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Bits and Pieces of Jefferson County, Iowa family history ~ Karns
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: July 20, 2005 at 09:08:49
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The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #59 (20 ft.sq.) Plat: East Half, “H. Burress.”
West Half, “L. Funk.”

The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
E. ½ - Henry Burruss February 7th 1852 Cash.
W. ½ - Leonard Funk February 7th 1852 Cash.

Tombstone on East Half, Lot #59:
522. Burroughs: Mariah, Wife of F. H. Burroughs,
Died Jan. 29, 1852, Aged 30 yr’s.

Tombstone on West Half, Lot #59:
523. Funk: Harmon J., son of L. & S. Funk,
Died Oct. 8, 1851, Aged 5 y’rs. & 6 mo.

1850 Census of Fairfield:
7 -7. Leonard Funk 36 m Blacksmith; born Pa.; RE $1000
Soprina A. “ 36 f “
Margaret McGuire 17 f
Michael “ 15 m
Leo Funk 8 m
Eliza J. Funk 7 f
Debra R. “ 5 f
Herman “ 4 m
Florence “ 3 f Pa.
Rebecca David 19 f O.

The Fairfield Ledger
July 14, 1853
Page 4 col. 1

J. M. MCCLELLAND & L. FUNK. Plough Manufacturers….One door east of W. I. SHAMP’S Wagon Shop, Fairfield, Iowa.

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #60 (20 ft.sq.) Plat: Blank (No name shown).
Old Grave Yard Book shows:
E. ½ -------
W. ½ ------

Tombstones on Lot #60:
524. Crosby, Joseph T., son of G. & E. Crosby,
Born May 13 1851, Died Nov. 8, 1854.

525. McCurdy: Lue, dau. of Wm. & S. McCurdy,
Died Oct. 6, 1875, Aged 2 y. 2 m. 6 d.
526. Gates: Infant son of C. H. & M. H. Gates,
Died Sept. 27, 1854, Aged 4 weeks.

Burial Permit: Geo. Crosby, age 65 y., male, white, d. Fairfield, Iowa Feby 2 1885 of Debility; Dr. S. F. Hammond; Gibson & Beck, Undertakers.

The Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 4, 1885
Page 3 col. 4

GEORGE CROSBY DEAD. GEORGE CROSBY, a man whom nearly every resident of Fairfield for the past 30 years has known, died at the home of WILLIAM LOWE in this city Monday about midnight. He had been confined to the house for several weeks, his illness resulting from a severe freezing of his feet early in the winter….64 years of age, came to Fairfield in 1851, since which time he has made this place his home. He was the father of a large family of children, all of whom, with the exception of one son, are now in Nebr., where his wife also lives. While at one time in fair circumstances, of late years CROSBY has led a precarious life. For a long time he had a little cabin on the Rock Island track below Read’s mill, chopping wood, quarrying stone or doing other similar work in order to secure the necessities of life. Surrounded by a number of dogs, which he ever considered his most faithful friends, he here led a sort of hermit’s life. Since his illness he has been in this city, and has had good care and medical attention. The remains were interred yesterday afternoon.

Burial Permit: Elizabeth Crosby, 78 y., 8 m., female, white; d. Lincoln, Neb. Nov 2 1896 of Old Age & Heart Failure.

The Fairfield Ledger
Nov. 11, 1896
Page 3 col. 1

The remains of ELIZABETH, wife of the late GEORGE CROSBY, were interred in this city Thursday. She died at Lincoln, Neb., the 2d inst., where members of the family now reside. MRS. CROSBY was 79 years of age. She was one of the early settles of Fairfield, but removed to Nebraska several years ago.

The Fairfield Ledger
Dec. 27, 1932

HOMES OF FAIRFIELD. 107 W. Kirkwood. Built by GEORGE CROSBY in 1870. He was a great hunter with hounds and had several of them as well as three or four sons to assist. Many have lived here since CROSBY’S day.

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #61 (20ft. sq.) Plat: West Half, “H. Karns.”
East Half, “F. Meeks.”

The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
E. ½ - Franklin Meek June 25 Deed made to Franklin Meek.
W. ½ - Henry Karns Sept. 25th 1852.

No tombstones found on West Half, Lot #61.

1850 Census of Fairfield:
111-113. Henry Karnes 40 m Shoe Maker; born Ohio; $250 RE
Diantha “ 40 f Vt.
F. M. “ 20 m Laborer O.
Michael “ 17 m “
Andrew “ 14 m “
Lucy “ 12 f “
Lewis H. “ 9 m “
B. C. “ 7 m Io.
Arthur “ 4 m “

Query: Did F. M. Karns, eldest son Henry Karns, died while the family was living in Fairfield?

1856 Census of Liberty Township:
Fam. #82. Karnes, Henry 44 mm b. Ohio; Shoemaker; 14 yrs. in st.
Diantha 45 fm N. H. Baker “ “
Michael 24 m Ohio Laborer “ “
Andrews 20 m Ohio Printer “ “
Lucy A. 18 f Ohio Mantua Maker “ “
Lewis H. 15 m Ohio
Benjamin C 12 m Iowa
Arthur W. 10 m Iowa
Walkup, Sarah E. 5 f Iowa

The Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Sept. 30, 1858
Page 3 col. 1

OUR COUNTY FAIR. The fair on last Wednesday and Thursday surpassed any exhibition of the kind ever witnessed in Jefferson County, in regard to stock and the number of persons in attendance. The weather proved most delightful, the genial rays of the sun descending with just sufficient force to make it pleasant …..On the ground we observed threshing machines, wagons, corn planters, hay and straw cutters, shingle machines, and other articles, which we have not time nor room to enumerate. A saw set, exhibited by H. KARNS, excited considerable attention.

