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SurnameContactAdditional information- (Maiden names in bold)
LammColette Miles 
LaniganMary Lanigan 
Larison/LarrisonBeth Warner Perona Thomas Larison & wife Elizabeth (Gibson) 1867
Larison/LarrisonPatti EnsorThomas Larison & wife Elizabeth (Gibson)
LatimerBecke Dawson 
LeasureBecke Dawson 
LenoxSandra SmithBurns Lenox was born in Polk County July 6, 1889 and I have unconfirmed information that he died in Polk County in 1957 - I have just sent in a request for a death certificate search for 1956-1958.  He and my grandmother divorced when my mother was young at which point my grandmother and mother moved to New Jersey, there was virtually no contact with him after that so we have little information on him.  I have found him in several censuses, military records, and have gotten a copy of his birth certificate and marriage certificate to my grandmother. His parents were Jacob E Lenox and Lunetta Grimes, married March 21, 1875 in Polk County.
LeonardKathy HenryRhoda Leonard mother of Mary (Leonard) Garn.  Took Marys children upon her death Oct 15, 1865
LindeJack Benger1865-1898
LoweShaunaseeking inf. on ANNIE LOWE-  Born Abt.1856-new york or Ireland, Father JOHN LOWE- stepmother- HERIETTA MCKEE LOWE. they lived in POlK, Co. next to the PETER KELLER family.
Loyd Shirley LoydPhebe Tate Loyd, married to John Loyd, died in Polk County about 1865 at 39 yrs. Phebe and John had eight children: Sarah C., Margaret, Nancy James, Henry, Elbert, Rebecca, and William. I am interested in James who was born in 1851 or 1852 and may have moved to Colorado in the 1870's.
MackintoshJeffrey Vaillant 
ManbeckCris NaglaMary Manbeck
MarksChris MarksJoseph Marks m: Rachael Arenberg   3-13-1881 in Des Moines.  Lithuanian.
MarstonKim VinerMembers of the Marston and Price families are trying to determine what happened to Evelyn Price Marston.  My uncle (who was Evelyn's) grandson believes she died in Des Moines in 1903 or 1904. 
MartinJoyce Lamont CrowlWinfield S. & Ellen Josephine (Oren) wife and son Harley.
MartsRhonda WestinDavid and Almira in Crocker twp 1850
MatthewsMariah MatthewsWilliam & wife Susan (Saylor) Daughters: Anna, Cora, Ada, Pearley in the 1880 census
MatthewsLexiAustin J. and Lulu B. Matthews lived in Des Moines, sent there after completing  schooling to practice as Methodist Minister
McCaffreyPatrick TurnerEugene Henny,  1887-1971
McCaffreyCindy FugateJohn Michael & Nora (Hodges) McCaffrey 1902-1922
McCauleyDawn Bentley 
McDermottKathleen NelsonMicheal m. Mary (Conboy)abt 1884.  Children: Della, Ray, Edna b: 1890 d: 1974, Owen, Helen & Edwin
McDivittLinda Backus TowersWilliam in Polk Co abt. 1853
McintoshEarleneI am looking for any decendants of William and Gertrude Mcintosh married in Nevada in 1874.  Their childrens name are Bea Harry, Herman, Grant, Lowell and Alvin.  Gertrude was my grandfathers sister.
McLaughlinKurt KragnessMary Ann Bridget (Quinlivan) McLaughlin (1873-1958) m. A. McLaughlin. Children: Harold Phillip, Vernon and Anne. Moved to Des Moines around 1910.
McMahanJentami FeldhausWilliam & wife Letitia in Polk Co from 1848-1865, Silas and wife Martha (Fouts), he served in Civil War, John H. Sr. wife Mary Ellen (McMarshman), he severed in Civil War.  All moving to Kansas in 1865
McMarshmanJentami FeldhausIn Polk county 1850s - 1865
McVayGreta ThompsonWilliam H. and Sarah (Wilcut) McVay family in and around Des Moines after about 1880. Children: Rachel, Kesiah, Joseph, Ottervine (Arthur) m. Anna Latimer, Elijah, Sarah
MendenhallJudy McDonaldEdward Stanley Mendenhall b: 11-19-1897 d: 6-1966 in Polk Co.
