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well I have finished some of the requests I've received but either the list
or aol won't let me send it in the right format. My outlook email will let
me send it to individuals though so expect an email from kangen(a)lisco.net
with the subject line heirs list. please do not reply to the kangen address
And Norma I'm going to need your help to get this formatted to put on the
site I think
The Fairfield Tribune
Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa
June 25, 1885
COUNTY AND NEIGHBORING NEWS
SALEM. [Henry Co.]
From the News- Prof. Morgan and family will spend the summer in
Indiana...Miss Etta Triplett is visiting in Illinois...Miss Birdie Townsend
is visiting in St. Louis...Miss Allie and Clara Cooper will leave this week
for Nebraska to visit friends...Lester Bailey was kicked in the side by a
horse last week and seriously injured...The barn of M.F. Crew was struck by
lightning week before last and two horses and sheep were killed. All his
grain and wool were destroyed also...Misses Vic. and Max Nona started this
week for Washington county, Pa., where they will spend the summer with their
grandfather...Mrs. Wm. Kittle has returned from Illinois.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Contributor to Iowa & Ireland Newspaper Abstracts
I hope this is OK that I sent this to several lists at one time. JB
This info today on Ancestry Daily News. You may have seen something about this lately. The state of Florida and the governor has proposed legislation to close the Florida State Library. This is a petition to sign and send to try to pursuade them to change their minds. All states' archives are important to all genealogists. We cannot stand by and let these records disappear. They need to remain accessable to the public. Hope you'll feel free to sign this. Janet Branson
State Library and Archives
The Florida Historical Society has created a website to collect electronic signatures for a petition about the State Library of Florida closing. The petition will be sent to the governor and members of the State Legislature on 28 February 2003. Click here to view the petition and add your name.
Okay this is the rest of the list; Judge Drapers handwriting is beautiful but
a little hard to read--so especially check ones ending in ss. I could have
the spelling wrong.
James O Gill
Leonidas L Hamline
J G High
Bernard T Hook
Nancy J Jackson
A W Mason
Augustine C Parks
David R Reese
Wm A Saunders
William Scott, Sen
George W Seaman
J J Seiss
Kitty L Vanpelt
John L Waitman
John W Wareham
Wallace W White
William A White
Phineas K Williams
James W Woodmansee
PLEASE don't bury me in requests, wait until I have the whole list up, then
if you have an interest in one of the names I'll do them first. Please do
NOT bury the Clerks Office with requests--they just give them to me and they
won't let me make any more lists. Its a very short list, but wonderful for
the lucky few.
These are a list of names that have documents in the Henry County Courthouse
called "Lists of Heirs" these documents give date of death, property
descriptions, the heirs of the deceased and the heirs residence if known, and
in most cases the relationship...thats the up side--the down side is there
are only about 100 of them, it looks as if between 1863-1870 or so. I have
no Idea why they started making them, what the criteria was, or why they
stopped. I only wish every county in America had them from 1800-1900 whew
would that make things easier. But here's the first batch of names. And yes
Norma when I get the whole thing done, I'm sending it to you-LOL
William D Allbaugh
John M Armstrong
S M Bailey
John W Bennett
Simeon H Brown
William D Brown
I W Bryson
Joshua W Canby
Moses A Clark
Laura P Clifton
Nancy A Conklin
Alson G Frazer
Thomas C Frazier
Thanks to Cathy Joynt Labath's generosity, several additional files were
uploaded to the Henry County website this evening. Most are for Tippecanoe
Township but some are Henry County. If you have Henry County data don't
hesitate to submit it.
Rather than type them all in again, I will refer you to the What's new file
that was also updated this evening.
Thanks again, Cathy.
>From the History of Henry County, Iowa Vol I by Henry County Bicentennial
Commission, 1982. Article by Ann Farrier
"When she was a young woman Anna [Mabel Crane Whiting(1867-1959)] and her
brother Ralph [Knowlton Crane (1879-1946)] posed for a tintype which Harriet
Ketchem used when making drawings for a monument commemorating Iowa soldiers
and sailors in the Civil War. Anna became an older pioneer woman depicting
History, while Ralph was the young Iowa. Their figures are on one side of
the 135 foot monument created by Danish sculptor Carl Rohl-Smith which
stands on the south lawn of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines."
A picture of the monument appears at the following:
Anna and Ralph Crane were my second cousins three times removed.