1860 Census of Libertyville:
Fam. #222. Karns, Henry 49 m Gunsmith; b. Ohio
Diantha 50 f Vt.
Lucy 22 f Sch. Teacher Ohio
Lewis H. 19 m Farmer “
C. B. 16 m “ Iowa
A. W. 14 m “

HENRY KARNS was Postmaster of Libertyville circa 1859-60. See p. 167, Vol. 3, JEFFERSON COUNTY RECORDS. Three of the sons served in the Civil War; Benjamin C. Karns, Co. F, 3rd Iowa Cav. Reg;.; Lewis H. Karns, Co. B. 19th Iowa Vol. Inf. Reg.; and Michael Karns in Co. B, 6th Iowa Vol. Inf. Reg.

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

The Fairfield Ledger
May 30, 1872
Page 3 col. 5

MARRIED. Mar. 24, 1872, at the County Poor House, by REV. G. P. BERGEN, MR. URIAH BISHOP and MISS SARAH E. WALKUP.

The Fairfield Ledger
Sept. 2, 1875
Page 3

LIBERTYVILLE ITEMS. H. KARNS and lady have returned from Kansas, where they have been visiting their daughter.

Jefferson County Marriages:
21 Mar. 1861 – JAMES M. BEALL & LUCY A. KARNS. G. W. FRIEND.

25 Dec. 1864 – LEWIS H. KARNS & ISABELLA MANELY, “At the Presbyterian church in said County.” REV. J. D. WALKER.

7 Mar. 1866 – MICHEAL KARNES, 32, & JANE MANELY, 23, “At the house of SAMUEL MANELY.” JOHN F. ROBB, J. P.

11 Sept. 1867 – BENJAMIN C. KARNS, 23 & MARGARET ANDERSON, 18, at the house of MRS. ANDERSON.” J. F. WATKINS, J. P.

16 Mar. 1875 – ARTHUR W. KARNS, 23 or 28, & MISS. EMMA M. BEALL, 20, “At the house of WILLIAM BEALL.” J. W. CLEAVER, M. G.

The Fairfield Ledger
April 20, 1876
Page 3 col. 8

CITY COUNCI PROCEEDINGS……Committee on Cemetery made a report in writing relative to claim of HENRY KARNES, which, on motion, was received and filed.

1880 Census, Village of Libertyville
KARNS, Arthur W., 34, Farmer; b. Iowa; Fa. B. Ohio; Mo. B. N. Y.
Martha E., 24, Wife, W. Va.? W. Va.? W. Va.?
Lenna L., 3, daughter Iowa Iowa Iowa
William H. 3/12 (b. Feb.) Iowa Iowa Iowa

The Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 5, 1890
Page 2 col. 4

LIBERTYVILLE NEWS. MRS. HENRY KARNES, at one time a resident of this place, died at McCune, Kansas, December 19th……

The Fairfield Tribune
Nov. 14, 1894
Page 6 col. 1

LIBERTYVILLE, Nov. 13 – A Kansas paper announces the marriage of JAMES H. KARNS to MISS. RUTHA TOWER. MR. KARNS was born and raised in this vicinity.

Jefferson County Republican
Nov. 21, 1899
Page 4 col. 4

Comrade J. M. FRY of Libertyville was a caller Saturday. He was accompanied by J. H. KARNS, son of B. C. KARNS who resided for many years near Libertyville. MR. KARNS left here twenty years ago and this is his second visit to his old home, it being 15 years since his first visit. His home is in Oswego, Kansas, where he is engaged in the milling business, being manager of the large flouring mill at that place. He was here in the interest of the mill and visiting relatives, thus blending pleasure with business.

Note – 1966. MRS. EVELYN G. NORWEB, 110 Mallard Way, Waltham, Mass., great-granddaughter of BENJAMIN C. and MARGARET (ANDERSON) KARNS, states that BENJAMIN KARNS died near Labatte City, Kansas, in 1882. His widow died 23 Dec. 1916, Osego, Kansas. DIANTHA KARNS was the dau. of ANDREW J. and ABIGAIL “ABBIE” (RODGERS) MCALLISTER and was born ca 1810 in (probably) Essex Co., Vermont. ANDREW J. MCALLISTER was born in New Hampshire, and died after 15 Sept. 1841 in Bristol Twp., Morgan Co., Ohio…….

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Two weathered stones found on East Half, Lot #61:
527. Meek: (W. face) Franklin, Died Nov. 22, 1872,
aged 57 yrs. 5 mos. 18 ds.
(S. face) Frank L., son of F. & E. Meek,
Died Jan. 12, 1871, aged 13 yr. 7 mo. 1 day
(N. face) Annie, Dau. of F. & E. Meek,
Died Apr. 29, 1874, aged 24 yrs. 1 mo. & 21 ds.

528. Meek: (S. face) Rebecca ? Died Sep. 7, 1863?
Aged 5 ys. 5 mo. & 23 d.
(N. face) Emily, Died 7 Apr. ? 18__
Aged 3 yrs. __ mos. 16 ds.?

1850 Census of Fairfield:
198-201 Franklin Meek, 35, m, Farmer; born Pa. ? $1400 RE
Eliza “ 30, f, born Pa.
Wm. L. A. “ 11, m, born Pa.
Fanny “ 7, f, born Iowa
Perry “ 5, m, born Iowa
Emily “ 3, f, born Iowa
Indiana “ ¾ f born Iowa

Lot #62 (20 ft. sq.) Plat: West Half, “R. Strong.”
East Half, “ J. Sloan.”
The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
W. ½ -John Strong Nov 11th 1850.
E. ½ - J. A. Sloan 1.50 Nov 11 on certificate 1850.

