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Posted By: VJ SYLVARA (email)
Date: 3/24/2007 at 18:29:02

In the city of Lisbon, Portugal lived a merchant Joseph Silvara, with two sons Joseph and Manuel. It was at the time of Napoleon Wars, and Joseph engaged passage for his sons on a boat to America. The boys were eighteen and twenty years old at the time. Josef was placed on a boat to the South. Manuel landed in Pennsylvania and learned the furriers trade. In time he accumulated enough money to take up a grant of land in Northeast Pennsylvania, where he established his home. He married Janet Marsh a niece of Robert Morris, in 1819. They reared a family of seven sons and three daughters.
John was the fourth son of Manuel and Janet. He was married to Sarah Bixby of New York. To this union were born two sons, Charles and LaBarr. John was drowned in a spring flood while moving logs. His widow married Isaac Sones, and they her brother Charles Bixby and his wife Emily moved to Iowa. Her two sons moved to Iowa with them. LaBarr made his home with the Bixby's. The Bixby's lived in Liberty Center and later moved to Des Moines, where LaBarr grew up and became a lawyer and later a Police Judge in Des Moines. LaBarr never married.
Isaac and Sarah moved to a farm West of Norwood. They had two children. The girl died when she was sixteen. Ira grew to manhood and married Lucy Mills.
In 1882, Charles, son of John Sylvara and Sarah Bixby, married Lucinda Evaline Haltom, daughter of Martin Tillman Haltom and Elizabeth Elsome Randall. Martin was born in North Carolina and moved to Indiana, where he married Elizabeth Elsome Randall in 1853. Later, they moved to Iowa where they raised nine daughters and one son. Eva line was the next to the youngest in this family.

Evaline and Charles were married December 30, 1882. They took a claim near Greeley, Nebraska, along with his mother and younger half-brother, Ira Sones, son of Isaac Sones and Sarah Bixby. After proving up on their claim, they moved back to Iowa.
Later, Charles and Eva line and their family moved back to Nebraska. They sold their claim and again returned to Iowa where they bought a farm west of Lucas and moved to the farm in 1894. They lived on this farm until 1946, at this time the retired to live the rest of their lives in Chariton. They had nine children, three died in infancy. Perry, Ira, Golda, Roy, John and Richard grew up on the farm west of Lucas and all attended the Lucas School. Perry, Ira and Roy were all born in Greeley County, Nebraska.
Perry, the oldest graduated from Lucas High School and taught for several years in the rural schools of this area. He graduated from Pella Central College and became a Baptist minister. He took his Seminary work at Kansas City and Forth Worth. He married Leona Watts from Villisca, Iowa. They were the parents of five children. Ira, the second child, married Grace Rowland from Erickson, Nebraska. He was a farmer; they were the parents of five children. Golda graduated from Drake University and taught school for forty-seven years. Many of these were in the Chariton Junior High School. Roy, the fourth child, was a farmer. He married Kate Storm. They were the parents of six children. John, a rancher in California married Louella Herndon from Woodburn, Iowa. They lived most of their lives in California. They had two children. Richard was the youngest child of Charles and Evaline Sylvara. He was a farmer. He was a father of five children.

By Mary "Golda" Sylvara (1890-1985) of Chariton, Iowa
Lucas County Genealogy Society 1978


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