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Also seeking descendants of another set of maternal ggg
grandparents-Nathaniel White and Mary Rose.
Rachel White and Marcus Kilbourne Smith were my gg grandparents.
Descendants of Nathaniel F White
1 Nathaniel F White b: Apr 16, 1811 in Hamilton County, Ohio d: Jun
17, 1883 in Tippecanoe Twp, Henry Co, Iowa Burial: Jun 1883 Oakland Milles
Cemetery, Henry County, Iowa
. +Mary A Rose b: Feb 1, 1814 in Fleming County, Kentucky src: Obit m: Oct
10, 1833 in Schuyler County, Illinois d: Jan 28, 1897 in Mt. Pleasant,
Henry, Iowa Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Henry County, Iowa
........ 2 Emeline White b: 1839 in Iowa src: 1850 Henry Co. Census d:
........ 2 Rachel A. White b: Jul 21, 1841 in Illinois src: est from
Jefferson Co. Birth Records d: Oct 16, 1923
............ +Marcus Kilbourne Smith b: Mar 13, 1834 in Hancock, Indiana
src: est. from Jefferson Co Birth Records m: Mar 5, 1857 in Henry
County,Iowa d: Oct 15, 1909
........ 2 John N White b: 1846 in Iowa src: 1850 Henry Co. Census d:
............ +Elizabeth Lowen b: Nov 23, 1848 d: Sep 21, 1874
........ 2 Edward E White b: 1849 in Iowa src: 1850 Henry Co. Census
Burial: Oakland Milles Cemetery, Henry County, Iowa
............ +Dora b: 1881 d: 1917
Obituary from the Mt. Pleasant Free Press, 21 June 1883:
Mr. White was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, April 16th, 1811, moved with
his parents to Indiana in 1819, from thence to Schuyler county, Ill. in
1820, and settled with his parents on the land on which Rushville, the
capital of Schuyler county now stands, which his father entered and owned
for some years. At the age of eighteen, he learned the trade of cabinet
making, which trade he worked at for some years. Moved to Burlington, Iowa,
in 1836, worked at his trade while there, helped make the furniture for the
new State House after the old one had burned,-the capital being at
Burlington. As a cabinet maker he was second to none. He removed to Mt.
Pleasant in the year 1839. Here he worked at his trade for about one year,
he then moved on to the farm owned since the year 1840.-Maried Mary A. Rose,
a native of Kentucky, Oct 10, 1833. Had four children, two of whom survive
him, Edward E., of Tippecanoe township, and Mrs. Mark Smith, of Jefferson
He, with his father and brother, traveled over Iowa as early as the year
1835.-Has seen the Chief Blackhawk and family. While traveling throughout
Iowa staked themselves claims on the Des Moines river, in what is now Van
Buren county, but thinking that the country would never settle up so far
west, never returned to their claims.
He was a wise counsellor and a friend in time of need. In the year 1851 when
the Asiatic cholera raged in Tippecanoe township, he spent his time day and
night caring for the sick and burying the dead. By his gentlemanly bearing,
his uniform kindness and noble generosity he created many warm friends. In
all the elations of a husband, father, neighbor, citizen and friend, he
discharged his duties with uprightness and fidelity. Over his family he
watched with all the tenderness and solicitude of a kind father.
He was a lover of education, greatly enjoyed the presence of children. He
will be missed greatly by the children of the school which he visited while
his health permitted.
HIs death was caused by Brights disease. Has been an invalid for nearly five
years, gradually growing weaker and weaker. He suffered much bodily pain but
endured it with patience and fortitude. He had premonitions of his death and
his firm faith in God caused him to look forward to his dissolution with
hope, not with dread.
His funeral was attended by a large concourse of friends and neighbors who
deeply sympathize with the bereaved family. The loss his death has caused
cannot be repaired
Mt. Pleasant Weekly News
Mt. Pleasant, Henry, Iowa
Wednesday, Feb 24, 1897
Obituary of Mary RoseWhite
Died at her residence three miles west of this city on the morning of
January 28th, Mrs. Mary A. White, aged 83 years, 11 months and 27 days.
