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Hannah D. Action - posted 29 Jan 2012

Acton, Hannah D. ~ Death date: June 29, 1867; She is buried in Beacon Cemetery; I'd like her obituary. Her husband moved to Kansas and is buried there.

Lori DeWinkler

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John M Adams - posted Aug 2010

John M. Adams was born in Des Moines Co., June 4, 1854. I think he immigrated to Oregon at age 6.

[Submitted by Doug Adams;]

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Bates & Taylor

Would like to know any information on Thomas Y. Bates and Hannah Taylor of Page county Iowa.

Vernal Lawnick, Maryville Missouri

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Bodell - posted Aug 2008

Do you have any knowledge about anyone in the BODELL family? My great-grandmother was Dagne Bodell and she had two sons, Lewis and Arthur.

Thank you,
Linda O'Leary

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William Y. Boyd - posted June 2010

I am looking for information on William Y. Boyd. The 1880 census shows him and his wife Barbara living with the William McElhenny family. The DAR descendants list shows William Boyd dying in 1878. Does anyone have any knowledge of these people? Gravestones, cemetery records, church records (Presbyterian).

Thank you for your help.

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Thomas Burgess -- posted Jul. 2009

I'm looking for any information on Thomas Burgess,wife Nancy and a daughter Nancy J. Other children are Jacob, Simpson, Sarah and Malinda. Supposedly they lived in Gutherie County. Daughter Nancy J. married William Cayler of Appanoose Co.
Any information would be nice, The approximate date of birth would be 1830. Would like to know where they are buried and when they died.

Jo Erickson

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I am seeking any and all information regarding the Carper family who lived in Exira, Iowa. Family consisted of Edward Carper, Doris (Kness) Carper, (his wife) and the children: Audrey, Roland, Jack, Joyce, Roger, and Marsha. My sons, Kim Roger Carper, Linn Miller Carper and Gary Spencer Carper are the Grandsons of Ed and Doris. We are gathering some geneological facts for posterity. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Sandra Miller Carper,
former wife of Roger Owen Carper, deceased.

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CARR, William Eugene
b. April 2, 1855, Martinsburg, Lewis New York
d. Feb. 29, 1929 Jackson, Jackson Minnesota

b. approx. 1860
d, 1888-1891 in Iowa

From 1881 to 1891, (age 26-36 years), Mr. William E. Carr resided in Greene County Iowa---engaged in the dray business (moving by horse and wagon). During that time he married _____?_____, and had 1 child, a daughter named Flossie (Florence) Rosetta Carr.

The unknown Mrs. Carr died between 1888-1891 after the birth of her daughter, Flossie b. July 29, 1888.

I have been unable to locate Mr. or Mrs. Carr on any IOWA internet documents during that time period, with any certainty----marriage, death, census, birth, etc.

Mrs. Carr's name does not appear on any documents relating to her husband or daughter after 1891. Because the Carr name is so common, it is difficult to determine with any accuracy, the correct family to attach to.

Mr. Carr was an orphan at age 9 and was on his own from 1865 or so---working as a farm-hand in Illinois from 1870-1881. He had no known siblings/relatives who might know her name.

I have sufficient information on Mr. Carr, but am most interested in identifying his unknown wife (my great grandmother).

I have included their photos; hers has no identifying info on it. Any help would be most appreciated.

Please contact:
Thank you.

Cash - posted June 9, 2008

Hello from Australia.
I am seeking information about my grandfather and his family.
His name was Walter Cash - He was born on 18th April, 1889 in Corydon, Wayne, Iowa, USA
His father's name was Albert Cash and he was born in Wayne, Iowa in about 1867 - 1869. I think he was also born in Corydon.
Albert married Nevada Allison (born about 1971-1872 in Clark, Iowa) in about 1887-1889. Their first child Walter was born in 1889. The family lived in Long Creek, Decatur in 1900 ( information from Census)
Walter late moved to Canada and then to Australia in about 1923.
I would be very interested in getting copies of any birth or marriage certificates of they exist.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Frank E. Curtis - Posted May 10, 2012

Looking for obituary or notice of death for Frank E. Curtis, date of death believed to be 5/29/10. Trying to trace my grandfather, his wife was Laura J. Renshaw Curtis. Any help would be deeply appreciated. This is for genealogy purposes only.

