Five generations of
Montgomery County Pioneer Family
Five Generations in
Montgomery County, Iowa
Left to right
Irene Herrington, 1904
Dessie Bollier, 1886
Phebe Elwood, 1816
Dora Johnson, 1869
Alwilda Bolt, 1846
Maiden and Married names
[Tomlinson] [Bollier] Herrington
[Johnson] Tomlinson Bollier
|Alwilda [Elwood] Bolt
|Baby Irene was born
to Fred Tomlinson and Dessie Johnson. Irene was
later adopted by her mother, Dessie's second husband
|Irene was a
member of the 1921 graduating class of Smithville High
School, Smithville, Texas. She was a graduate of Texas
Women’s University (College of Industrial Arts, Denton,
Texas), class of 1925.
She was a lifelong high school teacher of Physics,
Chemistry, Science, Homemaking, and Dramatics.
Retiring in 1950 to care for her ailing mother .
She worked off and on as a substitute teacher until
Irene's favorite hobbies led her to
membership in the Jennie Wren Sewing Club, the Young
Ladies Bridge Club, the Women’s Club, the Garden Club,
the Friends of the Library, the Heritage Society.
She was a member of and the organist
for the First Presbyterian Church in Smithville, Texas.
The Red Oak Express, October 21,
Oak, Ia., Nov 2 
a little mite of humanity in Montgomery County who will,
as soon as she learns to talk, be able to boast to her
playmates of having a great -great-grandmother. No
doubt she is envied. She is little Irene Tomlinson,
daughter of Mrs. Dessie Tomlinson. Irene's grandmother
is Mrs. Dora Johnson, and her great-great grandmother,
Mrs. Alvida Bolt. The mother of all is Mrs. Nerva
Ellwood. Although, she is first in this remarkable
lineage, she is hale and hearty and gives promises of
being a great-great grandmother. A notable feature of
this unbroken line is that each member is the oldest
child of her respective family.
--- Family "Connections"
Family of Phoebe [Horton]
(born 27 July 1821) son of Robert B. Elwood and
Catherine Worley. Hiram married on 26 Nov 1844 in
Fairfield, Highland Co., Ohio, Miss Phoebe Horton,
(born 02 Apr 1821) the daughter of Jacob and Phebe Horton.
Children born to Hiram
All children were born
in Fairfield, Highland Co., Ohio
Alwilda Elwood, b. 1846
Winfield Scott Elwood, b. abt
Jacob Eyer Elwood, b.
Elwood, b. abt. 1854
Emma T. Elwood, b.
William E. Elwood, b.
Family of Alwilda [Elwood] BOLT
Elwood (b. 21 Oct 1846), daughter of Hiram Elwood and
Phoebe Horton. Alwilda married 21 May 1867, Red Oak,
Montgomery Co., Iowa, Ira Webster Bolt,
(born abt 1840), son of John and Keren Bolt.
Children born to Ira
and Alwilda Bolt:
Walter. S. Bolt, b.
Neva Bolt, b. 1875
|Family of Eldora
(b. 31 March 1867), daughter of Ira Bolt and Alwilda Elwood.
2 December 1885, Red Oak, Montgomery Co., Iowa,
Merritt E. Johnson,
August 1861, Illinois) son of Thomas and Velinda
Children born to Merritt and Eldora:
Dessie Mae Johnson,
Maude Johnson, b. 1890
Roscoe Johnson, b. 1894
Pearl Johnson, b. ??
Family of Dessie Mae
Dessie Mae Johnson,
28 October 1886, Red Oak, Iowa), daughter of Merritt
Johnson and Eldora Bolt. Dessie married Fred Jacob
Tomlinson, son of
Craighton C. TOMLINSON and Sophronia
Children of Fred and
Tomlinson, b. 1904
Dessie Mae Johnson
married second, Edward Ellsworth Bollier on
05 November 1908.
Children of Edward and
Tomlinson, b. 1904
(Note: Edward adopted Irene
before 1913 shortly after he married Dessie.)
Dessie Johnson Bollier
was the owner of Bollier Dry Goods Store in Smithville,
She was a member of
Chapter #39 Order of the Eastern Star, Woman’s Club, La
Petit Bridge Club, Married Ladies "42" Club, and Fathers
and Mothers Association of the College of Industrial
Arts (Denton, Texas).
She was a member of
the First Presbyterian Church of Smithville, Texas until
the time of her death in 1960.
