According to the deed, Jacob Trouth paid $1.000 to Maria Ogden for 240 acres of land, Section 33, Township 76, Madison County, on August 15, 1865. Jacob Trouth was born 30 September 1825 in Shifferstart, Bavaria, Germany. On May 28, 1847, he married Mary Ann Kuhn, born January 6, 1824, in Bavaria. Sometime after the birth of their son, John, in Bavaria, on September 23, 1848, they came to America. Their other children were: Margaret Amelia, born July 5, 1850 in Rochester, New York; Elizabeth, born March 19, 1853, died March 29, 1854, in Mount Morris, New York; Natches, born December 5, 1856, died December 23, 1856 in Joliet, Illinois; Mary Ann, born February 1858, Joliet, Illinois, unnamed child stillborn in 1860; Sarah, born January 9, 1861, died January 11, 1861, Joliet, Illinois and Dora Ann born June 20, 1862. in Joliet, Illinois. The next date found for the family was on Dora’s First Communion Certificate, which was written in German, dated April 18, 1877, at St. Marys in Warren County, Iowa, by Fr. Joseph Knuepple.

John Trouth enrolled in the 11th Illinois Cavalry, April 1865, transferred to the 5th Illinois Cavalry, was discharged Springfield, Illinois, October 27, 1865. John Trouth and Clarinda Sophia Moser were married by W.T. Cason, in October 1873 in Madison County, Iowa, witnessed by Mary A. Hugart and John Moser. Clarinda Moser, who was born November 30, 1848 in Pike County, Ohio, was the daughter of Osiah A. Moser, of North Hampton, Pennsylvania and Mary [Ruckman] Moser, who was born in Ohio. John Died in Long Beach, California, November 1, 1930. Clarinda died August 23, 1948. Both are buried in Sunnyside Cemetery, Long Beach, CA. Margaret Amelia

Trouth married John Simon Heine in Madison County, Iowa December 28, 1869/71. John was born January 8, 1833. They lived near Afton, Iowa, where John farmed and was the owner of a still where he made and sold it products. Their children are: Dora, Otie, Marcus, Emil, Theodore, Mattie [Anglum], Henry and Anna [Myers]. John Heine died on September 27, 1905, and Margaret died November 11, 1913, both are buried in St. Edwards’ Cemetery near Afton, Iowa. Mattie Anglum, born August 19, 1883 and died October 19, 1976, is also buried there. Mary Ann Trouth married Nathaniel Stitchler, February 9, 1875. They had a daughter, Alta, and, later, Mary Ann Stitchler died in Childbirth, February 18, 1880. She and the infant are buried in the cemetery just north of Patterson, Iowa. Alta A., born in 1879, married a Welling, and died in Creston in 1956. She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, which is near the site of Jerusalem Church, north east of Creston. Also buried there is Ivie D. Welling, daughter of S.L. and Alta Welling. Dates for Ivie are Oct. 17, 1909- Sept. 8, 1910. Jacob and Mary Trouth moved near Afton, Iowa in 1881.

It was because of this move that Dora met William Miller. Dora and William were married at St. Edward’s church on October 14, 1886. They bought a farm east of Afton, where they lived the rest of their lives. The farm has been owned by a member of the family ever since. William was the son of William and Bernadine Miller, and was born in Essen, Germany April 26, 1864. His mother died in Germany and his father remarried to a widow, Mary Brockman. They moved to Afton, Iowa in October, 1880, and he became a naturalized citizen September 20, 1886. Mary Ann Kuhn Trouth died October 29, 1893. Jacob Trouth lived with his daughter, Margaret Heine, until his death March 13, 1911. They are buried near the Miller family in St. Edward’s Cemetery, Afton. The children of William and Dora are: William [Myrtle Riepe]; Edna [Fred Land] ; Lillian [Henry Weis]; Carl [Bertha Moffitt] and Nellie [Howard Shaffer]. Willaim was killed in a wood sawing accident on December 17, 1898. Dora died September 20, 1945. William & Dora, William & Myrtle, Lillian & Henry, Carl & Bertha are all buried in St. Edward’s Cemetery, Afton. Edna & Fred are in Graceland, Creston, and Nellie & Howard are buried in Calvary at Creston. Many descendants of Jacob Trouth are still living in the Afton and Creston area. Relatives treasure some keepsakes of the family.

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