Vaunda (Curtis) Spivey

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Curtiss, Renshaw & Maul - posted February 25, 2012

Looking for date of death and burial of Frank Curtiss between 1910 and 1915, spouse Laura J. Renshaw Curtiss. Also 2nd husband of Laura, Edward Maul, born in MO.Would appreciate any information and please email to

Thank you,
Vaunda Curtis Spivey

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Looking for info on Welcome and Augusta Ballou Davidson, in Iowa, 1880-95, children, Lewis, Mattie, Mae, Charles, Mathew. Mae m Charles Eugene Hubbard. He was b 1866 in Exira, Iowa to Julius M and Harriet M Hopkins Hubbard. These are my gg and ggrandparents. Charles had seven sibblings. His sister, Harriet, died at age 4 and is buried in Iowa.
Any info appreciated.

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Derrick ~ Boneschans ~ Crouch (Revised)

I am looking for any information regarding William Derrick who came to Iowa in 1896 from England. (We had originally thought he was born in Iowa but ship records show otherwise). We know he was about 20 years old and single and came to America without any immediate family.

He married Cora Boneschans - however he was killed by horse around 1904 before his first son was born. Cora named their son William Derrick. Cora was born in Wellsburg, Iowa in 1883 and later married Wilfred Crouch.

Trying to find any records (land, death, etc.) which might provide clues to his parentage in England. Thank you.

Pat Crouch Swanson

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Henry J. Dominey -- posted Jul. 2009

I'm looking for information about the diappearence of Henry J, Dominey who was looking for work in Seymour, Iowa between 1903 and 1904. Henry J.Dominey, coal miner by profession, came from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England. A the time of his disappearance he was visiting relatives who had settled in Seymour at an earlier period and worked in locality as coal miners.

The only information I have that relates to his disappearance: he mentioned to relatives that he was thinking of applying for work with the railways.Henry J.Dominey was married to Gertrude (nee) fox and they had a son called Stanley and daughter called Lucy.

I would be grateful for any information that can help me to solve his disappearance.


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Donaldson - posted August 19, 2007

I am looking for information on John Donaldson and his wife America who were in Liberty,Keokuk,Iowa per the 1860 census. I am looking for any information on America, especially her maiden name and when and where she and John got married. They had two boys born in Iowa Clyde 1863 and William 1864. They are found in Wells, Rice County Minnesota in the 1870 census.

Sarah Winckelman NO

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Estes - posted Aug 2008

I was told my grandmother was born in Calliope Iowa on March 17th, 1889. I have not been able to find any information on her. I do not know her mothers name. Her name is Kitty Louise Estes. Any information would be great.

Tina at

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Fenstermaker & Davis - Posted Aug 2009

Searching for information about the following family:
Sarah Isabelle Fenstermaker married Charles Herbert Davis on August 17, 1896 in Prairieburg, Linn County, Iowa. Then they move to Delaware County where they resided for some time. Two of their children were born there. Any assistance would be welcome.

Marsha Fenstermaker Binkley

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Gaddis - posted 11 September 2007

Searching for any info on George Gaddis born 12-15-1866, mrd to Mary Jane Conelly(sp?). Possibly farmed in Maquoketa.

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Gates - posted June 1st, 2006

Shelley Cardiel wrote:

I've "rescued" an old photograph of Harlow Taylor GATES which was taken at the Morgan Studio in Harriman, Tennessee. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1880's or 1890's with Harlow noted as just 9 months old at time it was taken. Based on limited research I believe that Harlow T. GATES was b. 8 Apr 1891 in TN and d. 19 Feb 1989 in La Jolla, CA.
Harlow was living in Missouri at the time his Social Security Card was issued. Records indicate that his Mother's maiden name was TAYLOR. In 1920 he was living in Des Moines, IA with census records providing the following information:
Harlow GATES, age 28, born TN, parents born USA, a Electrical Co. Manager
Pearl GATES, wife, age 28, born PA, parents born PA
Doris GATES, dau, age 9 months, born WV

I'm hoping to locate someone from this GATES Family so that this wonderful old photograph can be returned to the care of his family. If you are a member of this family, or know someone who might be, please contact me.


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Hester Ann (Collins) Geer

Looking for info on Hester Ann Collins, in 1850 she was living at home in Burlington, Des Moines Co., Iowa. Her father was T. J. Collins, her mother, Joanna Collins.

She married James H. Geer somewhere between 1850 and 1855. A son, Uriah James Geer, was born to her and James, Dec 22, 1855, in Mt. Pleasant, IA.

