Elizabeth Moor Harrison was born on February 11, 1830 in England. She was living with her parents in 1850. On February 11, 1854, she married Peter C. Fish. Peter was born May 11, 1832 [September 11, 1832 according to his tombstone] in Pennsylvania; the son of Abner Fish and Margaret Kettle[1]. They had four children:


Samuel Fish born January 30, 1855
Emery Fish born June 11, 1857
George Nelson Fish born February 2, 1859 die d July 20, 1914
Ada Margaret Fish  born November 25, 1860

Sometime between 1855 and 1856, the family moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa. Perhaps, they traveled with or traveled to join Peterís parents. They were in Penoach Township, Dallas County, IA in 1856 and in Adel Township, Dallas County, IA in 1860. Peter was farming. They were living next door to Peterís parents. Elizabeth died on November 5, 1865 and was buried in the Ellis Cemetery[2], Dallas County, IA. Peter Fishís second wife was Frances A. Haselton; daughter of Peneus [Pernell] Haselton and Leonard [Mari] (?)[3]. They were married on July 3, 1866 in Dallas County, IA. Frances was born in 1850 in Ohio. This couple had at least one child:


Elizabeth Fish  born June 4, 1867  died July 9, 1868


In 1870, the family was living in Adams Township, Dallas County, IA. They had a domestic and a farm hand living with them. All of the children were living at home. By 1880, only Nelson was living at home. Peterís father had joined them. A hired hand and a niece completed the group. Peter and Frances moved to Chicago before 1900. They were living at 440 45th Street, Hyde Park. Peter was still working but his occupation was obscured by census notes. Newspapers in Perry, IA, during the late 1890s, show that Peter was a dealer in livestock. He worked for Beal Brothers & Company in Perry, Iowa. He also was connected with the Eastburn Fish & Company of Chicago, IL.

Peter died on October 24, 1908 [October 20, 1909 according to his tombstone] in Desoto, Dallas County, IA. He is also buried in the Ellis Cemetery along with his daughter Elizabeth. Frances was living with Ada and Adaís husband Edward Blackman in 1920 and 1930.

[1] Abner H. Fish was born on January 1, 1795 in Northampton (now Pike) County, PA. He married Margaret Kettle in 1825 in NJ. Margaret was born on January 10, 1807; probably in NJ. Abner was a farmer and laborer. Abner died on December 6, 1891in Waukee, Iowa. Margaret died on November 8, 1866. They are buried in the Xenia Cemetery, Dallas County, Iowa. Peter was living with his parents in Pocono Township, Monroe County, PA when the 1850 census was taken. The family moved to Dallas County, IA in 1853. He was in Union Township, Dallas County, IA in 1856. They were living in Adel Township, Dallas County, IA in 1860. In 1870, Abner and his second wife, Amelia Foster, were living in Des Moines Township, Dallas County, IA. Abnerís sons George, James, and Abner, Jr. were also in Iowa. Amelia Foster married Abner on March 28, 1868 in Dallas County, IA. Peter Fish had two sisters and three brothers listed Ė Juley [some researchers believe her name to be Beulah], Caroline, George, James, and Abner. The Iowa Census shows Abner, Robert, Sarah and Harriet as his siblings. All of these children were born in Ohio.

[2] This cemetery is located two miles west of Highway 169 and one half mile north of I-80.

[3] Peneus Haselton was born circa 1826 in New Hampshire. Leonard (?) was born circa 1830 in Ohio. The family was living in Orange Township, Meighs County, OH in 1850. Peneus was farming.

Contributed by:  Bert Stevenson


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