Mary A Rose was born in Fleming county, Kentucky, February 1st, 1814, moved
with her parents to Brown county Illinois in the year 1828, married
Nathaniel F. White, Oct. 10th, 1833, moved to Burlington, Iowa in the year
1836, here her husband worked at this trade, that of cabinet making for
three years. Burlington at that time was but a small village of log huts
having been laide out in the year 1834 by Samuel S White, a cousin to Mrs.
White's husband. Moved to Mt. Pleasant in the year 1839. Here her husband
worked at his trade for one year, moving on the farm in the spring of 1840
where they remained the rest of their lives. Mrs. White having lived almost
67 years at the same home. They had four children, two sons and two
daughters. One daughter died in the year 1858 and one son in the year 1878,
leaving one son Edward E., of LaHoyt and one daughter, Mrs. Mark Smith of
Glasgow, Jefferson, Iowa.
Mrs. White's husband died in the year 1883. Since that time she has made her
home with her son and little grand daughter, on the old homestead. Her last
illness was caused by her falling down while walking across the room. She
having injured herself in such a way that she never again stood on her feet.
She suffered a great deal, and the ten weeks that she was afflicted she
received the most kind and constant care and attention that her relatives
and many kind friends could bestow. Like a peaceful river with green and
shaded banks she flowed without a murmur into the waveless sea where life is
Deceased was not for many years a member of any church. She believed in a
religion not of creeds, but of good deeds and there was no night too dark
stormy or cold for her to minister to a sick neighbor or friend when health
permitted. With Paine the world was her country, to do good her religion.
She believed it to be no crime to think independent of any book or creed;
then after she had thought, she believed it to be no crime to express her
honest thoughts. She climbed the heights and left all superstition far
below. She had no faith in the change of heart that comes to a person
impelled by a fear of death, believed that when a person comes to the end of
their life, they must go into the other world with the record of their
entire life before them. They could not in her opinion, be judged by
anything else. Certainly the record of an upright honest life, that has
never bowed to bigotry, but has moved clear and free in a channel of its own
making, cleft by its onward rush of thought, must weigh against the record
of a bad ife, that is only supposed to be cleansed for the next by a
death-bed repentance. Her conscience did not trouble her. She did not fear
death. She died as she had lived. Here was one honest woman going to her
death with her mind clear and untroubled. Her belief was to her an earnest
faith. Unmoved in her calm belief that she should be fairly judged. She
passed away without murmur. The funeral oration was delivered at the Oakland
school house by Bennett Walters, of Mt. Pleasant. The remains were interred
beside her husband in the Oakland cemetery.
Decatur County Journal
August l0, l905
CAPT. WARREN BECKWITH died at his home in Mt. Pleasant on Monday, July
l7th. He was an intimate friend of Capt. J.D. BROWN, of this county,
and a number of our citizens served with deceased in the 4th Iowa
Cavalry during the war. Among them are JAMES H. EVANS, who served in
Company B, and A.R. WARFORD, WILL WITTER, IKE SMITH and W.L. BROWN, all
of whom served in Company G. At request of MR. EVANS and others, the
JOURNAL reproduces a biographical sketch of CAPT. BECKWITH from the
columns of the Burlington Hawkeye, July l8th, as follows:
CAPTAIN BECKWITH, Mt. Pleasant's leading citizen, and prominently known
all over the state, dropped dead tonight, a victim of the heat. The
news of his death spread like wild fire and comes as a great shock to
This afternoon, CAPT. BECKWITH was entertaining as his guests, MESSRS.
HORACE RAND and J.W. BLYTHE, of Burlington, and had driven them out to
the fair grounds to see some of his fine horses. While out there he was
prostrated with the heat and received some medical attention, and Dr. F.
C. Mehlor of New London, was sent for and came up speedily with Dr. Van
Ausdall's automobile, making the trip in 35 minutes, and reached here
before MR. BECKWITH died. In the meantime, CAPTAIN BECKWITH had been
removed to his home and made as comfortable as possible, and was
chatting with his family and those around him, when without warning he
dropped over dead.
The cause of his death was heart failure or paralysis brought on by
extreme heat of the past few days.
CAPTAIN BECKWITH was born in l833, at Henrietta, N.Y. and was educated
at Monroe Academy and the Genesee Weslyan Seminary at Lenia, N.Y. He
early took up the profession of civil engineering for which he had a
great talent, and in which he excelled to a remarkable degree. He
persued this profession in the east until November, l854, when he went
to Kansas, and assisted in laying out the town of Pawnee City, which had
been designated as the capital of the state, and helped to put up the
capitol building, but this was only occupied a short time.
