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Posted Queries for December 1997 thru January 1998

HENDERSON posted by Kelly Yarnes Schott on Wednesday, December 10, 1997

I am looking for any information on my grandfather - John HENDERSON. Born in Ark but moved to Iowa as a child. His orignal name is Johnny Qua Henderson, he had it legally changed when he was 18 the reason we believe is because he is part Native American (seminole). He married a Vera and moved to Benton county in the 30's-50's. Any information would be welcomed.

COOK, PEARSALL posted by P.A. Dimitrovich on Saturday, December 27, 1997

Researching PEARSALL: Henry W. PEARSALL b. 1869 KS married Rosa E. (Unknown). Date/place of marriage is unknown. Rosa E. was born in NE in 1875. Children: Olive J. PEARSALL b. Benton Cty, IA 1865 Jesse Ivan PEARSALL b. Benton Cty, IA 1899 Needing any information on this family. I have located them on the 1900 census for Leroy Twp. They were in a rented house so land deeds are not applicable. Jesse was my grandfather. He was last known to be in Pulaski Cty, MO in 1929 after he divorced my grandmother (Alice Marie COOK). They were married in Minneapolis, MN. Any and all information will be greatly appreciated.

BLOSSOM, MILLER posted by Craig Albrechtson on Sunday, December 28, 1997

I am seeking any information on Jerome Franklin MILLER and his wife Ellen Elizabeth BLOSSOM. They moved to Belle Plaine in 1902 being married in 1888. Jerome died in 1928 and Ellen Died around 1950.

ACKERSMANN, ENGEL, FRITZ, GASSER, KOEHL, SCHMIDT posted by John C. Engel on Sunday, December 28, 1997

Seeking information on all descendants of J. Martin KOEHL (1787 - 1869) and Catharina SCHMIDT (1788 - 1879) of Fremont Twp. Children were: Johann Martin 1812 - 1814; Catharina 1814 - Unknown; Anna Marie 1817 - 1871 + George ENGEL 1816 - 1870; Maria Magdalena 1819 - 1894 + Jacob GASSER 1819 - 1888; George Jacob 1823 - 1877 + Anna ACKERSMANN 1829 - Unknown; Anna Barbara 1827 - 1884 + Peter FRITZ 1824 - 1902.

BOER, CULVER, DEN posted by Jack Martin on Tuesday, December 30, 1997

Looking for ancestors of the CULVER, and DENBOER families that migrated through Benton County in the 1850's. Stephen CULVER, a son of Benjamin CULVER, was born in 1858 at Urbana.

PORTER posted by Marcia Porter Heinz on Thursday, January 1, 1998

William John PORTER, died in Urbana, IA in 1934. He married Mary Jane PORTER (no relationship). They are buried in Spencer's Grove, Walker, IA. I do not have a great deal of information on either of them. I am looking for both of their parents and others who are related to them. I would be glad to exchange any information I have.

KENNEDY, SWAFFORD posted by Chuck McKeown on Sunday, January 4, 1998

I am attempting to research the history of the KENNEDY / SWAFFORD family that lived in Belle Plaine, Benton County, IA from at least the 1860's. Benjimin Swafford, born in 1842/3 in Mercer County after serving in the Illinois 27th Regiment/G Company in the Civil War returned to Mercer County to farm, married Jane Teeman, probably in Mercer County in 1864, then moved in 1866 to Poweshiek County, IA and became a farmer and stock-raiser in section 13, Belle Plaine. Their daughter, Carrie was born on Dec 23, 1876 and married James Edgar Kennedy, also of Belle Plaine on February 28, 1894. James' father was Benjimin Kennedy and that is all that is known about the Kennedys. James Edgar died on Feb 18, 1903 and Carrie re-married, dying in 1967 in Belle Plaine. James and Carrie had a son, Earl Eugene Kennedy b. Sep 5, 1896 in Belle Plaine. Thank you in advance.

CLIFTON, DAVIS, HITE, REED, RICHEY, SANDERS posted by Carolyn Olson on Friday, January 9, 1998

Looking for any information on the family of David P. DAVIS and Levina nee CLIFTON, or related families in Benton County c.1848 - c.1870. Their children: John Alexander [m. SANDERS]; Mary [m. REED]; Jane [m. RICHEY]; Andrew [m. Christina_]; Samuel [m. Elizabeth Ann RICHEY]; William [m. Mary]; Susan J.; James; Rebecca [m. HITE]; Sarah; Catherine [m. HITE].

DWIGANS posted by R. L. Hill on Monday, January 12, 1998

Looking for information on the Bennett Roseman DWIGANS family. Lived in Benton Co prior to 1880 to 1900 plus. Bennett R. DWIGANS married Joanna Dwigans in 1852 in Cedar Co, Iowa. She is believed to have beeen his cousin. She was the daughter of Calahan DWIGANS. Bennett DWIGAN's father was John DWIGANS. Bennett and Joanna had children; Andrew, Born 1858; Ella, born 1862; Mary, born 1867; and Anna born 1869.

