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Jefferson County, Iowa

Obituaries of Jefferson County, Iowa

Mary Bankhead Allerdice

Mary Bankhead Allerdice Mary Bankhead Allerdice was born near Glasgow, Scotland, May 11, 1830, and died of paralysis at the home of her son Hugh, in Pleasant Plain, June 9, 1906. Came to this country with her parents in 1836 and settled in Boston, Mass. Married William Allerdice in 1851; 7 children, 5 of whom are yet living: Mrs. Jennie Snook of Grand Junction; Mrs. Marion Smith of Lockridge, Iowa; H. M. Allerdice of Pleasant Plain; M. N. Allerdice and Mrs. Grace Kleinhan of Lockridge. James Allerdice died in infancy, and William died Feb 5, 1905. The husband and father died in Oct. 1879 (Sept 1880). Besides caring for her own children, she care for two stepchildren: Mrs. Herrald of Fonda, Iowa, and Alex Allerdice of Glendale. Three sisters, one brother, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment: Lockridge Cem."

[Jefferson County Republican, Fri., June 15, 1906, 8-2. - submitted by Gary Myers]

Eleanor Lucinda Israel Davis

26 Feb 1817; died 9 Apr 1884, Fairfield, Iowa. Buried Bethesda Cemetery, Buchanan Township

[sub. by]

John Davis

Born 25 Nov 1809, Harrison Co, Ohio; died 31 Oct 31, 1884, Fairfield, Iowa

[sub. by]

Charles Otis Gates

1874 - Charles Otis Gates. LL.B. N.Y. Univ. Law Sch., 1885. B. 14 Oct., 1852, Fairfield, Ia. Business. D. 9 May, 1906, New York City.

Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1905-1906, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Mrs. Elizabeth S. Henn

Mrs. Elizabeth S. Henn died at Fairfield August 7th. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1820 and when a young girl came to Burlington, Iowa, with an uncle. Here she grew to womanhood and was married to Bernhardt Henn at the home of General A. C. Dodge. August 6, 1841.

Her husband was elected to Congress in 1849, serving four years.

Mrs. Henn was in her earlier days a leader in society and charitable work in Burlington. She was one of the founders of the public library at Fairfield, having made the first subscription for its establishment. The prominence of her husband in early Iowa history and politics together with her own fine personal qualities, gave Mrs. Henn a state-wide acquaintance.

[Annals of Iowa, 1895, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Mrs. Nellie Hill

Mrs. Nellie Hill died last Friday morning at 4:30 o'clock at the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital where she had been taken last Tuesday suffering from an attack of pneumonia.

The death of Mrs. Hill is particularly sad from the fact that she leaves three children, a daughter Esther sixteen years old, a son Hubert six years old and a daughter Mabel four years old. Mr. Hill preceded her in death several years ago.

[Lockridge Herald, Friday, February 18, 1916]

Judge C. D. Leggett

Death Of Iowa Judge. The death of Judge C. D. Leggett, aged 73, of Fairfield, Iowa, is announced. He was a pioneer Jefferson County attorney, and was judge of the Second Iowa judicial district in the early eighties.

[Deaths of Lawyers, Lawyers Notes, 1922, submitted by Tina Easley]

John Mount

John Mount, aged 18, living near Fairfield, was killed by a kick from a horse last Wednesday.

[Daily Iowa State Register (2 Sept. 1868) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Charles Negus

Charles Negus of Fairfield, Iowa died last Saturday. We believe he was a native of Tennessee and was an early settler of Iowa Territory. He was a kinsman of Isaac Negus of Rock Island.

(Rock Island Daily Argus, Friday 11 May 1877)

Eber Ogden

Eber Ogden, aged 91, who entered the soldiers' home Aug. 10, 1915, from Fairfield, died this morning at 10:30 at the home of senile debility. He was born in Cumberland County, New Jersey, Nov. 14, 1824. Mr. Ogden enlisted in Company G, Thirtieth Iowa Infantry, Aug. 13, 1862, at Fairfield and was discharged June 5, 1865, in Washington D. C. He is a widower and has no children. A friend, A. W. Jaques, of Fairfield, was notified and the body probably will be shipped there for burial.

[Evening times-Republican., Marshalltown, Iowa, August 04, 1916]

Marion Allerdice Smith


Mrs. A G Smith, 88, well known Jefferson county pioneer resident, passed away suddenly this morning at 8:30 am in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Orin Thompson in Kalamazoo, Mich., where she had made her home for some years. She became seriously ill yesterday afternoon.

Services will be held here at the Hoskins funeral home Thursday afternoon at 3pm with burial in the family lot at Lockridge by the side of her husband who preceded her in death seven years ago; and her son, David Smith, who passed away in September. This is the third death in the family within the past year, a daughter, Mrs. David Clark, having passed away in Boone in June.

Five sons and three daughters survive: W C Smith of 200 E Washington St., Alex of Salina, Roy of Boone, Harry of Dayton, Ohio, and Ward of Decatur, Mich.; Mrs. Orin Thompson of Kalamazoo, Mich., Mrs. Leonard Sandberg of Burlington, and Mrs. Harold Wilder of Ionia, Mich.

Marion Allerdice, daughter of William and Mary Allerdice was born in Jefferson County near Lockridge and grew to womanhood in that vicinity. In 1873 she was married to A G Smith who ran the general store at Lockridge for many years before his retirement some years prior to his death.

