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William B. Rowland born Christian County and pieces of family history
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: February 13, 2005 at 05:23:37
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The Old Fairfield City Cemetery (Jefferson County, Iowa)

Fairfield Tribune
Wed. May 6, 1891
Page 5 col. 2

News was received Monday of the death at Manitou Springs, Col., of MR. WM. FRANTZ, a former resident of this city, and brother to MRS. J. W. MCREYNOLDS. The remains will be brought to Richland, at MR. MCREYNOLDS’ residence, and from there brought here for interment on Friday. He had not been heard from for ten years, and his whereabouts was unknown to his family.

Fairfield Ledger
May 13, 1891
Page 3 col. 1

The remains of WILLIAM FRANTZ, a son of MRS. MARY FOGLEMAN of Black Hawk Township, were brought here last week on their way home for interment. The young man died at Manitou Springs, Col. His age was 34 years.

154. ROWLAND: WILLIAM B., Born Mar. 16, 1817
Died July 13, 1893.
Born June 11, 1856, Died March 22, 1858.
31, 1875, Aged 5 Years.

Fairfield Ledger
July 19, 1893
Page 3 col. 6

DEATH OF W. B. ROWLAND. Another of our old citizens has passed to “the other side.” WILLIAM B. ROWLAND died in this city Thursday last, after a lingering illness, of stomach trouble. Old friends and acquaintances followed his remains to their last resting place in the City cemetery at 4 o’clock p. m. on the 13th inst. REV. J. F. MAGILL conducted the exercises in the house and at the grave. MR. ROWLAND was born in Christian County, Kentucky, March 16th 1817. When about thirteen years of age he removed to Illinois with his parents, who finally settled in Hancock County. November 11th, 1841, he was married to MISS. REBECCA MATTHEWS. From Illinois he and his bride moved to Lee County, Iowa, afterwards locating in Hillsboro. In 1850 the gold fever started them Californiaward, but they stopped at Council Bluffs. After remaining in the western part of the state some time, they came to Fairfield in September, 1852, and have made this their permanent home. Five children were born to them: FRANKLIN C. in 1842; NETTIE in 1843; KATE F. in 1847; MARY H. in 1852; ORPHA R. in 1856. Three of the children were married—NETTIE, KATE and MARY. NETTIE is now the only living child. There are six grandchildren. MRS. ROWLAND is living in our city….All of our older citizens will have many pleasant recollections of WILLIAM B. ROWLAND.

Fairfield Tribune
Sept. 13, 1899
Page 6 col. 3

DEATH OF MRS. REBECCA ROWLAND, at the home of her daughter, MRS. FAYETTE SPENCER, last Sunday evening. Age 75 years 11 months 12 days. Maiden name was REBECCA MATTHEWS; born Hancock County, Ill., Sept. 28, 1823. Married WILLIAM B. ROWLAND 11 Nov. 1841 and they removed to Iowa in the following year, locating in Lee County…MR. ROWLAND died here in 1893. Of the five children born to them, MRS. FAYETTE SPENCER, of this city is the only one living….Member of the Predestinarian Baptist Church in Round Prairie Township….

Fairfield Ledger
Apr. 9, 1931
Page 1

AGED WOMAN IS DEAD IN WEST. MRS. FAYETT SPENCER, 87….Her late home, 105 E. Hampstead. Survived by two daughters, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Fairfield Ledger
Fri. May 28, 1965
Page 3 col. 3

DEATH COMES TO JESSIE GOLVIN. Word has been received here of the death of MRS. JESSIE GOLVIN, 89, former resident of Fairfield who died recently in the Moline Lutheran hospital at Moline, Ill. Last rites and burial were held last weekend in Moline. Burial was in the Moline Memorial Park cemetery. MRS. GOLVIN, 89, was the former JESSIE V. SPENCER, sister of the late MRS. J. C. MCCABE, also a former long-time resident of Fairfield before her death.

MRS. GOLVIN was born July 26, 1875 in Fairfield. She was a graduate from Parsons college. Following her graduation she moved to California where she was married to GEORGE GOLVIN in January 1921. He preceded her in death in 1964. She then moved to Silvia where she had made her home since. MRS. GOLVIN is survived by several step-children, step-grandchildren and nieces.

155. BRADY: CHRISTENA, 1848 – 1938.

156. BRADY: ELLA MAY, Dec. 27, 1873 – Aug. 11, 1889.
HARRY ROSS, Oct. 5, 1888 – Feb. 19, 1891.

Fairfield Ledger
Aug. 13, 1889
Page 3 col. 3

DIED FROM DIPHTHERIA. ELLEN BRADY, a 16-year-old daughter of MR. and MRS. T. F. BRADY of this city, died Sunday at noon from what the attending physician pronounced malignant diphtheria. DR. SNOOK, the health physician, ordered the immediate interment of the body, and the funeral occurred at 6 o’clock the same evening. MR. BRADY’S whereabouts is not known. His wife is alone with seven children now, and three of them are ill with the same disease…..

157. STUART: GEORGE H., Born April 1865, Died
Aug. 11, 1888.

Fairfield Ledger
Aug. 15, 1888
Page 3 col. 4

KICKED BY A STALLION. GEORGE H. STEWART, a young man well known in this city, where he had been a student at Parsons College for five or six years past, died from the effects of a kick by a horse Saturday evening, at RICHARD FISHER’S farm in Cedar township. His vacations for several summers past have been spent in labor on EDWARD CAMPBELL’S farm in the same township, and he had gone to FISHER’S the evening previous on business for that gentleman. Some of the men were leading the stallion about the yard, and STEWART unthoughtedly approached the animal from behind and was so close that he received the full force of a kick in the bowels. The young man was prostrated by his injuries and was immediately carried into MR. FISHER’S house and a messenger dispatched for a physician. Little could be done for him, however, and he lingered in great pain until Saturday evening. The remains were brought to this city for interment, the funeral occurring from MR. CAMPBELL’S residence Sunday afternoon, DR. EWING conducting the services. Deceased was about 25 years of age, a bright, studious and industrious young man, and teachers, fellow students, and employers spoke of him in the highest terms. He came to this city from Washington County, where his widowed mother also resided. Recently she has removed to Kansas, however, and although a number of telegrams were sent, it was impossible to learn her present place of residence. Kind friends have cared for the remains of the dead boy and laid them tenderly away in their resting place.

Fairfield Tribune
Aug. 22, 1888
Page 3 col 5

OBITUARY, GEORGE H. STEWART, died Aug. 10, 1888; buried City Cemetery. Mother and sister reside at Askright, Kansas.

158. TROWBRIDGE: WILLIAM D., Feb. 27, 1862 – May 14, 1889.

(Name shown as DAVID WM. TROWBRIDGE, age 27-2-27, on Burial Permit.)

Fairfield Ledger
May 14, 1889
Page 3 col. 2

WM. TROWBRIDGE, a son of ROBERT TROWBRIDGE who lives in the northwest part of town, died this morning from asthma. He had been confined to his room but three or four days. His age was 27 years….

Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 8, 1899
Page 3 col. 2

NEARLY FIFTY YEARS IN THE COUNTY. R. T. TROWBRIDGE… wife and several children, all grown, survive him…(Burial Permit gives his age as 67 years; died in Fairfield Feb. 6, 1899.



161. MULKINS: LEONARD, son of R. E. & M. MULKINS,
May 11, 1908 – Mar. 21, 1915.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. Mar. 23, 1915


162. MULKINS, KENNETH, son of R. E. & M. MULKINS
Feb. 25, 1910 – July 25, 1910.

163. SEIBERT: (broken stone) _____ O. SEIBERT,
Born Feb. 26, 1851, Died Apr. 12, 1856.
(May have been “child of _______.”
See Mort. List.)

164. MARSH: SARAH EMILINE, dau. of A. & M. J. SCOTT,
Died March 16, 1883, Aged 25 yrs. 9 mos. 5 dy

165. SCOTT: LAROY DAVIS, son of A. & M. J. SCOTT,
Died May 4, 1870, Aged 2 y. 2 mos. 19 ds.
(Stone badly weathered.)

Fairfield Ledger
May 12, 1870
Page 3 col. 5

OBITUARY. SCOTT—In this city May 5th, 1870, of Congestion of the bowels, LEROY DAVIS, son of AARON and MARTHA JANE SCOTT, aged 2 years 2 months and 19 days.

