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My g-g-g grandfather was Abraham McMains, b. 1781; d. 23 Feb 1867; m. 1st Margaret Elizabeth Mitchell: 7 children; m. 2nd Mary (Polly) Stringfellow: 12 children. Lived in Pleasant Grove township. All information would be helpful. Angela McMain - Email Needed, 3/97


Looking for information on John McMillan, b. 4 Jan 1776, Londonderry, Ireland; d. 12 Feb 1857, Mahaska co. IA and Margaret Hopkins, b. 12 Feb 1780, Waterford, Ireland, d. 13 Nov 1863, Rosehill, IA, buried Bedwell Cemetery. Believe John was the head of a school in West Branch, IA. Would like to know when John & Margaret left Ireland and their movements in the US; confirmation of their marriage, plus info on their parents would be appreciated. Ruth Bielefeld, 1/98


I am a greatgrandson of Samuel McWilliams, 1824-1916 and Sarah Miland Jones, b. 23 Dec 1828, Jacksonville, morgan co. IL. Samuel was a brother of William N. McWilliams, 1821-1894 and James Collier McWilliams, 1817-1889. All 3 brothers were early settlers of Mahaska co. IA. William lived in Mahaska co. until his death near Oskaloosa on 19 Oct 1894, buried in the Beason Cemetery in Garfield twp. William m. in OH to Elsie Jane Broadwell, their children all reared in Mahaska co: John; Ellen; Charles; Tirzah; Philip; Ada Leora; Albertiss "Bert"; Reece H. James Collier McWilliams moved from Mahaska co. @1863-- ultimately living near Des Moines, d. there 23 May 1889. He m. in OH to Nancy McCarter, 1817-1908, 9 children. Sarah Jones, wife of Samuel, came to Oskaloosa with her widowed mother and 3 siblings sometime around 1843. 2 brothers: George W. and John W. Sister, m. Perry Crossman. I believe they moves to Des Moines. Parent's names unknown. I have gathered extensive information regarding the McWilliams family and would be happy to share it. I know little about the Jones family and would like to correspond with anyone having any information about the above named individuals. The McWilliams brothers were all b. Highland co. OH; parents: Philip McWilliams, 1788-1875 and Eleanor Murray Collier, 1792-1863, both b. PA of Scotch-Irish ancestry and early settlers of Greenfield area in Highland co. OH. Alan Todd, 2/98


Searching for information on John Lincoln MAHAFFEY, b.15 Dec 1801; m. in Oskaloosa, Mahaska Co. IA, Margaret McAdoo, b. 16 Dec 1813, NC. Children: Robert Finley, b. 22 Nov 1834, m. Sarah Godfrey in Mahaska Co. Iowa, 22 Feb 1855; John Lincoln m. Angeline Barks; Samuel; Margaret, m. I.O Sterns; Patrick A. John Mahaffey was buried in Scott Township, Mahaska, Iowa on Aug 1857. Will glady share information. Rita Kelley Louk - Email Needed, 9/97


Does anyone know of a building, @1920, called the Mahaska Teepee? David Minor, 8/97


Robert Elmer. Masters and wife, Mary Smith, moved to IA after May 1867, from Muskingum co, OH. Mary, d. in Rose Hill, Mahaska co, seeking obituary from Rose Hill or other area newspapers. Robert d. 18 Oct 1911 in Rose Hill. Lois Masters - Email Needed, 1/98


Interested in knowing siblings & parents of Charles & James MEADOWS. Charles d. 29 Aug 1904, Mahaska Co. James, a Methodist minister, d. 17 Jun 1900 Ringold Co., IA. Cheryl Wixon Gocken, 8/97


Looking for any information on Jack MEINERT and Abigail COREY/CONEY/COVEY who gave birth to dau, Margaret, in Mahaska Co. @1860. By 1876, Margaret was in Rock Island Co, IL where she was married. Margaret MEINERT BUERGEL then settled in Scott Co, IA. All of this is pieced together from various little tidbits of information such as census, obits, and is rather sketchy. Any ideas? Cathy Joynt Labath, 9/97


I am searching for parents of Rebecca Moore, b. @ 1839 IN, m. James Harvey Carpenter 24 Aug 1854 in Mahaska Co., IA; d. same county, Jefferson Twp., July 1859, lung fever. Children: Laura, Bruce and Sarah (Sadie). James Carpenter m. 2nd, Julie Dunn 19 Jan 1865 and moved west; had other children. Were Rebecca's parents William and Sarah Moore? June Thomas Allan - Email Needed, 6/97


