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Would like any Info on William E. Henry and Martha A Pate, married in
Anamosa, IA on 09/01/1873. They had at least one child, Albert b. 1874. The
1880 and 85 census shows Albert with another family. Thanks......Brian
Will you be adding Madison twp?
I am looking for the 1885 census information on Elsia McGuire family of
Madison. Wifes name was Margaret.
Thanks so much.
On Tue, 22 Oct 2002 15:32:56 +0000 "Don Thomson" <donaldt53(a)hotmail.com>
> I have recently completed photocopying the remainder of the Jones
> Co., IA,
> census of 1885. About 2/3 of the census has been posted on the
> Jones Co.
> Web Site, and the remainder has been transcribed except for the
> townships of
> Richland, Wayne, Washington and Wyoming. I hope to have it all
> by the end of this year.
> If anyone is seeking a family name not yet posted, I am willing to
> do a
> look-up for you.
> I am presently transcribing Richland Township which is a real
> challenge due
> to the small and often illegible handwriting of the original
> The census data for the other townships are more legible so the
> transcriptions should progress smoothly.
> Don Thomson
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Dear Don, THANK YOU, and thank you again for all your work posting online
census records. Through the efforts of you and your co-volunteers I have
scanned the census records of the Anamosa State Pen, and found there, a guard
by the name of JW Smith and the date 1912. My ggrandmother was married to
Joseph W. Smith, and she is in the 1880 census with her four children, stated
as married, but there is no Joseph with her.
>From oral history I know that they were separated for years, but I cann't
find him any where, except for a Civilwardata.com database that lists him
coming from Mt. Vernon, Linn County, Iowa. It is likely that this is he, but
I need some way to analyze if this JW Smith listed as a guard at the Anamosa
State Pen would be him.
Is there a way to get first names, or any other familiar background data on
those who are listed as employees of the prison? Mary in GA
I have recently completed photocopying the remainder of the Jones Co., IA,
census of 1885. About 2/3 of the census has been posted on the Jones Co.
Web Site, and the remainder has been transcribed except for the townships of
Richland, Wayne, Washington and Wyoming. I hope to have it all transcribed
by the end of this year.
If anyone is seeking a family name not yet posted, I am willing to do a
look-up for you.
I am presently transcribing Richland Township which is a real challenge due
to the small and often illegible handwriting of the original enumerator.
The census data for the other townships are more legible so the
transcriptions should progress smoothly.
Get faster connections -- switch to MSN Internet Access!
Thanks for your letter and offer, I appreciate it so much.
You are lucky to live in what I think of as a nice part of our country. I've
seen pictures of IA and remember a little of my trip there years ago. I
remember it as a beautiful state and pictures I've seen confirm my memories.
I will keep your name and address just in case, and I'll let you know if I
find my great grandfather. I've just heard from Charles Stivers who sent
phone numbers of some of the cemeteries in the Monticello area. I'll make a
few calls and see what I can learn.
You both have been so helpful, I can't thank you enough.
I'll be in touch,
Thank you, I feel like I've really made a giant stride in finding my great
His name was Montgomery BELL. He and my great grandmother, Agnes Young
Fairburn Bell, lived in Jones County, Monticello Township, she was born in
Scotland. As far as I know, my grandmother Alice Maude Bell was born in
Monticello in 1880. I found this information at the Mormon Family History
Center in Santa Monica. My great grandmother, my grandmother, and her
brother, are all buried in Storm Lake, IA., but there's no sign of
Montgomery. I don't know where he died or where he's buried, but from the
1885 census, I now know he was born in Dubuque, IA. BTW, my mother was born
in Storm Lake but moved to California after she married.
I live in So. California, but since Santa Monica is at least an hours drive
for me I don't go there very often. It's sort of an all day trip and the
freeway is difficult, the traffic impossible.
I'm sorry, I don't recognize any of your family names. I've been to Iowa once
and would love the chance to go back. It's a beautiful state and it would be
nice to visit the places where my family lived.
Barbara Bell, I married a man named BELL so am kind of back to my roots.
Would you kindly send that info to me about the meaning of Militia Voter--I
accidentally deleted Don's answer--granddaughter distracting me.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, October 06, 2002 1:19 PM
Subject: Re: [IAJONES] 1885 CENSUS
> Hi Don,
> Thank you very much for information regarding the meaning of Militia
> had no idea what it meant. I also received an explanation from Steve
> This is the greatest list, people are so kind and helpful. I really
> appreciate your taking the time to help me.
> Barbara Bell
> To join Ancestry.com and access our 1.2 billion online genealogy records,
I'm pleased that you found "your man" in the census records. To keep it
brief, we are indicating a man's eligibility (age 18-40 ?) for military duty
as "militia." I would imagine that all those so labeled were not suited for
military duty because of disabilities, had families to support, etc. If a
man was 21 years old he was eligible to participate in the elections or be a
"voter." There are some people who had not taken out naturalization papers
and were referred to as "alien."
>Subject: Re: [IAJONES] 1885 CENSUS
>Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2002 08:40:03 EDT
>This is wonderful, I just found my "brickwall," my great grandfather, in
>census. I'm so thrilled, I've been looking for information on him for
>Now I know where he was born and possibly will be able to find his parents.
>I can't thank you enough!
>I do have a question though, could you explain what Militia, Voter means?
>To join Ancestry.com and access our 1.2 billion online genealogy records,
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Thank you very much for information regarding the meaning of Militia Voter. I
had no idea what it meant. I also received an explanation from Steve Hanken.
This is the greatest list, people are so kind and helpful. I really
appreciate your taking the time to help me.
This is wonderful, I just found my "brickwall," my great grandfather, in this
census. I'm so thrilled, I've been looking for information on him for years.
Now I know where he was born and possibly will be able to find his parents.
I can't thank you enough!
I do have a question though, could you explain what Militia, Voter means?
Thanks, Richard, but I got an e-mail from one of your frequent transcribers,
and took another look at the site. I wasn't looking at 'prisoners' per se,
but folks who worked at the Pen. Some of my ancestors are showing up in
areas where there are big federal penetentiaries, and I am aiming another
shot in the dark that they worked there. Especially, I am looking for Anna
Smith/Mattie Schmidt, the latter of which worked near Cedar Rapids, Iowa as a
With a name like Schmidtz/Schmitz/Smith they are difficult to find. You
found Anna in an 1880 Anamosa, Jones Co census, but she disappears after
that, and I am thinking they (she and her four children) moved to another
Where could I find divorce papers in Jones County?
Again, the kudoes to you and your group are sincerely offered. Mary in GA
You folks out there in Iowa have done just fantastic work on transcribing
censi for Jones Co. I was just remember that the Anamosa Pen census was
coming up, and I wonder if I missed the notification?
Still looking for my ggrandfather who might have been a Federal marshal
there, and his wife a police matron. Hope I didn't miss it. Mary in balmy
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