ERNST, SCHMITZ posted by Marlie Johnson on Saturday, January 17, 1998

SCHMITZ, Anna Marie, b. 8 Dec. 1888, Benton Co. Father- Michael SCHMITZ, mother Mary M. ERNST. Brother, Anthony SCHMITZ, b.5 Dec. 1890, Benton Co., d.1981, Van Horne, Benton Co. Other siblings incude Margaret, Theodore, Joseph. Anna Marie was my gr-grandmother. Looking for any info on her family.

BERRY posted by Karen Pitchford on Sunday, January 18, 1998


BROWN posted by Carolynn Walker on Wednesday, January 21, 1998

I am looking for information on my g-granduncle, Elmer Elsworth BROWN, born july 22, 1874 in Belle Plaine, Iowa. I would like to know the names of his parents and where they were born.

ADAMS, MILLER, WAKEFIELD posted by Linnea on Wednesday, January 21, 1998

Looking for other people connected with the family of Charles MILLER and children Ira, Edward, Ruger, Lucinda, Josie, Dollie, and Catherine. This family was living in Polk township for the 1880 Federal census. Catherine was living with her husband MV WAKEFIELD. Charles' wife Martha Jane ADAMS may have had family in the area as well. Rumor is that her father, Tarlton ADAMS died in Benton county about 1876. Any help would be appreciated

CORE, HIBBEN, MITCHELL, SPRINGER posted by Kathleen Rizer on Thursday, January 22, 1998

Samuel SPRINGER was born Feb 1831 in Fayette Co., Penn. the son of Aaron SPRINGER and Mary HIBBEN. Samuel SPRINGER married Sarah A. CORE 13 Apr 1852. This family is in the Benton Co., Iowa census of 1860. Samuel SPRINGER died 23 Sep 1899 possibly in Marengo, Iowa. Where did this wife Sarah Core Springer die?? They had at least three children: James T. Springer b. 1854 who married Parmethe MITCHELL in Benton Co., Iowa; Isabella Springer b. 1857, and William Springer b. 1859. Did these latter children marry?? When and where did the children die??

BARKER, BUC, LUSK posted by Dale E Miller Jr on Tuesday, January 27, 1998

John T.BARKER bORN 1803 N.Y married Ester BUC born 1800 Mass.They had four sons born in N.Y. John born 1836; Archibald born 1838; Ruel born 1840; James born 1840 married Mary LUSK 29 Nov 1871 in Vinton, Benton Co Iowa. Mary's father, Charles D. LUSK was known to be a County Doc For Benton. The LUSK name is said to be traced to the Arm & Hammer folk of baking soda fame ? The family was in Benton County 1855-1900. Ruel & his brother James served in the Civil War and served with Benton County soldiers. They family came from Essex or Oneida or Tioga Counties N.Y? would like more info. James is the only one who I know left Benton County. Went to Marshall County, Marsalltown Iowa 1900.There has to be some records of them in Benton County. I found the family in1860 Census.

FREEMAN, WEBB posted by Bruce Freeman on Friday, January 30, 1998

FREEMAN,Lyman H.and Katherine WEBB lived in BentonCo. and Vinton 1855-1910.Would like to contact anyone intrested in this family.

BROWN, SPENCER posted by Carolynn Walker on Friday, January 30, 1998

I am trying to get information on my g-grandfather, my grandfather was born in Brooklyn July 18, 1875. I have his name as Alfred A., Andrew Alfred and Andrew A. I would like to know if there are any records of his birth. (was married in Wisconsin in 1897) We don't know where Andrew A. BROWN died and where he is buried? He was married to Ida S. SPENCER. My grandfather's brother Elmer Elsworth BROWN was born in Belle Plaine, Benton County, Iowa on July 22, 1874. Any information on the family would be appreciated. e-mail me at

BERRY posted by Karen Pitchford on Friday, January 30, 1998

BERRY, John Wesley

POWELL, SMITH posted by Robert Cantrell on Saturday, January 31, 1998

Seeking descendents of Robert F. SMITH and Alice POWELL, both of Belle Plaine, IA. Married 01Nov. 1876, in Tama City, IA Rob't possible father: Andrew L. SMITH Alice possible father: Charles Powell Have infor for direct descentents of this line.

BROWN, HEIM posted by Gene Heim Vinsand on Saturday, January 31, 1998

HEIM,Samuel, died 1918 at Shellsburg Iowa, buried at that cemetery.Married to Rebrecca BROWN. Father of Henry HEIM, who ran poolhall at Shellsburg, Iowa.

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