Looking for descendants of John Nash and Sarah Martin both born in England. He in Ashburnham, Sussex. They had 12 children, one died in England, one died on voyage over: dau. Harriet Nash b. 8 Aug 1824, England; d. 2 Jun 1893; m. John Calvin Laughrey. Their dau. Emily Jane Laughrey m. Isaac W. Summers. Isaac b. 18 Apr 1857 in Mauch Chunk, Mahaska co. Iowa. Other Mahaska, Iowa families connected: Roberts; Whitacre; Wells; Spore; Hunt; Myers; Reed. Will answer all queries on ANY of these families! Corlis Seymour Huitt, 3/97


Seeking information on my grandfather, Cass Purl Newton, b. Oskaloosa, IA, late 1800's or early 1900's. Known also to live in Marion and Polk counties. Thanks for any help. Norm Newton - Email Needed, 12/97


On April 25, 1859, Sarah NICELY, widow of one David NICELY, made a declaration in Mahaska County, IA to obtain 80 acres of bounty land due to David's service in the War of 1812. Sarah appointed one David Johnston of Eddyville, Wapillo County, IA as her attorney. 1) Where can I find information about this land; i.e. if she received it, and where it's located? 2) Where do I write to check if there are any court cases where David's heirs might have sued Sarah? Answers or information will be appreciated. DELSA HILDEBRANDT, 8/97


Looking for info on and descendants of George W. PFOUTZ, b. 1850 in Maryland who resided at Mahaska co. Iowa; 1906 in New Sharon. He was the son of Peter Pfoutz and Sarah Renner and nephew of Abraham Renner and Laura Alice Messler. He signed an affidavit in 1906 which is filed in Abraham Renner's Civil War pension file.
Mary Renner, 3/97


We have hit a road block in our family research which ends with Oran Parker, b. 12 June 1851 in Fayette co. PA. His family came to Hamaska co. in the mid 1850's to the town of Stark. We have located his name and 3 possible siblings in the 1860 census. Their parents died at an early age and all 4 are livng with other families in 1860. Siblings are: Sarah, Fanny, and John. Craig Parker, 4/97


George Washington PERRYMAN, b. 1810-1819, Columbia, Adair Co. KY, settled in Henry Co. Iowa in 1842 with his brother Thomas Jefferson Perryman, having come from Russell Co. KY with others in a covered wagon. Thomas, b. Jan 9, 1821, Adair Co. KY; m. Feb 23, 1843 in Henry Co. Iowa to Eliza Jane FARLEY, daughter of Silas FARLEY and Mrs.Cordelia TADE HANNAH. On Nov 5, 1849, George m. Mary Jane BONSELL, b. 1823 PA. In 1854 they settled in Prairie Township, Mahaska Co., Iowa. Children: Nancy J., b. 1855; m. Ernest SHAAD; James E, b. 1857; Eliza E, b. 1862. In the 1885 census, an Edmond Perryman age 27 was living with them. Iowa Census records list W. C. Bonsell, b. @1800, PA, as a miller. Was he the father of Mary? Census records indicate George was born c. 1819, but family records indicate he was much older than his brother Thomas, and 1810 is indicated. Have 1880's letters from Lida E. Perryman, New Sharon Iowa, to her cousin Lemuel Perryman. She married Edwin CHEW of Union T.P. (Mar 15, 1888.) Nancy Perryman: letter dated Feb. 8, 1890 from Mrs L.C. BIDOMAN confirms that she was Nancy Perryman, sister of George and Thomas, and mother of May and Nettie. (Major L.C. Bidoman operated the Nauvoo house in Nauvoo, Illinois. During the anti-Mormon agitation, he was one of the few gentiles who treated the Mormons fairly. After the death of Joseph Smith, the widow Emma Smith married Major Bidoman.) Letters from her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Jennett ABERCROMBIE Thomas of Kansas City MO. indicate another daughter, Mrs. May Luce of Kansas. Does this indicate a first husband for Nancy named Abercrombie? Letter from Lida Perryman refers to her Aunt Nancy marrying Major Bidoman, and indicates prior to the marriage and move to Nauvoo Illinois that Nancy lived in Iowa near her brothers George and Thomas Perryman. Will exchange copies of letters, other information with researchers of this family. Jon Ridgeway, 10/97


