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Rev. Peter A, ANDREWS was born on December 6, 1819, Nova Scotia, Canada. Rev. ANDREWS married 1st in Nova Scotia, to Caroline GRANT. Caroline (GRANT) ANDREWS was born in 1823, and died at Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, June 4, 1857. Rev. and Caroline ANDREWS were the parents of three children:

1) Anne Margaret "Annie" ANDREWS
    born April 27, 1844, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
    died Jan 15, 1936 Mount Ayr IA
    married Feb. 11, 1864, Mount Ayr IA Redmond J. STEPHENS
       Redmond was born 1841, PA; died 1908, Kellerton IA

Redmond was the youngest of 9 children born to Martin STEPHENS (1809-1864) and Mary (KINCH) (1796-1870) of Caledonia IA. Redmond's grandfather was John Henry STEPHENS (1740-?) who married Margaret, a Cherokee from Union County, North Carolina.

Anne and Redmond STEPHENS were interred at Caledonia Cemetery, Caledonia, Ringgold County, Iowa. They were the parents of three children:
    1) Willis Martin STEPHENS, born Nov. 1867 IA; married Myrta Lillian BEEM, born Aug. 26, 1872, OH
        residence in 1920, Abilene, Dickinson Co. KS
        1) Everett Olden STEPHENS, born Aug. 13, 1900, KS; died Dec. 23, 1994, Witchita KS
            married circa 1924 KS to Dorothy, born 1902 KS
            1) Martin Failor STEPHENS, born Aug. 24, 1928; died May 29, 2007, Austin TX
    2) Albert L. STEPHENS, born Feb., 1868, Caledonia, Ringgold Co. IA
        married unknown; Children: 1) Harold K. STEPHENS
    2) Arthur Andrew "Art" STEPHENS
        born Dec. 31, 1869, Caledonia IA; died Jan. 11, 1949, Iowa City IA
        married May 9, 1897, Mount Ayr IA Lanie Ellen EGLY
        Ellen born May 22, 1875, Kellerton IA; died March 28, 1922, Kellerton IA
        Ellen was the daughter of Chris EGLY (1827-1882) & Katherine (SALTZMAN) (1839-1903)
        Simon EGLY was Ellen's brother
        Art and Ellen were interred at Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton, Ringgold Co. IA
            1) Erla Katherine STEPHENS (1898-1961) married Oscar Joseph FLUHARTY (1890-1979)
            2) Lela Myrtle (STEPHENS) HARVEY, born Dec. 12, 1900
                died April 25, 1996; interment Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold Co. IA
    4) Frank Everett "Frankie" STEPHENS
        born April, 1880 Lotts Creek Twp. Ringgold Co. IA; died June 23, 1887, IA
        interment Caledonia Cemetery, Ringgold Co. IA

Civil War Flags.jpg 2) Henry C. ANDREWS, attorney & notary
    born Oct. 4, 1846, Cape Breton Island; died Oct 5, 1928 of intestinal flu, Kearney NE
    married 1871 Mary F. "Molly" CAMPBELL, died Oct. 26, 1921, Kearney NE;
    Henry and Molly interred Kearney City Cemetery, Kearney, Buffalo Co. NE
    Henry served as a Private in Co. D, 8th IA Cavalry from 11 Jul 1863 to 23 Jun 1865
    Henry was captured and a prisoner of war; mustered out of service at Annapolis MD
    Nebraska State Representative, 20th General Assembly, 1887
    Henry and Molly were the parents of two sons:
    1) Kenneth R. ANDREWS, real estate agent; Mayor of Kearney NE, 1920
        died Nov. 21, 1953 of rheumatic heart disease, Long Beach CA
        interment Kearney City Cemetery, Kearney, Buffalo Co. NE
    2) Ralph F. ANDREWS, died young, May 26, 1896; interment Kearney City Cemetery

ANDREWS BLOCK, Central Ave. & 21st St., Kearney, Nebraska

From The History of Buffalo County and Its People, "Charles W. DAKE removed his family from Mount Ayr, Iowa, and soon started another bank in the north part of town, later known as the Buffalo County National Bank. Owing to grasshopper depredations, drought and genearl hard times this bank failed some years later and Mr. DAKE went to Denver. . .Peter W. WILSON [came in] from Mount Ayr, Iowa; Samuel WENZELL accompanied the latter, each with their families. H. C. ANDREWS came the following December from the same place [Mount Ayr, Iowa] as the latter two. . . .Henry C. ANDREWS served as member of the Buffalo County Bar, a member of the legislature in 1887 and also as member of the board of county supervisors. . . .The Kearney Lodge No. 984 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was instituted on June 30, 1905 by the initiation of a class of ninety. At this same meeting . . .K. R. ANDREWS [was elected as] Loyal Knight. [He has served as exalted ruler and secretary of the lodge since its inception.]"

