Muscatine County
Archived Queries

Subject: oakdale cemetery
Dated: August 6, 2003 3:41 AM
From: Pat Watt
By good fortune I found your site this morning with 8 of my distant Murrison relations recorded in Oakdale cemetery data base. My gt grandmother was a Murrison who had lived in Iowa and is a 'cousin' line to this one. I would be interested in any further details. All Murrison's Bertha B; Edna K; Ernest W; Eva Lu; Howard; James Jay; Mary M; Richard Lee Many thanks for your assistance Pat Watt in New Zealand

Subject: Genealogy TRAAS
Dated: August 4, 2003 2:05 PM
From: R. J. Smelt
Is it possible for you to give me more information about the members from the fam TRAAS on your cemetery. With greetings. Rudolph J. Smelt

Subject: Fire Department History
Dated: July 31, 2003 8:26 AM
From: Jennifer
I recently came across a picture of my husband's G-G Grandfather. He is wearing what looks like a fireman's uniform. The photo was taken by Oscar Grossheim Ground Floor Studio. My husband is a fireman and it would mean a lot to the family to find out for sure if his G-G Grandfather was. I've done a little research on the department and I know it was only volunteer for a short amount of time. I know that he wasn't a paid fireman, he was a farmer. I have showed the picture to a chief in this department who knows a little on fire history and he says that the emblem on his hat is a fire emblem, and of course the big bugle he's holding in his hand and the bugles on his collar are all related to the fire service. I have no idea what year the picture was taken, but I'd be glad to share it with anyone who could help me prove that this is definitely a fireman's uniform. Do you know anyone who could help me? Thank You Jennifer

Subject: Overman Cemetery
Dated: July 30, 2003 6:18 AM
From: Mark Hoppe
I am researching the Stucker/Stoker family of Columbia Co., Pennsylvania. I have located Russell P. Stucker and his wife Nancy Ann (Stiles) Stucker in Overman Cemetery. Is Overman Cemetery in Atalissa Twp. or in Goshen Twp.? The Stucker, Lamb, Jones, Lundy and Overman families are in Goshen Twp. in the 1870 census. When was Atalissa Twp. created? I also was looking for his son Samuel Britton Stucker. I have seen claims that he was buried in West Liberty, but was unable to locate him on the Muscatine Co. GenWeb site. Would you have any idea where he is buried? I also saw that a Biographical sketch of Samuel B. Stucker is in the 1911 History of Muscatine Co. on page 272. How could I obtain a copy of this sketch? Sincerely, Mark Hoppe

Subject: FARRELL/TODD wedding performed by Father QUIGLEY
Dated: July 25, 2003 12:02 PM
From: Julie
Looking for information on Mathew FARRELL/Jane ALMOND TODD wedding. Service records say this was performed by Father QUIGLEY in Wilton Township in May 1867. Any information welcome. Thanks. Julie

Subject: Looking for BOND family
Dated: Monday, July 21, 2003 11:13 AM
From: Bruce F. Bond
In the 1880 census, William Bond, 57, an English immigrant, is shown living in Muscatine Co., Bloomington Twp., with wife Catherine, 50; children Zuma, 22; Katie, 18; Della, 14; Willie, 12; Jacob, 10; & Grant, 7. Della married U.S.G. McCONNAHA in Muscatine 17 Nov 1886. Jacob married Margaret A. BARGER in Muscatine 25 Oct 1893. Grant married Stella PARSONS in Muscatine 11 Nov 1896. William E. Bond buried at St. Mary's Cemetery (Bloomington Twp.) in 1919 is probably the "Willie" from the census. I am trying to contact descendants to learn more about our probable common ancestor, the English immigrant, William BOND. Bruce F. Bond

Subject: Cemetery look up for Albert and Speedy Watson in West Liberty...
Dated: July 21, 2003 10:47 AM
From: Rita
I was online in the Muscatine Co. site for cemeteries and found your name as a possible look up person for cemeteries in West Liberty. I am searching for Albert and (his wife) Speedy (poss. Leedy) Watson. They are listed in West Liberty, Goshen Twp., Muscatine Co., Iowa 1860 and 1870 census with their children (Lewis P., Maria Lydia, Anna E., Albert S., Isaac Kirk (poss. Kirkwood) and Cora B.) but only their children Albert S., Isaac, Cora and Maria are listed in 1880 census. As Albert is 53 and Speedy is 46 in 1870 census I assumed they died as opposed to having moved and left behind children (the youngest is 15 in 1880). If you find time to help me in some way I would be very grateful. Thank you for taking time to read my email either way.