**There is a discrepancy in his given name and the date of death, do not know which is correct?

166. SCOTT: AARON, Born Aug. 15, 1832,
Died Mar. 10, 1902.
MARTHA J., Born Mar. 15, 1832
Died Sep. 14, 1898.

Jefferson County Republican
Sept. 16, 1898
Page 4 col. 4

The remains of MRS. AARON SCOTT, a former resident of this city, arrived here yesterday afternoon on the 1:25 train from Galesburg, Ills. ….taken directly from the train to the cemetery for interment. Short funeral services held at the grave.

Burial Permit shows that AARON SCOTT, aged 71 y. 8 m., male, white, died at Galesburg, Ill., March 10, 1902.

167. LIMING: JAKIE G., son of G. G. & D. L. LIMING,
Died Feb. 7, 1887, Aged 10_____.
(Stone imbedded in cement.)

168. GAYLORD, HENRY Y., only child of H.&F.GAYLORD
Died Dec. 13, 184_(gone-chipped off
Aged 17 yr. 3 mo. & 13 ds.

1850 Census of Fairfield:
77-79. HORRACE GAYLORD 52 m Farmer $250 RE; born Pa
FRANCES “ 50 f “
AMANDA “ 16 f Oh
ANNA M. “ 2 f Iowa

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

Letter from HORACE GAYLORD dated Glasgow, Apr. 5, 1871, says he is 74 years of age and sorely afflicted with disease…..

Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 2, 1881
Page 3 col. 3

Word was received in this city lately of the death of DUANE F. GAYLORD at Atlantic, one day last week. MR. GAYLORD was one of the earlier settlers of Iowa, living first at Burlington, then at Fairfield, and later at Ottumwa. Our old citizens will remember him.

169. YAMAN: SYLVIA T., wife of Henry Yaman,
Died April 20, 1841, Aged 42 yrs. 9 mo. & 28 ds.

170. BARTLETT: “God’s finger touched him and he slept.”
JAMES W., born Aug. 3, 1827,
Died Feb. 28, 1906.
SARAH J. BARTLETT, Born Feb. 3, 1848.
HANNAH BARTLETT, Born Sept. 14,1809
Died Dec. 9, 1876.
(handwritten notation) Ledger 3-9-1906
See Egrn?

Jefferson County Republican
Fri. Sept. 14, 1906
Page 5 col.6

Deaths in one year-Old Settlers. JAMES W. BARTLETT was born in Va. in 1827; died Feb. 28, 1906 age 79 years.

171. THURBER: “Mother” MARY A. GOODELL, wife of
Dec. 3, 1823 – Mar. 18, 1891.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Mar. 25, 1891
Page 3 col. 6

MRS. MARY A. THURBER, 68, City Cem.

172. GRIMES: MATTHI?S, Died June 3, 1861, Aged 62 ys.
5 ms. & 3 ds.

Died May 12, 1876, Aged 76 y. 6 m. 2 d.

Note: The 1836 Census of Des Moines County shows the MATHIAS GRIMES family.

1850 Census of Fairfield:
245-250. MATHIAS GRIMES 51 m farmer $2500 RE; born N. C.
ANNA E. “ 51 f “
ABIGAL M. “ 21 f Ind.
MELINDA “ 18 f Ind.
ANDREW J. “ 17 m Ind.
JNO. A. “ 11 m Io.
EMILIUS “ 7 f Io.

Fairfield Ledger
May 25, 1876
Page 2 col. 6

Died, at her home in Fairfield, Iowa, May 12, 1876, MRS. ANNA E. GRIMES, aged 76-6-2. Born in Davidson County, N. C., Nov. 10, 1799. Lutheran Church. Married, in 1819, MATHIAS GRIMES who died June 4, 1861. Emigrated with husband and family from North Carolina to Indiana in 1827, and in the year 1835 removed to Iowa…..

Fairfield Tribune
Wed. June 23, 1909
Page 7 col. 3

MRS. AMELIA WHITE buried Evergreen. MISS. AMELIA GRIMES, daughter of MATTHIAS and ANNE E. GRIMES, was born in Park County, Ind., 4 Feb. 1831, one of eight children, there being six sisters and two brothers. One brother, JOHN E. GRIMES, and three sisters, MRS. ABIGALE WHITE, MRS. EMMA TEMPLE of Washington Co., Iowa, and MRS. BESSIE KUNTZ of Mahaska Co., Iowa, survive her. She came to the state of Iowa in the year 1836 and to Jefferson County in 1841. Became the wife of REUBEN WHITE in the year 1858. Three children, ANNA, VERNER and JOHN, the last named departing this life in the year 1865. MR. WHITE also was taken to his reward in the month of April of the same year….

174. PRATT: WALTER M., Died May 19, 1872, Aged 2 Yrs. 5 M.

175. PRATT: HARRY, Died Oct. 31, 1879, Aged 6 yrs. 4 ms. & 9 Days.

176. PRATT: MATTIE A., Died Nov. 1, 1879, Aged 11 yrs. 10 ms. & 2 d.

Fairfield Ledger
Nov. 12, 1879
Page 3 col. 7

Sad affliction has visited the home of MRS. EMMA PRATT in the western part of the city. Two of her little children, MATTIE, ten years, and HARRY, aged five, were seized with malignant diphtheria, and both died within a short time – one the 31st and the other on the 1st.

177. PRATT: JAMES C., Co. I, 45 Iowa Inf.

Fairfield Ledger
June 3, 1908
Page 3


178. CAMPBELL: EMMA E., Dau. of J. W. & L. A. CAMPBELL
Died June 28 (?) 1882 (?)
AE 22 (?) Y., 5 (?) M. & 21 (?) ds.
(Stone badly weathered.)

179. SALYER: J. B., Co. D, 27th Iowa Inft.

List of Soldiers Buried in Cemeteries of Fairfield—
J. B. SALYERS, Co. D, 27th Ia. Inf. d.
Nov. 3, 1875.

180. QUIN: NICHOLAS, Died Apr. 27, 1875, Aged 60 Ys.
“A native of Co. Clare, Ireland.”

181. CASSEL: H. N., Died Aug. 28, 1860, AE 28 ys. 6 mo. & 20 d.

182. DELAY: MARY ETTA: daughter of D. H. & E. DELAY,
Died Mar. 27, 1863, Aged 18 yrs 10 mos. 5 Ds.

183. SHUFFLETON: (N. face) COL. SAML., Born near Holton, Lancashire, Eng. Mar. 20, 1808, Died Sep. 26, 1846.
(S. face) MARY SMITH, Wife of COL. SAML. SHUFFLETON, Died July 1, 1842, Aged 33 Yrs.
(W. face) Design of clasped hands, and just below:
“Dear Mother when life shall have ended,
It’s joys and its vanities gone
We would meet thee by angels attended
To welcome eternity’s dawn.”

Fairfield Ledger
Oct. 2, 1939
Sec. D Page 4

DISTINGUISHED BARRISTERS IN THE COUNTY’S HISTORY…by ARTHUR G. JORDAN. “…..On motion of CYRUS OLNEY, and upon his presentation of a duly authenticated license to practice as an attorney at law in the State of New York, SAMUEL SHUFFLETON was formally admitted to practice law at the Iowa Bar. Thereby, SAMUEL SHUFFLETON, according to the records, appears to have been the first lawyer residing in Fairfield to have been admitted to the Bar….It is a fact that the aforesaid SAMUEL SHUFFLETON built the first frame house ever erected in Fairfield, which was a building about 20 x 30 feet on the ground and a story and a half high. His wife was a very interesting and intelligent woman, and the union was blessed with four children. SHUFFLETON had now become the Postmaster of Fairfield, and while there in attendance upon the business of his office, a terrific thunder storm arose, his house was struck by lightning and his wife instantly killed….This tragedy blighted the life and further usefulness of this good man.”

Fairfield Ledger
Sept. 24, 1946
Sec. D Page 5


“Our first lawyer, COL. SAMUEL SHUFFLETON, sought out the town of Fairfield in the summer of 1839 and began the practice of law here. He was an Englishman and came to Iowa from New York State.

“Being naturally industrious and a good manager, he accumulated a sizeable fortune for that early date and built the first frame house ever erected in our city. He occupied numerous public offices, was clerk of the first sale of lots in Fairfield, and later was a postmaster. Unfortunately, his life was blighted by tragedy. Lightning struck his home, killed his wife and injured two of his children. He seemed to lose interest in business and lived only a short time.”

