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Cathy, Joan and List,
Thank you both for the major posts you have both made this year and
last--Joan the biographies and Cathy the transcripts from the Mt.
Pleasant and other newspapers last year.
I had a chance to use the postings from the Mt. Pleasant newspaper that
I searched in the mailing list's archives. It helped me solve a puzzle
about the daughter of Joseph L. Smith and Laura Z. Van Dorin, Elsie
Here is the family that I have been researching lately:
5. Margaret Saint, b. 14 Nov 1842, Jackson Co., IN, d. 24 Sep 1919,
Marshalltown, Marshall Co., IA, bur. Pleasant Point Cemetery, Tippecanoe
Twp., Henry Co., IA
sp John Delvin, m. 19 Aug 1866 b. 1822, d. 24 Mar 1887, Oakland Mills,
Henry Co., IA, bur Pleasant Point Cemetery, Tippecanoe Twp, Henry Co.,
6. Albert Delvin, d. 28 Jun 1910, Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., IA, bur.
30 Jun 1910, Oakland Mill Cemetery, Tippecanoe Twp.,Henry Co., IA
6. Rose Delvin, b. 1869, d. 6 May 1886, bur. Pleasant Point Cem.,
Tippecanoe Twp., Henry Co., IA
6. Arthur Delvin, b. 1870, d. 30 Nov 1949, Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co.,
IA, bur. 3 Dec 1949, Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., IA
sp Elsie Zarilda Van Dorin, b. 11 Mar 1872, Tippecanoe Twp., Henry
Co., IA, d. 17 Nov 1929, Salem Township, Henry Co., IA, bur 19 Nov 1929,
Cedar Creek Cemetery, Salem Township, Henry Co., IA
7. Elise Pearl Delvin, b. 4 Aug 1907, b. 11 Nov 1915, d. 16 Sep
1987, Morning Sun, Lousia Co., IA, bur. 18 Sep 1987Aspen Grove Cem.,
Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA
sp Basil Beavers, m. 1931
8. Robert Beavers
8. Joann Beavers
sp William F. Hunold, m. 1947 or 1949, b. 23 Jan 1918, St. Paul,
Lee Co., IA, d. 31 Mar 1981, Iowa City; Johnson Co., IA, bur. 3 Apr
1981, Forest Home Cem., Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., IA
7. Charles Earl Delvin
6. Elmer Delvin, b. 27 Apr 1875, Tippecanoe Twp., Henry Co., IA, d.
24 Nov 1917, Mt. Pleasant, Herny Co., IA, bur. 5 Dec 1917, Pleasant
Point Cemetery, Tippecanoe Twp., Henry Co., IA
6. Eliza Delvin, b. 1877, d. 10 Feb 1885, Tippecanoe Twp., Henry
Co., IA, bur. Pleasant Point Cemetery,Tippecanoe Twp., Henry Co., IA
6. Clearance Delvin, b. 1878
6. Eliza Delvin, b. 1878, d. 10 Feb 1885, Tippecanoe Twp, henry
Co., IA, bur. Pleasant Point Cemetery,
Tippecanoe Twp, Henry Co., IA
Laura Zarilda Van Dorin's obituary says her daughter, Elsie K. Lyman,
preceded her in death in 1929. I had a record of Elsie's marriage to
Willis Lyman with her father as Joseph L. Smith and mother as Rilda Van
Dorin. But I had no record of Laura's marriage to Arthur Delvin. And I
knew that a Elsie P. Delvin, b. 1915 might be a daughter of Arthur
Delvin. With two Elsies and one with the Smith/Lyman last name as
daughters of Laura/Rilda??, my head was spinning for a while. What I
didn't know is that Laura was married to Joseph L. Smith, 31 May 1897,
which I found in the search of the Henry Co. mailing list search for
Smith. To this marriage was born Elsie Kathryn Smith. (I hope this
There are still some problem with Elsie P. Delvin, b. 1915, as a
daughter of Laura Z. Van Dorin, in that Laura would have been 43 years
old when Elsie P. Delvin was born, but that's what Elsie's obituary
Regardless, Cathy, do you have any more information on Laura Z. Van
Dorin's first husband, Joseph L. Smith?
Leslie W. Saint
Rev. Jonathan LEE was a Baptist which was called Methodist Episcopal in
IAHENRY in the 1880s.
A quick answer to your question is that Rev. Jonathan Lee studied under
the first Baptist Minister ordained in IA, preached about the RR Station,
and went on to become affiliated with enough Baptist Churches in an about
Henry Co. to fill an entire page of his biography.
Rev. Jonathan Lee was the oldest son of Martin LEE, b. KY, reared IN, m.
to Miss Lydia Riley, whose father was a preacher for the Methodist Episcopal
Church in Cincinnati and a chaplain in the War of 1812 with a VA Reg.
Rev. J. LEE's grandfather was Mark LEE, b. KY, removed to IN with family
where he and his wife d. of milk fever ca. 1823.
Jonathan LEE did not officiate at the m. of Hattie LEE, dau. of John W.