MetzJanelleErnest and Family circa 1893-1910
Miller/MullerDonna Jean Glasgowfamilies immigrated from Prussia 1881-1885
MontgomerySherry HatfieldLEE DELBERT MONTGOMERY b abt 1878 in Nebraska ( grew up in Monroe Co. IA), married  MARY or MARIE H. JOHNSON abt 1896-7. I find them in 1900 US census living in Lee twp., Polk Co. IA, and in 1905 Iowa State Census living in Des Moines Ward 7, Polk Co. Iowa. LEE DELBERT MONTGOMERY died Oct 1905 while traveling on a train in Kansas, and MARY/ MARIE H. JOHNSON died Feb 1906 in Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa.. They are both buried in Monroe Co. Iowa in Oakview Cemetery.
Moore Kelly ShawW. H. & Mattie (Davis), C. Edwin (Chief Justice of Polk County), Ralph D,  W. G. Moore
MorrisLinda Backus TowersJudge Thomas Tucker Morris  Additional Family names: Hanger, Gotwalt, Burckhalter, Tausch
Myslis/MeiselsLainey MelnickJacob, wife Eva. 2nd wife Sarah.  Children: Benjamin, Celia, Freda, & Samuel circa 1892-1902 in Polk.
NicholasJeffrey Vaillant 
NicholsKent NicholsHome in 1860:
Camp, Polk, Iowa
Post Office:
Rising Sun
Name & Age
G Nichols George W. 41
H A Nichols Hettie Ann 26
I M Nichols  Ida Melissa 9
E J Nichols unknown may have died  in Iowa 7
G W Nichols George 4
W Nichols William 3
Looking for information on this family.
Nordyke Kelly ShawThomas & Florence (Davis)
NutterdwnutterClarence and Jennie circa. 1916-1940
NylundLinda WorstellLooking for descendants of Axel Vilhelm SANDBERG born 1854 in Sweden.    He married Hilda Carolina NYLUND  (also found as Newland) in 1883 in Polk County, Iowa.  They had at least 2 children, Philip William Sandberg born 1884 and Jennie C. born 1886 and died unmarried in Polk County in 1938.

Would like to hear from anyone researching SANDBERG or NYLUND
OaksMary HitchcockFrank M. m. Mary (Hall) 1884. C/ Edwin H. , Hazel M. , Mary Ann
OsburnCheri Bennett GerrishEdna Myrtle Osburn m. Francis Joseph Boudewyns 1/28/1849
Oungst/AungstRichard AungstFound in Polk 1880; Families in OH, VA & PA
OvertonKay Van FleetAsa Overton and descendants
OwensRenee LangLewis Foster Owens b: abt. 1926
Parker Denise PhillipsWilliam 1863-1943 wife Amelia (Storey) 1868-1934 ch: Henry, Lester
PearsonKarenBenjamin (1817-1895) and Ruby (PARKER) - Children Alice, Hannah Jane (Jennie), Oran Henry, Clark
Pence Don Mitchell 
Pettit Kelly ShawJohn Guy Pettit and wife Addie A. (Davis)
PerkinsMarjorie Noga 
Petersonpjpeters2@aol.comGust A. 1857-1933 ;Minnie A. 1862-1941 both b: Sweden & both buried in Polk City Cemetery
PettingillCharles HouseSenaretta Pettingill m. Alexander House in 1900
PhillipsJeannetteLetticia 1852-1945
PiersonJeffrey Vaillant 
PivaJanelle Martin1930 census: Des Moines, Ward 4. Father, Victor Piva, 28 Mother Elsie Vonnieda Piva, 24 Daughter, Elsie 4yrs 4 mos.
