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I have ordered this film from the FHL and would be happy to look up any of
your families when it arrives. Please have your request to me before
February 15. Please e-mail me separately from the list.
mamsbury(a)earthlink.net There is no charge for this, when I order a film I
usually look at every entry (I do not want to miss anything!) Michelle
I'm forwarding this message in case any of you might be a descendant of George Nichols. It's not clear to me that he was from Marion County.
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Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 10:15 AM
Subject: RE: Nichols Family
To Whom it May Concern:
I am looking for descendants of George V. Nichols. I understand he died during the Civil War in 1862 while serving with the 4th Iowa volunteers. I have in my possession a Klien Brothers sword with his name engraved upon it that I bought at auction in the early 1980s in Anchorage, Alaska.
If you know of anyone who may be interested or has a valid family interest, please have them e-mail me.
William Davis b 1798 PA married Lydia Hare b 1798 OH. They were married in
1818 in OH. William died 1860 in Marion County. Lydia died 1885 in Marion
Leah b 1820
Joseph b 1824 m Allie Ann Ratcliff
Hannah b 1822 m John Frey
Elizabeth b 1828 m Henry Crull
Philip Hare b 1826 m Esther Lum
Mary Ann b 1830 m George Heiney
William Marion b 1840 m Cantha Burch
Can anyone connect to this line? Have info to share
Thank you in advance
Jean T. Gillet was wonderful in sending me this tonight, It is so far the
only source we have for this child William Franklin McGrew. Michelle
Robert DILLON 5 [Isaiah 4, Amos 3]
Thanks to Joseph L. Broom, descendant of George, son of Isaiah, we now have
evidence of Isaiah's son Robert. Feb 1995
... I have discovered a lead on Robert Dillon, son of Isaiah and Christina
Dillon. Last fall I was looking at a microfilm of Marion County, IL,
marriages. As you may recall, Marion County is where George Dillon settled
after living briefly in Vermilion County, IL. I was puzzled to discover a
marriage on 24 Jan 1844 of Alpheus Gibson and Sarah Dillon. I had no idea
who this Sarah could be. There weren't any other Dillon's living in that
area at the time, so it had to be some relation of George Dillon, but there
was no Sarah that I knew of that could be the right age. A couple of months
later I received the final batches of copies of the Isaiah T. and William L.
Dillon Civil War letters which are deposited with the Illinois State
Historical Library. As I was reading through some of William L. Dillon's
letters, I read the following passages:
"I rec'd a letter from Alpheus Gibson's wife - Aunt Sarah, of Iowa. She
says Alpheus has joined the Army. I had, however, heard it before. She
says she is left in a favorable situation, much better than many thousand of
others whose husbands and brothers are now in the army. She says that Mary
Ann and her man are doing tolerably well. They live some distance from her
mothers but will shortly move near them. They have 3 children. The oldest
ones name is William and says that she named him after me, and that I have
not given him a dress yet. I recon that I shall have to comply some day -
think I wont?"
[Letter of William Landrum Dillon to his brothers and sisters, dated at
Memphis, TN, 27 Sep 1862.)
"I also received a letter from Cousin Mary Ann McGrew * and husband of
Belle-fountain, Mahaska Co., Iowa. They say there [sic] were well then
(Nov. 12th/63). Mary told me that my name sake - William Franklin - is
dead! He died last spring. Was her oldest child. She says the dress which
I sent her six years ago last fall she has now in a quilt."
* Mary Ann (Dillon) McGrew. [Letter of William Landrum Dillon to his
mother, brothers and sisters, dated at Scottsboro, AL, 03 Jan 1864.]
Piecing together what is contained in these letters with the marriage I
found, it appears that Sarah Dillon must have died sometime before 1844,
probably in Marion Co., IL. Sarah and Robert apparently had at least one
child, Mary Ann. [JB]
NOTE: Sarah lived at least until 1850 when she appears on the census in
Marion Co., IA with her 2nd husband, Alpheus Gibson, Mary Ann, and the
children of her 2nd marriage.. [JTG]
This research was done by a Dillion researcher. Sarah Baston and her
husband Alpheus Gibson remained in Iowa until about 1878 and then moved to
Vicksburg, Jewell Co., Kansas. She was 59 at that time, I will post
information on her when I receive it. Daughter Mary Ann Dillion and husband
John B. McGrew moved to Plainview Phillips Co., Kansas.
Michelle Townsend Amsbury
Glad to see more activity in this county.
My Long family came to Marion Co in 1851 and stayed until 1880, leaving
several behind to continue with their own families.
Asa C. Long family siblings (Phebe marr to Nathan Layton, Anderson Long,
Elizabeth Nancean marr to Eli Myrick, and James Long) moved to Marion
Co. IA from Henderson Co., IL. Asa and Rebecca (Himes) Long moved his
large family further west in 1880 from Marion Co. to Guthrie Co., IA,
repordedly a three day journey by oxen/wagon and continued living at
this location for the rest of his life.