We found the cemetery in Mahaska co. where some of the Phelps were buried. We found Sylvester and his wife, children: Julia, Sophronia, and Albert. Charles d. in Portland, OR; still haven't found much on Daniel or Horan. Sylvester Phelps was b. in CT on May 4, 1786; migrated to OH where he m. Maria Lathrop, June 24, 1818. In 1848, he came to Mahaska co. where he reamined the rest of his days. He and his wife are buried in the Baldwin cemetery in the NW corner of Mahaska co. His son, Charles, lived in Mahaska co. until some time after 1887, when he moved to Portland, OR. The book I got this information from (pub. 1887) lists the oldest children (Emma, Lida, Edna) as residing in KS & NE. William Henry, my g-grandfather, stayed in Mahaska co and buried in Oskaloosa. The book state that William H, Julia C, Lyman L, Robert O, and Neta May are still at home (in 1887). My aunt found a news clipping of William H.'s funeral that states: He is survived by two sisters, Emma Savage, of Mitchell, NE; Nita Starker, of Portland, OR; three brothers, Julius C, and Leslie L. of Portland, OR; and Oliver R. of New Sharon. I am guessing that the book was the one with the names wrong, as all of my relatives have referred to them as Julius and O.R. Phelps. So as far as I can gather, Leslie L, Oliver R, and Nita May must have gone to Portland with their father and mother. Would contact any relations with these people. Terry Phelps - Email Needed, 3/98


Looking for above families in Mahasko co. Will exchange information. Suzette Thompson - Email Needed, 5/97


My gggrandmother, Sarah Abigail Pilgrim, b. New Sharon, March 7, 1852. Parents: Drusilla and Thomas Pilgrim. Does anyone have any info? Vicki King, 1/98


Researching family of Robert Harvey Pine (1833-1914). Married Anna Mattison in Oskaloosa on 25 Nov 1899. Any help on this family would be greatly appreciated. William Pine - Email Needed, 2/97


Attempting to confirm/locate information on my husband's great grandmother, Cynthia Ann Moore Playle. She probably was born in Mahaska about 1853 and married there, date unknown. Joan Playle, 3/97 (Please note: This address has been corrected. Update or resend any previous responses. My apologies!)


Would like a clear copy of a page of the 1850 Mahaska co. census. Application for a Pioneer Certificate requires a copy that includes page number for the family of Abraham Miller Plum and his wife, Sarah A. Does anyone have access to the census and willing to make a copy for me? Martha Popson - Email Needed, 2/98


Would like any information on John Pope, b. Kentucky; d. 7 Sept 1897; m. Margaret (last name unknown) b. Kentucky; d. 1873. Article in Knoxville Journel stated that he moved to Mahaska form Sangamon co. Illinois in 1848; first locating in Jefferson co. and 1849 moved to marion co. Do not know where they are buried. Pat Pope - Email Needed, 3/97


Ratcliff, Edgar, wife Tyzetta. Looking for their sibling, children, anything! Know one child: Eva Pauline b. in New Sharon in 1915 or 16. Veronica, 4/97


Would like to correspond with descendants of William Reed, b. 6 Apr 1836, Marion co, Ohio; d. 20 Aug 1902, Keokuk co, Iowa; m. 6 Sept 1865, Mahaska co, Iowa to Martha Stultsb. c1846, d 7 Feb 1891. Their children were: Alice Jane, Rohoda A, Phillip, Nancy Elizabeth, Arlina, Eleanora, Martha Blanche, William Elroy, Stella, Jesse Branford, Solomon D, Orna, and Verna. Johnita P. Malone - Email Needed, 2/97


I am looking for the James R. ROBERTSON family originally from Green co. TN; came to White Oake in the 1850's. Looking forward to meeting new family. Cathy Wilson, 3/98


My grandparents live in Albia, IA and everytime my family goes to Albia we go through Rose Hill. There is an old school building in the front of the town and I wodered if this was a high school or elementary school. Do you know of other towns in the county with old school buildings? Brian, 1/98
Note: Any information about old schools and location of their archives will be posted if passed on to me.


Looking for more information of Alvin Vinton Ross, b. Oct 8, 1840; d. Dec 12, 1915 in Logan co., OK; m. Jan 9, 1868 (in Oskaloosa, Mahaska co. Iowa 1870 Fed. Census, p. 332; bride, Andomecha Henderson, b. 1849; d. Nov 1908 in Logan co. OK. Dan & Jean Snyder - Email Needed, 3/97

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