No tombstones found on lot #62

Lot #63 (20 ft. sq.) Plat: West Half, “ R. W. R.”
East Half, “J. Pitzer.”
The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
W. ½ - “R. W. R.”
E. ½ - “J. A. Pitzer.”

No tombstones found on lot #63.

The Fairfield Ledger
May 25, 1876
Page 3 col. 7

Death of JOHN A. PITZER in Winterset, this state, on the 19th inst. Judge PITZER was born in Virginia in 1813 and was one of the early settlers of Jefferson County, being the first County Clerk elected in the county. He removed to Winterset in 1849…..

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #64 (20 ft. sq.) Plat: West Half, “Geo. Crane.”
East Half, “J. Harden.”

The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
E. ½
W. ½ J. T. Hardin

Tombstones on West Half, Lot #64:
529. Craine: (W. face) Abraham A., Infant son of G. & N. J.
(E. face) Mariah E., dau of G. & N. J. Craine,
born Mar. 22, 1849,
died May 18, 1850.

1850 Census of Fairfield:
19-20. Geo. Craine, 35 m, Carpenter, born Pa.; $3500 RE
Nancy J. “ 35 f, born Ky.
Allice A. “ 6 f, born Iowa
Laura A. “ 4 f, born in Iowa
Maria E. “ 1 f, born in Iowa
Amanda B. “ 19 f, born in Iowa
Charles Nelson 17 m Carpenter, Sweden
Caroline “ 15 f born in Sweden
Jno. Hardin 26 m Clerk born in Ky.

The Fairfield Ledger
July 26, 1855
Page 3 col. 2

DIED, In Fairfield, Iowa, Friday, July 20, 1855, BEN TAYLOR, youngest son of GEORGE and NANCY CRAINE, age 1 yr. 3 m. 22 d.

The Fairfield Ledger
June 15, 1887
Page 3 col. 8

J. J. HARDIN, a resident of Fairfield in the 40’s, is in the city, a guest of GEORGE CRAINE, a brother-in-law.

The Fairfield Ledger
Aug. 3, 1887
Page 3 col. 4

G. D. MCGAW is preparing to build a new 2-story frame residence, 24 x 32 in size, on his lot just south of the Leggett House. This building he is tearing down is an old landmark. It was built by JAMES HARDIN, now of Springfield, Ill., in 1841.

Burial Permit: NANCY J. CRAINE, age 72-8-10, female, white, d. City Jan 9 1888; Paralysis; DR. J. V. BEAN; GIBSON & BECK, Undertakers.

The Fairfield Ledger
Jan. 11, 1888
Page 3 col 4

DEATH OF MRS. CRAINE. At the family home in Fairfield, Iowa, January 9, 1888, of softening of the brain, occurred the death of MRS. NANCY JANE CRAINE, wife of MR. GEORGE CRAINE. Her age was 72 years, 8 months and 10 days. Her maiden name was HARDIN. She was born in Adair County, Kentucky; married to the husband from whom she has been taken Jan. 26th, 1841, in Sangamon County, Ill. They came to Fairfield Oct. 11, 1842, and together have witnessed more than 45 years of its changes. They have had 10 children, five of whom are living. Three daughters live in Fairfield, GEORGE lives in Minneapolis and EDWIN in Missouri Valley Junction…..

The Fairfield Ledger
Jan. 11, 1888
Page 3 col. 6

J. J. HARDIN, Springfield, Ill., was called here this week by the death of his sister, MRS. CRAINE.

Burial Permit: GEORGE CRAINE, age 75-9-8; male; white; d. Fairfield City Oct 24 1889; Marasmus; DR. C. SNOOK; GIBSON & BECK, Undertakers.

The Fairfield Tribune
Oct. 30, 1889
Page 5 col. 2

DEATH OF AN OLD CITIZEN. Thursday, Oct. 24, at 8:45 A. M. occurred the death of MR. GEORGE CRA(I)NE, on East Burlington Street….Deceased was born near Holidaysburg, Pa., Feb. 16, 1814. In 1841 he was married to NANCY JANE HARDIN, in Sangamon County, Ill., and removed to this state the same year, going first to Iowa City, where he lived a short time, and during the following year he removed to Fairfield. Here he was engaged in the dry goods business for several years in a frame building where Thorne’s Store now stands. In 1860, on account of failing health, he went to Colorado, where he remained about three years, and had charge of a quartz mill. After regaining his health he returned to Fairfield, where he has followed the carpentering business up to the time of his late sickness…..MR. CRAINE was a builder and contractor, and monuments to his skill and ability as such today can be seen in both city and county. After the funeral services at the home of the Masons, to which order he belonged during his life, took charge of the burial. Two sons and two daughters survive him and were all with him during his last sickness.

The Fairfield Ledger
Oct. 30, 1889
Page 3 col. 4

CALLED FROM EARTH. GEORGE CRAINE, a prominent citizen and business man of Fairfield, died at his home in this city on Thursday last. His final illness was of several weeks’ duration, and death resulted from that wearing out of the machinery of life incidental to old age. MR. CRAINE was in the seventy-sixth year of his age. He was born near Hollidaysburg, Pa., where he grew to manhood. As a young man he came to Illinois, and in 1841, in Sangamon County, was married to NANCY J. HARDIN, who died here in January 1888. In 1842 MR. and MRS. CRAINE removed to Iowa City, this state, where their first child was born and died. Later in the same year they came to Fairfield, which was their home for nearly half a century. Here nine children were born to them, five of whom grew to mature years. Four of these are now living, E. W. of Missouri Valley; ALICE; MANNIE and GEORGE H. of this city. For thirty-two years the family circle was unbroken, but since 1888 the parents and a daughter, MRS. J. E. ROTH, having been called to their long home.