I look forward to reading more about Marion Co and making valuable
I have a Kline no first name married a Bessie Kitterman Born 1895 Marion Co.
Bessie father is Samuel Kitterman born 1864 Marion or Mahaska Co. and Died
in Kansas 1924
Do you have info. on these people?
Oscar Nelson Stinson TOOL b. 13 Jan 1860 Monroe, Jasper CO. IA
d. 21 Mar 1937 Mansfield, Wright CO., MO
the son of James Alexander TOOL and Sarah Wright FOUTS/FOUST
m. 23 Jan 1881 Otley, Marion Co. IA
Mickey Daniels of Monroe sent me this. I know now that Lydia was a daughter
of Abraham Sheeler Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Friend. I have followed this
line thru Nellie Bean who died near Vacaville Ca, and I recently talked with
her daughter who is still living. Michelle Townsend amsbury
Sorry List I forget to change to Plain Text, from Rich Text.
From: Michelle Amsbury [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2003 9:39 PM
Subject: And more families! John Boreland Gray and Minerva Howell
In Summit Township Marion Co, Iowa is my Great Great Great Grandfather John
Boreland Gray and wife Minerva Howell. Minerva is the daughter of John
Howell and Sarah ? both born 1810 in Pennsylvania. Her sister is Katherine
Sowash Howell who married Benjamin McGrew, sister Ann Eliza Howell and a
brother David Howell. They are in Versailles Township Allegheny Co., PA in
1850 but were born in Huntingdon Township Westmoreland Co., PA. (Howells
are really a bear to find.) John Boreland Gray was the son of George Gray
and Jane Hope, and grandson of William Gray and Margaret Borland. I have
the Gray, Borland, Hope, and McPherson, lineages. The Gray children, George
O. married, ?, and moved to Geddes SD., John Hope Gray married Kitty
Cochrane, (I have her ancestry), they moved to Marysville MO. Anna Gray
married Sam McClurg of Marysville MO, Catherine Gray married James "Jim"
Thomasson. Jane "Jennie" Gray married Levi WOODY, and of course my Great
great, Sarah Lizzie "Sadie" Gray. Sadie married Thomas Maguire Sheeler son
of Daniel Sheeler and Margaret Snyder of jasper Co., Iowa. I have more
information on all of the above. Michelle Townsend Amsbury
I am a descendant of Simeon Zerley and wife Rebecca Burchinal of Monroe, and
for the Zearley Book, I did all of the descendants, I have copies of course
and will look up any information on their descendants. While doing this I
tried to find all of the wives lineages so I do have information on most of
the wives ancestry's. George W. Love's daughter Hattie Blanche of Red Rock,
Marion Co. Iowa, married William Ernest Zerley, son of William Luther
Zerley and Marietta Lucretia Merritt. I have the complete Merritt Genealogy
and did her Tullar ancestry for Vermont Families in 1791 Volume II. I have
both the Burchinal Genealogies and the early 1923 Genealogy which focus's on
the Gans and Wood families of Fayette Co., PA. Michelle Townsend Amsbury
I have posted recently on this family but Henry BASTON and wife Mary EIB
born 1779 in Harrison Co., Virginia are the parents of Catharine BASTON who
married Powell HIMES/HYMES and secondly Thomas GIBSON of Marion County. The
LONG family are descendants and are listed in the Marion County Pioneers
The family of Andrew Jackson CURRENT of Clay Township, Marion Co., are
descendants of Mary "Polly" BASTON Current, of Vermilion Co., IL and her
husband William Current, Mary is Catharine Baston's twin sister.
Sarah BASTON, who's first husband was Robert DILLION, had one daughter Mary
Ann Dillion, she married John B. MCGREW of Marion County Iowa and they moved
to Plainview Phillips Co., Kansas. John B. McGrew was born in Kentucky,
they married on 23 December 1854 in Marion County Iowa.
Their children were born in Marion: John K. McGrew, George McGrew, Rebecca
C. McGrew, Lilly B. McGrew, Arminia McGrew, Luella McGrew, and Emma McGrew.
Apparently they moved around 1877/78. One son, William Franklin McGrew died
1864 as an infant and is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery Mahaska Co., Iowa
Sarah BASTON DILLION married secondly Alpheus GIBSON, they moved to Marion
County Iowa from Marion Co., Illinois, where they were residing near brother
Jacob Eibe Baston and first wife Mary Craig, Powell Himes and wife Catharine
Baston, parents Henry and Mary Baston, John Scritchfield and wife May, whom
I think was a Baston. Their children are Rebecca E. Gibson(Marion Co.,
Illinois) Jacob Gibson and Martha E. Gibson (Marion County Iowa) Martha
married a Cearcy and was widowed, her son Montana Cearcy, born 1875 in MO.