Subject: Oakdale, Wilton Cemetery
Dated: July 20, 2003 6:11 PM
From: Tony
I have discovered a GG-GrandUncle in subject cemetery and wonder if you have any additional information on them from your work/cemetery records: OSSMAN Elizabeth (born in PA.)(wife of J.H.) 17 Mar 1847 5 Sep 1897 OSSMAN John H. (Co. F 190 Pa.) 11 Oct 1843 13 Mar 1893 for info: I hold an original card photo(S.H.Wise, Wilton) of his funeral wreath with name, dates, and "GAR"(glad to send copy .jpg if interested). Also directions to the cemetery and approximate location of grave sites would be most helpful (we live in Washington State) My other Iowa connections include: Lucas(immigrated 1859 Belgium), Boss, Conrad, Mundell, Scheib/Shipe/Schive and HAYES: Oakdale HAYES Frances 8 Feb 1846 9 Dec 1902 Oakdale HAYES Infant (plot records) . ca. 11 Jun 1887 Oakdale HAYES Joseph 14 Oct 1839 25 Oct 1906 Do you know if these 3 are related? is this FRANCES male or Female? grave locations? I have a missing G-Grand father Charles Frances Hayes (scotch-Irish descent - no birth of death dates known) married Gertrude Conrad and gave her 3 children between 1893-1898 - she married Robert Lee Mundell in Bloomfield in 1921 but NOTHING more is found of my Charles Frances. Any info would be apprecated, Thanks Tony

Subject: IRWIN
Dated: July 19, 2003 7:27 AM
From: Kit Irwin Klaber
I am eager to trace my family members who may still be living in or near Muscatine. Here's what I know: My grandfather, Roscoe Conklin IRWIN, was forn in Muscatine in 1877. He had at least 2 siblings: Ethel Linn IRWIN, born March of 1872, and another sister named Hannah. Roscoe's father, Washington IRWIN, was born in 1843 in Muscatine and died in Mercer County IL in 1901. He ws buried in Eliza Creek Cemetery in Eliza, IL. Washington had a brothr named Alexander. Roscoe's mother, Catherine Mosier, was born in 1855 in Illinois and died in 1929 in Muscatine. By that time, though, Washington had died, and Catherine had re-married. She and Washington were married April 16, 1871. Washington's father, John Cook IRWIN, was born in 1805 in Washington, PA. He married Mary Prentiss (Prentice) in Muscatine in 1842. (She was born in 1820.) John Cook Irwin's father, Alexander Irwin, was believed to have been born in 1765 in Londonderry, Ireland. Alexander's wife was Eleanor English.

Subject: Probate records
Dated: July 17, 2003 5:57 PM
From: Melissa
Hello, I would like to request a copy of the probate records of Isaac J. Lathrop (Probate # 57.5, Roll 1, Blip # 141) and Heather Lathrop (Probate # 58.5, Roll 1, Blip # 143). I believe Isaac to be the brother of my 4th-great-grandmother, Sabrina/Sabina Lathrop Harrington. This family was originally from New York, then moved to Indiana and some then went to Iowa. Isaac and his brother, Silas Lathrop, were pioneers of Muscatine Co., Iowa. Thanks for your help. Melissa

Subject: ALLBEE family in IOWA
Dated: July 12, 2003 11:11 AM
From: Linda
ALLBEE family My husband's great grandfather was David Henry Allbee from Mercer County Illinois. But his parents and a number of his siblings were said to have left there to live in IOWA sometime in the mid to late 1800's. His parents were James and Jane Strickland Allbee, and the siblings I've been trying to locate along with their extended families would include, Otis, Vernon, Elias and then Mary Jane. Mary Jane married Augustus Hersom, and we've had some luck in locating some distant members of the family for her. Then we're not sure about Salome and Sarah Ann; they both married Fuller's but we're not sure if they stayed in Iowa or moved on to another location. We've found clues here and there but nothing definite. We've located the burial site for a couple of the brothers but we're hoping to learn more about their lives too after leaving Illinois. When it comes to their children then we have no idea how many children they had or what their names might be. Nothing that we've been able to document thus far anyway, the exception being Mary Jane's family, which may not be all that complete or accurate when it comes to every detail but at least enough's there to build on. :) Linda

Subject: McKilligan or Clark
Dated: June 30, 2003 3:04 PM
From: Sandy
I am looking for any descendants with the surname McKilligan or Clark. The families lived in the area in the early 1900's. Sandy

Subject: RICHARDSON, Silas & Catherine
Dated: June 29, 2003 10:27 PM
Silas RICHARDSON & wife Catherine (STORM) Richardson lived in Muscatine Co Iowa between 1843 & 1853. Seek information on this family. Parents of 14 children. Silas believed to be son of Samuel & Rebecca (MORELAND) RICHARDSON originally from Maryland.

Subject: My gg-grandfather William Morton
Dated: June 28, 2003 11:53 PM
From: Jim Morton
Hi: First of all, you’ve got a great website. Secondly, I am wondering if you can recommend a researcher in Muscatine Co. I have recently learned that my ggg-grandfather, William A. Morton, died on February 8, 1859 in – I think – Muscatine. I am uncertain because I have never successfully found a place of death. I suspect it is Muscatine because his widow, Nancy, and infant children, William and Eliza, are listed in the 1860 Fed census as living in Muscatine. William and Nancy had been married in Tipton IA in 1853 and moved from there about 1856 to – again I think – the Muscatine area. So I would like to engage a researcher in the area. Additionally, Nancy’s father, a widower, was also living with Nancy at the time of the 1860 census and he was eventually buried next to his wife in a cemetery in Marshalltown IA. But I think that the Muscatine area is the place to look first. Thanks a lot, I appreciate your time. Sincerely, Jim Morton