More on the Cranes at:
Nathaniel White was my ggg grandfather. Supposedly the city of Mt. Pleasant
purchased (1935) his cabin that was built in 1841 and moved it to Saunders
Park. Does anyone know if it is still there and if so, does anyone have
pictures (or be willing to take some) ???
Also, if anyone is in the vicinity of Oakland Milles cemetery, I would like
to pay for pics of the gravestones of Nathaniel White and his wife, Mary
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: Abt. 1858 in Iowa src: 1880 Tippecanoe, Henry, Iowa
Census d: 1917
I have reworked the Henry County IaGen web site and added some things to
make it easier for folks to find the data. Most significant is the What's
New file that shows what has been added or reworked in 2003. Also updated
the databank file for those whose browser may not let them utilize the drop
down menu. The header file was also updated since that is the first thing
you see at the top when you open the page.
When you have time, visit the site and provide some feedback as to how it
displays in your browser, ease of navigating, etc. We can always improve.
Biography of Robert S. Cole, p 542
Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa
Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1888
Robert S. Cole, deceased, a prominent citizen of Henry County, was born
in Dearborn County, Ind., Nov.. 23, 1822. His parents were Solomon and
Sarah (Remy) Cole. His father was a native of Maryland, born of English
parents, his mother was of French descent. Solomon Cole was a practical
farmer and teacher, and was a man of superior ability and culture. His
family consisted of a wife and nine children, of whom our subject was
the third. They came to Iowa by teams, in 1851. The father was a
confirmed invalid at the time, and the elder sons took all the
responsibility and care of the family. On coming to this county the
family purchased 250 acres of land, situated about twelve miles north of
Mt. Pleasant. The title of one-half of this property was vested in the
parents' name, and one-half in the names of James W. and Robert S., the
elder sons. There the sons prepared a home for their parents, and cared
for them during the remainder of their lives. They conducted the
business of the farm and raised stock until 1849, when they removed to
the city of Mt. Pleasant, and engaged in the lightning rod and pump
business. Their first order was for $50 worth of lightning rods. The
remittance of $50 was lost, but they received the rods. This business
was established by J.W. and R.S. Cole. They soon added the manufacture
of pumps to their trade, the work being done at Greencastle, Ind. Their
venture was successful from the start, and they rapidly extended their
line of operations. Two younger brothers, William and John, were
admitted to the partnership, and in 1865 they formed and incorporated a
company for the continuance of the business, with a paid-up capital of
$30,000. They formed a limited partnership with their employes,
establishing branch sale stations extending through Iowa, Kansas,
Nebraska, and other States, having in all at one time fourteen branch
stations, and employing from 150 to 200 men. At the expiration of the
limit of the first corporation, in 1875, they formed a new corporation
with a paid-up capital of $200,000. The Cole Brothers built up an
immense business, and enjoyed a reputation for fair dealing and good
work that marked a new era in the pump and lightning rod business. The
elder brothers, J.W. and R.S., were associated in business twenty-five
years before they had a settlement. During all that time their business
relations were so harmonious and satisfactory that they had no
unpleasantness whatever. They had everything in common, and although
each of them had families, they had no separate accounts.
Robert S. Cole, the subject of this sketch, was married near Mt.
Pleasant, Iowa, Dec. 24, 1846, to Miss Mary Jane Hutton, daughter of
Rev. Samuel Hutton, an early and highly respected pioneer of Henry
County. Her mother's maiden name was Mary Levi. She was born in North
Carolina, and was of German descent. Mrs. Cole's father was born in
Pennsylvania, and he was also of German descent. He was a minister of
the Baptist Church, and did much preaching in the West. Mrs. Cole was
born in Sangamon County, Ill., Sept 27, 1827. Eight children were born
to Mr. and Mrs. Cole, five daughters and three sons: Anna E. is the
widow of Edward O. Boone and is a teacher in the Indian Territory; she
has one child a son, Victor C.; Sarah J. is the wife of William Ridpath,
an attorney of Brazil, Ind., they have three children; Laura M. resides
with her mother; Hayden R.died Oct. 6, 1876, aged twenty-one years;
Wlliam T. married Annie Maxwell, and resides at Council Bluffs, Iowa;
Jay S. is engaged in the lightning rod business at Greencastle, Ind.;
Mary and Minnie reside with their mother.
