I checked Magnolia Cemetery
books but didn't find him or his wives. I did find Spires listed that could
Section 1 Row 7
Spires, N May Jul 5 1873 - May 30 1942 Mother
Spires, Charles W Apr 15 1866 - Oct 15 1918 Father
Spires, Robert Sep 2 1906 - Nov 23 1956
Calhoun Cemetery (this is east of Magnolia)
Spires, Eliza J Nov 20 1869 - Mar 23 1955
Spires, Henry W Nov 16 1872 - May 30 1954
Spires, James Nov 19 1876 - May 4 1944
Spires, Thomas died Mar 11 1882 Age 51y 1m 25d Co C 7th Illinois Infantry
Spires, Grata C wife of Thos died Feb 13 1894 Age 52y 6m 24d
Early Harrison County IA marriages 1855 - 1905
Spire, M L & Rachel Mahoney 8 Apr 1860
Spire, Martin L & Susanna Yaple 7 Feb 1864
Spire, Thos & Gratia Phillips 5 Mar 1867
Spires, H W & Maud M Usher 4 Jan 1905
Spires, Callista G & Edwin R Fosler 6 Nov 1883
1905 Residents of Harrison County IA by township
Spire, C W, merchant, Magnolia
Spire, Mrs N May
OBITUARIES - Copies are available from the Harrison County Genealogy Society.
There is a charge for copies.
MISSOURI VALLEY TIMES NEWSPAPERS OBIT INDEX 1893 - 1920
Spires, Charles W 1918
Spires, Thomas M 1903
That is all I found for the surname Spire or Spires. Hope something here
helps you in your search. I also sent this to the Harrison County IA email
list so that if someone else has info they can find you.
Sent from another list but thought I would pass it on.
The Story Tellers.....
We are the chosen. My feelings are in each family there is one who
seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make
them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they
know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of
facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are
the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called,
as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell
our story. So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood
before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the
ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many
times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there
for me? I cannot say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I
do the things I do? It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost
forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen.
The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to
doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were
able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes
to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or
giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It
goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.
That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do.
With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because
we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of
my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer
the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.
That, is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those
young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones. ( Unknown Author )
I know this is Shelby Co. data, but I am sending to the lists of adjoining
counties surrounding Shelby Co.
Something new! - Your help needed to update cemetery listings for the
Defiance, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery project, as well as the
Portsmouth, St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery project. Select the Feedback button
at the top of each page to provide updates to those listed in the
cemeteries, including the names of their parents. Results will be published
at a later date. URL's below.
Sts. Peter & Paul, Defiance, IA
St. Mary's Cemetery, Portsmouth, IA
Dear list members,
As of today, I have nearly completed creating pages with brief history of
some early Primitive Baptist churches, and
surnames of members which we can prove, in about forty (40) counties in
Iowa, as links to our main website. We have extensive information of
this kind on our website for Illinois counties.
I wish the information was more complete for Iowa, but we have given the
surnames of members that we have. It is the best we can do unless we can
locate more of the missing church records or association minutes. Maybe
someone out there can help us. The surnames we have given serve as an
index to our database which includes full names, and in some cases we
have obituaries, etc. If you wish to take a look at our whole website,
Or, if you wish to go the Iowa page only, or directly, replace the
pbl.html at the end of the URL with
We welcome you to write on our guestbooks, and let us know if you think
some of your family were members of this church.
The Primitive Baptist Library
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I have much historical information about Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties
in Iowa, including information about your HITCHCOCK, DOWNS, and GATROST
I have records of the Downsville Cemetery which I walked some years ago and
can provide you with your family burials if you don't already have them.
Cathy at the Historical Society in Pottawattamie Co. is true to her word and
will send you photos of the cemetery, I'm sure.
Asa Downs, b. 03 March 1816, d. 03 Nov 1879.
wife Drusilla Downs, b. 03 Feb 1827, d. 26 Mar 1890
Frank H. Ricker, 1871 - 1942
Caroline I. (Gatrost) Hitchcock Ricker, 1879 - 1942
Henry Gatrost, b. 31 July 1848, d. 06 March 1923
Emily Gatrost, b. 07 Apr 1849, d. 05 May 1927
Unfortunately, there are no specific biographies for any of these family
members in the materials and books that I own. So I can't help you with a
photo. The Downs family was very large and many are buried at the Downsville
Please contact me at MonaNAriz(a)AOL.com and I'll see what else I can find for
Mona Sarratt Knight
Researcher: Cindy Demuth of Portland, Oregon
Not a list member so please reply to her directly if you have info.
She sent me the following email. I did not find a cemetery listing or an
obituary for her.
This is great you have composed a list of all the cemeteries in Harrison
County, Iowa. I went to your site in hopes that I could search my Great
Grandfather's name in the Woodbine cemetery. I'm not real sure that's were
he is located, but I'm sure he did die in your County.
Is there a way to search for him in you cemetery database?
His name was: Clarence Jacob Hitchcock and he died October 20, 1899. I'd
really like to get his obituary and death notice giving cause of death. I'm
hoping his obituary might give a bit of history on where in Canada he was
born. Karen J. Clark, the Clerk of the District Court in Harrison County
Iowa is the person who wrote me last March 2001 re Clarence's death date, as
she said there is a record of a probate for him, but she was unable to
locate the file. This missing file is disappointing, and perhaps I will
write (or call her) again to see if it has since been found.
Anyway, any information on his burial you might have on him would be great!
Also, I believe his father's name was John Hitchcock who died June 20th,
1908 in Harrison County, Iowa. It would be great if a obituary or death
record could be found on him too. In 1908 Clarence J. Hitchcock's siblings
were living with their mother Caroline I. (Gatrost) Hitchcock in Underwood,
Iowa. Caroline eventually remarried (by 1910) to a Frank Ricker. Caroline
& Frank's graves, I was told by Cathy at the Pottawattamie County Historical
Website , are at the Downsville Cemetery and she is going to take some
pictures. The Downsville also has her parents and grandparents: Henry &
Emily Gatrost and Asa & Drusilla Downs. I have a feeling Asa was a very
important person back in the early years. Do you think there might be a
photo of him?
Anyway, thank you so much for any advice or information you might have!
I am following up on a previous message that several people checked for
me, to no avail. I have finally found my source and would appreciate
another round of review, if anyone has any thoughts about the identity
The Dunlap Report
Oct 14, 1904
"A. A. Christie has accepted the foremanship of the Reporter and will be
glad to attend to the wants of old and new patrons of this office."
Sincere thanks for your help.
Hi everyone! I just wanted everyone who was interested in the old Magnolia School, that my family will be up at the school today, tomorrow and Thursday. So stop on by!
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I was very pleased to find the biography of Seth Palmer at the Harrison Co.
site from the 1891 History. It had much more information on the family tree
than I had, which was very little. The whole story confirmed every detail
in my gm's memoirs. She had an amazing memory. Thanks again for your list
and for your help with posting these biographies. I've also found much at
itsjudy.com. If she's on this list, thanks to you too!
Soli Deo Gloria,
Grants Pass, OR
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Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2001 7:00 PM
Subject: IAHARRIS-D Digest V01 #77
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.