Page County, Iowa Queries 2006/08 (page 4)


Any query of Page County may be placed here on the website.

In an attic of a Montana farmhouse we found a box of memoirs including a
letter dated 1879 for some members of the Milligan family, also a type of
funeral card for a Mark M Milligan, died Sep 8, 1903.

The letter was from a LuLu Wolfe of Clarinda Page, Iowa, to Ella Milligan,
dated Aug 5, 1879, and includes a tiny lock of braided brown hair.

Just in case you know any of this family.

Karla Ayers
Fort Benton, MT

July 18, 2007 Greetings from Alabama.
My mothers family is originally from Page County..Her father was Ora Farrens and Mother was Birdie E. Stapleton.
My mother (Vesper Z. Farrens Lechtenberger) just recently passed away and I have been going through her things and found some very helpful information. Several obituaries my grandmother had saved. I found that W.B.EDMONDS was her great grandfather.. I am trying to find more information on any EDMONDS that lived in Page County to see if they are related to my W.B.EDMONDS (wILKERSON bURKE).
If you have the bio's for A.Edmonds and/or Thomas A. Edmonds. I would appreciated having them posted to the biography web page
Thank You,

Clara Birdie Falk


Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa. May 18. 1900

Obituary for Mary Brennan Runnels May 18, 1900, died consumption, Mrs. Frank Runnels, aged 41 years.
Her maiden name was Mary Brennan, but she was known as Mary Kelley having been brought up Mr and
Mrs Kelley who lived near Clarinda many years. She was a school teacher and will be remembered by many friends in Page County. Her husband has been in ill health more than two years. She leaves three bright healthy children, two boys ages 7 and 9 years and a little girl, aged 3 years old all in need of homes.
Anyone interested can address Mr. Runnels at Red Oak.


Mary married Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Runnels c 1890 and they had Greg 1891, Clifford 1893
and Fern Mima 1897. She died in Red Oak, Montgomery County May 18,1900
the newspaper stated that her husband had been sick for several years
and help was needed for the 3 children. Mary was buried in the Red Oak
Junction Cemetery and Frank died 1912 and was burnied in Mitchellville
Cemetery in Iowa.

Fern Mima the three year old was on the 1905 state census for Washington County, Kansas living with her
Aunt Agnes Brennan Pinckley and husband Andrew J. The 2 boys were on the 1910 federal census and were living in Haddam, Washington County, Kansas.

Have not been able to find the Parents of Mary and Agnes Brennen born Decamber 23, 1855 in Clarinda ,Mary born c 1859 Clarinda. Parents were Michael and Mary Sweney (Sweeney) Brennan. Michael was born 8/18/1832 Canada. Do not know date or place or death of Mary Sweeney Brennan.
I believe Mary died soon after Mary, baby, was born.

1856 Iowa State Census in Tama Co Salt Creek twp
Mical Brennan 26 born Canada, 1 yr in Iowa
Mary Brennan 23 born Canada, 1 yr in Iowa
Agnus Brennan 1 born Iowa
Edward Brennan 24 born Canada

Michael changed his name to, William MAHER and had a new wife, Mary E Gardner of state of Maine and they had a son April, 1862 in Iowa

They traveled to WI 1864, had daughter in Peoria, IL 1869 and filed a homestead in Miller County, Missouri October, 1870. HE DIED 1903 AND MARY in 1924 both in Kaiser, Miller County, Missouri.
If you would like to have the rest of the info that I have about this family let me know will be glad to share.

I would appreciate any help with this family...

Betty Matteson Maher

Am researching the Israel Yarger/Yerger family of Shenandoah, Iowa and have lots to share. Feel free to contact me. Judy
[1983] Query in the Clarinda Herald Journal, Jun 20, 1983 - Desire to correspond with anyone in regard to John and Ruth Hannah Hiatt McCutcheon. He was born Feb 23, 1954 and died Mar 3, 1912. Ruth was born Dec 31, 1834 and died May 29, 1897. Their children were: Isadore 1855, Sarah C. 1856, Mary 1858, Elta A. 1860, Jessie 1862, Nancy E. 1863, Amanda 1865, Elizabeth 1869, Henry C. 1871, Emma G. 1874, and Ruth 1876. We know Sarah Catherine married Jahue Ridneour, had a divorce and married a Mr Gowey. Elta Ann married Alexander Ridenour, nancy E. married LeRoy Benton Ridenour. Any descendants of these children are welcome to correspond to Jahue and Sarah's grandson - Wallace Ridenour, 3609 S. 87th Ave., Omaha, Ne. 68124.

[1981] Letter from Harry J. Hansen, Rt 1 Box 141, Stanfield, Ore 97875: I am seeking information on the ancestors of Lertia Augusta Ferguson who was married to Albert Alander Mitchell. Her father was George Thomas Ferguson.