Mr. Cole continued to reside at Mt. Pleasant until 1880, when he removed
to Council Bluffs, where he purchased the interest of one of their
branch partners, and carried on the business at that point until the
time of his death, Feb. 28, 1884. After his death his heirs parted with
their interest in the business to Mr. Cole's brothers, Jan. 1, 1887.
Mr. Cole united with the Baptist Church when he was a youth, and was a
zealous Christian during his life, prompt and liberal in support of the
church and of missions, and charitable and kind to the poor and
distressed. He was a philanthropist in the broadest sense of the word.
He contributed liberally to the erection of the Baptist Church at Mt.
Pleasant, and after having removed to Council Bluffs he made a liberal
donation to repair the church after it was wrecked by a cyclone. He also
took an active part in behalf of the church at Council Bluffs, and was
foremost in all good works. A man whose word was regarded as inviolate,
he enjoyed an enviable reputation in the community. After his death his
widow and three daughters resided in Council Bluffs until July, 1887,
when they returned to Mt. Pleasant, to the home which Mr. Cole had made
in that city, which they had never parted with, and which is a
commodious and comfortable residence.
"The way to be happy is to make others happy. Helpng others is the
secret of all success---" -Anon
This Bio was sent to me as an AGK...
Written by Rosalie Martin Cochran
(Transcripted from pp 370-371
"History of Henry County, Ia. 1982)
WILLIAM C. REMY was born March 27, 1772, near Winchester, Frederick Co.
Va to JOHN and CATHERINE HARDIN REMY. His paternal grandparents were
SAMUEL and HANNAH ANN DYE REMY. The maternal grandparents were the
MARTIN HARDINS of Va who were said to have lived near or owned the land
on which Mt. Vernon stands. They were friends and associates of General
George Washington and his family. The three HARDIN brothers, including
MARTIN, were French Huguenots and escaped from France after the Massacre
of St. Bartholomew and emigrated through England to Canada to escape
persecution for their Protestant beliefs. On November 3, 1793 WILLIAM C.
REMY and ELIZABETH ALLENSWORTH, born March 22, 1778, were married.. Like
most REMY's, WILLAM was a Baptist. He spelled his name RAMEY in business
but signed the church registery REMY. WILLIAM and ELIZABETH moved from
Warren Co. Va to Henry Co. Ia in 1838 and cleared land near Mt.
Pleasant. They were received by letter into the Regular Baptist Church
located in Marion Township in June 1841. He was a prosperous farmer in
the county. WILLIAM died on September 22, 1843 and ELIZABETH on March
29, 1850. Both are buried back of the Baptist Meeting House in the Oak
Grove Cemetery. The building has been razed. There were eleven children
born to this union:,
1. CATHERINE (1795-1882) m HENRY STANSBURY (1791-1865) in Franklin Co.
In and moved to Henry Co. Ia in 1841
2. SARAH (b 1797) m SOLOMON COLE in Md and moved to Henry Co., Ia in
3. MARY (b 1799)
4. JOHN JEFFERSON (1802-1866) m 1/EMELINE THOMAS and 2/MARY NELSON
5.SYRENA (B 1804) m an ABERCROMBE
6. DELILAH (b 1806) m a MORRISON
7. PHILIP C. (b 1808) m 2/ANN RICH
8. REBECCA K. (b1810) m a KINGSBURY
9. JAMES MADISON (b 1812)
10. DORCAS (b 1814) m GEORGE DUTTON
11. POLLY (b 1816) m. JOSEPH HUDSON
BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN JEFFERSON REMY
by Rosalie Martin Cochran
JOHN JEFFERSON REMY was b March 13, 1802 probably in Warren Co. Va. He
was the son of WILLIAM C. and ELIZABETH ALLENSWORTH REMY. He moved to
Henry Co. Ia in 1838 and homesteaded about 4 miles southeast of Mt.
Pleasant in Section 24 and 25 of Center Township. He married 1/EMELINE
THOMAS b July 5, 1823, on April 26, 1842 and two children were born:
1/MARY ELIZABETH (1845-1935) who married1/HENRY C. HULL and 2/GEORGE
HOBSON; 2/WILLIAM b September 9, 1846 and died at one day old (EMELINE
REMY died in childbirth and both are buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery
southeast of Mt. Pleasant near the REMY homestead). JOHN J. REMY m MARY
NELSON on August 15, 1848 and five children were born of this marriage:
1. WILLIAM NELSON (1849-1921) m MARY ELLEN BROWN
2. JAMES MADISON (1851-1927) m MALINDA ?
3. FRANKLIN P. (1853-1866) who drowned as a small boy.
4. JOHN SYLVESTR (1856-1936) m YOURANA GREER SHAFFNER
5. GEORGE WASHINGTON (1857-1949) m REBECCA JANE SHAFFNER, sister to John
JOHN J. REMY died on April 20, 1886 and his second wife MARY NELSON died
on Jan. 7, 1890. Both are buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery southeast of
Mt. Pleasant along with most of their descendants.
