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Betts, Martin A. 1837-1912

BETTS, BENTS, WATROS

Posted By: Jill McCarville (email)
Date: 5/8/2014 at 10:39:49

Martin A. Betts was born at Deerfield, Portage county, Ohio, July 10, 1837. The family resided there until he grew to young manhood, when they moved to Woodstock, Ill. In 1857 he came to Howard County and settled on what is now known as the Porter place, 4 miles northeast of Cresco. About 3 years subsequently he moved to the Betts homestead, which was his home for about forty-two years, or until his removal to Cresco four years ago last fall. October 2, 1862, he responded to his country's call and enlisted in Co. D., 6th Iowa Calvary, in which company he served for some time as Corporal, and afterwards as Commissary Sergeant. He served to the end of the war and was mustered out at Sioux City, October 17, 1865. On February 8, 1866, he was united in marriage to Mary A. Bents. Five children were born to this union, of whom all but one are living. Gertrude having died in infancy. Besides the stricken wife these remain: Henry of Wautauga, S.D.; Elmer, Mrs. C.J. Watros and Edwin, who live in or about Cresco. On Saturday evening, while about his work, he was stricken and peacefully passed away during the night of February 10, 1912.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. Gammons were held from the M. E. church Wednesday at 2 o'clock. Burial was in Oak Lawn.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the G.A.R., the W.R.C. and the many friends, and neighbors who so kindly helped with their sympathy and offerings of flowers during the sickness and death of our husband and father.
Mrs. M. A. Betts
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Betts
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Betts
Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Watros
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Betts

Howard County Times February 20, 1912 Page 3
Transcribed by Jill McCarville from the files of Janice Sowers

Added by Joy Moore Feb. 7, 2020

Source: Twice-A-Week Plain Dealer Feb. 13, 1912, P-FP, C-4

Martin Betts was suddenly stricken with heart disease at about six o'clock Saturday evening and died a few hours later at about 1 o'clock Sunday morning. He was at his barn helping his son Edwin get his team ready to start home when he fell to the ground and was conscious for only a few minutes after. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon at the M. E. church in charge of the G. A. R.

Source: Twice-A-Week Plain Dealer Feb. 16, 1912, P-FP, C-5

BETTS.
Martin A. Betts was born at Deerfield, Portage Co., Ohio, July 10, 1837. The family resided there until he grew to young manhood, when they moved to Woodstock, Ill. In 1857 he came to Howard Co. and settled on what in now known as the Porter place, 4 miles northeast of Cresco. About 3 years subsequently he moved to the Betts homestead, which was his home for about 42 years, or until his removal to Cresco four years ago last fall. Oct. 2, 1862, he responded to his country’s call and enlisted in Co. D 6th Iowa Cavalry, in which Company he served for some time as Corporal, and afterwards as Commissary Sergeant. He served to the end of the war and was mustered out at Sioux City, Oct. 17, 1865. On Feb. 8, 1866, he was united in marriage to Mary A. Bents. Five children were born to this union, of whom all but one are living, Gertrude having died in infancy. Beside the stricken wife there remain: Henry, of Wautauga, S. D.; Elmer, Mrs. C. J. Watros and Edwin, who live in or about Cresco. On Saturday evening, while about his work, he was stricken and peacefully passed away during the night of Feb. 10, 1912.
Funeral services conducted by Rev. Gammons were held from the M. E. church Wednesday at 2 o’clock.
Burial was in Oak Lawn.

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