Also would like a picture if possible. Any info you have on the Collins family would be wonderful thank you.. Hester died in Pekin, IL. of cancer of the liver.

[Submitted by Edward]

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Thomas Grace (Posted 14 May 2010)

I am looking for any information and the land entry file of my gg-grandfather Thomas Grace. He was born about 1785 in Kilkenny, Ireland. He was married to Mary Dwyer.

They came to Prairie Springs, Jackson Ct. Iowa after 1852 or before 1860 from St. Columban, Quebec, Canada. His family is on the July 1860 Census of Prairie Springs Township, Jackson County. Iowa, LaMotte Post Office, page 101.

I am looking for any information and the land records which may have naturalization information. Any information is appreciated. His son Martin Grace and family are also on that census page 97.

[Submitted by Ruth Grace Moriarity, Hays, Kansas]

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Hackett-Frantz - posted Oct 2008

I am looking for information on my paternal great grandmother - Jessica "Jessie" Hackett. She was born 2 Jun 1883 and passed away 10 Jun 1949. She married Peter Anthony Frantz on 2 Sep 1902. She is buried in a Jefferson cemetary.
Her children include:
Alice M FRANTZ b: Abt 1903 (married name )Thornton
Harry C FRANTZ b: Abt 1905 (my grandfather)
Myrtle FRANTZ b: Abt 1907 (married name Rittgers)
Thelma F FRANTZ b: Abt 1908 (married name Subbert)
Mary M FRANTZ b: Abt 1916 (married name Patrick)
Dorothy D FRANTZ b: Abt 1920 (married name Baltes (husband Bud))
Jessie M FRANTZ b: Abt 1923 (Marie??) (married name Shackleton)
You can forward any information that you may have to my email address

Thank you in advance!
D'Ambra (Frantz) Knowles

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James Washington Haislett - posted Aug 2009

I'am looking for info on my gggrandfather James Washington Haislett. I was told he lived in IA. I do not for how long, but, then he and his father went to Calif. in about 1848. I would like to find out his father's and mother's name.

Thank You, Frank Haislett

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Horaney - posted May 21, 2007

I am seeking information on Slovak coal miners who worked in southeast Iowa in the 1880s.
The family I'm researching moved from Iowa (where a son was born in 1885) to Kangley, Illinois, and then into nearby Streator Illinois.
The men in the family continued coal mining until the 1910s or so and upon moving into town, moved into factory and brickyard work.
The Illinois state census of 1900 was helpful in pinning down the birth of the son in 1885 in Iowa, but the info in the record listed only the state, not the county or town in which he was born.
A helpful rep of the Iowa Historical Society pointed me to the southeast part of Iowa where, he said, there were coal mines worked there by Slovak (Hungarian) workers in that era. Could anyone assist on helping me pin down better the counties, towns, and records?
The names are George and Dora Horaney; son is George Jr.
George may have been written as the Slovak/Hungarian version, Juraj.

Thank you!
Michele Horaney

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Janousek - posted 11 September 2007

I am trying to find ancestors that lived in Northern Iowa in the late 1800's or early 1900's and moved to Minnesota and into North Dakota. Names would be Jan (John) Janousek and/or Peter Janousek. They were on their way from Czechoslovakia to the Dakotas.

thank you.

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Jayne / Jaynes - (Posted 14 May 2010)

Do you have any information on the JAYNE OR JAYNES family who settled in the town of Lone Tree, Iowa? Our name was spelled JAYNE at one time my dad told me.

[Submitted by Harold Jaynes]

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Jenkins ~ Lahman - posted Aug 14, 2010

I am looking for any information you can provide me for Leela Lahman Jenkins, of Bagley, Iowa who died in 1904. She was married to Freeman Jenkins of Bagley. Any articles that provide her cause of death would be helpful.

Thank you so much.

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Jenkins ~ Reed - posted Aug 14, 2010

I would also like to locate marriage records for Margaret Eloise Jenkins (daughter of Freeman Jenkins) and Harold J. Reed, married in July of 1920 – believe in Bagley, Iowa. Harold was from Brooklyn, IA.

Thank you so much.

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Arthela May Johnson -- posted Apr. 2009

Would like some information on her or family. She was born in Iowa in Aril 1882. This is basically all the information that family can provide. Any information would be appreciated.

Diana Garrett

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Arnold Karrer

Possibly born around the 1860's, married twice, had 5 children, Helena, Ann, Fred, Arnold, and Elizabeth. Helena was my grandmother, she was born Feb 2nd in 1896 or 1897.

