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Hannah C. Tinkham Cleveland 1832-1900


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 2/22/2011 at 00:24:38

Hannah C. Tinkham was born at Bangor, Maine, August 8, 1832 and was the only daughter of Cephas and Uranie Tinkham. In 1846 at the age of 14 years she moved with the family to Dubuque, Iowa. Three brothers, William P., Joseph K., and John B. still survive her all of whom reside in Dubuque county, Iowa.

September 15, 1853 she was united in marriage to Darius W. Cleaveland [Cleveland], and in 1855 they moved to Topeka, Kansas, where they resided until 1860 when they returned to Dubuque in September of that year. They resided in Dubuque until the spring of 1883 when the family removed to Emmet county and settled in their present home in Center township.

To this union were born seven children, four of whom survive her: Mrs. Mary E. Beattie, of Newport, Barton county, Missouri, George W. Cleaveland, who resides with his father in Center township, Mrs. Lottie B. Smith of Emmetsburg, Iowa and James W. Cleaveland who reside in the parental home in Center township, the last named three being at her bedside when she passed away at her home Friday March 16, 1900.

The funeral services were held in the M.E. church in Estherville, a very appropriate and impressive discourse being preached by the pastor, from the words: “The dust shall return to the earth as it was and the Spirit to God who gave it.” The sermon was full of practical suggestions and comforting scriptural truths. The house was filled with attentive and appreciative auditors – old friends, members of the G.A.R. and the W.R.C. The remains of the affectionate wife and mother, the devoted Christian and obliging neighbor were followed by a large concourse to Oak Hill cemetery where the concluding services were conducted by Rev. M.D. Bevan, Adjt. of the G.A.R. Post, L. L. Bixby, L. S. Williams, J. M. Sharp, Henry Johnson, S. J. Cox and C. I. Haynes, all old soldiers were pall bearers. It is worthy of mention that Mrs. Cleaveland together with her husband were in the midst of the border troubles about Topeka, Kansas just previous to the war. Comrade Cleaveland was one of the Twenty-one chosen men that assisted in guarding Old John Brown out of Kansas to Nebraska and Iowa.

*Dubuque papers please copy. (Emmet County Republican, Estherville, IA, March 22, 1900)


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