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WASHBURN posted by David Green on Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Searching for any info on my great grandfather, Charles WASHBURN, Mayor of Belle Plaine about 1898.

GRIFFIN, HANEY posted by Bob Griffin on Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I am interested in the marriage of John H. HANEY to Mary E. GRIFFIN, in Benton Co., IA on 4-22-1886. I would like to know the name of the person who signed for the bride, to verify this is the Mary E. GRIFFIN I am looking for.

HOFFIT, PIBARD, THORP, WILLIAMS posted by Laurie Hale on Monday, May 21, 2007

Does anyone have any information about Edward THORP (b. September 1834 in Wheeling, West Virginia; d. Dec. 21, 1885 in Oneida Co., Idaho) who married Sarah Amanda WILLIAMS (b. January 28, 1835 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania; d. December 11, 1923 in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon) on September 1, 1857 in Vinton, Benton Co., Iowa? Edward THORP's parents were Charles THORP and Mary PIBARD?. Sarah WILLIAMS' parents were Abraham WILLIAMS and Matilda HOFFIT. Abraham WILLIAMS and family are listed in Vinton, Benton Co., Iowa in the 1865 Iowa State Census. I would appreciate any information about either Edward THORP's or Sarah WILLIAMS' families. Thanks!

SOLK posted by Jane Green on Monday, June 18, 2007

I must congratulate you on an excellent website. I am researching my family name of SOLK in England and have found a family of Solk in the 1856 Census in Benton Co. Can you tell me if there are any present day SOLK family members who might have information about how/when the family arrived from Lithuania? Thanks Jane Leeds, England

KITCHEN posted by Jim Kitchin on Monday, June 18, 2007

I am looking for a William KITCHEN (1856 Benton Co census) He was married to Rebecca and had a son Joseph who was born in Indiana. I cant find any records of William after 1956. It seems his wife and one daughter moved back to IN. Joseph was found later in Wapello County IN 1880

BENDA, HOLLAND, JOHNSON, LEBEDA posted by Pegalee Benda on Monday, June 25, 2007

Hi I am a decendant of John JOHNSON 1853-1931, he's my ggrandfather and my family has always said he donated the land for Redman cemetary in Benton Co., Iowa. I am doing genealogy and I know a lot of the people there are my relation, I even know about a stagecoach girl buried there but the stone is gone now. but when my mother H. Bernice HOLLAND-BENDA-LEBEDA was a girl she heard about her and put flowers on her grave frequently. anyway I am looking to update my family information and have photos of there grave stones and what it says on my ggrandfathers stone. plus I was looking for the history of the cemetary, I wrote R.Lowe and he sent me to ;you. thanks for your time, sincerely Pegalee Benda

GUINN, GUINNVILLE posted by Bernice Knoke on Tuesday, July 3, 2007

My husband and I recently purchased an old house in the Guinn Addition of Belle Plaine formerly known as Guinnville. We are renovating the house and would like to know more about the people who put it together. I say that because as we uncovered years of wall paper, and lathe and plaster, we discovered four layers of wall paper affixed to the wood siding. The wood had been painted with a milk wash paint, I believe. From the abstract, we found that LeGrand Byington was the owner of the land from 1854 to 1896 when Melvin J GUINN laid out the lots. (Town Plat). There are two parts to the house, the oldest being the part with the wall paper and the second, I believe, is an old school house that was brought from the Southeastern part of town later on and attached to the first building. We are at 608 5th Avenue.

My husband and I are renovating the house for our retirement. Currently we live in Waterloo in an historical area (Highland) and so enjoy the history of old houses. As we have been getting down to barebones, we have found artifacts that could very well date back to the mid 1800s in the wall papered part of the house. We plan to incorporate the old paper in to the design of the house. I would appreciate any information that you might have. Sincerely, Bernice Knoke

MICHAEL posted by Richard Michael on Wednesday, July 11, 2007

My father, Clarence MICHAEL, bought a used John Deere A tractor fromt he Vinton John Deere dealer sometine around 1940. Would there be any record of the transaction?

BECKER, MATHES, STOUT, VAUGHN posted by Arlene Becker Neher on Monday, July 16, 2007

Dear Friends, I am trying to find information re my paternal grandmother whom I knew as Ethel BECKER. Ethel Neola VAUGHN b. 1888 in Vinton, Benton Co Iowa . I have her mother as Eva Leona MATHES when she died in California in 1939. But I also have the name Eva Leona Stout b 1866 in Iowa or Missouri. Ethel's father may have been William Vaughn. Eva Leona STOUT's parents may have been George and Harriet Stout. Ethel was an only child and raised by her(single/divorced?) mother Eva in Eastern Iowa. Ethel married John BECKER in Cedar Rapids Oct 1909. I would appreciate any information regarding this family. Thank you

CRAWFORD, HULL, PATENT, PATTON posted by E. White on Sunday, July 29, 2007

CRAWFORD, HULL, PATTON are the names I am researching in Benton County, IA 1856 census: Crawford; D.L. age 57, son, Samuel, daughter Sarah living Jackson Co. Sarah Elizabeth CRAWFORD believed to have married Christy PATTON/ (PATENT spelling in 1856 census) before 1860, divorce about 1867, Christy PATTON in divorce was referred to as "doctor" Samuel CRAWFORD married Mary HULL before 1860, farmed in Jackson twp. Benton Co. IA, Samuel died in Civil War,

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