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Forgive me if this is a duplicate message. It appears it didn't send the
first time so I am retrying..
----- Original Message -----
From: Denise Leo
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 8:56 PM
Subject: Whites in Johnson County
Hello Johnson Co. Listers
I am researching Whites in Johnson County. My gggg Grandfather John White
came to Johnson County around 1843 from Licking County Ohio. I am trying
to find out more about his family and who is parents are. My Aunt supplied
me with some information from a book she found in a library in Solon Iowa.
It referenced Two pioneer Whites who came to Johnson County. They were
Brothers Thomas and William. The artical says that Thomas and family
remained but no decendants of William are living in the area at the time.
Thomas is said to have sons George, James and John and daughter Margarette.
I believe this is my line but can not prove that this is my John or that
Thomas is my Johns Father. Unfortunately my aunt did not have the source
of the article or the date.
Here is what I know on my John White. B. june 1819 in Licking Co Oh, Died
1896 and is buried in Solon , Johnson County. I have no records other than
an obit. He married first Rachel Payne in 1844. She died after childbirth
that same year. They had son William Elroy White. I have copies of
Guardianship papers appointing John guardian of William. John married
secondly Elizabeth Ayresmith or Airsmith, I am uncertain of spelling as I
have seen it a number of ways. They had four children Aurther, Calvin,
John, and Margarretta or Mary Etta who married Henry Furhmeister.
Related surnames would include White,Payne, Kelso, Furhmeister, DeVault and
Does anyone out there either have a connection or have index books or county
history books etc. that may offer me a clue. This John White has been a
brick wall in our search for many years.
I had no response from my plea for assistance with Oakland Cem abstracts. I
would very much appreciate a look up of the following if someone has these
ICGS publication in their personal library.
Burial of Geo W. Nelson and wife Elizabeth McCollister Nelson (1908 and
Burial of Hart Spencer and wife Ionia Nelson Spencer - dates unknown, but
hopefully in Oakland near her parents.
Burial information on Geo. Spencer died June 1971, Robert Spencer died
January 1966 and Hazel M. Spencer died 11 Feb 1988.
Marriage record of Ionia Nelson to Robert Spencer.
While I would like to purchase all the Johnson Co. publications from the
ICGS, I simply can't afford to do so. I have made this request via the
Random Acts of Kindness/Johnson Co. site and have not had a reply.
Would the cemetery give out this information? - I would call.
Thanks in advance, Karen Nelson Hangsleben
I don't have cemetery or marriage records for Johnson Co. but I do have
a Johnson Co. Probates Index which the Iowa City Gen. Society put
together. There is a probate record at the courthouse for an H. A.
Spencer on pg. 94 & also something on pg. 163. The index also lists one
for Ionia N. Spencer on pg. 259. Then one for Robert Nelson Spencer on
pg. 346 but only a listing for a George M.--not N. Nelson on pg. 132. If
I remember correctly, when I requested just one lookup the court house
charged me close to $15. With all of the above records, you'd be
spending some money for sure but what you find in them might be worth
it. I would call the court house to find out if perhaps they can give
you a deal since there are a few of them.
George W. Nelson died in Iowa City, IA in 1908. He is buried at the Oakland
Cem at Iowa City. His wife Elizabeth McCollister Nelson died in 1917. I
would hope to find that she is buried at Oakland as well.
One child was born to this couple and survived to adulthood. She was the
wife of H.A. Spencer and I believe her name to have been Ionia. Children
born to this couple may include George, Robert, Hazel and Mark Spencer.
Looking for someone with Oakland Cem records kind enough to confirm the
burial of Elizabeth Nelson there as well as perhaps Ionia Nelson Spencer
and her family.
Locating living descendants would be a real plus.
I believe that Geo. W. Nelson is the son of James and Susan Hutchinson
Nelson. They moved from the Pike/Jackson OH counties area to Jerseyville,
Jersey Co., IL.
If anything here looks like family - or if you can help me out with look
ups in Cem. abstracts, please reply.
Thanks in advance.
Karen Nelson Hangsleben
I am looking for the family of Newton C.Butler who was born in 1826 in
Tennessee. When he was a small child, the family moved to Illinois, then in
1839 to Iowa City,Iowa,where his father built the second house in that town.
His father died there in 1845. Newton left to go to California in 1850. Does
anyone know anything about this family? Jeremie
Ran across a neat site listing guidelines for writing the kind of
biographies all of us dream about finding.... the kinds that give ALL
the "answers" but aren't really long!