A descendant, MRS. MARY RUTH WHITMARSH (born 1899), writing from Chico, California, under date of April 24, 1963, relates: “Three brothers came to the United States from England—PAUL, JOHN and SAMUEL. PAUL settled in Vermont, or at least his descendants are there….JOHN and SAMUEL you know about. SAMUEL and MARY had four children—the eldest was HUGH HALL, born in England and three weeks of age when they came to America. My grandfather JOHN HENRY SHUFFLETON, was born near Hoosick Falls, New York, July 10, 1839. There were two other children, MARY, who was next to HUGH, then CHARLES DUDLEY, then my grandfather JOHN HENRY.

“Yes, my great-grandmother, MARY SMITH SHUFFLETON, was killed by lightning. As I have always heard the story it seems that a storm came up and she stepped to the window to look out at the storm. My great-grandfather’s sword was hanging beside the window and it was thought that the steel attracted the lightning…. She had just placed the baby (my grandfather HENRY) on the bed and so of course it is always said that the feathers protected him from being struck as well…

“It seems that SAMUEL SHUFFLETON re-married. His second wife had I believe one daughter. Shortly after this SAMUEL died. Then began the hard times for the children. The two younger boys, DUDLEY and HENRY, were bound out. I do not know the names of the families to whom they were bound, but they were not together, as I understand it. HUGH was older so he went into a drugstore to work, but did not stay there long. Decided to go to California, so he made his way out here and settled north of Chico at old Shasta City. This was in 1849.” (See Vol. 3, JEFFERSON COUNTY RECORDS, for HUGH HALL SHUFFLETON.)

“HENRY was dissatisfied, so he ran away. He finally got in company with a wagon train that was coming west and they allowed him to accompany them if he would keep the cattle in line. He always said he walked to California ….anyway he finally got to Shasta City and was reunited with his oldest brother, HUGH. DUDLEY also made his way west. The brothers sent for MARY and she came west by horseback…..”

Jefferson County District Court Record Bk. A, Page 362. Tues. Mar. 11, 1851. “And now comes into court DUDLEY SHUFFLETON, a minor over fourteen years of age and prays the Court to appoint NATHANIEL STEEL to be his guardian, whereupon the court appointed NATHANIEL STEEL Guardian of said minor.”

ESTATE OF SAMUEL SHUFFLETON, Dec’d (Circuit Ct. Box 51) Bill of JOHN GOSSAGE, for making coffin - $10.00. WM. L. ORR, bill for medicine and medical services during last illness from Sept. 2, 1846 to Sept. 25th…..DR. J. T. MOBERLY, consultation fee….ISAAC V. LEFFLER deposes and says that the within named articles were furnished for the burial of SAMUEL SHUFFLETON, deceased. 6 Yds. White Cambric @ 75cents; Hose, 13 cents; etc.

Among other assets inventoried are books which apparently constituted a good “law” library; one on Military Law, 2 Vols. Theological Reports, etc.

MRS. MARY RUTH WHITMARSH of Chico, Calif., writes under the date of March 27, 1964: “SAMUEL SHUFFLETON’S book of Military Maneuvers was preserved, and it has passed on to me. On the flyleaf is his name written in a firm flowing hand, I suppose his own handwriting.”

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Oct. 2, 1939
Sec. C. Page 2

THE GAGE STORY, by CHARLES H. GAGE. “THOMAS DICKEY who formerly lived in Acworth, N. H., built the first tavern in July, 1839, on the present site of the Tribune Printing Co. He had been a friend of the GAGES back east, and gave them a warm welcome to the new country. Christmas came soon after, and through the generosity of MR. DICKEY a Christmas dinner was planned. The following children were invited to attend: HUGH H. SHUFFLETON and sister MARY JANE, CRANMORE W. GAGE, and DICKEY’S son DUDLEY. Since candy was unknown at this time, the children were given nuts and crabapples. This was the first Christmas party in Fairfield and a happy day for the children. When EBENEZER GAGE first came to Fairfield, there were only seven families living here. They were SAMUEL SHUFFLETON, J. A. PITZER, THOMAS DICKEY, W. E. STONE, GILBERT FOX, J. T. MOBERLY, JOHN RATCLIFF and their families, and three single men, RICHARD IRWIN, H. B. NOTSON and THOMAS GRAY.”

Fairfield Ledger
Fri. Apr. 14, 1939
Page 8 col. 4

KNOW YOUR IOWA. Interesting Historical Items Concerning the Hawkeye State and especially Jefferson County, Iowa. Compiled by RICHARD C. LEGGETT, Fairfield, Iowa.

“A DUEL – 1844.”

“While affairs of honor were common among our ancestors and many quarrels were settled with firearms on the duelling [sic] field, there is no record of the loss of life by such combats in Jefferson County. There is a tradition, supplemented by one of HIRAM HEATON’S articles in the Fairfield Tribune, telling of a duel fought in Fairfield in 1844. Details are lacking, but as I can ascertain, the affair started in Alston’s bar. It seems that one COL. MARKHAM made some remarks derogatory of the honesty of NAT LAWRENCE; one word followed another, until MARKHAM challenged LAWRENCE to a duel with shot-guns. COL. SAMUEL SHUFFLETON, the first lawyer admitted to the bar in Jefferson County, was LAWRENCE’S second, while COL. CROCKER, father of GEN. CROCKER of Civil War fame, acted in that capacity for MARKHAM. C. GILHAM and WM. ALSTON were witnesses.

“At the appointed time the party proceeded to the ground now occupied by the First Methodist church. LAWRENCE demurred, protesting that he wanted to go to his home and talk the matter over with his wife before he engaged in deadly combat. His protests were over-ruled and the affair proceeded in stern reality. The seconds proceeded to load the guns with studied care, the care being that a double load of powder and no balls were put in each gun. LAWRENCE attempted to put a bullet in his gun, but was informed that the seconds had loaded the weapons and the code duello prevented any tampering with them.

“Both fired at the word and MARKHAM fell heavily, groaning and threshing about as though he was dying. LAWRENCE tried to come up and see how badly MARKHAM was wounded, but the seconds and witnesses prevented him coming near. He was assured that MARKHAM was surely dying and that he had better escape the country. He rushed home, bade his wife goodbye and started for parts unknown. COL. CROCKER overtook him and told him that, although seriously wounded, MARKHAM would recover, and flight was unnecessary. What appeared to be a tragedy must have been a farce conceived in the fertile brains of the convivial spirits congregated in Alston’s saloon ….” (hand written notation)-(where Martins Drug Store now is.)

Fairfield Tribune
Jan. 4, 1893
Page 6 col. 5



So far as we have been able to learn, there has been but one meeting on the field of honor within the limits of Jefferson County. That meeting occurred in 1844 on the ground now occupied by the Methodist church in Fairfield. The principals were NAT. LAURENCE and COLONEL MARKHAM. The seconds were COL. CROCKER for MARKHAM and COL. SHUFFLETON for LAWRENCE. The difficulty arose from some impeachment of the honesty of LAWRENCE by MARKHAM. LAWRENCE lived in a house owned by _______WILLIAMS, on the ground on which the Leggett House now stands. COL. CROCKER was the father of GEN. CROCKER, who attained the rank of brigadier general in the civil war. CROCKER lived on a farm just south of Fairfield. He afterwards removed to Keokuk County, where he died. The weapons were shot guns, and the seconds put double loads of powder, but no ball, only wads, into them. It is but just to the memory of LAWRENCE to state that he objected to fighting; he wanted to go home and confer with his wife about it, but he was compelled to fight first, and see his wife afterwards, if at all. Suspecting something was wrong, LAWRENCE upon receiving his gun attempted to put a bullet into it, but he was prevented by someone from doing so. They both fired at the word, and MARKHAM fell heavily, groaning as if dying. LAWRENCE tried to come up to MARKHAM to see for himself how badly he was wounded, but the bystanders kept him back, and told him MARKHAM would surely die. He hurried home, and as a comment on the vigor of Fairfield’s sheriff of that day, began to yoke his team of oxen to his wagon to flee the country, but COL. CROCKER went to him and told him that although MARKHAM was hurt, he would recover, and there was no use to run away. Among those who witnessed the duel were MR. C. GILHAM and WM. ALSTON.

MRS. MARY RUTH WITMARSH, letter of June 13, 1963:
HUGH SHUFFLETON JR. told me that my grandfather had had a crayon portrait of his father, but that when he came out here he lost all his possessions, and so they lost the only photograph they had of COL. SHUFFLETON. HUGH JR. also said that a number of years ago a lawyer’s organization in Fairfield had written his father asking for a photograph of SAMUEL SHUFFLETON and that his father had to write telling them that none existed.”