Subject: Hello from Jean Harris about Albert & Estella/Stella Lightner
Dated: June 27, 2003 5:18 PM
From: Jean Harris
I worked with Scott County, IA and found Albert Lightner and Stella Purkhiser Stanfield were marred 3/1/1918 in Scott County, IA. They found the marriage application, 1918 Davenport City directory and 1920 census showing Albert, Estella/Stella and LeRoy Lightner in West Liberty, Muscatine County, IA, Wapsinonoc township. Albert was born in West Liberty, IA in 1886 or 1887 to RH Lightner and Lizzie Garner or something similar to Garner. I am trying to find if their are any probate, will, 1930 census, death records, divorce records to verify how long they lived in this area. Where is the my best place to start? I was hoping for online library etc. Thanks so much for your assistance. Jean Harris

Subject: G Ridgeway
Dated: June 17, 2003 6:27 PM
From: Sylvia McMenemy
Thank you for designing this web site. We are currently researching our family tree and hit a brick wall (so to speak!) with my great, great, great grandfather... we since learned that he emigrated from Ireland and died in the Civil war. Thanks to your web site we have now found out that he was in the 2nd cavalry when he died. We are delighted to have found this news. Do you know the best place for us to find out dates of when he died and maybe where he lived and if he had any family? Thank again for this invaluable information. Keep up the good work!! Regards from Ireland, Sylvia McMenemy

Subject: karr
Dated: June 9, 2003 6:43 PM
From: Marion Karr Geiger
Dave do you have any Karr`s in your records? I`m looking for a August karr and wife Katherine myers. they are my grand parents and where said to have lived in Muscatine , iowa. they had a son Charles Richard karr, my dad. since I never knew him would love some information on his family. Hope you can help me in this. thanks Marion Karr Geiger

Subject: Kurz Family
Dated: June 2, 2003 6:22 PM
From: Nancy Kurtz Janicki
John Kurz, Henry Kurz Looking for parents names of John and Henry Kurz. Thank you Sincerely Nancy Kurtz Janicki

Subject: QUERY
Dated: May 28, 2003 5:09 PM
From: Rev. Gene Bryant

Subject: Oakdale Plot Records
Dated: May 26, 2003 1:19 PM
From: Betty Ramage
Thank You Dave for offering to look further into plot records. The information is as follows: WALLACE Isabella b. 1821 (age 91 yrs 11m 5 ds) ca. 18 Apr 1913 Any further information on Isabella would be greatly appreciated. There are three others which maybe related but it I do not think so, but who knows you find things in funny places to tie people together. WALLACE John b. 1835 ca. 4 Aug 1887 WALLACE George W. b. 1864 ca 12 Nov 1893 WALLACE John H. Jr. b. 1861 ca. 18 Aug 1892 Betty Ramage

Subject: BARTH Query
Dated: May 24, 2003 11:24 PM
From: Sharon
I am researching the BARTH family from Muscatine County, Iowa. JOHN G BARTH and wife MARY ANN ROGERS were living there in December of 1866 when their son PHILLIP was born. The also had a daughter named KATIE AGNESS BARTH born in 1870. Any suggestions? thanks. Sharon

Subject: Henry Seibert
Dated: May 23, 2003 7:08 PM
From: Beverly Wyld
My third greatgrandfather Adam Seibert, wife and family immigrated to Iowa sometime after 1850 from Pennsylvania. Adam is reputed to have died in early 1860 but Magdalena and children are listed on the 1860 census for Wilton Twp. Magdalena died later in the year. Some of the children returned to Pennsylvania and were raised by relatives (I am guessing). Son Henry Seibert entered the military from the county and was later killed. My query is two-fold ........... I would like to locate the cemetery where Adam and Magdalena were buried (again reputed to be at Wilton Junction) and also would like to know background on the Henry Seibert Woman's Relief Corp., Wilton. Would this Henry Seibert be Adam's son, why was he the individual picked for the groups name, etc.? Thank you. Beverly Walmer Wyld

Dated: May 20, 2003 9:31 PM
From: J. P. Sullivan, Jr.

Subject: Trying to find information
Dated: May 19, 2003 11:58 PM
From: Jennifer
Hi, I'm trying to find information about a Dr. in Muscatine Iowa. My Great Grandmother visited a clinic he had in the twenties or thirties. She had Ovarian cancer and the family saved every penny to send her to his clinic for a cancer cure. His studies were based on Soy Bean products. She traveled from Pennsylvania by bus and to make a long story short was cured and lived to be 84 years old. Our family has a newspaper clipping with his picture and information on his clinic. His name was Dr. Norman Baker, and that is all I know other than the Government stepping in to close his clinic. I truly would like to find out any information on this man if possible. If you could help me it would be greatly appreciated. I know you probably don't receive a lot of letters like this, but my family so strongly believe this man was curing people of cancer way back when. I might add my grandmother was a strong willed woman didn't believe the clinic would work and got back on the bus to return home, only to witness a man in front of her throw up a large mass. With what she saw she had the bus driver return to the clinic, and well her age 84 and no more cancer speaks for it's self. Thankyou for taking the time to read this and again any information would be greatly appreciated. Jennifer

Subject: richards in iowa
Dated: May 16, 2003 5:48 PM
From: Michael Richards
hi dunston my name is michael richards i have a gr gr grandfather (frank richards)that was born in cedar township muscatine county, said to be in 1880 census i had him in muscatine ia per uncles bible, fathers name was lewis was 39 years old ,witch i had also had but i did not have wifes name, it was lucretia 22 years old also said it shows 3 children john h,drusilla 2years old ,frank5 months old.

