Page County, Iowa Queries


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[These are query request to me (Pat O'Dell) over the past few years or so and/or old letters. These email addys may not be current.]

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Margerum - interested in David Margerum - Marcia

Susan A Day married Thomas R Lloyd in Iowa Co, Iowa. Thomas died in 1888 and was buried in Windom, Mn. In 1906 she married Eli Mathews and moved from MN to Clarinda, Iowa. So, anyone looking for the surnames Day, Lloyd, or Mathews I have info on (not much on Mathews). She died 21 Jul 1925 in Clarinda. She had daughters and a granddaughter in Sheldon, Ia. According to her death notice in the Clarinda Herald,  Aug 3, 1925, Mrs Eli Matthews died at Sheldon, Ia and was buried in Minnesota. Her husband Eli Mathews born 09 Jul 1835 Washington co, Pa; died 06 Dec 1923 Clarinda; wed 21 Mar 1866 Mrs Mary Stewart at Piqua, Marion co, Oh; interred Clarinda Cemetery. Clarinda Herald 10 Dec 1923, Clarinda Herald 06 Dec 1923. Mary



Bennett - this letter is not dated, but is from Leanna J. Bennett, 1609 S.W. 10th Avenue, Apr #303, Portland, Or 97201 [address is probably not current]

I am attempting to trace back my family (Bennett) who had previously been early settlers in Iowa. I am a graduate student and have been employed for the past year as a genealogical research assistant at the Oregon Historical Society. I plan to write a family history when I have gathered more information on the early Bennetts of Iowa.

James, Mathew, Craig, Mary Jane Bennett, and possibly other siblings were born in the U.S.A. approximately 1825-1845. The parents were from Ireland; as of yet their names are unknown.

James Bennett was born in Pennsylvania, Craig Bennett was born in Guernsey County, Ohio March 20, 1830. I have no additional information on births of other children.

James, Mathew and Craig moved to Iowa approximately 1850.

James married Sarah F. Daugherty 27 February 1861. Sarah Daugherty was born in Delaware, Mercer County, Pennsylvania 7 September, 1841. Her parents, John W. and Phoebe Ann (Comstock) Daugherty, were married in Newton Falls, Ohio February 11, 1839. The mother, Phoebe Ann, was born in Putnam, New York in 1816; she was the daughter of Abel and Isabella (Cummings) Comstock. Sarah (Daugherty) Bennett's father, John W. Daugherty, was born in Belmont County, Ohio and was a stone cutter by trade. At the call for volunteers, John D. left his family and farm and enlisted in Company F 21st Iowa Trhimrny [?] of Infantry in August, 1862. He died in a Memphis hospital 17 April, 1863. Phoebe Ann (Comstock) Daugherty sold her farm, traveled twice to California, three times to Montana, once to Ohio, once to Oregon and a number of times to Illinois.

James and Sarah (Daugherty) Bennett James moved from Dubuque County to Page County, Iowa in 1867. Their children were: Carrie, who married Robert Pinkerton of Clarinda, Iowa; Emma, who married Thomas Young of Taylor County, Iowa; Ellsworth, who became a farmer in Oklahoma; William, who moved to Colorado; James, who settled in Clarinda, Page County, Iowa.

Carrie (Bennett) and Robert W. Pinkerton moved in March, 1886 to Moro, Sherman County, Oregon to begin a wheat farm. Mr Pinkerton's parents were Samuel and Margueret (Smith) Pinkerton, both natives of Ireland in the county of Antrim where the father was a farmer. (Samuel and Margueret Pinkerton also had a daughter named Clarinda).

Matthew Bennett married Sarah A. Shafer 14 October, 1857. I have no additional information on Matthew or Mary Jane, except that a son of Matthew's or of one of the other siblings moved to Goldendale, Washington with his wife prior to 1885.

Craig Bennett married Isabella B. Comstock 10 November, 1854 in Dubuque County, Iowa. Isabella Comstock was born 1 July, 1831 in Putnam, Washington County, New York. Her parents, Abel and Isabella (Cummings) Comstock, were married 18 September, 1815 in Putnam, New York. Isabella's mother, Isabella Cummings, was born in 1795. Isabella's father, Abel Comstock, was born 1 March, 1790. Abel was a lawyer by trade. Both parents were born and raised in Washington County, New York. (I have traced the Comstock family back to 1595.)

After living in Dubuque County, Iowa Craig and Isabella (Comstock) Bennett moved to Jones County and Page County, Iowa, moving to Kansas in 1874. In 1883 they moved to Kent, Sherman County, Oregon where they had a wheat farm and a son, Milton Howard, established the first trading company in the County. Craig and Isabella's children were: William James, Abel Comstock, Ralph C., Jennie C., Milton Howard, Walter H., Isabella A., Bertie and Frank L.



Chatterton, Samuel or Henry Clarence - looking for them. Mrs Mary G. Chatterton, 309 Jennings Ave, Port Lavaca, Texas 77979, May 3, 1981


Cornford, George John died Oct 29, 1936 and wife Sarah died Aug 21, 1941. Jean B. Nilsen, 424 So Polk Place, Mason City, Iowa 50401 [Sep 13, 1977 date of letter]


Costar/Caster family. Charlotte Clark, 22505 W C R 62, Greeley, Colorado, 80631 [Dec 27, 1992 date of letter]


Cowhick family. The Alexander Cowhick family was enumerated in the Page county, Iowa Census for 1860 and 1870 and each time was in Buchanan township. In the 1870 census Alexander Cowhick listed his age as 85 years old. His second wife Matilda was 62. A few doors down was a daughter-in-law

Nancy Cowhick age 39 Ky, Nancy A. 13 Iowa, John 10 Iowa, Winnie F. 9 Iowa, James A. 7 Iowa, John Bolen 29 Ky [her brother]

Nancy Cowhich was the widow of James Cowhick son of Alexander Cowhick. James Cowhick was killed during the Civil War.