9 Jan. 1847 – JOHN SHUFFLETON appointed Guardian of JOHN HENRY SHUFFLETON, a minor. (Jefferson County Court Records.)

Fairfield Ledger
Aug. 23, 1866
Page 3 col. 1

E. W. TRACY—By Oregon papers just received, we learn that this gentleman died at Astoria, of consumption, on the 13th of July. His wife was formerly a resident of this place – her name being MARY JANE SHUFFLETON, daughter of COL. SHUFFLETON. She went to Oregon a number of years ago, while a young lady, and was there married. At the time of his death MR. TRACY was 39 years of age. He was an active and energetic citizen, and in 1858 was an overseer and agent of Wells, Fargo & Co.’s Express, and established the first express through the interior of Oregon and the adjoining territories. One of the papers from which we gather the above facts, says, “his acquaintances with the business community of this coast was more extended than that of almost any other man, on account of his strict business habits. His numerous friends will grieve his loss, and condole with his widow and children in this their hour of trouble.” His remains were buried by the Masons, of which order he was an exemplary member. MR. TRACY has left his family in very comfortable circumstances, pecuniarily.

Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 18, 1869
Page 3 col. 5

MARRIED, on the evening of Jan. 7, 1869, at Trinity church, by REV. WM. H. STEY, DR. J. H. HATCH and MRS. MARY J. TRACY, both of this city.
Portland Oregonian,.

MRS. TRACY, nee SHUFFLETON, is well known to many of our citizens. We extend our congratulations to the happy couple, and wish them many years of pleasure.

Fairfield Ledger
Sept. 28, 1904
Page 8 col. 5

HE WAS AN EARLY FAIRFIELDIAN. JOHN HENRY SHUFFLETON, who died at Forest Ranch, Cal., the 17th inst., was a member of one of the oldest families of Fairfield. He was a son of SAMUEL SHUFFLETON, one of the first lawyers admitted to practice here, the second clerk of the board of county commissioners, and who managed the sale of town lots when Fairfield was located. He died here in 1846. His wife was killed by lightning a year or two earlier in a house which stood where MRS. C. B. N. LIGHT now lives. This son JOHN came to Fairfield in 1839 with his father’s family. In 1855 he went to California, returning here in 1866. March 27th, 1867, he was married to MISS. MARGARET DEEVER, who survives him. They returned to California two years later. MR. SHUFFLETON was a soldier of the Civil War, serving in a California regiment.

Fairfield Ledger
Jan. 16, 1907
Page 9 col. 2

IN FAIRFIELD IN ’49. C. W. GAGE of this city is in receipt of a letter from HUGH H. SHUFFLETON, SR., of Gas Point, Cal., who left Fairfield in 1849. He was a clerk in the drug store of D. V. COLE, which occupied the site of the D. G. HIGLEY store of today and which has been used continuously for that business from that day to the present. MR. SHUFFLETON was here again in the winter of 1853-4, bought cattle with JOHN S. PAGE and drove them “Across the Plains.” He was a member of one of the prominent families of early Jefferson County, and is now 76 years of age. He asks a list of the people now living in Fairfield with whom he was acquainted in those pioneer days and MR. GAGE has given him the following names: C. W. GAGE, MRS. SARAH DAVID, MRS. CYNTHIA MCKEMEY, HENRY B. MITCHELL, S. F. STEVER, JOSEPH CLINKENBEARD, NIMROD DYER, J. W. MEESICK, ROBERT WATERS, JOHN W. MCLEAN.

Note: In 1965, the tall, graceful white marble shaft which marked the grave of COL. SAMUEL SHUFFLETON and his first wife, now lies irreparably broken—by vandals, the caretaker says.

184. HAYES: S. EUDORA, dau. of J. & C. HAYES,
Died Aug. 3, 1871, Aged 4 y. 9 m. 4 d.

185. HAYES: MARY C., dau. of J. & C. HAYES,
Died May 27, 1877, Aged 16 y. 5 m. 24 d.
Died Dec. 23, 1882, Aged 40 yrs.

187. HAYES: LUCY T., dau. of J. & C. HAYES,
Died Feb. 17, 1883, Aged 8 weeks.

188. HAYES, FRANCIS, Born Apr. 14, 1875, Died May 22, 1883.

189. CAMPSEY: FRED A., Mar. 2, 1868 0 May 24, 1894.

Fairfield Ledger
May 30, 1894
Page 3 col. 5

CUT DOWN IN HIS PRIME. FRED A. CAMPSEY died in this city Thursday night …..This announcement will come with peculiar sadness to all who knew the young man, his splendid honesty and integrity, his industry and energy and his excellent habits. FRED CAMPSEY was born in adversity, was an orphan when a babe of four weeks, and faced the world bravely as he grew to maturer years….He was the son of JOSEPH and MARTHA CAMPSEY, was born in Van Buren County, and was twenty-six years old March 2nd. His mother died a month after his birth and the home was broken up. MR. and MRS. J. R. MIKESELL of this city adopted the little fellow, reared him to manhood, gave him excellent and careful training, and he died at their home. Sept. 28th, 1893, he was married to MISS. MANNA YOST, an excellent young woman. The life which seemed so bright and hopeful to them was soon clouded by illness, and now death has wholly obscured it and separated the young husband and wife. MR. CAMPSEY’S remains were interred in the City Cemetery Saturday morning…..

Jefferson County Republican
Jan. 21, 1910
Page 1 col 1

On the 18th of January 1860, in Van Buren County, occurred the marriage of JAMES R. MIKESELL and MISS. CHARLOTTE YATES. They came to Fairfield the next day and have lived here almost continuously even since. To them was born one son who died when young. Later they took into their home a boy and a girl. The boy, FRED CAMPSEY, died in young manhood shortly after he was married. The daughter, MRS. ALTA RHODES, is now in Boise, Idaho……

190. MOORE: MARY LIZZIE, Dau. of WM. M. & M. E. MOORE
AE 10 ys. 4 ms. & 7 ds.
Died July 29, 1863.

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. July 30, 1863
Page 3 col. 1

FUNERAL NOTICE: The friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral of MARY LIZZIE, only daughter of WM. M. and MARY E. MOORE, from the Congregational church today (Thursday) at 2 o’clock P. M.

191. LOVING: ADA E., dau. of C. & S. A. LOVING,
Born Dec. 30, 1881, Died Nov. 15, 1889.

192. FRANKS: JAMES Co. H, 30 Iowa Inf. (Frakes)

Fairfield Tribune
June 6, 1894

“Names of Soldiers Buried Here” – James Frakes, Co. H, 30th I. V. I.,
Died Dec. 15, 1876

Fairfield Ledger
Dec. 20, 1876
Page 3 col. 8

Death of JAMES FRAKES at the house of his father father-in-law, H. A. SNOOK, in this city on Friday last. About 28 years of age….

Feb. 3, 1848 – Dec. 11, 1917

194. _______: “Son.”

Died Nov. 28, 1855
Aged 28 y. 7 m. 28 d.

196. HARTER: HENRY D., Died Mar. 12, 1865, Aged 64 y. 3 m. 5 ds.

197. HARTER: WILLIE, son of D. & S. HARTER
Died Feb. 12, 1871 Aged 10 ms. 23 ds.

Died Dec. 21, 1855, AE 20 ys.5 ms. 18 ds.

199. SEARS: EDSON A., son of WM. B. SEARS, Born Clyde, N. Y.
May 5, 1843, Died May 24, 1878
Aged 35 Y. & 19 D.

Fairfield Ledger
May 29, 1878
Page 3 col. 8

Death of EDSON A. SEARS, age 35, at the Leggett House Friday last…Came here with MR. H. V. SHORT.

200. SHORT: CHARLES E., son of H. Y. & L. C. SHORT
Died Jan. or Jun. 8, 1867
Aged 6 m. & 1 d.

201. SEARS: TERTULLUS, Died Dec. 14, 1868
In the 73 year of his age.

Fairfield Ledger
Dec. 17, 1868
Page 3 col. 5

MR. TERTULLUS SEARS, an old citizen of our town, aged 72 years, departed this life on Monday morning last.

202. POWELL: WILLIAM A., son of T. J. & M. J. POWELL.
Died Aug. 24, 1872, Aged 2 mos. & 16 ds.

203. ASHBROOK: ANDREW J., son of A. & E. J. ASHBROOK
Died Apr. 26, 1865, (Buried in cement)

Note: ANDREW J. ASHBROOK, age 26, nativity Ohio; residence Fairfield; enlisted Aug. 9, 1862, Co. B, 19th Iowa Infantry. Roster shows he died of disease June 15, 1864, Brownsville, Texas. Soldiers Graves Registrations at court house show he died June 19, 1864; buried Fairfield City Cemetery.