Subject: Nelson question
Dated: May 15, 2003 1:38 PM
From: Karen
Dave, you've helped me before and I need to ask yet another something of you. I've looked all over creation for a Frank Nelson the son of Alphonso and Josephine Nelson - born @1872-1876 +-. Lo and behold, SS death index reveals a Frank Nelson who died in Muscatine Co., IA May 1969 who was born in 1876. Are death certificates available at the local co. clerk's office? Or, do I have to write the state? Could I get one at a reduced rate for gen. purposes only? His SS # is a RR number so I'm thinking this has to be my guy - the last of the siblings I need to find too. Have heard from many people that he was a drifter and the RR SS # explains some of this away. Thanks for your reply. Karen

Subject: Another question
Dated: May 8, 2003 4:26 PM
From: Jo Phillips
James Phillips is listed as an early settler and I believe he is the father of Samuel (that I just wrote about) and would I ever do whatever favor you asked if you'd check that out for me! (Or pay you if you prefer but it appears you do this out of love of the hobby rather than for personal gain). I've been on a wild goose chase with another James Phillips in Morgan County, Ohio and thought I had the right people but I didn't. Then I found a James & Jane Phillips in Morgan County, Indiana and that might be them. Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing back from you. Jo Phillips

Subject: Musactine County Iowa Probate Records
Dated: May 8, 2003 4:16 PM
From: Jo Phillips
Can you tell me what this is? I'm researching my husband's family tree. His great-grandfather was Joseph A. Phillips but because of a rift in the family, I have very little information about them and this might hold some clues. However, I believe there was another Joseph Phillips. The one I'm looking for information on was Joseph A. Phillips; m. Bertha Mueller; children were Gladys, Hazel, Carl, Nellie & Emma. He was born about 1867 and died in 1952. His parents were Samuel and Mary (Lawrence) Phillips. If what you have will help me, I'd love to see it! Thank you, Jo Phillips

Subject: Longstreths for Family Reunion
Dated: May 5, 2003 4:55 PM
From: Elizabeth Sandell
Descendents of Frank K. and Louvina Law Longstreth are sought for a Longstreth Family Reunion in Muscatine, IA next July 17 - 20, 2003. The reunion is for all North American descendents of Bartholomew and Ann Dawson Longstreth and of Martin and Abigail Longstreth in Bucks County, PA. Other family surnames include Longstreth - Law - Van Camp - Anderson - Stuart - Kokemuller - Ebertowski - Leonard - Hartley - Tharp - Camacho - Sumrall - Oelerich - Sandell - Henneker - and many, many more. Please help me locate more relatives in Muscatine County, IA. Thank you. For more information, contact Elizabeth Sandell, ggggggranddaughter of Bartholomew and Ann Dawson Longstreth; granddaughter of Frank K. and Louvina Law Longstreth.

Subject: John Walz
Dated: April 29, 2003 8:53 AM
I am looking for any information regarding my great grandfather, John Walz and his brother. I was told that they owned a brewery in Muscatine, in the mid 1800's. If anybody has any information or knows where I might get a start, anything is appreciated. This is all that I know of him.

Subject: Schweitzer
Dated: April 23, 2003 3:04 PM
My grandmother Ethel Schweitzer nee Whitney was catholic buried her husband at a parish in 1929 however i can;t find hers had a lead to a St. Francis of Assisi cemetery but cannot locate any clues? thank you and God bless

Subject: Townsley obits
Dated: April 21, 2003 8:16 PM
From: Diana
I don't think you have found any thing on Phillip Townsley, I think he left the area when grown. Our Townsley family reunion is in May and I am trying to get as much together as I can. June was looking for the following obits: Elizabeth Townsley died March 4, 1858 Elizabeth Townsley died 1920 Elizabeth Townsley died June 30, 1896 Clara Townsley died 1933 Roy E. Townsley died January 28, 1901 Oscar E. Townsley died 1939 W.A. (could be William) died April 4, 1931 in Pleasant Prairie, buried in Melpine Cemetery. Any help would be so greatly appreciated. Thanks, Diana

Subject: Henry Farnam Carmichael
Dated: April 21, 2003 1:16 PM
From: Marnette
Hi; I am in need of proof of Henry Farnam Carmichael being born in Muscatine, IA, so I can register with the Pioneer Certificate Program for Iowa. Lewis Carmichael and Mary E. (Bunce) Carmichael lived in Muscatine sometime around 1854, Dec 9 when Henry Farnam was born and Edwin L may have been born in Muscatine in 14 Feb 1857. Lewis moved his family to Otter Creek Twn in Tama Co. in 1857 and they are on the 1860 census for Tama Co. Lewis was a RR Contractor and built a lot of Rail Roads across America including the Transcontinental Railway in 1865-1869 Your attention will be appreciated. Marnette

Subject: Drury-Reynolds list additions and a Ziegenhorn question
Dated: April 19, 2003 5:19 PM
From: Roy J. Yeater
(The initial paragraph sent to Rootsweb as well) 4/19/03 I noted in the Drury-Reynolds Cemetary listing that my aunt and uncle, Mae (Thompson) Kranz and Clifford Kranz and their son Donald Kranz were not listed. Roy I have another question or two. My parents were from that Illinois area; my mother Callie Thompson from the Roseville area and my father Roy A. Yeater from a farm near Reynolds. I recognise many names of the folks buried at Drury-Reynolds. Zigenhorn comes to mind because I graduated with Harlan and remember Ira and other family members at least by name. I talked to one of the Zigenhorn family who had Drury-Reynolds connections and had been renovating/restoring the school there. I misplaced his name and telephone number. A contact point for him would be appreciated. As one who is participating in establishing a history presence for the Muscatine country shools, I am interested in their efforts among other questions. Another question has to do with how the cemetary records are compiled and added to the list as shown on the internet. I appreciate their efforts. Thanks. Roy J. Yeater