(I have more information on this family)
Washington L. Baston born 1806 in Harrison Co., VA who first married Rebecca
ASHWELL in Harrison Co., Virginia had one son James A. BASTON, Washington
Baston is buried in Marion Co., and his second wife Sarah Little Hall (widow
of Jacob G. Hall)remarried John Matthews, he may have been of Marion or
Jasper Co., Iowa. Sarah's child John R. Hall was a Photographer in Monroe.
Washington Baston is buried in Graceland cemetery in Pella, he died on 9
I think there is a family connection in nearby Mahaska County with the two
daughters of William Baston who married sons of Calvin Tandy, The Webb's are
related and also of Harrison Co., Virginia. I believe this William Baston to
be a Grandson of Henry and Mary Baston, even perhaps a son. Henry and Mary
Baston had fourteen/fifteen children ten of whom grew to maturity and
married. Starting with Washington Baston in 1806 they could have had
children up until 1828, although I know Catherine and Polly to have been
Twins, there might have been others.
I have lots to do yet on this family if other descendants have information I
would appreciate more leads. I am currently researching the Harrison Co.,
Virginia records, then I will do Marion County this summer. Michelle
Can anyone on the list tell me if the John Taylor in the 1880 census, with
father Jacob, mother M.S. and siblings Annie, Maggie, Bell, Libby and Jacob,
Is Dr. John Lea Taylor who practiced Medicine in the Monroe area and married
Mayme Townsend? Or is John, Matthew Taylor's son John in Washington, Marion
Co.? Dr. John L. Taylor's nephew was Dr. Matthew Taylor Morton, my great
Grandmother Nellie Mae Zearley Townsend's 2nd husband. I have often wondered
about the Taylor lineage. Michelle
Annigje Klein from the Souvenir History of Pella.
"Albert Van Houwelingen was born in the Netherlands,
October 2, 1841. He came to Pella with his parents
who settled on a farm near Pella, where Albert lived
until his marriage, with Annigje Klein, which occurred
the 14th day of August, 1865. After his marriage
he continued to farm, first as a renter near Pella and
later on land he bought about seven and a half miles
northwest of Pella. He was one of the few men who
even in the early days, when land was almost without
market value, had the foresight to see that it was sure
grow in value with the inevitable development of the
country.. The result was that while he was a renter,
when he died at the age of 51, he was one of the
largest landowners in the entire Holland colony.
An incident that shows the determined character
that marked all his activities in life was that at the
age of twelve, he made the trip to Keokuk alone, driving
two ox teams the entire distance of 120 miles.
Mr. Van Houwelingen continued actively in agricultural
business until the day of his death, which occurred at
the home farm on the 18th day of October, 1892."
My Great Grandmother Nina Edith Sheeler was a school teacher in Marion, I
have a list of her students for one year and I will post that to the list.
Her father Thomas Maguire SHEELER, married Sarah Lizzie Gray, called Sadie
she was the daughter of John B. Gray and Minerva Howell. The Sheelers of
Marion and Jasper Co., were descendants of Abraham Sheeler and Mary Miller
of Frederick Co., Maryland via Ashland and Perry Co., Ohio. Abraham
Sheelers children moved to Iowa shortly after 1850, Names associated with
them are Snyder,Kindred,Willis, Foster, Koder, Friend, Ott, Bakeman and
others. Michelle Townsend Amsbury
I am researching Mary EVANS, who was born on 27 August 1819 in Bucks Co.,
PA. As of yet I do not have parents for her. Her first marriage was to
John HETHERINGTON in Schuykill Co., Pa and the HETHERINGTONS of Marion and
Jasper Counties are their descendants. At John's death Mary Evans
Hetherington married again in Schuykill, Henry PLATT on 9 January 1857 and
by him had one son, William Henry Hetherington of Monroe, Jasper Co., Iowa,
the owner of the Harness Shop on the square which is now the VFW Hall.
Henry abandoned her and his son William Henry Henry Platt chose to go by
Hetherington. Mary married again a William WILLIAMS and came to Marysville
with him and her children. She died on 24 March 1904 in Marysville. Her
son William Henry (Platt) Hetherington married Ella Louise Metz. Michelle
I have many families in Marion Co., Iowa. In Marysville I have Jacob METZ
and Ann GWINN. Jacob (thank-you to Marilyn Souders) was born in 1813 in
Catawissa, Columbia Co., PA. The son of Peter METZ and Catharina HAUER, and
grandson of Valentine Metz. He and wife Ann Gwinn had the following
John Metz, Pierce Metz, Eunice Metz, Arthur Metz and Ella Louise Metz. I am
descended from Ella Louise Metz, who married William Henry HETHERINGTON.
Michelle Townsend Amsbury