LEE b. VA and Sarah WITTE, to Edwin Asel ROSS, a Methodist Episcopal, in
1886 in the home of John W. Lee, prob. son of John LEE of Berkeley Co., VA,
and Margaret Kean.
Hattie and Edwin ROSS were married in 1886 by David S. Tappan, Pastor of
Hattie's parents, John W. LEE married Sarah WITTE on May 27, 1858 by Adam
Miller, M.G. [HENRY COUNTY, IA - MARRIAGE BOOK E-1]
----- Original Message -----
From: "Frances" <saphrona(a)attbi.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 9:24 AM
Subject: Re: 1888 Henry Co bio: John Lee
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Margaret Roberts" <horseperson(a)earthlink.net>
> To: <IAHENRY-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 7:49 PM
> Subject: Re: 1888 Henry Co bio: John Lee
> > Is the the same Rev. Jonathan Lee of the Baptist Church in Ottumwa? He
> the one
> > who officiated at most of my Rogers and Barton relatives.
> The Rev. Jonathan Lee was born in Vernon, Indiana, Nov. 9, 1839. He
> performed marriage ceremonies to over 718 couples during his lifetime. The
> below bio is not the same, but I believe the bio on the John Lee below is
> related. (Someone will correct me if I'm wrong. I could find the answer
> don't have the time right now)
> I do have the complete bio of the Rev. Jonathan Lee if anyone is
> I've posted it before but there are always new folks. I must warn you that
> it is 4 pages long.
> > Joan wrote:
> > > Surnames in bio: LEE-SMITH
> > >
> > > JOHN LEE,(deceased)
> > > John Lee was born Dec. 26, 1797 in Franklin County,
> > > Ohio. His mother died on Oct. 11, 1865. He was an
> > > 1836 pioneer of Henry County. He first went to Bond
> > > County, Illinois at an early day, and married there
> > > to Miss Charity Smith who was the daughter of Zedek
> > > Smith who was born in Tennessee in November 1800.
> > > John Lee moved the family to Henry County on Nov. 14, 1836,and
> resided on
> > > Sect. 11, New London Twp. He died on Apr 22, 1879 at the age of 82.
> > > 12
> > > children, four sons and eight daughters, all living
> > > (in 1887) except three: Eliza bor Jan 21, 1821; Jane
> > > born Oct 12, 1823; Sarah, born Oct 26, 1824; Almira born Apr. 10,
> > > Samuel, born Nov. 4, 1827; John
> > > b. Mar 25, 1829; Julia Ann, b. Jan 2, 1831; William
> > > born, Dec. 23, 1832; Thomas B. born June 29, 1835;
> > > Polly Ann b. Oct 7, 1837; Charity born Apr. 26, 1839; and Louisa born
> > > 26, 1841.
> > > John Lee was first a Whig, and then a Republican,
> > > and belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church.
> > > That this sketch is not more complete is not the
> > > fault of the writer, but owing to the indifference
> > > of certain members of the family, who could, but
> > > would not, take the trouble to supply necessary
> > > information.
> > >
> > > Joan
> > > (John Lee must have been the family genealogist :o)
> > >
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Surnames in bio: LEE-SMITH-BRIDGES-HACKELMAN-HARDIN
THOMAS B. LEE
A farmer residing at New London, Henry Co., a pioneer
of 1836, he was born in Bond Co., IL, June29, 1835, the
son of John and Charity (Smith) Lee. He was reared on
his father's farm in the northern part of New London Twp.
He engaged in farming until the summer of 1862 when he enlisted Aug. 7, as a
private in Co. K, 25th Regt., IA
Infantry and served until the close of the war.
He was at the beginning of the siege of Vicksburg,
at the battle of Arkansas Post, Kennesaw Mountain, and
Chattanooga, which included Missionary Ridge, Taylor's
Ridge and Lookout Mountain. Next at Nashville, Resaca
and Columbia. S. C., from there to Savannah,GA, where
he was among the first to enter the city. He made the
march to the sea under Gen. Sherman, fighting his last
battle at Goldsboro, NC
Mr. Lee was neither wounded, nor prisoner, was never
confined in a hospital or in an ambulance.
On his return from the war he resumed farming in Henry
Co., and was married in Des Moines County to Miss
Elizaeth Bridges, Mar. 9, 1873. She was born in Des
Moines County, the daughter of Napoleon and Sarah
(Hackelman) Bridges. Her parents emigrated from IL to
Iowa in 1836.
Mrs. Lee's father was born in IN, and her paternal
grandfather in VA, the family being of German descent.
Her mother was born in Wabash Co., IN, to which place
her parents had removed from Maysville, KY. In 1835 the
family removed to Morgan (now Cass) County, IL but
later returned to Rush Co., IN. Mrs. Lee lost her
father when he was 38 years of age, and her mother died
at age 20. Her grandfather Abner Hackelman founded a
colony in Oregon in 1845.