Subject: Kermit H. Smith
Dated: April 19, 2003 7:15 AM
From: Wally Schoofs
Dear sir, my name is Wally Schoofs and I'm living in Belgium. I'm searching for information about Smith Kermit H. ( born 17 July 1918) died March 10 1990. the reason of my demand is that I'm writing a memory book about the units which took part in the liberation of my homevillage and one of those regiments was the 494th AAA gun Battalion in which mr. K. Smith serve in 1944. I hope that it is possible for you to bring me in contact with a relative of Mr Smith so that I could exchange some information with them because I have some grouppictures of the 494th AAA which were taken in Sint-Lenaarts ( Antwerp , Belgium) and perhaps I could help the relative by sending a copy to them. Hoping for an answer, yours sincerelly, Wally Schoofs.

Subject: Johnn G. Himple
Dated: April 16, 2003 11:00 AM
From: Deloris
I am researching a family that canme from Germany and reportedly came to Muscatine Iowa in 1854, with two small children, do you have records of intent for a Johnn G.Himple and wife Louisa, two sons, carles A. and William C. ages 13 months and about 2 years??. The were in Leavenworth county Ks. in 1854. How do I find the naturliztion records???. Deloris

Subject: Muscatine Iowa
Dated: April 15, 2003 11:27 PM
From: Patrice
Hello, I am interested in the graves of the Kibbe's and Ludlow's that you have listed at the Oakdale cemetery in Muscatine Iowa. If you have any other information then what you have on the website I would appreciate it. Thank you for your time and patience in taking on a project like this. You all have done a great job with your Muscatine IAGenWeb Page. Thank-you.

Subject: Obits
Dated: April 13, 2003 3:50 PM
From: Norann Lustfield
Oh Dave, you are a jewel!! My connection to Wilton is thru the Grunder & Marolf families. My late husband, Stuart Lustfield was son of Ina Grunder & Bill Lustfield. Ina Grunder is dau of Bill Grunder & Faye Rick, she grew up in Wilton, as had her father. Stu grew up in Davenport with frequent trips to Wilton. I have traced the Grunder family to two brothers(I believe) who arrived in 1854 & settled first in Cedar county in SugarCreek Twp, later moving into Wilton & Moscow Twps. There are still several Grunder families there today that were cousins to my husband....... Here is a list of Grunders & Marolfs & dates of death: Johannes/John Grunder d. Dec 9, 1904 & his wife Elizabeth d. Dec 28, 1904 John A. Grunder d.Nov 28, 1920 Albert L. Grunder died in 1941(they didn't put a full date on his tombstone!) & his wife Mary Ann Marolf d. Mar 10, 1899 this is my husband's great-grandfather Peter Grunder d. Mar 17, 1911 & wife Maria d. Apr 13, 1899 William Albert John Grunder 'Bill' d. Mar 8, 1946 & his wife Florence d.Aug 13, 1985 Benedict Marolf d. Apr 21, 1897 & his wife Anna d. Jan 6, 1921 One of the early Marolf's to come to Muscatine County was Benedict (father of the other Benedict) who d. Feb 2, 1858 and his wife Anna who d. Jan 3, 1891 What ever of these you can get will be appreciated. And posting them will be fine. My email is

Dated: April 13, 2003, 11:40 AM
From: Kaye Strause
I was wondering if you could look in the Iowa Territorial 1836 Census and tell me what it says for these three people: MORGAN, SAUL , Dubuque Co. page 15 MORGAN, A. , Dubuque Co. page 15 MORGAN, John , Dubuque Co. page 28 I am primarily, at this stage, interested in if you can tell if Saul and A. are in the same family, and their ages. I am trying to find an Abraham Morgan who married Susan Chambers on March 03, 1842 in the Territory of Iowa, Muscatine Co., Iowa. I have his birth, death and place of both. His father is the one eluding me. I want to also tell you, that you have done a great job with the Muscatine County site. I tried finding information in one of the Ohio Counties, (Butler Co.) and the coordinator, has let the local Historcial Society tell her what she can and can't put on it. I understand their reasons, but to pay them for information can add up real quick. Time I have, but money is limited, so when I check the Muscatine site and find what I need, I always say a silent "thank you, Dave". Your help is always appreciated, thanks so much, Kaye Strause

Subject: Martin Wheelen,,Father James wheelen
Dated: April 08, 2003 1:25 AM
I have been working on our family tree Wheelen Our records show Martin Wheelen he lost a wife and 2 daughters in a house fire. Also had a son named Douglas They moved to Cherokee County Kansas married a lady widowed with 3 children named Mingle. They had 4 children Samuel Sherman,Anna E. ,Frank ,Lottie. Samuel was my Grandfather. I think his father name was James? Martin died in McAlester Ok. 8--18--1909.

