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Mrs. Elizabeth Cousins

Land Owner & Farmer




Mrs. Elizabeth Gibbs Hunt Cousins was born in England but in 1858 accompanied her parents, John and Elizabeth (Bun) Gibbs, to the new world when but eight years of age. Her father and mother were also natives of England and passed away in this county. In their family were thirteen children, seven of whom survive.

  Mrs. Elizabeth Gibbs Hunt Cousins and son James Hunt  

Miss Elizabeth Gibbs first wedded James Hunt, who died on the 18th of February, 1889, and was laid to rest in the Fairview cemetery at Earlville. To this union were born fifteen children, fourteen of whom survive. Robert, born December 7, 1864, is a farmer of Oneida township. George, born December 15, 1867, is a merchant of Earlville. Nellie, born May 10, 1870, is the wife of Lewis Sperring, a farmer of Oneida township. Alice, born October 27, 1871, is the wife of Nels Garrenson, of Winnebago county, Iowa. William, born March 13, 1873, is a merchant of Earlville. James, born July 3, 1874, and Sidney, born January 12, 1876, are both farmers of Delaware county. Phebe, born May 22, 1877, is the wife of J. W. Melvin, county attorney of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Darley, born December 6, 1878, is a farmer of Delaware county. Edith S., born September 24, 1880, is the wife of Henry Arnold, also a farmer of this county. Henry, born September 4, 1883, is a farmer of this county. Elsie, born July 28, 1884, is the wife of Leslie Tietge, of Des Moines. Lester, born February 7, 1886, is a farmer of Delaware county. Eva May, born December 1, 1888, is the wife of Harry Stahlie, of Hancock, Minnesota. In 1898 Mrs. Hunt married Thomas Cousins, a native of England, who came to this country in early life. He passed away in September, 1900, and was buried in Fairview cemetery.

Mrs. Cousins owns eleven hundred and twenty acres of land in this county, all of which is under a high state of cultivation. She also owns town property in Earlville, which is the finest residence in the town. She is a woman of unusual business ability and manages all of her extensive interests in a highly capable manner. She attends the Congregational church and the strict integrity of her daily life is the best testimony to the genuineness of her religious faith. All who know her respect her for her ability and for her integrity, while her personal friends hold her in affectionate regard because of attractive qualities of character.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 320-324.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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