Surnames in bio: MILLSPAUGH-KYLE-CORWIN-McCALL-RIVEY
WILLIAM S. MILLSPAUGH
He is the proprietor of the Millspaugh Mill of Trenton,
and was born in Shelby Co., OH in 1844, the son of Harvey
and Sarah A.(Kyle) Millspaugh, the father a native of
Orange Co., NY, and the mother of Clermont Co., Ohio. The parents of Harvey
Millspaugh, James and Cynthia (Corwin)
Millspaugh, were of German descent. They came to this
county in 1856, and settled in Mt. Pleasant for 2 years
and then moved to Tippecanoe Twp. Harvey and his wife
were both of the Missionary Church. He was a miller by
trade. He always cast his vote with the Republican party.
He held the office of Assessor in Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Millspaugh had seven children, four of
whom are living: John R., the owner of a sawmill in
Gunnicon, CO; Electa resided with our subject; William
S.; and Thomas, who is in CO with his brother John.
Those who died are: George W., who died Dec. 29, 1885; Harvey died at the
age of twenty-one; and Elizabeth,
the deceased wife of Thomas McCall of Montana Territory.
Mr. Millspaugh died May 28, 1861 at the age of 53. His
wife still survives him and finds a happy home with our
William Millspaugh was twelve when he came with his
parents to this county. he lerned the miller's trade
and been engaged in that business nearly ever since.
On the 22nd of Jan., 1885 he married to Mary Rivey,
a native of Jefferson Co., IA, the daughter of Peter
and Permelia (Draw) Rivey, both natives of France.
They had one child, a daughter named Ethel who was
born Dec. 31, 1886.
The Star Mill owned by Mr. Millspaugh was erected
in 1879, and has a capacity of 6 bushels of wheat per
hour, and ten bushels of corn. It is a water-power
Mr. Millspaugh was reared in the Baptist Church.
Surnames in bio: HOBART-INGRAM-WILSON-MARSH-BYERS
One of the early settlers of Henry Co., Iowa, he was
born in Ireland in 1792. When a young man he came to
America and located in Oneida Co., NY. He married
Achsah Ingram, and in 1850 they moved to McDonough Co.,
IL, then to Henry County in 1856, settling on Sect. 18,
He was an enthusiastic Republican and gave six of his
sons for the service of his country. They were the
parents of 8 children, who grew to maturity: Frederick
enlisted in Co. F, 17th IA Vol. Inf., served but a short
time and was discharged for disability; Milo enlisted in
the 124th IL Vol. Inf., and is now pastor of the Cumb-
erland Presbyterian Church at Mt. Pleasant; Harriet
became the wife of Hugh Wilson of McDonough Co., IL;
William K. enlisted in the 1st IA Infantry, Co. F, and
three months afterward became a member of the 17th IA
Vol. Inf., serving until the close of the war, partic-
ipating in all the engagements of the Regiment, he is
now a carpenter residing in Mt. Pleasant; Franklin was
a member ofthe 1st. IA Vol. Inf., and when at the
end of his term of service he re-enlisted in the 17th.,
until the close of the war; Mortimer became a member
of Co. G, 11th IA Vol. Inf., and was killed at the
battle of Shiloh, being the first to fall from Scott
Twp. The G.A.R. Post of Winfield took its name from
him; Joseph was also a member of the 17th IA Inf. Co. F.
He engaged in the following: Iuka, Sept. 19, 1862, second
battle of Corinth, Oct. 4, 1862, Ft. Gibson, May 10,
1862, Raymond, also in May 1862, Champion Hills, May
16, 1862, the siege and capture of Vicksburg, where he
was under fire for forty-six days, Missionary Ridge, in
Nov. 1863, Tilton, GA, where his regiment defending
a bridge against Hood, was captured. He, with his Regt.
was taken to Catawba, remaining there two weeks, then to
Savannah, where they were run down to Blackshire, in
the Oak Fire Swamp for two weeks. Sherman was following
them up and they were taken down the gulf road to Thomas-
ville, then to Andersonville, where they were confined
from Dec. 25th until Apr. 28th following, suffering the
most horrible of hardships of that prison. While in
prison, the war closed and Mr. Hobart was set at liberty.
He returned to Davenport where he was mustered out May 28,
1865, and returned home to Henry Co.
Jenny, the 8th child of William Hobart is the wife of
Isaac Byers, of Lincoln, NE.
William Hobart died in Mt. Pleasant, IA in 1873, and
his wife is still living in McDonough Co., IL
Joseph Hobart married in 1867 to Miss Anna Wilson, the
daughter of Jacob and Matilda (Marsh) Wilson, both
natives of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Hobart had seven children:
Alice, b. Oct. 26, 1868; Rozelma, b. Dec. 9, 1870; Ada b.
Mar. 15, 1872; Franklin b. Apr. 27, 1874; Viola b. Mar. 3, 1877; Corda b.
Nov. 5, 1879; and Georgia, b. July 31, 1883.
Mr. Hobart has a fine farm of 80 acres on Sect. 18, of
Scott Twp. He is a member of the G.A.R. Post and Commander
of the same. He is a staunch Republican, and is serving
his 2nd term as Assessor.
Surnames in bio: ELLIOTT-CAARTER-FELSON-WATT-NOBLE
JOHN ELLIOTT, M.D.