204. BRADY: GEORGE W., son of W. (?) & H. H. BRADY
Died May 1, 1872, Aged 9 Y. 8 M. 22 D.

205. BREARDY: WILLIAM, Co. H, 37 Iowa Inf.

Soldiers’ Graves Registrations at court house show:
BREARDY, WM. H. – Co. H, 37th Iowa Inf.; born 1822 in Va.;
Died 12-2-1876; bur. Fairfield City Cem.

BRADY, JOSEPH – Co. C, (Co. M), 41st Iowa Volunteers;
Died 1918; buried Fairfield City Cemetery.

BRADY, WM. R. – Co. H, 30th Iowa Inf.; Co. C, 45th Iowa;
Born 1812 in Ind.; Died 12-2-1876;
Buried Fairfield City Cem. (B. 1812 Ohio?)

206. DURFEE: MARION FRANKLIN, Dec. 5, 1862 – Feb. 9, 1903.

207. CORR: MAMIE, July 24, 1877 – Jan. 2, 1895

208. DAHLMANN: JOHN A., son of J. & N. A. DAHLMANN
Died April 23, (?), 1882, Aged 1 m. & 6 d.

Died April 13, 1882, Aged 35 y. 7 mos. & 13 das.

Fairfield Ledger
April 19, 1882
Page 3 col. 7

MRS. DAHLMAN’S DEATH. MRS. NANCY A. DAHLMAN, wife of JACOB DAHLMAN, whose serious illness we have referred to before, died at her home in this city, on Thursday morning last, after an illness of about eight weeks. MRS. DAHLMAN’S maiden name was NANCY A. MAHL, and she was born near Eldon, Wapello County, August 31, 1846, near which place her parents now reside. She was married to JACOB DAHLMAN, at Bloomfield, July 22d, 1872, and since that time has been a resident of this city, where she was well known. To MR. and MRS. DAHLMAN seven children have been born, two dying in infancy, and five now living, the oldest nine years of age, the youngest a babe of a few weeks….

Fairfield Ledger
July 19, 1882
Page 3 col. 7

DIED—April 13, in Fairfield, NANCY A. DAHLMAN, aged 35 years, 7 months and 13 days.

Fairfield Ledger
July 19, 1882
Page 3 col. 7

DIED—April 26, in Fairfield, of congestion of the stomach, J. ANTHONY DAHLMAN, aged 2 months.

Fairfield Tribune
Aug. 10, 1882
Page 3 col. 3

MR. JACOB DAHLMAN and his four little boys left Tuesday evening for Pittsburg, Pa., to be gone two weeks. MR. DAHLMAN goes to visit his brother and other relatives, the former of whom he has not seen since he left him in Bavaria in 1852. MR. DAHLMAN has had too much to contend with in recent years, but he has found the new world very kind to him, and the meeting with his brother will be an occasion of joy.

210. DAHLMANN: MARY F., dau. of J. & N. A. DAHLMAN
Died Nov. 5, 1881, Aged 9 m. 25 ds.

211. DAHLMANN: EFFA MAY, dau. of J. & N. A. DAHLMANN
Died Jan. 7, 1880, Aged 8 days.

Died Mar. 10, 1865, Aged 1 mo. 22 d.

Died Dec. 21, 1869, Aged 7 m. & 1 d.

Died Sep. 20, 1870, Aged 31 (?) yrs.10 mo &15d.

Fairfield Ledger
Sept. 22, 1870
Page 3 col. 1

SUDDEN DEATH. The community deeply sympathizes with MR. JACOB DAHLMAN, who has just lost his estimable wife. She ate heartily at noon of Monday, and Tuesday morning was a corpse.

Fairfield Tribune
July 31, 1884
Page 3 col. 1

The marriage of a well known Fairfield citizen, MR. JACOB DAHLMAN, and MRS. M. A. BRUMLEY, occurred at Bloomfield on Tuesday of this week.

215. DAHLMANN: “Our Father” – JACOB, Born June 24, 1830
Died March 2, 1885
“May he rest in peace.”

Fairfield Tribune
March 5, 1885
Page 3 col. 4

DEATH OF JACOB DAHLMAN…..MR. DAHLMAN was born in Rhine Bavaria, Germany, June 24, 1830, and landed in America May 1st, 1854. For a number of years he worked on Ohio and Mississippi river steamboats. His first marriage occurred in Athens, Mo., the maiden name of his wife being RACHEL GRAY. After living in Macon, Mo., Quincy, Ill., and Athens, Mo., for some time, he came to Fairfield in August 1861, and has been a resident here ever since, and known to nearly every resident of the city. By his first wife he had seven children, six girls and one boy. Of these, four are now dead, those living being GEORGE, who is now in business here, MRS. J. H. DREYER, of Concordia, Kan., and MISS MADGE, who has always lived with her father.

MR. DAHLMAN’S second marriage occurred in Davis County, to MISS. RACHEL KENNEDY, in January 1871. This wife lived only fourteen months, dying in March 1872. He was married a third time in July, 1872, to MISS. NANCY MAEL, of Eldon. She died April 13, 1882, having borne seven children, two girls and five boys. Of these, four boys only are living, the oldest about twelve and the youngest about seven years old. They are living now with relatives and will be under the care of their grandfather MAEL. MR. DAHLMAN was marriage again a number of months ago, which is still familiar to our readers. The funeral occurred Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at the Methodist church…and the remains were escorted by the several orders to which MR. DAHLMAN belonged.

Fairfield Tribune
May 1, 1895
Page 7 col. 2

MRS. CHAS. HASSLER, nee MAGGIE DAHLMAN, died at her home in Farmington last week. MRS. HASSLER was a daughter of JACOB DAHLMAN, deceased, of this city. The funeral was held at Farmington Saturday, Apr. 20th. Deceased was 29 years old.

216. BAKER: (S. face) GEORGE A., son of WM. & C. A. BAKER,
Born Sept. 23, 1853, Died Aug. 14, 1855.
(N. face) Infant son of WM. & C. A. BAKER,
Born Aug. 9, 1846.

Died Sept. 5, 1857, Aged 1 yr. 8 mo.
(S. face) MARY E., dau. of ELLIS & ELIZABETH JONES,
Died Dec. 15, 1877, Aged 18 y. 1 m. & 12 d.
Died Oct. 11, 1879, Aged 5 years.

218. WATERS: “Father” ROBERT R., Born Sep. 14, 1822
Died Feb. 3, 1908.

Born Nov. 8, 1832, Died Feb. 7, 1898.

Nov. 3, 1859 – Apr. 26, 1911

Died Sept. 1, 1866, Aged 60 yrs. 6 mos. & 11 ds.

Fairfield Ledger
Jan. 11, 1872
Page 3 col. 4


Fairfield Ledger
Dec. 23, 1932

HOMES OF FAIRFIELD. 404 N. C Street. Built by ROBERT WATERS 1886 and his residence until 1873….

Fairfield Ledger
Oct. 15, 1879
Page 3 col. 7

A little four year old daughter of MR. and MRS. ROBT. WATERS, died at their home, Friday, of that fatal disease, diphtheria. The funeral occurred Saturday afternoon.

Fairfield Ledger
Oct. 5, 1881
Page 3

Death of JOSEPH TILSON at Hoby, England Sept. 9 in the 76th year of his age. Came to America in 1842 and settled in Ohio, removing to Fairfield in 1854…Three children still living in this vicinity, MRS. ROBT. WATERS, MRS. SAML. NEISWANGER and THOMAS TILSON…..Remains interred at Hoby cemetery on the 12th ult.

Fairfield Ledger
Dec. 19, 1932


Hotel Bonn, 117 N. Main Street. Built in 1924 by DR. F. S. BONNELL, on site of old time livery barn, built in 1872 for L. L. WILKINS and THOMAS S. TILSON. The place ran for more than fifty years.

Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 9, 1887
Page 2. col 5


Fairfield Tribune
May 24, 1905
Page 3 col. 5


Fairfield Ledger
July 13, 1881
Page 3 col. 6

DEATH OF MRS. WATERS. On Friday last in this city, of consumption, occurred the death of NANCY J. MULLINIX, wife of KENDALL R. WATERS, aged 26 years. She was born in Hamilton Co., Indiana, in 1855, and was a babe of 18 months when her parents removed to this county. At the age of 12 she united with the Harmony M. E. Church, at New Sweden, this county, and two years later, upon removal to this city, united with the Harmony M. E. church here….She was married to KENDALL R. WATERS July 3, 1873, and was the mother of four children, two of which survive her…Remains interred in the old cemetery.