During his stay here, he became quite intimately acquainted with General
Nathaniel Lyon, who afterwards saved Missouri for the Union cause.
In l856, CAPTAIN BECKWITH went to Burlington and entered the employ of
the B.&.M Railroad as a civil engineer, where he remained until l860,
when he went to Texas with a big herd of sheep and was there when the
war broke out. He returned to Burlington in Sept, l86l, where he
enlisted as a private in Company C., of the 4th Iowa Cavalry, and served
throughout the war. He was promoted to be a first lieutenant, and then
captain, and at the close of the war his services were so appreciated by
the war department, that he was offered a commission as captain in the
regular army, but declined it and returned to his old occupation as
engineering. In l872, after the consolidation of the Burlington Line,
he was made chief engineer and superintendent of track, bridges and
buildings for the whole C.B.&Q. system, where he served with signal
He was largely interested in business enterprise. He loved the stock
and his farms near this city were stocked with the finest strains of
horses and cattle, in which he took the keenest delight. He retired from
the railroad employ many years ago, and lived a quiet, happy life here,
surrounded by his family and friends.
He was a heavy stockholder in the Western Wheeled Scraper Company,
formerly of this city, but now of Aurora, and was interested in other
large enterprises, among which was the Inland Coal Company of Chariton,
He entered the newspaper publishing business several years ago,
assisting in founding the Mt. Pleasant Republican, one of the leading
papers in the county and gradually acquiring complete ownership. MRS.
BECKWITH was editor, and his brother-in-law, F.P. PORTER, business
manager. The weekly always took front rank in the affairs of the
community, and CAPT. BECKWITH always felt a deep interest in its
CAPTAIN BECKWITH was married in l863 to LUZENA PORTER, a daughter of
COLONEL A.B. PORTER, one of the pioneer residents of this county. They
had five children, namely: EVERETT, ORVILLE, EMILY, FLORENCE and WARREN,
all living now, except MISS FLORENCE, who died several years ago from a
malignant attack of diphtheria. MRS. LUZENIA BECKWITH died in l880, and
he married a second time, his second wife being MISS SARAH E. PORTER, a
sister of his first wife.
--SPECIAL TO HAWKEYE.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
August 30, 200l
(I sent a copy of this to the Henry County, Iowa List--as I am a native
of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.)
Well folks, the day is arriving! With all your good answers in July, I have bought my plane ticket, rented my car, and I'm going to Iowa! I'm really looking forward to this genealogy expedition. Also, just to see Iowa.
My husband says if I find a home there for sale to buy it and we'll sell out here. He is serious, but I have a lot of heavy thinking to do on that one. Too much invested here.
Maybe I can find something helpful to others on the list as they have been to me.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 9:56 AM
Subject: Visit to Henry Co., Thanks to all
I want to say a great big Thank You to all who responded to my post. I received a lot of very good information that I needed and will be used. I saved EVERY one of them for reference and will answer each of you privately as time permits. Some will receive more lengthy answers as there are some family connections.
However, my husband finished my kitchen and I get to move everything into the new one. Have been living with a make-shift kitchen for 5 months and want to get this done before I go to Iowa.
Thanks again to all, you have been great, and some of you are previous contacts that helped me in the past.
ps: now when I try to send this, my server won't sent it. Email isn't what it used to be. I'll try again later.
Phoebe Lorinda "Lurinda" Smith Dorman Vantassel of Jefferson and Henry Co,
IA and other parts such as Jewell, Kansas and Kosciusko, Ind.
Her brother Marcus Kilbourne Smith was my gg grandfather.
