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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Wesley Dennet BRIDGES of Mediapolis, IA
which was taken at the Goodnow Studio in Mediapolis. The photograph appears
to have been taken in the 1890's with Wesley likely in his 20's at the time.
Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information
regarding Wesley and his family:
Wesley Dennett BRIDGES was b. 5 Oct 1868 in Mediapolis, IA to parents John
Dillon BRIDGES (b. 14 Feb 1845 in Yellow Springs, IA) and Marcy or Marcia
Jane VINCENT (b. 21 May 1839 in Washington, OH). Wesley was one of 5
children born to this couple including, Wesley Dennett; Grant F.; Minerva
J.; Morris J.; and Sarah Abigail BRIDGES, all born between 1868 and 1879.
Wesley married Anna Mae NICHOLS (b. 12 Dec 1872 in Grundy Center, IA - dau
of William NICHOLS and Mary L. CROUSE) on 23 May 1894 in Montour, IA. They
had 7 children including, Harold Anye; Robert Merlyn; Delmas or Delmar
Jarold; Vivian M.; and Leona Leota; Velma; and one other, all born between
1895 and 1911. Wesley died in Montour, IA on 2 Jan 1935 and is buried in
Wesley's son Harold Anye BRIDGES was b. 28 Feb 1895 in Louisa, IA and their
next son Robert M. BRIDGES was born 25 Jul 1897 in Morning Star, IA and
married Isabel C. GUTHRIE (b. 1899 in Lone Tree, IA - dau of Joseph R.
GUTHRIE and Nellie BABBITT) on 15 Oct 1921 in Cedar Falls, IA and he died 6
Nov 1969 in Forest City, IA. Their daughter Velma Marcia Louise BRIDGES was
b. 7 Sept 1910 in Montour, IA. His son Jarold D. BRIDGES was living in
Chicago, IL when he applied for a passport in 1963 and immigrated to Brazil
listing his birthdate as 19 Jun 1905 in Grundy Center, IA. Wesley's wife
Anna died 10 Jun 1939 in Montour, IA.
Census records provide the following details:
1880 census of Mediapolis, IA:
John D. BRIDGES, age 35, a Carpenter, born IA, parents born OH/NY
Marcia BRIDGES, wife, age 37, Keeps House, born OH, parents born RI/CT
Dennet W. BRIDGES, son, age 10, born IA
Grant F. BRIDGES, son, age 7, born IA
Minnie BRIDGES, dau, age 6, born IA
Morris BRIDGES, son, age 4, born IA
Saida BRIDGES, dau, age 1, born IA
Clarissa BRIDGES, mother, age 77, born NY, parents born NY
1900 census of Palermo, IA:
Wesley D. BRIDGES, age 32, born Oct 1867, married 6 years, born IA, parents
born IA/OH, a Pinner
Anna M. BRIDGES, wife, age 28, born Dec 1871, married 6 years, 2 children/2
living, born IA, parents born Scotland/NC
Harold A. BRIDGES, son, age 5, born Feb 1895, born IA
Robert M. BRIDGES, son, age 2, born Jul 1897, born IA
+ 2 Roomers
1910 census of Howard, IA:
Wesley D. BRIDGES, age 41, married 15 years, born IA, parents born IA/OH, a
Hardware Retail Merchant
Anna M. BRIDGES, wife, age 37, married 15 years, 5 children/5 living, born
IA, parents born Scotland/NC
Harold A. BRIDGES, son, age 15, born IA
Robert M. BRIDGES, son, age 12, born IA
Delmar J. BRIDGES, son, age 5, born IA
Vivian M. BRIDGES, dau, age 2, born IA
L. Leota BRIDGES, dau, age 10 months, born IA
1920 census of Montour, IA:
Wesley D. BRIDGER, age 51, born IA
Anna M. BRIDGER, wife, age 48, born IA
Delma BRIDGER, son, age 13, born IA
Vivian M. BRIDGER, dau, age 11, born IA
Velmer BRIDGER, dau, age 9, born IA
Valeria BRIDGER, dau, age 1, born IA
1930 census of Montour, IA:
W. Dennett BRIDGES, age 61, married at age 25, born IA, parents born IA/OH,
a Hardware Merchant
Anna BRIDGES, wife, age 58, married at age 21, born IA, parents born
Valera BRIDGES, dau, age 11, born IA
I am hoping to locate someone from the family so that this wonderful old
treasure can be returned to their care. If you are a member of this family,
or you know someone who might be, please contact me.
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