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By W. S. Pitts

Submitted by Beverly Witmer & Lynn McCleary, March 14, 2013

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HENRY 0. EASTMAN. pg 200

Henry C. Eastman was born in New Hampshire. Emigrated to the state of Illinois; married at Rockford to ElIa Brown, daughter of R. B. Brown. Came to this township about 1880. Owned 160 acres of land three-fourths of a mile south of town. Lived here until '92, when he went to the poor farm, near New Hampton, as superintendent. Remained there four years. Came back in '96 and built the brick hotel on Main street. This house Mr. Eastman sold to Adam Hankner, who in time sold to James McCartney. Mr. Eastman remained here nearly one year after he sold his farm and hotel. He then moved to Bradford township to a farm he had bought of a Mrs. Dye. It was known as the A. G. Case farm. Five children were born to this family, Maud, Edward, William, Emma and Roy. From Bradford they moved to Charles City where Mr. Eastman died. Mrs. Eastman married for her second husband James Cullen of Charles City. This was an unfortunate marriage. On the morning of January 8, 1897, Cullen murdered his wife by cutting her throat and also shot and killed her son Roy Eastman. For this crime he was taken by a mob from the Charles City jail and hung from the bridge that spans the Cedar river during the night of January 9, 1907.

W. G. ELDRET. pg 89

Among the early comers was W. G. Eldret and family. He came here in 1864 and settled on the land now known as the Milmine farm. He was born in England came to America when a young man, married Miss Charlotte McMaster in Montgomery county, New York. They had two children, both girls. One of them is now Mrs. T. M. Riddle of Charles City, the other is Mrs. Clint Mead of Kenneth, Minnesota. Mr. Eldret died at Ionia, Iowa, in April 1885, and his wife died at Spencer, Iowa, in 1886. Mr. Eldret was the deacon of the Baptist church and a very straight going man.


Edmond Elliott was born in Buckinghamshire, England, in 1819, and came to America, September 25, 1853. He was married to Margaret Balsam in 1856. He was an engineer on the Grand Trunk Railway, also an the Alton and Illinois. He came to Fredericksburg township, July 8, 1859, and purchased land on sections 9 and 10.

Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Elliott, six of whom are dead. Those living are William, James, Cap, Annie, May and Martha. They are all married. Mr. Elliott sold his farm in 1895 and bought property in town where he now resides.


James Ellis was born at Niagara Falls, N. Y., March 9, 1843. Moved with his parents to Monroe, Michigan when a babe. Lived there one year when they moved to Syracuse, N. Y., thence to New York City, then to Bridgeport, Connecticut, then to Newark, New Jersey, then to Rahvay, same state. Father then went to California, died on the passage home, buried in the ocean. Mrs. Ellis moved with her four children to Smyrmia, Chenango county, New York. She married Robert Davis.

The subject of this sketch was bound out to Beckwith Rowland until he was twenty-one. At the age of sixteen he ran away and went to New York City where he enlisted in the 14th Brooklyn Infantry, Company "A." Went south with regiment and remained until the fall of 1863; discharged at Brooklyn and re-enlisted in Company "B." 22d New York Cavalry; discharged in June, 1865, at Satterlee hospital, Philadelphia. Came to Iowa, March, 1868. Married November, 1870, to Clara E. Hoyt, daughter of Sanford and Keziah (Lane) Hoyt. Five children: George born November 1872; Lois, 1873; Jessie, 1878; Winnie, 1881; Gertrude, 1884. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis settled on a farm in Dresden township. Moved to Fredericksburg, Ia., August, 1906.


John H. Ellison was born April 23, 1844, in Hamilton county, Indiana, son of Darius and Hannah L. Ellison. His mother died when he was a boy. He came with his father to Minnesota in 1858, where he spent his boyhood days. In 1864 he enlisted in the 11th Minnesota regiment and served to the close of the war. In 1868 he came to Iowa and commenced farming in Fredericksburg township on the land where he now lives. He was married to Orinda Eager, a native of New York State, in 1870. They have four children: Erva, Lillian, Claude and Glen. They lost two by diphtheria in 1880, Porter Alonzo and Orin Henry. Mr. Ellison has 320 acres of land, fine buildings.