Irene (Nettie) Tomlinson BOLLIER
(born 1 October
1904, Red Oak, Iowa) daughter of Edward Bollier and
Dessie Mae Johnson. Irene married 30 June 1926 at
Smithville, Texas, Thomas J. Herrington.
Irene died 29 Dec 1981at
The Red Oak Express
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, January 9, 1924
The Red Oak Express,
October 21, 1904
It isn't very often
that a photographer get to take a picture in which five
generations are represented, yet that is what F. H.
McMillen accomplished one day this week. The picture
contains five persons, a great-great grandmother, a
great grandmother, a grandmother, a mother and a child.
The first named is Grandma Ellwood, Mrs. Alwilda Bold,
Mrs. Dora Johnson, Mrs. Dessie Tomlinson and infant
daughter, Irene. Each on is the eldest child in their
collected over the years
by Dessier Bollier
of This County,
Frankfort Cemetery Monday
Alwilda Bolt, one
of the early residents of this county, died at her home,
304 Market st., at 5:40 o'clock Friday morning, July 26,
from apoplexy following illness of a few days.
The remains were laid at
rest in Frankfort cemetery, funeral services at the home
being conducted by Rev. J. M. Williams, of the M. E.
church. The singing was by Mrs. J. M. Williams and Mrs.
F. J. Brodby, and the pallbearers were J. L. Solomon, J.
Beeson, Joel Smith and Gus Deaver.
Those who were here from a distance to attend the
funeral wee Mr. And Mrs. Hiram Eyer, from Lytle, Ohio;
Walter Bolt, from Perry; Mrs. E. E. Bolt and daughter,
Irene, from Smithville, Tex.; Mrs. Maude Palmer, from
Alwilda Elwood was born in Highland county, Ohio, Oct.
21, 1846, and came to this county with her parents when
a young woman. She married to Ira Bolt in 1867, they
being married on horseback by Rev. W. W. Merritt. Mr.
Bolt died here 26 years ago. Deceased was the mother of
six children, three of whom are dead. The surviving
children are Mrs. Dora Johnson and Mrs. Eva Watson, of
Red Oak, and Walter Bolt of Perry. One sister, Mrs.
Eyer, of Lytle,
Ohio, and three brothers, Will, James and Eyer Elwood,
also survive. There are ten grandchildren and three
Deceased was a member of the Methodist church. Many
friends extend sympathy to the members of the bereaved
Dies of Dropsy
Mrs. W. O. Watson
of this city died Friday morning at Iowa City, where she
had gone several days ago for treatment at the
university hospital. Mrs. Watson had been sick with
dropsy for nearly two years.
Funeral services will probably be held at 3 o'clock
tomorrow afternoon at the Perryman chapel. Burial will
be in Evergreen cemetery.
Mrs. Watson whose maiden name was Neva
Bolt, was a daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Ira Bolt. She was
born in Red Oak June 9, 1875 and at the time of her
death was nearly 49 years old. She was twice married,
her first marriage being to Mr. Davis and on Nov. 6,
1900 to W. O. Watson, who survives. She was the
mother of nine children. Two children, Mrs. Bert Wilson
and an infant having preceded her in death. The
children living are Ona, Will and Vernon at home, Mrs.
Darieen Erzman and Raymond of Council Bluffs, Clair of
Los Angeles, and Clyde, whose address at this time is
She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Dora
Johnson of Los Angeles, who has been here
since January assisting in caring for her, and by one
brother, Walter Bolt of Perry, Ia., who is here for the
funeral. The son Raymond and the daughter Mrs. Erzman
of Council Bluffs, will be here for the funeral.
1881 History of Montgomery County,
PHOEBE, section 5, P. O. Red Oak; owns 246
acres of land, about 130 acres in cultivation and the
remainder in timber land, a fine young orchard of 100
trees all bearing. Mrs. Elwood was born in North
Carolina, in 1820, when about two years old moved with
her parents to Highland County, Ohio, and lived there
until 1865, when she moved to Montgomery County, and
settled on section 5, Grant township; her husband (Hiram
Elwood) was born in Highland County, Ohio, July 27,
1820, and there grew to manhood; was married in 1844 to
Phoebe Horton, of the same county. They have five
children living: Alwilde, Jacob Eyer, James A., Emma T.,
Wm E., and one dead. James A. Elwood was born in
Highland County, Ohio, in 1854 and came to Montgomery
County with his parents. Was married February 19, 1880,
to Mary E. Williams, of Green County, Wisconsin. James
A., lives on the old farm with his mother. Jacob Horton
(Mrs. Elwood's father) was born in Stokes County, North
Carolina, in 1780 and died at the age of 86 years.