Subject: Hershey Orphans Home
Dated: April 05, 2003 7:05 PM
From: F. W. Colberg
I am searching for history/photographs concerning the old Hershey orphans home. Specifically my search is regarding the "orphans school" that I believe was located directly behind the orphanage on the bluff next to the Lutheran cemetery there. Although there are bits of information available concerning the orphanage itself at the library, I can find no mention of the school itself. Any help would be greatly appreciated. F.W.Colberg

Subject: Hubacher
Dated: April 04, 2003 12:02 PM
From: Pearl Cook
I am relation to the Hubachers. Are any of them from Monroe Co. Switzerland Twp in Ohio? I am searching for a John Hubacher and the one I found was the wrong one. Would it be possible to mail the records on the Hubachers? My family could have moved into another state. Miss Pearl Cook

Dated: March 28, 2003 9:56 AM
From: Dorothy
I need help in locating the place and death date for SYRICH AVER (JACK) THORNTON who died after 1944. He, his wife and family of seven daughters and one son lived in the Conesville area for years. He married his wife Emma L. Butcher 10-29-1889 in Muscatine County. She died 5-4-1929 and is buried in Conesville cemetery. The names of their children were, Flossie b. 1891, Pearl L., married Harl Rex McCarty, she died in 1931, Myrtle b. 1895 married Daniel Edwards she died 1969, she had at least one daughter and twin son's. Ruth b. 1898 married Chester Bond, they adopted four children, she died 2000. Lamoyne b. 1903 never married, he died 1979, Gladys b. 1907 died 1934, Lucille b. 1909 married Ernest Trask in 1931, Cleota b. 1912 married Merle Pletscher in 1934. I am writing the Thomas and Rachel Smith Thornton Family History and desperately need to contact some family members in the Muscatine County area for information on Syrich (Jack) Thornton. He sometimes went by Jackson, John and J.T. He was born 1867 in Hancock County, IL to Thomas and Rachel Smith Thornton. If anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it. I have information on his brothers and sisters.

Subject: bos
Dated: March 28, 2003 8:49 AM
From: Kristi Miller
In his obit, my ggranduncle was listed as a member of the German Mechanics lodge. Is there any info on whether this lodge still exists, where records can be found and what the records might contain? I would like to contact someone involved with this lodge or knowledge of it. Kristi Miller

Subject: Philip Murphy
Dated: March 17, 2003 5:58 PM
From: Gayle
Am looking for info on a Philip Murphy who was age 50 on the 1880 census, living in Muscatine with his wife Susan, age 45; children James E., age 22; Mary A., age 19; and Bessie J, age 11. Thanks, Gayle

Subject: Myers boys
Dated: March 10, 2003 2:23 PM
From: Leona
William had a brother, John, born in 1828 and William was born in 1837. Both were born in Indiana. William listed White Co., Indiana, on his Civil War enlistment papers as his place of birth. In John's daughter's obituary it states 'Mary A. Myers was born in Muscatine, Iowa, October 18, 1853 to Quaker parentage'. We are sure this is John's daughter and may show up on the 1858 or 1856 census. We think William was married to Margaret Ann Wilhelm on Nov. 4, 1858. He died in January 1863, due to wounds received at the battle of Shiloh and Corinth. Their mother was Elizabeth {Betsy} McConnel Myers Kramer. There father William Myers died in 1842 in Indiana. John's wife may have been born in Pa. John may have left Muscatine about 1868 and moved to Cerro Gordo Co. Is there or was there a Quaker settlement in the Muscatine, Iowa, area? We believe Mary had a sister Ina or Effie and a brother, listed as G.O.E. Myers on the 1880 Mitchell Co. census--age 17. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. I will be out of town from March 15 to March 25, so don't rush to do it. Thanks, Leona

Subject: John Myers
Dated: March 06, 2003 1:50 PM
Does anyone know anything about John Myers whose daughter's obituary says she was born in October,1856, to Quaker parentage. They my have lived around Muscatine for a few years. John was born in Indiana in about 1828 and the wife{name unknown} was born in Pa.

Subject: Quakers
Dated: March 06, 2003 11:34 AM
Was there ever or is there now a Quaker society in Muscatine, Iowa?

Subject: Muscatine County Query-HIGGINBOTHAM
Dated: March 04, 2003 6:48 PM
From: Charles
A History of Muscatine County lists Niles HIGGINBOTHAM as an early settler in 1837. Does anyone have any more information on this individual? Charles

Subject: Cemetery Look-up for Muscatine County, Iowa
Dated: March 04, 2003 9:14 AM
From: Li Ann Lee
I am looking for the information from the tombstone of Thomas M. Granfell, who is buried in the Durant Cemetery, Fulton Twp, Muscatine County, Iowa. Also, any one else by the Granfell name or that has a relationship to him (if stated). His wife was Kate Duffee Granfell. Sometimes this name has been spelled Granville, but I picked it up as Granfell, so I think they would all be under the Granfell name. Any help greatly appreciated. Li Ann Lee

Subject: Farrell, Todd
Dated: March 02, 2003 10:03 PM
From: Julie Dueis
Please add the names FARRELL and TODD to your list of Muscatine County queries. Mathew Farrell married Jane Almond TODD in Muscatine County, Wilton Township in 1867. Always looking for information. Julie Dueis