Jefferson County Republican
July 29, 1897
Page 1 col. 2

MRS. HENRY SEWELL died at her home in Missouri. She was a daughter of JOSEPH TILSON.

Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 9, 1898
Page 3 col. 4

DEATH OF MRS. ROBERT WATERS. ELIZABETH TILSON, wife of ROBERT WATERS, of this city….died Monday evening. Was a daughter of the late JOSEPH TILSON and was born in Stanton, Leicestershire, England, Nov. 8, 1832. With her parents she came to the United States in 1842, and located in New Jersey. The family removed to Ohio in 1847, where she was married to ELLIS B. JONES Apr. 8, 1852. With her husband she came to Fairfield in Sept. 1854. Four children were born of this marriage, two of whom are now living. MR. JONES died at Vicksburg, Miss., July 2d, 1863, while a soldier of the 19th Iowa Infantry. MRS. JONES was united in marriage with ROBERT WATERS Dec. 31st 1871. One child, a daughter, was born to them, and died at the age of five years. MRS. WATERS a member of the Congregational Church for more than thirty years…Body will be interred in the City Cemetery this afternoon…

See Portrait & Biographical Album, p. 184, for JOSEPH and ELIZABETH (DILKES) TILSON….THOMAS S. TILSON married, 2 Oct. 1866, MARIA YOUNG, daughter of ANDREW P. and REBECCA (KIRKPATRICK) YOUNG. MARIA was born in Butler Co., Ohio June 27, 1846….

Fairfield Daily Journal
Feb. 4, 1908
Page 3 col. 2

LIVED HERE 60 YEARS. ROBERT WATERS who died this morning aged 85, was a Jefferson County Pioneer…passed away this morning about 3:30 o’clock at his home on West Jefferson Street…

MR. WATERS came to this city when it was but a very small village and was instrumental in helping build up the town and the county. It has always been with great pride that MR. WATERS was able to tell of the earlier days of this city and of how the Indians used to camp around the little village, trading with the few white settlers and living fairly peaceable with them. There are yet but a very few of the pioneers living who can remember and relate to the younger generations any of the early history of this growing city. MR. WATERS was famous in his earlier days as a wolf hunter. Many of these animals have found death by shots from his gun and been brought to this city by him.

ROBERT S. WATERS was born in Brown County, Ohio, Sept. 14, 1822 and moved to this city April 1, 1848, and has been a continuous resident ever since. He was the last of his family….

MR. WATERS was married three times during his life, the last wife being MRS. ELIZABETH JONES who died about ten years ago…He has always lived an exemplary upright life.

He is survived by five children: JASPER M. of Dayton, Ohio; ROBERT and KENDALL of Chicago; T. S. of this city; MRS. JOSEPH LOWREY of Omaha, Nebr., and two stepchildren, MRS. M. H. JONES of Ringgold county and MISS ADA JONES who care for him as tenderly and faithfully during his last days as if he were her own father.

Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 5, 1908
Page 6 col. 4

AN OLD RESIDENT GONE. ROBERT M. WATERS died at his home in this city Monday…born in Brown county, Ohio Sept. 14, 1822, grew to young manhood there, and at the age of 20 years was married, his young wife living only about a year, giving her life for a son, JOSEPH N. WATERS. (JASPER?) MR. WATERS was married to MISS MARY N. STOKELEY in Ohio, and the young couple came to Iowa. Six children were born to this union, four of whom survive the parents—THEODORE S. of Fairfield, KENDALL and ROBERT of Chicago, and MRS. JOSEPHINE (JOSEPH?) LOWERY of Omaha. The mother of these children departed this life about 42 years ago, and MR. WATERS was married eight years later to MRS. ELIZABETH JONES of this city, who died ten years ago. MISS ADDIE JONES, a daughter, has cared for the deceased during his later years, and for some weeks MRS. W. H. EVANS, another daughter, of Ringgold County, has been with him….

Fairfield Daily Journal
Apr. 27, 1911
Page 2 col. 3

MISS. ADDIE JONES DIED IN OTTUMWA……yesterday shortly after the noon hour, in the hospital, where she submitted to an operation a few days ago. The remains were brought to this city this noon and taken to the home of her aunt, MRS. SAMUEL NEISWANGER, at 300 East Briggs Street. MISS. JONES has made this city her home almost all of her life and was well known here. She was the stepdaughter of the late ROBERT WATERS and since his death had continued to reside at the home on West Adams Street until a short time ago….MISS. JONES was about fifty years of age and was quiet and retiring in nature….She was a member of the Congregational church….

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Nov. 14, 1929
Page 1 col. 4

T. S. WATERS PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON….Co. B, 19th Iowa Inf. (Long article. His wife, HELENA S. NICHOLAS, died in July, 1928. Two sons, CARLTON and CHARLES.) The Fairfield Ledger, Nov. 15, 1929. Editorial “ANOTHER VETERAN PASSES.”

Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 27, 1943

Death of MRS. HATTIE G. TAYLOR, born Jan. 17, 1871, daughter of THOMAS S. TILSON.

222. HUMPHREY: GEORGE W. , son of A. & O. HUMPHREY
Died July 26, 1844, Aged 2 y 6 m. 27 ds.

Died July 9, 1846, Aged 28 yrs. 8 m. & 9 ds.


1850 Census of Fairfield:
164-167 ALFRED HUMPREY 35 m Farmer $1200 RE; born Mass.
MARY “ 24 (?) f N.Y.

224. HOXIE: In memory of FLORENCE S.,
Who died August 18, 184 (5?), Aged 4 Months.
(Broken stone)

225. HOXIE: In memory of GEORGE, son of BENJAMIN & RUTH HOXIE,
Who died May Third 1843, aged 3 weeks & 3 Days.

Vol. 1, Fulton’s “History of Jefferson County,” Page 219.
“On April 2, 1844, CAPTAIN THOMAS D. EVANS presented the society (Methodist) with Lot No. 4 in Block No. 21. The trustees who accepted the deed of gift were ALEXANDER FULTON, THOMAS D. EVANS, ROLLY TAYLOR, JOB C. SWEET, DAVID SOLLANBARGER, BENJAMIN T. HOXIE and CHARLES NEGUS. Although its membership had increased to 28, it was unable for several years to build a home. It continued to hold its meetings at the houses of its members, and in the courthouse and in the Presbyterian Church, when these places were available.”

Jefferson County Court Order Bk. “A”, Page 230.
January Term A. D. 1845. Thursday morning Jan. 9. This day the board paid B. T. HOXIE the sum of $111.56 on note given by said Board made payable on Jan. 1st, 1845.

“A GLIMPSE OF IOWA IN 1846” – p. 48, shows B. T. HOXIE, Dry Goods and Groceries, in Fort Des Moines, Polk County. THOMAS MITCHELL was sheriff of Polk County.

The Iowa Sentinel
June 23, 1848
Page 4 col. 6

H. M. HOXIE, at the Fairfield Drug Store, South Side of the Public Square…

Fairfield Ledger
June 15, 1876
Page 2 col. 5

Death of MRS. HOXIE, May 1st, who was known to nearly all the early settlers of Fairfield. A correspondent of the Episcopal Register, writing from Palestine, Texas….her remains were taken to Chicago for interment….Her son, Supt. HOXIE of the I & G. N. R.R…….

Fairfield Tribune
Apr. 22, 1886
Page 3, col. 3

Since Jefferson County is claiming some sort of honor in once being the home of H. M. HOXIE, of the Gould Railway Lines, the following from the Keosauqua Democrat will be found of interest: “His father settled near Kilbourne, Van Buren County, in an early day, and was buried there. About two years ago H. M. HOXIE had his father’s remains exhumed, after a good deal of difficulty in identifying his grave, and re-buried in Chicago, where at the time resided…..

*wonder if that was Chicago, Iowa or Chicago, Illinois?

Fairfield Tribune
Nov. 25, 1886
Page 3 col. 4

H. M. HOXIE, general manager of Gould’s Southwestern Railway System, and known to old residents of Fairfield and Jefferson County as “HUB” HOXIE, died at his rooms in the Metropolitan Opera House, St. Louis, Tuesday…Forty years ago HOXIE was a boy from 15 to 18 years old in Fairfield, his father being proprietor of the hotel which stood upon the ground now occupied by Jordan’s brick block on the West side of the square…From here he went to Des Moines…..