He is one of the well-known practicing physicians
of Mt. Pleasant, and was born in Jefferson Co.,OH
on Sept. 17, 1832, the son of Elisha and Susan
(Carter) Elliott,both of whom were natives of Ohio
where the former had been engaged in farming for
They were the parents of six children, of whom
the following are now living: Thomas, a resident
of Canton, Stark Co., IL; Charles, living in
Rome in this county; George in Carroll Co., OH;
and Dr. John.
The father died in 1840 and Mrs. Elliott married
William Felson by whom she had one child, Mary,now
the wife of John Watt of Carroll Co., OH. Mrs.
Felson was a life-long member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church and died in Carroll Co., in 1880
On the death of his father, Dr. John was raised
by an aunt. He emigrated to Henry County, IA in
1855. He began reading medicine in Ohio with a
Dr. Vance. He came back to Henry Co. in 1880.
Dr. Elliott was married in Carroll Co., Oh, to
Miss Letitia Noble, daughter of David Noble.
Their children now living are: Elihu N., a doctor
in practices with his fathe; and Lellie Maud, who
resides with her parents.
Surnames in bio: DUTTON-RAMSEY-BEALER-BARR-TURNER-
JASPER N. DUTTON
He resides on Sect. 22, Marion Twp., and was born
in Henry County, Nov. 4, 1850, the son of George and
Dorcas (Ramsey) Dutton. His father is a native of
Connecticut, his mother of Indiana. The family
consisted of 9 children, two of whom died in
infancy; of those living D. Webster married Miss
Amanda Bealer, daughter of Samuel Bealer of PA and
they now live near Mt. Union in this county; Louisa
is the wife of Capt. George W. Barr, a farmer, and
resides near Spring Branch, NE; Frank B., married
and lives in Newton, KS; Williard G., a farmer
and stock-raiser of Udilla Co., NE, married Miss
Kate Turner; Jasper is the 5th child; George W.,
married and lives at Coleridge, NE; Charles is a
resident of Bennet, NE and wedded Miss Mary Smith,
daughter of John Smith of Henry Co.
The father and mother of this family met at a very
early day, and were married here. As George Dutton
came here in 1835, he may truly be called a pioneer.
There was only one log cabin where Mt. Pleasant
now stands. He took a claim of 160 acres and built
a log cabin where now stands a beautiful two-story
dwellling. He remained in Henry Co. until 1869,
when he removed to Montgomery Co., KS and entered
320 acres of land, and remained there intil 1884
when wishing to be nearer his son George, he moved
to Pierce Co., NE.
At the age of 21 his father gave Jasper 40 acres,
and now has 400 acres in one body, the old home-
stead of 160 acres being included.
In Dec, 1875 he married Miss Mary Montgomery
who was born Jan. 6, 1856, and to them have been
born 4 children: Ira, born Oct. 4, 1876, died
June 5, 1883; Clyde, born Aug. 5, 1878; Fred,
born May 8, 1881; and Art b. Oct. 8, 1884.
Surnames in bio: BASHFORD-RENSHAW-DUNLAP-TUTTLE-COOPER-
William Bashford came to Henry County in the Spring of
1855, and was born May 20, 1821 in Jefferson Co.,OH.
He was the son of John and Margaret (Dunlap)Bashford,
both parents natives of Pennsylvania, of Scots-Irish
ancestry. They had 9 children, 3 of whom are living:
John M. a resident farmer of Louisa Co., IA; Eli D.
resides in Louisa Co., and was for many years a miner
in the Rocky Mtns.; and William, our subject. The
deceased are Robert C., James, Joseph, Elizabeth,
Sarah, and one who died in infancy.
John was a pioneer of Marion Co., OH, settling there
in June 1822, and died there July 7, 1847, aged 6
years. Margaret died about 1858.
William went to Seneca Co., OH at age 25 where he
spent one winter as a laborer on the railroad. He
married Nelllie Jane Tuttle, a native of PA, b.Sept.
7, 1830, daughter of Milton and Lana (Cooper) Tuttle,
both natives of the same state. After his marriage,
Mr. Bashford rented a farm for four years, then
emigrated to Iowa, first in Cedar County for a year
and then to Henry Co.
He enlisted in the 8th Iowa Vol. Infantry on Dec.
1, 1864, and mustered out May 8, 1866 at Mobile AL.
They had 8 children: Lavilda, b. Feb. 1852 and
died at age 13; Melissa, b. Oct 25, 1853, and the
wife of John Renshaw, they reside in Jewell Co. KS;
Ella, wife of Owen Crispin, she was b. Apr.2, 1857;
John Milton was b. Mar. 2, 1859, and resides in
Logan, KS; William Jr., b. Oct 31, 1861 married
Jennie E. Chamberlain, and still resides with his
parents; Lana, wife of William Marple, was born
Aug. 12, 1865, and resides in Jewel Co., KS; Levina
was born Oct 3, 1868 and resides at home;and Eli
Dunlap, b. Mar. 18, 1871, and died at age of one year.
