Pocahontas County
Genealogy and History

Pocahontas County, Iowa

John W. Bailey

John W. Bailey, (b. 1835; d. 1893), was a native of West Chester, Pa. In 1860 he married Louisa Graham. He was a member of the 36th Wis. Inf. from Nov. 11, 1863 to Sept. 5, 1865. In 1874 he located at Fonda and, with the exception of two years in Williams township, continued to reside there until his decease at 58 in 1893. He was an honored member of the Fonda G. A. R. post, having held nearly every office in that organization.

His family consisted of five children, Nelson in 1886 married Mary Wood and lives at Marathon; Ida in 1887 married Frank Niece and died at Fonda in 1894; Frank in 1896 married Matie Turner and lives in Nebraska; Oscar in 1892 married Hattie Henderson and lives at Fonda; Myrtle in 1899 married Wallace Haven, a painter, and lives at Pocahontas.

(Pioneer History of Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 1904)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

George Behrendsen

George Behrendsen, (b. 1843; d. 1898), was a native of Denmark. In 1869 he came to America, located in Cook Co., Ill. where he married that year Anna Nissen and found employment as a carpenter. In 1875 he located on sec. 33, Clinton township, Pocahontas county, and occupied this farm until his death in 1898. His wife, Anna, died in 1878 and three of her four children were living at the time of his decease, namely, Anna, Mrs. Meta Holmgren and B. G. Behrendsen. In 1879 he married Mrs. Henrietta Behrendsen, who with one daughter, Mary G., survived him. All of his children are still residents of Clinton township. He was a man of rugged honesty and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.

(Pioneer History of Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 1904)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

Harry A. Blizzard

Harry A. Blizzard, (b. 1867), clothier, Fonda, is a native of Wilton, Iowa, the son of Augustus C. and Margarite (Ayres) Blizzard. At 17 he went to: Clarks, Neb., and finding employment as a clerk in a store, remained there the next eight years. In 1895 he located in Fonda and became proprietor and manager of clothing store, under the name of Woodhouse (George) Blizzard. By his uniform modesty and courtesy he has won the good-will of the people of Fonda and vicinity, and is now (1903) a member of the board of education. In 1892, he married Margarite Butler, of Clarks, Neb., and has a family of three children, Grace, Harold and Ruth.

(Pioneer History of Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 1904)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

William H. Burnett

William H. Burnett, (b. 1834), resident of Cedar township from 1877 to 1888, was a native of New Brunswick and a cousin of George Spragg. During his residence in Illinois he married Mary Vaughn and soon afterward located in Buchanan county, Iowa. In 1877, after a short residence in Greene county he bought of Mrs. Rachel Hartwell the n 1/2se1/4sec. 6, Cedar township, improved and occupied it during the next eleven years, when he located first at Dana, then in Colorado and is now in Missouri. He was a first day advent and during his residence at Sunk Grove secured the maintenance of occasional services there and in the Pinneo schoolhouse in Dover township. His wife died during his residence in Colorado. His family consisted of nine children. Burpy died at 21 atSunk Grove; Ida married James Ranisee, has two children and lives in Missouri; George is at Central City, Colo.; Wm. H., an attorney, lives in Colorado; Letitia married Milton E. Burkhalter and lives at Pocahontas; Bertha married Edwin T. Southworth and lives at Laurens; Alice died in 1895; Lula married Wm. Haller and lives in Des Moines. The others are Albert and Ruth. Four of the daughters, Letitia, Bertha, Alice and Ruth, and their brother, William, were teachers in this county and rendered very acceptable service.

(Pioneer History of Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 1904)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

Abram Burson

Abram Burson; (b. 1856), Carpenter, Fonda, is a native of Greene Co. Pa., the son of James and Rebecca (Reynolds) Burson. His father's family consisted of five sons. John R., David, Abram, Alexander P. and James; and the three oldest, John, David and. Abram became residents of Pocahontas county. David came to Fonda in 1881, found employment in a hardware store and two years later went to California where he still resides. Abram in 1879 married Margaret Ann Greenlee, of Greene Co., Pa , and in 1882 located at Fonda where he found employment as a carpenter and builder. During four years, 1896-1900, he was a partner with Elijah H. Anderson in a drug store. During recent years he has been engaged in the sale of real estate. He has served several terms as a member of the Fonda school board and town council.

His family consists of five children, Albert G., a graduate of Fonda and of the pharmaceutic department of the Iowa State University, in 1902 married Mae Fitch and is now engaged in the drug business at Pierce, Nebraska; James is a bank clerk; Frank, Rebecca and Madge are at home.

