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I did a couple of quick searches on this couple and found the following
1840 Mercer Co., IL
Horace E. Wright 1 male 20-30, 1 female 20-30, 2 females under 5.
Alphons W. Wright 1 male 20-30, 1 femali 20-30.
1850 Twp. 15 n r2 w, Mercer Co., IL
Horace E. Wright 35 Landlord b. NY
Harriet M. 32 b. NY
Mary E. 13 b. NY
Ann L. 11 b. NY
Abbe G. 6 b. IL
George A. 1 b. IL
Wesley Arrasmith 20 Laborer b. KY
1860 Twp. 14n5w, Mercer Co., IL
Frank Smith 7 b. IL living in the household of Hearley Ives
1860 3rd Ward, City of Rock Island, IL
Horace Wright 46 Grocer b. NY
Harriet A. 42 wife b. NY
Mary 23 at home b. NY
Laurine 20 at home b. NY
Abby G. 15 at home b. NY
George A. 11 b. IL
Harriet 8 b. IL
Ellen 3 b. IL
1870 P.O. Aledo, Mercer Twp., Mercer Co., IL
Horace E. Wright 53 Ret. Farmer b. NY
Harriet M. 52 Keeping House b. NY
George A. 20 At Home b. IL
Hattie M. 18 b. IL
Ella Jane 12 b. IL
1880 Village of Frank Pierce, Johnson Co., IA
Frank H. Smith 28 Physician b. PA father b. PA mother b. PA
Ella Smith 22 Keeping House b. IL father b. NY mother b. NY
George Scott 24 cousin farming rheumatism b. IL father b. PA mother B. PA.
I am not related, but maybe this will help someone who is.
There is an 1879 marriage license and a health certificate up for bid on eBay
for a Frank Smith of Johnson Co., Iowa and Ella Wright of Mercer Co.,
Copy and paste the following link to see it. Hopefully it will end up with a
descendant. Here is the link.
Thanks , I had a lady scour North Dakota , he did not go to school there
, did not pay taxes there , did not have a phone or house there either.
She did however find an article in the paper that said that the SS people
would be there to sign people up.
He must have been working on a farm as a hand or just passing thru.
I have looked at the 1930 census until I am blind and can't find anything.
I saw that McKenzie and thought the exact same thing that you did.
I am hating to think I have to wait until the 1940 census comes out
And him still not be there under this name that is.
From: Steve Williams [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, March 04, 2005 8:15 PM
To: Mary Stickney; IAJOHNSO-L(a)rootsweb.com
Subject: RE: Robert Roy Rogness - born 02/15/1927, died 11/22/1963
You have quite a mystery here. I have done a 1930 census search, but came
up with nothing conclusive. As you can see there are some very interesting
listings here. Most ROGNESS families lived in North Dakota or Minnesota in
1930 and all seemed to originate in Norway. There was a "Gulick Rogness",
but no children. There are a lot of Rogness's living in McKenzie County,
North Dakota. I find it interesting that one of the names of Robert Roy
Rogness's mother was Alice "McKinzie".
You may want to see what records you can find for the 50's in North Dakota
since that is were his SSN was issued. Maybe you can find volunteers to
Good luck in your search,
<<BTW, William's father was Daniel Kimes.... resident of Big Grove Twp
[Johnson Co, IA] from ca 1852 until his death in 1906.>>
You can find his tombstone photo at: http://www.findagrave.com/
see a picture here
My name is Mary Lee Rogness; I was born in Iowa City Iowa. I am looking for
on my father who died when I was 2.
His name is Robert Roy Rogness, born 02/15/1927, died 11/22/1963.He
married my Mother in 1957 in Iowa City Iowa.
I am getting conflicting information as to what his parents names are. He
would not talk
about his side of the family to my mother.He would get mad and change the
subject, every time she brought it up. He would only say he was born in
Gold Stone Montana and his mothers name was Rose. I ordered a birth
from Montana, and there was not one on file. I also ordered a birth
from Michigan and there was not one there either.He applied for his Social
Security Card in Rugby North Dakota on May 25,1954.
On his Social Security SS5 application it says:
He was born Big Rapids Michigan
Father: Robert John Rogness
Mother: Alice McKinzie
On his and my Mothers marriage certificate it says:
He was born Gold Stone Montana
Father: Gulleck Sven Rogness
Mother: Rose Swenson
My mother met my father in 1956 , they went to the First Church of the
were married up until he died in 1963. He left my mother with 3 kids , 2,4,
and 6 years old, and 8 months pregnant with a fourth.My youngest brother was
born 2 weeks after our dad died.
We drew death benefits from that SS# , so I know it is the correct one. We
S. Riverside Drive, Iowa City Iowa, up until he got to sick to work. Then we
moved to 603 1st avenue, Iowa City Iowa. He was there 2 months then had to
put in a nursing home, until he died. He died the same day as Kennedy was
In July 1958 he told my Mom that they were going to move, they loaded up the
truck and drove to Caldwell Idaho.
My mother remembers that he cried on the way there.
Taking my oldest brother who was 11 months old , they stayed in a Motel for
a week. He left my mother adn brother
in the motel and was gone everyday for 8-10 hours.
I have been told (by my uncle of course), that he bought and sold guns.
he also told me this story:
My Dad and my grandfather were in a bar. After my dad
left ,a guy came up to my grandfather and told him "I knew Bob, when he
in California and had 4 kids.
My uncle also used to ride with my dad in the moving van (American Red
Ball), my dad
was always looking for a place that had Western Union services. Also , when
my father was in the hospital with the brain tumor that killed him, some
called our house looking for him, several times.
I do not know any of his family. If he has brothers or sisters.Where he went
My father used to write to the Government allot. My uncle was at our house
one day when
he got a reply from the White house. To a letter he had written,
saying "So and So" was worse than Hoffa". My uncle could not remember the
So and so's name.
I know nothing except that he was in or around Rugby ND in1954.
Has anyone "seen" a William Kimes born 1851-1856 in Indiana?
William's father was born in PA and mother, Ohio. She died before
1856 but we haven't been able to locate William.
William's father moved to Johnson Co, IA, but for some reason, he
never knew (or never told) what became of his only child from his
ANY info or clues appreciated!
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