Descendants of Phoebe Lorenda Smith
1 Phoebe Lorenda Smith b: Jan 28, 1846 in Hancock County, Indiana src1:
1850 Henry Co. Census, src2: Civil War Pension Application d: Jul 12, 1922
in Fairfield,Jefferson,Iowa src: Jefferson Co, IA Grave Records Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery/Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa
. +William Dorman b: in Connecticut m: Dec 17, 1865 in Henry County, Iowa
........ 2 Alva E Dorman b: 1868 in Iowa d: Feb 17, 1916 in
Fairfield,Jefferson,Iowa src: Jefferson Co, IA Grave Records Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery/Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa
............ +Elizabeth Worley
*2nd Husband of Phoebe Lorenda Smith:
. +Rufus VanTassell b: 1823 in Ohio m: Jun 17, 1875 in Henry County, Iowa
src: Civil War Pension Application d: Jan 31, 1899 in Pierceton, Kosciusko,
Indiana src: Ashley Funeral Home, Kosciusko Co, Indiana Burial: Feb 2, 1899
........ 2 Nellie VanTassell b: Sep 1876 in Iowa src: 1900 Kosciusko Co,
Indiana Census d: Nov 8, 1900 in Columbia City, Whitley, Indiana
............ +Ulyssus Grant Strieby m: Jun 10, 1893 in Kosciusko County,
Indiana src: Kosciusko County Indiana Marriage Records d: Jun 22, 1946 in
St. Joseph County, Indiana
........ 2 Hiram Bert VanTassell b: Abt. 1879 in Kansas
............ +Daisy Davis b: 1878 in Fairfield,Jefferson,Iowa d: 1946
........ 2 Walter Edmund VanTassell b: Mar 1882 in Kansas src: 1900
Kosciusko Co, Indiana Census d: 1935
............ +Laura Hoaglin b: 1881 d: 1967
........ 2 Bessie A VanTassell b: May 31, 1877 in Mankato, Kansas src:
1900 Kosciusko Co, Indiana Census d: 1964 in Fairfield,Jefferson,Iowa
Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery/Birmingham, Iowa
............ +John E Martin d: 1949
Salt Lake City, Utah, December 19, 1919
The Commissioner of Pensions:
Here is my report and all papers in the claim for pension W.O. 786203 of
Phoebe Lorinda Van Tassell as widow of William H. Dorman.
This case was sent to the field to determine whether the claimant's former
husband was the soldier on whose service the claim was based, whether they
were ever divorced, and whether she has contracted more than one remarriage
since his death.
As far as I can learn the reputation of the witness who has testified before
me is good. He seems to be an intelligent man and seemed to testify
As to the death of William Dorman it seems like it is a case of "the captain
told the mate, the mate told the crew, the crew told me, so it must be true"
witness is not able to give me any data or any information relative to
Dorman before he came to Bonanza, Colo. he says it was talked that Bill had
a wife before he came to Bonanza nad that the girl was loose in her morals,
and that he had another wife after he left Bonanza, but he cannot recall the
The attorney mentioned in now Judge Stephenson. I went to Ft. Morgan and he
was holding court but I happened there wehn there was a ten minute recess
and the judge came out and I interviewed him. As he is a judge I did not
feel warranted in taking his deposition under the circumstances. All he
could tell me was that he knew Bill Dorman lisped in his talk, and that he
married a girl at Bonanza named Mary Casteel. he says that that marriage
must have been about 1883. he says Dorman was just an everyday miner and
that he thinks the Exchequer Mine was the last one he worked at. he says he
has no idea as to where Bill Dorma came from, or where he went. The Judge
says he does not remember ever hearing that Bill Dorman died or was killed
in a mine. Judge Stephenson could refer me to no one except a man named
Dobson who works for the Denver Gas and Electric Company. He says Dobson
ought to remember Dorman.....
....The object in the case is to ascertain when and where Bill Dorman died,
or if he is living to locate him...If Dorman cannot be traced and the
marriage records show that he was actually living as late as 1883, it will
be necessary to try and ascertain whether he and claimant were divorced.
They evidently were not. It is shown that the claimant went through a
marriage ceremony with Van Tassel in 1875. If Dorman was then living and
undivorced her "marriage" to Van Tassell could not have been legal and as
the Bureau has held in some cases that a remarried widow must sho that she
was actually legally remarried, it will be a question of whether claimant
was remarried to Van Tassell by common law after the removal of the
...Dorman was just called Bill Dorman and the Judge and Mr. Vance both tell
me he was a sort of a joke. That he appeared simple in a way and lisped when
he talked. he is not described as a drinking or gambling man. If there is
much question as to whether the Bill Dorman at Bonanza was claimant's
husband, the soldier, she might be asked later if he lisped. That would be a
very good point as to identity, as other personal descriptions vary and
never amount to anything... T. Quinn Jones, Special Examiner.