(Pioneer History of Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 1904)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

John R. Burson

John R. Burson, a carpenter, in 1882 located at Fonda where in 1884 he married Anna, daughter of Robert Leslie, of Cedar township. In 1887 he moved to Los Angeles, Cal., but is now in Pennsylvania. He has two children, Nellie and Ruth.

(Pioneer History of Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 1904)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

Wm. Michael Byrne

Wm. Michael Byrne, (b. 1858), is a native of County Roscommon, Ireland, the son of William and Mary (Kelley) Byrne. He was raised on a farm. In 1878 he married Catharine Lynch and, coming to America, worked two months on a railroad in N. J., and then located in Cedar township, Pocahontas county. In 1880 he bought a farm of 80 acres on sec 14, Dover township, which he was the first, to occupy and improve. He increased this farm to 240 acres, improved it with good buildings, grove and orchard and occupied it until 1896, when he built a house and moved to Fonda for the education of his children. He has managed the affairs on the farm several years since his first removal from it and usually carries about 70 head of cattle. In 1900 he formed a partnership with his nephew, Thos. J. Byrne and has since been engaged in the stock, grain and implement business in Pocahontas. He is a democrat and a member of the Catholic church.

His family consists of five children, Michael, Catherine, Anna Ellen, Margaret and Mary Elizabeth. William, the oldest, died from an accidental gunshot wound in 1896.

Mary Byrne, his widowed mother, came to America in 1880 and has been a resident of this county since that date. She has dwelt most of the time with her three sons, Thomas in Grant, Matthew in Cedar, and William. Peter Byrne, who was a resident of Grant township 20 years and moved to Minnesota in 1902, was also her son. He married Ann, sister of Jeremiah O. Sullivan, and raised a large family. Her other son, Michael, lives in England.

(Pioneer History of Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 1904)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

Samuel M. Carleton

Samuel M. Carleton, (b. 1825; d. 1895), farmer, Cedar, was a native of Salem, N. H., where in 1846 he married Lydia R. Sargent. He found employment in the cotton mills at Salmon Falls, N. H., and remained there 35 years, serving as an overseer during the last ten years. In 1879 he came to Pocahontas county and located on a farm southwest of Fonda, which he improved and occupied until 1891 when he moved to Fonda. He died at 70 in 1895 and his wife at 78, Jan. 1, 1902.

His family consisted of three children two of whom died in childhood. James S.; the oldest, in 1874 married Elva A. Mitchell and located at Salmon Falls. Five years later he and family came with his parents to Cedar township. He died at 28 in 1891, one month after the death of his wife.

He left one daughter, Rena, a Fonda graduate in 1894. In 1896 she married Vernon W. Harris, a clerk, and in 1902 located at Anthon, Iowa.

(Pioneer History of Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 1904)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

George Challand

George Challand, (b. 1846; d. 1900) was a native of Canton, England, and at four came with his parents to Shabbona Grove, Ill., where he grew to manhood and in 1871 married Julia Alice, daughter of Montolbert Greenfield. In 1872 he located near Clare, Iowa, and, a few years afterwards near Rolfe, where his wife died at 50 in February 1900. He died in December following.

Their family consisted of eight children, Mrs. Wealthy Smith, of Minneapolis, Terry at Rolfe, Mrs. May (Frank) Neal, formerly of Pocahontas (Des Moines), Clarence, Maud, Claude and Martin.

(Pioneer History of Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 1904)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

Mrs. Sarah A. Clark

Mrs. Sarah A. Clark, (b. 1822), Fonda, is a native of Washington Co., Pa., the daughter of John and Margaret Williams. In 1843 she became the wife of John W. Clark and located in the vicinity of Cincinnati, O. In 1853 they moved to Stark Co., and in 1875 to Warren Co., where he died a few years afterwards. In 1889 Mrs. Clark became a resident of Fonda, where her daughter, Mrs. Emmet Kay had previously located. Dec. 14, 1900, at the end of ten years service as president of the Ladies Aid Society of the M. E. church, she was very pleasantly surprised at a meeting held in her honor, by the presentation and adoption of the following resolutions:"In view of the fact that sister Sarah A. Clark, who has reached the advanced age of 79 years, has for more than ten years performed efficiently the arduous duties of president of this society, and has been a faithful member and an untiring worker in the M. E. church for more than half a century, therefore, Resolved, that she be made an honorary member of our aid society, have a voice and vote therein, be free from the payment of all dues and receive a complimentary invitation to all suppers served by the society.

Attests: MRS. DR. LEESE, pres.

