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I read what you posted from the book.
I had William Brannan(en) and wife Minerva Umbarger, Also her father, Umbarger,) James Johnson and wife and abt 6 + girls, and Moses and Casandra Brannan all come to Marengo area some maybe abt 1849/50 others abt 1852. William left there with wife in abt 1854/5 to Tama , Tama Co Ia and Minerva died there in 1856. They had 5 ch but only 2 survived to 1860 and the son only found after that.
James Johnson got a big farm there and some of the Johnson and Jerusha ( Gincy) Brannan Johnson & Family s some descendants still have and oporate it today. They stayed and had 8 or 9 girls and 1 son at end. The Umbarger father i believe died there. They had come from Jackson Co Ind.
There also may have been a Emanuel Brannan and a Thomas Jefferson Brannan came with them but abt 1856?? went by wagon to Tama Co where their brother went to.
Was there anyhting in that book or another one of the county about any of these people.
The Moses Brannan died abt 1871/2 and bur at Koztecsa. Canasandra died in Tama in 1895 and was also burried beside Moses in unmarked graves.
Maxine Baldwin Wilton
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From: "David & Carol Eddleman" <deddle(a)ix.netcom.com>
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2002 2:38 PM
Subject: History of Marengo Township, Iowa County, Ia. from The History of
Iowa County, Iowa, and Its People, Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915.
> CHAPTER XI TOWNSHIP HISTORY MARENGO TOWNSHIP
> FIRST SETTLERS
> Robert McKee is claimed to have been the first settler in the township. He
> came to the place which later became the site of the City of Marengo in
> 1845, coming from the State of Ohio.
> The first dwelling in the township was a crude shanty. It was built of
> by some Mormon itinerants on the Iowa River. During his life here McKee
> several public positions, which are detailed in the summary of county
> officers. The first postoffice was kept by him at his house; his
> to this position was dated April 11, 1846.
> H. H. Hull came to the township from Ohio and took a claim about a mile
> south of the town.. The farm improved by Mr. Hull is now known as the H.
> Havener Farm. He came about the same time as McKee and very soon after his
> arrival was engaged in selling merchandise, at the same time carrying on
> farming in a small way. He lived here many years, practically the balance
> his life, except a few times when be was visiting with his daughter in
> Minnesota. At the Hull place was held the first Fourth of July celebration
> ever held in the county; this was in 1847. Nearly everyone in the county
> came to this feast and festival. Among them were: Lewis Lanning, Doctor
> Crawford, the Kitchens, Robert Hutchinson, William Taylor, Robert McKee,
> John Wycoff, Stephen Hanson, John Hanson, William Hench, R. B. Groff and
> others. Not the least part of the entertainment that day was the whiskey
> consumed, the drinking of which was not held in such bad repute in those
> days as now. Nor is it to be understood that all present indulged in
> for there were a number of well-known teetotalers in the crowd.
> Porter and Orley Hull came to the township about the same time as Horace
> Hull. Orley remained at Homestead for a time. He left Marengo at an early
> date and located at Walla Walla, Ore., where he became wealthy and there
> died. Amos Crocker came from Ohio in 1847 and settled an the bluff south
> Marengo. He died in 1856. Joseph Hollowell located about three miles west
> Marengo in 1846-47, coming from the Hoosier State. He stayed there, raised
> family, and both he and his wife died on the farm they had entered from
> Government. R. B. Greff, whose writings are interspersed throughout this
> volume, was a settler here in 1847, building his home near Bear Creek.
> is the site of the farm owned by the Densons, who live south of Homestead.
> He afterwards moved his residence to Marengo. He was a regularly admitted
> member of the bar and once practiced in this county. Washington Kitchens
> a home on Bear Creek as early as 1846. William Kirkpatrick was another
> comer. He came from Ohio, and after reaching this county followed his
> as carpenter, building the first hotel in Marengo, which was known as the
> old Iowa Hotel, located at the northeast comer of the public square, where
> the feed yard is now located. Lewis F. Wilson came from Powesheik County
> Honey Creek Township and then to Marengo Township in 1847. Later Mr.
> moved to a farm near Indianola, in Warren County, Iowa, and then back to
> Iowa County, spending his last years in Marengo. Thomas J. Talbott came
> Indiana with his parents and other members of the family about the year
> 1848, and the family settled on a farm just southeast of Marengo. Clark
> Morrison came from Indiana in 1849 and located west of Bear Creek, where
> Frank Miller now lives. He afterward bought and improved the farm now
> by Joseph Buzel, west of Marengo, and later moved to Nebraska, where he
> his wife died. Joseph Ratcliffe, an Indiana man, lived for a time at the
> trading post and then settled in Marengo and kept a tavern known as the
> Roebuck House. He died in the '60s. William Taylor, who had lived for a
> years in Honey Creek Township, came here in 1849 and was employed by
> prospective settlers in locating their land. He charged $1 a day for his
> services. After living here for about two years he moved to Tama County.