GEORGE CRAINE led an active and busy life from early manhood almost to the day of his death. A carpenter by trade, he was almost Fairfield’s earliest and latest builder. He erected the first brick structure ever built in the town, now a part of the home of MRS. ELIZA ECKERT, and probably more buildings had been erected under his direction than that of any man who ever lived in Fairfield. The old courthouse was a piece of his early work, and the greater portion of the handsome buildings around the square stand as monuments to his memory, evidence of his skill and honest work. MR. CRAINE was a most excellent man and citizen, and his honesty and integrity were of the strictest sort. His life here was marked by the esteem in which he was held by those who had known him longest and who reposed in him the utmost confidence. The funeral occurred on Friday afternoon, and was largely attended by old friends and neighbors and the Masonic lodge, of which he had long been a member.

P. 444, Portrait & Biographical Album, Published 1890.
GEORGE CRAINE….son of ABRAM and MARIA (EMEIGH) CRAINE. His wife, NANCY J. HARDIN, daughter of ASA and ELIZABETH (TAYLOR) HARDIN. Their eldest son, GEORGE JANUARY, was born in Iowa City, and died at the age of two months. The birth of the others occurred after the removal of the parents to Fairfield. ALICE E., the second child, is still a resident of her native city; LAURA IRENE became the wife of J. E. ROTH and died in March, 1888, at the age of 41 years; MARIA ELIZABETH and ABRAM ASA were twins, but the latter lived only one day, and the former died at the age of a year; MARIA LOUISE died, aged three years; EDWARD WALTON wedded SUSAN ECKERT and is living in Missouri Valley, Iowa; BENJAMIN TAYLOR died at the age of two years; MANNIE ELIZA is unmarried and resides in Fairfield; and GEORGE HARDIN, the youngest, married MISS VIRGINIA I. DAVIDSON and also makes his home in Fairfield. (See p. 445 P. & B. Album for GEORGE HARDIN CRAINE.)

The Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 12, 1890
Page 3 col. 1

JOEL THORNE, a resident of Fairfield from 1842 to 1853, and at one time a partner of the late GEORGE CRAINE, died at Waitsburg, Oregon, recently. He was seventy-seven years of age.

Tombstone in Evergreen Cemetery:
LAURA I. CRAINE, wife of J. E. ROTH, Apr 6 1846 – Mar 22 1888.

The Fairfield Tribune
July 10, 1907
Page 7 col. 4

A SUDDEN DEATH. GEORGE CRAINE was born and grew to manhood in Fairfield and for a number of years was connected with the J. E. ROTH Dry Goods establishment….Twenty-three years ago he was married in Indiana, to MISS VIRGINIA STAPP, who survives him. He was 46 years of age. One brother, ED. CRANE[sic] of Council Bluffs, and two sisters, MISSES ALICE and MANNIE, of this city, are the survivors of his immediate family. Buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Tombstone in Evergreen (just north of City Cem.): MANNIE CRAINE, 1858-1927.

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Tombstones on East Half, Lot #64:
531. Hardin: Oliva Valois, Daughter of James T. and Mary Hardin Died June 17 1847

532. Hardin: Mary, wife of James T. Hardin, Dau.? of ?Fri__? & Nancy Pitzer Died June 19, 1848 Aged 32 years. Footstone: “M. H.”

Note: These two stones are of some kind of “layered” sandstone, chunks of which have slipped off the lettered east faces of the stones.

The Iowa Sentinel
Sat. June 19, 1847
Page 3 col. 2

DIED—On Thursday, the 17th inst., of inflammation of the brain, OLIVA VALOIS, only daughter of JAMES T. HARDIN, Esq., aged two years eleven months and seventeen days.
“Hers was the morning hour,
And she passed in beauty from the day,
A bud – not yet a flower.”

The Iowa Sentinel
Fri. June 23, 1848
Page 3 col. 3

DIED—In this town, on the 19th inst., MARY, consort of JAMES T. HARDIN, in the 33d year of her age. She has left a kind husband and an only child…..

See Vo. 3, JEFFERSON COUNTY RECORDS, “Forty-Niners,” for the fate of JAMES TAYLOR HARDIN. The Miners’ Express, Dubuque, March 6, 1850, mentions the death of “JAMES T. HARDIN, Jefferson County, drowned in Feather River, California.” (Annals of Iowa)

The Fairfield Weekly Journal
Jan. 31, 1901
Page 5 col. 6

“His skelton was packed in a trunk and brought back to Fairfield by C. GILLHAM and HARDIN BUTLER, who was a cousin, and buried in the Fairfield cemetery, HARDIN having been a Mason.”

p. 372, “History of Jefferson County, Iowa,” Western Historical Co., Chicago: 1879. JAMES T. HARDIN was the teacher of the first school…and is well remembered by the old settlers and scholars of that period. When the gold fever reached here from the Pacific Slope, he fell a victim to the mania….

The Fairfield Ledger
July 11, 1888
Page 3 col. 4

Death of EVAN T. HARDIN at his home near Cambridge, Neb., June 15 1888 in the 65th year of his age. Former citizen of Fairfield and has relatives here – GEORGE CRAINE and others. He was a citizen here as early as 1844, and enlisted in this place for the Mexican War, but the regiment was not taken out of the state. He was a soldier in the 29th Iowa Vol. Inf. Reg. and served until the close of the war…About a year ago he visited Fairfield and said then it would be his last visit. He was one of a family of ten children, and only one of them now remains.