Her family consisted of five daughters, Euphemia E. married Albert Hillard and died soon afterwards. Mary B. married Emmet Kay, (see Kay), Alice married James B. Knotts and lives in Lucas county. Emma died in her youth, and Georgia A., an assistant in The Times office many years, resides with her mother.

(Pioneer History of Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 1904)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

Joseph Chapman

Joseph Chapman, (b. Nov. 3, 1808) resident alternately of Williams township and Fonda during recent years. Is a native of Fairfield Co. Conn., the son of Phineas and Ruth Treadwell Chapman. His father who was the seventh son of Phineas Chapman, Sr., was born, lived and died, at the age of 57 in 1821, in the same house. During the period of the war of 1812 he served as the sheriff of Fairfield county. His six older brothers, during the Revolutionary War, were in the U. S. army, where John became a captain and Albert and James were promoted to minor positions. Joseph was fourteen at the time of his father's decease. He had three brothers, John, Hiram and Charles, and seven sisters, Laura, Betsey, Ann, Eliza, Matsey, Lydia, and Mary, and all of them died many years ago near the old home in Connecticut, except Hiram, who died in Oregon.

At sixteen Joseph was put out by his mother as an apprentice and worked during the next five years at the hatter's trade in Wilton. The next year was spent in a jewelry store at Albany, N. Y., where he learned to clean and repair the clocks in use at that time. As a book agent and jeweler he spent the next two years canvassing Culpepper, Madison and several other counties in Virginia. During this period he furnished many an evening's entertainment playing on the flageolet, singing songs and telling witty stories.

In 1835, in company with his brothers, Hiram and Charles, all single, be came to Peoria county, Ill., where in 1837, he married Eliza Ann Sherwood and, locating on a farm of 80 acres, improved, enlarged and occupied it until 1872, when his wife died and he went to the home of his daughter, Robah Oakes. In 1887, he became a resident of Fonda and vicinity in the home of his son, Baxter S. Chapman.

He united with the Presbyterian church in his youth, served fifty years as a teacher in the Sunday school and nearly as long as a deacon in the church. Such was his reverence for the Sabbath and love for the sanctuary, that when he had passed four score and ten he made personal sacrifices to attend church.

He passed his 94th birthday Nov. 3, 1902, and has been the oldest resident in the vicinity of Fonda since 1900. He never used tobacco or liquor in any form and attributed his steady nerves and good health in old age to that fact. "I cannot tell," said he on one occasion, "what effect the use of tobacco or liquor might have had on me, for I never used either; but I have noticed the effect they have had on others, and have profited by their experience. I have taken some light from the lamp of their experience without diminishing their light in the least." He had an effective method of administering a gentle reproof to those who were so irreverent as to use profane language in his presence. After reminding them that good people have no need to use profane language, and that its use always makes the impression that there is something wrong with the user, he would illustrate the matter by a reference to the use of props. "When any one passes a house that is supported by props, it is not necessary that another should tell him there vas something wrong about it, the use of the props show it. In like manner the use of profanity to support a man's veracity always shows where be is weak. Don't swear, if you expect others to believe you." He was very entertaining, possessed considerable native wit, and often surprised his listeners by beautiful and apt quotations, such as:"From others fields we gather flowers, The thoughts are theirs, the thread is ours."

In his 93rd year he repeated several stanzas of the ode on Heaven.
"The faithless world in ruin lies, Enwrapt in fancy's vision,
Allured by sighs, beguiled by shows, and empty dreams; nor scarcely knows There is a brighter heaven."
"A lonely stranger here I roam, From place to place am driven,
My friends are gone and I'm in gloom
This world is all a dreary tomb,
I have no home but heaven."

He was accustomed to looking on the bright side of things, endeavored to make others happy, often referred to the secret of a happy life and kept a supply of the Shorter Catechism for free distribution.

His family consisted of four children:

Mary married John Sullivan and died in 1882, leaving, three children, Kittie Kinne, Bessie Orton and Hugh Sullivan.

Baxter S., married Hattie Clemens, a pioneer and early teacher of Williams township. He is the owner and occupant of a farm of 240 acres south of Fonda. He has served several years as justice and has two sons, Fred C., a teacher and fruit grower, and Charles.

Robah married Wm. M. Oakes, a farmer, and live at French Grove, Ill.

Joel died in his youth.(Pioneer History of Pocahontas Co., Iowa, 1904)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

Visit the National Genealogy Trails site.

Copyright © Genealogy Trails
All data on this website is Copyright by Genealogy Trails with full rights reserved for original submitters.