If anyone has any info on the Karrer family, I would really appreciate you letting me know.


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Stephen A. Kelly, Where Buried?

I am looking for information on Stephen A. Kelly who migrated from what was then known as Hancock County in Illinois sometime after 1878. He lived in Centerville with his wife Amanda Riggs Kelly and they had several children. His father was John Kelly and his mother was Margaret Boyd Kelly. He had several siblings, one of which was my great grand mother Frances Susan Kelly Martin. I have been able to get a obituary and some information that way but would like to know in what cemetery he is buried and any other information that is available.

Thank you very much!

Alice Dierker

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William Dinnin Latimer -- posted Mar. 2009

I would like to find someone who can look up the obituary of a William Dinnin Latimer. He was born in PA but he died 4 Nov. 1885 in Fremont, Fayette County, IA. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery. I am hoping that an obituary might tell me something about his parents. Any help would be appreciated.

Debby Zavadil

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I am looking for information on William and Florinie Laurie. They would be my Great-Grandparents. My Grandmother Annie Oniece Laurie was sent to live with Victor and Hattie Rohr when she was 4 years old after the death of Florinie. My Grandmother Died 6 months before I was born so I have no family history on her side. I am wanting to find any Medical History or Family History for the Laurie Side. I know my Grandmother was born December 2, 1914 in Seymour Ia. That is all I have to go on. Any Help would be greatly appreciated.

Emily Kerner

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James / Jas. Leary -- Posted 26 Mar. 2011

Looking for information on James "Jas" Leary, was once the School Superintendent of Floyd County, Iowa. 1880's, was my Great Grandfather.

Dan Leary,

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Lyons, Kirkpatrick, Streets

My sister and I are working on our family tree and we have three names that were in the Iowa area between the eighteen and nineteen hundreds that need help. Those names are Lyons, Kirkpatrick, and Streets. I am sure there were many married names we don't know of that may have been in or around Iowa as well but we know that great great grandparents lived in Iowa along with their children etc. Would appreciate any help we can get. One outstanding need is information on Howard Lyons and he died between 1900 and 1910 and was between three and ten the way we figure. I have a picture of him and parents and sister Edna but only know he died young and never shows up on census records.

Marlene Smith

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Pearl Madison -- posted Jan. 2009

She was my maternal grandmother. I think she was born in Harrison county, July 22 1880; she died on Nov. 13, 1967. I would like to know who her parents were. I have a paper that says Will and Elizabeth McLean were her parents, but I was always told her maiden name was Madison.
She was married to John Shafer on March 28th 1900. I'm not sure where. They had 6 children, Gladys, George, Helen, Norma, Shelta and Donald. They are all deceased.
I would appreciate any information I could get.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Dollen

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Earl & Betty McGavran posted 07 Jan 2012

I am looking for death records for my grand parents, Earl and Betty McGavran, of Seymour Iowa. My grand mother died in the mid 1980's. Thank you for your time.

Ray Wayne McGavran

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Martin (Martie) Meskimen

I am looking for information on Martin (Martie) Meskimen. I am not for sure of the date of death. Martin Meskimen was married to Ethel Bray. He was born in 1892 and was still on census roles in 1915, but I think he died around 1919 or so. I am looking for his death date as well as where he is buried. He (Martin) was my fathers father.

My father was Carl Meskimen. He had a brother Harold, and Leslie (Earl). He had 2 half sisters, Carolyn Schlitter McKee, and Evelyn Sclitter VanGorder, and two half brothers Edward (Mike) Schlitter and Lawrence Schlitter who died in infancy.

You can put my name and e-mail address on the site. Thank you !

Glen (Gunner) Meskimen,

"The best part of your life is when your family becomes your friends and your friends become your family"

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Matilda F. Michael

The 1895 IA State census (taken on 01 Jan 1895) shows that Matilda F. Michael, 40, MO, died during the year of 1894. She was born 1856 to William Thomas Kesterson and Phoebe Speer in Mercer Co., MO. Matilda married before age 15 (listed in 1870 census in Medicine Twp, Mercer Co., MO as Matilda Smith 15 MO in home of her parents). She married again to Andrew Michael before 1871. I cannot find a marriage record, death record or place of burial for this couple. The 1895 census was in Jerome, Appanoose Co., IA. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Barbara Russell, Versailles, MO

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PFC Carl P. Nebendahl -- posted Feb. 2009

I am writing from Sweden, and am interested in finding an obituary for a World War 2 casualty, PFC Carl P. Nebendahl. He was from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and died in either 1944 or 1945. Can you help me, or tell me someone else who might be able to?