226. GAVEY: SARAH, Wife of A. B. GAVEY, Died Apr. 19, 1863
Aged 30 Ys. 6 mo.

227. HENDRICKS: WM. T., Co. H, 5 Iowa Inf.

228. FEASEL: HENRY M., son of J. & S. FEASEL Died Feb. 2, 1863
AE 2 yrs. & 9 ms.

229. CREW: NANCY, wife of SOLOMON CREW, Died Dec.10, 1860,
In the 63 yr. of her age.
“As a wife devoted, as a mother affectionate,
As a friend ever kind and true.”

230. COOK: ELIZA, wife of ANDREW, “Gone Home,”
Died Feb. 10, 1861, Aged 33 yrs. 9 m. 26 d.

Feb. 3, 1861 – Feb. 24, 1861

Died Nov. 13, 1856, Aged 52 y.

233. VANNOSTRAND: JOHN, Died Apr. 6, 1859, Aged 58 y. 6 m. 13 d.

Page 473, Portrait & Biographical Album, Pub. 1890.
JOHN VAN NOSTRAND was born 1 Sept. 1800 in Westmoreland County, Penn. In Ashland County, Ohio, he married MISS. ELIZA GRIBBEN, native of Penn., but of Irish descent, her parents having been born in Ireland. His death occurred on the 6th of April 1859 after an eight-years’ residence in Iowa. His wife was called home about three years previous, dying in November 1855, at the age of 54 years. They had four sons and three daughters, but only three are now living: WILLIAM, a resident farmer of Decatur County, Iowa; AMANDA, wife of JOHN BIRKHIMER, whose home is in Fremont County, Iowa; CLARK VAN NOSTRAND, Sec. 18, Buchanan Twp., Jefferson Co., was born in Ashland County, Ohio, Jan. 12, 1831; married, 23 April 1859, MISS SARAH WHITING. Their children: EMMA, married BENJAMIN L. GOSSICK, farmer of Buchanan Township; ANDREW B., Colorado; and LEWIS W. at home.

Fairfield Ledger
Jan. 28, 1891
Page 3 col. 5

Marriage of ANDREW VAN NOSTRAND, resident of Monte Vista, Col., eldest son of Clark VAN NOSTRAND, on Wednesday last (Jan. 21), to MISS. LOU SPENCER, daughter of MR. AND MRS. G. H. SPENCER of Penn township….

Fairfield Tribune
Feb.17, 1897
Page 2 col. 2

HER EYES CLOSED IN DEATH. MRS. MARY VAN NOSTRAND died last Friday of malarial fever at her home half a mile south of Beckwith. Only daughter of J. F. BENNETT of this city, was born in Jewell Co., Kansas Aug. 13, 1874 and came to Fairfield with her parents when about two years old. Married CHAS. VAN NOSTRAND Feb. 21, 1894….One little daughter, now one year and seven months old….

Fairfield Tribune
Mar. 15, 1905
Page 14 col. 4

Last Wednesday afternoon at 4:15 o’clock at the residence of the Christian minister, REV. H. C. LITTLETON, on West Broadway, NELLIE VIRGINIA STEVER became the bride of LEWIS VAN NOSTRAND….

Fairfield Tribune
Nov. 22, 1905
Page 3 col. 5

DEATH OF MRS. B. L. GOSSICK. EMMA J. VAN NOSTRAND was born Dec. 28, 1861 on the farm 2 ½ miles north of Fairfield, where she died Nov. 14, 1905, aged 43 y. 10 m. 17 d. Deceased grew to womanhood here and was married Dec. 28, 1882 to BENJAMIN L. GOSSICK who, with five children, HARLEY, CLARKE, SADIE, MARY LOUISE and GEORGE, remain to mourn…Christian church…Laid to rest in the beautiful city of our dead.

Fairfield Journal
Feb. 5, 1907

Oldest Christian Church member to erect and donate parsonage – CLARK VAN NOSTRAND.

Fairfield Daily Journal
June 26, 1913
Page 3 col. 3

BENJAMIN L. GOSSICK died at his home in this city shortly after 1 o’clock this afternoon….son of WILLIAM and REBECCA GOSSICK of this city, born Sept. 20, 1856 in Knox County, Ill., and came with his parents to Jefferson County in 1879. He was married to EMMA VAN NOSTRAND Dec. 28, 1882 – six children; GEORGE and FRED have already died. HARLAN, SADIE and MARY LOUISE live in this city. CLARKE resides at Meadville, Mo. MRS. GOSSICK died Nov. 14, 1905. Besides the children the following brothers and sisters survive: JOHN GOSSICK, MRS. ZELL BROWN, MRS. CHARLES JORDAN, and MRS. WILLIAM DYER of Ottumwa.

Lockridge Herald
Apr. 24, 1914
Page 1 col. 3

Death of MRS. CLARK VAN NOSTRAND Friday night. CAROLINE SCHOOLEY was born Oct. 9, 1852 in Linn County, Iowa. Married CHARLES CURL; four children, three daughters and one son. One daughter preceded the mother in death. Her second marriage was to PETER VAN NOSTRAND who passed away some time ago. On Jan. 1, 1912 MRS. VAN NOSTRAND was married in this city to CLARK VAN NOSTRAND…..

Lockridge Herald
Oct. 9, 1914
Page 1 col. 6

CLARK VAN NOSTRAND, pioneer, passed away at home of son in Colorado.

*notation hand written JCO Rep. Oct. 9, 1-5 for above Clark Van Nostrand. Maybe Jefferson County Repubican?

Fairfield Ledger
Mar. 31, 1956
Page 8 col. 4

FORMER RESIDENT OF FAIRFIELD DIES. MRS. HARRY HARDY died in Antrim, New Hampshire. Former HELEN VAN NOSTRAND, daughter of the late CHARLES and MARY BENNETT VAN NOSTRAND. Her father was a cousin of the late L. W. VAN NOSTRAND. MRS. L. W. VAN NOSTRAND now lives in De Pere, Wisc., and informed relatives and friends of MRS. HARDY’S death….Burial in Antrim, N. H.

234. BRISTOW: MARY A., Died Feb. 8, 1859
Aged 51 y.
MARY BRISTOW, Died Oct. 1, 1859,
In the 29 yr. of her age.
ELLA BRISTOW, Died Oct. 20, 1839,
(hand written – Oct. 20?)
AE 2 yrs. 5 m. & 15 d.

Note: All three deaths are shown on DR. SHAFFER’S “Mortality List” but no death notices were found in the Ledgers for that period. The year of age for the child ELLA are accepted from the Mort. List, as the figure on the stone is indistinct.

235. BARNES: Infant son of E. & L. (No dates)

236. VAUGHAN: MICHAEL, 1854 – 1917.

Fairfield Ledger
Sept. 2, 1891
Page 3 col. 6

MICHAEL VAUGHAN, a Fairfield C. B. & Q. employee of a few years ago, was in town yesterday. He brought the remains of his father here for burial.

Burial Permit shows THOS. VAUGHN, age 70, male, white, died at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Aug. 29, 1891.

Fairfield Tribune
Sept. 2, 1891

Death of THOS. VAUGHN—Lists some relatives.

237. GUDGELL: MARGARET L., Born Dec. 10, 1844,
Died Feb. 22, 1883.

Fairfield Ledger
March 14, 1883
Page 2 col. 5

DEATH OF MRS. GUDGELL. Died, in Fairfield, Iowa, Feb. 22, 1883, MRS. MARGARET LOUISA GUDGELL, in the twenty-ninth year of her age. Her maiden name was MULLINIX. Her disease was consumption, that fatal destroyer which had already, in the last thirteen years, taken her father, two brothers and two sisters. She leaves behind…a mother, two brothers, one child, and many relatives and friends….

Died Mar. 17, 1900, Aged 37 yrs. 10 d.

Jefferson County Republican
Mar. 20, 1900
Page 4 col. 5

OBITUARY. MRS. JAMES P. FRASHER….died at 12:30 a. m. Saturday. She gave birth to a babe three weeks ago….NANCY A. YORK was born near Wayland, Henry County, Iowa, March 6, 1863; was married to JAMES P. FRASHER Dec. 31, 1884. Seven children – six of whom survive her, one dying in infancy…She was aged 37 years and 10 days. The family moved here from near Mt. Pleasant last December….

Fairfield Ledger
March 21, 1900
Page 3 col. 2

NANCY E., wife of JAMES FRASHER, died at her home in this city Saturday morning at 1 o’clock, from pneumonia. MRS. FRASHER was 37 years old and the mother of six children—all of whom are living –the oldest girl of fifteen years and the youngest a babe of three weeks. Funeral services were conducted by REV. L. O. KEMBLE Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the family residence, and the remains were interred in the City Cemetery.

