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Thomas More family


Thomas More and his wife Isabella Rose Bryson

Thomas More & Isabella Rose Bryson were married at Thompsonville, CT in 1847. Thomas was born in Scotland in 1826, the son of Robert More. Isabella was the daughter of James and Margaret (Scott) Bryson. In the summer of 1849 they removed to Iowa.

The 1850 U.S. census, Allamakee co., October 30th, enumerated Thomas, 23, farmer; Isabell, 21; Robert, 2 and Margaret 1 month.

The 1854 Iowa State census, Clayton co., Garnavillo twp. enumerated Thos. More with 2 males and 2 females in his household.

The 1856 Iowa State census, Clayton co., Garnavillo twp. enumerated the family: Thomas More, age 39. His occupation was 'Sawyer'. Isbella, was 26, and their children: Robert, 8, and Margaret 6 years of age.

'Tom' Moore patronized the B.F. Forbes General Merchandise Store in the early 1850's. Some of his purchases were recorded in the store leger book:
One card Hooks & Eyes - $0.05
One bushel salt - $0.80
Box Matches - $0.10
9 pounds Beef @ 6 cents/pound - $0.54
1 pound smoking tobacco - $0.20
1 bushel potatoes - $0/20
6 yards domestic @ 8 cents/yard - $0.48

Their children:
Robert S. More, born 11-06-1848, at Thompsonville, Connecticut .
Margaret S. More, born 09-14-1850, at Garnavillo, Clayton Co., Iowa.
Isabella Rose More, born 02-27-1857, at Garnavillo, Clayton Co., Iowa.
James Bryson More, born 12-11-1858, at Paint Creek, Allamakee Co., Iowa.
William Scott More, born 02-04-1861, at Paint Creek, Allamakee Co., Iowa.
John F. More, born 06-18-1863, at Paint Creek, Allamakee Co., Iowa.
Alexander L. More, born 08-02-1865, Paint Creek, Allamakee Co., Iowa.

On August 1, 1860, Thomas patented 120 acres of Military Bounty Land, originally warranted to Arthur Bell (who had served in Captain Winter's Company, Illinois Militia during the Black Hawk war). Bell had assigned the land to Albert Deming, who in turn assigned it to Thomas More. While living in Garnavillo, More had taken up a claim of "school lands" in 1850 by pre-empting 51.8 acres from the U.S. Government. On June 1, 1861, having provided the necessary documents showing the improvements he'd made to the land, he purchased the land under a State Volume Patent, cash entry sale. The lands were adjacent parcels in Section 18, Paint Creek twp. Allamakee co. Thomas and Isabella removed to their land in Allamakee county about 1860.

In the spring of 1866 they sold the land in Allamakee Co. and moved the family to a farm near Killduff, Jasper Co., Iowa where they spent the remainder of their lives. Three more chidren were born in Jasper Co. All of their children lived to adulthood and most married and had children of their own. In 1900 Thomas & Isabella Rose (Bryson) More had 33 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

-"History of the Scott & Bryson Families", 1901, by John Scott Bryson; Chapter X
-"Garnavillo - Gem of the Prairie", 1988, by Arnold & Laverne Roggman, pg 67

~contributed by Reid R. Johnson, gg-grandson of John Scott Bryson: "I am just now re-visiting this family and attempting to track them further to the modern era. If the descendants are having as much trouble trying to go back in time as I have had in going forward, then information from the "History of the Scott and Bryson Families" will be of great value to them." Reid is willing to share much more information on this family. Interested researchers will find more the More Family Album on the Allamakee co. IAGenWeb. Also, Reid has scanned all of Chapter X and it is available on the Jasper co. IAGenWeb (see Bryson-More Family)


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