The Bashfords are members os the Presbyterian Church.
Surnames in bio: BURTON-CLRKE-MOFFITT-PRINGLE-VAUGHN-
WILLIAM S. BURTON
William S. Burton was born Feb. 7, 1820 in Guilford
Co., NC, the son of Ainsley and Sarah (Clarke)Burton.
He moved with his parents to Davidson Co.,NC in child-
hood and learned the carriage makers trade. In 1842
he went to Randolph Co., MO and was in business in
Huntsville until 1854, and came to Iowa, locating
at Richland in Keokuk Co., in the carriage business.
In 1865 he came to Henry County and opened a carriage
shop in Mt. Pleasant. In 1882 he was appointed to the
War Department and was a clerk in Washington, D.C..
He married Miss Malinda Moffitt in March 1839 in
Davidson Co., NC. She was the daughter of Robert and
They had ten children of whom seven are living,
four sons and three daughters: Lydia C. married James
Pringle and reside in Richland, IA; Sarah A., who is
at home; William M. m. Miss Vaughn, and reside in
Jefferson Co., AR; Robert A. married Fannie S. Way
and they reside in Washington D.C.; Constantine B.
is single and resides in Colorado; and Henrietta M.
who is single and resides t home.
Mr. Burton was the Mayor of Mt. Pleasant from
1879-1880. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, and is a Republican. He belongs to the IOOF,
Mystic Lodge #55.
Surnames in bio: SHELLEDY-GRAHAM-BOVELL-MOORE-VANCE-
CAREY D. SHELLEDY
A farmer and stock-raiser, he resides on Sect. 23
in Baltimore Twp. He was born in Jennings Co., IN
in 1822, the son of George and Isabella (Graham)
Shelledy. Edward, the paternal grandfather was born
in VA, and the ancestors are supposed to be of Irish
origin. He married Miss Bovell, and later moved to
OH, and from there to Jennings County, IN,and lastly
to Edgar Co., IL, where both he and his wife died.
They had seven children: Margaret, deceased, who
married William Moore, of Lowell, IA, and died there;
George, father of Carey D., married Isabella Graham
in Indiana where his death accidently occurred while
clearing up his farm; Stephen married Elizabeth Vance
and both are now dead; Alfred, Gillen, and Alex, who
died unmarried; and John, married to Mary A. Milton.
The family of George and Isabella consisted of 3
sons, Edward, George, and Carey D.. The widow
afterewrd married John Compton and bore him 6 children,
Samuel, Virginia, Louisiana, Stephen, William and
Isabella. The mother died in Marion Co., Iowa in
After the death of his father and remarriage of his
mother Carey D. Shelledy, then 16, left home and went
to Charleston, IL and learned the saddlery and harness
trade. He came to this county at age 18,and in the
winter of 1840 opened a shop, the first mechanic of
this area. He made the first saddle and breeching
harness ever manufactured in Henry Co. The shop
stood on the site of Presley Saunders bank. He next
went to Lowell and ran a carding-mill for Thomas
Angell for two years. The next year he went to what
is now known as the second purchase of Indian lands,
upon which Ottumwa and Oskalooska are situated.
He aided in building the first cabins in Oskaloosa.
A general store there was owned by Leeper Smith.
Mr. Shelledy was present at the Osage Agency when
the treaty was made, selecting three claims and built
a cabin on each of them, sold two claims and entered
80 acres at the 1st land sale at Fairfield.
He had married prior to this time to Miss Amanda
Shelledy, their marriage being one of the first
in Mahaska Co. They had children: Elizabeth, wife
of Charles Simpson,; George E. who died in infancy;
Jane, who died in childhood, and was born in Jasper
Co. where her parents had removed to and where other
children were born; Ella, wife of George Collins;
Margaret, wife of Hugh Bowen; Stephen who married
Mr. Shelledy returned to Henry Co., and purchased
the farm where William Archibald now lives. His wife
died in Jasper Co., and he married secondly to Mrs.
Jane (Linder) Hale, who had 3 children by her first
marriage: George W., Sylvester, and Sarah J. With
Mr. Shelledy she had Leander and Andrew, twins,
Fremont, Nathaniel, Emma, Charles, Amy, Ella, John,
Frank, and Fred. Ella is deceased; Leander married
Mary Kyle; Andrew m. her sister Rena; Fremont m.
Ella Cook in NE; Emma m. Richard Foster, and the
others are unmarried.
Mr. Shelledy is one of the large landowners of
Baltimore Twp. He is the grandsire of 18 children and
the father of 17. His step-father was a cruel man to
the children, and the last he saw of him, he was
standing at the door with a birch switch in his hand.
He climbed out a back window and left for IL.When he
next saw his mother he had grown to manhood and she
failed to recognize him. He went to Indiana, and
her 2nd husband having died, he took her to Iowa.
She lived with her son the remainder of her life.
He was an avowed Abolitionist and was largely
interested in the underground railroad, acting as
both Station Agent and conductor.