239. POWELL: WILLIAM, Died Nov. 19, 1899, Aged 79 yrs.
6 mos. Co. D, 6th Ind. Inf. (hand written)-Sergt.
“A Soldier in the Mexican War.”
“Rest, soldier, rest, they warfare o’er,
Sleep the sleep that knows no breaking,
Dream of battle fields no more,
Days of danger, nights of waking.”

Jefferson County Republican
Nov. 21, 1899
Page 4 col. 3

WILLIAM POWELL died at his home in this city Sabbath morning, Nov. 19th 1899, aged 79 years 8 months 12 days. Deceased was born in Maryland in 1820; came to Iowa in 1866 and settled in this city which has been his home ever since. He served his country in two wars; the Mexican and the Civil War, a member of the 6th Indiana in ’61 and ’65. Funeral services were yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock. GEO. STRONG Post attended the funeral.

Fairfield Ledger
Nov. 22, 1899
Page 3 col. 2

A WELL KNOWN CHARACTER GONE. WILLIAM POWELL …a few years ago a man of prodigious strength and one of the characters of the town, died at his home Sunday. He had been in failing health, physically and mentally, for several years…. He was a veteran of two wars, having seen service in the Sixth Indiana Volunteers in the Mexican War and in a regiment which bore the same number in the Civil War….His aged widow, MRS. PATSEY POWELL, to whom he was married in Indiana, and four children, all residing here –THOMAS J.,
A. Z., MRS. SARAH HAVNER and MRS. MARTHA HAWKINS, survive him. His remains were interred in this city yesterday….GEORGE STRONG Post G. A. R. attended the funeral in a body, and an escort was burnished from Company M, Fiftieth Iowa Infantry.

Jefferson County Republican
Nov. 28, 1899
Page 4 col. 2

MRS. POWELL, widow of WILLIAM POWELL, having sold out here, moves to Ottumwa today.

Report of sexton W. D. GILCHRIST to the City Council of City of Fairfield—Burials in City Cemetry[sic] during the last quarter to this date, to-wit: 1901, Mar. 14 – MRS. PATSY POWEL[sic], 85 years 7 days.

240. RAYMOND: GEO. W., Born July 9, 1849, Died Mar. 15, 1898.
Co. A, 1st Ohio Regt.

Jefferson County Republican
Mar. 15, 1898
Page 4 col. 3

EDWARD RAYMOND, who has been sick for a long time, died this morning at 5 o’clock. He was born in Kentucky about the year 1848. He served his country in the First Ohio Battery, entering the service under an assumed name because of the opposition of his father, then after the war, he took his own name again, which fact made it impossible for him to secure a pension which, without a doubt, he is justly entitled to….

Fairfield Tribune
Mar. 16, 1898
Page 7 col. 4

AFTER A LONG ILLNESS…GEORGE W. RAYMOND…..had been a resident of Fairfield for the past two years, coming here from La Platta, Mo. MR. RAYMOND was born July 9, 1849, in Louisville, Ky., where the early part of his life was spent. In early manhood he went to Ohio and at Warren, that state, enlisted Jan. 4, 1864 in Co. A, First Ohio Battery. In 1892 he came to this city and remained for a year, in the employ of MR. RUMER, when he went to Colo., afterwards living at La Platta, Mo., where he was married June 12, 1894, to MRS. ANNA GLASGOW, who survives him. He again came to Fairfield in 1896 and since then this has been his home. He was a man of quiet disposition and is highly spoken of among his friends and acquaintances….

241. REED: (S. face) SAMUEL D., Born Oct. 16, 1836,
Died Apr. 25, 1919.
(W. face) LYDIA ANN, Born Nov. 26, 1832,
Died Dec. 21, 1905.

Fairfield Ledger
Dec. 27, 1905
Page 6 col. 5

AFTER YEARS OF SUFFERING. MRS. LYDIA ANN BOSTIN, wife of SAMUEL D. REED, died in this city Thursday. She had been ill for five or six years with a malignant tumor and had been a great sufferer. Was a native of Frederick Co., Md., and was born in 1832. She was married 48 years ago and her husband and four children survive her—MRS. H. R. MCCOY of this city, AUGUSTUS D. REED of Cedar Township, C. M. W. REED and MRS. J. E. BLAKELEY of Weston, Wyo. The family resided in Jefferson County for many years….

242. HARRISON: ROBERT, Died Sept. 25, 1899 (No age shown)
(hand written)-(23d?)
Co. C, 30th Ia. Inf.

Fairfield Ledger
Sept. 27, 1899
Page 3 col. 2

ROBERT HARRISON died at the home of his daughter, MRS. HENRY ADKINS, in this city Saturday evening, from typho malarial fever. He had been ill two or three weeks. MR. HARRISON was a native of Jefferson County and about fifty-five years of age. He was a soldier of the Civil War, a member of Company E, Thirtieth Iowa Infantry. His remains were interred Sunday, the funeral being in charge of GEO. STRONG Post, G. A. R.

Thompson’s Pa. Mil., War of 1812.

1850 Census of Fairfield:
138-140. WM. A. HENDRICKS 52 m Tailor, Born Ky.; $1200 RE
MARGARET “ 47 f Pa.
WM. BICKFORD 38 m Machinist Mass.; $5000
ELIZ. “ 20 f Ky.

34 – 35 THOS. HENDRICKS 52 m Laborer Ky.
MARGARET “ 50 f “
ELIZBTH[sic] “ 27 f “
OTHO “ 23 m Il. (?)
MARGARET J. “ 17 f “
LUCINDA J. “ 14 f “
WM. H. “ 12 m “
JOEL “ 8 m “
MELISSA “ 9 f Ia.
SARAH “ 7 f Il.
LOUISA “ 6 f “

35 – 36 HENRY W. HENDRICKS 35 m Carpenter, Born Va; $400 RE
LOUISA “ 28 f Ky.
GEO. B. “ 9 m Mo.
ANUROL “ 7 f Mo.
LEWIS R. “ 3 m Mo.
ANDREW G. QUINQADE 19 m Carpenter Ky.

244. WARD: MARY J., Wife of N. H. WARD,
Died Aug. 28, 1863, in the 23 yr. or her age.

Fairfield Ledger
Sept. 3, 1863
Page 3 col. 2

DIED—August 24th of Consumption, in the 22d year of her life, MARY JANE WARD, wife of NOAH H. WARD, of the Iowa Second. She was born in Jacksonville, Ill., …Her kind husband hurried home from his regiment to see her die. She has left a little babe, kind mother, and other friends who mourn her absence. Her funeral discourse was preached from the last chapter of Revelations, at her request……

National Archives: 15 Apr. 1897, Declaration for Pension. NOAH H. WARD, Co. E, 2nd Iowa Vol. Inf. Reg., is a resident of Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas, aged 60 years. In line of duty contracted Asthma at or near Nashville, Tenn., winter of 1864; during fight at Nashville and Pursuit of Hood contracted severe cold; Bronchitis; Muscular Rheumatism, marching in pursuit of Hood, wading rivers, swamps and the mud and inclement weather. Since leaving service has resided in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Indian Territory. Occupation has been that of a Teacher and Minister of the Gospel. Was enrolled a Painter.

20 May 1898. Present wife was ADA SMITH; married 23 Sept. 1896 at Butler, Bates Co., Mo. Previous wife, SARAH E., died in 1887 at Fredonia, Kansas—“she was the mother of my children.” Children living: JOHNIE M. and CLARA L.; JOHNIE was born March/68; CLARA Sept. 24/75. They are now residents of Spokane, Wash. CLARA is now MRS. WILCOX, whose husband is connected with U. S. Navy.

26 Sept. 1916. Declaration for Widow’s Pension: Keystone, Pawnee County, Oklahoma. NOAH WARD died July 6th (or 26th) 1898 at Otto, Courtny County, Kansas. MRS. ADA WARD declares she is 84 years of age, born May 9, 1832 at Randolph County, North Carolina. NOAH WARD had been previously married, in Fairfield, Iowa; his wife died in 1863. Her first husband, A.W. BAKER, died in Nov. 1877; she married H. H. SMITH in 1880, who died 1894 at Virgil, Kansas.

*Courtny County, Kansas?

245. BAILEY: ALTA M., 1880 – 1889.

246. BAILEY: ADA B., 1885 – 1889.
(Burial Permits show ADA BELLE BAILEY died Nov. 6, 1889 of
Diphtheria, age 4 y.; ALTA d. Nov. 7,aged 9-6-19


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