It appears that I did not answer your question concerning Mary Strawn and Stedman(Iowa spelling.)There is a lot online concerning their ancestors but I haven't gotten back that far to have it at hand just yet. I believe Mary's father was Enoch and her mother was Rebecca Raudenbush. Mary had two brothers here in Benton and Linn Iowa as well. Joseph came first (I believe he was the "baby" of the family.) He settled in Fayette Twp., Linn Co. and was the first white man in the Twp. James came 10-12 years later, I think. (His daughter, Emma, married Thomas Virden, Daniel's brother, and they lived around Whitewater, too.)Stedman/Steadman's father was Everard. He was a doctor, I think. His mother was Ann Dalby although there are others given. Ann's last husband (not sure how many she had) was William Ball. William lived with Mary and Stedman but I'm not sure where Ann died. They apparently were in Ohio before they came here. She may have died there or may be buried in an unmarked grave in the Strawn Cemetery. I don't know where William is buried-nor do I know where Benedict Kenyon is buried-Mary's second husband. I *just* found out that he was living after Mary had passed away. I had always thought he must have passed away before she had because you could never find him. He had a business in Shellsburg for some time and I believe he died around 1895.
I heard from a cousin of yours a couple of weeks ago! I am always so delighted to connect with long-lost family! I know my mother stayed in touch with some; Joe Snyer was even here once and her and Dad and my older brother and sister were out there in CO to visit once, probably about 1940 or so-but I imagine the major contact was ended when my grandfather passed away. It's kinda sad, really, when we all started out at the same place...
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