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #65 (20 ft. sq.) Plat: West Half, “W. Thomson.”
East Half, “Wm. Kittle.”
The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
W. ½ - Wm. A. Thompson Nov 11th 1850 on certificate.
E. ½ - Wm. Kettle Nov 11th 1850 on certificate – Paid.

No stones found on East Half, Lot #65.

Tomstones on West Half, Lot #65:
533. Birt: Frank E., 1860-1938.

534. Mansfield: Hannah, Born Feb. 25, 1828, Died Apr. 9, 1866.

535. Birt: (S. face) John, Died July 22, 1877, Aged 51 yrs. 3 mos.
(W. face) Jemina, wife of John Birt, July 26, 1823 – June 9, 1906.
(N. face) Lonard M. Birt, Born Mar. 23, 1856, Died Oct. 20, 1872.

1850 Census of Fairfield:
Wm. A. Thompson, 39, male, Congr. Preacher; b. Mass.; $1000 RE
Harriette, “ 39, female, born Me.
Anna B. “ 2, female, born Me.
Sarah Lynn 26, female, born Penn.

The Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Apr. 12, 1866
Page 3 col. 3

DIED—April 9th, 1866, MISS ANN MANSFIELD, aged 38 years and 3 months. She was born in England and lived there until six months previous to her death, when she came to Iowa to live with her sister, MRS. BIRT….Although she lived so short a time after leaving her native land to enjoy a quiet home with her sister, she gave us an example of true piety worthy of imitation…..

The Fairfield Ledger
Sept. 28, 1871
Page 3 col. 5

BIRT—On Friday, Sept. 21, 1871, of Lung disease, two miles west of Fairfield, LEONARD MANSFIELD BIRT, son of JOHN and JEMIMA BIRT, aged 15 years and 6 months.
“Sleep, gentle boy, they work is done,
Until the resurrection morn.”

The Fairfield Ledger
Apr. 11, 1872
Page 3 col. 1

DESERVED REWARD—JOHN BIRT and son JAMES, west of town….

The Fairfield Ledger
Aug. 8, 1877
Page 3 col. 7

DIED, at his home 2 ½ miles northwest of Fairfield, July 25, 1877, of Lung Fever, MR. JOHN BIRT, aged 51 years and 3 months.

Page 502, 1879 History of Jefferson County, Fairfield Township;
MRS. JEMIMA BURT, farming, Sec. 27; born in England in 1823. Married MR. JOHN BIRT in 1850, also a native of England; have three children living—JAMES J., aged 23; FRANK, aged 17; and LINCOLN, aged 5; came to Iowa in 1857. Made all the improvements on her place, which is very pleasantly situated, three miles west of Fairfield. Congregational Church.

Ledger, June 13 1906 obituary MRS. JOHN BIRT, bur. City Cemetery.


The Fairfield Ledger
June 13, 1906
Page 7 col. 1

LINCOLN BIRT, Smithfield, Neb., was called here this week by the death of his mother, MRS. JOHN BIRT.

V. 2, p. 176, Fulton’s History of Jefferson County:
JAMES J. BIRT, born 24 Dec. 1854 in Penn. His parents, JOHN J. and JEMIMAH (MANSFIELD) BIRT, were both natives of England, where they were reared and married, and where the father learned and followed the brick mason’s trade. Came to America in 1850, and located in Penn., until about 1856; from there he came to Iowa and took up his abode on a farm just west of Fairfield in Jefferson County, upon which a son now resides. Here he passed away in 1875. His wife also spent her last days on that farm, her death occurring when she was 83 years of age. In their family were four children of whom only two are now living; LINCOLN, a farmer of Smithfield, Nebr., and FRANK, operating the old homestead.

2 Sept. 1891 MR. (JAMES J.) BIRT was married to MISS SARAH C. DUBOIS, a daughter of JOHN W. and ELIZABETH (DILL) DUBOIS, the former born in New York City of French parentage and the latter born in Nashville, Tenn…They were married in Illinois and in the spring of 1842 came to Jefferson County; mother died in 1881, father in 1888. JAMES J. BIRT died 4 May 1910.

Tombstone in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield:
BIRT: JAMES J., 1854-1910.
SARAH C., his wife, 1855-1943.

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #66 (20 ft. sq.) Plat: “C. Hitchcock.” (Full lot)
The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
E. ½
W. ½ Charles Hitchcock Nov 11th 1850.

Tombstone on West Half, Lot #66:
536. Hitchcock: David, Died May 6, 1847, AE 73 y’s.

Tombstones on East Half, Lot #66:
537. Mallett: Gordon T., Born in New York Apr. 19, 1806, Died Dec. 26, 1855.

538. Mallett: Lydia M., Wife of Gordon T. Mallett, Died Sept. 21, 1861, Aged 54 yrs. 4 mos.7ds

539. Mallett: (S. face) Our Father, Gordon T., born Feb. 9, 1806, Died Dec. 16, 1855
(N. face) Our Mother, Lydia M., born June 14, 1807, Died Sept. 21, 1861

540 Cole: Julius R., son of J. W. & H. S. Cole, Died July 17, 1845, AE 9 m’s

541. Cole: James W., Died Mar. 24, 1852, AE 43 Y’s

1850 Census of Fairfield
James Cole, 41 m Farmer, born Pa.; $1200 RE
Harriet “ 40 f born Mass.
Emily “ 9 f born Io.
Laura M. “ 7 f born Io.
David Hitchcock 9 m born Io.