"The way to be happy is to make others happy. Helpng others is the
secret of all success---" -Anon
I think it is wonderful that so many took my "just a hint "post and put
it to good use, and for those of you that decided to volunteer with no
help from me... good for you!!!
I have had so much feedback on that post that I decided to do a PS and
add a few more tips on how to volunteer. Hope they help!!!
Most counties in the USA have towns that aren't quite ghost towns, but
they are so small that most people call them "a place you'll miss if ya
blink"... go visit one of those really small towns and see if they have
a city hall(you'll be surprised at how many do!) that has really old
records that have been forgotten and post them to your county sites...
Also, some of the towns may have been alot larger in the past and still
have a post office, and may have postal employee records from way back
If you have a company in your town that has existed for 50 years or more,
see if they have any old records such as dated employee lists that they
would like to donate for transcription...(tell them it keeps the company
name out there , too, at a county and state level...)Hospitals, Schools,
Law firms, any company really, might like to do this as a public
service...it shows community commitment and longevity
another thing you can do in some places...look for MOM and POP/ Family-
type businesses that have been around a long time, or those now gone but
remembered and look for old records pertaining to them and do a bio on
the owners.... post to the appropriate county( this is one I am working
on right now and I think it is turning out to be a great idea...)
Find someone from your childhood, that has passed on , someone you
respected alot for whatever reason and do an interview with others still
living who knew the person also and do a short bio...(I would also
remember to pick elderly people that love to remember the past)
anyway, that is just a few more ways to volunteer to make your county and
state pages 'Pop' with info....
Don't forget... try to read at least one very old obit a week and post it
somewhere online...with source, date of publication and location that has
good luck to the lists...
While going through some newspaper articles at the following site, I ran
across the name of Skipton.
Mt. Pleasant Weekly News
Mt. Pleasant, Henry, Iowa
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1896
"Mrs. Douglas SKIPTON is quite recently ill"
I'm not searching these names, but I found this immediately after reading
Mt Pleasant Weekly News
Mt Pleasant, Henry, Iowa
Wednesday, Jan 13, 1897
Labors of Cupid
[Dates of license and ages of applicants follow for the year of 1896]
Anna M WICKS...24
Edith E EVELAND...18
Is there anyone looking for information on the families of Thomas Johnson or William Walter? ( both to Henry Co. 1836)
Also is there anyone looking for Skiptons? I'd love to share information.
In a message dated 2/3/2003 1:55:28 PM Central Standard Time,
> One thing nearly everyone has occasionally are funeral folders from the
> death of a friend or loved one. Those funeral folders have vital
> genealogical information on them. Birth, death, perhaps maiden names, pall
> bearers that may be relatives, sometimes even parents names. Post them on
> the mailing list or if you prefer post them on the Message Boards.
What an excellent idea! I have forwarded this to a few other people that I
know and asked them to pass this along. Hopefully it will catch on across the
Gloria has some very good suggestions. I might make one more.
When the USGENWEB began down in Kentucky, the idea was that everyone has
some data on their family and if we pooled it, we would all have more. It
has reached the point now where on line databases are expected on all of the
counties which is fine if you live next door to the courthouse, but many
coordinators live in totally different states although Iowa is making an
effort to get local coordinators.
One thing nearly everyone has occasionally are funeral folders from the
death of a friend or loved one. Those funeral folders have vital
genealogical information on them. Birth, death, perhaps maiden names, pall
bearers that may be relatives, sometimes even parents names. Post them on
the mailing list or if you prefer post them on the Message Boards. We now
have two message boards. The one on Rootsweb and the one on the IaGenWeb
site. Sheila Carr is still the administrator for the Rootsweb message boards
but I have the now mandatory message board on IaGenWeb for new county
coordinators. Links to both of these are always on the index page of the
County GenWeb pages and you are free to use either one. More information on
the boards can be found at the bottom of the page on the web site. Link
Miscellaneous documents can be placed on the Henry County GenWeb boards.