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John D. and Mary Pope Barnevelt

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The Barnevelts arrived in Madrid in May 1888 with their two daughters, Nora and Ada. Mr. Barnevelt was a barber all of his life. As a small boy, he stood on a box to lather men's faces for the barbers. The couple's third daughter, Rena Margretta, was born July 7, 1888, in Madrid.

The Barnevelts were married in Pella, Iowa, on January 28, 1878. They celebrated their 62nd year of marriage on January 28, 1940, and Mary passed away in 1942.

John was born May 22, 1859, in Pella, Iowa, the son of Dirk Barnevelt and Rena Hasberry Barnevelt. Dirk was born in Rotterdam, Holland, and Rena in Amsterdam, Holland. They immigrated to this country as small children, with their parents, and were some of the earliest settlers at Pella.

Mary Barnevelt was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Pope. Hugh G. Pope and his five brothers served in the Civil War, and all six returned from the service. Mary was born at Knoxville, Iowa, January 11, 1861. Her family moved to Pella when she was a small child.

Mr. and Mrs. Barnevelt believed in early marriage; he was 19 years of age, and she was 17 when they married. Many times, they said they would do it the same way, it they were to live their lives over again.

John's first barbershop in Madrid was located on the north side of Second Street (one time, the location of Brown's Jewelry) and was later located under the Madrid State Bank, at the corner of Second and State Streets. John sold this shop to his brother-in-law, Jim Pope, in 1904, and relocated his shop in the basement of Kinsey's General Store, just one block further west, at the corner of Second and Water Streets.

John was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, and both Mary and John were active members of the Christian Church in Madrid.

Nora grew to womanhood and married Adam Hoop, and Rosa Ada was married to C. W. Snider. Rena Margretta married Servigna Godfrey January 8, 1908. Two daughters were born to them. Edna Marie was born January 5, 1909, and Burnice July 25, 1911. The father died of black diptheria July 20, 1918, when the family had the disease.

Edna Godfrey married Rexford W. Hughes September 3, 1933. They were blessed with six children: Norman Rexford, born January 27, 1936; Dale Servigna, born December 5, 1937; and Lloyd Charles, born January 18, 1939. Three daughters arrived next. They were: Norene Muriel, born November 24, 1941; Linda Louise, born December 14, 1945; and Karin Edna, born November 14, 1949.

Eldest son, Norman Rexford, passed away April 27, 1944, of leukemia. Father, Rexford Hughes, died of cancer on October 26, 1957.

Son, Dale, married Sharon Rood on September 13, 1975, and they are the parents of two daughters, Krystal Dale, and Heather Rena.

Lloyd married Loretta Hoberland on July 18, 1964, and they have a son, Rexford Lowel, and a daughter, Teri Lynn.

Norene married Robert Herman Thieme, Jr. on October 3, 1970. The family lives in Austin, Texas.

Linda married Ronald G. Meyers on July 18, 1969, and they have two sons, Paul Franklin and Craig Rexford. Their family resides in Wheaton, Illinois.

Karen married William Charles Witzleben on June 18, 1974, and they have one daughter, Hilary Jean. The family presently lives in Marietta, Georgia.

Mother, Edna Hughes, taught public school music for 15 years before her retirement. She attended Drake University for some five years, receiving various degrees. Mrs. Hughes now lives near Nevada, Iowa, and her two sons and their families remain near her in Iowa.

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