Surnames in bio: LEE-SMITH
John Lee was born Dec. 26, 1797 in Franklin County,
Ohio. His mother died on Oct. 11, 1865. He was an
1836 pioneer of Henry County. He first went to Bond
County, Illinois at an early day, and married there
to Miss Charity Smith who was the daughter of Zedek
Smith who was born in Tennessee in November 1800.
John Lee moved the family to Henry County on Nov. 14, 1836,and resided on
Sect. 11, New London Twp. He died on Apr 22, 1879 at the age of 82. They had
children, four sons and eight daughters, all living
(in 1887) except three: Eliza bor Jan 21, 1821; Jane
born Oct 12, 1823; Sarah, born Oct 26, 1824; Almira born Apr. 10, 1826;
Samuel, born Nov. 4, 1827; John
b. Mar 25, 1829; Julia Ann, b. Jan 2, 1831; William
born, Dec. 23, 1832; Thomas B. born June 29, 1835;
Polly Ann b. Oct 7, 1837; Charity born Apr. 26, 1839; and Louisa born Sept.
John Lee was first a Whig, and then a Republican,
and belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church.
That this sketch is not more complete is not the
fault of the writer, but owing to the indifference
of certain members of the family, who could, but
would not, take the trouble to supply necessary
(John Lee must have been the family genealogist :o)
Surnames in bio: NUGEN-LEE-BUTLER-LYMAN-NEWELL-
A farmer residing on Sect. 36, New London Twp.,he is
a pioneer of 1840. He has several well-improved farms
aggregating 595 acres, postoffice, New London. He is
a native of Virginia, and born in Kanawha County,now
West Virginia, in Feb. 1813. His father John Nugen,
Sr. was born near Richmond, VA in 1775 of Irish
parents and was a soldier in the War of 1812. He married in Kanawha Co., to
Mary C. Lee. They had
16 children, thirteen who grew to manhood and woman-
hood. Four sons: David, Jarrett, Charles and Silas,
came to Iowa and settled in New London Twp. Charles
came in 1838, Jarrett and David in 1840, and Silas in
1855. David and Jarrett are still residents of this
County, and Silas resides in Dakota Terr. Charles is
There are now living, eleven of the twelve children
who reached maturity.The oldest was born in 1804 and
is now 83 years of age, the youngest is 57 years old.
John Nugen, Sr., came from VA to KY, and to Wayne
Co., IN in 1818. He resided there, engaged in farming
until his death in 1859. He wife was of an old VA
family of Colonial times. Her father served in the
Revolutionary War as a soldier of the Continental
Jarrett Nugen, our subject married in Wayne Co.,IN
to Miss Melinda Butler, daughter of Samuel Butler.
She was born in Wayne County, IN, and her father was
a native of Georgia, emigrating at an early day.
Seven children were born of their union, 5 sons and
2 daughters, five now living: William H., born in
Des Moines, Co., IA, Jan.6, 1841, served in the late
war with Co K, 25th Iowa Vol. Inf.. He was engaged
in the mercantile business at New London for 12
years, 4 in company with Capt. Richard, and 8 by
himself; Mary, b. Apr. 6, 1843 is the wife of Gad
Lyman of New London; John Z., born Apr. 25, 1845,
married Zora Belle Newell, resides New London;
Lizzie, born May 28, 1847, resides with her father;
Josephus, born Apr. 27, 1850, died at age four;
Ellwood died in childhood; the other being an un-
Mr. Nugen first came to Iowa Oct. 18, 1839,
purchasing a claim in Des Moines, Co., and soon
returned to Indiana. In 1840 he returned with his
family ariving at their home in Pleasant Grove,
Oct. 8. On March 2, 1841 he moved to Henry Co.,
and on Nov. 16 he established a permanent home
where he has since resided. He was a Whig, but is
now a Democrat. He is a Master Mason of New London
Lodge #28, A.F. & A.M.
Finally made a copy of the title page for this book:
PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM
HENRY COUNTY, IOWA
Full Page Portraits and Biographicak Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens of The County
Together With Portraits and Biogaphies of all the
Governors and of the Presidents of the United States
Acme Publishing Company
Surnames in bio: McADAM-MOORE-PHILLIPS
James and William A., photographers, have been
established in business at Mt. Pleasant since 1875.
James, the senior partner, was born in Harrison Co.,
Ohio, Oct. 20, 1845, and is a son of George and Ann
(Moore) McAdam, both of whome were also natives of
Harrison Co., OH.
Our subject went to Wenona, Marshall Co., IL, in
the spring of 1857, and in that place learned the
art of photography. In the winter of 1869-70 he
commenced business for him self at LaSalle, IL, but gave it up after six
months, and engaged in ranching
in Colorado for another six months, when he returned
to Illinois and again began business this time in
Wenona, where he remained in business until 1875.
In that year, in company with his brother George,
he started the present gallery in Mt. Pleasant,
and has been engaged in business ever since, and
has made many friends in business, and socially.
In business he is materially assisted by his wife
who is a lady of talent and business capacity. His
brother and partner takes no active part in the
business in which he is successful owing to the fine
class of work done, and reasonable prices charged.