Thank you.....J.M. Hedberg, Borlange, Sweden

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Needham Family -- posted Mar. 2009

I am looking for a family who lived in Black Hawk, Grundy, Iowa in 1920 and then seems to disappear from the face of the earth. Their names were:
John F. Needham b. 1885 in Blount County, Tennessee
Vina L. Needham b. ca 1892, in Tennessee
Virgie C. Needham b. ca. 1913 in Illinois
Anna W. Needham, b. 1915-16 in Illinois
Dave W. Rwin (Irwin), nephew, b. ca 1901
Thomas McCulloch, b. 1877
Corda McCulloch, sister of John F. Needham, b. 1883
Their children Gladys, Virgil, Ruby and Ray McCulloch

If anyone has any information about what became of these families, I would appreciate hearing.

Elaine Goergen Dorsett

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William E. Pembleton - Seeking Gravestone Picture (Posted 14 May 2010)

William Pembleton was a Civil War veteran, Company K, 86th Illinois Infantry Regiment, he had his left hand shot off, probably at Nancy's Creek, Georgia during Sherman's march to the sea, and spent the last 11 months in the hospital.

William lived in Saratoga Township (1885 Iowa Census) and is buried with his wife Antoinette Lucy Pembleton who died on 27 November 1924 in Willow River, MN. William E. Pembleton died on 18 February 1930 in Willow River, MN.

We have been searching for the burial site for William E. Pembleton and we have found it in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco, IA. We talked to the funeral director in Riceville, IA who said there were buried in Cresco.

The records that the funeral director in Riceville gave us doesn't include the dates of death (given above), only the year. The dates are from the MN death records so they could be updated in the cemetery list if someone so desires. Does anyone there have pictures of the graves in Oak Lawn Cemetery? If not, we will try to take in next time we come to Mason City.


Al Johnson

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Pleak, Pleak and Stalver, Van Pleaken and Stalver (Posted 28 May 2012)

I am looking for all: Pleak, Pleak and Stalver, Van Pleaken and Stalver, etc.Births, Deaths, Military, Land owners, Taxes, etc.

Thank you,
Robert G. Pleak

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Otto Plyly or Pliley -- posted Feb. 2009

I am looking for a marriage record of Otto Plyly or Pliley during the period 1915-1917 in Hamilton County, Iowa. I do not know the bride's name.

M. Strom

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Julia Post -- posted Jan. 2009

Hi, I'm seeking information about the family of my Great great great great grandmother, Julia Post. According to the 1880 census, the family consisted of her father Samuel (possibly born in 1813 in Pennsylvania) and her mother, Eliza A. Post, (also possibly born in 1834 in Pennsylvania), and F. A. Williamson, age 7.

The family moved from Kalamazoo, Michigan (where Julia Post was born in 1860) to Iowa sometime between 1860 and 1870.

At the time of the 1870 census the family lived in "Palo Alto" Iowa -I guess this was just Palo Alto county, since there isn't a town by that name. Since they were farmers, I guess they were probably not living in a town at the time.

At the time of the 1880 census, the family lived in "Cedar, Pocahantas, Iowa" - this part is very confusing because the current town of Cedar (SE of Oskaloosa) is nowhere near the county of Pocahantas. It would be interesting to understand what the situation here is - did there used to be a town called Cedar in what is now Pocahantas county, or did Pocahantas county used to be so large that it included the current town of Cedar??

Julia Post married Andrew Verzani (Jr.), of Burbank, South Dakota, and they eventually moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where Julia Post Verzani died in 1948.

Any information or suggestions about finding information about the ancestors of this family would be greatly appreciated.

Josh Brann

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Ira C. & Hannah (Shaw) Reed

Hello. Ira. C. Reed and wife Hannah Shaw Reed lived in Iowa, cannot remember where tho. They had children. Plus a sister to Hannah Shaw Reed lived there as well, it may be that the sister died of cancer. Also Hannah's mother moved there after her husband died in 1877 in Stark county, IL. Ann Shaw died in ca early 1900's. Will this little bit of info help? I may recognize the county name if I hear it. Thank you.