Subject: family history
Dated: February 27, 2003 9:12 PM
From: Judith
Michael Geller,father's name GeorgeGeller,mothers maidain name Elizabeth Weimer,.Michael Geller is buried in the Moscow Cemetery but we have tried to read the dates on the stone but they are so worn we can't. This is the only one left to find for our family history completion.Appreciate any information you can give us.Thank you

Subject: William Myers
Dated: February 25, 2003 4:48 PM
From: Leona
Is there a 1856 Iowa census for Muscatine and if so do either the names William Myers or Margaret Ann Wilhelm appear in the census. They were married Nov. 4, 1858. Is there a 1858 Iowa Census? Do the marriage records give their ages? Leona

Subject: Look Up Muscatine Co IA
Dated: February 22, 2003 12:02 PM
From: Suzanne Garrett
Hi! Found your info on line for Muscatine Co. Iowa My ggg grandparents were: William Erwin b. 6/26/1824 near Pittsburgh, PA, his obituary says he moved to Iowa in 1842, have found him in census records there, where he and his wife had 6 children, Kate, William Luthe, Martin Etter, Harry H., Sarah Kay and Eva Mary. His wife was: Mary Ann Heritage b. about 1838 in New Jersey, she died about 1870. Family history says she is buried "near Muscatine." William and Mary Ann were married April 21, 1853 in Muscatine. I think they lived in Bloomington Township (census records.) I cannot find who Wm Erwin's or Mary Ann Heritage's parent were. I believe the Erwin family was probably of German descent. Anything you might be able to offer would be most appreciated. I am in Houston, Texas if there's anything I can do for you in return. Thanks for any reply, your time is appreciated. Best regards, Suzanne Garrett

Subject: Libby Mcneal
Dated: February 17, 2003 1:13 AM
From: Warran Frahm
Hello I am an old friend of LIBBY MCNEAL and I am tring to find out her married name and who she married. She is now 45 years old and was born and raised in Muscatine County. She was married in August, September, or October of 1981. Thank You Warran Frahm

Subject: Obituary for Carol Walters
Dated: February 9, 2003 11:37 AM
From: Mary Frisk
I'am sending this in reguards that maybe you can help me? My father was adopted when he was 4 years old his biological mothers name was Mary Kilburn she died about 25 years ago (maybe more or less) her furneal was in Muscatine,Iowa (we think)if you could help find her obituary or any information would be greatful, I don't know much more that would be of any help in finding her obituary. Also I'am looking for a obituary for Carol Walters, he was a half brother to my father, he was killed in the late 60's early 70's any information would be of greatfulness to me. I so much thank you for your time in this matter. Sincerly, Mary A. Frisk

Subject: Can you Please Help Me
Dated: February 4, 2003 11:16 AM
I am Seeking Information about a John Bernard Joseph DOUGHERTY he was born in Iowa about 1884 his Daughters Marguerite and Leah were born in Rock Island Il. In 1907 and 1909, I had found that A, John B. DOUGHERTY was in a Muscatine Directory from 1891 – 93 and I am wondering if this could be his father, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Subject: Info on Susan Pace & Anderson Chambers Marriage
Dated: January 23, 2003 4:16 PM
From: Harlan Pace
I would like to learn the name of the parents of Susan Pace? I have look for it an maybe Mrs.Eugene Schipfer can help. I do know Anderson Chambers parents name, but not her parents names. I THANK YOU AHEAD of time for your help with is. Harlan Pace

Subject: Re: Cemetery Research
Dated: January 18, 2003 4:30 PM
From: Jo Boeckler
In an old Bible we have records showing 2 children buried in the Valley Graveyard in Goshen Township, Muscatine Co. Iowa. They would be a sister and brother to my husband's Grandfather. Names and dates: George Bancroft Singer born: 11-23-1873 died: 4-19-1876 Mary Amanda Singer born: 2-10-1876 died: 7-28-2876 I was really wondering where the cemetery was, so I could mark it on a map to put in my family tree book. Sorry I had to hit reply on this e-mail, (I don't like to do that) but I don't have your address anymore, to type in. Thanks for any info you can give me. Jo Boeckler

Subject: Lamb, Charles H.
Dated: January 16, 2003 10:30 PM
Inquire to the possibility that C. H. Lamb's wife was a McMaster? If so she is the sister of Nancy Emma McMaster, the wife of Edward Buckman, son of Charles A. Buckman. We are looking for details on Charles A. Buckman born in Anne Arundel County, MD. He is my ggrandfather. Information would be appreciated. John Buckman

Subject: genealogy
Dated: January 16, 2003 5:39 PM
From: Sandy Fedler
My grandfather came from Banger, Michigan to Muscatine/Wilton, Iowa area and married my grandmother in 1904. I don't have the month or day. His name was Fred William Smith but he was born as Fred William Bentley. We don't know if he changed his name legally or not and probably changed it when he came to Iowa. Don't know why he did that. He was born in Banger, Mi. on April 3, 1881. My grandmother was Esther Pearl Dilley born in Wilton, Iowa on Dec. 14, 1888. I have recently made the connection with his brothers and sisters who had moved to Ohio....don't know when or why my grandfather did not go there. Anyway, what I am interested in is finding their marriage record and if he legally/officially changed his last name. Can you help or direct me to the site. Thanks Sandy Fedler