June 27, 1877, James McAdam was married to Miss
Agnes S. Phillips, daughter of Lt. William Phillips
who was killed in the Battle of the Wilderness.
Mrs. McAdam was born in Pitsburgh, PA. Mr. and Mrs
McAdam have been the parents of three childre, two
of whom died in infancy. The survivor is a daughter,
Mary A., now nine years of age. Mr. and Mrs. McAdam
are members of the Presbyterian Church, and in
politics he is a supporter of the Republican party.
Both are respected members of society, who are held
in esteem by all who know them.
Surnames in bio: ARMSTRONG-RIGGS-WEBB-MILLSPAUGH-
NATHANIEL E. ARMSTRONG
A prominent and well-known citizen of Henry County,
he resides on Sect. 24, Tippecanoe Twp., and was born
in Hamilton Co., OH, the son of Leonard and Rebecca
(Riggs) Armstrong, the former a native of VA, and
the latter of NC, the father being of Scots descent
and the mother of German descent.
Leonard Armstrong settled at Columbia, OH, in 1796
near where Cincinnati now stands, though at that time
there was no settlement there. He lived here a short
time and moved a few miles east to the Little Miami
River, where he and three brothers, John, Thomas, and
Nathaniel each claimed a mill-site and built a mill.
They were visited by the settlers from 100 miles
around. The mills were known as the Armstrong Mills.
One mill was used for the manufacture of cotton, and
the others were saw and flouring mills.
They reared a family of 11 children, 4 sons and 7
daughters: Nathaniel,our subject; William F. who
resides in MO, a miller by trade; John R., a miller,
who resides in IL; Hannah Ann, wife of John C. Webb
of Hamilton Co., OH, both deceased; Harriet, wife of
John W. Millspaugh, a carpenter of Winfield, KS;
Philomelia, wife of Thomas Spellman, a resident of KS;
Selena, wife of Andrew Riggs, residing in Eddyville,
IA;, Frances V., wife of Alfred Riggs, of Mahaska Co.;
Amanda, wife of John Slemmons, residing at Council
Bluffs; Zelie Jane, married B. K. Pharr, of this
county, and died in Salem in 1868, he dying in the
same place in 1865; and Clayton W., who died in Win-
field, KS at age 65.
Our subject was educated at the public schools and
Parker's Academy in Clermont Co., OH. At age 27, in
1843 he married Miss Charlotte Millspaugh, born in
1826 in Clermont Co., OH, the daughter of James and
Cynthia (Corwin) Millspaugh. The latter was a cousin
to Thomas Corwin the orator and Statesman of Ohio.
In 1844, Mr. Corwin and wife went to Warrick Co., IN
and bought 80 acres in the forest on which was a log
cabin. They lived there for 4 years, and he next
bought 76 acres of land near Boonville, IN, residing
there for 10 years, farming and running a mill. He
came to Henry Co., in 1858 and purchased the Oakland
mills and 320 acres in connection with his brothers-
in-law, Riggs, Spellman and Millspaugh. He still owns
his interest with his partner John P. Stringer.
Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong have 6 children: Marcellus,
who resides in Center Twp.; Sarah Belle died age 15;
Alice died at age 18; T. N., who resides with his
father; Eugenia, wife of John P. Stringer of this Co.;
Milton, resides in CO, is in the mercantile business;
and Josephine at home, and an artist of considerable
Mr. Armstrong endorses the principles of the Union
Labor Party. He is a free thinker.
Surnames in bio-LEE-SMITH-BRIDGES-HACKELMAN
THOMAS B. LEE
A pioneer of 1836, he was born June 29, 1835 in
Bond County, Illinois, the son of John and Charity
(Smith) Lee. He is a farmer and was engaged in
farming until the summer of 1862, when he enlisted
on Aug. 7, 1862 as a Private in Co. K, 25th Regi-
ment of Iowa Infantry. He was at the beginning of
the siege of Vicksburg under Grant. He was in the
battles of Arkansas Post, Kennesaw Mountain, Chat-
tanooga, Missionary Ridge, Taylor's Ridge, Lookout
Mountain, Nashville, Resaca, Columbia, South Carolina
and then to Savannah, Georgia where he was among the
first to enter the city, then to Beaufort and
Columbia, SC. He made the march to the sea with
Sherman and fought his last battle at Goldsboro,
After the war he resumed farming in Henry County
on his farm of 206 acres on Section 2 and Section 12
in New London Twp. He now lives in the village of
He married Miss Elizabeth Bridges on Mar. 9, 1873
in Des Moines County, Iowa, where she was also born.
She was the daughter of Napoleon Bridges, who died
at age 38, and Sarah Hackelman, who died at age 20.
They came to Iowa in 1836. Napoleon and his father
were born in Virginia, and the family was of German
descent. Sarah (Hackelman) Bridges was born in Wabash
County, Indiana. Her parents had moved from Maysville
Kentucky in 1835 to Morgan, now Cass County,Illinois.
Grandfather Abel Hackelman founded a colony in Oregon
Thomas B. Leeis a member of the G.A.R., Post #384,
in New London, Iowa. They are Methodist Episcopal,
and he is a Republican. He is a member of the Board
of Trustees and is on the Village Council.