Joseph Ellison was born in Madison county, Indiana, December 11, 1839. Son of Darius and Hannah (Hamilton) Ellison. Went with parents to Rochester, Minn. in April 1856. Enlisted in 1861, 2d Minnesota, Co. 'B," Volunteer Infantry. Served through the war. Discharged at Fort Snell in Minnesota, October, 1865. Mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky. Came to Fredericksburg, November 24, 1868. Married March 10, 1866 to Mrs. Charlotte Crissman of Rochester, Minn. Carried on a farm until 1883. Moved to Fredericksburg. When the railway came he became mail carrier from railway to postoffice; also carried on the business of draying. In the year 1901, he went to the soldiers home at Marshalltown where be now lives. His wife left him and obtained a divorce. She is married again and lives in Minneapolis.


Monroe S. Ellison, son of Darius and Zarilda Ellison, was born June 19, 1857; came with his parents to Fredericksburg township in the spring of 1868. He was married June 24, 1883 to Idelia V. Smith of Fredericksburg. This wife died October 3, 1886. Married the second time to Miss Ida E. Alchet, of Indiana. Six children were born to this union: Lugene, Nora, Noel, Sherill, infant not named, and Macy. Sherill and infant dead. Mr. Ellison owns 80 acres of land in section 5.


James ElIsworth, son of John and Maria Ellsworth, was born in Seneca county, New York in 1821. He was married in 1844, to Sarah Linderman. Came to Rockford, Illinois in 1855. Came to this township in 1866, and located on section 16 in 1867. Three children, Eugene, Frank and William. Eugene married and lives in Michigan. Frank married, died at Nashua, December 16, 1901. William married, lives in Missouri. James Ellsworth died April 7, 1873, buried in the East cemetery. Mrs. Ellsworth is a grad, good woman, and numbers her friends by her acquaintance. She came to town to live in 1886. She is still a widow.


John J. Eygabroad was born in the state of New York, Mrs. Eygabroad in Germany. Her maiden name was Catherine Worth. She came to this country with her parents when she was sixteen years old. She was married to John J. Eygabroad in the state of New York. They removed to Illinois where their first child was born, a son, Joseph by name. From Illinois they came in the year 1860 to Fredericksburg township. They located on section 20 where he opened a fine farm. Seven boys and two girls were born to these parents, Joseph, Robert, Charles, Alanson, George, John I., William, Anna M. and Kate. Anna M. died September 28, I870 aged four months and fourteen days. The rest of the children lived to manhood and womanhood. Joseph owns a farm in section 20 and is well off. He married a Ladwig. Robert lives on section 20, has a small farm which he works himself. He married a Miss Beal of Waukon. Charles lives in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He has proved himself a hustler since going to that state. He has been in the state legislature, has served as county Auditor, and is now a real estate dealer. We do not know whom he married. Alanson married Clara Parks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Parks, they reside in Brown county, South Dakota. John I. married Ida Bee; he had part of the home farm; this he sold and went to South Dakota where he bought a large farm; it is near Gary, just across the state line from Minnesota. George went to Dakota, remained there awhile, came back and married a girl by the name of Bloxham, bought 80 acres of land in this township on section 17, sold this land and removed to Grundy county where he now lives. William married a daughter of Frank and Eliza Gitsch of this township; he owned an eighty on section 20 which he sold; he now lives in Fredericksburg; is rural mail carrier on Route 1. Kate married Frank Gitsch, Jr. they own a good farm in this township.

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Eygabroad were excellent people. Mrs. Eygabroad is one of the good mothers and a good neighbor; she lives with her son John I., in Dakota. Mr. Eygabroad died July 23, '96, at the age of 71 years, 11 months and six days. Burial at Rose Hill.

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