PotterStellaPercy Potterb: IA 1860s d: 1914. son of  Eugene & Sarah (Jennie)married Madie (Reynolds) sisters of Percy: Marsha& Hellen
PryorVanessa Woodwebsite for Pryor Family information who migrated from Tennessee to all over the USA
Renderpjpeters2@aol.comJoseph 1820-1896 Mary Kirk Render 1817-1896 buried in Polk City, P/ Sarah Elizabeth b; 11-9-1859 Polk City
ReppertLinda J. ReppertGus Reppert, previously owned Reppert's Pharmacy, Des Moines, in 1913 before and after the birth of his son, my father, Lawrence P. Reppert, on March 21, 1913. Hanna Lenore Johnson Reppert was my grandmother.
Reppert's Pharmacy was located on Ingersoll and is now under a different name.  Gus Reppert was a Pharmacist.
RestElaine BushSamuel Rest born 1864, died 1929 buried in Glendale Jewish Cemetery
ReynardDaleene WadeWm. Reynard & wife Rebecca (Maggart)died approx 1884, children were adopted out at that time.  Children:  Ruth Katherine, James Henry, Jerry, Minnie Louise, Emma & another unnamed female.
RidgwayBrock G. RidgwayDAVID RIDGWAY and his wife ELIZABETH MILLER JOHNSON RIDGWAY arrived in Camp Township, Polk County in the Fall of 1845, immediately after the removal of the Indians from that area.  I am a descendent of their youngest son SAMUEL RIDGWAY [b. 24 AUG 1830 IL; d. 18 SEP 1871; IA] and his wife MINERVA BENJAMIN RIDGWAY ANDERSON [b. 1837 IN; d. 02 MAR 1922 CO].   Any contacts welcome and I have a great deal of information to share, including photos.    
RobinsonMary HitchcockWm. b: Eng m. Lucy (Thayer).  Franklin T. 1849-1925 m. Mary (Bower) (1881), John r. 1907-1972; John was Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for Des Moines Register in 1952
Donna Jean Glasgowfamilies immigrated from Prussia 1881-1885
RookerJim MurrellJames Rooker was a soldier in the Civil War. Daughter Elizabeth married Amasa DeLong
RoseRandy WallAmbrose ROSE married Hannah Graham on Aug 29th, 1868 in Polk, Co, IA.  Ambrose born Canada, 1835.
RossWilliam C. Pugh,
31819 Hwy 5 North, Lebanon, MO. 65536
Seeking information on the family of RUFUS C. ROSS and wife, ANNA PEARL JONES ROSS. Rufus was born 19 Apr 1877 Ill. And Anna Pearl Jones was born 1882, no location known.
Their children were Walter M. b. 1903 Bussey, IA; Merlin Sprague b. 1905 Mahaeka Co, IA; Genevieve Ann b. 1907 IA; George b. 1909; Donald Jones Ross b. 1910 Des Moines, IA. Will share any and all information I have on this family.
RileyLaura SchroederJeremiah (Jerry) Riley, John Albert Riley & family ie: Jennette (Nettie), Anna Belle, Bert, Carol, Ruby Riley
RuleJeffrey Vaillant 
RussellDavid SandersI would appreciate any more info about Dr. E. L. Russell of Des Moines He is mentioned in a newspaper article in the Champaign County Herald of May 1884: “Dr. E. L. Russell and wife, of Des Moines, Iowa, arrived to visit their daughter, Mrs. L. McLean, and attend their granddaughter's, Nellie, graduation.” Dr. Russell was married 3 times.  He moved from Indiana (Crawfordsville?) to Des Moines after his 2nd marriage. Jennie Elizabeth Russell was probably born by his 2nd wife, Emma Hollister Lewis Anderson McLean (05 May 1843 - Abt. 03 Jan 1916) married Jennie Elizabeth Russell (06 Sep 1845 - Abt. 10 May 1927) on 12  May 1864 in Champaign-Urbana, Champaign Co, IL
SandbergLinda WorstellLooking for descendants of Axel Vilhelm SANDBERG born 1854 in Sweden.    He married Hilda Carolina NYLUND  (also found as Newland) in 1883 in Polk County, Iowa.  They had at least 2 children, Philip William Sandberg born 1884 and Jennie C. born 1886 and died unmarried in Polk County in 1938.