Lertia Augusta Ferguson was born May 29, 1873 Cuppy's Grove, Iowa, died Jun 17, 1942 Kirkman, Ia; father George Thomas Ferguson, mother Lucchia R----nel? [can't read writing], married Albert Alander Mitchell died Jan 1891. George Thomas Ferguson born Feb 10, 1854 Quincy, Adams Co, Ill, died Aug 8, 1916 Kirkman, Iowa; married Mar 4, 1875.

These people homesteaded up around denison, Iowa, sold out in 1923, moved to Shenandoah, Iowa, had a fire and burned up a barn and later a house, moved to Kirkman and died and were buried there.

I was born Jun 3, 1920 7 miles west of Shenandoah on the Nishnabotna River. [social security index says he died Apr 5, 2006 Umatilla Co, Ore]

Family of George W. Evans and Eliza Bailey - their children Etta McKinstry, George Jr, Daisy Blackledge, Charley, John - from Charles McKinley Evans, 707 Watkins St, Conway, Ark 72032 [1981]
Wanting information on William Fontain Nation who disappeared in the area of Page County in the fall of 1885. Two stories have been heard - that he went out to collect for a thrashing crew and never returned although horse did return with reins cut or that he was lost in a snow storm. Cheryl Nation Kelley, 2001 So 9th Street, Council Bluffs, Ia 51501 [1983]

Newhouse, Oliver M. and Lydia Ellen Fleener were married about 1850-52. They had three sons William, Allen, and Leroy. Oliver died May 1, 1860 in Nodaway Twp, Page co, Iowa.

Phillip W. Newhouse, 820 Paseo Grande, Corona, Calif 91720 [1974]

KUNKLE - I came across a big stack of family documents including a number of deeds, mortgages, bank records, etc and started looking into my ancestor's history in Iowa. Also, If any of the information I have is of interest, I'd be happy to share it. There's certainly too much to scan it all, but I'll provide anything anyone is interested in. Brad Collette:
WRIGHT, Archibald G.
Looking for information on this son of George Washington & Sarah Elizabeth (Curl) Wright. Archibald was born on 21 Feb 1877 in Page County, IA. Leonard Wright and Clara J (Wright) Brown were two of his siblings that remained in Clarinda. It is my belief that Archibald married the ex-wife of his brother Leonard. Her name is Leota Gay Robert's. She is buried next to Leonard but I cannot find the location of the burial of Archibald.
Any help or information on Archibald would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to email me directly.

Thank you
Karen Prokop
Omaha, NE
I have been looking for other descendents of Eden Burson. My great great grandfather was George W. Burson.
I have found on the Page County Web site that a Lee Burson died Nov. 20, 1940, Iowa State Hospital. I know from an obit for Rebecca Iiames that she was survived by brother Lee (probably Jesse L.) from Clarinda, dtd. 1920 (copy attached). I believe he is my best chance to find other descendents. I found today this in your obit page(Burson, Jessie Rae died1991 M sb1359 (2))
I wonder if he might have been a descendent.
Your Fremont and Page county websites are outstanding with and immense amount of info.
Thank you for any help you can give to find other descendents.
Larry Burson

The following is a list of his Eden's children.

Children of Eden Burson and Anna Ballinger are:

1 Elizabeth (Lizz) Burson, (Eden) was born July 30, 1852 . She married Eli Griffith.
Children of Elizabeth Burson and Eli Griffith are:
Marriage records in Sidney newspaper, Griffith, E.W. Burson Elizabeth 04 Jul 1871
i. Evalona Griffith, born 1873.
ii. Emily D Griffith, born 1875.
iii. Eaton C. Griffith, born 1876.
iv. Belba Griffith, born 1878.
v. No Name Griffith, born 1880.

2 Rebecca (Banty) Burson, (Eden, ) was born April 3,1852 in Indiana. Rebecca (Burson) IIAMS died July 27, 1920. She married John W. Iiams. He was born Aug. 1, 1853. Died Dec. 13, 1926.
Child of Rebecca Burson and John Iiams is:
i. George J. Iiams, born 1877. Death May 1968 (maybe George T.)

3 George Washington Burson, was born 1855 in Ohio, and died February 11, 1929. He married EMMA JANE MICHEALS August 15, 1878. She was born March 23, 1855, and died May 15, 1934.

4 John W. Burson, born 1857 in Indiana.

5 Sarah (Sall) E. Burson, born 1860.

6. Seth (Nute) Newton Burson, (Eden) was born 1865 in Indiana,. Died in 1950. He married Anna Fimple June 13, 1893 in Sidney, Iowa. She was born 1875, died in 1961.
:Occupation: Well digger when married
Child of Seth Burson and Anna Fimple is:
i. Murl Burson, born Nov. 5, 1894; died October 8 or 18, 1898. :Burial: Sidney

7 Joshua H. Burson, (Eden) was born in 1869, died Sidney, invalid for 40 yrs. 09 Feb 1917

8 Jesse L. Burson, born 1867 in Iowa.