Note: Census Information:
1880 Wataga, Knox Co., Illinois Census: Ira C. Reed-38; Hannah Reed-33; Children=Elmo J.-8; Matilda A.-5; Eva Ella-3; and William R. Reed-1.

1885 Union, Guthrie Co., Iowa State Census: Ira C. Reed-43; Hannah Reed-37; Children=Elma J.-12; Matilda A.-10; Eva E.-8; William R.-6; Susie C.-3, Minnie E.-1.

1900 Jefferson City, Greene County, Iowa Census: Ira C. Reed-58; Hanah Reed-53; Children=Tilley A.-25; William R.-21; Susie C.-18; Minnie E.-16, Florence F.-12.

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I would love to gather more information on a story I have from some old newspaper clippings on my great Uncle Chester A. Rickles, 32, his wife Bessie Rickles, 31, and their friend Lou Woolever 65, who were all drowned in the Mississippi River on October 20, 1939. I have got several clippings from the Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette in Burlington on the search for them and where they had found the Mr. & Mrs Rickles but nothing on Mr. Woolever, whether he was found, and what the inquests showed as the cause and why it happened.

Chester was my mother's Uncle and I would love to have the complete story to add to her family line. Also could someone tell me where I could write to get a death certificate for him if possible as it has been 67 years ago? I believe the Henderson county Coroner was called so maybe go to there to look?

Any Help with this project would be so greatly appreciated. Please email me at the following email site or at my snail mail listed below.

Sandy Thompson Bollhorst
200 E. Sycamore
Kinmundy, IL 62854

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Looking for Anthony & Margaret "Maggie" Ruddy - Posted 19 November 2011

I'm looking for Anthony and Margaret”Maggie” Ruddy who lived according to the 1880 US Census in Illinois and then moved to Winneshiek County, Iowa with their children according to the 1885 Iowa State Census. The problem has occurred with this family and other Ruddy families, the first names are the same but different families. This couple had children named Anthony, Michael, Thomas, Bernard and Nora(Twins), Francis, William and Martin who were all born in Illinois and children according to the Iowa Census, born in Winneshiek County, John and Mary. As I look into Iowa census I find many Ruddy families. Are they related to the Ruddys who lived and died around Audubon County in Iowa?

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Holly Glenn Sargent -- posted Feb. 2009

My grandfather was Holly Glenn Sargent; his father was Alberti "Bert" Sargent. Bert was a house painter and painted many of the buildings in Fonda. His brother was VanBuren Sargent. Van's son was Raymond Sargent who left the area. He lived in California for a while before heading north to the Chilcoot Trail in Alaska and the gold rush. He entered Alaska in May 1898, built a boat (he was a carpenter) and continued to where is unknown. When he left Alaska (date not known) he went to Hawaii and on to S. America where he died or was killed. He wrote letters home to his parents, Van and Jane Sargent. Those letters are dated 1908 -- I have 3 or 4 originals. His sister was Jennie who married Fred Holtz and they lived in Ontario, CA. Would like any information on Ray, his family members, copies of the letters wherever they may be. I know there are more -- they were seen in a box at the Sargent farm house outside Fonda.

Shirley Gillespie
Contact me at

Dominique SCHOEDER

Dominique Schoeder

Dominique Schoeder and Wife

Dominique Schoeder Children

I am searching the descendants of Dominique SCHOEDER born in Sampont, Province du Luxembourg, Belgium in 1835.

His father was Henri SCHOEDER and his mother was Suzanne MULLER.

He migrated in the USA in Dubuque, Iowa. I found out on the back of an old picture.

One of his children was in correspondence with Ludivine KARIGER , but during the WW2, she destroyed all the letters in fear of the German raiding and searching houses. She died a little later. So , all the contacts were lost.

Anyone who know a trail for me to find the descendants, pleasecontact me.

The pictures are of Dominique, Dominique and his wife, married in Belgium or USA?

His children , unfortunately I don't have they christian name.I also have the picture of his father and mother if you want them.

Best regards, Yves

Note: the back of the Dominique Schroeder photo says: Root's Gallery; Sanford Block; Corner of Main and 8th Street; Dubuque, Iowa; Negative Retouched --- The new style of picture known as "Glace" made only at this gallery --- Three first preimiums awarded to Root for the best photographs at the late Dubuque Exposition.