Would like to hear from anyone researching SANDBERG or NYLUND
SaylorRhonda WestinJohn B. Saylor who founded Saylorville
SchlenkerJanelleCharles or Theodore circa 1868-1910
SchlichtPatriciaFrederick and Catherine Schlicht.  Catherine married a Wade Holt  and left the state but where are the rest of the Schlicht's?
SchwartztrauberKathy LarsonPhillip Schwartztrauber
d: Dec 21, 1998
Page 704
Birth 1887
Cemetery   D.M.
Relative  83
Provided by WPA Records. 
The birth date is incorrect.  It should be 1814 in Germany.  I cannot locate the cemetery it relates to.  His wife was Magdelena Schwartztrauber born in 1834 Germany.  Cannot locate her cemetery record either.
Schweiker(t)Randel SchweikertHenry Schweiker(t)  lived in or near your city on Jan. 17, 1922. He worked for the rail road. He must have been the pay master in his area. He got some money from the train, put it on a trolly car. It was at this time that they were robbed. he was shot at (Maybe hit & killed) . I am not sure. This info was in the Davenport paper. My records show Henry died in the early 1920s. So, I think he must be buried around there. I can`t find him. If he lived in this area, he had to die there also.
ScottJeannetteMargaret 1879-1939, Ada 1905-1966
SharpNancy Hahnen McCormick David or Hannah (Betts) Sharp and children; Des Moines 1860 to 1930's
ShepherdMary HitchcockJennie & Daisy d's/of Edgar & America (Thompson) Shepherd.  In Polk 1899.
SickelsKellieMy great grandfather Lewis Garret Hook 7/14/1896- 2/13/1964, was sent to an orphanage in Des Moines, Iowa, after the death of his father Ulysses Grant Hook (1865-1905). I'm trying to find out the exact names of the family who adopted them. Sickels, my mothers cousin, lives in Iowa Buried in Brown Cemetery is the Hooks. My grandfather was born in Edgewood, Iowa. In Edgewood and Bolsinger cemetery are Sickels. If you go on find a Hazel has put all there photos dates etc, but still puzzling who the Sickels were, what relation, as later someone had married into the Sickels family. If any info I'd appreciate it.
SidneyPaul & Kathy ZelusSidneys from Davenport & Des Moine 1860-?
SmithJanice SmithJacob Smith b: Polk Co., IA abt 1862 m. Alma (Phleps) moved to Renville, MN; 3 sons and 2 daughters
SmithCris NaglaCristopher Smith... Husband of Laura Huston
Snyder, Snider, SchnitterDawn Bentley 
SnodgrassLinda Backus TowersCirca. 1849
Spitznagle Don MitchellEffie (Pence) Spitznagle 
StevensMarjorie Noga 
StewartCarol RancourtResearching Samuel J Stewart b. 13 Jan 1835 in Ontario, Canada and wife Ellen G (Graham) Stewart b. 12 Jul 1835 also in Canada. They were in Polk County by 1870 by census records. They are both buried at Sunny Hill Cemetery.
SticklerMarjorie Noga 
StockhamMargaret Blanton 
Storey Denise PhillipsJeremiah 1829- 1911 wife Phoebe (Gough)1834-1901 ch: Eliza, Mary Ann, Saah Sophia, Emma, Daniel, Henry, Amelia, Joseph, Flora (Flo)
StottsGregory StottsRalph Clark Stotts and Charles Augusta(?) Stotts.