> William Hill,a blacksmith, came in the year 1848 and engaged at his trade
> for about two years, then also went to Tama County to live. Israel Dillin
> came from Ohio in 1849 and located just on the ridge a few rods northeast
> the new canning factory. Besides his wife there were five sons and two
> daughters. With his sons, Israel Dillin undertook one of the really big
> enterprises of the times when he began to dig a race from Bear Creek to
> River through the town of Marengo. They also built the first grist mill.
> Dillin went to the State of California afterwards, and in 1850 died at
> Sacramento. C. C. Slocum married a Miss McConnell, a sister of John and
> James McConnell, then prominent in Iowa County affairs. He was a man of
> culture and ability, but not robust; he opened a store in the old loghouse
> just east of the Catholic Church and died in 1858. Dr. W. Wallace came
> Ohio and commenced the practice of medicine in 1850. He afterward died in
> Council Bluffs. Calvin and John Salisbury came from Ohio. Calvin was a
> carpenter and died in California. John remained a farmer during his entire
> life. R. F. Mason, W. H. Wallace, Dr. E. C. Hendershott, Stephen Chase,
> Charles Kitchens, John Ervin, David Troup, I. S, Frost, I. N. Kitchens, D.
> Sprague, M. S. Cleveland, James Gilbert were some other early settlers in
> what was then Marengo Township. Alexander Danskin and his four brothers,
> William, John, Gilmore and Ebenezer, Scotchmen, came to the county in May,
> 1853. Alexander and Gilmore were well known as stock breeders. Alexander
> very patriotic, and in 1861 volunteered in the Thirty-seventh Iowa
> the celebrated gray-beard regiment. He died in Marengo at the age of
> ninety-four years. H. Denslow came to Marengo in 1855 and until 1865
> as a mason; then began farming. He was from Connecticut. He afterward
> his farm to James A. Hunter and moved to California and there died. James
> A. Hunter was a native of Tennessee, came to this county in the fall of
> 1845, locating near Homestead first; thence to a farm near Marengo. He
> followed farming and stock breeding until he died.
> The same methods are used in Marengo Township today in farming as in other
> township of the county, and in fact the history, outside of incidents and
> events, does not greatly differ. The men who came to the township in the
> early days were not the men, of course, who went to other townships, but
> their lives, their experiences and the hardships they had to overcome were
> identical. The men of Marengo and nearby townships had the advantage,
> perhaps, in market facilities, but with the coming of the railroad these
> differences were evened. In the year 1850 there were only 286 people in
> township; in 1880 there were 2,485, including the city, 747 outside of
> Marengo; and in 1915 the total population of the township is 2,771--the
> with 2,200 and the township outside with 571.
> John M. Kortz came with his parents and others of his family to Iowa
> from Tennessee in April, 1852, and here followed farming until about 1890,
> when be moved to a farm near Julesburg, Colorado, where he died. Thomas
> Leader, a native of England, came to the county in November, 1855. A
> complete sketch of Mr. Leader and photo-plate may be found in Volume II of
> this work. He became one of the largest land owners in the county, having
> one time over one thousand acres. W. R. Liddle came to the county in the
> fall of 1854, and learned the blacksmith's trade. He came with his father,
> James A. Liddle, who, with his wife, seven sons and five daughters, also
> became citizens of Marengo. Four other sons learned the blacksmith's trade
> with their father. W. R. Liddle and his son, John, were murdered by Texas
> ruffians during the great rush for land at the Oklahoma opening. L. O.
> Marble, a settler in the year 1856, was known as a horseman, specializing
> thoroughbreds. He moved to Dorchester, Neb., and died there. In the late
> months of the year 1850 S. J. Murphy came here and was prominent in the
> county for many years. He was a volunteer in the Thirty-seventh Iowa
> the Civil war and at one time served as postmaster of Marengo. T. W. Owen,
> son of Lemuel Owen, a highly respected pioneer, was brought to the county
> his parents in 1852, when he was a lad of eleven years of age, and here
> attended school. He served during the rebellion in Company G, Eighth Iowa
> Infantry, and later engaged in farming and business at Marengo. He and
> wife are now living a retired life in their home at Marengo.
> The History of Iowa County, Iowa, and Its People, Chicago: S. J. Clarke
> Co., 1915, pp. 181-183.
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