3) Elizabeth ANDREWS
    born April 6, 1847, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia; died June 8, 1936, Florence CO
    married Jan. 31, 1866, Ringgold Co. IA John Wesley BLADES (1843-1922)
        1) Orville Adelbert BLADES, born Nov 16, 1867, Mount Ayr IA; died 31 Dec 1940
            married 1890 Jesse Irene RIGGS
        2) Henry Burton BLADES, born Dec. 12, 1869, Mount Ayr IA; died May 23, 1934
            married 1899 Victoria BAXTER
        3) Annie Electa BLADES, born Dec. 28, 1871, Harvey Co. KS; died 30 Oct 1948
            married 1892 Wm. Obadiah PARKER
        4) Rosanah BLADES, born Sep. 6, 1877, Harvey Co. KS; died April 8, 1953
            married 1899 Niels Jacob NIELSEN
        5) Nellie Grant BLADES, born March 28, 1875, Burton KS; died April 17, 1946, Salida CO
            married 1892 John W. JAY
        6) Clara May BLADES, born Feb. 1, 1880, Harvey Co. KS; died Nov. 9, 1955
            married 1896 Charles O. JACOBS
        7) Trudie Stockton BLADES, born May 10, 1883, Salida CO; died Oct. 21, 1961
            married 1899 Alexandre B. CHAPMAN
        8) Madge Elizabeth BLADES, born June 14, 1890, Salida CO; died Oct 19, 1946
            married 1st 1906 Lee Alexander BOGGS
            married 2nd 1919 William Jennings PIERCE
            married 3rd Fred MELTON, divorced

Caroline Grant ANDREWS wrote circa 1932, "Peter ANDREWS left Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in October of 1857, after the death of his first wife. He intended to locate in Kansas but that state being in such an uproar over slavery, he did not stay. While on the boat coming up from St. Louis, Missouri, he was told to shut up and [was] threatened with a coat of tar and feathers for being an abolitionist. The captain of the ship saved his life by telling them that Rev. ANDREWS was an Englishman. After that he kept his views to himself. Peter ANDREWS was a preminent pioneer Baptist preacher, serving as a pastor of the churches at Caledonia, Mount Ayr, Tingley, Corning, and many other localities. He was said to have named the Village of Caledonia [Iowa]."

Rev. ANDREWS and his three children settled in Lott's Creek Township of Ringgold County, Iowa.

Rev. ANDREWS married 2nd on November 26, 1860, Ringgold County, Iowa, to Elizabeth WALTER*. Elizabeth, the seventh of nine children born to John WALTER (1796/98-1885) and Sarah (GNAGY) WALTER (1795 or 1800-1844), was born on August 24, 1833, and died November 14, 1924, Corning, Adams County, Iowa. Rev. ANDREWS and Elizabeth were the parents of five children:

1) Charles ANDREWS

2) Cyrus Field ANDREWS, born 1861, Ringgold Co. IA; died 1938, Corning IA;
    married Aug. 10, 1885, Corning IA Caroline "Carrie" NORRIS
    Carrie (NORRIS) ANDREWS, born circa 1861, Dewitt, Clinton Co. IA, died Oct. 15, 1931, Corning IA
      daughter of James Mark NORRIS (1835-?) and Marion Salome (WILBER) (1842-?)
    Cyrus & Carried interred Walnut Grove Cemetery, Corning, Adams Co. IA
    1) Edwin Chapin ANDREWS
    2) Lois Janet ANDREWS
    3) Marian ANDREWS

3) Caroline Grant ANDREWS, born circa 1864, Ringgold Co. IA

4) Mary Florence ANDREWS, born circa 1868, Ringgold Co. IA
    married July 4, 1904 Prof. Walter GUTHRIDGE; no children
    Walter was born Jan. 26, 1865, Adams Co. IL, and died June 2, 1950, Moody WA.
    Walter was the son of Francis James GUTHRIDGE (1819-1899) & Diana (SCOGGAN) (1836-1914)
    Walter graduated from in 1898 from the University of Northern Iowa

The Normal Eyte
University of Northern Iowa
Vol. 15, #2, Page 24
September 17, 1904

On July 5th occurred the marriage of Mary Florence ANDREWS to Walter GUTHERIDGE, class of '93. They are now at home in Corning, N.Y., where Dr. GUTHRIDGE is practicing osteopathy.

The Normal Eyte
University of Northern Iowa
Vol. 26, #2, Page 12
April 1, 1942

Dr. Walter GUTHRIDGE, class of '93, works in the Luhn Building in Spokane, Washington, were he lives with his wife.

5) Frank Wilbur ANDREWS, born circa 1871; died March 23, 1929
    married Eva Louise BELDING, died Dec. 1, 1931
    1) Ralph Ellis ANDREWS

Rev. ANDREWS and Elizabeth left Ringgold County, Iowa, in 1889. Rev. ANDREWS died on December 7, 1889, Corning, Adams County, Iowa. Elizabeth (WALTER) ANDREWS died on November 14, 1934, Corning, Iowa. Rev. ANDREWS and Elizabeth were interred at Walnut Grove Cemetery located in Corning Quincy Township, Adams County, Iowa.

* See The Move to Lott's Creek Township for Elizabeth's account of the WALTER family leaving Swan Creek Community near Toledo, Ohio in 1854 and their migration to Lott's Creek Township, Ringgold County, Iowa.

WPA Graves Survey, Adams County, Iowa

Kearney, Nebraska City Directory, 1908

BASSETT, Samuel Clay. Chapter 35 History of Buffalo County [Nebraska] and Its People Pp. 199, 206, 235, 355. C.S. Clarke Pub. Co. Chicago. 1916.

Normal Eyte, UNI Newspaper articles 1892-1942

Compiled and submitted by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2009

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