SweeneyBecke DawsonWilliam d: 1861 2nd husband of Jane Dawson
SwopeMary HitchcockMary J. married John F. Hitchcock 1871;  1848-1932 buried Woodlawn Cemetery
Thornburg(h)Leland ThornburghJohn & Ida (Klepper) Thornburgh farmed in Berwick Community 1910-1922
TonesMarjorie Noga 
TrenaryDorothy McCoyMargaret(McDonald)Trenary m: Jessie Trenary in SD approx. 1920
UnderwoodMarie KnightRhoda Underwood: other surnames: Anderson , Ware Van Horn
Van HornMarie KnightCora Van Horn other sunames: Anderson, Underwood, Ware
VirdonMaxine Barnett Berryman VIRDEN, with wife Susan (McKINNEY) VIRDEN both born in Illinois, were in Polk co. after 1880, until their death, in early 1900s. They left sons and grandchildren in the county. I have info on others of the McKinney and Virden families.
WareMarie KnightEmery Ware, Other surnames: Anderson, Underwood, Van Horn
WarnerBeth Warner PeronaWilliam Benton Warner, son of Robert Howard Warner and Hester Fisher
Warrick Don Mitchell  
WatermanEvelyn WatermanOpal Waterman b: 4-25-1927 d: 1-1966 married Ula Vestal
WeltchSabrina Pickersgill 
WestM. W. FicklinHave data on family of Orson West ( and family)  buried at Woodland Cem. DesMoines 1869--detailed ancestral history and descendants available. Seeking data on family of John B. and Pleasant West (and Martha and Lewis) buried at Loman Cem. 1853--have hopes to connect to West cousins in  Johnson Co. IA 1840-s 1850s for which I have limited data.
Wharton/WhortonMrs. Wharton 
WhiteCynthiaHosea White b: VT w/ (Sally)Sarah (Archer)OH>IA, Child: Malcom Lee b: abt. 1869
WilcoxTina AttigResearching Isaiah Wilcox 1820's to 1900's, he married (1) Charlotte Briney and had two children that I have been able to find Sarah Jane Wilcox and Joel A. Wilcox, he married (2) Elizabeth Wiser, he married (3) Emaline or Emmaline.
Williams Becke DawsonJoel d: 1842 married to Jane (Dawson)
WilliamsLinda McCabeWatson b:1852 and wife Caroline
WillyNanajkibb@wmconnect.comHugo J. Willy d: 1948 & Agnes K. Willy d: 1964
WilsonMary HitchcockJohn 1859-1940; m. Lucy (Hall)1860-1940; S/William 1826-? & Elisabeth 1827-1868
WilsonGenny PattersonGenevieve Margaret Wilson,  Father was Theodore Roosevelt Wilson  born 1920s in Omaha, Nebraska looking for siblings 
WilsonVelma HansenWilliam 1806-1861, Mary Ann (Bigelow) 1816-1879, Susan Elizabeth (Litell) 1840-1918, John F. 1842-1865, Wm. George W. 1843-1911, James S. 1847-1865, Andrew Oliver 1848-1880, Sylvanus Elija 1850-1916, Israel Amariah 1853-1925, Harriet Lucinda (Erwin)1856-1925: Rising Sun, Four Mile, Allen, Walnut & Lee twps.
WilsonCheri Bennett GerrishHope/Hopy Wilson m. Calvin Bennett 1/28/1849 Need info on Parents
WilsonBecke DawsonEliza Jane m. Wm. Dawson - Four Mile twp.
WrightBeth Warner Perona Amos M.
WrightZoe NawrocikDawson Lorenzo Wright
YatesKathryn Yates WebsterMy Grandfather and his father resided in Polk County in the mid-late 1800’s to early 1900’s when my Grandfather left Des Moines for Arkansas. I know that Uncles and Cousins remained there and are residing there today.
I am searching for relatives of H.F (T?) Yates I, Harrison Taylor Yates II.
Yates II was born in Souix Rapids, Iowa in 1888 and his mother’s name was Amy J. He was a driver for American Express Delivery, also was a barber and grocer. Married to Josephine. Children  in part were Charles J. Yates, Howard Yates, Harrison (Harry T. Jr who’s mother was Elnore Catherine King. Harrison (Harry) T.  Harry Yates II was a member of the Quarter Master Corp of the United States Army and was stationed at Ft. Dodge during WWI. He died in Arkansas in 1937. 
The children of Harrison (Harry) Taylor Yates III/JR

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