[Jefferson Ledger 1-14-1946 - submitted by Gary Myers]

A.G. Smith

A.G. Smith funeral rites held near Fairfield.

Son, Roy Smith. resides in Boone.

Funeral services for a former Boone Y.M.C.A. secretary, Andrew G. Smith were held 10-17-1939 at the Lockridge Baptist Church near Fairfield Iowa. Roy C Smith is a son of Mrs. David Clark who is a daughter of the deceased, and with Mr. Smith and Mrs. Clark attended the last rites.

Andrew G. Smith familiarly known as "Gust Smith" was born on the Smith Homestead two miles north of

Lockridge on 9-8-1851. He departed this life at his home in Decatur, Mich 10-14-1939. His age was 88 years and one month and 6 days. He resided in Jefferson Co until 1912 removing to Boone county, Ia., and later to Kalamazoo and Decatur, Mich. where after a short illness he answered the final summons. In early years he was confirmed in the first Swedish Lutheran Church at Four Corners, his mother and father Eric and Catherine Smith being charter members of that church, the first Swedish Lutheran church founded in the U.S. He was united in marriage to Marion Allerdice 8-4-1874 to which union were born eleven children, ten of whom, with wife and mother, survive him, mourning the loss of an ideal husband and father.

The sons and daughters are: WC Smith and EA Smith of Fairfield, Mrs. David Clark and Roy C Smith of Boone, Mrs. OR Thompson of Kalamazoo, Mich., Harry C Smith of Des Moines, Mrs. LR Sandburg of Burlington, Mrs. HM Wilder of Ionia, MIch., and David and Ward Smith of Decatur Mich. Two brothers EA Smith of Fairbanks Alaska and David of Smiths Mill Minn., and one sister Mrs. Sara McIntosh of Mount Pleasant, survive. Thers are also 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

[Boone County Newspaper - submitted by Gary Myers]

Mrs. Caroline Smith

(Wife of Erick Smith)

On July 7th,1905 Mrs. Caroline Smith, the last charter member of the Swedish Lutheran Church, which was the first of it's kind to be organized west of the Mississippi River, passed peacefully away. She united with the church in 1849 and remained a devouted christian and faithful member. Mrs. Smith was 77 years of age. She is survived by 6 children, 28 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. All were present at the funeral except Alex of Alaska and Tilda of Mobile Alabama. The body was to be laid to rest Sunday afternoon.

[Article from the Fairfield Daily Ledger 7-12-1905. (Mother of Marion Allerdice)
submitted by Gary Myers]

Erick Smith

Swedish Passengers Arrivals in the United States 1820-1850 by Nils Wilhelm Olsson & Erik Wikén states the following on page 335, No. 2739, 2740 & 2741:
Erik Gustaf Andersson, servant from Sjöanda, Dalhem parish in Kalmar county, received his passport in Kalmar 3 Apr 1849 for himself and his wife. He was born in Sjöanda 22 Nov 1813, son of Anders Ersson and Sophia Torstensdotter and a brother of Christina Sophia Andersdotter(see note 2740). Before his departure he married in Dalhem, Catharina Margaretha Andersdotter (listed on the manifest as Kari Andersdotter, 21 years old. She was born in Pjäkebo, Dalhem 10 Dec 1827, the illegitimate daughter of Sara Cajsa Nilsdotter, father unknown; who in 1838 Anders Hertzog. Erik Gustaf Andersson and Catharina Margaretha Andersdotter emigrated to New Sweden, IA, where the husband changed his name to SMITH. he died 9 Jan 1894 and the wife 9 July 1905. - VLA; Setterdahl, Emigranter från Östergötland. They sailed on the Charles Tottie(Charles Tuttle) from Göteborg and arrived at NY 12 Jul 1849.

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Erick Smith was born 11-1-1813, died 1-9-1894. He, with his wife, came from Sweden in 1849, cleared a place in the forest two miles north of Lockridge and made that place his continuous residence. Six of his seven children now living are: Gust, Charles, and David of Lockridge; Alex of Montana; Mrs. Sarah McIntosh of Burlington; Mrs. Nelson of northern Iowa. He was one of the founders of the first Swedish Lutheran Church in Iowa and was a staunch and able defender of his faith.

[Article from the Fairfield Daily Ledger 1-24-1894. Four Corners, Jefferson county, IA. P. 3 col 8 - submitted by Gary Myers]

John D. Williams

Died, on the 3d ult., in Abingdon, Jefferson county, Iowa, of billious fever, John D. Williams, in the 51st year of his age, formerly of Gallia county, Ohio, where he had been an acceptable member of the Methodist Episcopal church for the period of twenty-four years. He emigrated to Iowa last April, and in August he with two of his sons were taken sick at the same time. His sickness was short but painful, which he bore without a murmur or complaint, and his death was unexpected and sudden. When asked what they should do for him he said---"take care of the boys, the Lord is good to me and will take care of me." He was insensible a few hours before his death, which prevented him from giving such directions and council to his family as doubtless he otherwise would have done. He has left a wife and large family to mourn and weep the irreparable loss of a kind husband, father and wise counselor. Let sympathizing friends pray that this heavy and afflictive stroke may be sanctified to their good. The secret things belong to God, but things revealed to us.

[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, OH.) Pub. Thur., October 5 , 1854, sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

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