The Fairfield Ledger
Jan. 10, 1856
Page 2 col. 2

DIED—In Fairfield, Dec. 26, MR. GORDON MALLETT, aged 49 years. He was a kind husband, an affectionate father, a valuable citizen, and an humble and consistent member of the Congregational Church of this place. He died suddenly and unexpectedly to himself and his friends, but we trust the King of Terrors was to him the King of Glory.

The Fairfield Ledger
Nov. 6, 1856
Page 2 col. 2

DIED—At Moline, Ill., October 20th , MRS. HARRIET C. COLE, aged 47 years. The deceased was an old resident of Fairfield, and died while on a visit to a brother. Congregational Church.

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #67 (20 ft. sq.) Plat: “G. Jenkins” – Full Lot.
The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
E. ½
W. ½ G. W. Jenkins Nov 11th 1850.

542. Jenkins: Sacred to the Memory of Thomas F. Jenkins, Who Died Feb. 17, 1850, Aged 33 y’rs. Native of Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.

Note: No stones were found on the East Half of Lot #67, but in addition to the Jenkins shaft above, there were two “sand” stones on the West Half. No inscriptions decipherable.

The Iowa Sentinel
Fri. June 23, 1848
Page 3 col. 3

DIED—In this town, on Thursday last, WILLIAM HAMILTON, only child of GEO. W. and MARY JENKINS, aged 10 months and 5 days.

1850 Census of Fairfield
3 – 3.
Geo. Jenkins 37 m Chair Maker; born Pa.; $400 RE
Mary J. “ 29 f born Va.
MARY BOYER 20 f born O.
Saml. Sample 8 m born Io.
Wm. L. “ 7 m born Io.

The Fairfield Ledger
Jan. 18, 1929

(70 Years Ago-1859) The remains of GEORGE W. JENKINS were brought here for interment on Friday night last. He died in Alexander, Mo., on January 6. His disease was consumption. MR. JENKINS was one of the early settlers of Fairfield.

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #68 (20 ft. sq.) Plat: West Half, “ H. A. Snook.”
East Half, “H. Snook.”
The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
W. ½ - H. A. Snook Nov 11th 1850
E. ½ - Henry Snook, $1.50 Deed March 19, 1855.
Deed made April 1854, Henry Snook

Note: Hercules Aber Snook and Henry Snook were brothers; sons of Peter Snook Jr., who was son of Koonrad Peter and Maria (Goss) Snook. See p. 256, Vol. 4, JEFFERSON COUNTY RECORDS.

Tombstone on West Half, Lot #68:
543. Snook: Hercules A., 1818-1899.
Anna, his wife, 1832-1900. (Tuller)

Tombstones on East Half, Lot #68:
544. Snook: Esther, dau. of H. & A. Snook, Died Jan. 5, 1851, AE 1 yr. 9 m’s 23 dys

545. Snook: (W. face) In memory of Father and Mother.
(S. face) Henry, Died Dec. 26, 1874, Aged 59 years, 4 m’s. 27 ds.
(N. face) Amy, wife of Henry Snook, Died Dec. 15, 1882, Aged 62 years 6 m. 29ds.

546. McDonald: (N. face) Kate M., Wife of R. S. Mcdonald, Died Sept. 18, 1879, Aged 36 yrs.
(S. face) Alice, wife of M. H. Westenhaver, Died Mar. 16, 1881, Aged 29 yrs.
months 7 ds.

547. McDonald: Mary A., only child of R. S. & Kate McDonald, Born July 31, 1875,
Died Dec. 8, 1891.

The Fairfield Ledger
Oct. 9, 1862
Page 3 col. 2

MARRIED, in this city, on the 2nd inst., by A. R. Fulton, County Judge, MR. HERCULES A. SNOOK and MISS. ANNA TULLER, all of this county.

Burial Permit: Mary Ann McDonald, no age shown; female, white; d. Fairfield City Dec. 9 1891; Goodban & Fulton, Undertakers.

Burial Permit: Hercules Snook, no age shown; male, white; d. City Jan. 21, 1899; Old Age; Dr. W. Fordyce; Junkin & Baker, Undertakers.

The Fairfield Ledger
Jan. 25, 1899
Page 3 col. 3

NEARLY SIXTY YEARS IN IOWA. HERCULES A. SNOOK, who died in this city Saturday, had been a resident of Iowa and Jefferson County since 1840. He was born in Susquehanna County, Penn., January 27, 1818…MR. SNOOK was twice married, and his second wife survives him. He was the father of 11 children, all but three of whom are now dead. M. E. Church…..

The Fairfield Ledger
June 20, 1900
Page 3 col. 2

ANNA TELLER, wife of the late HERCULES SNOOK, died at her home in this city Saturday afternoon of consumption. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 4, 1832 and was married to MR. SNOOK in 1862. Two children, a son and a daughter, survive her. The husband and father died about 18 months ago.

The Fairfield Ledger
Sept. 24, 1946
Sec. I
Page 8 col. 3

SETTLER OF 1842. HERCULES A. SNOOK, one of two families of SNOOKS who settled in Jefferson County in 1842, was born in Tioga County, Penn., Jan. 27, 1818. When he was 16 years of age he with his parents moved to Richland Co., Ohio. Here in 1840 he married JANE SUMMES and two years later they moved to Fairfield….HERCULES SNOOK and wife settled on what is now East Jefferson St. In 1859, they moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where the wife died in April, 1862. About this time there were so many threats of raids on Lawrence by QUANTRELL and other Missouri outlaws that MR. SNOOK decided to leave the place and return to Fairfield. QUANTRELL raided Lawrence early in 1863, burned the town and murdered 140 persons. MR. SNOOK, had however, returned here in the summer of 1862. In Nov. 1862, he married ANN TULLER, and spent the remainder of his life in Fairfield. He was the father of three children—A. A. SNOOK and MARY J. BROWN, children of the first marriage; and MRS. WILLIAM HIATT, daughter of the second marriage. He died in Fairfield in 1899. Descendants of HERCULES SNOOK, living in Jefferson County at this time are MRS. HATTIE KOONTZ and MRS. HAROLD WATTS of Fairfield, and ED SNOOK of Perlee.