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Benjamin Sherk & Wives -- Posted 29 Oct 2009

Benjamin Sherk, b. 10 May 1823 Ontario Canada; d. 28 May 1899 Floyd, Floyd Co. IA

iowa_queries1.htm#1 Wife--Christina ____ Sherk, b. abt 1830 Netherlands,married 19 Nov 1845 ? New York;d. 25 Jan 1883 Floyd, Iowa

iowa_queries1.htm#2 Wife--Charlotte Ensign, marriage 19 Nov 1885, Floyd, IA

Seeking maiden name of Christina Sherk and any other info on the Sherks.

P. Wiler

Note: Check ILLINOIS STATEWIDE MARRIAGE INDEX 1763-1900, use Shirk for name

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Estella (Cartwright) Shiffer (Posted 5 May 2010)

Seeking Corning, Iowa Newspaper Articles

Estella Cartwright Shiffer died February 02, 1920 in Creston, Union County, Iowa. Estella and her parents are buried in the Nodaway Cemetery, Adams County, Iowa.

Looking for additional information on the death of Stella - Maybe something from the Corning, Iowa paper?

[Submitted by Diane Ide]

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John Slattery - Posted 18 July 2010

According to the DAR application of Sophronia Slattery Means, her father, John Slattery died in Spirit Lake, Iowa in 1854. He was 91 and was buried in his tricorn hat from his Revolutionary War service. Any information on his burial would be appreciated. His son John Slattery lived in Harrison, Benton, Iowa in 1860. His daughter, Sophronia Means, lived in Taylor, Benton County in 1860.

[Barbara, DAR Researcher, Mojave Chapter, California]

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Smith - posted May 9, 2008

My name is Sharon Ann smith lafferty. I am looking for James Foster Smith's parent name. I know he was born in Albany Albany County New York in 1836 . He married a Reuma Haskins in 1863 in Detroit Michigan. I know he died in 1907 in Ringgold County Iowa.

His son Albert Ivan smith is my great grandfather
his son James Francis smith is my grandfather
his son Kenneth smith is my father

Does anybody know James Foster's parent. I know they were born in England or Isle of Mann.
Sharon Smith Lafferty
Thank you

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Stitt - posted June 3rd, 2006

>Hello Out There, I have located & proven the marriage date of my grandparents in Osceola, Iowa on Oct 12, 1899 via all the email help I received and the county of Clarke. Bessie Stitt was born in Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa in 1881. Her Father was listed as T.J. Stitt. Do any of you know of a Stitt family with those two names and the 1881 birth? There is another Bessie Stitt born in 1873 who may be an aunt or mother. Also there is a Bessie Rutter who married a Stitt in this time frame but they were married to each other long after my gr. parents left Iowa for an unknown Providence in Canada where two aunts were born, Clarrisa and Agnes about 1904 and 1905. Then they were off to Wyoming and Oregon where I was sent more information. Charles Phillippe Boies had been married prior to Bessie so she had two stepdaughters with them in Canada.
My notes are terribly mixed up do to my son saving things and myself too when he upgraded my computer. I unknowingly had two sets of documents and pictures and have been saving to one or the other. I haven't got them straightened out completely. Guess it is better then crashing!

Thanks, Arlene

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Strasser - posted June 3rd, 2006

I need help locating a Laura Strasser who married Emiel A. Dammy 15Dec1873 in Davenport IA. He came from Scotland in 1869. She was born in Indiana in 1855 before her parents Jacob A. and Philomena Sachs Strasser moved to Iowa later in 1855. The immigrant Strasser family, parents and 7 children, came from Wuerttemburg in 1846 settling finally in Evansville IN where the parents had a saloon, grocery and provisions store through the Civil War. Appolonia, Laura, Jenny, Jacob, Jr. and Francis were the survivors of 12 children and all but Laura are accounted for, the remainder being buried in Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport. I have found Dammys in CT only. The name is rare.

Please contact me at:
Thanks for your help.

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Charles Stuteville, Sr. -- posted Feb. 2009

I am looking for descendants of Charles Stuteville, Sr., born 1803, died Jan 6, 1845 in Lineville, Iowa. He was married to Margaret Connor and they had 8 children. He then married Marriah Gardner and they had 8 children. First marriage produced George, Willis, Mary, Sarah, John, Boswell, Margaret, and Harriet. Second marriage produced Matilda, Thompson, Isophene, Fanny, Charles Jr. (a Lineville doctor), Adaline, Samuel and Marriah Jane. I believe many of these children lived their lives in Lineville and are buried there.
I am Charles Sr.'s great-great granddaughter and Boswell is my great grandfather. I have birth, marriage and death dates for all the children and would like to help anyone who may be looking for someone in this large family. Maybe they can help me, too!

