JOHN FRANKLIN DEWITT
John Franklin DeWitt was
born Oct. 10, 1857 at Colesburg, Iowa, the son of Dr. George S.
DeWitt, M. D., and Sarah E. Stanclift.
(Frank) married Louisa Anne Dille, daughter of Cyrus and Mary (Wilcoxson)
of Lewis Co., Missouri; at the Methodist Parsonage, Elliott, on
March 23, 1887.
Frank and Lyda (as she was known) farmed east of Elliott on the
Taylor farm, east of the Jessie Smith farm. They moved from there to
Cumberland, Iowa. In 1891 they moved from Cumberland by covered
wagon to the farm south of the Plowman Schoolhouse, Pilot Grove
Twp., and now owned by Lester Hill.
DeWitt’s were parents of six children:
Grace Elizabeth born April 12, 1888 (died Aug. 17, 1966). Grace
married George B. Marsh and they were the parents of Ben (deceased),
Roy, Max, Lois E. (Mrs. Russell Lloyd). The three sons all served in
World War II.
George Dille was born Jan. 19, 1890 (died July 1, 1975). (see next
was born July 6, 1892; married Evan H. Johnson and they had three
children: Darwin (deceased), Faye (Mrs. Gary Jones), twin daughters;
Joan (Mrs. Thayer), Joyce (Mrs. Stafford).
A. born July 16, 1894 (died Sept. 6, 1963), married Clyde Botts and
they had four daughters. (see Clyde Botts).
Vernon R. born April 16, 1897 (died June 8, 1977), married Ruth K.
Greaves and had two daughters. Mary E. (Mrs. Crary), Eleanor R.
(Mrs. Ed Gassman).
R. born Nov. 18, 1904 (died Aug. 9, 1978), married Dixie Doyle and
had two sons. John F. who was a Marine and killed in the Korean War,
Rex T. was killed accidentally at the age of two. Ross later married
Ione Fetter and they had a son Don, and daughter Linda (Mrs. Jerry
DeWitts moved from the farm to Elliott in 1920 due to the illness of
Mrs. DeWitt. She died May, 1922 due to complications from an auto
accident. John F. died April 12, 1944 at the Red Oak Hospital. Both
were members of Pilot Grove Methodist Church and were buried at
Hillside Cemetery, Elliott.
F. after the death of his wife lived most of his time with daughter
Lois and a time with Mrs. Hope (Howard) Sandquist.
will always be remembered as a sweet, quiet person, with a very
understanding disposition, always ready to help wherever needed.
Frank was a man of very positive statements, a good farmer and very
His niece Dorothy Wilkinson recalls him saying about the automotive
age, that it would be the undoing of farming. They would sell their
horses and hook engines to plows, and do away with crop rotation and
barn fertilizer. His question was, where will the gasoline come
from? Little did he know that is the big question of the day, and
his old-fashioned prophecy was right.