The Fairfield Ledger
Fri. Apr. 13, 1928
Page 5 col. 4

MRS. MARY JANE BROWN, widow of JOHN S. BROWN, who died Dec. 24, 1921, died Frankfort, Ind..Native of Jefferson County, Iowa, daughter of HERCULES and JANE SNOOK, born Feb. 28, 1845. Surviving is one half-sister, MRS. IDA HYATT of Colorado City, Colo., and several nieces and nephews……

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #69 (20 ft. sq.) Plat: West Half, “W. J. (or I.?) Cooper.”
East Half, Blank.

The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
W. ½ - W. J. Cooper Sept. 25 1852
E. ½ - W. J. Cooper

Tombstone on West Half, Lot #69:
548. Shoemaker: Rufus H., 1861-1941.
Margaret L., 1874-1952.

Tombstone on East Half, Lot #69:
549. McCune: Wm. A., 1 Indpt. Ia. L. A.

The Fairfield Ledger
Sept. 27, 1929

IN DAYS GONE BY—70 YEARS AGO (1859)—On Tuesday last four of the Pike’s Peakers returned home. Their names are DANIEL FORE, GEORGE BOND, ALEX MCCUNE and JAMES HUGHES. Apparently they are well satisfied with their sojourn in the Rocky Mountains, having handsomely cleared their expenses.

Roster of Civil War Soldiers:
MCCUNE, WILLIAM A. – First Battery Iowa Light Artillery, age 22; residence Fairfield; nat. Penn. Enlisted Aug 17 1861 as Sixth Corporal. Died of disease Feb 21 1864, Galesburg, Ill.

The Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. March 3, 1864
Page 3 col. 2

DIED—At the Depot Hotel in Galesburg, Ill., on Sabbath morning, Feb. 21st, WILLIAM ALEXANDER MCCUNE, son of REV. S. C. MCCUNE, of Fairfield, Iowa, aged 24 years, 3
(or 8) months and 19 days. For two years and a half ALEXANDER had been in the army. Since the 4th of July last he had been sick—for two and a half months he had been off duty. His father was on his way home with him. Reaching Galesburg on Wednesday night, Feb. 17th, he was unable to proceed further, and stopped to gain strength for the remainder of the journey. It was his last stopping place. Within a few hours’ ride of home, and mother, and brothers and sisters, he died. The reflection that he served his country faithfully in the day of her sore trial, and gave evidence of a sincere and firm reliance in the Saviour of sinners, is one that consoles and delights the otherwise stricken hearts of his parents. He died in faith, and was attended to his grave by a large concourse of sympathizing citizens, and buried with the honors of war.

The Fairfield Ledger, Feb. 17, 1892, Page 3, and The Fairfield Tribune, Feb. 24, 1892, Page 7, col. 2

DEATH OF REV. S. C. MCCUNE, pastor of the Fairfield Presbyterian church from June 1851 to January 1865, at his home near Oskaloosa on Sunday morning, Jan. 31st, in his 77th year. Born in Cumberland County, Pa., Sept. 18, 1815. Graduated from Jefferson college in 1835. Studied theology at Hanover, Ind. Licensed in 1838. For more than fifty years he was on active duty as a minister. For two years past he has been on the retired list……

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #70 (20 ft. sq.) Plat: West Half, Blank.
East Half, “J. L. Myers.”

The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
E. ½
W. ½ J. L. Myers Paid 3.00 Dec 6th Deed made to whole lot.

Tombstones on Lot #70
550. Myers: Frances, wife of Dr. Jacob L. Myers, Born Mar. 30, 1814, Died Jan. 4, 1854.

551. Myers: Charles F., son of J. L. & F. Myers, Died Apr. 27, 1854, Aged 7 ms. & 23 days.

552. Myers: Mary Ann, Wife of Dr. J. L. Myers, Daughter of A. & E. Ramsay, Born Sept. 17,
1824, Died Aug. 18, 1858.

553. Myers: (SE face) Dr. J. L., Died June 2, 1887, Aged 73 ys. 2 ms. 20 d.
(SW face) Mary Ann, Wife of Dr. J. L. Myers, Born Sept. 17, 1834, Died Aug. 18,
(NW face) Frances, wife of Dr. J. L. Myers, Born March 30, 1814, Died Jan. 4,
(NE face) Rachel L., Wife of Dr. J. L. Myers, Born Oct. 16, 1829, Died Oct. 16,

1850 Census of Fairfield:
Frances Myers, 37, f, born Va; $1000 RE
David “ 18, m, Tenn.
Caroline “ 74, f, Va.
Geo. “ 7, m, Io.
Martha “ 4, f, “
Frances “ 2, f “

The Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Aug. 12, 1858
Page 3 col. 2

DIED—On Monday, August 9th, of Cholera Infantum, EDWIN RAMSAY, infant son of J. L. and M. A. MYERS, aged two months and three days.

The Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Sept. 2, 1858
Page 3 col. 2

OBITUARY. Departed this life on Wednesday, the 18th of August, MRS. MARY A. MYERS, wife of DR. J. L. MYERS, of this place, in the 24th year of her age….

