Fremont County, Iowa

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Pauley Family History

Jacob Pauley and Mary Elvira Tinker


Jacob Pauley was born June 3, 1915 in Brevier, Germany. He was a blacksmith by trade, beginning work at 16. He got his education in Germany and, when he became of age to be drafted in the German Army, he and his friend Bruce Loveland, both drew the number 0, which meant they were free, and would not be required to serve. They both came to America in 1937 in a sailboat. Family writings incidate they were 62 days crossing the ocean. He went to Fort Plain, Montgomery Co., N.Y. and lived there until 1839 when he came to Iowa. (Iowa was Missouri at that time and later became Fremont County Iowa.)

He bought land from the government for $1.25 an acre, 4 1/2 miles north and east of Hamburg. This country was all timber then and the closest town was St. Joseph, MO. He farmed this location the remainder of his life. He enlisted Aug 1863 in Company A, 8th Iowa Cavalry as a blacksmith. He was in the battles of Nashville and Franklin. He was discharged Aug. 24, 1865.

He married Mary E. Tinker (a schoolteacher) November 8, 1842. They had 11 children, 5 of which died in infancy. This is one of the earliest marriages and happened before Fremont County became a political entity. There is no record of it in county books. He died March 30, 1888. He is buried at Mt. Zion-Utterback Cemetery in Fremont, County, Iowa.

Mary Elvira Tinker Pauley : Mary Elvira Tinker was born May 1, 1923. She was the daughter of Lucinda North Tinker and Jonathon Tinker. She was highly educated, and served as a schoolteacher. Nov 8, 1842, she married Jacob Pauley. She died December 11, 1906. She is buried at Mt. Zion-Utterback Cemetery, Fremont County, Iowa.

Their Children are as follows:

  1. John - Born June 28 1842 - Died Oct 28, 1843
  2. Henry - Born March 5, 1845, Died March 25, 1845
  3. Lewis - Born Oct 24, 1846 - Died Aug 17, 1847
  4. Oliver - Born Feb 14, 1848 - Died Dec 19, 1906
  5. Nicholas - Born June 17, 1849 - Died April 22, 1869
  6. Hiram - Born July 8, 1951 - Died Sept 3, 1853
  7. Louisa - Born March 14, 1853 - Died June 18, 1923 - Married Benjamin Bain - Issue: 14 Children
  8. Amanda M. - Born May 3, 1855 - Died March 10, 1942. Married Francis Mariban Strait Jan 2, 1881 - Issue: 3 children
  9. Christian - Born Dec 23, 1856 - Died Aug 26, 1896 - Married Mary Brown - No children
  10. Fredrick - Born Jan 10, 1859 - Died Dec 29, 1948 - Married Lydia Malizer, Second Marriage: Clara Whitaker - no children
  11. Siegel - Born Oct 19, 1862 - Died Aug 20, 1926 - Married Mollie Morgan - Issue: 5 children
Amanda Pauley-Strait:

Amanda Pauley (May 3, 1855-March 10, 1942) was the daughter of Jacob Pauley and Mary E. Tinker Pauley. She married Francis Meriban Strait January 2, 1881. They purchased land next to the Pauley homestead, 4 1/2 miles east and north of Hamburg, and eventually incorporated the Pauley homestead. Francis taught school at the Pomeroy schoolhouse. Amanda cared for their three children: Ada, and twins Jacob and Maude. Amanda became a member of the McKissick Grove Church, while Francis remained a member of Zion-Utterback. Upon retirement, Francis and Amanda moved to Hamburg, building a home at 2107 North Main street.



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