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Cornelius V. Grigsby Family

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Cornelius V. Grigsby was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, on February 14, 1832. He married Margaret Jane Gibson Ginivan, born April 29, 1831, on April 18, 1855, in Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois. They first moved from Illinois to Iowa, to the John H. Grigsby home (Cornelius' brother). They later moved to the former Amos Thompson home, near the Hopkins Grove Church. They ultimately made their home in the former Will Allen home, located southeast of Madrid, in Polk County. Cornelius had always made farming his occupation, and according to the Polk County Record, his farm near Sheldahl, Iowa, consisted of 176 acres of well-improved land.

Cornelius and Margaret Jane were the parents of six children: Milton, born May 8, 1856; G. Washington, born April 26, 1864; Elmer, born June 19, 1866, and died February 5, 1890; Will, born September 23, 1869; Anna, born August 6, 1873; and Elbert, born January 4, 1861, and died July 27, 1863.

Son, Milton, married Rebecca E. Pierce on December 5, 1873. To their marriage were born three children: Cornelius P., Mattie, and Everett. Cornelius P. married Bessie Luther, and their children were Minnie and Blanch. Minnie, Mrs. Earl Swim, was the mother of Eva Nelson, of Madrid, who is the mother of Larry and Carol Nelson, also of Madrid. Daughter, Mattie, born November 6, 1877, married Eric Johnson. She died November 10, 1915. Everett married Sevenia Hardy on August 24, 1910. He died October, 1960 and was the father of one son, Milton, born October 4, 1912. Milton continues to reside in the Madrid area.

Son, G. Washington, married Viola Harpel at Sheldahl, Iowa, in January, 1886. They were the parents of five children. Their daughter, Jessie Rena, married Frank Pies of Madrid, and was the mother of Florence Elsie, George Edward, Olive Marie, Iona, Henry, and Kenneth Pies. Fred Elmer, a son of G. Washington and Viola Grigsby, married Edna G. Carlson on March 1, 1911. To their marriage were born Helen (Mrs. Lloyd Fees), Ruth, Jeannette, and Elmer, all of whom live in the Des Moines area. Little is known about the second son, George Chester, who married Pauline, and made his home in Island Falls, Maine. They were the parents of six children, four of whom burned in a tragic fire, and another who died of whooping cough. Roberta Rose Grigsby married Rexford Welch, and they made their home in Areola, Sack., Canada. Esther, born March 7, 1903, also made her adult home in Canada.

Daughter, Anna, married William Allen on December 24, 1891. The Aliens made their home near Sheldahl, and were the parents of six children. Eldest daughter, Eva Jane, was born February 22, 1900, and married Willie Lewis. They made their home in the Madrid area. Eva died August 7, 1982. Daughter, Corinne, born June 8, 1902, married Keene Helms, and they are longtime Madrid residents. Daughter, Clara, born October 8, 1906, married Frank Bennett. They are the parents of two sons, Richard and Edward. Son, Frank, born August 20, 1908, married Virginia Adams from Madrid, and they were also the parents of two sons, Walter Franklin and Wayne Leslie. Daughter, Marjorie, born February 11, 1912, married Fred Birdsall. They made their home in the Madrid area, and are the parents of Frank, Paul, Elizabeth Ann, Edwin Fred, Fay Corinne, and Connie Marie. Daughter Nina, born January 15, 1914, married Donald Swalla, and they were the parents of William LaVerne, Eugene Donald, Albert (Junior), an infant daughter who died May 30, 1937, Donna Mae, and Dennis Alan.

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