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Posted By: Connie Swearingen (email)
Date: 9/22/2010 at 21:31:27

History of Woodbury County, Iowa 1984

Mead Family
By Mamie (Stanley) Cooper

William Mead, born 1597 in England, was married there in 1625 to Martha. Their son John (2), born 1634 in England, married Hannah Potter, daughter of William Potter. John died February 5, 1693, at Greenwich, Connecticut. Their son John (3) was born in 1658 and married in 1681 at Greenwich, Connecticut, to Ruth Hardy. Their son Jonathan (4), born in 1684 at Greenwich, married Ester Butler, daughter of Walter and Rebecca Butler, on December 7, 1713. Somewhere along the line they moved to Nine Partners, New York, where he died.

Jonathan and Ester’s son Michael (5), born September 4, 1718 at Greenwich, married Martha (Patty). (Patty was a nickname for Martha in those days.) Both died in New York. Patty was captured by Indians when she was 16 and bought by a French Trader for a silver knee buckle. Michael was a Veteran of the American Revolutionary War. Their on Israel Thompson (6) was born October 29, 1784. He married Elizabeth Newman (born November 1787 in New York, died January 9, 1872, at Howell Michigan.) Israel died October 18, 1832. He was the father of Desiree, who married Daniel Livermore, from whom most of the Livermores are descended.

Minor Burton Mead (7), born April 1, 1818, in New York, died January 1, 1886, at Oto, Iowa. Minor married Mary Locke, daughter of Abraham and Sarah Locke. Mary died December 19, 1859, of childbirth. She is buried in Oto; Minor donated a portion of that cemetery. Late he married Mary Turman, daughter of William and Mary Turman. The first family consisted of Erastus, born at Baldwin, Iowa; Emily, Marion; Olive Jane, Achilles (9); Platt; and the infant son buried with the mother. The second family included George, Ola, William H, Dan, Bertha, Eliza, Josephine, Betsy, Harry, Mabel, Katherine F, and Charles A.

My grandfather, Achilles ‘Chill’ was the second white child to be born in this territory. The Meads, Turmans, and Livermores were among the settlers living in this area when the Sioux Indians, lead by Inkpaduta in the winter of 1856-57, went on the war path that caused the Spirit Lake Massacre.

Achilles (9) married Dell Livermore, daughter of Charles Comstock and Caroline (Storing) Livermore. Dell was born in Chenango County, New York, August 6, 1858, and died December 11, 1931, at Oto. Both she and ‘Chill’ are buried at Oto. A C was born September 25, 1856, and died September 26, 1937. The couple were married at Cherokee on September 28, 1877. They had five children. Seba (10) married Joseph Stanly on November 2, 1912, at Sioux City. She was born July 4, 1879 at Oto and died August 1, 1957. She, Joseph, and son George are buried at Memorial Park in Sioux City. Elva, born September 24, 1881, and died November 18, 1944, married James Hafley, Chester was born May 9, 1886, and died July 26, 1887. Jessie, born August 21, 1889, married Lewis Green. Jessie ran the telephone office at Oto for many years. Ray was born September 3, 1893, and died in April of 1930.

Seba (10) had three children: George, born August 14, 1914 at Sioux City, Mamie, born July 31, 1916, at Oto; and Marguerite, born March 17, 1919, at Hornick. George died February 10, 1956. At an early age he contracted polio, which left him handicapped. Marguerite and Mamie graduated from Oto high school. Mamie married Lewis Cooper on November 24, 1941, at Forsythe, Missouri. They have eight children: Lewis Joseph, Clifford Burton, Ruthann Estella, Grace Marie, Francis Stanly, Lynn Allen, Steven Dale, and Deborah Susan. In 1944 the Coopers moved by emigrant car to Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Marguerite married Raymond Dawdy on December 29, 1944, at Omaha, Nebraska. They have one son, John.

Reference: Eva Firestone’s Mead-Clark Genealogy. Michael Mead is believed to be the father of Israel Thompson Mead, but we are unable to prove it.


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