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How often did Iowa do censuses? So far folks have mentioned state
censuses for these years 1856, 1885, 1895, and 1925.
Also, I see Ancestry.com will be adding 1895 Iowa State Census Index to
their lists of databases.
Daniel KIMES was living in Johnson County in 1856. He married Catherine
(Barta) in Johnson Co, IA on 13 April 1859, and they were living in the
County in 1870, 1880, and 1885.
It SEEMS they would have been living in the County in 1860, but no one
has been able to find them. I'm wondering if perhaps Daniel and
Catherine were living with Catherine's parents. If that's the case, we
need to look at an 1860 census record for her parents.
Does anyone have access to an 1860 IA census index? Catherine's father
could be listed as Wesley BARTA, John BARTA, or Wetzel BARTA. The family
was probably in Johnson Co.; and Catherine's father would have been abt.
49 yrs. old. in 1860 (b. ca 1811).
A very distant cousin that connects to the KIMESes that lived in Johnson
Co, IA in the late 1800s recently visited the Morfordsville cemetery.
We took a little trip to Johnson Co. and the Morfordsville cemetery.
(smile). It was interesting. All the grave sites of those that we have
ascertained belong to our family are all in an area about 9 ft. by 12
ft. The grave sites are sort of around the perimeter.
A couple of the Lewis markers are newer and quite legible. The Kimes
and Barnes are quite hard to read, but since we had a listing it was
possible to find all of them.
This area [around our relatives] and markers are surrounded by yucca
The most interesting thing to me is that every marker had artificial
flowers- from last year, and Andrew Kimes had 2 small flags. Other
markers in the cemetery did not have flowers, new or old. This just
made my heart pound.... Barnes, Lewis and Kimes; every marker, even
those from 1850s had flowers!!! Yet none of the others had a thing.
In the Joseph Kimes 'side' of the rectangle were a pile of markers for
the Leigh family -- Jestina, Herbert H., Diolinda and Adolphus for
certain, and perhaps a couple more. Have you ever seen that name in
conjunction with the Kimeses? This pile of markers was also surrounded
by yuccas. No yuccas in the rest of the cemetery that we noticed.
So, fellow Johnson Co researchers, sounds like we must have some distant
cousins that visit the cemetery every so often. Naturally we'd love to
connect to whomever relates to these folks! If any name listed sounds
familiar, please drop me a note.
Of the nine known sons of Peter Kimes, four brothers lived in Johnson
Co, IA at one time or another.
The first brother to arrive was Uriah Kimes and his wife, the former
Nancy Cross. They were in Johnson Co when the 1850 census was taken.
They MAY have been in the County before then as a dau, Mary Ann, was
born in IA ca 1845.
Joseph, Daniel, and Henry Kimes arrived in Johnson Co ca 1852 along with
their families and mother, Nancy Kimes. They moved to the County from
Kosciusko Co, IN.
Evidently Nancy, the mother, lived with Daniel as we find her in
Daniel's household in 1856. Daniel MAY have already been widowed when he
moved to Iowa; we've yet to find his first wife's burial site, she being
the former Mary Leighty. The couple had one known son, William, but his
whereabouts hasn't been known for years. Daniel didn't even know if
William was still alive when he wrote his will in 1905. Daniel married a
second time in 1859 and spent the rest of his life in the County.
Joseph and Henry were in Johnson Co in the 1850s, but returned to
Kosciusko co before 1860. Uriah and his family went with them. Uriah
returned to Iowa to spend his remaining years in and around
Morfordsville, Pleasant Valley and Lucas Twps. Joseph returned to Iowa
before 1869, but moved on to Adair Co, IA. We think Henry remained in
Kosciusko Co, IN where the parents had settled when they moved from
To identify our Johnson Co relatives (in the event anyone is interested
and maybe someone will spot a familiar name), here are names and approx.
years of birth:
Joseph Kimes 1818
Uriah Kimes 1820
Nancy Cross 1822
Henry K. Kimes August 1823
Daniel Kimes 1827
Mary Leighty 1833
Catherine Barta 1841
Joseph Kimes 1841
Andrew Jackson Kimes 1843
Mary Ann Kimes 1845
Andrew J. Kimes 1846
Albert Barnes 1850
Henry Martin 1851
William Kimes 1851 - 1856
Marietta // 1852
Nancy C. Kimes 1854
Nathaniel Kimes 1856
Uriah Kimes, Jr. 1856
Peter Kimes 1860
John A. Harrington 1861
Joseph Kimes 1861
Anna Kimes 1862
Charles Kimes 1862
Charles Harrington 1863
Helen Kimes 1864
Joseph Lewis 1864
Nancy E. Kimes 05 November 1864
Mary Kimes 1868
William Kimes 1870
Eva R. Kimes 1872
Henry E. McCune
Frank John Kimes 17 July 1872
Frank Kimes 1873
Julia Kimes 1874
Lewis W. Kimes 1874
Charles Russell Martin 1875
Ida J. Kimes 1875
John Barnes 1875
Ida Kimes 1877
Emma L. Kimes 1879
Lewis Kimes 1879
Lavina Kimes 1881
Adella Kimes 1882
Alta Kimes 1882
Rudolph J. Kimes 1885
Wesley McCune 03 April 1898
A BIG thank you to researchers Marion, Pat, Charles, Ethel, Sandy for
providing data to aid in piecing these families together.
AND, should anyone spot a familiar name, please email me. Thanks.