Fred Davis, 5423 Peterson lane #293, Dallas, Tx. 75240 [date of letter Sep 24, 1987]

Cowles family. Handwritten manuscript from Jessie French Davis, Rt 4, Muscatine, Iowa 52761 [date of letter April 3, 1970]. This  contains data about local family. Manuscript is in Nodaway Valley Historical Museum, Clarinda, Iowa.

Begins with John Cowles born 1598 Wales – died 1675 wife Hannah

Samuel Cowles born May 27, 1673

Samuel Cowles born Mar 12, 1706 died Feb 22, 1762 wife Abigail

Samuel Cowles born Jul 30, 1735 died Oct 29, 1815 wife Sibyl North

Noah Cowles born Oct 17, 1759 died Jan 14, 1839; wife Olive Mills

Salmon Cowles born Jun 24, 1784 died Mar 25, 1869; wife Polly Miner

Mary Cowles born May 22, 1828 died Dec 6, 1869 Pilot Grove, Iowa; married May 1, 1856 at West Point, Ia to Thomas Carlisle French who was born Oct 4, 1828 Mt Sterling, Ind, Switzerland County. Thomas died Oct 1903 at Manning, Scott Co Kansas while visiting brother John. Diabetes, age 74, buried Scott Co Cem at Scott City, Kansas. Mary and Thomas lived in Lee and Henry Counties, Iowa.

Their children were:

[1]Arabelle Jessie French born Mar 20, 1857 West Point, Ia, died Jun 8, 1924 buried Elm Grove Cem, Washington, Ia

[2] Annie Marilla French born Nov 3, 1859 died Aug 31, 1861

[3] Emlin Jenett French born Dec 24, 1861 died Jan 24 1891

[4] Lucinda Anne French born Oct 12, 1864 died Feb 12, 1866

[5] Eugene Cowles French born Dec 12, 1866 at West Point, Ia, died Jul 15, 1936 at Clarinda, Iowa. Married May 23, 1887 Jennie May Kimpton born Feb 9, 1867 St Lawrence Co, NY died Dec 3, 1941 near Muscatine, Iowa at home of daughter Jessie Davis and husband, age 74 years. Jennie was one of 21 children of Cornelius Kimpton. Buried Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa.

Eugene was a fireman on railroads and was injured on back of head by sliding coal. He was subject to epilepsy after the injury. He spent nearly 36 years in State hospital at Clarinda, Iowa from Mar 1, 1900 to Jul 15, 1936. He was liked by everyone who knew him; 5 children, Jennie raised them after 1900.

[6] Arabelle Jessie French, married Apr 20, 1885 Washington, Ia to Harry Shrader

Eugene and Jennie's children:

[1] Harry Burton French born Nov 1, 1887 in Villisca, Iowa, died May 10, 1947 aged 59 ½ years at U.S. Naval Hosp. Bremerton, Wash. Liver Cancer. Never married. Joined navy at Omaha [Ne] Jul 1906 age 19 and went around the world with the fleet in 1907 and 1908. Spent 16 years active service and 14 years in Naval Reserves. Home was in Seattle, Wa last 20 years. Buried Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa.

[2] Fred Leslie French born Sep 4, 1889 in Villisca, Iowa died Apr 10, 1901 from scarlatina four miles north of Villisca near the Hackleberry community. Buried in Arlington cem north of Villisca. Road was so deep with spring mud it was almost impossible to drive team and wagon to cemetery 2 miles.

[3] Jessie Esther French born Mar 2, 1896 in Stuart, Adair Co, Ia.; married Mar 2, 1914 at Orphan's Home in Davenport, Iowa to Perry Elmer Davis born Feb 9, 1893 at Moville, Iowa died Feb 25, 1967 at Muscatine, Iowa.

[4] Beulah Edith French born Nov 17, 1897 in Villisca, Iowa

[5] Verrick Orville French born Mar 26, 1900 in Villisca died Aug 2, 1947 at Laurel, Md, stomach cancer, buried Ft Lincoln Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Mathews - Hall family - Letter from Mary H. Robinson, Lincoln, Nebr 1988 [deceased]. Permelia Criss Matthews married Nathan Hall my great grandfather and they are buried in Conway cemetery. Permelias' mother was Elizabeth Criss Mathews and now I find she was buried in Page County, Iowa. Permelia had a sister, Caroline, who came to Iowa and settled in Troy, near Bloomfield and then moved to Page county, Iowa. The mother lived with her in her later years but buried in Page County. Her husband was Joseph Mathews. Elizabeth lived to be 90 or older.
StClair - Calhoon families - Our earliest known ancestor is Jane StClair (husband not shown on census of 1850) born in 1799 and died 1876. She is buried at Shearer Cemetery. Her daughter, Elizabeth, married John C. Calhoon and they are also buried in Shearer Cemetery. Their daughter Normanda Calhoon born 12 Jul 1861 died 13 Mar 1880 buried Shearer Cemetery. Marlin A. Field, 128 Oak, Hillsdale, Mi 49242 [date of letter 27 Apr 1983]