Norma Abraham

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A. E. Swanson -- Posted May 2012

I would like to post a query about A. E. Swanson (aka Aaron Edward Swanson). He was the Postmaster in Crescent, Iowa, in Pottawattamie County in 1893 according to a government publication. He was in Rockford, Illinois, until about 1886. In 1895 he settled in Wyoming. I would like to see if I can find any other information about him from the time he left Rockford and traveled to Iowa.



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Thomas - posted June 1st, 2006

Trying to find any information about my ggrandparents Emma FARRAND and George THOMAS. George was born about 1843 in CT; Emma was born about 1858 in MI. Their daughters were Minnie Mae, b. abt 1873 in MI; Mabel b. abt 1877 in IL; and Cora Ann, my grandmother, b. July 30, 1881 in Lucas Co., IA. The family, minus Cora, are in the 1880 census for IA.

Thanks very much.
Kathleen VH

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I am trying to find anything about the surname of Tottenhoff. They resided in S.E. Iowa. The family settled in West Point Iowa, prior to 1880 federal census. Fathers name was William, wife Anna. Both were born in German/ Prussia abt. 1830/1837 respectively. They had eight children.
….. I am from Fort Madison, Iowa…

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Magdalena Margareta Lucia (Lena) Vollbehr -- posted Jul. 2009

Looking for siblings and husband of Magdalena Lucia (Lena) Vollbehr. Lena was born about 1838 near Kiel, Germany, we think she was from Fleckeby, Schleswig, Germany. She arrived in Clinton County in 1854.

Contact: Sharon Hopper

(Note: In the 1856 Iowa State Census, Clinton County, Elk River Twp., it showed the family, surname spelled Vohlbahr, as being in Iowa for two years. In the 1860 Federal Census, Iowa, Clinton County, Elk River Twp., the surname was spelled as Fouldbehr. In both cases the surname was misspelled.)

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Would anyone be able to identify either of the people in this photo. They are somehow related on my mother's side which would be the Portz and Wagners of Jackson County, Iowa. Please contact me at The picture was taken at M.J. Streuser studios in Bellevue, Iowa.

Thanks. Verna

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Webster - posted August 19, 2007

Hi--I am trying to find information on a HARRY LEO WEBSTER--- he was born 07 Jun 1906 in Greenfield Ohio and died 13 Mar 1946 in Sioux City Iowa. He had married a lady there in Iowa--I believe her name was Ann--he had a son-Harry Webster and a daughter Ann Marie. Is there anyone out there who may this family. Harry was my grandpa and I am at a stand still with his information.
You may contact me at:

Thank You---Pam

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Fred Wiegman and his family -- posted Apr. 2009

I am looking for info on Fred Wiegman and his family. I know that he died on or about June 27, 1917 in Bondurant, Iowa. Also he had lived in Michigan City, LaPorte, Indiana. He may also have been born there. It seems that he did have close family that remained in Indiana. (See obit in Polk County)

Diane Heim

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Wiese ~ Holdsworth -- posted 12 June 2010

Conrad Elma Wiese married Myrtle Holdsworth, ca. 1924. They appear in the 1925 State Census in on a farm nr Harlan, Jefferson Twp, Shelby, Iowa so..IF ONLY Toots was extant, I'd ask her to look. Seeking marriage date.

Don Heflin
NOW in Naples, FL

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Williams ~ Cooty - posted 20 November 2011

Ida Thirza Williams married my G-Grandfather Thomas P. Cooty in Clinton County Iowa in November of 1870. They had 3 children and then sadly Ida died in 1877 and Thomas in May of 1878. We have been able to locate Thomas's grave in Millcreek/Holy Cross cemetery because he was a veteran.

We cannot find the grave of Ida Thirza Williams Cooty. (1850-1877) Any help would be appreciated.
Contact skroch@sbcglobal

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William Wilkins

William Wilkins Born in Cattaraugus county about 1829, New York. Married to Elizabeth Goodrich in Illinois had 5 children the first was born in Wisconsin and the rest were born around Lamont, IA. Hattie the 2nd child married Clarence Whitney, my grandfather and grandmother. We are looking for any links to William Wilkins and his wife Elizabeth and any other Wilkins or Whitney's from the Buchanan Co., Iowa area.

Thank you,
Contact James Riley

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