The Fairfield Ledger
Aug. 21, 1878
Page 3 col. 5

A few days ago DR. J. L. MYERS received the sad intelligence that his son JAMES was killed by the Indians in Umatilla County, Oregon, about the 1st inst. A dispatch from Portland, dated the 3d, gives his name in the list of those killed, but no particulars. JAMES was about 26 years old, and was born and reared in this city. He has been in the West for several years and in Oregon about seven months.

Page 513, 1879 History of Jefferson County:
MYERS, J. L., M. D., southwest corner square, Fairfield; born in Fluvanna Co., Va., March 20 1814; moved to Burlington, Iowa, in 1837; to Fairfield in 1846. Married Sept. 27, 1831, FRANCES BELL, daughter of REV. L. G. BELL; his second wife was MARY RAMSEY, to whom he was married April 5, 1855; third marriage, to ELIZA KOONS, Sept. 8, 1859; had seven children by his first wife—DAVID G., WILLIAM H., CHARLES F., CAROLINE, ED. A., MARGARET E. and GEORGE H.; four by his third wife—J. L., ELLA, SHERMAN T., and MARGARET.

Burial Permit: J. L. MYERS, age 73-2-20, male, white, d. Fairfield City June 2 1887; Valvular Disease Heart; DR. A. G. WARD; GIBSON & BECK, Undertakers.

The Fairfield Ledger
June 8, 1887
Page 3 col 3-4

DEATH OF DR. MYERS. At his home in this city Thursday evening passed away one of Jefferson County’s pioneers, a man largely identified with the history of both town and county, DR. JACOB L. MYERS…..DR. MYERS was born in Fluvanna County, Virginia, March 20th 1814. At an early age he removed with his father’s family to Washington County, Tennessee, where he grew to manhood. His education was largely secured in that state, although it was supplemented by a course of study in Kentucky, where the young man began the study of medicine and entered upon its practice. Later, becoming dissatisfied with the working of the old school, he removed to Cincinnati and began the study of the botanic system, which he practiced during the remainder of his life. He again returned to Tennessee, and finally removed to Frankfort, Indiana, where he resided two years. In 1837 DR. MYERS came to Iowa, and landed at Burlington, and was henceforth identified with the young state….His residence in Fairfield began in 1846, and with the exception of three years spent in California it has been continuous….DR. MYERS was married four times, and was the father of 20 children, only six of whom are now living. His first wife, to whom he was married in Tennessee, was a daughter of REV. L. G. BELL, one of the earliest preachers in this county, and the founder of a Presbyterian seminary for ladies, which long ago fell into decay. His second wife was MARY RAMSAY, married in 1855, and his third marriage was to ELIZA KOONS, in 1859. November 25th, 1880, he was united in marriage with MISS. RACHEL L. ROBINSON, who survives him. A man of unusual talent and excellent education, he was a leading spirit in the community for many years, and a most successful practitioner….The funeral occurred Saturday afternoon from the Methodist church…Remains interred with Masonic honors.

The Fairfield Journal
Thurs. Sept. 4, 1913
Page 2 col. 4

Painting of REV. LAUNCELOT G. BELL, painted by MISS FLORA LAMSON, daughter of RALPH G. LAMSON. This is her first attempt at portrait painting…Painting now at City Library…To be hung in the gallery of the Iowa Historical Building at Des Moines along-side those of other distinguished Fairfield people—SEN. WILSON, C. W. SLAGLE, and W. W. JUNKIN, representing statecraft, law, journalism and religion.

The Old Fairfield City Cemetery

Lot #71 (20 ft. sq.) Plat: West Half, “ D. Fore.” In a later lettering “Laura Chilcott.”
East Half, “Metzler.”

The Old Grave Yard Book shows:
W. ½ - D. Fore Paid 1.50 Dec. 6th Deed made to D. Fore.
E. ½ - F. F. Metzler 3.50 Deed made Dec 27/58.

“Dec. 1, 1921, This day there was presented at the office of the City Clerk a warranty deed from Daniel E. Fore to Laura Chilcotte conveying to her the title to the West half of Cemetery Lot No. 71. Deed dated June 23, 1917. Recorded in records of Jefferson County, Book 74, page 325.”

Tombstones on West Half, Lot #71:
554. Fore: Francis Edgar, son of D. & N. J. Fore, Died Dec. 5, 1855, Aged 1 yr. 5m. & 26ds.

555. Chilcott: Asa, 1857-1929. His wife Laura Cummings, 1856-1931.

Note: Daniel Fore and Nancy Jane Beaty married 3 May 1853.

Jefferson County Death Register:
Chilcott, Asa – Born Sept. 10, 1858; Died Apr. 12, 1929. Father – Thos. Chilcott, born Penn. Mother – Ellen McDonald

Chilcott, Laura A. – Born Apr. 12, 1856; Died Sept. 5, 1931. Father – Wm. Cummings, born Virginia. Mother – Martha Beatty, born Penn.

The Fairfield Ledger
Fri. Apr. 12, 1929
Page 1 col. 1

ASA CHILCOTT died here today. Well known resident of Salina who with his wife has been spending the winter at the home of her brother, J. HORACE CUMMINGS, 304 W. Adams Street. MR. and MRS. CHILCOTT celebrated their golden wedding in this city Feb. 25. He was born in Jefferson County, Sept. 10, 1858.

The Fairfield Ledger
Dec. 22, 1932

HOMES OF FAIRFIELD. 202 N. B Street. This is the first house of worship erected in Fairfield. It was built in 1842 by Father BELL…..

*I kept this transcription all together, do not know who is related to whom.

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