Decatur County Journal
September l7, l903
MARTIN LUTHER ANDREW was born in Henry County, Iowa, February l7, l845
and fell asleep in Jesus on the llth hour of the night, Tuesday, Sept.
l, l903, aged 58 years, 6 months and l4 days. After spending his early
youth in Iowa, he moved with his parents to Macoupin County, Ill. where
he lived until the year of '68 when he came to Decatur County, Iowa, and
located on the farm on which he lived until his spirit took its flight.
He was united in marriage to MISS ERMILDA AKERS, Dec 5, l879. To this
union were given eight children, two of whom have gone on before. A
loving companion and children, PYRENE, OTIS, CARRY, EDITH, MYRTLE and
ELSIE, a dear old mother 80 years of age, three brothers, three sisters
and two little grandchildren are left to mourn, not as those who have no
hope for he gave himself to Jesus while in the days of his youth and has
tried to live as he wished to die. MR. ANDREW was a public spirited man
and was ever on the alert for the betterment and upbuilding of the
community in which he lived, and his wise council will be greatly missed
by both young and old.
On Saturday before his death, he called the family around his bed and
bade them a loving farewell, saying, "only for a little while and we
will meet again, goodbye, goodbye, you have all been so good to me,
The funeral services were held in Elk Chapel, conducted by Rev. J.H.
Edwards and R.G. Benton. Scripture reading, St. John, llth Chapter;
text, Job l4:l. After the close of the sermon the large concourse of
people wended their way to the Elk Cemetery and tenderly laid the
remains to rest in a beautifully decorated grave there to await the
second coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We wish to express our thanks to our many friends, for their kindness
and sympathy in this our sad hour of bereavement.
MRS. M.L. ANDREW AND FAMILY,
MRS. LIZZIE BUTLER, J.N. ANDREW.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
August 7, 200l
Decatur County Journal
July 30, l903
MRS. JENNIE HASKETT died at her home at Salem last week. She was
formerly a resident of Leon, and the following account of her life will
be of interest to our readers, which is taken from the Keokuk Gate City:
The funeral services over the body of MRS. JENNIE LESTER HASKETT of
Salem were held at the family residence Tuesday morning at 9:30
o'clock. The services were very feeling and impressive and were
conducted by Rev. Roberts, Pastor of the Congregational Church. A large
number of sorrowing friends gathered to pay their last tribute of
respect to the departed one, as well as sympathy to the grief stricken
relatives. The floral offerings were elaborate and exceedingly
beautiful, which spoke in mute terms the esteem in which the departed
had been held by her friends.
JENNIE LESTER was born at Salem, Iowa, August 7, l847, and died just as
the morning dawned, July l9, l903. She was the daughter of ANTRAM and
HARRIETT LESTER. The mother survives and mourns the loss of a loving
and dutiful daughter. She had lived her girlhood at Salem, was a bright
and studious pupil in the High School and graduated at Whittier College
in l87l, being the salutatorian of the class. She was married to E.C.
HASKETT on April 24, l874. MR. and MRS. HASKETT located at Leon, Iowa,
and started out on what they thought to be a long life of happiness and
prosperity. In l884 MR. HASKETT was appointed United States Attorney
and soon departed for Washington State. The wife and child, a bright
little daughter of eight years, remained in Iowa. After months of
absence, when a joyful reunion was soon to occur, while the husband and
father was speeding his journey homeward, an accident occurred, and he,
without a moment's warning, was taken to the bright and beautiful world
She became a member of the Congregational Church in l868, and was a
consistent, faithful and loving Christian.
After the death of her husband, MRS. HASKETT spent ten years as teacher
in the city schools of Leon. Failing health necessitated her retirement
from school duties, and she with her daughter, moved to Salem. Though a
sufferer for many years, she found sollace and comfort in God's blessed
word "Whom He loveth, He chasteneth."
Besides a daughter and mother, three brothers, GEORGE and ALBERT of
Salem, and HORACE of Pierceville; three sisters, MRS. IDA JOHNSON and
MISS BERTHA LESTER of Salem, and MRS. LILLIE JOHNSON of Green Castle,
Mo., survive her, all of whom were present at the funeral The body was
laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Salem Cemetery.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
August 6, 200l