Subject: Cemetery Research
Dated: January 13, 2003 8:39 AM
From: Jo Boeckler
I found your name on the Muscatine County Iowa Cemetery Records and I am hoping you might beable to help me with my search. I have old family Bible records that tell me some relatives were buried in the Valley Graveyard in Goshen Township, Muscatine County, Iowa. Do you have any clue as to where this graveyard might be located and what the name of it is today? Thank-you for your time and efforts. Jo Boeckler

Subject: Ferdinand Gehrt - Oakdale Cemetery
Dated: January 12, 2003 9:47 PM
From: Lee Cheesbrough
I am writing to see whether you might have more information on Ferdinand Gehrt who is included in the Oakdale Cemetery database. The Civil War unit designation - Company I, 116th Illinois Infantry - pretty well identifies him as the great-grandfather of our cousin, Clifford Gehrt, for whom we are researching. We note that no dates of birth or death are known, but we believe his death occurred after the 1910 census in which he appeared as living in the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Vermillion County, Illinois. We would appreciate if you could identify the owner of the plot in which his stone appears or the names of others who are buried in or near his plot. No other Gehrts appear in the Oakdale Cemetery database, so we are guessing that a daughter, granddaughter or other relative lived in or near Wilton Township when Ferdinand Gehrt died. Our cousin Clifford had not known of any relatives in Iowa prior to our finding the entry in the Oakdale Cemetery database. Regards, Lee Cheesbrough

Subject: Where Do i look for an obituary
Dated: January 8, 2003 4:12 PM
From: Mary Francis
I am wondering where I would look to find and get a copy of an obituary for my Grandmother She was buried in St.Marys Cemetery sometime in 1948 Her name was Hilda L. Hoffmann wife of Fred Hoffman She was born in 1894 and died in 1948 Fred was born in 1893 and died in 1983 I believe they are buried together. I need a copy of her obituary or a death certificate any info I can get. I am trying to find out who Hildas parents were. I thought maybe the obit might have the info i need. Sincerely, Mary Francis

Subject: Muscatine County GenWeb
Dated: January 8, 2003 8:00 AM
From: Peter Hannemann
I'm writing you from the Netherlands, looking for some background information of the Family Tammenga from Muscatine, Iowa. The background is as following: My wife's grandmother (Mother's mother) who died very young, was a Tammenga from Leeuwarden in Friesland / Holland. My wife's uncle, a son of that Grandmother, is now looking for Family in the US. What we know for sure is, that there were three brothers of that Grandmother immigrating to the US in 1912 and 1913. he names are: Gerrit Tammenga, arrive New York in 1912 Taeke Tammenga, arrive New York in 1912 and Lubertus Tammenga, went 1913 to South Dacota. First I found through the Net on the White Pages that there are serveral Tammenga's in Muscatine. I wrote one of them a letter, it was Jerry L Tammenga, but I didn't got any reply yet. Later I found through the Net your Gen Site and found this below. Quite many Tammenga's who have died in Muscatine, but I could not find their Name in the historical parts of your site. So, I guess that they came later to Muscatine. Do you have any idea where they came from and is there maybe someone from that family who is interested to contact me for further information. It would be great if you could help me in one or annother way! Thank you very much in advance Peter Hannemann

Subject: Oliver and William Henry Roberts
Dated: January 7, 2003 9:31 PM
I noticed a query from Sue in 2001 about Oliver Roberts from Muscatine. I am also looking for information on him. Sue's email address has changed, so I couldn't contact her. It looks as though this family moved to Muscatine County after traveling around abit. Several of the Roberts passed away in Muscatine. My GGGrandfather's Name was Oliver Roberts, he was born in Maryland, married Mary Criner from Maryland and moved to Muskingum Ohio, where one of his son's William Henry Roberts was born in 1854. I have listed one sister, Annie E. Roberts born in 1858 in Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio. William Henry Roberts passed away in Muscatine Iowa on 12 Sep 1885 he was married to Martha J. Elbern who passed away in 1881 in Muscatine. Do you have any information on this family? Please let me know if any of this looks familiar. Thank you for your time.

Subject: hiram b osborn family
Dated: January 6, 2003 1:26 PM
From: Pat Johnson
Hi. If anyone is descended from Hiram B. Osborn and wife Nancy A. Burch of West Liberty ca 1870-1900, I would like to exchange information with you. Pat Johnson

Subject: Stocker Genealogy
Dated: January 3, 2003 1:12 AM
From: Cindi
I'm seeking information concerning a "Edith Stocker", born 8 March 1888 and died 4 Sept 1979 in Muscatine. She may have had a son named Richard C. in 1914 I have been told she was an art teacher in Muscatine. Also, at one time she lived with Claus and Anna Lemkau. Any help would be great. Thanks Cindi

Subject: Re: Tooman
Dated: January 2, 2003 9:05 AM
From: Jenny
I sure Appreciate this, Sam Tooman was born in Muscatine in 1854 and in 1860 his father died and i think it was some kind of a wagon acc, and he is in your Cen , under Tuman and his mother Delilah marry Enoch Briggs in Sep 1860 he got killed in the war she died in like 1862 , and the Childern were place with family like Gatten s Henderickson,Sam was living with Samuel Henderickson in 1870 and they spelled Sam Tooman as ( Tumer age 14, This was in 1870 film #545,912 Lds, page 135 line 9 they had some of the kids spelled as Truman and tuman) Thanks very much Jenny Delilah and Martin Tooman are in the same Cem, she married the Enoch Briggs ?

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