Surnames in bio: MELTON-HESTON-DOAN
John Melton is one of the early and honored settlers
of Henry County, and was born in Virginia, a son of
Allen Melton. His mother died when he was only five
years old. he was reared upon a farm, being bound
out to a farmer until he grew to manhood. When about
twenty-one years of age, John Melton let to the
marriage altar, Miss Phoebe Heston, who was born in
Pennsylvanie, and was a daughter of Phineas and Sarah
Heston. Shortly after his marriage, he with his young
wife, emigrated to Ohio where they lived for a number
of years. Thence he went to Warren County, Indiana
where he stayed several years.
In 1839, Mr. Melton removed to Henry County, which
place he made his home until his death. He took up
his residence upon a farm in Center Township,
remaining there until 1853 when he removed to Sect.
36, Tippecanoe Township.
Twelve children graced the union of John and Phoebe
(Heston) Melton,only three of whom are yet living:
John, a miner residing in California,; Mrs. Alfred
Doan; and Isaac, a farmer, now living in Republic
When the Republic party came into existence, Mr.
Melton found the principles enunciated by its
leaders were in accordance with those he had held,
and therefore acted with it until he departed this
life in October 1870, his wife also dying in the
same month of the same year. She was a member of
the society of Friends, and though Mr. Melton was
not a church member, his integrity and uprightness
were undoubted. He was a large land-holder in this
county and one of its best citizens.
Surnames in bio: MELTON-WILSON
William Melton is one of the prominent and rep-
presentative farmers of this county. He was born in
Warren County, Indiana, and in that county his
boyhood days were spent. He received his early
education in the common schools of his native State,
and in the year 1858 came west, locating in Henry
County, where he resided a short time with his
uncle. In the meantime he became acquainted with
Miss Sarah Wilson, the acquaintance ripened into
love, and in October 1859 he led her to the altar.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson were among
the earliest settlers of the county. On the 29th
of February 1836 at the home of Mr. John Wilson
Mrs. Melton, the first white child of Henry County
was born. Mrs. Melton has a most wonderful head of
hair, being at the present time, long enough to
drag upon the floor, and at one time before being
cut off, it measured seven feet and three inches.
Mrs. Melton is a woman of good address and fine
intellect. The hospitable door of the home always
stands open, and both husband and wife are always
ready to welcome the weary traveler. In their
home, love for each other and their fellowman
reigns supreme, and those simple but powerful gifts,
a kind word and a cheery smile, are ready for all.
Soon after marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Melton went to
Warren County, Indiana, where they remained for
twenty-five years, until hearing of Mr. Wilson's
sickness, when they returned home, staying with
him until his death.
Surnames in bio-PECK-STOCKEY-WILLIS-HUTCHINSON-
he was born Oct. 23, 1840 in Belmont County, Ohio,
the son of David and Elinor (Stockey) Peck. They
had 9 chldren, eight still living: Susan, married
John W. Willis of Louisa County; Jennie married
Moses Hutchinson of Belmont County, OH; Mary A.
is a widow of John Cameron, a soldier in the late
war. He was taken prisoner and confined at Libby
Prison, and died soon after being sent home; Elinor
married Mr. Berry of Belmont Co., Ohio; Angeline
is still single; George W. of Henry Co.;William C.
is a school teacher; and Corridon, our subject.
Corridon is a stock dealer of Scott Township.
He first entered Iowa on Feb. 8, 1866 by crossing
the river at Burlington. He had planned to go to
California but on the way, in Omaha, he got a
position as clerk at Herndon House at $50 dollars
per month. He left after awhile because of an out-
break of smallpox. He went next to Louisa County,
where a brother was living. He became a teacher in
Washington School for 8 years during the winter, and
farmed in the summer.
He received his education at Duff's Academy in
Pittsburg. On Aug. 28, he enlisted in the 98th Ohio
Vol. Inf., and mustered in at Steubenville, OH. He
was sent to Richmond, KY to reinforce Nelson. On
the road to Louisville, he was fired upon at Cyn-
thiana, KY. He was in the battle of Perryville
against General Bragg. He was detained there in
the hospital, and was mustered out on account of
Surnames in bio: PECK-HOPPING
DR. FRANK P. PECK
he ws born on Oct 10, 1858 in Will County,
Illinois, near Joliet, the son of Armenius D. and
Hanna H. (Hopping) Peck. Armenius Peck was a
farmer, and was born Jefferson County, NY, Oct.
20, 1820. Hanna was born Nov. 28, 1821, and died
Oct. 23, 1879.
Frank P. is an assistant physician and pathol-
ogist at the Iowa State Hospital since Apr. 1, 1883.
He attended Lockport, Illinois High School, and
taught five years. He entered Chicago Medical
School in 1879 and was in the graduating class of
1883. He spent 18 months of that time in Cook County
Hospital. He attends the Baptist Church, and is a
Republican. He is a Master Mason of Mt. Pleasant
Lodge, No. 8, A.F. & A.M.